SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Andre Russell’s small all-round cameo helped Sydney Thunder to remain unbeaten in the Big Bash League with an uncomplicated seven-wicket win over Adelaide Strikers yesterday.Asked to field first at the Sydney Showground Stadium, Thunder limited Strikers to 117 for nine off their 20 overs, with West Indies pacer Russell producing a key spell of two for 28 from his four overs.Captain Brad Hodge top-scored with 34 from 33 deliveries with two fours and two sixes, while Adil Rashid got 25 from 18 balls and Mahela Jayawardene, 21 from 31 deliveries.In reply, Thunder were propelled by opener Jacques Kallis’s 49 from 48 deliveries, while Aiden Blizzard struck 35, in a 66-run first-wicket stand.Russell arrived in the 15th over to blast two sixes in his 17 off seven deliveries as the hosts sped to their target with 21 balls remaining in the contest.Thunder currently sit top of the standings with six points from a perfect three outings.
Remained unbeaten Jamaica also dominated the 1500m winning three out of four. Cemore Donald remained unbeaten this season after capturing the Under-18 girls’ event. The Edwin Allen High student won in 4:42.50 ahead of teammate Britnie Dixon. Ashani Robb won the girls’ Under-20 1500m in 4:39.20 while defending champion Shevon Parkes won the Under-20 boys’ event in 3:56.72. Earlier in the morning session, Hydel High’s Shian Salmon pocketed Jamaica’s first gold medal of the meet. Salmon, the defending champion in the Under-18 high jump, cleared a season’s best 1.82 metres to win the event. Teammate Lamara Distin picked up silver with a best of 1.77m. Bermuda’s Sakari Famous, also 1.77m, was third. Jamaica’s other medal in the morning session came from Akio Jones, who captured bronze after finishing third in the girls’ Under-18 shot put with a heave of 13.87m. Jamaica should also win several medals today as 19 finals, 10 on the track and nine in the field, will be contested. Track events include the 4×100 metres in both age groups. ST GEORGE’S, Grenada: DEFENDING 400 metres champions Christopher Taylor and Akeem Bloomfield retained their titles in fine style as Jamaica picked up 18 medals – eight gold, 7 silver, and three bronze – on yesterday’s opening day of the 45th Carifta Games in St George’s, Grenada. Taylor, the record holder in the Under-18 boys’ one-lap event, was not tested as he won in 47.36 seconds away from Antoni Hoya Small of Barbados, 48.23. Third went to Onal Mitchell of Trinidad and Tobago in 48.72. ” I just came out and did what I had to do to win the event,” said Taylor. Bloomfield ran a relaxed race throughout to take the Under-20 title, just doing enough to win in a season’s best 46.02. Jamal Walton of the Cayman Islands was second in 46.23, with bronze going to Kinard Rolle of The Bahamas in 46.88. “I just came out to win and defend my title as I want to finish competing here, so I can focus on the Penn Relays and World Junior Championships,” Bloomfield said after his victory. Stacey Williams had earlier captured gold in the Under-18 girls 400 m in 54.00, getting the better of Amanda Crawford of Grenada, 54.16, with Britni Fountain of The Bahamas taking third in 54.68. Jamaica’s Sanique Walker, the silver medallist a year ago, was fourth in 55.25. Sada Williams of Barbados prevented a Jamaican sweep of the 400m as she raced to a personal best 52.07 to capture the Under-20 girls’ event. Shaquina Dorset of The Bahamas was second in 52.59 while Jamaica’s Tiffany James took third in 52.70 ahead of her teammate Semoy Hemmings, fourth in 53.89.
