Guyana is second as T&T  shoots their way to top spot

first_imgHOST Trinidad and Tobago surged to the West Indies Fullbore Shooting Council Short Range and, in the process, dethroned Barbados who had won on home soil in 2018.All the action unfolded at the Tucker Valley Range, Chaguaramas and was hosted by the Northern Rifle Association of Trinidad and Tobago (NRATT) under the auspices of the West Indies Full Bore Shooting Council (WIFBSC).Former WIFBSC Individual Champion, Lennox Braithwaite, shot the highest score of any team on Saturday last (148.14) but his effort could not land Guyana the Short Range title as the host team, led by 2019 Individual champion, Varma Rambarran, who shot a total of 147.18, led T&T to 1130.80 points just two more than the Guyanese (1128.65) to win the most coveted team trophy amongst the Caribbean marksmen and women.While not winning the title, Captain Mahendar Persaud, in an invited comment, said that his charges still made themselves and country proud given some challenging circumstances. He noted that all the shooters did their best and summed up that the Trinidad and Tobago side capitalised on their home advantage to the fullest.Former champions Barbados ended third with a total score of 1075.60 with Antigua and Barbuda fourth with 1063.58. Team Canada won the match with a score of 1142.71 while Team England was fourth with 1115.74.The Guyanese remain the kings of the Long-Range Team Title and will hold on to the Milex/Crown Mining trophy until next year.last_img read more

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Vice provost gives students ‘last lecture’

first_imgGene Bickers, professor of physics and astronomy and vice provost for undergraduate programs, shared his thoughts about the evolution of scientific theory and its relevance to intelligent life during his “last lecture” hosted by the Torch and Tassel Chapter of USC Mortar Board on Wednesday night.Wise words · Gene Bickers receives a gift from the USC Mortar Board after his lecture, where he spoke about the importance of college. – Chloe Stepney | Daily Trojan The idea for the Last Lecture Series comes from the late Randy Pausch, computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, said Evan Snyder, vice president of Mortar Board.After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Pausch gave a speech at CMU announcing his diagnosis and sharing with the audience important life lessons and aspirations. He then wrote a book, The Last Lecture, which discussed similar sentiments.“The format became widely known through his book,” Snyder said. “That’s where Mortar Board got the idea for the event.”After entering the event and standing before the packed room in Seaver Science Library, Bickers joked, “This is so intimidating; I thought we would have a small group.”Bickers began his lecture by telling the audience that friendship was what he valued most about his experiences both in college and through teaching.“The thing that I have valued in being a faculty member is the lasting friendships I’ve been able to make with faculty, but particularly with students,” Bickers said.Max Reynolds, a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering, said he came to the event to learn more about Bickers.“I’m taking his class next semester,” he said. “I’ve heard all good things about him. He has a reputation as a really good teacher and I’m looking forward to getting a picture of who he is.”James Meiners, a senior majoring in industrial and systems engineering, said he came to the lecture because of Bickers’ ability to engage students.“He could be talking about anything and it would be something you’d want to listen to just because of how good he is at speaking and relating things,” Meiners said.Bickers encouraged students to take advantage of the opportunities they have to make lasting relationships.“Whether you go into industry, whether you go into business, or whether you teach, at some level, the thing you will value over time is the friends you make,” he said. “They will stay with you long after the experience is gone.”Bickers has taught at USC at a variety of levels, having joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1988. His research has focused on the physics of strongly correlated electrons in solids, and he has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching.Bickers discussed the importance of certain mathematical numbers in our understanding of the universe and intelligent life. He also addressed topics such as Einstein’s theory of relativity, the Big Bang theory, the dimensions of space, intelligent design and string theory.“If you look at physics, we have a beautiful, elaborate theory that describes most of the universe as we deserve it and it’s been incredibly successful in a number of ways,” Bickers said. “The more I’ve learned about it over the years, the more remarkable I thought it was.”Bickers said he wished he would have studied more philosophy in college to give himself a deeper meaning for the physical sciences.“I don’t know what the answer is. There is an intelligent force behind all of this and that is why things are how they are,” said Bickers, who mentioned that this concept is often the foundation for religion.Bickers concluded his lecture by referencing how far scientific thinking has come since the beginning of the 20th century, yet he said there is still more to discover.“I hope we figure out some more of the answers,” Bickers said. “The exciting thing is that all of you here, I bet you’re still alive at the end of the 21st century.”last_img read more

