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Christian Sasso crowned national sporting clays champion

first_img Stiff competition More than 100 shooters trekked to Worthy Park Estates in St Catherine on Saturday and Sunday for the Jamaica Skeet Club’s national sporting clays 200 birds championship, including defending champion and six-time champion Shaun Barnes, nine-time champion Ian Bank, and former champion Christian Sasso. The conditions were challenging, with extreme heat and wind. The competition was challenging with the best shooters on the course as well as the challenging birds set by Oneil Brown on the 16 stations that made up the course. At the end of the two-day shoot, and the Super Six, it was Christian Sasso who grabbed the coveted championship crown by five birds, ahead of runner-up Chad Ziadie. Sasso shot 82 and 87 to end with 169, and then shot another 21 from 25 in the Super Six for a total score of 190, to be crowned the overall winner. Ziadie, on the other hand, shot 82 and 84 in the main round, and then 19 from 25 in the Super-six to end on 185 overall. Former champions Shaun Barnes and Ian Banks did not make it to the Super Six after posting score of 158 and 151, respectively. Barnes missed the Super-six by one bird. Sasso was very pleased with winning the national sporting clays championship. He said “it feels excellent. It feels really good. I am proud of myself”. He summed up the two days’ shooting when he said “the two days – Saturday’s tournament – the birds were very edgy, not as easy as Sunday’s course. The birds, to me, were all shootable, but it’s a mental game. You have to stay focused and endure the heat”. It was just as hard for the female shooters on the course who had to battle the same weather conditions. Wendy McMaster, who had a phenomenal year, winning several shoots and jumping classes from E Class to C Class, shot 128 birds over the two days. She had stiff competition from talented shooter Toni Barnes, who ended just one stroke behind on 127. Junior shooter Yasmin Eyre’s 102 copped the third spot. McMaster felt good about retaining the ladies championship. She said “yes, it feels good. It’s an amazing feeling to know I have managed to hold the title for three years straight now. I think that I had a more productive year this year. I really am grateful that I managed to end up in C Class so early”. Her movement to C Class from D Class was very quick. The top three in the various classes were: A Class – Bruce Duquesnay, Geoffrey Zaidie and Ray McMaster; B Class – Andrew Hopwood, Ryan Chen and Zachary Chen; C Class – Danzel Knight, Rick Duquesnay and Mark Desnoes; D Class – Nathan Chin, Toby Hugh and David Wong; E Class – Richard Todd, Rajhir DaCosta and Damien Sawyers; Juniors – Roman Tavares-Finson, Toby Hugh and Mark Desnoes; and Sub Juniors – Nathan Chin, David Wong and Zaniel Knight; Hunters or beginners – Gordon Bucknor, Zachary Josephs and Gordon Clarke.last_img read more

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77 Public Servants learning Spanish

first_imgThe Guyana Government is looking to boost the local Public Sector with language training for 77 Public Servants.This is currently being done through the fourth edition of Spanish language courses being held under a cultural agreement signed by the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Government of the Republic of Colombia since 1970. The classes are scheduled to end in August. Participants will receive a certificate from the Universidad Del Norte of Colombia at the conclusion of the course.According to National Ozone Officer at the Agriculture Ministry, Behonka Dey, “It’s a bit challenging, especially the vocabulary although I like that the class is continuous.”She noted that she often encountered Spanish speakers while at work and “even though I might not be fluent, I still need to understand what is being said”.Another participant, Robin Motayne, a Foreign Service Officer with the Foreign Affairs Ministry, explained that the course was interactive with a very engaging lecturer.“Very little English is spoken in the class, which is good, because a foreign officer should be versed in a language; at least one or two,” Motayne continued.Other participants come from the Guyana Revenue Authority, Ministry of the Presidency, Carnegie School of Home Economics, Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission, Business Ministry, Guyana Police Force, Public Health Ministry, Teaching Service Commission and Education Ministry, among others.The four-month course is being conducted by Professor Nelson Hernan Giraldo who has taught at several universities and academic institutions.last_img read more

