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‘Usain at his best doesn’t have much to worry about’

first_imgBy Kayon RaynorUsain Bolt is happy with his condition in the lead-up to August’s world championships and will not be denied more sprint gold by American Justin Gatlin, according to his coach Glen Mills.“We take all competitors with a level of seriousness and I don’t see Gatlin as a joke, but the truth of the matter is Usain at his best doesn’t have much to worry about,” Mills told Reuters in an interview.Jamaican Bolt will bid for a third 100 metres gold and a fourth 200m gold in succession at the August 22-30 meeting in Beijing.In Bolt’s absence, Gatlin dominated the Diamond League last season, ending the year as world leader in the 100 and 200m with personal best times of 9.77 and 19.68 seconds respectively.“It’s good for the sport and creates the kind of interest, but those kinds of things don’t affect us in any way because Usain and myself knows what we can get him to do when he’s fully fit and ready and that’s what we’re working to do,” said Mills, who has guided Bolt since 2005.“When we are ready and he’s peaked then let’s hear the shout, ‘I’m sure it will be Usain Bolt!’”The 100 and 200m world record holder, Bolt won both events at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.Having taken time off last year, the 28-year-old told Reuters he was looking to set quick times this season.“I always try to wait until I run my first race (to set targets), but for me the aim is always to go to the championship and to defend my titles,” he said.“But I want to run really fast this season so I’m working on it.”Mills said Bolt had stepped up his preparation since running 46.37 seconds over 400m on March 14 in Kingston.“He has made significant strides since the last time you saw him (in competition),” he said.“He’s down to compete in Brazil in another two weeks and he’s getting into the kind of competitive shape that he’ll be able to perform to the kind of levels that we know he’s capable of doing.Bolt, who will compete on wildcard entries in Beijing, was also satisfied with his condition as he gears up for his April 19 race in Rio de Janeiro, the host city for next year’s summer Olympics where he will be expected to defend his titles.His schedule also includes Diamond League meetings in New York, Paris and Lausanne before Beijing.“I’m happy with where I’m at, I’m doing a lot of work leading up to this first run in Brazil … that’s the focus right and that’s what we’re working towards,” said Bolt, who posted a picture of himself training this week on his social media accounts.Bolt could also appear at Jamaica’s national trials between June 25 and 28 in Kingston.“He didn’t compete that much last year, he did very little, and in preparing for the world championships we’re trying to get him a fair amount of competition in pointing him in that direction,” Mills said.“We have a number of international races lined up before the trials and his progress in those meets will determine whether or not he needs to run the trials, but it’s not off the table.”last_img read more

Hosts US in group of death for Copa America Centenario

first_imgThe hosting United States were drawn into the group of death for the 2016 Copa America Centenario on Sunday, opening against Colombia in the 100th anniversary of football’s oldest international championship.The US side topped Group A as one of four seeded teams for the tournament as the hosts, and landed a pair of 2014 World Cup quarter-finalists in Colombia and Costa Rica, along with Paraguay in their four-team cluster in which two teams will advance.Their match against Colombia on June 3 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., launches a 16-team version of the South American championship that has expanded by four teams and is being staged outside the South American CONMEBOL nations for the first time.“I take full responsibility and I apologise to the nation,” 1994 US World Cup player Alexi Lalas told reporters after pulling out the balls that gave the US an uphill climb and brought groans from a packed audience at Hammerstein Ballroom.Brazil opens Group B against Ecuador at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, on June 4, one day before Mexico gets the tough Group C started against 15-time winners Uruguay at University of Phoenix Stadium at Glendale, Arizona.Argentina, a 14-time winner of the championship and host of the inaugural competition in 1916, begins Group D play against defending champions Chile on June 6 at Levi’s Stadium.US coach Jurgen Klinsmann said he was energised about his 32nd-ranked team facing Colombia, ranked eighth in the FIFA world rankings.“Colombia is just exciting. We played them one-and-a-half years ago in London and we had them right on the edge, and then we gave an easy goal away right at the end. But it was an even game for 90 minutes. It’s going to be cool,” he said.Argentina’s Lionel Messi, a five-time world player of the year, has already committed to playing and organisers hope that Brazil’s Neymar, Luis Suarez of Uruguay and Chile’s Alexis Sanchez will also be among the world’s top players to compete in this Olympic year.Klinsmann said he hoped the very best players take part.“We all want to see the best players from South America. We can’t wait to have James Rodriguez here, Messi and Neymar and all these wonderful players showcasing themselves in the United States,” said the US coach.“I think the next couple of weeks people will become aware of what is coming. It’s an avalanche. I think it will get all the soccer people excited and they will all want to be a part of it.“I think it is a fantastic opportunity for us to show again that the game is just getting bigger and bigger and bigger. This will give the game a huge boost in the United States.”The final of the prestigious tournament will be held on June 26 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.last_img read more

