Simpson says confidence among Boyz now sky high

first_imgManager of Jamaica’s national men’s senior team, Roy Simpson, says the valuable experience gained in the Copa America and Scotiabank CONCACAF Gold Cup tournaments, has lifted the confidence of the players ahead of the upcoming World Cup qualifications.Jamaica will engage Nicaragua in a two-way tie for a berth in the CONCACAF group stage. The Reggae Boyz will host the first leg on September 4 and play away four days later. The winners on aggregate will advance to the next stage.”We came second in the Gold Cup, but that was the end result of work we had put in. We started preparing from the Caribbean Cup in December 2014. We decided that we had to win the Caribbean Cup. And we did that,” Simpson, who has been manager of the senior team since 2008 told The Gleaner a few days after losing 3-1 to Mexico in the Gold Cup final in the USA.Simpson said Jamaica were at a disadvantage in the final stages of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers as while their main opponents were involved in the Gold Cup the Reggae Boyz were idle.”Coach (Winfried) Sch‰fer came on at that time in the World Cup qualifiers … from then he decided that if he was with the team he planned to be at the Gold Cup in 2015,” Simpson disclosed.”We were aware that the top-four teams from the Caribbean Cup competition would be at the Gold Cup but we wanted to win the Caribbean Cup. We were already invited to the Copa America, so we thought that it would make our invitation more authentic if we won the Caribbean Cup.buffer experience”When we looked at the Copa America, we decided that we could not win the tournament. It was not impossible, but we knew we could not win. So, we decided on how best we can use that experience to buffer us going into the Gold Cup.”With better luck, we could have got better results and from that backdrop we knew we could have been very competitive in the Gold Cup,” he recounted. At the Copa America, Jamaica were beaten 1-0 on three occasions – by Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.”I remember at the CONCACAF workshop – after the draw for the Gold Cup zones – coach Sch‰fer said to me that he thought we could win the Gold Cup. Then we felt even more confident when coach Sch‰fer, Captain Burrell (Jamaica Football Federation president) and myself went to meet the overseas players in the United Kingdom. What was really encouraging was the sort of commitment that the players exhibited when we spoke to them about the plans for the senior team.”They saw it as their responsibility to come and represent Jamaica and give their all,” Simpson recalled.”If you go to the Gold Cup final and are second, then with three and a half spots available in the World Cup from CONCACAF the expectation is that we should be there in Russia in 2018. There are more eyes on us but what we need to understand is that the work gets harder at each step.”Now with the back to back performances in the three tournaments (Caribbean Cup, Copa and Gold Cup) people will take us seriously again.”I want the people to continue marking us hard because the harder they mark us the better for the team,” Simpson concluded.last_img read more

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Jarencio, Romeo insist all is well after heated argument

first_imgLATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAs if the playoff game between GlobalPort and Magnolia wasn’t intense enough, tempers flared on the Batang Pier bench with head coach Pido Jarencio and star guard Terrence Romeo engaging in a shouting match late in the third quarter.Jarencio and Romeo got into a heated commotion during a timeout with exactly three minutes left before players and coaches quickly stepped in to control the situation.ADVERTISEMENT Adversity brings team closer as Beermen rally for Austria, ailing wife Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings “I’m don’t have any resentment toward coach. We all know that he’s been coaching for a long time and he knows what he’s doing,” he said.Romeo also admitted his shortcomings since his return. GlobalPort went 0-2 with him this conference.“Actually I wasn’t really able to help the team maybe because my rhythm is till off. At the same time, I’m still trying to get used to playing because it’s been a long time since I played 5-on-5,” he said. “Hopefully, I’ll be able to get back to my game shape next conference.”The 25-year-old Romeo finished with only 14 points on 6-of-18 shooting from the field as GlobalPort bowed out in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano After the game, the two immediately put the incident aside.“It was just a case of misunderstanding,” Romeo said in Filipino after the Batang Pier dropped an 86-79 decision despite leading by as much as 20 in the first quarter. “Coach and I, we both just want to win. We just had a bit of misunderstanding but off the court, we don’t have any problems. It’s a normal thing, it’s normal for players and coaches.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Both of us just want to win. We just had a heated discussion and it’s part of the game, it’s also part of the process of a developing team,” Jarencio said in Filipino. “There’s no issue, no issue within the team. Talagang nag-kasarapan lang.”Romeo, who just played his second game coming off a knee injury, cleared that he has no ill feeling toward Jarencio. 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 UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may sufferlast_img read more