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Juve fightback to retain unbeaten start

first_imgGoals from Marek Hamsik and a Goran Pandev brace looked to have given Napoli victory but the visitors hit back through Alessandro Matri, Marcelo Estigarribia and Simone Pepe.“That was a very important response from the team, we had the legs, the tactics and the technique,” said Juve coach Antonio Conte.“If we hadn’t we wouldn’t have been able to come back in a game like this and we could even have won because we had the chances to win.“We started well, we made some mistakes in concentration at the back and went two goals down but we showed great humility, force and desire.“The lads did really well and tonight I’m proud to be the coach of these guys.”Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri was disappointed but didn’t blame his players.“The glass is half empty. We had a spectacular first half but in the second we paid too much for our recent commitments and especially in defence many players were tired.“Juve were physically stronger than us. I’m disappointed because on their third goal (Pepe) played a one-two with our defender that left him clean through on goal.”Napoli suffered a blow before kick-off as top scorer Edinson Cavani was ruled out with injury but his replacement Pandev didn’t disappoint.There was early drama when the hosts were awarded a penalty on the quarter hour mark after Andrea Pirlo’s rash challenge on Ezequiel Lavezzi.Hamsik stepped up to take the spot-kick and coolly slotted home off the post, only for the referee to order it to be retaken for encroachment.Television replays showed most of the players in the area were Juve ones.At the second time of asking, the Slovakia midfielder blazed his effort over the bar and although a Juve player may have been in the area, this time there was no retake.Napoli did not have to wait long to take the lead and did so courtesy of Hamsik on 23 minutes.Lavezzi swung a free-kick into the box and Leonardo Bonucci’s attempted headed clearance was weak, giving Hamsik, who had been in an offside position when the free-kick was taken, a simple headed finish from six yards.Napoli were in total control and Pandev wasted a pair of glorious opportunities.Gianluigi Buffon got down well to save his first after the Macedonia forward had made space, but Pandev got his angles all wrong on the second from Lavezzi’s pull-back.Pandev doubled Napoli’s lead five minutes from the break. After Christian Maggio and Pirlo challenged for the ball it broke kindly for Pandev inside the box, and the forward’s finish with his weaker right foot was classy.Juve earned a lifeline three minutes into the second period as Matri converted Arturo Vidal’s pass, although he was helped by a huge gap opening up in the home defence as several defenders had been dragged out of position.Juve failed to build on that momentum and Pandev seemed to have killed the game midway through the half.Bonucci over-committed himself on a cross from Maggio and Pandev controlled, turned and shot home in off the post in a flash.However, just four minutes later Napoli’s defence went walkabout again and Estigarribia was left unmarked at the back post to slot under Morgan De Sanctis.And 11 minutes from time Napoli’s defence inexplicably backed off, allowing Pepe to run from the halfway line, play a lucky one-two off a home defender and finish precisely.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000ROME, Italy, November 30 – League leaders Juventus twice fought back from two goals down to earn a thrilling 3-3 draw at Napoli on Tuesday and stretch their unbeaten start in Serie A to 12 games.The Old Lady of Turin also opened up a two-point lead over second placed AC Milan having battled back from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits.Napoli blew the chance to reignite their title chances and the point leaves them down in sixth and nine points behind Juve.last_img read more

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Gore’s son pleads guilty in drug case

first_imgLAGUNA NIGUEL – Al Gore’s son pleaded guilty Monday to possessing marijuana and other drugs, but a judge said the plea could be withdrawn and the charges dropped if he successfully completes a drug diversion program. Authorities have said they found drugs in Al Gore III’s car after the 24-year-old was pulled over on July 4 for going 100 mph in his Toyota Prius. He pleaded guilty to two felony counts of drug possession, two misdemeanor counts of drug possession without a prescription and one misdemeanor count of marijuana possession, the District Attorney’s Office said. Jaime Coulter, senior deputy district attorney, said Gore’s sentencing will be continued until Feb. 7. If he has complied with all the conditions of the diversion program, the sentencing will be continued again for another year, with charges possibly being dropped in 2009. “At that point, he will be able to withdraw his guilty plea as if he never entered it,” Coulter said. 160Want 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

