Surf’s Up! – Jamaica wants own surf coaching certification

first_img CERTIFICATION PROCESS Surfing is alive and well, says Jamaica Surfing Association president Billy Wilmot, when recently quizzed on the present status of the sport locally. Wilmot told The Gleaner that over the last year the increase in the number of youngsters gravitating to the sports has more than tripled, and the association intends to make the most of the moment. He is also pushing for the country’s own coaching certification course, as the present requirement is to go through the Australian Surfing Association (ASA) to obtain a surf coach certification. “The Jamaica Surfing Association has been revitalised, as a lot of young surfers have entered the sport over the last three years; also a huge number of ‘learn to surf’ people, both male and female, are taking to surf lessons,” Wilmot said. “Usually, we used to cater for five or six surfers a week coming for lessons. Now we have about 15 to 25 surfers a week, so when we host competitions there is an increase in amateur surfers, and as a result our professional competitions also run amateur divisions for the past two years. “These young surfers are not at the professional level to be in competition with the experienced ones, so we had to include an amateur division, and it is not based on age but skill level,” he commented. In order to take advantage of the present local interest in surfing, Wilmot is working to establish the nation’s first certified coaching course. “The certification process for coaches is establish by the ASA. In order for us to access that, it requires they pay U$100 a year to maintain and upgrade their status,” he explained “So we realised it is in the interest of the Jamaica Surfing Association to establish a coaching course, one that we administrate and accredit here for first-year courses. “Eventually, we want our coaches to have the capacity to seek and attain international standards and have careers as international surf coaches. The same thing applies for our judges. We are looking at establishing through the Jamaica Surfing Association some Jamaica standardisation so we can take advantage of this influx of beginner surfers,” added Wilmot. “We are looking at a feasibility study for importing an international standard coach. All this will be included in a four-year development plan we are putting together to submit to the Olympic Solidarity Fund. But the time is ripe and it’s the brightest we have seen it (surfing) for many years,” said Wilmot. livingston.scott@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

African great Drogba retires from football

first_imgDrogba most recently played for Phoenix Rising in the United Soccer League.“I wanna thank all the players, managers, teams and fans that I have met and made this journey one of a kind,” he wrote in a statement on Twitter.“If anyone tells you your dreams are too big, just say thank you and work harder and smarter to turn them into a reality.”Drogba played club football in six different countries in total, with the majority of his success coming in France and England.He won the Premier League Golden Boot in 2006-07 and 2009-10, netting 104 times in the English top flight in total, and also scored a dramatic late equaliser when Chelsea beat Bayern Munich on penalties in the Champions League final six years ago.Drogba’s last game was Phoenix’s 1-0 loss to Louisville City in the USL Cup final on November 8.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Drogba spent the last four years of his career playing in North America © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / Christian PetersenLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 22 – Ivory Coast and Chelsea great Didier Drogba announced his retirement on Wednesday after a 20-year career.The 40-year-old scored 164 goals in 381 appearances for Chelsea, winning four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the 2012 Champions League, while he is also Ivory Coast’s all-time record goalscorer with 65.last_img read more


first_img COAST LASHED BY HIGH TIDE WAVES was last modified: January 26th, 2014 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:Mullaghderg BeachNarinstormwavesweather warning Narin Pier today – Brian Boyle for donegaldaily.comCOASTAL areas of Donegal are being lashed with high tide waves driven by the latest storm.Our pictures show the scene on Sunday afternoon at Narin (Pictures Brian Boyle) and at Mullaghderg Beach (Picture by Hugh Bonner).Mullaghderg today – Picture by Hugh Bonner for donegaldaily.comWaves hit Narin – picture by Brian Boyle for  last_img read more

