While admitting there is a shortage of female representation locally, the JBA boss believes that the Jamaicans will have a very good chance to show their quality against their foreign counterparts. “I am expecting a good showing from the team. It should be exciting, and we are looking to get some of the youngsters from Mandeville, Montego Bay, and St Ann to compete, where we have shuttle time programmes developing the sport in those areas,” continued Henry. Henry noted that it was not an Olympic year, so more international players, who would usually seek qualification points would not be competing. The tournament is sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF), where it is considered a Level Four International Series tournament on the BWF calendar, and within the Pan Am Badminton Confederation. ANTICIPATING COMPETITION Competition will be expected in the men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles categories. All Jamaica single and doubles, men’s and women’s champion Dennis Coke and Kathryn Wynter are expected to headline a talented local charge. Mikaylia Haldane and Katherine Wynter are seeded at the number two position in the women’s doubles competition. Many-time national champion Gareth Henry will also bring experience to the team and is expected to feature in the mixed doubles, singles, and men’s doubles categories. GOOD CHANCE FOR JA Courtney Henry, Jamaica Badminton Association (JBA) president, is expecting local players to give good accounts of themselves, while challenging for the overall US$10,000 (J$1.2 million) prize money at next month’s third annual Jamaica International Badminton Championships. The March 2-5 tournament will take place at the National Indoor Sport Centre. Nine countries will be represented namely, Jamaica, Australia, Slovakia, Barbados, Canada, Czech Republic, India, Denmark, and Panama. “The enthusiasm is very high among the Jamaican players. They are looking forward to it because it is a chance for them to play against top competitors from abroad,” Henry told The Gleaner.
0Shares0000Tanguy Ndombele scored his second goal for Tottenham against Southampton © AFP / Ian KINGTONLondon, United Kingdom, Sep 28 – Mauricio Pochettino got the response he demanded from a spirited Spurs as they defied Serge Aurier’s first-half red card to hold out for a vital 2-1 win over Southampton on Saturday.Harry Kane’s winner secured a first win in four games as Tottenham moved back into the Premier League top four despite playing for over an hour with 10 men. “Every time we compete we need to put this character,” said Pochettino. “In some games we struggled to show that.“I am so happy for them, we have an unbelievable squad, but we need to recover the spirit we showed today.”Spurs had won just two of their opening eight games of the season and needed to make a statement after crashing out of the League Cup to fourth-tier Colchester on Tuesday.Son Heung-min was Spurs’ biggest threat early on and should have had an assist early on when he squared for Tanguy Ndombele, but the French international’s prodded effort was deflected over.Moments later, the same two players combined for the opening goal as Son’s cut-back was driven goalwards by Ndombele and his shot had too much power for Angus Gunn in the Southampton goal.However, rather than building on their advantage, Tottenham gave themselves a mountain to climb with two moments of madness.Serge Aurier’s red card left Tottenham down to 10 men for an hour © AFP / Ian KINGTONFirstly, Aurier needlessly pulled down Nathan Redmond to see his second yellow card in four minutes to leave his side a man down.And then with cool heads needed to see out the lead till half-time, Hugo Lloris tried to perform a Johan Cruyff turn inches from his goal line and was dispossessed by Danny Ings, who had the simple task of nudging the ball across the line.Having shown why they had won just four games in 17 prior to this weekend, Spurs swiftly produced a glimpse of what they are capable of at their best as they retook the lead before the break.Kane won a header on halfway to spring a counter-attack. Son and Christian Eriksen exchanged passes before the latter found the England captain to drill low into the corner.Minus a man, Tottenham had to hold onto their lead after the break but were rarely troubled by the impotent visitors apart from at set-pieces.“We cannot be happy because the chance to take something here will not be so big again,” admitted Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.“1-1 against 10 men, to be clinical is the next step of development we need to take.”Lloris made amends for his earlier error with a fine stop to turn James Ward-Prowse’s long-range free-kick over.And the France captain then produced an even better stop to claw Maya Yoshida’s powerful header off the line.“I don’t want anyone to blame him in this action, you need to blame me because I demand him to do what he is doing,” added Pochettino on Lloris’s error. “He is so strong mentally.”Spurs’ threat on the counter-attack was reduced by the removal of Son on the hour mark, but Kane could have sealed the three points when he fired just wide after a brilliant solo run six minutes from time.0Shares0000(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court on Wednesday reinstated the state exit exam as a graduation requirement, but it was unclear whether the decision means 47,000 high school seniors who failed the test won’t graduate this year. The Supreme Court ordered the state Appeals Court to hold hearings in the case. This year’s class was the first in which passing the test of 10th grade English and eighth grade math and algebra was required for graduation. A group of students sued the state, claiming the test discriminates against low-income and minority students. On May 12, Alameda Superior Court Judge Robert Freedman invalidated the graduation requirement for the Class of 2006, saying California was ill equipped “to adequately prepare students to take the exam,” especially in poor, underfunded areas of the state. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals