JN’s Jarrett excited with growth of Heroes’ in action

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU: YEAR TWO of the Jamaica National (JN) and the Usain Bolt Foundation Heroes in Action 8K Run/Walk and 4K Fun Run has been given the thumbs up by JN’s general manager, Earl Jarrett. The event, which brought together close to 2,000 participants in the picturesque, historical Georgian-styled town of Falmouth, more than doubled last year’s registration numbers, with a beaming Jarrett admitting that the charity races will be the recipient of international attention in 2017. “I am very happy with what I have seen this year; the numbers have increased almost to double of last year and in any exam 100 percent is good,” said Jarrett. “We definitely will be back next year with an international component to it, as we seek to make this event a bigger and indeed better one each time it’s held,” he added. The 28-eight year-old Lenford Adams copped first prize and was named the overall winner of the event, after taking the staple event, the 8K Run, in a time of 30.31 minutes. The always present Ronique Williams took second place, crossing the finish line in 30.34, with third place going to Lucien Graham (40.36). Ann-Marie Finegan took the top prize for the women in 39.21 minutes, as Ashelaun Linton took second in a time of 40.02. Seventeen-year-old Chantel Cornwall copped third in 40.36. The 4K event, which criss-crossed the historic town, saw the William Knibb Memorial High School’s 14-year-old student, Shawna-Kay Prince, taking the crown. Denache Johnson of Melia Runners was second, with 11-year-old Marsha McKoy of Duncans All-Age third. On the male side, the title went to 14-year-old Jamario Daley of JADA. Go-Run Running Club’s Andre Smith crossed the finish line in second and another pre-teen, 11-year-old Locordo Daley, was third, as various high schools used the event to sharpen their athletes’ strength and stamina ahead the upcoming track season.  Home town superhero, Usain Bolt, said his delight is with the cause to help children with various challenges. He was very demonstrative in pledging to support the event as long as it is held. Bolt, the world’s fast man over the 100m and 200m, as well as sharing in multiple records with Jamaica’s 4x100m relay teams, obliged the crowd by signing autographs and taking selfies with his adoring fans. He underlined his pleasure at being associated with the event on many levels, primarily because it means giving back to needy children and that it brings Falmouth to the public in a way not before seen.last_img read more

Brady sees ‘urgency’ in preseason game vs Super Bowl foe

first_imgPeza offers relief to ecozone firms Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ New Jersey takes in $40.6 million in sports bets in July New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady watches from the sideline during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady thinks his next game against the Philadelphia Eagles is a little like the last time he played them.The reigning NFL MVP says he’s eager to get back on the field for the first time since the Super Bowl, and his next chance is in Thursday night’s exhibition game against Philadelphia. Brady did not play in the preseason opener against Washington last week.ADVERTISEMENT 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Brady, who turned 41 this month, said he is feeling healthy and planning to play on Thursday night. The decision will be up to coach Bill Belichick.“I certainly plan on being out there,” Brady said.Also Tuesday, Brady repeated that his goal is to play “a long time.” He reportedly reached an agreement that could boost his pay this year by $5 million in 2018; he is signed through next season.“You always have short-term goals and long-term goals, and this year’s the one I’m focused on,” he said. “Obviously, I want to play for a long time, so I’ve said that for a while. Feel like I’m a broken record.”ADVERTISEMENT “We’ve got a big one against the Eagles and we know the challenge they present,” Brady said on Tuesday. “So, (we’re) trying to put a lot into it and see if we can obviously get a lot out of it. You know, it’s a big test. They’re a good team and we’re going to have to play well.”Philadelphia beat the Patriots 41-33 in February for its first Super Bowl title. The teams will meet again in New England this week, with considerably less on the line.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’But you wouldn’t know if from listening to Brady, who said there is urgency even in the second game on the exhibition schedule, because the team needs to line up against an opponent to measure its progress.“They’re important,” Brady said. “If it was a waste of time, we wouldn’t do it. I think there’s a lot of urgency, and you know we’re not where we need to be, got a lot of work to do and these practices are a part of it, (along with) the opportunities that we get in the game.” View commentslast_img read more

