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 – International
IT’S pretty safe to say that gay marriage is getting more presidential-candidate support now than in any other time in our nation’s history. There’s former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel, Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich – OK, there’s two. You can’t accuse Kucinich of just playing to his vegan base to get the nomination. This time, he’s branching out. I’ll be the first to admit that marriage isn’t for everyone, whether they’re gay or straight. And I’m not alone in that feeling. According to recent data released from the Census Bureau, there are now more unmarried households than married in the U.S. In the feverish debate over same-sex marriage, the San Diego City Council recently passed a measure guaranteeing marriage rights to same-sex couples. The mayor promised to veto, then reversed his stand and backed the council. Still, despite all the overturning and the protesting with the hope of “saving” marriage, the institution itself has quietly slipped away. The majority of Americans are now not getting hitched. So people who want to get married can’t, and people who can get married won’t. It’s like how rich people who have everything are thin, and poor people who have nothing are fat. Or how the Axis of Evil has more countries than the Coalition of the Willing – it’s just one of those weird things in modern life. So why aren’t people getting married these days? I think it boils down to one simple reason: cost. According to a survey done by the Fairchild Bridal Group, the average American wedding costs $30,000. On the other hand, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median American household income is only $44,389. In Los Angeles, it’s a little less at $42,667. And if anyone thinks, “Well, it doesn’t have to cost that much,” you might as well be talking about the surface of Mars, because you haven’t been there! I wasn’t into conspiracy theories until I was a bride. Then I experienced one firsthand. As soon as you mention you are getting married, blood is in the water and the sharks come to feed. The hook propagated by those who work in the bridal industry (note that they don’t call it “the groom industry”) is that if your mate isn’t able to take out a second mortgage for the cake, then maybe you’re not marrying the right person. “If your fianc can’t afford a decent wedding, what’s the marriage going to be like?” What will it be like? Racked with debt. Overextended on APR. Monthly installed financial serfdom. Foreclosure! Isn’t it romantic? When I said that I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on something, whether it was my dress, the invites or the officiant, I was treated like I just walked onto a dealership and said that I want to buy a car with no tires. “You can’t just cheap out on the most important part,” they would chime. It’s the wedding-industrial complex that has made marriage into the Spruce Goose. The bird is just too heavy to fly for most Americans. The idea of spending 30K with no chance of a return investment and no low-end sailboat to show for it is deterring. Instead of the idea that being married is a way to improve one’s income and lifestyle (there are data to that effect), now it’s the idea that you need to have money in order to deserve to get married. If the American dream is to come from nothing and make something of yourself, then the American fantasy is that some undeserved windfall will make you rich. No one wants an entire industry to look at them as poor or cheap. The pressure is intense. People are putting off marriage until that “someday” comes and they can afford a wedding. A law recognizing same-sex spouses won’t destroy marriage. But grandiosity will. Tina Dupuy is a stand-up comic and a writer living in Los Angeles. She’s the author of the blog www.sardonicsideshow.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Ravichandran Ashwin came to the defense of his teammate Hardik Pandya, who is often perceived to be a rather rude and cocky person.Ashwin clarified that Pandya is rather “extremely gentle”, saying that he is “actually a small kid”.”Hardik Pandya is anything but cocky and rude. He is an extremely gentle character. The way he comes out on social media is a reflection of his personality. If you have a one-on-one conversation with him you will feel he is actually a small kid,” said Ravichandran Ashwin in the session “India, India” at the Salaam Cricket 2018 held at the Hotel Address Boulevard in Dubai on Monday.Salaam Cricket 2018: Live The conversation was steered towards Pandya when Ashwin was asked about the perception that people have about the Indian all-rounder. Pandya, during tour of England was asked by reporters about the comparisons between Kapil Dev and him, to which had answered, “I am no Kapil Dev, I never wanted to be one.””He is a legend, but let me be Hardik Pandya. I am good at being Hardik Pandya, I played 41 ODIS and 10 Tests being Hardik Pandya, not Kapil Dev,” he had added, with many on experts and fans finding the retort distasteful and rude.READ – I definitely want to play the World Cup 2019, says R AshwinAshwin also said that the Indian players at the 2018 Asia Cup have the opportunity to step up and shine for India, especially given the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli – who has opted to take a break.advertisementAshwin felt it is the perfect chance foe someone like Pandya to take the stage and perform for India.READ – Younis Khan recalls invaluable advice from Azharuddin”People go out and take it with both hands, they want to rule the roost and not join as one of those people who are joining the XI. You take the case of Hardik Pandya for instance. He has also skinned down on the kind of cricketer that he is,” Ashwin said.READ – Quality of batting has gone down, says Harbhajan”He bowls, he bats, he is someone who is sought after as well. He comes under the critical parameters a lot more. But the guy just goes out there and expresses himself. There are a lot of characters like that in the dressing room who will take this opportunity head on rather than shying away,” Ashwin added.
Antonio Conte ‘Conte too smart to take Milan job’ – Ex-Inter chairman Moratti doubts Chelsea exit Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 19:22 12/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Antonio Conte Serie A José Mourinho Chelsea Internazionale Milan Premier League The former Nerazzurri supremo has taken a sly dig at his old rivals, while also comparing current Inter boss Luciano Spalletti to Jose Mourinho Antonio Conte is a “smart guy” and would not walk away from Chelsea to take the AC Milan reins, says Massimo Moratti.Having previously admitted that he intends to head home at some stage, the Blues’ Italian boss is now being linked with every high-profile post which becomes available.Conte was previously touted for a second spell in charge of the Italy national side, following their failure to reach the 2018 World Cup, while the departure of Vincenzo Montella in Milan has seen his name thrown into the hat at the San Siro. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Former Inter chairman Moratti is not convinced a move will be made, though, with a man who tasted Premier League title success in 2016-17 a better fit for the Nerazzurri than the Rossoneri.He told Gazzetta dello Sport on Conte: “He is a great manager, the only difference with [Luciano] Spalletti is that Spalletti has yet to win a Serie A title, Conte has already won league titles in Italy and in England.“If he’d joined Inter and failed it would have been Inter’s fault.“A move to AC Milan? No, I don’t think so, he is a smart guy.”While taking a sly dig at Inter’s arch-rivals and the struggles they are currently enduring, Moratti has taken great pleasure in talking up his former employers.Inter sit top of the Serie A table at present, with Spalletti’s arrival as manager over the summer considered to have been the catalyst for a title tilt.Moratti considers the former Roma and Zenit boss to be among the best in the business and a man capable of emulating the success enjoyed at Inter by former treble winner Jose Mourinho.“I’d never give him advice,” Moratti said of Spalletti. “I’ve explained to him the mentality of an interista fan, but he already knew it.“I also wanted to hire him but I never managed to in the past. We were very close after the treble but he chose Zenit instead.“He can read the players’ mind just like Mourinho. Players like Ranocchia, Santon and Brozovic are reborn.”Spalletti has also been able to bring the best out of Ivan Perisic, with the Croatian winger having been talked out of a possible summer move to Manchester United to commit to fresh terms in Italy.“He is so strong, he has strength and quality,” added Moratti.“I don’t see better wingers in Europe right now but he needs to have consistency. Spalletti was very important for him because he blocked his exit last summer.”