Country Train to capture Grooms Trophy feature

first_imgThe consistent COUNTRY TRAIN should lead home ROCK UNION in the annual renewal of the Grooms’ Association Trophy race over the straight-five course at Caymanas Park today.Confined to horses from the $350,000-$300,000 claiming spread, the race originally had 13 nominees at the overnight stage on Wednesday, but 12 will now face the starter after one of the top contenders, EL PODEROSO, drowned at sea on Thursday morning.COUNTRY TRAIN and ROCK UNION, both winners last time out, have the best form to recommend and should take it down to the wire.The five-year-old gelding ROCK UNION has won his last two races over the straight, leading home subsequent winner AUNT HILDA by just over two lengths on June 13. He was claimed out of that race from trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes by Colin Ferguson and although stepping up in class today, this will not deter him.Prior to his last race, he beat $350,000 claimers over the course on May 23 in a sub-minute time and reporting in good nick for this race, can prove equal to the task with the sparingly used but experienced jockey Paul Ramsay aboard.MUCH IMPROVEDDespite his strong claims, preference is for the Stedman Curtis-trained COUNTRY TRAIN, who has won three of her last four races.The five-year-old mare by Image Maker out of Storm Within looked much improved when slamming subsequent winner NEW KINGSTON by almost five lengths over the course on May 6, this on a $400,000 claiming tag in the good time of 1:00.0. And last time out she was at it again, winning by five lengths over the round-five course on July 8 when claimed by Stedman Curtis.She reports in fine fettle in a bid for this trophy and with title-chasing jockey Robert Halledeen taking the ride from one of his favourite trainers, she will not be easily denied.COUNTRY TRAIN has good speed and in light of this, should gallop on to the main track ahead of AUNT HILDA, SMOKIN MAN and ROCK UNION, keeping on strongly to beat the latter in decisive fashion.Also, on the 10-race programme is a highly-competitive open allowance race over a mile which brings together the down in class horses PETE’SWILDONE and ALL CORRECT, as well as the recent winners TIMFORARMS, PHINEAS, FRANFIELD and MILITARY MOVE in a field of nine.One of the down in class horses should capture this event and I select ALL CORRECT to get the better of PETE’SWILDONE.last_img read more

Winning return for Fearless Fury

first_imgThe unbeaten filly FEARLESS FURY reported from a 10-layoff to win the Flossie McNeil Memorial Cup over 1200 metres in decisive fashion at Caymanas Park yesterday. Installed a 2-1 favourite despite the lengthy absence, FEARLESS FURY was given a patient ride by Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry in a field of 14 fillies and mares, eventually coming through from just off the early pace to win by 21/2 lengths from the fast-finishing DASH BOARD (7-1), heads on with the leader RAISING THE BAR (15-1) under leading jockey Shane Ellis. Highly fancied JESSE’S FAVORITE (3-1) hurt her chances by being slowly away and was unable to recover, as YOGA and FIRE ALARM disputed the lead into the straight, before RAISING THE BAR and then FEARLESS FURY burst on the scene. A chestnut filly by Fearless Vision out of the Al’s Silver Cat mare Raging Fury, FEARLESS FURY is owned and trained by Fitzroy Glispie, who said that despite the lengthy absence due to a leg injury, he waited patiently for months to ensure she was ready for this race. “She cracked a sesamoid bone after her impressive fast-time win over 1100 metres when making her two-year-old debut last December, and this required surgery,” said the former jockey. On a day which produced a number of upsets, Henry and top apprentice Linton Steadman rode two winners each, while trainer Tyrone Prince saddled two. Steadman actually passed the post first aboard three of his mounts, but DOC HOLIDAY (7-2) was disqualified and placed third for causing interference to the third horse UNBREAKABLE in the latter stages of the seventh race and first place awarded to the 21-1 outsider LEGENDARY PLEASURE. WAITED PATIENTLYlast_img read more

