Brodeur back to defend High Mountain 10K title

first_imgLast year’s men’s 10K winner, Andrew Brodeur, is back to defend his title in today’s 2015 High Mountain Coffee 10K in Williamsfield, Manchester.Danielle Tauro, the 2015 women’s champion, will be absent but another massive turnout from both local and overseas participants is anticipated again this year.Brodeur, from the Shore Athletic Club in New Jersey, United States, won last year’s 10K race in 31:38. The Duke University student was virtually unchallenged after the 3K mark as he romped to the title.With the inclusion of the 5K Walk, 5K Run and wheelchair race this year, the day’s activities will begin at 2 p.m. The main event, the 10K race, is set to start at 3:30 p.m.The High Mountain Coffee road race started in 1983 and is the island’s longest-running road race. It is also the foundation of many of the nation’s top past distant runners, including Mardrea Hyman, Kemoy Campbell and Natoya Goule.Meet chairman John Minott says the event continues to be a landmark in Jamaica’s road racing.”This is a wonderful event that we are extremely proud of. We have seen it grow in excitement and the involvement of not just participants but the Jamaican public on a whole. The race has contributed to the development of many Jamaican distant runners, through their participation from schools they attended, and a number of them have gone on to carve out running careers overseas,” he noted.More than $300,000 are up for grabs in cash and prizes. Adults will pay an entrance fee of $1,000 for all events. There is no fee for children.Knutsford Express has arranged a special fare for persons living in Kingston who wish to view or compete in the event. Same-day return is $2,900 while same-day one-way is $1,800.Proceeds from the race will go to the Mandeville Regional Hospital’s renal unit for the fourth straight year.last_img read more

Top shot Tavares Finson thrills

first_img Sub Junior B Sub Junior A Darren Gordon (44) Shoot off win Rajhir DaCosta (44) Raheed DaCosta (43) Junior B Young marksman Roman Tavares-Finson was unstoppable with close-to-perfect shooting, setting the stage with a brilliant 49 of 50 birds, which saw him claim the High Overall Champion spot at the Digicel Inter-School Clay 50 Birds Championship on Sunday at the Jamaica Skeet Club in Portmore, St Catherine. The 13-year-old, who was claiming his first major title, missed just one target on his way to upstaging a very compact field. In the Super Six round, he hit a table-topping 64 birds. The Hillel Academy standout shooter scored 15 in the Super Six to lead his school to a winning score of 215, a seven point advantage over the American International School of Kingston (AISK), which shot 208, and Champion College 204 in third. Jamaica College finished fourth with 176 points. “I have won a couple times, but not as big as this one, I guess it was more of adrenaline happening. I am very happy with the win,” he told The Gleaner. Roman, the son of prominent lawyer and government senator, Tom Tavares-Finson, said the course was a challenging one. “If I thought about it in my head, I wouldn’t have done it, so I just maintained my momentum and concentrated,” he said. The competition saw more than 70 upcoming junior shooters give a good account of themselves, with Jamaica Skeet Club president Khaleel Azan giving them much credit. “I didn’t think we would have more than a high score of 45, Roman shot 49, and this gives me an idea of where we are and how we are really achieving a lot from year to year, and where we go and how we are to overseas standards,” Azan noted. “I think we are getting closer.” He also credited second overall runner-up, Danzel Knight, who bravely shot with a broken hand. Meanwhile, the category winners received $1,500 credit from main sponsor Digicel along with their other prizes. The Super Six top finishers were Roman Tavares-Finson (64), Zachary Chen (58), and third Danzel Knight (58). Jonah Subaran scored 56, followed by Zachary Lazarus and Mark Desnoes 55, respectively. Peter Mahfood hit 52 and Zachary Duncan was the next best with 51. Zack Lazarus (42) Shoot off Second Zachary Duncan (42) Shoot off Third Sebastian Levy (41) First Jordan Vaz (47) Thomas Gore (45) Richard Todd (43) Juniors A Girls C Abigail McMaster (41) shoot off win Christina ChangPong (41) Kimberly McNally (39) Nikolai Azan (41) John Chin (38) Amir Azan (38) Adam Fletcher (39) Dylan Williams (37) Jack Tickle (35) Girls A Isabelle Chin (39) Leah Azan (36) Savannah Miller (30) Girls B Savannah Miller (45) Anna Issa (38) Annabelle Chung (37)center_img Sub Junior C Junior C Sub Junior Roman Tavares-Finson (49) Jonah Subaran (42) Mark Desnoes (42) Sub Junior D Danzel Knight (45) Zachary Chen (42) Peter Mahfood (42) Jonathan Ralston (49) Matthew Holness (40) Alexander Desnoes (33) Sub Junior E Class Winnerslast_img read more

