first_img THIRD WIN HIGH HOPES FOR FINAL SEASON Meanwhile, Bolt says he is positive about his final season on the track and is boosted by his fitness after recently competing in the Nitro Athletics in Australia. “The fact I could actually sprint is a good sign. I was never able to sprint or compete this early in the season for a long time, so for me, I am really happy about that and it’s a good sign that I am on the right track,” said Bolt, who has 22 international titles on his CV. In a touching move, Bolt’s parents Wellesley and Jennifer, were presented with a specially commissioned Alphanso Blake painting, which was brushed on cedar in honour and recognition of their role and support in the sprinter’s development. “What we need in Jamaica is to highlight more of the good things that are happening in Jamaica so we can inspire others,” Barnes noted. “At his (Bolt) acceptance speech at the RJR Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards, he said, ‘I am a little boy from Sherwood Content and if I can reach here, then there should be nothing that you can’t accomplish’. That was the most powerful message, here is a normal person doing great things, and everyone in Jamaica can aspire towards that.” He’s a man of many firsts and the 2016 Gleaner Honour Awards Man of the Year Usain Bolt again wrote his own chapter in history after becoming the first three-time recipient of the much-vaunted award on a day that saw other sporting icons being recognised. Bolt, who also won his fourth category award for sports, shared the sporting limelight with double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson (sports) and road race magnate Alfred ‘Franno’ Francis’ Running Events Limited (health and wellness). Already sprinting in January and a record fourth Laureus Award in hand, yesterday’s recognition was the latest highlight in what is already a great start to Bolt’s farewell season. Yesterday’s nod follows Bolt’s previous Man of the Year awards in 2008 and 2009, pushing him beyond two-time winners Edward Seaga and Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart as the most successful recipient of this award. In 2012, Bolt was presented with a special Jamaica50 Global Jamaican Honour Award. The big sprinter also won category awards for sports, his fourth following sports awards in 2008, 2009, and in 2002, after his 200m gold-medal run at the World Junior Championships. “It’s always a great feeling, I’m really happy. It’s been a tough couple of years and I’m finally coming to the end of my career, so getting these awards is always a great feeling,” Bolt told The Gleaner shortly after receiving his trophy from Managing Director Christopher Barnes. Bolt, who reminisced about his early days appearing in The Gleaner’s publications, was especially proud to become the first three-time Man of the Year recipient. “I set high standards, and it’s always good to get to the top and stay there by yourself,” he laughed. “Really, it’s a great feeling, and I will continue trying to do great things even outside of track and field – you never know, I might end up winning in something else.” “Just being on TV and coming in The Gleaner and your parents cutting the articles out and saving them was and is always a wonderful feeling. This is what you dream about. Those were your big dreams back then, so it’s a good feeling (to again be awarded by The Gleaner).”last_img read more

first_imgAn Alberta man is dead following an avalanche in the Tumbler Ridge area Sunday.At approximately 2:20p.m., The Tumbler Ridge RCMP received a call from the 911 call centre in Prince George, that a S.P.O.T. (Satellite Personal Tracker) was activated in an area west of Tumbler Ridge.The avalanche occurred northwest of Albright Ridge, which has been used by a small number of experienced snowmobilers.- Advertisement -During the search, another call came into the Calgary 911 centre at around 6:45 p.m. Call takers were able to determine two males had made it out of the avalanche area and were approximately 23 km southwest of Tumbler Ridge.When teams reached those men, the RCMP discovered that a total of five people were caught in the avalanche. Three of those men remained at the site of avalanche including one male who was in medical distress.The injured male had been dug out by the survivors using avalanche beacons, probes and shovels from about two metres of snow. The male did require CPR. It was feared that the injured male had died.Advertisement According to RCMP Inspector Tim Shields, the avalanche appears to have been caused by highmarking.   Highmarking is described as the challenge of riding a snowmachine as high as possible on the side of a steep, snow-filled mountain.The resulting avalanche was over 800 metres wide and 200 metres long. With the lack of sunlight, snow conditions and difficult terrain, the search was stopped until Monday morning. The two males had some water, food, fire and an emergency kit.At approximately 9:20 a.m., crews were able to locate the three men and confirmed that one had passed away.A 47 year-old male from Grande Cache, Alberta succumbed to his injuries, despite the heroic efforts of his friends.The name of the deceased cannot be released at this time, pending notification of next of kin.