Cunningham targets golden double at Para Pan Games

first_imgJamaica Paralympics Association (JPA) current poster boy, Alphanso Cunningham, thinks it a big honour to represent Jamaica at yet another Paralympics showpiece.The four-time Para Pan Am medallist says he will be going for glory, records and top honours when the fifth Paralympics Pan American Games get underway from August 7-15 in Toronto, Canada.”I am aiming to better what I did at the last Pan Am Games, where I got gold and silver, so I am definitely striving for two gold this time around,” said the current Pan Am record holder in the men’s F52/53 javelin.He maintains he is calm, under no pressure and just going to do his best.”I am looking forward to doing good … just going out there to throw near the record or break the record,” Cunningham added.Cunningham continues to show strong will, determination and resilience.RESPECT”Motivation, that’s one of the aims for me in the sport, I take up on myself the responsibility, like our president says, performances make people focus on you and respect you … and sponsors and so on,” he reasoned.The JPA was established in 2008 and replaced the Jamaica Paraplegic Association, which was formed by the late Sir John Golding in 1966. It is a government-approved national body for sports, for persons who are physically challenged and visually impaired.Cunningham, Tanto Campbell, Shane Hudson, David Bascoe, Tevaugh Thomas and Sylvia Grant, the lone female, will be leading the country’s medal hopes in Canada, while former Paralympian-turned-coach Neville Sinclair is eyeing at least “one medal per athlete”.”I just try to do good, try to get medals as much as I can and make people wanna do the sport,” Cunningham told The Gleaner in an interview at the naming of the team at the Jamaica Olympics Association (JOA) on Cunningham Avenue.The Jamaican is currently number one in his class in South America, is a medallist at the Pan Am, World Champs and Paralympics level, while locally, he is a brand ambassador for local telecommunications firm Digicel.last_img read more

Celebrity moments were plentiful at Super Bowl

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Harvey put his head down and tried to cover up his face before bumping into Smith, who played for several teams including the Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat. The two embraced each other with a handshake before both walked into the suite.Harvey, who hosted the NFL Honors on Saturday, shared the same suite with Jon Hamm, Swizz Beatz and Camila Mendes. They were only a couple doors away from Maroon 5 and Big Boi, who performed at halftime of the game.“I loved Maroon 5′s performance. They rocked it,” said retired NFL player Curtis Martin, who played for the New York Jets and Patriots. “Travis (Scott) and Big Boi was amazing too. I liked how they mixed things up. Big gave that ATL flavor.”Director Peter Berg said Maroon 5′s frontman Adam Levine “really delivered.”Asked what Berg’s best moment was: “When he took his shirt off. I was like ‘Damn, looking good.’”___KEY STAR-STRUCKKeegan-Michael Key is a celebrity in his own right, but the actor-comedian still gets star-struck when hanging around NFL players.“The thing is being backstage with a lot of them. You turn the corner and it’s like ’Oh, there’s J.J. Watt. Oh, nice to meet you. Oh, there goes Barry Sanders running around. It’s nice to be behind-the-scenes. You get to meet a lot of the players. I’m such an NFL fan.”Key, who starred in the Comedy Central series “Key & Peele,” said his favorite player Charles Woodson played a role in the “East-West College Bowl” skit. Woodson won a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers in 2011. “We met last year for the first time, and it was an important time,” Key said. “He gave us so much inspiration for that episode.”Key hopes he can one day see Beyonce sing the national anthem and perform during halftime at the same Super Bowl. She was a halftime performer in 2013 and 2016.“Now, that would be awesome if she could pull that off,” he said. “I really want to see her make that happen. I think she can. I mean, she’s Beyonce.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Both Knight and Chloe x Halle put on strong performances. They have been surrounded by the controversy after some have boycotted the NFL over treatment of Colin Kaepernick, the former quarterback who protested racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem.While some performers declined participation in the Super Bowl, Knight said she hoped her anthem would unite people.Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi will headline the halftime show at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.___JAMIE FOXX TAKES SELFIES WITH CIVIL RIGHTS ICONSADVERTISEMENT Jamie Foxx took several selfies with civil rights pioneers John Lewis and Andrew Young on the sidelines before kickoff at Super Bowl 53.After taking pictures with them, Foxx shook Lewis and Young’s hand then told them they inspire him. Lewis and Young were sitting in the back of the golf cart while Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s youngest daughter Bernice King sat in the front.Beforehand, Foxx strolled down the sideline and took videos of the crowd at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium as many chanted his name before the New England Patriots faced the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta on Sunday. The Oscar-winning actor said he is a longtime fan of the Dallas Cowboys, but he is rooting for the Patriots.“I’m going with Tom Brady today,” Foxx said. “I think he’s going to pull it off.”Foxx bet on the right quarterback — Brady’s Patriots defeated the Rams 13-3.Foxx said he’s been coming to the Super Bowl for many years calling each time a “different experience.” He performed at the Maxim party that also featured Future and Diplo on Saturday night.“Every year, it’s special. It’s great. It’s nothing like football,” he said.___CELEBS & ATHLETES MINGLEActor-comedian Steve Harvey and ex-NBA player Steve Smith were among the celebs and athletes who mingled during Super Bowl 53. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Super Bowl ads heavy on humor, surprises and… robots MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., left, former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young and entertainer Jamie Foxx, right, speak on the sidelines before the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. The Patriots won 13-3. (AP Photo/Jonathan Landrum Jr)ATLANTA — Not everyone is watching Super Bowl 53 for the love of football — celebrities are a big part of the day, too. Here’s a breakdown of what is happening with entertainers on Sunday in Atlanta.___ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES GLADYS KNIGHT, CHLOE X HALLE FILLED WITH JOYGladys Knight was all smiles as she blew kisses to everyone, and Chloe x Halle were almost speechless after their pregame performance at Super Bowl 53.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsKnight called her rendition of the “The Star-Spangled Banner” an “exciting moment” and “one to remember” in the tunnel of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where the New England Patriots played the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday in Atlanta. The 74-year-old singer was all smiles as she thanked everyone who supported her through the controversy involving performers who were criticized for performing at the NFL’s marquee game.Before Knight performed, the R&B sister duo Chloe x Halle sang “America the Beautiful.” The group said their experience was “wonderful” and were “thankful to God” for the opportunity. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View commentslast_img read more

