The master of suspense

first_imgFoster’s Fairplay is frequently verbally attacked for what some deem to be a serious defect in telling its stories. The allegation is that this columnist, with disturbing regularity, leaves the audience high and dry. While accepting the criticism and providing there has not, to date, been any such complaint in activities elsewhere, the feeling is ‘mission accomplished’. The lead to whet the appetite of a reader, pending a full roll out at a later date, comes from early exposure to the cinema. It was a strategy used by the Hollywood film director and producer, Englishman Sir Alfred Hitchcock, and which earned him the title ‘The master of suspense’. With all that in mind, in addition to “cries for help” from Jamaica’s top performers in track and field, look out soon for the nation’s ‘best kept secret’ surrounding sporting activities. It could, and in due respect for support coming from elsewhere, turn a corner hitherto not even approached, much less negotiated. To refer to it as huge would be the understatement of the millennium. But, come the time, come the revelation. supremacy of black Jamaicans With all that roll out of excellent performances on a stage, previously limited to white Europeans and Americans of varied colour, there is a story never to be forgotten. It is a direct pointer to the supremacy of black Jamaicans, who have now interwoven themselves into the fabric of world track and field. Beijing 2015 was another extension of the five successive global event multi-medal scenario that has strutted with such elegance and Èlan across the frontiers of the sport. It had its genesis in the winning ways of Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Veronica Campbell-Brown at the 2008 Olympic Games, set in the same Chinese city. Now, the phenomenon has, for Jamaicans, scattered worldwide, caused pleasure, passion and the pride of belonging to something quite special. Next year, Rio de Janeiro and the XXXI Olympics beckon. It promises to be all that the extra special moment entails. The city remains the unquestionable mecca for a constantly migrating mass of magical footballers. That temporarily set aside, its people will take timeout from their single-minded focus on the beautiful game. They anxiously anticipate August 12 to 21, when the most prominent crowd-puller, athletics, will be hosted in the Joao Havelange Olympic Stadium. The fact that this most imposing site is named after an icon of world football adds to the stark truth – this is football country. Foster’s Fairplay, still mesmerised by Beijing 2015, is lustily singing the inspirational lyrics coming from the classic, Islands In The Stream. The song is written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees and sung by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers in 1983. “The message is clear, this could be the year for the real thing.” All you continually amazing athletes, let it happen for Brand Jamaica. lauriefoster2012@gmail.com. JA’s prominence on the global stage The recent IAAF World Championships was another wide awakener. At the 1948 London Olympics, Jamaica had kicked off what was soon to become its prominence on the global stage. Arthur Wint led the pack with gold (400m) and silver (800m). Herb McKenley had to be content (what a euphemism?) with a silver (400m), and the 4x400m relay team with George Rhoden and Leslie Laing added to that illustrious duo, faltered with a mid-race injury to Wint, seen later limping from the track in a whole lot more than mere physical pain. That quartet had set the stage for future glory and worldwide reverence, accorded our heroes. Quoting from the famous poem, Abou Ben Adhem by English essayist and poet, James Henry Leigh Hunt, “May their tribe increase.” Come Helsinki, four years later, there was more to be heard from the faltering foursome. Gold was their prize at a still well remembered Games. This was after Rhoden, running from the then-outside lane, number six, put it over an inspired McKenley to take gold over his chief rival’s repeat silver. The ‘Herb Mac’ upbeat had come from an ‘on the wire’ and highly disputed to this day – surprise silver that catapulted the winner, USA’s Lindy Remigino, into the pages of history. The legendary McKenley, even moreso later, as a coach, had only entered the shorter race to ‘stretch his legs’ for the 400m title assault.last_img read more

