Coke Looks For International Success

first_imgDennis Coke, newly crowned All Jamaica badminton champion, is hoping his first major title will signal the beginning of a successful international career.The player was unseeded en route, turning back winning perennial challenger, many-time national champion – Gareth Henry in the quarter-finals.Though triumphing from that underdog position, the 24-year-old wants his career to take off this year.”Right now, I am working on being among the best in Jamaica, and looking internationally. I have a point to prove. I want to try and win a gold medal in the singles internationally,” he said.Coke, seemingly unfazed by his impressive win, notes that it is back to the drawing board.”I already went to the youth Olympic Games. My aim now is to go to the Olympics.”It’s just to go overseas and play more tournaments, and I hope to take my ranking to the sky,” the player said.He is currently ranked 550 in men’s singles, and 285 in the doubles competition.Up next for the champion is national training for upcoming tournaments including the Jamaica International Badminton tournament in March, to be followed by a challenge in Cuba.HARD WORK PAYING OFF”Well, I train hard over the years, and now I feel that my work is paying off. It was an overwhelming feeling knowing that I went into the tournament, and wasn’t fit enough, but I fought through the rounds, and to beat the top player (Gareth Henry) is a good feeling,” he added.In the recently concluded final, Coke lost the first set 15-21 to Samuel Ricketts, but there was no stopping him as he triumphed 21-17 and 21-15.He also teamed with Anthony McNee to win the men’s doubles over Kirk Francis and Garron Palmer.”I was the underdog for that tournament, but right now, I wouldn’t say I am at the top of my game. I would say I am about 75 percent,” Coke told The Gleaner.last_img read more

FIU Boss Raps on Pro-Poor Agenda from Anti-Corruption Perspective

first_imgMr. Cuffy: “There must be strong leadership. Everything starts with the head. And the head of this country is the president.” The head of Liberia’s Financial Intelligence Unit has welcomed President George Weah’s “Pro-Poor Agenda,” aimed at reducing poverty.According to Alex Cuffy, “pro-poor policy,” used in development circles directly targeting the poor through the provision of social services such as road networks and electricity.Cuffy admitted that it will take time for government to deliver on its promises, having inherited a broken economy with low revenue generation, growing expenditure, budget shortfalls, high exchange and interest rates and inflation.Articulating the agenda from an anti-corruption perspective, Cuffy believes government will find the money to cater for its people once it deals with the menace.“There must be strong leadership. Everything starts with the head. And the head of this country is the president. And also the heads of most institutions are the officials. It starts with them. If they don’t engender proper leadership, we are going nowhere.“If they don’t have good leadership qualities and make sure their leadership qualities go throughout the organization and throughout this country, we will have a problem. If you have a leadership that, throughout the day what they do is bad things, everybody under you wants to do bad things,” Cuffy stressed.Delivering the keynote address at the Richard Hunter High School Student Council government recently, Cuffy said Liberia has some of the best laws, regulations, policies and systems, which it must uncompromisingly implement.“Every day we hear about corruption in the homes, schools, churches, government and even in the streets. But how do we solve this problem? Leadership! It starts from the head, the president and officials; legislature and the people.“Therefore to achieve the “pro-poor agenda”, the president must be strong against corruption. He must engender sincerity in the officials and people. He must enforce laws and regulations and must ensure people follow policies. He must ensure people are punished equitably for wrong doings. This will be the beginning of a successful “pro-poor agenda,” Cuffy added.Cuffy has overseen the completion, passage, approval and publication of a Firearm and Ammunition Act of Liberia 2015 and an Anti-Terrorism Act of 2016.Through his leadership, Liberia is a recognized member of GIABA, the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing in West Africa.GIABA is a specialized institution of Ecowas responsible for facilitating the adoption and implementation of anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) measures.Cuffy was one of two Liberians, who worked for the Governance Economic Management Assistance Program (GEMAP), a partnership between the government and international community to promote accountability and transparency in fiscal and financial management to enable Liberia to use its resources in the interests of its citizens. At GEMAP, Cuffy served as financial controller.Implemented from 2006-2010, the program was overseen by an Economic Governance Steering Committee, co-chaired by the President of Liberia and the United States Ambassador to Liberia, and coordinated by a technical team composed of key government and international counterparts. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Farmer on $175,000 bail for discharging firearm, wounding

