Fireworks expected at National Stadium

first_img HOT HURDLES Local track and field fans are in for a treat today as several of the world’s top athletes will be on show at the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet inside the National Stadium. The main events are set to get under way at 7:30 p.m. with the women’s 400 metres hurdles, one of 19 international events. However, action will start as early as 2 p.m. with one of two new events on the programme, the international hammer throw for women. The other new event, the men’s international javelin begins at 4:15 p.m. These will be followed by six Development events, starting at 5:05 p.m. with the women’s 100 metres. The final event of the night, the women’s 400 metres at 9:23, should be one of the most competitive. Jamaica’s trio of Stephenie Ann McPherson, who was third last year, along with Novlene Williams-Mills, fourth a year ago, and Christine Day, who was fifth, will be hoping for a local sweep of the top three places following the withdrawal of last year’s winner, American Sanya Richards-Ross. The Jamaicans will come up against another American, Francena McCorory, runner-up last year and winner of the event two years ago. This event is expected to be a cracker as, fresh in the minds of fans is last year’s World Championships 4×400 metres final in Beijing, when Williams-Mills outwitted McCorory on the anchor leg to give Jamaica a memorable win. With a good record here over the years, Williams-Mills will be hoping to get back to winning ways. POWELL IN 200m The women’s 100m hurdles at 8:27 p.m. should also be hot. World champion Danielle Williams will be engaged in a very tough battle against some fierce rivals. Last year’s winner Jasmin Stowers is out, but her compatriots Sharika Nelvis, American record holder Brianna Rollins (12.26), and 2008 Olympic champion Dawn Harper-Nelson will be hoping for a top three sweep. Also in the event is Britain’s record holder Tiffany Porter (12.51). “I am under no pressure whatsoever as I am going into the race to have fun, and if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best,” Jamaica’s Williams said in a recent interview. Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will be hoping to make it a great night for local fans when they compete in the 100 and 200 metres, respectively. American Tori Bowie ran a world-leading 10.80 seconds in winning the women’s 100 metres at the Doha Diamond League meet yesterday, and Thompson, who won a year ago with 10.97, will be hoping to go faster here. English Gardener of the United States is her main rival. Fraser-Pryce, who was third in this event a year ago, will face the outstanding Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas. Miller was impressive in clocking a Bahamian and meet-record 22.14 in the half-lap event last year and is this year’s world leader in the 400m with a 49.69 run on April 16 in Nassau. Fraser-Pryce will be joined by countrywoman Shericka Jackson, who was a bronze medallist in the 400m at last year’s World Championships. Also down to compete is rising American sprinter Candice McGrone. Former world 100m record holder Asafa Powell is down for the 200m where he will face local rival Rasheed Dwyer. In the men’s 100 m Julian Forte, Kemar Bailey Cole and Oshane Bailey will carry Jamaican hopes against the very fast Americans Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers. SELECTED EVENTS 7 p.m. Shot put women – International 7.03 p.m. Triple jump men – International 7.06 p.m. 3000m steeplechase men – International 7:30 p.m. 400m hurdles women – International 7:37 p.m. 400m hurdles men – International 7:40 p.m. High jump men – International. 7:49 p.m. 800m men – International 8 p.m. 1500m women – International 8:07 p.m. Long jump women – International 8:11 p.m. 100m women – International 8:15 p.m. 100m men – International 8:27 p.m. 100m hurdles women – International 8:37 p.m. 110m men – International 8:53 p.m. 200m women – International 9:03 p.m. 200m men – International 9:14 p.m. 400m men – International 9:23 p.m. 400m women – Internationallast_img read more

As Azkals find success, club football hits a major hump

first_imgView comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk In front of an electrifying crowd at Rizal Memorial Stadium, the Azkals fought back from a goal down to beat Tajikistan, 2-1, to clinch qualification to the continental showcase in the United Arab Emirates.“We showed our character,” said a teary-eyed Azkals goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, after Phil Younghusband’s 50th goal for the country sealed the victory. “That was the Azkals I knew. Never giving up no matter what.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe feat also meant so much to the team’s biggest backer, Dan Palami, who has been bankrolling the team since 2010. “We’ve been through a lot, especially for me,” the Azkals team manager said. “We have not always been successful, but to make it to the bigger stage after all those heartaches, it’s fulfilling.”The 24-nation Asian Cup, which begins on Jan. 5, will be the biggest tournament yet for the Azkals, who will square off with heavyweights South Korea, China and Kyrgyzstan in the group stage. That set Ceres up for another strong run to the AFC Asean zonal final, where it lost to Home United of Singapore. Still, the Busmen clinched a second straight PFL trophy and booked a return ticket to the Champions League next year.Kaya took the other domestic trophy—the Copa Paulino Alcantara—and also bagged the second AFC Cup spot allotted for the Philippines.There was also heartbreak for the women’s national team, which nearly made it to the Women’s World Cup in France next year.A campaign that started with plenty of promise ended with a whimper as the Malditas failed to follow up their 2-1 win over host Jordan.The Malditas atoned for their failed AFC Asian Cup bid by storming to the next round of the 2020 Women’s Olympics Football Tournament.On the heels of another year of mixed results, the year 2019 could be the most critical yet for Philippine football.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “This is on another level,” said Younghusband. “This is where we want to be as a football country and hopefully this is just the start.”Etheridge also reached new heights in his career as he played a huge role in Welsh club Cardiff City’s promotion to the English Premier League.With 19 clean sheets in the Championship, the Filipino international helped Cardiff to a second place finish. In August, Etheridge became the first Southeast Asian to play in the most lucrative football league in the world.“Emotions were running high when we made it to the Asian Cup, but making the Premier League was also a priority for me,” said Etheridge.The unbeaten run in Asian Cup qualifying, however, was not enough for coach Thomas Dooley to keep his job.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Former England captain Terry Butcher was hired, but he withdrew from the job without even meeting the team and it was coach Scott Cooper, a former champion in the Thai League, who took charge of the team as it began its buildup for the Asian Cup.In a bold and ambitious move before the year ended, the Azkals hired former England coach Sven Goran Eriksson to handle the team in the AFF Suzuki Cup and the Asian Cup with Cooper as assistant.The Swede guided the Azkals to another semifinal appearance in the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup. The Azkals lost two legs to eventual champion Vietnam in the last four.But even with the success of the national team, club football in the country remained unstable and with another club, Davao Aguilas, leaving the league before the year ended.The Philippine Premier League will take the place of the Philippines Football League, with kickoff set for March.But with Ceres Negros, Kaya Iloilo and Stallion Laguna the only clubs that are certain to participate, organizers of the PPL have a tough task establishing the league, which has struggled to draw support and sponsors.The home-and-away format of the PFL proved demanding for the clubs logistically and financially, with almost zero return from investment.“There was no revenue, no national sponsorship, no television media and limited attendance at stadiums with numerous restrictions being forced,” PPL commissioner Bernie Sumayao admitted. “The PPL is a new neutral independent league whose main objective is to contribute to the development of football in the country. We have to stay positive and never lose hope.”The difficult situation in the PFL has made the achievement of its reigning champion Ceres all the more remarkable.The Busmen got off to a flying start this year, reaching the third round of the AFC Champions League highlighted by a stunning 3-2 win over Australian club Brisbane Roar. Ceres made a good account of itself in a 0-2 defeat to Chinese powerhouse Tianjin Quanjian. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img In a year with ups and downs, the Azkals carved amemorablemoment when they qualified for the Asian Cup for the first time inPhilippine football history. —SHERWIN VARDELEONPhilippine football achieved huge milestones in 2018, but it ended the year on a subdued note with setbacks overseas and at home, leaving the sport still searching for more support and stability heading into the new year.The Azkals provided the year’s high note, nailing an Asian Cup berth for the country for the first time in history in March.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No holiday break Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30Eriksson’s ‘Azkals’ put Philippines on Asian Cup map02:14Carpio 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 LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READlast_img read more

ArcelorMittal Will Share Liberia Iron Ore Rail with Guinea Miners

first_imgArcelorMittal will have to share the Liberian rail line it is using to export iron ore with Sable Mining and others miners in Guinea who request access, Liberia’s finance minister Amara Konneh said on Wednesday.Liberia, which neighbours Guinea, has an existing rail link to the Buchanan port in the Atlantic and offers a far shorter export route from deposits such as the giant Simandou project and Mount Nimba in Guinea, which is vital for mines to be profitable at current prices.The rail line is currently operated by ArcelorMittal, the world largest steelmaker.”ArcelorMittal is open to the multi-use of the rail because it is enshrined in the mineral development agreement signed with them. The government of Liberia would like to use its rail as much as possible for economic integration that is going to benefit both sides,” he told Reuters.”So this year I will be travelling between Guinea and Liberia bringing all the stakeholders together so that we can close this deal (between Sable and ArcelorMittal).”The Guinean government has so far granted permission to export through Liberia only to Sable Mining (SBLM.L), which is aiming to start production in 2015 and hit 5 million tonnes per year output after that.To allow more companies to use the line though works need to be undertaken to expand its capacity and the companies wishing to use such lines will have to pay the bill for that, the minister said.Adding a second rail line is also an option, he added.A spokeswoman for ArcelorMittal said the firm is willing to discuss availability on the Yekepa to Buchanan railway with third parties who may want to use available surplus capacity without interfering with ArcelorMittal Liberia operations.It is unclear whether ArcelorMittal currently has spare availability for third parties but the steelmaker is ramping up its iron ore mining operations in Liberia and expect its production will grow from around 4 million tonnes a year to 15 million in 2015.MOUNT NIMBAThe Guinean government granted iron ore miner Sable permission to export through Liberia in October, which could increase the viability of its Nimba project.Sable then signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in November with the Liberian government.”The two government have agreed that they (Sable) will use Liberia and the Buchanan port to export ore from Guinea but just need to get the two companies to agree on the costs,” he said.Export through Guinea is also critical for the other Mount Nimba deposit owned by major miner BHP Billiton (BLT.L) and gold miner Newmont (NEM.N).BHP has been in talks over its 40 percent stake in the deposit with mining venture B&A Mineracao, co-founded by the former boss of Brazil’s Vale (VALE5.SA) Roger Agnelli, over the last few months.A source close to the deal said the possibility to have an export route through Liberia is vital to the sale.Konneh said the other companies developing the Mount Nimba deposit are also welcome to export through Liberia.”The question is about increasing the capacity so that the coming of these companies doesn’t hinder ArcelorMittal operations in Liberia,” he said.”We are discussing on how to make that increase happen. The companies who want to use (the rail) will finance that.”Rio Tinto had also initially looked at exporting iron ore from its slice of the massive iron ore deposit Simandou through Liberia.Rio Tinto however has late agreed with the Guinean government to develop a trans-Guinean route which would provide wider benefits to Guinea but would take longer to develop and involve multi billion investment.Guinea’s president Alpha Conde said in November he was confident of investor commitments to fund the costly infrastructure.Liberia has “medium-term” plans to launch an international bond but will first seek a debt rating, Konneh told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more