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img“I think it shows that there are a lot of people in the community supporting us,” Brunner said. “Everybody stepped up.” Brunner said the AVC field is a more appropriate venue to host the MLS teams. “It’s the proper way to introduce the PDL to this city,” Brunner said. “We believe a professional-level team should be at the college. It’s the best facility we have, and I think it’s the proper way to introduce soccer to this city.” AVC President Jackie Fisher said the college is committed to making the school’s facility available to the public whenever possible, noting that requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Brunner said tickets to all Rattlers games can be purchased by logging on to the team’s official Web site, lancasterrattlers.com, or by calling the team’s office at (661) 951-9093. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In a separate arrangement, the Rattlers reached an agreement with the Antelope Valley Union High School District for use of Knight High’s field for its regular season opener against the Ventura County Fusion. The Rattlers will play their remaining home games at Palmdale High, which is having its field reseeded, and is expected to be ready for use in time for the team’s May 10 game against the Real SoCal Quakes. Rattlers President and General Manager Gerald Brunner discovered that the Palmdale High field was unusable in a visit to the school three weeks ago. He cited a collaborative community effort to be pivotal in resolving what he acknowledged was a field-use “crisis.” He said his team would have faced a $6,500 fine and considerable embarrassment for not being able to host the MLS teams. Brunner credited officials from AVC, AVUHSD and representatives from the office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich for resolving the dilemma. LANCASTER – A field crisis that threatened to derail the Lancaster Rattlers’ inaugural soccer season is over. The Rattlers secured use of the Antelope Valley College field for their April 16 exhibition game against the Galaxy, which will kick off the Antelope Valley-based Premier Development League’s season. They will play exhibition games against Chivas USA on June 5 and July 11. Both Major League Soccer teams will send reserve squads to Lancaster. last_img read more

first_img“We were thrilled,” said Mary Branca, principal of Ocean View, which is in the East Whittier City School District. “We’ve implemented a lot of new strategies to make sure our kids are actively engaged in the classroom.”It’s quite an improvement from East Whittier City’s 2005 base report, said Assistant Superintendent Linda Welch.“Last year, we were really disheartened by our similar-schools rankings,” which ranged only between 1 and 5 in 2005 for all 13 schools. In 2006, most of East Whittier’s schools earned a ranking between 5 and 9.“We’ve worked really hard,” Welch said. “Our schools have just been making some significant changes, and I expect to see good results come from it.”Overall, nearly three-quarters of 134 area schools at 10 school districts saw improvements in their 2006 API scores from the previous year. Those districts are the East Whittier, El Rancho Unified, Little Lake City, Los Nietos, Lowell Joint, Montebello Unified, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified, South Whittier, Whittier City and Whittier Union High school. Eighteen schools, including Andrews Elementary and California High in Whittier, scored a 9 or better in their similar-schools rankings.“Our staff works very hard to improve the educational environment for every student at Cal High,” said Principal Rich Boline. “It is gratifying to know everyone’s hard work is paying off when compared to similar schools.”At the Whittier City School District, 10 of 13 schools saw improvements in their API scores from 2005, but Jackson and Lincoln elementary schools each received a statewide rank of 2 and a similar-schools rank of 1.As a result, Superintendent Carmella Franco said the district “has redoubled its efforts this current academic year in the areas of professional development, interventions for underachieving students and other site improvements.”Also, English learners are participating in one of three programs to address their specific needs.“The district remains hopeful that these efforts will result in stronger scores for this academic year,” Franco said.State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell said he’s proud of schools’ steady progress on the API.But he said more work needs to be done on narrowing the achievement gap between successful students — often white or Asian and from affluent families — and struggling students, who are often poor, Hispanic, black, English learners or who suffer from a disability.As such, annual API targets will be set higher this year for student subgroups, which are based on race and socioeconomic status, among other factors.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 — Three area schools, including Ocean View Elementary in East Whittier, were ranked among the top schools in the state on the 2006 Academic Performance Index base report, released Tuesday by the California Department of Education.The base report, which establishes a new baseline for comparison against 2007 test results, features adjusted API scores for last spring’s testing and school rankings from 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest.Two sets of API rankings are given out annually, based on comparisons to all schools statewide and to schools with similar demographics.When compared with schools statewide, Ocean View and Escalona elementaries in La Mirada were ranked among the highest with a 9. They were topped only by Macy Elementary in La Habra, which received a perfect 10.