Farias returns as president of RFA

Posted On Sep 18 2020 by

first_imgRYAN Farias was returned as president of the Rupununi Football Association (RFA) when the Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on Saturday, November 30, at the St Ignatius Secondary School.The full executive reads: Ryan Farias (President), Curtis Buckley (First Vice President), Nobert Williams (Second Vice President), John Abraham Third Vice President), John Adams (Fourth Vice President), Troy Benjamin (Secretary), Deborah Allicock (Treasurer), Amanda Campion (Assistant Secretary/Treasurer).The Committee Members are Joshua Fredericks, Colin Henry, Errol McGarrell, Leroy Johnson, Sean Curtright, Viviane George and Roy Andrews.Clubs present were Paiwomak Warriors, Sun Parakeets, Tabatinga, Rising Stars, Gladiators, Guyana Rush Saints, Terminators, Strikers, Snipers, Titans United, Shiriri and Far East United Sports Club.Four new clubs were admitted fully to the RFA namely, Moco Moco FC, Spartans FC, Rewa Sports Club and Potarnau Sky Kings FC.Commenting on his re-election to serve his second term as president, Farias expressed thanks to the clubs for reposing confidence in him to lead the body for the next two years, whilst outlining his plans.“The focus for this new executive for the next two years would be one, to have qualified coaches for all our clubs, to have more referees qualified, to have three to four male players in the national team who will be representing Guyana at the 2026 FIFA World Cup bid and to be able to compete at any tournament level among the other Regional Members Associations.”Farias also noted that it is very challenging to travel around so they are also going to pursue the idea of a vehicle to help address this issue with the assistance of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF).Performing duties as the Returning Officer was Mr James La Rose on behalf of the GFF.last_img read more


Regional roller derby team set to attend national competition

Posted On Aug 3 2020 by

first_imgWest Kootenay Roller Derby’s all-star team has managed to climb to the top of the heap in Canadian Roller Derby, and they’ve done it in a remarkably quick fashion. The Kootenay Kannibelles are gearing up for some high-calibre derby at a national level tournament set to take place at West Edmonton Mall’s Ice Palace March 15-17. Belles captain and West Kootenay Roller Derby League marketing and media director Amber Harper, who is best known as ‘Pantsoff’, is excited that what she describes as their “rag-tag troupe of mismatched-jersey-wearing ladies” are getting the opportunity to represent British Columbia in the first ever Roller Derby Association of Canada’s Canadian National Championships. No small feat, as she explains that they’ve “only been playing for two seasons as a team; most of (them) only just learned how to skate with the birth of West Kootenay Roller Derby, so this is pretty incredible.” The Belles are ranked sixth in the country (out of 101 travel teams), which earned them a spot in the tournament. However, the blood-splattered team is entering nationals with a new roster, featuring some new all-star players ready to make their mark on Canadian roller derby, bruise by well-earned bruise. Up against some top teams – including E-Ville Roller Derby (Edmonton, AB), Central – Saskatoon Roller Derby League (Saskatoon, SK), Pile O’ Bones Derby Club (Regina, SK), Atlantic – Muddy River Rollers (Moncton, NB) and Fog City Rollers (Saint John, NB) – the Belles are fiercely gearing up for some hard-hitting derby and have their eyes firmly on the gold medal prize. With an impressive 8-1 record last season, BC’s dark-horse team is certainly rolling into this, their third competitive season, hungrier for results than ever. After debuting at the Roller Derby Associations of Canada’s Western Tournament in 2011, the Belles shocked both fans and fellow skaters by finishing fifth after only one loss – a five-point nail-biting triumph by Red Deer’s Belladonnas. Their competitive appetite not sated, the Belles then went on to take second place in the RDAC Western Tournament in June 2012, after coming out on the losing side of a hard-fought battle against Terminal City Roller Girls’ All Stars, who secured their victory by 84 points. With this history in mind, it’s no wonder these ladies are approaching this tournament with ferocious appetites for victory. The team is currently busy prepping for spring, not only on but also off the track as they fundraise to help offset the costs of travel and accommodation (they are also looking for season sponsors). The Belles are hoping to raise funds through the Fundscript program where they sell gift cards for major retailers and the retailers pay a percentage of the dollar value of cards bought to the team. “Calling it a “no fuss, no stress fundraiser,” Pantsoff explains Belles are selling gift cards for 100-plus retailers. “No buying useless junk,” she says. “Just get the card for the denomination and retailer you want and we get the kick back from the supplier.” The Belles hope to see some hardcore fans at the nationals, but at the very least are looking forward to the kick-off of the local season, where some of these savage skaters will be hitting the rink with their home teams.(Story by Valerie Rossi)last_img read more


