Olympian hopes book will start dialogue and open eyes

first_img EVERYDAY STRUGGLE Blake recalled that his humble upbringing in the deep-rural Morningside district in St Elizabeth, and his everyday struggles to attend St Elizabeth Technical High School, “propelled” him to win a relay bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, and silver at the 1995 World Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden. “It’s (book) going to start a dialogue and open the eyes. To be honest, I am not trying to be a millionaire from this book, My hope is that it will reach in the hands of all high-school athletes and they will be able to take this book home and let their parents read it,” explained Blake, who says he wants to help athletes stay focused “on the rugged path to athletic prowess”. He added that, the track arena is not going to be easy for the athletes, while noting he suffered “fights” during his time on the track. “The whole idea is to motivate athletes who come from a struggling background, disenfranchised kids. Kids sidelined and losing hope, this book is going to teach them to fight that type of demon and propel themselves forward. “I’ve had the experience of making the national team and some people did not want me on the 4x400m and coaches told me I am to stay focused, and I know exactly what that meant …” he recalled. Blake is of the view that past athletes are not well appreciated in Jamaica but he considers them “trend-setters for upcoming athletes to excel towards”. Blake, who represented Jamaica at two Olympic Games, two World Championships, two World University Games, one Pan American Games and one Commonwealth Games, stressed that he feels Jamaican athletes should show more guts and courage and not take abuse. “I find that with professional athletes, they have no backbone these days … . I have had experiences where these athletes just take anything. Sports in Jamaica has gone to a point where it’s all about winning, and athletes have suffered for the sport that they love, and the book is going to talk about some of the challenges that I have faced and correlate it with some of the challenges that other athletes have and will face over the years,” stressed Blake. Retired Olympian, Dennis Blake says he is hoping to use his book, Dennis Blake’s Memoir: An Olympian’s Hidden Secrets, to help young athletes, their parents, coaches and stakeholders of track and field to “knock out fear, overcome challenges and achieve their goals”. Blake, 45, describes himself as a coach, does consultation and gives motivational speeches to students, athletes and professionals seeking to reach the highest levels in sport. “This book opens an important conversation for anyone who is struggling to make a difference in their lives and to fulfil their personal goals,” he said. “Readers will be inspired by the indelible stories which will also shed light on the significant challenges faced by athletes when competing at the elite level,” Blake told The Gleaner in an interview. His book will be published in two parts, the first of which is scheduled to hit the shelves in summer in the United States and will be sold for US$14.95. “My hope and dream for this book is for it to be read by all athletes. It is mostly geared towards those disenfranchised athletes, those athletes who have goals and feel like they can’t make it or they don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel,” added Blake, who is now based in the United States.last_img read more

Pacquiao’s new basketball league gets off ground

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Combining the best features of the country’s top cage leagues, the MPBL will usher its maiden season on Sept. 23 with 12 teams from local government units and hundreds more in the accompanying tournament for barangays.According to MPBL commissioner Snow Badua, confirmed to compete in the home and away league initially confined to Luzon, are teams from Bulacan, Pampanga, Batangas and Laguna.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Metro Manila bets are Quezon City, Marikina, San Juan, Makati, Paranaque, Manila, and a yet-to-be-named squad.MPBL operations head Zaldy Realubit said the LGU teams will have corporate sponsors like Alphaland-Makati and FEU-NRMF-Quezon City. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu To maintain equality among the teams, no imports will be allowed, at least four players should be residents of the LGU they’re representing, and no age limit will be imposed.Players will be given a maximum salary of P150,000 and a minimum of P40,000 for at least six months.LGU games will be held Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will be televised. General admission and upper box will be free. Inter-barangay action will be held Wednesdays and Fridays and can be be viewed on livestream.Lined up for MPBL’s inaugural season are the Rajah Cup, Datu Cup, Lakan Cup, Mumbaki Cup and the Urduja Cup with the best performing team overall being declared Supremo Crown winner.Nothing definite yetMeanwhile, Pacquiao said nothing’s definite yet as far as his rematch with Jeff Horn in Brisbane, Australia, on Nov. 12 is concerned.ADVERTISEMENT Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal View comments PH winds up with another failed SEA Games bid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies “We haven’t talk about it (details) yet,” said Pacquiao, referring to promoter Bob Arum, in Filipino.The Australian side of the promotion is getting concerned because Pacquiao has yet to sign the fight contract against Horn, who wrested his WBO light welterweight title last July 2, at Suncorp Stadium.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES Provide livelihood for displaced players, find hidden talents, and veer the youth away from drugs.These were the main reasons why Sen. Manny Pacquiao launched the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League in a press conference Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respitelast_img read more

