Fraser-Pryce appeals to sponsors

first_imgAs she gets ready to launch the third edition of her now annual six-a-side football competition in the Waterhouse community where she grew up, World and Olympic 100 metres champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is urging businesses within the Waterhouse community to lend their support to the competition that has helped build relationships and ease tensions between rival communities.She also revealed plans to develop the field, located at 451 Spanish Town Road into a sporting complex. The opening ceremony and dress parade are set for 3 p.m today.The additional sponsorship, she said, will help offset costs associated with catering to four additional teams as well as having medical staff present at every game this season.”Last year, we had an incident where two players went up for the ball and headbutted each other and we had to carry them to the hospital, so this year we have to make sure that we have medical personnel on the field at all times,” Fraser-Pryce revealed.Four more teams have registered for this year’s competition, bringing the total number of teams to 24. Meanwhile, two additional sponsors, NCB Foundation and Sagicor Bank, are now supporting the competition already backed by title-sponsor Digicel, Tankweld, GraceKennedy and WATA.”I am really excited to have them on board for them to see the impact this football competition has had on the community,” Fraser-Pryce said. “Each year, the players get better in how they talk to each other and to officials, very respectful. I remember years ago when I lived in the community, men were in argument over football, and one person ended up dying. It’s a good thing when you can have young men from different parts of the community come together and play some football, and when they are done they can lyme and talk and go about their business after.”The 24 teams will be divided into six zones of four teams each. The final is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, December 12, 2015.last_img read more

McLeod hungry for more

first_img American Ameer Webb posted his second sub-20 time of the season in the half-lap event, winning in a meet record 19.85. Panama’s Alonso Edward was second in 20.06. Jamaica’s only field athlete on show, Shanieka Thomas, competing at her first Diamond League meet, fell well short of her personal and season’s best 14.47m in the triple jump. The 24-year-old, who cited her coach’s absence as the possible reason for her below-par showing, placed sixth after managing 14.10m. The event was won by Colombia’s Caterine Ibarguen with a meet record and world-leading 15.04m to stretch her unbeaten run to 32 competitions. Yulimar Rojas, with her leap of 14.92m, broke the Venezuelan national record for second, with Kazakhstan’s Olga Rypakova (14.61m) placing third. ryon.jones@gleanerjm.com DOHA, Qatar: “I want everything!” Those were the words of Omar McLeod shortly after he got the better of a quality field at the Qatar Sports Club at the Doha Diamond League meet yesterday. McLeod won in a world-leading and season’s best 13.05 seconds. This was the 22-year-old’s first Diamond League outing, and having created history since the start of the year by becoming the first athlete to run under 10 seconds in the 100m and sub-13 seconds in the 110m hurdles to go along with his World Indoors 60m success, he intends to stay dominant right up to the Olympics as he wants all that’s on offer. “You always want to go out with a bang, especially in hurdling. You always want to stay on top of your game, especially with these world-class athletes. Let them know you are around and let them know you are here to stay,” McLeod said. McLeod survived a stumble at the end of yesterday’s race as he finished ahead of compatriot Hansle Parchment. Parchment, who also clocked a season’s best 13.10, viewed his run as another rung on the journey to the two big races. “I think the technique was a little off today, but this is just another build-up race to the main event – first the trials and then the Olympics, ” Parchment said. Spain’s Orlando Ortega (13.12) was third, while 2013 World Champion David Oliver (13.16) was fourth, and Olympic champion and world record-holder Aries Merritt was sixth in 13.37. MEET RECORD One of two other Jamaican top three finishers on the night was Veronica Campbell-Brown, who improved her season best to 10.91 seconds in the women’s 100m. Campbell-Brown was not perturbed at not winning as she intends to produce her best when it counts most. “I am working to keep getting better so that when it matters most, I am at my best,” Campbell-Brown said. There was a mild upset in the race. American champion and World bronze medallist Tori Bowie won ahead of pre-race favourite Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands in a new meet record and world-leading 10.80. Schippers clocked 10.83. The second Jamaican in the race, Simone Facey, was sixth in 11.05. The country’s most successful Diamond League athlete, 400m hurdler Kaliese Spencer, failed in her bid to notch a 22nd victory in the series as she appeared race rusty and was third in a season’s best 55.02. “I wasn’t hurdling properly … I was jumping for the most part of it,” Spencer, the four-time Diamond Trophy winner in the event, said. The race was won by Great Britain’s Eilidh Doyle in a world-leading 54.53, with world indoor 400m champion Bahrain’s Kemi Adekoya placing second in 54.87. Nickel Ashmeade placed a disappointing seventh in the men’s 200m in 20.31, which he said was due to the flu, which made it difficult even for him to speak. NEW SEASON BESTlast_img read more

Harrison hoping to deliver title

first_img PRESSURING CIRCUMSTANCES Three years ago Neil Harrison took the job as head coach at Kingston College (KC). This year, Harrison says he remains just as optimistic about winning that institution’s first ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships in almost eight seasons. The purples, with 31 titles overall, lead reigning champions Calabar High, who have swept the championships on five straight occasions since 2012. In this, Harrison’s third season, he is optimistic about breaking the Calabar dominance and, hopefully, winning KC’s first Mortimer Geddes trophy since 2009. “Things have been going well. We have been doing well all season, so I am very optimistic and I am hoping that come March 28 to April 1, we will rise to the occasion,” said Harrison, who feels his team could spring a secret weapon on the defending champions. “If it is a secret, then I should not say,” Harrison joked to The Gleaner, while stressing that he is under no pressure to deliver that long-awaited title. “Quite honestly, there is not any pressure per say. If you have gone two seasons, and you have not been victorious, then you would want to really get a victory. At least one out of three would be satisfactory, and I think we have the material to get the job done,” explained the coach. In what could be pressuring and gruelling circumstances for KC athletes over the five days of competition, Harrison is hoping his charges will stay injury free. “I am just hoping that we stay healthy and that we rise to the occasion come that day, but we are physically, mentally charged and ready to go,” he assured. The team will be captained by Kary McLeod and his vice, Shane Buchanan. They will be joined by sprint standout Jhevaughn Matherson, who, though not team captain, could show some leadership. According to Harrison, KC has prepared and used the development meets as a yardstick to measure their strengths; now it is just to go to the championships and perform at their best. Speaking of leaving former champions Munro College (where he stayed for 17 years) for KC, Harrison had no regrets, but visits home every weekend. He said he was not mindful of critics of KC. “You have to actually be in the Kingston College family to actually understand the KC family. At KC, looking outside and being inside are two totally different scenarios,” Harrison said.last_img read more

President Granger receives courtesy call from outgoing New Zealand Ambassador

first_imgPresident David Granger on Wednesday received a courtesy call from New Zealand’s outgoing Ambassador to Guyana and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Jan Henderson at State House.Henderson, who has been based in Barbados, will return to New Zealand next????????????????????????????????????month when her tour of duty comes to an end. During the brief meeting, at which Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, who is also performing the functions of Prime Minister, was also present, the Head of State said Guyana is pleased with the level of cooperation between the two countries during the Ambassador’s tenure.“Your tenure wasn’t noisy but it was effective and as you return to your country, we hope that you will be better positioned to do more, particularly for the Small Island States,” he said.Henderson described her tour of duty as successful, noting that she is pleased that she has accomplished most of what she had set out to do when she took up the role.last_img read more

Republic Bank’s ATM system to be closed next weekend

first_img…as upgrade gets underwayRepublic Bank (Guyana) Limited (RBL) has advised that its Automated Teller Machine (ATM) will be closed from Thursday afternoon to Sunday next week.The commercial bank advised that all ATM outlets across the country would be closed and point-of-sales services would be unavailable from October 31 at 14:00h to November 3 at 16:00h.Republic BankDuring this period, Internet banking and online transactions will also be unavailable.The Bank also informed that it would be closed on Friday, November 1. Its branches will be closed at 12:00h from Thursday, October 31. On Wednesday, October 30, branches will be closed at 15:00h. Normal opening hours will resume on Monday, November 4.According to Republic, these changes are to facilitate a migration of its banking system to a newer one and to enhance customers’ banking experience.Republic Bank Guyana Limited has revealed that its profit before taxation for the year 2018 was a staggering $4.664 billion, and its net income for that same year was a whopping $3.134 billion. This is an increase of 14.4 per cent over the $2.738 billion the Bank had earned in 2017.In the Director’s Report, RBL Managing Director Richard Sammy said normal banking operations accounted for $2.951 billion. He attributed these increased earnings to the sale of the Bank’s fixed assets.Earlier this year, Republic Bank had had to contend with customers complaining of millions of dollars going missing from their accounts. Some customers even took to social media to call the Bank out over the discrepancies.In May, RBL publicly confirmed that the monies were indeed missing, after previously denying knowledge of the reports. After several customers had reached out to <<>> about their missing money, a call to the Bank by this publication was met with denial by one of its managers.Last November, Republic Bank had announced that it was seeking to acquire Scotiabank’s operations in St Maarten, Guyana, Anguilla, St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Dominica, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.Guyana’s Central Bank Governor Dr Gobind Ganga told this newspaper last month that the application was denied in light of concerns about “concentration” and “competition” which would have negative impacts on the country’s financial system.last_img read more

