Clarke Wants Big Home Showing

first_imgThe second staging of the McKenley/Wint Track and Field Classic will be held this Saturday at the home of defending ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ champions, Calabar High School. Head coach of Calabar Michael Clarke has called on the school’s fans to support the meet in what he calls great numbers as his team is expecting another strong performance. “We want our home fans to help in celebrating the achievement of our success at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships last year, and we are hoping for them to come out in large numbers on Saturday as the team will be making a big statement in its bid to defend its title in a few months, despite it being early days in the season,” Clarke said. A few of his top athletes will not be opening their 2017 campaign as yet, but according to Clarke, this will not detract in the quality of performances expected. “Chris (Christopher Taylor), Michael (Stevens), and Dejour (Russell) will not be competing on Saturday as they started their preparation late, especially Chris. We do not want to push them into early competition, but the team has enough quality for great performances,” Clarke continued. He said that preparation has gone very well so far and that his boys are ready for any challenge. “I am extremely happy with our preparation so far, and after their performances at the Douglas Forrest meet last week, there were no surprises as the guys executed what they had been doing in training,” he said. At that meet, the Calabar team dominated in all areas, especially in Class One, where coming into the season, critics said that they were weak. The likes of sprinter Taraj Smith, who clocked 23.27 seconds in negative wind, to defeat Kingston College’s top man Terrique Stennett in the Boys 200m Class Three sprint; and long jumpers Nicolloyd Brown and Jordan Turner, with distances of 6.06 and 5.95 metres respectively, were the standouts for the Red Hills Road-based team. “Every year is a new challenge and every team has a chance to win, and we are very happy for them all to be ambitious. We will not change our strategy in preparation, and we will always be ready for any challenge. The boys are being meticulously prepared and are ready for any challenges,” he said.last_img read more

How I strived for greatness—and failed—in front of LeBron James

first_imgIn life, there are moments when you just want to turn back the clock a few minutes and get a do over like a video game.ADVERTISEMENT As the drills went into full swing, I seemed to be getting worse. I missed four more layups after hitting the first. Then when it was time to do the jumpers, I airballed my next shot and bricked the other. When we were asked to stop on the right wing, make a move and go for the layup, I only made one in four tries.Clearly, I wasn’t a picture of greatness.What made things more embarrassing was LeBron saw that I sucked. It’s not every day that the NBA’s most dominant player, whose first order of business in a foreign land is to go straight to the gym and work on his skills, get to witness me throw bricks in an event that was all about “striving for greatness.”LeBron always preached of hitting that peak form. Unfortunately for him, my cholesterol-filled sweat glistening off of me isn’t exactly an image to behold as I chased my breath harder than I could solve a math problem.Maybe my nerves weren’t with me or I just didn’t get enough sleep. But shortly after the workout, when the Gilas players breezed through their drills under James’ scrutiny, the most I could do was remember the disappointment I gave LeBron and how I need to work harder next time.I guess that’s what LeBron’s striving for greatness mantra is all about—you can’t get everything perfect on your first try (and in my case, the second, third, fourth…) but how you bounce back from adversity is what counts.In my case, after screwing up royally in front of the King, I didn’t get a second chance. Like missing the context clues your date gave you, I blew it.Now let me get my do over button. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winning start Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ That moment for me came last Saturday.With just three hours of sleep and mind fresh from grad school torture, I headed into the opportunity of a lifetime to workout with LeBron James. But first, I needed coffee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendWhen I arrived at Kerry Sports in Bonifacio Global City for the trial with 12 other members of the media, I knew I was in trouble and for good reason.After we strapped on our pair of Nike Zoom Soldier 11s and Nike gear that barely fit, what followed was a series of drills that got my heart rate up faster than LeBron could jump. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img MOST READ Break new ground A costly, catty dispute finally settled Speaking of LeBron, the great Cavalier arrived just after the warm ups. Decked in a grey t-shirt, black shorts, and his size 16 “Silver Bullet” Soldier 11s, James had the chance to oversee our training, which was also witnessed by hundreds of fans inside the facility.As the fans in the stands tiptoed and craned their heads to get a good view of The King, he was within my arms length and I took the golden opportunity to strike a conversation with him.Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRER“Hey ‘Bron, what’s up?” I asked the 6-foot-8, 250-pound legend in front of me.“I’m good, how are you?” he asked back.I wanted to say things were peachy, but after a few rounds of this world-class training that has put LeBron in the best shape of his life in his illustrious NBA career, I was beat and it showed—it was hard to miss the sheen of the glimmering sweat from afar (my other friends from the media noticed).ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PBA: TNT salvages win over Meralco OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Intersection lights should be fixed by Thursday

