BEIJING (AP):Ashton Eaton is in good shape, maybe even his best shape in quite a while. Mentally, he’s as strong as ever, too.Watch out world record.The Olympic decathlon champion believes his best-ever mark could be in jeopardy at the world championships. His quest begins today with the 100-meter run, the first of 10 events over the two-day competition.Eaton’s record stands at 9,039 points, a total he reached at the US Olympic trials for the 2012 London Games. He went on to win a gold medal.Last season, Eaton didn’t compete in any decathlon events. Instead, he dabbled in the 400-metre hurdles, which isn’t part of the decathlon programme, just to keep his workouts fresh.”Physically, I can say I’m very capable of (the record) right now,” said Eaton, who will wear a cooling hood designed by his sponsor in between events. “If it comes down to the last event, the 1,500 metres, I’m going for it. There’s no question.”For a week, Eaton has been a spectator. He watched his wife, Brianne Theisen-Eaton, struggle early in the heptathlon, only to rebound to earn silver. He watched his American teammates stumble to a slow start in the medal count.He’s sick of watching.Eaton had a suggestion for the meet organisers: Put the decathlon first again, like in Moscow when he won gold. That way, he could kick back and enjoy the action.”When I’m later in the competition, I get antsy,” the 27-year-old Eaton said. “I’m seeing everybody else go and achieve things. It’s like I’m just twiddling my thumbs.”He will certainly have his hands full against Trey Hardee, the 2011 world champion. These two have a robust but friendly rivalry, conversing all the time through Twitter.
First-time Red Stripe Premier League campaigners UWI FC will continue their march towards a top four position and a place in the semi-final round when they host last year’s beaten finalists and current leaders, Montego Bay United, in one of four matches today.Last week, the university boys improved their chances with a handsome 5-1 win over Boys’ Town, but will find Montego Bay United – a team which has been in the final for the past two years – tough nuts to crack. Not only are the opponents historically strong, but are in good form with Owayne Gordon and Allan Ottey handling the goalscoring responsibility since the departure of Dino Williams.Ronaldo Rodney has also been in good form as has been Jermaine Woozencroft. The issue with Woozencroft is that the opposition has been using rough play to stop him and he has been biting the bait.UWI’S MAIN MANGirvon Brown has been the main man on the offensive front for UWI FC, with good support from Anthony Greenland and Anthony Grant, and goalkeeper Amal Knight leading the defensive line. Montego Bay United are nothing like Boys’ Town and will be a much tougher unit to break down.In addition to the win that UWI FC will need, they will also need Humble Lion FC, the team currently occupying the fourth spot, to lose. The form book would suggest that a loss for Humble Lion is wishful thinking as their opponents, Reno FC, are well below their best and will be expected to drop points even though they are playing at home.At Stadium East, seventh-placed Cavalier FC will be hoping to capitalise on a slip-up by UWI FC and close the gap on them with a positive result over the slumping Boys’ Town.Tivoli Gardens still cannot consider themselves safe from the drop despite being six points clear of the battling Rivoli FC, who play away to Harbour View on Monday. With that being the situation, a positive result for Tivoli Gardens would be a fantastic result for Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey and his charges. Their opponents, Portmore United, are not in danger of falling out of the top four, but would be eager to regain the form which saw them top the table. Anything but the best from Portmore United could see them falter in the semi-final round and make the job easier for their opponents.Today’s Games• 5 p.m.: Cavalier vs Boys’ Town – Stadium East• 3 p.m.: FC Reno vs Humble Lion – Frome Complex• 3 p.m.: Tivoli Gardens FC vs Portmore United FC – Edward Seaga Complex• 3 p.m.: UWI FC vs Montego Bay United – UWI Bowl, MonaTomorrow’s game• 8:40 p.m.: Harbour View FC vs Rivoli United FC Harbour View StadiumPOINTS STANDING P W D L GF GA GD PtsMoBay United 27 15 9 3 45 15 30 54Arnett 26 15 5 6 42 20 22 50Portmore 26 14 5 7 31 24 7 47Humble Lion FC 26 10 9 7 24 22 2 39UWI FC 26 10 7 9 30 35 -5 37H. View 26 8 10 8 30 26 4 34Cavalier SC 26 8 7 11 21 25 -4 31Reno 26 7 9 10 25 38 -13 30Boys’ Town 26 8 6 12 29 43 -14 30Tivoli 27 8 5 14 30 37 -7 29Rivoli 26 5 8 12 25 34 -9 23Waterhouse 26 4 10 12 22 32 -10 22
In reply, the reigning champions cruised to their target with ten overs remaining to continue their resurgence following a four-game losing streak to open the tournament. Opting to bat first, Sixers were quickly in trouble when they lost openers Michael Lumb (11) and top-scorer Daniel Hughes (20) cheaply to be 36 for two in the sixth over. Brathwaite and leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed, who was outstanding with four for 14 from his four overs, then combined to wreck the innings. Right-armer Brathwaite claimed wicketkeeper Brad Haddin (4), caught at mid-wicket in the 10th over; Johan Botha bowled for three, playing across the line in the 14th over before having Nathan Lyon caught in the deep for nine in the 18th over. Opener Kurtis Patterson then stroked an unbeaten 38 from 26 balls in a 54-run opening stand with James Vince, who hit 28, to put Thunder in charge. Losing streak SYDNEY, Australia (CMC): West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite was brilliant with the ball as Sydney Thunder won their third straight with an eight-wicket triumph over cross-town rivals, Sydney Sixers, to keep alive