• Riettie hits smashing first – Jamaican is first ever to hold four ITTF coaching certificates

    first_img COACHING CERTIFICATES Sandra Riettie, the former Jamaica table tennis representative, is now the first person in the world to hold four International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) coaching certificates. Riettie, a former women’s singles champion of Jamaica on nine occasions, sat and passed the ITTF’s Para Level One course in Kingston in June when the ITTF’s Christian Lilleroos was the course conductor and was notified of her success a few days ago. Her other coaching certificates are the ITTF Level One, the ITTF Level Two, and the ITTF Level Three certificates for regular coaching. In congratulating Riettie, Lilleroos said: “Congratulations on fulfilling all the ITTF requirements for certification as Para Table Tennis Level one coach. “You are also the first coach in the history of the ITTF to have four different coaching certificates – the ITTF’s Level One, Level Two and Level Three certificates, and the Para Level One certificate.” Lilleroos added: “You are currently the highest certified table tennis coach in the world as certified by the ITTF. When the Para Level Two comes next year, be ready to take the course as well in order to stay on top.” Riettie, who attended courses in Budapest, Hungary, served as an umpire during the recent World Championship in Japan and at the North American Cup in Toronto, Canada, and is also a Level One referee of the ITTF. Apart from being a former champion of Jamaica on a number of occasions, Riettie also represented Jamaica at the Caribbean Championships many times, at the Commonwealth Championships in the Isle of Man, and at the World Championships in Sweden in 1985.last_img read more

  • Woman weeps in testimony against NBA star Rose

    first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP):A woman who accuses Derrick Rose and two friends of gang rape in a $21.5 million lawsuit became emotional yesterday after the NBA star entered the courtroom for the first time as she testified about how intoxicated she was on the night in question.”I’ve never felt like that before,” the 30-year-old said. “I just felt I was less in control, more goofy.”As she began to connect a night of drinking at Rose’s Beverly Hills mansion on August 26, 2013, with the disputed incident in the early morning at her apartment, there was a long pause as she wept quietly, hiding her face behind a computer screen on the witness stand.During a break with the jury out of the courtroom, defence lawyer Michael Monico complained that they couldn’t have her “crying all day” and suggested the judge issue a “no crying” order.US District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald said he’d never heard of such an order and said the defence was welcome to mock her later or say the crying was ridiculous.”I’m not going to order the witness not to cry any more than I’m going to order her not to breathe,” Fitzgerald said.Rose, 28, and his friends Ryan Allen and Randall Hampton have denied the accusations in the lawsuit.last_img read more

  • Injury rules Smith out of CPL season

    first_imgAustralia batsman Steven Smith will miss the rest of this year’s CPL with a side strain. The injury was revealed by his Barbados Tridents captain Jason Holder at the toss ahead of their game against St Lucia Stars on Sunday at Kensington Oval.Steve SmithA subsequent interview with the side’s head coach Robin Singh revealed that Smith has left for home to receive treatment for the injury.Smith was signed as replacement for Shakib Al Hasan after he became available to play in the CPL for the first time following his one-year suspension from international cricket for his role in the ball-tampering scandal.The 29-year-old had fared modestly before the injury, scoring 185 runs in seven innings while also taking three wickets, though he was Man of the Match in one of the only two wins this year for the bottom-placed Tridents by scoring 63 and taking 2 for 19 against Jamaica Tallawahs in Florida.last_img read more

  • Sacred Heart 6th in decathlon

    first_img (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Sacred Heart School’s Academic Decathlon team placed sixth overall among 106 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles competition. Eighth-grader Katherine Martini took first place in science, sixth-grader Nathaniel Hunter was the fourth-place finisher in literature and eighth-grader Lucio Celeste was fifth in math. “The test was kind of easy to me, so I wasn’t sure,” said Katherine, 14, who took a written test on a book about mammals. “I took notes, made flash cards, and read the book once. I just kind of remembered it.” The decathlon was held March 17 at the Los Angeles Sport Arena. A sixth-place finish is not the best Sacred Heart has done. In previous years the team has taken first- and second-place honors. “I think they really learned how to work as a team. Over the period of time, they have become very supportive and protective of each other,” said Judy Harbison, who teaches algebra, computers and fourth-grade advanced math. “Spending as much time as we do together has made them a little family in themselves.” The team consisted of 12 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders – 10 competitors and two alternates, or “understudies,” as they are called. The team also placed sixth in the Super Quiz and first in its Deanery, the group of eight schools to which Sacred Heart belongs. There were six returning students from last year’s team, three of whom were competitors, Harbison said. last_img read more

