DUBBED the ‘Prime Minister’s Cup’, the Guyana Primer Softball Cup is billed for October 27, 28 and 29, according to information received from the organising committee.It was also revealed that the three-day tournament is being held in collaboration with the Georgetown Softball Cricket League (GSCL), the National Sports Commission (NSC) and the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport.Aimed at attracting 16 teams, eight each in the Masters and All Stars categories, a member of the organising committee informed Chronicle Sport that the first 16 teams to register will participate in the tournament.Players must be over the age of 45 in order to play in the Masters category, while the All Stars format is open to all ages.It was also disclosed that at least two teams from the United States of America have already confirmed their participation.Prime Minister Moses NagamootooThe Over-45 category will make the champions $500 000 richer while in the All Stars category the winning team will collect $600 000.The proposed venues are the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC), Everest Cricket Club, Gandhi Youth Organisation (GYO), Police and GNIC.Teams registering for the Over-45 category must submit photo identification, preferably valid passports for every member of their 15-man squad.Registration will be done through Samuel Kingston on 619-5103.The official launch of the tournament is set for August 25. … 3-day tournament dubbed ‘Prime Minister’s Cup’
Improving to 3-2-1 on the season, the West Genesee boys swim team traveled to Auburn last Wednesday night and emerged with a 93.5-76.5 victory over the Maroons.Things turned in the Wildcats’ favor when it won four consecutive races, starting in the 200-yard individual medley, where Keegan Scharoun prevailed in two minutes, 15.88 seconds.Then WG pulled off a couple of top-three sweeps. In the 50 freestyle, Nate Long took first place in 25.24 seconds, with Nolan Meritt second (26.23) and Greg Fey third (26.30).Ryan McMahon got his turn winning the 100 butterfly in 1:03.67 over Aidan Sperduti (1:06.14) and Cameron Chao (1:06.86), with Chao also finishing third in the 200 IM.Alex Shuron needed 53.76 seconds to prevail in the 100 freestyle, with Chase Foresti second (56.91) before Scharoun returned and beat the field in the 500 freestyle in 5:29.28.To close out the meet, McMahon, Chao, Shuron and Scharoun swam the 400 freestyle relay in 3:44.06, this after Shuron, Sperduti, Foresti and Dan Lounsberry swam the 200 freestyle relay in 1:44.50.From there, WG traveled to Nottingham Friday for the Salt City Athletic Conference championships, where the big highlight was seeing McMahon go 1:01.71 to pull away and win the 100 breaststroke, more than two seconds ahead of Fulton’s Mark Tallents (1:04.07) in second place.Shuron finished fourth in the 100 butterfly in 57.45 seconds as McMahon got fifth place in the 200 freestyle in 1:53.55, with Scharoun eighth in 1:57.86 to go with a 10th in the 100 freestyle.In the 400 freestyle relay, WG was third as Scharoun, Shuron, McMahon and Nate Long finished in 3:40.85. Shuron, Scharoun, McMahon and Chao were fourth in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:35.16.Representing Westhill, Vince Tarolli beat the field in the 100 freestyle, his time of 48.85 seconds nearly a full second ahead of Oswego’s Casey DeLapp and Baldwinsville’s Bailey Ludden, both of whom posted 49.67. Tarolli also claimed third place in the 200 freestyle in 1:48.57, two spots ahead of McMahon.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: swimmingWest Genesee
Madonna’s landmark deal with concert promoter Live Nation Inc. marks the latest move by the music industry to find new ways to profit from artists as CD sales slip and the Internet changes the way music is delivered. The deal – officially announced Tuesday in a joint statement by Live Nation and the Material Girl – gives the company an all-encompassing stake in her music. Financial terms were not disclosed. But the 10-year deal is worth about $120million, said a person who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the confidential nature of the matter. For Live Nation, the signing of Madonna was part of a push to forge similar deals with a range of artists, from superstars to emerging talent, under its new Artist Nation division. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Madonna is the first step to making Live Nation into the next-generation music company,” Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino said during an investor conference call. “We believe it should help attract additional artists.” The strategy has been adopted by other recording companies. Britain’s EMI Group PLC signed a similar all-encompassing rights deal with Robbie Williams in 2002. Madonna made her move after her longtime record company, Warner Music Group Corp., refused to match the terms of the Live Nation offer. Madonna said in the statement that she was drawn to the deal with Live Nation because of the changes the music business has undergone in recent years. “The paradigm in the music business has shifted, and as an artist and a businesswoman, I have to move with that shift,” Madonna said. “For the first time in my career, the way that my music can reach my fans is unlimited. I’ve never wanted to think in a limited way and with this new partnership, the possibilities are endless.” The singer still owes Warner Bros. Records another studio album and a greatest-hits album. In its own written statement, Warner Music congratulated Madonna. “She is one of the most remarkable artists of our time,” the company said, reminding her fans that Warner Music will still issue her next album and owns her catalog of recordings from the past 25 years. The deal with Live Nation encompasses future music and music-related businesses, including the Madonna brand, albums, touring, merchandising, fan club and Web site, DVDs, music-related television and film projects, and associated sponsorship agreements, the company said. Under terms of the deal, Madonna, 49, would receive a signing bonus of about $18million and a roughly $17million advance for each of three albums, the person said. A portion of the compensation would involve stock. Madonna could also benefit significantly from the touring component of the agreement, which gives Live Nation the exclusive right to promote her tours, the person said. The company said it could release its first Madonna album in two to three years and stage a tour within two years. The deal has gotten mixed reactions on Wall Street, with some analysts questioning whether Live Nation can squeeze out a significant profit. Shares of Live Nation rose 3cents to $21.45 on Tuesday. Rapino said he doesn’t understand Wall Street’s skepticism. “I’m amazed that our stock hasn’t jumped considerably in that we’re absolutely delivering what we talked about for two years,” he said, referring to Live Nation’s efforts to grab a bigger slice of the music business beyond touring. Madonna’s last tour generated nearly $200million globally, and her last album, “Confessions on a Dance Floor,” sold nearly 8million copies worldwide, Live Nation said. Still, artists generally get 90percent of ticket sales from tours, with promoters taking the rest. Album sales, meanwhile, have been in decline for most of the decade and digital sales, while growing, remain a fraction of recorded music sales. Madonna would have to stage several successful tours, release a few albums and pull in significant other revenue for Live Nation to recover the money it must pay the singer.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!