Drag racing getting better at Vernamfield

first_imgIt was as if all the drivers saved the best for last.A total of 148 turned up to entertain a bumper crowd with blistering action, superb execution and blinding speed at the final drag racing meet for 2015 at Vernamfield on Sunday.Executive member of the National Drag Racing Circuit (NDRC) Stephen Gunter says the turnout of drivers was testament to the level of confidence they are now showing in the drag racing product. He notes that there has been big year-on-year growth.”In 2014, we were seeing average fields of 122 for that series. This year, we saw average fields of 148, which happens to be the number that participated in the final challenge for the year,” Gunter said.He also pointed to the increased number of foreign entries. In 2014, there was a lone Caymanian representative in Michael Williams driving a Mitsubishi Evolution, who managed to win the Pro Racer 9 Second Challenge. This year, there were all of four representatives from Cayman piloting serious machines and laying down good times.Highlights of meet five included the record run of Xavia Murray – in his Honda Civic – who broke the NDRC Front Wheel Drive record three times. The new record is 10.048 seconds.The record run of Orville Williams in his Nissan Pulsar also excited the crowd. He set a new NDRC Four Wheel Drive record of 8.944 seconds down the quarter-mile track.Caymanian Jody Jervis was not to be outdone. He piloted his Nissan Skyline to set new NDRC Rear Wheel Drive 4, 6 and Rotary records twice. The new record is 8.903 seconds.Gunter says the larger fields also contain better prepped cars, as evidenced by the faster times and a resulting greater level of competition.”There is no denying that the drivers are better prepared; the times that they are recording are phenomenal,” Gunter said.Plans are already in place for the 2016 Drag Challenge. Gunter would not be drawn on the sponsorship line-up since ‘things are at a delicate stage”, he said. The NDRC executive was not shy in saying, however, that 2016 will be bigger and better.neville.graham@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

Russell, Smith fire Islamabad to PSL title

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Andre Russell’s three-wicket haul and Dwayne Smith’s hostile half century fired Islamabad United to a six-wicket victory over Quetta Gladiators in the finals of the inaugural Pakistan Super League here yesterday. Smith struck 73 off 51 balls – 52 of which came from boundaries, to anchor an impressive run chase at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. “It was a good pitch, and I said to myself, just go there and back yourself,” said Smith, who was named the Man of the Match. “It’s a very good group, and I feel at home with everyone, and from the time I came here, I saw that, and I knew this team was going to win the tournament.” Smith’s fireworks came after his West Indies compatriot Russell led a bowling attack that restricted Gladiators to 174 for seven in 20 overs, following half centuries from Ahmed Shehzad and Kumar Sangakkara. Shehzad, who hit nine sixes, top-scored with 64 before he was caught by Samuel Badree from a Mohammad Sami delivery, while Russell removed Sangakkara for 55, which included seven sixes. Russell, the main wicket-taker for the champions, grabbed three wickets for 36 runs, while Samuel Badree picked one for 38. “Winning has been following me; I’ve won three in a row now – Big Bash, BPL, and now, PSL,” said Russell. “Once you’re enjoying the game, success is going to follow you. The only problem that I had, or a few others might have had, is the back-to-back games we had, but we are athletes.” – CMClast_img read more

Boyz gear up for Suriname clash …Whitmore confident despite injuries to key players

first_imgCaptain Je-vaughn Watson and Kemar Lawrence have been ruled out of Jamaica’s crucial Caribbean Cup qualifier against Suriname at the National Stadium this Sunday. Watson has been sidelined for six to eight weeks after doing an operation on his hernia, while Lawrence will miss out after picking up a hamstring injury in the New York Red Bulls’ play-off game against Montreal Impact last weekend. Although coach Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore will miss the pair and anticipates a tough encounter against the Surinamese, he is convinced that victory will be theirs at the end of 90 minutes on Sunday. “We know that once the national team has a game, it’s going to be tough. We overcame Guyana, and now, we are looking forward to the Suriname game, and we don’t want to leave anything up to chance,” he said. (Despite the injuries) we are looking for a good game and a good performance and a positive result,” he told The Gleaner at the team’s training session at Stadium East yesterday. With Watson out, goalkeeper Andre Blake has been handed the mantle to lead the team and has welcomed the responsibility. “It’s my first captaincy at the national level. It’s a privilege, an honour, so my job now is to try and get the players on the same page so we can go out and do what we have to do. For me, it’s no added pressure. I’m a leader and I will just be me,” he said. Jamaica and Suriname are tied on three points after both scored victories over Guyana. However, Whitmore wants to avoid the kind of start they had against Guyana, and victory on Sunday would secure their place in the regional Caribbean Cup and the CONCACAF Gold Cup. “Suriname is a hard-running team, but Caribbean teams playing against Jamaica are always up for it, and the first 20 minutes of the Guyana game, we do not want. “We are Caribbean champions and we are looking to the Caribbean Cup and the Gold Cup as well. The Gold Cup is basically our World Cup, so we have to do what we have to do be there. So far we are OK but with the absence of certain players we are a bit unbalance, but it’s workable and we are looking for a positive result,” he said.last_img read more

