I have more in the tank – Bolt

first_imgHe may be a few months away from his 30th birthday and is still bothered by a serious case of scoliosis, but six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt has no doubt that he still has a lot left in the tank – a point he hopes to prove this season.With the Rio Olympics just around the corner, Bolt will be looking to qualify for his fourth Olympic Games and successfully defend the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay gold medals he won almost four years ago in London.The double world record holder has been very clear about his objectives this season; protect his gold medals and lower his 19.19 world record in the 200m.But is that too much to ask?Bolt doesn’t seem to think so as he points to his poor run of injury-affected seasons and underlined that an uninterrupted 2016 campaign could truly bring out the best in him.”I personally think that I can get better. I haven’t had a good season since 2009, a season that I haven’t gone without injuries or problems, so if I can get through on a clear note, then anything is possible,” Bolt said.It’s perhaps no coincidence that 2009 was the year that the triple gold medal winner – from last year’s World Championships in Beijing – set new marks in the 100m (9.58) and 200m (19.19).He, says, however, that he is approaching the coming season with a positive outlook and noted that he had seen several areas in his technique with room for improvements.”It’s all about staying positive,” said Bolt.”I think I am more focused because over the years I have seen ways where I can improve, and that’s why I have always said that I am more likely to run faster over the 200m because I see where I can improve and I have talked to my coach, so it’s possible,” Bolt added.”It’s all about staying injury-free and staying on top of things and trying to get through the season and push myself towards my targets.”Since running 19.19 seconds over the 200m in 2009, Bolt’s fastest time in the event has been 19.32 seconds, which he did at the 2012 Olympic Games. He has since ended seasons with 19.66 (2013) and 19.55 (2015). He did not run any 200m races in 2014.last_img read more

Makati matches win-run mark

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “We really needed this win,” said Quezon City coach Vis Valencia, whose team tightened its grip on sixth spot in the North division with an 11-11 record. “We can still improve heading into the playoffs.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Senators, congressman laud law to create nat’l training center The Super Crunch climbed to second spot in the North division with a 20-4 card as they matched the Bataan Risers’ 14-game winning streak earlier this season. Makati hopes to break the record in Valenzuela on Monday when it clashes with Quezon City, which will be looking to seal a playoff spot in their clash.Villanueva also had 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals in an all-around performance, while Jeckster Apinan and Ced Ablaza finished with 15 and 10 points, respectively, for the Super Crunch.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Capitals leaned on Jay Collado and Hesed Gabo to bounce back with an emphatic 80-71 victory over the Imus Bandera in the second game.Collado delivered 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Gabo tallied 14 points and issued 11 assists. Mon Mabayo also stepped up for the Capitals with a season-high 13 points. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Unheralded guard John Rey Villanueva scattered 22 points as Makati thumped Laguna, 76-65, on Wednesday night at Blue Eagle Gym in Quezon City to match the longest winning streak in the MPBL Datu Cup.Villanueva, who struggled to make the varsity teams of San Beda and Perpetual Help in recent years, spearheaded the Super Crunch’s ferocious showing against the Heroes, whose playoff aspirations are now hanging by a thread.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief DOT assures PH ‘very safe’ for tourists amid alleged abduction in Makati PLAY LIST 01:08DOT assures PH ‘very safe’ for tourists amid alleged abduction in Makati01:12Abductors of Chinese woman in Makati could also be Chinese — police00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Jesus, the Woman at the Well and Liberia’s Code of Conduct

