Local equestrians gearing up for the 2016 season started their preparation at the Kingston Polo Club, Caymanas Estates, over the weekend, with showjumpers in particular introduced to a new discipline – vaulting. Since last Friday, visiting FEI representative Emma Seely from California in the United States conducted a three-day workshop to familarise showjumpers with vaulting, one of seven disciplines in international competitions except the Olympics. Vaulting, she explained, is akin to gymnastics on horseback, but it requires intense training (initially on a barrell) to develop the skill. Seely said the workshop started last Friday with the older and more experienced showjumpers such as Jason Walter, Susan Wates, Lexie Wates, Denise Cole, Nabila Khouri, and Maelle Johnston, then moving to the children on Saturday and finally back with the older participants yesterday. “The response was good,” disclosed Seely. “Being introduced to vaulting for the first time, the participants were curious at first, but they soon got the hang of it, regarding basic movements on a horse, as well as get-fit exercises, and in the end they were quite keen and receptive,” added Seely, who has had vast experience in this area of the sport spanning 35 years. The sessions were conducted under the watchful eyes of national coach Betty Wates, who is also president of the Equestrian Federation of Jamaica. “Jamaicans being natural athletes, I believe we will adopt to vaulting pretty fast, and in a few years, could impact internationally in much the same way Samantha Albert did in showjumping and Alia Atkinson in swimming”, she said. Meanwhile, the polo players started their preparation over the weekend with practice matches on Saturday and yesterday ahead of the Doc Masterton Tournament on January 31 at the Caymanas Estates, traditionally the first polo match each season. According to Rachel Turner and Mitta Rousseau, two of the island’s top polo players, the action should increase this season following a lull in activities last year. Turner said the Doc Masterton will be followed by the Burger King Kids tournament on February 20, as well as the annual tour of the visiting team from Newport from March 3-6. They will play matches at the St Ann Polo Club at Drax Hall, Chukka Blue in Hanover and the Kingston Polo Club. Rousseau disclosed that later in the year there will be the club tournaments – the Hurlingham Cup and Senior Cup – for which Kingston Polo Club are defending champions, with players such as James Robertson, Paul Lalor, Mark Wates, Jorge Donovan, and Turner, as well as the Hi-Pro Family tournament, Dennis Lalor Polo tournament, and one of the big ones – the Scotia-sponsored tournament in mid-year.
Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) president, Mike Fennell says plans for the nation’s Olympic camp at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5-25 are going smoothly, as the JOA have already acquired a base for the camp, which will commence on July 24. The JOA boss told The Gleaner they will be holding two camps, one for athletes and another for the swimmers. But while the track and field representatives will use a Rio de Janeiro Naval Base (CEFAN), which is a physical education centre of the navy and the training site of several civil and military sports, swimmer, Alia Atkinson and diver Yona Knight-Wisdom, will decide on a location of their choice. “We have done a series of consultations with the coaches and officials from the JAAA and we have agreed on a camp at the naval base in Rio for athletics. We are also making another camp for the swimming people, Alia Atkinson and diver, Yona Knight-Wisdom, at a separate venue of their choice for pre-Olympic camp and both camps they commence on or about the 24th of July,” he said. However, pre-Olympic accommodations for the nation’s representatives in other sporting disciplines will be delayed until qualifications for these non-traditional sports have been secured. “When we know who have qualified we will make preparations for the final preparation, we won’t know fully until we sign off the qualification,” he said. “We know that as far as track and field is concern we have to wait until the trials are held at the end of June and we know the composition of who is going after the JAAA have make their selection. We have one swimmer and one diver, who have already qualify, we are hoping more will qualify because we have a number of other swimmers who are close to the qualifying standard and we are hoping for more of that. “We also have the fantastic news of a gymnast (Toni Ann Williams) qualifying and that was really tremendous. Unfortunately we didn’t make it in fencing but we are still awaiting the cyclist (Marloe Rodman) and he is pretty close to qualifying and we hope he reaches the standard, plus there is also a chance for a boxer. But we won’t know all of this until all the qualifying events have taken place,” he insisted.
Coach Junior Bennett has hailed Kirk Edwards as a welcome addition to the Jamaica Scorpions and believes the Barbadian can help the team to turn around its fortunes this season.Edwards, one of three overseas players hoping to help the Scorpions better their fourth place finish from last season, slammed an unbeaten 115 on the final day of the team’s lone warm-up game at Kensington Park yesterday.Resuming on 99 yesterday Edwards guided Paul Palmer’s XI past their victory target of 283.Scores: David Bernard’s XI 235 and 192; Palmer’s XI 145 and 285 for three.”Edwards has looked the part starting with the final trial game and now the warm-up match,” cited Bennett.”It was particularly pleasing to see how he applied himself in the second innings of this match, got his century, and steered the team home.””It’s the sort of form that you want to see from your batsmen, and I thought he (Andre) McCarthy, and (John) Campbell, did that well.”McCarthy, 81, and, Campbell, 55, helped to lay the foundation for the runs chase on the third day.