Mendoza Jr now heads WBA

first_imgThe World Boxing Association (WBA), one of the leading controlling bodies in professional boxing, has a new president. He is Gilberto Mendoza Jr, a former vice-president who succeeds his father, Gilberto Mendoza Sr. The latter resigned recently because of ill health.There was a similar father-son succession two years ago with the World Boxing Council (WBC) when Maurice Sulaiman succeeded his father, JosÈ Sulaiman, as the head of the World Boxing Council (WBC).On that occasion, the older Sulaiman had died. The WBA is the oldest of the top four organisations that control professional boxing worldwide. The others are the International Boxing Federation and the World Boxing Organisation.The elder Mendoza was in Jamaica with his son in 2012 for the world featherweight title fight between Nicholas ‘The Axeman’ Walters and Dualis Prescott, a fight that Walters won by a technical knockout in Round 7 to take the then vacant WBA featherweight title. He has been ailing for some time, and because of his poor health, he decided at age 72 to “hang up his gloves”.tribute to Mendoza SrNo doubt as a tribute to Mendoza Sr, and also as a reward to his son for the hard work he has put in as a vice-president for many years, Mendoza Jr was elected unanimously by the 40 delegates who were present at a meeting of directors in Panama when Mendoza Sr made his retirement announcement by video stream.It had been generally expected that whenever Mendoza Sr decided to retire, his son, who has been by his side many years as a confidante, would succeed him.The WBA, which had its base in Venezuela for many years, relocated to Panama in 2007, and Mendoza Jr had been acting as president during the recent illness of his father.Commenting on his election, he said that he was happy to take over the leadership, and the only regret he had was that his father was not present physically when the directors made the decision to elevate him to the top spot.In accepting the position, Mendoza Jr said that the passion that he puts into his job was inherited from his father and urged the worldwide boxing fraternity to ” let us all work together for the good of the sport”.last_img read more

Jennifer Ellison-Brown: Good health and good choices

first_img This is needed for cell building, blood making, and for muscle and tissue repair and restoration. Proteins cannot be stored and are mainly found in the food from animals group. Examples are meat, dairy products, poultry, eggs, seafood, and legumes (peas, nuts, beans). The body can also use protein as energy. Fats The World Health Organisation describes health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of diseases or infirmity”. Good health starts with making good choices, which leads to good health habits. Physical Health deals with maintaining the condition of your body, which requires the following: – Eating balanced meals – Engaging in physical activity – Practising good hygiene – Getting enough rest – Avoiding alcohol, drugs and smoking Mental health is the way that you cope with the demands of daily life and involves the following: – The ability to handle stress effectively and to solve problems – Openness to new ideas and new ways of doing things – The ability to adjust to change. Social health is defined by the way one interacts with people. How well an individual gets along with others is important to one’s overall sense of well-being. All parts of your health are equally important to overall wellness. Sports involvement is an excellent means of achieving overall wellness. Proteins Fats are used as energy with a mixture of glycogen as it cannot be used on its own. The mixture depends on how intense the activity is and how long it will last. Fats are supplied from the fats and oils group and also from varying food from animals. It is also found in nuts and some plants. The wrong type of fats may lead to high cholesterol. fats are broken down into fatty acids and glycerol. HEALTH AND NUTRITION This makes up 70 per cent of the body’s weight. It aids the digestive system. A lack of water could decrease the amount of food that is digested, resulting in fewer nutrients reaching the cells. Eight glasses of water must be consumed daily to replace water lost through sweating, urination, and breathing. The seven important nutrients must be part of the diet in the right proportions to make it balanced. Next Week: Foods for Health and Athletic Performance/ Eating Disorders Nutrients and Food Groups Fibrecenter_img This is a source of energy. Carbs are found in sweet and starchy foods, i.e., the staple food group. Active sports persons need 60 per cent of their diet to be from carbohydrates. Meals high in carbohydrates are known as high-energy foods, e.g., rice, pasta, yam, corn, cereals, etc. Carbohydrates are broken down by the body into glucose. Excess glucose is then stored as glycogen in the liver and muscles. Good health starts with a good diet. The body needs nutrients in order to prevent malnutrition, which is a state of unhealthy tissues and organs due to faulty or inadequate nutrition. Nutrients required by the body can be found in the six food groups. A healthy combination of foods from these six food groups will provide us with the energy we need to live, grow, and repair ourselves. The food groups are: Staples Legumes Fruits Vegetables Fats and oils Foods from animals Nutrients are the substances in foods that are absorbed into the blood and transported to cells throughout the body. These nutrients are as follows: This is a substance called cellulose, which is found in plants. Fibre is part of a healthy diet and is found in vegetables, whole grain foods, and other cereals. It cannot be digested by the body but, it prevents constipation and bowel cancer. It absorbs poisonous waste from digested foods. The body only requires a tiny amount of vitamins. Some vitamins like A and D can be stored in the liver. Some have to be consumed regularly, e.g. vitamin C. The body will excrete excess amounts. Minerals are just as important. Vitamins and minerals are found in all types of food but are particularly present in fruits and vegetables. Vitamin A promotes healthy eyes and skin Vitamin C strengthens the immune system Vitamin D promotes strong bones and teeth, and essential for absorption of calcium. Calcium promotes healthy teeth and bones Iron promotes blood production, prevents tiredness. Iodine promotes production of thyroxine hormone controls metabolic rate Carbohydrates Water Vitamins and Mineralslast_img read more

