first_imgFifteen individual and relay World Cham-pionships medallistshave been included as the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) yesterday named the island’s largest team ever assembled for an IAAF World Championships ahead of the August 22-30 event in Beijing, China.A total of 53 athletes (27 male, 26 female) – many of whom are already in Tottori, Japan, for the team’s pre-championships camp – have been handed tickets to Beijing, bettering the 51 selected to represent the country at the 2011 Daegu showcase.JAAA president, Dr Warren Blake, highlighted the team’s diversity as all four individual medallists from the last edition of the championships – led by triple gold-medal winners Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, along with Nesta Carter and Warren Weir – return to lead the Jamaican effort.”We are taking the biggest team we have ever taken to the World Championships, and also the most diverse team,” Blake told The Gleaner. “This is something we are quite happy about, and something we have been encouraging over the years.”Three male discus throwers (Jason Morgan, Federick Dacres and Chad Wright), two female 800m competitors (Natoya Goule and Simoya Campbell), a female (Danniel Thomas) and a male (O’Dayne Richards) shot put athletes, a male 5000 competitor (Kemoy Campbell) and a female steeplechase runner (Aisha Praught) give the country its widest range of competitors at the World Championships.Salcia Slack’s naming as the country’s representative in the heptathlon also drives home the point.insipid startHowever, all eyes will be on Bolt, who after an insipid start to his season, seemed to have regained some form ahead of his Beijing assignment, twice clocking 9.87 seconds in less than an hour at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in London a few weeks ago.Bolt will return to the site of his double world record exploits at the 2008 Olympic Games, but will perhaps face his biggest test with world leader and 100m silver medallist in Moscow, Justin Gatlin, setting the pace this season.Fraser-Pryce also won gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the last World Championships in Moscow in 2013, but is only expected to mount a defence of her 100m world title in Beijing.Her young MVP stable-mate, Elaine Thompson, the national champion, has been handed the reigns in the 200m, where stalwart Veronica Campbell-Brown will also feature, in addition to the 100m.Kaliese Spencer has been missing from the circuit for the past month with a leg injury, but she is expected to be back at her best.Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Novlene Williams-Mills and Christine Day are listed for the women’s 400m.Asafa Powell will be looking to add to his two World Championships bronze medals in the 100m, with Kemar Bailey-Cole seeking an upgrade to his Commonwealth gold, while 2013 silver-medal winner, Warren Weir, will be hoping to find form in the 200m.Sub-45 second pair Javon Francis, the national 400m champion, and Rusheen McDonald, both lead the quarter-mile charge on the men’s side with Omar McLeod, who clocked a quick 12.97 at the national trials, and national record holder, Hansle Parchment, primed to do well in the 110m hurdles.The Jamaicans ended the 2013 World Championships with nine medals (six gold, two silver and one bronze), the same as their 2011 return, with 2009’s 13 medals being the country’s largest-ever haul at the World Championships.SQUADMen: Nickel Ashmeade, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Asafa Powell, Usain Bolt, Julian Forte, Warren Weir, Peter Matthews, Rusheen McDonald, Edino Steele, Javon Francis, Kemoy Campbell, Omar McLeod, Hansle Parchment, Roxroy Cato, Leford Green, Annsert Whyte, Damar Forbes, O’Dayne Richards, Fedrick Dacres, Jason Morgan, Chad Wright, Tyquendo Tracey, Rasheed Dwyer, Jonia McDonald, Dane Hyatt, Nesta Carter, Andrew Riley.Women: Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Natasha Morrison, Elaine Thompson, Sherone Simpson, Christine Day, Shericka Jackson, Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Novlene Williams-Mills, Simoya Campbell, Natoya Goule, Aisha Praught, Kimberly Laing, Danielle Williams, Shermaine Williams, Janieve Russell, Kaliese Spencer, Shevon Stoddart, Ristananna Tracey, Shanieka Thomas, Kimberly Williams, Danniel Thomas, Salcia Slack, Kerron Stewart, Chrisann Gordon, Anastasia LeRoy.Officials: Team leader – Ludlow Watts; assistant – Dave Myrie; assistant – Heleen Francis; technical leader – Maurice Wilson; head coach – Michael Clarke.last_img read more

first_imgRed Bluff >> The 27th annual Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament kicks off Wednesday at Red Bluff High School with the girls tipping off at 4 p.m. and the boys get underway at 4 p.m. Thursday.Girls bracketThe Willows Honkers (4-3) will take on the Foothill Cougars (4-2) at 4 p.m. Wednesday, followed by the Chico Panthers (3-4) vs. the West Valley Eagles (3-2) at 5:30 p.m.Local teams begin with the host Lady Spartans (5-1) taking on the Anderson Cubs (2-5) at 7 p.m., followed by the Corning …last_img read more

first_imgThe Eureka Loggers showed why they are the hottest team on the North Coast on Saturday, shutting out the McKinleyville Panthers 4-0 in the Charlie Lakin Memorial Tournament championship game at the Arcata Sports Complex.The shutout win was the second in three days at the tournament for the Loggers, who have now won 11 of their past 13 games and have likely secured a home playoff game in the process.More importantly for a team that has played a tougher schedule than any other Division-III …last_img read more

first_imgThe fun is about to start! We’ll be tweeting #teamSArise to bring you all the breaking news— Team Vitality (@TeamVitalitySA) July 14, 2016The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) has officially announced the 137 athletes, from a range of sporting disciplines, who will fly the nation’s flag high at the 2016 Olympic Games from 5 to 21 August 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.The stars of Team SA include athletes Caster Semenya, Wenda Nel, Wayde van Niekerk and Stephen Mokoka. All have qualified for more than one event but will concentrate only on their speciality distances.These are men and women with amazing stories – SASCOC president Mr Gideon Sam. Yes they are #teamSArise @Olympics— Team Vitality (@TeamVitalitySA) July 14, 2016Team SA also has three team sports: the Rugby sevens, the Banyana Banyana women’s football side and the under-23 men’s football team, Other sports represented include badminton, equestrian events, golf, judo, rowing and triathlon.‘Showcase the rainbow nation’In congratulating members of the squad, Sascoc president Gideon Sam told the athletes they had “all earned the ultimate honour of representing your country. We have every faith in you excelling at your various events. Attending the Olympics is the pinnacle of a sportsman’s dream. Go and showcase the rainbow nation to the best of your ability.”Olympic Team SA announcement for Rio 2016 #teamSArise @AthleticsSA_ @teamsa16 @SASportsFan1— Emile Smith (@milohock9) July 14, 2016Tubby Reddy, Sascoc CEO and chef de mission, wished the team well in their final preparation for the games. Sascoc, he said, “is confident that the team is the crème de la crème of sporting talent, with most of them having represented the country in international sporting events previously. We therefore wish them well and as the Olympic body we will rally behind you all the way. Do the country proud and go well.”For a full rundown of who’s who in Team SA, watch the videos below:AthleticsSwimmingFootballRugby reporterSource: News24Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using materiallast_img read more

