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Youngsters shine at JN Open Kiddies Clinic

first_img “Based on the enthusiasm, we observed on the court at the Liguanea Club, we know that some of these participants have already fallen in love with the sport; and we may very well have some emerging tennis stars,.” the youth marketing officer declared. An elated Shaniqua, the older of the two sisters, related that their informal home-based family activity, gave them the confidence that was displayed on the court. “We are very excited to be here, as we are used to playing at home; but not on an actual tennis court. Therefore, this experience is extremely fun. We learned how to hold the racket properly; and how to hit the ball over the net with speed,” she outlined. Andrew Savage was present to witness his daughters’ triumph and could not contain his excitement. Following the announcement, he dashed onto the court to celebrate with them and the other top performers. “I am so happy that my daughters received this opportunity. I watch them play at home and sometimes we all play as a family. It is such a good feeling that they will now be exposed to the game in a more formal manner, and, hopefully, to go on to greater things.” It is a regular occurrence to see Jhordine and Shaniqua Savage playing tennis at their home with the zest and vitality which is normally seen on a tennis court in competitive matches. Consequently, when the sisters were given the chance to attend the JN Open Tennis Championship Kiddies Clinic, they grasped the opportunity that would enable them to refine their self-taught skills through formal coaching; and to hopefully, one day, take their game from their yard to a real tennis court. And this came true. Both Jordine and Shaniqua, age nine and 12, respectively, were placed among the top five of the 27 participants in the Kiddies Clinic. Each secured a one-year training scholarship at the Liguanea Club to develop their basic skills after being deemed promising. Rounding out the top five recipients of one-year scholarships were: Harbour View Primary’s Tristan Bethun, Armando Carter and Amelia Calvert. Michelle Webster Gauntlette, youth marketing officer at Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), says the Kiddies Clinic was introduced two years ago, as a training initiative, associated with Jamaica National’s annual sponsorship of the JN Open Tennis Championship. “Our objective was to expose youngsters who had already declared their interest in the sport at an early age, to provide an opportunity for them to refine their skills in a formal setting and move to another level,” Mrs Webster Gauntlette stated. Enthusiasm aplentylast_img read more

Chopping to death of Mahaica farmer

first_img… defendant to know fate on MondayDhanpaul Singh of Helena Number Two, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara, also called “Tailor Man”, who is currently on trial before Justice Jo-Ann Barlow and a mixed 12-member jury for allegedly murdering a Mahaica farmer, is scheduled to know his fate on Monday when the jury will deliver their verdict. The trial commenced on Wednesday and both the prosecution and defence closed their cases on Friday.The murder charge for which Singh is on trial reads that on September 2, 2014, at Helena Number Two, he murdered Balkissoon, also known as “Balkay”. The defendant is being represented by Attorney Madan Kissoon while the State is being represented by Attorneys Siand Dhurjon and Shawnette Austin.Murdered: Balkissoon, also known as “Balkay”During the Preliminary Inquiry at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court, it was revealed that Singh, a known drug addict, reportedly confessed to chopping the 52-year-old farmer of Lot 107 Helena Number Two to his neck.The man succumbed to his injuries shortly after the incident. Investigators thought that it was premeditated murder, since earlier in the day, the farmer warned the suspect to leave his premises. Singh reportedly left but staked out the man’s farm.Balkissoon later reportedly left for lunch and it was while he was on his way back to the farm, he was attacked and killed. Moments before the chopping incident, the suspect was also chased from another farm. On Thursday, two Police witnesses gave their testimonies at the High Court, but it was on Thursday that the key witness testified to seeing the entire ordeal.Satesh Ramdhani, a friend of the victim’s son, related that on the day of the incident, he was on the farm where the chopping incident took place. He gave a detailed account of what transpired. Additionally, the dead man’s sons, Ravi and Hemchand Balkissoon gave testimony along with three Police Witnesses.On Thursday, the defence presented and closed their case. The defendant, in his statement said “He fire a chop on me and I fire one back on he,” while maintain that it was done in self defence. Attorney Madan Kissoon, in his closing address to the jury pointed out several inconsistencies in witnesses’ testimonies. He suggested that the dead man’s sons and the eyewitness corroborated their stories so as to exact revenge on the defendant. He also stated that his client acted in self defence after he was attacked by Balkissoon.However, Prosecutor Dhurjon refuted this, saying that the Defence Counsel was pointing out these alleged inconsistencies to distract the jury from the heart of the matter; that is, Singh brutally murdered Balkissoon.He reflected to the defendant’s statement where he said he and Balkissoon never had any disputes or altercation, but that on that day he was acting in self defence after the now dead man attacked him. He urged the Jury to analyse the case as well as the evidence properly before coming to a conclusion.The matter will be summed up on Monday morning, and the verdict is expected to be delivered.last_img read more

