Bigger, better JN Tennis serves off Saturday

first_imgWith 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”.last_img read more

Gary Player: still going strong at 75

first_img5 November 2010South African golfer Gary Player celebrated his 75th birthday in Shanghai, China on Monday. He spent it with Aids orphans while reflecting on the single biggest lesson that his life as one of the world’s greatest sportsmen has taught him.Speaking from his latest course design, Hidden Tiger on Taiping Lake, Player said as he looked back on a career of nine Majors on the regular tour, nine on the senior tour, and 166 tournament victories worldwide: “It’s not about me.”“My talent was a gift, and it could’ve been taken away just as quickly. Golfers are phenomenal at giving back, and that has been my responsibility in recognition of what I received throughout a wonderful career.”Player was in China to host the Gary Player Invitational China, presented by Coca-Cola in Shanghai, which represents the Asian leg of a series that also travels to Europe, the United States and South Africa as part of the Player Foundation’s work in raising funds for underprivileged children.Dreams“I grew up with no head start in life, but I still had dreams. Yes, I was fortunate to have the ability to overcome challenges. But I also had good people who helped me along the way. That is what I am hoping to achieve through my Foundation: that somewhere we can be the help a child needs to achieve his or her dreams despite the challenges they face.”Player also took some time to reflect on an amazing career in the game.“I think one of the best shots I ever hit in my life was the three-wood I hit to 14 inches from the hole on the par-five 14th at Carnoustie to win the 1968 British Open.“Beating Arnold Palmer in the 1961 Masters was also a highlight.“Winning the Grand Slam on the regular tour in my twenties is something I am particularly proud of. But I’m just as proud of my Grand Slam on the Senior Tour, because I’ve always believed it was far harder to achieve in light of my age.”Greatest rivalAnd his greatest rival?“There were so many great players in our generation. Arnold [Palmer] and Jack [Nicklaus], obviously. Tom Watson was phenomenal. But I always admired Jack for his patience.“I built a golf course on my farm in South Africa, and one of the holes I named Cactus Jack. On one occasion when Jack was staying with me, he officially opened the hole, and I had this bronze plaque made and placed on the tee box.“So the next morning I’m sitting having breakfast and the sun catches this plaque and the reflection almost blinds me. I said to Jack, ‘If it wasn’t bad enough I had to face you on the golf course all those years, now I’ve got you in my face on my farm as well.’ He had a good laugh about that one.”Player will return to South Africa for the 11th anniversary of the Gary Player Invitational, presented by Coca-Cola, at The Links at Fancourt from 18 to 21 November.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Weekend Reading

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on December 10, 2010November 13, 2014Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This week on the MHTF blog:The Department of Community Medicine at Rajarata University wrote about productivity costs and maternal healthCEDPA updated us on their project to integrate HIV/AIDS into maternal health programsYoung Champion Hellen Koltolo told us about her work in Gujaratmothers2mothers explored active client follow-up in ZambiaCIESAS made progress in their ALSO evaluation in MexicoYoung Champion Anna Dion pushed her boundaries in ArgentinaSome reading for the weekend:Midwifery back in Laos after 20 yearsC-sections in ChinaAfrica and mHealth sustainabilityShare this:last_img read more

Auburn Lands Commitment From 4-Star OT Austin Troxell

first_imgOne of Alabama’s top offensive linemen has committed to play for the Auburn Tigers. Austin Troxell, a four-star tackle out of Madison Academy, made his decision during a campus visit this afternoon, according to multiple reports.4-star OT Austin Troxell (@austintroxell33) has verbally committed to Auburn today during his campus visit. #MGMAuburn— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) June 18, 2016Boom!!!!!!!! #WDE— Coach Gus Malzahn (@CoachGusMalzahn) June 18, 2016Troxell’s decision comes after two trips to campus this month, solidifying his choice between the Tigers and rival Alabama. AL.com spoke to Troxell about his choice. “I have committed to the University of Auburn, so I’m ready,” Troxell said. “I’m ready to start my journey and be an Auburn Tiger… It’s a burden lifted off my shoulders. I finally got my decision made. No looking back now. It’s 100 percent Auburn now so I’m ready.”Troxell is yet to tweet about the decision himself, but has retweeted a few of his future teammates that have offered him congratulations. austin troxell retweetsTroxell is Auburn’s ninth commit, and fifth blue-chip player.[AL.com]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

