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Richards aims for 22m mark

first_imgBRUSSELS, Belgium:O’Dayne Richards could have been excused if he had bounced through the mixed zone after his 21.37m second-place finish in the shot put at the AG Memorial Van Damme Diamond League meet in Brussels on Friday.It was his highest-ever finish at a Diamond League meet, his best distance outside of a championships, and it came just over two weeks after his historic bronze medal at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.The thing is, Richards is not easily satisfied, and despite posting what was his fourth-best mark in his career following his two 21.69m national-record efforts first registered at the Pan American Games and again in Beijing, as well as last year’s Commonwealth Games-winning 21.61m mark, what he really wanted in Brussels was another milestone – a 22-metre throw.”I hold myself to high standards, and I think that is the cause of my improvements somewhat, and I am slightly disappointed that I have not yet hit the 22m mark, but there is one more meet for me, so, I have hopes, and I will give it my best,” said Richards, who is expecting to compete in Berlin shortly.It’s quite a coincidence, but just 22 men have thrown 22m or better in the long history of the event.Richards is desperate to add his name to the list and confirm himself as a true heavyweight in the event.”I kept missing the shot, not applying all the force on the shot, so it kept slipping and didn’t go as far as I wanted it to go, but it’s my best performance outside of a championships, so I’m happy for that,” added Richards. “If I could find the words to tell you what it would mean to me if I threw 22m, I would, but I can’t find the words. It’s more about improving on myself, though.”Still, the 26-year-old said he is happy with his season after what was a rough start, and is looking to do better in the coming year.”It was a rough season. We did some things which, in my opinion, we could have done better, but we cut our losses and tried to push forward just the same. I’m grateful for the medal and the personal best and, hopefully, I could get the gold medal,” said Richards. “I have the ability to throw far and to win medals at major championships and to perform well continuously, and I’m grateful for that. Hopefully, next year will be a lot better.”Every time you get to rumble with the big boys, it’s a test for the championships. So far, God has been good, and I have been able to cop a medal at the championships that I have competed in. Hopefully, I can turn that into a habit and improve – that’s what is most important to me,” Richards added.last_img read more

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Yun’s the one: South Korea gets men’s skeleton Olympic gold

first_imgYun won in commanding fashion at the Pyeongchang Games on Friday, his four-run time of 3 minutes, 20.55 seconds easily coming in 1.63 seconds ahead of silver medalist Nikita Tregubov of Russia. Most skeleton races are decided by tenths or hundreths of a second, but Yun was dominant from start to finish — the fastest slider, in every way, in every heat.He stepped onto the award podium shortly after finishing, arms skyward as thousands of his fellow South Koreans roared. They showed up early on a bright morning in the Taebaek Mountains, fully expecting to see the sort of dominance he himself envisioned when taking thousands of training runs on the track that was built for these Olympics, the track he knows better than anyone else in sliding.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 folk“Yun! Sung! Bin!” they chanted, over and over. “Yun! Sung! Bin!”Yun delivered. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Happy New Year, indeed. On a national holiday in Korea — the start of a lunar new year — Yun became a national hero. He is the reigning World Cup overall champion, is now the Olympic champion and his career is only just starting.“If you see the Korean guy, he has the best material,” Spain’s Ander Mirambell said. “He will win this easy.”It was the biggest victory margin in Olympic skeleton, topping 1948 when Italy’s Nino Bibbia topped Jack Heaton of the U.S. by 1.4 seconds in a six-heat race.The only drama in the final heat was who would finish second. Tregubov won that battle, edging Dom Parsons of Britain. Latvia’s Martins Dukurs, the winningest World Cup men’s skeleton racer in history, struggled in the final run and slipped to fourth.For the U.S., 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Matt Antoine was 11th and three-time Olympian John Daly was 16th.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sweet Distraction? North Korea’s feminine touch at Olympics View comments Yun Sungbin of South Korea celebrates in the finish area after his gold medal winning run during the men’s skeleton final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Yun Sungbin left no doubt. It’s his track. It’s his gold medal.The most decisive Olympic skeleton champion ever is a 23-year-old who had no idea what he was doing on a sled a few years ago and now stands taller than anyone else in the sport.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi Citylast_img read more

