Colors Boutique supports Ninvalle for Pre-Cadet and Caribbean Table Tennis Championships

first_img… Guyana team departs todayKAYSAN Ninvalle, Guyana’s lone gold medallist at last year’s Pre-Cadet and Caribbean Table Tennis Championships, yesterday received sponsorship from Colors Boutique, as he gets set to feature in the 2017 edition of the championship which will be held in Jamaica, August 21-28.One year ago, Ninvalle defeated Jalen Kerr of Trinidad and Tobago 11-8, 9-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9 in the Boys U-11 final and now, moving up to the U-13 category, the racquet-wielder believes he can replicate his performance to win gold once again.At a simple presentation ceremony held at the Colors Boutique Robb Street location, Sales Representative Creanna Damon said they were happy with his progress in the sport, noting that her entity is simply fulfilling an obligation made earlier this year.Colors Boutique had signed a two-year deal with Ninvalle to support the sensational player, and as such, Damon believes that with his (Ninvalle) steady growth in the sport, the company is willing to continue its sponsorship.Meanwhile, Ninvalle, who was named Junior Sportsman-of-the-Year for his exploits in 2016, thanked Colors Boutique for the continued support, and said that he’s confident of doing well in Jamaica.According to Ninvalle, he’s prepared for the challenge ahead, pointing out that he’s grown significantly in the sport.Ninvalle is on a full scholarship at Chase’s Academic Foundation and Principal Henry Chase, the school’s proprietor, commended Colors Boutique for its sponsorship. Chase wished Ninvalle the best of luck in Jamaica.The Caribbean Pre- and Mini-Cadet championships engage players between the ages of 11 and 13 years under and is a signature tournament on the regional calendar of events, since it forms the basis for regional table tennis supremacy and the commencement of the journey of many of our young talent into the international arena.Additionally it serves to provide the platform for the technical and tactical development of players in addition to the opportunity for players to win medals, match and assess their skills against Caribbean counterparts and allow the association to lobby for international support among other benefits.In the 2016 edition of the championships, Guyana secured 8 medals with Kaysan Ninvalle winning the Boys 11 years and under singles title. The team also secured medals in the Girls 13 years and under singles – Neveah Clarkston, silver medal Girls doubles – Neveah Clarkston and Abigaile Martin, Isaiah Layne secured silver medal in the Boys’ 13 years and under and silver in the Boys’ and Girls’ 13 years and under.Competition will be among Puerto Rico, Barbados, Aruba, Jamaica, St Lucia Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Republic and French Guiana and other participating countries.The competition takes on an added dimension with the hosting of a training camp being conducted under the auspices of the Latin American Table Tennis Union for the 11 years and under participants from August 14-19.As our next prospects transition as possible representatives of Guyana at regional and international tournaments, Junior Olympics and Junior Olympic Cycle games in the future, it is therefore critical they are provided with the requisite exposure in view, realising their true potential.Further tournaments such as these charter a pathway players have to take in order to ascend the ranking in the next 4- 6 years.Squad: (11 Years Boys) Dhanesh Persaud, Krystian Sahadeo, Colin Wong, Alexander De Abreu(11 Years Girls) Tatyana Mohamed, Rozeanna Saunders. (13 Years Boys) Kaysan Ninvalle, Isaiah Layne Jonathan Van Lange. (13 Years Girls) Thuraia Thomas, Shorana Roberts. (Coach and Management Personnel) Linden Johnson, Dwain Dick, Maurice Cummings, Kennard Sahadeo, Munniram Persaud, Candacy McKenzie. (Manager Delegate) Michael Layne, Kamala Vanlange. (Manager Chaperone) Dawn Chung Layne and Daniel Thomas.last_img read more

Sharapova Still Faces ITF Hearing into Meldonium Use

first_imgis still facing a hearing after testing positive for meldonium, despite recent World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) pronouncements.The drug was added to WADA’s banned list at the start of the year and five-time Grand Slam championSharapova tested positive at the Australian Open. However, WADA issued new guidance earlier this week which said that athletes who tested positive for meldonium beforeMarch 1 could have bans overturned, as the agency was unable to establish how quickly the drug cleared the human body.The statement appeared to offer a lifeline to Sharapova, who is currently serving a provisional ban, but the ITF saidon Thursday that the Russian still faces a hearing and possible sanctions.The ITF statement read: “In light of the recent notice from WADA regarding the process for dealing with cases involving meldonium, the ITF can confirm that the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme case involving Maria Sharapova will proceed to a hearing in accordance with WADA’s recommendations. “The ITF does not intend to make any further statement until completion of this process due to the confidentiality of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme.“The Tennis Anti-Doping Programme is a comprehensive and internationally recognised drug-testing programme that applies to all players competing at Grand Slam tournaments and events sanctioned by the ITF, ATP, and WTA.“Players are tested for substances prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency and, upon a finding that an Anti-Doping rule violation has been committed, sanctions are imposed in accordance with the requirements of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme and World Anti-Doping Code.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Students troubled at event

first_imgAs people stood in lines for hours to see President Barack Obama at the “Moving America Forward” rally on Friday, some said they were uphappy and inconvenienced by the event.Check the box · Students from USC and other schools held up signs encouraging people to vote in the upcoming midterm elections on Nov. 2. – Dan Doperalski | Daily Trojan The rally, which featured Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown, Sen. Barbara Boxer, actor Jamie Foxx and band Ozomatli, brought 32,500 people to Alumni Park and 5,000 people who overflowed into McCarthy Quad.Logistics, many said, were the main issue.Volunteers working at the rally said they felt the event was disorganized and they would have appreciated more instruction from volunteer coordinators.“I understand that it’s really tough to coordinate something that is so huge, [but] there were definitely parts that could have been improved,” said David Luo, a junior majoring in neuroscience who volunteered on Friday.Luo also said he was one of many volunteers who were unable to control where people stood based on their ticket color — yellow, green or blue. Discrepancies over the tickets and what they signified caused major confusion among attendees Friday.“The most unfair thing was the ticketing system,” Luo said. “After a while, there were just too many people rushing through and we couldn’t enforce anything.”From the safety standpoint, officials said the event ran smoothly. The event required the Secret Service, the Department of Public Safety, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Fire Department to work together to ensure safety for the politicians and attendees, said DPS Capt. David Carlisle.“That planning paid off for what ended up being a safe appearance by the president,” Carlisle said. “We didn’t have any major incidents, and I attribute that to all the planning. … It went extraordinarily well.”Several people at the rally, however, were treated for minor incidents, such as dehydration and fainting, Carlisle said.“We had multiple medical calls where we would have to respond EMTs. Most all of them were minor in nature,” said Carlisle, who also said these incidents are not surprising at an outdoor event where attendees are required to stand for many hours.One attendee who drove from San Diego to see Obama said she noticed several people whom paramedics rolled out of the crowd on stretchers.“There was a large crowd gathered on the balcony behind the pharmacy [on the steps,]” said Margaret Hokkanen, 50, a real estate agent. “After they cleared the balcony, people were taken one by one on stretchers.”Hokkanen said she saw one person receiving oxygen while on the stretcher,Students who did not attend the rally also said they felt inconvenienced by the entire event, making it difficult to get to class and walk through campus.Lyn Stephenson, a first-year graduate student studying writing for screen and television, said she attended class at a nearby coffee shop because of the chaos on campus.“As a commuter who takes the train, the shuttle unfortunately dropped me off near the growing lines in the morning. As I walked toward my class, I had to deal with crowds, the event organizers and news reporters,” Stephenson wrote in an e-mail.Stephenson said the shuttles were running late and were crowded with non-USC students, which made her miss her train while trying to leave campus to go home.“[The rally] should have been held at a different time. Even a few hours later would [have been] much more convenient, as the majority of classes would’ve been over,” Stephenson said. “If Obama is dedicated to our education, he shouldn’t have interrupted it.”last_img read more

