Kingston Criterium on April 17

first_imgKINGSTON:The 2016 staging of the Jamaica Cycling Federation’s (JCF) Kingston Criterium will take over the streets of downtown Kingston on Sunday, April 17 as the picturesque Kingston waterfront will provide the backdrop for an intense day of cycling.Action is scheduled to run from 1 p.m.-5 p.m., with registration set to begin at 11 a.m. The event is free to the public.Some of Jamaica’s finest riders, including 2014 Commonwealth Games representative Marloe Rodman and former national Oneil Samuels are among the participants.”We are expecting a very exciting event,” said Dr Wayne Palmer, head of the JCF Race Committee and overseer for the 2016 Kingston Criterium. “I think this has the potential to be one the most entertaining events undertaken by the federation in recent years. The Criterium event is usually one which is filled with thrills and daring racing manoeuvres, and that leads to a very enjoyable event from a viewing perspective.”The Kingston Criterium is a closed-circuit event, which will see cyclists racing several laps to complete a race. The events will be contested based on categories, including women’s and men’s elite, masters and juniors. In addition to the respective categories, there will also be a kids’ sprint.The circuit comprises parts of Ocean Boulevard, Orange Street and Port Royal Street. There is also expected to be an all comers ‘Rambo Race’, which will be a cash prize race for anyone brave enough to enter.last_img read more

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Pacio unfazed by last-minute opponent change

first_imgPhoto by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netJoshua Pacio is likely on his way to a title shot if he goes on to hurdle his Chinese opponent Min Qiang Lan in the co-main event of ONE: Global Superheroes on Friday.But as much as the Filipino strawweight contender wants to get his hands on the gold, he doesn’t want to get ahead of himself especially with a big bout coming up against a dangerous opponent.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew But Pacio isn’t concerned with the sudden change.“I’m not worried because fighters in the international stage are expected to cope up with the changes and that’s how fighters’ mentality should be,” Pacio said.Pacio said there are similarities between his initial foe and replacement in terms of their strengths which is striking, but added that Lan is the more lethal striker than the two.“We saw a video of one of Lan’s fights and he’s better than Pongsiri in striking so I prepared really hard in training and that’s what I’m going to showcase on Friday.”ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak LATEST STORIES “Of course, I want the belt but for me, right now, I’m not thinking about getting a title shot just yet,” Pacio told INQUIRER.net in Filipino on Tuesday.“I still need to gain more experience for me to get to the level of champions,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkPacio is supposed to fight Pongsiri Misatit, but the Thai was forced to withdraw due to an injury.ONE announced the opponent change on Friday, giving Pacio’s camp less than two weeks to adjust their game plan. MOST READ Injured Nadal out of Australian Open; Cilic into semifinals 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 View commentslast_img read more

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Gbarpolu Citizens Speak about Challenges in Their County

first_imgSeveral citizens of Gbarpolu County have expressed dissatisfaction over some situations they are faced with in the county.They made their plights known over the weekend when they attended the World Press Freedom Day celebrated in Bopolu, capital city of Gbarpolu County. The World Press Freedom Day was celebrated in Bopolu City by the Press Union of Liberia (PUL).Challenges, according to Gbarpolu citizens, include lack of access to save drinking water, inadequate education and health facilities, no farm-to-market roads, lack of electricity, amongst others.Forty-two-year old Milton K. Dwana, a resident of Bopolu City hoped that the event will make the focus of the Liberian Government and its development partners to shift towards their county; “so that they can help us solve our problems.”Dwana said their conditions have not changed for the better, over the years, because not too many events are held in the county to attract journalist, health workers, government officials and private institutions.“Our voices must be heard. I want to thank the PUL because at least journalists are here to see what we go through. We lack many things here. Our radio station does not reach far for the government to hear us. Thank God that the World Freedom Day celebration has attracted journalists here so that they will help report on our challenges,” he explained.He furthered stated that because of bad roads, they are faced with health problems and even educational challenges, not excluding their farms-to-market roads, which are badly deplorable.“We only have one school here, and there are so many children attending the school. The school is not expensive so the children are too many for the little sitting.”“We also don’t good drinking water in our city. We hope that our voices will be heard by the government.Also speaking to this paper, Dennis Tewee, a 24-year old recharged cards seller, called on the government of Liberia to constantly sent representatives there to know what the community lacks.“I sell my scratch cards before I am able to feed my parents on a daily. Nobody knows the things that happen here because our government officials hardly come around to check on us. The government has forgotten to know that Montserrado, Bassa, Margibi and Bong are not only Liberia,” he said.Tewee also called on journalists to always visit Gbarpolu County.“If we see two or three journalist here for two days, almost six months will pass before we see another group of journalists. The press is our only means to speak to our government, so we are begging them to always come around.”Also speaking to the Observer, 41-year-old Sianeh Talley, a market woman, stressed that market women are affected greatly because of the bad roads. She said because of very bad roads, they (market women) cannot get their goods to the market on time.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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CRC Requests Meeting With Senate

