• Elliott, Smith top national chess championships

    first_imgFIDE Master (FM) Warren Elliott recovered from a poor start to win back-to-back titles and claim a historic eighth hold on the Digicel Absolute National Chess Championships. Elliott, who needed at least a draw against National Master Peter Myers to retain the most prestigious local championships title, he stayed on course to win in 27 moves and topped the 11th and final round a point ahead of the field. Elliott finished on 8.5 points, while second position went to fellow FIDE Master Damion Davy, who ended on 7.5 points. Third was National Master Andrew Mellace with seven points, while the fourth and fifth positions were secured by Candidate Master (CM) Brandon Wilson and CM Malaku Lorne, both with 6.5 points. Rounding off the championships was Shreyas Smith (5.5), Kevin Merritt (five), Deborah Richards-Porter (4.5), Paul Brooks (four), Peter Myers (four), Daren Wisdom (four) and Ian Wilkinson (2.5). Meanwhile, WCM Annesha Smith defeated Sheanel Gardner in the final round to finish on 5.5 points and secure her second hold on the Women’s Championship, which was played simultaneously with the men’s championship. In second position was WCM Melisha Smith on 4.5 points, with third going to Krishna Gray on four points, followed by WCM Ariel Barrett and Sheanel Gardner, respectively. The championships were sponsored by Digicel, the Jamaica Chess Federation, Chrystar Villas and the Jamaica Olympic Association. It selects the national champion and Jamaica’s representatives at the senior level.last_img read more

  • Super Final! … Champs JC and STGC meet in title decider

    first_imgIt’s as if they were made for each other. Jamaica College and St George’s College have formed a powerful duopoly of local schoolboy football over the last decade in particular and will, for the first time this season, come face-to-face with the ISSA/Flow Super Cup title on the line. The National Stadium will form the stage for the 6:00 p.m. start with Wolmer’s and St Jago providing the opening act with a 4 p.m. third place play-off. The pair have equally shared the last eight Manning Cup and Olivier Shield titles and four of the last six Walker Cup crowns. Today, Super Cup champions Jamaica College – missing the gloss of seasons gone by, but a well-oiled championship machine nonetheless, sharpen their swords and raise their shields in defence against a mighty foe in St George’s College – an aesthetical, easy scoring unit. St George’s College have bulged the net on 11 occasions in this competition after dumping Petersfield 5-0 in the first round, before edging Glenmuir 3-2 and bettering St Jago 3-1 in last week’s semi-final. They have shown at times that they aren’t necessarily the best defensive team though, with suspect goalkeeping and less than convincing aerial defending evident on some occasions. Still, the three goals that they have conceded won’t ring any alarm bells and with six goals to their credit, Jamaica College isn’t exactly a goal scoring menace per se. But they should prove difficult to break down for the ‘Georgians’ with only their first round opponent Vere Technical, who they defeated 2-1 beating their goalkeeper to date. Jamaica College’s journey also took them to 2-0 wins over Excelsior and Wolmer’s, and despite the comparative hush around their credentials, no one can question their mettle and experience at this level. St George’s will rely on Alex Marshall and Gregory Messam Jr, with influential skipper Shevon Stewart likely to miss the contest, while the defending champions will look to their entire unit, which has been ably anchored by captain Allando Brown. They might however, be without coach Miguel Coley on the bench given his duties with the Reggae Boyz, who are preparing to face Haiti on Wednesday in their second CONCACAF semi-final round FIFA World Cup qualifier. Manager Ian Forbes isn’t expecting this to be too much of a bother for his team and believes his charges will be more than ready for the light blue wave today. A shiny new Flow Super Cup trophy and an accumulated $1 million awaits the winner, with the first major title in the schoolboy football season set to be decided.last_img read more

