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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

SA women executive numbers up slightly

first_img1 June 2012 The proportion of women in executive management positions in South Africa has increased marginally, according to a women in leadership census released on Wednesday.It found women occupied 3.6 percent of CEO positions, 5.5 percent of chairperson posts, 17.1 percent of directorships and 21.4 percent of executive management positions in the country.The census was conducted by the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa.“The findings of the census show that we have a long way to go to achieve more equality in the upper levels of the workplace,” the association’s president, Kunyalala Maphisa, said in a statement.“The advancement of women in South Africa is no longer an option, it is an urgent requirement.”The figures were based on 329 companies in South Africa.Other findings pointed to a need for more women to pursue higher levels of education and for a change in societal structures regarding the roles of men and women.According to the census, there were more white than black women in executive manager positions, but more black women in director positions.“Most of the decision-making powers sit at executive manager level, so the question then becomes: are the black women in director’s positions just window-dressing?” Maphisa said.Despite progress already made, there was a major need for a targeted focus on increasing the role and depth of women in leadership positions throughout the economy, Maphisa said.“When you consider that women make up more than half of the country’s population, there is a huge scope for women to play a much more significant part in leadership and decision-making,” said Maphisa.In Australia, women account for less than nine percent of executive management and director’s positions, and for 17.7 percent of executive positions in Canada.In Israel, women account for 30 percent of executive manager positions.Sapalast_img read more

Blatche status still uncertain as Gilas deals with schedule conflicts for Fiba q’fying

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Andray Blatche. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAndray Blatche’s status with the national team is still up in the air.Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes admitted that he’s still uncertain about the status of the Syracuse native, especially in the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension “With the current format, we will play two games in November. How are you going to approach that? It’s a very difficult situation,” stressed the mentor.Another challenge is convincing prospects to stay in the country and not entertain offers elsewhere if  SBP decides to naturalize another player.“It’s another way, to hire a full-time naturalized player who will be with us day-in and day-out, but that’s going to be very costly. We are talking to several prospects, but that’s not easy. You have to convince them to stay here and not think about the other leagues. Also, we have to go through the Congress and their contracts. It’s really a tedious process,” he said. “That’s why we are very happy that we have a reliable big man in Christian (Standhardinger), but he will also leave for the ABL in November.”Despite all the problems, Reyes shared that SBP is still in constant communication with Blatche’s camp.“We’re in constantly in touch with his agents. That’s just the way it is and that’s how difficult the situation we’re in with,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img LOOK: McGregor congratulates Mayweather, says he has ‘strong tools’ for MMA Read Next “The situation with Andray is very fluid situation, a constant work in progress for us,” the mentor said Thursday at the homecoming presser hosted by Chooks-to-go at Marco Polo in Ortigas. “By November, he will be playing in his Chinese team so we don’t know if his Chinese team is going to allow him to play.”Gilas’ woes with its naturalized player coincides with the problem  of adjusting  to the new competition schedule, which  Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) has been working on for the better part of the year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe home-and-away qualifiers begin on November, right in the middle of the various national professional tournaments in Asia.That will leave Blatche, who is playing with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association, as well as majority of the PBA players out for the games, unless the SBP comes up with a plan amenable to all the parties involved. View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READlast_img read more

10 months agoREVEALED: Solskjaer key to Man Utd plans for Norwegian transfer market

first_imgREVEALED: Solskjaer key to Man Utd plans for Norwegian transfer marketby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe presence of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer back with Manchester United is helping their new recruitment push across his native Norway.The Manchester Evening News says Molde wonderkid Erling Haaland, who won his chance under Solskjaer, has been watched extensively since scoring four goals in front of United scout Tommy Moller Nielsen back in July.United hope to take Ranheim youngster Odin Thiago Holm on trial in 2019 after the midfielder caught the eye at the Sambor Youth Cup in Poland last summer with five goals from midfield.And United’s head of scouting and recruitment, David Harrison, was pictured in Tromso in October with Isak Hansen-Aaron among those grabbing his attention.The 14-year-old spent time at United in December, 2017, where he was put through his paces by coaches at Carrington after previously having a trial at Liverpool.Solskjaer has already confirmed he will have an input when it comes to January recruits. And United’s interim manager may yet have one or two names in mind when it comes to aiding his side’s wonderkid search in Norway. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months ago​Brighton boss Hughton weighs up Murray recall

