Adidas releases X-16, Ace 17 boots in Jamaica

first_imgKINGSTON:Adidas, global leader in football gear, introduced two of its newest products to Jamaica recently, following unveilings in Latin America in March.The Blue Blast collection, consisting of X-16 Blue Blast Boot and ACE 17+ Purecontrol, can now be purchased at sporting goods stores islandwide.The X16 Blue Blast, worn by Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, German national player Thomas Muller of Bayern Munich, and Uruguay’s Luis Suarez of Barcelona, features striking blue and pink colourway with non-stop grip technology finish. This allows players to have greater control over their movement. With the Pure Cut Sock System, its laces are hidden under an upper layer of the shoe, while the SprintFrame outsole keeps the wearer’s foot closer to the ground. These features provide support and proportion throughout the entire foot, creating stability during high-speed changes of direction.Players will be able to purchase models made specifically for use in the stadium, which has all the basic qualities, as well as cage and street versions. The cage version has all the qualities of the stadium model, with gum finish on the outsole. Street models will feature boost technology, a sole that is made with thermoplastic polyurethane – giving the wearer more energy in every step with added comfort.OPTIMAL FIT FOR WEARERSMeanwhile, the Blue Blast ACE 17+ Purecontrol will feature an all-new pure cut sock system that has been designed to provide optimal fit for wearers. This shoe boasts a signature highly stretchable material, which helps to lock the foot in place while it adjusts to a variety of complex movements. In addition, the new design will also include boost technology. Players have the option of purchasing the on-pitch, cage or street versions of the shoe. They will join the likes of Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, as well as Mesut Ozil of Germany and Arsenal.Adidas, which has signed local brand ambassadors Chronixx and Kamila McDonald, is a major supplier and partner of some of the world’s largest and most recognised football gear, having high demand among fans of the FIFA World Cup, the FIFA Confederations Cup, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.last_img read more

“Masquerade Party” for 704 Sky Lounge on Saturday

first_imgAfter a three-year hiatus, Heineken’s Masquerade Party will return to the 704 Sky Lounge on Saturday evening. The event is expected to be ‘off the hook’ as the venue is being transformed into the ultimate green light effect.It’s the place that you must be this weekend as some of Guyana’s and Trinidad’s best DJs will provide the party experience of a lifetime. Upon entry, patrons will be given free masks and beads.The music will, however, put you in the party mood. Heating up the dance floor will be Boom DJ Seen Up.Later in the evening, DJ Ana and DJ Simmons from Trinidad will take over the console. These two DJs are known to set the place on fire with their excellent juggling skills. In fact, DJ Ana had the crowd going when Heineken hosted its champion league at the Marriott Beach Front.Moreover, early bird tickets for the Masquerade party cost $1500 and will be available at the 704 Sky Lounge and Sports Bar. If you do not have that early bird ticket then patrons will pay $2000 at the door.Doors to the party will open at 21:00h.last_img read more

