Windward Road, John Mills set for another gigantic battle

first_imgAfter breaking John Mills All-Age and Junior High’s 19-year winning streak at the championship in 2014, Windward Road All-Age and Junior High have set their sights on a third successive hold on the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Junior High Athletics Championships title when the 38th renewal begins at the National Stadium this morning at 9 a.m.Nearly 30 schools will be participating, with the champions set to earn $500,000 worth of running spikes courtesy of hosts INSPORTS. Clarendon’s Osborne Store are the lone entrants from outside Kingston and St Catherine.The Oral Whilby-coached Windward Road defeated John Mills by 92 points to end the Ransford Spaulding-coached team’s dominance in 2014. Then in 2015, they amassed 520.5 to claim the championship by 70 points over their archrivals.Although not overly confident, Windward Road’s head coach, Whilby, expects his team to make it a three-peat.”We can make it three in a row. We have the team to do so and we are very mindful of the job at hand and are ready to defend this title,” he said.”This team is not as strong as last year, and we are not looking for that margin of victory (70 points) this time. If we do it by a single point, I will be happy, but it will be a keenly contested championshipsSpaulding expects his team to put up a strong challenge, but is not making any predictions.”My team is always ready, whether or not we have a good team. I am not a person to call results, but I can tell you we are going to give a good account of ourselves. Our deficiency was in the junior (primary) area (last year), and I believe we have made strides in that area and we have some top athletes in the senior section. so we are coming to do our best and to perform. I can’t say we are going to win, but our objective is to win,” he added.last_img read more

I guarantee there will be no more riots in Gujarat, says Modi

first_imgGujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that his state had turned development into a people’s movement to achieve all-round success and expressed confidence that India could emerge as a great power if it adopted the same mantra  and set its goals after precisely assessing its strengths.Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi speaking at the India Today Conclave 2011 in New Delhi on Friday, March 18, 2011.Drawing repeated applause from the audience at the 10th India Today Conclave for his sharp speech as a keynote speaker for the session ‘How India can develop into the next decade’, Modi said Gujarat was now focusing on the service sectors like tourism after achieving success in the industrial and agriculture sectors.Modi also gave an insight into how Gujarat had achieved success in various fields by following an approach that was both forward-looking and integrated.The biggest success of Gujarat, he observed, is that it had proved that success could be achieved by using the same instruments which have been found defective in the past, thus removing the atmosphere of negativity among the people and giving them hope.  Modi said the way to India’s future is through education. “Skills get you jobs, but knowledge creates jobs,” Modi pointed out. With this in mind, Gujarat had created separate universities for subjects like petroleum, forensic sciences and for creating teachers. He said the last Vibrant Gujarat Global Investment Summit in Gandhinagar saw participation by representatives of 33 universities from across the world, who interacted with university representatives of Gujarat for starting courses in new disciplines.advertisementGujarat, Modi said, was focusing on the minutest human and social aspects in its developmental planning and revealed that it had also set up a new university for children’s development to shape their future in an age that is fast changing. He said Gujarat had triggered a public movement in 2005 for restoring its skewed sex ratio and after five years its sex ratio had improved to 924 from 820.Speaking on Gujarat’s climate change and energy initiatives, Modi said the state was set to emerge as the biggest hub for solar power generation following the robust measures taken by the state Government. The state has a 2,200-km long gas pipeline and there were many villages that are getting domestic gas through the pipeline.After his speech, Modi was not found wanting in repartee when questions were put to him by the audience. Modi, expectedly, found himself being asked about the battering his image has taken following the riots of 2002. Did he hold a meeting of top officials, as alleged, to orchestrate the events? Modi said that the Special Investigative Team had questioned him thoroughly on the riots and he had answered them as well as he could.”The matter is with the Supreme Court and it would be proper now that only the apex court commented on the issue,” he said.Pressed further on whether he could assure that Gujarat would not see a repeat of communal violence, Modi recalled a history of Gujarat being “communally sensitive since 1736”, where not a single month passed without curfew being imposed somewhere in the state. After 2002, he said, there have been no curfews, not a single incidence of communal violence, despite incidents like the attack on Akshardham temple and the Ahmedabad bomb blasts. “This should indicate our determination on ensuring that Gujarat believes in peace and harmony,” Modi said.The question of his image was the subject of some other questions too, though in a different light. Modi was queried whether his spin doctors had consciously tried to change the image, even in sartorial terms, in preparation for a bigger role away from the state, in fact in New Delhi as the prime minister.Modi said that though he had not spent even a minute on image correction, people drew their own inferences and it was up to them to answer the question in whatever way they wanted to.  As for prime ministership, he said, “I deal in realities, not in dreams. I am concerned with the realities of my state.”Modi added that much was being made of the western attire he sported at times. “This is not an effort at rebranding myself,” he said. “I used to wear a trouser and shirt when I worked for the party in places like Himachal Pradesh, and I wear those clothes during the cold season in Gujarat.”Asked about how the measures he had so successfully adopted for Gujarat could be replicated in other states, Modi replied that each state had its own priorities and there could be no automatic adoption of Gujarat’s method to redress the ills in other states. But he said states could share their experiences and learn from the best practices that other states adopted to reach development to people.advertisementWhen the subject of corruption was broached, Modi retorted that corruption was in poor health in Gujarat and faced death. But he also added that if Gujarat, using the same institutional systems as in the rest of the country, had bucked corruption’s forward charge, the rest of the country could too.When asked about the need for electoral reforms in the light of the present electoral system breeding corruption, Modi said he didn’t believe clean governance couldn’t be delivered in the present system but there was as dire need for poll reforms. He said the biggest reform that had to be carried out was the holding of state and parliamentary elections simultaneously and at a stipulated time every time.Reminded of how the income tax department had raised questions about his meeting with western investors and how this could be construed as an example of a skewed federal system in India, Modi conceded that though the system has worked for over 60 years, there are encroachments on state turf by the Centre.”Things have changed from the time one political party controlled governance from Panchayat to Parliament and the thought on federalism in India has to factor in the changed circumstances where different powers reigned in states and the Centre,” he said.last_img read more

