Fraser-Pryce eyes new PB

first_imgZURICH:SHELLY-ANN Fraser-Pryce is aiming to run faster than she ever has before in the 100m Diamond League race in Zurich today.Fresh from winning the World Championships gold medal in Beijing, the Jamaican told The Gleaner that she is very focused on ending the season on a positive note.”The championships have finished and it’s a new race. Many of those competing might not have done what they wanted to in Beijing, and they are coming here to get things right.”I am really looking forward to running a personal best, and hopefully, I can do it here.”She added: “I love coming here. The stadium is always filled with fans. It’s one of the few places where the stadium is always sold out, and I know that the fans are looking forward to seeing lots of medallists from the World Championships, so I am looking forward to doing the best I can.”Keen on giving backPrior to her race, the three-time World champion, along with other Beijing medallists, was flown by helicopter to a track and field clinic for kids, where the 28-year-old was able to share some of her tips for success.A keen advocate of ‘giving back’, Fraser-Pryce said the experience was thoroughly enjoyable.”I am part of UNICEF Jamaica, which is dealing with kids and empowering them, helping them to understand that they have rights, too, and are allowed to live, blossom, and to be creative beings. I like the platform that I get because they are young and impressionable and need people to guide them, and if I can help to do that, then it’s a big part of why we are here,” she stated.”For me to come here and work with the kids at the clinic was really wonderful. They were so happy, and they just wanted to learn, and I like doing that. For me, they are pure and innocent in what they do. They show raw emotions, and I like that. You can’t buy that. That’s how they really are and I like that.”last_img read more

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Tony Becca | Wanted, a few more good men

