Phillips, Knight top JN Open

first_imgFour new champions were crowned as the curtains came down on a compact and intriguing Jamaica National (JN) Open Tennis Championship at Liguanea Club in New Kingston last Saturday evening. For the sport, the event closed out the year in fine style following hours of intense rivalries and competitive action, which began at 3:00 p.m. and lasted way into the night. Rowland ‘Randy’ Phillips, who went into the final seeded as number one, beat defending champion Damion Johnson 6-2, 6-7, 7-5 to take home $200,000. Runner-up Johnson, the many-time local champion, received $100,000 in cash prize. Phillips’ performance was superb from the start of an edge-of-the-seat finale. He was the aggressor from the first set, with some powerful serving, which resulted in several aces. His powerful smashing and exquisite placement saw him take the contest in a ruthless, but clinical way. GREAT FEELING “It feels great to win. I think this is my biggest win so far. I am so happy I could come out on top. It was a really tough match. It’s always tough playing Damion,” Phillips, who has now won his last three tournaments, told The Gleaner. He is currently Jamaica’s top-ranked player. Meanwhile, women’s champion, 25-year-old Shaneka Knight, held her composure and showed experience to get by 13-year-old Micheala Stephens 7-5, 6-2 for her first JN Open championship title. “It was a really good challenge. She is really good for her age, and I had to fight and find the win after finding out her weakness,” Knight said. She earned $60,000, while the talented teen, who was playing in her first final, received $30,000 for the runner-up spot and plaudits from the crowd for her outstanding performance. Earlier, Stephen Shirley stopped long-time rival, top seeded Leighton Burton, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 for the men’s Class Two, while Scott Jones rallied to beat Jermaine Case 6-4, 2-6 and 6-2 in Class Three. The JN-sponsored event was having its sixth renewal, with increased prize monies from $150,000 to $200,000, while the women’s prize money moved from $50,000 to $60,000. Total prize money amounted to more than $600,000. There were also improvements in the quality and quantity of competitors.last_img read more

Carroll hat-trick wrecks Arsenal dream

first_imgLONDON (AP):Arsenal needed a flawless finish to the English Premier League season to stand a realistic chance of reeling in surprise leaders Leicester City.Thanks to West Ham striker Andy Carroll, that won’t be happening.Carroll scored an eighth-minute hat-trick as West Ham came from two goals behind and drew 3-3 with Arsenal in a wild match at Upton Park that summed up the visitors’ season a strong start, a collapse and then a recovery that was too little, too late.Surely, only second-placed Tottenham can stop Leicester now.Arsenal are 10 points behind the leaders and three adrift of Spurs, with the top two in action today.Arsenal are not yet assured of securing a top-four place and Champions League football for next season, with Manchester City only two points back in fourth after rallying to a 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion, thanks to Samir Nasri’s second-half winner. City played a weakened team ahead of the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain, which is tied 2-2 after the first leg on Wednesday.Manchester United are four points behind City, with their game in hand coming against Tottenham today.Confirmation of Aston Villa’s inevitable relegation was delayed at least another week, despite the last-place team losing 2-1 at home to Bournemouth for a 23rd defeat in 33 league matches this season. Fourth-to-last Norwich could have relegated Villa by picking up a point at Crystal Palace, but lost 1-0.It was Palace’s first win since December 19, virtually preserving their Premier League status for another season.Newcastle look likely to be joining Villa in the second tier after losing 3-1 at Southampton to stay six points behind Norwich, with only six matches left.”It’s important that everybody continues to believe,” said Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, who is still to earn a victory in four matches since taking over. “The anxiety is killing us sometimes.”Swansea beat Chelsea 1-0 thanks to Gylfi Sigurdsson’s 25th-minute goal, while Watford and Everton drew 1-1 in a match between two FA Cup semi-finalists.Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez put Arsenal 2-0 ahead against West Ham, both scoring off passes from young Nigerian Alex Iwobi, before Carroll single-handedly brought the home side back into the game.POWERFUL HEADERStaking his claim for a place in England’s squad for the European Championship, the tall striker planted home a powerful header in the 44th, equalised with a deflected volley in first-half injury time, then rose above Arsenal’s defence to complete his hat-trick in the 52nd.Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny scored a 70th-minute equaliser, but a point isn’t enough at this stage in the title race.”We’ve made it far more difficult for ourselves to have a chance to win the championship,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “We have to keep going and hope. You never know what can happen.”City trimmed the gap to Arsenal after recovering from going behind to Stephane Sessegnon’s goal in the sixth minute.Sessegnon then brought down Aleksandar Kolarov to allow Sergio Aguero to score from a penalty and Nasri scored the winner for City from close range in the 66th.last_img read more


