Irish Gold for Oranmore Judo Coach

first_imgRichard Murphy, the Oranmore Judo Club’s Competition Coach, took Gold medal at the Irish Open in Dublin yesterday, winning all three of his fights with the maximum score – ippon – perfect throws.The Oranmore club’s Eireann Murphy (aged 7) took Bronze in her category at the Open tournament and the club was also ably represented by Luke Murphy (aged 9), all from Clarinbridge, Co. Galway.The club has been a centre for judo training for over 30 years and includes among its past and present members many of the country’s notable judo practitioners and representatives, including the current President of the Irish Judo Association.Judo means ‘the gentle – or flexible – way’. It is a sport and a martial art that is not about weight, nor strength, but about balance, skill, and attitude. New members of any level or age are welcome. The dojo, where the action takes place, is open to Juniors at Oranmore Community Centre from 6.30pm every Wednesday and Friday during the season and from 7.30 for Seniors.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Selkirk College Maintains Connection to Athletics History, Unveils New Logo

first_imgThe college gathered more than 200 thoughts during the process that posed the question: Please explain, in as much detail as you like, how you feel about the name Selkirk College Saints and team’s logo and colours.“We received a broad range of feedback and we appreciate every person who took the time to get involved in the process,” Kincaid says. “It was quite evident that our community cares very much about Selkirk College and Saints athletics. We are excited to maintain our strong connection to our past while forging ahead with a refreshed logo.”Selkirk College currently has one varsity team with student-athletes competing in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL). When the team opens the regular season in October, players will be wearing a newly designed crest on the fronts of their jerseys. The new look prominently features the mountains that are a geographical symbol of life in the Selkirk College region.“It’s a great new look, the players are going to be proud to pull that jersey over their heads and play for the crest on the front,” says Kim Verigin, Selkirk College’s Department Head for Athletics, Recreation & Student Life. “We will stick with the colours that have come to represent excellence in the BCIHL, but the new logo really reflects our connection to the West Kootenay and Boundary region.”The Saints will unveil their new jerseys when classes resume in September and the BCIHL regular season gets underway in October.Learn more about Selkirk College athletics and recreation at: selkirk.ca/athletics. A fresh look for Selkirk College athletics reflects the rugged beauty of the region while maintaining an important connection to post-secondary history.Earlier this year, the college reached out to students, employees, alumni and community members about the Selkirk College Saints look, logo and name. Through online input and commenting via Rossland-based ThoughtExchange, it was clear that the name Saints should remain in place and a new logo would be welcomed.“This college is part of the fabric of our community and the athletic program is an important element of what we offer to the region,” says Selkirk College Vice President of Students & Advancement John Kincaid. “The outreach has helped determine that many people place high value on the Saints name and the historical connection to the many athletic teams that have proudly represented Selkirk College over the last five decades.”last_img read more

Hazlet swim team ready for a successful summer

first_imgWith more than 100 competitors on board, the Hazlet Swim & Tennis Club swimming team is looking forward to a successful summer. Although Hazlet lost its first two meets, to Candlewood and Holmdel, respectively, coach Jean Marie Gillen said her swimmers improved their times and were competitive in both meets. “The team is coming along really well, and they all work hard and they’re having fun,” said Gillen. “I think our times will continue to improve as the season progresses.” Among Hazlet’s top swimmers on the girls side are: (8 and under) Tara Andersen, Megan Lunney and Makayla Miller; 9-10: Samantha Miara and Alexis Sullivan; 11-12: Allyssa Miara, Cherie Schulek, Sam Miller and Briann Lentine; 13-14: twins Heather and Holly Miara, Helen McDonald and Kim Renna; and 15-19: Maryellen Conway, Lorraine Costello, Katie Miller and Monique Zuffanti. Costello also serves as an assistant coach. Joe Davis is the other assistant coach. The boys squad includes: (8 and under) Daniel Knox, Joseph McCarthy and Colin McHarg; 9-10: Michael Ali, Brendan Costello, Freddie McDonald and Mario Ferrigano; 11-12: Richie DeMarco, Conor Monaghan, Joe Pannullo and Matt Rooney; 13-14: Chris Coccaro, Dan Dunphy and Sean Walsh; and 15-18: Adam Bachmann and John Renna. Gillen, a graduate of St. Peter’s College who just completed her first year as a teacher at PS 28 (Christa McAuliffe Elementary School in Jersey City), is now in her sixth summer at the Hazlet helm. “I really enjoy working with the kids and helping them improve,” Gillen said. “They’re so enthusiastic and they want to learn. The rest is easy.”last_img read more

