Kingston, St Catherine Crickey Association hunt last eight berths

first_img BANKING ON KING Undefeated Kingston and the St Catherine Cricket Association team will look to cement berths in the quarterfinals of the Jamaica Cricket Association 50-Overs Championship when they play away to Kensington and GC Foster College, respectively, today. The Brandon King-led Kingston currently lead Zone D with maximum 18 points after recording three wins from as many games, while it is a similar record for the Nkrumah Bonner-captained St Catherine CA in Zone B. “The plan is to continue to play each game on its merit and up our winning streak to four,” said Bonner, who last weekend spearheaded his team to a nine-run win over title holders St Catherine CC. “GC Foster have a decent team and are not a team to be taken lightly, but I am confident if we play to our abilities, we will do well.” St Catherine CA, in addition to Bonner, are likely to count on national four-day trials invitees, batsman Kemar Marshall and left-arm spinner, Coi Thompson. GC Foster, who have so far recorded a win and two losses, will look to former national youth batsman Oshane Walters and spin all-rounder Odane Vassell. Kingston will come up against a rejuvenated Kensington, who last week rebounded to beat title-favourites, Melbourne, at Kensington Park. “Another win will put us in the quarter-finals and that is what we will be going for,” said lead spinner Paul Harrison. Kingston will bank on King, Harrison, fellow left-arm spinner Patrick Harty, the big-hitting Aaron Johnson, and pacer Fabian Forbes, while Kensington will look to batsmen Horace Miller, Cassius Burton, and pacer Jason Dawes. In other matches, Lucas will host St Thomas at Nelson Oval and Melbourne will travel to Boys’ Town while St Catherine CC will visit Kingston and St Andrew CA, and Manchester entertain Clarendon. Zone A will see Hanover welcoming Westmoreland and St James travelling to Trelawny, while over in Zone C, Police will host Portland, Jamaica Defence Force play away to St Ann at Noranda Sports Club, and the University of the West Indies host St Mary at the Sir Frank Worrell Oval.last_img read more

Bumpy road: Goepper overcomes depression for 2nd Olympic run

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold02:14Carpio 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 View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina FILE – In this Feb. 13, 2014, file photo, Nicholas Goepper, of the United States, makes a jump during a run in the men’s freestyle skking slopestyle final to win the bronze medal at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Once the parties, the TV appearances and the celebration was over, Goepper found searching for `What’s Next?’ It was a disheartening journey for the Olympic bronze medalist, one that took him to the verge of taking his own life, to a rehabilitation clinic and, finally, back to the realization that he got into the sport not for the parties, but because he really loves skiing and winning. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)ASPEN, Colo. — In the aftermath of his history-making triumph at the Sochi Olympics — the non-stop parties, the interview on Letterman, the random stops to be adored by strangers — Nick Goepper kept coming back to two questions.What just happened?ADVERTISEMENT Goepper says at the end of the Olympic celebrations he found himself in “a crazy depression,” with zero motivation, “just this weird, sort of nothingness.” He was reeling from what could be called “Post-Olympics Depression” — a not-uncommon phenomenon for Olympians, especially those in sports that draw so little mainstream attention outside the two-week Olympic window every four years.“He’d go sneak off to different college towns, party, meet girls. But the grass wasn’t always greener,” said his former coach and longtime friend, Mike Hanley. “And the whole idea of competing, skiing, training, it seemed like that had been maxed out. He felt like there was no place left for him to go in that world.”He stayed up late. Drank. Did nothing with his days, or nights. Eventually, Goepper gathered up the energy to go train at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs where things felt like they were getting back on track.The next winter, he hurt his shoulder, then hurt it again later in the summer. That was, he said, the injury “that kind of broke me mentally.”“I was in a zombie-like stage,” he said. “I needed a serious change that I wasn’t going to enact on my own.”ADVERTISEMENT Gesta: I am going to become the new World champion Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right trackcenter_img MOST READ So much had happened during the Olympic experience that felt strange and out of his control.For instance, only at the Olympics does the entire concept of winning become so twisted. The late Dale Earnhardt gets credit for the classic saying: “Second place is the first loser.” At the Olympics, though, second place wins a silver medal, and third place is a winner, too, in the form of a bronze.“I was actually gutted for him and felt really bad,” Hanley said. “He was actually happy that he put down the run he wanted to. He seemed content. He had a plan and did what he planned on doing. The cards didn’t fall the way he wanted.“But the issues didn’t set in until the media tour started going.”It wasn’t that Goepper disliked the attention — the selfie-takers, autograph seekers and all the rest of the love. It was more that it felt so strange to be worshipped because of his prowess on the ski hill. Hanley tells of a time, shortly after the games, when they got off a ski lift in Vermont, and Goepper was recognized by a gaggle of fans, one of whom told him, “Thank you for everything you’ve done for our country.”“It’s nice and he was very grateful, but what do you say to that? ‘You’re welcome?’ He’s a skier,” Hanley said.And while all the skiers — or make that all besides Goepper and fellow medalists Gus Kenworthy and Joss Christensen — were going back to skiing after the Olympics, Goepper was learning what fame was like.“A whirlwind experience that I really wasn’t ready for,” Goepper called it.Nor was he ready for what would happen when it was over.His mother, Linda, said in an X Games interview that she knew there was trouble when Nick called her and said he was going to down a bottle of vodka at Lambs Canyon in Utah, which is where freestyler skier Speedy Peterson had taken his own life in 2011. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson What happens next?The freestyle skier had been given a good chance to win a gold medal in Sochi, but ended up with a bronze, and yet, to the outside, that barely mattered. He was part of history: The Americans swept the first-ever slopestyle contest at the Olympics and became just the third U.S. trio to accomplish that feat at the Winter Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIt took the down-home kid from Indiana nearly two years to find a satisfactory answer for either of his questions — two years in which he would roam the country trying to find himself, contemplating suicide, entering a rehab facility, alienating, then winning back, the trust of friends and family, and rediscovering his passion for skiing. Through all that, Goepper also discovered that the Olympic journey was worth it, even if a bronze — or even silver or gold medal — would never, by itself, make him a happier person.“My general takeaway from the Olympics was that of excitement, disappointment, stress,” Goepper says, “and things I definitely would’ve done differently.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Eventually, Goepper’s parents talked him in to going to a rehab center in Texas. After a few weeks of going through the motions at the center, something clicked.He started having conversations, reading more, writing a journal, taking more control of his life and thinking more about throwing himself back into skiing for not only this Olympic cycle, but the next one, as well.He was introduced to Jonny Moseley, the cutting edge, party-hearty freestyle skier of the 1990s, and was surprised with what he learned.“Johnny told Nick he didn’t drink when he was in his prime,” Hanley said. “He told him when you put in the leg work on the front end, it’s a lot more fun to take advantage of it all on the back end. That made a big impression on Nick. ”Goepper is rocking it in the leadup to the 2018 Olympics. In Korea, he’ll be favored to win some color medal again. If he does, he knows he’ll do things differently this time, though he’s not sure where the journey will take him. And maybe the point of the whole journey is that he doesn’t have to know.“I think Nick’s probably in the best spot he’s been in since he was 15,” Hanley said. “I think he’s finally to a point where he’s fine just saying, ‘I’m Nick Goepper and I like to ski.’”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img

Water Levels Easing Near Fort St. John

first_imgWater levels from an overflowing culvert drain pipe have dropped considerably since last night.In fact, some of the water re-froze overnight as temperatures dropped below zero.Residents of the Edgewood Park Trailer (south of the railway overpass on Highway 97) could only watch water teem past their mobile homes.- Advertisement -Two sections of the Alaska Highway that were under water yesterday afternoon have now dried up.It may only a short reprieve, though, as the forecast is for warmer temperatures today and tomorrow.Many fields in the area still have several inches of snow that could melt quickly in the coming days, causing more spring run-off.Advertisementlast_img read more

