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Hunters tops Intrust Cup Ladder

first_imgThe super-impressive Round 3 performance saw Intrust cup teams shuffle back and forth on the ladder while the hunters climbed to the top.Burleigh Bears failed to maintain their win after topping the ladder for the last two weeks when East Tigers toppled them to fifth placing after round three.The top three teams on the ladder are Hunters with 6 points, Townsville Blackhawks also on 6 points but with added advantage the Hunters are on top because of the winning margin between Burleigh Bears and East Tigers.PNG Hunters: 6 ptsTownsville Blackhawks: 6 ptsEasts Tigers: 4 ptsCQ Capras: 4 ptsBurleigh Bears: 4ptsSunshine Coast Falcons: 4 ptsNorths Devils: 4 ptsRedcliffe Dolphins: 2 ptsNorthern Pride: 2 ptsIpswich Jets: 2ptsTweed Heads Seagulls: 2 ptsSouths Logan Magpies: 2 ptsMackay Cutters: 0 pts Wynnum Manly Seagulls: 0 ptslast_img read more

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Del Potro backs Djokovic to become most successful man

first_imgJuan Martin del Potro believes Novak Djokovic could eventually overtake Roger Federer to become the most successful male player in grand slam history.Djokovic defeated Del Potro at the US Open to win his 14th title, putting him level with Pete Sampras, three behind Rafael Nadal and six adrift of Federer.But Djokovic is nearly six years younger than Federer and – prior to a two-year barren spell that was ended by his Wimbledon triumph – had been winning slams at an average of nearly two a season.Asked if he can catch Federer, Del Potro said: “Of course he can. He has 14 already. He won two grand slams in one year. He’s healthy. He has a great team working with him.“Hopefully him, Rafa, Roger are still fighting for grand slams, because it is so nice to watch them fighting for history. We just do what we can against them. But Novak has everything to make records in this sport.”Del Potro was back in a grand slam final for the first time since defeating Federer to win at Flushing Meadows nine years ago.Even taking into account all his wrist injury problems, he is certainly one of the players who would have been a multiple slam winner in another era.Between them, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have won 47 of the last 55 slam titles, but Del Potro has no regrets, saying: “It is a big challenge to take these kind of tournaments from them. But also I think we are proud to be close to these legends.“I’ve been – during all my career – learning with Novak, Roger, Rafa, seeing them winning these events very often. It’s amazing. I don’t feel sad that I couldn’t win grand slams because of them. I am just one of the guys that is lucky to be in the same era as them.”For Djokovic, this has been a triumphant summer after his difficulties of the past two years and the low of elbow surgery in February. Returning the following month he lost back-to-back matches to Taro Daniel and Benoit Paire and his ranking dropped as low as 22.Now he is back up to three and within striking distance of Nadal in the race to finish the season ranked world number one.Djokovic said: “If you told me in February this year when I got the surgery that I’ll win Wimbledon, US Open, and Cincinnati (becoming the first man to win all the Masters titles), it would be hard to believe.“But, at the same time, there was always part of me that imagined and believed and hoped that I can get back to the desired level of tennis very soon.“I expected, to be quite frank, after surgery that I’ll be back on a high level quite fast. But it took me actually three, four months. In that process, I learned a lot about myself, learned to be patient, which was never really a stronger side of me.“I try to keep my both feet on the ground. I love this sport. As long as there is that flair in me, I really will keep on going. I still feel it. I still have a lot of passion. I think more than passion, it’s just the will to work and to be dedicated every day.”For Del Potro, the good news is he is playing without problems in his wrist and at a level good enough to put him alongside the three all-time greats in the world’s top four.He cried for a long time after the match and admitted it will be difficult to get over.He said: “I think I did a good tournament, but this is a tough loss for me. I’m really sad to lose the final in this tournament because I had too much passion playing the final, trying to win the title again.“I think it’s time to take a break, to see how my body feels for the future, and then be ready for the next one.”last_img read more

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Will there be ethnic equity at UG Diaspora engagement?

