With more prize money up for grabs and the best local tennis stars looking to close out the year in fine style, this year’s sixth annual JN Open Tennis Championship is expected to be an exciting and action-packed affair.The championship will start on Saturday and end next Thursday at the Liguanea Cub in New Kingston.Jamaica National has raised the bar with increased prize money for the men’s event from $150,000 to $200,000, while women’s prize money has moved from $50,000 to $60,000.Tournament director Llockett McGregor has described this year’s event as “bigger and better”.The tournament which will start with a kiddie’s camp with 50 juniors on Saturday morning, will feature men’s open singles, ladies open singles, men’s amateur class two and class three as well as doubles event.”Once again, we want to say thanks to Toyota Jamaica, thanks to Singer but most of all we want to say thanks to JN for their continued support and we want to invite the general public to come out and support this wonderful event,” said McGregor at the event’s press launch at the Liguanea Club yesterday.Entries close today for the event which has total prize money of more than $600,000.Gavin Beckford, marketing executive at Jamaica National said his company views the JN Open Tennis Championship as an opportunity “to showcase the talents of Jamaica’s tennis players”.
Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene How to help the Taal evacuees FILE – In this Monday, Sept 4, 2017 file photo, Spain’s Gerard Pique takes part in a training session a day prior to the World Cup Group G qualifying soccer match between Liechtenstein and Spain at the Rheinpark stadium in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has defended Gerard Pique from critics who question his loyalty to the national team because of his support for a disputed referendum on Catalan independence. (Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP, FIle)MADRID — Spain coach Julen Lopetegui praised Gerard Pique’s commitment to the national team and called on the squad to be focused only on soccer despite the crisis involving Catalonia’s push for independence.Pique, the outspoken Barcelona defender highly supportive of Catalans, was harassed by fans Monday when he reported to the national team’s training camp in Madrid ahead of upcoming World Cup qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT The national team’s practice on Tuesday was closed to the fans.“We are soccer players and coaches, we have to be focused on our main goal, which is to qualify for the World Cup,” Lopetegui said. “We can’t get distracted by anything. I know that this is an unpleasant situation, but I ask for some reasoning and tranquility so we can all play a great match against Albania.”Spain is three points ahead of Italy in Group G. It has a much better goal difference than the Italians, so it can close in a World Cup spot with a victory against Albania or at Israel on Monday.Only the group winner automatically qualifies for next year’s tournament in Russia.On Tuesday, Barcelona and the two other Catalan clubs in the Spanish league — Girona and Espanyol — joined a strike to protest the Spanish government’s actions in Catalonia. Barcelona said none of its professional or youth teams practiced and its headquarters was closed. The club played in an empty Camp Nou on Sunday to show its discontentment with the government’s actions during the referendum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lopetegui said in a radio interview with local radio station COPE on Monday night that the central defender remained “motivated” despite the abuse from fans. He said he talked to Pique and didn’t think he was affected by it.He said Pique’s “behavior with the national team has always been very good” and there was no reason not to have him on the team. He said the player was well liked by his teammates.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We don’t analyze the player’s political opinion,” Lopetegui said. “Gerard is an extraordinary central defender and he has been playing with the national team since he was 16. His commitment is tremendous. I don’t see why I shouldn’t bring him to the team. He is available and he wants to play. I know it’s not an easy situation, but I am a soccer coach and I have to prioritize.”The coach said players have the right to express their opinions privately, but have to try to avoid adding to the “unpleasant situation” generated by Catalonia’s bid for independence. LATEST STORIES ‘Very happy’ Nadal survives Beijing scare “We all have the obligation to create the best atmosphere possible ahead of this game against Albania (on Friday),” Lopetegui said. “And I mean all of us. We are playing to make it to the World Cup. After a year and a half we have the chance to finish the job and we obviously need to focus on this game, which is the only important thing for us this week. We all have to contribute to create this good atmosphere, there is no doubt.”Pique was in tears on Sunday as he criticized the Spanish police after violent clashes erupted during the independence referendum that the Spanish government said was unconstitutional. Officials said more than 890 civilians and about 430 members of the police force were injured across the northeastern region.