MIAMI:As other runners wrap up their preparation for the World Championships in Beijing, Nick Symmonds plans to retreat into nature, seeking solitude after being left off the United States squad in a squabble over Nike uniforms the team must wear.Fishing and climbing rocks are a way for the middle-distance runner to clear his mind and deal with the “frustration and letdown that I’m experiencing right now”, he said.Symmonds, a silver medallist at 800 metres at the last World Championships, refused to sign a contract that USA Track and Field (USTATF) requires of all athletes before they’re placed on the team. When the official roster was named on Monday, Symmonds wasn’t on it despite his win at the US championships in June.For Symmonds, the issue is Nike’s standing as USATF’s official uniform sponsor. Anyone going to Beijing later this month on the US team is required to wear Nike gear at team functions. Symmonds is sponsored by a rival shoe company, Brooks, and wanted a clear definition of what a Team USA function was.”I guess a small part of me thought they weren’t stupid enough to leave me off the team,” Symmonds said. “Apparently, they are.”Emotionally and physically, I’m beat up right now.”Except for the exclusion of Symmonds, there were no surprises on the roster released Monday. There are five defending World champions on the US squad, including Ashton Eaton (decathlon), LaShawn Merritt (400 metres), David Oliver (hurdles), Brittney Reese (long jump), and Brianna Rollins (hurdles).Marquee sprinters such as Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay, and Allyson Felix are also on the team.Taking Symmonds’ place in the 800m is Clayton Murphy, who finished fourth at nationals.too much powerThe 31-year-old Symmonds is known for taking stances on social and business issues that surround what he believes is a widely corrupt world of track and field. He said he couldn’t sit idly by on this topic, believing that giving Nike so much power on what athletes can and can’t wear at major events may hinder sponsorship deals down the road.”We have to wear Team USA kit at all official Team USA functions, which is fine. I’m fine with it,” said Symmonds, who plans to eschew training for a bit to fish and rock climb. “The problem is they never define what a Team USA function is. They do that almost on purpose so they can call anything a Team USA function.”USATF makes about $20 million a year in a sponsorship contract with Nike that was recently extended to run through 2040.The federation issued a statement on Monday, saying, “The only restriction USATF places on athletes’ apparel or appearance at any time is when they represent the United States in national team competitions, award ceremonies, official team press conferences, and other official team functions tied to these national team events.”USATF said it invests more than 50 per cent of its revenue directly into athlete support.”We look forward to continuing to expand our programmes for athletes and we hope to see Nick on future national teams,” the statement said.Symmonds was a Nike-sponsored athlete for about seven years before switching to Brooks last year. He did so because “I needed a company that could work with me and match my personality a little bit better”, Symmonds said.He won the 800m at the National Championships in June, finishing in a time of one minute, 44.53 seconds. Symonds decided to skip lucrative competitions in Europe to concentrate on his training in Seattle so he could be in prime shape for Beijing. He felt like he was possibly in even better condition than when he earned silver at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow.”We’re not going to get a chance to find out what I can do,” Symmonds said. “That’s a travesty.”Although he has an airline ticket and a visa into China, Symmonds isn’t sure if he will attend as a spectator or watch from home.”I want to apologise to the fans who want to see me run,” Symmonds said. “I just feel that I can’t go out there and put on that Team USA jersey and feel good about it, while all the athletes are being mercilessly bullied and threatened by USATF at the same time.”
