I will prove them wrong – Bolt

first_img ONE STEP AT A TIME GOSFORD, Australia (CMC): Track and field legend Usain Bolt has vowed to prove detractors wrong, as he seeks to forge a successful football career at A-League outfit Central Coast Mariners. The 32-year-old trained with the club for the first time here yesterday after signing on for an “indefinite trial” at Mariners, and said afterwards that the new career was something he definitely wanted. “It’s just like track and field – the first day of training’s always the roughest one – but it felt okay,” Bolt said after the training session. “I’m not setting myself any targets. I’m just going to put in the work. I don’t know what to expect so I’m just here to push myself, learn as much as possible. For me it’s a blank slate. I’m here to learn and get better, that’s my focus.” “Today was good, we’re taking it a step at a time, working on fitness, level by level, day by day. As long as you get fit in football, it’s relatively easy. That’s how I look at it. I don’t know yet.” He added: “I don’t want to be treated as the world’s first man. I want to be treated as a footballer because that’s what I want to be. People will say a lot of things about me, but I’ll prove them wrong.” The charismatic Jamaican won eight gold medals across three Olympics while setting multiple records, to establish himself as the greatest sprinter ever in the history of the sport. Since retiring last year, however, he has focused his attention on football, having even trained with German powerhouses Borussia Dortmund with the hope of landing a professional contract. Bolt said he had turned down opportunities in Spain and France and believes Australia is where he can make his mark in football. He noted that getting fit and making the necessary adjustments to football would be his focus in coming weeks but stressed he would not be putting himself under undue pressure. “I’ve seen as long as you are fit, it’s relatively easy with the running. As long as I get my body in shape and get some mileage [into my legs], I should be fine,” he explained. “I’m very cool under pressure, that’s one thing. My ability to understand very quickly and learn the game is very good. “I’ve expressed that I’m okay on the wing, I’m good at centre forward, but, at the end of the day, he [coach Mike Mulvey] will tell me what formation and where I’ll play.”last_img read more

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Glenmuir, Clarendon advance in daCosta Cup

first_imgFormer champions Glenmuir High and Clarendon College moved into the quarter-finals of the ISSA/WATA daCosta Cup yesterday.In a lone second round double header played at the Juici Beef Sports Complex, home team Glenmuir played to a 0-0 draw with St Mary Technical to advance on the away goals rule. Both teams ended 1-1 at the Highgate Community Centre in St Mary on Tuesday.Clarendon had an easy passage to the last eight. They whipped Green Island High 5-0 to advance 10-0 on aggregate.last_img

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Verplank is leading the parade at Disney

first_imgFrom news services Scott Verplank and Tag Ridings are separated by one shot atop the leaderboard at Disney and by more than $2.76 million in season earnings. One is playing out the season and enjoying time with his family, the other is fighting for a job going into the weekend at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Verplank had a second straight 6-under-par 66 and a one-shot lead over Ridings, Stephen Ames and Ryan Armour. U.S. Open champ Angel Cabrera shot an 8-under 63 to take the lead midway through the event, while Ernie Els shot a 5-over 76 that left him likely to miss the cut. Thirty-seven players failed to finish the round because of darkness Mizuno Classic Volvo Masters Justin Rose had a 3-under 68 for a four-shot lead over European Order of Merit rival Padraig Harrington at the halfway point of the season-ending event in Sotogrande, Spain.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Els had a two-round total of 6-over 148. Missing the cut would be more painful than usual for Els, as he chose to play this event rather than the season-ending Volvo Masters in Spain, jeopardizing his chances of topping the European Tour Order of Merit. Phil Mickelson struggled and is in a tie for ninth, six shots off the pace. Laura Davies showed no hangover from losing on the final hole last weekend, making seven birdies for a 7-under 65 that gave her a one-stroke lead in Shima, Japan. Japan’s Chie Arimura and American Reilley Rankin are one stroke back of Davies. Singapore Open last_img read more