Team Sepik launches fundraising drive for PNG Games

first_imgIt is the second time the games will be played across the Bismarck Seas.The biggest sporting extravaganza will happen in November.    The hype of the fundraising started with convey of vehicles driving around Wewak town carrying out publicity for the fundraising.Team manager David Kaling said there are five prizes in the raffle draw fundraising.“First price will be a Toyota Land Cruiser, return trip for two to Kimbe (all expenses paid), Genset 12KVA, 32 inch TV and solar panel set,” Kaling told Loop PNG.He said the major prize was bought by the East Sepik Provincial Administration.“The Land Cruiser and trip to Kimbe to watch the PNG Games can be claimed anywhere in PNG,” Kaling said.He added that two corporate dinners to be staged in Wewak and Port Moresby will complement the fundraising drive.Tickets are sold at K200 and for more information Kaling can be contacted on mobile: 70460860.last_img read more

European clubs rule out further changes to Champions League

first_imgEurope’s biggest clubs do not want any more changes to the Champions League in the next few years, they said on Tuesday, promising to avoid a repetition of the ‘soap opera’ which surrounded the competition last year.UEFA last year announced significant changes to the competition for the 2018-21 cycle, rearranging the group-stage slots in favour of the four top-ranked leagues — in effect Spain, England, Germany and Italy — at the expense of the smaller ones.The decision came amid reports that the biggest clubs had held talks over the creation of a so-called Super League if they did not get their way, and was criticised by some of Europe’s smaller leagues who said they had not been consulted.Andrea Agnelli, who was appointed chairman of the European Club Association (ECA) on Tuesday after Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stepped aside, said he did not envisage further changes for the subsequent 2021-24 cycle.“I am comfortable in stating that the majority is in favour of the Champions League as it is, and also for the 21-24 cycle, and that will give it some stability going forward,” Agnelli, the chairman of Italian champions Juventus, told reporters.“We are not expecting a soap opera going forward as the Champions League cycle is pretty much set for 2021-24.”Although Agnelli’s comments may put paid to further talk of a breakaway, they could also frustrate those who were hoping that last year’s changes could be reversed.Agnelli said he agreed with UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin that the rich-poor divide in European football needed to be addressed, although not at the expense of further growth of the biggest clubs.“We want a competition that is interesting and we want to see games that reach the last minute with the result in the balance,” he said. “Stronger teams becoming stronger is not an issue but there are elements that need to be addressed.”Agnelli said he was not concerned about possible overspending by clubs in the transfer market during the summer, despite Paris St Germain smashing the record by splashing out 222 million euros ($264.11 million) on Brazilian forward Neymar.“If the system is healthy, those transactions are fair. This year’s numbers just confirmed the growth rate we had for the past seven years,” he said.He also suggested that UEFA’s break-even rule known as Financial Fair Play needed to be re-written, having achieved its initial goals of cutting overdue bills and overall losses.“As a manager you should be looking at the balance sheet and value creation in the long term, and not the Profit and Loss statement,” he said.“The P & L was the perfect tool to address the overdue payables and the overall losses of the system. Now that has been tackled, what are the best set of rules going forward?”last_img read more

