OFF YEAR Most things ran according to the script last weekend at the 122nd Penn Relays. Big wins for Edwin Allen High, Kingston College (KC) and St Jago High were predicted by many. There was, however, one event staged inside the chilly Franklin Field venue that proved why we actually run the races. Jamaica College (JC) arrived there as one of the favourites for the Championship boys 4×100 metres, but flubbed the second baton change. Perhaps pressure had been applied by a high-speed second leg by Akeem Bloomfield for KC. The national junior 400-metre record holder helped his school to equal the meet record set by Calabar at 39.63 seconds in bright conditions last year. Hopes for a JC track victory seemed to end there. Calabar and KC held the high cards for the 4x400m, with the impressive TC Williams High School a clear and present danger. Bloomfield was withdrawn due to the threat of injury, and remarkably, a businesslike JC quartet ran the field off its feet in the final. Calabar, the winner at Boys and Girls’ Championships, got an urgent anchor leg out of wonder boy Christopher Taylor. Noah Lyles, runner-up to Taylor at the 2015 World Youth Championships, zoomed his team forward. It was all in vain as Maleik Smith, 200-metre sprinter Michael Campbell, Devaughn Baker and Phillip Lemonios produced a big surprise. Just third at Champs in 3:15.06, the Old Hope Road school blasted that season’s best down to 3:12.34. Though Baker gave them a decisive advantage on the third leg, his team had no baton carries as quick as those by Taylor and Lyles. Smart team running did the trick instead. With the Philly chill slowing sprinters all weekend, the improvement by JC from 3:15.06 at Champs to 3:12.34 at Penns is no mean feat. By contrast, Calabar clocked 3:09.77 seconds at Champs and 3:13.09 on the new track at Franklin Field. The rest of the high-school competition ran to the script, with the JC pair of Clayton Brown and O’Brien Wasome taking the high and triple jumps, respectively, and with Shanice Love of Excelsior High continuing a great season, with a national junior record in the discus. Wins in the college men’s discus and the high-school section by Pan-Am Fedrick Dacres of the University of the West Indies and Munro’s Kino Dunkley suggested good things for the future. With the University of Technology (UTech) having an off year, the G.C. Foster College men stepped confidently into the breach with a 4×100 win. Spare a thought for Rayan Holmes of Edwin Allen. Pulled from the start of the Champs 400-metre hurdles final through illness, Holmes redeemed himself with victory in the same event on the last day of the 122-year-old event. The boys’ 4x800m was as enthralling as Holmes’ success was heartwarming. St Jago, winners in the girls’ long jump, through Tissana Hickling, held off STETHS in 7: 33.71 seconds. It was the first win by the school in the 4x800m since 1990. For all of that, and the win by Jamaica’s men in the USA versus the World 4x100m, pride of place goes to JC. Their dominating 4x400m win was a shock. In a meet where most things went with the form book, here was one time where predictions crashed and burned. – HUBERT LAWRENCE has made notes at track side since 1980.
At Long Beach City, men’s coach Gary Anderson returns five sophomores from last year’s SCC championship team that went 19-9, although forward Eric Williams won’t join the team until LBCC’s football season is over. Anderson knows his team has experience and talent, but he’s learned over the years that chemistry will determine how far a team goes. “Chemistry has to be developed every year,” said Anderson. “That’s going to be the determining factor (in our success).” Defending SCC MVP Kejuan Johnson has moved on to Long Beach State, but SCC first-teamers Williams (Wilson) and Chris Fields (Poly) are back as are SCC honorable-mention players Chris Hart (Wilson) and Demetrious Hazel. They will be joined by freshmen Isaiah Bridges, a forward/center from Poly, and guard Jason Davis from Jordan. On the mat Cerritos opens its SCC wrestling schedule tonight at 7 at Golden West in the same gym where it placed 10th in the Golden West Tournament on Oct. 1-2. “It will be typical Golden West. They’ll be scrappy,” said second-year Cerritos coach Steve Glassey. “They don’t have a lot of depth. Where they’re good, I think we’re better.” While not fielding a complete squad at the tournament, the Falcons had five wrestlers place in the top four of their weight divisions, including third-place finishes by Jeff Davis at 165 pounds and Louie Audelo at 184. Cerritos received fourth-place finishes from Jimmy Valdivia (133), Nathan Sare (184) and Brandon Doran (heavyweight). The Falcons shared the SCC title a year ago with Santa Ana and then placed third in Southern California and fifth at the state finals, where Eugene Yasutomi claimed the state crown at 125 pounds. Oct. 19 will be Alumni Night when the Falcons host Palomar at 7 p.m. Glassey encourages all former Cerritos wrestlers to attend., 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Like several other area coaches, Mohr will wait until Monday to begin practice. “It’s a long season, we hope,” she said. At Cerritos, women’s coach Karen Welliver returns seven sophomores and two starters from last year’s team that went 18-13 and tied for the South Coast Conference championship. “We’re really balanced,” said Welliver, who will also start practice Monday. “We’ve got 12 kids working hard.” Point guard Keiyana Carter and forward Ebony Echols return to the starting lineup for the Falcons. Two additions to the team are All-CIF first-teamers Maltresa Neely, a forward from Downey High, and guard Anna Conrad from Glenn. Coach Margaret Mohr returns just two players from a year ago, but one happens to be defending Orange Empire Conference co-MVP and all-state first-teamer Ana Fakatou, a forward from Wilson High. She is joined by forward Paula Reed. “We’re young,” said Mohr, whose team finished with a 28-5 record a year ago. “We have 14 new bodies.” The unmistakable echo of a leather ball pounding against polished hardwood will be coming to a junior college gymnasium near you in just a few short days. Basketball practice for JCs as well as NCAA schools can officially begin Saturday, kicking off months of travel and practice and sweat that every team hopes will culminate the way it did for Cypress College’s women’s team a year ago with a state title.