first_imgMissing CassieA very special family pet has gone missing from its home on the outskirts of Letterkenny.The dog (pictured) is an Irish Water Spaniel and answers to the name of Cassie.Cassie’s owners have been searching all around the Golfcourse Road where she went missing earlier today but have not found het yet. “The children are very worried that their loveable dog is in pain somewhere,” said a family member.People are asked to check their sheds and outhouses in case Cassie may be taking shelter there.If you have seen Cassie or know where she is, please contact the family on 087 6697407.CAN YOU HELP FAMILY FIND VERY SPECIAL PET CASSIE? was last modified: July 15th, 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

Road rage disease

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2There may be some drivers with legitimate uncontrollable anger on the roads. But we suspect that by and large, despite the scholarly research by the NIMH, the road-rage incidents really stem from a combination of stressful driving conditions and a bad case of rudeness in an increasingly unmannered and mean-spirited society. Is there a pill for that? Angry drivers who menace others on the road might not merely be displaying childish outbursts, according to mental health experts. In fact, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, it turns out those poor drivers aren’t to blame for their violent actions behind the wheel. They are actually suffering from a disorder and have no control. Intermittent explosive disorder, or IED, apparently affects as many as 15 million Americans and is marked by episodes of unwarranted behavior. In motoring situations, this manifests itself in episodes of road rage. Now social incivility is a condition? last_img read more


first_imgA Chinese man has pleaded guilty to having almost €200,000 worth of drugs when caught by Gardai last year.Hong Wei Wang appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court today and pleaded guilty to a number of related charges.He admitted having the drugs with a street value of €187,200 in his possession for sale and supply at Burnfoot on May 15th, 2011. He will be sentenced by Judge John O’Hagan on July 20th.CHINESE MAN ADMITS HAVING DRUGS FOR SALE AND SUPPLY IN DONEGAL was last modified: July 10th, 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:drugslast_img read more


first_imgA WATERFORD fisherman has appeared in a Donegal court, charged with overfishing and failing to cooperate with fisheries protection officers.A judge imposed a monetary bond of €136, 878 on the operators of the fishing vessel called Saltees Quest.The vessel, which is owned by the O’Flaherty Brothers of Kilmore Quay, had the bond imposed as a security pending the criminal trial of the skipper Jonathan Kenny, 1 Chestnut Grove, Waterford. alleged offences of illegal fishing. He was arrested at Greencastle Pier.It is alleged that beam trawls and nets of 80mm dimension were used and it is also alleged there was an attempt  to obstruct the Sea Fisheries protection officers at the subsequent landing inspection on December 13.State Solicitor Ciaran Liddy told the court Kenny chose to remain silent when the charges were put to him.Mr Liddy told the court that the allegations related to fishing in an area where cod was at a depleted level. He said the obstruction charge was “unusual” – saying it reflected “the level of seriousness in this case.”Garda Eamonn Ward, from Moville Garda Station, alleged the Kenny hadRefused to let SFPA officers on board.Failed to have a stowage plan for MonkfishWas fishing for cod in a depleted area.Judge Paul Kelly remanded Kenny on his own bond of €5,000 to the Circuit Court on January 28.He set the bail bond on the boat as requested in Statute – a combination of factors, said Mr Liddy, including the €21,000 estimated worth of the seized catch.Judge Kelly set the bail as requested, telling Mr Kenny: “It’s a matter for you or the owners if you wish to appeal this to another court.” TRAWLER MASTER IN COURT ON ILLEGAL FISHING CHARGES was last modified: December 18th, 2013 by John2Share 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