“We don’t have to do it alone” – St Lucia PM

first_imgDe-risking in the CaribbeanAs the Caribbean continues to explore ways to counter the impact of foreign banks, particularly United States banks, cutting their ties with regional banks over money laundering concerns, St Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet believes that a collective and broad effort is needed to address the situation.Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 37th Meeting of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Heads of Government Conference on Monday in Guyana, Chastanet outlined that while the Region has had a very successful campaign with the United Kingdom in which an incredible lobbying effort was put together, he is of the view that it is time for the Caribbean to put together a more effective lobbying approach towards addressing the issue of de-risking.De-risking is when international banks withdraw from their relationships with indigenous banks because of fears of money laundering and questionable sources of funds which would cause the international banks to receive heavy fines from their regulators.Caribbean banking institutions rely on such relationships in order to allow residents to conduct international financial transactions. However, since last year, the Region has been facing the impact of de-risking and the issue has been occupying the attention of regional policy-makers, following signals by international banks that they are unwilling to continue carrying the business of regional banks.This matter will come up for discussion during the Heads of Government Conference meeting happening today and Wednesday, as Caribbean leaders try to tackle the cut-off of regional indigenous banks – a situation that poses dire consequences for the Region including crushing impacts on the wider economy.But according to Prime Minister Chastanet, the Region must stop thinking that it has to solve this problem alone. He pointed out that there are a number of multinational companies in the US such as airlines, cruise industries, suppliers and individuals who own their homes – who have a vested interest in the Region and who know exactly how to lobby their Government.In this vein, the St Lucian Head of State posited that the Caribbean should get more persons from abroad, especially those who will be affected, involved in efforts to address the region-wide problem that threaten their economies.“The idea of us going to Washington, DC by ourselves is a tried and tested failure. We must be able to bring more people to the argument and we must do it urgently,” Chastanet pointed out.De-risking in the Caribbean came into the limelight last year when the Belize Bank was cut off by the Bank of America and one of the two banks in Montserrat shared the same fate. Some of the areas that are affected because of de-risking are: transfers of remittances, cheque payments, international trade and the facilitation of credit card settlements for local clients.The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) quoted a November World Bank survey as saying that about 75 per cent of international banks have experienced a reduction in correspondent banking services with the Caribbean being the worst affected.last_img read more

