Technique key for hurdles success – Williams

first_imgPractice is the key ingredient for success, says women’s 100m hurdles World champion, Danielle Williams.Twenty-two-year-old Williams, the World University Games champion, surprised the world and herself when she beat the field to win the gold medal at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Beijing, China, last month.Speaking to the IAAF’s Spike Magazine, Williams said practising her art helped improve her technique, which is key to staying focused under pressure.”Practice brings out consistency, and being consistent allows you to perform more reliably under pressure.”If you don’t have a reliable technique, things will fall down under pressure. The most important part of becoming a good sprint hurdler is to hurdle. I am lucky, in that I did hurdling from such a young age, and it did come easily to me; but the higher up you go, the more important it is to practise hurdling to make those important gains,” Williams said.The Jamaica national champion, who is conditioned by Johnson C. Smith University head coach and head coach of Jamaica’s team in Beijing, Lennox Graham, added that desire for one’s craft also plays a huge role in success.”If you don’t have that desire to do your sport, you will not be motivated to go out there and train hard. I am not only an athlete, but a genuine fan of the sport. My interest in athletics began when I used to watch my older sister, Shermaine, train on an evening. My desire really comes from being very competitive, and this desire has allowed me to train hard and do my best.”Williams’ sister, Shermaine, who won a silver medal in the event at the 2008 World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, finished seventh in Beijing.”I’ve worked hard on improving my technique, and I feel like these improvements have made a big difference,” Williams concluded.last_img read more

Hotshots shut down Batang Pier

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Vernon Macklin and White actually canceled each other out at the post with Macklin getting away with 19 points and 13 rebounds as Magnolia bounced back from a sorry defeat against the Phoenix Fuel Masters.Meanwhile, Rain or Shine will take its turn on top rookie pick Christian Standhardinger and the San Miguel Beermen at 6:45 p.m. at Ynares Center in Antipolo City.Still feeling their way around, the Beermen lost to the Meralco Bolts in their conference debut, with the 6-foot-8 Standhardinger finishing with measly numbers of four points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 20 minutes of action off the bench.The Elasto Painters (3-1) had their three-win start cut after a loss to the Columbian Dyip.Unbeaten in three outings, the Talk N Text KaTropa aim to stretch that run against the Alaska Aces (2-1) in the 4:30 p.m. opener.ADVERTISEMENT As the Hotshots clamped down on the Batang Pier backcourt, Ian Sangalang found holes in the GlobalPort defense underneath en route to Magnolia’s first victory in the import-laced conference.Sangalang barreled his way to the rim, scoring five of his 22 points in a late run that allowed the Hotshots to finally break free from the stubborn Batang Pier.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAfter Anthony knotted the count at 85 one last time with a three-point play, Pringle bungled his baseline drive and a forceful move to the basket in succession that led to GlobalPort’s second defeat in four games.The Batang Pier’s massive frontline of Mo Tautuaa and Malcolm White dominated at the onset, but both of them suddenly got bottled up after getting just a few touches in the end. View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Positive thinking pushes young Tan to boys crown LATEST STORIES Magnolia’s Vernon Macklin drives hard against the defense of GlobalPort’s Malcolm White. —PBA IMAGESMagnolia shut down GlobalPort’s energetic duo of Sean Anthony and Stanley Pringle during the crucial moments for a 92-87 win on Saturday night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at AUF Sports Arena in Angeles City.Paul Lee sacrificed himself to slow down the hardworking Anthony while Mark Barroca and Jio Jalalon alternated in forcing the athletic Pringle to take challenged shots that totally missed their mark.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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

PFL king Ceres faces tough AFC ‘Champs’ draw

first_imgA daunting challenge awaits Ceres-Negros in its bid to qualify for the group stage of the AFC Champions League for the first time.The Busmen, who punched their ticket to the preliminary round of Asia’s premier club competition after ruling the Philippines Football League last June, have been drawn with Myanmar’s Yangon United in the first round on Feb. 5 at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.ADVERTISEMENT The Burmese side is a familiar foe for the Bacolod-based club, which beat Yangon on aggregate in the Asean zone semifinals last year.Although the club has been a regular fixture in the AFC Cup the last three years, Ceres holds the AFC Champions League in high regard as it gives the Busmen an opportunity to play some of the toughest teams in the continent.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 Chriss“It’s really a great chance for us to test the development of the club,” said Ceres administrator Nicolas Golez. “Last year, we were in the competition for the first time and I think we were able to surprise some teams.”The Busmen beat Shan United of Myanmar, before stunning Brisbane Roar of Australia. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom 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 LATEST STORIES Pacquiao perfecting a surprise package? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READcenter_img ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

