Dearlove Cozy Open-Front Cardigan That You Can Wrap Yourself In

first_imgGet the Dearlove Women’s Casual Dolman Sleeve Open Front Knit Cardigan for $36, available at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 10, 2020, but are subject to change.This sweater is made from a chunky knit material that features a variety of textures throughout. It’s designed in an open-front style, and it’s super oversized and casual. The wide collar has a standard cable knit seen in many sweaters, while the rest of the body has a more open knit. In contrast, the sleeves have ribbed cuffing — which creates a terrific trifecta of knits that work together perfectly.Sure, this piece has a bit of a bohemian touch to it — but it’s certainly polished enough to wear with dresses and still cut an elegant figure. The batwing sleeves are large and loose, but they come together at the wrists to complete the look. We’re picturing ourselves wrapped up in this cardigan 24/7, whether out for a cozy dinner with girlfriends or curled up in front of old Schitt’s Creek episodes.Dearlove Women's Casual Dolman Sleeve Open Front Knit CardiganDearlove Women’s Casual Dolman Sleeve Open Front Knit Cardigan Amazon- Advertisement – There’s quite a bit to choose from on the market right now, but few are as fabulous as this option from Dearlove. It reminds Us of that trusty blanket which makes it impossible to leave the couch this time of year — you know what we’re talking about!Dearlove Women's Casual Dolman Sleeve Open Front Knit CardiganAmazonDearlove Women’s Casual Dolman Sleeve Open Front Knit Cardigan See it!- Advertisement – Us Weekly has affiliate partnerships so we may receive compensation for some links to products and services.Ah, sweater weather — is there anything more synonymous with the fall season (besides pumpkin spice lattes, of course)? We’re well into autumn at this point, with Thanksgiving right around the corner — and the plunging temperatures of winter not far after. You know what that means: It’s time to shop for more sweaters!- Advertisement – See it!Get the Dearlove Women’s Casual Dolman Sleeve Open Front Knit Cardigan for $36, available at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 10, 2020, but are subject to change.This sweater is currently up for grabs in a couple of hues, all of which shoppers adore. In fact, some are scoring multiple shades since it’s so appropriate for the cold climate. Even if you’re already stacked in the sweater department, we won’t judge if you want to add another to the collection. No true knit lover could resist a fabulous find like this!See it: Get the Dearlove Women’s Casual Dolman Sleeve Open Front Knit Cardigan for $36, available at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 10, 2020, but are subject to change.Not what you’re looking for? Check out more styles from Dearlove and shop all of the clothing, shoes and jewelry available at Amazon! Don’t forget to check out all of Amazon’s Daily Deals here!Check out more of our picks and deals here!This post is brought to you by Us Weekly’s Shop With Us team. The Shop With Us team aims to highlight products and services our readers might find interesting and useful, such as face masks, self tanners, Lululemon-style leggings and all the best gifts for everyone in your life. Product and service selection, however, is in no way intended to constitute an endorsement by either Us Weekly or of any celebrity mentioned in the post.The Shop With Us team may receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. In addition, Us Weekly receives compensation from the manufacturer of the products we write about when you click on a link and then purchase the product featured in an article. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product or service is featured or recommended. Shop With Us operates independently from advertising sales team. We welcome your feedback at Happy shopping! – Advertisement –last_img read more

Property prices hold ground

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Trump gives TikTok 6 weeks to sell itself to US company

first_imgUS President Donald Trump gave popular Chinese-owned video app TikTok six weeks to sell its US operations to an American company, saying Monday it would be “out of business” otherwise, and that the government wanted a financial benefit from the deal.”It’s got to be an American company… it’s got to be owned here,” Trump said. “We don’t want to have any problem with security.”Trump said that Microsoft was in talks to buy TikTok, which has as many as one billion worldwide users who make quirky 60-second videos with its smartphone app. Sell or shut down The pressure for a sale of TikTok’s US and international business, based in Los Angeles, left the company and ByteDance facing tough decisions. Trump has made TikTok the latest front in the ongoing political and trade battles between Washington and Beijing.The app has been under formal investigation on US national security grounds because it collects large amounts of personal data on all its users and is legally bound to share that with authorities in Beijing if they demand it.Both its huge user base and its algorithm for collecting data make it hugely valuable.But being forced by the US government to sell at least its US business or be shut down — and to then split the sale price with the US Treasury as Trump is demanding — was an almost unheard-of tactic.Shutting down could force users to switch to competitors, and many content creators are already encouraging followers to follow them on other social media platforms.”The most obvious beneficiaries are Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter, with Snapchat likely being the biggest beneficiary,” said investment analysts at Lightshed Partners.Earlier Monday, ByteDance founder Zhang Yiming acknowledged the hefty pressure and said in a letter to staff, reported by Chinese media, that they were working around-the-clock “for the best outcome.” “We have always been committed to ensuring user data security, as well as the platform neutrality and transparency,” Zhang said.However, he said, the company faces “mounting complexities across the geopolitical landscape and significant external pressure.” He said the company must confront the challenge from the United States, though “without giving up exploring any possibilities.”According to Britain’s The Sun newspaper Monday, as a possible consequence of the pressure, ByteDance is planning to relocate TikTok’s global operations to Britain. But US officials say the app constitutes a national security risk because it could share millions of Americans’ personal data with Chinese intelligence.Trump gave the company’s Chinese parent ByteDance until mid-September to strike a deal.”I set a date of around September 15, at which point it’s going to be out of business in the United States,” he said.Whatever the price is, he said, “the United States should get a very large percentage of that price because we’re making it possible.” Pushing back China’s foreign ministry pushed back Monday, calling Washington hypocritical for demanding TikTok be sold.”The US is using an abused concept of national security and, without providing any evidence, is making presumptions of guilt and issuing threats to relevant companies,” said spokesman Wang Wenbin.”This goes against the principle of market economy and exposes the hypocrisy and typical double standards of the US in upholding so-called fairness and freedom,” he added.Topics : Trump compared the demand for a piece of the pie to a landlord demanding under-the-table “key money” from a new tenant, a practice widely illegal including in New York, where the billionaire president built his real estate empire.”TikTok is a big success, but a big portion of it is in the country,” he said. “I think it’s very fair.”But Trump also threw a surprise new condition in any deal, saying the sale of TikTok’s US business would have to result in a significant payout to the US Treasury for initiating it.”A very substantial portion of that price is going to have to come into the Treasury of the United States, because we’re making it possible for this deal to happen,” Trump told reporters.”They don’t have any rights unless we give it to them,” he said.last_img read more

Falling discount rates hurting Swiss schemes’ funding – Towers Watson

first_imgTowers Watson, as part an annual report on the Swiss pension fund association’s members, had calculated a 10% median return for 2014.Discount rates dropped, along with corporate bonds, yielding 100-125bps less in Q4.Bond yields were further strained by the Swiss National Bank’s announcement that it would introduce a negative base rate.Adam Casey, senior consultant at Towers Watson in Zurich, said: “This directly affected the yields of Swiss bonds.”At Publica, Switzerland’s largest public pension fund, director Dieter Stohler pointed to another effect resulting from the SNB’s policy.“On the international currency markets, the forward discounts for Swiss francs have widened slightly, increasing costs for FX-hedging,” he said. He told IPE he did not think Swiss institutions would start introducing negative rates on savings any time soon, adding that the SNB would have to continue to make the Swiss franc “less attractive” as long as it wanted to continue to uphold the minimum exchange rate of 1.20CHF per euro. A decrease in Swiss discount rates last year caused funding levels for the country’s pension funds to fall by 640 basis points, according to Towers Watson’s latest ‘Swiss Pension Finance Watch’.Every quarter, the consultancy puts together an index based on the ratio of assets to liabilities in Swiss Pensionskassen, which dropped to 96.5% as of the end of December 2014 from 102.9% as of the end of 2013 – which had been a record high since the financial crisis.Over the course of last year, the index dropped to around 100% in Q1 and slightly recovered in Q2 but then dropped back to 99.5% at the end of September.Peter Zanella, head of retirement solutions at Towers Watson in Zurich, said the increase in liabilities triggered by continually falling discount rates had been offset by strong returns, albeit “only to a certain extent”.last_img read more

Joseph Mariathasan: China’s city cluster plan – a lesson for Europe?

first_imgHow should cities develop? Historically, the process has often been haphazard, driven by factors such as trade and population flows. As cities grow larger, the interactions between cities located close to each other start to become more important.Countries across Europe have seen this effect in regional groupings: for example, the four largest cities in the Netherlands (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht) form the Randstad, while the Rhine-Ruhr region in Germany consists of 11 cities with populations of more than 200,000.In China, the phenomenon of the ‘clustering’ of cities to form regional powerhouses is being taken to a whole new dimension, driven by two forces that European countries do not possess: a huge population and a highly centralised administration.Gary Smith, managing director at the Barings Investment Institute, has produced a fascinating paper outlining the goals and impact of China’s ambitious plans to set up 19 city clusters – expected to be home to 800m people – by 2030. Shanghai has a population of 26m people – and could have as many as 34m by 2035, according to StatistaThere are many reasons that could account for this. Suppliers located closer together can offer a more diverse and less expensive range of products, while common infrastructure and transportation framework costs can be shared. The larger and more diverse labour pool also helps firms and workers find a better match for one another, and innovations are shared more easily and diffused more quickly. Clusters of smaller cities may also be able to support a university or large factory that a single city may not be large enough to support.AgglomerationThere is, however, a competing force that Smith also describes: the “agglomeration shadow effects”, whereby competition between cities limits growth. In China, it appears that “borrowed size” benefits have been more powerful than “shadow effects” in China’s cluster cities, he says.The three leading clusters are Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, the Yangtze river delta cluster around Shanghai, and the Greater Bay Area encompassing Hong Kong, Shenzen, Macau and Guangzhou. The size of the populations is staggering. The numbers are larger than the populations of most European countries, with 130m in the Beijing cluster, 152m in the Yangtze river delta, and 65m in the Greater Bay area.As Smith points out, many other nations have urban regions of comparable scale to those in China, but they do not have governance coordination that is as centralised as in China. That has been key to China’s implementation of a successful national industrial policy, and the building out of extensive public infrastructure projects.By contrast, European countries struggle to implement long-term infrastructure projects and, arguably, any long-term developmental plans. If concentrations of urban activity produce synergies that drive growth, can concentrations of cities deliver bigger benefits? “The answer is an unequivocal ‘sometimes’,” says Smith.Rudiger Ahrend – head of the urban programme at the OECD’s directorate for public governance and territorial development – estimates that doubling a city’s population should boost productivity by 2-5%.center_img Source: Alex NeedhamA ‘maglev’ train coming out of Pudong International Airport, ShanghaiThe flip side to this is that there is also the significant potential in China for waste, with “white elephant” projects proliferating, driven by political reasons rather than economics. The maglev train from Pudong airport is a joy to travel in, but it is difficult to see how it could be profitable when it appears to be only half full and drops passengers off only in the outskirts of Shanghai.Barings’ Smith cites an OECD study that describes the Chengdu-Chongqing cluster in the centre of China as “forced”, with two largely independent cities separated by 300km of largely unoccupied and hilly land.Smith also focuses on the 55km link connecting Hong Kong to Macau and Zhuhai on the mainland, incorporating two artificial islands and a 7.7km tunnel that is hardly used – although Smith admits that traffic numbers will increase as regulations are eased. However, political objectives may have trumped any economic considerations in its construction.As Smith argues, it is difficult to see which other countries have the appetite and the administrative tools to replicate the policies that China has put in place. As a result, the Chinese experiment in creating mega-city clusters might turn out to be unique. But it may still have lessons for Europe and the US as a casebook study of the competing forces of synergies and agglomeration shadow effects when it comes to generating economic growth in regions.last_img read more

Hamptons-style farmhouse sells for $2.125m at The Gap

first_imgThe upstairs living room opens out to the veranda. “It was just a little bit flat at the start, but then we got that wonderful tension, which comes when you have two buyers in love with the property, and … that’s when an auction is a perfect situation for a seller,” Ms O’Dea said.“The buyers were a family, actually from the area, who already own a significant property but knew this was a big step up for them.” There was a pool, tennis court and playground.Ray White Paddington principal and auctioneer George Hadgelias got the auction under way just after 10am, when an opening bid was placed at $1.8 million.Despite there being seven registered bidders, silence ensued, with no-one willing to top the bid, prompting Mr Hadgelias to confer with the vendor. Outside was like a movie set.Upon his return, he called the bid twice more, ready to either sell or pass in the property, when another bidder jumped in at the last second, raising the bid to $1.825 million.Within two minutes, 10 bids of mostly $25,000 were lobbed back and forth between two parties, before stalling again at $2.125 million.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago The house at 9 Watercress Place, The Gap, sold for $2.125 million.AFTER a tedious start to an auction at The Gap, a stunning Hamptons-style farmhouse has sold for $2.125 million.The smell of coffee wafted through the air and the jubilant squeals of children could be heard from the home’s playground as a crowd of about 35 gathered to watch the auction of 9 Watercress Place yesterday morning. The Hamptons kitchen was to die for.The agent said the buyers had been interested in the property “since day one”.“They have always loved the property and every time they’ve been back, that love has been cemented,” she said.The renovated property had been part of a two-year project for the seller from 2012-2014, when they turned what was once known as the Watercress Farmhouse into a high-end Hamptons-style home. The main bedroom had a sitting room off to the side.Mr Hadgelias called another break before coming back to call the bid three times and striking down his gavel.The agent marketing the property, Judi O’Dea, also of Ray White Paddington, said the sale was a fabulous result. The outdoor kitchen overlooked the tennis court and an outdoor fireplace.On a 2545sq m block, it has a pool, spa, full-size tennis court, a playground, and an outdoor kitchen with a teppanyaki grill and a pizza oven.There are six bedrooms, three bathrooms and two kitchens.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45last_img read more

IMCA stars walk the red carpet at national awards banquet

first_imgShaw Race Car Western Region IMCA Modified track and series champions included Austin Burke at Ocean Speedway and Santa Maria Raceway; Kellen Chadwick in the Wild West Modi­fied Shootout; Rick Chorniak at Casper Speedway; Zane DeVilbiss at Sweetwater Speedway and in the Wild West Tour; Jake Donnelly at Idaho Falls Raceway; Justin Elmer at Sheridan Speed­way; Tyson Evans at Cocopah Speedway; Zach Fettinger at Southern Oregon Speedway; Kelsie Foley at Central Arizona Speedway; Troy Foulger at Merced Speedway; Jason George at Big Sky Speedway; Scott Gray at Millard County Raceway; Joe Haresky at Perris Auto Speedway; Mat­thew Hicks at Barona Speedway; Coltin Jackman at Atomic Motor Raceway; Bricen James at Willamette Speedway; Eddie Kirchoff at Gillette Thunder Speedway; Doug Lockwood at Sunset Speedway; Wade Lumsden at Rattlesnake Raceway; Mitch Machado at Petaluma Speedway; Zachary Madrid at Arizona Speedway; Jake Mayden at Cottage Grove Speedway; Jeremy Meirho­fer at Gallatin Speedway; Brent Nielsen at Black Hills Speedway; Chris Nieman at Ameri­can Valley Speedway and Diamond Mountain Speedway in California; Duane Orsburn at Siskyou Golden Speedway; Travis Panko at Salmon Valley Speedway; Jack Parker at Ventura Raceway; Joey Price at Electric City Speedway; Ryan Roath at Canyon Speedway Park; Cory Sample at Fernley 95A Speedway and Winnemucca Regional Raceway; Robby Sawyer at Bakersfield Speed­way; Bradley Schmidt at Battle Mountain Raceway; Jeff Sheppard Jr. at Mohave Valley Raceway; Andy Straight at Summit Raceway; Regan Tafoya at Aztec Speedway, Diamond Moun­tain Speedway in Utah and Fairgrounds Speedway; and Ricky Thornton Jr. in the Arizona Modi­fied Tour. Racing to E3 Spark Plugs State crowns were Ankrum in South Dakota, Tathan Burkhart in Kan­sas, Goff in North Dakota, Shane Grippin in Colorado, Lister in Utah, Will Miller in Minnesota, Minu­tolo in New York, Cory Stone in New Mexico, Taylor in Wyoming, Joe Vlasity in Arizona, Ware in Nebraska and Wroten in Iowa. Modified regional rookies of the year were Jake Pike in the West; Oliver in the North Central; Aus­tin Svoboda in the Central; Mark Adams in the South Central; and Chase Burda in the East. The more than 600 champions and rookies of the year crowned during the 2019 IMCA Speedway Mo­tors Weekly Racing season were honored during the annual gala, held at the Marriott Corn­husker Hotel in Lincoln. Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod track and special series champions were Joe Ad­ams at Longdale Speedway; Jordan Eddleman at Aztec Speedway; Trevor Egbert at Cotton Bowl Speedway and in the Red River Tour; Damon Hammond at Kennedale Speedway Park; James Hanusch at 281 Speedway; Cullen Hill at Southern Oklahoma Speedway; Tim Ihnen at Fair­grounds Speedway; Jeffrey Kaup at Dodge City Raceway Park; Michael Martin at Big O Speed­way; Donald Owens at Boyd Raceway; Rodger Pierce at Cardinal Speedway; Bradley Poor at Abilene Speedway; Dustin Robnett at Texarkana 67 Speedway; Jeff Sheppard at Heart O’ Texas Speedway; and Rodney White at Grayson County Speedway. National rookies of the year were John Oliver Jr., Modified; Dumpert, Late Model; Trey Burke, Sprint Car; Dallon Murty, Stock Car; Kaden Reynolds, Hobby Stock; Cade Richards, Northern SportMod; Larry Underwood, Southern SportMod; and Steven Bevills, Sport Compact. Ware scored Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region honors in the Hobby Stock division and Ja­son Duggins paced points in the Big Daddy Race Cars Southern Region. Recipients of five-year plaques included Fox Shocks, Hooker Harness, Motorsports Warehouse, Outerwears, Robert & Sons Aluminum, Strange Oval and Winters Performance. Racing to E3 Spark Plus State crowns were Armstrong in Arkansas, Hale in Missouri, Money in Kansas, Tom Quint in Colorado and Roth in Nebraska Side Biter North Central Region track champions were Chris Abelson at Buena Vista Raceway; Casey Arneson at Jamestown Speedway; Lance Arneson at Shawano Speedway; Brandon Becken­dorf at Fairmont Raceway and Redwood Speedway; Tom Berry Jr. at Dacotah Speedway and Nodak Speedway; Jarrett Carter at Sheyenne Speedway; Shane DeMey at Sports Park Race­way; Brandon Durbin at Quad City Speedway; John Flory at Williston Basin Speedway; Bryce Garnhart at Dubuque Speedway and Maquoketa Speedway; Josh Gilman at Stuart Speed­way; Dylan Goplen at Red River Valley Speedway; Jimmy Gustin at Boone Speedway; Richie Gustin in the Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour; Travis Hagen at Estevan Motor Speedway; Aaron Johnson at North Central Speedway and Princeton Speedway; Josh Long at Luxemburg Speedway; Dan Menk at Arlington Raceway; Chris Mills at Raceway Park; Jeremy Mills at Han­cock County Speedway; Bob Moore at Park Jefferson Speedway; John Oliver Jr. atLee County Speedway; Chris Palsrok at Clay County Fair Speedway; Craig Reetz at Crawford County Speed­way; Jesse Rogotzke at Murray County Speedway; Joel Rust at Benton County Speedway; Mark Schulte at Independence Motor Speedway; Kelly Shryock at Kossuth County Speedway; Jesse Skalicky at Norman County Raceway; Jeff Stephens at Shelby County Speedway; Myles Tomlin­son at Southwest Speedway; Rob VanMil at Buffalo River Race Park; Tim Ward at Marshalltown Speedway; Johnny Whitman at 141 Speedway and Outagamie Speedway; Chris Zogg at 34 Race­way and Davenport Speedway. RaceSaver Sprint Car track and special series champions included Brett Allen at Arlington Race­way and Redwood Speedway, and in the Sprint Series of Minnesota; Jeremy Allen at Lawton Speed­way; Jess Beckett at Black Hills Speedway; Zach Blurton in the United Rebel Sprint Series; Johnny Brown at Thunder Valley Speedway; Grant Champlin in the Western RaceSaver Sprint Series; Tanner Conn in the Sprint Series of Oklahoma; Richard Dieva in the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series; Derek Drown at Route 66 Motor Speedway; Tyler Drueke in the Sprint Series of Ne­braska; Kenneth Duke Jr. in the Pennsylvania Sprint Series; Bob Dvorak at Stuart Raceway; Tre­vor Grossenbacher at Eagle Raceway; Jerald Harris in the Virginia Sprint Series; Tyler Harris in the Southern United Sprints; Mike Houseman at Boone Speedway and US 36 