Impressive KC equal sprint-relay record


first_imgPHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania: Jamaican high schools stole the spotlight on yesterday’s final day of competition at the 2016 Penn Relays in Philadelphia. Kingston College (KC) produced the most impressive display with a record-equalling 39.63 seconds to capture the 4×100 metres. The record was set last year by Calabar High. The win gave KC their eighth sprint relay title. They joined Camperdown High as the winningest high school male team in the event. St Jago avenged their Gibson Relays defeat in the 4×800 metres relay. The quartet of Eric McKenzie, Joel Jean Pierre, Keenan Lawrence and Leon Clarke on anchor with a 1:52.17 leg was too good for St Elizabeth Technical, who had to settle for second in 7:35.20, with third going to Green Hope out of North Carolina in 7:41.01. Kingston College ended fifth in 7:45.12. There was a major upset in the 4×400 metres. Favourites Calabar were beaten by Jamaica College (JC). With KC’s Bloomfield pulled from the event due to a calf injury, the stage was set for Calabar to defend their title easily after qualifying impressively in their heat early yesterday. Calabar led easily for the first two legs, but JC’s Devaughn Baker ran an impressive third leg to give teammate Phillip Lemonious a healthy lead. Despite a valiant effort from Christopher Taylor, the task was too much as JC won in a season’s best 3:12.34. Calabar were second in 3:13.09 as the much touted T.C. Williams had to settle for third in 3:13.55. St Jago clocked 3:14.53 for fifth, while Edwin Allen were sixth with 3:16.69. Kingston College finished at the back of the field on 3:19.48. Jamaican high schools also picked up three individual wins. In the first race of the day, Edwin Allen High’s Rayon Holmes won the 400 metres hurdles in 52.47 seconds. Jamaica College’s Clayton Brown captured the high jump with a leap of 2.12m, while Kobe Jordan Rhooms of Cornwall College was third with 2.03m. Obrien Wasome, also of JC, won the triple jump with 16.91m from Calabar’s Javier Lowe, 15.83m, and Jordan Scott of Campion, 15.08m. KC got a brilliant start from Shivnarine Smalling, then the outstanding Akeem Bloomfield ran a scorching second leg to put KC in a commanding lead as Jhevaughn Matherson and anchorman Tyrese Bryan went through the motions for an emphatic win. Defending champions Calabar also went under 40 seconds, finishing second in 39.89, with T.C. Williams of Virginia placing third in 40.56. St Jago High were fourth in 40.63 as Jamaica College were disqualified after placing sixth. Major upset Commanding leadlast_img read more

Mustapha Hadji: ‘The Moroccan people have been waiting for this for a long time’


