Top guns Johnson, Pagon for BCIC, Swept Away Open

first_img “As a sports marketing tool considering the universal acceptance of the sport of tennis and the planned publicity surrounding the event, this event presents a unique opportunity for companies and individuals to contribute meaningfully towards a worthy cause – the social development and enthusiasm of the game is priceless,” Grizzle said. Tournament director, Llockett McGregor, said the tournament will be a competitive one, with over 85 local-based players confirmed so far, including top-ranked players Damion Johnson and Dwayne Pagon. “Everyone is looking forward to playing on the clay courts,” McGregor said. The categories will include Men’s Singles, Ladies Singles, Men’s 35 Pro and Men’s 35 Amateur. The winner of the men’s singles will pocket $175,000, while the ladies singles winner will take home $75,000, and the winner of the men’s pro will receive $85,000. Sponsors include title sponsors BCIC and Couples Swept Away Negril, Toyota Jamaica, Austro Jam, Lee’s Fifth Avenue, Caribbean Resources, Rainforest Seafood and CPJ. This event is sanctioned by Tennis Jamaica. Over the years, the annual BCIC, Couples Swept Away Open clay court tennis championship has successfully exposed young players to the international arena of the sport of tennis and has continued to be developed to internationally accepted standards. The Championships, which began in 1991, has developed the reputation over the years as Jamaica’s premier open tennis championship and is the only clay court tournament, as well as the longest continuous tennis tournament, in Jamaica. This year’s edition – which runs from Friday to Monday, Heroes’ Day – marks the 23rd anniversary of which Swept Away Resorts has hosted this local event, through which Jamaica has received worldwide recognition for its contribution to the sport of tennis. According to Syrika Grizzle, sports manager at Swept Away, the annual clay court tournament is an excellent corporate marketing opportunity and her company will continue to do their best for the development of tennis in Jamaica. CORPORATE CONTRIBUTIONlast_img read more

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Grizzlies will retire Marc Gasol’s No. 33

first_imgThe Raptors, 40-16, are 1.5 games behind Milwaukee for the top record in the Eastern Conference while the Grizzlies, 22-34, have the second-worst record in the Western Conference, eight games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the last playoff spot.Gasol, a three-time NBA All-Star and 2013 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, helped Spain to two Eurobasket titles and two Olympic silver medals in 2008 and 2012.Gasol has career averages of 15.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 blocked shots a game for the Grizzlies.Gasol’s older brother Pau is a two-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers who played for the Grizzlies from 2001-2008.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nevertheless, Pera made it clear how much Gasol has meant to the club.“Marc has been a dedicated teammate, star player and pillar of this team for the past 11 seasons,” Pera said in a statement. “He plays with a heart and a passion for the game that helped carry this franchise to seven straight playoff appearances.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“But what Marc has done for this organization is about more than just basketball. He was a part of a core group of players that helped shape the identity of this franchise on and off the court and were embraced by the city of Memphis.”Pera thanked Gasol for “his blood, sweat and dedication to the Grizzlies and Memphis. The impact he has had on this team and the city will live on, and we look forward to one day welcoming him back home to Memphis where his No. 33 jersey will hang in the rafters”. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Marc Gasol #33 of the Memphis Grizzlies plays the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on December 10, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFPMarc Gasol’s No. 33 jersey will be retired by the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, team owner Robert Pera said Friday, a day after trading the Spanish center to the Toronto Raptors.The 34-year-old Spanish 7-footer (2.16m) has played for the Grizzlies since making his 2008 NBA debut but was moved to the contending Raptors at Thursday’s league trade deadline.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks win 6th straight, outplay Luka Doncic, Mavs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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‘GOL Has No Right to Close Down Schools’

