Tennis Jamaica disputes Azar’s claims

first_imgTennis Jamaica have responded to comments made by John Azar published in yesterday’s Gleaner.In the article, Azar contended that he was legitimately elected in the abandoned election and described the over-voting as a deliberate attempt by the administration to compromise the process.In a response via press release, Tennis Jamaica president, John Bailey, said the association “remains committed to proper governance of the association and an electoral process that is transparent and fair”.It also said it rejected Azar’s accusations.”With regards to the disputed ballots, neither Mr Azar nor the administration of Tennis Jamaica is in a position to establish which ballots were compromised, as the exercise was based on secret ballots that were not marked for identification purposes.”It added that affidavits from persons purporting to vote for Azar would be inadequate replacements for ballots that may be in dispute.”Persons may, for their own benefit, give incorrect or untruthful responses after the fact.”The releases added: “It is in the pursuit of this, that – after consultation with our board and taking advice from competent persons – we decided to go the route of holding fresh elections to secure a new administration, following the last exercise on November 19, 2015 which had to be terminated due to the action of some unscrupulous members. This, amid the fact that the methodology used then to govern the elections was the usual.”On that occasion, conducting a re-vote was not possible as the meeting had broken down and a number of members had left the premises.”Tennis Jamaica asserted that the current approach is one that it believed would satisfy the requirements of all “well-thinking members of the association and persons who love the sport of tennis.The release added that Tennis Jamaica had secured the services of Jamaica Olympic Association to organise and administer the fresh elections set for March “in a way to remove any doubt as to the integrity of the proposed elections”.last_img read more

Rhodes Hall capture historic first girl’s basketball title

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Rodene Morris was on fire in Thursday’s final of the Western Basketball Association-ISSA Girls’ Open Championship top-scoring with 32 points to lead Rhodes Hall High to their first-ever title, a 50-37 victory over Spot Valley High at the Montego Bay Cricket Club.Holland High edged Mt. Alvernia High 28-27 in a tense third-place match that preceded the final.Morris’ all-round athletic ability was on full display as she not only scored at will, but also made herself useful as part of a strong Rhodes Hall second-half defensive effort, grabbing two rebounds to go with two blocked shots and three steals. Her teammate, Keron Brown, added 12 points and two steals in the historic win.The bulk of Spot Valley’s points came from Nassan-Gay Ricketts, who had 18 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists, mostly in the first two quarters. But her endeavour was outdone by the talented Morris.easy lay-upHer easy lay-up, immediately after the tip-off, gave Rhodes Hall the first bucket of the afternoon and thereafter Morris needed little invitation to shoot as she took full advantage of some indecisive Spot Valley defending, especially in the last quarter.Notwithstanding, it was Spot Valley who held the lead at the end of the first quarter, with Ricketts doing the bulk of the work early on for a 12-9 margin.Ricketts and Brown combined well in the second quarter and it looked then that they were well on their way to the crown, outscoring Rhodes Hall 11-8 in the second stanza for a 23-17 lead at the half-time break.It was a completely different scenario in the third quarter, however, as Rhodes Hall, led by Morris, found their groove, making shots after shots to pull the game back after three keenly contested quarters at 29-28.Spot Valley never recovered and it gave Brown and Morris the fuel needed to win it for their school with a flurry of points in the paint, to waltz to a first-ever high school title, boy or girl, in the school’s history.Both schools will now turn their attention to the all-island play-offs set for GC Foster College.last_img read more


first_imgIt’s not often Donegal can boast playing host to a music star who has done the music score for an Oscar-winning film.But that’s exactly what happened in Letterkenny this week when Foy Vance turned up in town.The popular Northern Ireland singer-songwriter stayed at the Clanree Hotel where he was believed to be recording at local recording studios. Foy recorded the music for The Shore, the short film by Terry George which scooped an Oscar in Hollywood this week.A source at the Clanree told “He was very down-to-earth and very nice.“He didn’t have any airs or graces about him and chatted away. As far as we know he was recording some stuff locally.”  OSCAR FILM MUSICIAN TURNS UP IN LETTERKENNY! was last modified: February 29th, 2012 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:FOY VANCETHE SHORElast_img read more