Reno clip Humble Lion at Frome

first_imgWestern Bureau:Afiba Chambers scored a 90th-minute header to give FC Reno their first win of the two-week-old Red Stripe Premier League season, a 1-0 win over Humble Lion at the Frome Sports Ground yesterday.The match was originally scheduled for Sunday but was called off minutes into the action because of heavy rain.Yesterday, midfielder Chambers, Kadeem Stone, and forward Romario Brown looked sharp in attack alongside the returning Davion Thorpe, who spent a number of seasons at former Westmoreland parish champions Savannah FC.The goal came after a swift build-up. With the ball won in Reno’s defensive third, they moved it quickly through the Humble Lion midfield area before the referee whistled for a foul on Jashane Foster.From the resulting free-kick, the ball was sent to the far post and headed back across goal to Chambers, who nodded the ball into an unguarded net.The win moved the Westmoreland-based club from tenth in the standings to five points and fourth place on goal difference alongside Portmore United.The visitors only had themselves to blame as they created enough chances to score but failed to do so.Their best chance fell to Woolery Wolf, who missed the target from inside the area in the 37th minute.After that, they had several other close attempts wasted, leaving coach Donovan Duckie ruing the missed chances.”It’s early, and, of course, we never want to lose any game, but it’s best we lose them now than later. I think we have enough time to get it right,” he said.It was the opposite sentiment for Downswell. He praised his players’ never-say-die attitude, saying he is expecting much more from them this season.”We have a really young team and they played reasonably well today. The game itself was a good one tactically for both teams, the difference being the mistake the Humble Lion made, and we got the goal,” he noted.last_img read more

