Hubert Lawrence: Sometimes we forget

first_imgOne national icon reminds us not to forget our past. We do anyway. The year that closes today contained many important sporting anniversaries, and all of them have passed quietly. It’s a real pity. The schoolboy football season has passed with hardly a whisper of the Kingston College (KC) team that dominated the various competitions in 1964 and 1965. Captained in the former year by KC legend Tony Keyes and by Dennis Johnson in the latter, these purple-and-whites went undefeated for two whole seasons. In fact, they won every game they played en route to consecutive Manning Cup/Walker Cup/Olivier Shield triple without a single draw to mar their record. In 1985, Stephen ‘The Don’ Hylton won the second of his three Caribbean table tennis singles titles. In 1990, Jamaica performed a miracle on grass in hockey. Led by supremely skilled Sharon Malcolm and coached by Michelle Holt, our ladies went to the Central American and Caribbean Games and beat host country Mexico on penalties in the final. Their gold medal is Jamaica’s highest achievement in that sport. RECORD BREAKING Just 10 years ago, Asafa Powell took the 100 metre world record to all of us with a run of 9.77 seconds in Athens. It was the first time a Jamaican had held the electronically timed world record in this blue-ribbon event. Later that year, at the World Championships in Helsinki, Trecia-Kaye Smith bounded to first place in the triple jump to win our first gold medal in a field event at the World or Olympic level. That was a glorious moment. These milestones have passed quietly, even though many of those who did those great deeds are still with us. They need not be just symbols of the past, but their experiences may help illuminate the way forward. At the very least, they can inspire those who aim for the heights. It’s December 31 and, therefore, too late to meaningfully celebrate those historic moments in 2015. Fortunately, there’s a bright side, sort of. Two major milestones mature like gilt-edged securities in the new year. Donald Quarrie (DQ) crowned a glorious career with a gold-medal run in the Montreal Olympics in 1976. DQ took the 200 metres days after a close runner-up finish in the 100 and became Jamaica’s first Olympic champion in a sprint event. Tweny years later, in the Atlanta Olympic Games, Deon Hemmings broke the meet record twice en route to a defeat of Kim Batten and Tonja Buford, then the fastest two female 400 metre hurdlers of all time. Despite brilliant efforts by Merlene Ottey, Grace Jackson and Juliet Cuthbert, Hemmings earned the honour of being the first Jamaican woman to win an Olympic gold medal. Like Quarrie’s victory two decades earlier, the Hemmings success is a landmark in Jamaica’s sporting history. We can’t do much about the things we’ve already forgotten. One thing is clear. No person or nation should live in the past, but great gold-medal moments like those in 1976 and 1996 shouldn’t pass too quietly. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980.last_img read more

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Players need better pay – Daley

first_imgFormer national midfielder Omar Daley said Jamaica’s footballers need better salaries. The well-travelled player, who has played in England, the United States and Scotland for teams such as Reading and Motherwell, told The Gleaner that in his travels and experiences players are the main ingredient of the football product and their importance is usually recognised by huge wage packages in professional leagues. However, Daley, back home playing in the local leagues with his long-time club Portmore United, thinks Jamaica is way behind in this regard and needs to follow suit and pay local players more, so they can elevate their standard of living. “Players have to get better pay and people have to start talking about players getting better paycheques in Jamaica,” he told The Gleaner in an interview, while attending the Red Stripe weekly press conference for clubs participating in the Premier League at Red Stripe Hospitality Room last Friday. “People sweep it under the carpet, which I don’t get. Players have bills, they have kids, so we need to big up players and talk about players’ wages. We are professional footballers, playing in a professional league, so why are we not getting professional money?” he enquired. Daley believes corporate Jamaica has a very important role to play if the Premier League is to go fully professional, and he says more money means improved performances. “I need to see articles calling on corporate Jamaica to support the Premier League. It’s only Red Stripe and Sportsmax; we need more people on board. They can sponsor teams, players and help teams because they spend money every day.” He also complained that Jamaica is the only country he has played in where local players struggle to make ends meet. “Players need better pay, players must roll in style. You can’t walk around saying you are a footballer and you can’t roll in style, that is embarrassing. Plus, when players get better pay, you get better quality football,” he insisted. He added: “I really hope financially the players will be okay because on a Sunday they go out to entertain, and after the game they are supposed to go home hungry. “It makes no sense ‘bigging’ up the brand (Premier League) and you are not ‘bigging’ up the players. The players are the most important part of the product. So reach out, corporate Jamaica, and sponsor the Premier League teams.” -L.S.last_img read more

