RHTY&SC 29th Award Ceremony |Hand-in-Hand, Parliament Office, PPDI, Bissan’s Trading and Len’s Craft on board

first_imgPLANS for the successful hosting of the 29th annual Award Ceremony of Guyana’s leading youth and sports organisation continues to be on track despite a forced delay due to matters beyond the effort of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club (RHTY&SC).The Club would now be hosting a smaller version of the Award Ceremony on Sunday, May 12, 2019, at its head office, where $2M worth of trophies, medals, framed certificates, prizes and gifts would be shared out instead of the usual $3M.The club recently received a major boost for the ceremony with donations from Harper’s Sports, Len’s Craft, Ronald Williams, Power Producers and Distributors Inc., Hand-in-Hand Insurance Company and Parliament Office.Club secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster, along with Asst secretary Simon Naidu, is spearheading the preparation for the event which would involve the honouring of 80 club members, retired teachers, outstanding teachers and students, Law Enforcement Officers and medical personnel.Former West Indies vice-captain Roger Harper donated a pair of batting gloves as a prize while former Cricket Administrator Ronald Williams of Apex Insurance Brokers donated a trophy, a collection of gifts and a large amount of cricket magazines.Businessman Bissoondyal Singh of Bissan’s Trading handed over 14 cosmetics hampers while CEO of Len’s Craft, Allistair Parris handed over funds for a bicycle. Long-time sponsor Hand-in-Hand Insurance Company contributed six trophies including those for the Most Committed Player and Most Committed Member.Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, and the Parliament Office donated the two trophies for the Cricketer-of-the-Year and Runner-up Cricketer-of-the-Year Awards along with a large number of medals. The Management of Power Producers and Distribution Inc. handed over a carton of trophies valued at $75 000.Foster stated that the main objectives of the Club’s Award Ceremony are to recognise heroes, to inspire better performances on the cricket field, to provide positive role models to younger members and to maintain the RHTY&SC as Guyana’s best.Members like Clinton Pestano, Shemaine Campbelle, Erva Giddings, Kevin Sinclair, Kevlon Anderson, Jonathan Rampersaud. Matthew Pottaya, Shabiki Gajnabi, Junior Sinclair and Sheneta Grimmond will be among the awardees.The members of the Rose Hall Town Bakewell Second Division Team will be specially honoured during the ceremony along with four doctors and nine nurses of the Port Mourant Public Hospital.Additionally, RHTY&SC would also be making donations to several organisations including Berbice Cricket Board, Upper Corentyne Cricket Association and several cricket clubs.last_img read more

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Temi Fagbenle Lifts Great Britain to New Heights at Women’s EuroBasket