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League One news: Northampton Town sack manager Rob Page

first_img1 Rob Page Northampton have moved to arrest their slide down Sky Bet League One by sacking manager Rob Page.The Cobblers were promoted as League Two champions last season and enjoyed a promising start to life in the third tier, with the victory over Bury at the end of October moving them up to fifth in the table.But Saturday’s 5-0 hammering at the hands of Bristol Rovers – which Page described as “men against girls” – was Northampton’s eighth defeat in 10 games and left them 16th.Page, who replaced Chris Wilder as manager last summer, quickly apologised for the comment but the club’s poor run of form has cost him his job.“We are disappointed to make this decision regarding Rob, however following the recent run of results we feel that a change is necessary,” said Northampton chairman Kelvin Thomas.“Rob has always been extremely professional throughout his time and has only ever wanted the club to be successful.“It was always going to be a very tough challenge following last year and the expectation that created, so we thank him for his efforts and we wish him very well for the future.“Paul Wilkinson will take temporary charge of the team whilst we begin discussions with potential replacements, and all focus will now shift to preparations for Saturday’s important fixture against Scunthorpe United here at Sixfields.”last_img read more

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Why you won’t want to miss the first half of Watford v Arsenal

first_img1 Watford to score +1.5 goals at 21/10 Arsenal have hit their stride in the past month but come up against a Watford team prepared to take the game to the Gunners, with early goals expected at Vicarage Road.Watford boast a W2 L3 record with Arsenal since their return to the Premier League two seasons agoWatford and Arsenal’s training bases are next door to each other but budget-wise they couldn’t be further apart. While Arsenal’s most recent accounts showed a turnover of £354million, Watford’s is a fraction of that at £94m. Yet the summer transfer window saw Watford vastly outspend their London neighbours. The Hornets spent £36.7m net on players, while Arsenal made an £18m profit. The result is that Watford are eighth in the table, just three places off the Gunners and in a position to leapfrog them with a win on Saturday. Their 40% win record over Arsenal in the past two years is impressive for a club that changes their manager each season. Watford are not necessarily the underdogs we may take them for.Watford to win 9/2Seven of the 11 goals scored in the last three games between Watford and Arsenal have come in the first halfWatford and Arsenal like to get into each other early. Seven first-half goals in the past three head-to-heads show two sides ready to take the game to each other. Arsenal have scored five of those, including leading 3-0 at half time last season at Vicarage Road. This season both have scored 11 league goals, with the spread across the two halves fairly even (Arsenal six in the first half, Watford 5). So what is it about this fixture that attracts early goals? Well, both sides expect to play half-decent, open football and Watford are not in the market for shutting up shop. Their fans will want them to attack Arsenal on Saturday, especially with the fear of relegation already dissipating from the terraces after a strong start to the campaign. This is an opportunity to entertain and get one over the big boys. Watford will come forward.+2.5 goals by half time at 22/5Arsenal’s record since a 4-0 defeat at Anfield in August reads WWDWWWWThe end of the transfer window saw the Arsenal saga reach new heights. Fans were calling for new signings, while plenty called for Arsene Wenger’s head after the disastrous 4-0 loss at Liverpool. The Gunners reacted to the defeat by selling Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain… to Liverpool. But since then Arsenal’s backbone has strengthened. No defeats in seven, including a commendable draw with Chelsea where they earned a first point at Stamford Bridge since 2012, has seen Arsenal’s stock rise again. A win here may almost go unnoticed in the context of Arsenal’s season. A defeat, as usual, won’t.Arsenal to win at 3/5Watford have scored exactly two goals in five of the six games in which they have scored this seasonWatford’s remit is now a top-half finish rather than survival. They are growing into an established Premier League club and soon they may hit that European glass ceiling. Watford are on course for an above-average season. Multiple goals in six games this season is proof of a team willing to go forward and take their chance in games. Only five teams — Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and the Manchester clubs — have scored more goals than Watford this term. Between them, forwards Richarlison and Abdoulaye Doucoure boast six league goals. It’s not title-winning form but they are both on call to find the net when required. Will Lacazette bag his first Premier League goal away from the Emirates Stadium? All four of Alexandre Lacazette’s Arsenal goals have come at homeAlexandre Lacazette was Arsenal’s club-record purchase in the summer but Arsene Wenger evidently doesn’t think he’s good enough yet to hold his own in the Premier League. Lacazette has been given starts at home but away from the Emirates it’s been a different story. Lacazette has started just twice away from home. The first was Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat to Stoke — a real English football baptism for the Frenchman. He fared better in his second start — the 0-0 draw at Chelsea — but if Arsenal are to challenge for the title they need a striker who takes a game by the throat and secures three points. Lacazette doesn’t appear to be that player. He’s scored in just three games all season — one of which was the last in a 3-0 win over Bournemouth, with the game already won. Arsenal need more from Lacazette and a goal or two on Saturday will help relieve fears he’s becoming a costly reserve striker.Alexandre Lacazette to score at 9/10last_img read more