first_imgA Lindener was granted bail in the total sum of $175,000 by Magistrate Clive Nurse when he appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s Court, charged with the offences of discharging a firearm and unlawful wounding.Curwin Estwick, a poultry farmer of Lot 943 South Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, Linden, denied both charges after they were read to him. It is alleged that on August 10, 2017, he discharged a loaded firearm at Dillon Batson with intent to maim, disfigure, disable or cause grievous bodily harm.Since there was no objection to bail by the prosecution, the defendant was released on $100,000 surety for that offence. For the unlawful wounding matter, Estwick was charged with co-defendants Leroy Nedd and Lennox Estwick, who were both charged in absentia. It is alleged that they unlawfully wounded Kent Austin, on August 31, 2017 at Amelia’s Ward. For the offence, the farmer was granted $75,000 bail. The case will continue on February 12.last_img read more

Stewart ready to defend middleweight championship in Vindicated main event

first_imgAs part of his training for the upcoming bout Stewart has been more focused than ever as he’s cut back on his work schedule which has allowed him to train with high calibre talent not only in Fort St. John but in Vancouver as well.“I’m a good ten weeks into it [training] now so it’s been a nice camp. I haven’t been working too much so I spent a few weeks down in Vancouver and got to train with Don Whitefield and Shawn Albrecht for awhile. I got to roll with a lot of high level of jiu jitsu guys,” he explained.The training in Vancouver was especially beneficial for Stewart as he hit the gym every day in an effort to expose himself to various styles of fighters.- Advertisement -“I got to roll with a lot of high level jiu jitsu guys and with a lot of training partners. There was a lot of different styles that people brought down there. It was really good. I got to train every day down there,” he said.General admission seats as well as a few third and fourth row tables remain available for Fivestar Fight League’s Vindicated at the Fort St. John Curling Club. Tickets can be purchased at the Fivestar training facility in Fort St. John, as well as Marc Joseph, Hi-Performance Motor Sports, and CAT Rentals. General admission seats are $65 and tables start at $800.last_img read more

Plot suspects charged

first_img The two are accused of planning the attack for Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, a date picked because of a song by shock rocker Marilyn Manson. They were arrested Thursday. On Wednesday, authorities said, a girl had contacted a Quartz Hill High vice principal and reported that the teens were planning a Columbine-type attack on the school. On April 20, 1999, 12 students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., were shot to death by two teenage gunmen who then killed themselves. Deputies said the girl said she had been warned by friends that the 15-year-old did not like her and was planning to kidnap her and cut off her arms and legs. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! QUARTZ HILL – Two high school students arrested on suspicion of planning a Columbine-style attack on Valentine’s Day at Quartz Hill High School in retaliation for being teased were charged Monday with conspiracy to commit murder. Sheriff’s deputies said the boys, ages 15 and 17, had found bomb-making instructions on the Internet and detonated practice bombs in the desert. “It’s an extremely serious case,” Deputy District Attorney Lonnie Felker said. “We take these things very seriously, and this is the kind of thing where you’ve got to do something upfront to make sure it doesn’t happen when they plan.” The boys, whose names have not been released because they are minors, remained in custody, with arraignment in Sylmar Juvenile Court. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The younger boy also faces a charge of making criminal threats. If convicted, the two face maximum sentences of confinement in a California Youth Authority facility up to age 25. The boys, who dressed in Goth-style makeup with black clothing, black nail polish and piercings, said they had felt ostracized at Quartz Hill High, deputies said. The teens had attended Quartz Hill High School but were transferred this fall to other schools because of past discipline problems. The 15-year-old enrolled at Desert Sands Charter School and the older boy at Littlerock High School. The two had been on probation in a 2003 assault in which a 14-year-old boy was sodomized with a metal rod, deputies said. Authorities said the 17-year-old admitted there was a plot including shooting students and using improvised explosive devices. Deputies said the 15-year-old told them the plan was to kill all students who had made fun of him at school and then commit suicide. last_img read more

Hundreds of Donegal workers to gather for 10 year reunion

first_imgOn Tues 23rd Aug. 2005, over 560 employees of Hospira / Abbott were given the stark news that the Plant in Donegal Town was closing down after 28 years. As it turned out, the factory did not close but was taken over by Abbott Diabetes Care.The majority of the original 560 employees were made redundant however and many have never seen each other since. A 10th Anniversary Reunion has been announced for Sat Oct 1st @ 8pm in the Central Hotel Donegal Town. There will be no tickets available on the night.Tickets @ €15 go on sale next week which includes buffet food and music.Tickets will be available at: Central Hotel (Donegal), Slevins, (Ballyshannon) , Andies (Stranorlar), Floyd’s (Dunkineely, Potting Shed (Ashtree Garden Centre, Donegal). For further info contact the organisers; Anna Marie Hone 086 1099686 or Paul O Sullivan 0861030989Hundreds of Donegal workers to gather for 10 year reunion was last modified: September 28th, 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

