Memorable 4x400m anchor-leg showdown

first_imgChamps 2016 and all that it offered has disappeared into the pages of history. Some will label what was experienced at the National Stadium to close out last week “the best ever”.Whether it was or not, the sweet aroma lingering about the accomplishments of one little man will last for some time.Christopher Taylor, along with his now five straight triumphant team, answered the call of Calabar High in strident terms.Coming into the 106th staging of the world-acclaimed spectacle, the 16-year-old sensation held the title of World Youth champion. The status was rooted in a 45.27-second mark over the 400 metres in Cali, Colombia, last year.His mind set on records, he got them out of the way in that and the 200m from the preliminary rounds. A crowded slate of final-day expectations had to be properly handled.He had the benefit of a coach, Michael Clarke, who had prescribed and dispensed this and even more arduous diets for athletes under his care, several times over. Throughout the journey, the young man, who is nicknamed ‘Cubby’, coupled calm and composure with humility.With thoughts of personal marks summarily dismissed, he entered the final day with a new agenda – securing points to distance the green and black from their threatening purple-clad rivals of Kingston College (KC).On two occasions, he sauntered to his accustomed front spot and after crossing the line, pulling his teammate into second spot to register 16 points total in both the half- and one-lap outings.With the title race decided, the now competition-soaked speed demon was again summoned to further service. There would be no flinching. The feeling from all who supported him was that when you are called to serve, you do so with determination, diligence and a spirit of devotion to duty.HERE,SIR!As such, he valiantly stood to attention, upright in stance and quoted from his school song, Here, Sir!.Controlled sprinting and safe exchanges, typifying the 40-zero timed 4x100m relay, the last hurrah of the mile relay, required a little bit more to be truthful, considerably more.Kingston College, overall defeat, conceded wanted bragging rights from the traditional final event. To cement this, they brought out the six-foot-five-inch Akeem Bloomfield, the national junior 400m record holder with a Champs 2015 time of 44.93.A very talent-protective coach, Neil Harrison, accustomed to preparing athletes who were touching on world class, had made some early declarations. Bloomfield would be kept in mothballs, saved from the usual 200-400m double, plus relays by omitting him from the furlong.The World Junior Championships and for his charge to be booked on the Rio Olympics flight, were of paramount importance.The fact that Bloomfield lined up to anchor the flagship event was less of a departure from that template and more a resolve to send a message to the runaway Calabar train. Built into all that thought process, was the school motto: ‘The brave may fall, but never yield’.Kingston College, so long hunting a major schoolboy title, had fallen yet again.However, to yield would fly in the face of a potent school culture.History will record that the Christopher Taylor dynamo received the baton on the final pass zero metres ahead of Bloomfield. Make that 12 metres following a Kingston College handover stutter.Bloomfield was not long in taking sight of the deficit and zoomed in on Taylor, catching, passing, and putting on his own five-metre lead by the end of the back straightaway.With close to 150 metres for home, the head-bandied Taylor detonated. He eased closer to the new leader and Bloomfield got weaker in his golden pursuit.Young Chris got stronger, breezing past a now struggling Bloomfield to bring the gold to Red Hills Road by three metres. It was a telling strike that outshone the fireworks display that was yet unborn.It made Champs 2016 the memorable event that it will remain.n For feedback, email lauriefoster2012@gmail.comlast_img read more


Espejo picks up another MVP

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMarck Espejo’s name has been synonymous to Most Valuable Player.The Ateneo superstar added another MVP award to his resume as the best player in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference.ADVERTISEMENT The 20-year-old Espejo, who has already four UAAP titles, was officially named PVL MVP on Saturday before the Blue Eagles pulled off a finals sweep of the Far Eastern University Tamaraws.Apart from being the conference MVP, Espejo also bagged the Finals MVP plum and was recognized as the Best Outside Spiker. He had 20 points in the title-clinching win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHis teammates Esmilzo Joner Polvorosa and Manuel Sumanguid III was named Best Setter and Best Libero, respectively.The other awardees were Fauzi Ismail of National University (2nd Best Outside Spiker), John Paul Bugaoan of Far Eastern University (Best Middle Blocker), Kib Malabunga of NU (2nd Best Middle Blocker), Joshua Umandal of University of Santo Tomas (Best Opposite Spiker). MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenecenter_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brownlee happy with Ginebra’s aggressive start in PBA Finals 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more


