Intense battles for Manning Cup second-stage spots

first_img EXCELSIOR ATOP GROUP A With the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup competition preliminary stage nearing completion, there are still a few things left to be settled, with a number of intense battles for the remaining spots in the second stage on the card. Sixteen teams, comprising the seven group winners and runners-up, as well as the two best third-place finishers, will qualify for the second stage, which is set to start on October 24. They will be divided into four groups consisting of four teams each, with the group winners advancing to the semi-finals. Now, it is down to the wire for the nine remaining spots, which could be decided after today’s games spread across the Corporate Area and St Catherine. Reigning champions Jamaica College are among seven teams already certain of spots in the second stage. The others are Kingston College and Denham Town High; from Group C; Holy Trinity High and Charlie Smith High from Group E; as well as Wolmer’s and Camperdown High from Group F. Haile Selassie High are looking for a win against St Catherine High in this afternoon’s game at Barbican Complex set to start at 3:30 p.m. The Geoffrey Maxwell – coached Haile Selassie is in pole position in Group D on 21 points from eight games, while St Catherine, who are under the guidance of Anthony Patrick, are currently on 17 points in third position behind Jonathan Grant High (19). That means, St Catherine will have to gain maximum points to remain in contention for an automatic spot. In Group A, Excelsior High are on top on 16 points, ahead of St George’s College (15) after Friday’s exciting 1-0 win, with Greater Portmore (13) next best. Greater Portmore must win against many-time champions St George’s College to have a chance of making the second stage. Excelsior are expected to get the better of lowly Tivoli Gardens and maintain the lead. In Group G, Bridgeport are on top on 20 points, ahead of St Jago High (16), Hydel (15), and Calabar (15) as the teams in contention. Bridgeport should continue their impressive run when they play away to Campion College. St Jago are expected to get the better of Cumberland, while it’s anyone’s guess in the Hydel-Calabar game. Today’s games Vauxhall vs Jamaica College Greater Portmore vs St George’s College Excelsior vs Tivoli Gardens Norman Manley vs Kingston College Denham Town vs Papine Ascot vs St Mary’s College Ardenne vs Meadowbrook Jonathan Grant vs Pembroke Hall Haile Selassie vs St Catherine Kingston Technical vs Wolmer’s Dunoon vs Camperdown Jose Marti vs Edith Dalton James St Jago vs Cumberland Campion College vs Bridgeport Calabar vs Hydel Clan Carthy vs Holy Trinity Waterford vs Mona (Home teams are named first and all games kick-off at 3:30 p.m.)last_img read more

4 surgeries later, del Potro meets Djokovic in US Open final

first_imgCarpio 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 View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Amir Khan recovers to beat Samuel Vargas on points For the better part of two years, he dealt with pain in his right elbow. Djokovic shut himself down for the last half of 2017, sitting out the U.S. Open among other events and, after a brief attempt to play at the start of this season, had an operation in February.Now he is one win from a second consecutive Grand Slam title, after his triumph at Wimbledon in July.“It absolutely gives me empathy. Even before I went through the whole process of surgery, post-surgery recovery, I was still feeling for players that went through injuries,” Djokovic said.“There was always part of me that believed I could come back relatively quickly to the level of tennis that I once was playing. But at the same time, I felt like the six months off served me very well to find new motivation, inspiration, to recharge my batteries, and also to understand how I want to continue playing tennis, in which way, whether there are certain changes that I want to make with my racket and my game itself,” he continued. “I had more time to work on certain things.”This will be Djokovic’s eighth U.S. Open final, equaling Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras for the most for a man in the 50-year professional era, but he is only 2-5 so far. In addition to seeking a third trophy at Flushing Meadows, he is trying to collect No. 14 from all Slams, which would pull even with Sampras for the third-most for a man, trailing only Federer’s 20 and Nadal’s 17.Djokovic is 14-4 against del Potro across their careers, including 4-0 at majors, and is pleased to see him at this level again.“I personally like him very much, not just as a player but as a person. He’s a dear friend, someone that I respect a lot. We all felt for his struggles with injuries that kept him away from the tour for two, three years,” Djokovic said. “But he was always a top-five player in the eyes, I think, of everyone, even when he dropped his ranking and started to work his way up. But we all knew that he has a capacity and a quality to get to the point where he is at the moment. It was just a matter of time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum By then, so much time had passed since his crowning achievement, winning the 2009 U.S. Open at age 20 by beating Roger Federer in five sets in the final. So much of that time had felt wasted. And del Potro was in a dark place.As he prepares to play in his first Grand Slam final since that one nearly a decade ago, meeting 13-time major champion Novak Djokovic for the championship at Flushing Meadows on Sunday, del Potro seems at ease talking about it all.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I couldn’t find a way to fix my wrist problems. I (was) suffering a lot. I got depressed for a couple of months, also. I didn’t get the chance to feel better with myself, to do this again. That was the bad moment for me,” said the 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) Argentine with the 100 mph (160 kph) forehand and 135 mph (215 kph) serves. “But I think that is completely in the past. And now I’m having a good present, looking forward for the future.”“Everything,” he added with a smile, “is almost perfect.” Now ranked a career-high No. 3, del Potro would establish a professional-era record for most major appearances from a first to a second such title, 22, if he wins Sunday.It was shortly after that triumph nine years ago in New York that del Potro’s surgery on his dominant right wrist happened. That was followed by three procedures on his left wrist, which sidelined him for 2½ years’ worth of Grand Slam tournaments.When he returned, he had to rebuild his backhand, first by relying solely on a slice, and only recently able to strike meaningful two-handed shots with confidence.“I’ve been fighting with many, many problems to get (to) this moment. I’m here now,” he said after advancing when defending champion Rafael Nadal quit after two sets in their semifinal because of right knee tendinitis.Djokovic can relate to the climb back from a body breakdown.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, reacts after Rafael Nadal, of Spain, retired from a match during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK — It was in 2015, the year of his fourth wrist operation, that Juan Martin del Potro was pretty sure he’d had enough.Enough of the risks of surgery. Enough of working his way back only to get injured yet again. Enough, really, of tennis.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Anna Regina Market vendors complain of struggling economy