Drinking and driving: a social illness

first_imgDrinking and driving is a social illness that plagues societies across the globe: from the well-developed to the Third World.In Guyana, it is well-known that accidents on the roadways account for a large percentage of deaths in the country. Recently, there have been measures such as a curfew put in place to curb the number of drunk drivers who will be on the roads. However, I think that even though we can put measures in place to deal with consequences of alcohol abuse, we should put measures in place to prevent alcoholism to begin with.In our country, alcohol use and, in many cases, abuse, is something of a culture. Our idea of a good time is often centred on the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Our regional and local music that we’re expected to support encourages it. It’s not to say that drinking alcohol is inherently bad, but our culture promotes excess: Drink until you lose consciousness; drink one more; how can you have fun if you don’t drink? It normalises the overuse of alcohol.Of course, this is not unique to just Guyanese or Caribbean culture, but particularly in Guyana I believe it has far-reaching consequences. Guyana has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. This speaks volumes of mental health care. Persons with mental illnesses often times feel stigmatised, and are afraid to speak about their problems. This is because many Guyanese believe that mental illnesses aren’t real sicknesses. They think that they’re made up, are an overreaction, or just cries for attention. When there isn’t anyone one feels comfortable talking to, and you’ve grown up with alcohol being used casually, it becomes easy to turn to the bottle. If this happens, and one becomes dependent upon alcohol to solve one’s problems, alcoholism is quick to follow.While that may just be one reason why people drink excessively, it is of course not the only one. There are many cultural and social influences that engender the “alcohol culture”. However, one thing that shouldn’t happen under any circumstances is drunk driving. This endangers not only oneself, but innocent people around you.What can we do? I think the first step has to happen in our homes. We need to encourage everything within limits. We have to show the younger generation the meaning of the phrase “drink responsibly”, rather than just stating it and never giving them real-life examples. It is not an easy task to accomplish, but it starts with the individual. If you notice someone drinking excessively, step in. It takes an active rather than passive effort. We cannot see something going wrong and say that it’s someone else’s problem. That same drunk driver could end up killing a dear friend or relative of yours. We also have to encourage our friends to take it easy. Often, we tend to encourage our friends to do just the opposite in the interest of “fun”. However, if you care about that person, you should care about their safety.last_img read more

Jazz fan banned over taunting incident sues team

first_imgThailand reports case of coronavirus from China FILE – In this March 11, 2019, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook gets into a heated verbal altercation with fans in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, in Salt Lake City. A Utah Jazz fan who was banned for life from Vivint Smart Home Arena after allegedly yelling what Russell Westbrook claimed were “racial” and “inappropriate” remarks at him, has sued the Houston Rockets player and the Jazz, saying he was wrongly accused. The lawsuit, filed Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, in 4th District Court in Utah County on behalf of Shane Keisel and his girlfriend Jennifer Huff, seeks $100 million in compensatory and punitive damages, alleging defamation and infliction of emotional distress. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah Jazz fan is suing for $100 million after being banned for life from the team’s arena over what were called racial taunts directed at point guard Russell Westbrook during a game.Shane Keisel said there was nothing racial about his heckling during the game in March and that the high-profile incident has cost him his job and exposed him to online threats, according to the suit filed Monday in a state court in Utah.ADVERTISEMENT The Jazz, however, said the team investigated the episode that ignited a national conversation about race and fan behavior and stands by the decision to bar him from the arena. The organization will “vigorously defend” itself from the lawsuit, said Frank Zang, senior vice president of communications for the Jazz parent company, Larry H. Miller Sports and Entertainment.Westbrook was fined $25,000 by the NBA after video surfaced of him directing vulgar comments at Keisel in the crowd. Then a point guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder who had had other in-game exchanges with fans, Westbrook was shown along the sideline using threatening language that also referred to Keisel’s girlfriend, who was at the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Westbrook said at the time that he had been provoked by the fan who told him to “get down on your knees like you used to.”Westbrook said he would never abuse a woman, but that Keisel’s racial taunts went over the line, especially after past disrespectful comments from other Utah fans. His stance was backed by Jazz star Donovan Mitchell, who said it wasn’t the first time a racially motivated event occurred at a Jazz game. The Jazz banned Keisel the day after the game, saying there is no room for personal attacks or disrespect.In the lawsuit, Keisel acknowledged heckling Westbrook and telling him in a mocking way to “take care of his knees” because the point guard had them wrapped in towels while he sat on the bench. But he denies making the comment that Westbrook said he did.Keisel is seeking a public apology, $68 million in damages for himself and $32 million for his girlfriend, who was with him. He sued the Utah Jazz and Westbrook, who now plays for the Houston Rockets.A representative for Westbrook could not immediately be reached for comment early Tuesday,ADVERTISEMENT Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominationscenter_img To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban PLAY LIST 02:24To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption View comments No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Durham assembles huge triple-double as Meralco crushes TNT to square series ‘People evacuated on their own’ LATEST STORIES Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areaslast_img read more

