Badminton stars coming for international tourney

first_imgDetermined to be a force to be reckoned with globally in the sport of badminton, Jamaica will stage the second annual International Badminton Tournament this month. The tournament will feature a stellar cast of internationally ranked players who will lock horns with Jamaica’s best for Rio 2016 Olympics qualifying points and US$6,000 in prize money. Action will take place at the National Indoor Sports Centre from March 17-20. Competition will take place in men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles competition. Martin Giuffre of Canada, the reigning men’s singles champion, will be back to defend his crown. He is ranked 74th in the world. Also 60th-ranked Osleni Guerro of Cuba is expected to feature, as well as 66th- ranked Howard Shu of the United States. In the women’s singles competition, last year’s runner-up, Zuzana Pavelkova of the Czech Republic is slated to feature; as well as 58th-ranked Jeannine Cicognini of Italy and 75th, Telma Santos of Portugal. TOP NAMES The local hopefuls are led by many-time champions Gareth Henry and his sister, Geordine Henry. Mikaylia Haldane, Garron Palmer, Sean Wilson, Samuel Ricketts, and Katherine Wynter are other top Jamaican names. Jamaica Badminton Association president David Thomas has outlined that the local players will relish the opportunity and may even spring surprises as they look to improve their level of play and competitiveness. Speaking at yesterday’s launch at the Jamaica Olympic Association on Cunningham Avenue, general manager of the Sports Development Foundation Denzil Wilks praised the event’s organisers and sponsors and implored Jamaicans to support a world-class event. “When you approach the Independence Park facilities in the latter part of next week and you see flags and feather banners on the western side of the facility, please recognise that Champs is not the only activity taking place. Let us join them as our little but tallawah country stages two huge championships simultaneously,” Wilks said.last_img read more

Clippers hold off Kings to improve playoff position

first_imgLos Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari, right, drives against Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, March 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Rich PedroncelliSACRAMENTO, Calif. — Landry Shamet scored eight of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, Lou Williams made two free throws with 7.9 seconds left and the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Sacramento Kings 116-109 on Friday night.Danilo Gallinari had 19 points and nine rebounds, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 15 and Ivica Zubac added 10 points and 10 rebounds to help the Clippers complete a season sweep of the Kings in a game that was critical for both teams’ postseason hopes.ADVERTISEMENT Buddy Hield had 23 points for Sacramento. De’Aaron Fox added 12 points and 12 assists, and Willie Cauley-Stein had 16 points and 12 rebounds.Los Angeles moved a half-game ahead of San Antonio for seventh place in the West. Sacramento, which has lost four of five since the All-Star break, remains two games behind the Spurs for the final playoff spot in the conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIt wasn’t easy.The Kings trimmed a 13-point deficit to 110-107 with 1:16 remaining following back-to-back dunks from Harrison Barnes and Cauley-Stein. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Lauri Markkanen, Zach LaVine help Bulls outlast Hawks in 4 overtimes Williams made a short jumper then added two free throws after Fox scored on a layup. Montrezl Harrell added a pair of free throws with 1.5 seconds left.The Clippers have won nine straight against the Kings.Neither team gained much of an advantage during a back-and-forth first half. The Clippers led by 10 midway through the first quarter but Harry Giles made back-to-back shots and Hield added three free throws to put the Kings ahead 56-52 at halftime.TIP-INSClippers: Williams scored 17 points in 28 minutes. . Los Angeles had seven players score in double figures. . Zubac’s double-double was his fifth of the season. . Wilson Chandler sat out his ninth game with a quad injury.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Kings: Giles had 15 points off the bench on 7-of-13 shooting. . Rookie forward Marvin Bagley III will be sidelined indefinitely with a left knee strain sustained during Wednesday’s 141-140 loss to Milwaukee. Bagley, the second pick in last year’s draft, underwent an MRI that was negative. He will be re-evaluated within the next two weeks.UP NEXTClippers: Host the New York Knicks on Sunday.Kings: Host the New York Knicks on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

House to Investigate LNP Pay Crisis

first_imgThe three-week ultimatum of for officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) to open Liberian dollar bank accounts in order to receive their salary arrears has sparked anxiety among lawmakers on Capitol Hill since the mandate was issued, in the wake of the drawdown of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).In yesterday’s session of the House of Representatives, the lawmakers mandated the House’s Committee on National Security to investigate the ‘LNP pay crisis,’ and report in two weeks – a week before the Police’s ultimatum elapses.The investigation of the ‘New Police Ultimatum’ to have an individual Liberian dollar account in three weeks was due to a complaint from Montserrado County District # 9 Representative Munah Pelham-Youngblood.The Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) lawmaker said the LNP administration, through an internal memo, has threatened all officers in the 15 counties that if individual accounts were not opened in three weeks, said officers should not blame the Police for not getting their pay.“But what seems to be troubling in this situation is how many of the police officers in rural parts of the country have access to banks? Will they leave their posts of duty to go to other locations to open bank accounts? And if they do not meet the deadline, what happens to their money they have already worked for?” Rep. Youngblood asked in her letter to plenary.“So in view of the following, my distinguished colleagues, I write to seek the support from plenary to mandate the relevant committees to probe into these issues surrounding our LNP,” she added.Youngblood further told her colleagues that the Police memo also said that 50 percent of their salaries owed will be paid in US dollars, while the other 50 percent will be in Liberian dollars.For over seven years, civil and public servants have been paid via direct-deposit to their respective bank accounts to improve government’s efforts at transparency, accountability and fairness, and tackle corruption.The LNP was one of the security outfits whose officers were paid in US dollars; but with the announcement by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to pay 30 percent allowances in Liberian dollars owing to economic constraints, the Police was given a consideration of 50 percent in US dollars and 50 percent in local currency.However, with the consideration made since May, the LNP have not received their salary, and it is still causing an increasingly alarming threat to security as reports of criminal activities are now on the rise.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Everton register interest in Belgium star