Heritage Month – occasion to reconnect, brainstorm, plan for future

first_imgIndigenous Heritage Month must not only be used to “party and drink” but to celebrate the development of communities and those who have contributed to those developments, said Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock.During brief remarks at the regional Heritage celebration at St Ignatius in RegionMinister Sydney Allicock visiting one of the boothsNine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), Minister Allicock explained that while the 2017 activities remained true to the Heritage celebration, there was still room for improvement.Minister Allicock told the gathering, representing the Indigenous peoples in the Region, “We must use this occasion to plan, reflect and unite. The Month presented a golden opportunity to reconnect, discuss, share ideas and come up with plans for community development.”While commending communities in the Region for maintaining their culture, he urged them to be more creative when showcasing presentations, so visitors would be attracted to see what they had to offer each year.Minister Allicock also took the opportunity to applaud the Region for being the most organised, in terms of management and developing plans for community development.“The South Rupununi District Council (SRDC) is a typical example of how organised the Region is. The Council has been working, using their resources andIndigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicockcollaborating with the Ministry. They can give us accurate information and that is a good example of what we want to see in the hinterland regions. Who would believe that those Wapishana people, way down south, would be using drones to map out areas and get accurate information?” he noted.It is against this backdrop that Allicock said the Ministry would be looking to develop exchange programmes within the regions, to facilitate village leaders to share experiences, challenges, and ideas.According to the Minister, the Government is aware of the daily challenges. It is, therefore, developing a plan that will see better roadways, rivers, schools, healthcare services, communications and agriculture programmes being implemented.In the interim, he charged the residents to make full use of the regional administration, and engage them with germane plans and projects for their respective communities.  He also advised the communities to be prepared for the development that is to come, by crafting their Village Improvement Plan (VIP.)The Department of Public Information said the three-day event, which started on Thursday last and ended Saturday, saw cultural groups from North, South, and Central Rupununi showcasing the vibrant Indigenous culture through dance, songs, skits and poems. There were also archery, basket weaving, parakari drinking, and football competitions. Several booths were also set up at the event displaying Indigenous cuisine, art, and craft.A regional pageant was also held that saw the crowning of a king and queen on Saturday evening.last_img read more

Lakers play Jekyll and Hyde

first_imgOne game they’re an absolutely lovable bunch of overachievers. The next game they’re zombies in long shorts. One game they’re quick and hustling, acting like a team that’s truly mastered the triangle offense, understands the importance of defense, shares and attacks and passes and plays almost beautiful basketball. Then they’ve lost to the dregs — Milwaukee, Memphis, New Orleans, Portland, Seattle and Charlotte – and positively reeked. “The positive is, we don’t play any of those teams in the playoffs,” Kobe Bryant reasoned. “All the teams we tend to play well against are future playoff opponents.” Every time the Lakers look like they’re finally getting a sense of who they are, they play a lousy team and discover they’re somebody else. They’re a walking, dribbling identity crisis. “We’re still fighting for that,” Lamar Odom said. “Sometimes our identity is a team that’s really quick, that’s great in transition, that rotates well defensively. And sometimes we’re the total opposite. “Midway into the season, we’re still fighting for our identity. We’re still fighting to play the same way all the time.” The two handiest explanations for the Lakers’ nagging inconsistencies are youth and health. Odom returned Friday night after missing 21 games with a sprained knee ligament. Kwame “Let Them Eat Cake” Brown remains out with a sprained ankle. Brian Cook has battled vertigo. Friday, Luke Walton turned an ankle. Every team has its share of injuries, of course. That’s part of the deal. Yet even with starters Odom and Brown out, the Lakers managed to beat Dallas and San Antonio and lose to Memphis and New Orleans. Youth can be a serious problem, and the Lakers are giving good minutes to rookie Jordan Farmar and youngsters Andrew Bynum and Ronny Turiaf. But the core of the team is not that young. Kobe and Odom are established stars. Maurice Evans, Smush Parker, Cook and Walton are in their fourth NBA seasons. Vladimir Radmanovic, although their biggest disappointment, is in his sixth season. No one has any simple, all-defining explanation for their erratic play. “I really don’t,” coach Phil Jackson said. “I guess the inconsistencies are guys being in health. We’ve only had a little spell in December where we had what we consider our full lineup of guys who were healthy for us. I think that’s part of it. “The other part is I don’t really think we stay in focus with who we are as a team, and that’s the identity of this team.” They certainly have their moments, though. There are times when they’re a remarkable team to behold. When they’re sharing the ball and running the offense and committed to defense. Those mostly are times when they’re playing a team with a winning record. Then some lousy team will come in and the Lakers almost go into automatic downgrade. “I don’t want to make any excuses,” Odom said. “It might be youth. Hopefully, it’s not laziness.” The Lakers are 27-16 overall, better than most anyone expected, and certainly much better than expected given their time without Odom and Brown. They look like a playoff team, but a second-tier one. They’re a team destined for another first-round exit, and that’s not growth. Yet in the playoffs, matched against a top opponent that draws their focus, who knows? With this team, certainties are in short supply. Fans, meanwhile, might have to let out a few primal screams. Take therapy where you can. The Lakers’ play demands it. stephen.dilbeck@dailynews.com. (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The next game they’re playing like five guys just thrown together in a pickup game, a team that stands around, looks flat and unmotivated, is sloppy with the ball, plays matador defense and cover-your-eyes basketball. They don’t need a coach, they need a psychiatrist. They need shock therapy. Either they do, or their followers soon will. It’s absolutely exasperating. If you want to be a Lakers fan this season, it takes dedication and patience. It’s like a second marriage. Their most annoying aspect is an ability to stun the really good teams and stumble over themselves playing the bad ones. This season they’ve beaten the NBA’s finest teams — Dallas, Phoenix, San Antonio and Utah. And really looked good doing it, too. center_img AHHHHHHHH! Go ahead and scream into the night. Let it out. It’s just not healthy to keep these things buried inside. It’s the Lakers, of course. They’re absolutely maddening. L.A.’s favorite schizophrenic team. last_img read more

