Track season gets out of the blocks with JC/WATA meet

first_imgThe local track and field season opens this weekend with the 23rd staging of the PUREWATER/JC development meet at the schools’ Old Hope Road campus this Saturday, starting at 8:30 a.m.The event is one of the qualifying meets for the annual Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championship and organisers expect the usually well-organised and well-run meet to maintain its high standards.The meet is primarily for high schools, but an open invitation has been extended to teams from all schools, athletic clubs and other institutions across the island.Individual and teams will compete under two categories – schools and mixed clubs and institutions or as unattached competitors.clubs and institutionsSchoolboys will compete in classes one to three, while their female counterparts will compete in classes one to four. Mixed clubs and institutions will compete separately as male and female.Competitors of the various categories will vie for honours in 70m, 80m, 100m, 800m, 3000m (F), 5000m(M), 110m hurdles (M). Field events this year will include long jump, discus, high jump, shot put and pole vault.No more than four contestants per class, per team, per event will be allowed and teams are reminded to wear their regular competition colours.The most outstanding athlete in each class and category at the end of the meet will receive individual trophies. No entries will be accepted on the day of the event.Meanwhile, the school will also honour one of its old boys on the day. They will recognise Andrew McCrae for his tireless efforts, commitment and contribution to the development of track and field at JC.last_img read more

Andy Rodefer, May 21

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are definitely making some progress. We have been getting very spotty rains anywhere from a tenth to a half inch. Corn in this area has progressed but a lot of guys are still not done. Bean planting has been about the same. There have been some guys that have been able to stay in the fields, but there are small pockets that have maybe only been able to plant 100 acres or so in the last two or three weeks.We have all of our corn done but about 60 acres. It is a wet farm and we have been trying to let it dry. The chance of rain is not very high through the weekend and we are hoping to get it done in the next few days. We are hoping to get beans finished up too. We have several hundred acres of beans to go and then some custom work.We are getting along. Conditions are not really ideal and the ground is still plenty heavy, but everything we have planted seems to be coming up and looking good.So far emergence has been looking pretty good and coming up in six or seven days. I don’t think we are going to see much replant around here.We haven’t had a lot of pounding rains and the ground has stayed pretty soft. As long as we continue like we are, I think everything is going to be OK. We are pretty clean on weeds and I have not seen any insect problems at this point.Yesterday we actually started sidedressing some of the earliest corn we planted. We are just hoping to get done and keep moving on with sidedressing. The forecast looks pretty good for the next week and if we can keep on course we’ll be alright, but I do think we are behind some places.last_img read more

Sania Mirza, Leander Paes advance in US Open doubles event

first_imgSania Mirza and Leander PaesSania Mirza won both her women’s and mixed doubles matches while Leander Paes was also victorious in his mixed doubles match as both Indians advanced to the next round of the US Open here.Sania and Cara Black, seeded third, eased past Caroline Garcia of France and Romanian Monica Niculescu 6-1, 6-2 to set up a women’s doubles third round clash against Jelena Jankovic of Serbia and Czech Klara Koukalova.Sania then returned to the court to compete in the mixed doubles event and partnered by Brazilian Bruno Soares, the first seeds registered a facile straight-set 6-2, 7-6 (8) win over Australian Casey Dellacqua and Britain’s Jamie Murray.In the quarter-finals, the top seeds will play the winner of the match between sixth seeds Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia and India’s Rohan Bopanna and unseeded Spanish-South African team of A. Medina Garrigues and Raven Klaasen.Third seeds Paes and Cara Black, though, didn’t have it so easy and had to battle hard for 6-1, 4-6, 10-4 win over Russia’s Alla Kudryavtseva and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan.The Indo-Zimbabwean pair will take on American Abigail Spears and Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico in the quarters.last_img read more

Museum hosting launch of book on Site C tonight

first_img“I look at how and why Site C progressed at this time. Why this project, why now,” said Cox. “It goes and does extensive fact-checking with scientists, asking the question over and over again: is this project in the public’s best interest?”Cox said that she’s also spoken with several well-known residents of the Peace River Valley, including Ken and Arlene Boon, who have had their land expropriated by BC Hydro to make way for the dam’s reservoir.The book launch will be taking place at the North Peace Museum in Fort St. John beginning at 6:30 p.m. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John North Peace Museum will be hosting a book launch of a book chronicling the ongoing saga of the Site C dam.Victoria-based journalist and author Sarah Cox will be launching her debut book “Breaching the Peace” at the Museum tonight. Cox said that she became interested about the history and the current story of the third dam on the Peace River after former Premier Gordon Campbell made an announcement in 2010 that the provincial government would be proceeding with construction of the project. She said that after travelling to the Peace Region, she decided that the rest of the province should hear about the story of the dam, and the people who would be affected by Site C’s construction.last_img read more

