Top seeds get bye in Jamaica Int’l

first_img MIXED DOUBLES THE top seeds in the men’s singles event of the II Jamaica International 2016 badminton tournament Cuban Osleni Guerrero, Howard Shu of the United States, plus Austrians David Obernosterer and Luka Wraber progressed to the second round with byes. In the meantime, Jamaica’s number one, Gareth Henry, took on Barbadian Bradley Pilgrim in the first round. With a spate of withdrawals in the women’s singles, Mikaylia Haldane from Jamaica has been catapulted into the quarter-finals. Top Jamaican female, Katherine Wynter, faced last year’s runner-up, Czech Zuzana Pavelkova, in round one. The top seed in this event is Italian Jeanine Cicognini, followed by Austria’s Elisabeth Baldauf. In the men’s doubles, with the withdrawal of the number one seeds from Mexico, all eyes will be on Indian pair Kona Tarun and Alwin Francis, as well as the favourites and number two seeds from Belgium, Matjis Dierickx and Freek Golinski. The Ladies Doubles is an all Jamaican affair, with top seeds Wynter and Ruth Williams expected to be stiff competition for the rest of the draw. In the mixed doubles, the Austrian pair of Obernosterer and Baldauf are seeded number one, while the number two seeds are Mexican Mariana Ugalde and Bjorn Seguin (USA). Top mixed Jamaican pair, Henry siblings Gareth and Geordine, will face their Jamaican teammates, Kemar Valentine and Taina Daley in round one. The tournament is sponsored by Mayberry Investment Ltd, Sports Development Foundation, Jamaica Sport, RJR Group, The Gleaner, along with Sun Island, JMMB, Milex Security Ltd., Yonex, Tastee, Icool, North Business Eco Systems, Yardie Sport, National Outdoor Advertising, Pure National Ice, Zip Technologies, Hi-Lyte and Jamaica Producers.last_img read more

Sunderland victory ‘means more than anyone can think’ to manager Poyet

first_img1 Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet Relieved Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet admitted a 3-1 away victory over Crystal Palace “means more than anyone can think” to his luckless side.The Black Cats claimed only their second win of the season thanks to Steven Fletcher’s brace and Jordi Gomez’s clinical finish, with the three points lifting the Wearside outfit out of the Premier League bottom-three.An own-goal from substitute Wes Brown – the team’s fourth in three games – threatened to gift the Eagles a point, but Sunderland broke out of their shell in the final 15 minutes with two well-crafted goals.And Poyet, whose side escaped shouts for a Palace penalty in the early stages, was thankful for his team’s turn of luck following a run of miserable results.“The win means a lot – more than anyone can think,” said the Black Cats boss.“The idea was to come back, somehow [from recent defeats to Southampton and Chelsea]. It’s not always about playing nice – it’s doing the basics.“The best part was the goals – you don’t score too many away from goals the way we did today.”Referencing the penalty appeal, Poyet said: “I didn’t know if it was but, after seeing Mr [Palace manager Neil] Warnock talking to people and the information coming from the top, it was.“It’s time we maybe got a bit of luck. It was a difficult time for the referee.”On his side’s own-goal problem, having added another to the three netted in last month’s incredible 8-0 loss at Southampton, Poyet added: “The players have a desire to clear, and then sometimes you are taking the biggest risk.“Wes rushed in – I don’t think we can train for this.“I am sure the atmosphere on Wednesday [when the players train again] will be great.”last_img read more

Bulgaria football chief resigns after racist abuse at England match

first_imgThe match, which England won 6-0, was halted twice after England players were targeted by racist chanting.The BFU said in a statement on its website that Mihaylov presented his resignation Tuesday and would hand it to the members of the BFU executive committee during its meeting Friday.“His decision resulted from the tension created over the past days, which is detrimental to Bulgarian football and the Bulgarian Football Union,” the statement said.Borisov said on Facebook that it was “inadmissible that Bulgaria… is associated with racism and xenophobia” and he “categorically condemned the behaviour of some of those present at the stadium”.Earlier Tuesday, BFU media chief Hristo Zapryanov had said his union was not to blame for the trouble, dismissing Monday’s incidents as “inadmissable” but saying the BFU had no power “to investigate and to track hooligans”.England manager Gareth Southgate said his side had made a statement by deciding to complete the match instead of leaving the pitch in the face of the abuse, calling it “an unacceptable situation”. Mihaylov has headed the football federation since 2005. During his time in charge Bulgaria have failed to qualify for any major tournament.Before the game, he had urged UEFA to stop “tensions” after England forward Tammy Abraham said his team was prepared to walk off the pitch if they faced abuse during Euro 2020 qualifiers.Mihaylov had said the BFU had made “extreme efforts and measures… to ensure a fair and safe environment”.0Shares0000(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000England forward Harry Kane and his teammates surround the match officials during a stoppage in the Euro 2020 match against Bulgaria because of racist chanting © AFP / NIKOLAY DOYCHINOVSofia, Bulgaria, Oct 15 – Bulgaria’s football union chief resigned Tuesday, a day after a match against England was twice halted because of racist abuse.Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov had urged Borislav Mihaylov, the president of the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU), to immediately step down following Monday’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia.last_img read more

