All set for today’s Reggae Marathon in Negril

first_imgWestern Bureau:A host of participants will descend on the resort town of Negril for the 15th staging of the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K road races, which get underway early this morning.The races will begin at 5:15 a.m. at the customary location, the Long Bay Beach Park, and will end at approximately three hours later when there will be a victory beach party and awards presentation.It is expected that last year’s 1,800 entrants will be eclipsed this time around with male and female champions Rupert Green and Karlene Blagrove returning to defend their crowns.Green, who defeated a strong line-up last year in a smart two hours 34 minutes 35 seconds, may have to contend with 2013 winner Gregory McKenzie to retain his title.On the women’s side, Blagrove is yet again looking to be among the top-three finishers in the 26 miles long marathon race.Last year, Blagrove dominated the field to finish in front of Dana Martin-Kelly of Canada and Roberta Fontana from the Bahamas, who ended second and third, respectively.The Reggae Marathon also acts as a great opportunity for high school distance runners and this year it is anticipated that many, including the ever present St Jago High, Holmwood Technical and Bellefield High School will all compete.The event drew runners from more than 35 countries last year, surpassing the 2013 mark. This year, with registration going well, that number could also be eclipsed.last_img read more

Classy Campesino ready to lift Cliggott Trophy

first_img SLAMMING RIVALS The season’s first grade-one race, the $1.2 million Eileen Cliggott Memorial Trophy over 1300 metres, takes centre stage at Caymanas Park today with six facing the starter. The field includes, the 2015 Superstakes winner FRANFIELD, from the stables of Richard Azan, his vastly improved stable-companion JAMAI RAJA, as well as the reigning Glen Mills Caribbean Sprint Champion CAMPESINO, and the imported horse BRAWN, winner of the CTL Invitational Mile last November. All four should ensure a close contest, especially the trio of JAMAI RAJA, CAMPESINO and FRANFIELD who finished fourth, fifth and sixth respectively to SEEKING MY DREAM in the ultra-rich Diamond Mile on December 10, The then three-year-old JAMAI RAJA showed good speed that day before giving way on entering the straight and although racing for the first time since, reports in good nick on the convenient mark of 51.0kg. CAMPESINO, on the other hand, has already raced this season, slamming rivals in the St Catherine Cup feature over 1,100 metres on January 7, covering the distance in the smart time of 1:05.0. Although having to carry topweight of 57.0kg with Robert Halledeen again in the saddle, the consistent seven-year-old gelding from the stables of 14-time champion Philip Feanny is so well within himself at present that he can prove equal to the task. I take CAMPESINO to win from JAMAI RAJA and FRANFIELD. I expect him to stalk the leaders JAMAI RAJA and SIR BUDGET into the straight before taking command a furlong out. The 11-race programme should also provide the impressive three-year-old colt FEARLESS SAMURAI with his third consecutive win from four starts in the opening race over a mile for three-year-olds and up. From the stables of 16-time champion Wayne DaCosta, the Fearless Vision – Sayur offspring looked awesome when slamming LADY FAYE by 81/2 lengths over 1,500 metres on January 25 and having worked well since, should prove too good for the recent winner BIRD CATCHER in a field of seven. Champion jockey Omar Walker again has the ride. Other firm fancies on the card are FRANCIA’S PRIDE in the second race, JESSIE JAMES in the fifth, RAMBUNCTIOUS LINKS in the seventh and last season’s champion two-year-old SOTOMAYOR to win on his seasonal debut in the ninth race over 1500m for overnight allowance horses.last_img read more

