Thompson, McPherson impress indoors

first_imgWorld Championships 200-metre silver medallist Elaine Thompson looked at home on her indoor debut, twice clocking 7.14 on a day that saw her finishing second to her Dutch rival Dafne Schippers in the 60m at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix at the Emirates Arena yesterday.Just like she did in the 200m final at the World Championships in Beijing last August, Schippers led Thompson to the line with a time of 7.10, with third place going to Ewa Swoboda (Poland), who clocked 7.15 seconds.Thompson’s run makes her the joint fastest Jamaican in the event so far this year along with Simone Facey, who also ran 7.14 earlier this month.Competing in her first individual indoor 400m race, Stephenie-Ann McPherson became the fastest Jamaican this year after posting 52.05 to win ahead of Seren Bundy-Davies (Great Britain), 52.10 and Lisanne De Witte of The Netherlands, 52.49.In the men’s 60m, Julian Forte ran 6.64 for fourth place in the heats before improving in the final to a personal best 6.63 and a sixth-place finish behind winner Sean Safo-Antwi (Great Britain), 6.56. Another Briton, Richard Kilty, the defending World Indoor champion, finished second in 6.57 with third place going to American Mike Rodgers, 6.60.Rusheen McDonald was sixth in the men’s 400m in 49.38 seconds. The win went to Pavel Maslak, 46.02, of the Czech Republic, who finished ahead of USA’s Calvin Smith, 46.45 and Great Britain’s Jarryd Dunn, 46.67.With the IAAF World Indoor Championships fast approaching and the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association set to name their team this week, it’s left to be seen who will be available for the March 17-19 championships which takes place in Portland, USA.last_img read more

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TFA Supports ‘It Stops With Me’ Campaign

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to be joining the campaign to fight racism through the ‘It Stops With Me’ National Anti-Racism Strategy launched by the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2012. TFA joins many sporting organisations supporting the campaign, committing to play a visible role by taking a public stance against racism in the community.The purpose of the campaign is to ensure more Australian’s recognise that racism is unacceptable in our community; give more Australians, at an individual and organisation level, the tools and resources to take practical action against racism; and empower individuals and organisations to prevent and respond effectively to racism where it may happen. Over the next three years, the National Anti-Racism Strategy will focus on five key priority areas: schools and higher education, the media, government service provision, workplaces and the internet.This Strategy calls on all members of the Australian community to work towards eradicating the barriers to equality that result from racism. Ultimately, racism stops because of the actions we take individually and collectively. We all have a role to play in taking action against racism wherever we see it and supporting initiatives to stop it from happening.For more information about the ‘Racism – It Stops With Me’ campaign or to sign up as supporter, please visit the following website – http://itstopswithme.humanrights.gov.auRelated Links‘It Stops With Me’ Campaignlast_img read more

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10 months agoLiverpool and Gent leave loan decision to Taiwo Awoniyi

first_imgLiverpool and Gent leave loan decision to Taiwo Awoniyiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi has been told he can leave AA Gent this month.The Nigerian has struggled for form during his loan and both clubs, reports HLN, are agreed they can cut short the deal.The final choice will be left to the player – and Awoniyi is leaning towards staying with Gent.Impressive with Moeskroen last season, the youngster has failed to repeat the form with Gent.Awoniyi’s management has fielded enquiries from Turkey in recent days. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoLiverpool defender Van Dijk: I belong on the dais with Messi and Ronaldo

