Jamaican PM hails as Bolt and partner welcome baby girl

first_imgUsain Bolt has become a father after the birth of his baby daughter with partner Kasi Bennett. Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness confirmed the arrival after sending a congratulatory tweet to the couple. “Congratulations to our sprint legend Usain Bolt and Kasi Bennett on the arrival of their baby girl,” Holness posted on Monday. But it follows Bolt’s extravagant announcement party in March, which went ahead in Kingston, Jamaica. The shindig included fireworks and a celebrity guest list and Bolt said in a video on social media: “I just did the reveal and I’m a girl dad.” He then sent a warning to any future boyfriends, saying: “Any man, any boy, don’t play with me! The 33-year-old has been with his partner for six years, with the 100m world record holder keeping the relationship away from the media. In 2016, he said: “I’m not going to tell you who she is, I want to keep it small for now. “Because I know when it gets out there’s going to be a lot of things to say, and I told her she can’t handle it. Loading… Promoted Content7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?center_img “Because I’ve been through the media. I understand how you guys are – especially the British media.” In the same year, the eight-time Olympics gold medallist mentioned that he was keen on having three children. “I definitely want a family, though. For me, over the years, I’ve waited because I want to make sure it’s the right person. Usain Bolt the latest father in town after welcoming baby girl wirh partner Kasi “I’ve always said I want three kids. The other day I hung out with my buddy who has three kids and it was crazy. “I was like, ‘Hmmmm do I really want three kids?’ But yes, yes I do. I’m sure of it.’” Bolt holds the record for completing the 100m in the fastest time ever, recording a time of 9.58 seconds in Berlin in 2009. Read Also Waiting for King or Queen:  Bolt intensifies child Care Practice The Jamaican also attempted his dream of becoming a professional footballer after scoring twice for Australian side Central Coast Mariners but left months after, abandoning his career as a result. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

2019 Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame

first_imgBetween the consolation and championship game of the boys’ Ripley County Tournament held this year at South Ripley, the 2019 Class of the Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame was introduced.  This year’s group included Mike Cutter (Milan class of 1980), Stacy Edwards Schroeder (Batesville class of 1990), Art Thomas (Cross Plains class of 1962), Amy Myers Armstrong (South Ripley class of 1989), and Mary Simon McCoy (Jac-Cen-Del class of 1986).Also added to this years’ Hall were two meritorious award candidates.  Bill Hisrich of Batesville gained his ticket to the Hall by being an announcer of all levels of basketball for the past 50 years at Batesville High School.  The second candidate was John Ward of Jac-Cen-Del.  John was a coach, athletic director, and principal in the Jac-Cen-Del School system during his career.  John was honored for his dedication to the youth of Ripley County through the years.  John can still be seen at many basketball games around the county yet today.last_img read more

