Chesters can secure a win double in Colombia

first_img6 Jan 2014 Chesters can secure a win double in Colombia European Amateur champion Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Park, Shropshire & Herefordshire) has the chance to conquer another Continent later this month. The 24 year old has been selected along with Paul Howard (Southport & Ainsdale, Lancashire), Nick Marsh (Huddersfield, Yorkshire) and Jimmy Mullen (Royal North Devon) to contest the South American Amateur Championship at Barranquilla County Club in Colombia on 22nd – 25th January, an event supported by The R&A since 2005. Chesters (image copyright Tom Ward Photography) won the European title by one stroke from Spain’s David Morago at El Prat last August. So his selection means the England international, who finished eighth on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Order of Merit last year, has the chance to emulate Callum Shinkwin, now a professional, who brought the South American crown back to England a year ago. Howard made his full England debut in last year’s winning Home Internationals team at Ganton, which capped a successful 2013 for the 23 year old. He finished fifth in the Welsh Open Stroke Play Championship and equal ninth in the St Andrews Links Trophy and helped Lancashire win the County Championship, winning five of his six games. Marsh also made his full England debut at Ganton having reached the quarter finals of the Amateur Championship and finished tied fifth in the Chiberta Grand Prix in France. The 19 year old also finished runner-up in the North of England Youths and the Welsh Open Youths Championships and was ninth on the EG 2013 Order of Merit. Mullen, 20, was another England debutant at Ganton in a season in which he lost a playoff for the Bernard Darwin Salver, finished tied third in the Brabazon Trophy, achieving a hole-in-one during the final round, and equal fourth in the South East of England Links Championship. Like Howard, he won five of his six games during the County Championship finals at Minchinhampton representing Devon. The South American Amateur Championship is a 72-hole stroke play event.last_img read more

President Sirleaf Pays Tearful Tribute to Willis Knuckles

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf joined hundreds of friends, family and colleagues who gathered in Careysburg Saturday morning to lay to rest the remains of the late Willis DeFrancis Knuckles, Jr.President Sirleaf began her eulogy in the form of a Letter: “Dear Willis…”A deeply saddened President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, in her tearful tribute, described the late Knuckles as an awesome strategist who, she said,  immensely, committedly and honestly contributed to her successes in the 2005 and 2011 presidential elections.She said he was introduced to her as a ‘rising star’; and as a non-partisan, he began to effect his strategies and organizational skills during presidential campaigns.She asserted that she saw it fitting for Willis to be part of her first cabinet team as Minister of Publics Works and later as Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, but characteristically coined his departure from her government as “untimely,” adding that “He held no bitterness.”The President recalled that although Knuckles went into the private sector as a business man, “he always dropped by my house to spice my day with his wise counsel.”Madam Sirleaf, in a painful narration, said her last meeting with Willis Knuckles was at the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia, where he was in uncontrollable tears, coupled with the lamentations of family members.She indicated that that an emotional heartbreak forced her to leave the hospital in tears.President Sirleaf told the thousand-odd funeral-goers that Willis’ tears at the hospital sent a message that he would no longer be with us.  This prediction to his death  brought tears in the eyes of many in the Seys United Methodist Church in Careysburg.“I had never seen him cry before; and so I believed that was a message that I would not see him again,” the President said.Sorrowfully, for about three minutes, the President left the podium and held on to the casket bearing Mr. Knuckles’ mortal remains and grieved before the mourners, which spared another tearful moment.Some Christians and Muslims who were in the Church argued that if the President had the power of resurrection, or had direct access to God, she would have either resurrected Willis, or prostrated before God as she did at the casket.The President made a remark she had never before revealed publicly: that Willis Knuckles was the person upon whom she depended to organize the transfer of Liberia’s capital city from Monrovia, Montserrado County, to Zekepa in Nimba County.Others who also paid tributes included Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan, who read the Official Gazette on behalf of the Liberian Government as Dean of the Cabinet; the City Corporation of Careysburg, the Rotary Clubs of Monrovia and Sinkor, Alpha Oldtimers and Crowd 21.Others included the Liberia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, the Monrovia Christian Church, the Mount Galilee Baptist Church (Careysburg), First Presbyterian Chruch (Careyburg), Seys United Methodist Church and the family.In his funeral discourse, Seys Senior Pastor Sampson W. Nyanti told the audience that death is inevitable, and that after death is judgment for hell or heaven. Rev. Nyanti said there are three things that sends one to heaven: Knowing, Believing and Living the Word God.Prior to Mr. Knuckles’ employment in the Unity Party’s led government, specially between, 1969-1993, he served as Liaison Officer and Special Protocol Attache, planning for and executing important events such as State Visits, Conferences and Inaugurations and serving as a Liaison to foreign dignitaries, including Heads of State.At the State Department, he served as Secretary to Secretary of State J. Rudolph Grimes and was later appointed by the late President Tubman as a member of Liberian delegations to several Ministerial and Summit meetings of Organization of African Unity in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  He also attended the Summit of Heads of State of the Non-Aligned Movement in Lusaka, Zambia.Mr. Knuckles also served as Administrative Assistant to the late Vice President James E. Greene, until his death in 1977. President William R. Tolbert in 1979 appointed Mr. Knuckles Assistant Minister for Sports in the Ministry of Labor, Youth and Sports, during the tenure of Minister Estrada J. Bernard. Following his successful organization of a six-nation tournament won by Liberia, Knucles was elevated to the position of Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, the assignment he held until his resignation in June 1980.The late Knuckles served as Managing Editor at the Daily Observer from 1982-1984 as well as a correspondent for the BBC’s Focus on Africa Program.Willis was a strong believer in the family and the Church. He was a lifelong Methodist, spearheaded and organized record fundraising drives on two occasions for the rebuilding of the Church.He served as Secretary General and Vice Chairman of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) from 1972-1975 and from 1984-1986.In 1988, he organized and served as managing director of the Sports World, which was forced to close down in 1990  at the onset of the civil war. Again, in 1992, he established a wholly owned private business entity, which provided a vital link between Liberians at home and their relatives in the US, West Africa and other part of the world.The distinguished statesman  died Monday, July 28, 2014 at the hour of 12:30 am in Accra, Ghana after a brief illness.He was born June 29, 1946 in the City of Careysburg, Montserrado County unto the Union of  Mr. Willis D.  Knuckles, Sr. and Mrs. Ethel Dunbar Knuckles, the second of 15 children. He was predeceased by two brothers, George and Winston.He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Hawa Evelyn Knuckles; three children, Hawa-Ellen Knuckles, Willis D. Knuckles, III (Marie), and Ethel V. Knuckles; his mother, Mrs. Ethel Dunbar Wah; 12 brothers and sisters, Mrs. Bushin Wilson, Gabriel, Raymond, Marie Forko, William, Benedict, Pitman, Emma Burl Sea, Ethel Coomber, Estella, Mawolo and Robert; two grandchildren: Somod Willis and Nala Miriam; and many other relatives and friends in Liberia and abroad.The Liberian Official Gazette described the late Knuckles as: Patriot, Administrator, Entrepreneur, Devout Christian and Dedicated Public Servant.Mr. Knuckles was buried at the Knuckles’ Cemetery opposite his house in Careysburg.President Ellen Johnson-Sireaf led the Cabinet to the burial, which marked the first time for President Sirleaf to attend both funeral and burial ceremonies, since her reelection in 2011.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tutorial High School receives steel pans

first_img…seeks to create rounded individualsTutorial High School on Friday received a spanking new steel pan set and other equipment, which were donated to the school by the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport.The steel pans and accessories were acquired at a cost of US$5000 to assist the students in pursuing music. According to Deputy Head Teacher of the institution, David Sam, this contribution is timely since the school is seeking to incorporate extracurricular activities with academics. In addition to a steel pan orchestra, they will be restarting a school choir.He stated that the introduction of these instruments will allow children to take up positive activities during their spare time instead of resorting to crime, drugs and other social ills.“I believe in a child that is not only academically there but has a rounded personality with the academics, the arts and academics and all of these things. My goal for Tutorial High School is to produce children who can fit into society irrespective of what is their career area,” he said.According to Sam, the students are encouraged to take up activities in sports and the arts which will influence their personal growth. In the past, they have produced athletes and other outstanding individuals.“We encourage children to take up activities out of the classroom. We have children in debates, a female football team that we’re working on, the male footballers. We encourage children to be in cricket, and may I say that we have a child right here who is a national Under 15 cricketer.”The Deputy Head Teacher indicated that he was previously stationed at the Dolphin Secondary School, where steel pan was a critical component for students.“I recognised that there was need for a steel orchestra. I was at Dolphin Secondary and I saw what it did for them and I want the same for Tutorial High School so we’re moving in that direction,” Sam explained.Meanwhile, Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton posited that with this new equipment, Tutorial High School will now be able to join the steel pan competitions next Mashramani. Along with the newly introduced steel pan, the school has been active in debate competitions and other sports like football.The school is yet to receive other components of the steel pan setup, which will be distributed shortly. On Friday, the school was visited by the West Demerara Secondary School, which is well known for its orchestra.Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton making thepresentation to Deputy Head Teacher of Tutorial High School,David Samlast_img read more

