Abueva finally shows up at Gilas practice

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Also making his first appearance is “23-for-23” cadet and Ateneo Blue Eaglet Kai Sotto.Present from the cadet pool were Thirdy Ravena, Isaac Go, Matt Nieto, CJ Perez, Robert Bolick, Javee Mocon, Paul Desiderio, Juan Gomez de Liaño, J-Jay Alejandro, Abu Tratter, Jeo Ambohot, Arvin Tolentino, Kenneth Tuffin, and Will Gozum.Joshua Sinclair, who is recovering from an ACL injury, and Ricci Rivero also watched the practice at the sidelines.Nigerians Ola Adeogun and Eugene Toba of San Beda and Chibueze Ikeh of Ateneo also helped in the preparations.The Philippines will take on Australia at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne on February 22, before flying back home to battle Japan at Mall of Asia Arena on February 25.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 LATEST STORIES Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases MOST READ Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Calvin Abueva. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJust a week removed from the national team pool, Calvin Abueva made a shock appearance in Gilas Pilipinas’ fourth Monday evening practice at Meralco Gym.Alaska’s energizer bunny showed up for the first time to join the squad, but it’s unclear if he has already hashed things out with Reyes.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Publico nails winner as Wangs-Letran shocks Che’Lu-San Sebastian Last week, Reyes announced that he decided to cut Abueva along with Raymond Almazan for the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers for missing the first three practices.Unlike Abueva, Almazan did not show up as he was the lone absentee from the current pool.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkJayson Castro bannered the 34 men who participated in the session, together with current pool members Gabe Norwood, Troy Rosario, Allein Maliksi, Kevin Alas, Roger Pogoy, Jio Jalalon, Mac Belo, Matthew Wright, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Kiefer Ravena.June Mar Fajardo and Japeth Aguilar, who both had games on Sunday, sat out the session. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year View commentslast_img read more

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Can we now have a good life?

first_imgDear Editor,The announcement by Dr Clive Thomas of a grand cash payout of US$5,000, the equivalent of Gy$1 million, sounds like the “good life” is finally here; yes, at last it seems like the present poverty will be a thing of the distant past. That announcement has caused some prominent personalities to write in exhilarating penmanship splashed all across the print and electronic media.Listen to the comment from one politician/trade unionist, “Professor Thomas is on to something…let’s not shy away from conversation on its feasibility.” Another politician has said, “I support cash transfers to Guyanese households”, and the list goes endlessly on.In the first place, let’s take a look at the reaction of President Granger and his Finance Minister to the pronouncements of Dr Thomas. Both gentlemen have expressed shock and disbelief as to what Dr Thomas was talking about. You are speaking about the Economic Advisor to the President making certain pronouncements and the President and Finance Minister showing total ignorance as to what he was talking about.So, if the movers and shakers of the economy can show such disparaging reactions to the same issue, what do you expect to happen when real dollars kick in? The answer: total chaos and confusion. In the end, corruption will flourish while the fortunes of the poor plummet.From experience, raw cash handouts do not work, they just add to one’s economic woes. You just have to take a look at Trinidad and learn from their experiences when their oil revenues came on stream. Trinidad instituted a direct cash transfer in a programme called C.O.L.A (cost of living allowance). C.O.L.A lent credence to a spending spree never before seen in the history of the poor in Trinidad. The poor in particular spent on things for this present frivolities while things permanent and essential were left undone; so when oil prices dipped, fortunes tumbled for the people whom it was designed to help. The evidence of this squandermania can still be seen in Trinidad today, where the so-called poor live in hovels. Those who took care of the transitory items, like wine, women and song, contrasted against the lasting permanence of those who took care of tomorrow. There is always the danger of hard cash being doled out to “the poor,” because this means there is bound to be a repeat performance of Trinidad.What needs to be done — and this was already in place when the PPP/C was in office — is there must be an admixture of cash handouts plus firm, sustainable, fiscal endowments with a futuristic view in mind; otherwise you are headed for certain failure as a nation. Below is a summary of these:1. Revive or resuscitate the sugar industry, at least 7,000 jobs would be assured. Those that are employed would be providing for their families while the country would be earning valuable foreign earnings as sugar exports rise.2. Encourage foreign companies to invest in our economy as the economy gets a shot in the arm. These areas include forestry, fishing as well as mining.3. Enhance the WOW (Women of Worth Programme, where soft loans would be made available for the start-up of small businesses for our women, especially single mothers.4. Revive the student loans at our tertiary institution, so that our best and brightest minds can be educated and have an equal opportunity as those who can afford a university education.5. Reinstitute the $10,000 per child “Because we care programme.” This programme is twofold in that it is real income for homes, while at the same time ensuring that each child stays in school and receives an education.6. Revive the free social benefits such as free water and electricity for the elderly in our midst.7. Revive the revolving loan agreement and duty free concessions for teachers and other public servants. In this way, more persons would have a place called home as well as their own means of transportation.You would have noticed that most of the points raised above start with the root words “revive”, “reintroduce” and “encourage”, which means that those programmes were there under the previous PPP/C Administration; plans and incentives we hitherto enjoyed and have grown accustomed to. In this regard, I urge this regime to learn a serious lesson, if ever they are to become a success story. But this is all wishful thinking, because from what obtains, people’s development is the least of their concerns.Finally, as we view the experiences of Third World countries, where sovereign wealth has suddenly come on-stream in their economies, let us learn from their mistakes and make our own situation a lasting success.Sincerely,Neil Adamslast_img read more