first_imgTopics “I was probably the first player to choose Morocco and it comes down to what is in your heart,” he says. “It’s not about money or anything else – you play for your own country and represent all your family. I’m really happy with the choice I made and to be able to help the current generation.“When you have players like them coming to play for their own country it makes a big difference. We have been able to mix together the best of the players from overseas and those who grew up in Morocco.”The appointment of the former government finance minister Fouzi Lekjaa as president of the Moroccan FA in 2013 also proved to be a turning point. Lekjaa has ensured that the success of the country’s thriving domestic league – WAC Casablanca beat Al Ahly in the final of the African Champions League last weekend – has been translated to the national side, with King Mohammed VI also attempting to fulfil his late father Hassan II’s long-term ambition to host the World Cup in 2026 – the fifth time they have bid for the tournament having just missed out to South Africa in 2010. Hadji is in no doubt what qualifying for next year’s edition could do for his country.“After Islam, football is our second religion,” he says. “Morocco loves the game and is a real football country. It would be the first time we have qualified since the king came to the throne so we will try to do it for him as well. It would be the biggest gift we can give if we make it. The Moroccan people have been waiting for this for a long time – rich people, poor people, the guy on top of a mountain with his sheep.”Hadji moved to England from Deportivo de La Coruña in 1999, forming a formidable partnership with his compatriot Youssef Chippo at Coventry. Despite the club’s demise to League Two since, he still follows their fortunes from afar. His three seasons at Villa Park were not as memorable but Hadji ended up playing professionally until he was almost 40 – winding down his career in the German second division with FC Saarbrücken before moving to Fola Esch in Luxembourg.Having spent a year assisting the former Tunisia coach Bertrand Marchand in Qatar, he was approached by Lekjaa in 2014 and offered the chance to become an assistant to Ezzaki Badou, the previous Morocco coach. Badou’s departure last year heralded the arrival of Renard after a disappointing spell in charge of Lille ended in the Frenchman’s sacking, with Hadji retained in his post.“It was my dream to come back to the national team,” he says. “When Hervé came in, we had a big meeting and he asked me to stay. I’ve learned a lot under him and now we are more than just colleagues. We are friends who talk a lot and we have the same beliefs about football.” Share via Email Despite Hadji’s brilliant solo goal in the 2-2 draw with Norway and a 3-0 victory over Scotland in Saint-Étienne in their final match, the Atlas Lions were denied the chance to follow the class of 1986 into the knockout stage after Kjetil Rekdal’s 89th-minute penalty against Brazil in Marseille.Two decades on, Morocco have the opportunity to make it to the World Cup for the first time since then when they face Ivory Coast in Abidjan on Saturday needing only a point to qualify. A spectacular transformation in fortunes under the former Ivory Coast manager Hervé Renard, who in 2015 became the first man to win Africa Cup of Nations titles with different countries, has transformed a team that had struggled to live up to the exploits of previous generations and missed out on hosting Africa’s premier competition that year after pulling out because of the Ebola epidemic.With Hadji as his assistant, the former Cambridge United manager has led Morocco to the top of Group C after five matches. Now only the mighty Elephants stand in their way.“He has done a really great job,” says Hadji. “You can see the atmosphere in the team – there is passion among the players and we have brought in a more professional approach. The spirit is superb and that has made a big difference. Sometimes just having quality isn’t enough.”Bolstered by a number of players with Moroccan heritage who were born overseas including the captain, Medhi Benatia of Juventus, the Southampton forward Sofiane Boufal, the Galatasaray playmaker Younès Belhanda and the rising star Achraf Hakimi of Real Madrid, Renard’s side followed up a first quarter-final appearance at the Cup of Nations since 2004 earlier this year with home victories over Mali and Gabon to put themselves in pole position for a place in Russia next summer. Hadji, who represented France at Under-21 level having moved to Alsace-Lorraine as a child, believes they are reaping the benefits of the squad’s varied upbringings. World Cup play-offs, final qualifiers and friendlies: 10 things to look out for World Cup 2018 qualifiers For most players, it was the kind of nightmare scenario probably best forgotten. But nearly 20 years since Morocco’s World Cup hopes were so cruelly dashed by Norway’s surprise victory over a Brazil side featuring Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos, that golden summer in France is a memory that Mustapha Hadji will always cherish.“It was of the law of football. You just have to accept it,” insists the former Coventry and Aston Villa midfielder from his home in Agadir. “I played in front of all my friends and family so it was a special time. Everyone was waiting for Morocco to make it through to the second round but sometimes that’s just the way it is. Maybe if we got through we would have been beaten badly and people would have forgotten all about it. But we played some very good football and that will always stay in the hearts of the Moroccan people.” Mustapha Hadji played for Coventry City between 1999 and 2001. Photograph: Aubrey, Washington/Allsport Reuse this content Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Facebook Morocco football team With Renard’s intimate knowledge of Ivory Coast’s star-studded squad which includes Manchester United’s Eric Bailly and the Nice playmaker Jean Michaël Seri, Morocco should still fancy their chances of stopping Marc Wilmots’ side reaching the World Cup for the fourth straight tournament. Yet given his experience at France ‘98, Hadji is wary of taking anything for granted.“Hervé knows everything about them but we have to be careful,” he says. “Even if you know the players and their mentality like he does, it doesn’t make it easy. We will have to prepare ourselves for a 90-minute fight.“The players know they have a great opportunity to become part of Morocco’s football history and only they can make that happen. If we qualify, everyone will remember them for many years to come. You can play in the Premier League or Champions League but the World Cup is something else. To play for your country is the best level anyone can reach.“Football is magic – it can do things that no other sport can. It can make you cry in one second and make you feel in love the next. Politics can’t do that. Only football. We have to do it. We cannot just try.” Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Pinterest Twitter Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on WhatsApp features Football can make you cry in one second and make you feel in love the nextlast_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Buckey Does An Amazing Job Wherever She Dedicates