Dominic Solanke hoping for a bright future at Chelsea

first_img “But it helps to have some of your close friends around, so it is good that we’re all here together. “We’ve all got our own places but we’re all quite a close distance to each other, so we can always get to each other quite quickly.” That close bond extends beyond Arnhem, where Nathan and Danilo Pantic are also on loan, to the swathe of players currently away from Chelsea, with a specially set-up WhatsApp group helping them maintain contact. “We’re all quite close together and everyone supports each other at the club,” Solanke said. “The club is like a family so everyone is always finding out how everyone is getting on. It’s nice to have people at the club supporting you as well.” The truth is that many of those out on loan will not cut it at Stamford Bridge, where John Terry remains the last player to break through and become a genuine first-team star. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is currently knocking on the door and Solanke also looks well-placed to eventually become a regular at the club he joined at Under-8 level. “I’d like to do it as soon as I can,” Solanke, who made his first-team debut in a Champions League tie with Maribor in October 2014, said. “That’s the dream of everyone at the academy – that’s why everyone is there. “That’s what everyone is working towards so everyone is trying to do it as soon as possible, but I am keeping my head down, keeping working towards that goal.” Solanke’s progress at Vitesse led to a first England Under-21s call-up in November, capping a memorable year in which he won a second successive FA Youth Cup and shot Chelsea to UEFA Youth League glory. “Winning those competitions meant a lot,” he said. “When I was young at Chelsea I watched all the older players winning competitions, so for me to do it was really good. “The second half of the year I came out to Vitesse and got first-team football. 2015 was a good year and I am learning a lot.” So, with his progress continuing apace and several more months of first-team football ahead at Vitesse, where does Solanke see himself a year from now? “I am not sure, really – anything can happen in football,” he said. “I’d like to just think I’d be in a better position and be a better player than I am this year. “Any development will be a positive thing in my eyes.” The 18-year-old, named England’s Youth Player of the Year for 2014, has taken the well-trodden path from west London to the eastern edge of Holland in a bid to improve his chances of a place in the Blues’ first-team. Chelsea’s strong ties with the Eredivisie club have seen Nemanja Matic, Christian Atsu and Patrick van Aanholt, amongst many others, spend time at the GelreDome in recent years, with Solanke part of a quintet currently on loan to Vitesse. Dominic Solanke is determined to buck the trend by breaking through at Chelsea – a realistic ambition if his progress at Vitesse Arnhem is anything to go by. Press Association Jose Mourinho was reluctant to send the striker out on loan for fear his development could be stunted, but the former Chelsea manager’s fears have been allayed by the teenager’s steady progress in Arnhem. “It has been really good – it has actually been quite nice,” Solanke told Press Association Sport. “It is a good place for me to come and develop, so I am happy at the moment. It is a really good place and the facilities are really good. “It is all about winning – you’ve got to do whatever you can to win.” Solanke is one of the youngest strikers to be playing regularly in a top European league and has netted five goals in 15 appearances to date – a goal ratio he is determined to improve when the Eredivisie resumes this weekend. The goals may not be flowing as easily as previous seasons but the striker is thoroughly enjoying his time in Holland, even if he laughed somewhat embarrassedly when admitting he has yet to pick up much Dutch. The fact fellow England youth internationals Lewis Baker and Izzy Brown are also on loan at Vitesse has no doubt hindered his linguistic progress but helped the transition to living and played abroad. “With me moving countries for a while at a young age, it is always going to be difficult,” Solanke, part of the Under-17 side that won the 2014 European Championship, said. last_img read more

ExxonMobil refuels Pure Racing

first_imgESSO Exploration and Production Guyana Limited, ExxonMobil, has returned to the side of the Pure Racing family ahead of this weekend’s season-opening GT Motorsports Grand Prix.The company yesterday handed over sponsorship to the team at its New Market Street, Georgetown office.ExxonMobil’s Nicholas Yearwood, who handed over the sponsorship, told the media that the company is more than willing to support the youths in sport.“Last year was a lot of fun; a lot of wins and a lot of excitement and we are committed to the development of sports locally. We want to continue working with activities to develop youths.”“We just want to wish them the best in the upcoming race meet and we want them to have fun and be safe.”Pure Racing’s Annalisa Phang stated that sponsors like Exxon have allowed the younger generation of drivers to hone their skills.“Thank you, Exxon, thank you, Nick, for again sponsoring our young drivers. I know they are appreciative of your support and of Exxon’s support. Their skills have certainly surpassed our expectations.”The team includes Ben Phang in the Baby Cup, Justin Ten-Pow in the Sunburst 60cc Kids Cup, Jeremy Ten-Pow and Paige Mendonca in the 125cc X30 Juniors and John Phang in the 125cc X30 Seniors.This weekend’s GT Motorsports Georgetown Grand Prix is billed for tomorrow and is expected to include drivers from Trinidad and Tobago as well as Jamaica.Trinidad’s Kristian Boodoosingh and Zachary Boodram are expected to feature in the 125cc X30 senior class, along with Jamaica’s Collin Daley. Daley’s countryman Tommi Gore is expected in the 125cc X30 junior class.last_img read more

