Chris Binnie raises the bar

first_img Performance peak KINGSTON: Top ranked Jamaican squash player, Chris Binnie, has set a tough new target for himself. Now well on the way to be among the top 50 players in the world, Binnie is setting his sights on being among the top ten. The new challenge is based on his agenda to achieve his first target within six months, after becoming No. 77 in the global standings for July, climbing from 93 last November; and 131 in October of 2013. “It has been a good year for me,” he said. “And, I am expecting my global ranking to continue improving.” The Professional Squash Association (PSA) ranks the world’s best players, and the top 50 players form an elite group, who travel the world competing in the major events. Within that group, the top ten form an inner core, with participants who play at the very highest levels. “My goal is to get into the 60’s by the end of this year, and into the 50’s in the world rankings by January,” he said. “Beyond that, I am working to get to the top.” The highest PSA ranked player in the Caribbean Region, Binnie won a record-breaking seventh Caribbean Area Squash Association’s Senior Men’s Championship title in Trinidad and Tobago on August 10. However, his global ranking is actually based on international competitions, such as the Tour De Las Americas in June, where he defeated Stuart Hadden in Paraguay; and the Torneo Internacional in Guatemala in May, when he beat Olli Tuominen. During the off-season period June and August, Binnie’s main focus has been on training. His coach, Rod Martin, formerly ranked number two in the world, has been guiding him through the process; along with a strength trainer and physiotherapist. “It is a heavy load,” Binnie pointed out. “Apart from the strength training, I am doing a lot of running, and trying to improve my fitness.” And at the age 27, Binnie is just entering the period when his performance is expected to peak in the sport. “The training is difficult and I am trying to maintain a balance in developing my conditioning,” he said, before adding that, “I am enjoying it. I love squash.” Sponsorship support has been vital to his success; and he singled out JN Fund Managers (JNFM), which provided the assistance to enable him to boost his training regime. The arrangement, which came into force in March, also helped him participate in more global competitions, further contributing to the improvement in his PSA ranking. “The support from JN Fund Managers helped me climb to my present level,” Binnie said. “Without their assistance, I would not be able to aim even higher.” Brando Hayden, general manager of JNFM, said: “I congratulate Chris on his rise in the world rankings. It is nothing short of impressive. “We are not surprised that he has advanced, because Chris puts a lot of work into what he does,” the JNFM general manager stated. “He flies the Jamaican flag high, and we are happy to partner with him on his journey.”last_img read more

