Swim meet for differently-able persons

first_imgTHE Colgrain Swimming Pool will today be the venue for the National Sports Commission (NSC- sponsored swim meet for differently-able persons from 09:30hrs. The meet will feature 18 events in backstroke and freestyle in three age categories. The categories include Under-15, Over-16 and Open for both males and females. Competitors who cannot swim will take part in the Open Aquatic Walk and Flotation events.Admission is free and persons are encouraged to come out and lend support in addition to cheering on the competitors.last_img read more

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Jordan’s all-round show powers England to T20 series win

first_imgWELLINGTON, (Reuters) – England all-rounder Chris Jordan shone with both bat and ball to steer his side to a thrilling super over win against hosts New Zealand in the rain-truncated fifth Twenty20 international at Auckland on Sunday and a 3-2 series victory.Chasing New Zealand’s total of 146-5, the touring side needed 16 runs from the last over for victory but managed only three from James Neesham’s first three deliveries.Walking in to bat at the fall of Tom Curran, Jordan smashed a six and a four to score 12 from the remaining three deliveries to take his team to 146-7 and force the super over.The right-arm seamer then expertly defended the touring side’s super over score of 17, taking a wicket while giving away just eight runs.“There was nothing between the sides in the 11-over game. And in the super over I thought the standout was Chris Jordan,” England captain Eoin Morgan said at the presentation.“The guy is extremely calm under pressure and delivers.”The deciding match between this year’s 50-over World Cup finalists was reduced to 11 overs a side due to rain and Martin Guptill and his opening partner Colin Munro gave New Zealand a blistering start after Morgan won the toss and chose to bowl.The duo added 83 in five overs, including 55 in the first three of the powerplay, to lay the foundation for their imposing total at the ground, which last year witnessed Australia make 245-5 for the highest successful run chase in the format.Guptill fell after hitting five sixes and three fours in his 20-ball 50 while Munro was out for 46 off 21 balls.Wicketkeeper Tim Seifert produced the fireworks at the end for the Black Caps with a knock of 39 from 16 balls.England lost two early wickets in their chase but were never behind the steep required rate of over 13 with Jonny Bairstow hitting boundaries at will.The right-handed opener hit two fours and five sixes in his 47 off 18 balls with Morgan and Sam Curran also chipping in with useful contributions.The two sides will next play a two-Test series, with the first starting from Nov. 21 at Mount Maunganui.last_img read more

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Trojans bested by undefeated Lobos

first_imgUSC’s men’s basketball team dropped its second game against a ranked opponent on the road in three days, as the Trojans’ late rally fell short in a 75-67 loss to No. 18 New Mexico.Steadying presence · On a USC men’s basketball team that entered Wednesday’s loss at New Mexico shooting 40 percent from the field, senior forward Eric Wise has been a bright spot, shooting 50.9 percent. – Corey Marquetti | Daily TrojanAll of USC’s starters scored in double digits, with senior forward Eric Wise leading the charge for the Trojans (3-5) with 14 points.However, the bench contributed only seven points, and the team was outrebounded 29-23 by New Mexico (9-0).After trailing by as much as 17 points in the second half, senior point guard Jio Fontan hit two free throws to cut the Lobos’ lead to 70-65 with 2:18 left.But New Mexico guard Kendall Williams knocked down a 3-pointer on the next trip down the court to put the game out of reach.After a lackluster offensive performance against Nebraska on Monday, USC came out firing on all cylinders against the Lobos, who entered the game as one of only 20 undefeated teams in the nation.The Trojans made nine of their first 10 field goal attempts, including their first seven two-point shots, on their way to staking out a 28-18 lead.But New Mexico dominated for the rest of the first half, claiming a 43-34 halftime lead on a 25-6 run led by guard Hugh Greenwood, who sank four three-pointers during the team’s hot streak.Overall, the Lobos converted 11 of their 24 attempts from beyond the arc, led by Greenwood’s five treys and 17 points, a game high.It marked the fourth consecutive game in which the Trojans have allowed an exorbitant number of 3-pointers by their opponents.Five minutes into the second half, New Mexico forward Cameron Bairstow slammed home a dunk and forward Alex Kirk, who recorded a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds, followed up on the Lobos’ next possession with a trey to extend their advantage to 57-42.That lead proved too much for the Trojans to whittle down completely.There were some positives for USC to take from the loss, however; New Mexico had come into the game holding opponents’ shooting percentage under 40 percent, and the Trojans converted 52.9 percent of their chances from the floor — almost 13 percent better than the 40 percent field goal percentage they were collectively shooting entering the matchup.Before Wednesday, the Lobos were second in the nation in free-throw attempts per game (29.6), but the Trojans only let them get to the charity stripe 14 times, where the Lobos converted eight of their free throws.USC junior guard J.T. Terrell, who has proven to be a streaky shooter this season, made three of his five shots from beyond the arc to finish with 11 points, and junior forward Dewayne Dedmon showed off some impressive post moves while tallying 12 points and nine rebounds — arguably his best performance of the season to date.Over winter break, the Trojans will wrap up their non-conference slate and also play the first four games of their conference schedule.USC will only play one team that’s currently ranked over the next month, which comes in a matchup this Saturday at the Galen Center against No. 14 Minnesota.The Trojans will also play home matches against UC-Riverside (Dec. 15), UC-Irvine (Dec. 20), Dayton (Dec. 30), Stanford (Jan. 3) and California (Jan. 15).They’ll play road contests against Georgia (Dec. 22), Colorado (Jan. 10) and Utah (Jan. 12).last_img read more