After steering Lyceum to two runner-up finishes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Perez promised to bring not only scoring to the team, but also boundless energy.“I’ll bring effort, too,” he said. “I’m ready to give it my all to them … But I also know that I can’t do it all by myself. The winning ways won’t come without the effort.”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 ChrissBlackwater went for Ray Parks Jr., who missed the proceedings due to his commitment with San Miguel Alab Pilipinas, which was playing CLS Knights Indonesia in Surabaya at press time, in the Asean Basketball League (ABL).The Elite now aims to follow through with their goal of becoming playoff contenders following a franchise-best showing in the ongoing Governors’ Cup where they lost to finalist Magnolia in the quarterfinals. LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom After Game 1 rout, Blaze Spikers still got more to give Robert Bolick was selected third overall by NorthPort, giving its star Stanley Pringle a partner to operate with in the backcourt.“Coach [Pido Jarencio] jokingly told me if I wouldn’t die for the team, he’ll do it himself,” Bolick said in Filipino. “I’m thrilled. I know the two of us would gel together well … I’m excited to show my winning mentality.”With the three teams going for their expected choices, the shocker in the first round came when coach Yeng Guiao himself said “Amin na ’to (It’s ours),” before announcing Paul Desiderio as NLEX’s choice, which came from a predraft trade with Phoenix.“I was shocked because I never expected to be selected ahead of Javee (Mocon) and Trevis (Jackson),” Desiderio said. “My goal now is not to disappoint coach Yeng.”The surprises did not stop there as Meralco selected Trevis Jackson out of Sacramento State. The Filipino-American guard represented the Philippines in a 3×3 showcase in China in August along with stints in the PBA D-League.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netColumbian stuck to its original plan as it picked CJ Perez first overall in the Rookie Draft, making good with its intention to end years of futility in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).The 25-year-old Perez will join a Dyip squad that chalked up only six victories the past season.ADVERTISEMENT Mocon, another star from San Beda, landed on Rain or Shine with the sixth pick that was originally held by TNT KaTropa. He was followed at seventh by Abu Tratter, a versatile forward out of La Salle and a former national player.Jesper Ayaay, the other Lyceum product in the draft, was chosen ninth by Alaska, while Michael Calisaan of San Sebastian was snared at No. 10 by Magnolia .Columbian, using a pick from San Miguel Beermen, went for Letran guard JP Calvo at 11th, before Phoenix ended the first-round with Jorey Napoles from Technological Institute of the Philippines.Prior to the event, technical director Eric Castro said the league will put on hold on all trades until the selection process was over.Rain or Shine opened the second round by selecting Paul Varilla of University of the East. Meralco followed by choosing Bong Quinto of Letran, Magnolia gambled on Jeepy Faundo of University of Santo Tomas and NLEX and Alaska chosr Kris Porter and GBoy Babilonia, respectively.Lesser-known Cyrus Tabi of Rizal Technological U went to Columbian as sixth pick in the second round. Adamson duo Robbie Manalang and Harold Ng were both tabbed by Rain or Shine.Phoenix, through picks acquired from trades, also went for FEU guards Ron Dennison and Jojo Trinidad.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew
Khassim Diagne, Country Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), has completed his term of duty, and is heading to Cameroon for another mission.Mr. Diagne up his took assignment in Liberia in 2013 and had over the years concentrated on welfare of Ivorian refugees in Nimba, Grand Gedeh and Maryland counties.At a farewell reception last Saturday, UNHCR contractors and employees expressed how sad they were to witness the departure of Mr. Diagne. They said they would miss what they called “his good working relationship” with workers.The workers gowned and pinned Mr. Diagne, and later described him “a results-oriented person imbued with high sense of humor.”“Mr. Diagne, your work habit and style will leave with us, and we will miss you dearly as you depart Liberia. We hope another program will lead you here so that we may once again work together,” the UNHCR workers told Mr. Diagne as they robed him with a traditional Liberian gown.For his part, Ivorian Ambassador to Liberia, Kapieletien Soro, said besides the cordial solidarity between him and Mr. Diagne as both of them are from French-speaking countries, Mr. Diagne’s work with the Ivorian refugees was admirable.Through Khassim Diagne, said the ambassador, “we were able to access the refugees in the three counties.He added that the work of UNHCR under the regime of the outgoing Representative, in collaboration with Liberians, helped Ivorian refugees to remain safe at the various camps and homes where they had been accommodated since they arrived in Liberia.The executive director of Liberia Refugee Reparation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC), Cllr. Abla Gadegbeku Williams, lauded Mr. Diagne, and described him as “efficient and effective,” acknowledging that the two years of working with him brought memorable results to both UNHCR and LRRRC.In response, Mr. Diagne acknowledged that whatever achievements realized during his tenure were the collective efforts of all workers and contractors of UNHCR.“If you were not cooperative to join me carry on the work, I alone would not have done it. Therefore, we all take the glory and let me thank you people for organizing this program in my honor,” he said.He asked for forgiveness from workers whom he offended and equally forgave those who offended him during his tenure in the country.Mr. Diagne had earlier counted his achievements to include repatriating of 65,000 Ivorian refugees out of 220,000, providing refugees with sustainable skills and protecting refugees from contracting the deadly Ebola virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Independent Human Rights Investigators (IHRI), a local based rights group, and the Liberia Independent Advocates for Human Rights (LIAHR) yesterday issued a joint statement drawing the attention of the government of Liberia (GOL), through the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), to what they call the “culture of suspicious deaths while in the custody of the Liberia National Police (LNP).” The act, the right groups said, has raised concerns. The IHRI and LIAHR are both raising “serious concern” about the recent death of Victoria Zaizay, a resident of