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Calabar excite at inaugural Wint/McKenley Classic

first_imgTHERE were brilliant performances on and off the track at Saturday’s historical Wint/McKenley Classic at Calabar High School.It was a great job by the organising committee as the entire meet was first class. Entering the environs of the Red Hills Road institution brought memories of the Penn Relays. The large crowd was in a carnival mood.The performances by home team Calabar High boys as well as Hydel High girls, brought great satisfaction for the large number of fans who turned out to be a part of history.Home boy Aykeem Francis became the first Calabar athlete to be crowned champion on the new synthetic track.Francis was a cut above his peers in the Open 400 metres hurdles, as he raced to a season and personal best 53.10 seconds to win.Andre Pickersgill of Cameron Blazers Track Club was second in 54.55 seconds, with Francis’ teammate, Damion Dixon, third in 55.94.Francis returned to close a double by taking the Class One 400 metres in 49.12.St Jago High’s Lerone Clarke was second overall in 49.34 seconds, with Calabar’s Avraldo Hoggart third with 59.60.World Youth 400m champion Christopher Taylor teased his many home supporters in the Class Two 400m.He shut it down in the last 100m, but was still able to clock 46.99 seconds, which was good enough for top spot.Brandon Heath clocked 49.65 seconds for second overall. Vere’s Romane Lindo was third best with 50.36.It was truly a Calabar show as Dejour Russell, Orville Dixon, Tyrone Bryan and Warren Barrett Jr had good wins.Russell, who won the Class Two boys’ 110m hurdles at Champs a year ago, started his season campaign in fine style, taking the event in 13.78.It was a clean sweep for the home team. Orlando Bennett (14.28) and Michael Stephens (14.39) seconds finished second and third, respectively.Dixon captured the Class One boys’ 1500m in 4:05.20, ahead of St Jago’s Thaleeito Green in 4:06.31.Brown won the Class One 110m hurdles in 14.44 seconds.EXCELLENT FORMBarrett continued his excellent form this season with double victory in the throws. He took the Class One discus throw with 51.14m and the shot put with a heave of 18.89m.Despite their coach playing down their chances of finishing in the top three at Champs this year, Hydel totally dominated the female section.In the girl’s 400m Class One, it was joint first place for Semoy Hemmings and Taquece Duggan, who both clocked 55.18 seconds.The Ferry-based team swept all 400m events. In Class Two, Abigail Brooks won in 58.64 seconds, while in Class Three, it was Jada Martin in 57.25 seconds.Hydel girls also had good results in the hurdles.Class Four athlete, Gabrielle Matthews, became the fastest girl in the age group so far this season in the 70m hurdles, winning in 10.99 seconds.In the Class Three 80m hurdles, it was Donna Ray Lee in 12.09 seconds, while in the Class One 100 hurdles, Trishauna Hemmings won in 14.68 seconds. Jada Campbell was best in Class Two, with 14.84 seconds.last_img read more

TOTTENHAM VS MAN UNITED

first_imgTOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)LLORIS, WALKER, ALDERWEIRELD, WIMMER, ROSE,DIER, DEMBELE,SON, ALLI, ERIKSEN,KANERASHFORD, MARTIAL, LINGARD, MATA,SCHNEIDERLIN, CARRICK,ROJO, BLIND, SMALLING, DARMIAN, DE GEAUNITED (4-2-3-1)Both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United have much to play for. In all probability Spurs have to win their remaining eight games and hope Leicester, seven points clear at the top of the Barclays premier League, slip up. And United are a point outside the top four with seven to play in their chase for a top-four finish.Spurs were held to a 1-1 draw at Liverpool last weekend, with Harry Kane earning a point with an equaliser, his 22nd Premier League goal of the season. Spurs have now recovered the most points from losing positions this term (19).But Spurs have dropped points in three of their last five games, winning only twice. United, meanwhile, have won four of their last five league outings, including last Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Everton at Old Trafford.Rumours persist that United could be close to sacking manager Louis van Gaal – and that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is a favourite to replace him.When these teams met at Old Trafford in August United won 1-0 with an early own goal from Spurs’ Kyle Walker.And history suggests a United double; Tottenham have entertained them 23 times in the Premier League, winning just three and losing 12. United last lost at White Hart Lane in May 2001. In the subsequent 15 years they have won eight and drawn six – including the last three and four of the last five.Spurs miss Nabil Bentaleb and Clinton N’Jie while there are tests for Erik Lamela and Jan Vertonghen.United, meanwhile, are without Bastian Schweinsteiger, Luke Shaw and Wayne Rooney and test Daley Blind.last_img read more