first_imgLast Sunday, March 19, was the third Sunday in Lent on both the Roman Catholic and Episcopal Church calendars. The first and second lessons for Episcopalians had to do with water. The Old Testament lesson, from Exodus 17, showed the Israelites bitterly quarreling with Moses over thirst—until God told Moses to strike the rock at Horeb, and water came gushing out.The New Testament lesson came from John 4, in which the disciple recorded Jesus’ meeting with the woman of Samaria at the well. He asked her for a drink of water. In utter surprise, she responded, “How do you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan, for water? Jews and Samaritans have no dealings.”Jesus told her, “If you knew who was asking you for water, you would have asked him for living water which, when you drink it, you will never thirst again.”She asked Him for some living water. “Go and call your husband,” Jesus told her.“I have no husband.”“You are right. You have had five husbands, and the one you are living with now is not your husband.”Shocked that this total stranger knew so much about her, she said, “I believe you are a prophet. Samaritans know that a Messiah is coming, who knoweth all things.”Said Jesus to her, “I that speakest to thee am He.”The woman immediately left Him and her bucket, hurried to her village and told the people, “Come see a man who told me all that I ever did. Might that be the Messiah?”The people came to see Jesus and immediately believed He was indeed the Messiah. They invited Him to spend at least two days with them, which He did.What was the whole point of this story?The young priest at St. Stephen Episcopal Church, the Rev. Wozeyan Bazzie, in his sermon last Sunday, told the congregation that the whole point of that story was RECONCILATION. Jesus, Rev. Bazzie said, was determined to reconcile the Jews and the Samaritans.While His disciples were all gone to town to buy food, Jesus made a deliberate attempt to visit Samaria just at the time the woman had come to the well for water. He made her His primary point of contact to execute His mission to reconcile the Jews and the Samaritans.What in the world has this story to do with Liberia’s 2017 elections? Everything, in our view.Let us remember that it was not just the Jews and Samaritans that Jesus came to reconcile, but the entire human race—He came to bring reconciliation between God and humankind, and humankind among themselves, as in the case of the Jews and Samaritans.Elections, as we saw in the United States late last year, can be bitterly contentious. But it can also be, especially in the case of Liberia, a wonderful time to promote peace and reconciliation.From where we at the Daily Observer sit, we sense a tremendous degree of enthusiasm and optimism in these coming elections.There are scores of independent candidates vying for seats in the House of Representatives, and at least eight persons vying for the presidency.But there are quite a few candidates, notably former Central Bank Executive Governor Dr. J. Mills Jones, former Ambassador to the United States Jeremiah Sulunteh and now, believe it or not, even Harrison Karnwea, who are facing a serious dilemma. They all have the Code of Conduct hanging over each of them like “the sword of Damocles.”Yet all of them and others are very busy, and with great enthusiasm, organizing their campaigns.Governor Jones completed his two-terms as CBL Executive Governor last year, and later announced that he was seeking the presidency. He does not feel that he is affected by the Code of Conduct because while he was yet Governor he had told no one that he was planning to run for president. So he strongly feels he is unaffected by it.Both Ambassador Sulunteh and Mr. Karnwea have only recently resigned their posts—a far cry from the three years that the Code of Conduct demands of Executive appointees seeking elective office.Governor Jones, Ambassador Sulunteh and Managing Director Karnwea are all reputable and accomplished citizens of Liberia who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the many positions they have held over the years. So why do we want to deny them the opportunity to serve their country on a totally unnecessary and contrived (artificial, manufactured) technicality?The whole world knows that Liberia has for a very long time been plagued with poor leadership. This has been our biggest problem. Now that we have a historic opportunity to effect a democratic transition from one elected administration to another, why are we trying to limit the playing field when on the entire landscape there are already so few credible candidates?Liberia’s leaders must realize that the coming 2017 elections provide an excellent opportunity to reunite and reconcile Liberia and Liberians. Let us not miss this golden opportunity by sowing seeds of division in the country and thereby threatening the very elections with unnecessary discord.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

City’s sales-tax revenue rises 1.4%

first_img judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 SANTA CLARITA – Buoyed by vigorous holiday sales that helped offset a steep construction downturn, sales tax collected in Santa Clarita increased by 1.4 percent, to roughly $7.5 million, in the fourth quarter of 2006 over the same period last year, the city’s treasurer said Tuesday. The strongest gain in the October-to-December period came from department, clothing and furniture stores, whose taxable sales rose 5.1 percent over the 2005 fourth quarter. “The diverse local economy we have fostered, coupled with the conservative way in which we manage our budget, means our sales tax figures are right on the money,” said Darren Hernandez, the city’s treasurer. New auto sales, typically the largest tax engine in town, rose 5.9 percent from the same period in 2005. Sales of food items were up 2.3 percent, business-to-business taxes increased 3.2 percent and higher gas prices triggered a 5.3 percent increase in taxes paid by gas stations. 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

