Diving into 2017 – Lyn expects bigger things from Jamaican divers in New Year

first_img “Because of Yona, he wants to represent Jamaica at the highest level,” Lyn says. “He dives for Crystal Palace Diving Club in England, and people who have seen him dive say that he dives better than Yona did at that age.” But Lyn told The Gleaner that the facilities at the National Aquatics Centre in Kingston have hampered unearthing local talent. “At this point, we have none, but what I am encouraged to do is get some infrastructure for the National Stadium pool,” he says. “Not many countries in the world have an outdoor diving set-up, but had we had an outdoor set-up prior to Rio, we would have been able to host several countries coming here to practise. “It really is important that we try and get the facilities here to promote diving, not just for our local divers, but as a local destination for other countries that want to do diving year round. Lyn says Knight-Wisdom’s nomination for the RJR award hints that the discipline is getting the exposure it needs. “It really is good for diving. Yona, as a diver, goes to some places and some countries that a lot of other athletes wouldn’t go to normally. Therefore, as part of a diving fraternity, it just brings more exposure to Jamaica as a country, which is good for us.” HIGHEST LEVEL Former Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica President Martin Lyn says that he has a big year planned for diving in the island in 2017. The diving fraternity has been encouraged by Yona Knight-Wisdom’s performances at last summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which have seen him nominated for the People’s Choice Performance of the Year award at the RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards. Lyn, who has said he welcomes nomination for re-election to the presidency, says that he expects Knight-Wisdom to continue to do what he describes as big things for Jamaica next year, when he returns to fitness. “He took a little rest towards the end of the Olympics, but he’s getting back into focus now,” he says. “After getting him back into his regime, he has the British [Diving Championships] Trials at the end of February, or early March. Then he has the World Championships in Budapest [in Hungary].” But the 21-year-old is not the only hopeful Lyn has in mind. He says he is expecting another British-born Jamaican, 14-year-old Pele Julien, to represent the country well next year.last_img read more

Jaguars did us proud

first_imgDear Editor,The Jaguars did Guyana proud as we qualified for the first time for CONCACAF’s Gold Cup scheduled later this year.Congratulations to the team, its management and all involved in “long days and short nights” which made this historic win possible. Many more successes as we rally around Guyana’s football, which is on the rise.Sincerely,Shamshun Mohamedlast_img

High flying Bandari smack Tusker at Ruaraka

first_imgFresh from their hugely morale boosting victory over league leaders Gor Mahia on Tuesday, Bandari had a perfect start hitting the target in the third minute of the game when Yema Mwana pounced on a poorly defended ball from a corner, shooting low pastPatrick Matasi in the Tusker FC goal.The goal stunned the hosts who were coming into the game on the back of four wins in their last five games and they took on the task of trying to get back level.They thought to have done just that after 18 minutes but David Juma’s goal off a Robert Achema cross from the right but the goal was ruled out with the second assistant’s flag up for offside.Almost immediately, Peter Nzuki had an effort with a volley after controlling the ball well with his chest, but the rifling effort went straight to Faruk Shikhalo’s arms.Tusker kept pressing looking for the equalizer and new boy John Kamau thought his header was headed inside the net after beating Shikhalo to a Lloyd Wahome cross, but the ball was cleared off the line by Nicholas Mejja.Achema had a clean effort at goal in the 32nd minute when a well weighted ball from David Gateri found him isolated on the right, taking cool control of the ball but his left foot effort went inches off target.A minute to the break, Achema exchanged passes with Timothy Otieno with the latter being released into the box, but he had a poor first touch, the ball rolling wide.In the second half, Bandari came back stronger looking to get a second goal that would breathe some comfort into their chase.Abdallah Hassan had two chances back to back. His first effort was a shot from the right after quickly breaking off his markers, keeper Matasi making a save. However, two of his teammates were in better scoring positions had he decided to square back the ball.A minute later, he tried his luck with a shot from distance, but Matasi covered easily.On the hour mark, Bandari should have been two up from a swiftly executed counter off a corner, William Wadri racing away from the chasing pack but his effort after sliding the ball past Matasi went against the bar, and the ball kindly bounced into the keeper’s arms.Tusker thought they should have had a penalty two minutes on the turn but the referee waved play on after Wilberforce Lugogo seemed to have hacked down Otieno inside the box.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bandari FC defender Nicholas Mejja pressures Tusker’s David Gateri during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Ruaraka Complex on August 12, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 12 – Yema Mwana’s fourth minute goal was all Bandari FC needed to beat Tusker FC at the Ruaraka Complex on Sunday evening and cement their hold on second spot in the Kenyan Premier League standings.The victory was sweet revenge for the Mombasa based club with Tusker having beaten them in both their meetings this season, 2-0 in the first leg in Mombasa and 2-1 in the Football Kenya Federation Shield third round.last_img read more

