Wilson eyes record

first_imgDespite not yet in his best physical shape, Calabar’s sprint phenomenon Tyreke Wilson remains confident of breaking the boys Class Two 100m record at next month’s ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships.The speedster also declared that defending champions Calabar will have no competition come March 15-19, when Champs take centre stage inside the National Stadium.Wilson turned heads with an impressive 10.97 seconds in 100m at the Youngster Goldsmith Classic, last Saturday, and is looking to take his form into next month’s marquee event.”Well, I don’t see any competition. Champs is ours this year again,” he said amid what many expect to be stout challenges from their arch-rivals Kingston College and Jamaica College among others.”We are focused. There is no pressure,” Wilson reiterated.Wilson assured that he is not all talk, however, and courtesy of his four championship medals so far (three gold and one silver) he will be one of the athletes to watch next month.For Wilson, a sprint double gold is on his mind, along with the 100 metre record.”I am very satisfied with my season’s progression. So far I haven’t done any clear sprinting in terms of the season so far, but I am very pleased with my times.GOLD MEDALS”I am going for two gold medals, and to do a repeat of what I did in class three. The one hundred metre record, I have that in mind and hopefully after Champs I will be fit to go to CARIFTA and represent my country,” he told The Gleaner.Wilson, despite being pleased with his 10.97 seconds effort last week, assured The Gleaner that he is still recovering from a slight hamstring injury. He wants to lower that to 10.40 seconds soon, but admits it will be a lot of work because I am just coming back from injury.”My focus and mindset going into champs is just to keep myself fit and healthy and make sure everything is good with my body, knowing that everything is good physically then I know everything will fall into place,” he continued.last_img read more

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Bowen scores exciting win on Barbican boxing card

first_imgJamaican light-heavyweight boxer Jermaine Bowen stole the spotlight last Saturday night when he scored an exciting unanimous points victory over Sheldon Lawrence from Trinidad and Tobago, at the Barbican Beach Sports Complex on East Kings House Road, in a six-round contest. Judges Ransford Burton and Clifford Brown both scored it 59-55 and 59-55, while judge Lindell Allen had it 58-56. This was the highlight of a seven-fight Pro-Am card, which also featured four bouts between boxers from Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. This ended with two victories each by the two countries. In the other fight on the card, Jamaica’s Sakima Mullings scored a 2 minute 47 seconds fourth-round knockout victory over Courtney McCleave from the USA in what was definitely a mismatch. The was shared between the Jamaica Boxing Board, who where responsible for the amateur portion of he card, and two new boxing promoters, I-Fight Promotions and Creative Sports and Entertainment, who had one pro-fight each. It was the start of a new experiment designed to ensure that there are more boxing events over the next 12 months. The cost of putting on regular boxing cards is said to be the main deterrent, so the promoters shared the costs with the board. Sponsors who also assisted were Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records, Locker Room Sports and Stoneleigh Coffee. Bowen, who went into the bout with a 1-3 record, was seen as the underdog because his opponent had a 6-0 record, with five knockouts. After a brief feeling-out process, Lawrence, who is a south-paw, made it clear that his aim was to knock out his opponent with body shots. He therefore kept the action at close range, and the Jamaican had to use a tight defence to weather the early storm. Battle of wits In the second round, Lawrence tried to resume where he had left off, but Bowen kept on the outside this time, and used his jabs to good advantage. It then turned out to be a battle of wits, and Bowen’s jab eventually turned out to be the superior weapon. He cut Lawrence over the left eye in the fifth round and referee Owen Nelson asked Dr AndrÈ McDonald to take a look at it. He allowed the fight to continue. Both men were winded at this stage and into the final round, and Bowen came away with a hard-earned but decisive victory. Mullings, at 18 wins and two losses, went against an opponent with one win and three losses and toyed with him all the way. McCleave, who does not have much boxing skills, was knocked down in the third and then knocked out in the fourth with a flurry of body shots. The amateur bouts were well contested. Two Jamaicans met in the first, and Collel Hogg ended his bout with Samuel Grant in the third round by technical knockout. There was a female bout between two boxers who are new to the sport, where Chambria Dolhouse from Cayman won on points over Keron Thomas. Young Daniel Hylton, who is a very talented boxer, won on points over Alexander Smith from Cayman in a junior light welterweight contest, Jamaica’s Ricardo Carter outclassed Cayman’s Eduardo Montalvo in a lightweight contest, and in the final bout, Cayman’s Dariel Ebanks outpointed Jamaica’s Alando Lewis in a light heavyweight contest.last_img read more

