They’re off and running for Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships 2016. Calabar High will retain the Boys’ Champs title by a 50-60 point margin, while Edwin Allen High will also repeat as Girls Champs winners by an 80-90 point margin. The more difficult call to make will be who will win the stellar Class One boys’ 100-metre event? All things considered, the race should be fast and the winner will be one of Jhevaughn Matherson of Kingston College (KC), Nigel Ellis of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and the St Jago High’s rocket man, Raheem Chambers. This race is Ellis to win. His body of work, but more specifically his 10.20 clocking while running all alone at Western Championships, has quite rightly earned him the favourite’s tag. His blistering top-end speed and aggression over the final 40 metres should render Ellis unbeatable at this level, providing he executes well. Chambers will have to beat them with his strength out of the blocks and hold his form and momentum through to the tape. Due to the minuscule margin for error in this quality field, the St Jago man will have to run a perfect race to win. But Chambers did show signs of returning to his 10.27 best, with a comfortable 10.32 clocking at the recent Carifta Trials. Matherson will be the X-factor in this race. He reminded all and sundry how special an athlete he is with that 10.25 run while easing up and gazing all around the stadium, also at the Carifta Trials. Outside of the sheer class and quality of the Class Three 100m record holder, the dynamics of Matherson wearing the purple of KC cannot be overstated. When it comes to Champs, that energy generated by the constant bellowing of purple support coming from the stands, has discombobulated many opposing athletes over many years. The big question is this: How will Nigel Ellis cope with the ‘purple pressure’ come that final on Friday evening? There is also the burden of expectation on Ellis, not just of winning his first major race at Champs, but also to become the first STETHS athlete to win the prestigious Class One 100-metre event. If Ellis passes those mental tests he will win. He is naturally fastest in the field and with that stunning anchor leg in the mile relay at the Gibson/McCook Relays, he showed that he is not just fast, but also supremely strong. Having listened to him in a couple of interviews, I get the impression that he is quite level-headed, with a near nonchalant dynamic to his easy going, relaxed personality, qualities he will need to cope with those crucial race pressure moments. As is the tradition of this particular event, it will be worth going miles to see. The hope is for a legal headwind of about 1.6 to 1.8 metres per second, which would serve up the necessary conditions for an assault on the 10.12 Champs record by the Anguillan citizen Zharnel Hughes, who competed at Champs for KC. It is quite befitting our legacy in world sprinting that a Jamaican schoolboy retains that record and that honour. All things remaining equal, I predict Ellis to win from Matherson from, Chambers, with the hope being that mother nature will oblige with the necessary conditions for a schoolboy sprinter to dip under 10.10 for the first time in our glorious Champs history.
Crystal Palace launch bid for Everton striker Niasseby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace have launched a bid for Everton striker Oumar Niasse.The Sun says Palace have made a £6.5million bid for Niasse.Eagles boss Roy Hodgson has turned to the 28-year-old Senegalese international after a loan deal for Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke fell through.Hodgson is desperate for another striker to boost his team’s fight for Premier League survival.And he believes Niasse can supply the goal power he needs while record signing Christian Benteke continues to recover from knee surgery.Everton boss Marco Silva will not stand in the way of a player who has not started a single Premier League game this season or scored since last May. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Arsenal could change Ramsey stance for Denis Suarezby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are desperate to sign Denis Suarez from Barcelona this month.The Gunners feel the midfielder is the one who will help boss Unai Emery take the team to the next level.And the Daily Mirror reports that he would ideally sign on a loan deal with the possibility of a £15 million transfer in the summer.But the issue is that Barcelona want to sell him permanently this month.It is possible that Arsenal will let Aaron Ramsey join Juventus in January for a sizeable fee, as it would give them enough cash to sign Suarez permanently.