Jurgen Klinsmann is ‘in discussions’ for the England job, says Germany chief

first_imgThe Football Association has declined to comment on speculation surrounding the next England manager, among rumours that Jurgen Klinsmann is in discussions for the job.Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff, a close friend of Klinsmann, has claimed that the former Germany and current United States boss is in line to succeed Roy Hodgson in the Wembley hotseat.Rumours on Saturday claimed the Germany legend is just one of the men the FA have contacted over the role, with Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe also reportedly in the running.But an FA spokesman would not elaborate on the status of Klinsmann or any of the other reported candidates.Former Tottenham striker Klinsmann was at the helm of the Germany side when they began their renaissance in 2006 and Bierhoff says he would be a “good fit” as England seek to rebuild after their humiliating second-round exit to Iceland at Euro 2016.Bierhoff, who was appointed to his current role by Klinsmann, let slip the apparent developments in a post-tournament briefing in Paris after Germany were beaten in the semi-final by France.He was quoted in several national newspapers as saying: “Since the arrival of Jurgen Klinsmann – who I think is in discussions with England – we have also given the national team a certain pride, atmosphere and organisation.“The success of the story is the high quality but also the good organisation and good atmosphere we have in the group.”On the 51-year-old’s suitability for the England role, he added: “He would be a good fit. We started in 2004 together and he’s not always, how can I say, nice to handle because he wants to change [things], but he brings motivation.“Since the arrival of Jurgen Klinsmann, German football stands up to quite a good level.“When we failed in 2000 we invested a lot in the infrastructure and the education of young players and coaches, so now we have a lot of talented players, we have a good infrastructure and the Bundesliga is investing in young players.“Perhaps it is an advantage that good players go to England and other countries, so clubs have to bring other players through.” 1 Could Germany legend Jurgen Klinsmann be the next England manager? last_img read more

HOLY SMOKE – LYIT BANS ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES ON CAMPUS

first_imgLetterkenny Institute of Technology has banned electronic cigarettes.The LYIT campusA circular issued today reminded all students and staff on campus the smoking ban includes e-cigarettes or electronic cigarettes in non-designated areas.The reminder was issued by the college’s Health and Safety officer Laurence Dempsey.  HOLY SMOKE – LYIT BANS ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES ON CAMPUS was last modified: April 1st, 2014 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:ELECTRONIC CIGARETTESLYITSMOKINGlast_img read more

SOCCER: MCVEIGH NETS BRACE TO FIRE LETTERKENNY ROVERS TOP OF THE ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE

first_imgPaul McVeigh (No.9) opens his account as Letterkenny Rovers ran out comfortable winners over Derry City Reserves.Former Finn Harps and Institute FC striker Paul McVeigh netted a first-half double to send Letterkenny Rovers on their way to a comfortable win over Derry City reserves.McVeigh opened his account for Rovers last week against local rivals Swilly Rovers and has been in impressive form since signing for Eamon McConigley’s side at the end of January.McVeigh continued his fine run of form since joining the Leckview outfit with a first-half brace. He scored twice in just two minutes before half-time to stun the youthful Derry City side.Rovers added a third early in the second-half to ensure they took all three points and ran out comfortable winners in the end.They sit top of the table after today’s victory and look like strong contenders for the USL title.Tommy Bonner enjoyed another excellent afternoon for McConigley’s side and has proved another excellent signing since joining from Finn Harps in the off-season.  SOCCER: MCVEIGH NETS BRACE TO FIRE LETTERKENNY ROVERS TOP OF THE ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE was last modified: March 22nd, 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:Letterkenny RoversNews SportPaul McVeighSocccerUSLlast_img read more

