Confident Sunshine Girls leave for World Cup today

first_imgAfter months of intense preparation, Jamaica’s senior netball team, the Sunshine Girls, left the island this morning for Australia, where they will take part in the 2015 Netball World Cup in Sydney from August 6-16.The delegation includes coaches Minneth Reynolds, assistant coach Annett Daley, manager Lydia Wilks and the 12 squad members led by captain Nicole Aiken-Pinnock.The others players are Paula Thompson, Romelda Aiken, Shanice Beckford, Kadie-Ann Dehaney, Nicole Dixon, Stacian Facey, Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, Ann Kaye Griffiths, Sasher Gaye Henry, Khadijah Williams and Vangalee Williams. Technical Director Jill McIntosh left the Island early on Tuesday.According to captain Aiken-Pinnock, preparation was thorough, team chemistry and camaraderie are excellent, and the team has only one thing on its mind: winning the gold medal.”The ladies are well prepared. We have done all the work. We just have to stay focused and get on court, listen to the coaches’ instructions, and execute. The ladies are very excited and I must commend them for their discipline. They are really focused and they understand that we are not just going there for any medal; we are focusing on the gold,” she told The Gleaner.”One of the main things we have as a unit is that whole camaraderie that you need in a team. We have each others’ backs, no matter what. We are really together and we really support each other. We try to do things as a team and I believe that is a positive thing going forward,” she continued.WC experienceWith two world championships already under her belt, Aiken-Pinnock knows her experience and the experience of other stalwarts such as Romelda Aiken and Jhaneile Fowler-Reid will be crucial as there are five World Cup debutants in the squad, though she insists it’s all for one, and one for all.”I am not the only person in the team going to a third World Championship. I can’t do anything by myself, so I have to feed off the energy of the ladies, just like how they feed off my energy,” she stated.She also added, “All I need from Jamaica is their support and that they continue to pray for us. We are very focused, and whatever the result, we will be very proud because I know the ladies will give of their best. But we have only one aim in mind, and it’s to get the gold.”last_img read more

WNBA great Taurasi adapting to being a parent on the fly

first_imgLATEST STORIES View comments While Taurasi has been away, Taylor took their son to the Mercury’s training facility in Phoenix — his first time in the gym.“He already loves basketball, he’s been watching the playoffs since he was born,” Taurasi said.Someday soon, he’ll get to watch Taurasi play.“We just got to get him some Beats headphones to block out some of the noise,” she said.The headphones also might serve to block out some of the colorful language that Taurasi has been known to say on the court.“I hope he learns it from me at least,” she said laughing. “He’ll learn when to use it, how to use it, and the right inflection when using it.”The Mercury will have a lot of little ones around this summer as forward DeWanna Bonner has young twins.“It’s going to be kid Coachella in Phoenix this summer,” Taurasi said. FILE – Diana Taurasi #3 of the Phoenix Mercury reacts on the court during the first half of semifinal game three of the 2017 WNBA Playoffs against the Los Angeles Sparks at Talking Stick Resort Arena on September 17, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPDiana Taurasi admits that she’s learning on the fly about being a parent.The WNBA great’s wife Penny Taylor gave birth to Leo Michael Taurasi-Taylor on March 1. The two parents will celebrate their one-year wedding anniversary next month.ADVERTISEMENT JRU stint serves as inspiration for Alvarez in new volleyball journey ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC “I think to some degree, motherhood changes you because responsibilities and priorities kind of shift in your life. But the Diana that people see on the court — the competitor, she’s fierce, she’s definitely got a lot of personality — I think everyone would be surprised that she definitely has a soft side, even though she doesn’t show it a lot,” Bird said. “That’s all that you’re seeing with her as a mom. It has always been there. Her friends know it, her family knows it. So it has been a natural fit for her to be a mother.”Taurasi has spent the last few days in Seattle training with USA Basketball. It’s been a chance for her to get some of the rust off after leaving her Russian team in December because of a back issue. She scored 14 points in the Americans’ 83-46 exhibition win over China on Thursday night.“I feel 100 percent normal, well as normal as a 35-year-old can feel,” she said. “It’s been really nice to get on court with these guys, I feel refreshed.”Getting away from home has also allowed Taurasi to get some rest. A luxury she hasn’t had much of since the baby was born.“Sleep is something I don’t get much of these days,” Taurasi said. “I’m running on empty, but it’s all for the cause of a good little boy.”ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastcenter_img Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames “There’s no book, no pamphlet, no advice, a lot of it is trial by fire,” Taurasi said in a phone interview this week while playing with USA Basketball in Seattle. “I’m lucky to have Penny around, she keeps the ship afloat.”Having a baby boy has definitely changed Taurasi’s perspective on life.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It’s incredible,” she said. “He’s changed our lives the last two months in such a great way. Every day to see that little face, see him smile. When he puts on a pound and gets a little bigger, it makes you really happy.”Longtime friend and U.S. teammate Sue Bird knows Taurasi will be a great mom.last_img read more

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Friends, family bid farewell to soldier who died in Iraq

first_imgGLENDALE – More than 200 mourners, many in military uniforms, bade farewell Thursday to a young Sylmar man they knew as a singer, a jokester, a confidant and, in the end, a soldier in Iraq. Many jammed into a small chapel to pay their respects to Army National Guard Spc. Dennis Sellen Jr., 20, who died in Iraq on Feb.11 in an apparent accident. His sister Vanessa, supported by her three siblings, eulogized Sellen. His mother, Silvia Sellen Jara, sang a spiritual ballad in his memory. “I could talk to him about anything; he could always make me laugh,” said his 22-year-old sister, Vanessa, choking back tears. Recalling her brother’s charisma, she added, “I could introduce him to any of my friends, and he would instantly click with them – especially the ladies.” Sellen Jara consoled the mourners, urging them not to cry because “Dennis is in heaven.” Her graceful air impressed the cadre of hardened military officers who sat before her. “Her will and her beliefs are as strong as I have ever seen, unfortunately, for all the funerals we’ve had to attend,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Harold London of the 40th Infantry Division. Brig. Gen. John Harell said the soldiers in Sellen’s group had been removing ammunition from their weapons after returning to the base from a patrol mission when the accidental shooting occurred. “One of his buddies in the same group had an accidental discharge,” he said. He called Sellen a superior soldier. An investigation is ongoing, and it is not yet known whether the soldier, whose name was not released, will be disciplined. Sellen’s uncle, retired Army Lt. Col. William Sellen, asked the crowd to find forgiveness for the young man who accidentally took his nephew’s life. Sellen was deployed to Iraq in September, assigned to the 185th Infantry Regiment, Fresno. He died in Umm Qasr, Iraq. About 13,000 Army National Guard soldiers have been deployed worldwide since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001; about 22 have died. Staff Sgt. Jose Aguilar, Sellen’s squad leader, stood by the grave. “He was a good soldier,” Aguilar said. “He had a great personality, a great sense of humor.” Sellen and his childhood buddies from Arat Street in Sylmar still kept in touch. Jason Buchanan, 21, said: “He shines all the time. Everywhere he goes, he just makes everybody laugh.” Vernon Barnwell, one of Sellen’s brothers-in-law, summed it up: “Everybody loved him. He’s going to be greatly missed. There’s nothing he wouldn’t do to help somebody.” Sellen attended College of the Canyons for one semester as a part-time student in spring 2006. His death was the first military casualty to strike Santa Clarita since three young soldiers were killed in 2004. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

