‘I felt like an outcast’ – Spencer, Day explain MVP split

first_imgKaliese Spencer said she felt like an “outcast”, while Christine Day spoke of a “break-up” text message. However, as the two athletes broke their silence about their split from the Stephen Francis-led MVP Track Club, it’s clear they have little doubt about the move they have since made. Spencer and Day, who both said they felt they were not getting the desired attention, have also expressed confidence in their move, having swapped the MVP Track Club for Bert Cameron – the 1983 World champion in the 400m – and his Cameron Blazers outfit. The Olympians, who for 10 years were guided by the highly-regarded Francis, yesterday spoke to The Gleaner about the developments, while outlining the circumstances around the break-up that dominated headlines last week. “Maybe I outgrew him (Francis) and I didn’t feel I was needed any longer; let’s put it that way, I was like an outcast really,” said a relaxed-looking Spencer yesterday. “I just needed a different environment to be more relaxed, I was just not comfortable anymore, and I believe this change will work to my advantage,” she added. Spencer, who with 21 wins in the 400m hurdles on the Diamond League circuit, is the most successful track athlete in the history of the series, thanked and credited Francis for her success. “First I must say, it (decision to leave MVP) had nothing to do with Christine (Day). I was there for 10 years and was getting a little uncomfortable, so I came to the conclusion that I was moving to a different stage in my life and it was just time for a change and time to move on,” said Spencer. She also paid a lot of credit to Francis and noted she was expecting to have a meeting with the MVP management team before she left, admitting, however, that she had already decided to leave two days before Francis came on local television and stated that she was no longer a part of the club. Happy with choice Day is happy with her choice to join the Cameron Blazers and thanked Francis for his contribution to her development. “Honestly, I am not disappointed and I am looking forward to the future,” she said. “I thank Mr Francis for all the years he coached me, but I am now looking to the future,” added Day, who ran a personal best 50.14 seconds for fourth place at the recently concluded World Championships in Beijing, China, in August. Cameron, who is working alongside administrator Marvin Anderson to continue the club’s improvements, added that he is looking forward to the experience and challenge in working with the two athletes. He believes that together, they will be able to meet their objectives. Day and Spencer are expected to join their Cameron Blazers teammates, including Leford Green, Jaheel Hyde and Martin Manley. Prayed before decision “This is something I prayed about before I even made my choice,” added Spencer, the 2014 Commonwealth Games champion and World Indoor Championships 400m silver medal winner. She also explained her reasons behind choosing to work with Cameron. “I just thought that he was a very kind person. He has a great personality, always encouraging us, even though we were not a part of his club. He always motivated us and that really helped in my decision. Of course, he also did the 400m, is an Olympian and World champion, so that was a great part,” admitted Spencer. “I have seen how he (Cameron) works with his athletes and the attention he gives them, and I know I will improve,” Day chipped in. Day also shared that she was actually told by Francis via text message after this summer’s IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, China, that he would not be able to train her anymore. The Commonwealth Games bronze medal winner informed The Gleaner that this came after a conversation she had with the coach after her win at the National Senior Championships in June, which led to a disagreement and strained relations between the two. “It wasn’t concrete and he gave it a few days to think about it and I had to prove to him that I could be the same person I was when I just stepped into UTech,” she explained. “We were supposed to have another meeting, but we didn’t; he sent a text message to say he did not change his mind,” Day recounted.last_img read more

