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PUMA signs STETHS’s Ellis – Ja sprint prodigy looks to bright future with global sports brand

first_imgHERZOGENAURACH, Germany: Having partnered with a number of new young athletes in recent months, PUMA has announced its “most exciting athlete endorsement of all” with the signing of Nigel Ellis. The junior sprinter joins a growing Jamaican line-up of PUMA track and field athletes that includes Natasha Morrison, Kaliese Spencer, Asafa Powell, Hansle Parchment, Jaheel Hyde and, of course, the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt. Ellis has a big future in track and field. Under the coaching of Reynaldo Walcott at St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), he lowered his personal bests to 10.16 and 20.40 at the age of 18, claiming both the 100m and 200m sprint titles at the ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships in Kingston. He is also currently the fastest 100-metre junior athlete in the world. PUMA continues to invest in growing its stable of athletes and partner federations, maintaining its presence in a sport that has always been a rich part of its history. With the Olympics in Rio approaching, PUMA has made significant strides to enrich its athlete portfolio, continuing its focus on becoming the fastest sport brand in the world. Speaking about the new partnership with PUMA, Ellis said: “In Jamaica, PUMA is the number one brand in track and field. I’ve known PUMA all my life. “I’ve seen the athletes they work with, the high schools they support, the quality of the running shoes and training wear they make. Signing with PUMA is a big moment for any athlete and, for me, this is a big deal. “I’m proud of the potential they see in me and the opportunity to continue my education. I look forward to working with them for years ahead,” he added. Pascal Rolling, PUMA’s head of sports marketing for running, said: “We are very happy to have signed Nigel. He is improving so quickly and his commitment and desire to measure himself among the best is clear. “He embodies the spirit and values of PUMA, both on and off the track, by training and competing hard, while living well with a joy for what he does. He’s a young man with a huge future and we’re pleased to play a part of the success that will come.”last_img read more