IT’S A REPEAT Facebook to add topicality to the newsfeed

first_imgFacebook, the popular social media site is reportedly updating its newsfeed feature to ensure that users do not miss the desirable stories of their friends. The update aims to display the right content at the right time thereby adding more topicality to the service being offered.As per the report the news was confirmed in Facebook’s blog post which noted “We have heard feedback that there are some instances where a post from a friend or a Page you are connected to is only interesting at a specific moment, for example when you are both watching the same sports game, or talking about the season premiere of a popular TV show. This means that posts that receive likes, comments and shares faster will be posted higher in the news feed.”So far Facebook has been keeping a track n the number of likes or comments on a particular post but as a part of update it will also monitor the time of the activity and trending topics to make the news feed more interesting.last_img read more

SCHOOL SPORT AUSTRALIA TOUCH FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

first_imgThe 20th annual School Sport Australia Touch Football Tournament is just around the corner and players from across the country are getting ready for the key event.Monash University in Melbourne, Victoria, will be the host of the 2007 Tournament, which will take place from the 22nd – 26th of October. School-aged participants from every State and Territory in Australia will converge to battle in a Touch Football extravaganza. More than 400 players, officials and spectators are expected at the event. School Sport Australia allocated this year’s Tournament to Victoria.Touch Football Victoria is hosting the event on behalf of the Victorian Primary School Sports Association (VPSSA) and the Victorian Secondary School Sport Association (VSSSA). Boys and girls will compete in under-12 and under-15 age categories. 28 teams have been nominated for the event overall in the four divisions.The players have each qualified to represent their state through school selection processes in their local area. One person that will not have to travel far for the event is Hamish McLean, coach of the Victorian Under-15 Boys team. McLean has been the coach of the Victorian side for four years. He said while his team didn’t get to experience a tour for this year’s tournament the home-ground advantage would mean they could field a full-strength squad. McLean said the Victorian Under-15s would be aiming for a top-four finish, but that it would be difficult in an elite field. “If it’s anything like previous years it will be a bloody high standard. New South Wales and Queensland have a few kids that are in the National Youth Squad for Under-18s for the next Youth World Cup so you’re talking about the best players in their age group in the world,” he said. With a strong team on the park and some local support a result in the top half of the draw is realistic for the Victorian boys. “For our kids the main thing is it’s the first opportunity to play at a representative level. For them it’s about understanding what they have to do and what sort of level of commitment they need to meet to be successful in their chosen sport. Also it’s just about the friendships they make. It’s really great to see kids four or five years after coaching them and they’re still mates,” McLean said. The development of skills and forming of friendships is not only something that is valuable to the players travelling to the tournament. It is also integral for the 25 referees that will be lending their time to make the event possible.One such referee that will be making the trip south is ACT whistleblower Jack Gibson. Gibson, 14, has only been refereeing for about 12 months but has developed remarkably in his time. He officiated his first adult competition in the recently completed 2007 winter season. It will be the first time the ACT sends a student referee to the event. Jack’s sister Ashleigh will also be involved in the event, as part of the ACT Under-12 Girls’ team. The School Sport Australia Touch Football Championships will be a fantastic opportunity for Jack to put his skills into practice while gaining precious experience. Jack said he got into refereeing because he used to give the whistleblowers a hard time as a player. “I questioned some of the decisions and gave it to them if they made the wrong decision. So I sort of got into to because I wanted to see the other side of the coin. It’s made me a better player. I’ve learnt more of the rules and I don’t question the referee’s decision anymore. I let him do what he’s got to do because I know how hard it is,” Gibson said.  The talented youngster said the opportunity to travel to Melbourne would be the highlight of his refereeing career so far.“Just the opportunity to ref with some of the elite referees will be the best thing. And hopefully to experience that feeling of refereeing a national game where it’s not park Touch anymore, it actually means something,” he said.  Jack has shown an enthusiasm to improve and passion for the game that is sure to see him fulfil his potential. Touch Football Australia would like to wish all the players, coaches, referees and everyone else involved in next week’s event the best of luck. The 2007 School Sport Australia Touch Football Tournament is sure to provide some outstanding Touch Football and be plenty of fun for everyone.last_img read more

