Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run expands its reach

first_imgKingston, Jamaica: Sagicor Group, the organisers of the annual, Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run, is expanding its reach in 2016 with the goal to raise $50 million, almost double its 2015 target.  This in an effort to strengthen three beneficiaries: Children with Cancer across Jamaica, the Jamaica Cancer Society and the Black River Hospital Pediatric Unit.  According to Vice President of Marketing at Sagicor, Ingrid Card, “The well-being of our children has always been the main focus of the Sagicor Sigma Run, now in its 18th year and we will continue this year as we aim to assist with the treatment of children who are afflicted with cancer.” “We have expanded our focus this year to include the Jamaica Cancer Society, as we aim to purchase a mammography machine for their mobile screening programme. We embrace the corporate companies and individuals who have joined us on this mission and have confirmed their participation in this year’s Run event,” added Card. “We are collectively and through the donations from the public aiming to raise more funds so our beneficiaries can receive the assistance they need,” said Card. The Run event, scheduled for Sunday, February 21 will cater to 25,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair participants. Over the years Sagicor, through the Sigma Run has donated approximately $166 million to child related charities and this year the company has set out to meet its biggest target yet. Donations to support this year’s beneficiaries can be made via pledge forms, local donors may make cheques payable to Sigma Run 2016 and deposit at any Sagicor Bank location island wide or deposit cash to Account Number – 5502392157. Information on how to register a company team or individual can be found via Sagicor Group Jamaica’s website: https://www.sagicorjamaica.com/aboutsagicor/sigma-run/how-to-register, by calling the Sigma Run secretariat at 936-7843, 936-7361 or 936-7262.  The Secretariat can also be reached at email at SGJSigmaSecretariat@Sagicor.com.last_img read more

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Weir pleased with advance

first_imgAFTER winning his heat at the Camperdown Classics in 47.30 seconds and placing seventh overall in the event, national senior representative Warren Weir ran his second 400 metres of the season last Saturday at the G.C. Foster Classics. Weir clocked 47.07 seconds on Saturday to win his heat and finished third overall. All the athletes had to struggle with heavy head wind and Weir, who ran a controlled race throughout, was very pleased with his improved run. “I am very pleased with my effort today (Saturday) knowing that I have improved on my time following my opener at Camperdown Classics. I am now getting over my injury and I am hoping to remain fit for the remainder of the season as I am looking forward to a good year,” said Weir. Sprintec’s Rasheed Dwyer had the top time among college and club athletes on the day as he won his heat in 46.96 seconds, just ahead of Racers Track club’s Annsert Whyte, who won his heat in 46.97 seconds. Among the females, world senior championships 800 metres representative Simoya Campbell of UTech was the best of the day in the women’s 400 metres after winning her heat in 54. 32 seconds. Cameron Blazers’ Jonique Day, who had a keen duel with UWI’s Rushell Clayton in the last 100 metres, won her heat in 54.34 seconds for second overall. G.C. Foster College athletes continued their fine form this season as Diana Johnson, Audra Segree and Everton Clarke scored good wins. In the Women’s 100 metres, Johnson won the event in 12.19 seconds, ahead of UTech’s Megan Simmonds second in 12.32 with the UWI’s Jodean Williams coming in third in 12.36 seconds.last_img read more

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Sports tourism key to JLP manifesto