first_imgDear Editor,Reports from the University of Guyana Vice Chancellery say the Vice Chancellor will host an inaugural Diaspora Engagement Conference from July 23-28. This is welcomed as the Diaspora may have a lot to contribute to the University and the nation, although so far the University has not been running a positive balance in its Diaspora reaches. Will those coming to the conference pay their own way or is the University covering their costs. And if it is the latter, will there be a fair and equitable representation of the varied ethnic groups – which was not evident at the UG conference held last year May in Queens, New York.It is pointed out that so far, the VC has been expending huge amounts of money with no income coming in to cover costs for his varied plan and programmes for the university. As anyone who studies economics will suggest, that is bad business – the University should at least find a way to recover costs and to minimise expenses. At the UG sponsored conference last year in New York City (York College), scarce funds were expended for travel and hosting of the conference. What were the benefits? Supporters of the ruling coalition participated in the conference. Indo-Guyanese and Amerindians were conspicuous by their absence. Indo-Guyanese and Amerindian scholars were underrepresented (a mere five per cent) at the conference in a country agreed they account for 54 per cent of the population and 60 per cent of the NYC-based Guyanese Diaspora.It should be noted that an Indo-Guyanese Diaspora conference was held in Guyana in March. In addition, there was a global convention on indentureship in Trinidad and a similar one in New Delhi last month on the occasion of the 100th anniversary since the end of indenture. The VC did not see a need to organise an indenture conference at UG to commemorate the historic occasion or provide support for the several seminars held in Guyana or to find funds to send scholars at the global conference in Trinidad or the one held in India last month. Yet the VC hosted and funded seminars on slavery and its emancipation last year and the 50th anniversary emendation in NYC. Is the 100th anniversary of end of indenture not worthy of commemoration? Aren’t historic events of other groups not worthy of celebration or commemoration? Where is the equity in funding for the varied ethnic groups in Guyana to attend or participate in UG organised events?The reports say President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo are invited to this Diaspora engagement. The VC, Ivelaw Griffith, is a close associate of President David Granger. They were both members of the People’s National Congress youth wing, the Youth Socialist Movement, of which Griffith was at one time the head. Will the current and former President endorse ethnic bias?Yours truly,Vishnu BisramDear Editor,Reports from the University of Guyana Vice Chancellery say the Vice Chancellor will host an inaugural Diaspora Engagement Conference from July 23-28. This is welcomed as the Diaspora may have a lot to contribute to the University and the nation, although so far the University has not been running a positive balance in its Diaspora reaches. Will those coming to the conference pay their own way or is the University covering their costs. And if it is the latter, will there be a fair and equitable representation of the varied ethnic groups – which was not evident at the UG conference held last year May in Queens, New York.It is pointed out that so far, the VC has been expending huge amounts of money with no income coming in to cover costs for his varied plan and programmes for the university. As anyone who studies economics will suggest, that is bad business – the University should at least find a way to recover costs and to minimise expenses. At the UG sponsored conference last year in New York City (York College), scarce funds were expended for travel and hosting of the conference. What were the benefits? Supporters of the ruling coalition participated in the conference. Indo-Guyanese and Amerindians were conspicuous by their absence. Indo-Guyanese and Amerindian scholars were underrepresented (a mere five per cent) at the conference in a country agreed they account for 54 per cent of the population and 60 per cent of the NYC-based Guyanese Diaspora.It should be noted that an Indo-Guyanese Diaspora conference was held in Guyana in March. In addition, there was a global convention on indentureship in Trinidad and a similar one in New Delhi last month on the occasion of the 100th anniversary since the end of indenture. The VC did not see a need to organise an indenture conference at UG to commemorate the historic occasion or provide support for the several seminars held in Guyana or to find funds to send scholars at the global conference in Trinidad or the one held in India last month. Yet the VC hosted and funded seminars on slavery and its emancipation last year and the 50th anniversary emendation in NYC. Is the 100th anniversary of end of indenture not worthy of commemoration? Aren’t historic events of other groups not worthy of celebration or commemoration? Where is the equity in funding for the varied ethnic groups in Guyana to attend or participate in UG organised events?The reports say President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo are invited to this Diaspora engagement. The VC, Ivelaw Griffith, is a close associate of President David Granger. They were both members of the People’s National Congress youth wing, the Youth Socialist Movement, of which Griffith was at one time the head. Will the current and former President endorse ethnic bias?Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

