Reggae Boy Hector signs £4 million Chelsea deal

first_img Hector was born in London, but qualifies to represent Jamaica through his father, whose family hails from Kingston. The East Ham-born player has been described as a boyhood Chelsea fan and tweeted late yesterday, “can’t believe today”. Hector made 49 appearances in all competitions for Reading last season, while scoring three goals, in what was a breakout season. He was called up for Jamaica’s Copa America campaign and started all three matches against Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. Hector also featured in Jamaica’s successful run in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July, when the country became the first Caribbean side to reach the final, before losing to Mexico. breakout season LONDON, England (CMC): English Premier League mega club Chelsea have completed the signing of Jamaica international defender Michael Hector for £4,000,000. The 23-year-old, who represents Reading in the League Championship, made his international debut three months ago and has since has been capped six times by the Reggae Boyz. Hector underwent a medical at Chelsea’s Cobham Training Centre yesterday before signing off on the contract hours before the 6 p.m. (1 p.m. Eastern Caribbean time) transfer deadline. The player, however, will remain at Reading on loan for the remainder of the season. “Chelsea Football Club have today completed the signing of Michael Hector from Reading,” Chelsea confirmed on their website. “The 23-year-old centre-back, who has signed a five-year-contract, will return to Reading and spend the remainder of this season on loan at the Madejski Stadium.”last_img read more

Cavs’ Tristan Thompson fined $15,000 for ‘gesture’ toward fan

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Just starting Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson (13) drives past Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Cleveland center Tristan Thompson has been fined $15,000 for his “inappropriate gesture” toward a fan after the Cavaliers’ 99-97 victory over the Nets in Brooklyn, the NBA said Thursday.Thompson raised his middle finger toward hecklers Monday as he left the court immediately after the final buzzer.ADVERTISEMENT He had scored 19 points and 14 rebounds, and denied Spencer Dinwiddie’s attempt at a potential game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer.“Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson has been fined $15,000 for making an inappropriate gesture toward a spectator,” the league said in a statement from Kiki VanDeWeghe, executive vice president of basketball operations.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 Chriss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Fossil finders talk Paleontology in Peace Region

first_imgFort St. John fossil collectors will be treated to some dino-talk on Tuesday night. Richard T. McCrea and Lisa G. Buckley will be the keynote speakers at a two-hour event called, ‘Perspectives on Paleontology in British Columbia’ McCrea and Buckley are the leaders of B.C.’s only vertebrae paleontological research program in Tumbler Ridge. – Advertisement -There’s three scheduled sessions that range from the beginning of the Peace Region Paleontology Research Centre in Tumbler Ridge, to the recent finding of the first complete dinosaur skeleton in B.C. Participants will also get a chance to present their fossil findings to the pair. The event is part of the ‘Pro-D event’ series, which is organized by Sci-Tech North on behalf of the Peace Region Professionals, a group that represents various designations including engineers, technologists, and archaeologists.Advertisement The session will be held at the North Peace Cultural Centre on Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. There is a five dollar ‘cost-recovery’ fee at the door.last_img read more

D.C.’s Steinke victorious at Alberta Juvenile curling championship

first_img– Advertisement -A youth curling team from the Peace Region is heading to the National Championships. The Dawson Creek rink earned its spot at the Canadian Championships with a win in the Alberta Juvenile Championships in Wainwright this past weekend.It wasn’t an easy road, with the team forced to play through the district championships in Grande Prairie in January, before advancing to the Alberta championships. At the provincial championship, Jordan Steinke’s rink was tied for first place after the round robin, forcing a playdown on Sunday morning. It’s not the first time a rink from Northern B.C. has won the Alberta Championships, with Travis Cooper’s Fort St. John rink accomplishing the feat two years ago. But, the Steinke rink went into the Alberta championship as an underdog, and skip Jordan Steinke says “we expected to be close to the top, but not quite win it” adding “it worked out well.” Steinke says his team’s strength is its sweeping, saying “our sweeping is insane … they’re just perfect in almost every way.”The rink is comprised of skip Jordan Steinke (17), third Jason Ginter (16), second Tristan Steinke (14), and lead Sanjay Bowry (16). The team is coached by Jeff Ginter and Don Bourassa. The team will now head to the Canadian Championships, set for the beginning of April, in Regina. By Jon Zackslast_img read more

