C’down stop Gaynstead to stay unbeaten

first_img For the next two quarters, it was touch and go, but in the end, the defending champions prevailed for a narrow win in the end. The in-form Excelsior stayed on course for their mega match tomorrow with former champions The Queen’s School for Group One honours with another disciplined display after an easy 42-21 win over Norman Manley for their fourth consecutive victory. The Queen’s School also made it four in a row, when they got a walk over from Wolmer’s, who failed to show for their encounter. In other rescheduled matches, Tarrant got by former champions St Hugh’s 31-26; Immaculate stopped Penwood 36-26 and St Catherine High and Tivoli tied 42 -42. The competition will continue today at 12:30pm with two more senior matches and one Junior. Penwood face The Queen’s School and Wolmer’s face Excelsior among the seniors with St Jago playing St Andrew Technical in the junior competition. Defending champions Camperdown were pushed to the limit to stave off a determined Gaynstead in their top of the table Group II Senior ISSA Urban schoolgirl netball competition at the Leila Robinson Court yesterday, winning 35-33 in a thrilling contest. In what was a clash between unbeaten teams, it was the Wayne Stewart-coached team that walked away with bragging rights to make it four win from as many games and now look set to top their group with one game remaining. Camperdown were first to settle and raced to a quick 5-2 lead inside four minutes. They maintained their dominance for the remainder of the quarter, pushing on for a four goals advantage, leading 11-7. The gutsy Gaynstead team, however, came into their own in the second quarter as they matched the experienced Camperdown in all department. They outscored their opponents here 10-7 to reduce the deficit by one as Camperdown led 18-17 at the half-time break. NARROW WINlast_img read more

Amid turmoil, USA Gymnastics takes small steps forward

first_imgLATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “We can help change things from the inside out,” Frazier said. “We are hand in hand with the survivors, 100 percent. We want to be the people on the inside helping.”Forster knows part of his role as one of the most visible people in the sport is to facilitate the change within the elite program. When he took over in June, he talked about the need to create an environment where the athletes felt they had more of a say in how things are done. He went to the gymnasts and asked them what they would like to see change at selection camps. They told him they wanted open scoring like they receive during a typical meet. So he obliged.“They have to be able to voice whatever their concern is without fear of any retaliation or that it would impact them not making a team,” Forster said.It’s one small facet of an overhaul that will be fought on many fronts over many years. There is no pat on the back or motivational chat or fist bump among teammates that will signal all is well. There shouldn’t be. The Nassar effect will linger for decades. That’s not a bad thing.“I think we should never try to bury that stuff,” Hurd said. “It happened and it’s an awful thing that happened and such an unfortunate thing. But I don’t think we should ever try to bury that conversation because that’s how it all comes back.”Yet Hurd, Forster and the current national team members are optimistic there is a way forward.“I’ve read through all the manuals. There isn’t anything in any of our manuals that demands we win medals,” Forster said. “Not one. No matter what the press has said. There isn’t anything that says we have to win medals. We have to put the best team out on the floor. That’s our job, and we’re going to do it in the very best, positive way we can so that athletes have a great experience doing it. That’s the hope. Well, it isn’t hope. It’s mandatory I do it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Some PH athletes to miss Asian Games opening parade Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced And then Tom Forster came over. The newly appointed high-performance team coordinator for the embattled USA Gymnastics women’s elite program pulled Hurd aside and put things in perspective.“He was like, ‘It’s OK because now is not your peak time anyways,’” Hurd said. “That was the exact mindset I had.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’It was a small moment, one of many Forster shared with various competitors as he walked the floor during the first significant meet of his tenure. He plans to do the same when the U.S. championships start on Friday night. He insists he’s not grandstanding or putting on a show or trying to prove some sort of point about a new era of transparency in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal.The way Forster figures it, he’s just doing what he’s always done. His title has changed. The way he acts around athletes — many of whom he’s known for years while working with the USA Gymnastics developmental program — will not. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READcenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award And in a way symbolic, even if that’s not exactly what Forster is going for.USA Gymnastics’ response to the scandal involving disgraced former national team doctor Larry Nassar — who abused hundreds of women, including several Olympians, under the guise of medical treatment — has included a massive overhaul of the leadership and legislative changes designed to make the organization more accountable from the top down. It has also been peppered almost non-stop with buzzwords like “culture change” and “empowerment.”A true shift will take years. Forster understands that. Still, he’s taken steps during his first two months on the job designed to create a more open, welcoming environment.For Margzetta Frazier, the proof came in June when her phone buzzed with a number she didn’t recognize. The 18-year-old decided in late spring she was retiring from elite gymnastics and would instead focus on her college career at UCLA. At least, that was the plan until she slid her thumb to the right and answered.“Tom was like, ‘Hey, I know you retired but can you come back? We need you,’” Frazier said. “I had no idea he even had my number.”For the first time in a while, Frazier says she “felt respected” by USA Gymnastics. That wasn’t the case this spring, when she took the unusual step of texting USA Gymnastics president Kerry Perry to express her disappointment in the organization’s decision to fire senior vice president Rhonda Faehn in the middle of a national team camp. Frazier briefly posted her text to Perry on Instagram.“I was taught to speak my mind respectfully,” Frazier said. “It was so unprofessional to have one of our top coordinators fired. I was mentally distressed. I had to say something.”So she did. And then she retired. And then Forster called. And she couldn’t say no. So she didn’t say no. Instead, she developed a training plan with Chris Waller and 2011 world champion Jordyn Wieber and will be in Boston this weekend hoping to do enough over the next two months to earn a spot on the world championship team.All because Forster called her out of the blue. Now Frazier views her second chance as an opportunity to help the athletes steer the culture in a more positive direction. It’s quite literally the “empowerment” that Perry talks about in action.While Frazier understands Nassar victims — a list that includes Wieber and UCLA teammates Kyla Ross and Madison Kocian — are clamoring for change, Frazier believes the athletes still competing at the elite level can be an integral part of the process. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Still, that doesn’t make the image of the person who will play an integral role in figuring out which gymnasts will compete internationally jarring. Forster’s hands-on approach is in stark contrast to longtime national team coordinator Martha Karolyi’s aloofness. Karolyi would spend meets not on the floor but watching from a table, lips often pursed and her face betraying little. It was the same during national team camps, with Karolyi often talking to the personal coaches of the athletes rather than the athletes themselves.That’s not Forster.“I never envisioned being in this role so I never really thought about sitting at that big table and just watching,” he said.Maybe, but it’s a departure, one Hurd called “kind of strange” but welcome.“He’s walking around practices and interacting with absolutely everyone,” she said. “I think it’s pretty cool.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Morgan Hurd practices on the balance beam during a training session at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Boston. The mandate to change the culture within USA Gymnastics will take years. Yet there are small signs at the U.S. Championships that the process has already begun under new high performance director Tom Forster, from quiet chats during the middle of meets to impromptu phone calls of encouragement. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)BOSTON  — The pep talk was short and to the point, a reminder to reigning world gymnastics champion Morgan Hurd that all was not lost.The 17-year-old had just fallen on beam at the U.S. Classic last month, ending any serious chance she had at making a serious run at Simone Biles in the Olympic champion’s return to competition after a two-year break. In the moment, Hurd was frustrated.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Guinean, 24, Dies in a pool of blood

