Jamaica’s top badminton players and upcoming talents will line up against representatives from nine countries at the third annual Jamaica International Badminton Tournament, which will serve off at 10 a.m. today at the National Indoor Sports Centre.The tournament will climax on Sunday at the same venue and will see the players challenging for overall prize money of US$10,000.00 (J$1.2 million).Top Jamaican players such as many-time national champion Gareth Henry are expected to challenge in the men’s singles, doubles, and mixed doubles competitions.Number one ranked local female Katherine Wynter, who is also the current All Jamaica Badminton singles champion, will also be in action.All Jamaica men’s champion Dennis Coke will be challenging in the singles, doubles, and mixed doubles categories.The island’s players will all be in action today, with competition set to be decided up to the quarter-finals, with the final match of the day slated to begin at 6:30 p.m.EXCITING MATCH-UPSThe top-seeded players in the men’s singles competition include Adam Mendrek from Czech Republic and Jan Frohlich, who are seeded at first and second, respectively, while Matej Hlinican of Slovakia and Soren Toft (Denmar), who are seeded at three and four, respectively, should provide a lot of excitement for local fans.Jamaica’s women’s doubles team, which was the only local team to advance to the semi-finals last year, will see Mikaylia Haldane and Katherine Wynter seeded at number two, with the pair determined to improve on their placing.From the region, Barbados’s top-ranked player Cory Fangus is also slated to compete.Jamaica Badminton Association (JBA) president Courtney Henry believes that the Jamaican senior players will have a very good chance against their rivals, noting that the association is also using the opportunity to expose young players.”The top players are really looking forward to it, and it should be exciting, and we should have a good turnout and get out all the youngsters who play badminton currently to come out,” Henry told The Gleaner.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle guard Ricci Rivero vehemently denied rumors that he’s used drugs of any kind in connection to his departure from the Green Archers in February along with older brother Prince and Brent Paraiso.In an effort to clear his name, Rivero posted a copy of results of the drug test Ohio-based laboratory Omega Laboratories conducted from late January to early February which stated that he tested negative for traces of methamphetamine, ecstasy, cocaine, opiates, and other related substances.ADVERTISEMENT Rivero insisted in the letter that his leave of absence was about “honoring my commitments and respecting the new team rules.”He also said he was left with “no choice” but to leave the team.The younger Rivero also blasted those who started the rumor that he was accepting money from gay sponsors.“As for the lewd rumor, please do not disrespect the hard work of my parents to provide for me and my siblings. I simply accepting money is an insult—that is foul.” Its been a while, once and for all allow me to open my heart to answer your questions. May God bless us all. Thank You po. pic.twitter.com/2ykpNZzLQA— Ricci Rivero (@RicciRivero06) March 7, 2018FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano In a lengthy essay Rivero posted on his Twitter account Wednesday, he said he waited for the right time to address the talks about his use of illegal substance and “lewd rumor” of involvement with gay benefactors. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celtics’ Smart fined $15,000 for criticism of officiating Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City LATEST STORIES BCDA: P13-B deal with Malaysia firm for New Clark City project aboveboard PLAY LIST 03:51BCDA: P13-B deal with Malaysia firm for New Clark City project aboveboard03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer “I am aware of all the rumors and speculations circulating on social media and all those who personally expressed their concern to us from inside and outside the community—buzzes about alleged drug usage and alleged acceptance of money from gay benefactors,” wrote Rivero.“I remained mum about it not until I saw the need to speak up and defend ourselves once and for all.”“I am negative to all types of substance contrary to initial reports that I was tested positive for drugs.”Rivero said he handed his hair follicle samples last January 28 to Hi-Precision Diagnostics Center which were transferred to Omega Laboratories for the testing.It was revealed back on Feb. 2 that Rivero went on an indefinite leave from the Green Archers due violation of certain university policies wherein players are prohibited to enter into sponsorship agreements, according to a statement from the school.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments
The Chetwynd RCMP are warning citizens about a case of holiday-season internet fraud. A release from the detachment tells the story of a Chetwynd resident who tried to purchase a dog from a breeder in Ontario. After paying for the animal with a money order, the victim was then presented with another request for shipping and handling charges. But, after the pet wasn’t delivered, the victim did a little more research, and discovered the breeder’s website had had numerous complaints relating to fraud, and had been shut down. The RCMP remind anyone to use caution when making purchases over the internet. – Advertisement -As well, they are treating the incident as a case of fraud, and invite anyone with information that could aid the investigation to call the detachment, at 250-788-9221, or to call crimestoppers, at 1-800-222-8477.