Horse Racing Results

first_imgCaymanas Park Results for October 17, 2016Track Condition : Dirt : GoodRace 1 1000 M (S) (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2) – F&MALEX’S IMPORT BODY PARTS DEPARTMENT PLAQUE1. *MAMETA SEllis 54.02. RISING POWER AntThomas4 49.0 121/2L3. CHEXIMAKIT BebHarvey2 52.0 Neck4. STAROFTHETOWN AndreePowell4 52.0 13/4LWIN: $67.00PLACE: $54.00, $99.00, $88.00Final Time : 1:00.3 Splits : 23.1, 46.4, ,Winner : 4yo b filly – STORM CRAFT out of BISCAYNE STARR byTrainer : NUNES,ANTHONY C Owner : STEPHAN A NARINESINGHBred by PHILLIPS, O’NEILQuinella : (3,4) $276.00 Exacta : (4-3) $295.00Trifecta : (4-3-5) $263.00NORMAN MANLEY MEMORIAL CUPRace 2 1000 M (R) (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO-NW2 & 6YO&UP-NW41. TWO STEPS UP DenBrown 54.02. *WARRIOR PRINCESS JInnis3 52.0 2L3. WILLINSTON MWard4 48.0 11/4L4. ABOGADO JPatterson2 54.0 NeckLate scratch : #1 REGGAE GOLD, #7 QUEEN OF THE TOWNWIN: $131.00PLACE: REFUNDFinal Time : 1:02.3 Splits : 23.3, 48.2, ,Winner : 5yo b colt – TRADITIONAL out of HISHI BLOSSOM by MACHO UNOTrainer : MARKLAND,O’NEIL D Owner : O’NEIL D MARKLANDBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Quinella : (3,6) $133.00 Exacta : (3-6) $298.00D/E : (4-3) $143.00Trifecta : (3-6-4) $804.00Race 3 1300 M (Purse $590,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($450,0-$400,0)/NB5YO – NW4ALEX’S IMPORT TRANSMISSION DEPARTMENT PLAQUE1. *STORMING DDawkins2 53.02. WESTERN ROSE RLahoe 52.0 31/4L3. XQUISITE CHOICE AntThomas4 56.0 4L4. MEGATRON JErwin 53.0 5LLate scratch : #7 JUNIOR DONWIN: $97.00Final Time : 1:20.2 Splits : 24.0, 47.3, 1:12.4,Winner : 4yo b filly – STORM CRAFT out of PSYCHE by SCHISMTrainer : GRAHAM,NEIVE E Owner : MODERN CONNECTIONBred by ASTON MARSH (DR.)Quinella : (3,4) $230.00 Exacta : (4-3) $424.00D/E : (3-4) $331.00Trifecta : (4-3-5) $507.00Rolling Triple : (4-3-4) $416.00Race 4 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3YO MAIDEN CONDITION RACE – NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE JUNE 17. (DIV.I)ALEX’S IMPORT SUSPENSION DEPARTMENT PLAQUE1. MARKET SENSATION JPatterson2 48.52. SURE STEP AndreePowell4 48.0 11/4L3. *THAT’S THE MAN HPottinger2 50.5 3/4L4. WHITE RUSSIAN OEdwards3 51.0 41/2L5. DOUBLE DEAL RMcNaughton 52.5 13/4LTOOK #1 ONLINE TRAIN SBlake 52.0WIN: $174.00PLACE: $56.00, $81.00, $63.00Final Time : 1:00.2 Splits : 23.0, 46.2, ,Winner : 3yo b filly – MARKET RALLY out of ECONOMIC SENSATION by STAR ATTITUDETrainer : CHEN,DWIGHT P Owner : HAMARK FARMSBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Quinella : (4,13) $587.00 Exacta : (4-13) $969.00D/E : (4-4) $430.00Trifecta : (4-13-11) $621.00Hi-5 : (4-13-11-5-6) $8,684.00Rolling Triple : (3-4-4) $1,408.00Race 5 1300 M (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)ALEX’S IMPORT JAPANESE TRUCK PARTS DEPARTMENT PLAQUE1. MY FAVORITE DANCER JPatterson2 54.02. ALL FOR THE GLORY JErwin 56.0 61/23. WICKED TUFF AChatrie 54.0 11/24. SPROUTING WINGS JInnis3 52.0 21/2Late scratch : #6 MISS ADDIWIN: $167.00PLACE: $63.00, $56.00, $55.00Final Time : 1:24.0 Splits : 24.3, 49.2, 1:16.3,Winner : 5yo b filly – DISTORTED out of THE WHITE WITCH by SPLINTER REDTrainer : PRYCE,DENNIS Owner : UNCLE BOBBred by KENUTE BIGNALLQuinella : (2,7) $369.00 Exacta : (2-7) $548.00D/E : (4-2) $723.00Superfecta : (2-7-5-3) $2,162.00Rolling Triple : (4-4-2) $3,216.00Race 6 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3YO MAIDEN CONDITION RACE – NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE JUNE 17. (DIV.II)ALEX’S IMPORT ACCESSORIES DEPARTMENT PLAQUE1. *RUNAWAY GAL OWalker 53.02. SHEZA SPY RLahoe 52.0 1/2L3. LUNA EMMA AndreePowell4 46.0 21/4L4. MOON WALK DAThomas 52.0 11/4L5. CONCLUSION JInnis3 48.5 31/4LTOOK #1 WAR ADVOCATE RHalledeen 53.0Late scratch : #8 MRS. K. T.WIN: $73.00PLACE: $53.00, $97.00, $91.00Final Time : 1:00.0 Splits : 23.0, 46.0, ,Winner : 3yo ch filly – LEGAL PROCESS out of