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first_imgIt was as if all the drivers saved the best for last.A total of 148 turned up to entertain a bumper crowd with blistering action, superb execution and blinding speed at the final drag racing meet for 2015 at Vernamfield on Sunday.Executive member of the National Drag Racing Circuit (NDRC) Stephen Gunter says the turnout of drivers was testament to the level of confidence they are now showing in the drag racing product. He notes that there has been big year-on-year growth.”In 2014, we were seeing average fields of 122 for that series. This year, we saw average fields of 148, which happens to be the number that participated in the final challenge for the year,” Gunter said.He also pointed to the increased number of foreign entries. In 2014, there was a lone Caymanian representative in Michael Williams driving a Mitsubishi Evolution, who managed to win the Pro Racer 9 Second Challenge. This year, there were all of four representatives from Cayman piloting serious machines and laying down good times.Highlights of meet five included the record run of Xavia Murray – in his Honda Civic – who broke the NDRC Front Wheel Drive record three times. The new record is 10.048 seconds.The record run of Orville Williams in his Nissan Pulsar also excited the crowd. He set a new NDRC Four Wheel Drive record of 8.944 seconds down the quarter-mile track.Caymanian Jody Jervis was not to be outdone. He piloted his Nissan Skyline to set new NDRC Rear Wheel Drive 4, 6 and Rotary records twice. The new record is 8.903 seconds.Gunter says the larger fields also contain better prepped cars, as evidenced by the faster times and a resulting greater level of competition.”There is no denying that the drivers are better prepared; the times that they are recording are phenomenal,” Gunter said.Plans are already in place for the 2016 Drag Challenge. Gunter would not be drawn on the sponsorship line-up since ‘things are at a delicate stage”, he said. The NDRC executive was not shy in saying, however, that 2016 will be bigger and [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgNaomi Osaka, the champion of U.S. Open women’s singles, smiles during a press conference in Yokohama , Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Osaka defeated Serena Williams of the U.S. on Saturday, Sept. 8, to become the first Grand Slam singles champion from Japan. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)YOKOHAMA, Japan — Naomi Osaka’s victory in the U.S. Open has added her to a growing list of athletes, Nobel Prize winners, and beauty pageant contestants who have raised the issue of what it means to be Japanese.The daughter of a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, Osaka was born in Japan but raised in the United States. But she is being lauded in Japan as the first from the country to win a Grand Slam singles tennis title, which has upstaged most questions about her mixed background.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown — Abdul Hakim Sani Brown, track and field sprinter: son of a Japanese mother and Ghanaian father. Born in Tokyo.— Koji Murofushi, Olympic gold- and silver-medal winner in the hammer throw: son of a Romanian mother and Japanese father. Born and raised in Japan.Murofushi said he’s always felt Japanese.“I know that I have a mixed heritage,” he told AP. “But I always feel Japanese.” He added it’s “not something that really concerned me or anything.”The visibility of mixed-race athletes in Japan is sure to increase as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics approach and the country hunts for competitors in sports where it has little history.The reverse happened two years ago in the Rio de Janeiro Games, where Brazil found athletes with Japanese roots — more than 2 million Brazilians claim Japanese ancestry — to compete in non-Brazilian specialties.One thing is clear, the 20-year-old Osaka is cashing in.The U.S. Open victory was worth $3.8 million in prize money. And on Thursday, Osaka was introduced in Japan as a “brand ambassador” for the Japanese car maker Nissan. It’s a three-year deal, though financial terms were not disclosed.Osaka defeated Williams in Saturday’s chaotic final . Forbes magazine reports that Williams is the highest earning female athlete with income of $18.1 million, almost all from endorsements and sponsorship deals. She’s topped the list for several years.But Osaka’s mixed-race profile, her appeal in the huge Asian market, and her links to Japan’s world-wide brands should drive her long-term earning potential. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “She seems very shy and it’s not for everyone,” Jonathan Jensen who researches sports marketing at the University of North Carolina, told AP. “But the potential is there if that’s the route she wants to take, particularly with brands based in Asia, like Nissan. Tech firms and consumer electronics would also be a natural fit.”Jensen speculated the size of the Nissan contact with her would depend on how much of her time the company uses. And how many tournaments — and what tournaments — she wins.Osaka has charmed Japanese audiences with her grace and gentleness off the court, and her ferocity on it. She’s talked about her fondness for Japanese food — curried rice topped with a pork cutlet is a favorite.She’s also been a spokeswoman for two years for the Japanese cup noodle brand Nissin, which is launching a new noodle cup to commemorate her victory.Kazuyoshi Minowa, a spokesman for Windsor Corp, which operates tennis shops in Tokyo, said customers are asking to buy the same racket that Osaka uses. He said he met her two years ago when she visited a store.“My impression was that she was very quiet, unlike her powerful image playing the game,” he told Japanese broadcaster NHK.Questions about race also surfaced in 2016 when Priyanka Yoshikawa was crowned Miss World Japan. Her mother is Japanese and her father in Indian and she was born in Tokyo.This came a year after Ariana Miyamoto won the Miss Universe Japan title. She was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and African-American father.Hashimoto, the researcher at the University of Sussex, pointed out that under Japanese law, Osaka will have to decide on her nationality before she turns 22. She’s 20 now and cannot legally hold two passports.Hashimoto referenced three Nobel Prize winners born in Japan who eventually took other nationalities. The writer Kazuo Ishiguro holds a British passport, and scientists Yoichiro Nanbu and Shuji Nakamura both now hold American passports. Stewart, Storm surge past Mystics 98-82 for WNBA title 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 LATEST STORIES View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ She said the strict one-passport rule “could risk leading to brain drain of great talents out of Japan.”“While Naomi Osaka’s victory should be celebrated on its own,” Hashimoto said. “Her case provides those Japanese with a narrow conception of Japanese-ness with an excellent opportunity to rethink what it means to be Japanese.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Some children from mixed race families in Japan often get bullied and demeaned, called “hafu” — from the English word “half” — and are chided that they aren’t fully Japanese.Japan has embraced Osaka, and she — despite barely speaking Japanese — talks fondly of her affection for her adopted country. But her victory also challenges public attitudes about identity in a homogeneous culture that is being pushed to change.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“It is hard to say for sure if the extremely narrow conception, unconsciously or consciously, held by many Japanese of being Japanese, is being loosened,” Naoko Hashimoto, who researches national identify at the University of Sussex in England, wrote in an email to Associated Press.“In my opinion, it still appears that Japanese are generally defined as those who are born from a Japanese father and a Japanese mother, who speak perfect Japanese and ‘act like Japanese’.” Athletes and celebrities seem to fall into a different category. Osaka has lots of company in this realm with an increasing number of sports stars claiming mixed backgrounds.For instance:— Yu Darvish, the Chicago Cubs pitcher: son on a Japanese mother and Iranian father. Born in Osaka.— Mashu Baker, an Olympic gold-medal winner in judo: son of a Japanese mother and American father. Born in Tokyo.— Asuka Cambridge, Olympic silver-medal winner in the 4×100 track relay: born in Jamaica to a Japanese mother and Jamaican father, but grew up in Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I’m inspired by my baby and my fiance, I draw strength from them,” said Jalalon in Filipino after recording his first PBA triple-double with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists in Magnolia’s 133-99 dismantling of Blackwater on Wednesday night.Lee, who was traded by Rain or Shine to the Purefoods franchise two years ago, had another stellar performance with 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field, five rebounds and four assists in only 20 minutes. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 “First baby and I got renewed by the team so I’m really happy right now. It’s a different feeling now that I have my first baby. It adds inspiration for me to work hard and everything I do is for my baby and family,” said Lee, who helped the Hotshots climb to solo second place with a 6-1 slate, just a half-game behind Barangay Ginebra.“I will do everything for my baby. I hope all the blessings I’m getting won’t stop. I will continue to work hard and for sure, the blessings will follow.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Magnolia guards Jio Jalalon and Paul Lee are playing inspired basketball lately after the two became new dads to adorable daughters just 11 days apart.Jalalon laid eyes on his daughter named Jiana Skyla on September 27 while Lee welcomed Tokyo on Monday, the same day he inked a three-year contract to stay with the Hotshots.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Former volleyball star Leila Barros now a senator in Brasiliacenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

first_imgBOSTON — In the bottom of the ninth inning of Bruce Bochy’s 2,000th career victory, the Giants manager put his faith in a reliever he didn’t know much about.With the Giants leading the Red Sox 11-2, Bochy called on right-hander Enderson Franco to record the final three outs of what turned into another milestone win.Franco became the 12th different player to make his major league debut with the Giants this season, and he could be the last to do so. When Bochy heads into retirement in 10 days, …last_img read more

first_imgArsenal boss Emery: I’ll enjoy my first Premier League Christmas – if we winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery is sure he’ll enjoy his first Premier League Christmas – if they win their games.Having worked in Spain, Russia and France, Emery is more used to spending time with his family over the festive period. Instead, he was with his squad on Christmas Day finalising plans for this evening’s visit to Brighton.The Spaniard said: “Usually the holidays come around perfectly for us every time, but I am still going to enjoy it working.”I think it’s very important for the supporters (to see teams play over Christmas). “Playing against Brighton is perfect, Liverpool (Saturday) is perfect and playing on January 1 against Fulham is perfect. We are going to enjoy it… but only if we win.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

OSU junior offensive lineman Jamarco Jones (74) blocks Rutgers redshirt junior Darnell Davis (59) during the Buckeyes game against the Scarlet Knights on Oct. 1. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorJunior offensive tackle Jamarco Jones announced on Twitter that he is returning for his final season with Ohio State. The Chicago native said that he still has “another year till I get paid.”I got another year till I get paid https://t.co/tcXmYe09m1— Jamarco Jones (@jjones_74) January 11, 2017Jones replaced All-American Taylor Decker in 2016, who was the starter at the position for three consecutive years. Jones played sparingly behind Decker, but started in all 13 games this past season and statistically outperforming Decker.In pass protection, Jones had a 97.4 percent blocking rate in the regular season, compared to Decker’s 96.4 percent his senior year, according to CFB Film Room.Jones is one of four returning starters on the offensive line from the 2016 season. Redshirt junior guard Billy Price announced his decision to return for his senior year after the Fiesta Bowl. Price will play center in 2017. read more

Cristiano Ronaldo takes just four minutes to score his first goal

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has started rolling out goals for the 2018 World Cup as he has given Portugal a 1-0 lead over Spain in tonight’s World Cup clash and stroked his chin.But he looked to have dived to win the penalty in the first place. Even up against David de Gea in goal for the Spanish, Ronaldo made no mistake as he fired home from the spot, but a look at the replays suggest it shouldn’t have been given.This is really the kind of start Fernando Hierro could have done without, with the former Real Madrid defender being named manager after the surprise sacking of Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament.Checkout the goal moment: Ronaldo has converted a penalty to score inside the opening five minutes.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Portugal 1-0 Spain#PORESP#OptusSport #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/qZkbEcibEo— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) June 15, 2018The 33-year-old was accused last year of defrauding tax authorities of €14.8m (£12.9m) and he denied the charges, earlier today news arrived that he has accepted a jail term and payment of a fine for tax evasion.last_img read more

This day in history Barry Bonds

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTen years ago, in 2004 Barry Bonds became the third baseball player to hit 700 career home runs, joining Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:babe ruth, barry bonds, hank aaronlast_img

Invest Turks and Caicos to get new home says new CEO

first_img Related Items:invest turks and caicos, john rutherford Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Jan 2016 – There will be a new home for the new Invest Turks and Caicos Agency according to its Chief Executive, John Rutherford. On the launch at the Provo Golf Club on Monday night, Rutherford told media that there is a diverse mandate handed to the organization to create a more diverse economy.“We will attract more foreign investment to the islands, not just in tourism and hospitality but we know the importance of diversifying the economy so we want to look at what other sectors we can attract to the islands. But we want to also help domestic investors as well, help them grow their business, expand their business. And then finally we have been given responsibility for the micro, small and medium enterprise program and that kicks off on the first of April.” The goal is to be more assertive said Rutherford, agreeing that indeed the launch was a big night for Invest Turks and Caicos which is also tasked with bigger branding of the TCI. The CE made it clear that while TC Invest did a lot of good things, Invest Turks and Caicos Agency will not be a bank and their goal is to raise economic activity. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youcenter_img TC Invest concept revived somewhat, Minister never agreed with closure Invest Turks and Caicos launches tonightlast_img read more

Govt issues new sugar guidelines for Jamaica

first_imgKingston, Jamaica July 17, 2017 The Jamaican government through the National Compliance & Regulatory Authority (NCRA) has issued new guidelines for sugar packaging which carry steep fines if not followed. The guidelines which took effect July 1 state that all sugar for sale must be packaged, sealed and labelled. The revised standards require detailed labelling. New labels must include product name, brand name, net content, name and address of manufacturers, distributors, importers or vendors, storage conditions, country of origin, lot identification, date markings, and instructions for use. Facilities preparing sugar for sale are also now required to implement food-safety systems and all potentially hazardous foreign materials must be removed from packages before sealing.The NCRA has warned that breaching these guidelines can result in confiscation of product and steep fines.#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclavecenter_img Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, jamaica, National Compliance & Regulatory Authority, sugarlast_img read more