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Why Is Our Fisheries Sector Too Weak? Ay! What’s Wrong With Us?

first_imgWhy is almost every sector in Liberia weak—the most critical being the Education sector, which President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf herself has confessed “is in a mess”? There is also our road network. Quite recently the highway leading to the southeast was cut in half, imperiling travel to a major sub-region of the country leading to La Cote d’Ivoire. One wonders whether Public Works knows about the huge ditch at the intersection of the Paynesville and GSA Roads, which is close to being cut in half; and that motorists and pedestrians, mostly marketers and customers at the Red Light Market, have to wade through several inches of water and mud before reaching Coca Cola Factory. There is also the power crisis—the country is still not covered with electricity, but thankfully the rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee Hydro is on stream; but the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) complains of power theft everywhere, undermining its limited capacity. With all our rivers throughout the country, what has kept us from developing more mini-hydro stations?There is also the problem with water and sanitation, areas in which there is much is to be desired.Now, closer to the fisheries problem is the agricultural crisis—we are still importing fruits and vegetables from neighboring countries; and most of the meat we eat—beef, despite the many places around the country which are natural habitats for cattle; and poultry, which is so easily grown anywhere in Liberia and; of course, the big one, rice, which most of our rural farmers know how to grow but need assistance. We spend over US$200 annually importing rice.Why, after all these years, we are still unable to be self-sufficient in our staple food?And now to fisheries! Here again, we have ignored or misused the wonderful blessings the good Lord has given us—all these rivers and streams throughout the country, most of which grow fish; then the great Atlantic Ocean, where we can find anything from massively-sized Cuta, Cassava Fish, Cat Fish Cavala, Grouper (which we call “Grapor”), Pike and Snapper to the tiny Barpleh. The Atlantic also richly endows us with shell fish, including huge crabs and lobsters! What more do we need?But many of our neighbors, including little Gambia, have modern fishing depots in many places. Yet today, we who should have led the way in modern fisheries are far behind. Why has it taken us so long? Why did Vice President Joseph N. Boakai have to tell the world last Wednesday, at the launch of the World Bank-funded Mesurado Industrial Fishery Terminal, that the Liberian fisheries sector suffered “weak enforcement of fishery regulations and the lack of a functional fisheries monitoring surveillance and control system”? A surveillance control system is absolutely necessary, because the lack of it causes Liberia to lose millions of dollars each year in fish stolen from our waters.This is certainly not because we did not have the experience. We all remember a company called Mesurado, the fishing giant run by Steve Tolbert’s Mesurado Group of Companies. It was the first company to supply fish to many parts of the interior, transported in refrigerated trucks.Mesurado also shipped shrimps to many parts of the world, especially Japan. Mr. Tolbert had scores of women dressed in white gowns, boots and headgear, on their feet several hours daily, cleaning shrimps for export.But the 1980 coup changed all that, and from that point Mesurado went downhill. There were many other reasons for this, not just the coup.Since the 1980s only a few Liberians have entered the fishing business. Soon it, too, in addition to all the other commercial activities, became to domain of Lebanese merchants. A few years ago the Dakar, Senegal-based West African Regional Fisheries Program (WARFP) decided to undertake and support a project in Liberia. The aim was to build several fishery depots, equipped with freezers, in decent places where people could purchase fish and other sea products. But up until now the first depot, being constructed in Grand Cape Mount County, is still incomplete.This is clearly due to the lack of focus and oversight by the Ministry of Agriculture, which is closely linked to the project.Now the World Bank has pumped in a US$7 million grant to build a fishery terminal at the Free Port of Monrovia. We hope and pray that the Cape Mount project will be expeditiously completed, in order to serve as an impetus to the success of this new venture at the Free Port.The whys being asked in this Editorial about the lack of progress in Liberian fisheries are due primarily to three problems: first, our lack of focus; second, the lackadaisical attitude of many of the people in government; and third, selfishness—people putting themselves before the projects, seeking to know what they can get out of it for themselves. The new Agriculture Minister, Dr. Moses Zinnah, we are sure, realizes that this World Bank-funded project is the first foreign-funded one under his watch. We urge him to watch it very closely and ensure that it is completed within the year, and that all the promises it brings will be fulfilled. We hope also that the new Minister can push the Cape Mount project to completion within the next three months and hasten the successful completion of the Free Port project. 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Liberian-born Rap Artist and Author Surprises the Homeless for Festive Season

