World champion ends shooting clinic today

first_imgNineteen-time Sporting clays world champion Ben Husthwaite will be looking to successfully wrap up a special tutorship assignment with local shooters at the Jamaica Skeet Club in Portmore, St Catherine, today.The shooting great, who was brought here by the Jamaica Skeet Club, has been in Jamaica since last Tuesday giving lessons on how to improve their shooting skills and mental strength.The sessions, which are taking place in the middle of the local shooting season, are aimed at helping to prepare local professional shooters as well as amateurs to better compete locally. It will no doubt help them grow in confidence and technique as they represent Jamaica internationally.According to Husthwaite, the shooters will be taught, among other things, “how the gun’s gonna move.”We’re gonna control every aspect of the gun movement. We’re gonna actually start to make precise, planned movement; it’s almost like following a GPS in a car,” he shared.Husthwaite continued; “You follow signals, we’re gonna do the same thing, we’re gonna have a plan before they call for the clay, and we’re gonna insert the barrel into a certain place around that clay before we move into what is called lead way.”Husthwaite stressed: “You shoot ahead of what you are shooting at.”One of his enthused students, nine-time national champion Ian Banks, said that after his lesson, he will be targeting his 10th championship this year.WORLD CLASSMeanwhile, Husthwaite had high praises for the Jamaica Skeet Club’s programme, noting some of the junior shooters are world, class in their current age category.Husthwaite has been here some 16 times. He has the word ‘Jamaican’ tattooed on his arm, and the Jamaica Skeet Club’s logo on his back.The shooters have been receiving individual instruction in groups no bigger than three, with the sessions fully booked before Husthwaite arrived.Jamaica Skeet Club President Khaleel Azan said the club decided to bring back Husthwaite, who was last here in late 2015, to help fine-tune the skills of the local shooters.”Husthwaite is one of the best instructors and shooters in the world,” Azan was quick to point out.last_img read more

Pirates sail to win No. 14

first_imgMos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. How to help the Taal evacuees MOST READ LATEST STORIES The stretch that Robinson was referring to came with under four minutes remaining with the Pirates protecting a 78-72 lead and momentum on the Generals’ side after a triple from Jerome Garcia.Twins Jaycee and JV Marcelino combined to score the next eight points, while the Pirates put the clamps on the Generals’ shooters to put the game away.Four wins away from a season sweep that will give them a thrice-to-beat bonus in the finals, Robinson knows the Pirates can’t afford to get ahead of themselves.“It’s not a guarantee that you’re going to win a championship,” said Robinson. “There are a lot of flaws that we need to work on and we have to keep on improving.”The Stags, meanwhile, nailed 16 triples on their way to a seventh win in 13 games, tying Jose Rizal U at third spot, while sending the Knights to fifth with a 7-7 card.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide PSC seeks audit of past transactions Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody The clash against Emilio Aguinaldo College on Tuesday was another showcase of the Pirates’ poise and composure, as they repaid the trust shown by their coach.Facing a late uprising from the Generals, the Pirates wiggled themselves out of trouble with another strong finish for an 86-74 victory that extended their unbeaten start to 14 games at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogWhile the Generals suffered a blow in their hopes of nailing a Final Four berth, the San Sebastian Stags enhanced their bid for a postseason spot with a 95-64 drubbing of a surprisingly listless Letran squad in the first game.“You have to trust them that if they made a mistake, they have to figure it out on their own,” said Robinson. “There will come a time when I don’t need to coach them anymore. These moments are helping them grow.” Lyceum coach Topex Robinson attributes the Pirates’ success in NCAA Season 93 to the freedom he gives his players at crucial moments in the game.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Girls’ basketball: La Canada gets set down by Monrovia’s West

