Guyana team ready for Senior Squash Championships in TT

first_img– GSA President says squad is well preparedTHE national senior squash team that will represent Guyana this week in the Caribbean Senior Squash Championships (CASA) slated for Trinidad and Tobago is expected to depart Guyana today for the twin- island republic. The championships are scheduled to run from 8 – 16 of August, and will see the participation of top players from all across the Caribbean.The Guyana men’s team is led by world-ranked player Sunil Seth, and also includes 2010 men’s champion Richard Chin as well as Alex Arjoon, Kristian Jeffrey, Jason Ray Khalil, and Benjamin Mekdeci. On the women’s side is current Caribbean junior girls’ Under-19 champion Larissa Wiltshire, and finalist Taylor Fernandes, as well as former junior Caribbean champions Akeila Wiltshire, Mary Fung-a-Fat, and Victoria Arjoon.The female team of course will continue to go without the leading skills of world-ranked Nicollette Fernandes.Fernandes has been unable to represent Guyana for some time now due to her professional commitments on the international stage, where she continues to excel.The veterans’ team will be made up of Raman Chan-A-Sue in the over-40 category, Joe Mekdeci in the over-50 and Alwyn Calledar in the over-60 category.President of the Guyana Squash Association, David Fernandes, is of the opinion that the team is very well prepared for this year’s championships and he expects some good performances.“Both the men and women’s teams are very balanced. The seniors that have been in Guyana they have been training very hard for the past few weeks, I would even say they are better prepared than last year and I think that they have good team spirit and I believe they will do very well,” Fernandes said.The Guyana ladies’ team are currently the defending champions in that category, a title they have held for the past three years. The men’s team on the other hand relinquished the title to Jamaica last year. Overall, Guyana has not held the team title since 2013, when the competition was held on home turf.last_img read more

No roars as Tiger makes return to sounds of silence

first_imgBy Steve Keating(REUTERS) – Tiger Woods makes his long-awaited return to competitive golf at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio this week and no golfer will feel the impact of the strange new spectator-less world created by COVID-19 than the 15-time major winner.For his whole career Woods, one of sport’s most recognisable personalities, has been the focus of the golfing world. He is followed by massive galleries and battalions of reporters, photographers and television cameras wherever he plays.But when he steps onto the first tee at Muirfield Village Golf Club tomorrow for his first competitive round in five months the only sound is likely to be chirping birds, with the PGA Tour having banned spectators for all events this season.“I’ve had cameras on me since I turned pro, so it’s been over 20-some-odd years that virtually almost every one of my shots that I’ve hit on the Tour has been documented,” Woods told reporters. “That is something that I’ve been accustomed to. That’s something I’ve known for decades. “But this is a different world and one we’re going to have to get used to. It’s just a silent and different world.”Woods last competed on the PGA Tour in mid-February when he laboured through a final-round 77 at the Genesis Invitational where he finished last among players who made the cut.The 44-year-old reigning Masters champion then skipped a number of events with back issues prior to the PGA Tour’s three-month COVID-19 hiatus that began in mid-March and opted to sit out the circuit’s first five events since the break. Woods, who is one win shy of a record 83 PGA Tour victories, did play a May 24 charity match with Phil Mickelson and Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.Saying he was unwilling to risk a return to the Tour until he saw how safety protocols would work, Woods made his decision to play only when he felt comfortable enough to do so.“I just felt it was better to stay at home and be safe,” said Woods. “I’m used to playing with lots of people around me and that puts not only myself in danger but my friends and family. “That’s something that I looked at and said, ‘Well, I’m really not quite comfortable with that, that whole idea. Let’s see how it plays out first’.”Woods has watched the PGA Tour restart on his computer and said he was immediately struck by what he saw.“It was more watching golf to see how it is now, see what our near future, our reality is and our foreseeable future is going to be,” said Woods, who has won the Memorial a record five times. “To have no one yelling, no one screaming, no energy, the social distancing, no handshakes.“There’s nothing to feed off of energy-wise. There’s no one there. “I think this is going to set up for not just in the short-term but for the foreseeable future for sure.”last_img read more

