Martins, Cicognini top Jamaica International Badminton Tournament

first_imgPortugal’s Pedro Martins and Italy’s Jeanine Cicognini won the men’s and women’s singles titles at the second annual Jamaica International Badminton Tournament, which ended with the finals at the National Indoor Sports Centre last Sunday.Martins defeated the steady and purposeful play from David Obernosterer (Austria), using his strong defensive play and consistent attack to handle the hard hitting of the Austrian, to emerge with a 21-19, 21-17 scoreline.Third went to Howard Shu (USA) and Osleni Guerrero (Cuba).In the women’s showdown, Cicognini defeated Lithuanian Akvile Stapusaityte 21-16, 22-20 in a very closely contested match.The Lithuanian fought back in the second game, but Cicognini, using a series of crafty plays, eventually defeated her opponent. Third place awards were won by Mariana Ugalde (Mexico) and Telma Santos (Portugal).Jamaica’s Katherine Wynter/Ruth Williams combination continued their dominance and emerged as the country’s top female pair by defeating Geordine Henry and Mikaylia Haldane in the women’s doubles.Wynter and Williams won the first game, lost the second game, but rebounded in the third to take the crown.This was Jamaica’s only positive result for the tournament.The third place awards went to Jamaicans Tiana Daley/Shezelle McTyson and Christine Leyow/Esther Reynolds.MEN’S DOUBLES CHAMPSBelgians Matias Dierickx and Freek Golinski (Belgium) are the new men’s doubles champions, after scoring a 21-19, retired margin over Alwin Francis and Kona Tarun of India.The match lasted only one game as the Indians retired due to injury. However, in the only game of the match, they were able to match the Belgians with excellent defence and crafty shots in a very exciting game.Austria’s Obernosterer and Elizabeth Baldauf defeated Bjorn Sequin (USA) and Ugalde (Mexico) for the mixed doubles crown. Seemingly tired from the effects of the singles final, Obernosterer and his partner closed the first game easily, but struggled and lost the second. After a commanding start in the third game, the Austrians did not look back and took the championship 21-19, 28-21, 22-11.Third place finishers were Gareth Henry/Geordine Henry (Jamaica) and Dennis Coke/Katherine Wynter (Jamaica).The major sponsors were Mayberry Investment Ltd, Sports Development Foundation, Jamaica Sport, RJR, The Gleaner, as well as Sun Island, JMMB, Milex Security Ltd, Yonex, Tastee, Icool, North Business Eco Systems, Yardie Sport, National Outdoor Advertising, Pure National Ice, Zip Technologies, HiLyte and Jamaica Producers Ltd.last_img read more

Must see image of Totti’s tasty new boots

first_imgBefore there was Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, there was Francesco Totti, one of the greatest players of his generation and a star who continues to defy the passing of time by still operating at the highest level aged 38.One of the ultimate one club men, Totti has seen the rise, fall and rebirth of AS Roma and it looks as though Nike are doffing their sizable caps to his dedication and longevity, by restyling and releasing their famed Tiempo boots in his honour.Named the Tiempo Legend V Premium, the sportswear giants have even brought back the front folding tongue (who knew it had gone away) at Totti’s request, and have made a super exclusive batch of just 3,000 pairs.Click the arrow above to see more images of these Totti inspired boots… CLICK THE ARROW TO SEE MORE SHOTS OF FRANCESCO TOTTI’S NEW BOOTS CLICK THE ARROW TO SEE MORE SHOTS OF FRANCESCO TOTTI’S NEW BOOTS 4 4 CLICK THE ARROW TO SEE MORE SHOTS OF FRANCESCO TOTTI’S NEW BOOTS 4 4 What do you think of these boots? Comment below!last_img read more

LAUSD schools desperate for reform

first_imgSuperintendent David Brewer III and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa have both launched reform efforts that, they say, will bring the change that’s so greatly needed. We can only hope so, because we can’t afford to put up with this kind of failure any longer.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THE latest education news, courtesy of a UCLA study, couldn’t be more dispiriting: California has some of the worst schools in the country. Los Angeles has some of the worst schools in the state. And the San Fernando Valley’s schools barely fare better than the rest of the LAUSD. Often, apologists for the Los Angeles Unified District cite demographics, suggesting that the district’s problems are the students’ fault. Too many poor kids, too many minority kids, too many immigrant kids. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre But there’s no scapegoating the kids this time. California and the LAUSD’s failures span across all races, ethnicities and classes. In pretty much all demographic categories, our kids are doing worse than their peers across the state and the country. We can’t blame standardized testing, either. Tests were just one measure UCLA researchers used. In others – graduation rates, college enrollment, teacher training – the results were just as dismal. Never have the standard excuses been so thoroughly debunked. So it’s time to discard those excuses once and for all. It’s also time to own up to the fact that ours is a vast educational bureaucracy that wastes a fortune, stifles innovation, rewards mediocrity, and warehouses students in behemoth campuses that aren’t conducive to learning. last_img read more

