Davidson and the ‘opportunity of a lifetime’

first_imgAccording to her coach/father, 11-year-old Kelsey Davidson is excited about her participation in an upcoming International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) training camp in Peru.He describes the camp as the opportunity of a lifetime for the Caribbean Pre-Cadet Under-11 runner-up and believes it will help her to improve her game. As a result, efforts are under way to raise the funds needed to make the trip.Kelsey, the national champion in her age group, is looking forward to the one-week camp, which will be staged in Lima, Peru, starting on October 18.”She’s really excited,” her father and coach, Richard Davidson, revealed in an interview on September 27.”Actually, it’s the first 11-year-old to be invited from Jamaica to this training camp so it’s an honour and a privilege for us and it’s the opportunity of a lifetime,” he noted.Kelsey was selected on the basis of her solid performance at the recent Caribbean Pre-Cadet Championships held in Kingston last month. She was second in the Under-11 singles and teamed with Lena Campbell to win gold in the corresponding doubles event.BIG PLUSPriyanka Khellawan of Trinidad and Tobago, who beat little Davidson to win that singles event inside Kingston’s National Arena, will also be among the 12 young players at camp in Lima. They will be instructed by top coaches from the ITTF.”Once she goes and sees that type of training, and it’s more focused, more disciplined, more organised, more structured, she will adapt to it and I can tell you that it will be a big plus for her,” predicted her father.Kelsey trains at the Angels Table Tennis Academy under her father’s watchful eyes and both will be making the trip, provided funding can be found in time.”Now we need approximately US$3000 because the ITTF will only be providing boarding and meals for Kelsey,” he reported. Since she is a minor, she has to go with a parent or coach.”So we’re going to need funding for her to go and for myself to go as father/coach,” he related.He said persons or wishing companies could contact him at 373-9126. Richard expects to learn in Lima, too.”I think I’m going to be meeting with coaches from the ITTF, from other countries to share their experiences,” he said.last_img read more


Flyers win wild one in Spirit River

first_imgBut, before the final horn sounded, there would be one more fight, between Tyler Loney and Trevor Mazurek.  The two had tried to scrap late in the second, but the fight never really developed before they crashed to the ice, and the referee assessed the pair only minor penalties, allowing them to stay in the game, and have one more crack at some fisticuffs.  After the game, Loney said was glad the ref allowed them to come back and finish what they had started.  “We played in midget against each other, so it’s just an ongoing battle,” adding “He doesn’t mind that stuff, and I sure don’t.”Likewise, coach Adam Brash wasn’t too surprised with the physicality of the game.  “You always expect coming to Spirit River it’s going to be a physical game – anything can break out at any time.”  But, Brash was more than happy to have a fight on his hands.  “We’re all competitors, and you want to compete every night, and if that means the gloves come off, then that happens.”  “It was a great team-builder for us,” he added, “We needed this.”In the end, the final score was 9-6 in favor of the Flyers.  The total penalty minutes between the two teams was close to 300.  And there was plenty of bad blood remaining for a potential semi-final matchup between the two teams. Listen to this highlights package Advertisement [asset|aid=907|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f1924b186f14c879a57e07bae7643abe-Flyers win 9-6 over the Spirt River Navigators_1_Pub.mp3]And so, the NPHL regular season comes to a close.  The Flyers finish the season with a 24-1-1 record, and will await the winner of the first round mini-series between Valleyview and Lakeland. Flyers win 9-6 over the Spirit River RangersTo call Saturday night’s Flyers / Rangers game dramatic and intense would be underselling it.  On the opening faceoff, Spirit River’s Shane McCormick went after David Alexander, leading to 14 minutes in penalties for each player.  By the end of the first, more than 100 minutes in penalties had been assessed.  And there were also seven goals.Craig Venhola opened the scoring, firing a point shot past Troy Hunt, to give the Rangers a lead, just 30 second in.  The Flyers would fight back, with 3 in a row, from Jeff Shipton, and a pair from Jeff Fast.   Goals from Mike Lefley and Mark Wallman would get Spirit River back to even, but before the first was over, Clayton Bahm put the Flyers back in front.- Advertisement -In the second, tempers continued to boil over, and 3 of the games 4 fights broke out.  Aaron Scheppers fought with DJ Barbarich, Matt Shuya took exception to a hit from behind from Colin Lefley, and dropped with gloves with Lefley, and David Alexander stuck up for his cousin Todd, after Todd took a nasty high-stick from Chad Wilchynski, though Wilchynski seemed uneager to fight.  By the time the second period was over, there were 224 minutes in penalties on the scoresheet.  3 players from each team had been thrown out of the game.  And, while Todd Alexander got a concussion from the Wilchinski high-stick, Matt Shuya got a broken nose and put his bottom teeth through his bottom lip, and earned a trip to the hospital.There was also more scoring in the second, as the Flyers got goals courtesy of Kip Noble (2), and Mike Shipton, all three of which came on the powerplays assessed to the Rangers for thier stickwork.  Spirit River got just one goal, scored by Mike Lefley, his second of the game.Finally, things settled down in the third, possibly because both teams were getting a little short-benched.  Spirit River looked like they might make a game of it, after scoring two straight goals (Shane McCormick and Trevor Mazurek).  But, within minutes, Kip Noble shelfed a backhander over Rangers goalie Darin Allen, to complete his hat-trick, and put the Flyers back up by 3. Advertisementlast_img read more


Walker leads Fontana boys

first_imgWalker was 11-for-20 from the field, 7-of-18 from beyond the arc, and 5-of-6 from the line. He took eight rebounds and had four assists, a steal and a blocked shot. A.J. Moore scored 13 points for Fontana. Donte Godlock added 11. Troy Beverly was Los Altos’ No. 2 scorer with eight points. Griffin scored on three consecutive possessions to get Los Altos a tie at 48 with 2:24 left in the third quarter, but Walker scored on a short jumper, fed Godlock for a layup, and Moore made a steal and took it in for a layup to give the Steelers a six-point lead. Los Altos never got within five after that. FONTANA – Sophomore guard Demetrius Walker rained in 34 points, 21 from 3-point range, overcoming 25 points around the basket by senior forward A.J. Griffin as Fontana High School fended off Los Altos 68-62 in a CIF-Southern Section Division II-AA boys basketball wild-card game Wednesday. Fontana, 16-12 and the No. 4 team out of the Citrus Belt League, advances to a Friday road game with ninth-seeded Torrance (21-6), champion of the Freeway League. Los Altos, an at-large team out of the Miramonte League, finishes 13-14. Walker, the highly touted underclassman declared “the next LeBron James” by Sports Illustrated while in eighth grade, apparently was an unknown entity to the Conquerors, who failed to contest most of Walker’s early shots. He scored 18 points as Fontana took a 29-22 lead. “Demetrius has really worked on his shooting,” Fontana coach Ryan Smith said. “He may not have made five threes all last season.” center_img 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


Limits on pesticides mean higher costs

first_imgFRESNO – State regulators proposed new rules Friday to meet a court-ordered deadline for cutting air pollution from chemicals used to kill pests, weeds and diseases in some of the nation’s most productive farmland. The proposed rules make California the first state to dictate how and where several widely used fumigants can be applied on fields statewide, said Glenn Brank, spokesman for the state Department of Pesticide Regulation. The restrictions would require any grower who uses fumigants to hire licensed people to inject them at a cost of as much as $40 million a year. The use of certain chemicals would be capped in areas in Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley with especially dirty air. The directive, which the agency has the authority to set, centers on fumigants – gases that fruit and vegetable growers use to kill pests in the soil before planting. The chemicals have long been blamed for being part of the state’s air-pollution problem because they cause smog-forming gases when they evaporate from fields. In 1997, the state pesticide agency promised to adopt a plan for reducing fumigant emissions by 20 percent. The target went unmet, however, and several environmental groups sued in 2004, claiming the state violated national health standards for smog. Ruling in that case last year, a U.S. District Court judge in Sacramento made the voluntary reduction goal mandatory. The state has appealed the court order, but the regulations will go through with or without an appeal, Brank said. If they take effect as proposed, the required changes in their operations would cost growers $10 million to $40 million a year, making it the most costly pesticide regulation in state history, Brank said. The rules would hurt some growers more than others because some rely more heavily on fumigants. The additional costs could force the state’s strawberry growers – who provide about 88 percent of the nation’s strawberries – to take one-third of their land out of production, said Mary DeGroat, a spokeswoman for the 700-member California Strawberry Commission. “Air, water, soil – that’s our livelihood,” DeGroat said. “We’ve been trying our best to be responsible while still trying to make a living.” Many carrot, tomato and grape farmers also use the chemicals and would face high costs. Environmental groups objected Friday to a provision that would let chemical manufacturers monitor what they are supplying to the three restricted regions and allow the head of the state pesticide agency to let growers reduce emissions by methods besides the ones stipulated in the proposed rules, he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Other industries, such as oil refineries, automakers and paint manufacturers, have limits on smog-making gases called volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, but this is the first time across-the-board limits were set for fumigant emissions, Brank said. The new rules would require farmers using fumigants to hire special commercial applicators and to incorporate low-emission techniques such as injecting the gases deeper into moist soil and covering fields with heavier tarps. The restrictions would also set caps on how much of the chemicals can be applied in the San Joaquin Valley, Ventura County and the Mojave Desert area – three of the growing regions with the worst air pollution. Nearly 36 million pounds of seven fumigants were used on California farms in 2005, according to the state. If adopted, the new regulations would reduce pesticide emissions by 30 percent to 40 percent, regulators said. They were immediately met with criticism both from growers, who said implementing them would cost them millions, and environmentalists, who said the rules are too lax. last_img read more