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) A 24 year-old Guinean national, Suleiman Sow, a Fulani, came to Liberia to learn the English language, according to relatives who spoke last Friday to the Daily Observer in New Kru Town.Sow was still struggling to realize his dream, friends said.But Thursday, Dec. 18 and about midnight, local residents say Sow was heard crying in his bedroom.The following morning when neighbors when to his New Kru Town residence they him lying in a pool of blood.Sow before his death was believed to be a cell phone repairer near the Duala Market, relatives say.Sow’s problems began a month ago when he and an unidentified man engaged in a physical fight from which he (Sow) suffered a deep cut on his right arm,  according to a family member.“I always advised Sow not to fight anybody but he would not listen to me,” another  family member, with tears in his eyes, told our correspondent.Neighbors told reporters that what seemed an intense struggle apparently took place in the room the night Sow died.“I heard him crying the whole night,” a neighbor said.Sow’s body was identified by relatives, who waited for authorities to give them the go-ahead to begin the Islamic burial process on  Friday morning.Police have requested relatives of the deceased to visit the New Kru Town depot for further interrogation, although a police source say they don’t suspect any foul play.The body last Saturday afternoon was claimed by an Ebola Response Team.last_img read more

Kenyans ease to 800m semis in London

first_imgHe had been included after Rudisha’s withdrawal due to injury, but his Visa application hit a snag and the opportunity of racing in his first ever World Championships blew up in smoke.The three Kenyans will now carry the hopes of title retention into the semi-finals on Sunday night.Bett had the fastest qualifying time of the three, crossing the finish line first in 1:45.76 ahead of Andrea Kramer. Bett stuck up to Krammer from the first lap when the Swede bolted up to the lead and opened up to the front in the final 300metres.Rotich also eased to victory in quick time in the second heat, keeping a front-running tactic to win in 1:45.77 with a 400m split of 51.95. Puerto Rico’s Rayan Shanchez pushed him in the final lap, but his long strides eased him up as he comfortably sailed to the finish line.USA’s Isaiah Harris came in second with a late thrust of pace while home boy Elliot Giles came in third.World leader Emmanuel Korir also ran comfortably enroute to winning his heat, crossing the line in a slower pace of 1:47.08 ahead of Poland’s Michael Rozmys who was one hundredth of a second behind him.There was a moment of brotherhood at the end of the race when Korir and the Pole shared hearty smiles with Rozmys showing Korir that he had a Kenyan flag wristband just like his.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kipyegon Bett of Kenya wins the 800m at the IAAF World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz 2016.PHOTO/IAAFNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 5- The front running trio of Emmanuel Korir, Ferguson Rotich and World Junior champions Kipyegon Bett all eased to the semi-finals of the 800m at the IAAF World Championships in London as Kenya seeks to retain the crown in the absence of holder David Rudisha.The fourth Kenyan, Michael Saruni who had earlier been axed by Athletics Kenya (AK) had been listed as a starter in Heat Five but had a DNS (Did Not Start) with sources intimating he had faced last minute visa hitches thus preventing him from travelling.last_img read more


first_imgDue to  the death in the family of the St. Michael’s clubs Secretary, all this weekend’s games between St. Eunan’s and St. Michael’s have been cancelled. The Junior match was to be played this evening with the Senior and Reserve games tomorrow (Sunday). GAA: GAMES CANCELLED AFTER BEREAVEMENT was last modified: June 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: GAMES CANCELLED AFTER BEREAVEMENTlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal have it all to do after squandering a first half lead against Mayo at Castlebar this afternoon in the National League Division One game.Donegal went 0-4 to 0-1 half-way through the first-half with points from Colm McFadden and Michael Murphy but find themselves going in 0-6 to 0-4 at the interval.Sloppy hand-passing and a general breakdown in play has allowed Mayo back into the game. Indeed Donegal could have found themselves further behind but for a fine point blank save by Paul Durcan from Jason Doherty.Donegal have it all to do in the second half if they are to get any points from this game.   DONEGAL SQUANDER LEAD TO TRAIL MAYO 0-6 TO 0-4 AT HALF-TIME was last modified: March 24th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgThe raw sewage flows through Shaun Boyle’s land.A farmer is pleading with Donegal County Council to find the source of sewage which is flowing through his lands at Falcarragh.Shaun Boyle, who lives at Ballyness, Falcarragh, says the problem has been going on for more than a year.The council have examined the septic tanks of a number of nearby houses but have not found the source of the smell or sewerage. The sewage is flowing into beautiful Ballyness Bay in Falcarragh.“To be honest it’s not rocket science. I suspect the source of it is behind my lands and flowing down into drains alongside my fields.“But I feel at this stage that I am being stone-walled. I have contacted the council on a number of occasions but nothing has ben done about it.“The reality is that this sewage is flowing out into Ballyness Bay. You can see it. It’s raw sewage. That couldn’t be good for the water quality and the wildlife there,” he said.Shaun said he is now pleading with the council to track the sewage up the fields to find its source. “I would just like it to stop. At first I thought somebody must have dumped some sewage and it was a one-off but that has been going on far too long,” he said. FARMER PLEADS WITH COUNCIL TO FIND SOURCE OF SEWAGE STINK was last modified: August 28th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ballyness BayDonegal County CouncilFalcarraghsewagelast_img read more


first_img CYCLISTS COMPLETE DUBLIN TO DONEGAL CHARITY STINT FOR DACC was last modified: June 1st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CHARITY CYCLEDACC Dublin University Dental Hospital’s bike club the Molar Rollers as part of a cancer awareness raising programme surrounding head, neck and mouth cancers, arrived in Letterkenny having completed their bike journey of 149 miles / 240 km from Dublin to Donegal in aid of Donegal Action for Cancer Care.“An incredible journey and a great reflection on how important they consider the ongoing work of DACC to be,” said Betty Holmes. last_img read more

Mandela Day branding for SAA fleet

first_img6 July 2011 The legacy of Nelson Mandela was given wings this week when South African Airways (SAA) unveiled the Mandela Day branding that will be carried across its entire fleet. The newly branded A330-200 Airbus was revealed to sponsors and the media at South African Airways’ technical park in Johannesburg on Monday. “As an African carrier with global reach, it is only natural for SAA to strengthen its relationship with the Nelson Mandela Foundation by sharing our icon’s message with the world,” SAA CEO Siza Mzimela said at the unveiling. Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO Achmat Dangor, addressing the crowd of 100 invited guests, said the The Mandela Day initiative has received overwhelming support. “The business world has been incredible responsive to our call to do good. That is why the partnership with SAA is incredible, bringing to attention the need to develop a culture where everyone does their part to inspire change in the country.”First flight for 93 underprivileged kids Besides branding its entire fleet, the SAA programme for Mandela Day involves a variety of other activities taking place all over the country, particularly focused on making a difference in the lives of children. For his 93rd birthday on 18 July, SAA and its partners will be flying 93 underprivileged children from all South Africa’s nine provinces to the foundation in Johannesburg, giving them their first flying experience. The children will also receive special gifts and school uniforms. SAA is also including onboard elements like headrest messaging and relevant edutainment to support Mandela’s ongoing legacy. “For a state-owned enterprise, we decided it was important to be good corporate citizens,” said SAA Chairperson Cheryl Carolus. “We want to contribute to improving the lives of our children just as our Tata Madiba has done.” “Thank you to our generous sponsors,” Carolus said. “They have helped us to demonstrate how, as corporate South Africa, we can do so much more if we team up.”Mandela Day activities Mandela Day activities will be taking place nationally and internationally. On the national front, South Africa’s Parliament has arranged events to spread the legacy of Mandela. “We want people to adopt the culture of ‘I live within a community and without others I’m nothing’ so that they can be the change they want to see,” said Member of Parliament Buti Manamela. From July 11 to 18, a Mandela week programme of events will take place in Giyani, Limpopo, encouraging people to do extraordinary things to make a difference. In 2009, Mandela Day was declared an international day after the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution declaring that July 18, Mandela’s birthday, will be observed as a day to take action and inspire change. As a result, the UN has joined the call to inspire individuals around the world with a range of activities at all their international deployment offices. Stella Anyangwe, representative of the United Nations South African deployment, explained: “The values of Mr Mandela are similar to the UN Charter that was established in 1945, and it’s significant for the UN to support Mandela Day, as it resonates with our own struggle against apartheid.” At the UN headquarters in New York, an exhibition of materials is on display for the month of July. Other international activities include the sharing of a message about the importance of Nelson Mandela Day with all UN deployment offices. The material will be circulated in all six UN languages, ensuring that the Mandela Day message is spread around the world. “It’s with great pleasure that the UN joined hands with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and South African Airways in kicking off activities for this special day,” Anyangwe said. Source: Nelson Mandela Foundationlast_img read more

2018 Ohio State Fair Jr. Market Barrow photo highlights

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Res. Champion Matthew Butterfield’s dark cross is selected as Grand Champion Matthew Butterfield’s dark cross is selected as Grand Champion Matthew Butterfield’s dark cross is selected as Grand Champion The judges confer about the champion. Champion Drive Champion Drive Champion Drive Champion Drive Champion Drive Champion Drive Champion Drive Champion Drive Champion Drive Champion Drive Champion Drive Champion Drive Champion Drive Champion Drive Champion Drive Champion Drive Champion Drive Champion Drive Champion Drive Champion Drive Champion Drive Champion Drive Champion Drive Whitney Miller and her champion light cross barrow Madelyn Harrison and her light cross barrow Riley Wendt and her light cross barrow Emma Leggett and her light cross barrow Aiden Knecht and his light cross barrow Whitney Miller and her light cross barrow Hannah Swenson and her light cross barrow Ashton Frey and his light cross barrow Nolan Barney and his light cross barrow Kyle Lewis and his light cross barrow Troy Elwer and her light cross barrow Ella Sprang and her light cross barrow Haylee Henry and her Dark Cross Mathew Butterfield and his Champion Dark Cross Ethan Wendt and his Dark Cross Grayden Sproull his Dark Cross Zander Ivey and his Dark Cross Ava Genter and her Dark Cross Jenna Seigel and her Dark Cross Ella Sprang and her Dark Cross Dianna Weimer and her Dark Cross Kendall Bishop and her Dark Cross Gracee Stewart and her Dark Cross Grant Adams and his Dark Cross Destiny Reed and her Dark Cross Jessee Stewart and her Dark Cross Cade Sponcil and his Dark Cross Taylor Hannan and her Dark Cross Mallory Petro and her Dark Cross Corbin Winkle and his dark cross barrow Sydney Schiff with her Dark Cross Barrow. Ethan Wendt of Union Co. and his Champion Hampshire Barrow. Maya McCoy of Fayette Co. with her Res. Champion Hampshire. Cale Hall of Champaign Co. exhibits his Hampshire barrow Cooper Stambaugh of Fulton Co. with his Hampshire Barrow. Jenna Seigel of Marion Co. shows off her Chester barrow. Kenna Seabird of Madison Co. with her Berkshire. Zander Ivey of Fayette Co. with his champion Berkshire barrow. Paisley Russell drives her Chester Barrow. Kamryn Kries exhibits her Yorkshire barrow. Claire Winkle, Highland Co., exhibits her Grand Champion Yorkshirelast_img read more