Husband begs court to see wife “one last time”

first_imgRemanded: Gavin GillThe accused in the Williamsburg, Corentyne, Berbice murder was arraigned for the death of his 20-year-old wife on Tuesday. However, during his court appearance, the man who allegedly hacked his wife to death begged the court to see her “one last time”.Gavin Gill appeared at the Albion Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Renita Singh slapped with the capital offence of murder.It is alleged that on March 30, 2019, at Dr Tulsi Street, Williamsburg, he murdered his wife, Omawattie Gill.In court on Tuesday, the taxi driver told the court that he had been before the court previously for traffic offences and also on an armed robbery charge.Prosecutor Inspector Althea Solomon informed the court that the prosecution was ready to commence the Preliminary Inquiry, saying that the police were able to obtain a video confession from the accused.Gill then told the court that while in the lock-ups, he was given “something to drink” and cannot say who had brought it for him.He also alleged that he became unconscious and does not know what happened. However, when he regained consciousness, he was given something to sign. He also claimed that the police arrested his mother and as such, she was unable to secure legal representation for him.When asked whether he had any children, the accused broke down in tears and told the court that he is a father of three.Meanwhile, Gill asked the court for an opportunity to be able to see his wife “one last time” but Magistrate Singh told him that it was not possible since she is dead.The murder accused then requested permission to see his dead wife’s face for one minute before her funeral but again, Magistrate Singh denied the request.He was remanded to prison and the PI will start on April 23.Meanwhile, an autopsy performed on the body of Omawattie Gill on Monday gave the cause of death as a result of shock and haemorrhage due to multiple stab wounds.On Saturday last, Gill, a mother of one, was on her way to work when she was attacked by her husband.The woman was first hit with a vehicle her husband was driving and pitched about 25 feet before being stabbed and then chopped with a cutlass.The suspect reportedly lived in the US and returned to Guyana 17 months ago. The couple had been married for 14 months. According to relatives, Gill moved out of the matrimonial home with her seven-month-old baby after her husband became abusive.She had moved out two weeks prior to her death and was living with her mother and found employment one week later.At the time of her demise, she was on her way to work.The woman is expected to be cremated today while a vigil was held on Monday evening at the spot where she was killed.Dead: Omawattie Gilllast_img read more

Break and Enter at Fast Trax Motorsports

first_imgOn June 24th at approximately 5:55am, the Fort St. John RCMP responded to Fast Trax Motorsports for a break and enter in progress complaint.A witness stated a lone male had entered the Fast Trax compound through the fence and it appeared that he was stealing ATV tires.  Upon further investigation, it was confirmed a racing dirt bike was stolen.  The Police Dog Services was utilized, however it was determined the suspect had fled in a vehicle before Police arrived to the scene.Police are asking that if anyone has information regarding this occurrence, to contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8140.  You can also remain anonymous and call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at Advertisement –last_img

Gas well blow out near Hythe under investigation -Update with Photos

first_imgBy staffA gas well near Hythe, Alberta blew out on Wednesday morning.The Calgary Herald talked to Bob Curran, who is the spokesperson for the Energy Resources Conservation Board. He said a crew of Canadian Natural Resources workers was drilling a sweet gas well when it suddenly blew out around 3 a.m.However, he confirmed that no one was hurt.Advertisement – Advertisement -Photos have been provided to by Josh Ludwig.  The Ludwig farm is located 4km from the well site. The well site is around 22 kilometres northwest of Hythe, and six kilometres from the nearest residence.The Calgary Herald also quotes Wiebo Ludwig as saying the blow-out “speaks for itself.” The anti-oil activist told the paper “I don’t have to rub it in at this point.”For the full story, visit the Calgary Herald’s story by Clicking Here.For a video for the blowout, click hereAdvertisementlast_img read more

Argentina have a ‘debt’ to settle at World Cup – Messi

first_img0Shares0000Lionel Messi is expected to line up against Spain after missing the friendly win over Italy © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSBUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Mar 27 – Argentina captain Lionel Messi admitted Monday that his generation has a score to settle at the World Cup in Russia after a series of agonising near misses in major tournaments.“The debt we owe is to ourselves, not to the people. We always give our all, we reached three finals. We haven’t been far off,” Messi said in an interview with Fox Sports. Argentina lost the 2014 World Cup final to Germany 1-0 after extra time and then finished runners-up at successive Copa America tournaments, losing to Chile on penalties in both 2015 and 2016.“We always take each World Cup as a big opportunity, and now more than ever because an important generation will move on, several players will change,” Messi said, ahead of Tuesday’s friendly against Spain in Madrid.Vice-captain Javier Mascherano has already announced he will retire from international duty after the World Cup, while Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain will all be 30 come the finals.Messi will turn 31 during the competition. He has yet to make a decision on his Argentina future but would be 35 by the time of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.“(In Russia) it will be a good opportunity. Argentina is always a candidate for the title because of its image, its history. But this year, we are not favourites,” Messi added. “Spain, Brazil, Germany and France are above us.”Argentina, who beat Italy 2-0 in Manchester last Friday, will play Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D at the World Cup.The country last lifted the trophy in 1986 when Diego Maradona was named player of the tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Saturday, December 6

