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JN backs Racers’ Silent Auction to fund Grand Prix

first_img THREE-WEEK CAMP The auction pot was also sweetened with the opportunity to participate in a three-week Racers Summer camp slated for July 4-22 for athletes aged seven to 19 for $111,000. The camp package also includes accommodation and meals. Other items auctioned included a three-night stay at the Half Moon hotel for a minimum $75,000 bid, while vacationing at Secrets Resort and Spa went for the same price. Racers received a financial boost from Sunday’s auction to the tune of over $800,000, funds raised after admitting their club failed to acquire funds from the Government-run Sports Development Foundation (SDF). That, however, led them to try raising funds from the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica. Meanwhile, Racers boss Glen Mills lauded a JN video presentation dubbed Racers Track Club: The Vision, aired at Sunday’s reception. “This video highlights the aims and direction of our organisation, and we want our benefactors to appreciate how we see ourselves and the future of track and field in Jamaica,” Mills underlined. Racers Track Club showcased their universal sprinting excellence via an innovative and first-of-its-kind Mini-Museum and Silent Auction of running spikes, Puma T-shirts and track suits autographed by their leading stars during the colourful Jamaica National-organised event on Sunday night. Over 25 Olympic and World Championship medals were displayed. University of the West Indies-based Racers Track Club displayed authentic athletic memorabilia and autographed apparel and batons from the club’s local, regional and international track and field exploits at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Jamaica National’s general manager, Earl Jarrett, lauded Glen Mills’ Racers camp for contributing to Jamaica’s image as the ‘sprint capital of the world’. “Our sponsorship of the Grand Prix and hosting of the reception on May 1 is part of our continuing focus to support young athletes and to honour their achievements as we anticipate that they will be among future Jamaican athletes who will maintain the trailblazing standard set by others, some of whom will retire after the 2016 Olympics in Brazil,” Jarrett outlined. Sunday’s reception helped to raise funds and to promote the Racers Grand Prix, which is expected to host around 100 top athletes from some 10 countries, inside the National Stadium on June 11. Mega sprint star, Usain Bolt, who holds the double sprint world records and a total of six Olympic gold medals, saw two pairs of his illustrious Puma spikes fetch a whopping $130,000 and $150,000, respectively. The baton he and his Jamaica team carried while reigning supreme at last year’s IAAF World Championships went for $95,000. Warren Weir, a World and Olympic 200-metre medallist and an adidas-sponsored athlete, saw his spikes and body suit fetch minimum $60,000 and $50,000 each, while the second-fastest man of all time, Yohan Blake, also an adidas-sponsored athlete, had his spikes priced at a minimum of $50,000. Commonwealth Games 2014 gold medallist, Kemar Bailey-Cole, saw his framed photograph priced at $50,000 and his spikes for $55,000, alongside Olympian Michael Frater.last_img read more

Jimmy Alapag joins San Miguel coaching staff

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Team governor Robert Non formally introduced Alapag, Romeo, the returning Ronald Tubid, and Paul Zamar to the fold before the Beermen started its Thursday practice at Acropolis Clubhouse.Non said Alapag has been on San Miguel’s radar even before the six-time champion got drafted into the league and he also expressed his elation that the iconic point guard is now under his team in a coaching capacity.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I’m so happy that we got him as one of the assistant coaches of coach Leo, he’d be of great help just like the other assistant coaches who made it possible for this team to win championships,” said Non. 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Schumacher family asks for privacy before his 50th birthday LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption San Miguel head coach Leo Austria and new assistant coach Jimmy Alapag. Photo by Bong LozadaMANILA, Philippines—Good luck stopping the juggernaut that is San Miguel.In the day that Terrence Romeo officially became a Beermen, the league’s most illustrious club announced that it tapped the legendary Jimmy Alapag as the newest deputy in head coach Leo Austria’s staff.ADVERTISEMENT Alapag, who’s also the head coach of Sam Miguel Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League, expressed his gratitude to the San Miguel bosses for trusting him and making him part of the franchise that won a league-best 25 championships.“History speaks for itself what you guys have already done in the PBA and I’m just here to help in whatever shape or form,” said Alapag who will help lead the Beermen to a potential fifth straight Philippine Cup and seventh championship in five seasons.“If you guys need me I’m here and the goal every season is to win and that’s what I’m all about,” added Alapag.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Guinean Gov’t Provides Ebola Updates:

