T&T’s volleyballers create history

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Trinidad & Tobago Women have become the first English-speaking Caribbean volleyball team to book a place at a Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) World Championship. Though they went down to Mexico in a five-set thriller in the NORCECA Group C Women’s World Championship qualifier on Sunday, they had already secured a place following strong performances in the preceding matches in the tournament at the National Cycling Centre. “We’ve accomplished a lot this year,” T&T captain Krystle Esdelle said. “Fighting as we did means we have moved a step further. We used to think about beating Costa Rica as a goal and we have done it in this tournament, and now our goal will be to beat Mexico in the future, but this was an exciting final match.” The Mexicans defeated T&T 25-21, 25-22, 23-25, 22-25, 15-9 in a title match full of exciting and long rallies to clinch their spot to the World Championship for the eighth time. T&T trailed throughout the first two sets, but they came storming back in the third and fourth sets in a scoring party. The home team, however, could not sustain the effort and Mexico finally clinched the tie-break set, winning their second consecutive NORCECA qualifier. “We proved that our team and sport is worth investing in,” said T&T head coach Francisco Cruz. “Volleyball is the only sport that qualified to a world championships this year. Funding should come to us. “Our improvement has been so much with so little support. Imagine what we can accomplish with more money. I am positive we could have won, but we failed with too many serves and some players weren’t concentrating enough.” Trinidad & Tobago led in aces 6-5, as the both teams finished with 55 attacks, but they conceded 37 errors and benefited from 33. Channon Thompson of T&T scored a match high of 24 points on 20 impressive kills, two blocks and two aces; teammate Darlene Ramdin added 15 points, all by kills, and Esdelle scored 12 points.last_img read more

PBA: TNT closes in on Finals spot, fends off Meralco in Game 3

first_imgFILE – TNT big man Troy Rosario. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–TNT used a fiery third period to pull the rug from under Meralco, 101-97, and seize control of their PBA Governors’ Cup race-to-three semifinal duel Thursday night at Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.All of KaTropa’s starters were able to deliver twin-digit scores, with Troy Rosario leading the way with 25 points.ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist When Pops met Martin’s son Santino SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption “We were way, way better on defense than the last game,” said coach Bong Ravena whose charges moved a win away from tabbing a finals berth.“Their backs are against the wall, so we couldn’t afford to be careless,” he added of the Bolts, who again got the goods from Allen Durham, who finished with 32 points, 19 rebounds, and seven assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4TNT hopes to wrap the series up on Saturday 6:30 p.m. at Ynares Center in Antipolo, Rizal.The scores:TNT 101 – Rosario 25, McDaniels 18, Castro 17, Pogoy 15, Parks 12, Reyes 9, De Leon 5, Digregorio 0, Williams 0, Vosotros 0.Meralco 97 – Durham 32, Newsome 20, Amer 19, Quinto 8, Pinto 5, Caram 4, Almazan 4, Hodge 3, Maliksi 2, Faundo 0.Quarterscores: 23-29, 42-51, 77-71, 101-97. NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘People evacuated on their own’ Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Madrid shows strength despite draw at Camp Nou ‘clásico’ MOST READ Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Counting Votes II