Raceway; Billy John­son at Jackson Motorplex; Jacob Karklin in the Carolina Sprint Tour; Jesse Lindberg at I-90 Speedway; Scott Lutz in the Laurel Highlands Sprint Series; Jack Potter at Lake Ozark Speed­way; Logan Scherb in the Texas Sprint Series; Colin Smith at Park Jefferson Speedway; Mason Smith at Monarch Motor Speedway; Jacob Stickle in the Ohio Thunder Sprint Series; and Colby Stubblefield at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. Mach-1 Sport Compact track champions were Kimberly Abbott at Quincy Raceway; Jake Benischek at CJ Speedway; Travis Behrman at Honor Speedway; Steven Bevills at 281 Speed­way and Boyd Raceway; Amber Bird at Salina Speedway; Bubba Brown at Fairmont Raceway and Murray County Speedway; Scott Brown at Shelby County Speedway; Mitchell Bunch at Stu­art Speedway; Derek Cates at Heart O’ Texas Speedway; Robert Cody at Aztec Speedway and Fairgrounds Speedway; Kaden Dady at Lincoln County Raceway; Kaytee DeVries at Buena Vista Raceway and Kossuth County Speedway; Alex Dostal at Arlington Raceway, Princeton Speed­way and Redwood Speedway; Floyd Frank at El Paso County Raceway; Trenten Fugett at Be­atrice Speedway; Jarad Gross at Clay County Fair Speedway and Park Jefferson Speedway; Ryan Holbeck at Phillips County Raceway; Alicia Hilzer at I-76 Speedway; Cole Krichau at Eagle Raceway; Frank Lackey at Kennedale Speedway Park; Chris Lael at Southwest Speedway; Jade Lange at Hancock County Speedway; Ramsey Meyer at Off Road Speedway and U.S. 30 Speed­way; Oliver Monson at Sports Park Raceway; Ryan Murphy at Thomas County Speedway; Jackie Par­meley at Canyon Speedway Park; Riley Paysen at Crawford County Speedway; Brandon Reu at Lee County Speedway; Travis Roush at North Central Speedway; Ben Schulte at Outagamie Speedway; Otto Schutte III at Sherman County Speedway; Toby Schwien at RPM Speedway; Barry Taft at 34 Raceway; Stanley Thompson Jr. at Dacotah Speedway; Terry Tritt at Dawson County Raceway and Junction Motor Speedway; Daniel VanderVeen at Raceway Park; Parker Vollbrecht at Boone County Raceway; and Christopher Zenz at Nodak Speedway. Track and series champions in the Jet Racing Central Region were Drew Armstrong at I-30 Speed­way and Texarkana 67 Speedway; Chad Clancy at U.S. 36 Raceway; Jeremy Frenier at I-76 Speedway; Tripp Gaylord at Phillips County Raceway; Daniel Gottschalk at RPM Speedway and Thomas County Speedway; Jordan Grabouski at Beatrice Speedway, Dawson County Race­way, Thunder Hill Speedway and U.S. 30 Speedway; Justin Gregg at Junction Motor Speedway; Clay Hale at Bethany Speedway; Bryan Harkness at Sherman County Speedway; Shane Kelley at Legit Speedway Park; Clay Money in the Kansas Thunder Series; Danny Morrison at Salina Speedway; David Murray Jr. at Lincoln County Raceway; Paul Reeder at Crowley’s Ridge Race­way; Anthony Roth at Eagle Raceway; Clay Sellard at Dodge City Raceway Park; James Thomp­son at Springfield Raceway; and Ashton Wilkey at Batesville Motor Speedway. Speedway Motors, title sponsor of IMCA Weekly Racing and Super Nationals, was recognized with a 40-year award. Earning E3 Spark Plugs State titles were Guy Ahlwardt in California, Tod Alonzo in Utah, Braaten in Oregon, Clay in Colorado, Concelman in Wyoming, Engebregtsen in Wisconsin, Harrison in Arizona, Kelly Henderson in North Dakota, Chance Huston in Illinois, McBirnie in Iowa, Malcom in Idaho, Rusty Montagne in South Dakota, David Siercks in Minnesota, Spangler in New Mexico, Stallbaumer in Kansas, Svoboda in Nebraska, Welch in Nevada and Chris Wright in Missouri. Winning E3 Spark Plugs State titles were Cory Craver in Montana, Trevor Fitz-Gibbon in Califor­nia, Junior Flores in Idaho, Foley in Arizona, Wyatt Howard in Utah, James in Oregon, Wade Man­ning in Wyoming and Strait in Nevada. Track and special series champions in the EQ Cylinder Heads Northern and Southern regions for Stock Cars were Jeffrey Abbey in the Sniper Speed Lone Star Stock Car Tour; Westin Abbey at 281 Speedway and Heart O’ Texas Speedway; Jason Adcock at Abilene Speedway; Jeremy An­drews at Honor Speedway; Travis Baird at Longdale Speedway; D.J. Banks at I-76 Speedway; Travis Barker at Raceway Park; Joren Boyce at Estevan Motor Speedway and McLean County Speedway; Jerrett Bransom at Kennedale Speedway Park; Austin Brauner at Boone County Race­way and Off Road Speedway; Jacob Bruns at Murray County Speedway; Troy Burkhart at Salina Speedway; Darryl Campbell at Boyd Raceway; Cody Center at Arizona Speedway, Can­yon Speedway Park and USA Raceway; Jeremy Christians at Outagamie Speedway; Kyle Clough at Phillips County Raceway; Michael Cole at Luxemburg Speedway; James Comins at Maquoketa Speedway; Bill Crimmins at Sports Park Raceway; Scott Davis at Boone Speedway; Tom Gallagher at Diamond Mountain Speedway in Utah; Sean Gentry at Willamette Speedway; Jordan Grabouski at Beatrice Speedway, Dawson County Raceway, Thunder Hill Speedway and U.S. 30 Speedway; Derek Green at Kossuth County Speedway; Mike Hagen at Nodak Speedway and Williston Basin Speedway; Ryan Harris at Park Jefferson Speedway; Ed Henderson at Sweetwa­ter Speedway and in the Wild West Tour; Austin Jahnz at Fairmont Raceway; Chad John­son at Bakersfield Speedway and Keller Auto Speedway; Chad Kohle at Stuart Raceway; Brian Lessig at El Paso County Raceway; Dan Mackenthun at Hancock County Speedway; Cole Mather at Dubuque Speedway; Steve Meyer at Marshalltown Speedway; Jeff Mroczkowski at 141 Speedway; Angel Munoz at Dodge City Raceway Park; Mike Nichols at Crawford County Speed­way and Shelby County Speedway; John Oliver Jr. at 34 Raceway; Brad Ostler at Millard County Raceway; Blake Peeler at US 36 Raceway; Kyle Pfeifer at RPM Speedway and Thomas County Speedway and in the Kansas Thunder Series; Brandon Pruitt at Stuart Speedway; Jeremy Pundt at Lee County Speedway; Kevin Roberts at Sunset Speedway; Mich Ross at Bethany Speedway; Chad Schroeder at Arlington Raceway; Jay Schmidt at Benton County Speedway; Bryan Schutte at Monarch Motor Speedway and Southern Oklahoma Speedway; David Smith at Buena Vista Raceway; Donavon Smith at Clay County Fair Speedway; Jake Smith at Wild Bill’s Raceway; Aa­ron Spangler at Aztec Speedway and Fairgrounds Speedway; Johnny Spaw at CJ Speedway; Matt Speckman at Redwood Speedway; Shane Stutzman