VP Howard-Taylor Seeks Dialogue in LMA’s Saga

first_imgVP Taylor addresses the aggrieved marketers Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor has proposed a dialogue aimed at finding a resolution to an apparent crisis involving members of the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA), a release from the office of the Vice President has said.According to the release, the VP’s proposal followed her brief interaction with some aggrieved members of the association on Monday, February 26.The LMA members are questioning the legitimacy of the current leadership headed by Madam Alice Yeebahn, who was elected a year ago, but has been accused of complicity in a murder case reported in Nimba County in 2002.In an attempt to resolve the conflict, Vice President Taylor requested a meeting with 10 of the markets at her Capitol Building office on Tuesday, February 27.Prior to her interaction with the aggrieved LMA members, the Vice President briefly attended the ongoing 6th National Convention of the LMA, which is being held at the Rally Town Market, UN Drive, the head office of the Association.Vice President Taylor encouraged the marketers to focus on the improvement of their lives and the country’s economy.Marketers celebrate VP Taylor’s interventionShe noted that a more cohesive LMA, aimed at strengthening its members, will greatly empower them, referencing their counterparts in other African countries, including Nigeria.VP Taylor maintained the need for members of the association to work in collaboration with the leadership for the common good of the association.The ongoing 6th annual convention of the LMA is a mandate enshrined in the association’s constitution, which gives the leadership the opportunity to report to stakeholders, including their membership activities for a given year.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Driver dies after tractor overturns in rice field

first_imgThe lifeless body of 20-year-old Alvin Dubarai, of Lot 65 Kilmarnock Village, Corentyne, Berbice was found pinned under the tractor he was last seen operating on Monday morning at about 07:00h.Dead: Alvin DubaraiThe discovery was made by rice farmer Heera Nauth, also called “Bammer, owner of both the tractor and rice field which Dubarai was plowing. He told this publication that Dubarai appeared to be dead, and only his hands and legs were visible when he was found.“When the thing happen I was not there; is two tractor I have, he driving one and I driving one. I was at the camp…,”Nauth said.According to Nauth, when he arrived at Kilmarnock, Corentyne, he saw the overturned tractor and Dubarai pinned under it.“He already dead. Then I call some of them boys from out on the road and them come down with boat, and when they see he they say that they have to call the Police, so they went and bring in the Police,” Nauth detailed.Nauth said that when the Police arrived they had to use three tractors to remove the vehicle from off of Dubarai’s body. The body was removed from Nauth’s farm at about 16:00h.He explained that even if persons were around at the time of the incident, it would have been difficult to save Dubarai’s life, since it took the Police about 30 minutes to remove the machine off him.Dubarai had been working in the rice fields since the age of 15. He leaves to mourn four siblings. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Pay up, LAUSD

first_imgIT’S understandable that the Los Angeles Unified School District is less than thrilled with the charter schools within its purview. The success of charter classrooms represents a corresponding failure of the school district, and that’s got to rankle LAUSD officials. But that doesn’t make it acceptable for the school district to deny charters the resources and money that’s rightfully theirs. The LAUSD has failed to pass along $85 million to charters to help pay for facilities under voter-approved Proposition 39, making life for the mostly new schools harder than it already is. As well, the district has been stingy with its own facilities, even though it has vacant school campuses in some areas and is on a major school-building spree funded by billions in taxpayer money. The LAUSD must turn over these funds. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! District officials might despise the charter-school movement, but their bruised egos don’t give them the right to jeopardize the education of thousands of students. If they want the drain on the LAUSD to stop, they have to give parents a reason to keep their kids enrolled in neighborhood schools.last_img read more

Dawson Creek’s Cop For Cancer Jail and Bail fundraiser a great success

first_imgAn additional $1,700 was also pledged in “promised bail money.”“Thank you to all of our sponsors and the Lakeview Credit Union, as well as volunteers and persons and companies who donated to the cause and made the event a success,” a press release reads.The RCMP are also sending a special thank you to the 10 people that were “arrested” or “detained” for the fundraiser.- Advertisement -Many of those “arrested” raised more money than their bail required.For their part of the fundraiser, the “detainee’s” were fed pizza from Boston Pizza and rewarded for their time with a gift card from either Mr. Mike’s or Brown’s Social House.Rockwater provided a barbeque for the burgers that were grilled up by Mr. Mike staff.Advertisementlast_img read more

