first_img Contrast that attitude with other local stars who, once reaching the ‘top of the heap’, suddenly develop ‘issues’ which prevent them performing for the land of their birth, the land that catapulted them to world prominence. We have witnessed what can only be described as ‘medical miracles’ as their recovery from “issues” seem to be just in time, enabling them to earn big bucks on the athletic circuit. I do understand that the ‘lifespan’ of an elite sprinter must be measured in months, not years, and therefore earning as much as possible, while young and fit, is necessary when considering the future. Coaches and support staff MUST be adequately compen-sated for the work that goes into a victory on the track, but when cash takes precedence over country, that is what depresses me. The money that these athletes earn in a successful season is mind-boggling and can cause a kind of resentment from some administrators and previous athletic ‘stars’ who worked just as hard during their ‘successful’ careers, but now have to resort to hustling and the goodwill of others to make ends meet. That is why Usain’s template of a successful athletic career seems to me to be too hard to follow and emulate. But all is not doom and gloom. The island nation that has produced Usain St Leo Bolt, has in its inhabitants, parents like Usain’s mother and father, coaches and mentors like the late Pablo McNeil and the now ‘world’s best’, Glen Mills. There are (potentially) other Usains in our midst. All it will take to bring them to the fore is parenting, identification, mentoring and coaching. We have done it before, we can do it again. All it needs is remembering how you came to be great (and rich) and respecting your roots … the Usain Way. Usain Bolt was not only superhuman in his sprinting ability, he had charisma and a kind of ‘kinky’ humility that endeared him to everyone who came in contact with him, and that includes his fiercest rivals and critics. The obvious conclusion is that no one will ever be able to replace the ‘King’. What separates Usain from other local “wannabees” was his ability to accept fame and economic well-being while understanding and respecting his roots. Usain understood the importance of the country of his birth, the place where in his early years, gave him the platform to display his awesome talent. Whenever the time came to represent ‘us’ at major assignments, (here, read Olympics and World Championships), he has run races that require a training regime that other have described as brutal. He has run different legs on relays when his coach suggests that not finishing the relay (the last leg) would be best for the country. His coach has revealed on national radio, the fact that there were times after world- shattering runs, when he retires to the treatment room in agonising pain, never revealing to the world and his adoring fans the toll that sub-10 and sub-20, 100 and 200m races takes on his tall and non-athletic frame. The news that athletics’ legend and national icon Usain St Leo Bolt will miss the Manchester United Legends match in Barcelona on September 2 concretises the fact that his hamstring injury will really take weeks, if not months, for full recovery. It seems to be definite now that the king will not return to the track. Some of us – no, most of us – were hoping that there may be a slight chance of his return, but this injury setback and the realisation that he will not be able to play in Barcelona on Monday cause us to look to the future. What next? What can we expect from the ‘sprint factory’ that Jamaica has been since Beijing? Already, we have E.T. (Elaine Thompson), who has proved to the world that when focused, victories will abound. On the men’s side, Kemar Bailey Cole and Justin Forte seem to me to be next in line of continuing our sprinting dominance on the world stage. Michael O’Hara, DeJour Russell and Kevona Davis are potentials, but there has been many a slip between the ‘cup and the lip’ justifying our apprehension about the future. ADEQUATELY COMPENSATED THE OBVIOUS CONCLUSIONlast_img read more

first_imgBREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft Priyanka Chopra Jonas joining Amazon’s spy series ‘Citadel’ WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her after playing in a pair of five-set matches against top seed Petron in the semifinals and went into the first game of the finals with just a day of preparation.The Cargo Movers, meanwhile, had three days in between their semis victory against Foton and the first game of the championship series to rest and prepare and that allowed them to take the series opener in five sets, 25-22, 26-24, 18-25, 17-25, 15-8.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsDespite Cignal’s loss, Rachel Anne Daquis and Jovelyn Gonzaga were impressed with how their team fared considering the things they had to endure.