first_img“I don’t know what to say,” West said. “Coach told us before the game that we had to play our best, but this score is surprising.” From start to finish, Monrovia (18-4, 10-0) controlled the game. Up 19-11 after La Canada’s Joy Lelo made a 3-pointer with 1:28 left in the first quarter, the Wildcats went on a 12-0 run over the next 3:30, led by sophomore Vanessa Hernandez. The Wildcats’ sharpshooter connected on six of her game-high 24 points during that period by making two 3s. “I told my girls that Monrovia just hit their shots tonight,” La Canada coach Tamar Hill said. “We had an opportunity to take care of business last time at home and we didn’t do it. “Today was their senior night and they sure made it memorable – at least for themselves.” Hill could only watch with frustration as the Spartans fell behind by 15 at halftime and 16 by the end of the third. One of La Canada’s bright spots was Lelo. The senior finished with a team-high 22 points and seven rebounds. But like her teammates, even Lelo struggled, shooting 5 of 18 from the field and 10 of 17 from the free-throw line. La Canada’s Emily Ballard was the only other Spartan in double digits with 11 points. The Wildcats’ victory was their third in a row over La Canada and fifth in the past seven meetings. La Canada’s 26-point defeat was the worst by the Spartans since an 89-61defeat against Ayala High on Jan. 21, 2006. of Chino Hills 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img MONROVIA – One of the evening’s loudest ovations came with 1:25 left. That’s when Monrovia girls’ basketball senior Shateah West took a seat on the bench in what was the center’s final regular-season home game Thursday night. And she couldn’t have plotted out her finale much better against bitter rival LaCanada, with the Rio Hondo League title at stake. The senior scored 15 points and had 17 rebounds in Monrovia’s 73-47 victory. last_img read more

Promising defender signs new deal at Leicester

first_img Leicester defender Alie Sesay Premier League new boys Leicester City have rewarded promising defender Alie Sesay with a new two-year deal.The development squad captain helped his side finish sixth in their league last season,  playing at the heart of the defence and occasionally on the right.Sesay, 20, went on loan to Colchester United in January for the second half of last season and made three League One appearances where his physical strength and speed were apparent.City manager Nigel Pearson has tied down a number of players to long-term deals since his side won the Championship, including Matty James, Wes Morgan and David Nugent, and Sesay has now been added to their first-team squad. 1last_img read more

Diocese wants man barred

first_imgAttorneys have requested a temporary restraining order against a man they say threatened Cardinal Roger Mahony and other church officials after he was kicked out of church for allegedly using drugs. Edward George Filek, 61, allegedly “made general threats” against Mahony and other cathedral workers, according to documents filed in the restraining order petition, dated Wednesday. The order seeks to make Filek stay at least 100 yards away from Mahony and two monsignors. Filek would also have to refrain from assaulting, stalking or phoning the men. Mahony recently told fellow priests that he was attacked earlier this year because of the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal. Filek was not linked to that attack. Filek was thrown out of Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday after he started “doing drugs” during Mass, according to a report filed with the restraining order petition. He returned to the cathedral later in the day and security guards called police when he refused to leave. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsHe came back Monday and made more threats and stated “you will be sorry,” court documents state. No number was listed for Filek in an area phone directory and it was not immediately known if he had an attorney. Filek was arrested at least once during his visits to the cathedral this week. According to a security guard report, the Los Angeles Police Department advised guards to seek a restraining order because Filek was a repeat trespasser. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Chinese, Arabic joining language courses in SCV schools