Arnett head to Haiti for CFU Club Championship semi-finals

first_imgArnett Gardens FC will depart the island this morning at 11’o clock for a semi-final showdown against W Connection of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship in Haiti. In the other semi-final clash, Don Bosco will square off against Central FC. The top three teams in the CFU tournament will qualify for the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions’ Cup. The semi-final winners will meet in the final, while the losers will be engaged in a third place-off to decide the other qualifier for the CONCACAF stage. Renae Lloyd, who was injured early in the team’s second leg Red Stripe Premier League semi-final, will not make the trip. They lost the two-way tie 4-3 to Montego Bay United FC and were dethroned of the local title. “This is the final round in the CFU. We have two chances to advance to the CONCACAF stage, but we will be trying our best to win the Caribbean title for the first time,” Jerome Waite, head coach of Arnett, told The Gleaner yesterday of his team that ended runners-up last time. “This is my third stint in the CFU, and we will be looking to put the disappointment of losing the local Premier League behind,” he added. Their top players are captain Oneil Thompson, Damion Hyatt, Kemal Malcolm, Michaelous Martin, Dicoy Williams, Kenneil Hyde, Dicoy Williams, Vishinul Harris and Jason Moore.last_img read more

HVFC for Scotiabank CONCACAF U-13 Champions League

first_imgHarbour View Football Club’s Under-13 team has been selected again to represent Jamaica at the second staging of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League. The east Kingston team will be one of 12 clubs playing in the championships scheduled to take place from July 23-30 in Mexico City. “Scotiabank has always been associated with developmental sports, and so we are excited to be exploring the possibilities in football through our CONCACAF affiliation,” said Yanique Forbes Patrick, Scotiabank’s vice-president of marketing. In the draw conducted to determine the groupings, Harbour View were selected to play in Group A against Mexican club Buhos de Hermosillo FC, Real EstelÌ from Nicaragua, and Jabloteh (Trinidad and Tobago). The draw sorted the 12 club teams, representing 10 CONCACAF nations, into three groups of four for round-robin play starting in July. “We are happy to be selected and we’re preparing to have a little more depth this year to see if we can go a little further than we did last year and advance from the zone,” said Clyde Jureidini, general manager of Harbour View FC. Group B consists of Menor Tijuana (Mexico), Comunicaciones FC (Guatemala), Liga Deportiva Alajuelense (Costa Rica), and Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Canada). Pungarabato Guerrero, the final Mexican club in the competition, heads Group C and will compete with Sporting KC (USA), Chorrillo FC (Panama), and CD Santa Ana (El Salvador). At the last championship, hosted in Mexico City in August 2015, Harbour View finished third in Zone B with three points behind Canadian zone winners Montreal Impact (nine points) and second-placed Aguilas UAS of Mexico (six points). The team won one game against DC United USA (5-2) and lost two matches against Montreal Impact (2-3) and Aguilas (Mexico) (2-1). DEFENDING CHAMPS Mexico’s Toluca are the defending champions of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League, having dismissed their Zone A El Salvador counterparts in the finals with a crushing 4-0 scoreline last year. One outstanding player from the Jamaican contingent at the last tournament was Kellijah Morgan, a community resident from Southern Cross Drive. In the one match they won, he broke away from his markers to receive a Rasheed Willis pass and slotted home after 14 minutes to hand his team a 1-0 lead. Morgan doubled the lead seven minutes later when captain Rojaughn ‘RoRo’ Joseph dissected the defence for him to waltz by the goalkeeper and score. Scotiabank signed on as the official bank of CONCACAF and the league’s first official partner in 2014 and title sponsors of the Gold Cup, the Champions League, and the Caribbean Nations Cup.last_img read more