Leicester facing battle to keep Kante as Italian giants eye midfield sensation

first_img1 N’Golo Kante in action for Leicester City Juventus are eyeing up a summer swoop for Leicester City midfielder N’Golo Kante to replace the injured Claudio Marchisio.The Italian international has been ruled for six months with a cruciate knee injury and Juve are now on the lookout for someone to fill the holding midfield void in time for the start of the 2016/17 campaign.According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Kante is at the top of Juve’s wishlist following an outstanding season for Premier League leaders Leicester.The 25-year-old has earned a call-up to the French national team as a result of his virtuoso midfield displays for the Foxes this term and has caught the attention of a number of Europe’s heavyweight clubs.However, Leicester are unlikely to part with Kante in the summer having already secured a place in next season’s Champions League and it would take a fee in excess of £30m for the club to even consider letting him leave the King Power.last_img read more

‘This is the dream’ – Adventurer chooses Malin rest stop after 2,800km trek

first_imgIt’s destination Donegal for Derek Cullen after completing an amazing 2,800km walk around Ireland.The Dublin native, who turned his life around in a battle with loss, alcohol and depression, has decided to take a well-earned rest in a cottage on Malin Head for the next two months.The 37-year-old had been on the move for 78 days of hiking and camping around Ireland. His journey became an online sensation, with thousands taking motivation from his daily updates and inspirational messages from the wildest parts of the county. Derek Cullen. Photos by Brian Reilly Troy @brt.photoAfter completing the walk on October 31st, Derek set his sights on Donegal again to enjoy the remote landscape of Malin.How he found a place to stay was almost fate.Derek tells Donegal Daily: “Malin Head is one of my favourite places in Ireland. On the way around Ireland, I think people could see Donegal was my favourite. Malin really stood out, I think it’s because it feels like the edge of the world.”“I had my eye on this cottage years ago. It’s in one of the most remote places. I even contacted the lady who owned it and asked how much the house cost. But then a couple of months ago I was chancing my arm again and told the lady what I was doing and she rented it to me. I couldn’t believe my luck.” Derek Cullen at his home-from-home in Malin HeadDerek is planning to enjoy the solitude, the turf fires, and exploring the wild and rugged landscape of Malin until Christmas, when he’ll head home to see family. He’ll be sharing his usual open and insightful videos with followers during the stay and plans to launch his own outdoor clothing brand – Out Dare.Derek also plans to use the time-out to put pen to paper.“I haven’t started but I plan to write a book about my journey, from my low point when this started five years ago and how the outdoors changed things,” he said.In 2014, Derek was living a self-destructive life of drinking following the death of his parents. The turning point came when he decided to live for his parents instead of trying to live without them.Derek followed his passion for the outdoors and it took on incredible cycles and hikes around the Africa, Newfoundland and from Mexico to Canada. Being outdoors eased his anxiety, but he eventually had to return to Ireland to face his demons. The all-Ireland trek brought Derek on a journey of discovery – visiting amazing regions and finding himself again.“My trip around Ireland turned out to be the most exciting trip I had ever taken,” he said.“The biggest thing I learned was really simple – to appreciate where I come from and what we have on our doorstep.“I had never really gotten out there in Ireland and this opened up a whole new world to me.” Derek Cullen. Photos by Brian Reilly Troy @brt.photoDerek also traced his roots to Donegal and took the opportunity to meet with relatives this year. His grandmother Sarah Gallagher is from Creeslough and she was the sister of the famous singer, Bridie Gallagher.Derek was amazed by the welcome he received: “I went to Creeslough and the Gallagher clan were all there at their house. I got to meet my mother’s cousin and they brought me to where my grandmother was born. She worked in Ards Friary too.“I felt very connected up there. The welcome was incredible, even to this day they are still contacting me.”Those close ties to the county are just one reason why Derek is so excited to make the move to Malin on Friday.“Everyone in Donegal has made me feel at home,” he said.You can follow Derek’s experiences in Malin and beyond here on‘This is the dream’ – Adventurer chooses Malin rest stop after 2,800km trek was last modified: November 6th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:derek cullenMalin HeadOutdoorslast_img read more

Sportsday Podcast on talkSPORT 2: May 5, 2017

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first_imgDONEGAL soccer star Shay Given could be in for a €6M pay day.His club Aston Villa will have to come up with that fee if they want to end his contract.The 37-year-old would cost €10M in wages if he sees out his contract. Several British newspapers today report that Villa want Shay to leave the Birmingham club. VILLA NEED TO PAY SHAY €6M FOR CLUB EXIT was last modified: May 22nd, 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:VILLA NEED TO PAY SHAY €6M FOR CLUB EXITlast_img read more