La Salle, FEU strong picks

first_imgMOST READ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles LATEST STORIES Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson A preseason brawl between La Salle and Far Eastern University may have fanned the animosity between the two powerhouse squads, but Green Archers coach Aldin Ayo would rather have his players deal with the absence of their main man.Ben Mbala, last season’s Most Valuable Player, won’t see action with the defending champion Archers when Season 80 of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament fires off this weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite So beats Colombian; Sadorra loses “It’s a big test playing without Ben,” Ayo said of his Cameroonian center, who may miss two games as he plays for his national team in the 2017 Fiba Afrobasket. “But we don’t rely on one player only, we rely on our system.”Ayo, as well as new FEU coach Olsen Racela, said their teams had moved on from last week’s invitational game that resulted in an ugly free-for-all in Davao City. It’s the second straight year the two schools figured in a preseason altercation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“What I always preach and tell my players in basketball or in life is not to dwell on the past—move forward, be mindful of the present,” said Racela.All’s well between coaches Aldin Ayo of La Salle (left) and Olsen Racela of Far Eastern U after a recent offseason brawl among their players in Davao City. —Sherwin VardeleonThe Archers and the Tamaraws stand as favorites this season along with the Ateneo Blue Eagles, who reached the finals last year despite the graduation of several veterans. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Our team caught a lot of people by surprise,” said Sandy Arespacochaga, deputy of Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin. “We did well so it’s also a challenge for us to be consistent.”For University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol, the challenge is dealing with the absence of key recruits Ibrahim Quattara and Rob Ricafort, who were declared ineligible Monday, just hours before the league’s press conference at Mall of Asia Arena.“We don’t know yet how our team will look like,” said Perasol, noting UP will appeal the league’s decision that his players need to serve one more year of residency.The season kicks off with University of the East and National U battling at 2 p.m. this Saturday at MoA Arena, followed by the 4 p.m. clash between Ateneo and Adamson.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles View commentslast_img read more

Minister Steve Thomson defends new hunting allocation in op-ed

first_imgOn average, both resident hunters and outfitters produce a combined total of $350 million annually to the B.C. economy, according to Minister Thomson. Before making this claim, Minister Thomson also writes that “resident hunters continue to be recognized as having priority over non-resident hunters.”“It was for this reason that I revisited my December 2014 determination and found strategic ways to reduce the transfer of animals from 110 down to 60,” writes Minister Thomson.Minister Thomson says his policy’s priority is to have conservation at the top of the list, meet the needs of First Nations, and prioritize allocation to resident hunters.“Now that a decision is made, I am hopeful that resident hunters and the guide outfitter community can work together with government in support of these goals, which are supported by all hunters,” Minister Thomson concludes.Advertisement Under the new hunting allocation, an estimated 60 out of the 7,500 big game animals have been moved to guide outfitter hunts, according to Minister Thomson.“Regardless of this decision, resident hunters will continue to harvest about 92 per cent of the approximately 48,000 big game animals taken annually by hunters,” writes Minister Thomson.There are also a number of big game species not affected by the new allocation, which include mule deer, white-tailed deer, most rocky mountain elk, and black bear, according to Minister Thomson.- Advertisement -Minister Thomson says there are currently 102,000 resident hunters spread across the province – compared to 82,000 ten years ago.“Resident hunters make an important contribution towards the economy in this province by pursuing their passion for hunting and fishing, and it is anticipated this will continue,” says Minister Thomson.He is quick to defend the guide outfitter industry as well, claiming “out-of-province guide outfitter clients are some of the highest spending tourist per capita in British Columbia.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Griezmann pleads case for Ballon d’Or after FIFA snub

