Sprinters Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were on Friday night presented with the 2015 RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards at the Jamaica Pegasus. Bolt was winning his sixth Sportsman of the Year award, after copping titles in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, while Fraser-Pryce, who also won in 2012 and 2013, was winning her third Sportswoman of the year award. “I want to thank my fans, who supported me this season, I really needed it. I want to thank my coach, I put him through a lot of stress, he has stood by me this season … I want to thank God and I promise I will try to do my best this season,” said a grateful Bolt. Fraser-Pryce, who won gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m at last year’s World Championships in Beijing, China, as well as the Diamond League 100m title, was also presented with the Sagicor Iconic award. The sprinter has won two Olympic gold medals and seven at the World Championships level since her ‘arrival’ at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. “Everything I have done is attributed to how much God has blessed me,” said Fraser-Pryce. “I am honoured to be here collecting this award a third time. I want to thank my coach for believing in me and putting up with me; and for me putting up with him sometimes.” Bolt’s award, which now puts him second in the all – time list behind boxer Michael McCallum (7) came after another dominant season by the powerful sprinter, who won three gold medals at the World Championships (100m, 200m and 4x100m). World Championships 100m hurdles gold medal winner Danielle Williams was the runner-up to the Sportswoman of the year, with shot put bronze medal winner O’Dayne Richards took home the male equivalent. The first award of the evening went to veteran quarter-miler and cancer survivor Novlene Williams-Mills, who was presented with the Chairman’s award. The People’s Choice Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ went to Jamaica’s senior women’s 4x400m relay team, which won gold at the World Championships, while former Netball Jamaica president Marva Bernard received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC): Only three players so far have signed contracts with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to represent the region in the T20 World Cup, just days before a Valentine’s Day deadline runs out. WICB Chief Executive Michael Muirhead made the disclosure late yesterday without revealing the names of those who have put pen to paper before Sunday’s deadline. His revelation came as a fresh contract crisis erupted this week over wages, between the WICB and players selected for the T20 World Cup starting next month in India. “Three have signed and one has indicated that he would not be able to participate because of injury so he will be replaced,” disclosed Muirhead, in an interview with Caribupdate News. “I will not name names at this point until the player is replaced and until Sunday when at that point I will then decide the appropriate time to release such”. Captain Darren Sammy and the players are contending that the remuneration on offer from the board for the T20 World Cup is unacceptable, and have called for a return to the amounts offered under the previous contract. The players concerns were contained in a letter from Sammy to Muirhead rejecting the notion that WIPA was their legitimate representative. However, Muirhead has expressed confidence that the rest of the players would also sign the contract and disclosed that he has received a second letter from Sammy with a conciliatory tone. “I am confident I think they will sign. I think just the tone of Sammy’s letter. I think he almost sound like he is speaking for himself but I assume he is speaking on behalf of most of the players if not all,” said Muirhead. “I assume that most if not all will sign not withstanding they may be some outstanding issues that he may want to take up after but certainly nothing could happen before. So I am confident that they will sign”. Muirhead has also confirmed that the Clive Lloyd led selection committee has already begun selecting a cadre of available players to represent the region in the World Cup, if they are needed. “That’s in the hands of the selectors right now. I am not sure at what stage they are but they have convened,” he said. “They were looking at the cadre of players who are out there and are available and will be putting that list together”. In his letter to the WICB Chief Executive, Sammy had pointed out that the T20 World Cup four years ago, the lowest paid player was guaranteed almost US$60 000 while the highest player stood to make almost US$138 000. He argued that with only US$27 600 on offer for the upcoming tournament, it represented between a 50 and 80 per cent pay cut for players. According to Muirhead, while Sammy’s second letter expressed his intention to represent West Indies at the World Cup he remains resolute that the WICB reconsiders the pay package. “We are not opposed to reconsidering but it would have to be done through the single and recognised representative body being WIPA,” Muirhead said.. “The book is never closed but it cannot be for a single group.”
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Davao pullout leaves PFL with 5 teams Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia MOST READ Davao Occidental Tigers. Photo from Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball LeagueDavao Occidental pounced on a listless Bacoor City as the Tigers rolled to an emphatic 69-50 victory on Wednesday night to extend their winning streak to 12 games in the MPBL Datu Cup at Strike Gym in Cavite.Veteran Mark Yee fired 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Leo Najorda finished with 16 points for the Tigers, who tightened their grip of top spot in the South division by improving to 14-3.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Unfazed by the home crowd, the Tigers took the Strikers out of their comfort zone with their stingy defense as they held their foes to just 37 points in the first three periods.Earlier, Cebu City snapped a two-game slide by pummeling an undermanned Pasay squad, 76-61.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 ChrissRaffy Octobre notched another double double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Patrick Cabahug returned from an injury and chipped in 12 points. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES View comments
Chaos broke out at the Stabroek Police Outpost on Thursday last when a prisoner armed himself with a cutlass, chopped off the handcuffs from his hands and made good his escape.Stabroek Police OutpostAccording to information, on the day in question, around 16:30h, ranks arrested Gary Grant, a 34-year-old resident of Norton Street, Georgetown, who allegedly stole a cellular phone from a female resident.The Corporal who was in charge of the night shift at the Outpost instructed his subordinates to handcuff the man’s right hand to a metal bar that was attached to a wall inside the structure and place him to sit on a bench.Ranks stated that the man had been banging on the walls and throwing items at them throughout the afternoon.Subsequently, one of the ranks attached to the Outpost informed the Corporal of the man’s behaviour and suggested that he be sent to the Brickdam Police Station, but the request was denied.The rank further stated that the prisoner was shouting at the top of his voice claiming that he was very strong and was a good sprinter, but they ignored the outbursts and slurs.At approximately 22:20h the same night, the prisoner suddenly jumped into the air and kicked down the plywood counter of the outpost. A cutlass that was hidden under the counter was then revealed, and the prisoner used it to chop off the handcuffs and made his escape.However, before leaving, the prisoner used the cutlass to chop several electrical wires thus resulting in the Outpost plunging into darkness.Nevertheless, a large crowd gathered after seeing and hearing the commotion. A public-spirited citizen quickly got into action and attempted to prevent the prisoner from escaping, but he did not succeed as the prisoner kept ‘firing chops’ at them with the cutlass.The lone female Police rank out of fear began to run as the man went after her with the cutlass in his hand.As the woman made efforts to escape, she stumbled over two bread stalls at the Market.The prisoner eventually backed off and made good his escape by running around the fence of the Parliament Building. The patrol vehicle that was summoned arrived shortly after the chaos, at the scene.
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Manchester United want to re-sign Old Trafford great Cristiano Ronaldo as the club intensifies its efforts to build a potentially title-winning squad. United are working on what could be a new club-record deal to bring Ronaldo back to Manchester six years after he joined Real Madrid for a world record £80m. (Manchester Evening News)Manchester United are also on the brink of a deal for Barcelona’s unsettled forward Pedro – and the transfer could be sealed next week. (Daily Express)Real Madrid’s president, Florentino Pérez, and the chief executive, José Ángel Sánchez, will hold talks with Sergio Ramos in China this weekend, when they will tell the central defender they do not want to sell him, despite his desire to leave for Manchester United. (Guardian)Tottenham want to unite Saido Berahino and Harry Kane in a striking dream team. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is desperate to strengthen his attack and is ready to make a firm bid for West Brom forward Berahino, a long-term target. The Baggies are aware of Tottenham’s interest and are trying to tie down the 21-year-old – who has played alongside last season’s goal-scoring sensation Kane for England Under-21s – with a new contract. (Daily Mirror)Aston Villa want to sign Emmanuel Adebayor from Spurs and are targeting £12m-rated Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani. (Daily Mirror)Tottenham, West Ham and Aston Villa are ready to test Crystal Palace’s resolve to hang on to Yannick Bolasie. (Daily Mirror)Crystal Palace midfielder Barry Bannan has been told he can leave the club this summer. The Scotland international was on the peripheries of Alan Pardew’s squad last season, spending the final months on loan at Bolton. And the former Aston Villa man is likely to leave Selhurst Park before the transfer window closes. (Daily Mail)Arsenal director Lord Harris has backed Arsene Wenger to break the club transfer record on a new centre forward, with the long-serving board member revealing funds are available to sign ‘anyone but Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. (Daily Mail)And Arsene Wenger is eyeing an £8million move for Fernando Llorente — as he fears missing out on Karim Benzema. (The Sun)Jose Mourinho has confirmed he is going to give Victor Moses a chance to resurrect his Chelsea career this season. (London Evening Standard)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Manchester United target Thomas Muller is priceless, claims Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz RummeniggeManchester United accept £45m offer from PSG for Angel Di Maria – reportsArsenal and Tottenham both eyeing Borussia Dortmund hitman Pierre-Emerick AubameyangKevin De Bruyne latest: Wolfsburg deny holding talks with Manchester City over potential £60m dealTottenham target Salvatore Sirigu insists his future is at PSGLiverpool transfer report: Brendan Rodgers plans to make £21m Pedro his EIGHTH summer signingNorwich set to bid £2m for Fiorentina full-back Marcos AlonsoLeicester weigh up move for Galatasaray captain Selcuk InanCharlie Austin latest! QPR have not given up hope of keeping striker, claims Chris RamseyWest Ham and Real Betis eye Barcelona wonderkid Alen HalilovicReports – No chance ‘next Franck Ribery’ will join Newcastle this summer
But he could return to England this summer with Spurs reportedly keen on doing a deal to sign him permanently.According to the Corriere dello Sport, the north London club monitored the Portugal international closely during his time at West Ham and were suitably impressed by the central midfielder.And with the future of Mousa Dembele currently unclear, Mario is being considered as a potential replacement for the Belgian. Mario was one of the Hammers’ better players towards the end of the season Tottenham have been linked with a move for ex-West Ham loanee Joao Mario.The 25-year-old made 13 Premier League appearances for the Hammers during his short stint last term before heading back to parent club Inter Milan. 2 Mario could sign for West Ham’s bitter rivals 2 Mario only joined Inter in August 2016, when the Serie A club paid Sporting Lisbon £36m for his services, but his time in Italy has gone sour.He remains under contract until 2021 but looks certain to leave – and Tottenham could swoop.
MET Eireann has issued another ice alert for the county’s roads this morning.But if the forecaster is correct, we might not see another one for at least another eight days.The organisation says a westerly front will take polar air away from the country, leading to much milder weather right through until Christmas. Today however there are serious warnings about our roads once again.The main Letterkenny/Derry Road between Manor and Newtown was described as “outrageous” by several motorists who contacted donegaldaily.com last night.“For a major route like that to be so treacherous was incredible,” said one. “It was really really dangerous.”Caution is urged on all roads this morning until milder weather arrives later today. © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com ANOTHER ICE ALERT – BUT IT COULD BE THE LAST FOR DAYS was last modified: December 18th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:donegal weatherice warningmilder weather on wayweather
SAN FRANCISCO — Victor Conte was sentenced to four months in prison and four months’ home confinement Tuesday for his role as the mastermind in a scheme to provide pro athletes with undetectable banned drugs. Conte, who negotiated a plea deal with federal prosecutors, started the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO). The lab, according to court records, counted dozens of prominent athletes among its clients, including baseball’s Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi and Olympic track and field star Marion Jones. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Outside the courthouse, Conte read a statement saying he wanted to rid the sporting world of steroids. “I’ve decided to direct my knowledge, experience and determination toward making sports more honorable for the athletes and fans,” Conte said. The case prompted pro sports to stiffen steroid policies and thrust performance-enhancing drugs into the spotlight. THG, a steroid uncovered in the investigation, is now banned throughout sports. Conte pleaded guilty in July to money laundering and a steroid distribution charge; dozens of counts were dropped as part of his plea deal. Anderson and Conte, who remain free on bond, are scheduled to surrender to prison authorities Dec. 1. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston said she was not thrilled with the plea deals, but accepted them anyway. Illston could have sentenced Conte to a year in prison. She had harsh words for Anderson, calling his behavior criminally and morally wrong. Greg Anderson, Bonds’ trainer and friend since childhood, was sentenced to three months behind bars and three months in home confinement after pleading guilty to money laundering and a steroid distribution charge. James Valente, vice president of Burlingame-based BALCO, was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to reduced charges of steroid distribution. Anderson and his attorney had argued for no prison time. “I’m sorry for my actions,” Anderson told the judge. U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan in San Francisco said Tuesday the July plea deals were spurred in part by weak steroid laws and by the fact that some of the chemicals were not banned at the time. He noted, however, that the prosecution’s fallout was larger than the case itself. “This case is bigger at this point than the defendants who were sentenced today,” Ryan said. “This case galvanized the debate about steroids.” Ryan added that he would “seriously consider” Conte’s help in tracking down illegal performance-enhancing drugs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
18 April 2012 King Juan Carlos of Spain wants to see more South African music, films and crafts in his country, Spanish ambassador Benavides Orgaz told Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile on Tuesday. Speaking at the signing of a cultural agreement between the two countries in Pretoria, Orgaz said that forging closer cultural ties with a country with an such an important historical background was “a luxury, hence we are saying bring more South African music, crafts and films to our country.” Mashatile said in response that his department would consider establishing an annual South African Week in Spain, during which local artists would perform at various events around the country. The cultural agreement, he said, would go a long way towards strengthening people-to-people contact between South Africa and Spain. “As we have said on various occasions, people-to-people contact is one of the key instruments to promote greater understanding and appreciation of one another. “People-to-people contact is also the key that opens other doors of interaction, be it in the fields of trade and commerce, education, technology exchanges and many other strategic areas.” The agreement would also open new avenues for cooperation in the areas of publishing, heritage preservation and museums, music, theatre, dance and film, Mashatile said. The minister thanked the Spanish government for placing relations with the African continent high on its agenda. “We are encouraged by the work done by the Spanish government to support the African World Heritage Fund,” he said. Source: BuaNews
27 February 2013South Africa will spend more than R23-billion on beefing up school infrastructure and increasing the number of no-fee schools this year, with education once more receiving the biggest slice – R232.5-billion – of the country’s R1.06-trillion 2013 National Budget.Delivering his Budget speech in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said that over the medium term, the Basic Education Department would be expected to use some of its budget to improve numeracy and literacy, expand enrolment in Grade R and reduce the school infrastructure backlog.R1-billion will go to the country’s nine provinces to increase the number of teachers, while about R700-million will be channelled towards the technical secondary schools recapitalisation grant.“This will finance construction and refurbishment of 259 workshops and training of over 1 500 technology teachers,” Gordhan said.The education infrastructure grant is critical to government’s plans of eradicating unsafe and poor quality school structures, as it supplements the infrastructure programme in provinces to accelerate the construction, maintenance and upgrading of new and existing schools.Up to R8-billion has been allocated to the school infrastructure backlog grant, which was established in 2011. The grant aims to ensure that schools have basic services such as water, sanitation and electricity.R24.6-billion for universities, collegesThe allocation to higher education institutions will increase from just over R20-billion in the previous financial year to R24.6-billion over the next three years, Gordhan said.He confirmed that construction of two new universities, in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape, would finally commence this year, with the authorities expecting an increase in student enrolment at South Africa’s higher education institutions from 910 000 to 990 000 by 2015.In recent years, government has also increased funding to help students from poor backgrounds obtain tertiary education and vocational training.The Student Financial Aid Scheme will provide loans and bursaries to 288 188 students from poor backgrounds in 2013/14, up from just over 118 000 in 2008/9.To increase access to basic education, the Budget notes the expansion of no-fee schools in South Africa to 20 688 by the end of 2012.Source: SAnews.gov.za