England’s Georgia Hall will join the world’s top women players when she tees up in the first major of the season, the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club in California, from April 1-7. She’s one of nine leading amateurs to receive an invitation to play in the championship and she commented: “It’s a great honour and I can’t wait – I’m over the moon.” Georgia, 16, is the European women’s number one amateur and is ranked fourth in the world. This will be her first professional tournament and the first time she plays in the USA. “It’s the biggest major in the world – what a way to start!” said Georgia, from Remedy Oak in Dorset. “My first aim is to make the cut and also to see how other people play and what I can learn from them. I want to see if I’m doing anything wrong – or right. “I didn’t expect the invitation and it’s just amazing. I’ve always wanted to go to America to play.” Georgia, an England international, is the British girls’ champion and has just started her 2013 campaign by winning two gold medals at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival. Among the other amateurs who have received invitations are world number one Lydia Ko of New Zealand, who has just won her third professional title, and British champion and Curtis Cup player Stephanie Meadow of Ireland. Georgia Hall image © Leaderboard Photography 12 Feb 2013 Major championship date for Georgia Hall
End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Tabal delivers first gold medal for PH, rules women’s marathon Teen gunned down in Masbate Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas “I don’t know why he had to still practice when he’s about to leave the next day,” said a disappointed Philippine Track and Field Association president Philip Ella Juico.READ: Obiena a sure gold in SEA GamesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’But Juico said he’s being taken care of and would still be qualified for Asian Games next year. “He will have surgery today,” he added.Obiena’s personal record of 5.50 meters is better than the existing SEA Games benchmark of 5.30 meters, making the 21-year-old vaulter a title favourite. “Good thing Mary Joy (Tabal) won today,” added Juico, referring to the newly minted marathon champion.READ: Ernest Obiena resets PH pole vault record in Germany tiltIt wasn’t the first time Obiena had bad luck. This year, his equipment worth $7,000 was damaged during a flight back to Rome from India.He had to ask help from friends over Facebook to buy a new set of poles and bag.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her LATEST STORIES MOST READ EJ Obiena has broken the national record 14 times and, at 21, looks very capable of raising the bar well beyond the 5.55 meters he achieved in a recent athletics meet in Singapore (photo).KUALA LUMPUR—Ernest John Obiena, the Italy-trained pole vaulter who is expected to deliver a gold medal for the Philippines, dropped out of the Southeast Asian Games even before he could even take the plane out of Manila.Obiena tore his anterior cruciate ligament and has to undergo surgery after a bad fall during practice at Philsports Arena Friday, one the eve of the national track and field team’s flight to this capital city.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings
Dear Editor,Today, Government Ministers would have a golden opportunity to convince the nation that the hardships they now endure will one day miraculously be transformed into the “good life” they have been promised every year since May of 2015.Today, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) will also have an opportunity to expose the corrupt, ineptitude A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition as unworthy to hold public office. Yes, today we debate the much anticipated No-Confidence Motion in Parliament against the Granger-led Administration.But above all, today we separate the patriots from those who serve to fulfil personal ambitions, and to accumulate personal wealth.Despite the hardcore persona displayed by Government MPs in Chambers, quite a few have privately expressed feelings of uncertainty with the state of the economy and the general direction the country is heading, but they are powerless to do anything about it on their own.Unlike 1992, when the PPP inherited a bankrupt country and had to pay off US$3 billion in external debts that the People’s National Congress accumulated during their 28 years in Government, the APNU/AFC inherited a robust economy with US$688 million in Foreign Reserves and $25 billion in gold reserves. Resources that are being squandered now.In 2014, the last year that the PPP produced a Budget, the total tax take was $135 billion. Since 2015, Government has introduced a number of austerity tax measures on the backs of Guyanese, raking in $223 billion in taxes, $88 billion more per year in tax revenues, a 60.5 per cent increase on an annual basis. Now you know why the average Guyanese don’t have money in their pockets.But that has not prevented this “don’t care” Government from making a last-ditch effort to fool the people again. In a recent publication, Government has listed its “achievements” since gaining office in 2015. Quite frankly, I find it amusing that the coalition would list some of the things mentioned as part of their “achievements”, when in fact, these very things demonstrate their lack of vision and mediocre performance in Government.For instance, Government takes credit for giving national defence and security high priority, resulting in a marked reduction in serious crimes. In reality, Guyanese are more insecure since hostilities escalated to dangerous levels between Guyana and Venezuela under this Government, costing taxpayers billions of dollars in legal fees alone.And the crime rate is so out of control that only Government Ministers, protected by heavily armed security, are not the ones feeling threatened by bandits on a daily basis.Government is presumptuous enough to take credit for “an independent Judiciary” when the outcome of some legal cases bears the hallmark of direct Government interference.Then the coalition takes credit for creating “an autonomous Parliament and other constitutional agencies which are all guaranteed full financial independence”, while cutting billions of dollars from the budgets of these same constitutional agencies. But we intend to fully bisect and dissect these ludicrous claims of so-called achievements during the debate.Today, Guyana will see the grit that men and women in Parliament are made of, especially on the Government’s side. They can continue to play politics as usual at the expense and detriment of our people, or a few brave men, or women, can stop the bleeding of our economy and the sufferings of the Guyanese people by voting “yes” for the No-Confidence Motion. We need to find common ground now to move this country forward before it’s too late.Sincerely,Harry GillPPP/C Member ofParliament
