Chasing history! – Portmore hunting RSPL record

first_imgNever in the history of Jamaica’s football has a promoted team rose from the lower league to the summit of top-flight football in successive seasons.However, former winners Portmore United are hoping to rewrite the record book as they prepare to take on Humble Lion in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) semi-finals, starting tomorrow, and coach Jeffrey Hewitt said it would be “special” to accomplish such a feat.Portmore were relegated from the Premier League in the 2013/2014 season, but after battling their way back to local football’s premier competition last year, no one expected the season the St Catherine side has delivered.They topped the preliminary standings on points to take the $1-million prize and Hewitt said winning the play-offs would be the added bonus.”Definitely, it would be something special (to come straight up and win the league), but our objective is not really based on that. Our intention is to make sure we are champions of the league, but that (coming up and winning) would definitely add to it,” he said.Hewitt said that prior to the start of the season, they were confident of doing well on their return, however, as the team performed above expectations, he said their objectives also changed.EXPECTATIONS SURPASSED”We surpassed it (expectation) and our objectives changed along the way. Coming into the season, we played some practise games against Premier League teams and, based on what we saw, we knew, for a fact, we were going to finish high up the table, but as the season progressed, we realised we could push further and we kept pushing and, hopefully, at the end of the season, we will be on top.”We have been putting in a lot of work, and it’s definitely about the backroom staff. We have been working very hard with this team and credit must go to (technical) director (Andre) Waugh who set the programme. He knows what he’s about and what he wants and the guys have fallen in line and as it is we are getting there,” he continued.To achieve this dream, Portmore must first get by arch-rivals Humble Lion in their two-leg semi-final and Hewitt claim things are looking good for them as they head into tomorrow’s first-leg clash at Effortville.”Finishing on top of the league ahead of Arnett Gardens, Montego Bay is a good feeling. We are really proud of what we have achieves so far and our ambition is to go all the way. The job is not yet done, we just have to keep on working, as our focus is on getting through these two semi-final games and try to advance to the final.last_img read more

Video games in the Olympics? Here’s how it might work

first_imgLATEST STORIES In this photo taken by LAUREL Photo Services on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, an esports competitor takes part in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Including competitive computer games, known as esports, could give the Olympics a younger audience and a huge revenue boost from a rapidly growing market, but would be deeply controversial. (David Aliaga/LAUREL Photo Services via AP)ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan — The future of the Olympics may just be in a basement in Turkmenistan.With leading Olympic figures considering a possible role for competitive computer games — known as esports — at the 2024 Games in Paris, a pan-Asian competition in the ex-Soviet state offers a possible vision of the future.ADVERTISEMENT Warriors lose preseason opener to Nuggets Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Deciding which games to pick is fraught, too. The IOC has a sponsorship deal with Chinese company Alibaba, which has major esports interests, but rival firms have their own popular brands.The IOC also fears violent games would hurt the Olympics’ image.IOC president Thomas Bach told the South China Morning Post, an Alibaba-owned newspaper, earlier this month that he’d prefer sports simulations.“We want to promote non-discrimination, non-violence, and peace among people. This doesn’t match with video games, which are about violence, explosions and killing. And there we have to draw a clear line,” he said.All four of the games on the program this week in Turkmenistan featured some form of combat, though in fantasy settings with cartoon-style animation techniques. There weren’t any realistic military-themed shooting games on the program.Bach also said esports needs a firmer structure. The IOC is used to dealing with a single governing body for each sport, like FIFA for soccer or the International Gymnastics Federation. Esports has its own international federation, but with limited influence over a web of private interests including games publishers, competition organizers and players’ teams.The event in Turkmenistan showed how that system doesn’t yet fit smoothly with the Olympic movement.IOC sponsor Alibaba’s Alisports division was in charge of the event, and used an open online qualifying system. That prompted federations from Australia and South Korea to boycott, saying athletes should have been picked by their national Olympic committees in the manner of a traditional sport.If esports make it to the Olympics, other potential problems for the IOC include criticism it’s moving away from promoting a healthy lifestyle, and that it’s ignoring poorer countries where fast computers and brand-new games are unaffordable.Esports would also mean the IOC allowing private companies to set the rules of its competitions. 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Not so for games publishers, who routinely mix things up to attract new players and keep things fresh.Adding just one new character can reshape the whole “meta” — the game’s constantly evolving web of tactics and counter-tactics.Senior figures in the IOC and the esports world have publicly doubted esports will be ready for an Olympic debut in seven years’ time.“We are still some way away from our vision and we need to start on the right foot,” Asian Esports Federation president Kenneth Fok said last week. “For esports to develop in a positive banner, we need the full support of each and every NOC, their government, and more importantly the general public to have a positive perception of electronic sports.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collidecenter_img Esports aren’t a natural fit for Turkmenistan, one of the poorer ex-Soviet nations, though one where internet access is growing rapidly.The rules weren’t explained in the local language, but that didn’t turn off the crowd of up to 200 in the windowless basement of a sports arena from cheering and whooping at a particularly spectacular kill or skillful strategy.Still, the attendance was tiny compared to big pro esports events, which can pack thousands into traditional sports arenas, and it didn’t make much of a splash online. Fewer than 50 viewers at a time watched some opening-round matches Monday on Twitch, a leading game streaming service that regularly attracts tens of thousands of concurrent viewers to its more popular streams.If esports make it to the Paris Olympics, it would redefine what Olympic sport is meant to be.The International Olympic Committee has previously resisted calls to add “mind sports” like chess that don’t involve physical exertion, or events where machines are key, like auto racing.ADVERTISEMENT Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody How to help the Taal evacuees Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Including esports could give the Olympics a younger audience and a huge revenue boost from a rapidly growing market, but would be deeply controversial.The Olympic Council of Asia included esports as an official demonstration event at its Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games this week, with teams from China and nine other nations battling in four games ranging from space combat in “StarCraft II” to card-game strategy in “Hearthstone.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSupporters of esports in the Olympics say their event is a real sporting contest, one which prizes strategy and lightning reactions over physical agility.“It needs different skillsets from different people,” competitor Jess Joaustine Tamboboy from the Philippines told The Associated Press. “It doesn’t really have a physical requirement because you can see around us the players are short and tall, maybe a little bit thin, maybe a little bit fat. But all they have in order to qualify to play for these types of titles are just their cognitive or mind skills.”last_img read more

4 homeless after D’Andrade Street home goes up in flames

first_imgA senior employee attached to the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) and her three children are now forced to make alternative living arrangements after a fire of unknown origin swept through their D’Andrade Street, Kitty home on Sunday.At the time of the fire, Ruth Lee claimed that no one was at home, but residentsThe house after the fire on Sundayclaimed otherwise. They reportedly told media operatives that the woman’s daughter and two other persons were in the house when they observed smoke emanating from the upper flat of the building. They quickly rushed to safety.By the time residents rushed to the scene, the interior of the building was already engulfed, but the residents’ quick response meant they managed to save several nearby houses.Three fire tenders from the Central Fire Station responded to the report, with the firefighters without hesitation going into firefighting mode. After some time, the fire was contained to one location. Fire officials have launched an investigation into the blaze.last_img read more

