Renae Williams – A Youth with Extraordinary Dreams

first_imgRelatedRenae Williams – A Youth with Extraordinary Dreams FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail MONTEGO BAY — Many teenagers find themselves involved in negative activities such as drug abuse gangs, illicit sex, and pregnancy, but Renae Williams, is one positive teenager who believes in herself and is determined to chart a different path. The energetic high achiever from Clarendon is one of three youth in the county of Middlesex who was presented with the Governor-General’s Youth of Excellence Award for the year 2011. “I consider myself to be a normal youth who has extraordinary dreams and therefore I try my best in everything that I do. I am full of energy and so I believe that my energy must be put to good use. To whom much is given, much is expected and therefore I believe that with all that has been given to me by my family and my school then it is only right for me to give back to my community,” the Glenmuir High School past student tells JIS. Although surprised, Renae is also very happy that she was chosen for the Governor- General’s Youth Award, pointing out that she was not expecting any recognition for her achievements, let alone her voluntary service to the community. Renae has made much of her years at Glenmuir, achieving enviable passes in 11 subject areas in the Caribbean Secondary School Examinations (CSEC). She was also successful in her Unit One courses for the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE). In addition, she served as Head Girl in Upper Sixth Form from 2010 to 2011, and was awarded for initiative, courtesy, and exemplary conduct. She was also honoured for her academic achievements and was presented with the Lankaster Shield for Academic Excellence. “I am looking forward to attending the University of the West Indies (UWI) in the new school year but I am doing a lot of waiting; waiting on the results from my other exams (CAPE –Unit 2 and Caribbean Examination Council (CXC)), waiting on the Faculty at UWI to accept me, waiting on finances, among other things but I believe that in waiting, the Lord is teaching me to be patient so I will just continue to wait,” she says, noting that her career path should lead to her dreams of becoming a medical doctor. Along with the Glenmuir maroon red and white tunic, Renae owns another uniform, as she has been active in the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force for some seven years, moving from being a recruit cadet to a Lance Corporal and now the rank of Sergeant where she continues to fulfill the motto, ‘To unite, to serve, to lead’. “Being a cadet is not easy but it is a good thing because it has taught me how to be disciplined and has shown me the importance of serving; serving others without expecting anything in return. It is a significant character builder. It nurtures within the young people, pride, integrity, honesty and trust among other things,” Renae says. A most memorable moment, she tells JIS, was when she made the island-wide Cadet shooting team, and is very proud of the fact that she was one of only two girls on the team. “To make this team, you had to be able to manage the weapon (a .303 rifle) well and it would call for a lot of physical activities and I always thought that because men have a lot of testosterone they have a greater advantage than women but during that period i was determined to make the team and my determination paid off. I saw myself at the back of the team or being the least on that team but in seeing myself as the least and at the rear I said to myself that I was going to play my part to the best of my ability and hold up the rear well,” she says, stressing that she was determined to succeed. As a very active volunteer, she has assisted the youngsters at the Anderson’s Place of Safety in Manchester as part of the Cadet’s outreach project. She has also provided many hours of service at the May Pen Public Hospital and the May Pen Infirmary, as well as participated in clean up campaigns at Alligator Pond. Renae says is interested in establishing an association that will  reach out to the indigents in her parish, noting that she has a passion for assisting street people. “I believe in living a purpose driven life… one that brings happiness to others and fulfillment. I find fulfillment in looking out for the indigents and helping to make their living condition better and that is why I am so passionate about street people because they are broken mentally, physically and spiritually,” she said, citing that she sees it as her duty to help these persons in whatever ways she can. When asked if she has issues with peer pressure Renae firmly assures that she is a “trendsetter” and not a follower. “It is not about what other persons my age might be doing, like going to parties, clubbing and engaging in all other kinds of activities but it is about me and I see myself as being different. As young people we have a lot of energy and God has given us strength. We might be faced with a lot of issues but we have to try and stay focused and use the power within us to control the world and not let the world control us,” she says. Being a member of the May Pen Seventh Day Adventist Church, Renae also believes that she was “called” to serve in the church and so she channels her energy into singing on the youth choir, as well as in her leadership role for the Pathfinders Club in the parish of Clarendon. Her mother, Edith Williams tells JIS that she is overjoyed to know that her daughter was selected as the 2011 recipient for the Governor-General’s Youth Award for the parish of Clarendon. “I am happy to know that the foundation that we lay at home is paying off and not only in the home but, the school and the church has played a major role in Renae’s life,” Mrs. Williams says, adding that Renae is also a Bronze and Silver recipient of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. With tearful eyes she tells JIS that Renae was born to be a leader, reflecting on one particular situation when her daughter at a much younger age, preached to a congregation of over 300. “In all things I have to give God thanks because he picks up the humble and puts them on a rock to stand and today I bless the Lord for what he has done. Right now Renae keeps on saying that she is going to University in September, but with the economic situation in the home, it is a challenge for us to come up with the money for her to go, but she is such a positive child who encourages us to believe God for all things,” Mrs. Williams says. She is encouraging Jamaican youth to stay positive and think big, always believing that whatever the mind can conceive can be achieved. The Governor-General’s Youth Award for Excellence, an initiative of His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Kenneth Hall, was first presented in 2006. It is presented in recognition of excellence among Jamaican youths in the age cohorts 25 to 35, and 18 to 25 for their academic achievement, community service involvement, and leadership skills. Major sponsors of the programme are the Gleaner Company Limited, Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), the Bank of Nova Scotia, Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS), and First Caribbean International Bank (CIBC). Renae Williams – A Youth with Extraordinary Dreams CultureAugust 15, 2011 By ALDEEN CAMPBELL, JIS Reporter Advertisements RelatedRenae Williams – A Youth with Extraordinary Dreams RelatedRenae Williams – A Youth with Extraordinary Dreamslast_img read more

