Coaches give warm response to cold therapy

first_imgKINGSTON:Coaches of student athletes participating in the Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship are happy that their contestants are enjoying the cool benefits of on-the-ground cold therapy, courtesy of Pure National Ice, one of the partners in the series of youth-development meets across the country.This new ice bath facility, known as the Pure National Ice Cold Therapy Zone, is expected to improve the overall performance of the athletes, especially those who perform in multiple events.”Having this cold therapy treatment here at the meets is a brilliant idea, especially since a lot of the athletes have to perform in multiple events on the same day or even in the same week,” said Leroy Gray, strength and conditioning coach at Racers Track Club and one of the coaches of the Kingston College (KC) track and field team.”This increased level of activity causes the build-up of a lot of lactic acid in their bodies, and the cold therapy is just one of the ways that we can help to remedy that.”Gray added: “I have no doubt that this cold therapy is going to help foster an overall improvement in the performance of the student athletes as it will replenish and recondition their muscles following an event, making them much lighter and re-energised for any subsequent events.”Patrick Johnson, one of the coaches at Excelsior High School, shared similar sentiments.”Today, one of my athletes made a big personal record in the 1500m,” he said at the Youngster Goldsmith track meet. “In order for him to repeat this kind of performance today, or even later this week, he needs this kind of therapy. The same can be said for other students who run the 400-metre final and also have to run the 4×4 relay.”Johnson also commended the sponsors, Pure National Ice and Digicel, saying: “A lot of us as coaches don’t have the means to provide this kind of therapy for our athletes while they are at school, much less while they are at these meets performing. This is quite an upgrade for a lot of them, and I must thank the sponsors for providing this facility at the meets and improving the overall quality of the experience for the students.””The Digicel Grand Prix gave us the opportunity to play a part in supporting sports development in Jamaica and preparing our young athletes for the world stage,” said David Walton, sales and marketing manager at Pure National Ice.”We know that many schools don’t have the capacity to provide this kind of therapy for their students, so we felt the development meets would be an ideal environment to expose them to the benefits of this. We consulted with a number of coaches and sports medicine experts and they all agree that having this type of therapy available on the ground would be highly beneficial to muscle recovery and performance of the athletes.”The Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship began on February 6 with the Western Championship at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in Montego Bay and the Youngster Goldsmith Meet at the National Stadium. The series will culminate at the G.C. Foster Classics slated for February 20.The events include 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, long jump, high jump, discus and the 4x400m relays. The public is invited to log on to www.digicelgrandprix.com to keep abreast of the latest news.The Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship is sponsored by Sportsmax, Gatorade, Pure National Ice, Honey Bun, and Logo Stitch.last_img read more

China coach admits Philippines ‘different’ team with Clarkson in tow

first_imgChina’s Zhou Qi (bottom C) blocks a shot by the Philippines’ Jordan Clarkson (top C) in their men’s basketball preliminary Group D game between China and the Philippines during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Lillian SUWANRUMPHACleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson fell just short of leading the Philippines to victory over China’s own NBA stars on his international debut, in a thrilling Asian Games basketball encounter Tuesday.The Zhou Qi-led China edged past Philippines 82-80 in a last-minute win at the GBK Basketball Hall in Jakarta.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Kobe Bryant not planning to play in BIG3 league next year Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “They (China) have got a lot of young guys too. This is a growing game for both the teams. Win or lose it’s about moving on and hopefully we get to play them again,” he added.China play Kazakhstan next and a loss, which is highly unlikely, by over 38 points would push the Philippines out of the competition.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We want those two back to make this team better. We want to get better and better.”‘Played our hearts out’The current China side is not the same team that reached greater heights under NBA Hall of Famer Yao Ming, who now heads the national basketball association.Ming, 7 feet and 6 inches (2.29 meters) tall, sat in the stands to witness his team edge out a spirited Philippines who were clearly the crowd favourites in Jakarta.Nan admitted the current Chinese side is “not the best team”, but said they are in a rebuilding phase.“This is a half Chinese team. This is not the best team here but we have got youngsters who are getting better and better,” said Nan.“Yao (as president) changed the team. Inspired young players to play better. And hopefully things will only improve from here.”The Philippines’ basketball team arrived in Indonesia with their own set of problems, having to put a team together for the Games after 10 of their players were suspended by the game’s world body FIBA.An on-court brawl in a World Cup qualifier against Australia cost Philippines most of their players and two coaches but they finally regrouped.“We have put that in the past. We played well and played our hearts out. No matter whoever guys we got to put out for Philippines they got to play their hearts out,” said Filipino forward Gabriel Daniel Norwood. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments 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 “In the second half we couldn’t stop him. That’s the big difference between Asian and American (players),” said Nan, a former Chinese professional player who retired in 2009.Clarkson was born in the US but has Philippine citizenship through his grandmother.China also depended on their NBA duo of Qi (Houston Rockets) and Ding Yanyuhang (Dallas Mavericks) to lead for much of the match with aggressive play.Nan admitted that physical play was part of the strategy, while praising Qi and Yanyuhang in helping a young team move in the right direction.“They are two very good players. I know Zhou Qi for many years. They came back (from NBA) to really help Team China,” said Nan.ADVERTISEMENT Clarkson, who joined up with the team five days ago after the US league released him in a last-minute U-turn, lived up to the pre-match billing by top-scoring with 28 points, only to witness the Filipinos crumble down the stretch.Philippines, who were cheered on by a raucous crowd, led 80-77 with just over one minute left before China scored five straight points for the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Chinese coach Li Nan praised Clarkson for getting the best out of the gutsy Philippines.“Yes, he makes the team look very different. He is a very good shooter and he got 26 points,” Nan said of Clarkson.last_img read more

