TTJ, JPA sign MOU

first_imgWith ambitions of successful representation and bringing home medals as soon as the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, a memorandum of understanding between Table Tennis Jamaica (TTJ) and the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) was signed yesterday at the Sir John Golding Rehab Centre, located at Elleston Flats, St Andrew.A new chapter was written between local governing body for table tennis and the Paralympic community and signed by Godfrey Lothian and Christopher Samuda, the respective presidents.It will see TTJ provide coaching and training for Paralympic athletes with a view to seeing them transition to the international stage and, hopefully, win medals at the Paralympics in table tennis.Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) president Michael Fennell recalled that the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, while hosting the Pan American Games in 2007, was the first host to introduce the ParaPan Games.”Tokyo 2020, which I think you have set as one of your benchmarks, will be another important benchmark,” said Fennell, who warned that while the Games are four years away, planning is needed.FORMAL AGREEMENT”We are here to celebrate the signing and formalising of the agreement between the Jamaica Table Tennis Association and the Paralympic Association, and for this to have the meaning from this formal document it requires participation,” Fennell urged.Meanwhile, this summer, Brazil will showcase the Olympic Games in August and the Paralympic Games in September.”I am sure it will be amazing for Jamaican athletes Olympics and Paralympics for the records and medals that you already have collected in this country,” said Brazilian Ambassador to Jamaica Carlos den Hartog.The JPA president, Samuda, said: “It is a partnership, ladies and gentlemen, that will, under the Road to Tokyo campaign, create a pathway for Paralympians to realise potential, fulfil their ambitions, and fuel their aspirations.”Samuda described the Sir John Golding Rehab Centre-based programme as a “centre of excellence”.The TTJ’s, president, Godfrey Lothian, said that “table tennis should be played anywhere and everywhere,” adding that “everybody should play table tennis”.”We will be putting some of our best coaches here because whenever you see people coming off the plane, it’s not just going to be our able-bodied athletes coming in with medals from athletics, but you’re going to see our Paralympians and others who will be mobilised across the country with table tennis medals,” he stated.last_img read more

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Windows broken at Bert Bowes Jr

first_imgThe RCMP were called to a report of mischief at Bert Bowes Junior Secondary School.On September 19th, the RCMP received a report that 6 windows on the west side of the building had been smashed. Police believe the windows were smashed anytime between September 17th and September 19th.It is estimated that the person or persons responsible caused over $2,000 in damage. At this time the RCMP do not have any suspects or witnesses.- Advertisement -If you have any information about this incident, please call the RCMP at 250-787-8140 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.crimestoppersfsj.calast_img

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Neymar reconciles with his model girlfriend

first_img0Shares0000PSG star Neymar reconciles with his model girlfriend as the pair pose for a new year photo. Photo/Daily MailLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 1 – Neymar has been enjoying the new year already after posting an affectionate picture with his old flame.The PSG star has seemingly rekindled his love for on-and-off girlfriend Bruna Marquezin. The couple had met up on Saturday night at a pre-New Year’s party and were clearly still enjoying each others company.READ:Neymar reconciles with his model girlfriend as the pair pose for a New Year photoNeymar, dressed all in black, took the photo opportunity to kiss the Brazilian actress.Writing to his 86.3 million followers, the star wrote: ‘When I saw it, I was already in your arms… love u pretinha’.The pair have seemingly made up following their split in June earlier this year. It was the third time the pair had split.The reason behind their break-up is thought to be because the star footballer had asked his on-off-girlfriend of five years to marry him.Neymar will hope 2018 will see a continuation of his form on the pitch.Since his glittering move to PSG in the summer, the forward has seemingly stepped up a level and has guided his side to the top of Ligue 1 and into the Champions League knock-out stages.With 11 goals and nine assists in the league already, things are seemingly going well for Neymar on and off the field.–By Agencies-0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Portugal ready for ‘tough battle’ with Iran

first_imgIran, who beat Morocco in their opening game before losing to Spain, are trying to reach the latter stages of the World Cup for the first time.“We’ve seen all the qualifying games, not just those at the World Cup, and we’ve seen they’re a very organised team,” Santos said on Sunday.“They have quality players, with the experience of two successive World Cups and some of them are playing in big leagues like Spain, Greece or Russia.”Iran must win in Saransk to prolong their Russian adventure and will take heart from a narrow 1-0 loss against Spain, a game decided by a fluke Diego Costa strike.“In my opinion they are the best Asian team,” Santos said.“They have a lot of ability as a team and not just as a defensive team. They also know how to play on the counter as they showed against Spain.“We have to prepare ourselves for a tough battle, with two teams that want to win and that are going to do everything to achieve that.”Portugal go into the contest as heavy favourites to progress, but veteran centre-back Pepe strongly insisted the job was not yet complete.“We don’t think we have a foot and a half in the last 16 and this is a good thing,” Pepe said.“We have a lot of respect for our rivals and it’s a very important game because it’s going to give us the chance to get through the group phase.”Cristiano Ronaldo has scored all four of Portugal’s goals so far in the tournament, although Santos rejected suggestions the team is overly reliant on the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.“He makes the difference here, like he does at Real Madrid and before at Manchester United and Sporting Lisbon,” Santos said. “But on Monday Iran are going to play against Portugal, not against Cristiano.”There will be a familiar face in the Iran dugout in Carlos Queiroz, a long-time friend of Santos’s who coached his native Portugal at the 2010 World Cup.The former Real Madrid boss and Manchester United assistant has been in charge of the Iran national side since 2011.Queiroz admitted it would be “a special day” facing his homeland but said friendships would be put to one side as he bids to make history with Iran.“We have to be realistic, we’re going to play against one of the strongest teams at the moment, Queiroz said.“Portugal are not only a contender, they’re one of the favourites for the title.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Portugal must avoid defeat to Iran to take their place in the knockout rounds © AFP / Jack GUEZSARANSK, Russian Federation, Jun 25 – Portugal boss Fernando Santos predicts a “tough battle” in Monday’s decisive World Cup group game against Iran as both countries chase a place in the last 16.European champions Portugal are level with Spain on four points at the top of Group B and need a draw to guarantee qualification.last_img read more

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More money

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Northridge Indefinite fee Re: “Trash fee hike to go to hire additional cops” (June 1): Since the trash fee is only meant to raise funds to increase the Los Angeles police force by 1,000 officers, does this mean that once the quota has been met, the fee would then be rescinded? Or are the numbers going to keep on increasing as long as the fee is in effect? If this should be the case, we could end up with the largest police force in the history of this country. It seems to me that for the fee to continue indefinitely after the city has reached its goal, it would be highly improper, unfair and definitely illegal. It would then really become “taxation without representation,” which seems to be the norm in this Golden City of Angels. Re: “Trash fee hike to go to hire additional cops” (June 1): Isn’t it time to put a stop to the thievery that the L.A. City Council is committing? It’s outrageous that at a time that property values are soaring, thus increasing the amount of property tax by leaps and bounds, the City Council decides that it needs more money “for additional police.” The city can’t hire their currently funded number of police now. More money is not going to produce more police. It is just going to be more money for the council people’s pet projects and to use as political clout, not for the general public’s benefit. – Irving Leemon – Sol Swidler West Hills Runaway productions Re: “TV pilot flight hits job market” (June 2): Why hasn’t this problem been resolved? When Gov. Schwarzenegger was first elected, wasn’t he going to offer incentives so television and movie productions would stay in California instead of runaway production to other states and countries? California offers ideal resources beginning with the most experienced and specialized work force, studios and sound stages, ideal weather and locations including everything from mountains, deserts, beaches, cities and everything in between. Come on, politicians, quit waffling. Where are these promised tax incentives? Let’s keep the industry in California. – Gretchen Roe Woodland Hills Just jump right in Re: “Pretty good pay” (Your Opinions, June 1): This is for Luis Macias, who called teaching a “baby-sitting job.” First, many kids in L.A. come from broken and/or single-parent homes. As teachers, we must provide the love and support they need. Easy? Easy as raising 30 kids at once. Second, many LAUSD teachers must reckon each day with gang- and race-related violence, language barriers, truancy, drug use, family issues including the foster care system, mainstreaming of hard-to-manage children (often with no teacher’s aide to help), overcrowded classrooms, and the purchase of one’s own materials because one’s school lacks funds. Baby-sitting? I dare you to teach in Compton for a month. – May Victor Budd Los Angeles See no logic Re: “Some see no logic in tax cuts” (June 1): Thomas Sowell argues that tax cuts for the rich are in fact tax cuts for the economy, and therefore a good thing. He cites Ronald Reagan’s tax cuts for the rich as having a positive impact on the economy, and extrapolates that the Bush tax cuts for the rich will reap the same “benefits.” One would think then, if tax cuts for the rich stimulate the economy, that the enhanced tax revenues would at least be tax-neutral, or even create a surplus. Instead, under Reagan, the deficit tripled from $1 trillion to $2.87 trillion in eight years. We are seeing a similar pattern with the Bush tax cuts, which will lead to a deficit of over $10 trillion before he leaves office. – Dave Beauvais Granada Hills LAX cops Re: “Chief fumes at LAX cop bill” (June 2): I couldn’t disagree more with Councilwoman Janice Hahn. Why would anyone want LAX airport police officers who are not trained handling specialized functions when LAPD has the expertise and training? LAX airport officers get second-rate training at Rio Hondo College, not at the LAPD academy. I hope City Council members are a lot smarter and vote against Hahn’s motion for airport police to take over LAX. We want the best of best LAPD to continue doing the great job they have in protecting us from a terrorist attack at LAX. – Monica Harmon Los Angeles160Want 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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Marseille starlet keeping options open as Chelsea and Southampton eye deals

first_img Marseille fans will be keen for Boubacar Kamara to stay 1 In-demand defender Boubacar Kamara says he has not yet decided whether to stay with Marseille, amid interest from Chelsea and Southampton.At just 17, Kamara has shone in Marseille’s youth ranks and is captain of the club’s Under-19 team.The defender is yet to agree professional terms with the French giants, despite the club pulling out all the stops and recently presenting him with an improved offer to stay at the Stade Velodrome.Kamara, though, has insisted he is still unsure on what his next move will be and he has plenty of suitors, including Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Southampton.He  told Maxifoot: “I do not know yet. I will go with the national team and then we will see with my family and my agents where I am.“I am at Marseille. It is my city. I do not close any doors.”last_img read more

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Confirmed teams for Fulham v Watford with kick-off time and TV channel

first_img England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won RANKED Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Watford’s talisman Deeney netted a hat-trick on his last visit to the Cottage silverware 1 possible standings FOOTBALL LATEST Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Fulham are adjusting to life back in the top-flight and had to battle to keep Manchester City down to just three last time out.But in their last home game a lively crowd inspired them to a 4-2 win over Burnley – and they will hopeful of picking up another vital three points.What time is kick-off?This Premier League clash is the early offering on Saturday, September 22.Kick-off is at 12.30pm.When Watford last visited this ground in a league fixture back in 2014, they thrashed the home side 5-0 which included a Troy Deeney hat-trick.Which TV channel can I watch it on?You can catch the game live on Sky Sports Premier League, Main Event and Ultra HD.Coverage will get going at 11.30am. impact What is the team news?Fulham have both Tom Cairney and Tim Ream out through injury as they look for back-to-back home league wins.Fulham: Bettinelli, Fosu-Mensah, Chambers, Mawson, Ryan Sessegnon, Seri, McDonald, Johansen, Vietto, Mitrovic, SchurrleSubs: Odoi, Ayite, Le Marchand, Christie, Sergio Rico,Zambo, Kamara.Watford have named the same starting XI for five games – and have done so again for the sixth game.Watford: Foster, Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas, Doucoure, Capoue, Hughes, Pereyra, Deeney, GraySubs: Gomes, Mariappa, Success, Masina, Sema, Chalobah, Femenia How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Watford will look to get back to winning ways when they make the short journey to face Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon.Javi Gracia’s side were beaten for the first time in the Premier League last week, going down 2-1 to Manchester United on home soil. MONEY Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack smart causal Getty Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade last_img read more

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Profits coming in sales volume