It didn’t take long for Deshaun Thomas to point out the reason behind the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s 71-45 victory against Minnesota. The junior forward, known for his prowess on offense, credited the Buckeyes’ tenacious effort on the defensive end of the court. “We played great defense,” Thomas said after Wednesday night’s game. “That’s what Ohio State basketball is all about.” “Great” might be a fair way to describe the Buckeyes’ defensive performance against the Gophers. In all, OSU held Minnesota to 29 percent shooting, as the Gophers limped to their second-lowest scoring output of the season. The Buckeyes’ energized defense looked completely different from the lethargic one that was annihilated by Wisconsin the game before. In OSU’s 71-49 loss to the Badgers on Feb. 17, the Buckeyes were picked apart on the defensive end, looking unprepared and even disinterested at times. “I think against Wisconsin we were just out there, we weren’t doing our job,” said sophomore guard Shannon Scott. “This game we came out with a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and we were able to feed off that.” The phrase “defense wins championships” is an age-old idiom. Whether OSU is a championship-caliber squad has yet to be determined. But one thing seems to have become clear in recent weeks, and it was confirmed against Minnesota: giving a great effort on defense helps OSU stop opponents, but such an effort also affects the Buckeyes’ ability to score. Part of OSU’s need for strong defensive efforts can be attributed to its deficiencies on offense. Though the Buckeyes have Thomas, the Big Ten’s leading scorer averaging 20.1 points per game, no other player averages double figures. So when the Buckeyes are forced to execute their offense in the half court – where defenses are able to key in on Thomas – OSU sometimes produces fairly ugly results. “They are talented, but they don’t shoot the ball well,” said former Buckeye Jerry Lucas, who was honored as one of the top 75 players in NCAA Tournament history on Wednesday. “That seems to be the thing that lacks the most in this team, they just aren’t consistent shooters.” The Buckeyes might not have the most proficient shooters, but players like Scott and sophomore forward Sam Thompson appear to thrive in fast-paced games when they can race up and down the court. Fast break opportunities seldom happen when a team is taking the ball out of the net after their opponent scores. But when a defense can get stops and steals, then they will likely also receive a chance to run. OSU did just that against Minnesota, forcing 21 turnovers and scoring 20 points in transition. “I think when our defense is really rolling, it helps our offense get going,” said Scott, whose three steals proved to be a catalyst in OSU’s ability to turn defense into offense against the Gophers. “We knew we wanted to pressure them the whole game, but we didn’t want our defense to speak for itself,” he said. “If they turned the ball over, we were going to execute off of that.” The Buckeyes will now turn their attention to a bout with No. 4 Michigan State on Sunday at 4 p.m. The Spartans (22-5, 11-3 Big Ten) beat OSU by three points earlier in the year and are a game behind Indiana for the top spot in the Big Ten standings. No. 18 OSU (19-7, 9-5 Big Ten) is in fifth place, trailing Indiana by three games. The top four teams in the conference receive a bye in the Big Ten tournament, which tips off on March 14. Despite the gravity of the upcoming game against Michigan State, Scott said the team will treat it like any other. If the Buckeyes are to pull off the upset, they will likely need to treat the Spartans with the defensive effort seen against Minnesota.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said old foe, Jose Mourinho deserves more respect despite his team’s bad start to the new Premier League season.Mourinho’s United have begun the season with two defeats in their first three league games which has led to speculation over his future at the club.The former Chelsea boss demanded respect from journalists following the 3-0 loss to Tottenham, pointing to his success with Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.Guardiola was involved in a series of spats with Mourinho when he was in charge of Barcelona.But, asked about Mourinho’s problems, Manchester City boss Guardiola said, as quoted by France24: “The history, the way Jose did in all the places he was – its hats off. There is no doubts about his quality.”Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“You need players, good clubs that sustain you and support you, patience.”“Our position is results. Every manager what he believes, what he likes, tries to get results in his own style and the way he trains. We are judged on the results we get.”“Only the players know exactly how you are as a manager because they know you and see you every day. They have more information than the rest of the world – the fans, the media, everybody.”“Only the players know exactly who we are and normally even then we are judged – if they play, the manager is good, if they don’t play the manager is not good.”
