FLOW’s Miller urges athletes to grasp opportunities at Relays

first_img FLOW Foundation has been donating funds to schools that make requests for help for more than 20 years, and Miller said that makes the event one of the highlights of the foundation’s yearly activities. “It’s one of the highlights of our year’s activities, one which we look forward to with a great amount of anticipation because of what it is doing. It is helping youngsters to showcase their talent, which also has the potential to showcase their talent to the world,” he said. Miller also encouraged the youngsters who compete at Penns to pay equal, if not more, attention to their academics even if they are excelling in track and field. “They are goodwill ambassadors for Jamaica and they can erase a lot of the negative perceptions out there with regard to Jamaica,” he said. In addition to the Penn Relays fund, FLOW Foundation also supports free Internet access to all primary schools across Jamaica that request free Internet as long as the company has the facilities in the area. The association also donates funds from its 6K road race to assist with the paediatric cancer fund in tandem with the Bustamante Children’s Hospital and provides scholarships for a final-year student of engineering studying at a local tertiary institution. FLOW Foundation executive chairman Errol K. Miller says his foundation looks forward each year to being part of something that gives young Jamaican student athletes the opportunity to display their skills on a stage such as the annual Penn Relays. FLOW Foundation on Tuesday presented high schools and tertiary institutions that will participate in this year’s event at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field in Philadelphia with sponsorship cheques totalling more than $4 million to help offset expenses to attend the track and field meeting. “Penn Relays would be attended by all kinds of scouts and coaches. It opens up the athletes to visitors in terms of athletics, but if there are people who are also doing well in academics, it also opens that door, too, in terms of scholarships to tertiary institutions abroad,” Miller told The Gleaner in an interview following the presentation at FLOW’s Carlton Crescent headquarters. LONG-TIME SUPPORTERlast_img read more

More sports in brief

first_imgSimmons reinstated ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Phil Simmons has been reinstated as head coach of the West Indies cricket team weeks after his suspension, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced yesterday. In a statement, WICB said Simmons, a former West Indies all-rounder, has accepted a reprimand from the board and publicly apologised for making inappropriate comments regarding team selection. His reinstatement follows a recent meeting with the WICB Human Resource Committee after a public outburst in which he questioned the make-up of the one-day international squad. “The West Indies Cricket Board reinstated Phil Simmons today to his duties as head coach of the West Indies senior men’s team,” the statement from WICB read. “Simmons was suspended after inappropriately commenting on and disclosing the specific voting of individual selectors of the WICB’s Selection Panel when selecting the West Indies men’s senior squad to tour Sri Lanka in October and November 2015.” The former Trinidad and Tobago cricketer was upset that all-rounder Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, whose services are in high demand in Twenty20 leagues around the world, failed to make the West Indies one-day international squad. The WICB also announced plans to launch an investigation into the allegations made by Simmons, and take “necessary and appropriate action”. IOC suspends Diack LONDON (AP): The International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended Lamine Diack as an honorary member yesterday and said it was ready to strip medals from any Russian athletes found guilty of doping and consider retesting samples from the Sochi Olympics. The IOC convened an urgent meeting of its executive board by video conference to consider what action to take in response to the corruption and doping crisis engulfing track and field. The board agreed on the provisional suspension of Diack, the former IAAF president who was placed under investigation by French authorities last week on charges of corruption and money-laundering related to the cover-up of Russian doping cases. Diack served as a full IOC member for 15 years until 2014, when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 80 and became an honorary member. The Senegalese official stepped down in August as president of the IAAF after 16 years in charge of track’s governing body. The IOC also acted on the damning report released Monday by a World Anti-Doping Agency panel that alleged a widespread, state-sponsored doping programme in Russia, implicating the government and intelligence services as well as athletes, coaches and team officials. The WADA commission, headed by IOC member Dick Pound, recommended that Russia’s track and field federation be suspended until it cleans up its act on doping. The IAAF is scheduled to decide Friday whether to suspend Russia, a move which could keep Russian athletes out of next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.last_img read more

