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February 10, 2020
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Champs highly fancied! … Calabar set for tight battle, Edwin Allen set for runaway win

first_imgCalabar High and Edwin Allen High schools will certainly retain their respective titles at the 2016 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships. Well, at least that’s what the experts believe. However, it isn’t that simple. The challengers are plenty, and determination and ambition run deep in the rival ranks, meaning that the defending champions will have to sharpen their swords and lift their shields over the next five days as we brace for another exciting race to the top of high-school athletics. Twenty-one preliminary events are scheduled for today’s opening day of action at the National Stadium, with a number of top athletes getting the chance to make an early impression. EVENTS Among today’s events, the Class One Boys’ long jump, the Girls’ Class Two shot put, the sprint hurdles, Girls’ Class One discus, as well as the 400m preliminaries, will all take focus. Edwin Allen enter this year’s championships at the top end of what appears to be a growing dynasty, having won back-to-back Girls’ titles and three of the last four. Tuned by Michael Dyke and led by captain and top sprinter Shellece Clarke, the girls from Frankfield, Clarendon, boast a well-rounded unit, which threatens to increase the gap between themselves and their rivals beyond the 100 points gulf that underlined their dominance in 2015. That’s bad news for the chasing pack, which, this year, is being headed by the girls from St Jago High, with the ever-improving Hydel High and old warriors Holmwood Technical all showing promise this season. They will, however, have to wait a while longer as based on their form this year, there is little to suggest that anyone will have enough to unseat a well-oiled Edwin Allen machine. Things are expected to be a lot closer among the boys, where four-time defending champions Calabar will be looking to add to their 25 titles. With the excellent Christopher Taylor leading their talented crop of sprinters, and Warren Barrett again taking charge of the throws corps, the Red Hills Road-based Calabar unit seems more than capable of holding off what is expected to be a fierce challenge from old foes Kingston College (KC) and Jamaica College (JC). 4x400m RELAY It’s a battle that will most likely take us into the curtain-closing 4x400m relay Open event, with early projections tipping Calabar to ultimately lift the Mortimer Geddes Trophy, with a 20-odd points victory over KC. So there’s hardly any margin for error. Kingston College – winless since 2009 – have a few Titans of their own, with the likes of quarter-mile record holder Akeem Bloomfield and Class One double sprint gold medal hopeful Jhevaughn Matherson expected to carry major points for the Fortis clan. Jamaica College, who last tasted title success in 2011, have been steady, if not spectacular, throughout the season quietly going about their business at the various development meets. They should make much of the early noise at these championships, with the jumping standout O’Brien Wasome expected to fire a few warning shots in the long jump pit. Whether they have enough to upset the Calabar-KC duopoly will depend a lot on their execution in the events that they are expected to dominate and their ability to steal points from their rivals on a regular basis. Either way, the stage has been set for the 106th staging of what is widely viewed as the best event of its kind, a showpiece of excellence where age group athletics performance is concerned. The first strides will be taken today, and we are bound to get to a glorious end for some and anguish for others, but there are sure to be many memorable stops along the way.last_img read more

January 6, 2020
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Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, January 16