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Trade workers and employers rejoice, tax credit extended until 2017

first_imgEmployers may qualify for up to $13,500 in tax credits as their apprentice progresses.“British Columbia’s job market creates a strong demand for skilled workers,” says Premier Christy Clark. “Extending these credits will provide long-lasting benefits for employers and skilled trades workers and help fuel the skilled workforce we need to keep B.C.’s economy moving.”In an effort to encourage Aboriginal participation in trades, the province is providing a 50 per cent enhancement for First Nation individuals or employers.Individuals with disabilities and their employers are also eligible for enhanced tax credits.Advertisement The program – created in 2007 after a public consultation – provides refundable income tax credits for B.C. apprentices and their employers.It’s designed to attract people to apprenticeship programs in B.C., as well as to help residents of the province gain experience needed to qualify for skilled jobs in trades, according to the ministry.Since implementation, the ministry says approximately 40,000 apprentices have claimed tax credits.- Advertisement -“Since the program began in 2007, thousands of apprentices have enrolled and gone on to secure stable, well-paying jobs throughout B.C.,” says Minister of Finance Michael de Jong. “These are the skilled tradespeople who are building our homes, our infrastructure and eventually supporting B.C.’s LNG industry.”Eligible apprentices enrolled in programs may qualify for up to $6,500 in tax credits over a four-year apprenticeship program.The apprentice program must be administered through the Industry Training Authority, according to the ministry.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Beckham to receive UEFA President’s award

first_img0Shares0000David Beckham won the Champions League with Manchester United in 1999 © AFP / RHONA WISEPARIS, France, Aug 21 – Former England captain David Beckham is to receive the 2018 UEFA President’s Award in honour of his achievements in the game and his work since retiring as a player, European football’s governing body said on Tuesday.The ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder, who is now 43, will receive the award in Monaco later this year. “I have chosen David Beckham as the recipient of this year’s award because he has been a global ambassador for football, promoting the game and all its values in every corner of the planet,” said UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.“His tireless humanitarian efforts, which have helped the lives of many children around the world, should also be celebrated. Beckham is a true football icon of his generation.”Beckham won the Champions League with United in 1999 and later played for Los Angeles Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain after leaving Madrid.He hung up his boots in 2013 and earlier this year was awarded an MLS franchise in Miami.“During my career I always gave 100 percent and tried to uphold the values of teamwork and fair play and I am proud to join the illustrious list of players who have previously won this award,” said Beckham, who is now involved in charity work with UNICEF, the UN Children’s Fund.“Many of the unforgettable moments I had on the pitch came in the UEFA Champions League such as that magic night in Barcelona in 1999 when we beat Bayern Munich in such dramatic fashion.”Last year’s UEFA President’s Award was given to former Italy star Francesco Totti. Other recent winners include Franz Beckenbauer and the late Johan Cruyff.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Collector donates 700 Hawaiian shirts to college

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Anyone can donate money to his favorite college. John McIntire turned over something of greater personal value: his collection of 700 Hawaiian shirts. McIntire, a sculptor, gave the shirts to the Memphis College of Art, where he once worked. He had collected the colorful garments over 50 years, picking them up at yard sales and junk stores, never paying more than $5 apiece. McIntire, 72, wears Hawaiian shirts most days, putting a T-shirt underneath when it’s cold and adding a coat when necessary. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “The shirts are just like him,” said Don Dumont, who brought his truck and a student from the college to pick up the shirts. “Hawaiian shirts are fun, relaxing, easygoing, nonthreatening. That’s John.” The college plans to display the shirts for a sale to benefit a scholarship in McIntire’s name. He decided to give the collection away – keeping only four of them – to make room for a studio in his attic. He won’t miss them, he said. “I’ll just go out to yard sales and start collecting them again,” he said.last_img read more

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CONFIRMED – RELAY FOR LIFE DONEGAL TO TAKE PLACE AGAIN THIS YEAR

first_imgIt was one of the greatest fund-raising ventures Donegal has ever seen and it is to take place one again.The hugely successful Donegal Relay For Life raised more than €300,000 for the fight against cancer when it was staged in Letetrkenny last summer.And now organisers of the event have confirmed that it is to take place again this year. The 24 hour event, which saw fundraisers walk or jog around the LYIT centre, attracted huge crowds including none other than Daniel O’Donnell.More than half of the money raised was spent directly on cancer services in Donegal while the remainder went into cancer research and services nationally.A meeting of al those interested in taking part again this year including survivors and volunteers will be held on January 28th at 8pm in the Mount Errigal Hotel.  CONFIRMED – RELAY FOR LIFE DONEGAL TO TAKE PLACE AGAIN THIS YEAR was last modified: January 14th, 2013 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:cancer servicesdaniel o’donnellRelay For Life Donegallast_img read more

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Jason Black completes gruelling unsupported endurance race in Oman

first_imgLetterkenny endurance athlete Jason Black has completed the gruelling 2018 BikingMAN Oman, a 1,050km unsupported race.BikingMAN Oman started and finished in Muscat. It was the first ever self-supported ultra-cycling race in the middle east.Black had several long delays due to punctures and was up in second in the race at one stage. One puncture cost the Letterkenny man seven hours. The race got underway early on Sunday morning and competitors had a maximum of five days to complete the course.Searing temperatures of over 30 degrees heightened the pressure on the competitors. Black – who later this year will compete in the Race Across America with Joe Barr – prepared using a turbo trainer beside heat lamps at home.Riders had to carry everything they needed, including refreshments, medical supplies and bedding.The course included the Hajar Mountains, Jebel Shams Pass, the Ash Sharqiyah Desert and Arabian Seaside Roads. Jason Black completes gruelling unsupported endurance race in Oman was last modified: February 27th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2018 BikingMAN OmanJason BlackletterkennyMuscatOmanlast_img read more

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So, what’s better, organic or traditional farming?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As I was cogitating on what to cover in this month’s column, I came across a commentary in “Forbes” by Dr. Henry Miller and Drew Kershen, titled The Colossal Hoax of Organic Agriculture. http://www.forbes.com/sites/henrymiller/2015/07/29/why-organic-agriculture-is-a-colossal-hoax/#31796dd038e4.Their writing brought to mind an online training module I recently completed to prepare for an organic production certifier test. After completing the module, however, I opted not to take the test, but I did gain an education in organic food production. I’ll share with you a bit of what I’ve learned.First, organic food production standards guide how food is grown. But they don’t guarantee the purity and wholesomeness of the food. Generally, organic food standards guarantee that antibiotics, synthetic pesticides and hormones are not used.However, organic standards don’t prohibit use of natural pesticides and don’t guarantee that food is free of natural pesticides. And just because they’re produced naturally — rather than synthetically — doesn’t mean that natural pesticides are risk-free.Many plants naturally produce pesticides to protect their leaves and fruit from insects and other pests. One of the best examples I can cite is pyrethrin, which is extracted from chrysanthemum flowers. They produce the chemical to repel insects. Pyrethrin is commonly used in nonorganic gardens, as well as fly repellants, flea collars and ant bombs.Organic products at the grocery are rarely tested for purity, because, as I mentioned, organic production certification merely guarantees that food is produced in certain ways — not that the food is pure. The quality, purity and nutritive value of organic food versus conventional food is exactly the same  although organic food is often fresher because of the effort to expedite it to the grocery store. However, organic food is produced at a huge additional cost to the producer — and passed on to the consumer.Organic milk production is a clear example of how organic standards apply to the production system and not product purity or quality. Traditionally produced milk and organic milk are both free of antibiotics. That’s because the regulations regarding antibiotics in milk are similar for both types of milk production.However, the methods of traditional and organic dairy production differ when it comes to antibiotic use. I’m sure you’re with me in favoring humane treatment of cows. And I believe this includes treating a sick cow with antibiotics under the supervision of a qualified veterinarian.In a traditional dairy operation, the milk of a cow being treated with antibiotics is isolated from the other cows’ milk. This prevents contamination of the farm’s milk supply that is transported to a processing plant for pasteurization.When the ill cow recovers, the dairyman tests her milk to ensure antibiotics are no longer in her system and that her milk is ready for processing. Milk truck drivers also test milk on the farm before they pump it into their trucks to assure that it is free of antibiotic residue.And when it arrives at the dairy processing plant, the milk is tested once more. Last year over three million tanker loads of milk arrived at dairy processing plants across the country. The good news is that only 0.01% of loads tested positive for antibiotics. And every tainted drop of milk was discarded prior to processing.Organic milk undergoes the exact same monitoring protocols prior to processing. But under organic dairy production standards, a farm manager’s options for caring for a sick cow are limited to treating for pain relief and using herbal remedies, which are not FDA-approved and are not backed by research. These herbal remedies generally have no scientific data regarding their efficacy.If I were a dairyman I would want my cows to have the best FDA-approved treatments available for their health. And I would follow the established antibiotic withdrawal times to avoid residues in their milk.I know someone will ask, “OK, what about those hormones cows get?” In 1994, there was a newly approved product called recombinant bovine growth hormone or somatotropin (rBST), a synthesized version of cows’ natural growth hormone, BST. Dairymen learn how to administer rBST to cows, using management protocols that support good health.The rBST hormone stimulates cows to produce about 10% more milk on about 90% of the feed normally required. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure the upside of this.First, it was good financially at a time when dairymen were barely subsisting. And it was —and still is — good for the environment. When you can produce more milk with fewer cows and less feed, you reduce the dairy industry’s carbon footprint, or impact on the environment.Foodies persisted in making such an issue about hormones in milk. Eventually nearly every grocery chain gave in and pressured processors, who in turn pressured producers, to not give their cows rBST.The hysteria over rBST being used by dairymen was idiocy. Here’s why:Cows that receive rBST have one nanogram (.000000001 gm.) of BST in their milkCows that never receive rBST also have one nanogram of BST in their milk — because BST is a naturally occurring bovine hormone. It’s as natural as mother’s milk, speaking of which….Nursing mothers have one nanogram of human somatotropin in their milkSome foodies alleged that rBST caused a one nanogram increase in insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) in the milk. This was true, but the human body normally has about 300,000 nanograms of IGF-1. And IGF-1 in milk is digested, not absorbed.A discouraging consequence of the discontinuance of administering rBST to cows is the impact on our environment. Every million cows fed rBST reduced carbon dioxide and methane emissions by an amount equivalent to taking 454,000 carbon-spewing cars off the road.So, what’s better, organic or traditional farming?last_img read more

