No rushing Rudisha: Patience contributes to second World title

first_imgBEIJING (AP):This World title came in a tactical race for David Rudisha, so very unlike the wire-to-wire run at the London Olympics that earned him a gold medal and a world record in the 800 metres.For the 26-year-old Kenyan, it felt just as good.Rudisha missed the chance to defend his World title two years ago in Moscow because of an injured right knee, which restricted him to just two races that season. He endured the doubts and the pain and some hard-to-take losses before arriving in China as an outside contender for gold.On top of that, his first-round race was only hours after Kenya’s highly rated marathon runners bombed out in the opening event of the championships on Saturday, with two failing to finish and none making the top 20. It cast a long shadow over the whole Kenyan squad, something Rudisha promised to lift.And lift it, he did. His win yesterday gave Kenya their fourth gold medal – and the top spot in the standings – after four days.”This means a lot to me. Coming here, I wasn’t the top in the world; I wasn’t the favourite,” he said. “I just came here as an underdog, (but) that worked on my side because I had little pressure coming back here. People weren’t focusing on me – they were focusing on the other guys. At least I sneaked in very nicely without a lot of pressure.”That also applied to Nicholas Bett, who was a surprise winner in the 400-metre hurdles, clocking a season-l eading 47.79 earlier in the night. Kenya picked up their first two golds on Monday in the steeplechase and the women’s 10,000m.Two important factors contributed in his favour in the final: three Kenyans were competing and able to dictate the pace and positions to a degree, and defending champion Mohammed Aman of Ethiopia and Olympic silver medallist Nijel Amos of Botswana didn’t qualify.Rudisha was content to hold back, coasting through the first lap in 54.17 seconds. As the race reached a climax, Adam Kszczot of Poland got boxed in and Amel Tuka was forced to run wide. The two times he was challenged, Rudisha responded with bursts of speed and finished in one minute, 45.84 seconds.Europeans took silver and bronze, with Kszczot finishing second in 1:46.08 and Tuka third in 1:46.30, earning the first track and field medal ever for Bosnia.Kszczot said he was peeved at the race tactics: “Nobody would pass him. If I’d been in the outer lanes, I would have done it.”Tuka, however, congratulated Rudisha on his shrewdness.”He’s the record holder. He’s a big name,” Tuka said. “I’m very proud to run with that guy.”Tuka and all the other 800 runners will now be aiming to beat Rudisha at next year’s Olympics. And Rudisha is ready for the challenge.”Today was like a tactical race; that’s all I wanted to do,” Rudisha said. “It’s a message I can win a tactical race, as well as I can win fast races like the way I display in London in the final, winning in a world record. I can win any race the way I want it.”last_img read more

Generika-Ayala finally back in semifinals

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’ve had a very good conference so far and that is the result of all the hard work,” added Ceballos in Filipino. The Lifesavers wound up third after the elimination round.Middle hitter Mika Lopez unloaded 16 points to lead Generika-Ayala as she headed a campaign of terror against the Giga Hitters’ net defenders.“We lost to them last time around and we didn’t want to lose this time because this is a knockout match,” added Lopez in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil NU draws ‘favorite’ label Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIES The LifeSavers set a semifinal duel against either F2 Logistics or Cocolife in a best-of-three series.“This is a very important match for us because we want to make the finals,” said Generika’s Fiola Ceballos.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissIt was the first time Generika-Ayala made the last four since the franchise captured the 2014 title when it was powered by the formidable Philippine Army spikers led by league stars Jovelyn Gonzaga and Rachel Anne Daquis.Ceballos, who finished with 11 points, said they are now setting their sights on the finals. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Generika-Ayala made the semifinals for the first time in years after blasting Smart, 25-16, 26-24, 25-22, Thursday night in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at Batangas City Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