McGETTIGAN BROTHERS COOK UP THEIR SAUSAGES FOR MIRIAM

first_imgERNAN MCGETTIGAN, RIGHT, TALKS TO MIRIAM ON RTE1 AS BROTHER DIARMIUD COOKS THEIR FAMOUS SAUSAGES – DONEGALDAILY.COMEUROPEAN Champion sausage makers – the McGettigans from Donegal Town – were special guests tonight on RTE with Miriam O’Callaghan.Ernan and Diarmuid McGettigan cooked up a feast of sausages for members of Miriam’s TV show audience.Diarmuid was doing all the cooking – as Ernan introduced Miriam to the range of sausage flavours including ‘chocolate and chilli’, ‘lamb with rosemary and plum’ and ‘mango and banana’. Miriam praised the brothers for their achievement in being crowned European Champs earlier this year.Ernan told her of how they received their highest honour from an elite French gourmet brotherhood, when they are ‘knighted’ and inducted into their exclusive order in May.Eight French guardians of the ‘Commanderie des Fins Goustiers du Duce d’Alencon’ travelled from their base in Normandy to Ireland for the ceremony.And the verdict from the TV audience tonight?????……superb! McGETTIGAN BROTHERS COOK UP THEIR SAUSAGES FOR MIRIAM was last modified: July 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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) Tags:Donegal Towngourmet sausagesMcGETTIGAN BROTHERS COOK UP THEIR SAUSAGES FOR MIRIAMlast_img read more

Denis Onyango: Cranes need to work harder to ensure qualification

first_img Tags: 2019 AFCON QualifiersDenis OnyangoTaifa StarstopUganda Cranes Denis Onyango was named the 2016 African-based player of the year (file photo)Uganda Cranes captain Denis Onyango has come out and suggested that his side needs to work harder in order to qualify for a second consecutive AFCON tournament.The Cranes qualified for its first AFCON tournament in close to 40 years two-years ago and when the draws for the 2019 qualifiers were drawn, it was perceived by many that it would be an easy stroll for Onyango and co.Two games down the road, the Cranes seat on top of group L with four points but on Saturday, failed to beat up on a Tanzanian side that they are expected to take care of especially at home (Namboole).Speaking after the 0-0 draw with the Taifah Stars, Onyango lauded his teammates’ efforts but stressed they have to work hard to make sure they qualify for the 2019 edition.“As a captain i think we played our best, we gave our all but unfortunately we didn’t get the result we wanted, said Onyango.“We created the chances but unfortunately we couldn’t score but just to remind u, this was the East African derby and derbies are never easy.“It is disappointing not to get points at home because we are known for being formidable at home and people come knowing it’s very difficult to stop us but unfortunately that was not the case against Tanzania.“We need to work a little bit harder and score goals in our next games to ensure qualification.“Against Tanzania, we made it difficult for ourselves and now we face a must win encounter in the next game and hopefully we will get all three point.On Tanzania, the 2016 African-based footballer of the year had this to say:“We were played a very quick and determined side especially upfront. Their captain lifted them all the time.“The Boys gave their best, got the fight going but it’s one of those days when a goal doesn’t come for you.“We now expect to get six more points which am confident will takes us through.Uganda will next take on Lesotho in a double header this coming month starting with a home tie in Kampala and then an away fixture in Maseru three days later.Lesotho are second on the log with two points from as many games. The Crocodiles drew one all in their match-day two fixture at home to Cape Verde on Sunday.Comments last_img read more

