Extra ‘effort’, unbridled joy

first_imgExtra ‘effort’, unbridled joySpecial Olympics Jamaica (SOJ) executive director, Lorna Bell, has credited her charges for a ‘very successful’ representation at the recently concluded Special Olympics World Games 2015 in Los Angles, United States of America.A 69-member contingent returned home last week with 29 medals following intense competition in eight sporting disciplines at the July 25 to August 2 Los Angeles showpiece.In total, gold came in 10 finals, along with 11 silver and eight bronze. Track and field athletes blazed the trail with 13 medals, which included five individual gold, one female 4x100m gold, two individual silver, four individual bronze, and one male 4x100m bronze medals.In aquatics, there were two individual gold, three individual silver and one 4x50m relay bronze.Badminton yielded one individual silver medal and basketball one team silver, while bocce had one team gold, one mixed doubles gold, four individual silver medals, one female doubles bronze, and one male doubles bronze medal.Basketball’s silver was unexpected, according to coach Calvin Martin.”Going into the tournament, we (basketball team) didn’t expect to win any medal.”Mrs (Lorna) Bell just wanted to start back the programme, so she said, ‘Make a team,'” he recalled.That team finished second behind a more superior Australian team, which Martin said “felt good”.The country’s volleyball, female futsal and unified football teams were the only outfits not to medal, as they placed fifth, sixth and fourth, respectively.”Special Olympics is all about training, and we train right through the year, but we put in a little extra training for the past two and a half years because our athletes were young,” Bell explained.”We had to put in a little more effort, so that is why we feel so overjoyed, because everybody was a bit doubtful,” she recalled prior to the Games.”That is why I am saying to the entire Jamaica, to the ministry of sport, they cannot leave us out of sports tourism; we must be included because we did Brand Jamaica very well,” she stated.Buoyed by that success, Belle said preparations will begin soon for the World Winter Games, scheduled to be hosted in Austria in 2017.”These Games will be our focus when we return home, as planning has to start now to ensure our athletes receive quality training and also funding,” Bell assured.last_img read more

ABL: Slingers’ Alexander insists no travel in crucial play

first_imgNot just luck as Racal credits teammates, hard work for big game LATEST STORIES MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson 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 Singapore Slingers’ Xavier Alexander. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSingapore forward Xavier Alexander stood by what the game officials called, or didn’t call, in the Slingers’ 90-80 road win over Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League Wednesday night.Alexander got away with what seemed to be a traveling violation late in the fourth quarter which drew the ire of Alab head coach Jimmy Alapag and the hometown crowd at Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense “It was so loud, the atmosphere, I couldn’t even hear the shot clock if there even was a shot clock violation,” said Alexander whose team improved to 4-5. “I just heard my teammates yelling to get it up as high as I can and ended up making a lucky shot.”Regardless of the controversy surrounding the ending of the match, Alexander said they are just glad they were able to get away with a victory to avenge its 89-80 loss to Alab in the previous game in Singapore.“It’s a big big game, good rivalry, good atmosphere, we know they’re a good team,” said Alexander whose team holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Alab. “I look forward to facing them again in Singapore.”ADVERTISEMENT “The referees didn’t call, it wasn’t a travel,” said Alexander insisted.READ: Alab Pilipinas falls to Singapore at homeFEATURED 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 folkNot only did Alexander get the benefit of a no-whistle, he finished the sequence with a jumper to give the Slingers an 84-76 lead as the 24-second clock buzzed off with 2:02 left in the game.Alexander said he wasn’t even sure that he beat the buzzer or if the referees blew on their whistle as the crowd was too loud for him to pick out the sounds on the floor. View comments Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Fort St. John Elks back on ice for first time to begin new season

first_imgThe Fort St. John Elks began their summer camp today to get skaters ready for the upcoming year. Skaters between the ages of 6-17 are attending with the camp running through Sunday.The camp will focus on technical development with lessons taking place both on and off the ice. Off ice teachings will cover a variety of things including physical warm ups and psychological training.“We’ve got a lot of really good coaches here,” Elks coach Richard Stickel said. “We’re going to do some mental trainings. They’re working on, watching video, talking about how it all goes together before they all go on the ice.”- Advertisement -Stickel said the camp provides those participating with an early chance to shake the rust off from the summer, and hopes they soak up the coaching from the various instructors.“Just some more good opportunities to have skated. Having different people look at them. We have some level five coaches. Having different voices and having kids hear a different way from what they normally would hear at their club is what we’re looking at.”He added the club has some solid young skaters coming up through the ranks and is excited to see where their potential takes them this year.Advertisementlast_img read more