UN says Canada’s plan to rescue Wood Buffalo National Park not enough

first_imgBut it has been deteriorating for decades. In 2014, the Mikisew Cree asked UNESCO to examine the park to see if it still merited designation as a World Heritage Site.The UNESCO report prompted Ottawa to commission a 561-page study that concluded 15 out of 17 measures of ecological health were declining. The effects, everything from low water flows to curtailed Indigenous use, stem largely from changes to area rivers caused by climate change, dams in British Columbia and industry in Alberta.Canada proposed solutions such as artificially induced spring floods and other water flows. Ottawa also promised more careful environmental reviews of nearby development and better consultation with Indigenous people.Since that report, Alberta has created a series of wildland areas around most of the park as a buffer zone.Advertisement “The action plan includes over 140 actions to increase protection of ecosystems,” Parks Canada said.The UN draft decision praises those measures, including the controversial Bill C-69 on environmental assessments.But UNESCO points out Canada failed to answer concerns about B.C. Hydro’s Site C dam. It also says ongoing oilsands development upstream from the park is of “serious concern.”The report notes Teck Frontier’s oilsands mine would move development closer to the park. It also wants an assessment of the failure risks posed by oilsands tailings ponds.Parks Canada has committed more than $27.5 million over five years to support the federal plan. UNESCO says that’s not enough.Advertisement OTTAWA, O.N. – The status of Canada’s largest park as a World Heritage Site remains wobbly after a United Nations body expressed grave doubts about a federal plan to rescue it.“Considerably more effort will be needed to reverse the negative trends at a time when climate change combined with upstream industrial developments and resource extraction are intensifying,” says a draft decision on Wood Buffalo National Park from UNESCO, which manages the UN’s list of World Heritage Sites.Further deterioration, it says, “could eventually lead to the inscription of the property on the list of World Heritage in Danger.”- Advertisement -In an email, Parks Canada said it “recognizes the outstanding universal value of Canada’s 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is committed to their ongoing protection.”Wood Buffalo, which straddles the Alberta-Northwest Territories boundary, is one of the world’s largest freshwater deltas and is the breeding ground for millions of migratory birds from four continental flyways.With almost 45,000 square kilometres of grasslands, wetlands and waterways, it is the world’s only breeding ground for endangered whooping cranes and home to the world’s largest herd of free-ranging wood buffalo. First Nations depend on the area.Advertisement “More funding will likely be needed given the size of the property and the complexity of the issues,” it says.Kecia Kerr of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society said the UNESCO decision is serious business.“It’s a serious tone and it’s a warning,” she said. “It’s definitely not a real passing grade.”Arresting the park’s decline will take strong measures, she said.“The continuation of adding a small impact here, a small impact there, (has) already overwhelmed the park. It will require some tough decisions and actually saying no to some projects.”Advertisement There are 33 countries with properties on the list of sites in danger. The United Kingdom and the United States each have one site on the list, but almost all are from Africa, South America and the Middle East.Parks Canada said it does not expect to join that list.“While acknowledging that there is more work to be done, the draft decision affirms the (government’s) commitment to the ongoing protection and management of Canada’s largest national park and World Heritage Site.”UNESCO is to take its final vote on the draft decision on Canada’s response at its next meetings starting at the end of the month.last_img read more

Lamela turns focus back to Tottenham after strong Argentina showing

first_img1 Erik Lamela in action for Argentina Tottenham’s record signing Erik Lamela is keeping his feet firmly on the ground despite enjoying a successful start to the season.The Argentina international has been revitalised since the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino this summer, racking up four assists in all competitions already.Lamela also found the back of the net in his country’s 4-2 win over Germany last week, capping off a strong start to the season.However, the 22-year-old has admitted he is not getting ahead of himself after impressing for club and country.“I’m happy because it was my first goal for Argentina and even happier because we won the game”, Lamela told the Tottenham’s official site.  “It’s one goal, it was special, but it’s just one goal and I will keep my feet on the ground.“To win 4-2 against Germany, the world champions, is a special result. It was great to be part of it.”last_img read more

‘Diego Costa needed this goal for his confidence’ – Jose Mourinho praises striker after Chelsea’s victory over Norwich

first_imgChelsea ended their barren Premier League run after sealing a narrow 1-0 victory over Norwich City at Stamford Bridge.Diego Costa scored the winning goal for the reigning English champions, netting his first for the club in seven games.The Brazil-born striker, like many of his team-mates, has come in for heavy criticism over his poor form and attitude this season, with the forward looking a shadow of the player that proved a nightmare to defenders upon his arrival in England’s top flight last summer.Following the win, Jose Mourinho admitted that Costa has not been at his best, but spoke of his delight at the 27-year-old ending his goalless spell.“I think the crowd loves him, that’s not the point, but the reality is that in the last minute of the first half he missed a chance with an open goal,” said the Blues boss.“He’s not scoring goals, but he’s working very well.“He’s a happy guy, he’s a positive guy, so we are all delighted that he scored the winning goal for us.”Mourinho also voiced how important the goal was for Costa’s confidence, stating that the former Atletico Madrid man needed to get his name on the scoresheet.“It’s a goal that we need as a team, for the points, and as a striker Diego also needs for his confidence.”last_img read more

