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KIM COLLINS RUNS HIS FINAL GOLDEN SPIKE 100m

KIM COLLINS RUNS HIS FINAL GOLDEN SPIKE 100m

 

 

St. Kitts-Nevis –  June 14, 2018

Sprint Legend Kim Collins ran his final Ostrava Golden Spike Meet. The hugely popular sprint star blazed to a first place finish in a farewell race which featured sprinters over the age of 30.

Collins  announced in April of this year, that this season would be his final  .  The farewell tour will end what can be easily described as one of the longest and most remarakble careers of any Sprinter in history. The 42 Year Old Collins has appeared in 5 Olympics and 11 World Championships and stood on the winners podium on 6 Occasions including his World Championship Gold in Paris in 2003. He is the current World Masters 100m Record Holder as the only man in history over the age of 35 to run 9.93 secs.

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PNW sailors rescued after capsize in Caribbean 600 race

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Just after 8 p.m. on February 19th, the Paul Bieker-designed catamaran Fujin, which hails from Seattle and had an experienced local crew aboard, capsized near the island of Saba during the RORC Caribbean 600 race. All eight crewmembers have been rescued and are safe.

Here’s an interview with Fujin owner Greg Slyngstad courtesy of Louay Habib:

This is a developing story and Three Sheets will provide updates on the incident when they become available.

Here’s a quick summary from the RORC Caribbean 600:

Greg Slyngstad’s American Bieker 53 multihull Fujin has capsized during the RORC Caribbean 600. All eight crew are safe.

Stephen Cucchiaro’s Gunboat 60 Flow stood by until Dutch/ French authorities organized a rescue vessel. Preparations are now underway to transfer all crew to the safety of Port Saba.

RORC Race Manager Chris Stone issued a statement on behalf of the race organisers, The Royal Ocean Racing Club:

“On Monday 19th February at 20:20 AST, Fujin capsized close to Saba Island and the eight-man crew were observed standing on the up-turned hull. All of the crew are now safe. Stephen Cucchiaro’s Gunboat 60 Flow stood by while rescue agencies co-ordinated the rescue efforts.
Jens Kellinhusen’s German Ker 56 Varuna altered course to assist, but has now continued racing. The Coastguard at Fort De France Martinique has been co-ordinating the rescue.”

The highly experienced crew on Fujin from Seattle, Washington, USA include the skipper Greg Slyngstad, the boat’s designer, Paul Bieker and Olympic Gold medallist Jonathan McKee.

Fujin’s Crew: Greg Slyngstad, Bradley Baker, Peter F Johnston, Paul Bieker, Gina Borza, Fritz Lanzinger, Michael Leslie, Jonathan McKee.

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Caribbean American publication names hurricanes ‘Person of the Year’

NEW YORK,  CMC – A prominent Caribbean American publication here has named Hurricanes Irma and Maria, described as “the two mega, Category 5 hurricanes of 2017,” as its “Person of the Year.”

The Brooklyn-based EVERYBODY’S Magazine, owned and published by Grenadian Herman Hall, said it is the first time the 40-year old publication “selected a phenomenon as its Person of the Year.”

Maria-Irma“It can be said that the numerous and ferocious hurricanes of 2017, Usain Bolt failing to win his final track and field races, and Trinidad and Tobago knocking out the US from entering FIFA World Cup in 2018 were the major 2017 headlines in the Caribbean and within Caribbean communities overseas,” Hall said.

“Maria and Irma may well have affirmed Atilla the Hun’s classic calypso recorded in New York City in 1935, ‘Woman Is Not The Weaker Sex’ and Denise Plumber’s 1988 calypso ‘Woman is Boss’.,” he added. “Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma showed their male counterparts, Hurricanes Harvey, Lee, Jose and Bret, who is really the boss and the stronger sex.

“The handwriting is on the wall, in that Caribbean governments can no longer expect the US to eagerly and generously help them in time of natural disasters,” Hall continued.

In September, Hurricanes Irma and Maria ripped through the northern Caribbean, leaving a trail of destruction and ravaging 12 of 32 countries, according to reports.