first_imgThe thrust of this fourth article of the series centered on the indispensability of reforms, from time to time, of individuals, institutions, and nations, is on the attending costs or price one must pay for a proper reform that lasts and benefits all. There is a general principle, reality and experience that most good things, most things of lasting value come at a price. Reforms are no exception. They do come at a price. What are the costs to be paid for enduring and beneficial reforms? How being aware of the price of reforms can help lessen the burden of reforms? How may one pay the price of reforms? Let us explore below. The third article on some key suggestions as to how reforms may be carried out successfully noted the following points:Reforming is a demanding engagement because it asks those the reforms are going to affect (negatively or positively) to change. And change is always a hard thing to ask of people. Most people are conservative when they have to change their mindsets and attitudes. They really have to be convinced before they can consent.Therefore every well-meaning and radical reform under democratic conditions must be preceded by wide consultations and accurate dissemination of what is envisioned among all those concerned. People must know what the desired result might be and the processes leading to it. The costs and benefits have to be clearly spelt out. The one driving the reforms has to listen to both supporters and critics and build a consensus before proceeding formally.Many around the world have had successful reforms of their educational systems such as Singapore, Britain and the US. Those concerned should make an effort to study those reforms and learn from them to make ours work. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel.Hasty and not well thought-through approaches need to be avoided. True reformers cannot listen to every side noise but must listen to those whose opinions matter (legislators, parents, DEOS, CEOS, communities, and students through their official representatives). When once a consensus is found, hard decisions have to be made for the long term good of education in all its aspects. The reformer must be bold, firm, and willing to take criticisms. She/he may learn from some of the criticisms but must proceed where they are judged not helpful to the process. Liberia indeed needs reforms of its educational system but those reforms have got to be approached in the right way: wide consultations, repudiating methods that are unilateral, and the willingness to stand criticisms and pay the price of reforms.One of the costs of true reforms is managing criticisms. Reformers will be criticized for all sorts of reasons. Some people may criticize reforms because they know that the reforms are against their vested interests. Others may criticize because of ignorance or they do not believe in what is envisioned. Still others may criticize out of hatred for the powers that be. Still further others may criticize constructively to help those leading the reforms to consider key factors that may not have been taken into consideration. A true reformer must be ready to handle criticisms, positive and negative, to her/his advantage as a means of propelling her/him to do more towards the envisaged goal.All who engage in reforms and benefit from them in one way or the other must be willing to pay the price of change in time schedule, costs, new ways of doing things and of doing more than was required in previous times in terms of work/study and paying more for quality. If we want genuine change and quality we have to be willing to share the cost of the change needed to correct and improve what we have now that requires reforming.For example, if we want a better educational system than what we have now, we have to be willing to pay a price in terms of change in school calendar, paying more tuition for quality, more patience, and spending more time and energy to get things done better. A fundamental attitude change is what is required and that does not come cheap for anybody. Teachers, students, school administrators and proprietors and parents who are used to unethical ways of getting more income and passes must now pay the price of doing things differently. Teachers and students must now spend more time and energy to achieve intended goals. Let us all pay the price and get things right and will in the long term save more. It is better to pay the price of discipline, study, sacrificing a lot now for values than to pay the price of ignorance and inability to deliver what one is expected and required to deliver. Somebody has rightly said, “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” If we think reforms are costly, keeping things as they are will cost us a lot more.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Woman on bail for fraudulent conversion

first_imgA mother of one was taken before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday to answer to a fraudulent conversion charge.Diana Vickram of Nonpareil, East Coast Demerara (ECD) pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to her by Magistrate Faith McGusty. The charge stated that the 22-year-old on February 26, 2019 while being solely entrusted with a gold chain valued $120,000, property of Murish Charran, fraudulently converted it to her own use.In court on Wednesday, Vickram denied receiving any item from the Virtual Complainant.Prosecutor Ceon Blackman did not object to bail; however, he requested conditions be attached to the granting of pre-trial liberty. The defendant was released on $50,000 bail. As a condition of her bail, Vickram will have to report to the Vigilance Police Station once per week until the completion of the trial.The case will continue on June 5, 2019 at the Vigilance Magistrate’s Court.last_img read more