2018 World Cup qualifier: Lionel Messi scores 50th Argentina goal in 2-0 win vs Bolivia

first_imgLionel Messi scored his 50th international goal to help Argentina beat Bolivia 2-0 in a 2018 World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.The win puts Argentina third in the South American group with 11 points from six matches, two points behind joint leaders Ecuador and Uruguay.Ecuador suffered their first loss in the group, going down 3-1 in Colombia, while Uruguay scored a 1-0 home win over Peru.Argentina defender Gabriel Mercado, who scored the winner in Thursday’s 2-1 away victory over Chile, opened the scoring in the 21st minute against Bolivia.Argentina were awarded a penalty in the 29th minute after Ronald Eguino fouled midfielder Ever Banega, and Messi made no mistake from the spot to net his 50th goal for Argentina, putting him within six of Gabriel Batistuta’s record.”This (campaign) is very long and what’s important is that we won and remain on course,” Messi told TyC Sports. “I’m happy with goal number 50 but more because we won and this helps to keep growing.”Argentina coach Gerardo Martino said it had been crucial to get the two wins.”It was fundamental to get the six points,” he told TyC Sports of the two wins. “I think we played a serious match and won well.”Argentina could have gone ahead after 10 seconds with a quick attack down the left from the opening kickoff but Angel Di Maria’s shot was blocked by goalkeeper Carlos Lampe and Banega hit the bar with the rebound.Di Maria limped off after half an hour and was replaced by Angel Correa.advertisementArgentina squandered several other chances to score against a side they put 12 goals past in two friendlies last year. They are a point ahead of Colombia and Chile, who came from behind to beat Venezuela 4-1.Brazil and Paraguay have nine points after their 2-2 draw in Asuncion.The top four teams in the 10-nation group qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals, while the fifth-placed side goes into an intercontinental playoff.last_img read more

Sunil Chhetri brace in vain as India go down 2-4 vs Tajikistan in Intercontinental Cup opener

first_img Indo-Asian News Service AhmedabadJuly 7, 2019UPDATED: July 7, 2019 23:02 IST Indian Football Team TwitterIndia squandered a 2-0 first half lead to lose 2-4 against Tajikistan in the opening match of the four-nation Intercontinental Cup here on Sunday.In what was a game of two halves, Sunil Chhetri’s brace put India in the driver’s seat in the first half before Tajikistan scored four goals after the breather to win the game.After Tajikistan squandered a number of chances in the first half, Komron Tursunov opened the scoring for the visitors in the 56th minute after his initial shot was blocked by Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.India could have restored their two-goal lead in the very next minute if it wasn’t for an uncharacteristic miss by skipper Chhetri. Udanta Singh made a low cross from the right and set up a tap-in for Chhetri but the 34-year-old ended up hitting it over the cross bar.Tajikstan levelled the score in the minute after that. Mandaro Rao Desai squandered possession in a dangerous area and young Narender Gahlot could not anticipate the cross that ended with Sheriddin Boboev scoring the goal.Tajikstan dominated play after that and in the 71st minute, Muhammadjon Rahimov raced past Adil Khan and put the ball between Sandhu’s legs into the goal. Three minutes later, Samiev scored the fourth. India were completely out of the match after that as Tajikistan saw off the game.The first half was quite a different story though. Though Tajikistian enjoyed more possession and took more shots at the goal, six as opposed to India’s three, only one of those was on target. That was a free-kick by Ehson Panjshanbe in the 28th minute which went straight into the hands of Sandhu.advertisementOn the other hand, all of India’s three attemppts were on target and two of them led to goals. Lalianzuala Chhangte earned India a penalty in the third minute when he was fouled by Siyovush Asrorov at the end of a nicely built counter-attack involving Mandar and Sahal Abdul Samad. Chhetri stepped up and chipped the ball into the goal as the Tajikistan goalkeeper went the other way. It was Chhetri’s 69th goal for India.His 70th came in the 41st minute when he managed to get to the end of a cross from Udanta Singh. Some loose defending from Tajikistan gave Chhetri enough time inside the box to find his spot and he made no mistake with the shot.The visitors could have restored parity just a couple of minutes after Chhetri converted the penalty had it not been for some poor finishing by Sheriddin Boboev. Muhammadjon Rahimov sent in a cross from the left and Narender Gahlot seemed to have arrived in time to nip the ball away before Boboev got to it. But he was too early and Boboev only had the keeper to beat. However, his shot however rolled past the far post and India were let off.Syria will clash with North Korea in the second match of the tournament on Monday.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Intercontinental CupFollow Sunil ChhetriFollow India vs Tajikistan Next Sunil Chhetri brace in vain as India go down 2-4 vs Tajikistan in Intercontinental Cup openerIn what was a game of two halves, Sunil Chhetri’s brace put India in the driver’s seat in the first half before Tajikistan scored four goals after the breather to win the game.advertisementlast_img read more

