Usain Bolt Foundation assists with Haiti relief

The Usain Bolt Foundation (UBF) has announced that it has partnered with Food For The Poor (FFP) Jamaica to provide relief for communities in Haiti affected by Hurricane Matthew.

The amount of the relief is not being disclosed.

However, instead of donating cash, the UBF supported Jamaican businesses by buying non-perishables and water from Lasco Distributors and FFP will be responsible for the distribution.

The non-perishables included corned beef, canned mackerel, chicken sausage, water crackers, baked beans and food drink.

“We were saddened to hear of the devastation in Haiti caused by Hurricane Matthew,” said Bolt, patron of the foundation.

“I was particularly moved when I saw the pictures of the children who were affected and who had become homeless. We had to do our part to relieve some of the suffering of our Caribbean children.”

FFP Jamaica Chairman Andrew Mahfood was honoured that FFP was chosen as the vehicle for distribution.

“Food For The Poor has been instrumental in bringing aid to Haiti, and we are humbled that the Usain Bolt Foundation has chosen to collaborate with us in assisting the Haitian people.”

Ja star to play for Miami Heat

Former Calabar High School basketball star, Vashil Fernandez, has signed a contract to play for Miami Heat in the 2016-17 NBA season.

The Heat announced the signing of Fernandez on Monday but did not disclose the terms of the deal due to club policy.

The 24-year-old Fernandez, is the all-time leading shot blocker at Valparaiso University where he played four seasons.

The 6 feel 10 inches Fernandez last represented Jamaica’s senior team at the Tournament of Americas in Venezuela in 2013.

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President of the Jamaica Basketball Association (JBA), Dr Mark Broomfield, said yesterday that he was elated with Hernandez’s achievement. Broomfield said he expects Fernandez to do well in the NBA.

“Hernandez has worked hard and so he deserved to be where he is at now,” said Broomfield. “It also good to see a basketball player coming out of our high school system and signing for a team in the NBA. This will help to raise the profile of basketball both locally and internationally,” he added.

Fernandez averaged 4.7 points per game, 5.1 rebounds and 2.0 blocks while shooting 54 percent from the field during his collegiate career.

As a senior, he led the NCAA in blocks per game and was named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Fernandez, who finished his college career with 289 blocks, will wear the number 14 jersey for the Heat.

Statues for Usain, Shelly, Veronica and Asafa

Usain Bolt, a nine-time Olympic gold medalist, and two-time gold medalist, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, are to be honoured with statues erected in Jamaica next year.

Sports Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange announced the plans at a briefing on Tuesday, as she gave details of the reception to be held later this week for the nation’s Olympians and Paralympians.

Veronica Campbell-Brown and Asafa Powell, two other highly recognised national athletes, are also to have statues erected over the next two years.

Bolt and Fraser-Pryce are to have their statues erected at the National Stadium in time for Jamaica’s 55th Anniversary of Independence celebrations next year.

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FEATURED IMAGE (From left): Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Asafa Powell

Usain Bolt Donate 10 Million Dollars to Haiti after Hurricane Matthew

Usain Bolt Donate 10 Million Dollars to Haiti after Hurricane Matthew

Jamaican Sprinter Usain Bolt has donated 10 million dollars to help rebuild Haiti, after the island nation was slammed by Hurricane Matthew this week.

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The donation which will be utilized through his foundation was announced today after he travelled to Haiti to ascertain the damage caused by the hurricane.

The money will directly be used to rebuild homes after Matthew, which has destroyed some 3,200 homes in Haiti and displaced more than 15,000 people.

With 350,000 people affected, Haiti is facing its worst humanitarian crisis since the devastating earthquake six years ago.

The donation is the largest contribution so far.

Jamaica’s six time Olympic medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has been featured among some of the world’s most prominent female athletes in a new advertisement by Nike

Jamaica’s six time Olympic medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has been featured among some of the world’s most prominent female athletes in a new advertisement by Nike.

The video ad titled “Unlimited Pursuit” is part of Nike’s Just Do It campaign and celebrates the power, beauty and pursuit of athletic perfection.

Some of the other athletes featured are: Serena Williams, Gabby Douglas, Dafne Schippers, English Gardner and Allyson Felix.

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“Recovering from setbacks, losses and injury, rising from obscurity and destroying obstacles to claim victory, they command the spotlight and inspire Nike to innovate to match their strength and their dreams

Windies win by 1-run against India in T20 match, fans react

India won the toss but lost the T20 game against the West Indies today.

Carlos Brathwaite as captain has one win under his belt already in a match which was full of twists and turns.

But the true champion of the team is DJ Dwayne Bravo according to the cricket fans.

The West Indies posted a score of 245/6 in 20 overs and India were stopped dead in their tracks on 244 by bowler Dwayne Bravo in the final over.

