Richards seeks improvement

first_img CHANCE TO PROVE HIMSELF Kurt Roberts, who was a surprise winner in Shanghai, will get a chance to prove that this was no fluke with world champion Joe Kovacs and other heavyweights such as Tom Walsh and Reese Hoffa, who have both gone above 21m already this year as well as Ryan Whiting and Jordan Clarke, all guaranteeing a high-quality showdown and more than enough motivation for the Jamaican. Last year, Richards logged 20.06m and seventh place at this meet during a period where he only registered two throws that got to 21m in his first 10 meets. Still, besides his need to get back in top physical condition, there isn’t too much that the Jamaican should be worried about if last season is anything to go by, after five of his seven post-June throws landed beyond the 21m mark. EUGENE, Oregon: World championships bronze-medal winner and national record holder O’Dayne Richards will be looking for major improvement as he competes today in the men’s shot put at the two-day Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Richards is the only Jamaican in action on the opening day of what is expected to be an intriguing weekend of track and field in Eugene, with the women’s long jump and women’s discus events being the other two Diamond League events on the schedule for the day. The Jamaican will compete at 8:18 p.m. (10:18 p.m. Jamaica time). Richards, who twice threw 21.69m last season, including during the final at the World Championships in Beijing, China, was a shadow of himself during his season-opening series at the recent Shanghai Diamond League meet in China. The MVP star could only manage a 19.22m effort, which left him down the pile, but he will be hoping to get closer to the 21m mark as he continues to regain his strength and confidence following surgery a few weeks ago. Richards had a metal rod implanted in his shin bone through his knee after taking measures to correct a stress fracture in the shin. After his competition, the 27-year-old admitted that he was somewhat scared to push himself in the circle in Shanghai. He is aware that he has a lot of work to do if he is to get back to his best form in time for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. It may still be too early to expect too much from the thrower, but he will certainly not be short on inspiration given the quality of the athletes gathered in Eugene for this event.last_img read more

Jazz, 108, Warriors, 103: Warriors offense disappears in loss to Utah

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY – If only Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala or Alfonzo McKinnie made late-game 3-pointers. If only the ball did not go off of Curry’s hands on the Warriors’ final possession. If only officials did not incorrectly call a foul on Klay Thompson when Utah guard Donovan Mitchell fell to the floor on a missed 3-pointer.Not only would the Warriors likely have avoided a 108-103 loss to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday. Perhaps the Warriors would not have a philosophical discussion …last_img read more

16 Days campaign kicks off

first_imgThe 16 Days campaign demands an end to gender-based violence.(Image: Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities)MEDIA CONTACTS • Tanana Cornelius MonamaChief director, communications –Department of Women, Children andPeople with Disabilities+27 12 359 0224 or +27 82 578 4063RELATED ARTICLES• Women’s rights in SA to advance• Towards gender quality in SA• Iraqi gender activists learn from SA• Men-only clinic opens in SASource: Southafrica.infoImagine if, for 16 days, there was no rape, no child abuse. The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign challenges South Africans to declare a truce on violence against women and children – and, ultimately, to make it a permanent one.For the 13th year, South Africa is taking part in the global 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign, which runs from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) through to International Human Rights Day on 10 December.President Jacob Zuma and Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana will launch the campaign in Kimberley in the Northern Cape on Sunday.While the campaign runs only for 16 days each year, its objectives are reinforced by a year-long programme and a national plan to combat abuse.South Africa is still home to high levels of violence against its women and children, despite a world-renowned Constitution and a legislative overhaul that safeguards women’s and children’s rights.The government, business, civil society organisations, faith-based organisations and the media are all participating in the drive to increase awareness of the negative impact of violence and abuse on women and children.The campaign also aims to:Challenge the perpetrators of violence to change their behaviour.Involve men in helping to eradicate violence.Provide survivors with information on services and organisations that can help lessen the impact of violence on their lives.What you can doSouth Africans are urged to support the campaign by wearing a white ribbon – a symbol of peace – during the 16-day period to symbolise their commitment to never commit or condone violence against women or children.Other ways of supporting the campaign:Speak out against woman and child abuse. Encourage silent female victims to challenge abuse, and ensure that they get help. Report child abuse to the police immediately. Encourage children to report bullying behaviour to school authorities.Men are critical partners in the fight against the abuse of women and children. Men and boys are encouraged to talk about abuse and actively discourage abusive behaviour.Families must stick together to create a safe environment for women and children.Parents and adults can make sure that children are not exposed to sexual and violent material such as pornography.Volunteer some of your time and energy in support of a non-governmental organisation or community group working in your area to help abused women and children. Use your life skills and knowledge to help support victims of abuse.Donate some money to organisations working to end violence against women and children by making a contribution to the Foundation for Human Rights. Tel: 011 339 5560/1/2/3/4/5.Engage in online dialogues such as the Cyber Dialogues organised by Gender Links – see www.genderlinks.org.za – which provides a platform to share issues and experiences and offer solutions, with experts participating in the online chats.Get connected with important contacts and information published on www.womensnet.org.za.Seek help if you are emotionally, physically or sexually abusive to your partner and/or children. Call the Stop Gender Based Violence helpline on 0800 150 150.Report illegal guns to the police – according to the International Action Network on Small Arms Women’s Network, women are three times more likely to die violently if there is a gun in the home.Join a community policing forum (CPF) or community safety forum (CSF) to help fight crime in your area. For information on how to join, contact your local police station.Take part in a 16 Days event – check out the calendar.Rhetoric and realitySouth Africa, according to NGO Gender Links, needs to close the gap between the “rhetoric of gender equality” and the “reality on the ground”.Gender Links says the country has made impressive strides in recognising the roles and rights of women and children.The Constitution recognises gender equality as the cornerstone of South Africa’s democracy, and new legislation – such as the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act and the Domestic Violence Act – have been lauded for enforcing the rights of women.But more needs to be done. “Changing laws can be swift,” says Gender Links. “Giving them effect, and changing the mindsets that often render them ineffective, is a much more demanding task.”last_img read more