  • Football a refuge for children who seek asylum in Australia

    first_imgHer love of the beautiful game led her to Football United, a programme helping refugees integrate in Australia, and her life changed.“Football United made me very confident with my English and I just started opening my heart to everyone,” Habeb, 16, told AFP on the sidelines of a “gala day” in Sydney that brought together teams for a friendly contest.“I met a lot of friends in Football United … now most of them are my best friends. I love communicating with people, especially young people like me.”Refugees feature prominently in Australia’s football history.The former chairman of governing body Football Federation Australia, billionaire businessman Frank Lowy, was a Jewish refugee from Eastern Europe who arrived with one suitcase and no English in the early 1950s.In recent years, programmes like Football United have helped displaced youth, newly arrived in Australia after fleeing conflicts in Syria and Iraq © AFP / WILLIAM WESTThe late veteran broadcaster Les Murray, whose voice became synonymous with football in Australia, was born Laszlo Urge in Hungary in 1945 and arrived Down Under a decade later.In recent years, programmes like Football United have helped displaced youth, including Iraqi Sarah Glaoo, 17, and 19-year-old Syrian Suliman Alkhateeb.Both arrived in Sydney last year as Australia opened up 12,000 additional refugee places for people fleeing conflicts in Syria and Iraq.– French inspiration –It was Australian football’s strong bonds with refugees that caught the attention of the programme’s American founder Anne Bunde-Birouste.Bunde-Birouste was living in Paris in 1998 when she was swept up by the euphoria surrounding the black-Arab-white make-up of the World Cup-winning French national team.“The French won against all odds and because the team was multicultural. So it brought the whole country together,” Bunde-Birouste told AFP.“Knowing that it was the world game, I just wanted to try and see what we could do in Australia to help refugee kids.”Years later, the university lecturer set up the first Football United clinics in Australia, and thousands of youths have since passed through them.“Sports in general and specifically football is the best tool for young adults, for children, for boys and for girls because the game itself is about inclusion. It’s about bringing people together,” says Honey Thaljieh of FIFA © AFP / WILLIAM WESTA key attraction is the low cost, said Natasha Hill, the programme’s communication coordinator.Organised sport is expensive in Australia and with some of the refugees coming from large families, enrolling each child in a local club is costly.As such, Football United provides an easy entry point for young arrivals keen to make new friends.They then get to develop their football abilities while also learning about Australian culture and life skills such as goal-setting and time management.“Most of them have come from… broken families back in their home countries,” Hill told AFP.“Given that Australia is a multicultural country, when they come here, it is something new to them. Back home, it was all one race. Providing our programme to them helps them integrate with other cultures.”At the recent “gala day”, the youths were treated to an inspiring talk by Honey Thaljieh, a corporate communications manager for world governing body FIFA, who grew up in Palestine.Thaljieh is strongly convinced of the power of football in boosting the lives of children who have endured conflict and hardship, having gone through a similar experience herself.“It will change their lives eventually if they believe in it and they are determined, if they work hard,” Thaljieh, the co-founder and first-ever captain of the Palestinian women’s national football team, told AFP.“Sports in general and specifically football is the best tool for young adults, for children, for boys and for girls because the game itself is about inclusion. It’s about bringing people together.”For recent arrival Glaoo, Football United has given her the opportunity to showcase her silky skills on the pitch.After a busy afternoon scoring goals for her school team, the teenager was dreaming of her next steps, including winning tournaments at higher levels.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Football United provides an easy entry point for young arrivals keen to make new friends in Australia © AFP / WILLIAM WESTSYDNEY, Australia, Dec 1 – With a whistle hanging from her neck as she shouts instructions in perfect English, teenager Athmar Habeb looks very much at home refereeing a football match in Sydney.Yet it was only four years ago that Habeb had to flee her war-torn Iraqi homeland, arriving in Australia aged 12 with her family and knowing only three English words — salt, apple and eggs.last_img read more