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Arsenal’s superb XI with Prem pair and France ace who’s agreed to join Gunners

first_img Left attacking midfield: Henrikh Mkhitaryan Arsenal look to have finally signed a player they have wanted for many, many years.Reports in Spain claim Karim Benzema, the France forward, has agreed to join the Gunners from Real Madrid, as it appears he has no future at the Bernabeu.It is suggested he has accepted Arsene Wenger’s proposal to head to north London, though Arsenal and Real have yet to reach a middle ground on negotiations concerning a transfer fee.But how could the Gunners line-up if they bring Benzema, and other targets, to the Emirates? Click the right arrow, above, to find out… 11 11 11 11 11 11 Centre back: Jonny Evans (Wanted from West Brom) Right attacking midfield: Riyad Mahrez (Wanted from Leicester) 11 Centre attacking midfield: Mesut Ozil Centre midfield: Jack Wilshere 11 Left back: Nacho Monreal Right back: Hector Bellerin Goalkeeper: Petr Cech – click the right arrow to see the rest of the potential Arsenal line-up 11 Centre back: Laurent Koscielny 11 Centre midfield: Granit Xhaka 11 Centre forward: Karim Benzema (Wanted from Real Madrid)last_img read more

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The center of it all

first_imgPICO RIVERA – For years, Pico Rivera teens shared the Mexican American Center with kids taking karate classes, Aztec dancers and seniors who would use it as a meeting place. But now the center on Orange Street has a new name, the Pico Rivera Youth Center, and will strictly cater to the younger set in the city. “Youth seems to be traditionally underserved, so this is our way to keep them on the right path in our city,” said Recreation Manager Tina Cherry. A $60,000 project to spruce up the center is now under way and includes adding a covered entrance, new walkway and landscaping in front of the building. In the workshop, led by people from the Los Angeles Teen Challenge program, teenagers will discuss issues ranging from dangers of drug abuse to becoming strong leaders and making the right choices. On Oct. 20, city staff plans to take a busload of youths to the Teen Jam in Commerce. The event is a night out for youths, featuring music and such activities as henna art. “It’s an opportunity for them to try different activities and make new friends,” said Cherry. Denise Marron, the mother of a teen who lives near the center, said she likes the idea of a place just for local youths. “There’s a lot of drugs and gangs around here, so this is a way to keep our kids off the streets and out of trouble,” she said. The youth center is the latest improvement in the Rio Hondo Park area. The park in the city’s north end was somewhat neglected in the years after the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake. At the time, the earthquake badly damaged the gymnasium at the park and its programs were moved into the Mexican American Center, where a senior club had met since 1971. When a community center opened at the refurbished park last summer, the senior club and karate and Aztec dancing classes previously held at the Mexican American Center moved to the new facility. “It’s great to see continued improvements in our neighborhood,” said Marron. debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.There will also be a better irrigation system, and teens will be asked to plant flower beds in the entrance area in the weeks ahead. An official dedication of the youth facility will be held in September. Teens who already frequent the teen club at the facility will continue to meet there on Monday and Thursday evenings to play foosball, pool, hang out with friends and plan field trips. But soon they will also be able to take classes in silk-screening, sculpture and bead making. Upcoming special events include a Teen Challenge workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 7, said Cherry. last_img read more

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Riise rubbishes Ince’s claims he could’ve done same job as Solskjaer at United

first_img Solskjaer’s excellent start – winning nine out of 10 games so far – continued at Leicester on Sunday gameday cracker John Arne Riise has laughed off Paul Ince’s claims he could have done the same job as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford 4 Liverpool legend John Arne Riise has rubbished Paul Ince’s claims he could’ve had the same impact at Manchester United as current interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Solskjaer has won nine of his 10 games in charge of United since taking over from the sacked Jose Mourinho in December. 4 SORRY Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT latest Ince’s last job as a manager came in 2014 before he was sacked by Blackpool RANKED 4 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions revealed 4 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion However, former Red Devils midfielder Ince has sparked controversy after suggesting on BT Sport’s Saturday Morning Savage that ‘anyone’ could have done the job the Norwegian has done.He said: “I think I could have gone in at the time.“They needed someone to rest the ship, I think I could have done that.“Brucie (Steve Bruce) could have done it, Mark Hughes could have too.”Ince, 51, who was last in charge of Blackpool in 2014, stood by his comments in a column published on Sunday by BBC Sport. BEST OF Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Anfield favourite Riise has reacted with astonishment to Ince’s continued stance, insisting there’s “no chance” he would have replicated Solskjaer’s feat.He posted on Twitter: “Paul Ince.. no chance he would have done the same and got the same results as Ole Gunnar. No chance!”Solskjaer’s team face a trip to struggling Fulham on Saturday before they entertain Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash three days later. MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update whoops Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won last_img read more

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The Final Whistle: Episode 17 – 07/03/2019

first_imgThe footballers may be struggling – but Sligo’s hurlers are motoring nicely.  A national league final against Longford this Sunday. It may not be eye-catching game nationally – but we’re shining a spotlight on it here.And for Donegal, they must beat Warrickshire again to stay in Division 2B for another season.  The Final Whistle went hurling on Thursday night. Listen back here. play stop mute max volume 00:00 00:00 repeat The Final Whistle: Episode 17 – 07/03/2019 Download Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. To contact the programme, email sport@oceanfm.ie.The Final Whistle is broadcast every Thursday on Ocean FM from 8-9pm.last_img read more

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Durban’s A1 Grand Prix thriller

first_img30 January 2006About 100 000 fans lined the 3.2-kilometre A1 Grand Prix Durban street circuit on Sunday to witness a riveting sprint and grand prix race, with ex-Formula One driver Jos Verstappen of the Netherlands turning in a fine performance to take the honours in the feature event.The former Formula One star snatched the lead on the final lap, overtaking Switzerland’s Neel Jani, who was having brake problems, with a bold pass.Earlier, Verstappen had crashed out of the sprint race on the last lap, as he tried for the victory. That mistake saw him relegated to 16th place on the grid for the 40-lap main event.Portugal’s Alvaro Parente claimed third place ahead of New Zealand’s Matt Halliday, who drove superbly and with considerable guts to snap up fourth spot.Error-free run for SimpsonSouth Africa’s Stephen Simpson finished fifth, equaling the best finish thus far by a driver in his home grand prix, following an error-free run.Simpson started the race in 10th place on the grid after he struggled with electrical problems in the sprint race, which resulted in a lowly 20th place finish. His crew played a vital role in helping him move up the standings, executing a slick pit stop which enabled Simpson to move ahead of a number of his rivals.The local crowd showed their appreciation for his efforts by giving him a standing ovation after the race, and Simpson responded by throwing his gloves to the fans.Following Simpson across the finishing line was Italy’s Massimo Busnelli, Alexandre Premat of France – who won the sprint race – Austria’s Mathias Lauda, Brazil’s Nelson Piquet junior, and Sean McIntosh of Canada.Home supportSpeaking after the race, Simpson said he was delighted to have been able to pay the South African supporters back with a good drive, especially in light of the disappointing result in the sprint race. “It was hard work and very tiring, but I am relieved and very proud to have finished in the top five,” he said.“The technical team in the pits has been great and a lot of hard work went into this achievement. This is a great afternoon to be a South African.”Team South Africa CEO Dana Cooper said the event was a huge success. She said the sell-out crowd was a fantastic reward for all the hard work that went into preparing for the A1 Grand Prix on the Durban beachfront.Among the guests in attendance were South African President Thabo Mbeki, Kwazulu-Natal Premier Sbu Ndebele, and Durban Mayor Obed Mlaba.ResultsSprint race 1. France (Alexandre Premat)2. Britain (Robbie Kerr)3. Switzerland (Neel Jani)4. Ireland (Ralph Firman)5. Czech Republic (Tomas Enge)6. New Zealand (Matt Halliday)7. Germany (Timo Scheider)8. Portugal (Alvaro Parente)9. Australia (Will Davison)10. Mexico (David Martinez)11. Pakistan (Enrico Toccacelo)12. Canada (Sean McIntosh)13. United States (Philip Giebler)14. India (Armaan Ebrahim)15. Austria (Mathias Lauda)Did not finish16. Netherlands (Jos Verstappen)17. Lebanon (Basil Shaaban)18. China (Tengyi Jiang)19. Brazil (Nelson Piquet Jr.)20. South Africa (Stephen Simpson)21. Indonesia (Ananda Mikola)22. Italy (Massimiliano Busnelli)23. Malaysia (Alex Yoong) Grand Prix  1. Netherlands, (Jos Verstappen)2. Switzerland (Neel Jani)3. Portugal (Alvaro Parente)4. Zealand (Matt Halliday)5. South Africa (Stephen Simpson)6. Italy (Massimiliano Busnelli)7. France (Alexandre Premat)8. Austria (Mathias Lauda)9. Brazil (Nelson Piquet Jr.)Did not finish10. Canada (Sean McIntosh)11. Germany (Timo Scheider)12. China (Tengyi Jiang)13. Pakistan (Enrico Toccacelo)14. Mexico (David Martinez)15. Lebanon (Basil Shaaban)16. Malaysia (Alex Yoong)17. Ireland (Ralph Firman)18. India (Armaan Ebrahim)19. Indonesia (Ananda Mikola)20. Britain (Robbie Kerr)21. Czech Republic (Tomas Enge)22. Australia (Will Davison)23. United States (Philip Giebler) Overall standings 1. France, 120 points.2. Switzerland, 92.3. Brazil, 63.4. Britain, 58.5. New Zealand, 54.6. Portugal, 50.7. Ireland, 44.8. Netherlands, 44.9. Malaysia, 33.10. Canada, 32.11. Czech Republic, 30.12. Australia, 29.13. Italy, 26.14. Mexico, 20.15. South Africa, 20.  Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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South Africa’s riel dancers bring back gold

