Praise for Dodd, the record breaker

first_imgDanniel Thomas-Dodd upped her national shot put record for the second time in 2017 with a runner-up finish at the US NCAA Indoor Championships. Competing on the College Station campus of Texas A&M University, Dodd pushed the shot put to 18.40m. That added 8cm to a mark she set last month. Dodd broke the Jamaican record of 18.20m last month with a mark of 18.32. In College Station, she peppered the 18m line with a six throw series of 18.00, 17.90, 17.99, 18.26, 18.40 and a final-round foul. Willingness to work Marlon Gayle, who coached the Westmoreland native for two seasons at Edwin Allen Comprehensive High School, attributes her improvement to her willingness to work with a goal in mind. Speaking on March 12, he said, “If she wants something, she’s going to work towards it, and I told her regardless of which college you go to, university you go, you’re going to do well.” She left Edwin Allen with the 2012 Boys and Girls’ Championships shot put record – 14.47m – and set sail for Kent State University in Ohio. She has blossomed there. A member of Jamaica’s teams to the 2014 Commonwealth Games where she was a finalist in the discus, the 2015 Pan-American Games where she punched the shot 17.76m to place 5th, she has also competed against the best on the planet at the 2015 World Championships and the 2016 Olympics. According to Gayle, the 24- year-old Thomas-Dodd is a coach’s dream. “What makes coaching exciting and achieving objectives a good thing, is to have an athlete who really knows what he or she is about”, he said. “That motivates any coach to really do their very best and be their very best for those individuals,” Gayle smiled.last_img read more

World Bank monitoring EDWC adaptation project

first_imgA two-member World Bank team is in Guyana to monitor the progress of the East Demerara Water Conservancy’s (EDWC) adaptation project.Team leader Armando Guzman, and Hydrologist, Isabella Bovolo, told the Government Information Agency (GINA) that they are here as a follow-up to phase one of the project.Guzman, in explaining the visit stated: “Our presence here is precisely to identify how the bank can help the country to continue implementing the project. We expect to have actual works being executed later this year, we have the normal challenges we would have in implementation everywhere else.”Meanwhile Bovolo said that they are satisfied that the main recommendations to fix the EDWC are being executed.“The main recommendations are being carried out so the rehabilitation of certain sections of the dam which were deemed to be the most at risk of failure have been rehabilitated, and those are the pump stations alongside to that to increase the drainage, the East Coast drainage,” Bovolo explained.The EDWC adaptation project is funded by the International Development Association (IDA) of the Word Bank and is being implemented in two phases. Guzman explained that studies and analyses were carried out prior to the design and acceptance of the project which is intended to prevent flooding similar to that of 2005. “For the EDWC, we have a US million loan from the IDA envelope that we have for the country, and for the Cunha Canal we have a US.5 million from the Guyana Redd Investment Fund (GRIF). That’s the financial contribution, but I think that the bank and many others have contributed to this because we have carried out the service and engineering analysis required for this, so it’s not only giving the money for implementing the works, but also doing the analysis,” Guzman explainedThe official added: “We invested a little more than three million to do all the base line studies and analysis to recommend the optimal solution for the flooding in the area.”Bovolo, who participated in phase one of the EDWC adaptation project, explained: “This is the implementation phase of the studies so we are looking at actually installing infrastructure whereas the previous conservancy adaptation project did a lot of modelling, a lot of studies to understand how the conservancy worked and hydraulically looking at the safety of the dam and those on the East Coast drainage systems.”The Flood Risk Management Project, a component of the EDWC adaptation project, seeks to upgrade critical sections of the conservancy’s dams and canals; significantly improve the drainage capacity in priority areas along the East Coast; and increase the institutional capacity by the implementation of dam-safety measures and practices, including the installation of instruments to monitor hydrometerological data. The project also caters for acquisition of heavy equipment to facilitate the upgrading and increased pumping capacity of the critical drainage areas, and will see more than 300,000 citizens in flood-prone regions on the East Coast Demerara benefiting tremendously from reduced flooding and climate risk.last_img read more

Klay Thompson, Kevon Looney out vs. Philadelphia

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!PHILADELPHIA — Amid the Warriors’ quest to minimize any ailments or fatigue their core players toward the end of the regular season, both Klay Thompson (right knee soreness) and Kevon Looney (right pelvic soreness) will sit out when the Warriors (43-19) visit the Philadelphia 76ers (40-22) in a nationally televised game on Saturday.Warriors coach Steve Kerr …last_img

Photo library: Tourism and leisure 3

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Tourism & Leisure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Beachfront stroll, with a container ship coming into the harbour in the background. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Beachfront hotels. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: The shark tank at uShaka Marine World theme park aquarium. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: The aquarium at uShaka Marine World theme park. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: The aquarium at uShaka Marine World theme park. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: The aquarium at uShaka Marine World theme park. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: The aquarium at uShaka Marine World theme park. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: The dolphin arena at Sea World in the uShaka Marine World theme park. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: The seal show at Sea World in the uShaka Marine World theme park. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageTOURISM AND LEISURE 3:{loadposition tourism}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

Manchester United defeats Chelsea, advances to FA Cup quarterfinals

first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Chris Smalling might have put United in front after nine minutes, but Kepa Arrizabalaga saved the weak header before Chelsea’s best stretch of the game.United’s Sergio Romero then made two saves in quick succession, punching David Luiz’s free kick to Pedro, whose volley was gathered by the goalkeeper.Eden Hazard later curled wide before Gonzalo Higuain headed narrowly off target from a cross by Cesar Azpilicueta.Pogba, deployed on the left of United’s midfield, set up the opening goal when he crossed from the left to Herrera, who headed in unnoticed at the back post.A second goal followed as Pogba won the ball in midfield, fed Marcus Rashford down the right wing and was then found by Rashford’s pinpoint cross.Hazard tried to spark Chelsea in the second half by cutting in from the right, but his shot was blocked by Victor Lindelof.Chelsea fans then started to grow restless, greeting Sarri’s predictable substitution of Willian for Pedro with sarcastic applause and doing so again when Mateo Kovacic was replaced by Ross Barkley.“You don’t know what you’re doing” was followed by a chant of “you’re getting sacked in the morning,” and more boos followed when Davide Zappacosta replaced Azpilicueta.United will face Wolverhampton in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup, which will take place March 15-17. Manchester City will travel to Swansea, Millwall will host Brighton and Watford will face Crystal Palace. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Sarri, who replaced Antonio Conte in the summer, went unbeaten over his first 18 games in all competitions but has won just six of 12 games since Jan. 1.“I can understand the situation and our fans, because the result wasn’t really good,” Sarri said. “We are out of the FA Cup, so I can understand. But I am worried about our results.“We were unlucky. In the first half, we played better than the opponent and, at the end of the first half, it was 2-0 to them, so we played confused football in the second half. But, in the first half, we played well. We need, of course, more aggression, more determination.”A change of manager has had the desired effect for United, which appointed Solskjaer after firing Jose Mourinho on Dec. 18.Sarri selected a predictable lineup and Chelsea began well, but United grew into the game and always looked dangerous.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Manchester United caretaker head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer applauds fans at the end of the English FA Cup fifth round soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. Manchester United won 2-0. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON — Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba each scored first-half goals as Manchester United defeated Chelsea 2-0 on Monday at Stamford Bridge to advance to the quarterfinals of the FA Cup.United, which has lost just once in interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 13 games in charge, has reached the quarterfinals of the competition for the fifth consecutive season.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Ex-Man United winger Nani joins Orlando City of MLS LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments A rematch of last year’s final won by Chelsea, Herrera put United ahead in the 31st minute and Pogba came through just before halftime to double the lead.United had not played since losing 2-0 to Paris Saint-Germain in the opening leg of the Champions League round of 16 last week — a defeat that ended Solskjaer’s unbeaten start.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“You want to see a reaction,” Solskjaer said Monday. “There’s a balance between being too eager (and not) after losing a game, so this was brilliant.”The game took an odd twist late as Chelsea fans fed up with manager Maurizio Sarri joined their United counterparts in chanting for his firing. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more