GROS ISLET, St Lucia, (CMC): Fast bowler Ronsford Beaton snared his first-ever five-wicket haul in first-class cricket to engineer a Windward Islands Volcanoes collapse on the opening day of their eighth-round contest yesterday. The 23-year-old, in his 32nd first-class game, finished with five for 43 as Volcanoes, sent in at the Beausejour Cricket Stadium, were dismissed for 216 in the final session. Leaders and title-holders Guyana Jaguars then cruised to 34 without loss, but lost two quick wickets near the close to end on 44 for two. Opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 20. Veteran opener Devon Smith had earlier gathered his 51st first-class half-century when he top-scored with 87, while rookie Jerlani Robinson chipped in with 57. The pair were the only batsmen to get into the 20s, however, and it told the latter half of the Volcanoes innings. Opener Tyrone Theophile fell cheaply to Beaton for one, with the score on 16, but Smith and Robinson then posted 120 for the second wicket to put Volcanoes in the driver’s seat. Smith stroked 11 fours off 190 deliveries in nearly 33/4 hours while Robinson faced 82 balls in 143 minutes and struck nine fours and a six. Their enterprise allowed Volcanoes to head to lunch at 68 for one, with Smith on exactly 50 and Robinson on 13. They added a further 68 after the break before being separated when Robinson was caught at slip by captain Leon Johnson off left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer. Smith added another 28 for the third wicket with Dalton Polius (9), but once Polius was bowled by leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo at 164 for three, the last seven wickets went down for just 48 runs. 120-run partnership
LONDON (AP):Sixteen goals scored without reply. Five successive wins. And now top of the English Premier League. Chelsea are a club transformed under Antonio Conte.Eden Hazard scored twice in a 5-0 demolition of Everton yesterday that demonstrated the attacking might that is capable of propelling Chelsea to the title.And the ruthless display came against an Everton side which boasted the league’s second-best defensive record before heading to west London, and earned a 1-1 draw at Manchester City a month ago.City headed into the game against Middlesbrough in top place, but stumbled to a 1-1 draw to leave Pep Guardiola’s side with one win in five.Eden Hazard epitomises the revival of the team that was hovering above the relegation zone a year ago in the closing weeks of JosÈ Mourinho’s second spell in charge.OPENING GOALHazard has already eclipsed last season’s five-goal haul in the league by taking his tally to seven against Everton. The Belgium winger cut in from the left before netting the opener in the 19th minute and Chelsea scored again within 25 seconds of the restart. Hazard and Pedro Rodriguez combined to set up Marcos Alonso, who struck through goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg’s legs for his first Chelsea goal.Diego Costa grabbed Chelsea’s third before half-time after Nemanja Matic was left unmarked to head a corner into the path of the striker.The pick of the goals came 10 minutes after the break with a move started and completed by Hazard after a one-two with Victor Moses. Hazard weaved into the penalty area before striking past Stekelenburg.Costa was the creator of the fifth, winning the ball around the halfway line and darting down the field unchallenged before passing to Hazard. Although Hazard was denied a hat-trick by Stekelenburg, Pedro was on hand to tap into the empty net.Other results: Manchester City 1 Middlesbrough 1; Bournemouth 1 Sunderland 2; Burnley 3 Crystal Palace 2; West Ham 1 Stoke 1.