Most of the islands affected included Barbuda, Dominica, Puerto Rico, St Kitts and Nevis, the Turks and Caicos, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and Cuba.

Hall said previous EVERYBODY’S Magazine “Person of the Year” included St. Lucian Nobel Laureate Sir Arthur Lewis; the late Caribbean American Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, of Barbadian and Guyanese parentage; former Prime Ministers Patrick Manning, of Trinidad and Tobago, Dame Eugenia Charles, of Dominica, Tom Adams, of Barbados, and Baldwin Spencer, of Antigua and Barbuda.

Others were: The Mighty Sparrow, Jamaican-born Olympian and WNBA player Tina Charles; Grenadian Olympian Kirani James; and former West Indies cricket captain Guyanese Clive Lloyd.

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Regional briefs –

Jamaica records more than 20 per cent increase in murders

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Dec 26, CMC – Jamaica has recorded a 21 per cent increase in murders with one more week to go before the end of 2017, according to figures released by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

The JCF’s Periodic Serious and Violent Crimes Review show that 1, 581 people were murdered, an increase of 257 for the corresponding figure last year.

crimeeeeeThe figures show that St. James, the suburban parish, located on the north-west end of the island, recorded the highest number of killings with 325 followed by St Andrew, south east of here with 88, with the southern parish of Clarendon 166, Westmoreland, the westernmost parish recording  147, St Catherine North 138 and Kingston Western 125.

The police also recorded 1443 reported cases of shootings, compared with 1100 over the corresponding period last year.

According to the police figures, nearly 100 people have been murdered so far this month with illegal funs featuring in 82 per cent of all the murders recorded for the year.

The police said that 53 children were killed during the year so far as well as eight police officers.

The authorities said they have seized 846 illegal guns so far this year and 21,000 rounds of ammunition as compared to 632 illegal guns and 8,000 rounds of ammunition last year.

The number of people shot and killed by police increased from 93 last year to 156 people so far in 2017.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Dec. 24, CMC – President David Granger, has pardoned five women who have completed part of their prison sentence for non-violent offenses.

According to the Ministry of Public Security, Granger has signed off and granted the Presidential pardon to Shabana Asgar, 34, Shellon David,24, Ronella Junor, 27 Maxine Baird Sampson,27 Reina Vargas, 54.

The Ministry says the prisoners “have each served a portion of their respective sentences for offences ranging from larceny, fraud and giving false oath.”

The pardons will take effect on Monday – Christmas day.

Since taking office in 2015, the President has been offering pardons to non-violent women and youths who find themselves behind bars.

Once freed, they will participate in programmes geared towards reintegrating them into society.

Gunmen kill three in early morning raid

by STAFF WRITER

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Dec 23, CMC – Police are searching for gunmen who killed three people but spared the lives of two children during an early home invasion on Saturday.

The police said that the incident occurred at Cunupia, a town in central Trinidad. The authorities said a woman was among those killed. They have identified the victims as Vinta James, Wellington Thomas and Tristan Guy.

Resident said that gunshots were heard at around 6.00 am (local time) and later saw a group of men fleeing the area.

Two of those killed were found on a bed while the third was found in a corridor to the home.

Two children, who were said to be in the house at the time were not harmed.

So far this year, more than 473 people have been murdered in Trinidad and Tobago. Last year, the death toll stood at 463.

Two killed in plane crash

by STAFF WRITER

 

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands, Dec. 24, CMC – An investigation has been launched into a plane crash that killed two people here  on Saturday.

The police report that the small plane crashed shorting after take off.

The plane was enroute to The Bahamas.

According to the CEO of the Airport Authority here, John Smith, the aircraft was enguled in flames and thick smoke when it crashed on a road close to the airport.

The police have not released the idenities of those killed.

Two killed as vehicle ploughs into crowd

by STAFF WRITER

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Dec 26, CMC – At least two people were killed and 18 others injured after a vehicle ploughed into a group of young people celebrating Christmas in the K-Soleil neighbourhood of , Gonaïves in northern Haiti, the authorities have said.