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MLAX : SU freshman Lecky likely out for season with wrist injury

first_imgJovan Miller saw promise in Hakeem Lecky.Miller planned on taking the young midfielder under his wing. Talk him through some of the struggles a freshman may face playing on a college team, albeit a No. 1-ranked college team. But Miller wasn’t expecting to have to talk him through what Lecky now faces: an injury that will keep the freshman sidelined for most, if not all, of the season.‘I’ve been talking to him, he’s in positive sprits about it,’ Miller said. ‘He definitely did want to play with our senior class. … It’s disheartening.’Lecky stood out among Syracuse’s large group of freshmen, impressing his teammates and coaches with his all-around lacrosse abilities. So much so that there was going to be plenty of playing time for Lecky, a chance to play with a senior class motivated for a shot at a third national championship. On Jan. 19, though, Lecky’s playing time ended for the foreseeable future when he suffered an injury to his left wrist that required surgery.Lecky’s future went from the turf to the sidelines.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLecky was going to be playing alongside the team’s experienced midfielders. He would’ve gotten the chance to take the field with seniors Josh Amidon, Jeff Gilbert, Jeremy Thompson and Miller. As far as Miller was concerned, Lecky deserved the opportunity, even if Lecky hadn’t seen one minute in a collegiate game.‘He’s very coachable, but he has raw talent,’ Miller said. ‘He has a lot of things you can’t teach. But he’s very coachable, and he was learning things pretty fast.’Lecky’s speed and athleticism fit in well with the Orange’s offense. Freshman or not, Lecky’s playing time was solidified. And next season, when those four seniors are gone, Lecky could’ve put his freshman playing time to good use. At midfield, Lecky would have been the experienced one.SU head coach John Desko said Lecky didn’t have a definitive role, only that he would have been on one of the midfields. Now that he’s out, he will likely be replaced by someone with two or three years of experience. That only shows how much Lecky’s talent impressed Desko in the preseason.‘We’ve got enough depth at midfield where we didn’t have to rely on a freshman,’ Desko said. ‘He was one guy that had stepped up with his great athletic ability.’It’s also that athletic ability that made him a nationally ranked high school and prep school player. Lecky was rated the 30th overall prospect by Inside Lacrosse in 2009 and was an Under Armour and U.S. Lacrosse All-American at Duxbury High School in Massachusetts. He attended Avon Old Farms School for one year prior to Syracuse, where he helped lead his team to a 15-3 record.Lecky’s loss for the season is one Syracuse can make up for. There are plenty of players to help fill the void.But not having Lecky will still be a loss felt on the field.‘We could use him on certain sets. He’s very athletic, so he could definitely clear the ball, too,’ SU attack JoJo Marasco said. ‘He’s just another player we could use on the field, so not to have him right now kind of hurts.’Lecky’s injury will, in all likelihood, keep him out for the entire season. If he returns at all, it will only be for a few games toward the end of the season. Desko said it would be up to Lecky to decide if he wants to use an entire year of eligibility to only play in a couple of games.Whether he returns this season for a couple of games or at the start of next year, Lecky’s going to be a key part of Syracuse’s midfield. Miller’s going to have to get Lecky through the disappointment of not being ready for this season, but he already seems to know what to say.‘It’s a big loss for us,’ Miller said. ‘But everything happens for a reason.’cjiseman@syr.edu Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on January 31, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemanlast_img read more