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Azan’s Franfield can surprise again

first_img That would be a momentous occasion for Azan, who has shown a capacity for scoring repeat wins in the Superstakes. The legendary MENUDO won the race four consecutive years in the familiar blue and white silks of owner/trainer Azan between 1999 and 2002, an unprecedented feat by any horse in the long and colourful history of the race. MENUDO won it for the first time as a three-year-old with Panamanian jockey Roger Moore aboard, then for good measure reeled out three more wins in a row with Andrew Ramgeet aboard. MENUDO, the 2000 and 20001 ‘Horse of the Year’, failed in his bid to win the race on his fifth attempt in 2003, having broken down during the race. Another repeat winner for Azan was two-time ‘Horse of the Year’ MARK MY WORD, who won the race for three consecutive years from 2010 to 2012. The trainer recalls: “He seemed on course to win the race for a fourth straight year, but suffered a colic infection which claimed his life, a sad loss, coming at the time it did.” Prior to MENUDO’S streak, Azan, doubling as owner/trainer, won the race for the first time in 1995 with derby winner DORVAL, ridden by the legendary George HoSang. Now seeking win number 10, Azan explains his fantastic run of success in this particular race: UNPRECEDENTED FEAT CRITICAL FACTOR Over the past 20 years, Richard Azan has dominated the Superstakes, winning the rich and prestigious 2000-metre race a record nine times. And today his streak could well be extended with last year’s winner FRANFIELD, one of the fancied horses in the 38th running of the Burger King-sponsored event, which offers a total purse of $4.5 million. FRANFIELD scored an upset win under leading all-time jockey Winston Griffiths a year ago, but subsequently proved that the win was no fluke by coming back to beat reigning ‘Horse of the Year’ SEEKING MY DREAM in the Chairman’s Trophy over 1500 metres on March 12. FRANFIELD also beat the 2015 champion stayer PERFECT NEIGHBOUR in the Governor General’s Stakes over the Superstakes distance on October 1 to position himself for a possible repeat. “First of all, you have to be lucky enough to have a good, promising three-year-old and build on what you have as the season progresses. The horse has to show a liking for a distance of ground and you have to ensure he remains sound. Programming is a critical factor in his development ,meaning he cannot run too often. “FRANFIELD is a case in point, and given his programming and conditioning leading up to the race, is ready to give it his best shot. “He won convincingly last year, is a better horse this year, having beaten SEEKING MY DREAM in the Chairman’s Trophy in March and PERFECT NEIGHBOUR in the Governor General’s Stakes over the Superstakes distance some weeks ago. “I have every confidence that FRANFIELD will receive a good ride from the much-improved apprentice Bebeto Harvey, who knows him well, and we’ll see what happens in what promises to be a highly competitive race,’ said the 64-year-old trainer. A big-race trainer in his own right, Azan obtained his licence in 1994 following a lengthy stint in Panama as an owner. He was assistant trainer to Fitz Crawford in the late ’80s, at which time he owned a good horse, PRINCE MIKE, who was beaten by THE VICEROY as the favourite in the 1989 Guineas. In later years, Azan won the derby on two occasions with DORVAL (1995) and MARK MY WORD (2010), not to mention successes in the 2000 Guineas, Caribbean Sprint and Governor’s Cup.last_img read more

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Cignal rips CEU, takes 1-0 lead

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal There was little to worry, after all, as Cignal HD bucked the absence of a key cog and dismantled Centro Escolar University, 78-56, to move within a win of a championship in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup on Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena.“We know that the challenge of stepping up is there, and I commend all my players today, especially Jason (Perkins),” said coach Boyet Fernandez, who was concerned over Raymar Jose’s absence as the big man left for Kuala Lumpur to suit up for the national team in the Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Also sizzling for the Hawkeyes were Byron Villarias, who shot 6-of-8 from the field for a team-high 17 points, and Mark Bringas, who posted a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds.Everything went the Hawkeyes’ way that even when the Scorpions cut the deficit to 12, 37-25, in the second quarter, they quickly stifled the rally and cruised the rest of the way.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Perkins caught fire right in the first period to help the Hawkeyes erect an early 24-6 lead in Game 1 of the best-of-three title series.Perkins dropped half of his 16 points in the opening frame and also finished with 11 rebounds as the former La Salle standout’s hot start set the tone of the lopsided match.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’“Jason knows that he’s a very important part of this team,” said Fernandez. “It shows that he’s always been stepping up for us.”The Hawkeyes will try to wrap up their bid for back-to-back crowns in Game 2 on Thursday at 5 p.m. at Ynares Sports Arena. SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:40Filipinos 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 View comments MOST READcenter_img Star itching to stretch Govs’ Cup win streak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titleslast_img read more