first_imgThe Guinean government through its Embassy near Monrovia has provided what it translated as the latest information on the rising death toll from the Ebola virus that recently broke out in that West African state.Guinea Ambassador to Liberia, Elhaji Abdoulaye Doré, made the disclosure at a press conference on Friday when he spoke on “matters relating to the Ebola epidemic fever currently being battled by the regional health authorities.”According to Ambassador Doré, since the outbreak of the deadly disease a few weeks ago, with the virus having subsequently spread to Liberia, the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, (MOH/SW) in collaboration with its international partners such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and Médecins Sans Frontieres in the two countries have taken the contagion seriously.As to the number of deaths, the Guinean diplomat disclosed that up to Friday, April 4, 134 cases were reported in Guinea, and of those cases, 84 deaths were related to the Ebola fever. Four new suspected cases were notified in the forest region, three in Macenta against two  reported in the  Guéckédou near the Liberian border, close to Lofa County and to Conakry.He said four other cases were completely treated and the patients discharged on Thursday, April 3 from two hospitals in Conakry (Ratoma and Donka Hospitals.)Reading from statistics collected from Guinea, Ambassador Doré said that out of the 80 cases in Guéckédou, 58 deaths were recorded; in Macenta 26 cases, 14 deaths; in Kissidougou nine cases, five deaths; Conakry 15 cases, four deaths; Dabola three new cases, two deaths; and one case in Dinguiraye, from which one person died.For their combined efforts, the Guinean diplomat expressed gratitude to the respective leadership of those organizations, on behalf of his government.“In the interest of our people and countries, the best thing to do for now is to educate the general public about the danger of the disease. Having acknowledged that this is the most important aspect, we believe that prevention is the best approach to dealing with the epidemic,” the Guinean envoy opined.He said, since the outbreak of the disease, the Guinean government, through its Embassy near Monrovia, has been in regular consultations with her counterpart in Liberia, to acquire the most reliable updates on the situation.“We do not only call the Minister of Health in Liberia for updates on the situation in our country, but we also transmit to him documents received from Conakry as it relates to measures and evaluations on the current situations since the disease outbreak…where the situation has spread to, since its outbreak to date.”Ambassador Doré has meanwhile, disclosed that one special health center with a laboratory facility is being currently installed in Guéckédou where Liberians, Sierra Leoneans as well as Guineans are examined and treated for the “Ebola virus.”     To further augment the strength of medical practitioners in Guinea to contain the spread of the virus, 27 medic specialists from across the world are being assigned to various regions in Guinea.The Ambassador expressed gratitude to the Liberian authorities for the “enthusiastic solidarity being put in place during the outbreak of the disease.”According to him, efforts by the Liberian authorities were clear evidence that Guinea and Liberia constitute one unified people, “because we share the same history, the same geography, and therefore, our people live together under the banners of the Mano River Union. We are therefore not surprised at the solidarity by Liberians because it is in times of trouble that one comes to know true friends. As such, prevention just might be the first major step to curing this pandemic.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

300 Million Children to Receive Immunization Worldwide If…

first_imgThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced that the U.S. Government will commit $1 billion to The Vaccine Alliance, Gavi, in the 2015-2018 fiscal years to help vaccinate 300 million children worldwide.A statement from USAID indicates that the amount announced is subject to congressional approval.It further states that the U.S. contribution will support Gavi’s plan to immunize 300 million additional children and save at least 5 million lives by 2020.If approved by the U.S. Congress, the US$1 billion will benefit Africa, especially Sub-Saharan Africa where Polio, whopping cough, diphtheria and tetanus have been affecting children with Ebola now taking center stage.“Providing a new and underutilized vaccine to the world’s poorest countries is a key driver in ending preventable child deaths by 2035,” the statement notes.Accordingly, USAID will be working closely with host country governments, Ministries of Health and Finance, and in-country and global Alliance partners, and will bring its financial, technical, and diplomatic efforts together to support country immunization programs to reach all children with critical, safe vaccines.”GAVI represents a groundbreaking effort that has unified a global community of partners — from rural clinics to multinational corporations — in the fight to end the tragedy of preventable child death,” said USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah. “In doing so, we are strengthening our own national security, economic prosperity, and moral leadership.”For the third year in a row in his State of the Union address, President Obama embraced the vision of eradicating extreme poverty. USAID’s support for vaccines and immunization is foundational to these efforts.In June 2012, the world came together for the Child Survival Call to Action: A Promise Renewed, to craft a global goal to end preventable child deaths by 2035 and pioneer new approaches to accelerate progress towards child and maternal survival.  In the last two years alone, 24 priority countries – of which 16 are in Africa – have achieved an eight percent reduction in under-five mortality, saving 500,000 lives.Many of these lives were saved by simple, low-cost, high-impact health interventions like vaccines. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance was created in 2000, bringing together public and private sectors with the shared goal of creating equal access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries.Since then, GAVI has helped immunize nearly 500 million children; saving 7 million lives, driven down the costs of life-saving vaccinations, and has helped the poorest countries expand their vaccination programs, the statement said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Teen slapped with B&E charges

