Third-seeded Stephen Shirley won the men’s Class Two title while Scott Jones lifted the Class Three crown in two early finals at the Jamaica National (JN) Open Tennis Championships at the Liguanea Club yesterday. Shirley stopped long-time rival, the top-seeded Leighton Burton 6-2, 2-6, 6-1. It was Shirley’s first win over his “main rival” in the last five meetings between the Class Two veterans. For his win, Shirley copped a prize from Singer and took home a shiny trophy. “I feel very good to win. Burton is a very tough competitor and the number one seed, and it’s always good to beat the number one,” he told The Sunday Gleaner after his win. His rival, Burton, said: “This is the biggest rivalry in Class Two. We have met five times in the finals and it is his (Stephen Shirley) first win,” he joked. Jones, the number one seed, rallied to beat number two seed, Jermaine Case 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in another exciting affair. His prizes were also a trophy and Singer gift. Jones entered the match with a slipped disc, but was determined to win, so he took pain killers. He had been out of the sport for eight months. It was Jones’ fourth consecutive Class Three final, but his first win. “I am very happy for this win and looking forward to taking Class Two home in the coming year,” he said.
1 Sir Alex Ferguson joined Man United 28 years ago Manchester United haven’t endured such a bad start to a league campaign since 1986, and 28 years ago that dismal period not only saw the final days of Ron Atkinson’s managerial reign, but prompted perhaps the most important ‘signing’ in club’s history.Alex Ferguson arrived from Aberdeen and, despite his growing reputation courtesy of great success north of the border, there was no instant success, although he did steer the club away from the lower reaches of the First Division.Although Ferguson set about restructuring the scouting and youth systems, a long-awaited league title failed to materialise and vociferous sections called for his head as the decade drew to a close – despite Fergie subsequently insisting he was never close to losing his job.What happened from 1992/93 onwards was a masterclass in domestic domination, as United rose to the pinnacle of English football and largely remained there until the end of Ferguson’s glittering reign.Fergie’s incredible return of 38 trophies before his retirement in 2013 was testament not only to his ability to evolve as a manager, but also vindicated United’s decision to stick with him when times looked bleak in 1989.There has been less to cheer about at Old Trafford since the great Scot hung up his hairdryer, but with the current managerial incumbent Louis van Gaal the club possess a proven manager with a clear philosophy. If Ferguson’s reign is to mean anything, it’s that patience needs to be shown if United are to stand any chance of rising again.
West Ham skipper Mark Noble has told talkSPORT the Hammers have every chance of finishing in the Premier League’s top four.Slaven Bilic’s side go into Saturday’s clash with Manchester City sixth in the table, just four points behind fourth-placed Spurs.Ahead of talkSPORT’s live commentary match at Upton Park, midfielder Noble told Warren Haughton: “Of course [it’s a possibility]. “Obviously we had a disappointing result against Newcastle last week [2-1 loss at St James’ Park].“That’s what this league’s like. Nothing’s ever as simple as it looks on paper.“Newcastle were second from bottom and everyone thought we’d go and take three points.“To come into the new year with the points we’ve taken in the last eight games is phenomenal and we need to push on and enjoy the game Saturday.”One of the key men behind the club’s impressive performances this season has been Dimitri Payet, a summer signing from Marseille.Noble praised the impact of the French playmaker, as well as the other new recruits – Manuel Lanzini among them.When asked if Payet is the best player he has played with, Noble responded: “For sure – he’s a great geezer as well.“[As captain] It was my job to make these players feel at home and blend in. We have a great bunch of boys that have brought him in and seen the quality he’s got and he’s just gone out and played under a top manager that believes in him and we’ve seen what a top player he can be.“Those two [Payet and Lanzini] especially have been fantastic for us and it shows the way the club’s going.”
