Badminton News Saina Nehwal, Sameer Verma to fight at Korea Open; Srikanth withdraws

first_imgSeoul: Saina Nehwal and Sameer Verma will look to put their best foot forward when they lead Indian challenge at the USD 600,000 Korea Open World Tour Super 500 tournament beginning here Tuesday. Saina, who had skipped the Japan Open earlier this month after winning a bronze at 18th Asian Games, will look to get over the disappointment of her first-round exit at China last week when she takes on Korean Kim Hyo Min.Fifth seeded Saina, ranked 10th in the world, has done well in the major events this year, grabbing a second gold at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and a bronze at the Jakarta Asian Games. But the Indian has been inconsistent in the BWF events.Also read | J&K: Soldier martyred, three militants killed in anti-infiltration operation in KupwaraSaina, who had reached the finals at the USD 350,000 Indonesia Masters in January, was ousted by Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun last week at China and will have a tough task at hand as she is likely to face third seed Japanese Nozomi Okuhara in the quarterfinals.In men’s singles, Sameer Verma will carry the Indian flag after Kidambi Srikanth pulled out after playing back-to-back tournaments in Japan and China in the last two weeks.Sameer has been troubled by injuries but he has done well when he has been fit, winning titles at Swiss Open in February and Hyderabad Open early this month.The 23-year-old Dhar, who had finished runners-up at 2016 Hong Kong Open, will play Denmark’s Anders Antonsen in his opening match.He had beaten the Danish shuttler at India Open in January this year. If the Indian crosses the opening round, he is expected to meet reigning world champion Kento Momota of Japan.Also read | Bigg Boss 12: Shivashish Mishra is not just a businessmanYoung women’s shuttler Vaishnavi Reddy Jakka will also compete in the tournament, taking on formidable sixth seed Beiwen Zhang of USA in the opening round.Among others, Ajay Jayaram will take on China’s Zhao Junpeng in the qualifiers. Young Vaidehi Choudhari and Mugdha Agrey will also compete at the women’s singles qualifying round. For all the Latest Sports News News, Badminton News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Man killed in row over water

first_imgOne person is now in Police custody following the murder of a Georgetown resident in Water Street, Bagotstown, East Bank Demerara (EBD) on Tuesday morning.Dead is Mark Ifill of Norton Street, Georgetown.According to eyewitnesses, at approximately 10:45h on Tuesday, Ifill – who was described as the neighbourhood “junkie” – was stabbed to death by a Bagotstown resident.Investigators at the crime sceneBased on reports received, Ifill was filling bottles of water along a pathway which led to the house of the accused.The 31-year-old accused reportedly approached him and demanded that he remove from the location and “stop fulling water”. However, Ifill ignored him and continued to fill his containers and load them into his wheelbarrow. This enraged the alleged perpetrator who reportedly started a fight with the now dead man.This newspaper understands that the two were engaged in a fist fight for a few minutes when a gun fell out of the accused’s clothing. The alleged perpetrator reportedly attempted to shoot the “neighbourhood handyman”, but soon realised that he had no bullets.As such, the fist fight continued and a neighbour reportedly went out to ‘part the fight’, telling the two men to “take a break”,The men stopped fighting and Ifill reportedly went back to filling his bottles until a woman described as “the sergeant’s wife” told him to leave. Ifill then responded: “Okay, madam. I respect you, so I won’t full water here.”Upon hearing this, the accused rushed into his yard, but was stopped by the same woman – who is also his neighbour – and she reportedly tried to calm him down before letting him go home to his pregnant wife and five children.The neighbour reportedly told the suspect to think about his family before doing “anything stupid”. She also cautioned him that “the junkie ain’t got nothing to lose” but he does –referencing his pregnant wife and children.Nevertheless, the alleged perpetrator refused to heed the woman’s advice and went into his home, armed himself with a knife, and went out to confront the “junkie” again.It was during this ‘face-off’ that Ifill hit the accused numerous times with a bat, as he tried to defend himself against the knife in the hands of the perpetrator.However, this attempt by the now dead man proved futile, as he was stabbed once to his abdomen and succumbed shortly after, since no one in the neighbourhood wanted to transport him to the hospital in their vehicle.The Police were informed and the accused was detained, after he reportedly hid the murder weapon.The accused is said to be no stranger to breaching the law, since he was involved in another incident back in 2012 which left the then 26-year-old Mark Solomon of Nonpariel, East Coast Demerara (ECD), dead. (Ramona Luthi)last_img read more

Arenal Report

first_imgNo related posts. In just two days, on Sun., Dec. 9, Ladies of the Lake is holding its 3rd Annual Art Show/Christmas Bazaar Fundraiser. Please help us help others. Donations of the following items are needed: new or used clothing, shoes, books and magazines, CDs and DVDs, household items, knick knacks, kitchen utensils, furniture, bedding, appliances/electronics ( if not in working order, please let us know ), in other words, anything saleable.Drop off locations for donations: for the Tilarán/Tronadora area, Rene Aoki of Re/Max Rico Realty is accepting donations at their office on Tronadora Road 200 meters from the turn-off of the Lake Road (follow the signs). For the Nuevo Arenal area, Marisol at the Iguana Tropical Bar and Grill (formerly Rumours) will take your donations. The Iguana is located next to Banco de Costa Rica across from the service station.If you have items to donate that you would like picked up from your home, call Ruth Fountaine at 8371-3015 or e-mail [email protected] Spaces are available for artists/artisans, specialty take-away foods, services, local activities, or hold your own garage sale. Space rental is $10 per table. Proceeds go to support local community outreach.The Bazaar will be located indoors at the huge salon area of Plaza del Café on the Lake Road opposite the turnoff to Sabalito/Tierras Morenas starting at 11 a.m. Thanks to Ruth Fountaine for her assistance with this report.–William & Jean [email protected] Facebook Commentslast_img read more