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Nothing like first time as Romeo, Standhardinger, Nabong savor Beermen’s newest PBA title

first_img“It feels amazing. I’m very happy we made it. June Mar did a great job, the starting five did a great job and I hope we keep this up next conference,” said Standhardinger, referring to June Mar Fajardo, who scored 17 points and set the PBA local record with 31 rebounds. “I feel bad about Magnolia, they had a great fight and they did a great job.”“I still can’t believe it. Man, it’s a hell of a feeling. I can’t wait to feel it again,” said Nabong.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN LATEST STORIES “Sobrang saya. Hindi ko ma-express yung feeling. Pero siguro sa lahat ng bagay, yung first talaga pinakamasarap eh. Kahit saan, kahit pagkabata mo yung una talaga yung pinakamasarap,” said Romeo after the Beermen escaped the Magnolia Hotshots, 72-71, in Game 7 of the 2019 Philippine Cup Finals at Araneta Coliseum.“First championship ko simula nung naging basketball player ako. Sa barangay lang ako nagchampion. Simula high school, college, PBA D-League days. Ito yung unang championship ko at PBA ko nakuha. Sobrang saya.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe 27-year-old Romeo played in his first finals series ever in his just first conference as a member of San Miguel after disappointing stints with GlobalPort and TNT that ended in nasty splits.Standhardinger, the Fil-German big man, and Nabong, who has embraced the role of enforcer, were just as overwhelmed by the moment especially with Game 7 coming down to the last second before determining the winner. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—There’s nothing like the first time and winning a maiden championship isn’t any different.Just ask San Miguel Beer’s trio of Terrence Romeo, Christian Standhardinger and Kelly Nabong, who celebrated their first PBA title on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card GALLERY: 5-peat! San Miguel bags another PBA Philippine Cup crown Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptioncenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

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Black History Month Series: Guyanese Writers of African Ancestry, part two