first_imgThe Constitution Review Committee (CRC) has written the Senate requesting a meeting to presenting the preliminary summary of views expressed by citizens during the consultations and sectorial meetings in 73 Electoral Districts and the diaspora.According to a communication from the CRC dated February 18 and read before plenary last Thursday, during the requested meeting, which is expected to be held this week, the statistical analysis of the views of the Liberian people will be presented.The communication, signed by the chairperson of CRC, Cllr Gloria M. Musu-Scott also noted that during the meeting, her Committee will present to the Senate an update on the process and information on the remaining milestones to be achieved for the successful amendment of the 1986 Constitution to reflect the aspirations of the Liberian people.  The next milestone in the review process, done in collaboration with experts from the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS), is for that body to convene a National Constitution Conference to validate the views and recommendations gathered from the people, and obtain consensus on the formulated proposed amendments to the Constitution, according to CRC.The conference will be convened in the city of Gbarnga, Bong County from March 22-26.  It may be recalled that the 1986 Constitution was drafted in Gbarnga in 1985.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Bowl for Kids Sake raises $21,738 for Big Brothers Big Sisters

first_imgReal estate challenge: Royal LePage – $940Municipal challenge: City of Dawson Creek – $100V.E. Brandl was also the title sponsor for this year’s Bowl for Kids Sake, the fifth year the company has been in that role. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  The 25th annual Bowl for Kids Sake was held yesterday at Fort Bowling Lanes with 30 teams participating. Nearly $22,000 was raised with all of the money staying within the community to support the overall costs for Big Brothers Big Sisters.Program support coordinator Kristen Danczak said the organization realizes it’s a difficult time when it comes to money. With that they’re thankful to still get a solid contribution from the event.“We definitely really appreciate it in a year when the economy isn’t looking so good. We appreciate that people still take the time to help us out,” she said.- Advertisement -As part of the fundraising various challenge divisions were organized. The winners of each division are as follows:Oil and gas challenge: V.E. Brandl –  over $4,000Financial challenge: RBC – $1,270Advertisementlast_img read more

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Hilary Crowley official Green Party candidate

first_imgSince Jay Hill officially retired as the riding’s Member of Parliament, the race has been on to find candidates for each party running in the next election. Although no by-election date has been set, in addition to Crowley running for the Green Party, there have been six people that have already announced their candidacy for the Conservative nomination and Lois Boone will run for the NDP. The Green Party of Canada has officially picked Hilary Crowley as the Green Party candidate for the Prince George-Peace River riding.Crowley is no stranger to the area or this riding’s election process. She has run in the past four elections for the Green Party.She says she knows the riding very well, having travelled throughout the region and attended every all candidates meeting in each city.- Advertisement -One of Crowley’s main focuses for her platform is the environment and, more specifically, to move the economy away from its dependence on fossil fuels to a more green-based economy. [asset|aid=3321|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=bc53445f5b29ce015a70712972045c96-Crowley 2_1_Pub.mp3] Crowley says moving to this type of economy would provide a greater number of jobs for residents, especially if wind turbine manufacturing plants are brought to the region. Currently, turbines are imported from European countries.Advertisement One thing she says she is strongly against is the Northern Gateway project. She adds she will fight against the proposed twin pipeline that would run from near Edmonton, Alta. to a port in Kitimat B.C. [asset|aid=3322|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=bc53445f5b29ce015a70712972045c96-Crowley Green Party 1_1_Pub.mp3] Crowley emigrated from England to Canada in 1970 and has lived in the Prince George area since 1971. The riding has been a federal Conservative stronghold for several decades but Crowley says she believes now that Jay Hill has retired the number of Conservative votes will decrease and the Green Party’s will increase.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Kent indifferent to retiring