The driver of the vehicle is reported to have fled the scene of the accident that left 23-year-old Robenson Ulcera and 27 year-old Jean-Fito Marc dead.

The authorities said that 18 people including some as young as 13-years-old were also injured and taken to the hospital of La Providence.

They said that the causes of the accident remain unknown, but the Justice of the Peace, Blondel Petit-Frère, who was accompanied by members of the National Police of Haiti (PNH) , said he believes that the driver may have been under the influence of alcohol or that the brakes of the vehicle had malfunctioned.

Police seize nearly 150 pounds of cocaine

by STAFF WRITER

 

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Dec 26, CMC – A taxi driver is due to appear in court later this week after police said they found more than 145 pounds of cocaine in a cooking gas cylinder on Sunday.

The authorities said that they found the drugs after carrying out a search of the man’s vehicle at his home in the Boodhoo’s Housing Scheme, West Coast Demerara.

On cutting up the gas cylinder, the police said that they found the drugs and arrested the unidentified taxi driver.

The value of the drugs were not disclosed.

 

 

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England take series lead with emphatic victory

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See this and remember the ‘glory days’!

5 ODIs, 3 Tests, 1 T20 . Aug 01-Sep 29
 
ENG VS WI, 1ST TEST

England take series lead with emphatic victory

England take series lead with emphatic victory

Windies lose 19 wickets in a day to succumb to an innings and 209-run defeat
WI 168, 137  •  ENG 514-8
England won by an innings and 209 runs

 

 

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Usain Bolt pulls up hurt in final race as Britain win men’s 4x100m gold

Usain Bolt pulls up hurt in final race at World Championships

Given this was once a country of incorrigible baton-droppers, the British men’s relay team restored national pride in the most emphatic and improbable style last night with a gold medal to gatecrash Usain Bolt’s showpiece send-off. The juxtaposition of Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake jumping for joy as a tormented Bolt cursed a strained hamstring is one that will remain seared upon the minds of all who saw it.

Seldom has an evening of sport culminated in such an emotional maelstrom. Bolt must have played the script over in his head a dozen times: one more Saturday night gold, for old times’ sake, for the ultimate showman. Except the quartet of Mitchell-Blake, Chijindu Ujah, Adam Gemili and Daniel Talbot would have none of it. Running down the Americans in the closing strides, they produced Britain’s first 4 x 100 metres gold at world championships and the first ever by a host nation.

Bolt, prone and distraught on the track, was left to endure an exit as undignified as it was controversial. The finest champions are not defined by their last moments in the field of battle, but as heartbreakers go this was Donald Bradman’s duck at the Oval to the power of 100. It looked at first like the infernally-timed breakdown of his ageing legs, but each of Bolt’s team-mates argued that he had suffered a cramp brought on by unnecessary delays.

The man of the moment had been waiting interminably while the last medal ceremonies were conducted, which Yohan Blake claimed had contributed to cramp. “They were holding us too long in the call room,” Blake said. “Usain was really cold. In fact he said to me, ‘Yohan, this is crazy – 40 minutes and two medal presentations before our run. We kept warming up and waiting, and I think it got the better of us. We were over-warm.” Bolt, for his part, headed to the treatment room and left the scene without a word.

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 Chijindu Ujah, Adam Gemili, Daniel Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake of Great Britain celebrate winning gold in the Men’s 4×100 Relay final during day nine of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 12, 2017 in London, United Kingdom

For four young British sprinters, however, this was a triumph of which they could scarcely have dreamt. The astonishment was writ large on their faces. Gemili was supposed to be the forgotten man of London 2017, not even selected for an individual event, and here he was a world champion. Mitchell-Blake had been in pieces barely 48 hours earlier, when he was squeezed out of a medal in the 200m by fractions, and now he was toasting an anchor leg to glory. Who was writing this material? Assuredly nobody Jamaican.