DQ upset after star leaves for Calabar

first_img CONTROL MOVEMENT Principal of the Donald Quarrie High School Talbert Wire is still crying foul five months after the institution’s track star Jordan Anderson’s move to Calabar High School. Anderson won Donald Quarrie’s first-ever medal at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships last year, capturing the bronze medal the boys Class Three 800m. His exploits didn’t go unnoticed, with champions, Calabar, providing a more attractive option for the youngster, who turned up for school last September in the black and green of the Red Hills Road-based school. Wire has accused Calabar of taking away his school’s only star athlete without any consultation. “I am not very pleased at all because I wasn’t even called by my counterpart to say that ‘your school (Calabar) is going to be taking one of my students’,” said Wire, who claimed to have learnt of the situation after Anderson did not show up for classes at September’s start of the current school year. “At ISSA meetings, we keep saying to our principal counterparts that they should not do these things. Allow us to groom our students, and if it is a situation that you are going to take the child because the young man has the talent, then communicate with us, but up to this minute, my principal counterpart has not said anything to me and to the Donald Quarrie High School, and we are not pleased,” Wire blasted in reference to Calabar principal Albert Corcho, who also serves as an ISSA executive. “The school celebrated forty years of existence last week and this is our first medal we have ever won at the Boys and Girls’ Championships, and we were anticipating that we would use this young man as a stepping stone to obtaining even more medals this year,” Wire continued. Corcho, through his secretary, said he would not comment on the matter. The Ministry of Education’s stipulation for the transfer of students from one school to another is that schools must provide the ministry with an acceptance letter and a release. The ministry will then sanction the transfer with a third letter. These letters must be submitted to the ministry before he or she can participate in any ISSA-run competition. This rule was signed off in 2015, but it came into effect at the start of the new school year in September 2016. ISSA’s vice-president Keith Wellington noted that the association will only investigate the matter when the student attempts to represent Calabar. “For us at ISSA, we do not control students moving from one school to another, so when a student transfers from one member school to another, our stipulation is that they sit out a year before they become eligible to participate for their new school,” said Wellington. “Therefore, we have no interest in a student transferring from one school to the next until attempt to represent their new school,” said Wellington, who is the principal of St Elizabeth Technical High School. However, all does not seem lost for the eastern Kingston-based institution, with head coach of the school’s track and field programme, Nicholas Pommells, expecting his charges to do well this season despite Anderson’s absence. “I am disappointed that he left because the medal that he won last year has highlighted the school, but the show must go on and we have athletes that are capable of winning medals at Champs this year,” said Pommells.last_img read more