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool defender Van Dijk: I belong on the dais with Messi and Ronaldoby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk insists any individual awards “won’t change me”.Van Dijk won UEFA’s Player of the Year at the end of last month, being awarded the title ahead of football greats Lionel Messi, of Barcelona, and Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo.After helping Liverpool win the Champions League last season and finish runners up to Manchester City in the Premier League title race, Van Dijk is also up for FIFA’s The Best gong. And again among the nominees are Messi and Ronaldo.Van Dijk, who also won last season’s PFA Player of the Year, told Algemeen Dagblad: “Whatever comes out, it won’t change me.“Look, you can’t compare me as a football player with (Lionel) Messi or (Cristiano) Ronaldo. I think the only thing you can try is to compare the impact we have had on our teams. And even that is very difficult.”I am especially pleased that there is appreciation for defenders. That we are being looked at differently. And that there can be a reward for all the dirty work that has been done.”Van Dijk is quick to highlight the contribution of teammates to his success – both with Liverpool and The Netherlands. The defender, who kicked off his career with Willem II ten years ago, admits the individual recognition is reliant on winning trophies with his team.He added, “This is thanks to the boys from Liverpool and Oranje. You really only win these prizes if you have achieved success together.”No matter what happens, Van Dijk insists he will accept the title proudly should he win The Best trophy.He explained: “Do I deserve it? What I think is that we have had a fantastic year. We were also able to win the Super Cup back in August. It just feels great. A defender does not often win individual prizes. I think Fabio Cannavaro was the last in 2006. Maybe it is time for a defender again.”- updated September 23 last_img read more

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Cardinal Energy cleaning up after 320000 litres of oil and produced water

first_imgSWAN HILLS, Alta. — A large spill of crude oil and produced water at Cardinal Energy’s facility near Swan Hills is being cleaned up.The Alberta Energy Regulator has few details about Saturday’s spill on its compliance reporting website.It says 320,000 litres of the substances leaked after a problem with pump equipment. The regulator says no wildlife has been affected.Cardinal Energy could not immediately be reached for comment.The facility where the spill happened is near Swan Hills, Alta., which is about 220 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Beside The Points For Thursday Sept 21 2017

Things That Caught My EyeFor whom the AL wild-card slot tollsIt sure looks like the Minnesota Twins are going to snag the American League’s second wild-card slot in the playoffs, and needless to say it’s going to be difficult to get past the recently streaking Indians, top-notch offense of Houston, or the Yankee-Red Sox industrial complex. They’ve got a two in three chance of nabbing the potentially doomed playoff spot. [FiveThirtyEight]More like AFC Best you know? The AFC West — the Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos, and some itinerant caravan of rootless football professionals describing themselves as Chargers — is stacked this year, with the Chiefs, Raiders and Broncos all with higher-than 50 percent chances to make the playoffs according to ESPN’s football power index. [ESPN]Technically undefeated!The Las Vegas Golden Knights are 2-0 so far through the NHL preseason, which is their first as a franchise. Technically speaking, that makes them the only entirely undefeated team playing at the moment. Hockey starts up again October 4. [Knights on Ice]NFL games getting shorter?Not including Monday Night Football, the average Week 2 NFL game lasted 3 hours, 4 minutes — down slightly from Week 2 of 2015 and 2016. Obviously we’re going to need a few more weeks of data before making a definitive declaration about the speed of play but early number appear promising. [ESPN]Baseballs approach their platonic idealAll baseballs go through the air a little differently — a lower seam here or a smoother ball there marginally affect how they travel — but those slight differences have been getting slighter. Judging by a measure of air resistance, the baseballs used in MLB play since 2008 have been getting more and more internally consistent when it comes to how they fly, which ends up affecting how far they go, which might explain… [FiveThirtyEight]Big Number5,694The number of home runs hit league-wide in the 2017 season when Kansas City’s Alex Gordon connected for one in the eighth inning on Tuesday night, topping the major-league record set in the 2000 season. The league is currently on pace for 6,140 homers. [ESPN]Leaks from Slackemily:Sox going to extra innings again. 2nd day in a row.colleen:dammit, @neil, you caused thisneil:I only caused it if they end up losingneil:by reminding them how lucky 14-3 is in extras[The Red Sox won and were subsequently 15-3 in extra innings]Predictions MLB See more NFL predictions We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe See more MLB predictions NFL Oh, and don’t forgetThis could be it for Bautista, enjoy him while you can. All newsletters read more

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Opinion Cleveland Cavaliers fans do not have reason to celebrate — yet

