Hubert Lawrence: Sherone Simpson – comeback of the year

first_imgAwards are flying around the world in this festive season and, thankfully, some have come Jamaica’s way. Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and young Christopher Taylor have gotten their share from sporting bodies and media organisations alike. There may well be more to come. One oft overlooked category might include sprinter Sherone Simpson. When she came back from a minor drug suspension for unintentional use of a stimulant in 2014, she was a shadow of the woman who had been a mainstay of the Jamaican team for more than a decade. Her return to prominence is the comeback of the year. An Olympic 100m finalist in 2004, Commonwealth 200m winner and world number one over 100 metres in 2006, joint Olympic silver medallist in the 100m in 2008, and repeat World Championship finalist in the 200m, Simpson has a portfolio many envy. Added to that, her speed and safe hands have made her a key member of the 4x100m unit that has become the best in the world. REGAINING COMPETITIVE FORM Asafa Powell managed to regain his usual sub-10 form late in the 2014 sprinting campaign with victory over Commonwealth champion Kemar Bailey-Cole. Simpson, however, struggled and aborted her 2014 season early. It was painful to watch. This year, with the guidance of coach Maurice Wilson, she gradually regained competitive form. Instead of the slouchy 2014 200-metre fourth place at the Jamaican National Championships, she looked more like her urgent self. A near dead heat with former MVP Club training partner Fraser-Pryce in the 200 metres at the UTech Classic heralded her progress. At this year’s Nationals, she was a strong second-place finisher in the 200 metres, and a flying fourth in a fast 100-metre final. In 2014, she logged times of 11.34 and 23.38 seconds in the 100m and 200m, respectively, at the Nationals. This year, the corresponding figures depicted a much brighter picture at 11.14 and 22.62. Her 100-metre win at the Pan-Am Games was wonderful. Seizing the moment, Simpson produced a winning time of 10.95 seconds. It was her 13th sub-11 clocking and her first since 2008. Out in the 100-metre semis in the World Championships, the 32-year-old comeback kid reached the 200m final, where she ran a season’s best time of 22.50 seconds and chipped in with a high-speed first leg to help Jamaica to reach the 4×100-metre final. CLEAN SLATE Her comeback would be perfect if the authorities would wipe her slate clean. After all, it’s been proven that the company that supplied the tainted supplement that got her and Asafa Powell in trouble was guilty of incomplete product labelling. She and Powell sued the offending company and won an out-of-court settlement. If the USA track and field association, USATF, can back Allyson Felix in her quest to run both the 200 and 400 metres at the 2016 Olympic Games, perhaps the JAAA can help our two heroes erase the blot on their reputations. That, and an individual Olympic medal next year, would make Simpson’s comeback complete. If she stays injury free, success is possible. – Hubert Lawrence was making notes at track side when Sherone Simpson ran for Manchester High School at Girls’ Championships 2002.last_img read more

New year brings new hope for Alaska after disastrous 2017

first_imgMOST READ After contending for practically every season since its inclusion in 1986, the Aces faced incredible uncertainty in 2017 when they experienced their worst losing streak in history at 14 straight games between the two import conferences.After a fairly decent All-Filipino Conference finishing with a 7-4 card, Alaska went into free fall in the Commissioner’s and Governors’ Cups tallying a combined record of just 7-15.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Aces also ended the year with 106-98 loss to TNT on Friday, but head coach Alex Compton wants his players to just let of everything that had happened in 2017.“For us as a team, the year 2017 wasn’t that pretty,” said Compton in Filipino Friday at Cuneta Astrodome. “There will always come a time that you will face challenges in your life.” Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Still, Compton remains positive that they can turn things around and start on a winning note after starting the new season 0-2 in the Philippine Cup.“Then again I’ve told them to enjoy the New Year, celebrate the New Year with their families and flush everything bad down the toilet because 2018 will be the new hope.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Griffin returns to lead Clippers past Lakers Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments ‘Star Wars’ cast reveal which co-stars they’d go caroling with and hopes for the New Year PLAY LIST 02:28’Star Wars’ cast reveal which co-stars they’d go caroling with and hopes for the New Year01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold02:14Carpio 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 If there’s one year that Alaska would like to forget in its storied history in the PBA, it has to be 2017.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