An Enmore, East Coast Demerara family has been worried since Monday when 15-year-old Vilma Anant wentMissing: Vilma “Kamini” Anantmissing.Guyana Times understands that Anant, commonly known as “Kamini”, is a Fourth Form (Grade 10) student of Apex Academy. The teenager reportedly left for school on Monday morning but upon arriving at the gate, she turned around and left – and has not been seen or heard from since.Speaking with this newspaper, Anant’s uncle, Vijay Sukhdeo, explained that “Kamini” had been living with them since she was little. He said the teenager’s parents had resided in Mahaica Creek, but separated years ago so he and his wife took in “Kamini”.“She come live with us from since nursery to now and we never had any problems like this before,” the worried man related.Sukhdeo recalled that on Monday morning “Kamini” sat down to have breakfast with the family and all seemed to be well with her. She then left for school. He noted some time after they got a call from the school asking about her.“Because it’s a private school, they would call home whenever a student does not show up. So the teacher called home and asked about her and I told her that she left to go to school, but the teacher said she wasn’t there,” the man noted.He added that later in the day when the school bus returned to drop off students, they enquired from the driver and he confirmed that he dropped the teenager off in the morning.Sukhdeo went on to relate that he visited the school on Tuesday and was shown footage from Monday morning. “Mr Ali showed me the video and we see her going up to the school gate and then she turn around and left,” the man said.The cameras did not extend to the road, so it cannot be said where the young lady could have gone from the school’s Atlantic Gardens, ECD location. According to her uncle, there was no one with his niece at the time nor did anything seem to be amiss with her.Furthermore, the man said that on Monday after the young woman failed to return home, the family contacted all her relatives and friends, but no one had seen or heard from her.A worried Sukhdeo explained to this newspaper that his niece was a quiet individual and had never caused such a problem. “I don’t know what happen … I really can’t say why she would disappear like that, we never had any problems with her… this is the first time something like this happen,” he said.The family is pleading with the teenager to return home as soon as possible, and is also requesting members of the public with information on the whereabouts of 15-year-old Vilma “Kamini” Anant to contact them on 616-6345 or the nearest Police Station.
Approximately million has been allocated to facilitate night court sessions, which are expected to commence in a matter of weeks.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan told media operatives on Monday that while certain terms were yet to be determined, Government has set aside a huge sum of money to cover the expenses of this undertaking.“The Minister of Finance (Winston Jordan) has allocated a sum in the vicinity of million for this kind of arrangement…I don’t know if that will be sufficient, depending on how many Magistrates we appoint,” he explained.Initial reports had suggested that there would be five temporary Magistrates appointed to man the night court.Ramjattan noted that the Judicial Services Commission would have to convene a meeting to appoint the Magistrates.Government took a decision to introduce the night court system in an effort to dispose of the huge back-log of cases that have kept inmates on remand for years.This initiative is part of a package of prison reforms taken by the Administration following the deadly prison riot at the Camp Street penitentiary which claimed the lives of 17 inmates.Presently, Magistrates open their courts from 09:00h and close at 14:00h, Monday to Friday.According to reports, the night courts will be opened from 16:00h to 20:00h, Monday to Friday.Acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Carl Singh had suggested that this initiative last for a period of six months.
Staying true to form, the final dealing day of the season was busy. Coming on the heels of the most active deadline day in 2006 when 25 trades were completed, at least 20 went down in the final hours Tuesday. Islanders general manager Garth Snow mulled offers for Blake, an impending unrestricted free agent this summer, and then pounced when Smyth became available when contract talks with the Oilers broke down. New York sent first-round picks Robert Nilsson (2003) and Ryan O’Marra (2005), along with the Islanders’ first-round choice in this year’s draft to Edmonton for Smyth, who has 31 goals and 53 points in 53 games this season. The Sharks sent left wing Ville Nieminen, college forward Jay Barriball and New Jersey’s first-round pick to the rebuilding Blues for Guerin. The injury-plagued Bertuzzi was traded by the Panthers for forward Shawn Matthias after playing seven games this season. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Norstrom, the Kings captain since 2002, is the team’s career leader in games played among defensemen with 780. He has two goals, seven assists and 40 penalty minutes in 62 games this season. “Mattias solidifies our defensive group and also adds character and veteran leadership to our locker room,” Stars general manager Doug Armstrong said. “We look for him to make an immediate impact on this hockey club as we push towards the playoffs.” In separate trades, the Kings acquired defenseman Jamie Heward from the Washington Capitals for a conditional fifth-round pick in 2008 and sent little-used forward Jason Ward to Tampa Bay for a fifth-round pick in 2007. Heward has four goals, 12 assists and 27 penalty minutes in 52 games. Ward had an assist and four penalty minutes in seven games. The New York Islanders kept their leading scorer and stole the one that makes the Edmonton Oilers go. The Islanders, just minutes before the NHL trading deadline expired Tuesday afternoon, took Ryan Smyth away from the Oilers after deciding to hold onto Jason Blake. The big deal trumped those made earlier in the day, including ones that sent Bill Guerin from the St. Louis Blues to the San Jose Sharks and Todd Bertuzzi from Florida to Detroit. LOS ANGELES – The Kings traded defenseman Mattias Norstrom, right wing Konstantin Pushkarev and two draft picks to the Dallas Stars for defenseman Jaroslav Modry and three draft choices Tuesday. The moves were the latest in a series by general manager Dean Lombardi to unload players before Tuesday’s trade deadline as part of his efforts to rebuild the slumping Kings, who will not make the playoffs this season.