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Henley uses hot putter to build lead at CJ Cup

first_imgNORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Four shots behind at the start of the day, Russell Henley ran off three straight birdies to start the back nine Saturday and posted a 5-under 67 to build a three-shot lead going into the final round of the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek. Henley had plenty of help from the other players in his group. Xander Schauffele, who had a three-shot lead going into the weekend, had a pair of late bogeys and failed to capitalize on the par 5s in his round of 74. Tyrrell Hatton didn’t make a birdie until the final hole in a 73. Of the top 25 players, they were the only two who shot over par. Henley’s putting has been a great fit for the firm, glass-like greens of Shadow Creek. He leads the field in the most important putting category, and it has carried him to only the second 54-hole lead of his PGA Tour career. Henley was at 15-under 201. Lanto Griffin, who won his first PGA Tour event a year ago at the Houston Open, found the water off the tee on the par-5 18th and made bogey and still managed a 66. He was at 12-under 204 along with Talor Gooch (69), Jason Kokrak (68) and Schauffele, still in the mix despite a sloppy Saturday. Hatton was in the group five shots behind with Justin Thomas (68) and Jason Day, who had a 66 as the former world No. 1 tries to end more than two years without a victory. Henley’s key for Sunday at CJ Cup: ‘Just play my game’ Henley started to close the gap when he got up-and-down from a bunker in front of the green on the par-5 seventh, and Schauffele missed the green on the par-3 eighth and took bogey. And when they made the turn, Henley took off. He holed a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 10, hit driver just through the green on the reachable par-4 11th hole to set up a simple up-and-down for another birdie, and then hit his approach to just inside 5 feet on No. 12 for a third straight birdie. Henley closed with six straight pars, missing chances on the two par 5s, but no one could catch him. But he knows what can happen, having flipped his fortunes on Saturday. “Anybody can come at me,” Henley said. “You can go low out here. The greens are great and it’s gettable, but you’ve got to play well to do that. You’ve got to do everything well. I’ve got to just keep my head down and play a good round for me.” Schauffele was hopeful of at least finishing his round at par, and that didn’t go his way, either. He went long on the par-3 17th into rough so deep he could barely keep it on the green, leading to his fourth bogey. And he went just over the back of the 18th green in two, again in rough facing a downhill chip that he rolled all the way to the fringe. Schauffele likes to talk about “strokes gained attitude,” and it was a struggle for him with rounds that stretching close to six hours at Shadow Creek because of deep rough, limited marshals and plenty of searching. Sung Kang knows the feeling. He took an 11 on the par-4 second hole, which included two lost balls when he spent more than three minutes looking and came up empty. He also hit a few backward trying to escape trouble. Nothing worked. Schauffele wasn’t that bad. It just felt like it. “I was trying to figure out what was worse, the pace of play or my quality of golf,” he said. “It was kind of a tie today. Not to be a sour person, but just one of those days. Today was my bad day for the week. Got it out of the way before Sunday. I guess I’m in a familiar place being three back now.” CJ Cup at Shadow Creek: Full-field scores | Full coverage Schauffele has been trailing going into the final round in all four of his PGA Tour victories. Henley’s last victory was in 2017 at the Houston Open, where he came from four shots behind in the final round. Now he has a cushion at Shadow Creek, and a hot putter on putting surfaces he loves. DIVOTS: Jordan Spieth’s caddie, Michael Greller, left Las Vegas upon learning his mother had died. Spieth used Preston Valder, who played at UCLA and now helps Patrick Cantlay. … The CJ Cup announced next year’s tournament would be at Haesley Nine Bridges near Seoul. It was played the previous three years at Nine Bridges on Jeju Island. It’s at Shadow Creek this year only because of the COVID-19 pandemic and travel issues.last_img read more

