Qualified for Rio! – But Jamaica’s first internationally certified badminton umpire needs money for history-making trip

first_img His son, Joshua, is accredited at Level One, and that means they are the first father-son umpires in the history of the sport. Clarke said he has approached individuals and organisations for assistance, but with time running out, he is yet to get any money. “I have to find money for airfare and visa to China and Brazil at a cost of approximately US$5,000. The organisers will provide accommodation. I have approached some people and organisations, but no confirmation as yet,” Clarke explained. “It is important to secure bookings by month end.” FATHER-SON UMPIRES He has been working hard on raising the standard of the sport in Jamaica and formed the National Association of Badminton Umpires and Court Officials in November 1997, after he returned from Guatemala. Two months before, he had earned Pan Am accreditation status as an umpire, thus becoming Jamaica’s first internationally certified umpire. In 1999, he became the nation’s first Pan Am-certified umpire, then three years later, he became Jamaica’s first and the Caribbean’s second-ever BWF-accredited umpire. He is a founding member of Racketeers Badminton Club that hosts an annual tournament here, and is currently a JBA vice-president. He is a past president of the local body as well as past president of the regional body, CAREBACO. Also, he once served as first vice-president of the Central American and Caribbean Badminton Association. Clarke said he would be disappointed if things did not work out for him to travel to China and ultimately the Rio Games. “It is a big thing to officiate at the Olympics. They (organisers) want global representation, so this is Jamaica’s chance. If we are to miss out, Trevor McCain is the closest to me in ranking. He is a Pan Am-certified umpire, but that is only the second of four levels needed,” he noted. “I’m trying to raise the money for both events, but nothing confirmed. However, I remain hopeful of securing the necessary funds to make both trips,” Clarke stressed. Jamaica’s first and only Badminton World Federation (BWF) umpire, Joseph Clarke, is in need of US$5,000 (approximately $600,000) to officiate at the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Clarke said that to become Jamaica’s first badminton umpire at the Olympic Games, he must officiate at the Thomas and Huber World Championship in China this year. “I have two assignments this year. First one is the Thomas and Huber World Championships in China in May. This would be a first for a Jamaican in the final. It is a prerequisite to get to the Olympics,” Clarke told The Gleaner. “If I don’t make it, it could be another 10 years for another Jamaican,” he reasoned. He has been involved in the sport for more than 35 years as a player, coach, administrator and official. RAISING THE STANDARD OF THE SPORTlast_img read more

Question for the American authorities

first_imgDear Editor,The recent intimation by Justice Kennedy that he intends to vacate his position in the US Supreme Court has been met with a barrage of questions focusing on the ‘political leanings’ of his likely successor.These questions imply that the resignation of Justice Kennedy provides Donald Trump, the current US President, the opportunity to select a replacement who obviously subscribes to the ‘political’ beliefs and ‘ideological’ leanings of the Republican party as opposed to the Democrat party.To virtually ‘institutionalise’ such ‘political’ considerations in the selection processes for such a critical position is worrisome from several standpoints; not least of which is the fact that it goes against the universally acceptable core principles of effective staff selection such as objective and relative knowledge, skills, qualifications, experience and competencies of the competing candidates.If these are relevant and essential in all other staff selection processes, why are they ignored in the case of Judges, especially Judges of the highest court of the land?I wonder what will be the reaction from all and sundry if the selection of Judges in Guyana was to follow suit!It would be interesting to have the comments of the American authorities on this apparent departure from universally acceptable staff selection processes.Sincerely,Nowrang Persaudlast_img read more