Volleyball to face familiar foes

first_imgBEN CLASSON/Herald file photoThe Wisconsin volleyball team will open up the Big Ten season this weekend on the road against Iowa and Minnesota.“We are really excited for the Big Ten [season] to start,” said junior outside hitter Caity DuPont. “It’s kind of a new focus because during preseason you don’t really know the teams very well. But in the Big Ten, you have seen most of the players before so you can really focus on the teams and what they do.”The Badgers, who are coming off a 2-1 weekend at the Marquette Cheese Bowl, have dropped in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll for the second time this year from No. 13 to No. 18 after their five-game loss to Oregon State on Saturday.Although the loss to the Beavers was tough, UW is not discouraged. In fact, the team sees it as a challenge and a way to trick their opponents into overlooking the team.“Having a high number in the polls puts a target on your back,” DuPont said. “When we were higher in the polls, people wanted to beat us. Now that we are slipping, people might underestimate us. We are going to come after them with a lot of fire, and they are going to be surprised.”The Badgers are going into the weekend as the third-highest ranked team in the Big Ten. The defending champion Nittany Lions are ranked No.1, and the Golden Gophers are ranked No. 12. Purdue, Illinois and Michigan round out the Big Ten’s representation, ranked 19, 20 and 21, respectively.Wisconsin’s first test of the weekend will be against a revitalized Iowa team. The Hawkeyes are led by new head coach Sharon Dingman, who got the job after spending eight years at Illinois State. While with the Redbirds, Dingman led the team to seven winning seasons in eight years, including a NCAA tournament appearance in 2007, their first in 10 years.This is the first year Iowa has not been picked to be at the bottom of the Big Ten. Wisconsin head coach Pete Waite said Dingman has brought a new mentality to the team and has them believing they can compete with the teams at the top of the division.“If you look at Iowa, they have a new team and a new staff,” Waite said. “They have some veteran players, and it makes them kind of scary because they were down, and now they are excited about what they are doing.”On the court, the Hawkeyes are led by setter Kiley Fister, who ranks sixth in the Big Ten in assists, averaging 9.77 per game. Senior outside hitter Catherine Smale averages 3.5 kills per game, which ranks eighth in the conference.“[Iowa] has a good setter,” senior middle blocker Audra Jeffers said of Fister. “She is really good at setting against the flow, and our middle blockers are going to have to be really disciplined with that.”On Saturday, the Badgers head north to play in the latest chapter of the Border Battle against Minnesota. The Gophers, who are coming off a 3-2 loss to North Carolina last weekend, are looking to get revenge on Wisconsin after being swept in both matches last year.“It’s always a battle, and it’s exciting. We love competing,” Jeffers said. “It’s one of the most fun matches of the year. I know our team and their team are going to be competing really hard. Especially with last year’s outcome, they are going to come out with a chip on their shoulder. We always love to beat Minnesota, and they are ranked ahead of us, so it’s going to be extra motivation for us. ”Although they lost last weekend, junior libero Christine Tan was named Big Ten defensive player of the week. Tan leads the Big Ten in digs with 230 and averages 5.35 per game. On defense, Tan is complemented by sophomore middle blocker Lauren Gibbemeyer, who ranks second in the Big Ten in blocks, averaging 1.44 per game.For the Badgers, look out for DuPont and freshman setter Janelle Gabrielsen to play major contributions. Last weekend, DuPont was named to the all conference team and is seeing major improvements in her game despite being injured for most of the preseason. If the team is able to successfully rebound from a less than stellar weekend last year, look for them to be in the mix early in the Big Ten season.last_img read more