VOODOO CHANT by SCHISMTrainer : DACOSTA,WAYNE A Owner : EDWARD STEINMAN & VON G. WHITEBred by NEW BLUE LTD.Race 7 1400 M (Purse $800,000) NB2-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHTALEX’S IMPORT NEW PARTS DEPARTMENT PLAQUE1. FEARLESS SAMURAI OWalker 52.52. *HENRY THE SECOND DDawkins2 54.0 13/43. SOTOMAYOR LSteadman2 54.0 34. LAWS OF THE CODE AChatrie 51.5 65. WESTERN WARRIOR RHalledeen 54.0 11/2WIN: $108.00PLACE: $78.00, $77.00, $135.00Final Time : 1:26.3 Splits : 24.0, 46.3, 1:12.3,Winner : 2yo ch colt – FEARLESS VISION out of SAYURI by ALISIOSTrainer : DACOSTA,WAYNE A Owner : ELIZABETH A DACOSTABred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Quinella : (4,8) $89.00 Exacta : (4-8) $209.00D/E : (12-4) $151.00Superfecta : (4-8-9-5) $615.00Rolling Triple : (2-12-4) $1,555.00Pick-4 : (4-2-12-4) $4,836.00Quinella : (12,13) $311.00 Exacta : (12-13) $292.00D/E : (2-12) $470.00Trifecta : (12-13-11) $1,491.00Hi-5 : (12-13-11-7-9) $45,887.00Rolling Triple : (4-2-12) $3,339.00Super-6 : (4-3-4-4-2-12) $6,356.40HEROES DAY STAKES TROPHYRace 8 1600 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE III(NW3 O/T)1. SUPERTRONICS BebHarvey2 52.02. MR. AMBASSADOR OWalker 54.0 Neck3. *BALLON D’OR SEllis 53.5 11L4. TARANTINO OMullings 52.0 NeckWIN: $137.00PLACE: $52.00, $51.00, $53.00Final Time : 1:39.4 Splits : 24.3, 47.4, 1:12.4,Winner : 4yo ch colt – SEEKING THE GLORY out of SUPER LASS by LINE IN THE SANDTrainer : DACOSTA,WAYNE A Owner : CARLTON S WATSONBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Quinella : (4,5) $169.00 Exacta : (5-4) $393.00D/E : (4-5) $328.00Superfecta : (5-4-1-6) $1,676.00Rolling Triple : (12-4-5) $448.00Race 9 1100 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)/REST. ALL. IIALEX’S IMPORT ENGINE DEPARTMENT PLAQUE1. KING D OMullings 51.52. OCEAN SEEKER JInnis3 48.0 6 1/4L3. PROUD PRESIDENT AntThomas4 49.0 Neck4. *LIKE A LADY JPatterson2 49.0 1 1/2L5. IAN LINKS JErwin 53.5 1 1/2LLNS MR. LYNDHURST 52.5WIN: $277.00PLACE: $132.00, $325.00, $161.00Final Time : 1:05.4 Splits : 22.4, 46.0, ,Winner : 3yo colt – BLUE PEPSI LODGE out of FIGHT FOR PLEASURE by FIGHT OVERTrainer : CHUNG,SPENCER A Owner : MR. J.P.S.Bred by HAM STABLES LTD.Quinella : (5,9) $3,566.00 Exacta : (5-9) $6,704.00D/E : (5-5) $6,704.00Trifecta : (5-9-8) $4,301.00Hi-5 : (5-9-8-13-3) $40,922.50Rolling Triple : (4-5-5) $3,076.00PlacePot 8 : (1-3-6-7,3-4-7,4-13,2-7,8-12-13,4-8,4-5,5-9) $1,446.00GOLD CUPRace 10: Alex’s Import Gold cup1400 M (Purse $1,500,000) 3-Y-O & UP GRADED STAKES1. BUZZ NIGHTMARE OMullings 50.02. PHINEAS JPatterson2 48.5 2 1/4L3. BRAWN AChatrie 51.5 1/2L4. HOUDINI’S MAGIC DDawkins2 48.0 1 3/4LWIN: $186.00PLACE: $74.00, $121.00, $116.00Final Time : 1:23.4 Splits : 23.2, 45.4, 1:10.1,Winner : 4yo colt – INTO MISCHIEF out of QUEEN OF BATTLE byTrainer : FEANNY,PHILIP M Owner : 2 PENYUBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Quinella : (7,9) $1,221.00 Exacta : (7-9) $2,133.00D/E : (5-7) $521.00Superfecta : (7-9-10-2) $20,683.00Rolling Triple : (5-5-7) $3,136.00Race 11 1500 M (Purse $500,000) 3YO&UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE JUNE 17ALEX’S IMPORT WASSY CG 150 PLAQUE1. *BATIDOR DE MUNDO DDawkins2 50.02. SIRMANDI ARobles 52.0 8L3. MONEYNEVERSLEEP BebHarvey2 52.0 3/4L4. YES WE WILL HPottinger2 55.0 3/4L5. FIRST’K’BOY RoshJohnson4 53.0 5LWIN: $112.00PLACE: $76.00, $129.00, $85.00Final Time : 1:36.3 Splits : 24.4, 48.4, 1:16.0,Winner : 6yo b horse – NATURAL SELECTION out of COTTA’S JEWEL by MINER’S MARKTrainer : NUNES,ANTHONY C Owner : STEPHAN A NARINESINGHBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Quinella : (3,8) $551.00 Exacta : (8-3) $878.00D/E : (7-8) $390.00 () $89.00Trifecta : (8-3-1) $437.00Hi-5 : (8-3-1-9-11) $51,168.00Rolling Triple : (5-7-8) $1,981.00Pick-4 : (5-5-7-6,10,12) $5,468.00Super-6 : (5-12,4,5,5,7,8-10-12) $5,055.30Pick-9 : (4-7,4,2,8-12,4,5,5,7,8-10-12) $545,823.50last_img read more

