Tough going for local players at Jamaica International Badminton Tournament

first_imgFor the large part, locals had a tough time in competition on Thursday’s action of the Jamaica International Badminton Championships, which is being staged at the National Indoor Sports Centre.With action set to begin at 5 p.m. today, the tournament will today move into its semi-final stage, following yesterday’s quarter-final clashes.In men’s singles, Gareth Henry and Shane Wilson advanced from their second-round encounters on Wednesday. Henry defeated fellow Jamaican, Shaquille Palmer, 21-5, 21-17, while Wilson beat the up-and-coming Mathew Lee, 21-15, 23-21.Henry was scheduled to meet Portugal’s Pedro Martins in last night’s quarter-final. Martins defeated the number four seeded, Luka Wraber (Austria), 23-25, 21-13, 21-19 in round two.Wilson, in the meantime, was down to battle Austria’s David Obernosterer in the quarters.In other matches on Wednesday night, No. 1-seeded Osleni Guerrero (Cuba) defeated Rosario Maddaloni (Italy). Guerrero lost the first game, but recovered to defeat the Italian 16-21, 21-18, 21-8. Number two seeded Howard Shu (USA) defeated Dennis Coke (Jamaica) 21-14, 21-11.Guerrero (Cuba) was slated to face Hsu Jui Ting (Chinese Taipei), while the American, Shu, took on the Czech Republic’s Milan Ludik in last night’s quarters.In women’s singles, last year’s singles runner-up, Zuzana Pavelkova (Czech Republic), was lined up for a tough battle against No. 1 seed, Jeanine Cicognini (Italy). Cicognini defeated Jamaica’s Esther Reynolds, while Pavelkova beat another local, Alana Bailey, 21-6, 21-10 to advance to the quarter-final round.In the bottom half of the draw, No. 2 seed Elizabeth Baldauf (Austria) was down to face Lithuania’s Akvile Stapuasaityte in the quarter-finals. Baldfauf defeated Mexico’s Haramara Gaitan 21-16, 21-15, while Stapusaityte moved pass Jamaica’s Geordine Henry 21-5, 21-6.GORDON WINSIn other women’s singles matches, fourth seed Telma Santos (Portugal) defeated Shezelle Mctyson (Jamaica), 21-7, 21-7; Iesha Gordon (Jamaica) defeated fellow Jamaican Taina Daley 18-21, 21-19, 21-11 to move the quarter-finals. Gordon was matched against Santos (Portugal), while Jamaica’s Mikaylia Haldane had booked a ticket to play Mariana Ugalde last night.In men’s doubles, the action started yesterday in the quarter-finals, with number one seed Castillo/Munoz (Mexico) against Jamaica’s Anglin/Barham, while No. 2-seeded Dierickx/Golinski (Belgium) face Jamaica’s top pair, Henry/Palmer.Jamaicans played better in mixed doubles, where the top Jamaican pair, siblings Geordine and Gareth defeated the Valentine/Daley combination to reach the quarter-final, while Katherine Wynter teamed up with Denis Coke to beat Sean Wilson and Christine Leyow.The finals will be played tomorrow, also beginning at 5 p.m.last_img read more

‘Any effort to support students is welcome’ – says Chang of MoBay City Run

first_imgMONTEGO BAY (JIS):Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Dr Horace Chang, has endorsed the third staging of the MoBay City Run, which is held annually to raise funds for needy tertiary students in western Jamaica.Speaking during the recent launch at the St James Parish Council’s chambers in Montego Bay, Chang said the event’s goal is consistent with the Government’s commitment to making tertiary education more accessible to students by providing them with financing options.In noting that the Government’s policy for training aims to ensure that young people are provided with a secondary education “without any significant cost”, Chang said efforts by many students to access tertiary education often incurred “a major expense”.Against this background, Chang, who is the Member of Parliament for North Western St James – where the event will be staged – lauded the MoBay City Run’s Organising Committee for its efforts over the past two years in assisting tertiary students experiencing financial challenges.He noted that Montego Bay has a significant number of talented and academically brilliant youngsters, many of whom struggle to maintain their enrolment in tertiary institutions in western Jamaica, and encouraged corporate entities and other stakeholders to support the fundraising event.ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT”Any effort to support the students is welcome and will be supported by me both at the local and national (level) as an educated population is the most essential ingredient to developing our society,” he stated.He also said the MoBay City Run has the potential to boost Jamaica’s foreign exchange earnings by broadening the range of tourism product offerings to international participants and fans of the event.”This kind of activity does engage a significant number of visitors, and these marathons and athletics events have become part of the travel industry just like entertainment and food,” the minister added.Organising committee chairperson Janet Silvera hopes to raise in excess of $6 million to fund bursaries and scholarships to assist students attending the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the University of Technology (UTech) western campuses; Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College; and Montego Bay Community College.She said since MoBay City Run’s first staging in 2014, approximately 100 students have benefited each year from the proceeds and added that the committee planned to double the number of beneficiaries this year.Some 3,000 racers are expected to participate in the 5K and 10K run and walk events, set for Sunday, May 1.last_img read more

