Champs Watch 17: Streaks in sky blue and green & black

first_imgCalabar High and Edwin Allen High turn into 2017 with growing Boys and Girls’ Championships title streaks on the line. Calabar have gone five straight and Edwin Allen three. However, while Michael Dyke’s Edwin Allen conglomerate looks unstoppable, Michael Clarke and Calabar face far greater resistance each year. Kingston College have nurtured a good-looking team with strength in Class One, Two, and Three, while Calabar seem a little weaker in the lower two classes on paper. Still, Calabar head coach, Clarke, is a formidable strategist and will have fully understood the task ahead. Already, his Class Two and Class Three forces look a bit better than expected. The last time a girls’ team won the Games Mistresses Trophy three times in a row, that streak reached nine, with Holmwood Technical looking like a juggernaut from 2003 to 2011. Ironically, the last time a boys’ team went five straight, it was Kingston College painting high school athletics purple and white from 2001 to 2006. Calabar stopped that streak, and Kingston College will want to return the favour to protect the longest-winning Championships run, their own 14-year domination, which started in 1962 and kept going until 1976. Dyke watched his friend Maurice Wilson guide Holmwood to nine wins in a row. While the soft-spoken Edwin Allen head coach probably won’t say, that is likely to be his minimum goal. What he has said is ominous. In a recent interview, he described his 2017 team as the best he has ever had. For the record, the biggest streak in Girls’ Championships history is the monumental 15 in-a-row by Vere Technical High. Hydel High School, first-timers at Champs in 2010, are now a powerhouse, but coach Corey Bennett is uncomfortable with the recent ISSA ruling to limit the number of events one athlete can do at Boys and Girls’ Championships. “At Hydel, you know, we don’t normally get the best of the best athletes coming, so the few athletes that we have that have some talent,” he explained, “we tend to try to teach them more than one discipline. “We try not to specialise them too early, and the ruling is basically forcing us to specialise”, he continued, “and that’s what I’m afraid of. “It is really tying our hands,” he concluded, “because if we knew this in August, with a little more preparation, we would have liked it then, but to tell us this in January for a March meet is almost ridiculous.” With Hydel and others like Vere grappling with that dilemma, perhaps St Jago High School and Holmwood will carry the fight to Edwin Allen. The true test of both streaks will begin on March 28. That’s when the 2017 edition of the world’s greatest high school meet gets under way at the National Stadium. – Hubert Lawrence has been attending Champs since 1980.last_img read more

Tornadoes kill at least 10 in Texas town

first_img“It was a whole family, and they were all together, probably like they were huddling,” said police Officer Ezekiel Navjas, who arrived Tuesday night just as crews were pulling from the wreckage the body of the girl, believed to be about 5 years old. “I’ve never seen nothing like this,” he said, shaking his head as he walked down a dirt road lined with homes cut in half like doll houses and mesquite treetops torn from their trunks. One of the dead was found in a house, and the other died after being taken to a San Antonio hospital, authorities said. More than 80 others were injured, and at least four remained in critical condition Wednesday. Across the Rio Grande in Piedras Negras, three people were killed and 300 homes were damaged. About 1,000 people sought refuge in shelters in Piedras Negras, where 37 people were killed in flash flooding three years ago. Neither Eagle Pass nor Piedras Negras had a siren warning system like those used to help people evacuate ahead of the same storm when it flooded streets and peeled roofs off homes in North Texas. No injuries were reported there. EAGLE PASS, Texas – All residents were accounted for Wednesday after crews scoured the mangled remains of houses and trailer homes in the wake of tornadoes that killed at least 10 people in this border community and its Mexican neighbor. The storm killed two other people in Louisiana and Arkansas. Twisters cut across a nearly 4-square-mile area in a rural community southeast of Eagle Pass on Tuesday night, destroying two empty elementary schools, a church, business and homes. Several mobile homes were still missing as searchers with dogs went lot to lot. Maverick County Judge Jose Aranda said all residents on the Texas side were accounted for, but that 50 to 200 families were left homeless. A family of five – a girl, her parents and two other relatives – were killed when the winds blew their mobile home across the street and slammed it into Rosita Valley Elementary School. Lightning was blamed for a death Wednesday as the huge weather system plowed through the Mississippi and Ohio valleys. The bolt started a fire near Shreveport, La., that killed a 101-year-old man, authorities and the man’s family said. A 12th person died in Arkansas when high winds swamped a boat on a lake, officials said. The sprawling front also spun off tornadoes Tuesday in Oklahoma and Colorado, caused flooding in Iowa and Nebraska, and piled snow more than a foot deep in the Rockies. About 350 residents from Eagle Pass were in shelters and were kept from their homes until rescuers completed their search of the area. Search teams made up of police, firefighters, Border Patrol agents and National Guard soldiers picked their way through homes, knocking on doors, calling out to residents and marking searched buildings with spray paint. Gov. Rick Perry arrived for a tour in the late afternoon, saying he was pleased with officials’ response. The state has asked the federal government for quick assistance and a disaster declaration, which would entitle it to federal aid. “It is stunning, the devastation,” he said. Eagle Pass resident Ricardo Tijerina, who rode out the twisters with his six children in a house near the school, said he saw the weather roll in and expected a typical spring storm. “I saw some clouds, but I never imagined it was going to be that bad,” said Tijerina. 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