Metro services to start at 4 am on polling day

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Metro train services will begin from 4 am, two hours earlier than regular timing, on May 12 so that the staff deployed for election duty can avail the facility for travelling, officials said Thursday.DMRC train services otherwise begin at 6 am. “On the day of the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi on Sunday, May 12, the Delhi Metro train services on all lines will start from 4 am, so that the staff deployed for election duty can avail the facility,” the DMRC said in a statement. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe trains will run with a frequency of 30 minutes on all the lines till 6 am. Later, metro trains will run as per the normal Sunday timetable throughout the day, it said. However, trains on the Blue Line, going from Dwarka Sector 21 towards Vaishali, will begin operations at 4:30 am. Delhi Metro’s current span is 373 km and 271 stations, including the Noida-Greater Noida Aqua Line, and its average daily ridership is about 30 lakh.last_img read more

Algeria decides to freeze its diplomatic relations with Morocco: official

first_imgRabat- Algeria has decided to freeze its relations with Morocco. The spokesperson of the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Sunday that his country had decided to severe its diplomatic relations with Morocco. “There will be no meeting between the officials of both countries, especially those held in Morocco,” Omar Bellani, was quoted by the Algerian news outlet elbilad.net as saying. “The Algerian government will prevent any Algerian official from taking part in any activity held in Morocco, no matter how important it might be,” he added. The Algerian officials said this decision was made after the court of Casablanca had given a two-month suspended sentence to a Moroccan protester who broke into the compound of Algeria’s consulate in Casablanca and tore down the country’s flag during a diplomatic row.Bellani described the ruling as a “scandal,” adding that Morocco dealt with the issue as if the defendant had stormed an abandoned cottage or a private property.” © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistributelast_img read more

Football Ohio State continues to be questioned after Michigan State win

Urban Meyer yells on the field in the fourth quarter of the game against Michigan State on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorFollowing Ohio State’s 26-6 win against Michigan State, head coach Urban Meyer was excited about how his team played.“That was a big win, and we’re very satisfied,” Meyer said. “The other ones, you kind of have people didn’t feel like they won. That was a great locker room. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. Enjoy the win and get ready for the next one.”The two polls released on Sunday saw the win differently.In the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and Amway Coaches’ Poll, Ohio State dropped one spot to No. 9 and No. 8 respectively.Though the College Football Playoff committee releases the only ballot that matters, the committee was already lower on the Buckeyes, having them at No. 10 the past two weeks.Meyer said he understands the conflict being displayed by his team.“You go on the road and win by 20 points against a ranked team,” Meyer said. “And what happened? What’s the problem? What about this? What about that? I could stand up and say, ‘What are you guys talking about?’ But I get it. I don’t think we played great either at times.”The Buckeyes traveled to East Lansing, Michigan, and defeated the No. 18 Spartans, that is true. But how they won brings up questions Ohio State has seemingly faced every week since its victory against Penn State.Redshirt sophomore punter Drue Chrisman was the main reason for the win, pinning Michigan State within its own 5-yard line on a handful of occasions, leading to an intentional safety, a defensive touchdown and a field goal after the Spartans fumbled on their own 15-yard line.The fumble was recovered by junior defensive end Jonathon Cooper, who said the defense’s game against Michigan State proved what it can do as a unit.“We have been practicing hard. We’ve been going hard and even though everybody kind of telling us to do this or do that, we just stuck with the plan and it pays off, as you can see,” Cooper said. “We went out there and actually showed that we are the defense. We are Ohio State. We are the bullets.”Ohio State’s defense looked better, allowing only 54 rushing yards, 47 of which came on one run by redshirt freshman quarterback Rocky Lombardi. Through the air, Lombardi and redshirt junior quarterback Brian Lewerke combined to throw 18-for-48 for 220 yards and an interception.Offensively, redshirt junior running back Mike Weber ran for 104 yards and a touchdown, averaging 4.7 yards per carry while redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins threw for 227 yards and a touchdown, some of his lowest totals on the season.Haskins said the locker room was “electric” after the win. “It’s the atmosphere we had after to gain a win like that. It meant a lot for a lot of people,” Haskins said. “We didn’t play our best ball, but the good thing is we have another game to play, and we got a lot of potential and we can keep getting better.”It is still unknown if the College Football Playoff committee will see that potential in Ohio State, but in the past two weeks, it has not seen it from the Buckeyes. The AP poll and coaches’ poll do not seem to see it either.“To finish the game we did, against that defense, no one’s done that to them. No one’s done it against a team (like) that,” Meyer said. “You know how much respect I have for that coach, that staff and that place. That was awful. That was a tough environment.”Ohio State now sits at 9-1, two wins away from finishing atop the Big Ten East. It has wins against four teams that were ranked at the time of defeat, and one loss by 29 to Purdue, a team that lost by 31 to Minnesota this past week.The resume is debatable and will be debatable until the playoff is decided. Meyer knows this, but said he still wishes his team had more respect for what it has done this season.“I don’t want to come across saying, ‘Well, we’re 9 and —’ no, we’re not playing great at times,” Meyer said. “But then our defense came out and played the way they did. And our special teams played the way they did. It was a great team win. But we’re not where I would like us to be. Is that fair?”Fair or not, Ohio State has up to three games to prove itself as a team deserving of a Top-4 finish. The win in East Lansing was a start, but the Buckeyes still have a long way to go and need to get there fast if they want a chance at the playoff this season. read more