Syracuse football opponent preview: What to know about Boston College

first_imgSyracuse (4-7, 2-5 Atlantic Coast) returns to the Carrier Dome to host Boston College (6-5, 3-4) to close out its 2017 season. SU hasn’t won a game in November since the 2015 finale against BC and will send off the first senior class since 2009 to never appear in a bowl game. Here’s everything you need to know about BC:All-time series: Syracuse leads, 31-19Last time they played: Syracuse traveled to Chestnut Hill to top the Eagles, 28-20, in the Orange’s final win of the 2016 campaign. Eric Dungey threw for 434 yards and three touchdowns. BC ran for 223 yards on SU but completed just seven passes, and earned one of its two touchdowns on a kickoff return.The Boston College report: Head coach Steve Addazio’s Eagles have had an up and down season that’s most notably defined by a three-week stretch in which BC squeaked out a win at Louisville and then destroyed both Virginia on the road and Florida State at home. Pair those highs with ugly losses against the likes of Clemson and Notre Dame, and you have the mixed results of this 6-5 squad.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOffensively, the Eagles had to transform a few weeks ago after redshirt freshman quarterback Anthony Brown was ruled out for the remainder of the season because of a right leg injury. He had started all ten games to that point and thrown for a modest 1,367 yards and 11 touchdowns with nine interceptions.Freshman running back A.J. Dillon (more on him below) has led the rushing charge to pick up the lost production. The Eagles ran for 330 yards against Connecticut last week at Fenway Park. On the other side of the ball, BC does much better against the pass than the run. Among ACC teams, only North Carolina allows more than the Eagles’ 204 rush yards per game, but BC’s 194 pass yards allowed per game ranks fifth in the conference. Junior defensive back Lukas Denis is the greatest contributor on the latter front, with six interceptions and nine passes broken up so far. A week after Steve Ishmael had his worst game of an otherwise strong season, the matchup between Ishmael and Denis should be a key factor.How Syracuse beats Boston College: Syracuse’s pass defense has been a stronghold in 2017. But SU has struggled recently to stop the run, an area in which the Eagles excel. Syracuse will have to contain Dillon because it is nearly certain that Dungey will not play for the third straight game, due to injury. Whether Zack Mahoney or Rex Culpepper starts, the onus is on both the backup QB and the run defense to win the game. Stat to know: 96-15The Orange has been outscored 96-15 over the past six quarters, including the second half of a defense breakdown against Wake Forest and the entire Louisville game last week. John Wolford and Lamar Jackson were effective in their reads, either launching it down field or running with the ball on their own. The Eagles don’t have as potent a QB, but they have a strong run game that will pose yet another challenge for the SU defense. Player to watch: A.J. Dillon, running back, No. 2Dillon is an explosive 6-foot, 240-pound back who is hard to bring down; look to his 5.1 yards per carry for evidence. As only a freshman the shifty runner has gone for 10 touchdowns, including four — yes, four — in a 272-yard showing at Louisville. In his last three games, Dillon has run for at 149, 196 and 200 yards, respectively. Expect him to get the ball early and often on Saturday. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 23, 2017 at 10:26 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

T&T gynecologist freed on rape charges 15 years later

first_imgA 71-year-old gynecologist was freed by a High Court in Trinidad here after he was accused of raping a woman 15 years ago.Dr. Shauffie David Ali, who is also the owner and medical director of Gulf View Medical Centre, had gone on trial before Justice Hayden St. Clair-Douglas last month, charged with grievous sexual assault and rape.The woman, who was then 21, alleged that Ali raped her in his office on April 8, 2003. But the jury took less than an hour to find the medical practitioner not guilty.The court heard that the woman had attempted suicide after two miscarriages and was a patient at the medical center for two days in March 2003.The woman alleged she received a call from Ali’s office for her to make an appointment to see him. The woman claimed she visited Ali’s office on April 1 and 2, 2003 and that on the third visit on April 8, the doctor raped her in his office.But the defense’s three witnesses, including the doctor’s daughter, a receptionist and a nurse, produced evidence showing that there was no record of any appointment for the woman to see the doctor and that the receptionist said she called the woman once for her to come to the office to pay her bill and not to set up an appointment.The nurse told the court that on the day of the alleged rape she was in the operating theatre with the doctor, who was performing a Caesarean birth procedure.“I have a smile on my face. I feel good,’ Ali said as he left the court on Monday.last_img read more

