first_imgJamaica’s top-ranked squash players, Chris Binnie and Lewis Walters, will take on rivals from the United States in the KPMG International Squash Series, which is scheduled for December 8-9 at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston.Dubbed ‘Yankees vs Yardies’, the two-day extravaganza will see local stars Binnie and Walters facing their stiffest competition to date on local soil. The US contingent is comprised of Chris Gordon, currently ranked number 56 by the Professional Squash Association (PSA), and Chris Hanson, who is number 83 in the world.Binnie, who has dominated the game in Jamaica and the Caribbean for the last eight years, is currently at 76, while Walters is ranked at 110.Binnie will face off with Hanson on the first day of play, while Walters will be up against Gordon. The players will then trade opponents for another round of matches on day two.Strong undercardThe event will also feature a strong undercard, which will see Jamaica’s number three player, all-rounder Bruce Burrowes, going head-to-head with rising star Julian Morrison.Burrowes and Morrison will be back in action again in mixed doubles on day two, when they will be paired with 12-time All-Jamaica Ladies Champion Karen Anderson and five-time Caribbean Ladies Champion Marlene West, respectively.The KPMG series is being staged as a major fundraiser for the Jamaica Squash Association (JSA) as part of an effort to increase financing for its Junior Outreach Programme and also to provide support for Jamaica’s professional squash players. Binnie, Walters and Morrison currently compete on the PSA circuit, which involves travel, accommodation, medical and coaching expenses.”We are very excited about our professional squash series because it will expose local fans and newcomers to the game to an extraordinarily high standard of squash,” said president of the JSA, Chris Hind.”Chris and Lewis are the top two players in the Caribbean, but, in general, they don’t get a lot of strong competition on local soil; so we look forward to seeing them do battle with other world-ranked professional players, who will definitely test their skills.”The KPMG International Squash Series is also sponsored by Supreme Ventures, BCIC and the Liguanea Club.Tickets are on sale at the Liguanea Club at a cost of $1,500 for children, $3,000 for adults and $5,000 for VIP packages, which include food and beverages. Persons purchasing tickets for both nights can get two children’s tickets for $2,500, two adult tickets for $5,000 and two VIP passes for $8,000. Interested persons can call 371-0476.last_img read more


first_imgTwo elderly brothers who beat off raiders with just a brush have been targeted again.Well-known farmers Jim and Eric Steele saw off a gang of four burglars who called to their home looking for cash.The pensioners, aged 69 and 75, gave one raider a beating and chased them from their home on Main Street in Manorcunningham on Monday week last. One of the attackers was injured and they fled empty-handed.However the brothers have revealed they were set upon again just four days after they saw off the first gang.Doors on the brother’s outhouses were broken, machines were damaged and oil was stolen in the second raid.The brothers didn’t hear the break-in at the rear of their home and only discovered the damage and robbery the next morning. Eldest brother Jim told Donegal Daily he suspects it could have been the same gang again.He said he will deal with the raiders in “his own way” if they call back again.“The first time I used a brush and gave one of them a good shot to the guts.“They weren’t expecting that but this is our home and we will do all we have to do to defend it.“The next time it might not be a brush if they come in here,” he warned. Brother Eric said they are now taking in turns sleeping in case the gang come back.“The guards can’t be everywhere so we have to look after ourselves and our property.“We don’t have anything in our house but this is our home and we won’t be frightened out of it,” he said.Nobody has been arrested in relation to the burglary on the Steele brothers’ home. More than 20 burglaries have taken place across Donegal in recent weeks with a number of elderly people hurt during some of the raids.A number of people appeared at Letterkenny District Court this week charged in connection with other alleged burglaries across Donegal.All seven people were released on bail to appear at future court sittings.Jim Steele said he was outraged when he heard that all suspects have been released.“The Gardai are bringing these people before the courts and they are just allowed to walk free again.“What kind of message is that sending out to old people living alone that these people are back out on the streets again,” he said.WELL-KNOWN FARMING BROTHERS HIT BY GANG AGAIN was last modified: January 24th, 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:Eric SteeleJim Steelemanorcunninghamlast_img read more