Record support for Special Needs

first_imgKINGSTON: A record 10,600 participants lined up on the waterfront, downtown Kingston, to participate in the Digicel Imagine 5K Run on Saturday night. David Butler, CEO, Digicel Jamaica, said he was encouraged by the record numbers and thanked everyone who contributed to the overwhelming success of the event – being staged for the fourth time – in support of special-needs institutions. “We want to thank everyone; the participants, our sponsors and partners from corporate Jamaica and the public sector, the media and, importantly, our hundreds of volunteers, for joining us in the support of this great cause,” said Butler. Last year, a total of 8,052 persons turned out to support the cause. ‘grateful’ many firsts Also expressing thanks was Jean Lowrie-Chin, chairman, Digicel Foundation. “We are grateful to the thousands of persons who registered in this year’s race, they have boosted the Foundation’s islandwide programme for our special-needs family,” she said. “Our patron, Denis O’Brien, has inspired us with his passion to uplift these beloved Jamaicans. Our special-needs students, athletes, teachers, coaches and volunteers have brought us and our country pride and joy, and it is a privilege to partner with them,” added Lowrie-Chin. In line with the record turnout, the company is also celebrating several firsts for the race, with this year showing the highest number of participants coming from the special-needs community. Mustard Seeds registered 229 participants, while Early Stimulation Plus registered a team of 221 participants. The race also received massive support from the school population across Jamaica, with a total of 427 students from secondary schools and 555 from tertiary institutions. A new addition to this year’s race and a first for 5K races in Jamaica was the fun route. Participants in this section of the race were splashed with paint as they started the route that was laced with fun, interactive obstacles. These included more paint, a maze, a giant-sized pendulum swing, tyre run, balance beam, and ending with a slip and slide.last_img read more

World Cup win would be ‘fantastic’ for region – Taylor

first_imgCaptain of West Indies Women Stafanie Taylor says emulating the feat of four years ago of their male counterparts remains the focus ahead of next month’s ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tournament in India.Describing the triumph by the men in 2012 as a signature accomplishment, Taylor said the victory by the team brought pride and joy to the Caribbean, and they would like to do likewise.”For us women, it would be great, as the men actually won a Twenty20 World Cup, and we have been so close (semi-finals) to winning it,” remarked Taylor.”For the Caribbean, it would be fantastic, as a lot of people are behind us and know that we have the potential to go out there and do the job.”The Jamaican all-rounder, who will be captain of the side for the first time at a global event, has, however, cautioned that the job should be difficult.She explained that other teams like defending champions Australia and perennial title challengers England are expected to be strong, while developing teams are getting better.This, she further noted, is evidenced by hosts India, who, in light of being a traditional lightweight in the female version of the sport, defeated the Australians recently.TOUGH TEAMS AHEAD”I think all the team’s are going to be tough. As such, we will not take any team for granted,” highlighted Taylor.”We are (therefore) going to have to be on our P’s and Q’s to be right up there.”Meanwhile, as it relates to preparation, Taylor said it has been good so far, with the team looking to do well on their tour of South Africa.”In the few games that we have been in at the camp, the team really looks good,” she said.”It’s just for us to now prepare ourselves for South Africa and then take it from there.”The West Indians are scheduled to play three Twenty20 and three one-day internationals in South Africa.The Women’s World Twenty20 World Cup, which will be held between March 15 and April 9, will see the West Indies at the preliminary stage contesting Group B alongside England, India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.last_img read more

Gayle credits Benn for inspiration in World T20 victory over England

first_imgMUMBAI, India (CMC): Chris Gayle says it was a remark from close teammate, Sulieman Benn, before the start of the West Indies innings, that inspired his scintillating hundred against England on Wednesday. “I was focused and I was a little bit pumped as well. Just before I went out to bat, Sulieman Benn said to me ‘Chris you’ve got to entertain me’,” Gayle said. “Sometimes when someone says such things like that, it kind of actually gives you a bit of buzz as well so Sulieman gave me that spark. I said ‘I’m going to entertain my teammate’. He’s my drinking partner as well so we’re going to have few beers … it’s good to get off on a winning note.” The left-handed Gayle was superb, smashing five fours and 11 massive sixes as he stormed to exactly 100 not out, in the Windies opening game of the Twenty20 World Cup. He needed just 47 balls to reach his landmark, to record the third fastest hundred in T20 Internationals. He put on 55 for the second wicket with Marlon Samuels, who hit a cameo 37, added a further 46 for the third wicket with Denesh Ramdin (12), before combining in a match-winning unbroken fifth wicket stand of 70 off 35 balls with Andre Russell, who finished with a run-a-ball 16 not out. “The preparation has been really, really good. There (were) a lot of throw downs with (coach) Stuart Williams and it has helped a lot,” the 36-year-old said. “It’s all about practicing your skills and then you can exploit them out there in the middle. It worked for me today, it’s a good wicket to bat on and we were chasing a decent total on that sort of wicket, but the dew played a part as well so it was good to get set and take it from there.” On 15 from 12 balls when Samuels fell, Gayle then opened up, racing to his half-century off another 15 balls and then using another 20 deliveries to get to three figures. Gayle said Samuels’s cameo had paved the way for him to play freely. “After facing (my first) over, it actually took a while to get back on strike, but I didn’t lose my composure,” Gayle recalled. “He (Samuels) was getting the boundaries as well so that was actually pretty good because then that kind of eased the pressure a bit and actually gave me a chance to pace my innings and then work out which bowler I was going to take down … and keep ahead of the run rate or keep within the run rate. “It was a fantastic innings and I am really happy to finish the game and not leave it for anyone.” Preparationlast_img read more

