Thompson faces tough Eugene test

first_img Tori Bowie has been the highest ranked American in the 100m over the past two years and with 10.81 already on the books, is also the fastest woman in that event so far this season. That time came in an impressive win over Schippers at the Doha Diamond League and will be fresh in the minds of both athletes as they line up in the longer sprint tomorrow. Bowie also has fond memories of this meet after taking a surprise win in the 200m at the 2014 Prefontaine Classic beating the likes of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who had won the world title the previous year, Olympic champion Allyson Felix, Blessing Okagbare and Murielle Ahoure. The pair have already had some exciting battles in the 200 metres and 60 metres with Schippers edging the Jamaican for the gold medal in the 200m at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China last year, before taking silver ahead of Thompson, who won bronze in the 60m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in an hour or so North of the venue for tomorrow’s clash, the University of Oregon’s iconic Hayward Field. EUGENE, Oregon The developing rivalry between Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson and Dutch speedster Dafne Schippers is threatening to become one of the most exciting in international track and field and the two will go at it again here tomorrow, at the Prefontaine Classic. That’s all quite frightening from everyone else, but she won’t be Thompson’s only worry in Eugene. In fact, Thompson, who last season catapulted to the upper echelon of world class sprinting, has found herself on the wrong side of close finishes more often than she would like. Thompson, who will be making her first appearance in the half-lap event this season after solid work on her start, which included assignments in the 60m and 100m, comes up against an athlete, who has certainly not slowed down since the heights of 2012. Schippers is already responsible for the fastest time in the event this year — 22.02, which also to be her second best time in the 200m and her early season 10.83 run in the 100m, which is just a shade off her 10.81 seconds personal best in that event. In their six meeting over the 200m and 60m indoors, Thompson has only finished ahead of the big Netherlands star on one occasion, in the 60m semi-final at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland earlier this year. It was at tomorrow’s venue where she also lost an extremely close 100m race to American English Gardner, who like her, ran 10.84 seconds in what was the Jamaican’s only loss in the event for the entire season. She certainly seems to like a challenge and with her unbeaten start to the season, it would come as less of a surprise this time around, if she does in fact go on to get the win ahead of more favoured opposition.last_img read more

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New timeline set for full liberalisation

first_imgA new timeline has been announced for the complete liberalisation of the public telecommunications sector, a task that must be completed by the end of 2018.This was revealed by Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes, who informed the media that this extra delay is as a result of other issues surrounding the final document having to be reviewed.Nevertheless, the minister has assured that she would be in a position to deliver the liberalisation by the new timeline that was scheduled.Citizens were, for many months, exasperated with the many delays that occurred in the past, but the minister noted that there are many other issues which surround the liberalization, and she further refuted the reports of it being completed until 2020.Presently, there are two telephone companies which provide mobile phone services to the Guyanese public. The liberalisation of the sector is heavily dependent on the settlement of a US$44 million tax claim against Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT).Telecommunications Minister Cathy HughesHowever, the company continues to enjoy the monopoly in international voice and data services until 2030.In January of 2018, it was reported that negotiations with the GTT and the Ministry to address the lifting of the monopoly were effective. These negotiations began in 2016 where the intention of ending the 26-year-old monopoly on the fixed line market.The liberalization, once in place, would ensure there is fair competition and regulation among all enterprises in the business sector.last_img read more

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StarTimes acquire broadcasting rights for UEFA Europa League

