Jewels seek semis berth in Sandals football

first_imgOCHO RIOS:Jewels Runaway Bay will be seeking a semi-final spot in the Sandals St Ann/St Mary Business House football competition when they tackle Noranda Bauxite at 4 p.m. at Drax Hall today.In the feature match of the double-header at 6 p.m., defending champions Couples Tower Isle, who have already qualified for the semi-finals, clash with Moon Palace.The competition is at an interesting stage, with Jewels sitting in third place in Zone B on 10 points, behind both National Water Commission (NWC) and Gran BahÌa PrÌncipe, who are on 12 points. Both have completed their fixtures. Interestingly, both NWC and Gran BahÌa are level on not just points, but goal difference as well, having scored 16 goals and conceded nine.Couples Tower Isle (10) and sister property Couples Sans Souci (10) are the two early qualifiers from Zone A. They are followed by RIU Ocho Rios (eight), Beaches Ocho Rios (six), Moon Palace (two), and Sandals Ochi Beach Resort (two).The defending champions have looked the dominant team in the competition so far, racking up 12 goals, with just three against, while Couples Sans Souci have scored nine goals, with four against.In Zone B are Stush In The Bush Enterprize (10); B & H Holdings (9). Noranda Bauxite (six) and Bankers United (0) are the other competitors.According to Danny Beckford, president of the St Ann Business House Football Association, the competition has been an exciting one so far, with a high standard of play exhibited by several of the teams.”We are getting down to the business end of the competition, and the spectators have been treated to some great action, and we can’t wait for the semi-finals to begin,” Beckford said.last_img read more

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Cliff Hodge return a shot in the arm for Meralco

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases MOST READ Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It was an all-around effort from Hodge, doing a little bit of everything in just 19 minutes of play despite still not being 100 percent healthy yet.“I’m pretty tired, but I’m happy that we got the win so that’s all that matters,” he said after helping Meralco get back on the winning track with a 105-76 rout of Kia.“Yeah, I’m really out of shape. I haven’t played basketball in about three months and I’ve only practiced in like two days,” added Hodge, who went under the knife to remove bone spurs in his ankles. “I just need to get back in shape. Actually, my ankle still hurt so I’m just playing through that until it gets better.”Hodge was supposed to be out for at least two more weeks, but with Meralco struggling he knew he would be of great help to his team especially with Ranidel de Ocampo still out with a calf injury.“I know that we needed some wins so I said if I can go up and down [even if] I’m not 100 percent but I mean, I can go out there on defense. I just decided to come back and try and do whatever I can for my team.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meralco’s Cliff Hodge. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCliff Hodge reminded the Meralco Bolts what they had been missing in their first four games.Hodge made his season debut on Wednesday and he returned at the best possible time with the Bolts on a three-game skid coming into the game.ADVERTISEMENT Alex Cabagnot sidelined with foot injury, no surgery needed Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Nobody’s happier than me to see him (Hodge) back. I mentioned earlier about the lack of effort against TNT and we seemed to have a low energy level against TNT,” Meralco head coach Norman Black said.“We all know that’s [what] Cliff is [all] about. He’s about energy and effort and probably just his presence really helped us a great deal tonight because he does give a lot of effort out there, particularly on the defensive end.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe 29-year-old Hodge made immediate impact the moment he was fielded into the game at the 2:30 mark of the first quarter. He grabbed an offensive rebound just 36 seconds in that led to a basket by his teammate Bryan Faundo.Hodge finished with eight points on 4-of-4 shooting from the field with six rebounds, three assists and a steal. Four of his boards were offensive rebounds. View commentslast_img read more

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SCIENTISTS SEEKING TO EXHUME DONEGAL GIANT

first_imgThe site on Cruit Island where the ‘giant’ was found in 1954.A team of research scientists are seeking permission to exhume the skeleton of what they believe was one of Ireland’s tallest men who is buried in Co Donegal.The body of the man, who is measured at 7’8” tall, was discovered in in 1964 by council workers filling a road.The body was interred at Cill Bhride cemetery on Cruit Island in 1954 but his identity and background still remains a mystery. Now a team of research scientists say they would like permission to find out more about the Cruit Island Giant.The grave at Cruit Island which locals believed has the wrong headstone and contains the 7’8″ man.One of the team, Brendan Holland, says that judging by the man’s long hair, he could be anything up to 500 years old.The Co Tyrone-based researcher first heard of the mystery man in an article by historian Andrew Sharkey in the local Rosses Annual.He says to exhume the skeleton and to remove a tooth and some bone fragments would possibly uncover a significant amount of information about the mystery giant. “I am guessing merely by his hair length that he could be that old. We simply can’t tell.“But if we were to be give permission to exhume the skeleton and take some samples then we could get a lot more information.“We could put an age on him and tell what his diet was like and such things. At the time Gardai measured him and he was 7’8”. That would put him in the tallest 2 to 3 per cent in the world,” he said.The team, who are carrying out a general study of Pituitary Gigantism, are first looking for a copy of the original coroner Dr McGinley’s report into the death.Brendan, who also has Pituitary Gigantism, has spoken with many local people including Breige Sweeney who was just ten years old when she came across the body. The body was just eight inches below the surface and just 150 yards from the waterline which meant it could have been washed up.Brendan Holland (back) with researchers on a previous project.It is estimated the man was in his late teens or early twenties when he died.Bizarrely, locals believe a headstone put on top of where the mystery giant is buried was erected in the wrong place in the graveyard.“We could answer a lot of questions with some DNA samples. We might be too late to help the Cruit Island giant but we can give him an identity of sorts,” added Brendan. Local historian Aindrui O Searcaigh, who saw the giant skeleton in 1954, remembers the day well.“I remember the day in February 1954 when the skeleton was uncovered at Sean Baile, Cruit Island by John Johnny Mhoir, Dan Paddy Bonner, Eddie Bonner under the ganger, James Campbell O’Donnell. When I came home from school, Minnie was there on a social visit with the news.“I immediately grabbed my bike and cycled across the strand from the Chapel to Lower Cruit and there at the Aughinnis crossroads stood John Johnny Mhoir. I asked John about the amazing find and he invited me to the top of the ardān. He peeled a heavy hessian covering back, revealing this very long skeleton. I had never seen a skeleton before and I shuddered in amazement and fright at the brown bones. John then produced a measuring tape and laid it from head to toes.“He measured it, and my recollection is, that it measured 7’ 9” and remember John marvelling at this enormous height, and wondering if it was the remains of a Dane, or a Spaniard or just a sailor, washed ashore far beyond the bounds of living memory. The spot where the remains were found is still visible today. On the top is this ardān there is a depression in the ground. It is much easier to find in Winter time when the grass is withered.“A post-mortem was performed by Dr McGinley of Letterkenny. I recall reading an account of the inquest in which it was reported that the Pathologist, having measured the femur and the arm bones, concluded that the height as measured in the grave at 7’ 9” was correct. A giant indeed. The Pathologist also divulged that molar examination indicated the remains was that of a late adolescent.“The remains were returned from Letterkenny to Kincasslagh where they were laid to rest after requiem Mass by Reverend Father Deegan C.C in the old graveyard Reilig Niamh Bridhge in Cruit, close to the point of discovery. A medium sized rough granite boulder, oblong in shape without inscription, was placed to mark the grave, a fitting mark on this earth for this unidentified human being.“Sadly, in recent times, some altruistic persons removed the original granite marker and replaced it with a headstone, somewhat similar in form to the headstones marking the nearby war graves, and with an inscription suggesting that the remains buried there are those of a victim of one of the great wars. There was no evidence of such, nor speculation of such at time of internment.”SCIENTISTS SEEKING TO EXHUME DONEGAL GIANT was last modified: January 31st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Brendan HollandCruit Islandgiantresearchlast_img read more

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