Manager of Jamaica College’s Manning Cup team, Ian Forbes, has warned rivals that the school intends to continue winning even more. Forbes made his comments yesterday as the Hope Road-based school celebrated a fourth straight title and 28th overall.It’s the first time in 64 years that the Manning Cup has won by the same school for four consecutive years. Kingston College last did it from 1949 to 1952.The self-styled ‘True Blue’ institution, located at 189 Old Hope Road celebrated inside the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium, three days after they had beaten Wolmer’s Boys 2-1 in a hard-fought National Stadium final.A yesterday’s function members of the school’s board, management, academic staff, parents and students gave thanks for what was dubbed “a blessing.”Speaking in an interview with The Gleaner, team manager and old boy Forbes said members of the champion team were all passionate about the game.”It is pretty easy to motivate these young men; they are very passionate about what they do, they work very hard, and they prepare very well,” Forbes said.”Once a boy comes through the gates of Jamaica College, he is transformed [by], it’s fighting spirit, never-say-die attitude, and the quest to be a champion,” Forbes added.MILLIONS OF DOLLARSHe credited the tremendous resources – financial and human – “persons giving of their time and energy to make everything work'”for JC’s success.He admitted that JC Manning Cup budget is a ‘huge’. He did not give a precise figure but he estimated that “it is in the region of millions of dollars”.One of the men at the centre of the winning project, coach Miguel Coley, has won the Cup in all his four years at the school.”Our school has gone through a lot this year, and winning the Manning Cup is just a message that we will always rise above the adversity. We are an institution of champions on the football field, and off it, we want to use the football team as an example that you can be great,” he charged the students.The emotional Coley, revealed: “This great school has changed my life.”Principal Wayne Robinson led the cheers at the function shouting: “JC, JC, a big side !! Coley a big coach! to rapturous applause.”We have had a very challenging time over the last couple of months. We’ve had three deaths and I heard Mr Forbes dedicate this win to me, and I dedicate this win to the three boys we lost … and dedicating this Manning Cup to their families,” principal Robinson said.Meanwhile, captain Oquin Robinson who played in the competition for three years, called it a “tremendous privilege to captain this great institution.””I helped to win three Manning Cups, the Walker Cup, the FLOW Super Cup and Olivier Shield and I feel good,” he said.JC are already eyeing their next title this season. After Saturday’s win the team returned to training at noon on Monday to prepare for the Walker Cup knockout final against Kingston College tomorrow.
It’s also the story of Utah, which might get in the mix to host a Winter Olympics in 2026 or 2030.The chairman of the LA bid was in Park City on Tuesday for the U.S. Olympic Committee media summit to discuss Los Angeles’ recent victory; many of the questions he fielded, though, involved whether a U.S. bid for an upcoming Winter Games might make sense, too.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Twenty-six is complicated, obviously,” Casey Wasserman said. “Obviously, there are real challenges from a timing perspective, two years before us. But I think our approach has been, the Olympic Games, whether summer or winter, are good for American athletes. Our intent is to be a good partner to the USOC and American athletes.”The USOC board will meet next month to discuss the possibility. The same country hasn’t hosted back-to-back Olympics since before World War II, though when the International Olympic Committee scrapped its traditional rules and awarded 2024 (Paris) and 2028 (LA) at the same time, it indicated it was certainly open to new ideas. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES FILE – In this Feb. 9, 2002, file photo, Georg Hackl, of Germany, speeds past an Olympic logo during a practice run for the men’s singles luge at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in Park City, Utah. The idea of the U.S. hosting a Winter Olympics is complicated. So says the leader of the team that brought the Summer Games to Los Angeles for 2028. LA 2028 chairman Casey Wasserman says his team would be supportive of a bid to bring the Winter Games to the United States. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)PARK CITY, Utah — The venues are there. The city loves the Olympics. The memories of the last games it hosted are still fairly fresh and mostly positive.This is the story of Los Angeles, which will host the Summer Games in 2028.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up The most complicating factor for either year would be a reworking of an agreement between LA and the USOC that transfers the USOC’s marketing rights to the city’s organizing committee over an eight-year span. Adding another American Olympics to that mix would force some major renegotiations.There’s also the issue of the IOC bid process. Bach has redrawn the rules for 2026, creating friendlier deadlines for cities to commit to a bid. But he has not committed to a potential double award for 2026 and 2030, the way he did with 2024 and 2028.Also, the USOC will have to consider Denver and Reno, Nevada, which also have expressed interest in hosting a Winter Games but would be behind the curve compared with Salt Lake City.“Thomas Bach has publicly stated he’d like to see the Winter Games return to a more traditional location, and to me, that’s code for Europe or North America,” said USOC chairman Larry Probst, speaking to the fact that the hosts for 2014, 2018 and 2022 are Russia, South Korea and China. “We’ve got to look at that, then develop a strategy about whether we’re going to bid for the (2026) Winter Games or beyond that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Olympics in 2002, and what remains there and in Park City pretty much adheres to Agenda 2020, the blueprint that IOC President Thomas Bach set for future Olympics, which calls for less spending on new venues and infrastructure.Through a legacy foundation, the area has maintained an Olympic speedskating oval and a Nordic skiing course, each of which have drawn local athletes to their respective sports and could be used as part of an upcoming bid. The Utah Olympic Park remains an active training ground for action sports, for both U.S. athletes and those from other countries who are invited to work out there.Meanwhile, Utah likes the Olympics: NBC says Salt Lake City has ranked as either No. 1 or 2 among U.S. TV markets over the last three Winter Games.Leaders of the movement to bring the games back to Utah have largely stayed quiet, not wanting to take the limelight from Los Angeles, which helped the U.S. put a stop to a long string of embarrassing losses on the Olympic bid front. But a handful have told The Associated Press that there is enthusiasm for a potential bid if the USOC will sign on.“There’s fantastic momentum to have the Games come back. I think we could do it for a very affordable price compared to the rest of the world,” said Ted Morris, the executive director of U.S. Speedskating, which is based in the Salt Lake City area. “In my opinion, looking at ’26 is probably not realistic, but ’30 seems like an opportunity.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Playoff-bound Cubs lose to Reds in finale Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, speaks during a press conference at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. Nadal withdrew from his semifinal match against Roger Federer, of Switzerland, due to a knee injury. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Dominic Thiem outlasted Milos Raonic 7-6 (3), 6-7 (3), 6-4 on Saturday to reach the BNP Paribas Open final after Roger Federer advanced when Rafael Nadal withdrew because of a knee injury.A somber Nadal announced his withdrawal a couple hours before he was scheduled to take the court at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadal said he won’t play again until the Monte-Carlo Masters on clay in mid-April.“I don’t have doubts today that I will be ready for Monte Carlo,” he said.It would have been the 39th career meeting between Nadal and Federer, who seeks a record sixth title at Indian Wells and the 101st in his career on Sunday.“I know every one we have now could be our last,” Federer said. “It’s a special rivalry, maybe the most special with Rafa and Novak (Djokovic).”Sunday’s women’s final features 18-year-old Canadian wild-card Bianca Andreescu against two-time major champion Angelique Kerber.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying The year began promisingly enough. Nadal didn’t drop a set in reaching his fifth Australian Open final, where he lost to Djokovic. He’s ranked No. 2 in the world and has a match record of 11-2.“Still tough because I felt more or less OK during this beginning of the season in terms of my knee,” he said. “Now it starts the process that I have to decide what direction we have to take to recover well and to recover as soon as possible.”Even with all of his injuries, Nadal indicated he has no intention of giving up playing on hard courts, the surface for two of the four Grand Slam events.“My goal is to play on all the surfaces,” he said.With time to fill before the women’s and men’s doubles finals, Djokovic and Pete Sampras teamed for a one-set doubles match against John McEnroe and tournament director Tommy Haas. Comedian Jon Lovitz served as chair umpire.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I warm up today in the morning, and I felt that my knee was not enough good to compete at the level that I need to compete,” he said.Federer was warming up on another court at the same time as Nadal and figured the match was on. However, Nadal soon texted him it wasn’t going to happen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It’s a big letdown,” said Federer, who came on court in khaki shorts and a gray cardigan to address fans. “I know the anticipation is there from the crowd and also us players. I’m excited to be in the finals but not this way.”The 32-year-old Spaniard’s right knee flared up in the second set of his 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2) victory over Karen Khachanov on Friday in the quarterfinals. He twice called for a trainer, who applied tape just below Nadal’s knee. It was obvious that Nadal’s movement was hampered. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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He led 5-3 and served it out, winning on his second match point with a backhand volley.“The only break point I had to save was in the last game, and that was what I wanted to do, to play my service games well and not let him have too many chances,” Thiem said.Thiem and Federer have split their four previous meetings, with only one going three sets. Federer won the last time they played at the ATP Finals in London in November.