Computers top peace, clothing on holiday wish list

first_imgSAN JOSE – Move over, peace and happiness. Computers are what Americans really want nowadays. The machines that feed us infinite and instant information, store our digital memories, give us hours of fun with games, videos or music – and help us do our taxes – outrank peace, happiness and clothes this year as the most wished-for gifts, according to an annual U.S. survey by the consumer electronics industry’s largest trade organization. Last year, the most popular answer to the survey’s open-ended query about respondents’ holiday wishes was clothing, followed by peace and happiness, money and then computers. Such enthusiasm for computers, TVs, as well as other electronics will help drive electronics sales up 7 percent to $48.1 billion in the fourth quarter from $44.8 billion in the year-ago period, according to a forecast by the Consumer Electronics Association. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.By comparison, the overall retail industry is expected to see holiday sales grow 4 percent, according to the National Retail Federation. “We’re looking at a very solid season for consumer electronics, and it’s certainly a bright spot for the economy,” said Joe Bates, CEA’s director of research. For all of 2007, electronics sales are expected to reach $160 billion, up 8 percent from $148 billion last year, according to the CEA forecast. 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


BEST-MAN’S WEDDING SELFIE CAPTURES DELIGHTFUL WEDDING MOMENT

first_imgAs selfies go, this one was perfectly timed!Best man Anthony Fisher didn’t show much nerves as he took this selfie of twin brother Paul and his stunning new bride Grainne Jordan. Paul is very well known as the Donegal GAA senior team strength and conditioning coach.And his new wife will now be known as one of the most stunning brides ever. The happy couple were married in Ballyliffin on Saturday last. And judging by the selfie – everyone (including Anthony) had a ball!BEST-MAN’S WEDDING SELFIE CAPTURES DELIGHTFUL WEDDING MOMENT was last modified: February 24th, 2015 by John2Share 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:Anthony FisherdonegalPaul FisherSelfieweddinglast_img read more


GAA NEWS: URRIS TO HOST MEETING WITH ALL CLUB COACHES THIS FRIDAY

first_imgUrris GAA News:CLUB MEMBERSHIP: Club membership is now due for 2015–Fees for the year: Adult Membership €25, Students (3rd level & in full time education with student ID card) €15 and Under-age €3.Anyone playing football for the club must have their membership paid up to be covered by insurance in case of injury. Club members will have also have first preference on Donegal Match tickets for the coming season. Fees must be paid in full by March 31st. Payable to John Friel, Edward Mc Laughlin, Nichola Donaghey or any Committee members. THE CLUBHOUSE WILL BE OPEN ON SATURDAY JANUARY 24TH FROM 10AM TO 1PM FOR CLUB MEMBERSHIP.CLUB MEETING: There will be a club meeting on Tuesday night at 8pm.MATCH “N” WIN: Thursday January 15th: No jackpot winner- numbers drawn: 3, 8, 17 & 20. €15 winners: Frank Toland, Malin, Vanessa Grant, Toland’s Bar, Eamon Doherty, Straid, Maureen Friel, Dunaff P.O. and Sadie Mc Laughlin, Tullagh. Jackpot next week €1,460. Thanks to all our lotto sellers and to all who support the club in this weekly draw.MEETING FOR ALL CLUB COACHES: There will be a meeting for all coaches for both Junior & adult teams in the clubhouse on Friday 23rd January at 7.30pm. Anyone interested in coaching or lending a hand is asked to attend. Anyone wishing to help in anyway most welcome. If you cannot make it please contact Donal Kelly on 0876461707. CHILD PROTECTION & FOUNDATION COURSES: A Child Protection Course will be held in the Clubhouse, Straid on Friday January 30th and the Foundation Course takes place the following day in Straid (Saturday 31st). These courses are open to all Inishowen GAA Clubs so places are limited. If anyone wants to book a place please contact John Friel ASAP on 0860523550. These courses would be most beneficial to any new coaches for the new season.U6 & 8 TRAINING: Training resumes for both U6 & U8 this Saturday and every Saturday at 11am in the Youth Club Clonmany. All children must be at school-no pre school children, thanks.U10 GIRLS: Training every Saturday at the Youth Club Clonmany from 12pm to 1pm.DONEGAL GAA YEARBOOK 2014: The club has a number of books left for sale at €10, a comprehensive review of the club year and all the GAA action in the county for 2014. Please contact John Friel if you want to get this yearbook.GAA NATIONAL CLUB DRAW 2015: €10 tickets are now on sale for 15 fantastic prizes including a trip to New York, All Ireland GAA package days, shopping vouchers valued at €1,000 plus other prizes. All money raised in these ticket sales stays with CLG Iorras and funds raised will help with the costs involved in the day to day running of the club from Under age to Senior level. The club is also putting up three additional prizes of a Club Jacket, Club training top and a club hoodie. Tickets can be got from John Friel and all Committee members. LAST MAN STANDING: Last Man Standing: Next round of Last Man Standing–competition starting on January 31st. Entry is €10 and all entries to be paid before the beginning of the competition. There will be one rule change, that if you haven’t used any buy in’s in the first or second week you will be able to carry 1 buy in through the third week. Please contact Donal Kelly to enter.GAA NEWS: URRIS TO HOST MEETING WITH ALL CLUB COACHES THIS FRIDAY was last modified: January 18th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANoticesSportURRISlast_img read more


