Election day 2016 was off to a slow start at some polling stations visited by The Gleaner in East Portland. At Ken Wright Primary, voting was delayed despite the polling station opening on time. Election day workers along with the police were on location; however, the presiding officer was absent and ballot papers along with other documents had not yet arrived. Among those arriving early to vote was Lurline Dowie, who complained that she was unable to cast her ballot, as they were unable to accommodate her due to the absence of ballot papers, ink and other material. A similar situation also existed at a centre at Breast Works, where the voting process was delayed for more than 30 minutes. It was somewhat different at Boundbrook Primary, Port Antonio High, Hill Preparatory, Port Antonio Primary and Norwich Primary, where polling stations were opened on time and voting was progressing smoothly. Both candidates for the area, Linvale Bloomfield of the Peoples National Party (PNP) and Derron Wood of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) coasted their votes at Drapers All Age. Bloomfield is confident of victory and predicted that his margin of victory will be larger than in 2011 when he defeated Patrick Lee by 1246 votes. Wood on the other hand has indicated that he will create a major upset. EAST PORTLAND CONDADATES JLP: Derron Wood PNP: Linvale Bloomfield
AUSTIN’S YELLOW CARD Awards PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania: THE CONFETTI, the fireworks moment was not the one they had hoped for, with their players not on the podium. Jamaica’s dream of a historic CONCACAF Gold Cup turned into a nightmare at Lincoln Financial Field last night as its much-vaunted defence caved in for a 3-1 loss against Mexico in the 13th final of the Confederation championship. Mexico took the lead at the 31st minute when Andrés Guardado sent a powerful shot past goalkeeper Ryan Thompson into the roof of the Jamaican net. Things went from bad to worse early in the second half as horrendous defensive blunders by centre half Michael Hector led to goals from Jesus Corona at the 47th and Oribe Peralta, with 61 minutes on the clock. By then, the game was as good as over. However, Darren Mattocks, a goal hero in Jamaica’s landmark 2-1 win over the United States, came up trumps for the second game running by scoring at the 80th minute to hand the Reggae Boyz a consolation goal. Mexico were lifting an unprecedented seventh title. The United States (five) and Canada (one) are the other tournament winners. Mexico won two other awards as Guardado took the tournament MVP and Corona the Bright Future Award. Jamaica, though, did not go away empty handed as they lifted the Fair Play Trophy. Coached by German Winfried Schäfer, Jamaica had beaten the Americans 2-1 in the semi-finals to notch several firsts on their way to the final. Without creating an open shooting chance, the Reggae Boyz had a few near misses with balls played across goal inside the first half. The chances, three of them, came literally seconds apart between the eighth and ninth minutes when Simon Dawkins barely missed a free kick whipped in by Rodolph Austin. Then Dawkins again failed to get a boot to a cross from Giles Barnes. Within seconds, Garath McCleary cut back a ball that flew among several players in front of the Mexican goal. Then in the 14th minute, McCleary crossed to Joel ‘Jobi’ McAnuff at the back post. The latter aimed a headed pass at Adrian Mariappa, but the overlapping wingback was just offside. That was one of several decent build-ups by the Jamaicans, who pressed Mexico deep to gain an advantage in ball possession and looked more dangerous up to the 15th minute. Mexico started using the width and more long passes to make room. It gave them time to build their game with swift inter-changing and snappy passes. First, they were able to ease the pressure then started coming forward more. By the 28th minute, they had three good looks on goal, with Corona having a header saved, then chipping a shot over the bar. Jesus Duenas also had a shot charged down. Then came the opening goal. Following a miscued goal kick, Rodolph Austin picked up a yellow card on a foul, trying to prevent the Mexicans from breaking quickly on goal. The game was stopped for a while and the defence went to sleep. The pass from the spot kick near half-line was played wide right to the unmarked Corona. He delivered a cross of pin-point accuracy to the onrushing Guardado, who guided the ball firmly one time just inside the left post. Goalkeeper Thompson had no chance. The second half started disastrously, and within 16 minutes, central defender Michael Hector made two horrendous mistakes that led to two goals, and with Mexico 3-0 up at the 61st minute, the game was over. At the 47th, he tried to dribble out of defence, lost possession to Corona, who went forward then hit a shot across Thompson to score. Then at the 61st, Hector, unmarked, attempted to clear a grounded pass. He miscued and the ball went behind him to Peralta, who steered the ball past Thompson.