first_imgEighteen-year-old Fiaze Mohammed found himself before Magistrate Judy Latchman on Monday when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts slapped with two charges of breaking and entering.The first charge against Mohammed stated that on September 9, 2018 at Campbellville, Georgetown, he broke and entered the dwelling of Toolsie Persaud and stole $10,000; US$1000 and Cdn$1000, which amounted to $370,000 in local currency.The other charge stated that on the same date and location, the teen broke and entered the dwelling of Persaud and stole one Samsung J7 Prime cellular phone valued $70,000 along with one Samsung J7 Pro cellular phone valued $65,000, property of Trisha Persaud. The teen denied the charges.Attorney-at-Law Paul Fung-A-Fat, in a bail application, told the court that the teen had no previous charges laid against him.According to facts presented in court, on September 9, 2018, the Virtual Complainants (VCs) secured their valuables and left their home to attend a church function. However, about 03:30h when they arrived home, they discovered the items missing. A report was made to the Police, and an investigation was launched. This led to the arrest of the teen.According to the prosecution’s case, the teen in an oral statement admitted the offence, and was later charged.No objections to bail were made by Police Prosecutor Quinn Harris. Magistrate Latchman released the teen on $250,000 bail for each charge. The case will continue on October 29, 2018.last_img read more

Teacher found unconscious lying on husband’s decomposing body

first_imgThe community of Cummings Lodge on the lower East Coast of Demerara was on Monday evening shocked to discover teacher Cindy Dawson in an unconscious state, lying on the decomposing body of her husband Kevin Dawson in their Hugh Ganie Park, Cummings Lodge, ECD home.She was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where she remains a patient up to press time.While reports are sketchy, this newspaper was told that the couple was found byThe house in which the couple was foundthe woman’s colleagues, who went to her home after she did not report for work on Monday. A stench was emanating from the house, and this caused Dawson’s colleagues to become suspicious. They forcibly opened the door and, upon entering, found the couple.Police have since launched an investigation.last_img read more

TVG commended by GNBA for catering for the differently abled

first_img…Evening News only newscast with closed captioningGNBA Chairman Leslie SobersPrivately-owned Television Guyana (TVG) and Radio Guyana Inc (RGI) were among the broadcast agencies commended by the Guyana National Broadcast Authority (GNBA) for its compliance with broadcast guidelines catering for persons living with disabilities.TVG and RGI were complimented by Chairman of the GNBA’s Board, Leslie Sobers, during the 4th Stakeholder Engagement held at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre, where 24 broadcast media entities attended.TVG, in catering for persons with disabilities, is the only local broadcast agency which provides closed captioning for its major newscast, Evening News.This is in keeping with the Section 26 of the Persons with Disabilities Act. The Act, however also calls for the prosecution of broadcast entities for failure to demonstrate their social responsibility of catering for the differently abled.Hefty fines as much as $100,000 and a sentence of six months’ imprisonment is among the penalties outlined in the act for failure to comply.“Within 10 years of coming in cooperation with this act, the person in charge of every national television station shall provide a sign language inset or subtitle on one newscast programme daily and special programme covering events of national significance. Subsection 2 says that a person, who fails to comply with subsection 1 commits an offence that is liable on summary convictions to a fine of $100,000 and imprisonment for six months,” Sobers in his attempt to foster compliance by the other agencies.Guyana is presently below on the index for countries catering for persons with disabilities.Forewarning broadcast agencies of the consequences attached to their non-compliance with the request of GNBA in catering for the differently abled, Sobers further highlighted the discriminatory nature enclosed in their resistance.Sobers urged broadcasters to be cognisant of their responsibility.“So to not cater for the needs of the hearing impaired and by extension persons with disability is an act of discrimination…There are legal consequences associated with a broadcaster not putting in place systems to allow accessibility to these persons. Now we are not mindful at GNBA because some of this might be expensive, but at least we would urge our broadcasters to make an attempt, it couldn’t be that much impacting on your bottom-line, if you were to have one major newscast with the closed captioning at the bottom,” Sobers noted.However, defiance on the part of local broadcaster could see them being taken before a Special Investigative Committee (SIC). For those found guilty, fine infractions could be implemented.“For red line infractions, a minimum of $50,000, a maximum of $100,000 so if you get a red infraction, you’re liable to pay this fine. For orange infractions from $25,000 to $50,000, for yellow infractions from $10,000 to $25,000. For failing to attend a hearing of the SIC, a penalty of $75,000, for failing to provide recordings when ordered to do so, $50,000 and for failing to pay a fine on the due date, $100 for every $1000 not paid and repeat offenders can be liable for a suspension of their licensed,” the Chairman warned.RGI presently gives airtime to a member of the differently abled community, Ganesh Singh of the Society for the Blind. This is also in keeping with the requirements of the GNBA.last_img read more