Del Potro ‘proud’ to be in same era as Nadal — now he wants to beat him

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina celebrates breaking the serve of Gilles Simon of France during their men’s singles match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Tuesday July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)Juan Martin del Potro says he is proud to be playing in the same era as Rafael Nadal, but that burning admiration won’t prevent him from trying to derail the Spaniard’s Wimbledon campaign on Wednesday.Del Potro returned to the quarter-finals at the All England Club for the first time since 2013 when he defeated Gilles Simon of France 7-6 (7/1), 7-6 (7/5), 5-7, 7-6 (7/5) on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT “He’s the No. 1. He has been making records every Grand Slam. I’m very proud to be in the same era as him and Roger Federer.”Del Potro went on to the semi-finals at Wimbledon five years ago and it took Novak Djokovic to halt him in a five-set epic played out over four and a half hours.It is one of just five semi-final appearances at the Slams for the supremely gifted Del Potro, whose career has been ravaged by a number of wrist injuries which once pushed him to the brink of retirement.With his 30th birthday approaching in September, his lone Slam triumph at the 2009 US Open is a meager return as a consequence.On Wednesday on Centre Court, he will start as underdog against Nadal, the 17-time major winner who is in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon for the first time since 2011 when he went on to finish runner-up.ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West MOST READ Now the Argentine faces two-time Wimbledon champion Nadal, who allowed him just six games when they last met in the Roland Garros semi-finals in June.That straight sets loss was the fifth-seeded del Potro’s 10th defeat in 15 meetings against the former world number one.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Everybody admires Rafa as a competitor. He’s a fighter. He’s always trying to be positive and thinking in the next ball. Doesn’t matter if he miss or not,” said Del Potro.“It’s too tough to see a guy in front of the net when they are always positive during the game. As a player, it’s amazing. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Better this way: No father-son boxing reunion for Donaires soon Nadal has won both the pair’s career meetings on grass including at the All England Club in the last-16 seven years ago.The 32-year-old is also appearing in his 35th Grand Slam quarter-final.“Everybody knows the favorites for the title are Roger and Rafa,” added Del Potro.“It could be a surprise this year. You never know. We always want to win the title, but it is not easy to beat these guys in this big event. “They are still making records in every tournament. It’s amazing for the tennis world and also for the people who shared matches with them, and shared good moments in the lockers. “I’m very proud to be in the same time as them.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio nameslast_img read more


Dissecting the Single Biggest Obstacle to Improving Teaching Quality in Liberian Schools: Liberia’s National…