Mumbai: The Indian rupee appreciated by 17 paise to 71.67 against the US dollar in early trade on Friday as gains in domestic equity market and resumption of US-China trade talks in October strengthened investor sentiments.At the interbank foreign exchange the rupee opened at 71.87, then gained further ground and touched a high of 71.67, registering a rise of 17 paise over its previous close.On Thursday, rupee had settled for the day with gains of 28 paise at 71.84 against the US dollar. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe domestic unit however could not hold on to the gains and was trading at 71.73 against the dollar at 0949 hrs.Forex traders said investors were optimistic about the US-China trade talks in October.China and the US have agreed to hold the next round of trade negotiations in Washington in early October to end the bruising trade war.Besides, higher opening in domestic equities supported the local unit.Domestic bourses opened on a positive note on Friday with benchmark indices Sensex trading 153.43 points higher at 36,797.85 and Nifty up 44.20 points at 10,892.10. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostMoreover, weakening of the American currency vis-a-vis other currencies overseas also dragged the rupee down. The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, fell marginally by 0.01 per cent to 98.40.Market participants, however, said sustained foreign fund outflows and rising crude prices weighed on local currency.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net sellers in the capital market, pulling out Rs 561.17 crore on Thursday, according to provisional exchange data.Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, rose 0.25 per cent to trade at USD 61.10 per barrel.The 10-year government bond yield was at 6.59 per cent in morning trade.
While expanding your e-media operation should be a no-brainer, for many traditional publishers the process is more complicated than it might seem.That’s why Amy Webb, a former Newsweek and Wall Street Journal reporter, launched KnowledgeWebb.net, a Web site that aims to educate novices and help technophobes embrace the digital evolution and create their own online services. Knowledgewebb targets individuals and businesses—including newspaper and magazine publishers—with varying degrees of intention; from launching and online business to tuning up and existing system. Users can participate in self-directed courses and ongoing Webinars on topics including blogging, content management systems, databases, Flash and mobile. “Even if a magazine has an established business, chances are good that they’re looking to change their content management system, or add a mobile application, or launch a new sub-site in the next few months,” Webb said. “We offer tools to help even C-level folks learn about the Web, mobile and digital content so that they can make smarter decisions.”Knowledgewebb also features Smart Rooms, discussion forums Webb said encourage collective learning. “Our lessons differ from others offering self-directed learning because they are skill-specific, don’t require Flash or lots of bandwidth, and always include a hands-on activity,” Webb said.‘Don’t Sweat the Tech’With the tagline “Don’t sweat the tech,” Webb soft-launched Knowledgewebb in April after a number of weeks developing the site, with assistance from San Diego-based development firm Achieve Internet, using Drupal. So far, the site has more than 1,200 members. A year-long membership to Knowledgewebb costs $129.Webb said she was inspired to launch Knowledgewebb, initially, to help the mounting number of journalists laid off as a result of so many newspapers and magazines that have gone out of business. After producing a number of free Webinars and speaking at industry conferences, Webb realized the need to expand one’s digital skills transcend to established publishers, too.“So, I started building a site that would enable hands-on learning, live chats with experts in their fields, discussion forums where people could post examples of their work or ideas for Web sites and get instant feedback,” said Webb. “It wouldn’t matter what the newsroom budget was or if you couldn’t afford an air ticket and conference registration fee.”Knowledgewebb also attempts to help members stay abreast of various changes happening in mobile and online. “To that end, we interview the creators of applications, sites, gear, etc. and feature a short Q+A with them a few times a month. We then give our members direct contact information, should they want to learn more,” Webb said.