Ja fighters mine gold, silver in Siberia

first_imgNICHOLAS Dusard struck gold in Russia last weekend when he beat Russia’s Alexander Leonov in the lightweight final of the Intercontinental Cup of Taekwondo in Siberia.The Jamaica combined martial arts team captain led Jamaica’s two-medal haul. Seventeen-year-old Calabar High schoolboy, Trevor Webb Jr, won silver on his first tour with the team, which faced hosts Russia, Greece and Germany.Dusard beat Germany’s Ibrahim Guelhan to reach the lightweight final against Leonov. His victory made him the first Jamaican martial artist to win gold in a major tournament on Russian soil, continuing his successful comeback from injury this season.Up against the bestThe victory propelled Dusard’s combined team ranking, following his bronze-medal performance at the International Taekwon-Do Federation’s World Championships in August. He had previously won gold against old rival Julio Carlos on the International Sports Karate Association’s Night of Champions at the US Open in July.”We were up against the best in Europe and knew it was always going to be hard. It has been great for me. Coming back from injury, with doubts of making the combined team, to be victorious in Russia was great,” said Dusard, who was coached by Claude Chin.Meanwhile, Calabar’s Webb Jr showed his class on his first call to the combined team. He defeated Germany’s Artem Gurdzhi in semi-final action, before going down to Russia’s Vadim Volikov in the final.”The first fight wasn’t really hard, but the second fight was a challenge. The guy wasn’t really good on his legs, but punched really hard. I lost mainly on aggression punches. I was scoring points, but the judges didn’t go my way,” said the 17-year-old coached by Jason McKay.”I am returning home to work on more fitness and flexibility to have more control over my body. I feel great. It was a victory for me. I am thankful for coach to have put out a lot of effort in preparing me for this event,” he added.McKay said Webb Jr had room for improvement.”Bearing in mind it was his first European competition and we only had him for six weeks, his inexperience showed. But it was an extremely spirited performance by the youngster,” he said.last_img read more

Mayberry Junior tennis to attract big field

first_imgMore than 70 young players are expected to compete in this weekend’s Mayberry Investments Limited Open Junior Tennis Championship at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston.Competition begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, while the grand final will serve off at 2 p.m. on Sunday.Anika Smith, assistant vice-president of marketing at Mayberry Investments, speaking at a press launch at the Liguanea Club yesterday, said her organisation is proud to return as sponsors for the fourth year.”We value tennis as a sport. It’s not as popular as the traditional track and field or football, but we do support those sports as well. We just tend to assist in the underserved areas such as tennis, badminton, squash and golf, as we think all sports are important in the development of young people,” Smith told The Gleaner at yesterday’s launch.While Mayberry’s sponsorship figure was not revealed, Smith said her company was focused on the developmental process.Contestants will vie for trophy prizes in boys’ and girls’ categories aged 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 and under.”Kids are improving every year, and I am sure this year the tournament will be very competitive. It’s a free event and we are inviting the general public to come and enjoy some good tennis with some of our top players,” tournament director Llockett McGregor said.He revealed that female players will be out in their numbers this weekend, while lauding Mayberry’s contribution.”Tournaments like these are what we need to help with the development of our sport,” he added.Entries are open to the public and participants can contact McGregor to confirm entries at 960-3021 or 382-8710.In addition to the prizes up for grabs, the respective category winners will receive points towards their national ranking.last_img read more

