first_imgGatlin upstaged the Jamaican with the top time in the first round, even though the American got a little push from nature with a strong back wind of 2.1 meters per second during his 9.83-second race.Bolt could count on an adoring crowd but faced a slight headwind as he cruised to a time of 9.96, the fifth fastest overall.”It was OK. It was not perfect,” Bolt said. “I still have some adjustments. Just have to concentrate on my technique now.”Gatlin had no such complaints after his run.”I felt safe, like, after 50 meters so I did not have to push it too much,” said Gatlin, who was .13 seconds faster than Bolt.Those results will mean nothing by Sunday’s semifinals and final, when the crowd at the Bird’s Nest will be hoping for a memorable head-to-head between the sport’s biggest star and the 33-year-old American who has not been beaten in two seasons after returning from a second doping ban.Bolt has been struggling with injury and form during Gatlin’s comeback streak and on Saturday even his showboating was turned off. Beyond a few perfunctory waves and smiles, it was all business from the bearded Bolt. The flashiest part of his showing at the stadium where he won 100 gold with a world record seven years ago were his lemon-yellow colored shoes.Gatlin, who served a four-year doping suspension midway through a career that started with a gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics and a sprint double at the 2005 worlds, faced some scattered boos from fans but nothing like the hostile media reception he has had in several nations.He flaunted his form, though, looking left from the outside lane just past the midway mark and coasting from then on to set the top time.Bolt, who celebrated his 29th birthday on Friday, was slow out of the blocks but once he was fully upright he used his massive strides to make victory look easy.Even though they were only heats, the 100 dominated the opening day of the nine-day event. In the morning session on a sweltering but clear day, 19-year-old Ghirmay Ghebreslassie became the youngest man to win the marathon at the world championships and the first world champion from Eritrea.Ghebreslassie finished in 2 hours, 12 minutes, 27 seconds, holding off Yemane Tsegay of Ethiopia by 40 seconds. Solomon Mutai of Uganda was third, while his teammate, defending world champion Stephen Kiprotich, was sixth.The biggest surprise of all was the wipeout of the Kenyan team, which some favored to get a sweep in Beijing. Instead, world-record holder Dennis Kimetto and Kenyan teammate Wilson Kipsang dropped out of the race while Mark Korir finished 22nd.Olympic 800 champion David Rudisha, one of the many great runners on the Kenyan team, led from start to finish with his majestic stride in full motion to reach the semifinals of his event.And after the marathon setback, Rudisha was glad to see all three Kenyans advance in his event.”This,” Rudisha said, “is a boost for morale.”last_img read more

first_imgOrder of play on the main showcourts on the third day of the Australian Open on Wednesday (play begins at 0000 GMT, prefix number denotes seeding):ROD LAVER ARENAPaula Badosa (Spain) v 7-Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic)1-Ash Barty (Australia) v Polona Hercog (Slovenia)Tatsuma Ito (Japan) v 2-Novak Djokovic (Serbia)Not before 0800 GMTTamara Zidansek (Slovenia) v 8-Serena Williams (U.S.)Filip Krajinovic (Serbia) v 3-Roger Federer (Switzerland)MARGARET COURT ARENA3-Naomi Osaka (Japan) v Zheng Saisai (China)Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) v 23-Dayana Yastremska (Ukraine)Tommy Paul (U.S.) v 18-Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria)Not before 0800 GMTJordan Thompson (Australia) v 12-Fabio Fognini (Italy)10-Madison Keys (U.S.) v Arantxa Rus (Netherlands)MELBOURNE ARENAJulia Goerges (Germany) v 13-Petra Martic (Croatia)Not before 0150 GMTCoco Gauff (U.S.) v Sorana Cirstea (Romania)6-Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece) v Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany)31-Hubert Hurkacz (Poland) v John Millman (Australia)last_img read more

first_imgHAVING won the 7-8 advanced division last year, Jamaica’s Lee-Michael Henry will today attempt to add the 9-10 black-belt title to his fight rÈsumÈ, one of the feature events of the Bring It Fight Championship Belt Challenge at the Homestead International Tournament in Miami, Florida.Henry is among eight competitors from Rising Sun Karate Academy travelling with coach Kyoshi Heather Campbell to the annual tournament at which Jamaica won 49 trophies last year.Another Jamaican Rising Sun junior black belt expected to feature prominently is Alessandro Doshi, who will compete in the 11-12 division. Both junior black belts will compete in sparring, weapons and forms.Completing the line-up of juniors are Teron Cole, 11-12 advanced; Cameron Thomas, 7-8 beginner; Joshua Kettle, 8-9 beginner; Kyelle Anglin, 8-9 beginner; Khain Henry,7-8 advanced; and Russell English, 13-14 advanced.last_img read more

