Thompson hails ‘amazing year’

first_imgRJR Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year for 2016, Elaine Thompson, has described the recognition at her accomplishments over last season as ‘overwhelming’. Thompson, who took top honours over swimmer Alia Atkinson, received the award for the first time in her career and said that it was a great honour, given her displays last year. “Last year’s season was amazing,” Thompson said at the RJR Sports Foundation’s National Sportsman and Sportswoman Awards at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Friday night. First woman “To capture the 100 metres and the 200m (gold medals) in my first Olympics in Rio, Brazil, and to be the first woman in the last 28 years (to capture both), … is overwhelming,” she said. Thompson was nominated along with Atkinson, cricketer Stafanie Taylor and MVP Track Club teammates Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson, and in describing them as “tremendous ladies”, she said that anyone of them could have won the award given what each achieved in the year. “To be up against a lot of super talented ladies and to come out on top, it’s an honour and a privilege. I will just continue to work hard and to look forward to more achievements.” One of the achievements which was surely considered by the RJR Sport Foundation was her equalling the national 100m record of 10.70 seconds at the JAAA’s National Senior Championships. When asked by The Sunday Gleaner if she thinks she can lower it in 2017, Thompson said: “We’ll see what happens.” Her coach, Stephen Francis, who was the recipient of the Sagicor Iconic Award on the night, also received praise from Thompson for the technical and other support given to her in training. “I would like to say a huge thank you to my coach, Stephen Francis, for motivating and believing in me to invest invaluable time in my track career,” she said. – Rachid Parchmentlast_img read more

AFC’s leader admits date, agenda still being worked out

first_imgCummingsburg February 14th review deadlineAlliance For Change (AFC) Leader Raphael Trotman on Thursday admitted that the date and agenda for talks between his party and the A Partnership for National Unity coalition (APNU) on the revision of the Cummingsburg Accord are still being worked out, signalling that no official or formalised discussions have commenced this year.AFC’s General Secretary Marlon WilliamsTrotman’s pronouncements sharply contrast the comments made publicly by his General Secretary Marlon Williams who told the media back on March 20 that discussions had already begun between the two sides on the revision of the Valentine’s Day Accord.Williams had even said then that Trotman had dispatched the formal letter to trigger the talks a “long time back” as was mandated by the National Executive Committee which is the second highest decision-making forum of the AFC.“We are already engaged and we are in discussions”, Williams was quoted as saying before explaining that the talks are expected to continue over a specified period of time. He had also declined to state then how long that period could last and instead pointed online media house Inews to the party’s release on the matter which had called for talks and a review to be completed by February 14. That date had elapsed without any substantive progress being accomplished.Asked if he was satisfied with the engagements between the APNU and AFC back in March, Williams declined to offer any assessment of the process.“I think we will be in a far better position to give an assessment at the end of those talks”, the AFC General Secretary contended as he stayed clear of offering any analysis that could signal the party’s displeasure or satisfaction with what has transpired so far.But AFC’s leader on Thursday maintained that arrangements are now being worked out for officials from the AFC and APNU to meet to commence discussions regarding the sweetheart deal – the Cummingsburg Accord – following pressure to do so by AFC members.He said the matter is still on the front burner and a meeting between both parties could be arranged soon. While he could not give specific details, he did state however that discussions will be advanced as soon as these arrangements are worked out.“The letter (to the APNU) has been sent and we are setting the date for that meeting and the agenda for that meeting. That meeting could happen very soon, but I can’t give a date,” Trotman explained while noting that executives within the AFC have been discussing this issue for some time now.However, APNU executive Amna Ally when asked whether any progress has been made with regards to discussion regarding the revision of the Accord, refused to comment. The APNU was awaiting official correspondence from the AFC to meet.In mid-November 2017, the top leadership of the AFC had decided to revise its governing agreement with coalition partner, APNU. This decision was taken after the AFC – the smaller of the two factions forming the Government – was accused of being coerced by its large partner.There have been reports that the AFC was not too comfortable with the current Cummingsburg Accord which sets how the two coalition partners would divide up the Ministries. A deadline for February 14 was set to review the plan, but that fell through after several issues regarding how they will move ahead.Political analyst Dr David Hinds has said the AFC stands to lose more than they would gain if they are to revise the Accord. While declaring that there is no need to rush a renegotiation of the Accord, the Working People’s Alliance executive noted that these things by their very definition move at a slow pace.“Remember the AFC got more from the Accord than it duly deserved – it struck a hard bargain and got quite a lot. So, it would be conscious that it risks messing up a “good thing.” Once the Government becomes entrenched, there is less and less reason to upset the status quo – that is a reality,” he stated.According to Dr Hinds, he thinks the AFC is overly eager to touch the Accord and it would make little political sense to push for it, when the risks far outweigh the potential benefits.Nevertheless, President David Granger who leads the APNU, said the AFC is within its right to request the review and noted that he is willing to facilitate discussions regarding this review process.Under the current configuration of Government, the AFC has received the portfolios of the Prime Minister, Public Security Ministry, Public Infrastructure Ministry, and the Agriculture Ministry, among others.The party named a Cummingsburg Accord Review Committee (CARC) of eight members – Dr Vincent Adams, Dr Rohan Somar, Marlon Williams, David Patterson, Joel Edmond, Sherod Duncan and one representative each from the party’s Women For Change and Youth For Change.last_img read more

