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  • Simpson on target for Rio

    first_imgWestern Bureau:Three-time Olympian Sherone Simpson says she is on track to possibly run the fastest time she has in over a year, as she steps up preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Simpson, who was keynote speaker at the launch of this year’s Milo Western Relays Carnival yesterday at the Holy Trinity Church in Montego Bay, said she is fit and happy and is awaiting the national senior team trials, which is used to select athletes for major championships.”I think I am. I am healthy, and all aspects of my training have been improving, so I am very happy with that right now,” the Olympian told The Gleaner.”I am so confident, and my physical and mental readiness is there, so I am looking forward to what is ahead,” she said.Simpson, a multiple relay gold-medal winner as part of Jamaica’s 4x100m relay at the 2004 Games in Athens, Greece, and again at the World Championship in Beijing, China, in 2015, says that she is focusing on being technically sound.A fully fit and strong Simpson is in line to shatter the 10.95 seconds she won gold with at the Pan American Games last year in Toronto, Canada.RELAYS FAVOURITESimpson is expected to be part of coach Maurice Wilson’s Sprint Tech 4x100m relays team, as she set her sights on doing the double at Rio. As is now the norm, she will be using the Milo Western Relays as a launching pad for what is expected to be a very busy 2016.Excited at the prospects, Simpson acknowledged that if she qualifies for a fourth Olympics, it will be a pleasing achievement.”I would be so humbled. It would be unreal if I should make the Games, especially in the 100m and 200m,” she added.”So I am working hard towards that, and it will be such a blessing for me, and I would be so happy,” she stated.The 38th staging of the Milo Western Relays is set for the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in Montego Bay on Saturday, February 13.last_img read more

  • Djokovic more dangerous than ever, says rival Thiem

    first_img“We all know what Djokovic is capable of,” said Austria’s Thiem who is also playing in the six-man Abu Dhabi field.“But now, if his injury is fine, he’s probably more dangerous and better if he had some time to recharge. I think everybody wants to know how he’s playing again and we’ll see his first matches here.”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 folkThiem feels Djokovic could make the same impact as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who came back from injuries this year.Federer won the Australian Open and a record eighth Wimbledon while Nadal claimed a 10th French Open and the US Open in a Slam sweep for the two veteran stars. Phoenix wins, acquires Kia The 36-year-old American was last seen in action winning the Australian Open for a modern-era record 23rd Grand Slam title in January.She then took a sabbatical to give birth to her first child, Alexis Olympia, in September.Williams takes on reigning French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in a match scheduled just before the men’s final in Abu Dhabi on Saturday evening.Another player in the field looking to build on his successful 2017 is South African Kevin Anderson.The world number 15, who reached the final of the US Open before losing to Nadal, also welcomed the return of Djokovic and Williams.“It is dubbed an ‘exhibition’, but the tennis this week in Abu Dhabi is great — it is very competitive and everyone is going to give it their all. So, it would be a good way to return for both these players,” said Anderson.“I think it is great. We all are eager to see what Novak is going to do when he comes back. And I heard just yesterday that Serena is coming here, so it is obviously very exciting for the tournament.“Serena is the greatest women’s tennis player of all time, and perhaps the greatest competitor -– man or woman –- that I have seen. It has been a long break for her, but I am sure she will come back more determined than before to succeed.”The men’s field in Abu Dhabi features US Open semi-finalist Pablo Carreno Busta, Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut and 20-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev apart from Djokovic, Thiem and Anderson.Djokovic and Thiem have byes to the semi-finals. Novak Djokovic. AFPFormer world number one and 12-time Grand Slam title winner Novak Djokovic will be more dangerous than ever when he makes his long-awaited return from an elbow injury, top 10 rival Dominic Thiem said Wednesday.Djokovic hasn’t played since retiring from his quarter-final at Wimbledon against Tomas Berdych in July, but the 30-year-old makes his comeback at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on Friday before launching his competitive campaign as top seed at the Qatar Open next week.ADVERTISEMENT Nadal and three-time major winner Stan Wawrinka were scheduled to take part but pulled out to allow further recuperation from respective knee problems.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalscenter_img View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadal and Federer also ended the year at one and two in the world.“I think we can expect the same from Djokovic because he is in the same league as Roger and Rafa. He is also one of the greatest players of all time,” added Thiem who claimed his first ever win in six meetings over Djokovic at the French Open quarter-finals in June.“It’s going to be an exciting year. There are players returning from injuries, but apart from Novak, nobody else will make a comeback like Roger and Rafa.“It’s too tough. I think everybody can look forward to a great and tense start of the season.”Also back in action in the exhibition tournament, which starts at the Zayed Tennis Centre in the UAE capital from Thursday, is former women’s number one Serena Williams.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