Japan win hearts at the World Cup with clean-up operation

first_img 4 Japan fans pick up litter in the stands This extends to fans in the stands, too, as a number were seen picking up their rubbish following their World Cup matches, including the defeat to Belgium. 4 Japan’s changing room following defeat to Belgium 4 New Zealand players Kieran Read and Richie McCaw center_img 4 “It’s not expecting somebody else to do your job for you. It teaches you not to expect things to be handed to you,” former All Black Andrew Mehrtens said.Basically, to be successful you need to have your feet planted firmly on the ground and your head as far away from the clouds as possible. It’s not clear who was responsible for the clean-up operation within the Japan camp, but it does have more than a touch of the All Blacks about it.In James Kerr’s book, Legacy, it is revealed the rugby players – the best in the world – tidy up after themselves. It sees the senior pros pick up brooms and ‘sweep the sheds’. It is supposed to instil personal discipline in people. Japan are out of the World Cup, but their players and supporters have won many admirers along the way.When Belgium fought back from 2-0 down to win 3-2, the nation was distraught; they were so close to reaching the quarter-finals themselves.Despite this they made the effort to the leave the changing room immaculate, with a picture circulating on Twitter showing how spotless it was. There was even left note reading ‘thank you’ in Russian. Despite the loss to Belgium, Japan fans cleaned up after themselves last_img read more

Valley to host many ghoulish events for holiday

first_img The Acton Leo Club will host its 12th annual Fall Festival from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Acton Community Center, on Smith Avenue west of Crown Valley Road. A costume contest open from toddlers to adults starts at 6 p.m. A pumpkin carving contest starts at 6:30 p.m. Games and food will be available. Admission is free. Antelope Valley Mall invites children to trick-or-treat between stores from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday. The Spooktacular Halloween Bash lets children dress up in costumes and get their fill of goodies in a safe, climate-controlled environment, mall officials said. “This is the perfect opportunity for Antelope Valley Mall businesses to give back to the community, especially the children,” said Diana Fiore, mall marketing director. “We are happy to provide a fun environment for all our little AV witches and goblins.” Lancaster Elks Lodge will host is annual Halloween party for local youngsters from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the lodge hall, 240 E. Ave. K. The party is free to all Lancaster-area children ages 12 and younger with parental supervision. A haunted house including games and prizes will be held inside the lodge building. Hamburgers, hot dogs and punch will be provided free to the children. Goodie bags will be given at the door. The event will be sponsored by Elks volunteers and Emblem Club 76 members. About 250 children attended last year’s party. For more information, contact the Lancaster Elks Lodge at (661) 942-1625. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The play will be performed by the Palmdale City Players with theater staff in the cast. It was written and directed by David Alan Smith, a professional actor in his fifth year as the theater group’s director. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens, members of the military, students and kids 12 and under. Students with identification may purchase tickets at half-price 30 minutes before the show. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at (661) 267-5685. Teenagers from Highland High School will put on a haunted house with movie monsters and other frights from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The cost is $5, a portion of which will go to Lancaster-based Catalyst Foundation. The house is recommended for visitors age 13 and older. A haunted house will be sponsored by the Acton Leo club from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the Acton Community Center, on Smith Avenue west of Crown Valley Road. The club has been hosting the haunted house for 12 years. Admission is $5. PALMDALE – Halloween parties, haunted houses, a play and trick-or-treating are coming up this week in the Antelope Valley. Here are some local events: A stage comedy about a witch, a werewolf, a mummy and assorted monsters putting on a show to save their Transylvania theater from the tax collector will be performed at the Palmdale Playhouse. “Tricker’s Treat” will run at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the theater, 38334 10th St. E. last_img read more

Bilaspur High Court denies bail to Telangana activists

first_imgNagpur: The Bilaspur High Court has rejected the bail application of seven activists from Telangana, who were arrested by the Chhattisgarh police, allegedly from Sukma district in December last year, on charges of carrying Maoist literature and banned currency notes.The activists — Prabhakar Rammaya, B. Durga Prasad, K. Rajendra Prasad, D. Prabhakar, B. Ravindranath, Mohammad Nazir and R. Laxmayya — were travelling to the State as part of the Telangana Democratic Front (TDF) fact-finding team to investigate the alleged human rights violation of local tribals by security forces. They were arrested by the police from Dharmapenta village of Sukma district and booked under the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act, 2005.However, the TDF members had claimed that they were arrested by the Telangana police from Dummegudem village of Telangana and were handed over the Chhattisgarh police. The team, which included two high court lawyers and research scholars, had also accused the police of “planting” the Maoist literature and banned notes.The activists had approached the Bilaspur High Court after courts in Sukma and Dantewada districts of Chhattisgarh refused to grant bail to them.However, justice Gautam Bhaduri of the Bilaspur High Court observed in his order, on the activists’ bail plea, that as per the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act, even if someone makes a plan to commit any unlawful activity, he can be charged for the offence.“Therefore, taking in the facts and circumstances of the case, I am not inclined to allow this bail application, at this stage,” justice Bhaduri ruled.The activists were represented by senior lawyer Kanak Tiwari, who also cited a Kerala High Court judgement of 2014, in which the court had said that “being a Maoist is no crime”.Advocate Ashish Shukla, representing the Chhattisgarh government, managed to convince the court that the literature allegedly seized from the activists “propagates the killing of police personnel and appeals to the public to join and carry forward their [Maoists] war”.The activists’ lawyers are planning to move to the Supreme Court.last_img read more