Logo of BNPA high-profile BNP delegation is going to meet home minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Tuesday afternoon to discuss party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s health condition and her treatment, reports UNB.BNP standing committee members, led by its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, will meet the minister at 2:30pm at his secretariat office as per the schedule given by him, Khaleda’s personal secretary ABM Sattar told UNB on Monday.He said the home minister has given his nod for talks with the BNP delegation as Fakhrul contacted him over phone Monday.Sattar said most of the standing committee members will accompany Fakhrul during the meeting.He said the BNP delegation will discuss various issues relating to Khaleda Zia’s treatment and her illness.BNP leaders have long been alleging for the last few days that their chairperson’s health condition has deteriorated sharply and she needs to receive better treatment.Earlier in the day, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said Khaleda Zia herself told the makeshift court on Sunday that her physical condition is not god. “Like the country’s people, we’re very worried about her gradually falling health condition.”The BNP leader called upon prime minister Sheikh Hasina to shun ‘brutal and vindictive’ attitude towards her arch rival and former prime minister Khaleda Zia.”Release our leader instead of creating any obstacle towards granting her bail. Even, such inhuman attitude was not shown to the political prisoners in the colonial era. Don’t sacrifice civilisation, justice and humanity only to cling to power illegally. Eschew inhumanity and allow our leader to receive proper treatment through releasing her from jail,” he said.He also announced that their party will form a human chain in front of the Nation Press Club from 11am to 12pm on Wednesday demanding the unconditional release of Khaleda Zia and proper treatment of her.BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has been in jail since a special court convicted her in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on 8 February last year. BNP termed the case politically motivated.
Sal Ardito holds his Bible while looking over the sidewalk memorial in front of the Emanuel AME Church on Friday, June 19, 2015 in Charleston, S.C. Dylann Storm Roof, 21, is accused of killing nine people during a Wednesday night Bible study at the church.As the nation remembered the nine lives lost in the Charleston, S.C. church shooting, so did clergy and residents in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.Two prayer vigils were held on June 19, at the Metropolitan AME Church and the African-American Civil War Memorial and Museum. During the vigils mourners remembered the victims, preached togetherness and forgiveness, and discussed topics prevalent in the struggle for African American justice and equality including White supremacy, “Black Lives Matter,” and church bombings.“I am grateful that God’s greatness is not diminished by tragedy,” Rev. Tony Lee, senior pastor of Community of Hope AME Church in Temple Hill, Maryland, said during the prayer vigil. “We pray for the healing of community….We are here from all different views, from all different backgrounds, from all different stations in life believing that the Lord can make a way.”During the vigil, Lee spoke of an experience with a White Uber driver in Charleston. He said the driver told him that something happened in his heart after he heard Christians were killed in church. Lee told the congregation that the driver showed him that “sometimes it takes great pain to bring great healing…[but] God was still in the midst of it all.”Churchgoers prayed for the families of the victims: Cynthia Hurd, 54; Susie Jackson, 87; Ethel Lance, 70; Rev. DePayne MiddletonDoctor, 49; Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41; Tywanza Sanders, 26; Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., 74; Rev. Sharonda Singleton, 45; Myra Thompson, 59.The vigil outside the museum rang a different tune, calling for restitution and justice for the lives lost. “What was on that paper [Bill of Rights],was to stop your struggle, said Eugene Puryear, D.C. Council At-Large candidate. “The war for Black America has not stopped…. We have to change our mindset.”He added, “This is a struggle for Blacks, but also a struggle for human beings.”A poster of the fallen was displayed with each victim pointed to so the crowd would know who they were as their names were called. “How many days will it take when we say we can’t take no more!” Abdul Khadie Muhammad, a member of the Nation of Islam, said.According to Bishop Adrian A. Taylor, Sr. of the Shabbath Commandment Church in Oxen Hill, Maryland, the only way to gain justice was to hurt the pockets of White supremacists. “We need to organize and boycott,” Taylor said.Linda Poulson contributed to this article.
