Dubai: Indian para-athlete Sandeep Chaudhary says he will target a medal in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics after he won a gold in javelin F64 with a world record in the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai. Sandeep hurled the javelin to a distance of 66.18m on Friday to better his own world record of 65.80m in F44 category, while Sumit Antil sent the spear to a distance of 62.88m to clinch the silver and better his own F64 world record of 60.45m. With the gold and silver winning performances, both Sandeep and Sumit also qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. Under International Paralympic Committee rules, the top four ranked athletes at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in each of the individual medal events on the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Programme (excluding Marathon) will each obtain one qualification slot for their respective country. The F44 and F64 categories were clubbed into one combined event (of F64) in this World Championships. The world records are, however, counted according to the respective classifications of the athletes. The F44 category athletes have leg amputations or reduced function in one or both legs, and they compete without a prothesis. The F64 category athletes have limb deficiency and leg length difference, and they compete with prosthesis. “Winning a medal at Tokyo 2020 is the target,” the 23-year-old Sandeep said. Asked about his plans for 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, Sandeep said, “We will try to continue the rhythm. This season I have participated in four events and I finished with gold while Sumit also has some good results. The medal here is certainly a big motivation to continuing the process and keep doing the things we are doing now.”Also Read | Deepa Malik, Paralympics Silver Medalist Awarded Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna On National Sports DayOn his performance in this championships, he said, “I’m very satisfied with my performance as it was also my personal best. I came here with a promise to improve my distance. It was also a new world record in my category so I am really happy about it. Sumit is my junior and is training with me. He is also doing a good job and has worked hard. The new world record will motivate him to do even better. I’m really happy that we made our country proud,” said Sandeep, an Asian Para Games champion. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
When Boston College arrives in the Carrier Dome for a 7 p.m. tip on Wednesday, it will visit Syracuse without being a conference bottom dweller for the first time in a while. BC has upset top-ranked Duke at home and narrowly edged Wake Forest and Florida State, two teams Syracuse failed to close out late in games earlier this season.There’s one aspect of the Eagles (13-7, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) game Syracuse (13-6, 2-4) needs to give extra attention to, SU head coach Jim Boeheim said on Monday’s ACC teleconference.“I don’t think anybody shoots the ball from the 3-point line better than this team,” he said. “They’re extremely good from the 3-point line.”BC ranks tied for eighth in the ACC with a 36.4 percent mark from 3-point land. That weaponizing from beyond the arc, Boeheim said, can mainly be attributed to the development of young players who struggled through tough seasons before. He specifically cited the Eagles’ three players in the backcourt — sophomore Ky Bowman and juniors Jerome Robinson and Jordan Chatman — for their increased production and diversity in skillsets. Each can make plays by putting the ball on the floor or shooting, he said.“They have as good of three offensive players in the backcourt of any team in the league,” Boeheim said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe also praised the team’s “really solid” defense. Under head coach Jim Christian, the Eagles have managed a remarkable turnaround. Last season, BC finished 2-16 in conference play. The season before, 0-18. One player’s best memory of playing on the team was “going out to eat.” Since, Christian has piloted the program upward by taking lightly recruited players — including Bowman, who had a scholarship from Alabama in football — and developing them.In a way, Syracuse’s head coach has handled a level of youth similar to those past BC teams on his own squad this season. The Orange has focused more on parts of the game that veterans would usually already know, Boeheim said, like positioning or the finer points in the team’s offensive and defensive schemes.