Datebook 4/16

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event TODAY Easter Celebration, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Westwood Recreation Center, 1350 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Westwood. Call (310) 473-3610. Carp-shaped streamers event, 1-2:30 p.m., Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park. Free with museum admission. Call (323) 667-2000. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Ban for Donegal teen with ‘magnetic attraction to the boy racers’

first_imgA BURNFOOT teenager, who has a ‘magnetic attraction to the boy racer fraternity’ in Inishowen, has been banned from driving for drink driving. Gavin Toner, 18, of Rockstown, Burnfoot, faced charges of drink driving, dangerous driving, criminal damage, driving without a licence and no insurance when he appeared before Buncrana District Court. All charges relate to an incident at Main Street, Millbrae and Old Road, Buncrana, on August 28, 2016. Toner was just 16 years old at the time of the offences.On the previous occasion in court last November, the court heard that gardaí pursued Toner through Buncrana Town before he collided with another car and got stuck in a wall. Toner then reversed back and collided with the side of the Garda car before getting out of the car and making off on foot. However he was apprehended a short time later and arrested.At Buncrana Garda Station he gave a breath alcohol reading of 35mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath – putting him almost four times over the legal limit of 9mg of alcohol for a specified driver. The current drink driving limit for a fully qualified driver is 22mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.Speaking in Buncrana Court last Thursday, defence solicitor Ciaran MacLochlainn said there was a probation service report in court which suggested that his client take part in the prosocial driving course before being sentenced.However he suggested disposing with the course immediately to allow his client to get back to England to work.“I don’t normally disagree with Ms. Lennox [the probation officer] but I think the sooner Mr. Toner gets back to England to work the better,” said Mr. MacLochlainn.“I’ve noticed that he seems to have a magnetic attraction to the boy racer fraternity that have turned up here for other reasons, and I think the sooner he gets away from that certain fraternity the better. I would hate to think that all the good work would be undone.“Ms. Lennox also referred to him being car enthusiastic in her probation report. I don’t say these things lightly – he has greatly improved and I would hate to think that he might jeopardise his job in some form.”Judge Paul Kelly said Toner had a lot of work to do to avoid a custodial sentence given the seriousness of the offences. However he accepted Mr. MacLochlainn’s submission and took on board the fact that Toner had completed a Foroige course after these incidents. He said this seemed to mirror the prosocial course in many ways.Judge Kelly asked Toner about his work in England. He said he was working in London as an apprentice in plaster boarding and worked 7am to 5pm every day for £65 per day.Mr. MacLochlainn said the 18-year-old was living in accommodation and they were happy with him.“He is doing well in England but I think he is a young person who would be easily led,” Mr. MacLochlainn added.The Buncrana solicitor said his client had paid €400 in compensation on the previous sitting for damage caused to the patrol car during the incident.Judge Kelly fined Toner €300 for drink driving and banned him from driving for 6 months. He was fined a further €200 for dangerous driving at Millbrae Buncrana and banned from driving for two years.Toner was also fined €100 for having no insurance but was not disqualified for this charge. Meanwhile the remaining charges against him were struck out and taken into consideration.Ban for Donegal teen with ‘magnetic attraction to the boy racers’ was last modified: February 15th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:buncranaBuncrana District CourtBurnfootGavin TonerJudge Paul Kellylast_img read more


first_imgA decision to grant planning permission to Raphoe Town Football Club for a new clubhouse has been appealed to An Bord Pleanala.Conditional permission was granted by Donegal County Council for the development at Drumineney, Raphoe but the development is now under doubt.However Ciaran Neary, who reoresented15 neighbours adjacent to proposed development objected to the original application. The residents claimed it would interfere with the enjoyment of their rural homes through noise pollution, light pollution and extra traffic.The group also argued that the service road for the development was not adequate and that work would be carried out close to a national monument.Despite the objections the council awarded conditional planning permission.That decision has now been appealed to An Bord Pleanala with a decision due from the board on the 21st of May.  RESIDENTS REFUSE TO PLAY BALL WITH RAPHOE TOWN FC OVER NEW GROUND was last modified: January 25th, 2013 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:planning permissionRaphoe Town FClast_img read more