South Africa legalises gay marriage

first_imgSouth Africa has become the fifth country in the world, and the first in Africa, to allow legal marriages between same-sex couples, after a historic vote in Parliament on 14 November, followed by the signature of Acting President Phumzile Mlamblo-Ngcuka on 30 December, passed the Civil Union Bill into law.South Africa has become the fifth country in the world, and the first in Africa to legalise gay marriage in December 2006. (Image: Pexels)Brand South Africa reporterParliament and the Presidency have therefore met the 1 December 2006 deadline set by the Constitutional Court in 2005 for the country’s Marriage Act to be amended, or for new legislation to be passed to allow gays and lesbians to enter into legal marriages.Following an application by Marie Fourie and Cecelia Bonthuys to be allowed to marry, the court ruled that the existing legal definition of marriage was in conflict with the country’s Constitution because it denied gays and lesbians the rights granted to heterosexuals.Section 9 (3) of South Africa’s Constitution expressly prohibits unfair discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.It reads: “The state may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth.”The court gave Parliament a year to remedy the situation.On 14 November Parliament passed the Civil Union Bill into law by a vote of 230 to 41. The ruling African National Congress ordered a three-line whip, the strictest disciplinary command the party can give its MPs, to compel them to be both present in the chamber and to vote in favour of the party line supporting the Bill.Parties opposed to the new law included the African Christian Democratic Party and the Freedom Front Plus, while the Democratic Alliance allowed its MPs to vote according to conscience. The Independent Democrats opposed the Bill on the basis that a “separate but equal” marriage law for gays and lesbians remained discriminatory.While it is still impossible for same-sex couples to marry under the existing Marriage Act, any South African citizen will be allowed to marry under the new law – including gays and lesbians. Whether heterosexual or homosexual, they will have the option of calling their partnership either a civil union or a marriage.Among other benefits, the new law will allow married same-sex couples to make decisions on each other’s behalf and inherit if a partner dies without a will.‘Backward, timeworn prejudices’Before the vote, Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota urged Parliament to support the rights of gays and lesbians, and to allow them to enjoy the fruits of democracy.“We are bound to fulfill the promises of democracy which we made to the people of our country,” he said. “Are we going to suppress this so-called minority, or are we going to let these people enjoy the privilege of choosing who will be their life partners?“I take this opportunity to remind the House that in the long and arduous struggle for democracy very many men and women of homosexual or lesbian orientation joined the ranks of the liberation and democratic forces.“How then can we live with the reality that we should enjoy rights that together we fought for side by side, and deny them that?“Today, as we reap the fruits of democracy, it is only right that they must be afforded similar space in the sunshine of our democracy . This country cannot afford to continue to be a prisoner of the backward, timeworn prejudices that have no basis.”Progressive democraciesWith the new law, South Africa joins the elite group of progressive democracies that have legalised same-sex marriage in the last five years: the Netherlands, which passed the law in 2001, Belgium (2003), Canada (2005) and Spain (2005).A number of other European Union countries – Britain being the latest – have passed laws allowing for various forms of civil partnership between same-sex couples. But while these allow same-sex couples to register their partnerships and receive some of the benefits accorded married couples, they fall short of full marriage equality.In the Constitutional Court’s December 2005 ruling, Judge Albie Sachs highlighted the deep injustice of denying gays and lesbians the right to formalise their unions.“Finding themselves strongly attracted to each other, two people went out regularly and eventually decided to set up home together,” he said in the introduction to his judgment.“After being acknowledged by their friends as a couple for more than a decade, they decided that the time had come to get public recognition and registration of their relationship.“Like many persons in their situation, they wanted to get married. There was one impediment. They are both women.”Sachs said there was an imperative constitutional need to acknowledge the long history of the marginalisation and persecution of gays and lesbians in South Africa.“Although a number of breakthroughs have been made, there is no comprehensive legal regulation of the family law rights of gays and lesbians.”The exclusion of same-sex couples from the benefits and responsibilities of marriage is not a “small inconvenience”, he said.“It represents a harsh, if oblique, statement by the law that same-sex couples are outsiders and that their need for affirmation and protection of their intimate relations as human beings is somehow less than that of heterosexual couples.”He said marriage was the only source of such socioeconomic benefits as the right to inheritance, medical insurance coverage, adoption, access to wrongful death claims, bereavement leave, tax advantages and post-divorce rights.Sachs said the intangible damage to same-sex couples was as severe as the material deprivation.“To begin with, they are not entitled to celebrate their commitment to each other in a joyous public event recognised by the law.“They are obliged to live in a state of legal blankness in which their unions remain unmarked by the showering of presents and the commemoration of anniversaries so celebrated in our culture.”‘Blissful union and sad cessation’Equally important, Sachs said, was the right of same-sex couples to fall back on state regulation when things went wrong in their relationship.“The law of marriage is invoked both at moments of blissful creation and at times of sad cessation,” he said.“There is nothing to suggest that same-sex couples are any less affected than are heterosexual ones by the emotional and material consequences of a rupture of their union. The need for comprehensive judicial regulation of their separation or divorce, or of devolution of property, or rights to maintenance or continuation of tenancy after death, is no different.”Sachs said that slavery had lasted for a century and a half in South Africa, colonialism for twice as long, the prohibition of interracial marriages for even longer, and overt male domination for millennia.“All were based on apparently self-evident biological and social facts; all were sanctioned by religion and imposed by law.”Series of court battlesThe new law comes after a series of court battles on gay rights after the new Constitution outlawed discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.In 1998 the Constitutional Court struck down the offence of sodomy in the Sexual Offences Act and the Criminal Procedure Act.The following year, the court allowed foreign partners of homosexual citizens to become permanent residents.In 2002, the Constitutional Court ruled that homosexual partners in a committed relationship should have the same financial status as married heterosexual couples.This followed Judge Kathy Satchwell’s application in the Pretoria High Court for her same-sex partner to receive the same financial benefits as if she were a partner in a heterosexual relationship.During the same year, the court also ruled that same-sex couples had the right to adopt children. In 2003, the court ruled that children born to same-sex couples by artificial insemination were legitimate.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