first_imgVendor Savitree Persaud (partially hidden)Come what may, rain or shine, vendors in the Anna Regina Market, Region Two (Pomeroon- Supenaam) remain optimistic that things will improve and that their lives will get better.This belief motivates the many vendors to turn out daily even though they lament that business is not as profitable as in previous years.Many of the businesses have faced challenges over the past few months, as the Anna Regina Town Council, in efforts to create a more conducive environment for vending, have dismantled stalls and displaced many vendors; however they continue to vend with their makeshift stalls.A visit to the busy market on Friday revealed that business started later than usual, as it takes extra effort and time for the vendors to assemble their makeshift stalls before organising their items for sale.According to vendor Savitree Persaud there are too many vendors and less customers. Persaud sells fruits and vegetables and explained that business for her is very slow and not profitable: “Nothing is happening, people not buying, things so slow, everyone think Friday money will roll but nothing selling, noting doing.”Another clothes and food vendor Cora Coates explained that she was forced to merge two stalls into one in an effort to meet her needs; she also blamed the recent action of the council for her present hardship.Coates also pointed out that business is very slow and blamed it, in part, on the struggling economy. She said that many persons continue to vend under the circumstances so that they can earn an honest living and provide for their family.Another vendor Jenifer (only name given) who sells only on Fridays explained her business is very slow and attributed this to the struggling rice industry: “Imagine it is midday and nothing aint sell. I didn’t even sell $1500 yet, and I have to hire a car to go to the market; this year it really hard.”Like other vendors, Maylene Nurse and a Ms Walcott said that their businesses are in trouble. Walcott related that she is exercising patience and hoping for this best. Nurse has been vending over 40 years and described this year as the slowest in terms of sales.Many vendors blame the slow business on the sluggish rice industry. Many of them have called on government to stimulate the industry by offering some form of incentives/assistance to rice farmers so that the industry may continue to flourish and boost the Region Two economy.Better price for rice farmers means more business for local investors, were the chorus of the vendors.last_img read more

Investigations into death of murder accused still ongoing – Samuels

first_img….family pickets for justiceMore than two weeks after 30-year-old Shaheed Alli succumbed to injuries he received during an altercation at the Lusignan Prison earlier this month, Director of Prison Services Gladwyn Samuels on Tuesday said that investigations surrounding the inmate’s death are still ongoing.Dead: Shaheed Alli“Nothing is available as yet, I know the police is investigating, hopefully soon but at present there is nothing…the matter is being investigated since from the time of the incident,” the Director stated.On Tuesday, the parents and siblings of the now dead man held a picketing exercise in front of the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where they called for justice for the deceased while holding placards.Speaking with this publication, father of the deceased, Roy Alli related that the perpetrators should not be that difficult to catch since the prison is under guard.Meanwhile, Director Samuels noted that the protest action taken by the family members will not change the pace of the ongoing investigations.Director of Prison Services Gladwyn Samuels“The reality is that the investigations follows certain steps or procedure…. the protest, I can understand family members being hurt, they would want to do such thing but I don’t see it changing the current pace of the investigations because it is receiving as much attention as possible” he underscored.Shaheed Alli was on remand for a murder charge at the Lusignan Prison.Reports are that at about 22:58h on April 2, Alli was in Bay One at the Lusignan Prison when several other prisoners began to beat him following a dispute.Alli was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was admitted as a patient. However, on April 12, 2019, at about 20:50h he succumbed to his injuries.last_img read more