The women’s 400 metres in Beijing is shaping up to be a two-way battle between Shaunae Miller of The Bahamas and American Allyson Felix in the event. Both athletes are now ranked one and two, respectively, going into the championships. The Bahamian won in 49.92 seconds at the Lausanne Diamond League Meet while Felix clocked 50.05 to win at the United States National Championships. Felix, who has won multiple titles in the 200 metres and who got a wild card to compete in the event in Beijing after being the Diamond League winner last year, opted for the 400 metres instead. World leader Francena McCorory who had her worst race this season at the American Trials where she finished fourth, will now only have relay duties to do. With McCorory out, Felix who finished a close second in the on-lap event four years ago in Daegu, behind Amantle Montsho of Botswana, could see this an easier option than the half-lap event. She could regret this decision, however, as she has Miller to contend with. Like Felix, Miller is blessed with good 200m and clocked a best of 22.14 when winning at the Jamaica Invitational meet in May. As the only sub-50 second 400m runner in the field, Miller must be confident going into the event as she is both a former World Youth and World Junior champion. Two years ago as a teenager, she finished fourth in Moscow in the 200m. Without a doubt, Felix is one of the most talented athletes in the world and has played important roles on the United States 4×100 and 4x400m relay teams. She must be pretty confident here and a repeat of her 2011 form in the event where she clocked a personal best of 49.59 could see her getting the better of Miller. Jamaica’s Stephenie McPherson and Shericka Jackson should also do well with McPherson poised to win a bronze medal. For gold it looks a straight battle between Miller and Felix, and Felix is given the slight edge to take home her first major 400 metres title. But if she puts a foot wrong, Miller will definitely take full advantage. MY TOP THREE: 1. Allyson Felix (USA), 2. Shaunae Miller (Bahamas) 3. Stephenie McPherson (Jamaica). -Raymond Graham MILLER CONFIDENT
JAMAICA is yet to win a medal in the men’s 110 metres hurdles at the IAAF World Championships, but history is on the horizon. Two athletes, Omar McLeod and Hansle Parchment, with strong medal prospects in the event will represent the island at the 2015 Beijing World Championships. The country’s best placing in the event at these championships came at the 2009 Berlin meet where Maurice Wignall finished fifth and Dwight Thomas seventh. World leader Orlando Ortega of Cuba, with a winning time of 12.94 seconds at the Paris Diamond League, will not be in Beijing and as a result of this, Jamaica’s Omar McLeod will go into the championships as the top seed, following his personal best of 12.97 to win at the Jamaica National Senior Championships in June. Only one other athlete, defending champion, American David Oliver, with 12.98, has gone sub 13 seconds this season. With no one taking the event this season by ‘storm’, Jamaica’s top two – McLeod and Hansle Parchment, with a season best of 13.08 – both have glorious opportunities to put their names and the country’s into the history book. Parchment does have the potential to go sub-13 seconds, as a year ago in Monaco he raced to victory in a personal best of 12.95. However, he has not competed since the June Trials. With world record holder Aries Merritt of the United States and France’s Pascal Martinot-Lagarde both struggling for good form, this will be a wide open race. After a wonderful 2015 season on the collegiate circuit where he dominated his peers, McLeod looks set to go much faster than his 12.97 best.He has an excellent start and good speed over the first three hurdles and could dominate early and ‘leave the field for dead’. Teammate Parchment, who mined bronze in the event at the 2012 London Olympic Games, may lack the competitive edge, but if he reports fit for Beijing, he could be among the medals. The other Jamaican in the event, Andrew Riley, will need a big improvement on his season’s best of 13.28 to be a factor. Oliver, the defending champion, will be hard to beat, but has his problems. He tends to start slowly and he will need to be on top of his game to win this event. Of the others, Serjey Shubenkov of Russia looks the best of the lot. While McLeod seems to be the best tactically in the event, Oliver with his experience is given the edge, but just to get the win here over McLeod. MY TOP THREE: 1. David Oliver (USA), 2. Omar McLeod (Jamaica), 3. Serjey Shubenkov (Russia). SET TO GO FASTER
