Cornwall’s Brown sprints to victory at Western Champs

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU: Cornwall College sprinter Mathew Brown held off the field to land the marquee Class One 100 metres title at the County of Cornwall Athletics Association Western Championship and put his name in the hat for the remainder of the Digicel Grand Prix series this season. One record was broken early yesterday in the Class Two girls triple jump. Moesha Nott of Rusea’s twice broke Opal James’ five-year-old record of 11.80 metres. She set a new mark of 12.54m in the second round before smashing her own record in the third and final round, soaring to 12.63m. Toni-Shay Stewart of Manning’s grabbed second place with a leap of 11.33m, and St Elizabeth Technical’s Monique Williams, third, after jumping 11.21m. The exciting Grand Prix series of races includes the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, the long jump, discuss and high jumps events in Classes One and Two. Brown’s winning time, 10.58 seconds, was way off the record held by Nigel Ellis of STETHS, but was good enough to dismiss the challenge of Munro College’s Rushane Edwards (10.63) and that of his teammate, Washington Brown, who was third in 10.65. Green Island High School star Kimone Hines won the girls’ Class One equivalent, taking victory in 11.95. She was some way ahead of teammate Angel Jackson, who crossed the finish line in a modest 12.14 for second. Debra Wallace of Herbert Morrison copped third place in 12.23. IMPRESSIVE DENNIS The impressive Sachin Dennis from STETHS was not to be denied and he ran through the line to take the Class Two boys 100m final in 10.72, with second going to Irwin High School’s Jaydeon Crooks (10.88), while William Knibb’s Andre Bent grabbed third place in 10.91. The Class One boys 400m title went to Leon Gordon of Rusea’s (47.95), with Leonardo Ledgister of STETHS taking second in 48.29 and Ouekie Wright (48.34) also of STETHS, third. Petersfield’s Hisheeno Stewart’s 58.23 won a thrilling finish to the Class Two girls 400m event, another in the Digicel Grand Prix races, with second going to Winsome Harris of STETHS (58.35). Albert Town’s Tasinia Mothersill, 58.40, was third. Meanwhile, Antonio Watson of Petersfield took the Class Two boys 400m in 49.65 ahead of teammate Romario Taylor (49.95). Rosean Bernard (Munro) was third in 50.87.last_img read more

Jewish state’s independence feted

first_imgAmid heavy security on the perimeter of the park and at its entrances, the daylong festival featured local and Israeli entertainers, food, booths and fair rides. Dizengoff Street, for instance, featured booths for the Republican Jewish Coalition on one side of the pathway and for Jewish Sperm Donors on the other side. Up the way was Cafe Tel Aviv, an area created to resemble an Israeli coffee shop. Talit-Birthright Israel, an organization that recruits and helps 18- to 26-year-old Jews visit Israel for the first time, was there. “It was the most amazing experience I’ve ever had in my life,” said Debbie Farnosh, who visited Israel as a UCLA undergraduate in 2003 and now recruits for the group. “It is a cultural, religious and political experience.” The highlight of the festival was the performance late in the afternoon by Israeli musician Yehoram Gaon, whom Stern described as “the Israeli Frank Sinatra.” “Besides celebrating Israeli independence,” said Stern, “this is as close as you can get to being in Israel.” (818) 713-3761160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Festival organizers were presented a proclamation from the City Council. Israel Counsel General Ehud Danoch summarized almost six decades of Israeli achievements in a short speech. “Israel is a success story,” Danoch said after a quick synopsis, “and this is only the beginning.” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he has been to Israel twice and shares in its celebration. “I stand with you,” he said, “because I know how important it is for Jews to have a homeland.” VAN NUYS – Varda Stern of Encino remembers being 4 years old and very excited in Mugrabi Square in Tel Aviv when news arrived that the United Nations had made Israel an independent state. “My father put me up on his shoulders so that I could see all the celebration,” recalls Stern. “It was an incredible sight.” On Sunday, Stern celebrated Israel’s 59th anniversary with some 40,000 people who attended the Israel Independence Day Festival at Woodley Park, which for the day took on the appearance of an Israeli community with walkways named for streets in Jerusalem, Haifa and Tel Aviv. “No matter where we are,” Israeli-born Broadway performer Mike Burstyn told the crowd, “we’re Israeli, and we’re in Israel.” last_img read more