The European Union (EU), one of Liberia’s major donor partners, has disclosed that it is considering some strategies to employ in the use of the recently donated €30 million Euros in order to have the needed impact on communities and people for whom it is intended. The donated amount was recently announced for Liberia to support the Cocoa and Fishery sectors.In an interview with the Daily Observer on Friday, January 13, Alberto Menghini, Head of Cooperation Section-Resilience, EU Delegation to Liberia, underscored solicitation of views of beneficial groups as one of the strategies.According to Mr. Menghini, they have over the time realized that community ownership is absent in the implementation of projects in Liberia, something they believe needs to change so that beneficiaries will have full participation.He said the EU implements its projects through non-governmental organizations including ZOA, BRAC, APDRA, among others, and they have been doing fairly well over the period.Nevertheless, the EU Head of Cooperation-Resilience indicated that perhaps due to poor project design and incapacitated institution, they are unable to meet their set goals.He said EU considers the €30 million Euro project as an emergency, emphasizing that despite many supports that have come to Liberia, many Liberians still “go to bed without food on their table.”Menghini also indicated that realizing their goals and objective for the €30 million will require close supervision by the EU.This aspect, he said, will require him and others to go into the field where projects are implemented to directly interact with beneficiaries so as to establish whether or not they are receiving the needed impact.Furthermore, Menghini said they have now decided to liaise with the media organize excursions into the field to interview beneficiaries on the impacts of projects. This way, he suggested, journalists would be able to find out whether or not beneficiaries are participating in the project.He said while the EU is not afraid of criticism, they want journalists to clearly and honestly establish facts about the impacts of EU’s projects on communities so that the general public will develop informed opinions. He added that they also intend breaking down their activities into simple communication terms to help the public understand what they do.Based on this communication concept, Mr. Menghini said they have set up a Facebook page where activities of EU will be published and people will be welcome to engage and comment.The EU official mentioned land rights, bad roads and “petty corruption” as problems they have noticed as constraints they faced in implementing agricultural projects in the country.With land, he said when communities and individuals are entitled to it and are free to make available portion by their discretion, projects will forge ahead and the impacts will be felt.He lauded the Liberian government for work done to connect parts of the country by road, but said there are still challenges faced as to how farmers get their goods from the farm to market.Corruption, according to him, is done when commercial drivers are compelled to pay illegal fees to police and immigration officers at checkpoints.He said when this is done; drivers in turn levy high costs of transportation fares on farmers which adversely affect consumers in terms of prices of commodities. While still in the position to support Liberia in its socio-economic drive, the EU Cooperation Section head, however, emphasized that the “dependency syndrome” remains a worrisome situation in Liberia.He said “I would like to hear Liberians asking partners what do you want us to do instead of telling them (partners) we want you do this for us. International support cannot serve as engine for the development drive of Liberia, but Liberians should be able to drive their own development.”Meanwhile, of the €30 million Euros announced by the EU, €7 million will go to Fisheries while €8.5 million is allotted for cocoa. Menghini said the cocoa industry has a huge commercial potential that investing therein will empower farmers to yield fruits of their labor.According to him the €7 million Euros to the Fishery sector will be used to help organize the Bureau of Fisheries and to also foster legal formality that will support licensing of fishing vessels in Liberia’s territorial waters.€2 million of the €30 million will go to the Ministry of Agriculture for support to that arm of government while the remaining €12 million will go to selected communities.Mr. Menghini said benefiting communities will decide what to be done with the €12 million and in line with their decision, EU and partners will use it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
By Jon ZacksTelus has confirmed tonight’s service disruption will not affect customers in Fort St. John. Spokesperson Shawn Hall says the disruption will be to landline service only, in the Flatrock, Cecil Lake, Goodlow, and Boundary Lake areas. – Advertisement -Hall says Telus is replacing about 100 metres of fibre-optic cable, which has been damaged. [asset|aid=2491|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c3e9d583a93bc7ce057e128794cf8eea-Hall-pre-emptive_1_Pub.mp3] Hall says the service interruption should only last for a couple of hours, but the company is advising it will start at 11 o’clock tonight, and could last for up to six hours, depending on conditions.