Ebola-Affected Children Face Uncertain Future

first_imgThe children affected by the deadly Ebola Virus appeared to be facing a uncertain future,  due lack of support from unwilling relatives to adopt them.Presently there are about eight children who are said to have  been abandoned or become orphans owing to the death of either their mother or father—or both—from the hands of Ebola virus.The children, most of them below 10 years of age, are said to be sheltering in a building provided by the Ganta Methodist Hospital situated close to the ETU and they are being cared for by the ETU administration.Onenkeh Kokeh, a volunteer, who is heading those that caring for the kids, said beside the food provided from the ETU, there is no other assistance coming to the children.Some of the children are so terrified whenever they see an ambulance coming toward their hostel.“We are three here caring for these children; we are  scheduled by night to sleep here with them,” she added.She explained that some of the children parents died from the deadly Ebola Virus, while still undergoing treatment from Ebola at the ETU either in Nimba or elsewhere in Liberia.Some of the children were seem playing rubber ball and dashing on ground.  As this  reporter entered the compound, they appeared  healthy, but without any good clothing. “This two-year old boy lost his mother and father and is currently infected and undergoing treatment, but whenever, he sees ambulance or the dead body car coming, he will run indoors and stay inside for the rest of the day,” she said.The issue pertaining to Ebola- affected children is creating concern among the Ganta Ebola Task Force and they are appealing to relatives to accept their lost relatives’ children.On Wednesday, October 15th 2014, the Ganta Task Force resettled four children with  their relatives in the town called Sehwee around the Seclapea region after they had spent over a month in a home where their mother was killed by Ebola.President Sirleaf, during her tour of Nimba recently,  appealed to the citizens to accept the children who lost their parents whenever they go through the medical proceeding successfully. “They are our children; we cannot neglect them,” she told the local leaders in Sanniquellie.Because of abandonment or neglect, nobody was willing to adopt them, despite graduating from their 21-day successful completion of quarantine. They were resettled with other relatives after some frantic negotiations.Although, the ETU in Ganta is said to be fully operating, yet  unconfirmed reports reaching the Daily Observer say there is still shortages of PPEs and needed supplies for the running of the facility.Complaints of attractive incentives could be heard among health workers at the center.However, the Medical Doctor at the ETU Dr. Paye N. Gbanmie, is appealing to the public not to underestimate the disease and come to the center whenever they observe and sign or symptom.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tusker halt AFC Leopards’ winning streak

first_imgLeopards had a chance to go up level with arch rivals Gor Mahia at the apex of the standings, but at a time when they had increased pressure on the brewers to get a result, Wahome struck the second of his brace with 15 minutes left on the clock.It wasn’t really the most ideal of comebacks for Andika, making his first appearance for Ingwe since their 1-1 draw with Fosa Juniors in a CAF Confederations Cup in Bukhungu on February 2.The shot-stopper was to blame for both goals, and AFC’s numerical chop to 10 men.Andika’s effort to clear a back pass from Mike Kibwage in the sixth minute ended in Otieno making a block that saw the ball bounce into the net.The second, though partly his blame, was more of Robinson Kamura’s burden. The defender making a start ahead of the injured Salim Abdallah played a short back pass to Andika with Otieno intercepting, forcing the keeper to sweep him down.He left the pitch in tears having been sent off for the challenge and behind him, left a penalty slotted home by Otieno.Tusker FC’s Robert Achema and AFC Leopards’ Marvin Nabwire chase after the ball during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kericho Stadium on April 2, 2018After going down early in the sixth minute, AFC tried to make amends with Whyvonne Isuza trying his luck with a flying shot from distance that was however aptly collected by David Okello in the Tusker goal.Almost immediately, skipper Duncan Otieno also attempted to draw the two sides level with a shot from the same range, but he wasn’t lucky enough, the ball flying wide.AFC’s surge in the game was punctured off on the half hour mark with Otieno slotting the penalty after the moment of madness between Kamura and keeper Andika.Having lost Andika to a red card, coach Kitambi had to make a sub and striker Henry Uche making a rare start for the side was sacrificed for Jairus Adira whose first order of duty was to prevent Otieno’s penalty. However, he was sent the wrong way for a 2-0 score.With a numerical disadvantage and an uphill task of clawing back two goals, AFC Leopards doubled their effort and saw their toil bear fruit five minutes to the break when Marvin Omondi was brought down inside the box by Lloyd Wahome.Left back Isaac Oduro stepped forward and calmly converted.Otieno had two late chances to get the two goal cushion back for the brewers, first sending a shot over after beating Kibwage to the ball at the edge of the box while his second effort coming at the end of a counter attack saw Adira making a save.On the other end, Baker Lukooya’s flying header went straight to Okello after the Ugandan winger sprung up to connect to an Oduro delivery from the left.As if AFC’s day couldn’t get worse, left back Oduro limped off injured having soldiered on with a groin problem he picked up midway through the second half. He was replaced by Brian Marita as Kitambi sought an all out attack.Tusker stretched their lead on the hour mark when an unmarked Wahome made amends for giving away the penalty, rising high to head in a cross from Peter Nzuki who had just come on for Mathew Tayo Odongo.But, the marks that this game was set for a dramatic end were all clear when just two minutes later, Whyvonne Isuza glanced in a header unmarked from a Marita cross.AFC piled pressure on the brewers, looking for the elusive equalizer and they almost came close when Marita’s cross found Odera at the backpost, but he couldn’t connect it on target.In an effort to clear away, defender Justine Omary banged his body against the upright and was brought off for Eugene Asike.Tusker stamped the victory with 15 minutes left when Wahome was quickest to react to a rebound after Adira failed to hold on to a stinging freekick from Collins Shivachi.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tusker FC players celebrate one of their four goals against AFC Leopards during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kericho Stadium on April 2, 2018KERICHO, Kenya, Apr 2- Dennis Kitambi’s run of four consecutive wins as AFC Leopards care-taker coach was brought to a screeching halt on Monday evening after losing 4-2 to 11-time champions Tusker FC at the Kericho Stadium.Ingwe played almost 60 minutes of the game with 10 men after goalkeeper Gabriel Andika was sent off in the first half. A brace each from Timothy Otieno and Lloyd Wahome gave Tusker their second win of the season, one that propelled them to 11th in the standings.last_img read more