Cavaliers forward LeBron James (left) dribbles the ball during a preseason game against the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 20 at the Schottenstein Center. Cleveland won, 107-98. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorCleveland sports can be described as many things. Depressing, gut-wrenching and eternally simultaneously optimistic and pessimistic are just a few.One thing the three major professional teams in Cleveland cannot be called with a straight face is cool.Being uncool comes with the territory of the city’s championship drought, turning old enough to receive an AARP card this coming December.And yet, the Cavaliers are somehow now the “cool” team in the NBA. And I’m not sure I’m crazy about the way that feels.It goes beyond being the title favorites in Las Vegas the season after receiving the first overall pick in the draft.There’s nothing I want to see more than a team in Cleveland win a championship. And so I was ecstatic when the return of LeBron James to the Cavs signaled a very real opportunity for that to happen.But I also knew to hold my breath.The Browns in the ‘80s, the Indians in the ‘90s and the Cavs in the 2000s were all teams that seemed just as destined to bring home a trophy as this upcoming edition of the Cavs. Of course, as we all know, those squads each came up empty in a more heartbreaking fashion than the last.So when James announced his return, I told myself, “Dream today, but save the celebrating for the parade.”For the four years James played for the Miami Heat, I found myself glaring at everyone I passed by who was wearing Heat gear. Not only because I was admittedly still bitter about James leaving, but because I could not stand people that simply hitched on with the “cool” team.After all that I and the generation before me had suffered, waiting for our Cleveland teams to deliver, it infuriated me that so many people could openly flaunt taking the cheap and easy “thrill” of a championship over the real blood, sweat and tears experience.And now, suddenly, the Cavs are “that” team.Look, I know there are a ton of Cleveland fans out there, and not all of them can remain as passionate through the four years of garbage that the Cavs put out in the between-LeBron era. But I was at last year’s preseason game at the Schottenstein Center as well as the one this week, and I can tell you confidently that many people came out of the woodwork for this team.Last season, there were about 11,000 people at the preseason game. This year, there was a sold-out crowd of more than 19,000. At last year’s contest, you could hear a pin drop, while this year’s sounded like a playoff game.On Tuesday, the Cavs announced they are throwing a fan fest before the home opener against the New York Knicks on Oct. 30. That event is scheduled to feature comedian Kevin Hart and rapper Kendrick Lamar.I’m sorry, but that is just simply not how it is supposed to go in Cleveland.After all that these teams have gone through, we have to know better than to count our chickens before they hatch. Confidence is great, but that only gets you so far.So what exactly are we celebrating with this fan fest? The Cavs’ “coolness?”All I’ve ever wanted from my teams was a championship, not to be trendy.If all this attention and bandwagon-hopping is a byproduct of that possibility, then fine. And if they win, please invite Kevin Hart and Kendrick Lamar and Drake and whoever else wants to suddenly convince the world that they’re a Cavs fan to Euclid Avenue for the parade.But please, for now, let’s remember what the real focus is here and save the festivals for a real accomplishment. read more

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Real Madrid blame Monaco for failing to sign Mbappe reveals Vasilyev

first_imgAS Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has revealed that Florentino Perez blams him for failing to sign Kylian Mbappe for Real MadridThe teenage sensation is one of the biggest young prospects in world football right now following a sensational World Cup campaign that saw Mbappe score four times for champions France.The 19-year-old joined Paris Saint-Germain last year on a season-long loan deal from Monaco, which became permanent this summer after the Ligue 1 champions splashed out €145m plus €35m in add-ons.But PSG were not the only ones who wanted Mbappe and Vasilyev has now revealed that Perez still has regrets over his failure to bring the young striker to Madrid.“Every time I meet with Florentino (Perez), he tells me of his regret for the Mbappe situation,” said Vasilyev, as quoted by Football-Espana.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“He puts the blame on me for not selling him to Madrid…but it was up to the player!“Relations between us and Madrid remain strong though, and we both wish the player, who is a future Ballon d’Or winner for sure, was at our own club!”Mbappe scored 21 goals in 44 appearances in his first season with PSG.And he made more history on Saturday by becoming the first teenager to reach the 30-goal mark in Ligue 1 for 45 years after netting a late brace in PSG’s 3-1 win over Guingamp.last_img read more