Alan Brazil breakfast bite – Thursday, May 25: The Miracle of Istanbul

first_imgIt’s 12 years to the day since Liverpool’s Champions League triumph in Istanbul and Alan Brazil and Micky Quinn reflect on that glorious night for the Merseysiders.last_img


first_imgEXCLUSIVE: MMA superstar Conor McGregor will be on Arranmore Island today – to announce a fight with local lad Joseph Duffy in a sensational decision which will see up to 100,000 fight fans descend on the North West this summer.McGregor and Duffy will travel on separate ferries to the island this morning – McGregor on the blue ferry and Duffy on the red ferry – for a noon press conference announcing the July date for the fight.McGregor posted on Facebook earlier this morning that he was “fed up” with Duffy and said he was looking forward to going to Arranmore “to punch his lights out in his own back yard”. Duffy left a comment in response which we are unable to repeat here.Fight promoters MMA International say they are in discussions with gardai and Donegal County Council about staging the fight on a beach on the island this summer.They say they are confident of getting a foreshore licence from the Department of the Gaeltacht and the Marine.More than 170 journalists from around the world are expected on the island today just for the press conference. Joseph Rosario, editor with MMANews.Com, was staying in a B&B in Dungloe last night ahead of the press conference.“You guys don’t know what’s about to hit you,” said the New Yorker.“This is going to go all over the world.”A spokesman for the island’s Council said: “We can confirm a press conference later today but we cannot comment at this stage on what it’s all about but it’s going to be some craic.”In a rare joint statement TD Pat the Cope Gallagher and Cllr Marie-Therese Gallagher (no relation) said: “We believe Friday’s announcement is going to be brilliant. “We just hope it doesn’t kick off at the press conference; and they save the real fighting for later in the year. It’s a wonderful way to start April.”Joseph Duffy‘I WILL FIGHT HIM ON THE BEACH’: McGREGOR TO TAKE ON DUFFY ON ARRANMORE ISLAND! was last modified: April 1st, 2016 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:Conor McGregorJoseph Duffylast_img read more


first_imgIT’S probably the most famous landmark in County Donegal.And tourism bosses are crying out for a visitor centre to draw more people to Ireland’s most northerly point at Malin Head.But these dolphins have been putting on so many acrobatic displays in the past few days, they’re managing to be the area’s best ambassadors. Pictured just off the pier from the popular Ardmalin Caravan Park, a dolphin pod seems to have taken up residence there.So could a dozen dolphins do for Malin Head what a single dolphin managed to do for Dingle?Judging by the crowds turning up for the displays it is just possible.Among those taking in the dolphin’s fun and frolics was 29-year-old Jean-Pierre d’Harcourt from France and his girlfriend Aimee. “It is so beautiful here,” he told Donegal Daily.“We were enjoying the scenery when the dolphins started to pop up out of the water. It has really made our holiday.“You guys should advertise this; the whole of France will come here. It is so beautiful.”With hot weather ahead from the weekend, all roads will be leading to Malin Head! Pictures by Ardmalin Caravan Park for DonegalDaily WOW! DOLPHINS’ DAZZLING DONEGAL DISPLAY DRAWS MESMERISED SPECTATORS was last modified: June 13th, 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:Ardmalin Caravan Parkdolphin poddolphinsMalin Headlast_img read more

