The Mandeville Regional Hospital (MRH), the renal unit in particular, will again be the main beneficiary of proceeds from the 33rd staging of the High Mountain Coffee 10K Road Race, set for Frankfield, bordering Manchester and Clarendon, on January 31.The announcement for this year’s event was made during a press conference at the MRH yesterday.Hospital CEO Alwyn Miller noted that the renal clinic has benefited greatly from the road race proceeds over the last four years, with over $600,000 being contributed last year. This year’s target, he said, is at least $1 million. In addition, part proceeds will be used for kidney disease education.”Since its inception, the renal clinic has grown from 200 to over 521 patients, with over 150 diagnosed with renal disease and we are able to dialysis a third of that. So the funds are used to gather supplies or pieces of equipment, and part of our plans in the near future is to change out some of those machines to newer models,” he said.PREMIEREVENT”This (High Mountain 10K) is one of the premier sporting and community events across Jamaica and it has even captured the attention of international participants. The Ministry of Health and the Southern Regional Health Authority are most appreciative that the High Mountain Coffee road race promotes health and wellness,” Miller told the gathering.The day’s activities will include a 5K Walk, 5K Run, wheelchair race, which begins at 2 p.m., followed by the main event, the 10K race, which starts at 3:30 p.m.This year’s 5K team winners will be afforded a cash prize as a means of encouraging more participation from school teams. There will also be a recovery zone after the race where runners can get heart check-ups from the Red Cross and massage from G.C. Foster College students.The defending men’s champion, Andrew Broduer of Finland, will be back to defend his title, but last year’s female champion, Danielle Tauro, will be absent. However, another massive turnout is anticipated.Keenan Henry, regional marketing manager for sponsors Lucozade, says his first experience with the event last year showed how important the High Mountain 10K is to the community and traditional participants.”When you are out there on a regional level, you really don’t get an appreciation for these community-type events and how they really get involved. But we were very fortunate to be there last year to really see the impact that this type of event means to the community and it’s something that I have really developed an appreciation for … and we expect another well-organised event,” he said.
Demar Gayle, who captured silver in the discus on the first day, pocketed a second medal, a bronze, in the shot put. His 18.56 metres took him to third spot. The girls’ sprint relay quartet of Kimone Hines, Joneille Smith, Ashley Williams and Sasha Lee Forbes stopped the clock at 44.31 seconds for second as the United States won gold in 43.79. The Bahamas were third in 45.96. Jamaica had increased its medal tally by two late Saturday night as both Marvin Williams and Obrien Wasome picked up bronze medals. Wasome took third in the triple jump final with a distance of 16.17 metres. Cuba picked gold and silver. Leslie Caesa won with 16.83m with his teammate Lazaro Martinez finishing second with 16.52m. Williams was also third in the 400m hurdles final in 50.44 seconds. World Youth champion, American Norman Grimes, won in 50.10 ahead of his teammate Kenny Salmon, 50.29. Jamaica mined gold in the boys’ sprint relay at the Pan American Junior Championships in Edmonton, Canada last night. The quartet of Seanie Selvin, Shivnarine Smalling, Hujaye Cornwall and Xandre Blake clocked 40.15 seconds to give Jamaica its first gold medal of the meet on the final night. Jamaica took advantage of a mishap by the United States on the anchor leg. The Americans had a big lead, but their third-leg runner failed to pass the baton to his teammate. The Bahamas were second in 40.32, with Trinidad and Tobago taking bronze in 40.50. Jamaica’s girls picked up silver in the 4x100m while Ayesha Champaigne won bronze in the Heptathlon to bring the island’s medal tally to ten – one gold, two silver and seven bronze. Champaigne, in fourth position on Saturday’s first day of the two-day multi-event, improved to third after the shot put yesterday and maintained that to the end to finish with 5245 points. American Ashtin Samson captured the gold medal after tallying 5462 points with Fiorella Chiappe of Argentina taking second with 5313. two medals for gayle
BRISBANE, Australia (CMC):The makers of a new bat being used by T20 superstar Chris Gayle say it does not give the flamboyant opener any special advantage and that the laws of the game have been adhered to.Indian manufacturers Spartan made the gold-coloured bat and flew it over to Australia in time for Gayle’s opening match in the Big Bash League yesterday.The Jamaica-born West Indian cricketer, who plays for Melbourne Renegades, has become the first man in world cricket to use a willow of that colour.”There is no metal in the gold colouring we are using in the bat. There are restrictions on what you can and can’t use in cricket bats,” declared Spartan boss Kunal Sharma.”And you can’t put metals into bat products because they can enhance stroke play. This bat is fine because we haven’t changed the make-up of it”.Gayle used the bat to launch a run chase in Renegades seven-wicket win over Brisbane Heat in the third match of the BBL on Saturday, smashing two fours and two massive sixes in an exciting innings of 23.”We have infused a gold colour in the timber wood of the bat and there is sheen of a gold spray over the bat,” Sharma said.”There is a light spray of a beautiful gold colour over the bat, it is something that cricket hasn’t seen before”.Meantime, former Australia commentator Ricky Ponting is suggesting the weight of the bat may work against Gayle in the current BBL.Gayle’s cameo was short-lived when he was dismissed for 23 after mistiming a pull shot from Mark Steketee’s bowling and was caught at deep square leg by Lendl Simmons.”It’s exceptionally heavy. It’s got to be over the three pounds,” Ponting told Channel 10.”If you get bouncers high enough, it’s got to be difficult to play cross-bat shots because the bat’s so heavy”.
Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson clocked 7.14 seconds for third place in the women’s 60m heat at the Glasgow Indoors Grand Prix at the Emirates Arena a short while ago. Thompson, who finished second in the 200m at the World Championships in Beijing last August, crossed the line behind world 200m champion Dafne Schippers (Netherlands), who clocked 7.11 and Trinidadian Michelle – Lee Ahye (7.14). The result means that Thompson is now the fastest Jamaican over the distance so far this season. The final takes place at 9:32am Jamaica time.
Saturday’s matchesSTETHS 10, Black River 1Cornwall College 4, Anchovy 0Holmwood 1, Alston 0Spalding High 1, Christiana 0Knox College 1, Clarendon College 5Port Antonio 2, Fair Prospect 1Vere Tech 1, Bustamante 0Kemps Hill 3, Tacius Golding 0Old Harbour 2, Central High 1Yallahs High 5, Seaforth 0Paul Bogle 3, Morant Bay 1Robert Lightbourne 2, St Thomas Tech 0 WESTERN BUREAU:A youthful St James High will bow into action this afternoon when they take on Maldon in one of two 2016 ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup Zone A football matches scheduled.Elsewhere, Irwin High will be looking to keep Green Pond at bay when the two meet in the other fixture. Both matches are set for a 3:30 p.m. start.It is expected that the Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore-coached St James High will leave Maldon with the maximum available points. Their pedigree speaks for itself, but with what is said to be their most inexperienced squad in several years, Maldon stand a chance to spring a surprise.Whitmore has shown that he knows how to get the best out of his players over the years, however, and is expected to have his team in top form for their opening salvo in this year’s competition.POSSIBLE UPSETGreen Pond, for their part, are threatening to upset the two more fancied teams (Cornwall College and St James High).They had a great preseason and even defeated Munro College in a warm-up match and are, according to sources, slowly building on each year’s achievement.A win against Irwin is not a foregone conclusion, but one that is expected of the Gregory Daley-coached team, ready to claim a place in topping Zone A and thus signalling they ought to be taken seriously.Meanwhile, on Saturday’s opening day of competition, Cornwall College, the 11-time winners and one of the preseason favourites to advance from the zone, got off to a winning start, slamming Anchovy High 4-0.In a less-than-spectacular display, Cornwall College never needed to move out of first gear against Anchovy, who were back in the competition after sitting out last year’s edition.Although it took the former champions some time to get going, the scoreline summed up the match, as they left the Montego Bay Sports Complex pleased with having taken all three points.Emanuel Campbell and the hard-kicking Jordane Fletcher were among the goalscorers, as Anchovy offered little resistance.Today’s gamesZone AMaldon High vs St James HighIrwin High vs Green Pond High(Home teams named first, matches start at 3:30 p.m.)Results from
Arnett Gardens 5 UWI FC 3 Reno 3 Boys’ Town 0 Jamalco 0 Portmore United 1 Montego Bay 2 Waterhouse 1 Tivoli Gardens 1 Maverley-Hughenden 0 Harbour View 1 Humble Lion 0 Yesterday’s results Western Bureau: Schoolboy Jourdaine Fletcher took his goalscoring form into the Red Stripe Premier League, scoring on debut for champions Montego Bay United (MBU) in their 2-1 win over struggling Waterhouse FC yesterday at Wes Pow Park. Fletcher’s goal was a sublime effort as the striker, who took the field at half-time for the injured Dino Williams, connected on a sweet volley in the 68th minute from just inside the Waterhouse 18-yard box to score his first goal of what is an already promising start to his club career. It was the cap to a stirring rearguard effort from the home side, having to battle their way back after Deandre Brown had fired the visitors into a 40th- minute lead. Waterhouse held the advantage into the half-time break, but surrendered tamely in the second half, allowing a rare goal from MBU captain Dwayne Ambusley in the 61st minute for the equaliser, before Fletcher’s stunning volley sealed the victory for MBU, who now have 38 points after the Christmas break. Waterhouse lost all composure and went down to ten men after Nicholy Findlayson was issued a second yellow card in the 63rd minute. Fletcher, who won the 2016 daCosta Cup title with Cornwall College, told The Gleaner he knew he would score, having promised the coaching staff in training sessions that he would. “It is a great feeling to be in a team like this, with stars