Around Whittier

first_img Donations sought by Transition Center WHITTIER — The Women in Transition Center, outreach office for the Women’s & Children’s Crisis Shelter, is in great need of donations of new items for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Needed items include shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, maxi pads, lotion, razors, hair spray, hair brushes/combs, umbrellas, perfume, dish soap, detergent, bar soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, diapers size 4-6, baby lotion, baby powder, baby wipes, baby bottles, toys for all ages, sweaters and jackets. Gift certificates to be used for replenishing needed items are also appreciated. For donation delivery information, call (562) 463-5878. Meals on Wheels is seeking drivers LA MIRADA — Meals on Wheels needs volunteers to help deliver meals from the Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd., to meal recipients. If you want to help others, and are able to assist once a week, once a month, or on an occasional basis become a volunteer. To sign up or for more information, call (562) 943-0037. Give usable discards to St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Vincent de Paul seeks usable items such as furniture, appliances, computers, clothing, or vehicles no longer needed. Usable donations help provide a better life for disadvantaged and homeless children and families. Donations are tax deductible as the law allows. For a free truck pick-up, call the Society of St. Vincent de Paul at (800) 974-3571. Admission is free at Sheriff’s Museum WHITTIER — The Sheriff’s Museum at STARS Center, 11515 S. Colima Road, exhibits items spanning 154 years, from L.A. County’s first Sheriff, George Burrill, to the current, 30th Sheriff, LeRoy “Lee” Baca. Numerous items, including artifacts, pictures, weapons, Hall of Justice items, riot squad shields, K-9 exhibit and others are available for public viewing. Visitors can see a sheriff and prisoner tell their story in a jail, view posse memorabilia, the Hughes rescue helicopter, the first woman deputy in the country and early jail matrons. Two private collectors of badges and patches are now exhibiting. Children especially enjoy a cabinet filled with miniature squad cars, shops, a driver’s training course and rescue scene. Admission is free from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For group tours, call (562) 946-7859, Wednesday or Thursday. — From staff reports160Want 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Presbyterian Hospital needs blood donors WHITTIER — Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital urges residents to donate blood. Insufficient blood supplies could cause postponement of surgeries and create added dangers in emergencies. Donors must be at least 18 years old; 17-year-olds may donate with parental permission. Blood donations can be made at the PIH Donor Center, 12401 Washington Blvd. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Appointments are encouraged, but not required. To make appointments, call (562) 698-0811, Ext. 2872. WHITTIER — The Whittier Senior Center is asking for donations of dolls and stuffed animals for workshops being held from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. every Thursday at its facility, 13225 Walnut St. The dolls and animals will be cleaned and repaired for distribution to children in area hospitals, law enforcement agencies and other youth-oriented organizations in the Los Angeles County area. Items may be brought to the center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call (562) 464-3370.last_img read more

No. 20 South Carolina Edges Men’s Tennis, 4-1

first_img Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,2,3,5) Gillespie tied the match up at 1-1 with a straight set win over No. 57 Cerundolo, 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 singles. Mayronne, who is ranked 117th, win the first set 6-0, but Wood edged Mayronne in a second set tiebreaker 8-6 to force a third set. Mayronne jumped out an early lead in the third set to go on to defeat Wood, 6-1 and clinch the 4-1 victory for the Gamecocks. “We have started this season with several unexpected unknowns however, this team continues to work hard and believe in each other. We came here this weekend hoping we could play with some of the best teams in the country and we will leave knowing we can do just that,” said Drake head coach Davidson Kozlowski. “Once again, our doubles play was great. We had chances up 4-1 on the deciding doubles court but came up bit short.”  The Bulldogs were just a few points away from winning the pivotal doubles point. Vinny Gillespie and Barny Thorold earned a 6-4 over Francisco Cerundolo and Gabriel Friedrich at No. 1 to make a it a win apiece. The doubles point came down to a tiebreaker at No. 2 doubles between Drake’s Ben Clark and Ben Wood and SC’s Thomas Mayronne and Paul Jubb. Mayronne and Jubb managed over come a 4-1 deficit and take the tiebreaker 7-5, giving the Gamecocks a 1-0 lead. Match Notes  Print Friendly Version CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Drake University men’s tennis team dropped a tough 4-1 match to No. 20 South Carolina Sunday morning at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Bulldogs return to the Roger Knapp Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 2 when they host Michigan State. First serve is set for 6 p.m. #20 South Carolina 4, Drake 1Jan 28, 2018 at Chapel HIll, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)  South Carolina’s Friedrich earned a straight set win over Tom Hands, 6-4, 6-0 at No. 2 singles to put the Gamecocks back on top 2-1. 5. #117 Thomas Mayronne (SC) def. Ben Wood (DU) 6-0, 6-7 (6-8), 6-1 1. Vinny Gillespie (DU) def. #57 Francisco Cerundolo (SC) 6-3, 6-2 2. #74 Gabriel Friedrich (SC) def. Tom Hands (DU) 6-4, 6-0 Box Score center_img Singles competition 4. #63 Yancy Dennis (SC) vs. #124 Ben Clark (DU) 5-7, 6-2, 3-3, unfinished Story Links Drake 3-2 Doubles competition “Vinny was dialed in all weekend. His doubles and singles play were phenomenal the last two days. He’s off to another great start in dual season play, which is big for him after not getting the results he wanted during the fall season,” said Kozlowski.   Drake’s Thorold took the first set 6-4, but Jubb managed to come back and win the final two sets 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3 singles, extending SC’s lead to 3-1. 1. Vinny Gillespie/Barny Thorold (DU) def. Francisco Cerundolo/Gabriel Friedrich (SC) 6-4 3. Harrison O’Keefe/Yancy Dennis (SC) def. Tom Hands/Finley Hall (DU) 6-4 6. Harrison O’Keefe (SC) vs. Finley Hall (DU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-5, unfinished South Carolina 5-1; National ranking #20 3. Paul Jubb (SC) def. Barny Thorold (DU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 2. Thomas Mayronne/Paul Jubb (SC) def. Ben Clark/Ben Wood (DU) 7-6 (7-5)last_img read more