first_imgSports tourism, the building of new facilities and renovation of existing ones will be high on the agenda of the new administration. With the strong belief that Jamaica is perfectly placed, especially with its proximity to the North American market, increased efforts are expected to be made to woo athletes to the island, especially during the winter months. In its election manifesto, the Jamaica Labour Party promised to “intensity efforts to establish an extensive sports tourism programme that will, among other things, provide discounted prices to athletes that wish to use our facilities (especially during their winter season)”. To meet current and future demand the new government said, in its manifesto, that local sports training facilities “should be equipped to meet international standards and include gymnasium, swimming pool, indoor halls, cycling velodrome, squash courts, hockey fields (grass and synthetic, athletic tracks – cinder and synthetic) and outdoor courts such as in tennis.” With the National Stadium cycle track not meeting international standards, the country could be presented with plans to build a cycling velodrome to facilitate not only local riders, but top cyclists from the United States and Canada. “Jamaica has more than 1,600 sporting facilities … These facilities need to be rehabilitated. Other facilities should be built,” the manifesto said. There are also plans to increase the numbers and to improve the efficiency of local sports professionals to make them more marketable worldwide. “We will enhance greater partnership between the government and our local sporting bodies to enhance training and certification of our local coaches … not only to meet local, but also international standards that would deem them qualified/certified to ply their trade across the globe,” the new government’s manifesto said. The upgrade of sports professionals will not be limited to coaches – the expanded training will also cover sports physicians, physiotherapists, sports medicine physicians, sports nutritionists and sports administrators. The new government is also planning to promote more research in sports sciences. “The days of relying solely on raw-born talent is a thing of the past,” its manifesto said. With the many advances in approaches, the manifesto said, strategies will be developed to improve the overall health of the country’s citizens and this will be done in consultation with the ministry of health.last_img read more

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Melbourne win Senior Cup

first_imgMelbourne are the 2016 champions of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Senior Cup.The Nikita Miller-captained outfit, whose last hold on the two-day crown was in 2012, won the tournament after defeating first-time finalists St Thomas CA by 75 runs at Sabina Park yesterday.Resuming on 38 for two in their second innings and with an overall lead of 108 runs – after scoring 181 in their first time at bat – Melbourne were dismissed for 159, despite 59 from former national youth representative Omar Allison.Batting at number seven, stroke-playing Allison was best supported by opening batsman, Guyanese Trevon Griffith, who, after being not out 15 overnight, went on to post 37, and Andre McCarthy, who added seven to his overnight 11.MULTIPLE WICKETSLeading the way for St Thomas was off-spin all-rounder Marvin Darlington, who snared five for 41, and Jamaica left-arm fast bowler Gavan Brown, who, after picking up two for 22 on day one, went on to end with four for 47.St Thomas, who scored 111 in their first innings, were then set an outright victory target of 231. However, courtesy of the ever-reliable and in-form Miller, they were bowled out for 156.Bowling his usual tight lines and mixing variations, Miller was seconded by his left-arm counterpart and seasonal sidekick Christopher Lamont, who gathered three for 61 and standout teenage fast bowler Oshane Thomas, who started the demise with two for 23.Carlton Baugh Jr, captain of St Thomas, was the pick of the batsmen for the losers with 48, while former Jamaica youth captain Jamie Trenchfield, with whom Baugh put on a threatening 67 for the fifth wicket, made 25.The victory was sweet delight for Melbourne, who, during the preliminaries, went down to St Thomas on first-innings points.Also as well, last season, Melbourne had their win against the men from the east in the national one-day championship overturned by the JCA, due to the use of inadequate sightscreens. The JCA ruling eliminated Melbourne from the tournament.”It’s a pleasing win,” said Miller, whose team, in addition to the trophy, took home $500,000. “It’s also good to know that after losing to St Thomas in the group stages, we turned up and won when it mattered most.”last_img read more

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JFF names 20-man squad for Caribbean Cup