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Pascua rues FEU’s lack of experience in meltdown vs La Salle

first_imgLATEST STORIES Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Magnolia nears PH Cup Finals, beats NLEX in Game 5 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments “That championship experience really showed in the fifth set, and as for us that is what we don’t have.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGeorge Pascua, Far Eastern University’s fun-loving head coach, usually tries to inject a bit of humor in every situation he’s in.He once tried to choke himself in jest with a jacket during a game in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, and Pascua also said the “G” in the bottle of Gatorade stands for “George.”ADVERTISEMENT Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism On Sunday, however, Pascua didn’t have a choice but suck up the grief after losing his Lady Tamaraws dropped a five-setter against defending champion De La Salle, 25-17, 21-25, 16-25, 25-20, 15-5.FEU’s two-set advantage after the third period didn’t stand a chance as the Lady Spikers displayed their full might on the bamboozled Lady Tamaraws.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We were able to follow our game plan in the second and third sets but we were not able to sustain it in the next sets,” said Pascua in Filipino at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Spikers were relentless in the final moments of the fifth set while also enjoying two crucial errors on FEU’s part. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery FEU was called with two consecutive double contacts that gave La Salle a 23-19 lead before May Luna scored on a check ball for the 24-20 margin.Desiree Cheng then scored on a drop ball to secure the fourth set.The second set wasn’t that much different for the Lady Tamaraws as they saw the Lady Spikers shoot them out of the gym on a 10-2 run that closed out the match.Pascua said his team’s fall in the last two sets can be attributed to their lack of experience, something the Lady Spikers have boatloads of.“In the end it was the Lady Spikers’ championship experience that made the difference, they won’t let that game slip away that easily,” said Pascua of the Lady Spikers who are gunning for a third straight title this season.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters MOST READ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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

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Travis Belgrave: a class above the others

first_imgTravis Belgrave continued to demonstrate he is a class above the others with his impressive basketball skills, showing a form that can only be the product of hard work and dedication as he led the Eagles to a 75-63 victory over the Republic Bank Nets to end that club’s undefeated streak when action continued in the first division category of the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association’s (GABA’s) League on Saturday at the Burnham Hardcourt.National Guard Travis BelgraveThe night belonged to Belgrave, who signed it off with a game-high 21 points. He was ably supported by Kevin Higgins, who finished the night on 14 points in the Eagles’ 12-point win.The Nets went down fighting, though, as Hodyah Stewart played very well to top score for his side with 18 points.The opening match of the night saw Plaisance Guardians destroying the Vikings 97-50. Top scoring for the Guardians, and leading by example, was their skipper Terrence Daniels, who scored 22 points, and Nigel Bowen, who made a meaningful contribution of 20.Scoring for the Vikings in their losing effort was Leon Lee and Slayne Joseph, who both contributed 11 points.Play will continue at the same venue on Wednesday when Sonics come up against the Pacesetters in the U23 Division, and Eagles do battle with the Vikings in the Second Division league.The tournament is being sponsored by Banks DIH Limited through its Rainforest water and Malta Supreme Brands.last_img read more

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Period for vending opens at Providence

first_imgICC Women’s World T20 2018, West Indies…New and established entrepreneurs are invited to be part of history as vendors, for the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s World T20 which opens on November 9 at Providence.Monica Sharma (left) assisted by Mahinder Ghanshiam measuring the concession area in the Green Stand at Providence (ICC WWT20||John Ramsingh photo)The organisers are creating a ‘close to home’ environment for spectators to feel comfortable while enjoying matches in the first-ever standalone Women’s World T20 and are reaching out to local vendors.According to ICC WWT20 Logistics Officer (Guyana) Monica Sharma, persons or companies may apply for the exciting opportunities to become either roaming vendors, small or medium scale vendors for the entire tournament. Sharma further noted that once persons sign on to all of the match days they will be given the opportunity to sell at the warm-up matches at no additional cost.“We want to have the Guyanese feel when viewing the matches at Providence, so we definitely need local flavours to be incorporated. We need the best creole dishes, burgers, hot dogs, plantain chip, pastries, nuts and more. We are looking to ensure the true Guyanese experience, and our food is a sure way to achieve that,” Sharma stated.While marking out concession areas in the stands at Providence, Sharma made it clear that “The window period is now open for all persons interested in sales at the upcoming WWT20 but will close on Friday, October 26.” This will allow the organisers and vendors time to adequately prepare for the 13 matches.In addition to official tournament matches on November 9, 11, 13, 15 and 17, there are official warm-up matches scheduled for November 4, 6 and 7, all at Providence.Persons looking to establish or continue their business in the field must contact the Guyana Cricket Board on 227-7130 or Monica Sharma on 600-2223 for full details, including price.Ten of the world’s best female cricket teams will be batting for the title which is currently in the grasp of hosts, Windies from November 9 to 24. Other than Guyana, preliminary matches will also be played in St Lucia while the semi-finals and final are slated for Antigua.Full details of the tournament are available online at https: worldtwenty20.com.last_img read more