Writers Guild contract talks break off

first_imgHollywood writers and producers broke off contract talks without a new deal, allowing the Writers Guild of America’s current pact to expire at midnight Wednesday. It wasn’t immediately known whether the writers will walk off the job. A call to a union spokesman was not immediately returned. No new talks were scheduled for today, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers said in a statement. Both sides had resumed negotiations earlier in the day with the help of a federal mediator, and the writers submitted a revamped contract proposal with the hope of avoiding a strike. Details of the proposal were not released, but it appears both sides couldn’t agree on whether to give writers more money from the sale of DVDs and the distribution of shows via the Internet, cell phones and other digital platforms. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Producers have said they wouldn’t agree to anything that would restrict their ability to experiment with new Internet and other digital delivery options for films and TV shows. Calling it “the DVD issue,” AMPTP President Nick Counter said in a statement to the Writers Guild that it was blocking both sides from making further progress in their talks.last_img read more

19th century art comes alive

first_imgChildren fashioned colorful hats and watched aerialists twist and turn Sunday at the Getty Center in a family event tied to a Degas exhibit. The aerialist show was inspired by “Miss Lala at the Fernando Circus,” Edgar Degas’ pastel of a woman, suspended from a rope clenched in her teeth, that is one of the works in the exhibit. The hat-making workshop was inspired by another work in the exhibit, “The Milliners,” Degas’ painting of a pair of women making hats at a work table. In the workshop, children used pastels and rubbed a paper towel over the colors to create the same kind of blended effect Degas himself used. “The best part about this is it’s a beautiful day, there’s good music, you’re here with family spending time with your kids,” Manii said. She planned to see the museum’s exhibit of 14 Degas works later in the day – “saving the best for last,” she said. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Such exercises are at the heart of the Getty’s Family Festival, held four times a year and tied to whatever is on exhibit at the museum. “It helps for kids to get their hands dirty a little bit and to understand what’s going on with the art,” said Sarah McCarthy, a senior project coordinator with the Getty. About 8,000 people attended Sunday’s Family Festival. Matthew Thibodeaux- Lynch, 11, was one of the children at the hat-making workshop. Hats aren’t allowed at his school, so he expected to wear the decorated paper bag at home or at parties. Annie Manii, who works in rehabilitation, was enjoying her Sunday as she sat back watching a band play the kind of ragtime music that was popular in Paris when Degas was alive. last_img read more

Who Chelsea are playing in pre-season and where they will be travelling

first_imgAll the focus is on the World Cup right now, but it won’t be long before the Premier League returns.Clubs will soon start preparations for the 2018/19 season, and fans will see plenty of friendly action before the big kick-off.Here are Chelsea’s plans for pre-season… Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Who are Chelsea playing in pre-season?Chelsea will kick off their preparations with a trip to Australia to face Perth Glory in the brand new Optus Stadium in Western Australia on July 23.They will then take part in the illustrious International Champions Cup, facing off against some of the world’s best sides.The  International Champions Cup campaign kicks-off in Nice on July 28 against Inter Milan before they travel to Dublin for a London derby with Arsenal four days later.Chelsea will return to the capital on August 5 to face Premier League champions Manchester City at Wembley in the Community Shield.They will then play again two days later as their International Champions Cup campaign comes to a close against Lyon. How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? What is the International Champions Cup?It is a pre-season tournament that will see 18 of Europe’s top clubs take part at various venues across the United States, Europe and Asia in July.Most teams will play three matches and only one champion will emerge based on topping the league table.Full Chelsea pre-season scheduleJuly 23: Perth Glory – Perth, Western Australia, 12.30pm UK timeJuly 28: Inter Milan – Nice, France, 7.05pm UK timeAugust 1: Arsenal – Dublin, Republic of Ireland, 8.05pm UK timeAugust 5: Manchester City – Community Shield – London, England – 3pm UK timeAugust 7: Lyon – Stamford Bridge, London – 8pm UK time crackers Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics shining silverware Latest Chelsea news Will Eden Hazard still be at Chelsea next season? REVEALED center_img 2 possible standings 2 smart causal England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Chelsea and Arsenal will clash in pre-season REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars possible xi Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? last_img read more


first_imgToni Forrester is CEO of Letterkenny Chamber. She may be a native of Belfast but her heart belongs to Donegal and its people. This is her Donegal.Letterkenny Chamber Chief Executive Toni ForresterWhat is your favourite place in Donegal and why? Well obviously I spend a lot of time in Letterkenny and it has some fantastic features, but I am also a bit of a fan of Kinnego Bay. I love it’s history but more importantly I love the golden sand and the beauty of this special place.If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?The access to Donegal in terms of roads and how fantastic it would be to have a rail system through the county. Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?I have a great admiration for all the business people and managers of companies that I have met through the Chamber. They are all determined, positive and committed to both their businesses and to Letterkenny.Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?It has to be Packie Bonner – I remember way back to the glory daysWhat has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?Letterkenny hosting the All Ireland Fleadh was a special time. This is a huge event and it was so successful for all involved.What was Donegal’s saddest moment? I can only mention the tragic road deaths that are thankfully reducing, but over the years there have been some very sad times.What is your favourite Donegal-made product?I am a bit of a fan of Donegal Rapeseed oil. I first heard of it at an event here locally with food by Rathmullan House and now I use it all the time.Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why? There are people like Hugh Green who have done so much for Letterkenny and Donegal but we also have to appreciate what Daniel does as an ambassador for the CountyWho is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?Sir Gerry Robinson, and by coincidence Letterkenny Chamber has an event coming up with him in SeptemberWho is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Packie BonnerWhat is your favourite Donegal restaurant?The Yellow Pepper, right in the heart of LetterkennyDonegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?Golden EaglesYour nomination for Donegal’s most stylish person?Clare McNickle , owner of Clare ClothingWhat is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?“Imagine if we had the weather”Will Donegal win the All Ireland this year?Of course they will.What is your favourite Donegal food?The wonderful fish found round our shores and I am a bit of a dulse fan.Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?Sometimes there is a lack of confidence in ourselves and we can be a little parochial. We are all ambassadors for the North West and we need to be able to sell what we have here with confidence. We need to see teamwork and co-operation to really make things happen.If you had a million euro to spend on improving something in Donegal, what would it be?I would like to look at Market Square in Letterkenny and really make it a centre of attraction for bands, gatherings, markets, etc.MY DONEGAL …….LETTERKENNY CHAMBER CEO TONI FORRESTER was last modified: July 11th, 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)Tags:CEOLetterkenny ChamberMY DONEGALToni Forresterlast_img read more


first_imgAURORA-watchers are in for the best display in years – as the Northern Lights make a dazzling return to Co Donegal skies.Experts say Friday night and Saturday night will see a wondrous explosion of colour with the north and west of the county the best places to see dancing lights.Reports from parts of Inishowen and Fanad had glimmers of the Aurora Borealis but Friday night and Saturday night will see spectacular displays. The new arrival of the phenomenon here is because there have been two large explosions on the Sun and huge amounts of magnetically charged particles have been hurled into space towards Earth.Known as Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), they can produce many different colours, with green, pink, red, blue and yellow all possible.Often the particles are deflected by the earth’s magnetic field, so the best places to witness it are close to the poles where the field is weakest.Parts of Canada and northern Europe have already seen the results, with north Donegal next. Now we need more clear skies over the weekend….will make things interesting for those attending a star-gazing trip to Tory, singing outside at the Dunfanaghy Jazz Festival, or just enjoying the night on an Inishowen beach.THEY’RE BACK! MASSIVE SOLAR STORM BRINGS BEST NORTHERN LIGHTS DISPLAY IN YEARS was last modified: September 12th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Aurora BorealisDisplaydonegalFanadInishowennorthern lightslast_img read more

Onduparaka FC defeat Express to pile more pressure onto Ssemwogere

first_imgExpress are yet to win a game this season. (PHOTO/Express FC)Uganda Premier League Express FC 0-2 Onduparaka FC Muteesa II Stadium, WankulukukuSaturday, 07-09-2019WANKULUKUKU – Onduparaka FC continued their dominance over Express FC, beating them 2-0 on Saturday afternoon.The early kick-off that was played at the Betway Muteesa II Stadium in Wankulukuku, saw the Caterpillars strike twice through Adinho Gibson and Ceaser Ochuti either side of halftime.It was a game which the visitors controlled throughout, limiting Express to a few chances.The Red Eagles who came into the game with just a point from their first two games, saw Frank Kalanda waste their best opportunity.The veteran striker tapped wide of the target a Frank Ssenyondo low cross early in the first half, with only Onduparaka custodian Yussuf Wasswa to beat.Ealier, Andrew Kiwanuka saw a free kick from just outside the area comfortably saved by Wasswa.At the break, Express made a double substitution, sending on Hamdan Nsubuga and Idris Kaye to replace Joshua Mukasa and Emma Baffoe.However, their was no telling impact as both players struggled to get to grips in the game.Express had only three chances to get back into the game-in the second half- but were all foiled.First, Ssenyondo forced a point-blank save from Wasswa before he slipped as he tried to control a well weighted cross from Lawrance Kigonya.Inside the last minute of the game, the lively winger saw a curling shot head straight at Wasswa.Onduparaka clinical in front of goalOnduparaka have defeated Express in four of their seven meetings and on Saturday, their dominace in the fixture was evident throughout.Despite losing midfielder Denis Andama to injury early in the first half, the Caterpillars who were without head coach Livingston Mbabazi (away on national duty), looked comfertable and in close control of proceedings.In what was their first clear-cut chance, Gibson pounced to hand them the lead.On the counter, Ochuti played in Rajab Kakooza who slipped and fell while turning Martin Kizza. The ball fell to Gibson and the midfielder placed it into the bottom left corner, beating Adea Joshua in the Express goal for 1-0.Moments later, Ochuti tried his luck from distance but Adea was alert to save comfortably.At the hour mark, Ochuti headed in a Geriga Atendele cross to double Onduparaka’s lead and put the game to bed.The two-goal advantage could have been turned into three only for Julius Maliangumu to flash a Gadafi Wahabu through ball, across goal-late in the game.The result means that Onduparaka move onto six points from three games, having defeated Police and lost to Proline in their furst two games.For Express who saw fans chant ‘Ssemwogerere out’ after the game, remain with only a single point from three games. They lost 1-0 to Bul on opening day before drawing 1-1 with Bright Stars on match-day two.The teams that startedExpress FCAde Joshua, Emma Baffoe, Andrew Kiwanuka, Martin Kizza, Cyrus , Lawrence Kigonya, Frank KibandeSsenyondo, Daniel Shabena, Frank Kalanda, Jashua Musoke, Disan Galiwango.Onduparaka FCWasswa Yusuf, Atendele Geriga, Okocha Rashid, Muhammad Rashid, Ayiko Richard, Adinho Gibson, Andama Denis, Gadafi Wahab, Tabu Vitalis, Okhuti Ceaser, Kakooza Rajab.Comments Tags: Express FCGeorge Ssemwogerereonduparaka fctoplast_img read more

Red Bluff girls struggle late in Pink Out loss

first_imgRed Bluff >> The Red Bluff girls played in pink Tuesday night for the annual Pink Out fundraiser to battle breast cancer and kept the game within reach until the final period against the Enterprise Hornets, but came away with a 48-31 loss.Carissa Twitchell put up four in a low-scoring first period but thanks to a pair of 3s late from Sydney Whetstone and Karina Archibald the Hornets finished the frame with a 15-6 lead.The Spartans chipped away at the lead in the second but Jesse Miller, …last_img