  • Chelsea transfer news: Defensive target stalls over new contract

    first_img Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is stalling over signing a new contract – amid reported interest from Chelsea.The Senegal international has been tipped to leave Italy this summer after enjoying an impressive campaign in Serie A last season.Both Everton and Chelsea are interested in the centre-back, with the latter reportedly tabling a £38million bid.After selling Gonzalo Higuain to Juventus for £75.3million, Napoli have no need to sell Koulibaly and they would like him to stay.But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, the 25-year-old is currently refusing to sign a new deal with the Italian club.The defender still has three years to run on his current contract, but Napoli are eager to tie him down with an extended five-year deal. 1last_img read more

  • Letterkenny man appears in court on rape charges

    first_imgA Letterkenny man has appeared in court charged with two counts of rape.The man, who is in his 20s, was arrested by Gardai at New Line Road earlier today. Detective Garda Grainne McLoone said she put two charges to the man but he made no reply to either.The court was told the alleged offence happened on July 29th, 2016.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan told Letterkenny District Court that the Director of Public Prosecutions had agreed to prosecution on indictment at the Central Criminal Court.The court was told that gardai had no objection to bail.However, a number of conditions were imposed including a cash lodgement of €2,000, that he provide a mobile phone number and that he have no contact with the alleged victim.The case has been adjourned until next Thursday’s sitting of Letterkenny District Court.Letterkenny man appears in court on rape charges was last modified: August 18th, 2017 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:courtletterkennyrapelast_img read more

  • Andres Iniesta to star in own reality TV series

    first_imgBarcelona legend Andres Iniesta will star in his own reality TV series.Having left the Spanish side in 2018, he joined Japanese side Vissel Kobe where it is being reported he will earn £22.5m. MONEY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Iniesta left Barcelona for Japanese club Vissel Kobe in at the end of last season BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 3 3 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won impact RANKED REVEALED no dice England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won One of the greatest midfielders of his generation, Iniesta was adored by the Barcelona fans Iniesta left Barcelona after 17 years as a professional huge blow Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade The midfielder won eight La Liga titles with Barca, as well as four Champions Leagues, and scored the only goal as Spain beat the Netherlands to win the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.Called ‘Iniesta TV’, cameras will follow the 34-year-old in his new life. It has been launched on Rakuten Viki, the Rakuten Group’s global video streaming service which will broadcast the series in English, Spanish and Japanese around the world. Fans can watch content from the Rakuten Viki site on PC and smartphones, as well as through Rakuten Viki apps on iOS and Android devices, and on TVs through apps on Roku, Apple TV, fireTV, androidTV and chromecast.Supporters, though, will be asked to subscribe to “Viki Pass,” a premium subscription plan that allows access without advertising. 3 ADVICE Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED Speaking about the series, Iniests said: “You can watch how I live in Japan and how I adapt to my new club, as well as interviews and conversations with great sports stars.“We are going to organise some great contests. I will show you my ball skills as well as some ways to improve your football.” Most popular football news silverware last_img read more