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Fort St. John RCMP holding information sessions on Auxiliary Constable Program

first_imgFort St. John RCMP is looking for volunteers to take part in the Auxiliary Constable Program. Mandatory information sessions are coming up for those that would like to participate.Corporal Jodi Shelkie said, “We are looking for individuals with an interest in making our community a safer place for families, businesses, visitors and citizens. Auxiliaries come from many different backgrounds, but they all have the same goal in mind – to make Fort St. John a safer place.”Auxiliary constables will be tasked with assisting officers in crime prevention programs, and assisting officers in the field in a variety of situations. Constables will complete a training program that consists of classroom, and practical instruction.- Advertisement -The information sessions will be held at Northern Lights College on Wednesday, May 20 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, May 24 at 2 p.m.For more information on the program you can call the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8100.last_img read more

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Injury woe for Man City? Star has back problem, reveals Pellegrini

first_img Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero 1 Manchester City star Sergio Aguero was substituted with a back problem against Stoke City, boss Manuel Pellegrini has revealed.The Argentine striker hit two goals in their 4-1 victory over the Potters on Wednesday night but left the field three minutes after grabbing his second strike of the game.And Pellegrini admitted this was due to an injury the player had picked up, although the Chilean is hopeful he should be fit for their next Premier League clash.“He felt something in the back,” he said.“My feeling is it is not too serious and he now has 10 days to recover and train well. I hope he will be fit to face Newcastle.”last_img

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Commission says cop wrong to shoot teen

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The decision stood in sharp contrast to a recommendation by Bratton that the panel find the shooting within policy. It also contrasted with the finding last month by the District Attorney’s Office that there was insufficient evidence to file criminal charges against Garcia. In a choreographed display of unity after the vote in executive session, the commission and LAPD brass held a news conference in which Mack praised the majority of LAPD officers. Bratton said he disagreed with the decision, but accepted it. “Within their power and within their purview, the Police Commission made a decision,” Bratton said. “It is opposite of the recommendation I made to them, but their decision is the final one when it comes to policy.” Mack said more information will be forthcoming in several days when the civilian panel releases a formal summary of its review. “This is not the commission conducting a power play with the chief,” said Mack. “We recognize that reasonable people can disagree, even looking at the same basic information.” Bucking LAPD Chief William Bratton, the Police Commission determined Tuesday that an officer violated department policy when he fatally shot a 13-year-old who rammed a stolen vehicle into a patrol car last year. The commission offered no specifics for its 4-1 vote, which found that Officer Steven Garcia violated policy when he fired 10 shots at Devin Brown, killing the African-American youth at the end of a car case. “Regarding use of force, firing of the weapon, the Police Commission found that the use of force was out of policy,” commission President John Mack. The panel also unanimously recommended that six other officers involved receive additional training, while finding their tactics within policy. The next step in the process is for Garcia to appear before a public LAPD panel known as a Board of Rights, which will determine whether his violation constituted misconduct. Based on that rule, Bratton would make a disciplinary decision, which could range from an admonishment to firing. “Every one of the commissioners spent a lot of time looking at the record, looking at the evidence and just completely reviewing all aspects of it and I think they went about it with a lot of integrity and no hidden agendas,” said Commissioner Alan Skobin, who cast the dissenting vote. “Normally, the commission will see things eye to eye and in this one case we saw things differently and we each voted our conscience.” Reaction among activists was mixed. Leaders of the Community Call to Action and Accountability, a South Los Angeles group formed in the wake of the shooting, said they will await a disciplinary decision. Najee Ali of Project Islamic Hope echoed the sentiment while expressing optimism about the panel’s decision. “They’re showing a streak of true independence and it seems that under (Mayor Antonio) Villaraigosa’s watch that police reform may be finally moving in the right direction,” he said. But Bob Baker, head of the union that represents rank-and-file officers, accused the commission of bowing to pressure from such activists. “Trying to save his own life, Officer Garcia did what he was trained to do, and he now must suffer lifelong consequences,” Baker said in a statement. Brown led police on a chase through South Los Angeles in the early morning hours of Feb. 6. It ended when he ran the stolen Toyota Camry he was driving up onto a sidewalk at 83rd Street and Western Avenue. The Camry then backed into a police car and Garcia, who was outside the vehicle, fired 10 rounds, six of which struck Brown. The LAPD subsequently changed its rules for when officers should fire at vehicles, but Mack said the commission’s decision was based on the policy in place at the time. Attorney Brian Dunn, who is representing Brown’s relatives in their wrongful-death suit against the city, said family members were encouraged by the panel’s findings. “I’ve been telling them since the moment I started working on the case that it was a bad shooting but this was the first time they’ve actually heard it from someone else,” he said. Villaraigosa said he was satisfied that his appointees made their decision after carefully considering the facts and that Bratton has his full support. “We are on exactly the same page when it comes to reform of the Los Angeles Police Department,” he said. Staff writer Rick Orlov contributed to this story. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 dan.laidman@dailynews.com 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