  • Magnolia fights back from 20 down, frustrates GlobalPort to gain semis seat

    first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES — Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 6, 2018Lee added 14 markers and hauled down 13 boards, while Pingris got 13 points and nine rebounds in the victory.“It was a very tough game for us. We expected GlobalPort’s aggressiveness and energy, but that kind of start in the first quarter is what we’re not prepared for. They outplayed us in the first half,” said coach Chito Victolero.“Good thing we had the second half to recover. Credit to my team. It’s a total team effort, and credit to our defense in the second half.”ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcanocenter_img MOST READ GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The Hotshots clawed their way back from an early 20-point deficit, 6-26, and ultimately seized control in the second half with Mark Barroca giving his side the 54-53 lead with 3:20 in the third period.The trio of Barroca, Paul Lee, and Marc Pingris did most of the damage from then on as the Batang Pier unraveled with Terrence Romeo and their coach Pido Jarencio even engaging in a shouting match late in the third frame.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBarroca finished with 17 points, three assists, two rebounds, and two steals off the bench for Magnolia, which now awaits its foe in the best-of-seven semifinals against the winner of the NLEX-Alaska quarterfinals series..@M_Hotshots’ Mark Barroca shares how his team fought from 20 points down and pulled off the tough qf victory vs GlobalPort. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/PAmLfPCdMl Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Magnolia cashed in on the apparent implosion of GlobalPort as the second unit provided the much-needed lift with its 50 bench points.But it was the Hotshots’ defense that got things done as they preserved their 82-78 lead against the rampaging Batang Pier in the final minute, with Barroca securing the steal off a Romeo turnover in the final minute before he drilled the insurance freebies in the end game.Stanley Pringle saw his 31-point, 10-rebound and 4-assist explosion go up in smokes as it came in GlobalPort’s ouster in the all-Filipino conference.Romeo added 14 markers on a 6-of-18 shooting from the field, to go with six dimes and five boards in the defeat.The Scores:MAGNOLIA 86 — Barroca 17, Lee 14, Pingris 13, Sangalang 11, Melton 7, Simon 7, Ramos 6, Jalalon 5, Brondial 4, Reavis 2, Dela Rosa 0.GLOBALPORT 79 — Pringle 31, Romeo 14, Grey 9, Sargent 7, Nabong 5, Elorde 4, Taha 3, Teng 3, Gabayni 2, Araña 1, Anthony 0, Guinto 0.Quarters: 12-26, 34-45, 61-59, 86-79.RELATED VIDEO Mark Barroca leads Magnolia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s not how you start, but how you finish.Magnolia bucked a poor start and delivered a masterful performance in the second half to knock out GlobalPort, 86-79, and advance to the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT No love lost between TNT, San Miguel as Cruz, Santos get into spatlast_img read more