Tiger Woods pleads guilty to reckless driving, avoids jail

first_img“This particular plea agreement has no jail time on it. However, if you violate your probation in any significant way, I could revoke your probation and then I could sentence you to jail for 90 days with a fine of up to $500, is that understood?” Judge Sandra Bosso-Pardo said.Woods, 41, nodded. He did not make any statement during the hearing or outside the courthouse.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogWoods will enter a diversion program and spend a year on probation and pay a $250 fine and court costs. He has already met some of the program’s other requirements, completing 50 hours of community service at theTiger Woods Foundation, Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said.Aronberg didn’t say specifically what Woods did with the charitable group, but said he met the terms of the deal. Woods also attended a workshop where victims of impaired drivers detail how their lives were damaged. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s not clear how he damaged the car. Officers checked the area but didn’t find that he had hit anything. He was about 15 miles from his home.His arrest was recorded by an officer’s dashcam video and released to the public.Woods had the active ingredient for marijuana, two painkillers — Vicodin and Dilaudid — the sleep drug Ambien and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax in his system but no alcohol, according to a toxicology report released in August. He completed a drug treatment program in July.Woods has said he had been self-medicating to relieve the pain from his fourth back surgery and insomnia.The DUI arrest was the first time Woods had been in trouble since Thanksgiving weekend 2009, when he plowed his SUV into a tree and a fire hydrant outside his then-Windermere, Florida, home. That led to revelations that he had multiple extramarital affairs and a divorce from his wife Elin Nordegren, the mother of his two children. He spent 45 days in a Mississippi clinic where he was treated for an addiction.Woods’ 79 PGA Tour victories and 14 major titles both rank No. 2 all-time. He has not competed since February because of his back injury and is not expected to return this year. His last win was in August 2013.Woods has said his back is improving. Even though he has been a non-factor on the PGA Tour, Forbes Magazine lists Woods as the 17th best-paid athlete in the world in 2017, making $37 million, almost exclusively from endorsements.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Golfer Tiger Woods, center, leaves the North County Courthouse in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Friday Oct. 27, 2017, after pleading guilty to a reckless driving charge. (Carline Jean/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Tiger Woods pleaded guilty Friday to reckless driving in a deal that will keep him out of jail as long as he stays out of trouble, resolving charges from an arrest last spring in which he was found passed out in his Mercedes with prescription drugs and marijuana in his system.Woods spoke only briefly during a hearing at a Palm Beach County courthouse, answering questions from a judge about his plea agreement. Prosecutors dropped a driving under the influence charge for the superstar golfer, and the judge warned him to behave.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Ginebra still kings LATEST STORIES MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Aronberg said most DUI offenders do not qualify for the diversion program because they have a prior record or were in an accident. About 2,500 first-time offenders have graduated from the county program since it began four years ago.“This is designed for first-time offenders, where the person made a one-time mistake and they’re going to overcome it,” Aronberg said. “Mr. Woods was treated like any other defendant in his situation.”Since he was intoxicated with prescription drugs and marijuana, according to court records, he will also be required to undergo regular drug tests. Woods is also not allowed to drink alcohol.Woods arrived at the courthouse in a black sport utility vehicle, wearing sunglasses and a dark suit with no tie. Police officers surrounded him as he walked down a hallway inside the courthouse and they ringed the inside of the courtroom during the high-profile proceeding.Woods was arrested about 2 a.m. May 29 when officers found him unconscious in his Mercedes, which wasparked awkwardly on the roadside and had damage to the driver’s side.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Pelicans pull away after halftime, top Heat

first_imgNew Orleans Pelicans forward DeMarcus Cousins (0) and Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) battle under the basket for position during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APMIAMI — Ian Clark scored 19 points, Anthony Davis added 17 and the New Orleans Pelicans went on a big second-half run to pull away and beat the Miami Heat 109-94 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).DeMarcus Cousins had 16 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for the Pelicans, who were 15 for 25 from 3-point range and shot 53 percent overall.ADVERTISEMENT View comments A night after the second-best shooting game in franchise history, Miami sputtered big-time and shot 42 percent. And coming off a 16-for-25 effort from 3-point range in that win over Dallas, the Heat went 10 for 32 from behind the arc.They were apparently due to go cold.And Cousins and Holiday were apparently due to win in Miami.Holiday was never part of a victory in any of his first 14 appearances at Miami (and had been 2-23 overall when facing the Heat). Cousins had played in Miami seven times, also with no wins.Miami got Dragic and James Johnson back from injuries — albeit briefly in Johnson’s case. He aggravated his case of right ankle bursitis and left after eight minutes, eventually retreating to the locker room for treatment and not returning. Dragic was also clearly laboring, wearing a sleeve on his strained left elbow and flexing it often.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson E’Twaun Moore scored 15 and Jrue Holiday had 13 for New Orleans.Tyler Johnson scored 20 points for Miami, which got outscored 27-16 in the third quarter and saw the game quickly slip away. A 17-2 run put New Orleans up by 17 late in the third, and the outcome was not in doubt from there.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkGoran Dragic scored 13 and Josh Richardson had 12 for Miami.The law of averages was not kind to Miami — in multiple ways. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Schroder pours 33, hits big 3 as Hawks beat Mavericks MOST READ Miami played again without Hassan Whiteside and Justise Winslow, and now Dion Waiters could miss multiple games with another sprained left ankle — the one that caused him to miss the final 13 games of last season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Protests against Ebola Facility in New Kru Town