CU Challenged to Train Liberian Entrepreneurs

first_imgThe faculty and Administrative staff of the Cuttington University (CU) in Suakoko, Bong County have been challenged to begin, from the coming academic year, a deliberate and well-researched, planned and tutored course in entrepreneurial capacity-building, to train Liberians to become business people.The Publisher and Managing Director of the Daily Observer newspaper, Dr. Kenneth Y. Best, threw out the challenge when he served as CU’s 53rd Commencement speaker last  Saturday on the Cuttington main campus in Suakoko.In his Address, Dr. Best told his commencement audience that he was throwing out the challenge not only to  Cuttington, but to all other universities, community colleges and even the high schools across the country.  All such institutions should  develop courses that will lead to the development of a Liberian business class that will participate actively in the business sector and the economy.The Commencement Speaker  repeatedly called on the government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to reverse the trend of foreigners having taken complete control of the Liberian economy.  The government can reverse this and empower Liberians in the economy by making it mandatory that all foreign businesses, whose operations are US$50,000 or more, have at least one credible Liberian partner.“Suggesting partnership with foreign companies alone is not enough, Dr. Best cautioned.  “We have to know how to partner in our own interest. We have to be clear what our interest is and be focused on it, he declared.He warned that if the government does not pay attention to this challenge and do something concrete and decisive about it now, “our people will remain poor, powerless and hopeless, believing and knowing that they have no stake in what is called Liberia.”In such a case, he warned, Liberians will be ready, eager, willing and able to take part again in any insurrection that will spark the destruction of the country’s infrastructure.Speaking on the theme, “Redeeming Liberia for Liberians,” he said this “is an urgent national call to restore commonsense, sanity, patriotism and ownership of this country to those to whom  it belongs—the Liberians.Most of the people who have come here calling themselves investors, “brought no money of their own, but built what they have on any and everything they found here.“They are the ones who definitely believe they are the new Liberians, the veritable owners of Papa’s land. They demonstrate this not only economically and financially, but also politically and judicially by challenging the poor Liberians to take them anywhere.  They tell the Liberians, “It is you who will leave there, but not me.”“I know of no country in the world which has given foreigners in their midst that kind of power—over our lawyers, judges, politicians, our government officials, even the poor man and woman on the street who is thus reduced to vulnerability, subservience and powerlessness.”The president of Cuttington University, Dr. Hernique F. Tokpa, disclosed that the Entrepreneurship Department of the CU already has a Business Start-up Unit sponsored by SPARKS. As a result of the start-up, he said, the Entrepreneurship Center organized the first business plan competition for Gbarnga in 2014, where three people emerged as winners and will receive a US$10,000 loan to start their business. The Center also awarded certificates for the training received in workshops relating to Agribusiness.Speaking to our reporter later, Dr. Best expressed happiness at Cuttington’s move to develop an entrepreneurial training program.  He recalled that in 2010, in an address to the Cuttington Alumni Association on the Cuttington campus in Suacoco, he appealed to the university to develop such a program and called for active alumni support for it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sea Erosion Renders 70 Homeless

