Binnie climbing to the top

first_imgJamaica’s top-ranked squash player, Chris Binnie is on his way to joining the global elite of the sport. The Jamaica and Caribbean men’s squash champion for the last seven years, Binnie, 27, has also improved his Professional Squash Association (PSA) ranking to number 89 among the world’s best players as of this month, from 93 in March. This improvement came after he signed a one-year sponsorship agreement with JN Fund Managers Limited at the firm’s New Kingston office recently. “My goal is to be ranked as one of the top 50 players by December,” he said. “I believe I can do it.” The top 50 players form an elite of the sport, travelling the world to compete in the main events. Having a better ranking means the players get better placed in competitions and also have more options in choosing the competitions they find more attractive. Binnie has come a long way since April of 2012 when he had PSA ranking of 389. He progressed to a ranking of 131 by October 2013 joined the top 100 in November last year. Binnie’s optimism is also based on the success he is having with his new coach, Australian Rodney Martin, a former winner of the World Open Squash Championship who once ranked second in the world. Along with three other teammates, he has been going through a tough training programme to improve his overall match preparedness level, with his new coach. He said the sponsorship by JN Fund Managers would also help him achieve his goal. Based in Connecticut in the United States of America, he coaches at Trinity College in Hartford, and had been limited to playing matches mainly in North America. “This sponsorship allows me to go to more tournaments and select ones in Europe and Asia,” he said. “I need to take on the best players in the most competitive tournaments globally if I am to improve. And it requires funding to get to the matches and maintain myself while competing.” Brando Hayden, general manager of JN Fund Managers, said: “We admire what Chris Binnie has done for himself and for Jamaica. He has invested his time and talents, making him one of the top 100 squash players in the world. “We want to help him fulfil his dreams because his success will also pave the way for others,” Hayden said. Binnie himself launched the Jamaica Squash Association’s Grassroots Clinic to students of Papine High School and New Providence Primary School on March 20. And the programme at the University of Technology is noteworthy for the players who have emerged from that facility.last_img read more

EPL Stat Spot

first_imgSergio Aguero (Manchester City)Age: 28Goals Scored: 5Goals right foot: 4Goals headed: 1Goals inside area: 5Total shots: 19Shots accuracy: 50%Keys passes: 6Successful Take Ons: 9Chances created: 6last_img

‘Liberians Should Trust INCHR’

first_imgDir. Siakor wants participants adhere to human rights protection.Fetol Siakor, Director for Complaints, Investigation and Monitoring at the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR), has challenged Liberians to have trust and confidence in the commission by taking complaints on human rights violations to the entity instead of taking the law into their own hands.Siakor said failure of individuals to follow the orders of appropriate authorities can sometimes lead to violence or conflict in society that undermines growth and development.He wants the public to feel free and comfortable when taking issues that affect them individually or collectively to the commission for proper redress to avoid taking the law in their hands.Siakor was concluding a one day multi-stakeholder dialogue on ‘Complaints Handling Mechanisms’ which the commission hosted in Monrovia over the weekend.Complaints on human rights violations, or anyone claiming to have been victimized, should seek redress through the INCHR’s offices in any of the 15 counties where its monitors or investigators are assigned, Director Siakor urged.He wants ‘justice actors’ and representatives of other legal institutions to collaborate with the INCHR in addressing reports of human rights violations, adding that without collective effort, the fight against human rights violations or other crimes will not be achieved.The acting chairperson of the commission, Attorney Bartholomew B. Colley, stressed the need for more independent and professional work at various institutions responsible for human rights-related issues across the country.“We are all working together for the common good of our country. Human rights issues are everybody’s business and all institutions, including political offices, should always have it at heart that we need to protect the rights of each other, mainly the underprivileged who continue to feel marginalized on the basis of the way governance is shaped,” Atty. Colley said.INHCR should be considered as everybody’s stopping point for human rights issues, and the public should rest assured of the commission’s support and preparedness to ensure their cases are treated with due diligence.The Friday dialogue brought together representatives from government ministries, agencies and personnel of the Armed Forces of Liberia, officers of the Liberia National Police, and corrections officers representing the Ministry of Justice.Other participants included officers from the Liberia Immigration Service, civil society organizations and the United Nations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

