‘Excited’ Taylor looks to shine at first Penns

first_imgCalabar High School’s Christopher Taylor, who broke the 200m and 400m Class Two records at the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, said he is looking forward to his first Penn Relays, while helping his school to again triumph over their main rivals – Kingston College (KC), Jamaica College (JC), and St Jago.Penn Relays will be held at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, from April 28-30.”I feel very excited knowing that it’s my first Penns and I am going to go out there and do the very best for my school,” he said.”Well, I am confident and I am in pretty good form going into the Penn Relays, so we will see what happens there,” he continued in an interview following the FLOW Foundation’s presentation of $4,030,000 to 28 high school and tertiary institutions to offset costs associated with competing at the event at their head office on Half-Way Tree Road on Tuesday.RELAY CHAMPSLast year, Calabar High shone brightest on the final day of the relay carnival. They captured the 4×100 metre in record time and the 4×400 metres.With 16-year-old Taylor recently leading his Red Hills Road-based school to a sensational victory in the 4x400m in a time of 3:08.77 ahead of Kingston College, all eyes will, no doubt, be set on another battle between the long-time rivals.Taylor, the Class Two 400m record holder, received the baton about 20 metres ahead of the Class One record holder, KC’s Akeem Bloomfield, but saw the more experienced Bloomfield surge ahead coming into the straight.However, Taylor would not be denied, and despite the KC captain’s fast 44.5-split, the Calabar stand-out kept his composure and sprinted past the tiring Purples star with a 45.3-second split.”Well, we fear no one, but we have to look up to everyone also. So yes, I am confident. We are looking to retain the title,” Taylor told The Gleaner.last_img read more

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‘Live in Harmony’

first_imgA Catholic Priest has urged married couples in the country to maintain there marital vows by living in harmony with each other.Rev. Fr. Francis Johnson, priest of St. Anthony Parish in Gardnerville, outside Monrovia made the statement recently when he performed the wedding ceremony of Ms. Famatta Cole Dukuly and Mr. Francis Boakai Curley as husband and wife.The wedding program was attended by officials of government and the couples’ families and friends.According to Rev. Fr. Johnson, “God gives married couples the grace they need to live together as a family,” he adding that, it is a Biblical duty for husband and wife to fulfill the promise of God for the family.He warned the couples and all others that marriage was not an institution to fondle with; stressing: “When you are not ready please go and sit down.”The Catholic priest also admonished the couple to be faithful to each other and put God first in everything that they do because with God all things are possible.Rev. Johnson also called on mothers and fathers to advise their children on marriage, instead of leaving them to make wrong decisions on their own.“Over the past years, love has vanished, marriage has faltered, and children have been harmed by other so-called “foster” parents,” said Fr. Johnson.Meanwhile, Mr. Francis Boakai Curley, Human Resources Officer of the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) assigned in Kenya and groom, urged youths to be careful in selecting their partners for life.“Behind every successful man, there is a strong woman,” he said.Mr. Curley acknowledged his wife by saying she is everything to him and that he is proud of her one-hundred percent.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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Mahrez rejects AWOL claims on return to Leicester training

first_img0Shares0000Riyad Mahrez could make a dramatic return for Leicester City against Manchester City on Saturday after ending his self-imposed exile and returning to training © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 9 – Riyad Mahrez hit back at accusations he had gone AWOL since being denied a move to Manchester City after returning to training with Leicester, paving the way for a possible return for Saturday’s visit to City.Mahrez, 26, has missed two Premier League matches and had not trained with the team since the move he desperately wanted to runaway leaders City fell through due to Leicester’s demands on January 31, transfer deadline day. “Over the past 10 days many people claiming to be my friend have spoken about me and things they know nothing about,” Mahrez said in a statement carried by the Leicester Mercury.“Off the back of that many people and journalists have made assumptions without properly checking the story, so I would like to clarify that all those so-called assumptions of why I was absent are completely untrue.“Myself nor my advisors have ever made any statements about that so all presumptions made are totally without foundation. Leicester City were always aware of my whereabouts and had knowledge of my thinking either directly or via my advisors.”Leicester have struggled without their star midfielder, losing 2-1 at Everton before drawing with struggling Swansea City 1-1 at home last weekend.“Riyad Mahrez has today returned to training with the Leicester City squad,” Leicester said in a statement, whilst a video of a smiling Mahrez training was also posted on the club’s Twitter feed.“Riyad remains a greatly valued member of Claude Puel’s squad and is focused, together with his teammates, on achieving further success with Leicester City.”Mahrez’s sudden U-turn could see Puel provide him with the perfect platform with which to show City why they should maintain their interest when the transfer window reopens in the summer.“I want him to come back soon and play, because we enjoy watching him,” said City boss Pep Guardiola on the prospect of facing Mahrez.“I hope he’ll come back soon with Leicester and play at his level.”– Transfer request –The Paris-born player’s frustration is born out of Leicester’s astronomical demands for a player they signed for a reported £350,000 from French second division side Le Havre in 2014.Despite a second transfer request from Mahrez in eight months, Leicester reportedly held out for £80 million, with even City’s cash-rich Abu Dhabi owners apparently unwilling to go beyond a deal worth £50 million plus a player City valued at £15 million, believed to be 21-year-old winger Patrick Roberts who is currently on loan at Celtic.City had been forced into trying to find a quick fix when German winger Leroy Sane was ruled out for at least six weeks by ankle ligament damage, joining a growing injury list of attacking players.Adding to Mahrez’s anger is that other heroes of Leicester’s stunning title-winning triumph in 2015/16 — N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater — have been allowed to leave the club and join Chelsea with far less resistance.However, the club and player could come to a mutually beneficial agreement at the end of the season despite the tension arising from the recent stand-off.Leicester’s hand may finally be forced by the fact that Mahrez will have two years left on his contract, the point at which many clubs choose to cash in before the value of their prized assets start to depreciate.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Brazil win Copa America despite Jesus dismissal