Trinidad and Tobago’s players are dominating their rivals at the Caribbean Region Table Tennis Federation (CRTTF) Pre-Cadet championships, which is being held at the National Indoor Sports Centre (NISC). The T&T team ended yesterday’s penultimate day on nine gold medals. Jamaica have one gold while Barbados and Guyana are yet to taste any success. With several finals to be played on today’s last day, the strong Trinidad and Tobago team is set to win more medals. Dexter Abbott, head coach of the T&T team, says he is not greatly surprised by his country’s dominance. “We were well prepared coming to Jamaica for this important championship. We didn’t know the strength of the opposition, however, our team executed well,” Abbott told The Gleaner yesterday. Abbott said they were looking forward to the final day. “We are definitely looking for victory in each category tomorrow. We won’t be complacent, just continue doing what works,” he added. Christian Lillieroos, a representative of the International Table Tennis Federation, praised Jamaica for the level of organisation in staging the tourney. “It has been going on very, very well. If you take away the Central and Caribbean Games held every four years, this is the best-staged TT tourney held in the Caribbean. It has been very well done,” Lillieroos told The Gleaner during yesterday’s competition. “The national championship held two months ago was used as a warm-up for this. I am very happy, although there was a last-minute change in venue (from the National Arena to the NISC) that hampered certain things. It was a last-minute arrangement, but it a very nice venue,” Lillieroos, who is in Jamaica as part of the International Olympic Committee solidarity programme, said. Today’s competition starts at 10 a.m.
The 2016 schoolboy football season is in full swing with all the spills and thrills that a typical schoolboy football season brings. This season, however, comes into special focus, as it unfolds in the immediate aftermath of yet another failed World Cup-qualifying cycle. As the discussions, debates and analysis continue with added fervour. The age-old proposal of a two-tier system for the Manning and daCosta Cup competitions is back on the front burner. Veteran schoolboy coach Patrick ‘Jackie’ Walters has been for a long time championing of the call for the best teams in the Manning and daCosta Cup to be separated into divisions with an A division comprising the bigger and better teams with the weaker teams to play in a B division with a relegation and promotion process enforced. The idea is that instead of playing so many meaningless games against smaller so-called inferior teams and winning 8-0, 9-0, and 10-0 the top teams should play more often among themselves, thus guaranteeing more competitive games, better football, and more meaningful development of the players. This, to my mind, is trending down the dangerous road of elitism in what are still amateur school competitions. This radical change would effectively be telling smaller, poorer, less-equipped schools like Tarrant High, Edith Dalton James, Papine etc., that they are not good enough’ to rub shoulders with the likes of St George’s College, Kingston College and Jamaica College. The same subliminal message would be sent to the smaller rural schools, such as Green Pond, May Day High or Black River High, that they don’t belong on the same field and are inferior – not just as footballers, but as a school community and as individuals. That they are lesser beings that their counterparts who attend Cornwall College, Munro College or Clarendon College. As the competitions are more even after the first round, the main objectives sought after by this proposal are for the most part achieved as the proverbial sheep are separated from the goats, as the elite teams do emerge and compete against each other for championship honours. The advent of the high-profile ISSA-Flow Super Cup pushes the concept even further providing an even bigger stage for the top teams to strut their stuff against each other, which further diminishes the need to split the competitions into divisions. The Manning and daCosta Cup competitions as they are, are highly successful and hugely popular products that provide a pivotal platform for the exposure of the nation’s best young football talent. It is the skill of meaningfully identifying that talent and what we do with that talent that have been our most significant let down. The Schoolboy football competitions are far from perfect, within an even more imperfect football structure in Jamaica, but we have to keep our feet grounded in reality. The magnitude of improvement and impact being craved by some of these suggested changes to the schoolboy football product are unrealistic. There are more achievable fundamentals such as improving the surfaces and beginning the transformation in the way talented young Jamaican players view themselves in the wider scheme of things. The practice of drilling it into the subconscious of our top 17, 18, 19 year olds that they are “so young” and have so much time to develop, is a crippling and devastating mistake. The career path of a professional footballer is generally clearly defined from as early as fourteen or fifteen years old. When we keep telling our best young players how young they are, we are covertly setting back the psychological development and advancement an average of five usually detrimental years. These are but some of the immediate problems we need to address in our football before we further muddy the waters with another act of classism. No need for split