Yulo falls; boxing, jiujitsu start gold hunt

first_imgFirst round byesBoxing gets off the ground, with four male pugs and one of two Filipino women entries getting first round byes.Only Mario Fernandez in the men’s 56-kg division, Joel Bacho in the 69-kg class and Nesty Petecio in the women’s 57-kg category will see action at Jakarta International Expo.Jiujitsu will count on Annie Ramirez and Margarita Ochoa, gold medalists in the 2016 Asian Beach Games, to deliver.The women’s volleyball team finally got it going on Thursday after scoring a 25-18, 25-21, 25-22 win over Hong Kong over at GOR Bulungan, with Alyssa Valdez leading the Nationals with 14 points built around 10 kills.“It was all about pride for us,” Valdez said after their first win that came on the heels of two straight sets losses at the hands of Thailand and Japan.The volleybelles will next face Indonesia at the close of their classification schedule on Saturday, and Valdez said that they will still go all out despite virtually making the quarterfinals already. “We have a lot of pride in this team and it wouldn’t be bad winning against Indonesia for a change.”The Blu Girls, another medal hopeful, were still playing Chinese Taipei at press time, shooting for a win that would guarantee them of at least a bronze and a shot at the title game against China.After losing to the Taiwanese late Wednesday night, 3-2, the Blu Girls dropped to third place in the page format playoff and would need to win two straight games to earn a crack at the gold medal. Losing to the Taiwanese would take the Blu Girls out of the medal race, while a win keeps them alive for another shot at Japan for the gold.7 shots down ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Yulo topped classification with a score that was a full point better than his final round effort, and to make matters even more painful, his preliminary round score would have been good for a solid silver, with the champion, Kim Han-sol of South Korea, tallying 14.675.Tang Chia-Hung of Chinese Taipei, who was the first man to perform, scored 14.425 for second place, with Lin Chaopan of China the bronze medal winner at 14.225.Yulo, who wound up second to the last, still has a shot at a medal when he sees action in the vault finals on Friday.“I’m not that confident [in the vault], but I will give it my all,” said Yulo, who was third in the same event in the World Championships two months ago.The Philippines’ gold hunt continues in two sports with respectable chances of hitting the target: Boxing and jiujitsu.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It was a bitter pill to swallow for the struggling PH contingent, which only has a gold to show courtesy of Hidilyn Diaz in the 53-kilogram class of women’s weightlifting on Tuesday and the five bronze medals won by the men’s and women’s poomsae trios teams, taekwondo’s Pauline Lopez and wushu’s Agatha Wong and Divine Wally.“I didn’t get a good look at the floor and didn’t know what to do, that’s why I stumbled,” said Yulo in Filipino as he said a heartfelt thanks to the Filipinos here and back home for the support. “I am not really disappointed [in finishing out of the medal], but this (making the finals) isn’t my target.”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’Next targetAsked what his next target would be, Yulo said at the mixed zone of Jakarta International Expo’s Hall D: “The Olympics [in Tokyo in 2020]. I want to win a medal, any medal.” Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWscenter_img In golf over at Pondok Indah, the women’s team combined for a one-under-par 143 to be seven shots off the lead set by Japan. Yuka Saso cracked par with a 71, with either 72s of Bianca Pagdanganan and LK Go counting.Furue Ayaka assembled a 67 and the Japanese counted either 69s of Sae Ogura and Riri Sadoyama.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 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 Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal No broken hearts out here Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Carlos Edriel Yulo during his floor exercise routine in the gymnastics competition of the 2018 Asian Games.JAKARTA—Carlos Yulo was nowhere near the form he displayed in qualifying and finished way out of a medal in his pet floor exercise Thursday as the Philippines suffered its first dry day since the 18th Asian Games’ grandiose opening ceremonies.The 18-year-old Yulo stumbled in the landing at the halfway point of his routine, garnering just 13.500 points to bow out of a podium finish as early as when the fifth of the eight finalists, Kazakhstan’s Karimi Milad, took the floor and dislodged him from third spot.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

Fassell, Keitrace in Semifinals

first_imgFC Fassell has crossed over to the semi finals of the President’s Cup, edging Watanga 4-2 on penalties after a goalless draw at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.Goalkeeper Joshua Williams converted two decisive spot kicks to qualify the team to the third stage of the competition after an appalling spell in the Coca-Cola Tournament that was heavily fancied.Fassell under-pressure coach Matthew Julutweh who was reemployed after being dismissed for poor performance in the Cocoa Cola Tournament, adopted a passing game, as players craved the ball at all times and worked it around to try and force an opportunity but lacked clinical finishers.The trio, skipper Vitalie Sie, Varney Dukuly and Kesselly Kamara would not rattle the net and even the inclusion of Sussa Garrel, Frank Nagbe, Jr. and Elijah Clarke would make an impressive difference.Unfortunately, Watanga hit men Ronaldo Dahn, Titus Suku, Grant Targbwe and Leon Power Quamie were unimposing in front of the net.In the second semi final derby, Keitrace FC narrowly defeated Jubilee 1-0. A diagonal kick from potent striker Mohamed Diallu was enough to qualify the team.In the hot post-mortem of Tuesday’s second game, it was found that the Mamie Kpoto side had just 48.33 per cent of possession. It means they saw less of the ball.The two teams have joined IE, who is already in the semi finals, with a bye.However, today’s game between the BYC II and Nimba United; and BYC against LISCR seem to be spectacular, as BYC President Sekou Konneh has declared today as “all blue day.”Unconfirmed report said BYC Chief Executive Officer, Robert Sirleaf has promised an extra envelope for the boys to reach the semi finals to pacify them over the abrupt change of the President’s Cup from the BYC Blue Field to the ATS.Howbeit, Nimba United is said to be rigid in continuing its respectable performance amidst the resignation of head coach Sam Chebli.The Finnie Dolo’s mountainous outfit must prove supremacy as a topnotch club over 2nd division BYC II.For LISCR and BYC, it’s a Liberian clásico.Both sides over the last three years have become the current rivals, taking the unparalleled places, of traditional rivals, IE and Barrolle.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Holman pleads not guilty in two slayings