Hull rookie called up for Republic of Ireland duty

first_img Martin O’Neill Hull City defender Brian Lenihan has been drafted into the Republic of Ireland squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Germany.Ireland boss Martin O’Neill has called up the uncapped 20-year-old, with Seamus Coleman still struggling with a hamstring injury.Full-back Lenihan has yet to make a senior appearance for the Tigers since signing from Cork City five weeks ago.O’Neill, who admitted he had not seen much of the Under-21 international, said: “We are going to bring up young Brian Lenihan at Hull because we don’t have any natural right-back in the team at the moment, so he will come in later on today and train with us tomorrow.“I was speaking to some of the lads here at Hull, who said he has settled in well, and of course he is delighted to be coming.”Coleman has been battling a hamstring problem for several weeks and is expected to miss the clash with Gibraltar in Dublin on Saturday evening and against Germany in Gelsenkirchen three days later, as is his Everton teammate James McCarthy and veteran Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given.“I haven’t spoken to Roberto Martinez, but I had a word with Seamus – Seamus doesn’t feel fantastic at the moment – and James,” said O’Neill.“There was talk about James being available, or trying to be available, for last Sunday’s game against Manchester United, but I think that was a long shot.“At the moment, you would say that there is no chance of them being available.”Asked about Given, O’Neill said: “He’s picked up a hip injury that needs some sort of attention, and he thinks now might be the best time to get it done, to get it sorted out. It’s been bothering him for a little while.“We talked it over ourselves and thought maybe this might be the best chance so that he is clear, just in case anything happens to him in the next couple of months at club level, for instance if he did go out on loan or something like that, that he would be absolutely right for it.” 1last_img read more

Premier League welcome Sterling’s offer to tackle racism

first_img0Shares0000The Premier League have welcomed Raheem Sterling’s offer to discuss racism in football © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, May 23 – The Premier League has welcomed Raheem Sterling’s offer to help in the fight against racism after the Manchester City star called on the sport’s authorities to do more to tackle the problem.Sterling told the Wall Street Journal’s Future of Everything Festival in New York this week that football’s current attempts to stamp out racism are not effective enough. The 24-year-old wants the introduction of stronger punishments when incidents occur, suggesting clubs whose fans are guilty of racism should be hit with points deductions.Sterling, who has emerged as a key voice in the campaign against racism, is keen to speak to the Football Association and Premier League to discuss his ideas.Premier League chiefs have responded by confirming they are ready to talk to the England winger and any other players with thoughts on the issue.“The Premier League and our clubs agree that while good work has been undertaken, more needs to be done to promote inclusion and diversity across football and to ensure BAME fans and players are supported,” a Premier League statement said on Thursday.“Raheem took part in our No Room for Racism campaign and we would welcome the opportunity to talk to him, and other players, about discrimination in football.“Developing our work in this area is a priority for the Premier League.”Sterling and several of his England team-mates endured racist chanting during a Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro in March.He was also allegedly abused by Chelsea fans in December and, speaking at the event, he said strong punishments are needed in order for the campaign to have a real impact.“Teams getting (points) deductions, teams getting kicked out. This is when people start taking it seriously,” he said.“If I go to a football game and I support Manchester United, for example, I don’t want to be the person that lets my team down by saying silly remarks in a stadium.“If you know your team is going to get deducted nine points and not win the league, you are not going to say these racist remarks even though you shouldn’t have it in your head.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgHERE’S one very happy lady.Rita McElhinney from Manorcunningham, won €20,000 as the Dream Player on the National Lottery Winning Streak TV Gameshow held in RTE last Saturday, 12 January 2013.Pictured at the presentation of winning cheques were from left: Marty Whelan, Gameshow Host, Rita McElhinney, winner, Declan Harrington, Head of Finance The National Lottery and Geri Maye, Gameshow Host.  RITA COLLECTS HER DREAM-MAKER CHEQUE FOR €20,000 was last modified: January 14th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:000RITA COLLECTS HER DREAM-MAKER CHEQUE FOR €20last_img read more

Japanese sweep top-autos list

first_imgDETROIT – For the first time in nine years, all of the top picks in Consumer Reports’ annual vehicle guide are made by Japanese automakers. The Honda Civic is the magazine’s top small sedan, while the Toyota Highlander Hybrid is the top mid-size sport utility vehicle, according to results released Wednesday. Vehicles from Nissan Motor Co. and Subaru, a division of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., round out the top picks in 10 categories. Asian brands also fared best in the magazine’s survey of vehicle reliability. Toyota Motor Corp.’s Lexus brand was first, while Honda was second and the Toyota brand was third. Ford Motor Co.’s Mercury brand was the only domestic nameplate to crack the top 10. Consumer Reports’ rankings are important to automakers, even though companies can’t use the ratings in their advertising. Consumer Reports spokeswoman Lauren Hackett said the April auto issue is consistently the magazine’s most popular, selling more than 300,000 copies at newsstands. That’s twice as many copies as its second-most popular issue, the November electronics issue. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Consumer Reports named its top picks based on road and track tests, evaluations of comfort, convenience and fuel economy, crash protection ratings from the government and insurance industry, and readers’ reliability rankings. The magazine recently tested more than 200 vehicles to come up with its top picks. Honda had the most winners, snagging top picks in five of the 10 categories. Besides the redesigned Civic, the Honda Accord was the top family sedan between $20,000 and $30,000, and the Acura TL was the top upscale sedan between $30,000 and $40,000. The Honda Odyssey was the top minivan, and the Honda Ridgeline, which is Honda’s first entry in the pickup market, was the top pickup. Toyota and Subaru each had two winners, including the Subaru Forester for small SUV and the Toyota Prius for “green” car. Nissan had one, the M35 luxury sedan, which the magazine called “an excellent balance of performance, comfort and handling.” Reliability rankings are based on a survey of Consumer Reports subscribers who are asked if they have had serious problems with their vehicles in the past 12 months. The survey questions readers about 17 different trouble spots. For this year’s survey, readers rated their experience with 810,000 vehicles from the 1998 through 2005 model years. Consumer Reports said Japanese and Korean brands had 12 problems per 100 vehicles, while U.S. automakers had 18 problems, and European makers had 21 problems. Asian and U.S. automakers have been improving their scores but appeared to stall in 2005, according to the magazine. European automakers’ ratings haven’t changed substantially in the last four years, the magazine said. After Lexus, Honda and Toyota, the brands rounding out the top 10 for reliability were Mitsubishi, Subaru, Acura, Scion, Mercury, Mazda and Suzuki. The 10 lowest-rated brands were Audi, Infiniti, Saturn, Lincoln, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Land Rover, Hummer and Porsche.last_img read more

Bobrick marks century of success

first_imgNORTH HOLLYWOOD – A chemist’s quest for smoother soap built an empire that spanned a century and changed the world, in a very unusual way. In 1906, G.A. Bobrick, an inventor interested in cleaning products, started a company in downtown Los Angeles and gave it his last name. He needed a convenient way to dispense his wares, so he devised a soap dispenser – something that seems commonplace today but revolutionized the business in its time. Those pedestrian yet innovative products kept thousands of people employed and made millions of dollars over the past century. On Monday, Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc. took some time to celebrate that success. “We were the first to have the no-touch dryer,” said chairman William “Sandy” Louchheim Jr. “We’ve got the first partition material where color goes all the way through. We’ve got a soap dispenser that serves multiple sinks… now, we’re working on the second century.” The Louchheims go back with the company for more than half of its existence, with patriarch William S. Louchheim purchasing Bobrick in 1946. Sandy started in college and came on in 1968 after 16 years as a ship driver in the Navy. He took the president’s chair in 1985, then passed it on to Mark in 1993. “The difference between a family business and a public company is that we’re not just interested in this month’s earnings, or this quarter, or this year,” Mark Louchheim said. “We’ve gotten to this point by focusing on the long term, looking at what the customer needs.” These aren’t flashy products, they’re not household names, but they’ve made their way around the world. In coming years, the company plans to keep growing its international presence and increasing market share in the partition business. Products from overseas – an air dryer from England, a soap dispenser from Australia – have already gone on to become top sellers throughout its various markets. “We’ve trained all the kids and grandkids to go out and look for our stuff,” Sandy Louchheim said. “You’re somewhere in Beijing, or at the pyramids in Egypt, you go into a hotel and you see one of our dryers on the wall.” (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsBobrick makes products that most people in the country use every day, but never even consider. The paper towel dispenser, the soap squirter, the wall that separates one toilet from the next, the table where a mother changes a baby’s diaper – the company manufactures them all at its North Hollywood headquarters and at facilities throughout North America. It takes an everyday product, such as a toilet partition, then tinkers with it. With various innovations, the company produces a wall that is said to be absolutely graffiti-proof. The color runs all the way to the core, so even words etched into the plastic produce little noticeable effect. President Mark Louchheim, Sandy’s son and the third generation of Louchheims to run the company, estimates that the company’s products appear in 98 percent of nonresidential buildings in the country. It’s the market leader in toilet partitions and accessories, selling products in 70 different countries. And this makes it something of a rarity, as it still manufactures all of its goods on this continent, employing 250 workers at its headquarters and 200 more at its other facilities. By relying on a specialized computer system, it can create custom products in as little as five days, beating out its low-wage, foreign competitors. “People never think of Los Angeles as a manufacturing city, but here it is, right here,” said Councilman Tony Cardenas, who represents the area. “It’s tough, with China gobbling everything up, but this shows you how to stay competitive. The jobs they have here are good, very good.” last_img read more

