Keeping Warm with the Vermont Chamber

first_imgThe competition is stiff; the judges, discerning! Vermont’s Top Ten Winter Events begin next week. Chosen from dozens of entries for their ingenuity, creativity, and special Vermont flavor, visitors and locals alike will enjoy Vermont’s blue-ribbon “Top Ten” events.Even Scrooge could not resist the holiday spirit with Christmas at the Farm in Woodstock, The Vermont Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops Tour, and New Year’s Eve “First Night” in the capital city of Montpelier.As winter settles into full swing, the Stowe Winter Carnival, True Companion Sled Dog Race in Craftsbury, Brookfield Ice Harvest, and 82nd Annual Harris Hill Ski Jumping Competition in Brattleboro stimulate winter’s body and soul.The “Top Ten Winter Events” wind up with the Mount Snow Anti Gravity Grail in March (the East Coast’s premier ski and snowboard event), and the Philips US Open Snowboarding Championships at Stratton Mountain. April closes out winter with the 24th Annual Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge in Killington.The “Top 10 Winter Events” are part of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce 2004 Vermont Winter Guide, Vermont’s leading winter travelers’ magazine. Other Guide features include “Top Picks for Kids,” lodging listings and resources for the winter travelers, a shopping guide, and editorial feature articles.The 2004 Vermont Winter Guide, “Vermont Chamber of Commerce Top 10 Winter Events,” and other Vermont information is available free of charge from 1-800-VERMONT, by calling the Vermont Chamber at (802) 223-3443, or on the Chamber’s website at is external).-30-last_img read more

Peak by Peak: Are You Tough Enough to Tackle the South Beyond 6000 Challenge?

first_imgGREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINSGUYOT 6,621 FT. (TENN.)LE CONTE 6,593 FT.According to Kirk, you have to “really want to get to that peak,” because there’s no nearby trailhead. Kirk describes Mt. Le Conte as a “broad, gentle giant.” Reaching the top requires some bushwhacking, but it’s worth the effort.“It’s like an enchanted forest and a completely different biome up there,” he says. “It’s really high up and you’re walking on all these spruce needles. It’s just a really cool setting up there, kind of tucked away.”CHAPMAN 6,417 FT. (TENN.)CLINGMANS DOME 6,643 FT. (N.C.)COLLINS 6,188 FT. (N.C.)OLD BLACK 6,370 FT. (N.C.)LUFTEE KNOB 6,234 FT. (N.C.)KEPHART 6,217 FT. (TENN.)MARKS KNOB 6,169 FT. (N.C.)BIG CATALOOCHEE MOUNTAIN 6,155 FT. (N.C.)TRICORNER KNOB 6,120 FT.“The peaks that stand out to me as the most challenging were in the Tricorner shelter area,” Riddle says. “The shelter is 15 miles from vehicular access, so it’s necessary to hike in all of one’s supplies.” As much as she and the group wanted to call it a day when they arrived at the shelter in the afternoon, they pressed on and added Mt. Sequoyah, Mt. Chapman, and Marks Knob to the day’s list.SEQUOYAH 6,003 FT. (TENN.)GREAT BALSAM MOUNTAINS“I’m partial to some of the peaks along the Art Loeb trail, which is where I had my first ultra adventure in North Carolina,” Kirk says. “That trail goes over Black Balsam, Tennent, Shining Rock, all the way to Cold Mountain.”RICHLAND BALSAM 6,410 FT. (N.C.)BLACK BALSAM KNOB 6,214 FT.One of Riddle’s “favorite mountains anywhere,” Black Balsam Knob is near milepost 420 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The bald, grassy views of the Great Balsam Mountains remind her of being out West.HARDY 6,120 FT. (N.C.)REINHART KNOB 6,080 FT.Off the parkway across from the more touristy Richland Balsam Knob, “Reinhart Knob, is a bit of a forgotten mountain,” Kirk says. It may not particularly stand out, but he describes it as one of the steepest, most difficult climbs.SAM KNOB 6,040 FT. (N.C.)GRASSY COVE TOP 6,040 FT. (N.C.)TENNENT MOUNTAIN 6,040 FT. (N.C.)COLD MOUNTAIN 6,030 FT. (N.C.)SHINING ROCK 6,000 FT.Affectionately known to hikers as the crown jewel of Appalachia, Shining Rock is one of Riddle’s favorites for its breathtaking snowy white quartz formations at the top.CHESTNUT BALD 6,000 FT. (N.C.)PLOTT BALSAMSWATERROCK KNOB 6,292 FT. (N.C.)LYN LOWRY 6,240 FT. (N.C.)PLOTT BALSAM MOUNTAIN 6,088 FT. (N.C.)YELLOW FACE 6,032 FT. (N.C.)ROAN-UNAKA MOUNTAINSROAN HIGH KNOB 6,285 FT. (N.C.)ROAN HIGH BLUFF 6,267 FT. (N.C.)GRASSY RIDGE BALD 6,160 FT. (N.C.)GREAT CRAGGY MOUNTAINSCRAGGY DOME 6,080 FT. (N.C.) The rain was relentless, the overgrown briers showed no mercy on their legs, it was dark when they started and when they finished. And after 16 hours on the trail they were met with a bear prowling around the shelter. The bear came sniffing around again, even after being tranquilized by a park ranger.“That first day was the scariest,” says Anne Riddle.Understatement? It was day one of six in the summer of 2009, when long-distance runners Anne Riddle, Rebekah Trittipoe and Jenny Anderson (collectively known as The Cats) took off to set the women’s record for scaling all 40 of the Southern Appalachian’s 6,000-foot peaks in one continuous effort, a challenge known as the South Beyond 6,000 (SB6K).According to Vance Mann, a volunteer administrator of the Carolina Mountain Club, which sponsors the program, the guidelines of the SB6K don’t include a time limit. In fact, he says most participating hikers take anywhere from six months to two years to complete the challenge, and there’s no trophy for knocking it out any faster than the next guy. There is, however, a certificate and a patch, which Mann, a 75-year-old hiking enthusiast who’s been involved with the club for a decade, mails to anyone who completes the SB6K.But you know those ultra-runners—why walk a trail when they could run it?Team EffortTheir first day began around 2am in the Clingmans Dome parking lot and ended about 50 miles, eight peaks, and 16 hours later. Between the water-logged shoes, the blisters, the unwelcome campsite guest, the nonstop rain, and the overwhelming fatigue, there were certainly moments when Riddle considered quitting.“There are times when you’re just like, oh my god, this sucks, why did I sign up to do this,” she says. “But there were times when it was really fun. Time’s just flying, you feel like you’ve got tons of energy and it’s just a beautiful day.”Riddle joined her high school cross-country team as a freshman, after concluding that contact sports requiring hand-eye coordination weren’t her forte. (She still identifies as a clumsy athlete, citing the seemingly endless bumps and bruises she acquired during those six days.) She continued logging miles during and after college, but it wasn’t until her 30s, when she owned a running shop, that she considered tip-toeing into the ultra world. A woman entered the store looking for a watch that counted up to 100 miles. Bewildered, Riddle asked why, and the woman’s answer was simple: she ran 100 miles at a time.“I was looking at her, this elementary school teacher, and she seemed like a normal person,” Riddle recalls, noting that she and the customer had similar body types. “I thought, OK, well if she can do it, maybe I can do it.”The more ultra-runners Riddle surrounded herself with, the more respect she developed for the sport. It’s a slippery slope, though, from that first 50K race to a six-day challenge covering 300 miles.“Before I had ever met any ultra-runners I thought these people must be crazy, they must be like Olympians, another species,” she says. “But I started meeting people who do more and more crazy long, hard things, and I realized they’re just normal people who happen to set a goal and work really hard to do it.”Riddle’s list of running accolades is a long and impressive one, but the SB6K was a different beast. For starters, the choice to run with two other women was deliberate. A starting line, a designated course, and a couple hundred fellow runners don’t come with the SB6K like a traditional race, and Riddle preferred the idea of tackling the challenge with a like-minded cohort, for both safety and camaraderie.The trio agreed to stick together and only be as fast as the slowest person, and even when someone pulled ahead or fell behind, Riddle says they were generally within about 100 meters of each other. And every time they reached a peak, The Cats paused as a group to (briefly) enjoy it together.“Doing an adventure like that really kind of tests your relationship skills and ability to compromise and negotiate and that sort of thing,” she says. “When you’re by yourself you can go at your own pace and you don’t have all those personalities to take into account, but it is nice having people there to encourage you. At moments when I was feeling low, maybe someone else was feeling really good, and vice-versa along the way.”This was Riddle’s first multi-day, overnight running excursion, and essential to the group’s success was their crew. A small band of supporters followed along in a vehicle, meeting them at shelters and in parking lots with sleeping bags, hot food and dry clothes. Friends also popped in on occasion to run a couple (or a couple dozen) miles with them, and Riddle fondly recalls the day some pals hand-delivered giant Starbucks frappuccinos. And one morning, fellow runners greeted them with coffee, chocolate-chip pancakes, and breakfast burritos, a meal that Riddle describes as “the most heavenly.”A couple years later, Riddle paid it forward by meeting Matt Kirk out on the trail during his own SB6K journey, equipped with breakfast burritos.Going SoloFor Matt Kirk, the SB6K was a pipe dream for years. Kirk was a young, mountain-loving college kid who had just discovered trail running when he received an email from speed demon Ted “Cave Dog” Keizer in 2002. Kirk immediately recognized Keizer as the guy who had set a record on Colorado’s 14,000-footers (also known as 14ers) in 2000, and Keizer had come across a rudimentary web page that Kirk had set up to document his own experience on North Carolina’s sixers.“He thought I was an expert on these mountains,” Kirk laughs. “Of course I wasn’t, but I guess you can fake anything on the internet these days.”He may not have considered himself an expert 15 years ago, but that would be a tough argument to make now. He talked with Keizer about the sixers, and the seed was planted.“It became a little project,” Kirk says. “He wanted to just pick them off, not in any speedy fashion, but to collect experiences.”Famous last words. Keizer, whose goal was to string all 40 peaks (15 of which have no designated trails) together in one continuous footpath, slapped the final summit marker after four days, 23 hours, and 28 minutes. Seven years later, Kirk shattered that record, knocking out all 40 peaks in four days, 14 hours and 38 minutes.Because so many of the mountains are quite literally off the beaten path and the 40 peaks aren’t conveniently arranged in a straight line, it’s difficult to pinpoint specific mileage for the SB6K. Kirk picked the brains of everyone who came before him and spent many a weekend with his wife, exploring on and off the trails, tracking GPS points and bushwhacking his way through rhododendron and briers to the top of the less obviously accessible mountains.Between the weekend excursions (which Kirk says were just as much fun as the timed trial, if not more so) and combing through the trail notes that Keizer and The Cats had graciously shared with him, Kirk plotted out a time-efficient route that shaved what he estimated to be about 50 miles off the originals.Kirk ran solo for most of the four-and-a-half days, but he’s the first to point out that he didn’t do it alone.“The thing that made this stand out as a success really had less to do with my athletic ability and all to do with the great support and phenomenal weather we had,” he says.Kirk’s dad met him at the end of each long day in a Volkswagen bus circa 1970s loaded down with gear and a kitchen for morning omelets, plus Kirk’s wife and friends made appearances along the way. With the exception of some misty, uncomfortable conditions during his connection from Mt. Mitchell to Celo Knob, Kirk says he couldn’t have asked for better weather.“It was nice and chilly in the mornings, enough to get you going, really clear with low humidity, just incredible views,” he says. “The morale from being out in that kind of environment day in and day out just really kept spirits pretty high.”He didn’t exactly allow himself to take it all in, though. Upon scaling a peak he was more likely to inhale a protein bar, retie his shoes, take a deep breath, and head back down than he was to sit back and enjoy the panoramic views.“Which I don’t recommend to people,” he says. “It’s not the best way to do it, but I knew I was following in the footsteps of someone I had a lot of respect for and their time was not going to be easy to beat.”The Southern Summits“When I did the challenge, I had lived and trained in Western North Carolina for 16 years,” Riddle says. “But through this process I experiencedtrails I had never before visited.” They may be record-holders, but Riddle and Kirk are more than happy to share their secrets so fellow trail runners and hikers can follow in their footsteps. If you’re thinking about exploring the 40 peaks (in a continuous race with the clock or otherwise), this may be a good place to start.BLACK MOUNTAINS“The Black Mountains are fun, as you can knock out seven of them in seven miles, mostly along the Black Mountain Crest Trail,” Riddle says. “It’s steep and techincal, but with amazing views.”MITCHELL—6,684 FT. YANCEY COUNTY, N.C.As the tallest point east of the Mississippi and the inspiration for one of the country’s first state parks, Mt. Mitchell is a popular destination for North Carolinians and travelers alike. it’s easily accessible from a vehicle so it can “feel pretty touristy,” Riddle says, but that just gives the experience even more variety, especially in comparison to the remote peaks.CRAIG 6,647 FT. (N.C.)BALSAM CONE 6,600 FT. (N.C.)CATTAIL PEAK 6,600 FT. (N.C.)GIBBES 6,520 FT. (N.C.)HALLBACK 6,329 FT. (N.C.)CELO KNOB 6,327 FT. (N.C.)BLACKSTOCK KNOB 6,320 FT. (N.C.)WINTER STAR MOUNTAIN 6,203 FT. (N.C.)GIBBS MOUNTAIN 6,200 FT. 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Emerging risks: The “Grexit”

first_imgAmong the emerging risks that The Rochdale Group monitors are geopolitical threats. These include things like last year’s worries over Russia’s annexation of the Crimea and its forays into Ukraine; the potential threat of a nuclear Iran; and the re-emergent fears over a Greek exit from the European Union (EU), which has been labeled the “Grexit.”On February 4, the stock market reacted in sharply negative fashion to the Grexit threat. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up more than 100 points within a half hour of the closing bell, before the European Central Bank (ECB) announced that it could no longer assume a successful outcome from the new Greek government’s bailout negotiations with its lenders, and thus it would no longer accept Greek debt as collateral for ECB loans. By the market’s close, the Dow had shed the day’s gains, dipping into negative territory before closing virtually flat on the day.Following the closing bell, one market pundit posed the question, “Does Europe matter?” followed by her own reply: “Today’s market reaction proves it does.”From a global risk perspective, Europe certainly matters, to its own nations, to the U.S. and to emerging markets. But the ECB announcement regarding Greek debt begs the more pertinent question: does Greece matter?From our perspective, it does not. In spite of the recent election of an anti-austerity leader, we view the risk of a Grexit as less than in 2009, when the Greek crisis reached its zenith and the world’s economies were in a much more fragile state than they are today. And in the end, the new government is likely to capitulate after some re-negotiation of the austerity terms posed on Greece by the EU, for a very simple reason: Greece needs the EU more than the EU needs Greece.Figure 1 below depicts Greece’s GDP as a percent of selected other nations, as well as the EU. Greek GDP represents 1.4% of the aggregate GDP of the EU, according to the IMF. Clearly, Greece matters little to the EU. Its GDP is 6.7% of the EU’s largest member (Germany) and 17.8% of that of Spain, another beleaguered EU economy that has largely overcome its Great Recession struggles.Does Greece matter to the U.S.? No. Its GDP is also about 1.4% of ours. Does it matter to the emerging markets – the so-called BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India and China)? Its GDP ranges from 6.7% to 11.8% of those countries’ – again, no. Greek GDP is less than that of relatively small countries like the Netherlands, Turkey, Nigeria, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Do we hear anyone claiming that the Netherlands “matters,” in terms of a global economic threat? No. If anything, given the recent plunge in oil prices, countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran and Nigeria matter more than Greece, given their dependence on oil and their larger total output.If Greece were a U.S. state, it would rank 25th in terms of gross output. Among the states with higher output than Greece are Louisiana, Connecticut, Colorado, Indiana and Missouri. Arguably, those states matter more to the health of the U.S. and global economy than does Greece.Figure 1 – Greek GDP as a Percent of Selected Countries and the EUWhat about the risk to holders of Greek sovereign debt? The EU owns about 10% of Greece’s outstanding debt, spread across its 28 member nations. Greece’s public sector holds about 8%, while world governments hold about 7%. The IMF holds about 4%, and EU member central banks, in aggregate, hold less than 4%. The three largest non-Greek private bank holders of Greek debt own about another 4%. Even if Greece were to outright default on all its debt – an unlikely scenario – none of these owners of its debt would likely experience a catastrophic loss. A default would surely crush Greece’s own banking system, but that wouldn’t significantly worsen the scenario of a sovereign default, and it makes such a scenario all the less likely.In short, while we love olives, ouzo and souvlakis, in terms of global risk, Greece doesn’t matter – in spite of what a jittery stock market may try to convince us. What does that mean to your credit union? In spite of the headlines or market reaction, a Grexit – even if it were to occur – would have minimal impact on the U.S. economy and interest rates. What happens here at home – the price of oil, the job growth trend, the strength of the dollar – will have far greater implications for the future path of interest rates, and for consumer trends, than what happens in Greece. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brian Hague Brian has more than 25 years’ experience in financial institutions and the capital markets, and has devoted 21 years to serving credit unions through various roles at CNBS, LLC, a … Web: Detailslast_img read more