Boss slams defending after Chelsea’s defeat in Monaco

Posted On Dec 21 2019 by

first_imgChelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo slammed his side’s shoddy defending following their 4-1 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Uefa Super Cup.The Blues were 3-0 down at half-time after a stunning hat-trick from Radamel Falcao, who produced a breathtaking display of class and finishing.And Di Matteo told ITV: “In the first half we were very poor and they were very sharp. We were very slow and sloppy and were penalised.“We tried, but they were much better than us – especially in the first half. We gave him [Falcao] too much space and you can’t give him that, because he’s too dangerous.”He added: “We’ve got a lot to learn and have got to get much better. It’s a shame we have not been competitive in a European final.“But we’ll bounce back. It was a bad defeat today but we’ve had some good games before. We just didn’t play well tonight at all.“We gave away three goals and you can’t do that against a team like Atletico Madrid.”See also:Chelsea swept aside by brilliant FalcaoFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


‘Starvation death’: Jharkhand proposes foodgrain banks

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New school program gives Baldonnel School students handson building skills

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgTo watch the progress of the build; CLICK HERE BALDONNEL, B.C. – Grade 5 and 6 students at Baldonnel Elementary are being given an opportunity for hands-on learning with the construction of two sheds at their school.School District #60 has partnered with Petronas on a tool trailer that is taken out to schools to work on hands-on projects. This new Applied Skills and Technology curriculum is about project-based learning and takes students learning outside of the classroom.Brian Campbell, District Principal of Careers and International Education, shares schools are embracing the new curriculum.The storage sheds at Baldonnel are a great example of this.  Students are learning math in the classroom and then going outside and applying their learning.  Tradespeople from the school community are also coming in and lending a hand as well.  Having the involvement of the parent community also gives the students valuable career exposure, shared Campbell.Christine Todd of Baldonnel School shares the kids are loving the experience and accomplished a lot on their first day. The plan is for the school to keep one shed and auction the other off. Proceeds from the sale of the second shed will go back into the school to help continue to fund project-based programs.Rona has helped with donating some of the building materials, and AAA Safety has helped provide safety equipment the students are using.Campbell shared, everyone, is looking forward to seeing the finished product.last_img read more