NPSS senior boys basketball team take first at home tournament

first_imgThe senior boys started off with a game against Fort Nelson and took home a 69-41 win. Next up was a match up against Grande Prairie where the team was victorious 97-59. The final round robin game had NPSS taking on Dawson Creek which resulted in a 65-44 win. Based on the round robin results NPSS and Dawson Creek met one more time in the finals and NPSS finished on top once again with a 75-65 win.Garet Whitford was named as a tournament all star and the tournament MVP was Sean Gjernes.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Free-scoring Salah crowned PFA Player of the Year

first_imgSalah matched a Premier League record tally for a single season by scoring his 31st league goal of the campaign in a 2-2 draw at West Brom on Saturday.“You’re comparing your name with some great names,” he said, on the prospect of breaking the record. “To break the Premier League record is something huge in England and all over in the world.“There are still three games to go. I want to break this record.”Salah has also netted seven times in eight Champions League games, including in both legs of Liverpool’s 5-1 quarter-final thrashing of City, to carry his side to a first semi-final for a decade.De Bruyne showed why he had been many people’s early-season favourite for the prize with an incredible long-range strike for his 12th goal of the season to go with a league-high number of assists as champions City thrashed Swansea 5-0 on Sunday.“From my point of view when you are analysing 10 months, there is no player better than him,” said City manager Pep Guardiola of the Belgian midfielder.“Maybe there are numbers better but for me he was the best. But it is my opinion, the opinions of the players could be different. But in the end, in summer time he will be at home being champion.”City did pick up a prize from the PFA gala in central London on Sunday, though, as Leroy Sane won the Young Player of the Year.Sane, another City team-mate David Silva, De Bruyne, Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea and Tottenham striker Harry Kane were the other five nominees for the main prize.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah matched a Prenuer League record for a single season with 31 goals and also netted the award for African Player of the Year for 2017 © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYLondon, United Kingdom, Apr 23 – Mohamed Salah was crowned the Premier League’s Players’ Player of the Year on Sunday, with his incredible 41-goal debut season at Liverpool beating out strong competition from Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne.“It’s a big honour. I’ve worked hard and I’m very happy to win it,” Salah said at the ceremony on Sunday evening.last_img read more

Video: All the highlights as Tottenham end their pre-season with 2-0 win over AC Milan

first_imgThe timing of the fixture is undoubtedly questionable, but the nature of the result is impressive.Tottenham signed off from their pre-season tour with a very assured 2-0 win over AC Milan in the Audi Cup, duly clinching third place in the tournament.With their Premier League season opener against Manchester United rapidly approaching, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino elected to rest the likes of Harry Kane ahead of the trip to Old Trafford.And those who were awarded a starting berth repaid their manager’s faith, as Nacer Chadli and Tom Carroll produced fine finishes in either half to secure a deserved victory.Can they replicate their performance levels at United on Saturday lunch time?last_img read more