first_imgVERO BEACH, Fla. – Dodgers second baseman Jeff Kent said Wednesday he has yet to decide whether he will retire after the upcoming season. He also said he doesn’t know when he will make that decision and that until he does, he has no interest in discussing it. “Last year, I talked about that a lot,” Kent said. “This year, I won’t, and maybe that is a telltale sign that it might be (his last year).” It clearly played a major role in the fact he hit just 14home runs, his lowest single-season total in a decade. But Dodgers strength and conditioning coach Doug Jarrow visited Kent last fall at his Austin, Texas, home and left him with specific instructions for a new workout program geared toward those oblique muscles. “Contrary to most beliefs, I do lift weights all the time,” Kent said. “I always work out in the offseason. But we added a new workout schedule for new body parts.” Changing colors: Dodgers first baseman Nomar Garciaparra said club officials have told him there is a plan to change the color of the Dodger Stadium dugout club seats behind home plate in an attempt to prevent injuries and fielding errors. Last year, the seats were a pale yellow color. Consequently, infielders routinely lost the path of the ball after it left the pitcher’s hand because it blended into the scenery. “I think they’re going to go to kind of a teal green,” Garciaparra said. “They asked me about it, and that was great of them to do that. The organization listened to what we were saying. They wanted to do it right.” Several infielders, both with the Dodgers and with opposing clubs, complained about the problem last season, the first year for the ballpark’s new color scheme. Changing minds: Dodgers manager Grady Little said earlier this week that he decided who his leadoff man was but wouldn’t announce it until after meeting with Rafael Furcal. That seemed to be an indication that Furcal would drop to the No. 2 spot behind newly signed center fielder Juan Pierre. But Wednesday, Little said he had changed his mind and was withholding judgment. “To be honest, I find myself changing from one morning to the next,” Little said. “So I’m not going to make a decision until I am dead set that it’s the way I want to go.” tony.jackson@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “By December, I was ready to play baseball,” Kent said. In other words, the notoriously dour Kent – who has ridden his admittedly indifferent attitude toward the game to what probably is a Hall of Fame career – has a new attitude, now that his bothersome left oblique has finally had enough time to properly heal. He was smiling broadly as he entered the Dodgers’ clubhouse, shaking hands with teammates along the way. Last spring, Kent signed a one-year, $11.5 million extension that will kick in this season. The complicated deal carries a $7 million club option for next season, with a $500,000buyout, or a $9 million vesting option if Kent has 550 plate appearances this year. And if Kent has that many plate appearances, it will mean he was reasonably healthy throughout 2007 – which might motivate him to return in 2008 if he still feels productive. Kent now admits the oblique strain, which landed him on the DL from July 18- Aug.7, continued to bother him the rest of the season. center_img Kent then covered his bets by seeming to suggest he will return in 2008. The last Dodgers player to report to spring training, he said that after an injury-plagued 2006 in which he went on the disabled list twice, he began looking forward to the next season earlier than ever. last_img read more

