Blake: Williams’ success fast-tracked hurdles progress

first_imgPresident of the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association (JAAA) believes that Danielle Williams’ success in Beijing has fast-tracked Jamaica’s progress in the women’s sprint hurdles and could lead to a more rapid transition from the last era of sprint hurdlers.In 2009, Brigitte Foster-Hylton won Jamaica’s first ever gold medal in the 100-metre hurdles at the IAAF World Athletic Championships in Berlin, Germany, while countrywoman Deloreen Ennis-London was third as Jamaica reaped one of its richest medal hauls ever at a global championships. However, three years later, both athletes had retired, leaving behind an enormous gap to be filled. According to Dr Blake, Williams’ success may have just filled that gap.more medals per capita”Three years ago when Foster-Hylton retired, we wondered where the next crop of hurdlers were coming from, but a number of camps have been developing hurdlers and we were developing a critical mass of hurdlers so it was going to come, but it came a little quicker than anyone expected,” said the JAAA president who spoke with The Gleaner on Monday shortly after The Queen’s School honoured Williams for her exploits at the World Championships in Beijing, China.Williams unexpectedly won gold in a personal best 12.57 seconds to help Jamaica win seven gold medals and finish second overall at the championships behind Kenya. Per capita, Jamaica won more medals than any of the other leading nations, Dr Blake had earlier told the gathering of more than 1,000 students and teachers and dignitaries, including Ministers Lisa Hanna, Natalie Neita-Headley, and chairman of the school board Dr Vin Lawrence.Blake revealed that while many did not expect Williams to win a medal, he believed she could have.”I was saying to people that Jamaica stood a good chance of getting a gold medal, and when I said it people looked at me quite strangely as if I was crazy, but I have to believe and have faith in my athletes and her win shows my faith was well placed,” he said.He said Williams’ win will be an inspiration for the other female hurdlers currently emerging on to the world stage for Jamaica.”I think this will give them the boost to work harder, train harder to prepare themselves. A lot of what goes into making a successful hurdler is the preparation that goes in, and seeing that success breeds success and people are going to want to train harder and I think that at the Olympics we could end up getting more than one medal in the event.”last_img read more

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Team Steph, Team LeBron tip off NBA All-Star Game

first_imgActor Kevin Hart performs prior to an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)First, there were elaborate pregame introductions by Kevin Hart, and then the Canadian national anthem by the Barenaked Ladies and the American national anthem by Fergie.Then it was time for the NBA All-Star Game between Team LeBron and Team Stephen at Staples Center.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES MOST READ NBA star Redick in racial slur storm It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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. center_img View comments GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer LeBron James has started his 14th straight NBA All-Star Game, breaking a tie with Bob Cousy for the longest streak in league history. James is one behind Kobe Bryant for the most overall.Two intriguing subplots with Team LeBron are that James is teaming up again with Kyrie Irving, the Boston guard who campaigned to leave James’ side in Cleveland last summer; and Russell Westbrook is once again teammates with Kevin Durant, who ditched him in Oklahoma City in 2016 to win a championship in Oakland last year. The final starter on Team LeBron is Anthony Davis of New Orleans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkJames’ original roster has been dramatically altered by injuries to DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, Kristaps Porzingis and Kevin Love, who all won’t play.Stephen Curry is the first player in Golden State history to start five straight All-Star Games. His fellow starters are James Harden of Houston, DeMar DeRozan of Toronto, Joel Embiid of Philadelphia and Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcanolast_img read more

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Shaq’s son, Shareef O’Neal, to play basketball at UCLA

