KC Graham: No one has set the place on fire this season in the men’s 110 metres hurdles. This is one event where a favourite cannot be identified, despite the defending champion, David Oliver, being in the event. Andre Lowe: Indeed. There were some good early showings from Aleec Harris, but he has lost his way since June. Now it’s anybody’s race. it’s really difficult to pick a winner here, and that’s what makes this one of the events of the championships. KC: With the Cuban, Orlando Ortega, not competing, this has even made it more complexed, as he was the most consistent of the lot, and this is another event where the top-ranked athlete will be missing. Andre: Jamaica have two really good hurdlers in Omar McLeod and Hansle Parchment, who, on the day, can top any field in the world, and Andrew Riley, who is solid at 13.3 or thereabouts. That range won’t get him close enough. KC: Of the three, I think only McLeod and Parchment have realistic chances of medalling, as both have gone sub-13 seconds already in their career, and if both rediscover their form, it could be history for Jamaica once again in a different discipline. Andre: I agree. Parchment’s power and speed between the hurdles make him a real threat, but he hasn’t raced a lot, and that’s important in the hurdles for rhythm. McLeod is the real deal; he’s medalling here for sure. As long as he keeps it simple, there’s no way three athletes beat him. KC: McLeod is the best technically of all the athletes in the event. I can tell you this, no one can lead him to the first three hurdles, and if he has recovered fully from his minor injury in his first pro race, he will not be caught. His experience in the 400 metres hurdles will give him an edge here, too, as he also has good speed endurance. Andre: I like McLeod for the win, but only if he’s close to full fitness. I haven’t heard anything to suggest that he isn’t. It’s a brave pick, but I’m also going with Parchment, who does well under pressure and knows he needs to come good after some poor decision making. He will battle for third, I think, with a few, including Sergey Shubenkov and Pascal Martinet- Lagarde. He needs a big performance, and it is coming here as well. So two Jamaicans to medal, with Oliver in the mix as well. KC: While I think the strong and powerful Oliver will be the favourite for the gold here, I think McLeod and the Russian, Shubenkov, are big dangers. I will give the American the edge to make it back-to-back titles, and I agree with you that McLeod will be among the medals here. I don’t like Pascal’s technique; he seems to be running on the spot of late.
Simona Halep, of Romania waves to spectators after retiring with her back injury during her first round of the women’s singles match against Ons Jabeur of Tunisia in the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (Jia Haocheng/Xinhua via AP)No. 1-ranked Simona Halep has a herniated disk in her back, putting the rest of her season in doubt.Halep wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that she had an MRI exam that revealed the injury.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Barcelona surpasses $1 billion in revenue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum She retired from her first-round match at the China Open on Sunday, citing a back problem that has been bothering her.The season-ending WTA Finals begin in Singapore on Oct. 21.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHalep has lost her past four matches, including at the U.S. Open. She became the first top-seeded woman to lose in the opening round in New York in the 50-year professional era.The Romanian, who turned 27 last week, is 46-10 with three titles in 2018. Halep won her first Grand Slam championship at the French Open in June, and was the runner-up at the Australian Open in January. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—Mark Barroca was just a humble rookie when he won his first PBA title back in the 2012 PBA Governors’ Cup.Standing third in the pecking order behind Roger Yap and Jonas Villanueva, the former national team star had no other choice but to learn from the veterans.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title But six years since then, Barroca, now one of the leaders of that same team, has come full circle, steering Magnolia to the 2018 Governors’ Cup.“I think the difference was I was just a rookie during my first championship,” said Barroca in Filipino after the Hotshots’ 102-86 Game 6 win over Alaska Wednesday at Ynares Center here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissREAD: Mark Barroca wins PBA Governors’ Cup Finals MVP“Now I’m the senior and the one leading my younger teammates and the chemistry’s different this time around.” 