US, Germany firms to promote Destination Guyana

first_imgAs part of the growing demand for local tourism, the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) on Tuesday announced the appointment of two new market representation firms to promote Destination Guyana in the North American and German travel markets.The aim of this venture is to increase visits from these targeted destinations.The new firms, Emerging Destinations in partnership with Green Team Global, will be representing Guyana in the United States and Canada, while Fastforward Marketing, a subsidiary of TravelMarketing Romberg, will be representing Guyana in Germany.The market representatives will be working year-round to raise awareness and further establish Guyana’s presence in these markets, increase demand, and strengthen the direct connections between international tour operators, travellers and the Guyanese travel trade.There are daily non-stop flights to Guyana available from New York, Miami, Toronto, Panama City, and a number of Caribbean islands, which have direct access to the United Kingdom and Germany.According to the GTA, in a press statement on Tuesday, the US, Canada, and the UK are Guyana’s core markets, and Germany is an investment market for travellers who are seeking out authentic nature, culture and adventure experiences.The release further noted that Guyana is well-positioned to become the next must-see destination for adventurous travellers.“Formally entering these markets is a critical component of Guyana’s overall tourism strategy,” explained GTA Director Brian Mullis. “We are confident that our newly-formed strategic alliances with Emerging Destinations, Green Team Global, and Fastforward Marketing will effectively bring Destination Guyana into the global tourism marketplace and meet the growing demand for the increasing number of travellers that are looking for the wealth of natural and cultural heritage we have in abundance.”The appointment of North American and German market representation firms comes during an exciting time for the tourism industry in Guyana.With the recent launch of the new Destination Guyana website, the expansion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, increased airlift to Guyana from international carriers such as American Airlines, and the GTA working to secure market representation in the UK Market before the end of the year, the tourism sector is well poised for growth and positive impact.last_img read more

Gators swamped with talent

first_img“No one is even that close to them,” recruiting analyst Tom Lemming of CSTV said. “They got help everywhere. In the past 10 years, this has to rank right at the top in recruiting classes. Every position is absolutely loaded.” The Gators also were picked as the top class by SuperPrep, Rivals.com and National Blue Chips, beating out USC, Southeastern Conference rivals Tennessee and LSU, and Texas. Clausen made a high-profile commitment to the Irish in April at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., predicting four national titles for Notre Dame. “He heaped pressure on himself with the way he announced he was going to Notre Dame,” Wallace said. “He’s demonstrated that the added pressure has not affected him at all. If you play quarterback, especially at Notre Dame, you have to be able to handle that pressure. He could be perfectly suited for the situation.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Florida won the recruiting crown in nearly as dominating fashion as the national championship. The Gators capitalized on last month’s national title over Ohio State and down years from Sunshine State rivals Florida State and Miami to bring in the top recruiting class in the country Wednesday. center_img The Gators signed nine of the top 16 players in talent-rich Florida and the No. 1 players from South Carolina, Indiana, Maryland and New England, according to Rivals.com. A coaching change at Miami and another down year for Florida State played a key part in the Gators’ success. “They play an exciting brand of ball on offense and defense and a lot of kids want be in that situation,” said Allen Wallace, the national recruiting editor for Scout.com and publisher of SuperPrep magazine. “There’s no question they’ve moved into the catbird seat in Florida.” Florida’s class includes Rivals’ third-best pro-style quarterback in John Brantley, the nation’s top guard in James Wilson and top weakside defensive end in Carlos Dunlap. Oaks Christian of Westlake Village’s Jimmy Clausen, the top-ranked player by Rivals and CSTV, headlines a top-10 class at Notre Dame and could be ready to step in next season as Brady Quinn’s replacement at quarterback. last_img read more