‘We keep losing!’ Crystal Palace in a relegation battle – Alan Pardew

first_img Alan Pardew didn’t mince his words when talking about Crystal Palace’s current form 1 Alan Pardew has conceded Crystal Palace are in a Premier League relegation battle after a slump of results.The Eagles were in the chase for a European place before Christmas but a nightmare run of ten games without a win has seen them slip to 14th.They are currently eight points above the drop zone but on Tuesday night travel to a Sunderland side looking to climb out of the bottom three, and drag Palace further into trouble.At his pre-match press conference, Eagles boss Pardew said: “Are we in a relegation fight? Yes, of course we are.“We keep losing. There is no talk of Europe at this club. We are focused now on what Crystal Palace need to deliver over the next ten games.“We’ve got a fantastic opportunity in the FA Cup but the league form hasn’t been good enough and we need to put it right, straight away.“That doesn’t mean to say we can’t have our strongest ever finish in the Premier League. We can do that, we have the capability but we need to kick into gear.”Despite Palace’s poor form Pardew insists he has no concerns over facing the sack.“I don’t fear for my job at this football club,” he added. “The pressure I am under is the normal pressure of a Premier League manager winning games.“Crystal Palace fans know this team. Watching this team in the 14 months since I’ve been here, this is the first time we have had any down time.“But we are not going to put our head in the sand. We are going to have to deliver a performance and that’s what we’ll try to do on Tuesday night.”Palace could be boosted on Tuesday by Yannick Bolasie’s return to the starting line-up for the first time since December – an absence which has coincided with Palace’s tumble down the table.last_img read more

Liverpool BOOST! Roberto Firmino travels with squad for Borussia Dortmund clash

first_img1 Roberto Firmino could be set for a return against Borussia Dortmund Roberto Firmino has travelled with the Liverpool squad for the Europa League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund.The Reds take on manager Jurgen Klopp’s former side in the first leg of their last-eight clash on Germany on Thursday.Brazilian forward Firmino has missed Liverpool’s last two matches, plus two internationals, with a hamstring injury he suffered against Manchester United in the previous round of the tournament.There is no guarantee of his place in the playing squad, but his seat on the plane is an indication the attacker – who has scored nine goals for the Reds this season – could be available for Klopp.Christian Benteke, though, has remained in Merseyside with the striker still sidelined with a hamstring problem.Midfielder Lucas Leiva is also not fit to return, but otherwise manager Klopp has no other new injury worries ahead of the clash.Provisional Liverpool squad: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno, Henderson, Milner, Can, Firmino, Coutinho, Lallana, Sturridge, Ward, Toure, Skrtel, Smith, Stewart, Brannagan, Chirivella, Allen, Ibe, Origi.last_img read more

Tottenham want £25m Valencia star ahead of Champions League return

first_img Shkodran Mustafi in action for Valencia 1 Tottenham are one of four clubs closely tracking Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi.All three of Spurs’ centre-halves – Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer – have enjoyed impressive campaigns, but manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to add one more body in time for the club’s return to the Champions League next season.Tottenham have scouted the German international on numerous occasions this term but face competition from the likes of Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Inter Milan, according to Bild.Atletico had a bid for Mustafi rejected by Valencia in January and are likely to return with a higher offer this summer, but Pochettino’s exciting project may turn the player’s head towards a switch to White Hart Lane.The 24-year-old still has three years left on his current contract at the Mestalla and reportedly has a release clause of £39m, although it is understood Valencia will accept an offer in the region of £25m which includes add-ons.last_img read more