Govt ‘powerless’ to terminate CHEC Suriname stone imports

first_imgCJIA 0M Expansion ProjectGovernment is ‘powerless’ to stop the stone imports from Suriname by the contractor undertaking the single largest project under its command; it has since opted to blame its predecessors—a position adopted despite the fact it had halted the project and amended the Contract, after taking office in May 2015.GMSA President Eon CaesarBusiness Minister Dominic GaskinAccording to Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin, “Under the terms of the (amended) contract I don’t think that the Government of Guyana can tell them that they can’t procure stone from outside of Guyana.”This blunt position was adumbrated on Friday when he was asked to respond to the fact that local suppliers have essentially been sidelined in preference for a Surinamese-based company.The coalition A Partnership for National Unity, Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government after taking office in May 2015, proceeded to halt, then amend, the US$150 million contract for the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) Expansion Project, on the grounds that the contract was ‘unfavourable’ to Guyana.It has now found itself in a position where the contractor—China Harbour Engineering Corporation (CHEC)—decided to bypass local suppliers and inked a US$7.5 million contract with a Surinamese-based company.Gaskin has since claimed that the arrangement under which CHEC has begun importing stone is a private one and Government cannot reverse or terminate that contract.He was at the time addressing the media at the AFC’s Kitty Headquarters and was speaking on national issues and the party’s perspective.Sand v stoneAccording to Minister Gaskin, “The procurer of the stone was the company that got the contract to build the airport—CHEC—it wasn’t the government of Guyana.”Asked why the local suppliers—two of whom have lodged formal complaints—have been sidelined, Minister Gaskin referred questions to the previous administration, which had in fact inked the original contract for the airport expansion programme.He told the media that, “That very contract did specify that the sand to be used must be procured from within a certain radius of the facility, however that was not done for the stone.”He suggested that the previous administration might not have anticipated CHEC importing stones for the project from overseas, “or they did not think it was a priority.”APNU/AFC amendmentThe Minister’s answers were however challenged by Guyana Times over the fact that the current APNU/AFC administration did in fact amend the contract but he deferred, saying he is unclear as to the scope of the amendments that had been effected.He opted instead to say, “I don’t want to get into that, I am just saying the main contract was done some time ago and therefore it was clearly not considered and not included in the contract, the effect of that is now taking place.”He suggested too that despite the current Government having already amended the contract, it was still somehow being blamed for an arrangement that had been put in place by the previous administration.Asked if the current Government would allow the contract to be fulfilled to the end, Gaskin said, “I don’t think that this particular issue warrants the contract being terminated or anything like that…but certainly as Minister of Business I do feel strongly that wherever possible we should promote our local businesses.”He did suggest that there is nothing to prevent a re-examination of the issue, “to see why a foreign company was contracted to supply the stone…that will certainly help us to understand what are some of the challenges facing local businesses.”He spoke directly about the lax capacity of some local operations and queried if local suppliers had been sidelined as a result of pricing constraints as well.The Business Minister said he does not believe that CHEC would have procured from “outside of Guyana unless it was to their benefit to do so.”He said Government will have to ascertain what the reasons were that caused CHEC to source its building material from overseas so that the administration would be able in future seek to address some of the local hurdles, “faced by our businesses that are perhaps making them less competitive, then we need to look at that also.”GMSA positionAt least two local stone suppliers have since lodged formal complaints with the Guyana Manufacturers and Services Association (GMSA).This was confirmed by GMSA president, Eon Caesar, who also called for greater protection by government with respect to local manufacturers and suppliers.CHEC has inked a US$7.5 million contract with Suriname’s state-owned mining company Grassalco, to supply some 300,000 tons of crushed stone over a 12 month period for the CJIA Expansion project—currently being done by CHEC.Caesar had told Guyana Times that while CHEC is a private company that makes its own decisions with regards to completing its project within its timeframe and specifications, the project is being funded by tax-payers’ dollars and as such it is imperative for Government to do more to protect local content.Speaking on the complaint lodged by the two local suppliers, Caesar said even if it is a case that one of the companies could not meet the demands with regard to the amount requeired, at least both companies together could have met the quota.According to International reports, Surinamese Grassalco and Zhong Da International Engineering Company will deliver the material in partnership to the client, China Harbour Engineering Company in Guyana.The contracts were reportedly signed by Grassalco’s Chief Executive Officer, Sergio Akiemboto; Wu Qiong, General Manager of Zhong Da International Engineering Company; and Sun Wei, project-manager of China Harbour Engineering Company. The Guyana CHECH contract is reportedly the largest contract the state-owned company has signed with a foreign contractor.last_img read more