The ‘ideal’ gaming platform: Living up to the multifaceted label

first_img Share Share BtoBet grows LatAm portfolio with GlobalBet deal August 12, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles BtoBet refines African SMS payment options with Tola Mobile  August 20, 2020 BtoBet grows Nigerian presence with Booster99 deal August 26, 2020 Submit When it comes to the iGaming industry, the ideal gaming platform is often seen as one that, once developed, can be easily integrated into an existing operator’s environment.However important this might be, it is integration of a different kind – and particularly those that come much earlier in the developmental process, of most concern to BtoBet Chairman Alessandro Fried.The key trait for any aspiring platform provider is flexibility, or more specifically the creation of flexible solutions that are compatible with “multi-faceted” integration. I will go on to outline the four ‘integration of any’ scenarios for companies to work towards.These solutions must be compatible with different types of existent features and open to integrate various specific properties. Only a gaming platform that allows the below-mentioned types of integration can truly justify this ‘multifaceted’ label.Integration of any game or sportsbook providerThe easy integration of any type of games or sportsbook operator is a fundamental aspect of success in this competitive industry. Gaming platforms that are difficult to integrate into existing business environments and struggle to work harmoniously with already determined business infrastructures can obstruct the players’ gaming experience and result in unnecessary costs. On the other hand, gaming platforms that are able to integrate any game and sportsbook provider can guarantee an engaging players’ experience.Integration of any specific contentNo matter the industry, every product which is able to be adjusted to the personal needs and expectations of the users has the potential to succeed. This is especially true when it comes to the iGaming industry. When gaming operators are searching to implement a new platform, they focus on finding one that could be easily customized in accordance to their specific needs and that will allow the integration and management of any specific gaming content.Integration of any payment providerFor a gaming platform to be seamlessly integrated into an existing business environment, it should also be able to incorporate a wide variety of payment methods for a number of countries, either directly or through specialized payment providers. This would allow users to make payment transactions quickly, easily and securely. In reality, it is proven that the majority of online shoppers are likely to abandon a purchasing process if they can’t use their preferred payment method. Therefore, it is crucial for gaming operators to get to know their target audience’s behaviour, needs, and habits and offer a solution that would be satisfying.Integration of any affiliation systemAn affiliation system can be considered an important contributor to the gaming operators’ success, as it can empower their brand and boost their income. The capability of the gaming platform to integrate any affiliation system can result in building a quality two-sided relationship between operators and affiliates. As a conclusion, having an affiliate system helps in increasing brand awareness and building a strong affiliate network and promoting different gaming offers.last_img read more

CHAN team ready for Cosafa Cup hurdle as they arrive in SA

first_imgGhana’s local Black Stars arrived in South Africa on Friday morning ahead of their first COSAFA Cup tournament game on Sunday.The Council for Southern African Football Association (COSAFA) had invited Ghana to feature as guests from West Africa. The tournament was to be hosted by Botswana in September last year but was later cancelled due to ‘financial and logistical constraints.’Team coach Maxwell Konadu is leading the home-based group has drawn out a strong squad comprising the Ghana Premier League’s finest top scorer Nathaniel Asamoah, former Maritzburg forward Yakubu Mohammed and Fatau Dauda, who last played for South African clubs Orlando Pirates and Chippa United.Konadu said before leaving Ghana: “Like any other team at a tournament, the target is to get to the finals and try winning the ultimate and I think it is not different with our team.”“Our hope is that we justify the decision of the organizers to invite us as guests at the Cosafa tournament.”“Even though this is our first time and have not had enough international friendlies, yet still we want to go and do our very best for Ghana so that every year, we get invited,” he ended. In the opening games of Group B on Monday, Swaziland nicked one over Tanzania while Lesotho lost 1-2 to Madagascar. They play the second round of matches at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Wednesday and the final group games on May 22.Ghana, based in Rustenburg, then faces the winner of this group at the quarterfinals stage on Sunday. Zambia and Zimbabwe are record winners of the Cosafa Cup with four titles each.Ghana squad for Cosafa CupGoalkeepers: Mozart Adjetey (Heart of Lions), Fatau Dauda (AshantiGold), Stephen Adams (Aduana Stars) Defenders: Godfred Saka (Aduana Stars), Joshua Tijani (AshantiGold), Emmanuel Asante (Asante Kotoko), Ahmed Adams (Asante Kotoko), Asiamah Badu (Heart of Lions), Abeiku Ainooson (Asante Kotoko), Alfred Nelson (Liberty Professionals)Midfielders: Zakari Mumuni (WAFA), Michael Akuffo (Asante Kotoko), Isaac Twum (Heart of Lions), Hans Kwofie (Medeama), Bernard Morrison (AshantiGold ), Daniel Darkwah (Aduana Stars), Malik Akowuah (Medeama)Forwards: Kwame Boateng (Great Olympics), Yakubu Mohammed (AshantiGold), Nathaniel Asamoah (Medeama–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more