Heaven retains JCA presidency

first_imgProminent business executive, Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven, has been re-elected as president of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA).The CHASE Fund chief executive officer will head the association for a second two-year term, after turning back the challenge of incumbent secretary, Fritz Harris, 52 to 47, during the association’s annual general meeting at the Jamaica Conference Centre yesterday.”It feels good to be returned as president, as over the past two years, the JCA has made several strides,” said Heaven.”It is a good victory for cricket, I believe, as the association is moving in the right direction generally, and the hope is that over the next term things will get even better.”Harris, who prior to the election had served as secretary for the past two years, expressed disappointment at the result, but, in the meantime, congratulated Heaven.HARRIS DISAPPOINTED”I am naturally disappointed with the result, but it’s a membership association with the right to elect the president, and I have to respect that,” Harris said. “I must also commend the president on retaining his position.”Heaven, who prior to his ascension to the post two years ago, had promised to serve for two terms, will also have at least six of his seven executive committee nominees to work with.This is after the they won their respective contests.These include: Dr Donovan Bennett (first vice-president), Mark Neita (second vice-president), Diann Campbell (honorary secretary, Clinton Clarke (assistant secretary) and Hopeton Morrison (treasurer).At press time, the seventh executive position, that of assistant treasurer, was undecided.Kerry Scott, representing Team Heaven, and Errol Moodie, representing Team Harris, were the assistant treasurer nominees.Heaven, during his campaign, noted that several measures had been instituted during his tenure.These, he said, included: the enhancement of commitment to transparency and good governance by the filing of the first annual income tax returns in 16 years, the appointment of a chief executive officer, the implementation of lights at Sabina Park, and improvement practice facilities as well as provision of a new gymnasium and wellness centre. He also pointed to the restoration of local women’s cricket competition to the cricket calendar.Harris, in the meanwhile, a director of the JCA for over 15 years, had campaigned on a promise of change for a betterment of the game.last_img read more

Hero MotoCorp extends CPL title sponsorship

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Hero MotoCorp Ltd, headquartered in India, announced yesterday that it is extending its title sponsorship of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) by another three years.The tournament, to be played between June 29August 7, will continue to be called the ‘Hero Caribbean Premier League’ until the 2018 season, a statement from the organisers said.Hero MotoCorp is considered the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer in terms of unit volumes sold by a single company in a calendar year.”The extension of our title sponsorship of the Hero CPL is also in keeping with the increasing global presence of Brand Hero, which is now present in 30 countries across Asia, Africa and South and Central America,” said Pawan Munjal, chairman, managing director and CEO, Hero MotoCorp Ltd.”The Hero CPL is now set to become one of the important events in Hero’s annual global sporting calendar.”Last year’s tournament attracted a global audience in excess of 90 million, officials have said.This year the CPL T20 is set to break new ground with the first set of matches to be played in the USA.”Following the successes of the West Indies men’s, women’s and under-19 teams on the international circuit over the last few months, we are excited about this year’s competition which will once again see the best Caribbean and internationaltalent project their skills to a growing local and international audience,” said Richard Bevan, chairman of the Hero CPL.”This year the CPL will be breaking new ground with the first foray for professional cricket into the USA and we are delighted that Hero MotoCorp will be joining us on this journey.”The Hero CPL 2016 will be played at venues across seven territories – Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts & Nevis,St Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago and Fort Lauderdale in the USA.last_img read more