their hopes of a play-off spot in the Big Bash League here yesterday. Playing in only his second game since arriving to replace injured Windies teammate, Andre Russell, the Barbadian snatched three for 21 from four overs of clever medium pace to help restrict Sixers to a paltry 99 for nine, in front of nearly 40,000 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Villar on rant vs DA budget: It’s not against research PLAY LIST 02:25Villar on rant vs DA budget: It’s not against research01:57Philippine military’s joint forces train to retake island00:50Trending 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 Thomas, who averaged 28.9 points last season as one of the NBA’s top playmakers, said he wants to be “special” when he returns to the floor and not “just another body.”After a slow start, the Cavaliers have won 18 of 20 and 11 straight at home. They’ll visit the Golden State Warriors on Christmas and play at Sacramento and Utah next week before returning to Cleveland to face Portland on Jan. 2.The next day, they’ll play in Boston for their second matchup with Irving. This time, they might have Thomas on the floor.“We’re all excited for when he’s able to come back to the team, but he’s been around the team all year,” James said. “It’s not like he hasn’t been here and he’s been at a rehab center or something. Whenever he’s ready to go, we’ll be ready. He’s never had a timetable here. When he’s ready to go and the training staff gives him the OK and the docs give him the OK, it will be an exciting time for our team.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals LATEST STORIES MOST READ Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Loaded enough? On Wednesday, Thomas said how his body responds from the stress of 5-on-5 scrimmages will determine how soon he’ll be able to make his debut with Cleveland. He’s been sidelined since aggravating a hip injury in the playoffs last season with the Boston Celtics.The Cavs have said since October that they believed Thomas would be able to play in NBA games by Jan. 1. The 28-year-old was acquired during a hectic offseason in a trade for All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving. The Celtics sent Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and a draft pick to Cleveland in the blockbuster deal.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 folkCleveland is eager to add him to the lineup, and LeBron James has sensed that Thomas is ready.“Yeah, his attitude is getting worse and worse because he’s getting closer and closer,” James said following the team’s morning shootaround before hosting the Chicago Bulls. “When you get closer and closer to something you love and you want, your attitude actually gets worse.” Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson FILE – In this Nov. 22, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Isaiah Thomas catches a pass before the team’s NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Cleveland. Thomas, who has yet to make his debut with the Cavaliers, played four-on-four with other Cleveland players and coaches on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, a significant step in his recovery from a hip injury. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)CLEVELAND — Isaiah Thomas is one big step closer to joining the Cavaliers.Cleveland assigned the All-Star point guard to its Canton G-League team so he could practice and scrimmage with the Charge on Thursday, a significant development in his recovery from a torn labrum in his right hip. Thomas was scheduled to work out at the Cavs’ training facility in Independence.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments
In the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, especially with the latest news of the puzzling deaths of a nurse and her family of about seven members killed from the virus in the ELWA Hospital Communities, a group under the banner, Friends of Mark Sackie, has ended a two-day sensitization and awareness preventive campaign on the virus in that communities.On Sunday, the group, at the verge of the sensitization distributed 168 buckets freely to six communities in ELWA and urged the inhabitants to “stop the doubt: Ebola is real and prevent it.”Alongside the buckets, So Klin laundry detergent and Madar Bleach Chlorade were also given freely for the constant use of washing their hands, along with Ebola prevention leaflets.The benefitting communities were Frog Island, Rock Crusher, King Gray, Nyondea, Millionaire Quarter and Kpelleh Towns.The awareness campaign and donations, according to the leader and the frontrunner, Mark Sackie, are intended to accentuate the heightened fears of the outbreak of Ebola and instill hope that the virus can be prevented by avoiding physical contacts with suspected persons showing signs and symptoms of the virus and always washing hands with soap. The neighborhood people were also urged to stop touching dead bodies and eating fruits eaten by animals as well as avoid eating dead or dried animals (bush meats).Mr. Sackie listed the signs and symptoms as high fever, stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting and sore throat.Mr. Ebenezer Hentie of King Gray and David Brown of Millionaire Quarter said the donations were timely and urged others to emulate the gesture of the Friends of Mark Sackie, while Elder Lewis Colnoe of Rock Crusher said he hoped that the unbelievers would believed that there is Ebola.The awareness campaign was interspersed with arguments from some youths saying that Ebola isn’t real while most of them were of the conviction of its real presence in the country.A teenager, David Sonnie, said the infection of the US physician, Kent Brantly, a 33-year-old doctor who had been serving as medical director for the Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Consolidated Case Management Center in Monrovia, clear his doubts.Mr. Sackie is a Liberian and is working in the private sector. He currently resides in the country, but chose to create awareness in the ELWA communities because he was born there.