Gratuitous and confusing

first_imgDear Editor,I do not know of an instance where a Minister has called the actions of a President “gratuitous and confusing” in Guyana’s political history. The audacity, boldness, and impertinence are without compare and got my cognitive wheels turning. When these words forced David Granger to reverse his decision not to name a Prime Ministerial candidate before elections, they assumed more importance. It is an odd pairing of words; was/is there a threat contained therein?Is the President suffering from bouts of confusion? At age seventy-four, this would not be unusual, add to that the pressure of a political campaign and a difficult year fighting for physical and political survival, I can understand if a toll is being paid.What is neither honest nor decent is members of Granger’s coalition using this ‘insider’ knowledge to engage in political blackmail and also allowing a candidate they know is not ‘fit and proper’ in the truest sense to compete for the highest office in the land. Granger at his peak was no great shakes; Guyana cannot afford to have a confused leader at this juncture in history.Then, there is ‘gratuitous’, an adjective to describe actions done without good reason, uncalled for. The two words combine to paint a picture of a man unfit for office. The haste with which Granger’s reversal of decision followed the release of AFC General Secretary David Patterson’s statement leads me to believe a strong-arm was applied. As if to confirm my growing suspicion that something might be mentally amiss with Granger, an influential PNC persona took to social media to vent.PNC advisor Rickford Burke’s statement on social media was just as stunning in what it said as in what is implied: “Lesson to Guyana’s youth: Don’t worry with what we teach you. If you want to achieve an objective in life, adopt the AFC strategy of bullying, sabotage, and terrorism. You will get what you want”.The AFC could not threaten to walk away from the coalition at this late stage as it would mean sitting the upcoming elections out on the sidelines. What other holds could they (AFC) have over Granger that could be described by the ultimate PNC insider as “bullying, sabotage, and terrorism?”If the AFC is comfortable calling Granger “gratuitous and confusing” so publicly, why do they expect us to vote for him? This language needs no gloss, the meaning is pellucid; we are being sold goods that are past the ‘best before’ date. Late caveat emptor (let the buyer beware).Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Senior Flyers wrap up pre-season with 4-2 win Spirit River

first_imgHead coach Gerard Dicaire said it was great to defeat a rival team but expressed his dissatisfaction in the Rangers having less than 15 players in the line-up for the game.“There’s no love loss between the two teams. We don’t like them, they don’t like us. We lost to them in the playoffs four straight to them last year. I’m kind of disappointed they only brought 13 guys because it would have been a lot better game had they brought a full squad.”The Rangers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period but the Flyers responded with two in the second and two in the third. The Flyers dominated the third period but Dicaire attributed that to the limited number of skaters on the Spirit River side.- Advertisement -“It was moreso them being tired than anything and preaching to these guys to stick with the game plan. We had been playing well all night so just keep playing on the body and their going to quit eventually and they did”To start the season goaltender Jared Andersen will be getting some increased playing time as regular starter Troy Hunt is battling knee issues. The goaltender situation however will be monitored as the season progresses.The Flyers will open the NPHL season on the road in Falher on November 1.Advertisementlast_img read more

City of FSJ Council Agenda for August 11, 2008

first_imgAttached is the City Council agenda for the next meeting on Monday August 8th, 2008.Click here for the Council Information Package for Monday’s meetingClick here for the online version of the agenda for Monday’s meeting- Advertisement –last_img

Cox thinking about retirement

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bobby Cox is beginning to think about retirement. While he hasn’t made a final decision, the longtime Atlanta Braves manager said Saturday that he might step aside after two more seasons. “I feel great. I still love it,” Cox said after a spring training game. “But there comes a time when you have to think about doing something else.” What that is, Cox has no idea. He stressed that he’s merely considering his options and hasn’t decided for sure to walk away from the game after the 2008 season. “There’s nothing definite,” he said. “If I make up my mind to do it, that will be it. It doesn’t matter how well we do these next two years.” Also: Mark Prior and Kerry Wood will make their spring training debuts Monday when the Chicago Cubs play Seattle. Both pitchers are coming off injury-shortened seasons. Prior was beset by shoulder problems and was put on the disabled list three times in 2006. Wood sustained a partially torn rotator cuff that ended his season in July. … Barry Bonds stayed home with the flu, missing spring training workouts because of the same illness that has affected several San Francisco Giants players the past two weeks. center_img Cox, who turns 66 in May, has managed the Braves since midway through the 1990 season. The following year, he guided Atlanta from worst to first to launch an unprecedented streak of 14 straight division titles. Including an earlier four-year stint with the Braves and four seasons as Toronto’s manager, Cox has a career record of 2,171-1,686. He is the fifth-winningest manager in baseball history, trailing only Connie Mack, John McGraw, Tony La Russa and Sparky Anderson. last_img read more