Arsenal mum on Wenger’s future

first_imgLONDON (AP): Arsenal have issued a rare statement on Arsene Wenger’s future that gives no indication whether he will still be manager next season. Supporters protested against Wenger as Arsenal were eliminated from the Champions League by Bayern Munich on Tuesday. On Arsenal’s website, chairman Chips Keswick says “we respect that fans are entitled to their different individual opinions but we will always run this great football club with its best long-term interests at heart.” Wenger, who last won the Premier League 13 years ago, has yet to say whether he wants to prolong a reign that started in 1996. Keswick says “Arsene has a contract until the end of the season. Any decisions will be made by us mutually and communicated at the right time in the right way.”last_img read more

Club bosses happy with new U-13 selection process

first_img SOME IMPROVEMENT “We want them to qualify much like the seniors … this year, we had eight teams from the parishes and it’s an improvement, but it’s not there yet,” Jureidini added. Speid believes they can win this and other international youth tournaments, like the Under-15 Cayman Airways International Youth Cup, which both clubs are currently participating in. “I participated in the Cayman Under-15 and won. We didn’t get proper representation the two years Harbour View went (CONCACAF Under-13). They weren’t good enough. If the best team had gone they would have done much better,” he added. Meanwhile Jureidini says getting up to standard and competing consistently should be the objective. “Winning these tournaments is irrelevant. While winning is good, it is not the most important thing. It’s proper development, proper exposure and doing the right thing,” he said. Since its inception three years ago, the CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League has generated a great deal of interest among local clubs, but most have been unhappy with the process used to select representatives for the tournament. The staging of a qualifying tournament this year to select the country’s representatives has been hailed as a massive improvement by Harbour View’s general manager Clyde Jureidini and Cavalier’s technical director Rudolph Speid, but both insist that it still needs improving. Cavalier won the KSAFA Under-13 title in 2014 and 2015 and Speid was unhappy that Harbour View got the CONCACAF nod both years, but he’s now pleased that an attempt is being made to select the best team. “I was winning the league and they never chose my team. Now they have a play-off. But before, they just chose Harbour View for two years … and Harbour View came last and I won,” he said. “But it’s better … at least they chose eight teams … this process is really an upgrade,” he added.. Jurideini also welcomes the new format. He, however, was quick to explain his club got the first two invitations. “The two years we were selected randomly, they wanted teams or combination of teams that have done well historically or were doing well, but neither process is perfect,” he explained. However, discussions with participating clubs and local interests led to the implementation of a qualifying tournament.last_img read more

NBA legend Julius Erving defends LeBron James’ NBA Finals record

first_imgDuterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet NCAA: Letran scrapes past EAC for first win LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade “Dr. J” Julius Erving (left) with fellow NBA legends Oscar Robinson and Bill Russell  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Despite taking part in the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) last six Finals—with eight total appearances overall—LeBron James has drawn flak for his subpar 3-wins-and-5-losses championship record.Although his individual greatness on the court cannot be questioned, the NBA’s premier superstar remains hounded by pundits questioning his presumed lack of success on the league’s grandest stage.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Having won titles in both the NBA and ABA (American Basketball Association), Julius Erving put in his two cents on James’ record and what it means for his legacy.The retired legend, best known as “Dr. J,” who experienced several Finals setbacks of his own as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, said that LeBron’s past shortcomings do not entirely fall on his shoulders.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“The game is a team sport, so individuals don’t win championships. Teams win championships,” he told FS1’s Undisputed. “You’re only as good as the team can take you. You can only go as far as the team can take you.”Knowing first-hand how hard it is to contend for a championship on a consistent basis, the NBA Hall of Famer also lauded James’ efforts throughout his storied career. LATEST STORIEScenter_img 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “So, 3-5 doesn’t mean anything. I’m more impressed with eight Finals than I am with the record in the Finals,” he said.“If he was 0-for-8 in Finals, that would still be an amazing achievement. That’s like going to eight Super Bowls.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Azkals eye Mid East training