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Top pick CJ Perez inks three-year max deal with Columbian Dyip LATEST STORIES ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Barroca, 32, also won his second Finals MVP making him the third player in the Magnolia franchise to win more than one joining legends James Yap, who has four, and Marc Pingris, who also has two.And the wily point guard did this while also providing guidance to young star Jio Jalalon, who is six years his junior.READ: Mark Barroca downplays ‘punching incident’ with Chris Banchero“Coach [Chito Victolero] always tells me to always talk to Jio because I’m one of the seniors of the team,” said Barroca who had 13 points, five rebounds, and four assists against the Aces.“That role is crucial in our dynamic and that’s how James treated me when I was a rookie, the older guys were telling me what to do and I accepted the roles they gave me.”ADVERTISEMENT Magnolia’s title also broke its four-year championship drought that dates back to when it completed the Grand Slam for the 2013-14 season.READ: PBA commissioner: No precedent to suspend Mark Barroca on groin hitAnd the victory lit a fire in Barroca’s heart that he thought got extinguished during the years when they couldn’t win a trophy.“Now that we won, the heart and the desire seems to have returned,” said Barroca who was the Finals MVP in the 2014 Philippine Cup. “We have to maintain this going into the next conference and we’ll go to the All-Filipino again where we lost in the Finals [against San Miguel].”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
The Ambassador of Great Britain and Northern Ireland accredited near Monrovia, David Belgrove, has assured Liberians that there is no need to fear that his country’s decision to exit the European Union could negatively impact bilateral relations with Liberia. “There’s no need…for anybody to panic on this,” Ambassador Belgrove told reporters in an exclusive interview over the weekend at the British Embassy in Sinkor, Monrovia. He said the Brexit (Britain’s exit) will not have any immediate impact on development aid, following intensive negotiations to redefine the Britain-European Union relations, a process he said that may take no less than two years.“The negotiations will be designed on both sides to ensure that we lessen the impact of this decision on everybody. The negotiations need to make sure that the impact particularly on the poorest people in the world is not great,” said Ambassador Belgrove.Although he predicted a slowdown in the economy, particularly as a result of volatility in the money market, the British diplomat assured that his government is determined to keep development aid unhindered over the next two years.“Yes there might and will be a slowdown of the economy and that’s going to affect everybody, but as I said we are committed to keeping our level of development assistance at least the way we are doing it now,” he said.By an act of legislation, Great Britain commits at least 0.7 percent of its Gross National Income to foreign aid, making it a significant contributor to helping developing countries. In 2015, for the third year running, the government met its spending commitment on foreign aid, with the official budget rising to £12.2bn.Great Britain is one of Liberia’s major development partners. In addition to huge contributions through the EU to several development programs in the country, Ambassador Belgrove said his country has committed over US$20 million to Liberia’s development efforts. The funding, according to him, was distributed across various sectors including health, education and trade and investment. Britons voted overwhelmingly on June 23, 2016 by seventeen million against sixteen million to withdraw its membership from the European Union. The decision sent shock waves in many African countries, with fears that the move could possibly severely affect aid. Ambassador Belgrove described the outcome of the referendum as dramatic and shocking, but said even in the depth of the recession the government of Great Britain “was very clear that the poorest people in the world should not suffer only because we are going through a bit of a hard time,” adding that “we would stick by that.”He told reporters that until the negotiations are done, Britain remains a full member of the EU and will continue to contribute towards the Union’s development programs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