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Some Say Bypassing a Higher Education is Smarter Than Paying for a Degree

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIf you crunch the numbers, some experts say, college is a bad investment while there are cheaper and better ways to get an education: pursue a dream — travel, do something creative or start a business.(READ the story in the Washington Post)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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CSAA girls hoops roundup: Hesperia sneaks past Holton, Kent City and Fremont win

first_img DEAL OF THE DAY Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Inappropriate / Offensive Displayed poorly Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Add Comments (Max 320 characters) The Eagles were led by Kenzie Bowers with 24 points, while Zara Weber chipped in 16 and Janelle Krueger contributed 14.Kent City improved to 9-2 overall and is 6-0 in conference play.FREMONT 51, REED CITY 27- Paige Vandenberg paced the Packers with 15 points while Torey Reichert-Slater had a season-high seven points.Fremont led 12-0 after the first quarter, 25-6 at halftime and 33-14 through three quarters.The Packers dished out 15 assists as a team.Natalie Jamieson chipped in with five steals and eight rebounds for Fremont.The Packers are now 8-3 on the season and 6-1 in league play. DEAL OF THE DAY Ads by Amazon Other Twelve Bestseller × × Displayed poorly × Bestseller ENDS IN MIRITY Women Racerback Sports Bra… × Report a problem This item is… DEAL OF THE DAY Displayed poorly Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Shares Not relevant (2) Report a problem This item is… Report a problem This item is… DEAL OF THE DAY Bestseller (657) Inappropriate / Offensive Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Mail Bestseller Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Displayed poorly Not relevant Not relevant Inappropriate / Offensive $49.95 Other Bestseller Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Share ENDS IN $0.00 The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extr… ENDS IN 0 Report a problem This item is… × Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Inappropriate / Offensive $0.00 Inappropriate / Offensive $15.29$17.99 ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY Bestsellercenter_img Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. (117) DEAL OF THE DAY Report a problem This item is… Other Other Report a problem This item is… Other Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Other NBC Sports Displayed poorly FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… × $14.99$18.00 Fox Sports Go × Bestseller Not relevant DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN Other (34271) Shop Now Report a problem This item is… (7802) Report a problem This item is… Inappropriate / Offensive (31628) Not relevant Displayed poorly Ads by Amazon Inappropriate / Offensive Not relevant (17612) Not relevant Other Not relevant Displayed poorly Displayed poorly Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Share $37.99 DEAL OF THE DAY Inappropriate / Offensive (822) $9.99 ENDS IN Bestseller LocalSportsJournal.comThe Hesperia girls basketball team came away with a 54-49 win over Holton in a CSAA contest on Friday night.Emily Bayle paced the Panthers with 22 points and six rebounds while Makenna Swisher added 17 points and Alyssa Miller had 11 points.Hesperia led 19-8 after the first quarter, 28-17 at halftime and 42-32 through three quarters.The Panthers are now 7-5 on the season overall and 2-4 in league play.KENT CITY 71, WHITE CLOUD 31 – Nine players put points on the board for the Eagles to earn another victory Friday night. Add Comments (Max 320 characters) × The League $0.00 ENDS IN Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Add Comments (Max 320 characters) ENDS IN 50PC Disposable Face MàSc/Mack Anti-Dust …last_img read more

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Golfnutter: Open Championship – Preview