Charlton confident Clarendon will win ‘all four trophies’

first_img “We are good this year because of our commitment, our togetherness, and we are going for all trophies,” he reiterated, adding that his school might be “underrated” against Kingston schools, but they will come to give their best. “I want to lead my team to all four trophies because they think we can’t win them,” stressed the game-winning skipper. The Clarendon-based school were last daCosta Cup winners in 2014. However, they were stopped from copping the double Olivier Shield by corporate area kingpins JC. The Clarendon team is coached by Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis, managed by Richard ‘Richie P’ Palmer, with Lenworth ‘Lenny’ Hyde as the assistant coach. “They (JC) beat me 2014 in the Olivier Shield and now I’ve taken back my revenge. No fear playing JC. JC isn’t a top-class team like a Barcelona. It’s just another team like every other school,” he reasoned, while crediting teamwork for the win. Captain Creggton Charlton, the tip of the Clarendon College (CC) attacking pyramid, is ready to lead his school to schoolboy football supremacy and “win all four trophies this season”. He is on a high now, having scored the 1-0 winner at the 50th minute over 2014 champions and last season’s beaten finalists, Jamaica College (JC), in the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)-FLOW Super Cup at Sabina Park on Saturday. “The season is going well. We are undefeated so far and we are gonna win the (daCosta Cup, FLOW Super Cup, Ben Francis and Olivier Shield), all four titles,” pointed out the confident player, who is eyeing 25 goals. “Yes, we can win all four. I am trying to score at least 25 goals this season. I will try to put away my chances and try to bond my team together so we can achieve our goals,” he told The Gleaner. Courtesy of the forward’s heroics, CC progressed to the quarter-finals, where they will play Excelsior High next Saturday. Going for everythinglast_img read more

Fishermen’s families remember loved ones ahead of National Day of Mourning

first_imgAlmost three months after the vessel captained by Ramesh ‘Ravo’ Sancharra was gruesomely attacked in one of the worst acts of piracy in Guyana’s history, Sanchara remains one of 11 men whose bodies have not been recovered, and they are presumed dead.On Sunday, at Sancharra’s Good Hope, East Coast Demerara residence, family members and friends gathered to say farewell with solemn Hindu rites for the dead.Sancharra’s wife, Kawalpatty Mangru, tearfully recalled that her husband had been a fisherman for more than 30 years. “He like fishing. He does work; he doesn’t doKawalpatty Mangru and her sonsnothing else. Meh miss him!” Mangru said.Sancharra’s vessel was one of four carrying some 20 persons off the coast of Suriname when it was attacked on April 27. His son, Rajendra Sancharra, said he was about to have breakfast when he received the devastating news on the morning after the attack.“Three from my father boat they chop and tie with battery. They had two other survivors,” Rajendra told the Department of Public Information. “It’s a very, very sad situation,” he added.Sancharra’s memorial comes the day before the country honours the fishermen’s memory with a National Day of Mourning.A Department of Public Information report stated that President Granger made the proclamation in regard to the National Day of Mourning on Friday.“Well, that is a good thing that he has done; and maybe he could do it like everySancharra’s eldest son performing the Hindu ritesyear,” Rajendra said of the President’s decision.On Monday, June 25, all authorities, boards, commissions, corporations, public agencies, and citizens will fly the Golden Arrowhead at half-staff as a demonstration of solidarity with the families of the men killed in the gruesome and grisly acts, and to accord due homage, respect and reverence to the memory of the victims.Family members of Danesh Persaud, called “Vicky”, and Mahese Sarjoo were headed to Suriname to commemorate the loss of their loved ones. The Guyana Embassy in Paramaribo is hosting a prayer service in honour of the men on Monday.Sancharra family members have said they would like to see justice served for their father and the other men who lost their lives. Tarmattie Ibrahim, called Kavita, wife of Danesh Persaud, has said, “We need justice!”last_img read more