Observer Faces Closure

first_imgIn its history of frequent shut downs, none of which has occurred under this administration so far, the Daily Observer faces a new threat of closure.  On Friday, March 28, just before close of business, Ministry of Finance personnel came to the LOC’s offices on the corner of Benson and McDonald streets and informed staff there that the Ministry was placing on the office building a warning notice giving the property owners 72 business hours to meet its real estate tax obligations or the building would be closed.  That move, says the Observer management, is tantamount to the Daily Observer being put out of circulation because real estate taxes on the property leased by the Observer have not been paid by the administrators of the Nete-Sie Brownell intestate estate since 2006.“If we are closed down, we lose business and advertisers’ confidence,” said Bai Best, an executive of the 33-year-old corporation. “The scores of newspaper vendors who depend on the Daily Observer among other newspapers they sell will also suffer a substantial reduction in their earnings.  Furthermore, government owes LOC a lot of money and it seems unfair for it to be closing us down over taxes for which we are not even responsible,” Best said.The lease agreement signed in April 2005 between the LOC and the Nete-Sie Brownell family states that payment of the property’s real estate taxes is the responsibility of the Lessor. The LOC management says that it has paid its lease faithfully every year to the Administratrix, Madam Mary N. Brownell, with whom it has enjoyed excellent relations due to strong family ties.“We had no idea the taxes on the property were in arrears for so long,” the LOC executive said.The LOC management says that last November the taxation personnel of the Finance Ministry began to frequent the office and question them about the real estate tax payment.  The LOC told the tax collection agents that the Lessor was responsible according to the lease agreement.  Upon their demands, Observer referred them to Madam Brownell.  However the agents returned to LOC management and warned that if the taxes were not paid, the office building would be shut down.  At that point the management brought out a copy of the lease agreement to show the agents, but they were insistent that closure of the premises was imminent if the taxes were not paid by the due date according to the real estate tax code.In the course of the ordeal, the LOC management was requested by Counsellor Alfred Brownell, nephew of the Administratrix, to provide him with a copy of the lease agreement which the company provided. The LOC says at that point, the management was under the impression that the family was taking care of the tax issue.  A few weeks later, the lease payment was due, and Madam Brownell was contacted for an appointment to take the payment to her residence as is usually the case, says LOC. Madam Brownell told the LOC, however, that since we had begun talking to Alfred, the company should continue dealing directly with him.  Half an hour after the conversation with Madam Brownell, a letter arrived at the LOC office from Counsellor Alfred Brownell of Green Advocates International, signing as the legal counsel and one of the administrators of the estate.  In his letter, Cllr. Brownell informed LOC that the Brownell family was “proposing an increment in the annual rent [from US$5,500] to US$15,000 per annum for the remaining two years optional period of the lease. Cllr. Brownell, however, said the proposal was not “cast in stone” and that the family was “flexible and open for a mutual dialogue to amicably and mutually agreed on the terms and conditions as agreed to under the April 20th, 2005 lease agreement…”    The letter concluded with a proposal that the parties meet for discussion at the home of Madam Brownell on Monday, March 24th.The meeting took place as agreed with LOC, represented by its lawyer, Cllr. Rosemarie James of the International Group of Legal Advocates and Consultants. Cllr. Brownell and Madam Brownell represented their family. During the meeting, Cllr. Brownell insisted that it was legal for the lease amount to be increased in the middle of the optional period when the administrators had already received several payments based on the terms of the lease agreement. Cllr. James differed with Cllr. Brownell’s point of view, and the meeting ended with Cllr James stating that a response to the Brownell letter would follow.During a telephone call on Monday, Cllr. Brownell said the Nete-Sie Brownell heirs could not negotiate with Finance Ministry until they receive LOC’s response to the proposed increment in the lease payment. LOC’s legal counsel has since responded. Meanwhile the threat of closure by the Ministry of Finance still looms over the Daily Observer, with the 72-hour warning expiring today, Wednesday, April 2.  The LOC management thanks its many readers and advertisers for their patronage and support and asks for their patience in case the impending closure takes place.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fans Urged to Abide By Game Rules