Achesa sweats to convince he’s the man to replace CS Wario

first_imgThe former Party of National Unity (PNU) Western region coordinator and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) national youth leader affirmed while appearing before the committee on Friday that despite his short stint as a sportsperson, he has the ability to ably lead the ministry.“Being a former sports person I have worn that shoe before and I know how it fits and how it pinches. I understand the challenges sportsmen go through in this country,”“What I can assure Kenyans is that through the skills I have acquired by being the coordinator of PNU and youth chairman ODM as well as running a company, I will inject same skills to turn the sports ministry around,” Achesa said when asked by Speaker Justin Muturi why he feels he is the man for the job.Achesa has had a bigger career in politics than in sports administration.He has however told the committee that away from his active days as a boxer with the Mumias Boxing Club and the Kenya Prisons Boxing team, he has been involved as the patron of the Western Kenya Boxing Association as well as Kenyan Premier League side Kakamega Homeboyz.Though vague in his responses on how he will restore administrative excellence and reduce corruption in the ministry, Achesa hinted that as the new Sports Ministry boss, he will look to work with county governments and at constituency level to improve talent tapping.Sports Cabinet Secretary nominee Rashid Achesa appearing before the Parliamentary Committee on Appointments for vetting on February 9, 2018. PHOTO/Moses MuokiThis, is a song sang often, but never quite implemented by those who came before him.“I will make sure we have 47 academies in each of the counties in collaboration with county governments to ensure we nurture talent from grass-root so that we have a stronger national team and in the end improve sports,” noted Achesa.In relation to Kenya’s miss to host the African Nations Championship (CHAN) which has just ended in Morocco, Achesa said to avert a similar blip, he will source for funds from the national government as well as the private sector to ensure stadia are ready in time.If approved by Parliament. Achesa will have a tough time putting together a ministry that was dogged with baggage during Wario’s five year tenure, from Kenya’s fight with the World Anti Doping Authority, alleged mismanagement and underfunding of national teams and the most recent one, Kenya’s miss to host CHAN.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nominated Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Achesa while appearing before the Parliamentary Committee on Appointments on February 9, 2018. PHOTO/Moses MuokiNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 8 – Barely half an hour into his grilling by the Parliamentary Committee on Appointments, Sports Cabinet Secretary nominee Rashid Achesa was already wiping off sweat as he was put on the spot by members to prove why he is the right man for the post.Achesa, largely unknown in the sports field was nominated by President Uhuru Kenyatta to take up the post vacated by Hassan Wario who has since been nominated as Kenya’s ambassador to Austria.last_img read more

Trophy hunter Pep happy to miss out on winter getaway

first_imgGuardiola did take his players to Abu Dhabi last March, after their surprise FA Cup fifth round defeat at Wigan left them with a free week.The City boss will consider a similar trip this time round if an early FA Cup exit leaves a gap in their match schedule.But he acknowledges that it may be difficult to fit in such a break if City remain in the hunt for all four major prizes.“Hopefully not, because that means we continue in the FA Cup and especially in the Champions League. We will see. If not, then we will have this time in summer time,” Guardiola told a press conference.“Last season, it was quite similar. But then after Wigan beat us in the FA Cup, we went there.”City are still in contention for a quadruple of Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup titles, something that has never been achieved in the English game.They took a significant step towards winning one of those trophies on Wednesday, thrashing third tier Burton Albion 9-0 in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final.It means that, barring something extraordinary in the second leg on January 23, City will feature in the final at Wembley on February 24.That creates another barrier to a potential winter vacation as their league fixture at Everton, scheduled for the previous day, would have to be rearranged.“Did you see the schedule this morning? I saw the schedule, and the Everton game will be fixed for another week, so we don’t have many (spaces in the schedule for a warm-weather break), so we’ll see,” Guardiola said.– Title race –City, having taken a step towards a cup final, resume their attempt to catch leaders Liverpool in the Premier League title race on Monday, when they host Wolves.Guardiola’s side, in second place, are four points behind Liverpool after beating them 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium on January 3.It was Liverpool’s first league defeat of the season, and may have increased the pressure on a team trying to become champions of England for the first time since 1990.But Guardiola rejected the suggestion that he is happier chasing than leading.“I prefer to be in Liverpool’s position,” he said.Guardiola hopes to have Sergio Aguero back for the Wolves match, with the striker having missed City’s past two matches because of illness, while Vincent Kompany is close to recovering from a muscle problem.City have found it tough keeping pace with Liverpool, despite collecting 50 points from 21 games, a better average this season than Barcelona, who are top of La Liga.Barcelona have collected 40 points from 18 games, an average of 2.22 per match, while City’s average of 2.38 is currently only good enough for second place.“The Premier League is incredibly tough,” he said. You don’t realise how tough it is until you are here for the amount of games, the weather, the time needed for players to recover.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pep Guardiola hopes Manchester City have no time for a winter break © AFP/File / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Jan 11 – Pep Guardiola insisted on Friday he will be happy if Manchester City have no time for a mid-season break, because it will mean they are still competing for every trophy.City’s rivals Manchester United took the opportunity this week for a warm-weather training trip to Dubai, allowing boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer time to work on his squad’s fitness.last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – More Champions League misery for Man City?