first_imgThe Congress government in Rajasthan has accused the Centre of adopting a “discriminatory attitude” towards the State’s farmers, reflected in the lower targets set for procurement of mustard and gram on minimum support prices in comparison with the national average. A ceiling of 25-quintal purchase on a day has been set for the farmers.State Cooperative Minister Udai Lal Anjana has taken up the matter with Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, requesting him to enhance the procurement limit by 40%. In a letter addressed to Mr. Singh, Mr. Anjana said the Centre should allow the purchase of 14.35 lakh metric tonnes of mustard and 8.65 lakh tonnes of gram to give remunerative prices to farmers.Mr. Anjana said the procurement targets of 5.50 lakh metric tonnes for mustard and 4.17 lakh metric tonnes for gram were insufficient and would fail to provide relief to farmers. The difference in MSP and market prices for the two crops ranged between ₹700 and ₹1,000 per quintal, he said.The Minister pointed out that the State government had opened 246 procurement centres for mustard and 210 for gram. “There is a tremendous enthusiasm among the farmers to get themselves registered online, as the State government is committed to giving them full prices for their crops,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgGermany’s Angelique Kerber began her reign as world number one in imperious style battling past a determined Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to win the US Open final on Saturday and claim her second grand slam title of the year. (Angelique Kerber wins US Open for second major title of breakthrough year)Kerber, who officially takes over from Serena Williams as the world’s top ranked player on Monday, underlined her number one status displaying the heart of a champion as she fought off a fierce challenge from Czech 10th seed Pliskova on a steamy afternoon at Arthur Ashe Stadium.The 28-year-old began the grand slam year beating Serena Williams to lift the Australian Open title and celebrated again on Saturday when she became the first German to win the US Open in 20 years.Kerber recovered from a break down in the third set, pouncing on her wilting opponent with two breaks in the third set to end a compelling, high-quality battle of attrition that stretched for two hours and seven minutes.”It’s just amazing,” a beaming Kerber, told an adoring crowd after being handed the winner’s cheque of $3.5 million. “I won my second grand slam in one year. That’s the best of my career.”Actually just incredible.”When I was a kid I was always dreaming to be the number one player in the world and win grand slams and today is the day I won my second grand slam here, especially in New York. Im the number one player on Monday.advertisement”All the dreams came true this year.”Pliskova, who arrived at Flushing Meadows with a reputation of grand slam under-achiever having never before been beyond the third round of the major, shed that label by making it all the way to the final and taking on back-to-back world number ones.After beating top ranked Serena Williams in the semi-finals to end the American’s record-equalling 186 consecutive weeks stay at the top of the rankings, the big-hitting Pliskova, who has led the WTA Tour in aces the last two season, attacked her successor in the final but could not break down the tireless German’s defence.”You cannot compare those two (Serena Williams and Kerber),” explained Pliskova. “The game is totally different. The persons as well. Serena is going for every shot.”With Angie, you cannot wait for mistakes. She doesn’t give you anything. I have to be the one who is aggressive.”I beat very good players. It was always my goal to pass the third round and I made it to the final.”Kerber admires compatriot Steffi Graf, but is blazing her own trail.Comparisons, though, are inevitable after Kerber became the first German to win the U.S. Open since Graf claimed the last of her five Flushing Meadows crowns in 1996.”She was always my idol and I told her so many times,” said Kerber, adding that Graf had sent her a text wishing her luck. “For me it’s really important to go on my own way.”The match opened with Kerber breaking a jittery Pliskova and ended the same way, though for most part it was a very even contest.Kerber’s loss of the second set was the first time the entire championship that she had dropped a set.But she fought back in the third set and wore down the towering Czech, who started to wilt in the punishing conditions, hunching over her racket at the end of almost every point.Kerber, sensing an opening, stepped up the pressure and pace getting triple break point at 5-4 and closed out the contest on the first match point.”I think I was just believing in myself in the third set and just going for it,” said Kerber.”I think that was the key at the end of the third set, that I was trying to take the chance, just go for it.”last_img read more

first_imgStory Highlights The contest forms part of activities in observance of National Cyber Awareness Month in October, under the theme ‘Cybersecurity our Shared Responsibility,’ with the sub theme ‘Think Before You Click’. The Jamaica Cyber Incident Response Team (Ja-CIRT) in the Ministry of Science and Technology is inviting members of the public to participate in its ‘Be Cyber Safe’ 2018 jingle competition.center_img The Jamaica Cyber Incident Response Team (Ja-CIRT) in the Ministry of Science and Technology is inviting members of the public to participate in its ‘Be Cyber Safe’ 2018 jingle competition.The contest forms part of activities in observance of National Cyber Awareness Month in October, under the theme ‘Cybersecurity our Shared Responsibility,’ with the sub theme ‘Think Before You Click’.Interested persons will be required to submit a jingle that highlights cyberthreats and risky behaviour among young people, adults and businesses, and provides information on how to reduce those risks and stay safe online.Communications Specialist in the Ministry, Patrice Gilpin, told JIS News that the jingle is being used as a tool “to invite all of Jamaica to be part of the conversation about cybersecurity”.“What we want is for persons to think about how they use the Internet. They should think about the many ways they go online to conduct business and engage in general activities, if there are risky behaviours, and what are the threats they may fall prey to and become a victim,” Ms. Gilpin said.She said that Ja-CIRT is encouraging individuals to do some research “and find out how, as adults, we can protect the children, how children can become aware of the dangers and how they can protect themselves while they are online”.The jingle competition is open to every Jamaican except employees of the Ministry of Science and Technology and their relatives. Persons are invited to create a 60-second jingle that gives advice to children, colleagues, or the entire Jamaica about how to stay safe online, for the chance to win a $60,000 cash prize.The jingle, with original lyrics and music, should be submitted to Members of the public will be able to vote online, on Instagram: @mstgovjm and a panel of judges will make the final decision.The deadline for submission of entries is Friday, October 26, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. For further information on the rules and regulations governing the competition, persons can call 876-929-8990-9.last_img read more