Western oil prices slip as Keystone N.D. pipeline leak cleanup continues

first_imgCALGARY — Prices for Western Canadian Select oil continued to soften on Monday as TC Energy Corp. reported recovering about half the crude that leaked from its Keystone pipeline in North Dakota last week.Spokesman Terry Cuhna says about 4,300 barrels of oil have been recovered from the 9,120 barrels initially estimated to have leaked from the pipeline into a field near Edinburg, N.D., but there’s still no firm estimate of when it will be restored to service.About 200 personnel are on site working on cleanup and remediation. TC Energy says the company expects to expose and extract the damaged section of pipe by the end of the week and send it to a government-approved laboratory for inspection.- Advertisement -Meanwhile, the loss of 590,000 barrels per day of pipeline capacity is being linked to deeper discounts for WCS, a blend of oilsands bitumen and lighter oil.Oil brokerage Net Energy Exchange reports the discount to New York-traded West Texas Intermediate widened to US$22.35 per barrel on Monday, its weakest level this year. That’s up from US$22.00 on Friday and more than $5 higher than before the pipeline incident.In a note, analyst Michael Tran of RBC Capital Markets says there’s enough unused storage in the western Canadian oil handling system to mitigate impact of the outage for about 20 days but more rail would be needed to relieve pressure if the pipeline remains offline much longer.Advertisement This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 4, 2019.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRP)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Arsenal boss Emery revels in Gunners’ revival

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey celebrates after scoring a superb goal against Fulham © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 7 – Unai Emery believes Arsenal’s blistering form has restored the bond between the team and their supporters after the Gunners crushed Fulham 5-1 to record the club’s longest winning streak for 11 years.Emery’s side turned on the style on the banks of the River Thames, romping to their biggest win of the season as the resurgent Gunners moved into the Premier League’s top four. Alexandre Lacazette sparked Arsenal’s power surge at Craven Cottage, with his superb second-half strike restoring their lead after Andre Schurrle had cancelled out his opener.Aaron Ramsey’s audacious back-heeled goal put Arsenal in complete control to cap a stunning move that recalled the club’s finest days under Emery’s predecessor Arsene Wenger.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted twice in the closing stages as Arsenal won six consecutive league matches within a single campaign for the first time since 2016.It was a significant statement of intent from a team widely written off ahead of Emery’s first season in charge.“Our performance over the 90 minutes was very important. We worked very hard in the second half to get this result with our momentum on the pitch,” Emery said.“I believe in us, we believe in our process but also we must keep taking confidence. I think we are in the first part of the war.“It is very difficult but we must prepare, continue improving and show big commitment.”Emery was expected to need a long period to revive Arsenal after the depressing final years of the Wenger era.But the former Paris Saint-Germain boss has helped Arsenal quickly rediscover their verve and struggling Fulham had no answer to their enterprising display.No wonder jubilant Gunners crammed into one corner of Craven Cottage celebrated the goal with chants of “We’ve got our Arsenal back”.That unity between fans and players was badly missing as supporters staged protests against Wenger last season.“You need to feel together with the supporters and the players. This spirit and mentality is very important for us,” Emery said.“To show our quality and work, then together we can be happy like today. We need them to support us. The players feel that.“We are happy but also calm because we know each match is difficult. We are going to continue working.”While Arsenal are improved, they have been aided by a soft fixture list in recent weeks and even Emery demurred when asked if his team are now title contenders.“We lost the first two matches against Manchester City and Chelsea. We were calm then and we need to be the same way in our mentality when we are winning,” he said.“I don’t want to look back. Every match is different. We have a better position in the table for our objections, but we have to be calm.”Fulham are off to their worst start to a top-flight season with one win in eight games following last season’s promotion.They waved the white flag as Arsenal ran riot, leaving Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic frustrated with their effort levels in the second half.“We need to be more solid and more competitive if you want to be honest. We opened all the doors and they finished easily,” Jokanovic said.“We showed so many weaknesses for this Premier League level.“Arsenal showed their quality and pace, but we surrendered in the last 10 minutes.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Things to Do