Sherman makes Iran his mission

first_img A longtime member of the House foreign affairs panel and the top Democrat on the non-proliferation subcommittee, Sherman has been working on Iran nuclear issues about five years. He believes Tehran is six to 10 years away from developing a nuclear weapon, and sees that as one of the greatest threats to U.S. security. He accuses President Bush of having an “ostrich policy” on the issue, and criticized the administration both for dropping U.S. objections to Iran joining the World Trade Organization and for allowing the sale of Boeing parts so Iran can repair its aging commercial fleet. “We have done nothing and things on the ground have gotten worse,” Sherman said. “We’ve had all the warnings in the world. We’re getting years and years of warnings. We’re doing little or nothing.” Experts agree. Einhorn said Washington has long harbored divisions between those who want to engage Iran and those who want to isolate the country, leaving the U.S. without a coherent approach. But, he noted, Ahmadineiad’s recent actions have served to unite the administration. A staunch supporter of Israel, Sherman maintained he views Iran’s nuclear threat strictly in terms of America’s security. “The Iran issue is a U.S.-Iran nuclear proliferation issue with implications for Israel,” he said. While lawmakers and policy experts said they recognize Sherman as a serious player on Iran, some also said he uses the issue as a vehicle for partisan potshots at the Bush administration. Ilan Berman, author of “Tehran Rising: Iran’s Challenge to the United States,” who appeared on a panel with Sherman recently on Iran, praised Sherman’s substance but said they differ in “style.” Added Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Thousand Oaks, who previously chaired the non-proliferation panel with Sherman, “Brad has a passion for this issue, and I applaud him. We agree on the policy. We just have a little different style in the way we approach it.” Sherman maintains he criticized the Clinton administration just as harshly. In 2000 he charged that there was “blood in the caviar” that the U.S. continued to import from Iran even as the trial of 13 Iranian Jews accused of espionage ensued. “I have never said anything quite that strident about the Bush administration,” Sherman said. Later, however, he suggested that by failing to pressure U.S. trade partners who also trade with Iran, like China, Bush “engages in a felony in order to protect those who do business with Iran.” He also has a severe assessment of Democrats who, he said, “are strongly suspicious of anything that sounds like an aggressive attempt to protect America.” Sherman is among 333 co-sponsors to legislation by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., codifying sanctions and regulations against Iran and expanding the list of entities that could be sanctioned for doing business with Tehran. Sherman also has his own bill, similar to one proposed by Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., to end the importation of Iranian goods until Tehran has terminated its nuclear program; and discouraging the World Bank from giving loans to Iran. The bill has 22 co-sponsors and Sherman said he does not expect it to move forward any time soon. In the meantime, he awaits word on his memo to President Bush. Said White House spokesman Blair Jones, “We’ve received the letter and are taking a look at it. We appreciate Congressman Sherman’s sharing his views on the matter.” Lisa Friedman, (202) 662-8731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – When U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman found a moment alone with President George W. Bush at a recent White House holiday party, the Sherman Oaks Democrat homed in on the probability of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons. A few weeks later, at an Oval Office bill signing, Sherman again raised the issue, handing Bush a five-page memo detailing the steps he believes the administration should be taking. “I’ve had about 10 substantive conversations with the president, and every one of them has been about Iran,” Sherman said. “I could talk to him about the Santa Monica Mountains, but that could get worse.” Even for the ever-shticking Sherman, the threat posed by a nuclear Tehran is no joke. In fact, it has become one of his signature issues, leading a top aide on the House International Relations Committee to dub him “Mr. Iran.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake While Congress’ fears of Iran’s nuclear plans have intensified in recent months, particularly in the wake of President Mahmous Ahmadineiad’s call for Israel to be wiped off the map, there remains still just a small cadre of lawmakers – Sherman among them – consistently urging the administration to crack down on Iran. “I think he’s one of a few members of Congress that truly understands the nature of the Iranian regime and the kind of threats that it poses to U.S. national security,” said Sam Kermanian, who heads the Iranian-American Jewish Federation in Los Angeles. “He has a large constituency of Iranians,” more than 500,000 in Southern California alone, Kermanian estimated, “and he’s also pretty familiar with the larger issues of the Middle East.” Added Bob Einhorn, a veteran diplomat who serves as a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic International Studies in D.C.: “The United States Congress will always play a secondary role (to the administration) on Iran, but a handful of members of Congress who become very knowledgeable can exert a lot of influence on the direction of the administration’s thinking. “Congressman Sherman is among those members who is becoming an expert in this portfolio,” he said. “He has become a very skillful and knowledgeable advocate for non-proliferation.” last_img read more

Ex-49ers QB Alex Smith on comeback path: ‘I have to learn to run again’

first_imgAlex Smith has said it. The former 49ers quarterback who suffered a grisly double fracture (tibia, fibula) in his right leg in November while playing for the NFL’s Washington franchise, has stated his intent to return to the playing field.“That’s the plan,” Smith recently told Angie Goff of Fox 5 DC (see the entire interview here). “I’m looking forward to (walking on a playing field). I’ve got to conquer more steps before I get there.”Smith’s 4-year, $94 million extension signed with …last_img read more