Video: Man United teen scores quality hat-trick on debut

first_imgWayne Rooney is on the back pages for the wrong reason today – 28 September 2014 – but exactly 10 years ago he was being celebrated.Man United’s captain was sent off in the club’s 2-1 win against West Ham, however, following a £27m move from Everton in 2004, Rooney scored a fantastic hat-trick against Fenerbahce on his debut.It was a dream start to his career as United tore the Turkish side apart in a 6-2 Champions League win.And it was a sign of things to come from the 18-year-old Rooney, who has now scored 219 goals in 448 games, while his 176 Premier League goals means he is edging closer to Alan Shearer’s record of 260.last_img read more

Swansea City confirm new three-year deal for defender

first_imgSwansea defender Kyle Naughton has signed a new three-year contract.Naughton had 12 months left on his previous deal, but the new contract will now keep him at the Liberty Stadium until 2020.The 28-year-old started his career at Sheffield United and joined Swansea from Tottenham for £5million in January 2015.The former England Under-21 right-back has made 71 appearances for Swansea.His solitary goal came in the 2-0 win at Sunderland in May which secured the club’s Premier League status. 1 Kyle Naughton last_img read more

2017-2018 WEF Global Competitiveness Index results – a wake-up call to South Africa

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 27 September 2017 – Brand South Africa noted with concern South Africa’s declined performance in the 2017-2018 World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index (WEF GCI). South Africa now ranks 61 out of 137 economies assessed in the annual survey.The South African flag flies at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on 17 January 2017. (Image: World Economic Forum)This is a regression of 14 positions from the 2016-2017 WEF GCI results. Following on two years where the country made strong progress in the global competitiveness rankings, this year’s results is a wake-up call to the nation.Speaking about the results, Brand South Africa’s CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela said according to this WEF report, ‘South Africa’s declined competitiveness profile can be attributed to low GDP growth forecasts at just 1.0 percent in 2017 and 1.2 percent in 2018 – hit by persistently low international demand for its commodities’.“It is also concerning that the financial sector has been affected by uncertainty as can be seen in the dramatic drop in performance in this indicator, while historically low levels of business confidence have now clearly impacted on the competitiveness profile of the Nation Brand. We note decreasing competitiveness in Institutions, Macro-economic environment, Goods and market efficiency, and Financial market development. Meaning that both government and the private sector should take heed of the deteriorating competitiveness indicators.”“While we note the over-all drop in competitiveness of the South African economy, the country improved on Labour market efficiency by four positions (93/137), Infrastructure improved with three positions (61/137), and Health & Primary education with two positions (121/137).A WEF finding notes that South Africa’s infrastructure is the best developed in the region. (Image: SA Tourism)“This means that all is not lost, however, as a nation there are several lessons to take from the WEF report indicators. As an open and transparent democratic system, leaders and public officials have to work much harder on maintaining high ethical standards in their conduct especially as it pertains to the fight against corruption and wastefulness in the public sector. Having said that, the private sector – especially in the financial sector, should pay attention to the drop in performance in the sector’s competitiveness,” said Dr Makhubela.It is important to note that the executive opinion survey sample had drastically increased between 2016 and 2017 from 44 to 170 respectively. This means that a completely new sample informed the opinion survey conducted for the 2017 index. WEF notes that the year-on-year change in the sample constitutes a structural break in how the results are reflected. Additionally, unlike previous years, the South African Opinion Survey was solely conducted online.“Brand South Africa will share with stakeholders a much more detailed analysis of the findings and will be working with stakeholders to establish focused efforts and implement measures that address the challenges documented in the WEF report,” concluded Dr Makhubela.last_img read more