first_imgIn Sunday’s editorial, “Counting Votes”, in light of the Carter Centre’s Report on our 2015 elections, we reviewed our history on the impact of voting systems on the political behaviour of voters in our ethnically divided society. Their assessment was, “Overall, while these elections represent a step forward in Guyana’s democratic development, there is much work to be done to ensure governance is inclusive and elections become more routine and less traumatic to the nation.”The Report made several recommendations to address the still persistent problem of Governments being formed by majorities located in one or the other major ethnic groups – Indian and African Guyanese – and not securing the widespread legitimacy (to be more “inclusive”) to distribute Guyana’s national patrimony more equitably. Yesterday, we dealt with the recommendation that suggested the electoral rules should, “Ensure geographic seats are more equitably distributed among electors.”There were two other recommendations that stood out and they bear repetition in full:“Allow Individual Candidates to Stand for President. International obligations on the right of people to stand for election allow for independent candidates. The constitutional rules in Guyana limit all candidature for the office of the presidency and for membership of the National Assembly to those who join party lists. This is an unreasonable limitation on the freedom of association and on the right to run for election. An amendment to the Constitution is necessary to effect this change, and this should be considered as a matter of some urgency in order to allow independent candidates to participate in elections.”If candidates were to run for the presidency separately from their parties, this could possibly represent a seismic change in the politics of Guyana. We would, in effect, be moving towards the system that exists in France and Sri Lanka. There it becomes possible for the President to originate from outside the party that may capture the majority of seats at the subsequent parliamentary elections and which would then proffer the Prime Minister. The virtue of this system is to open up the choice of possible candidates away from the formal party structures that may tend to select individuals who are caught within procrustean structures that exclude outsiders.In France, for instance, Emmanuel Macron does not belong to either of the two major entrenched parties and there is great hope that he will be thinking outside of the box to deal with the challenges that confront his nation. In Guyana, the Carter Centre would be hoping, as so many others have done in the past, for some “unifying” leader to rise up, who would transcend our ethnic cleavages. In our estimation, however, the suggestion is utopian, since it rests on premises that are not realistic in our milieu.The Carter Centre had a second suggestion that also seeks to have elections produce individuals who have acceptability across the ethnic fences: “In addition, in light of the history of ethnic polarisation, Guyana might want to consider preferred, or ranked, voting for president in which voters award votes ranked on an ordinal scale to all candidates in the race, and the winner is the candidate who wins the most total votes. This places an incentive on candidates to appeal to voters across party and communal lines.”In Preferential or ranked Choice Voting, the voter is allowed to rate his choices from the available names, with “1” being his first choice and so on. There are many variants, and the one used in Australia, the “Instant Runoff Voting”, is typical. As described by Wiki, “If no candidate is the first choice of more than half of the voters, then all votes cast for the candidate with the lowest number of first choices are redistributed to the remaining candidates based on who is ranked next on each ballot. If this does not result in any candidate receiving a majority, further rounds of redistribution occur.”This allows persons who are acceptable to voters from outside their base to win.last_img read more

Man United slashes price for US share offer

first_img0Shares0000WASHINGTON, August 10 – Britain’s world-renowned soccer club Manchester United has slashed the price of its US share offer, cutting the proceeds from Friday’s listing to $233 million from a hoped-for $300 million.The fabled team, mired in debt since 2005 after a heavily leveraged takeover by the Glazer family of Miami-based investors, cut the price for the 16.7 million shares on offer to $14 late Thursday from the planned $16-20 range. The company gave no reason for the decision but it comes amid doubts about the club’s ability to boost profits as long as it carries such a hefty debt burden — Morningstar analysts estimated a fair price at just $10.Investors have also become wary about aggressively priced initial public offerings after the much-promoted Facebook launch soured, with the social networking giant’s shares slumping by nearly half since its May 18 listing.Critics assailed the Glazers’ plan to allocate just half of the IPO proceeds to reducing the team’s current 423-million-pound ($660 million) debt burden.The other half will go to the Glazers themselves, who are contributing 8.33 million shares to the IPO.In addition, despite putting 10 percent of the shares of Manchester United Ltd. on sale, the Glazers will retain 97 percent voting control of the listed company via their lock on its “B” shares, which have 10 times the voting power of the “A” shares being sold to the public.That arrangement reportedly caused regulators in Hong Kong and Singapore to balk at a listing in their markets where the club had hoped to tap the interest of tens of millions of Asian fans.Spreadex trader Shavaz Dhalla in London highlighted the issue of control.“The club has probably now realised that owning a part of one of the most successful sports clubs in the world will not compensate for denying a dividend as well as equal voting rights to prospective shareholders,” Dhalla said.The price still leaves the legendary football franchise valued at $2.3 billion, well above any of its rivals, including Real Madrid, which sports much larger profits.Home to stars such as Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand, United is the most successful club in English football history with a massive global fan base, especially in Asia.But it has struggled with the debt loaded onto the team’s books since tycoon Malcolm Glazer and his family of investors in sports teams and real estate took over in 2005.That debt, critics say, has steadily eroded its ability to compete for top talent in an ever-costlier player transfer market.The debt has been pared in the past two years to the current level, and profits rebounded this year despite the team’s narrow loss of the Premier League title to cross-town rivals Manchester City.According to the offer prospectus, profits for the nine months to March were 38 million pounds ($60 million), nearly triple a year earlier.But that adds up to just 24 pence (38 cents) per share for the nine months, giving the company the sort of rich price-to-earnings ratio of around 37 that is more usually reserved for high-growth technology firms.The shares were due to hit the market Friday, trading under the MANU symbol.The owners hope the value of the club’s global popularity will translate into strong investor support.“For 134 years now we’ve been one of the most successful and iconic sports teams in the world,” executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said in an IPO presentation.“We generate inherently compelling content; we’ve developed into the global brand in sports. And as a result of that we have a whole line of partners knocking on our door and trying to partner up with us.”But British supporters have strongly criticized the share sale.“The IPO is a huge wasted opportunity to stop this enormous outflow of money from Manchester United,” said Andy Green, author of the Andersred blog, which focuses on management of the team.The Manchester United Supporters’ Trust, which advocates for fan ownership of the team, called the share sale a “bad deal for fans, investors and the club.“For the club, this is a bad deal because more than half of the funds raised will now be paid direct to the Glazer family.”“For fans, it is a bad deal because it is a missed opportunity for more equitable ownership of our club, with proper distribution of voting rights,” the group added.“By floating shares at this inflated price, it provides a poisoned pill which might deter any more enlightened owners from buying the club in future.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