Baranczyk Receives Women of Influence Award

first_imgIn the classroom, her teams have been exceptional with four straight seasons of ranking in the top 10 of all Division I teams in team grade point average. The 2016-17 team compiled a 3.600 GPA to rank ninth in the prestigious WBCA Top 25 academic team honor roll. DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University women’s basketball head coach Jennie Baranczyk received her Business Record Women of Influence award Thursday, Aug. 10 evening at the downtown Des Moines Marriott. Baranczyk was one of nine women to receive the award which celebrates the work of women who have made a difference in their communities. On the hardwood, Baranczyk guided Drake to the 2017 NCAA Tournament behind a Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title and outright regular season championship. The Bulldogs went 28-5 record (single-season win total tied a program record), had a program-record and MVC-record 22-game winning streak and the team was ranked nationally for multiple weeks. Drake finished 18-0 in regular season play, the first time a Valley team has gone undefeated in conference action. Baranczyk was named the 2017 MVC Coach of the Year and espnW Mid-Major Coach of the Year for her team’s outstanding 2016-17 season. This offseason, she was a court coach for the USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Cup Team trials in Colorado Springs, Colo. and was a featured speaker at the USA Basketball Sioux Falls Coach Academy Presented by Nike. Baranczyk has integrated her program into the Des Moines and Drake communities since being named head coach of the Bulldogs in April, 2012. The program has completed more than 1,000 community service hours in each of the past four academic years. The more than 4,000 hours have been completed around the two communities. In April, 2017, Baranczyk and her program were recognized by Drake University with the Madelyn M. Levitt Distinguished Community Service award. The award celebrates Drake faculty and staff who demonstrate commitment to volunteerism and community service. Baranczyk is a member of the board of directors of the Young Women’s Resource Center in Des Moines. Baranczyk has compiled an impressive 99-61 record in five seasons at Drake, including a 61-29 mark in league play. Baranczyk has had nine student-athletes earn 16 all-conference selections, four MVC Freshman of the Year award winners and two MVC Player of the Year winners during her tenure. One of those player of the year winners, Lizzy Wendell, garnered All-America honorable mention honors last season. Starting in 2014-15, the Bulldogs have recorded three-consecutive 20-plus win seasons under Baranczyk. It is the first time since 1999-2002 this has occurred at Drake. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Raiders’ McCarron, LaFell go from winning it all to dealing with defeat

first_imgFor complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.ALAMEDA — In a corner of the Raiders locker room, the stalls of AJ McCarron and Brandon LaFell sit side by side, two players who share the connection of having reached the absolute pinnacle of their sport — only to have everything come crashing down in a 1-7 season for the Raiders under Jon Gruden.McCarron, 28, was the on-field leader of an Alabama team that went 36-4 in games he started with back-to-back BCS national …last_img read more

South Africa holds score on Doing Business Index

first_imgSouth Africa ranks 34 out of 183countries surveyed in terms of easeof doing business. (Image: Formore free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lynette Oelschig, IMC Director:Strategic Marketing & Communication+27 11 483 0122 RELATED ARTICLES • Top marks for SA auditing • UCT business school tops again • Doing business easier in SA • SA firms among world’s best• SA best for regulation of exchangesSource: Brand South AfricaConsistent ratings of South Africa as an investment market as well as a strong ranking against emerging markets – and specifically the BRIC nations of Brazil, Russia, India and China – underpin the country’s performance in the annual Ease of Doing Business Index results announced by the World Bank in Washington on 4 November 2010.The Ease of Doing Business Index is an index created by the international financial institution, and uses empirical research to justify its work by showing the effect of improving regulations on economic growth.Higher rankings indicate better, usually simpler, regulations for businesses and stronger protection of property rights.The index is meant to measure regulations directly affecting businesses and does not directly measure more general conditions such as a nation’s proximity to large markets, quality of infrastructure, inflation, or crime.South Africa lost two places in the latest index results and is now placed 34 out of 183 economies.“As with other indices issued of late, South Africa has not lost place as a result of declining scores, but rather as a result of other economies improving at a more rapid rate,” said Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola.“Our consistent ratings are underpinned by improvements in areas such as closing a business, where we are up three places to 74; as well as in enforcing contracts where we improved on position to 85, from 86. In contrast to this South Africa lost ground in areas such as starting a business, registering a company and trading across borders,” he said.Globally competitive investment destinationMatola added that Brand South Africa will continue to prioritise efforts to promote the country’s reputation as a globally competitive investment destination, guided by indices such as the World Bank’s Doing Business Index and others.“It is critical that we align all the recent indices with our own strategic priorities and measure the direct impact of our efforts in these regions on a market by market basis,” he said.Within the World Bank’s latest index this holds true. In areas such as investor protection South Africa outperformed the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development averages in all four pillars. This includes extent of disclosure, extent of direct liability, shareholder suits and investor protection itself.“South Africa’s role as an emerging market which can compete comparatively with some of the BRIC nations and act as a credible connector to the 1-billion consumers on the continent has been boosted by the recent results where all four BRIC nations lost ground and where sub-Saharan Africa made the greatest improvements,” said Matola.“The credibility of South Africa being ranked as one of the top emerging economies in terms of its ease of doing business has a significant impact on its competitiveness as a country with which investors would want to do business in the future. Studies and reports such as these are key to our understanding and efforts to position and profile South Africa as a trade, investment and tourism destination of choice.”last_img read more