first_imgA last minute penalty from substitute Richarlison sealed a win for Brazil which handed the South American giants their ninth Copa triumph and first since 2007.Jesus’s evening went sour 20 minutes from time as he was sent off for a second booking.The Manchester City striker was in tears as he left the field, making obscene hand gestures, angrily kicking a water bottle and almost knocking over the trophy plinth.Brazil’s players rallied after the dismissal however to claim a battling victory.Earlier, after a minute’s silence was held for bossa nova legend Joao Gilberto — who died on Saturday — underdogs Peru made a confident start and didn’t appear overawed by either their opponents or the occasion.But it quickly became apparent that they were up against more accomplished players.Peru coach Ricardo Gareca had said on Saturday they needed to prevent Brazil from dominating possession, but that was easier said than done.– Individual brilliance –Brazil started to stroke the ball around commandingly, and as they did that, they looked dangerous.Their opening goal came from a piece of individual brilliance by Jesus, whose drag back fooled two defenders, creating space for him to cross for the unmarked Everton to drill home at the back post on the quarter hour.Brazil were in control and playing like champions elect as Roberto Firmino found space on the left and crossed for Philippe Coutinho to stab wide.Left-winger Everton was clever with his movement in dragging the athletic right-back Luis Advincula out of position and Brazil’s left-back Alex Sandro found acres of space to put in a deep cross that Firmino headed over.Just as it looked as if Brazil would stroll to victory, Peru went on the attack and a Christian Cueva cross hit the arm of a sliding Thiago Silva, giving Peru a penalty that was confirmed after a VAR review.Guerrero sent goalkeeper Alisson the wrong way from 12 yards and Peru were back in it just before half-time.But they paid for their lack of guile and experience with almost the last kick of the half as Arthur was allowed to drive at the defence from midfield following a slip from Renato Tapia that left him space to attack.Center-back Carlos Zambano also slipped, allowing Arthur to feed Jesus in the middle of the area and the Manchester City striker made no mistake, finding the bottom corner.– Changed dynamic –Brazil had a few speculative shots at the start of the second half but Silva, Dani Alves and Coutinho all failed to hit the target.After some wing trickery from Everton, Alex Sandro crossed but Firmino headed wide.Brazil were in complete control at this stage as Peru could hardly string two passes together.But the dynamic changed 20 minutes from time as Jesus was given his marching orders for a second yellow card after a late challenge on Cueva.The onus was now on Peru to attack and Miguel Trauco brought a near post save out of Alisson while Edison Flores fizzed a volley from outside the area just wide.But amidst a flurry of substitutions, fouls and injury stoppages, the steam went out of Peru’s efforts and they were unable to exert any sustained pressure on the hosts.Any hopes they had were extinguished when Zambrano was adjudged to have barged over Everton in the penalty area and substitute Richarlison drilled home the spot-kick into the bottom corner.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Brazil’s Gabriel Jesus is distraught after seeing red in Brazil’s 3-1 Copa America final victory over Peru © AFP / Carl DE SOUZARIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Jul 8 – Ten-man Brazil held on to win the Copa America on home soil despite Gabriel Jesus’s dismissal with a 3-1 victory over Peru on Sunday.Jesus scored the decisive goal after a penalty from Peru captain Paolo Guerrero canceled out Everton’s opener for hosts Brazil at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium.last_img read more