first_imgThe Jamaica Football Fed-eration (JFF) has named a 20-man squad for games in the Scotia Bank Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Caribbean Cup Round Three.Jamaica will play against Suriname on Wednesday, October 5 at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Trench Town and face off against Guyana at the National Stadium in Providence, Guyana, in Group One.In Group Two are Haiti, French Guiana and St Kitts-Nevis; Group Three – Curacao, Antigua and Barbuda and Puerto Rico; and Group Four – Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Republic and Martinique.The Jamaica squad includes 12 overseas-based players and eight local players. Owayne Gordon, formerly of Arnett Gardens and Montego Bay United, and presently at Indy Eleven in the USA, along Dwayne Ambusley, are the only newcomers in the Reggae Boyz squad.Former national player Theodore Whitmore and Jerome Waite were appointed coach and assistant coach, respectively.Both coaches were named after veteran coach Carl Brown turned down the job earlier this week.SQUAD: Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union), Rosario Harriott (Harbour View), Damian Lowe (Minnesota FC), Ladale Ritchie (MoBay United), Alvas Powell (Portland Timbers), Dicoy Williams (Arnett Gardens), Omar Holness (Real Salt Lake), Andrew Vanzie (Humble Lion), Ewan Grandison (Portmore United), Darren Mattocks (Portland Timbers), Cory Burke (Bethlehem Steele), Michael Binns (Wilmington Hammerheads), Shaun Francis (San Jose Earthquakes), Je-Vaughn Watson (New England Revolution), Allan Ottey (MoBay United), Dino Williams (MoBay United), Owayne Gordon (Indy Eleven), Dwayne Ambusley (MoBay United), Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls) and Ryan Thompson (St Louis FC).last_img read more

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Holder blames inexperience for WI loss

first_imgBULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (CMC): West Indies captain Jason Holder has conceded that the reason his team has failed to win its last two matches of the current Tri-Nation series in the final over of the chase is because of “inexperience”. Holder was speaking to reporters after West Indies lost to Sri Lanka by one run in a nail biting fifth game at Queen’s Club yesterday. The Caribbean side panicked to concede the match on the final ball of the innings after a similarly tense encounter against Zimbabwe, which ended in a tie on Saturday. “I think it’s inexperience. There are obviously situations that we’re not accustomed to being in. We’re still a relatively young side,” said Holder. “Everybody’s trying to make their mark. And I think it boils down to inexperience, and having that know-how at the end to get us across the line”. Evin Lewis, playing in just his fourth ODI, hit his maiden century to leave West Indies well positioned at 177 for three. He dominated two half-century partnerships that powered West Indies’ innings to 329 for nine after the home side amassed 330 for seven. “We had set up the game nicely, and Evin Lewis played an exceptional knock to put us in the situation that we were in,” said Holder. “He’s one of those guys that like the ball coming on, so we just felt that with 330 on the board we needed to get off well in the Powerplay and make use of that first up”. West Indies must beat Zimbabwe on Friday if they are to reach the final. Opening fast bowler Shannon Gabriel may be forced to miss the game after bowling just five overs because of discomfort in his hamstring. “We’re managing some niggles, and Shannon wasn’t able to finish his overs today, so we’re waiting to see if he’s good to go for the next game,” Holder said. “We’ll see in the next few days.”last_img read more

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Jamaican MMA fighter ready for major title bout

first_imgJamaican Mixed Martial Arts fighter Matthew Colquhoun will face Ray ‘Braddah’ Cooper III in a main event bout for the X-1 World Events Welterweight Championship in Honolulu, Hawaii at 1 a.m. Sunday morning, Jamaica time. This will be Colquhoun’s first bout since August when he had a first-round knockout over Cesar ‘El Leon’ Zambrano of Colombia. Colquhoun said that the fight will be a big deal because of Cooper’s background and upbringing in the sport. “He’s from a strong line of MMA fighters. His dad was an MMA fighter who is one of the pioneers of the sport in Hawaii. He has some heavy hands and he has a striking background, but is more known for his strong (Greco-Roman) wrestling background,” said the Duhaney Park-based fighter. Colquhoun has been in MMA for about a year but has spent time in other combat disciplines such as kick-boxing, wrestling, boxing, jiu jitsu and sambo. However, in his relatively short career in MMA, he has faced all of his opponents in front of their hometown fans. ATTRACTING SCOUTS He said that he challenged Cooper not only because he wanted the title, but also because a win could attract scouts from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) who will be in attendance on the night. “I got a call from one of my training partners in Florida saying: ‘We got a fight in Hawaii, it’s short notice, but it’s for a title. It can really boost you career-wise because it will have more coverage and some UFC scouts will be there,'” Colquhoun said. Colquhoun admits that he is less experienced than Cooper, who not only has a record of 10 wins, three losses and no draws, but also a seven-fight winning streak. Nonetheless, Colquhoun, who is unbeaten in all three of his fights, said that this does not faze him and his preparations have been going well ahead of his latest test.last_img read more