like Owayne Gordon, Allan Ottey, Dino Williams and Jermaine Woozecroft, and I knew that once I got some minutes I would have scored,” stated Fletcher. “I wanted to play really badly and when I was warming up, I could see myself scoring and I did just that. Words cannot express the feeling I have right now,” he added. Fletcher is one of five schoolboy footballers to sign for MBU at the start of the January transfer window. He said while he will not limit himself to a final goal tally, he just wants to enjoy playing among men while learning all that he can from the experienced players in the squad. “I think this team is very strong in attack with all the star players here and I am coming here to add my flavour and see what happens. So far, it’s an excellent start. I just want to continue scoring goals for this team,” said Fletcher. If his thirty goals for Cornwall College this year are anything to go by, then Fletcher could well be on his way in staking a claim of the best young player in the country. At Frome, a returning Craig Foster struck twice to lead Reno FC to a commanding 2-0 win over cellar-dwellers Boys’ Town FC at the Frome Sports Complex. Foster was on target in the 12th and 41st minutes, respectively. “This was a complete game from the players. Fletcher came in at halftime and scored on debut. It was a well written script,” said MBU’s assistant coach Dillon Thelwell. A disappointed Waterhouse coach Glendon Bailey said his team gave up after taking the lead, but vowed to take the club away from the relegation places.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP):The record will show that six-time Australian Open champions Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic each had straight-set wins.It may seem straightforward, but it was not routine. Newly-engaged Williams, aiming for an Open-era record 23rd major title, and Djokovic, bidding to become the first man to win seven Australian titles, confronted former top-10 players in the first round at Melbourne Park.And so there was no chance for the No. 2-ranked players, in the recently unaccustomed position at the foot of the draw, to feel their way into the season’s first major.Djokovic faced Fernando Verdasco, who beat Rafael Nadal in the first round last year and who had five match points in their last head-to-head encounter – only 10 days earlier.A GAMBLEDjokovic held off the Spanish left-hander in a 71-minute, momentum-swinging second set before winning 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-2 yesterday. The first and third sets were great, he said, but the second was “a gamble.””I’m very pleased with the first round, considering I had one of the toughest first-round draws, definitely considering his form,” Djokovic said. “He’s a quality player. He’s a big match, big-time player.”The 33-year-old Verdasco peaked at No. 7 in the rankings in 2009, not long after he pushed eventual champion Nadal in five sets in one of the best and latest-finishing semi-finals ever at the Australian Open.”From one perspective it was good that I got to have the very tough first-round match, because it made me prepare better and kind of approach the tournament with the right intensity, right from the first point,” Djokovic said.Williams, on the comeback after a stint on the sidelines following a U.S. Open semi-final loss, took a 5-0 lead in the second set against Belinda Bencic.But Bencic has been ranked in the top 10, and was seeded 12th in Melbourne last year. She applied pressure on Williams, who made mistakes on key points – including a double-fault to give Bencic a break point, and another on her first match point – before recovering to win 6-4, 6-3.Williams became engaged to Alexis Ohanian during the holiday break, and the Reddit co-founder was in the crowd at Rod Laver Arena. She has been asked repeatedly about her wedding plans since arriving in Australia, but only gave a time frame for that discussion after her opening match.”February I’ll start looking at the bigger picture of my life,” she said. “Right now, I’m just so focused that this is kind of all I can think about.”Nadal, also returning from a couple of months on the sidelines following the U.S. Open with an injured left wrist, has already improved on 2016.”I’m happy to do an interview with you – last year, I didn’t have the chance!” Nadal said in his on-court interview after a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over Florian Mayer.As usual at Melbourne Park, the heat was a factor. The thermostat reached almost 38 degrees Celsius on a day when Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic beat Dustin Brown.