Infosys Q4 net up 105 sees 7595 in FY20

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgBengaluru: IT major Infosys Friday posted a 10.5 per cent rise in consolidated net profit at Rs 4,078 crore for the March 2019 quarter, and guided towards 7.5-9.5 per cent growth in revenue for FY 2019-20. The country’s second-largest software services firm said it expects its topline to grow 7.5-9.5 per cent in FY 2019-20 in constant currency terms. In October, Infosys had raised its revenue growth outlook for FY19 to 8.5-9 per cent from 6-8 per cent (given at the beginning of the fiscal). Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Looking at what we have done in terms of the full year in new wins but also making sure that we look at what is going on in the market…we have a very strong acceleration in the full year. And therefore, guidance if you recall for fiscal 2019 was 6-8 per cent and now, we have bumped it up to 7.5 to 9.5 per cent,” Infosys CEO and Managing Director Salil Parekh told reporters. He added that from the company’s perspective, this is “a very strong movement on the guidance in the growth direction”. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostFor the full financial year, Infosys’ net profit declined by 3.9 per cent to Rs 15,410 crore, while revenue increased 17.2 per cent to Rs 82,675 crore. “Our planned investments have started yielding benefits. As we look ahead into fiscal 2020, we plan to deploy various measures of operational efficiencies across the business,” Parekh said in a statement. He termed the results as strong on multiple fronts, including revenue growth, performance of digital portfolio, large deals and client metrics. In the fourth quarter, Infosys’ digital revenues were at $1.03 billion (33.8 per cent of total revenues) — registering year-on-year growth of 41.1 per cent. Infosys expects its operating margin in FY20 to be in the range of 21-23 per cent. Margins for FY19 stood at 22.8 per cent. For the financial year 2019, the company’s board has recommended a final dividend of Rs 10.50 per share. After including the interim dividend of Rs 7, the total dividend for the fiscal will amount to Rs 17.50 per share. Sanjeev Hota, AVP Research at Sharekhan by BNP Paribas, said Infosys has delivered mixed set of earning performance but its revenue guidance is a tad “conservative”. “Deal wins remain strong and management has guided for 7.5-9.5 per cent revenues growth for FY20E (estimate), which we believe is bit conservative. “Nevertheless, company delivered strong growth on digital revenues front. On the flip side, management has lowered the margins guidance to 21-23 per cent, which was below our expectations and also attrition inched up during the quarter,” he said.last_img read more


Chargesheet leak Delhi court reserves order on Michels plea

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi Court Thursday reserved order on a plea by Christian Michel, alleged middleman arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case, which accused the Enforcement Directorate of politicising the case by leaking the charge sheet to the media.Special judge Arvind Kumar said the order would be pronounced on May 3 in the case after lawyers from both the sides concluded their arguments. Advocate D P Singh, appearing for the agency, told the court that there was nothing wrong if the media published or broadcast its contents as the court has already taken cognisance of the case and only the fresh accused had to be summoned. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He said the plea filed by Michel should be dismissed as there was no merit in it. Countering his submission, the lawyer appearing for Michel argued that there was a media trial due to the leakage of the charge sheet. The agency had on April 12 told the court that the charge sheet was a public document and there was nothing wrong if someone accessed it. In his application, Michel’s lawyer had told the court that the copy of the charge sheet was provided to the media before it was provided to the accused. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Michel has not named anyone in his statement before the agency which is being leaked to media. This is only to make the matter sensational and prejudice the case against my client,” he said. The court then directed the ‘ahlmad’ (court staff) to file a report containing information related to the charge sheet, including how many copies were filed by the agency. ED had on April 6 also urged the court to issue a notice to a news organisation asking it to explain how it accessed the documents, while terming the matter as “serious”.last_img read more


Scores suffer gas inhalation as Israeli police storm Aqsa compound

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgJERUSALEM – Since Wednesday, Israeli forces have imposed tight restrictions on worshippers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, withholding worshippers’ identification cards at the compound’s entranceScores of worshippers, including Turkish tourists, suffered gas inhalation on Friday after Israeli police stormed the Aqsa Mosque compound, the Islamic movement inside Israel said.Israeli police surrounded a number of worshippers inside the compound, the movement said on its website.“A state of curious calm prevails,” the movement said.Since Wednesday, Israeli forces have imposed tight restrictions on worshippers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, withholding worshippers’ identification cards at the compound’s entrance.On Wednesday, Muslim worshippers stood up to an attempt by Jewish settlers to place a menorah – a Jewish religious symbol – atop the Dome of the Rock inside the Al-Aqsa compound.In recent weeks, groups of Jewish settlers, often accompanied by Israeli security forces, have repeatedly entered the Aqsa Mosque complex.The frequent violations anger Palestinian Muslims and occasionally lead to violent clashes.For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world’s third holiest site.Jews refer to Al-Aqsa as the “Temple Mount,” claiming the area was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.last_img read more