first_imgResidents of New Kru Town last Saturday angrily tried to prevent the construction of a facility being built next to the Redemption Hospital, but shrouded (blanketed, covered) in mystery.The facility is rumored to be intended as an Ebola hospice (hospital, rest home).For weeks, unconfirmed reports circulated in the community that the Liberian government was constructing the facility that popped up near “Redemption,” to accommodate potential Ebola victims.The construction continued for several days, with bulldozers and workers clearing the spot for construction work to begin.Residents, who asked the workers what kind of facility was being erected, (put up, built) did not get the answers they expected.“We don’t know,” a worker representative was reported to have said; “we are doing the job that we were sent to do.”Lacking the details and information they needed — from the workers or hospital officials—residents began to form small groups to discuss the implication of a steadily rising structure allegedly intended for those affected with the Ebola virus.Last Saturday morning, many young children, supported by older siblings and residents, held placards, denouncing and protesting setting up a camp for Ebola victims in New Kru Town.“No Space for Ebola Center in New Kru Town, No! No! No!” a placard read, as children lined up in front of the construction site.Another placard said, “The People of New Kru Town say No, No, to Ebola Camp.”Fearing violence, several police officers arrived and took positions across the street from the hospital, just in case of any eventuality.However, the children kept their vigil and waited for anyone responsible to tell them what the construction of the facility was about.Meanwhile the Daily Observer learned that a source from Redemption Hospital told the protesters that the construction was for a TB Annex.The Daily Observer did not get any official confirmation.“We want to know what is being built and what it will be used for,” one resident told this paper.Another said, “We live here and want to know what to expect, after hearing that shaking hands can give someone the virus.”Ministry of Health & Social Welfare officials have stumbled over how to inform the public about the spread of the virus, often parsing words and walking statements back. Officials have since stopped spreading the information about shaking hands and are now cautioning individuals to avoid “animals that die on their own” such as chimpanzees, antelopes, monkeys, and other mammals that are first in line as potential carriers of the virus.At the construction site yesterday, work on the building continued.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre sees record number of users this summer

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Pedro bloodied as Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-0

first_imgPedro lay on the ground within half an hour with blood in his nose, lips and right ear after colliding with Colombian keeper Ospina, who slammed into the Spaniard as he leapt to clear a long ball with both fists.After a few minutes of medical attention on the ground, the Spanish international walked off the pitch and did not return to the game.The victory gave the Blues some measure of revenge after Arsenal stunned Chelsea 2-1 in the FA Cup final in May to deny the Premier League champions a double trophy season.Batshuayi shined as Chelsea prepare to be joined by Spanish striker Alvaro Morata, who could make his debut against Bayern Munich in Singapore on Tuesday following his reported 80-million-euro ($92.2 million) transfer from Real Madrid.Batshuayi scored his second goal within five minutes of the second half, deftly one-timing a low pass from Marco Alonso from just outside the area to fire a curving shot past Ospina.Arsenal’s own star signing, former Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, had a low-key first half and did not return for the second period.French international Olivier Giroud entered the game in the second half and provided some spark but his early shots were saved or wide.Willian opened the score sheet from just inside the area in the 40th minute, taking a low shot with an Arsenal defender in front of him to beat a diving Ospina.Just two minutes later, Premier League Player of the Year N’Golo Kante took the ball inside Arsenal’s half and fed it to Batshuayi, who beat Ospina with a left-footed shot from the edge of the box.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi (23) scores against Arsenal during their football match in Beijing’s National Stadium, known as the Bird’s Nest, on July 22, 2017 © AFP / GREG BAKERBEIJING, China, Jul 22 – Chelsea crushed Arsenal 3-0 in a preseason game in Beijing on Saturday but the friendly turned ugly as Pedro left the field with a bloodied face after a big collision with David Ospina.The injury scare was followed by a two-goal performance by Chelsea’s Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi before a crowd of 55,618 people at the Bird’s Nest in the Chinese capital.last_img read more