“It was a good and close fight. We had just one day of preparation and for us that’s not enough but we were able to push the match to five sets,” said Daquis in Filipino. “We didn’t win but the lessons that we learned today we will bring it to Game 2.” ‘Homeland’ star Patinkin lauds intelligence community MOST READ LATEST STORIES Mandatory evacuation enforced in Lemery OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan05:09Carlos Yulo bags 2nd gymnastics gold, settles for 2 silvers03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake02:44Gatchalian wants arrest for residents returning to Taal danger zonescenter_img 36ers coach impressed with Aguilar, thinks ‘mobile’ forward a good fit in Australia’s NBL Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—The odds were stacked against Cignal in Game 1 of the Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino Conference Finals against F2 Logistics.For starters, the HD Spikers were drainedADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gonzaga, who’s also played in another five-set match with Pacifictown-Army in the Premier Volleyball League in the middle of the PSL semifinals, added that Game 2 would be different since they have a one-day rest before practicing for Tuesday’s match.“We have rest now because what happened is the games were continuous but that’s not an excuse for us,” said Gonzaga. “We had lapses so we’ll look at it on Monday.”Gonzaga finished with 12 points for the HD Spikers while Daquis, a candidate for one of the Best Outside Spikers award, was limited to six points due to a nagging pain in her legs.Daquis didn’t play in the third and fourth sets, the frames the HD Spikers won before coming in as a substitute in the fifth.Holding the fort for Daquis was opposite spiker Mylene Paat, who had nine points in the last three sets but being the same position as Gonzaga brought a different problem to Cignal in the fifth set.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? Dutch YouTube star Nikkie de Jager says she is transgender View comments F2 took an early 3-0 lead in the final frame and that was enough foundation for the Cargo Movers to claim the match.“When Ate Rachel was gone, I felt that I needed her because I’m used to always playing with her, although credit to Janine (Navarro) and Mylene for hanging in there,” said Gonzaga.“We just had lapses in the fifth because Mylene and I weren’t that fluid with each other because I’m used to Ate Rachel switching with me quickly in plays and that was when F2 took a 3-0 lead,” added Gonzaga.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

first_imgThe 43-year-old German revealed his decision at Suzuka, scene of one of his greatest triumphs, just days after being told he was being ousted by Mercedes in favour of McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton.Schumacher has a record 91 wins and is one of only two men to reach 300 grands prix. But he admitted his battery was “in the red zone” two years into his comeback, after initially retiring in 2006.“I have had my doubts for quite a while whether I had energy to (carry on). I said in 2006 my battery was empty and now I am in the red zone,” he confided.“I don’t know if there is time to recharge them — but I am looking forward to my freedom.”Schumacher won his 91 races between 1991 and 2006, including two world titles with Benetton in 1994 — the year of Ayrton Senna’s death — and 1995, and an incredible five in a row with Ferrari from 2000 to 2004.And it was at the Japanese Grand Prix in 2000 that Schumacher sealed Ferrari’s first championship in 21 years with victory in the penultimate race of the season.Schumacher’s duels in his hey-day with Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve, fired by an unquenchable competitive spirit, have gone down in Formula One lore.But recent outings have been less inspiring, highlighted by his clumsy crash into the back end of Jean-Eric Vergne’s Torro Rosso at last month’s Singapore Grand Prix.Schumacher was born in January 1969 near Cologne, Germany, the son of a bricklayer who also ran the local go-kart track, where his mother worked in the canteen. His younger brother, Ralf, also became a Formula One driver.The four-year-old Michael enjoyed playing with a pedal go-kart but when his father fitted it with a small motorcycle engine, he crashed it into a lamppost.But by 1987, Schumacher was the German and European go-kart champion and had left school to work as an apprentice mechanic, although he was soon racing professionally.In 1990 he won the German F3 championship and was hired by Mercedes to drive sports cars. Just a year later he burst onto the Formula One scene, qualifying seventh for Jordan in his debut race at Belgium.The young German was immediately snapped up by Benetton, where he won his first Formula One grand prix in 1992, again at Belgium’s tough Spa-Francorchamps circuit.Schumacher won 18 races over the next four seasons with Benetton but his first world title, in 1994, was tainted by suspicions of technical irregularities.And in the championship showdown in Adelaide, Schumacher’s collision with Williams’ Hill put his British rival out of the race and had many commentators crying foul.After joining Ferrari in 1996, Schumacher achieved infamy by trying to ram Williams driver Villeneuve off the road at Jerez in the last race of 1997, and was disqualified from the championship as punishment.In 1998 he finished second, and his 1999 season