Chopped down in 55 seconds!

first_imgAmerican boxer DeMarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley is a man of few words, but his fists spoke loud and clear on Wednesday night at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium when he destroyed his Guyanese opponent, Revlon ‘Lion Heart’ Lake, in just 55 seconds of the first round, to move dramatically into the semi-finals of the Wray and Nephew Contender series.The first semi-final will be on June 8 between Richard ‘Frog’ Holmes and Tsetsi Davis.One space was left after three other quarter-final bouts, and Corley cemented his No. 1 ranking in the competition with a sensational victory over an opponent who was expected to give him a close fight. This was not to be, however.The action started briskly, with both men throwing hard punches at each other. Southpaw Corley found the mark first with a straight left that shook his opponent, but Lake responded quickly with a one-two combination that was designed to send a message to Corley. Everything was pointing to a very exciting encounter at this stage of the fight when out of the blue, Corley landed a savage right hook to the head of his opponent, and down he went, to gasps of surprise from the large crowd.Referee Owen Nelson started his count, and most people in the arena expected Lake to get back to his feet. He did not, however, move as the count continued, and when at the magic eight he still had not made a move to get back up, the realisation set in that the end was near.LOOKING DEJECTEDThe referee moved the count from eight to 10 and then signalled the end as Lake sat on the canvas looking dejected. He then pointed to his right ankle and said that it was hurting, and he was immediately given medical attention by Dr AndrÈ McDonald, the ringside physician.His faculties seemed clear, but he indicated that he could not have resumed as he had twisted his ankle and it was hurting. Having been counted out, he resigned himself to the knockout defeat, while Corley celebrated quietly and indicated that he had merely “taken care of business”.”He threw a good combination and I responded with a right hook. It was a sweet shot and it took him out,” he said afterwards. He then added, “I am ready to move on to the finals.” His opponent in the semi-finals will be Michael ‘The Wasp’ Gardener, a talented Jamaican amateur, who made his debut as a professional in the competition on April 6 with a second-round knockout victory over American JosÈ Guzman. He then followed this up with a points victory over Ramel ‘Sub Zero’ Lewis on May 7 and is now ready to do battle with Corley on June 15.Corley expressed confidence that he would be in the finals, while Gardener taunted him and stated that at age 41, he will not like getting into the ring with him. Corley acknowledged his age but pointed to his achievements. ” Yes, I am 41, but any man who went 12 rounds with Floyd Mayweather must be doing something good,” he pointed out and then stated confidently, ” I will be ready.”In the two amateur bouts on the card, Sanjay Williams from Bruising gym scored a second-round technical knockout victory over Samuel Grant from Sugar Olympic gym, and Fabian Tucker from Sugar Olympic scored a unanimous decision over Seantonie Johnson from the St Thomas Boxing Club.last_img read more