first_imgDennis WilliamsDenis WilliamsArtist, art historian, archaeologist, anthropologist, biographer and novelist, Denis Williams was born in 1923 in the capital city of Guyana. He lived on three continents at crucial times – times of intellectual upsurge, times of political ferment and times of creativity in arts. Williams was caught up in the action wherever he went, sharpening his perception of the living and the past as reflected in the innovations found in his art, craft and writing – ‘Other Leopards’ and ‘The Third temptation’. Responses to this author please telephone 226-0065 of email: oraltradition2002@yahoo.com  (to be continued) (Part one featured Ivan Van Sertima, N. E. Cameron, Jan Carew, O. R. Dathorne and Beryl Gilroy. Part two features another five names.)There are as many ways to celebrate as there are appropriate ways to celebrate. The tenor of Black History Month should be celebrated with books. Here’s a short (but in no way a comprehensive) list of Guyanese works and their authors which could be used to commemorate the above.Egbert MartinEgbert Martin was a remarkable writer on many fronts. His was a short life of less than thirty years, most of it lived from a sick bed, but he managed to write and publish a significant amount of poetry, songs and some short stories.His first poems were published when he was only nineteen. His first collection of poems, Leo’s Poetical Works, was published in 1883, when he was only twenty two.His second collection of poems, Leo’s Local Lyrics, was published in 1886, laying claim to the honour as the first collection of poems to be published locally by a Guyanese writer. Another first for Martin was that he was the first Guyanese to publish a collection of short stories. That collection, Scriptology, was published in 1885. That collection was lost but recently recovered, credit going to Manu Chander who is in Guyana at the moment and David Dabydeen.Walter MacArthur LawrenceHe gave us ‘Oh, Beautiful Guyana’, and ‘My Guyana, El Dorado’ among other significant patriotic songs. In 1920, the Daily Chronicle published his first poem, commemorating the arrival in the colony of H. R. H. the Prince of Wales.In 1929, he published ‘Meditations’ with a subtitle ‘Thoughts in the Silence’, solidifying his position on the landscape of Guyanese literature.Two years later, in 1931, Lawrence produced ‘Threnody’, a song of lamentation for his dead son, exploring trauma as part of his heritage – a healing poem. The following year, 1932, his ‘delightfully nostalgic’ poem ‘Unreclaimed’ was published in the Chronicle Christmas Annual.The 1930s was definitely the most notable of Lawrence’s short life. During this period, his poetic output was remarkable – long sentences and very long poems in Greek and Latin traditions, examples in titles of poems like ‘Threnody’, and ‘Meromi’. In ‘Meromi’, Lawrence displayed an uncommon gift of telling a story in verse, matching Keats’ ‘Isabella’, Tennyson’s ‘Princess’ and Egbert Martin’s ‘Ruth’. Also in ‘Meromi’, he employed a technique that has become quite useful in Caribbean poetry – borrowing and modifying; he transposed a local heroine into the Garden of Eden. Eric WalrondEric WalrondEric Walrond was expected to write the Great Negro Book – a grave responsibility. How come a black person in the early 20th century from a little known country was strapped with such a responsibility? Walrond’s life was one of paradoxes engendered by his writings. He gravitated to the editorship of ‘New World’ after he won a fiction contest sponsored by Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association (U. N. I. A.) for his piece, ‘A Senator’s Memoirs’. Later he fell from grace when he penned, ‘Imperator Africanus, Marcus Garvey: Menace or Promise?’But it was the publication in 1926 of his short story collection, ‘Tropic Death’, which brought him to prominence. ‘Tropic Death’ was valued alongside ‘The Quest of the Silver Fleece’ by W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man’ by James W. Johnson and ‘Harlem Shadow’ by Claude McKay. The other notable writers at that time supporting the Harlem Resistance included Marcus Garvey, Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, Arna Bontemps, Zora Neale Hurston, W. E. B. Du Bois.center_img E. R. BraithwaiteAs it was in the novel, ‘To Sir With Love’ (1959), so it was in the novels, ‘Paid Servant’ (1962), ‘A Kind of Homecoming’ (1962), ‘A Choice of Straws’ (1965), ‘Reluctant Neighbours’ (1972), and ‘Honorary White’ (1975) – E. R. Braithwaite’s poignant exploration of all forms of discrimination especially social conditions of and racial discrimination against Black people. Braithwaite’s frank and crisp use of language endeared the reader to the issues, catapulting many persons to action, improving their condition, righting wrongs. Some responses to his writing were, however, distasteful especially the ban of his books in apartheid South Africa.last_img read more

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Alonso yet to be medically cleared

first_img0Shares0000Alonso’s McLaren initially veered into the wall on turn three before pitching into a series of violent rolls. It then flew through the gravel trap and slammed into another barrier, disintegrating upon impact (AFP Photo/Paul Crock)SPAIN, March 31 – Fernando Alonso still needs to be assessed by FIA doctors on Thursday before he is given the green light to race at this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix.The McLaren-Honda driver was involved in a heavy crash at the season-opening race in Australia two weeks ago after clipping the back of Esteban Gutierrez’s Haas, sending the Spaniard into the gravel and causing his car to flip. Alonso walked away without serious injury, and it was confirmed on Wednesday that he would be travelling to Bahrain. “I’m very pleased to be heading to Bahrain after the crash in Australia,” Alonso said in a McLaren statement. “I’ve spent some time resting and I can’t wait to get back in the car.”However, he will still have to be cleared by FIA medics before he can race.“As is always the case after a significant accident, Fernando will have a routine meeting with the FIA doctors in the Formula One paddock on Thursday morning,” a team spokesman has been quoted as saying.It is not expected that Alonso will have any trouble passing the medical, but reports in the British press have suggested that McLaren reserve Stoffel Vandoorne will be heading to Bahrain as a precaution.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Mercedes personnel robbed at gunpoint in Brazil

first_imgAccording to reports, on Friday night, as they were leaving the track, the Mercedes personnel were ambushed by gunmen.Lewis Hamilton confirmed the incident, calling for the race organisers to do more to keep the teams safe.“Some of my team were held up at gun point last night leaving the circuit here in Brazil.“Gun shots fired, gun held at ones head. This is so upsetting to hear.“Please say a prayer for my guys who are here as professionals today even if shaken.“This happens every single year here. F1 and the teams need to do more, there’s no excuse!”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mercedes personnel robbed at gunpointLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 11 – Unnamed Mercedes personnel were robbed at gunpoint as they left the Interlagos circuit on Friday night.Not for the first time security for team members at the Brazilian Grand Prix has been called into question.last_img read more