Senior Molzahn’s last shot

first_imgTom Molzahn knows he has one last chance to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Although he has waited for this opportunity for four years, he’s never been more confident in his ability to do just that.Having hung around so long already, waiting another day to get a crack at it shouldn’t be too much of an issue for the lone senior on the UW men’s swimming team. The Badgers were flying through Minneapolis en route to Columbus to the Big Ten Championships this weekend. However, they were stranded in Minnesota along with the Golden Gophers’ team when their flight was cancelled out of the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport due to severe weather problems in the Midwest, according to a statement by the Big Ten Conference office.So instead of having the conference meet begin on Thursday with finals on Saturday, the entire event was pushed back a day. “We were supposed to get in Tuesday, but there’s no real adjustment, just move it back a day,” Molzahn said in a telephone interview from Columbus, after the team arrived Wednesday afternoon.The UW and UM teams were able to practice Tuesday in Minnesota, and according to UW coach Eric Hansen, things went pretty smoothly considering the circumstances.”We’ve been here with Minnesota; it’s familiar place to us,” Hansen said Thursday from Columbus. “The people here at the university were great to us. It really was not a big thing.”With their travel troubles behind them, the Badgers now turn their attention to qualifying as many men as they can for the national meet. When looking at the competition in the conference — six Big Ten teams rank inside the top 20, including top favorites No. 6 Northwestern and No. 10 Minnesota — Hansen said his team isn’t as concerned with the team scores as with individual results.”We’re young. With just one senior, the majority of our team are freshmen and sophomores,” Hansen said. “It becomes a matter of trying to get as many people and as many relays to qualify as (we) can.””There are gold medal winners on some of these teams; this is a very competitive conference,” Molzahn added. “We’re racing with some of the best in the country, so we’re not as concerned with where we place.”Molzahn said earlier this season he placed a higher importance on watching his young teammates grow than on his own success this senior year, but now that his career is winding down, he has placed added emphasis on this weekend. In the past, Molzahn has been dangerously close to qualifying for that national meet — missing marks by tenths of a second and beating times from previous years that no longer qualify that year — and knows he has the ability to make it happen in his final chance.”The past couple years, I’ve come so close and missed it by a couple spots here and there,” Molzahn said. “It’s been so close that right now I actually have more confidence.”Molzahn, primarily an anchor on the relays and not an individual competitor, can’t do it alone. Sophomores Mike Desautels and Scott Rice are expected to compete alongside Molzahn at some point, and other Badgers; Phil Davies, Kyle Sorenson and Mike Swanson, could play into the mix as well.”If I don’t make it, it’s not the end of the world,” Molzahn said. “But the other three guys on the relay have improved so much. I really feel this is the year to do it; I think we’re going to turn out a good meet.””He’s going to be a significant player in all our relays,” Hansen, who will not release his relay lineups until just before the meet begins, said. “He’s obviously got the most experience on our team, and we look to him for a lot of our success.”Rice expressed confidence in Molzahn and believes UW’s leader can accomplish the goal he’s aspired to reach for so long.”He’s really excited about it; he was really close to being accepted last year,” Rice said from Columbus. “Some of his meets have been a little off this year, but he’s been training really well.””At the end, I think he’ll swim really fast and have a good chance to make it.”True to form, Molzahn was just as concerned with making sure his teammates perform well at the conference championships on top of his own goals for the weekend.”For us right now, the pressure’s on,” Molzahn said. “We have to kind of jack ourselves even more just because we realize that this is our chance to get to the national meet, a little bit of added importance to this meet.”last_img read more