first_imgToronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) lays the ball in as Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) watches during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — The path to the best NBA Finals debut in seven years began in Cameroon and has stretched from New Mexico to the suburbs of Toronto.Pascal Siakam had to emerge from some small settings before he could reach the big time.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES NBI, BIR , PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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The players who often stand out this time of year are the can’t-miss prospects who seemed destined for greatness from the time they were kids.Siakam hadn’t even started playing basketball by then.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBut there he was Thursday night, shooting 14 of 17 from the field to spark Toronto’s 118-109 victory over Golden State.“I’ve never seen anything like that before,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “That’s a pretty big stage for a guy to put that kind of performance on, almost with any background.” Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting North of border, Warriors enter new territory: 1-0 deficit in NBA Finals It was the most points in an NBA Finals debut since Kevin Durant had 36 for Oklahoma City in 2012, and it made Siakam the first player to score 30 or more on at least 80 percent shooting in a finals game since Shaquille O’Neal did it in 2004.Those players were top-two picks, as were Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon and Tim Duncan, the other players since 1970 with 30 points in an NBA Finals Game 1 within their first three pro seasons.Siakam was way down at No. 27 in the 2016 draft. Golden State’s Draymond Green — a second-round pick — said there’s a different level of admiration for players who have played themselves into starring roles from what are considered supporting spots.“You come into this league and there’s really no space for you,” Green said. “You’re essentially someone who kind of comes in — I mean, you can be out in a year, you can be out in two years, you can be out in four years. And to gain that respect and to, as I said before, become one of those guys, I think it’s special. Siakam has done that.”The 6-foot-9 Siakam was already a good athlete, having played soccer as a boy in Cameroon. But it was his desire to become a good basketball player that’s kept him in the gym long hours to make up for his late start in the game.ADVERTISEMENT He took part in a Basketball without Borders camp in South Africa in 2012 at 18 and was soon on the way to the U.S. to embark on a basketball career. He ended up at New Mexico State for two seasons, winning Western Athletic Conference player of the year in his second one, before the Raptors drafted him.Siakam was MVP of the 2017 NBA G League Finals after helping Raptors 905 win the title, but success with the big club would have to wait. He didn’t have a reliable shot yet, certainly not reliable enough to be a regular contributor on a 50-win team. But he’s developed one over the summers and unleashed it on opponents during this season, when he averaged 16.9 points and played well enough to be a finalist for Most Improved Player.“He works, works, works,” Nurse said. “He takes care of himself. He’s really got a burning desire to be a very, very good player in this league.”But the biggest change for Siakam came off the court.He was in college when his father, Tchamo, died. Siakam, who still writes “RIP Dad” on his sneakers, called it the hardest moment of his life but said it was a turning point into making him into the person he has become.“Thank God I had the support of my teammates and coaches in college that helped me go through it. But it was definitely one of the toughest moments in my life, and not being able to go home for the funeral and all that,” Siakam said.“So it was definitely a moment where it kind of tested me as a man. Just being able to go through that and for me using that as a motivation and something that’s going to push me to do better things for my family and for myself, for my dad.”Green, a former Defensive Player of the Year, blamed himself for the poor defense on Siakam and vowed to be better Sunday in Game 2. Siakam knows there will be adjustments, but he might make some, too.“I think I always say, I learned a lot and I know I have a lot to learn,” Siakam said. “I think that’s one of the advantages for me. I know I have so much to learn. I have to grow. It allows me to look at my mistakes and evaluate them and try to see how I can do better.” View commentslast_img read more

