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_imgPat and Karen have been given a new lease of life after their unique transplants. Pic by Northwest Newspix.A devoted husband has given his wife back the ‘X-Factor’ after giving a complete stranger one of his kidneys.Pat Bradley was left completely frustrated after being told his own healthy kidney was not a match for his wife Karen.Mum-of-two Karen had suffered for many years with small kidneys and was told she would eventually need a kidney replacement. She refused to allow her grown-up children Lee-Ann, 34, and Patrick, 27, donate theirs and hubby Pat wasn’t a match.But the couple, from Carndonagh, then heard about ‘paired donation’ which is not carried out in Ireland.The operation means that Pat had to donate one of his healthy kidneys to a complete stranger so Karen could receive a kidney donation.In June last year all four people came together at the Coventry and Warickshire University Hospital in England for the four-way operation. And now Pat, 55, told Donegal Daily that his wife really has the X Factor back in her life!“Before the operation we could do very little because we had to keep coming back to the house because Karen was on dialysis.“Even cooking, which she loves, took a lot out of her because she had very little energy.“She always wanted to go to concerts and now she has even gone to the X Factor concerts with out grandson Sean who is nine.“Now, as much as I love them both very much, you wouldn’t catch me going to the X-Factor,” laughed Pat. Pat said the ‘paired transplant’ may not be everyone but he would do the exact same operation in the morning.And he said he had nothing but admiration for the dialysis unit in Letterkenny Hospital and also Beaumont Hospital.“I spent a total of four days in hospital and I feel exactly the same now as I did before I went in.“Karen has been given a complete new lease of life. “It’s just nice to think that we could have 25 years or so of good quality life left together because of the operation.“I would just like people who are on a waiting list to know that there in another alternative and I’m sure there are plenty of husbands and wives out there will to do this,” he said.COUPLE GET THE ‘X-FACTOR’ AFTER LIFE-CHANGING OPERATIONS was last modified: March 23rd, 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