2 teens, mother charged for killing Berbice security guard

first_imgTwo teenagers, along with the mother of one of them, were on Friday remanded to prison for the murder of a Corentyne, Berbice security guard.Carlos Ballers, 19, of Williamsburg; and Yuvraj Singh, 17, of Guava Bush, Albion Front, Berbice, appeared before Magistrate Renita Singh at the Albion Magistrate’s Court. The two were jointly charged. Also charged was Lalita Ballers of Section E, Port Mourant. However, she was charged separately also for murder.The three are accused of killing Munisperen Iyasammy Monien of Lot 45 Clifton, Port Mourant, Corentyne, during the course of a robbery on March 31. They wereDead: Munisperen Iyasammy Monienall remanded and the case will continue on April 23.Reports are Monien’s body was discovered in a pool of blood in a storeroom at Sukhsram General Store at Lot 13 Public Road, Rose Hall.The 53-year-old provided security services for two years for the store which sells agricultural products; working a 12-hour shift, which commenced at 17:00h.Following the discovery of the body, it was also discovered that money which was being kept in the store was missing.It was also reported that when the store was closed on Saturday afternoon, $1.5 million was locked in a draw inside. The money is reportedly missing.Police later arrested all of the employees following a theory that the robbery/murder was an inside job.Two days after, Ballers reportedly confessed toCharged: Lalita Ballers, mother of murder accused Carlos Ballersplotting the robbery and also implicated Singh, who later also allegedly confessed.As the Police continued to probe, Ballers allegedly took them to a house at Port Mourant where his mother lives. The woman reportedly went to a section of the yard and dug up some money, which was buried.Her son also reportedly showed the investigators where he had hidden the murderweapon.Meanwhile, the Police are searching for another suspect.last_img read more

More debt for Americans is ‘normal’

first_imgAmericans spent 1 in 7 of their take-home dollars on debt payments last year, up from 1 in 9 in 1980. Experts say few consumers are able to calculate the true costs of such payments. Behind closed doors, the decisions that families like the Moellerings make about their debt – when to pay it off, when to shuffle it to lower-interest sources and when to let it revolve and build – can determine how much their salaries are worth. Like many others, the Moellerings have run up avoidable penalties and occasionally spent themselves into more debt or higher interest rates, even as they have tried to juggle other balances to bring down their monthly payments. This spring, they allowed a reporter to see how they struggled with these choices. Christine Moellering’s laundry basket recently included more unwelcome news: $2,693 due on a Visa card through her credit union, including finance charges of $25, and $13,680 on a CashBuilder Elite Visa, including a monthly finance charge of $200. Their credit card debt came to $22,228, including $380 in monthly finance charges. Interest varied from 12.1 percent to 32.24 percent. The Moellerings also have a mortgage of $93,000 and a home equity loan balance of $68,574, at 8 percent interest. “We have friends in the same position,” said Christine Moellering, who earns $30,000 a year as an administrative assistant. “One was off his insurance for a couple weeks and he broke his arm, and they’re out $25,000 or $30,000. We’ve talked to them about it. It doesn’t matter what you do, you always have that credit card debt.” YPSILANTI, Mich. – On a recent evening, Christine Moellering, 40, sorted through the plastic laundry basket where she keeps the family bills, statements and coupons. “The Sears one is 32.24 percent,” Moellering said, reading a credit card statement with a balance of $5,955, including $155 in monthly finance charges. The high interest rate took her by surprise. “That’s nice,” she said sarcastically. Shuffle credit cards Moellering and her husband, Mark, 39, earn average salaries for their age (together about $66,000 a year), live in an average-priced home and have an average cost of living. But like many other households these days, they have found that their day-to-day economic life has come to depend not just on how much they earn or spend, but also on how well they shuffle what they owe among a broad array of credit cards, home equity loans and other lines of credit. Credit widespread Just a generation ago, financial profiles like the Moellerings’ would have been unusual. But changes in federal regulations since the 1980s, along with consolidation in the banking industry and changed consumer attitudes toward borrowing and saving, have made credit more widespread, more heavily marketed and more confusing, with offers of more credit – at low rates – extending to even the least reliable risk. In 2006, the industry mailed out nearly 8 billion credit card offers, up from 3.5 billion in 2000. Credit card debt, less than $8 billion in 1968 (in current dollars), now exceeds $880 billion, more than tripling since 1988, adjusting for inflation, according to the Federal Reserve Bank. Penalty fees alone cost consumers $17.1 billion in 2006 – up from $12.8 billion in 2003, adjusted for inflation, according to R.K. Hammer, a bank card advisory firm. At the same time, as banks have moved from fixed interest rates to variable rates, the ability of borrowers like the Moellerings to move balances from one card to another, or from credit cards to lower-interest home equity loans, can have as much impact on their finances as whether they get a raise or trim household expenses, said Greg McBride, senior financial analyst at Bankrate.com. Especially since 2001, McBride said, as home values have increased and interest rates have dropped, home equity loans have enabled families to carry more debt – to buy more things – at lower cost. “It’s a whole change in what we consider normal now,” said Vanessa G. Perry, an assistant professor of marketing at the George Washington University School of Business. “Not only has the total amount people borrow increased, but the number of instruments we borrow on has increased. An average family has a mortgage, home equity loan, various credit cards, a car loan, maybe a student loan.”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