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting oddsThe Coral spokesperson claims there could be more Champions League misery for Manchester City when they face Barcelona on Wednesday night.Manuel Pellegrini’s side were defeated 2-1 at the Etihad last month, and the betting expert believes it will be very tough for the Premier League side to get anything from the fixture at the Nou Camp.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

People asked to keep injured Kilmacrennan man in their prayers

first_imgPrayers are being said for a young Kilmacrennan man who is fighting for his life after a fall in Dublin. James Maguire suffered a serious head injury following the accident and is being cared for at Beaumont Hospital.James’s ­family were keeping a vigil by his bedside last night. His mum and dad, Kenny and Kate Maguire, are well-known in the area.Prayers were said in Kilmacrennan for James by Fr Paddy Dunne who is a relative of the family.People across Donegal are being asked to keep James in their prayers.People asked to keep injured Kilmacrennan man in their prayers was last modified: April 10th, 2018 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:donegalfallJames Maguirekilmacrennanlast_img read more

Boost for small tourism operators

first_img13 April 2006Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has promised to find ways of enabling small and medium businesses in South Africa’s tourism sector to forge partnerships with bigger companies to share the industry’s benefits.This comes after some small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) expressed fears that big companies would “have all the benefits to themselves” when it came to the 2010 Fifa Football World Cup.Tourism Enterprise ProgrammeSpeaking at an SMME Tourism meeting in Soweto this week, Van Schalkwyk said his department would invest R185-million in the Tourism Enterprise Programme – which targets small businesses – over the next three years.He also told industry representatives that smaller tourism entrepreneurs were placed at the centre of the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA), a set of interventions that will serve as catalysts to accelerate the country’s economic growth to 6% by 2010.“It is our small and medium-sized businesses that hold the key to translating the potential of tourism into jobs and growth,” Van Schalkwyk said.He acknowledged that small businesses were faced with challenges such as access to finance and established markets, complex regulations and legal requirements, and a “real need for improved skills and training.”Freedom Square HotelBut there was also good news for Soweto tourism operators, Van Schalkwyk said, in the form of the four-star, R20-million Freedom Square Hotel, due to open in Kliptown in October.The urban experience hotel boasts almost fifty 32m2 rooms and two glass-made boardroom venues.“We need to diversify our tourism products, offering bed and breakfast experiences, backpacker and accommodation, and high-end hotel options,” the minister said.The chairperson of the Soweto Tourism Association, Godfrey Mautloa, told BuaNews that local tour guides who were familiar with the township and its people would be ideal to assist tourists in Soweto.“I believe partnerships with big companies will have a greater impact in the sharing of knowledge and benefits,” he said.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Qantas joins Virgin in offering premium lounge entry

first_imgCompetition to keep the well-heeled separated from the hoi polloi is heating up in Australia with Qantas announcing a premium entry in Brisbane that allows elite customers to avoid everyday queues.Virgin Australia pioneered the concept in Australia when it opened its Sydney lounge five years ago and has since opened a premium entry in Brisbane as well as a quirkier “premium exit” in Melbourne.Both the Sydney and Brisbane Virgin lounges offer a kerbside entrance and valet parking. The Brisbane entrance was opened last year as part of a refurbishment that doubled the size of the lounge there.Now Qantas has joined the trend with its own premium lounge entry at Brisbane’s domestic airport, due to open with its refurbished lounge precinct next March.The new entry, located on level 1 of the terminal, will be open daily and will offer eligible customers a dedicated check-in area, bag drop, security screening and escalator with direct access to the new Qantas Lounge Precinct.   “This is about streamlining the overall departure process for our top tier Frequent Flyers from the moment they arrive at the airport,”  head of Qantas customer experience Philip Capps said in a statement.“Premium Lounge Entry will speed up the process for customers checking in both at the airport or on their mobile – allowing them to move through the terminal quickly and maximise their time relaxing or working in the lounge.’’Qantas opened a new international lounge in Brisbane this year and the domestic redevelopment includes a Chairman’s Lounge and a new look Qantas Club.Customers eligible to use the new entry include those travelling in business, Qantas Club members, Gold, Platinum and Platinum One Frequent Flyers and oneworld Sapphire and Emerald Members.last_img read more