Security guard chopped to death during attempted robbery

first_imgA security guard, attached to the Best Buy Hardware Store, Bladen Hall, East Coast Demerara (ECD), was killed after challenging two men who invaded his workplace while he was on duty.Dead is Sattaur Kaderr, 53, of Foulis, ECD. He was chopped about his body by two men in what is believed to have been an attempted robbery.According to reports, around 22:45h on Wednesday, Kaderr attempted to confront two men who had entered the business place’s compound from the rear and it was during this confrontation that the perpetrators dealt several chops about the security guard’s body with cutlasses before fleeing the scene.Kaderr was subsequently rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The deceased man’s son indicated that his uncle telephoned informing him and their family of the tragedy that had befallen his father.It was highlighted that Kaderr had only been employed at the entity for one year prior to his death. He leaves to mourn his wife, three children and other relatives.Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum on Thursday said that investigations were still ongoing. However, several persons were taken in for questioning – two of whom remain suspects.last_img read more

Vehicle with stolen Chetwynd licence plate involved in Williams Lake fatal rollover

first_imgA 21 year old passenger was also seriously injured in the rollover and is currently in serious condition, while a third passenger was arrested without incident.  The 21 year old driver and another passenger fled the scene on foot and stole another vehicle from a nearby residence. The Alberta residents with outstanding warrants were both apprehended and arrested after a brief police pursuit. A search of the original stolen truck turned up a firearm, a knife and brass knuckles, and subsequent investigation found the group of males is also responsible for other crimes in Williams Lake and surrounding areas.- Advertisement -It is believed that alcohol and excessive speed were factors in this accident.last_img read more

Thug who killed teenager at 165kph after drinking session is jailed for 18 months

first_imgA man with almost 500 previous convictions has been jailed for 18 months after pleading guilty to careless driving causing the death of a teenager.Thug Eamonn Lynch was driving at 165kph when he ploughed into innocent Shane Patton near Drumkeen in July, 2012. Father-of-three Lynch was drunk and had no driving license, valid NCT, tax or insurance on his car when he struck the 18 year old who had just completed his Leaving Cert.Lynch, who had more than 280 previous traffic offence convictions, as well as 50 convictions for burglary, fled to Northern Ireland following the tragedy.However, just before Christmas he was extradited under a European arrest warrant to face trial for Mr Patton’s death to which he pleaded guilty.The court heard how Lynch, who is originally from Derry, was driving his Toyota Celica with his partner just after midnight on July 12th when the smash happened.The entire smash was caught on the CCTV system of a local service station.Garda forensic examiners estimated that Lynch was traveling at 165 kph on the main Ballybofey to Letterkenny Road which is governed by a 100 kph speed limit.The late Shane PattonMr Patton, of Cloghroe, Drumkeen, emerged from a side road but Lynch was traveling so fast that he did not have time to take evasive action and smashed into the teenager.All were rushed to Letterkenny University Hospital but Mr Patton was pronounced dead later.The dead teenager’s heartbroken mother Julie read a harrowing victim impact statement out to the court.She revealed how Shane, the eldest of a family of three children, had just completed his Leaving Certificate and has just been accepted onto a course to train as a mechanic.Mrs Patton said that her entire family were heartbroken by the “happy, beautiful boy” who had been taken from them.She said Shane’s brother and sister, Dina and Jason, did not have someone to help them with their homework and told how his grandmother Mary had to watch Shane being buried on what should have been a celebration of her 70th birthday.Her husband and Shane’s devastated dad Martin, who was also in court, was trying his best to get on with his life for the rest of his family.“I thought I wouyld have to teach Shane about the world but I now have to teach the world about Shane. I have to tell people that it is not okay to drink and drive because it destroys families,” she added.And she added “There is no quick fix and no getting it over. There is no glue to fix all the broken hearts.”Barrister for the accused, Richard Lyons, said his client had written a note to the Patton family in which he wanted to express his deep and genuine remorse.“I cannot express in words how really, really sorry I am for the loss of Shane. I will never in my lifetime get over this. I know the heartache you are going through but I did not set out to hurt anyone, let alone hurt Shane.“I know I have destroyed your lives and I cannot express my words. I hope and pray that you will accept my apology. If I could grant one wish I would wish you had you son back. There isn’t a day that I don’t think about it and I will never get over it myself,” he said.Judge Martin Nolan firstly expressed his sincere sympathy to the Patton family on the loss of their son and brother Shane.He said that although drink was a factor, the real factor in the case was Lynch’s speed and how he could not avoid the collision because he was driving at such speed.He sentenced him to 18 months in prison for the careless driving charge and a further three months for drink driving to run concurrently.He took the other charges into consideration.The court also heard how Shane Patton’s car was in good condition, was taxed and was insured.Thug who killed teenager at 165kph after drinking session is jailed for 18 months was last modified: January 26th, 2017 by StephenShare 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:careless drivingcrashdeathDerrydonegalDrumkeenEamon Lynchshane pattonlast_img read more