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Livestock to hoof it to Hansen center

first_img“The positive thing,” Alarcón said, “would be for the Santa Clarita Valley and the San Fernando Valley to each have their own.” In addition, the city would lobby the state to audit the fair board’s performance based on complaints from exhibitors and local residents. Cárdenas, who sparred with the board in March over its attempts to relocate to Woodley Park in Encino, continued his attack on the event’s management. “I’m glad to hear that the animals will be back in the San Fernando Valley, but I’m perplexed that they’d separate them from the fair,” he said. “That doesn’t make any sense. That’s like having a car race, putting all the people in a stadium and then the cars are down the block.” Livestock volunteers, who’ve been trying to pull together a contingency plan for several weeks, said the Hansen Dam site would be an acceptable compromise. While reluctant to exhibit separately from the main fair, livestock committee members said they’d still be able to spread the word about the new venue. “The kids won’t get left hanging now,” said Ken Keeble, a volunteer and member of the Reseda Grange. “It won’t be a big thing, it won’t be the same, but at least we can let buyers know where it’s going to be.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After a week of strife and heated insults, the chickens will come home to roost. Ending a week of nervous uncertainty, the San Fernando Valley Fair announced Tuesday that it will hold a separate animal show at the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center. After turning away exhibitors from its Saugus Speedway site for cost reasons, then offering a Pierce College alternative that hadn’t been squared with Pierce College, the fair will now return its livestock to the same location it shunned earlier this year. “It’s going to happen and it’ll be a nice venue,” Fair Board President David Honda said. “The community came to the rescue of the livestock committee.” He said the board plans to meet with the center’s owner, Eddie Milligan, today to look over the site. Honda thanked Milligan for stepping up to help and said it would allow the exhibitors to show and auction their animals for the two-day event beginning June 9. “I’m trying to do everything I can,” Honda said. “I’m trying to work with everyone on this.” Meanwhile, seeking to end future dust-ups, Los Angeles City Councilmen Tony Cárdenas and Richard Alarcón introduced a resolution Tuesday that would call for the creation of an entirely new local agricultural district. If the resolution becomes law, the city will lobby the state to create a 55th District Agricultural Association, enabling the Valley Fair to stay in its Saugus location and a new entity to set up shop in the San Fernando Valley. last_img read more

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Mwalala resigns as Nzoia head coach

first_img0Shares0000Nzoia Sugar head coach Bernard Mwalala watches his side during a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 2- Former Kenyan international Bernard Mwalala has resigned as Nzoia Sugar head coach with immediate effect over what he termed as ‘personal reasons’, a decision he says he took painfully.Mwalala tendered his resignation to the club’s management on Monday morning bringing to an end a hugely successful spell of close to four years that saw him aid the side to return to top flight football. “This is a decision that I made a long time ago and it was only a matter of time. I made the decision due to personal reasons and I will take some bit of time to rest before making a decision on the next move,” Mwalala told Capital Sport.Mwalala helped the side gain promotion to top flight at the end of the 2016 season when they won the National Super League, barely a year after taking charge. He has also seen the side become one of the teams to beat in the top flight.“I am proud of the work I have done at this club both as a player and as a coach. Nzoia gave me the opportunity to be what I am today and I will forever be indebted to them. This was a hard decision to take but sometimes in life, you have to change,” added the coach.Nzoia Sugar FC posing for a team photo before a past Kenyan Premier League matchNonetheless, things have not been rosy for the youthful tactician since the departure of former chairman Yapets Mokua.At some point, Mwalala had said he was resigning from the club but rescinded the decision, but this was always a ticking time bomb. The club has also been facing tough financial times due to the struggles experienced by their sponsors.Time and again, players have gone on go slows protesting lack of pay, something that has hugely dampened the morale of the players.Mwalala has also been quietly frustrated that the club has lost most of its good players without the club making a fight for them and was particularly disappointed at the end of last season when Lawrence Juma left for Gor Mahia while Masita Masuta left for Ulinzi Stars.“We have always tried our best to replace the departed players and I think we did well with that. I leave the club at a good place and hopefully they continue in that same spirit,” the coach added.Meanwhile, Vihiga United have confirmed that ex-Kakamega Homeboyz coach Mike Mururi has joined them with Edward Manoah being elevated to the position of Technical Director.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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