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ExxonMobil Contributes US$35,000 to More than Me

first_imgAs part of its social responsibility and continued commitment to its operations in Liberia, ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Liberia Ltd (ExxonMobil) has provided a US$35,000 grant to More than Me organization to fund Ebola prevention and care efforts in Liberia.The More Than Me organization operates an academy in the West Point neighborhood of Monrovia and works to get young girls off the streets and into school.  The organization focuses on combating Ebola through caring for children left vulnerable by the virus, enabling identification of potential cases and support doctors that are treating the virus.“More Than Me has a history of doing extremely important work in Monrovia and has tailored its mission to care for the victims of Ebola during this hard time,” said Pam Darwin, ExxonMobil Exploration Company’s Vice President for Africa. “We are proud to support More Than Me, other international aid organizations and the Liberian government in their efforts to defeat Ebola in Liberia.”The world’s largest publicly traded international Oil and Gas Company (ExxonMobil) also provided a US$150,000 grant to the Red Cross in August 2014 and a US$75,000 grant in April 2014 to Plan International to support local public health efforts soon after the Ebola virus was detected in Liberia.ExxonMobil holds 83 percent interest in Liberia Block 13 (LB-13), comprising more than 625,000 acres (2,500 square kilometers) offshore Liberia in water depths ranging from 250 to 10,000 feet (75 to 3,000 meters).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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2 Palmdale council winners credit their records

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Barcelona, who finished fourth in the balloting behind the two incumbents and Sandoval, said she didn’t know whether her campaign tactics backfired. “I think in the end, the voters saw the incumbents were doing a good job,” said Barcelona, a business owner and Antelope Valley Fair board member. “I’m going to give them a lot of credit for that.” Dispenza said he would work to address crime and public safety, water issues and creating more jobs so residents don’t have to commute. Hofbauer said he wants better analyses of crime to better deploy law enforcement resources and wants to see through to completion the new Palmdale hospital and a proposed city power plant. In the Antelope Valley Union High School District, a $240 million school construction bond measure failed in Tuesday’s polling, the second unsuccessful attempt in two years. PALMDALE – City Council incumbents Mike Dispenza and Steve Hofbauer attributed their re-election victories to their records in office. “I ran on my record and ran a very clean campaign, and I’m very gratified that our residents responded positively to that type of campaign,” said Dispenza, who runs an insurance agency and is back for a third four-year term. “My record was a key factor,” said Hofbauer, an inspector with the Los Angeles Fire Department, who won a second term. “I got in on strong public safety and a commitment to listen to my constituents, and I did that.” The campaign was marked by personal attacks, most notably challenger Shawny Barcelona calling candidate Edwin Sandoval unfit for public office. She alleged he pointed a gun at a woman’s head in 1993, an incident Sandoval said never happened. District officials pegged the measure’s defeat to a number of reasons, including the housing market slump, anti-illegal immigration sentiment and low voter turnout. Without the bond, school overcrowding will increase, leading to the prospect of cramming more portable classrooms onto campuses. Other options that might be reviewed include double sessions and year-round calendars, officials said. Measure E would have assessed property owners $30 a year per $100,000 of assessed valuation; the money raised would have helped pay for building two high schools, completing construction of Eastside High and paying for improvements at existing campuses. The measure got just over 50 percent of the vote, short of the 55 percent needed for passage. In 2006, the district’s $177.7 million bond measure got 52 percent of the vote. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 661-476-4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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MARY FROM DUNGLOE – IN PICTURES!

first_imgThe 2011 Mary From Dungloe Festival has been declared a huge success.Despite a shaky start earlier this year, the town of Dungloe has got behind the festival once again and hopefully secured its future.And what a way to acknowledge that local support that to crown a local girl the Mary From Dungloe. Debbie Rodgers from Burtonport but who was representing Dungloe was a hugely popular choice on the night.Here we have a few pictures capturing Debbie’s big night.We’re sure you’ll agree that she looked stunning and deserved the award despite the super competition form all the other Marys.ALL PHOTOS BY KIND PERMISSION OF www.emgphotos.comEnds MARY FROM DUNGLOE – IN PICTURES! was last modified: August 1st, 2011 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:Debbie RodgersMary From Dungloe 2011last_img read more