Bryant set to bring KO punch to UFC with BodyArmour

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Former NBA star Kobe Bryant gestures as he speaks to invited guests during an event to inaugurate new Basketball play ground in Paris, France, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. Kobe Bryant said to Sports News Television that he wouldn’t go to the White House if President Donald Trump invited him. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)NEW YORK — Kobe Bryant is set to enter the UFC octagon — at least, with a sports drink.The retired Los Angeles Lakers great is an investor with BodyArmor, the first official sports drink of UFC, and hit New York on Thursday to promote the partnership.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Bryant, the third-leading scorer in NBA history, called his first year of retirement “lovely.”“I started thinking about what comes next when I was 21 years old,” Bryant said. “When you retire, how do you grow, how do you mature? And also, how do you understand the market?”Bryant has more than business interests to keep him busy in retirement. He wrote an ode to basketball titled, “Dear Basketball,” that he recited in September alongside “Jaws” film composer John Williams and his orchestra in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl. He wants to become a mentor to athletes, in the corporate world or anyone who wants to pick the brain of the five-time NBA champion.“How can I take the knowledge that I’ve learned in my profession and help them,” Bryant asked. “I’ve had that in my life. I’ve had guys like John Williams, who is a composer, who seemingly has nothing to do with what I do but has everything to do with it in terms of how you manage a team, how you focus on details.”BodyArmour unveiled its new flavor “Knockout Punch,” specfically for UFC. BodyArmour says it’s the fastest growing sports drink in its category, and boasts 110 percent increase in sales from last year.BodyArmour wants to usher in a new generation of sports greats as the undisputed sports drink champ.“It’s the boxing of sports drinks. That’s what Gatorade is,” BodyArmour founder Mike Repole said.It’s the kind of trash talk Bryant could support. And it’s just a small reason why Bryant has invested in the company.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “I was obsessive about every little detail,” Bryant said. “From footwear to what I wear to recovery. If I feel like I could gain any type of advantage whatsoever, I obsessed over that detail. So yeah, this is something I wish I would have had.”The Lakers will retire Bryant’s No. 8 and No. 24 in a ceremony Dec. 18 during their game against Golden State. Bryant is an 18-time All-Star and the Lakers’ franchise leader in points (33,643), games played (1,346), 3-pointers (1,827), steals (1,944) and free throws (8,378).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meb to run last NYC Marathon, retire where he began in 2002 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny He could have used something stiff to ease the sting of the Dodgers’ loss to Houston in the World Series.“Heartbreaker, man,” he said. “I’m happy for Houston and they derserve it. But being in LA all these years, my heart breaks for them.”Bryant was flanked by UFC President Dana White and fighters Cody Garbrandt, Francis Ngannou and Cythia Calvillo just a left hook away from Madison Square Garden. Garbrandt defends the 135-pound title against T.J. Dillashaw on the UFC 218 card Saturday night at the Garden.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBryant, who gave an informal backstage pep talk to the fighters, can’t stick around for the card. He said he was in a rush to get home to his three daughters, the oldest of which, Gianna, has flashed some of the same basketball skills as her dad. Bryant has said he has no interest in a Lakers’ front office role and is content to keep his scouting reports within the family.“I coach my daughter’s sixth grade team. That’s the extent of it all,” Bryant said. “She’s a beast. She’s tough. She’s a little firecracker, man.” MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Roger Federer to talk with Novak Djokovic about ATP board woes