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week At Miami-based Lennar Corp., one of the nation’s largest publicly traded home builders, annual net profits soared about 38 percent in 2003 and 26 percent in 2004. Dallas-based Centex Corp., another builder, reported net increases of 49 percent and 22 percent for the same years. “Home builders are probably a good barometer for the strength of the housing market,” said Andy Sands, executive vice president and managing director for Los Angeles-based ING Realty Partners, which invests in new condominium complexes, condo conversions and single-family housing. “They’ve got so much product around the country that they’re seeing a statistically significant number of transactions.” But for some, the money is now to be made on volume of sales, not on growing profit margins. According to the National Association of Home Builders, the average profit margin on a new house dropped to 9.8 percent in 2004 from 12 percent in 2002. The major reasons for the decline were an increase in the price of land and construction and materials costs as a percentage of the price of a home. The Southland’s booming housing market has been a boon to home builders, finance companies and real estate agents, but none will claim to have received an unfair advantage. If anything, many believe profits have become even harder to come by as competition in those professions has grown more intense. The median price of a California home – the price at which half of homes sold for more and half for less – rose a combined 96.4 percent between September 2001 and September 2005, according to the California Association of Realtors. The increase from $276,960 to $543,980 is equivalent to average appreciation of 18.4 percent per year. To be sure, the rise has led to increased profits for practically all associated with the housing industry. The results came from a survey of the 10 largest builders in each of the country’s 50 largest metropolitan areas. “The share made up by the lot price is increasing over time,” said Rose Quint, director of survey analysis for the NAHB, based in Washington, D.C. “We know that because land prices are going up all across the country.” Back in 1949, land accounted for just 11 percent of a home’s selling price. Last year, it was 26 percent, up from 23.5 percent in 2002. Construction costs rose, as well – although not as much – to 51.7 percent last year from 50.7 percent in 2002. “There’s only so much they can raise prices,” Sands said. “Builders are looking for that land, and they’re having to pay more to get it.” Although exact figures are difficult to pinpoint because of sharp differences between urban and rural properties, insiders say land values have risen dramatically in Southern California, as commercial and residential developers battle for a shrinking number of usable properties. In coastal and urban communities, such as the West San Fernando Valley and Long Beach, potential urban infill land prices have soared in just the last 12 months. Even in the San Gabriel Valley, long a low-density, suburban region, builders are tightly competing for suitable properties. Brad Talt, a Pasadena-based partner at developer Jacobsen Family Holdings LLC, said in one city he has seen land values rise 67 percent. “The last six months, we’re really getting choked,” Talt said. Like many in the industry, Sands views the Southland’s high home prices as a basic function of demand far outstripping supply. Los Angeles County alone adds about 170,000 residents each year, according to CAR, roughly 50,000 new households. But the rate of new and infill construction is much lower. Still, as the red-hot housing market cools – ever so slightly – Sands cautions against riskier investments such as condo conversions and even new condo construction. “The better question, really, is are we building the right product for the demand?” he said. “By the time you’re ready to hire a contractor and build it, who knows where the costs will be?” 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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Volleyball Plays Final Non-Conference Tournament of the Season At WIU

first_img Live Video vs. WIU Live Stats The Bulldogs begin the day with a 9 a.m. match against McNeese State followed by a 7 p.m. contest against the homestanding WIU Leathernecks. While Macke is beginning her Drake career, another Bulldog is climbing up the record book charts in her final season. Senior Kyla Inderski  (Urbandale, Iowa) now has 1,165 career kills to sit in fifth all-time in Drake history and just one kill away from fourth place. Her 1,169 digs are also one dig away from moving her into fifth all-time in that category as well. Drake enters the tournament with an 8-3 overall record after going 3-1 last weekend to finish in second place at its Drake Invitational. Drake’s trip to WIU is its third in as many years for a tournament and the Bulldogs have gone 5-2 in their previous tournaments in Macomb. Additionally, the program is 32-17 in non-conference tournaments since 2013. Story Links The Drake University volleyball team plays its final non-conference tournament of the season Friday at the Buffalo Wild Wings Invitational hosted by Western Illinois in Macomb, Ill. Following Friday’s two games, the Bulldogs begin Missouri Valley Conference action at Loyola on Sept. 22 followed by a Sept. 23 match at Valley newcomer Valparaiso. Print Friendly Version Drake has had four separate student-athletes earn all-tournament honors so far this season with freshman Kylee Macke (Ankeny, Iowa) being the latest.  At the Drake Invitational, she led all players with 75 digs in the five-team tournament.last_img read more

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Rookies shine in Warriors Chase Center debut

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Chase Center’s debut basketball game presented a slightly dilapidated Warriors team.Sure, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell (with Klay Thompson to come later) comprise the near-$500 million core tasked with ushering in the billion-dollar arena. But the sacrifices taken to retain this core’s essential pieces left the supporting cast in unfamiliar flux.In place of that familiar dynastic consistency, the Warriors are trying to rediscover its groove and identify …last_img

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