KPAI condemns threats against students participating in Job Creation Law protests

first_imgThe Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) has urged regional administrations across the country to refrain from infringing on young people’s rights as an alleged form of punishment against students found to have participated in protests against the Job Creation Law.KPAI commissioner Retno Listyarti said she was concerned by reports of “threats” made by several heads of education agencies against student protesters.“[Student protesters] were warned they would be expelled, moved to Paket C [high school equivalent program] and transferred to schools [in remote areas],” Retno said on Wednesday as quoted by She went on to say that students who protested peacefully without committing any crimes must not be subjected to threats or punishments by authorities as they were merely exercising their right to free speech.“A child’s right to an education must still be fulfilled by regional administrations […] in accordance with the Constitution.”Retno called on every stakeholder in the sector to provide counseling to student protesters with the support and consent of their parents and teachers, instead of threatening them with expulsion.“The involvement of parents and teachers is crucial to hold a healthy dialogue,” she said. Read also: ‘We are not yet defeated’: Students condemn govt’s dismissal of jobs law protestsReports previously circulated of regional administrations cracking down on student protests against the omnibus law.Tangerang municipality and regency administrations had listed the names of student protesters on official police records with the intent of deterring their participation in future demonstrations.“[Students] will keep carrying their records. When they apply for jobs or continue their studies, [the police] will bring up their records,” Tangerang Police chief Sr. Comr. Ade Ary Syam Indradi said on Tuesday as quoted by Police chief Sr. Comr. Sugeng Hariyanto asked that parents discourage their children from joining the demonstrations against the omnibus law, noting that the administration would take strict measures against student protesters.“Parents must understand that students’ participation in the protests will complicate their graduation,” Sugeng said, adding that Tangerang municipality and regency had secured a total of 115 student protesters. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

Developer predicts ‘game changer’ for suburb

first_img… and spacious interiorsThe complex will be made up of two buildings, Banksia, to be seven levels, and Poinciana will be eight levels, and while the finishes will be the same, the two buildings offer a selection of different floorplans. Prentice Park Residences will be built at Lutwyche“Relating it to Fortitude Valley, maybe 10 or 15 years ago, it was a very downtrodden area, it was a bit dodgy,” he said. “Then the Emporium launched and a few other high-end projects launched and the dynamic of Fortitude Valley and that area has changed and that’s really what this project is all about. “We’ve got a unique, unrepeatable location and once we build this high-quality product, it’s really going to change the dynamic of the whole suburb.“It’s right next to Grange and Gordon Park, which are high-end suburbs in Brisbane and the shopping centre is undergoing a $60 million expansion and upgrade.”Mr Merchant said building would start in September or October 2018 and would offer “affordable luxury” with large interiors.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoThe developer is promising “affordable luxury” …“Normally in inner Brisbane, like Teneriffe or New Farm, you would get these kinds of finishes and luxury, but you would pay $2 million for it, or something at that price point,” he said. “But here we are able to give you the same kind of luxury, with two-pak kitchen, Miele appliances standard, 40mm stone benchtops, high ceilings and so on.“But our three-bedrooms don’t go over $785,000, they’re from $695,000 to $785,000, and penthouses are under a million – $869,000 to $999,000. “You’re getting an alternative to that, with a high quality, luxury finish, but you’re not paying double price and you’re in front of never-to-be-built-out parkland with views across Kedron Brook and up to Mt Coot-tha as well.” Renders of the entertainment deck and pool Mr Merchant said they had designed the spaces to ensure they were very efficient.“People downsizing or coming from a larger space really won’t feel that sacrifice in apartment living,” he said.Prentice Park Residences is about 9km from the Brisbane CBD and within the Wooloowin State School and Kedron State High School catchments. Prentice Park Residences, a new development in Lutwyche, is expected to start construction within weeks.A new development is expected to boost market appeal in Lutwyche, according to developer Merchant Estates CEO Arshan Merchant.Mr Merchant said Prentice Park Residences would be a “game changer” for the northern suburb market and predicted the end result would be akin to how the Emporium development improved the Fortitude Valley market.last_img read more

Photo: Panama Canal in LNG trio milestone

first_imgThe Panama Canal transited three LNG vessels in one day, marking a first for the waterway (Image courtesy of the Panama Canal Administration)The Panama Canal Administration said it transited three liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels through its Neopanamax locks on April 17, marking a first for the waterway.On Tuesday, the Panama Canal transited the Clean Ocean, Gaslog Gibraltar and Gaslog Hong Kong LNG vessels, which first arrived at the canal from the Pacific Ocean and transited north, departing on the Atlantic side.The development marks a significant milestone for the Panama Canal and its service of the burgeoning LNG segment – which began transiting the waterway for the first time following the inauguration of the expanded canal in July 2016, the Panama Canal Administration said in a statement.The segment has seen steady growth in the nearly two years since.Currently, the Panama Canal offers one of the seven Neopanamax reservation slots available per day to LNG shippers specifically, which currently average five transits per week.However, during periods of high seasonal demand, the waterway has transited two vessels in one day on 14 separate occasions. In this fiscal year, as of March 2018, the canal has locked 134 LNG transits, the statement said.As demand from the LNG segment continues to grow, the canal “remains committed to meeting the needs of its customers and taking the necessary steps to increase capacity commensurate with demand,” it added.last_img read more

Proposed legislation ‘won’t fix racism’

first_imgStuff 4 September 2020Family First Comment: Superb comments against the social justice argument which is used for legalising cannabis“Cannabis issues are presented from a middle-class Pākehā paradigm, says Kaa, that carries fewer risks for them than other sections of society. He says for those living in poverty or dealing with systemic racism, cannabis is a lot more damaging and dangerous. “It won’t fix racism in the justice system, we shouldn’t pretend it will,” says Kaa. “Our history of social policy in this country really worries me. It’s going to send a signal cannabis is accessible and okay to use.””Anglican minister and historian Dr Hirini Kaa has weighed up all the evidence and will be voting no in the referendum.The medicinal argument confuses the focus of the referendum, he says, which is about recreational use. Kaa says if everyone votes no to recreational use, medicinal cannabis will still be allowed and prescribed by a doctor, and hemp will still be legal.Cannabis issues are presented from a middle-class Pākehā paradigm, says Kaa, that carries fewer risks for them than other sections of society. He says for those living in poverty or dealing with systemic racism, cannabis is a lot more damaging and dangerous.The proposed legislation also relies on the health, education and justice systems mitigating any harm, but those systems don’t currently work for Māori, says Kaa.“It won’t fix racism in the justice system, we shouldn’t pretend it will,” says Kaa. “Our history of social policy in this country really worries me. It’s going to send a signal cannabis is accessible and okay to use.”Kaa agrees that a health approach to cannabis is better than the current punitive regime. But it’s not enough to sway his vote.He smoked his first joint when he was 14 years old. His older cousin, a heavy user, introduced him to the drug.“They used it several times a day and thought it was harmless to give to a 14-year old,” says Kaa.“It gets into our whānau, it’s insidious. It’s a creepy drug. It’s not good for us.”He doesn’t use cannabis now but sees its effects on his wider whānau.“They wait every day to have a smoke. They wait for the growing season. It might not be psychologically addictive in a clinical sense but it’s certainly in the context of poverty, hopelessness many of my whanaunga are in. It’s addictive in that context.“I see my 15-year-old nephews who just want to smoke weed every day, so they can escape from their reality. This is the dangers of cannabis in our communities.”READ MORE: read more

One of the best-ever cricket tournaments, says winning captain Roy Jaferally

first_img“IN my 21 years as a softball player, this tournament is without doubt one of the best ever, while the organising skills of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club (RHTYSC) is simply unmatched.”Those were words of winning captain Roy Jaferally at the presentation ceremony of the historic RHTYSC/Kares Engineering Patron’s Green Economy Tournament last Sunday at the Area ‘H’ Ground.Jaferally led his team, Grill Master of Canje, to a commanding 130-run win over Prophecy Boys of Port Mourant after they batted first and piled up 272.Jaferally, who copped the Man-of-the-Final award, noted that the tournament was a total success while each of the 18 teams felt comfortable playing in the tournament. He stated that it was the first time that he witnessed no form of indiscipline during an entire competition.Jaferally said that each team respected the RHTYSC, its outstanding work and as such cooperated to make the tournament successful.The main objectives of the Patron’s Tournament were to honour President David Granger on his 72nd birth anniversary, to educate Berbicians on the impact of Climate Change, to promote the Green Economy effort and the RHTYSC’s Say No/Say Yes Campaign.Club Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster spearheaded the organising of the Green Economy tournament with vice-president Mark Papannah and assistant secretary Simon Naidu.The RHTYSC, Foster disclosed, hopes to make the event an annual one. Over $1.5M worth of cash prizes and trophies were shared out to the top teams.As part of the tournament, the RHTYSC and its eight cricket teams distributed $1M worth of school bags and 25 bicycles to less fortunate students and close to $1M worth of cricket balls to cricket clubs across Berbice.The Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club would like to express gratitude to the following sponsors for making the cricket tournament and the donations possible; Kares Engineering Inc., B.K. International, S. Jagmohan Hardware, V Net Communication, Peter Lewis, KSM Investment, Bakewell, National Sports Commission, Rossignol Butchery, Bissan Trading, Mohamed Raffik, A. Hamilton, Fyuse Hussain, Fazal Habibulla, J.B. Brothers, Ministry of the Presidency, Farfan & Mendes, Mines Service Ltd, F & H Printery, 4R Bearings, John Fernandes Ltd, Lennox Cush, Ronald Williams, Apex Insurance Brokers, Jumbo Jet, A. Ally & Sons, Amerally Sawmills, Claude Raphael, Ricks & Sari Agro Industries, Regal Enterprise, New India Insurance, J.R Engineering Solutions, Annirud Ramcharitar, Trans Pacific Motor Spares, Greenidge Fridge Repairs, Radesh Rameshwar, Safraz Sheriffudeen and Mahadeo Panchu.last_img read more

Ighalo Now to Earn as Much As Mbappe in China

first_imgOdion Ighalo’s programmed return to Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shensua after the May 31 deadline from Manchester United is going to put the Nigerian international on same earning level with PSG’s world champion Kylian Mbappe.According to The Times of London, Ighalo, 30, will now earn 21 million Euros (about N945 million) a year at his Chinese club, which is about what Mbappe pockets at PSG.Ighalo’s new deal is for four years, which will therefore fetch him 84 million Euros. He was previously on 13 million Euros a year and the contract was to have ended next year. The Chinese Super League is to resume next week while the suspended Premiership in England is also slated to restart on June 12.Talks for the AFCON 2019 qualifiers top scorer to seal a permanent deal with United has not yielded fruit neither is Manchester United’s plea that Shanghai should allow Ighalo finish the season with them accepted by the Chinese club.The Nigerian is now compelled to return China by next week.According to sources in UK, Ighalo had made pleas with his parent club Shanghai Shenhua to allow him to extend his stay at Manchester United after negotiations between the two sides broke down.Ighalo scored four goals in eight appearances before football was suspended.His loan deal since January is due to end on May 31, which would have marked the end of the season in normal circumstances in England.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Neylon aware of Commercials potential

first_imgCharlie McGeevers side beat Newcastlewest with a strong finish in the qwuarter final and will go into the game confident of getting to the Munster final.Their opponents Milltown St Josephs will travel in numbers to the Clonmel Sportsfield.Their manager Michael Neylon says they will have to play to their limits to beat the Commercials who have a number of players who shined in the last few years in the blue and gold jersey of Tipperary.last_img