DDTV: Family fun – see Arena 7’s revamped Laser Quest!

first_imgArena 7 have revamped Laser Quest at the ever popular entertainment complex and it is bigger and better than ever before.Laser Tag is played over a large indoor, multi-level maze for up to 20 players.  Suitable for kids as young as 8 years old right up to adults of any age.  A single game is played over a 15 minute period.  It’s a great event for parties, team building or work night outs as part of a package.Have a look below at the amazing new promotional video and get ‘tagging’.  DDTV: Family fun – see Arena 7’s revamped Laser Quest! was last modified: July 21st, 2016 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:Arena7DDTVEntertainment ComplexLaser Questlast_img read more

Wojciech Szczesny plans to return to the Premier League next season

first_img Wojciech Szczesny 1 Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny will not complete a permanent switch to an Italian team as he wants to play in England next season.The Poland international is coming to the end of his second loan spell at Roma after struggling for action at the Emirates.The Serie A club want to keep hold of the 27-year-old, while Napoli have also enquired about his availability.However, according to Il Mattino, Szczesny will snub any offers from Italy as he wants to continue his career in England.The goalkeeper has just over a year left to run on his Arsenal contract, meaning he could be sold this summer rather than him leaving for free in July 2018.Premier League clubs will now, no doubt, be alerted by Szczesny’s desire to play in England and could make approaches for him during the next transfer windowlast_img read more

Top 30 clubs in Europe ranked by average attendance in 2016/17 – from 30 to one

first_img 24. Paris Saint-Germain’s average attendance: 45,317 – PSG finished runners up in Ligue 1, the first time since 2012 they haven’t been crowned French champions. 28. Chelsea’s average attendance: 41,507 – Stamford Bridge witnessed another Premier League title-winning campaign. 30 30 5. Real Madrid’s average attendance: 69,170 – Just shy of 70,000 for the Spanish champions. 16. Stuttgart’s average attendance: 50,515 – The Mercedes Benz Arena was packed to see Stuttgart win Germany’s second division title. 30 30 30 30 30 19. Ajax’s average attendance: 49,551 – Ajax reached a European final for the first time since 1996, which may have helped their Eredivisie attendances. 27. RB Leipzig’s average attendance: 41,454 – The controversial East German club finished runners up behind Bayern. 14. Borussia Moenchengladbach’s average attendance: 51,494 – Another Bundesliga club riding high in the top 30. 30 30 30 25. Atletico Madrid’s average attendance: 44,719 – This was the final season for Atletico in the Vicente Calderon Stadium. 30 30 30 23. Internazionale’s average attendance: 47,172 – Despite Inter’s disappointing campaign, they boast Italy’s highest crowds. 