US public service broadcaster PBS has selected Channel 4 to manage ad sales for its soon-to-launch UK channel.The channel will debut on BSkyB’s DTH platform on November 1, with Channel 4 acting as the sales house. Jonathan Allan, Channel 4’s sales director said: “PBS and Channel 4 have a natural synergy – in becoming their sales house we’re helping bring the best public service programming from the US to a UK audience. The deal reinforces Channel 4 Sales’ position as the premium sales house for high quality public service content.”PBS UK is a joint venture between Canadian-born oil entrepreneur David Lyons, the chairman and CEO of Orca Exploration Group, and PBS Distribution, which holds the rights to most PBS output. It will air the UK premiere of Prohibition, a five part film by Ken Burns, and Special When Lit, a film on the history of pinball, alongside established PBS programming including Nova, American Experience and Frontline, which will broadcast every weeknight.
Netflix has lowered its full year subscriber target for the US, but said it has witnessed stronger than forecast growth in each of the international markets in which it operates. As expected, the company reduced its subscriber target in the US from seven to five million net additions as it reported its third-quarter results. CEO Reed Hastings admitted the company had made a mistake in forecasting the higher number of new customers. Speaking to analysts after the results he said: “I think we’re feeling our way along as the streaming market grows, and we miss-predicted, but I would call that more of a forecasting error than anything else. But in terms of actual performance of the business to grow five million net adds, domestic, is substantial, and we feel good about that and about the growth next year.”Internationally, the company added just under 700,000 new customers, taking the total to 4.3 million although 620,000 of these are customers taking a free trial. The loss from international operations increased year-on-year and was US$92 million (€71 million) for the quarter.Hastings said that, following the launch in the Scandinavia last week, the loss from its international operations will peak in the fourth quarter at US$113 million and decrease thereafter.Numbers for Scandinavia will not be released until the year-end results, but management said take-up of the free trial offer was strong. In the UK and Ireland Hastings said that Netflix was beating Amazon’s Lovefilm. “We believe our viewing is higher. We think our content is better. We’re growing faster, but it’s a real head-to-head battle,” he said.In terms of content trends, Hastings said that two-thirds of viewing was now TV series and that, globally, three billion hours were viewed in the third quarter.Netflix reported 1.16 million new subscribers in the US, taking the total to 25.1 million, 23.8 million of which were paying customers. Quarterly revenues were US$905 million compared with US$822 million a year ago. Profit was US$8 million compared with US$62 million.
Satellite operator SES has teamed up with video compression specialist Harmonic and chipset vendor Broadcom to deliver HEVC-based Ultra HD signals from the 19.2° East satellite position.SES presented a demonstration of HEVC-based Ultra HD at its SES Industry Days event in Luxembourg using Harmonic’s ProMedia Xpress and a HEVC decoder reference-design system based on Broadcom’s BCM7445 device for receiving HEVC encoded Ultra-HD television transmission. The signal was broadcast in DVB-S2 using a data rate of 20Mbps.According to SES, this was the first live demonstration of a full 3840×2160 pixel Ultra HD picture in HEVC, with previous demos using either H.264 or four HD pictures in parallel.“We are very proud to present the first Ultra HD demo in the HEVC standard on satellite. SES has once again taken a leadership role in the industry by broadcasting the first real Ultra HD picture in a commercially realistic bandwidth,” said Thomas Wrede, vice-president, reception systems, SES. “We are convinced that the HEVC standard will become the option of choice for TV operators broadcasting Ultra HD content and expect the industry to develop prototype Ultra HD receivers in the coming months. With this initiative SES will be significantly driving the Ultra HD ecosystem forward and provide a 24/7 test channel to its industry partners.”