“This team needs more basic, fundamental teachings of what we’re trying to do,” he said. “That’s to be expected. …. This team is probably the youngest team we’ve ever had. We’re constantly trying to reinforce the fundamental things we need to do to win.”Other notes from Boeheim’s teleconference:Boeheim’s salary could force SU to pay thousands of dollars in additional taxes every year as part of the Republican Party’s tax overhaul plan. Asked for his thoughts on lawmakers’ decision to target college coaches to make up for the plan’s cuts, Boeheim said, “I don’t have much of a feeling on that. I don’t understand exactly what this is all about, really. It’s beyond me.” Read the full story about the tax plan’s implications on SU here.Boeheim was asked about Howard Garfinkel, the high school basketball scout who ran the popular Five-Star Basketball Camp. Garfinkel died on May 7, 2016, and on Saturday, Feb. 3, Madison Square Garden will host the inaugural “The Garf” event in his honor, when St. John’s plays Duke. Here’s what he said about Garfinkel: “(Garfinkel) once called us at the end of recruiting and he said, ‘I’ve got a kid for you down here, nobody’s recruiting him and you should.’ I said, ‘Come on,’ but long story short, we recruited him, kid named Greg Kohls. In his senior year, he averaged 24 points per game for us. One of the best long-range shooters I’ve ever seen. And that was without the 3-point line. You never knew when Howard would call, it would be something or somebody. That was the best call I got from Howard.” Comments Published on January 22, 2018 at 1:33 pm Contact Sam: email@example.com | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+
The third edition of the annual 4-Inch Heel Race competition has been slated for November 15 at the Yaba College of Technology Sports Centre.According to the organisers, DAK Marketing Services Limited, the 4-Inch Heel Race competition is a special sport event aimed at creating excitement, entertainment and confident among young women in Nigeria. It is the first of its king in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.Young Nigerian women between the ages of 15-35 are entitled to participate in the competition wearing 4-inch high heeled shoe to compete in a 100-meter race. Over the last two years, DAK marketing services limited has successfully hosted the competition, with the last edition held at the main bowl of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.Speaking with journalists at a press conference held at the Lagos State Polytechnic, the Managing Director and CEO, DAK Marketing Services Limited, Elder Dede Kalu, stated that the event is geared towards giving young Nigeria women a platform to showcase their talents and also to support their dreams.“This event is aimed at empowering and enlightening young ladies on how to be smart and confidence on high heels. The rationale behind this event is that we are concerned about the numerous injuries ladies encounter almost on a daily basis when walking on the streets wearing high heels because of lack of confidence to walk smartly,” Kalu said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has slammed Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah’s performance in their 1-1 draw with West Ham United in Monday’s Premier League encounter.The 23-year-old midfielder was handed his 18th league outing against the Hammers but failed to make significant impact, and also lost his man Michail Antonio who equalised – from a clever free-kick situation – Sadio Mane’s opener. With the result, Manchester City have now closed the gap on Liverpool at the summit of the log to three points.The Reds will hope to bounce back to winning ways when they play host to Bournemouth on Saturday at Anfield. Salah who has continued to impress this season could not add to his 16 league goals despite playing for the entire duration of the game as the Reds dropped two points.And the 41-year-old feels Keita who cost the Anfield outfit £50 million for his transfer from German Bundesliga side RB Leipzig last summer is not justifying the hefty fee while criticising the performance of the Egypt international in the tie.“Keita, who they paid big money for, in midfield keeps losing the ball. Firmino doesn’t seem himself. Salah, we didn’t see anything from him tonight,” Carragher said on Sky Sports.
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Spit Fyah, Fort infeature clashJoint leaders Spit Fyah (24 points) and fourth place Fort International (17 points) will clash in the feature match at Passagefort Drive in the City of Kingston Credit Union-sponsored Portmore Domino League tomorrow morning, starting at 11 o?clock.Co-leaders Right Stuff (24 points) should get the better of Passagefort United at Gem?s Bar, Waterford. Other matches on schedule (home teams named first) include Highlight Strikers vs Materpiece, Eradication vs Waterhouse United, Feluchie Strikers vs Soursop Tree, Naggo Head vs Correctional Services, Exceptional International vs Unity Strikers, Garveymeade vs Chedwin Strikers and Spring Village vs Ken?s Wildflower.In last Sunday?s games,Spit Fyah and Right Stuff remained unbeaten as they chalked up their sixth straight win. Spit Fyah whipped Naggo Head 300-241 and Right Stuff defeated Memory Lane 300-281, while third place Exceptional International (17 points) lost their first game, going down 300-287 to Waterhouse United (14 points).Mega Angels winnetball titleMega Angels carved out a narrow 44-41 win over arch-rivals Westchester to cop the inaugural South East St Catherine Neball League title in an exciting final on Ash Wednesday at the Westchester Community Centre.Mega Angels walked home with $50,000 for winning and Westchester received $30,000 for taking the runners-up spot.Pro-Santos B defeated Passagefort Strikers 40-23 to take third place and a cash award of $20,000.Meanwhile, Mega Angels were adjudged the Most Discipline team; the Best Attacking Player award went to Marcella Thompson of Mega Angels and Fiona Archibald from Westchester pocketed the Best Defensive Player award.The league was created through a joint venture between the Social Development Commission (SDC) and Colin Fagan, the Member of Parliament for South East St Catherine.Braeton stun Cumberland 5-2Braeton United stunned Cumberland 5-2 as action continued in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football League.Jamie Morgan, Bale Boland, Ricardo Bernard, Shemar Malcolm and Kevin Williams put their names on the scoresheet for Braeton. The win propelled Braeton to 16 points and assured them top spot in the standings and a semi-final berth. The Cecil Morgan-coached Braeton are also in the KO semi-final.In other games, Edgewater (13 points) clipped Waterford 1-0 and are through the semi-finals, while Racing thumped Daytona 4-0. Cedar Grove (12 points have also qualified for the semi-finals.Dunbeholden, Reid?s Pen draw 1-1Dunbeholden and Reid?s Pen shared the points in a 1-1 stalemate as the Portmore leg of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)/All Island Community Football League kicked off, at Dunbeholden on Sunday.Christopher Caruthers scored for Dunbeholden from the penalty spot in the 52nd minute, while Rajat Genius equalised for Reid?s Pen in the 86th minute.
Nieza Viray and Satrriani Espiritu added 15 and 13 points, respectively, for the Lady Red Spikers.Joyce Sta. Rita had 13 points to lead San Sebastian while Sofia Sarmiento added 10.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cesca Racraquin lit up for 18 points to lead all scorers for San Beda.San Beda head coach Nemesio Gavino said all the losses finally lit the fire from under his players.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“The players were well motivated because they seemed to really want this win after all those losses,” said Gavino in Filipino. “I told my team that this was a fight of pride because we’re both NCAA teams so we have to show the difference between us.”Not only did the Lady Red Spikers outperform the Lady Stags in the spikes department, 46-34, but they were also on point from the service line with 16 aces. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew San Beda Red Lions. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda snapped out of its fruitless start and dispatched San Sebastian in four sets, 25-14, 21-25, 25-20, 25-16, in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Red Spikers ended their three-game slump and got into the winning column while the Lady Stags are still winless after five games.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ China gets back at misfiring Batang Gilas in battle for bronze Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ View comments
The President said two years ago that Liberia’s education system was “in a mess.” At that point, Madam Ettie Tarpeh, who succeeded Education Minister Othello Gongar, was in charge of the system.Dr. George K. Werner succeeded her as the new Education Minister. A few months ago shortly following his appointment, he toured the counties observing the operation of the school system in the interior.Last week he took his first stern action by suspending “for time indefinite,” Nimba’s Chief Education Officer, Wleh T. Sailah. Our Education Correspondent C.Y. Kwanue quoted two Nimba teachers, Larlesseh Whapoe and Mohammedd Saryon, who accused Wleh Sailah of placing on the on the county education payroll as teachers “two of his children and his girlfriend.” It was further revealed that the CEO’s two children are not teachers, neither do they even reside in the county.According to Correspondent Kwanue, the biometric system was employed by the Civil Service Agency (CSV) to check the teachers’ names and also their “unique physical and other traits, for the purpose of identification and security.”According to Mr. Kwanue, a cross-section of teachers in the county who had already gone through the biometric exercise accused the former CEO of introducing “fraudulent acts” during the biometric process, which included “deleting the names of legitimate teachers.” Well, since the CEO was allegedly determined to place his own children and girlfriend on the payroll, he had to exclude real teachers to make way for his fraudulent act. Where is the integrity? Where is the patriotism in the nation’s educational system? One of the first things that Madam Tarpeh did when she was appointed Education Minister was to tackle the major and crippling issue of “ghost teachers” on the Education payroll. And guess what: many of the very teachers resisted the exercise, some holding demonstrations outside the Education and Finance Ministries. But Ettie persisted in employing the biometric system, provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to curtail, if not eliminate fraud in the nation’s payment system. Informed sources told the Daily Observer at the time that certain Ministries, names withheld, tried to resist the biometric exercise, which was aimed at eliminating the colossal list of “ghost teachers” on the Education payroll. But Minister Tarpeh and then CSA Director General William Allen persisted and the exercise was carried out.Alas, those who were intent on beating the system by cheating became determined to find ways around it. So did CEO Wleh Sailah, who allegedly simply removed from the list qualified teachers, in order to ensure that his unqualified and unemployed children got on the payroll.We find it most unfortunate that it is Nimba again in which this alleged fraud has been uncovered. Remember that in the midst of the terrible Ebola crisis that afflicted the country two years ago, some Nimba healthcare workers were found commandeering a truck load of foreign-donated supplies toward theGuinea border. The truck was apprehended, searched and returned to Ganta, but nothing came of the case because the court could find no one willing to testify or say anything! What a massive, criminal conspiracy of silence! This newspaper has always lamented, “What kind of people are we?” Here was Liberia, faced with the worst health crisis in our history, and here, too, are the same Liberians determined to cheat, steal from and undermine government’s efforts, backed by the largesse of the international community, to deal a decisive blow to the epidemic.Remember, too, the riotous Nimba youth who violently attacked ArcelorMittal and destroyed millions of dollars of its property only because of a disagreement they had with the company. Remember, too, the Ganta motorcyclists and youth who angrily destroyed the property and home of one of Liberia’s few entrepreneurs.All of these have led this newspaper to ask frequently: Do Liberians really want development?Of course, when the alleged culprits in the recent education scandal are turned over to the justice system—if they ever will be—they will deny everything. Will whistle blowers Larlesseh Bordeh and Mohammed Saryon come forward to affirm their testimonies in court? We hope and pray that they will not take cover like Ganta’s Ebola supplies thieves. And yet Liberians frequently severely criticize the government, even abusing the President, for the lack of development. Do we really want development?We pray that Minister Werner has the guts to deal forthrightly and effectively with the monumental task on his hands, clean up our educational “mess” and reestablish a credible school system in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The U.S. Navy last week canceled a shipbuilding contract with Lockheed after negotiations to control costs on the second of two Littoral Combat Ships failed. The Government Accountability Office last month criticized Lockheed’s work on a new fleet of Marine One helicopters for exceeding program costs and for being at least 1,200 pounds overweight. And in February, the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general concluded in a report that Lockheed knowingly equipped 123-foot Coast Guard cutters with unauthorized electronics, an investigation that was prompted by Michael DeKort, a former Lockheed employee who detailed safety and security issues beginning in 2003, and later chronicled his complaints in a YouTube video. Testifying Wednesday before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, DeKort said the problems he identified were “not simply mistakes … They were informed, deliberate acts.” The Coast Guard this week permanently decommissioned the eight cutters that had been removed from service late last year because of hull problems. Committee Chairman James L. Oberstar, D-Minn., said the Justice Department is “conducting its own inquiry into this matter.” WASHINGTON – Lockheed Martin is taking hits right and left – criticism of its newly designed presidential helicopter, the unusual Navy cancellation of a multimillion-dollar combat ship and losing its shared oversight role on a Coast Guard project worth billions. Wall Street so far has shrugged at the missteps of the nation’s top defense contractor, since its bottom line won’t be hurt in the near term. But Lockheed executives are worried, experts say, and not just about the negative headlines. The Democrat-led Congress is scrutinizing defense spending more closely and each time Lockheed stumbles, it gives rivals an opportunity to horn in on its business. “These are significant setbacks for Lockheed that occur against a backdrop of remarkable success over the last five years,” said Loren Thompson, a defense analyst at the Lexington Institute in Arlington, Va. “The real question is if that trend is going to continue. The Coast Guard this week said it is taking over management of a troubled $24 billion modernization program dubbed Deepwater that had been run by a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp. since its 2002 inception. Despite these events, Lockheed’s stock price has been relatively steady and Wall Street analysts have barely raised an eyebrow. In fact, many analysts praised Lockheed’s financial discipline for walking away from the combat ship deal after weeks of fruitless negotiations. Analysts said the canceled Navy deal would have little effect on the bottom line of the Bethesda, Md.-based company, which reported a 6.5 percent jump in 2006 sales to $39.6 billion. Since the beginning of the month, Lockheed’s stock has dipped about 1 percent, while some of its rivals, including General Dynamics Corp., Boeing Co. and others, have seen modest gains. But government and technology industry experts said Lockheed is concerned about the high-profile problems on government deals. Although continued contract wins in a variety of areas suggest Lockheed’s reputation remains solid, any problems that arise bring unwanted attention from the news media and lawmakers. “If you’re going to build a new technology, you’re going to have to accept some failures,” said James Lewis, director of the technology and public policy program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank. And the company is not shy about branching out. While being known for making fighter jets and missiles, it also is expanding into government information technology and shipbuilding. Lockheed Martin used to be considered an aerospace firm, but Lewis said a company executive recently corrected him by saying, “we’re an IT company now.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Goal glut: Cristiano Ronaldo © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOMADRID, Spain, Apr 24 – Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema were once the untouchable trio, but only one of Real Madrid’s feted “BBC” can be sure of their place against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.Ronaldo has dragged Real into the Champions League semi-finals with, even by his standards, an astonishing goal glut that includes 22 in 12 games, and at least one in each of his last 11 matches in Europe. “It’s impossible to completely stifle Ronaldo, we can only stop him as a team,” Bayern defender Jerome Boateng said on Monday.“An attacker can not be more complete than him — left foot, right foot, head, he controls everything and in front of the goal, he’s a machine”.But while Ronaldo has enjoyed a fresh spurt in his new role of predatorial centre-forward, his two partners have found their responsiblities reduced ahead of the first leg at the Allianz Arena.Bale’s decline began first. After returning from injury earlier this year, he was on the bench for both legs against Paris Saint-Germain and the first leg against Juventus.In the second leg, he did start, only to endure the humiliation of being taken off at half-time.Benzema’s fall has been more surprising given the striker had been Zinedine Zidane’s preferred partner for Ronaldo, his work rate and supply highly valued despite the Frenchman’s lack of goals.But Benzema’s link-up play has slackened, thrusting that dry patch — one goal in 10 games and only four in 24 — more clearly into view.– ‘A little blip’ –“He does suffer a little bit, when he misses chances he suffers but the solution is easy,” Zidane said. “He has to keep working. It is just a little blip he is in at the moment.”Bale and Benzema’s dip has coincided with Ronaldo’s golden run, a parallel that may not be entirely coincidental.Ronaldo in a Real team centred on playing to his strengths is nothing new, but as the Portugese has grown narrower in his scope, perhaps his team-mates have had to sharpen their focus in providing service to him.Zidane has often deployed 4-4-2 in the biggest games this season, with Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio preferred on the flanks for their defensive discipline and willingness to send crosses into the box.Bale is not viewed as conscientious enough in the wide midfielder role while Benzema’s key selling point was his link-up play. When that broke down, his appeal diminished.“I don’t see anyone looking sad,” Zidane said. “I said to the pair of them the other day, they would both like to score more goals but everyone is working well.“It is always going to happen in a side like ours, there are players in good form and in the team and playing well.”Even if Isco is selected, it means Real are likely to line up with one of their more modest-looking attacks for a crunch Champions League tie.“I’m not worried,” Zidane said last week. “It’s true that in the last two games we have had chances and we have not taken them but now we are going to have a game on Wednesday away from home.“We are going to try to score and what we have to do is to think positively and realise that this is football anything can happen, no matter who is playing on the pitch.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)