Hubalde leads Valenzuela past Bataan dribblers

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next Communists favor Camanava area for recruitment – NCRPO chief PLAY LIST 02:39Communists favor Camanava area for recruitment – NCRPO chief00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Valenzuela continued its onslaught to take a commanding 52-22 lead at halftime. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Paolo Hubalde dished out a career-high 14 assists as Valenzuela posted its first back-to-back victories in the MPBL-Anta Rajah Cup even as Parañaque got back on the winning track late Thursday night at Valenzuela Astrodome.The Classic, supported by Yulz, clobbered the Bataan Defenders-BaiShipping, 97-80.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Parañaque-Yakimix, on the other hand, survived preseason champion Bulacan, 74-72.A costly technical foul called on Jay Gonzales of the Ligo Sardines-supported Kuyas squad, gave the Patriots the cushion they needed down the stretch.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJuneric Baloria made two of three charity shots, including one off the technical foul, in the last 45 seconds, enabling the Patriots to get back on the winning track and join the Muntinlupa Cagers-Angelis Resort and the Classic in a share of third to fifth places (2-1).Playing in front of their wildly-cheering home crowd, the Classic got off to a rousing start, posting a 29-12 lead in the first period behind the hot-shooting Adrian Celada, who nailed three of four shots from beyond the arc. MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Ikeda recovers from wobble, nips Korean foe in 3rd playoff holelast_img read more

CWG: Saina and party make promising start

first_imgSaina Nehwal won her match as expected but was not a hundred per cent happy with the conditions prevalent at the Siri Fort Indoor complex on Monday. The Hyderabadi who dismissed Kenya’s Mercy Mwethya 21-11, 21-14 to help India beat Kenya 5-0 in their opening team Group D tie felt that she had not adjusted to the court conditions.”The court is quite fast,” she said. She was referring to the drift in the hall, which had proved to be her undoing at the Asian Badminton championships in April – she had lost to Chinese qualifier Li Xiuerei in the quarters.Saina felt a more pronounced drift this time. “I feel it’s a bit more pronounced. But there is no cause for concern. I will get used to it in a couple of days,” she said.Chief coach Pullela Gopi Chand was happy with his wards’ performance. “I am satisfied with the way the team played. But it will be much tougher against Scotland and Wales. They are much tougher than Kenya and Barbados (whom India play on Tuesday),” he added.Chetan Anand put India on the right track with a 21-7, 21-13 win over Victory Oderga in 14 minutes. He was in good form, scoring repeatedly with smashes and cross-court drops.Saina stepped on court to rout Mwethya in a mere 16 minutes.Then, the doubles combine of Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas crushed Victor Munga and Patrik Kibet 21-5, 21-5 to hand the home team an easy win over the Kenya pair.advertisementHaving clinched the tie, the Indian think tank decided to rest Jwala Gutta as she was paired with Velliavetil Diju for the mixed doubles – the day’s last match.Aparna Balan partnered Aswini Ponnappa to crush Joseph and Anitah Bushuru 21-8, 21-6 win the women’s doubles.In the fifth and final match Jwala and Diju spanked Anna Njambi Ng’ang’a and Frederick Choube 21-8, 21-5 as India recorded a clean 5-0 sweep over Kenya.For Chetan, it was an easy outing. “It was good to be off to such a good start. I was stroking well and catching the shuttle early. We are aiming to reach the finals – let’s see what happens,” he said.He agreed that India’s last two ties against Scotland and Wales would be a different proposition. “There is no mistaking the fact that Scotland and Wales are much stronger.They have been regulars on the European championships,” he added.On her part, Jwala said: “I think all the hard work I had put in is bearing fruit. Playing with Diju is a real pleasure,” she added Jwala, a strong mixed-doubles medal contender, expects to meet Canada in the quarter-finals. “We should make it to the finals,” she said.Former international Sanjay Sharma said India stood a good chance of putting it across to top seeds Malaysia.”I think England will be tougher for us to beat than Malaysia. They have an edge over us in the men’s singles and doubles events. In the singles, Rajiv Ouseph is a hard nut to crack. I am not saying he is a sure shot but would fancy his chances more than Chetan. Saina should almost certainly win her match. But the three doubles ties are loaded in England’s favour,” he said. India are drawn to play England in the semi-finals.In the case of Malaysia, Sanjay said despite having the likes of world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei and the leading doubles pair of Kein Keat Soo/Boo Heong Tan, India had the advantage in the other three matches.For instance, Saina and the pairs of Diju/Jwala and Jwala/Ashwini are better than the Malaysians. I will stick to my stand that we have a better chance against Malaysia than against England,” he added.In the other matches, New Zealand beat Jamaica 5-0, while earlier in the morning session, Malaysia beat Isle of Man 5-0, Australia defeated Seychelles 5-0, Singapore thrashed Nigeria 5-0 and Canada beat Uganda 5-0.On the other hand, the Organising Committee left the Indian team’s technical officials to run from pillar to post for their kits.Eventually, they had to return empty-handed or were handed over kits without anything substantial – there were socks but no shoes, ties but no blazers. There was only one trousers instead of two and no sport Tshirts.The Organising Committee had promised the kits to these officials.”Even after going to collect my kit but fot the third time, I haven’t got a complete one. It is really embarrassing,” a Badminton Association of India official said, showing his receipt. The receipt remarked “a rain coat and two bright yellow tshirts pending”.advertisementlast_img read more