Quarterback Taylor unhappy with benching

first_imgORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP):Quarterback Tyrod Taylor is unhappy with the Bills decision to bench him to close the season and questioned whether he’s played his final game for Buffalo.Unless he hears otherwise, Taylor said he can only assume the benching reflects the Bills having lost confidence in him to continue on as their starter.”That’s fair to say. That’s what it showed,” Taylor said yesterday, when Bills players gathered to clear out their lockers a day after a season-ending 30-10 loss at the New York Jets.”Did I believe that was fair? No, I didn’t,” Taylor said, adding he’s hoping to get a lengthier explanation from the team during exit meetings. “Once we have the conversation and it’s actually explained to me why it was done the way it was, we’ll move forward from there. But we’ll see when that happens.”REPLACEMENTSThe decision to start backup EJ Manuel was made at the same time the Bills fired coach Rex Ryan last week and promoted Anthony Lynn as the interim head coach.Without going into detail, Lynn called it a “business decision,” and said he didn’t take part in the meeting in determining to start Manuel.The Bills went 7-9 and extended the NFL’s longest active playoff drought to 17 seasons.Taylor said it’s premature to say whether he’d consider restructuring his contract to remain in Buffalo.TAYLOR’S FORMIn two seasons, Taylor went 15-14, including a 7-8 record this year.The benching came after Taylor played his best game, going 26 of 39 for a career-best 329 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-31 overtime loss to Miami.He finished 269 or 436 for 3,023 yards with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions this season. He also had six rushing touchdowns.Taylor has had difficulty rallying the Bills from deficits, going 2-14 in games Buffalo trailed by 4 or more points at any time of the game. A rash of injuries to Buffalo’s top receivers, including starter Sammy Watkins, hampered Taylor’s production.He did provide a dynamic running element to team that led the league in rushing for a second consecutive season. Taylor finished with 580 yards rushing to break the single-season franchise record for quarterbacks he set last season with 568.”Can we be better? Yes. Can I be better? Yes,” Taylor said. “If the decision is to keep me here, I’m definitely going to continue to keep playing my heart out.”last_img read more

Netball Jamaica closer to naming coach

first_imgThe interview process to select the new head coach of the Jamaica Sunshine Girls team is scheduled to be completed this week.President of Netball Jamaica (NJ) Paula Daley-Morris told The Gleaner in an interview that three individuals, two locals and one from overseas, have applied for the job.Daley-Morris said that her association has interviewed one person so far, and the others will be done this week.”We have to interview people when they are available and so the coach will be named once the process is finished,” said Daley-Morris.The Sunshine Girls have been without a head coach since November, after the resignation Minneth Reynolds, following the team’s 2-1 away series win over rivals England.CLEAR FAVOURITEThe Gleaner has been reliably informed by sources close to the situation that Connie Francis is the clear favourite to land the job.The vastly experienced Francis, who led Jamaica at the FAST5 Netball World Series in New Zealand last October, would be returning for her second stint as the Sunshine Girls head coach.Francis, who represented Waulgrovians during her playing career, led the Sunshine Girls to a bronze medal at the World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2007.The tough-talking tactician also guided the Jamaicans to the bronze medal at the inaugural FastNet Championships in 2008.Francis represented Jamaica at five World Championships. After coaching Jamaica to the bronze in 2007, Francis was relieved of her duties ahead of the 2011 World Champion-ships. She then had a stint with the St Lucia national team.Efforts were made to gauge Francis’ interest in the post but she could not be reached for a comment.last_img read more

Fajardo aware of tough road ahead for Gilas, but believes ‘nothing is impossible’

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READ But rather than be overwhelmed with his situation, the three-time PBA Most Valuable Player believes that the team’s success wouldn’t be dependent on his efforts alone.“It’s still the team,” he said. “As long as we have teamwork and trust on ourselves, each other, and the coaches, we can do it. We just have to follow coach’s system and his instructions.”Fajardo said that the team realizes the realities Gilas Pilipinas have been dealt with, but that doesn’t mean that the Philippines will just roll over and die.“Nothing’s impossible,” he said. “We know that it’s going to be hard, but we believe that we’ll be able to win and we’ll do nothing but our best.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo knows he has big shoes to fill for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup.Without naturalized player Andray Blatche, the Cebuano giant will be thrust into the spotlight as he will be counted on to hold the paint against the giants of Asia.ADVERTISEMENT Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return “It’s going to be difficult because it’s tough to fill the shoes left by Andray because he’s our go-to guy,” he said in Filipino.Blatche opted to sit out the Asian championships following security concerns in Lebanon, as well as financial issues, according to an earlier Inquirer report.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Syracuse-born big man has been with Gilas since the 2014 Fiba World Cup, and was a part of the silver medal-winning squad which competed in the 2015 Fiba Asia Championship in Changsha, China. He last played for the country in the 2017 Seaba Championship last May.Fajardo, meanwhile, will be bracing for only his second appearance in the continental meet — his first coming in 2013 here in Manila where he played sparingly as the team’s greenhorn. No plans yet as Andre Paras focused on honing skills View commentslast_img read more

Nadal, Federer warn against change despite injury toll

first_imgView comments National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal “You can cut down the season by half and then if there is an injury we cut it down half again, and at the end we play two months of the year eventually and we’ll still be injured because now we’re not playing enough,” Federer said.“The guys who are hurt lately, it’s mostly because they are 30-plus. Wear and tear just takes its toll. Maybe some players have just had enough of playing hurt and told just themselves, ‘When I come back I just want to be 100 percent.’“I don’t think there needs to be that much addressing, because the players they have the option not to play as much.”Nadal cited different ball contracts for the US Open and its main tuneup events as a problem that could be resolved.“That’s very bad for the wrist, for the elbow, for the shoulder. That’s bad,” Nadal said. “There are contracts but there’s some ways that you can fix it.”ADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu ‘Playing without thinking’Nadal supported an experimental change used in qualifying to allow coaching, but drew the line at a 25-second shot clock.“Depends on what the fans want. If the fans want short points and players playing without thinking, only going for the shots, maybe is good,” Nadal said.“If you want to have matches like the three finals I played here with Novak, the kind of match the crowd is more involved because the points are so long, well, you cannot expect play 50 shots’ rally and in 25 seconds be ready to play the next point.“I think that’s not possible for a great show. But if you don’t want a great show, of course it’s a great improvement.”Most assuredly, New York fans love nothing more than a show and Nadal can’t wait to give them one when he opens play Tuesday.“Excited to start the US Open,” he said. “Doesn’t matter if you’re seeded one or 20, for me always is special to play here.” CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READ Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Legacy cemented, Huelgas looks at bigger picture “Don’t forget we’re not 21 anymore,” said Nadal. Stan is 32. I am 31 and a half almost. Novak is 30. Andy is 30. We are not that young anymore, so it’s normal that we had some things. That’s coincidence that it happens at the same time.”The superstar Spaniard also noted such past stars as Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras were not playing at such an advanced age.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“Don’t forget that Sampras probably at my age was not playing tennis, Borg was not playing tennis. A lot of great players were not playing tennis at our age,” Nadal said. “Is normal that we are still playing, we try our best, but it’s normal that we have more troubles during this.”Asked if the schedule needed to be trimmed to ease the workload, 19-time Grand Slam champion Federer took that idea to extremes. Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Spain’s Rafael Nadal waves to spectators as as he leaves the court after his opponent Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta withdrew with an injury from their quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. APNEW YORK, United States — Top-ranked Rafael Nadal and third-ranked Roger Federer sounded alarms against changes in tennis Saturday even as Britain’s second-ranked Andy Murray joined the injured list at the US Open.Murray withdrew with a sore left hip from the year’s final Grand Slam that starts Monday on the New York hardcourts, joining 2016 winner Stan Wawrinka, Novak Djokovic, 2014 runner-up Kei Nishikori and Canada’s Milos Raonic among the injured.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Garcia heats up late as EAC caps off season with a win

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sidney Onwubere also got a fitting farewell as he nabbed 15 points, nine rebounds, four dimes, a steal, and a block in his final collegiate game.“I’m happy because everyone contributed and did their roles,” said the senior forward.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogEAC held a six-point lead, 78-72, courtesy of a Sean Neri undergoal stab with 3:34 remaining, but Perpetual fought back behind Prince Eze down the stretch.Altas got a chance to inch closer when Garcia fouled AJ Coronel on his three-point attempt with 1.6 ticks remaining. Coronel made his first two attempts to cut the deficit down to two, 83-81, and intentionally missed his third to allow Eze to grab the rebound. Unfortunately, the Nigerian big man botched his putback as the Generals escaped with the victory. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College did just enough to hold off Perpetual, 83-81, and finish off its NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament campaign with a victory Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Jerome Garcia unfurled 12 of his 22 points in the payoff period, and added four rebounds, while Jethro Mendoza had 17 markers, three assists, two boards, and two steals.ADVERTISEMENT PERPETUAL 81 – Eze 21, Ylagan 17, Yuhico 13, Coronel 10, Dagangon 7, Lucente 4, Pido 4, Tamayo 3, Sadiwa 2.Quarters: 25-19, 37-39, 64-59, 83-81. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? NBA: LeBron thinks Kyrie won’t get booed as much in Cleveland return OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “At least, we could hold our heads up high,” said coach Ariel Sison whose side snapped its five-game losing streak to wind up with a 7-11 record.Eze fired 21 points and nine rebounds for Perpetual, which stumbled to its seventh straight loss to fall down to 4-13.GJ Ylagan got 17 markers, five boards, and four assists, while Jonathan Yuhico had 13 in the loss.The Scores:EAC 83 – Garcia 22, J. Mendoza 17, Onwubere 15, Bugarin 12, Bautista 6, Diego 6, Neri 3, Tampoc 2, Corilla 0, I. Mendoza 0.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more