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Man City stay close with 3-0 win

first_imgHULL, England (AP):Manchester City wore down last-place Hull yesterday to win 3-0 in the English Premier League, thanks to late goals by Yaya Toure and substitute Kelechi Iheanacho as well as an own-goal.Toure converted a penalty kick in the 72nd minute after Raheem Sterling was tripped by Andrew Robertson as the England winger drove into the area.Up until that point, City lacked inspiration going forward as Hull defended valiantly and in numbers, but more spaces opened up to allow the visitors a second goal.Kevin De Bruyne laid in David Silva, whose pinpoint cross was tapped home by Iheanacho at the far post in the 78th. In the fourth minute of stoppage time, Sterling weaved his way into the area and sent in a cross that was deflected into his own net by Curtis DaviesA third straight win continued City’s recovery after a sticky period of results for coach Pep Guardiola, lifting the team into second place ahead of Liverpool. Liverpool play their game in hand against Stoke today.City are seven points behind Chelsea after 18 rounds of the 38-game season.Toure has scored all 10 of his penalties for City and has three goals since returning to the team after being ostracised by Guardiola early in the season.The former CÙte d’Ivoire midfielder could have a key part to play in City’s title challenge this season now that fellow midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has been ruled out for the rest of the campaign with damaged knee ligaments.Hull will rue Robertson’s moment of madness in bringing down Sterling as the bottom side was looking compact in defence and giving up few chances. Only De Bruyne, with a low shot against the post, had come close to breaking the deadlock before Toure’s penalty.Manchester United beat Sunderland 3-1 at home, while Arsenal scored a late 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion. Champions Leicester were on the receiving end of a 2-0 defeat at home by Everton, with West Ham slamming Swansea 4-1 in front of their own fans. Watford and Crystal Palace drew 1-1, and Burnley edged Middlesbrough 1-0.last_img read more

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Curfew Idea still up for Discussion

first_imgAfter several months of contemplation, city hall still hasn’t made a decision on whether a curfew would be the best solution to tackle the city’s vandalism and crime problems.At Monday night’s council meeting, mayor and council reviewed curfew bylaws from several cities in Canada, but ultimately decided that more public consultation was required before the city could move forward. Mayor and council put forth a motion directing city staff to explore the best way to get feedback from residents, suggesting staff research consultation methods ranging from a task force to an open house.Fort St. John resident Barbara Kvikstad, who has been working to reduce vandalism in her neighbourhood, says public input is a good thing, but she’d like to see a solution to her neighbourhood’s woes.- Advertisement -[asset|aid=503|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=moosefm_news-20081027T2233.mp3]Many councilors also suggested crime deterrence techniques that could be used as an alternative or in addition to a curfew, such as surveillance cameras, better street lighting, or classical music broadcast in problem areas at night.Advertisement Councillor Bruce Christenson, who feels that tougher sentencing may be an effective deterrent, questioned the efficacy of a curfew for Fort St. John.[asset|aid=501|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=moosefm_news-20081027T2229.mp3] Councillor Dan Davies also stressed the importance of utilizing existing programs, such as auxiliary policing and block watch teams.last_img read more

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Winning the World Cup wouldn’t have made Lionel Messi the best. He already is