first_img0Shares0000StarTimes Marketing and PR Director Mr. Japhet Akhulia (left), acting CEO Mr. Hanson Wang, Gor Mahia midfielder Francis Kahata and StarTimes head of Corporate Sales Mr. Edward Wesonga (right) during the unveil of the UEFA Europa league broadcast rights. StarTimes will broadcast the European clubs competition for the next three seasons running till 2021.NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 21 – Pay TV provider StarTimes Media has acquired the exclusive broadcast rights for UEFA Europa League.This will see the broadcaster air 205 live soccer matches during each of the three seasons that will run until 2021. The media rights will run across all platforms including pay television and online mobile application enabling subscribers to access the premium European Club Competition both at the comfort of their homes and on the go.Speaking during the launch ceremony, StarTimes Marketing and PR Director Japhet Akhulia noted the brand’s progressive efforts to secure content that continues to distinguish StarTimes as the home for Premium sports content at the most affordable subscription rates in the market.“The acquisition of exclusive broadcast rights for the UEFA Europa league for the next three seasons is very strategic as this is a culmination of our dedicated efforts to continue airing premium sports content while remaining affordable for the majority of Kenyans who want to enjoy at the comfort of their homes and flexibility through the StarTimes mobile APP,” noted Akhulia.The development adds to the already rich football action available on the StarTimes platform which includes broadcast rights to the on-going German Bundesliga, French Ligue 1, Ghana Super League as well as the FIFA Club World Cup which is expected to kick off in December.StarTimes has dedicated five channels to the rich footballing action, three of them being High Definition (HD) which includes World Football (HD), Sports Premium (HD), Sports Arena (HD), Sports Focus and Sports Life. The channels will have additional offerings including multi-language commentary in English, Kiswahili and French.StarTimes head of Corporate Sales Mr. Edward Wesonga (left), Gor Mahia midfielder Francis Kahata (centre) and Japhet Akhulia StarTimes Marketing and PR Director during the unveil of the UEFA Europa league broadcast rights. StarTimes will broadcast the European clubs competition for the next three seasons running till 2021.With the broadcast rights extending to availability of the matches on the StarTimes mobile application, soccer fans will be in a position to stream live matches on Standard Definition (SD), High Definition (HD) and Ultra High Definition (UHD).StarTimes subscribers will enjoy the UEFA Europa league and other top tier soccer leagues from as little as Ksh 599 per month on basic bouquet. Other bouquets include Classic and Unique bouquet that retail at 999 and 1,499 respectively. Subscribers on the lowest bouquet – Nyota Bouquet that retails at Ksh 259 per month will access also enjoy access to select matches.The same will be available from as little as Ksh 899 on Smart bouquet and Ksh 1,499 for Super bouquet on the StarTimes satellite television platform.The company’s flexible subscription payment options continues to allow subscribers the freedom to pay conveniently daily, weekly or on a monthly basis in an effort to ensure fans do not miss a single match.Of the four bouquets available on the StarTimes terrestrial technology platform, subscribers pay a daily fee of as low as Ksh 22 on Nyota bouquet, Ksh 50 on Basic bouquet, Ksh 83 on Classic bouquet or Ksh 125 for Unique bouquet.Weekly charges on Nyota, Basic, Classic and Unique bouquets are Ksh 86, Ksh 200, Ksh 333 and Ksh 500 respectively.StarTimes subscribers on the satellite television platform are also in a position to access three of the available bouquets at a daily rate of Ksh 37 for Nova bouquet, Ksh 75 for the Smart bouquet and Ksh 125 for the Super bouquet.Weekly charges on Nova, Smart and Super bouquets are Ksh 150, Ksh 300 and Ksh 500 respectively.“During the three UEFA Europa League seasons, we will have broadcasted up to 615 live soccer matches this in addition to the over 20 weekly live matches available from the broadcast of the top tier soccer leagues which presents rich offering for every soccer fan in the country,” concluded Akhulia.0Shares0000(Visited 149 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Nakumatt tax Ushuru, get playoff advantage

