UPDATE: Tragedy disrupts Allan family reunion in La Plaine

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Kieron Laurent. Photo credit: FacebookPolice Public Relations Officer, Inspector Claude Weekes has confirmed that the body of Twenty-three year old Kieron Laurent, a resident of the United States has been recovered by the Coast Guard. 88 Views   4 comments Tweet Share LocalNews UPDATE: Tragedy disrupts Allan family reunion in La Plaine by: – July 18, 2011 Mr. Laurent who was on the island in celebration of the Allan family reunion of La Plaine, went out on a boat with some other young men when a huge wave reportedly struck them at a beach in La Plaine.Family members describe Kieron as an intelligent young man who was loved by all.Dominica Vibes News extends sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Kieron Laurent. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Maquoketa, Dubuque Deery events postponed

first_imgMAQUOKETA, Iowa (April 13) – Forecasts calling for less than pleasant temperatures Saturday and Sunday have resulted in postponements of Deery Brothers Summer Series events at Maquoketa Speedway and at Dubuque Speedway. Both IMCA Late Model tour events are to be rescheduled. Spectator admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students and free for kids ages 12 and under when accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $30 More information is available by calling 563 340-4079.center_img Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m.  Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. The 33rd annual Deery Series now opens at Cedar County Raceway in Tipton with a $2,000 to win, minimum $300 to start main event next Saturday, April 20. last_img read more

Women’s basketball blows out Hawaii in opener

first_imgOn Friday night, the women’s basketball team opened up the 2016-2017 season with an impressive 76-44 win over Hawaii.The Trojans played efficiently in all aspects of the game recording, 12 steals and shooting 50 percent from the field.“I thought it was a good chance for us to get a lot of people playing,” head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke said. “We’ve had a few players out with injury (Sadie Edwards and Valerie Higgins) and we wanted to get them some minutes on the court.”In total, Cooper-Dyke played a whopping 13 players (the bench scored nearly half of the team’s points), including four freshmen in the season debut. The first-year players in particular were given an opportunity to shine and they did not disappoint. Guard Minyon Moore scored 8 points and forward Ja-Tavia Tapley recorded 10 points and five rebounds.“Our freshmen are very talented and it was great to see them gain some confidence,” said Cooper-Dyke. “With every minute that they were on the court they gained a little bit of confidence.”In particular, Cooper-Dyke was complimentary of Tapley’s game.“Ja-Tavia is fantastic because she plays both the 3 and the 4 (positions), and by the time she’s out of here she’ll be playing the 2 and 3 (positions),” Cooper-Dyke said. “That’s just how talented she is.”The Trojans got off to a fast start thanks to Kristen Simon’s pounding play on the inside. She scored eight first quarter points and finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. After gaining a commanding 38-18 lead in the second quarter, the Rainbow Wahine went on a mini run clawing to within 13 points of the Trojans.However, Hawaii would never get that close again. Even when USC was struggling on offense, as it sometimes did in the second half, the defense picked up the slack forcing frequent turnovers late in the shot clock.“I was very pleased with our defensive pressure,” Cooper-Dyke said. “We want to continue to build in that area so that we can do the fun things like run in the fast break.”In addition to excellent play from Tapley and Simon, senior guard Jordan Adams played efficiently going 5-of-6 from the field with 11 points. Fellow senior and 3-point specialist Courtney Jaco nailed a 3-pointer from downtown for 9 points while also adding 5 assists, showing that her transition from shooting guard to primary ball handler has been a smooth one. Jaco had the highlight play of the game when she nailed a contested three at the buzzer to end the first quarter.“I think we are striving to be more consistent every day,” Junior Kristen Simon said. “I think this game we came in a little more focused, with a little more drive and a little more intensity. Hawaii was physical — we saw it on film and they were physical tonight. That kind of kept everyone motivated.”Next up, the Women of Troy continue non-conference play against UC Riverside on Wednesday at the Galen Center. After that matchup, the team will have to deal with an intense travel schedule as they head to Las Vegas and then Alaska for a tournament in Anchorage.last_img read more

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant argues young players’ development hinges more on mentors than college

first_img“The elder statesmen always say this younger generation has no idea what they’re doing, they’re going to absolutely kill the game,” Bryant said. “‘The game, when we played, was pure and all this kind of stuff.’” Hey, man, that’s always the case. When we came in, we were just young kids that wanted to play.”Life lessonFor a player that became consumed with winning NBA championships, Bryant has recently contended he found value in losing because it provided teachable moments. Hence, Bryant’s advice to MMA fighter Ronda Rousey after losing to Holly Holm to end her undefeated run. “I told her it’s a beautiful thing,” Bryant said. “To be a true champion, sometimes you have to get knocked down. It happens to the best of us.”Bryant experienced that with two NBA Finals losses to Detroit (2004) and Boston (2008). Bryant also suffered season-ending injuries to his left Achilles (April 2013), left knee (December 2013) and right shoulder (January 2015). “A true mark of a champion is how you get up,” Bryant said. “She goes through her entire career undefeated. She becomes this mythical figure that no one can relate to and she got beat. We all got beat at some point in our lives. Now it’s a matter of how she bounces back. That’s what makes her a true champion.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Swarming defenses have forced Kobe Bryant to measure whether to shoot through double teams or pass to open up defenses. Bryant has weighed if he should issue tough love or positive reinforcement to teammates. Amid all the tough decisions Bryant has made through his 20-year NBA career, there marks one major event for which he holds no regrets.“Coming straight to the NBA and skipping college,” Bryant said.It might seem easy for Bryant to say after winning five NBA championships with the Lakers and climbing toward third place on the league’s all-time scoring list. But those around Bryant’s alma mater at Lower Merion High School all remember Bryant having the same outlook in 1996 when he decided to jump to the NBA. center_img In 2006, the NBA began requiring players either to attend college or play overseas for at least a year before declaring draft eligibility. “I don’t think it matters,” Bryant said about the rule. “You have high school players who go to college, stay for four years and are not ready. You have certain high school players skip college and they’re ready. It depends on the mentors that you have and it depends on the internal motivation.”Bryant benefitted from growing up in Italy. There, he watched his dad, Joe, play professionally. Bryant also learned the game’s fundamentals. Bryant’s high school coach, Gregg Downer, also preached similar philosophies.Some have suggested Bryant still faced social hiccups in relating to older NBA players. But several, including Lakers coach Byron Scott, became quickly impressed with his curiosity, work ethic, talent and awareness of the game’s history. “Ultimately it depends on the teachers you have and the mentors you have,” Bryant said. “You can go to college for four years and you can get horrible mentorship and be worse off than the kid who came in at 17.” With Bryant set to retire following the 2015-16 season, he dismissed the notion that the younger generation lacks the same dedication as him. last_img read more