SHAY – WE SIMPLY COULDN’T MATCH THEIR FIRE-POWER

first_imgShay Given has admitted that Ireland simply weren’t good enough to match the firepower of Spain in last night’s crunch Euro 2012 game.Ireland are the officially the first team to exit the championships as they cannot catch either Italy or Spain with only two to qualify.The Lifford man has now conceded seven goals in just two games – a rarity for him. He said “We simply couldn’t match them. They have a lot of very talented players and all you have to do is to look at their bench to see that.“There may have been things we could have tried but we were always on the back foot after they got the early goal.“We still have Italy to play and we can try and salvage some pride in that game.“We will not give up trying. We owe that to the fans who have been magnificent,” said Shay.  SHAY – WE SIMPLY COULDN’T MATCH THEIR FIRE-POWER was last modified: June 15th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:IrelandShay Givenspainlast_img read more


LOST PROPERTY: LADIES HANDBAG FOUND WITH SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF MONEY IN IT

first_imgLOST PROPERTY: A ladies handbag has been handed into a local filling station in Donegal.The item was found in the ladies toilet in Laghey Service Station earlier this afternoon.Unfortunately there was no ID in the handbag but a number of personal belongings and a SUBSTANTIAL amount of money was in the handbag. The Good Samaritan handed the bag into the owner of the filling station and has asked Donegal Daily to spread the word in the hope of alerting the owner as to where her bag is located.The bag was described as a formal type of bag and it could have been someone heading to a wedding as a wedding party had stopped at the filling station shortly before the bag was discovered. LOST PROPERTY: LADIES HANDBAG FOUND WITH SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF MONEY IN IT was last modified: April 26th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:alerthandbaglostLost PropertynewsOwnerservice stationlast_img read more


Sand Cranes captain Peter Somoka joins Kirinya JSS

first_imgPeter Samoka will skipper the Sand Cranes on Sunday against Ivory Coast (file photo)Just days to Uganda Sand Cranes’ crucial AFCON qualifier at home to Ivory Coast, it has been confirmed that the team captain Peter Somoka has signed for Kirinya JSS.Somoka who plays for Isabeti Beach Soccer club is believed to have signed a two year deal that will see him at the Uganda Premier League (UPL) side until the close of the 2019/20 season.Samoka who has previously played for Nkumba Select Beach Soccer team is currently leading the top scorers’ chats in the league (Beach Soccer) and having started out as an 11 aside footballer, he will clearly adjust to the game easily.He is also the current holder of the Beach Soccer golden boot and guided Nkumba select team to the 2015 title as well as Isabeti for the 2017 beach soccer ChampionshipsAt UPL side, Kirinya Jinja S. S has joins Isaac Isinde, Douglas Muganga, Julius Debo, Nelson Mandela, Blaize Nkolo, Joseph Opolot, and Masataka Sakaguchi as the new signings for the Jinja based side.Whether he helps Kirinya finish higher than the fifth place they achieved last season, remains to be seen.Samoka will in action on Sunday as the Sand Cranes host Ivory Coast in an AFCON qualifier at Spener Beach-Entebbe.Comments Tags: beach soccerPeter SamokaSand Craneslast_img read more