first_imgDear Editor,This letter is in strong support of Erin Buckley for State Representative in the 19th Middlesex!I’ve known Erin for nearly a decade. Together with her husband, we were some of the very first people to both maintain and grow the Tewksbury Hospital Trail System as a destination for dog walkers, mountain bikers, and hikers. She has always been a passionate woman when it comes to being involved in her community. I am never surprised by the amazing job she does wherever she dedicates her time, be it in the State House as a Legislative Aide or her work for the Republican party in the 2016 election cycle. I can recall seeing her holding signs in Tewksbury, as well as surrounding towns, somehow finding time to go above and beyond in her job with the MassGOP and still volunteer in numerous positions and for numerous causes.Erin finds the time. But not everyone does. We have an opposing candidate in the Republican primary whose empty excuse for only having voted once in her life was that she was too busy building her career. Well, Erin was busy building her community at that same time! During that candidate’s massive voting gap, Erin found the time to work, graduate from university with the highest honors, be accepted to the most sought-after internship in Governor Baker’s Office, and then dedicate herself, full-time, to her community and the political causes she values so highly.There is no excuse for a lack of participation, especially from someone pretending to an elected seat. Erin Buckley will continue to dedicate herself to both Tewksbury and Wilmington — and we will better better off for it! Come September 4th, vote Erin Buckley for State Representative!Steve BagleyTewksbury, MA(Correction: Wilmington Apple accidentally excluded the the writer’s name, which has been updated.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Buckley Will Fight For Residents At State House Like She Does On Tewksbury Finance Committee & Housing PartnershipIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We Must Send Republican Erin Buckley To Beacon HillIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Buckley Is The Only “Legitimate” Republican Candidate In State Rep. RaceIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

OBITUARY Joyce Aldrich Bartolotta 75


first_img(Editor’s Note: Ms. Aldrich was a longtime English teacher at Wilmington High School.)POMPANO BEACH, FL — Joyce Aldrich Bartolotta, 75, resident of Pompano Beach, Florida passed away on August 26,2019.Gathering of Friends and Family will take place on Thursday, August 29, 2019 from 1:00 P.M.-2:15 P.M. at Serenity Funeral Home, 1450 S State Road 7 (441), North Lauderdale, Florida 33068 (954)306-2124Cryptside Service will follow at 2:30 P.M. at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemtery, located next door to the funeral home.Joyce Aldrich Bartolotta(NOTE: The above obituary is from Serenity Funeral Home & Cremation.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Brandon M. Long, 27In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Protests continue against Rohingya persecution


first_imgNearly 400,000 Rohingyas crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar in the last three weeks. Photo: UNBDifferent political, social and religious organisations across the country on Thursday staged demonstrations protesting at the persecution of the Rohingya community in Myanmar.In Chandpur, a religious organisation, Bangladesh Chhatra Hizbullah, formed a human-chain at Faridganj in Sadar upazila around 12:00pm protesting at the mass killing, torture and harassment of the Rohingya people in Rakhine.The speakers at the human-chain urged the global Muslim community to lend their helping hand towards the Rohingya refugees.The journalists of Sunamganj Reporters’ Unity held another human-chain at traffic point of Sadar upazila condemning the arson attacks, rapes and barbarism committed by the Myanmar security forces.In Sherpur, different cultural and social organisations held a human-chain at district central Shaheed Minar in Chawkbazar in the afternoon.District human rights commission, Mahila Parishad, Udichi, Rabindra Sangeet Sommilon Parishad, Human Rights Defender Forum, Women Blood Donation Association, Alor Misil and students of different schools and colleges attended the human-chain.In Dinajpur, progressive teachers’ forum of Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University formed another human-chain in front of the campus on Dinajpur-Dhaka Highway around 12:00pm.The speakers at the human-chain said Myanmar is trying to eradicate the Rohingya community by committing genocide, rape and arson attack.They also asked the Bangladesh government along with global community to put pressure on the Myanmar Government to take back Rohingyas and provide them national identity.last_img read more

Party Politics National Edition Ep 24 DACA Deal Or No Deal


first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listencenter_img 00:00 /18:25 NBCDeal or No Deal game show logoOn this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus talk about another tumultuous week in political news:Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Title 9 changes sexual assaultUS prepares more North Korea sanctionsKansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s voter fraud hearingsThe Supreme Court rules that the Trump administration can keep its travel ban on refugeesSecretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin tries to commission a military jet for his European honeymoonThen, the profs talk about a possible Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) deal. By the way, don’t forget to listen to our weekly Texas-centered episodes, too!Party Politics is produced by Dacia Clay, Edel Howlin and Laura Lucas. Our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander.   This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Sharelast_img read more