first_imgThe college is also working with the William S. Hart Union High School District where a language course in Mandarin Chinese began last year at Saugus High School. The two institutions want to develop a path for students who began their Chinese language studies in high school to continue them at the community college. In an exchange program last fall from Xi-An, China brought five high school students and a teacher to Saugus High School for a few months. The 15-year-old students had learned English in school but had never spoken it with native speakers until their trip. Next week, the exchange program reverses course with Saugus High School students flying to the same town for two months along with Patty Stephenson, chairwoman of the school’s world languages department. Students have taken one year of Mandarin Chinese at the high school in a course that began last fall. The school will offer a second-level Mandarin class next year During the trip, they’ll sit in all Chinese-spoken classes during the morning. Come afternoon, classes will be spoken in English. Students will live with Chinese host families where their education will go beyond the textbooks and will reach into lifestyle, customs and culture. Stephenson said the experience will give students an understanding about China that goes beyond vocabulary words and conjugated verbs. They are valuable lessons to learn, especially those pursuing international business. “There is more to having a partnership than just knowing the words; you have to understand the culture,” she said. “It makes you fuller, more complete partners when you know it.” Stephenson said that she and Principal Bill Bolde ran into cultural differences when they first flew to China to meet with officials and get the exchange program off the ground. T-shirts were made with Chinese and American flags on them to give to Chinese officials when the pair arrived. However, the shirt designer outlined the flags in black. When Chinese officials accepted the shirts, they thanked their American friends for the gifts but stopped short of putting them on – in China flags outlined in black represent death. A poster made for the trip displayed the Chinese flag somewhat lower than the American. To them, it was considered an insult, Stephenson said. “They had to learn that we didn’t mean anything by it, and we have to be more culturally aware of their needs,” she said. (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Long said that in the same nationwide momentum, there’s also a push for more courses dealing with Latin America but that the community college already offers many classes in that field. Starting in fall 2007, the community college will offer basic Mandarin Chinese and Arabic to its roster. The school over time will also develop classes for Chinese and Arabic businesses, said Claudia Acosta, who oversees the college’s foreign language department. For the first time, a 15-day trip to China is planned for June 2007 and will be offered by the school along with three classes focusing on Asian and Chinese history, Chinese literature and writing, which all start three weeks before departure and continue through the journey. Jia-Yi Cheng-Levine, College of the Canyons associate professor of English, is one of the faculty members who will go on the trip. “My vision is to demystify China as a country and understand the role it plays in political, economic and social issues,” she said. SANTA CLARITA – Foreign-language teachers once greeted their students with a bonjour, a buenos dias or perhaps a guten tag. Now Chinese and Arabic are joining the traditional European languages in what’s now often called the world languages department. The new courses come in response to an increased demand to learn the languages as America’s economic and political relationship with the Middle East and China have changed significantly over time. “We’re trying to be responsive to what colleges are being encouraged on a state and national level to do, and that is to add more courses that deal with the Middle East and Asia,” said G. Carole Long, interim vice president of instruction at College of the Canyons. last_img read more

Alleged spies appear in court

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA ANA – A Downey man indicted for acting as an agent for the Chinese government without the knowledge of the United States was granted $250,000 bail on Friday.The defense attorney for Chi Mak, 65, told a federal judge in Santa Ana that Mak did not present a flight risk and is a loyal U.S. citizen.Mak was indicted Tuesday along with his brother, Tai Wang Mak, 56, of Alhambra. Tai Wang Mak was also at the bail hearing, but he remains in jail because his case was put over for cross examination until Nov. 28.The case stems from an FBI investigation into the Mak brothers and their wives that alleges they were involved in a plot to steal secret technology for a new generation of American battleships.Chi Mak was in court wearing an olive jumpsuit. His family, who would not comment on the case, was also in court.Chi Mak allegedly downloaded encrypted files from an Orange County company working on the Navy technology, according to an affidavit by an FBI agent. Chi Mak then allegedly passed the information on a disc to his brother, who was to take it to China. Tai Wang Mak and his wife were arrested Oct. 28 at Los Angeles International Airport.Ron Kaye, the Pasadena-based attorney for Chi Mak, presented Judge Marc Goldman with character witnesses for his client. He painted Chi Mak as an upstanding citizen. Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Staples said if Mak flees the country to China he would likely never be seen again since the United States has no extradition treaty with that country.Kaye attacked the government’s case against his client, saying the information Chi Mak took home was not classified top secret information. The Mak brothers face 10 years in prison if convicted.The Associated Press contributed to this story. 962-8811, Ext. 2717last_img read more