Three things we learned today at the WCup

first_img0Shares0000Leading by a head: Cristiano Ronaldo leads the Golden Boot race with four goals © AFP / YURI CORTEZSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 20 – The World Cup produced three tight games on Wednesday as Portugal, Spain and Uruguay won but once again the favourites failed to shine.It was three of the world’s top marksmen who did get on the scoresheet, though, as Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Costa continued their fight for the Golden Boot, while Luis Suarez scored in his third World Cup. AFP Sports looks at three things we learned today at the World Cup.Ronaldo eyes more goldFew goalscoring titles still elude Ronaldo and he may soon have one more to add to his collection after netting for the fourth time in two games against Morocco to move out in front in the race for the World Cup Golden Boot.Ronaldo has now already scored more goals in Russia than his three previous World Cup campaigns.Having spearheaded Real Madrid’s run to a third consecutive Champions League, Ronaldo’s fast start to the tournament also puts him in pole position for a sixth Ballon d’Or — to finally move ahead of Lionel Messi’s five.Messi missed a penalty in Argentina’s opener, while fitness issues for Neymar and Mohamed Salah have blighted their challenge to Ronaldo’s crown.The competition is not even a week old, but the World Player of the Year’s message is clear: “Catch me if you can.”Uruguay, Russia roll onThey did it in very differing fashion but Uruguay and Russia became the first sides to book their places in the last 16 after the South Americans edged past Saudi Arabia with their second 1-0 win of the tournament.By contrast, Russia have been rampant in scoring eight goals to reach the knockout phase for the first time since the Soviet era.Blessed with one of the most feared strike forces in Russia in Suarez and Edinson Cavani, more was expected from the Celeste against a Saudi side that shipped five to Russia in the tournament opener.However, Uruguay know how to negotiate their way through a tournament under 71-year-old Oscar Tabarez and with Atletico Madrid duo Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez marshalling their defence, they will be a tough opponent for, most likely, Spain or Portugal in the last 16.Spain glad to have CostaSince switching allegiances from the country of his birth, Brazil, to play for Spain ahead of the 2014 World Cup, Costa has not always seemed the perfect fit for La Roja’s tiki-taka style.So far in Russia, though, Costa is keeping Spain afloat by adding a dimension to their play not seen in past tournamentsHe bullied Pepe and fired home from close range at the end of a well-worked set-piece to score a double in a thrilling 3-3 draw against Portugal.And Costa moved to within one goal of Ronaldo in fortunate fashion as a clearance ricocheted off him and into the Iranian net as Spain survived a huge scare in Kazan.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Premier League top scorer update: Close call in Golden Boot battle

first_img1 Two goals for Harry Kane means he is the top scoring striker in the Premier League this season, along with fellow England international Jamie Vardy.However, the race for the Golden Boot is far from over…1. Harry Kane (Tottenham) and Jamie Vardy (Leicester): 19 Premier League goalsKane also has two goals in the Europa League, though Vardy can pull away against Newcastle on Monday night.2. Romelu Lukaku (Everton): 18 Premier League goalThe 22-year-old also has three goals to his name in the FA Cup so far.3. Sergio Aguero (Man City): 16 Premier League goalsDespite being injured for a number of games it is a good return for Aguero, who has also scored twice in the Champions League.4. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester): 15 Premier League goalsThe Leicester ace is storming the goal and assist charts (11 so far), while he scored once in the League Cup, too.5. Odion Ighalo (Watford): 14 Premier League goalsIghalo helped his club beat Arsenal in the FA Cup by scoring the first in a 2-1 win. It was his second goal in the competition this season, and his Premier League tally of 14 goals isn’t too shabby, either.There are eight games left for most teams in the Premier League, so who do you think will win the Golden Boot this season? Harry Kane moved up to 19 goals for the season with a double against Aston Villa last_img read more