RIP lifestyle beard: Sharks’ Joe Thornton takes down the whiskers

first_imgThornton shaved off his prodigious beard Monday night, and showed up to Sharks practice Tuesday morning with just some stubble left on his face.Thornton said the Sharks were bonding at … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — Sharks center Joe Thornton is starting the season with a younger, more aerodynamic look.Who is that guy with the baby face? #SJSharks pic.twitter.com/mqBBDL4TZc— Paul Gackle (@GackleReport) October 2, 2018last_img read more

Modi remembers Chhattisgarh’s Kunwar Bai on Women’s Day

first_imgPrime 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.last_img read more

Clues to animal extinctions found on the walls of Egyptian tombs

first_imgSix thousand years ago, Egyptian lions hunted wildebeests and zebras in a landscape that resembled the Serengeti more than the Sahara. Since then, the number of large mammal species has decreased from 37 to eight, says quantitative ecologist Justin Yeakel of the Santa Fe Institute. New research using ancient animal depictions tracks the collapse of Egypt’s ecological networks one extinction at a time, offering a glimpse into how climate change and human impacts have altered the structure and stability of ecosystems over millennia.People in Egypt have been observing the natural world since long before they built the pyramids. Prehistoric rock drawings depict hippopotamuses, giraffes, elephants, hartebeests, and foxes. Ostrich and ibex are carved into a 5000-year-old ceremonial palette. Later, hunting scenes on ancient Egyptian tombs teemed with wildlife. Yeakel created a timeline based on existing records from paleontology, archaeology, and art, which picks up about where the fossils leave off and zooms in on a much shorter time scale. He used it to find out which species died out when and how their loss affected the rest of the ecological network.As Yeakel and co-authors report online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the most dramatic shifts in climate and land use accompanied the most dramatic shifts in the number of predators relative to the number of prey species. Three of the five shifts happened at the same time as sudden dryings of the Nile Valley that may also have catalyzed the rise and fall of dynasties. 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For each mammal community of the last 6000 years, they assembled possible predator-prey networks based on the body size of the animals (a cheetah is more likely to hunt a hedgehog than vice versa)—a system that correctly predicts who eats whom up to 74% of the time in modern African systems. Then they modeled the stability of each ecological network: How likely is a small change to cause a complete collapse?The most ancient and species-rich ecosystems were resilient. But the networks became less and less stable through time. With each extinction, the mammals that depended on that species become more vulnerable to collapse themselves. The loss of the wild boar, the white antelope, and the leopard in the last 150 years caused the most precipitous drop in stability yet. “As you lose diversity, you lose redundancy in the system, and the importance of each organism becomes magnified,” Yeakel says.As a result, the remaining eight large mammal species in Egypt—including striped hyenas, golden jackals, and the Egyptian fox—are now more vulnerable than they’ve been in more than 12,000 years, Yeakel says. Some of the most important of those eight are already in trouble. By calculating the stability of the modern Egyptian predator-prey network with and without each species, the team found a few whose presence stabilizes the whole system—primarily small herbivores eaten by many predators, including gazelles, ibex, and Barbary sheep. One gazelle species is now critically endangered, and Barbary sheep are less common in the Western Desert than they were even 30 years ago, says Egyptologist Salima Ikram of American University in Cairo, who was not involved in the work.The researchers also used their model to predict extinction risk, a measure that’s important for conservation planning but hard to observe. The artistic record offers an unusual chance to test these predictions on extant species at shorter timescales. Looking back in history, the researchers found that the theoretically more sensitive species did in fact disappear from Egypt sooner.Still, this window on the past is less than perfect, warns Linda Evans, an environmental historian at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, who studies representations of animals in ancient Egyptian art. Just because an animal appears on a tomb doesn’t necessarily mean it existed at the time, as artists in later periods copied older tombs. Ancient Egyptians “didn’t just depict what they saw,” Evans says. “Egyptian art has a grammar to it. You have to be really careful and guarded about the conclusions you draw.”Ikram agrees that ancient Egyptian artists had more on their minds than what they saw in the real world. But while Yeakel’s timeline may not be perfect, it is probably “a good mapping of what was present when and where, and how the different species affected one another.”last_img read more