More resources needed to expand prisoners’ reintegration programme – Prisons Director

first_imgDirector of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels believes that despite several programmes have been conducted to reintegrate prisoners into society, the process is not at the desired level.Director of Prisons,Gladwin SamuelsSpeaking with Guyana Times, Samuels explained that the reintegration programme is progressing as it should with effective training and opportunities being granted to prisoners who will soon be released back into society.As such, he posited that once more resources are provided, the Prison Service can offer more to a larger number of prisoners who fit the criteria for exposure into the relevant programmes.“All of that is happening but it is not happening at the level that it should because our focus is on having staff deployed to the prisons’ locations. But at those out flung areas, Mazaruni, Timehri and so on those are still activities there that persons are involved in. It is going well.”He further stated that some of the prisoners who earn a payment are being allowed to assist their family members in taking care of their necessary expenses.“Come September, a number of those persons who are working would have to assist their children in going back to school. This would be done from them earning some monies while in prison. Which some people on the road are not doing.”Additionally, he stated that the programme will provide the inmates with the necessary skills to find employment when they are released. This is expected to have an impact on them becoming repeat offenders.Last year, the final report of the study of inmates in Guyana was released and showed the rate of recidivism in Guyana is lower than that of many developed countries.He had described the findings as evidence that the local approach to rehabilitation of prisoners is working.“What I am happy about based on the findings submitted, is that while recidivism is something we have been working to reduce in Guyana, this study would have revealed that our recidivism rate is way below many developed countries in the world. This points to the fact that our rehabilitative programmes are serving the purpose in terms of preparing prisoners with life skills that will allow them to better reintegrate into society,” Samuels had said.Further, Samuels at that time had explained that through the survey conducted, the authorities were better informed and policies have been derived to improve the delivery of service [to inmates]. He had also assured that the report’s findings will be meaningfully utilised to develop existing programmes and craft new ones for inmates’ rehabilitation.“The Guyana Prison Service has as one of its main mandates, the rehabilitation of offenders, in order to prepare them for reentry into society. [It] is something that we have been paying attention to despite the fact [that] we recognise the need for us to improve in terms of the number of persons we capture. Efforts are continuously being made in order to do so”, the acting Director of Prisons added.last_img read more

Porto want £30million Spurs flop on loan

first_imgPorto are trying to persuade Tottenham to allow Erik Lamela to join them on loan.The Argentine has endured a frustrating couple of seasons in north London, showing only glimpses of his potential.According to Portuguese news outlet Record, Porto have made contact with Spurs about a loan move which could transpire into a permanent deal at the end of the 2015/16 campaign.Inter Milan are also keeping tabs on Lamela’s situation but Porto are apparently prepared to pay a fee of just over £5m if Lamela’s loan spell is successful.That would represent a significant financial loss for Spurs, who paid around £30m for the 23-year-old in 2013.Lamela has made 63 appearances for Tottenham, scoring six goals and laying on 14 assists. Erik Lamela 1last_img read more

Legacy Farmers in Custar achieves Year Three Certification in 4R Nutrient Stewardship

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Continuing its commitment to improving water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin, Legacy Farmers Cooperative in Custar, Ohio has achieved certified status for year three through the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program.The voluntary certification program is a concentrated effort by the agriculture industry to significantly reduce and prevent applied nutrients from running off fields, which has contributed to water quality issues in Lake Erie. Facilities are required to meet certain program goals each year to retain certified status.With the program in its fourth year, Legacy Farmers joins a growing list of retailers to achieve year three certification.“Legacy Farmers Cooperative sees the importance of this program and take very seriously our responsibility to use best management practices in the recommendations and application of nutrients for our members, customers, and communities,” said Mark Sunderman, president and CEO of Legacy Farmers.Legacy Farmers Cooperative provides a wide variety of services across five Ohio counties. The company’s 10 grain facilities are able to market and handle grain, in addition to its five agronomy locations. The co-op serves the Hancock County area with its petroleum delivery service, featuring petroleum and lubricant products for farm, residential, commercial and industrial uses. Legacy Farmers also manages two petroleum cardtrol fuel stations, operates a Lawn and Pet Retail Store, and provides Turf & Ornamental Products.The 4R program certifies nutrient service providers in the Western Lake Erie Basin and across the state of Ohio that apply or make recommendations are doing so in accordance with 4R Nutrient Stewardship principles – which refers to using the Right Source of Nutrients at the Right Rate and Right Time in the Right Place.Program participants must go through an annual, independent, third-party audit and demonstrate they not only understand 4R principles, but also follow them. The program outlines an initial three-year plan for nutrient service providers, with cumulative requirements for each year of certification. For more information on the yearly requirements, visit 4rcertified.org/how.“The certification program is an ongoing effort for participants and we are proud of Legacy Farmers’ commitment,” said Carrie-Vollmer Sanders, Nutrient Stewardship Council chairwoman. “Legacy Farmers has proven that nutrient stewardship using the 4R principles is a top priority in everyday operations.”Approximately 2.7 million acres and more than 5,500 grower customers are serviced by the 37 facilities in Ohio that have earned 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification, with approximately 70 percent of those acres located in the Western Lake Erie Basin.The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program is governed and guided by the Nutrient Stewardship Council, a diverse set of stakeholders from business, government, university and nongovernmental sectors with a common goal of maintaining agricultural productivity while also improving the quality of Lake Erie and its contributing watersheds. The program is administered by the Ohio AgriBusiness Association. For more information, visit 4Rcertified.org, email info@oaba.net or call 614-326-7520.last_img read more