first_imgDie Bushmans Kloof Nuwe Graskoue Trappers set the bar high recently when they took part in their first international competition. (Image: Bushmans Kloof)It’s the thing that makes their hearts tick. And now, after more than a week in the United States, it is also the thing that allows Die Bushmans Kloof Nuwe Graskoue Trappers to bring home three gold medals and a silver, along with a buckets of pride.The riel dance group from Wupperthal, the impoverished town in the Cederberg, Western Cape, for the first time showcased their skills on an international stage for Team South Africa, at the 19th Annual World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles. They are expected to return to their homes by this afternoon.They represented South Africa with something that was owned by them, said Floris Smith, the manager of the dance group, Die Nuwe Graskoue Trappers. He was referring to the riel dance – known as Africa’s oldest dance. This dance is what makes the hearts of Smith’s team tick. “It is in our soul. Our children is born with it and they grew up with the riel,” he said.The championships took place from 10 to 19 July. After a few workshops and a boot camp with delegates from all over the world, the team took the stage on opening night and was said to have blown the crowd away. Die Nuwe Graskoue Trappers at the opening of WCOPA in Los Angeles. (Image: Facebook)THEIR ACCOLADESOn 12 July, Die Nuwe Graskoue Trappers competed against six other countries in the Production Line Competition. Their performance consisted of riel dancing, gumboot dancing, riel tap and the five-piece band that led the dancers. They won the gold medal, followed by France taking silver and Philippines bronze.On the same day, Dr Ellen Roux, the national director of the South African and Namibian Team, walked away with the Best Director’s Trophy as well as the bronze for the Best Costume.Later in the competition, Die Nuwe Graskoue Trappers won gold in the Ethnic Folk Dance Category with their riel dancing. Jobry Swart and Zarion Samson who won the Division Award in the Open Dance and Tap Category, landed a one-month scholarship with Millennium Dance Company. (Image: Facebook)Two of the dancers – Jobry Swart and Zarion Samson – also took the Division Award in the Open Dance and Tap Category, landing a one-month scholarship with Millennium Dance Company. The silver medal was awarded for the gumboot routine in the same category.They also made it through to the semi-finals of the Grand Champion Dance Group of the World Award, as one of only three acts across the globe, said the Trappers’ marketing team.Other awards included silver medals for the band in the Instrumental Open, Instrumental Jazz and Instrumental Original categories, and guitarist Efraum Kotze’s bronze medal in the Instrumental Open Trio category.“This is the ultimate reward for all the hard work we’ve put in over the past three years and all the sacrifices we’ve made,” said Smith.“We can hold our heads up high now knowing that we have shown the world that we are among the best of the best. Our gold and silver medals belong not only to us but to the community of Wupperthal, to Bushmans Kloof and its owners the Tollman family, and to all the people of South Africa who believed in us and supported us. Thank you. You gave us the wings to fly.”The team shared their excitement on Facebook, with many supporters posting their congratulations:    Some proud South Africans also gave their support:TRAPPERS BACKGROUNDAccording to the news portal Netwerk24, the 11 members of Bushmans Kloof Nuwe Graskoue Trappers who went to Los Angeles were between the ages of 12 and 19. The group also won the ninth Afrikaanse Taal en Kultuurvereniging (ATKV) Riel Dance Championships in 2014 as the best junior team. In Los Angeles, they took part in 10 categories, including the traditional folk dance.Cindy van Rooy, one of the dancers, told the news portal SABC that she was honoured to compete on an international stage. “In our community, it is only my sister and I that went overseas. My whole community and my family feels good about this achievement.”ABOUT THE RIELBorn out of traditional Khoi and San ceremonial dances around the fire, the riel has been practiced by descendants of these indigenous cultures for many years. Riel dancers typically dress in traditional farm workers’ outfits, the girls in dresses with aprons and old frontier bonnets, and the boys in waistcoats and hats adorned with feathers, finished with the famous, hand-made red veldskoene (ankle boots) from Wupperthal.This traditional dance form is recognised as a creative cultural expression, and includes courtship rituals, mimicking typical animal antics along with lots of bravado, showmanship and foot stomping.Dr Michael le Cordeur, the president of the ATKV and the deputy president of the Afrikaans Language Monument, describes the riel as a dance that can build bridges between language communities, and one that can unite Afrikaans-speaking people.Smith told documentary makers Goosebump Productions that his team planned to preserve what they did for as long as they could. “It is important that we preserve our heritage, our tradition, our culture. As we know, right across the world traditions are dying out, especially in this community. It [the riel] is giving a sense of identity to the children.“It is important that we preserve what is own to our country and that which is own to our region,” he said.Before the trip to Los Angeles, Smith said that there was much excitement in the community. “Everybody is standing together, wanting their children to succeed on the international stage.”Bertie Zaas, one of the musicians, agreed, and said his heart’s desire was that the youth be educated. “I felt I wanted to be part of the riel. I want them to take it to a higher level.”last_img read more