Hopefuls compete in dash for campaign cash

first_imgThe dollars are flowing into three Whittier-area state legislative Democratic primary races as nine candidates already have $1.8 million between them saved up for the June 6 election. It’s the 30th State Senate District race that may be turning heads. This is the race for the seat now held by termed-out state Sen. Martha Escutia, D-Norwalk. Assemblymen Rudy Bermudez, D-Norwalk, Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, and Marco Antonio Firebaugh, D-Whittier, have more than $1 million saved up so far, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office. “This is obviously a very expensive race,” said Caroline Heldman, associate professor of political science at Whittier College. “That has something to do with the contenders who are pretty well known,” Heldman said. Bermudez leads the candidates in that race with $515,588 as of Dec. 31. The reports were filed this week. While Calderon and Firebaugh have about half as much money in cash, they say they’re doing just fine. “From June to December, I outraised (Bermudez) 2-1,” Calderon said, referring to the $278,125 he raised in comparison to Bermudez’s $152,998. Firebaugh said he’s optimistic because he’s not that far behind. “They are both sitting incumbents who theoretically should be able to outraise me 2-1 and they didn’t,” he said. Firebaugh has about $261,253 in cash – Calderon has $286,166 – and raised $187,376 in the last six months. “If you look at my campaign, I’ve got no labor money to speak of and I have no (political action committee) money,” he said. “These are all sources of funding that will be available to me that I haven’t gotten yet.” In the other two assembly races, the candidates together have about $800,000 cash in hand. In the 56th Assembly District race, Artesia Councilman Tony Mendoza has $164,281 in cash. During the last six months, Artesia Councilwoman Sally Flowers raised nearly twice as much money as Mendoza and nearly four times as much as Norwalk Councilman Rick Ramirez. “I can’t possibly have as much money (as Mendoza) at this point,” Flowers said. “He was running more than a year ago and I started in August.” Mendoza, who only raised $42,588 in contrast to Flowers’ $83,496 during the last six months, said he was held back by the special election. The special election took a lot of his time and when it was over, donors didn’t have much left over to give, Mendoza said. Ramirez, who didn’t return two phone calls, raised $24,035 and paid back $20,000 of a $50,000 loan he made to himself. “Candidates who pay themselves back early on are not confident they’re going to win,” Heldman said. In the 58th Assembly District, former state Sen. Charles Calderon, D-Whittier, (brother of Ron) has raised twice as much as Pico Rivera Councilman David Armenta and Whittier Councilman Owen Newcomer. Armenta and Newcomer each have loaned their campaigns about $100,000 of their own money. Newcomer said he believes that his walking campaign – he’s gone to 16,000 homes so far – makes up for the lack of money. “There’s an in-kind value to precinct walking,” Newcomer said. “I don’t have to spend as much money.” Calderon said walking helps, but you still need money. “I walked almost the same district when I was first elected to the Assembly (in 1982), but if I didn’t have a mail program, I wouldn’t have been elected.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want 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