    first_imgA rent dispute is believed to be the reason behind the closure of one of Donegal’s best-known newsagents.Loyal customers of Proctor’s Newsagent in the Letterkenny Shopping Centre were left stunned to find the shutters down on the store yesterday morning.No notice had been posted on the shutters to give any indication of the sudden closure. The store is owned by respected businessman Brendan Proctor.It is understood that Mr Proctor has been in negotiations with the owners of the shopping centre, Harcourt Developments.However understands that Mr Proctor decided it was no longer economically viable to continue to pay the rent on the premises and handed back the keys.Another storeowner, Alfie Greene of Greene’s Shoes, also had a dispute with the shopping centre two years ago. A source close to Mr Proctor said he had been left with no option but to close down his premises.“This decision was not taken lightly because Brendan is a family man as well as a businessman. He knows people’s jobs are on the line.“But he was simply left with no alternative from a financial point of view.“This has not been an overnight decision. There has been a lot of dialogue between Brendan and the owners but Brendan decided he had just had enough,” said the source.RENT DISPUTE BEHIND SUDDEN CLOSURE OF WELL-KNOWN NEWSAGENT SHOP was last modified: November 18th, 2011 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:Brendan ProctorLetterkenny Shopping Centre.Proctor’s Newsagentlast_img read more


    first_imgDonegal’s 1992 All-Ireland winning footballers will mark the 20th anniversary of their magnificent triumph by staging a charity banquet on Saturday, August 18th, in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town.Details of the event were announced at a launch in the Finn Valley Centre in Stranorlar last night. The three charities who will benefit from the banquet are the Donegal Hospice, Donegal Living Links and the Alzheimer Society Donegal branch.Speaking at the launch, Tony Boyle, who came up with the idea with former playing colleagues, Donal Reid and Joyce McMullan, said the initial intention was to meet up for a social gathering.“It’s an opportunity for us to get together after 20 years. Most of the guys have children who weren’t about 20 years ago. We’re planning to have a meet and greet session earlier in the day. Michael O Muircheartaigh will be our host and the Sam Maguire will be there,” he said.Joyce McMullan said that when they decided to organise a function to mark the 20th anniversary, they thought it would be nice to do something to help the less well off in society. “All of us here have been affected in some way by sickness or ill health,” he said.“The work begins from here to make the function a success. We want to get the word out and we want go get the tickets sold.”Patricia Wilson of Living Links, said that Living Links might not be as well known as the other charities. The group was set up in 2008 and she recently took on the role recently of PRO. The group helps families who are bereaved by suicide.“Our main aim is to train volunteers to help those who have been bereaved by suicide,” she explained, adding that suicide still isn’t a subject that is talked about a lot.Donegal Hospice representative, Grace Boyle, said she was delighted to be associated with the event and to be involved with the other charities.“We are in a position now where we provide up to 20 per cent of the running costs of the Hospice which amounts to around 650,000 euro a year and this is paid off every quarter,” she said. Alastair McKinney, from the Donegal branch of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, recalled the great atmosphere around the county when Donegal won their only Al-Ireland title in 1992. He spoke of the importance of the supporters to the team back then, and stressed that the support for families who have members with Alzheimer’s was extremely important.“We provide 75,000 hours of care every year and have to raise 200,000 euro to do that. We are helping about 200 families, but there are 2,000 families who need out support. In 25 years time, that will increase to 5,000 families,” he said.MC for the launch, Charlie Collins of Highland Radio, said that charities are getting things tight because of the current financial climate.“The idea of all the players coming together again after 20 years was fantastic. What happened in 1992 will never be forgotten for many reasons. It’s never happened before and it has never happened since. It was a huge occasion,” he commented. Lending his support to the event, Donegal County Board Chairman, PJ McGowan, thanked and commended Tony, Joyce and Donal for their initiative.“It’s great that they are marking such an event and at the same helping local charities. I am aware of the work all three charities carry out, particularly Living Links. 1992 was a memorable year and one never to be forgotten. The first win is always something special and looking at some of the lads in the room this evening, they have all stood the test of time very, very well.”The county chairman assured the organizers of the full support of the board as the clock ticks down to the big weekend in August.“I’m looking forward to enjoying a fabulous occasion,” he added.Tickets for the banquet, priced at 25 euro, are available from the Abbey Hotel.STARS OF 1992 TO GIVE SOMETHING BACK TWO DECADES AFTER DONEGAL’S FINEST MOMENT was last modified: June 28th, 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:1992all-irelanddonegallast_img read more