How World Cup favourites are shaping up

first_img0Shares0000Neymar in action for Brazil in Sunday’s friendly against Austria in Vienna © AFP / JOE KLAMARSOCCHI, Russian Federation, Jun 11 – The phoney war is over and most of the big guns have arrived in Russia ahead of the start of the World Cup on Thursday. AFP Sport takes a look at how the favourites are shaping up.– Brazil – In 2014, Brazil were being widely tipped for success on home soil but their campaign unravelled in spectacular fashion with a 7-1 semi-final defeat to eventual winners Germany.Now the five-time champions look the real deal again. Coach Tite has transformed their fortunes and they are confident mood.The absence of the injured Dani Alves at right-back is a blow but Neymar has proven his fitness in recent friendly matches, scoring in wins against Croatia and Austria.His goal in Vienna on Sunday, after his first start following a foot operation three months ago, was stunning.Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus has been the most prolific goalscorer during Tite’s time in charge, in which the team have won 17 out of 21 matches.“We are handling the expectation. It’s good. We are going to challenge ourselves,” said the coach after Sunday’s final warm-up game. “There is only one little detail. A new stage begins now.”– Germany –Timo Werner celebrates after scoring Germany’s opening goal against Saudi Arabia © AFP / LEON KUEGELERGermany are the holders and their reputation as a team that always delivers on the big stage tempers the doubts arising from their performances in recent friendlies.Joachim Loew’s side went five games without a win before labouring to a 2-1 victory over Saudi Arabia in their final warm-up in Leverkusen on Friday.The fact that first-choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has hardly played since September after injury is a concern but the Germans have made at least the semi-finals in each of the past four World Cups and are bound to feature prominently again in Russia.And their recent friendly results? “I am conscious of the fact that in friendly matches it is not necessarily about the result,” coach Loew — who has left Manchester City’s Leroy Sane behind — reminded Kicker.– Spain –Like Brazil, Spain have come to Russia with something to prove after a poor showing in 2014, when they were knocked out in the group stage.Iago Aspas (2nd R) takes the acclaim of his Spain teammates after netting the winner against Tunisia on Saturday © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUThey are yet to lose in two years under Julen Lopetegui, completing their preparations with a 1-0 win over Tunisia on Saturday in Krasnodar.It was not the most convincing performance but Iago Aspas advanced his case for a starting role in attack in Friday’s Group B opener against Portugal with a late winner.Rodrigo of Valencia and the bruising Diego Costa are the other options up front for Lopetegui.The coach has overseen changes but there are still likely to be as many as seven starters against Portugal who also started the 2-0 defeat against Italy at Euro 2016.“Whatever we happen to do in this World Cup will depend on the answers we give on the field. We are going with a ticket to play three matches and the rest we have to earn,” Lopetegui told El Pais.– France –Optimism has been growing in France about the prospects of Les Bleus, but Saturday’s 1-1 draw with the United States was a timely reminder for Didier Deschamps’ side that they still have work to do.They needed a late Kylian Mbappe goal to earn a draw in their final friendly, which followed wins against Ireland and Italy. Sports daily L’Equipe called it a “cold blast” before the French travelled to Russia on Sunday.Antoine Griezmann, Hugo Lloris and Paul Pogba at the end of France’s 1-1 draw with the USA in Lyon © AFP / JEFF PACHOUDPaul Pogba’s performance in that game was a boost, though, and Deschamps appears to have found a formation that suits him.A diamond midfield accommodates Pogba and allows Antoine Griezmann to play just behind Mbappe and Olivier Giroud up front, but there is maybe a worry in goal, where Hugo Lloris no longer looks so reliable.Nevertheless, they are capable of reaching the last four.– Argentina –Argentina are lucky to be in Russia at all after a chaotic qualifying campaign and their build-up to the finals has been far from smooth.The cancellation of last week’s friendly against Israel in Jerusalem brought bad publicity and also denied Jorge Sampaoli’s side much-needed match practice.Man on a mission – Lionel Messi arrives in Russia © AFP / Vasily MAXIMOVThe build-up has been further hampered by the loss to injury of Manuel Lanzini and critics say Argentina are relying solely on Lionel Messi for success.That may be unfair though. Sampaoli has talent in his squad, including the exciting Giovani Lo Celso in midfield and an attack also featuring Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala and Angel Di Maria.However, even if they manage to win a challenging group, Spain could lie in wait in the quarter-finals for the 2014 runners-up.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Jones in for Mignolet! I’m hibernating for a month