Southampton 1-6 Liverpool: Origi nets a hat-trick as Sturridge makes a goalscoring return in League Cup victory

first_imgDivock Origi opened his account for Liverpool by netting an emphatic hat-trick as Liverpool were 6-1 winners at Southampton in the last quarter-final of the League Cup.There were many positives for Jurgen Klopp, despite his side conceding in the first minute when Sadio Mane put the home side ahead, heading past goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.Liverpool went into the break leading 3-1 as Daniel Sturridge made an emphatic return to action, netting a double on his first start since coming back from injury. Origi then grabbed a fortuitous first goal for the club before the interval.Alberto Moreno’s drive deflected off the 20-year-old and he was awarded the goal before adding two more in the second half, one either side of Jordon Ibe’s neat strike as the Saints fell apart after a promising start.The hosts took the lead after just 42 seconds, when they looked to expose young Liverpool right-back Connor Randall.Saints and England man Ryan Bertrand got forward and crossed from the left channel, with Senegalese star Mane heading past Bogdan from around six yards.Liverpool drew level after 25 minutes when a ball was hit over the top and Sturridge’s touch was heavy. He found himself isolated and alone on the left-hand side of the box. He showed great footwork, performing quick step-overs before knocking the ball onto his left foot and striking across goal from an acute angle, beating Stekelenburg.It took the England forward less than four minutes to double his and Liverpool’s tally.The build-up saw some sublime piece of skill by Emre Can, as his Cruyff turn in the centre beat his marker. The German then sent a diagonal ball across the box and Sturridge had left his marker. He coolly sent a right-footed volley underneath the Dutch goalkeeper.Origi opened his Liverpool account shortly before the interval. A corner was cleared and Moreno sent a 20-yard drive through a crowd of bodies in the box and the Belgian striker’s touch helped it past Stekelenburg.Origi added his second Liverpool goal and this one was most definitely his after the confusion of the first. Substitute Ibe laid the ball on a plate for him and he controlled on the edge of the box before firing a powerful effort into the top corner at the near post.That goal was in the 68th minute and it was 5-1 just five minutes later. Ibe, who had replaced Sturridge shortly before the hour, controlled Moreno’s cross with his chest on the edge of the box before sending a low volley into the back of the net.Origi completed a hat-trick, the second of his career, as he headed home from close range as Liverpool convincingly booked their place in the last four.See the League Cup draw here. 1 Southampton 1-6 Liverpool: Origi nets a hat-trick as Sturridge makes a goalscoring return in League Cup victory last_img read more

Health officials investigate neglect charges at facility

first_imgThe second facility also discovered that Amparo Serna had suffered a mild stroke while at the Montebello center, was malnourished and had a urinary tract infection, according to Jenice Serna. Jenice Serna said her aunt “kept scratching so hard, we were afraid she’d scrape herself and get infected.” “Her diaper was always full, and they’d take so long to come and clean her. I made a lot of complaints to the supervisor, the social worker and to her HMO, but no one ever did anything about it. “Finally, I called the Health Department,” she added. Stephanie Cruz’s father Rudy Cruz, 55, became a long-term patient at the Rio Hondo center after suffering a brain aneurism in 2004. She said poor care at the facility nearly resulted in her father’s leg being amputated after a fall at the center. “He fell in the shower and got big two-inch square cuts on his legs,” Stephanie Cruz said. “They didn’t treat it enough and it … got infected. He got a high fever and had to be hospitalized with a bacterial infection. The doctor told me if he had been diabetic, he probably would have lost his leg.” Other relatives of patients also complained to a reporter about patient neglect. Krystal Acosta said she worked as a nurse at the Montebello center but quit in March. She said nurses there are overworked and burdened with too many patients to care for. “I worked seven 16-hour shifts one month, back-to-back,” said Acosta, 24. “I don’t know how many times I didn’t eat anything all day.” Acosta said some nurses at the center care for as many as 90 patients during an 8-hour period. According to the Department of Heath Services, the minimum amount of time a nurse spends with a patient must be 3.8 hours, or approximately 2-3 patients to one nurse. “We have 37 patients to one nurse in our express rehab,” said Acosta. “And we have between 30 to 50 patients to one nurse for our long-term patients.” Chatelle said she could not confirm the patient ratios cited by Acosta. pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! State health officials are investigating a reported case of scabies and other possible instances of patient neglect at a sub-acute care facility in Montebello, officials said. The investigation involves the Rio Hondo Subacute and Nursing Center, where the family of at least one patient reported their relative contracted the highly contagious skin infestation but never received proper treatment, state Department of Health Services officials said. By state law, all instances of the condition, which is caused by mites, must be reported to the department, but that does not appear to be the case at the Montebello facility, said Norma Arceo, spokeswoman for the health services department. “All health-care facilities are required to report every scabies case and to isolate them. They never made a scabies report to us in the last few months,” she said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventMelody Chatelle, spokeswoman for the Rio Hondo Subacute and Nursing Center, denied her facility had any recent cases of scabies. She said, however, that some patients had broken out with rashes. “There have been no scabies outbreaks that I’m aware of,” she said. “But if there were, we are bound to report them. We did have some patients with rashes. We just passed a state survey and we invite anyone to come and see our facility. We stand by our record.” But the families of some patients tell stories of serious patient neglect at the center. Jenice Serna said she was told for weeks that her aunt’s rash was a reaction to laundry detergent used to clean bedding. A physician at the Montebello center eventually informed Serna that her aunt had scabies. But Serna said her aunt never received any treatment for the condition, a fact she said was uncovered only after her aunt was transferred in March to another medical facility. last_img read more

SUNSHINE AND SNOWDROP SPLITTING IN CULDAFF!

first_imgPictured are some of Gardener Gareth Austin’s Horticultural students who spent a day extending the snowdrop displays at Culdaff House in Inishowen.The students at Culdaff House.The students, who are normally based in the Colgan Hall in Carndonagh, undertook this project as a way as part of their Level 5 Horticultural Program, which is administered by the Donegal ETB.“Snowdrops respond really well to being lifted, split and replanted just as they come out of flower”, “and its a great way of extending a display without spending any money” said Gareth Austin.The snowdrop area that Gareth and the guys were working on is located on the ‘Bluebell Hill’ road and stretches out around the old gate lodge, alongside this road.“When we were there I was struck by the amount of walkers using the road, so I’m delighted that long after out course has finished the students have added to and enhanced a local attraction that every person who walks this road in February/March can stop and admire” adds Gareth.Gareth is regular columnist with Donegal & Derry Daily, don’t miss his feature every Saturday morning. SUNSHINE AND SNOWDROP SPLITTING IN CULDAFF! was last modified: May 14th, 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)last_img read more

FITNESS TRAINING WITH A RUGBY TWIST

first_imgLetterkenny Rugby Club have become the first Sporting Club in Donegal to open up their Fitness Training to the General Community.Sessions will be non-contact and will focus on building aerobic fitness and general strength for both males and females. There will be two levels of Training:The  Elite training Classes are for people who keep their fitness levels high and would like a new challenge.  The classes will be designed to build strength, stamina and aerobic fitness. Rugby skills will be incorporated into the classes to make them fun but this session is not for the faint-hearted!Intermediate Classes are aimed at those who undertake light to moderate training on a regular basis and would like to further improve their fitness, while meeting like-minded people. The emphasis will be on aerobic and strength training.This initiative has come about in response to the large number of people who want to train outdoors but don’t necessarily want to play team sports. Andrew Gibson, a professional fitness instructor who is running the sessions, said that you only need to drive around Letterkenny to see how many people are training on their own.  He pointed out that while jogging and cycling are great for aerobic fitness, they really only exercise a couple of muscles and people should try to incorporate some more general training into their fitness regime.‘The aim of the sessions is to provide a fun training environment which will improve overall fitness, strength and stamina’, he said.Classes are being held at Letterkenny RFC at the Glebe at 6.00pm Mondays and Wednesdays and on Saturday mornings at 9.30 am.  Cost is €5.00 per class. There is a free introductory session on the Bank Holiday Monday, August 1 at 6.00pm.For enquiries or to register your interest, send a text to 086 811 9339.FITNESS TRAINING WITH A RUGBY TWIST was last modified: July 24th, 2011 by marieShare 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:fitness trainingLetterkenny RFClast_img read more