Nigeria’s Moses quits international football

first_img0Shares0000All over: Victor Moses celebrates scoring a penalty to equalise during the World Cup match between Nigeria and Argentina © AFP/File / Giuseppe CACACELONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 15 – Chelsea and Nigeria winger Victor Moses, who played in the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, announced his retirement from international football on Wednesday, saying he wants to develop his club career.The 27-year-old has played 37 times and scored 12 goals for the Super Eagles. His last international appearance — and goal — came in Nigeria’s 2-1 defeat to Argentina in the group stage of the World Cup in Russia where the African side failed to make the knockout rounds.“I would like to announce that after much thought I have made the decision to retire from playing international football,” Moses said in a statement released on his Twitter account.“I have experienced some of the best moments of my life wearing the Super Eagles shirt and have memories with me that will last a lifetime.“However I feel that now is the right time to step away in order to be able to focus fully on (my) club career and my young family as well as to allow the next generation of Super Eagle stars the opportunity to step up and to flourish.“I have already spoken to the manager (Gernot Rohr) by telephone and would like to say thank you to him and his staff, the NFF (Nigeria Football Federation) and all of my team-mates for all of their support over the years.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

VINTAGE VIDEO: Germany legend Rudi Voller’s greatest goals

first_imgRudi Voller was one of the most prolific strikers of his generation, scoring more than 250 goals in a 19-year club career which took in spells at Werder Bremen, Roma, Marseille and Bayer Leverkusen.He also struck 47 times for Germany in 90 games and was a key member of the team which won the World Cup in 1990. Check out this video of some of his greatest goals.last_img