The Heat Dispatched the Pacers … From a Distance

Posted On Sep 28 2019 by

On Friday night, the Miami Heat buried the Indiana Pacers under a barrage of 3-pointers, taking Game 6 by 25 points and advancing to the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive season. The Heat were 11 of 26 from behind the 3-point arc (the third game in this series that their 3-point makes hit double-digits). Outside shooting is a central pillar of Miami’s offense, but the degree to which it used these shots to beat the Pacers was surprising.The Pacers had one of the stingiest defenses in the NBA during the regular season, and defending the 3-point line was one of their biggest strengths: the Pacers both discouraged 3-point attempts and held down their opponents’ 3-point accuracy. The Heat, meanwhile, were one of the most frequent and accurate 3-point shooting teams during the regular season.With a great defense matching up against a great offense, competing strengths dancing around a specific facet of the game, we would expect the results to fall somewhere in the middle.Not so much. In the Eastern Conference finals, the 3-point battle was won, emphatically, by the Heat’s offense.The Pacers didn’t limit the Heat’s 3-point attempts. The Heat took more. And those 3-point shots weren’t forced. They came within the framework of Miami’s offense; the Heat even pushed their accuracy past their own regular-season mark.The Heat’s 3-point shooting from the corners was particularly important. Other than a shot at the basket, no other location, on average, yields a higher expected value than a corner 3-pointer. Against the Pacers, the Heat took nearly twice as many of these shots as the Pacers’ defense allowed during the regular season.This 3-point bombardment came from just about everywhere. Six different Heat players made six or more 3-pointers in the series, and six different players made at least one corner 3-pointer. Six different Heat players assisted on a 3-pointer. In short, the load was shared in making and facilitating these shots.In their half-court offense, the Heat almost always have their eye on an open 3-point look. The Heat’s opponent in the NBA Finals is still to be determined. Both the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder present stout defenses. But the Thunder were roughly middle of the pack in the regular season in limiting 3-point attempts and makes. The Spurs, on the other hand, were among the league’s best — similar to the Pacers. Of course, the Heat have just shown they can get the shots they want against an elite defense keyed toward stopping them.Correction (May 31, 8:00 p.m.): A previous version of this post incorrectly counted the number of Heat players to make seven or more 3-pointers and at least one corner 3-pointer in the Eastern Conference finals. read more


