JNGI 100 Sporting Clays on today at Portmore Range

first_imgTHE JAMAICA National General Insurance (JNGI) sponsored JNGI 100 Sporting Clays is on today at the Jamaica Skeet Club in Portmore, St Catherine. The best local A to E Class shooters, ladies, juniors and hunters classes are expected to turn out and compete for top honours at today’s tournament. The registration process will commence at 9 a.m. and run through to 10.30, when the shotgun start will commence. The entry fee for shooters is $1,000, which will include lunch from Scotchies. There will be no entry fee for ladies and juniors, however. CLASS CHAMPIONS All eyes will, no doubt, be on Bruce DuQuesnay, who reigned supreme last year. Other defending class champions will be Damian Chung in the A class, while Nick Hudson was B class winner. The C class winner was Ray McMaster, with Diallo Richardson topping D class. In the E class, Simon Khourie was victorious, while outstanding junior shooter Nicholai Clarke won his category, and Delano Vickers, the hunter class. Taylor Ziadie took the ladies, honours, and Roman Tavares-Finson won the sub juniors category. JNGI are returning as sponsors for a second year. Jamaica Skeet Club president Khaleel Azan says it is all systems go for today’s tournament. He hailed JNGI for “going all out with providing gifts and lunches by Scotchies for all shooters at no cost”.last_img read more

Painters turn back Road Warriors

first_imgNonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Rain or Shine’s Gabe Norwood. PBA IMAGESRain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia wasn’t exaggerating when he said two nights before that he had witnessed his team’s best practice.The Elasto Painters justified that claim when they ran roughshod on NLEX Friday night, 97-86, and Garcia now has just one wish as Rain or Shine jockeys for playoff position in the PBA Philippine Cup: “I just hope we can be consistent in playing this way.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Playing without Greg Slaughter and Joe Devance, the Kings dropped to 2-4 like the Road Warriors.Ahanmisi drained 5-of-7 triple tries and helped the Painters lead by as large as 21 with the help of a Rain or Shine defense that was unrelenting in the second half.The Painters thwarted several Road Warrior rallies that had NLEX coming within 10 points a couple of times in that period.NLEX tumbled to a fourth straight defeat after opening up with two victories.The Road Warriors continued their tailspin because they simply could not execute when they needed to—and the Rain or Shine defense had a lot to do with that.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO 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 award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ It was a great way to bounce back for Rain or Shine, which became the butt of jokes after losing to doormat KIA Picanto, 98-94, over the weekend, and Garcia did a good job in making his Painters move on from that debacle.“I just told them that we cannot take that back,” Garcia said in Filipino after drawing 20 points from point guard Maverick Ahanmisi and twin digits from three others at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I just asked them to focus on our next six games, because that will be very important.”The win was the third in six games for the Painters, the same record now held by Phoenix Petroleum, which held on later in the night to clip Barangay Ginebra, 87-82. Meanwhile, Alaska and Magnolia shoot to extend their respective winning streaks to four when they collide with separate sides in a Petron Saturday Special double-header also at the fabled Big Dome floor.The Aces take the court against Blackwater at 4:30 p.m., looking to win four straight for the first time in what seems like ages, while the Hotshots try to keep solo second place when they tangle with TNT KaTropa at 6:45 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Arellano whips San Beda, books outright semifinal berth Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

President defends appointment of soldiers to civilian posts

first_imgMilitarisation claims– says PPP/C did the sameIn light of mounting concerns from the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) and other quarters of society over the increasing militarisation of Guyana, President David Granger, who himself is a retired Army Chief-of-Staff, has sought to defend his Administration’s appointments of several military personalities in high profile positions.The President told reporters during the taping of this week’s television programme – The Public Interest – on Thursday that the military officers appointed by his Administration are experienced and competent persons.“These are human beings, these are people with skills, you know. They are not a separate breed of citizens, we can’t deprive them of their rights if they have the talent, the experience, the qualifications,” Granger stated.According to the Head of State, his Administration is facing the brunt of criticism on militarisation when the mass appointments of Army officers to senior Government positions began under the Bharrat Jagdeo and Donald Ramotar led Administrations.In fact, he disclosed that when he took office in May 2015, there were about 10 Army officers that were appointment by the PPP/C Administration. The President even listed several of those persons including Major General Joe Singh and Colonel Chabulall Ramsaroop, among others.Moreover, Granger went on to say that he will not overlook qualified Army officers because of their association with the military.“I don’t discriminate against them and obviously Mr Jagdeo and Mr Ramotar didn’t discriminate against them because I inherited a large number of former military officers who have been appointed by the PPP Administration,” he stated.The President went on to say, “I don’t see that anything could be wrong with asking a Colonel here or a Brigadier here to do a Commission of Inquiry. The question is are they competent to do it… there is an old saying it doesn’t matter if it’s a black cat or a white cat, if it catches the rats, it’s a good cat,” the Head of State remarked.Only last week, General Secretary of the PPP Clement Rohee, said the party continues to have growing concerns over the militarisation of the State and Government apparatus in Guyana, by the coalition Administration. “This tendency is increasingly manifesting itself under the Granger Administration, coupled with this development, is the steady but rapid progression of our country in the direction of a “Police State”. This dangerous and unwelcomed development has its historical antecedents in the Burnham era of which Mr Granger is a product,” Rohee stated. Furthermore, Rohee pointed out that what the “pro-militaristic administration” has done by virtue of this practice is to demonstrate its distrust for civilians who are qualified to perform such functions in contradistinction to military personnel. Also by moving in this direction, it seems Government has “outfoxed” the Alliance For Change (AFC) by placing its military confederates in key and critical positions knowing that the AFC would be more inclined to nominate civilians to the said positions which, Rohee asserted, the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) has absolutely no interest in doing.“The PPP is of the view that the rise of the APNU/AFC sponsored Police State will inexorably result in the decline of freedom in Guyanese. Under the PPP/C, Guyanese abided by the rule of law and successive PPP/C Administrations were held accountable for their actions” said the PPP/C General Secretary. Since the election of President Ganger and his coalition in May 2015, several retired Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Officers have been appointed in key advisory positions within the Government.Also, a number of soldiers have been seconded to work in the Defence Secretariat at the Ministry of the Presidency, where they are required to wear their uniforms. Additionally, the Ministry of the Presidency recently announced that Colonel Nazrul Hussain would head the Department of National Events, after a series of bungled arrangements for Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary. A number of army officers have also been appointed to a number of State Boards and other civilian positions.The PPP’s concerns were renewed last week after two Army officers were recently appointed to head two Commissions of Inquiries.last_img read more

Olympic athlete to host badminton seminars

first_imgThere will be a beginner camp for people ages seven and up. That takes place from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. and costs $30. A youth camp for ages 12 and up will run from 2:30-5:30 pm and a mixed doubles basics camp will run from 2:30-5:30 p.m., each also costing $30.There will also be a family fun seminar, costing $55 for a family of four, or $15 per person, running from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.For more information on the Northern B.C. Badminton Road Show, visit its official website or contact Rick at 250-261-6238. Taking place in Fort St. John on Sept. 23 and 24, Anna Rice, a two-time Olympic Athlete in Badminton will be hosting a badminton training seminar as part of the Northern B.C. Badminton Road Show.Rice will be visiting schools, presenting free clinics to teachers and doing camps for youth, adults & families.Taking place on Sept. 23, Rice and three other badminton coaches will hold instructional seminars at both Ecole Central Elementary School and Bert Bowes Jr. Secondary School. Those will be taking place from 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.- Advertisement -North Peace Secondary will also be hosting demonstrations for teachers at lunch time, as well as after school from 3:30-5 p.m.September 23 will also hold the Road Show’s Adult Doubles Basic Camp, which will take place at NPSS from 7-10 p.m. and costs $30 to participate.Saturday, Sept 24 will include a variety of badminton seminars taking place at the North Peace Secondary School.Advertisementlast_img read more

Johnson, GCA collaborate to bring One-Day Clinic

first_imgWest Indies left-handed middle order batsman and Guyana Jaguars four-day captain, Leon Johnson, has joined forces with the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) to hold a one-day bowling clinic on August 30 from 9:00h to 15:00h.Asked by Guyana Times Sport why he decided to be a major sponsor for the clinic, Johnson said,” It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while, a form of giving back to clubs in the association that I’ve grown up playing in. when I was younger, I was given the same opportunities to learn and develop, so it’s only right that I give young talented players those same opportunities”.The clinic is meant to target GCA- associated clubs, and young batsmen and bowlers between the ages of 15 and 18. Johnson further explained, “I had approached an executive from the GCA about a year ago, but as I said, due to national team commitments, inclement weather and ground availability, the clinic was hampered from going ahead. But now that the weather seems to be favourable and the kids are off of school, we have decided to go ahead with it. I hope to make it an annual even and reach out to a larger amount of clubs across Guyana”.Players are asked to dress in all white cricket suits, or track pants and a white top with no sleeves. GCA-associated clubs are asked to make contact with the relevant superiors.Johnson made his first class debut when he was called up to the national side in 2003-04 season. With a first class batting average of 32.62, Johnson was by no means an ordinary player. In the 2007-08 domestic season, he scored 427 runs from 6 matches at an average of 42.70 for Guyana in the Carib Beer Series.He fell six runs short of his maiden first-class century on March 7, 2008 when he edged a wide delivery from off-spinner Shirley Clarke against Combined Campuses and Colleges. The innings was his highest score of the season. Johnson is currently the Guyana Jaguars four-time four-day captain.The promising signs were enough for the West Indies selectors to choose him for the ODI tri-series in Canada later that year. He impressed with a half-century in his second match. He later earned a call-up to the Test squad to New Zealand.last_img read more

Disease may be killing wolf pups

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Though vaccination is an option – many domestic dogs are vaccinated to protect them against parvo – Smith said it would be largely futile in the park. “It requires two vaccinations to build up an immunity, and we’d have to catch every wolf,” he said. “And both those things are impractical.” If parvo virus is confirmed, there is little officials can do besides monitor the population and hope exposed wolves build a natural immunity to the disease, he said. Parvo virus also is suspected in Montana by the state’s wolf program leader, Carolyn Sime. Sime said Thursday the existence of parvo virus is “quite possible” in Montana. Some wolves, particularly in the southern part of Montana, have been affected by mange, a skin problem that can lead to excessive scratching and hair loss and is also common to dogs. Suspicions about parvo virus are based in part on den-site monitoring and whether pups emerge in summer with their packs, she said. State wildlife officials plan to step up blood collection from wolves – possibly even drawing from wolf carcasses dead 24 hours or less – as part of their disease surveillance, she said. Terry Kreeger, supervisor of veterinary services for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, said that while parvo virus could have a noticeable effect for a number of years on wolf populations like Yellowstone’s, he doesn’t believe it will prove devastating. It could, however, have implications for how wolves in the region are managed, Smith said. The number of wolves in Yellowstone dropped last year from 171 animals total to just 118, he said. The largest single-year drop prior to that was 11 – from 1998-99, when parvo virus also was suspected, he said. Competition among packs was also a factor in the overall population decline, with a handful believed to have totally disappeared, he said, adding that it would be wrong to count on always having a set number of packs in the park. “A lot of people thought wolves are going to keep going (up) in Yellowstone, and they’re not,” he said. Wolves in the Northern Rockies remain federally protected, although the state of Montana recently took over most management duties of wolves within its borders, and Idaho signed an agreement with the Interior Department Thursday to do the same there. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BILLINGS, Mont. – Most of the gray wolf pups born in Yellowstone National Park last year have died, a federal wolf expert says, and he believes a dog disease – parvo virus – may be behind the dramatic loss. Just 22 of the 69 pups born last year are still alive, said Doug Smith, the park’s wolf project leader. That’s the biggest drop in pup numbers since wolves were reintroduced to the park 11 years ago, with the greatest toll seen on the park’s northern range. There, he said just eight of the 49 pups born last spring survived. “It’s cause for concern, a great deal of concern,” he said. Over the next few weeks, Smith said, officials plan to catch Yellowstone wolf pups and take blood samples to see if the suspicions about parvo virus are true. The disease can cause extreme diarrhea and dehydration and kill more vulnerable animals, like young pups. last_img read more

Men’s Soccer Drops Exhibition to No. 10 Notre Dame, 4-1

first_imgJust minutes after halftime, Notre Dame struck again to extend its advantage to 2-0. Later Ian Aschieris stretched the lead to 3-0 with a goal in the 76th minute. However, one minute later, Drake answered as freshman Leroy Enzugusi (Marion, Iowa) scored his second goal of the preseason, capitalizing on an Irish turnover, to trim the deficit to 3-1. Enzugusi was able to sneak his shot past a diving, Duncan Turnbill, who played the second half in net for the Irish. Notre Dame scored its final goal with just seconds left on the clock. Enzugusi and fellow freshman Erik Fahner (Omaha, Neb.) led the Bulldogs with four and two shots, respectively. Enzugusi had two shots on goal. As a team, Drake fired seven shots in the final half. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Caden McCullough (Evansville, Ind.) played all 90 minutes and finished with six saves.”They have quality all over the field and were very good in possession as well as clinical in their finishing,” Smith said. “We play these games to challenge ourselves out of our comfort zone. Lots of positives to take away from the game and it is good preparation for the game against NIU on Sunday.” DES MOINES, Iowa – No. 10 Notre Dame defeated the Drake men’s soccer team, 4-1, in an exhibition match on Wednesday, Aug. 16 evening at the Cownie Soccer Complex.”Tonight was a great opportunity to test ourselves against one of the best teams in the country,” said head coach Gareth Smith. “We had some very good moments in different stages of the game but didn’t take advantage of them. We are delighted for Leroy getting on the scoresheet again and for several of our freshman who featured and contributed.”Notre Dame, who advanced to the third round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament, struck first with a goal midway through the first half. The Irish dominated the opening half with eight shots to just one by Drake.center_img Following Wednesday’s action, the Bulldogs will host their final exhibition game on Sunday against Northern Illinois at 3 p.m. Drake begins the regular season at Xavier on Aug. 27.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Seeking NZE in a Charming (but Leaky) Old Victorian