Brazilian centre-back Gabriel Paulista 1 Arsenal are set to sign Villarreal centre-back Gabriel Paulista, with the La Liga outfit announcing they have reached an agreement in principle with the Gunners for the highly-rated 24-year-old.Out-of-favour forward Joel Campbell will head to the Spanish club on loan for the rest of the season.Villarreal confirmed on Twitter that a deal had been agreed on Saturday evening, shortly before their Primera Division match against Levante kicked off at El Madrigal.“Transfer agreed in principle with Arsenal for Gabriel, who will bid farewell before the game. Much luck!” the club posted.“Welcome Joel Campbell! Agreement reached with Arsenal until the end of the season.”Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger last week appeared optimistic that a deal could be finalised for the man dubbed ‘the new Pepe’.Villarreal wanted to see Paulista’s €20million (£15.25million) release clause activated, while the Gunners are said to be offering in the region of £10million, following add-ons to an initial down payment.The move will need Home Office approval because the young defender does not meet the current required international criteria for a work permit as he is yet to represent Brazil.As such, Arsenal will need to convince a Football Association hearing that the player is an ”exceptional talent”.Wenger admitted last week that it would be a gamble not to bring in a new defender this month.The north London side have been regularly left short of defensive cover this season with the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs, Nacho Monreal and Mathieu Debuchy all suffering injuries.Debuchy is expected to be out for another three months after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder, leaving Wenger with only six fit senior defenders at the club.”We can cope because we have [Calum] Chambers, [Per] Mertesacker, Koscielny,” Wenger said earlier this month.”But we have now lost Debuchy who can play centre-back, Monreal who can play centre-back and Gibbs has been out too.”So if we have another injury or two we will struggle. It is risky [not to sign anyone] – too risky.”
“This is football, this is life,” Conte said, as quoted by the Daily Mail. “For sure he was our target but as you know, this is football.“We can have a lot of targets but you must be able to reach those targets. The transfer market is not simple for any club.“Liverpool bought Van Dijk to reinforce their defensive line – and I think Van Dijk is a top defender. And they spent €85million for this player.”Van Dijk lined up alongside Joel Matip in the heart of the Liverpool defence for their 2-1 victory over Everton in the FA Cup on Friday and also announced his arrival by scoring the winning goal in the 84th minute.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Antonio Conte guided Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first season in charge at Stamford BridgeLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 10 – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admits new Liverpool signing Virgil van Dijk was a transfer target for his side but that they couldn’t match the Reds’ bid.Jurgen Klopp’s team shelled out £75m to prise the highly-rated centre-back away from Southampton, and Conte has revealed that the Blues were also interested in the Dutchman’s talents.