Koscielny announces retirement from international duty

first_imgThe 33-year-old took the opportunity to criticise Deschamps, however, and claimed France winning the World Cup caused him a “lot more psychological damage than my injury”.“I think that I have given everything I can for France, I am 33, I have done two Euros, one World Cup,” Koscielny told French TV station Canal+.“France has a great generation of great players now. My injury does not change my decision. For Les Bleus, it is finished.“When you are in good form, you have lots of friends. When you are injured… after a certain period of time, you are forgotten about.“He [Deschamps] called me once for my birthday in September. Otherwise, no. Lots of people disappointed me. Not only the coach. It feels like a hit on the back of the head.“France’s World Cup victory did me a lot more psychological damage than my injury did me.”-By Sky Sports0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares000049-times capped French international Laurent Koscielny, 33, announced on November 7 that the next six months would be his last on the national teamLONODN, United Kingdom, Oct 14 – Laurent Koscielny has retired from international football and taken a dig at France head coach Didier Deschamps in the process.The Arsenal defender missed this summer’s World Cup in Russia after suffering an Achilles injury playing for Arsenal against Atletico Madrid in the Europa League, and has now decided to focus on his club career.last_img read more

Winning debuts for South Africa, Uganda coaches

first_imgIt was the first match for Bafana Bafana (The Boys) since xenophobic attacks on African immigrants in South Africa last month led Zambia and Madagascar to cancel friendlies.McKinstry guided Uganda to a 1-0 away win over Ethiopia in Bahir Dar with long-serving Emmanuel Okwi scoring the only goal midway through the first half.This is the third national coach post for the Irishman, who took charge of Sierra Leone in 2013 when only 27 years old and was later hired by Rwanda.In other matches, there were away victories for Mozambique over Kenya and the Central African Republic over Niger while the Ivory Coast defeated the Democratic Republic of Congo in France.Benin at home and Malawi away snatched late draws against Zambia and Lesotho respectively and Togo came from behind to hold Equatorial Guinea in France.Ntseki was a controversial choice to succeed English coach Stuart Baxter after South Africa exited the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in the quarter-finals.He had never been a head coach at senior level and critics alleged his appointment had more to do with the cash-strapped national football association needing a “cheap” replacement.– Immediate goal –But Ntseki insists he is up to the task with his immediate goal being to achieve a top-two finish in a 2021 Cup of Nations qualifying group including Ghana, Sudan and Sao Tome e Principe and reaching the finals.South Africa controlled most of the match against Mali, but a 75th-minute goal from Sekou Koita for the visitors created a tense finish.Judgment on Ntseki will have to be delayed as Mali lacked many of the players who took them to the last 16 of the Cup of Nations in Egypt this year.The 1-0 win for Mozambique over Kenya in Nairobi was a surprise with the only goal coming from Amansio Canhembe midway through the second half.Justin Shonga twice gave Zambia the lead against Benin in Porto Novo, but Michel Pote salvaged a 2-2 draw for the home side with a stoppage-time goal.Malawi left it almost as late to rescue a 1-1 draw away to Lesotho in Maseru with Hassan Kajoke scoring two minutes from time after Hlompho Kalake had put the home team ahead.Record seven-time African champions Egypt host Botswana Monday and 2019 Cup of Nations winners Algeria meet Colombia in France Tuesday as a six-day friendlies schedule continues.The matches are being used to prepare teams for the first two rounds of qualifying during November for the 2021 Cup of Nations in Cameroon.0Shares0000(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000McKinstry guided Uganda to a 1-0 away win over Ethiopia in Bahir Dar with long-serving Emmanuel Okwi scoring the only goal midway through the first half.JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Oct 13 – South Africa and Uganda won international friendlies Sunday to give new coaches Molefi Ntseki and Northern Ireland-born Johnny McKinstry successful debuts.Goals from Dean Furman and Themba Zwane earned South Africa a 2-1 home victory in Port Elizabeth over Mali, who were missing many stars, including Southampton forward Moussa Djenepo.last_img read more

