Michael Andrew caps breakout US Nationals with 50 free win

first_imgMichael Andrew celebrates after winning the men’s 50-meter freestyle final at the U.S. national championships swimming meet Sunday, July 29, 2018, in Irvine, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)IRVINE, Calif. — Michael Andrew is swimming in deeper waters now, having qualified for his first major international senior meet with a breakout performance at the U.S. national championships.Andrew earned his fourth victory, upsetting current world champion Caeleb Dressel and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nathan Adrian in the 50-meter freestyle on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT “Already being on the team there was no pressure, I could race completely free,” Andrew said.He also won the 100 breaststroke and titles in the 50 breast and 50 butterfly at the meet that determined the U.S. roster for next month’s Pan Pacific championships in Tokyo.Dressel finished in 21.67, while Adrian was third in 21.85. They were the only men under 22 seconds in the 50 free final.Simone Manuel won the women’s 50 free to go with her earlier title in the 100 free.“There’s a lot of aspects in both my races that I can improve going into Tokyo,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names LATEST STORIES “My lucky number is four,” Andrew said, noting it signifies the fastest qualifying lane. “I felt like it would be a nice way to end nationals with four titles.”Andrew, who turned pro five years ago at age 14, outdueled Dressel in the closing meters to touch first in 21.49.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I’m superstoked with the time and for the entire nationals,” Andrew said. “It’s been incredible.”Andrew punched the water with his right hand and then raised both arms in the lane next to Dressel. 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWscenter_img Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Olympic silver medalist in Rio got to the wall first in 24.10, bettering the U.S. Open record of 24.13 set by Cate Campbell of Australia in May 2008. Manuel’s time also took down the 10-year-old meet record of 24.25 by Dara Torres and it was fourth-quickest in the world this year.“That’s cool,” Manuel said of the records.Olympian Abbey Weitzeil finished second in 24.63. Margo Geer was third.Geer was third in the 100 free and Weitzeil was fourth.Kathleen Baker won her third individual event, racing to victory by 1.11 seconds in the 200 individual medley.Baker led all the way and won in 2 minutes, 8.32 seconds, lowering the U.S. Open record of 2:08.66 set by Katinka Hosszu of Hungary in 2015. Her time in the four-stroke event was also the fastest in the world this year.Baker qualified to swim three individual events at Pan Pacs after setting a world record in the 100 backstroke and tying for first in the 200 back.Olympian Chase Kalisz won the men’s 200 IM in 1:55.73, fastest in the world this year.The men’s 800 free title went to Zane Grothe in 7:44.57. He broke the U.S. Open record of 7:46.78 set by Connor Jaeger in 2013. Open-water Olympian Jordan Wilimovsky was a distant second in 7:47.51.Ashley Twichell won the 1,500 free by 6.88 seconds over Ally McHugh. Twichell touched in 15:55.68, the only woman in the final to break 16 minutes. McHugh was timed in 16:02.56. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UAE develops jiujitsu as national sport, holds major event in Tokyolast_img read more