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BGC praises Kenneth Alexander for driving critical change

first_img GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit Share UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 Share Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), has praised the work of outgoing GVC Holdings Group CEO Kenneth Alexander and his contribution to improving industry standards and driving change through greater responsibility.Yesterday, GVC announced that Alexander had chosen to end his 13-year leadership tenure, and confirmed that the executive would be replaced by COO Shay Segev.Dugher stated that Alexander’s ‘achievements in business speak for themselves’, transforming GVC from a small online gambling business to one of the most valuable technology groups listed on the FTSE 100 index.As GVC CEO, Alexander played a central role in the founding of the BGC, a trade body formed to act as the ‘unified voice’ for UK gambling, working with diverse stakeholders to improve the standards, social responsibility and the representation of the gambling industry.“Kenny helped create the Betting and Gaming Council because I know he understood that the whole industry needed to drive changes in the future and work for ever higher standards,” said Dugher.“And as a great racing and football man, he understood his customers and he brought that authenticity, directness and indeed an infectious sense of humour that we will all miss at the BGC. We wish him and his family all the very best.”Under Alexander’s leadership, GVC launched its ‘Change for the Bettor’ corporate social responsibility campaign, placing safer gambling and customer care as the central focus of the firm’s multi-market operations.Dugher welcomed the appointment of Shat Segev as GVC’s new leader to continue Alexander’s work in tackling industry challenges.“In Shay Segev, GVC have a super-talented successor to lead the company,” added Dugher. “He has a proven track record of running the major parts of the GVC business – from Ladbrokes/Coral migration to trading, customer service and their US venture. We look forward to working with him closely, not least on the Government’s forthcoming Review of Gambling.”last_img read more

Selkirk College Saints Add Experience at Both Ends of the Ice

first_imgThe Selkirk College Saints have added a pair of highly regarded former junior players to the roster for the upcoming 2017-2018 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season.Forward Michal Holub and defenceman Parker Wakaruk have committed to Selkirk College and will help the Saints in their pursuit of returning the BCIHL championship trophy to the West Kootenay when the season begins in September.“Both Michal and Parker have excellent junior hockey resumes,” says Saints head coach Brent Heaven.“Their experience, character and leadership are exactly the kind of individuals we want in our program.”Holub hails from the Lower Mainland and started his junior career in the Western Hockey League (WHL) where he spent two seasons with the Seattle Thunderbirds and Lethbridge Hurricanes.The 6’1” right winger then finished his junior hockey career in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) and Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL).“I chose Selkirk College because there is great opportunity here for me,” says Holub. “My buddy Marcel Fuchs played for the Saints and had nothing but good things to say about the school and the program. The program has four championships, how could you not want to be a part of that? Also, I love the West Kootenay area in the winter, it can be quite beautiful.”The Saints have lost several key offensive weapons to graduation and Heaven is confident that Holub will be one of the newcomers to pick up the slack.“With Michal’s extensive major junior experience, he will be able to contribute in many ways including leadership for our program,” says Heaven. “Michal brings a good team mentality, work ethic and desire to succeed. He is a big body that likes to play physical and has a good set of hands to chip-in on the offensive side.”Wakaruk arrives from the SJHL’s Humbolt Broncos where the blueliner had an excellent 2016-2017 season scoring four goals and adding ten assists. Still deciding between the Business Program and the Recreation Fish & Wildlife Program to focus his academic pursuits, Wakaruk is looking forward to starting the next chapter of his life.“I decided on Selkirk College because it not only has a great selection of post-secondary educational opportunities in a smaller learning environment, but also a very strong hockey program in which I can continue to develop as an individual and more importantly, a team player,” says the 6’1” defenceman.“I have heard only positive things about the school and the hockey team, and am very excited to see what the future holds in Castlegar.”With defence a key to winning championships, Heaven says Wakaruk will be a good fit on the Saints’ blueline.“Parker is a very hard working, dedicated leader,” says Heaven.“He will bring a real calm to the back end, while being extremely difficult to play against. I expect him to help shut down the defensive zone while making every shift an absolute battle for his opponent. He is also able to be quick and precise with his outlet options.”Holub and Wakaruk join Brandon Sookro and Logan Kerner in the players already announced for the Saints’ 2017-2018 recruiting class. The 2017-2018 BCIHL season starts in September.last_img read more