USC basketball notes: Tournament new to the Trojans

first_img“He’s been through a lot,” Floyd said. “But we still talk four to five times a week, so I’d love for him to be there.” No practice: Floyd canceled practice Monday, deciding to rest players after they played Thursday, Friday and Saturday in their run to the Pac-10 Tournament final. They did report to Galen Center to watch film on Arkansas. (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It will definitely be a little nerve-wracking for a lot of people, because no one’s been in it,” Wilkinson said. “But I think that also brings a lot of fire and passion to the game because guys like Nick (Young), Gabe (Pruitt) and (Lodrick Stewart), especially Lod being his senior year, want to prove they can step up and lead this team. If you want to go to the next level, what more perfect opportunity than to lead our team to the Final Four.” Though the players lack NCAA Tournament experience, their coach does not. Tim Floyd has a 4-5 record in five previous trips to the tournament with Iowa State and New Orleans. His last three tournament teams at Iowa State all won at least one game. When USC takes the court Friday to face Arkansas in the NCAA Tournament, it will be unknown territory for every player. USC’s players can only imagine the intensity of being in an NCAA Tournament game, because the last time the team was in the tournament was during the 2001-02 season. Sophomore forward Keith Wilkinson believes that the novelty of this week could be a positive as well as negative for USC. center_img “He knows how to prepare and get ready for big games such as this,” Wilkinson said. “I think that’s really going to help us, especially not having any (tournament experience) on the team.” Floyd’s last trip to the dance was in 1997, when he led Iowa State to the Sweet 16. Iowa State missed the tournament the next season, then Floyd left to the NBA to coach the Chicago Bulls. “It seems unbelievable it’s been 10 years, but it has,” Floyd said. “… It’s always an exciting time, a time I missed when I was in the NBA. I always paid close attention to the games and how my friends were doing around the country.” Haskins invited: Floyd said he invited Don Haskins to attend Friday’s game. Floyd started his career as an assistant at Texas-El Paso under Haskins, who was immortalized in the movie “Glory Road” for starting an all-black team and winning the 1966 NCAA Championship over an all-white Kentucky squad. Floyd said he was unsure if Haskins would be able to make it to the game because of his health. He’s had multiple heart surgeries and needed to have part of his foot amputated due to complications from diabetes, according to Floyd. last_img read more

Govt wears brave face despite CHAN uncertainty

first_img0Shares0000Sports Principle Secretary Ambassador Peter Kaberia adrressing the press at the ministry headquarters on September 7, 2017.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 7- The government through the Ministry of Sports remains confident that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will not strip the country of its hosting rights for next year’s African Nations Championship (CHAN) despite concerns over infrastructure.CAF is expected to send an inspection team to the country before September 23 when they are scheduled to hold an Executive Committee meeting in Accra, Ghana after which a final decision will be made. “From the ministry point of view, we are doing everything possible to make sure that we host CHAN and we will host CHAN. We are still on course and we will deliver. We have talked to all the technical people and we will deliver it well; we don’t have a reason to worry,” a confident Sports Principle Secretary Peter Kirimi said on Thursday morning.CAF second vice president Constant Omari was in the country on Monday but later left in the evening due to bereavement, just a few days after CAF cancelled its planned inspection tour.Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUAccording to Kirimi, Omari who was making his second visit to the country, wanted to understand the Kenyan political landscape after last week’s Supreme Court ruling and whether or not it will have an impact on preparations for the tournament.“We explained to him everything he wanted to know and assured that the electoral process would not affect the preparations because that is democracy and it has to take its course. We also showed him the progress we have made with the stadia and he was satisfied,” the PS further explained.His confidence was shared by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) boss Nick Mwendwa who is convinced that the renovation on all the four proposed venues is going perfectly well and the contractors will beat the 14-week deadline.“Kinoru, Nyayo and Kipchoge Keino are progressing very well and I am satisfied with how the pace is going. Machakos is lagging behind but we are not worried about it because it is a back up stadium but what I know is the other four will be ready. We will continue to push and hopefully, CAF will listen to us,” Mwendwa, who has confirmed attendance of the September 23 Accra meeting noted.Sports Principle Secretary Ambassador Peter Kaberia.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUMeanwhile, Kirimi has admitted that the process has dragged on for long since Kenya won the hosting rights in 2015, but says they will use the challenge as a learning curve to ensure better preparation next time the country wins a bid to host a major event.“Could we have done things earlier? Yes. But we can’t dwell more on what has happened in the past but focus on what we can do now. Going forward I want to promise that any bid we win, we will make it possible to do things much earlier,” he noted.Despite the late surge of effort from the government, sources within CAF intimate that the continental body is not yet comfortable that everything will be ready in time. South Africa has been strongly linked to replacing Kenya, just like it did for the 1996 Cup of Nations (AFCON).Morocco have also been touted as a strong contender to substitute Kenya, but the North Africans are reported to be to preparing for the 2026 World Cup which they have bid and probably, cast an eye on the 2019 AFCON with Cameroon’s position unstable.A total of Sh4.8bn, according to the Sports PS will be splashed out for the tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Troops’ awards honor veterans