Rose Hall sugar workers protest for severance pay

first_imgBy Andrew CarmichaelIrate workers attached to the former Rose Hall Sugar Estate on Tuesday morning braved the inclement weather to protest for their severance payment as they demanded that the Government get its act together.Eight hundred and fifty workers whose last day of employment was December 29, on Tuesday protested the non-payment of millions of dollars which are collectively owed to them by the David Granger Administration and the Guyana Sugar Corporation.The workers protest action was endorsed by the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), the Opposition People’s Progressive Party and several non-governmental organisations.A one-minute of silence was held in honour of the two former workers who took their lives after being sent home. The workers claim that the Government has not treated them as it had treated Cabinet members who were given a 50 per cent salary increase while they (sugar workers) received no increases for two and a half years.Region Six Chairman David Armogan, while addressing the rally, said it is time for all the people of East Canje and its environs to unite, claiming that the decision to send home close to 1000 workers was a political one.He said if the Government is of the belief that the sugar estate needs to be closed in order to make the industry viable, then the welfare of the children of the affected community should be considered.The Chairman noted that President Granger is expected to commission another school bus which will be used to take children to and from school in the Fyrish area which is considered A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) stronghold.“Do something to help the children; do something to help the people, instead what they have to give they are giving to some of the people who are close to them; no consideration for the economic hardship that you will be facing,” Armogan told the gathering.The Chairman noted that in communities with high levels of unemployment as is the case of East Canje now, is that you will have more crime and illiteracy. “Because children cannot go to school, you will have more prostitution, alcohol abuse, domestic violence and all sorts of problems in the home.”Armogan is advocating that Government provide some form of social assistance so that the affected families could receive needed help.He called on the community to support each other in these trying times. “We have to brace each other and support each other and we have to remain strong because in two years’ time (2020 elections) most of you will still be alive. Therefore you have to continue to go on with your lives. This period is going to pass.”According to the Regional Chairman, GuySuCo has the capacity to turn around, adding that the problem with the sugar company is not an economic one but rather it was a political decision to send the workers home. The aim, he believes, was to destroy one of the PPP’s strongholds.He pointed out that 5700 workers could have remained in their jobs if Government had put some of the money it spends on national holidays like Mashramani, into the sugar industry.Meanwhile, GAWU’s General Secretary Seepaul Narine called on Government to make public its plans to get money to pay the workers their severance packages.Narine said it is not too late for Government to withdraw the letters given to the workers.Executive member of the PPP Juan Edghill who also marched with the workers and their families’ noted that many have been contemplating suicide. “I want to call upon all the religious leaders in this community, to give support; spiritual support as well as humanitarian support to the people of this community in this very difficult moment. The reason why I am appealing to our religious leaders is because yesterday afternoon, I saw with my own eyes and experienced for myself grown men telling me it makes no sense continuing to live.”He urged them to keep the faith because better times lie ahead. Edghill said the community can assist the current situation as many are now unemployed. The PPP official encouraged those who have the ability to can take at least one child to school daily. He urged the women to continue to be vigilant.Noting that there is a glut on the labour market and persons are now accepting low wages, Edghill called on contractors and other business persons to show compassion and not to exploit the situation.Another party executive, Gail Teixeira lashed out at the current Administration saying that it did not keep its promise to workers. She said it promised a change while campaigning for the 2015 General and Regional Elections. The change we have seen, she said, is not the one that was promised.GAWU’s President Komal Chan, in a very energetic presentation, also lashed out at the Government, starting with the Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan whom he accused of being behind the order not to allow the protesters to have music as they walked peacefully along the road. He said many others are being given permission to use loud music to advertise what they are doing.“We have friends in the People’s Progressive Party; we have support from the business community; we have support from many journalists who saw things from the workers point of view, that today this issue is not only about sugar workers, and GAWU and GuySuCo but it has become a national issue. This, comrades, is a big development. Today it is being debated. All of the Government Ministers at the last budget (presentations) were forced to talk sugar.”The GAWU President noted that another protest will be held on Thursday at Skeldon. While calling for support, he signalled to the Police that they should not prevent them from having musical complement.The very Government which they are protesting against has withheld the annual one-month salary which the members of the Disciplined Forces had grown accustomed to at year end, but since the Government came into power it has been cut.last_img read more

At least 2 KPL matches per weekend to be live

first_imgThe new deal will start next weekend featuring a double header and devoting a day to the second-tier National Super League.The partnership will cost Sh100.7m with Sh36.7m going to the KPL, Sh24m allocated for production costs and another Sh40m going towards marketing and promotion across the broadcasters’ networks.KPL chairman Ambrose Rachier said the new deal comes at the right time and will help the players get scouted by European teams.“In the short time it has been in existence, BAMBA sport has emerged to be the leading producer and broadcaster of Sports content in the country and going by that reputation, partnering with BAMBA sport will provide Kenyan Premier League clubs and players a platform to raise its profile, market and make their brand more visible, and showcase their talents to millions of Kenyan households respectively,” Rachier, who also doubles up as The Gor Mahia chairman stated.“As Kenyan Premier League, we are excited that we finally have a local broadcaster, with a Free To Air presence, that has stepped in with a very short notice to ensure that the league will continue to air in Kenyan households where football fans can watch their favourite Kenyan Premier League teams.”Bamba Sport unveils broadcast sponsorship to KPL.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaLeague title sponsor, SportPesa CEO, Ronald Karauri outlined the new agreement was what the sport needed to become a staple for the nation.“We wanted as many Kenyans as possible to watch our local players and its our goal at SportPesa to promote and love our talent. Our players do not get the right exposure and funding but its all coming together now.“All Kenyan households will watch SPL games and we are happy about that because we tried everything at SportPesa to squeeze the little content we got from the previous broadcaster on our screens so that people can get a taste of SPL action,” the CEO stressed.“We have limitations in terms of facilities but it is my hope that the leadership of this country will realise the power of sports,” Karauri urged.“FKF is very excited that Kenyans now have an opportunity for the very first time to watch top flight football for free and this will provide an opportunity to showcase Kenyan talent to millions of fans around the country,” FKF President Nick Mwendwa declared through his CEO, Robert Muthomi.-Additional report from SportPesa News-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia George Odhiambo against AFC Robinson Kamura.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, July 4 – The new deal between Kenyan Premier League (KPL) and Bamba Sport will see at least two matches per weekend broadcasted after the partnership was sealed on Tuesday.This sees the return of Kenyan Premier League matches to TV screens after the exit of South African pay television channel SuperSport in April.last_img read more