Jamaica Farewell – Bolt sets date for last local race

first_img As always, he is expected to feature in at least one local development meet, but as his executive manager, Nugent Walker, added, he’s already looking forward to what he termed a special sign-off in front of his fellow Jamaicans. “The intention is for the Racers Grand Prix to be his last race on local soil as he has already qualified for the World Championships in London, which will be his last major championships, with him being the defending champion in the 100m and 200m,” Walker told The Gleaner yesterday. “After competing in Jamaica for all these years, the Racers Grand Prix will be his last event in Jamaica and he is already looking forward to it. It will be a very important day for him,” Walker added. Bolt and other members of Jamaica’s team to this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be honoured this weekend by the Government of Jamaica. He will also take part in the second staging of the Jamaica National Foundation Heroes in Action 8K Run/Walk and 4K Fun Run in his hometown, Falmouth, tomorrow. The event is being endorsed by his Usain Bolt Foundation and will support several charities in the parish of Trelawny, including the Granville Place of Safety for Girls. The world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, has set the date. His last race in Jamaica will take place next June at the Racers Grand Prix in what will be his final strides towards retirement. Bolt’s all-conquering career will come to an end after next year’s World Championships in London, and with the nine-time Olympic champion and triple world record holder already securing his spot by virtue of his defending champion wild card, there are no plans or requirement to compete at the 2017 National Senior Championships. The sprinter made the confirmation while chatting with presenters Neville Bell and Sakina Deer on Television Jamaica’s Smile Jamaica morning magazine programme yesterday. “The Racers Grand Prix will be my last race in Jamaica, people. It will be the last time I run in Jamaica,” Bolt declared, while confirming that he will walk away into the sunset after the World Championships, which is set for August 5-13 inside the Olympic Stadium. “Yes, I am definitely going to retire after the World Championships in London. That will be my last one,” said Bolt. The Racers Track Club, of which Bolt is a member, this year staged its first international track meet, the Racers Grand Prix, on June 11 to overwhelming acclaim, with Bolt winning the men’s 100m in 9.88 seconds. The IAAF provides wild card entries to defending world champions and diamond race winners of each event. The JAAA has established, through reference, that World champions will get the nod in cases where both are Jamaicans, which means that Bolt is not required to compete at the qualifier – next year’s National Senior Championships. special sign-offlast_img read more

Bulls’ Mirotic opts not to have surgery for facial fractures

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Simmons helps 76ers beat Rockets LATEST STORIES Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic brings the ball up court against the Charlotte Hornets during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)Chicago Bulls’ Bobby Portis (5) handles the ball during a preseason NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)CHICAGO — Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic has decided not to have surgery to repair the broken bones in his face.Vice president of basketball operations John Paxson tells Chicago’s WBBM-AM 780 that Mirotic decided to let the fractures heal on their own. Mirotic suffered several broken bones as well as a concussion when he got into a fight with teammate Bobby Portis during practice on Oct. 17.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set 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 The Bulls had said he would likely need surgery and miss four to six weeks. Because of the concussion, Mirotic, who was born in Montenegro, did not have the operation right away. Paxson says the bones have started to heal so it’s “best” not to undergo surgery.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHe also says Mirotic will resume light activity on Tuesday.Portis was suspended eight games. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