West Indies will look to keep their fire blazing come Test two after whipping the Sri Lankans by 200-plus runs in the first match, which ended on Sunday.Devendra BishooLed by centurion Shane Dowrich, Keiran Powell and a battery of fast-bowlers; West Indies secured a much-needed Test win against a decent team. Looking forward to the second Test, both teams will need to keep their cool and hope the glimpses of form shown by some of their players actually peak over the next few days.Powell, who scored 88 in the second innings, will need to play another crucial role over the next five days as Dowrich’s rich vein of form was likely to continue. While the W indies will want more from their middle-order, the signs shown by Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach and others said mountains about the Caribbean side’s confidence.Shane DowrichSri Lanka will want Kasul Mendis to continue his crafty ways as the opener scored a near match-winning/saving ton in the second innings and could be a thorn in the Windies side again. Skipper Dinesh Chandimal, veteran Angelo Mathews and Kasul Perera will need to play better innings this time around.As seen at the Queen’s Park Oval, the Windies pacers are fired up and are keen on bowling with certain aggression. Roach, Miguel Cummins, and Shannon Gabriel were lively and dangerous which rattled the Asians while Chase and Bishoo provided enough spin to subdue the Sri Lankans.From the visitors’ perspective, pacer Lahiru Kumara is a revelation and will be called upon to create more opportunities for his side while the veteran Ragana Herath could likely partner off-spinner Akila Dananjaya in this second Test, at the expense of Dilruwan Perera.(Clifton Ross)
The City of Fort St. John is recognizing National Health and Fitness Day by providing a number of events at the Pomeroy Sport Centre on June 6 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Free fitness classes and educational instruction will be provided and the Healthy Living Alliance will be unveiling their new fitness equipment for seniors.The day’s schedule will consist of activities such as zumba, yoga, and wheelchair basketball. Local health experts will also be on hand to answer questions and share their knowledge on how to live a healthy life.The City is looking for health professionals to participate in the event. Those with a background in health, nutrition, or other related fields are asked to call 250-785-3033.- Advertisement –
No. 6 UCLA 0, San Diego 0: The Bruins (2-1-1) and host Toreros (2-1-2) played to a scoreless tie. Valerie Henderson had one save for UCLA, while Brittany Cameron had eight saves for San Diego. No. 24 USC 1, Georgia 0: Freshman Alyssa Davila scored in the 69th minute to help the host Trojans hand the Bulldogs (4-1-0) their first loss. Kristin Olsen had two saves for USC (4-1-0). Long Beach State 2, Oklahoma 1: Kim Silos drilled the game-winner in overtime for the host 49ers (3-3-0). Silos, who scored the game’s first goal in the sixth minute, capitalized on a rebound off a Nikki Myers shot that Sooners goalkeeper Jennifer Nichols deflected. CS Dominguez Hills 1, San Francisco State 0: Devin Toohey scored the game-winner in double overtime to lead the Toros (5-1-0, 3-0-0 CCAA). Men’s soccer Jason Leopoldo, Maxwell Griffin and Michael Stevens each scored to lead No. 17 UCLA to a 3-1 victory over No. 12 Ohio State. Brian Perk had six saves for the host Bruins (1-2-1). CS Dominguez Hills 3, San Francisco State 0: Corrie Hirokawa (North Torrance High) had a goal and two assists on her 21st birthday to lead the host Toros (4-1-2, 1-1-1 CCAA). Women’s volleyball Diane Copenhagen racked up 18 kills and a season-high 15 digs to lead No. 4 USC to a 27-30, 30-20, 28-30, 30-26, 16-14 victory over No.20 Ohio State at the Sports Imports Classic in Columbus, Ohio. Asia Kaczor had a match-high 23 kills for the Trojans (9-0), while Taylor Carico (Mira Costa High) added 63 assists. No. 5 UCLA 3, Cal State Northridge 0: Ali Daley had 17 kills as the Bruins