Man jailed for nearly severing great aunt’s finger

first_imgBy Shemuel FanfairA man from the village of Dalliwala, Demerara River, has been sentenced to 24 months; and six months for felonious wounding and threatening behaviour, respectively.Floyd Jacobis before his trial at Wales on ThursdayAccording to evidence provided: on Saturday 2 July, Floyd Jacobis, 24, unlawfully and maliciously assaulted Eileen Jacobs, his mother’s aunt, thus causing grievous bodily harm to her.In evidence provided by Police Prosecution, on the day of the altercation at Dalliwala, the man’s great aunt was working on her farm raking grass, when the defendant approached her under the influence of alcohol and brandished two cutlasses. It was further stated that Jacobis said that he will kill Jacobs, her entire family and her dogs. He allegedly accused the defendant of planting coconut trees in his yard.The Court also heard that after an argument ensued, Jacobis dealt his great aunt two chops which she barred with a wooden object she had in her hand. As a result, her right index finger was nearly severed and she had to seek medical attention.Presiding Magistrate Crystal Lambert, who heard the matter at the Wales Magistrate’s Court on Thursday last asked the defendant for an explanation of what led to the events surrounding his actions since he plead Guilty on that charge of felonious wounding.“I was under the influence of alcohol,” he simply stated. When probed further, he offered no other explanations. However, the defendant pled not guilty on the threatening behaviour charge.Magistrate Lambert took into account that the defendant had no previous convictions but Jacobis was found culpable of both offences.His two sentences will be served concurrently.last_img read more

Inconnu Swim Club dominates in Grand Prairie

first_imgGRAND PRAIRIE, B.C. – The Inconnu Swim Club was in action last weekend at the Northern Lights Swim Meet, where the team thoroughly dominated the competition.The club came home with 11 total aggregates, sweeping the podium in the Boys 11-12 division, the Boys 15-up division, and the Girls 15-up. The swimmers who achieved aggregates are listed below:Boys 8-under:Gold- Ryder ModdeBoys 11-12:Gold – Owen Lang (placed first in every event he swam)Silver – Julien KempBronze – Dayton CarsonBoys 13-14:Gold – Tytan CarsonBoys 15-up:Gold – Eric LouieSilver – Griffin Ternier-SmithBronze – Cole CrookGirls 15-up:Gold – Jayden ForsterSilver – Jaime JodoinBronze – Brittany WelshThe meet included mostly clubs from Fort St. John and Grand Prairie but also had some competitive swimmers come up from Calgary. According to head coach Steve Carson, the goal of the meet was to bring all of his swimmers to the event to show the Calgary clubs that there are competitive swimmers in the northern regions.- Advertisement -Alex Hedges broke her own 100 metre freestyle club record for the second meet in a row with a time of 58.86. Hedges won’t be attending the club’s next meet in Kamloops as she was invited to swim with Team B.C. at the Mel Zajac Invitational.This was the final meet of the year for the club’s swimmers aged 12 and under. The club’s older swimmers will be competing in 2nd Annual TRU Wolfpack Invitational from June 1st-3rd before the championship season starts in the first week of July.last_img read more

Second set of races cancelled

first_imgFor the second time in as many days, the Taylor Speedway has cancelled its afternoon races.The second set of races for the Doug Babcock Memorial Points Challenge, scheduled to take place Sunday, June 26 at 1 p.m. have been cancelled to due unsafe track conditions brought upon by heavy amounts of rain. The next set of races to take place at the Taylor Speedway are scheduled for Saturday July 16 and Sunday the 17th, for the Mini Stock Challenge. – Advertisement -For more information on the Taylor Speedway races, please visit the speedway’s official website.last_img