first_img1 Brad Jones A Liverpool fan has threatened to go into hibernation after it was confirmed Brad Jones will start ahead of Simon Mignolet.The Reds have been in disarray for most of the season; failing to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League while they are seven points adrift off a top four spot.Jones makes his first Premier League start since March 2013 and Rodgers has come under criticism for the selection.Check out the reaction from Liverpool fans below…last_img

West Ham sign international goalkeeper

first_img West Ham United sign goalkeeper Darren Randolph West Ham United have signed goalkeeper Darren Randolph, the club have announced.The 28-year-old will join the Hammers on July 1 on a free transfer as his contract at Birmingham City expires.Randolph, a Republic of Ireland international, spent two seasons with the Blues, helping them to remain in the Championship, despite the club’s struggles.He kept 12 clean sheets last season, which piqued the interest of the managerless Hammers, only missing one league match, due to suspension, in his last two campaigns. 1last_img

Going to bat for veterans

first_imgRodriguez was able to make special contributions to the program by helping with publicity. He gave the project its name, “Operation ERA.” In baseball, ERA stands for earned run average. The acronym was reworked for the program to stand for Earned Recognition and Appreciation. Rodriguez also used his skills as an artist to create a logo and artwork for the project. According to Rodriguez, he is happy to lend his services to get Operation ERA off the ground. “What we’re really trying to do is take it nationally,” Rodriguez said. “All games on this particular day would honor Vietnam veterans, and maybe the veterans could be invited to the game.” Wasinack said many community members in Whittier have been part of the board of organizers for the project, including Jose Ramos, who helped pen legislation in Congress to officially welcome veterans home. The group’s efforts have garnered the support of members of Congress and baseball’s Commissioner Allan “Bud” Selig, and Wasinack said the San Diego Padres have been receptive to the idea of hosting a day. “We have proposed Aug. 17,” Wasinack said. “On succeeding Sundays, all of the teams that were away on that initial Sunday would have the opportunity.” Wasinack said he hopes to bring businessmen and military personnel on board with the program, and provide free or discounted tickets to baseball games for veterans. “This started out as a local thing in Whittier and it’s a movement,” Wasinack said. Gleason, the Dodgers’ outfielder and World Series winner who was the subject of Wasinack’s book, has also been part of Operation ERA. Gleason was drafted and awarded a Purple Heart for his infantry service, received multiple commendations from supervisors, but injuries prevented him from returning to baseball. According to Gleason, this program is needed and Vietnam veterans deserve nothing less. “I would definitely like to see this, because they’re all my brothers,” Gleason said. “It’s something that’s long overdue.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Designing logos When Whittier artist Jose Rodriguez heard about a local project that would honor Vietnam veterans through professional baseball, he stepped up to the plate. Now the program he helped create is gaining momentum in Major League Baseball, and organizers hope that a special day to welcome those who fought the largely unpopular war will be added to next year’s game schedule. “They were sent off to battle, and yet they were pulled out and since it wasn’t really won or lost, they weren’t really welcomed (home),” Rodriguez said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Rodriguez, 50, was approached about the program by his former high school history and government teacher, Wally Wasinack of Temecula. Wasinack, 67, wrote a book about the Major League’s only Vietnam War Purple Heart recipient, called “Lost in the Sun,” for which Rodriguez illustrated the cover. It won a design award through a contest for artists on Wasinack had been present when the subject of his book, Roy Gleason, was thanked and officially welcomed home by the San Diego Padres. The event inspired Wasinack to organize a day when all Vietnam’s heroes could be recognized and appreciated for their service. “It has national possibilities, because baseball has been very receptive to it,” Wasinack said. “We’re hoping that if we can get some additional publicity and we can get more people aware of it, they would also contact their local baseball teams.” last_img read more