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

AG to brief Cabinet on findings

first_imgParking meter contractAt the upcoming meeting on Tuesday, Cabinet members will be briefed by Attorney General cum Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams on his findings from reviewing the controversial Parking Meter Project contract between the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) and Smart City Solutions Inc. Government spokesman Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman on Thursday at the post-Cabinet press briefing disclosed that the AG had completed his contract review: “The Attorney General has completed his review and will make his report at the next Cabinet meeting.”In light of mounting concerns over the controversial project, Cabinet had ordered last month that the contract be reviewed by the State.The Parking Meter Project will see solar-powered parking meters installed along selected streets in Georgetown.While Government was reviewing the contract to ensure that the document is in compliance with local laws, Smart City Solutions has gone ahead with the project conducting demonstration exercises on how the parking meter works throughout the city. Persons are also seen conducting assessments on various streets in the city.This is being done in spite of mounting concerns over the lack of transparency in the deal, which persons say appears to be a shady one aimed at exploiting the populace.However, Kamau Cush, who owns the company implementing the project, maintained that the project is a legitimate one. In fact he had told reporters last month that he is not bothered by the review being conducted by Government and assured Guyanese that nothing illegal will be found.“There is no fleecing going on… We have everything to lose, we will be responsible for all the overhead, for the software, for the hardware – everything. The City of Georgetown and Central Government will have no financial responsibility in the installation or the operation of the project,” he pointed out.Furthermore, a United States-based Guyanese businessman disclosed that the contract was actually signed between the Town Council and Smart City Solutions, and not National Parking Systems as previously stated. He added too that when the joint venture between the two companies was formed, NPS was absorbed into Smart City Solutions, which he now claims is owned by Mexican Company – Operadora de Estacionamientos Bicentenario, S.A. de C.V.“Smart City Solutions is a subsidiary of Operadora de Estacionamientos Bicentenario, this is the parent company that is headquartered in Mexico City… NPS is no longer an entity that’s operating this parking system. The City of Georgetown signed a contract with Smart City Solutions. NPS is a shareholder in Smart City Solutions; Smart City Solutions is a subsidiary of Operadora de Estacionamientos Bicentenario, which is based in Mexico,” Cush had related to the media.This information comes in light of mounting concerns over the authenticity of the two initial companies – NPS and Smart City Solutions. Since the signing of the contract for the Parking Meters Project, several City Councillors have expressed scepticism about the project.In fact, Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan had stated that he could not find proper information about NPS, which was believed to be the substantive company handling the project. Duncan had stated that the address given by Cush for NPS led to an address in New York City which housed the Atlanta City Bank.However, Cush had explained that no information could have been found about the company in the United States because its operation is based in Mexico City.last_img read more

Dale Pedersen sets new track record at Northern Lights Raceway

first_imgBox – Darrell Toews. Runner up –  Cody LiwiskiBike/sled – Sean Stadley. Runner up – Sherry FrySunday:Junior – Mikayla Fedderly. Runner up – Devon KowalskiAdvertisement Pedersen set the new speed and elapsed time records for the track at 6.494 seconds at 226.43 miles per hour. To make it official Pedersen was able to make a successful second run at nearly the same time and speed. He is a regular racer and a volunteer at Northern Lights Raceway.Below are the results for Saturday and Sunday in their given categories:Saturday:- Advertisement -Junior – Mikayla Fedderly. Runner up – Chase LiwiskiPure street – Kevin Wiebe. Runner up – Mitchell ParkerNo box – Andy Closkey. Runner up – Bobby BaileyAdvertisement Pure street – Ryan Varga. Runner up – Ben RafterNo box – Bobby Bailey. Runner up – Warren HillisBox – Cody Liwiski. Runner up – Jason MillerBike/sled – Bruce Romak. Runner up – Dave Moore.The next event for the Fort St. John Drag Racing Association will be held July 11-13.Advertisementlast_img read more