first_img Sadly lacking Jamaica is a blessed country, and it is blessed, despite the state of crime and health care, because of the many outstanding achievements in many forms of endeavours by its citizens. In sport, in particular, and especially in athletics and more so in sprinting, the name Jamaica is spoken in awe, with reverence, and drives fear into the hearts of many around the world. To many people, this would seem as not only something great and something unexpected; it would also appear that they believe that champions like Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson, Courtney Walsh, Chris Gayle, and Alia Atkinson fell from the sky like some unbelievable but wonderful miracle. To others, however, those who experienced life immediately after the Second World War or thereabout, there were stars before those of today. There were men and women like Herb McKenley, Arthur Wint, Fuarnado Roberts, Joy Foster, Monica DeSouza, Bunny Grant, Lawrence Rowe, Michael McCallum, Michael Holding, Merlene Ottey, Grace Jackson, Juliet Cuthbert, David Weller, Richard Russell, Andrew Phillips and a host of others. There were men and women whose performances caused the name of Jamaica to resound around the world in a time of little or no publicity for small countries doing big things and upstaging bigger and more powerful countries. There was little or no television, especially for small countries, and certainly not of the magnitude of today, where television is the heart of sport, taking it to the four corners of the earth, spreading its popularity, and making it richer and richer as each the day passes. While Jamaica may be the envy of the world because of its sprinters, its growing depth in athletics, netball, the presence of Atkinson and other quality performers, and its wider presence in the field of sport generally, it certainly is losing ground in sports such as cricket – despite a five-year run a few years ago – football, boxing, table tennis, tennis, basketball, squash, badminton, hockey, cycling, darts, and, despite the wonderful performance of the West Indies team, women’s cricket. Some of these sports are apparently making their way back, and desperately trying to do so, but regardless of the reasons, and regardless of what the associations may say, it is difficult not to reminisce or to recall the days of the 1960s, the 1970s, 1980s and so on when they were in full bloom and bringing joy to Jamaicans. In cricket, I remember such names as Alfred Valentine, Neville Bonitto, Franz Alexander, Collie Smith, Jackie Hendriks, Easton McMorris, Maurice Foster, Renford Pinnock, Arthur Barrett, and Lester King and their performances. In football, I remember such names as Lindy Delapenha, Noel ‘My Son’ Tappin, Siddie Bartlett, Owen Parker, Bunny Goodison, Bunny Clarke, Anthony Hill, Denzil Lue, Karl Largie, Henry Largie, Vester Constantine, and Ken Barnes, and I also remember the likes of “The pirate of Port Royal” Selwyn Murphy, Orville Edwards, Warren Barrett, Ricardo ‘Bibby’ Gardner, Ian Goodison, and Theodore Whitmore. And there were many others, names such as Bunny Grant, Percy Hayles, and Trevor Berbick in boxing, Leo Davis, Glen Mitchell, Dave Foster, Orville Haslam, Pat Loi, Anita Belnavis, Stephen Hylton in table tennis when Jamaica were kings and queens of the Caribbean, Richard Russell, Lance Lumsden, David Tate, the Hale brothers, and Joni Vandegroot of tennis, and one like Byah Maragh of golf. There were also many more, players like Ken Palmer and Nigel Casserly of badminton, and Tony Seixas, Tenge Brown, and Hyacinth Misir of darts, Michelle Holt, Audrey Gaynor, Tasha Cooke of hockey, and David Weller and Peter Aldridge of cycling, not to mention the earlier days of one like Frankie Minott, the king of Town Moor and professional cycling. World event Experienced life Kings and queens Those were the days when sport in Jamaica was really big, and when Jamaica hosted many a world event, events like the days of the Sunshine heavy-weight world title fight, the Lovebird Table Tennis Tournament and the visit of a world champion like Stellan Bengtsson, the days of the Shell/Air Florida/Jamaica Cricket Association cricket festival, and the Johnny Walker World Golf Championship, the Mazda Champs, and champions likes Nick Faldo, Severiano Ballesteros, and Nancy Lopez. The days of the Brandon Trophy and Davis Cup matches, and they were days when champions like Muhammad Ali of boxing, Pele of football, English football teams, Richard Bergman of table tennis fame, tennis champs or future tennis champs like Bjorn Borg visited Jamaica and when the local stars played for little more than fun and the honour of representing the country, their beloved Jamaica. In those days, the days when Jamaicans of today tend to forget what Jamaica and Jamaicans used to do, people used to watch sport in numbers, and sometimes, most times, paid for the privilege of doing so in order to support a particular sport. At times like these, particularly whenever Jamaica loses, or does not play well, and the people forget how Jamaica and Jamaicans used to play, I remember all the wonderful people who guided the development of sport in Jamaica in those long forgotten but wonderful days. I know that there are some of them still around, people of passion and knowledge and integrity, and I thank God for them, although they seem to be less in numbers at a time when they are so badly needed. If only there were more of them around these days when there is so much need for them because there are so many more people around, and people of many dreams. Jamaica still has one like Mike Fennell, one like Lorna Bell, two like Glen Mills and Stephen Francis and many others, especially in track and field, where the sport is getting bigger and bigger as the days go by. In saying thanks to them, however, I cannot help but wish that those who went before, or more men and women like them, were still around and involved to share their passion for sport, and their knowledge of the respective sport with the Jamaicans of today. Sport is sadly lacking because of the absence of men and women like Vanny Hunt, Keith Noad, Owen Batchelor, Trevor Parchment, Baz Freckleton, Kitty Sharpe, Kay Wilson, Leila Robinson, Molly Rhone, Tino Barovier, Lincoln ‘Happy’ Sutherland, George Lazarus, Franz Botek and one like Pat Anderson. More importantly, however, I wish there were more men like G.C. Foster, Ted Lamont, Keith Gardner, Allan Rae, Jackie Hendriks, Utpal Ganguli, Ted Gray, Leighton Duncan, Winston Chung, George Thompson, and Teddy McCook, men who knew what they were doing, did it well, and served their sport and Jamaica with distinction fairly and honestly and without pay. Today, there are many people in sport, but they are in it more for what they can get out of it more than for what they can put into it. And although that is understandable because of the need of the people, that is not desirable. Jamaica is basically a poor country, and it cannot get richer without honesty, hard work, a love for each other, and some old fashion voluntarism.last_img read more