first_imgIt could still be a couple of days before the traffic lights at the intersection of 100 St. and 101 Ave. in Fort St. John will be functioning properly again.Workers are waiting for a supplier part to arrive to fix the lights at that intersection, says Don Demers, director of Public Works and Utilities.- Advertisement -Demers says the City generally keeps a selection of parts but did not have the specific part required to fix those lights. The part is expected to arrive by Thursday and he says the traffic lights should hopefully be fixed by Thursday evening. However, he adds that if workers are unable to fix the lights on Thursday, they may have to close down the intersection to properly fix the problem.In the meantime, Demers says people must treat any uncontrolled intersection like a four-way stop.last_img read more

Screenwriter Gordon dies at age 88 in home

first_img“Bernie didn’t write under his own name for years,” said Del Reisman, past president of the Writers Guild of America, west, and a member of its blacklist credits committee. “The guild’s purpose was truth in advertising.” About a dozen of Gordon’s credits were restored, more than any other writer, said Dave Robb, a longtime friend. Among them was Gordon’s co-writing credit on 1957’s “Hellcats of the Navy,” which starred Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Gordon’s movies included “55 Days at Peking,” “Battle of the Bulge” and the 1962 science fiction cult classic, “Day of the Triffids,” along with low-budget fare like “Zombies of Mora Tau.” “He was a little rueful about his career,” Robb said. “He said he would have got better films if he had never been blacklisted.” LOS ANGELES – Bernard Gordon, a screenwriter blacklisted during Hollywood’s anti-communist crusade in the 1950s, has died. He was 88. Gordon died Friday at his Hollywood Hills home after a long battle with cancer, according to his daughter Ellen Gordon. “He was highly principled, scrupulously honest,” his daughter said. “He could argue anybody under the table.” Gordon wrote dozens of movies but many never carried his name until the Writers Guild of America began restoring credits to blacklisted writers in 1980. Gordon was born in New Britain, Conn., on Oct. 29, 1918, and was raised in New York City. He moved to Hollywood around 1940. He was declared physically unfit for the military and spent World War II working in the film industry. He also joined the Communist Party and was active in a labor guild. In the 1950s, Gordon was subpoenaed to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee, which was investigating Communist influence in Hollywood. He was never called to appear but an acquaintance named him before the committee and he was fired from a studio and blacklisted, along with hundreds of other film industry workers. For a decade, Gordon couldn’t work under his own name but continued to churn out films using such pseudonyms as Raymond Marcus and John T. Williams. The names of other people were also used. Gordon spent several years in Spain, where he wrote and produced movies. His last movie, “Surfacing,” was in 1981. “The blacklist never slowed him down,” Robb said. Gordon eventually quit the party after revelations of Stalin’s crimes, his daughter said. Though condemned as un-American, Gordon never thought his political views were undermining the nation, Robb said. “They were all super-patriotic. They just thought the U.S. was going down the wrong road,” Robb said. In 1999, Gordon took the lead in protesting the awarding of an honorary Oscar to director Elia Kazan, who had named names before the House Un-American Activities Committee. “He helped to support an oppressive regime that did incalculable damage to America and abroad,” Gordon later wrote in the Los Angeles Times. 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