Guyana gets $1.6B to tackle maternal, infant mortality

first_img– to benefit over 140,000 women, 9000 newborns annuallyWith Guyana currently experiencing one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced Thursday that it has approved a $1.6 billion loan to fund a programme to help reduce maternal, perinatal and neonatal deaths in the country.The Bank in a statement said that the programme, which seeks to improve the quality of care at 140 health facilities across Guyana, will benefit some 140,000 women and 9000 babies annually.The project will draw from the IDB’s experiences with the Mesoamerican Health Initiative and incorporates lessons learnt from evidence-based biomedical and operational interventionsIt pointed out that despite progress achieved during the last decade, Guyana’s maternal and infant mortality rates remain among the highest in the Region, with a maternal mortality rate estimated at 121 per 1000 live births and an infant mortality rate of 22 per 1000 live births.“Given that about 93 per cent of deaths in children less than one year of age occurred in the neonatal period, the programme will support and improve maternal and child healthcare with a focus on improving access to quality neonatal health services and providing a better path to and quality of reproductive and maternal health services.,” the regional institution said.The IDB said that the operation draws from the IDB’s experiences with the Mesoamerican Health Initiative and incorporates lessons learnt from evidence-based biomedical and operational interventions. It will closely monitor results to ensure that those interventions can contribute to the success of the programme.The total cost of the project is $1.6 billion (US$8 million), of which $800 million will come from the IDB’s ordinary capital resources and $800 million from the Fund for Special Operations (FSO) of the Bank.The loan from the Bank’s ordinary capital has a six-year grace period and a 30-year term, while the FSO funding has a term of 40 years with a 40-year grace period and a fixed annual rate of 0.25 per cent.The IDB is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean.The Bank also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to Public and Private Sector clients throughout the Region.last_img read more

Officials continue to work on the Enerplex kinks

first_imgOfficials say they continue to work out the kinks in the Enerplex.Director of Facilities and Protective Services Jim Rogers provided an update on the project at Monday night’s City Council meeting.He says while there are deficiencies on the building, progress is being made to fix the problems. [asset|aid=2378|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=2de9a8d00622aa445f5e29e7711ad2cb-Jim Rogers – Enerplex Update_1_Pub.mp3]- Advertisement -So far, the first and second floor are open to the public, while the Northern Vac Walking Track on the third floor remains closed as permits still need to be obtained.The Enerplex’s grand opening is slated for this September.last_img

Ice Dogs making late season push

first_imgBut on Saturday night, the Ice Dogs gained two much-needed points with a 4-2 victory over the Idaho Steelheads before a Long Beach Arena crowd of 3,015. “That was the perfect game tonight,” said coach Rick Adduono. “It was absolutely the opposite of last night. We did all the little things and played with a purpose. It was a great team effort.” LONG BEACH — With a month to play in the regular season, time is growing short for the Ice Dogs to make a serious run at the ECHL Kelly Cup playoffs. Like everyone in hockey circles will tell you, every point is important, especially at this point in the year. For the Ice Dogs, they’ve let too many points get away from them, a reason why they are where they are – fighting an uphill battle from last place. With 17 games remaining on their schedule, the Ice Dogs (21-31-3) trail Victoria for the eighth and final playoff spot in the National Conference by eight points, and they are two points behind ninth-place Utah. If Victoria keeps up its pace, the Salmon Kings would finish with about 64 points. Using the same method for Utah, the Grizzlies would end up at nearly 60 points. All of that adds up to the Ice Dogs needing to put together a nice little winning streak – going something like 10-7-0 down the stretch to stay in contention. But with every win like Saturday, their window of opportunity stays open a little longer. “We know if we are going to make the playoffs that we have to go on some kind of magical run,” Adduono said. “But we believe we can do it.” Ash Goldie continued his second-half tear, scoring at least one goal in 13 of his last 18 games and fourth in a row, with a pair of goals – on his 26th birthday nonetheless. His first gave the Ice Dogs a 1-0 lead at 5:47 of the opening period. center_img The Steelheads got that one back 59 seconds into the second period on the power play, a redirection by Lance Galbraith. That was the only goal they could get against Brett Jaeger, who was pulled three minutes and two goals into Friday’s 5-3 loss to Idaho. “He played very well, very focused tonight,” Adduono said of Jaeger. But Idaho knocked Jaeger out of the game early in the third period as Justin Johnson deliberately checked an Ice Dogs defenseman into the goalie. Jaeger was taken to the dressing room with a wrist injury, and Mike Brown took over for the remainder of the game. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Netherlands fail to reach World Cup finals

first_img0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Holland’s World Cup dream ended in Amsterdam after Arjen Robben’s double was not enough for second place in Group A. PHOTO/DMAMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Oct 11 – The Netherlands failed to reach the 2018 World Cup finals as they could only beat Sweden 2-0 on Tuesday when they needed an unlikely 7-0 victory.Elimination is fresh humiliation for the nation that reached the 2010 World Cup final and the semi-finals four years later, after they also missed out on Euro 2016 qualification.last_img