cruised to a 30-16, 30-24, 30-18 win at the USD Tournament in San Diego. Kaitlin Sather added 12 kills and 11 digs for UCLA (8-1). Loyola Marymount 3, Oregon State 2: Emily Day (West Torrance High) piled up 28 kills and 17 digs to lead the Lions to a 24-30, 30-21, 28-30, 30-23, 15-13 victory at the ASICS Tournament in Stockton. Christianna Reneau added 16 kills and 33 digs, while Heather Hughes had 27 kills and 12 digs for LMU (7-5). Long Beach State 3, Denver 0: Alexis Crimes and Michaela Hasalikova both had 11 kills as the 49ers won in straight sets, 30-25, 30-25, 30-24, at the Denver Pioneer Classic. Nicole Vargas added 30 assists and 10 digs for Long Beach (4-4). Sonoma State 3, CS Dominguez Hills 0: Sophia Lopes had 12 kills and 12 digs as the visiting Toros suffered a 30-19, 30-22, 30-23 loss.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 Loyola Marymount women’s soccer team ended its season-long scoring drought in a big way Friday afternoon, crushing Lamar, 9-0, at Sullivan Field in the LMU Classic. The Lions (1-3-1) set single-game team records for goals scored, goals in a half (five), assists (nine) and shots (36). LMU had been shut out in its first four games this season. Katie Osborne and Lauren Shanklin scored two goals apiece for the Lions.
A Co Donegal man who sexually abused four young schoolboys more than 20 years ago is behind bars after finally being brought to justice.Scott Turner, 44, who is originally from Letterkenny, was convicted at the High Court in Glasgow of the vile offences which took place at addresses in Clydebank between December 1991 and November 1998. Two of Turner’s victims were 11 when he began abusing them and the other were aged seven and eight.The court heard that one of Turner’s victims who is now 31 blurted out what happened to him and the police were contacted.Turner denied the charges against him and claimed they had never taken place.Prosecutor Jim Keegan QC said: “The accused lives in the Republic of Ireland. He resided in Scotland during the time of the offences.“He has two previous convictions for minor offences and has never been in custody before.”Judge Craig Scott placed Turner on the sex offenders’ register. And told him: “You have been convicted of significant offences.”Sentence was deferred until November 29 at the High Court in Edinburgh in order to obtain background reports.Donegal man found guilty of abusing four young schoolboys was last modified: November 2nd, 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)
His arrival comes at a time of uncertainty at the King Power Stadium, with star defender Harry Maguire being heavily linked with a potential move to Manchester United.Speaking to LCFC TV, Benkovic said: “I will give all my heart to this club, to all the fans, to everybody. Hopefully we’ll have a very good result this season.“The ambitions of Leicester City are so big. I like the club very much and I think it’s a very good step for me to the next level. I’m very happy to be here.” Leicester manager Claude Puel added: “Filip is an exciting young player who has the potential to develop even more at Leicester City.“He has made a big contribution to Dinamo Zagreb over the last three years and has also benefitted from experiencing European football.“I know he will give us some great options and competition in the squad and I’m delighted to have him here.” Benkovic has Champions League and Europa League experience Latest Leicester News Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade gameday cracker 1 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Leicester City have announced the signing of Croatian centre-back Filip Benkovic.The 21-year-old joins the foxes on a five-year deal from Dinamo Zagreb for an undisclosed fee. smart causal How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures REVEALED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT BIG PRESENTS UP TOP shining silverware What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas revealed possible standings targets