Hoffenheim aiming to fend off Dortmund over Nagelsmann

first_img0Shares0000Hoffenheim head coach Julian Nagelsmann pictured prior to the German first division Bundesliga match against Hanover 96 in Hanover, Germany, on December 10, 2017 © DPA/AFP/File / Peter STEFFENBERLIN, Germany, Dec 12 – Hoffenheim’s backer has assured fans the club will keep star coach Julian Nagelsmann, 30, for at least another 18 months amidst reports Borussia Dortmund want him for 2018/19.“The club have done their homework, Julian has a binding contract with us until June 30, 2019,” Hoffenheim’s billionaire backer Dietmar Hopp told supporters at the club’s annual general meeting on Monday. “Julian is an exceptional coach. We’ll have to clone him sometime, but the clone should be ready by July 1, 2019.”Hopp’s joke indirectly confirms reports that Nagelsmann, Germany’s coach of the year in 2016, has a buy-out clause, said to be worth five million euros ($5.8m), from 2019.In June, Hoffenheim announced they had extended his contract until June 2021, but he seems increasingly unlikely to see it through.In February 2016, Nagelsmann, then just 29, became the youngest coach in Bundesliga history.He become a star in Germany by pulling Hoffenheim back from the brink of relegation in 2015/16 to then finish fourth in the Bundesliga last season.Reports are rife that Dortmund want Nagelsmann for next season and Bayern Munich are also said to be interested.On Sunday, Dortmund named Peter Stoeger as head coach after Dutchman Peter Bosz was sacked on Saturday with the team winless in their last eight league games.Stoeger, who has a contract until June, is reportedly an interim measure before Nagelsmann arrived for next season, but Hopp will fight to keep him.“The demand for Julian is damned high and increases with every success – he’s just too good,” Hopp said.“But we still have a year and a half left, so in the meantime, we want to continue celebrating with him and we want to push the celebrations even more.”Nagelsmann was in the audience listening to Hopp speak, but is clearly annoyed by constant questions over his future.“Things aren’t changing every two days and two days ago, I said that I have had no contact (with Dortmund),” said Nagelsmann on Sunday after Hoffenheim’s 2-0 defeat at Hanover left then sixth in the table.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Podcast: Sportsday on talkSPORT 2, June 30

first_imgThis Thursday morning on Sportsday we discuss the rumours that England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate has no interest in succeeding Roy Hodgson as boss of the senior national team.We also look back on yesterday’s ODI between England and Sri Lanka and keep you up to date with all of the latest news from Wimbledon.All brought to you by Russ Hargreaves and the team!last_img

Get into gear with Lifford Credit Union’s car draw!

first_imgLifford Credit Union Ltd is a community-based credit union with nearly ten thousand members and over €40 million in assets which continue to grow from strength to strength.And now there’s even more reason to join the credit union as they offer a chance to win a brand new car with Lifford’s Credit Union’s first ever Member’s Car Draw.Established and newer members will be given the chance to enter the draw with €30 per annum taken from savings. Once members have filled in a form, as well as the chance to win the car, there will be other chances to win great cash prizes!As well as their head office in Lifford, the credit union also operates from their two full-time sub-offices in Raphoe and Newtowncunningham.We have a number of great loan rates to suit everyone. Our rates are:Standard Loan Rate @ 12% (APR 12.68%)Secured Loan Rate @ 5.99% (APR 6.16%)Education/Student Loan Rate @ 6.99% (APR 7.2%) Last year Lifford Credit Union gave back to our members a 1% Dividend on savings, and a 22.5% Interest Rebate to all our borrowers.Each year we give away €5,000 in Student Bursaries, to help students with further education.This year we are also giving away, one week each to six people (worth €3,000), to go to a Gaeltacht of their choice.We offer Death Benefit Insurance (DBI), which is a life assurance benefit to help towards the funeral costs of a deceased member. The member must have joined before their 70th birthday and retain €100 in shares at all times. Our DBI benefit has been increased to €2,600 and is free to qualifying members.We offer a foreign exchange service at very competitive rates. We offer standing order facilities, direct debit facilities and we accept debit card payments. We also offer new Flexi Accounts, through which members can avail of electronic payments in and out of their accounts. Just this week we have launched our brand new website, which includes a loan calculator. So log onto and have a look.For more information on any of the above call into any of our three offices, email or check out www.facebookLiffordcu.ieLifford – 9141355Raphoe – 9145352 Newtown – 9156464Get into gear with Lifford Credit Union’s car draw! was last modified: April 18th, 2017 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:cardonegaldrawLifford Credit Unionmemberslast_img read more