at Junction Motor Speedway; Ricky Thornton Jr. in the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour; Tyler Tipton at Sherman County Speed­way; Duane Toyne at Cotton Bowl Speedway; Travis Van Straten at Shawano Speedway; Rob VanMil at Norman County Raceway and Red River Valley Speedway; Jarod Weepie at Independ­ence Motor Speedway; Cary White at Cardinal Speedway; and Gary Williams in the Red River Tour; and Casey Woken at Lincoln County Raceway. National champions feted included Jordan Grabouski, IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car; Matt Ryan, IMCA Late Model; Cory Dumpert, IMCA Late Model; Kenneth Duke Jr., IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car; Jeff Ware, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock; Tyler Soppe, Karl Kustoms North­ern SportMod; James Hanusch, Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod; and Alex Dostal, Mach-1 Sport Compact. Racing to regional rookie of the year titles were Reynolds in the Hobby Stock Northern and Na­than DeRagon in the Hobby Stock Southern. LINCOLN, Neb. (Nov. 30) – The stars of the IMCA dirt track racing world walked the red carpet Saturday night at the national awards banquet. And Dirt Works East Region, track champions were Brenten DeYoung at I-96 Speedway; Steve Fairbanks at Thunderbird Raceway; Josh Goodwin at Northwest Florida Speedway and Southern Raceway; Brandon Smith at Outlaw Speedway; Matt Szecsodi at Silver Bullet Speedway and Tri-City Motor Speedway; Tyler Stoddard at Afton Motorsports Park, Skyline Raceway and Thunder Mountain Speedway; and Austin Wonch at Crystal Motor Speedway. Regional Modified champions were Bricen James in the Shaw Race Cars Western; Tom Berry Jr. in the Side Biter Chassis North Central; Grabouski in the Jet Racing Central; William Gould in the Razor Chassis South Central; and Matt Szecsodi in the Dirt Works Eastern. Southern SportMod speedster Taylor Florio led point standings for female driver to earn Lady Ea­gle honors.center_img More than 600 people attended the formal extravaganza, held in Lincoln for the 13th consecutive year. Nearly 500 toured the Smith Collection Museum of American Speed, located on the Speed­way Motors campus, on Friday night. Receiving 25-year sponsorship plaques were Bassett Racing Wheels and Intercomp. Andy Eckrich was champion of the Deery Brothers Summer Series while Dalton Simonsen earned top rookie honors in the IMCA Late Model tour. IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals champions receiving rings and bonuses during the even­ing were Ethan Dotson, Modified; Devin Smith, Stock Car; Dylan Nelson, Hobby Stock; and Johnathon Logue, Northern SportMod. RaceSaver Nationals king Jason Martin was recognized as well. E3 Spark Plugs State champions included Eric Barnes in Illinois, Johnson in Minnesota, Long in Wisconsin, Moore in South Dakota, Shryock in Iowa and Marcus Tomlinson in North Dakota. Earning E3 Spark Plugs State titles were Ryan in Illinois, Dalton Simonsen in Iowa and Dumpert in Nebraska. Razor Chassis South Central Region track and series champions were Mark Adams at 281 Speed­way; Jamie Campbell at I-37 Speedway; Cory Davis in the Red River Tour; Neal Flowers at Car­dinal Speedway; John Gober at Boyd Raceway; David Goode Jr. at Cotton Bowl Speedway; William Gould at Grayson County Speedway and Southern Oklahoma Speedway; Kevin Green at Heart O’ Texas Speedway; Jerad Herring at Golden Triangle Raceway Park; Glen Hibbard at Kenne­dale Speedway Park; Rory Jordan at Texana Raceway Park; and Josh McGaha at Abilene Speedway. Grabouski also ruled the EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region for Stock Cars while Westin Abbey paced the EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region. E3 Spark Plugs State champions in the winged class included Blurton in Kansas, Brown in Louisi­ana, Champlin in California, Dieva in New Jersey, Duke in Pennsylvania, Tim Fricke in South Da­kota, Jerald Harris in Virginia, Anton Hernandez in Indiana, Houseman in Iowa, Johnson in Minne­sota, Karklin in North Carolina, Lutz in Maryland, Michael Oliver in Texas, Kenny Potter in Missouri, Stuart Snyder in Nebraska, Alison Slaton in Oklahoma and Jacob Stickle in Ohio. E3 Spark Plugs State champions were Taylor Florio in Texas, Hill in Oklahoma, Ihnen in Colo­rado, Kaup in Kansas, Robnett in Arkansas and Christopher Stewart in New Mexico. State champions were Goodwin in Florida, Mitchell Hunt in Michigan and Smith in New York. Fifteen-year plaques went to Dynatech Headers, Chevrolet Performance, Landrum Springs and Smiley’s Racing Products. Ten-year plaques were presented to Allstar Performance, Bert Transmis­sion, Integra Shocks, PRO Shocks, Summit Racing Equipment and Sweet Manufactur­ing. The E3 Spark Plugs State champions were Andrews in Colorado, Jason Batt in Texas, Boyce in North Dakota, Brauner in Nebraska, Center in Arizona, Zachary Foesch in Minnesota, Gentry in Oregon, Harris in South Dakota, Henderson in Wyoming, Johnson in California, Jason Josselyn in New Mexico, Peeler in Missouri, Mike Petersilie in Kansas, Schmidt in Iowa, Schutte in Okla­homa, Smith in Utah and Rod Snellenberger in Wisconsin. Big Daddy Race Cars Northern and Southern Region Hobby Stock track and special series champi­ons crowned were Tim Anderson at Williston Basin Speedway; Zach Ankrum at Park Jeffer­son Speedway; Roy Armstrong at Beatrice Speedway; Layne Bellm at El Paso County Race­way; Brady Bencken at RPM Speedway and Thomas County Speedway; Andrew Bertsch at McLean County Speedway; Tanner Clough at Lincoln County Raceway; Joshua Cordova at Co­copah Speedway; Austin Davis at Phillips County Raceway; Jason Duggins at Fairgrounds Speed­way; Jason Fusselman at Crawford County Speedway and Shelby County Speedway; Adam Goff at Buffalo River Race Park; Tim Gonska at North Central Speedway; Chad Heater at Junction Motor Speedway; Don Holman at Gillette Thunder Speedway; Timothy Huseby at Red­wood Speedway; Klayson Jager at Black Hills Speedway; Dave Johnson at Princeton Speedway; Brad King at Nodak Speedway; Dylan Lister at Millard County Raceway; Justin Luinenburg at Fairmont Raceway and Murray County Speedway; Marc Minutolo at Outlaw Speedway; Cody Nielsen at Buena Vista Raceway and Kossuth County