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Brandon Joseph cops silver at Florida Taekwondo championships

first_imgTrinidad and Tobago’s Taekwondo Fighter…Brandon Joseph, took Silver at the recent USAT 2017 Florida State Taekwondo Championships, held at the Orlando Hilton Convention Center on Saturday.Joseph was in with a shot at taking the gold medal but was pegged back in the last round of the finals, in the 68 kilogramme weight and category division.He recently moved up a weight class and this is Brandon’s second Florida State Championship Silver Medal, as he copped this award back in 2015 in the cadet division.Joseph also took silver, at the recent 2017 Daedo Truescore International Taekwondo Championships.last_img read more

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Greece sets affiliate licensing conditions for revamped gambling market

first_img Submit Share StumbleUpon Related Articles OPAP delivers on Athens children’s hospital CSR projects July 6, 2020 Greek retail closures rock OPAP Q1 performance June 11, 2020 Further requirements published in Greece’s approved new gambling bill, will require affiliate marketing partners to register and pay a €1,000 licensing fee with the Hellenic Gaming Commission (HGC).This October, following a year of deliberation, the Greek Parliament progressed final amendments of its new gambling bill, which will introduce a modern regulatory framework for online gambling services.Serving as lead regulatory  authority, the HGC is set to monitor and process all licensing application for Greece’s newly regulated markets with regards to operators, technology suppliers and marketing partners.A new regulatory framework will see operators pay €3 million for permits related to sports betting and casino games.For marketing incumbents, the Greek government has sanctioned HGC to act as a registry for authorised marketing partners, in which licensees will only be approved to conduct Greek consumer-facing promotions with affiliates approved by the regulatory bodyThe 24 online operators issued with temporary Greek licenses in 2011 will be allowed to continue operating under these licences until 31 March 2020, but will then be forced to reapply for new certification. However, those operators ‘black-listed’ in the year prior to licensing won’t be eligible.As expected, the Greek government has retained its 35% GGR tax charge but repealed a section of the 2011 gambling law that allowed online licensees to deduct this tax payment from their 20% corporate tax obligations. Greek leisure approval sees OPAP return to full capacity June 8, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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Reliever Mike Adams leaves Dodgers, won’t report to Triple-A

Mattingly said Adams wasn’t recovering from relief appearances as quickly as he would like. The 10-year veteran struggled with shoulder problems while in Philadelphia the last two seasons, but has a very respectable career ERA of 2.41 and was signed by the Dodgers in the offseason to provide depth in the bullpen.The Dodgers reached an agreement to pay Adams a $100,000 retention bonus to remain on his minor league contract but if Adams doesn’t report to Triple-A, he won’t receive that bonus.Ruling on the wayJosh Hamilton’s fate won’t be determined until “shortly after” Opening Day, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said on SiriusXM radio Wednesday. • PHOTOS: Trout homers, Kendrick returns as Angels beat Dodgers ANAHEIM >> Dodgers reliever Mike Adams was supposed to start Thursday’s Freeway Series opener with the Angels three days before the regular season begins. Instead the right-hander left the team and isn’t reporting to Triple-A, according to Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. Adams, 36, may be leaning toward retirement after being informed on Tuesday he wouldn’t be on the Opening Day roster. Mattingly wouldn’t confirm plans that Adams will retire.“I would never say that for someone, but he’s going home for now,” Mattingly said. “He’s not going to report to Triple-A, at least not at this point. Anything could change. I’m a little uncomfortable talking about his career and what he would do, but for now he’s leaving spring training.” • VIDEO: Mattingly talks to media about Mike Adams The Angels slugger, who was expected to miss the first month of the regular season after shoulder surgery Feb. 4, met with MLB officials in February, but neither side confirmed the reason for the meeting. Hamilton has a well documented history of struggling with drug and alcohol abuse.“I think that we’ll have something on Hamilton in relatively short order,” Manfred said. “Probably has been a little slower just because he’s not available to play.” Angels manager Mike Scioscia bristled at questions about Hamilton on Thursday, stating his preference not to express an opinion on his shoulder or his potential suspension until the commissioner makes a ruling. “Josh isn’t really playing baseball right now,” Scioscia said. “You can’t answer questions until you’re confronted with what they’re going to be.”Hamilton isn’t currently participating in baseball activities that Scioscia would consider evidence that he is close to being ready for a return.Angels replace GatoradeMike Trout claims he isn’t beginning his foray into the business world, but he has brokered his first deal.The Angels announced an agreement on Thursday with BodyArmor, the upstart sports drink with which Trout has an endorsement deal, to become the team’s official sports drink. Gatorade is the sports drink sponsor of Major League Baseball, but teams are free to negotiate independent deals with other products.Trout said he received such a positive response from Angels teammates who tried the drink last year that he initiated talks between the Angels and BodyArmor to replace Gatorade as the primary sports drink available to the Angels. “I just brought it to their attention last year to see if we could have it in the dugout,” Trout said. “I’m not really into the marketing stuff just yet. I’m just a young kid just out there playing ball.”NotableScioscia announced the Angels starting pitching rotation for the regular season, which begins on Monday with a three-game series in Seattle: Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Matt Shoemaker and Hector Santiago… A substitute for injured Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen hasn’t emerged in spring training according to Mattingly, who will likely give several relievers a chance to pitch in the ninth inning early in the season. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error read more

