Champs matchups to savour

first_imgAbsorbing match-ups are sprinkled liberally across the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships this week. Yet, despite the collective allure, one has captured the nation’s imagination. That special one pits Nigel Ellis of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) against Jhevaughn Matherson of Kingston College (KC) and Raheem Chambers of St Jago High School. In a world where the Olympic or World 100m champion has long been dubbed the world’s fastest human, that extra interest is understandable. Chambers and Matherson are precocious talents who each have won the Class Three 100m in record time. Two years ago, Chambers out-started his friendly KC rival to win in a Class Two record time of 10.29 seconds, with Matherson next in 10.37 seconds. By contrast, Ellis has never won a Champs medal before. This late bloomer moved from Cambridge High and has blossomed at STETHS. He was fourth in both the Class One 100 and 200m last year, with Chambers behind him in the shorter race. All of those ahead of him, including former Calabar standout Michael O’Hara, are gone. So is his 2015 personal best of 10.45. Some didn’t believe his fast-winning Western Champs times of 10.20 and 20.40 seconds until his measured 10.26-second dash to beat Chambers in the Under-20 100m at the recent Carifta Trials. Even though that was Chambers’ first 100m of the season, and even though Matherson smoothly released a 10.25 to win the under-18, everyone believes in Ellis now. His mission is to become the first boy from STETHS to win the Class One 100m. For all that, there are some other big matchups. Ellis’ schoolmate, Junelle Bromfield, and Ashley Williams of Holmwood Technical are heading for a highly anticipated meeting in the Class One 400m. Bromfield is strong and Williams is quick, but the STETHS girl is just about 0.3 faster on the clock this year. Despite all that and the lofty expectations for the clashes between Jauavney James, Shevon Parkes, and Leon Clarke in the Class One 800m and between the JC pair of O’Brien Wasome and Clayton Brown in the Class One triple jump, the girls’ Class Two 100m hurdles will share the spotlight. Two former Class Three and Four winners, Sidney Marshall of Manchester High and Holmwood’s Shanette Allison, demand attention in the Class Two 100 metres hurdles. Allison edged her elder rival at Central Champs and looked great on Tuesday in the Champs heats. Her time of 13.60 seconds led all qualifiers in the preliminary round. Perhaps next year, when she will again be in Class Two, she will knock on the door of the record, set at 13.38 seconds by Peta-Gaye Williams. As in the boys’ Class One 100m, there is another worthy contender. That’s Marshall’s teammate, Daszay Freeman. This leggy lass has sprint credentials, having beaten St Jago’s outstanding Kimone Shaw. Marshall is slick. Allison is quick and Freeman has the look of someone who will keep improving. One of them could become really, really good. That’s the great thing about Champs. Whether the athlete is as unheralded as Ellis or as established as bright prospects like Chambers and Matherson, those who watch Champs keenly could see a gem. So here’s a word of advice. Don’t lose focus after the big 100-metre final. The girls’ Class Two 100-metre hurdles could be the race of the meet. HIGHLY ANTICIPATEDlast_img read more

Liberian Embassy in US Lobbies for Anti-Ebola Equipment

first_imgThe Liberian Embassy in Washington, the United States of America, has shipped a 40-foot container, loaded with ‘needed’ materials to help stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.According to Liberia Ambassador to the US, Mr. Jeremiah C. Sulunteh, the shipment was paid for by “Friends of Liberia (FOL),” a Washington DC-based organization, through the Liberian Embassy.The FOL, Amb. Sulunteh said, are a group of Americans, some of whom once served with the US Peace Corps in Liberia.Amb. Sulunteh told the Observer in an exclusive phone interview Thursday, September 4, that all the materials and financial support are being mobilized by the Liberian Embassy Ebola Response Team, which he heads.He stated that the FOL donated US$10,000 and another gentleman— Gus Gustafson— donated an additional US$10,000 to pay for the shipment, which contains needed materials for the fight against the virus, which has claimed over 1900 lives in the West Africa Region.The Liberian diplomat said the Embassy Ebola team had divided the US into two — Western and Eastern — so that Liberians and sympathizers can donate needed materials to two ware houses in Minnesota and Maryland, respectively.“Most of the materials were donated by Liberians and our friends. Global Health Ministry is collecting the materials and shipping them on our behalf,” Amb. Sulunted added.He said the first container left the US since August 9 and it might now be in Liberia. And the second shipment is expected to leave the US on September 15.He also told the Observer that an honorary Liberian citizen, Mr. Stephen Graham, also donated through the Embassy US$15,000, which was symbolically given to Vice President Joseph Boakai, when he was in the US, recently.“This money has now been transferred to the National Ebola Task Force in Liberia to help toward the fight,” he added.Meanwhile, Amb. Sulunteh said as Liberians and FOL in the US are graciously donating to the Ebola fight, other friends of Liberia in Canada, working with the Global Medic, based in that country, will this weekend airlift US$400,000 assorted materials needed toward the Ebola fight.According to him, included in the package are expected to be materials for tent construction, which Global Medic head, Rahul Singh, is sending three of his colleagues, including L. Herbert Buckwalter, Rachel E. Topping  and Roderick J. Schmidt to come and construct. Amb. Sulunteh also said that included in the Canadian package are water treatment materials.“Some of the materials from Canada are going to be given to the S.D. Cooper Hospital in Sinkor,” the Liberian Ambassador said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Frenkie De Jong Manchester City joins race to sign Ajax player

first_imgManchester City have become favorites in the race to sign Frenkie De Jong from Ajax Amsterdam.The Premier League champions are believed to be closing in on a £61 million deal for the Netherlands international, who has impressed in the Eredivisie in recent seasons.It is understood that the 21-year-old, who has been capped four times by his country, is viewed by City boss Pep Guardiola as the ideal successor to Fernandinho, with the Brazilian turning 34 in May.Guardiola tried and failed to find a replacement for the former Shakhtar man during the summer transfer window, with both Jorginho and Fred opting to sign for Chelsea and Manchester United respectively instead of a move to the Etihad Stadium.However, City are in line to get their man this time, with both Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona reportedly resigned to defeat in the hunt for De Jong’s services.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…Earlier in the season De Jong’s representatives led by agent, Ali Dursun, refused to be drawn on speculation regarding the players future at Ajax.When asked if his client was joining Manchester City, Dursun, said according to Mirror Football:“I can neither confirm or deny this.”“You should ask Marc Overmars [Ajax’s sporting director].”“I send all clubs that contact me over to him.”last_img read more