first_imgHERE’S another chance to hear the Irish version of Jimmy’s Winning Matches from the students and teachers of Coláiste Ailigh in Letterkenny. Get those lungs working there folksScoláirí agus múinteoirí Choláiste Ailigh, Leitir Ceanainn ag ceol leagan Gaeilge den amhrán ‘Jimmy’s winning matches’. Meán Fómhair 2012. Tír Chonaill Abú!Click to play.  JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES: TÁ JIMÍ AG BAINT CLUICHÍ LE COLÁISTE AILIGH was last modified: September 23rd, 2012 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)last_img read more

Real Madrid beat Sevilla to remain in LaLiga driving seat despite Barcelona win

first_img Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice for Real Madrid, while Neymar netted a hat-trick for Barcelona 1 Real Madrid kept their noses ahead of Barcelona in the LaLiga title race by beating Sevilla 4-1 on Sunday evening.Nacho opened the scoring with a quickly taken free-kick, before a Cristiano Ronaldo brace and a strike from Toni Kroos rounded off the win.Stevan Jovetic did pull one back for Sevilla, but Real never looked likely to drop points.At the same time, Barcelona recorded a 4-1 win of their own.Away to Las Palmas, Neymar and Luis Suarez put Barca two goals to the good in the first half, before Pedro Bigas netted for the hosts soon after the restart.But two further goals from Neymar inside four minutes meant he completed his hat-trick, and secured the Catalan outfit all three points.Barcelona top the table, ahead of Real, though both are on 87 points. However, Zinedine Zidane’s side have a game in hand – they play Celta midweek – before the final round of fixtures next weekend.last_img read more


first_imgA local retailer has lashed out at what they term as the totally unfounded and negative press coverage especially concerning the proposed Vat increase of 2%.Much news coverage relates to the supposed negative impact the alleged increase will have  especially on pre Christmas shopping. Evolve Menswear and Formal Hire, headed by young local businessmen, JP and Mark Mc Closkey, point out that the increase, whilst expected has not yet been implemented and quite possibly will not take effect until next year.The Budget does not even take place until next week so shoppers can still avail of massive bargains in Letterkenny. Indeed shoppers will have no need to go North for their grocery shopping as groceries are still exempt from all forms of Vat.Indeed since opening their state of the art clothes shop, the McCloskey brothers along with all other retailers in the retail park are experiencing their best ever run in to Christmas.Sales are up massively year on year and thankfully the snow has stayed away this year. Other local retailers share the McCloskeys’ brothers optimism and feel confident that they too can see off any cross border competition. They point out that prices south of the border have fallen substantially in recent years and that our economy has become far more cost competitive. Prices have come down for every product and this together with the convenience of local shopping, the increase in the value of Sterling as against Euro means even better value.The McCloskeys aslo confirm a significant increase in the amount of Sterling being paid in their Evolve shop which is a ringing endorsement that the customer is coming North to South and not the reverse.Mark and JP know that times are extremely difficult for the shopper at present and are more than ever determined to deliver quality, value and service to their customers. “We have spent nearly five years talking about recession and it is far past time that we take charge of our own destiny and adopt a more positive approach to our own futures.”Strong words indeed—a clarion call for a Positive, Prosperous and Peaceful Christmas.© 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on us on anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comNORTHERN SHOPPERS BACK IN DONEGAL, SAYS LEADING BUSINESSMAN was last modified: December 2nd, 2011 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:evolve menswearletterkennylast_img read more