Canella breaks and leaves the left-handed side of Lugo lame

first_imgIt is not being a good start to the year for the nursing of the CD Lugo. Borja Dominguez’s serious injury, which will be lost during the rest of the campaign, is joined by Roberto Canella, that had to withdraw in the first part of the match of the last day against Almeria and to which He has been diagnosed with a semi-muscular muscle belly involvement compatible with grade 1 fibrillar rupture in his right leg. It’s down, which could keep it according to evolution up to one month off leave the left wing of the albivermella defense touched. Now, Curro Torres will have to choose between placing on the left-hand side an almost unpublished Lebedenko, whose performances have not been up to par, or place Serge Leuko on a changed leg. Despite being skilled, the position is not strange to Cameroon, who has already played several times in the band opposite his natural leg. In fact, he was chosen by Curro Torres to replace Canella after his injury against Almeria.This injury calls into question the need to reinforce the left-handed side. Despite having the folded position, the club will assess the possibility of propping it up in this winter market, since it is one of the positions that are under the magnifying glass so far this season. What is certain is that the team will look for at least one midfielder who covers the low of Borja Domínguez, and also a striker if it falls within the economic possibilities of Lugo.last_img read more

Barchue Promises Bassonians World Cup Treat

first_imgMore than 25,000 Bassonians in District # 1 of Grand Bassa County look forward to watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup since Rep. Hans M. Barchue has assured them a chance to watch the games free.Rep. Barchue has promised to purchase 12 flat-screen TVs, 17 DSTV sets and 17 generators for the 17 clans in his constituency to enjoy the World Cup.He made the vow last Friday during a fundraiser on Diahn Blae Community Radio in Grand Bassa County.Barchue’s disclosure was received with shouts of appreciation as he instructed youth groups in each clan to collaborate with their clan chiefs and district superintendents to identify a spot to install the television and DSTV set between now to the end of April.“As a representative I like to do what makes my people happy, and I am doing this because I love you and will never stop loving you,” Rep. Barchue said.If all goes as expected, the district’s17 clans will watch all of the 64 tournament games of the 2014 World Cup which is expected to begin on Thursday, June 12, when Brazil plays Croatia in the opening match.A cross section of youths interviewed expressed their thanks and appreciation to Rep. Barchue and revealed that this will be the first ever for a representative to undertake such initiative.Diahn Blae Community Radio station manager, youthful Moses S.B. Somah, described it as a “worthy project.”Somah also thanked Deputy Speaker Barchue for his continuous support to the district including the radio station, which has been reopened owing to his immeasurable support.Sundaygar Wallace said beside the games it will also help them to watch the latest news unfolding around the world.Meanwhile, 31 countries have advanced through the qualification began since June 2011 to participate with the host, Brazil in the final tournament.Matches are to be played in twelve cities across Brazil in either new or redeveloped stadiums, beginning with a group stage. For the first time at a World Cup Finals, the matches will use goal-line technology.Each participating team will receive at least US$8 million. The champions will receive $35 million, while the losing finalists will receive $25 million.Teams that lose in the round of 16 will receive $9 million, and the quarter-finalists receive $14 million. The clubs in which the players are playing for at the time of their World Cup departure will receive $70 million as a compensation for insurance costs and expenses, which will be distributed through their national associations.Overall, FIFA will allocate $576 million, a new record, an increase from the $420 million allocated in South Africa.The 32 qualified countries in the 2014 FIFA World Cup are: Australia, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, the United States of America, Portugar, Russia, Spain and Switzerland.The rest are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia Ecuador, Uruguay, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Netherlands.Spain is the defending champion, having defeated the Netherlands 1-0 in the 2010 finals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Difficult first weekend of FIVB World Grand Prix for Cranston and team Canada

first_imgThe team opened play on Friday night against Peru. Peru took the first two games 25-21, 25-18. Canada responded to take the third game 27-25, but fell in the fourth 25-16 to give Peru the 3-1 win.Saturday’s match against Poland also resulted in a 3-1 defeat for Cranston and her teammates. Poland took the first game 25-15, but Canada won the second 25-14. Poland took the final two games by scores of 25-21, and 25-11.Belgium was Canada’s opponent on Sunday and the final had Belgium winning 3-0. Games in the contest were 25-13, 25-19, 28-26.- Advertisement -Cranston and team Canada will be looking to turn their fortunes around this weekend as they’ll be in Leuven, Belgium for three more games as the FIVB World Grand Prix continues. They’ll have a rematch with Belgium on Friday. That will be followed by games against Argentina on Saturday, and the Netherlands on Sunday.All of Canada’s games will be broadcast on Sportsnet. For a schedule of the games click here.last_img read more