Griezmann deal ‘will cost Manchester United a staggering £155m’

first_img1 Griezmann is one of Europe’s most-wanted players after starring for Atletico for last three years Manchester United will have to spend an eye-watering £155million to complete a deal for Antoine Griezmann this summer.The France international is Jose Mourinho’s No 1 target, but will have to make Griezmann the Premier League’s highest-paid player.The salary he would demand is believed to be £295,000-a-week and his buyout clause is set at £79m, according to today’s Daily Mail.Griezmann is one of the most sought-after players in Europe, but United will have to convince a player to leave a team playing a Champions League semi-final for a club that’s not even certain of qualifying for next season’s tournament.Just last week Griezmann’s adviser Eric Olhats revealed details of the Atletico Madrid release clause and refused to rule out what would be a highly controversial move to rivals Real Madrid.“There is an existing clause of €100m, which is unavoidable.“We’re thinking right now about the most suitable offer. Real Madrid and other clubs are part of this thinking process.“Antoine doesn’t want to leave the club at any cost. That is false.”last_img read more

Players’ behavior irks coach

first_img Carroll declined comment Wednesday. – Linebacker Brian Cushing, expected to redshirt with nerve damage in his shoulder, made an unexpected recovery and got cleared by doctors to play Saturday against Notre Dame. “It’s the game I’ve been anticipating and I pretty much was going to go there before (Tyrone) Willingham left,” Cushing said. Carroll wants Cushing because Thomas Williams remains bothered with a groin injury. “Thomas is taking a ton of plays,” Carroll said. Meanwhile, linebacker Dallas Sartz (dislocated shoulder) is expected to redshirt, but Sartz and Carroll offered different views whether he can play against Notre Dame first. “This is his last shot and he’s not making it,” Carroll said. Said Sartz: “I’m going to suit up and see if I can go for a little bit in this game. Every couple days it gets better.” It’s likely Sartz will need surgery to repair the shoulder. – Although he appeared cautious, tailback Reggie Bush (sore knee) practiced Wednesday. “Reggie did a nice job,” Carroll said. – Carroll sent USC’s kickers to the center of campus Wednesday night to practice kicking in McCarthy Quad, which contains thick grass. He’s worried Notre Dame’s turf could be thicker than normal and throw off the kickers. Carroll also shuffled the kickoff team, with linebacker Oscar Lua replacing tight end Fred Davis while linebackers Clay Matthews and Kaluka Maiava flipped positions, as the Trojans tried to shore up their weakness. Carroll spent a good portion of Wednesday addressing special teams. – USC has compiled 11 scoring drives of two minutes or less this season, behind only Texas Tech and Louisville, which have 15. USC’s average scoring drive is 2 minutes, 35 seconds, third-best in the nation behind Texas Tech (2:21) and Louisville (2:25). — Scott Wolf can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Technically, Cushing can play and still redshirt if he gets hurt, because it’s the Trojans’ sixth game. Under NCAA rules, you cannot redshirt if you play past the sixth game. “It feels pretty good, the doctors can’t believe it,” Cushing said. “I can play now. I’m a little (hesitant). We’ll see how this game goes.” Carroll said he believes Cushing could see a limited role against the Irish. “We’re not going to put a lot of responsibility on him,” Carroll said. “He’s 100 percent and we were really thinking we weren’t going to get him back.” Cushing is happy because he wanted to play against Notre Dame more than any opponent this season. LOS ANGELES — USC coach Pete Carroll reprimanded two football players this week for rowdy behavior at an off-campus party following the Trojans’ victory over Arizona. The two players, who were not identified, caused a disturbance at a large gathering two blocks from campus Saturday night, sources said. No complaints were filed with police or university security, but Carroll acted quickly this week when alerted to the situation and met with the players. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Weeklast_img read more