No. 2 water polo prepares for Pac-12 rival Stanford

first_imgWarren Poh | Daily TrojanAfter kicking off the season with 27-3 and 24-3 victories over the Labor Day weekend, the second-ranked men’s water polo team is already looking ahead to taking on No. 3 Stanford at home on Friday.While the weekend games allowed the Trojans’ new freshmen and redshirts to get their first touches during a collegiate game, the team knows that it must be prepared to take on a full-strength Stanford team.“I think this weekend was kind of a confidence builder,” said sophomore 2-meter Matt Maier, who was named the MPSF Newcomer of the Year in 2016. “It kind of built that we are a good team, so I think that will help us this year and going into the Stanford game.”The Trojans have won five straight games against the Cardinal, and they have been looking forward to taking on their Pac-12 rivals again. But the team also knows that it must stay within the system that head coach Jovan Vacic has created, which has kept USC a powerhouse program for so many years.“We always approach it one game at a time,” senior driver Blake Edwards said. “You know, we have a very long winning history and culture at this program, but it all comes down to treating each opponent we have with the same level of respect, studying our opponents and [making sure] that we are well-prepared going into every game.”After the Trojans’ disappointing finish last season — an overtime loss to Cal in the NCAA Championship — the squad is ready to prove it can take the final step and bring home the program’s 10th national title, which would tie Stanford and UCLA for the second most all-time. “We didn’t really lose much from last year,” Maier said. “I think we are a much better team from last year, so I think we will be able to show a lot of people that we are going to be a really good team.”USC has already kicked off its season, but Stanford’s visit will mark the Trojans’ home opener. Playing at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center means the comfort of a home crowd and pool, and the team is looking forward to playing for fans, friends and family.“We love playing at home, especially in front of the band and in front of our crowds,” Edwards said, “But Stanford games always bring in really big numbers, so everyone is just really excited for the support.”Even with the support of a home crowd, the Trojans must be wary of a surging Cardinal team. Stanford is off to a perfect, 4-0 start to the season, and it already boasts three wins over ranked opposition — including a 21-5 drubbing of No. 10 Harvard, a 2016 NCAA semifinalist. In three games against top-25 teams, the Cardinal have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 61-10.Last weekend may have been a good confidence booster, but the Trojans know that each game presents its own challenges, and they are locked in on being prepared for each one as they come.“I just think we have to really focus on our systems and play in our style of play,” Edwards said. “I think if we can put that together, then we should get the result we are after. We know if we play our best water polo, no one can stop us this season.”USC takes on Stanford at 5 p.m. at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.last_img read more

Lakers prepare to sign Dwight Howard

first_imgThe Lakers are taking a gamble that the second era of Dwight Howard goes better than the first.According to a person with knowledge of the team’s intentions, the Lakers are preparing to sign Howard, 33, once the eight-time All-Star is officially bought out by the Memphis Grizzlies and clears waivers over the weekend.Howard, who played for the Lakers for an underwhelming 2012-2013 campaign before departing in free agency, is expected to provide depth at center. The team took an unexpected hit at the position last week when DeMarcus Cousins tore his left ACL during an offseason workout, possibly ending his season.The Lakers reportedly worked out Howard and Joakim Noah for an open roster spot on Thursday then brought in journeyman Marreese Speights on Friday. ESPN reported that several Lakers players were involved in the decision to sign Howard. A source confirmed that Howard is expected to have a non-guaranteed contract. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers The three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year has still been productive when able to play – he spent last season recovering from surgery on his lower back and played in just nine games for the Wizards – but locker room chemistry has been an issue for Howard with several teams. That includes the Lakers, where he and Kobe Bryant had a rift that played a role in his departure for Houston in free agency in 2013 after the team traded for him the previous offseason.Howard’s lone season with the Lakers came with enormous expectations, but it ended with a 45-37 regular-season record and a first-round playoff sweep at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs. Howard turned down a $118 million deal to stay with the Lakers and joined Houston for significantly less.Howard averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds in his last healthy season for the Hornets, playing 81 games during the 2017-18 year. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Howard was acquired by the Grizzlies in July when the team saved $3 million by trading C.J. Miles to Washington in exchange for the injured center. The plan all along was for Memphis to waive Howard, and the Lakers emerging as a possible destination might have helped the franchise work out preferable buyout terms with Howard’s camp. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers will hold the leverage on Howard, who is entering his 16th season, and can cut him before the NBA’s Jan. 7 deadline without cost to the team. Howard gives the Lakers a full 15 players on their roster.Times have been rocky for both Howard and the Lakers since their split. After three years in Houston, Howard has had his rights owned by five different teams in three seasons, suiting up for the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Bobcats and Washington Wizards in that time. He never played for the Brooklyn Nets or Memphis Grizzlies.Related Articleslast_img read more