2010 Fifa World Cup firsts

first_imgBrazil play Chile in their 2010 Fifa WorldCup Round of 16 match at Ellis ParkStadium in Johannesburg on 28 June.(Image: Crystian Cruz, Flickr)MEDIA CONTACTS• Wolfgang Eichler, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 2010• Delia Fischer, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 11 567 • Jermaine Craig, Media Manager 2010Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 RELATED ARTICLES• A brief history of the Fifa World Cup• 80 pieces of World Cup trivia• 2010 Fifa World Cup team statistics• 2010 Fifa World Cup: final squads• Top marks for SA’s World CupThe 2010 Fifa World Cup broke new ground simply by being held on African soil. It was also Spain’s first global victory. Those were the most obvious milestones set in South Africa this year, but the rest of the tournament also had a number of firsts on the field, from team results to player landmarks.Result firstsSlovenia and Greece both picked up their maiden Fifa World Cup wins in South Africa, with Slovenia downing Algeria 1-0 thanks to a Robert Koren goal and Greece seeing off Nigeria 2-1.Japan also enjoyed a breakthrough win of sorts as their 2-1 victory against Cameroon was their first-ever Fifa World Cup finals success away from home, eight years after they defeated Tunisia 2-0 in Osaka.New Zealand’s 1-1 opening draw with Slovakia earned them their first Fifa World Cup point, after they lost all their group stage matches at their previous appearance in 1982. This year, the Kiwis drew all of their opening games, with a further 1-1 result against Italy and a goalless stalemate with Paraguay.Goal firstsDimitrios Salpingidis’s equaliser against Nigeria finally ended Greece’s World Cup goal drought, his strike coming after 404 minutes and over four games without result. There was a first for Daniel Agger too, but the Denmark defender would doubtless prefer not to be on this list as his own goal against the Netherlands proved his country’s first on the global stage. In another unwanted precedent, Denmark were also on the receiving end of Japan’s first ever three-goal haul in a Fifa World Cup final.Didier Drogba of Côte d’Ivoire became the first African player to score against Brazil in six meetings between A Seleção and teams from the African zone. On a domestic note, midfielder Michael Bradley became the first Fifa World Cup scorer to be coached by his father when he equalised for the United States in their 2-2 draw with Slovenia.Penalty firstsVladimir Stojkovic became the first Serbian goalkeeper to have kept out a penalty at a Fifa World Cup when he saved a strike by Germany’s Lukas Podolski. In contrast, David Villa became the first Spanish player to miss a spot-kick in the tournament when he failed to register against Honduras.The new world champions can nonetheless lay claim to a more desirable landmark as Iker Casillas became the first goalkeeper to stop penalties in two different Fifa World Cups. The Real Madrid number-one player first thwarted the Ireland’s Ian Harte at Korea/Japan 2002 before frustrating Oscar Cardozo of Paraguay in this year’s quarter-finals.On the other side, Asamoah Gyan entered the history books as the first player to miss spot-kicks in separate editions of the competition, following up his failed effort against the Czech Republic at Germany 2006 with another fruitless attempt against Uruguay in 2010’s eight.Player firstsCuauhtemoc Blanco can now boast that he is the only Mexican international to have scored in three different Fifa World Cup final tournaments, having added South Africa 2010 to his list by finding the target against France. On the other hand, Rigobert Song did not register for Cameroon, but he nonetheless returned home with a record as the first African player to have appeared in four Fifa World Cups.Somewhat less distinguished, Nigeria’s Sani Keita and Switzerland’s Valon Behrami became the first players from their countries to collect red cards at the finals when they were dismissed against Greece and Chile respectively.Progress firstsParaguay reached the quarter-finals for the first time in their history at South Africa 2010, experiencing a joy not shared by Italy, who exited the tournament without a single win to their name.As for South Africa, they became the first Fifa World Cup host nation to be eliminated at the end of the group stage.Team firstsChile’s pair of 1-0 successes against Honduras and Switzerland were their maiden Fifa World Cup triumphs outside South America, La Roja having only previously secured wins at Uruguay 1930, Brazil 1950 and Chile 1962.Algeria’s achievement was to record their first clean sheet in the global arena as they clinched a goalless draw with no less a team than England, while Paraguay topped their group for the first time. Better still, the Netherlands managed a feat beyond all previous Oranje sides by winning each of their three group games.Finally, the quarter-final line-up proved unprecedented with South American teams outnumbering their European counterparts by four to three, but the Europeans came out on top in the end as Spain lifted the trophy for the first time.Source: Fifalast_img read more