Since 2004, the Jamaica Invitational has guaranteed local fans an up close and personal look at some of the world best track and field athletes. From Gail Devers and Marion Jones to Carmelita Jeter and Sanya Richards-Ross, from Lashawn Merritt to Justin Gatlin, much of track’s glitterati have come and run inside the National Stadium. The opportunity has doubled with the fast-paced Racers Grand Prix, which appeared with the likes of Wayde van Niekerk last year. Even more importantly, the Invitational and now, the Grand Prix give locals a chance to see their own Jamaican heroes compete at home. It’s a time-honoured tradition that begun with superstars Herb McKenley and George Rhoden and their contemporary rivals, including the American, Mal Whitfield, the 1948 and 1952 Olympic 800 metre champion. The tradition brought famous sprint duels between Don Quarrie and American Steve Williams at the Norman Manley Games. That meet even saw a world record in the mile by Filbert Bayi of Tanzania. The Invitational follows the Mutual Games, host to the likes of Javier Sotomayor and the young Michael Johnson, in that familiar early May slot that so many now punch into their electronic diaries. By contrast, the people of Grenada have never had that luxury … until now. With their first and only Olympic and World Champion Kirani James as the centrepiece, the Spice Isle hosted a fine show at the first Grenada Invitational last Saturday. It was a remarkable show of resolve and ambition. Merritt, who has performed in many countries in the region, dutifully reported for action in the 200m, alongside Asafa Powell, and Veronica Campbell-Brown. The presence of the latter pair is to be praised as a wonderful endorsement. Like the Cayman Invitational, the new meet inspires the hope of a Caribbean track and field circuit. Good scheduling, air-travel coordination, and the right accommodation partners could make it work. It’s a sports-tourism idea worth pursuing. Until then, the people of Grenada deserve a pat on the back for bringing the world home to their new 7,000-seat stadium. It’s a bold step forward. The athletic payback is the inspiration Kirani will be for young Grenadians who saw him run in person for the first time. The bigger, more regional payback could come if a well planned and scheduled Caribbean track and field circuit could arise. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes from trackside since 1980. WONDERFUL ENDORSEMENT
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Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? La Salle trailed majority of the game up until the 4:10 mark of the third when center Ben Mbala scored back-to-back baskets that gave the Green Archers a 50-48 lead.Rivero paced La Salle with 17 points while Santillan finished with 16 points, 14 points in the second half, and 10 boards.Mbala struggled from the field, going 3-of-10, but made up for it from the line going 9-of-12 to put up 15 points to go along with 17 rebounds. Papi Sarr led Adamson with 17 points and 12 boards while Jerrick Ahanmisi also had 17 points. ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Adamson was down by four, 69-65, midway through the fourth quarter, but a timely triple from Rob Manalang and two free throws from Jonathan Espeleta put the Soaring Falcons ahead 72-71 with 2:19 left in the game.That slim lead, however, would be the last of the Falcons’ reprieve as Andrei Caracut knocked down a clutch triple that gave the Green Archers a 74-72 lead with 1:48 left in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSanti Santillan then pushed the dagger through Adamson’s heart with a layup giving La Salle a 76-72 lead with 36 seconds remaining in the game. “This game was a test of our character, not just as individuals but as a team, and it really helped our team,” said Ricci Rivero in Filipino. 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDefending champion De La Salle kept Adamson University at bay to come away with an 80-74 victory in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Green Archers chalked up their third straight win and improved to 8-2 to deny the Soaring Falcons (6-4), who missed a chance to gain a share of second place.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sol Mercado out for Game 5 of PBA Finals Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
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Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases In this undated photo provided by Free Korean Dogs, figure skating coach Bruno Marcotte and his wife, Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhamel, pet their dog Moo-tae, right, and another dog in South Korea. Duhamel already has one life-changing souvenir from South Korea, and it’s not a medal. The Olympic pairs skater rescued a puppy from the Korean dog meat trade while competing in Pyeongchang last year, and she’s helping organize more adoptions while skating there at this year’s games. (EK Park/Free Korean Dogs via AP)Still, the industry persists, and despite pressure from animal rights groups — particularly from Western countries — Pyeongchang won’t completely shelter Olympic visitors from the trade this month. Area restaurants were offered government aid if they stopped selling dog meat, but some declined to change their menus, fearing they’d spurn regular patrons and be left without customers once the tourists left town.“I have been selling dog meat for decades. It is really difficult for me to change my menu just because of the Olympics,” said Park Young-ae, 60, whose Young Hoon Restaurant is nearly in the shadow of the Olympic Stadium.A Gangwon province official told The Associated Press there were no plans to relocate dog farms situated near Olympic areas. There is one farm near Pyeongchang; six near Jeongseon, where the downhill skiing course is located; and 10 in Gangnueng, the coastal town that will host events like figure skating and hockey. Gangwon has 196 registered dog farms, though most are closer to Seoul.Groups like Humane Society International want South Korea to ban the slaughter of dogs entirely, while smaller groups have established volunteer systems to rescue dogs and close farms.Moo-tae’s adoption was organized through one such group: Free Korean Dogs. Founder EK Park was born in South Korea and now lives in Toronto, and she oversees adoptions that bring dogs to Canada and the United States. She worked on Moo-tae’s adoption personally.