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Dževad Poturak Is Ending His Career

first_imgOne of the best K-1 fighters Dževad Poturak, known by the nickname ‘BH Machine’, bid farewell to his career in front of the public in KSC Ilidža. At the competition ‘No Limit’, he fought with Belgian Mamadou Keteo. After 50 wins, Poturak took off the glove on his left hand and at the center of the ring officially confirmed that he put an end to his career. The public chanted his name along the way.‘’I am very happy with the fact that I put an end to my career. Regarding the last match, I would point out that it was not serious. Everything was fun for me, my friends and people who came to see me fight one last time. Simply, I decided to give my fans and friends three minutes of fun. I think that I repaid my fans and B&H many times’’, said Poturak.Poturak decided to end his career due to health problems, and he is expected to undergo heart surgery soon.‘’There were a lot of problems at the same time. I have health problems, and I am expected to have heart surgery soon. This is something that awaits me’’, added Poturak.In his career, Dževad Poturak had 75 matches. Out of that, 50 were wins (31 knockouts) and 22 defeats and three draws.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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At The Finish Line…Where Only the Truth Matters

first_imgBILL NEALOkay, for all the do-gooders out there who want to suggest that the Steelers made the bed they have to lie in, I will tell you they’re just as wrong as the no call in the S.D./K.C. game. Regardless of your record and how good it should be, the rules say if you win you’re in. The Steelers are not in the playoffs because the refs blew not one, but two calls, not because of the same record they had with six other teams that qualified!Hey Chuck, John, Gary and the rest of the Savoy basket weaving . . . I mean basketball team, Myron Brown just had knee surgery and he said, and I quote, “Neal, I put it on them with one leg. Just think if I had both legs how bad it would have been!”Do yourself a favor and find the DVD “Ali” Through the Eyes of the World and be reminded of his greatness. I’ve got them all and this is “the greatest” one of all.Go see American Hustle. Just go see it! One of the top five movies of the year. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.The wind chill in Green Bay is going to be 17 below zero Sunday. I wouldn’t go to that game if Vince Lombardi himself was coaching and I am a football man . . . man!A big shout out to good brother Will Anderson for stepping up with his donation for our Toys for Tots program. Could not have done it without you. Everybody reading this vote for him.  He’s a good man!YOU HAVE NOW CROSSED OVER THE FINISH LINElast_img read more