A father who went all out at Christmas

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champFrom the stories they used to tell, Daddy and his two sisters never had much of a Christmas. So as an adult, he jumped wholeheartedly into the holiday – delighting in the lights, the colors, the presents, the special foods, the aroma of baking, the camaraderie of relatives and friends. And there was always one big, splashy gift under the tree for each of us kids. I remember getting a room-size, reel-to-reel tape recorder. All three of my brothers got bikes, which came unassembled. Daddy began to put them together about 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve, after first throwing away the instructions. There were always pieces left over, but the bikes ran fine once Will, my mechanical brother, took a wrench to them. Daddy loved to throw house parties for the neighborhood, and became enamored of a punch he whipped up out of 7-Up, vodka, orange juice and a bunch of other stuff. I remember one year, probably the first, he designated me as taster. He’d pour in some vodka and have me taste, then more orange juice, and another taste. When you say Father Christmas, most people picture the white-bearded European icon who leaves gold coins in the shoes of good children and coal in the shoes of the naughty. Those people never met my dad, who was, in his own way, Father Christmas. I think it probably came from his childhood. He was born in 1926 and did his growing up during the Depression. His father tried to eke out a living by running a general store, which went broke by giving too many people credit; opening a gas station when people couldn’t afford car repairs or much gas; and finally working on the Wabash Railroad in the bone-chilling Missouri winter. I had to lie down on my bed before the party even started to make the room stop spinning. When I awoke, the party was over, but the room was still spinning. That was the Christmas I got my first hangover. After he and my mother sold their house in Ventura and moved to a mobile home park for seniors in Santa Paula, the parties turned quick and deadly. The impatient neighbors would wait on the front porch, forks in hand, until the designated time for the party to start. They descended on the buffet table, gobbled and drank everything in sight, and were gone 15 minutes later, leaving empty platters and crumbled napkins in their wake. It was as if a plague of locusts with walkers and canes had swept through. Daddy loved to play host and laid out a killer cold-cut and cheese spread, topped off by his famous meatballs. He never gave any of us kids the recipe, which we regret to this day. One year, my youngest brother and I saw the oldsters heading for the meatballs and took quick action. I grabbed the crockpot, Jim grabbed a bottle of wine and a couple of glasses, and we both ducked under the buffet table, neatly arranging the long tablecloth to cover us. We downed all the meatballs and a fair amount of wine, and had a fine time before we finally surfaced, sated and more than a little tipsy. All the neighbors complained that Daddy had failed to make his famous meatballs, and he never figured out what they were talking about. It was never enough to spruce up the inside of the house for Christmas. Daddy spent hours in the garage in October and November before emerging with some doodad that he would haul up on the roof and install with much swearing and muttering. The best was the life-size Santa sitting in his life-size sleigh, with eight life-size reindeer, all made with plywood. Santa waved his arm, and the reindeers’ legs moved as they “ran” across the roof. It looked great, but the challenge was getting the heavy tableau onto the roof. All was going fine, with Daddy yelling instructions as brother Will heaved piece after piece up the ladder and onto the roof, where everything was assembled. It was like watching Laurel and Hardy as the two bumbled and swore and pushed and shoved and lifted and carried. Finally, as Daddy grabbed a reindeer and pivoted to set it in place, the back end of the reindeer caught Will upside the head, and off the roof he flew. My mom, sitting in a chair in the front window, watched as her eldest son plummeted past her. She ran out onto the porch to find him, dazed but still conscious, spread-eagle in the boxwood hedge. Up above, Daddy had realized he was short a helper and peered over the edge of the roof. “Hey!” he shouted, unaware that he had nearly killed Will with a reindeer butt. “C’mon