Murray sets up Djokovic showdown at Roland Garros

first_imgBy Pritha SarkarAndy Murray preserved his 100 per cent claycourt record in 2015 to reach the French Open semi-finals with a 7-6(4) 6-2 5-7 6-1 win over Spanish warrior David Ferrer on Wednesday.While the rest of tennis world was transfixed with the Novak Djokovic-Rafa Nadal blockbuster that was simultaneously being played out on the main Philippe Chatrier stage, Murray went about his task in a businesslike manner to reach the last four in Paris for the third time.A backhand volley winner gave him the first set, and after squandering a match point in the third set, the British third seed sealed his 15th successive win on red dirt with an unreturnable serve.He will next face world number one Djokovic for a place in the final.last_img

Lady Altas remain in Final 4 race

first_img‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READcenter_img Good thing Jamela Suyat, Coleen Bravo and Jowie Albert Versoza came through with clutch performances by firing 19, 13 and 11 points, respectively, to power the Lady Altas to their fourth win against three defeats.“I have faith in all my players that they will deliver if given a chance,” said Acaylar, who was recently appointed as national men’s team coach seeing action in the Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games this August.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnFor the the Lady Altas ti stay in Final Four contention, it would need to beat Jose Rizal on Jan. 18 and Arellano on Jan. 25.“We know in our hearts that we’re still in it, we just have to believe,” said Acaylar. Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ The Lady Pirates skidded to 5-2.Earlier, Emilio Aguinaldo downed Mapua, 25-18, 25-13, 26-24, in a battle of win-less squads.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GlobalPort nails back-to-back wins behind Romeo’s 32 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Others players stepped up when starters Cindy Imbo and Ma. Lourdes Clemente struggled and Perpetual Help drubbed Lyceum, 25-21, 29-27, 25-23, Friday to keep its Final Four hopes alive in the 92nd NCAA women’s volleyball tournament at Arena in San Juan.Imbo, the team captain, and Clemente couldn’t find their rhythm at the start, forcing Perpetual Help coach Sammy Acaylar to dig deep from his bench.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Hotly tipped Pliskova beginning to believe

first_img$15 shirt man Evans hoping for new kit deal Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic manages her hair on a windy morning during a press conference following last night victory in the women’s single final match against Alize Cornet of France at the Brisbane International tennis tournament on January 8, 2017. AFP File photoFifth seed Karolina Pliskova continued her impressive march through the Australian Open Thursday, and is beginning to believe she could be on track for a Grand Slam to remember.The towering Czech star dished out a 6-0, 6-2 lesson to hapless Russian qualifier Anna Blinkova in the second round and has only dropped four games so far in two matches.ADVERTISEMENT DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Gamboa officially assumes post as new PNP chief View comments Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims It was her first match against a top 10 opponent and she was out of her depth, struggling with her first serve and her returning.Power server Pliskova gave no ground and raced through the first set in just 25 minutes, with Blinkova winning only 12 points.Ranked at a career-high five in the world, the tall and tattooed 24-year-old was in no mood to give an inch and romped 4-0 in front in the second set before Blinkova finally held serve.She raised her arm in the air and got huge cheers from the crowd, and then held serve for a second time before Pliskova wrapped up a routine victory.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ MOST READ Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ She hasn’t lost this year, lifting the trophy in this month’s Brisbane International, and her confidence is running high.“I’m feeling pretty good on the court, confident. I have some matches already that I won this year. I didn’t lose yet, which is also a good thing,” she said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I think I’m playing good, even though the opponents were not that high level, I would say.“Third round is going to definitely be more tough than the first two. Also people are saying I have a good chance to win a Grand Slam, but we are just in third round, so let’s see.” Awaiting her next is Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko, who upset 31st seed Yulia Putintseva in straight sets.If she beats Ostapenko, as form suggests she will, a potential quarter-final against third seed Agnieszka Radwanska will be within Pliskova’s sights.But the Czech star, who broke through last year in making the US Open final, losing to Angelique Kerber, is taking nothing for granted.“I’m expecting a tough match, but hopefully I can still improve my level and play it a bit better,” she said of Ostapenko. “Hopefully it’s going to be enough.”Blinkova, in her Grand Slam debut aged only 18 and ranked 189 in the world, never stood a chance in warm sunshine on Margaret Court Arena.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Blake suffers groin injury, pulls out of Rabat Diamond League meet