20. Eintracht Frankfurt’s average attendance: 49,088 – Frankfurt finished mid-table in the Bundesliga, but they still pulled in the punters. 30 30 26. Sporting’s average attendance: 42,772 – A healthy average for the Lisbon giants. 15. Newcastle United’s average attendance: 51,106 – Championship winners Newcastle were the best supported second tier team in Europe. 30 3. Manchester United’s average attendance: 75,289 – United continue to pull in the biggest crowds in the Premier League. 30 9. Benfica’s average attendance: 55,994 – Benfica picked up the Portuguese title for a fourth season in succession. What makes a big club?Lots of things, not least the number of fans who watch them play, week-in, week-out.With the 2016/17 season at its end, we’ve looked at the highest average attendances across European domestic leagues.Take a look at the slide show above to reveal all. 30 30 30 30 30 30 22. Feyenoord’s average attendance: 47,500 – De Kuip witnessed Feyenoord’s first Dutch title since 1999. 30 11. Manchester City’s average attendance: 54,018 – Some mock City’s attendances, but they are still ranked 11th in Europe. 29. Sunderland’s average attendance: 41,286 – Not bad for a club that was rock bottom of the Premier League for most of the season. 30 30 30 30 8. West Ham United’s average attendance: 56,970 – The Hammers’ first season in the London Stadium has seen their attendances reach a major new high. 30 7. Arsenal’s average attendance: 59,956 – No top four this season, but Arsenal’s Emirates regularly sells out. 4. Bayern Munich’s average attendance: 75,000 – German champions once more, but Bayern don’t boast the biggest crowds in the Bundesliga. 10. Celtic’s average attendance: 55,882 – The Celts went through the season undefeated in the league, home and away. 6. Schalke’s average attendance: 60,703 – Schalke finished 10th in the Bundesliga but are one of the best supported teams in Europe. 18. Cologne’s average attendance: 49,571 – Fifth place for Cologne in the Bundesliga, and 18th in this Europe-wide ranking. 30 13. Hamburg’s average attendance: 52,341 – HSV have struggled in the Bundesliga for some years now, but they don’t struggle to attract fans. 1. Borussia Dortmund’s average attendance: 79,653 – The best supported team in Europe! 17. Hertha Berlin’s average attendance: 50,267 – One place below Cologne in the league, but one above in the attendance rankings for Hertha. 30. Werder Bremen’s average attendance: 40,881 – click right to count down to number one – Bremen’s Bundesliga crowds were just high enough to put them in the top 30, above well-supported clubs including AC Milan, Everton and Marseille. 2. Barcelona’s average attendance: 77,944 – Second in LaLiga, but top of Spain’s attendance figures for Barca. 12. Liverpool’s average attendance: 53,039 – Anfield’s new Main Stand helped boost attendances to a record high. 21. Rangers’ average attendance: 48,573 – Crowds were healthy at Ibrox as it hosted top flight Scottish football for the first time in four years. last_img read more