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Rajon Rondo has a knack for performing in the playoffs

first_imgOver the course of his career, Rondo has averaged 10.5 points, 8.5 assists and 4.8 rebounds. Comparatively in the playoffs, he has averaged 14.3 points, 9.2 assists and six rebounds per game.Not that he is buying into the Playoff Rondo hype, however.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“There’s a lot of factors into that. I don’t think you can break it down as simple as one or two things,” Rondo said after practice Monday. “The interview would probably be too long for me to break it down completely. It’s a matter of me being healthy, minutes, my teammates trusting me, my coaching staff trusting me.“I think we, as a team, we’re playing pretty good under pressure.” LATEST STORIES Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident View comments 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Mourinho set to drop big names after latest United stumble Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames They are indeed.Rondo dished out 17 assists in Game 1 of the series, helping the Pelicans take a 1-0 series lead.“You know, he’s one of the smartest players in the league,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “He can really orchestrate an offense. He makes his teammates better because he can find them. Defensively, he’s really smart: He can sniff things out on the defensive end.”This was the Rondo that New Orleans hoped it would see in the postseason when the Pelicans signed him to a one-year deal.Rondo has a reputation as a mercurial player — at times locked in and controlling games, at others seemingly disinterested. A big reason for his success in New Orleans is he’s healthy. After missing the first 13 games with a core muscle injury, Rondo played in 65 regular-season games, starting 63.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img New Orleans Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo, front left, drives against Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard during the first half in Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Randy L. Rasmussen)PORTLAND, Ore. — Rajon Rondo is healthy and he’s locked in.That’s good news for the New Orleans Pelicans, not so much for the Portland Trail Blazers. When Rondo is locked in during the postseason, the 6-foot-4 guard who won an NBA title with the Boston Celtics has shown he can be a tough out.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast After DeMarcus Cousins injured his Achilles on Jan. 26, New Orleans shifted to more of an up-tempo offense and the change suited Rondo’s ability to push the pace. He had 13 of his double-digit assist games in the 31 games he played after Cousins went out.Rondo averaged 8.2 points and 8.2 assists this year and finished the regular season with 15 double-doubles and two triple-doubles.Gentry has been impressed with what he’s seen.“He’s a really bright player. One of the smartest guys I’ve ever been around,” the coach said. “I had the opportunity to coach Steph, Chris Paul, Steve Nash, Grant Hill. When you start talking about the extremely smart players, he’s one of those guys. I also think he has a way of giving confidence to the other guys. He makes them believe in themselves.”After helping Davis notch his first playoff career victory, Rondo has the Pelicans believing there is more where that one came from.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC And he thrives under the playoff lights.New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry mused about Rondo’s playoff aptitude before Game 1.“I think that anyone, if you go back to last year and you watched the Chicago team, what he meant to that team, they went in there and won two games in Boston when Boston was really good,” Gentry said. “And I think there is a sense of confidence that he has, especially this time of the year.”Rondo played a major role in the Pelicans’ 97-95 victory in Portland on Saturday night. He tied a franchise record with 17 assists, grabbed eight rebounds and stymied Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum with his defense.Anthony Davis, who was on the receiving end of many of those assists and finished with 35 points in the game, said Rondo took charge of the game.“He’s just in a different mode,” Davis said.The Trail Blazers certainly noticed that.Rondo was in Chicago last year when Playoff Rondo emerged. After an up-and-down season, he played well in the first game of the team’s opening series against the Celtics. But he was particularly good in Game 2, just missing a triple-double with 11 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds as the Bulls put Boston in an 0-2 hole. Just as important was his defense on Celtics star Isaiah Thomas.But he broke his thumb in that second game and was ruled out indefinitely before Game 3. Chicago went on to drop the series to the Celtics.The Pelicans brought Rondo in hoping he would run the offense and boost Jrue Holiday in the shooting guard position. In the process, Rondo has developed extraordinary chemistry with Davis — and Holiday has had one of the best seasons of his career.last_img read more