“I have always identified with the people of ELWA whether there is good or bad,” Mr. Sackie said. “But his prayer is that there should be no new case either in ELWA, Liberia or Africa or the world.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,The Progressive Youth Organisation (PYO), the Youth arm of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) extends commendations to Mohamed Irfaan Ali on his election as presidential candidate of the People’s Progressive Party /Civic (PPP/C).Irfaan Ali has been a long-standing member and leader of the PYO and his election to lead the Party into the next General and Regional Elections is a signal to our country that young people are at the forefront of the PPP/C’s agenda for a greater and more prosperous Guyana.He brings vibrancy, energy and great experience to this new endeavour. His leadership skills have always been exemplary and hinge on intense effort and teamwork.Team PPP/C is our brand and the party’s track record, vision, programme, work ethic and people-driven values are the centre of our elections campaign.We, therefore, look forward to joining with the rest of our Guyanese brothers and sisters, especially our young people, to work together to remove the authoritarian and corrupt PNC-led regime that is currently occupying the seat of Government.Congratulations to the PPP/C and to our Guyanese people on a strong decision to elevate this young leader to such an important and deserving position.Regards,Progressive YouthOrganisation
… Ministry will lead way with corporate day care serviceSocial Protection Minister Volda Lawrence on Wednesday stated that her Ministry is in support of a social policy for six months maternity leave to be granted to mothers, and so it has been placed on the 2017 Ministry’s agenda.Social Protection Minister Volda LawrenceCurrently, the mandate for three months of maternity leave flies in the face of the World Health Organisation’s calls for mothers to breastfeed their babies for six months. The Public Health Ministry and its Minister, Dr George Norton, has bemoaned mothers only being able to breastfeed for three months.Norton stated that if the health sector would recommend six months exclusive breastfeeding then there should be discussions about mothers being granted six months leave. He acknowledged that this might burden employers but in the long-run, it will be worth it.Lawrence indicated that in the Ministry’s 2017 programme, they will push to ensure that wherever there are Ministries and Government agencies, there should be a place for mothers to go and breastfeed their babies.“… we will push to ensure that where there are entities, Ministries, agencies and any place where mothers go to for services, that they have a place set aside so that mothers can breastfeed their babies. And we are going to start with the Ministry of Social Protection as soon as we have our new building,” she announced.Minister Lawrence stated that day care services in corporate companies is another programme that they are looking to incorporate into the system. “It is something that we have to sell especially to the corporate society in Guyana and it is something other persons will get into,” she noted.Citing that maternal and child health care is an aspect of the health sector, Minister Norton said he will be moving sometime soon to take this issue to Cabinet. “I hope that six months of maternity leave will become a law before my tenure as Minister is up,” he said.Chile is the only country in the Americas that has established the gold standard for breastfeeding by legally requiring six months of paid maternity leave for working mothers, the period of time recommended by the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) for babies to be exclusively breastfed.In 2015, PAHO had called for more employers to support breastfeeding mothers in the Caribbean and the Americas. The Organisation stated that the employers were more than likely to reap the benefits for their businesses and their countries’ economies.PAHO had stressed the need to support women in balancing work and family, especially where breastfeeding their babies were concerned. Empirically researched public health recommendations have articulated the health benefits from breastfeeding, which ranged from reduced infections and improved IQ (intelligence quotient), in babies, to lowering the risk of breast and ovarian cancer in mothers.The Health Organisation stated that promoting breastfeeding in the workplace increases benefits for employers, including employee loyalty to companies as a result of gratitude and satisfaction, and reduced absenteeism because breastfeeding employees’ babies get sick less often and less severely.Therefore, it recommended that employers employ policies, specifically paid maternity leave, paid breaks for breastfeeding, a dedicated room for breastfeeding in the workplace that is private and hygienic, and flexible or reduced working hours for breastfeeding mothers.PAHO/WHO’s Senior Advisor in Food and Nutrition, Dr Chessa Lutter stated that while many countries have made progress in setting up legislations and policies that support working mothers to breastfeed, there is a lot more to be done to ensure implementation and enforcement.