first_imgCapitol Steps will perform, 8 p.m. today at the Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $25-$50. Call the box office at (661) 362-5304. “Oklahoma” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through April 30 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $13-$17 for adults and $10-$13 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702..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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventHeart 2 Hart fundraiser will feature a gourmet dinner, live and silent auctions, casino games and dancing, 6 p.m. today at the Tournament Players Club, 26550 N. Heritage View Lane, Valencia. Tickets are $75 and proceeds benefit the Hart High School Show Choir. Call Danielle Werts at (661) 255-6455 or Suzanne Benty at (661) 254-5696. “The Foreigner” will be presented, 7 p.m. today in the Hart Black Box Theatre, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Tickets: $8. Call Brent Christensen at (661) 259-7575, Ext. 212. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” will be presented, 6:30 p.m. today at the Valencia Marketplace Amphitheater located on the corner of McBean Parkway and The Old Road, Stevenson Ranch. Admission is free. Call (661) 254-4543. Grateful Dudes will perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Campfire program, 8-9 p.m. today at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. (661) 259-7721. “Chasing Open Spaces,” an exhibit of oil paintings documenting natural spaces in and surrounding the Santa Clarita Valley, will be on display through April 30 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call Laura Wambsgans at (661) 259-0696. Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. Emergency Expo will feature free safety demonstrations, vendors, prizes and more, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 255-4965. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. last_img read more

Cranes conduct last training ahead of Regional tour game

first_imgMoses Waiswa (20) heads the ball during Friday’s training (Photos by FUFA Media)LUGOGO – The Uganda Cranes have beefed up training ahead of their build up game on Saturday afternoon.A total of 31 players attended training on Friday and they face a Kampala Select Team on tomorrow where the head coach will choose nine players to join the foreign based in Egypt the following day.Speaking after Friday’s training Vipers’ Midfielder Moses Waiswa said he’s looking forward to getting another chance to be part of the selected nine players.“Am looking forward to getting another chance of the national team call that’s why am training hard to see that am included in the squad” said WaiswaThe soft spoken forward also admitted that there is a lot of competition especially among new players because everyone wants to be on the squad.“Its stiff competition because all the new players that have been called up are good but we are all fighting to be on the team.The encounter between Tanzania in Group L will be their final group game with Uganda having already qualified for the finals in Egypt, later this year.Uganda has already qualified for the 2019 AFCON FinalsAll the players that attended trainingSebwato Nicholas (Onduparaka Fc), Saidi Keni (Sc Villa), James Alitho (URA FC), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC), Obenchan Filbert (KCCA FC), Samson Mutyaba (Maroons FC), Kizza Mustafa (KCCA FC), Godfrey Walusimbi (Unattached), Timothy Awanyi (KCCA FC), Mbowa Paul Baker (URA FC), and Mujuzi Musitafa (Proline FC). Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Unattached), Sadam Juma (KCCA FC), Eyam Ivan (Mbarara City FC), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Okello Allan (KCCA FC), Owori David (Sc Villa), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC), and Poloto Julius (KCCA C). Kaddu Henry (KCCA FC), Madondo Joel (K-Jinja SS), Bashir Mutanda (Sc Villa) Michael Birungi (Express FC), Moses Waiswa, Dan Sserunkuma, Tadeo Lwanga, Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC ), Mujuzi Musitafa (Proline FC), Bright Anukani (Proline FC) Willa Paul and Balinya juma (Police FC).Comments Tags: 2019 AFCON QualifiersUganda CranesUganda Cranes Regional Tourlast_img read more