“It’s always something special to play him,” he said.Thiem has never won a Masters 1000 title, losing in two previous finals.Knee problems have dogged Nadal for years, and they cut short his 2018 season after the U.S. Open in September. 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The Liberian National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) and its partners on Tuesday, Septermber 6, launched a two-day community program in Sanniquellie, Nimba County, to promote human rights and gender equality.With more than 100 participants from Lofa, Bong and Nimba, the initiative is in collaboration with the Ministries of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Education, and Justice, including the Liberia Naitonal Police Women and Children Protection Section, and the independentNational Commission on Human Rights.The objective, according to the organizers, is to promote human rights in rural communities, strengthen gender equality and reduce discrimination.The program was held under the theme, “Stop Violence Against Women and Girls.” It also seeks to specifically strengthen gender equality and reduce gender-based violence, discrimination and vulnerability in rural communities in the three counties.The Red Cross focus person at the occasion, Ambullai Perry, said zero tolerance on gender-based violence was necessary to curb the practice across the country.“Red Cross does not support the act of beating on anybody, whether the person is your child or not. We are not in support of violence of any kind. This is why we are collaborating with the Independent National Human Rights Commission (INHRC) to ensure that violence of any kind is prevented,” Mr. Perry emphasized.According to him, the organization is opting to spread love among the citizenry, which is one of the key principles of human rights. The launch also brought several youths together to create a platform for their communities – sharing their experiences, knowledge and lessons learnt with government and other stakeholders.The youths, through the Behavioral Change Community (BCC), will be empowered to raise awareness on human rights to reduce discrimination and gender-based violence in their various communities and schools.The program was followed with a working session during which the participants asked questions on various topics that helped them understand key concepts on gender and sex among young people, the effects of harmful traditional practices, and the impact of teenage pregnancy on girls’ education.The European Union and the Danish Red Cross funded the program.European Union (EU) Program Manager for Governance in Liberia Erik Kristensen said the EU is committed to helping the LNRCS fight against gender-based violence. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
3 months later…no solid leads yet but probe still ongoing – CommanderAlmost three months ago, 47-year-old female taxi driver, Indira Bipat was murdered, her body dumped in a ditch at La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara (WBD), and her vehicle stolen from the crime scene but to date, no one has been arrested.D Division Commander Edmond CooperMurdered: Indira BipatPolice Commander of D Division (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo), Edmond Cooper confirmed with Guyana Times on Monday that at present, there are no solid leads as to who is responsible for the woman’s demise and stealing her car, but that the investigation into the matter is still ongoing.He stated that this case will not be closed until the police nab the guilty party/parties.“We are still working on that. Nothing is really coming out right now. But those matters, I am dealing with myself, because I don’t like leaving any stones unturned in my area at all.”Commander Cooper reiterated that since the start of the case, investigators had been encountering some difficulties in nabbing the culprit(s) due to the manner in which the crime was executed.“Right now we are looking desperately for the vehicle, we have contacted the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), even viewed the surveillance camera at the Demerara Harbour Bridge to see if the car went across that side. We are in contact with all the Police Commanders to see if somebody in the various districts might have had a car [looking] like that one and probably changed their chassis number and such,” he had previously explained to this publication.On May 19 last, the body of Bipat, who was a part-time taxi driver, was found but the silver-grey Toyota Axio bearing registration number PXX 4114 that she was driving at the time of her death has disappeared.Bipat, of Lot 18 Samaroo Dam, Pouderoyen, WBD, had left her home at about 17:30h on May 18 last, in her family’s silver-grey Toyota Axio bearing registration number PXX 4114.After the woman failed to return home that evening and the following morning, her son told Guyana Times that he filed a missing person’s report at the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station.While there, the young man revealed that he received a report from a female friend informing him that the body of a female had been found in a ditch at La Parfaite Harmonie.As such, the family rushed to the scene and their worst fears were confirmed.The post-mortem examination (PME) that was conducted on Bipat’s body revealed the cause of death as strangulation, compounded by blunt trauma to the head.