first_imgDeputy national soccer coach Kelvin Sebwe told hundreds of national team sympathizers at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium last Friday that unless they obey rules governing the game, whenever the national team scores a goal in a match, Liberia would be banned from hosting games in the country.“We have received the last warning,” Sebwe told the large crowd, “and so in the next match we want you not to rush on the field no matter what happens.”Sebwe asked the crowd: “Do you want the national team’s games to be played outside Liberia?”The crowd responded: “No.” Sebwe repeated his question and the answer was the same, and therefore he urged them not to run on the field, anytime the national team is playing or when the national team scores a goal.The national team, sponsored by Cellcom-GSM will take on The Elephants of La Cote d’Ivoire in November.The gathering of a large crowd of Liberian soccer fans had joined national team players, including the home-based players during their parade through the principal streets of Monrovia.They visited President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who had earlier on commended the national team for defeating Guinea Bissau in the second leg of their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.On Friday, Cellcom GSM officials, along with hundreds of loyal fans thronged the stadium, rejoicing, singing and sharing jokes with each other as the national team’s players, after the parade climaxed the occasion at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.“It’s just good for us because now that the national team is making us happy, everyone is getting involved,” said an excited young woman who had come from Logan Town to see the national team players.She added: “For the national team to play away and win on such a high margin to qualify for the next round is really some good news.”Many who spoke to the Daily Observer were excited as they spoke about the national team’s achievement.In attendance were government and private personalities, including George Kailondo and Rep. Munah Pelham Youngblood and as mentioned officials of Cellcom GSM. National team players paid a visit to Cellcom GSM’s headquarters on Capitol Bye Pass.“The victory for the national team indicates that Liberia is ready to take on the world,” Rep. Youngblood said, very excited.She said Liberians must now work together to be able to raise financial support to the national team.“Our players are skillful,” she told journalists, “and so we need to provide all support to the national team.”Mr. Kailondo, who promised the Kailondo Football Club would make its debut in the next soccer league, said he was excited that the national team could make Liberians proud.“I cannot express my happiness,” Mr. Kalondo, a businessman, said, “the presence of hundreds of Liberians at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium here should indicate that Liberians love their national team.”Before receiving the players at her office on Friday, President Sirleaf described the national team players as heroes who defended the image of the country in Guinea Bissau with an impressive 3-1 victory, after drawing 1-1 at home.She commended the Ministry of Youth & Sports, the Liberia Football Association and the Liberian people for their support to the national team.President Sirleaf, according to an Executive Mansion release observed that Liberians demonstrated their overwhelming support to the national team that they can unite for a common cause in spite of other matters that divide “us as a people.”President Sirleaf promised that her government would work progressively to ensure the unhindered participation of the team, not just in the qualifying rounds of the African Nations Cup and the World Cup, but other major competitions as well.Meanwhile, foreign-based national team players had already returned to their base to resume their regular assignments.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Women urged to tackle gender equality issues at grassroot level