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Kent Thomas, Kent Holman’s public defender, said reports of his confession are not correct. A motive for the shootings were not disclosed. “I’m not entirely sure that’s accurate he confessed to the crimes,” Thomas said outside the courtroom. “He went to (police) and told them there was a shooting.” Family members of the Holmans, who were present in court, refused to comment. Kent Holman is facing capital murder charges, as well as two counts of arson, one count of residential burglary, possessing a handgun and the special circumstance of multiple murder, which makes him eligible for the death penalty. However, prosecutors said they have not decided yet whether to seek the death penalty. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 17 at West Covina Superior Court. WEST COVINA — Despite an alleged confession to police, a 66-year-old man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to killing his brother and sister-in-law in their West Covina home. Wearing a blue jail jumpsuit and shackles, St. George, Utah, resident Kent Wesley Holman made his first appearance in West Covina Superior Court and denied killing his brother Lavar, 83, and his sister-in-law, Adeline, 81, who were shot to death in their Aspen Village condominium in August. Police say Kent Holman drove from his home in Utah to his brother’s house, shot both Lavar and Adeline Holman and lit their garage on fire to cover up the crime. Firefighters found the bodies of the couple about 8:30 p.m. Aug. 5 as they put out the garage fire. Police also said Kent Holman drove back to Utah after the killings and allegedly confessed the crimes to the police. A gun believed to be the murder weapon was also found in his car, officials said. — Christina L. Esparza can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2472, or by e-mail at christina.esparza@sgvn.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Parents’ suit dismissed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Judge Steven Reinhardt, writing for the panel, added that “no such specific right can be found in the deep roots of the nation’s history and tradition or implied in the concept of ordered liberty.” The ruling said the district had a legitimate interest in learning about the psychological needs of its pupils – information intended to be used to develop an intervention program. “Protecting the mental health of children falls well within the state’s broad interest in education,” Reinhardt wrote. The appellate panel noted that other courts have upheld similar issues, including mandatory health classes, a school district’s condom distribution program and a district’s compulsory sex education program. One of the parents’ attorneys, Erik Gunderson, said a decision has yet to be made on whether to further pursue the appeal. SAN FRANCISCO – A federal appeals court on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit by Palmdale parents who were outraged that their children were surveyed at school about sex. While the surveys asked students how often they thought about sex, among other questions, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said parents of public-school children have no “fundamental right” to be the exclusive provider of sexual information to their children. The parents maintained they had the sole right “to control the upbringing of their children by introducing them to matters of and relating to sex.” The plaintiffs had sought unspecified monetary damages. In upholding a lower court that had also ruled against the parents, a three-judge panel of the appeals court here dismissed the case, ruling unanimously that “parents are possessed of no constitutional right to prevent the public schools from providing information on that subject to their students in any forum or manner they select.” “We continue to feel strongly that our clients have the right to know when a sexually explicit psychology test is given to their young children,” Gunderson said. Palmdale Superintendent Jack Gyves, who was not in that post at the time, said that although the appeals panel found in the district’s favor, he feels that in retrospect, parents should have been told more about the content of the questions. “I think we would stay out of that arena in the future,” Gyves said, “unless there is some kind of state mandate.” The district halted the 2002 survey – administered by a mental health therapist for her doctoral degree – amid complaints from parents. The poll was given to 13 children at Mesquite Elementary School. Parents whose students took the survey signed consent forms, however the forms never mentioned sex would be a topic. Questions the children answered included whether they thought about having sex, thought about touching other people’s “private parts” and whether they could “stop thinking about having sex.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Govt accused of ‘deafening silence’ over west Donegal flooding response