‘Shades of Ledley King’ – Some Tottenham fans hail ‘new era’ as starlet thrills

first_imgTottenham Hotspur supporters were delighted last night and not just because they beat West Ham for the second time this season.Argentine starlet Juan Foyth was finally given a chance to play this season and showed just how talented he is with a superb display. West Ham were trouble, but our defence did us proud. Our attack was more clinical and won us the game. Foyth MOTM, then Winks and Son for me. Good to see Sonny getting some goals and looking sharp.— Phil Jones (@oasispj38) November 1, 2018 shining Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 2 Foyth does well under pressure from Michail Antonio REVEALED Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Foyth getting constant someone comes in for bit parts and is as composed like that young man.lovely.Can’t be taught.coys— Neil Gammond (@NeilGammond) November 1, 2018 Foyth is better than @johnstones…nd has immense potential…#COYS #THFC— jogender dhankhar (@jogidhankhar) November 1, 2018 REVEALED Happy with the 3-1 win. Good performance as result. Foyth impressed tonight with some good tackles and play on the ball. #COYS— Christopher Finley (@Gingertfc) November 1, 2018 TOP WORK Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Most Popular Premier League Stories If poch can get foyth playing more he can turn out to be a top defender based on tonight’s performance I can see he really wants to do well at spurs and prove a point.— Huss (@HussDervish) November 1, 2018 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update whoops predicted Dele was great as a creator. Son had the finisher’s touch again. Foyth has the makings of our next great CB. Llorente gave us a goal. That’s as good a result we could hope for. On to Arsenal.— J🎃sh G🎃llihar (@jdGollihar19) November 1, 2018 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Juan Foyth What a performance. We’ve found a gem here— Paul Hanley (@phanley55) November 1, 2018 Foyth showed last night why Poch bought him and why he rates him so highly believing he will develop into a top-class centre-back. How long will that take determines contract length for the older guys. Verts could be the Daddy to our crop. #thfc #coys— Clive (@THBNBlog) November 1, 2018 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Tottenham starlet Juan Foyth celebrates with Kyle Walker-Peters Putting in out there – start Foyth over Sanchez vs Wolves? What does everyone else think? #COYS— Glenn Sears (@GlennSearsTHFC) November 1, 2018 gameday cracker A season or 6 months on loan would do Foyth wonders. Get him regular first team football— Cash Cow FC (@JamesOdono) November 1, 2018 Can’t help but salivate at the mouth seeing this last-ditch tackle from Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Juan Foyth against West Ham.This has shades of legendary defender Ledley King about it, what a real star we have in the making here.😍💙#THFC— Last Word On Spurs🎙 (@LastWordOnSpurs) October 31, 2018 huge blow Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars revealed latest Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion huge blow The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 REPLY SORRY Latest Football Stories Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Foyth was excellent last night— Josh Davies (@JoshieD98) November 1, 2018 changes Last year he showed glimpses of it in the eight appearances he made, mainly in the FA Cup, but against the Hammers he really turned it on.Positionally he was aware and able to marshal the running of West Ham’s forward line, while also making good challenges when called upon with one block on Marko Arnautovic particularly impressive. RANKED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Juan foyth absolute beast. I would give him 10/10.— Rob taylor (@robtaylor__) November 1, 2018 His ability on the ball didn’t go unnoticed either as he possesses an excellent array of passes.And his overall display against West Ham has won him a lot of new fans who now believe he should be starting more often.You can see what some supporters had to say on Twitter below. I want to see foyth play a bigger role this year, with the lack of signings we need to use our squad and we have some very exciting players there— Gage Cooper (@gagecoops) November 1, 2018 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won tense Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions MONEY 2 He is only young, plays balls to a full-back who has nowhere to go inviting the press which puts us in difficulty. Needs the confidence to take responsibility like Foyth was last night. He looked a real prospect, his most impressive display for us by a country mile.— Clive (@THBNBlog) November 1, 2018 Welcome to Juan Foyth era everyone. #THFC— DonMaurishio (@MayureshForever) November 1, 2018 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT BEST OF Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? ADVICE no dice Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? last_img read more


first_imgSenator Jimmy Harte remains in a critical condition in hospital more than a week after being found in a collapsed state on a Dublin street.Senator Jimmy HarteThe well-known politician was found close to his Dublin apartment with serious head injuries in the early hours of Saturday week last.It is understood Senator Harte suffered a fall and has been in a medically-induced coma since. His condition remains critical and he is still in the ICU department of Beaumont Hospital.Messages of support and goodwill have been flowing in for Jimmy, 55, and his family from across Donegal and Ireland as he battles to regain his health. SENATOR HARTE REMAINS IN ICU A WEEK AFTER ACCIDENT was last modified: November 24th, 2013 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:accidentcomaSenator Jimmy Hartelast_img read more