first_imgChef Martin AndersonI can’t make everyone happy – I’m not a pizza!Well as expected I received a torrent of comments, shares, praise and abusive messages for last weeks article. Thanks very much for your support for what was my most popular article to date!Some of the comments included “never going to read your article again ” they claimed , ” you should stay in the kitchen and stick to cooking ” was suggested! “Well done martin you only wrote what a lot of folk were thinking ” It’s the easiest thing in the world to be a critic. I found that quote online, it’s very true and a good one.I have another too – “sometimes not caring what other think about you is very important, it helps a lot” Subject closed!So let’s talk food.A lot of you have been asking me for a recipe for a good, hearty, tasty casserole, so this week I’m dispensing with the usual banter and going straight to the cooking. A stew or casserole as some of you might call it is a fantastic dish for the winter evenings , easy to prepare , can be cooked at least a day in advance.It improves with time and if you have a slow cooker (I don’t mean a partner in the kitchen ) it is ideal to start off in the morning for your return home or even switched on before you go to bed and boom it will be ready the next morning. Allow it to cool and it’s ready to reheat for your evening dinner.For this recipe I have chosen beef. Take a visit to you local butcher and get him to give you a nice piece of stewing beef. Make sure there is some fat attached to it or even some fat through it. This will make the meat tender & give a fantastic flavour tooYou may use lean lamb, diced turkey, whole chicken fillets, diced pork or just loads of vegetables for this casserole.This dish is flourless ( ahem !!! ) dairy free and low in added fat . Add some chilli powder , hot mustard, grain mustard or fresh herbs to give that extra touch. If you don’t like lentils add a can of mixed beans at the end to heat them. Also you can add some peeled baby potatoes at the start to make an all in one dinner.Enjoy !And thanks for taking the time to read this article!Lean beef, vegetable & lentil casserole.Even this picture of a stew looks god enough to at!Allow 4oz of lean meat per person.You will need a casserole dish with a tight fitting lid.You will need.Your choice of meat trimmed and cut into 1 inch dice.20g of Corn flour.20g of paprika.1 ½ pints of stock of your choice. ( I use chicken )1 400g tin of plum peeled tomatoes, chopped.2 cloves of chopped garlic .1 peeled and chopped medium carrot.1 medium onion chopped.50g of puy lentils, not soaked .100g of tomato puree.Rapeseed oil or lo cal spray for cooking.Glass of red wine if desired. Method.Pre-heat your oven to 170c.Mix the corn flour and paprika together in a bowl and add the meat pieces and toss.Heat a little lo-cal or oil in a pan and add the meat, (keeping the remainder of the flour mix to make the sauce) colouring and sealing in the juices, place into the casserole dish.In the same pan seal off the carrot and onion with the garlic, again just colouring, add to the casserole.Add the excess corn flour, lentils, tomato puree and wine if using it to the casserole add the plum tomatoes and finally the stock.Put the lid on the casserole dish and place into your oven cooking for at least 1 ½ to 2 hours depending on the amount you are cooking.Remove from the oven and serve from the casserole.‘I CAN’T MAKE EVERYONE PIZZA HAPPY’ – COOKING WITH CHEF ANDERSON was last modified: September 25th, 2015 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)last_img read more