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‘Rep. Gray Is the Counterfeit, Not All’, Isaac Jackson Somersaults

first_imgThe expected tutorial class for Information Minister Lewis G. Brown and Deputy Minister for Public Affairs Isaac Jackson on public relations and information dissemination has dramatically turned into a ”Probe Hearing,” with Montserrado County’s Representative Acarous M. Gray being accused of being “The Counterfeit.”The House Committee on Information and Broadcasting yesterday, finally had in attendance, after a three-time deferral, the two top Information Ministry officials.But the Committee, upon reviewing the invitation written by the House’s Chief Clerk Mildred Siryon to the Information Ministry, and the complaint contained in Rep. Julius Berrian’s letter, changed the designation of the tutorial class into a “Probe Hearing.” This change of subject description excluded the Information boss from being part of the investigation.After the administration of the oath, Deputy Minister Isaac Jackson categorically denied calling all the Honorable Members of the House of Representatives as counterfeit. He said the complaint was a total and deliberate falsehood and a distortion of what he actually said.The Deputy Information Minister  maintained that he was referring to a lawmaker, specifically, Montserrado County District # 9 Representative Acarous M. Gray, who previously called him  “A Mad Lawyer” for defending President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s letter for additional power to restrict the movement of Liberians.Mr. Jackson argued that Rep. Gray’s insults were aired and published in the local dailies.“I don’t want to jeopardize the finding of the Committee, because accordingly, the finding will be brought before the Plenary for discussion.”For his part, Nimba County lawmaker Garrison Yealue, a member of the House Committee on Information and Broadcasting, said it was wrong for both public officials to engage in abusive language, which contravened the Code of Conduct.“A public servant shall exhibit conduct that will contribute to a positive work environment and not compromise the integrity of the public service. He or she shall not engage in abusive language or fight on any government premises, or any public place,” Rep. Yealue quoted Section 11.10But Rep. Yealue asked Deputy Minister Jackson why he did not write the leadership of the House of Representatives, but instead insulted the House.Deputy Minister Jackson argued that he had responded equally to the insults in the heat of emotions.“I don’t want it to live after me …and you know Sir Isaac Newton’s third Law of Motion, for every action there is an equal and opposite re-action,” Deputy Minister Jackson said.Another member of the Committee, veteran journalist turned Representative, Francis Paye, also expressed his dissatisfaction over the “insults,” noting that all of the branches of government are working towards the same goal.Information Minister Lewis Browne   thanked the House Committee on Information and Broadcasting for the hearing and making reference to the Code of Conduct, but indicated that some members of the other branches of government have the habit of dividing the government.“And in doing so, they seem to cultivate the habit by being disrespectful to members of another branch of government,” Information Minister Brown said.For his part, the Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Richmon Anderson, thanked the Minister and Deputy Minister for being in attendance and urged them to popularized the Code of Conduct, giving a copy to every appointed and elected public official.“Thank you for coming.  Hopefully as mandated by Plenary, our finding will be submitted to them,” Rep. Anderson said, concluding the session.Meanwhile, the decision to invite the MICAT officials was prompted by a communication addressed to plenary by Montserrado County Representative Julius F. Berrian, in which he complained about the two officials describing lawmakers as “counterfeit.”According to Rep. Berrian, the constant outbursts from Jackson against members of the Legislature could no longer be tolerated, and as such, actions must be taken to remedy the situation.Berrian noted that during a MICAT regular press briefing this week, Jackson referred to members of the House as “counterfeit lawmakers” which he (Berrian) described as counterproductive and a gross disrespect and abuse to the first branch of government.”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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An uncertain future