 

Amid febrile scenes at the Olympic Park, the British collective produced stunning individual efforts and seamless changeovers to thwart the US favourites in a time of 37.47 seconds, the fastest in the world this year and the quickest by a European since 1999. Mitchell-Blake had everything to do in bringing it home and yet he tore past Christian Coleman, the silver medallist, like a man possessed.

 Asha Philip, Desiree Henry, Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita of Britain celebrates winning the silver medal
Asha Philip, Desiree Henry, Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita of Britain celebrates winning the silver medal in the women’s 4x100m

“The feeling of euphoria was from infinity,” Mitchell-Blake said. “I wasn’t sure if I had won or not. I gave it my all, but I could see Christian out of the corner of my eye. I can’t register it. We smashed the British record to pieces.”

Gemili’s smile, one sensed, would stay fixed in place for days. He has experienced his share of turmoil in these settings, not least when he missed out on 200m bronze in Rio last summer by one hundredth of a second, but this was the richest recompense. “It is so special to come back,” he said, shaking his head in wonder. “Crazy.”

Talbot explained that that the grim comedy of errors that characterised their display in this stadium at the London Olympics in 2012 had been a motivating factor. On that occasion, Britain did not even reach the final, after bungling the first changeover in the heat between Christian Malcolm and Dwai Chambers. Their determination to atone here was palpable.

 

For Bolt, the pain was too much for him to articulate initially. A loss to Justin Gatlin over 100m he could take, just about, but to suffer this ignominy in front of a crowd willing him to one more wondrous flourish was the cruellest twist. Julian Forte, his Jamaican team-mate, at least had the decency to try to balm the wounds, reflecting: “Usain kept apologising to us but we told him there was no need.”

Jamaica's Usain Bolt falls to the track after sustaining an injury during the men's 4x100m Relay final at the London 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, Britain, 12 August 2017
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt falls to the track after sustaining an injury during the men’s 4x100m Relay final at the London 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, Britain, 12 August 2017 Credit: EPA

On an unforgettable evening for relays, that symbol of athletic kinship, the British women’s line-up of Asha Philip, Desiree Henry, Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita also weighed in with an unlikely silver, holding off Jamaica by a mere seven hundredths. Delirium coursed through them as they set off on their lap of honour. While bronze at the Olympics had been a watershed success, but was an accomplishment of a different magnitude from a team with an average age of 22.

Asher-Smith, who has recovered from a fracture to her right foot, said: “To upgrade from Olympic bronze to world silver with these girls has been absolutely incredible, and to do it at home means so much. We are so proud to win the medal in London.”

 

Hers was a sentiment that would echo long through the Stratford night, even if the pleasure of the unexpected was tempered by the manner of Bolt’s goodbye. It was hard not to suppress the thought, as he headed off to his life of unlimited Jamaican leisure, that he deserved better.

 

The moment none of us wanted to see

The studio team covering the championships suspect Bolt was undone by a hamstring injury in the closing stages of the 4x100m relay. He won’t leave these championships with many happy new memories, but undoubtedly retires as one of, if not, the greatest athlete of all time.

The look on his face…

Not how we pictured it

We were expecting gold for both Farah and Bolt, not a silver and a DNF – these unpredictable championships took another dramatic twist tonight. Thank god it’s only one day left, not sure my nerves could take more!

Huge moment for Great Britain

These championships have delivered incredible drama at every turn. 

Mitchell-Blake made holding off Christian Coleman so easy. Second gold medal for Britain in the fastest time of the year – 37.4 seconds.

Horrible to see a DNF against Jamaica, mind.

Nathaneel Mitchell-Blake crosses the line
 

Nobody wanted to see Bolt limp off the track

Great Britain win in the third fastest time in history, a sensational performance, but Bolt’s injury has cash a shadow.

Bolt dejected after the 4x100m
 

Gold for Great Britain, but Bolt pulls up injured!

A new British record, but in truth, the event has been marred as Usain Bolt pulls up injured on the anchor leg.

Nathaneel Mitchell-Blake ran an incredible final leg, but the greatest ever athlete pulled up injured in his final track appearance.