up here and help me! Quit laying around down there!” My brother extricated himself from the hedge and climbed back up the ladder, the two of them working until Santa’s wave and the reindeers’ trot were perfected. Daddy loved the holiday preliminaries. But after the buffet was ready, Santa on the roof and the presents under the tree, he was always antsy. He and whatever dog we had around would disappear under the Christmas tree, where they would poke and shake every package, smelling each one and listening to see if it rattled or thumped. Walk in at the right moment and all you could see was Daddy butt and dog butt, sticking out from under the tree, both of them happily engaged. Even after that, Daddy was still as impatient as a 4-year-old during a church sermon. He could have taken a walk or a drive for an hour or so until the family collected for dinner and the Christmas Eve gift-opening marathon. But, no. He’d sit in his big recliner and survey the living room. “Rug’s dirty,” he’d mutter. He’d disappear briefly, then walk in with a rug shampooer he had rented from the supermarket. He’d crank that thing up and there’d be suds everywhere for an hour or so, then he’d take the shampooer back, totally unconcerned with the fact that relatives were due to arrive any minute and that the rug was sopping wet. My mother would go berserk; we kids would all make jokes about having to get all our gifts waterproofed. But he never changed. I don’t think, for the last 15 years of his life, he ever allowed us to have Christmas Eve on a dry rug. Daddy’s been gone since 1992. And I’d give anything to have to swim through Christmas again with him. carol.bidwell@dailynews.com160Want 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

David Moyes ready to fight and not spend to save Sunderland from relegation

first_img Moyes has been told there will be limited funds in January 1 Sunderland boss David Moyes has vowed to stick out his chest and fight after being told he will not be able to buy his way out of Premier League relegation trouble.Black Cats chief executive Martin Bain revealed earlier this week that Moyes would have “very limited” funds with which to deal in the January transfer window, making a repeat of predecessor Sam Allardyce’s ultimately successful £15million splurge on Lamine Kone, Jan Kirchhoff and Wahbi Khazri 12 months ago extremely unlikely.But despite chairman Ellis Short’s decision not to invest heavily once again with a debt burden of around £140million and Premier League wage cap rules making life intensely difficult on Wearside, Moyes remains unbowed.He said: “Yes, there is a frustration with it, but obviously what I am going to do is I am going to stand up and stick my chest out and get on with it and see how we get on.“I am going to fight for it and I would expect everybody else at the club to do the same.“It gives me something to look at and say if we can getting everyone pulling 100 per cent together, if we can use the small squad, the group we have got and say, ‘Look, we are in it, this is it, this is what we have got, come on. Pull together’.“‘We have got to give 100 per cent in all the games – we can’t have it any other way. Whether you are injured or not, patch yourself up, get out’…“And you know sometimes, that can galvanise you as well. Maybe the supporters will see that as well. That’s what we have to try to do.”Moyes, who is already without long-term absentees Lee Cattermole, Paddy McNair, Lynden Gooch and Duncan Watmore, was a dealt a fresh blow on Friday when it emerged that midfielder Kirchhoff, who played a key role in last season’s survival mission, is facing an extended spell on the sidelines with a knee cartilage injury.Asked if the challenge of managing the club had increased since he took over in July, the Scot replied: “Of course it’s a bigger challenge because of the situation that the club is in at the moment and also the situation I have been put in, so it is a bigger job, yes.”Spirits had risen at the Stadium of Light as a result of three wins in four attempts before back-to-back defeats by Swansea and Chelsea, making Watford’s trip to the north-east on Saturday a must-win affair as the hosts attempt to avoid heading into Christmas at the foot of the table and all that entails.Moyes said: “Psychologically it would be good not to be there, it would be good to be moving away from it. Ultimately, it’s at the end you need to be away from it, but if we could get away from it now, then it might make it easier.”last_img read more