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen could hold Germany’s World Cup hopes in his hands © AFP/File / LLUIS GENEPARIS, France, May 13 – With the 2018 World Cup in Russia starting in a month, AFP Sport takes a look at how the biggest names — who between them have won 13 of the last 20 tournaments — are shaping up:– Germany – Germany’s build-up has been marred by uncertainty as to the fitness of first-choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. The 32-year-old Bayern Munich man has been on the sidelines since suffering a fractured foot in September.“I do not think it’s imaginable that I go into such a tournament without match practice,” Neuer admitted last week. His natural replacement is the excellent Marc-Andre ter Stegen of Barcelona.Low has a core of the team that won the 2014 title, and can also call on the likes of Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and Timo Werner. Marco Reus will hope to be fit this time too.After winning all their qualifiers, Germany have failed to win recent friendlies against England, France, Spain and Brazil. Nevertheless, they are the world’s top-ranked side and almost always deliver at the World Cup.– Brazil –In 2014, Brazil’s hopes rested on the shoulders of Neymar, and the back injury he suffered in the quarter-final win over Colombia sparked the meltdown which led to the 7-1 humiliation against Germany in the semis.Fast forward four years and the nation is again sweating on his fitness. The world’s most expensive player is recovering from a foot injury suffered playing for Paris Saint-Germain in February.The absence of his PSG colleague Dani Alves with a knee injury is a huge blow too, but Brazil still look far better now under Tite than they did in 2014.They comfortably topped South American qualifying and there is greater strength in depth. Add to that a kind-looking draw, and Brazil have a genuine chance of a sixth title.– Spain –After poor showings in their last two major tournaments under Vicente del Bosque, Spain are on the up again under his successor Julen Lopetegui.The former goalkeeper has yet to lose a game in charge, with Spain dropping just two points in qualifying and recently destroying Argentina 6-1 in a friendly.With Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique still there in front of David de Gea, they have one of the best defences in the business. Further forward, it will be difficult to stop the likes of David Silva and Isco in full flow, and then there is Andres Iniesta.“We are delighted that he keeps playing this well and are excited about him keeping it up at the World Cup,” Lopetegui recently told FIFA.com.– France –France fell short on home soil at Euro 2016, losing in extra time to Portugal in the final. That increases the pressure on coach Didier Deschamps to deliver this time with a gifted squad.Deschamps’ team won their qualifying group despite some unconvincing performances, including a goalless home draw with Luxembourg, and the coach has his critics.To silence them he needs to find the right system to bring the best out of his squad, especially in attack, where Antoine Griezmann is the main man but teen sensation Kylian Mbappe will be one to watch too. This is also surely the stage for Paul Pogba to really step up.– Argentina –Lionel Messi’s Argentina coach has suggested the star ‘can carry the team on his shoulders’ at the World Cup © AFP/File / Juan MabromataAfter their defeat in the 2014 final, this is Lionel Messi’s big chance to finally get his hands on the trophy.However, Messi only rescued a shambolic qualifying campaign by scoring a vital hat-trick in Ecuador in the last game to take the team to Russia. There are huge doubts about the rest of Jorge Sampaoli’s squad, and the coach recently said Messi “can carry the team on his shoulders.”But Sampaoli must also get the best out of the many undoubted talents at his disposal, including Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala, to help his side’s chances of reaching the latter stages.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgA man in his 70s has been robbed by a gang in Castlefin.The gang entered the man’s home on the outskirts of Donnyloop overnight.They got away with a small sum of money and also a legally-held shotgun. Both the Gardai and the PSNI are investigating the case as they believe the gang could have fled across the border.The victim was shaken but physically unhurt. PENSIONER ROBBED IN HIS HOME BY GANG was last modified: September 17th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:castlefinDonnyloopPENSIONERrobbedlast_img read more

first_imgAthletic Bilbao boss Marcelo Bielsa has snubbed two approaches from Chelsea, according to the Daily Mirror.Roman Abramovich is looking for another manager.It is claimed the 56-year-old ex-Argentina manager has dismissed talks with Blues owner Roman Abramovich’s representatives, insisting he does not talk to “people representing other people.”The Sun declare that Abramovich’s reign at Chelsea has cost him £2billion.And a number of papers pick up on interim boss Roberto Di Matteo’s comment on Friday that he has “no friends” at Stamford Bridge.Meanwhile, The Sun say QPR manager Mark Hughes has threatened to ban his players from using Twitter after Federico Macheda was hit with a £15,000 FA fine.On-loan  striker Macheda was found guilty of using homophobic language on the social networking site and recently posted foul-mouthed comments after being dropped by Hughes.Related West London Sport story: Hughes rules out Twitter banThe Independent and Daily Express have interviews with QPR chairman Tony Fernandes, who again states that he will not jump ship if Rangers go down.