first_img Transfer rumours and paper review 1 Here are the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Manchester United are prepared to spend another £100m next summer with defenders Mats Hummels, 25, of Borussia Dortmund, Aymeric Laporte, 20, of Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin, 28, on their radar. (Independent) Manchester United are set to sell three unwanted players in January – goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard, 30, and midfielders Nani, 28, and 26-year-old Anderson – to finance a £200m assault on the transfer market. (Daily Star) Leicester City have made a bid for in-demand HNK Rijeka striker Andrej Kramaric, 23, who is also reportedly a target for Chelsea and Tottenham. (Daily Mail) Liverpool could sign a replacement for Glen Johnson in January, with top target Martin Montoya’s agent insisting that the 23-year-old will “100%” leave Barcelona this winter. (Daily Mirror) Arsene Wenger is reportedly weighing up a move for Lyon’s in-demand midfielder Nabil Fekir, 21. (Metro) Manager Mauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham have never considered letting in-form striker Harry Kane, 21, leave the club. (Independent) DeAndre Yedlin, 21, has been granted a work permit this week and the right-back is expected to complete his move to Tottenham Hotspur next month. (The Times) Genoa captain and left-back Luca Antonelli, 27, says he’s dreaming of a switch to Liverpool. (Daily Star) Hull City manager Steve Bruce wants to cut short Hatem Ben Arfa’s season-long loan spell, with the winger having failed to impress during his time at the Yorkshire club. (The Sun)And here’s the latest headlines…Liverpool handed boost in Martinez pursuitPremier League return unlikely for MLS starBayern Munich enter battle for teen sensation wanted by Liverpool and Man UnitedBarcelona star puts Premier League admirers on alertSpurs suffer striker transfer blowAC Milan beat Liverpool to strike star?Defensive starlet is on my radar, admits Arsenal boss WengerRoma target Tottenham defender in £8million dealFormer Chelsea and Barcelona striker Gudjohnsen returns to BoltonExclusive – Chelsea WILL win the title, concedes Premier League bossExclusive – Allardyce expects quiet January transfer window at West HamExclusive – Everton are yet to kick into life this season, says Alan Stubbslast_img read more


first_imgShay Given’s father has said he thinks the Irish management team picked the wrong team for last night’s disastrous game against Croatia.Seamus Given was speaking after Ireland’s 3-1 defeat in their first Euro 2012 game which leaves them with a mountain to climb.Seamus said he would not have started with the same team that Trapatonni picked. “The team was not right for the occasion. It’s horses for courses. There should have been a couple on from the start and a couple left out.“The eleven players that were put out, and this is no disrespect to Doyle or Keane, were simply not physically strong enough.“We needed a couple of strong players up front. The Croatians are a big side and there were 7 of 8 of them which were head and shoulders above most of our guys,” he said.The Lifford man said despite the heavy defeat, the fans and the team are already beginning to lift their spirits again. “I think the feeling here is that we have nothing to lose.“We can go out and win the remaining two games and the spectators are already beginning to lift their spirits again“You could tell by the expression on the faces of the team that they were so disappointed but they know that they just have to buckle down and try and go out and do the best they can and hopefully get a win,” he said. TRAP PICKED THE WRONG TEAM – SEAMUS GIVEN was last modified: June 11th, 2012 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:Seamus GivenShay Givenlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal star Michael Murphy is set to enroll in a new elite athlete programme at Queen’s University Belfast. Murphy spent four years at DCU were he completed a degree in sports science and biology.He will be now undertaking a Masters degree in Sports psychology at Queen’s University following in the footsteps of his Donegal manager Jim McGuinness who attained a Masters in Sports Psychology from UUJ. The Belfast college are hosting the Sigerson cup this season and were keen to land one of the best forwards in the country in Murphy.Murphy has already tasted Sigerson success in 2012 with DCU when they won the final convincingly over NUI Maynooth.The new elite athlete programme ensures Murphy’s tuition fees will be paid as well as his accommodation.It will also make his commute to county training a lot easier than when he was based in Dublin. Murphy would regularly have to travel back to Donegal for training and head straight back to Dublin that night for lectures the following morning.Being based in Belfast now makes this regular commute a lot easier for Murphy.It’s clear that Murphy not only has excellence on the field of play but also academic excellence off it. MURPHY SET TO ENROLL IN NEW ELITE ATHLETE PROGRAMME AT QUEENS was last modified: August 8th, 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:BelfastDCUMastersMichael MurphyQueens UniversitySigerson CupSports Psychologylast_img read more