Arsenal swept aside by Manchester City

first_imgAnd, after Kevin De Bruyne had given Pep Guardiola’s side a first-half lead, it seemed Aguero’s latest goal would be enough to secure a club record ninth consecutive league victory for City.Still, the hosts might have faced an anxious conclusion to the game after Arsenal substitute Alexandre Lacazette pulled a goal back in the 65th minute with a ferocious finish following sharp passes from Alex Iwobi and Aaron Ramsey.Home nerves were finally settled in the 74th minute, however, when David Silva pulled the ball back for substitute Gabriel Jesus to score from six yards, although replays suggested one, or possibly both, players were offside, with the result leaving the Gunners 12 points behind City.It had taken just 18 minutes of open, attacking play, from both teams, for City to start the scoring through Belgian midfielder De Bruyne who maintained his superb recent form.Moments after his powerful shot had forced Petr Cech into the first save of the game, parrying the ball away to his right, City followed up with another attack that paved the way for De Bruyne’s opener.– Guard of honour –Leroy Sane and Fabian Delph played short, sharp passes to work the ball to the centre for De Bruyne who then played a one-two with Fernandinho before beating Cech with a left-foot shot into the right-hand corner of the Arsenal goal.Before kick-off, former City strikers formed a guard of honour for Aguero, who this week became the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, and within a minute, the Argentinian might have added another to his 178 City career goals earlier than was eventually the case.Sterling and De Bruyne led the City charge upfield following an Arsenal corner and Aguero might have expected to do better than shoot wide of the right-hand post.Arsenal looked threatening in the early exchanges but the Gunners’ defence was beginning to make the occasional error and, when they gifted the ball to City just before the opening goal, Sane’s low cross missed Sterling by inches.But while Ederson was untroubled in the home goal, City lacked their usual flowing form in attack.Silva rolled the ball across an open net, with no team-mate on hand, after 33 minutes and then Sterling and Sane somehow wasted the chance to covert a two-against-one counter-attack thanks to the former’s wayward pass.Laurent Koscielny was also forced into some emergency defending to keep out a Kyle Walker cross as City threatened a second goal but, against the run of play, Guardiola’s team required Ederson to make a fine stop from Aaron Ramsey just before the interval as Arsenal launched a rare response.The early second-half penalty dented hopes of an Arsenal recovery although it might have been a different story had Ederson not been fortunate when he dropped a long Iwobi shot and hurriedly gathered the loose ball.And the Lacazette goal only delayed the inevitable as Cech was forced to make a stunning save from substitute Jesus to deny City a third goal.Veteran manager Arsene Wenger brought off Granit Xhaka four minutes after City scored their third goal and the Arsenal midfielder gestured angrily in the direction of the fourth official as he sat on the bench, complaining about the offside decision that had gone the hosts’ way. 0Shares0000Kevin De Bruyne’s goal was the difference between the teams at half-time. Photo/DMMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Nov 5 – Manchester City’s newly-crowned record goalscorer Sergio Aguero was on the mark again, as his second-half penalty helped the Premier League leaders beat Arsenal 3-1 on Sunday and maintain their unbeaten start to the season.Aguero scored via the post after Nacho Monreal was judged to have brought down Raheem Sterling with a clumsy challenge in the 49th minute at the Etihad Stadium. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