a month agoLeicester boss Rodgers denies system cost Man Utd result

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Leicester boss Rodgers denies system cost Man Utd resultby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has dismissed suggestions his system stifled creativity in Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Manchester United.Rodgers changed from a 4-3-3 to a more defensive 4-4-1-1, which saw playmaker James Maddison pushed out wide.But the Northern Irishman doesn’t think it was the system that caused the result.”We have played a few systems and sometimes haven’t created chances,” he said. “It worked well for us at Chelsea, it worked well for us there where we played one winger on the inside, a midfield player on the outside.”I suppose, if you look at Manchester United, they do similar. They have young Daniel James as an ou-and-out winger on the one side and Pereira on the inside.”It’s something that you will do to try to get your numbers in midfield.”I just think, first half, we just didn’t connect the game well enough from behind, through the midfield. We were much better as the game wore on, but it’s something we can look at.” last_img read more

a month ago​Arsenal boss Emery reveals new Gunners skipper

first_img​Arsenal boss Emery reveals new Gunners skipperby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal head coach Unai Emery has named Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka as the club’s new permanent captain, replacing Laurent Koscielny, who left for Bordeaux in the summer.Emery is still deliberating over a vice-captain, with forwards Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang understood to be the leading contenders. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Pereyra spoke about his complicated move

first_imgRoberto Pereyra came to Watford back in 2016 from Juventus and it was a surprising move for a lot of people as he had a good position in his former team – but he wanted to play in the Premier League.Gino Pozzo, the current Watford owner, brought Pereyra to Udinese a couple of years ago and he played a crucial role also in his move to England as the player insisted that he persuaded him to join the Hornets.The former Juventus midfielder spoke about this transfer as he said, according to hertfordshiremercury.co.uk:“Gino was the determining factor.”Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I obviously knew him from the past at Udinese and knowing how he works. I know he believed in me and that I could trust him. Having Gino was one of my main factors.”“It was a very hard choice because Juventus were winning many things. We are talking about one of the greatest clubs in the world.”“Yes, this is the Premier League but Juventus, well, are Juventus. At the beginning, it was complicated – it was another country, there was this whole settling in. It was quite overwhelming.”last_img read more

Nikola Kalinic wants AC Milan exit confirms Agent

first_imgNikola Kalinic’s agent has confirmed that the forward is looking to leave AC Milan this summer with Atletico Madrid rumoured to be interested in signing himMilan appears to be going from bad to worse at the moment following club owner Li Yonghong’s failure to pay off his €303m debt to American hedge fund Elliott Management, who loaned him the capital to purchase the Italian club last April.As such, Milan have now been taken over by Elliot and face an uncertain future with several first-team players expected to leave the San Siro this summer in order to help pay off their debts.One of those players being linked with a move away from the seven-time European champions is Kalinic.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“Kalinic is aware of the interest of several teams,” Tomislav Erceg, Kalinic’s agent, told Estadio Deportivo, via Football-Espana.“But he has to wait and see what Milan decides…Atletico are interested, we cannot hide that fact, but Sevilla are too, there are several options open, but it depends on Milan’s management.“Nikola knows how competitive Atletico are, with a great coach like Simeone at the helm, but right now it is not in our hands to decide, once Milan express their decision, we will evaluate it.”Kalinic was originally a part of Croatia’s World Cup squad this summer before being sent home by head coach Zlatko Dalic for refusing to enter the pitch in their 2-0 win over Nigeria in the group stages, despite the striker later claiming that he had a back injury.last_img read more