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Crunching the numbers of Malachi Richardson’s impressive responses to low-scoring 1st halves

first_imgMalachi Richardson’s last touch of the first half resulted in him lying on his back under Syracuse’s basket. Twenty-five seconds remained and Georgia Tech pushed the other way. An attempt to split two defenders and maneuver into the lane turned into a stumble, fall and forgettable end to the freshman’s scoreless opening frame.After the game, when Richardson had 13 points to his name after guiding Syracuse to a narrow win, Jim Boeheim wasn’t surprised. It’s happened before, three or four times the head coach estimated, when Richardson has wiped a rocky first-half slate clean with a breakout latter 20 minutes.Eleven times this season the freshman has scored three or fewer points in the first half. Eight of those games, Richardson has rebounded with double-digit scoring outputs in the second frame. In seven of those eight, Syracuse has won. Richardson may not be the consistent point producer that Michael Gbinije is (he’s only scored three or fewer points in the first half once), but the freshman has proven to bounce back from low-scoring starts better than every other teammate who falls under this criteria:-Score three or fewer points in the first half, which will be considered a “low-scoring start” for all intents and purposes–Have a “low-scoring start” in at least a fifth of Syracuse’s games–Play a minimum of 16 minutes per contestIn turn, Richardson has given the Orange a reliable scoring outlet down the stretch of games even when he’s anything but early on. It’s part of the identity he’s developed as a natural scorer, with little alternative to emerge from an in-game slump other than to keep attacking.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s going to keep shooting and playing,” Boeheim said. “That’s what he’s going to do.”For perspective on how Richardson sizes up to his teammates in responding to “low-scoring first halves,” here’s a look at each Syracuse player who fits the criteria mentioned above (excluding Gbinije due to low sample size).The only game SU didn’t win when Richardson followed the trend was against St. John’s, when his 15 points, in his mind, were nowhere near enough to compensate for a 4-of-20 shooting day from the field. Isolated in a corner of Syracuse’s locker room at Madison Square Garden, Richardson spoke softly and said it was the first game he’d ever shot that badly from 3 – a paltry 0-of-11 mark with five misses in the first and six in the second.Despite an abysmal shooting performance, he was still able to get to the foul line for eight attempts in the second half. And in the eight games he’s responded with double digits after “low-scoring first halves,” Richardson has taken a combined 44 second-half free throws, which equates to almost three trips to the line in the second half of each game.“That’s what he’s been more focused on,” his close friend Rob Hines said. “When he’s not shooting the ball well in the first half, coming in the second half and just getting in the paint and just making plays that way.”In Syracuse’s win over Texas A&M that bumped the Orange to 6-0 and No. 14 in the country, Richardson went 1-of-5 from the field with a lone 3 to account for a trio of first-half points.In the second frame, he scored 13, getting to the foul line four times and making all six foul shots.“It’s two halves,” Richardson said after the game. “It’s always more.”For Syracuse, the second chunk of conference play has helped resuscitate a team. For Richardson, the second half of games has often helped resuscitate a player.After the win against Georgia Tech, Boeheim was asked if it’s not maturity, how is Richardson able to adjust after flat first halves. He cut off the question, with an answer as cut and dry as the reason behind it.“He’s done it all year,” Boeheim said. “He’s a scorer. He’s not going to lose his confidence.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 1, 2016 at 11:22 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

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Women’s Hockey: Badgers finally fall, lose two straight against surging Buckeyes

first_imgAll good things must come to an end.This was the case for the incredible in-conference undefeated streak the No. 1 University of Wisconsin Women’s Hockey Team enjoyed. The Badgers learned when it rains it pours as they lost back-to-back games in Columbus over the weekend.On Saturday afternoon against No. 6 Ohio State University, Wisconsin began the game much like many of the others this season — dominant. Though they didn’t score in the first frame, they completely controlled the puck and outshot the Buckeyes 12-2.Women’s Hockey: No. 1 Wisconsin looks to defend ranking in series versus Ohio StateWisconsin (26-1-1-0, 17-0-1-0 Big Ten) will play games against conference foe Ohio State on Friday and Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. Read…The second period allowed the Badgers to get a taste of their own medicine and feel what it’s like to be on the receiving end of a rousing performance. Though OSU only scored a single goal, which was also their only goal, in the second period, they outshot UW by a staggering 21-2 margin in the period.Even in the 1-0 loss, sophomore goalie Kristen Campbell put on a clinic in net. It was a shame she had no offense in front of her to get the ‘W’.Coach Mark Johnson called the middle period, in which Wisconsin took a beating in the shot margin column, “a bit challenging,” but welcomed the difficulty for a team that has faced little adversity this season.In the second game of the series, the Badgers fell to the Buckeyes 3-1. In response to the shot disparity of the prior game, UW did right the ship. In the losing effort, they still managed to outshoot Ohio State 35-20. The only, rather important, issue was putting the puck in the net.Badger women’s hockey alumni poised for Olympic runThe 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang will feature four former Badger Women’s Hockey players representing the USA Olympic Team. Forwards Read…The tilt was tied at a goal apiece heading into the final period but Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s leading point scorer and OSU’s Emma Maltais broke open the game. From then on the Buckeyes converted on an empty-netter and took home their second straight game against the top team in the nation.Johnson did not seem too pessimistic about the loss and seems to understand that all streaks are doomed to end.“We played well today. We competed hard and created some chances. Overall it was a good team effort,” Johnson said.As they look to get back on track, the Badgers will take on Minnesota Duluth in another two-game set this weekend.last_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — Doug Bothamley Cashspiel Champs

first_imgBob Ursel rink of Kelowna managed to claim the top prize at the Doug Bothamley Memorial Open Cashspiel Sunday at the Nelson Curling Club.Ursel, third Dave Stephenson, second Don Freschi of Trail and lead, Fred Thomson of Nelson, won $2,100 by defeating Myron Nichol of Castlegar 6-2 in the A Final.The Ursel rink now prepares to challenge for the BC Senior Men’s title in Enderby. Mallard’s Source for sports wants to spotlight not only the Ursel rink with Team of the Week honours but also the entire organizing committee of the Doug Bothamley Memorial Open Cashspiel.last_img read more