Miner dies after mining pit collapses

first_imgA 54-year-old miner died on Monday after the mining pit in which he was working collapsed and he was covered with mud.Dead is Timothy Hunter of Jawalla Village, Upper Mazaruni River.According to Police, the incident occurred at about 16:30h on Monday at a mining pit located at Ominaik Village, Upper Mazaruni River.The initial investigation revealed that Hunter and several other miners were “jetting” inside the pit when a wall collapsed and covered him.Reports are the other miners attempted to rescue him but by the time they dug through the slush, he was unresponsive.The body is presently at the Imbaimadai Health Post awaiting post-mortem.On December 27, 2018, 11-year-old Tairon Terryl De Souza of Big Creek, Port Kaituma, Region One (Barima-Waini), died at Big Creek during a mining pitA mining pit in Guyana’s interioraccident.In October 2018, Lennox Douglas, 33, of Canvas City, Wismar, Linden, met his demise when a portion of rocks from a mining pit reportedly fell onto his head.He was, however, quickly picked up and rushed to the Issano Health Centre where he succumbed to his injuries. In September 2018, two miners lost their lives after they were covered by mud when a pit in which they were working caved in at the Mowasi Backdam, Konawaruk, Potaro, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni).Dead are Deon Sproston, called “Jersey Joe”, 36, of Lot 133 Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara (ECD), and a miner only known as “Shawn”. The incident occurred at about 20:00h on September 17.Guyana Times understands that the two men and other persons were working the walls of the pit with metal detectors searching for gold while it was raining heavily.While working, a large portion of the pit wall suddenly broke off and fell on both men, burying them alive.In January 2018, 23-year-old Handel Payne, also called “Daggie”, of Kaneville Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD), died after the mining pit in which he was working at 35 Miles, Konawaruk Backdam collapsed.In April 2018, a miner named Kevin Adams, 25, of Linden, Region Ten (Upper Demerara-Berbice) died at Chinese Creek Backdam, Mazaruni River, after a pit caved in and buried him alive.One month later, in May, Ken Ranny, 20, a resident of Kamarang, Upper Mazaruni River, died after he was covered by mud after the wall of a mining pit in which he was working collapsed at Pepper Camp Backdam, Upper Mazaruni River.Again, one month later, in June, miner Elmo Adams died after he too was buried alive after the walls of a pit in which he was working caved in at Imbaimadai, Upper Mazaruni.Back in 2015, ten persons died in a mining pit in the Konawaruk area after it collapsed. The incident saw 17 miners being buried under a pile of dirt and rubble but seven managed to escape alive with various injuries.The others remained trapped under the dirt, where they perished. The ten miners were Leyland Jones, Jason Trotman, Vick Bernard, Frank Bernard, Desmond Martins, Raymond August, Brian Bank, Trevon Phillips, Nanmore Kurt and another man identified only as “Michael”.The deaths were blamed on heavy rains in the area, improper mining design and poor safety practices at the mining camp.last_img read more

CONFIRMED! Conte signs three-year deal to become next Chelsea boss

first_img1 Antonio Conte Chelsea have confirmed Antonio Conte has signed a three-year contract to become their next manager.The Italy head coach will take charge of the Premier League club after this summer’s European Championship.The 46-year-old said: “I am very excited about the prospect of working at Chelsea Football Club. I am proud to be the coach of the national team of my country and only a role as attractive as manager of Chelsea could follow that.“‘I am looking forward to meeting everyone at the club and the day-to-day challenge of competing in the Premier League.“Chelsea and English football are watched wherever you go, the fans are passionate and my ambition is to have more success to follow the victories I enjoyed in Italy.“‘I am happy we have made the announcement now so everything is clear and we can end the speculation. I will continue to focus on my job with the Italian national team and will reserve speaking about Chelsea again until after the Euros.”Conte will be the permanent successor to Jose Mourinho, who was axed by Chelsea in December after a disastrous start to the season. Guus Hiddink has been in temporary charge since Mourinho’s departure but has continually made it clear he will depart the post in the summer.Conte will be the fifth Italian to manage Chelsea, following in the footsteps of Gianluca Vialli, Claudio Ranieri, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Di Matteo.He has been in charge of Italy since August 2014 having previously enjoyed great success at Juventus, where he won three successive Serie A titles.Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: “We are very pleased to have recruited one of the most highly regarded managers in world football and we are equally pleased to do so before the end of the current season. This aids our future planning.“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Guus Hiddink, who has done a great job since he joined us in December.”last_img read more