Kaiser holds down little Desert Chapel

first_imgFONTANA – Friday night’s section boys basketball semifinal game between host Kaiser and Palm Springs Desert Chapel at Summit High School had a distinct “Hoosiers” feel. Much like the movie based on tiny Milan (Ind.) High School’s two-point victory against Muncie Central in the state title game in 1954, Desert Chapel was a figurative Lilliputian battling a giant. Desert Chapel has just 95 students and Kaiser 2,600. But unlike the “Milan Miracle” which produced a two-point victory against a much larger school, there was no magical ending for Desert Chapel. Kaiser coach Bill Hughes had to give Pio his props. “He’s a tough kid,” Hughes said. “He was knocking down 3s and free throws and battling for rebounds. He was impressive.” As for the “Hoosiers” comparison, Hughes wasn’t buying it. “There are only 10 guys on the court at a time,” he said. “And Christian schools can, how would you say it, recruit. We’re not able to.” The difference in the game, Hughes said, was rebounding. Players such as 6-foot-6 center Keldrick Haynes and forward Darrick Johnson gave the Cats a big edge over the smaller Eagles. Haynes had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Cats and Johnson had 14 points. Also for Kaiser, Hakeem Nance led the way with 21 points – including four 3-pointers – and Daniel Sosa 14. Desert Chapel didn’t play great defense or block out well, but it was tough on offense, led by Pio. The Eagles trailed 62-52 after three quarters. Scratching and clawing all the way, the Eagles moved to within 74-71 with 24 seconds left on a 3-pointer by Pio. In a situation where it needed a foul or a steal, Desert Chapel then let Nance dribble almost the length of the court before he dished to Sosa for a layup, clinching the game. Haynes added a dunk at the end for Kaiser. “It feels great,” Kaiser’s Johnson said. “This is what we’ve been working for. All of our hard work is paying off. (Desert Chapel) was good, but we just wanted it more.” Eagles coach Don Parshall believes his team belongs in this division, even though Kaiser’s student body dwarfs Desert Chapel’s. “I’d rather play a team like this and have a 7-point game than beat some team by 40,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Kaiser won 78-71 to advance to the CIF-Southern Section Division IV-AA title game next week at Colony High School against the winner of tonight’s Huntington Beach Brethren Christian vs. Ontario Christian game. The fact that Kaiser won didn’t mean Desert Chapel didn’t have its own version of “Jimmy Chitwood” the fictional star of the “Hoosiers” movie. Eagles 5-10 guard Chaz Pio did an incredible impression of Chitwood, complete with knee-high white socks and crew cut. Driving inside Kaiser’s big men with abandon, Pio scored 28 points, making layups, swishing free throws and draining 3-pointers. Pio said Desert Chapel’s inspired effort against Kaiser was not a surprise. “It’s nothing new,” he said after a tear-field hug from his mom. “Kaiser was a good team and they outplayed us but we’ve faced six or seven teams like them this year and they’re only the second one that’s beaten us.” last_img read more

Sports betting banned in Uganda -reports

first_img0Shares0000Uganda President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.KAMPALA, Uganda, Jan 21 – Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has ordered that no new licences should be issued to sports betting companies nor renewing of permits for the existing ones.According to Minister of State for Finance, David Bahati, the President gave the directive saying that gambling has diverted attention of the youth from hard work. “We have received a directive from President Museveni to stop licensing sports betting, gaming and gambling companies. The President has now directed the board which has been regulating them. From now onwards, no new companies are going to be licensed. Those which are already registered, no renewal of licences when they expire,” Bahati revealed on Sunday during a church service in Rugarama Hill in western Kabale town.Bahati said church leaders who have been against sports betting can now praise the Lord because their prayers have been answered.However, the Ministry of Finance spokesman, Jim Mugunga, said he was unaware of the president’s directive but added that he does not doubt it.“I don’t know but since it was said by a minister, quote him. That’s good news,” Mugunga said.-By Daily Monitor Uganda- 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

FROM CHINA TO DONEGAL – IN A MINI COOPER!

first_imgA mini adventure from China to Donegal!A modest Chinese couple slipped quietly into a popular Donegal hostel on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way in December 2015. They had arrived at their intended destination – beautiful Glencolmcille, with it’s majestic cliffs, hidden coves and famous traditional culture. This is not a particularly unusual occurrence; Áras Ghleann Cholm Cille attracts visitors from all over of the world, right throughout the year.But this wasn’t any ordinary arrival. The self-styled ‘Two Lunatics’ from China had made the 16,558 kilometer trip from Shanghai to Donegal in a Mini Cooper! Now local man Roger Holmes on his hugely popular blog – The Paris Method -has tracked them down.Follow their story here….http://theparismethod.com/shanghai-to-donegal-wild-atlantic-drive/FROM CHINA TO DONEGAL – IN A MINI COOPER! was last modified: February 4th, 2016 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:Chinadonegalmini cooperRoger HolmesThe Paris Methodlast_img read more

Messi reveals why his superb goal against Man United is one of his favourites

first_img1 It was a great goal and shut up those people who thought Lionel Messi was rubbish in the air.The Barcelona forward even claims it is one of his favourites and why wouldn’t it be? It came in a Champions League final against a Man United team which boasted Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand in defence and Edwin van der Sar in goal. United were the holders in 2009, but Messi and Barca wiped the floor with them and his header was the game’s decisive second goal.“It was hard to imagine that I was going to score with my head with Ferdinand standing near me, but I didn’t really have a marker,” he told Four Four Two.“It was such an important goal in every sense: for the team, for the way the final was turning in our favour and for me, too. It’s still one of  my favourite goals,” he said.In Pep Guardiola’s first season in charge, the 2-0 victory sealed a first treble for Barcelona as they won LaLiga, Copa del Rey and the Champions League.“It completed a great season when we won everything,” Messi added. Lionel Messi scores against Man United in the 2009 Champions League final last_img read more