first_imgCastlefinn Community NotesWhist: 10/9/2014Ladies. 1st Bridie Campbell, Castlederg 163 2nd and 3rd TIE: Brigid Edwards, Castlefinn, Mary Lafferty, Ballybofey, Molly O Haire, Strabane and Patsy Mc Granaghan all score 162. Gents. 1st Kathleen Mc Cay, Strabane 164 2nd and 3rd TIE: Joe Corry, Castlederg and Tommy Murphy, Letterkenny both 1631st Half:Billie Meehan, Castlefinn 832nd Half: TIE: Bob Glackin, Castlederg and Annie Callaghan, Killygordon both score 84Snowball:Next week’s snowball is 182 or better for 110 euro.Everyone welcome to attendCastlefinn CPI Community Childcare Places are still available for daycare and afterschool care (afterschool pickup service available) if interested please contact Tina at 074-9143909Quiz NightThere will be a table quiz in McBrides Lounge Castlefinn on Thursday October 2nd at 9pm sharp.Table of 4 costs 25 euro with 1st prize of 100 euro, 2nd prize is 4 bottles of wine and there will be spot prizes. All enquiries please contact Vincent Lafferty on 0871265035. In aid of caged birds society. Parent and Toddler GroupParent and toddler group will be starting at the CPI on Tuesday the 16th of September from 10.30 to 12 noon. Please call the CPI on 0749143976Computer ClassesInterested in learning Computers? From September the CPI will be holding computer courses. For more information contact the CPI on 074914397Slim R UsSlim R Us fitness classes are on at the CPI on Monday evenings from 6.30 to 7.30 pm. Contact Tilly on 086 2490095 for more information on how to joinDoneyloop Youth Club LtdThe Annual General Meeting of Doneyloop Youth Club Ltd. will be held in the Youth Club premises, Doneyloop on Tuesday 16th September 2014 at 8pm. Everyone is welcomeUnwanted ChinaDo you have any unwanted china teapots, Coffeepots or tea sets that are gathering dust?The CPI is looking for donations for display and use purposes at the white house peace garden.Please contact the CPI if you are interested in donating any of the above on 0749143976. Any donations will be gratefully received.St Safan’s N.S (Doneyloop)We are hosting a Grandparents Day on Thursday, 23rd October at 11.15 am in our school. There will be tea, a guided tour by your grand-children, demonstration of our craft making & maybe even a few songs.Mass will be celebrated in the school on Monday 24th November @ 12.30 pm to mark the 20th Anniversary of the schools opening.We are inviting all parents, grandparents & pupils (past & present) to our mass. Light refreshments will follow.DD LOCAL: CASTLEFINN CPI CENTRE LAUNCH COMPUTER CLASSES NEXT MONTH was last modified: September 11th, 2014 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:castlefinnCPI CentreDD LocalFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Families warned of home dangers after dishwasher fire

first_imgA shocking incident with a household appliance this week has prompted many families to take extra care at home. A family had a lucky escape when their dishwasher malfunctioned in their kitchen. They were fortunate that nobody was home during the day, but the incident has been shared across social media as a warning to others.The ‘Letterkenny Babies’ parent group posted the alert to warn people to never leave electrical appliances running overnight or unattended. Dishwasher fire. Image via FacebookThe warning said: “Please share this to let people aware how dangerous it is to leave the dishwasher or any household appliance unattended when switched on. “Do not go to bed with these left on as it would be a different story for my family this morning. I came home from work to this yesterday evening, the whole house is destroyed with soot and smoke in every inch and corner. We were very lucky there was no structural damage or the whole house didn’t go up in flames and no one got hurt. The smell of burning throughout the whole house is so toxic and can’t be lived in for a while especially with small kids.“I just want everyone to be aware this can happen…we were very lucky with the outcome as it could have been worse!”The Donegal Fire Service are encouraging people to share the story as a reminder that electrical appliances can fail and start a fire. For information on Fire Safety in your home, check out firesafetyweek.ie/fire_safety_tipsFamilies warned of home dangers after dishwasher fire was last modified: April 11th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL FIRE SERVICEfire safetyhousehold applianceslast_img read more