first_imgAfter the release of his memoir, “Homeless with a record deal: The moments of Luxury now,” last month, super talented Hip Hop artist, rapper, singer, poet, record producer and actor kNero Lapaé Edwards reached out to the homeless, a state he once found himself in.“Earlier this year we were crammed up in my truck hopping from hotel to hotel. Still this year we do the same, but to pack the truck to give back to the homeless. Situations are never permanent. Love yours,” he stated via Facebook chat.During Thanksgiving season, kNero and his family gathered resources to hand out clothes, shoes and other things that the homeless will need during the cold winter season.“Picked up some donations then went out to support those in need. Shout out to everyone that donated clothes, sneakers, etc. Your blessings will come tenfold. The universe attracts what you give,” he shared.According to the memoir that was just published by kNero and already being sought out by all his fans, kNero has lived an interesting life, a life of struggle, political ties and fame.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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3rd vehicle goes up in flames in 2 days

first_imgA third vehicle on Thursday went up in flames, in just two days under suspicious circumstances and the cause is yet to be determined.One of the vehicles that were burntGuyana Times understands that a minibus in Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), mysteriously caught fire.It was unclear if anyone was injured in the incident, but Fire Prevention Officer Andrew Holder has made it clear that an investigation is launched into each fire the Fire Service responds to and the cause of the mysterious flames could be determined soon.“If it is that the operational team – the firefighters that respond to these fires – cannot come up with the cause of the fire, only then would my team kick in,” he told this newspaper.Holder added that his team has not been summoned to investigate any of the three vehicular fires.On Wednesday, two vehicles also faced the same fate in separate incidents.Reports are the first fire occurred at High Street and Brickdam, Georgetown where passers-by saw a man stopping his vehicle and thick smoke which emanated from the bonnet transformed into an uncontrollable fire.The vehicle, bearing registration number PJJ 5656, was badly damaged. When Guyana Times arrived on the scene, the driver could not say what may have caused the fire. He only said that he was at the Stabroek Market and noticed smoke rapidly escaping from the car.The Guyana Fire Service was subsequently called, and the situation was brought under control. No one was injured.Minutes later at Sheriff Street, Georgetown, a similar scenario unfolded when a minibus contracted to the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) erupted into flames.According to information received, the minibus was crossing David Street, heading in the direction of the Rupert Craig Highway when the driver, Tameshwar Mullin, noticed smoke coming from under his seat. After parking and exiting the vehicle, he lifted the seat and saw the flames.Efforts to save the minibus proved futile, but firefighters from the Guyana Fire Service arrived shortly after and doused the flames.Many persons have so far questioned the quality of gasoline now being offered for sale as a result of the peculiar fumes.last_img read more

