• Fire on the water: Dragon boat racing looks to make its mark

    first_imgIn this Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 photo, a dragon boat crew from the Philippines paddles for the finish line during a 500-meter heat at the ICF Dragon Boat Championships,in Gainesville, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Their paddles slice through the water in perfect rhythm, all 20 of them, guided by a mesmerizing drumbeat and a legendary creature soaring from the bow of their vessel.Welcome to the world of dragon boat racing, an ancient yet neophyte sport that combines strength, teamwork and even a bit of spirituality.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ “Dragon boating is not just about communities coming together, it’s not just about strength, it’s not just about being fast on the boat,” Kadam said. “It also has some aspect of spirituality to it. It’s being intuitive, it’s working together, it’s thinking what everyone is thinking, feeling the boat, feeling that boat get up, feeling that water on the paddle. It’s about all of that — the passion that drives the boat forward.”Kadam is also driven by the memory of her younger brother, Aditya, known to everyone as “D.A.” and one of the top U.S. paddlers leading up to the 2014 dragon boat world championships. After a training session on his outrigger canoe, he died of cardiac arrest at the age of 23.In tribute, his sister and all her teammates are racing at Lake Lanier with “D.A.” on their paddles.The world championship races cover distances of 200, 500 and 2,000 meters. Unlike rowing or sprint canoeing, which compete in a straight line, the longest event in dragon boat racing is carried out on the 500-meter course, with each boat going down and back on a couple of loops, requiring three turns around the buoys at each end while allowing fans on shore to view the entire race.“When you want something to be popular, you’ve got to get people to see it,” Palmer said. “Everybody who sees dragon boat loves it.”Like any developing sport, though, funding is a major obstacle to its growth and development.The athletes largely have to pay their own way, with little help from the national or international federations. Only 11 nations are competing at the world championships, including the host Americans, with a couple of notable absences.Russia, coming off a dominating performance when it hosted the last world championships in 2016, did not show up at Lake Lanier. Neither did China, which is sort of like holding the baseball world championships without the United States.Those who did compete are hopeful of one day getting into the Olympics. Since dragon boat racing falls under the auspices of the International Canoe Federation (ICF), it would not need to be approved as a whole new sport, simply a new discipline that, most notably, would not require any new venues.On the other hand, the International Olympic Committee may be reluctant to add an event that requires 10- and 20-person teams, which could add significantly to the total number of athletes at the Summer Games. Then again, the IOC signed off on five new sports at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, including team sports baseball and softball, so those sort of arguments are met with a bit of skepticism from dragon boaters. LATEST STORIES It’s also a whole lot of fun, which was evident this weekend as the biennial world championships came to North America for the first time on Lake Lanier north of Atlanta, the same spot where rowing and canoeing were held during the 1996 Olympics.“The high intensity of dragon boat is unlike any other paddle sport,” said Ethan Palmer, who competed in rowing and kayaking before joining the U.S. dragon boat program. “And we have dragon heads on the front of our boats. It’s different. It’s eye-catching.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissDragon boats originated in China more than 2,000 years ago and remain a huge part of that country’s folklore.As the story goes, when beloved poet Qu Yuan died by drowning himself in the Miluo River, local fishermen beat drums, splashed the water with their paddles and threw rice dumplings into the river in an attempt to keep fish away from his body. Dragon boat festivals are still held each year to commemorate his death. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The competitive sport of dragon boat racing has a much shorter history, originating in the 1970s with vessels that are made of modern, lightweight materials but still draw on those ceremonial roots.Dragon heads (and tails) are attached to the boats for racing. A drummer sits in the front of the boat, facing his crew with his back to the course, beating out a rhythm to keep the paddlers as one. The steersman stands at the back of the boat, handling the rudder. There are races for crews of 10 and 20 paddlers, who sit on benches in rows of two, tightly bunched in the long, narrow vessels that don’t seem nearly big enough to handle all those bodies.“That’s a LOT of people to get rowing perfectly in sync,” Palmer said. “In a dragon boat, with the close proximity that you sit next to each other, there is no room for error, literally or figuratively. You’re inches apart. We’re overlapping every single stroke.”Another American paddler, Swati Kadam, took up dragon boating about eight years ago as a way of relieving stress while pursuing her doctorate at the City of Hope cancer research center in Los Angeles.She soon realized that it was so much more.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title At the very least, dragon boat racing seems to fit with the IOC’s goal of adding new sports that appeal to a more youthful demographic.“To have the Olympic symbol on it,” Kadam said, “That’s all we’re missing right now.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil SEA Games 2019: Guarte, Abahan complete PH sweep of obstacle course racing PLAY LIST 01:18SEA Games 2019: Guarte, Abahan complete PH sweep of obstacle course racing00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO 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 award Serena Williams talks fashion, not fouls at Las Vegas eventlast_img read more

  • November 12 – turning point for M&CC

    first_imgDear Editor,There is a well-known biblical phrase that says, “The end is nigh!” which refers to a potential apocalypse or the end times from the Christian Bible.It is safe to say that the end is near for ‘The Fantastic Four’, which ran roughshod over the citizens of Georgetown and their opponents at City Hall for the last three years.With November 12 fast approaching, with the requirement of having the Council dissolved at least one month before, and with the looming retirement of others, persons should keep a close eye on the possible further ransacking, plundering, looting and pillaging of whatever assets remain there by the departing vice lords.Who knows, there may even be the attempt to resurrect the motion that was tabled many years ago for Georgetown City Councillors to receive a pension — a most ridiculous proposition that was confined to Georgetown exclusively; or they may try to raise from the dead the parking meter scam that will see a few persons who have an interest in its implementation benefiting going forward.An interesting exercise the ‘Bigwigs’ of City Hall should undertake would be to list their achievements and the benefits derived by the citizens for the last three years: the roads repaired, the bridges built, the complete rehabilitation done to the municipal markets, the improvements to the Constabulary and security in the city, the drainage improvements, street lighting installed, social development in the city, the increases in day care services, the financial audits carried out, etc.As they say in Guyana, ‘Nah mind how pumpkin vine run, he must dry up one day’.Sincerely,Sean Leviuslast_img read more

  • Guyana stands to lose millions – ex-Foreign Affairs Minister

    first_imgBorder wall funding lawBY SAMUEL SUKHNANDANGuyanese dependent on foreign financial support have reasons to fear that the United States (US) congress may make an amendment to the US Electronic Fund Transfer Act to impose a fee for remittance transfers to certain foreign countries, South of the US, including Guyana.The bill, which is titled Border Wall Funding Act of 2017 (HR 1813), has already been introduced in the US House of Representatives by Congressman Mike Rogers, of Alabama’s 3rd Congressional District.In introducing the Bill on March 30, 2017, Rogers claimed that remittances are normally used by illegal immigrants to move money from the US to their home countries.In order to put a restriction on this, Rogers said the Bill will seek to allow for a two per cent fee charged on individuals sending money to recipients in 42 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.In providing his interpretation of the issue, former Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Henry Jeffrey told Guyana Times during an interview, that if successful, the Bill will cause severe problems not only in Guyana, but the wider Caribbean and Latin American region.“In the case of Guyana, we can lose somewhere between $25-40 million and that’s a lot of money for a small country for ours,” Dr Jeffrey stated, explaining that regardless of the circumstances, people will find other means by which to send finances to their home country.Former Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Henry JeffreyThe former Minister pointed out; however, that there are mechanisms in which the matter could be discussed with the US before any such laws are passed.Dr Jeffrey made reference to the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Trade and Investment Agreement with the US, explaining that through that agreement, the Caribbean has been recognised as small and vulnerable economies, and the need for the Region to be given special treatment is reinforced.He suggested that Caricom member states, including Guyana, use that mechanism to address the issue before it comes into effect. But if that doesn’t bear fruit, Dr Jeffrey said Guyana also has the advantage of joining the wider region to advance its interest and ensure that its concerns are heard.“I have had a look at the statements made by Caricom, but they are all generalised statements where it says, it will have a Region-wide stance on the issue,” he added.While recognising that this Bill has the potential to cause Guyana to lose investment, Dr Jeffrey told Guyana Times it is a “complicated matter” which should be looked at and addressed collectively.While Government has not made any statements on the issue nor provided an analysis of the possible impact it might have on the country’s economy, Dr Jeffrey is urging the Government to work to ensure that they do. He thinks also that Guyana should press for activation of the Caricom council and work within it.Different perspectiveGuyana Times also spoke with a Guyana-born financial analyst who had a different opinion on the issue. Sasenarine Singh claimed that the tax will ensure that millennial who are now having better jobs than their parents, will divert their money away from the remittance trade into “actual bricks and mortar investments in the Guyanese Diaspora.”According to Singh, the proposed tax will make the decision easier for those in the Diaspora who do not want to work in the black market, to not send money to Guyana.“The United States where the biggest Guyanese Diaspora communities reside, is still recovering from the economic slump, although 2017 will be a good year for the US economy. So the Guyanese community who has delayed investments in the new cars and new houses are making that investment in larger numbers in 2017, leaving less for the relatives in the motherland,” he added.Besides these issues, hundreds of Guyanese still depend on remittances for their upkeep.Remittances contributed to 11.2 per cent of Guyana’s Gross Domestic Product in 2016, a decline from 14 per cent in 2015.  This was a result mainly because net current transfers decreased by 23.1 per cent or US$95 million over 2016 reflected a drastic reduction of workers remittance from abroad into Guyana.Guyana is just a drop in the global remittance trade which in 2016 was pegged at US$441,000 million; Guyana received in 2016 only US$320 million of that amount.The largest destination for remittances from the US is Mexico, which Pew Research estimates was equal to US$24 billion in 2015.last_img read more

  • Job Vacancy: Donegal Framing Company seeks Financial Accountant

    first_imgEssential CriteriaMinimum of 2 years’ experience in industryACA, ACCA or CIMA qualificationExcellent problem solving skillsExcellent communication skillsGood computer skills including a good working knowledge of Excel is requiredStrong reporting skillsAbility to multi-taskAbility to work under pressure and be resilientResults-DrivenDesirable CriteriaAccounting experience in the manufacturing industry would be an advantage.To apply for this position, please send a CV and cover letter outlining how you meet the essential and desirable criteria to or via post to Recruitment Department, The Innovation Centre, Northern Ireland Science Park, Bay Road, Derry~Londonderry BT48 7TG; clearly outlining how you meet the criteria before Friday, April 21st, 2017 at 5.00pm.Job Vacancy: Donegal Framing Company seeks Financial Accountant was last modified: April 10th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AccountantbuncranadonegalFrames Directjob Frames Direct Ltd has been supplying quality windows and doors for over 30 years in the Irish market; initially in aluminium and moving into uPVC as the market demands changed.Based in a modern spacious plant in Buncrana, Co Donegal; Frames Direct has a history of continuous product improvement and constant innovation coupled with investment in the most modern and up to date plant and machinery.Frames Direct is now seeking to recruit a Financial Accountant. We are currently recruiting for a dynamic person to join our existing and successful team.This role will support the current Finance team which provides financial support for the day to day operations. The successful candidate will supplement the existing cohesive team to provide the necessary financial support for both day to day operations and project work.Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:Complete the monthly period end close processPreparing financial reports and accounting for group companies.Income and expenditure analysis and reporting.Preparing of Year end audits files and liaising with auditorsBudgeting and Expenditure Control.Delivering internal and external reporting within fixed timeframes.Bank account reconciliations.Preparation of VAT returns for both Irish and UK companiesPrepare financial reporting for the Managing DirectorControl purchasing process (Briefing Letters and PO’s)Prepare in-depth financial analysisConsolidate reporting and ensure consistency in numbers reportedSupport other finance work and project assignments as required within the Company last_img read more

  • Male Grooming: When in doubt, get him a voucher

    first_imgMavericks Traditional Barbershop know exactly what the dapper gents want for Christmas.With the weather being so mild the feeling out there is that Christmas has crept up upon us. We are in the thick of it in terms of traffic, frantic shopping and despair as we still do not know what to get that special one or the not so special one that we feel “I have to get them something…..” The Mavericks voucher seems to be the answer to a lot of questions being asked regarding “what to get him this year”.  I don’t want to spend a lot, just a wee gift for him to say thank you! You can get a Mavericks voucher for just €14 for a traditional hair cut. He can come in, enjoy a vintage barber experience, get the best haircut a man can get, watch live sports and enjoy a fresh ground roast coffee or a nice cool Coca Cola, finished off a professional styling and spray of a classic aftershave to complete the treatment.   I was going to get him a grooming set in the chemist but I don’t know what he likes! Get him a voucher for whatever value you like and he can come in and use it on grooming products we stock everything from shampoo to shaving soaps, to hair gels to cut throat razors to tooth paste. We have top exclusive brands such as Dear Barber, Marvis, Layrite, Proraso, Haryali, Dapper Dan and many, many more. I want to get him something different, an experience, something he will remember! Get him a voucher for a Luxury hot towel shave. At only twenty euro this is a gift that is great value for money. We guarantee he will enjoy the experience and be talking about it long after. He will be treated to a hot towel procedure for several minutes to prepare the face and soften the hair. Enjoy the feel of a close cut throat shave and a refreshing treatment to finish softening the skin and closing the pores. An experience that a lot of men return for week after week. Something every man should experience at least once. I want to get him something special, something big! The value of the voucher… you decide. We have hampers up to €160, it is the complete male grooming for the complete Dapper gent. If that’s the way he rolls then he will want the best of everything, in Mavericks he can get just that. He could spend the voucher on the complete package going for a hot towel shave or beard trim or both!!!. A traditional hair cut and wash, pick up some premium products it’s up to him. We can tell you one thing if he has swagger about him there is nothing that he would like more than a Mavericks voucher…..If it is a dapper gent you are buying for then we have the products for him, you can even call in store and see if there is a selection of products you would like us to put together for him!!!! Also follow us on Facebook on Grooming: When in doubt, get him a voucher was last modified: December 22nd, 2016 by Mavericks BarbersShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CHristmasmale groomingMavericks Barberslast_img read more

  • ‘Heaven help us’

    first_imgGasoline experts have been offering advice for months on how drivers can reduce fuel prices: empty the trunk, combine errands, keep tires properly inflated, maintain a steady speed. “People seek – what is the word I’m looking for? – relief in many ways,” said Jeff Spring, a spokesman for the Automobile Club of Southern California. “We would recommend they continue to try to cut their use of gas to try to lower the prices. Reduced demand will lower their prices.” What about asking for help from above? “I’ll leave that question up to the theologians,” Spring said. In Scripture, God’s children tend to pray for illnesses to be healed and for persecution to be stopped, said Patrick Miller, professor emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary. “Situations that evoke people’s crying out to the Lord – what I would call prayers for help – tend to be situations when the community is in dire straits,” Miller said. But rising gas prices are different because it’s possible God is reminding Americans the world has limited natural resources, Miller said. Praying to overcome human excess would be like praying to ace an exam that wasn’t studied for. On the other hand, it would be appropriate to pray for wisdom to respectfully live in God’s creation and conserve natural resources, Miller said, which was why the Rev. Ed Hansen agreed to have Wednesday’s prayer session outside his church. “It is very unjust that profits can be so high when people are so deeply affected,” said Hansen, who drives a 2004 Prius and lives a mile from his church. “From a faith perspective, I believe God wants us to work for justice.” While Hansen said some people at United Methodist are struggling to pay rent or put food on the table because they’re paying steeper prices for gas, ExxonMobil, the world’s largest publicly traded oil company, reported a record profit of $8.4 billion in the first quarter of this year. The national average for a gallon of gas rose again this week, closing at $2.93 on Wednesday. The prayer group didn’t expect God’s answer to “come down in a lightning bolt” but to lower prices over time by guiding politicians on energy policies. Not everyone was a believer, though. Holding signs calling people to prayer, the group was unable to lure any passers-by into its fold. “Pray for lower gas prices?” a twenty-something man said, cocking his head as if confounded by a great riddle. “I’ll think about it,” he said, deadpan, and hurried off. (818)713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Rev. Beatrice Williams drove 110 miles to Hollywood on Wednesday to beg the Lord for lower gasoline prices. “There is victory when we stand together,” Williams said, after joining eight others in prayer. “We will overcome, and we will overcome this if there are enough people who believe that God cares.” Standing beneath the Gothic Revival tower of Hollywood United Methodist Church – and across from a Chevron station charging $3.43 a gallon for unleaded – the group asked God to comfort those paying more while driving less. “We give you praise and honor and glory. You are king of all kings. You know our needs,” Bishop Donald Downing, pastor of Heart to Heart Christian Center in Fort Washington, Md., prayed as cars zipped through the intersection of Highland and Franklin avenues, occasionally honking. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“These high gas prices, Lord, bring them down, oh Father.” These prayer warriors were hoping to induce the same miracle the effort’s organizer, Pray Live, claims it brought about in Washington, D.C. After about 50 attended a gathering in late April, national fuel prices dropped a few cents. Californians, however, continue to see prices sky high. A gallon of regular averaged $3.39 in Los Angeles on Wednesday – down, but just a penny from Tuesday. “This will be a testament to all of the people who don’t believe in the power of prayer,” said Wenda Royster, director of Pray Live, which operates a 24-hour phone and Internet prayer line. “Gas is almost like water, especially here in California, where people drive far to work and can’t rely on public transportation.” last_img read more


    first_imgA capacity crowd packed out the Dobhar community centre in west Donegal last Saturday night to enjoy the latest film night held by the local community project Alternative Community Cinema.The evening saw the people who gathered enjoy a sit down meal and musical entertainment by the band ‘Wee Small Gods’. The main focus of the event, which was free admission, was the showing of ‘Even the Rain’, a feature film set in the year 2000 about the protest of the Bolivian people against their governments plan to privatise their water supply.The film also looked at the comparison of the private water companies actions in Bolivia at the time and the European colonisation of the region by imperial powers five hundred years ago.The evening also had guest speakers Ciaran Campbell of the trade union MANDATE and Donegal independent TD Thomas Pringle address those gathered on the current issues in Ireland regarding water charges and the ongoing protests and action against austerity measures.Deputy Pringle compared the similarities of the attempt to privatise the water supply in Bolivia to that of the plans to be implemented by the government in Lenister House and explained there was more to the comparisons than met the eye. “Just as was the case in Bolivia, the plan by our current government to implement water charges is a precursor to the privatisation of our most essential resource,” Deputy Pringle said.“They are basically aiming to commodify and privatise the most basic of lifes necessities and the first step on that road is water charges. All this is being done in an aim to raise money to pay off the debts amassed by reckless bankers and an elite few and it must be resisted at all costs.“What should be a big eye opener for the people watching this film is the fact that the private water company involved in the Bolivian water issue, Veolia, is already operating in Ireland and if we continue to ignore the actions of our government and their march towards privatisation, companies like Veolia will effectively own our water and dictate the price of every single drop.”Speaking at the event Ciaran Campbell of MANDATE commended the film night project saying it had great potential.“MANDATE are delighted to be involved with such a project” he said. “This type of event is a great opportunity to be able to educate the people first hand without the truth being manipulated by certain interests through the media.“It is understandable that the public think that many of the unions have sold out, but we in MANDATE believe the ongoing move by the government to privatise public services and utillities is one which wholly wrong and must be resisted. “Privateers like water companies are not there in the interests of consumers but profits and they also use their workers as mere commodities to make more money for themselves by lowering working conditions and rates of pay. Hopefully this film tonight shows the people we can resist such privatisation by standing together.” Alternative Community Cinema organiser Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig said how happy he was with the turnout and thanked all involved.“It was fantastic to see so many people pack into to hall for the event and the genuine interest there was in the subject. The film itself showed what can be achieved when communities pull together and we have strong community spirit here in Ireland so it gives great hope for the future despite what the government continues to throw at us.“The people are coming out in greater numbers now for events and issues such as this which is great to see. The only weapon the government has against us is fear and we are not afraid anymore. So I hope the people come away from events such as this film night feeling empowered to do something about these issues” Mr Mac Giolla Easbuig said.“I would just like to thank those who attended the event, everyone who helped make the night happen including the staff at Ionad Naomh Padraig, Dobhar, the speakers, the band, those who provided the food and indeed anyone who helped in any way and we look forward to holding similar events in the future.” HUGE TURN-OUT AT WEST DONEGAL COMMUNITY FILM NIGHT was last modified: February 15th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Alternative Community CinemaDeputy Thomas PringleWee Small Godslast_img read more

  • Men’s Tennis Begins Spring Break Journey With A 5-2 Loss At Tulsa

    first_img The Drake University men’s tennis team began its week-long cross country Spring Break trip with a 5-2 loss at Tulsa Saturday, March 16, afternoon. Match NotesDrake 13-8Tulsa 11-8Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,5,6,2,3,1)T-3:00 A-139 Print Friendly Version Next Game: Doubles competition1. Jarod Hing/Boriss Kamdem (TLSM) def. Vinny Gillespie/Bayo Philips (DU) 6-42. Majed Kilani/Kody Pearson (TLSM) def. Barny Thorold/Finley Hall (DU) 6-43. Joshua Goodger/Tom Thelwall-Jones (TLSM) vs. Calum MacGeoch/Tom Hands (DU) 5-5, unfinished Using a reconfigured lineup, Drake’s (13-8) No. 78 Tom Hands moved into the No. 1 singles spot and defeated No. 52 Majed Kilani, 5-7, 7-6, 10-7 in the final match of the competition to earn the Bulldogs’ second point of the day.  Earlier in competition, Calum MacGeoch earned a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win at No. 6 singles to keep the Bulldogs alive before Tulsa picked up the fourth and clinching point at No. 2 singles. The Golden Hurricane’s Joshua Goodger picked up that 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 victory over No. 57 Vinny Gillespie to give Tulsa the home win. The Bulldogs travel to the Land of Enchantment next for a March 18 match at the University of New Mexico.Tulsa 5, Drake 23/16/2019 at Tulsa, Okla. (Michael D. Case Tennis Center)Singles competition1. #78 Tom Hands (DU) def. #52 Majed Kilani (TLSM) 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 1-0 (10-7)2. Joshua Goodger (TLSM) def. #57 Vinny Gillespie (DU) 6-4, 5-7, 6-43. Kody Pearson (TLSM) def. Bayo Philips (DU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-34. Jarod Hing (TLSM) def. Barny Thorold (DU) 6-3, 6-05. Boriss Kamdem (TLSM) def. Finley Hall (DU) 6-4, 6-36. Calum MacGeoch (DU) def. Stefan Hampe (TLSM) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3center_img Preview at New Mexico 3/18/2019 – 4 PM Story Links Box Score (HTML) Full Schedule Roster last_img read more

  • Editorial: Level the playing field on Oakland Coliseum deal

    first_imgNow that the Oakland A’s have announced plans to build a new ballpark on the waterfront next to Jack London Square, the city should solicit proposals from all comers for the Coliseum site the team would be abandoning.After a botched plan last year to build a new ballpark next to Laney College, A’s President Dave Kaval last week unveiled drawings for a new field of dreams at Howard Terminal.David KavalThe waterfront site, owned by the Port of Oakland, presents the A’s with significant …last_img read more

  • Kanana Park housing project launched

    first_img15 August 2012 Timred Jabaza has been waiting 22 years for a decent home – his long wait finally came to an end on Friday when President Jacob Zuma handed him the key to his new, fully furnished two-bedroom house. Jabaza was one of the first beneficiaries of the more than 200 new houses that Zuma handed over in Kanana Park, south of Johannesburg on Friday. Others who will be benefiting from the new homes include those were found living in uninhabitable conditions when the President visited Sweetwaters and Thulamntwana in 2010. Following that visit, the Gauteng provincial government and the City of Johannesburg began developing the Kanana Park housing project, which will incorporate the settlements of Thulamntwana, Sweetwaters and the two smaller informal settlements of Doornkuil and Bhekaphambili. A total of 3 101 houses are being built, 1 793 of which are government subsidised housing units, 756 social-rental units, and 552 bonded units. Parks, two sports grounds, two primary schools, a high school, a clinic, and commercial and light industrial sites are also being planned for the area. Jabaza’s daughter Kholeka Jabaza said it was wonderful to see one of her father’s dreams finally realised. “It wasn’t nice staying in a shack, especially at his age. It was not easy. My father has been waiting for 22 years, and his day has finally arrived,” she beamed. Kholeka was particularly pleased that Zuma, who had promised better living conditions for residents during his 2010 visit, had kept his word. “It’s been less than two years and already it’s happened. I’m so grateful. I just hope that he can do the same for everyone who has been living in those conditions,” she said. Patience Mehlomekhulu also spent the first night in her own decent home on Friday. The 74-year-old had been living in a shack with her grandchildren, where conditions were far from ideal. “It was so cold I could not sleep at night. Tonight I will sleep in my new house for the first time. I am very happy,” she said. Zuma, who was accompanied by a number of representatives from national and provincial government, also addressed a community meeting after handing over the houses. He said he was touched when he visited the area in 2010 and found that people were living in dire poverty. Plans were in place to develop the area and those plans were speeded up after his visit. “Everyone on the list will get a house … Everything takes time … things will not happen in one day, but at the end everyone will have a house,” Zuma assured residents. He also promised that there would be electricity and other services in the area. Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said the Kanana Park housing projects would be a mixed development. Apart from the “give away houses”, houses would also be built for affordable rentals. “We are providing for families,” she said, adding that millions had been earmarked to build houses and develop the area. Source: read more