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HR Technology Q & A with Tim Sackett

first_imgThe 2016 HR Technology Conference is October 4-7. Over the next week The SHRM Blog will feature a Q & A series with several HR technology experts who will offer their perspective on how technology is impacting the HR profession today — and their predictions for the future. The TA Technology space has been exploding over the past couple of years. The tech surrounding candidate engagement and communication is some of the coolest stuff I’ve seen. Most companies are calling this ‘Artificial Intelligence’ but the reality is less sexy than the marketing, but leaps and bounds better than anything we’ve had previously. Technology can now easily keep you engaged with great talent until you have the need to tap them on the shoulder and deliver just in time hires. Something our hiring managers have always wanted from us!  The following is a Q & A with Tim Sacket, President of HRU Technical Resources: When I speak to most HR or TA leaders about who their best hires are they will always tell me the same thing, “Referrals!” When I ask them who their highest quality hires are they will say the same thing, “Referrals!”  Q. What is the single most important piece of technology an HR pro can have in 2016?  Q. Which new type of HR technology is most revolutionizing the HR profession?  When I ask them how much they spend on technology to help them get more of their #1 kind of hires, it’s also almost always the same answer, “Zero.”  Q. What important questions should HR professionals ask HR technology vendors in the selection process? Q. Now that everyone is using HR technology to find and manage employees, how can organizations use technology to attract them? Give me three references – one who is a long term user of your product, one who is currently going through implementation, and one who recently left you for another product.  You want to talk to all three of these groups. People who love them, people who are going through the pain of implementation and people who no longer love them. This will give you a true picture of what you’re really going to get yourself into.  Q. What advice do you have for HR professionals that will help to ensure a more successful technology implementation? Where are most mistakes made? Employee referral automation is probably the least used, most valuable technology purchase you can make. First off HR and TA leaders need to stop trying to ‘customize’ every piece of technology to their own processes. Very smart people spent millions of dollars developing software that works. As soon as you ask for a customization you just broke that software and it now no longer works like it was designed to work. Give up your processes and follow the processes of the technology you bought in the way it was designed. Most implementations fail because HR and TA first didn’t ensure user adoption amongst themselves before rolling it to the rest of the organization.  I want to say a phone and email is the single most important piece of tech HR must have, but I think that’s now a given. So, I’ll go with a core system of record (HRIS) and an ATS. Money is no longer a factor to have this technology and it’s the foundation of your HR Tech Stack. There’s great tech on the market that is super cheap and will raise your HR game up to a new level. last_img read more

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