Hillel student wins 8-10 tennis title in Florida

first_imgJamaica’s Alyssa James, a promising eight-year-old tennis player who attends Hillel Preparatory School, created a major upset in Palm Beach, Florida, on Monday when she defeated JoAnna Kennedy, the No. 1-seeded player in the 8-10 category of the 2016 Little Mo International Tennis tournament 6-0, 2-6, 10-6. The Little Mo tournaments are named after Margaret Connolly, a brilliant USA tennis player who was the first female to win the Grand Slam of tennis in 1953. That year, she won the Australian, French, Wimbledon and US Open tournaments at age 18. Her tennis career was cut short by an accident she suffered while horse riding and she died at age 34, from cancer. James, who has been playing tennis since she was three years old, was seeded No. 14 in the tournament, and reached the final by disposing of the No. 2 seeded player. Her opponent, Kennedy, had won two previous Little Mo tournaments and was going for the Little Mo Slam in her match against James. The Jamaican started off aggressively and won the first set 6-0, but Kennedy regained her composure in the second set, and breezed through it 6-2. Kennedy seemed set to take the match when she led 6-2 in the super tiebreaker, but James, who says that she admires her idol, Serena Williams, for her fighting spirit, showed this herself when she fought back brilliantly to win the breaker 10-6, and pull off a major upset. Alyssa, who is the daughter of Tennis Jamaica director Marcus James, is coached in Jamaica by Damion Johnson and Richard Russell.last_img read more

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REMEMBERING YANCY PETERS FLAH (1937-2014) YOUTH ADVOCATE AND EDUCATOR

first_imgWe pause to note the passing at age 77 in Texas, USA of Yancy Peters Flah, a distinguished Liberian, a son of Grand Gedeh County, a youth advocate and an educator.  No doubt many of his generation will remember him for many different things that marked his sojourn among us. For me, he was first and foremost a molder of the character of Liberian youth through the National YMCA and in many classrooms in our country and abroad.Born in Bangloh, Konobo District, Grand Gedeh County on March 15, 1937, he was sent at an early age to Zwedru  where he began his education at the Assemblies of God Mission schools. Monrovia and CWA followed in the early 1950s. He received a high school diploma from CWA in 1957, enrolled at the University of Liberia the following year, graduating subsequently with a BA degree in History. He was certified with a diploma at Teachers’ College of the University and embarked on secondary school teaching before moving on in 1964 to graduate studies at the prestigious Syracuse University in New York. In 1966 he obtained a Masters degree in History.Yancy soon returned home to the University of Liberia where he served variously as chairperson of the Business Department, Instructor of History, Dean of Students’ Affairs, Assistant Professor of History and Chairman of the Department of History. He left the University only in 1977 when appointed by President William R. Tolbert, Jr. as Principal of the then newly established Zwedru Multilateral High School in Grand Gedeh County. He would serve in that capacity through 1980 when the circumstances of the Military Coup d’état of that year would bring him back to Monrovia and to largely uneventful political appointments including Deputy Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, 1983 to the end in 1990 of the regime of President Samuel K. Doe.But it was Yancy Peters Flah the youth leader that may remain his greatest legacy. Shortly upon his arrival in Monrovia for school, he was instrumental in the formation of the Krahn Youth Association (KYA) devoted to assisting fellow youths from Grand Gedeh navigate the challenges of life in the Capital city.  A fortuitous introduction to the African-American Secretary General of the YMCA of Liberia, David N. Howell (1906-1984) ensued. This was his opening, an opportunity he would use to maximum benefit. Employed initially as a messenger by the YMCA, a popular Christian philanthropic organization, he and David Howell worked together so well that before long Yancy Peters Flah and David Howell became synonymous with YMCA/Liberia, as the “Y” impacted the lives of scores if not hundreds of high school and college students in Monrovia and beyond.This is how I met Yancy Peters Flah when I arrived from Grand Bassa County as a freshman student at the University of Liberia in 1961. As he had a decade earlier learned his way around Monrovia through the KYA and the YMCA, my introduction to Monrovia society was the YMCA and the National Student Christian Council (NSCC). The learning experience was spectacular. There was more. It was my good fortune to be a part of the Liberian delegation to the First All-Africa Christian Youth Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya in 1962. A delegation led by the late Rev. Canon Burgess Carr (1935-2012) included Yancy Peters Flah, Kenneth Y. Best, Gladys Kiawon Johnson, Henry Reed Cooper, and Charles Minor. What an opportunity!Early in his career, Yancy was called upon by President Tolbert to serve as the National Orator for July 26, 1974. Then serving as chair of the History Department at the University, his 15-page oration delivered in Zwedru where the national celebrations were held was titled “The Dynamism of our Times: Speedy Evolution.” In it he brought the historian’s mind to major turning points in the country’s history, punctuating the evolutionary rise toward a more inclusive national society. And then he spoke of the Liberian youth: “I believe in youth. I know any one who does has the present and the future on his side, for adults are leaders of yesterday and today, and youth are leaders of today and tomorrow. Unless we lead them now they may lead us in the direction of their choice.” These are indeed prescient words to ponder in our times of crisis and of opportunity!Our condolences to his widow Violet Harron Flah, children, and his entire family. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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City Councilors defer pay talks to 2010

first_imgCurrently, the Mayor recieves just under $60,000 and Councilors get around $20,000.Deliberations on remuneration began in December 2008 and have now been deferred three times. Fort St. John City council won’t be receiving a pay hike this year. At Monday’s meeting in City Hall, council deliberated it’s annual remuneration and benefits policy.Councilors debated the proposed recommendation, stating that council should adjust compensation annually, using Vancouver’s Consumer Price Index.- Advertisement -Manager of Human Resources, Grace Fika, says CPI is used by many B.C. municipalities in determining council pay.[asset|aid=2169|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=a990895fa05ece7d96770c7a28eb4f6c-Fika Money 2_1_Pub.mp3]Councilors weren’t keen on one part of the recommendation presented, which stated that if the policy is adopted, Mayor and council would receive backpay for 2009.Advertisement This is Mayor Bruce Lantz…[asset|aid=2170|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=a990895fa05ece7d96770c7a28eb4f6c-Lantz -money 1_1_Pub.mp3]So instead, councilors voted to investigate ways to adjust their compensation. Fort St. John will now partner with three stakeholders in the city to review other communities similar in size and services. Those that will be invited to take part in the study will be chosen by Fika, and will include a local Chamber of Commerce member, someone with a strong financial background, and a former city council member.That report will be completed before June 30th, 2010 and then deliberated by City Council.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Guardiola repeats call for player protection as City forge ahead

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola gestures from the touchline during his side’s 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 1 – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola urged officials to better protect his star players after a 3-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday.The result left his side with a commanding 15-point lead at the top of the Premier League but Guardiola was unhappy with a series of challenges, the worst of which saw Matt Phillips booked for a high-flying lunge at young City substitute Brahim Diaz. The incident followed City’s FA Cup victory at Cardiff on Sunday where Leroy Sane suffered an ankle ligament injury which will sideline him for up to seven weeks — prompting Guardiola’s call for his players’ protection.However, he was in a more conciliatory mood on Wednesday, although he did have an animated discussion with fourth official Kevin Friend on the final whistle.“I’ve said what I said so we spoke with Kevin, the fourth official,” Guardiola told reporters. “They have an opinion, I have another one, they’re the bosses, I accept that. I have to accept it.”The Spaniard added: “Today we were lucky, three or four days ago we were unlucky with Leroy.“The image speaks for itself. I could repeat what I said after the last game but it’s not necessary. The chat was good, that’s all.”Guardiola was also unhappy with a late lunge by James McClean on Kevin De Bruyne, which earned the West Brom man a yellow card, and an Allan Nyom foul on Kyle Walker.– ‘Poor challenge’ –But Albion manager Alan Pardew believed Guardiola’s weekend comments had provoked City supporters into trying to put pressure on referee Bobby Madley in a bid to get him to hand out harsher treatment to the visitors than might otherwise have been the case.Pardew also pointed out that City were not faultless, highlighting an early incident in which home midfielder Fernandinho appeared to stamp on Grzegorz Krychowiak, who had to be replaced later in the first half.“He’s a winger and in desperate situations wingers can make poor challenges. It was a poor challenge, make no mistake about that,” said Pardew of Phillips’s challenge.“But I think Fernandinho made a similar one in the middle of the pitch. I’m not sure if the referee saw it.“I thought Pep’s comments at the weekend affected the crowd. Every challenge, they were saying ‘you’re not protecting our players, referee!’.“There were a few songs sung about him but I actually thought he (Madley) had a decent game.”Officiating aside, it was a routine victory for Guardiola’s team, with goals from Fernandinho, De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero sealing victory.– ‘Amazing joy’ –Their efforts also took City’s goal tally for the season to 101, an astonishing mark before the end of January, although Guardiola was conscious that his team missed a host of chances — Raheem Sterling in particular — and the manager warned they were chances which better teams would have punished his side for wasting.“When you ask me what he (Sterling) can improve – that (finishing)!” said Guardiola, whose side remains in the hunt for an unprecedented quadruple of Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League titles in the one season.“When he is able to improve that he will be a top-class player, so I’m happy because today what I feel is this is one of the best performances we played this season.“To play better than we played today is difficult but in knockout games, or cup finals, or Arsenal in the (League Cup) final, we need to be more clinical in front of goal or we will be in trouble.“We create an amazing amount of joy — to watch these guys play, the joy they have to play in that way — but we miss a lot of chances and against the top teams it will be a problem if we are not able to improve.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Suspicious packages harmless

first_imgA white powdery substance that fell out of a package wrapped in Christmas paper left on the front porch of a home turned out to be ash from a fireplace, authorities determined Friday. Police were trying to determine Friday who placed two suspicious packages in front of the home in the 6500 block of Friends Avenue and why. Officials do not believe it was a random act, although an investigation is continuing. “It’s unknown if there was a motive in the delivery of the package to this particular area,” said Whittier Police Department spokesman Jason Zuhlke. “These incidents are rare. It’s a possibility that this person was targeted, but it’s unknown for certain.” A woman who lives in the home discovered the packages at about 7:20 p.m. Thursday. She opened one of them and came into contact with the powdery ash. The woman complained of feeling nauseous and vomiting and called 9-1-1. She was taken to Whittier Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, but was not injured. Police said the woman might have believed the powder had made her ill. “It could have been psychological because she feared it was an unknown substance,” said Zuhlke. After the 9-1-1 call, the Sheriff’s Department bomb squad was called to the scene to examine the second package. Residents on the block were evacuated, said Lori Hentcy, police community relations coordinator. Bomb squad officials X-rayed the unopened box and discovered it also was filled with ash. The incident unnerved evacuated residents. “When you see flashing lights or a suspicious package, it’s a little bit of a worry,” said neighbor Joe Valverde. City News Service contributed to this story. debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want 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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Robot spyplane crosses country

first_imgEDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – A Global Hawk robot spyplane known as N-1 completed a 10-hour cross-continental flight from Edwards Air Force Base to the U.S. Navy’s air testing base in Maryland. The N-1, the first RQ-4A Global Hawk delivered to the U.S. Navy, went to Naval Air Station Patuxent River in preparation for the Navy’s Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment 2006. “The successful delivery of N-1 to Pax River marks a major milestone in the joint development of the Global Hawk reconnaissance system,” said Col. Christopher Cook, 412th Operations Group Commander. The unmanned, computer-controlled reconnaissance aircraft is one of two acquired by the U.S. Navy through the Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration Program. Other Global Hawks have operated for the U.S. Air Force over Iraq and Afghanistan. The Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment is a worldwide training exercise. The Global Hawk will demonstrate unmanned long-endurance sea surveillance for the Navy, the Department of Defense and Homeland Security agencies. Prior to its flight from Edwards to Maryland, the aircraft was deemed safe for flight in national airspace by Edwards’ Global Vigilance Combined Test Force. “This flight clearance will allow the U.S. Navy to conduct routine flight operations with the (Global Hawk) system in and out of Patuxent River with manned aircraft,” said Terry Barefoot, Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration program manager. Global Hawks are assembled by Northrop Grumman in Palmdale. Flight testing was done at Edwards to evaluate the performance of sensor modifications for the Navy. The modifications were developed beginning in 2001 when the Global Hawk program, working with the Australian government, developed maritime modes for the Global Hawk’s synthetic aperture radar. The modes were initially tested at Edwards, and then demonstrated during a deployment to Australia in the fall of 2001, said Tony Kaiser, Edwards’ 412th Test Wing project manager for Global Hawk. “The U.S. Navy adapted these modes to the production Global Hawk SAR and developed maritime modes that met their requirements,” Kaiser said. “These maritime modes were again tested at Edwards by a combined Global Vigilance CTF and Navy test team.” The Navy Global Hawk’s cross-country flight plan was designed to keep it away from population centers and congested airspace. The mission plan also had to accommodate emergency planning that would allow the aircraft to land at an alternate runway or in an unpopulated area across the entire continent, Edwards officials said. The flight route was coordinated with the FAA and other airspace controlling agencies across the United States and all emergency landing points were coordinated with their owners, Edwards officials said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want 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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Chelsea on verge of £35m deal, John Terry set for Villa move and more GOSSIP!