Speedway; Tyler Ollendieck at Independ­ence Motor Speedway; Zach Olmstead in the Kansas Thunder Series; Matt Olson at Red River Valley Speedway; Brad Orvedahl at Norman County Raceway; Stacee Payne at Honor Speed­way; Joe Peterson at Canyon Speedway Park; Cory Probst at Arlington Raceway, Clay County Fair Speedway and Hancock County Speedway; Austin Rhoades at I-76 Speedway; Dalton Ronnebaum at Thunder Hill Speedway; Jason Ruby at Thunder Mountain Speedway in North Dakota; Aaron Rudolph at Boone Speedway; Leevi Runge at Estevan Motor Speedway; Reagan Sellard at Dodge City Raceway Park; Aaron Shearn at Raceway Park; Kyle Shutte at Stuart Race­way; Tony Slothower at Salina Speedway; Bryce Sommerfeld at Sports Park Raceway; Ger­ald Spalding Jr. at Cardinal Speedway; Dennis Spencer at Aztec Speedway; Dave Taylor at Cas­per Speedway; Kile Vohringer at Maquoketa Speedway; Justin Wacha at Benton County Speed­way; Jeff Ware at Boone County Raceway, Dawson County Raceway, Eagle Raceway and U.S. 30 Speedway; John Watson at Stuart Speedway; Daniel Wauters at Dubuque Speedway; Cam­eron Wilkinson at Off Road Speedway; Cody Williams at Sherman County Speedway; and Leah Wroten at Marshalltown Speedway. 2019 IMCA national champions, pictured with Speedway Motors President Clay Smith at left and IMCA Presi­dent Brett Root at right, were, in front, Jordan Grabouski, Modified and Stock Car. Second row, Cory Dumpert, Late Model, and Matt Ryan, Late Model. Third row, Alex Dostal, Sport Compact; Ken Duke Jr., Sprint Car; and James Hanusch, Southern SportMod. Back row, Tyler Soppe, Northern SportMod; and Jeff Ware, Hobby Stock. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography) Drivers winning Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod track and special series titles were Tyler Andre­asen at Dawson County Raceway; Adam Armstrong at Beatrice Speedway; Jason Bahrs at Quad City Speedway; Jordan Bartz at Shawano Speedway; Brett Berry at RPM Speedway and in the Kansas Thunder Series; Jeremy Birch at Wild Bill’s Raceway; Adam Birck at Quincy Raceway; Jorddon Braaten at Southern Oregon Speedway; Ben Chapman at Davenport Speedway; Steve Clancy at US 36 Raceway; Scott Clay at El Paso County Raceway; Danny Concelman at Sweetwa­ter Speedway; Todd Cooper at Marysville Raceway; Bill Edler at 141 Speedway; Vince Engebregtsen at Luxemburg Speedway; Daniel Fellows at Lee County Speedway; Thomas Frog­gatt at American Valley Speedway; Jacob Hagemann at North Central Speedway and Princeton Speedway; Cole Hanshew at Thunder Mountain Speedway; Mark Harrison at Central Arizona Speedway; Rex Higgins at Fairgrounds Speedway and in the Wild West Tour; Jim Horejsi at Red­wood Speedway; Tyler Inman at Stuart Speedway; Kevin Johnson at Santa Maria Raceway; Luke Johnson at Red River Valley Speedway; Michael Johnson at Bakersfield Speedway; Phillip Keller at Williston Basin Speedway; Jamey Kennicutt at Lincoln County Raceway; Ethan Killingsworth at Sis­kiyou Golden Speedway; Michael Kramer at Raceway Park; Eric Larson at Arlington Raceway; Erik Laudenschlager at Nodak Speedway; Richard Longacre at Diamond Mountain Speedway in California; Hunter Longnecker at Sports Park Raceway; Matt Looft at Fairmont Raceway and Mur­ray County Speedway; Jake McBirnie at Boone Speedway and Marshalltown Speedway, and in the Arizona SportMod Tour; Cody Malcom at Idaho Falls Raceway; Darren Medler at Estevan Motor Speedway; Cameron Meyer at Off Road Speedway; Matt Micheli at Silver Dollar Speed­way; Adam Morris at Sherman County Speedway; Miles Morris at Cocopah Speedway; Jarrod Mounce at Ocean Speedway; Thomas Nelson Jr. at I-76 Speedway; George Nordman at Han­cock County Speedway and Kossuth County Speedway; Zecheriah Norgaard at Clay County Fair Speedway; Cody Olsen at Crawford County Speedway and Shelby County Speedway; Kyle Ol­son at Benton County Speedway; Eric Paul at Southwest Speedway; Gunnar Pike at Eagle Race­way; Max Quint at Phillips County Raceway; Robby Rosselli at McLean County Speedway; Chase Rudolf at Arizona Speedway and Canyon Speedway Park; Fred Ryland at Merced Speed­way; Jared Schaller at Honor Speedway; David Schmidt at Cottage Grove Speedway; Jayden Schmidt at Outagamie Speedway; Eric Sloan at Stuart Raceway; Nate Smith at Independence Motor Speedway; Tyler Soppe at Dubuque Speedway, Maquoketa Speedway; Camron Spangler at Aztec Speedway; Luke Stallbaumer at Salina Speedway and Thunder Hill Speedway; Justin Svoboda at Junction Motor Speedway; Robbie Thome at Boone County Raceway; Cody Thomp­son at Buena Vista Raceway, Park Jefferson Speedway and U.S. 30 Speedway; Chris VanMil at Buffalo River Race Park; Andy Wagner at Norman County Raceway; Adam Weber at Thomas County Speedway; Andy Welch at Fernley 95A Speedway; Don West at Sunset Speedway; Sky­ler Winebarger at Willamette Speedway; Brian Wortman at Millard County Raceway; Chris Wright at Bethany Speedway.Jason Wright at Diamond Mountain Speedway in Utah; and Sean Wyett at 34 Raceway. Crew chief of the year award recipients included Bryson Fralin, Modified; Jake Fier, Late Model; Kevin Safranek, Late Model; Ken Duke Sr., Sprint Car; Eric Ebeling, Stock Car; Mark O’Brien, Hobby Stock; Dalton Soppe, Northern SportMod; David Hanusch, Southern SportMod; and Rick Dostal, Sport Compact. E3 Spark Plugs State champions included Davis in New Mexico, Gould in Oklahoma and Goode in Texas. Murty led the way in Stock Car Northern Region rookie points while Sam Spadaro set the bar in the Southern Region. Late Model track champions were Cory Dumpert at Boone County Raceway and Junction Motor Speedway; Tommy Elston at Lee County Speedway; Curtis Glover at Benton County Speedway; Jeremiah Hurst at Dubuque Speedway and Marshalltown Speedway; Matt Ryan at 34 Raceway, Davenport Speedway and Quad City Speedway; Curt Martin at Independence Motor Speedway; Andy Nezworski at Maquoketa Speedway; Robert Osborne at Off Road Speedway; and Tad Po­spisil at U.S. 30 Speedway. E3 Spark Plugs state champions included Abbott in Illinois, Bevills in Texas, Cody in New Mexico, Dostal in Minnesota, Frank in Colorado, John Gill in Iowa, Braydee Hanson in North Dakota, Par­meley in Arizona, Schulte in Wisconsin, Schutte in Kansas, Tritt in Nebraska and VanderVeen in South Dakota.last_img read more