first_img1 Everton have registered an interest in signing Belgium winger Dries Mertens this summer.The Toffees, who have already sealed the purchase of Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona, are looking to add another wide man to their squad with Kevin Mirallas set to leave the club and see Mertens as an ideal fit.According to Belgian newspaper Het Laastste Nieuws, Everton have contacted Napoli over Mertens’ availability but have yet to submit a formal offer.Inter Milan have also been keeping tabs on the 28-year-old, who is apparently pushing for a move away from Napoli this summer after they failed to qualify for the Champions League.Everton of course cannot offer Mertens that luxury either, but are hoping the lure of the Premier League will persuade him to make a move to Goodison Park. Dries Mertens last_img

GOLF NEWS – OTWAY CLUB NOTES

first_imgTwo more new faces featured in the winners enclosure last Sunday, in the McCamish Cup members stableford competition.Well one new face was the winner on a very impressive 45 pts, Ramelton’s Shaun Duffy who left the rest of the field in his wake as he hit a stretch of good form coming into Minor/Donegal season.While Shaun outclassed the competition last Sunday, he hasn’t done his chances in the Minor League any good, as not only has he suffered a slice to his handicap, he also pipped Minor League captain Pat McNulty into second place, who returned a surprising 41 pts, considering he only went out for an afternoon stroll, and just happened to bring his clubs with him ! Well done to both players on their success, and for heating up the competition in Otway, as so far in 2013 no player has been in the winners enclosure more than once, so it looks like we’re going to have a very interesting season ahead. GOLF NEWS – OTWAY CLUB NOTES was last modified: April 22nd, 2013 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:OTWAY GOLF CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

‘Ruthless and brutal’ – Klopp has his say on Ramos’ Champions League final

first_img Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Most Popular Premier League News targets What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas 3 Sergio Ramos hauls Mohamed Salah down in the Champions League final. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Ramos appeared to console Salah after his tackle ended the Liverpool star’s Champions League dreams Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes moving on LIVING THE DREAM gameday cracker Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January predicted “I’m not sure it is an experience we will have again – go there and put an elbow to the goalkeeper, put their goalscorer down like a wrestler in midfield and then you win the game. That was the story of the game.“Ramos said a lot of things afterwards that I didn’t like. As a person I didn’t like the reactions of him. He was like: ‘Whatever, what do they want? It’s normal.’ No, it is not normal. If you put all of the situations of Ramos together then you will see a lot of situations with Ramos. “The year before against Juve he was responsible for the red card for [Juan] Cuadrado. Nobody talks about that afterwards. It is like we, the world out there, accepts that you use each weapon to win the game. People probably expect that I am the same. I am not.“We are aggressive but I always use the word ‘legal as well’. Usually if you try something you will get punished. Someone will see it and ban you for four or five weeks. But in this example, no one.‘This ref should have had the courage to decide that game. In this situation we didn’t get it and, if you write this, people will say I am weak or a bad loser or a whiner. I am not. I accept it. It’s not like I wake up in the morning and think: ‘Ramos!’” How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 3 BIG PRESENTS UP TOP revealed silverware IN DEMAND latest Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Ramos appeared to knock into Karius unnecessarily following a shove from Virgil van Dijk in the penalty area, causing the German to suffer a concussion, while his tussle with Salah saw they Egyptian suffer a game-ending shoulder injury.And Klopp has again condemned the actions of the Spain international. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 3 three-way race RANKED England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT “If you watch it back and you are not with Real Madrid – then you think it is ruthless and brutal, he told reporters.“I saw the ref taking charge of big games at the World Cup and nobody really thinks about that later. But in a situation like that somebody needs to judge it better. If VAR is coming then it is a situation where you have to look again. Not to give a red card but to look again and say: ‘What is that?’ It was ruthless. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father smart causal Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti NEW ERA Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has labelled Sergio Ramos’ behaviour in their Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid as ruthless and brutal.The Reds lost 3-1 in Kiev but the game was marred by the Spanish defender’s challenges on Loris Karius and Mohamed Salah. Jurgen Klopp consoles Mohamed Salah during the Champions League final. LATEST Latest Transfer News targets TOP WORK ALTERED SORRY Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ last_img read more

