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Future Stars: Kevin Sinclair

first_imgSinclair’s exploits make him one for the futureBy Delvon McEwanAt just 17 years old, talented batting all-rounder Kevin Sinclair has four years of experience playing for junior national teams since making his debut in 2014 with the victorious Guyana under-15 team that won the regional title in Jamaica.However, unlike many others, the right-handed top order batsman and part-time off-spinner, whose experience has elevated his performance, did not start his career when he entered secondary school. In fact, at the tender age of seven, the diminutive cricketer had his first shot at the gentleman’s game.And his initiation to the game of the willowed warriors could date further back, because playing cricket was a favourite pastime for the Sinclairs since the glory days of his grandfather, Carlton, as the backlands of his Angoy’s Avenue community could attest.This enabled rapid progress for Kevin, who had secured for himself a place on the Police under-13 team when he was just 8 years old, and by the early onset of adolescence was frequently being featured in positive results for his club side.In 2014, he was one of 14 talented Guyanese who dominated their peers to win the Regional Under-15 tournament.The former Canje Secondary student won the accolade for most wickets on the back of some quality spell of off-spin bowling. He also registered a fifty during the said tournament.His exploits caught the eyes of the selectors, and he was chosen to represent the West Indies Under-15 team for their tour of England. However, he did not make the trip because of visa issues. He was selected for two regional under-17 tournaments, but his performance was subliminal.Thus he returned to the drawing board, where he managed to correct some of his flaws and was able to make some significant contributions with bat and ball to Guyana’s double crown honour at this year’s Regional under-19 tournament.If you have never previously heard the name Kevin Sinclair, you could commence paying keen attention to this teenager, because he is very optimistic he would be representing Guyana at the senior level in the next two years., Sinclair favours two West Indies players, Shane Shillingford and Roston Chase as his cricketing heroes.last_img read more

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Rio champion Nurudinov DQ’d from London Olympics for doping

first_imgThe Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books CAS also disqualified Mikalai Novikau of Belarus from the 85-kilogram class in London. Novikau, who originally placed eighth, tested positive for two anabolic steroids.The CAS anti-doping tribunal was created to judge cases on behalf of the IOC and sports governing bodies. Verdicts can be challenged at the separate and long-standing appeals division of sport’s highest court.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next File – In this Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 file photo, Ruslan Nurudinov, of Uzbekistan, center, holds his gold medal as he is joined by silver medalist Simon Martirosyan, of Armenia, left, and bronze medalist Alexandr Zaichikov, of Kazakhstan, right, during the medal ceremony for the men’s 105 kg weightlifting event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nurudinov has been disqualified from the 2012 London Games for doping with an anabolic steroid. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says its new anti-doping chamber stripped Nurudinov of fourth place in London in the 105-kilogram weight class. The 27-year-old lifter from Uzbekistan now faces a ban from the International Weightlifting Federation. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)LAUSANNE, Switzerland — A weightlifting gold medalist at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics has been disqualified from the 2012 London Games for doping.The Court of Arbitration for Sport’s new anti-doping tribunal stripped Ruslan Nurudinov of fourth place in London in the 105-kilogram weight class, the CAS said Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Thirdy Ravena, Sisi Rondina take center stage in Collegiate Press Corps Awards Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptioncenter_img View comments MOST READ Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Nurudinov, from Uzbekistan, later won the 105-kilogram world title in 2013, Olympic gold in 2016 and the 2018 Asian Games title.He tested positive for the anabolic steroid oral turinabol in re-analysis of London samples.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe 27-year-old lifter now faces a ban from the International Weightlifting Federation, which provisionally suspended him in December.The 105-kilogram gold medalist in London, Oleksiy Torokhtiy of Ukraine, was also provisionally suspended in December. CAS did not announce a ruling in his case Monday. Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila cardlast_img read more

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First international cricketer to be elected as a country’s PM

first_imgDear Editor,Imran Khan, the newly elected Prime Minister of Pakistan,   is pledging to help the poor, talk to the Taliban, and try to end the decades of dispute over Kashmir.The former World Cup-winning cricket captain is set to be Pakistan’s new prime minister following last Wednesday’s general election.His Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party won the most seats, but not enough to form a majority Government; so a coalition cabinet is most likely.He has defeated mainstream parties who have long ruled Pakistan.The ruling party of Nawaz Sharif, the former Prime Minister, conceded defeat, but is disputing the result along with opposition groups.Some people say the vote was rigged, and they are threatening to call for nationwide protests if the demands for an election re-run are not met.Khan has promised to investigate the vote-rigging allegations, but has other major challenges ahead of him and his party.But can he deliver?By the force of his skills and personality, the charismatic Imran Khan endured in the toughest job in Pakistan for a decade. As captain of the national cricket team, his crowning glory was to drive the team to its first and only Cricket World Cup triumph in 1992.He immediately retired from this Pakistan duty at age 39, opened a cancer hospital in memory of his dear late mother two years later, and launched his own political party, Tehreek- e-Insaf (Movement of Justice) four years later.Overnight, Khan declared victory in Pakistan’s parliamentary election, and vowed to run the country “as it has never before been run”, by fighting corruption, seeking regional co-operation, and forging with the United States a new relationship that is not “one-sided.”He will become the first international cricketer in the world to be elected as a country’s prime minister, considered the second toughest job in Pakistan.Congratulation! Another victory for you!Sincerely,Rooplall Dudhnathlast_img read more

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BLUES MOVE UP IN THE RANKINGS AT LAST CHANCE MEETS

first_imgStory Links The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at a trio of last-chance meets this past weekend (Feb. 15-16).Veteran standout Jack Berkshire moved up in the rankings and is now seeded No. 1 in the men’s 600m, crossing the finish line in 1:18.17 at the Ravens U SPORTS Last Chance Invitational in Ottawa.Back at home, Craig Klomp moved into the No. 3 seeding in the men’s 1500m, winning the race in 3:50.77. Third-year standout Lucia Stafford moved into seventh in the U SPORTS rankings in the 1000m (2:47.03), while Avery Garrett-Patterson cracked the top 10 in the 600m, now ranking ninth in 1:33.72.Peter Collier also moved up to the No. 9 spot in the men’s 60m, clocking a time of 6.95 seconds.The Blues will now gear up for the 2019 OUA championships, February 22-23, at York University.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Govt recommits to introducing modern copyright legislation

first_imgThough concrete measures are not in place, President David Granger assured that his government is committed to introducing modern copyright legislation.For years, those in the creative industries have been feeling stifled owing to the absence of modern copyright laws.These outdated laws paved the way for the creation of a lucrative enterprise in intellectual piracy and counterfeit products.The current legislation, the 1956 Copyright Act, which Guyana inherited from Great Britain following Independence in 1966, has never been revised since, even though its former colonial master had long repealed the legislation that deemed copyright infringement a civil wrong.Though the current Act does provide protection of literary, musical, dramatic and artistic works, the fines are extremely low, ranging mostly from £5 to £50 (G$1750-G$17,500). Given the time and cost to pursue an infringement in court, some artistes view the exercise as a loss rather than gain.Former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall had expressed that his administration is cognisant of the need for copyright reform, however nothing substantial ever came on stream.The A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition during the campaign trail promised to update the laws in order to help develop the creative industry.The then APNU Member of Parliament and Youth, Culture and Sport shadow minister Christopher Jones had emphasised the need for updated copyright laws but guarded against persons thinking that the implementation of such laws would completely eliminate the problems related to plagiarism and piracy.During a recent interview on ‘The Public Interest’, President Grange expressed that he is uncertain about how soon the legislation will be introduced but assured government will definitely move in this direction.“I cannot say for sure when that legislation will be laid but it is a commitment on our part to protect the rights of artistes and publishers of other forms of material…we are committed to suppressing piracy,” he stated.According to the US Department of Commerce, about five to seven per cent of all world trade involves counterfeit products, and estimates the cost to the global economy at more than US$650 billion per year.The income raked in from pirated DVDs, CDs, the unauthorised photocopying of books and other intellectual materials here is a tiny, if not invisible, sum of the global counterfeit trade.Local artistes have raised their concerns about the lack of legislation to protect their work and had issued countless calls for those in authority to take urgent steps to address the situation.Soca Road March champion Melissa “Vanilla” Roberts had previously told this publication that the competition is starkly unfair.“Most locally produced CDs will retail at a price of $1500, but consumers can get the best of any artiste in the world for $200. Now how can a Guyanese artiste compete with that when you have to spend no less than $50,000 to produce a song?“Next, an artiste will spend no less than $150,000 to produce a music video to be aired on television, but because television stations basically get free video content from around the world, why should they be obligated to play ours.“I gave those two examples to say this: if we had updated intellectual property rights legislation in place, radio and television stations will have to be paying millions of US dollars to foreign companies for content. This will in turn force them to revert to more local content, making way for competitive, productive and economic growth for the creative industries in Guyana,” she said.In 2014, Mosa Telford, who has won several literary awards, had also expressed that the present Copyright Act is a dagger in the side of the creative industry.Gavin Mendonca, member of the band Keep Your Day Job (KYDJ), which is part of an advocacy group called Guyana Music Networks, also noted that the current Act needs to be updated as it cannot fully protect the work of creative professionals.From all indications, the issue of copyright will continue to be an ongoing subject of debate and will remain so as long as members of the creative industry believe that more needs to be done to protect their work.last_img read more