Leicester City seek to defy odds against Atletico Madrid, prolong dazzling 8-year ascent

first_imgHosting Atletico Madrid will be a moment to savor for Leicester City.Unless the 1-0 deficit is overturned on Tuesday, it’s likely to be a long, long wait before the Champions League returns to the King Power Stadium. (Bale out, Lewandowski in as Real Madrid face tough task against Bayern )And the players don’t hide that fact. They don’t have an inferiority complex, just a realization of how difficult it will be to reach the semifinals in their first shot at European soccer’s elite competition, let alone returning in the near future.While Atletico are third in La Liga, Leicester have sunk far from the Champions League places in England – 12th in the Premier League they won so unexpectedly last May.”We are small Leicester,” defender Christian Fuchs said Monday. “Playing in the Champions League is already great, then being in quarterfinals is outstanding. We just enjoy the time that we have. We might never be here again.”Losing would close a chapter on an improbable eight-year ascent for the Premier League champions.The quarterfinal second leg is being played eight years to the day since the club secured their passage out of English soccer’s third tier by beating Southend United.”The journey has been incredible,” said caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare, who was in his first season on the coaching staff when Leicester won 2-0 at Southend on April 18, 2009. “Where this club has come from has been remarkable.”That’s why writing off the Foxes can backfire. They were expected to falter in last season’s Premier League title race, but the 5,000-1 shots not only improbably lifted the trophy for the first time but seized top spot by 10 points.advertisementEven as Leicester slid down the standings this season, plunged into a relegation fight that cost manager Claudio Ranieri his job, the team still defied expectations in Europe.Even as the English teams kept getting eliminated – first Tottenham, then Arsenal and Manchester City, Leicester stood tall. They are the last English team standing, but only given about a 3-1 chance of going through with bookmakers while Atletico are the overwhelming favorites.”Let’s show they have got it wrong tomorrow,” Shakespeare said. “We will start as underdogs because of the history of Madrid but we are quite comfortable with that, we know what we have got to do and let’s hope we can earn people a few bob (pounds).”And not crack under the pressure, Fuchs said in response to an Easter egg-themed question.”That’s what everyone is expecting from us anyway, what they expected last season,” the 31-year-old Austrian said. “We have such a great team spirit that we don’t let it affect us. There’s a lot of pressure all the time, this year it was fighting against relegation and we came out of that. We’re just looking forward to the game and trying to give everything.”Captain Wes Morgan could return after missing the last six games with a back injury, including last Tuesday’s first leg when Antoine Griezmann’s penalty gave Atletico the advantage.Griezmann was clipped by defender Marc Albrighton but the striker appeared to be just outside the penalty area when the contact was made.”It’s not gnawing away, the referee gave his decision and the last thing the club and players need is me harping on about it,” Shakespeare said. “We have to get on with it. The referee made his decision, although it’s there for everyone to see it’s the wrong one. We have to make sure we’re ready and focused for the game.”last_img read more