first_imgFour other starters return besides Olivares. Third baseman Andrew Mistone will hit in the middle of the order near Olivares. First baseman Jordan Fox is a solid leadoff hitter. “We like our team to be solid 1-9 and we like our pitching depth,” Nieto said. “Kenny (Kendrena) did a fantastic job, but we’re going to try and take it a step further and build upon what he left behind.” 2. Damien The Spartans allowed the fewest runs (80) by a Sierra League team, yet were left looking up at Chino in the final standings last season. Things might get worse before they get better, but it might not matter because Damien remains one of the top hitting teams in the area. Darren Dworak hit .415 last season and headlines not only the offense, but the pitching as well. Damien graduated its three most used arms last season, thus creating the opportunity for Dworak to log innings this season. Sophomore lefty Mark Garcia is talented but unproven, and he will likely be pitching on Fridays. The good news for Garcia is that he’ll have Dworak and sluggers Danny Pertusati and Nick Quincy providing support. Center fielder Mark Mendrun, who is also known for his football exploits as an All-Area quarterback, is one of the top outfielders in the area. Chino won’t be as dominant this season and the Sierra League looks to be there for the taking, so any degree of Damien success won’t be a shock. 3. San Dimas The Saints scored 282 runs last season, almost 100 more than Valle Vista League champion Northview. With offense like that, but only a second-place finish to go with it, it’s not hard to see that pitching is what San Dimas needs to take the next step. Scoring runs again won’t be an issue, even with graduated standout Mikal Garbarino now in the minor leagues. First baseman Jordan Leyland hit .539, scored 37 runs and had 26 RBIs last year as a sophomore. He’ll take Garbarino’s place as the centerpiece of the offense, but the production won’t end there. Trenton Lively returns after hitting .477 last season, as does David Leonard, who hit .465. It might be a good sign that Mike Regan is more confident about this year’s pitching staff than any he’s had in the past. Kevin Ponzo headlines the group and he’ll be backed up by Scott Jenson. Leyland will log innings, too. If Regan is right about his pitching, the Saints could be scary. On offense alone, San Dimas is the clear favorite to win the league title. What happens after that comes down to what type of stuff is coming from the mound when the Saints are in the field. 4. South Hills The Huskies will rely on ace Dimitri De La Fuente not only to hold opponents down while he’s on the mound, but also to provide much of his own run support. There’s little doubt De La Fuente can do both things well, but for the Huskies to win the San Antonio League title, several other players must step up. Second baseman Angel Marte, a two-year starter, is the lone returner in the field. Matt Hart and Tyler Buffington will split time at first base and should provide reliable sticks. Brandon Barraco and John Salazar should help form a very good outfield. They’ll also be key parts of the offense. South Hills is short on experience, but long on talent. De La Fuente alone gives coach Kevin Smith one of the best Friday starters in the area and anyone thinking the Huskies won’t produce another solid product should think again. 5. West Covina The Bulldogs, with seven senior starters returning and two ballyhooed freshmen, have been the talk of the offseason. West Covina couldn’t have picked a better year to set its sights on league foes Nogales and South Hills. All three starting pitchers return and their battery mate, Nick Field, is one of the top backstops in the area. Field hit .400 last season and had 10 doubles. He’ll be a key part of the offense, as will first baseman Vincent Prado, who will hit in the middle of the order. Center fielder Chad Rosenfeld, who covers his share of ground, adds to one of the area’s better up-the-middle defenses. The Bulldogs finished third in league last year and won 13 games, so the excitement should be tempered. But this year’s team appears headed north in the standings, as opposed to south. Any slip at all by Nogales or South Hills, and West Covina will be ready to pounce. 6. Northview The Vikings, with eight sophomores, are the local version of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays – long on upside, but short on experience in the big show. There are some veterans back, too. Senior center fielder Will Davis is one of the area’s best and his presence should give Northview a head start on having one of the top defensive outfields in the area. Despite the return of Davis and pitchers Aaron Elias and Robert Rodriguez, the buzz has been about the super sophs. “We have eight sophomores, but it’s eight sophomores from a freshman team that was 21-0,” Northview coach Darren Murphy said. “It’s a completely different team and group, but the talent is there. It’s just going to be a matter of how fast our kids mature.” Five, maybe six, of the sophomores will see significant playing time. One sophomore who wasn’t on the freshman team last year is shortstop Rich Pedroza, who wears a family name that should bring back memories for Northview fans. Northview won 20 games last season in large part because of the presence of do-everything standout Javy