first_imgTwo-time Open Champion, Padraig Harrington stated: “It’s startling the way the ball reacts in links golf versus parkland.  The ball flies lower.  The weather affects the ball so much more.  A 10-mph wind on a parkland course is not a big deal, but 10-mph on a links can affect the flight of your ball by 20, 30 yards.  The air is heavier.  There’s nothing protecting the course from the wind.  Everything is magnified.”The R&A, which determines how the course is set up, has always stated that the winning score in any Open is primarily a product of the weather leading up to and during the event.And therein lies the biggest factor that will determine how players fare and what score will be posted – the weather.  With benign weather, St Andrews is relatively defenceless against today’s pros.  The last three Opens held at St Andrews have seen the winner’s score average slightly in excess of 16-under par.  Tiger Woods winning score here in 2000 was 19-under par.  He repeated five years later by winning his second Open at St Andrews with 14-under par.  The last time the Open was held at St Andrews was 2010, when Louis Oosthuizen won with 16-under par.Some argue that St Andrews is the weakest course on the Open rota.  Notwithstanding, no other course, anywhere, has provided such a stage of drama, of memories steeped in the annals of the game.  This is after all, the home of golf.This week, the two men who have won the past three Opens played at St Andrews – Woods and Oosthuizen – will join Jason Day in the opening two rounds.  South African Louis Oosthuizen will need to handle the circus that accompanies Tiger Woods whenever he plays golf – something Louis appeared not to do when playing with Tiger in the first round at last month’s US Open.  After a first round 77 at Chambers Bay, all seemed lost for Oosthuizen’s chances.  He then compiled the lowest final three rounds in US Open history (66-66-67), to finish 4-under and into a tie for second.  Louis’s odds are firming, and rightly so, provided he can handle that first round Tiger-hype.The other player accompanying Tiger in that first round at Chambers Bay was Rickie Fowler.  On that day he shot one worse than Tiger – an 81.  But last week he won the Scottish Open for his second victory this year.  He will be encouraged by what Phil Mickelson did after winning the Scottish Open two years ago.  Fowler is another whose odds are firming, and he will enjoy not being part of the “Tiger circus”.Most talk about favouritism however, is centred on Jordan Spieth.  His win at the just completed John Deere Classic in Illinois follows hard on the heels of his US Open victory.  Spieth’s Masters win last April, coupled with his US Open win last month, could prove the precursor to a special place in history.  If he wins this week, he will join fellow Texan Ben Hogan as the only golfer in history to win the Masters, US Open and Open Championships in the same year.  Hogan completed the treble in 1953.  The fourth major didn’t exist back then.  The PGA Championship was a match play event until 1958.  Ben Hogan….what could have been?Are we about to witness a Hogan-like performance from another golfer from Texas?One player who must feel the Open “owes” him is Adam Scott.  His “melt-down” that handed Ernie Ells an unexpected one-stroke victory in 2012, must still rankle.  Scott has found some form following the return of bagman, Steve Williams, who has come out of retirement to be with his fellow Anzac.The last of five “horses” mentioned here is the highly-fancied Justin Rose.  He finished tied for second at this year’s Masters, and tied 27th in June’s US Open.  His last win on tour was at this year’s Zurich Classic at New Orleans, in April.  He won last year’s Scottish Open.The odds on these five featured players, curtesy of Paddy Power as at Tuesday 14 July, are:Joran Spieth: 6/1Rickie Fowler: 16/1Justin Rose: 18/1Adam Scott: 20/1Louis Oosthuizen: 22/1Lastly, a couple of less-fancied golfers, but whose odds I find attractive:Shane Lowry 33/1Rafael Cabrera Bello 125/1By the time this is published, the first round will have been completed. Enjoy.Golfnutter This year’s Open Championship, held 16–19 July, will be hosted by the Old Course at St Andrews in Fife, Scotland.  It will be the 29th occasion that St Andrews has hosted the Open, now in its 144th year. The Open Championship is played only on links courses, of which there are ten in the current rota – five in Scotland, four in England and the most recent addition – Royal Portrush in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.  Linksland is typically characterized by dunes; an undulating surface and a sandy soil unsuitable for arable farming.  Here thrive the indigenous browntop bents and red fescue grasses needed to provide the firm turf associated with links courses and the bump and run game.The Swilcan Burn Bridge joining the 1st and 18th fairways on the Old Course at St Andrews.The style of play suited to a links course is considerably different from that appropriate to other courses.  The challenge of links golf falls mainly into two categories: firstly, the nature of the courses themselves, which tend to be characterised by uneven fairways, thick rough and penal chasms known as “pot bunkers”; and secondly, due to their coastal location and low-lying tree-less terrain; wind.last_img read more

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Descending the summit: Sports stars who retired early