first_imgHungry to remain in the top tier league, Nakumatt showed hunger from the opening minute of the game. In the seventh minute, Timonah Wanyonyi came to the end of a brilliant team move he had initiated himself, breaking into the box but his eventual shot was saved by Nakumatt keeper Kennedy Obwanda.They came close again after 18 minutes off a well executed counter attack, Cornelius Juma sent Wanyonyi through on the left, the former Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards man cutting back for Joe Waithira whose one time shot was saved by Obwanda.However, Nakumatt were one up just three minutes later.Waithira was fouled from 25 yards out by David Otieno and midfielder Tom Adwar took responsibility taking a superb low shot straight into the net with Ushuru keeper Obwanda thinking he would be going for a cross instead of a direct effort.Three minutes after conceding, Ushuru had a chance to draw back level but keeper Philip Odhiambo punched out Evans Maliachi’s inswinging corner. The rebound fell on the left back again, but his shot from the right came against the crossbar.Ushuru FC midfielder Benson Amianda tries to go past Nakumatt’s Boniface Mukhekhe during the promotion and relegation play-off at Camp Toyoyo on October 19, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNakumatt continued dictating the tempo of the game and pinning the taxmen in their own half. In the 28th minute, Luis Masika lost the ball in midfield to Waithira with the striker trying to lob the keeper off his line but the effort went wide.On the other end, Ushuru had a chance with a freekick from a good scoring range but veteran Oscar Mbugua sent the effort straight to the wall. Antony Ndolo picked the rebound at the edge of the six yard box, but he couldn’t get on target.Four minutes to the break, Ushuru came close but were denied by the upright but Bill Oporia’s shot came off the post and the rebound huffed away by the defense.In the second half, Ken Kenyatta’s men came back an improved side and they were more adventurous offensively. Nelson Marasowe came on for Fredrick Kentile as the tactician sought to have a more dynamic and mobile backline.They had a chance in the 66th minute when Benson Amianda poked the ball towards Oscar Mbugua, but the former City Stars man lifted the ball over the bar with only the keeper to beat.Ushuru FC defender Fredrick Kentile tries to block Nakumatt’s Joe Waithira during the promotion and relegation play-off at Camp Toyoyo on October 19, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThey continued to put Nakumatt on the back foot, creating chance after chance but they couldn’t get the composure to hit the back of the net.Ten minutes to time, they came very close when a split pass from midfield found an overlapping Maliachi on the left with the wingback striking a superb first time shot on his stronger left foot but it came off the bar.The taxmen piled the pressure, dumping ball after ball into the Nakumatt box but they couldn’t find the composure to score.Burly striker Maxwel Ravel came on to force in the goals, but he was kept at bay. Skipper Eugene Ambulwa had to make a superb tackle inside the box in added time to block the forward’s shot after he had broken into the box.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nakumatt FC forward Timonah Wanyonyi controls the ball under pressure from Ushuru FC’s Bill Oporia during a play-off tie at Camp Toyoyo on October 19, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 19 – Nakumatt FC earned the advantage over Ushuru FC hitting the National Super League side 1-0 at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on Friday in the first leg of the Kenyan Premier League promotion and relegation play-off.Tom Adwar hit the all important goal in the 21st minute as the KPL side avoided conceding an away goal, putting them a step into remaining the top tier ahead of the second leg next Sunday.last_img read more

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MK Dons complete signing of Wales striker, USA goalkeeper and former Bayern Munich winger

first_img MK Dons manager Karl Robinson 1 MK Dons have completed the signings of Wales striker Simon Church, USA goalkeeper Cody Cropper and former Bayern Munich winger Dale Jennings.Church has signed a two-year contract after being released by Charlton, while Cropper and Jennings have penned one-year deals with an option for a further 12 months.The trio represent significant reinforcements for the Dons as the prepare for their first ever season in the Championship and manager Karl Robinson is delighted his new recruits.“I’m excited to have them on board. They will all bring different attributes to the group,” Robinson told mkdons.com.“Cody has got tremendous potential and he fits the type of the person we want around the place. He’s a good size, got a great work ethic and wants to learn.“This is an opportunity for Dale, who knows he’s got work to do, but we all saw last time what he can do – he lifted the team and contributed to some good results.“Churchy is a really top lad, a good player and can score goals. He will add tremendous quality to our team.”center_img getty last_img read more

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The Warm Up – Sunday, December 20

first_imgSam Delaney was in for Max Rushden in this week’s Sunday edition of the Warm Up.Sam was joined in the studio by James Brown, as they take a look back at the weekend’s football action.Former Norwich & Leicester midfielder Darren Eadie joined them on the phone for the latest ‘footballers are nice’.last_img

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Yu Yureka Black to launch on June 1