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Spot Valley’s Reid chasing 800m record

first_imgTyrese Reid of Spot Valley High school is chasing the 30 year-old ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships record in the Class One 800m.Speaking after Reid had won his 1500m races at the JAAA/Jamalco Development meet at Halse Hall on Saturday, coach Kerron Grant underlined his conviction that his charge can get past the mark set in an iconic Boys Champs race in 1987.The Spot Valley student-athlete established the fastest high school 800m time at 1 minute 53.68 seconds on January 14. At Halse Hall, he also won his 1500m heat on 4 minutes 12.54 seconds and Grant assessed that run, saying: “His first 700m was behind what we expected but he complained about getting caught in the pack but that can be worked so nothing to worry about.”The fastest Class One 1500m run of the meet came from Tahjay Wilson of Bellefield, who looked comfortable in an effort that took 4 minutes 09.74 seconds in another heat.SHOW OF SPEEDReid finished the day with a show of his speed. He produced the second fastest Class One 400m time of the day at 50.91 seconds on the Halse Hall grass. The best circuit was crafted by Agerian Jackson of Christiana High in 50.29 seconds.Coach Grant explained that the Spot Valley standout is doing well in training.”He’s responding good to the work and he knows what we want to achieve for the season,” said Grant.Reid’s training programme is designed to bring him to peak performance at Champs, which starts on March 28.”Based on where he’s at now, he has another two weeks before his programme changes so he should be in at least 3.58, 3.57 shape by Champs,” Grant programmed. “That’s where we’re planning to be and for the 800m, we’re trying to get him to 1.48.”Informed that the Champs record has stood at 1 minute 48.84 seconds to Sherwin Burgess of Vere Technical since 1987, Grant calmly replied, “Well definitely, that’s why we’re chasing it because we have what it takes to do it.”That epic Champs race saw four boys break 1 minute 50 seconds, with Burgess edging Kenroy Levy of STETHS 1.48.84 to 1.48.86 with two others Fitzroy Morrison of STETHS and Mark Jones of Vere also under 1.50. The last Champs Class One final with a time that fast took place in 1990. Clevon Clair of Jamaica College won in 1 minute 49.51 seconds ahead of Michael Williams of St Jago High School whose time was 1 minute 49.96 seconds.last_img read more

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Take control! – Spencer, Hylton accused of anti-doping offence; Dawes calls for vigilance; Athletes deny wrong doing