first_img“I think, to be safe, 12 points should see us through to the Asian Cup,” said Palami. “It also depends on the other games, but for us the objective is to win all of our games which will give us a lot of confidence going to the finals of the Asian Cup.”After the Yemen match in Qatar, the Azkals still have two matches left in the third round—an away game against Nepal in Kathmandu on Nov. 14 and a home duel with Tajikistan on March 27.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’ BACOLOD CITY—Regardless of the result of the clash against Yemen in Asian Cup Qualifying Tuesday night, the Philippines is already planning another training camp in the Middle East next month to prepare for the return leg against the Yemenis who play home matches in Doha, Qatar.Azkals manager Dan Palami believes a more intensive buildup will be key against Yemen in their Oct. 10 match. The Filipinos currently sit on top of Group F with six points from their first two matches.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Can Sen. Pacquiao outfox the sly Bob Arum? Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View commentslast_img read more

NFL: Message being lost in political firestorm over anthem

first_imgVarios jugadores de los Browns de Cleveland se arrodillan al escuchar el himno nacional de Estados Unidos en un partido de la NFL ante los Colts de Indianápolis, el domngo 24 de septiembre de 2017 (AP Foto/Michael Conroy, archivo)NEW YORK — The NFL says the message players and teams are trying to express is being lost in a political firestorm.The issues have been “overtaken by political forces,” NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said Thursday, referring to President Trump’s criticism of the league, team owners and players for kneeling during the national anthem.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Silver expects NBA players to stand during national anthem Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene The players knelt last weekend in response to social injustice. Full teams, along with some team owners, linked arms either before or during the anthem. Three teams — Pittsburgh, Seattle and Tennessee — did not take the field until after the anthem.“They are under attack now and the (original) lesson has been forgotten,” Lockhart said. “It is important for everyone to understand what they are talking about, to not see everything in terms of who is up or down politically.“The NFL players are men of character, many of whom are leaders in their community. They are patriotic, support the military. … They understand their platform can be used to make the country a better place.”Lockhart insisted there will be no “leaguewide directive” for future demonstrations.“This is an issue that should involve the owners of the 32 clubs, the coaches and players to work out together,” he said. “There is very regular dialogue going on between the players, coaches and owners. This is an issue that has sort of gripped the headlines. We all care very deeply about this.“All of our owners don’t always agree with even each other, and the players often have a position at odds with the league, and we work hard to resolve those,” he added. “We have been united on this issue. They are all pulling in the same direction, but we understand each locker room is different.”ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide How to help the Taal evacuees On Thursday, Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker said he and his family have received death threats since he told fans not to come to games if they felt disrespected by NFL players’ protests. The Pro Bowl tight end shared the “heartbreaking” threats in a social media post.“The racist and violent words directed at me and my son only serve as another reminder that our country remains divided and full of hateful rhetoric,” Walker wrote. “These words of hate will only fuel me in my efforts to continue my work reaching out to different community groups, listening to opposing voices, and honoring the men and women in the Armed Forces who risk their lives every day so that we may have this dialogue.”Detroit Lions defensive tackle Akeem Spence said on Twitter earlier Thursday that his father, a contractor, was denied a job on a house because of his protest.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next More than 200 players either knelt or used other means as expressions of unity last weekend. Lockhart said such actions are not a protest against the anthem or the flag.“One of the impacts is to distort the views of the NFL and particularly our players,” Lockhart said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogTrump said NFL owners fear their players, and he renewed calls for action against those who kneel duringthe anthem.“I think they are afraid of their players, if you want to know the truth, and I think it’s disgraceful,” he said in an interview that aired Thursday on “Fox and Friends.” He says “most people agree” with him. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson DAY6 is for everybody OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 awardlast_img read more

Dwight Howard fined $35,000 for obscene gesture in Cleveland

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 MOST READ Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) tries to break free of Charlotte Hornets’ Dwight Howard (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)NEW YORK — Dwight Howard of the Charlotte Hornets has been fined $35,000 for making an obscene gesture toward Cleveland fans.The NBA announced the fine on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Howard made the gesture in the second quarter of the Hornets’ 100-99 loss to the Cavaliers on Friday night. He was captured on video mimicking a sexual act.Howard is a 14-year veteran and eight-time All-Star. The 6-foot-11 center is averaging 15.5 points and 12.9 rebounds in 18 games this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japan almost beats France, draw 23-23 in Paris View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Ex-football star Weah elected Liberia president by wide margin