first_imgThe center is rounding out to be one of the most impressive players during the tournament – and is receiving MVP votes. She exudes a confidence that has been building with multiple championship teams during the past three years. “There’s no pressure. If people are struggling in one game, we just think, well who isn’t struggling? Let’s get the ball to that person. It’s really as simple as that. There’s no pressure. It was Jo in the Latvian game, and it’s been me for… however long – it’s been great.”It’s been Fagbenle for a long time now. And while she feels she can score at will, she’s still confident in the coaching staff and her teammates, and they are confident in her.Buceta said: “Most of the time we played with multiple players trying to score but during the Hungary game Temi was a very good threat and scoring all the time, and creating problems. It was good to play through her because it felt like she was playing well and scoring a lot. You have to see who is playing well and who is scoring. The others players did a great job opening up space to Temi.” The tears streaming down Joey Leedham-Warner’s face during the press conference perfectly captured what reaching the semifinals of FIBA Women’s EuroBasket means for Great Britain. “I’m just so proud of this team. We came here expecting to do something. But I honestly don’t know if I expected us to be in the semifinal from the start.”The British team has had to overcome challenges to reach this point, like perhaps no other in the tournament. The qualification period was tough, scraping by in overtime and losing a game to claw a spot in Latvia. The game is not appreciated in their home country on the same scale that it is in the other countries competing in the tournament. The size and volume of the home Serbian crowd served as a potent reminder.  In terms of funding, an emotive subject for anyone close to the sport in Britain – this is a team that has fought tooth and nail to even be physically present at the tournament. But this is also a Great Britain squad with a true leader in Leedham-Warner, a talented coach in Chema Buceta and a selfless collection of players. The achievements of these players and coaching staff with the hand they have been dealt is nothing short of astonishing. You could argue that Britain doesn’t have elite talent compared to some of the countries that this team has beaten. However, one player making her mark on the international stage is Temi Fagbenle. She has won a WNBA championship with the Minnesota Lynx, won titles with CCC Polkowice and Finals MVP awards in Europe, but even she is appreciating the run that Britain is enjoying in Latvia and Serbia. She said: “It’s really such an accomplishment. I hope this can give us some funding. I think we can medal.” It will be no easy task. After winning the game against Hungary to advance to the semifinals, Britain discovered it would face France – a European powerhouse in modern basketball after finishing first in the 2016 qualifying tournament, second in the 2017 EuroBasket, and just outside of a medal position in 2018’s World Cup. After beating Belgium, the French side have gone undefeated in this year’s tournament, and looks like a threat to be the eventual champion.France has talent in leading scorer Sandrine Gruda at the center position, as well as wing, Bria Hartley and guard, Olivia Epoupa – on top of solid rotation players Valeriane Ayayi, Endene Miyem, Marine Johannes and Alexia Chatereau. However, none of them have scored more than 20 points in each of their first four games at EuroBasket. In fact, no country can boast that – none, apart from Fagbenle. The team’s coach Chema Buceta is fully aware of Fagbenle’s greatness. He said: “It’s not necessary to talk about her performance, because everybody saw the game and saw what she did. She’s a great player, but she’s the same as Jo: she’s a player for the team. She does a lot of the work, and she scores, but she’s playing unbelievable defense. She’s a great player, not just in the Hungary game, but everything she does for the team.”Consider her teammates inspired, even if they didn’t expect to reach the semifinal stage. Karlie Samuelson said: “You can tell how excited we were to get the quarterfinal. I think we knew we can do it though.  We’re confident, and the next team we face will be really good, but we’re confident.”She concluded with the reason: “Temi’s having an unbelievable tournament.”While Fagbenle acknowledges the historic run that the team is on – no national basketball squad for Great Britain has ever made it to the semifinal of a major FIBA tournament – she does not want to act as if the team doesn’t belong. “I am calm. In my mind, I’m supposed to be ecstatic, but I am calm. “We fought hard and I’m not surprised.”“The Olympic qualifying tournament was our goal, and we got it. But, hey, we’re still going. It’s not like we’re going to stop.”Even in the face of bigger opposition, she didn’t waver. At 6’4, Fagbenle is no mouse in the house, but against the 6’5 Dóra Horti and the 6’10 Bernadett Hatar of Hungary, there were times that she looked tiny. “I was shorter, but I didn’t feel it. I was confident.” https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/48/74/temi-fagbenle-gb-fiba_nj8ag0lbvcsu1qjy76lpeeycl.jpg?t=-1058642525&w=500&quality=80 https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/5b/a/temi-fagbenle-gb-fiba_114lew87i20dg1u0xf8wh8sj0h.jpg?t=-1058523957&w=500&quality=80 And Leedham-Warner summed it up best: “It doesn’t matter what people think when they’re watching us: if people think it’s ugly, which some of the time it is, we’re OK with it. Whether it’s beautiful or not, we just want the win. Whether Temi scores 50, we don’t care. If she misses every shot and we win, that doesn’t matter either.”Fagbenle will need help in the scoring department against a great defensive team in France during the next round, but she is up for taking on the challenge of going to the next level, leaving a rallying cry for the British team.“Let’s go do battle on defense, let’s see who can score. It’s going to be great. I can’t wait. We’re gonna fight.”last_img read more

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Ten shot lead puts Vikings in control

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsBarring a complete collapse, the Portland State Vikings appear to be heading to the NCAA Regionals.The Vikings, led by sophomore Britney Yada, shot a combined two-round score of 590 to take a 10-stroke lead into Wednesday’s final round of the Big Sky Conference Golf Championship at the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, AZ.Portland State, finishing the day with a round of 287, have four of the five players on the team — Yada, Kalyn Dodge, Alexia Brown and L.V. Rogers Bomber grad Lauren Taylor — in the top ten.“They were a little calmer and felt more at ease on the course today (than yesterday),” said Viking Coach Kathleen Takaishi on the university website.“They had a bad day yesterday. That is their first bad day in five or six rounds, so it happens.”After ballooning to a 79 during round one, Taylor, heading out on the course first, set the tone for the rest of the team. The pride of Granite Pointe birdied four holes in a row from the third through the sixth. Taylor finished the front nine at two-under par and the day with a one-over-par 73 on the 6,162-yard, par 72 Ocotillo Golf Resort course.Firing a 4-under-par 68, Yada tops the individual leader board with a four shot lead over Ashli Helstrom of Montana.“I told them we shot our average yesterday (303) and that isn’t a bad thing,” said Takaishi. “They just needed to learn from their mistakes, maybe play holes differently that they struggled on.”The Vikings can wrap up the Big Sky Championship Wednesday when the players take to the course for the final round of the 54-hole tournament.The NCAA West Regional is May [email protected]last_img read more