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Opening a season far from home

first_imgHistory isn’t on the Kings’ side. By starting their schedule with a two-game series against the Ducks in London, the Kings are helping to expose the NHL to a foreign market and helping to fill the coffers of their parent company. But they’re also in danger of dooming themselves to a slow start upon their return. “(If) the league asks you to go, you go, and you make the best of it,” said Kings president and general manager Dean Lombardi, whose team plays the Ducks on Saturday and Sunday to start the season. As Lombardi knows all too well, it’s duck-and-cover time after that. No NHL teams have ever opened a season in Europe, but twice before a season has opened in Tokyo, and the results are cringe-inducing. The San Jose Sharks, with Lombardi as their GM, opened the 1998-99 season with a two-game series against Calgary. Upon their return to North America, the Sharks went 0-5-1 in their next six games. Not an awful team, the Sharks eventually rebounded and finished seventh in the Western Conference. Calgary went 1-5 in its next six games and finished ninth in the conference. By Rich Hammond STAFF WRITER Taking advantage of some down time during their trip to Austria this week, a group of Kings players and coaches hopped aboard a refurbished DC-6 airplane and took a scenic tour of a section of the Alps. It might end up being the high point of the season for the Kings, in every sense of the term. The year before, the Ducks and Vancouver played a two-game series. Both teams went a respectable 2-3-2 in the first seven games back, but eventually finished as the two worst teams in the conference. Transcontinental travel has also made a local impact. Last season the Clippers spent the first week in October in Russia for training camp and exhibition games. Coming off the most successful season in franchise history, they then stumbled to a 6-7 start, never recovered and missed the playoffs. Baseball teams – such as the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2004 – also have struggled after early-season overseas trips due to the fatigue and disruption involved. After the second game in London, the Kings will have just five days off before an Oct. 6 game at Staples Center. Things were going to be tough enough already for the Stanley Cup champion Ducks and the Kings, who are fighting simply for respectability. Is this all worth it, just to expose the NHL to England? Tim Leiweke, who serves as governor of the Kings and president/CEO of their parent group, Anschutz Entertainment Group, said in a statement last week, “Everybody associated with the Kings and AEG is thrilled with the unique opportunity to take our team and the great game of hockey overseas.” That is, to put it politely, quite an overstatement. AEG owns the London arena in which the Kings and Ducks will play this weekend. Privately, many in the organization have balked about the trip: the accelerated training camp, the hectic travel and the documented threat to the rest of their season. Publicly, everyone has put on a happy face, in recognition of the fact that the series is a strong attempt to build the game in an important market and a way for the Kings to make their parent company happy. “We’ve got a pretty global, unique talent pool in our game, and when we go international we can expose our game,” Kings captain Rob Blake said. “It’s going to be better for our game in the long run.” AEG has a vested interest in the Kings’ success, but also in the growth of sports in Europe. Besides owning and operating the O2 Arena in London, AEG has owned several hockey and soccer teams in Europe and was a financial backer of London’s successful bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics. The O2 Arena will serve as the site for basketball and gymnastics during the Games and AEG also is seeking to build another (temporary) facility for basketball during the Games. So, AEG’s interest in building interest in the sporting environment there, seems obvious. But what will it mean for the Kings? They’re trying to ease the sting of last season, when they finished with the third-worst record in the NHL, and the trip could result in one major early-season positive. Of the 25 players who flew to Europe, 10 didn’t play a single game for the Kings last season. “This is definitely a bonding experience,” Michael Cammalleri told the Kings’ Web site in Austria. “With the flight and everything, you get to know guys. … That always helps. If anything, that’s what we’re taking out of this trip.” rich.hammond@dailynews.com160Want 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