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DD COMPETITION: WIN A FREE WEEKEND ON THE BEAUTIFUL ARRANMORE ISLAND

first_imgArranmore Car and passenger Fast Ferry (The Blue Ferry) are proud match sponsors of Friday’s big match v Waterford UTD at Finn Park.To mark the occasion they’re running a fantastic competition in association with Finn Harps and Donegal Daily, to give you the chance to come and enjoy a trip to beautiful Arranmore this summer.FIRST PRIZE : Free return trip and B&B for two nights in Arranmore this Summer. FIVE RUNNER UP PRIZES: Free return trip by car for your family to visit the Island this Summer.To enter this wonderful competition please follow the instructions outlined below.(1) Like the Arranmore car & passenger fast ferries page (link below)https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arranmore-Car-Passenger-Fast-Ferries/152161498212769 (2) In comments below please complete this sentence in less than 40 more words “I would like to visit Arranmore Island this Summer because…………Rules:(1) One entry per person(2) Competition closes at 10 pm on Wednesday 2nd July.Judges decision is final. We will announce the lucky winners on Friday 4th July.Good luck!!DD COMPETITION: WIN A FREE WEEKEND ON THE BEAUTIFUL ARRANMORE ISLAND was last modified: June 27th, 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:Arranmore FerrycompetitionEntertainmentFeaturesFinn Harps FCnewsNoticeslast_img read more

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COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: DONEGAL MAN LIVING IN KERRY SAYS “HE CAN’T LOSE”

first_imgPictured outside ‘Ray’s Loaded Lunches’ on Rock Street, were, from left: Kathleen O’Halloran, Ray Duffy and Phillip Moore. Photo by Gavin O’Connor.Ballyshannon native Ray Duffy who currently resides in Tralee says ‘he can’t lose’ when Donegal clash with Kerry in the All-Ireland SFC final later this month.Ray has been living in Kerry for over twenty years after initially planning to stay for just six months.Ray told traleetoday.ie, “I only planned on staying in Kerry for six months, but I fell in love with the place, and it’s my home now. “I think Donegal and Kerry are very similar places, their both beautiful places, and the people are very friendly in both counties.Ray admitted that whatever the outcome in the All-Ireland SFC final on the 21st of September, he’ll be a happy man.“The way I look at it, I can’t lose. I’ll be happy for my sons and my wife if Kerry win the All-Ireland.“My oldest son Brad came with me to the 2012 final to see Donegal win. The deal was the next time Kerry were in the All-Ireland I’d go watch Kerry, so I’m as good as my word. Ray, who owns his own sandwich company Ray’s Loaded Lunches’, admitted he has enjoyed great banter with locals who have visited his café over the last few weeks.“Kerry fans have been very enjoyable over the last couple of weeks and there have been no hard feelings.“Once Donegal beat the Dubs everyone was delighted!“It’s just great that Donegal have been playing well these last few years because there was a long time where we were in doldrums.Ray said defeating the Dubs in the semi-final will be hard to top, because Donegal were given absolutely no chance. “I think as far as this year goes, nothing will beat knocking out the Dubs. We were such underdogs, we weren’t given a chance in both the minor and senior games, so to come out with two wins was fantastic.“Kerry getting to the final is a great boost to the economy here as well. Everyone is cheerful and looking forward to the final, but we could do with a bit more bunting around the place.Despite living in Kerry for over twenty years, Ray hasn’t changed his colours, when pressed for a prediction he confidently went for a three-point Donegal win.“If I had to make a prediction, I think Donegal will win by three, but a point will do! “Donegal are further down the line now. Jim McGuiness is slightly more experienced than Eamonn Fitzmaurice. Kerry are the team of the future, but Donegal are the team of the now.COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: DONEGAL MAN LIVING IN KERRY SAYS “HE CAN’T LOSE” was last modified: September 10th, 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:Countdown to CrokerdonegalFeaturesKerrynewsSportlast_img read more

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Suspect arrested after chase

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONG BEACH – An alleged gang member involved in a shooting Sunday was taken into custody after leading police on a pursuit that ended in the Los Angeles River, according to a report.The shooting occurred at a restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway at Gardenia Avenue shortly after midnight Saturday, said Sgt. David Cannan of the Long Beach Police Department.The suspect fled the scene in a Chevrolet Caprice. Police found him driving about a quarter-mile from the popular hangout where he allegedly shot a man in the leg, he said.The suspect, Cannan said, was later identified as 30-year-old Long Beach resident Adrian Douglass, who was booked on suspicion of attempted murder as well as evading and resisting arrest. Douglass was being held at the Long Beach Police Department’s jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. The shooting victim, a man in his early 20s whose name was withheld, was listed in stable condition, Cannan said. – City News Servicelast_img read more