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has lashed out at the Government’s total inaction and non-responsive approach to recent flooding in west Donegal.The Donegal TD’s concerns come following heavy rain at the end of last month that severely damaged infrastructure – including a bridge that leads to a family home in Gaoth Dobhair. “I am particularly referring to both the Senior Minister and Minister of State for the Gaeltacht, neither of whom have visited the Donegal Gaeltacht since taking office apart from a fleeting appearance at the Cabinet meeting held recently in Gleann Colm Cille,” said Deputy Pat the Cope. “The callous, cold and non-responsive reply by the Government to calls for assistance to deal with the aftermath of the flooding only reinstates an already well-held belief that if you are from Donegal you simply do not matter to this Government.“This contrasts greatly with the response of the then Government in 2009 when on that occasion a cross-departmental response in conjunction with Donegal County Council was assembled within 24 hours .“But, this Government simply does not respond to calls of assistance particularly as it seems if you are from west Donegal,” added Pat the Cope.“In my years in politics,  I find the attitudes of some of the Government Ministers astounding, to say the least, this is a Government of indifference towards the people with an overarching attitude of they could not care less about the plight of ordinary people of west Donegal,” stated Pat the Cope. “I again challenge the Ministers in office and most especially those within departments that have a responsibility to assist in times of natural disasters and the Minister of State for the Gaeltacht Sean Kyne, to immediately act and put in place a response to the recent west Donegal flooding.“Many areas suffered damage, with road and other infrastructural damage, drainage destroyed and access to areas cut off; this requires funding to be put right and to be fully reinstated,” added Pat the Cope.“The people of west Donegal deserve the same response as was given to other areas of Ireland after flooding – but, to date that has not happened in this case.“This is a Government of much talk but followed as always by total inaction, the silence is deafening from the Government and their response is non-existent.”Govt accused of ‘deafening silence’ over west Donegal flooding response was last modified: September 9th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Monarch meeting looks to restore butterfly populations

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Corn Growers Association recently represented corn farmers’ interests during the Keystone Monarch Collaborative meeting held in St. Paul, Minn. This meeting brought together farm organizations, farmers, government agencies, monarch researchers, companies in the agricultural supply chain and conservation organizations to discuss the need for more collaboration and public private partnership on monarch recovery and conservation efforts.During the meeting, participants shared information about existing efforts underway, including research and monitoring. After identifying areas for immediate engagement for those already taking active measures, the group explored the usefulness of a more comprehensive planning process.“NCGA came to the table for these discussions to learn about the type of conservation efforts recommended for farmers to improve the health of monarch populations,” said Ethan Mathews, NCGA Director of Public Policy. “While our proposed solutions to this issue may vary widely, we understand the importance of having a seat at the table and working on areas of mutual agreement to find the best outcome possible that takes farmers’ concerns into consideration.”These discussions come on the heels of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services announcement it had opened a status review on monarch butterflies under the Endangered Species Act. The outcome of this action could potentially impact farmers by impairing their ability to use many common tools and practices. NCGA is working with a broad array of groups and with government officials currently to demonstrate this potential impact and to ensure only sound, well-verified science holds weight in the review process.last_img read more