first_img1 Lionel Messi’s career should be judged as a whole, not reduced to one game Lionel Messi hasn’t won the World Cup. At least not yet but that is not to say the Barcelona star deserves to be forever judged on this basis.If the number ten does lift the famous golden trophy, he’ll be the ‘wrong side’ of 30 by the time it happens. There will be no story of the 20-something Argentine replicating Diego Maradona at more or less the same age. But does that change our evaluation of La Pulga?Would lifting the World Cup, despite a quiet game in the Maracana, really be all it takes to swing our evaluation of him from very good to the very best? That seems an incredibly narrow sample with which to reach such a huge conclusion.If Messi is to be considered among the greatest ever to play the game – and for me there is little doubt that he is the best – 120 minutes isolated from thousands shouldn’t be enough to overshadow a lengthy career at the highest level. A lengthy career littered with finals that ended in an entirely different manner, if that’s really the deciding factor.We all like to over-emphasise the quality of the best  players from our own generation – to make them untouchable, insist that no one who came afterwards could possibly be quite as good. My own blind spot lies with the Brazilian Ronaldo – in my head, no other player can rival that one unstoppable year with Barcelona between 1996 and 1997, not even Messi.Yet deep down I know it’s not true, that Messi is in a class of his own, or at the worst, a class reserved for only him, Maradona and Pele. Failing to single-handedly shape the outcome of one final that may quite realistically have come when he was past his physical peak doesn’t change that. If it does for you, then we see football very differently.The illogical nature of this kind of argument means that had Messi played horribly in the Maracana but managed to end up on the winning team against Germany then thousands would rush to certify him ‘the greatest’, whereas a hat-trick in an Argentina loss wouldn’t have been enough to satisfy the same judges. The truth is, judging any player’s stature on a one-off game is a flawed exercise in itself.As a Scot, I may want to convince myself that James McFadden is one of the all time greats because of an incredible goal he scored against France, but let’s be honest, there’s much more to his career than only that moment. Just as there is to Messi’s. Look at the whole, not an individual part, and Messi’s story is clear.Three Champions Leagues, two Club World Cups, four Ballon d’Or trophies, three European Golden Shoes, one Olympic Gold medal, six winner’s medals from one of the top three leagues in the world, countless additional cups and super cups, to name but a few. Over 400 goals across club and international football. And he’s 27. If you needed a token win in a one-off game or final to decide how good he is, you’re judging him by the wrong standards. If you really can’t help yourself, then there are two. One from London, one from Rome. Both dominated by his brilliance.Many of those that have previously rushed to laud Messi for being an extraterrestrial will now turn to a different kind of opportunism in the wake of Argentina’s loss. The insults will be thick and cheap, at least until he does something a brilliant again. For the rest of us, for those capable of looking at the whole, and with a memory with the capacity to stretch back further than the last three months, his brilliance is undoubted. We should think ourselves lucky for being alive to see it. Other geniuses will play the game in the future, but none in quite the same way.Do you agree? Where should Lionel Messi rank among the all-time greats? Let us know below…last_img read more

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Solskjaer says he would ‘love’ to be full-time Man Utd boss

first_img0Shares0000Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in charge at Manchester United until the end of the season © AFP/File / Ian MacNicolMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 21 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told his first official press conference as Manchester United’s caretaker manager on Friday that he would relish the opportunity to be the permanent boss.The 45-year-old Norwegian, a legendary former player at Old Trafford, has been appointed interim boss until the end of the season, replacing Jose Mourinho, who was sacked on Tuesday. Solskjaer, on loan from Norway’s Molde, conceded that he has not looked beyond the end of the current campaign with the club where he spent nearly 15 years as a player and coach.But he said he would be interested in taking the job permanently should the opportunity arise.“When you get a job like this and they ask you to sign for six months, you say ‘yeah’,” he said.“I’m happy to help out and my job now for the next six months is to do as well as I can and move the club forward as well as I can.“I understand there are so many managers who would love to be manager of Manchester United and I am one of them. But it is not something we’ve talked about, they’ll do a process now for the next six months.”– United hero –Solskjaer, renowned for his threat off the bench and still revered by United supporters for scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final, faces a daunting challenge as he replaces Mourinho.United have made their worst start in the Premier League era and languish 19 points behind leaders Liverpool, and 11 off the Champions League places.“My job is to help the players, make them grasp the opportunity now because they all want to be part of Man United,” said Solskjaer.“I’m going to be here to help them, help the team, that is down to man management. I had the best manager as a player and coach to learn how he dealt with players and it’s about communication. I’ll sit down and speak to the ones not playing, tell them what I expect of them.“When you’re at Man United there are a set of demands and one is to be a team player and I don’t think anyone has been on the bench more than me. That’s always my comeback to players, you might come on and make an impact.”Solskjaer spoke of the debt he owed to Alex Ferguson, who built a team that dominated English football, winning 13 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues.Solskjaer will begin his United reign at Cardiff City, the only other Premier League club he has managed — he had a difficult eight-month spell in South Wales and was unable to save the club from relegation.But he said he had learned from his mistakes.Ole Gunnar Solksjaer starred on the field for Manchester United © AFP/File / ANDREW YATESSolskjaer would not be drawn on his relationship with Paul Pogba, who lost his place under Mourinho and was in conflict with the coach.“It’s about getting every player to the best, speaking to them, the training ground, the philosophy, principles, how we want to play,” said Solskjaer, who coached Pogba in the reserves at Old Trafford.“It doesn’t matter what team you’re coaching, they all want to have a picture of how you want to play, the qualities.“They are quality players so it will be easier to get the players expressing themselves. You play with courage, go out there and express your skills.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Neymar wouldn’t get in the Liverpool team under Jurgen Klopp, says John Barnes