first_img0Shares0000Antoine Griezmann has won the Europa League and UEFA Super Cup with Atletico Madrid this year as well as the World Cup with France © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSPARIS, France, Sep 5 – France star Antoine Griezmann insists he deserves to be on the podium for this year’s Ballon d’Or after winning the World Cup and major silverware with Atletico Madrid.Griezmann came third in 2016 in the voting behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the most prestigious individual award in football, despite not winning anything. That year was agonising for the forward as he lost the Euro 2016 final with France and the Champions League final with Atletico.But this season fortune has smiled on Griezmann, who starred in France’s triumphant World Cup winning campaign in Russia after an impressive year at Atletico, who won the Europa League and UEFA Super Cup.“Comparing 2016 and this year, for me I have to be in the top three,” the 27-year-old told French sports daily L’Equipe.“In 2016, I lost two finals and was in the top three. This time I have won three finals.”Asked if not winning it would be unfair, Griezmann replied: “Not unfair, but I would wonder what more I could do. I have won three trophies, stood out at decisive moments, but it is not me who votes.”Ronaldo and Messi have dominated the Ballon d’Or over the last decade and the Portuguese superstar will be a contender again this year after winning the Champions League with Real Madrid.But Griezmann, who rejected a move to join Messi at Barcelona in the close season, admits ending their stranglehold over the award would be special.“I think about it, especially the closer I get to it. The Ballon d’Or is a prestigious award, and it is the highest you can go as a player. There are trophies in your league, in the World Cup, the Euro, but it’s not the same,” he said.However, there are signs that Griezmann’s glorious 2018 on the field might not be enough.UEFA gave their award for the best player of last season to Luka Modric, skipper of the Croatia side that reached the World Cup final and a Champions League winner with Real.And Griezmann was omitted, along with the rest of his France team-mates, from the final three nominees for FIFA’s player of the year award.The finalists for that prize are Modric, Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah, the same three who made up the podium for UEFA’s award.French World Cup winners Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane did not make FIFA’s player of the year shortlist © AFP/File / Luis AcostaAsked about the FIFA snub, Griezmann replied that “it’s bizarre, and a shame. It is a trophy given out by FIFA, isn’t it?“And the World Cup is organised by FIFA, right? We win the World Cup, and there is no French player there. That is their choice but it is surprising that there is no world champion.”The Ballon d’Or award was run jointly by FIFA and magazine France Football until the end of 2016, since when world football’s governing body have reverted to giving out their own prize.While a panel of supporters, national team captains, coaches and journalists vote for the FIFA award, only journalists vote for the Ballon d’Or.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Shooting by Oakland police causes outcry

first_imgOAKLAND – The shooting death of a 20-year-old man by a police officer is being decried by some in the community as murder after witness accounts of the incident conflicted with the department’s statement that the victim was reaching for a gun. Gary King Jr. was being questioned by Oakland police Sgt. Pat Gonzales on Thursday afternoon as a possible suspect in a murder, police said. Gonzales believed King resembled a witness’ description of the shooter in an Aug. 21 homicide. Gonzales, a 10-year police veteran who has been involved in two previous officer-involved shootings, said he felt a gun in King’s pants during a pat down, said Sgt. Michael Poirer. After King began struggling with Gonzales, the sergeant used a Taser in an unsuccessful attempt to stun him, police said. Poirer said Gonzales fired two shots at King because he believed King was reaching for a weapon. “After using several other measures, he was forced to use deadly force against Mr. King,” Poirer said. But some witnesses tell a different story. Ailene Romero, who saw the incident, never saw a gun and said King was gunned down as he was running away from Gonzales. “There were a lot of young people there, and people just started screaming,” Romero said. An impromptu memorial was set up by King’s friends with messages reading “The police did this” and “RIP G-Money.” 160Want 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

Cops: Gun not used in 2nd attack

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bailey, who was working on an investigative story about Your Black Muslim Bakery, was fatally shot by a masked gunman in downtown Oakland on Aug. 2. Bakery handyman Devaughndre Broussard was charged with murder after he confessed to killing Bailey with the shotgun, but Broussard’s attorney claims his client was coerced into the confession. OAKLAND – The shotgun used to kill journalist Chauncey Bailey was not the same weapon used in a failed assassination attempt on a former high-ranking official at Your Black Muslim Bakery, authorities said. This past week, the Oakland Police Department said the Bailey murder weapon was the same gun that wounded John Bey outside his Oakland hills home in June 2005. But police officials corrected themselves Friday, citing a mix-up between homicide investigators and lab technicians. Police still believe the shotgun that killed the Oakland Post editor last month was used in December to shoot out windows of a car belonging to the ex-boyfriend of bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV’s girlfriend. Bey is not related to John Bey. last_img read more