Virginia, at the Zone 6 Depot 1 police station on Hotel Africa Road. The police claims that the young woman committed suicide.For the right groups, such a claim by the LNP is “worrisome as our ongoing investigation into the matter finds it very difficult to believe, considering the size and height of the detention cell.”The two institutions said they recall a similar case of suspicious death on November 11, 2014, at the New Kru Town police depot with the LNP claiming that the deceased hanged himself with his T-shirt after being charged with “persistent non-support” by the LNP. “As we speak, the outcome of that investigation remains unknown. The officers on duty that night when the incident occurred were being investigated at the LNP headquarters, but to date, the outcome of the investigation is yet to be released to the public,” the joint statement from the rights groups read.They called on authorities at the Ministry of Justice to proceed without delay, using clinical and forensic means, to determine the cause of death in the case of Victoria Zaizay. They believe that an investigation will prevent the culture of suspicious deaths while in the custody of the LNP, adding, “It will be prevented and addressed swiftly whenever it is reported.” “For us, until abuses and violations cease, our job is not done,” they declared. A fortnight ago, Victoria Zaizay, 20, reportedly hanged herself in detention at Zone 6, Depot 1 police station in Virginia. Police confirmed to the Daily Observer that she was pronounced dead on arrival at a nearby community clinic.She was detained for ‘disorderly conduct,’ a source at Depot 1 said.Family members said the late Zaizay was detained when she and another lady reportedly fought over wasted milk candy valued at L$1,500. According to the commander at the depot, it was decided that Zaizay spend the night in police custody. Meanwhile, the parents of the deceased said they don’t believe that she hanged herself because “she had people to take care of her, and nothing could have led her to do such a thing.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Partial view of the reading roomWith support from the Mesurado Consistory No. 237, Kids Educational Engagement Project (KEEP) over the weekend dedicated a reading room in Arthington, outside Monrovia.The project is valued at U$5,500 (excluding books). The facility is to benefit over 250 students and those who love reading.At the well-attended ceremony, Assistant Education Minister for Early Childhood Education, Felecia Doe-Somah called on parents to support school administrators, teachers and students for better education outcome.Arthington Township was honored to receive the newly rehabilitated, and furnished reading room containing over five thousand books from KEEP.“This reading room will help you to improve your mind, understanding, and thinking and will also open your mind to things that are happening around you. Reading with understanding will help to inform you, and prepare you to understand other subjects,” Madam Doe-Somah said.She challenged parents in the community to work closely with the school’s administration to experience the difference in the learning of their children in preparing them for the future.Mrs. Doe-Somah said supporting the teachers, and students will encourage them to remain focused and ensure that they pay attention to their education, while at home and on the school’s campus.“We want children to be in class according to their age. Parents should send their children to school at age three and ensure that the children are placed in the beginning class to gradually climb the academic ladder to earn a sound and quality education,” Mrs. Doe-Somah said.She said sending a child to school at an early age will enable them to graduate at a young age, because the body of a child is not waiting for anyone’s education.“Read and then you will know better about some of the places around the world, but you will know the place better than people who live there. You can travel through the world by reading books,” she said.She lauded KEEP’s executive director Brenda B. Moore for thinking about the children, especially to improve their reading skills.Madam Doe-Somah applauded Mrs. Moore and her team for the hard-work in buttressing the ministry’s effort by building reading rooms around the country.Mrs. Brenda Moore on the other hand, lauded the principal and the Arthington Association for the opportunity for KEEP and partners to assist the school.Mrs. Moore said she is honored by the level of reception received from the principal and her team, which encouraged her to push more with the Mesurado Consistory No. 237 for funding.She expressed gratitude to the staff of KEEP for the initiative and Mesurado Consistory No. 237 for the funding entrusted to her organization and confident built in KEEP for years.Jerome O. Stephenson, principal of the school that received the reading room on behalf of the school and the township, expressed gratitude to KEEP and Mesurado Consistory No.237 for thinking about the township, especially rendering such support and service.Mr. Stephenson said the room will be maintained and well taking care of by the school and the township.He further said they’ve been gearing for opportunity for a long time and will serve as watch dogs in protecting and securing the facility.Mr. Stephenson said Arthington was a disciplined and civilized community before the civil crisis and will not allow anyone to tarnish the good reputation of their community.He challenged the parents to work closely with school administrations to experience the difference in the learning of their school-going children in preparing them for the future.Mr. Stephenson said the room will be maintained and well taking care of by the school and the township.He further said they’ve been gearing for opportunity for a long time and will serve as watch dogs in protecting and securing the facility.Mr. Stephenson said Arthington was a disciplined and civilized community before the civil crisis and will not allow anyone to tarnish the good repetition of their community by burglary of the new facility.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
KELOWNA, B.C. – The Northeast B.C. Midget Yukon Trackers are on a winning streak at the 2019 Midget Tier 1 Provincial Championships in Kelowna.This morning, the Trackers took on Burnaby for game six of the Provincials.The Trackers gained an early lead and managed to keep that lead, winning the game 2-0 over Burnaby.- Advertisement -Having won five out the six games played, the Trackers are now off to the gold medal finals where they will be facing Okanagan Central. That game is taking place this afternoon, Thursday, at 5:00 p.m.For up-to-date scores, you can visit the Provincial Championship website.