Head coach of Jamaica’s Carifta Games squad, Corey Bennett, is upbeat ahead of the team’s departure for the regional track and field meet today. “The athletes are coming off a high from the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships, and I am hoping that they will be highly motivated to continue with their excellent performances at the Carifta Games,” Bennett told The Gleaner yesterday. Bennett said it was tough to lose several top performers, but there are other capable athletes to replace them for the three-day meet which starts on Saturday in Willemstad, CuraÁao. “We are taking it event by event as we have 84 athletes, who I think will do very well, and once the weather is fine, I expect another big medal haul,” Bennett said. Jamaica won 86 medals at last year’s meet in Grenada. He added that he expects a lot from Christopher Taylor who was unbeaten at Boys’ Champs, Junelle Bromfield, who is now a part of the powerful UTech programme, hurdler Britany Anderson and young sprint stars Kevona Davis and Michael Stephens. Jamaica’s haul last year included 42 gold, 28 silver and 16 bronze medals. Bahamas were next on 34 medals – six gold, 15 silver and 13 bronze.
GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UAAP jrs basketball: NU ends UST’s dream run, books Finals date vs Ateneo View comments Gilas Pilipinas is now on its final preparations for its colossal Fiba World Cup Asian qualifying game against Australia on Thursday.Coach Chot Reyes shared a glimpse of the team’s first training in Melbourne on Tuesday as the Philippine crew finally got its full roster buckling down to work.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Gilas left for Melbourne late Monday night and arrived after an eight-hour flight before Tuesday morning. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano 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 Unang ensayo #💪❤ pic.twitter.com/LZLjobO69R— Chot Reyes (@coachot) February 20, 2018FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Naturalized big man Andray Blatche led the session together with leaders Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, and Calvin Abueva.Also part of the trip were Japeth Aguilar, Allein Maliksi, Kevin Alas, RR Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon, Carl Bryan Cruz, Kiefer Ravena, and “23-for-23” cadet” Abu Tratter.Gilas Pilipinas takes on the Boomers on Thursday at Margaret Court Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed
PBA IMAGESRain or Shine secured a spot in the quarterfinals after beating San Miguel Beer, 95-80, in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday night at Mall of Asia Arena.Beau Belga had an all-around effort with 19 points, seven rebounds, four assists and five steals to lead the shorthanded Elasto Painters, who were without injured veterans Chris Tiu and James Yap.ADVERTISEMENT View comments UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Rain or Shine went on an 11-1 run capped by a basket by Gabe Norwood to put the game away, 85-71, with 4:07 remaining.Jewel Ponferada added 17 points while Mark Borboran and Norwood chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively for the Painters (6-4), who spoiled Alex Cabagnot’s first game back for San Miguel.June Mar Fajardo had 19 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks for the Beermen, who turned the ball over 24 times and only had 13 assists.ROS, on the other hand, had 24 assists and only seven turnovers.RELATED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lady Bulldogs face reality after Lady Tamaraws loss E-Painters center Raymond Almazan also left the game early after hurting his hand and did not return.“At least now we’re assured of a playoff spot,” said ROS head coach Caloy Garcia. “But we also want to win our game on Friday so we could get to number four.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I credit the players. They battled it out today. [San Miguel] also relaxed a little bit so we took advantage of it,” added Garcia, whose squad faces Barangay Ginebra in their final game in the elimination round.The Beermen came into the game already assured of the top seed and may have played the game safe. But that’s not to take anything away from the Painters, who still managed to take down the reigning three-time champions. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed MOST READ 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 Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next