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Harps U17s in good form ahead of quarter final clash with UCD

first_imgThe Finn Harps U17 trained this morning for the final time ahead of tomorrow’s big FAI National League quarter-final clash with UCD at Belfield (kick-off Sunday 2pm). After a very good league campaign, Declan Boyle’s squad will now be hoping to go a stage further in the prestigious national competition.“It’s three weeks since our last home match against Monaghan/Cavan and all the players have being really looking forward to this big play-off match, The lads have worked hard and training as been going very well the last few weeks” Boyle said On Thursday night the squad trained at Gweedore United’s excellent Carrickboyle facilities under lights.“We also had a light session this morning to go through a few last bits and pieces before heading to Belfield.”The manager says all his players know that it is going to be a very difficult match against UCD.“They have had an excellent season and have some brilliant players just like us. We will have to be at our best in order to get a win at Belfield. As the season has developed we have got better and better. And we will be looking for another top performance and result tomorrow, which the lads are more than capable of delivering” Boyle said. On the injury front, Shane Blaney the Finn Harps U17 team captain is struggling with a hamstring injury.“We will be giving Shane every opportunity to prove his fitness for the match but Liam McFadden is out of the UCD game with a bad chest injection. Apart from that everyone else is fit and well and looking forward to our biggest match of the season” Boyle concluded.Harps U17s in good form ahead of quarter final clash with UCD was last modified: October 22nd, 2016 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:donegalfinn harpsUCDlast_img read more

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Serie A ace was ‘meant to play for Liverpool’ according to club chief

first_img moving on Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star IN DEMAND LIVING THE DREAM Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Liverpool made serious moves to sign Piotr Zielinski from Udinese in 2016, on the back of his two impressive seasons on loan at Empoli.Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, remains a fan of the 24-year-old Poland midfielder, who now plays for Serie A challengers Napoli. three-way race 2 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST Latest transfer news REVEALED The San Paolo club secured Zielinski’s services in August 2016, after months of speculation linking him with a move to the Reds.Zielinski had starred in his two seasons with Empoli, helping the minnows secure their top flight status, under Maurizio Sarri in 2014/15 and Marco Giampaolo the following campaign.He was regarded as one of the finest young midfielders in the European game around this time, and it is no surprise Liverpool were hoping to take him to Anfield.Zielinski himself has revealed just how much Klopp wanted him on Merseyside that summer, with the pair even holding a meeting as talks between Liverpool and Udinese continued over reaching a deal. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father “I have a few regrets regarding him. He was decisive for us, but I didn’t ask for a ransom. I was working with Udinese’s interests in mind, who then had an agreement with Naples.”In the end Zielinski secured a switch to Naples, where he linked up with his former Empoli boss, Maurizio Sarri. TOP WORK Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? RANKED Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing However, no deal was reached, and Napoli convinced Zielinski that the San Paolo was the best place for him to continue his career.As revealed by Fabrizio Corsi, the Empoli president, to Calciomercato: “He [Zielinski] was meant to play for Liverpool.“When he came to Naples, he had that option, but they did really well to convince him. Zielinski is rated highly throughout European football after some excellent seasons with Napoli 2 Zielinski caught the eye playing for Empoli, on loan from Udinese last_img read more

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DONEGAL TEAM TAKE TO THE SKIES FOR CORK GAME – PICTURE EXCLUSIVE

first_imgAll aboard! The Donegal team board the plane form Carrickfin to Cork todayThe Donegal GAA team left the county in style this morning as they took a specially-chartered plane to Cork for the National League game against the Rebels tonight.The team were given a great send-off by fans and staff at Donegal Airport at Carrickfin.The team looked casual and relaxed as they tucked into a cooked breakfast before making the short journey south for this evening’s game. The airport waiting lounge was even decked in the Donegal colours for the occasion.Players including Rory Kavanagh, Neil Gallagher, Colm McFadden and management Jim McGuinness and Rory Gallagher sat and chatted with staff and friends as they waited to board the plane.Other members of the team including Michael Murphy will travel from other parts of the country for the game.The team will fly back to Carrickfin this evening after tonight’s game. Many thanks to Eoin McGarvey for the pictures from Donegal Airport.The team pose with Donegal Airport staff.The team tuck into a good breakfast before their flight from Carrickfin. DONEGAL TEAM TAKE TO THE SKIES FOR CORK GAME – PICTURE EXCLUSIVE was last modified: March 16th, 2013 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:carrickfinCorkDonegal AirportDonegal GAA teamlast_img read more

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