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball00:50Trending Articles02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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. The 6-foot-10, 220-pounder from Los Angeles played the last two seasons at Crossroads High in nearby Santa Monica. As a senior last season, O’Neal helped the school win the CIF Division II state title for the first time since 1997. He had 29 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks in the title game. O’Neal averaged 27 points as a senior while Crossroads finished with a 25-9 record.UCLA coach Steve Alford says O’Neal brings a “terrific combination of size, skill and athleticism.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’O’Neal joins fellow freshmen Jules Bernard, Moses Brown, Tyger Campbell, Kenneth Nwuba and David Singleton in UCLA’s incoming class.Shaquille O’Neal starred at LSU before going on to the NBA, where he won four championships including three with the Los Angeles Lakers. Venus Williams holds off challenge from teen at Rogers Cup Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWscenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins FILE – (L-R) Myles O’Neal, Shaquille O’Neal, Shareef O’Neal and Shaqir O’Neal attend the 2018 NBA Awards Show at Barker Hangar on June 25, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — UCLA has landed forward Shareef O’Neal.The son of retired NBA great Shaquille O’Neal signed a grant-in-aid to attend UCLA this fall. He will enroll in summer school this month.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View commentslast_img read more

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‘Do not lose sight of developmental goals’

first_imgGuyana’s 52nd Independence anniversary celebrations…– Better Hope/LBI NDC Chairman tells stakeholders– RDC Chairman urges focus on STEM, oil and gas sectorsBy Michael YoungeDozens of residents from the Better Hope/La Bonne Intention (LBI) communities on the East Coast of Demerara braved a bout of inclement weather to be part of the Neighbourhood Democratic Council’s (NDC) annual Flag Raising Ceremony and Cultural Show on Thursday which was executed as part of a menu of events to mark the country’s 52nd Independence anniversary which will be celebrated tomorrow.The hoisting of the flag took place at the NDC building in the compound of Better Hope Community Centre Ground and saw in attendance Regional Chairman for Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) Genevieve Alleyne; NDC Chairman, Dr Zaman Shaw; Ministry of the Presidency Representative Ernest Elliot; senior functionaries of the Guyana Defence and Police Forces and other regional representatives.Speaking at the event, Dr Shaw underscored the importance of Guyana’s attainment of Independence from British colonial rule as he told residents that a lot of sacrifices were made by scores of Guyanese to ensure that Guyana could determine its own destiny and future.Dr Shaw said Guyanese cannot downplay the important role played by several architects in the entire process to build a more united and cohesive society. He urged those present to never lose sight of the goals and aims of developing a more modernised and unified Guyana as he called on all those present to put their backs to the wheel to ensure that they play their part.Shaw was also adamant that while the NDC has done a lot to improve the livelihoods of residents in the Better Hope and La Bonne Intention catchment area, more work needs to be done to strengthen the NDC’s performance in core areas.He spoke of the need to also redouble efforts to tackle the issue of advancing the educational needs of students and young people as he referenced the fact that the NDC has already managed to reopen the community’s public library and partner with the Government to benefit from its E-Governance Initiative which sees more young people accessing free ICT and Internet services.Dr Shaw also explained that as Guyana marks its 52nd anniversary, his NDC remains open to working with all stakeholders and non-governmental groups to achieve its overall goals and objectives.Similarly, RDC Chairman Alleyne encouraged students and residents to turn their minds to the opportunities that are being created in the country as a result of the emerging oil and gas sectors which she said offer tremendous possibilities for them to become leaders of modern forms of technological and innovation.She also explained that much has been accomplished in Guyana since 1966 as she stressed that Guyanese ought to be proud of their culture, heritage and ethnic diversity.According to Alleyne, there is much to be celebrated and there is an urgent need for all the communities to work together to achieve the country’s motto of “one People, One Nation and One Destiny”. She was hopeful that more emphasis would continue to be placed on creating the right type of communities that can mould and rear responsible citizens who were committed to Guyana’s developmental thrust.A traditional march-past and parade was done by the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force. Students from various schools including Montrose Primary, Plaisance Secondary and LBI Nursery delivered dances, poems and patriotic songs during the programme.last_img read more