CALIFORNIA CITY – A school district survey says residents are willing to ante up more money to finish a high school and elementary school that have fallen short of funds – as long as the costs are reasonable. More than 300 California City residents were polled by telephone by a Mojave Unified School District-commissioned consultant, and the results indicated that close to 80 percent were in favor of a new tax to complete both schools. Spiraling construction costs and delays in building have left the district short of funds for the California City schools. “The tax was passed five years ago,” Superintendent Larry Phelps said. “That’s how long it’s taken us to get to the construction part. We will do all we can with the money that we have.” Construction of the high school was delayed by the discovery of a protected desert tortoise near the site. And both the high school land and the elementary campus site had to be surveyed for unexploded bombs that might have been left over from World War II training. California City High School and Hacienda Elementary School construction is being financed with a $16 million school construction bond measure approved by voters in 2002. The money available won’t stretch to cover expenses at 2007 levels. That means the high school will be built without a gymnasium or administrative office complex, and the elementary campus will have no multipurpose room/cafeteria, Phelps said. Some playing fields won’t be finished. With no cafeteria, Hacienda students will eat lunch in classrooms. Phelps said additional taxes could take the form of another bond or an extension of the current one, but no decision has been made. Either move would require voter approval. Phelps said the district staff will study the issue further and meet with community groups and parents. “The survey is just one piece,” Phelps said. “We also want to educate people.” Construction on both schools is on or ahead of schedule, and they are both slated to open in August. District officials initially said the cost of the elementary school would be $8 million to $9 million, and the high school would cost $23 million. Those estimates have ballooned to about $40 million for the high school. No total cost for the elementary school was available. In March 2002, California City voters approved a tax to finance a $16 million bond measure to build the elementary school and high school. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The United Way of Northern British Columbia hosted its Annual Fire Truck Pull on Saturday, September 14, 2019 and raised $14,000.Mahvish Parvez, Resource Development Officer of the North East chapter shared they are very excited about the community and corporate turnout this year. There were 15 teams that participated which was more than last year.“Funds will be used for social service programs like Fort St John Women’s Resource Society, Better at home program, Northern Brain Injury Association, Spinal Cord Injury Support group, Youth Crisis Line, Suicide prevention programs to name a few,” said Parvez.- Advertisement -The Fire Truck Pull is described as the ultimate tug-of-war challenge with teams of 10 people trying to pull a 22,000 lb, fire truck.With a minimum pledge of $250.00 per team to register for the event, this is the opportunity to compete for awards and bragging rights.
Spanish sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo claims the Brazilian, recovering from surgery on a broken foot in Brazil, has made contact with Barca to ask how he can engineer a return.The article adds Neymar has explained he made a mistake in leaving the club, was wrong to want independence from Lionel Messi and has been disappointed by the standard of opposition in Ligue 1.Barca, however, is not the only club Neymar is reportedly targeting as a potential way out of PSG.Madrid-based newspaper AS reports Neymar´s father has met with Real Madrid, who are ready to pay 400million euros to sign the striker.Asked about the speculation on Friday, Real coach Zinedine Zidane said: “Neymar could play in all the clubs because he is very good, like many players.“I´m not going to talk about a player that is not mine. On the 400 million, they paid 220 million and when they bought me they paid 72.“It seemed crazy to me and 10 years later they are paying 220 million. It can be that in the next 10 years someone will pay 400m, or sooner, I do not know.”Mundo Deportivo concedes Neymar´s courting of Barcelona may even be a tactic to justify a move to Real, given the Catalan club are likely to reject any chance to re-sign the 26-year-old.Barcelona are still embroiled in a financial dispute over a bonus due to Neymar last summer, which the club cancelled when they believe it became clear he was moving to PSG.Neymar missed PSG’s last 16 loss to Real on Tuesday after undergoing surgery on a broken foot in Brazil last week.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar (R), with his doctor Rodrigo Lasmar (L), in Brazil last week © AFP/File / NELSON ALMEIDAMADRID, Spain, Mar 9 – Neymar already regrets moving to Paris Saint-Germain and is seeking a shock return to Barcelona, according to reports in the Spanish media on Friday.In the same week that PSG crashed out of the Champions League, and only seven months after he joined the club for a world record Sh26bn ($264 million, Neymar´s future has become uncertain.