Opinion: ‘Arry Redknapp continues to find new ways to deflect the blame

first_imgThis column appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app from the Apple Newsstand, and follow on twitter @sportmagukLove him, hate him or anywhere in between, we will miss Harry Redknapp when he is no longer gracing our television screens every week.’Arry is a fascinating character. Few who have met him or know him well have a bad word to say about him, yet as a manager he divides opinion like almost no-one else. Is he a shrewd football man with an eye for a deal who likes to play the game the right way, or is he a chancer who has somehow blagged his way to a long and largely successful career in a notoriously difficult business? He might just be a bit of both.I have only encountered him once, at a raceday at Windsor in the spring. He spent all afternoon on the phone, and then at dinner that evening made a brief cameo on stage. He answered a few questions in good heart, sounded utterly unenthused about life at QPR, and then proceeded to regale the room with that story about George Best, Miss World, a bed sprinkled with cash and the waiter who asked him where it had all gone wrong. The place roared with appreciation as though no-one had ever heard it before. ’Arry sported the sheepish grin of a man who could barely believe he had got away with telling such an old tale, and was out of the building by the time the applause had ceased. The room adored him.Therein lies his enduring talent. The room – whichever one it is – still loves him. Which is why, with QPR bottom of the league after somehow contriving to lose to shaky, shambolic Liverpool on Sunday, Redknapp got away with turning his post-match press conference into a one-man attack on apparent fatty Adel Taarabt.As exercises in blame deflection go, turning on a player who has barely figured this season shouldn’t really work. Yet the room let him have it, with no-one prepared to suggest that Taarabt – obviously a tricky character – blatantly isn’t three stone overweight, as Redknapp insisted. Why let something as dull as fact get in the way of a man holding court with such ease?Where Redknapp still treads, of course, others follow. Arsene Wenger was at his surly worst after Arsenal failed to beat Hull at the weekend, giving BBC questioner Jacqui Oatley an odd mix of honest answers and patronising, almost creepy responses in an uncomfortable post-match interview. Swansea’s Garry Monk, meanwhile, was in full-on fury mode after his team lost at Stoke, accusing Victor Moses of diving and cheating to win the penalty that brought the home side back into the game.Premier League managers have an almost impossible job, but watching them react to adversity is one of the game’s great joys. And, in that table at least, ’Arry is still right at the top. 1 Harry Redknapp last_img read more