first_imgThe Liberian government has no right to arbitrarily close down schools just because some students participated in demonstrations for it is the job of the Liberia National Police to clear demonstrators from wherever they gather.This was the reaction of Torli Krua, human rights activist and pastor from Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States. Krua, who serves refugees and promotes justice, entrepreneurship, self-sufficiency and citizens’ initiatives in post-conflict Liberia, was reacting to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s order to close down schools and dismiss teachers involved in last Tuesday’s student protest in Unification Town, Margibi County.Reports said there were roadblocks on the main Robertsfield Highway with the students demanding that the instructors return to their classrooms. Krua said when citizens break the law and the government in anger breaks the law, then of course both are set in a lawless quagmire that could breed insecurity.Rev. Krua admitted that Liberia has a lawlessness problem and “The solution is a full scale restoration of true democracy and real republicanism in Liberia. There is a growing perception among poor and illiterate Liberian citizens that there is no justice for poor and illiterate citizens. Even so, those who blocked the highway must be arrested and prosecuted based on the laws of Liberia,” he said on the social media comment section of the Daily Observer online page.Rev. Krua said the aggrieved students must be creative and strategic about the solutions they desire and they must use their brains and not just resort to using their hands and feet as stone throwers or street demonstrators. “Students have a right to take the government to court for damages they suffer because of the teachers’ strike. Clearly, this looks like a policing problem,” he said. “And they are closing schools for policing problems?”Widening the scope of his reaction, Rev. Krua said to restore true democracy and real republicanism in Liberia, citizens must demand the right to set the salaries and benefits of legislators and also directly propose laws without the permission or approval of the President or the National Legislature. He said politicians will not bring change – only citizens can bring complete change and urged change agents to stand up for social change, one by one. “Together citizens must begin building a new democracy,” he said.Supporting Rev. Krua’s position, Quoi Yarlee wrote, “Madam President, I think your decision is a result of frustration. The head of NTAL, who initiated the demonstration, should be held responsible. Again dismiss the Minister of Education, because this has become a custom that any appointed official with a resignation request from the public cannot be ignored.”The NTAL has staged demonstrations calling for the removal of Education Minister Werner and the Monrovia Consolidated School System’s Superintendent Benjamin A. Jacobs, accusing them of incompetency and inadequate capacity in their respective positions to bring reforms to the country’s messy educational system. NTAL representatives have condemned the introduction of the Private Public Partnership (PPP) that places the educational system in the hands of a private company that has failed in its programs in Uganda and Kenya.However, the Ministry of Education has not shown any interest to back down, insisting that the PPP idea is the best way to go, which was recently buttressed by Senator Jewel Taylor (Bong Co). The NTAL said many teachers have lost their jobs and despite appeals for their reinstatement, the MOE has failed to do so.Andrew Worth wrote, “If people damage property and act disorderly, you prosecute them for damaging property and acting disorderly. Extrajudicial punishment for simple crimes is not an action undertaken by a responsible government.”During the demonstration, students vandalized government facilities, including the 13th Judicial Circuit Court, offices of the National Elections Commission, the County Service Center, and part of the fence surrounding the Ministry of Education facilities in Kakata.Peter Darsee in his reaction wrote, “There is nothing just about destroying what we are benefiting from as a people. There is nothing just about a demonstration that leads to the destruction of government and private properties. There is nothing just about a demonstration that is not properly defined. What is just about demonstration is simple – demonstrators shall write what they want for government to address on paper, put it on a piece of stick or hold it in their hands so that national and international journalists and other people may know the meaning of your dissatisfaction. Those who engaged in violent demonstrations are people who want instant or quick justice, but fail to know that justice is not all about quickness but patience.”Darsee accused those who are clapping for “these undefined demonstrators as unpatriotic. You and your demonstrators are not true nationals of this country. Please stop your undefined actions. Don’t let your hate for the education minister overshadow your love for your dear country, Liberia.”Dixon Butty of St. Francis High School was reconciliatory when he wrote, “Let me passionately appeal to the President to exercise restraint and show mercy on the students. To err is human and to forgive is a great divine. The students must have been brainwashed to do what they thought was right. The educational system in Liberia is already rotten. Let’s refine it not by closure but by dialogue. The students involved are not self-sponsored. Their parents and guardians paid for their education from their hard-earned money. Please feel for their parents and guardians by showing mercy.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Officials ID man shot after pointing fake gun at deputies