Lizarraga. He’s since graduated, but the program is loaded with some of the best young talent in the area. 7. Covina The hype around The Farm these days revolves around junior left-handed pitcher Tyler Pill. Recognize the last name? Pill is the younger brother of former Cal State Fullerton standout Brett Pill, who also stood out at Covina and is now with the San Francisco Giants. Tyler is expected to be one of the top pitchers in the area this season. That should have Covina right in the thick of a contentious Valle Vista League race. In addition to carrying the team while on the mound, Pill is also one of Covina’s most- feared hitters. But there is more than just Pill to worry about for opposing pitchers. Victor Valenzuela led the team in RBIs last season and cleanup hitter Steven Wilson can drive in runs as well. Leadoff hitter Brad Gomez should put the Colts in plenty of scoring opportunities. With Pill on the hill and a handful of good hitters, expect Covina to be one of the top teams around. 8. Charter Oak Two seasons removed from an appearance in the Division IV championship game, Charter Oak coach Tom Quinley believes he has a team capable of making another run. The Chargers will build around a solid up-the-middle cast that includes returning All-Area center fielder Keith Nyeholt. Also back is all-Miramonte League shortstop Matt Winkler, who combines with second baseman J.C. Torres to form a good defensive combo. Pitcher Noah Northrop had his moments last year as a sophomore and should be ready to headline the show this season. Catching duties go to sophomore Jake Bailey, whom Quinley calls a good one. Fans will recognize third baseman Danny Tiffany as Chuck’s little brother, but he’s expected to make a pretty big name for himself after tearing up the freshman level last year. Quinley’s program is always well stocked with talent and this year is no different. Youth might be an issue early in the season, but after that, Charter Oak should be ready for another big May. “It’s a good age group, it really is,” Quinley said. “They learned a lot last year, and they played a lot of games together this summer. We should be very competitive.” 9. Nogales The Nobles graduated some of the area’s best talent last season, including standout shortstop Danny Garcia. But things are never hopeless when you’ve got John Romano managing the team. Romano needs only nine wins to reach 500 in his career and he should get it easily this season. Nogales won’t be able to mash like it did for the past three seasons, but with ace Andrew Melchor on the mound, the Nobles won’t need to. Catcher Mario Martinez, the team’s best hitter, and center fielder Tony Garcia also return to give Nogales the makings of a strong up-the-middle foundation. “I don’t know, it’s just a complete question mark to me,” Romano said of his team. “We’re going to be in a lot of tight ballgames, but the good thing about us is that we’ve still got Nogales on our chests. We’ve got some tradition behind us.” 10. Diamond Bar Are the Brahmas, led by Cal State Fullerton-bound standout Gary Brown, going to be a one-man show? That’s been the question this entire offseason and Brahmas coach Rich Gonzalez still has no answers. “I think we’re a ways away,” Gonzalez said. “We’re young, and I don’t mean young in terms of varsity experience. We have three returning starters and the rest are all question marks.” One thing nobody is questioning is Brown’s ability to carry the team by himself. Brown hit .408 last season and has struck out only three times in the past two years. The problem for Gonzalez is that if there’s no protection found for Brown, he could walk more times than Barry Bonds. Pitcher Brett Miller, the football team’s quarterback, was hyped as a good one going into last season. But arm problems limited his season, although a 4-1 record down the stretch lends some optimism. Shortstop Richie Jimenez, a three-year starter, is expected to complement Brown in the batting order. Jimenez hit .380 last season. aram.tolegian@sgvn.com 626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The certainty that this year’s high school baseball rankings will change dramatically is one thing you can bank on as a season of uncertainty opens Friday. Questions abound across area diamonds. Some teams have pitching, but no hitting. Others have the potential to score six runs per game, but could easily give up just as many in return. It doesn’t take a genius to see that the teams that put together the best combination of both will enjoy the finest seasons. The ride along the way figures to be thrilling. Here is a look at the teams most likely to have the best run: center_img 1. Bishop Amat New coach Andy Nieto, previously a USC assistant, brings college coaching experience to the area’s top prep platform. The two could be a match made in heaven. Amat is going to rely heavily on pitcher Maverick Olivares, not only to hold opponents down at the plate, but to provide his own run support when he has a bat in his hands. Olivares, who has committed to UC Irvine, is poised to have one of the best all-around seasons in the area and that should be enough for the Lancers to at least equal last season’s 18 wins. Nieto’s main concern will be shoring up losses up the middle and at catcher. Look for shortstop Tommy Reyes to ease some of those concerns. last_img read more