first_img2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Rafael Nadal, of Spain, celebrates after defeating Diego Schwartzman, of Argentina, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament early Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)MADRID — Rafael Nadal is back at the top of the ATP rankings, regaining the No. 1 spot for the first time since November 2018.The 33-year-old Spaniard has become the second-oldest No. 1 player. Roger Federer led the rankings at the age of 36 last year.ADVERTISEMENT Showdown: Michigan St-Kentucky, Kansas-Duke tip-off season ‘People evacuated on their own’ Nadal has been No. 1 for 197 weeks through eight different stints at the top. Federer leads the all-time list with 310 weeks.Federer stayed third in the rankings, behind Novak Djokovic and ahead of Daniil Medvedev.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Nadal has a 51-6 record and has won four titles this season, including the French Open and the U.S. Open. He also reached the Australian Open final.He is looking to seal the year-end top ranking for the fifth time. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyanese people deserve a budget for 2018 that sets them up for a better life. But based on what I have seen so far, I am not convinced that Minister Winston Jordan or for that matter, his boss President David Granger, are prepared to support the youths of Guyana to truly build this nation.Rather, there are some heavy investments into the personal welfare of a small cabal, who have all peaked over 15 years ago. Case in point – a medical plan for Ministers who refuses to use the Georgetown hospitals but expect the nation to do so.In early 2015, the majority of the youth stood with Granger because they saw him as a fresh face. His words did encourage an ambition that more youths would have been able to unleash their potential under the new Government, but sadly it was all a “HOUDINI” kind of illusion that was populated with heavy doses of subterfuge and deceit.Guyana, as currently constituted, is too small a nation to be making all these mistakes. But this gross incompetence in the regime is causing the nation to fail to harness its true growth opportunities.As a result, the young people continue to express themselves with their feet by migrating. As a result, we are losing the critical skills and manpower we need to continue to build this nation.Those few who decide to stay are overworked and overwhelmed by the collapse of all the systems around them.Any finance talent will know that the 2018 Budget should be designed with the youths in mind and should include programmes and projects that can contribute to the creation of the new jobs, directly combat poverty and feed the process of creating real new wealth for more people.One youth who left Guyana five months ago to work “off the books” in New York, returned in June only to tell me that “in five months everything has gotten so much harder in Guyana”. She even ventured out to state that “man, I can’t wait to come back to the States”.So to the apologists in the Department of Public Information who are trying to distort the truth with their fake narrative that things are getting better, wake up! You can try peddling your falsehood as much as you want, the youths are aware of this Guyana tragedy under this regime and they are turning on the People’s National Congress. Once the youth turn on you, collectively we can all shout “Good riddance to the team that mislead the nation with that false promise of a “Good Life under Granger.”Regards,Sase Singhlast_img read more

first_imgA mental health awareness workshop was conducted by The Caribbean Voice (TCV) organisation on Saturday at the office of Guyana Times/TVG/Radio Guyana, Industrial Site, Ruimveldt. Employees from the companies were the beneficiaries of the comprehensive forum.The workshop was in accordance with the mandate of the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), which is to spread awareness on mental health and illnesses as well as matters relating to suicide.Leslyn Holder, a member of TCV and a teacher by profession, explained thatEmployees of Guyana Times/TVG/Radio Guyana during the mental health workshop on Saturday“Guyana is notorious for suicidal behaviour and it is important that we step forward as Guyanese to share whatever information we (TCV) have with the public”. As such, she pointed out, “Our aim is awareness. It is important that in Guyana we raise awareness of mental health and mental illnesses and suicide prevention.”During the workshop, the participants were exposed to statistics relating to suicide, a clear definition of the social ill as well as suicide first aid to detect and prevent mental illness and suicidal tendencies.Moreover, the staff of the local media conglomerate benefited from an emphatic communication session conducted by specialist Ibina Edwards. Edwards highlighted, “The role of emphatic communication is very important not only as an individual, but one of the reasons why it is necessary in an organisation; it is so that persons can put themselves in a place of someone else.”She went on to say, “often times, you find that we judge someone without fully understanding.”The specialist noted that with the racial barriers existing in Guyana, it becomes difficult to understand each other without being able to respect and appreciate the differences. This is where emphatic communication plays an integral role inOne of the workshop facilitators, Leslyn Holder presents a certificate of participation to Guyana Times pressman Robert Josephbridging the gaps and increasing understanding within diverse societies.TCV National Coordinating Director Nazim Hussain indicated that the NGO has been in existence for almost three years in Guyana and has been active in the fight against suicide and mental illnesses. He pointed out that they have completed similar sessions with schools across the country, with ongoing sessions still to be completed. They have also embarked on a “Training of Trainers” initiative in Essequibo and Berbice so as to build an army in their fight against these social ills. The building of self-awareness and self-esteem are the strategies generally adopted in their suicide prevention mission.TCV is a not-for-profit organisation that continues to thrive and accomplish successes through the service of its dedicated volunteers. It is urging persons who may be in need of its special services to reach out to the membership, and is also open to the contribution of businesses in aiding in the realisation of its goals and objectives.last_img read more