first_imgMoses Blonkanjay Jackson (MsEd, EdM), the Mwalimu-MkohAuthor, Education Engineer, & Reform AdvocateSimply Thinking ThoughtsBy Moses Blonkanjay Jackson (MsEd, EdM)In my thinking thoughts I pondered the achievements of the recent 2018 National Education Summit held in Margibi county and how a professional memoire chronicling the event has yet to be released. Albeit, my personal diary of the summit revealed that much was left to be accomplished considering lapses such as the rather borderline performance of the panel on “Teaching Quality and Professionalization”In addition to the moderator’s lackluster handling of the panel, I have a hunch panelists were not afforded much time to expound the major questions posed. For example, the question, “…What would you prioritize as the single biggest obstacle to improving teaching quality in Liberian schools?”, was not adequately addressed.In my response I asserted, “While my fellow panelists have chosen to address the question as education administrators, I would rather address it from an Education Engineering perspective, for there are 10,000 reasons available as the biggest obstacle to teaching quality”Illegal Establishment of Sub-standard SchoolsI posit that the illegal establishment of substandard schools is the most potent generator of poor teaching quality. The more substandard schools that get established, the more unqualified teachers are generated.Each year, huge number of schools in Liberia are founded illegally by government officials, communities and religious institutions. These sub-standard schools usually unleash into the classrooms three kinds of teachers: Unqualified, Relatively Qualified and Qualified. It is this colossal task that continues to overwhelm the Ministry of Education (MOE) in its pursuit of quality teaching in our schools.Substandard Schools Established by Churches and CommunitiesFellow Compatriots, any school which allows a single individual who does not possess the minimum of a ‘C’ certificate to teach, is in violation of the 2011 Education Law and that school automatically qualifies as substandard. In current day Liberia, all and sundry including mainline and end-time churches which are supposed to be the conscience of society and morality are violating the constitution by illegally establishing substandard schools.As a tradition, schools are attached to almost every mainline religious institution such as SDA, Methodist  and Catholic parishes. If a pedagogical credentials mining were  taken, one would find a huge number of unqualified parishioners, church and community members maliciously imposing as teachers and dishing out deadly poison to our children. To put oil in hot fire, there are also hundreds of End-Time churches which are attaching small poorly ventilated rooms to their churches and fences calling them “schools”Here is the trick. When Sunday School attendance of a church increases, the members suddenly perceive they can establish a school. The Sunday School teacher becomes the unqualified Principal, the Pastor who knows nothing about education management becomes the board chairman, his wife the registrar to keep the money, and the deacon becomes the Vice Principal. Some members who have been praying and fasting suddenly receive miracles by getting jobs as teachers. This whole bunch of imposters fall in the unqualified teachers’ category and have no right to be in any classroom.In some communities, abandoned and delipidated structures are partitioned and used as schools. The community leader or structure owner recruits underachievers and hustlers as teachers. The community for its part, enrolls en masse, their children without asking if the so-called teachers possess the necessary pedagogical savvy to teach.Substandard Schools Established by MOE and Government OfficialsChurches and communities are not the only culprits that establish substandard schools. There are MOE and government officials who are also guilty of this criminal act towards the education sector. It is hard to believe there are employees of the MOE including senior staff who own several substandard schools swarming with unqualified teachers. The schools of senior staff hardly get checked because their name alone threatens Education Officers who are supposed to walk in there and close down the doggone school. Now if the very MOE officials who are supposed to fix this ugly education situation are members of the criminal cartel, how do we expect education or teaching to improve?Legislators’ Own Sub-Standard SchoolsThere are also Legislators who are killing the sector; unfortunately, there are scores of senators and legislators who own substandard schools all over the place as future campaign points. As members of the criminal cartel, they will never be genuine in what they preach about “quality education” for they are all fake advocates who are destroying the future of our children by owning schools with unqualified, inept teachers.Relatively qualified and qualified teachersWhile the Unqualified Teacher does not possess any pedagogical training, a relatively qualified teacher is equally dangerous. The relatively qualified teacher is somebody who possesses a degree in another discipline but lacks the minimum of a legal ‘C’ teaching certificate. He is qualified by virtue of his degree but not qualified to teach; hence relatively qualified on the one hand. On the other hand, the qualified teacher is somebody who possesses the minim of a ‘C’ certificate with all rights and privileges appertaining.It was to those ends that I submitted as a panelist at the 2018 Education Summit that the biggest obstacle to quality teaching is the establishment of substandard schools that deploy untrained teachers, especially by MOE and Government officials who are the troublemakers instead of being the troubleshooters.The only way to purge this ugly system of fake teachers and improve teaching quality is to establish a technical separate semi-autonomous entity; the education and teaching regulatory authority -EDUCATRAL, or else our pursuit will be a plunge down an abyss of frustration and desperation.I am simply thinking thoughts!About the authorThe Rivercess man, Moses Blonkanjay Jackson holds a Master of Education (Ed.M.) degree from Harvard University and a Master of Education with Secondary Mathematics (MsEd) concentration from Saint Joseph’s University. He is a Yale Mathematics Curriculum Fellow, and a University of Pennsylvania Physics Curriculum Fellow. The Rivercess scholar served the Government of Liberia for four years as Consultant and Assistant Minister and returned to private practice as consultant and researcher. The Rivercess man can be reached at 0886681315, 0770206645, blonkanjayjackson@gmail.com.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Flyers hit the road to take on Canucks this Thursday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers are on the road this Thursday, December 13, for a classic Alaska Highway rivalry game as they visit the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks.The last time the Flyers played with the Canucks was at a home game on November 16.That game was a battle for the Flyers as they kept tying up the score throughout most of the game with the Canucks eventually taking control of the puck.- Advertisement -Despite the Flyers best efforts, in the end, the Flyers fell 9-7 to the Canucks.The Flyers are looking for a win as they take on the Canucks tomorrow night (Thursday) in Dawson Creek at the Memorial Arena with puck drop at 8:00 p.m.Then on Saturday, December 15, the Flyers return home for the special ‘Teddy Bear Toss‘ game as they face the Manning Comets. Game time is 8:30 p.m. at the North Peace Arena.Advertisementlast_img read more


Liverpool sign striker, Gooners in meltdown and Ramos celebrates Schweinsteiger arrival

first_img2 2 Christian Benteke signed for Liverpool in July center_img As part of our build up to the new year, we reveal the most popular content on talkSPORT.com for every month of 2015, so here’s July…BEST OF TALKSPORT.COM: JULY 2015MOST READIt’s fair to say Arsenal fans were just a little excited when Karim Benzema posted THAT photo of himself on a plane. ‘He’s coming to London’ was the general consensus and talkSPORT collected some of the best reaction, which other fans found incredibly funny and you can see why here.MOST POPULAR FEATUREtalkSPORT had a bit of fun with the subtitles on a Bastian Schweinsteiger interview following his arrival at Man United in the summer. Sergio Ramos had been tipped to be the big name signing, but Germany’s World Cup winner joined instead and it appeared Ramos was very happy…MOST POPULAR INTERVIEWAt the start of July and before the deal was officilly sealed, talkSPORT’s man on Merseyside revealed in an interview with Alan Brazil that Liverpool had snapped up Christian Benteke.TALKSPORT.COM PICK OF THE MONTHWith each Premier League club gradually releasing their kits for the 2015/16 season, talkSPORT wondered what they would look like with retro sponsors. Have a look here and let us know which one looks best.last_img read more