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Popular children’s entertainers performing in Fort St. John

first_imgThe two performers, known as Splash and Boots, are a highly energetic duo who started out their performing careers as recording artists, eventually completing five CDs and two full-length DVDs as their Splash N’ Boot characters, and now perform internationally over 200 days a year.The husband and wife duo, who can now be seen on Treehouse TV, are said to perform with such a high level of talent, that they often leave the older audience members like mom and dad very impressed as well.Recently, the breakthrough group has been labelled the “U2 of children’s entertainment” and were names “Children’s Music Group of the Year.”- Advertisement -Their recent music video “For the Love of Dance” is gaining national exposure on the children’s show.Taes Leavitt, AKA Boots, says the two are very excited for their first trip to northern B.C.”We are really looking forward to coming to Fort St. John for the first time. We love B.C. and it’s one of our favourite places to visit.”Advertisement The cross-Canada theatre tour, “Roll Play Live Animal Party”, that will be presented Saturday in Fort St. John, is now also slated for national broadcasts, so those in attendance will have the opportunity to see it before it hits the air.The show will begin at 1 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the North Peace Cultural Centre box office, or online.last_img read more

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Wrong-way emu spooked by family dog

first_imgIt probably didn’t help that Doyle gave chase, as did the Navarros, who hopped on off-road four-wheelers. The emu ended up Monday morning on the 14 Freeway heading the wrong way into traffic. Three CHP officers and a passing motorist with a horse trailer managed to the corral the bird and take it to the shelter, CHP Officer John Lutz said. The Ruben family learned of the emu’s adventures and whereabouts from a report in the Daily News. Navarro Sr.’s dream was to keep exotic animals on the ranch the family bought in November, the son said. He bought the two emus the night before the one escaped. “We never got a chance to name them; it left the second day we had them,” he said. ACTON – An emu can run up to 30 mph, something an Acton family found out the hard way when one of the two exotic birds they recently purchased flew the coop. Just two days after Ruben Navarro Sr. bought the pair of 5-foot-high flightless birds, one took off July 27, frightened by Doyle, the family dog, 17-year-old Ruben Navarro Jr. said Friday. The Navarros were making plans Friday to reclaim their giant bird at the county animal shelter in Castaic where it has been since Monday when California Highway Patrol officers rescued it from freeway traffic near the Navarros’ ranch. “The dog, he was all curious and was getting close to the cage,” the teen said. “The emu got scared, it jumped out and ran. We tried to catch up, but it was really fast.” “We’re still going to buy peacocks.” pat.aidem@dailynews.com (661) 257-5251 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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He’s back! Gareth Bale returns from injury to score trademark goal in Real win

first_img Gareth Bale celebrates his goal on his return 1 Gareth Bale marked his return to action in spectacular style, scoring a trademark goal in Real Madrid’s 2-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday afternoon.The Wales international has spent the past three months on the sidelines recovering from an ankle injury and instantly reminded the Santiago Bernabeu fathiful of his influence.Introduced by Zinedine Zidane in the 71st minute, it took little time for Bale to burst forward with blistering pace and make it game over for Real’s opponents, latching on to a ball from team-mate Isco to fire past Espanyol’s hapless goalkeeper, Diego Lopez.Watch his fine finish here:last_img read more

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Indefensible fence

first_imgIT’S a testament to America’s political stagnation that one of the biggest issues facing the nation was pushed aside for the midyear elections. The issue was immigration, and six months ago, it seemed the nation’s lawmakers, at the urging of President George W. Bush, would finally put together a comprehensive plan that would address both border security and the illegal immigrants already living here. What we got, thanks to the pre-election shift to self-preservation, was just a small piece of the reform, and one that means nothing by itself: the fence. Bush, perhaps resignedly, signed the law Thursday authorizing the construction of 700 miles of security fences, cameras and other patrol equipment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system So we have just a fence, but still no plan to address some 11 million immigrants living here now and participating in the economy, or the reality that U.S. industry relies on immigrant workers. Daily News endorsements THANKS to gerrymandering and the overwhelming power of incumbency, there are many races in the Nov. 7 election that are either noncompetitive or irrelevant. These include legislative and congressional campaigns in which “safe” districts guarantee victory for one party or the other. As a matter of policy, the Daily News endorses only in campaigns that are truly contested – that is, races in which your vote will make a difference. Below is a list of our picks so far. To read the endorsements in full, please visit dailynews.com. ——— 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Rock solid: A love of bricks sticks

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – Some people collect dolls, some collect sea shells and some collect barbed wire. Then there’s the International Brick Collectors Association, and people like Ron Rose. The group’s 1,000 members hoard tons of bricks, especially those with symbols or scenes etched on them. Rose, who owns Rose Family Funeral Home in Simi Valley, has amassed about 1,300 in the three years he’s been collecting. “I only collect bricks with some sort of markings. People ask what I’m doing and then they try to help me,” Rose said, explaining how his friends give him bricks or suggestions about where he might find more. Some association members have Web sites showing off their bricks, marked with images of everything from buffaloes to spiders, Roy Rogers to Abraham Lincoln. Rose has pictures of nearly 900 posted on his site, www.rosebrickyard.com, including one with a Nativity scene and one embossed with an image of the Last Supper. Frank Clement, a retired construction worker from New York and a past president of the association, said his prized bricks include one with an Indian arrowhead he found on the fireplace in a historic Ohio building. “I like the beauty of it and I like the history of it,” said Clement, who estimated he drives about 15,000 miles a year looking for bricks along river banks, in old brickyards, at building demolition sites and anywhere else that comes to mind. “Some people wonder what the heck we are doing,” he said, “and some people think we are a little bit off.” When he built his ovens at Sutter’s Fort in the 1840s, California pioneer John Sutter took a couple bricks as mementos and put them in his window, apparently making him the state’s first brick collector. The Kansas Museum of History displays a brick reading “Don’t Spit on Sidewalk,” from an early 20th century public education campaign to help fight tuberculosis. Jim Graves, the Brick Collectors Association historical secretary from Wichita, has a couple of the “don’t-spit” bricks in his own collection and said they can still be found on some Kansas sidewalks. Graves has about 4,000 bricks and has put together a listing of 32,000 brick plants that operated in the United States over the last 150 years. “Most bricks you find when someone tears something down,” he said. “It might be a brick no one has seen for 70 years, then they tear down a building and there are thousands of them.” On his brick-collecting excursions back in the 1970s, he would take a pickup truck with a trailer to an old town in Ohio and look for the oldest person he could find, asking for advice about locating brickyards abandoned in the 1930s. But finding bricks is ultimately a matter of being in the right place at the right time, he said, pointing to a friend who found a brick from Lawrence, Kansas, in the Grand Canyon. Clement has about 4,500 individual bricks in his collection and has them in his patio, walkways and on display from floor to ceiling in his garage. Association members don’t do what they do to get rich, either. While a 12-inch piece of barbed wire can sell for $1,000, Clement said the most expensive brick he has seen for sale on eBay asked for a little over $200, and the Brick Collectors Association bylaws prohibit sale of bricks among its members. Instead, members meet in various parts of the country at three swap-meet-like gatherings during the year and trade bricks. “When we go to these meetings all we do is trade,” Clement said. “We will not put a money value on it. We want to keep the farmer, the doctor, the dentist and the construction worker on an even basis.” “We don’t want the price to go up, because then it would be a money game,” Rose said. It’s a hobby that promotes friendships, and the meetings three times a year are like big family reunions. “You don’t get to make a million dollars collecting bricks,” he said. “If you want a certain brick, most of the time another club member will give it to you. That’s the fun of it.” eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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