  • Former PNC supporter accuses Govt official of assault

    first_img…victim sought protection, escort homeA former supporter of the People’s National Congress who switched to the People’s Progressive Party is accusing Government official Aubrey Norton of verbally assaulting and harassing her on Friday which resulted in her seeking Police protection and an escort to safety.Alicia Adams told this publication on Saturday that the incident occurred on Friday evening in the vicinity of Orange Walk, Bourda.According to Adams, Norton and herself were at the same location and as she ventured to her car to collect an item, he followed her. She claimed that it was while she was at the car that he began making offensive remarks; threatening her life. She added that she moved away and approached a group of friends but Norton, who was allegedly in a drunken state, went over to her friends and continued to verbally assault her about her decision to leave the PNC.“He left and he come towards me and he started verbally assaulting me. He said ‘if you know what I would do you and nothing wouldn’t come out of it’. To avoid him, I sat down. He came and pulled the chair away from me,” said Adams.She claimed that he positioned himself as though he was armed with a weapon or firearm which prompted persons who were present to intervene.“I left and went over to my car and Aubrey Norton kept walking behind me. He put his hands by his waist and that’s when one of the girls there said to go in my car while the other one was holding him back before he get to me,” she explained.The police were summoned and upon arriving, officers detected the seriousness of the matter and both persons were taken to the Albouystown Police Station.“I went to the station and from the time Aubrey walk in, he start barging and start again…When I was giving my statement, he start interrupting again. He had a boy with him and he barge past the counter towards me.”Fearing for her life, the woman said that she sought an escort to a secure location. She claimed that she made a decision not to go home on Friday evening since Norton had reportedly threatened to have her family removed from their Campbellville, Georgetown home.The woman is contending that it is not the first time such an encounter has occurred. She said that it has escalated now.Threats were made by the accused ever since she pulled support from the PNC and joined the People’s Progressive Party. However, if she is harmed in any way, Adams pointed out that Norton would be responsible.Efforts by Guyana Times to contact Norton for a comment proved futile.last_img read more

  • Guyana’s environment must be protected – Frontera VP

    first_imgGuyana is known for its vast natural resources, including pristine waters and endangered wildlife species, which must be protected against external forces and manmade activities.Frontera Energy Corporation Vice President Duncan NightingaleThis was shared by Vice President of Operations Development at Frontera Energy Corporation, Duncan Nightingale during a recent engagement at the University of Guyana.According to him, “Your country is rich in its diversity, not just in the environment you have but also in the forest…I expect, with the density of those forests and the amount of wildlife that you have in those forests, you’ve got a very rich environment that must be protected”.Nightingale, who has worked in various parts of the world, lauded the importance of sustainability. He referred to programmes in Colombia which managed to remove persons from poverty by providing them with jobs in agriculture.“The most important part, for me, is the sustainability part. We went into the jungles and we put in different agricultural programmes that allowed the communities to transition basically from slave labour [and] working for drug cartels and moving into sustainable agricultural development and revenue generation for their families. We lifted, in a very short period of time, 220 families out of poverty,” he explained.As Guyana moves into oil production in 2020, there have been talks on not just the country’s natural resources but other major problems and preventative measures.Last month it was announced that Guyana’s National Oil Spill Response Contingency Plan is 90 per cent complete.Consultation development of the oil spill response plan commenced in 2017 with technical support from the United States Coast Guard. In February of this year, more emphasis was placed on the development of the plan and a National Oil Spill Planning Committee. The committee comprised representatives from the CDC, Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, Guyana Energy Agency, Maritime Administration, Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency.It was noted that operators in Guyana’s basin are also required to have an oil spill plan which must be approved by the CDC. In the event of a spill offshore, each operator is responsible for responding and managing that spill.Regional advisor from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), Colin Young had also indicated that efforts must be made to protect marine life through acquisition of the IMO standards, which also govern safety and security of exploration vessels.He said the Government “is urged to consider that implementation is critical to safeguarding Guyana’s marine environment within which port-state inspection plays a crucial role in ensuring that shipping takes place securely, safely, and efficiently on clean oceans”.The IMO is considered a global agency, which creates standards and regulates the performance of international shipping. Through a regulatory framework, it ensures that these standards are adopted and implemented, eliminating a pathway for ship operators to cut costs by running unsafe operations.last_img read more

