ARCH rivals Albion and Rose Hall Town (RHT) will battle for high stakes when they meet on Saturday and Sunday in a bid to capture the respective Berbice Cricket Board (BCB)/Ivan Madray Memorial T20 and Busta Champions of Champions 40-Over 1st Division titles.The battleground this coming weekend for both finals will be the No. 69 Vikings cricket ground in Upper Corentyne. Over the last decade, arch rivals Albion and Rose Hall Town have dominated cricket at all levels and have played each other in numerous finals.Despite RHT NAMILCO Thunderbolt Flour missing the services of an injured Clinton Pestano, and Kevlon Anderson who is with the West Indies, U-19 team. National all-rounder Eon Hooper, Junior Sinclair, Kevin Sinclair, Jason Sinclair, Delbert Hicks, Jonathan Rampersaud and Keith Simpson will shoulder the responsibility.Pacers Keon Sinclair and Sylus Tyndall would share the new ball, with off-spinners Junior Sinclair, Kevin Sinclair, Jonathan Rampersaud and Eon Hooper offering spin support. Leg-spinner Shawn Pereira and left-handed Keith Simpson will also offer variety on a track expected to be two-paced.Albion will be at full strength with Kandasammy Surujnarine, Adrian Sukhwa, Sharaz Ramcharran, Rajiv Ivan, Anthony Bramble, David Latchaya and Jonathan Foo leading the batting.The national trio of Veerasammy Permaul, Devendra Bishoo and Gudakesh Motie will lead the bowling unit with Ivan, Foo, Ramcharran, Latchaya and Kevin Umroa lending support.Prior to Sunday’s big throw-down, both teams will meet on Saturday this time in the 16th edition of the Busta Champion of Champions tourney, set for the same venue as Sunday’s encounter; from 10:30hrs.Both teams have been in dominant form in both respective competitions, doing extremely well to reach the final in both as they will have a weekend filled with intense action for two separate titles.
Ghana Oil Company Limited has announced a cash sponsorship deal of GHc 480,000 each for the country’s two biggest clubs Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko.This was revealed at the company’s Executive Centre in Cantonments, Accra on Friday morning.GOIL will make a monthly salary of GHc 40,000 to each club for a 12-month period.Managing Director of GOIL Patrick A.K Akorli confirmed the deal by saying: “We are going to start by helping d traditional Giants in the country with the hope that Ghanaians will support us with their purchasing power.”At the end of every month, we will support the clubs with GHc 40,000 per club for 12 months.”The ceremony comes 3 days ahead of the Ghana Premier League derby clash between both sides at the Accra Sports Stadium. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
This week, the Rossland Skate Park Association presented its proposed locations to council. This follows a year and a half of organizing, fundraising, and numerous community consultation. The ball now sits squarely in council’s hands as to where they go next. The discussion and potential decision–once just a dream–now sits two weeks away as the issue comes back before council on June 6th. 65 people attended the most recent planning meeting–a broad cross section of the community, including skaters, non-skaters and folks of all ages. The attendees “participated like little beavers,” according to facilitator Les Carter and “a good number of young folk and some even older than me. I was amazed at how well everyone participated. It was fun and I believe we achieved what we set out to achieve.” Building on the information requested by the public at the January 25th initial meeting, Carter returned with data and information from 40 other communities that have built skateparks. Collating that information along with accompanying narratives resulted in a compelling story: if certain criteria (such as situating the park in a central, visible location) were used, then skate parks bring with them few to none of the undesirable behaviors occasionally used as evidence against them. On top of that data, a rudimentary technical assessment of the potential sites further eliminated some suggested locations, narrowing the focus down to three: Ross-Glen Park (in and around the current bike-skills park), The Emcon lot, and the area below the Centennial Park ball fields. Utilizing various mediation techniques, the overall goal was to not vote on a specific site but rather to incorporate everyone into the process to gain a full understanding of the issues, come up with pros, cons, and potential designs for each park location, and flesh out all the potential issues so that an informed