Katrina evacuees struggle to find affordable housing

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals When Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana on Aug. 29, Kelly had no idea how intense the storm would become. Winds whipped through her home, tearing up the roof and walls, and breaking windows. For five days, she did whatever she could to keep her family safe and fed. “Water was the main thing. It ran out fast,” she said. The 43-year-old mother of four used a barbecue grill to cook what food she had. When that was gone, she and neighbors took supplies from a corner store that had been abandoned. At night, her street was pitch black and she worried about looters. With her children, grandchildren and several neighbors, Kelly loaded up her Ford Explorer and Mazda Protege and went in search of a safe place to regroup. “The plan was for me to get somewhere to think. To analyze the situation.” WHITTIER – Schewon Kelly doesn’t want this to be a sad story. But for more than two months, she’s been a refugee. A victim. An evacuee. “It doesn’t feel good to be called a refugee,” she said. “We know what that is. It’s someone from somewhere with nowhere else to be.” Until last week, Kelly was homeless in Los Angeles and the nearby area for more than two months, living with family members and people she doesn’t know, but who were willing to help. With 11 others, she came to Los Angeles about a week after the hurricane hit. She stayed with her brother. Since then, Kelly’s family has scattered across the country with relatives, and Kelly struggles to regain the stability and identity she had before Hurricane Katrina hit the home she rented in Gretna, La. After seeking help for weeks while living in a Los Angeles homeless shelter, Kelly contacted Catholic Charities, and met the Rev. Roger Labont of St. Paul of the Cross Church in La Mirada. He and his congregation had collected money to sponsor a hurricane evacuee. “I had so many doors slammed in my face,” she said. “I’m displaced. I’m not on vacation. I didn’t come here because I want to be here. Two thousand dollars ain’t no money to put your life together.” She received about $3,000 from FEMA and the Red Cross, most of which she used to send her children to her sister’s home in Chicago. The real help came from St. Paul of the Cross Church. “We’ve tried to preserve her dignity,” said Donna Ponce, who heads the church’s Hurricane Katrina committee. “She’s just a human being who needs help.” Ponce quickly found that helping a hurricane evacuee is easier said than done. While philanthropists around the country pooled their resources to help those displaced by the storm, Ponce struggled to rent an apartment for Kelly. For six weeks, while Kelly worked in a J.C. Penney warehouse, Ponce filled out applications, wrote letters and visited homes for rent in the Whittier area. She submitted applications to 18 homes, and drove more than 150 miles in the search. At each place, she was turned away. “One lady told me the house was no longer for rent because she already found someone,” said Labont . “We called the next day, and found out it was actually still open.” In mid-November, their application was accepted at a home in Whittier. Now, they are collecting furniture donations to fill the home. In the next few months, Kelly hopes to bring her two youngest children, who are in high school, back to Whittier to live with her. Now, she looks forward to feeling like herself again as a mother and head of her household. She hopes to get back into construction, but is now working in a warehouse. “I’m just now starting to feel pretty again,” she said. “The most important thing now is getting my head straight. When am I going to stop jumping from place to place?” To donate to St. Paul of the Cross Church’s Hurricane Katrina committee, call (562) 921-2914. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want 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

Well-known local family to appear on RTE’s Ireland’s Fittest Family

first_imgA well-known Donegal family are to become the first to complete in RTE’s hit TV show Ireland’s Fittest Family.The Ryan family from Letterkenny are to go head-to-head with other super-fit families from across the country when the show starts its fourth series.Dad Danny is, who is originally from Raphoe, is well known as Ireland’s former senior middleweight boxing champion before he went on to become a pro fighter. He will be joined by the rest of his family including sons Keane, Jordan and daughter Alannah as they slug it out to win the endurance show.Danny’s wife Maria will no doubt be shouting her family on from the sidelines.The Donegal family will be hoping to beat the others and claim a brilliant prize of €15,000.Since exploding onto our screens in 2014, three remarkable families have been crowned Ireland’s Fittest Family. Now it’s the turn of 12 brand new super fit families to take on Ireland’s toughest television challenge.Mairead Ronan returns to host series 4, which will deliver the usual mud, sweat and tears, and some gruelling surprises, but this year the courses are harder than ever before.This year there have been record numbers of applicants, each hopeful of bringing home the title.Over 8 weeks 12 of the fittest, fastest and strongest families in the country will push themselves physically and mentally to the absolute limits, each vying to be the last family standing.These families will hurtle themselves at some of the most challenging obstacle courses, and terrains Ireland has to offer, some never seen before on the show, and some Fittest Family favourites. As always 4 Irish sporting legends will be coaching the teams, hopefully to Fittest Family victory. The coaches are tough, their reputation is on the line, and they are here to win. Davy Fitzgerald, Anna Geary and Alan Quinlan return to the competition, joined by new coach, former premiership soccer legend, Stephen Hunt.With €15,000, and the coveted title at stake,the battle is find Ireland’s Fittest Family 2016.Well-known local family to appear on RTE’s Ireland’s Fittest Family was last modified: October 24th, 2016 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)last_img read more