Board votes to cap student enrollment

first_img Board President Steve Tannehill said Oak Hills Elementary School and Pico Canyon Elementary School were built to accommodate the heavy population growth found west of Interstate 5. Even Wiley Canyon Elementary School got a makeover to hold more students. “But then you have to populate those schools and make enrollment decisions,” Tannehill said. “This is a step in a very long process that began 11 years ago when we opened Stevenson Ranch Elementary School.” Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 sue.doyle@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 With an application list of about 165, the kindergarten class attending Stevenson Ranch Elementary in the fall will be limited to about 120. Pupils with siblings at the school will have enrollment priority. Later this month, the board will decide how to divvy up the remaining seats. Remaining pupils will be diverted to Oak Hills Elementary, but could switch to Stevenson Ranch elementary when seats open up in the future. Kindergarten enrollment at Pico Canyon Elementary School has been limited to 140 students, and school officials said so far there doesn’t appear to be an overflow this year that would send kids to another school. Shapiro said the board’s decisions were necessary to keep enrollment at its schools at about 750. Almost 1,000 students now attend Stevenson Ranch elementary. Enrollment can be a challenge in Stevenson Ranch, where many young families have moved into its roomy houses and, as a result, have dominated the school district with student growth, while older communities are experiencing declines. STEVENSON RANCH – Hoping to balance a growing student population inside its classrooms, Newhall’s school board voted Tuesday to freeze enrollment in some grades and to limit large incoming kindergarten classes – again. It’s the fifth straight year for enrollment freezes in first through sixth grades at Stevenson Ranch and Pico Canyon elementary schools. And it’s the second year in a row that kindergarten classes at Stevenson Ranch will be capped. “It’s hard to do, but we have to,” said school board member Mike Shapiro. “There are so many kids coming out of the Stevenson Ranch community.” last_img read more


first_imgSo Cheryl Cole has a new “celebrity” trainer.In case you didn’t know her name, it is Tracy Anderson. Her client list is impressive to say the least and with names like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez and Victoria Beckham under her tutelage, she must know what she is doing, right?I mean, just look at her clients. They are thin. They are rich so they only use “the best”. They are famous, so they MUST know what they are talking about, because being famous means that your opinion counts as fact, doesn’t it?? To some in the media it does. The Daily Mail in the UK ran a story about how Cheryl got in shape and even had quotes from Tracy Anderson in it.Quotes like;“Instead of working the main leg muscles, I worked the tiny ones around Cheryl’s thighs. This pulls the big leg muscles in and makes her thighs look slimmer, she looked amazing in those tiny shorts.”Sounds great? This statement is nothing more than waffle. I’m not sure which tiny muscles she is referring to that ‘pulls the big leg muscles in’: the only thing that comes to my mind is a cramp.A cramp pulls my leg muscles in. Maybe when I’m having a cramp, my legs look amazing but I’m in too much pain to notice? Next time I have a cramp, I’m getting a pair of tiny shorts.Tracy also states that;‘Women should never lift more than three pound weights or they’ll get bulky’Woah, woah, woah, hold on there Missy! 3lbs will make you bulky? Ladies STEP AWAY FROM YOUR CHILDREN NOW! Put them down before you get bulky! Also, no more carrying shopping bags please. And that coat you wear has to weigh at least 3lbs? Be careful, or wearing it could give you quads like a shire pony.She doesn’t like running or traditional cardio either;‘While running and cycling may burn calories, they do not design feminine muscles or get rid of an imbalance that may masquerade as a “problem area.”What does a feminine muscle look like? It must have a snazzy dress sense or something?…imbalance that may masquerade as a “problem area.”?So the fat around your waist is actually a muscular imbalance? I wish I knew which muscle that is, because once I get it rebalanced I can solve the world’s obesity problems.Anyhow, it’s not just her training methodologies that leave a lot to be desired. The diet plan that features in her ‘30 Day Method’ is equally alarming.A presenter for the BBC’s Watchdog programme actually followed the programme and diet plan for the full 30 days.The results were as expected and the weight loss as promised.It was the blackouts and dizzy-spells with constant hunger and a sluggish digestive system that was an unexpected bonus.She had the diet plan checked by Catherine Collins, principal dietician at St George’s Hospital, London, and the results were shocking.Calories were around 700 per day which is far too low.It was low in iron which can lead to anaemia.It was lacking in absorbable calcium which can lead to osteoporosis and osteopenia too – something that Gwyneth Paltrow has been diagnosed with. (Coincidence?)Protein levels were low.Even the vitamins that are available cannot be absorbed since there is no fat present in the diet to act as an absorption vehicle, so they will just be excreted from the body.All this on top of Tracy’s recommended exercise regime of 2 hours per day 6 days per week for the rest of your life.The thing you need to realise is that celebrities are as fallible as the rest of us.They have the added pressure of constant media attention and criticism to deal with, so when they see someone promising instant results they will jump on it, just like any of us.Some of the worst diets ever invented came out of Hollywood.Just because they are doing it, doesn’t mean it’s right.#TrainSmartFor further information on how to work your smaller, feminine muscles, contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Personal-Training-and-Performance/120518884715118* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Personal Training and PerformanceEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: CELEBRITY HEALTH & FITNESS was last modified: July 14th, 2014 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:celebrity trainerscolumnemmet rushefitnesslast_img read more