NGT relief for motorcycle unit

first_imgBased on recommendations of an inspection committee, the National Green Tribunal(NGT) has set aside an order directing Hero Motorcorp to connect its effluent discharge unit to a common effluent treatment plant.A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said, “We accept the recommendations and set aside the impugned order subject to the condition that the pollution control board must regularly monitor the unit for compliance.”Challenging a notice issued by the Uttarakhand Environment Protection and Pollution Control Board, that directed the unit to connect its effluent discharge unit to a CETP, the unit had contended that it was a zero liquid discharge unit.Referring to the inspection report, the green panel observed that if the effluent discharge was more than the permitted limit, the unit will have to upgrade its unit.“In case, in the future, the waste water generation be more, the system will be upgraded to comply with the recommendations and the law” the Bench said.The report submitted by the inspection report stated, “A time bound action plan for reduction of waste water generation through water conservation measures shall be submitted and implemented by the unit to ensure that the total waste water does not exceed 270 KLD at the inlet of ETP or 320 KLD at the outlet of ETP.”last_img read more

July 5 to be a historic day with AAC in Odisha: Naveen

first_imgBhubaneswar, Jul 4 (PTI) Ahead of the opening ceremony of the 22nd Asian Athletic Championship here, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik described it as a historic day for the state. “Tomorrow marks a historic day for #Odisha. The #ACC 2017 will get going, signalling states emergence as a strong force in global sports arena,” Patnaik tweeted.The chief minister said he is looking forward to the grand opening ceremony and events.”Seek cooperation of all to make #AAC2017 the best in the history of @AsianAthletics,” Patnaik tweeted. The state capital is poised to host the championship with arrival of dignitaries like Sebastian Coe, president, International Association of Athletic Federations, Dahlan Al-Hamad, president, Asian Athletic Association, Adille Sumariwalla, president, Athletic Federation of India, C K Valson, secretary, AFI and Indias popular sportswoman P T Usha.The state government has already announced a half-day holiday tomorrow for the inaugural ceremony.About 800 athletes representing 44 countries along with more than 300 officials from various sports bodies will participate in the sporting event.The event is being held at the Kalinga Stadium here, where there will be about 42 track and field events. Olly, the official mascot has been welcomed at different places.In the synchronised march past of participants, sprinter Srabani Nanda will hold the tri-colour. All flag bearers will have a colourful look with Odishas Sambalpuri sarees, an official statement issued by the state government said.The Kalinga Stadium has been transformed to become a world class track and field facility, adhering to the norms of International Association of Athletic Federation, said sports and youth affairs secretary Vishal Dev.advertisementDev said utmost care has been taken for accommodation and transportation.There is complete preparedness for safety and rescue operations. About 500 volunteers have been mobilised from different colleges, medical and management institutes, besides sports specific volunteers, Dev said. PTI AAM DKB AH AHlast_img read more