Van Dijk eyeing legendary status at Anfield

first_imgVirgil van Dijk feels Liverpool have the quality to achieve great things on the pitch and further suggested he aims to be a club legend.The Dutch skipper has racked up 54 appearances and two goals for the Reds since he joined from Southampton in January 2018.Van Dijk has helped stabilise the Reds defence with the club boasting the best defensive record with 14 clean sheets and the least number of goals conceded so far this season.Asked by BBC’s Football Daily podcast how he’d like to be remembered by those fans in the future, Van Dijk replied: “That’s a difficult question, but maybe as a legend of Liverpool.“At the moment, that’s something that comes to my mind. I want to achieve great things, amazing things, here. We have a fantastic squad, we have everything, we have all the tools, but obviously, we have to do it.“For us, we have a team in the league that is pretty good as well [Manchester City] that are doing fantastic. We’re matching them at the moment and we will see what happens.“I just want to give everything for this club. They went all out to get me and I want to give everything for them and hopefully make sure we achieve great things.Virgil van Dijk, NetherlandsVan Dijk isn’t better than Messi & Ronaldo, says Van der Vaart Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Rafael van der Vaart reckons Virgil van Dijk is “special”, but he’s still behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best players.“Before I started training [with the club], I went to the game against Leicester [in December 2017]. I was in the boardroom and met so many legends, great players who played for a beautiful club.”Before I signed my contract, I was 15 or 16 and working as a dishwasher in a Breda restaurant.”An in-depth interview on the life of Virgil van Dijk: https://t.co/csiJ7VE1Fx pic.twitter.com/aWJ3PvRG0P— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) February 21, 2019“When you play for this club, you’ll always be welcome as you’ve been part of the family. It’s one of the reasons I definitely wanted to play for the club.”The Reds will send out a message to Man City if they beat arch-rivals Manchester United to secure the top spot on Sunday.last_img read more

Grace Bay Clubs Signature Restaurant Among Winners Revealed in Wine Spectators August

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 26, 2017 – Providenciales – Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar at Grace Bay Club has been honored for the second year running for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator’s 2017 Restaurant Wine List Awards.“After first being recognized in 2016, we are humbled that Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar’s wine program was again recognized in 2017 after our exceptional team of wine experts spent a year continuing to perfect and refine our offerings,” said Nikheel Advani, COO & Principal of Grace Bay Resorts. “We are passionate about properly pairing wine with the outstanding, one-of-a-kind flavors of the Turks & Caicos Islands, which first and foremost aims to please our guests.”Kris Jackman, Sommelier at Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar, was also lauded by Advani for his exceptional contributions to restaurant’s wine program. Jackman joined the resort this year after 7 years at the renowned Sandy Lane resort in Barbados.Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar won the Award of Excellence, which recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style.“On behalf of Wine Spectator, I’m thrilled to congratulate each and every award-winning restaurant. They should be very proud,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor and Publisher, Wine Spectator.The award marks another watershed moment for the Turks and Caicos Islands’ food and wine scene, which has been growing in prestige thanks in part to events such as the annual Caribbean Food & Wine Festival. This year’s festival will be held in Nov 2 – 5 in Providenciales with Chefs Tiffany Derry, Victor Yu and Meherwan Irani, as well as winemakers Greg Stach, Tuck Beckstoffer, and Neil Collins.Wine Spectator began its program to recognize the world’s best wine lists in 1981. There are three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award.The complete list of award winners is available in print in Wine Spectator’s August issue, and online at the newly minted Restaurants.WineSpectator.com, where visitors can search and access exclusive content on the more than 3,500 restaurants. The full list is also available for free on iOS via the new Restaurant Awards app, which allows users to look for dining spots in any location with maps, choosing by wine strengths, cuisine type, pricing and more.last_img read more