Azar breaks silence on Tennis Jamaica impasse

first_imgAs the controversy surrounding an aborted Tennis Jamaica (TJ) election, which took place in November 2015, rages on, presidential candidate John Azar is looking to clear the air, as he disputes the association’s position on the troubled election, among other things. Azar is contesting that he was legitimately elected at the abandoned meeting and is rejecting Tennis Jamaica’s report of what transpired at the election, and noted, contrary to previous communication, that it was his supporters who called for an immediate re-vote, while taking issue with several outlined resolutions ahead of a scheduled re-vote. Tennis Jamaica’s decision to declare last year’s election null and void is also a sticking point for Azar, who noted that this matter is currently before the courts. An election of officers, which took place during Tennis Jamaica’s annual general meeting at the Sports Development Foundation’s conference room on November 19, 2015, was adjourned over what the John Bailey-led TJ administration called an ‘administrative’ error, which saw more than the 77 legitimate voters casting ballots. At the end of the election, Bailey tallied 43 votes to Azar’s 40 – six more than the total number of persons eligible to vote. This led to Tennis Jamaica subsequently declaring the election null and void. Tennis Jamaica, which has rescheduled its election of officers to April 12, has itself bashed who it termed “unscrupulous persons”, and distanced itself from the issue. A lawsuit has since been filed against the organisation and three of its senior members by Joseph Dibbs, who is also a member of Tennis Jamaica. Dibbs is challenging the aborted status of the election and contests that Azar was duly elected President of the organisation at the ill-fated AGM. The suit also demands that the election of other officers be conducted with the same voters’ list. An injunction was also filed against an extraordinary general meeting scheduled for March 3, at the Jamaica Olympic Association, where several resolutions are expected to be deliberated. ‘DELIBERATE ATTEMPT TO COMPROMISE’ In a press release issued yesterday afternoon, Azar described the over-voting at last year’s elections as a deliberate attempt by the administration to compromise the process. “At their press conference held on December 10, 2015, Tennis Jamaica referred to the over-voting at the November 19 AGM as being “nothing deliberate” and attributed it to “an administrative error”. My view of what transpired is totally different: Over-voting, or the stuffing of a ballot box can only be a very deliberate act clearly designed to hijack the democratic process,” wrote Azar. “For the record, Tennis Jamaica accepts that I received 40 votes on the night in question, while Bailey received 43 votes in the election for president. They also confirm that 77 voters were eligible on the night – either in person or via proxy. The fact is that all 40 votes cast for me have been confirmed and accounted for as sworn affidavits have been signed to that effect. Forty out of 77 is indeed a clear majority,” the release continued. Azar has also called for a list of potential voters and is arguing that resolutions set to be voted on by the membership at the March 3 meeting will change existing rules concerning the eligibility of voters prior to what is considered the continuation of an election.last_img read more

Roger Federer wins in Dubai to begin latest bid for 100th title

first_imgRoger Federer of Switzerland returns the ball to Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany during their match at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Roger Federer’s latest attempt to win his 100th ATP singles title made a shaky start at the Dubai Championships where he overcame Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 on Monday.Federer entered the first-round match with a 13-0 record against the German, and broke in the first game to run through the first set.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying View comments Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The two other seeds in action beside Federer lost.Nikolaz Basilashvili, the highest-ranked Georgian in ATP history at No. 19, upset fourth-seeded Karen Khachanov of Russia 6-4, 6-1, and Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany spoiled seventh-seeded Milos Raonic’s Dubai debut 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.Basilashvili will play for a spot in the quarterfinals against defending champion Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, who beat Indian wild card Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-4, 6-3.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award World-bound Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title But Kohlschreiber forced a third set between them for only the third time. In that set, Federer forced an error to break for 2-0 and held, and cruised home.“(My thinking was to) just somehow get through. Somehow try not to lose,” Federer said. “I’m very pleased I was able to find a way. I actually played a really good third set, I thought.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsFederer won his 99th tour title in October in Basel, and his bid for the 100th has ended so far in two semifinals, then the fourth round of the Australian Open.Next up for him is Fernando Verdasco, the 2017 Dubai runner-up to Andy Murray. Verdasco beat Italian qualifier Thomas Fabbiano 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