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Adding to the ATP board woes was member Justin Gimelstob pleading not guilty last month to a felony battery charge in a Los Angeles court.The two-time Grand Slam mixed doubles champion was accused of attacking one-time friend Randall Kaplan. He pleaded not guilty.“With the board member (Gimelstob), we know the situation. It’s pending,” said Federer.“We’re waiting to see what’s going to happen. I know him well. So we’ll see what the situation is there. “But it’s definitely interesting times, I’d like to call it, not bad times in our sport,” he added. “I think it’s maybe also a bit of a transition time. So it will be interesting to see what’s going to happen.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Federer said he was not on top of what was going on but planned to speak with his colleagues about it.“I was going to speak to some of the council members. I’m practising with one of them this afternoon, Robin Haase,” he said ahead of the Australian Open.“I would like to hear a little bit from him how the council meeting (on Saturday) went, where their general feel is about leadership in the ATP.”Federer added: “We’ve had a good five, six years now under Chris’ leadership. Obviously it’s an important role. “We need to look at it very thoroughly. I need to speak with Novak, Rafa, and Andy a little bit just to get their take on it all.”ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history It reportedly called for the workforce to “start acting and running like a business not like a  bunch of scared kids … we need a CEO that first and foremost represents OUR interests”.The email added that “the governance structure of the ATP favors the interests of the tournaments and its (their) owners … It’s time for a change and it can be achieved by staying unified and demanding what we deserve for our hard work”. 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 ChrissThe ATP board — comprised of three tournament representatives and three player representatives — is expected to vote on a possible renewal of Kermode’s contract this month.He needs two of the three board members from each side of the ATP to support him. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Magic edge Celtics for 2nd time Serbia’s Novak Djokovic (L) and Switzerland’s Roger Federer shake hands at the end of their men’s singles semi-final tennis match on day six of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 – Rolex Paris Masters – indoor tennis tournament at The AccorHotels Arena in Paris, on November 3, 2018. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)Roger Federer Sunday said he planned to speak to fellow big guns Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray about the future of ATP Tour chief Chris Kermode after reports of a move to oust him.Britain’s Daily Telegraph said it had seen a strongly worded email sent out by ATP player council member Vasek Pospisil to players ranked between 50 and 100.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

8 Ivoirians Risk Extradition

first_imgThe Supreme Court of Liberia will shortly decide whether or not to extradite eight Ivoirians back to their homeland to be tried for their alleged involvement in war crimes, including the killing of seven UN peacekeepers.The Ivorian government in 2012 asked the Liberian Government through the Ministry of Justice to extradite eight of its citizens, alleging that “they have been charged with multiple offenses ranging from rape and mercenarism as well as murder and theft of property.”Shockingly, the Ivorian government’s request was rejected by Magistrate Nelson Chineh, when he presided over the matter, at the Monrovia City Court, at the Temple of Justice in early 2012.Magistrate Chineh’s denial prompted the Liberian government to seek legal redress at the High Court level.At yesterday’s hearing, the Supreme Court only managed to listen to legal arguments between state lawyers and the defense team, but did not deliver its final determination (ruling).The High Court also did not mention when they would deliver their ruling in the matter. “We are going to reserve ruling on the matter, and it will be delivered pending the issuance of a notice of assignment,” the Full Beach of the Supreme Court declared yesterday.If the High Court accepts Magistrate Chineh’s ruling,  that will end the legal battle between state prosecutors and defense lawyers for extradition and set the stage for trial of the eight Ivorians to take place here.But, if the Supreme Court reverses   Chineh’s decision it means that the state will be able to extradite the eight men to their country, where they will be tried.  This means their right to a fair and impartial trial will now be the concern of their Liberian lawyers.During the  argument,  Solicitor  General  Cllr. Betty Lamin Blamo told the  court to deny the request  seeking  for the accused Ivorians to be released from further detention, where they have been since their arrest in 2012,  in the absence of being prosecuted on multiple criminal offenses, including murder.Cllr. Blamo further argued that, if it is done in that way it would raise serious questions against the country’s legal system. In counter argument, the lead defense lawyer, Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe, appealed with the High Court to deny the state’s request.  “Since they did not appeal against the denial for the extradition of our clients, then they should be released from continued detention.”Initially, during the first hearing at the lower court, Magistrate Chineh publicly declared, “I’m rejecting the state’s eight-count petition on several legal grounds in keeping with law to set the stage for trial of the defendants at Criminal Court ‘A’ Temple Justice.”On 19 December 2012, the government, through the Ministry of Justice, filed the petition seeking the extradition of the eight Ivoirians accused of launching a deadly attack which resulting into the killing of seven UN peacekeepers from Niger plus one Ivoirian solider.But Magistrate  Chineh went ahead to cite  article 6(a) of the extradition treaty between Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire saying,  “extradition shall not be granted if the competent authority of the requested state has proceedings against the person sought for in respect of the offense or offenses for which extradition is requested.”Defending his ruling, the Magistrate said, government had drawn-up an indictment and had secured the issuance of a writ of arrest from the First Judicial Circuit Criminal Assizes of Montserrado County, which charged the eight Ivoirians with the same offenses for which they are sought to be extradited.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GBCHA to strengthen HIV/AIDS response in Region 6