The Many Ways The Media Gets Around Saying Groin

Posted On Sep 28 2019 by

“Junk”0000041– PHRASECBS SPORTSS.I.ESPNFOXOLD MEDIA*NEW MEDIA*ALL OTHERSTOTAL “Crotch”1000022– *Old media: NY Times, WSJ, AP, Reuters. *New media: Deadspin, SB Nation, Bleacher Report “Nuts”0001059– “Between the legs”0300042– “Below the belt”4124024– It’s the oldest laugh in sports: Some poor schmoe takes a sports ball to the crotch, keels over and, once we’re reasonably sure no lasting damage has been done, the TV announcers deadpan some dad jokes while the camera pans around to giggling teammates. It’s as much a familiar sports yuk as other not-all-that-uncommon oddities, like a field player on the mound or the fat guy touchdown, only with funnier GIFs.At least, that’s how things work when the hit comes in a relatively low-stakes setting. But what happens when the stakes are raised? And just as important, when reporters are forced to write about sportsmen kicking each other in the nuts, what do they write? This week has provided some answers.In the hours after Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, the entire NBA-watching universe found itself poring over various angles of Draymond Green kicking Steven Adams right in the penis. Green was at risk of being suspended for Game 4, and suddenly the punchline was vital to the outcome of the NBA playoffs.1In a lot of ways, this is a fitting absurdity to afflict the NBA pundit class. When the assumption is that complex, instinctual movement can be studied in slow-motion to reveal some very specific truth — when the angle of Andre Iguodala’s arm is a measureable gauge of defensive sophistication — maybe spending 18 hours Zapruder-ing intent out of Vines of a kick to the penis is the proper antidote.Just as suddenly, reporters had to describe what had happened. Different outlets have different comfort levels when writing about the crotch. The New York Times, for example, threw idiomatic English out the door on first reference: “Exhibit A was that Green picked up a flagrant-1 foul — while hacked in the act of shooting — with 5 minutes 57 seconds left in the half by flailing a leg between those of Steven Adams, who wound up doubled over.” The New York Daily News, writing after the situation had resolved itself, was less weighed down by compunction: “Green will not be suspended for kicking Thunder center Steven Adams in the nuts during Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday, the league indicated in a release.”Clearly, a more thorough linguistic examination is in order. Out of practicality, when searching for the terms used by news outlets to describe the incident, I limited the search to online articles, and not broadcast or radio. I used Google’s advanced search function to look for articles in the last week about Adams or Bismack Biyombo, who was punched in the genitals by Dahntay Jones in the Eastern Conference Finals the night before Adams crumpled, and counted up who wrote what.The sample includes articles from mainstream sports news sites such as ESPN, Yahoo, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and — for strictly liberal-media, East-Coast-bias reasons — a few of the New York tabloids. I threw in some old media standbys (The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press) as a control group, as well as general sports blogs like SB Nation and Bleacher Report for more or less the opposite effect. I also sought out the most partial participants: local newspapers for each team, plus dedicated blogs for each team — Daily Thunder (the TrueHoop Network’s blog for the Thunder), Golden State of Mind (SB Nation’s for the Warriors) and Deadspin, a Warriors fan blog based in New York City.2Disclosure: I used to work for Deadspin, where I was made to write Warriors propaganda.Here it is, in table form: “Low Blow”6010034– “Dick”0000080– “Private area”5101005– “Balls”0000063– “Penis”0000010– “Groin Area”1050000– “Nether region”1011002– He kicked him where? Other phrases822411341– “Groin”2219181592342– “Midsection”1000120– In 96 articles, totaling a little more than 50,000 words, “groin” was used 148 times across headlines, body and photo captions. Of course, in sports, groin injuries can mean something very different from your basic knee to the crotch. So at best, this creates unnecessary ambiguity in order to demur from coarser language. The next most frequently used was some form of “below the belt” with 17 appearances, followed by “nuts” with 15, “low blow” with 14, a few variations of “private parts” totaling 12, “between the legs” with 10 and “balls” with nine. “Other” variations appeared 71 times, though this number is heavily skewed by a single Yahoo article that used 30 non-standard variations. This category includes a wide range of phrases — “nads” and “cobblers” and “Adams’s apples” alongside recitations of Green’s own softening quote, in which he repeatedly referred to the penis area as “down there.”But the taxonomy of dong euphemism goes beyond basic totals. ESPN, for instance, is almost uniformly “groin” and “groin area,” while CBS clusters around “below the belt” and “low blow” and SB Nation is heavy on “between the legs.” Deadspin carries both “dick” and “balls,” frequently daisying the two as a complex noun.Omission is just as much a function of the editorial hand as diction. In six articles appearing on NewsOK.com and Daily Thunder — both Thunder-leaning publications — some term for genitals was used 21 times; in six on SFChronicle.com and Golden State of Mind — Warriors rags — there were 14 mentions.Perhaps most concerning, the word “penis” appeared just once, in an SB Nation article; the lone appearance of “testicles” came from a CBS podcast teaser; “scrotum” appeared once, pluralized. Any of these, and many of the others, would be preferable to “groin.”CORRECTION (May 24, 5:45 p.m.): A previous version of this article misidentified the publishing network affiliated with the Daily Thunder blog. It is part of the TrueHoop Network, which is owned by ESPN, and is not an SB Nation blog. read more