TOGETHER! Gives Free Sports Physicals for Tumwater Students

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by TOGETHER!Tumwater School District partnered with TOGETHER! and a broad coalition of healthcare agencies around the area to provide free sports physicals for the students of Tumwater School District as part of their Back-to-Basics event series. The event’s goal is to remove barriers for low-income families wishing to participate in student athletics, as well as improving access to healthcare overall. Families also had the chance to work with a health insurance navigator from CHOICE Regional Health Network to enroll in a Washington State health plan and find a primary care physician.Health care provider from across the area came together for the Back-to-Basics event. Photo courtesy: TOGETHER!The event took place at Tumwater Middle School and was attended by over 200 families and staffed by over 60 volunteers. Physicals were given by volunteers from Providence Medical Health & Services, Olympia Orthopaedic Associates and Surgical Associates, P.L.L.C. Dinner for the volunteers was generously donated by Bayview Thriftway and Tumwater’s Costco Warehouse.Another Back-to-Basics event, supported by Thurston County Medical Reserve Corps and Thurston County Public Health, will provide required immunizations to any student from preschool through age 18. That event will take place at Michael T. Simmons Elementary, 1205 2nd Ave SW, on August 23 from 5 – 8 p.m.TOGETHER! is a local nonprofit organization that engages and mobilizes families, schools and the community to advance the health, safety and success of our youth. In partnership with Tumwater School District, they support the Community Schools program, which builds networks that center support for health, development and education in the schools themselves.last_img read more

Shooter Deepak Kumar books himself a Tokyo 2020 berth with bronze medal win at…

first_imgAdvertisement c4z5NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsxl71Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9juhr( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) soWould you ever consider trying this?😱adCan your students do this? 🌚79f2c4Roller skating! Powered by Firework Deepak Kumar treated himself with a bronze medal on his birthday, in the men’s 10m air rifle category of the 14th Asian Championship. The shooter also confirmed India’s 10th Olympic quota in shooting. He shot 227.8 in the final finishing third on the podium and turned 32 on Tuesday,Advertisement Image: KreedOnThe rifleman, reached the final at the Lusail Shooting Complex in Doha after registering an aggregate score of 626.8. He then started the game with nine straight scores of 10 and bagged the bronze medal as India clinched another Olympic quota.China’s Yukun Liu (250.5) won the gold with his razor-sharp vision and shot above 10 in all attempts, while his compatriot, Haonan Yu (249.1), came second.Advertisement Deepak started the day as the most experienced among the other Indian shooters as Kiran Ankush Jadhav and Yash Vardhan, finished 14th and 30th respectively.However, India arrived at the tournament securing nine Tokyo Olympics quotas in rifle and pistol events while China leading the charts with 25 quotas and Korea and host Japan booked 12 slots each.Advertisement There are 38 quotas to offer, and India is fielding a 41-member team across the 15 Olympic events. This is the last chance for shooters to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics next summer. Advertisementlast_img read more