first_imgQUARTZ HILL – A man who was shot in the leg this weekend by a sheriff’s deputy after he pulled out a plastic gun and pointed it at deputies was identified Monday as 35-year-old Raymond Viola. Viola, who had a no-bail warrant for his arrest for failing to appear in court on a nearly year-old drug case, also was hit twice with a stun gun and once by a squad car before he was arrested. “When officers tried to detain Raymond he was uncooperative,” sheriff’s Lt. Dan Rosenberg said. “Raymond had a replica firearm on him. He pulled out the replica firearm and one of the deputies, fearing for his safety, shot him. He was Tasered and shot. He ran down the street after being shot and Tasered.” Viola was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries and then released into the custody of deputies. No deputies were injured. The shooting occurred about 9:45 a.m. on Saturday after deputies responded to a home in the 5100 block of West Avenue M-4. The home belonged to a man for whom Viola had done odd jobs. “For whatever reason, the guy terminated the relationship. Raymond went over to this house and began creating problems for the resident,” Rosenberg said. Unable to find Viola either because he was hiding or had left the area, the deputies remained in the area to continue to look for him. While they were gone, Viola returned and beat up the man and tried to take his car, Rosenberg said. Deputies returned and shot him after he pulled out the fake gun. He ran away and deputies followed him in a patrol car. “At one point, Raymond was going to run down a driveway. He changed directions and hit the police car,” Rosenberg said. “He got back up and started running again. He was Tasered once again and tackled and taken into custody.” A judge issued a bench warrant for Viola’s arrest on March 20 after he failed to appear in court for his drug case. Viola was charged in July 2006 with felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of a syringe without a permit, court records show. He pleaded no contest to the drug offense, was sentenced to six months in jail, and placed on probation. In September 2006 he was found to have violated probation and was ordered to seek treatment under Proposition 36, records show. An arrest warrant was issued for Viola when he failed to appear in court the next month for a progress report hearing. He was arrested on Feb. 27 and released a week later on a written promise to appear in court, which he failed to do on March 20, leading to the second bench warrant being issued for his arrest. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Bolt offered contract with Malta football club

first_img0Shares0000Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt scored twice in his first start for Australia’s Central Coast Mariners © AFP / PETER PARKSSYDNEY, Australia, Oct 16 – Sprint king Usain Bolt could be making his way to Europe after being offered a two-year professional football contract in Malta, reports said Tuesday, with the club saying it wanted to “write history” with the signing.Bolt, 32, has been on trial with A-League club the Central Coast Mariners since arriving in Australia in August in his bid to pursue a boyhood dream of becoming a footballer after retiring from athletics last year. The 100 metres world record-holder scored his first two goals in professional football on Friday when he started a pre-season game against second-tier Macarthur South West United in Sydney.Malta club Valletta FC said they had made a formal offer which includes playing in its upcoming cup final, with chief executive Ghasston Slimen saying the move to snare Bolt was “about writing history”.“Usain Bolt broke the record in Beijing (Olympics) in 2008, and I have followed him for the last year-and-a-half on his football journey,” Slimen told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.“We play the final of the Super Cup on December 13, which we will win… so can you imagine Usain Bolt lifting the Super Cup trophy 10 years after he broke the record in Beijing?“This isn’t about money, this is about history. This is something that they will talk about in 50 or 100 years’ time.”A group of investors from the Sanban Group in the United Arab Emirates acquired a majority stake in the club last month, vowing to qualify for the group stages of Europe’s Champions League.– Room for improvement –Bolt celebrate scoring with his trademark lightning bolt pose © AFP/File / PETER PARKSSlimen admitted Bolt still had to improve his footballing skills, but said he was inspired by the former sprinter’s jubilant celebrations — including the trademark lightning bolt victory pose — after the goals.“I don’t want him to be here on holiday, I want him training hard,” he said, adding that he wanted Bolt to be lifting trophies during his stint at Valletta.“I don’t want to make a big fuss, I want him to sign the contract, get on the flight, arrive in Malta and train, because we need to prepare for the Super Cup.”The Australian agent who arranged Bolt’s trial with the Mariners declined to confirm or deny the reports when contacted by AFP on Tuesday.Bolt does not yet have a contract with the Mariners ahead of the start of the A-League season this Friday, with the club’s chief executive Shaun Mielekamp saying in a statement that the Jamaican “will continue his indefinite training period… until any further notice”.Media reports suggest the Mariners are waiting for governing body Football Federation Australia to decide whether it will contribute to a potential Aus$3 million (US$2.1 million) offer to Bolt.FFA head David Gallop said Tuesday “the story of a contract in Europe is news to me”, but that any financial support from the governing body would not be drawn from a marquee fund set up to attract top players to the A-League.“The ball is very much in the Mariners court. They have to make a decision whether they want to move to put Usain onto a contract,” Gallop told Macquarie Sports Radio.“If they get to that point (of signing Bolt) then we’ll look at what’s feasible for us but it can’t be from the marquee player fund…. we can’t use that money but we’ll look at if we can do anything else.”The 32-year-old previously tried out with clubs in Germany, South Africa and Norway to no avail.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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DONEGAL WOMAN ASKS COURT FOR THE RIGHT TO DIE IN LANDMARK LEGAL CASE