WC stars more protected, but the magic of the fans endures

first_imgIn physical terms, teams and players at this World Cup have never been further away or more hidden from their fans.And yet, the fans still have a huge influence on football’s global showpiece.In the streets of the Iranian capital Tehran on Friday, a traffic warden was being scooped up by cheering supporters, hoisted onto a pair of shoulders after his country had just beaten Morocco for their first World Cup win in 20 years.Before kick-off, one fan held a banner oustide the Saint Petersburg Stadium demanding Iran’s women be allowed to support inside, while just over 2,000 miles away in the country’s capital, they were blowing into vuvuzelas, perched on the edge of their cars, as fireworks filled the sky.“I got goosebumps,” Iran midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh said after the victory, after seeing the reaction back home.“We are not in Iran but I have spoken with my family and friends and they say people are going crazy in the streets and that’s all that matters.“With the things happening all around the world right now, football is one of the biggest things that can make people happy.”– Behind walls –All the leading contenders in Russia are billeted in carefully chosen locations, screened by trees, walls or bolted gates.Neymar is mobbed by fans at a rare Brazil training session opened up to the public © AFP / Nelson ALMEIDAGermany are staying behind a thick concrete wall in the midst of forest in Vatuinki, 45 minutes away from Moscow, Brazil are in a luxury hotel complex in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, 20 minutes out of the city, and England are based in Repino, an hour’s drive from Saint Petersburg.The Germans’ choice of base has raised eyebrows because in last year’s Confederations Cup — the World Cup dry run — they had seemed delighted at being based in SochiMidfielder Toni Kroos batted away such concerns.“A sports complex fits very well because we are here to play sport,” Kroos said laconically.“Our base is totally okay. Perhaps it just heightens the anticipation of going on holiday afterwards.”Open training sessions were well-received by local children but meticulously choreographed, with those attending needing to present tickets, empty their bags and pass through scanners.When Neymar, Brazil’s star striker, took a moment to sign autographs and pose for photos, he was quickly hurried away by an anxious press officer.Keeping players and fans apart in football is nothing new.– Lack of spontaneity –German journalists are given a rare chance to get up close with midfielder Sami Khedira at their team hotel © AFP / Christof STACHESecurity in Russia is tighter than at any previous tournament and spontaneity so squeezed that any hint of it is greeted with a combination of surprise and celebration.England’s Kieran Trippier and Jesse Lingard tossed a few balls down the bowling lanes at the hotel where journalists covering the team are based, and within seconds the pictures and videos had been posted online.It is perhaps why the ecstasy that spilled out in Tehran and Montevideo is so cherished, with World Cups owning a unique power to bring people together and make them feel a more tangible part of the story.Before their hard-earned draw with Argentina on Saturday, Iceland supporters gathered in Moscow’s Zaryadye Park to perform the Viking Clap, a ritual now so established it has its own emoji.Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson still maintains the habit of meeting supporters in a bar before games, a throwback to an era before fans, miles away, were left connecting only with each other.“There’s this unusual closeness and trust between Iceland’s players and coaches and the fans that makes it possible to go to the pub and visit them,” Hallgrimsson said.“It just shows the unity with the fans and the respect that we get from them. It’s more than a football match with the Iceland fans, you can see it in their eyes, it means a little bit more for them.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A boy tries to see over the fence of the England team’s hotel in Repino outside Saint Petersburg © AFP / Paul ELLISSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 17 – Almost 10,000 miles separate Yekaterinburg and their school in Montevideo but for a group of Uruguayan children, Jose Gimenez’s 89th-minute winner felt within touching distance.As they bolted out of the classroom door and sprawled around the playground outside, some leapt, others soared with their arms outstretched, and the rest just ran.last_img read more