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West Ham star ‘disappointed’ for axed Allardyce

first_imgStewart Downing has admitted feeling disappointment over Sam Allardyce’s West Ham departure.Allardyce’s four-year spell at Upton Park was brought to an end after the final Premier League game of the season on Sunday.The 66-year-old was not a popular figure with Hammers fans, but Downing was sorry to see him go and has thanked him for helping rejuvenate his career after a disappointing time at Liverpool prior to joining the east London club in 2013.“You could see on the manager’s face that he was disappointed and he has thanked us for the work we put in for him,” the England midfielder said.“He was a great manager to play for and obviously took me out of the situation I was in at Liverpool where I was not playing and I’ve played nearly every game for him since I’ve been here.“I’m disappointed for him because he’s a good man to play for and first-class whenever I had any problems and such like. It’s a big decision for the club, but obviously Sam moves on.”West Ham finished 12th in the Premier League in Allardyce’s final campaign and Downing believes whoever takes over from the former Bolton boss will have an exciting job on their hands.Slaven Bilic, the club’s former defender, is the hot favourite with the bookmakers, while Roberto Di Matteo, David Moyes and Marcelo Bielsa are also being talked about as potential targets.“Whoever comes in has obviously got really good players and we’ve proved this season that we can mix it with the best,” Downing added, in the interview with West Ham TV.“I’m sure there will be a lot of changes in the summer. Sam Allardyce and his backroom will go, so there is going to be a whole new management side with new ideas.“I’m guessing there will be new players coming in because there will be people leaving who are out of contract etcetera, so there will be a lot of changes for what is a big season for us ahead of going to the Olympic Stadium the year after. We need to start it well.” 1 Stewart Downing and Sam Allardyce last_img read more

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THEY’RE ALL ‘MAD HATTERS’ OVER IN NAIRN – PICTURE SPECIAL!

first_imgA Mad Hatters Party was held at the Lake House Hotel, Narin. The event, organised by Lettermacaward and Doochary Active Seniors was a huge success. More than 140 guests from five other groups – The Dolmen Centre, Narin, Ardara, Glenties, Cloghan and Fintown – enjoyed a delicious high tea followed by a parade of some of the spectacular hats!This was followed by some energetic dancing with live music from James the Baker, whilst the MC and judge, Bart Whelan, made his decision.The jubilant winner of the men’s competition was Seamus McGeehan from Fintown and the ladies champion was Mary Angela Gillespie from Portnoo.A wonderful afternoon was had by one and all as these pictures show. THEY’RE ALL ‘MAD HATTERS’ OVER IN NAIRN – PICTURE SPECIAL! was last modified: July 7th, 2016 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:ArdaradonegalMad Hatters Tea Partylast_img read more