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgThe Congress has said that people, issued notices to appear for verification of their documents on flimsy grounds, are “coerced to move at very short notice”, lest their names are struck off the National Register of Citizens (NRC) that is being updated in Assam. A delegation led by Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president Ripun Bora on Friday met State Coordinator for NRC Prateek Hajela and submitted a memorandum for checking “harassment of people in the name of verification of documents” for preparation of the Supreme Court-monitored NRC. Also Read  “It appears that the State Coordinator for NRC is acting under the direct instruction of the ruling State government, which has its own agenda,” Mr. Bora said, demanding an end to the practice of calling people to verification centres at very short notice. The nine-point memorandum submitted by the Congress includes the appointment of sensitised personnel at the verification centres to help poor and illiterate people who have no clue about the NRC updating process. May 31 deadline Registrar General of India, Sailesh said the second and final draft of NRC will be published by May 31. He made this assurance to delegations of All Assam Students’ Union and All Assam Minority Students’ Union that met him on Thursday. The first draft, recognising 1.9 crore of the 3.29 crore applicants for inclusion of names in the updated NRC of 1951, was published at the stroke of midnight on December 31. The updating exercise is according the provisions of the Assam Accord of 1985 that wants the State to be rid of illegal migrants who entered Assam after March 24, 1971. The verification process for the 1.39 crore applicants left out of the first draft began in January. This phase has been tricky because of the verification of citizenship documents of 29 lakh married women, mostly migrant Muslims, that began on April 2. The process has been running simultaneously with the verification of 48 lakh cases of mismatches in family tree that began on February 17. The mismatch, officials said, is because of faulty or presumably forged legacy data provided by applicants. The lowdown on Assam’s NRC drive Assam citizenship: SC refuses to extend May 31 deadline for updating NRC  The Congress claimed the citizens, primarily in remote rural areas low on literacy, were being subjected to harassment and that the entire exercise is executed in haste. ”There seems to be a never-ending issuance of notices and circulars to various districts for citizens to appear in remote corners of the State for verification of their documents,” the memorandum signed by Mr. Bora said. ”The system put in place by the State Coordinator of NRC is fundamentally flawed and if this mode of functioning is allowed to continue, it will snowball into a major humanitarian crisis and the people will be forced to take to the streets,” it said. The Congress also referred to complaints about incompetence of officials at the verification centres in processing the documents, besides shortage of people for doing the job without any glitch. Also Readlast_img read more

first_imgLondon, Dec 10 (AFP) England kept faith on Monday with the squad that delivered a Test whitewash in Sri Lanka, naming the same 16 players who finished that tour for the series against the West Indies.That means no place for Surrey’s Ollie Pope, who was initially selected for Sri Lanka but left early to get game time with the second-tier Lions side, and a reprieve for Kent’s Joe Denly.The uncapped 32-year-old was not required during the 3-0 win but will once again travel as batting cover for the three Tests, ahead of Pope and his overlooked county colleague Jason Roy.Wicketkeeper Ben Foakes was a late addition in Sri Lanka after an injury to Jonny Bairstow and takes his place as a first-choice pick after collecting man-of-the-series honours.The 15-man one-day squad also has a familiar look as the countdown to next summer’s World Cup continues.Left-armer David Willey returns and Mark Wood is included ahead of Olly Stone, who made his bow in Sri Lanka.Ben Stokes and Alex Hales have both been named in the ODI squad after a disciplinary hearing into their roles in a fight outside a Bristol nightclub in 2017, with all-rounder Stokes also in the Test squad.”Ben is obviously in all England formats and is one of our leading cricketers in this country,” national selector Ed Smith told Sky Sports.”Alex has been a central part of the white-ball team for a number of years. He’s currently missed out on selection at times but when he’s got his opportunities, he’s taken them.advertisement”So nothing has changed. They are available for selection, they have been selected and that’s the situation — that’s what is appropriate for me to consider as a selector.” England are due to play three Tests, five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals on their tour of the West Indies, which starts next month.The T20 squad will be announced at a later date.Test squad: Joe Root (Yorkshire, capt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jimmy Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Joe Denly (Kent), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Keaton Jennings (Lancashire), Jack Leach (Somerset), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Olly Stone (Warwickshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire) One-day squad: Eoin Morgan (Middlesex, capt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Tom Curran (Surrey), Joe Denly (Kent), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Liam Plunkett (Surrey), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), David Willey (Yorkshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham). AFP BSBSlast_img read more