Matherson hits top form

first_imgJhevaughn Matherson hit top form on yesterday’s opening day of the Carifta Trials, producing a sizzling 10.25 seconds to win the Under-20 boys 100 metres.The Kingston College sprint star who ran several 400 metres this season in his background work, showed that he is ready to go two places better than his third-place finish a year ago at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships with a commanding win.Jelani Walker, who competed unattached, was second in 10.36 while St Catherine High’s Ashanie Smith ran on strongly to get third in 10.52.Matherson was very pleased with his performance.HAPPY FOR THE WIN”I am happy for the win, and I am not surprised with the time despite it being my second 100 metres race of the season as I know that I am in good shape,” he said.The Under-18 event went to Calabar’s Tyreke Wilson in 10.57 ahead of Jamaica College’s Everett Michali (10.66) and Xavier Nairne of Wolmer’s who was third in 10.69.Edwin Allen High athletes dominated the female sprints. Kevona Davis and Kasheika Cameron took the Under-18 and Under-20 events, respectively. Davis won in 11.43, ahead of Brianna Williams (unattached), 11.46, and Michae Harriott of Holmwood, 11.70.Cameron clocked 11.49 seconds, beating out St Jago’s Aneika Brisett (11.54) and Renee Shaw (10.59) of Excelsior High.Spot Valley High’s Tyrese Reid also shared the spotlight with a dominant display in the Under-18 800 metres. The Western Championships winner stopped the clock in a fast 1:51.11 to upstage Calabar High’s Kimar Farquharson (1:52.04) with third going to Dugion Blackman of Jamaica College, 1;53.34.Akeem Colley of Rusea’s won the Under-20 event in 1:52.11, beating Aerial Jackson of Christiana High, 1:52.31, with Kingston College’s Colin Rowe running on strongly for third in 1:52.56.In the 400m hurdles, St Jago High’s Timor Barrett won the Under-20 event in 51.49 seconds. Overseas-based Ronaldo Griffiths was second in 52.16 and Malik James of Calabar, third in 52.42.The second day of competition will begin today at 10 a.m.Selected results GIRLSUnder 18 400mH1. Sanique Walker (Vere) 58.062. Taffara Rose (Hyd) 1:00.543.Johnelle Thomas (St Cath.) 1:01.48Under 20 400mH1. Nicolee Foster Holm 57.852. Shiann Salmon Hyd 57.893. Gabrielle McDonald EdA 1:01.26Triple Jump U201. Myesha Nottingham (Rusea’s) 12.75m2. Tissana Hickling (St J) 12.66m3. Lorean Murray (St And.) 12.61m3000m1. Britnie Dixon (Vere) 10:29.572. Kayann Green (Ed A) 10:29.643. Jeima Davis (Ed A) 10:44.69Discus Under 181. Marie Forbes (Vere) 43.57m2.Kimone Reid (EdA) 42.61m3. Shania Scott (St J) 39.98mBOYSUnder-18 400mH1.Dashinelle Dyer (Steths) 51.842. Rovane Williams (Rhodes Hall) 52.403. Ramone Lindo (Vere) 52.96Under-20 long jump1. Carey McLeod (KC) 7.55m2. Ryan Brown (GCF) 7.48m3. Damon Creary (Wolmer’s) 7.26mDiscus Under 201. Roje Stone (St J) 60.50m2. Kevin Nedrick (Peters) 59.70m3. Douglas Cyrus (JC) 56.37m5000m Under 201. Keenon Lawrence (St J) 15:28.192. Shemar Salmon (Steths) 15:34.013. Jevane Davy (XLCR) 16:25.833000m Under 181. Renaldo Johnson St J 8:53.952. Tarees Rhoden KC 9:00.453. Nickoy Harding Rhodes Hall 9:13.64last_img read more