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Brighton boss Hughton weighs up Murray recallby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Chris Hughton must decide on whether to recall Glenn Murray to his starting lineup.The veteran attacker has enjoyed success against West Ham United, Brighton’s upcoming opponents, in recent games.He scored twice in the 3-0 win at the Hammers last season. But Florin Andone has also been in good form.Speaking on their last win over Manuel Pellegrini’s side, Hughton told The Argus: “It was an emphatic win but I also remember the two centre-halves had to defend really well, deal with a lot of crosses.”Glenn got the first one and Jose (Izquierdo) scored a wonderful goal, it was almost like one of those games that everything went our way.”It was a memorable one but they have certainly come on since then. All we want to do is be right in the game but they are a very good team at the moment.”It will absolutely be a more difficult game than last year. They will start as favourites, they are at home, and we will have to make sure we turn up.” last_img read more

Stage North to hold auditions for the first show of the next

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Stage North Theatre Society has chosen the first show of the next season, and they want you to be a part of it.The first show of the next season will be The Addams Family, a funny musical based on the characters created by Charles Addams.Stage North is looking for cast members to be a part of this show and will be holding auditions for anyone interested in taking part. Auditions for the show will be taking place at the North Peace Cultural Centre on May 31 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on June 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.If you do not want to appear on stage but still want to lend a hand, according to Stage North, there are positions open for carpenters, painters, costumers, and more.For more information, you can send an email to stagenorth@stagenorth.ca.last_img read more

New Fish Creek Forest trails can now be developed

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C – With the completion of a wildlife study on the Fish Creek Forest trails, Council has given the go-ahead to develop the trail system based on the recommendations of the wildlife assessment prepared by Roy Northern Environmental Ltd.As the report concluded there would be minimal impact on local wildlife the development of new trails to replace the closed portion of the Silviculture trail at Fish Creek can now proceed.In February, Robin Langille, Director of Facilities and Grounds for the City of Fort St. John shared in his presentation to Council potential new trails to increase the length of the trail network and increase connectivity through the trails as the Silviculture trail was now closed. In the presentation an internal loop trail or the figure 8 trail was recognized as a potential solution to the trail system as Langille shares they found a trail that the footing of the trail has already had alignment and grading created, going on to share it has probably been used by people yet the ‘entranceway’ to the trail was not so noticeable and would require being opened up.Mayor Lori Ackerman addressed concerns with the new trail as it may have actually have been created by Wildlife. Ackerman shared she wanted to keep both wildlife and users of the trails separate from each other, to keep both safe by limiting opportunities to have surprise interactions.Ackerman went on to share the City needed to know in fact, if this is a game trail by involving a B.C. Conservation Officer or someone with Wildlife experience before the City staff proceeds with implementing the new trail system.To view the Report; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Balbir Singh Jakhar AAP’s 7th LS poll candidate, to fight from West Delhi seat