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ExpressJet Airlines announces Reno service

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“We can provide value by saving our Reno-Tahoe customers time and making their travel more convenient,” Ream said. The company said it expects to hire 10 to 15 employees in Reno. ExpressJet is a Houston-based regional airline that recently operated as Continental Express. RENO, Nev. – ExpressJet Airlines on Monday announced it will offer nonstop flights between Reno and cities in California, Arizona and Washington. The carrier said service to and from Long Beach, Los Angeles, Tucson and Spokane is expected to begin Nov. 11. “The addition of ExpressJet gives us new nonstop service to and from four great markets just in time for the start of ski season,” said John Wagnon, chairman of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority. “This is terrific news for our region.” Jim Ream, ExpressJet president and chief executive officer, said Reno-Tahoe is the right-sized market for airline’s fleet of 50-seat Embraer 145 aircraft. 160Want 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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Liverpool BLOW! Joe Gomez to miss start of the season with ANOTHER injury

first_img1 Liverpool youngster Joe Gomez has suffered fresh injury setback Liverpool have suffered a blow to their pre-season preparations with news that defender Joe Gomez will miss the start of the new Premier League campaign with ANOTHER injury.The 19-year-old had been working his way back to fitness from a long-term knee problem he suffered in October.He sustained the problem on international duty with the England Under-21 team and it ruled him out for the rest of the 2015/16 campaign.However, it is understood the Reds youngster has now suffered a fresh injury setback.Gomez has reportedly picked up an Achilles problem, and its severity is currently being assessed by Liverpool.But it is believed the problem has definitely ruled him out of their Premier League opener at Arsenal on August 14.While the amount of time that Gomez will be unavailable for is unclear at this stage, the news will be a considerable concern for Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, under whom the player – signed last summer from Charlton – is yet to make an appearance.Klopp was already short of central defensive options, with Mamadou Sakho due to be sidelined for a month also with an Achilles complaint, and Martin Skrtel having been sold to Fenerbahce.last_img read more

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DD HEALTH: FARMERS WARNED OVER RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS

first_imgFarmers are being warned about their healthDD HEALTH: New study finds a high prevalence of respiratory problems among Irish farmersA recent study of farmers health has revealed a high level of respiratory problems and lung function abnormalities.Irish Farmers Lung Health Study, undertaken by Investigators from Galway University Hospital / Saolta University Health Care Group, was published recently in Respiratory Medicine. The study was prompted by the high prevalence of respiratory problems in farmers in other countries and by recent reports of increasing mortality rates within the Irish farming community.Professor Anthony O’Regan, Consultant Respiratory Physician, University Hospital Galway told Donegal Daily: “The aim of this cross-sectional study was to determine the prevalence of respiratory disease amongst Irish farmers.“The study took place at the 2013 Ploughing Championship where over 400 farmers agreed to complete an investigator delivered questionnaire and undergo lung function testing. Remarkably almost two-thirds reported one or more chronic respiratory symptoms.“Most were non-smokers (91%) yet 13% had a pre-existing diagnosis of obstructive lung disease and 12% demonstrated abnormal lung function. “Unlike non-farming populations obstruction on lung function testing was not associated with smoking but rather appeared to occur in those patients with symptoms or a prior diagnosis of asthma or hay-fever.”Farmers lung, previously felt to be common in Ireland, was reported by less than 1%.No definite occupational exposure explained the presence of respiratory symptoms or abnormal lung function but further studies would be required to better define any associations.The investigators also found that 89% of farming participants were overweight, with average BMI of 29 kg/m2.This is the first study ever taken that assessed farmers lung health in Ireland and demonstrated a previously under recognised high prevalence of respiratory symptoms and lung function abnormalities in this population. DD HEALTH: FARMERS WARNED OVER RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS was last modified: July 9th, 2016 by John2Share 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:donegalfarmershealth problemslast_img read more