Toboggan Hill Park Disc Golf Course is now open to the public

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Members of the Fort St. John Disc Sports Club, and Disc Golf Club were in Toboggan Hill Park on Friday afternoon, installing a temporary 9-hole disc golf course after receiving approval from Fort St. John city staff.The two groups had previously met with the city’s Director of Recreation and Leisure Services Ross DeBoer last Friday, July 8th to finalize the layout of the course in the park, which was subject to final approval from BC One Call due to the group needing to use two foot Eco Spikes to anchor the temporary tonal targets for each of the course’s “holes.” After getting that final approval on Friday, the two groups spent most of Friday afternoon setting up the course before beginning the course’s first round of disc golf.The course is free and open to the public to play at any time, except when members of the two clubs have booked the course for an event. For more information, check out the two club’s Facebook pages: FSJ Disc Golf Club and FSJ Disc Sports Club.- Advertisement – A revised map of the new disc golf course in Toboggan Hill Park. Photo by Denise Spence/FSJ Disc Golf Club. A revised map of the new disc golf course in Toboggan Hill Park. Photo by Denise Spence/FSJ Disc Golf Club. FSJ Disc Sports Club members Daniel Martin and Dr. Clint Warkentin at the first hole of the new disc golf course. Photo by supplied. FSJ Disc Sports Club members Daniel Martin and Dr. Clint Warkentin at the first hole of the new disc golf course. Photo by supplied. Members of the FSJ Disc Sports Club enjoying the first round of disc golf on the new course in Toboggan Hill Park. Photo by supplied. Members of the FSJ Disc Sports Club enjoying the first round of disc golf on the new course in Toboggan Hill Park. Photo by supplied.last_img read more

Conte blasts ‘fake’ Mourinho as spat continues

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea boss Antonio Conte (right) and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on the touchline at Stamford Bridge in London on March 13, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 7- Chelsea manager Antonio Conte fired back at José Mourinho on Saturday in the lastest salvo in their ongoing war of words, labelling the Manchester United boss a “little man” and a “fake.”Upset at Mourinho’s dig at his four-month ban in 2012 for failing to report match-fixing while coaching in Italy, Conte went on an astonishing attack during his press conference following Chelsea’s 0-0 FA Cup draw at Norwich. A lengthy outburst saw him attack Mourinho’s personality and criticised him for a ‘fake’ show of support following Leicester City’s sacking of former manager Claudio Ranieri.“I think before you make this type of comment, before to hurt another person, you must pay great attention,” Conte said of Mourinho’s outburst over his match-fixing episode.“You show you are a little man. A little man. You don’t know very well [what] is the situation. But I know him very well in the past. In the past he was a little man in many circumstances, is a little man in the present and for sure he will be a little man in the future.“Also if he wants to try to change his behaviours … but the person’s this, Mourinho’s this. You know him very well. The level is very low. I repeat: I think before to speak you have to know very well what happened.”Mourinho made reference to Conte’s ban after the Italian had earlier on Friday suggested that the Portuguese was suffering from amnesia, after Mourinho commented that he did not have to “behave as a clown on the touchline” to show passion, an apparent dig at Conte.“This is not my problem, I consider him a little man,” Conte reasserted. “I consider him a man with a very low profile.Chelsea’s Italian head coach Antonio Conte (pictured) made comments interpreted as suggesting that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho may be suffering from dementia“There is a story to speak for him and for me. You can change the story, but you have to know the story very well before hurting another person.”“In the last period he’s suffering a bit of amnesia. We are there, amnesia. When you become to be older, there is this type of risk. Also for me, and for you – for all. The problem is if you show this. He must pay great attention. He’s doing this with regularity.”He then accused Mourinho of being a fraud in relation to his treatment of Ranieri.“I remember a stupid example with Ranieri,” he said. “When he offended Ranieri for his English. Then when Ranieri was sacked he put on a shirt for Ranieri. You are a fake.”Mourinho once famously criticised Ranieri, suggesting in 2008 that his Chelsea predecessor had “struggled to say ‘good morning’ and ‘good afternoon’” after five years in England, but when he was fired by Leicester last February, Mourinho arrived at a press conference with the letters “CR” on his sweater.“I think you have good consideration for a person or not. It doesn’t change your opinion to be more sympathetic. If you want to fight a person, you try to kill this person. And then after two years you try to help this person, because maybe it’s good for you, for your profile.”Conte finished by saying he was looking forward to February 25, when Chelsea play United at Old Trafford.“It will be the opportunity in the game against United when we go to Old Trafford,” Conte said. “Me and him face to face. I’m ready. I don’t know if he’s ready.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Benzema saves Real Madrid blushes with late Huesca winner