first_imgNew Delhi: The AAP Sunday declared its last candidate in Delhi for the Lok Sabha polls, with a senior leader saying the announcement was made seeing the Congress’s “irresponsible and indecisive” attitude towards an alliance here. Balbir Singh Jakhar will be the Aam Aadmi Party’s candidate for the West Delhi parliamentary seat. Names of candidates for the other six seats was announced by the party on March 2. Elections to the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi will be held on May 12.The results will be declared with the rest of the country on May 23. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plastic Delhi minister and AAP leader Gopal Rai said the party has waited long enough for an alliance with the Congress but seeing the “irresponsible and indecisive” attitude of the grand old party, the AAP has decided to declare the name of its seventh candidate. He announced the name of Jakhar at a press conference here. “The AAP has declared all its seven candidates. We waited for long that all parties would join hands to beat the government but the way the Congress is behaving, irresponsibly, and has been indecisive for the past three months, the AAP has decided to take its movement (for full statehood for Delhi) forward,” Rai said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder On Thursday, he had said the AAP will fight the Lok Sabha polls on the issue of full statehood and it is “late now” for talks on an alliance in Delhi. “The country is disappointed with the Congress and our internal survey shows seven per cent vote share of the Congress. People feel that the Congress is not serious about Delhi, so the AAP has launched a mega campaign. “The Congress is confused and every one is giving different statements,” Rai said. Sources said the AAP was in talks with the Congress over seat sharing but both the parties wanted to contest from the same seats due to which a they could not reach a consensus. Moreover, Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit has not been in favour of an alliance with AAP but many leaders and workers in the Delhi Congress were in favour of an alliance. Announcing the name of Jakhar, Rai said he has been associated with the AAP since the Jan Lokpal Movement. He was the president of co-ordination committee All Delhi District Court Bar Association. The other six AAP candidates are Atishi from East Delhi, Guggan Singh from North-West Delhi, Raghav Chadha from South, Dilip Pandey from North-East, Pankaj Gupta from Chandni Chowk and Brijesh Goyal will contest from New Delhi seats.last_img read more