first_imgOther heat-related afflictions that may be a sign of looming heat stroke include heat cramps and heat exhaustion, which is characterized by pale, moist skin; headache; dizziness; nausea; increased heart rate; low blood pressure; elevated temperature; and profuse sweating. Heat stroke signs The symptoms of heat stroke are more severe than those of heat exhaustion and may include: Initial profuse sweating. Hot, dry red skin. High fever. Vomiting. Confusion. Seizures during cooling. Unconsciousness. Sometimes lack of sweating, though athletes may perspire. High body temperature (often 105 degrees or higher). Anyone experiencing these symptoms should immediately seek emergency medical help. Steps you can take to keep cool despite hot temperatures include: Avoid overexertion. Drink a quart of fluids an hour. Wear loose, light-colored clothing made of light fabrics. Wear a hat and sunblock. Stay in the shade or indoors when possible. Open windows and use fans and/or air conditioning. If you don’t have air conditioning, go to a public place that does (a mall, library or movie theater). Avoid dehydrating beverages such as caffeine and alcohol. Staying cool on hot summer days isn’t just comfortable, it could save your life, according to the Pennsylvania Medical Society. Heat stroke – injury to internal organs caused by an excessively high body temperature – is a serious and potentially deadly illness that can usually be prevented. Even so, it still happens all too frequently, experts say. Many people recall the August 2001 death of Minnesota Viking’s football player Korey Stringer. He died after developing multi-organ system failure on a hot day. Athletes are particularly vulnerable to heat stroke – especially football players, who wear body-covering uniforms and practice in the hottest temperatures – but it can affect anyone. Heat stroke can occur when you are in an extremely hot environment for a long period of time. It also happens when people overexert themselves on very hot days. According to the Pennsylvania Medical Society, you should be alert to heat stroke on days when the relative humidity is at least 70 percent and temperatures are 95 degrees Fahrenheit and higher. 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

first_img“We’re trying to win this year, but also trying to help the coaches build for next year,” Baucham said. “We can win while we build as long as we stay healthy.” Oslund agreed with that assessment. “I don’t see us struggling if we play to our full potential,” Oslund said. “If we play the way we can, we’ll be fine. I honestly believe that.” Oslund matured last season in his first year as the starter, throwing for more than 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns with four interceptions. At 6-foot-5, he has the height to read defenses, and said he has made progress in that aspect. He has arm strength, and his accuracy improved as the season went on last year. Coach Greg Holt was pleased with the way Oslund matured into a leader last season. He expects him to continue that development. “I love the role,” Oslund said. “Last year was a great experience for me and a lot of guys who didn’t have a lot of winning teams come before us. Now we’re defending a Bay League title. That’s an exciting position to be in.” Oslund and Baucham said they worked hard to prepare for the season and wanted to serve as role models. They want West to be prepared for its Bay League schedule that begins with an important game in Week 5 at Mira Costa. “I guarantee every team we play has a reason to want to kill us,” Oslund said. `I’ve been through three `Hell Weeks’ and we’ve come into this one in better shape as a group than we ever have before.” Baucham knows that he, too, will have to perform to match the expectations of his junior season. “That pumps me up when I hear guys say, `I’m gonna break your leg,”‘ Baucham said. “That makes me feel like I’m doing my job.” For West to do its job and repeat as Bay League champion, it needs to develop on the offensive line in the first few weeks of the season. West begins the season with El Segundo, Torrance, Hawthorne, South Torrance and North Torrance. “We have to replace some pretty good players with some younger kids,” Holt said. “Hopefully we’ll stay healthy and our young boys will become young men in a hurry.” If that happens, it would mirror the progress of Baucham and Oslund, and could prove to be a winning formula for a team that went 12-1-1 last year. “It’s huge for us to be leaders,” Baucham said. “All the young guys look to us. We have to show them what it means to win.” john.klima@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By John Klima STAFF WRITER When Brian Baucham and Marc Oslund began last season as juniors, they realized that West Torrance was talented and had an opportunity to achieve more than the program had been able to accomplish in recent years. It took three weeks last season for West to establish itself, rolling out point totals of 60, 45, and 50 in the first three weeks of the season, while the defense allowed just 12 total points. That was a senior-oriented team with running back Baucham and quarterback Oslund the key players. This year, it’s their turn to win, albeit with a younger team, but with expectations higher than in the past. “We’re trying to build a program,” Oslund said. “We want to show that we were not a one-year wonder.” That quest begins with Baucham, the 2006 Daily Breeze Player of the Year. He returns as the Bay League’s most explosive offensive threat. Last season, he rushed for 1,990 yards and scored 22 touchdowns on 265 carries. As a strong safety, Baucham made 52 tackles and had four interceptions. He scored two touchdowns on defense and added two more on special teams. last_img

first_imgMichelle Yeoh, one of Asia’s biggest film stars, will receive France’s highest civilian honor later this year. Yeoh will be awarded the Legion of Honor in an Oct. 3 ceremony in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, French Foreign Ministry officials said Tuesday. She began her career in Chinese action movies and leapt to international fame in the 1997 James Bond movie, “Tomorrow Never Dies,” and Ang Lee’s 2000 kung-fu hit, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” Yeoh stars in the upcoming sci-fi adventure movie “Babylon A.D.,” directed by French filmmaker Mathieu Kassovitz. 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