Area residents interested in cutting their own Christmas trees this holiday season are reminded they will again require a permit, which can be obtained online or by contacting their local district Front-Counter BC office.Free use permits are provided for personal use only and it’s illegal to sell a tree cut under a Christmas tree permit, or cut one in an unauthorized area.The local district offices will provide all details about specific cutting requirements and approved harvest areas, and the Christmas tree website of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations provides district office contact information, and the BC Christmas Tree Council’s website containing the list of tree farms and ‘U-Cuts’ throughout the province.- Advertisement -Those who plan on legally cutting a tree are asked to find the one they intend to use before cutting to avoid wasting forest resources, and to find one that can be cut near the base and is easy to transport.They’re also asked to gather and remove all debris associated with cutting as wasted tree remains left in the forest add to the summer fire hazard threat.Meantime, Fort St. John area residents should be aware that some apartment management or ownership groups may not allow real Christmas trees in their facilities due to fire and safety concerns.Advertisement However, after checking with both city and fire department officials, Moose FM news has confirmed that contrary to some reports suggesting otherwise, real Christmas trees are not subject to any official city wide, bylaw or regulatory bans.However, those who purchase a real tree are advised to select one that’s not losing green needles, which can be easily detected by vigorously shaking it.
Sylvain Wiltord On this day 15 years ago, Arsenal signed one of their most underrated players of the Premier League era.Sylvain Wiltord, having triggered the turnaround in the Euro 2000 final with the equalizer for France, completed a then club-record £13m fee from Bordeaux after weeks of negotations.Initially signed to deputise for Thierry Henry when the Gunners’ star man was unfit, Wiltord hit up an instant understanding with the French contingeny at Highbury.With Patrick Vieira marshalling the troops, Robert Pires an indispensible fixture on the left of midfield and Henry terrorising down the middle, Wiltord’s versatility proved useful as he assumed a variety of positions.His most resonating moment in Arsenal shirt is also one of the most iconic in their club history. In May 2002, Wiltord pounced to score the winner against title rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford to clinch the double for the Gunners.While he wasn’t a prominent member, he also played a part in the 2003-2004 ‘Invincibles’ team before he switched north London for Lyon.Overall, Wiltord score 49 goals in 175 appearances for the Gunners, and his transfer fee wasn’t surpassed until the capture of Andrei Arshavin in January 2009. 1
Ledley King has told talkSPORT this season’s title race is Tottenham’s time to shine.The north Londoners, who face Arsenal tomorrow in a ‘huge’ derby at White Hart Lane, are second in the Premier League, just three points behind leaders Leicester.They may have missed the chance to take top spot in midweek as they lost at West Ham, but results went their way and Mauricio Pochettino’s men remain firmly in the title race.In a season where Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool have been off the pace, along with inconsistent form from Arsenal and Man City, this year’s title is there for the taking.“The time is now,” former defender and cult hero King told Drivetime.“The two teams up there now will feel there’s a big chance of winning the league this season.“I do believe it will be harder in the coming season. So for both teams – use the opportunity.“They are doing everything right and at this stage they are the two favourites. As long as they keep going about their business the way they are, they stand a great chance.”Going into the match against Arsene Wenger’s Gunners, who are without a win in their last four matches in all competitions, King is confident there will be a home victory. He said: “I really do believe we will win.“I’ve played in enough derbies to know form goes out of the window in these types of games.“Arsenal are not in the best of form, but just being at home and with the way the team has performed this year, bouncing back from defeat, I fully expect them to do it again.“In patches they [Arsenal] can be brilliant. They have lacked a bit of consistency but they tend to finish the season quite strongly.“The way this Tottenham team is playing at the moment, I think it would be too much for Arsenal to come back from so it’s a huge, huge game.”King, who is ambassador for Spurs, will be working in the executive boxes and he admits watching from the stands is difficult on matchdays.“It’s much harder watching than playing it – I know because I missed a fair few games with injury!“When you can’t do anything about it, it’s tough.”READ – Tottenham Hotspur legend Ledley King: Dele Alli has been unbelievable and Mauricio Pochettino deserves credit