Mariga, Gonzales back at Harambee Stars

first_imgMariga is back competitively playing after years of struggle with a knee injury and he has been a constant member of Spanish second tier side Real Oviedo.Harambee Stars defender Joshua Lelan (Centre) warms up with team mates Ismail Gonzalez (left) and Aboud Omar (right) when he made his debut in a friendly match against Uganda on August 30 at the Namboole Stadium in Kampala.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluGonzalez has equally found playing time after moving to the third tier of Spanish football turning out for CF Fuenlabrada.Winger Paul Were who recently moved to FC Kaisar in the Kazakhstan top tier has also earned a recall as well as Belgium based Johannah Omollo.-Oluoch ignored-Boniface Oluoch training. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUAt the same time, there is no place for Gor Mahia shot stopper Boniface Oluoch in the team with youngsters John Oyemba (named SJAK goalkeeper of the year of 2017) and Farouk Shikhalo have been called up to deputize Patrick Matasi.Save for Gor Mahia captain Harun Shakava, the entire defense line is made up of foreign based players.Current Kenyan premier league top scorer Eric Kapaito has also earned his first ever call up to the national team.Kapito, contributed all goals for Kariobangi Sharks last weekend, scoring thrice and assistant one as Sharks beat Wazito FC 4-1.Kenya is scheduled to play Comoros and the Central African Republic on March 22 and 27 respectively in Marakech. The team will report to camp, in Morocco on March 19, 2018.Paul Were celebrating in apast match with Harambee Stars.PHOTO/courtesyFull Squad:GoalkeepersPatrick Matasi (Posta Rangers), John Oyemba (Kariobangi Sharks), Faruk Shikalo (Bandari)DefendersHarun Shakava (Gor Mahia), Brian Mandela (Maritzburg United, South Africa), David Ochieng, (IF Brommapojkarna, Sweden), David Owino (Zesco, Zambia), Abud Omar (Slava Sofia, Bulgaria)MidfieldersPatilah Omoto (Kariobangi Sharks), Francis Kahata (Gor Mahia), Duncan Otieno (AFC Leopards), Samuel Onyango (Gor Mahia), Athuman Ismael Gonzales (CF Fuenlabrada, Spain), Anthony Akumu (Zesco, Zambia), Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspurs, England), McDonald Mariga (Real Oviedo, Spain), Johanna Omollo (Cercle Brugge KSV, Belgium), Paul Were (FC Kaisar, Kazakhstan), Eric Johana Omondi (IF Brommapojkarna, Sweden)ForwardsAyub Timbe (Heilongjiang FC, China), Cliffton Miheso (Buildcon FC, Zambia), Erick Kapaito (Kariobangi Sharks), Jesse Were (Zesco FC, Zambia), Michael Olunga (Girona FC, Spain).0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mariga’s last appearance for the national team was under Bob Williamson in 2015 for an African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Zambia while Gonzalez returns to the fold since 2016 when he played during a friendly match against Sudan in Nairobi.NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 9- Harambee Stars interim-coach Stanley Okumbi has recalled midfielder MacDonald Mariga and utility player Ismail Gonzalez to the national team as he named the squad that will play two friendly matches in Morocco at the end of the month.Mariga’s last appearance for the national team was under Bob Williamson in 2015 for an African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Zambia while Gonzalez returns to the fold since 2016 when he played during a friendly match against Sudan in Nairobi.last_img read more

Save of the season? Feyenoord goalkeeper with a stunning stop

first_img Kenneth Vermeer pulled off a stunning save Feyenoord goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer may not be the tallest man in the world, but he used every inch of his 5ft 11inch frame to deny Dordrecht a sensational equaliser in the final seconds of their Eredivisie clash at the weekend.Dordrecht were trailing 2-1 in the final moments when their own goalkeeper Filip Kurto came up for a corner, and he thought he scored with a wonderful header, only for Vermeer to claw the ball away in stunning fashion.Take a look below… 1last_img