first_imgRaymond Graham, Gleaner Writer Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake will not face the starter in the men’s 100m at Sunday’s IAAF Diamond League meet in Rabat, Morocco due to a right groin injury. Speaking from the official meet hotel, the Amphitrite Palace hotel in the north African city, Blake’s manager Cubie Seegobin confirmed to The Gleaner on Saturday afternoon (Morocco time) that the 2011 world 100 champion suffered the injury during a training session on Friday.  Blake was reportedly executing a number of 30m stride outs when the discomfort was experienced.  The sprinter will leave Rabat early Sunday morning and travel to Germany for treatment. Blake, who returned to action last season and made the 100m final at the Rio Olympics Games after missing two years of competition due to injury, has been showing good form all season. He won the sprint double at the National Senior Championships in Jamaica and with three sub-10 seconds 100m times under his belt this season, had presented himself as a major medal favourite at next month’s World Championships in London. Meet organisers are expected to make an announcement shortly.last_img read more

Copyright Legislation on parliamentary agenda

first_imgIn an effort to protect local entertainers from infringement within the music industry, the government is mulling to have Copyright legislation passed in Parliament in the near future.This is according to Minister of Tourism and Public Telecommunications Catherine Hughes, who informed that Copyright legislation is on the current parliamentary agenda for discussion.The minister said the government is not oblivious of the concerns of local performers in relation to their work being protected and therefore it is their duty to have the legislation laid in Parliament.Over the years, local musicians had lamented that being a performer in Guyana is somewhat of a risky business, since persons have the constant fear of having their work copyrighted.The delay in passing the legislation had also captured international concern, as the United States had criticised the absence of the legislation sometime late last year.In addition, the Ministry of Public Telecommunications along with government is making it possible for musicians to apply for a waiver under the criteria that the performers are Guyanese and their piece coincides with the country’s culture and music.Hughes said once the entertainers applying for the waiver fits the requirements, the ministry is more than willing to grant them it.This would increase the chances of musicians actually being able to reap expansive benefits when they hold shows in Guyana.Most importantly, the minister pointed out that entertainers would stand a better chance of increasing the finances gained from their performance to foster their development.It means when you look at the bottom line it makes it a little more profitable for performers to be able to hold shows and be able to cover their costs and more importantly to put aside something from those performances that can lead to the development of that specific art from.With the consideration of Guyana’s entertainment industry and the aim to have it thrive on both a local and international map, government had recently cut back on entertainment taxes.This was announced in this year’s National Budget, where the ministry of finance had announced a reduction of entertainment taxes for musicians and entertainers who are required to pay when performing in Guyana.Hughes said there are just some incentives by government to protect and promote the growth of its entertainers, even as Guyana progresses as an independent nation.last_img read more

Livin’ la vida loca in NYC

first_imgRicky Martin reigned as king at the 50th anniversary of the Puerto Rican parade on Sunday as tens of thousands gathered to celebrate their homeland. The pop star was joined by N.Y. Mayor Michael Bloomberg for a ribbon-cutting before ascending a float that promoted the Ricky Martin Foundation, which advocates for child welfare around the world. – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