0Shares0000Hakim Ziyech was left to rue a missed penalty in injury time © AFP / OZAN KOSECAIRO, Egypt, Jul 5 – Hakim Ziyech’s missed stoppage-time spot-kick proved extremely costly as 10-man Benin stunned Africa Cup of Nations title contenders Morocco in a penalty shootout Friday to reach the quarter-finals after a 1-1 draw in Cairo.Moise Adilehou forced home at a corner early in the second half to put Benin on course for a shock win but Youssef En-Nesyri equalised for Morocco before Ajax star Ziyech blew the chance to snatch victory by striking the post from the spot in the 96th minute. Benin were forced to play most of extra time a man down after Khaled Adenon received a second yellow card for dissent, but they prevailed 4-1 in the shootout following misses by Sofiane Boufal and En-Nesyri to set up a clash with Senegal or Uganda on July 10 for a spot in the semi-finals.“It’s not the right time to talk about anything,” said Morocco boss Herve Renard, after possibly his final game in charge. “The only thing I would like to say is thank you very much to all the fans who came to Egypt to support us.“I’m a bit ashamed in front of them, and especially about all the people who were supporting us since more than three years.“You know in life of course, some people are against you, but this is life. You just have to look forward and only remember the positive things.”Morocco suffered a troubled build-up to the tie at Al Salam Stadium with captain and key defender Medhi Benatia lost to injury while Benin were without forward Steve Mounie due to suspension.The Atlas Lions had been clinical, determined and efficient so far in Egypt, mirroring the beliefs of Renard, the only coach to win the Cup of Nations with two countries.Benin, winless in 12 previous matches in the competition, only scraped through to the knockout rounds on the back of three draws after holding both Ghana and reigning champions Cameroon.En-Nesyri and Ziyech both produced saves in a dreary first half from Saturnin Allagbe, who kept his place in the Benin goal after replacing Fabien Farnolle for the final group game.– Adilehou strikes first –Defender Moise Adilehou scored what was only Benin’s third goal in four games in Egypt © AFP / Khaled DESOUKIYounes Belhanda skewed wide for Morocco shortly after the restart but it was Benin who grabbed a surprise lead when Adilehou broke clear of his marker to turn in a corner on 54 minutes, the Squirrels’ first goal since their opening game in Egypt.Substitute Boufal nearly levelled with his first touch after coming off the bench on the hour, meeting Nordin Amrabat’s cross with a downward header that skipped off the grass and flashed just over the top.A mistake from Jordan Adeoti presented Morocco with the equaliser on 75 minutes, as he was caught in possession on the edge of his area by Mbark Boussoufa who squared for En-Nesyri to stroke beyond Allagbe.Ziyech stung the palms of Allagbe with a free-kick while Boussoufa, who scored a last-gasp winner in the 1-0 victory over South Africa, also saw his set-piece superbly clawed away by the Benin ‘keeper.Benin players celebrate their penalty shootout triumph over a favoured Morocco © AFP / OZAN KOSEAfter a quiet start to the tournament Ziyech looked destined to finally deliver when Benin captain Stephane Sessegnon upended Achraf Hakimi deep into stoppage time, but the winger smacked his spot-kick against the base of the post.Adenon’s bizarre dismissal, ostensibly for brushing the referee away as he attempted to tend to a cramping team-mate, gave Morocco the numerical advantage but Ziyech again squandered an opportunity to send his side through as he blazed over a cutback from Boussoufa.Morocco were left to count the cost of those misses as Boufal blazed over Morocco’s second attempt in the shootout before Allagbe tipped En-Nesyri’s effort onto the bar, leaving Mama Seibou to fire Benin into the last eight.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
GUATEMALA CITY – Dozens of foreign tourists fled devastated lakeside Mayan towns on foot and by helicopter Sunday as Guatemalan officials said they would abandon communities buried by landslides and declare them mass graveyards. Villagers who had swarmed over the vast mudslides with shovels and axes digging for hundreds of missing gave up the effort Sunday, five days after Hurricane Stan made landfall on the Gulf of Mexico coast, bringing torrential rains before weakening to a tropical depression. More than 640 people died and hundreds more were missing across Central America and southern Mexico after a week of rains. In hardest-hit Guatemala, 519 bodies had been recovered and reburied. Some 338 people were listed as missing. “Panabaj will no