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Nico Rosberg retired from Formula One at age 31 Friday, a startling announcement that came five days after winning his first drivers’ championship.Some other sports stars who retired at a young age:___BJORN BORG (TENNIS)Borg retired at the beginning of 1983 at 26. One of the greatest tennis players, the Swede won Wimbledon five times in a row and also captured six French Open titles.Borg failed to win the US Open in 10 tries, losing four finals — 1976 and 1978 to Jimmy Connors, and 1980 and 1981 to McEnroe.He played only one tournament in 1982, reaching the quarterfinals in Monte Carlo, before announcing he was quitting the game.In this April 27, 1956 file photo, World heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano gestures at a new conference in New York after announcing his retirement from boxing. M(AP Photo, File)ROCKY MARCIANO (BOXING)Marciano had been the world heavyweight champion for four years and won all 49 of his fights — 43 by knockout — when he retired in 1956 at the age of 32. The American wanted to spend more time with his family.He died 13 years later in a plane crash.Marciano, nicknamed the “Brockton Blockbuster,” remains the only heavyweight champion to retire undefeated.___SANDY KOUFAX (BASEBALL)Koufax was baseball’s most dominant pitcher when he played his final game in 1966. Though he was only 30, his left elbow was ravaged by arthritis.Koufax had a career-high 27 wins for the Dodgers that last season. He also led baseball in ERA, strikeouts and innings while tossing 27 complete games.A three-time Cy Young winner and two-time World Series MVP, he was an All-Star his last six seasons. Known for his sharp curve and pinpoint fastball, Koufax became baseball’s youngest Hall of Famer when he was elected at 36 in 1972.Koufax avoided the spotlight for years after leaving the game, but has been more active recently.In this Jan. 2, 1966, file photo, Cleveland fullback Jim Brown (32) turns the corner as a Green Bay Packer defender swings with him in Green Bay, Wisc. (AP Photo/File)JIM BROWN (FOOTBALL)Brown was the top runner in NFL history when he walked away. His last carry came in the 1965 championship game at age 29, capping an MVP season for the Cleveland Browns.Still considered by many the best and most rugged rusher ever, Brown abruptly retired in the summer of 1966 while on the set of “The Dirty Dozen.” He had a main part in the popular movie and when filming lagged on, the Browns objected to the idea of him missing the start of training camp.Brown ran for 12,312 yards and scored 106 touchdowns, and the led the league in rushing for eight of his nine pro seasons.The Hall of Famer went to an acting career and is still involved with the Browns as an adviser.___BARRY SANDERS (FOOTBALL)Sanders reeled off dazzling runs for a decade with the Detroit Lions before his surprising retirement at 31. He gained nearly 1,500 yards in 1998 and was nearing the NFL’s all-time record when he simply said he was done.“My desire to exit the game is greater than my desire to remain in it,” he said in a statement faxed to his hometown newspaper in Wichita, Kansas.Sanders was in the middle of a long-term contract and healthy when he left. A Pro Bowler in all 10 of his seasons, he was later elected to the Hall of Fame.___MARCO VAN BASTEN (SOCCER)Van Basten won three Ballon d’Or titles and two European Cups as well as the European Championship with the Netherlands in a glittering career that was cut short by injury at age 28.He also helped Ajax to three Dutch titles and Milan to four Italian league A trophies.Milan’s Champions League final defeat to Marseille in 1993 would be his final match due to persistent ankle problems that forced his retirement two years later.Van Basten went on to a career in management, coaching Ajax and the Netherlands among others.___LORENA OCHOA (GOLF)Ochoa was the top-ranked female player when she announced her retirement in 2010 at 28, putting aside golf so she could start a family. Coming two years after the retirement of Annika Sorenstam at 37, the LPGA was robbed of another of its biggest names.Ochoa was probably the best-known athlete in Mexico who was not a soccer player, winning 27 LPGA titles and two majors — the Women’s British Open in 2007 and the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2008.Ochoa gave birth to her first child 20 months after retiring.___JUSTINE HENIN (TENNIS)The seven-time Grand Slam winner was still No. 1 in the WTA rankings when she shocked tennis in 2008 with her retirement at 25.She said she had lost the desire to train and wanted to rediscover the “small pleasures” of life.Before Henin, no reigning No. 1 had retired from the women’s game.But the break did not last long. The 2004 Olympic champion returned 20 months later and reached the 2010 Australian Open final. She retired for good in January 2011 because of a lingering elbow injury.,LONDON (AP) — Nico Rosberg retired from Formula One at age 31 Friday, a startling announcement that came five days after winning his first drivers’ championship.Some other sports stars who retired at a young age:___BJORN BORG (TENNIS)Borg retired at the beginning of 1983 at 26. One of the greatest tennis players, the Swede won Wimbledon five times in a row and also captured six French Open titles.Borg failed to win the US Open in 10 tries, losing four finals — 1976 and 1978 to Jimmy Connors, and 1980 and 1981 to McEnroe.He played only one tournament in 1982, reaching the quarterfinals in Monte Carlo, before announcing he was quitting the game.In this April 27, 1956 file photo, World heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano gestures at a new conference in New York after announcing his retirement from boxing. M(AP Photo, File)ROCKY MARCIANO (BOXING)Marciano had been the world heavyweight champion for four years and won all 49 of his fights — 43 by knockout — when he retired in 1956 at the age of 32. The American wanted to spend more time with his family.He died 13 years later in a plane crash.Marciano, nicknamed the “Brockton Blockbuster,” remains the only heavyweight champion to retire undefeated.___SANDY KOUFAX (BASEBALL)Koufax was baseball’s most dominant pitcher when he played his final game in 1966. Though he was only 30, his left elbow was ravaged by arthritis.Koufax had a career-high 27 wins for the Dodgers that last season. He also led baseball in ERA, strikeouts and innings while tossing 27 complete games.A three-time Cy Young winner and two-time World Series MVP, he was an All-Star his last six seasons. Known for his sharp curve and pinpoint fastball, Koufax became baseball’s youngest Hall of Famer when he was elected at 36 in 1972.Koufax avoided the spotlight for years after leaving the game, but has been more active recently.In this Jan. 2, 1966, file photo, Cleveland fullback Jim Brown (32) turns the corner as a Green Bay Packer defender swings with him in Green Bay, Wisc. (AP Photo/File)JIM BROWN (FOOTBALL)Brown was the top runner in NFL history when he walked away. His last carry came in the 1965 championship game at age 29, capping an MVP season for the Cleveland Browns.Still considered by many the best and most rugged rusher ever, Brown abruptly retired in the summer of 1966 while on the set of “The Dirty Dozen.” He had a main part in the popular movie and when filming lagged on, the Browns objected to the idea of him missing the start of training camp.Brown ran for 12,312 yards and scored 106 touchdowns, and the led the league in rushing for eight of his nine pro seasons.The Hall of Famer went to an acting career and is still involved with the Browns as an adviser.___BARRY SANDERS (FOOTBALL)Sanders reeled off dazzling runs for a decade with the Detroit Lions before his surprising retirement at 31. He gained nearly 1,500 yards in 1998 and was nearing the NFL’s all-time record when he simply said he was done.“My desire to exit the game is greater than my desire to remain in it,” he said in a statement faxed to his hometown newspaper in Wichita, Kansas.Sanders was in the middle of a long-term contract and healthy when he left. A Pro Bowler in all 10 of his seasons, he was later elected to the Hall of Fame.___MARCO VAN BASTEN (SOCCER)Van Basten won three Ballon d’Or titles and two European Cups as well as the European Championship with the Netherlands in a glittering career that was cut short by injury at age 28.He also helped Ajax to three Dutch titles and Milan to four Italian league A trophies.Milan’s Champions League final defeat to Marseille in 1993 would be his final match due to persistent ankle problems that forced his retirement two years later.Van Basten went on to a career in management, coaching Ajax and the Netherlands among others.___LORENA OCHOA (GOLF)Ochoa was the top-ranked female player when she announced her retirement in 2010 at 28, putting aside golf so she could start a family. Coming two years after the retirement of Annika Sorenstam at 37, the LPGA was robbed of another of its biggest names.Ochoa was probably the best-known athlete in Mexico who was not a soccer player, winning 27 LPGA titles and two majors — the Women’s British Open in 2007 and the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2008.Ochoa gave birth to her first child 20 months after retiring.___JUSTINE HENIN (TENNIS)The seven-time Grand Slam winner was still No. 1 in the WTA rankings when she shocked tennis in 2008 with her retirement at 25.She said she had lost the desire to train and wanted to rediscover the “small pleasures” of life.Before Henin, no reigning No. 1 had retired from the women’s game.But the break did not last long. The 2004 Olympic champion returned 20 months later and reached the 2010 Australian Open final. She retired for good in January 2011 because of a lingering elbow injury. In this Nov. 7, 1991 file photo, Earvin “Magic” Johnson retires during a press conference in Inglewood, Calif. The Lakers point guard ended his career in 1991 after he found out he was HIV positive. (AP Photo/Craig Fuji, File)last_img read more