first_img–secures .8M in fundingGuyana Business Coalition on Health Awareness (GBCHA) Board ChairpersonThe awardees along with British High Commissioner Gregory Quinn and GBCHA Board Chair Donna Roberts-BenjaminDonna Roberts-Benjamin said the group has secured $7.8 million in funding to strengthen the national response to HIV/AIDS particularly in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).“This year, the GBCHA was awarded the Global Fund Project for $7.8 million. This project will commence on August 1 and will last for five-and-a-half weeks. The project continues to strengthen the national response to HIV/AIDS in Region Six, Berbice,” Roberts-Benjamin said.She made the announcement at the GBCHA Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Thursday last.She said the group was recognising individuals and companies that have given outstanding service in improving health and awareness. She added that the GBCHA has continued to meet the needs of its members in keeping with its responsibility to mobilise its partners in response to HIV and non-communicable and chronic diseases as well as health awareness.Roberts-Benjamin said the GBCHA continued to partner with its members, the Public Health Ministry and both governmental and Non-Governmental Organisations to raise health awareness.The Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) Health @ 50 Report disclosed that in the initial stages of the epidemic, AIDS was a reportable condition. Guyana recorded its first case of AIDS in 1987, and AIDS cases have since progressively increased, reaching a peak of 435 in 2001. Thereafter, there was a decrease in the trend until 2015, when WHO made HIV infection a reportable condition and Guyana concurred with the need to report HIV infection.Looking back on the fight against the virus as Guyana progressed, the country reported on AIDS cases diagnosed mainly in the public health sector. From the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Guyana until 2008, when CD4 testing became routinely available, the National AIDS Programme (NAP) used the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC) clinical criteria to diagnose AIDS cases.In May of 2016, it was reported that over 1000 new HIV cases have been recorded in Guyana during the past six years. On average, 85 per cent of all infected persons are on the Government-run treatment programme. After peaking in 2006, HIV/AIDS cases stabilised to approximately 1035 in the last six years (2010-2015).The GBCHA is an NGO which aims to increase health awareness through coordinated programmes and activities conducted by its members and partners. The organisation was formed in 2008 with HIV/AIDS as its primary target.At the recent ceremony, the GBCHA thanked its members for their stellar contribution to enhancing the work of the organization.last_img read more

Volleyball season kicks off in Grande Prairie

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –   The North Peace Secondary School junior and senior girls volleyball team will be heading to Grand Prairie on Friday through Sunday to kickoff the volleyball season.22 total teams from the region will partake in the three day tournament, hosted by the Grand Prairie Regional College’s Big Red Wolves.The senior girls will be coached by Elena Warkentin with teacher support from  Jim Lovell. James and Kari Brown-John will be behind the bench for the junior girls. Kara Myllymaki will be providing teacher support.- Advertisement -Game time on Friday for the both teams will be 11:15 a.m. against St. Joes.The boys will not be sending any teams to this tournament.last_img read more

Regional Jobless Rates

first_imgB.C. Statistics has released the fine print from the Statistics Canada report on the July jobless numbers.It shows Northeastern B.C. with a rate well above the seasonally adjusted provincial average of 4.4%.The local regional rate was 6.2%, which is even slightly higher than July’s national average of 6.1%.- Advertisement -The Vancouver Island/Sunshine Coast region had the lowest B.C. rate at 3.8%, with the Northwest Coast the highest at 7.5%.Among municipalities, the forest industry woes of the Provincial Interior were underlined by the Prince George rate, which was 7.6%.last_img read more

Whittier Title I schools lauded

first_imgIn addition to improving the API scores of its students and, as a subgroup, its low-income students, Title I High Achieving schools must also show Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for two years toward the federal goal of having all students proficient in English and math by 2014. At Santa Fe High, Principal Monica Oviedo said the staff “really does hold students to such high expectations.” “Every year when we look at our test scores, we come up with a doable plane on how to attack and improve” students’ weak areas, she said. “Ultimately, I think the staff and students are amazing,” she added. “They have high expectations for themselves, and that’s what keeps us moving and improving every year.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Six Whittier-area schools are being singled out by state officials for showing significant improvements in academic achievement during annual testing over the past two years, despite having higher numbers of disadvantaged students on their campuses. Phelan, Birney, North Ranchito, Montebello Gardens and Potrero Heights elementary schools, as well as Santa Fe High School, will be among 476 schools statewide to receive the Title I Academic Achievement Award during an annual state banquet next month in Costa Mesa. “This is big,” said Kathy Marin, principal of Phelan Elementary in West Whittier. “It’s big because there are so many Title I schools, and you not only have to make continuous progress, but you also have to double the \ targets for two years” on the state’s Academic Performance Index. “Right now, this is a great place to be,” she added. Title I schools are those that receive federal funds to help low-income students improve academic achievement. Title I funds are given to schools with at least a 40-percent enrollment in the free and reduced-lunch program. There are nearly 6,000 Title I schools in California, state officials said. “All of these schools serve students from low-income areas,” said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell. “Despite the challenges these schools face, the high number of award winners this year demonstrates that hard work by teachers and administrators is paying off with higher achievement levels and a brighter future for our students,” O’Connell added. last_img read more