Medical marijuana policy debate likely in 2020 Iowa legislature

first_imgDES MOINES — It’s likely the 2020 Iowa legislature will try to adjust the state-run medical marijuana program, but it’s not yet clear what will win final approval.A bill last year would have let state-licensed growers and pharmacies make and sell slightly more potent cannabis-infused products — but after objections from a state board about raising the “cap” or limit on T-H-C, Governor Kim Reynolds vetoed the legislation.“Almost every aspect of that bill I supported and they were all recommendations from the board,” Reynold said earlier this week. “The only piece that I didn’t support was the jump from where the cap is right now to where they went to.”The state advisory board recently weighed in again, recommending an increase in the potency of medical marijuana allowed for sale at five dispensaries in Iowa — but not as much of an increase as was in the 2019 legislation.“They listened to some of the individuals that have been impacted by the program and actually changed one of their recommendations,” Reynolds said. “…That was a positive step in the right direction.”The board is also embracing the idea terminally ill patients should not be subject to any limits on medical marijuana use. Republican House Speaker-select Pat Grassley of New Hartford said it’s too soon to say what lawmakers may wind up doing.“The House, the Senate, the board and the governor have to work on a bill that we can pass in each chamber and something that the governor can obviously sign, so as I sit here, I’m not going to get into what the weeds would be on that specific issue,” Grassley said Tuesday.Senate President Charles Schneider, a Republican from West Des Moines, has met with the governor to discuss what may be possible in 2020.“I have been a strong supporter of medical cannabis since I came into the legislature,” Schneider said Tuesday. “…It’s a matter of us working together and finding a way to get something done for Iowans that makes dosing more practical for the patients and for the producers.”Current law uses percentages for the THC in state-regulated cannabis products rather than grams, which is how prescription medications which typically measured. Schneider’s also hoping lawmakers agree to expand the list of medical conditions that health care providers may recommend cannabis as treatment.The legislators and Governor Reynolds made their comments this week at a statehouse forum organized by The Associated Press.last_img read more

South Puget Sound Community College Grants Tenure to Seven Faculty

first_imgFacebook12Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Puget Sound Community CollegeSouth Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) awarded tenure to seven faculty members at the Board of Trustees meeting on March, 13, 2018.  Three of the faculty members are alumni of SPSCC.Liza Rendon, center, smiles as tenure recipients are congratulated at a reception on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Rendon received tenure for a faculty position in psychology. Photo courtesy: SPSCCIn order to be awarded tenure at SPSCC, faculty members must satisfactorily perform required instructional and non-instructional work within their assigned area of discipline, such as course instruction, curriculum design, service work, and more over the course of three years.  During this time, their performance is under review by a Probationary Review Committee that reports to the Board of Trustees. At the end of three successful years, the Board can grant the award of tenure.Liza BrennerArt ProfessorLiza Brenner teaches art history, drawing, painting, and other fine arts.  Recently, her work “A Legacy of Observation” was included in a juried exhibition at Edinboro University. Liza received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and her Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.Tim MadeleyAccounting ProfessorTimothy (Tim) Madeley teaches accounting, business, and small business classes. He will be teaching business classes in SPSCC’s new Craft Brewing and Distilling program beginning in Fall Quarter 2018.  Tim received his Bachelor of Arts from University of Puget Sound and his Master of Arts from Antioch University.Faculty members who were awarded tenure stand to be recognized during at reception on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Photo courtesy: SPSCCLiza RendonPsychology ProfessorLiza Rendon teaches psychology, diversity, and personality theories classes. She earned her Associate in Arts from South Puget Sound Community College, her Bachelor of Arts from The Evergreen State College, and her Master of Arts from Saint Martin’s University.Melanie SheltonBaking and Pastry Arts ProfessorMelanie Shelton teaches baking and pastry arts classes. In 2017, she spent several weeks in Paris studying French methods of baking, confections, and more. Melanie earned her Associate in Technical Arts from South Puget Sound Community College; she is a former co-owner of The Bearded Lady Food Company in Olympia.Amy WarrenOffice Administration ProfessorAmy Warren teaches business communication, office procedures, and classes focused on the Microsoft Office Suite. She earned her Associate in Arts from Green River College, her Bachelor of Science from University of Phoenix, and her Master in Education from Western Washington University.Alex WittmannAutomotive ProfessorAlexander (Alex) Wittmann teaches fuels, ignition systems, steering, suspension, and brake systems classes. After earning his Automotive Technology Certificate in 2010, Alex entered the industry and opened his own automotive repair business. He also began teaching classes at SPSCC. Alex earned his Associate in Arts for South Puget Sound Community College.Bin Zhang received tenure as a communications faculty member at SPSCC. Photo courtesy: SPSCCBin ZhangCommunication Studies ProfessorBin Zhang teaches interpersonal and intercultural communication, introduction to communication, small group communication, and Chinese classes.  He has been featured in several academic publications and, in 2016, he received an International Curriculum Mini Grant from NIEA. Bin earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts at Northeast Normal University and his Ph. D. from Southern Illinois University.last_img read more