MLB notes: Reporters to avoid jail time

first_imgA federal judge ordered the reporters jailed after they refused to divulge their source. They have remained free pending an appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, but Ellerman’s plea deal states that federal prosecutors will no longer try to put the reporters in prison. Ellerman agreed to plead guilty to four felony counts of obstruction of justice and disobeying court orders. He could spend up to two years in prison and pay a $250,000 fine. A judge still has to approve the terms of Ellerman’s plea agreement; no sentencing date has been set. Ellerman, who is licensed to practice law in California, also faces disbarment. Armour in Wrigley ivy: A sign of the times is finally sprouting at Wrigley Field: Advertising will appear among the ivy on the outfield walls. Doors in right field and left field will sport the logo for Under Armour, a sports apparel manufacturer. The outfield signs represent a change for the storied ballpark. “The Cubs are committed to finding alternative and creative revenue streams,” team marketing and sales director Jay Blunk said in a statement. Two San Francisco Chronicle reporters will avoid jail time under a plea agreement by a criminal defense lawyer who admitted leaking them secret grand jury documents from the BALCO steroids investigation. In court papers filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, attorney Troy Ellerman said he allowed reporters Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada to view transcripts of the grand jury testimony of baseball stars Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi, Gary Sheffield and sprinter Tim Montgomery. Ellerman had represented Victor Conte, founder of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative, the Burlingame supplements lab that allegedly provided performance enhancing drugs to the elite athletes, as well as BALCO vice president James Valente. The Chronicle published stories in 2004 that reported Giambi and Montgomery admitted to the grand jury that they took steroids, while Bonds and Sheffield testified they didn’t knowingly take the drugs. The leaked testimony also was featured prominently in the writers’ book, “Game of Shadows,” which recounts Bonds’ alleged use of steroids. center_img Under Armour also will have advertising rights for signs behind home plate. Young goes to Washington: Former All-Star Dmitri Young (Rio Mesa High of Camarillo) agreed to a minor-league contract with the Washington Nationals, getting another chance after the Detroit Tigers cut him last year following legal and substance problems. Young was released in September, and later that month he was sentenced by a court in Michigan to a year’s probation for assaulting his former girlfriend. Last summer, Young spent 30 days at a rehabilitation center for depression and alcohol abuse. Drew added to Red Sox roster: Boston officially added outfielder J.D. Drew to its roster after left-handed pitcher Lenny DiNardo was claimed on waivers by the Oakland Athletics. The club announced the $70 million deal with Drew on Jan. 26, seven weeks after preliminary agreement was reached. The deal had to be reviewed by Major League Baseball and the team needed an open slot on its 40-man roster for Drew, who played for the Dodgers last season. 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

Toddler who died in driveway accident is identified

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTH HOLLYWOOD – Authorities today identified a 14-month-old girl whose father accidentally ran her over as he was backing a vehicle out of the driveway of their home as Erica Urbano Rosas. Erica died at a hospital following the accident, which occurred about 7:20 yesterday in the 6600 block of Camellia Avenue, said Capt. Ed Winter of the coroner’s office. The girl’s father apparently thought everyone was still inside the house, police said. The door was apparently left open and the child got out, police said. last_img

FINN VALLEY ATHLETES QUICK OFF THE ‘MARK’ AS THEY SET NEW RECORDS

first_imgFinn Valley AC athletes Mark English and Mark Hoy were in fantastic form in recent days as they posted new personal bests.Mark Hoy was in action at the Belfast International on Wednesday evening and he set a new PB and Finn Valley club record over 800 returning 1-50.2.To erase the previous best 1.50.9 held by Noel Collins yet another progressive step by this dedicated athlete. Medical student Ciaran Dolan had a lifetime best 7-15 m into a – 3.7 .Wind equal club record now shared with Sean Carlin.Ciaran with other club athletes competes Cork this weekend in Irish junior and u23 championship.The meet performance came from Letterkenny athlete and UCD student Mark English with a 46.56 in 400 a new Donegal best performance in blustery conditions. FINN VALLEY ATHLETES QUICK OFF THE ‘MARK’ AS THEY SET NEW RECORDS was last modified: July 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:athleticsFinn Valley ACmark englishMark HoyNoticesSportlast_img read more