Only as a team can Bayern stop Ronaldo – Boateng

0Shares0000Philipp Lahm, Jerome Boateng and all the Bayern Munich defenders could not stop Cristiano Ronaldo in the 2017 Champions League quarterfinals © AFP/File / GERARD JULIENBERLIN, Germany, Apr 23 – Jerome Boateng says only a defensive team effort can prevent Cristiano Ronaldo adding to his mind-blowing tally of nine goals in six games against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.Bayern host Real in a blockbuster Champions League semi-final, first-leg, at the Allianz Arena with Ronaldo in goal-scoring form. The Portugal superstar has scored 15 goals in the Champions League this season, hitting the net in each of Real’s ten games in Europe.“We can only stop Cristiano Ronaldo as a team,” Bayern centre-back Boateng told German magazine Kicker.“In front of goal, he’s like a machine.“You can’t shut him out completely, he always gets his chances in a game, because of the lines he runs and his excellent timing.“Real base their game around him and it’s important we give him as little room as possible.”Ronaldo was at his lethal best when Real beat Bayern 6-3 on aggregate in last season’s quarter-finals — scoring five of their goals.He hit two second-half goals as Real came from behind to win 2-1 in Munich, then bagged a hat-trick in a 4-2 extra-time win in Madrid.That came after he scored twice in Munich in the 2014 semi-final 4-0 rout of Bayern and hit two more against the Bavarians in the 2012 semis.“There is a no more complete striker than Ronaldo. Left foot, right foot, header – he is in perfect control of everything he does,” said Boateng.In his six Champions League knock-out games for Bayern against Ronaldo’s Real, Boateng has lost five of them.His only success was a 2-1 win in Munich in the 2012 semi-finals when Bayern later progressed by winning a penalty shoot-out in Madrid after losing 2-1 in the second-leg.“I went through only once against him with Bayern, but twice we have gone out,” said Boateng.“He also has the best team-mates at Real.“Shutting him out is only 50 percent of it, the other players are simply too good for that at this level.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) read more

‘Amazing statement!’ – Manchester City fans hail £60m deal for Paul Pogba

first_img1 Paul Pogba Manchester City are reportedly on the verge of completing a £60million deal for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.The 22-year-old is arguably the most sought-after young player in world football, and Real Madrid and Barcelona have both been linked with big-money moves.However, according to The Sun, it is City who are set to win the battle for the former Manchester United youngster.And it seems their supporters are very happy with the news…last_img

MAN ‘UNDER PRESSURE FROM THE BANKS’ FINED €1,000 FOR MOTORING OFFENCES

first_imgA Gaoth Dobhair man has been fined €1,000 for a series of motoring offences at a time when he said he was ‘under pressure from the banks’.Michael Rikard of Lunniagh, Derrybeg, was stopped by Gardai on September 22 last and was driving a car without insurance, without tax, without NCT and no L plates. Garda Eugene Organ said Rikard had been honest when questioned and admitted the offences immediately, saying he was under pressure from the banks.Judge Seamus Hughes remarked that the defendant was ‘part of a very big club’. However he recognised his honesty and fined him rather than banning him from driving.MAN ‘UNDER PRESSURE FROM THE BANKS’ FINED €1,000 FOR MOTORING OFFENCES was last modified: February 15th, 2011 by gregShare 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

