Good year for Ja’s male athletes

first_imgEven though their female teammates outscored them at the World Championships, Jamaica’s male athletes had a pretty good season in 2015. Led by the incomparable Usain Bolt, our men collected five of the 12 medals won by Jamaica at the World Championships and collectively set five new national records. The medals and records combined provide hope of success in the Olympic year that approaches and for the 2017 World Championships. The records came from runners Rusheen McDonald and Kemoy Campbell and throwers O’Dayne Richards, Jason Morgan, and Cannigga Raynor. Everyone thought Jermaine Gonzales’ national 400 metres record of 44.49 seconds would fall to Javon Francis. After all, Francis had cut his personal best to 44.50 in Kingston. It was a shock when McDonald, who had run 44.60 in that same race, blasted the record to smithereens in the first round of the World Championships. The result was a stunning time of 43.93, the fifth-fastest national record in the world. Campbell and Morgan had struck early. Campbell took down Mark Elliot’s 26-year-old 5,000-metres record with a time of 13 minutes 20.39 seconds. Morgan hurled his discus 68.19 metres – the second longest for the entire season – to regain the record and to add to his 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze. Richards stretched his Jamaica shot put record to 21.69 metres to win gold at the Pan-American Games and repeated that distance to finish third at the Worlds. Raynor, the former KC and Bridgeport thrower, dominated the discus and hammer in National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division 2 competition and twirled his way to a new mark of 65.57 metres. Beyond those numbers, there were other notable achievements by our male athletes. Fedrick Dacres won the Pan American Games discus and reached the World final. Omar McLeod never put a foot wrong throughout a long college season in the 110 metres hurdles. At the Jamaican Championships, he came within touching distance of Hansle Parchment’s national record of 12.94 seconds. His slick 12.97 victory over Parchment made Jamaica just the fourth country to have more than one man under the still formidable 13-second barrier. Under 13 seconds Not surprisingly, the USA has 11 hurdlers faster than 13 seconds, but Jamaica has now joined Cuba and France with two a piece. It’s a select club. Both Parchment and McLeod reached the World Championships final. Already the 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner, Parchment took the silver medal. Like the discus with Morgan, Dacres, Commonwealth finalist Chad Wright, and the returning Traves Smikle, the Jamaican 110 metres hurdles scene is bright. Last year, Andrew Riley won the Commonwealth Games gold medal, and this year, 2014 World Junior runner-up Tyler Mason set a personal best of 13.32 in the Pan Am final. Throw in the scorching 43.5 World Championships 4×400 43.5 anchor leg by Francis; national junior records in the high jump by Christoff Bryan and in the 400 metres hurdles by Jaheel Hyde; the promise shown by Michael O’Hara; and the presence of Bolt, and the picture takes on a cheerful gloss. After a year like 2015, Jamaica’s men can head into the Olympic campaign with optimism. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980.last_img read more

Fajardo takes blame for SMB loss to Bolts

first_imgThe Cebuano giant went hard on himself despite posting a team-best 26 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks.“I won’t be able to sleep tonight. I’m really sorry and I promise to bounce back,” he said.San Miguel will now have to beat defending champion Barangay Ginebra twice in the quarterfinals for its Grand Slam bid to go on. A win by the Gin Kings on Wednesday would send the Beermen into an early exit.“We’re still not out. We still have a chance to win. We just have to stay positive. Our will is still strong and we’ll take this one game at a time even though we have to go through the eye of the needle,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Trailing, 102-101, the Beermen had a chance to take the lead inside the final 10 seconds and they wisely went to the reigning three-time PBA MVP to bail them out.Fajardo shot over Bolts import Allen Durham but his floater came up short as it hit the front rim.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“It was my fault. It was a good look and I missed that final shot. We should have won,” said a frustrated Fajardo in Filipino after the Beermen’s 104-101 defeat.The loss didn’t just cause San Miguel the game, but also a seat in the top four as they wound up in sixth place heading into the quarterfinals. DAY6 is for everybody Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES How to help the Taal evacuees MOST READ Bolts claim top spot, rally past Beermen Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson PBA IMAGESNine times out of ten, June Mar Fajardo would easily make a basket from five feet.It just unfortunate for San Miguel Beer that the rarest of times Fajardo would miss from close range came on Sunday night in an all-important game against rival Meralco.ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View commentslast_img read more

