Javon Francis focused on Olympics, not records

first_imgFor two and a half months last season, Javon Francis was just one stride away from the five-year-old national 400-metre record of 44.40 seconds. Then national teammate Rusheen McDonald blasted the record to 43.93 in the heats of the World Championships in Beijing. Now, with the Olympic Games on the horizon, Francis is happy for McDonald, but says he isn’t chasing records. His focus is on the Games. The former Calabar High School standout just missed the World Championships final last year in Beijing, China, and wants to improve on that at the Olympics. “Right now, I’m staying focused, trying to make the final this year,” he said quietly, but confidently earlier this week. He wishes his national relay teammate well, and noting McDonald’s troubles with injuries, he said: “I hope he stays injury-free. Rusheen is a good guy.” Francis emphasised: “I’m just going to work hard. I’m not going after any record. Records come, records go. “I just want to try to stay focused for the Olympics,” he reiterated, “and just go out there and do my best and represent my country to the fullest.” Now a repeat semi-finalist at the World Championships, the Michael Clarke-coached Akan Track Club athlete bettered his old personal best in 2015. That mark was his 2014 Boys’ Championships Class One record run of 45.00 seconds. Last year, he sprinted past that time on five occasions, with his fastest clocking – 44.50 – coming with McDonald not far behind in 44.60 seconds on June 13 inside the National Stadium. That was McDonald’s lifetime best until his destruction of the national record held by Jermaine Gonzales.last_img read more

F2 Logistics gears up for spot in final

first_imgWith the same push that propelled it to the top spot in the semifinals, F2 Logistics kicked Iriga City out of the running Tuesday night.The Cargo Movers took its place in the next round after a worry-free 25-19, 25-12, 25-17 triumph in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at FilOil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We played very focused tonight and we are thinking about the semifinals already,” said Maria Jose Perez, F2 Logistics’ Venezuelan reinforcement who accounted for 12 points.Now F2 Logistics will gear up for a spot in the final, going up against either Cignal HD or Cocolife which it both dispatched of in straight sets in the eliminations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Revived rule makes Mbala ineligible next season Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Housing Units For W/Point, NKT, Other Communities

first_imgThe Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate is requesting authorities at the National Housing Authority (NHA) to partner with his office to carry out a study on how low cost housing units can be provided for the communities of West Point, New Kru Town (NKT), Clara Town, Logan Town and Jamaica Road.The Pro-Temp and Gbarpolu County Senator, Armah Zolu Jallah, held discussions Monday with authorities at the NHA on provision of housing opportunities for the five communities and recalled that since his youth days, residents of those communities continue to live under alarmingly appalling conditions.If his proposal meets the consent of the NHA authorities, Pro Temp Jallah promised to discuss the initiative with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to find possible solution to the age-old impasse of providing affordable housing units for the slum dwellers.The Gbarpolu Lawmaker stressed that the National Budget appears not to be poor friendly, because superfluous expenditures go toward compensation for officials in the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches, respectively.Senator Jallah also talked about launching a campaign to collect waste (garbage) in those communities which continues to have serious effect on their lives.For his part, the Managing Director of NHA, Samuel Wlue, welcomed what he described as brilliant ideas from the Pro Temp, and cautioned those in authority to for once disregard politics and concentrate on what will improve the lives of ordinary citizens.Wlue informed Pro Temp Jallah that his institution has already conducted a workable study and has agreed to partner with him (Pro Temp), but said the problem is the lack of will to do what is right.The NHA boss lamented that Liberians in the five communities were undergoing unbearable conditions because of space, and stressed the need to extend the mortgage system in Liberia mainly to low income earners.The Pro Temp’s meeting with Wlue at the NHA offices behind the Ministry of Foreign Affairs comes in the wake of increasing threat posed by the sea erosion on residents of both New Kru Town and the Township of West Point.The fence to protect D. Twe High, the only high school in the Borough of New Kru Town has already been washed away by the sea, while the Kru Beach in West Point is likely to follow, as the sea is now only about 20 yards from the main road of that township.An allotment of US$2 million is reportedly allotted for immediate remedy to his year’s flood situation in those two slum communities.It may be recalled, however, that the Chairman on the Senate Committee on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment, Albert Chie recently informed Senate plenary that as a trained geologist, he advised that the long term solution to the sea erosion in those two communities is the construction of housing units and relocate the residents.Senator Chie warned that any attempt to contemplate in building barriers in those communities will prove very expensive and may end in failure.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fort St. John North Peace Museum hosts a book launch for ‘When Days are Long: Nurse in the North.’