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US$18M bonus was paid for 10-yr extension

first_img– according to Exxon’s country managerIn the wake of the Government finally releasing the contract it renegotiated with ExxonMobil, the oil giant has clarified that the US$18 million bonus it paid to the Government was meant to secure a 10-year extension of the renegotiated contract.Senior Director of Exxon’s Public and Government Affairs, Kimberly Brasington, and ExxonMobil Country Manager Rod Henson at the press briefing on ThursdayExxonMobil Country Manager Rod Henson made this assertion when addressing the media at a press conference on the same day that the contract was released.“The bonus was agreed to, not to gain access to the Stabroek Block, because we had that, but it was to gain this extension,” he told the gathering, which included President David Granger and other cabinet ministers and members of civil society.The bonus first came to light in a leaked correspondence dated September 20, 2016 and addressed to the Governor of the Bank of Guyana with this subject: “Signing bonus granted by ExxonMobil – Request to open bank account”.It shows that Finance Secretary at the Finance Ministry, Hector Butts, had requested that a foreign currency account be opened at the Bank of Guyana in order to receive a deposit in the form of a ‘signing bonus’ to be given by ExxonMobil.The letter stated, “This account should not be treated as part of the Bank’s reserves. Instead, the proceeds should be held in the currency of the deposit, that is United States dollars, and invested in secured interest-bearing securities.”Amidst criticism, Government officials have defended the secrecy by saying the money would be used to pay legal fees in defence of Guyana’s sovereignty, should its case with Venezuela reach the International Court of Justice (ICJ).Fair dealAt a separate press conference later on Thursday, Henson was asked whether the contract was a fair one. He defended the generous terms of the contract while assuring the country it would not take advantage of these terms.The official emphasized that the agreement was a globally competitive one, and warned against setting expectations for Guyana too high; that is, comparing what the country gets to what other, more mature oil producing countries receive.“Absolutely! …it’s a fair deal. I think we’ve been treated fairly, and I think we have treated Guyana fairly. Yes, we had discovered the Liza Field. But we have not fully appraised (it). That was only one field, without proven production. And yes, we have the Skipjack dry hole, in addition to other companies that had unsuccessful exploration attempts.“So I think it’s unreasonable to compare this agreement with other, more mature oil producers like Brazil or countries in West Africa, Canada or the United States. It’s even more so (unreasonable) to cherry pick single elements of the agreement and do so.”Henson noted that it is a common feature in the oil industry to incentivize its oil sector to encourage investment as well as to transfer revenue potential from taxes to profit-sharing. He also urged observers to look at the entirety of the agreement and the conditions at the time it was negotiated. He noted that the 2016 agreement was based on a 2012 model, in turn based on a 1999 contract.“The 2016 agreement that is being released today is based on the 2012 model agreement the Government had. It’s basically the same agreement with limited (changes). It secured a range of additional benefits for Guyana, for work commitments, training, local content, and increased fees and payments.“If we assume IMF’s crude price forecast, which starts at US$50 a barrel, and we assume the production forecast we have for Liza phase 1, Guyana can have between $1.5billion and $2 billion over the first five years of the project. And over the life of Liza Phase 1 only, Guyana can receive over US$7 billion,” he said.last_img read more

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Site-C Meetings Update

first_imgBC Hydro is inviting northeast BC communities, stakeholders and the public to participate, in more Site-C Dam, Project Definition Consultation meetings this month.The next one is scheduled to run from 6 to 9pm tonight at the North Peace Cultural Center and, there will be two more this week.One is scheduled from 6 to 9pm tomorrow night at the Taylor Community Hall and, another on Saturday from 10am to 1pm at the Hudson’s Hope Community Hall.- Advertisement -This is the first round of Project Definition Consultation and there are nine meetings set, for the next three weeks, stretching from Mackenzie to Fort Nelson.For more information you can call this toll free number 877-217-07-77.last_img read more

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