first_imgTHE debate on euthanasia in Ireland is set to intensify after a Co Donegal woman who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis today began a legal case to allow her husband to assist her in taking her own lifeMarie Fleming, 58, a former lecturer at UCD, wants the option to end her own life and believes her partner Tom Curran should be allowed to help her. Ms Fleming, who now lives in Wicklow but is originally from Letterkenny, gave evidence to a specially-convened three-judge High Court today.Ms Fleming was diagnosed with MS in the 1980s and is in the final stages of the condition. She told the court she had come to ask for help to die while she still had her voice.Ms Fleming said she had spoken to her children and they are “supportive”.She said: “A lot of tears were shed and a lot of questions asked, but they see me and know how my life has deteriorated to such an extent that I can’t help myself with even just minor things like showering.”Her partner Tom Curran is willing to help her die if it is lawful, she told the court.She said her children could be prosecuted for being in the room with her when it happens and she did not want to “leave that legacy”.She described her daily life and said she has seven different carers.“When you have to be showered, toileted and fed you start to feel like a nobody,” she said.GAS MASK She said she had talked non-stop about how she would end her life and had decided the only way for her would be to use gas through a face mask.Ms Fleming could activate the gas by moving her head to initiate the flow or by blowing into a tube.She would have no objection to an independent observer being present if the court requested, she said, adding: “We have nothing to hide.”Ms Fleming said she was now at peace with the world and had planned her funeral. She wanted jazz music to be played and for it to be a celebration.“I want to go peacefully in my own home, with the people I love around me,” she said.President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, Mr Justice Paul Carney and Mr Justice Gerard Hogan moved from the bench to be closer to the witness for her evidence, which lasted just under half an hour.Lawyers for the State did not cross-examine her.Ms Fleming is challenging a section of the Criminal Law Suicide Act, which makes it an offence to help someone take their own life.Her lawyers earlier told the court they will argue that the section of the act is contrary to the provisions of the Constitution and incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.DONEGAL WOMAN ASKS COURT FOR THE RIGHT TO DIE IN LANDMARK LEGAL CASE was last modified: December 5th, 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:DONEGAL WOMAN ASKS COURT FOR THE RIGHT TO DIE IN LANDMARK LEGAL CASElast_img read more