Florenzi believes Roma were tactically a step above

first_imgAS Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi has hailed Eusebio Di Francesco’s tactical changes in their shock 3-0 win over Barcelona and insists that they were “tactically a step above” their opponentsAfter a 4-1 defeat at the Nou Camp during their first leg clash, Roma were heavily expected to be eliminated on Tuesday night against a Barcelona side that have gone an incredible 38 games unbeaten in La Liga.Yet, the Giallorossi left the Catalan giants stunned at the Stadio Olimpico with a new 3-4-1-2 formation proving to be a deadly move on Barcelona with Edin Dzeko, Daniele de Rossi and Kostas Manolas goals securing a 3-0 win for the hosts.“To be honest, we never really felt it was at risk tonight, as Barcelona did nothing to cause us problems. We put in the perfect performance,” Florenzi told Mediaset Premium (via Football-Italia).“Tactically, we were a step above them. If Barcelona don’t get to play the ball to feet and pass it around comfortably, they really struggle.”David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.The defender remained evasive in regards to the new formation being used in future matches.“The Coach will decide, but what we saw tonight should increase this man’s credibility. We players never doubted him, but some in the media and the stands…” said the 27 year-old.“At half-time, he told us to stay calm, as we knew that we could achieve this miracle. We brought home an historic result. Roma hadn’t been in a semi-final for 34 years.“I really like having three defenders, as it gives me more security to go forward and put crosses in, but it’s up to the Coach to decide.“It was wonderful to see the Olimpico packed. I expect to see this many fans in the Derby against Lazio too.”last_img read more

Crystal Palace remembers players turned soldiers

first_imgDuring World War I hundreds of English footballers contributed to their home countries to fight in what is called the Great WarDuring Remembrance Day, Crystal Palace took some time to remember those players turned soldiers that ended up helping their countries in World War I.According to the team’s official website “during World War I, a number of footballers who played, had played for or were contracted to Palace traveled to Europe to serve their country on the battlefields of Belgium or France.”“Players that would go on to serve in the army, or even indeed the navy, would usually simply walk into a local recruitment office and then eventually be posted to a division.”Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“Many footballers who had [or would] play for Palace signed up for service in the army, but sadly not all would return home,” the team explained.“Eight players that are known to have played for the Glaziers tragically perished during the conflict, including Richard Hawker and Joseph Bullock who would both receive the Victory and Bristol medals for their bravery.”Of those that served, the following played for Crystal Palace and are known to have lost their lives:Joseph Bulcock (1909-1914, 146 games, 2 goals)Richard Harker (1905-1907 & 1911-1912, 83 games, 19 goals)Edwin Myers (1909-1912, 23 games, 1 goal)George Smith (1907-1908, 11 games, 2 goals)Jimmy ‘Ginger’ Williams (1909-1914, 149 games, 57 goals)Norman Wood (1909-1910, 1 game, 0 goals)Donald Bell (Signed a contract with Palace, but there is no record of him playing to date)Edward Bell (Played for Palace’s reserve team)last_img read more