Jamaica begins preparations

first_imgJamaica will start a training camp in preparation for a historic appearance at the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Futsal Championship to be held in Havana, Cuba, January 22-26.A 16-man squad was named by player/coach Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore to start training today at the National Indoors Sports Centre.A total of eight teams, divided into two groups, will participate in the CFU tournament.Group One comprises: Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, CuraÁao and Guyana, while Group Two features host Cuba, Guadeloupe, Jamaica and St Maarten.Jamaica is scheduled to face Guadeloupe on January 22 in the opening game at the Sala Polivalente Kid Chocolate Complex in Cuba.The top three from the CFU will advance to the CONCACAF Championship on May 8-15 in Costa Rica. After that, the top four will advance to the 2016 World Futsal Championship.The training squad is: Anthony Marks, Savian Maxwell, Loran Lewis, Jason Wint, Theodore Whitmore, Fabian Taylor, Edsel Scott, Ramone Sibley, Jerome Haughton, David Swaby, Marcelino Blackburn, Shavar Blake, Marvin Morgan, Michily Waul, Donovan Carey and Kemeel Wolfe.last_img read more

Schwartzel back to winning ways

first_imgSouth Africa’s highest ranked golfer, Charl Schwartzel, has moved up two places to 17th in the world golf rankings after capturing the OneAsia Tour’s Nanshan China Masters on the weekend. Lucrative It was Schwartzel’s first victory since he captured back-to-back titles in late 2012 in the Asian Tour’s Thailand Golf Championship and the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Championship, held at the Leopard Creek Country Club in South Africa. Schwartzel is one of five South Africans ranked inside the top 50 in the world. The others are Ernie Els (23), Louis Oosthuizen (30), Richard Sterne (40), and Branden Grace (42). “I never thought I was out of it, for any second. It’s a matter of staying in there, hitting good golf shots and controlling your own destiny.” “I learned a lot out of this win – it showed me that you don’t have to play perfect golf to be able to win. A great short game and clever thinking goes a long way’” The pedigree of a champion On his website, he commented: “My short game was as good as it has ever been! The back nine on Sunday came and I found myself only three off the lead, which I saw as a positive, considering the way I’ve been hitting the ball. And then something clicked – all of a sudden I felt like I could win the tournament; my focus went up a notch and with that I started hitting quality shot after quality shot, and the putter worked too.” Apart from his win at Leopard Creek, his results over the 2012/13 season include second place in the Joburg Open, third in the Northern Trust Open and the HP Byron Nelson Championship, fourth in the Maybank Malaysian Open, seventh in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, eighth in the BMW Championship and the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance, and ninth in the Honda Classic. The 29-year-old performed impressively over the final 18 holes on the Nanshan International Golf Club’s Montgomerie Course to overcome an overnight deficit of three shots on 2011 Open champion Darren Clarke and defending champion Liang Wenchong. 16 October 2013center_img He has won €964 246 (R12.98-million) on the European Tour this season and $2 256 723 (R22.48-million) on the PGA Tour. That, of course, excludes money like the $180 000 (R1.79-million) Schwartzel pocketed for winning the Nanshan Masters. While it has been a while since Schwartzel’s last victory, he has been consistent on both the European and US PGA Tours. After securing the victory, Schwartzel said: “It’s always very satisfying to win. I’ve played a lot of golf tournaments and done a lot of traveling in the past few months and it felt like I’ve been playing really good golf with no results, so it’s nice to have something finally go your way.” ‘Controlling your own destiny’ Showing the pedigree of a champion, he responded to the challenge when matters became tight by sinking birdies on the 15th and 16th to drew level with Clarke, who then ceded the lead on the 17th when he bogeyed the hole. ‘A great feeling’ Given the lucrative nature of golf at the top, Schwartzel will hardly be eating baked beans on toast for the next few months. Schwartzel also said his victory in the 2011 US Masters helped him come from behind once again. “I won the US Masters from four shots behind and I won by two shots,” he said. “It’s a great feeling to win again, especially it being my first in China,” Schwartzel said. “I travelled a long time to get there, and I was very tired after the Presidents Cup. It was very satisfying to have pulled off this win, considering how tired I was and how out of touch my swing was.last_img read more