Borussia Dortmund new boy explains why he snubbed interest from Premier League

first_img Mahmoud Dahoud will join join Borussia Dortmund this summer Liverpool target Mahmoud Dahoud has revealed why he snubbed interest from the Premier League to join Borussia Dortmund.The 21-year-old midfielder emerged as one of Jurgen Klopp’s top targets earlier this year but Dahoud instead opted to join Dortmund.The Syria-born star impressed during his 28 Bundesliga outings for Borussia Monchengladbach last term and has revealed that he had many offers from abroad before making his choice.But he says it was the chance to remain in Germany which was enough for him to choose Dortmund.When asked if he had offers from outside of Germany, Dahoud told Bild: “Yes, there were several.“But I wanted to stay in Germany, I am at home here.“The Bundesliga and the fans are great.“Here are the best stadiums, everything is organised very well and we have the best security possible.“What more could you want? We live in a great country.” 1last_img read more

GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THEIR AGM

first_imgFour Masters GAA Club NotesCongrats: Congratulations to Ellie Muldoon, Ellie Battle, Hannah Crawford, Siofra Mauerhoffer and Sophie Carr for being selected to represent Four Masters at U13 Donegal County Development selection process.Good luck to all the girls in the forthcoming trials. Four Masters AGM: The Annual General Meeting of Four Masters G.A.A. Club will take place on Sunday 7th December @ 8pm in Dom’s Pier One.The nominations forms are being currently circulated to members, please return forms to club secretary Deborah Dunnion, 6 Bru na Mara, Ardeskin, Donegal, not later than Saturday 29th November.Also included is brochure on our Sponsor a Virtual Sod in Tirconaill Park as part of marking our club 60th Anniversary.Four Masters Lotto: To have a chance to win the lotto, visit www.fourmastersgaa.com and play the lotto. You can also call Paul on 087 279 1305. Minors: Huge well dove to Four Masters Minors on their recent win. Well done Michael and all involved.Indoor football training: Indoor training for four and five year old boys football has started in the AVS Gym every Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm. It will continue every Tuesday, with it costing €2 each week. Just bring your boy along, they’ll have a great time.GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THEIR AGM was last modified: November 11th, 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:four mastersGAANoticesSportlast_img read more

Record is shining light on Moore

first_img Moore, angular, athletic and tall at nearly 6-foot-2, was also among the league’s fastest players, something he took pride in by taping over his high-tops so they looked like sleeker low-cuts. When Moore retired after the 1967 season, only Jim Brown had scored more than his 111 career touchdowns, a total that still ranks ninth all-time. Moore, now 71, has relished the attention he’s received with Tomlinson’s run at his record. In a phone interview, he’s engaging, praises Tomlinson and seems eager to talk about anything except himself. “You don’t get stuck on yourself because they forget about you quick,” Moore said. “The further back you go, the less you remember. It seems to be the whole societal norm.” “Wow, I’m just as excited as some of the other people at some of the things these players do.” Billy Witz can be reached at (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! That’s been changing the last week, though. Moore’s name is back in the news, dragged there by Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson, who has equaled Moore’s NFL record of scoring a touchdown in 18 consecutive games. If you haven’t heard of Moore, it’s probably because the closest anyone had come to his record, set from 1963-64, was O.J. Simpson, who had 14 in a row in 1975. Moore would have fit in quite well in today’s game. To anyone who watched football on television last weekend, there was little doubt who the two most dynamic players were: USC’s Reggie Bush on Saturday and Tomlinson on Sunday. No matter where they line up, no matter how they’re given the ball, they seem to find a way to put it in the end zone — often spectacularly. That was Moore’s game, too. Once every week or two, Lenny Moore cuts away from his job as a juvenile services counselor to watch the Baltimore Ravens practice and chat with the players. Once in a while, one of the Ravens will surprise him. “Some of the younger guys actually knew who I was,” Moore said. “I was happily shocked. They’ve got all this stuff on TV, the playbacks and these guys identify. A couple of them have said, ‘Man, I saw you Mr. Moore, you were something. I didn’t know you could run like that.’ “ AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Mention Lenny Moore’s name around Baltimore, and anyone worth a crab cake will tell you all about the Hall of Fame running back and receiver — or any other Baltimore Colt from the 50s, 60s and 70s, be it icons like Johnny Unitas and Raymond Berry to foot soldiers like Rich Volk and Norm Bulach. Move outside the beltway and to the under-30 demographic, and a good many people wouldn’t know Lenny Moore from Lenny Bruce. last_img read more