Cranberries a holiday favorite with health benefits

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Nothing screams the holidays more than cranberries. Their red brilliance and tangy flavor are featured ingredients in holiday punches, sauces, salads, muffins and breads just to name a few. Spiced cranberry sauce has always played a significant role at my family’s table since I can remember.Paul and I married and at the Detwiler Thanksgiving, sauce became relish or salad, as some people call it. One holiday season when we were having a Strep marathon at the Detwiler house, I was unable to create the dish for the big Detwiler gathering. Paul took the reins. Easy instructions and reassurance were given to Paul, “Read the back of the package.” I settled in for my long Thanksgiving nap. In the many years since, we have been unable to live down the year Paul and Shelly (I had nothing to do with it, I was sleeping!) brought the cranberry relish and forgot to put the sugar in it. Note to all: sugar needs to be added to most fresh and frozen cranberry recipes.Cranberries are one of the three native fruits grown in North America. states they have been around for 12,000 years, growing in sandy bogs left when the glaciers receded. The bogs in the northeastern U.S. became the perfect home for these low growing cranberry bushes. The Wampanoag Indians celebrated the harvest of wild cranberries using them for food as well as for their healing properties. The early Europeans from low-lying areas of England and Netherlands who were familiar with cranberries began to settle the country. Cranberries began to become cultivated in 1816 and later were grown commercially by mid to late 1800s. Massachusetts’ Cranberries states that by 1871, the first association of cranberry growers had formed and now U.S. Farmers harvest approximately 40,000 acres of cranberries each year. In 1930, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. formed as a grower-owned marketing cooperative. Ocean Spray states they are over 700 grower families strong to this day.Cranberries have magic qualities. Magically their inside chambers are filled with air and can float and even bounce! How fun, they bounce! Cranberries are not grown in water. Remember, they are grown in the sandy bogs. Due to their magic characteristics, the bogs are flooded in the fall to harvest the little fun-sized tart orbs of red. These bogs are reflooded to protect them for the winter low temps.Including cranberries and cranberry products in your diet can provide many health benefits. One cup of raw cranberries is only 46 calories and is packed full of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, fiber and all kinds of antioxidants. WebMD states current evidence shows that cranberries contain a good “chemical” that inhibits bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract, preventing infections. These magical berries also contain salicylic acid giving it aspirin like qualities, preventing blood clots and reducing swelling.This holiday season include the magic of cranberries. Let this captivating berry weave its enchanting flavors throughout the season, spreading its charm 365! Eat Well and Healthy,Shelly   Apple Cranberry Bacon Candied Walnut Salad w/ Apple Poppy Seed Vinaigrette  1 small head romaine lettuce, chopped8 oz. baby spinach2 Fuji apples, thinly sliced1 cup dried cranberries6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled1 red bell pepper, chopped1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced1/3 cup feta cheese crumbles¾ cup walnuts1 cup nuts1/4 cup sugar1 tablespoon butter1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional) 3-4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar ¼ cup honey3 tablespoons sugar1 tablespoon poppy seeds½ teaspoon salt1 teaspoon dry minced onion   Heat a medium non-stick skillet over medium heat and add nuts, sugar, butter and cinnamon. Stir constantly with a rubber heat-proof spatula for approximately 5 minutes (less time if your nuts are chopped as pictured) until the nuts are evenly coated in the melted sugar/butter. Immediately transfer nuts to parchment paper and immediately separate using 2 forks or let the nuts harden together and break them apart with your fingers once cooled. The nuts and coating will harden in 5-7 minutes.Add all of the dressing ingredients (adding up to 4 Tbsp. if you like it “tangy”) to a medium bowl and whisk to combine or shake in a mason jar. Refrigerate while you prepare the salad ingredients then whisk/shake again before drizzling over salad. The dressing can be made up to a week in advance.When ready to serve, toss all of the salad ingredients together in a large bowl.  