Motorcyclist seriously injured after accident on Alaska Highway

first_imgThe single male occupant of the motorcycle was seriously injured in the accident and taken to hospital. He is expected to be airlifted out of Fort St. John for further treatment.RCMP, along with a collision reconstructionalist remain at the scene of the collision as the investigation is ongoing.Southbound traffic on the Alaska Highway between 86th Street and Swanson Lumber Road is restricted to a single lane, while the highway remains closed to northbound traffic. Northbound vehicles are currently being redirected onto Swanson Lumber Road.- Advertisement -Single lane, alternating traffic is expected to begin this evening, but restrictions will remain in place well into the night.More details and updates on the traffic situation will be released as it becomes available.last_img read more

First Nations push for massive conservation area in northern British Columbia

first_imgFederal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has been supportive, said Crampton.“But she’s drawing her reins in a little bit because of the complacency of the provincial government, at this point, to make any kind of move at all,” he said.The provincial and federal governments did not immediately respond to requests for comment.The plan has been more than two decades in the making. Horgan was a cabinet minister in B.C.’s New Democrat government in the 1990s, which worked with the Kaska to create what was then one of the largest protected areas in the world, the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area.Advertisement The proposed new conservation area includes part of the Muskwa-Kechika.The new area covers a vast, roadless area stretching to the Yukon border in the north, the slopes of the Rockies in the east, the Cassiar Mountains on the west, and to the Rocky Mountain Trench, between the Rockies and the Cassiar, in the south.Crampton said the proposal was carefully designed to avoid forestry and other resource extraction areas. It lies between natural gas deposits and the Site C dam project in the east, and mining and other resource projects in the west.In the most recent round of letters sent to various ministers, the Kaska Dena Council explained why the conservation area would not conflict with natural resource development, said Crampton.The council wrote to Forests Minister Doug Donaldson on May 3, saying it had come to their attention that “there is a major concern within your ministry regarding possible tensions and conflict around forestry” in the proposed protected area.Advertisement “We believe this is based on misinformation and a serious lack of understanding of our proposal in spite of our best efforts to keep both you and your officials well-informed and well-briefed,” the letter says.“We are worried that these concerns, never shared with us directly, are having a negative impact on your perception of our proposal.”The Kaska controls logging in the forests surrounding the conservation area and there isn’t any opportunity for forestry inside it, Crampton said.As for mining, Teck Resources holds a permit that covers a southeast corner of the conservation area, but it only actively operates outside the area, Crampton said.Teck said in a statement that it has not been contacted by the Kaska about a conservation area and would be open to discussions about their proposed plans.Advertisement The Kaska have applied for federal help from a $175-million fund designated for projects that help Canada meet a biodiversity target of protecting 17 percent of land and inland water by 2020.The institute completed a 78-page conservation analysis, which detailed how the area is home to seven herds of northern woodland caribou, 10 major watersheds and 13 distinct ecosystems, said Corrine Porter, executive director of the Dena Kayeh Institute.Supporters also say the conservation area would create jobs for Kaska members, who could work as guides or Indigenous guardians who patrol the land.“We want to protect it for our cultural well-being,” added Porter. “It’s just a really special area that we’d like to protect for future generations.” LOWER POST, B.C. – First Nations in northern British Columbia are calling on the provincial government to endorse an ambitious proposal for a 40,000-square-kilometre conservation area to protect major watersheds and sensitive species.The proposal would cover the ancestral areas of three Kaska Dena First Nations and would be larger than Vancouver Island, taking up a massive section of north-central B.C.Premier John Horgan’s government hasn’t said whether it supports or opposes the idea after seven months of phone calls, letters and meetings with officials from various ministries, say the project’s proponents.- Advertisement -“They’ve never said No, but they’ve never said Yes, and they’ve never said they would sit down and negotiate what it would look like. That’s all we’re asking at this point,” said David Crampton of the Dena Kayeh Institute, which is spearheading the project.“We’re not sure why. We have no idea really what’s going on in the background of all this.”The First Nations have applied for $4 million in federal government funding for the project, known as the Kaska Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area, and now fear it won’t receive funding because B.C. hasn’t signed on.Advertisementlast_img read more