first_imgMore than 70 Liberian fishermen and other residents’ structures situated at the Atlantic Ocean Harper, Cape Palmas, Maryland County,  were recently rendered homeless as a result of extensive sea erosion.Sadly, the homeless and destitute Liberians and foreign residents have taken refuge with relatives and friends at their crowded homes in Harper.Consequently, the homeless sea erosion victims and businesspeople have sounded urgent SOS appeals to the Liberian Government, the Red Cross, humanitarian groups, charitable organizations, Liberians, foreign-based Liberian companies, corporations at home and abroad for material and financial assistance.The sea erosion also extensively damaged and destroyed makeshift shelters and other houses in Maryland County.According to some residents and prominent citizens of Harper City, many complaints and appeals have made and communicated to the relevant agencies and ministries of the Liberian Government and other key stakeholders in the country.The frustrated and discouraged residents and businesspeople specifically sounded their appeals to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and major players as well as support partners in the environmental sectors to help curb the sea erosion menace.“Our situation has indeed become grave and our challenges are gradually sliding into a perpetual nightmare,” Mrs. Marvoline Williams asserted.Also owing to the extensive and continuous sea erosion, fear has gripped several Liberian and foreign small business owners whose  entities are situated not far from the crisis prone Harper City beaches.Madam Elizabeth Nimely Greene told the Daily Observer early this week that her four-bed room house was completely destroyed and all personal effects were swallowed by the sea water.“We are now living in destitution and our socio-economic conditions continue to deteriorate at very fast pace,” Madam Greene cried out.A provision shop operator in Harper City, Mrs. Greene noted that serious efforts should be stepped up now in order to prevent further damage and destructionby Harper’s sea erosion.For his part, businesswoman Beatrice Cooper Baker pointed out that urgent steps should be taken now by all stakeholders in the environmental sector to halt the current sea erosion at the port city of Harper in Maryland County.Mrs. Baker said the situation of the Harper’s sea erosion is indeed critical to most business entities and most especially the three fishing communities in Maryland County.“In my view, I think God is the first person for us to turn to and second group to look up is the United Nations that could urgently channel the needed funds to help stop the sea erosion in Harper,” Mrs. Baker concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BM Soat son shot, robbed

first_imgA city businessman was late Tuesday afternoon robbed and shot at his office on Croal Street, Georgetown by bandits who seemed to have laying in wait for him outside.Guyana Times understands that 29-year-old Rameez Mohammed, whose father owns BM Soat Auto Sales on Croal Street, Georgetown, was approached by bandits, robbed and then shot. The two men, who were on a motorcycle, reportedly took away a bag with an undisclosed sum of cash.At the business place on Tuesday, the security guard, Granville Gill, told Guyana Times  that he was upstairs standing at the door of the office after Mohammed had descended the stairs.Rameez Mohammed“We were standing on the landing there closing off and his mother was at the back coming. So I keep the grill open for her to pass out. Same time we hear “BLAM!”, and I just kicked back the grill,” Gill said, as he along with another colleague immediately rushed to see what was happening. They then found Mohammed crouched on the ground, while the two men jumped on the motorcycle and rode away.The security guard said he could not see the face of the men, since the one who was riding the motorcycle had his face fully covered with a helmet and his accomplice was wearing a cap and turned his face when they rode off.Mohammed was picked up and rushed to a private hospital in the city. Police have launched an investigation into the incident.last_img read more

$10k worth of equipment stolen Monday night

first_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP are investigating a break-and-enter overnight on Monday.A police release says sometime between 5 o’clock on Monday (Nov. 16th) evening, and 9 o’clock on Tuesday morning, an unidentified number of thieves broke into a locked compound in the 104th block of Alaska Road.  The suspect(s) made off with a large amount of industrial and construction equipment, valued at $10,000.Other than suggesting a large truck was used in the theft, the police haven’t released any other details.- Advertisement -Anyone with information that could prove useful in the investigation is asked to call the local detachment, at 250-787-8140.  Or, tipsters can remain anonymous, by calling crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).last_img read more

Guinness Cage Street Ball heading for dramatic climax

first_imgTwo days are left until one of the most electric tournaments to ever grace the face of the earth, the Guinness Cage Street Ball Tournament concludes with nothing but fireworks at the Haslington Market tarmac on Friday.Everyone has statistically assessed the Sparta Boss versus Leopold Street semifinal to be mouthwatering of the two encounters and perhaps with Sparta Boss having the edge.But if we look at the scores and the individuals that scored the goals we will see that the upcoming fixture of Broad Street versus Uprising is no mere joke, and even though everyone would want Sparta to make it through to the finals then claim that trophy there is another side of the coin that the fans haven’t seen and should prepare themselves in the event that Sparta is beaten.Based on the results so far and the individuals who scored, the upcoming fixture of Broad Street versus Uprising could be the game to keep your eyes on.In the round of 16 matches we saw Broad Street go up against Alexander Village and won 2-0 with Jamal Cozier scoring the both goals in the 9th and 11th minutes. Uprising then went up against Plaisance and won 2-0 with the goals being scored by Shamar Scott in the 10th minute and David Wilson in the 13th minute. Both teams then proceeded to the Quarterfinals where Broad Street defeated La Penitence 1-0 and the goal being scored again by Jamal Cozier. Uprising then defeated Blazers on a penalty shootout 3-2 after a nil-all stalemate at fulltime.With all that being done Broad street is definitely the team to win it as they have score three goals in the last two matches and all three being scored by Jamal Cozier, Uprising on the other hand has had two goals excluding the 3-2 penalties. Uprising should definitely watch there game as Cozier who should be regarded as the Harry Kane of the tournament is known to break through defenses early in the game, however if Uprising are smart they can tackle Cozier and block him preventing him from scoring thus limiting his ball usage and pressure the rest of the Broad Street team.Among the entities in support of the cause are Banks DIH under its Guinness and Power Wine brands, Clarks footwear giants Chetsons, E- Networks Inc., KSM Investments, Yhip’s Bakery, Brass Aluminum & Cast Iron Foundry [BACIF], Ray’s Auto Sales, Insurance Brokers Guyana Limited [IGBL], Y.K. Investments, Trophy Stall, Express Shipping, Woodpecker Products, National Sports Commission, ‘C’ Division of the Guyana Police Force, Jai Signs & Auto Designs, Gaming Authority, Julius Variety Store, and C & C Prestigious Styles.last_img read more

Argentina deny reports players want Sampaoli out

first_img“All that has been said about a players’ meeting or anything else, it is all false,” the source added.Following Thursday’s match, there were reports in both local and international media of a rift between Argentina players and the coaching staff.It was also suggested that 1986 World Cup winner Jorge Burruchaga, the team’s technical director, would take charge for Tuesday’s must-win game against Nigeria.“They want to sack Sampaoli, bring in Burruchaga and follow Spain’s example,” Ricardo Caruso Lombardi, who has coached several Argentine clubs, said on Thursday.Spain dismissed coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the World Cup after Real Madrid announced he would replace Zinedine Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu following the tournament.Argentina suffered their heaviest first round group-stage defeat at the World Cup since 1958 against Croatia, leaving them on the brink of elimination after an opening 1-1 draw with Iceland.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jorge Sampaoli’s job is at stake as Argentina teeter on the brink of an early exit in Russia © AFP / Johannes EISELEBRONNITSY, Russian Federation, Jun 22 – Argentina denied reports Friday that players want coach Jorge Sampaoli sacked before their final World Cup group game against Nigeria after a humbling 3-0 defeat by Croatia.“It’s absolutely false,” read a statement from an Argentine team official.last_img read more

Chelsea and Tottenham told they can have Senegal striker for £4.4m

first_img Oumar Niasse in action for Lokomotiv Moscow Chelsea and Tottenham target Oumar Niasse is available for a bargain £4.4m, according to reports in Turkey.The 24-year-old Senegal international has been watched by both Premier League clubs in action for Lokomotiv Moscow this season.It has been reported Niasse is hoping to leave Russia this summer and says he dreams of playing in the Premier League.Galatasaray are also big admirers of the forward, who has scored three times in seven outings this term, and have enquired about buying him.And, according to Turkish newspaper Fanatik, Lokomotiv are ready to sell if they receive an offer of £4.4m this summer. 1last_img read more

A STORY THAT WON’T SHOCK ANYONE – HOUSE PRICES FALL AGAIN

first_imgIT WON’T exactly come as a shock to most people, but figures released today show that house prices in the county continue to crash.Property websites daft.ie and myhome.ie show prices have now fallen 34.6% since the peak in 2006.Myhome.ie says the average price of a four bed semi detached house in Co Donegal was €185,588 in the last quarter of 2010, down 9.04% from the previous quarter, and down 10.4% in the last 12 months. The average price of a three bed semi in the county was €165,000 down 3.8% from the last quarter, and down 7.6% from the previous 12 months.Daft.ie says the average house price in Donegal in the final quarter of 2010 was €172k – a drop of €97k.A STORY THAT WON’T SHOCK ANYONE – HOUSE PRICES FALL AGAIN was last modified: January 5th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more