Volleyball Seeking Donations To Fund First Spring Trip To Nicaragua And Costa Rica

first_img Donate Now Story Links Fresh off of one of the most successful seasons in program history, the Drake University volleyball team will make more history this spring with the program’s first foreign tour.The Bulldogs will visit Nicaragua and Costa Rica June 6-15 as part of a tour that features four matches against international competition along with cultural immersion and community service opportunities.The Bulldogs are currently fundraising for the trip and supporters can contribute to the team’s fundraising goal of $50,000 by visiting “This will be the first foreign tour in the history of Drake’s volleyball program and I think it comes at a great time for our program,” said Drake head coach Darrin McBroom. “We want to build upon our recent success and this experience combines all the features that are significant and valued by our team and Drake University. We hope that our tremendous supporters will join us in making this trip possible by contributing to this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our student-athletes.”On the court, the team is scheduled to play three matches against the Nicaraguan national team in the capital city of Managua, historic Granada and finally in El Carizal. While in Nicaragua, the team will immerse itself in the country’s vibrant culture with volunteer opportunities at local schools and cooperatives.The team will spend the final three days of the experience in Costa Rica and compete against the Costa Rican national team in a match before returning to Des Moines.”We are excited about playing volleyball against these teams and the extra training we will get over the summer,” McBroom added. “But, we are more excited about the cultural experience that our players will receive and the opportunity to interact with and hopefully impact these communities. I think this will have a much larger impact on the lives of the young women in our program.”Drake’s incoming freshman class will be included on the trip, allowing them extra practices and opportunities to bond with a roster that is projected to return 10 student-athletes from the history-making 2017 team. That squad’s 23 were the third most in program history and most since 2010. Additionally, the team’s 12 conference wins were the second most by the program in an 18-game MVC schedule with three Bulldogs’ including two 2018 returnees being named to All-MVC teams.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Track & Field Alum Reed Fischer Returns To the Blue Oval For USA Championship

first_imgHowever, those 25 laps will be some of the most significant turns around the Blue Oval that Fischer has made. But for Fischer, the USA Championship takes on particular significance as he returns to the track where he won a Drake Relays title in the 5,000 meters in 2017 as a collegian and defended that title this year as a professional athlete. “When you think about the scope of it … it’s the USA Championships. It’s the biggest stage for an athlete like me to be on,” Fischer said. “It’s a weird juxtaposition of feeling back home and competing against the country’s best.” “I’m a lot fresher mentally and physically and more confident than last year,” Fischer said of his mindset for the USA Championships. “I’m a lot more comfortable in this field, and I know the caliber of runner I am this year. I feel like I belong instead of being the guy who snuck in. I’ve got some big goals and things I want to accomplish. Hopefully, it is a good night and I can let it rip.” Fischer, who is from Minnetonka, Minn., will race in the 10,000 meters Thursday evening at 7:40 p.m. in what is his second appearance at a USA Championship. In addition to the comfort of running in front of friends and family on a track that he has logged hundreds of miles on, Fischer has that benefit of a year of experience and professional training in 2018. That senior season earned him a berth in the 2017 USA Championship in Sacramento, Calif., and many lessons he carried forth in his first season as a professional. During his senior season at Drake, Fischer won three MVC titles and set three school records, including one at the Drake Relays, en route to qualifying for and finishing ninth in the 10,000 meters at the 2017 NCAA Championships. Fischer blossomed in his four years at Drake, continually improving and growing into one of the nation’s top runners. In fact, he finished higher at the NCAA Championships as a senior than he ever did as a high schooler at the Minnesota State championship. That training and transition from collegian to professional will come full circle Thursday evening when Fischer returns to the Blue Oval as one of the nation’s top runners. “Last year at the USA Championships, it was my fifth 10k of the season,” Fischer said. “It’s a grueling event, and you can only run well in a handful of them. Last year when I got in [to the USA Championship], it was a matter of going and getting the experience. It was a cool experience as a wide-eyed kid racing against Olympians.” Following his race, Fischer and his Tinman Elite teammates will remain in Des Moines to conduct an informal meet and greet at Fitness Sports, the running specialty store Fischer worked at while at Drake. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Print Friendly Version “To forge a team in months and walk away as winners like that legitimized what we were doing,” Fischer said. “We’ve made the team into our own, and between the four guys on our roster, we take a lot of ownership and have created our own mission statement, values and culture. We want this to grow into something bigger than ourselves.” “It’s always interesting coming back to the place I ran day in and day out for four years,” Fischer said. “It’s very calming to come back to this place and know that it’s just 25 more laps around a track I’ve run hundreds of laps on.” In Fischer’s last race on the Blue Oval, he successfully defended his title in the 5,000 meters in 13:53.32 by leading the final four laps of the race. Twelve months prior, he became the most recent Drake student-athlete to win a Drake Relays title with a late kick in front of an energized Drake Stadium crowd to earn a Relays flag. Reed Fischer, an All-American who won three Missouri Valley Conference titles and set three school records at Drake, is one of the hundreds of athletes set to compete at the USA Track & Field Championships this week at Drake Stadium. “It will be an awesome experience for it to feel like a home race despite being a USA Championship,” Fischer said. “I have family coming down and people I know from my four years at Drake supporting me. That’s something I have in my corner some of the guys I’ll be racing against won’t have.” Since then, Fischer moved to Boulder, Colo., to join Tinman Elite, an upstart team coached by Tim Schwartz. The fledgling team has already made its presence known in track and field circles by winning the USA Cross Country team title in December against more established clubs with significant sponsorship. Learn more about Tinman Elite. “I wasn’t a guy who just went to class and ran track,” Fischer said of his four years in Des Moines. “I worked part-time and was involved in a bunch of clubs that stretched out my time. Having that experience made the transition to a full-time job and training a lot easier than I thought it would be.” While professionally training, Fischer works full time as the marketing and communication coordinator for the Colorado Mountain Club, an organization that has been delivering conservation, education and recreational opportunities to the Colorado public since 1912. Training as a professional and working full time is a challenge that would test the most seasoned athlete, but Fischer has used his experience from Drake to maximize the opportunity and challenge in front of him.last_img read more