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Tennis team earns respect in defeat

first_img “We knew nothing about them, which is almost more frightening because you go in totally blind,” said Virginia-bound Austin Hansen, who, along with her sophomore sister, Logan, swept her three sets for the Eagles. “They have great talent on their team and a great fighting spirit. You could tell they wanted it badly.” Even after the Hansen sisters, and the doubles team of Kellen Albertstone and Amelia Rose, won their sets in the final round to give Brentwood a 9-6 advantage, Valencia never stopped competing. Alexa Strange and Lehren MacKay won in doubles, followed by Michelle Stock’s victory in singles to pull the Vikings to 9-8. Eisler and Horii were tied at 4-4 in the final set, before Burnett and Thorne put the exclamation mark on the victory, one Brentwood had to fight for every step of the way. “No one expected us to be here, but we proved everybody wrong,” said senior Cassie Strange, who, along with twin sister, Alexa, contributed to 55 victories in their three years at Valencia. “We accomplished a lot this season. We knew we were right there with them, but came up a little short. But we don’t have any regrets.” Valencia coach Annie Kellogg was proud that all nine of her players won at least one set. “Nobody swept and nobody got swept,” said Kellogg, whose team recorded a program-record 21 victories, including a 14-match winning streak that ended Monday. “Everyone contributed. That’s the way it’s been all year.” The Eagles left The Claremont Club with their sixth Southern Section title in 16 years, including their second Division III crown in the past four seasons. But the applause Valencia received as they exited the court Monday wasn’t just from their parents and coaches, but Brentwood’s as well. “We earned their respect and showed that we did deserve to be here,” Cassie Strange said. “My girls deserve everything they’ve gotten.” Erik Boal, (818) 713-3607 erik.boal@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CLAREMONT – They walked off the courts to an applause usually reserved for a champion. They clutched their team plaque as if it was gold instead of silver. And they were commended by their opponent as if they were the toughest competition they had faced all season. The tears on the faces of the members of the Valencia High girls’ tennis team indicated the second-seeded Vikings had fallen just short of their goal of winning a Southern Section Division III title, losing to top-seeded Brentwood 10-8. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals But Valencia (21-3) didn’t leave The Claremont Club without earning a major victory in their season-long battle for respect. “People thought we were going to be massacred out there. But we fought for every point,” said Kristin Anderson, one of Valencia’s six seniors, who was instrumental in the Vikings reaching the division final for the first time after semifinal losses the past two seasons. “I take a lot of satisfaction in what we accomplished. Especially when they started to count up games. You could tell they were a little worried.” Even before Brentwood’s Corey Burnett and Beth Thorne closed out the match with a 6-4 victory over Carissa Eisler and Alessandra Horii, the Eagles had accumulated enough games to win the title had the match ended in a 9-9 tie. That was about the only time during the three-hour match that Brentwood (17-4) could breathe easy, as Valencia split the first six sets – with the teams tied at 24 games – and remained tied at 6-6 entering the final round, with the Eagles holding a slim 52-49 advantage. last_img read more

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WOW! WHAT A DAY – AND THERE’S MORE SUNSHINE ON THE WAY!

first_imgThe sun set creating amazing colours off the Magheragallon coastline in Gaoth Dobhair this Monday evening. Pic by Tommy Curran for Donegal DailyIT was a wonderful blast of summer across Co Donegal on Monday.And tomorrow looks as though it’s going to glorious again as Met Eireann confirmed that we got the best of the weather today.“There may be more cloud in the morning time on Tuesday but it is going to stay mild and very warm for this time of the year,” said a spokesman. “The West and North West got the best of the weather on Monday with highs of 21C to 23C.“It may drop a couple of degrees as the week goes on but it is still lovely weather for this time of the year.“The best of the sunshine will be in the afternoon.”The warm spell will continue throughout the week, although it will be more cloudy. However we will escape the downpours predicted for the south and east of Ireland.In fact temperatures on Monday barely reached 14C in Cork as a blanket of cloud has covered most of the south of the country.Early predictions show that by Saturday temperatures will remain in the high teens. WOW! WHAT A DAY – AND THERE’S MORE SUNSHINE ON THE WAY! was last modified: September 24th, 2013 by John2Share 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 daily weatherreturn of summersunshineweatherlast_img read more

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Salim Jamaal departs El Merriekh

first_img Tags: Salim JammalUganda Cranes Salim Jamaal (left) with Edrisa Lubega at a recent Cranes training session in LugogoSUDAN – Salim Jamal Magola has parted ways with Sudanese Club El Merriekh Sports Club where he has been playing for four years.The Ugandan goalkeeper has joined rival side Al Hilal sports club for three years and he is the first Ugandan player to ever play for this club.Jamal approved the contract after representing the country in the FCON qualifying game against Lesotho both in Kampala and Maseru.He has played for only two premier league clubs in Uganda including 12 time champions KCCA and Express Football club.AlMerriekh spoted him when they played against KCCA and they signed the custodian until this year when he has decided to join their rivals side.Jamal is the current immediate understudy goalkeeper to the Cranes captain Denis Onyango, who features for Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa.Al Hilal is currently the 2nd in the Sudan premier league.Comments last_img read more

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