first_imgTwo young Ramelton soccer stars were among the top sporting achievers in the county in a review of the highlights from the month of May by the Donegal Sports Star Awards Committee.Just days after signing his first professional contract 18-year-old Kyle-Callan McFadden helped Norwich City to the English FA Youth Cup title after defeating favourites Chelsea over two legs with the decisive second leg taking place at Stamford Bridge.KYLE MCFADDENAnother Ramelton man Barry McNamee had reason for double celebration in May as he won the April Airtricity/Soccer Writers Association Premiership Player of the Month Award and the Derry City player went on to make his debut for the Republic of Ireland U-21 side in a friendly in Denmark. McFadden and McNamee look set to feature at the end of the year when the Donegal Sports Star Awards Committee sit down to decide the winner in the soccer category.Abroad and after four relatively quiet years Letterkenny cyclist Philip Deignan hit the headlines coming home first in the five day Tour of the Gila in New Mexico.It was a very good month for boxing in the county with a number of winners at the National Stadium in Dublin including young Carndonagh Boxing Club sisters Labhaoise and Jessica Clarke and Meave McCarron (Carrigart BC) while Finn Valley ABC’s Austeja Auciute won her sixth Irish title and club colleague Michael Gallagher lifted his ninth national gold medal.Meanwhile, young Bryan McNamee (Convoy BC) defeated the current Scottish and British champion in the annual international McGuigan Cup named after Barry McGuigan. Once again there will be plenty of competition for the county’s top boxer in 2013 when the Donegal Sports Star Award Committee look at the many successes throughout the year. Ciara Doogan (Gortahork) became the first Errigal Cycling Club member to be named on an Irish Olympic team for next month’s finals in Utrecht, Holland. At the Community Games there was gold medals for Letterkenny’s Christine Russell and Richard Ogujawa along with Odhran Doogan (Cloughaneely).At the County Gaeltacht Finals on the May Bank Holiday Monday St. Michael’s won their first ever Donegal senior title while the county champions at junior level were Fanad Gaels and Termon were crowned senior ladies champions again. Super sub Amber Barrett scored four second half goals to help the Donegal Minor Ladies team to win the Ulster Football Championship Final while Castlefin’s Karen Guthrie was the sole Donegal GAA women’s representative named in the Division 1 team of the year. Termon’s Geraldine McLaughlin and Eilish Ward (St. Nauls) were members of the Ulster side that won the MMI interprovincial ladies football championship final for the third time in four seasons.11-year-old Jack Duffy (Foyle Golf Academy) from Buncrana won the ‘US Kid’s U-12 All-Ireland title at Portmarnock G.C. while Letterkenny man Brendan McCarroll (Ballyliffin GC) won a major golfing tournament in Austria (Gosser Open) for the second year in a row.In the middle of May two Letterkenny gymnasts Meg Carr and Patrick Quinlivan won titles in Belfast at the Northern Region Special Olympics Gymnastics Competition. Letterkenny girl Alanna Gallagher took gold at the Community Games U15 Gymnastics National Finals in Athlone. Early in May in motorsport Donegal driver Donagh Kelly won his first Carryduff N.I. Rally Championship. And on the last Sunday of the month Declan and Brian Boyle (Subaru WRC) returned to winning ways with a fine win in the Cavan Rally.Letterkenny man Sammy Wasson won gold at the World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation European Championships in Monaghan. In Rugby the Ballyshannon side defeated Strabane 11-8 to win the Ravenhill Cup Final in Omagh. There was great news for Luke Dalton from Fahan who was selected to play for Ireland in the Rugby League Student World Cup in Leeds. On the first Sunday in May, Lifford Celtic made history winning the Donegal Junior League Premier Division title for the first time while Cranford Utd were promoted to the top flight. Fintown Harps won their first ever Donegal Junior Cup by lifting the Downtown trophy. A 90th minute Eoin Sheridan goal handed Rathmullan Celtic the Brian McCormick Cup in a 2-1 win over Glenea Utd.Clonmany Shamrocks completed the double in Inishowen by winning the Charlie O’Donnell Cup. Also in Inishowen QPS completed the double by winning 6-1 against Redcastle Utd Reserves in the Fr O’Gara Cup Final while Dunree Utd took the Top Four Cup title with a win over Redcastle Reserves.On the last Sunday of May goals from the Moville Celtic men Nigel McMonagle and Shane Canning booked Inishowen’s place in the Oscar Traynor final after 2-0 win over Wexford Youths at Maginn Park.Seamus Coleman reached another milestone in his professional soccer career making his 100th appearance for Everton. And at the end of the month the Killybegs man turned in a man of the match performance in the Republic of Ireland’s draw with England at Wembley. Ciara Grant was a member of the Raheny Utd team that won the Irish Women’s League. Greencastle girls Roma McLaughlin and Sarah Jane McDonald were on the Irish U-16 team that finished third in an international tournament in Dublin. One of the founders of the Letterkenny Tennis Club Alan Graham (now Omagh TC) was selected to play for the first time on an Ulster side to compete in the All-Ireland Vets Inter-provincials in Templeogue, Dublin. And in the sport of Table tennis Dublin based Letterkenny native Patrick McCloughan was named on the Ireland Veterans O-40s team to take part in the Six Nations tournament in September. On Saturday 25th Letterkenny 24/7 club member Aidan Callaghan won the Rosses Point Triathlon.In schools athletics Christopher Murray, Mulroy College Milford won gold at the Senior Boys 800m at the Ulster Schools District Athletic Championships in Antrim. Also in Antrim, Abbey VS won the Intermediate U-17 Girls Cup while John Kelly (Royal & Prior) set a new record of 16.12m in winning the Senior Boys Shot Putt. Other winners included Daniel Gallagher (Killybegs VS) Intermediate Boys 3k and 1,500m; Arlene Crossan (Loreto Letterkenny) Junior U-15 Long Jump and 800m; Ciara Donoghue (Loreto Letterkenny) 1,200m Walk; Naomh McGranaghan (Finn Valley) U-15 Hammer; Karen Gallagher (Royal & Prior) Intermediate 1,500m; Hannagh Campbell (Killybegs VS) Intermediate Pole VaultAt the Aviva Stadium on the last Saturday of May Scoil Mhuire Glenties were crowned champions in their category of the Aviva Health FAI Primary School 5’s National Finals.For further details on the Donegal Sports Star Awards go to www.donegalsportsstarawards.ieSPORTSTAR AWARDS – RAMELTON SOCCER STARS AMONG ATHLETES WHO IMPRESS IN MAY was last modified: June 17th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Donegal Sportstar AwardsMaylast_img read more