Jose Mourinho’s top target revealed should he take over at Manchester United

first_img Alvaro Morata Alvaro Morata will be Jose Mourinho’s first transfer target should he take over at Manchester United in the summer. Mourinho is the firm favourite to replace under-fire United boss Louis van Gaal, with reports suggesting a deal is already in place for the former Chelsea boss to take over from the Dutchman when the season ends. Real Madrid, who have a £25m buy-back option on the Juventus forward, are lining up a summer move but clubs from England are also interested in matching whatever the Spanish giants offer. Mourinho handed Morata his Real debut during their time together at the Bernabeu and now, according to La Stampa, the Portuguese wants to bring the Spaniard to the Premier League. United are in need of attacking reinforcements next year and Mourinho sees the 23-year-old as the ideal signing to re-energise the club. 1last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Gaels Club NewsOur Club Dinner Dance will be held on the 28th December at The Radisson Hotel. In light of the clubs success this year this should be a memorable and enjoyable night so please get your ticket order in before this Sunday 21st December.Sean Dunnion, County Chairperson, will be our special guest on the night. See club Facebook or website for more details.Our underage football presentation night took place last Saturday at the Glebe. The packed clubroom of children, parents & coaches listened attentively as Michael Murphy passed on his GAA expertise and knowledge to the young Gaels. Full album of pictures can be viewed on the club Facebook. The GAA National Draw tickets are now on sale and can be purchased from any club member. Along with the prizes listed on the tickets the County Board have also included prizes to the value of €2500 while Gaeil Leitir Ceanainn have included 5 Club Donegal Cards for tickets sold within the club. This is a great fundraiser for the club as all proceeds from the sale of these tickets stays with the club.Michael Murphy Sports are now stocking a range of club merchandise including jerseys, training tops, hats & scarfs and would make great Christmas presents.The 2014 Donegal GAA Yearbook is now on sale. This glossy publication gives a comprehensive roundup of all GAA activities for club & county and includes a summary & pictures of Letterkenny Gaels season.We also have a number of books on Donegal GAA Facts by Fr Sean O Gallchoir. The club has limited copies of each book available and can be purchased by contacting Jim at 086 2271435.Hard luck to club man Aaron Bradley and his team Tir Chonaill Gaels on their defeat in the All-Ireland club SFC quarter-final in Ruislip at the weekend.Underage football coaching is finished for the Christmas break and will resume on Friday 6th February for U-6 (6-6.45pm) & U-8 (6.45-7.30pm) in the hall at Woodlands School & U-10 & U-12 is in the Aura from 7.30-8.30pm. New members welcome.Indoor Camogie training is also finished for the Christmas break. It will be resuming on 26th January. Contact 086 8163605 for information. New players welcome. Hurling training resumes after the Christmas break on the 5th February. Please contact Dan Harnett 0867392780 or Sharon Harnett 0868405785 to book or for more information.For regular club updates and photos see our club web page, Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LetterkennyGaelGAA NEWS: MICHAEL MURPHY THE SPECIAL GUEST AT LETTERKENNY GAELS UNDERAGE PRESENTATION was last modified: December 15th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAALetterkenny GaelsNoticesSportlast_img read more


first_imgIt has been another day of thrills and spills on the 41st Donegal International Rally. And was there to catch it on camera. Many thanks to Clive Wasson for these cracking photos.  CARS AND CROWDS – ALL THE PICTURES FROM DAY 2 OF THE DONEGAL RALLY! was last modified: June 16th, 2012 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)last_img read more