Roy Evans joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Chelsea in the second leg of their League Cup semi-final.The tie is finely poised after a 1-1 draw at Anfield last week and Evans is hoping his old club can go all the way.“Chelsea have been in really good form but Liverpool played one of their best games of the season [in the first leg] and, in my eyes, deserved to win the game,” said the Merseyside club’s ex-boss.“It is a big game tonight and I suppose it depends on who wants it the most.“Liverpool are coming into a bit of form and bit more consistency so that will give them a chance.”Tune into talkSPORT on Tuesday night for live and exclusive national radio coverage of Chelsea v Liverpool
0Shares0000Serena Williams returned from giving birth to her first child to reach the 2018 Wimbledon and US Open finals, but suffered upset losses in both to leave her stuck on 23 major wins © GETTY/AFP/File / Noah GrahamMELBOURNE, Australia, Dec 5 – Serena Williams will make her return to the Australian Open for the first time since winning in 2017 when eight-weeks pregnant, it was confirmed Wednesday, with virtually all the world’s top 100 players due at Melbourne Park.That includes injury-prone Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray. Williams returned from giving birth to her first child to reach the 2018 Wimbledon and US Open finals, but suffered upset losses in both to leave her stuck on 23 major wins.Australian Open organisers said she was among the entries for the opening Grand Slam of the year as she attempts to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24.Her appearance will mark her first major since her controversial rant at an umpire during the US Open final loss to Naomi Osaka, which overshadowed the Japanese star’s biggest ever win.In the aftermath, Roger Federer said Williams “went too far”.“Serena Williams, currently ranked 16, will make her highly anticipated return to Melbourne for the first time since winning in 2017 when eight-weeks pregnant with baby Alexis Olympia,” said tournament organiser Craig Tiley.The evergreen Federer will be back to defend his title, along with long-time adversary Novak Djokovic. Caroline Wozniacki defends the women’s crown.Organisers said the world’s top 102 women and top 101 men have all confirmed they will be playing.The only top-100 absentee from the women’s draw is 74th-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska of Polandwho recently announced her retirement.“It’s always special to see our defending champions — Caroline had her first Grand Slam win here last year so will be keen to start 2019 on a high,” said Tiley.“And of course Roger Federer has special memories of Melbourne, having won here six times, something only Novak (Djokovic) and Roy Emerson have done in the past.“I’ve been in touch with Rafa and he’s back to full fitness after cutting his season short after Paris and can’t wait to arrive in Australia,” he added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Mulroy Woods Hotel Milford has been awarded another incredible accolade – the Hotel is now listed in “Lucinda O’Sullivan’s Little Black Book of Great Places to Stay and Eat in Ireland”. Lucinda O’Sullivan is Ireland’s most widely read food and hospitality critic and through her ‘Little Black Book’ she shares her unprecedented knowledge of the Irish Tourism and Food Industry. Lucinda is totally unsponsored by any organisation or body, she is free to include whom she feels she can personally recommend. Mulroy Woods Management Team: Shaun Boyle, Darren Mc Cann, Kasia Mastyna, Patricia Kelly (Owner), Donagh Mc Closkey, Siobhán Barrett-Doherty, Lee Vambeck Owners Marty & Patricia Kelly are absolutely delighted, “We are totally overwhelmed to be in receipt of the Lucinda O’Sullivan recommendation. It’s more of an honour as the Hotel is only two years in business, we are a highly committed and invested team and are proud to say that we are going from strength to strength. “This is a very prestigious Little Black Book to be part of and it is testimony to the continued efforts of our hard working team. Inspectors came to the Hotel, they stayed, ate and drank and we were completely unaware of their presence. “We had no idea until we were contacted by Lucinda O’Sullivan to advise us that we were recommended as one of only 4 Hotels in Donegal that is great “to stay and eat”. Lucinda O’Sullivan has appeared on RTE’s The Restaurant as Guest Critic and is a frequent contributor on RTE’s most popular radio show Today with Pat Kenny. Her Little Black Book of Great Places to Stay & Eat is the hottest guide to Irish accommodation encompassing and unravelling the real Ireland of today which is funky, quirky, fun and gloriously romantic on the Wild Atlantic Way! She has an unerring feel for sourcing the little place that might be just that little bit different.