first_imgJamaica win again at World TT champsJamaica’s men’s table tennis team made it two wins from two games at the Perfect 2016 World Team Table Tennis Championships at Malawati Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, after scoring another 3-0 win yesterday, this time over Laos.In the opening game, Michael Hyatt scored a narrow and nail-biting 3-2 win — 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-13, 4-11 over Phathaphone Thavisack. Kane Watson then brushed aside Mosangsinh Sonpasith 3-0, winning 11-5, 11-4, 11-3 and Mark Phillips beat Oliyavong Phonepaseud 3-2 in five sets — 6-11, 12-10, 11-3, 6-11, 11-7.In their first game on Sunday, Jamaica defeated Morrocco, also 3-0.Hyatt dismissed his opponent 11-6, 11-4, 11-5, Watson won 13-11, 11-5, 11-7 and Phillips won 11-4, 1-10, 11-4 win in the final match.The Jamaicans are second in the group with maximum four points. They trail leaders Morroco (five points), who they defeated in their opening game and who has played a game more.The Jamaicans will face the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today.The Caribbean team is competing in Group P in Division Four with the DRC, Ghana, Laos and Morrocco.Daley still St James FA bossWESTERN BUREAU:Incumbent Gregory Daley was returned for another term as President of the St James Football Association, following Monday night’s election of officers, sending challenger Orville Powell to a crushing 82-16 loss.Other members of the executive are: David Watt, first vice president; Hopeton Gilchrist, second vice president; Dennis Waite, general secretary; Tracey Reid, assistant general secretary and treasurer Gavin McNeil.It is the second time in near four months that the Montego Bay United (MBU FC) owner was losing a football-related election, after failing in his bid to challenge Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) President, Captain Horace Burrell, in November 2015.”The outcome here tonight speaks for itself. I believe that most of the things my challenger sought to address are all valid. However, it has to be about the approach. I choose to incorporate the clubs in my decision-making and that is why the affiliates have given me another term to lead,” said Daley.”We try to make them part of the process of change, we understand the culture they work under and help each club administratively to become a lot more professional in their set-up and their development and I believe that they appreciate how we deal with things,” Daley said.Powell’s impressive slate of candidates included former national goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, Sandra Christie, Germaine Spencer, Edmund Sherriff and Kenneth Watson.last_img read more

first_imgFormer National Reggae Boyz assistant coach, Miguel Coley, has broken his silence on his recent departure from the coaching staff of the national senior men’s team. While disappointed with his axing from the Reggae Boyz coaching staff, the Jamaica College Manning Cup coach believes his “work is not yet done,” and remains “committed to producing players for the national team. The 34-year-old, whose playing career was cut short because of injury in 2005, was drafted as assistant national head coach by German Winfried Schaefer. “The sky is definitely the limit, I back myself and push myself every single time and keep on putting in the work. At the same time you have to be producing players again for the National team so the work is never done,” he said in an interview with The Gleaner following JC’s 3-1 win over Eltham High on Wednesday. “I have to support whoever is in charge at this point in time and wish them all the best,” the outgoing assistant coach added. At JC, Coley’s charges have consistently peaked and played their best football at the business end of the season, winning trophy after trophy each year. The highlight of his career came last year when Jamaica finished CONCACAF Gold Cup runners-up to Mexico. This was, however, followed by a failed 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. According to Coley he is not sure about what, if any, future role he will play in the national programme at this point in time, adding: “What I know is I am no longer the assistant coach of the Reggae Boyz.” SKY’S THE LIMITlast_img read more

first_imgSAN JOSE — Sharks center Logan Couture said there might have been a time early in his NHL career when he was fully conscious of any active point streak that he was enjoying.That’s changed, Couture said, to the point where it wasn’t until a couple of games ago that he was aware he was on another extended run.“A couple of the guys said something,” Couture said Tuesday morning. “I guess when you’re on a streak like this, to keep it going, you just focus on helping the team win and good things …last_img read more

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN FRANCISCO — The Giants fielded calls and explored various trade scenarios involving Madison Bumgarner around the trade deadline, but an extended July hot streak and a desire to contend convinced the front office to hold onto the team’s ace.With one month left in the regular season, Bumgarner’s future with the Giants will once again become a frequent topic of discussion.The 30-year-old left-handed starter is set …last_img read more