was interrupted by a broken leg. But in 2000 he won nine times on his way to the drivers’ title, Ferrari’s first since 1979, and he proved unstoppable for the next four seasons.In 2002, Schumacher won 11 times and finished on the podium in all 17 races. In 2003, he broke Juan Manuel Fangio’s record by claiming his sixth world title, and in 2004 he won 13 races, his best season.A misfiring Ferrari car in 2005 halted the run, but Schumacher still managed to finish third and won another seven races in 2006 — including the 91st and final in Shanghai — to challenge for the title, before retiring aged 37.Accolades flowed for a man who set new standards in fitness, mechanical awareness and meticulous preparation — allied with a win-at-all costs mentality that drew as many detractors as admirers.However, the family man and father of three could not resist the lure of the track and in 2010 he signed a three-year deal with Mercedes.But with slower reflexes and a less competitive car, Schumacher could not reproduce his former glories and instead his last two seasons have been marked by crashes, mishaps and disappointment, with just one finish in the top three.It has been a less than stellar return, but Schumacher departs as the sport’s most decorated champion, a record which is under no immediate threat.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000SUZUKA, Japan, October 4 – For a driver who won more Formula One world titles and races than any other, it is hardly a fitting farewell.Michael Schumacher, the seven-time champion who dominated the sport for the best part of a decade, announced his retirement on Thursday not with a garland around his neck, but in the knowledge he’d been replaced by a younger man.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Leicester City’s manager Nigel Pearson, pictured on May 16, 2015, has been sacked. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, July 1- Nigel Pearson’s exit as Leicester manager via a phone call has caught most by surprise. The official reason, posted via a statement on the club’s website, was “fundamental differences in perspective” between manager and board. 0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) A BBC report has since claimed that Pearson’s dismissal was linked to his son’s role in a sexually-explicit video, during which racist language was used, which led to James Pearson and two other players being sacked.Pearson’s time in charge had looked to be up during Leicester’s 13-game winless slump over the Christmas and New Year period and the 51-year-old appeared to have been sacked in February after a tame home loss to Crystal Palace, but within hours he was reinstated.Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha had relieved Pearson of his duties, only for his son Aiyawatt to offer a reprieve.At the time, the increasingly vociferous cries of the fans to replace Pearson were simply down to poor results.Leicester weren’t playing terribly, but results just hadn’t gone their way since September’s astonishing 5-3 comeback victory over Manchester United.Allied with a lack of points, though, was Pearson’s questionable conduct. During a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool in December he told one Foxes supporter to “F— off and die” and then refused to apologise.While in the aforementioned 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace, he wrestled James McArthur to the ground, then tried to laugh off the confrontation.Then there was his frosty relationship with the press, including that now infamous “ostrich” rant after an April loss to Chelsea.Add these incidents together and they would constitute gross misconduct in almost any other profession.Yet because Leicester’s owners didn’t act quickly enough there was no ready replacement available.Tony Pulis (West Brom), Alan Pardew (Crystal Palace) and Tim Sherwood (Aston Villa) were all taken, so the call was made to give Pearson until the end of the season.This risk emphatically paid off as Leicester’s miraculous escape from relegation was secured with seven wins from their final nine games.The run made it hard to believe Pearson might depart during the offseason and was followed by the club spending £3 million to sign Robert Huth from Stoke and a further £7 million on Japan striker Shinji Okazaki, who had been a target for almost two years.Whatever the real reasons are for his departure, Pearson’s exit is nothing short of acrimonious. He was sacked, after all, as opposed to leaving by mutual consent.This is also not the first board he has fallen out with either. He didn’t get on with ex-chairman Milan Mandaric and former chief executive Lee Hoos and, in 2010, left for Hull after a dispute over the club’s funds and ambition. He returned in November 2011.When the dust settles Leicester fans won’t remember Pearson’s bullish antics while his smugness will slowly become endearing (just like the ostrich rant has).All that will remain are fond memories of two promotions and arguably the Premier League’s greatest-ever escape.Like him or loathe him, Pearson truly cared. His methods can be criticised, but his achievements at the club speak for themselves. He is thus, in his own way, one of Leicester’s finest managers and surely won’t have any problems finding another job.As for his replacement, former West Ham boss Sam Allardyce, ex-Foxes midfielder Neil Lennon and Harry Redknapp will all now be linked with Pearson’s vacancy.Meanwhile, the self-appointed “best coach in the Premier League” John Carver could also apply, but hopefully won’t be in the frame.It’s a shame Mark Warburton recently took over at Rangers, otherwise the former Leicester trainee could also have been a serious contender.One thing is for sure, though: the next Leicester boss is likely to be a little more placid, prepared to toe the party line and, where necessary and if you pardon the pun, bury his head in the sand.-By Leicester City fan Ben Jacobs, a sports presenter for the Arabian Radio Network as published on Soccernet.comlast_img read more

first_imgEight fuel pumps that were used on the tidy tanks of pickups were taken, in addition to six that were taken the week prior from the same yard. The pumps are described as Great Plains Industries, model M180, 18 gallon pumps. If you have any information regarding this theft, call the Dawson Creek RCMP detachment at 250-784-3700 or CrimeStoppers to remain anonymous.- Advertisement –last_img

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC North Real Estate Board has released its third-quarter update. In the first nine months of 2018, the BCNREB reports 3928 properties worth $1.1 billion had been sold through the Multiple Listing Services (MLS).At this time last year, 3878 properties worth $1 billion had changed hands. Since the end of September, of this year, there were 3757 properties available for sale through the MLS, down from 4148 properties sold at the end of September 2017.In Fort St. John, the sale of properties has been up. As of September 30, 401 properties worth $146.2 million were reported sold in the area, compared to 365 properties worth $144.9 million to this time last year.- Advertisement -In comparison to other communities, Fort St. John has seen the most activity within the Northern BC real estate market.last_img read more

first_imgAmong other things, the study found there are about 117,000 day laborers nationwide, and the top employers are individual homeowners. The agreement was sharply criticized by anti-illegal immigration groups, who accused the federation of selling out its 53 unions for the hope of new membership. “The unions mistakenly believe it’s a source of new members,” said Joseph Turner of Save Our State, which has staged dozens of protests at day labor sites across Southern California. “They will undercut their memberships by bringing in illegal aliens.” The agreement comes as day laborers, a majority of whom are Hispanic and undocumented, take steps to become more organized. At a large center in downtown Los Angeles, day laborers said they hoped the agreement would lead to unionization. The center has set the minimum hourly pay for its workers at $8. Skilled workers command up to $15 an hour. “We’ve all had employers not pay us, and seen workers get hurt at jobs,” said Francisco Jimenez, 35, an illegal immigrant from Mexico. Antonio Bernabe, day laborer organizer for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles, said the AFL-CIO alliance would help day laborers advance their cause. “We are also workers, people struggling for good working conditions, and we need the support of the unions to fight politically against the proposals and laws that some municipalities are passing to prohibit the day laborers from looking for work,” he said. Bernabe said there are about 35,000 day laborers looking for work at 120 different street corners in Los Angeles. His group is trying to organize 11 corners in the San Fernando Valley, and has gained about 100 members. Many of the day laborers were union members or organizers in their home countries. Jose Efrain Desidro, a laborer who seeks work daily at Kester and Oxnard streets, said a more organized movement would protect him and the others from employers who say they’ll pay one wage, then at the end of the job, pay little or nothing. “Thank God, nothing too bad has happened to me, but if we can have some sort of office where the employer signs a paper, that would be good,” said Desidro, 43. “An office would keep us organized, away from danger.” However, Desidro questioned how the minimum wage would be better. Some jobs require more pay, he said. “It all depends on the job,” he said. “Breaking and laying cement is much harder than other jobs.” Some day laborers say their interest will depend on whether unions help them get full-time jobs and become legal residents. Cesar Ramirez, 48, an illegal immigrant in Los Angeles, said he had been part of a plumbers union in Mexico and would like to join one in this country for health benefits and work protection. “But without (residency) papers I don’t see it happening,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The nation’s largest federation of unions agreed Wednesday to work with a network of immigrant day laborers to improve wages and working conditions for those who solicit work from street corners across America. The agreement between the AFL-CIO and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, formally adopted in Chicago, is a sign of day laborers’ growing role in the U.S. economy. Experts also said it reflects the need for unions to expand to regain clout. The agreement does not clear the way for day laborers to become union members, but both sides said it could be a step in that direction. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe agreement allows the network’s 40 nationwide centers to affiliate with the federation and receive representation on local labor councils. Under the plan, the AFL-CIO and network will pursue minimum wage campaigns, safety at construction sites and legislation to criminalize employers who stiff day laborers. The groups will also work toward reform that includes amnesty for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. “This is huge for day laborers,” said Abel Valenzuela, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and co-author of the first national study of day laborers, released in January. “The AFL-CIO can hire staff to help with organizing, provide more legal services and lobby on behalf of day laborers,” he said. last_img read more

first_imgCoral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The draw for the fourth round of the Carabao Cup was made on Wednesday night and Manchester City, who will face Wolves, have been installed as the favourites to win the competition [11/4].Chelsea and Manchester United, drawn against Everton and Swansea respectively, are next in the betting to lift the trophy at 4/1.Meanwhile, the odds on Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp becoming the next Premier League manager to be axed have shortened into 25/1 after they exited the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’ FERN PARK, Fla. – A 15-year-old boy stole a bus, drove it along a public transit route, picked up passengers and collected fares, authorities said Sunday. Ritchie Calvin Davis took the bus Saturday from the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando, where it was parked awaiting sale at an auction, a Seminole County sheriff’s report said. The bus belongs to the Central Florida Transportation Agency, which runs LYNX public transit services in the Orlando area. “I drove that bus better than most of the LYNX drivers could,” the teen, who is too young to drive legally, told a deputy after he was stopped and arrested. “There isn’t a scratch on it. I know how to start it, drive it, lower it, raise it.” Davis had previously been charged for a similar bus theft. Details of that case were unavailable Sunday. last_img read more

first_img Bale has only made six LaLiga appearances for Real Madrid this season appointed 1 on target Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS However, sources close to The Sun say that Real did it because they knew United were keen and are even more determined to land a star name to rescue their season.Bale has a well known frosty relationship with Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane.The Welshman was not fit enough to play for his club for a month, but he was still able to join up with his country for their Euro 2020 qualifiers.In fact, he started and played 60 minutes of Wales’ 2-0 win at Azerbaijan on Saturday as Ryan Giggs’ men kept their hopes of automatic qualification alive.Welsh fans stoked the flames by selling flags which said: “Wales. Golf, Real…in that order.”The former Tottenham man admitted that playing for his country excites him more than playing for Los Blancos.He said: “I definitely have more excitement playing for Wales.“I’ve been with most of the older players since we were in the Under-17s. It’s like playing with your mates down the park on a Sunday. It’s normal. latest Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta targets Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son statement update Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Getty Images – Getty stalemate Gareth Bale could join Manchester United as early as January, according to reports.The Real Madrid outcast attempted to leave the club for Jiangsu Suning in China earlier this year but Real blocked his £1million-a-week move.Los Blancos are understood to have vetoed Bale’s switch at the last minute because they demanded a transfer fee. rookie error Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future “With Wales, I’m speaking my own language and feel more comfortable. But it doesn’t change what I do on the pitch.“I always give 100 per cent on the pitch wherever I am, that’s what I always strive to do.”Bale is contracted at Real Madrid until 2022 on around £650,000-a-week, although that figure would almost certainly drop if he were to move away.The Sun’s report also claims sources close to Bale suggest he is ready to call time on his LaLiga career and Real are willing to listen to offers for their player, with the Red Devils ‘set to seal’ his signing.However, if United were to sign Bale, Real could use that as leverage to bring Paul Pogba, who has expressed his desire to pursue a ‘new challenge’, to the Bernabeu.last_img read more