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McGUINNESS TELLS BBC: ‘I HAVEN’T MADE MY MIND UP YET’

first_imgDONEGAL manager Jim McGuinness says he hasn’t made his mind up yet about staying on in the position – insisting his side were hampered in its preparations for this year’s title defence.Speaking on the BBC today where he was part of the panel for the Tyrone v Mayo All-Ireland SFC semi-final clash, the Glenties man confirmed he met with his players in Letterkenny on Saturday but that no decisions had been taken.The players gave him their full backing at that meeting. “I haven’t decided yet to be honest,” he said when asked if he was staying on.“I suppose at the end of every year, we do an analysis of everything – players, medical, staff and so forth. That hasn’t been finalised yet.“I don’t want to be Donegal manager for the sake of being Donegal manager. I want to be there for the right reasons and also for every system to be in place to be successful.”He went on: “I’m still thinking things through. I think it’s very important to do that. “As I said earlier, all the systems have to be in place. The biggest thing for me is to be able to prepare the team properly and I don’t think we got that opportunity this year in some levels. So that’s one of the issues we’ll be looking at and there’s also a few other things as well.”McGuinness refused to be drawn on some newspaper reports that he was in conflict with the county board over championship fixtures and injuries caused to key players in the run-up to key games.“Regarding the issues over team preparation, it’s something which I raised with the County Board yesterday and spoke about with the players. We’ll see what happens,” said Jim.“If the conditions are correct then you feel you can do your job…but I don’t want to be there for the sake of being there,” he added.Fellow pundit Martin McHugh, on the same BBC show, urged McGuinness to stay on Son Mark told NewsTalk Radio: “We never questioned the relationship between ourselves and Jim. We’re fully behind him and we’re hoping that he will commit for another year. It is tough for him going over and back with Celtic but I’m sure he’ll be thinking about it over the coming days and weeks.”McGUINNESS TELLS BBC: ‘I HAVEN’T MADE MY MIND UP YET’ was last modified: August 25th, 2013 by John2Share 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:donegalJim McGuinnesslast_img read more

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Revenue rises to €45.2m at Donegal Investment Group

first_imgRevenue rose by 11.4% to €45.2m last year at Donegal Investment Group, formerly Donegal Creameries.The group enjoyed soaring segmental profit, with a 47% increase to €4m in the year ending 31 August 2019.The strong performance has been put down to continued double-digit growth in the speciality dairy business Nomadic, as well as strong demand for their produce businesses’ seed potato varieties. Group profit from operating activities (before exceptionals) increased by 61.6% (€1.3m) for the year to €3.4m.The latest financial results report from Donegal Investment Group, published today, says the sale of its animal feeds business Robert Smyths and Sons was a success.DIG Chairman Geoffrey Vance commented: “The Board is very pleased by the performance of the Group’s trading businesses over the course of the year as well as the successful completion of the sale of our animal feeds business Smyths.“Adverse weather conditions in European growing areas impacted the 2018/2019 potato crops which led to poor availability of seed in the wider market. Our seed potato business experienced growing demand for its proprietary varieties which combined with strong trading margins delivered an excellent performance for the year. We continue to invest in the development of innovative seed potato with six new varieties commencing commercialisation in the coming year. “Speciality dairy continued to experience double digit (volume and sales) growth in both the UK and Ireland in 2019 with a significant capital project currently underway which will double capacity in our Killygordon based business.“Overall, Group revenue was €45.2m for the year with operating profit of €3.4m. This resulted in adjusted earnings per share of 89.3c, an increase of 61.9c on the 12 months to 31 August 2018.“Following the completion of the sale of Smyths and the underlying performance of our trading businesses the Group had a cash position, net of debt, of €21.3m at year-end with a net asset value per share of €8.03, an increase of €1.19 per share on the prior year.“The Group will continue its strategic review to assess all options available to the Group to maximise shareholder value, and shareholders will be updated at the appropriate time.”Revenue rises to €45.2m at Donegal Investment Group was last modified: November 28th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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 CreameriesDonegal INvestment Grouplast_img read more

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