Virat Kohli, ruthless on the field, is a soft-hearted good Samaritan off it

first_imgVirat Kohli is an aggressor on the field; yet when he is off that competitive turf, he exhibits the opposite – calm, soft and giving.Recently in the Indian Premier League, Virat Kohli made a comeback after a short-injury lay-off and in the three matches that he has played, he has already scored two half tons. It has been long established that his much-criticised aggression is what makes him so dominant in the record books.While he is establishing his feet in the Indian Premier League 10, Kohli along with his Royal Challengers Bangalore teammates AB de Villers and Shane Watson visited the Tamahar Care Centre for “special children” stamping it yet again that off-the-field he’s all heart.Along with a photograph of himself, AB and Watson with a kid, Kohli wrote on his Instagram profile, “Came to meet some really special children at tamahar with Shane and AB. What a special time and so much to learn from them. Just happy with small things in life.”Time and again, Kohli has opened up with his soft side to his fans constantly giving them a sneak peek into his personal life, happenings and thoughts.Love being lazy at home with this naughty little dynamite. Unconditional Love ???? pic.twitter.com/Lzs5ijPK9eadvertisement- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 12, 2016Very recently, on April 18, Kohli had gone to visit CARE, a rescue and rehabilitation centre in Jakkur and what was originally supposed to be just a visit turned into Kohli spending time with the dogs and cats there for nearly an hour.Moreover, he also adopted 15 destitute dogs and decided to take care of the crippled and blind ones, according to Sudha Narayanan, founder and trustee of the organisation.On Women’s Day this year, Kohli also posted on Instagram a picture with his mother and alleged girlfriend Anushka Sharma saying, “Happy women’s day to every woman out there, but specially to the two strongest women in my life. My mom for looking after the family in toughest times in life and Anushka Sharma for fighting against the odds regularly and standing up for righteousness and changing the norms.”Kohli came under the scanner for his immense aggression and sledging during the Test series against Australia and clearly, his movement on the field, his expressions and body language exuded assertiveness and almost an element of antagonism. But it is this zeal and confidence that he has managed to transgress into his teammates which has made this Indian team look so spirited.Despite all the controversy around his on-field antics, Virat Kohli has always managed to assert that he has immense compassion for all beings off the competitive field.last_img read more

Injured Nick Kyrgios withdraws from Rome Masters

first_imgAustralian tennis player Nick Kyrgios has retired from the Rome Masters due to injury and is set to be replaced by Aleksandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine.Kyrgios, who fell in the knockout stages of the Madrid Open against Spanish star Rafael Nadal, was scheduled to meet title contender Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the round of 16.But the World No.18 withdrew on Tuesday because of a hip problem, according to the organisers.The absence of the Australian presents a chance to Dolgopolov.The World No.89 had lost on Sunday against Nicolas Almagro of Spain in the qualifying rounds of the Rome Masters.He will meet Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round.last_img read more

Behind Moustakas HR, Royals Beat O’s, 6-4

first_imgBALTIMORE — Alcides Escobar doubled in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, Mike Moustakas extended his home run-binge and Kansas City remained perfect in the playoffs, beating the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 Saturday for a 2-0 lead in the AL Championship Series.Now, the Royals head back to Kansas City with the knowledge that no team has ever lost a best-of-seven LCS after winning the first two games on the road.“We don’t want to be the first team to do that,” designated hitter Billy Butler said. “That’s all I get from that.”Lorenzo Cain had four hits, scored twice and drove in a run for the wild-card Royals, who are 6-0 in the playoffs this year, including 4-0 on the road. The Orioles hadn’t lost two in a row in Baltimore since June 28-29, but Kansas City found a way to quiet the towel-waving, screaming crowds.“The atmosphere here is great. It didn’t affect us,” Butler said. “Now we’ll go home and see if they can play in our atmosphere.”Moustakas homered for the fourth time in five games as the Royals won their ninth straight in the postseason, a string dating to the 1985 World Series.“To come in here and win two games against a great team like that, it’s huge for us,” Moustakas said. “A lot of confidence going back home.”Game 3 is Monday at Kauffman Stadium. Former Oriole Jeremy Guthrie will start for the Royals against either Wei-Yin Chen or Miguel Gonzalez.Manager Buck Showalter’s team has lost two in a row at Camden Yards for the first time since June 28-29, and now the Orioles must buck history to earn its first pennant since 1983. No club has ever won a best-of-seven LCS after dropping the first two games at home.“If one team can do it, it’s us,” slugger Nelson Cruz said.“The series ain’t over,” insisted Adam Jones, who hit his first playoff home run. “If you guys (are) thinking it’s over, why are we going to show up on Monday?”After squeezing out an 8-6 win in 10 innings on Friday night, the Royals again took apart the Baltimore bullpen with a late uprising.With the score tied at 4 in the ninth, Omar Infante beat out an infield roller off Darren O’Day, the losing pitching for the second straight day.Zach Britton entered, and Moustakas laid down a bunt that moved pinch-runner Terrance Gore to second. Alcides then sliced an opposite-field grounder inside first base to bring home Gore.Two batters later, Cain hit an RBI single.At St. Louis, Madison Bumgarner pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning and the San Francisco Giants combined just enough hitting with a couple of defensive errors by St. Louis to beat the Cardinals 3-0 in the NL Championship Series opener.Bumgarner set a major league postseason record with 26 2-3 consecutive scoreless innings on the road.The Giants lefty was in complete command while 20-game winner Adam Wainwright failed to last even five innings for the Cardinals.San Francisco has won 12 of its last 13 in the postseason, including three straight to erase a 3-1 deficit in the 2012 NLCS against St. Louis.Jake Peavy gets the Game 2 start for the Giants on Sunday night against Lance Lynn.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

IBASE: 3x4K fanless digital signage player powered by AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC

first_img Continue Reading Previous How OpenChain certification aids open-source transparency for identifying security vulnerabilitiesNext RTI: accelerate autonomous system development with Connext DDS IBASE Technology rolls out its SI-323-N triple-HDMI digital signage player based on the AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC with AMD Radeon Vega 3 Graphics that enables unparoled graphics performance and optimal power efficiency. The compact and fanless player is designed with hardware acceleration to support 4K @60Hz resolution for each independent display and suitable for space-constraint deployment in airports, shopping malls, restaurants and other commercial establishments.The SI-323-N features energy-saving and remote monitoring technologies with IBASE iCONTROL for power-on/off scheduling, automatic power recovery and low temperature boot protection, as well as hardware EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) that prevents display problems caused by disconnection of cables, unrecognized displays or power interruption. Furthermore, the new built-in display monitoring function helps monitor display status from the field sites continuously. It comes with 8GB of DDR4 system memory, two Gigabit Ethernet, and expansion interface such as Mini PCIe, M.2 E-Key for wireless functions, and M.2 M-Key for storage. The SI-323-N works with both Windows 10 IoT Enterprise and Linux Ubuntu operating systems.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

India v New Zealand semi-final to resume on Wednesday after rain delay

first_img India v New Zealand: Cricket World Cup semi-final to resume on Wednesday – as it happened Reuse this content Cricket Facebook Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Cricket World Cup 2019 New Zealand captain Kane Williamson scored 67 before being caught by India’s Ravindra Jadeja. Photograph: Robbie Stephenson/JMP/Rex/Shutterstock Williamson’s half-century took 79 balls and he was seeking acceleration when he was caught at cover off Chahal; he paused briefly and stared at the surface to suggest it had betrayed him. Taylor hit the solitary six of the innings in between seeing Colin de Grandhomme and Jimmy Neesham come and go. From the 40-over mark onwards there was a hint of acceleration. And then the rain came.So there was much sitting and speculating. It was established that, if a 20-over match had been possible to complete the semi-final on Tuesday India’s target would have been 148.Although the abandonment at 6.20pm was a disappointment, the outcome of the game should have more credibility if both sides have their 50-over quota available, which will now be the case – assuming the Manchester weather is more cooperative on Wednesday. The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. Topics England World Cup semi-final is biggest game of our careers, says Ben Stokes Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Pinterest Share on Facebook Read more In fact Kumar thought he had a wicket with the first ball of the match. He sought a review against Martin Guptill, which proved a mistake. The upshot of that was that India had used up their review with 49.5 overs of the Kiwi innings remaining.Given Guptill’s current form it may have been wiser to save the review for someone else. He barely middled a ball from Kumar or Bumrah before edging to Kohli at second slip. Share on Pinterest So Williamson began his restoration act early again and he took his time alongside Henry Nicholls. After 10 overs the Kiwis had only 27 on the board and their captain did not seem in the least worried by that – though it is hard to tell what Williamson is thinking out there. He just kept playing the ball on its merits.The partnership was worth 68 when Nicholls was bowled by a Jadeja delivery that had eyes popping. Despite this being a fresh pitch the ball turned surprisingly through the left-hander’s gate. Now Taylor and Williamson continued with a cagey approach. For more than 13 overs there were no boundaries, a sequence ended by a pulled drive by Williamson against Yuzvendra Chahal, who proved the most expensive bowler in Kohli’s quintet. Let us take the positives. How wise of the ICC to schedule a reserve day for the semi-finals. At 2pm, with 3.5 overs of the New Zealand innings left, it began to rain at Old Trafford and it continued for four hours, whereupon the umpires had no alternative but to bring the players back on Wednesday morning to complete the match. Share on Twitter This outcome may be inconvenient for the commercial men but it is the fairest for the players and the integrity of the tournament. The match remains a 50-over contest and will resume with New Zealand, who chose to bat on winning the toss, on 211 for five; they have 23 more balls left to set India a target.It was a struggle for the Kiwis to get that far and as usual they were indebted to the calm grittiness of their senior players, captain Kane Williamson and one of his predecessors, Ross Taylor. Drawing on their vast experience, they obviously decided a modern target in excess of 300 was out of the question on a surface that gave some assistance to the seamers and spinners. Their progress was also stalled by a vibrant Indian side in the field, so vibrant that once they conceded two sets of overthrows from a single delivery.With Jasprit Bumrah setting an impeccable example once again there were very few cheap runs on offer. At the toss Virat Kohli announced a conservative side in the sense that it transpired that he had picked the bowlers who bat better than their peers. Ravindra Jadeja retained his place to make his second appearance of the tournament and Bhuvneshwar Kumar was preferred to Mohammed Shami. However, this did not seem to reduce the effectiveness of his bowling attack. Both Jadeja and Kumar were on target from the start of their spells. Read more India cricket team news Since you’re here… New Zealand cricket team Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Share via Emaillast_img read more