Playoff positioning will be the biggest thing going in the minds of Batangas and Tanduay when the two teams part ways on Thursday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ranking tourney Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Chongson, however, argued that the only statistic he was mindful of is the wins, the losses, and especially the championships.“I can’t worry about stuff like that,” he said after the Rhum Masters shattered the record for most points scored and biggest winning margin. “The only record I’m after is the championship.”Batangas coach Eric Gonzales acknowledges that his side is coming in as underdogs in the tiff.“Honestly, we still lack experience compared with the Tanduay players,” he said, as he will bank on his leaders Joseph Sedurifa, Jessie Saitanan, and Cedrick Ablaza.However, the Batangueños are hell-bent on making it to the top six even after their close 70-66 defeat to Cignal HD last week.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission With the two squads currently tied at third place carrying their identical 4-2 slates, a victory is surely going to be a boost in the team’s bid to earn a spot in the quarterfinals.And that fact isn’t lost on Rhum Masters coach Lawrence Chongson, as they seek to stay in the running in the playoffs and, hopefully, a top two spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“We’re really focused on the game against Batangas because we want to stay on top,” said the outspoken mentor. “One of us will get dropped because we are tied at three and four in the standings.”Tanduay got the necessary momentum builder it needed via a dominant 141-65 decimation of Zark’s Burgers last Monday, where the team also set two league records in the process behind Jerwin Gaco, Lester Alvarez, and James Martinez. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Tip-off is at 3 p.m., to be followed by the all-important game between Marinerong Pilipino and Racal Motors at 5 p.m.Currently on the outside looking in, Racal (3-3) and Marinero (1-4) are just out for survival as both teams try to stay in the playoff race. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite
2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her LATEST STORIES “One set could’ve tilted the game but we’re here and we just have to accept the loss and move forward.”Wu Wei-Hua had 14 points to lead Chinese-Taipei while Chen, who came in as a substitute in all the three sets, and Hsiao Hsiang-Ling had nine points apiece.Jaja Santiago helped the Philippines’ cause with 10 points.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano The Philippines had the early momentum in the third set putting up a 10-4 lead but Chinese-Taipei managed to score seven straight to take an 11-10 lead.Captain Chen Wan-Ting then finished off the no.79 team in the world with a brutal crosscourt kill.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Alyssa Valdez, who had 13 points to lead the Philippines, was disappointed with how they squandered their edge but said they have to move on and end the tournament on a positive note.“We definitely wanted to win, but we just couldn’t hold on,” said Valdez in Filipino. “But, again, this is a learning experience because there was the regret because it would’ve been a huge difference if we were able to get at least one set.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—Chinese-Taipei earned a shot at the fifth place in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship after taking down host Philippines, 25-20, 25-19, 25-19, in the classification stage Wednesday at Alonte Sports Arena here.The 55th-ranked team in the world is set to face Vietnam for the battle for the fifth spot while the Philippines will once again match up against Kazakhstan for a crack at seventh. ADVERTISEMENT Sharapova receives US Open wildcard for first post-ban Slam Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teen gunned down in Masbate
787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malaysia, whose 60th Independence Day coincides with its fourth SEA Games hosting, is gunning for 111 golds, the same number it did in winning the 2001 edition.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rhemwil Catana and Johnjohn Bobier of Philippines during the Chinlone event at the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur where Chinlone team won the 1st silver for the country.INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines sepak takraw chinlone team may not have won the gold, but it gained respect from the one that won it.Malaysia’s coach Mohd Yusoff Abdullah cited the Filipino’s natural flair in the sport that requires coordination and athleticism.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Teen gunned down in Masbate 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Reality hits PH netball athletes hard in Malaysia “The Philippines is relatively new in this sport and given time, they will be a team to watch,” said Abdullah.The Filipinos dropped the gold medal match to the host Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“This gold medal means a lot. It is the first step towards achieving our target. The players were excellent in controlling the ball. Their spirit was high,” added the Malaysian mentor.After winning the first gold of the 29th Southeast Asian Games, Malaysia sports minister YB Brig. Gen. Khairy Jamaluddin told the host’s athletes: “One down, 110 to go.” View comments