No turning back in the global fight against climate change – US…

first_imgEarth Day 2016As persons around the globe observe Earth Day today, world leaders will be making history at the United Nations Head Office in New York as they recommit their pledge to fight against climate change.Over 100 countries will sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, representing their commitment to join it formally. The signing to the Paris Agreement commenced on Thursday and will run until April 22, 2017. President David Granger will be travelling to the United States this weekend to sign onto the agreement.US Ambassador to Guyana, Perry HollowayAccording to US Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway, this marks a turning point in the story of the planet and may even set a record for the largest number of signatories to an international agreement in a single day.He recalled last month, when US President Barack Obama announced along with China’s Head of State, President Xi Jinping that the two countries will sign the Paris Agreement on Earth Day and formally join this year.“We are confident other countries will do so too, with the intention of bringing this historic and ambitious Agreement into force as quickly as possible. A greener future is already in sight. Leaders of countries and cities are adapting and innovating away from fossil fuels and business owners are investing in a clean energy economy,” Ambassador Holloway noted.He said that the United States is moving forward in its commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions 26-28 per cent from 2005 levels by 2025, through the strongest fuel economy standards in its history, through its 20-fold increase in solar generation since 2009, and through proposed rules on everything from energy conservation standards for appliances to reduction in emissions of methane-rich gas from municipal solid waste landfills.According to the US Diplomat, while his home country is taking significant climate action domestically, it is also focused on international cooperation to address this global challenge. He referred to US’s $500M contribution last month to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) – the first tranche of the US$3 billion US pledge to the GCF – will help developing countries reduce carbon emissions and prepare for climate impacts, while also advancing its commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals – another major landmark agreement the world came together around last year.The Ambassador noted that the most successful environmental agreements of all time is the Montreal Protocol, which is phasing out ozone depleting substances globally.  He said that this set the ozone layer on a path to recovery and prevented tens of millions of cases of skin cancer among other health, environmental, and economic benefits.Moreover, Holloway outlined that while Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) – which replace many of the ozone-depleting substances – do not harm the ozone layer, they are greenhouse gases that in some cases can be thousands of times more potent than carbon dioxide. To this end, he said the United States is working with partners to adopt an HFC phase-down amendment to the Montreal Protocol this year that could avoid half a degree Celsius of warming by the end of the century.Furthermore, the Ambassador underscored the need for international cooperation to change the way global transportation system. “The aviation sector represents two percent of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions.The International Civil Aviation Organisation is aiming to achieve carbon neutral growth for international aviation by 2020. The United States is committed to reaching an agreement on a global market-based measure that will help move the airline sector toward this ambitious goal,” he stated.With the signing of the Paris Agreement, Ambassador Holloway recognised that Earth Day 2016 is truly a cause for hope and also a reminder of the shared global commitment to combat climate change. He urged that countries around the world seize the momentum from Paris to build a clean energy future for respective people and nations.last_img read more

Bukusi appointed KRU CEO

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, January 19 – The Kenya Rugby Union Board has appointed former National Executive Trainer Ronald Bukusi as the CEO effective from February 1. Bukusi who worked as a corporate trainer in Chicago was selected after a month long recruitment exercise handled by a regional professional consulting firm, Career Directions that recommended him for the job.Bukusi, is no stranger to Kenyan rugby, having previously served at the Union as a trainer from 1994 to 2000 under the Chairmanship of Ambassador Dennis Awori and George Kariuki.Prior to his appointment, Bukusi worked as a corporate trainer with Chicago based firm Arthur Anderson LLP.He is a trained rugby coach and educator and has had a coaching stint with the Chicago Blaze Men’s Rugby and Chicago Sirens Women’s Rugby Clubs.“A holder of a Master’s Degree in Sports Management, Bukusi brings a lot of corporate experience as well as technical rugby understanding and is best suited to take charge of professionalization of the Secretariat alongside establishing systems and processes to enhance efficiency, effectiveness and transparency within the organization.“The KRU Board takes this opportunity to congratulate, welcome and wish him well as he takes up his appointment. He can rest assured of our unwavering support and zero interference,” a statement from KRU read.The Board is finalizing on the appointment of the Chief Finance Officer.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Memorial Day weeked events

first_imgHere is a list of local ceremonies and events for the Memorial Day weekend. MONDAY: Tribute to Women Veterans, 9 a.m., Geranium Circle at Los Angeles National Cemetery, 950 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. Topanga Memorial Day Parade, 9 a.m., begins at Pine Tree Circle, Topanga. Memorial Day service, 10:30 a.m., Valley Oaks Memorial Park, 5600 N. Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. Condor Squadron flyover. Call (805) 495-0837 or (818) 889-0902. Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade, presented by the Canoga Park-West Hills Chamber of Commerce, 11 a.m. Sherman Way and Vanowen streets between Owensmouth and De Soto avenues. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is the grand marshal. Call (818) 884-4222. Memorial Day observance, sponsored by the San Fernando Valley Historical Society, Pioneer Memorial Cemetery, 11 a.m., 14400 Foothill Blvd., Sylmar. Flag raising and 21-gun salute at noon by the All Veterans Burial Squad. Call (818) 365-5860 or see www.sfvhs.com. Memorial Day barbecue, noon-6 p.m., American Legion Post 308, 7338 Canby Ave., Reseda. Co-sponsored by Valley Post 582 and Van Nuys Post 193. Call (818) 344-3800. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Memorial Day Commemoration, presented by Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park and Mortuary, American Legion Post 150 and Boy Scouts of America, 10 a.m., 10621 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood. Call (818) 763-9121. Memorial Day program, 10 a.m., Los Angeles National Cemetery, 950 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael A. Hamel will speak. Call (310) 268-4678. Memorial Service, 10 a.m., Sunland Park, 8651 Foothill Blvd. Call (818) 353-3777. Barbecue, 2-4 p.m., American Legion Post 377, 10039 Pinewood Ave., Tujunga. Call (818) 353-9856. Memorial Day Mass, 10 a.m., Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles cemeteries. See www.archdiocese.la/directories/cemeteries. Memorial Day program, 10 a.m., Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles; 1 p.m., Forest Lawn-Glendale, 1712 S. Glendale Ave. Call (800) 204-3131. last_img read more

Dearth of sea ice endangers walrus

first_imgAccording to the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder, September sea ice was 39 percent below the long-term average from 1979 to 2000. Sea ice cover is in a downward spiral and may have passed the point of no return, with a possible ice-free Arctic Ocean by summer 2030, senior scientist Mark Serreze said. Starting in July, several thousand walruses abandoned the ice pack for gathering spots known as haulouts between Barrow and Cape Lisburne, a remote, 300-mile stretch of Alaska coastline. The immediate concern of new, massive walrus groups for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is danger to the animals from stampedes. Panic caused by a low-flying airplane, a boat or an approaching polar bear can send a herd rushing to the sea. Young animals can be crushed by adults weighing 2,000 pounds or more. Longer-term, biologists fear walruses will suffer nutritional stress if they are concentrated on shoreline rather than spread over thousands of miles of sea ice. Walruses need either ice or land to rest. Unlike seals, they cannot swim indefinitely and must pause after foraging. “If they’ve got to travel farther, it’s going to cost more energy. That’s less energy that’s available for other functions,” Ragen said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Thousands of walruses have appeared on Alaska’s northwest coast in what conservationists are calling a dramatic consequence of global warming melting the Arctic sea ice. Alaska’s walruses, especially breeding females, in summer and fall are usually found on the Arctic ice pack. But the lowest summer ice cap on record put sea ice far north of the outer continental shelf, the shallow, life-rich shelf of ocean bottom in the Bering and Chukchi seas. Walruses feed on clams, snails and other bottom dwellers. Given the choice between an ice platform over water beyond their 630-foot diving range or gathering spots on shore, thousands of walruses picked Alaska’s rocky beaches. “It looks to me like animals are shifting their distribution to find prey,” said Tim Ragen, executive director of the federal Marine Mammal Commission. “The big question is whether they will be able to find sufficient prey in areas where they are looking.” last_img read more