Inishowen Christmas Tree Festival is a tree-mendous success

first_imgOrganisers of the Christmas Tree Festival and Live Nativity in Glacknadrummond Methodist Church feared the worst when snowy conditions last weekend threatened their event.However, come Sunday evening, the sun had shone all weekend and hundreds of people had come through the doors to enjoy and appreciate the fantastic spectacle that was on offer.With the event featured on the Six One News on RTE television, people came from all across Ulster: accents from Ballymena, Ballymoney, Belfast, Derry, Eglinton, Strabane and Monaghan were heard as each day drew large crowds to admire the trees on display. Visitors, who were entertained throughout the weekend by local musicians and singers, were also invited to vote for their favourite tree.James McKinley, a local fisherman from Greencastle, won the ‘business’ category; the ‘organisation’ award went to Carndonagh Irish Countrywomen’s Association; the ‘school’ category was won by Scoil Mhuire from Gleneely, and the church award went to the Glacknadrummond Sunday School.But the overall award – as voted by those visiting throughout the weekend – went to Scoil Mhuire, who had created their tree from recycling old Irish language textbooks.Some of the trees in the Christmas Tree Festival in GlacknadrummondRev. Alison Gallagher with Katie McKinley and her mother, CarolynSpeaking at Sunday evening’s Carol Service which concluded the weekend’s festivities, Rev. Alison Gallagher said: ‘the idea for the tree festival originated as a fundraiser towards the rebuilding of our Methodist community hall in Moville, but over the weekend, it became so much more than that.’ She continued: ‘it developed into a fantastic community event. The trees came from a diverse range of groups and organisations, from the very young to the very wise! And we were overjoyed to see so many visitors, particularly those that had travelled from afar. We were simply blown away by the goodwill of everyone.’Inishowen Christmas Tree Festival is a tree-mendous success was last modified: December 11th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more