longer exist,” said Mayor Diego Esquina, referring to the Mayan lakeside hamlet in Guatemala that was covered by a mudflow one-half-mile wide and 15 to 20 feet deep. “We are asking that it be declared a cemetery. We are tired. We no longer know where to dig.” Thousands of hungry and injured survivors mobbed helicopters delivering the first food to communities along Guatemala’s Pacific coast that have been cut off from the outside world for nearly a week. Hungry and desperate villagers grabbed wildly at bags of flour, rice and sugar when aid helicopters finally arrived on Sunday. As some foreign tourists worked shoulder to shoulder with Mayans in traditional cotton blouses and broad sashes to dig for missing victims, others hiked around mud-choked roads or boarded government helicopters in the second day of evacuations from the area around Lake Atitlan. Helicopters went to the nearby town of San Andres Semetabaj to fly out an estimated 20 Scandinavians trapped since mudslides cut off the area several days earlier. About 50 more tourists were hiking out of the lakeside town of Panajachel. “We got about 400 (tourists) out last night and were expecting more today,” Solomon Reyes of Guatemala’s Tourism Ministry said Sunday. In some areas the arrival of the Guatemalan military only complicated matters. Villagers in Panabaj refused to let the army in because of memories of a 1990 massacre there during the country’s 36-year civil war. But U.S. military helicopters from Joint Task Force Bravo, based at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras, joined the rescue efforts with a half-dozen Blackhawk helicopters and one Chinook transport helicopter, running flights through dense clouds and heavy fog. “We’re still in search-and-rescue mode,” said Army Maj. Bob Schmidt. “We’re in the saving-life-and-limb thought process.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Many of the missing apparently will simply be declared dead, and the mud that buried them will be declared hallowed ground. About 160 bodies have been recovered in Panabaj and nearby towns, and most have been buried in mass graves. Vice President Eduardo Stein said steps were being taken to give towns legal permission to declare hallowed ground where mud buried the missing. Attention turned to aiding thousands of hungry or injured survivors. Helicopters, including U.S. Blackhawks and Chinooks, fanned out across Guatemala to evacuate the wounded and bring supplies to more than 100 communities still cut off by mudslides and flooding. On Sunday, as aid workers reached the most remote areas, they learned that a mudslide had buried a storm shelter in the town of Tacana, about 12 miles from the Mexican border, where about 100 people had taken refuge from rains and flooding. Thirty-seven bodies had been dug from the shelter since the mudslide hit Wednesday, and 52 people were still missing, said Jorge Hernandez of the country’s civil defense agency.
A young Donegal is the envy of young boys all over the world after appearing on stage with Nicki Minaj.Danny McGahey from Letterkenny joined the Superbass singer on stage at the Odyssey in Belfast last night.The video claims Danny is a Belfast boy but we’re reliably informed he’s from Woodlands! And even Nicki was so impressed by 12 year old Danny’s moves that she later tweeted “Get your life from the little boy in this video pls. Wow. Life tonight. #Belfast I love u so much.’A video of Danny strutting his stuff has gone viral on You Tube.Simply click the video to see.DDTV: SEE DONEGAL BOY STRUT HIS STUFF WITH ONE OF WORLD’S BIGGEST POP STARS! was last modified: April 2nd, 2015 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:Danny McGaheyletterkennyNicki Manaj
Arcata >> Entering the 2017 season, Ja’Quan Gardner simply wanted to return to being the best running back he knows he can be after going through a junior campaign that saw him battle an ankle injury for much of the prior season.It was a welcome statement to Humboldt State players and coaches.It might have been more of a scary thought for opposing defenses who had to try and stop him.What played out was Gardner looking a lot like the No. 32 of old for the vast majority of his senior season. …
LAS VEGAS–This is the week Farhan Zaidi can begin to flex his talents.As front office executives from all 30 of Major League Baseball’s clubs convene under the same exceptionally large roof, Zaidi’s creative mind, impressive interpersonal skills and knack for negotiating will come into focus.The Winter Meetings are baseball’s version of a family reunion and Zaidi is the new patriarch in the San Francisco Giants’ front office. How did the former Dodgers general manager earn a coveted seat at …