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Pivac rules out Northampton role

first_imgPremiership strugglers Northampton sacked director of rugby Jim Mallinder last week and Pivac has been linked with the vacancy at Franklin’s Gardens.Pivac led Scarlets to the Pro12 title last season and, having only signed a new two-year contract in October, the New Zealander said he has no interest in a move to Northampton.”I have just re-signed with the Scarlets so I am not going anywhere and I haven’t spoken with Northampton, I have no intentions of speaking to Northampton,” the former police officer said.”I am loving my work here. The reason why I re-signed for the Scarlets is because I enjoy coming into work every day.”We have worked hard to create this environment, it is a good environment. Opportunities get presented now and again and you can earn more money as a player or a coach sometimes, but you have got to put a value on enjoying coming to work.”I feel I am in a privileged position in that I love getting up and coming to work. Sometimes it is hard to jump in the car and go home. That is how much fun we have here.”It was an easy decision for me to re-sign, I am happy with that and I am committed here for the next couple of years.”Pivac is said to be on the shortlist to succeed Warren Gatland after the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the Scarlets boss confirmed that an international role does appeal to him.He added: “I was part of preparing Fiji for the World Cup in 2007 and had three years out there and loved every minute of it. It would be nice again one day, but it is all about timing and for me I am still learning as a coach.”If the opportunity arose in Wales going forward I would certainly look at that very seriously because I consider myself now a part of Welsh rugby. I have been here three and a half years and will be for another couple of years.”If the opportunity came, yeah, I would probably love it. Obviously, you have got to keep getting results and keep doing well.”As I say, it is all about timing. At the moment things are going well, but we can’t take our foot of the throat here because every other coach is doing the same. It doesn’t get any easier.” Photo Getty Images. Caption: Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivaclast_img read more

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ROs performance was calamitous, exceptionally poor

first_imgDear Editor,Many of the Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM’s) Returning Officers (ROs) seriously bungled the Local Government Elections’ (LGE’s) Nomination Day activities. After this under-par and woefully unacceptable performance, there is a heavy, laboured apprehension by the general public as to what might be the outcome of the general GECOM staff performance at the upcoming Disciplined Services voting; also specifically in supervising the full voting on November 12th, 2018.In general, the ROs’ performance was calamitous and exceptionally poor. The circumstances therefore demand answers to many emerging and pertinent questions. It is necessary for the nation to be informed why so many of GECOM’s permanent staff members were employed specifically to work as ROs. As the credibility of the organisation continues to diminish under the watch of imposed Chairman Justice (R’td) James Patterson, no clarifications have been offered by the organisation for the recent embarrassing fiasco.There are convincing public perceptions that there was no proper training conducted for these ROs! If this observation is incorrect, then the following questions must be answered: Who were the trainers? Who did the evaluation? Who sets the test? Who marks the papers? What were the criteria for selection? And who selected the ROs?It is necessary to point out that the Commission is directly responsible for the recruitment and appointment of all staff. Apparently the approval for a particular approach is partially or wholly being dictated by a few select Commissioners and sanctioned by the Chairman. It is imperative that all of the Commissioners pursue this responsibility objectively, impartially, and ensure maximum transparency and accountability.The disenchantment of the PPP/C and other stakeholders in the performance of some ROs on Nomination Day makes it clearer now that when the GECOM Chairman made reference to the recruitment of middle-management staff for the secretariat, the opportunity was opened up and seized by specific individuals to clandestinely employ manipulating cronies.Several statements which emerged from the Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer of GECOM were published in the media regarding the readiness of GECOM to hold Local Government Elections on November 12, 2018. In one instance, the Chairman, James Patterson, is quoted as saying: “It (preparation) is reaching its time post. We have no difficulties at all as regards to what we have to do…We are ready for it (LGE)…just waiting for a declaration as to the date from the relevant minister”.Contrary to the Chairman’s position, however, we are witnessing some amazing advertisements in the various newspapers for temporary field staff to work with GECOM at the Elections. These advertisements for Election Day Staff were published in the print media on several occasions, highlighting the significant quantum of work to be done.Invited respondents to the advertisements were informed that the first closing date was August 02, 2018. This was followed by a repeat of the same advertisement with the new closing date stated as August 11, 2018; the same advertisement was re-published on a third occasion with the closing date stated as August 23, 2018. Same was also repeated on a fourth occasion with the closing date provided as September 30, 2018.The facts presented give broad testimony to the falsity emanating from GECOM. It is quite evident that the Chairman and the Secretariat’s CEO have been making statements that are not revealing of the whole truth, but seek to merely justify their photo opportunities.Further, the additional advertisement for spanking new vehicles, billboards and some other categories of staff imply the need for much required training. Contextually, this informs of much to be achieved before GECOM can realistically signal the level of appropriate readiness that they have insincerely conveyed.While there has been a resounding silence on the recent embarrassing ROs’ debacle by authorised officials of GECOM, it is from inside the ‘belly of the beast that ‘staffers are asking about multi-year agreements along with liabilities from all previous years. Staffers are asking about the land, water, air transportation, along with fuel and lubricants which have been significantly manipulated in the past.There are emerging queries about rental of boats, vehicles, buildings, and generators, even as the food and beverages ‘galore’ for certain caterers are now evolving. It seems that GECOM Secretariat is poised to have another feast that we must all be on the lookout for.As citizens ready themselves for the upcoming elections, caution must be exercised towards the rejection of any clandestine plans by GECOM. We advocate for the necessary, and demand cleansing of the organisation, and wait with a spoon of salt for future statements, if any, coming from the organisation.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