Prep round-up

first_imgSophomore Demetrius Snead scored 16 points to lead the Arroyo Valley boys basketball team to a 55-50 victory Monday against Alta Loma at the I have Dream Classic at Los Osos High School. Sophomore James Sanders added 15 points for the Hawks (14-4). Trent Blakey scored 12 points to lead Alta Loma (8-8), which had a one-point lead at halftime but was outscored 18-13 in the fourth quarter. Arroyo Valley will play at Pacific tonight at 6:30. Martin Luther King Extravaganza ETIWANDA 72, LAKE ELSINORE TEMESCAL CANYON 66: Senior Leonard Holland scored 22 points as the defending CIF champion Eagles (13-5) defeated the Titans, ranked No. 2 in CIF-Southern Section Division II-A. Etiwanda made 9 of 10 free throws in the final 90 seconds to clinch the victory at Riverside King. Freshman Rome Draper scored 17 points in the win for Etiwanda. Etiwanda plays at Alta Loma at 6:30 p.m. Friday. LOS OSOS 80, CARTER 61: Junior Cameron Khoury scored 20 points with 11 rebounds, and senior Dwight Gordon added 14 points to lead the host Grizzlies (16-3). Los Osos took a 22-point lead after the first quarter and cruised. Justin Jerry scored 20 points to lead Carter (6-11). GIRLS MARTIN LUTHER KING CLASSIC PERRIS 65, DIAMOND RANCH 50: Junior Nina Earl scored 20 points as Diamond Ranch (15-3) fell to host Perris in this one-day event. Earl had 15 rebounds, six assists and five steals in the loss. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want 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

GAA: NAOMH BRID GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgThe club hosted its Annual Dinner Dance in the Sandhouse Hotel on Saturday night which was the first time the event was staged in the Parish. Award winners on the night were; Senior Player of the Year: Clint Walsh, Young Player of the Year: Shane Walsh, Reserve Player of the Year: Richard Walsh, Under 21 Player of the Year: Sam Burgess, Club Person of the Year: Mickey Quinn and Supporter of the Year: Patrick Monaghan. The club would like to thank the Sandhouse Hotel for their wonderful hospitality, Paul and Mary B for providing the entertainment throughout the night, all those who sponsored spot prizes and everyone who came along on the night. The club also expresses gratitude David Walsh and Stephen Griffin along with their partners for taking time out to attend before jetting of on the Donegal team holiday.The club AGM is scheduled for Sunday 13th Jan at 3pm in the Community Centre. Nomination and motion papers must be returned to Mickey Quinn by Jan 3rd at the latest.The club wishes everyone a happy and prosperous 2013 and we hope it can be a good one on the field of play too.  GAA: NAOMH BRID GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: January 1st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: NAOMH BRID GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

England’s record against football’s biggest teams assessed

first_imgEngland suffered a 2-1 loss against 2010 World Cup winners Spain at Wembley on Saturday but should the result come as a surprise considering the 2018 World Cup that ended at the semi-final stage?The answer is no, as England historically struggle against ‘big nations’. Since 1990 England have won and drawn as many games as they have lost against the likes of Argentina, Spain, Germany, France, Italy and Brazil in the 64 matches they have played. 3 England record v ArgentinaPlayed: 6Won: 2Drawn: 2Lost: 2Win ratio of 33%In the six games England have played Argentina since 1990 they have been victorious twice, drawing and losing two as well. Their last victory came in the World Cup group stages in 2002 where a Beckham penalty saw England win 1-0. Their 33 per cent ratio is the Three Lions’ best win percentage against the so-called ‘big nations’.England record v SpainPlayed: 10Won: 3Drawn: 1Lost: 6Win ratio of 30%It gets worse. England faced Spain for the tenth time in 28 years and the 2-1 loss at Wembley was their sixth defeat, with one draw and three wins. This leaves England with a woeful 30 per cent win ratio against the Spaniards. England play Spain again in the next international break, this time in Seville on 15 October, where they will hope to improve their win percentage.England record v GermanyPlayed: 14Won: 4Drawn: 1Lost: 9Win ratio of 29%England have suffered more defeats to Germany since 1990 than any other ‘big nation’, losing on nine occasions. Their four wins and one draw leave England with a 29 per cent win ratio against the four-time world champions. England have lost more times to Germany than any other ‘big nation’ England were beaten in their UEFA Nations League opener England record v FrancePlayed: 11Won: 3Drawn: 3Lost: 5Win ratio of 27%More misery piles on England as they have lost five times against reigning world champions France. England have managed to win three times and draw three times in their other six matches, leaving them with a win ratio of 27%.England record v ItalyPlayed: 11Won: 2Drawn: 3Lost: 6Win ratio of 18%It’s a pretty frightening win percentage. England have only managed to be on the winning side against the Italians twice. They have drawn three and lost six of the 11 games played and were knocked out on penalties by them at Euro 2012.center_img 3 3 Andrea Pirlo scored this cheeky ‘Panenka’ penalty in the shootout against England in Euro 2012 England record v BrazilPlayed: 12Won: 2Drawn: 6Lost: 4Win ratio of 17%England’s worst win ratio is against five-time world champions Brazil, who knocked them out of the World Cup in 2002. They have faced the South American side 12 times since 1990 and have only managed to win 17 per cent of their games, picking up two victories, losing four and drawing six games.last_img read more