“I see Pique with the same enthusiasm as before,” Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara said. “He is as happyas he has always been inside our locker room.”Pique continued to criticize authorities on social media on Monday, including just before reporting to the national team.Fans in Madrid chanted and held cards against Pique, including some that said “Spain is your nation” and “Out Pique.”ADVERTISEMENT Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ DAY6 is for everybody OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Even as Jason Bhaskaran remains in serious condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital, the Police are moving full steam ahead with regard to instituting charges in connection with the deadly smash-up at Coverden, East Bank Demerara (EBD) on Sunday morning.Guyana Times understands that the Police have completed their investigations and the file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for advice.Dead: Rudolph BessDead: Hansranie PersaudInjured: Jason BhaskaranAccording to information reaching this newspaper, the injured Bhaskaran will be held liable for the deaths of Rudolph Bess, 22, of Lot 220 Kaneville, EBD and Hansranie Persaud, 15, of Grove Housing Scheme, EBD.The driver, who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol, reportedly left his lane to dodge a drop in the roadway, which caused the accident. From reports gathered, several empty beer bottles spun out of the vehicle as it toppled. This newspaper was told that the young man was returning from a wedding to his Track “B” Timehri Public Road, East Bank Demerara home on the fateful morning.This publication also understands that the now dead teen girl had sneaked out of her mother’s house to join her friends at one of the blackwater creeks on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway. The grandmother of the dead teenager at the scene was overheard taking about her wayward behaviour.Based on reports received, the teenager was having an affair with Bess which the family was against. In addition, her relatives had already packed her bags and were willing to send her off with the young man if she had persisted.On the morning of the accident, Bess and Persaud were returning from a party in Soesdyke on a motorcycle and in the vicinity of the Kaylee’s Service Station, the SUV which was driven by Bhaskaran slammed into them after swerving from a dip in the road.The motorcycle, along with the two now dead people, was forced into the vehicle driven by Yolanda Fraser-Patterson. She was returning to her Paradise, East Coast Demerara Home with her husband after dropping off a relative at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.Her husband, Joseph Patterson reportedly told Police ranks that the accident happened in a “flash”, recalling that he and his wife were chatting when the motorcycle came crashing into them.As a result of the impact, both Bess and Persaud suffered severe injuries that resulted in parts of their bodies being torn off and scattered on the roadway. Bhaskaran meanwhile lost control of the SUV which toppled several times causing him to incur severe head injuries.The Guyana Fire Service had to be summoned to the scene to assist in removing the drivers of both vehicles. Fraser-Patterson, her husband and Bhaskaran were rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, but were transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital.Bhaskaran and the injured woman remain patients at the medical facility, while Patterson was treated and sent away. Coverden fatal accident– Police moving full steam ahead to institute charges
McLean’s performance earned him the third star of the game honour.Fort St. John will have to wipe Friday’s trip to Peace River from their memory, and focus on their next task, a Saturday evening home game against the NWJHL’s last place team, the Beaverlodge Blades. Tonight’s game at the North Peace Arena begins at 8 p.m. It was a tough start for the Huskies, who spent the first five minutes of the game pinned in their own zone, thanks to a heavy Navigators forecheck. Luckily, Fort St. John starting goaltender Travis McLean was up to the challenge, stopping numerous point blank shots, keeping the Navigators from building a quick lead.As the Navigators attack continued, the home team eventually slipped on past McLean at 7:44, with Brenden Szmata opening the scoring for the Navs.However, roughly after the ten minute mark of the first, the momentum began to shift as the Huskies started to build steam following a few good shifts. The effort paid off, as at 15:02, Kyle Norris scored on a nice shot low blocker from just inside the left face-off circle, beating a very talented North Peace goaltender, Patrick Earle. – Advertisement -The second period began with the game tied at 1-1, but unfortunately, only one of the teams produced any offense for the remainder of the game.The North Peace Navigators scored twice in the second, and four times in the third, to conclude the game with the scoreboard reading 7-1 in favour of the Navs.It was a tough for the Huskies, who entered Peace River with only 13 skaters for the evening game and credit must be given to Huskies netminder Travis McLean, who faced 48 shots Friday, compared to the 21 the Huskies fired at Navigators Patrick Earle.Advertisement
The rainy weather that has been plaguing the Peace River Region recently looks to be at an end… at least for now.According to Environment Canada officials, the unusually cool, wet weather has been caused by a large trough of low atmospheric pressure, which has been sitting over B.C. for an extended period of time.- Advertisement -This trough has stretched all the way up to Alaska and the Yukon and down through the B.C. coastline into the U.S.The result of this large trough has been considerable cloud accumulation and extended periods of rain.Officials say the trough is expected to move away from B.C., starting this weekend, which could bring an end to the excessively rainy season.However, before then, the Peace can still expect some rain on Wednesday and Thursday.Advertisement Last Friday, Fort St. John received 20 millimetres of rain and 34 mm falling throughout the entire weekend.So far this month, Fort St. has already received 115.2 mm of rain, surpassing the monthly average of 83.2 mm.