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Iker Casillas wants to see out Real Madrid contract despite their desire to sign David De Gea

first_img So the only option would be to sign De Gea and have him compete with Casillas. They are comments which may throw the club, who are looking at signing a new goalkeeper next season to replace Casillas, who has been in the first team for 16 years.  The former Atletico Madrid keeper has asked that Casillas doesn’t continue at the club, so his arrival may be delayed 12 months, until his deal expires at Old Trafford.  David de Gea is the preferred option and the Spaniard has still not renewed his contract with Manchester United.  16/04/2015 A. Alcázar “That is when my contract ends. I want to finish my career with Real Madrid.”  “I want to stay until 2017,” he said after Wednesday’s Champions League derby against Atletico Madrid. center_img CEST Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has no intention of leaving the club while there are still two years on his contract, despite rumours he could depart in the summer.  Madrid know that to cancel Casillas’ contract and to sign De Gea would cost towards €50million, which would leave them with De Gea and Keylor Navas, who has still not had the chance to prove whether he can be a good goalkeeper for Los Blancos.  Upd. at 15:15 Madrid’s captain doesn’t offer the same guarantees as he did before, with his stock falling in and out of the club as he gets older.  He’s also not Florentino Perez’s favourite — the Madrid president once tried to sign Buffon. But he doesn’t want to go anywhere.last_img read more