Man City favoured ahead of Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United for FA Cup glory – Coral Daily Download

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman reveals Manchester City are ahead of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United in the betting for FA Cup glory.He also says Lionel Messi is nailed-on to be named the winner of the Ballon d’Or on Monday, with the Barcelona superstar 1/33 to beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar to the prize.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img


DONEGAL MEN ORDERED TO COME UP WITH CASH FOR TAXI MAN THEY BEAT UP

first_imgTwo Donegal men who beat up a taxi driver in a row over a fare will have to come up with more cash compensation for their victim, a judge has ruled.Ciaran Kilgannon, (20) Ernedale Heights, Ballyshannon and his friend Stephen Sherrin (29), Kildoney, Ballyshannon, admitted, at an earlier court sitting charges of assault and public order at the Rosemount B&B, Dublin Road, Dundalk, on August 19 last.The court was told was told how the men, who are plumbers, had been in Dundalk working on a job for a number of days and had gone into town drinking. They got a taxi back to the B&B they were staying at around 3am and gave the driver just €4 before jumping out of the taxi.When the driver went after them to ask for the correct fare, they said they weren’t paying him any more and he got back into his car. But Kilgannon and Sherrin followed him and hit him a number of times. He was taken to Drogheda hospital by ambulance where he was treated for cuts to his face and knees, as well as bruising to his face.The taxi driver told the judge late last year how he still suffers from the effects of the beating and hadn’t fully recovered.Solicitor Roger McGinley said both his clients ‘very much regret’ what happened and they had expressed their remorse at the time they were interviewed by Gardai and owned up to what they did.Compensation of €2,000 was brought to court on the last occasion but Judge Brennan said he wanted to see ‘at least double that’.The victim had suffered cuts and bruises and had to be taken to hospital.A solicitor for the defendants told  the latest hearing that the men were to pay €5,000 compensation, half each, to Mr Olabe.A final payment of €1,000 had been paid over on the morning of the court.Solicitor Sean T O’Reilly, appearing for the victim, said that one serious aspect of the case was the names the taxi driver Mr Olabe had been called by the two men, apart from the beating he had got.The man was still receiving medical treatment but there was no up to date medical report in court.The solicitor for the defendants said it had been quite a struggle for the men to get the money together because one was unemployed and the other working part-time.Judge Flann Brennan said that further compensation of €1,000 each would have to be paid to Mr Olabe and he put the case back to October 23, telling the Donegal men to come up with the cash by then.DONEGAL MEN ORDERED TO COME UP WITH CASH FOR TAXI MAN THEY BEAT UP was last modified: May 14th, 2013 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:DONEGAL MEN ORDERED TO COME UP WITH CASH FOR TAXI MAN THEY BEAT UPlast_img read more


DDTV: COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – PADDY McBREARTY ON THIS SUNDAY’S FINAL CLASH WITH MAYO

first_imgDDTV: HE has been described as the most gifted teenage gaelic footballer in the country. But Paddy McBrearty talks and plays like a man many years his senior.Here he speaks about Sunday’s final.Click to play.  DDTV: COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – PADDY McBREARTY ON THIS SUNDAY’S FINAL CLASH WITH MAYO was last modified: September 19th, 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) Tags:DDTV: COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – PADDY McBREARTY ON THIS SUNDAY’S FINAL CLASH WITH MAYOlast_img read more


TERMON BEHIND AT HALF-TIME BUT STILL ALL TO PLAY FOR

first_imgTERMON Ladies trail Mourneabbey by four points at half time in their All-Ireland Senior Club final in Tuam this afternoon.The Cork and Munster champions lead 0-10 to 1-03.Geraldine McLaughlin hit the Termon goal despite being double-marked in the game. It is all to play for, Grainne McDaid has been sin-binned – 4 more minutes to serve of that in second half to come.Termon are still very much in this. TERMON BEHIND AT HALF-TIME BUT STILL ALL TO PLAY FOR was last modified: November 30th, 2014 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:all-irelandTermonlast_img read more