Messi Reaches 100 CL Goals, Barcelona Beats Chelsea 3-0

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi joined Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League’s 100-goal club after scoring twice to lead Barcelona past Chelsea and into the Champions League quarterfinals for an 11th straight season on Wednesday.Messi also set up Ousmane Dembele in a 3-0 win at Camp Nou after he had scored Barcelona’s goal in the opening-leg 1-1 draw in London.Messi beat Thibaut Courtois with two strikes between the Chelsea goalkeeper’s legs from very tight angles on the side of the box. He struck the opener three minutes into the match and took Barcelona’s third goal in the 63rd.Ronaldo, with 117 goals, is the only other player to reach the century-mark in Europe’s elite club competition. Messi reached his 100th goal in 123 matches, while Real Madrid’s star needed 144 games.But the most dazzling moment from the Argentina forward, who returned from missing one match for the birth of his third son on Saturday, came when he helped Dembele score his first goal for Barcelona after he stole the ball from former Barcelona teammate Cesc Fabregas and darted past two would-be tacklers in the 20th.While Chelsea coach Antonio Conte lamented his players’ near misses — they hit the woodwork four times over the two legs — he lavished praise on Messi, whom he congratulated on the pitch following the final whistle.“I think when you have the opportunity to make a great compliment to Messi, it is right to recognize a super, super, super top player,” Conte said. “We are talking about an extraordinary player. The best in the world. This type of player is born once in 50 years.”Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele, left, celebrates with Lionel Messi after scoring his side’s second goal during the Champions League round of sixteen second leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Chelsea at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)Barcelona remained unbeaten in 25 straight Champions League matches at Camp Nou, a run that dates back to 2013. The hosts also stayed in contention for a rare treble of titles. They lead the Spanish league and have reached the final of the Copa del Rey.Chelsea will now have to focus on finishing in the top four in the Premier League to return to tournament. It is currently in fifth place.Also on Wednesday, Bayern Munich won 3-1 at Besiktas to advance 8-1 on aggregate.Conte looked to repeat the team’s relative success at frustrating Barcelona’s attack from the first leg with its back line of five defenders.But Messi needed very little to poke a hole in Chelsea’s wall.Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer started an attack with a pass meant for Dembele that was twice deflected before Luis Suarez deftly flicked it back to Messi.The Argentine forward targeted the only gap available: the slot in-between the legs of Courtois.“We know that we can always count on him,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “It goes with his character and the responsibility he feels for the team.”That ability to know exactly what his teammates need was clear when Messi swooped in to steal the ball from Fabregas in midfield and charged toward the box. Instead of passing to Suarez, he let the striker draw the remaining defenders to him, and then passed across for the unmarked Dembele to drive a rising shot over Courtois.Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the Champions League round of sixteen second leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Chelsea at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)It was Dembele’s first goal for Barcelona in his 12th appearance for the club and could represent a breakthrough for the 20-year-old France winger, who had been hesitant and error-prone in his previous games after recovering from two injuries since his move from Borussia Dortmund that could reach 147 million euros (about $173 million).Despite getting nothing from striker Olivier Giroud, Chelsea continued to press for a goal and came closest near the end of the first half.Willian and Eden Hazard both drew saves from goalie Marc-Andre ter Stegen and defender Samuel Umtiti before Marcos Alonso then sent a free kick off the post in injury time.Dembele also contributed in defense when he hustled back to make a clean tackle of Alonso when he was preparing to shot from close early in the second half.Messi made sure of the victory when he received a pass from Suarez and sped around a group of three defenders before humbling Courtois with a second strike between the legs.Antonio Rudiger came closest to a consolation goal for Chelsea, but his header hit the crossbar in the 90th minute, adding more near misses to Willian’s two shots off the woodwork from the first leg.—By JOSEPH WILSON , Associated PressChelsea’s Victor Moses, center left, vies for the ball with Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets during the Champions League round of sixteen second leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Chelsea at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. 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India will win the Test series in Australia: Amarnath