California Speedway gets left out of next IRL season

first_imgFONTANA — Gillian Zucker and her California Speedway staff heard the Indy Racing League announcement about the 2006 schedule on Wednesday, and they still can’t quite believe their ears. Even after months of discussions with the sanctioning body, the news — no IRL race at California Speedway — was stunning. “We disagree with the decision,” said Zucker, speedway president. “We aggressively went after a date. We are disappointed we are not on the schedule. “We think this market is phenomenal for open-wheel racing, and it was primed for the IRL to take off.” “As part of our compression process, we worked very hard to find a suitable date for Fontana and suggested a number of different dates,” Ungar said. “However, with the two Nextel Cup dates, the need to maintain separation between other dates at the California Speedway, and competing events not only in Los Angeles but throughout the southwest in the spring of the year, we couldn’t find a date that worked for everyone.” Zucker pressed the IRL for the June 4 date, a week after the Indianapolis 500, but lost it to another ISC-owned track, Watkins Glen, N.Y. Zucker said Wednesday’s announcement will not impact this year’s effort. And she asked for understanding from open-wheel fans. “We tried, but it just didn’t work out,” she said. “Who knows what the future will bring, but we definitely plan to stay in touch with the IRL.” Ungar said both sides worked hard at trying to find a date. “With the schedule that currently exists at Fontana, there were more than several dates proposed back and forth,” Ungar said. “Both ISC and the league worked very hard at trying to make something work. But if it can’t work, we can’t put a date, just any date, on the schedule that will hurt the track and the series, because that certainly doesn’t serve the market well.” “I just threw my hands up,” Zucker said. “I just didn’t understand. I mean, we asked a lot of questions. I don’t see how losing the country’s second-biggest market helps their TV partners.” Ungar said losing the market was painful but part of doing business. “Los Angeles is a great market for us. If you look just, for example, at the Indy 500 rating in Los Angeles, it was outstanding for the IndyCar Series on television,” Ungar said. “It’s not really a question of choosing to not be in a market so much as not being able to make a certain venue work with its particular schedule. “We have to take it as it’s presented to us. It’s not so much a decision on the market. That issue would have occurred no matter where that track was located. It just so happens it was located in the second-largest media market which we need to return to soon.” — Louis Brewster can be reached at (909) 386-3865. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Instead, the IRL shrunk its season by eight weeks and three races, also dropping events at Phoenix and Pikes Peak in Colorado. The compacted scheduled will feature 14 races in 25 weeks, including seven in an 11-week summertime stretch. “The primary reasons for the compacted schedule are momentum and consistency,” IRL president and chief operating officer Brian Barnhart said. “Scheduling our races on a consistent basis in a compacted time frame will give us momentum from the drop of the green flag in Miami into the month of May, right through the heart of our season and into the championship point battle.” There were other reasons for the change. “The tight lineup of races will make for increased fan interest, more sustained storylines from week to week and a more defined season,” said Ken Ungar, the IRL senior vice president for business affairs. “Finishing before the NFL and college football seasons get into full swing will definitely increase overall exposure for our sport. Our broadcast partners, ABC and ESPN, were the catalyst in moving in this direction and the prime mover in helping us get there.” In essence, the Fontana date was a victim of that decision. This year’s series season finale at California Speedway is set for Oct. 15-16, much later than next’s year Sept. 10 finale at Chicago. last_img read more

Women’s Soccer Falls to Saint Louis, 3-0

first_img Preview ESPN+ Story Links South Dakota State 9/6/2019 – 5 PM Box Score (PDF) Watch Livecenter_img ST. LOUIS, MO. – The Drake University women’s soccer team fell to Saint Louis, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon inside Robert R. Hermann Stadium in St. Louis. The Billikens started fast out of the gates, scoring all three of their goals in the first 13 minutes of action.”We didn’t see the best version of our team today,” Drake head coach Lindsey Horner said. “We have the ability to pick up some wins if we play on the front foot and are focused and aggressive, but we also have to execute. At this level and now with a few weeks before MVC play it’s imperative that we aren’t letting ourselves down technically.”The Bulldogs posted a season-best nine shots but were unable to find the back of the net. Junior goalkeeper Kelsie Stone notched two more saves after stopping a career-best nine shots against No. 21 Baylor on Friday night.Drake (0-4-0) returns to action against South Dakota State at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6 at Cownie Soccer Complex.”We are in an interesting spot as we transition from six contests against Pac-12, Big East, Big 12, and three NCAA Tournament participants to some very gritty mid-major opponents,” Horner said. “I’m excited for next weekend as I know it will be a defining weekend for us in proving the type of team that we are this year.”Print Friendly Version Next Game: Live Stats Full Schedule Roster last_img read more