Grant to help reading lessons

first_imgThe funds will also help ensure teachers get professional development and support to effectively meet the instructional needs of California’s diverse student population and to assess their students’ progress, state officials said. Eligible applicants include school districts that have a large number of students who score “below basic” and “far below basic” in reading on the California Standards Test. Grant recipients also must also have some schools identified for program improvement under the No Child Left Behind Act or some students receiving Title I funding under federal education law designed to help disadvantaged students get a good education. Officials said grant recipients were selected for their focus on reading success, proposed use and coordination of funds, evaluation plan, leadership and overall readiness and commitment to the program. Since funding began, 820 schools and about 19,000 teachers have been or are being served in the Reading First Program. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want 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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsEastside was one of 12 school districts in the state to get money in the latest round of funding for the Reading First program. “This program develops strong reading skills in children at an early age that are fundamental in helping them develop a love for learning and will sustain them through the rigors of our world-class academic standards, higher education, or careers,” state Superintendent of Schools Jack O’Connell said. “The awardees were selected because they exhibited leadership, readiness and a commitment to help disadvantaged children.” Funding through the three years is contingent on the federal government. If the students do not make progress, funding may be discontinued. The Reading First program is part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. California receives funding under the program to provide multiyear subgrants to school districts. Reading First targets kindergarten through third-grade classrooms with the highest need and provides students with high-quality materials. LANCASTER – The Eastside Union School District will receive a three-year $1.2 million grant from a federal program designed to help children read well by the end of the third grade. The Reading First program also is aimed at improving early reading instruction and reducing the number of students referred to special-education programs because of reading problems. “It will allow for … professional development for teachers,” Frank Rodriguez, a district consultant, said Monday. “It’s mostly an investment in teachers. They are provided a chance to get really good training on material they already have.” The grant funds will be used to purchase new educational materials, pay stipends for the 70 teachers who will receive additional training and provide literacy coaches at each of Eastside’s three elementary schools, Rodriguez said. last_img read more

Chelsea to miss out on Juventus defender as club pull plug on move

first_imgNew Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri is a big fan of the 24-year-old and wants him at the heart of his defence.The Premier League club were prepared to pay around £35m for Rugani and it looked like a deal could be done.But, according to SportMediaset, Juventus are ready to cancel the transfer as they fear being left short at the back. 2 The Italian missed out on the chance to prove himself at this summer’s World Cup as Italy failed to qualify Fellow defender Mattia Caldara is closing in on a move to AC Milan and Juve are unwilling to lose both him and Rugani.That means Chelsea look likely to miss out as they continue to search for a new centre-back before the transfer window closes.It was also previously reported that the Blues were set to switch targets and instead look to sign Caldara themselves, however Milan have firmly secured pole position in that race. 2 Rugani is rated at around £35m/£40m Juventus are set to pull the plug on Daniele Rugani’s proposed Chelsea transfer.The defender has been talking to the Blues about a move for a number of weeks now.last_img read more


first_imgFROM Grace McBridge in Glasgow: Tir Conaill Harps GFC was delighted to celebrate our 20th anniversary by celebrating it with a fun day for all the family.It was opened by Councillor Archie Graham and Grace Sweeney, Mary from Dungloe and Little Miss Mary Cecelia Green. It was great to see so many of the Glasgow Donegal community out in force.It was a great day of kids and adults races & sports, BBQ, face painting, bouncy castle with loads of live music and of course a celie band.  DONEGAL COMMUNITY IN GLASGOW CELEBRATES TIR CONAILL HARPS BIRTHDAY was last modified: June 16th, 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:fun dayGAAGFCGlasgowTir Conail Harpslast_img read more

Report stirs controversy over sentences

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Two of those offenders are Monica Diaz and her former boyfriend Michael Naranjo, who were accused in 2004 of collaborating to kill Diaz’s family while they slept in their Pico Rivera home on July 21, 2000. Diaz was 16, and Naranjo, 17, when the murders were committed. They are now serving consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole. Deputy District Attorney Kevin McCormick said the murders were the worst he’d ever seen. “You can’t rehabilitate people who believe taking double-edged knives and slaughtering their entire family is an appropriate way of conducting yourself,” McCormick said. The report, “The Rest of Their Lives: Life Without Parole for Child Offenders in the United States,” found that there are at least 2,225 child offenders serving life without parole sentences in U.S. prisons for crimes committed before they were 18 years old. In a nationwide report released Wednesday, two human rights groups are arguing that life without parole sentences for juveniles should be reversed. “It’s important to note that children who commit serious crimes should be seriously punished,” said David Berger, an attorney and a lead researcher for this report. “We are advocating sensible criminal punishment that deters, rehabilitates and protects society, so that it doesn’t just seek revenge against a child, but gives them a chance to redeem themselves.” In California, 180 child offenders are serving these sentences. Black and Hispanic youths are disproportionately sentenced to life without parole, according to the report. In California, black youth are 22.5 times more likely, and Hispanics are 4.5 times more likely than white youths to get life without parole. The report found that, out of 42 states that impose the sentence, California ranks 22nd in sentencing juveniles to life without parole. Another 26 percent of youths serving life without parole did not directly commit murder but participated in the crime, as is the case with Diaz. Diaz let Naranjo into her house, where he stabbed to death Diaz’s uncle and adoptive father Richard Angel Flores, 42, and his children, Richard Jr., 17, Sylvia, 13, and Matthew, 10. He attempted to kill Diaz’s aunt and adoptive mother, Sylvia Flores. Although Diaz was found guilty of assisting in the murders, she stayed in the bathroom during the killings, giving Naranjo a good-luck kiss beforehand, said McCormick. In Diaz’s case, McCormick found that letters written by her before the murders told an important story about her way of thinking. In one letter, dated Sep. 10, 1999, Diaz wrote about the many people she planned to torture and kill. “Hitler only lived a few years and he killed lots,” she wrote. “Imagine how many victims I’d have if I lived 800 years.” The report, commissioned by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, argues that sentences of life without parole for juveniles do not deter youth crime rates. It asks for an end to life without parole sentences, and a reconsideration of those convicted as juveniles and currently serving life sentences. The report found that, though fewer youths committed serious crimes in 2000 than in 1990, life without parole convictions rose by 216 percent. In 1990, 2,234 children were convicted of murder and 2.9 percent sentenced to life without parole. In 2000, 1,006 children were convicted of murder and 9 percent of them were sent to prison for life without parole. “You wouldn’t even recognize many of these child offenders today,” said Berger. “They were completely different people when they committed their crime.” — Sandy Mazza can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026, or by e-mail at sandy.mazza@sgvn.com.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