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FINN VALLEY’S TORI ON IRISH WORLD CHAMPS TEAM

first_imgAthletics Ireland has today named Irish pole vault champion Tori Pena on the World Championship team.Olive Loughnane (Loughrea AC), 2009 world silver medallist, as part of the 17 member team that will also compete at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Daegu, South Korea from the 27th of August to the 4th of September.The 35-year-old has raced sparingly all year, firmly focusing on making the podium again at these championships.  On this few outings she has displayed form, last racing at the Dublin Grand Prix of Race-walking in June where she finished second to Liu Hong of China. At the European Cup of Race-walking in May, Loughrea was hunting down first place when she was unfortunately disqualified for lifting. The Cork women plans to travel from her current training camp in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Spain, to a holding camp in Seoul and then onto Daegu.Robert Heffernan (Togher AC) who had the qualification standard for both the 20k and 50k walk has yet to decide to in which event he will compete. The Corkman, has had a trying season to date having to settle for 10th place at the European Cup of Race Walking in May and failing to finish the Dublin Grand Prix event in June due to injury which he has struggled to overcome. Any doubts however as to whether he would regain fitness for the championships were put to bed at the Woodie’s DIY Senior Track and Field Championships of Ireland this weekend when he impressively won the 10km walk after completing a 20km training session earlier in the day in Phoenix Park. Heffernan is always a contender at major championships producing his best ever performance at last year’s European Championships in Barcelona finishing fourth in both the 20km and 50km walk.  His best performance at a World Championships was in 2007 when he finished sixth. Colin Griffin (Ballinamore AC) who has just returned from attitude training in Levino Italy in preparation for the championships, will line up the men’s 50km walk. Griffin will be looking to change his unfortunate series of results from previous World Championships; in 2007 championships he was disqualified, while in 2009 the heat coupled with cramps resulted in the Leitrim man having to withdraw.Derval O’Rourke (Leevale AC) will compete in the 100m hurdles after securing her ninth national title at the running 13.24. O’Rourke is currently 17th in the IAAF ranking which includes nine Americans, of which only three can compete at the World Championships. However, as one of Ireland’s greatest championships athletes these rankings are more likely to be tossed aside by O’Rourke when she lines up in her fifth World Championships. Her last outing at these championships two years ago in Berlin produced a memorable sequence of performances, progressing through the rounds in 12.86, 12.73 and finally producing yet another Irish Record in the final of 12.67 to finish fourth.  At last year’s European Track and Field Championships she again set a new Irish record of 12.65 to claim the silver medal.Follow club-mate, Ciaran O’Lionaird secured his place on team when he produced one of the best performances by an Irish man over 1500m in recent years, running 3.46.46 at a meet in Oordegem Belgium just 6 days before  the deadline date for qualification. This time moved him to fourth on the all-time list surpassing Mark Carroll and is also qualification standard for the London Olympics. O’Lionaird who on scholarship in Florida State University has been form phenomenal form this year running his first sub 4 minute Mile and running personal bests in the 3000m and 5000m. He competed in the 800m heats at the senior championships at the weekend but withdrew from the final as he was not feeling well. The Corkman will gain invaluable experience at his first World Championships. Alistair Cragg (Clonliffe Harriers) achieved the 5000m qualification standard at the New York Diamond League, running a season’s best of 13.12.21. While this time is significantly off his personal best of 13.07.10 which he set in 2007, it is an improvement on the 13.21.66 best of 2010. At the London Diamond League Grand Prix, Cragg had a promising run over 3000m finishing fourth in 7:46.29. He followed this with an easy win in the 5000m at the national championships. Cragg has qualified for two previous world championships and he is looking to progress into the final which he has previously failed to do.There will be dual representation in the women’s 3000m with Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) and Stephanie O’Reilly (Sli Cualann AC), who both achieved the qualification standard at the Diamond League in New York. Britton has had her brightest track season in a number of years setting personal best in the 3000m, 5000m. While in the steeplechase she has improved her best time which she set back in 2007, three times to 9.37.60. The Wicklow woman did not make the team for the 2009 World championships but at the 2007 championships she made the final and finished 12th. Stephanie O’Reilly (Sli Cualann AC) will compete in her first world championships after making her major championships debut last year at the European championships. This year O’Reilly’s performances have moved onto a new level with personal bests in 800m, 1500m, 3000m and 5000m, in addition to the steeplechase. Both athletes competed in the 1500m at national championships with O’Reilly second in 4.16.43, and Britton (Kilcoole AC) third in 4.18.03Double Para-olympian Jason Smyth (City of Derry) is named in the team after running a personal best of 10.22 in Clermont, Florida in May which is just four hundredths off Paul Hession’s Irish record. The Derry man is coached by Stephen Maguire and is based in Florida produced another solid performance to win the 100m in 10.52 at the nationals this weekend.Irish Record Holder Paul Hession, produced the performance of the national championships to win the 200m in 20.51 to gain the A qualification standard for both the Olympic. Hession’s had a seasonal best of 20.65 prior to this. Hession is a seasoned campaigner narrowly missing finals at the last number of major championships. The Galway man finished 10th at the World Championships in Berlin and will certainly will be looking for a solid performance.Joanne Cuddihy (KCH AC) was another to achieve the standard at the weekend winning the women’s 400m in a seasonal best of 52.15 which is the B qualification for the Championships. Cuddihy make the semi-final of the World championships in 2007. In the field events, Deirdre Ryan (DSD AC) and Tori Pena (Finn Valley AC) have been rewarded with selection after setting new Irish Records to achieve the B qualification standard. Ryan improved her record last in Germany of 1.93m which was also the B qualification standard for the World Track and Field Championships.  She followed this up with a championship best performance of 1.90 at the national championships. Pena has improved the Irish record six times this season, cumulating in the 4.40m which was set last Monday at the Nationales Stabhochsprung meeting in Switzerland to achieve the B standard.The women’s 4x400m team who set an Irish Record at the European’s last year 3:31.25 includes Irish record holder Joanne Cuddihy (KCH AC). It also includes regulars, Marian Andrews-Heffernan (Togher AC), Claire Bergin (DSD AC) and Michelle Carey (Dublin Striders AC). The new addition is U23 400m hurdles record holder Jessie Barr (Ferrybank AC). The squad have produced solid performances this year with a 3:30:11 run  at the team championships in Izmar in Turkey and a 3.31.43 at the recent Flanders Cup in Ghent the team ran 3:31.43, both inside the qualification standard of 3.32.00.Unfortunately the women’s 4x100m will not be travelling to the championships as the team has been hampered with injuries.Laura Reynolds (Mohill AC) and Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny AC) who both had the B qualification standard for walks events have chosen to focus on the World University Games in China.Kevin Ankrom commented “For our more experienced athletes this will be the opportunity for them to show their credentials. These championships will be successful for us if we achieve top eight finishing positions.  I am also excited about the new comers to the team such as Ciaran O’Lionaird and also about the potential of our women’s 4x400m squad.” Team Selection IAAF World Track and Field ChampionshipsJason Smyth (City of Derry) 100mPaul Hession (Athenry AC) 200mJoanne Cuddihy (KCH AC) 400mDerval O’Rourke (Leevale AC) 100m HurdlesCiaran O’Lionaird (Leevale AC) 1500mFionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) 3000m SteeplechaseStephanie O’Reilly (Sli Cualann AC) 3000m SteeplchaseAlistair Cragg (Clonliffe Harriers) 5000mDeirdre Ryan (DSD AC) High JumpTori Pena (Finn Valley AC) Pole VaultRobert Heffernan (Togher AC) 20km WalkOlive Loughnane (Loughrea AC) 20km WalkColin Griffin (Ballinamore AC) 50km WalkWomen’s 4x400m Team fromJoanne Cuddihy (KCH AC)Marian Andrews-Heffernan (Togher AC),Claire Bergin (DSD AC)Michelle Carey (Dublin Striders AC).Jessie Barr (Ferrybank AC).Team Management: Team Leader: Kevin Ankrom
Team Manager: Patsy McGonagle
Team Coaches: Steve McGuire: Call room/Warm-up Coordinator
Anne Keenan Buckley: Distance Coach
Pat Ryan: Walks support
Team Medical Support: Team Physio: Nessa Smyth
Team Physio: Kyle Alexander
Team Physio: Paul O’Neil
Team Doctor: Laoise GriffinFINN VALLEY’S TORI ON IRISH WORLD CHAMPS TEAM was last modified: August 9th, 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)Tags:Finn Valley ACtori penalast_img read more