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Louis van Gaal will be given the green light for ANOTHER £150million spending spree at Manchester United. Top of the Old Trafford giants’ transfer hit-list is Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, while Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman and Nathaniel Clyne of Southampton are also targets. (Daily Mirror)Italian giants Juventus and AS Roma want to rescue Radamel Falcao from his Manchester United nightmare. (Daily Star)Adnan Januzaj has been told he must stay and fight for his place at Manchester United. Disillusioned Januzaj, who has become a peripheral figure at the Old Trafford giants this season under new manager Louis van Gaal, will not be allowed out on loan in the current winter transfer window. (Daily Mirror)Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted he WILL be forced into the transfer market this month after a double injury blow. West Ham’s Winston Reid, also a target for Tottenham, Virgil Van Dijk of Celtic, St Etienne’s Loic Perrin and Espanyol’s Hector Moreno are all on his radar. (Daily Mirror)West Ham are confident that Liverpool will not beat them to the permanent signing of Bracelona midfielder Alex Song. (Daily Mirror)Kevin Mirallas has alerted the Premier League and Europe’s top clubs by putting on hold contract talks with Everton. (Daily Mirror)Brendan Rodgers has ruled out the possibility of Lucas Leiva leaving Anfield during the current transfer window, despite interest from Inter Milan. (The Times)David Moyes has made the in-demand Burnley striker Danny Ings one of his main targets this summer at Real Sociedad, with the Englishman available on a free transfer and pursued by a number of Premier League clubs. (Independent)West Brom have scouted Elche striker Jonathas de Jesus as Tony Pulis plots how they can be saved from relegation. (Daily Mirror)Emmanuel Adebayor is refusing to be forced out of Tottenham after becoming involved in a transfer stand-off. (Daily Mirror)Swansea are in talks over a move for Norwich left-back Martin Olsson. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Exclusive – Signing West Ham outcast would be the ‘deal of the century’Exclusive – West Ham have seven days to keep Reid, claims former agentRodgers admits Liverpool transfer talks with Ligue 1 side over strikerLiverpool transfer news: Mignolet replacement lined up? The full SPBlow for Liverpool! Argentine striker ‘happy’ to stay at Napoli, reveals agentInter Milan’s pursuit of Liverpool midfielder not hindered by January spendingInter Milan join Arsenal and West Ham in race for Atletico Madrid midfielderCeltic chief confirms talks over deal for Dundee United aceCrystal Palace boss coy over link with Swansea strikerlast_img read more

August 6, 2019
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Ofcom has sold two bands of 4G and 5G spectrum to

first_imgOfcom has sold two bands of 4G and 5G spectrum to the owners of the UK’s main mobile operators – EE, Three, O2 and Vodafone – in an auction that has raised £1.356 billion (€1.55 billion).The two auctioned bands were: 2.3 GHz, which is usable by current mobile phones and will help improve existing 4G capacity in the UK; and 3.4 GHz, which isn’t useable by today’s devices but has been earmarked for 5G use.Telefonica UK, owner of the O2 network, won all 40 MHz of 2.3 GHz spectrum at a cost of £205.9 million, in a move that will bolster its 4G footprint across the country.The 3.4 GHz band was split between all four operators: EE took 40 MHz for £302.6 million; Hutchinson 3G UK, owner of Three, won 20 MHz for £151.3 million; Telefonica secured 40 MHz for £317.7 million; and Vodafone bought 50 MHz for £378.2 million.A fifth bidder, US-owned company Airspan Spectrum Holdings, was the only bidder not to win spectrum in either band.“This is good news for everyone who uses their mobile phone to access the internet,” said Philip Marnick, spectrum group director at Ofcom.“As a nation we’re using ever more mobile data on smartphones and mobile devices. Releasing these airwaves will make it quicker and easier to get online on the move. It will also allow companies to prepare for 5G mobile, paving the way for a range of smart, connected devices.”A total of 34 lots of spectrum were sold across the two bands in what was termed the principal stage of the auction. Ofcom will now move to the assignment stage – a short process that will allow the winning companies to bid to determine where in the frequency bands their new spectrum will be located.This is expected to conclude within a couple of weeks, following which Ofcom will issue licences to the winning bidders so they can start to put their spectrum to use.While this will likely see a near-term boost to O2’s 4G coverage, 5G deployments could still be a couple of years out to allow for compatible devices to come to market and for infrastructure build-out.Kester Mann, principle analyst, operators, CCS Insight said: “O2 emerged as the big winner, sweeping up all of the crucial 2.3 GHz airwaves that can immediately offer much-needed 4G capacity. As the most spectrum-constrained operator, this sale was more crucial to O2 than any of its rivals and the result gives it the certainty to continue its mobile-centric strategy in the UK market.“The overall spend at nearly £1.4 billion was higher than expected and reflects a hugely competitive sale, with the frequencies vital to helping formulate each network operator’s long-term strategy. Attention now moves to the 700 MHz sale – another 5G band that is vital for wide-area coverage – that could be auctioned in the UK as soon as next year.”The 700 MHz band sale will see spectrum reallocated from digital terrestrial TV to mobile data.last_img read more