first_img– Advertisement -The book launch takes place on Monday, Decewmber16th, 2019 from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm at the North Peace Museum. Admission to the event is free and donations are welcome. For more information call 250-787-0430 Advertisement The book, ‘When Days are Long: Nurse in the North’, was originally published in 1965 tells the inspiring story of a woman who dedicated herself to nursing remote Indigenous communities in the Yukon from 1949–51. Books can be purchased through the Fort St. John North Peace Museum Gift Shop. This new edition from Caitlin Press includes an introduction by Wilson’s grand-niece, Laurel Deedrick-Mayne, author of the award-winning novel A Wake For The Dreamland. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John North Peace Museum is hosting a book launch for ‘When Days are Long: Nurse in the North.’ To view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Bandari stun Simba, book SportPesa Cup final

first_imgMeddie Kagere had struck Simba ahead at the stroke of halftime before William Wadri drew the dockers level from the penalty spot in the 55th minute. Lugogo however ensured the form book was upset with a well struck winner in the 73rd minute.Simba will now contest for the third placed slot with their eyes now fully cast on their Champions League group stage tie against Egypt’s Al Ahly in Cairo next week.Kagere struck Simba ahead at the stroke of halftime, breaking the Bandari resistance that had lasted a whole 47 minutes.Bandari FCF’s Abdallah Hassan controls the ball under pressure from Simba’s Muzamiru Yassin during their SportPesa Cup semi-final match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on January 25, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe former Gor Mahia man was released through on goal with a delightful through pass by Yassin Muzamiru and he did what he knows best, striking a superb one time shot that beat keeper Faruk Shikhalo at his near post.Bandari had held their own for much of the opening half, choosing to sit back, suck in the pressure and wait to sting the blood-thirsty Simba on the counter.Despite their tact they still had some chances at goal and came closest four minutes to half time off a well executed counter, Yema Mwana’s cross from the right finding William Wadri, but the Ugandan’s header inside the box went just over.Bandari had broken away just after defending a corner superbly well when keeper Shikhalo made a decent one handed save going down low to his right to palm away a stinging low shot from Clatous Chama.Simba had spent much of the half possessing the ball and to their credit created a few chances. In the eighth minute, James Kotei’s shot from the edge of the area after being teed up from a freekick went wide.Bandari FCF’s Abdallah Hassan vies for the ball with Simba FC players during their SportPesa Cup semi-final match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on January 25, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe home side created their second chance from a set piece again, this time Mohammed ‘Tshabalala’ Hussein floating in a decent ball from the right, but an onrushing Sadney Urikhob missed the ball with the goalmouth at his mercy.In the 25th minute, Wadri tried his luck from distance with a shot after some good build up by Bandari, but it was way above targetOn the half hour mark, Kagere showed his instinctive striking nature when he rushed into the near post after some good build up play by Simba but his shot from a tight angle was well handled by Shikhalo.In the second half, Simba started off by making changes bringing on their stalwarts Serge Pascal Wawa, Haruna Niyonzima and Emmanuel Okwi as the dockers looked to go full attack.Bandari’s Bernard Mwalala responded by bringing in Darius Msagha for King’atua who looked a bit jaded.Bandari FC goalkeeper Faruk Shikhalo celebrates after Wilberforce Lugogo’s goal during their SportPesa Cup semi-final match against Tanzania’s Simba SC at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on January 25, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluBut, it was the dockers who took their chances early on and Wadri struck them level with his second penalty of the tournament in the 55th minute after Hassan who was the most dangerous and most fouled Bandari player was brought down inside the box by Muzamiru.The goal seemed to inject some confidence into the visitors and they made another change, Lugogo coming on for Abdallah Hamisi.And Lugogo made the most of his opportunity when he scored a belter of a goal from the edge of the area 17 minutes to time, stinging in a shot after the keeper’s punch off a Hassan freekick fell kindly to his path.The dockers recoiled to their pre-match tact, keeping possession and playing behind the ball.An error from Bernard Odhiambo in defense almost gifted Simba a goal eight minutes to time when the stopper tried to turn away from Okwi inside the box. The Ugandan dispossessed him of the ball and cut back to Niyonzima at the edge of the box but his shot was over.Two minutes later, Okwi almost made it 2-2 when he beat keeper Shikhalo to the ball off a Hussein cross from the left but his header was inches off the bar.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bandari FC players celebrate after progressing to the SportPesa Cup finals with a 2-1 win over Simba SC at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on January 25, 2019.DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, January 25 – Substitute Wilberforce Lugogo stunned the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to deafening silence on Friday afternoon as he struck the winning goal 17 minutes from time, Bandari beating favorites Simba SC to book a slot in the final of the SportPesa Cup.Bandari came from a goal down to to stun the pre-match favorites and proceed to the grand finale in their debut season.last_img read more