A recovering alcoholic from Donegal, who bought his partner an engagement ring and then raped her on the same day, has been jailed for eight years.The accused pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape, aggravated sexual assault and assault of the woman in their Donegal home on August 17, 2008.Judge Paul Carney jailed the accused for eight years for rape and aggravated assault and six months for common assault to run concurrently. He also suspended the final two years and ordered that the accused be supervised for 18 months after his release.The court was told the man and his partner were both recovering alcoholics.She said they had bought an engagement ring on the day of the assault and the man returned home at 3am with a bottle of vodka and forced this into the woman’s mouth and committed the assaults.She sustained very heavy bruising around her face and eyes. She waited at the house until the accused fell asleep and she then escaped.The woman, who was not in court, filed a victim impact statement which stated that she is now “virtually a recluse”.She said she has “flashbacks and nightmares” of her ordeal and has gone from being a friendly woman to a nervous person. She is not able to form relationships with men and cannot be alone with a man.The court heard an apology from the man.Mr Grehan noted that the accused had pleaded guilty in advance of the trial date. He said that his client has no previous convictions for sexual offences or any serious violence.The court also heard the accused told gardaí he had been abused himself when he was younger.RECOVERING ALCOHOLIC RAPED PARTNER ON SAME DAY HE BOUGHT HER ENGAGEMENT RING was last modified: July 30th, 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)
MICKEY Harte’s Tyrone have dumped Ulster Champions Monaghan out the All-Ireland Championship.Tyrone will now play the winners of the Donegal/Mayo match in the semi-final.In a tightly-fought game at Croke Park this evening, Tyrone edged the match by 14 points to 12. Each side saw a player sent off in a grinding game.Tyrone’s experience won out in the end. BREAKING NEWS: TYRONE DUMP MONAGHAN OUT OF ALL-IRELAND was last modified: August 3rd, 2013 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:all-irelandMonaghanTyrone
“There’s no place else on earth just like the Homes of Donegal”‘That Strabane man can sing none!’ – A response from my late father Fred when he first heard Paul Brady’s version of the ballad, The Homes of Donegal.by Donegal Daily Motoring Correspondent Brian McDaid The Faughan Side was Fred’s favourite which he would sing after a night out in Nellie Mc Governs.The Faughan Side, The Homes of Donegal, Glenswilly and The Banks of Mulroy Bay all sounded the same but with different words, well that’s the way they sounded to me when my father sang them.Years on and it is Paul Brady’s version of the Homes of Donegal that reminds me of my father the most.Paul Brady gave the ballad a new life with his version, when my father sang the song and ballad singers like him the song sounded so sad. But every time I hear Paul Brady’s version including his signature introduction on the tin whistle, the song fills me with pride.RPM’s Alan “Plump” Tyndall is someone who recognised the power of this song and once included it as a backing track to his TV coverage of the Donegal International Rally and by doing this he added a powerful memory to this song which when I hear it has the hairs standing on the back of my neck!I’ll take it to the hills!Craig Breen who gave Donegal the Thumbs up as the best rally in the world in a recent TV interview.The world rally media were all in Mexico for the third Round of the World Rally championship.One of the two Irish drivers competing at works Citroen team, Craig Breen had to sit out this event through no fault of his own to make way for the former 9 times world rally champion, Sebastian Loeb’s return to rallying. The rally was beamed out live throughout the weekend to corners of the world.The outside broadcasting studio is coming from the service area of the rally, Three fuel barrels were part of the studio which the presenters are sitting around with their special guest who is the substituted Citroen driver Craig Breen.Awaiting a feed to come in from the live coverage from the stages. The presenter asks their guest, Breen what would be his all time favourite rally car and all time rally. Breen opts for the Metro 6R4 “all the way” one of the great group B cars of its day. he Replys And what Rally? I’d take it to the hills, The Donegal International Rally! “ DONEGAL “ the presenter replies in amazement reminding Breen that the question applied to the whole world, absolutely there’s no place like it, Donegal, Breen Replies the presenter then admits that she has never been to Donegal, and goes to Google Donegal on her phone.Breen goes on to explain that all the world champions competed in Donegal Rally at one time or the other. Seb (Sebastian Loeb) was there in the works Citroen at still talks about the craic and the after rally party. When Breen talked about the 6R4 he could have been talking about the great world Rally Champion, Colin McRea who made Donegal his own for a weekend with Nicky Grist as they pushed the Metro to the limit. The sound of the Metro’s V6 on the way up Knockalla as it echoed of the hillside was a event in time that never would leave the mind. Nine times World Rally Champion, Sebastian Leob heading off from Boyces Corner in Letterkenny to start on the Donegal International Rally. One that he enjoyed so much and still talks about the craic ND WELCOME.Photo Brian McDaidIt does not matter if its the homes of Donegal sung so well by Brady or Breen talking so highly about the Hills of Donegal as in the Donegal Rally. The end result is the same. Donegal is the place that everyone talks so highly about but sadly it always seems to be someone that’s not from here that see the beauty and appeal quicker than we can see it ourselvesCraig Breen in action on the famous Knockalla Stage on the Donegal International Rally.“The Homes of Donegal” is an Irish ballad written by songwriter Seán McBride in 1955. It has been performed by many singers including my father but more famously by Paul Brady.McBride was a native of Cruit Island which is in The Rosses area of north-west County Donegal. He was a school Teacher at St.Baithin’s school in St.Johnston for most of his life. He died at the age of 90 in August 1996 and is buried on his native Cruit IslandSeán only wrote the lyrics, the actual air itself may be 150 or more years old, there are many songs around using the same melody.Happy Motoring FolksDD Motoring: Breen, Brady and McBride in tune for Donegal! was last modified: March 22nd, 2018 by Brian McDaidShare 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:Craig Breendd motoringHomes of Donegal
R&B crooner Mary J.Blige performs atthe Grand Arena in Cape Town during her2007 tour.(Image: Celeb woohoo) Goo Goo Dolls lead singer John Rzeznikat the 46664 Aids concert held at Ellis ParkStadium in 2007.(Image: Daylife)Tamara O’ReillySouth Africans were culturally isolated under apartheid, but the advent of democracy has seen the who’s who of entertainment beating a path to the country’s door.During apartheid, the United Nations Cultural Boycott Resolution meant that virtually no country in the world would do cultural business with South Africa. No artist or musician from a member state could perform in the country, and white South African artists were banned from performing elsewhere in the world.During the early 1990s, with smell of democracy in the air, arts organisations and companies prepared for the lifting of the ban. One of them was BIG Concerts, the company that brought US folk-rock singer Paul Simon to South Africa for the country’s first post-apartheid international music tour. It has since earned the reputation of being South Africa’s premier concert organiser.At first, BIG Concerts’ BIG Birthday bashes at Ellis Park Stadium promoted the best in South African music talent, crossing all racial boundaries. They have since brought more than 100 artists and more than 1 000 tours to South African audiences – names like Bryan Adams, Simply Red, Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, U2 and REM – with some doing return tours.What goes into it?In the honeymoon period after the end of the apartheid and the lifting of the cultural boycott many big-name artists were eager to appear on local stages and share their solidarity with the new South Africa. But according to BIG Concerts chief operating officer John Langford, the industry has matured significantly since then and the company now competes for tours on the same basis as any other.“Nowadays it’s obviously a financial decision on whether or not the tour will generate sufficient profits,” he says. “Provided that the rand does not weaken substantially, and consumers have a degree of disposable income, there will always be a healthy market for tours. Unlike the recorded music industry, the concert business is showing good growth around the world.“Concerts seem to survive economic challenges quite well. In times of difficulty, people still look for entertainment, possibly as a way to forget their day to day challenges. However, during tough times you only attract core fans of an artist and not those people on the periphery, and therefore our choice of who we tour is critical.”The artistsInternationally, BIG Concerts have earned a reputation with artists as Africa’s premier concert organiser. Many artists are confident their demands for a venue, accommodation security and other logistics will be properly met.Probably the biggest factor for organisers to consider is the concert venue. Most major performances in Johannesburg are held at the Coca Cola Dome, an indoor venue with a standing and seating capacity of 19 000 people. In Cape Town the Bellville Velodrome, with a capacity of 10 000, is popular for major concerts.“We have a much better choice in venues than a few years back – including great new purpose options like the Grand Arena at Grandwest and the Teatro at Montecasino,” says Langford. “In most cases we do not have to rearrange the site to accommodate our specific needs because these have been taken into account during the construction of venue. Other than the purpose-built arenas, we are always looking for suitable, large outdoor festival sites where we can host concerts.”A lot takes place behind the scenes before the promoter announces the arrival of an artist. Before approaching the artist, BIG Concerts undertakes research, which includes the reading of international and local trade magazines, communicating with record companies and radio stations, and monitoring the artist’s profile in South Africa. Other factors influencing their approach to artists include suggestions from the general public, as well as suggestions or requests from potential sponsors.“We have waited more than five years for some tours – so clearly having patience is a critical personality attribute. In most cases there is a reasonable degree of waiting, and negotiating, but the only time we ever draw the line is when it comes to budget parameters or deadlines that cannot be shifted.”One of the artists the company wishes to see on our shores is Madonna. “She is probably the greatest female performer of all time, and yet she has not performed in Africa yet,” says Langford.AwardsRecently BIG Concerts was the only African promoter – coming in at 21 – to be included in the list of the World’s Top 100 Promoters. Pollstar is the world’s largest resource for international concert tour information which collates and publishes information on concert ticket sales and artist tour schedules.Locally, the promoter was also voted The Star newspaper’s People’s Choice as South Africa’s top event company.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Tamara O’Reilly at email@example.com.Useful linksBIG Concerts Coca Cola Dome Pollstar
20 December 2011Trade on the JSE’s Currency Derivatives market has soared in 2011 as investors reacted to a turbulent world economy, the low spreads that the exchange offers and an increased product offering.Both number of contracts and value traded more than doubled in the year to end-November 2011, relative to the same period in 2010.Growth has been consistent since the market was formed in 2007, and while the JSE is unable to predict future trade activity, the latest currency derivative trading statistics do not indicate that growth will cease.“I’m delighted with this growth, which demonstrates that the JSE is listening to clients and providing a service that is needed in the market,” said the exchange’s Derivatives Trading GM Warren Geers in a statement this week.“The growth also indicates that investors are moving trades onto the regulated market as they are asked to improve their risk profile. On-market instruments require no foreign exchange clearance and are settled in rands.”Exotic currency structuresThe currency derivatives team continues to be in close contact with members and clients, to ensure the exchange is aware of changing needs, and in May this year, the JSE launched any day expiry contracts and exotic Can-do structures in response to demand from several South African banks.These exotic currency structures enable investors to structure products as required, while retaining the risk management advantages of listed derivatives. Investors can negotiate the terms of an option contract, choosing the underlying asset as well as the expiry date.“As the South African listed derivatives market develops and matures, investors are seeking more complex structures in order to hedge their specific risk profiles,” said Geers.“These exotic products are often illiquid and difficult to price – accurate data is an essential component of increasing transparency and improving confidence and liquidity in this market overall. We have access to this data through an agreement with a global company called SuperDerivatives.”Trade in currency pairsA month after the launch, Absa Capital listed the first exotic style currency Can-do option structure based on the dollar/rand exchange rate – Knock-Out Barrier Options Up-and-Out and Down-and-Out. These offer asset managers and hedge fund participants an exchange traded product similar to what has previously only been available over-the-counter (OTC).Growth has been particularly strong since May 2011, following the restructuring of trading fees to incentivise large trades. Trade costs are levied according to a sliding scale, making it cost effective for smaller traders and encouraging large transactions which have traditionally been done with the country’s big banks.The market offers derivatives trade in the main currency pairs of the US Dollar/Rand, Euro/Rand, UK Pound/Rand, Australian Dollar/Rand and Japanese Yen/Rand as well as other less liquid contracts like the New Zealand Dollar/Rand and Botswana Pula/Rand contracts.Product diversificationProduct diversification and innovation forms part of the JSE’s continued drive to grow the currency derivatives market. “The JSE realises that in order to be more competitive it needs to offer foreign exchange products that are viable alternatives to those traded over the counter,” said Geers.South Africa’s exchange controls have been relaxed to allow a wide group of qualifying clients from trading on the Currency Derivatives market.These include South African and non resident individuals and corporates, hedge funds and resident financial service providers, as well as collective investment schemes subject to their foreign portfolio allowance.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Ross Taylor scored an unbeaten 47 as Rajasthan beat Pune by six wickets during their IPL match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Sunday. Score | PhotosChasing 144, Rajasthan were home with three balls to spare with Ross Taylor and Ajinkya Rahane remaining unbeaten.Like Pune, Rajasthan too had to face an early setback in the form of opener Shane Watson’s dismissal in the fifth over off Alfonso Thomas when the score was 29.The other opener Rahul Dravid too did not last long and fell to Rahul Sharma on 18 on the first ball of the 8th over. Rajasthan were 43/2 at the stage.Rajasthan all-rounder Johan Botha was the next wicket to fall from their camp when the team total was 59. He was trapped leg-before by Rahul Sharma on the first ball of the 11th over.Then it was time for some fireworks at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. And Kiwi Ross Taylor and Ashok Menaria ensured that the spectators got of good dose with some spectacular shots across the ground.But just when the two batsmen were looking well set Rahul Sharma managed to break their stand. He pitched the ball short to the