Ohio State overpowers Michigan State advances to Big Ten tournament championship

CHICAGO-The quest for a Big Ten tournament championship lives on for Ohio State. After routing tenth-seeded Nebraska by 21 points Friday night, the No. 2-seeded Buckeyes (25-7) used a second-half surge to eliminate No. 3-seeded Michigan State, 61-58, at the United Center in Chicago. Like he did in a Feb. 24 win against the Spartans (25-8), junior guard Aaron Craft slashed and charged his way to the basket for 20 points-18 of which came in the game’s final 20 minutes. Junior forward Deshaun Thomas added 16 and sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross came off the bench and chipped in nine points on 2-of-3 shooting from behind the arc. It was Craft’s play, though, that ultimately guided the Buckeyes to their seventh straight win since a 22-point loss to Wisconsin on Feb. 17 in Madison, Wis. OSU coach Thad Matta said it’s a evidence of a team playing its best basketball at perhaps the best time. “I think that when we stay connected, both offensively and defensively, when we don’t panic, when things don’t go well-I think we can play with anybody in the country,” said Matta, who improved to 7-0 in Big Ten tournament semifinal games. “I mean, to win whatever we’ve won in a row right now in this league and some of the things we’ve had to do, I think that’s probably the thing that I’m most proud of. And we’re not done yet-I know that. But as I told them when our backs were against the wall, you’ve answered the call for a while here.” And, rather coincidentally-perhaps even bizarrely-OSU will play the Badgers Sunday for the conference’s tournament championship. But it might’ve not been that way if not for Craft. “He got his shot going, really. And when he gets his shot going, he’s impossible to stop,” said sophomore guard Shannon Scott. “He got to the middle, hit some jump shots, hit his threes. The defense couldn’t guard him after that.” But before that, the game’s first act unfolded in a manner fitting of a heavyweight bout featuring two teams ranked in the top 10 of the Associated Press poll. OSU and MSU traded 3-point shots before Tom Izzo’s squad mobilized its attack away from the perimeter and closer to the basket. There, the Spartans, led by senior forward Derrick Nix, bullied sophomore center Amir Williams en-route to 20 points in the paint in the first half. Nix, who finished the day with 17 points, spent the period posting up Williams before rolling past him to lay the ball in overhead. The veteran’s ability to control the glass helped the Spartans withstand a half that saw the lead change six times by no more than six points. “They’re always a physical team for us,” Scott said. “They got a lot of big athletes, so we just know we got to match their physicality.” For some time, it appeared the Buckeyes would struggle to do that. While MSU found traction underneath the basket, OSU struggled to find a similar footing and opted to continue a 3-point barrage that connected 36 percent of the time. But without a solid presence in the paint, the Buckeyes struggled to do much of anything else, as Thad Matta’s crew shot just 34 percent from the floor-including a 4:26 scoring drought to end the first half. MSU headed into the game’s intermission with a 29-28 advantage, but it didn’t last long. Behind largely the play of Craft, the Buckeyes quickly rallied past their one-point deficit and flipped the script on the Spartans in the paint, tallying a 14-6 advantage in the second half. “I think we really focused on trying to keep them out of the paint, we knew they were going to try and go in there all game like the first two times we played them,” Scott said. “We made it a part of ourselves to keep (them) out of there.” On the other end of the floor, rather than sniping from afar at MSU’s veneer, OSU started started to attack it from within. “I think we just needed to have that better understanding of what’s a good three and what’s a three we can pass down to maybe get another pass and really try to find ways to get into the lane,” Craft said. “At times we have really good spacing that really opens up avenues and lanes for myself and others to drive in, and those are good threes, kind of outside looking in type threes, and knock down some pull-ups.” That blueprint Craft articulated after the game was nearly identical to the one executed about 30 minutes earlier. After a shaky outing in the first half, OSU finished the day shooting 42 percent and 29 percent from the 3-point line. Aside from their ability to outscore the Spartans in the paint in the second half, perhaps most notable was how the Buckeyes helped force 12 MSU turnovers while limiting their own miscues to five. And in a game that ultimately came down to clock’s last seconds, OSU outscored the Spartans in points off of turnovers, 11-0. At the 11:42 mark of the second half, the Buckeyes established a lead it would not surrender. But it didn’t stop the Spartans from trying to reach their second-straight Big Ten tournament championship game. After falling behind as many as eight points down the game’s stretch, MSU would cut the Buckeyes’ advantage to four thanks to a 3-pointer from Spartan junior guard Keith Appling with 2:52 to play. A minute later, Nix would complete a three-point play after being fouled on a layup to pull within one. On the ensuing possession, though, Nix was whistled for a flagrant foul on Craft. The junior guard made 1-of-2 free throws to extend the Buckeyes’ lead, 58-56. Still with the ball, a line-drive jumper from Thomas with 18 seconds to play would all but seal OSU’s second win against MSU this year. It’s why Scott said the Buckeyes have confidence in their leading scorer-even when he’s having what could be deemed an off day. “The thing about Deshaun is like he could miss two or three shots but we know-we trust him enough to make the next shot,” he said. Now, said junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr., OSU’s attention turns to the team that last defeated it. “I’m kind of mad and pissed off that we lost like that at their home,” he said. “So now that we get another crack at them, it’s game on.” OSU is set to play Wisconsin for the Big Ten tournament championship Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the United Center in Chicago. read more

Quagliarella is immortal says Carlo Osti

first_imgSampdoria director of sports Carlo Osti has hailed veteran striker Fabio Quagliarella as ‘timeless’ and ‘immortal’.Sampdoria demolished Napoli 3-0 last Sunday. Quagliarella completed the scoring with a sensational back-heel flick goal.Carlo Osti praised Quagliarella and expressed the club’s happiness to have a player of his calibre in their ranks.“Fabio is a great champion the kind of player who is timeless,” Osti told Sky Sports Italia, via Football Italia.“He is immortal. We are very happy to have him at Samp and hope he can stay with us as long as possible.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“After the defeat to Udinese, it was important for us to understand how we’d do against a big side like Napoli. We put in the perfect performance, it all went well, but we know there’s a long way to go this season.“We need to improve upon last term, especially our away form. That means the trip to Frosinone will be very important to test ourselves.”last_img read more