CRIME ALERT: GARDAÍ LAUNCH APPEAL FOR INFORMATION AFTER GANG CARRY OUT SPATE OF BURGLARIES

first_imgCRIME ALERT: Gardaí in South Donegal are appealing to homeowners to be vigilant after a series of burglaries were committed in the area over the last number of days.Gardaí believe a gang are responsible for breaking into the property in Ballyshannon, Donegal Town and Killybegs.Most of the burglaries were carried out during the day when the owners of the property were at work. However, Gardaí believe the gang isn’t local and are travelling from outside the county to commit the crimes.Gardaí say the gang are looking for cash and gold and are appealing for anyone to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity.Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to contact their local Garda station.CRIME ALERT: GARDAÍ LAUNCH APPEAL FOR INFORMATION AFTER GANG CARRY OUT SPATE OF BURGLARIES was last modified: July 16th, 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:burglariescrime alertgangGardainewsSouth Donegallast_img read more

Strong Sevens season for Blitzbokke

first_img15 May 2013The South African Sevens team finished the HSBC Sevens World Series, which ended in London on Sunday, in second place, winning three tournaments along the way. Injuries were a constant thorn in the side of coach Paul Treu, affecting the side’s consistency.Frankie Horne, however, was, as always, present at every stop of the World Series. In fact, Horne participated in a South African record 50th consecutive tournament in the London Sevens this past weekend.“You don’t really focus on stuff like that. You tend to look more at team goals and what you want to achieve as a team,” Horne said modestly when interviewed by the International Rugby Board (IRB).Dream TeamHorne was named in the first ever Sevens Dream Team after the conclusion of the World Series. Certainly, South Africa has other players capable of similar recognition, but coach Paul Treu was tested throughout the season by an ever-changing cast of players because of injuries.“Obviously the aim was to win the series, but a range of crippling injuries and some inconsistent performances in Dubai, Wellington and Hong Kong cost us,” Treu told the South African Rugby Union (Saru).“It was very special, though, to be the only team on the circuit to win three tournaments and the only one to win consecutive ones,” Treu added.Slow startThe Blitzbokke began the season somewhat slowly. After four of the nine events, they were tied for fourth with Fiji on 51 points, trailing New Zealand (77), surprise package Kenya (56) and Samoa (54). Over the next five events, however, South Africa won three times, including a run of three titles in four tournaments.One of the highlights of that run is the fact that their three wins in the Cup finals all came over New Zealand: 40-21 in Las Vegas, 24-19 in Tokyo and 28-21 in Edinburgh.Inexplicably, they were at their worst in the Hong Kong Sevens, which took place between wins in Las Vegas and Tokyo. They finished bottom of their pool and ended up losing in the semi-finals of the Bowl. Wales, beaten 31-0 by South Africa in pool play, went on to lose by seven points to Fiji in the final of the Cup competition.Playmakers“We lost so many players due to injury at crucial times, but still the squad kept on working hard to achieve the results,” Treu said. “We had our two main playmakers, Cecil Afrika and Branco du Preez, available for only four tournaments this year. The fact that we used 23 players is testament to the injury problems we had.”Among those 23 players were eight newcomers to the national Sevens team. “I am pleased for the new guys and it is building depth with regards to the future. The series was tougher than ever and for us to win three tournaments was special. I believe our season was a success,” Treu added.Cornal Fredericks finished the season as South Africa’s top points’ scorer, with his 38 tries giving him 190 points for the season. Only Brent Russell (46), Fabian Juries (41) and Cecil Afrika (40) have scored more tries in a season for South Africa.World CupWhile the HSBC Sevens World Series is over, South Africa has an opportunity to add some extra shine to a very good season, which saw them improve from fifth in the previous campaign to second behind New Zealand this time around; the sixth edition of the Rugby World Cup Sevens takes place at the Luzniki Stadium in Moscow from 28 to 30 June, which should allow some of the Blitzbokke’s injured players to fully recover in time for the event.It’s a title South Africa has never won. The closest they came to lifting the trophy was in 1997 in Hong Kong when Fiji edged SA 24-21 in the final.The Fijians have twice won the World Cup, while New Zealand, England and Wales, a surprise winner in the last World Cup in 2009, have also lifted the trophy.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Saving Kenyan wildlife from drought, one truck at a time