“Mulroy Woods is passionate about ensuring a warm and inviting memorable experience for all our guests and our renovation and refurbishment projects throughout the last 2 years are testament to our continued efforts.“Enhancements include the addition of 12 superior guest bedrooms, refurbishment of main Reception area, The Lounge, Harper’s Restaurant, The Mulroy Banqueting Suite and the Honeymoon Suite. There are also plans in the pipeline in the near future which will further enhance our product offerings.“The Little Black Book is known as a godsend for travellers, they know and trust Lucinda and have followed in her footsteps for years. This will be a massive boost for business with very exciting times ahead for the Hotel.”Mulroy Woods earns accolade as a ‘Great Place to Stay and Eat’ was last modified: May 17th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:awardcriticlucinda o’sullicanMulroy Woods Hotel
1 Reported new Newcastle signing Florian Lejeune battles Antoine Griezmann in LaLiga last season Newcastle have completed the signing of former Manchester City defender Florian Lejeune.According to Marca, the promoted Toon Army have agreed terms with Eibar over a move for the 26-year-old defender.And Lejeune will be hoping his time in England will go rather better than it did last time he signed for a Premier League club.Manchester City landed the Frenchman from Girona in August 2015 but he never made a first-team appearance for the club before he was sold to Eibar a year later.But now he has been given another crack at English football by Newcastle.
Letterkenny Golf NewsHaving been the proverbial “nearly man” over the past few weeks, master of his own short game Tom Redden  finally got to stand on the top rung of the ladder on Wednesday 8th Open when he returned a winning score of 40pts. Tom’s steady round of “handicap” golf could have rendered a higher return but for double bogeys at 17th and 18th holes. Just one point adrift in runner-up spot was Ronan Mc Cafferty  who, despite a double bogey at 6th and a “blank” at 7th, steadied his game to return a back nine of 23pts which included a birdie at 18th for a final tally of 39pts and, by virtue of BOT, relegated Joe Terry  to third place. Joe’s bogey at 12th no doubt added to his relegation. Saturday 11th Open was won by cat. 2. member J.P. Clarke  who, despite a blank at 4th, recorded birdies at 11th and 16th for 24pts on back nine and an overall winning score of 42pts. Just one point behind in second place was John Mc Glynn . With a birdie at 7th, John set himself up for a good 22pts on back nine to finish with 41pts whilst in third place, just one point behind that again, was Clive Watson  on 40pts. Sunday 12th saw new family man Clive Davison  winning the confined competition. Having honed his short game into point making, Clive’s birdies at 13th and 17th, followed by an unfortunate bogey at 18th, gave him 40 points, enough to lead the field and keep cat.4 handicapper Joe Diver  in second place. The 13th hole was indeed unlucky for Joe as his “blank” left him just one point behind and robbed him of a possible win. In third place on 39pts was the ever present Conor Mc Gettigan  who erased his birdie at 2nd with an unusual “blank” at 7th,.Still finishing his outward nine with 21pts, that double bogey at 15th put paid to his winning score.Congratulations to Simon Stephens and Maureen Shanaghan who won the Mc Donald’s sponsored club Mixed Foursomes. A hard match with Victor Byrne and Pathrica Mc Laughlin taking an early lead, it was close with never more than two holes in it until the par three 16th when Simon had a great tee shot and Maureen obliged with a wonderfull second and superb birdie to go dormey. Unfortunately, on seventeenth, a missed putt by Victor from six feet and match was over 2 & 1.A great game and considering the experienice of the winners the match was a good one.Congratulations to the Letterkenny Golf Club Donegal Senior Scratch Cup team who defeated firm favourites and cup holders Rosapenna GC over their two legged quarter final. In the first leg, which was played in Rosapenna on the previous Saturday, Letterkenny came away with a credible three matches to four. At Barnhill on Sunday, the home team won four matches to level at 7-7 and so onto tie holes .Eamonn McDermott, playing