Japan’s interrupted night before World Cup opener

first_img0Shares0000Not enough shut eye: Japan’s footballers had a disturbed night © AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTESARANSK, Russian Federation, Jun 18 – Japan suffered an interrupted night ahead of their World Cup opener against Colombia, interrupted by news of a deadly earthquake at home and an early morning fire alarm.The Japanese are hunting World Cup revenge at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk on Tuesday after being hammered 4-1 by a James Rodriguez-inspired Colombia in the group stages of Brazil 2014. However, disturbing news of an earthquake in Osaka, which killed three people and injured more than 300, and a fire alarm at 5:00 am on Monday at the team hotel meant the players struggled to get much sleep.“An alarm went off by mistake and that was about the same time news of the earthquake came in,” said Japan coach Akira Nishino.“The alarm continued for a while, there are some nervous players, so a few looked a bit tired this morning at training.”Midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi and goalkeeper Masaaki Higashiguchi, who play for Osaka-based clubs, are among those with family or friends in the affected zone.“Some of the players are emotionally impacted,” admitted Japan captain Makoto Hasebe. “As a team we want to extend their support to them and I want to help them as captain.“I want to express my heartfelt condolences to all those affected back home.”The Japanese will need to put the off-field disruptions behind them to face Colombia, whose star forward James is battling a calf injury.“There are some players from Colombia who have matured in the last four years, so I think they are now a tougher opponent,” said Hasebe.“We had to take some risks (in 2014), because that was our last pool game, but this is an opener, so it’s different. Of course we’d like revenge but we’d also like to stick to our game plan and execute it well.”If James is fit, the Japanese will need to find a way to contain the Bayern Munich forward, who scored six goals in qualifiers on the road to Russia.“He is almost like a symbol for the team, he’s their points getter and a mood setter,” said Nishino. “We will have to try to close him down as a team. We can’t give him time or room.”Nishino has not had long to prepare his side since taking over when Vahid Halilhodzic was sacked in April.“I have had about a month, so if you consider it that way I won’t be able to win,” quipped the 63-year-old.“I have been preparing the team as much as possible, we’re in good condition and confident enough. We don’t want to react, we want to be proactive and take the initiative.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL fans are popping up everywhere!The latest is this fan – Sean O’Donnell from the Rosses – who appeared in his county’s colours on Sky Sports TV coverage of the Premier League Darts in Glasgow on Thursday night.He certainly seemed to enjoy his six seconds of fame! And got a rousing round of applause from darts fans sitting around him in Glasgow where Sean now lives. DONEGAL FAN SHOWS OFF HIS COLOURS AT TV DARTS MATCH was last modified: March 29th, 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)last_img read more


first_imgA man has appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with sexual assault.The man, from East Donegal, appeared before Judge Paul Kelly this morning.The man was arrested by detectives earlier today. Judge Paul Kelly said the man’s identity could not be published to protect his alleged victims.A file on the matter is to be prepared and the man is to appear again before the court on April 8th.MAN APPEARS IN COURT ON SEX CHARGES was last modified: March 11th, 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:Letterkenny District Courtsexual assaultlast_img read more

Outrage after local activist denied taxi due to disability

first_imgOutrage has been expressed following the discrimination of local disability rights campaigner Frank Larkin when a taxi turned him away due to his disability.Frank and his wife Pauline had been at a hotel to celebrate his mother’s birthday. Getting ready to leave, the couple called a taxi, however when the taxi pulled up it “almost immediately drove off”.Frank asked the receptionist to make a call to the taxi driver to see what the story was, only for the driver to say that they “weren’t prepared to take” Frank and Pauline home. Speaking about Friday night, Frank says; “The driver wasn’t prepared to take us. This is not the first time this has happened with this driver and I tried to follow it up previously by kept coming up against brick walls. I certainly won’t be letting it go this time. We ended up getting a taxi home that wasn’t wheelchair accessible so Pauline was unable to bring her mobility scooter home.”Frank has highlighted that Article 9 of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities states that “People with disabilities have the right to access all aspects of society on an equal basis with others including the physical environment, transportation, information and communications, and other facilities and services provided to the public”.Commenting on Article 9, Frank says “if Ireland had ratified the UNCRPD (Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) by now this would possibly help us with the discrimination that happened against us last night. Alas it hasn’t happened and anymore delays are not acceptable.”Outrage after local activist denied taxi due to disability was last modified: November 20th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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

A’s send Mengden to minors after rough outing

first_imgANAHEIM — The collection of moving parts better known as the Oakland A’s pitching staff altered its appearance once again on Thursday.Daniel Mengden was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas before Oakland took on the Los Angeles Angles in the finale of their three-game series, and fellow right-hander Ryan Dull was recalled.A’s manager Bob Melvin said the primary reason for the transaction was to get a fresh arm in the bullpen after Mengden and six relievers were used in a 10-9 loss to the Angels on …last_img read more