Carlo Ancelotti reveals 16-YEAR-OLD in line for Real Madrid debut

first_img1 Teen sensation Martin Odegaard is in line to make his Real Madrid debut on Wednesday.The 16-year-old moved to the Santiago Bernabeu in January after the European champions beat off the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool for his signature.Since then the attacking midfielder has only turned out for Real Madrid’s B Team, which is coached by France legend Zinedine Zidane.But, with injuries hitting the Real Madrid first-team, manager Carlo Ancelotti has now revealed Odegaard is in line to appear against Almeria on Wednesday.“Tomorrow in the squad there will be three youth-team players,” Ancelotti said.“Odegaard, (Borja) Mayoral and Diego Llorente. I think two of the three will be on the bench and they could get an opportunity to play.” Martin Odegaard last_img read more

BE BRAVE! Jurgen Klopp’s message to Liverpool players ahead of Dortmund showdown

first_imgJurgen Klopp has urged his Liverpool players to be ‘brave’ against Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on Thursday night.The Europa League quarter-final tie is finely poised after the Reds claimed a 1-1 draw in the first leg.Klopp believes the atmosphere could prove crucial but knows the danger his old team poses, and says his side must demonstrate courage to progress.“It is always about being brave but especially against a high quality team,” the German said.“With each pass and offensive action your opponents grow in confidence and if you just try to defend your’s becomes smaller and smaller, so it’s really important you have your moments.“Being brave is one of the most important things you can be in football, and certainly tomorrow night too.”Liverpool may have the slender benefit of an away goal, but Klopp dismissed how much of an advantage it will actually be, especially against a side of Dortmund’s quality.The visitors have scored 119 goals this season and Klopp almost expects them to score at Anfield.“I think we can ignore the first leg,” he added.“This Dortmund team can score goals, they are not an opponent where you can go into a game thinking we can keep a clean sheet. Maybe after 85 minutes it (the away goal) will be relevant, but not earlier.“It is a completely normal game and the crowd is more of an advantage if we are good and if they like the game they will help us more than the goal in Dortmund.“Only when we play 0-0 it is a real advantage. If we win we don’t need it, if we lose it isn’t helpful.“This is a new start and we will see who handles the situation better. Who is more clear in their offensive action, who is more disciplined in defence, who is brave enough to take a chance?“In my opinion the atmosphere will be the biggest difference.”Klopp will tell his players to approach the fixture as a completely new game, despite their morale-boosting draw in Germany a week ago.“I don’t think we went to the limit of our performance last week and I don’t think Dortmund did either, but they are having a great season,” he said.“Against Dortmund you can’t just defend, there is a balance between attack and defence.“Forget about last week’s game, we have to go into tomorrow’s game with a different attitude and we certainly won’t be flying a white flag.”Anfield expects a famous European night, which puts the incentive firmly with Klopp’s players, but he tried to play down expectations as they are facing the free-scoring favourites for the competition.“I don’t think we are under particular pressure,” he said.“What we are presented with is a great chance to get to the semi-final and it is rare to have a chance to win a trophy.“The last few weeks has given us confidence. When you think about only the second half against Southampton (where they conceded three goals to lose 3-2) was a step in the wrong direction.“We are better prepared than a few months ago. We are growing as a group, believing more in things and there is no doubt about the things we do.“That is what has given us confidence. It is not important what I say here, it will have no impact on the game tomorrow.“It is a good sign for all of us that we trust them (the players) and they trust themselves.” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp 1last_img read more

Mahrez to Arsenal? Leeds to appoint Karanka? Klopp to land £50m Saints star?

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Arsene Wenger plans to start his new Arsenal era by landing two stellar signings. Wenger, 67, will today finally seal a two-year deal. Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez, who yesterday handed in a written transfer request, is a £40million target. (The Sun)Jurgen Klopp is hoping his magic touch can help Liverpool pull off a major surprise and land £50m-rated Virgil van Dijk. Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City are locked in a four-way battle for Southampton’s Dutch centre half with Antonio Conte’s newly-crowned champions believed to be in pole position. But it is understood that Liverpool have a genuine chance of doing a deal because van Dijk is attracted by the proposition of playing for Klopp. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea want Paris Saint-Germain star Alphonse Areola to replace Asmir Begovic, who has joined Bournemouth. (The Sun)Michy Batshuayi is open to leaving Chelsea on loan in the search for more first-team football, with West Ham keen on the striker. (London Evening Standard)Manchester United have issued a firm hands-off warning to Real Madrid over David De Gea. New La Liga champions Real are targeting goalkeeper De Gea again this summer, after narrowly failing to sign him two years ago in a £29million deal. But United will rebuff any approach from Real to sign the Spain international. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United are swooping for Spanish starlet Roberto Gonzalez from Real Betis. United will snap up Spanish youth international attacker Gonzalez and pay compensation to the Seville outfit. (The Sun)Aitor Karanka is close to being named as new Leeds boss – after his big mate Victor Orta was hired as Elland Road’s director of football. (Daily Mirror)Fraizer Campbell is wanted by Huddersfield for their Premier League campaign. The Crystal Palace striker is out of contract this summer and available to David Wagner on a free transfer. (The Sun)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Outgoing Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel would be a great fit for Crystal Palace, Paul Elliot tells talkSPORTManchester City FC transfer news: Nolito admits he wants to leave the club this summerTransfer news: Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham all keen on Monaco defender Djibril SidibeTransfer news: Iker Casillas targeted by Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool as goalkeeper prepares to leave PortoArsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United interested in Torino star Andrea Belotti but refuse to meet £86million feeFiorentina set sights on West Ham United midfielder Pedro Obiang as they look to lure Spaniard back to Serie ATransfer news: Atletico Madrid ready to move for Diego Costa IF Antoine Griezmann joins Manchester Unitedlast_img read more

Father gets suspended prison sentence after daughter misses school

first_imgAn East Donegal father has avoided prison despite failing to address his daughter’s ongoing absence from school.The man was a handed a 14-day prison sentence, which was suspended by Judge Paul Kelly, who also imposed a fine at Letterkenny District Court. The parents of the girl, who is a fifth year student at a Raphoe secondary school, were charged under the Education and Welfare Act with failing to ensure she attended school.Of the last 38 school days, the teenager was absent for 15 full days.Since the last court sitting, the girl had attended only three full days out of 16, missing six full days. Of the ten days she did attend, she had either arrived late or left early on seven occasions.A previous sitting of Letterkenny District Court heard the girl missed 164 days from a 167-day school year.Judge Kelly said the parents were ‘sticking their head in the sand and allowing the child’s future be stolen from her.’“She has potential, which is the sad thing,” Judge Kelly said.“She got a good Junior Cert, even with a lot of absences.“This is in and out of this court, month after month, and they are doing nothing.”Solicitor Gordon Curley, representing the girl’s father said the whole affair had a ‘devastating effect on the family’.“The girl was adamant that she wanted to come to Court today to say her piece,” Mr Curley said.“She was going to make insinuations that she was not going to go back to school if a jail sentence was imposed.“I would be concerned what jail would do for the family.”The girl’s father was present at the back of the court, but declined the opportunity to address the court.Through his solicitor, he said he ‘never heard tell’ of the services available.Judge Kelly said that imposing a fine had no effect to resolving the matter.“Any time she feels like not going to school, she gets a note to say she is ill,” Judge Kelly said.“The first time we heard of this matter was in May 2015 and it has been here a number of times since.“There are services available and they have spectacularly failed to engage. There were appointments made and he says he doesn’t know about them…I have no other course open to me as I have indicated.“I was dissuaded from imposing a sentence in July and they had a chance to engage genuinely, yet here we are again.”Father gets suspended prison sentence after daughter misses school was last modified: November 12th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:Gordon CurleyJudge Paul KellyLetterkenny District CourtRaphoeSCHOOLlast_img read more