Weekend Reading: Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#start#startups chris cameron Social media maven and “average Joe” wine connoisseur Gary Vaynerchuk is the author of “Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion“, a step-by-step how-to guide for taking advantage of the Internet and social networking to create a powerful and influential personal brand. While any web savvy entrepreneur knows the importance of social media, this book is great for those looking for a crash course and an insider’s view into what it takes to create a thriving business from a personal passion. Vaynerchuk turned his father’s discount liquor store into Wine Library, a multi-million dollar online wine store, thanks in no small part to the popular Wine Library TV video podcast, just one of the various social media tools he outlines in his book. Fans of Vaynerchuk’s podcast will feel his enthusiastic and energetically friendly personality they know and love emanating from the pages of this no-frills, straightforward, slap-in-the-face social media wake-up call.“Everyone knows the Internet represents one of the biggest cultural shifts since the printing press,” Vaynerchuk says. “But I think society has been slow to recognize that it represents the biggest shift in history in how we do business.”From discovering your true passion, to setting up a WordPress blog, or from creating a Facebook Fan Page and to engaging with your audience on Twitter, Vaynerchuk covers all of his bases for social media. Most importantly, Vaynerchuk keeps it honest, managing to dispense his advice without coming across like a used car salesman or a cheap, “you can do it!” self-help author. “Crush It!” is an intriguing inside look at Vaynerchuk’s practices and a quick entertaining read at just 160 dense pages. The audio version comes in at just over 3 hours and 40 minutes and is narrated by the author with his usual “pumped up” enthusiasm. The audiobook may be a better choice not just because Vaynerchuk reads it himself, but in the true nature of openness and transparency, he veers off his script dozens of times to add insightful asides and updates to the written text. It wouldn’t be surprising if Vaynerchuk read the book straight through in one take.Photo by Flickr user Adam Tinworth. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Stay calm and be focussed, says IIT-JEE topper

first_imgPranav Goyal, who topped the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced, let out the secret of his success — stay calm and be focused. He bagged the first rank by scoring 337 marks out of 360 in the examination.“If you focus well, your study hours won’t really matter. So, just stay focused and calm. Have faith in your teachers and their guidance, and always ensure that your knowledge is conceptually sound,” an excited Pranav told the media. Pranav, student of a private school in Panchkula, said solving the previous years’ papers helped in getting an insight into the pattern of the examination. He said that he was not a ‘bookworm’ and made sure that he got his daily dose of entertainment. “While studying for 7 to 10 hours a day, I never missed out on my 40 odd-minute dose of entertainment before bedtime. I used to watch cartoons and read books to de-stress,” Pranav said.“I want to study computer science engineering from IIT Bombay,” he added.Pranav, whose father is a businessman, was also the tricity (Chandigarh-Panchkula-Mohali) topper in CBSE Class 12th board examination with 97.2%.last_img read more

Eden Gardens must host India-England match: Bedi

first_imgThe Eden Gardens in Kolkata.Former India spinner Bishen Singh Bedi on Friday said it was wrong on part of the organisers to deprive Kolkata the right to host the India-England World Cup match and the local authorities should be given some more time to complete the renovation work at the historic Eden Gardens.After an inspection, the International Cricket Council on Thursday decided to shift India’s group match against England, scheduled for February 27, from Eden Gardens, saying that the venue will not be ready in time to host the match.But Bedi said the kind of cricketing atmosphere the city of Kolkata has is unmatched and it should not be deprived from hosting the high-profile encounter.”It’s wrong whether ICC or BCCI (has done it) because the electrifying atmosphere, which is experienced in Kolkata is not seen anywhere in the world. I am not backing any cricket Association but it is an important game and Kolkata crowd deserves to watch it,” Bedi told PTI.”The other matches at Eden are insignificant (from the crowd point of view). Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore are the cities that have cricket culture and they should not be deprived of holding good matches,” he added.Apart from the India-England tie, Eden is slated to host Ireland’s two matches — against South Africa (March 15) and the Netherlands (March 18), followed by Kenya-Zimbabwe game on March 20.Bedi said if Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium can be given extra time to complete renovation work, Eden Gardens also deserve similar treatment.”It’s not time to settle political scores. How do you know, that they can’t complete the work? Let’s put the ball in their court and let them deliver,” he said.advertisement”They have awarded the semi-final to Mohali, a city which has no cricket culture. It’s agriculture there and not cricket culture.”In England during the World Cup, Northamptonshire or Cardiff were not given important matches. It’s Birmingham, Nottingham, Old Trafford that got important matches because of the culture,” Bedi added.-With PTI inputslast_img read more