TRANSFER REPORT! Real star eyeing Prem switch amid Chelsea and Man City interest

first_img1 Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez is considering a move to the Premier League – amid interest from Manchester City and Chelsea.The Colombian star endured an indifferent 2015/16 campaign at the Bernabeu and made just 17 La Liga starts for Zinedine Zidane’s side.The French manager is reportedly willing to let the 24-year-old leave the Spanish capital this summer, although Real officials would prefer him to stay due to the commercial revenue he brings in for the club.Having enjoyed a promising return to form for Colombia in the Copa America, James is attracting interest from Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, while Chelsea are also weighing up whether to make a mega-money bid.According to El Confidencial, Chelsea and City could enter a bidding war for James, with a fee of around £40m expected to be enough to lure him away from the Bernabeu. James Rodriguez in action for Colombia last_img read more

“Sushi’ displays raw talent in win

first_img Temple City (4-3, 2-0) and Monrovia (4-3, 2-0), which always seem to be factors in the Rio Hondo League chase, will play for sole possession of first place next week while the Spartans, whom many felt were the preseason favorites, dropped to 5-2 and 1-1. “We don’t make a big secret about what our strengths are,’ Mooney said afterward. “One of the things we had to do was keep their offense off the field. We felt our strength was our guys between the tackles, and we felt we could push them around a little, and it worked.’ Tsai, who opened the game carrying the ball on 10 of the Rams’ 11 possessions, scored on a two-yard run to give the Rams a 7-0 lead. He was responsible for 78 of their 79 yards on the drive. “You have to give my lineman credit tonight,’ Tsai said. “They opened up big holes for me. We wanted this game really bad, and now we’ve got a shot at league.’ The Spartans played without starting quarterback T.J. Trumbo, whose back spasms had lingered over from last week. And leave it to Tsai to do the rest. The senior rushed for 248 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Rams to a 35-15 victory over the Spartans, which sets up a huge meeting next week against Monrovia. LA CANADA — When Temple City High School’s “Sushi’ Tsai is able to get his wheels rolling and arms pumping, he looks like a monster truck in the Rams backfield. Temple City coach Mike Mooney had a feeling the Rams could flex their muscles against La Canada High on Friday, which was ranked No. 3 in Division X, so he turned the game over to his 5-foot-7, 165-pound back. center_img Back-up quarterback John Ondrejcka struggled, completing 7-of- 15 passes for 84 yards with two interceptions. Running back Lavelle Peterson, who was in and out of the game with a sore ankle, managed two rushes for 111 yards and two touchdowns, but for the most part, he was bottled up. After the Rams jumped to a 14-0 first-quarter lead, Peterson scored with 11:55 left in the second quarter to cut it to 14-6, and then David Hopkins booted a 27-yard field goal to cut the lead to 14-9 at the half. After the Spartans fell behind 21-9, Peterson scored on a 23-yard run to make it 21-15 with 9:32 left in the fourth quarter. The Spartans followed with an onside kick, but the Rams recovered, and scored three plays later, capped off by Tsai’s 20-yard touchdown run to make it 28-15. Rams wide receiver Dwight Broadnax had two touchdowns, hauling in a flee-flicker from Sammy Yu in the first quarter, and later grabbing a 14-yard touchdown pass from Ricky Arredondo to close out the game. After all of the Rams’ heart- breaking losses last year, and their 0-2 start this season, the satisfaction on Mooney’s face was apparent. “When we had two tough losses early in the year, we felt like we had all the bad luck out of our system,’ Mooney said. “We felt if we could just stick to the mission, that things would work out, and they’re starting to turn that way for us.’ Fred J. Robledo can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485, or by e-mail at fred.robledo@sgvn.com. 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