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Trump to display armoured tanks on Fourth of July celebrations

first_img 4th July In Numbers Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:33Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:32?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump wave from the Truman Balcony during Fourth of July celebrations in 2018ReutersUS President Donald Trump announced on Monday that he will display military capabilities, including M1 Abrams tanks, flyovers by fighter jets and other weapons, in the country’s annual Fourth of July celebrations in Washington.According to Reuters, extended fireworks display and flyovers by Air Force One, the custom Boeing 747 used by US presidents, and the US Navy’s Blue Angels jet squadron will be the event’s highlights.The American independence celebrations, that will take place on Thursday, will not parade down Pennsylvania Avenue due to the risk of possible damages caused by the tanks on city roads.”You’ve got to be pretty careful with the tanks because the roads have a tendency not to like to carry heavy tanks so we have to put them in certain areas but we have the brand new Sherman tanks and we have the brand new Abrams tanks,” Trump said in a address from the oval office.While the M1A1 Abrams is the current official US military battle tanks, the Sherman tanks have been out of service since the 1950s and were widely known for its use by the US during the second world war.Along with the military display, Trump’s ‘Salute to America’ speech at the Lincoln Memorial will be another new element in the US Independence day celebration. “I’m going to say a few words, and we’re going to have planes going overhead,” Trump said, “And we’re going to have tanks stationed outside.””Salute to America will honour each of the nation’s five service branches with music, military demonstrations, flyovers and much more. Participants include the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the U.S. Army Band (“Pershing’s Own”), the Armed Forces Chorus, the United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Team, and many others,” said a statement by the Department of Interior.However, the local officials and lawmakers have raised concern over Trump’s political speech as he had announced his re-election campaign in June. The officials doubt that the speech can the traditional nonpartisan values of the American independence celebration.The Fourth of July or July 4 celebrations is a federal holiday that celebrates the Declaration of Independence of the US from the British on July 4, 1776.last_img read more

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Economy and markets All you need to know to start your day

first_imgTraders gather on the floor for the IPO of Snap Inc. at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., March 2, 2017.ReutersAsian shares drifted lower on Thursday, tracking a sell off in the U.S. equities after comments from the Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell rekindled investor fears of faster interest rate hikes.Powell, in his first semi-annual testimony to Congress on Tuesday, said he expects the next two years to be strong for the economy and that his personal outlook for growth has firmed since December.His comments come just days after Fed officials agreed that “the strengthening in the near-term economic outlook increased the likelihood that a gradual upward trajectory of the federal funds rate would be appropriate.”Three rate rises are now almost fully priced in for this year, compared to two as recently as December.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan down 0.35 percent, on track for a third straight day of losses.On Wall Street, the Dow and the S&P 500 gained overnight after the downward revision of U.S. economic growth in the fourth quarter weakened chances of faster rate hikes.Back home, SGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a weak start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex declined 162 points or 0.47 percent to close at 34,184 on Wednesday.The partially convertible rupee closed at 65.18 on Wednesday, down 0.44 percent from its previous close of 64.80.So far this year, the rupee weakened 1.5 percent, while foreign investors have bought $507 million and $1.4 billion in equity and debt markets, respectively.Indian financial, currency and debt markets will be shut on Friday for a public holiday.GDP data: India’s gross domestic product expanded at the fastest pace in five quarters at 7.2 percent in the December quarter, powered by growth in the services sector and a rebound in agriculture and manufacturing.Powell’s testimony: Powell’s comments spooked the markets as investors bet that rates would rise more quickly.”My personal outlook for the economy has strengthened since December,” he said. “I wouldn’t want to prejudge that new set of projections, but we’ll be taking into account everything that has happened since December.”Crude check: Brent crude declined 0.17 percent at $64.62 per barrel while the West Texas Intermediate crude was unchanged at $61.64 a barrel.last_img read more

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