first_img 3 John Barnes was not impressed by Neymar’s performance at Anfield Liverpool worked their socks off to beat PSG at Anfield John Barnes has blasted Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar as ‘LAZY’ and insisted the Brazilian would not get in Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool team.The Reds legend was unimpressed by Neymar and team-mate Kylian Mbappe’s performances during Liverpool’s 3-2 victory over PSG in the Champions League on Tuesday night.Klopp’s side produced a stunning team performance to beat the French champions – going 2-0 up before conceding two goals out of the blue, with Roberto Firmino coming off the bench to score the winner in stoppage-time.It was a deserved result for the Reds, who were barely threatened by PSG’s star-studded team. The Anfield hero also believes the star duo’s lack of defensive effort could come back to bite PSG later this season when they come up against the rest of Europe’s best in the Champions League.“I was disappointed with Neymar and Mbappe,” Barnes added.“I thought they were so lazy when they didn’t have the ball, they didn’t help their team at all. 3center_img 3 Mbappe scored PSG’s second goal, but did little else as Liverpool bossed the match Neymar and Mbappe went missing in large parts of the game, and although the French World Cup winner did score PSG’s second goal, his 83rd minute strike was about the first thing of note he produced.Barnes was disappointed by both players’ lack of effort, but particularly with Brazilian Neymar.Asked if the superstar forward would get in Liverpool’s side, Barnes told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “It depends who the manager is – not with Jurgen Klopp.“I saw the interview Klopp gave last night, he spoke about the defensive work of the whole team, meaning the front three as well.“A lot of people say Neymar is the best in the world, which may suit PSG or Man City or Barcelona.“But regardless of how good he is, there is no way he would suit Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp.” “I thought it would be a game of our front three against their front three, and to a man our players worked their socks off for 90 minutes with and without the ball – it was a fantastic performance by Liverpool.“PSG aren’t going to pay for it in the French league, where Neymar and Mbappe don’t track back and don’t run around too much and still win comfortably, but that will probably work against PSG in the latter stages of the Champions League.”Listen back to John Barnes on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above!last_img read more

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Former Man City starlet Jadon Sancho scores first Bundesliga goal of season

first_imgBut Sancho opted for a new adventure in Germany – and it is proving to be a wise move.Having made a handful of appearances last season, the 18-year-old has now become a key member of the squad and has been one of Dortmund’s most impressive performers this term.He has already made 12 Bundesliga appearances, providing numerous assists, and on Wednesday night he took another big step forward in his development with his first goal in the German top-flight this season.Sancho was brought on as a substitute against Nurnberg and, in just 16 minutes, created three chances before coolly finishing for his side’s sixth goal in a 7-0 rout of the newly-promoted team.A World Cup winner for England at Under-17 level, it’s surely now only a matter of time before the starlet gets a call from Gareth Southgate.Check out his first Bundesliga goal of the season below… Jadon Sancho’s decision to swap Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2017 took many by surprise.The talented teenage English forward was viewed as one of City’s brightest prospects and had been offered a lucrative long-term contract by the Premier League champions. Jadon Sancho scored Dortmund’s sixth goal in their 7-0 rout of Nurnberg 1 Jadon Sancho bags his first Bundesliga goal of the season 👊The young Englishman’s impressive run of form continues as Dortmund run riot in a 7-0 win 😳 pic.twitter.com/SoLVhxsoMp— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 26, 2018last_img read more