first_imgPatrick Mwalua drives a truck hundreds of kilometres four times a week to deliver much needed water supplies to animals in Kenya’s drought-stricken Tsavo West National Park. Kenyan conservationist Patrick Mwalua drives his water truck hundreds of kilometres every week to deliver water to animals in the drought-stricken Tsavo West National Park. A Go Fund Me online crowdsourcing initiative is enabling him to expand his work. (Image: Facebook)CD AndersonThe 41-year-old Kenyan pea farmer and conservationist Patrick Mwalua is the founder of Tsavo Volunteers, a small but passionate operation that delivers water to areas of southern Kenya, where rainfall is sparse and detrimental to animals in the area’s Tsavo West National Park.Mwalua personally drives his water truck hundreds of kilometres every week, delivering over 10 000 litres of water to the park’s dry watering holes. Despite being wild, elephants, buck and zebras recognise the sound of his truck approaching, and almost always wait patiently at the watering holes for his delivery.Kenyan conservationist Patrick Mwalua drives his water truck hundreds of kilometres every week to deliver water to animals in the drought-stricken Tsavo West National Park. A Go Fund Me online crowdsourcing initiative is enabling him to expand his work. (Image: Facebook)In an interview with the environmental website The Dodo, Mwalua says “(Tsavo isn’t) really receiving rain the way we used to… [since June last year] there has been no rain [at all]. So I started giving animals water because I thought [that] if I don’t, they will die.”The animals are forced to spend much needed energy travelling across the area to find active watering holes, often encountering violent confrontations with predators. Of particular concern for Mwalua, are the elephants, travelling into areas where they are more susceptible to poaching: “Elephants are becoming endangered and we need to save the ones we have left by providing water for them until the drought peril is over.”Inspired by interest from overseas tourists and conservationists, Mwalua has now taken his project worldwide, starting a Go Fund Me online crowdfunding page to help finance the costs of transporting the water and expanding the conservation awareness programmes he offers to schools in the Tsavo area.Kenyan conservationist Patrick Mwalua drives his water truck hundreds of kilometres every week to deliver water to animals in the drought-stricken Tsavo West National Park. A Go Fund Me online crowdsourcing initiative is enabling him to expand his work. (Image: Facebook)“I was born around here and grew up with wildlife and got a lot of passion about wildlife,” he says, “I decided to bring awareness to this so when they grow up they can protect their wildlife.”Using the power of online social media, Mwalua interacts with thousands of contributors from across the globe, keeping them informed of the progress of the project.Visit Mwalua’s Facebook page for updates on the Tsavo Volunteers project. To continue operating an effective water delivery system, Mwalua wants extend his operation to include several trucks, as his own truck, which keeps him on the road for hours every day, is starting to feel the strain. So far, the Go Fund Me page has raised over $100 000 (about R1.3-million).Visit the Tsavo Volunteers Go Fund Me page for news on the project and to contribute.“(Mwalua’s) commitment to the wildlife and his heritage is unmeasurable,” says US conservationist Cher Callaway, who, along with Tami Calliope and Angie Brown, have been active in raising awareness of the project overseas.  Mwalua, they say, often “risks his own life in the middle of the night to deliver water to a dry water hole”.Kenyan conservationist Patrick Mwalua drives his water truck hundreds of kilometres every week to deliver water to animals in the drought-stricken Tsavo West National Park. A Go Fund Me online crowdsourcing initiative is enabling him to expand his work. (Image: Facebook)With donations streaming in, Mwalua hopes the money can be used to find more permanent solutions to the crisis. He is also confident that the expectant rains in November this year will help lessen the strain for the animals.Until then though Mwalua stays on the road, ensuring the animals get what they need to make it through the dry season.Source: The Dodo Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

FDA releases two FSMA draft guidance documents

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Evin Bachelor, Law Fellow, and Ellen Essman, Sr. Research Associate, Ohio State UniversityThe Food and Drug Administration recently released draft guidance documents explaining how to follow rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). One document, titled “Guide to Minimize Food Safety Hazards of Fresh-cut Produce,” provides guidance on how to follow the Preventive Controls Rule under FSMA.“Fresh-cut produce,” is defined as “any fresh fruit or vegetable or combination thereof that has been physically altered from its whole state after being harvested from the field without additional processing.” The guidance would affect manufacturers, processors, packers, and holders of fresh-cut produce. The document covers current good manufacturing practices, as well as “new requirements for hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls.” The draft guidance document, in addition to information on how to submit a comment on the guidance, is available here.The second draft guidance document is titled “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption: Guidance for Industry.” This document provides guidance on how to follow FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule. The guidance would affect produce farms. The guidance covers personnel qualifications and training, health and hygiene practices, biological soil amendments, contamination from domesticated and wild animals, suggestions for practices during the growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce, sanitation of equipment, recordkeeping on produce farms, and other topics. According to a press release about the two guidance documents, FDA will be holding a series of four public meetings at various places around the U.S. to discuss the second draft guidance document with those affected. FDA will be announcing the details about the meetings in the Federal Register soon.It is important to remember that these are draft guidance documents. Furthermore, guidance documents are just that—guidance. In other words, the documents are there as suggestions on how to follow rules, and “do not establish legally enforceable responsibilities.”This is an excerpt from “The Ag Law Harvest” the Ohio Agricultural Law Blog at ohioaglaw.wordpress.com.last_img read more