Water war in Iowa less than heavenly

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In the 1989 movie, Field of Dreams, there is a magical scene where Shoeless Joe Jackson appears from the cornfield surrounding the ball diamond that farmer Ray Kinsella has built. Shoeless Joe inquires, “Is this heaven?” Ray Kinsella replies, “No, it’s Iowa.”The other morning, while reviewing some online legal updates, I discovered a case pending in federal court in the Hawkeye State. My immediate thought was, “Is this hell? No, it is Iowa.”Let me explain. The Des Moines Water Works (a regional utility that provides drinking water) sued three rural, northwest, sparsely populated Iowa counties (Sac, Calhoun and Buena Vista) in federal court. All three operate drainage districts. The lawsuit accuses the counties of threatening the health of 500,000 central Iowans by discharging large amounts of nitrate from drainage ditches into the Raccoon River without a federal permit, in violation of the Clean Water Act.This is creative lawyering, to say the least. The utility is arguing that pollution that originated on scattered farms is subject to permit requirements set out in the U.S. Clean Water Act, which has always exempted runoff from farms from regulation. Agricultural surface water runoff has been exempt because it comes from many sources. Typically, the Clean Water Act is designed to require permits that limit pollution from single sources or “point sources” that can be regulated. These facilities, which include some large livestock confinement operations, as well as sewage treatment plants and factories, regularly emit pollution that can be directly measured. In the case of runoff, the nitrogen can come from farms, yards, golf courses and other sources, and it would be difficult, perhaps impossible, to trace back to specific sources.Des Moines Water Works asserts that the water in question in the lawsuit is not surface water, but ground water because it flows from field tiles. Iowa has over 3,000 drainage districts. Like much of the Midwest, Iowa is prime agricultural land because of field tile. It will be interesting to see how this argument plays out in federal court. For years, farm drainage tile has not been considered a point source of pollution.What is disturbing is the behavior of Des Moines Water Works. They point the finger directly at agriculture for nitrates in the water in Des Moines, yet this same utility dumps the nitrate they remove back into the river that heads downstream toward Ottumwa. What’s good for the goose…The trial is a year away. The legal fees to date have been high. Furthermore, the case has divided citizens into anti-farmer and pro-farmer, with polls showing the anti group with more members. Farmers are disgusted because many have embraced wise environmental practices for years. In addition, Iowa recently passed the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy that offers multiple methods farmers can use to voluntarily address environmental issues.Should the utility prevail, the U.S. EPA could make radical changes requiring permits of Iowa’s 3,000 drainage ditches that could lead to regulations on individual farms. This case could be precedential as other entities in other states march to the courts. It is also possible that the EPA could install a general permit category for farms that would change little.If the counties win, voluntary conservation efforts continue. The bad will generated by legal action, however, likely remains.It seems to me that the goal of safe drinking water is universal. It is unfortunate that the utility chose to sue rather than to work towards the common goal. To date, the only winners are the lawyers who are profiting from this divisive action.In the meantime, I watch for updates about this case and hope for a happy ending. And I think of that scene from Field of Dreams. “Is this heaven?” “No, it’s Iowa.”last_img read more

Bieber’s ‘Baby’ Will Hit 500m Views Today; It’s Also The Most Hated Video on YouTube (For Now)

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#Video Services#web#YouTube Teenage musician Justin Bieber will see his music video Baby surpass 500 million views on YouTube today or tomorrow, making it the first video ever to do so. Bieber’s Baby is now far ahead of Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance, which is #2 at 360 million. Only 4 other videos on the site have been viewed even half as much as Baby.Where Bieber dominates the most, however, is in how much his videos are disliked by YouTube viewers. YouTube doesn’t provide the option of viewing by most disliked but we analyzed the 150 most viewed videos and here’s the harsh truth: Bieber stars in 5 of the top 6 most disliked videos on the site. The #1 most disliked video on YouTube is Baby, with 1.1 million dislikes. That’s an incredible amount of dislike! In fact, it’s 1 million more dislikes that the #2 most disliked video on the site – Bieber’s Never Say Never, which has just under 100 thousand dislikes. We’ve posted a chart below of the top 10 most disliked videos on YouTube, which you can ponder while listening to Justin Bieber’s Baby. UPDATE! There has been a disruption in the force and Rebecca Black’s Friday has soared past all other challengers and will likely top Bieber as the most disliked video on the site any day or hour now. Update Again: It’s officially over – Rebecca Black has won, or lost, depending on how you look at it.Note that Bieber only has 3 of the 20 most viewed videos on the site. His videos are just the most hated.Update: No! Reader Philip Bump points out that Rebecca Black’s terrible new song Friday hit an incredible 1 million dislikes after just 6 weeks and less than 60 million views! The chart must be remade!The Ten Most Disliked Videos on YouTubeAnd now, Baby. I wonder how much the pre-roll ad for this costs when you watch it on YouTube. While you’re here, don’t forget to check out our post on the Top 10 YouTube Videos of All Time, where you can view them all on one handy page. Below, Black’s video Friday – which is apparently much, much cooler to dislike!Bring on the mashups! Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more