Williams ends speculation about his Swansea future

first_imgSwansea City captain Ashley Williams has ended speculation about his future by insisting he will be staying at the Liberty Stadium.The Wales skipper has been linked with a move away from the Swans this summer, but he claims he has no intention of moving on.“I’m used to answering questions [about my future] every year it seems,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “I take it as a compliment.“If teams want to pay good money for me and bid for me or pick up the phone and call Swansea, it’s a compliment.“Everybody in the city knows how dedicated I am to the club, I’m comfortable there and I want to see the club go as far as it can while I’m playing for them.”last_img read more


first_imgAs part of their continuing drive to offer the best range of services to their customers Healthwise Pharmacies have launched a new Online Photo printing platform.   To celebrate the launch, Healthwise Pharmacies are offering FREE PHOTO PRINTS or ENLARGEMENTS for a limited time.This is free to all customers, with no gimmicks or catches, but is limited to one order per household. Click on www.healthwisepharmacies.ieThis is a user friendly system which will allow customers print a wide range of photos and gifts from the comfort of their own home.Crucially Healthwise allow customers pick up orders from any local Healthwise Pharmacy avoiding delivery charges, but are happy to have them delivered directly to customers if preferred.Click on the website today and see how easy it is for yourself. (All online orders placed within the first month will be entered into a free draw for a canon digital camera pack worth 1000.00)HEALTHWISE PHARMACIES LAUNCH NEW ONLINE PHOTO SERVICE was last modified: June 10th, 2014 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Favre’s farewell in G.B.?

first_imgGREEN BAY, Wis. – If Sunday’s game was the last of Brett Favre’s career, at least he went down slinging. And, in his first losing season with the Green Bay Packers, at least he went out a winner as they beat the playoff-bound Seattle Seahawks 23-17 Sunday. “If this were to be his last game, then I’m really glad I was here,” said Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren, Favre’s former coach in Green Bay. “He has nothing to prove to anybody.” Favre threw his first touchdown pass in the past five games, but the game still featured a few more reminders of why Favre is considering retirement. He threw another interception, his career-worst 29th of the season, and played the end of the game with a shoulder injury. “Now our second season starts,” said Holmgren. “Fortunately we have a first-round bye, so we can heal up a little bit and get ready to play in the playoffs.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson And he was upstaged for a half by Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander, who set an NFL record for touchdowns in a season with 28 and surpassed the New York Giants’ Tiki Barber for the NFL rushing crown. Favre, 36, said in recent weeks he is unsure whether he will play next year. He did not speak to the media after Sunday’s game, an unusual move for him. Favre left the field waving to the crowd, surrounded by a swarm of photographers and others. “I’m going to take some time and get away from the season for a bit and then talk to people here in Green Bay and then we’ll see,” Favre said in comments distributed by the Packers public relations staff. Packers coach Mike Sherman, whose own future with the team is in doubt, said he expects to visit Favre soon to “take a ride on his tractor” and talk about next season. The Seahawks, meanwhile, plan to spend the next month in the playoffs. last_img read more