A state law, authored by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, requires major supermarkets and pharmacies to accept plastic bags for recycling starting July 1. Under AB 2449, stores also must sell canvas or other reusable bags. If common plastic grocery bags are barred in unincorporated areas of the county, Los Angeles could follow suit. Los Angeles City Councilman Ed Reyes, concerned about grocery bags littering the Los Angeles River, has dubbed them “the river’s graffiti.” His bag ban proposal, which sank a few years ago, led the city to include plastic bags in recycling. “We’re willing to consider anything if it’s going to get those plastic bags out of the river,” Reyes spokesman Tony Perez said. “It is a mess … a stream of plastic grocery bags.” Last month, San Francisco became the first city in the nation to ban petroleum-based plastic grocery bags in favor of biodegradable, or compostable, models. Common plastic bags, introduced in the late 1970s and now used by nine out of 10 shoppers, never decompose. In a breeze, they can blow like kites across the landscape. In the ocean, they join the plastic debris blamed killing more than a million marine birds and animals each year. And in landfills, they never break down. But while common plastic bags can kill wildlife, paper bags take far more energy to produce. In addition, experts say that biodegradable bags, which require special conditions for composting, can pollute plastic recyclables. Companies that recycle plastic will not accept batches that include compostable bags made of corn or potato starch. For this reason, most say that reusing shopping bags is the ultimate bag solution. “Reuse, reuse, reuse – it’s the No. 1 way to go,” said Leslie Tamminen, legislative director for Heal the Bay, an oceans watchdog group. “That’s the best, and most sustainable solution,” added John Rizzo of the Sierra Club in San Francisco. “Paper bags are better for waste, but do use trees. Composting plastic takes longer to decompose. “Canvas, you can keep reusing it again and again.” Because the Los Angeles region has no composting program like San Francisco’s, many think that a switch to biodegradable bags could hamper plastic recycling programs. If not composted, the bio bags can also kill marine life. “I think it’s completely appropriate, especially in coastal communities, to ban plastic bags … and encourage customers to use their own bags,” said Mark Murray, executive director of Californians Against Waste, an environmental group based in Sacramento. With a complete ban, the common plastic bag could go the way of the pull-tab soda can. Grocery industry officials said they were in favor of plastic bag reduction, but not at the expense of plastic recycling. A move to compostable bags, they say, could jeopardize the state grocery bag recycling program. “In general, our industry is supportive of reducing, re-using and recycling – paper or plastic,” said Peter Larkin, president of the California Grocers Association. While it costs grocers 1.3 cents for a common plastic bag, it can cost up to nine cents for a handled paper bag and 10 to 30 cents per compostable bag. The county supervisors Tuesday said they wanted a report back as quickly as possible on what the impact a ban on plastic bags would have on recycling programs and the local economy. Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke asked that the report include potential alternatives such as bio bags, but noted that consumers may be confused over what to do with them. “A lot of us switched to plastic bags from paper because we were concerned about the impact on trees,” she said. “It’s difficult to let people know what should be done to help the environment.” email@example.com (818) 713-3730 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to study the issue of paper versus plastic and whether to enact a ban on standard plastic bags, similar to one imposed in San Francisco. “We have an opportunity to be a leader with all the cities in the county,” Supervisor Gloria Molina said prior to the 4-0 vote authorizing a full review. “We have 10 million people living in this region where we have a severe problem with landfills.” Officials are concerned about the estimated 6 billion plastic grocery bags sold in Los Angeles County – of which only 1 percent are recycled. They fill landfills, clog storm drains, litter roadways, stuff kitchen drawers and kill marine life. The plastic grocery bag has not only harmed the environment, but become a target for state and local governments concerned about dismal recycling efforts.