More JPs to Serve St. Ann

first_imgStory Highlights Among those sworn in are Principal of Brown’s Town Primary, Soloman Smith; Pastor of the Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church in Claremont, Wayne Barclay, and Councillor for the Lime Hall Division, Genevor Gordon Bailey. The cadre of Justices of the Peace (JPs) serving the parish of St. Ann has been increased, with the swearing in of 61 new members on Tuesday, August 14.In a ceremony, held at Jewel Dunn’s River Resort and Spa in Mammee Bay, St. Ann, the new JPs, 29 men and 32 women took the Oath of Office before Custos Rotulorum for St. Ann, Hon. Norma Walters. This brings the number of serving JPs in the parish of St. Ann to 417.Among those sworn in are Principal of Brown’s Town Primary, Soloman Smith; Pastor of the Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church in Claremont, Wayne Barclay, and Councillor for the Lime Hall Division, Genevor Gordon Bailey.In his address, Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, charged the newly commissioned JPs to maintain an “impeccable character,” as they aid in solving the nation’s issues.“We want persons of unimpeachable integrity, persons who, regardless of the challenges, petition, and pleas for your assistance, if you know it isn’t right, you stand firm and say no. [It is] very important that you should be of unquestionable integrity, and at the same time as a Justice of the Peace, I expect that you should be persons of impeccable character,” he said.Mr. Chuck reminded the JPs that they should not see themselves as serving only the parish of St. Ann, but all of Jamaica as stipulated by the new Justices of the Peace Act 2018.He reiterated that the Ministry of Justice is on a drive to increase the number of JPs islandwide, with the aim of having over 1,000 per parish.The Minister said the increase will help to ease the burden on the justice system by diverting matters from the courts to be dealt with through mediation, spearheaded by JPs.In the meantime, retired Chief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla, commended the newly commissioned JPs for having taken the “bold step to volunteer and make yourselves available to serve.”She told the group that “your appointment will contribute greatly to the improvement of our justice system,” and encouraged them to avail themselves for further training. The cadre of Justices of the Peace (JPs) serving the parish of St. Ann has been increased, with the swearing in of 61 new members on Tuesday, August 14. In a ceremony, held at Jewel Dunn’s River Resort and Spa in Mammee Bay, St. Ann, the new JPs, 29 men and 32 women took the Oath of Office before Custos Rotulorum for St. Ann, Hon. Norma Walters. This brings the number of serving JPs in the parish of St. Ann to 417.last_img read more