HERO’S HOMECOMING IN CARRIGART FOR BOXING STAR MAEVE

first_imgDONEGAL has another Boxing Great!Maeve McCarron from the Carrigart Boxing Club won a Youth European Bronze Medal at the weekend. And they’re planning a massive homecoming tonight.It is starting at Cranford Community Centre at 7.30pm Via Downings and finishing in the Carrigart Hotel for light refreshments at 8pm.Dr John Lynch, Chairman of the IABA Board of Directors, has hailed the performances of the Irish women’s squad at the EU Women’s Senior, Youth and Junior Championships in Hungary as a unique occasion for Irish amateur boxing and Irish sport.Ireland secured a record-breaking 15 – five gold, three silver and seven bronze – medals at the 23-nation Championships which concluded in Keszthely yesterday. AIBA World No.1 Katie Taylor claimed her 5th successive EU title at the tournament, while Kristina O’Hara, Jacqui Lynch, Grainne Gavin and Amy Broadhurst won Youth and Junior gold.HERO’S HOMECOMING IN CARRIGART FOR BOXING STAR MAEVE was last modified: July 8th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Boxing winnerBRONZE MEDALCarrigart BoxingMaeve McCarronlast_img read more

SPORTS NOTICE: LETTERKENNY CELTIC SUPPORTERS CLUB MEETING TONIGHT

first_imgNOTICE: Next meeting of the Letterkenny no.1 Celtic supporters club will take place this Wednesday 6th may at 8pm in Station House Hotel. Lotto draw will take place at this meeting and also those wishing to travel to Inverness game at home can book tickets at this meeting.Celtic will receive the SPL premier league trophy at this game. Bus leaving mr chippy at 4am back on Troon 7.15pm fast ferry.SPORTS NOTICE: LETTERKENNY CELTIC SUPPORTERS CLUB MEETING TONIGHT was last modified: May 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CelticmeetingNoticesSportlast_img read more

CHAMPIONSHIP: FOUR MASTERS BOUNCE BACK TO REACH QUARTER-FINALS

first_imgGAA Group 3Four Masters bounce backFour Masters            2-13 Cloughaneely            1-10Four Masters bounced back from a heavy home defeat against St. Michael’s last weekend to march into the quarter-finals of the championship thanks to a fine home win against Cloughaneely.Four Masters found the net twice with goals from Sean O’Kennedy and Jason Daignan and in the end that was the difference as they claimed a place in the Quarter-finals following Glenfin’s defeat at home to St. Michael’s.  CHAMPIONSHIP: FOUR MASTERS BOUNCE BACK TO REACH QUARTER-FINALS was last modified: August 30th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cloughaneelyfour masterslast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: GARDAI LAUNCH INVESTIGATION AFTER MENTAL HEALTH PATIENT ROBBED IN HSE UNIT