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Stage set for Wedding Expo 2018

first_imgLocal organisers have promised glitz and glamour as well as a celebration of Guyanese artistry when the 10th edition of Wedding Expo kicks off on Friday with patrons being allowed free entry into the event.The Expo, which will be held at the Duke Lodge, Kingston, will feature a formal opening ceremony with remarks by key personalities.This year, the keynote speaker will be the Resident Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Sophie Makonnen, who is likely to highlight the importance of wedding destination tourism, and the positive impacts it has on the nation’s economy, especially as it related to the provision of pertinent services by artisans and small-scale businesses.Meanwhile, Tourism Ministry Director General Donald Sinclair is also listed to give its contribution.In commemoration of the anniversary celebrations, there will be a display of Guyanese culture which includes a parade of various wedding fashions from Guyana’s ethnic groups. The musical aspect will comprise tassa drumming and steel pan renditions.The official Expo, slated for March 23-25, will showcase products and services for weddings by Guyanese businesspersons such as dressmakers, jewellers, cake decorators, and tailors. Other service providers such as musicians, photographers, make-up artists, and limousine services will also be present to give an insight to the services being offered by their respective businesses.The coordinators are expecting to see approximately 40 exhibitors in addition to a wedding ceremony and reception of the winning couple in this year’s “Race to the Altar” competition, which will be held on Saturday afternoon.Meanwhile, Roraima Group of Companies Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Captain Gerry Gouveia shared his thoughts on the anniversary celebration and their journey throughout the years.“It is with a proud feeling of achievement that we at the Roraima Group of Companies welcome our exhibitors, sponsors, and the general public to this milestone 10th anniversary Wedding Expo. I am particularly elated by the success stories that have emerged over the past 10 years for small artisans and entrepreneurs as a result of their participation in Wedding Expo,” he stated.He also highlighted the fact that new Guyanese artisans were given a chance to promote their businesses, adding: “There are new young artisans now springing up all over Guyana who deserve the opportunities which were afforded those who came before them. We must not fail these emerging entrepreneurs.”The expo is open to the general public from 17:00h on Friday, March 23 and from 14:00h to 23:00h on Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25. Members of the public are urged to visit the Expo and partake in the activities being offered to support local businesses.last_img read more

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Construction worker charged for death of cyclist

first_imgA 32-year-old construction worker was on Wednesday released on bail when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.Trevor Singh, of Buttercup Place, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman and denied that on November 1, 2018 at Aubrey Barker Road, Georgetown, he rode motorcycle CE 2681 in a manner dangerous to the public, thereby causing the death of Floyd House.The prosecution is contending that on November 1, Singh was heading west on Aubrey Barker Road when he collided with House, who was also heading in the same direction on a pedal cycle. Both men were picked up in an unconscious state and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where House was pronounced dead on arrival.The defendant was represented by Attorney-at-Law Paul Fung-A-Fat, who asked that his client be granted bail in a reasonable amount.Singh was released on $350,000 bail, and the case was adjourned to November 20, 2018.last_img read more

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