first_img LEGAL REPRESENTATION “Athletes and their associations should take charge,” Dawes told The Gleaner yesterday. “What has to happen, they are going to have to have each athlete who has potential of being selected, go through a seminar, and probably test them at the end of it to ensure they understand the seriousness of anti-doping.” “It is incomprehensible that you have senior athletes – who have been to international games – can be caught out like this. The athletes need to be taught about the requirements and obligations. The associations ultimately have to take the lead in this education process. It cannot be left only to JADCO,” he added. The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) yesterday confirmed it had been informed of the violations but noted that no further comment would be forthcoming on the matter. OBLIGATIONS Sports medicine expert Dr Winston Dawes is calling on Jamaican athletes and sports associations to take charge of their anti-doping efforts, this after it was confirmed that World Championships medalists Kaliese Spencer and Riker Hylton had committed an anti-doping rules violation. Both athletes are denying the allegations with Spencer, who described the allegations as “baseless”, confirming to The Gleaner that she will be pursuing all legal channels to clear her name. As reported yesterday morning on www.jamaica-gleaner.com, the pair, who now face up to four years on the sidelines, allegedly violated article 2.3 of the Jamaica Anti-doping Commission’s (JADCO) Anti-Doping Rules 2015, which speaks to an athlete “Evading, refusing or failing to submit to sample collection.” “Ms Spencer’s management and legal teams view this alleged violation as entirely baseless and intends to pursue all legal channels necessary to protect her good name and her reputation as a true Jamaican ambassador,” read a response sent to The Gleaner from Spencer’s management team. Spencer is a Commonwealth Games champion over the 400m hurdles and won silver as a member of Jamaica’s 4x400m relay team at the 2009 World Championships. Meanwhile, Dawes, a well-respected figure in the field, believes that athletes need to take greater care in their efforts to ensure that they adhere to the anti-doping efforts and is urging sport associations to offer greater education and support for their representatives. Both athletes have been referred to the Independent Anti-doping Disciplinary Panel for a hearing, with Spencer, a well-known name on the international circuit, said to have already secured legal representation. Hylton, was yesterday uncertain of his next move, but was surprised by the development, describing the situation as a “misunderstanding” and arguing that he did not in fact refuse to provide a urine sample to the anti-doping agents. Hylton, who was a member of Jamaica’s bronze medal-winning 4x400m relay team at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, explained that on the day in question, he was watching a training session at the Stadium East field involving his Cameron Blazers teammates. He noted that he was unable to take part in training because of an ankle injury but that he was never approached by the JADCO officials or advised that a sample was needed. “This is a whole misunderstanding, and things have gotten out of hand wrongfully, it isn’t right,” Hylton told The Gleaner. “I heard that I refused to do a drug test which is totally incorrect.last_img read more

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Germany takes over at top of FIFA rankings from Brazil

first_imgView comments MOST READ NBA: Staying healthy is key to Embiid’s development, Sixers coach says End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend The new rule would avoid what befell Italy four years ago. Despite just missing being in the top-seeded pot, Italy was picked out in a random draw of the nine non-seeded European teams to be taken out of the all-European pot. France was the lowest-ranked European qualifier but escaped being picked in that pre-draw lottery.Italy was then eliminated from a tough group with England, Uruguay and Costa Rica, which stunned world soccer by finishing top.In the September rankings, European champion Portugal rose three places to No. 3, while Argentina fell one to No. 4, and No. 5 Belgium climbed four places.European teams, which each played two qualifiers, gained on their South American rivals and could have six of the eight seeded positions in December.Poland is No. 6, followed by Switzerland, France, Chile and Colombia.ADVERTISEMENT 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 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend A costly, catty dispute finally settled Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ A costly, catty dispute finally settled Winning start The best of the other regions include Mexico at No. 14, Iran at No. 25, and Egypt at No. 30.FIFA’s October rankings will also decide seeding for eight European teams entering two-leg playoffs in November.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Past World Cup draws have been made by geographical region after the host and seven highest-ranked filled a top-seeded pot.On Dec. 1 in Moscow, Russia — currently No. 64 — and the teams ranked Nos. 1 to 7 in the October rankings will be the top seeds. The other 24 qualifiers will be in draw pots according to ranking.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogStill, FIFA has included a rule which should ensure that the 2018 tournament draw follows the balance of previous draws very closely.“No teams from the same confederation, with the exception of (European body) UEFA, which could have two teams in the same group, will be drawn into the same group,” FIFA said in a statement. Break new ground Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Germany’s midfielder Leon Goretzka (C) celebrate scoring his side’s fifth goalduring the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification match between Germany and Norway in the south German city of Stuttgart on September 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel ROLANDZURICH — Germany is back at the top of world soccer, taking over from Brazil as No. 1 in the FIFA rankings which will have a greater role deciding how the World Cup groups are drawn.FIFA announced a tweak to the World Cup seeding process on Thursday that means all four draw pots will be decided according to rankings.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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