Kashmir is still picture-perfect

first_imgIn 2016, when Kashmir was witnessing street protests for five months in the aftermath of the killing of 21-year-old militant Burhan Wani in a gunfight, three youth from Srinagar, all in their 20s, came up with a novel idea to kindle a ray of hope in the grim situation.Nihal-ur-Rehman, 25, a civil engineer, along with Fasahat Allaqband, 23, a business management student, and engineer Zaid Qureshi, 24 — all in colleges then — started ‘CaptivatingKashmir’, an Instagram account, to curate postcard pictures from distinct geographical locations in J&K, mainly “bewitching, mood-lifting, rare and exotic frames” of places and people from the otherwise troubled State. “The situation (in 2016) was such that we were forced to do ground marketing only. There was no Internet. Curfew had halted life. We failed at generating any business to keep the idea afloat that year,” CapitivatingKashmir chief executive officer Rehman said.The trio started scavenging for pictures posted by locals for fun or as a click bait. The idea was to pick the frame to lift the mood locally and generate queries from prospective tourists.Keenly followedThree years on, ‘CaptivatingKashmir’ is followed by over 90,000 travel and photography enthusiasts across the country and overseas. Mr. Rehman and his co-founders started collaborating with avid trekkers and travel enthusiasts to access images from exotic locations in the State. They photographed daily life, art and culture “to bring authentic Kashmir online, distinct from the stereotypes created over the years.”Over time, they curated over 4,300 pictures to put the spotlight on little-known aspects. “The idea was to take an intending traveller away from the routine Dal lake ride. We streamed a series of pictures of terraced Great Lakes, 13 of them, all nestled in Mount Haramukh at an altitude of 3,575 m,” said Mr. Rehman. The pictures are attracting tourists as far as the Middle East.last_img read more

Curfew relaxed in Rajasthan’s Malpura town

first_imgCurfew was relaxed for three hours on Saturday in Malpura town of Rajasthan’s Tonk district where it was imposed after communal tension erupted following pelting of stones at a Dussehra procession on Tuesday, an official said. The restrictions were imposed on Wednesday morning and mobile Internet services were also suspended to prevent rumour-mongering. Curfew was relaxed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. after reviewing the law and order situation in the area, he said. “A total of 10 people have been arrested in connection with the violence that occurred in the town,” Malpura ASP Gordhan Lal Sonkaria said. He said that markets opened after the relaxation in the curfew. No untoward incident has been reported so far and mobile Internet services continued to be suspended, he added.last_img

LeBron James becomes seventh to reach 30,000 career points

first_imgRead Next LATEST STORIES The 14-time All-Star has averaged 27.1 points since breaking into the league as an 18-year-old in 2003. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Serena Williams returning to competition for US Fed Cup team Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa James was recognized by the arena before the second quarter and got a standing ovation from Spurs fans. James patted his heard and said “thank you so much.”James needed seven points Tuesday to get there. He missed his first two midrange jumpers before making two driving layups and a 20-footer. He hit the milestone jumper over Danny Green from 19 feet out.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 33-year-old James joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292), Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) and Dirk Nowitzki (30,808) on the list.At 33 years and 24 days, James is the youngest to reach the mark. Bryant was 34 years and 104 days when he got there. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots and scores over San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (14) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in San Antonio. The score allowed James to reach the 30,000 milestone for his career. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — LeBron James has joined the NBA’s 30,000-point club.James became the seventh player with 30,000 career points when he hit a jumper with one second left in the first quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ game against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Mission Olympics: Indian boxers eye rich haul

