DEFY success at Sheriff’s Cup highlights strong youth basketball season

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Down East Family YMCA boys’ and girls’ basketball teams had solid showings in this weekend’s Sheriff’s Cup tournament held throughout the city.After advancing to the tournament quarterfinals, the DEFY girls’ team reached the last four with a 51-29 victory over Central Aroostook. The team then advanced to the championship game with a 56-45 win over Houlton in the semis before taking second place overall with a 43-34 loss to Nokomis.On the boys’ side, the DEFY A team earned a 59-37 win over Presque Isle in the quarterfinals. The team then lost 68-52 in the semifinals against Skowhegan, which went on to claim the tournament championship with a 49-46 victory over Brewer in Sunday’s final.This year marked the 19th edition of the annual tournament, which drew 33 middle school-level club teams (20 boys’ teams and 13 girls’ teams) from all over eastern Maine to Ellsworth to raise money for local charities. Games were held Friday through Sunday at Ellsworth High School’s Katsiaficas Gymnasium, both Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School gyms and the DEFY gym.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth’s success in the Sheriff’s Cup continued a strong year for local youth basketball teams. The highlight of the year thus far came last month when the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School boys’ team finished off an undefeated season.Playing Reeds Brook Middle School of Hampden for the Eastern Maine Middle School League title Feb. 12, Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School jumped out to a 17-9 lead in the first quarter before stretching its advantage to 31-14 at halftime. The Falcons cruised from there to seal the championship and finish with a 17-0 record.“The boys had a great season,” head coach Mike Harris said. Harris coached the team with Scott Kenny and Moe Pierson.Team members of the 2018-19 Falcons were Kaleb Conners, Drew Cote, Billy Garland, Lane Griffin, Michael Harris, Will Hutchins, Peter Keblinsky, Brady Kenny, Chance Mercier, Miles Palmer, Drew Pierson and Sam Wagenknecht.Other local youth basketball teams to win tournament championships this season include the DEFY fifth/sixth-grade girls (Eastern Maine Basketball League and Orono Memorial Hoop Classic; 31-1 overall record during travel season), fifth/sixth-grade boys (Lincoln Invitational) and third/fourth-grade boys (Glenburn Recreation Department Invitational). Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Postscenter_img Bio Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020last_img read more