HURLING: DONEGAL PAY PRICE FOR MISSED CHANCES AGAINST DERRY

first_imgDonegal 1-12 Derry 3-8 Donegal’s hurlers threw away a four point half time lead to lose by two points to Derry in O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny.Leading by 1-6 to 1-2 at the interval, the home side allowed Derry to burst out of the blocks and score 2-2 in the space of nine minutes after the retort, with Ciaran Steele and Sean Quinn netting the goals. Donegal should have had the game wrapped up at half-time, having dominated the first period and eventually paid the price for hitting 10 wides.Donegal’s only goal of the came came via Aaron McCauley when he finished superbly past Conor Owens.Fintan McGurk found the back of the Derry for Derry with a scrappy goal.However, that blistering start to the second half – which included goals from Steele and Quinn – proved too much for the home side who, when they did get on target, found keeper Owens in top form. Donegal went for goals, but found Owens in fine form.Scorers:Derry: P Burke 0-5f, S Quinn, C Steele 1-1 each, F McGurk 1-0, D Cartin 0-1.Donegal: A McCauley 1-1, T Clare 0-4f, J O’Loughlin (2 ’65’s, f) 0-3, E Lynch, Stephen Doherty, Sam Doherty, O Rooney 0-1 each.Donegal: D Fitzpatrick; A Stokes, K McGrath, C Rami; C O’Grady, J O’Loughlin, E Drummond; P Nelson, J McBride; Sam Doherty, Stephen Doherty, E Lynch; A McCauley, T Clare, S Curran. Subs: O Rooney for Curran (37); C Griffin for Clare (43). Derry: C Owens; M Lynch, P Turner, O Doey; G Farren, C Quinn, J Mullan; S O’Neill, S Quinn; P Burke, J McGlinchey, F McGurk; J Grant, C Steele, D Cartin. Subs: B Laverty for McGlinchey (16), F O’Kane for McGurk (41).Referee: N Mullaney (Monaghan).HURLING: DONEGAL PAY PRICE FOR MISSED CHANCES AGAINST DERRY was last modified: June 2nd, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:DerrydonegalHURLINGletterkennyO’Donnellparklast_img read more

Special court sitting to be held after rally weekend arrests

first_imgThere will be a special sitting of the Letterkenny District Court tonight (Sunday) to hear cases from the rally weekend.Gardaí dealt with a high number of arrests in the past three days following various incidents in and around Letterkenny. Forty-one people were arrested on a busy Saturday night and sixteen arrests were carried out on Friday. Offences included public order, misuse of drugs, dangerous driving, drink driving, assault and the assault of a Garda member.A small number of those cases are expected to come before the special court sitting tonight.Special court sitting to be held after rally weekend arrests was last modified: June 23rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Hughes waits for news on Zamora

first_imgQPR boss Mark Hughes is hopeful Bobby Zamora will be able to join the squad for Sunday’s crucial game against Reading.Zamora has had an injection in his hip in order to boost his chances of being passed fit for the game.He was able to train on Friday and will be assessed before Hughes names his side for the match at Loftus Road.“Bobby trained but we’ve got to make sure there’s no reaction from that,” said Hughes.“Hopefully he will be available. He’s still a bit stiff though, so we’ll have to wait and see.”See also:QPR striker a doubt for Reading game Click here for the QPR v Swansea 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Kurtenbach: Gabe Kapler lost his press conference, but I like the hire

first_imgNew Giants manager Gabe Kapler talked and talked and talked some more.For more than an hour — including a near-20-minute introductory statement — he filled the air with platitudes, empty rhetoric, excuses, and self-help mumbo-jumbo, living up to his reputation as a wannabe baseball Tony Robbins.Ultimately, despite all that talking, we learned almost nothing from Kapler’s introductory press conference — save for the fact that he did himself few, if any, favors with an fan base.While the …last_img read more