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Fishing the North Coast: Record rains blow out North Coast rivers

first_imgThe parade of storms that pounded the North Coast earlier this week pushed some of our coastal rivers above flood stage, and the ones that didn’t flood, were right on the verge.We haven’t seen this much water flowing in our rivers since the floods of 1997, at least that’s what I’ve been hearing. Needless to say, our steelhead season is now in a bit of a holding pattern for all rivers not named Smith.Speaking of the quick-clearing Smith, it should be in plunkable shape by Thursday and in …last_img

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The Diaspora Project and Kickstarter: The Power of (Micro)Funding a Good Idea

first_imgaudrey watters Related Posts Since we broke the story about the Diaspora Project last week, the plans for an open source, distributed alternative to Facebook has seen widespread press. But just as importantly, funding for the undertaking has skyrocketed.The Diaspora Project is the brainchild of four NYU computer students, and as Sarah Perez noted in her article, while the concepts of “open source” and “distributed network” might not normally have mass appeal, the latest round of privacy concerns with Facebook have helped to generate a lot of attention for the project and the concepts behind it.The project is currently being hosted on Kickstarter, a site that lets entrepreneurs crowdsource funding. Kickstarter allows entrepreneurs to set a funding goal and deadline, as well as offer an optional set of rewards to their backers. Projects that don’t reach that goal have their pledges returned. In Kickstarter’s words, the service demonstrates that “good idea, communicated well, can spread fast and wide” and that “a large group of people can be a tremendous source of money and encouragement.”Last week, Diaspora was $2000 short of their $10,000 goal with under a month left to go until reaching their deadline. Yesterday, when Techcrunch wrote about the project, funding stood at around $60,000. As of this morning, they have raised over $90,000 from over 2100 backers, including some fairly big names in the tech industry, and still have 19 days of fundraising to go.Kickstarter offers a sliding scale, of sorts, for donations, and most of the funding for the Diaspora Project has come in small amounts. While 4 backers have pledged over $2000, most backers have opted to donate $5, $10, or $25. The latter has been the most popular donation amount, with almost 900 individuals committing $25. That $25 will get you a CD, some stickers, and a t-shirt – and the satisfaction of helping support a Facebook alternative.While certainly the Diaspora Project is well-timed, their use of the Kickstarter platform also points to the power of crowdsourced microfunding – particularly for a project that many people outside typical investment circles are finding compelling and important. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Analysis#start A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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11 days agoBelgium coach Martinez praises Leicester midfielder Praet on debut

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Belgium coach Martinez praises Leicester midfielder Praet on debutby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBelgium manager Roberto Martinez praised Leicester City midfielder Dennis Praet as he continued his good form with an assist on his full international debut.Making his fifth appearance but his first start for the Red Devils, Praet delivered a perfect cross to set up Michy Batshuayi for Belgium’s first goal in their 2-0 win in Kazakhstan on Sunday.”What pleases me as a coach was to see that Dennis was ready,” said Martinez. “He was desperate to be on the pitch, that’s what I want to see in the players.”He played technically, it was a pleasure to see him play. Much of the game went through him and at the end I was happy to see that he had enjoyed himself. He played extremely well.” last_img read more

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Auburn Opens As 10-Point Favorite Over Louisville In Season Opener

first_imgYes, it’s still just February, meaning that college football is over six months away. But that certainly doesn’t mean that it’s too early to start making predictions on some opening weekend contests. 5Dimes has released spreads on eight of the best games from the opening week’s slate. Auburn vs. Louisville, which is set to take place in Atlanta as the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, officially has a line.The Tigers, behind what we’re sure will be a potent offensive attack, open as 10-point favorites over the Cardinals, who will face a difficult non-conference schedule in 2015.Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 4.19.20 PMAuburn’s rival, Alabama, opens as a 13-point favorite over Wisconsin too. Will both get off to a hot start?last_img