first_imgMatt and Kelly Grocoff’s house, a Folk Victorian in Ann Arbor, Michigan, fits comfortably in their neighborhood’s 19th century architectural vernacular. But the Grocoffs purchased the 110-year-old building, in 2006, for more than its decorative appeal and its place in Ann Arbor’s vaunted Old West Side Historic District. One of the real selling points, especially for Matt, was that house was something of a mess.“It was a dream come true,” Grocoff, founder of GreenovationTV and the green renovation expert for Old House Web, says in an OHW video about the house. “It had lead paint, asbestos siding, zero insulation, and even an old gas-powered lawnmower out in the shed!”Playing off the notion that the greenest house is the one you don’t build, Grocoff is using the upgrades to the Victorian to show how deep an energy retrofit can go in a house that not only is very old (by U.S. standards) but subject to relatively strict historic-district rules for renovation. It has turned out to be a long-term project, to say the least, but if Grocoff has his way, the house will soon operate at net zero energy. And because he and his wife (who have a young daughter) plan to stay in the house indefinitely and live in it as it makes its crawl toward better energy efficiency, Grocoff has been justifying many of the improvements by factoring in prospective savings on energy costs and preservation of original materials.Tending to basicsHe told local news service AnnArbor.com, for example, that the monthly utility bill for the home, which was operating with a 50-year-old furnace, was $350 in January 2007, when he installed a geothermal heat pump. (There was room for three 150-foot boreholes on the small lot.) The geothermal system halved the utility bill, which had been about $2,800 annually – a projected $56,000 over the next 20 years, Grocoff notes, if energy prices remained the same.The attic presented another dream opportunity to save money. It had no insulation (except for a layer of newspaper from 1902), so Grocoff had the air leaks sealed and 20 inches of blown cellulose installed, bringing the thermal resistance of the attic floor to R-50. He also hired a contractor to remove siding panels on each face of the exterior, where cellulose was blown into the walls.Dealing with the windows in the house required a workaround, since historic-preservation rules in the area prevent homeowners from replacing originals. The Folk Victorian’s 15 double-hung windows, before restoration, were almost as leaky closed as open, so Grocoff called in a local window restoration expert, Lorri Sipes, for a tutorial on dismantling and refurbishing the wooden parts, sealing leaks, repairing broken channels, and other steps needed to get the windows in shape. That process cost a few hundred dollars – replacements would have run about $15,000 installed – and a fair amount of labor on Grocoff’s part before the windows were ready for paint. The remaining issue, of course, was further reducing air leakage at each window, but the historic district allows installation of storm windows, so Grocoff ordered them from George W. Trapp Co., based in Redford, Michigan.A pitch for solar and preservationGrocoff calculates that getting the house to operate at net zero energy – he calls it his “Mission Zero” – will require a solar power system that he plans to buy from SunPower Corp. of San Jose, California, and have installed on the building’s south-facing roof. He expects to spend about $14,000 on the purchase and installation after tax credits from the federal government and credits from the local utility company, Detroit Edison Energy. The system will have paid for itself, he figures, in about five years.That he was able to win the Ann Arbor Historic District Commission’s approval for the idea, Grocoff said in his interview with AnnArbor.com, could mean good things for many of the district’s other historic buildings, not only in terms of their energy efficiency but also their preservation.“Historic houses are really inefficient,” he said. “They’ve got old, leaky windows, and so there’s a long way to go in those historic houses because they’re already so inefficient. So we have to fix those. We’re not going to tear them down. It would be foolish and environmentally bad judgment to tear down old houses. So we want to preserve them, and a way to do that is to make them as energy efficient as possible and then produce renewable energy onsite.”last_img read more

Why We’re in the Golden Age of Documentary Filmmaking

first_imgMore AccessibilityArguably, Netflix changed the way we consume video content. Many would also argue that Netflix is one, if not the, primary reason for this current spike and increased interest in documentary filmmaking. Before Netflix, documentaries were much more difficult to find. If you wanted to watch Super Size Me, you had to search your local video rental store and hope they had a copy. At the time, there were very few documentaries considered mainstream.Image via Super Size Me (Showtime).Now, documentary films are at viewers’ fingertips everywhere.More Supply, More DemandDue to increased accessibility, audiences have discovered that they actually like documentaries and enjoy watching them.The basic economics of supply and demand ring true for documentary filmmaking. This demand for quality, cinematic, entertaining documentary content is on the rise. As a result, much more documentary content is being created than ever before.This increased production has even trickled down to branded content. We’re now seeing many companies and brands use documentary filmmaking to promote their products — since their audiences enjoy the genre.Higher QualityThere’s no doubt that documentaries have improved over the years — in both storytelling and aesthetics.Narrative and documentary filmmakers have borrowed from each other pretty steadily. For example, consider the narrative TV show The Office. This mockumentary-style show borrowed heavily from documentary-style filmmaking .Image via The Innocent Man (Netflix).On the opposite end, the Netflix series The Innocent Man is one of the most narratively cinematic documentaries I have personally ever watched.Much of this increased quality in documentary is due to advances in equipment. In the mid-’90s, documentary filmmakers would’ve been floored to know there would a pocket-sized camera that can shoot as well as traditional cinema cameras. As a result, documentaries are shot at a much higher quality than ever before.The FutureOne can only predict what the future holds for the documentary. However, as it becomes a much more lucrative, respected, and in-demand form of entertainment, one can only hope it sticks to its grassroots and artistic background.Cover image via Apollo 11.Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Industry Insights: Cinematographer Adrian Peng CorreiaHas Sigma Joined The Pocket CineCamera Game?How a Pre-Production Checklist Can Help Your Production10 Lessons I Learned From My First Feature Documentary“The Lucas Effect”: When Filmmaking Creativity Goes Unchecked We’re in the golden age of documentary filmmaking, and these films have now become as cinematically entertaining as their narrative counterparts.Documentaries have never been as accessible, diverse, and well-respected as they are right now. Before this golden era, documentaries were mostly just considered a dull method of filmmaking — a pill you were almost forced (or advised) to swallow. This method of filmmaking was typically regarded as a nearly surgical, methodical means to inform or educate an audience.When I started, documentaries were like the spinach of filmmaking. Nobody cared about them. Nobody wanted to pay for them. They weren’t sexy. Now, we’re in this amazing golden era of documentary and nonfiction storytelling, that just keeps getting more interesting. —Morgan Nevillelast_img read more

Viswa Bharati to celebrate Tagore’s Bangladesh connection

first_img Built by the government of Bangladesh to highlight the links between the country and Rabindranath Tagore, the two-storied structure, including the museum and a library with over 3,000 books, has been built at a cost of ₹25 crore.This is the third building built with foreign contribution on the campus of Visva Bharati, the other two being Cheena Bhawan by the Chinese and Nippon Bhawan by the Japanese government.On Friday, after its inauguration, the Bangladesh Bhawan may turn out to be the venue of bilateral discussion between the two Prime Ministers. Vice-Chancellor Sabujkali Sen said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will also be present at the venue after the University’s convocation.Bangladesh culture minister Asaduzzaman Noor said that within months his government would organise Bangladesh Utsav at the newly-constructed centre. “It was Rabindranath Tagore who was inspiration for the people of Bangladesh when they were fighting for their language,” he said.Among the different sections of the museum, one is dedicated to Tagore’s Bangladesh connection. Stamps issued by Bangladesh during the 150th birth anniversary of the poet and articles used by the him, like lamps, have also been put on display at the museum. In a short span of two weeks, Tarik Sujat created a slice of Bangladesh in Santiniketan by curating a museum that will showcase original leaflets, posters and documents highlighting that country’s fight for independence in 1971. The museum is housed in Bangladesh Bhawan, which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina on Friday.“All this material come from the Bangladesh National Museum. They were brought to Visva Bharati by road, packed in three container trucks,” Mr. Sujat said.Apart from photographs, letters and documents tracing the political developments, right from the Bhasa Andolan of 1952 to the birth of Bangladesh in 1971, the 4500-sq ft museum also houses archaeological specimens, mostly from Buddhist archaeological sites dating from the 6th to 15th century AD.last_img read more