Report warns against delay in Social Security reforms

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Bush administration said in a new report Monday that Social Security is facing a $13.6 trillion shortfall and that delaying needed reforms is not fair to younger workers. A report issued by the Treasury Department said that some combination of benefit cuts and tax increases will need to be considered to permanently fix the funding shortfall. But White House officials stressed that President George W. Bush remains opposed to raising taxes. The Treasury report put the cost of the gap between what Social Security is expected to need to pay out in benefits and what it will raise in payroll taxes in coming years at $13.6 trillion. It said delaying necessary changes reduces the number of people available to share in the burden of those changes and is unfair to younger workers. “Not taking action is thus unfair to future generations. This is a significant cost of delay,” the report said. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Bush’s point person on Social Security reform, said he has had a number of discussions with members of Congress from both parties over the issue of fixing the problems in Social Security with the looming retirement of 78 million baby boomers. “While differences over personal accounts and taxes dominate the public debate over this issue, in my conversations I found that there are many other things on which people agree,” Paulson said in a statement accompanying the issues report. Bush had hoped to make Social Security reform the top domestic priority of his second term.. While Democrats have fought to protect current benefit levels, Republicans have been adamant that taxes should not be raised to cover the Social Security shortfall. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In another key finding, the report said: “Social Security can be made permanently solvent only by reducing the present value of scheduled benefits and/or increasing the present value of scheduled tax increases.” The paper went on to say: “Other changes to the program might be desirable, but only these changes can restore solvency permanently.” While the language of the Treasury report seemed to indicate that the administration would consider raising taxes along with reducing benefits as a way to deal with the funding shortfall, the White House was quick to reject that possibility. “The president is not advocating for tax increases or benefit cuts,” said White House spokesman Tony Fratto. “Everyone understands that the choices available in the current structure of Social Security, that absent reform, tax increases and benefit cuts are inevitable,” Fratto said. “That’s why the president believes it makes more sense to reform the program sooner than later.” last_img read more

Be the best version of you with Errigal Facial Aesthetics

first_imgIt was once famously said that beauty is the best possible version of yourself, and that the best project you will ever work on is you! The team at Errigal Facial Aesthetics believe this, and they also know while ageing is a fact of life, looking your age is most definitely not, and that it is natural and not vanity to feel that you have the right to be beautiful. They believe that you can dream as though you will live forever, but that you should also be able to take your youthful face into an ageless tomorrow, and look forever young.19Errigal Facial Aesthetics will help you to soften expression lines and restore facial volume to restore your youthful appearance. Because they work subtly with your individualised facial features, everyone will notice your instantly transforming age reversal, but nobody will know how. So, what’s age got to do with it? If you want to be grey and gorgeous, turn back time without surgery, and look and feel beautiful always, then feel free to contact them for a bespoke assessment of your requirements.Using Botox, and a skilful manipulation of facial muscles, they can help you to boost eyebrows, release frown lines, erase worry lines, uplift corners of the mouth, soften smokers’ lines, and even give your neck a subtle rejuvenation.We also use fillers to boost skin volume to fill out cheeks, restore your aesthetic facial curves, and enhance the feel and appearance of your smile. Errigal Facial aesthetics understand the anatomy and symmetry involved in the creation of the beautiful face, they believe that their skilled practitioners will help you achieve the most perfect version of you while preserving your freedom of expression.If you want to treat the skin you are in this Christmas, then they would love to meet you to discuss your unique requirements.In addition to aesthetic enhancements they also use Botox for the treatment of excessive arm and hand sweating, teeth grinding, migraine and muscle spasms.Contact Errigal Facial Aesthetics atwww.facebook.comTelephone 0852830837 www.errigaldental.com/facial-aestheticsBe the best version of you with Errigal Facial Aesthetics was last modified: December 16th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:cosmeticsErrigal Facial Aestheticsletterkennylast_img read more