first_imgBefore going to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Vijender Kumar was a little-known boxer. But he gave a good account of himself, clinched a historic bronze medal and shot into stardom. Four years later when he readies for the London Games, the expectation of his fans has increased manifold.Vijender acknowledges this and wants to live up to his fans’ expectations by striving for a bigger medal. “Last time it was a bronze; now I will try my level best to win either a silver medal or a gold,” Vijender said at the send-off ceremony for the Indian boxers here on Thursday.Seven men and one woman are headed to the Olympics. While the men’s team will have the likes of Asian Games gold medallists Vikas Krishan and young sensations Shiva Thapa and Sumit Sangwan, five-time world champion MC Mary Kom will be the lone woman.Vijender, who is like a mentor to his teammates, says he feels more responsible to win as the spotlight is on him. But he doesn’t feel much pressure as the attention will be shared by a few others.”I alone would have borne the burden of expectations had Mary Kom not be in the team. Then there are young talented boxers like Shiva, Devendro and Sumit, who are also in the reckoning. I think expectation is shared and that is giving me the time to focus more on my preparation,” he said.The Indian team will have a training camp in London before the Olympics start on July 27. Mary Kom, who will be playing in her first Olympics at 29, will have a small field of 12 in the 51kg category. For someone who was beaten in the pre-quarterfinals of the lone Olympic qualifiers – the World Championships – she booked her ticket to London by sheer luck.Mary Kom considers draw as a crucial factor in winning a medal. “I am preparing my level best but the draw will also play a role. I want to give 100 per cent and achieve my dream of an Olympic medal,” she stressed. National coach Gurbux Singh Sandhu says going by the boxers’ progress in the last four years, they should improve upon their Beijing tally of one bronze.advertisement”That one medal in Beijing changed the attitude of Indian boxers and now they are more eager to win. Even the youngsters have fared well in the Olympic qualifiers. They can do what no Indian has ever done at the Olympics and that is to reach the finals,” said Sandhu. Assistant coach Jaidev Bisht, who is accompanying the boxers, said the boxers can end India’s gold drought at the Olympics because they have the motivation and skill to deliver. “The best motivating factor they now have is fame and money, if they win a medal. Apart from that they are well prepared and have delivered in major events and that brightens their chances,” he said.Jai Bhagwan (60kg), who will make his Olympic debut in London, said the boxers have got individual attention and they can translate it into success. “During the camp, we were given the individual training which means we got more time to identify our mistakes and iron them out. It also gave us enough time to polish the best aspect of our game. Now the aim is to utilise that preparation and win a medal for the country,” he said.CASH INCENTIVESMonnet Ispat group, which is the main sponsor of the Indian Boxing Federation, announced a cash incentive for those who win Olympic medals. If someone wins the gold medal, he/she will get Rs 51 lakh, Rs 21 lakh for every silver medal and the bronze will be worth Rs 11 lakh.last_img read more

Blazers beat Rockets as James Harden’s 40-point streak ends

first_imgHouston Rockets guard James Harden, left, dribbles past Portland Trail Blazers guard Evan Turner during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Ore. — Jusuf Nurkic had 25 points and 15 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped James Harden’s 40-point streak and the Houston Rockets’ six-game winning streak with a 110-101 victory on Saturday night.Harden finished with 38 points, falling just short of his sixth straight game with 40 or more. He was 13 of 35 from the field, shooting 5 of 17 from 3-point range.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Rivers hit all four of his 3-point attempts to start the game and finished the first quarter with 14 points.Neither team was able to make much of a move until the final two minutes of the half, when Portland went up 54-46 on Turner’s layup. Nene was charged with a flagrant foul on Nurkic, who made one of the two free throws then added a basket. Lillard had a floater before time ran out and the Blazers went to the break with a 59-46 lead.Harden was 0 for 8 from 3-point range in the opening half and had nine points. It was just the second time this season he failed to reach double digits in the first half.Lillard’s 3-pointer pushed Portland’s lead to 77-61, but Harden answered with his own. Harden had 20 points in the third quarter but the Blazers led 86-77 going into the final period.TIP INSRockets: It was the third and final meeting of the season between the two teams. They split the first two. … Harden hit his first two 3-point attempts in the second half.Trail Blazers: Nurkic has 20 double-doubles this season. … It was the first time Portland has defeated the Rockets twice in a season since 2015-16. .. The win snapped a two-game losing streak to the Rockets in Portland.UP NEXTRockets: Host the Denver Nuggets on Monday.Trail Blazers: Host the New York Knicks on Monday. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue CJ McCollum added 24 points and Damian Lillard finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers, who have won three of their last four games.Austin Rivers scored a season-high 21 points for Houston, while Clint Capela had 13 points and 21 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionPortland led by as many as 16 points in the third quarter, but Harden started to show some life after a surprisingly cold first half.Gerald Green’s dunk got Houston within 88-83 early in the fourth but Nurkic’s layup pushed Portland’s lead to 97-85 with just under 6 minutes left. Steph Curry has 42 points, Warriors hold off Kings SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After Harden collected his fourth foul, McCollum hit a long jumper to put Portland up 101-90 with 3:10 left. Evan Turner’s layup and free throw made it 106-95 and Moda Center fans started heading for the doors.There was some controversy when Harden got three free throws on Turner’s foul and he made all three to close the gap with 1:02 left. After Lillard made a free throw on the other end, Harden’s step-back jumper got the Rockets within 107-101 with 34 seconds left — but it was a close as they could get.Portland was the last team to hold Harden under 30. He had 29 in Houston’s 111-104 home victory on Dec. 11. Maurice Harkless had some success guarding Harden, but he out with a sore left knee after Saturday night’s loss to the Thunder and Turner started for the Blazers.Portland surrendered the lead to Oklahoma City heading into the fourth quarter and came up short 111-109 despite a late rally.Harden had a triple-double in a 135-134 overtime victory over Golden State on Thursday night. He had 44 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists for his second straight 40-point triple-double and 11th of his career.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