QPR linked with Turkey star İnan

first_imgQPR are interested in Galatasaray midfielder Selçuk İnan, according to Turkish media reports.Everton and Leicester City have also been linked with the 29-year-old Turkey international, who signed a long-term contract at his current club during the summer.Rangers, it is claimed, would like to sign him on a six-month deal when the transfer window reopens in January.Meanwhile, the Express claim Arsenal are hoping to push through a  cut-price move for Stephan Lichsteiner in an attempt to beat Chelsea to the signing of the Juventus defender.The Blues are said to be keen on Switzerland international Lichsteiner, 30, as are Real Madrid.His contract expires in the summer and there has been speculation that he could move during the January transfer window.For more transfer speculation, including QPR being linked with a loan move for former Fulham star Clint Dempsey, see Monday morning’s Paper Talk.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South African marks Disability Rights Awareness Month

first_img5 November 2015 Disability Rights Awareness Month (Dram) was launched at Optima College, which caters exclusively for blind and partially sighted people, in Pretoria on 3 November by Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini.Dram will run for a month, from 3 November to 3 December. It aims to increase awareness of the rights of people with disabilities as equal citizens in society in general. The month-long campaign also calls for speeding up equal access to socio-economic opportunities.This year, Dram is celebrating 60 years of the Freedom Charter under the theme: “South Africa – a free and just society inclusive of all persons with disabilities as equal citizens’.DSD Min addresses the media at the launch of National Disability Rights Awareness Month #DisabilityRightsSA pic.twitter.com/KoxOM2eE6U— SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) November 3, 2015Against all oddsCyclist Palesa Manaleng was in a cycling accident in 2014 in which she was paralysed from her waist down. But that hasn’t stopped her from continuing her passion for riding. She will be taking part in the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge in Joburg on 15 November, during Dram.Manaleng spent three months recovering in hospital from a dislocated spine, among other injuries. “I was lying on my bed at the Rehab Hospital and I was watching the Cycling Challenge and for the first time since my accident I was excited about something,” she recalled.“My problem, or so I thought, was that I could no longer walk and I knew at that moment lying in that bed that I wanted the feeling of freedom that those cyclists possessed.”She told her physiotherapist and occupational therapist she wanted to continue to cycle, but didn’t know how. “They showed me photos of Pieter du Preez on his hand-cycle and I knew then and there, I needed one,” she said.Watch more of Manaleng’s story here:After hearing about her story, the Cycle Challenge’s organisers decided to sponsor Manaleng with a hand-cycle, a cycling kit, training assistance and ongoing support.“Despite this remarkable life-changing event, Palesa remains strong and committed to making the most of her new life,” said race director Tanya Harford. “She doesn’t think of herself as a victim and has no sense that her life is now over or less than it was. She’s just making the best of adapting to new challenges.“She is the epitome of the event’s “Ride For A Purpose’ campaign.”Government’s white paperThe White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will be submitted to the cabinet this month for consideration, said Minister Dlamini.Once approved, it will commit authorities to advancing the rights of people with disabilities by accepting full responsibility and accountability for delivering services to all South Africans, including able-bodied and disabled men and women.“It will also strengthen recourse for persons with disabilities and their families if this does not happen,” the minister said.People with disabilities must be empowered to contribute to the development of their communities, schools, work places and to the country, she added. “Empowerment is identified as a core cross-cutting theme for enabling persons with disabilities to avail of and access all socio-economic development opportunities and rights that exist.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more