The Return of Elvis du Pisanie

first_img17 December 200446-year-old East Rand salesman Eddie du Pisanie is retrenched and decides life is no longer worth living. He writes a suicide note to his wife and is about to gas himself in his car in the garage when he switches on the car radio.The Elvis Presley song he hears does more than take him back 30 years – it recalls an event in his childhood that changed his life forever.Abandoning – for the moment – the idea of suicide, he drives the 200 kilometre journey to the town in which he grew up, to a lamp post opposite the ex-Carlton Bioscope in Witbank, there to retrace his life, to try to find out what went wrong, how it went wrong, and why it went wrong …Can we change our own destinies? “Elvis” du Pisanie is about to find out …“The Return of Elvis du Pisanie”, first performed in 1992, won more awards in a single year than any other play in the history of South African Theatre: the 1993 Vita, Fleur du Cap and Dalro Awards included best new South African play, best actor, best production, best director – as well as The Star Tonight/IGI Life Vita Award for Comedy.“The Return of Elvis du Pisanie”, written and performed by Paul Slabolepszy and directed by Lara Foot Newton, comes to Cape Town’s Theatre on the Bay for five performances from 18 to 22 January reporterlast_img read more

Change of flight routes?

first_imgThe downing Malaysia Airlines MH17 with 283 passengers and 15 crew by a sophisticated surface to air missile is likely to cause a paradigm shift in the thinking of flight paths over trouble spots and war zones.Both the International Civil Aviation Organisation and the International Air Transport Association had apparently declared the flight route taken by MH17 as safe, probably because of the very high altitude the aircraft fly over Ukraine.It is understood that all airspace above 30,000ft was cleared and at the time of the tragedy there were at least 50 planes crossing Ukraine in all directions – including over the conflict area.In fact there was a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 and an Air India 787 only 25km from the Malaysia 777 when it was shot down according to Flightradar 24.IATA’s Director General and CEO Tony Tyler said that he shared the shock and sadness expressed by so many around the world on the terrible loss of MH 17. “At this time, it is important we are very clear: safety is the top priority. No airline will risk the safety of their passengers, crew and aircraft for the sake of fuel savings. Airlines depend on governments and air traffic control authorities to advise which air space is available for flight, and they plan within those limits,” said Mr Tyler. “It is very similar to driving a car. If the road is open, you assume that it is safe. If it’s closed you find an alternate route. Civil aircraft are not military targets. Governments agreed that in the Chicago Convention. And what happened with MH 17 is a tragedy for 298 souls that should not have happened in any airspace.”Aircraft have been flying over trouble spots for decades without incident because typically insurgents lack the military hardware to reach the cruising altitudes of high flying commercial or military jets.Certainly a few commercial passenger aircraft have been shot down but typically at lower altitudes or by the military in supposed mix-ups.However with rebels and terrorists becoming more sophisticated and some countries willing to supply more capable hardware the threat of another shoot down of a high altitude passenger aircraft is all too real.There is also the deep concern that other terrorists groups wanting to emulate the “success” of the shoot down.Aviation authorities and airlines will now have to go to great lengths to assure the travelling public that air routes are well clear of trouble spots.Changing air routes particularly those from SE Asia to Europe will add considerably to the operational challenges as extra fuel will be required to fly more circuitous routes.Potentially there are a number of areas that airlines may now avoid such as Afghanistan, parts of Pakistan, Iraq, Syria as well as Ukraine.Interestingly one of the most cooperative countries for over flights has been Iran which wants the US dollars that airlines must pay to fly over its territory.And while airlines will be striving to assure passengers they are avoiding trouble spots, passengers themselves will possible start avoiding Malaysia Airlines.The double loss of MH370 and MH17 is a terrible blow to the airline. If the airline wasn’t government owned it would likely collapse from the impact of these tragedies. But it will survive.For the wider industry the losses will also have an impact as passengers rethink air travel in general despite the fact that it is the world’s safest mode of transport with 100,000 flights carrying 8.25 million passengers every day.Today the loss of a large modern commercial jet aircraft with a first rate airline is extremely rare – so two such losses in the space of 132 days is devastating to the industry’s safety record.last_img read more