Wright, Perry set sights on Olympics

first_img Jamaica’s female beach volleyballer, Kai Wright, said their fifth place finish at the Norceca Beach Volleyball tour in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, on the weekend resulted from their passion and determination and believes she and partner, Danielle Perry, will make it to Rio this summer. Wright noted that Perry lives abroad so regular practice is not possible and tournament like these play an important role in their preparation. However, the main reason they went to the Dominica Republic was to gain experience and practice. “The main purpose was to prepare for the third round of Olympic qualifiers, get selected for the Pan Am Games, get practice, see other teams and get some experience going into the third round. “The tournament was very challenging. Every team played us competitively because we were the underdogs. Nobody expected anything from us, much less to get a big placing, so they came at us really hard. But we played real hard, worked together and achieved fifth place and it shows the passion we have for the sport,” said Wright. “My partner is from Florida so we don’t get to practice together much, but she is very passionate, she is very determined, she goes hard and plays really hard, she is very motivating, so I have a tremendous partner. Over the weekend we learnt a lot about each other playing wise and we are just working as a team,” she told The Gleaner. She thinks they are strong enough to seriously compete for a spot in the Rio Olympics when they travel to the Casova Women’s Beach Volleyball Olympic third round qualifiers in El Salvador next week. “The more we go and represent and play the more the results are coming, it means our performance is getting better every time and that is what we aim to achieve,” she surmised. “We are very prepared, we have camp where the overseas players come down and we train every day, two times for the day. Hopefully we’ll go to the third round and be ready mentally and physically and I am very confident we can reach the Olympics,” said Wright. “We have one week before we leave for the third round and we’re looking to qualify and put Jamaica on top. We want to pave the way for the younger volleyball players, so we will work hard, play hard and qualify for the Olympics,” she promised. VOLLEYBALL:last_img read more

Friday night football slate features four games played at home locally

first_imgBefore Humboldt State takes the field for its home opener on Saturday night, the Arcata High football team is hoping to get the weekend off to a winning start at the Redwood Bowl.Arcata’s second consecutive game at the Redwood Bowl is one of four home games to be played on the home fields of Humboldt-Del Norte League schools, with the Tigers (1-1 overall) hosting Central Valley from Shasta Lake.The Tigers, who beat Hoopa Valley on the road in the 2016 season opener, came up just short in …last_img

Chorus.im Wants You To IM Anyone, On Any Device. Which Is Cool, If It Works

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Messaging Services#SMS Does the world need another messaging service? The team behind Chorus.im thinks so, and they’re banking on the browser as the future of anywhere, anytime costless communication. Chorus, an HTML5-based chat service that launches today, works on any device with a browser, and claims to let you reach anyone you could call or email, whether or not they’ve ever even heard of Chorus.Why HTML5? “If all of us are trying to overthrow SMS, it should use the network that’s the most ubiquitous,” says Steve Tran, the company’s founder and CEO. An HTML5 framework lets the app work in any browser, mobile or otherwise. “We think messaging is likely to be a core application in the HTML5 frontier,” he adds, noting that it offered the least restrictions.Founded roughly nine months ago and based in Mountain View, Calif., Chorus is basically a team of four, three of whom previously worked together on a voice application platform called BeVocal acquired by Nuance Communications back in 2007. The team has received angel funding, but runs as a self-described lean operation with no immediate plan for venture capital investment. Biting The Dead Hand Of Carrier SMSChorus claims its app is the only HTML5, browser-centric messenger out there. But it will have to demonstrate some immediate advantages, because it’s joining an all-out firefight in the instant-messaging market.A growing crowd of services — such as, for instance, WhatsApp and WeChat — aim to kill off carrier-bound SMS and its unreasonably high fees and lack of social media integration. Built-in smartphone features such as Apple’s iMessage have also been chipping away at the carriers’ grip on text communication.And it’s not just in the U.S. Just last week, The Wall Street Journal reported on the rise of Line, a messaging service popular in Japan that has joined the anti-SMS ranks, and also pointed out that “the rise of texting apps has taken away $23 billion in revenue from carriers as of the end of 2012….” Beyond Line, Samsung has ChatOn, Deutsche Telekom invested in Pinger, and Yahoo Japan purchased a 50% stake in the Japanese subsidiary of South Korea’s KakaoTalk.The point is that the war is raging, and to catch on and stand out in the field of messaging services is becoming almost as hard establishing a new social network. Almost FrictionlessChorus calls itself “frictionless” because users can jump in and out of conversations while moving, say, from a laptop to a phone to a tablet — and with no registration required. Though a profile goes a long way toward making things easier. With Chorus, it’s required if you want to initiate conversations. In other words, if somebody invites you to chat, you can accept and communicate, but you can’t start conversations yourself unless you register with a username, email and password. (Alternatively, you can sync an account from Google+ or Facebook.) The service has also launched iOS and Android apps for the sole purpose of enabling mobile push notifications, something smartphone browsers don’t allow at the moment. But random signups aren’t how the Chorus team expects users to dive in. If you know someone’s email address or phone number, you can pull them directly into a chat — again, no registration required on their part. And from there the new user can decide whether registering seems worth the trouble. Which means that Chorus effectively makes no distinction between its registered users and everyone else when it comes to chatting in the moment, a feature its team thinks will be key to its success.“A lot of the over-the-top messaging apps, they’re effectively all walled gardens. They’re creating their own network,” Tran says. With Chorus, there’s no wall, and the garden is more like an open field. But naturally, that has its pros and cons.Scaling The Walled GardensServices like Facebook Messenger or the popular mobile app WhatsApp are indeed walled gardens to varying degrees. But as Tran suggests, a service like Chorus will inevitably face the problem of pulling users away from ecosystems and buddy lists they’re familiar with. At the end of the day, messaging comes down to ease, and if there’s anything heavy mobile users are invested in, it’s in the tool they use to text. Through straightforward integration, Chorus also lets you bring in contacts from your phone, Facebook and Google all into one address book. That’s not new to the world of messaging services, though Chorus claims it lets you do so easily and in a way that saves you the hassle of building up yet another useless profile and trying to organize a contact list.“In our worldview, users already have a friends list — it’s called their address book. They shouldn’t have to create a new one and should have the flexibility to immediately send messages to whomever they want,” the company states in its official press release. Which is, effectively, the main draw of Chorus: its ability to let you reach anyone without having to worry about whether they’re on a phone or a laptop, or iMessage or Google Talk or Facebook. In a space where there’s so many different ways to communicate that it makes your head spin, to have a stripped down service that does what you want it to do is an ideal solution. If it catches on.  Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … nick statt The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Farmers elated as rain lashes Odisha