  • USC is Cardinal ruled

    first_imgThe Cardinal (25-4, 17-1) clinched a share of the Pac-10 championship and the top seed in next week’s conference tournament with a win Thursday against UCLA. But they made sure they wouldn’t have to share the title with Arizona State with the win to close out the regular season. Whether they’ll have Wiggins next weekend in San Jose is still up in doubt. VanDerveer said the priority was getting her star healthy for the NCAA tournament. The Cardinal shot just 36 percent without their leading scorer and endured a few long droughts without a basket with Wiggins watching from the sideline. They still managed to find a way to win against USC (16-12, 10-8), improving to 5-0 in games Wiggins has been sidelined. “When they get Wiggins back, they’re a team built to go deep in the tournament,” USC coach Mark Trakh said. “They have the front line to really go deep and bang with people. I think it’s a team that can go deep in the tournament when they get Candice back.” Shay Murphy led USC with 13 points and Chloe Kerr added 11. The Trojans shot just 29 percent. With Wiggins resting a nagging hamstring injury, the eighth-ranked Cardinal rode the strong inside play of freshman Jayne Appel to beat USC 56-53 Sunday to win the conference title outright. Appel scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half, including a go-ahead basket with 36 seconds left. “We’ve got the No. 1 seed. Even if we didn’t, I could not justify risking Candice in that situation,” VanDerveer said. “It would not make any sense. I was not going to entertain even listening to her telling me how good she felt.” PALO ALTO – The Stanford players put on their Pacific-10 Conference championship T-shirts, cut down the nets and celebrated another title. As good as that accomplishment felt, coach Tara VanDerveer wasn’t about to risk the health of star Candice Wiggins to achieve it. center_img USC led 29-28 at the half despite going more than sixminutes without a field goal at one point. Stanford closed the half with six straight points. 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

  • Video: Man United targets combine to lead ten-man Bayern Munich to dramatic late win

    first_img1 Manchester United retain an interest in signing Bayern Munich duo Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski before the end of the transfer window, according to recent reports.And the strike stars combined on Saturday as a ten-man Bayern Munich came back from an early blow to beat Hoffenheim 2-1 at the Rhein-Neckar Arena.Bayern had never lost to Hoffenheim in 14 previous meetings, but the underdogs had an early boost by taking the lead with the fastest goal in Bundesliga history – Kevin Volland scoring after just EIGHT seconds.Thomas Muller managed to pull the Germangiants level just before the break with a neat finish, and while Bayern were handed a further blow when defender Jerome Boateng was sent off with 20 minutes left, Lewandowski finished off a spectacular team move to net a 89th minute winner to spare the champions’ blushes.Manager Louis van Gaal is on the hunt for more firepower to support out-of-form captain Wayne Rooney, whose scoreless streak moves to nine United games following Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Newcastle – could the Germany or Poland internationals be the answer?Check out Muller and Lewandowski’s strikes below!Hoffenheim 1-1 Bayern Munich (Thomas Muller)Hoffenheim 1-2 Bayern Munich (Robert Lewandowski) Bayern Munich strikers Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski celebrate last_img read more

  • Jurgen Klopp era gathers momentum after Jordon Ibe’s first Liverpool goal

    first_img Jordon Ibe 1 Jordon Ibe’s first Liverpool goal proved enough to earn the Reds a first Europa League win of the season as they edged out Rubin Kazan 1-0 in Russia.In an encounter when Jurgen Klopp’s charges dominated proceedings from start to finish, James Milner rattled the crossbar inside the first five minutes.Liverpool were frustrated by some resolute Rubin defending but Ibe found the breakthrough seven minutes after half-time, surging forward and firing in off the far post.The Reds comfortably saw out the three points to leave them requiring one victory from their final two group games to progress to the knockout stages.Klopp’s arrival on Merseyside brought with it his characteristic ‘gegenpressing’ style, and the tactic was evident throughout as the Reds players relentlessly harassed their hosts when chasing possession.Milner very nearly crowned a fine start by the visitors, clipping the bar after being found brilliantly by Roberto Firmino.The Reds amassed a series of half chances without showing any real cutting edge, with Rubin goalkeeper Sergej Ryzhikov producing an excellent double save in first-half stoppage time to keep proceedings level.The second half started much the same until Ibe picked up Firmino’s clever pass, charging into space and emphatically driving into the far corner.Milner was the next to be denied by Ryzhikov soon after as the Reds pushed for another before Ibe suffered a similar fate following a swift counter attack.The Russian outfit briefly threatened to scupper proceedings in the final 10 minutes with a rare period of pressure but, in truth, rarely looked like finding a leveller.The result maintains Klopp’s unbeaten start to his Liverpool tenure, which now reads three wins and three draws from the German’s first six games, with the Reds unbeaten in 12 in all competitions, stetching back to the Brendan Rodgers era.In the other game in Group B FC Sion scored a late equaliser to draw 1-1 with Bordeaux in Switzerland.last_img read more

  • CORCORAN HID HIS SORDID PAST FROM WOMAN HE HAD CHILD WITH

    first_imgDD Exclusive: Evil Peter Corcoran had a child with a woman but never told her of his secret past, Donegal Daily can reveal.Smiling Paedophile: Peter CorcoranAnd the depraved paedophile may have raped many more victims. The Falcarragh  farmer, who was yesterday jailed for 12 years for the abuse of seven children, denied all allegations when approached by the woman.The couple had lived together in East Donegal but Corcoran had never told the woman of his deranged past.The woman put the allegations to Corcoran after she was visited by social workers from the HSE to inform her of the allegations against her partner.But the farmer from Dunmore, Falcarragh, flatly denied the allegations and said they were made up by people after a fall-out over the sale of land.Corcoran’s court case had divided the Donegal market town.The farmer was a well-known figure in the town and attended local marts and sales.He was often spotted in the town around Christmas time where he made and sold Christmas wreaths.Locals in Falcarragh are angry that some people in the town supported Corcoran – even though he had pleaded guilty to an astonishing 183 offences.“He may have got 12 years in prison but these young people will be scarred for life,” said one local man last night who knew Corcoran.“It’s a pity there are some people who believed Corcoran’s denials rather than victims. I wonder what they think now that he has pleaded guilty?” he asked.We understand there may have been many more victims who never went to Gardai.Officers only learned of the sickening attacks after some of the victims plucked up the courage to approach a third party who immediately contacted Milford Gardai.Now others are planning to come forward – and Corcoran may face yet another case against him.CORCORAN HID HIS SORDID PAST FROM WOMAN HE HAD CHILD WITH was last modified: April 23rd, 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:CORCORAN HID HIS SORDID PAST FROM WOMAN HE HAD CHILD WITHlast_img read more

  • Man found guilty of stabbing victim seventeen times in Letterkenny attack

    first_imgA man has been found guilty after an attack which left a man with seventeen stab wounds following a row in a Letterkenny apartment.The Dublin man was found guilty of “intentionally and recklessly” stabbing an Inishowen man during the row on the town’s main street ten years ago. Kenneth Broe was also found guilty of assault causing harm in the incident which resulted in the injured party spending two weeks in intensive care in hospital and receiving two “life-saving operations” after he suffered wounds to the neck, chest, head and back areas.The jury took an hour and six minutes to unanimously find the accused guilty on the lesser charge of section 3 assault after a six-day trial at Letterkenny Circuit Court.For the more serious charge, Judge John Aylmer advised the jury they could record a majority verdict following the suitable legal time lapse and after a further forty-six minutes, Broe, of 15 Alderwood Green, Springfield, Tallaght, was found guilty on the charge of intentionally and recklessly carrying out the attack.The injured party, Kristian Shortt, had told the court in his evidence that after drinking in a number of venues in the town, he and the accused had gone to the flat of Damian O’Connor above Victor Fisher’s shop at Upper Main Street in the early hours of October 9th, 2008.Witness and the accused had got into an argument and had threatened one another.He, Mr Shortt, recalled a knife having been produced before he was stabbed repeatedly. The accused had used all his power and force during the attack, he claimed.Broe had been arrested in Monaghan after he and a friend had taken a taxi to Dublin on the day after the assault.A medical report indicated that the injured party had been stabbed a total of seventeen times – three or four times in the neck, three in the back of the head, three in the chest and also wounded in the hands and back area.He had been taken to Letterkenny General Hospital before being transferred to St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin where he had spent two weeks in intensive care. He had undergone two life-saving operations.A previous trial involving the case had collapsed on the second day of evidence at Letterkenny Circuit Court.Following the verdict delivered at last Thursday’s sitting of the Circuit Court, Judge Aylmer remanded Broe in custody to the July session of the court.The Judge agreed to direct the production of a number of reports including a Probation Report on behalf of the accused.Man found guilty of stabbing victim seventeen times in Letterkenny attack was last modified: May 7th, 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:KENNETH BROEKristian Shorttletterkennystabbinglast_img read more