first_imgFormer Indian World Cup winner and national team selector Mohinder Amarnath said Virat Kohli & Co.’s morale is very high after starting on a winning note in the series Down Under and pegged them to become the first travelling Indian side to clinch the coveted Border-Gavaskar trophy.”I think it’s a great start to the series for the team. There’s nothing like starting with a win in an overseas condition, which doesn’t happen normally,” said the 68-year-old all-rounder on the sidelines of an event where ICC announced Royal Stag as sponsors for five years in NEw Delhi on Wednesday.”Things now depend on the nature of the wickets that we will get to see later in the series but India will always have an advantage and will definitely win the series.”Amarnath, however, still cautioned not to take the budding Australian team lightly given the quality some of their players have showcased in the first Test.”If you look at the first Test winning margin, it came really close. For a moment many thought India might lose. Indian team is certainly better compared to the inexperienced batting line-up of the Australians, but their bowling still is pretty decent.”The team is currently in the building stage and some of their players have shown that they can pose a threat. The series won’t be a cakewalk for India, we will get to see some close battles,” the former Indian cricketer said.Amarnath also heaped praise on Cheteshwar Pujara for his batting display in the Adelaide Test (which included a century and 71 run innings) and said other Indian batsmen should take a note from that and need to focus on their technique.”Pujara’s both the innings in the first Test were classic examples on how to build an inning in overseas conditions. I feel some of the batsmen need to work on their strokeplay and technique. Given it was their first game, we can still hope that the more they play on these tracks, the more they get used to the conditions.There’s much talk about the pace-friendly surface of the Optus Stadium in Perth, where the next game will be played, and some experts have already suggested Australians bowlers will be at their threatening best on the new turf. However, Amarnath opined visiting pacers will be at an advantage too over their Aussie counterparts given they have been more impressive in the first game.”Indian bowlers have an advantage over the Australian bowlers on the fast pitch of Perth because they were more disciplined in their line and length compared to their Australian counterparts and Ashwin being in good form also gives that extra variation. However the real test will be for the Indian batsmen who are more suited to play on slow wickets,” Amarnath concluded.advertisementAlso See:last_img read more

India A reduce West Indies A to 243/5 despite fifties from Hodge and Brooks

first_imgMontcin Hodge and Shamarh Brooks hit half-centuries but India A bowlers fought back with a flurry of wickets in the final session to reduce the West Indies A to 243 for five on the opening day of the second unofficial Test, here.Opting to bat, West Indies made a promising start with Hodge (65) and skipper Kraigg Brathwaite (36 off 119) raising an 87-run opening stand on Sunday.Medium-pacer Sandeep Warrier provided India A with the first breakthrough when he sent back Brathwaite in the 40th over.Hodge and Brooks (53) then stitched a 62-run partnership before the Indian bowlers struck thrice to dismiss the duo and Sunil Ambris (12), who was trapped leg before wicket off a Krishnappa Gowtham delivery.Out of the six bowlers used by India A captain Hanuma Vihari, five picked up a wicket each providing breakthroughs to not allow the hosts to take opening day’s honors.With Shreyas Iyer and Navdeep Saini joining the national team in the United States for the Twenty20 series against the West Indies, India A made some interesting selection choices.The team, left out spinner Shahbaz Nadeem, who was the architect of its win in the series-opener with a 10-wicket haul, batsman Shubman Gill and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha who had made a successful comeback in the last game after a long injury lay-off.As expected, Test opener Mayank Agarwal was drafted into the team though initially he was only picked for the third game, which was to be used as a practice match ahead of the two-match Test series in the Caribbean.advertisementBatsman Anmolpreet Singh was also picked and so was medium-pacer Sandeep Warrier. India pacer Umesh Yadav, who had also flown in here alongside Agarwal, was not included.India A won the first unofficial Test in North Sound, Antigua by six wickets.Also See:last_img read more