#KicksStalker: Irving pays tribute to women with new Kyrie 3 colorway

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Irving took to Instagram and unveiled a new pair of his signature sneakers in bright cyan that resembles the signature hue of one of the world’s premier jewelers. Tanduay whips Batangas to claim solo 3rd place LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Kyrie Irving has slowly built his reputation as one of Nike’s freshest faces with all three iterations of his signature shoe garnering notoriety.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThis new colorway of the Kyrie 3, however, may just launch Irving’s line into stratospheric hype.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Women empowered, Tiffanys inspired,” posted Irving as the post’s caption.The Tiffany in the post is an obvious ode to Tiffany & Co, which Nike has used as an inspiration to one of the most iconic colorways of the SB Dunks.No release date has been announced for the new colorway, however.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View commentslast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018 : Belgium vs Tunisia Preview

first_imgAlso Read :FIFA World Cup 2018: Brazil vs Costa Rica Review Advertisement(photo credits: finder)Following a good opening game vs Panama, Belgium will look to continue the winning form as they face a relatively inexperienced Tunisian side at the Spartak stadium in Moscow.Out off all the top sides that have been tipped to win the tournament Belgium is the only side that have started off the campaign in a comprehensive manner even though they struggled in the first 45 minutes. A thunderous volley from Mertens and a brace from Lukaku earned their side a comfortable victory vs Panama.Tunisia on the other hand will look to get back to winning ways as they suffered a 2-1 loss to England in their first game. They will have to play their remaining matches without their keeper Mouez Hassen who suffered a shoulder injury.The two teams have met each other thrice before with each getting a win and the remaining match ending in a draw.Belgium are expected to win this convincingly but this world cup has already produced a lot of upsets and therefore Tunisia cannot be counted out.The telecast for this match will be on Sony TEN2, HD, Sony TEN3, HD and Sony ESPN.Here are the lineups for the match:The teams are in! #BELTUN 👇👇👇 pic.twitter.com/DifsYqztQq— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 23, 2018 Advertisementlast_img read more

Bengal global business summit to start on January 20

first_imgKolkata, Dec 13 (PTI) The third edition of Bengal Global Business Summit will start on January 20 with around 3,000 delegates from countries like Germany, Poland, China, Japan and Russia as well as representatives from Indian states scheduled to attend it.The two-day summit will have inaugural plenary and seminars on the opening day, state finance minister Amit Mitra today said at the state secretariat.Parallel sectoral sessions on maritime, Inland Waterways, Transport & Civil Aviation, auto & auto ancillary, manufacturing in defence besides, sports goods manufacturing & SME vendor development will be held on the second day of the summit, Mitra said.Along with this, there would be sectoral sessions on mining, energy (renewables and CGD), manufacturing of energy equipment, chemicals and fertilizers, food processing, horticulture, fisheries, agriculture and allied industries, health, education, skill development, IT & ITeS, he said.There would be sessions on urban development and urban infrastructure, sports infrastructure, financial services and legal services, hospitality, tourism and business of entertainment, the minister said.The state government is also expecting around 2,500 participants in the breakaway sessions, he said. PTI SCH MD BALlast_img read more