ATHLETICS NEWS: TIR CHONAILL AC JUVENILES HUGELY IMPRESSIVE AT MAGHERAFELT MEETING

first_imgTir Chonaill AC Athletics News:The Meadowbank Stadium in Magherafelt last weekend was a happy competitive arena for the clubs young athletes, coaches and supporters.The occasion was the annual Indoor Ulster /Athletics Northern Ireland c/ships held over two days for the Under 12 to 19 age groups. Club athletes battled their way onto the presentation podium at regular intervals and recorded numerous top class performances and PB’s. SaturdayEarly in the morning, Lucy McGlynn, from Ballyshannon finishes 2nd in the U12 60m heat -9.44secs and quaifies for the final. Niamh Mohan, Frosses, 2nd in her heat – 9.73secs – is just outside the eight athlete final placing. In the Girls U13 60m Amy Elliott, Ardara impresses with a 2nd place -9.28secs and automatic final qualification. Aisling Mohan, Frosses, and Tess Duke, Donegal Town,were just outside final qualification. Rian O’Murchu, Portnoo. Boys U12 wins his heat, 9.89secs and qualifies for the later final. Neighbour,Johnie McGonagle, was just outside a final placing. Derbhla O’Neill, Killybegs, GU14 performed well. Boys U15, Iarla O’Murchu. Portnoo, wins his heat -8.20secs- and qualifies for the final. As we moved into the afternoon,Lucy McGlynn in a closely fought U12 60m final – time 9.19secs finishes 2nd behind Rachael Callery, Glaslough Harriers , and is the first Tir Chonaill athlete to climb onto the victory podium. Rian O’Murchu,9.47secs/ 4th, Amie Elliott, 9.23secs/ 6th and Iarla O’Murchu. 8.18secs / 5th – outstanding performances in very competitive finals. Track competition now moved into the middle distance disciplines. Large entries dictated that time trials were held with the fastest times determining final placings. Emer O’Brien, from Ballintra, won her heat of the GU12 600m and an excellent overall 4th place finish. Maebh Neill, Killybegs,8th, Albha McCrossan, Ardara, and Sean Doherty also gave good performances. In the U13 age groups Savanna Timoney, Ballintra, Maria Bonner, Fntown, Christopher Mulligan, Killybegs and Lee McCabe, Binbane, all were happy with their performances. In the U14 and U15 – 800m events Laoise McGonagle, Portnoo, 8th, Eoin Sharkey, Ardara,10th and Declan Sharkey U15/7th gave battling performances. Late in the afternoon Kate mcGowan, U19,Donegal Town, in her first attempt over 400m won in a good time of 59.14secs ahead of clubmate Eva McMullin, Ballyshannon. Christpher O’Loughlan,U19,Doorin, finished 4th in the 400mIn the field events -Shot Putt U12- three club athletes, Johnnie McGonagle, Liam Gallagher and Liam Roarty took the premier placings while Ellen Canavan, 5th and Niamh Mohan, 7th were also impressive. In the Girls U18 age group club mates Clara Herron,Grange, 10.77m took gold and Chloe Masterson, Donegal Town, 3rd. In the Long Jump discipline the following had top ten finishes -Rian OMurchu U12, Christopher Mulligan, U13/4th, Eoin Sharkey, U14 and Declan Sharkey, U15 SundayIn the first field event on Sunday morning Niamh Mohan, Frosses, surprised herself in winning the U12 Long Jump with Maebh Neill filling 8th position. Caolan O’Callaghan, Donegal Town, with a PB of 1.81m/High Jump/U19 was an impresssive winner. Later he followed up with a win in the Triple Jump/12.68m. Amy Elliott, finishes just outside the medals in the U13/Long Jump while Laoise McGonagle, Derbhla Neill and Amy McCullagh had top ten finishes in the U13 Girls Shot. Diarmuid O’Donnell. Mountcharles, 2nd Shot/U13 and Iarla O’Murchu, 3rd/Shot U15 with Lisa Adair,Cassie Brennan, both Ardara and Tess Duke Donegal Town all filled top ten places and a most successsful weekend for the throwers.On the track Eva McMullin wins the U19/200m while Chloe Masterson finishes 3rd in her heat of the U18/200m. The climax of the two day meet was the relays. Tir Chonaill had four teams entered and came away with a victory in the G12 /4 x 100m, a third in the BU12/ 4x100m and 4th place finishes in the GU13/4X100m and GU14/ 4 x 200m. Congratulations to all club competitors and a sincere thank you to club coaches and supporters for their invaluable leadership over the weekend.Men qualify for National Indoor League finalThe clubs men’s squad make club history on Saturday next when they contest the National Indoor League final in Athlone. Following two qualification rounds they now enter an eight team final that includes Clonliffe, Tallaght, Leevale, Le Cheile, Raheny, Dooneen, Tullamore, Tir Chonaill.Best of luck to all – the first team from the club and N West to gain a place in this prestigious final.We wish them well.‘Snog and Jog’ 5k in Ballyshannon As a lead in to the CARA BUNDORAN CHALLENGE 2015 Tir Chonaill AC will organise two 5k’s – Jog and Snog 5k in Ballyshannon on Sat 14th Feb -11.30am start and ‘The March Hare’ 5k on Sun. 1st March 11.30 start. The Ballyshannon 5k route is recognised as one of the fastest courses in the North West – the finish is 100metres lower than the start. Proceeds from this event will go towards Ronald McDonald House Crumlin – a charity that currently is supporting a number of Tir Chonaill AC members families at a most difficult time. Dates for your diary whether you are a walker, belong to a Couch to 5k, fit4life, meet and train groups.Club Couch to 5kThe new years Couch to 5k and fit4life programmes are drawing huge crowds to training in Donegal Town, Ballyshannon and Glenties The C25k groups meet at 7pm on Wed and Fri evenings at the Abbey Voc School, Track and Mall Track Ballyshannon on Wed and Fri evening at 7pm and on Sunday mornings at 9am. The fit4life groups meet in Glenties at 6.30pm on Wed nights and at 7pm in Donegal Town on Tuesday eveningsAttached find a group photograph of the last nights Donegal Town group when over 80 trained under the floodlights ATHLETICS NEWS: TIR CHONAILL AC JUVENILES HUGELY IMPRESSIVE AT MAGHERAFELT MEETING was last modified: February 5th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:athleticsNoticesSportTIR CHONAILL AClast_img read more