first_imgGardai have launched an investigation after a substantial amount of money was stolen from a mental health patient in a HSE unit.The cash was taken from a safe at Park House, a residential care unit in Dungloe in recent days.The cash, believed to be several hundred euro, was being held in trust for the patient, but has since disappeared. Donegaldaily.com understands the matter is being treated with the utmost seriousness by the Gardai and the HSE.The HSE Director of Nursing for Donegal, Mr Kevin Mills and Gardai are due to meet at the unit to discuss the incident in the next few days.The 13 staff at the unit are said to be ‘horrified’ at the theft and the thought of someone breaking into the HSE-owned safe has ‘devastated’ them.A formal complaint was made to the Gardai by the victim’s family after the money went missing. Gardai are expected to examine the safe in a bid to find out how it was opened.In line with recent HSE policy regarding press queries, the authority has refused to comment on the matter.However a HSE source confirmed to donegaldaily.com that the theft is a major source of embarrassment for the health authority.The source said there was genuine concern why such a large amount of money belonging to a patient was being kept in a safe belonging to the HSE.“The reality is if this money is not recovered then it will have to come from the taxpayer. The patient will have to get his money back. “People are asking why such a large amount of a patient’s money was being held for safe-keeping in a safe at a residential unit? That should never have happened. The HSE is not a bank or a post-office.“Staff are horrified and devastated that someone could get access to the safe and take this money.“This has serious implications for the security of the unit,” said the source.There are approximately 13 patients at Park House at any one time. The unit is one of four residential units for mental health patients in Donegal – the other three being in Donegal Town, Carndonagh and Letterkenny.EXCLUSIVE: GARDAI LAUNCH INVESTIGATION AFTER MENTAL HEALTH PATIENT ROBBED IN HSE UNIT was last modified: June 29th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegaldaily.comdungloeGardaiHSEmoney stolenthief huntedlast_img read more

Women’s Basketball Wins Thrilling In-State Contest Against Iowa State, 83-80

first_imgIowa State (3-3) was led by Emily Durr with 21 points while Bridget Carleton and Adriana Camber put up big numbers with 19 and 16 points, respectively. Carleton tied Dean for a game-high seven rebounds.The Bulldogs got out to a quick start in the first half taking a 12-5 lead before Iowa State pulled within two. Iowa State quickly tied it up in the second quarter before taking their first lead of the game on a three-pointer by Durr for a 24-21 lead. The game remained tight with several lead changes and neither team taking larger than a 4-point lead until Bachrodt, Rhine and Dean put up back-to-back-to-back 3s to take a 10-point, 41-31 halftime lead. Three more Bulldogs just narrowly missed double-digits as sophomore Hittner and junior Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) added eight and seven points each. Monahan had seven points to go with six assists and just one turnover. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines Mediacom MC22 Listen Live Watch Live Photo Gallery (Chris Donahue) HTML Box Score Photo Gallery (Earl Hulst) DES MOINES, Iowa – Sophomore Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) converted a three-point play with two seconds left for the Drake University women’s basketball team in a thrilling back-and-forth in-state contest against Iowa State, 83-80, Thursday evening in the Knapp Center in front of a season-high 3,212 fans. Photo Gallery (Din Bin Suhaimi) Both teams continued to battle through the third quarter before Drake was able to hold a 62-57 lead entering the fourth quarter. After trailing by 11 points, the Cyclones stormed back with a 15-1 run for a 74-71 lead. With just under three-minutes left senior Paige Greiner (Williamsburg, Iowa) made her first points of the game with a crucial three-point shot to put Drake up 74-72, but ISU quickly answered with back-to-back threes to lead 80-76 before Monahan was fouled on a made three-pointer from the top of the arc. Creighton 12/3/2017 – 2 PMcenter_img Full Schedule Roster With the game tied at 80-all, Hittner’s eventual winner came on a driving layup in the lane as she banked it in and Iowa State’s Bridget Carlton was called for the block. Hittner calmly sank the free throw and then on the ensuing Iowa State possession blocked Carlton’s tying three-point attempt as Drake (4-3) earned the win. The Bulldogs tied the game at 80-80 after freshman Maddie Monahan (Silver Lake, Minn.) converted a four-point play with 1:09 left in the game. PDF Box Score Redshirt sophomore Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) shot 10-of-14 from the floor, including making 2-of-3 from beyond the arc to finish with a game-high 24 points to go with six rebounds. The duo of redshirt junior Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) and junior Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) joined Rhine in double-figures, adding 16 and 12 points, respectively. While putting up a season high in points, Dean pulled down a game-high seven boards and added five assists. In a game that featured five ties and six lead changes, Drake shot 32-of-57 (56.1 percent) in a performance that included going 11-of-27 (40.7 percent) from beyond the arc. Five assists by both Bachrodt and Hittner helped the Bulldogs dish out 27 assists on their 32 field goals. Next Game: Story Links The Bulldogs return to the Knapp Center Sunday for a matchup against former MVC-foe Creighton. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. and will be broadcast on Mediacom MC22 and The Valley on ESPN3.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more