first_imgDonegal 1-5 Monaghan 3-16 – An experimental Donegal did their best to keep in touch with Monaghan in their McKenna Cup clash at MacCumhaill Park today.Jim McGuinness’ team only trailed by three points at half time thanks mainly to an Adrian Hanlon goal.But any thoughts this young Donegal side had of upsetting the odds in the second half were quickly blown away. In the end it proved nothing more than shooting practice for Monaghan who finally cantered away bt 3-16 to 1-05.The Donegal manager won’t lose any sleep by the result – a similar outing to the first McKenna Cup game against Fermanagh during the week.It was his chance to blood a number of players and give a chance for a start to a number of fringe players.The eventual manner of defeat may give him some food for thought but little else at this stage of the season. Monaghan had looked in control at MacCumhaill Park in the opening half.Indeed they raced to a five point lead with scores from the likes of Kieran Hughes, Conor McManus and Kieran Duffy before 25 minutes.Adrian Hanlon has managed to keep Donegal in touch with Donegal’s opening score – a goal on 28 minutes.Glenswilly man Gary McFadden added a point with his left boot before Monaghan netted a couple more.Donegal did well to hang in as the visitors looked like they could have pulled away in the first half. But that inevitably came through in the second period as Monaghan scored at will.It didn’t help that their first score was a goal by Keith McEleaney in the opening minutes of the restart which cancelled out Hanlon’s goal for Donegal.Kieran Hughes scored almost at will with a personal tally of 1-5 for the visitors.Dermot Malone added another goal for Monaghan as McGuinness continued to ring the changes knowing the chance of victory was long gone for his side. Hughes grabbed Monaghan’s third goal as the scoreboard began to look slightly embarrassing on the day.EXPERIMENTAL DONEGAL BLOWN AWAY BY MONAGHAN IN DR MCKENNA CUP was last modified: January 13th, 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:EXPERIMENTAL DONEGAL BLOWN AWAY BY MONAGHAN IN DR MCKENNA CUPlast_img read more


first_imgSOCCER: Finn Harps welcome Cobh Ramblers to Finn Park tonight knowing a victory will put them back on top of the First Division. Wexford Youths were scheduled to play UCD on Sunday – but that game has now been postponed due to the students Europa League commitments.So if Harps can defeat Cobh tonight it will them send them one point clear at the top of the table for at least a week. Harps are looking to record three successive victories on the bounce if they can overcome Stephen Henderson’s plucky Cobh Ramblers outfit.Harps had lost three games on the bounce – but have responded superbly by recording consecutive wins over Cabinteely and Waterford.Harps will be without Keith Cowan who is heading to Italy to get married, while Tommy McMonagle is a doubt after he limped off with an ankle complaint in last weekend’s victory over Waterford.Apart from that Ollie Horgan should have a fully fit squad to choose from as Harps look to return to the top of the table. Kick-off at Finn Park is at 8pm and a big crowd is expected to turn up to hopefully see Harps go back to the top of the table.We’ll have a full-match report on all the action at Finn Park later this evening. FINN HARPS HOST COBH TONIGHT KNOWING A WIN WILL PUT THEM BACK ON TOP was last modified: July 17th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Cobh Ramblersfinn harpsnewssoccerSportlast_img read more

Latest: QPR 1 Stoke 2

first_imgPeter Crouch’s goal against his former club left struggling QPR staring at another defeat.They were were behind after Mame Biram Diouf’s close-range header and had lost Joey Barton after he appeared to aggravate a hamstring problem when Charlie Adam sliced the ball into his own net three minutes before the break.But Stoke regained the lead when Crouch fired home early in the second half.Stoke manager Mark Hughes was given a predictably hostile reception from the home supporters because of his ill-fated spell as Rangers boss.The Welshman is faring much better at Stoke, however, and they went ahead in the 11th minute.Mauricio Isla’s hesitation enabled Victor Moses to cross from the left and Crouch climbed above Rio Ferdinand to nod the ball down and give Diouf a simple finish.Moses then had a low shot saved by Rob Green as the visitors continued to have the upper hand.And Crouch missed a great chance when he shot wide after being teed up by Moses.Barton went off in the 33rd minute having started the game after coming through a fitness test and although Niko Kranjcar went close from 30 yards, Rangers were struggling before their good fortune led to an equaliser.Steven Caulker met Jordon Mutch’s corner with a firm header and as Crouch and Adam both attempted to clear off the line, the Scot was left red-faced.But Stoke hit back six minutes after the break. Again Moses was the provider – and again Isla was at fault.The Chilean lost possession deep in his own half and then allowed Moses to deliver a cross towards Crouch, who thumped past keeper Green.Another error by Isla then presented Erik Pieters with a chance but he failed to take advantage and Rangers had another let-off when Steven N’Zonzi fired wide after being set up by Adam. QPR: Green; Isla, Caulker, Ferdinand, Traore: Barton (Phillips 33); Mutch (Henry 50), Fer, Kranjcar; Vargas (Zamora 70), Austin. Subs: McCarthy, Onuoha, Dunne, Hoilett.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more