BUSINESS guru Sir Gerry Robinson has admitted he wouldn’t move back to Donegal from the UK if he was doing it today – because of the high taxes here.The Donegal-born businessman, a former boss at Granada and a TV business advisor, appeared on last night’s edition of RTE’s Prime Time.He and Eddie Hobbs found themselves going head-to-head with union officials on the collapse of the Croke Park II Agreement. Union members yesterday voted down the deal – which means the Government may now implement a 7% pay cut for all public sector workers in a bid to save €300M this year.Dunfanaghy-born Sir Gerry, who set up home in Raphoe more than 15 years ago after a glittering business career, said that governments were ‘useless’ when it came to examining the spending of the State.He said he found when he was doing a BBC programme on the British National Health Service that staff were employed to collect data that was never used – and never intended for use.Referring to the €300M, Sir Gerry told Pat Kenny: “It’s a shame (Croke Park No vote) because there has been a lot that has happened in Ireland which has been good. “The debt that Ireland is accumulating is enormous and the idea that you can somehow buy yourself out of that problem by creating a false economy – what have we learned?“That’s precisely what we did before. And it’s precisely why we are in the position we are in now.“You have to have real money; you have to have costs under control.”He said if wages were too high in the public sector then it needed to be addressed.“But you cannot address it in one go,” said Sir Gerry. “It has to be addressed over a period of time. Governments are just lousy at finding real savings. €300M sounds like a lot of money but in the context of things it really isn’t.“There has got to be hundreds of ways where we are doing things in Government that frankly don’t contribute anything.”Pat Kenny asked the Donegal man if there was a better way then for saving money.“Governments are not very good at looking at the fundamentals – like asking do we need to do that?,” said Sir Gerry. He gave the British NHS example of millions of pounds being wasted there with people employed doing things that weren’t needed.“It is that kind of saving that governments need to look at and we need to do that here over a long period of time,” said Sir Gerry.The Donegal man said he was delighted with a member of the firefighters union who had proposed cuts to management to help make savings.Ireland has 60 fire chiefs and 370 assistant fire chiefs. The North has one fire chief and four assistants.“That is precisely what should happen,” said Sir Gerry at the suggestion of the involvement of workers.“You always find the best solutions to doing things more effectively, more cheaply and more energetically if you actually manage to get the people at the sharp end involved in the process.”Eddie Hobbs rejected the idea that there should be more taxes.Sir Gerry said: “I moved back to Ireland 15 years ago and I am now paying at least two and a half times the tax I was paying back then.“And I have to tell you if I was having to make the decision about living in Ireland now – as opposed to then – I wouldn’t live in Ireland.“So the idea that you pick out a few people and beat the living daylights out of them and that is going to cure the economic problem is just not true. It’s tempting – but it’s just not true.”SIR GERRY ROBINSON: ‘I WOULDN’T HAVE MOVED BACK TO DONEGAL IF I’D KNOWN TAXES WERE SO HIGH’ was last modified: April 17th, 2013 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:SIR GERRY ROBINSON: ‘I WOULDN’T HAVE MOVED BACK TO DONEGAL IF I KNEW TAXES WERE SO HIGH’
Dinny McGinley TD Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht today launched the County Donegal ‘Heritage Week’ Event Guide in Donegal Museum. Speaking at the launch Minister McGinley said“County Donegal is certainly playing its part for National Heritage Week.” “This year there will be close to 100 ‘Heritage Week’ events taking place in County Donegal.”“National Heritage Week provides the opportunity to raise awareness and appreciation of our heritage thereby encouraging its preservation for future generations.”“Over €1 million was invested by The Heritage Council in heritage initiatives in County Donegal between 2006 and 2012 through its grants programmes and through the implementation of the County Donegal Heritage Plan in partnership with Donegal County Council and the County Donegal Heritage Forum.”“The funding gave much-needed support and recognition to the wonderful efforts of heritage groups and enthusiastic people in County Donegal.” “With over 250 local groups with a heritage remit alone in County Donegal, I am keenly aware of the need to support these local heritage initiatives.”Concluding Minister McGinley referred to the County Heritage Plan as a very important way in which we can achieve the aim of the National Heritage Plan which is to ‘place heritage at the heart of public life’.“I hope that everyone will play a part and make suggestions as regards what you’d like to see in it.” DINNY MCGINLEY LAUNCHES EVENT GUIDE TO DONEGAL HERITAGE WEEK was last modified: August 8th, 2013 by John2Share 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:Dinny McGinleyDonegal MusuemGAELTACHTGuide eventHeritage WeekMinisterTD