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ARMY STANDS OVER DECISION NOT TO MAKE PRESENTATION TO RETIRED DONEGAL SOLDIER

first_imgThe army says it is standing over the decision not to give a Donegal soldier a retirement presentation – because he owes €28 for tea.Furious Fearghal MacLochlainn contacted Donegaldaily.com to highlight his plight.Lifford man Fearghal, 40, has just retired after 22 years service in the army during which he did four tours of duty in Kosovo and Lebanon. He was due to receive a retirement presentation of some crystal in the coming weeks.But Fearghal has now received a letter from Finner Camp saying because he owes €28 in Mess subs, most for tea and coffee, he will not receive his presentation unless he coughs up the cash.Last night an army spokesman said the presentation did not come from public funds but was from the soldier’s peer group in their mess.It also stressed that the decision was not made by the Defence Forces per se but by members of what it described as “a social club.” “Presentations are organised locally from amongst the retirees peers, in this case the NCO Mess, who at this time are not in a position to bring a motion to their members regarding a presentation, as the requirements regarding the appropriateness of a presentation to the individual involved have not been met,” said an army spokesman.However Mr MacLochlainn has stressed that the letter sent to him warning him he would not receive a presentation was sent to him on official headed notepaper.The father-of-two, whose five brothers and father also served in the Irish army, said he is standing over his decision not to accept any retirement presentation after what he described as a “threatening letter.”“I cannot accept this presentation now. It has just sickened me. How could I pretend everything was okay when I have gone through all this.“I will always feels let down by this now and I cannot turn back,” he said.  FULL ARMY STATEMENTMembers of the Defence Forces do not receive any presentation paid for by public funds, all ranks usually receive a presentation from their peer group in their respective mess ( ie in essence a social club). Most of these presentations are voluntary subscription based or follow clear and approved mess rules. Some important points with reference to such presentations.Firstly they are not an automatic entitlement, regardless of Rank, Service or Station.Secondly, the matter of the appropriateness or not of presentations for retired personnel is within the remit of , in this case, Non Commissioned Officers Mess members. The protocols regarding presentations is a matter for the Mess Members, effectively drawn from this individuals peers. In this case the mess members are adhering to the protocols that are in place. Finally, the issue of a presentations from the Defence Forces is not in question as it is not the custom to give presentations from the organisation per se. Presentations are organised locally from amongst the retirees peers, in this case the NCO Mess, who at this time are not in a position to bring a motion to their members regarding a presentation, as the requirements regarding the appropriateness of a presentation to the individual involved have not been met.ARMY STANDS OVER DECISION NOT TO MAKE PRESENTATION TO RETIRED DONEGAL SOLDIER was last modified: February 6th, 2012 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:Fearghal MacLochlainnFinner Campsoldierlast_img read more

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WIN TWO FREE TICKETS TO SEE LEE MATTHEWS AT THE MILLBRIDGE BAR NEXT WEEKEND

first_imgENTERTAINMENT: Country Music sensation Lee Matthews is playing LIVE at The Millbridge Bar in Kilmacrennan next weekend!On Saturday the 19th September the Millbridge welcomes back Ireland’s singing sensation Lee Matthews. Doors opens at 9pm with support beforehand from DJ Tubbsy – you can also pay at the door (€15).However, you could be in with a chance of winning TWO FREE tickets to see one of the hottest acts in the music industry  LIVE.All you have to do is like and share this post on Facebook and tag a friend in the post.A name will be randomly selected from the list of names tagged in the post. Rememeber the Ivy Restaurant EVERY Thursday have our 50% off all food and drink promotion.Booking is advisable (074 91 39800)Music this WeekendOn Friday night sees the welcoming return of Stringfellas, a 3 piece band that will fit just nicely into our new stage area, a must see!!!!!On Saturday night we see the return off John Dolan, sure to have you on your feet all night!On Sunday in “The Snug” we have Kilmacrennans very own trad band Ciocal Iomlan playing from 6pm-9pm. Come join us this Sunday for our Carvery Lunch in our newly refurbished Ivy Restaurant from 12pm to 4pm with 4 courses (tea or coffee) for only €16.95 and kids eat for only €4.95.Live premiership matches shownDrinks promotions3 pints for €10 (Monday – Friday)Loyalty Discount cards availableKeep an eye out on our Facebook page and Donegal Daily for our Christmas party nights specials.For any information contact us on 074 91 39800 or email us at millbridgebar@gmail.comWIN TWO FREE TICKETS TO SEE LEE MATTHEWS AT THE MILLBRIDGE BAR NEXT WEEKEND was last modified: September 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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