decision could be made. “We deliberately stayed away from the rule of majority and focused on finding collective wisdom,” explained Carter. “One of the great outcomes was that everyone who took part really got an understanding of how a skate park would sit on each site. It wasn’t just a battle of opinions; it was actually studying sites and realizing none of the issues are black and white and everything is on a balance. It was a good way for people to get an understanding that it’s all about trade-offs and that no one site is perfect for everyone. The result wasn’t unanimous, but I can’t think of another argument anyone could possibly raise about anything that wasn’t addressed.” Although no consensus was reached, the potential locations were narrowed down further to just two: the Emcon lot and the Ross-Glen park site. “From our perspective, the Emcon site is a clear winner in terms of location,” commented Aaron Cosbey. “It’s central, visible and part of the community. Skaters feel like they get a real jewel of a site there. However, it also has major disadvantages. Proximity to neighbours and cost factors to building on a site where drainage might be more expensive to manage make it less desirable.” The Ross Glen site, on the other hand, is slightly more removed and less visible. The same natural bowl-shaped landscape, potentially ideal for skate-park construction also somewhat hides the site and certainly doesn’t have the same type of visibility as the Emcon lot would. “The people at the meeting spent a lot of time and concern weighing exactly that issue,” added Carter.“It’s the reason there isn’t consensus on that site.” It was also noted by Carter and Cosbey that parking issues at Ross-Glen could potentially be alleviated with a parking pad created near the entrance to the existing bike skills park, although this would not be the easiest or cheapest of endeavors. The issue of neighbour acceptance as mentioned by the duo also appeared to be less of an issue at Ross-Glen than at the Emcon site. Although formal polls were purposefully avoided, the general feeling was that less opposition would be encountered at that site than at the Emcon lands. “In general, the neighbours around Ross-Glen were much more evenly divided, and we had some strongly enthusiastic people come out to the meeting and those opposed weren’t strongly opposed,” explained Cosbey. “There’s not perfect consensus among Ross Glen neighbours, but certainly not the opposition we saw at the Emcon lot.” Closing their presentation to council by reiterating why Rossland needs a skate park and requesting a decision of council on a site, Cosbey reminded councillors that “we see a skate park as an essential part of Rossland’s community, an essential part of the overall strategy to become a four season resort, an essential piece for families who are considering moving here and those who visit here and stay for the day, essential for kids not involved in organized sports for which we now have facilities and for those kids that skateboard. For those reasons and those kids is why we request you move forward with this process.” Before dismissing the delegation, Mayor Greg Granstrom reminisced fondly of his days as a youth and his involvement with what at that time appeared to be a fad but has since lived on and remains popular among today’s youth. In doing so, he also managed to get in a small jab in at the City of Trail: “As someone who thought it would be [a fad] and as someone who took apart roller skates and banged them onto a piece of plywood as a kid, I can tell you this is not a fad–no doubt about it. There will never be a perfect spot for [a skate park]. There will always be individuals who oppose it; I do concur with council. Thanks very much for your effort. I don’t want to be the city of Trail saying 25 years later, ‘maybe we’ll put it where we could have put it 25 years ago’.”
The Nelson U17 Selects look to be gearing up for the Kootenay Playdowns after posting a silver-medal result at the recent Slurpee Cup in Kamloops. The Selects, missing a few key players to injury, managed a silver medal against some top-calibre opposition. Staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to salute the squad with Team of the Week honours. The team includes, back row, L-R, Cam Kuch, Taylor Stewart, Alex Hawes, Morag Paterson, Paige Mansveld, Sam Einarson, Bekka Schrader, Tasha Hewat, Brittany Wheeler, coach Justine Thielker and coach Cam Paterson. Front, Katarina Garbula, Melinda Halstead, Chloe Kuch, Rosie Porter, Brynn Forsey and Andrea Stinson.