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Corofin looking forward to Ballintubber challenge

first_imgCorofin’s record in Connacht Club Finals: Pld 13 Won 8 Lost 51977 St Marys (Sligo) 4-6 Corofin 1-91991 Corofin 2-5 Clan na nGael (Roscommon) 0-91995 Corofin 2-11 St Marys (Leitrim) 0-101997 Corofin 2-10 Allen Gaels (Leitrim) 0-112000 Crossmolina (Mayo) 1-10 Corofin 0-52006 St Brigids (Roscommon) 1-10 Corofin 3-32008 Corofin 0-11 Eastern Harps (Sligo) 0-62009 Corofin 2-14 Charlestown (Mayo) 0-72011 St Brigids (Roscommon) 0-11 Corofin 0-102014 Corofin 2-13 Ballintubber (Mayo) 1-72015 Castlebar (Mayo) 2-10 Corofin 0-112016 Corofin 2-13 St Brigids (Roscommon) 0-52017 Corofin 2-13 Castlebar (Mayo) 1-12 AET Audio Playerhttps://galwaybayfmsports.podbean.com/mf/play/6zzgnj/Kevin_O_BRIEN_pre_Connacht_Final.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Corofin go in search of a first ever provincial 3 in a row this Sunday in MacHale Park (2pm) when they take on a Ballintubber outfit going in search of their first ever Connacht title. The sides last meeting came in 2014 when Corofin were far too strong at the same venue, winning by 9 points on their way to claiming the All Ireland club title the following March, while the only other Corofin-Ballintubber clash came in the 2011 semi final when the Galway champions squeezed home by 1-11 to 2-7 in a game also played in Castlebar. Ahead of Sunday’s game Corofin manager Kevin O’Brien has been telling Kevin O’Dwyer that his sides huge semi final win over Clan na nGael will have little bearing this Sunday…last_img read more

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Jose can’t change his squad now… he has to stop moaning and focus on winning

