Bolt, SFP set to top RJR Awards

first_imgWhen the RJR Sports Foundation announces speedsters Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce as the 2015 recipients of the National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the year awards at tonight’s ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus, it will hardly come as a surprise to many.Likewise, considering the year they both had, shot put strongman O’Dayne Richards – last year’s runner-up and sprint hurdles world champion Danielle Williams are sure to get hearty receptions, as they head the candidates seeking the runner-up spots.Richards struggled on the Diamond League circuit before coming to life at the Pan American Games in Toronto, where his national record heave of 21.69m won him a gold medal. He would repeat the mark a few weeks later at the World Championships in Beijing, to take the bronze and become Jamaica’s first medallist in the event at that level.Hansle Parchment’s World Championships silver medal in the 110m hurdles also makes him a strong contender for the runner-up spot. Additionally, the towering hurdler is the first Jamaican to win a silver medal in the 110m hurdles in senior-level global competition, given his result – like Richards’, considerable historical significance.He might, and dare we say, should, however, be edged out by Richards’ back-to-back national record efforts.Williams, flying below the radarOn the female side, Williams, flying below the radar in every pre-championships predictions, delivered when it mattered most in winning the gold medal in the 100m hurdles at the World Championships.That was a massive result for the pint-sized hurdler, who returned the gold to Jamaica after Brigitte Foster-Hylton’s win at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.It should be enough to see her across the line – behind Fraser-Pryce, with some other top contenders such as World Championships 200m silver and 4x100m gold medal winner Elaine Thompson; boxer Alicia Ashley, who successfully defended her WBC super bantamweight title; World Championships bronze and relay gold medal winners – Shericka Jackson (400m and 4x400m); Veronica Campbell-Brown (200m and 4x100m); and ever-present swimmer Alia Atkinson (50m breaststroke silver and national record as well as 100m breaststroke bronze at the FINA World Championships plus a year-ending number-three world ranking in the 50m breaststroke, all presenting strong claims.Little doubt, however, as to who will spend tonight as the country’s top male and female sporting stars.Save for some major surprises, speed-king Bolt will win his sixth National Sportsman of the Year title.This will give him sole command of the second-place spot in the all-time list, which is headed by boxer Michael McCallum, who punched his way to seven titles.Bolt shook off a rusty start to his season to win World Championships gold medals in the 100m (with the third-fastest time in World Championships final history – 9.79), the 200m and as a member of Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team.Last year’s nod to Atkinson was the first time a non-track-and-field athlete won the Sportswoman of the Year award since 1976, when cricketer Vivalyn Latty-Scott won the award.Fraser-Pryce, who won this award in 2012 and 2013, won gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m at the World Championships as well as took the 100m title in the IAAF Diamond League series.last_img read more

San Beda pips Chiang Kai Shek for crown

first_imgJM Lagumen drilled in the game-winning triple with five-tenths of a second left to help San Beda beat Chiang Kai Shek College, 66-65, on Thursday and rule the 6th PSSBC Dickies Underwear Cup at SGS Stadium in Araneta Avenue, Quezon City.After trailing by as many as 11 points in the third canto, the Red Cubs rallied to go toe-to-toe with the Blue Dragons before Lagumen sealed the comeback win.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense “You can see in my players how they really wanted to win this one. We were down by double figures in the third but they just kept on coming back,” said San Beda coach JB Sison.The Red Cubs took home P80,000 in cash plus a trophy and became the first team to win two titles. They also ruled the 2014 tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Tiu embraces bigger role for Rain or Shine Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