Lidge earned his third save of the series, Jason Lane homered and Willy Taveras made a saving catch on the center-field hill. Houston took advantage of a critical error by pitcher Jason Marquis plus the ejections of St. Louis manager Tony La Russa and star Jim Edmonds to build a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series. “This game, there’s some real great things about it and there’s some things that absolutely stink,” La Russa said, declining to talk specifically about the umpires. Any postseason ejection is rare, and the last time a team lost two members came in 1998 when Cleveland pitcher Dwight Gooden and manager Mike Hargrove were tossed. A security guard in front of the umpires’ room at Minute Maid park said they would not be available for comment. The Astros can close it out at home tonight, with Andy Pettitte on the mound against Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter. Houston has come this far before the Astros were one victory from the Fall Classic in 1980 and 2004, but are 0-4 overall with a chance to win the NLCS. HOUSTON — Poised as can be no matter how tough the task, Astros closer Brad Lidge pulled off another great escape against St. Louis. Now it’s the steaming-mad Cardinals who are in a serious jam in the NL championship series. Defensive replacement Eric Bruntlett started a game-ending double play, Lidge wriggled out of a major mess in the ninth inning and Houston scratched out a 2-1 victory Sunday in Game 4 to move within one win of its first trip to the World Series. “For us, it’s the best one out of three right now. It doesn’t get any easier,” manager Phil Garner said. “We’re in good position in terms of our pitching, our players and everything. But the job’s still got to get done.” St. Louis has quite an uphill climb if it wants to win its second consecutive pennant. The Cardinals must face Pettitte, Roy Oswalt and Roger Clemens in the next three games if they can push it that far. “They’ve got their three guys and we’ve got to find a way,” St. Louis’ David Eckstein said. “This club is very tough, very resilient, and we’re going to be tested.” There is some hope: St. Louis won three consecutive games started by Pettitte, Oswalt and Clemens from July 15-17 at Busch Stadium. And the Cardinals, who have lost three straight, did not have a four-game skid all season. Once again in this postseason, the umpires were in the middle of all the action. The Cardinals were angry about Phil Cuzzi’s liberal strike zone all afternoon, and La Russa and Edmonds were ejected in the late innings for arguing balls and strikes. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
@tagline: From Staff and Wire Reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Many older patients are reluctant to discuss with their doctors their ability to drive safely, even though they talk about other details of their health, an Auto Club survey released Tuesday found. The survey revealed that older patients rarely ask about their ability to continue driving safely during medical consultations, even though older drivers have a much higher risk of crashes and are more likely to die when in a crash than people in other age groups, said Carol Thorp of the Auto Club. The online survey of medical professionals was conducted as part of National Bone and Joint Awareness Week, which began last Wednesday and ends Thursday. Ninety percent of the 1,030 doctors and nurses who responded to the questionnaire reported that fewer than 25 percent of their older patients had ever asked about their ability to remain behind the wheel safely. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week And 51 percent said none of their older patients ever broached the subject. Despite the apparent hesitancy of seniors to talk about their driving ability, the overwhelming majority of doctors and nurses surveyed – 84 percent – said they believe hospitals and doctors’ offices should provide motor vehicle injury prevention information to their elderly patients. And while nearly 80 percent of respondents thought patient education about traffic safety is “very or somewhat effective,’ only 23 percent reported that their healthcare facility provided such information. “This survey highlights the important, but often neglected, connection between driving and health,’ Thorp said. “Car crashes are one of the top 10 causes of death for people of all ages and older people are especially vulnerable to death and injury when they are in a crash,’ Thorp said. “Doctors and nurses are respected sources of information, so patient education is vital in helping seniors drive safely.’
CHILTON, Wis. – A man who spent 18 years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit will be charged with killing a woman whose vehicle was found near his home, a prosecutor said Friday. Steven Avery’s blood was found inside Teresa Halbach’s sport utility vehicle, said Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz, who plans to charge Avery with first-degree intentional homicide by Tuesday. “It is no longer a question, at least in my mind as special prosecutor in the case, who is responsible for … the death of Teresa Halbach,” Kratz said. Avery, who was freed from prison two years ago, has denied involvement in the disappearance of Halbach, 25, who was last seen Oct. 31. The freelance photographer had three appointments that day to take pictures of vehicles for sale, including one at a salvage yard owned by Avery’s family in Manitowoc County, about 25 miles south of Green Bay. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Days of searching for the Hilbert woman ended Thursday, when authorities announced they had found the burned remains of a woman. Like the SUV, which was spotted last weekend, the remains were found at the salvage yard. The remains had not been identified Friday, but Calumet County Sheriff Jerry Pagel said investigators believe they are Halbach’s. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!