Zidane risks reputation to usher in new era at Real Madrid

first_img0Shares0000Zinedine Zidane was re-appointed as coach of Real Madrid on Monday. © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMadrid, Spain, Mar 12 – Zinedine Zidane stood for 29 minutes fielding questions but all of them really came down to two: Why now? And, what next? In a packed auditorium in the belly of the Santiago Bernabeu on Monday night, Raul and Roberto Carlos took their seats in the front row while journalists squeezed up against the walls, an hour and a half after the official announcement. Santiago Solari had been sacked as coach of Real Madrid and in his place Zidane would return, 284 days after he had left. On May 31 last year, sitting next to the club’s president Florentino Perez, Zidane had said the team would not keep winning with him in charge. They failed to win without him, first under Julen Lopetegui, the sacked Spain coach, and then Solari, the interim-turned-permanent coach, who watched on as Madrid’s season went up in smoke in six days. Solari’s exit was inevitable but the idea any suitable replacement would take over for 11 La Liga games, with nothing to preside over except the aftermath of a crisis, seemed fanciful. “When the president called me the first thing I thought was: go,” said Zidane. Which begs the question: what has changed? Rest may have refreshed motivation, particularly for Zidane, who said himself, “I have never been far away”. He has stayed in Madrid and attended a handful of matches, while three of his sons still play for the club at various levels. For him, the move back might have been less of a leap than it seems from the outside. Yet the greatest lure may be that the team has been failing. For the best coaches, and players, there is always self-belief, a sense that no problem is too big to solve. Zidane knew he would return with more authority than ever, far more even than after he had hoisted a third consecutive Champions League trophy. The suspicion then was that he was just a face, a popular manager to keep the ship steady while star players engineered their own success. As two coaches came and went, Zidane’s stock rose with every chance missed, every seat left empty and every point that Barcelona moved further away. “I returned because the president called me. I love him and I love this club,” he said. “We will change things, for sure, for the years to come.” Zidane could have waited until the summer but the job might not have been available. Jose Mourinho, speaking on his increasingly regular public appearances, seemed eager. Perez was under fire from all directions, from the fans, many of whom blamed the board more than Solari in the newspaper polls, and from the players, led by Sergio Ramos. “The problem is bad planning,” Ramos reportedly shot back during a heated argument with Perez following last week’s defeat to Ajax.– ‘New golden era’-A new coach could ease the pressure and one like Zidane, remove it almost completely.“We need to start working on a new glorious era,” said Perez. “That is why we welcome back Zinedine Zidane.” Zidane has three months to decide what needs changing. He arrives under no illusions. Madrid triumphed in Europe but in La Liga last season, Barcelona finished 17 points ahead. Now the gap is 12. “I don’t forget what we won but I also don’t forget the bad things we did all together last year,” he said. The temptation might be to discard a lot and spend even more, but the challenge for Zidane is to find the balance between reform and revolution. A fresh start could bring ousted players in from the cold while progress made by talented youngsters like Vinicius Junior, Sergio Reguilon and Marcos Llorente could quickly be lost. Ronaldo has gone and, while it was unavoidable the team would miss him, others have struggled to fill the void. Gareth Bale and Zidane were barely speaking during the second half of last season and Bale is understood to be less than enthused by the Frenchman’s return. A clean slate is possible but a parting appears more likely. Zidane and Gareth Bale did not appear to see eye to eye last season © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSDecisions will need to be made too on Marcelo and Isco, who have both endured torrid seasons, while Keylor Navas was once a favourite of Zidane’s, which could spell trouble for Thibaut Courtois. Luka Modric, heavily linked with a move to Italy last summer, may feel it is time for something new. Zidane’s biggest gain is Vinicius, who may not take play again this season as he recovers from an ankle injury, but whose emergence has been Madrid’s one shining light. The 18-year-old has flourished though on the left of a front three, which puts any move for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard in a sticky spot. Neymar or Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain will again be touted. “I would like them both,” Perez said on Monday. For now though, Real face Celta Vigo on Saturday, with a squad reunited and spirits lifted. It is like Zidane has never been away.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Bearcats still on top in Miramonte

first_imgLA VERNE – It took a lot of heart and determination for the Bonita High School girls soccer team to pull out a 3-1 come-from-behind victory over Charter Oak High in overtime on Thursday afternoon. The Bearcats, tied at 1-1, scored the winning goal – extending their Miramonte League-play winning streak to 136 games – five minutes into the first of two overtime periods on a shot from senior London Tennant that tricked past Chargers goalkeeper Natalie Bailey. (626) 962-8811 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I think we played great,” Bearcats coach Michael Dyer said. “We just weren’t able to finish any of our shots. If we had gotten one early, I don’t think their would have been an issue of overtime.” The Chargers got on the board early in first half with a goal from sophomore Diana Costellom, who scored off of a corner kick. But they were unable to protect the lead. The Bearcats, dominating nearly the entire game, but unable to finish any of their shots, tied the score at 1 with less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation on a shot from sophomore Deborah Musa. “In overtime we were just fitter than they were,” Dyer said. “That, and the girls were fired up about the comment their (Charter Oak) coach said about their team winning league this year.” center_img Bonita improved to 8-3-3 overall and 1-0 in league play. Charter Oak dropped to 9-3-1 and 1-1. Freshman Jessica Sanchez scored the insurance goal for Bonita with less than four minutes remaining in the final overtime. last_img read more