Apple Loses UK Appeal: Public Shaming Goes Forward

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Apple#Google#iPad#iPhone#mobile Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Earlier this year, a judge in the United Kingdom awarded a rare gift to Samsung in its global patent battle against Apple. The judge ruled that Samsung did not infringe on Apple’s design patents and offered a strange remedy: Apple must publically apologize to Samsung in prominent news publications in the UK and post the apology on its website for a month. Apple, full of pride (and a highly paid legal team) bristled at the judgment and appealed. The appeal was heard by a trio of judges and the verdict came down Wednesday. Sorry Apple, you still have a date with public shaming.The purpose of the advertisement is to correct the impression that Samsung copied Apple’s design, specifically of the iPad. The ads will run in British publications such as the Daily Mail, Financial Times as well as on the Apple UK website. “The acknowledgement must come from the horse’s mouth,” the judges ruled, according to the BBC. An Absurd ResultThe absurdity of this trial should not be understated.First, the subject. We are talking about design patents, something extremely hard to quantify. Much like the U.S. case in a California court between the companies, Apple claims that Samsung copied the front face and shape of the tablet. The original judge, Colin Birss, said that Samsung did not copy Apple because the Galaxy Tab in question did not have the “same understated and extreme simplicity possessed by Apple.” Famously, Birss also said that Samsung tablets were simply, “not as cool” as Apple’s iPad. If coolness won court battles, the Fonz should have become a lawyer. A Disturbing TrendWhile many will delight in Apple’s public shaming, a disturbing trend is starting to emerge if you are one of the company top executives: Apple is losing most of its appeals. For every big headline victory that Apple wins against Samsung or other mobile manufacturers, it seems like an equally large appeal wipes out those gains. Apple won a ban of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus earlier this year, only to have a U.S. appeals court toss out the ban. Apple won an injunction against HTC and its One X smartphone in the spring, only to have HTC redesign certain software aspects of the device and rerelease it. The One X is a quality device, so much so that we awarded it the ReadWrite Recommends Smartphone in September. A judge in Chicago more or less tossed out a patent suit between Apple and Motorola, telling the sides to negotiate a settlement. Apple is even losing ground in a case that it originally won, the much-covered design and utility patent case in California that the iPhone maker won through a jury ruling. Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $1.05 billion in that case and injunctions on several devices were issues. One of those injunctions, against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 inch tablet, has already been dissolved by the judge overseeing the case. Apple has also lost appeals to Samsung over design patents in Australia and the Netherlands. Is Apple’s Legal Strategy Unraveling?The California judgment has the potential to unravel on appeal as well. The primary point of contention in that case is that the jury foreman, Velvin Hogan, tainted the jury in favor of Apple because he was once sued by a former employer, Seagate Technology. Samsung happens to have a “strategic relationship” with Seagate. Samsung is asking for dismissal of the verdict. Apple’s goal in many of these lawsuits is to stem the flood of quality Android devices that take attention away from the iPad and iPhone. If Apple cannot (or will not) go directly after Google to cut the head off the Android monster, the best it can do is give legal headaches to the manufacturers. Sometimes, those legal battles are effective, even if Apple does eventually lose on appeal. The injunction against the HTC One X caused it to lose thousands of potential unit sales.Apple has spent millions in court on winning these lawsuits. Yet in the end, Cupertino may have little to show for its victories.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces dan rowinskilast_img read more

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