Shira’s Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies 1 c all-purpose flour½ c yellow cornmeal, preferably stone-ground¼ tsp. coarse salt4 oz. unsalted butter, softened½ c plus 1 Tbsp. sugar½ tsp. finely grated orange zest1 egg separatedFor filling1 c fresh cranberries1/2c water¼ c sugar1 strip orange zest  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make the cookies: Whisk together flour, cornmeal, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter and 1/4 cup sugar with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add orange zest and egg yolk, and mix well. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture, and mix until just combined.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make the cookies: Whisk together flour, cornmeal, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter and 1/4 cup sugar with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add orange zest and egg yolk, and mix well. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture, and mix until just combined.Lightly whisk egg white. Scoop 2 teaspoons dough, and roll into a ball. Dip into egg white, and roll in remaining 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar. Repeat with remaining dough; transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing about 1 inch apart, as you work. Gently press center of each ball with your thumb. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until pale golden, 15 to 17 minutes. Gently indent each cookie again using the handle end of a wooden spoon. Transfer sheets to wire racks, and let cool. (Cookies can be stored at room temperature for up to 1 week.Meanwhile, make the filling: Bring cranberries, water, sugar, and orange zest to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat, and simmer, gently mashing cranberries, until thick and jamlike, 5 to 6 minutes. (If mixture is too thick, add a little water to thin.) Transfer to a bowl, and let cool completely. (Filling can be refrigerated for up to 1 week. Spoon a small amount of filling into each cookie indentation Banana Cranberry Dessert Tasteofhome.comThis is very similar to a dessert I remember making every year with my grandma.  2 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 44 wafers), divided1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk6 tablespoons lemon juice3 teaspoons vanilla extract1 cup chopped pecans1 to 2 medium firm bananas, sliced and quartered2 cups chopped fresh or frozen cranberries2/3 cup sugar1 cup heavy whipping cream2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar Directions1. Sprinkle 1 cup wafer crumbs in an 8-in. square dish coated with cooking spray. In a bowl, combine the milk, lemon juice and vanilla. Pour over crumbs and spread to cover. Sprinkle with pecans.2. In another bowl, combine the bananas, cranberries and sugar. Spread over pecans. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners’ sugar; beat until stiff peaks form. Spread over fruit layer. Sprinkle with remaining wafer crumbs. Refrigerate until chilled. Yield: 9 servings.Cranberry Rangoons cranberries.orgManny Haider and Jessica Drakulich, Johnson & Wales University  ¾ cup Fresh Cranberries 1 each Jalapeno pepper ¼ cup Sugar ¼ cup Mayonnaise 10 oz Cream Cheese, softened 1 pkg. Wonton Wrappers 1 quart Fry Oil  Combine cranberries, jalapeno, sugar, and mayonnaise in a food processor. Process until smooth or to desired texture. Divide mixture in half and reserve one half for a dipping sauce. With the remaining half, blend with the softened cream cheese until smooth.Lay a few wonton wrappers at a time out on a clean cutting board. Spoon 1 teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture in the center of each wonton. Brush the edges of the wonton with water and fold in half to make a triangle shape. Set aside on a waxed paper lined sheet pan.last_img read more