FEARS FOR RAIDIÓ NA GAELTACHTA IN RTÉ CUTS

first_imgRaidió na Gaeltachta could face cuts and the North West operations of RTÉ affected in massive cuts at the national broadcaster.A document circulated to staff at RTÉ does not spell out its exact plans.But it refers to the “re-positioning” of the Irish language radio station – which has a studio in Gaoth Dobhair – and a review of the regional offices of RTÉ by the end of the year. Staff have already taken pay cuts in recent years and now face further pay cuts across the board of 4 per cent if savings of €25 million cannot be found within the organisation by the end of this year.It’s thought RTÉ’s use of an office in Letterkenny will go and its studio in Sligo is on a hit-list. FEARS FOR RAIDIÓ NA GAELTACHTA IN RTÉ CUTS was last modified: May 31st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:FEARS FOR RAIDIÓ NA GAELTACHTA IN RTÉ CUTSlast_img read more

GAA: TIMES AND VENUES FOR THIS WEEKEND’S SFC MATCHES

first_imgAFTER the drama of the midweek play-off matches in the Championship, here’s the run-down for the weekend:SFC Quarter FinalsGlenswilly v Dungloe, 4.30pm, O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny, Saturday. Four Masters v StMichaels, 3.45pm O’Donnell Park Letterkenny this Sunday.Bundoran v N Conaill, 3.45pm  MacCumhaill Park, Sunday.St Eunans v Killybegs, 5.15pm, MacCumhaill Park, Sunday.Junior A Championship final, Na Dúnaibh v Moville, O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny, 2.00pm this Sunday. Under 21 B Championship Final, Naomh Bríd v Convoy, 2.00pm, Tír Chonaill Park, Donegal Town this Sunday.AlsoUlster U21draw 2013;Prelim; Fermanagh v Armagh. Q’Finals Tyrone v Donegal,Antrim v Derry,Cavan v Monaghan,Down v Prelim  GAA: TIMES AND VENUES FOR THIS WEEKEND’S SFC MATCHES was last modified: October 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: TIMES AND VENUES FOR THIS WEEKEND’S SFC MATCHESlast_img read more

Cranes preps for Tanzania enter day three

first_img Tags: 2019 AFCON QualifierstopUganda Cranes Cranes players going through the morning session on Wednesday (Photos by FUFA Media)LUGOGO – With just over a week to the last AFCON qualifier against Tanzania, the Uganda football National team, the Cranes on Wednesday conducted their third training session with 28 players available.SC Vipers players finally joined the others, a day after they were knocked out of the Stanbic Uganda Cup at Lugogo by Proline.Meanwhile Police’s duo of Juma Balinya and Paul Willa didn’t participate in the training session because they were hosting Paidha Black Angels in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League, on the same day.Mbarara City’s Ivan Eyam also missed the session because his club also were facing Ndejje University in the League.The session involved ball work, body stretching drills under the Head Coach Sebastian Desabre and his assistant Matia Lule.In other news, right winger Herbert Bockhorn might wait longer before making his long awaited debut for Uganda Cranes.Bockhorn suffered an injury set back, just 11 days to the Uganda Cranes away match against Tanzania Taifa Stars.Also Denis Iguma won’t be among the cranes team because of injury and he will be replaced by Kerezistone Ntambi.The selected nine local players will join the other foreign based in Cairo Egypt for a residential camp until they set off for Tanzania on the 23rd.Players who attended training:Sebwato Nicholas (Onduparaka Fc), Saidi Keni (Sc Villa), James Alitho (URA FC), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC), Obenchan Filbert (KCCA FC), Samson Mutyaba (Maroons FC), Kizza Mustafa (KCCA FC), . Godfrey Walusimbi (Unattached), Timothy Awanyi (KCCA FC), Mbowa Paul Baker (URA FC),Mujuzi Musitafa (Proline FC), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Unattached), Sadam Juma (KCCA FC), Eyam Ivan (Mbarara City FC), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Okello Allan (KCCA FC), Owori David (Sc Villa), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC), Poloto Julius (KCCA C), Kaddu Henry (KCCA FC), Madondo Joel (K-Jinja SS), Bashir Mutanda (Sc Villa) Michael Birungi (Express FC), Moses Waiswa, Dan Sserunkuma, Tadeo Lwanga, Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC ), Mujuzi Musitafa (Proline FC), Bright Anukani (Proline FC)Players who didn’t attend:Willa Paul, Balinya juma (Police FC), Rashid Toha (Mbarara City, Ivan Eyam)Comments last_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Steelhead season set to explode on coastal rivers

first_imgNorth Coast rivers are likely seeing the last of the late fall-run salmon push in this week as all of the rivers are back on the drop following last weekend’s storms. The majority of these late-season kings have already made their way up rivers like the Chetco, Smith, Mad, Van Duzen and Eel, but you can bet a few more spurts of fresh fish will push in between now and the new year. The season was a good one, especially on the quick-clearing Smith, which had more fishable days than all of the …last_img