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Chelsea are close to signing Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco for £35million, which could prompt Nemanja Matic to leave for Manchester United. Blues boss Antonio Conte has made it clear he wants Bakayoko, 22, who made his debut for France last month. (Daily Mail)Chelsea target Alex Sandro will have to ask to leave Juventus before they accept any offer from the Premier League champions. Chelsea have had an initial £45million offer rejected while Juventus have opened discussions about a new deal for the Brazilian left back. (Daily Mail)Diego Costa is ready to dig his heels in and stay at Chelsea until he seals his dream move back to Atletico Madrid. The Spain striker’s ready to go head-to-head with boss Antonio Conte by refusing to move to anyone but his old club. (Daily Star)John Terry is seriously considering a £60,000-week deal to join Aston Villa. Terry is pondering whether to reject offers from Premier League clubs in favour of trying to help Steve Bruce’s side challenge for promotion. (The Sun)Craig Shakespeare is plotting a £25million move for Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho, as Leicester prepare to spend big this summer. (Daily Telegraph)Leicester City are weighing up their options after being told they would need to more than double their £10m bid for West Brom defender Jonny Evans before any deal could be considered. (Leicester Mercury)Manchester City’s bid to sign Kyle Walker will drag on into next week as Tottenham Hotspur dig their heels in over the price for the England right-back. The two clubs have been locked in talks this week and City have been frustrated by Spurs’ valuation, which is close to £50million. (Independent)Rafa Benitez is set to land Brazilian star Fernando from Manchester City. The Newcastle chief has identified him as his first major signing since winning promotion to the Premier League. City want £8million for the former Porto man but Benitez believes he can land his target for only £5m to give his squad a huge lift. (The Sun)Benfica star Anderson Talisca has not agreed a move to Manchester United, according to his agent Jesse Carvalho. (Daily Express)Arsenal are now demanding £20million for Wojciech Szczesny. Juventus have seen a cheeky £4m bid turned down for the Polish keeper who has spent the last two seasons on loan at Roma. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Sassuolo are hoping star Domenico Berardi will snub interest from Tottenham and stay putNewcastle United target Pepe Reina has been offered a new contract by Napoli which contains a £4m release-clause for clubs outside of ItalyJuventus have made a £40m offer for Chelsea target Federico Bernardeschi, according to reports in ItalyHuddersfield Town are set to beat Leicester City and West Brom to the £11.5m signing of Montpellier striker Steve Mounielast_img read more

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ATHLETICS NEWS: ROSSES AC ATHLETE JOHN TULLY WINS SILVER AT UK CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgRosses AC News: A busy weekend for Rosses AC with athletes competing in Carrickfinn in the Rosses AC Spring Series 5K, in Manchester at the UK Sportshall Athletics Finals, in Lifford at the Lifford/Strabane Half Marathon and in Spain in the Madrid Marathon. Pride of place goes to our young athletes competing for Donegal and Ulster at at the UK Sportshall Athletics Finals in Manchester and who came home with four medals. John Boyle, Tully, Dungloe and a pupil at Rosses Community School had a tremendous performance to win the silver medal when finishing second in the U-13 Boys Standing Triple Jump with a mighty leap of 7.91m. About an hour later he was on the winner’s podium again when himself and Denis Mc Ginley, Milford AC finished second in the Paarlauf Relay to get another deserved silver medal.Mia Mc Devitt, Braade and a pupil at Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair won a magnificent Gold medal when her team won the Obstacle Relay. On the team with Mia were Bethany Lecky, Finn Valley AC; Honour Okoroji, LK AC; Connie Doherty, Inishowen AC. On Sunday Ciara Curran, Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, much to the delight of her PE teacher Ita Gallagher and her team manager Louise Gillespie won a silver medal in the Paarlauf Relay. On the team with Ciara was double gold medal winner Janine Boyle, FV AC. A fine performance by Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair lad Eamonn Ó Gallchóir to finish 4th in the U-13 Boys Shot Putt Finals with a throw of 10.23m with the 3.25kg shot. A top ten finish for Emilly Croke, Roshine NS in the U-13 Shot Putt. Fine performances also from Melissa Mc Gee, Roshine NS and Leah Mc Garvey, Scoil Phádraig, Dobhar and Oran Wallace, Scoil Chróine, Dungloe. In the U-15 Girls fine performances from Saskia Boyle, Jessica Oglesby, Caoimhe Boyle and Orfhlaith Winters.A list of all the Donegal Athletic Board Grand Prix races is not listed on the club facebook page. There is no shortage of races to suit all so take a look and mark your races and next milestones.Come Dine With Me – Calling all Rosses AC parents and senior athletes. We would appreciate as many athletes / parents as possible getting involved. Please send club organiser, Leanne Sharkey, a private facebook message to let her know that you’re interested in taking part. Track and Field training recommences for Juveniles on Monday April 13th in Carrickfinn and also in Magheragallon at 6-7pm. Adult training sessions continue on Wednesday evenings at 7pm and Friday evenings at 8pm at the Industrial Estate, lead by Paul McGee. Long run sessions are happening every Sunday morning at 11am. Meet at the Blue Bridge, Arduns, Gweedore.Dates for Diary: North West 10k Sunday May 3rd. Upcoming Juvenile Fixtures: Thur 7th May: Donegal Children’s Games for 2005,2006,2007 at Finn Valley. Friday 8th May: Closing date for entries for Ulster Children’s Games. Sunday 10th May: Donegal Juvenile Track and Field Ch’s in Lifford. Friday 15th May: Rosses Primary Schools Sports in Carrickfinn 10.30 am start. Any information for notes please email Michael.logue@pramerica.ie or text on 0866003527.ATHLETICS NEWS: ROSSES AC ATHLETE JOHN TULLY WINS SILVER AT UK CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: April 29th, 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:athleticsNoticesROSSES ACSportlast_img read more

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DONEGAL STUDENTS RECEIVE GAISCE AWARDS – PICTURE SPECIAL!

first_imgA number of students from across Donegal received their Gaisce – The President’s Award in recent days.Here is a picture special from a very special day for all concerned. DONEGAL STUDENTS RECEIVE GAISCE AWARDS – PICTURE SPECIAL! was last modified: June 7th, 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:Donegal studentsGAISCE AWARDSlast_img

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TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR THE ‘OUTSTANDING’ MARK ENGLISH

first_imgMark English won SILVER at the European Indoor Championships.Tributes are continuing to pour in for Mark English following his sensational run in today’s European Indoor Championships in Prague.English secured his second major medal by winning Silver in the 800m final by delivering a classy and controlled performance.English was sitting in sixth until the last 200m and then he kicked on and almost won the race in a thrilling final. English secured a Bronze medal at the European Outdoor Championships last year.Ireland Athletics supremo Patsy McGonagle paid tribute to English and described him as a remarkable and extremely clever athlete.McGonagle said, “He’s a superb athlete and today was another sensational result and performance from him.“He’s such a clever athlete in Championship running, it’s completely different to Grand Prix racing and he has just seems to have the knack for it. “He ran such a clever race and timed everything to perfection, it’s another huge result for Irish athletics and another huge result for athletics here in Donegal.Social media outlets went into meltdown following English’s thrilling performance.Donna Burke said, “Well Done Mark doing your county and country proud as always….Up Donegal.John Melly said, “Well done. All proud of your achievements for Donegal & Ireland!Mary Collins said, “Great achievement Mark for Donegal,Ireland & especially for yourself…..well done. Hugh Carr said, “Well done Mark, brilliant achievement.TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR THE ‘OUTSTANDING’ MARK ENGLISH was last modified: March 8th, 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:athleticsmark englishnewsSportlast_img read more

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