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Digicel hosts ‘Big Brother’ programme

first_imgDUBBED the ‘Big Brother’ programme, telecommunications service provider Digicel teamed up with members of the Guyana Amazon Warriors yesterday to host a two-hour session, where 24 young aspiring cricketers were taught the rudiments of the game.The session, which was held at the Guyana National Stadium, is part of the Warriors packed programme before they depart for Fort Lauderdale, Florida.Rayad Emrit explains to a youngster on how to position the seam of the ballPrior to the session, where the youngsters were divided into four groups, Operations Manager of the Guyana Amazon Warriors, Omar Khan, welcomed the youths, adding that they are fortunate to be a part of such programme.Meanwhile, Digicel Communications Manager, Vidya Bijlall-Sanichara said the initiative is part of the company’s idea of supporting the sport.She added “It’s a way to give young people a chance to be exposed to the heart of the game. This is an initiative that Digicel fully subscribe to”.Director of Sport, Christopher Jones was also part of the session.The local franchise is currently in training ahead of the fifth edition of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 tournament, which bowls off on August 4 in St Lucia.The Guyana Amazon Warriors will depart for Fort Lauderdale, Florida on August 2.During the Florida leg, the Warriors will play St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in two matches before returning to the Caribbean.Guyana’s home games are billed for August 17, 19, 20 and 22 at the Guyana National Stadium.The host team (Guyana Amazon Warriors) take on the Jamaica Tallawahs on August 17 from 20:00hrs; Trinbago Knight Riders on August 19 from 12:00hrs; Barbados Tridents on August 20 from 18:00hrs and St Lucia Stars on August 22 from 18:00hrs.last_img read more

Tipp and Clare evenly matched ahead of weekend clash

first_imgTipperary and Clare will be evenly matched on Saturday, according to Tipp player Sean Curran.Both teams lost to Cork in this years’ Championship – the Premier in the Munster Quarter Final, and Clare in the Munster Final.Saturday’s game is Tipp’s first senior hurling championship meeting against Clare, in Cork, since 2003. Curran says the Premier will have to be at their best to beat the Banner…[CLIP]Throw-in is at 3 o’clock on Saturday and Tipp FM’s live coverage comes in association with Mulcahy Car Sales Ardcroney, Nenagh, main Citroen dealer and Connolly Man, O’Connell Street, Clonmel.last_img

The corruption of Uganda football

first_imgThe Uganda Cranes in Egypt recently. Their strike has got mixed reactions.How the Cranes blundered in Cairo when they went on strike over pay and refused to trainTHE LAST WORD | ANDREW M. MWENDA | Last week, the Uganda Cranes players went on strike in Cairo Egypt, where they were competing in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). They accused officials of the Federation for Ugandan Football Association (FUFA) of plotting to cheat them of their bonuses for qualifying for the knockout stage of 16. Knowing the corruption that has eaten the entrails of our country’s moral fabric, I could not put FUFA above these accusations. I was therefore among those who tweeted highlighting the concerns of our players.I had sources connected to the players. The players had been paid all their other allowances. However, they were entitled to a bonus for qualifying for the knockout stage. They feared that if they were knocked out by Senegal, a very strong team, FUFA would not pay their bonuses for qualifying to the group of 16. It was therefore prudent to leak this concern to people on social media in order to raise the alarm, shame FUFA and force it to pay them.I felt both sympathy and solidarity with the Cranes players given my knowledge, not of FUFA specifically, but of Ugandan officials generally. However, I was later disappointed to learn that the players had gone on strike and refused to go for training unless and until their allowances are paid. I felt that the players had betrayed their professional aspirations, the team and the country. To appreciate my disappointment, and that of millions of Ugandan football fans, it is important to place this strike in its proper context. AFCON is the most prestigious football tournament on our continent.  For the last ten years, our country has been obsessed with qualifying, having last reached the competition in 1978. Indeed, it would be appropriate to say that it became the most important national goal that united our country. It was therefore gratifying when, in 2017, Uganda qualified for this tournament after 38 year of waiting.There was euphoria across the entire nation. Even the First Lady, who had also been appointed minister of Education and Sports, attended the games, cheered with other fans, tweeted the progress and was in the stadium when we qualified. However, the Cranes performed poorly and did not win a single game and were eliminated in the preliminaries. It was, therefore, even more gratifying when they qualified the second time in a row in 2018. All eyes of Uganda were thus on the team to make Uganda proud at the 2019 finals.And the Cranes did not disappoint. They played well and qualified for the knockouts. The whole country was behind them. They made our country proud. Yet it was at the height of their achievement and nationwide popularity that Cranes players foundered. They went on strike over pay. The fear that FUFA officials may not pay their bonus is legitimate. But to go on strike and refuse to play because of this was a blunder. It demonstrated the players’ loss of focus from the main issue to subsidiary ones.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Exciting Education Opportunities at The Washington Center