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GAA: NAOMH ULTAN GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgNaomh Ultan Club NewsRoyal Flush Draw – Royal Flush Draw results for the weekend of 27/01/2013 were 2, 4, 6 & 14. There was no winner of the jackpot of €620. Consolation prizes went to John Daniel McGinley, Meenabrock, Sean Furey & Moya McGlynn. Next week’s jackpot now stands at €660.25 Card Drive – The 25 card drive continues on Wednesday nights. It commences at it’s usual time of 8:30.pm. Monthly Meeting – The club’s next monthly meeting will take place on Monday February 11th at 8pm upstairs in the clubhouse.Membership – Membership for the oncoming year can be paid as of now and up until the beginning of February. Please note how important membership is, it’s values were shown last year during the scramble for All-Ireland Tickets. €30 – General Membership, €50 – Senior/Reserve, €30 – Student/Unemployed, €20 – Minior, €15 – U16’s to U10’s and €70 – Family Membership.Sponsored Swim – A reminder to any participates of the St. Stephen’s Day Sponsored Swim who have yet to return their sponsorship money to please do so as soon as possible. It can be given to the club treasurer Margaret McNicholas or any other committee member. Again many thanks to all who took part in and supported the event.Senior Presentation Night – The Senior Presentation Night will take place on Saturday February 9th in MacLaughlin’s Point Bar.  GAA: NAOMH ULTAN GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: January 29th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: NAOMH ULTAN GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

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