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VIEWPOINT: ‘ÓGRA FIANNA FÁIL ARE DEFENDERS OF GOMBEEN POLITICS’

first_imgVIEWPOINT:A Chara,I refer to an article published on your website on Monday 2nd September and comments made by Ógra Fianna Fáil Gaoth Dobhair regarding the Seanad Referendum Campaign. It would appear that the only reason for the existence of this organisation is to issue statements attacking Sinn Féin, which I suppose in a roundabout way is the greatest compliment to Pearse Doherty and Sinn Féin, who continue to lead the way in challenging the cronyism, gombeen politics and status quo which allowed Fianna Fáil to remain in power, leading to the destruction of our economy, the erosion of our sovereignty and the heartbreak of so many people across this state. While I commend any young person who gets involved in politics, I would respectfully suggest that the members of Ógra Fianna Fáil examine their own party’s record on this issue before issuing statements, which frankly do their organisation further discredit. If the young blood of Fianna Fáil want to convince the people of this county that the party has changed, matured and is ready to truly defend the interests of the Irish people, how can they feasibly argue to retain an elite, undemocratic institution – an institution which they campaigned to abolish in the 2011 General Election?In recent years the only time most people will have heard anything about the Seanad was when former Fianna Fáil Senator Ivor Calley was investigated for abusing the expenses regime. Many people – including Michael McDowell and Michael Martin who were part of government during the Ahern years and to whom the Seanad represents a potential political lifeline – now claim to be committed to reforming the Seanad . You should judge these assertions by their actions over recent decades. When they had the opportunity to reform it they did nothing. It really takes the biscuit that as soon as their backsides hit the opposition benches Fianna Fáil suddenly develop an appetite for political reform, which is nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to maintain the status quo and defend the political elite.Fianna Fáil is the party which has done the most to reinforce the perception of the Seanad as a hot house of cronyism. The system of Taoiseach’s nominees in particular during the Bertie Ahern era was used to promote close political allies and cronies rather than doing anything to bring more diversity into the political system. It may seem unbelievable but people have been nominated to the Seanad merely to secure parking and access to the Dail bar for life! Examples of these so-called weekend Senators include current Fianna Fáil General Secretary Sean Dorgan.For most people the Seanad is irrelevant. They have never had a vote in a Seanad election, nor has the Seanad had any impact on their daily lives and struggles. With an in-built government majority, because of the number of Taoiseach’s nominees, it rubber stamps government decisions. In the last two-and-a-half years, the Seanad has supported the government on every single occasion, including the introduction of the Property Tax, cuts to Disability Payments and the Promissory Note deal which is costing the tax payer €30 billion. Sinn Féin seeks to build a New Republic on this island based on equality for all citizens. We want to see an end to privilege and elitism, and to the cronyism and influence of vested interests that have so damaged politics in this country. Fairness, democracy and equality of citizenship demand that the current Seanad be abolished and I for one will certainly be voting yes on October 4th.Is mise le meas,Simon GillespieSinn Féin Republican YouthStranacorkra, Derrybeg,Co.DonegalVIEWPOINT: ‘ÓGRA FIANNA FÁIL ARE DEFENDERS OF GOMBEEN POLITICS’ was last modified: September 13th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:VIEWPOINT: ‘ÓGRA FIANNA FÁIL ARE DEFENDERS OF GOMBEEN POLITICS’last_img read more

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Shay Given delighted with ‘huge honour’ of being named Donegal Person of the Year

first_imgShay Given has shared his delight after being named Donegal Person of the Year.Given was chosen to take the title this year due to his hugely successful career, remarkable charity work, and for always expressing pride in his Donegal roots.“Unbelievably delighted and proud to have been named Donegal Person of the Year,” Shay wrote on Instagram. “This is such a huge honour. I’ve always been so proud of my roots and my home county, my family, my friends and all of the wonderful people from Donegal.“I can’t wait to spend the next 12 months promoting everything that is wonderful about the place I’m from and helping in any way I can the people of Donegal.“Thank you to the committee for nominating me and all the amazing work you do, so glad to be a part of it, I have big shoes to fill following Stephen McCahill who was a fantastic ambassador,” he concluded.The announcement took place in The Black Door Piano Bar on Harcourt Street in Dublin last night, and he will be inaugurated as the Donegal Person of the Year at a lavish gala on the 3rd of March at the Ballsbridge Hotel. The proud Lifford man follows in the footsteps of fellow soccer star Packie Bonner and legendary GAA manager Jim McGuinness by scooping the prestigious award.Breaking: Shay Given announced as Donegal Person of the YearShay Given delighted with ‘huge honour’ of being named Donegal Person of the Year was last modified: January 20th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Donegal Person of the YearShay Givenlast_img read more