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Former Giants first round draft pick Kyle Crick will miss the remainder of the season due to an injury sustained during a pregame altercation in the visiting clubhouse at Oracle Park on Monday.A Pittsburgh Pirates team release announced that Crick underwent extensor tendon repair surgery on his right index finger in San Francisco Tuesday after fighting with teammate and Pirates closer Felipe Vázquez on Monday.Crick, a 2011 first round draft choice of the Giants, was traded to …last_img read more

first_imgStory Highlights The figure is “way below” the 2.7 per cent recorded for the January to March quarter The Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) is reporting that inflation during the April to June quarter was 1.2 per cent, well below the two to three per cent range projected in May.Making the announcement at the BoJ’s quarterly media briefing on Wednesday, August 21, Governor, Brian Wynter, who described the outturn as “encouraging”, said the figure is “way below” the 2.7 per cent recorded for the January to March quarter.Addressing journalists at the BoJ’s auditorium in downtown Kingston, Mr. Wynter attributed the June quarter outturn “largely’ to the lagged impact of exchange rate depreciation and the impact of drought conditions on the prices of some agriculture items.“But the impact of these factors on inflation was, in fact, lower than what we had anticipated. The lower than projected inflation also reflected in the impact of a sharp reduction in energy costs, which was not expected, and also the weaker than anticipated demand conditions,” he outlined.Mr. Wynter said inflation for the July to September quarter is projected to range from two to three per cent. He pointed out that if this materializes, the rate will be below the outturn for similar periods for each of the previous five years. The inflation forecast for the September quarter, he points out, is expected to be influenced mainly by the increases in the prices of domestic agriculture produce and processed foods.“In addition, inflation in the period is expected to reflect the impact of higher prices for crude oil and the effect of the seasonal increase in demand that is related to the summer holidays and back to school preparations,” he added.The Governor pointed out however, that the announced reduction in communication costs and “persistent” weak demand conditions are expected to moderate the impact of these factors on overall price levels. He disclosed that data released by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), shows July recording an inflation rate of 0.5 per cent.Mr. Wynter said despite the “lower than expected” inflation outturn for the first four months of the fiscal year, the Bank is maintaining its forecast range of 8.5 per cent to 10.5 per cent for the 2013/14 fiscal year.This, he explained, is based in the expectation of domestic prices reflecting the impact of higher international commodity prices, particularly crude oil, as also exchange rate depreciation. Seasonal increases in domestic agricultural produce prices are also expected to contribute to inflation for the period.Mr. Wynter said a “cautious” assessment of near term inflation risks suggests that the figures recorded will be close to the upper end of the forecast range for June to September, and the fiscal year.These risks, he pointed out, largely relate to the recently announced increase in transportation costs and “possible” adjustments to utility costs “depending on decisions made by the regulator.”  Additionally, he pointed to the risk of higher oil prices facing Jamaica, depending on the developments in the Middle East.In noting that adverse weather is also a potential high risk to the forecast, the Governor said weaker than anticipated domestic demand conditions is expected to continue to be the main downside risk, “hence our assessment of maintaining the 8.5 to 10.5 per cent range.”“So… we are doing better than expected in the first four months of the year, but there are factors that are pushing up inflation. Whether those factors will be outweighed by the factors that are muting or slowing down inflation, it’s difficult to say,” he noted.Mr. Wynter, however, assured that, “we believe the risks are reasonably balanced. and what that boils down to is roughly where inflation is today…the most recent 12-month (range) comes out at… between nine and 10 per cent.” Inflation during the April to June quarter was 1.2 per cent, well below projections Inflation for the July to September quarter is projected to range from two to three per centlast_img read more

first_imgChandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh will take stock of the ongoing work on the Kartarpur corridor project at Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district on Thursday, a state minister said on Wednesday. The Kartarpur corridor will connect Darbar Sahib — the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev — in Pakistan’s Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district of Punjab. It will facilitate visa-free movement of Indian pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which is located in Pakistan’s Narowal district across the Ravi river, about four kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “CM sahib will inspect the ongoing work being carried out by NHAI and Land Port Authority of India at Dera Baba Nank tomorrow (Thursday),” Punjab Jails Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said. Pakistan is building the corridor from the Indian border to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur up to the border is being built by India. The four-lane highway connecting the Zero Point of the Kartarpur corridor up to National Highway-354 is being constructed by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). Besides, a passenger terminal is also under construction. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The corridor will be opened in November in connection with the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. Randhawa further said the Punjab Cabinet will hold its next meeting at Dera Baba Nanak town in Gurdaspur. Earlier, the counsel of ministers had held its meeting at Sultanpur Lodhi in Kapurthala district. The minister said he will discuss the issue of proceedings of Tuesday’s Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee coordination panel meeting with the chief minister. Randhawa had on Tuesday attended the meeting of coordination panel for the first time as representative of the state government in connection with the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev in Amritsar.last_img read more