A relaxed Shohei Ohtani passes his first regular season test, as Angels’ DH

first_imgThen asked if he would be nervous on Sunday, when he will be the Angels’ starting pitcher, he said: “Probably.”Ohtani’s comfort level at both is certain to increase throughout the season, as he adjusts to his new life in the major leagues, where the mound and the ball and the opponents and even the media are all new to him.As the world watched him struggle through spring training in his attempt to become a two-way success in the majors, there were few signs of concern from Ohtani or the Angels.While there was talk among outsiders that Ohtani, 23, might need some seasoning at Triple-A, the Angels never seriously considered it. General Manager Billy Eppler said before Thursday’s game that Ohtani’s raw talent, and his history over five years in Japan’s major leagues, were more important than his spring training batting average or ERA.“Our evaluations, historical evaluations plus the track record in a league which we deem as close to the major leagues as you can get, point us in the direction of saying ‘Give this guy the opportunity to let his ability and his tools show,’” Eppler said. “So that’s what were going to do.” Angels blow lead twice, open season with 11-inning loss to A’s PreviousThe Angels’ Shohei Ohtani bats during the sixth inning of Thursday’s season opener against the A’s in Oakland. Ohtani went 1 for 5 with a single in his major league debut. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, is congratulated by Mike Trout (27) at the end of the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani bats against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani bats against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani bats against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani against the Oakland Athletics during a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani follows through after hitting a single in his first major league at bat against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani follows through after hitting a single in his first major league at bat against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani follows through after hitting a single in his first major league at bat during the second inning of an opening baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) is congratulated by first base coach Alfredo Griffin (4) after hitting a single in his first major league at-bat against the Oakland Athletics’ Kendall Graveman during the second inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani against the Oakland Athletics during a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani takes the field to warm up before an opening day baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Media gather in front of the Los Angeles Angels dugout as they await Shohei Ohtani to return from batting practice before an opening day baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Media document the arrival of Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani as he takes the field prior to the baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CA – MARCH 29: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels jokes with Luis Valbuena #18 before their game against the Oakland Athletics on Opening Day of the season at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on March 29, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Media document the arrival of Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani as he takes the field prior to the baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, stretches before an opening day baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani stretches before an opening day baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani bats during the sixth inning of Thursday’s season opener against the A’s in Oakland. Ohtani went 1 for 5 with a single in his major league debut. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, is congratulated by Mike Trout (27) at the end of the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)NextShow Caption1 of 18Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, is congratulated by Mike Trout (27) at the end of the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)ExpandOAKLAND — Mike Scioscia quipped on Thursday morning that Shohei Ohtani was like two people, one a hitter and one a pitcher.Turns out that one of those people is more relaxed than the other.After Ohtani’s major league debut as a hitter, a day in which he singled on the first pitch he saw and then made four outs, he said that he didn’t really have any nerves leading up to the milestone moment.“As a hitter, I was never really nervous on opening day,” Ohtani said through his interpreter. “That’s probably an at-bat I’m not going to forget for the rest of my life,” Ohtani said.The rest of his day didn’t go quite as well. He grounded out three times and he struck out. He did hit a couple hard ground balls, and he showed exceptional speed running down the line.“I thought Shohei was fine,” Scioscia said. “He came in and had some good swings. Got the base hit and hit a couple balls hard. Out of the chute, it’s good for him to get out there.”Scioscia said they’ll check on Ohtani on Friday to see if he’s OK to be the DH again. Presumably, he’d then get Saturday off in preparation for his start on Sunday.Related Articles It seems the Angels are going to stick close to what Ohtani’s routine was in Japan. His first start will come on seven days’ rest from his last outing of the spring. He has started only one time in the spring on less than six days’ rest, and that was following a 31-pitch outing.Eppler wouldn’t say if the Angels plan to keep him pitching once a week indefinitely.“With all of our players we try to make them as comfortable as possible so we look into historical workloads with everybody and try to allow that to happen if possible,” he said. “With the other starters in our rotation or guys who are candidates to join our rotation at some point in time, biomechanically and from a workload management standpoint, the less load and volume it stands to reason he greater the opportunity for recovery is.”center_img When the first lineup of the season was posted in the Angels’ clubhouse on Thursday morning, Ohtani was listed as the designated hitter, batting eighth.He rewarded the Angels for their confidence on the first pitch he saw from Kendall Graveman, yanking it into right field for a single. Angels Q&A with Jeff Fletcher: Concern for Shohei Ohtani? 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How About the NFL Washington “Trumps?”

first_imgThe Washington NFL franchise is retiring the term “Redskins” and there are at least five options for the name change which was motivated by money rather than the team having a true racial sensitivity chip.This comes about a week after FedEx formally asked team owner Dan Snyder to change the name or the company would pull their sponsorship.FedEx is a primary sponsor of the team, and holds the naming rights to FedEx Field, where Washington plays. That same day, Nike removed all apparel from its website that included the word “Redskins.” Apparel from every other NFL team remained.“Dan Snyder and Coach Rivera are working closely to develop a new name and design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years,” the team said in a statement.So now that Washington is moving on from its old name, we take a look at some potential new names for the franchise.1. “Washington Redtails”The Washington Redtails is a name that started gaining traction this month. “The name Redtails celebrates the WWII Tuskegee Airmen, who were the first African-American military aviators in the U.S. Armed Forces,” the graphic reads. “The nickname Redtails comes from their planes, which had a distinct crimson tail.”This name works for a variety of reasons. It allows Washington fans to keep the “HTTR” motto, the color scheme remains mostly the same and it honors the Tuskegee Airmen.Quarterback Dwayne Haskins even likes this one.2. “Washington Warriors”This name still draws some controversy. On one hand, it continues to keep Native Americans in mind while removing the term “Redskins.” But on the other hand, many people have an issue with Native Americans being used as a mascot at all.This is likely a name the franchise will consider, but since people are already having problems with it, switching to Warriors doesn’t seem like it’d be a smart move. It is worth pointing out that Snyder trademarked the name “Washington Warriors” in 2000. He was planning to use it for an Arena Football League team, but that team never developed.UPDATE: D.C. radio host Kevin Sheehan said during a podcast he had it “on pretty good authority” that Warriors is the leading contender for the Redskins’ replacement name.“I don’t think that’s a reveal by any stretch,” Sheehan said. “I think people do know that the Redskins have marked Washington Warriors just in case, and that this has been the way. I would bet big money on the Warriors being the new name for the football team.”3. Washington Hogs/Washington Red HogsThe Hogs were the nickname for the Washington offensive line that helped the franchise win three Super Bowl titles during the 1980s and early 1990s. Snyder said he wants to honor the “proud tradition and history of the franchise,” so what better way to do that than to name your team after the group that helped you win Super Bowls?The offensive line was simply called “The Hogs,” but if Washington wanted to get a little more creative, it could go with Red Hogs. The Red Hog is an actual animal, and it would allow the team to maintain its color scheme.4. Washington RedHawksDesigner Brandon Moore mocked up a logo and uniform design for RedHawks, a name that gained attention in 2017 due to a bizarre hoax. A group of Native American activists began tweeting out links that mocked the design of websites like Sports Illustrated, ESPN and others. But the websites were fake. (You can read more details on that movement here.)The group of Native American activists explained why RedHawks was a valid name change in a statement. Official Statement on #GoRedhawks campaign by Native advocates. “We created this action to show the NFL and the Washington Football franchise how easy, popular and powerful changing the name could be.” https://t.co/WBlk1WRR6n pic.twitter.com/M7uMBbbw7V — Washington Redhawks (@redhawksdc) December 13, 2017This wouldn’t be the first time a sports team changed its name from Redskins to RedHawks. Miami of Ohio made this switch during the 1997-98 school year. 5. Washington RedWolvesThe RedWolves is a name that started gaining traction from fans late in the process. Even some former Washington players praised the name. Will Compton tweeted his support tweeting, “I’d want to come back to Washington for one day and retire a Red Wolf.”Fred Smoot also praised the name on NBC Sports Washington.“It is an endangered species. It allows us to keep the ‘HTTR,’” Smoot said. “It allows us to keep the burgundy and gold. It allows us to have some crazy uniforms. Like I said before, I can see 80,000 people in FedEx Field howling like wolves after Chase Young gets a sack to win a game.”Honorable MentionsSome other names that have been floated out there include the Renegades, Defenders, Senators and Sentinels. The Sentinels would mimic the fictional team from “The Replacements.” And even though the XFL is dead, it seems unlikely the Redskins would just pick up the D.C. Defenders’ team name.The Senators got some early traction, but according to The Washington Post, the Nationals still own that moniker, and that’s probably a good thing. “Senators” doesn’t draw much excitement.Other names center around Washington’s political theme like the Washington Trumps…which is a longshot.last_img read more

Wegmans Signs On To Village 35 Project

first_imgBy Jay CookMIDDLETOWN – If the contentious Village 35 project is ultimately approved, one of the region’s largest grocers – Wegmans Food Market – will definitely have a home there.That is the most recent development in the Village 35 proposal, which will finally be heard on May 17 after no hearings with the Middletown Planning Board since Feb. 15. It will be the next of many planned meetings specific to the project.Wegmans spokeswoman Valerie Fox told The Two River Times on Tuesday that a lease was signed last month for a 130,000-square-foot store in the heart of the proposed Shoppes at Middletown complex on Route 35 North in Middletown. The entire development is pending approval from the planning board.Fox said Wegmans employs between 500 and 600 full- and part-time workers at its larger stores. Founded in 1916 and based in near Rochester, New York, the supermarket chain has grown to 92 stores across six states on the east coast. It opens three or four new locations each year.The grocery store chain uses three criteria when choosing a new location: adequate space for a 75,000-to- 140,000-square-foot store with parking; a densely populated area; and a great regional location that is easy to find and easy to get to. Wegmans, said Fox, “is a destination.”There are currently seven Wegmans locations in New Jersey, with the three closest to the Two River area in Ocean Township, Woodbridge and Manalapan. Fox said new stores in Hanover and Montvale will open later this year.The Shoppes at Middletown project, proposed by Village 35 L.P. of Purchase, New York, will span approximately 119 acres behind a nearly half mile of roadway along Route 35. It would stretch from Kanes Lane, where the township recycling center and residential homes are located, to Kings Highway East, a historical road with ties to the Revolutionary War. One of the biggest dilemmas for the developer and its application to Middletown will be the size of this Wegmans supermarket. On July 1, 2015, a resolution from the planning board stated that no single store larger than 45,000 square feet will exist on the site.Opposing the project is the residents’ group, LLC., which believes the complex will only add to the congestion along Route 35.“The Wegmans will take what is an already intense utilization of the property, and create more traffic and environmental problems,” said Ron Gasiorowski, the attorney retained by Minding Middletown.Wegmans joins one retailer with space at The Shoppes at Middletown. CMX Cinema, a subsidiary of the Mexican-based cinema chain Cinemex, will occupy a 420-seat, 26,536- square-foot freestanding building on the property.As of Tuesday afternoon, a Pet Supplies Plus store, as well as a Spirits Unlimited, rounded out the other stores with space planned in the shopping center. But on Tuesday evening those stores were removed from the tenant list on National Realty & Development Corp. (NRDC)’s website, the developer of the commercial aspect of the project.The layout of the center has also changed since NRDC added Wegmans as a tenant. The building housing the supermarket shifted 180 degrees, also changing the parking layout for that area, which sits on the Kanes Lane end of the property.Approximately 200,000 square feet of retail space, three restaurant pads and one smaller, 5,000-square- foot retail store, remain open for leasing on the site.If eventually approved in Middletown, Wegmans would join a well-stocked grocery store market along Route 35. Less than 2 miles south of the Village 35 proposal is a Whole Foods Market; right across the street from the project is Super Stop & Shop; and a large ShopRite store is the anchor of Middletown Plaza less than 2 miles north.A Livoti’s Old World Market is currently under construction for a nearly 14,000-square-foot store at The Marketplace of Middletown, which is undergoing a major facelift.Heading north out of Middletown, shoppers can also find Dearborn Market in Holmdel, and in Hazlet, a Costco, Aldi and Lidl, a German-supermarket, planned for the previous Red Oak Diner location.It’s also worth noting that the owners of the Village 35 property, Mountain Hill, LLC – a partnership between the local Azzolina and Scaduto families – own area Foodtown supermarkets. It consists of 66 independently-owned stores throughout New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, according to Foodtown.HOUSING COMPLEXAt the Feb. 15 planning board meeting, the board unanimously voted to dismiss the residential portion of the development.The residential complex, which was to be developed by Toll Brothers and named “Oaks at Middletown,” is currently no longer part of the Village 35 application.According to changes on NRDC’s website, the land behind the commercial aspect now appears undevel- oped. That differs from previous illustrations showing a fully developed residential complex.Designed to be spread across approximately 66 acres, 350 residential town- house units and a clubhouse were envisioned for the back end of the property. Seventy of those units within three apartment buildings would have been dedicated to affordable housing.“At the appropriate time, Toll Brothers will resubmit our application for review and consideration by the Board,” Toll Brothers said in a statement to The Two River Times on Wednesday. “Separating Toll Brothers’ residential application from the commercial application will permit the review process to flow smoother, allowing the Board and its professionals the opportunity to focus on the details relating to the respective portions of the development.”In a notice of public hearing for the May 17 planning board meeting, Marc D. Policastro, the attorney for Village 35, L.P., states the applicant wishes to subdivide the 52 acres of commercial property from the remaining 66 acres designated as residential.Regardless, an interconnector road running between the residential and commercial parcels, spanning from Kings Highway East to Kanes Lane, is necessary for the site. Whichever development company breaks ground first must construct the road.This article was first published in the May 4-11, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Express confirm Kefa Kisala departure

first_img Tags: Express FCpolice fcStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetop Kefa has been at Express since July(File Photo)WANKULUKUKU – Express FC have on Tuesday, confirmed that head coach Kefa Kisala has been relieved of his duties.This was confirmed through a statement released to the media by the club.“The head coach Kefa Kisala and the entire technical team of Express FC have departed the club, as of today after mutual agreement with Express FC Board of Directors.“This is in line with the club’s ongoing rebuilding and restructuring strategy.“On behalf of Express FC, I thank Coach Kisala and the outgoing Technical Team for the work done and wish them the best in their endeavors.“In consquence of the above, the Board of Directors of Exprezs SC Ltd has now appointed a technical team to comprise of George Ssemwogerere as the head coach, assisted by James Magala and with Hassan Mubiru as the trainer.Kisala has been in charge of Express since July when he replaced Shafick Bisaso in the role.At the Red Eagles, he has been in charge of 17 League games, winning 5 games and accumulating 21 points in the process.Express who are currently 10th on the log will take on Bul FC away from home in their next League fixture. On Monday, they lost 2-0 at home to Police FC.Comments last_img read more

South African Initiative Wins Prestigious WISE Awards

first_imgPartners for Possibility” is part of the six 2018 WISE Awards Winning projectsThe World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), an initiative of Qatar Foundation (QF), has announced the South African project “Partners for Possibility” (PfP) as a winner of its 2018 WISE Awards. Each year, the WISE Awards recognise and promote innovative projects from across the world that are addressing global educational challenges.Partners for Possibility, the flagship programme of Symphonia for South Africa (SSA), improves the quality of education by capacitating principals in under-resourced schools and building their leadership skills through partnerships with business leaders. Partners participate in a 12-month leadership development program, while tackling together challenges in schools.To date, this initiative has benefitted 1,630 school principals and business leaders, while impacting 625,000 schoolchildren.Dr Louise van Rhyn, founder of the Partners for Possibility programme, commented: ‘’To be recognized as the winner of the 2018 WISE Awards is a very special achievement. It means that the Partners for Possibility (PfP) programme meets the criteria of being a creative solution to a pressing educational challenge, that is, reducing the inequalities in the South African education system.”She added: “We are humbled to have a global platform to share the insights and solutions of the programme, as well as the opportunity to shed light on how its innovations can be applied to other industries and countries. Beyond this, we look forward to continued networking with the other global nominees who share our passion for quality education for all children.”Stavros N. Yiannouka, CEO of WISE said, congratulating the winners: “This year we have received 413 applications for the WISE Awards program. The rigorous selection process has succeeded in finding six excellent and innovative projects addressing a diverse mix of educational challenges from around the world. This demonstrates that there are existing global organizations and individuals who share our passion for tackling education challenges with innovative solutions. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our Awards jury members who did a thorough job in evaluating the projects.”The five other 2018 WISE Awards winners are Safe Spaces Clubs for Girls (Nigeria), One Village One Pre-School (China), Generation (USA), Technology-Based Deaf Education (Pakistan) and 1001 Nights Life Skills and Citizenship Education Program (Canada).Other pressing educational issues tackled by the 2018 WISE Awards winning projects include girls’ education, early childhood education, the refugee crisis, cultural exchange, citizenship values, youth employment, entrepreneurship in disadvantaged communities, deaf education, and stimulating critical and creative thinking.The Awards winners are evaluated according to strict criteria. They must be established, innovative educational projects that have already demonstrated a transformative impact on the individuals, communities, and society of their context. They also need to be financially stable, have a clear development plan, and be scalable and replicable.The projects will be celebrated on September 22 at [email protected] in New York, USA. In addition to publicity and networking opportunities, each will receive $20,000 (US).Join the conversation:Facebook: PlayYourPartTwitter: @PlayYourPartSAWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material. About the WISE Awards:Each year, the WISE Awards recognize and promote six successful innovative projects that are addressing global educational challenges. Since 2009, WISE has received more than 3,200 applications from over 150 countries. Up until now, 54 projects have won the WISE Awards, from a wide variety of sectors and locations for their innovative character, their positive contribution and their potential for scalability and adaptability. These projects represent a growing resource of expertise and sound educational practice. Year by year, WISE is building a community of educational innovators which offers a fertile environment for groundbreaking collaborations. Today the WISE Awards network comprises pioneering projects that are helping bring real change to societies and communities.For further information, visit www.wise-qatar.org/wise-awardsAbout the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE):The World Innovation Summit for Education was established by Qatar Foundation in 2009 under the leadership of its Chairperson, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. WISE is an international, multi-sectoral platform for creative, evidence-based thinking, debate, and purposeful action in education.  Through the biennial summit, collaborative research and a range of on-going programs, WISE is a global reference in new approaches to education.For further information about WISE, visit www.wise-qatar.orglast_img read more

Groom Had Awesome Kentucky Basketball Cake For His Wedding Saturday Night

first_imgKentucky cheerleaders on the court at Rupp Arena.LEXINGTON, KY – DECEMBER 10: Kentucky Wildcats cheerleaders perform during the game against the Boise State Broncos at Rupp Arena on December 10, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)It’s a great time to be a Kentucky fan. The Wildcats, who arguably have one of the greatest college basketball teams ever assembled, are sporting a 31-0 record heading into both the SEC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament. One UK supporter apparently wanted to celebrate both his upcoming marriage and Wildcats hoops in the same day.Saturday, a meteorologist named T.G. Shuck tweeted out a photo of his friend’s groom’s cake. It’s made in the shape of a basketball with the Kentucky logo and some cut-down [email protected] Grooms cake at my best friend’s wedding tonight! 31-0! pic.twitter.com/LbfrcMoEER— T.G. Shuck (@TGweather) March 8, 2015The groom would have quite a year if he both got married and saw his favorite team win the NCAA Tournament.last_img read more

Patois-Speaking Doll Promotes Jamaica and Culture

first_imgStory Highlights “Wha gwaan…Weh yaa seh… mi come from the beautiful island of Jamaica…wi have the best beaches and sunshine all through di year…nuff respect…to di worl,” are some of the sentiments ‘Toya’ utters to her playmates at the press of a button. The demand for the doll has been phenomenal, with requests for Toya coming in from Estonia, Germany, The Netherlands, Australia, United States of America (USA) and Japan. She is the first-ever patois-speaking doll and is the brainchild of Saffron Jackson, a Jamaican living in the United Kingdom (UK) for the past 15 years. “Wha gwaan…Weh yaa seh… mi come from the beautiful island of Jamaica…wi have the best beaches and sunshine all through di year…nuff respect…to di worl,” are some of the sentiments ‘Toya’ utters to her playmates at the press of a button.She is the first-ever Patois-speaking doll and is the brainchild of Saffron Jackson, a Jamaican living in the United Kingdom (UK) for the past 15 years.Miss Jackson’s dedication to promoting Jamaica’s culture, coupled with her desire to satisfy an existing need, propelled her to tap into the multibillion-dollar toy industry in 2015.“At that time, I was pregnant with my daughter and noticed there was a lack of ethnic toys and black dolls in the UK. So, realising that there was a massive niche for the product in the marketplace, and being a very passionate Jamaican, I thought I needed something that would not just be a black doll, but reflect part of my culture; and so, that is how the Patois bit of it came in,” Miss Jackson reflects.Her creation, Toya, represents an immigrant child who moved to the UK from Jamaica and is excited to tell people about her country, inviting them to experience its rich culture and offerings.“Finding the voice for the doll was pretty challenging… . I had to get someone in Jamaica to try several kids until I found that distinct, authentic voice,” Ms. Jackson tells JIS News.After an 18-month process of market research, identifying potential manufacturers, registering and trademarking her product, her business venture finally materialised, and then she was busy selling dolls to the many eager, excited buyers, just a week after the launch at the Jamaican High Commission in the UK.Her dark-skinned, curly-haired dolls, attired in black, green and gold, are available primarily online at www.zuree.co.uk , amazon, eBay and a few small retail stores in the UK for £50.The demand for the doll has been phenomenal, with requests for Toya coming in from Estonia, Germany, The Netherlands, Australia, United States of America (USA) and Japan.“So, the doll is definitely making an impact across the world, and this is not just because it is a black doll, but a black doll that speaks Jamaican. Jamaica is a brand, and people love the culture and just want to have a piece of it,” Ms. Jackson says.The teacher-turned-doll maker adds that the future looks extremely bright and profitable for her business venture, with a major toy store in the USA now knocking on her door with offers to sell the doll in its online store.“The aim is to get the dolls into major stores and outlets around the world… . I also have other dolls that are non-talking, so the plan is really to compete with the likes of Disney and Barbie, being the first or most popular black doll and merchandise manufacturer in the industry,” she says.She notes that she has expanded her brand, Zuree, to include merchandise such as T-shirts, bags, baby onesies and bibs. She is also thinking of adding rags, towels and sheets to the clothing line.Ms. Jackson has in her collection a talking Rasta teddy bear and ‘girls champs’ dolls dressed in the uniforms of the top-five girls’ teams.“I also plan to do other black dolls that speak other languages, focusing on the African and Caribbean markets,” she says.She adds that a major commitment that she wants to fulfil is to create a ‘Zuree Park’ for children in the Bog Walk area of St. Catherine where she is from that will be fully equipped with swings, slides and all the necessary play outlets.The doll maker also stands true to the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference theme, ‘Partnering for Growth’, having forged business relationships with several Jamaicans.“I try to engage and utilise the services of other Jamaicans, so my logo and website were done by Jamaicans and I will be using a Jamaican company, ‘Patwa Apparel’ to produce some of the clothing for the dolls, and will partner with other Jamaican companies to make sandals for the dolls,” Ms. Jackson tells JIS News.She is encouraging existing and budding entrepreneurs to “seek out new opportunities, take risks, think outside the box and move into non-traditional markets”.“Jamaica has given us so much, Jamaica has made me who I am today and it is important for me to give back to my country. And so, I am promoting the heritage and culture through my dolls,” Ms. Jackson says.“Zuree Limited is going places, I am breaking barriers, and everywhere I go, it is about Jamaica and being proud of who I am,” she adds.last_img read more

Protestors at Trans Mountain terminal risk arrest after challenging Kinder Morgans injunction

first_imgTina HouseAPTN NewsClose to 100 people risked arrest as they gathered in front of Kinder Morgan’s Westridge Dock in Burnaby, B.C.Alongside them was a heavy police presence.But the people who were there say they will continue to fight the Trans Mountain pipeline extension – no matter who owns [email protected]@inthehouse7last_img

AltaGas celebrates grand opening of Ridley Island Propane Export Facility

first_img“The completion of this game-changing project and the shipment of our first cargo are historic milestones for AltaGas, as well as for our project partners, customers, local Indigenous Peoples, surrounding communities, and western Canada’s upstream energy sector,” said Randy Crawford, AltaGas’ President and Chief Executive Officer. “With RIPET now operational, we can offer producers a uniquely complete solution for their propane, providing premium netbacks and market optionality, while also positioning AltaGas to profitably grow our Midstream footprint – a true win-win for AltaGas and our customers.”“The ability to import Canadian propane is a significant advantage for Japan, as it provides greater energy security and supply diversification, while also enabling Canada to maximize the value of its natural resources,” said Seiya Araki, President of Astomos Energy Corporation. “This first-of-its-kind project demonstrates to the world what can be achieved through effective partnerships between Canadian and Japanese companies, and will ultimately benefit both countries for decades to come.”In total, RIPET is expected to ship approximately 1.2 million tonnes of propane annually to customers in Asia.RIPET is owned by a joint venture between AltaGas (as to a 70 percent interest) and a Canadian subsidiary of Royal Vopak (as to a 30 percent interest). PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. – AltaGas is celebrating the grand opening of the first marine propane export terminal in Canada.The first marine export facility opened in Prince Rupert with the first shipment leaving the terminal May 23, 2019, headed to Asia.In 2017, AltaGas entered a multi-year agreement with Astomos Energy Corporation, a Japanese propane importer and distributor, to purchase at least 50 percent of the propane shipped from Ridley Island Propane Export Facility (RIPET) annually. RIPET provides producers and customers with a significant locational advantage given comparatively short shipping distances to markets in Asia – notably a 10-day shipping time from Canada’s West Coast compared to 25 days from the U.S. Gulf Coast.last_img read more