Dean Windass: Marco Silva can be success at Hull

first_img1 Hull vice-chairman Ehab Allam has challenged new boss Marco Silva to save the club from relegation – and fans’ favourite Dean Windass believes he will.Allam has wasted little time in naming former Sporting Lisbon and Olympiacos coach Silva as successor to Mike Phelan, who was sacked on Tuesday evening.Silva, 39, becomes Hull’s third head coach since winning promotion back to the top flight in May and took his first training session, alongside his coaching staff, on Thursday.The Tigers are bottom of the Premier League after winning only three games this season and are three points adrift of safety.But Windass – who made over 200 appearances for Hull in two spells – dismissed the notion that the Portuguese had taken on mission impossible.“I don’t think it is,” Windass said. “You look at the table and we are bottom, but we’re not that far away.“A couple of wins can turn it round quickly and you always get a reaction from the players when a new manager comes in.”Silva will face the media for the first time on Friday afternoon before Hull host Swansea in the FA Cup on Saturday.The Tigers will then travel to Manchester United for the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final on Tuesday.Allam is keen to see an upturn in results soon and will hope the club’s next Premier League clash, at home to Bournemouth on January 14, heralds a bright new era.Allam said: “Marco is a young coach who has impressed us with his philosophy and football style.“He has a great track record and we feel this is a bold and exciting appointment in our aim to retain the club’s Premier League status.”Silva launched his coaching career at Estoril, where he won promotion to the Portuguese top flight in 2012.Estoril finished fifth in their first season under Silva in the top division to qualify for the Europa League and were in fourth place the following campaign when he left to become coach at Sporting Lisbon.He steered Sporting to a third-placed finish in the 2014/15 season and won the Portuguese Cup but was sacked four days later, reportedly for not wearing the club’s official suit during a match in a previous round.Silva then guided Olympiacos to the Greek title in his sole season in charge before leaving the club in the summer, citing personal reasons for his departure.He will be joined at the KCOM Stadium by assistant head coach Joao Pedro Sousa, first-team coach Goncalo Pedro and goalkeeping coach Hugo Oliveira.Allam has also vowed to back the new manager in the January transfer window in a bid to strengthen a threadbare squad.“Marco will be bringing in his own back-room team who have all played their part in his recent success,” added the Tigers vice-chairman.“We are already working hard with Marco and his team to deliver some key additions to our squad during this transfer window.” The Tigers are bottom of the Premier League last_img read more

Marla Kay “Katie” Wells, 50

first_imgMarla Kay “Katie” Wells age 50 of Salem passed away Wednesday, July 13 at her home.Katie was born June 2, 1966 in Salem the daughter of Junior Wells and Mary Ingram Huckleberry.  She was a 1984 graduate of Salem High School.  She had been a hairdresser for 32 years and was currently working for Living Well in Mitchell.She is survived by three daughters:  Kirsten Quick of Madison, Indiana, Kyra Quick and Makalli Quick both of Salem, a son:  Kaden Wells of Salem, her mother: Mary Huckleberry of Englewood, Florida, her father:  Junior Wells of Salem, a sister:  Cynthia Ribelin of North Port, Florida and three grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a brother:  David Wells.  There will be a memorial service Sunday, July 17 at 5PM at Delaney Park.last_img