29 May 2009I wish to disagree with those who believe that the Fifa Confederations Cup is not a serious tournament.While I can understand that some people are making a comparison between it and the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the Confederations Cup is absolutely crucial for South Africa.It is, after all, the official dress rehearsal for the World Cup, and in so many respects it will set the tone for the global showpiece. In a nutshell, it will test our preparedness and provide valuable pointers in so many areas on the road ahead. Danny Jordaan is the CEO of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee South Africa.Ushering in a new football cultureCrucially, it will usher in a vital new culture of football in our country, in which we play host to some of the world’s top soccer nations – their teams, officials, supporters and media – while imparting to our own communities the special significance of their respective roles in playing, administrating, supporting and reporting the beautiful game.It is not difficult to understand, therefore, the great importance we attach to it, because positive outcomes in the execution of the Fifa Confederations Cup imperatives will instill an immense sense of confidence, both here and abroad, in respect of our progress in putting on the best Fifa World Cup of them all.Obama, for one, will be watchingIn order to do that, however, we must stage the best Fifa Confederations Cup of them all. And to borrow the famous phrase of another soccer lover, “Yes, we can!”It is good for us to remember that President Barack Obama, who successfully campaigned on those inspirational words for the United States presidency, will be watching the Fifa Confederations Cup with intense interest. His national team is one of eight nations that will be competing in South Africa next month, and the way the tournament is portrayed in the US will be critically examined and projected around the world.Indeed, the mere fact that this is a tournament involving all six Fifa football confederations, as well as the holders of the World Cup and the 2010 hosts, means the message it sends out will reach right across the globe and be consumed by all those football nations, who will ultimately play in next year’s Fifa World Cup.Advertising you cannot buyThe best marketing brains like to use the phrase “advertising you cannot buy” – and that’s exactly the promise that the Fifa Confederations Cup holds for South Africa.Permit me to use an example from another sport. Cricket South Africa recently agreed at the shortest notice to stage the Indian Premier League (IPL) – eight teams representing the best players in the world in an event of 59 back-to-back matches.By all accounts, it was an extraordinary success – providing advertising that South Africa just could not buy.The IPL in South Africa was not just good for cricket; it also did wonders in enhancing South Africa’s credibility as a preferred destination to host blue riband global events of any nature. Apart from the acclaim for it from abroad, the IPL extravaganza re-instilled confidence in all South Africans in respect of our capability to stage and enjoy a great sporting experience – and to extend the red carpet of hospitality to any and every nation.Embracing the worldThis, then, is the promise of the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, in which we have the honour to welcome the top footballers from Italy, Brazil, Spain, Egypt, the United States, Iraq and New Zealand.By ensuring their comfort, security and enjoyment, we do not just embrace them – we embrace the world.For South African soccer followers, there is the rare opportunity, moreover, of seeing many of the world’s great teams and players in action at our home grounds – a year ahead of the Fifa World Cup itself.This is a gilt-edged opportunity, too, for our own team, Bafana Bafana, to play in this exalted company, test themselves against the best, and for us to cheer them on. What better opportunity can there be for them, and for us?Yes, the Confederations Cup is not as important as the World Cup. Nothing in world sport surpasses that marquee attraction. But it is the next best thing by far in the Fifa firmament.One more misconceptionThere is a misconception that next month’s tournament cannot provide a true measure of our preparedness for the “main event” because the host cities and venues that will stage Confederations Cup matches do not include all those for the 2010 World Cup.This is simply not so. World Cup host cities and stadiums that do not form part of the Confederations Cup programme are all preparing on one and the same template, and will thus have the opportunity to monitor next month’s operational plan to ensure that they, too, are on track ahead of 2010.Also, all those people working on the Fifa Confederations Cup – think of the thousands of volunteers – will take their hard-earned experience into 2010.And all those South African soccer-lovers who just cannot wait to revel in the once-in-a-lifetime experience of 2010 now have the privilege to raise the roof early in 2009.Is next month’s tournament an important one for all of us? You bet it is.Danny Jordaan is chief executive officer of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee South Africa.