Try a Little Buchi

first_img Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens The Best American Liqueur Editors’ Recommendations You might mistake it for a beer on the shelves, but Asheville Buchi Kombucha is a whole different breed of beverage. It starts out as black tea and sugar, but then living kombucha culture is added. The brew ferments for up to 10 weeks and then small, handcrafted batches are produced. The process transforms the ingredients into more complex beneficial compounds. In other words, it’s good for you. It’s a hot product around Asheville, N.C., where Asheville Buchi is located.The company is the brainchild of two Asheville moms—Sarah Schomber and Jeannine Bucher—who combined their love for brewing kombucha. They got started in 2008. After getting rave reviews from family and friends, they expanded a bit offering the beverage at farmers markets. Then next step was the plunge into a full-fledged business in 2009—Asheville Buchi became the first commercial kombucha brewery in the southeast.When the two moms met by way of homeschooling their kids, Jeannine says she had already been toying with the idea of starting a business. “Sarah’s husband was also telling her, ‘you need to find another mom to start a business with.’” After the two met and found they were both brewing kombucha, the brainstorming began.Since then, their fan base has grown and includes celebrities like Fear Factor host Joe Rogan, who tweeted his love for Asheville Buchi, and Woody Harrelson who fell in love with the drink while on location in N.C. for the shooting of the first Hunger Games movie.Varieties of their product include Buchi Fire, Buchi Water, Buchi Air, Buchi Earth, Buchi Unlimited, and the Very Merry Holiday Brew. Buchi can be found currently in 15 states primarily in the southeast. Along with Buchi on tap at some Asheville restaurants—Green Sage, Rosetta’s Kitchen, Laughing Seed and Mamacita’s—and bottles on grocery store shelves, you can also sample Buchi sorbet at The Hop Ice Cream Café in Asheville. Speaking of sorbet, Jeannine says “we have partnered with Ultimate Ice Cream to provide Buchi sorbet to Whole Foods gelato cases at select store across the southeast. Buchi sorbet is also served in Ultimate Ice Cream’s two Asheville locations.”Plus, Jeannine says they are developing a page on their website with instructions for creating Buchi mixed drinks. Her favorite is the Buchirita, which is a margarita crafted out of Buchi Unlimited, tequila and lime. There’s also fire and ice—Buchi Fire and Vodka on the rocks, and Air Gin—Buchi Air and Gin.Plans for the future include development of more flavors and even the possibility of a storefront presence in downtown Asheville. Stay tuned! Original photo by Kombucha Kamp/Alex LaGorylast_img read more

Bhopal court awards death penalty to man within 32 days

first_imgBhopal: In a speedy judgment, a Bhopal court on Thursday awarded death sentence to a 35-year-old man for raping and killing a minor girl last month. Special Judge (for POCSO cases) Kumudini Patel pronounced the punishment to Vishnu Bamora on two separate offences under Indian Penal Code Sections 302 (murder) and 376-AB (raping a girl of 12-year-old and below). The convict was also sentenced to life for the offence of unnatural sex with the eight-year-old girl, state prosecution cell’s spokesperson Sudha Vijay Singh Bhadoriya said. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayThe judge also awarded him three years’ and seven years’ imprisonments under IPC Sections 363 and 366, respectively, for kidnapping the minor and abduction for forced and illicit intercourse, Bhadoriya said. The POCSO court ordered all the sentences to run concurrently, she said. Bamora was pronounced guilty on the basis of reports of the DNA test conducted by the Bhopal and Sagar-based forensic science laboratories and taking into account other vital aspects, she said.last_img read more