Coach Neil Harrison’s confidence was clear: “We are ready. We were born ready.”That’s the message he is sending as it relates to his Kingston College (KC) charges’ readiness for the fast-approaching ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships.Harrison was speaking at an entertaining Journey to Champs stop in which telecommunications and cable company FLOW boosted KC’s coffers with $200,000 towards their sports development and sports programme at the institution’s Elleston Road Campus, which houses grades seven to nine, yesterday.Over the past three weeks, FLOW has stopped by three schools – Jamaica College, Hydel, and now, KC.The next stops for the FLOW Champs tour are Girls’ champions’, Edwin Allen High, next Tuesday, and Boys’ champions, Calabar, on March 11.The championships’ title sponsor, GraceKennedy, was also on hand to distribute gift bags, refreshment, prizes and nutritional advice to the students.The exciting day included entertainer Bugle releasing a number of hits from his catalogue. There were entertaining dancing battles and lyrical battles between students and FLOW dancers, while former KC students Elli the Viner and Prince Pine entertained and chanted the school’s motto to much jubilation.FLOW’s Whitney Fennell, who is in charge of retail sales, who himself is a Fortis old boy, rallied his former school ahead of Champs.”FLOW believes that the future of this country rests with young people, and we will all be supporting our youngsters, so we will always power our footballers and our athletes in whatever sport they choose,” Fennell outlined.Meanwhile, dean of discipline of the North Street campus Ainsworth Walker jolted the crowd with: “KC, KC, KC … Fortis forever!””I think we are prepared to win Champs, barring injuries. We only have one serious injury in the Class One with Chadwick Brown, and hopefully, he will recover,” Walker told The Gleaner in an interview.”We stand a great chance; they (athletes) just need to be consistent in their training and be advised about their physical and mental state, and once they find a twitch, they should take it serious,” he continued.Ironically, GraceKennedy’s digital media officer, Dwayne Extol, who helped to dethrone KC of the championships at Wolmer’s Boys in 2010, said: “Calabar by far looks impressive all season, JC are dark horses, as they are well-rounded and look a strong unit this year,” Extol pointed out.
Samba Diakite will join his new QPR team-mates in Portugal on Wednesday.The Rangers squad flew out from Gatwick this morning for a break in the sun designed to recharge their batteries ahead of the all-important run-in to the season.Diakite, 23, has been representing Mali at the Africa Cup of Nations since the club agreed his signing from French side Nancy on an initial loan deal.With the tournament now over, he is ready to head back to Europe to begin his Premier League career.Manager Mark Hughes is hoping the defensive midfielder can help a team whose defeat against fellow strugglers Blackburn on Saturday increased their relegation worries.Related story: Diakite to join QPR squad on overseas trip (9 February)Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has dismissed a story from the Dailymail.co.uk regarding debris found on the seabed as being “highly likely” from MH370 as incorrect.The article which has been picked up by major wire services claims that images of debris are Category 3 being the most likely to be plane debris. In fact it is the reverse with Category 3 being the least likely and Category 1 the most likely.In a statement for Airlineratings.com the ATSB said: “The article describes ‘Category 3’ sonar finds as being the most likely to be aircraft debris. In fact, they are the least likely to be aircraft debris. Classification 3 is assigned to sonar contacts that are of some interest as they stand out from their surroundings but have low probability of being significant to the search. The underwater search so far has identified more than 400 seabed features that have been classified as category 3.”The pictures touted by the online website as “new” were in fact taken months ago and posted to the ATSB’s website to show some of the random items being found by the search teams.In all probability the objects are shipping containers that have been swept overboard in a storm.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said several women had left an “indelible mark in the history of mankind” through their “exemplary deeds” and paid tribute to the late Kunwar Bai, the mascot of his flagship Clean India mission.In his Twitter posts, the prime minister also urged people to write about women who had inspired them and use the hash tag ‘#SheInspiresMe’.Through their exemplary deeds, several women have left an indelible mark in the history of humankind. They continue to inspire generations. I urge you to write about some women who inspire you. #SheInspiresMe, Modi tweeted on International Women’s Day. Lauding Kunwar Bai, who passed away at the age of 106 earlier this year, the prime minister said she sold her goats, reportedly her only asset, to build two toilets at her home in Chhattisgarh’s Kotabharri village. Her contribution towards Swachh Bharat (Clean India) cannot be forgotten , he said I will always cherish the time when I had the opportunity to seek Kunwar Bai’s blessings during one of my visits to Chhattisgarh. Kunwar Bai lives on in the hearts and minds of all those who are passionate towards fulfilling Bapu’s dream of a clean India. #SheInspiresMe, he added. The prime minister also shared photographs and a video clip of him felicitating Kunwar Bai during a programme in the state two years ago.
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — You might be forgiven if you’ve confused today’s National Bacon Day with International Bacon Day, that took place in August, but the pork industry is hoping you won’t mind the redundancy.Quebec pork producer duBreton even released a survey conducted among bacon-loving Canadians which highlights the irrational obsession some people have for the cured delicacy.They say 98 per cent of those surveyed identify bacon among their favourite foods and eight per cent confess to liking bacon more than their spouse. In Ontario, that number jumps to a greasy 47 per cent.Take those claims with a grain of salt, warns Dalhousie University food researcher Sylvain Charlebois.“Most of the time these campaigns are used to promote a product that may need some attention and bacon is certainly one of them,” he says.Charlebois thinks many people have abandoned bacon because of the health risks associated with high sodium and fat as well as a dire warning from the World Health Organization which says eating processed meats is as dangerous as smoking.Cutting back may be good for our arteries, but there could be some fallout for the economy. Canadian producers grow between 15 to 17 million hogs each year, many of them destined for export says Charlebois.“Whatever happens to bacon means a lot to a very significant economic sector of ours,” he says.The bigger picture though is the impact pork products, especially bacon, has on the environment.It takes a lot of water, food and energy to grow a pig and the smoking process involved with creating your favourite breakfast companion means there’s an extra layer to the impact bacon has on the planet.“For someone who’s looking at making choices around food that could reduce the carbon footprint of the food you eat, bacon probably wouldn’t be a good choice,” says Charlebois.