Geology Fail at India

first_img(Visited 79 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Tiny insects debunk a widely-taught scenario about where India came from.130 million years ago, India began a 30-million-year float trip north. It slammed into Asia, forming the Himalayan mountains. Experts call this the “biotic ferry” model for the origin of India. It must be true, because TV animations prove it.A new problem has surfaced. While India was moving like a big barge out in the open ocean, it was a long way from land. It should have been isolated from African and Asian organisms. India’s ecology should have had 30 million years to evolve on its own. There are many organisms that appear unique to the Indian subcontinent, but scientists publishing in PLoS One examined amber samples from northern India and found something interesting: biting midges dating from that isolation period that are just like the ones in Europe and Asia. These little insects are incapable of flying over the ocean. Phys.org explains the problem:India gradually drifted away from Africa and Madagascar towards the north and collided with the Eurasian plate. Scientists assumed for a long time that the subcontinent was largely isolated during its long journey through the ocean and unique species of plants and animals were therefore able to develop on it. However, paleontologists at the University of Bonn are now showing using tiny midges encased in amber that there must have been a connection between the apparently cut off India and Europe and Asia around 54 million years ago that enabled the creatures to move around. The surprising results are now presented in the journal PLOS ONE.These midges can be assigned to genera from Asian subcontinent, including China. Evolutionary geologists could explain this if they can dream up a mechanism of species exchange during that long time period. Here, they bring in the ad hoc rescue device:Stebner assumes that a chain of islands that existed at that time between India, Europe and Asia could have helped the biting midges to spread. As if from stepping stone to stepping stone, the insects could have gradually moved forward along the islands. “Some of the biting midges found in Indian amber were presumably not especially good long-distance flyers,” smiles the paleontologist from the University of Bonn. It was therefore probably not so easy to reach the subcontinent or move from there during the migration of India.Maybe the midges hitchhiked on the backs of rafting monkeys. That’s how evolutionists explain the origin of New World monkeys: they rafted from Africa (4/27/15). For the midge hitchhiking story, though, 30 million years is a long time to be sucking a monkey sailor’s blood. Usually, other monkeys groom the bugs off.How the insects were able to spread between drifting India and Eurasia has not yet been clarified fully. “Nevertheless, it also seems to have been possible for birds and various groups of mammals to cross the ocean between Europe and India at the time,” the paleontologist refers to studies by other scientists.The journal paper ends by complaining about the lack of evidence for the continental drift theory of India:For helping to understand India´s plate tectonics history the phylogenetic relationships as well as the age of origination of the various clades, and also the knowledge of Asian faunas subsequent to Cambay amber, which is rather fragmentary, are of great importance….Despite the uncertainties discussed above and the fact that the fossil assemblage studied in the present work is rather small, data recorded here display a valuable source of information for Indian amber research, which is still in its beginning, and should be regarded as a small fraction of a puzzle that still is far from being complete.Will Big Media include this uncertainty in its TV documentaries? Probably not. It would take up too much valuable commercial time.One possibility they will never consider is that India moved much faster during plate tectonics. Flood geologists have a theory for that. It doesn’t require tens of millions of years; just one year. Problem solved. See Walt Brown’s page about little-known problems with standard plate tectonics theory.last_img read more

Sydney Airport plots expansion and a new terminal

first_imgPhoto: Sydney Airport Australia’s busiest airport is planning a significant expansion, including a new “Terminal 4”, as it moves to address robust aviation growth and competition from a second airport.Outgoing Sydney Airport chief executive Kerrie Mather told the airport’s annual meeting on Tuesday that a major investment program would provide additional aviation capacity for business expansion as the airport capitalises on what she described as a natural competitive advantage in terms of geography.“Airlines serving Asia are able to fly to Sydney and return within 24 hours,’’ she said. “This is highly attractive from an aircraft utilisation perspective.’’She noted the airport had been particularly successful in attracting Chinese carriers but said it was a “Pan-Asian story” that was not reliant on one or two particular countries for growth.“In fact, passengers to and from Asia are forecast to contribute more than half of Sydney Airport’s volumes by the end of this year,’’ she said.After a boost in international travel in 2016, Mather said the airport was “off to a great start’’ in 2017 with 7.2 per cent growth so far.Sydney already serves 94 destinations, including those in Australia, on 44 airlines.Passenger numbers have grown 14m in 1990 to more than 42m in 2016 but this has not been without angst from surrounding communities.The airport will be working over the next 12 months to release a new Master Plan that looks  at development to 2039.This is well beyond the proposed start-up date of a second airport at Badgerys Creek, south-west of Sydney, that the company which operates Sydney Airport declined to build despite having first call on it.Mather said the planning had accounted for the opening of the Western Sydney Airport in 2026 and had identified areas available to develop its facilities,“These include an expansion of our international Terminal 1, by adding new gates, baggage system expansions and apron capacity,’’ she said. “Also a new Terminal 4, which will provide new international gates adjoining (terminals) T2/T3. And also new aeronautical facilities in the south-south- east sector, south of General Holmes Drive.’’The new terminal will mean the relocation of a Qantas maintenance facility to another part of the airport and appears in keeping with a plan launched some years ago to relocate alliance partners to different terminals to improve efficiency.That plan was shelved after protests by Virgin that it would be disadvantaged by the move to the T1  international terminal because it was further away from the central business district and harder to access.last_img read more