Durham names incredible successor for Pochettino if he swaps Spurs for Real Madrid

first_img gameday cracker 3 BEST OF tense revealed The former Liverpool boss consoles his despondent Celtic players after losing to RB Leipzig scrap Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Most Popular Football Stories Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Durham has suggested a change for Pochettino, with Rodgers taking the Spurs hot seat “But they’re not.“And they’re not even in the Champions League this year; they’re not even top of the Scottish Premiership.“And it doesn’t mean Brendan Rodgers is a bad manager. What it means is, he has done what he can. He’s gone a little bit stale even at Celtic Football Club.“I’m surprised even at the reaction to Celtic’s defeat last night – it has been scathing from ex-players and pundits. Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos 3 3 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Getty Images latest ☘ “It’s gone a bit stale for Rodgers at Celtic, he’s done what he can.”⚪ “What if Poch went to Real Madrid, and Rodgers replaced him at Spurs?”Is Rodgers nearing the end at Celtic? pic.twitter.com/kLizULTI97— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) October 26, 2018 LATEST “I understand that because they were poor, truly poor last night and their European record is not good at all under Brendan Rodgers, in my opinion.“But what next?“What about this for a possible pathway; Pochettino goes to Real Madrid and Brendan Rodgers goes to Spurs? “ Adrian Durham has suggested Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers should replace Mauricio Pochettino, IF the Tottenham Hotspur manager leaves for Real Madrid.Speculation about current Los Blancos boss Julen Lopetegui has intensified after their woeful start in LaLiga, with Pochettino reportedly being considered for the post. After reports suggested the former Southampton manager was being lined up to replace Zinedine Zidane in the summer, former England boss Sam Allardyce backed the 46-year-old to take the post, should it become available.And with Celtic struggling in Scotland, Durham teased the possibility of pressing play on perhaps the most incredible managerial roundabout in history.After dominating the Premiership, Rodgers appears to have exhausted his efforts at Parkhead and with their European record under intense scrutiny; the talkSPORT host suggested it was time for a radical overhaul.Speaking to Darren Gough on Drivetime, Durham said: “Well where they [Celtic] expect to be right now, at this stage of the season, they would be expecting to be in a Champions League group – possibly bottom, possibly fighting to finish third to go into the Europa League. Luuk De Jong’s goal for PSV on Wednesday night also left Spurs’ Champions League hopes in tatters last_img read more

Palumbo of Women’s Tennis Advances to Drake Invite Championship

first_imgPalumbo won two matches, first over Augustana’s Laura Arce Vieyra 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 and then defeated Creighton’s Ashley Ishimura 6-2, 7-5 to advance to Sunday’s championship match versus Creighton’s Sarah Wilcox in Flight A. In doubles action, Palumbo and her teammate, Daria Walczak will play Omaha’s Lorentz/Crowell Sunday for third place after they lost to Creighton’s Ishimura and Wilcox in a semifinal match. Drake Invite Day 2 Results Story Linkscenter_img Box Score DES MOINES, Iowa – Carmen Palumbo of the Drake University women’s tennis team won a pair of matches on the second day of the Drake Invitational at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center on Saturday, Sept. 15. The Bulldogs will close the Drake Invitational on Sunday, starting at 9 a.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more