Margo O’Donnell – ‘There was a bit of upset but Daniel and I are fine now’

first_imgCountry singer Margo has revealed how there is ‘nothing wrong’ after saying she hasn’t spoken to her brother Daniel O’Donnell in several years.The Donegal singer revealed the sad state of affairs between herself and Daniel in an interview with the Irish Sun. Margo revealed the last time she spoke with her younger brother was at their mother’s funeral in May, 2014. “I am in touch with him. When our mother passed away, she was 94, things happen in a family so there was a bit of upset but Daniel and I are fine now.”The Queen of country music, who is selling out venues around Ireland as she approaches a sensational 55 years in the music industry, says she has always been proud of her younger brother as she watched him grow into the  ‘wonderful entertainer’ we know today,“Daniel is the youngest in our family and he is ten years younger than me. He would see me coming in on a Monday morning after gigs and he said to me once ‘ Margaret, I could never do what you are doing.’ If he came to a show with my mother, I would get him up to sing and he always sang a Philomena Begley song, he loved her.“Then he went on to go to college in Galway and the first Christmas he was there I went to visit him and he said to me ‘ I am not coming back here after Christmas, I just want to sing’ so I talked it over with mam. I had a guitar and I took him into the band and gave him the guitar which he never really played, but he learned his craft by watching.” Margo O’Donnell – ‘There was a bit of upset but Daniel and I are fine now’ was last modified: October 2nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Round-Up: Granger Smith to headline rodeo concert

first_imgThe Red Bluff Round-Up will be jamming to the music of up-and-coming country music star Granger Smith, also known as Earl Dibbles, Jr., who will perform on Sat., April 22 at the Pauline Davis Pavilion at the Tehama District Fairground in Red Bluff. Smith has amassed a fanatical audience and had his first big hit, “Dirtroad Driveway” in 2013. The hit was followed by more top 10 songs, including his mainstream country hit “Backroad Song” in February of 2016. Smith’s first national debut album …last_img read more

2016 was the second safest year to fly

first_imgAir crashes may be big news these days but preliminary statistics from the Aviation Safety Network show that 2016 was the second safest year on record to take a flight.The Netherlands-based ASN, which compiles a global accident database,  looked at crashes worldwide of civil aircraft carrying at least 14 passengers and found there were 19 fatal airliner accidents involving 325 deaths. The network’s statistics include acts such as suicide, sabotage and hijackings that can be excluded from some analyses.See the list of airliner crashes. Although this was up from 16 accidents in 2015, it still made 2016 the second safest year ever by number of fatal accidents as well as in terms of fatalities.  By comparison, 560 people died in 2015, while the year of the lowest number of fatalities, 2013, recorded 29 accidents.Eleven of the accidents and 288 deaths involved passenger flights but the ASN noted this translated to one fatal passenger flight per 3.2 million flights.This means aviation is still by far the safest way to travel and provides a context for the widespread media coverage of high-profile crashes such as the LaMia tragedy in Colombia involving a Brazillian football team. “Since 1997 the average number of airliner accidents has shown a steady and persistent decline, for a great deal thanks to the continuing safety-driven efforts by international aviation organisations such as ICAO, IATA, Flight Safety Foundation and the aviation industry.” ASN president Harro Ranter said.The 71 deaths in the LaMia crash of an Avro RJ85 near Medellin,  Colombia, due to fuel exhaustion was the year’s worst civil aviation accident. The recent crash of a military Tupolev 154 was not included because it was a military aircraft.Two accidents involved airlines operated on  European Union’s “black list’’ and two likely involved terrorism, ASN said. “While investigation is still ongoing, the Egyptian authorities stated that they found traces of explosives after the accident of an EgyptAir Airbus A320 that crashed in the Mediterranean Sea in May,’’ it said, “Earlier, in February, one passenger was killed when a bomb detonated in the cabin of an Airbus A321 that had just departed from Mogadishu, Somalia.’’The ASN’s analysis also found the five-year average trend showed accidents occurring during approach and landing fell to their lowest point in 45 years.“Over the last five years about one in three accidents occurred during the approach or landing phase,’’ it said. “On the other hand, the cruise and descent phase accident trend show a marked increase to 45 per cent of all accidents in the past five years. This is the highest number in 50 years.”last_img read more