HUGE transfer report: Man United agree personal terms with Antoine Griezmann

first_imgManchester United have scored a huge transfer boost, with reports the Premier League club have agreed personal terms with Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann.The Red Devils are getting ready to trigger the French forward’s £89million buy-out clause when the summer transfer window opens.And, according to the Sun, Griezmann has already accepted a five-year deal, worth £280,000 a week, to move to Old Trafford.The 26-year-old is United manager Jose Mourinho’s top target for the upcoming transfer window, as he aims to build a team capable of fighting for top honours once again.And, after Atletico’s hopes of a third Champions League final in four seasons was all-but ended by a 3-0 semi-final defeat to rivals Real Madrid, it seems their star asset Griezmann could be on the move.Griezmann was said to have been initially hesitant over the switch, as he is keen to continue playing at the top level in Europe.A top four Premier League finish looks out of reach for United, but they still can, of course, seal a Champions League spot for next season if they lift the Europa League title.The Red Devils are set to complete the move as soon as the transfer window opens.And it is reported Mourinho is even expecting Griezmann to report for the club’s pre-season training in July.The deal will see Griezmann earn £60k more than France team-mate Paul Pogba, who returned to Old Trafford for the same £89m world-record fee last summer. 1 Is Antoine Griezmann heading to Old Trafford this summer? last_img read more

Ray Wilkins BLASTS Chelsea’s £35m move for Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko

first_imgRay Wilkins insists Chelsea will be wasting their money by splashing out £35million on Tiemoue Bakayoko.The Premier League champions are understood to be closing in on the signing of the Monaco defensive midfielder.But Wilkins reckons Antonio Conte should abandon a deal for the 22-year-old and instead put his faith in Nathaniel Chalobah [below].Chalobah, who is the same age as Bakayoko, has impressed for England Under-21s at the European Championship finals this summer in a defensive midfield role, and Wilkins believes the homegrown star can be a key player for Chelsea if given a chance. 1 Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Blues star and assistant boss said: “I was really disappointed to read they are looking at Bakayoko from Monaco. He is 22 years of age, French and doesn’t get near the national side, but it was quoted Chelsea might be paying £32million.“Well, in Nathaniel they have got a footballer that can play exactly the same but just needs an opportunity to get in there and play.“You have seen already in the two games he has played up to now [at the European Championship] he looks a class act in and amongst people of his own age. Playing with the top quality players that they have at Chelsea, he can only improve week to week.”last_img read more

Healthcare worker caught drink-driving on three occasions

first_imgA healthcare worker who was caught drink-driving on three occasions got into trouble after the death of her mother and the break-up of a relationship.Debbie Keyes, aged 26, appeared before Letterkenny District Court charged with the offences. Ms Keys, of Foxhills, Letterkenny was stopped by Gardai driving on November 10th, 2017, April 22nd, 2018 and October 11th, 2018.Solicitor for Ms Keyes, Mr Frank Dorrian said there had been no pattern or warning to the accused woman’s drinking.He said the death of her mother, as well as the break-up of a relationship, had had a major impact on her life.However, she was now alcohol-free and was attending AA meetings and seeing a counsellor.Judge Paul Kelly said that because there were three different drink-driving charges in a relatively short space of time, he would like to get a probation report and adjourned the case until January 21st next.Healthcare worker caught drink-driving on three occasions was last modified: November 19th, 2018 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:Debbie Keyesdrink drivingletterkennylast_img read more

GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE TO HOST ‘COME DINE WITH ME’

first_imgNAOMH COLMCILLE NOTESThe seniors match against Belcoo O’Rahilly’s didn’t go ahead on Sunday.The minors opened their league campaign with an away defeat to Letterkenny Gaels on Saturday. The lads are scheduled to travel to take on Buncrana next Sunday. Registrations are now open to all senior players (€50), junior players (€10), adult members (€25) and families (€50). Contact Mark Ferry (087 9154559).Football for fun starts next Friday (6th March) from 6 to 7 pm on the astro pitch (weather permitting). All boys and girls aged 8 and under are welcome. €2 per session. Please ensure the kids are dressed appropriately for the weather.The Last Person Standing competition has additional casualties after the fifth week. See website for latest updates.The club will be holding a Come Dine with Me event on Saturday April 11th. Contact Alison Ferry (0879154559) if you’re interested in hosting. There will be a social night at the clubhouse to round off the event. Naomh Colmcille CLG’s child welfare officer for 2015 is Breda Friel. If you or child have any issues through out year with coaches or bullying or other child issues please feel free to contact Breda on 0876393503 and she will try and address the issue.The club is now registered for the Lucozade ‘Kit Out’ promotion. Codes are printed on promotional bottles under the plastic wrapper – please note these codes so they can be entered online on behalf of the club to try and collect gear or equipment.The club is again registered for the Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme so please start collecting the vouchers on behalf of the club.Check out the club’s new Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille CLG – Donegal) for latest updates on training, match times etc.Training and Match Schedule. Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups. The page will be updated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page.Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches.Seniors / Reserves. Training on Tuesday 3rd and Thursday 5th at 7:15 pm. Bring boots and runners. Check the Facebook page for latest update.Minors. Scheduled to play Buncrana (away) next Sunday (8th). See Facebook page for latest update. U16s. See Facebook page for upcoming training detailsU12s. Training next Saturday (7th) at 2:00 pm. U10s welcome if they want to take part. Bring boots and runners and appropriate gear for the weather. Check the Facebook page for latest update.Reminder that the use of mouthguards is now compulsory for all players.Naomh Colmcille Weekly Lotto.This week’s numbers are 7, 9, 16, 17, 22 and the winners are Frankie Callaghan, Jo Gallen and Micheal O’Donnell who matched three numbers and win €25 each. Next week’s jackpot €1,250.Naomh Colmcille CLG are in need of more lotto sellers. The lotto is the bread and butter of our club. If you don’t drive we can set up on a team with a driver. Please contact Breda Friel (0876393503) if anyone is willing to help. Thanks.The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE TO HOST ‘COME DINE WITH ME’ was last modified: March 2nd, 2015 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:Naomh Colmcille GAA noteslast_img read more