  • Fort St John runners take on challenge of Canadian Death Race

    first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A number of runners from Fort St. John took part in the Canadian Death Race on August 3 and 4 in Grande Cache, Alberta.One of the runners to represent Fort St. John was Laurie Cardinal.Cardinal says this year’s race was a bit more challenging as she faced a “mixed bag” of weather such as dealing with hail and thunderstorms.- Advertisement -“It was a real mixed bag of weather this year. We had downpours of rain, we had hail, we had heat pockets, thunderstorms, hot weather… there was tons of puddles and mud. There were sections where people were falling down all over.”Adding to the challenge of weather, Cardinal says they also had to deal with wildlife which included cougar sightings.The Death Race takes place on the Canadian Rockies and is a 125 km course that begins and ends on a 4,200-foot plateau that includes over 17,000 feet of elevation change and various terrain challenges.Advertisement The race started at 8:00 a.m. and ended at 8:00 a.m. the next day, which meant that racers had to finish before the 24-hours were up.Cardinal was able to finish with a time of 22 hours, 28 minutes; a significant improvement from last year’s time of 24 hours, two minutes.When asked if she would do it again, Cardinal says she would participate again whether it be as a runner or as a volunteer.Other runners from Fort St. John included Phillip Phelan, Jayme Morrison, Leon Breton, and Father and son duo Steve and Dan Toews.Advertisement Others to participate from Fort St. John included the team effort of Nicki Haugan, Bailey Haugan, Rachel Fell, Joanna Esau, and Jackie Miranda.Full results of the race can be seen here.last_img read more

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  • ‘Liverpool lacked fighting spirit and a backbone against Arsenal,’ says Beecroft

    first_imgLiverpool lacked fighting spirit as they were beaten 4-1 by Arsenal in the Premier League, believes talkSPORT’s Graham Beecroft.The Reds were swept aside by the Gunners at the Emirates with Hector Bellerin, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud all scoring, despite Jordan Henderson’s consolation goal from the spot.And Beecroft was less than impressed with Brendan Rodgers’ side in north London before slamming striker Mario Balotelli, who missed the trip with a knee injury.You can hear his damning verdict above…last_img read more

  • Chelsea star’s agent insists client will stay at Stamford Bridge this summer

    first_img Colombia star Juan Cuadrado Juan Cuadrado’s agent insists the Chelsea winger will remain at Stamford Bridge this summer.The 27-year-old has been linked with a move away from the west London club this summer – despite only making a move to the Blues from Fiorentina in February.Cuadrado, who has four years left on his contract, is a reported target of Italian sides Juventus and Inter Milan and Spanish side Valencia this summer but his agent has denied transfer speculation.“Much to my amazement, I read in some English and Italian newspapers about imaginary figures and agents associated with Cuadrado, so I think it is right to clarify the situation,” Cuadrado’s agent Alessandro Lucci said to Italian website www.tuttomercatoweb.com.“Cuadrado is a Chelsea player, who (Jose) Mourinho strongly wanted just over five months ago and the coach truly believes in him.“He has many admirers but I reiterate that Juan is a Chelsea player.“I, as his agent and intermediary, will decide with Juan his future, nobody else will.” 1last_img read more

  • Service planned for fallen deputy

    first_imgLANCASTER – A memorial service will be held Wednesday for sheriff’s motorcycle Deputy Pierre Bain, who was killed last week when he crashed while chasing a speeding motorist. The service is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Lancaster Baptist Church, 4020 E. Lancaster Blvd. Bain, of Agua Dulce, was riding after a speeding van last Thursday with his siren and emergency lights on, when a Honda compact SUV turned left in front of him and stopped as its 73-year-old driver saw his oncoming motorcycle, officials said. Bain swerved, but his motorcycle saddlebag hit the sport utility vehicle’s front bumper and he went down near Avenue K and 20th Street East. Bain was thrown into a tree and died 30 minutes later in hospital. Bain was a 15-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the married father of three daughters. Last Saturday would have been his 46th birthday. Bain is survived by his wife, Diana, and three daughters from a previous marriage: Chantal, 21, Kristina, 18, and Alicia, 16, as well as his mother and father and a brother. Chantal was home visiting her father while on Army leave after serving in Iraq. Bain had been patrolling Thursday afternoon for speeders and other traffic violators along Avenue K, where sheriff’s officials stepped up patrols last year after 110 crashes and six fatalities in the first part of 2005. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want 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


    first_imgIT’S the weekend – and fitness guru Michael Black continues his series for donegaldaily.com on the A to Z of fitness. Here’s Part 4.Previous articles can be found at the end of this article. Qi-gongDetail: A meditative Chinese exercise based on the principles of qi (pronounced ‘chee’), meaning internal energy, which involves slow, graceful movements and is similar to tai chi. Classes involve a combination of exercises, postures and breathing techniques which are perfect for de-stressing and as part of a wider exercise regime. Calories burned: 200 per hour.Weight loss: 4/10Muscle building: 1/10 Toning: 2/10R Rugby Detail: Rugby boosts upper-body strength, with strong arms required for tackling and passing, and scrums building powerful calves, thighs and glutes (buttocks). Running around the pitch for 80 minutes provides an intense cardio workout benefiting the heart and lungs and burning fat.Calories burned: 600 per hour.Weight loss: 6/10 Muscle building: 5/10Toning: 6/10RowingDetail: The ultimate full-body cardio exercise, rowing strengthens your heart and lungs and builds powerful arms and lats (upper back) while reducing body fat. Those with sore backs should be careful, though. Calories burned: 600-800 per hour.Weight loss: 8/10Muscle building: 6/10Toning: 7/10 RunningDetail: Not to be confused with jogging. By running, I mean the track sport involving distances of 400m and upwards, repeated in intervals. This is an excellent way to build the slow-twitch muscle fibres used for distance running, as well as burn calories while working the glutes, quads (front thigh), hamstrings (rear) and calves.Calories burned: 600-800 per hour.Weight loss: 9/10Muscle building: 4/10Toning: 8/10S SpinningDetail: A stationary spinning bike will tone your quads (front thigh), hamstrings (rear), calves and glutes. These gym-based machines give a moderate- to high-intensity cardio workout, so strengthens the heart and lungs, and helps shed excess weight.Calories burned: Up to 600 per hour.Weight loss: 8/10Muscle building: 3/10Toning: 8/10Strength training Detail: Strength training, such as weight lifting, should be a part of any exercise regime. Muscle burns more calories than fat, so it will boost your metabolism; strong muscles will help improve your posture and prevent injury; and lean, powerful muscles will improve your body shape, making you look fit and athletic.Calories burned: Up to 400 per hour.Weight loss: 7/10Muscle building: 7/10Toning: 8/10 Skipping Detail: Skipping is one of the most effective cardio exercises you can do, ideal for strengthening the heart and lungs. It’s cheap, too – all you need is a rope, preferably a speed rope that will enhance your technique. Best for building strong calves and burning calories.Calories burned: 400 per hour.Weight loss: 7/10Muscle building: 2/10Toning: 6/10SwimmingDetail: An excellent full-body workout and low-impact form of cardio training. As a calorie-burner/fat-reducer it’s comparable to running, but has the added advantage of requiring upper-body strength to pull you through the water, and strengthens your shoulder girdle as well as your back, especially the lats.Calories burned: 600-800 per hour.Weight loss: 8/10Muscle building: 3/10Toning: 7/10SkiingDetail: Skiing offers a powerful, full-body workout. As any skier/boarder will testify, it’s a killer on the quads (upper thigh), which will feel as though they’re on fire after a tough run. Lower-body strength develops as you transfer weight while changing direction.Calories burned: 600 per hour.Weight loss: 7/10Muscle building: 4/10Toning: 7/10 Suspension Training Detail: First used by the Navy Seals, suspension training is a series of strength exercises performed on gymnastic-type rings, and offers a serious workout; stability muscles such as the abs have to work extra-hard. Develops functional strength in the deltoids (shoulder), neck, lats, abdominals and obliques (stomach).Calories burned: 400 per hour.Weight loss: 7/10Muscle building: 7/10Toning: 7/10Personal Trainer &Sports Coachmichael@optimalfitness.iewww.optimalfitness.ie Tel: 087-6603090Personal Fitness & Sports CoachingHigh Performance Sports Coachingyou can read part one and part two and part three by clicking the links below:https://www.donegaldaily.com/2011/05/06/michael-blacks-a-to-z-of-exercise-part-one/https://www.donegaldaily.com/2011/05/14/michael-blacks-a-to-z-of-exercise-part-2-sponsored-by-optimal-fitness/https://www.donegaldaily.com/2011/05/20/michael-blacks-a-to-z-of-exercise-part-3-sponsored-by-optimal-fitness/MICHAEL BLACK’S A TO Z OF FITNESS PART 4 – SPONSORED BY OPTIMAL FITNESS was last modified: June 3rd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:a to z of fitnessdonegaldaily.comMichael Blackoptimal fitnesslast_img read more