a true captain’s role, triumphed against Donal Boyle at the 2nd tie hole with a birdie to set up the meeting with North West Golf Club in the next round to be played on Saturday 18th.Congratulations to all the club’s matchplay winners of 2014. At the presentation night on Wednesday last, club Captain Tom Mc Donagh and club President Barry Ramsay presented all the prizes as follows:Mc Donald’s sponsored Mixed Foursomes: Winners; Simon Stephens & Maureen Shanaghan; Runners-up; Victor Byrne & Patricia Mc Laughlin.Murphy Maintenance sponsored Doubles Matchplay: Winners; Kevin Rafferty & Eddie Margy;Runners-Up; Seamus & Jack Patton;Murphy Maintenance sponsored Singles Matchplay: Winner; David Walshe; Runner-Up; Joe Lambe.President’s Cup Junior Matchplay: Chris Duffy; Runner-Up; Eoghan Harkin. After extensive research and consulting many members the following are the considered names of holes on the course: Hall Door;  Glebe;  Swilly;  Sliabh Sneacht;  Inishowen;  Hackett’s Best;  Ramsay’s Isle;  Greenhills;  Crievesmith;  Cornagill;  Settlement;  Sheep Hill;  Hunter’s Home; Stack Yard;  Candalabra;  Barnhill;  Katie Dicks;  Bridle Path;CLUB QUIZ: Barry Ramsay’s team who beat the eventual champions in the league stage and then lost to them in the knock out phase have promised not to be complacent this time out.The popular putting quiz with debonair quizmaster Hugh McClafferty will start on the first Friday of November, the 7th. Hugh is actively seeking teams of four for this popular winter activity, the format being a head to head match between the teams with eighteen questions in all. A team has the option not to give an answer to a question but instead to “take a putt”. The putts get further and further away from the hole depending on how many attempts are successful. This has proved to be an enjoyable Friday evening past time, with last year’s surprise winners, under the leadership of Brian O’Reilly, presently on a diet of brain food prescribed by Rory to prove the doubters wrong and be the first team to retain their title. The rest of the team is made up by religion and classical latin expert Ronnatt and President in waiting Ann Condon. Last year’s other surprise team of Michael O’Malley is hoping to go one step further this winter , providing that Michael can curb his tendency to answer questions for the opposition. The one man team of Michael Bouchier-Hayes is sure to provide controversy and not a little entertainment, as he answers all the questions himself and never consults the rest of his team. The teamcontaining Keith Spence are sure to be there or thereabouts when the prizesare handed out although they are still complaining to anyone that is within hearing distance about being hard done by last year .They did not even make the knockout phase so, ????? .Neither did the champions of 2013 led by Niall O’Donnell. They are anxious to repair their tarnished reputation from last year and reports are that Niall, from his intimate knowledge of the behind the scenes matters at the Ryder Cup, really will have his team step up to the mark .Barry Ramsay’s team who beat the eventual champions in the league stage and then lost out to them in the knockout phase, have promised not to be complacent this time out.They are still dining out on being the only ones to inflict a defeat on the eventual Champions .The scorekeeper, who unusually never gets the scores wrong, will be on his/her mettle to keep getting their mathematics correct.So, all in all, an exciting winter is being eagerly looked forward to .Anyone who fancies getting a team of four together is asked to contact Hugh on 876264679. Ideally, the team should have three “egg heads” and a good “putter”,but as it is all a bit of fun [and If you are into that] then why not enter. Singletons are welcome and even if you cannot get three friends to join you, come out for an evening of good craic.High heels are optional for the person putting .The incoming Lady Captain, Margaret Birmingham, is available to give lessons.Pic Captions: Pictured are Simon Stephens & Maureen Shanaghan, winners of the Mc Donald’s Mixed Foursomes at Letterkenny Golf Club, receiving the annual winners’ plaque from Victor Byrne, manager of Mc Donald’s Restaurant, Letterkenny.Pictured are Kevin Rafferty & Eddie Margey, winners of the Murphy Maintenance Doubles Matchplay at Letterkenny Golf Club, receiving their prize from club Captain Tom Mc Donagh.GOLF NEWS: TOM REDDEN COMES OUT ON TOP AT BARNHILL was last modified: October 14th, 2014 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:BarnhillgolfNoticesSport