Bonds’ record-breaking home run ball: $742,467

first_img“I had hoped to keep the ball, but when I determined that was not the best strategy at this stage of my life, this definitely was the right decision,” Murphy said in a statement released after the sale. “It is an honor to be a part of baseball history and I wish the new owner well with whatever they elect to do with the ball.” Experts had predicted the ball that tied Hank Aaron’s home run record would fetch about $200,000, and that the record-breaker would be sold for least $500,000. “I feel like I did the right thing with it,” said Adam Hughes, 34, a plumber from La Jolla who came up with No. 755 in the left-center field seats in San Diego on Aug. 4. Hughes said that after taxes and auction house fees, he expects to take home about $90,000 from the sale. He said he would probably invest some of the money and use some of it to help out a cousin who just started college. He might also go on a cruise, he said. Both buyers did not want to be identified, said a spokesman for SCP Auctions. SAN FRANCISCO – Barry Bonds’ record-breaking 756th home run ball was auctioned Saturday for $752,467, well more than the estimates by memorabilia experts. Home run No. 755, the ball that tied the record, also auctioned for $186,750, according to Sotheby’s/SCP Auctions. Both final prices included the winning bid plus a 20 percent buyer’s fee, according to the auction houses handling the sale. Bonds broke Aaron’s record of 755 with a shot into the right-center field seats on Aug. 7 off of Washington Nationals pitcher Mike Bacsik in San Francisco. Matt Murphy, a 21-year-old student and construction supervisor from New York, emerged from a scuffle with the record-breaking ball after paying $100 for a $12 ticket during a layover on his way to Australia from his hometown. While the price for No. 756 exceeded expectations, the ball did not come close to the $3 million that was paid for St. Louis Cardinal slugger Mark McGwire’s single-season home run record ball in 1998. Most memorabilia experts believe Bonds’ last career home run, which will set the new record, will garner more than $1 million.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


first_imgTOYOTA is celebrating after its stunning GT86 was named Irish Performance Car of the Year. And when you watch this video – the official full length version advertisement for this very special car – you’ll see why.If you fancy driving one for yourself, Kelly’s Toyota in Donegal will be happy to help!Click to play MOTORS: WHY TOYOTA IS CELEBRATING THE GT86 – IRISH PERFORMANCE CAR OF THE YEAR was last modified: November 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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) Tags:MOTORS: WHY TOYOTA IS CELEBRATING THE GT86 – IRISH PERFORMANCE CAR OF THE YEARlast_img read more


first_imgDisaster Preparedness Expo, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Brand Boulevard (between First & Third streets), San Fernando. History of World War II Air Mail and Air Mail Stamps event, 11 a.m., Commemorative Air Force WW II Aviation Museum, Camarillo Airport, 455 Aviation Drive, Camarillo. Donation voluntary. Call (805) 482-0064. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com.160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventPlant Propagation Workshop, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Soka University Botanical Research Center and Nursery, 26800 W. Mulholland Highway, Calabasas. Call (818) 878-3741. “Cuboree,” an opportunity to join the Cub Scouts, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Veterans Memorial County Park, 13000 Sayre St., Sylmar. Earth Walk LA, 10 a.m., Los Angeles Pierce College, 6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills. Call (213) 593-8010. Ride-On, a therapeutic horsemanship event, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 21126 Chatsworth St., Chatsworth. Free. Call (818) 700-2971. Earth Day Expo 2006, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Park, intersection of the Ventura and Golden State freeways, Los Angeles. Call (323) 644-4200. SATURDAY Unveiling of Serenity Garden, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Grant High School, 13000 Oxnard St., Valley Glen. Child Labor film screening/panel discussion, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Northridge Center, University Student Union, California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St. Call (818) 677-3385. Book sale, Valencia Library, 23743 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-3681. last_img read more

Alarm bells silent in first tsunami test since ’04

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe noticeable difference between the exercise and a real event was that the phones in Hawaii were silent. Normally, as soon as warnings are issued, the center is flooded with calls from governments and media, while scientists try to answer questions and monitor seismic activity. Governments were to report back on how efficiently they received the warnings, which are relayed through nearly a dozen circuits, including weather services, e-mails and faxes. Few were reporting problems. EWA BEACH, Hawaii – Scientists tested the Pacific Ocean’s tsunami-warning system Tuesday, sending alarms about imaginary earthquakes to more than 30 countries at risk for another disaster like the one that swept the Indian Ocean in 2004. The warning system has been in place since 1965, but Tuesday’s exercise was its first extensive test since the Asian tsunami that left at least 216,000 people dead or missing, sparking international calls for improvement. At the start of the test, a beeping sound filled the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach, signaling a mock magnitude-9.2 earthquake off the coast of Chile. Within 10 minutes, warnings clearly labeled as part of the exercise went out from the Hawaii facility, as well as the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center near Anchorage. It was the first of nine bulletins issued throughout the day, warning of a fictitious wave that grew to as big as 30 feet. Tsunamis generally travel at the speed of a commercial jet, but the center increased the speed four times, for the drill to finish in six hours. 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