GRACE BOYLE WANTS TO BE IN POLITICS FOR ‘THE LONG HAUL’

first_imgA packed hall for the election campaign launch by Grace Boyle on Saturday night. Photo Brian Mc Daid/CristephGrace Boyle has officially staked her claim to a seat on Donegal County Council – and declared she wants to be in local politics for the long haul. A large crowd of family, friends and supporters congregated at the Town Hall in Ramelton for the official launch of her campaign to contest for a seat in the Milford – Letterkenny area in the local elections on the 23rd of May. Proceedings were chaired by Fine Gael’s Joe Mc Hugh TD. Cllr Noel McBride and Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh were also in attendance to wish Grace well on her campaign journey.Grace Boyle with her husband James at the Town Hall in Ramelton on Saturday night as grace launched her election campaign for the forthcoming Donegal Co. Council elections. Photo Brian McDaid/CristephSidney Roulston of the Ramelton Fine Gael branch welcomed everyone to the “holy city” and he expressed the branch’s delight that a candidate of Grace’s calibre is standing in the local elections.A native of the Quay House in Ramelton, Grace was one of seven children born to Tudy (Hugh) and Kathleen McDaid. Grace addressed the crowd and recalled growing up in Ramelton.She recalled fond memories of playing soccer for Swilly Rovers, playing Tennis every summer “until it got dark”, the importance of the annual Ramelton Pantomime to the people of Ramelton and the Ramelton Festival every July, where she met her husband James in 1979. She paid tribute to the work of the local community in preserving the Town Hall, the Pantomime and with a special mention for her cousins Jean Winston and Paul McDaid for their sterling work down through the years.Grace remembered her Father, Tudy, who was a well known character in Ramelton and who would have been very proud to see her standing in the local elections. He was a very vocal and loyal supporter of Fine Gael and Paddy Harte. Grace recalled her father’s delight when he was invited to join Paddy Harte for a short journey in the Ministerial car, when Paddy was elected as a Minister for State. Grace was joined on the night by Paddy Harte’s son, Paddy, who himself played a large part in obtaining funding for the preservation of the Town Hall in Ramelton and who offered his support to her campaign.Grace was delighted to introduce her all-woman election team to the crowd. It is certainly a family affair, with her daughter, Letterkenny based Solicitor Sally Anne Sherry acting as her Campaign Manager and her niece, well known marketing guru Siobhán Barrett-Doherty acting as her PR manager.Oh no she won’t..Grace Boyle picks her pantomime picture out at the Town hall in Ramelton on Saturday night at the the launch of her election campaign for the forthcoming Donegal Co. Council, she is pictured with her niece Siobhan Barrett Doherty PR manager and her daughter Sally Anne Sherry Campaign Manager. Photo Brian Mc Daid/CristephSally Anne addressed the crowd with a touching tribute to her Mother. She said that she was delighted to be her Campaign Manager and that Grace is in this for the long haul for the people of Donegal.When the election takes place on 23rd May, the successful candidates will be taking up their positions for a 5 year term. Sally Anne emphasised the importance of voting for a candidate who will have the drive and energy to get things done for the people of Donegal throughout a 5 year term.She cited Grace’s long-term commitment to the boards of organizations such as the Donegal Hospice, the North West 10k and her high-profile position as the Treasurer of Donegal GAA, including during Donegal’s All-Ireland success in 2012. Joe Mc Hugh T.D. who launched Grace Boyle’s election campaign pictured with Cllr. Noel Mc Bride, and Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh at the town Hall in Ramelton on Saturday night. photo Brian McDaid/ CristephSally Anne highlighted the importance of ensuring that people are registered to vote and appealed to the crowd to ensure that people get out to vote on 23rd May and to have their say on the day.The launch was a great success and as the evening drew to a close, Grace expressed her thanks and gratitude to everyone for coming along and she is looking forward to seeing and talking with everyone in the coming months.For daily updates on Grace’s campaign progress follow her on Facebook and Twitter. Facebook – Grace Boyle – Getting Things Done, Delivering for DonegalTwitter – @ggboyle Contact a member of the team on 087 3845538 or by Email to votegraceboyle@gmail.com.The final details are being put together on the election strategy and all her focus issues this week. The details will be released soon.GRACE BOYLE WANTS TO BE IN POLITICS FOR ‘THE LONG HAUL’ was last modified: March 9th, 2014 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:Donegal County CouncilelectionGrace BoyleRameltonlast_img read more