Bittersweet to say the least.

They’re on the blocks now

Jamaica have wheeled out their A-squad featuring Omar McLeod, Yohan Blake, and of course Usain Bolt.

It’ll take something special for anyone to beat Bolt and co. but the combination of Gatlin and Coleman might just be able to provide exactly that.

Style points for Jamaica

A few questionable routines before Bolt and co. enter and treat the crowd to a choreographed shuffle before stepping onto the track.

The United States greeted by boos – It would have taken some special choreography for Gatlin to be greeted by anything other than boos.

Jamaica enter the stadium
 

Predictions from Michael Johnson

The 200m and 400m great predicts that the United States will win it outright.

Behind them, he says he expects Britain to go into the home straight in second place, but it’s simply a question of whether or not Nathaneel Mitchell-Blake can hold off Usain Bolt on the anchor leg.

Can Britain challenge?

Britain named an unnamed relay team for tonight’s final. They were second fastest, behind only the United States in qualifying for tonight’s final. 

Can they follow the women’s example and add to Britain’s medal tally?

Moments away

The 5,000m final medal ceremony has just finished, meaning that the last event of the evening will be underway shortly.

Fastest man in history – In numbers

Can Usain Bolt add one more gold medal to his already glittering career? He’ll be adding to an incredible list of accolades if the Jamaican quartet can win tonight.

The man to replace Bolt?

Christian Coleman looks like the most likely candidate to pick up the mantle over the next few years, but any of these sprinters could find themselves in the mix to establish sprint supremacy.

Ten minutes until Bolt bows out

As if anyone needed reminding, here’s a quick look at the life and career of the fastest man in history.

Silver for GB

Brilliant stuff from Asher-Smith et al to secure Britain’s third medal of these championships. 

Meanwhile

You can follow the 4x100m women’s relay right here, where Britain are in with a medal chance. 

After that, it’s Bolt time…

Bolt arriving

#Boltdown is undoubtedly one of the worst hashtags going but that countdown clock is helpful. He’s in the stadium.

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Looking back on 2012

Of course the last time Jamaica ran a Men’s 4x100m final in this London stadium, this happened.

Under an hour to go…

Hello!

21:50 UK time is when you need to be in front of a screen somewhere, as Bolt alongside teammates Omar McLeod, Julian Forte and Yohan Blake, with Bolt naturally running the final leg.

Bolt
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Countdown to Bolt’s final farewell

What is it?

It’s the 4x100m relay at the London 2017 World Championships. It will also be Usain Bolt‘s last race.

When is it?

It’s on Saturday August 12 – ie today!

What time will it start?

The men’s 4x100m final is due to begin at 9.50pm.

What TV channel is it on?

It will be on BBC One. Coverage of the evening session begins at 18.30, ending at 22.10 to take in the men’s relay. 

‘No regrets’ for Usain Bolt after 100m final

 

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What is the latest news?

Usain Bolt started the final countdown to his retirement by guiding Jamaica through to the 4x100m relay final this morning.

The eight-time Olympic champion anchored the squad to victory in the second heat.

Jamaica finished in 37.95 seconds – slower than Great Britain and the USA from the first heat – but will be expected to challenge for the podium in tonight’s final – Bolt’s last race of his career.

Great Britain – with Danny Talbot, Adam Gemili, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and CJ Ujah – qualified second behind the USA in 37.76secs in the first heat with Talbot hunting a medal.

“Definitely, that’s what we focus on, that’s what we want to do. It’s a great time to do it in front of a home crowd so hopefully we can do it this evening,” he told the crowd during a trackside interview.

The women’s squad of Dina Asher-Smith, Asha Philip, Desiree Henry and Daryll Neita qualified in a season’s best of 41.93 seconds by finishing second, also behind the USA.

Philip said: “We definitely embraced the opportunity. None of us competed here in 2012 so to have this crowd is breathtaking. They really carry you around over every changeover.”

What are they saying?