Produce Sellers Suffer Hike in Transport Fares

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Locally grown produce sellers based in several rural parts of the country have urgently appealed to the Ministries of Commerce, Industry and Transport to intervene in the current hike in transport fares.In several encounters and interviews with the rural small businesspeople mainly women, they pointed out that majority of their profit margins from harvested produce ends up in the pockets of commercial drivers.For the past 15 years, rural locally grown produce sellers have complained on many occasions about the drastic hike in transport fares across the country.They complain that their cries and appeals have only been addressed with empty promises by Ministries of Commerce, Industry and Transport officials.Regrettably, sugar-coated assurances have come from the mouths of many government officials evading the hard socio-economic conditions of small rural businesspeople.Promises of help have not been translated into practical and realistic measures that could address the unending transport related challenges of the small rural businesspeople in the country.Meanwhile a majority of the urban markets greatly depend on rural locally produce sellers for the conveyance of critically needed commodities that would in turn balance the diets of urban dwellers.According to transport and commerce analysts, policies geared towards addressing the decades old transportation problems must be practical and reflect the realities on the ground in all parts of the country and the challenges faced by small rural businesspeople over the years in the country.“Our sentiments, calls, cries and appeals have fallen on deaf ears and dumped in the dust bin of history by the relevant agencies of past and present Liberian governments,” a disenchanted woman charged.Rural peanut producer Hawa Ballah Kollie, 45, told the Daily Observer over the weekend that she has not able to make any decent profit due to the high cost of transportation and other unbearable circumstances.Madam Kollie who brought to the Red-light Market over the weekend 12 bags of peanuts pointed out that she spent a huge amount of money to transport the harvested produce to Monrovia.“I’m currently doing business at a considerable loss owing to the hike in transport fares from Bong County to the urban markets of Monrovia,” Madam Kollie lamented.Cassava grower Betty B. Tokpa, 39, said that almost all of the sales of her cassava produce landed in the pockets of commercial drivers as a result of the hike in transport fares in many parts of the country.“I’m only working for the commercial drivers and other public service providers, hence something practical must be put in place by the Ministries of Commerce, Industry and Transport,” Madam Tokpa stressed.A cucumber and bitter ball grower, Youngor B. Mulbah, 55, of Margibi County intimated that on many occasions the harvested produce gets rotten owing to the scarcity of transport vehicles and hike in transport fares.“I want the Liberian government ministries responsible to decentralize their official functions in several parts of the country in order to monitor the transport fares throughout the country,” Madam Mulbah emphasized.  Relax State of EmergencyIn related developments, some of the affected rural business women have sounded an urgent call on the Liberian Government to consider relaxing the State of Emergency in the country.The women explained that the State of Emergency has placed so many restrictions on the movement of critically needed locally grown and produced commodities in the country.“Consider our plight now and relax the State of Emergency so that we can be able to work, produce and supply the urban markets with the needed commodities,” the women urged.last_img read more

1 dead, 1 injured in ECD crash

first_imgTwo persons were yesterday travelling from Mahaicony, ECD headed in a westerly direction in a silver grey vehicle when, at about 16:00h and while in the vicinity of the KK Gas Station located at Unity, Mahaica, the driver of the vehicle reportedly lost control and slammed the vehicle into a lantern post before crashing head-on into a nearby guard hut at the gas station.The impact of this collision caused the entire front of the vehicle to fold in, while the right side was completely shaved off.The driver of the vehicle — unidentified up to press time — died as a result of this collision, while the passenger has sustained serious injury and has been admitted at a city hospital.last_img read more

Former Attorney General dies

first_imgFormer Attorney General of Guyana, Justice Mohamed Shahahbuddeen, died early Saturday morning in Toronto, Canada, after a brief period of illness, leaving behind an illustrious career.The late Justice Mohamed ShahabuddeenJustice Shahabuddeen, 81, will be remembered for his distinguished service as an eminent Judge of the International Court of Justice, a lawyer, public servant, politician and diplomat.In 1953, he graduated for the University of London with a Bachelor of Law. In 1958 he earned his Master of Law, in 1970 he earned his Doctor of Philosophy and in 1986 the title of Doctor of Law.Justice Mohamed Shahabuddeen began his public service as a Magistrate before joining the Chamber of the Attorney General in 1959. In 1962 he was appointed Solicitor General, a post he held until 1973 when he was elevated to the position of Attorney General, serving in that capacity from 1978 to 1987. In 1983 he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Vice President of Guyana.From 1988 to 1997 he served as a Judge of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the first from the Commonwealth Caribbean to be accorded this signal honour. Subsequently, he was Judge and twice Vice President of the Yugoslavia Tribunal until 2009. In addition, he has been an Arbiter in the International Criminal Court, also in The Hague since 1997, and the Centre for International Arbitration in Cairo. In January 2009, he was chosen as a Judge of the International Criminal Court.Justice Mohamed Shahabuddeen authored several books, including The Legal System of Guyana (Georgetown, 1973); Constitutional Development in Guyana, 1621-1978 (Georgetown, 1978); Nationalisation of Guyana Bauxite (1981) and From Plantocracy to Nationalisation (1983).In recognition of the distinction and eminence achieved by him, he was awarded by the Government of Guyana the Order of Excellence in 1988, the Order of Roraima in 1980 and the Cacique’s Crown of Honour in 1970.According to his biography on The Integrationist Caribbean, “To perceive Justice Shahabuddeen as a mere legal luminary is an injustice to one who has made a major impact on his discipline, on the public life of the region and on the regional and international stages.”Meanwhile, President David Granger in a statement later on Saturday extended heartfelt sympathy to the family and loved ones of the late Justice Mohamed Shahahbuddeen, especially his children Faud, Sieyf and Shalisa.last_img read more

Profits, outlook well in the black for Netflix

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Netflix Inc. on Wednesday posted the highest first-quarter profit in its eight-year history, but the online DVD rental pioneer’s performance flopped on Wall Street. Investors turned their thumbs down largely because Netflix had trouble attracting and retaining subscribers amid stiffer competition from Blockbuster Inc. during the first three months of the year. To make matters worse, Netflix management warned its service may continue to be upstaged by Blockbuster through the remainder of the year. As a result, Netflix expects to finish 2007 with 600,000 to 700,000 fewer customers than the Los Gatos-based company had projected when the year began. Those dreary developments overshadowed Netflix’s first-quarter profit of $9.9 million, or 14 cents per share, during the first three months of the year. That more than doubled from net income of $4.4 million, or 7 cents per share, at the same time last year. Revenue rose 36 percent from last year to $305.3 million. The earnings fell 2 cents below the average estimate among analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial, one of the reasons that Netflix Chief Financial Officer Barry McCarthy described the showing as the most disappointing quarter since the company went public in May 2002. McCarthy expressed his dismay during a Wednesday conference call. The letdown punished Netflix’s stock, which plunged $2.26, or 9.4 percent, to close Wednesday at $21.70 on the Nasdaq Stock Market. Netflix tried to bolster its shares by announcing plans to buy back $100 million worth of stock through the rest of the year. This is hardly the first time that investors have gotten queasy about Netflix’s prospects. Similar doubts arose in 2003 when Wal-Mart Stores Inc. entered the online DVD industry, a threat that evaporated last year when the world’s largest retailer handed off its subscribers to Netflix. last_img read more

Can you help us get these puppies home?

first_imgTwo puppies have been found in the Convoy Drumkeen area yesterday.They appear to only be about a month or two old.They are black in colour with a white neck. If you know who owns these puppies please don’t hesitate to call Ann on 0876628826.Can you help us get these puppies home? was last modified: February 19th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:convoyDOGDrumkeenfoundmissingpuppieslast_img read more

DONEGAL SCHOOL WINS CLASS TRIP TO BRUSSELS IN ESSAY COMPETITION

first_imgLoreto Community School in Milford has won First Prize in the Labour Party Centenary Essay Competition. The prize is a class trip to Brussels.The school can take 20 pupils and four teachers on the trip which will allow it to see the workings of the European Parliament.2012 – 2013 is the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Labour Party and of the 1913 Lockout. To celebrate these events The Centenary Committee launched an Essay Competition around these themes. The subject of the competition was based on the causes of these events, their story and their results and implications up to the present day.Donegal Labour Party Senator Jimmy Harte said he was delighted that a Donegal school had won the prize.   DONEGAL SCHOOL WINS CLASS TRIP TO BRUSSELS IN ESSAY COMPETITION was last modified: December 12th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

HOLY COW – THE GOOD WEATHER IS TO LAST MOOO-ST OF THE WEEK!

first_imgCows have a rest on the beach at St John’s Point today. Picture by Patrick Glidea.Donegal basked in glorious sunshine today – but the Donegal Fire Service warned of a sting in the tail.The good news form Met Eireann is that the good weather spell is set to last until at least Thursday.But, as a number of gorse fires broke out in West Donegal, people have been warned to take care during the dry spell. Even the cows at St John’s Point came down to the beach today to get some sea breeze.Beaches across Donegal were busy as an unusual spell of fine April weather looks to settle in.A glut of visitors from across the border made sure the cash registers continued to ring as the strength of sterling proves a huge draw.Motorists have been urged to slow down as the volume of traffic on Donegal’s roads increases with school holidays continuing until the weekend. Donegal’s fire service was also busy with gorse fires breaking out in the Loughanure area this afternoon.A number of fire tenders from the Dungloe area were forced to put out fire in thick vegetation.Firemen were forced to douse a number of areas to prevent the fires spreading too close to homes with oil tanks.The fire service has now issued a warning asking people to be careful when burning during this dry spell. HOLY COW – THE GOOD WEATHER IS TO LAST MOOO-ST OF THE WEEK! was last modified: April 7th, 2015 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:donegalforecastMet Eireannsunweatherlast_img read more

Klay Thompson expected to play vs. Lakers

first_imgOAKLAND — Warriors guard Klay Thompson is expected to play in Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers (5:30 pm PT, ABC) after missing Thursday’s loss against Philadelphia with an unspecified illness.“He’s feeling better,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who spoke to Thompson at the Warriors’ practice facility on Saturday morning. “He said he’s going to play. We’ll give him a chance to warm up and see how he feels, but he looks good.”Thompson was in the Warriors’ locker room before …last_img read more