first_imgTo effect the necessary changes when it comes to gender equality, women were urged to begin their efforts at the community level, as a one-day workshop for Toshaos was held on Thursday at the Secretariat of the National Toshaos Council, in Georgetown.Secretary General from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Patrice La FleurThis call was made by Secretary General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Patrice La Fleur who addressed the gathering comprised of mostly women.“As a development practitioner I do believe that to bring about the change we would like to see among our women and men, boys and girls our efforts must commence at the community level within homes, schools and workplaces,” La Fleur stated.The workshop hosted was a collaborative effort between the Women and Gender Equality Commission (W&GEC) and UNESCO. It is being held with the intent of strengthening the capacity of women in this area.Chairperson of the W&GEC, Indranie Chandarpaul explained that although people hear of gender equality, quite often they are unclear of what it actually means. As such, the workshop, she stated, will help participants share their knowledge.“We’re hoping today that the tools that you will be provided with through this workshop on gender that you would better understand the role that we women are talking about and to understand the gender issue and as I know it and some of you already know it, not all our people are clear about this issue. They will say to you well you know we grow up knowing about male and female and neutral gender and all of these things. What is this gender that you are all talking about? So today’s workshop is intended to guide you. To help you understand about the relationship between male and female and how it affects us every day in our lives,” she told the attendees.Chandarpaul added that she is aware of the challenges women face in society on a daily basis despite laws.“Whether it is violence, whether its incest, whether its rum drinking or alcoholism, whether it is patriarchal behaviour by some of our men folk who believe that our women should always be in the home because some still feel that is where our place is and some resent the fact that women are now elected to positions and are taking some of the positions they had formerly held”.The two agencies hope the training will empower these women to take their places in society as well as motivate others in their communities to do the same.last_img read more

Lovestruck Dominican fined, deported

first_imgA Dominican woman who claimed that she fell in love with a Guyanese and as such overstayed in the country was on Friday fined and ordered deported by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.Jane Uribe, 22, admitted that between August 11 and November 3, 2017 at Georgetown, she failed to comply with conditions under which a permit was granted; that is, having been granted a stay for the period of July 12 to August 11, she overstayed her time in Guyana.Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore, told the Court that Uribe entered Guyana and was granted a one-month stay.However, on November 3, a raid was carried out by the Police, along with officials of the Social Protection Ministry, on the Bollywood Club at Providence, and she was found at the drinking spot.In a plea of mitigation, Uribe told the Chief Magistrate that she had come to Guyana on a holiday but subsequently met a Guyanese man and fell in love. When questioned as to the whereabouts of the man, Uribe could not answer.As such, she was deported and fined ,000. Failure to pay the fine will result in three weeks’ imprisonment.last_img read more

Need gas? Don’t fill up in Yahk

first_imgHowever, if you’re headed west when you arrive in Yahk, before you head west from Creston, head south, to the nearby Kingsgate border crossing, and then it’s just a short drive to Bonners Ferry in Idaho, where you can buy gasoline for 289 cents U.S., or just 76 .3 cents a litre.One final note, the GasBuddy monitor also showed if you start your trip by filling up in Dawson Creek, you could still do it for a 114.7 — 14.2 cents a litre less than you could in Fort St. John.And, the only place in the province you could do better than that was at the Costco in Prince George at a 112.9 cents. There is a little place in the Southern BC Interior, about halfway between Creston and Cranbrook on Highway Three, named Yahk.It is one of those blink and you could miss it places, and, if your holiday travel plans call for a trip this summer into that area, and you care about how much you pay for gasoline, make sure you have at least enough when you get to Yahk, to get to Creston or Cranbrook.According to our latest GasBuddy.com check, you’ll pay at least a 119.9 cents a litre in either one of those communities, but that’s a bargain when compared to what you’ll pay at the Hummer filling station on the Crowsnest Trail in Yahk.- Advertisement -According to the same GasBuddy monitor, 100 litres of regular fuel at the Hummer will cost you $199.90 — that’s right, a 199.9 cents a litre.However, if you prefer premium, you’ll pay more than anywhere else in the country — 209.9 cents a litre, and that aforementioned 100-litre fill up will cost you $209.90.On the other hand, if you’re headed east when arriving in Yahk, with enough gas to get to Lethbridge — about a four hour drive — you could get 100 litres at the Mayor Magrath Drive Costco for 109 cents a litre, and enjoy a minimum savings of $99.Advertisementlast_img read more