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has inaugurated the first transport aircraft specially designed to evacuate patients with infectious diseases to other locations where they can receive treatment, and described it as the “first of its kind.” According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the statement on her arrival early Friday morning at the Roberts International Airport from Marrakech, Morocco where she had gone to participate in the United Nations Framework on Climate Change COP 22. President Sirleaf expressed delight over such a medical facility capable of evacuating patients with infectious diseases to where treatment is available especially in the aftermath of the fragilities exposed by the Ebola outbreak. She thanked the donor for partnering with Liberia in such a magnificent way. As cooperation with Liberia during and after the Ebola epidemic remains exemplary, Liberia was selected for the first test flight of a medical aircraft. On November 18, the U.S. Department of State demonstrated the U.S. government’s state-of-the-art Containerized Bio-containment System (CBCS) used to facilitate the air transport of critically ill patients who need to be completely isolated from others. The event took place during an exercise named “Tranquil Surge,” as the CBCS returned from Monrovia to the University of Nebraska Medical Center on a retrofitted 747 aircraft.In his introductory statement, Deputy Minister of Health for Disease Surveillance and Epidemic and the Chair of Incident Management System Tolbert Nyenswah said Liberia was chosen for tis demonstration because of the impressive progress that it has made in detecting and diagnosing an infectious disease (Ebola) and the strong and effective collaboration between the Liberian government and the US government. He revealed that Liberian government public health professionals including himself, participated in the exercise.Minister Nyenswah noted that the best practices for medical evacuation continues to evolve and this new bio-containment system will be able to safely transport 4 to 6 critically ill patients, with illnesses that may pose a serious public health threat, by air across the world. He said previous systems could only transport one patient at a time and involved flying the plane from its base in Atlanta, Georgia, to Liberia and back to the United States. “Three visiting Americans acting as patients will be loaded onto the plane in Liberia and transported to a specialized infectious disease treatment center in Omaha, Nebraska, using the special isolation units that form the core of the containerized bio-containment system,” Minister Nyenswah disclosed. He said it is important to recognize that there are no known active cases of Ebola in Liberia at this time, and that the exercise will help to ensure vigilance and preparedness for any new outbreak.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The finals of the Coy Cup are set for March 28. The Fort St. John Flyers will be in Fort Nelson next week for the Coy Cup and you can follow their progress as it happens on Moose FM. Moose FM will be broadcasting all Flyers games at the tournament starting with the opener on Tuesday night at 5 p.m. as they take on the Terrace River Kings.The team has had a long stretch of practices since their North Peace Hockey League season came to an end on February 27 and are eager to get back to playing meaningful hockey.“It’s been a long enough break,” admitted head coach Gerard Dicaire. “We’ve been working on some stuff skating twice a week and this week we’ve had three. They’ve put in some good efforts in practice and we need to carry that over into Fort Nelson.”- Advertisement -One of the challenges the team will face is having two of their three round robin games against teams they haven’t played before in Terrace River and Powell River but they don’t plan on having that hinder their game plan on the ice.“You just play your game,” Dicaire said. “We go out and set the pace and make them adjust to what we’re doing instead of adjusting to what they’re doing. If we play our game I know we’re a good team and if we play 60 minutes of it we’ll be fine.”As for the Flyers schedule beyond Tuesday that is to be determined. Games will be played throughout the week at 5 and 8 p.m. however the match-ups for each time slot will be determined based on the results of the previous night’s action.Advertisement
The five-kilometre walk gets underway at 11 a.m. at the Walter Wright Pioneer Village, with proceeds going towards research into the cause and cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and to support patient services provided by the ALS Society of BC.Participants can register as individuals or in teams, and can collect pledges right up until registration at 10 a.m. Local organizer Shirley Dubios said there is no set distance participants are required to walk, and participants can also run, cycle or wheel through the trail.The event will also include door prizes, a draw a for two airfare tickets, and a barbeque put on by a local Rotarian.- Advertisement -Wally Buono, head coach and general manager of the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League, is the official spokesperson BC and Yukon Walk for ALS, and he is encouraging the public to get involved.ALS is a devastating disease that affects the person living with ALS, their family and caregivers. There is no known cause or cure for, yet. Your participation will help us to raise funds to support people living with ALS, and research to find the cure. Join me in the war against ALS, said Buono in a press release.Buono can be seen in a video address on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcYuwyPILgI.Advertisement For more information on the Dawson Creek Walk for ALS or to obtain a pledge form, go online to www.walkforals.ca, or contact Shirley Dubois at 250-786-0107 or 250-719-6143 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.The Walk for ALS is presented in the BC and Yukon by Peoples Drug Mart.