ASKING FOR IT Playwright Brings World Premiere Of WHAT I CALL HER

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement One year after the sold-out run of Asking For It, playwright Ellie Moon returns to Crow’s Theatre with her sophomore play What I call her, directed by Sarah Kitz (winner of Crow’s Theatre’s 2017 RBC Emerging Director Prize).The estranged mother of 25-year old Kate is on her deathbed. A Facebook post becomes the subject of heated debate. Then, a knock on the door. What I call her is a play about gaps in how people perceive and understand the world they live in, female generational rage, and the loneliness of holding onto one’s own truth.Ellie Moon describes What I call her as “post-MeToo, because it presupposes a world in which women have power. It’s striking to hear people say they understand why something they experienced as benign was considered abuse by someone else. I began to think about how the same experiences are processed so differently by people-and how many people have different experiences within the same family.” Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: What I call her features a dynamite cast of emerging talent: Michael Ayres (Chariots of Fire / Grand Theatre, We Are Proud to Present… / Theatre Centre) Ellie Ellwand (The Nails / Summerworks, National Theatre School Class of 2017) and Charlie Gould as Kate (Richard III / Shakespeare in the Ruff, The Tempest / Theatre Calgary/Shakespeare by the Bow).Ellie Moon’s playwriting debut, Asking For It, opened Crow’s Theatre and Nightwood Theatre’s 2017/18 seasons, produced independently by In Association. Asking For It sold out its run and was called “a sly, intelligent piece of documentary theatre” (Globe & Mail), “timely, personal and riveting” (NOW), and “a vital piece of theatre” (Intermission). Ellie is Tarragon Theatre’s Bulmash-Siegal playwright-in-residence, as well as a Dora-nominated actor, appearing next in A Doll’s House, Part 2 at Montreal’s Segal Centre in November 2018.last_img read more

Highlights of the weekends Manito Ahbee festival in Winnipeg

first_imgBrittany Hobson APTN National NewsWinnipeg played host to Canada’s largest pow wow over the weekend.The two day international pow wow was part of the 12th annual Manito Ahbee festival. Bobson@aptn.ca <>last_img

Investment advice and corporate governance special

first_imgInvestment advice and corporate governance specialist Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) has advised Telecom Italia investors not to support Vivendi’s proposal to name four new board members as the French media giant looks to secure a stronger say in how the Italian operator is run. Vivendi currently controls about 20.1% of Telecom Italia. Shareholders in the Italian operator are set to meet on December 15 to consider the French company’s request to extend the company’s board from its current 13 to 17 members that will include Vivendi CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine, COO Stephane Roussel, CFO Hervé Philippe and consultant Felicité Herzog.A group of Italian and international funds have separately already written to Vivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré asking him to clarify his purpose in making the request, which would see Vivendi over-represented on the board in relation to the size of its stake.Telecom Italia is the process of converting non-voting ‘savings shares’ to ordinary voting shares, a move that could see Vivendi’s stake diluted significantly.last_img read more