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“He never takes credit but he’s always there,” master of ceremonies Lew Stoltz said. Tears came to Anderson’s eyes as he stood at the podium holding his award, a bronze eagle. “I can tell you I honestly love this community,” Anderson said. The Antelope Valley Fairgrounds dinner featured radio talk show host and newspaper columnist Larry Elder as well as Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner. “Sooner or later bad things will happen. Character will define how you respond to bad things,” said Elder. LANCASTER – Veterans and Boy Scouts were honored at a dinner that raised more than $50,000 for the Antelope Valley Boy Scout District. Veterans honored at the 2006 Pete Knight Memorial American Heroes Dinner included retired Navy captain Tom Craft, who led the citizen campaign to get a veterans home built in Antelope Valley; retired contractor Art Wallace, who was a Marine stretcher-bearer on Iwo Jima, and Henry “Hank” Freeman, who won a Silver Star as a World War II submariner for rescuing a downed pilot while under attack by a Japanese plane. “Heroes come in many many different forms,” dinner chairman George Passantino said. “The sacrifices they made will never be forgotten and we will be eternally thankful.” Also honored was Rancho Vista master-plan community developer R. Gregg Anderson, who received the Distinguished Citizen Award for his financial support over some 20 years for a wide range of community projects. Jenner, the 1976 Olympic decathlon winner, talked about his mental and physical preparations for the race. He described winning a spot on the 1972 Olympic team in the tryout’s last event by beating his previous alltime best in the 1,500-meter race. “That was such a powerful experience for me. That was the first time I had to reach down into my soul and see what I got. I found something I relied on the rest of my. One race, one experience, changed my life,” Jenner said. Craft received the William J. “Pete” Knight Award, presented by the late test pilot and state senator’s widow, Gail, and son, Steve. Craft spent 37 years in the Navy as an enlisted man and later as an officer. He is chairman of the citizens’ committee for the proposed Lancaster state veterans home and is an organizer of regular events called “stand-downs” that aid homeless and other needy veterans. A father of two Eagle scouts, he participates on review boards for teens trying for the Eagle rank. “He’s always ready to help,” scouter Bill Norris said. Freeman received the World War II Tribute Award. Freeman was a crewman on a submarine that surfaced to pick up a downed airman. A Japanese plane attacked, and his submarine had to dive – while Freeman shot the plane down with a machine gun, Passantino said. Freeman bobbed in the water with the pilot until the submarine came back to the surface. Wallace received the Justin Wotosik Award, named for an Eagle Scout killed in a 1998 helicopter crash while serving as an Air Force para-rescueman. The award was presented by Wotosik’s parents, Julie and Gary Wotosik. “Scouting opened the world to him and for that we are always grateful,” Julie Wotosik said. The Distinguished Scout Award went to Chris Mellinger and the Distinguished Cub Scout Award to Aidan Poole. The dinner included auctions of signed aircraft artwork, photos of sports and entertainment-figures and other items, including rides in a P-51 fighter plane and a 200 mph rocket car. The auction’s top item was a framed photograph and five baseballs signed by former presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Anderson paid $8,000 for the photograph. The No. 2 item was an electric guitar signed by B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and other famous guitar players. It was bought for $3,000 by Antelope Valley Hospital board member Dr. Abdallah Farrukh.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