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The National Election Commission later declared Weah president-elect and his running mate Jewel Howard-Taylor vice president-elect.Their Coalition for Democratic Change party received 61.5 percent of the final tally, beating Vice President Boakai’s Unity Party which got 38.5 percent of the votes, NEC chairman Jerome Korkoya said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSupporters at Weah’s party headquarters immediately erupted into celebrations that brought traffic outside to a complete standstill.Africa’s first female president, Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is stepping aside after two terms at the head of the nation founded by freed American slaves. She led the country from back-to-back civil wars and saw it through a deadly Ebola outbreak that killed nearly 5,000 Liberians but was criticized for not better tackling corruption. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Weah is expected to take office in January.Though voter turnout for Tuesday’s runoff was low, he drew support from the younger generation, which makes up a majority of Liberia’s population of 4.6 million people.“We are young people and have suffered in this country for so long,” said one supporter, Love Norrision.The commission said 56 percent of the country’s 2.2 million registered voters cast ballots in the runoff, which was contested twice in court amid claims of irregularities, with its original Nov. 7 date delayed.This was Liberia’s first independently run election since the end of its civil wars. The United Nations has helped to oversee past votes.Weah led the ticket for a coalition party, the Congress for Democratic Change, with Jewel Howard-Taylor as his vice presidential running mate. She is a senator and the ex-wife of imprisoned former warlord and President Charles Taylor, which raised concerns among some Liberians.Weah had run in the country’s last two elections, winning the first round of the 2005 vote that eventually went to Sirleaf. He ran as the vice presidential candidate with diplomat Winston Tubman in the 2011 poll; they boycotted the runoff that granted Sirleaf her second term.Weah’s rags-to-riches story has been an inspiration to many supporters who call him “King George.”He was born in a slum of the capital, Monrovia, and showed early promise in soccer. He played for top local clubs before starting his international career in Cameroon, then moved on to AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain, where he became famous.While with AC Milan, Weah in 1995 won World Player of the Year. He later played for Chelsea and Manchester City. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Djokovic sub Murray ring rusty on return In his first public comments after his rival conceded, Weah said he was “honored to join a new generation of heads of state.”Tweeting in French in response to congratulations from French President Emmanuel Macron, he added that “we have a lot to do together to accelerate the building of tomorrow’s Africa.”The 51-year-old Weah, a senator who entered politics after retirement from soccer more than a decade ago, led the first-round vote in October but didn’t receive enough ballots to win outright over the 73-year-old Boakai, who has been vice president for 12 years. Sirleaf didn’t publicly support either candidate.In his remarks conceding the election, Boakai offered a “hand of goodwill” to Weah and dismissed the idea of challenging the runoff results in court, alluding to past conflicts.“I refuse to subject our nation to such an experience,” he said. “I reject any temptation of imposing pain, hardship and uncertainty on our people.”ADVERTISEMENT Former soccer star George Weah, Presidential candidate for the Coalition for Democratic Change, casts his vote during a Presidential runoff election in Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday Dec. 26, 2017, Young Liberians went straight from all-night Christmas celebrations to the polls Tuesday for a runoff election between a former international soccer star and the vice president to replace Africa’s first female head of state. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)MONROVIA, Liberia— Former FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah has been elected Liberia’s new president by a wide margin as the West African nation faces its first democratic transfer of power in more than 70 years.Vice President Joseph Boakai conceded on Friday, congratulating the ex-soccer star.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew AC Milan on Friday tweeted its congratulations on “legend” Weah’s win. Macron invited him to visit, saying Weah had “a special place in the French’s hearts.”Weah’s limited educational background hurt his political aspirations, and he returned to school after the 2005 attempt for president. He obtained a high school diploma abroad and earned a degree from Illinois-based DeVry University.“A personal story of sheer grit,” African Union Commission chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat tweeted, pointing out that Weah earned the degree well into his 40s.As Liberia grappled with the Ebola outbreak in 2014, Weah was elected as a senator, defeating Sirleaf’s son Robert for the seat.Weah’s critics have argued that his lack of political experience makes him unequipped for Liberia’s top job. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense 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 LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READlast_img read more