Hudsons Bays striped carpet rolls out at the 43rd Toronto International Film

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook TORONTO – As the city prepares for the arrival of Hollywood’s elite, Hudson’s Bay today announced its return as an Official Fashion Retailer and Red Carpet Sponsor for the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival® (TIFF). From Thur., Sept. 6 to Sun., Sept. 16, the industry’s biggest stars will once again grace the iconic striped carpet at Roy Thomson Hall. The Canadian company also expands its festival presence with TIFF LIVE from the Red Carpet presented by Hudson’s Bay.“The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the most significant events this city experiences and we are so thrilled to be a part of it,” said Alison Coville, President, Hudson’s Bay. “As a Canadian company, we are proud to support another iconic Canadian establishment – one that brings the city together to see the best in film, fashion, and culture. The TIFF LIVE from the Red Carpet presented by Hudson’s Bay will be a great way for fans to not only see their favourite stars, but also hear from them.” Watch the #starsonstripesHere for the dazzling fashion? The Festival’s red carpets don’t disappoint when it comes to best dressed guests. Don’t miss the daily “Stars on Stripes” press alerts to see what the stars are wearing as they walk the Hudson’s Bay iconic striped carpet at Roy Thomson Hall.“Red carpet fashion is incredible to watch, and TIFF is no exception,” said Tyler Franch, Fashion Director, Hudson’s Bay.“On the carpet this September, I think tailored pant suits and layered lace will lead the way. We’ll also see dramatic back v-cuts and chic silhouettes emphasized. At Hudson’s Bay, we’re excited about silver, leopard print, and statement earrings, which all work well for a red carpet moment or TIFF after-party.”TIFF LIVE from the Red Carpet presented by Hudson’s BayHudson’s Bay will bring its iconic stripes to the podium by joining TIFF’s live broadcast of the red carpet arrivals at Roy Thomson Hall. From Sept. 6-9, tune into TIFF’s social channels to watch anchor host, Amanda Brugel, and guest hosts, Aisha Brown, Anthony Oliveira, and Jordan Sowunmi, meet with the cast and talk film and red carpet fashion. Watch live here.Amanda Brugel is a notable Canadian actor best known for her roles in the Emmy Award-winning series The Handmaid’s Tale, Canadian Screen Award-winning sitcom Kim’s Convenience, comedy film Sex After Kids, for which she won an ACTRA Award for Best Female Performance, and her role in the Oscar Award-winning Room.Anthony Oliviera is a writer, pop culture critic, and PhD living in Toronto. He can be found on Twitter at @meakoopa, where he tweets (incessantly) about the arts, politics, and LGBT culture, or on his podcast, The Devil’s Party, as he reads through Milton’s Paradise Lost and its demonic twists and turns.Jordan Sowunmi is a Toronto-based writer, DJ, comedian, and co-founder of the Boosie Fade Film Club. He has written for publications like The FADER, VICE, Complex, and Title Magazine. As a comedian, he has opened for comics like Eric Andre and Jen Kirkman. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Western University in English and Political Science.Aisha Brown is a stand-up comedian who has appeared at Just for Laughs, JFL42, the Guelph Comedy Festival, Sketchfest, and Toronto’s Field Trip festival. She also performs with “Runnin’ at The Mouth”, a hip-hop comedy collective.Colette and What They Had Cast DinnerHudson’s Bay joins The Hollywood Reporter, Bleecker Street and Elevation Pictures in hosting a cast dinner for two of the Festival’s much-anticipated films, Colette and What They Had. Cast members expected to attend include Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Blythe Danner, and Robert Forster, who will be treated to a seated dinner and décor featuring Hudson’s Bay signature stripes, offering a truly ‘Canadiana’ vibe.Interviews are available upon request with Alison Coville, President, Hudson’s Bay, or Tyler Franch, Fashion Director, Hudson’s Bay.Twitter: @HudsonsBayInstagram: @HudsonsBayFacebook: @HudsonsBaySnapchat: hudsonsbayHashtag: #starsonstripesABOUT HUDSON’S BAYHBC, incorporated in 1670, is North America’s oldest company. Hudson’s Bay has grown to become Canada’s most prominent department store, today operating 89 full-line locations and thebay.com. For the first time since the banner’s inception, Hudson’s Bay opened outside of Canada with 10 new stores in the Netherlands in 2017, and an online shopping destination at hudsonsbay.nl. Hudson’s Bay has established a reputation for quality, service, and style by offering well-edited assortments of exclusive and popular fashion, beauty, home, and accessory designers and brands, as well as exclusive food concepts.  It is part of the HBC brand portfolio. The signature stripes are a registered trademark of Hudson’s Bay Company.last_img read more