KSAFA to increase referee pool

first_imgThe Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) took a major step towards reducing the drastic referee shortage in the conference, by forging a partnership with USAID Comet – II, to train 28 young men from various inner city communities for eight weeks, to be qualified referees. The partnership is valued at over $250,000, with more support expected from other KSAFA partners. According to KSAFA general secretary, Dwayne Dillon, who spoke at the launch of the programme on Saturday at Melbourne Cricket Club, KSAFA has under performed in the area of referee development and will have to take an intensive and deliberate effort to get back in the top flight of referees in the country, which is dominated by St Catherine and Clarendon referees. He noted that KSAFA boasts seven Premier League teams and hosts the most football competitions at any level in the country, but is woefully lacking in its referee representation and performance. Cancellations At present, KSAFA has only one FIFA Referee, Karl Tyrell, and two assistants, Garnet Page and Keeble Williams. KSAFA president, Wayne Shaw, says the confederation’s shortage of referees has forced many postponements in their competitions, especially at weekends and they have no choice but to look to St Catherine and Clarendon for support to ensure games are completed as schedule. “Kingston and St Andrew have a shortage of referees and we want to increase the referee numbers. We try to get kids between the ages of 18 to 25 because we want people to stay as long as possible,” he said. The 28 trainees, were selected by the programme’s coordinator and Masters League general secretary, Samantha Harvey. They go through a rigorous eight weeks programme where they will learn the laws of the game in four weeks of class room sessions, before sitting an exam in the fifth week. A physical training schedule will be developed for the trainees during class room sessions and then intensified in the last three weeks of the programme. Theory work for the programme will be done at the Camperdown High School from Mondays to Fridays, while practical sessions will take place at the JDF Air Wing on Saturdays.last_img read more

Coaches blast ISSA for Rodgers ruling

first_imgAt least two prominent high school coaches have expressed disappointment at the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association’s (ISSA) decision to allow Ari Rodgers of Kingston College (KC) to participate in the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships later this month.Rodgers, a Ugandan student-athlete who competes in long and middle distance races, joined KC in October last year, missing ISSA’s registration deadline of September 30. However, ISSA has now cleared him after accepting that he had what is being described as “extenuating circumstances” for his late arrival in the island.Michael Clarke, head coach of five-time defending boys’ champions Calabar, describes ISSA’s decision as a “frivolous” one and called into question the credibility of the organisation.”Their (ISSA’s) credibility will now be challenged seriously,” Clarke said. “We’re gonna be living in a very fragile environment in terms of public trust and public confidence. They have some damage control to do. Track and field, and sports in general, will suffer from the ineptitude of the persons who made the decision.”Clarke said that such a decision will only lead to more distrust from the public regarding how they govern their sports.”It sets a dangerous and fragile precedent because it now opens the door for deliberations and litigious (legal) actions. Persons will now challenge their credibility, and I want to see them get out of this one. They don’t want to appear weak, so they are going to take a very ‘strong-arm’ approach, which will make them even more at the disgust of the sporting public in Jamaica. It’s a huge blunder.”Jamaica College’s head coach Orville Brown agrees that ISSA made the wrong rulingHIGHLY UNUSUAL”It seems highly unusual now, after all the things that I have heard (about the registration issue), that a way has been found to create a reason to allow him (Rodgers) to compete,” Brown said before arguing that if everyone cannot benefit from discretion, then there should not be any.”My own thinking is if it is that a rule is established that affects all students participating in ISSA-approved sports, then I would really like to hear what the special circumstances are that would allow him (Rodgers) to be competing while others would not be given the opportunity.”If it is that people identify and are able to negotiate loopholes, then ISSA would end up not managing the situation based on rules, but constantly managing the situations based on exceptions and discretion.”KC’s head coach Neil Harrison declined to comment on the ruling, noting that he has no reason to, given ISSA had not, at that point, issued any official statements.The Sunday Gleaner also sought an explanation from ISSA president Dr Walton Small and its competitions director, George Forbes, but numerous calls to their cell phones over the last two days went unanswered.Meanwhile, KC’s principal, Dave Myrie, was also unavailable.last_img read more