left-hander Menaria and he holed out in the deep to Alfonso Thomas, who took a diving catch to dismiss him on 29. And Rajasthan score was 92/4.Finally, Ross Taylor, who scored an unbeaten 47 helped the team win comprehensively by six wickets. His 47 came off 35 balls and included four boundaries and two over the fence shots.Pune innings Rajasthan restricted Pune to 143/7 in 20 overs after Rajasthan captain Shane Warne won the toss and elected to bowl in the 39th IPL match of the IPL-4.advertisementPune didn’t get off to a good start as they lost their in-form opener Kiwi Jesse Ryder in the third over of the innings off Rajasthan all-rounder Johan Botha, who has been in good nick this season.A sharp turner from Botha foxed Ryder and wicketkeeper Dishant Yagnik removed the bails in a flash. He fell for 18 when Pune were 24.Post the early setback, Pune batsmen Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey got on with a partnership putting together 46 runs for the second wicket. But on second ball of the ninth over Uthappa fell after scoring a fine 35. A Shane Warne ball saw him through when the team total was 70.However new man in the middle, captain Yuvraj Singh did not last long and mix-up between him and Pandey saw him run out on seven, when the team total was 91. Then in the 13th over opener Manish Pandey fell to a Siddharth Trivedi ball with Ross Taylor taking his catch at deep mid-wicket on 30. Pune were 93/4 post his fall. Harpreet Singh was the next wicket to fall for Pune. On the first ball of the 19th over Harpreet holed out to Ajinkya Rahane off Shane Watson when batting on 13. Pune fell to 121/5.Mithun Manhas (24) and Rahul Sharma were the last wicket to fall to Pune as they scored 142/7 in 20 overs against Rajasthan.
Even as the 2003 invasion of Iraq by British and US forces to find out “weapons of mass destruction” is back in focus, former UK prime minister Tony Blair has said that war should not be blamed for the violent insurgency that has gripped the country, with critics rejecting his comments as “bizarre”.This image posted on a militant website on Saturday, June 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, appears to show militants from the Al Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leading away captured Iraqi soldiers in plain clothes after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq. The Islamic militant group that seized much of northern Iraq has posted photos that appear to show its fighters shooting dead dozens of captured Iraqi soldiers in a province north of the capital Baghdad. Iraq’s top military spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi confirmed the photos’ authenticity on Sunday and said he was aware of cases of mass murder of Iraqi soldiers. AP PhotoFILE – In this Friday, June 13, 2014 file photo, An Iraqi refugee girl from Mosul stands outside her family’s tent at Khazir refugee camp outside Irbil, 217 miles (350 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq. Days after Iraq’s second-largest city fell to Al Qaeda-inspired fighters, some Iraqis are already returning to Mosul, lured back by insurgents offering cheap gas and food, restoring power and water and removing traffic barricades. AP PhotoAsserting that there would still be a “major problem” in Iraq even without the toppling of Saddam Hussein in 2003, Blair told BBC the current crisis “affects us all”, calling for more western intervention in the area.Militants post images of mass killingadvertisementMeanwhile, the Islamic militant group that seized much of northern Iraq has posted photos that appear to show its fighters shooting dead dozens of captured Iraqi soldiers in a province north of the capital Baghdad, AP adds.The pictures on a militant website appear to show masked fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, loading the captives onto flatbed trucks before forcing them to lie face-down in a shallow ditch with their arms tied behind their backs. The final images appear to show the bodies of the captives soaked in blood after being shot.Captions say the killings were to avenge the death of an ISIL commander, Abdul-Rahman al-Beilawy, whose death was reported by both the government and ISIL shortly before the Al Qaeda splinter group captured Iraq’s second largest city Mosul and Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit in a lightning offensive.Iraq’s top military spokesman, Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi, confirmed the photos’ authenticity on Sunday and said he was aware of cases of mass murder of captured Iraqi soldiers in areas held by ISIL.UN human rights chief Navi Pillay warned on Friday of “murder of all kinds” and other war crimes in Iraq, and said the number killed in recent days may run into the hundreds, while the wounded could approach 1,000. Speaking in Geneva, she said her office has received reports that militants rounded up and killed Iraqi soldiers as well as 17 civilians in a single street in Mosul.Her office heard of “summary executions and extrajudicial killings” after ISIL militants overran Iraqi cities and towns, the statement said.Most of the soldiers who appear in the pictures are in civilian clothes. Some are shown wearing military uniforms underneath, indicating they may have hastily disguised themselves as civilians to try to escape.Many soldiers and policemen left their uniforms and equipment behind as the militants swept into Mosul, Tikrit and surrounding areas.The captions did not provide a date or location, but al-Moussawi said the killings took place in Salahuddin province, the capital of which is Tikrit.