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Man United wonderkid has to go back to school on Friday after PSG clash

first_img RANKED 2 Greenwood could play against PSG and then go back to school on Friday Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Mason Greenwood could find himself rubbing shoulders with the superstars of Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday night, but will have to be back in school on Friday.The Manchester United starlet has been selected by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the trip to French capital as United look to overturn a 2-0 Champions League deficit, live on talkSPORT from 8pm.Injuries and suspensions to key men have forced the Norwegian to shuffle his pack and include several young starlets for the second leg of the last-16. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS MONEY Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED center_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Solskjaer has already talked about the importance of integrating young players into the senior squad and used Marcus Rashford’s impact on the first team as an example.“I think every young player who plays at this club is dreaming about coming on and having the impact that Rashy [Rashford] had.“There have been so many examples of that and they must have the belief to make it. And tomorrow night might be a chance for some of the young uns.” 2 And although Greenwood is not starting the game, he could well make his European debut before returning to school.According to The Times, the 17-year-old is due back at Ashton on Mersey school in Greater Manchester where he is completing his studies alongside his budding career as a footballer.Brandon Williams, James Garner, Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong have all travelled to France for United’s do-or-die clash, but it is Greenwood who perhaps the most enticing young prospect of the bunch.The talented teen striker has been compared to former Red Devils Robin van Persie for his running style, ability to score with either foot and incredible first touch. He has scored 13 goals in 12 Premier League Under-18 games already this season. huge blow ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Greenwood, Garner, WIlliams and Chong take in the Parc des Princes no dice last_img read more

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Why Shane’s fire grates are simply great!

first_imgShane Doherty is in hot demand across Donegal and Northern Ireland these days with his successful Firegrate Donegal business.The Clonmany man makes made-to-measure fire grates that are built to last. And he’s gaining a ‘grate’ reputation as the recommendations stack up.Firegrates Donegal was established in 2014 to meet the demands of homeowners who struggle to get good-fitting parts for their stoves, back boilers, open fires etc. Firegrates DonegalShane said: “I came on the idea through my father, who is a chimney sweep and through a few years of experimenting I discovered the best material for the job!“Our product is the best on the market. It’s heavy duty, long-lasting and all our work is carried out to a high standard.“We have orders coming in from Strabane, Derry, Letterkenny, Inishowen, and surrounding areas weekly.”Firegrates DonegalFiregrates DonegalShane’s work has made such an impression locally that he was named as a finalist in the ‘Best Start Up’ category of the IBYE Donegal’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition 2016. He has cornered a key market in the past four years and also provides ash pans, fire fronts, fire fenders, dampers, bespoke barbecues and stove parts.The reviews speak for themselves. Customers talk about the first class service, quick measurement and deliveries, and the relief of finding the perfect grate that won’t need replacing anytime soon.‘Fast service’, ‘high quality’ and ‘cheap for what you’re getting’ are just some of the words used in reviews about Firegrates Donegal.Firegrates DonegalFiregrates DonegalChoosing Firegrates Donegal saves time and money, according to Shane.He said: “Forget those inconvenient cast iron grates that last no time, and get a fire grate from Firegrates Donegal!” If you need a new firegrate that will last, just call Shane now for measuring and delivery.Online payments and shipping available all over Ireland.Call: 0868602012Check out www.facebook.com/firegrates for more information and photos. Why Shane’s fire grates are simply great! was last modified: November 9th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:firegrates donegalpropertyshane dohertylast_img read more