first_imgA new re-imagined Yu Yureka is on its way. Yu Televentures is going to launch a black colour variant of its 2015 launched Yu Yureka smartphone. The smartphone will arrive on June 1 and as India Today Tech  said earlier, may cost under Rs 10,000. However, there are no official announcements  on the  price of the phone yet.The phone will be available only across online channels and aims to compete with phones like Redmi Note 4 and Moto 3. India Today Tech had a chance to take a look at the phone and noted that phone will have a meat body with a 5-inch shiny and highly reflective display. The top and bottom parts of the phone are plastic-built and a fingerprint sensor could be seen on the front. Further, the rear camera could be seen protected by a round ring.The phone seen in the media invite sent by the company gives a glimpse of the back of the device. A rear camera with dual LED flash aligned vertically can be seen.Also Read: Exclusive: This is Yureka Black, it will launch at price of less than Rs 10,000 by May-endTo recall, the dual SIM Yu Yureka was launched in January 2015. The smartphone sports a 5.5-inch PS LCD capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 720×1280 pixels and a Corning Gorilla Glass Protection 3 on top.  The device runs Android KitKat which was upgradable  to Android 5.1 Lollipop. The original Yu Yureka is powered by Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 with Adreno 405 GPU and 2GB RAM. There is 16GB internal storage which is expandable up to 32GB through a microSD card.  On the camera front, there is a 5MP front camera and 13MP rear-camera which is capable to capture images with decent details and less noise in good light.advertisementThere were reports that Micromax is planning to shut down its YU unit. But, now with the official announcement of  Yu Yureka Black coming on June 1, it seems that the company will continue with its Yu series for a while.last_img read more

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Most people watch more serials than news CM

first_imgKolkata: More people are watching television serials than news, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said as she presented the Tele Academy Awards ’19 at a function in Nazrul Mancha on Friday afternoon.”It’s a fact that more and more people are watching serials on different television channels than news. I myself am an avid viewer of the entertainment programmes and surf the channels even after midnight when most people go to bed,” she said. Noted filmmaker Goutam Ghose, actors Dipankar Dey and Mamata Shankar and singer Shivaji Chatterjee were present at the award giving ceremony, among others. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBiswajit Ghosh and Sean Banerjee got the best actor award for the television serials Ke Apan Ke Par and Ami Sirajer Begum, for their roles as Param and Shirajdaulla respectively.Meanwhile, Indrani Halder, Manali Dey and Ditipriya Ghosh got the best actress award for the television serials Srimoyee, Nakshikantha and Karunamoyee Rani Rashmoni, respectively. Fagun Bou, a Magic Moments Motion Pictures production, got the best serial award, while Krishnakali, a Tent Cinema production, got the award for being the most popular serial. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAmit Sengupta got the award for the best director, for Debi Chowdhurani, while noted actor Jisshu Sengupta got the best non-fiction anchor award for Sa Re Ga Ma. Neel Bhattacharya and Tiyasha Roy and Bikram Chatterjee and Oindrila Sen received the best on-screen couple award for their roles as Nikhil and Shyama in Krishnakali and Ayandeep and Mahul in Fagun Bou. Tarit Sengupta got the best sound recordist award for Bhumikanya. Aranya Roychowdhury, Pritha Ghosh, Abhirup Sen and Kritika Chakraborty got the best child actor award for several television serials, namely Jai baba Loknath, Gudiya Jekhane Guddu Sekhane and Rakhi Bandhan.last_img read more

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Canada must do more to help jailed Saudi women Amnesty International

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — Amnesty International says Canada must loudly and specifically speak out against Saudi Arabia for jailing women who have been fighting for rights in their country.Canada was one of three dozen countries that jointly signed a United Nations Human Rights Council statement this week condemning Saudi Arabia for the arrests of 10 mainly female activists who have been jailed as part of a crackdown on rights advocates in the kingdom.Canada did also speak out against Saudi Arabia for jailing female activists last summer — statements that led to economic and diplomatic tensions between the two countries.Amnesty International Canada’s gender-rights campaigner, Jacqueline Hansen, says Canada has been muted in its calls for action since then.She says if the Trudeau government is truly dedicated to an international feminist agenda, it must continue to call for these women to be released because their lives depend on it.In the meantime, the human-rights organization hopes Canada will echo calls for Saudi Arabia to allow an independent investigation into reports the female prisoners have been tortured.last_img read more

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Trump administration proposing major rollback of water rules

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Trump administration is poised to withdraw federal protections for countless waterways and wetlands across the country. Tuesday’s scheduled announcement at the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters would make good on President Donald Trump’s campaign pledge to relax some landmark water protections.Environmental groups say the proposal would have a sweeping impact on how the country safeguards the nation’s waterways and drinking water. President Bob Irvin of the American Rivers environmental non-profit calls the proposed changes a “Christmas gift to polluters.”White House talking points obtained by The Associated Press say the administration will propose withdrawing large categories of wetlands and waterways from oversight by the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.Supporters of a rollback say the protections are an obstacle to farmers and businesspeople.Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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