first_imgFacebook8Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThe Washington Center for the Performing Arts has big opportunities for local singers and dancers wanting to learn from top performers visiting Olympia. The 2018-19 Season is our most exciting and highly anticipated line-up of performances to date. The Center is committed to finding creative and unique opportunities for our community as we partner with top touring performers to bring educational programming as a feature to our season.Olympia native Shoshana Bean, a vocal powerhouse known for her roles on Broadway and her chart-topping albums, will be kicking off the 2018-19 season at the Washington Center Main Stage on October 4th. From performing as Elphaba in Wicked, to touring the world as a solo artist, she has had ample opportunity to learn the secrets to vocal health. Through the process of breaking down and analyzing lyrics, Shoshana will lead a master class on Wednesday, October 3rd at the Washington Center. She will guide students through a series of questions and exercises in order to custom fit the song to the singer in the most personal way, highlighting their individual strengths and helping them to find an honest, authentic and powerful connection to the music.Partnering with Olympia Youth Chorus, 16 emerging singers have been selected for this class The public is invited to audit the class for a suggested donation of $5.Shoshana Bean Master ClassDate:  Wednesday, October 3, 2018Time:  5-9 PMCost to Audit Master Class:  Suggested donation $5Location:  Washington Center for the Performing ArtsBodyVox, innovative dance company from Portland Oregon, returns to the Washington Center on Thursday October 25, for an evening performance of BlodyVox on the Main Stage! A hint of Hitchcock, a healthy dose of ghosts and zombies that draw from cinema, folklore and our collective nightmares to bring All Hallows’ Eve to life. This delightfully creepy show is a must see for the entire family!BodyVox will offer a special master class for emerging dancers ages 12 and up (limited to 60 students), on Wedneday October 24th. BodyVox has established itself as an exciting presence in the West Coast dance scene as they combine movement, theatre, and film to create unforgettable experiences in the visual arts. In this master class, young dancers will have the chance to practice their craft under the instruction of BodyVox company members – dancers who are shaping the future of performing arts.BodyVox Master ClassDate:  Wednesday, October 24, 2018Time:  3:30 – 5:00 PMTarget:  Emerging dancers, ages 12 + (Limited to 60 students)Cost:  $15Location:  Johansen Olympia Dance CenterFor more information about upcoming events please visit www.washingtoncenter.org or call the Box Office at 360-753-8586.last_img read more

New Zealand vs India 2nd Test Day 2 Review: Shami and Bumrah’s efforts go…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Twitter (@BLACKCAPS)Advertisement qz6NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4l3Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4mr4s( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7hkiWould you ever consider trying this?😱8thmCan your students do this? 🌚cxliRoller skating! Powered by Firework Day 2 of the second Test between India and New Zealand has come to closure, and at stumps, India are on the lead with 97 runs. Following the bundle of the Kiwis batting squad by 153 runs, India have taken the lead, but are struggling with six wickets down at a score of 97 in Christchurch.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Twitter (@BLACKCAPS)New Zealand opener Tom Lathan landed a sweet score of 52, before losing his wicket to Mohammed Shami, the star of India’s bowling squad today. The 29 year old pacer started his four wicket haul today with Latham’s clean bowled dismissal in the 44th Over.Henry Nicholls and Neil Wagner also faced quick dismissals from Shami, as both of them were sent to the pavilion on scores of 14 and 21 respecrtively.Advertisement Shami also picked up Kyle Jamieson, the Kiwi youngster who missed his maiden Test half century just just one run. His stunning 49 came off including seven boundaries.New Zealand’s first innings also saw the superstar Jasprit Bumrah regaining his form. The 26 year old secured three wickets, including the hosts skipper Kane Williamson, who was unimpressive today at Hagley Oval, with only scoring 3. Jadeja picked two, and the injured Ishant Sharma’a substitute Umesh Yadav secured the wicket of Kiwi opener TOm Blundell on 30.Advertisement However, the Black Caps bowling squad shined again, led by Trent Boult, who picked up the wickets of Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara and Umesh Yadav.Starting the second innings, both of the Men in Blue openers were lacklustre on the pitch. The in form Agarwal had to leave on the second over after just scoring 3 runs, followed by Prithvi Shaw, who marvellously stroke a fifty in the first innings, lost his wicket on 14 against Tim Southee.Virat Kohli’s drought of runs in the series continues, as the captain failed to open up a big score again, after getting lbwed by Colin de Gramdhomme on just 14 runs. Rahane was bowled on 9 runs by Neil Wagner.The young Hanuma Vihari is now on strike alongside Rishabh Pant at the end of day’s play.Also read-Read VVS Laxman’s advice to Prithvi Shaw: You’re better off playing like this in New Zealand! Advertisementlast_img read more