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Plans in place to finally put Grianan of Aileach on the map

first_imgInishowen councillor, Jack Murray, has welcomed correspondence which has confirmed that the first draft of the Grianan of Aileach Conservation Management plan would be available to Donegal County Council by the end of the month.The correspondence was received by Blackwood Associate Architects who have been appointed by the OPW to carry out the work.Commenting on the development, Cllr Murray admitted he had become exacerbated with the delays in moving the Grianan project forward.He said “Indeed it is over two and a half years since I called a meeting of all relevant stakeholders and the OPW to put forward a strategy on how best to promote this magnificent site.“I am delighted now however that, at last, there is progress and the long-awaited conservation management plan will soon be available.“This plan will specifically set out the parameters in which improvements to the visitor experience can be made, and acknowledges that issues regarding the interpretative signage.“As Donegal County Council owns the car park at Grianan, I have asked that they engage fully with this process and work to install proper, state of the art, informative signage which tells the full history of Grianan and advises of what visitors are seeing in the spectacular views in all directions. “I will also continue to push for a tour guide to recruited to work on site and for proper investment to be made to ensure that Grianan of Aileach reaches its full potential and becomes the premier tourist destination in the northwest of Ireland.”Plans in place to finally put Grianan of Aileach on the map was last modified: October 25th, 2019 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)last_img read more

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Kevon Looney the Warriors’ ‘unsung hero’ in Game 5 win over Rockets

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — Kevon Looney certainly didn’t have the best game of his career, but Looney thought he turned in his most important performance in his four seasons as a Warrior on Wednesday night.Looney’s five points, nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block hardly compose a stat line that will catch your eye, but watch when some of those contributions happened, and you’ll see they’re just what the Warriors needed …last_img read more

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Nappy Run donates nappies to childcare centre

first_imgPampers communication manager Jeanne du Plessis and Nkanyezi Stimulation Centre founder and MD Thembekile Prisca Tshabalala at the hand-overThe Nappy Run was established in 2011 by the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA) to collect and donate disposable nappies to non-governmental organisations, orphanages, shelters and families in need.The organisation also works with children with disabilities to integrate them into their communities.Toiletries company Proctor & Gamble donated the 10 000 nappies to the council; the company has been working with the organisation since 2013 and has since donated R50 000 to it.On February 11, the council handed over 4 000 nappies to the Nkanyezi Stimulation Centre in the Orlando West area; the organisation was originally named Dimpho (gift in Sotho), but was renamed in honour of Nkanyezi Tshabalala, who had cerebral palsy. Nkanyezi died in September 2000 aged 11.The centre helps families with disabled children to adequately care for them.Nkanyezi’s mother, Thembekile Prisca Tshabalala, had promised him she’d continue helping other families with children like him.“I promised my son that even though he may have a tough time and the possibility of him staying with us may come to an end, he will always live inside my heart and help me take care of other children and their families who suffer from the same fate,” said Tshabalala, who is founder and MD at the centre.HELPING OTHERSThe Nkanyezi Stimulation Centre in Orlando West, Soweto helps families with disabled children to adequately care for them (Images: Bhekumuzi Mdakane)Jeanne du Plessis, ‎brand communication manager at Procter & Gamble, says, “I think the biggest contributors are the caregivers; some have their own children within this centre and some have volunteered their time to help take care of these lovely children and I think the most inspiring person is Prisca, who learnt from her own child and is now helping other families ever since she started this centre.”Actor and Nappy Run ambassador, Eloise Cupido, said, “When I heard about the awareness campaign that was happing here I thought to myself, ‘if I can add to this and help other people mostly the able-bodied people aware of the difficulties that these children really go through it would be a stepping stone from one of the things the children need as they too are as equal as me and you’.“What truly touched me is seeing how many other families are invested in others outside their own homes and I think our country has those kinds of people and if we can show them how to contribute as now people just don’t know where and how to go about giving back or helping.”PLAY YOUR PARTFor more information on the Nappy Run call Danie Botha-Marais on 081 017 5397 or email danie@nappyrun.org.za.last_img read more

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