Forget meat, focus on these gams

first_img “We get e-mails from all over the world (from women) asking to become Vegan Vixens,” said Valencia, a statuesque blond who put out a casting call this month – and got 60 more applicants. “They have to show talent and be really good onstage.” During a Thursday night fund-raiser to save Canadian baby harp seals at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, the Vixens appeared in glittering bowlers and slippery corsets, showing lots of leg. “Veganism isn’t just about being a hippy with Birkenstocks,” said Tanjareen Martin, a vegan actress who lives in Toluca Lake. “It can also be sexy, hip, cool.” Martin, who was raised in Inglewood, said she’s preparing a vegan soul food dinner for Thanksgiving “and inviting all my friends from the ‘hood.” There’s also Helen Tsai, a student and acupuncturist from Santa Monica. Casey Krebs, who runs a Jewish retreat in Malibu. And Kimmy Somers, a Northridge native who teaches severely handicapped children in Long Beach. Valencia, who once had a caddy service of sexy girls, sang in an all-girl rock group called Shock Baby and modeled for Frederick’s of Hollywood, also rescues pit bulls for her St. Martin’s Animal Foundation in Acton. The vixens cruise across Los Angeles in their veggie-oil-powered van like multicultural Charlie’s Angels, blessing all that sprouts from Mother Earth. “We’re so L.A.,” said Tsai. “Sexy women. The beach … spirituality. We’re vegans; we’re compassionate toward everybody.” The vampish Vixens drew various reviews. “I thought it was great,” said Liz Forbess, 47, of Ojai, after watching the group’s burlesque act. “I wonder whether they’re soccer moms or Thousand Oaks hookers?” Men said no woman, no matter how hot, could be sexy enough to make them give up porterhouse steak. “You can have a vegetarian barbecue – but naaaaaaw, where’s the meat?” said Thomas Fry, 33, of Camarillo. Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AGOURA HILLS – Nothin’ like turnips. Or collard greens. Or red-ripe tomatoes – not as salad fixin’s, but as turn-ons. The Vegan Vixens, a band of scantily clad Los Angeles babes, have become world sirens for the produce section. And for weaning men off meat. “We want to lure guys who would normally never be interested in veganism” – a pure vegetarian diet with no dairy products, said Vixen founder Sky Valencia, an aspiring actress who lives in Granada Hills. “Then we educate ’em, without their even knowing what hit ’em.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week With apple-smooth legs and more cleavage than a bin of eggplant, the five Vegan Vixens have become the darlings of the animal-rights circuit. A New York tabloid called them “the soy of sex.” A London newspaper said the Vixens “bite beef eaters.” Five episodes of their “Vegan Vixen Show” – a variety show offering everything from bean dip to pillow fights to sexy innuendo – have singed cable channels from Los Angeles to New York. They’ve starred on Howard Stern’s radio program; he threatened to torture small animals if they didn’t strut their stuff. They’ve partied at the Playboy Mansion. They’ve appeared on local radio. They’ve published a racy cookbook. They’ve pushed to get onto hunky Spike TV. And the small group of twenty- to thirtysomething women have brought burlesque to the animal-rights movement with the explicit goal of promoting diets bereft of juicy steaks, fat cheeseburgers and barbecued ribs. last_img read more