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Schalke close to completing £8.75million deal for starlet eyed by Arsenal

first_img Amine Harit is set to leave Nantes 1 Schalke are closing in on a deal to land Arsenal target Amine Harit.The Gunners have been tracking the Nantes sensation, who has become a mainstay in the first team aged just 20.But Arsenal are not the only club hot on his heels, with Schalke also monitoring the midfielder’s progress throughout the campaign.And now, according to French outlet TF1, the Bundesliga side are close to rubber-stamping a deal to sign him.Schalke and Nantes have agreed on a fee of £8.75m and personal terms are now being discussed with Harit.The young Frenchman is said to have agreed on a four-year deal, although there is still a chance that new Nantes boss Claudio Ranieri could convince him to stay put.last_img

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PICTURE: JIM’S LAST INTERVIEW AS MANAGER

first_imgPic: Brid SweeneyBRID SWEENEY was in Croke Park for Donegal Daily the Sunday before last.As Jim McGuinness left, he stopped for one more interview with RTE Radio.This is her pic…  PICTURE: JIM’S LAST INTERVIEW AS MANAGER was last modified: October 4th, 2014 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:BRID SWEENEYJim McGuinnesslast_img

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Brilliant Blaney fires Harps U17’s to crucial win

first_imgFOOTBALL: A 4-0 win over Shelbourne in Killygordon this afternoon keeps the Finn Harps U17s side on track for a place in the knockout stages of the national competition. Two goals each from captain Shane Blaney and Niall McGinley sealed the victory for Declan Boyle’s side.Shels came to the Curragh in contention to qualify from the Northern Section but this defeat is a setback for the Dublin outfit. Harps led 3-0 at the break thanks to a double from Blaney, which included a penalty with McGinley also finding the back of the Shels net.And it was McGinley’s second goal that rounded off a super win for Boyle’s boys.Next Saturday the Harps U17s make the short trip to take on Derry City in a local derby.Brilliant Blaney fires Harps U17’s to crucial win was last modified: September 10th, 2016 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:finn harpsLOInewsShane BlaneySportU17slast_img read more

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DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2011

first_imgROONEYThe death has taken place at the Donegal Community Hospital of Una Rooney, 17 Drumcliffe Terreace, Donegal Town. Removal from the hospital today at 3pm going to the home of her daughter, Maura Caldwell at Main Street, Donegal Town. Removal tomorrow (Friday) at 6.30pm going to St Mary’s Church, Killymard for Mass at 7pm. Funeral Mass on Saturday at 11am. Burial afterwards in Clar Cemetery.GALLAGHER The death has taken place in the Lake House, Portnablagh of Donal Gallagher, Station House, Upper Dunmore, Falcarragh. Removal from the Lakehouse today at 1pm going to his home. Funeral tomorrow (Friday) in St Finnian’s Church, Falcarragh at 12noon. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. House private from midnight to 9am.BOYLEThe tragic death has occurred of Martin Boyle, Toome, Lettermacaward and Chapel Road, Dungloe. Remains are  reposing at McGlynn’s Funeral Home, Chapel Road with viewing from 6PM today and Rosary at 9pm. Removal from there tomorrow (Friday) evening at 4 o’clock going to St Brigid’s Church, Lettermacaward arriving at 5 o’clock to repose overnight. Funeral Mass on Saturday at 11am with burial afterwards in the new graveyard.FRIEL The death has taken place at the Donegal Hospice, Letterkenny of James Friel, 15 Lisowen Avenue, Buncrana. Removal from the hospice today at 3pm going to his home. Funeral from there on Saturday morning at 10.15am going to St Mary’s Church, Cockhill for Requiem Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only, donations in lieu to Donegal Hospice or Nazereth House Patient’s Comfort Fund. Family time from 11pm to 10am.GALLAGHERThe death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Sarah Gallagher, Ballymacarthur, Greencastle. Remains are reposing at her home. Funeral from there tomorrow (Friday) morning at 10.15am for 11am Requiem Mass in St Mary’s Church, Ballybrack with interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family time please from 11pm to 10am. Family flowers only, or if desired, donations in lieu to the ICU, Letterkenny Hospital c/o any family member.DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2011 was last modified: November 3rd, 2011 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)last_img read more

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