Statkeepers Call the Shots But They Cant Agree on Them

In the third minute of added extra time in Tuesday’s Belgium-U.S. World Cup match, Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne took a pass in the box, dribbled to his right and hooked the ball into the left side of the net. Finally, after 31 shots, the Belgians had broken through. Or … wait. Was it 32 shots?It depends on which Twitter account you follow. ESPN’s Stats & Information Group tweeted that Belgium had scored on its 31st shot of the day. OptaJoe, the U.K. Twitter account of the soccer stats company Opta, said it was the 32nd.At the World Cup, shots are in the eye of the beholder. At least three major soccer stats companies are logging every match, and they have yet to all agree on each team’s number of shots and shots on goal. For every one of the 58 games so far, the companies can’t quite get their stories straight. Sometimes their counts have differed by as much as two or three.Even small discrepancies like these have repercussions beyond mere trivia. Advanced analyses of the sport, such as my colleague Benjamin Morris’s magnum opus on Lionel Messi this week, rely on match loggers for shot counts and characteristics. Some teams base tactics and personnel decisions partly on stats. And the disputes are proxy battles for soccer’s more philosophical debates: If a shot is deflected in a forest of defenders, was it on target?According to World Cup organizer FIFA, it was; but according to Opta and Prozone, two of the companies that employ analysts to log every match of the tournament and provide data for media coverage, it wasn’t. That disagreement is responsible for the bulk of the numbers mismatch. Through the round of 16, FIFA’s official match stats — which are being collected by the Italian company Deltatre — included 68 percent more shots on target than Prozone’s, and 74 percent more than Opta’s.1I used Opta data compiled by TruMedia Networks, which provides stats for ESPN. Prozone emailed me their match reports and other data, which — along with match statistics posted on FIFA.com — allowed me to compile shots and shots on goal for every match so far during the World Cup. Remove blocked shots, though, and the discrepancies drop to 4 percent and 8 percent, respectively.And what about a ball crossed in the box near the goalie — does it count as a shot or a cross? In the 120th minute of the Belgium-U.S. match, DeAndre Yedlin kicked the ball well wide of goal as the U.S. hunted desperately for an equalizer. Was he trying to score, or just to cross the ball? FIFA thinks the latter, but Opta thinks the former. Short of interviewing every player immediately after every subjective touch, the statkeepers are left to guess at the intent, divining purpose in actions that may have been performed instinctively, rather than with premeditation.With 58 of the tournament’s 64 matches in the books through Friday, there have been 116 opportunities to compare the three data providers on a team’s shooting profile in a match. There have been just 14 times, or fewer than one out of eight, that all three organizations counted the same number of shots and shots on goal for a team in a match — and none for both teams in the same match.The counts appear to reflect genuine disagreement over tricky cases — touches that look like passes to some but shots to others, say. Or, a shot that hits the post or crossbar and goes out. Typically these don’t qualify as shots on target, but they can if they are deflected onto the woodwork by the goalkeeper, who then gets credit for a save. If they are blocked onto the woodwork by a player other than the goalkeeper, that’s a block. The stats, then, pivot on an arbitrary criterion: Was the player who deflected the ball a goalkeeper or did he happen to play another position?My analysis showed that, overall, the companies weren’t consistently stingy or generous in their statkeeping. No provider consistently tallied many more shots or shots on goals than another. The major philosophical divide was over (unblocked) shots on goal: Deltatre sees more than Prozone, which sees more than Opta. But that amounted to only about one additional shot on target counted in every three matches.The disputes have touched every team, to similar degrees, but teams with less active offenses tend to have higher differences among statkeepers because one uncounted shot matters more in their overall percentages. These include the U.S., England and Cameroon. Analysts attempting to study whether Cameroon threw its matches, as Der Spiegel has reported, might get subtly different results depending on which set of stats they consult. So might England manager Roy Hodgson and U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann as they assess how to improve their teams.Discrepancies between data providers don’t stop at shot counts. Most soccer events are subjective. Someone must decide, was that a tackle? Was that shot weak? Was that attack a dangerous one? Possession stats also differ by provider, as Slate noted last week.Shooting stats have particular relevance for one form of analysis that tries to divine a team’s true skill by gauging whether or not they’re getting lucky. It’s a technique that’s based on the theory that generating chances is the part that teams can control — converting them is based more on luck (unless you’re named Lionel Messi). Teams that convert and save a high percentage of their chances are due for a regression in their results. Change the underlying data, and any conclusions about which teams are good and which are just lucky could shift.When I spoke with Garth Lagerwey, general manager of Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake, in a telephone interview last week, he said data discrepancies are a prevalent problem in soccer stats at all levels, not just a World Cup anomaly. When I contacted the companies, they declined to comment or didn’t respond to a question about why their numbers differ. In other contexts, they tout the training they provide to match analysts; the consistent guidelines they enforce across analysts, competitions and time; and the oversight of experienced checkers. Some shots just might not look like shots to everyone.Other sports’ stats also require subjective judgment: errors in baseball; assists in basketball. But in baseball and basketball, the official scorer’s decision is what goes into the record book and, generally, what fuels advanced statistical analysis. In soccer, with different leagues and competitions worldwide at varying levels of stats sophistication, third parties with standardized methods report alternative numbers to the official ones. Opta and Prozone are scoring every match alongside the official scorers and releasing their numbers in real time to media organizations — hence the potential for conflicting tweets like those about Tuesday’s Belgium-U.S. match.2ESPN Stats & Info typically uses FIFA for shot counts, and Opta stats — via TruMedia — for everything else.“Shots should not be that subjective, let alone shots on goal,” Lagerwey said. On the other hand, “A lot of companies use human beings to code this stuff. It’s easy to understand how you’re going to have an error rate.” read more

Nuno Espirito Santo We will not change our style

first_imgNuno Espirito Santo says Wolves must keep their identity despite a draw and loss in their first two Premier League games.This Saturday, Nuno Espirito Santo and his Wolves side will face the Champions Manchester City at home.Wolves started their Premier League season with a 2-2 draw against 10-men Everton, before losing to Leicester 2-0 last weekend.As they prepare to host the Champions, Nuno Espirito Santo is adamant to change their football style and philosophy.“We don’t know how to play any other way,” Santo told Sky Sports.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“There are two ways to react to something that happened, for example, away against Leicester. You react by changing, or not. We will not change, because we want to build something.“It’s more important that we build the same things that we train, we want to achieve, and it’s another opportunity to do so. We will not change but adapt, of course, because you have a good opponent in front of you but we don’t change.“When you want to build something, you have to truly believe in what you are doing and keep pushing onto it.”last_img read more