    first_imgPEOPLE living along Lough Foyle have been told they can lodge objections with the planning authorities in the North over plans for a massive wind farm on one of County Derry’s most spectacular beauty spots.The plans are for turbines on top of beautiful Binevenagh, the mountain range on the Derry side of Lough Foyle.“If residents in Donegal want to object to the proposed huge wind farm they can do so,” said a spokesman for County Derry residents. “The proposed development will destroy the unspoiled views across Binevanagh from across Lough Foyle and objections from cross border residents will carry weight in the planning process considerations. Once the turbines are built it is too late.“We know the good citizens of Donegal will not let us down.”You can get more information at the following links:http://www.binevenaghsos.com https://www.facebook.com/binevenaghwindfarm DONEGAL RESIDENTS CAN OBJECT TO COUNTY DERRY WIND FARM was last modified: October 12th, 2014 by John2Share 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:BinevenaghCounty Derrydonegalwind farmlast_img read more

  • Women’s Basketball Recognized by WBCA for Academic Achievement with Fourth Highest Team Grade Point Average in Division I

    first_img 4 Drake University Jennie Baranczyk 3.695 6 University of Wyoming Joe Legerski 3.688 Rank Institution Head Coach GPA The WBCA Academic Top 25 recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III; NAIA and junior/community college women’s basketball teams across the nation that carry the highest combined grade point averages inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. The 2018-19 season is the 24th in which the WBCA has compiled the honor rolls. 2 North Dakota State University Maren Walseth 3.756 Print Friendly Version 1 Western Illinois University JD Gravina 3.767 A team’s GPA is calculated by dividing the total number of quality points earned by the total number of hours attempted by all team members in the academic terms (semesters or quarters) that the season spans. Weighted grades are converted to a 4.0 scale. The GPA’s are rounded to the nearest thousandth of a point. Teams are nominated for the honor by a WBCA member head coach and a team must have a 3.000 or better GPA to be nominated. 3 Robert Morris University Charlie Buscaglia 3.713 7 Youngstown State University John Barnes 3.668 ATLANTA – The Drake University women’s basketball program ranked fourth in the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for the 2018-19 season with a 3.695 team grade point average, the WBCA announced Tuesday, July 23. 10 Lehigh University Susan Troyan 3.625 This year’s award marks the sixth-straight season Drake, led by head coach Jennie Baranczyk, is ranked in the top 10 for the prestigious WBCA team academic honor. It also equals the best ranking for the program matching the 2014-15 squad which also ranked fourth in Division I. 8 University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Kevin Borseth 3.641 Below is the top 10 for the 2018-19 WBCA Academic Top 25 for NCAA Division I: 5 University of South Dakota Dawn Plitzuweit 3.690 9 Illinois State University Kristen Gillespie 3.636last_img read more