Chelsea FC team news: Predicted XI to face Everton in the Premier League

first_img 7. N’Golo Kante (central midfield) 11 11 11 11 24. Gary Cahill (centre-back) 3. Marcos Alonso (left wing-back) Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Chelsea XI against Everton… – Chelsea have been given a 58% chance of beating Everton at home in talkSPORT’s live commentary game this Saturday evening. That’s according to Bing Predicts, a unique technology developed by search engine Bing to make accurate football predictions. The London club are in good form, but Bing Predicts there is a 21% chance of the visitors taking all three points. Check out a possible Chelsea line up in the gallery, above. 11 19. Diego Costa (striker) 11 13. Thibaut Courtois (goalkeeper) 11 28. Cesar Azpilicueta (centre-back) 11 10. Eden Hazard (left forward) 11. Pedro (right forward) 21. Nemanja Matic (central midfield) 11 30. David Luiz (centre-back) 11 11 15. Victor Moses (right wing-back) Chelsea host Everton on Saturday at 17:30 UK time, in talkSPORT’s live commentary matchBing’s prediction suggests the home team will emerge with all three points; there’s just a 21 per cent chance of Everton winning, while the Londoners have a 58 per cent chance of winning the fixture, with a 21 per cent chance of a drawHead over to Bing.com and search for a Premier League fixture to see this week’s Bing predictions.And take a look at our predicted Chelsea line up in the gallery above.last_img read more

Manchester United 0-0 Hull City: Red Devils stars rated and slated

first_img Substitute: Chris Smalling – 6 – Did well after replacing Jones in defence, but could do little when thrown upfront in the final stages. 14 David de Gea – 6 – Was rarely tested, but did everything he needed to do. Was fortunate Markovic’s late shot hit the post after being wrong footed by the Serb. Marcos Rojo – 7 – An excellent showing from Rojo, who was comfortable alongside both of his central defensive partners. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 4 – Dropped far too deep to play an important role upfront, and ended up kicking Hull players rather than the ball all too often. Substitute: Juan Mata – 5 – Largely invisible for much of the game, Mata could not provide the cutting edge expected of him. Antonio Valencia – 6 – Solid defensively, but very wasteful in the final third. Many United attacks came down his flank, and were often ended by a bad final ball. Substitute: Wayne Rooney – 4 – Looked off the pace when introduced, providing nothing of note in his 45 minutes on the pitch. 14 14 14 14 Ander Herrera – 7 – Controlled the tempo of the game with a series of wise passes and intelligent runs. 14 Daley Blind – 6 – Much like Valencia, he defended well but was wasteful in the final third. Was denied a goal by Jakupovic’s excellent save. 14 Paul Pogba – 4 – Offered nothing going forward, and only dared to play simple passes. Not a stellar showing from the Frenchman. 14 14 14 Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 5 – A wasteful showing from the winger, who never got into the flow of the game before being substituted with an hour gone. Manchester United failed to capitalise on Tuesday night’s Premier League results by being held to a 0-0 draw by Hull at Old Trafford.Despite Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal all dropping points earlier in the week, the Red Devils looked like they wanted to be anywhere else but playing against the Tigers on Wednesday night.It was a shocking performance from Jose Mourinho’s men – who were lucky to escape with even one point to their name with Lazar Markovic hitting the post late on!So, just how did the United players perform?Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s Manchester United player ratings… 14 14 Michael Carrick – 6 – Calm and composed in possession, as expected, but lacked a decisiveness with his passing which prevented United attacking fluidly in the first-half. Was substituted at half-time. Phil Jones – 6 – Faultless at the back under little pressure, until he left the field after 55 minutes due to injury. 14 14 Marcus Rashford – 6 – Looked a threat when running at the Hull defence, but wasted one clear chance with a poor shot dragged wide from inside the area. last_img read more