Neymar takes PSG back on Champions League track

first_imgWith a hat-trick by the Brazilian and goals from Cavani, Di Maria, and Mbappé, PSG battered Red Star from Belgrade at Parc des Princes.After that first painful defeat from the first Champions League match of the season at Anfield Road, PSG really needed to win their second match this Wednesday against Red Star from Belgrade.This was supposed to be an easier match for the French giants, they of course didn’t disappoint and offered a great performance. But out of all the stars that the French champions have, there is no question that the absolute leader of the team is Neymar Jr who scored a hat-trick and was involved in pretty much all the rest of the goals from his teammates.The Brazilian star began his goal-romp with a beautiful free-kick over the men-barrier only 20 minutes after the match started, it took him only two minutes to get his second goal after a combination with Kylian Mbappé.Past the half-hour of the match, Edinson Cavani took a shot from inside the box and the ball got a deflection that confused the Red Star goalkeeper enough for Edinson to get his goal. But PSG was hungry for more goals, they were just getting started as they wanted to get at least half a dozen.Hat-trick hero 😍😍😍#PSGFKCZ pic.twitter.com/VU445N2csT— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) October 3, 2018Just a few minutes before halftime, PSG was in the middle of a long build-up that Thomas Meunier took on the right wing. The Belgian full-back saw Di Maria making the run towards the box and he sent a beautiful assist with the outside of his foot, the Argentinean didn’t waste the opportunity and scored his side’s fourth goal of the match right before the half-time whistle.German manager Thomas Tuchel asked his players to slow down a little bit, this is the moment in which players like Neymar can get fouled the most due to the frustration from his rivals. The French champions took note and played a much more reserved style of football until the final 20 minutes, when Kylian Mbappé appeared to score his goal because he obviously didn’t want to miss out on all the fun.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.Neymar was involved in the goal again, he saw Cavani making the run towards the box and dinked the ball for him to send the assist to the French lad, who only pushed the ball inside. It was already 5-0 at Parc des Princes, German midfielder Marko Marin was able to pull one back for Red Star with 15 minutes from the final whistle.But the star of the night, Neymar Jr wanted to get that hat-trick in order to feel that he was closer to his best form and he did it in style. With nine minutes still left on the clock, the Brazilian start took another free-kick but he did it with a lot more power and collocation than his first goal of the evening and gave PSG their sixth goal of the match for a convincing victory in the Champions League.Unfortunately for the French champions, this win tells us absolutely nothing in regards to the club’s actual level of performance. Red Star from Belgrade can hardly be considered a worthy opponent that can challenge them at all, we are going to have to wait for them to play against Napoli in the next two matches to know how well they can respond against a more competitive opponent.Also, in Ligue 1, PSG will play against Olympique Lyonnais on Sunday before the final international break of 2018. Neymar will get a new chance to prove his worth again, but today’s performance was more than enough for him to keep earning that lost confidence he had before, during, and right after the summer.FULL TIME: PSG flex their offensive 💪in the @ChampionsLeague with a 6-1 win over Red Star Belgrade! #PSGFKCZ #ALLEZPARIS!! 🔴🔵 pic.twitter.com/4F5XPRBdyw— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) October 3, 2018Which of these was your favorite goal from PSG against Red Star from Belgrade? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Luka Modric launches a scathing attack on Simeone

first_imgReal Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has responded to the criticisms of Atletico Madrid’s manager Diego Simeone on him and his teammates.In the midfielder’s first interview since winning the Ballon d’Or earlier this month, the 33-year-old spoke of the manager’s disparaging comments about the award and Madrid.“I understand why Simeone has defended his own players,” Modric told Croatian outlet Sportske Novosti, as cited by Football Espana.“I understand why he believes Griezmann was the best but in doing so he feels the need to disparage Real Madrid and the players here.Luka Modric, Real MadridReal Madrid suffer a Luka Modric injury blow Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Real Madrid have announced that Luka Modric has suffered an adductor injury, which could rule him out of some key fixtures.“There are suggestions that there is something else behind why Madrid players win these trophies, and that is not the case.“I have a lot of respect for Atletico and Simeone, their players and their fans – they are a great club and whey they defeat us, I acknowledge it and congratulate them.“But we have been hugely successful too, we have beaten them in two finals and it is not fair to say these achievements are due to favoritism.”last_img read more