Usain Bolt

“For me it’s hard to be sad because of the energy I am getting from the crowd, I just feel happy and blessed.

“It’s been brilliant, the energy in the stadium is outstanding. I knew it was going to be like this, I appreciate you guys coming out and supporting not just me but the whole World Championships.”

What’s our prediction?

Jamaica won gold in Rio last summer and it’s difficult not to back Bolt to bow out on a high in London this time around.

 

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Former FIFA vice president banned for life from football

 

Published on September 12, 2016

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) — FIFA has banned its former vice president, Cayman Islander Jeffrey Webb, from football for life and will be issuing a fine in excess of US$1 million to the former president of both CIFA and CONCACAF.In a statement on Friday from the scandal-rocked global football body, the adjudicatory chamber of its ethics committee announced the immediate life-long ban of Webb from all official football activities and said he was guilty of numerous violations of FIFA’s rules and code of ethics.

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Jeffrey Webb, banned from football for life

ed a catalogue of criminal offences relating to fraud during his time as a football boss and is still under house arrest in the US awaiting sentencing in November.

The FIFA Ethics Committee began its own investigation into Webb’s offences last May following his high-profile arrest in Zürich with a number of other officials. Headed by Dr Cornel Borbély, the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee found that Webb had breached article 13, relating to the general rules of conduct and code of ethics at FIFA, article 15, which, deals with loyalty; article 18, covering the duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting; article 19, dealing with conflicts of interest; and article 21, relating to bribery and corruption.

“In consequence, Mr Webb has been banned for life from all football related activities, administrative, sports or any other on a national and international

and fined CHF 1,000,000,” FIFA stated.

The latest blow to the discredited former local football hero is one of a number of problems that 51-year-old Webb still faces. Aside from waiting to hear his fate in the United States after pleading guilty to corruption and conspiracy charges there, he is also wanted in Cayman in connection to his involvement in a local hospital corruption case, for which his business partner, Canover Watson, is currently serving a seven-year sentence.

It is understood that, once Webb has been sentenced in the US, local authorities will begin seeking his extradition to the Cayman Islands.

Meanwhile, significant questions remain unanswered locally about how Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) funds were impacted by Webb’s activities as well as deals and financial transactions with the local association’s cash involving him and Watson, the former CIFA treasurer, and other CIFA officials that were described by auditors as “financial irregularities”.

Both FIFA and the Cayman Islands police Anti-Corruption Unit were said to be investigating CIFA but no questions raised during Watson’s trial or by local auditors have been addressed.

Republished with permission of Cayman News Service

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Marisa Dick from Trinidad and Tobago scores 12.533 on her floor routine and 13.66 on the balance beam.

Caribbean women’s ‪‎gymnastics

Toni-Ann Williams from Jamaica scored 50.966

Toni-Ann Williams from Jamaica scored 50.966

Toni-Ann Williams Team Jamaica entire floor exercise performance.
Bringing Caribbean flavour to ‪#‎Gymnastics‬ Qualification.

Uneven Bars performance by Toni-Ann Williams Team Jamaica
‪#‎Gymnastics‬ Qualification.

Toni-Ann Williams Team Jamaica does well on the balance beam.
Women’s ‪#‎Gymnastics‬ Qualifications Subdivision

Marisa Dick from Trinidad and Tobago scores 12.533 on her floor routine and 13.66 on the balance beam.

Marisa Dick from Trinidad and Tobago scores 12.533 on her floor routine and 13.66 on the balance beam.

Marisa Dick Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee vault at #‎Gymnastics‬Qualifications Subdivision.

 

Marisa Dick floor routine. The first Trinidad and Tobago to represent for the sport of Gymnastics.

 

 

 

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Muhammad Ali, boxing legend, cultural icon dies at 74

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Muhammad Ali, the three-time heavyweight champion boxer whose electrifying prowess in the ring and controversial outspokenness outside of it made him one of the world’s most recognizable personalities of the 20th Century, died Friday after a battle with a respiratory illness. He was 74.

Ali, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s syndrome in 1984, died at a Phoenix hospital.