As Pakistani Cricketers said on their Facebook page:
“Dwayne Bravo does the improbable. Defend just 8 runs in the last over to help West Indies win the match by 1 run.”
A cricout expert on CricOut.com named Zubair Ahmed said:
“I can’t believe India actually lost. They needed just 8. Hats off to bravo who bowled like a CHAMPION indeed.”
Barbadian fan Jason Francis on his Facebook said:
“West Indies 245/6 off 20ov, India 244/6 off 20ov Windes win by 1 run. Only the West Indies !! Congrats to Evin Lewis on his maiden T20 100 fantastic innings.”
Trinidadian batsman Lewis smashed a 48-ball century and West Indies hit 21 sixes which is a new Twenty20 international record.

West Indies posted the third highest T20 total in history against India in Lauderhill, Florida at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground.
On Twitter, Sports Consultant/Co-Founder: Sunny Sports Consultants and Hon. Managing Committee Member of Sports Coaching Foundation, Sunil posted “What a match! Bravo – The Champion holds his nerves. West Indies win by 1 run.”
Many people are praising Bravo, fans of India and fans of the West Indies.

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his team were not able to pull a win out the hat on this occasion after winning the Test series 2-0.

Usain Bolt memes flood social media, Ellen DeGeneres takes the cake

Usain Bolt memes flood social media, Ellen DeGeneres takes the cake

A now-viral Usain Bolt photo from his 100-meter semifinals race on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro has turned into the meme of the Olympics.

The photograph which shows Bolt smiling mid-race sent social media into a frenzy with many fans creating memes a few minutes after it surfaced online.

However while all created a stir online, it was Ellen DeGeneres who took gold in the Bolt-meme race.

On Monday she uploaded an edit photo with her on the sprinter’s back saying, “This is how I’m running errands from now on,” her tweet has since received over 10,000 retweets and 30,000 likes.

 

2 US swimmers taken off flight from Brazil amid probe

The U.S. Olympic Committee says two American swimmers were taken off their flight from Brazil by local authorities amid an investigation into a reported robbery involving Ryan Lochte and his teammates.

USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said Wednesday night that “Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were removed from their flight to the United States by Brazilian authorities. We are gathering further information.”

Lasco fires employee for ‘offensive tweet’ about Omar McLeod

LASCO Affiliated Group of Companies has issued an apology, and terminated an employee following an offensive tweet that was made regarding historic gold medal-winning Olympian Omar McLeod.

Eyebrows were raised after Lasco Jamaica’s official twitter account made a offensive tweet about McLeod after he had won gold in the 110-metre hurdles at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday night.

The comment was made in reaction to the Gleaner’s online interactive question, “If you could caption tomorrow’s Jamaica Gleaner front page of Omar McLeod what would it read?”

Shockingly the Lasco Jamaica twitter account responded “Goldfish,” the term “fish” in Jamaican culture is known to be a discriminatory phrase to describe homosexual person.

The company has since issued an apology to the Jamaican athlete, and all Jamaicans for the offensive tweet.

Lasco also revealed that the employee responsible for the disturbing post has been terminated, and that his actions did not represent the company’s values in any way or form.

“We wish to sincerely apologize to our fans, friends, customers, consumers, partners, Jamaicans and everyone for this terrible act. Most importantly, we issue our sincerest apologies to Mr. Omar McLeod.”

The tweet has since been deleted, and the account deactivated.

 

Schedule for Jamaican athletes in Rio on Monday, Aug. 15

Below is the schedule for Jamaican athletes in Rio on Monday, Aug. 15.

 

MORNING SESSION

MEN’S TRIPLE JUMP QUALIFYING ROUND – GROUP A – 7:30 am
Clive Pullen

WOMEN’S 200M ROUND 1
Simone Facey (Heat 3) – 7:42 am
Elaine Thompson (Heat 4) – 7:48 am
Veronica Campbell (Heat 9) – 8:18 am

WOMEN’S 3000M STEEPLECHASE FINAL – 9:15  am
Aisha Praught

MEN’S 400M HURDLES ROUND 1
Roxroy Cato (Heat 3) – 9:49 am
Jaheel Hyde (Heat 4) – 9:56 am
Annsert Whyte (Heat 5) – 10:03 am

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EVENING SESSION

WOMEN’S DISCUS THROW QUALIFYING ROUND – 6:30 pm
Shadae Lawrence (Group A)
Tarasue Barnett (Group B)

MEN’S 110M HURDLES ROUND 1
Omar McLeod (Heat 1) – 6:40 pm
Deuce Carter (Heat 2) – 6:48 pm
Andrew Riley (Heat 3) – 6:56 pm

WOMEN’S 400M HURDLES ROUND 1
Ristananna Tracey (Heat 1) – 7:30 pm
Janieve Russell (Heat 2) – 7:38 pm
Leah Nugent (Heat 3) 7:46 pm

WOMEN’S 400M FINAL – 8:45 pm
Shericka Jackson
Stephenie Ann McPherson