The Iliad goes local

first_imgProf Richard Whitaker has completed and published a South African English translation of Homer’s Iliad. Richard Whitaker’s translation brings the epic tale to life, and highlights the many common aspects between the traditional Greek and African societies that were lost in Euro-centric translations.(Images: Richard Whitaker)MEDIA CONTACTS• Richard Whitaker +27 21 650 2607RELATED ARTICLES• Sea life explained for young explorers • Swimmer’s memoir up for award • Homegrown artistic talent honoured • JM Coetzee archive heads to US Wilma den HartighHomer’s Iliad, the well-known Greek poem set in the Trojan War, has been translated into English versions and virtually every language in the world for many centuries, but now a South African professor in classic literature has published the first South African English translation of the epic tale.Prof Richard Whitaker from the School of Languages and Literature at the University of Cape Town spent a decade translating the 3 000-year-old text directly from the ancient Greek, for South African readers.The project was quite an undertaking, considering that Whitaker didn’t work on it fulltime, but fitted it in between other work commitments.“I first read The Iliad as a teenager and I loved it then,” says the author who never lost his fascination for the text and has read and taught the work over several decades, both in Greek and English.“I felt that there was a need for a South African English translation. It was an opportunity to reflect South African language, society and culture,” Whitaker says.In the translation Whitaker uses South African words from all 11 official languages, such as amakhosi (the Zulu and Xhosa word for chiefs and headmen), kgotla (Tswana for community councils), kloof (Afrikaans for valley), sloot (Afrikaans for ditch), assegai or umkhonto (Zulu for spear), lobola (Zulu for dowry) and kraal (Afrikaans for a livestock enclosure or homestead).Local or international readers who aren’t familiar with all the words can consult the glossary at the end of the book, which explains their meanings and gives the Standard English equivalents.The 528-page translation is self-published and Whitaker hopes that academics, students and ordinary South Africans will enjoy reading it. The Iliad of Homer: A Southern African translation can be ordered here.Celebrating South African English and cultureWhitaker says there is no reason why classic works such as The Iliad can’t be translated into local English.“It seemed to me that Southern African English by now had a vocabulary and register of its own that deserved to be reflected in poetic translation,” he says.“I speak Standard English, but I, like most, also speak a Southern African English that is studded with words from other local languages,” Whitaker said in his introduction to the translated text, referring to popular words such as lekker (Afrikaans for nice) and mugu (an urban African slang word for fool).“There is a clear indication that South African English is beginning to take itself seriously, is staking a claim to be a distinct variety.”He says although South African English is often perceived as comic, the language can be used in a serious register. “I want to show that it can be used to translate classics and works of high culture.”Whitaker’s translation brings the epic tale to life, and highlights the many common aspects between the traditional Greek and African societies that were lost in Euro-centric translations.The author succeeds in retaining elements of Homer’s world which could resonate with South Africans, such as the payment of bride-price in cattle, and warriors winning praises in combat.Whereas other translations refer to palaces, princes, royal courts and kings, he believes the society depicted in Homer’s text is a tribal world of small warring communities headed by chiefs.“In South African English it is less alienating and more accurate,” he says.Instead of reflecting the world of European elites as earlier translators had done, Whitaker in his version tries to mirror a world closer to home: Achilles, armed with his assegai (a traditional spear), conquers many Trojan impis (the Zulu word for regiments), before he and his men celebrate with a feast of grilled meat which South Africans refer to as a braai.A relevant teaching toolHe hopes that the translation will nurture a love for the classics, and help students gain a better understanding of the poem.“I am interested to see how students respond,” he says. “I hope it will intrigue and delight them.”Whitaker has been invited to teach his translation of The Iliad at the Eastern Cape’s Rhodes University next year.The South African English version has received international acclaim, and various publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Daily Telegraph, the Middle East North Africa Financial Network and the Greek World Reporter have highly recommended Whitaker’s translation.“What really pleased me is that overseas people are intrigued by the translation.”last_img read more