FOR THE RECORD Ducks’ Selanne can’t find motivation to return yet

first_imgSanta Anita Park could be sold as owner Magna Entertainment Corp. looks to sell off assets in an attempt to reduce its debt. Magna, based in Ontario, Canada, said Thursday it was carrying a $550-million debt as of mid-August, and it will be looking for partnerships and selling racetracks and real estate. The company said it planned to sell racetracks in Michigan, Ohio and Oregon. Mega said it would only “explore” selling its stake in its two most prominent thoroughbred tracks – Santa Anita and Gulfstream Park in Florida, the Los Angeles Times reported. The company is looking to raise between $600 million and $700 million. Magna bought the race track – one of the world’s best known since its 1933 debut – for $126 million in 1998. Tennis Lindsay Davenport continued her comeback, making it to the semifinals of the Bali Open by defeating top-seeded, Jelena Jankovic, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. She will face Sara Errani, who upset Aiko Nakamura, 6-1, 6-2. ETC.: Defending champion Marcos Baghdatis was upset, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5), by Ivan Ljubicic at the China Open in Beijing. Ljubicic will play Fernando Gonzalez in the semifinals. Tommy Robredo and Nicolas Kiefer also advanced to the semifinals. … French qualifier Gael Monfils advanced to the BCR Open Romania semifinals in Bucharest, beating countryman Marc Gicquel, 6-4, 6-2. Motorsports Clint Bowyer nipped Martin Truex Jr. for the pole in qualifying for the opening race of NASCAR’s Chase for the Nextel Cup championship in Loudon, N.H. Bowyer turned a fast lap of 130.412 mph to knock Truex (130.255) off the top spot for Sunday’s Sylvania 300. Track and field Ethiopia’s Meseret Defar set a world’s best in the two miles at the Van Damme Memorial meet in Brussels, Belgium, smashing the mark she set earlier this year by almost a dozen seconds to finish in 8 minutes, 58.58 seconds. World pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva and 400-meter runner Sanya Richards remained on course for the $1 million Golden League jackpot. Richards ran the season’s best time over the 400 meters and Isinbayeva was flawless to win before failing at the world record height of 16 feet, 5 inches. In Berlin on Sunday, both can sweep events in all six Golden League meets and claim half of the bonus. Basketball Theodorus Papaloukas made a layup with seven seconds left as Greece scored 10 straight points in the final 1:32 to beat Slovenia, 63-62, to advance to the European Basketball Championship semifinals in Madrid, Spain. Lithuania will face Russia today, while Greece will have another world championship rematch against Spain. Lithuania outlasted Croatia, 74-72. Correction In a Thursday obituary for Dennis Storer, The Associated Press included erroneous information. The university said Storer was the first head coach of the UCLA soccer team when it went from a club sport to the NCAA level in 1967. He did not found the soccer program. In addition, he died in the Topanga area, not Malibu. College sports Schools would be barred from cutting financial aid to athletes for any injury or medical condition, including pregnancy and eating disorders, under a proposal approved by an NCAA Division I panel. The measure, passed this week by the division’s cabinet on academics, eligibility and compliance, will go to the Division I Management Council as an amendment to the NCAA bylaws later this fall. Cycling Arbitrators in the Floyd Landis doping hearing met for the final time this week and declared the hearing officially closed, meaning a decision on the 2006 Tour de France winner’s fate must come in by Sept. 22. ETC.: Brazilian Luciano Pagliarini won the fourth stage of the Tour of Missouri to Columbia, while George Hincapie retained the overall lead. … Russian Denis Menchov retained his overall lead in the Spanish Vuelta.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services The Finnish Flash is still not sure if he is finished. “Part of me wants to play, but right now, a part of me is not ready to do what it takes,” Ducks star Teemu Selanne said. “I’m just going to wait a little longer and see how I’m going to feel when the season starts,” he said Friday. “Watching the game and being a little closer, I’ll know for sure.” Selanne, who has been absent from Ducks training camp this week, led the Ducks with 48 goals and 94 points last season, and added five goals and 10 assists in the playoffs as the Ducks won their first Stanley Cup, which was also the first for Selanne in his 15-year career. “At this point, there is no way I could be as motivated as I need to be to play at this level,” said Selanne, who was third in the NHL in overall goal scoring. “The last couple years, how hungry I’ve been and excited about everything. If I don’t feel that way in a month or so, then it’s time to do something else, but right now it’s too early.” Teammate Scott Niedermayer is also ping retirement, but has not come to a decision either. ETC.: As Teppo Numminen prepares for open-heart surgery to repair a faulty valve next week, the Buffalo defenseman is determined to return to the ice. “It’s been quite an emotional week,” Numminen said a day after the Sabres announced he will have surgery. “And my plan was to play for the Sabres this year, and that hasn’t changed. If everything goes well, I will play.” Numminen said doctors have assured him that – barring complications – he will be able to live a normal life, including resuming his career, and could be playing as early as December. Horse racing last_img read more