ELECTION 2014: DONAL CULLEN TELLS CONSTITUENTS WHY THEY SHOULD VOTE FOR HIM

first_imgWith the local elections just days away, I am asking the people of the Milford/Letterkenny Electoral Area to VOTE DONAL CULLEN NO 1. WHY VOTE FOR ME?I have always been passionate about politics. This passion led me to study the subject at the University of Ulster at Magee Campus. I am the only candidate contesting this local election in the Milford/Letterkenny Electoral Area who has graduated with a B.A. Honours Degree in Irish History and Politics.My ability to face and conquer challenges has been proven as I am a recipient of the Presidents Gaise Award in both Sliver and Gold Challenges.I am one of the few candidates fluent in our native Irish language. This is my third time contesting the local election.This demonstrates that I am not lacking in political dedication or determination. If I am given the privilege of being elected as a councillor I will exercise this determination in Lifford to get things done.I don’t have a long list of sitting on numerous boards or committees to try and sway the voters but what I have is a passion and commitment to helping people to improve their situation where I can.On my election campaign canvass I have encountered time and time again the frustration, disillusionment, and anger that is out there among the public.On the door steps people have told me of their struggle to cope with the introduction of all these new unjust and unfair taxes.The cuts being implemented right across public services. These cuts are having a real impact on peoples lives. All we hear are figures, budgets and meeting targets on time. When are these politicians going to exit their cosy little bubble and live in the real world?Many people that I have spoken to have lost faith and confidence in the political system.Can one really blame them?It is successive Governments that has led to this attitude among voters with all their promises before every election but soon forgotten afterwards! It’s five years before they knock on doors again.If elected to Donegal County Council I will be honest, transparent, hard working, keep the public informed on important issues and make decisions for the benefit of the public not for the benefit of cosy political cartels.ELECTION 2014: DONAL CULLEN TELLS CONSTITUENTS WHY THEY SHOULD VOTE FOR HIM was last modified: May 22nd, 2014 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:Election 2014: Donal CullennewsPoliticslast_img read more

2010 Fifa World Cup: Peter Mokaba Stadium

first_imgLocation: Polokwane, Limpopo province Capacity: 45 000 seats Matches: Algeria vs Slovenia (13 June), France vs Mexico (17 June), Greece vs Argentina (22 June), Paraguay vs New Zealand (24 June)Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  Peter Mokaba Stadium Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image Peter Mokaba Stadium Photo: Local Organising Committee • Download high-resolution image Artist’s impression Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img