first_imgPic courtesy GAA: John McAreavey and Mickey Harte with Joe Kernan and Aogán Ó Fearghail.DONEGAL are to play a challenge football match against the rest of Ulster in a memory of Michaela McAreavey, the murdered daughter of Tyrone manager Mickey Harte.The Ulster GAA confirmed Mickey and Armagh manager Joe Kernan will manage a team selected from the other eight counties of the province for the match which will take place at Casement Park in Belfast on Saturday, November 3.The Match for Michaela is the latest in a series of events for the Michaela Foundation, which aims to inspire and encourage young people Michaela’s dad Mickey Harte said he is already looking forward to the game.“Sometimes we see exhibition games where people just go through the motions, and we are not actually wanting people to come along to view an evening like that,” he said“We want them to come and view a competitive evening of football refereed under the normal rules and we as Ulster want to beat the All-Ireland champions, so definitely it’s going to be competitive.”The Tyrone man said it was important to his family to remember the life of the 27-year-old who was killed while on honeymoon last year. “We’ve lost Michaela and that’s so, so sad but we had a life with her when she was here and we know the things that she loved. We know what made her tick, so to speak, and to be able to bring these ideals to other young girls is uplifting for all of us.“I know it’s particularly uplifting for John, who maybe knew Michaela better than most of us. I believe that what we are doing would make Michaela smile,” he said.John said he wanted to do something positive for Michaela.“It acts as a good personal distraction for me and it’s good to be able to carry on the type of work that Michaela did. She really enjoyed being a teacher and working with young people in her school.“I’m doing ok. It’s not easy but I’m doing ok.” “It always overwhelms me the amount of support we have,” he added.“We’ve had that as a family, from last year and for the foundation as well now.”X Factor star Janet Devlin will perform and Irish comedian Hector Ó hEochagáin will act as compére at Casement.The Festival of Football is expected to draw people from across Ireland with traditional music and performances by volunteers from the Michaela Girls Camp, which took place during the summer. Ulster GAA President Aogan O Fearghail said: “Michaela McAreavey was first and foremost a Gael – she loved Gaelic Games and loved the Irish language and culture. We have all been enriched to have her part of our Association and our community and this event, we hope, will remember the life, heart and soul of a beautiful young woman who lost her life too soon.“I urge people from across Ireland, whether you’re interested in Gaelic Games or not, to come out to support this worthy cause and to celebrate Michaela’s memory with her husband John and the entire Harte family.”Tickets cost £10/€10 for adults and £5/€5 for children and are available from www.tickets.ie, from County Boards and GAA clubs and from participating Supervalu and Centra stores nationwide.The evening’s events last from 6pm until 10pm.More details on the poster below:CHAMPIONS DONEGAL TO FACE ULSTER SELECT IN MEMORY OF MICHAELA McAREAVEY was last modified: October 2nd, 2012 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:CHAMPIONS DONEGAL TO FACE ULSTER SELECT IN MEMORY OF MICHAELA McAREAVEYlast_img read more


first_imgWith a week still to go to the start of our Spring 5K Series, we’ve had a big response so far from pre-entries which has nearly reach 100 already which is fantastic.In recent years, these races have proved popular with everyone whether running, walking or jogging. So whether your target is 15 mins or 45 mins, there’s a challenge for everyone, and what better way to kick off the New Year.Pre-register now via the club web site www.liffordac.com. Remember, points for every participant to accumulate towards overall Series winners in a range of categories, spot prizes at each race, chip timing, tee shirt for competing in all 3 races and only €5 per race.Make sure to get pre-registered now and save time on race day.First race in St Johnston Sunday 19th January.  ATHLETICS – GREAT RESPONSE TO LIFFORD AC 5K SPRING SERIES was last modified: January 11th, 2014 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:5kLIfford ACSpring Serieslast_img read more