Chinese cops kill protesters, seal off town

first_img She added, “Come save us.” Another villager said there were at least 10 deaths. “The riot police are gathered outside our village. We’ve been surrounded,” she said, sobbing. “Most of the police are armed. We dare not to go out of our home.” “We are not allowed to buy food outside the village. They asked the nearby villagers not to sell us goods,” the woman said. “The government did not give us proper compensation for using our land to build the development zone and plants. Now they come and shoot us. I don’t know what to say.” One woman said an additional 20 people were wounded. “They gathered because their land was taken away and they were not given compensation,” she said. “The police thought they wanted to make trouble and started shooting.” She said there were several hundred police with guns in the roads outside the village Friday. “I’m afraid of dying. People have already died.” Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post newspaper today quoted villagers who said authorities were trying to conceal the deaths by offering families money to give up bodies of the dead. “They offered us a sum but said we would have to give up the body,” an unidentified relative of one slain villager, 31-year-old Wei Jin, was quoted as saying. “We are not going to agree.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Although security forces often use tear gas and truncheons to disperse demonstrators, it is extremely rare for them to fire into a crowd – as the military did in putting down pro-democracy demonstrations around Tiananmen Square, when hundreds, if not thousands, were killed. State media have made no mention of the incident and both provincial and local governments have repeatedly refused to comment. This is typical in China, where the ruling Communist Party controls the media and lower-level authorities are leery of releasing information without permission from the central government. All the villagers said they were nervous and scared and most did not want to be identified for fear of retribution. One man said the situation was still “tumultuous.” A 14-year-old girl said a local official visited the village Friday and called the shootings “a misunderstanding.” “He said (he) hoped it wouldn’t become a big issue,” the girl said over the telephone. “This is not a misunderstanding. I am afraid. I haven’t been to school in days.” BEIJING – Armed with guns and shields, hundreds of riot police sealed off a southern Chinese village after fatally shooting as many as 10 demonstrators and were searching for the protest organizers, villagers said Friday. It was the deadliest known use of force by security forces against Chinese civilians since the killings around Tiananmen Square in 1989, and marked an escalation in the social protests that have convulsed the Chinese countryside. During the demonstration Tuesday in Dongzhou, a village in southern Guangdong province, thousands of people gathered to protest the amount of money offered by the government as compensation for land to be used to construct a wind power plant. Police fired into the crowd and killed a handful of people, mostly men, villagers reached by telephone said Friday. Accounts of the death toll ranged from two to 10, with many missing. last_img read more

Rolle Named MVC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week

first_imgDrake University sophomore Taryn Rolle  has been named the Missouri Valley Track & Field Women’s Field Athlete of the Week, the league announced.Rolle opened the 2015-16 season with a second-place finish in the triple jump at the SDSU Holiday Invite with a leap of 40-8.25. Her jump was a personal best by more than a foot and currently ranks as the sixth-best jump in the nation this season. She also finished third in the long jump with a mark of 18-5.25, also a personal best of more than a foot and the 27th-best jump in the nation this season. She currently leads the MVC in the triple jump and is second in the long jump behind only teammate Kayla Bell.Rolle and the Bulldogs resume their indoor season following the winter break on Jan. 15-16 at the Holiday Inn Invite in Lincoln, Neb. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more