Dodgers notes: Ethier wants to reinvent himself

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VERO BEACH, Fla. – Apparently, Andre Ethier wants to be the Dodgers’ version of Madonna. “It’s just about reinventing yourself,” the second-year outfielder said. “I hit .300 last year, and people said it wasn’t good enough. So I’m just trying to go back to where I was in 2005, the year before I came over here, when I hit balls the other way with authority and at the same time took the inside pitch and tried to drive it out. “I think I can be a more valuable player if I get back to what I did that season.” Clearly stung by what he repeatedly read and heard over the winter – an especially popular notion was that he didn’t hit for the kind of power a corner outfielder is supposed to – Ethier says he is focused on hitting more than the 11 home runs he had last year. That figure notwithstanding, he was a solid NL Rookie of the Year candidate before the fatigue of his first major-league season caused him to fade down the stretch. But the problem with Ethier’s new approach is that manager Grady Little isn’t happy to hear that Ethier, who is expected to be the Dodgers’ everyday right fielder this season, wants to reinvent himself. “That scares the (heck) out of me,” Little said. The Ethier whom Little is hoping to see is the same guy who batted .308 as a rookie while posting a .365 on-base percentage. The guy who went 3 for 4 with a double in Friday’s Grapefruit League game – an 8-7 victory over the Minnesota Twins in front of 4,174 at Holman Stadium – to raise his spring average to .526 (10 for 19). The guy who will fit nicely into either the seventh or eighth spot in the batting order this season, low enough that no one will expect him to be Babe Ruth. The Ethier that Ethier seems to want to be is the player he was two years ago at Double-A Midland, before the Oakland A’s traded him to the Dodgers for Milton Bradley and Antonio Perez. Ethier hit 18 homers and drove in 80 runs that year, even as he was posting the highest full-season average (.319) and on-base percentage (.385) of his professional career. Ethier’s first-inning double against the Twins, which came against a non-roster shell of what used to be Sidney Ponson, is his only extra-base hit of the spring. “I’m not hitting home runs, so something isn’t right,” Ethier said. “They want somebody to hit home runs, and I can be that guy. Why not me, right?” Then again, why not somebody else? “This guy has all kinds of ability,” Little said. “We’re not asking him to be somebody he isn’t. If he swings the bat the way he knows how, those home runs are going to come. They will come if he doesn’t put a lot of effort into trying to make them come. But if he does do that, they may never come then. You can get into bad habits if you start thinking that way.” GETTING BETTER: Utility man Marlon Anderson, who has yet to appear in a Grapefruit League game because of a minor setback in his recovery from offseason surgery on his right elbow, might be ready to play as soon as next week. He took ground balls, tossed them lightly and shagged flies in the outfield. Although the injury resulted from Anderson pushing himself too hard early in camp, the veteran said he had no regrets. “Not at all, because you don’t know until you test it,” he said. “I spent the whole offseason rehabbing it. I pushed it a little bit just to see where it was, knowing that I might have a setback.” Shortstop Rafael Furcal (right shoulder) also is expected to return early next week. Both Anderson and Furcal might play in a minor-league game on Wednesday, an off day for big-league camp. Left-hander Randy Wolf will pitch three or four innings in that game to stay on his regular routine of starting every fifth day. HEADED OUT: Don’t be surprised if top pitching prospect Scott Elbert is among this weekend’s first round of cuts. The left-hander, who was not going to make this year’s team, faced five Twins batters on Friday, retired only one and gave up three home runs. last_img read more