Make plans to attend the TBIoptions: Promoting Knowledge web conference at 10:00 a.m. CST on Wednesday, April 17, presented by Debra Sellers, Ph.D.The conference is a 75-minute webinar that will provide a general understanding of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and available resources for survivors and their families. Promoting KnowledgeA person with TBI (a survivor) may experience physical effects, changes in thinking and communication, and alterations in emotional well-being and behavior. The program will include a series of topics including the “basics” of traumatic brain injury; the impact of TBI on survivors physically, cognitively, emotionally, and behaviorally; the consequences of TBI for survivors in relationships, activities of daily living, and work; and how individuals and communities can support survivors and their families.PresenterDebra M. Sellers, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Adult Development & Aging, School of Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University. Her primary area of interest is adaptive living for people with aging-related limitations or disabilities and their families and caregivers, with an emphasis on supporting functional abilities through access to services and technology. Debra has more than 15 years of experience serving adults with disabilities, older adults, and families in a variety of settings, including long-term care facilities, retirement communities and government agencies. She is a former member of the Kansas Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Board, was voted as one of her city’s most admired people (Manhattan, KS), and is a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence®.No registration is required to join the web conference, simply go to TBIoptions: Promoting Knowledge to attend. The site will provide handouts associated with the presentation and a direct link to join the event.This post was written by Rachel Brauner of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Wounded Warrior Program and is part of a series of Military Caregiving posts published on the Military Families Learning Network blog.
When you were hungry you did whatever was necessary. It didn’t matter if something was ridiculously difficult or not, you employed all of your initiative and all of your resourcefulness to find a way or make one.When you were hungry, no challenge was too great. You needed to make things happen, and you turned yourself inside out to do the impossible.But you are no longer hungry. When something is difficult, you avoid it, instead of digging deep and getting it done. Now, when you encounter the “ridiculously impossible” you employ all of your initiative and resourcefulness in identifying all the reasons you “can’t” or “shouldn’t” do whatever is necessary.When you are already uncomfortable, doing things that are uncomfortable and difficult is easy. But once you allow yourself to lose the hunger, you don’t want to return to discomfort.The problem is that you have competitors who are still hungry. They are already uncomfortable, and they are willing to do what you are unwilling to do. The things that you call “impossible,” they call “how we win.” This is how you end up being competitively displaced.The status quo is complacency. Being exceptional means never growing complacent, never allowing the status quo to take hold, and staying hungry when it is easy to slip into the warm comfort of “how we do things now.”.You can’t let anyone want “it” more than you want “it.” You must find a way to recall how it felt to be hungry, and revert to the resourcefulness and initiative that defined you back then. If you need motivation, just imagine how it would feel to lose the comfort you have now. It would feel a lot worse than being hungry the first time around because back then you didn’t know any different.The difference between the professionals and poseurs is that the pros find a way to stay hungry.
A one-member committee of ex-district judge Shyam Darne formed by the State government to probe allegations of inadequate compensation to a farmer from Dhule, Dharma Patil who committed suicide outside Mantralaya in January 2018, has found irregularities on the part of the then local land acquisition official, local tehsil officer and local mediator. Patil, 84, was seeking compensation equal to that of his neighbour after their lands were acquired for the power project in Vikharan village of Dhule district. Pune-based lawyer Asim Sarode, along with others, had approached the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) over the Patil’s death. The Darne committee report submitted to the SHRC has recommended filing of FIR against the then land acquisition officer Pratibha Sapkale, the then tehsildar Rohidas Khairnar and mediator Dattatreya Desale for ‘fabrication of false documents and cheating the government land acquiring body’. It has also recommended disciplinary proceedings against the government officials.Pointing out delays and irregularities from the level of land acquisition officer to the Collector’s office, the report said, “He was feeling aggrieved only because he got less compensation, Rs four lakh, whereas the adjoining land owners got huge compensation little less than 2 crore.” It said that cases need to be filed against the above mentioned individuals, “so that police can find out after investigation in how many cases such huge amount was granted by the land acquisition officers and Desale as an agent earned huge amount cheating the government”. The report however termed the suicide of Dharma Patil as a “mystery”, since he was neither mentally disturbed nor was there any reason for him to come prepared to Mantralaya with poison. “Dharma Patil had constantly raised objections regarding less compensation granted to him and he also had filed complaints with the Dhule district collectorate, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, and Power and Tourism ministry. But unfortunately nobody gave him proper response. It made him nervous and mentally stressed. All these circumstances compelled Dharma Patil to end his life by consuming poison in Mantralaya premises,” said Mr. Sarode. “His family members were detained by the police when CM was to visit Dhule on his Mahajanadesh Yatra. This is another violation of human rights,” he said, adding that despite directions from the SHRC, the Power ministry has not even bothered to submit its reply. The next hearing of the case is on November 5.