first_img“We are happy with him and I am going to count on him, now there are nine games left and then we will see what happens. He is a Real Madrid player and I don’t think this will change,” Zidane said.“You have to accept it. If the people want to come to the Bernabeu to see us so much the better, but I understand that since we are not going to win anything fewer people come.”Real move to within two points of second-placed Atletico Madrid, who hammered Champions League hopefuls Alaves 4-0 on Saturday in a match that saw Diego Costa score for the first time since November.However Real still lag 12 points behind leaders Barcelona, who are 10 clear of Atletico and heavy favourites to retain their La Liga after Lionel Messi fired them to their sixth league win on the bounce, 2-0 at home to local rivals Espanyol on Saturday, with a brace that took the Argentine to 31 league goals this season.Zidane’s son Luca was given his second ever start between the sticks for Real but got off to the worst possible start, picking the ball out of his own net within three minutes after Cucho Hernandez lashed home Ezequiel Avila low cross.Isco levelled the scores in the 25th minute when he tapped home a Brahim Diaz cross after Benzema’s low shot was well saved, but it was the away side — playing their first ever La Liga game at the Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium — who went closer going into the break ahead.Zidane junior had to be alert to stop Damian Musto from glancing home a header nine minutes before the break, while Avila punched the ground in frustration in first half stoppage time after flashing a power shot over from the edge of the box.– Heartbroken Huesca –Gareth Bale was fortunate that his miss was not fully punished by dogged Huesca © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOReal continued to disappoint in the second half but took the lead just after the hour mark thanks to Dani Ceballos, who bundled home the second after Gareth Bale’s beautiful cross was headed back across goal by Benzema.Bale then missed a glorious opportunity to put the game beyond Huesca when he somehow put Alvaro Odriozola’s low cross over the bar from just yards out.Huesca pounced on that awful miss to draw level when Xabier Etxeita powered home Moi Gomez’s cross from a short corner.However Benzema was on hand to break Huesca hearts with his 14th league goal of the season, which gives Zidane two wins from his first two matches back in charge.Earlier Valencia maintained their hopes of a place in next season’s Champions League after Daniel Parejo’s penalty on the stroke of half-time gave them a vital 1-0 victory at Sevilla.Parejo’s spot-kick, which came after Ever Banega brought down Jose Gaya, extended Valencia’s unbeaten run to nine matches and moves them up to sixth, level on 43 points with Sevilla and just three back from the final Champions League spot.That place is occupied by Getafe, who fell 2-0 at home to mid-table Leganes on Saturday and have to play the league’s top three and Sevilla in their final nine games.Despite a slightly simpler league fixture list Marcelino’s Valencia however have an all-Spanish Europa League quarter-final tie with Villarreal to contend with, as well as the Copa Del Rey final against Barcelona between now and the end of the season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Karim Benzema fired Real Madrid to a late 3-2 win over La Liga’s bottom club Huesca on Sunday © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOMADRID, Spain, Mar 31 – Karim Benzema stopped Real Madrid’s underwhelming La Liga season going from bad to worse on Sunday after firing a last-minute winner to hand the European champions a barely-deserved 3-2 winner over bottom club Huesca.Humbled by Ajax in the Champions League and dumped out of the Copa Del Rey by deadly rivals Barca, third-placed Real showed little signs of improvement in Zinedine Zidane’s second game in charge but Benzema, subject to rumours he may leave Madrid in the summer for Manchester United, struck with a fine curling finish the to snatch the three points at a sparsely populated Santiago Bernabeu.last_img read more

Dnipro 2-3 Sevilla: Defending champions make history with fourth Europa League title