Cordner lauds ‘inspirational’ Pearce

first_imgPearce has become the undisputable go-to man for the Roosters in 2017, with the Blues halfback-in-waiting scoring all four of his tries this season in the final 20 minutes of games. His willingness to take the line on has been an inspiration to his teammates, while his lengthy field goal drought was broken with back-to-back one-pointers in rounds eight and nine. “I feel like he’s had his best ever year in the last 20 minutes of games; it’s the simplest way I can explain it,” Roosters coach Trent Robinson said after the 24-18 win over the Bulldogs. “I don’t know if you’ve noticed but there have probably been more tries. I think he’s scored some tries at the backend of games as well. He took them on pretty early as well [today]. “Toughness has never been an issue for ‘Ju’ but he’s actually showing it more and more in the way that he’s running the ball and he’s happy to do that. “I guess the bits people are talking about are not just passing it to someone else; it’s him taking the line on and trying to score tries and him kicking field goals, so there’s a lot of choice around him. There’s a long way to go in that, but he’s made a big step forward in that. “People as they get older start thinking more long-term, and in footy terms, some people never get there. Some guys like (Johnathan) Thurston and (Cooper) Cronk got there at an early age, and now ‘Pearcey’ is at that point where I feel he’s getting there.”last_img read more

Russell impresses in season opener

first_imgCalabar’s De’Jour Russell had a successful opening to his 2017 athletics campaign at yesterday’s Youngster Goldsmith Classic inside the National Stadium. Competing for the first time in the Class One 110m hurdles, Russell destroyed his opponents to win the event in a fast 13.45 seconds, getting the better of his teammate, Orlando Bernard, who was second in 14.00, with Kingston College ‘s Phillip Beckford taking third in 14.2. Russell, a fourth-place finisher in the event at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Poland last year, was happy with his winning time. “I am very pleased with my win and I am not surprised that I won so easily, as despite this being my first race this season, I have been training very hard,” said Russell. There were also some impressive times among the female hurdlers as well. Vere Technical’s Britany Anderson, despite this being her first year in Class Two, ran a blinder in winning the girls’ 100m hurdles in an astonishing 13.18 seconds – the fastest time ever by a Class Two athlete in the event. Donna Ray Lee of Hydel was second in 13.51 seconds, with third going to St Jago’s Rosalee Cooper in 13.74 seconds. There was a close finish in the girls’ Class One equivalent between Edwin Allen’s Gabrielle McDonald and Vere Technical’s Amoi Brown, who were inseparable after both touching the line together in 13.55 seconds. Hydel’s Trishana Hemmings got third in 13.86 seconds. Edwin Allen also took home the Class Three 80m hurdles, as Lisandra Brown won in 11.27 seconds, ahead of Gabrielle Matthew of Hydel second in 11.37 seconds, with Excelsior’s Ackera Nugent finishing third in 11.40 seconds. St Jago’s Danae Nembhard was best in the Class Four 70m hurdles, winning the event in 10.76 seconds, as Chantel Williams of Alpha took second in 10.80 seconds, with third going to Samoya Pottinger of Hydel on 10.92 seconds. GIRLS High Jump Class Three 1. Shantae Foreman (XLCR) 1.65m 2. Daniel Hinds (XLCR) 1.60m 3. Ania Robinson (Rusea’s) 1.60m 400M Class Two 1. Cherokee Young (Hydel) 56.84 2. Nickeisha Pryce (Vere) 56.90 3. Jeneille Jones (St Andrew) 57.38 Boys Class Two 110 Hurdles 1. Wayne Pinnock (KC) 13.71 2. Jeremy Farr (Wolmer’s) 14.04 3. Bruton Senior (Rusea’s) 14.27 Class Three 100 Hurdles 1. Jarel Granville (St Jago) 13.41 2. Tahje Francis (KC) 13.73 3. Jerome Campbell (Calabar) 13.80 Long Jump Class One 1. Carey McLeod (KC) 7.50m 2. Shakwon Coke (KC) 7.05m 3. Sadike McFarlane 7.03m Long Jump Class Three 1. Nicholloyd Brown (Calabar) 6.22M 2. Scott McLeod (KC) 5.84M 3. Jordan Turner (Calabar) 5.81M CLOSE FINISH SELECTED RESULTSlast_img read more