Brand South Africa supports Take a Girl Child to Work Day

first_imgBrand South Africa hosts 12 female leaners from three Diepkloof schools on Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day®The 12th annual Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day featured Brand South Africa employees reminding young girls to believe in their talents. The event included inspirational words from Play Your Part Ambassadors.Women play a vital role in any community, often as the selfless individuals who care for their families daily. Recognising this Brand South works annually with young schoolgirls to build their self-confidence and encourage them to achieve greatness for themselves, and their communities.This morning, 29 May 2014, Brand South Africa hosted 12 female pupils from Namedi Secondary School, Fidelitas High School and Fons Luminas High School, as part of the Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day®.Luvuyo Mandela is a Play Your Part ambassador who is passionate about educating young femalesThe campaign celebrates its 12th anniversary this year under the theme: Dream, Believe, Achieve. This year’s event aimed to remind young female students that they possess the power to make their dreams real by believing in themselves.The Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day® targets Grade 10 to 12 South African girl pupils, with the opportunity to visit a place of work and experience first-hand what a specific career entails. It encourages the students to participate in discussions to fully understand their role in the country’s socio-economic development.In his welcoming address, Brand South Africa’s chief executive officer, Miller Matola, said, “Take your life, what it presents, and make it work for you.“Your decisions shape the future that you want for yourself. You make this country what it is.”At the event Brand South Africa staff took the time out to speak to the girls about their jobs and career paths.Onke Dumeko, Brand South Africa’s assistant brand manager, spoke to the girls about the importance of believing in themselves, explaining that the most important contribution they can make to building a healthy society is their value.“When you educate a girl child, it makes all the difference,” she said.“Don’t be hooked on job titles. It’s about the value you bring. Build strong relations.”After explaining the pivotal role that Brand South Africa plays in marketing the country and its people locally and internationally, Dumeko and colleague Leigh-Gail Peterson shared stories of their university experiences and career choices with the girls.Play Your Part Ambassadors give encouragementPlay Your Part Ambassadors, Luvuyo Mandela and Bonolo Ramokhele, discussed how important women are in any society and the roles they play in shaping a country.“You [girls] are the rocks and in the future, you’ll be the rocks for your families,” said Mandela, adding that, “It’s important for women to be in business because they do what’s needed.”Mandela, who has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Hamilton College, is passionate about “developing South Africa through education initiatives that help empower young minds and equip them with the necessary skills to become global competitors and leaders”.He said, “I believe in warming others up to the idea of embodying the social entrepreneurial ethos of being a continuous contributor.”Mandela is the founder of Tyathumzi Advisory, which specialises in corporate social responsibility design. He is also establishing an education platform, Skew Circle, and is a One Young World Ambassador.Ramokhele, a charted accountant, is a director at investment company Leofortis Group, a Play Your Part Ambassador, and a World Economic Forum Global Young Leader.Ramokhele had rousing words for the girls; he said, “The face of poverty around the world is black and female. So educate yourselves. It is critical.”The girls’ take on going to workThe girls took the encouragement from the speakers to heart; Lebogang Mabitsi found the event inspiring and said; “Today I learnt to give back what I have; [to] look for ways to make a difference.”Lerato Mphahlele now sees the value in never giving up. She said, “A person must never give up. They can achieve whatever they want to achieve.”The event proved a successful one, with the pupils seeing the many possibilities that education and a career path can open up for young women.last_img read more

Fifty per cent of school syllabus to be reduced: Rajyavardhan Rathore

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 6 (PTI) In a bid to promote sports in the country, Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore today said that a games period will be made mandatory in schools after reducing the syllabus by 50 per cent by next year. “We have come to a stage where sports is not a part of education, it is education. The ministry of education is ensuring that the syllabus in schools by 2019 is reduced by 50 per cent and there will be a sports period on a regular basis,” Rathore said. Rathore said the ministry is planning several things to make sports more relevant. “We are also ensuring that the SAI (now SI) reduces its man power by 50 per cent by 2022 so that they can cater to sports and it has a lean body and money is spent on sports. “This year we will have 20 specialised sports schools and the government of India will pump about Rs 7-10 crore each. The idea is to have a very pointed approach so each school will have only two or three main sports. They will be very focussed,” he said. Rathore also welcomed the Rugby World Cup 2019 trophy tour in India by unveiling the Webb Ellis Cup in the presence of World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper, Asia Rugby President, Aga Hussain, actor Rahul Bose and Rugby India President Numazar Mehta. Also present at the event were Sports Secretary, Rahul Bhatnagar, SAI DG Neelam Kapur and IOA secretary, Rajeev Mehta.The two-year Trophy Tour, which aims to engage and excite new and existing rugby fans ahead of Rugby World Cup, will travel to Mumbai and Bhubaneshwar next.advertisement It will be the first time that the tournament will be played in Asia when Japan hosts the Rugby World Cup 2019.”We are delighted to welcome the Webb Ellis Cup to India in the run up to the World Cup. We are happy to see India included within the 18 nations that will be visited by the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour,” Rathore said. PTI APA ATKATKlast_img read more