first_imgWidespread rain lashed most parts of Odisha for the past 48 hours, creating a favourable condition for farming and bringing down temperature levels.The State, which recorded over 30% deficit rainfall in June, has started receiving good rainfall from July largely due to a well-marked low pressure area that lies over southeast Jharkhand and adjoining areas of Odisha and gangetic West Bengal.Under the influence of the atmospheric system, almost all parts of Odisha received rains. Highest precipitation was recorded at Chandbali where 122.3 mm rainfall was measured. Balangir, Phulbani, Bhubaneswar, Sonepur, Angul, Sambalpur and Cuttack received rainfall above 50 mm during 24 hours ending Tuesday morning.The rains brought cheer to farmers as they are getting ready for the Kharif season.Rainfall deficitAccording to the State Revenue and Disaster Management Department, six districts — Balangir, Nayagarh, Nuapada, Kandhamal, Keonjhar and Sundargarh — had rainfall deficit ranging between 39% and 59%. As many as 18 out of 30 districts had recorded rainfall deficit between 19% and 39%. The Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre had predicted rainfall in the interior areas, especially over central and western districts, over next 24 hours.“The rainfall is critical for furthering farm operations. It restored soil moisture up to some extent,” said Subhendu Rout, a farmer in Jagatsinghpur district.last_img read more

Lisa Bigjohn ready to tell her sisters story again

first_imgChris StewartAPTN News SundayIt’s been 17 years since Lisa Bigjohn lost her sister – and she’s getting to tell her story — again, this time to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. She’s spent that time coping with the loss and raising awareness about missing and murdered Indigenous women.It’s been a tough slog.“It’s just very hard some days,” Bigjohn said of the daily fight to stay strong.“I try not to think about it – how she was murdered and how she must have been begging for her life.”Her sister Mona Lee Wilson was murdered by serial killer Robert Pickton of B.C. In fact, Wilson was his last victim before he was captured and convicted of killing six women, although he was suspected of the murders of more than 20.To keep the memory of her sister alive, Bigjohn testified in 2013 at a Special Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women in Canada in Vancouver.She says it wasn’t a good experience.“I was one of the families that was pushed aside,” she said. “Nothing came of it.”The final report of that committee, struck by the Harper government, was criticized as being inadequate and ignoring the recommendations from victims – including calls for a national inquiry.It left a bad taste in the mouths of many families who went to Ottawa to testify – including Bigjohn’s.Now, she’s putting that disappointment aside and preparing to testify again – this time before the national inquiry when it starts in Edmonton the week of Nov. 6.“I’m going to do what I have to do because I’m sick and tired of being ignored.”Bigjohn’s daughter, Susan Robinson, will be at her side – just like she was in 2013.“I just want the next time for people to be treated equally,” Robinson said. “I would like my mom not to be judged, considering what my Auntie Mona went through.“It put a lot on my mom, and I don’t want her to experience that again.”Contact Chris here: cstewart@aptn.calast_img read more