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Former Alberta politician is oldest Canadian to summit Mount Everest

first_imgRED DEER, Alta. – A former Alberta politician has become the oldest Canadian to summit Mount Everest.John Oldring, who served as a member of the legislature from 1986 to 1993 after spending more than a decade on Red Deer city council, accomplished the feat on May 25.“We probably had one of the best days of the year to summit on,” Oldring, 64, told the Red Deer Advocate.He said they could see the curvature of the Earth through clear, blue skies from the world’s highest mountain top. His team had originally planned to reach the peak on May 26, which turned out to be a cloudy day for other climbers.“They didn’t have any visibility. It was flat. They couldn’t stand on the top of Everest and see the other mountains.”It was the second Everest attempt for the Calgary resident. In 2015, his team was climbing the treacherous Khumbu Icefall on the Nepali slopes of Mount Everest when a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal and left them in a total whiteout.The eight-member team survived, but down at base camp at least 22 people died and several were injured.Although the quake left many others with post-traumatic stress disorder, Oldring didn’t hesitate to try again.“I hadn’t reached the summit yet. The job wasn’t done.”He said seven people have died so far this year on Everest. His team saw four bodies brought down the mountain and passed another body still in the snow.“I’d stop and say a quick prayer for them and their families. Then I’d say a quick prayer for me and keep on going.”His team reached the summit at 8:15 a.m. after a nine-hour climb from Camp Four, then spent about 15 minutes on top of the world.“It was fabulous. Everest is so big. You just can’t appreciate the scale at all. It’s truly amazing.”But they also knew the peak was a death zone, he said.“We had no urgency time-wise. We climbed so quickly. But on the other hand you always have to remind yourself a successful climb is getting down the mountain, not just getting up it, so you don’t spend a lot of time up there.”It wasn’t until he came down that he found out he was the oldest Canadian to summit Everest.“Any climb that I’ve been on, I always known I’ll be oldest. My theory is I make sure I always train the hardest, train the smartest and climb as smart and efficiently as I can. I don’t want to be the person who holds the team back and I never have been.”The oldest person to climb Everest is Yuichiro Miura of Japan, who reached the summit in 2013 at the age of 80.Just this month, 85-year-old Min Bahadur Sherchan from Nepal died while trying to regain the title. He had managed to summit the mountain in 2008 when he was 76.(Red Deer Advocate)last_img read more

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Halifax 12yearold called 911 to complain about their salad RCMP say

first_imgHALIFAX – RCMP are issuing a gentle reminder about proper 911 use after a 12-year-old called to express their dislike of salad.The Mounties say Halifax dispatchers received a call just before 10 p.m. Tuesday from a youth who said their guardian made a salad they didn’t like.“The child was upset and did not care for what the parent put in the salad, said RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dal Hutchinson.“As a member was responding, they called back again wondering where the police officer was and that they were very unhappy with what ingredients were in their salad.”Police say they took the opportunity to speak to the child about what happened and also about when it’s appropriate to call 911.“While many can relate to the dislike of a salad at times, this raises a more important issue that warrants discussion at all ages,” Hutchinson said in a release Thursday.Hutchinson said in an interview the incident isn’t isolated and those like it pose a serious risk when emergency responders go to a scene where they aren’t needed.“Sometimes it takes us to a location out of our coverage area that is at the opposite end of where an actual real emergency call may come in,” he said.He said he knows of various instances, including one where someone was upset that there wasn’t enough meat in their donair.In another, an upset caller couldn’t find their television remote, Hutchinson said, while one parent was upset that a barber didn’t do a good enough job on their child’s haircut.“On a regular basis we get (those) calls from people,” said Hutchinson, who added that improper use of 911 can result in a fine of $697.50.Within the last two weeks alone there have been more than two dozen bogus 911 calls in Nova Scotia, he said.Improper 911 use is a problem across Canada and in other parts of the world.In December, a 51-year-old Florida man was charged with misusing the emergency line after he called twice to complain about the size of the meal served to him at Crabby’s Seafood Shack in Stuart, Fla., telling dispatchers: “I ordered something, and it was extremely so small.”In 2016, the Las Vegas-area fire department held a news conference to ask people to not call over “stubbed toes and sore throats,” while police in Kentucky pointed out that people often called them to ask directions.In 2016, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said an upset St. John’s woman called 911 to report her pizza didn’t have enough cheese.That same year, police in Edmonton launched a public awareness campaign because the situation had become so ridiculous. They said about 40 per cent of the 911 calls they handled through the emergency service were bogus.In December 2015, British Columbia’s largest 911 call centre, E-Comm911, issued a list of the top 10 reasons not to call the emergency line, based on actual calls received that year.Among them: Requesting the number for a local tire dealership; reporting an issue with a vending machine; asking for the non-emergency line; complaining a car was parked too close to theirs; reporting that a child wouldn’t put his seatbelt on; telling police about a coffee shop that refused to give a refill; asking if it’s OK to park on the street; reporting someone had used a roommate’s toothbrush; seeking help getting a basketball out of a tree; and complaining that their building’s noisy air system was keeping them awake.last_img read more

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