Januzaj stunner sees England miss out on top spot of World Cup group

first_imgIt was a game that lacked real quality as both managers fielded second-string sides but Januzaj’s goal was a strike worthy of winning any football match.The winger picked the ball on the right, sold Danny Rose the dummy before beautifully curling the ball beyond Pickford’s reach.England: Pickford, Stones (Maguire 45), Cahill, Jones, Alexander-Arnold (Welbeck 79), Rose, Dier, Delph, Loftus-Cheek, Vardy, RashfordSubs not used: Walker, Lingard, Henderson, Kane, Alli, Sterling, Trippier, Butland, Young, PopeBelgium: Courtois, Dendoncker, Boyata, Vermaelen (Kompany 74), Chadli, Dembele, Fellaini, Tielemans, T. Hazard, Januzaj (Mertens 86), BatshuayiSubs not used: Mignolet, Casteels, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Witsel, Carrasco, Meunier, De Bruyne, E. Hazard, R. LukakuGROUP G TABLE 4 England have finished second in their World Cup group after losing 1-0 in their final Group G clash against Belgium.Adnan Januzaj‘s fantastic curling strike early in the second-half was all that separated the two sides in a generally underwhelming game at the Kaliningrad Stadium. The Three Lions will thus face Group H winners Colombia in the last 16 on Tuesday night while the Red Devils will take on Japan on Monday night.Earlier, England nearly went behind in the first-half when Jordan Pickford let the ball slip underneath him but Gary Cahill frantically cleared the ball away, while Trent Alexander-Arnold cleared Marouane Fellaini’s goalbound effort away from danger.Marcus Rashford missed a glorious chance to earn England a draw on 66 minutes but the striker fluffed his lines when put clean through on goal in a game where both teams rested a number of key players.STAR MAN 4 4 Dembele bossed the game at points center_img Januzaj’s goal sealed all three points for Belgium 4 Januzaj cut inside before curling the ball into the goal Although this tournament has produced a lot of memorable football matches, this one will not be considered one of the classics.However, Mousa Dembele brought a touch of class to proceedings and stifled England going forward on numerous occasions.MOMENT OF THE MATCH talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

DONEGAL MOUNTAINEER PAYS TRIBUTE TO CHARITY HERO IAN McKEEVER

first_imgIan McKeever: Pic by Bren WhelanA DONEGAL mountaineer has paid tribute to the charity hero and adventurer Ian McKeever who died climbing in Tanzania yesterday.Mr McKeever, 42, was struck by lightning as he led a group up Mount Kilimanjaro. Others in the group also hit by the lightning storm needed medical treatment for minor burns and shock, but their injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.Donegal Daily columnist Bren Whelan had trained Ian when he first began learning about mountain climbing. And he took these pictures as Ian – who took many Donegal teenagers on expeditions – learned the ropes for the first time.“I knew Ian through my clothing and equipment sponsors Berghaus. In 2006, prior to Ian’s Seven Summit trip, Tony Brodrick of Xtreme Agencies (Berghaus Agent) set up a meeting between us to discuss some training he would need for Everest & carstensz pyramid,” said Bren.“Ian was instantly enthusiastic, way above the norm, yet at the same time he was really keen to know where my passion lay. I can clearly remember one of his first questions, it was…’Bren what’s your real graw when it comes to the outdoors?’“We arranged to meet later that week to do some training. One skill he needed to refine was abseiling, so I had him for a day in Dalkey Quarry in Dublin. “I showed him various skills and sent him down a variety of long and progressive more difficult abseils, trying to recreate what he would encounter. We also discussed equipment for the higher mountains and what would work at altitude, as I’ve climbed some of the Seven Summits I was able to give him some extra insight into what was needed.”Bren said Ian was always “thinking big”.“In December Ian contacted me to see if I would rig an abseil for him off the M50 bridge in Dublin, it was to launch the Seven Summits Challange. I went over to the bridge and got a tour, looked at the logistics and anchor points, but alas due to operation ‘free flow’ the Garda wouldn’t allow it due to the Christmas traffic and the problems at the Toll Bridge,” said Bren.“I had various contact with him after that, always for some new and interesting adventure that he wanted launched! It was not unusual to get a random call from some PR company who would phone and say ‘Ian Mc Keever asked us to phone you about…’ For example an abseil down ten stories into a hotel in Dublin’s lobby in front of the national media.“He was truly unique, he was not afraid to have a go, no challange was too big or too beyond his capabilities and in recent years that has been his core message.” Added Bren: “I’m kind of sad that I’m only really realising that now, it’s terrible how hindsight is such an exact science.”Ian McKeever in Dalkey: Pic by Bren WhelanDONEGAL MOUNTAINEER PAYS TRIBUTE TO CHARITY HERO IAN McKEEVER was last modified: January 4th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL MOUNTAINEER PAYS TRIBUTE TO CHARITY HERO IAN McKEEVERlast_img read more