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DONEGAL STUDENT CARVES A WINNING NICHE IN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgA Donegal student has come first in Joinery at the Ireland Skills competition, the annual national showcase for outstanding young craft trainees. Sheamus McLaughlin from Kerrykeel, who is doing a BSc in Advanced Wood & Sustainable Building Technology degree at IT Sligo, picked up the top Joinery prize and was also presented with the John Sisk & Sons Joinery Trophy. “It was exciting and exhausting, too, spread over two and a half days, but it was certainly worth it ,” said Sheamus (21), a third year student who plans to do further studies after graduation to become a teacher of woodwork and technical drawing.The event, which used to be known as the National Skills competition, provides a showcase for the training and development of highly skilled crafts persons within the Irish education system and is one of the most prestigious in the crafts’ calendar.The other IT Sligo finalists were, in Joinery, Donal Harte ( Ballintogher, Co Sligo) and Eddie Moore (Tipperary) and, in Carpentry, Martin Murray (Galway) and Kenny Crotty (Waterford).In the six-competitor final and using hand tools mainly, Sheamus had to produce a complex door with curved head and panels based on drawings given to him at the start of the final. He explained: “You don’t know what you’ll be asked to do until you go in. You are given it just on an A3 page and you have to draw the full-scale working sections on to plywood.“Then you get your square timber and you have to cut it and curve it, and joint it and fit it all and put on all the mouldings and rebates.“It was a very testing competition. You have to think so far ahead before doing anything. You actually have to sit down and visualise what has to go in where, and what has to fit and be jointed and cut before you even do it. There’s a lot of preparation before you start on the job itself.“It was mentally and physically draining and afterwards you could sleep for a day,” he joked.IT Sligo lecturer John Joe O’Reilly, who is the Ireland Skills Chief Joinery Expert, said: “All our students performed to a very high standard and represented the Institute with great distinction over the demanding 19 hour competition.“Sheamus prepared himself very well for the final but great credit must also go to all the staff of the Dept. of Applied Technology in IT Sligo.” After the event, an exhilarated Sheamus said he would wholeheartedly recommend the IT Sligo course to anyone who is interested not just in woodwork but project and site management.“It would be a very good course for anyone who has any interest in construction whatsoever. The staff are very helpful and understanding. I’m delighted to have done the course.”Present at the prize-giving at Cork Institute of Technology’s Booterstown campus was Kathleen Lynch TD Minister of State, Department of Health and Department of Justice and other dignitaries.Kieran Gallagher, Programme Chair of the BSc in Advanced Wood & Sustainable Building Technology at IT Sligo, said: “I am delighted with the success of the students on our new course. It reflects the high quality of teaching and learning in IT Sligo and in the Department. “We are committed to delivering a modern innovative programme which will meet the future needs of the industry. We heartily congratulate Sheamus and all our finalists and hope to see many of our graduates achieving similar success in the future”.Adding his congratulations, Trevor McSharry, Head of Department of Civil Engineering and Construction, said the Carpentry and Joinery group at IT Sligo continued to have the strongest performance at the national skills competition and it had “established itself as the leader in advanced wood and sustainable building technology nationally which is something to be very proud of.” For further information on the BSc in Advanced Wood & Sustainable Building Technology see www.itsligo.ieDONEGAL STUDENT CARVES A WINNING NICHE IN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: January 28th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal studentKERRYKEELSheamus McLaughlinsligo itlast_img read more

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Over 16,500 on waiting lists at Letterkenny University Hospital

first_imgThe number of people on waiting lists for appointments at Letterkenny University Hospital at the end of July stands at 16,563. Figures from the National Treatment Purchase Fund show that over 1,200 people have been waiting more than one year for outpatient and inpatient appointments at LUH.A total of 13985 people are currently on the waiting lists for Outpatient Treatments at LUH, as of 27th July 2017 when the numbers were compiled. In the same time period, there were 2578 people waiting on inpatient treatments of various specialities in Letterkenny.Nationally, the number of people on public hospital waiting lists increased by some 9,000 in July 2017.  More than 579,891 people are currently awaiting treatment across Ireland, according to the survey.There are 1257 people waiting for a first appointment at the consultant-led Outpatient clinic for Cardiology at LUH, while 57 of those have been waiting between 12 and 15 months.Over 200 have been waiting more than 18 months for outpatient appointments at the Orthopaedics  and Urology departments, with 364 waiting over a year and a half for General Medicine consultations. Across the Saolta University Health Care Group of Hospitals in Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo there are more than 21900 waiting on inpatient appointments and 78561 waiting on Outpatient appointments in July.  Over 16,500 on waiting lists at Letterkenny University Hospital was last modified: August 9th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Letterkenny University Hospitalwaiting listslast_img read more

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