Statesmen to terrorists know how to use American war sentiment

first_imgThe Madrid train bombings occurred three days before 2004’s national elections in Spain, catapulting the challenging Socialist Party (aka the Iraq Pullout Party) to victory as the attacks were viewed as retribution for Spain’s coalition deployment. Terrorists and their enablers know P.R., and they know timing. So you can either look at the roadside IEDs in Iraq as valiant attempts by hardscrabble insurgents to roust the oppressors from their homeland, or recognize the seemingly guerrilla attacks for what they are: A highly orchestrated public relations campaign to turn American opinion, death by death, while making little demonstrable dent in the broad coalition effort. After all, the U.S. death toll in Iraq after three years and several months is more than 2,800; in the three-year Korean War, more than 36,000 Americans were killed. Iraq sentiment is clearly drawn along partisan lines. In an Oct. 26-27 Newsweek poll, 65 percent of Republicans opined that we are making progress in Iraq, and 85 percent of Democrats polled said we aren’t. Seventy-five percent of Democrats polled wanted a withdrawal timetable, compared with 39 percent of Republicans. War hurts, but perspective shows us that Iraq isn’t the complete quagmire it’s painted out to be. Look what’s not making the news: While the Sunnis and Shiites are honing beheading skills in Baghdad, northern Iraq is experiencing a development boom. More than 800 companies from 27 countries came to the “Rebuild Iraq 2006” trade show in the Kurdish capital of Irbil last month, including Motorola, FedEx, Showtime, General Motors, Ford, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz. Condominium complexes are springing up, as well as malls and movie theaters. It’s safe, too. When the Kurds filmed the TV commercials thanking America for democracy, they weren’t just whistling “Dixie.” When Americans go to the polls Tuesday, will they be manipulated by Muqtada and his militias, by al-Qaida and allied groups who are fighting tooth and nail to ensure that the American-led coalition gets out and they will have a new playground? Will this election be our Madrid, yet with a lengthy war and a focus on the negative pushing people toward the pullout party? Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News. Write to her by e-mail at bridget.johnson@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RECENTLY, I bought a male betta fish on impulse as a fun addition to my desk. They’re technically Siamese fighting fish, but I focused on another fight instead and named him Muqtada al-Fish, after Iraq’s supreme Shiite leader of coalition annoyance Muqtada al-Sadr. At first I thought Muqtada al-Fish had been egregiously misnamed: He’s cute, pleasant, and not a complete louse like my other betta, the violence-happy Ayman al-Zawafishi. But then after exhausting many betta bites, shrimp and bloodworms, I realized that Muqtada knew how to play on my sympathies to get exactly what he wanted. Perhaps he isn’t so far off the Mahdi Army chief after all, save for al-Sadr’s gnarled teeth. Because the powers that be – statesmen to thugs – in Iraq have learned exactly how to work American sentiment and media coverage to get what they want, and at no time has that been more apparent than just before these pivotal midterm elections. On Saturday, a close aide to Nouri al-Maliki said the Iraqi prime minister was intentionally playing off American discontent with the war during an election cycle to twist the Bush administration’s arm into getting what he wanted – a swifter transition of handing control of the Iraqi army to Baghdad. “It’s al-Maliki’s chance to get what he wants,” said the aide, Hassan al-Suneid. “It’s a chance for al-Maliki to force a better deal for himself.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Al-Maliki – a Shiite – complained that U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad was a Sunni, winning a hastily arranged conference call with President Bush to air his latest grievances. If the prime minister carries on this sectarian silliness in his governmental dealings, can he really be expected to quash the Sunni-Shiite tit-for-tat attacks that have ripped apart Baghdad? Regardless, he’s learned that America can be had if you play your Gallup polls right, if you study enough blogs and watch enough CNN. Others with more nefarious intent have learned this as well. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld recently noted that terrorists had become adept at manipulating the American people through the media, including planning attacks to prey upon doubts about the War on Terror or further the notion that America’s actions in the world just ask for terror attacks. But there’s a track record of the enemy manipulating such sentiments to their advantage. last_img read more