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In this undated photo provided by Free Korean Dogs, Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhamel poses with her dog Moo-tae, right, in South Korea. Duhamel already has one life-changing souvenir from South Korea, and it’s not a medal. The Olympic pairs skater rescued a puppy from the Korean dog meat trade while competing in Pyeongchang last year, and she’s helping organize more adoptions while skating there at this year’s games. (EK Park/Free Korean Dogs via AP)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea— Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhamel is hoping to win a gold medal in South Korea this month — though no prize could be more life-changing than her previous Pyeongchang souvenir.Not after last year, when the two-time world champion pairs skater brought home Moo-tae — an affable miniature dachshund mix with big ears, bowed legs and the bad luck of being born into the Korean dog meat trade. Duhamel, a vegan and animal lover, helped rescue Moo-tae by accompanying him on his flight from South Korea to Canada last February. The 2-year-old pup has been living with her and husband/coach Bruno Marcotte in Montreal since, spending his days doing yoga with Duhamel and making friends at the local dog park.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this Dec. 12, 2017, file photo, Park Young-ae, owner of Young Hoon Restaurant, arranges dog meats at her restaurant in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhamel already has one life-changing souvenir from South Korea, and it’s not a medal. The Olympic pairs skater rescued a puppy from the Korean dog meat trade while competing in Pyeongchang last year, and she’s helping organize more adoptions while skating there at this year’s games. Duhamel and her husband brought home Moo-tae last February, and his big ears, bowed legs and affable personality have made him a favorite at the local dog park. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)Buddhists in the southern part of the country helped rescue Moo-tae from a farm as a puppy, and Park found him living on a monastery.“He loved to sit with the Buddhas during meditation and yoga,” said Duhamel, who meditates daily. “I thought, ‘Oh my God, maybe this dog has some special spiritual energy.’ That was really why I chose him.”Park picked up Moo-tae last year and drove eight hours north to meet Duhamel in Pyeongchang, where she and partner Eric Radford were competing at Four Continents in a test run for the Olympic rink. Moo-tae met his new parents in a parking lot outside the venue, calmly curling up in Duhamel’s arms shortly after being introduced.“Most of the time, he just wants to sit in everybody’s arms,” Duhamel said. “He doesn’t even care to play, he just walks up to everybody and wants to be held.”Park, Moo-tae and a second dog, Sara, met Duhamel at the airport in Seoul days later so that Duhamel could fly the dogs back to Toronto. Moo-tae went home with Duhamel and Marcotte, while Sara was united with another eager family waiting for her in Canada. Duhamel’s parents, Heidi and Daniel, adopted their own pup through Park’s organization a few months later.Duhamel and Park hoped that other athletes might serve as flight volunteers coming back from the Olympics, but Air Canada was too tight on space for that many dogs. Free Korean Dogs handles most everything related to adoptions, including paperwork, vaccinations and crates for transportation, but the organization can’t afford the thousands of dollars necessary to ship each dog without those travelers.“We have to really rely on flight volunteers flying from Korea to Canada,” Park said. “That’s like 90 percent of what we do.”Korean rescues routinely have a hard time adjusting to their new homes, and Free Korean Dogs monitors adopted dogs after they’ve been paired with families.Moo-tae, though, took right to life in Canada. He’s inseparable from his new brother, a 4-year-old rescued beagle named Theo. The family also has a rescued cat, Zara, living in its small Montreal condo.“He brings a very special energy,” Duhamel said. “I meditate every day, and he sits beside me patiently while I meditate. I don’t know if he was trained to do that.” 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 Lakers trounce short-handed Thunder “He’s like a saint,” Duhamel said.READ: South Korea dog meat restaurants refuse to stop serving for OlympicsFEATURED 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 folkIt’s been a different life for Moo-tae. Like roughly 2 million dogs each year, he was supposed to be raised on a Korean dog meat farm, where conditions are often poor. Moo-tae may have been locked in a cage, beaten or left without food or water. Certainly, he would have been sold and slaughtered, then probably served in soup at one of many restaurants still popular among Korea’s elderly population.Koreans have been eating dog for thousands of years, though the practice has waned recently. Many older Koreans believe dog meat aids virility, though younger citizens are largely either against the practice or indifferent to it. The country has begun shifting away from dog consumption as pet ownership has increased, with one in five households owning either a dog or a cat as of 2016. Some major dog meat shops — like the Moran Market in Seongnam — have been shuttered, and President Moon Jae-in even made a campaign promise to adopt a shelter dog if he won last year’s presidential election. He welcomed a 4-year-old mixed breed named Tory in July. The only remaining mark from Moo-tae’s past is physical — his front legs are a bit misshapen, possibly from abuse as a puppy.Otherwise, he’s happy as could be.“Moo-tae was so strong and calm,” Duhamel said. “That’s a funny way to describe a dog, but that’s exactly how I’d describe him. He’s so content.“We have a lady that walks our dogs every day while we’re training, and she says Moo-tae is the most popular dog in the dog park.”Duhamel, a Sochi silver medalist in the team event, is planning to do more to undercut the dog meat industry on this trip to Korea with Humane Society International. She, American skier Gus Kenworthy and American snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis have appeared in a public service announcement about the dog meat trade, and Duhamel is also hoping to assist in shuttering a farm or two once she’s done competing in South Korea.She’s also arranged with Park to fly home another rescued dog when she returns to Canada. This one, though, won’t be coming all the way home with her.“I don’t have the luxury of keeping another dog in my small condo,” she said. “As much as I would love to.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments