Eastern athletes ready to shine

first_imgArch-rivals St Mary High and Buff Bay High are again expected to fight for the title at the second meet of the 2017 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Series, the Eastern Championships, at the UWI-Usain Bolt Track tomorrow.The head coach of Titchfield High, Julian Ivy, welcomes the Digicel Grand Prix initiative, calling it “a wonderful idea.”Most of the schools in the Eastern region are really strapped for cash,” he said.”The eastern region is looked upon as the least in track and field in Jamaica. However, we’ve produced a lot of top athletes who have gone on to excel at the highest international level; and we’ve to understand that before they got to that stage, these coaches aided their development,” Ivy added.Some of the most notable include Morant Bay High alumnus Juliet Cuthbert, who won sprint double silver at the Barcelona Olympics; and another Morant Bay High star – who later transferred to Kingston College – sprint hurdler Hansle Parchment. Parchment won bronze at the London 2012 Olympics and silver at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China.Competition away from their training grounds this season has been sparse for most schools participating at the Eastern Championships, but St Mary High’s boys and girls have shown all-round strength at some of the development meets.These include The Queen’s Grace Jackson Invitational and Camperdown Classic, with Class Two girls Keresa Richardson, Janaeli Campbell and Kay-ann James looking dominant among the Eastern Championship entrants, along with Class Two boy Lenard Hall.PARTICULARLY STRONGThe latter is particularly strong in the 800m, where his female colleagues also appear quite strong in Classes One and Two, with Tameria Howell (Class Two) and Shanice Panton (Class One) headlining their charge.Among the boys’ sprinters, Morant Bay’s Jaheim Henry and Annotto Bay’s Kenoy Francis have done fairly well and should be among the Class Two front-runners, with St Mary High’s Travis Henry and Nicardo Vincent also expected to shine.Among Class One girls, Morant Bay’s Tishelle Fulcott and Nneka Francis, along with Oberlin High’s Latoya Graham, should feature.Though Buff Bay High have not shown their hand, they have gone toe to toe with St Mary High for the championship in recent years and are expected to feature big time again.”Right now, it’s between Buff Bay and St Mary High,” Ivy predicted. “Morant Bay will be coming strong as well.”We (Titchfield) are not expecting to be in the top three, as we’ve a fairly young team.”Nonetheless, Ivy said his Class One boys, Kai Chang and Moses Parkinson, will place high in the Class One Digicel Grand Prix Championship events, the high jump and discus.The Digicel Grand Prix Championship events are the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, long jump, high jump, discus and 4x400m relays for Classes One and Two boys’ and girls.The series consists of five meets and the top two athletes from each of the Digicel Grand Prix Championship events will advance to the final, the G.C. Foster Classics, which will be held at the National Stadium on March 11.Each athlete can only participate in one individual event at the final, which carries a grand prize of $1 million dollars in gym equipment for the top boys’ and girls’ schools, $500,000 for second, and $250,000 for third.last_img read more

Wozniacki into Aussie Open quarterfinals vs Suarez Navarro

first_imgView comments 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 Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki blows kisses to the crowd after defeating Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia — Caroline Wozniacki is continuing to cash in on her second chance at the Australian Open, reaching the quarterfinals here for the first time since 2012 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Magdalena Rybarikova on Sunday.After her close call in the second round — she had to save two match points and come back from 5-1 down in the third set — No. 2-ranked Wozniacki said she was “playing with the house money” and had nothing to lose.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Paul, Rockets end Warriors’ streak Wozniacki could return to the top ranking if she reaches the semifinals and a combination of other results go her way.She has never won a Grand Slam singles title but lost the U.S. Open final twice — to Kim Clijsters in 2009 and to Serena Williams in 2014.Suarez Navarro has reached the quarterfinals at a major five times, but is yet to make the semifinals.She has won two of their seven career head-to-heads, which date back to a match on a lower-tier tour in 2006.“Well, we play a lot of times,” Suarez Navarro said. “I know how she plays. I know how tough she is. She’s fighting every ball, but at the same time she can play aggressive. She has a lot of experience on these rounds.”ADVERTISEMENT She has won both matches since in straight sets and will next play Carla Suarez Navarro, who came back from a set and 4-1 down to beat No. 32 Anett Kontaveit 4-6, 6-4, 8-6.After a tight tussle in the opening four games against No. 19-seeded Rybarikova, a Wimbledon semifinalist last year, Wozniacki dominated the fourth-round match and conceded only six points in the second set. She even tried a between-the-legs “tweener” from near the baseline for the first time in a tour-level match. She didn’t win the point, but said it was progress.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“I think you can tell my confidence is high,” Wozniacki, who finished last season by winning the WTA Finals title, said in an on-court TV interview. “I tried a tweener today and it went in.”She looked at a replay on the stadium screen and joked “I’m admiring myself there.”last_img read more

Monrovia’s West Point Could Be Potential Target of Ebola Virus

first_imgMedical experts are of the opinion that Monrovia’s West Point, congested with over 100,000 residents, including  fishermen and women and children, could be potential targets for the deadly Ebola virus.But the fishermen and women in the borough have told the Daily Observer that since the outbreak of the deadly virus, situation of its spread in the slum community has not yet become prevalent.A dozen of the fishermen and women told our reporter that amidst their unending plight and misery, they believe the God of Heaven will continue to protect them from the deadly Ebola virus.However, some of the fishermen and women were quick to clarify that a week ago  some dependants of the fishermen and women in the crowded community have died of suspected Ebola cases.They (fishermen and women) declined to state specifically the number of Ebola casualties.Owing to the grim picture of the situation, fishermen and women noted that they were earnestly praying that such calamity would not visit their crowded community in Monrovia.The fishermen and women, most of them in a worried but hopeful mood, sounded urgent calls on the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) and global partners to place top priority on the slum and deprived communities in Monrovia and its environs.“Don’t bring bad luck on us in this crowded community that has remained relatively an Ebola free zone in Monrovia,” the fishermen and women warned.“It is indeed our prayer and supplication that our nation will once more be resurrected from the shackles of the deadly Ebola virus that has claimed so many lives,” the fishermen and women pleaded.In separate interviews with leaders of the West Point Fishermen and women Association, they appealed to the medical and financial global partners to consider all slum and deprived communities in Monrovia as their main focus.West Point Fishermen and women Chairperson Darlington Blamo called on the Liberian Government and global health partners to step up a vigorous Ebola virus awareness campaign in all slum and deprived communities in greater  Monrovia.“We need a large number of the Kiosk buckets, chlorine and other critically needed medical gears for health workers and other support partners in fight against the deadly Ebola virus in West Point and other areas in Monrovia,” Mr. Blamo pleaded.He further explained that immediately following the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, “we strongly advised our fishermen not to make any attempt to go fishing at the moment in the deep sea.In an instant encounter with an 88-year-old woman of the West Point Community on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, she sounded a passionate appeal to the MOHSW and other global partners in the fight against the Ebola virus to not neglect the slum communities in Monrovia.“I do not want my grand and great grand children to die as a result of the deadly Ebola virus that has engulfed the nation on nearly every front in the country,” Madam Dekontee Wesseh Blamo cried out.The octogenarian Madam Blamo, who speaks relatively good English, also appealed to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her Cabinet to once visit the West Point Community and evaluate the challenges, constraints and progress.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more