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UAAP volleyball: La Salle survives FEU for 3rd straight win

first_imgRead Next LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Dy paced La Salle with 18 points while reigning MVP Mary Joy Baron added 16.Ogunsanya and Cheng also finished in double digits with 11 and 10 points, respectively, while Cobb orchestrated La Salle’s offense to the tune of 49 excellent sets.Pons put up a game-high 21 points while Celine Domingo added 12 points for FEU. Jerie Pingoy shrugs off pain in return to action Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Defending champion De La Salle streaked to its third straight win as it survived Far Eastern University, 25-22, 25-17, 24-26, 23-25, 15-7 in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Lady Spikers, who tied National University atop the standings with a 3-0 record, sent the Lady Tamaraws skidding to their second straight loss for a 1-2 slate.After trading blows with FEU for a 5-5 tie in the fifth set, the defending champions let their arrows loose and went on a 10-2 run to end the match with Michelle Cobb connecting with Desiree Cheng for the sharp kill.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLa Salle’s first semblance of disparity in the fifth set was its 12-6 lead when Aduke Ogunsanya brushed off Jeanette Villareal’s attempt.Lady Spikers head coach Ramil De Jesus somehow regretted that FEU was able to bring the game to the fifth set, but he still saw the positives in the lengthy matches. MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View comments “I always tell the team that even though they got the first two sets we will lag behind in the third set,” said De Jesus in Filipino. “It’s fairly easy to score the first 24 points, but it’s very difficult to get that last one.”“These five-set matches are good because we can already see what needs to be fixed and it’s really a test for the team’s character.”La Salle already had a 24-22 lead in the third set and needed just one point to finish off FEU but Kianna Dy’s first attempt to end the match went out of bounds.Dy’s second attempt got blocked and Villareal denied Ogunsanya that gave FEU the 25-24 lead before Bernadeth Pons calmly scored the Lady Tamaraws’ 26th point of the third set.La Salle, although, enjoyed 46 free points due to FEU’s errors while the Lady Spikers gave away just 28 points.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Red Bulls Demolish NYCFC 7-0

first_imgThings were getting ugly even before the game began as a brawl broke out between the fans of the rival MLS teams, but was quickly broken up by the NYPD.TweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK—Bradley Wright-Phillips and Dax McCarty score two goals each for the New York Red Bulls in the blow-out against New York City FC 7-0 at Yankee Stadium on Saturday. The Red Bulls win ties the MLS record for largest margin of victory.McCarty put away a header into the top-right corner, off a corner from Sacha Kjelstan, in the third minute, and Wright-Phillips added two goals — the second coming on a bicycle kick in stoppage time — as the Red Bulls (4-7-1) took a 3-0 lead into halftime.Wright-Phillps, who was scoreless in his first seven matches this season, has five goals in his last six.McCarty made it 4-0 in the 51st minute and substitutes Alex Muyl, Gonzalo Veron and Gideon Baah added goals.It was the first career goal for Muyl, a 20-year-old rookie and Manhattan native.The Red Bulls improved to 4-0 against NYCFC (4-4-5), which had its five-game unbeaten streak snapped.It was the first multi-goal game of McCarty’s career.last_img read more

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