Do or die showdown – Jamaica take on Suriname at National Stadium

first_imgThe last time Jamaica met Suriname in a Caribbean Cup football encounter, 20 years ago in Trinidad and Tobago, the South Americans surprised their Jamaican 3-1. Now, the present group of Reggae Boyz have an opportunity to avenge that defeat when they face Suriname in their must-win Caribbean Cup qualifier this evening at the National Stadium starting at 6 o’clock. A win for either team will earn each a place in the 2017 Caribbean Cup semi-finals next June, as well as a spot in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Both teams beat eliminated Guyana, the other team in Group 1. Jamaica, the defending champions, will be missing captain Je-vaughn Watson and full-back Kemar Lawrence through injury, but although Coach Theodore Whitmore expects a very difficult match, he is just as optimistic that they will get the better of their opponents and move on to the regional football finals and secure their place in the CONCACAF showpiece, the Gold Cup. “We know Suriname are a very hard-running team, and when any of these Caribbean teams play against Jamaica, they are always up for it. We know the situation and we know it’s going to be tough, but we are looking forward to a good game, a good result and a positive performance,” he told the Sunday Gleaner. “We are the champions of the Caribbean and we are looking forward to being a part of the Caribbean Cup and the Gold Cup as well, so we have to do what we have to do … and we don’t want to leave anything to chance,” Whitmore, who was a member of the team that lost to Suriname in 1996, added. Although the team will miss the experience of Watson in midfield and Lawrence’s quality at left-back, Whitmore thinks this group is more than capable of making up for their absence. “With the absence of these players, we are a bit unbalanced, but it’s workable and we are looking for a positive result. It’s going to be tough, but we will maintain a level head and look for a positive result. It’s the same players from the Guyana game and they are hungry, motivated and focused, so we will be giving a 110 percent performance,” he said. Key players for Jamaica will be forward Owayne Gordon, defenders Dicoy Williams, Shaun Francis and Alvas Powell goalkeeper and captain Andre Blake and forward Dino Williams. Suriname’s coach, Roberto Godeken, will be relying on some key players to give him victory against the Reggae Boyz. Midfielders Roxey Fer and Mitchell Kisoor are expected to provide much of the danger upfront for the visitors, and along with strikers Dimitrie Apai and Stefano Rijssel. Jamaica defeated Guyana 4-2 in extra-time in their Group I match, while Suriname stopped the said opponent 3-2 for both teams to come into today’s game on three points. If the game is tied at the end of 90 minutes, extra-time will be required. If the extra period fails to separate the teams, penalties will be used to decide the winner.last_img read more

UAAP Season 80 Preview: Now contenders, Adamson Falcons embracing the pressure

first_imgLearning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Break new ground “Slowly, we’re picking up. What’s important for us is to stress and make sure that we can be mentally tough and prepared for this coming season in terms of how to handle pressure.” MOST READ “We need to improve on our finish last year, but we have a tough task ahead of us. As we all know, other teams have been rebuilding since last year. It’s a never ending process. Two years ago, they’ve stockpiled their players so we just have to assess everything once the season gets going,” he said.The Soaring Falcons will have a virtually intact line up with Cameroonian big man Papi Sarr upfront, together with the trio of Jerrick Ahanmisi, Robbie Manalang, and Sean Manganti.Pumaren, though, is expecting more from his bench unit as he wants Adamson to be unpredictable on both ends.“Hopefully, we can get some lift from our guys and the rest of the team because it’s so hard if you rely in only a couple of guys. You’ll be predictable,” he said.But more than the talent, Pumaren is putting emphasis on he mental side of things as he seeks to see a more mature Adamson crew this year.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coach: Franz PumarenLast Season: 8-6 (Final Four)Holdovers: Jerrick Ahanmisi, Robbie Manalang, Papi Sarr, Sean MangantiAdditions: Tyrus Hill, Koko PingoyKey Losses: Jaydee Tungcab, Harold NgADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend After bursting into the Final Four last year, Adamson is now regarded as one of the contenders for this season’s championship.Coach Franz Pumaren is well aware of that, and he believes that it’s time for the young Soaring Falcons embrace the challenge head-on.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“It’s important for us to start manning up, start accepting the pressure. The difference right now, probably, is that other teams will be preparing for us, unlike last season that they underestimated us because we’re consistent being at the bottom of the team standings,” he said.With focus on consistency in his program, Pumaren has also set higher expectations for his team—from just merely trying to make the Final four to achieving higher than fourth place. Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ A costly, catty dispute finally settled OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA: ‘Special’ Kyrie Irving to be a better playmaker with Celtics, GM Ainge says Winning start View commentslast_img read more