Ali family spokesperson Bob Gunnell said in a statement that Ali’s funeral will take place in his hometown of Louisville, Ky.

“The Ali family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, and support and asks for privacy at this time.”

Reaction to Ali’s death immediately poured in on Twitter early Saturday from former boxing champions to celebrities and politicians.

See more at ESPN: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/15939933/muhammad-ali-dies-74

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Flow’s Man U Fan Experience at Bubba’s Sports Bar.

Flow Celebrates Manchester United Victory with the Caribbean

Fans praise Company’s watch parties around the region

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (26 May 2016) – Manchester United (MUTD) fans were united in celebration on May 21 as they gathered at watch parties hosted by the region’s leading quad-play provider, Flow, and witnessed the Red Devils hoist the FA Cup at Wembley Stadium after a thrilling 2-1 comeback victory over Crystal Palace. The story could not have been written better as the club’s historic twelfth FA title was showcased at Flow’s first-ever regional watch-party event – just months after the two organizations entered into a multi-year partnership.

Flow’s Man U Fan Experience at Bubba’s Sports Bar.From Turks and Caicos to Trinidad and islands in between, Flow customers were able to attend the viewing parties after successfully winning the Company’s “txt for a ticket” campaign. In each instance, numerous die-hard MUTD fans turned up decked out in their Manchester United colours, and not only had an opportunity to watch the pivotal match, but were also treated to plenty of cool giveaways, which included official MUTD gear and merchandise. Some fans were even lucky enough to win brand-new smartphones after winning the “Text the Score” competition that took place during the match. By all accounts, in each location, the energy and excitement was palpable, with many attendees expressing their desire to attend similar events in the future. FLOW UTDIndeed, the responses in general were glowing with positivity; in Antigua, for example, local sports talk show host Joseph “JoJo” Apparicio commended Flow for its “great initiative” to bring sports fans together and provide them with an electric environment to watch the ultimate game of the season. Others expressed similar sentiments, including one Barbadian, Rasheed Holder, who praised Flow’s efforts for successfully organizing the event.FLOW UTD1

“Flow provided the perfect setting for what turned out to be the perfect match,” said Holder.

“The atmosphere was tremendous and the added elements that Flow provided made it all the more special. A big thank you to Flow for an awesome match day.”

Fans United in celebration of Manchester United’s big winJustin Luke – another attendee at the Barbados watch party – said he regularly uses the Flow Football App to tune into weekend games, but said, “having the opportunity to attend such an awesome watch party was great. The place was packed and I was happy to meet the Flow team who made sure we all enjoyed every minute of the match. Manchester United getting a late goal made it all the more special.”Fans United in celebration of Manchester United’s big win 1

Offering his congratulations to MUTD, on behalf of Flow, Managing Director of Flow Barbados, Niall Sheehy, had this to say:

“Huge congratulations to the folks at Manchester United for capturing yet another FA Cup title. This triumph was celebrated across the Caribbean and Flow is especially pleased to be bringing regional football fans that much closer to all the action.”

The watch-party initiative was a follow up to the exclusive, multi-year deal that Flow signed with MUTD earlier this year. This partnership offers Caribbean football fans real time updates and news via Red Alerts (the football club’s official SMS), as well as unique experiences like the chance to win tickets to MUTD games, signed merchandise and even interactions with MUTD legends such as club ambassadors Bryan Robson, Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke.

In addition to its deal with MUTD, Flow has formed other strategic partnerships to bring amazing sporting content to the region, including the Barclays Premier League and the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympic Games. By giving customers access to MUTD content and more “on the go” via mobile, tablets and desktop devices, as well as through the Flow ToGo app, Flow is the “Home of Sports in the Caribbean.”

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Editor’s Note: Photos attached from around the region.

Fans United in celebration of Manchester United’s big win as they lifted the FA Cup in the finals last Saturday. Flow hosted Viewing Parties around the region in more than 10 markets including Barbados, Trinidad, St. Vincent & the Grenadines among others.  The excitement was palpable.

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