Man Utd lacked desire at Brighton – Mourinho

first_img“Today I think was a clear difference in the desire to fight for the targets,” said Mourinho, whose side missed the chance to all but secure second place in the Premier League behind champions Manchester City.“They clearly showed that, for them, it’s more important for them to stay in the Premier League than for us to finish second. They showed it from the first minute, and we didn’t show that.“I am disappointed because second is important for me. I’m not sure every one of my players is disappointed.”Chants of “We are staying up” rang around a packed house at the Amex Stadium at full-time as victory moved Brighton up to 11th and more importantly eight points clear of the bottom three.With third-bottom Southampton and 17th-placed Swansea to meet on Tuesday, Brighton now can’t now be relegated.“I felt that we’ve deserved to stay in this league for our season’s work,” said Brighton boss Chris Hughton.“But if we’d lost today and the next two, it would have been a real feeling of injustice had we gone down. So relief that we’ve done it now, but I’m also really proud of a group of players.”By contrast, defeat means United must wait to secure second as they remain five points clear of Liverpool with Tottenham a point further adrift.United were without either of the injured Romelu Lukaku or Alexis Sanchez, and their firepower was missed as Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford failed to make the most of rare chances to start up front.– ‘I know my players better’ –“For many months you are always asking me why this player doesn’t play? Why that player doesn’t play? Why this player is on the bench? Why always Lukaku?” added Mourinho.“I know my players better than you, and probably you don’t know them so well to be always with these questions.”The visitors did have the ball in the net after just four minutes when Marouane Fellaini turned Rashford’s free-kick in from close range, but the Belgian was rightly flagged for offside.United secured a top-four finish by beating Arsenal 2-1 last weekend, and Brighton’s more desperate need for the points shone through.David de Gea was the only United player selected in the PFA’s Premier League team of the year and the Spaniard showed why he has again been his side’s outstanding performer this season with a stunning fingertip save to turn a dipping volley from Glenn Murray behind.Brighton’s survival party had been put on hold by a run of seven games without a win.But they got the helping hand they needed from the goal-line technology system to seal another campaign in the Premier League on their return to the top flight after 34 years on 57 minutes.The dangerous Jose Izquierdo got to the byline and when his cross was parried by De Gea, the ball crossed the line from Gross’s header by the finest of margins before being hooked clear by Marcos Rojo.City can now break United’s record winning margin of 18 points from the 1999/2000 season should they win their remaining three games.Matt Ryan saved well from Rashford before Martial and Jesse Lingard fired off target as Brighton held out despite a late United rally.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Brighton secured their place in the Premier League next season as Pascal Gross’s solitary goal inflicted on Manchester United © AFP / Glyn KIRKBRIGHTON, United Kingdom, May 5 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho took aim at his players for not having the required desire in a 1-0 defeat to Brighton on Friday that secured the Seagulls’ place in the Premier League next season.Just over two weeks ahead of the FA Cup final against his old club Chelsea, United boss Mourinho made six changes and was punished as Pascal Gross’s second-half header secured Brighton’s first win over the Red Devils since 1982.last_img read more

Messi scores in EU court battle to trademark name

first_img0Shares0000A court rules that Lionel Messi is too famous to be confused with a company with a similar name © AFP / Josep LAGOLUuxembourg, Luxembourg, Apr 26 – Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi won a legal battle Thursday to register his name as a trademark to sell sports goods after an EU court ruled that he is too famous to be confused with other businesses.The Argentine star, the world’s highest earning footballer, rode out a challenge by a Spanish cycling gear manufacturer called Massi, which had challenged his trademark on the grounds that it was too similar to its own. “Lionel Messi may register his trade mark ‘MESSI’ for sports equipment and clothing,” said a ruling by the General Court of the European Union, the bloc’s second-highest court.“The football player’s fame counteracts the visual and phonetic similarities between his trade mark and the trade mark ‘MASSI’ belonging to a Spanish company,” the Luxembourg-based court said.The ruling caps a seven-year legal fight since the footballer first tried in 2011 to trademark his name with the EU’s intellectual property office.The boss of the Massi cycling goods company filed an appeal the same year, saying there was a “likelihood of confusion” with its own trademark, and the trademark office agreed.Judges admitted that the trademarks “are very similar phonetically” but said the IPO was wrong to assume that Messi was only known by people who were interested in football or sport.“Mr Messi is, in fact, a well-known public figure who can be seen on television and who is regularly discussed on television or on the radio,” the court said.The ruling comes days after it emerged that Messi has overtaken Cristiano Ronaldo as the highest earner in world football, according to France Football magazine.The Barcelona attacker is making 126 million euros ($154mn) in salary, bonuses and commercial revenue for the current season while his great Real Madrid rival is making 94mn euros.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more