Track & Field Has Strong Open To 2018

first_imgStory Links LINCOLN, Neb. – The Drake University track and field teams concluded the final day at the Graduate Classic, hosted by the University of Nebraska, Saturday afternoon with 11 top-five finishes. Sophomore Morgan Garcia finished eighth in the 1,000 meters while freshman Millie Bretl (Milwaukee, Wis.) took fifth place in the mile with a time of 5:21.58. Drake Individual Men’s Results60 Meters (Finals)3. Deonne Witherspoon, 6.786. Aaron Chier, 6.91 3,000 Meters11. Kyle Brandt, 8:40.3925. Joe Romain, 9:16.3735. Alex Rohlfs, 9:51.40 “Overall this was a super start to 2018,” said Drake director of track & field and cross country Mark Carroll. “The team was highly competitive with individual wins from Malik [Metivier] today and Bailee Cofer Friday. Mary Young got her season started with an excellent race in the hurdles and overall we had about 15 PRs this weekend and a great start to the year.” Sophomore Malik Metivier (Toronto, Ont.) led both teams with a first-place finish in the men’s 400 meters with a career-best time of 49.33. Metivier also ran in the Bulldogs third-place 4×400-meter relay and fourth-place distance medley. Sophomore Deonne Witherspoon (South Bend, Ind.) recorded a career-best to finish third in the 60 meters while senior Bas Van Leersum (Zaandam, Netherlands) added a fifth-place finish in the 600 meters. Complete Results The Bulldog men were led Friday by junior Josh Yeager (Center Point, Iowa) and sophomore Xavier Lechleitner (Edgar, Wis.) who recorded second and third place finishes in their races, respectively. Yeager turned in a 4:15.69 performance in the mile and Lechleitner finished the 800 meters with a time of 1:55.78. 400 Meters 1. Malik Metivier, 49.3317. Jannik Schuler, 53.26 Mile2. Josh Yeager, 4:15.6916. Alec Bognar, 4:42.81 Triple Jump 4. Taryn Rolle, 39-5.25 The Graduate ClassicJan. 12-13, 2018Lincoln, Neb. – Bob Devaney Center 200 Meters35. Michael Cooper, 24.41 4×400 Relay3. Ahmed-Green, Kearney, Giuliano, Coombe, 3:53.75 600 Meters5. Bas Van Leersum, 1:29.9213. Cory Erickson, 1:24.5419. Hudson Priebe, 1:29.51 Distance Medley4. Bognar, Metivier, Yeager, Erickson, 10:28.70 The Bulldogs opened the competition Friday with Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.) winning the 3,000 meters by more than eight seconds with a career-best time of 10:01.83. Sophomore Olivia Rogers (Boulder, Colo.) placed ninth. Cofer and Rogers were joined by five other Bulldogs who recorded top-ten finishes on the first day of the Bulldogs’ first meet of 2018. 600 Meters2. Victoria Coombe, 1:36.356. Kayla Giuliano, 1:38.87 The Bulldogs will take a week off of competition before traveling to the Jack Jennette Invite, hosted by UNI Jan. 26-27 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)15. Dominic Lombardi, 8.59 3,000 Meters1. Bailee Cofer, 10:01.839. Olivia Rogers, 10:40.1121. Kenzie Mente, 11:48.47 Mile5. Millie Bretl, 5:21.5813. Rachel Selva, 5:31.5117. Elizabeth Aho, 5:37.57 800 Meters3. Xavier Leichleitner, 1:55.7819. John Freeman, 2:09.90 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)2. Mary Young, 8.66 1,000 Meters8. Chris Kaminski, 2:39.7622. Max Harlan, 2:55.01 400 Meters5. Rai Ahmed-Green, 58.73 Drake Individual Women’s Results60 Meters (Prelims)9. Taryn Rolle, 7.9411. Sophia Jackson, 8.00 200 Meters11. Mariah Crawford, 26.2328. Sophia Jackson, 27.26 High Jump (Seeded)6. Forest Moses, 6-4.25 60 Meters (Prelims)2. Deonne Witherspoon, 6.827. Aaron Chier, 6.96 The women were led by senior Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) with a second place finish the 60-meter hurdles. Young, who ran a time of 8.45, was just .03 seconds out of first place.  Junior Victoria Coombe (Centennial, Colo.) recorded a time of 1:36.35 to take second in the 600 meters. Coombe also was a part of the third place 4×400 relay that included junior Meghan Kearney (Kansas City, Mo.) and seniors Rai Ahmed-Green (Irvine, Calif.) and Kayla Giuliano (Lake in the Hills, Ill.). Senior Taryn Rolle (Nassau, Bahamas) rounded out the day for Drake with a fourth-place finish in the triple jump. Pole Vault (Seeded)6. Christina LeMunyon, 10-11.75 Print Friendly Version 60-Meter Hurdles (Finals)2. Mary Young, 8.45 4×400 Relay3. Van Leersum, Schuler, Priebe, Metivier, 3:20.87 1,000 Meters8. Morgan Garcia, 3:13.07 Pole Vault (Unseeded)13. Alex Klosterman, 13-01.75last_img read more


first_imgMarina in full flow at Fairyhouse.A Donegal woman who hadn’t ridden in a horse race in 20 years almost pulled off the comeback of a lifetime.Former jockey Marina Hamilton rolled back the years at the weekend after deciding to get back into the saddle to fulfil the dream of a lifetime.St Johnston woman Marina led the field up the home straight at Fairyhouse on Saturday before being edged out into third. She was riding the Willie McCreary trained horse Monte Wildhorn in a charity race for MS.It was first time Marina, well-known as a local artist, had ridden on a professional track.She cut her teeth on the local horse racing circuit, retiring nearly 20 years ago.“To be honest I’m still on a high, said Marina”. “I got a dream spin on Monte I was hoping to finish in the top 6 but never expected to lead and then get popped into third by a short head”“The winner was an odds on shot and I was 16 to 1 so the crowd of supporters I had with me got rewarded for making the long journey”“There was a bus load from Radio Foyle where my husband works and they had a great day out.”As it turned out Marina was the oldest rider in the race and finished ahead of another Donegal jockey Thomas McGettigan.She picked up a trophy afterwards. “It was one of the best days of my life and it was great to be able to raise two thousand euro for such a worthy cause, MS”“My licence runs for 18 months so who knows I may get a chance to ride in another charity race,“I really want to thank all those who sponsored me and those who made it happen including Donal Diver and his boss Willie McCreary.”MARINA PROVES SHE STILL HAS PLENTY OF HORSE SENSE AFTER 20 YEARS! was last modified: February 26th, 2015 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:artistdonegalhorse racingMarina HamiltonSt Johnstonlast_img read more