Stamps on show in South Africa

first_imgThis delicately beaded Tsonga love tokenis one of many colourful items featuredin the beads stamp series. The record-breaking stamp mosaic coversan area of 160 square metres. Volunteers from Sapo and the HatfieldTuition College worked diligently tocomplete the mosaic.(Images: South African Post Office)MEDIA CONTACTS • Johan van WykPhilatelic Services, Sapo+27 12 845 2901 or +27 82 557 4242RELATED ARTICLES• Putting the stamp on the World Cup• Coining it for Madiba’s 90th• Chair to unleash South African dreams• SA items in World Digital Library• Meet Zakumi: the 2010 mascotJanine ErasmusSouth Africa is hosting the Joburg 2010 International Stamp Show, which coincides with the release of a new definitive stamp series for the country, and also features an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest stamp mosaic.Sponsored by the South African Post Office (Sapo) and the Philatelic Foundation of South Africa, the event takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 27 to 31 October under the auspices of the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately, to which South Africa is affiliated.The show is sanctioned by world philately governing body Fédération Internationale de Philatélie, and is the first international philatelic event to be held on South African soil since Ilsapex 98.A highlight of the show is the inclusion of the 26th Asian International Stamp Exhibition, which has never been seen on the African continent and features over 300 exhibits.Stamp enthusiasts have also been looking forward to an exhibit of an assortment of stamps from the personal collection of Queen Elizabeth II. This priceless selection is chaperoned by Michael Sefi, the Keeper of the Royal Collection.The first Union of South Africa stamp, issued in 1910, will be on display, as well as the Sapo archive. Visitors will be able to buy personalised stamps with an image of themselves or their partner, mom or pet.A number of auction houses and dealers will be on hand for the serious collector, and Sapo will operate a fully functional post office within the exhibition hall.South Africa is expecting to welcome philatelists from 45 countries to the long-awaited event. Entry to the stamp show is free.Cultural traditionTo coincide with the show, Sapo has issued its eighth definitive stamp series.Titled The Beads, the series features examples of the fine beadwork for which South African crafters are internationally renowned, and was snapped by German-born photographer Sasha Lipka, now resident in Pretoria.All featured items are held in the collection of the Iziko South African National Gallery and the Iziko Social History Collections, which works to raise awareness of South Africa’s rich cultural heritage.Head of Sapo’s Philatelic Services, Johan van Wyk, said the series portrays examples of culturally important objects. Both modern and traditional items can be seen, including a traditional Tsonga fertility figure, a necklace made of lions’ claws, and a mobile phone rendered in bead- and wirework.According to National Gallery curator Carol Kaufman, beadwork is as significant in local culture as wood carving is in other African countries.“These stamps will spread awareness of these cultural treasures all over South Africa, and the rest of the world, at an affordable cost,” she said.Instead of showing the entire item, in many cases just a portion of the intricate work is visible, which allows for greater detail.Besides the usual denominations, stamps have also been issued for certain standard formats such as registered letters or international letters. These stamps are not marked with a value and can be used even if the cost of postage goes up.The stamps are available from any post office in South Africa.  International stamp collectors can order them by sending email to sa.stamps@postoffice.co.za. Sapo will produce the beads series for five years.Biggest stamp mosaicIn another postal first for South Africa, Philatelic Services and an army of volunteers have built an immense stamp mosaic of the Pretoria skyline. The mosaic is now under evaluation by the Guinness World Records organisation to see if it is eligible to break the current record held by Germany’s Leipzig International School.Leipzig established its Guinness world record in 2008 by constructing a mosaic of the city skyline, measuring 100 square metres and containing about 115 000 stamps.The local version contains about 201 000 stamps. Covering an area of 160 square meters, it took the participants weeks to construct. It features the Union Buildings, seat of South Africa’s government, the six-colour national flag, and the century-old Church Square post office, which is a national heritage site.By making the record-breaking mosaic 60% bigger than the previous version, Sapo hopes to fend off attempts to surpass the achievement for some time.“Stamps communicate our heritage, our culture, our infrastructure and our achievements,” said Van Wyk, “and this mosaic will put a stamp on our greatness as a country.”World Cup stampsPhilatelic Services has had a busy year – on 11 June, the opening day of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the department issued two sets of Fifa-approved commemorative stamps and a number of covers to mark the football extravaganza.The set depicting the trophy, official match ball and 2010 World Cup logo were football-shaped while the Zakumi series, featuring the tournament’s green-haired mascot, took the more conventional rectangular shape. Envelopes were franked with a special football stamp and contained an information card.According to Van Wyk, the stamps and covers were in huge demand, and served as an inexpensive souvenir of the World Cup.“We think of stamps as the smallest ambassadors of our country,” he said.• Coining it for Madiba’s 90thlast_img read more

Level Up: Video Games Are The New Educational Hack

first_imgHow to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Turns out—to no surprise—they can. Here are the winners from the 2013 Challenge, with video game designs encompassing everything from community and literacy, to math, science and health.Through the project, kids learn and take away a myriad of lessons about communication, collaboration, problem solving and systems and computer thinking. The high number of educational Challenge submissions speaks to the interest of youth to see video games with an academic framework. It’s taking a medium already used by students and developing the games in a way that benefits their progress in school. stephanie ellen chan Why You Love Online Quizzes Video games are often at the center of negative press for their effect on children. But that’s not the only story that can be told. Video games used as teaching tools can change lives and impart excellent skills.With news of any youth in possession of a gun or worse being the perpetrator of a shooting, the eyes of the world fall on their consumption of media: What video game did that child play last?  Names like Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty have become synonymous with a supposed cultural degradation, the blame of many for the rise of youth violence and gun homicides. But children can also learn from the creation of and interaction with video games dispelling the harsh stigma of the child/video game complex and bringing a revolution to the educational system. A revolution that will be gamified. Related Posts Video games utilized for education can have unique and positive effects. Two programs make this very clear: The National STEM Video Game Challenge is an annual call for middle to high schoolers to submit their own video game designs and compete on the national level with other children their age. By designing their own games, children learn the ins and outs of coding, strategy and digital creation.The Mind Research Institute’s ST Math video game is another example of education gamification, as it utilizes the medium of a video game to teach students to conceptualize math in brand new ways. This lets children have a visual representation of math problems in motion; what was once just numbers placed flat in a textbook now dance to life with a digital companion to aid in figuring out solutions.The gamification of education is radical and effective. Such alternative methods to today’s education system deserve a closer look.The 2013 National STEM Video Game Challenge is a call for youth to design and submit their own video games in an effort to increase science and technology learning. This challenge, started in 2010, was created in response to the White House’s push towards STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. The goal is simple—plant an interest in technology and engineering by spurring youth to create their own video games. The question lies in if the students are actually able to build a platform themselves. Matthew Peterson from the Mind Research Institute argues that learning through video games—sans words—is the key to increased learning opportunities. With an emphasis on math education, the MRI aims to forever change how students achieve success in math. For example, MRI’s ST Math software is a video game where each level depicts a new math problem for the player to solve. Problems are presented without words, and instead inferred through pictures and numbers. An animated penguin is the friendly guide throughout each level—users must solve the math problem so that the penguin can cross the screen.In his TED Talk, Peterson speaks about how teaching math through video games is the key to raising test scores, granting educational opportunities and achieving success for the future.Youth thrive in being their own purveyors of their educational journey. Textbooks and paperwork provide only one way for students to engage in mathematics, a method that does not account for the variances in the many ways children learn. ST Math’s utilization of avatars, movement, and interactivity with problem solving grants players the agency needed to acquire a solid command of math skills. MRI’s dataset shows the improvement of math test proficiency in schools across America who used ST Math for one to two years. The conversation surrounding children and video games can be shifted to reveal the hugely positive hack it’s creating in the educational system at this very moment. Kids may be born into the care of screens, but if utilized in the right ways, those screens can create significant improvement in areas like science, tech and math. Images and videos courtesy of gamerenthusiast, National STEM Video Game Challenge, Mind Research Institute, TedxTalks, ELineMedia Tags:#education#math#stem#video games 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Assam govt to make Sanskrit compulsory