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Eto’o pens 3-year deal at Anzhi

first_img0Shares0000MOSCOW, Russia, August 25 – Cameroon star Samuel Eto’o has signed a three-year contract with Anzhi Makhachkala and will join his new Russian side on Thursday, the club said in a statement.“This evening, Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto’o signed a personal three-year contract with Anzhi Makhachkala,” the club said in a statement issued late Wednesday. “The striker will arrive in Moscow tomorrow and begin preparations for the 22nd round of the Premier League match in Rostov,” which will be played on Saturday, the club added without disclosing terms of the deal.Anzhi said Eto’o will wear number 99 for the club.Eto’o’s move from the glitzy Italian city side to the club from the war-torn Caucasus region of Dagestan reportedly makes him the highest paid player in world football.For security reasons, Anzhi players live and train in Moscow and fly to Makhachkala, a city on the Caspian Sea that is often the scene of militant attacks, for home matches.The four-time African player of the year underwent a medical on Wednesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Memorial Day events

first_imgHere is a list of local ceremonies and events for Memorial Day. TODAY: Tribute to Women Veterans, 9 a.m., Geranium Circle at Los Angeles National Cemetery, 950 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. Topanga Memorial Day Parade, 9 a.m., begins at Pine Tree Circle, Topanga. Memorial Day Commemoration, presented by Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park and Mortuary, American Legion Post 150 and Boy Scouts of America, 10 a.m., 10621 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood. Call (818) 763-9121. Memorial Day program, 10 a.m., Los Angeles National Cemetery, 950 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael A. Hamel will speak. Call (310) 268-4678. Memorial Service, 10 a.m., Sunland Park, 8651 Foothill Blvd. Call (818) 353-3777. Barbecue, 2-4 p.m., American Legion Post 377, 10039 Pinewood Ave., Tujunga. Call (818) 353-9856. Memorial Day Mass, 10 a.m., Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles cemeteries. See www.archdiocese.la/directories/cemeteries. Memorial Day program, 10 a.m., Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles; 1 p.m., Forest Lawn-Glendale, 1712 S. Glendale Ave. Call (800) 204-3131. Memorial Day service, 10:30 a.m., Valley Oaks Memorial Park, 5600 N. Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. Condor Squadron flyover. Call (805) 495-0837 or (818) 889-0902. Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade, presented by the Canoga Park-West Hills Chamber of Commerce, 11 a.m. Sherman Way and Vanowen streets between Owensmouth and De Soto avenues. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is the grand marshal. Call (818) 884-4222. Memorial Day observance, sponsored by the San Fernando Valley Historical Society, Pioneer Memorial Cemetery, 11 a.m., 14400 Foothill Blvd., Sylmar. Flag raising and 21-gun salute at noon by the All Veterans Burial Squad. Call (818) 365-5860 or see www.sfvhs.com. Memorial Day barbecue, noon-6 p.m., American Legion Post 308, 7338 Canby Ave., Reseda. Co-sponsored by Valley Post 582 and Van Nuys Post 193. Call (818) 344-3800. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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A CHRISTMAS CARD FROM DONEGAL DAILY TO YOU!

first_imgWe would like to take this opportunity to thank our thousands of readers from Stranorlar to Sydney and from Buncrana to Boston, a very Happy Christmas.Forgive us if we don’t update your favourite local online read as often as we usually do today. We’re planning on breaking the world turkey-sandwich eating record in between watching hours of television!We hope you all have a great day! A CHRISTMAS CARD FROM DONEGAL DAILY TO YOU! was last modified: December 25th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Christmas cardDonegal Dailylast_img read more