The absence of Helps, RenÈe Medley, Sashalee Forbes, Carmelita Griffiths and Jeanine Williams, and the possible deployment of St Jago teammate Shanice Reid to the 400m leaves defending girls’ Class One 100m and 200m champion Natalliah Whyte in a league of her own this year. Helps, Reid, Medley and Forbes, Griffiths and Williams were second, third, fourth and fifth, sixth and seventh in the Class One 100m final last year. Together, those circumstances force fans to look to Class Two for quality depth and mass speed. Calabar’s Dejour Russell and Tyreke Wilson, first and second in the 100m, both return. Wilson will want to add the Class Two title to the Class Three version he won over Russell in 2014, but the big boy will want to repeat. If their starts are better than they were last year, fast times are possible. The best group of speedsters are probably in the girls’ Class Two category. Defending champion Shellece Clarke of Edwin Allen has been winning since her Class Four days, but her hand could be full at Champs this year. Not only must she cope with last year’s Class Three winner Kimone Shaw of St Jago, she probably will have company from Sheneil English. In Class Three, English beat both Shaw and Clarke at 200 metres while attending Hydel High. Now she is Shaw’s teammate at St Jago and missed the 2015 season of Champs eligibility because of the switch. Since then, the smooth running English has reached the World Youth 200m final. Recently, she opened her 2016 with a trip over 400 metres. Shaw is the best starter of the three, but the other two are great finishers. The last time they all met in a Champs 100m, the order was Clarke – English – Yanique Dayle of Hydel – Shaw. That was two years ago. All have improved, and a run at Helps’ Class Two record of 11.50 isn’t out of the question. – Hubert Lawrence has attended Champs since 1980 With Michael O’Hara and Shauna Helps gone a year early from Class One, the search for speed might settle in Class Two when ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships arrives in March. That’s where Calabar’s potent sprinters dominated last year on the boys’ side. Edwin Allen did likewise amongst the girls but may have challengers this year. O’Hara, Edward Clarke and Raheem Robinson, the top three from the Class One 100 final are gone. So is Okeen Williams who was fifth. That should leave the way clear for Raheem Chambers, St Jago’s former Class Two and Three 100m winner and Nigel Ellis of St Elizabeth Technical who has already shown promise over 200 metres this season. If Jevaughn Matherson of Kingston College bounces back from a wretched 2015 campaign, he could be a threat. He broke Chambers’ Class Three record, and when the St Jago speed merchant set the Class Two record of 10.29 seconds in 2014, Matherson was a splendid second in 10.37, a fine time for a first-year Class Two athlete. LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
The iPhone X at $999 is Apple’s most expensive phone to date and a device that is restricted to the absolute premium smartphone consumers. So, how about an iPhone X lookalike that not only imitates its bezel-less design right down to the notch, but also runs on Android and costs under $300. That’s what Chinese smartphone maker Leagoo is offering with the S9.Leagoo is a company that manufactures phones that often look similar to flagships of other brands like Samsung, Xiaomi and Apple. Take the Leagoo MIX, for example, which a pretty blatant ripoff of the Mi Mix or the S8 which was an evident copy of Samsung’s Galaxy S8. The company’s latest Leagoo S9 smartphone looks wholly inspired by Apple’s iPhone X. Apart from the minimal bezels, the S9 also comes with the notch cutout that the X has been infamous (and now iconic) for as well as a vertical rear camera setup on the top left corner on the back.No only does the Leagoo S9 try to take on Apple, but its name also tries to beat Samsung to the punch as the latter still has a few months to go before it comes out with the Galaxy S9. Leagoo says that the S9 costs just a fraction of the iPhone X’s price, coming in at under $300 (approx Rs 19,300). Of course, at this price, one shouldn’t expect hardware anywhere close to what’s inside the iPhone X.The Leagoo S9 sports a 5.85-inch AMOLED display and is powered by a MediaTek P40 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of inbuilt storage. The iPhone X-like vertical rear cameras comprise of a pair of 16-megapixel sensors. Alos, if you hated Apple for removing the Touch ID from the iPhone X, the Leagoo S9 keeps a fingerprint sensor on the back, which is perhaps one of the few noticeable differences between the two. But the fingerprint sensor was expected, I suppose since Leagoo definitely could not imitate the iPhone X’s Face ID technology, which makes you wonder why it thought keeping the notch would be a good idea.advertisementAs of now, that’s all the details we know about the S9 courtesy Mac Rumours who received the images from the company. Leagoo is yet to make the phone official, but when it does consumers who have been wishing to get their hands on the iPhone X can perhaps find some peace with this cheap clone, that also happens to run on Android.
Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu Thursday opened her campaign in the 83rd Senior National Badminton Championship with a straight game win over Nagpur’s Malvika Bansod to enter the women’s singles quarterfinals here.A former champion, Sindhu took time to get into the groove before claiming a 21-11 21-13 win over Malvika, who is a gold medallist at the South Asian U-21 Championship in Nepal and a runner-up at Khelo India Games.Like last year, the top eight players of the competition on the combined basis of world and domestic rankings were given direct entry into the singles pre-quarterfinals for which a Super Draw was held Wednesday night.Day 3 Match Updates:Olympic Silver Medalist, @Pvsindhu1 scaled through to the quarter-finals of Yonex Sunrise 83rd Senior Nationals, she defeated #MalvikaBansod 21-11;21-13 in the pre-quarters. #IndiaontheRIse #SeniorNationals2019 pic.twitter.com/sgy6f8kVrIBAI Media (@BAI_Media) February 14, 2019Malvika made a dream start, moving to a 4-0 lead. Soon Sindhu clawed her way back to level the scores with a push at the backcourt.Sindhu eventually grabbed an 11-7 advantage at the break. She continued to force the younger shuttler to commit errors.At 19-11, Sindhu unleashed a couple of smashes to seal the first game.In the second game, Sindhu was ahead 9-2 with Malvika committing unforced errors. The Hyderabadi went to the break with an 11-4 lead.Malvika played well in the rallies but lacked the finishing touch, committing unforced errors as Sindhu eventually wrapped up her pre-quarterfinal match in 35 minutes with a precise return at the forecourt.advertisementAlso Read | Lakshya Sen eyes top 30 ranking by year endAlso Read | All England Badminton Championships 2019: Sindhu, Saina, Srikanth handed tough drawsAlso See:
Jamaica today (April 26) joined 166 other countries in celebrating International Girls in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Day. In his remarks, Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, said statistics show that by 2020, there will be a gap of approximately 1.4 million jobs in the ICT sector. The initiative, spearheaded by the International Telecommunications Union, aims to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing ICT field. Story Highlights Jamaica today (April 26) joined 166 other countries in celebrating International Girls in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Day.The initiative, spearheaded by the International Telecommunications Union, aims to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing ICT field.It also seeks to enable both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in the ICT sector.The Spectrum Management Authority marked the day by engaging 40 young ladies from secondary schools in Kingston and St. Andrew through exciting discussions and interactive activities at a function held at the Sagicor Auditorium, New Kingston.In his remarks, Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, said statistics show that by 2020, there will be a gap of approximately 1.4 million jobs in the ICT sector.“We are hoping that some of you young ladies will want to be a part of this renaissance, would want to be a part of the opportunities that will become available. In Europe, for the same period, over 500,000 jobs will become available (and) in Canada over 200,000 jobs will become available. Here in Jamaica, hundreds and thousands of jobs will also become available, because ICT is the future,” he said.Mr. Terrelonge told the students that ICT affords the opportunity for financial independence, while also making a valuable contribution to Jamaica’s development.“A part of the Ministry’s aim is to empower young women and encourage (them) to seek the… jobs that will give them that kind of sustainability,” he added.The State Minister further encouraged the young ladies to take the ICT world seriously as “it could lead you to a wonderful career”.“Ladies you would want to get involved in the ICT world. Get into creating apps… the future is ICT, and we want to see more young girls getting involved. Empower yourselves, knowledge is power and ICT is power,” Mr. Terrelonge said.