Amarula makes a splash in India

first_imgDistell, South Africa’s biggest wine and spirits producer, has launched its flagship cream liqueur Amarula in India, one of the world’s fastest-growing economies.India is an investment market for the creamy beverage at the moment and the focus is on distribution rather than revenue. (Image: Distell)Brand South Africa ReporterDistell, South Africa’s biggest wine and spirits producer, has launched its flagship cream liqueur Amarula in India, one of the world’s fastest-growing economies.The company, which already markets its top-selling Nederburg and Two Oceans wines on the subcontinent, introduced Amarula in the states of Maharashtra and neighbouring Karnataka, two of India’s most affluent and populous regions, during March 2009.Maharashtra’s capital Mumbai is home to the Bollywood movie industry, India’s largest, and the city is also a cultural, retail and tourist hub. The city of Bangalore in Karnataka is India’s IT capital and is considered to be the country’s most modern city.Investment marketDistell’s MD for Asia Pacific and Middle East, Marius Fouche, said it was difficult to predict the rate of growth of Amarula in India at this early stage. “But we are available in the same market with quite a lot of other brands including Nederburg. We have been experiencing double digit growth and in the last year, we have seen more than 300% growth in volumes,” he commented.India is an investment market for the creamy beverage at the moment and the focus is on distribution rather than revenue. “We want to make our brands available in hotels, restaurants and especially in the retail sector,” said Fouche, “as retail in India is growing very big and it has been predicted that by 2015, it will be at R86-billion ($8.8-billion). We would like to be a part of it.”Research carried out by management consultancy McKinsey & Company indicates that India will move up from its current ranking as the world’s 12th largest consumer economy, to fifth on the list within 15 years. The time is right to establish the Amarula brand in this hungry consumer market.Distell reports that it is planning to secure as many distribution outlets as possible by March 2010. Judged the best cream liqueur in the world in the 2007 and 2008 International Wine & Spirit Competition in London, Amarula is currently available through duty-free outlets and top hotels in Maharashtra and Karnataka.Exotic aroma“The exotic marula aroma is abundantly clear on the nose with delicate spice in the back ground and hints of chocolate and coffee,” was the verdict of the judges at the Wine & Spirit competition. “A delightful product.”Amarula first appeared on South African shelves in 1989 and in the two decades since has grown into a fierce competitor on the world’s liquor markets. The versatile drink is enjoyed by locals and tourists like, in more than 160 countries on all continents.Superbrands South Africa named Amarula as a superbrand for 2008/2009, citing its market dominance, overall market acceptance, and longevity, as well as customer loyalty.Elephants love itSynonymous with the good-living South African philosophy, Amarula is made from sugar, cream and the fruit of the indigenous marula tree (Sclerocarya birrea), known locally as the elephant tree or the marriage tree. Like its relatives the cashew, mango, and pistachio, S. birrea belongs to the Anacardiaceae family.Traditional marriages are often conducted under its shady branches and the female marula tree is one of Africa’s most prolific fruit producers, viewed as a symbol of fertility and a good omen for marriage.However, the tree’s most well-known nickname is derived from the fact that elephants are very partial to marula fruit, the small yellow berries that grow in large numbers on the tree in February and March. When they drop to the ground elephants come from far and wide to feast.The trees are not cultivated but grow wild in the bush throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Under Proclamation 257 issued in 1951 by the Controller of Timber in South Africa, the marula tree is a protected species, and the treatment and harvesting of both trees and fruit is regulated.and the vitamin C-rich fruit is usually gathered by local residents before processing begins. The golden harvest is then brought to the production plant in Phalaborwa using anything from bicycles to bakkies (small pickup trucks).Over 60 000 people benefit from marula harvesting as well as from the extraction of the kernels, which are separated from the flesh by hand, and used in health and beauty products.The flesh is taken to the Distell fermentation plant in Stellenbosch, where it is placed in fermentation tanks. The resulting marula wine then undergoes distillation, followed by maturation in oak casks for about two years. The final step is the addition of marula extract and cream.Social responsibilityThe elephant is an integral component of the Amarula branding and also is a central focus of Amarula’s social responsibility programme. The company has channelled over R3-million ($310 000) for funding of research into elephant conservation under the Amarula Elephant Research Programme based at KwaZulu-Natal University.The programme was established in July 2002 and enables a team of local and international academics, working with government conservation agencies and private game reserves, to develop best practice for conservation management of elephants in a responsible and sustainable manner.Amarula also assists in community growth through training in basic business skills and the provision of health and child care, among other initiatives.In Limpopo province, where the trees grow in abundance, an annual three-day marula festival attracts visitors to the town of Phalaborwa. The programme features all things marula, including marula beer and other products made with the fruit, such as massage oils, butter, jam, chutney, fruit pulp, soap and candles.All parts of the tree are used, from the leaves which are chewed to alleviate heartburn and indigestion, to the bark which can be made into a useful infusion to treat pain from snake bite and scorpion stings.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Hawaiian tops global on-time performance rankings

first_imgPhoto: Hawaiian Airlines. Getting to a destination on time is an important factor for many travellers and nobody among the world’s top 200 mainline carriers did it better than Hawaiian Airlines in 2016.The Hawaiian carrier significantly improved its position to move up from ninth to first place in the OAG Punctuality League listing the globe’s 20 most punctual airlines. It did so by operating 89.87 per cent of its flights on time.Following Hawaiian’s lead were Latin America’s Copa Airlines (88.75 per cent), Dutch-based carrier KLM (87.89 per cent), Australia’s Qantas (87.56 per cent) and Japan Airlines (86.74 per cent).The biggest carrier among the top 20 most punctual airlines was US-based  Delta Air Lines, which came 13th with 84.29 per cent of its flights on time.“For an airline of this size, the fact that over 84 per cent of all flights arrived on time over a year is a remarkable achievement,’’ the report said.Alaska Airlines, in seventh position with an on-time performance of 86.05 per cent, was the other US carrier to make the top 20.The top five low-cost airlines were UK-based Monarch Airlines (85.67 per cent) GOL (84.63 per cent), Transvia (83.98 per cent), (82.64 per cent) and germanwings (82.48 per cent). Three airlines new to the LCC top 20 were Spring Airlines, Eurowings and Spirit Airlines.The world’s biggest LCC, Southwest, was ranked seventh with an on-time performance of 81.04 per cent.Regional winners were Qantas (Asia-Pacific), KLM (Europe, Middle East and Africa), Hawaiian (North America) and Sky Airline (Latin America).  Winning airports were Newcastle in the UK (small airports), Birmingham (medium), Surabaya (large) and Tokyo Haneda (major).OAG looks at the top 200 airlines globally and airports that handle 2.5 one-way million seats annually. It defines on-time performance as being within 14 minutes and 59 seconds of scheduled departure or arrival.OAG executive vice president John Grant said the survey this year drew upon the biggest number of flights tracked in a single year.“One of the few constants in our dynamic industry is the need for travellers to arrive at their destination or connecting airport on time,’’ he said.”The 2016 OAG Punctuality League highlights just how successful we are at delivering on this key performance indicator. “Whether it is a 17-hour long-haul service or a one-hour connecting flight to a hub, the accuracy of both scheduling the service and delivering the stated on-time performance is incredible; especially when compared to so many other forms of transport.’’last_img read more

Ahanmisi powers Akari-Adamson in thrilling win over Marinerong Pilipino

first_imgPBA IMAGESJerrick Ahanmisi saved his best for last as he steered Akari-Adamson to a huge 80-75 come-from-behind victory over Marinerong Pilipino Thursday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Fil-Nigerian guard had the crucial steal and go-ahead assist to Simon Camacho’s and-one play with 10.9 ticks to play before sealing the victory with two freebies .ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises No more limit on lending of PBA players to Gilas, says new commissioner Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Ahanmisi, the younger brother of Rain or Shine playmaker Maverick, pumped life into Akari-Adamson, which was  behind by 10, 21-31, early in the game as he shot 4-of-8 from downtown to end up with 23 points, five rebounds, and four assists.Sean Manganti added 13 markers, three boards, two assists, and two blocks, while Jerom Lastimosa had nine points in the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I don’t know if they underestimated us because we’re a college team, but we’re here to prove something and show that we can compete,” said coach Franz Pumaren of the conference-opening win.The Falcons were able to weather the early drought after going 8-of-18 from beyond the arc. Renzo Subido still tried to tie the game at 78 in the waning seconds, but his triple went way short.Billy Robles topped Marinerong Pilipino (1-1) with 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks, while Kyle Toth shot a perfect 3-of-3 from threes to wound up with 11 markers and four boards in the loss.The Scores:AKARI-ADAMSON 80 — Ahanmisi 23, Manganti 13, Lastimosa 9, Catapusan 8, Mojica 7, Hill 6, Buenaventura 4, Sarr 4, Camacho 3, Longalong 3, Bernardo 0, Lojera 0, Macion 0,MARINERONG PILIPINO 75 — Robles 13, Toth 11, Subido 9, Terso 9, Paredes 8, Tratter 8, Ayonayon 4, Banal 4, Babilonia 3, Lopez 2, Pasaol 2, Tolentino 2, Iñigo 0, Olivares.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Quarters: 19-26, 42-48, 63-65, 80-75.last_img read more