Fortune-seeker Nicolas Cage, lonely guy Will Smith and a pack of talking chipmunks ended Hollywood’s year on a happy note. Cage’s “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” remained the No. 1 movie for a second weekend with $35.6 million, followed by “Alvin and the Chipmunks” with $30 million and Smith’s “I Am Legend” with $27.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Those hits – along with a solid crop of other holdovers and new movies that opened Christmas Day – capped a year-end hot streak for Hollywood, whose business soared the last few weeks after a sluggish fall. “It’s being spread among three or four key movies, then another six or seven or eight below that, which is great,” said Mark Zoradi, president of the motion-picture group at Disney, which released “National Treasure.” TOP MOVIES Here are estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released Wednesday. 1. “National Treasure: Book of Secrets,” $35.6 million. 2. “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” $30 million. 3. “I Am Legend,” $27.5 million. 4. “Charlie Wilson’s War,” $11.8 million. 5. “Juno,” $10.3 million. 6. “Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem,” $10.05 million. 7. “The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep,” $9.2 million. 8. “P.S. I Love You,” $9.1 million. 9. “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” $8 million. 10. “Enchanted,” $6.5 million.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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe top-12 movies took in $169.2 million, up 18 percent from the final weekend of 2006, when “Night at the Museum” led the box office with $36.8 million. Hollywood will finish the year with record revenues of about $9.7 billion, up from the previous best of $9.45 billion in 2004, according to box-office tracker Media By Numbers. Because of higher prices, the number of actual admissions was up just a fraction over 2006’s and fell well short of modern Hollywood’s record of 1.6 billion tickets sold in 2002. With the holidays falling on Tuesday, many people have been taking five-day weekends, a boost for the movie business. Many students are off from school until next week, too. “It’s turned into like a two-week-long weekend for the movie industry,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of Media By Numbers.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A 9-month-old nonprofit organization is working with local government officials to acquire undeveloped Antelope Valley desert for preservation. As more and more homes and businesses go up on what had been old farmland or untouched desert, Antelope Valley Conservancy leaders hope to use fees paid by developers and money from other sources to acquire land for preservation in its natural state. “Habitat preservation is the basis for species preservation. The Antelope Valley has a long history of preserving natural lands,” said Wendy Reed, the conservancy’s executive director. The conservancy fills the local need for an agency that can take care of land acquired through “mitigation” fees – $770 per acre in Lancaster, or more depending on the condition of the land – paid by developers for building on what had been wildlife habitat, officials said. “That has been the missing link we’ve needed,” Lancaster City Councilman Ron Smith said. Conservancy leaders are examining what areas are best for preservation, consulting federal and local habitat designation plans and analyzing which areas are viable to keep undeveloped into the future and which would provide corridors for wildlife to travel from spot to spot. Among the first acquisition projects in which the conservancy may be involved is a proposal by Lancaster officials to set aside some 500 acres near the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve as a preserve for the burrowing owl, whose numbers and habitat are dwindling in California although it is not designated an endangered species. Created in August, the conservancy is run by a board that also includes Callyn York, an Antelope Valley College zoology professor, and Johnny Munger, a Bank of the West information technology security official. About 200 local land trusts exist elsewhere in California, officials said. Smith and other local government officials praised the conservancy Wednesday at a news conference honoring Endangered Species Day at one of the valley’s existing preserves, the 102-acre Prime Desert Woodland Preserve that Lancaster created beginning in the 1980s. “I like the conservancy (approach). They are the quiet people. They spend their money on real things,” said Larry Grooms, an aide to Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, who said he first worked with habitat conservancies on the central California coast. Besides the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve, which is nearly surrounded by west Lancaster tract homes, the valley has the 1,745-acre state poppy reserve and the 566-acre Ripley Desert Woodland State Park west of there. Los Angeles County also has 2,200 acres in 12 wildflower and wildlife preserves scattered from Quail Lake near Gorman to the San Bernardino County line, home to protected desert tortoises and Mohave ground squirrels as well as more than 130 species of birds, including prairie falcons. Most of the county preserves are small – the largest is 320 acres – and county officials would like to acquire more land, especially adjoining the preserves or connecting one to another. “No endangered species does well in a captive environment,” said Mickey Long, natural areas administrator for the Los Angeles County parks department. While new homes are spreading quickly across the Antelope Valley, the area retains an advantage over other urbanized areas in that it still has large expanses available for acquisition as nature preserves, Reed said. That includes undeveloped land within the built-up sections of Palmdale and Lancaster, she said. “Hopefully some of these can be within our urban borders and they’re not all going to be 50 miles away,” Reed said. San Fernando Valley Audobon Society executive officer Jim Moore, among the speakers, said one of his favorite spots to look for birds like the secretive Le Conte’s thrasher and the ladder-backed woodpecker is the Joshua tree woodlands west of Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale. Covering more than 1,300 acres, the area is bordered by Sierra Highway and 10th Street West and adjoined by new housing tracts and businesses along Avenue O. It is plagued by illegal dumping, which employees from the nearby Lockheed Martin plant last month went out and cleaned up. “If there ever was a place ripe for protection, it’s that area,” Moore said. email@example.com (661) 267-5742