Executive Director of the Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce Lilia Hansen said all candidates from Fort St. John and the surrounding area have been invited to take part but the Chamber is still waiting to hear back on confirmation.“We’ve invited candidates not only in our municipal Fort St. John, but the districts of Hudson’s Hope, Taylor, and electoral regional districts to participate if they wish. We’re waiting to hear back on a lot of names because this is still really new.” she stated.Candidates will have until October 29 to let their intentions be known if they will be participating. Chamber members will have the opportunity to ask questions in advance of the event. Questions from the floor will also be taken from the floor at the event, and candidates that do take part will also have the chance to explain their platform.- Advertisement -Anyone is welcome to attend as there will be no fees charged or tickets sold.
0Shares0000Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic believes the South African club will reach the CAF Champions League group stage despite being held 0-0 at home by African Stars of Namibia © AFP / ISSOUF SANOGOJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Dec 16 – Former winners Orlando Pirates of South Africa were left fighting for CAF Champions League survival after being held to a scoreless draw at home by minnows African Stars of Namibia on Saturday.The clubs meet again next Saturday in the second leg of the round-of-30 tie with Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic convinced they can do better in Windhoek than in Soweto. Pirates, who shocked ASEC Mimosas of the Ivory Coast in 1995 to become the first South African winners of the continent’s premier club competition, dominated Stars at Orlando Stadium.But wasteful attackers, especially Zambian Justin Shonga, left Pirates with a much tougher return match than originally anticipated.“I am satisfied that we did not concede a goal, but absolutely not satisfied with the result of a match we should have won comfortably,” said Serbia-born Sredojevic.“It will not be easy in Namibia because we must play on an artificial surface, which is a rare experience for us, but I am convinced Pirates will qualify for the group stage.While Pirates battled, fellow former champions Wydad Casablanca of Morocco and ASEC took significant steps toward sealing places in the 16-club mini-league phase.Wydad defeated ASC Jaraaf of Senegal 2-0 at home in Cssablanca while ASEC won 1-0 away to Stade Malien in Bamako.Liberia captain William Jebor gave two-time winners Wydad an early lead before a huge crowd at the Stade Mohamed V in the Moroccan commercial capital.But the crowd, many dressed in the red of Wydad, endured an anxious wait until three minutes from time before Mohamed Nahiri doubled the lead.Veteran Faouzi Benzarti is back in charge of Wydad after a successful but unappreciated short spell in charge of the national team in his native Tunisia.He was dumped without an explanation as coach of the ‘Carthage Eagles’ two months ago after sealing a place at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.Malien are making a 16th attempt to qualify for the group stage and appear doomed to fail once again after conceding a stoppage-time goal against ASEC.Ahmed Toure, one of several Burkina Faso stars with the Abidjan outfit, scored the goal that leaves 1998 champions ASEC needing just a draw at home to progress.In other matches, Nkana of Zambia edged Simba of Tanzania 2-1 in Kitwe and JS Saoura of Algeria triumphed 2-0 against Ittihad Tanger of Morocco in Bechar.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Jack Wilshere England manager Roy Hodgson hopes Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere “curbs his enthusiasm” on his return to the Three Lions’ senior squad.Wilshere will find out next week the cost of his foul-mouthed anti-Tottenham chants during the FA Cup victory parade after being charged with misconduct by the Football Association.The 23-year-old, who came through the Gunners’ youth ranks, took to the microphone to mock the club’s fierce rivals as the players celebrated on a stage outside the Emirates Stadium in the wake of their 4-0 victory over Aston Villa at Wembley.“Jack is a very enthusiastic and eager player. He plays with a confidence and an air of enthusiasm which is a real delight to see and work with,” Hodgson said.“We’ve been unlucky with Jack, he’s been with us for three years but has been injured.”On Wilshere’s misconduct charge he added: “It was important Arsenal took that matter in hand and it was dealt with as far as Arsenal and the FA was concerned. He must accept that.“It’s not the type of behaviour we encourage or want to see but unfortunately young men do things they regret. We need to make sure he curbs his enthusiasm.” 1
1 Celtic have announced the signing of Tyler Blackett on a season long loan from Manchester United.The 21-year-old defender has previously had loan spells at Blackpool and Birmingham and could be a replacement for Virgil van Dijk, linked heavily with a move to Southampton.The announcement was made on the Parkhead club’s website during their Ladbrokes Premiership game with St Johnstone.The England Under-21 cap was introduced to the home support at the interval to a rousing cheer and was photographed in traditional style, holding a Celtic scarf aloft. Tyler Blackett