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Carp undergo ‘reverse evolution’ to get their scales back

first_imgEvolution is a slow process, often taking thousands or even millions of years. But it can be quick when it needs to be. Take the case of the common carp (Cyprinus carpio). The species, like most fish, is covered in scales, but medieval European monks selectively bred carp centuries ago to produce ones with fewer scales, thus making them easier to gut and cook. Starting in 1912, these “mirror carp”—so named for their smooth sides—were introduced to Madagascar, where no carp existed, for fish farming, and they quickly spread throughout the island. However, by the late 1950s, people observed the mirror carp’s descendants “degenerating” into more scaled fish. In a study, published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, researchers collected nearly 700 wild and farmed carp from across Madagascar and studied their scale patterns and genotypes. Roughly 65% of the wild carp, which mostly descended from the original mirror carp released into the wild, were fully scaled, despite all still carrying the genetic mutation that originally turned their ancestors into mirror carp. The newly scaled carp had evolved back their scales through different genes in 100 years, or roughly 40 carp generations, the team concludes. Scaled carp have been shown to survive better in the wild than mirror carp, likely because of the protection that scales offer from predators and parasites, and their reappearance shows just how much pressure a creature’s environment can put on an animal to quickly evolve.last_img read more

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No room for emotion while picking squads

first_imgAt a time when we wait with bated breath for the Commonwealth Games preparations to end, the plight of some of the stars who are still waiting to make the cut is intriguing.Such has been the focus on corruption and projects yet to be completed, few have gone into the details of what preparations the athletes are making.Yet, what is even more befuddling is how some of the superstars we have identified with Commonwealth Games glory are now struggling to make it to the team. And nothing reflects this better than shooting, where India has done very well in the quadrennial event.With less than three days to go for the shooting trials to end in New Delhi and Pune, two top guns who are still unsure of making it to the squad are none other than Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and the man who earned the nickname ‘Goldfinger’ in Melbourne 2006-Samaresh Jung.While Rathore has often criticised the new selection policy, Jung has blamed his indifferent form to the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) not having been able to hire a pistol coach for the team.Coming first to Rathore, the man, who gave double trap shooting in India an identity by first winning gold in the event at the Manchester Games in 2002 and then managing another medal in Melbourne, has struggled.When he failed to win a medal and did badly at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, he came in for a lot of flak.This time around, Rathore is again unsure of making it to the team with Ronjan Sodhi the number one shooter and Vikram Rathore in line for the second position. The double trap trials in New Delhi are on Tuesday and barring a miracle, Rathore will not make it to the squad.advertisementSo what is it about the selection policy which makes it difficult for shooters like Rathore and Jung to qualify? The system now in place is very transparent, wherein a shooter has to keep proving himself and show consistency.It’s a clear process where shooters’ average scores are taken into account plus the scores shot in the last three events – an international event, the Nationals and the last trial.By virtue of this criteria, Rathore and Jung are badly placed, though Jung may still be able to make it to two pistol events. However, that is again a poor case of a man who won six medals in the last Commonwealth Games four years ago.If one looks at the other side, however much people rubbish the shooting system and say that shooters are struggling for ammunition and their imports are in trouble, there is no dearth of talent.While in many other sports at home the federations still fall back on past glory, the shooting body has been clear in its approach. It is due to this ruthless approach of selecting people who are doing well on current form that we have got to see the fresh crop doing well.Mind you, in the battle for selection involving Rathore, we are not even talking about Ashar Noria, the junior shooter who won gold in double trap at the recently concluded World Championship.Someone like Moraad Ali Khan, who is the government observer, feels it would be premature to throw Ashar into the deep end of the pool now.At the same time, Moraad says there is no room for sentiment and emotions if renowned shooters are going to be left out of the squad. To be sure, no selection policy is perfect. So when the selection committee meets on September 1 to name the shooting squads, don’t be surprised if there are a few notable omissions.Coming to the selection topic in tennis, we do not have a policy like the NRAI, but a lot of weightage is still given to international performances.Had Sania Mirza not qualified for the US Open, people would have again said, “she is finished”. But the way Sania has won three good matches to make it to the main draw at Flushing Meadows, she has shown she is still hungry to win matches. Irrespective of what she does at the season’s last Grand Slam, her form and fitness are good from India’s point of view at the Commonwealth Games.And when you have a 33- yearold mom in the women’s tennis squad in Nirupama (Vadiyanathan) Sanjeev, you know the Commonwealth Games is all about athletes making an effort to get into the squad. Yes, in Nirupama’s case, her showing at camps and trials in Pune mattered.advertisementThis element of uncertainty and Indian athletes fighting to make it to the squads in various sports at the last minute is fascinating.And what it surely does is take our thoughts away from corruption in the Commonwealth Games and that the Games Village is still far from being ready.last_img read more

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