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO has had his say about Manchester United this summer — but it’s all been moaning. It’s hard to compare Jose now to the version that arrived at Chelsea all those years ago in 2004.That Jose was witty, smiling, arrogant in a good way. But this Mourinho, the one we are seeing at United, seems to be fighting, frowning and snarling at every single person.7 Jose Mourinho was left frustrated by being unable to sign the players he wanted this summerCredit: EPAI don’t know if he’s like that on the training ground — but I suspect the Paul Pogba situation will be a fascinating one to observe and see what pans out.I’ve read this week about Pogba wanting to leave before the European transfer deadline at the end of the month and in truth that wouldn’t surprise me.We saw the best of Pogba in the World Cup.  Didier Deschamps managed to get top performances out of him in the games he played in the summer and he played very, very well.He has to replicate that for United but it’s also Mourinho’s job to get the best out of him.7 Jose Mourinho complained about the lack of new signings at Old Trafford this summerCredit: EPA7 Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward have not landed their transfer targetsCredit: ESPNPogba did his bit on Friday in the 2-1 opening win over Leicester.He played well, scored the penalty — showing real confidence — but now he has to do that every single week.When you look at the United squad, it is very, very talented.David De Gea in goal, Eric Bailly at the back, Nemanja Matic, Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Fred and Juan Mata — then Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial up front.But they finished 19 points behind Manchester City last season, and didn’t win a trophy after picking up two the season before.It is imperative that they get back to winning silverware. United doesn’t seem a happy ship — and that’s coming from the manager.7 Paul Pogba converted his spot-kick as Man United beat Leicester 2-1Credit: EPAlatest paul pogba newsPOSTAL PILLSRevenue seize 40,000 tablets of ‘Xanax’ illegally sent to Dublin addressNEW SERVICESAn Post workers to check in on elderly and vulnerable during Covid-19 crisisCOVID HALTAn Post say price increase on stamps will be postponed over Covid-19MAIL ONAn Post won’t shut during coronavirus pandemic as welfare arrangements madePOST STOPAn Post suspends mail services between Ireland and China as coronavirus spreadsSIGNED, SEALED, DELIVEREDAn Post are set to have zero-emission deliveries in six citiesIn every interview Mourinho is complaining and frowning and looking to scowl at everybody.He can’t change the squad now. He has to work with the players he has got and that IS a talented group of players.The moaning must stop now and he has to get his head round winning football matches.There is a lot of opposition out there this year. Liverpool have spent a lot to try to get nearer to City, while the champions splashed out £60million on Riyad Mahrez.Jose has got to get that United squad to a position where they are starting to challenge City.7 Jose Mourinho has been critical of Luke Shaw in the past but the player reckons he can reach his peak under the PortugueseCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdLast season City had effectively won the title by January and that can’t be allowed to happen again this year if you are a United fan, player or manager.What you have to look at is that Mourinho lost the power battle with the players in the dressing room at both Real Madrid and Chelsea.We haven’t really seen Sanchez kick a ball for United since he arrived in January.He’s shown nowhere near the ability we know he has.7 Tensions are high between Paul Pogba and Manchester United manager Jose MourinhoCredit: Getty Images – GettyAnd then there has been this constant criticism of Pogba and Luke Shaw.Jose must know that if he keeps on picking fights with his players he will never win. Whether we like it or not, the players have all the power these days — they will win.That was proved at Chelsea. Those players, top players, didn’t want to perform for him.Then in came Antonio Conte, who won the title with basically the same bunch of players.If Jose is not careful, just continuing with the constant criticism, something similar will happen at Manchester United.The important thing on Friday night was that they won the game. They weren’t brilliant by any means but they took the three points, which is what they had to do.They have to improve and I’m sure they will. It’s too early in the season to really judge.But the most important thing was winning — because you can imagine the reaction if they hadn’t beaten Leicester after all the negatives surrounding them this summer.SPURS got off to a winning start without playing too well but I really think they will regret not buying anybody this summer.Yes, they did great business getting big stars players Harry Kane, Davinson Sanchez, Kieran Trippier and of course Mauricio Pochettino to sign new contracts at the end of last season.But you have to freshen it up with one or two players.7 Mauricio Pochettino was not able to make a single signing for Tottenham in the transfer windowCredit: PA:Press Associationlatest manchester city newsperiod dramaLiveline listeners furious with Tampax ad on RTE claiming it ‘violates women’Video’JOHN LEWIS, EAT YOUR HEART OUT’Irish cafe set to go viral with special Christmas advertCULTURE CLASHThese 26 pictures show stark difference ‘modesty’ laws make to advertising in the Middle EastSEX ‘DOESN’T SELL’Provocative ads ‘don’t boost sales’ and can even have a NEGATIVE effect on brands, research claimsA VERY AD HABITTobacco firms used to go to ridiculous lengths to flog fags – and as packaging goes plain here are some of the most absurdFORGETTING YOUR ROOTS?Shea Moisture hair care firm slammed for ‘whitewashing’ its adverts by its black customersI remember when we won the league at Blackburn in 1994-95 and Ray Harford made a big mistake by not adding to that squad and giving everybody another opportunity.The following season Manchester United won the title back.It’s the same with Spurs. If Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City feel they had to strengthen, why didn’t Tottenham?I fear for them that later in the year, when the games start coming thick and fast in all the competitions, it is a mistake that will start to show.Sign up for Dream Team 2018/19 nowDream Team is back and better than ever ahead of the new Premier League seasonCompletely free to play£400k jackpot up for grabs across the seasonREGISTER FOR DREAM TEAM 2018/19 HERE Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola fears his Premier League hopes could be hit by absent World Cup playerslast_img read more

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Records Management Webinar — June 23rd

first_imgPlease join us, Wednesday June 23, for a webinar discussing Records Management.Time: 10 – 11 AM Pacific / 1 – 2 PM EasternTo register for the webinar, please visithttp://formtek.com/seminars/RMseminar.shtml.Given increased government regulation and compliance requirements, electronic Records Management (RM) has become increasingly important to companies of all sizes.  If your business has RM requirements, but has been put off by the high cost of traditional RM systems implementation, join us on June 23 to hear and learn about a solution that presents a cost-effective state-of-the-art alternative. We will be presenting a system, built around Alfresco Software’s 5015.2 certified records management platform, and implemented by Formtek’s professional services team. This is an RM solution that doesn’t sacrifice features, functionality or performance when compared to the high-cost traditional vendors.Five key points you’ll learn in this webinar are…1) Importance of Records Management. You’ll find out why, in this current climate of increased government regulations and litigation, the need for accurate and secure record-keeping is imperative to your company’s success.2) Benefits of Records Management Software. You’ll learn how Records Management software can automate the record life cycle process for both paper and electronic records, saving you time, and ensuring the security of your data.3) Evaluate Wisely. You’ll find out what functions are essential to look for when you are comparing and evaluating document storage and Records Management solutions.4) Importance of Standards. You’ll learn why solutions that comply with Records Management standards like DoD 5015.2 can help ensure your success.5) Save Money. Records Management doesn’t need to be expensive.  We’ll tell you about a solution that costs just a fraction of what traditional Records Management vendors are selling, but is as full-featured or better.last_img read more

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