first_img Sevilla’s two-goal hero Carlos Bacca lifts the Europa League trophy 1 Premier League teams were shown what they’re missing in a captivating Europa League final, as defending champions Sevilla retained their title and won a place in next season’s Champions League with victory in a five-goal thriller against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.Often derided as a hindrance by English top flight sides, these two teams went about the Warsaw final as they would any other as fans were treated to an electrifying clash at Poland’s National Stadium.Sevilla beat Porto to claim a record-equalling third UEFA Cup/Europa League trophy last season, and they appeared to have suffered a blow when Ukrainian side Dnipro took early lead after only seven minutes.The Spaniard’s started well, with English referee Martin Atkinson waving away a penalty appeal when former Arsenal man Jose Antonio Reyes went down under a challenge, but within seconds Dnipro snatched a shock opener through ex-Blackburn striker Nikola Kalinic’s header.Reyes was in fine form and proved a constant pest for the Dnipro back-four, and the 31-year-old played a key role as Sevilla rallied back and scored two quick-fire goals to go in front.Poland international Grzegorz Krychowiak sparked the comeback, netting in front of his home fans with a low drive following a corner, and Reyes was instrumental as his fine assist found top scorer Carlos Bacca, who rounded the goalkeeper and slotted in.Goalkeeper Sergio Rico, recently called up by Spain, then pulled off a superb save to tip a lovely curling effort over the bar, but he was helpless to stop Dnipro from levelling on the stroke of half-time through a wonderfully struck free-kick from captain Ruslan Rotan.After a thrilling end-to-end opening 45, Sevilla were the dominant force after the break and, after a series of near-missed, they finally stuck the winning goal on 73 minutes; Bacca notching his second of the game after shocking Dnipro defending.Bacca had the chance to complete a glorious final hat-trick, but fluffed a late effort from close-range, but it matter little for Sevilla, who held onto their lead to make history – sealing their fourth title and becoming the first ever team to defend the trophy.last_img read more

Moorpark voters snub development

first_imgMOORPARK – Local voters have soundly rejected a developer’s bid to build thousands of upscale homes on protected land north of the city, with the size of the defeat surprising both supporters and opponents. With all precincts reporting Wednesday after Tuesday night’s election, Measure A6 lost by a margin of 3-1 in a special vote that drew nearly half of Moorpark’s registered voters. “The size of the loss is bigger than a landslide. This is a tsunami,” said City Councilman Clint Harper, a vocal supporter of North Park Village and Nature Preserve, who called the plan the best to be reviewed by the council. “Moorpark is not ready for any large development.” The measure sought to expand the city’s urban growth boundary to add 3,544 acres for 1,680 homes. Despite the developers’ four-year push to get it approved, the electorate crushed the initiative, with 5,673 rejecting it and 1,818 backing it. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant North Park supporters lauded the project for its bonuses, including a lake and swimming lagoon, nature preserve, sport park, road improvements and space for a future school and fire station. The developer also would have contributed $75 million to the school system, and more than $85 million to the city in fees. Opponents labeled it urban sprawl and said it would erode Moorpark’s quality of life, clog traffic, destroy wildlife habitat, gobble up open space and overburden the city’s infrastructure. Had the measure succeeded, the city would have been required to annex the land. The project required voter approval by a simple majority because of SOAR – Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources – the city’s growth-control initiative. “It was a long haul, but people had their minds made up,” said Janet Murphy of Save Open Space – Santa Susana Mountains, one of two local grass-roots groups that fought the development. “We’re really happy it was 3-1. We send out a message to the developer community that they can’t mess with the SOAR boundary.” Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Women’s Basketball Travels To UNI For Second Round Of WNIT

first_imgCEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team travels to UNI for the second round of the WNIT on Saturday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the McLeod Center and the game will broadcast on the radio on 1350 ESPN Des Moines with Ric Silvestrini and Laura Leonard on the call. Drake (23-9) blasted Sacred Heart, 95-39, on Thursday night in the postseason tournament’s opening round. The Bulldogs opened the game against the Pioneers with a 12-0 scoring run that lasted 4:30 minutes as they never trailed in their first WNIT win since 2008. Drake is now 14-12 all-time in WNIT games. Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) was the leading scorer for Drake with 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting while freshman Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) scored 15 points and sophomore Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) had 14 points. Senior Emma Donahue (Naperville, Ill.) and freshman Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) were the other Bulldogs to reach double-figure points with 12 and 11, respectively. Drake made 36-of-63 shots from the floor, including making 12-of-28 from behind the three-point line, while dishing out 29 assists. Drake led by as many 38 points late in the contest in the first-ever meeting between the two teams. The Bulldogs forced 21 turnovers by the Pioneers and scored 35 points off the miscues. Drake’s bench scored 38 points. UNI (23-10) rallied to win at Nebraska, 64-62, on Thursday as the Panthers came back from an eight-point, third-quarter deficit. The comeback win by UNI sets up a third game between the in-state, MVC rivals as Drake looks for its first win over UNI this season. The teams have never met in the WNIT and its Drake’s first-ever WNIT game against an MVC team. The winner of Drake vs. UNI will play the winner of Minnesota vs. South Dakota, who play Sunday afternoon at Minnesota. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more