first_imgThe Assam government on Wednesday said it will implement the Cabinet decision to make Sanskrit compulsory till Class VIII only after having “general consensus” and removing “practical difficulties”. Making a statement on the recent decision which has evoked sharp reactions from all sections of society, Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “The decision was taken in-principle but implementation will happen after general consensus and removing practical difficulties”. He informed the Assembly that the government will try to build a consensus after taking opinion from all important organisations of the State. Mr Sarma also said there are other issues in implementation of the decision like lack of Sanskrit teachers and the government will not appoint anyone from outside the State.last_img read more

Cow vigilantes beat up three in M.P. for possession of beef; police arrest victims first

first_imgFive people were detained in Seoni district of Madhya Pradesh for allegedly assaulting three people, including a women, on suspicion that they were transporting beef, the police said on Saturday.The district police said Dilip Malviya, Taufik and Anjum Shama of Seoni were stopped by the accused when they were travelling in an autorickshaw near a restaurant on Mandla Road in the Kanhiwada area on May 22.On being informed about the incident, the police came to the spot and arrested the three victims on suspicion that they were carrying beef. They were produced before a court and sent to jail, an official at the police station, who declined to be identified, said over telephone.The police said they had seized 140 kg of red meat, adding that samples of had been sent for forensic analysis in Hyderabad.It was only after the video of the incident was uploaded on social media by the head of the Shri Ram Sena that a sister of one of the victims saw the video, a day later, and lodged an FIR (First Information Report) with the police against the attackers. Based on her complaint, the Seoni police arrested five persons, including the main accused Shubham Baghel, who had uploaded the video of the incident on his social media account. “Five persons, including the main accused Shubham Baghel, have been arrested,” Superintendent of Police Lalit Shakyawar said. “Animal meat was found in the vehicle that the victims were using and it has been sent to laboratory for test,” he added.An FIR had been registered against the five people under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Dunda Seoni police station, Mr. Shakyawar said. The other four accused have been identified as local residents Yogesh Uikey, Deepesh Namdev, Rohit Yadav and Shyam Dehriya.The accused were produced before the court, which remanded them to judicial custody till June 6. Though the video was later deleted by the accused, it had already been widely circulated on social media, evoking strong reactions and comment.Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti condemned the incident. “Horrified to see cow vigilantes thrash an innocent Muslim with such impunity in MP. Hope Kamal Nath takes swift action against these goons,” she tweeted.President of AIMIM, Asaduddin Owaisi, also cited the video and tweeted: “This is how Muslims are treated by vigilantes created by Modi voters. Welcome to a New India which will [be] inclusive and as @PMOIndia said secularism ka niqaab”.last_img read more