Leinster rule out McGrath appeal

first_imgJack McGrath will be free to start Ireland’s RBS 6 Nations campaign after Leinster chose not to appeal against his three-week ban for stamping. Leinster said in a statement: “After considering all the options and taking considerable advice, including legal, Leinster Rugby have confirmed that they will not be appealing the decision by the Guinness Pro12 disciplinary committee to suspend Jack McGrath for three weeks, effectively ruling him out of the two Champions Cup Pool Two games this weekend and next. “The matter is now at an end and Leinster Rugby will be making no further comment.” McGrath was banned for three weeks for stamping in Leinster’s 24-11 Pro12 victory over Ulster on January 3. Leinster could have jeopardised McGrath’s early Six Nations participation with an appeal: had the case been thrown out, the 12-cap prop’s ban could have been increased. Any extension of the existing sanction could have left McGrath unavailable for the start of the Six Nations as Ireland aim to defend their 2014 crown. Leinster sit second in Pool Two of the Champions Cup with two fixtures left to play. The Dublin province host Castres this weekend before facing Wasps in Coventry in round six. Harlequins top the group, and Leinster will feel McGrath’s absence, especially with fellow loosehead Healy still fighting his way back to fitness. McGrath will miss Leinster’s crucial European Champions Cup Pool Two matches in the next fortnight, but will then return in time for Ireland’s Six Nations opener in Italy. The 25-year-old should retain his starting berth for Ireland’s first Six Nations clash in Rome on February 7, with Cian Healy still battling back from long-term injury. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater takes the praise after role in Stoke win

first_img Press Association Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater earned plaudits for another superb all-round performance in his side’s victory against Stoke. After the 3-0 win, manager Claudio Ranieri fielded questions about a possible call-up to the England squad for Drinkwater while team-mate Christian Fuchs described him “the English Pirlo”. “I always tell him to shoot at goal because if you don’t shoot you can’t score a goal,” said Ranieri. “It is important for him and his confidence because he is a hard worker and a good passer, a very good midfielder. “I don’t know (about England). Of course (England manager) Roy (Hodgson) is watching us and if he needs some of my English players then I am very pleased to give them to him.” Fuchs tweeted a photograph of himself and Drinkwater under which he made the comparison with Pirlo – the former AC Milan and Juventus playmaker renowned for his vision and passing. Substitute Leonardo Ulloa, a 62nd-minute replacement for the injured Shinji Okazaki, stabbed in Leicester’s third goal from close range with three minutes remaining. Ranieri revealed that Okazaki’s injury was only minor, saying: ” Shinji I think is okay, nothing serious. Just a problem behind the knee.” Stoke boss Mark Hughes, on the other hand, is far more concerned about the injury that forced Ryan Shawcross off after half an hour at the King Power Stadium. “His back unfortunately locked up, and his hip,” said Hughes. “We’re hopeful that it’s nothing too serious and no recurrence of his problem that he had before. Hopefully it’s just a muscular issue and we can loosen him off and he’ll be okay, but it’s a bit early to say at the moment.” Shawcross may miss the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final against Liverpool on Tuesday night but Hughes has his fingers crossed that Marko Arnautovic will be back from injury at Anfield as Stoke look to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit and make it to Wembley. “Hopefully he will be fit, yes. We’ll check him again,” said Hughes, who was without the midfielder on Saturday. “He hadn’t trained all week and had only taken part in parts of the sessions so it was too much of a risk. Hopefully he’ll benefit from the rest he had and be back firing on Tuesday. “Marko we missed (on Saturday) because of his pace and power and ability to be able to retain the ball at the top end. We missed his influence but he’s had an issue with his hamstring. “It was a close call but in fairness I don’t think it would have made a difference to the result because we needed to offer a lot more.” Drinkwater’s display on Saturday, in which he scored one goal – his first in the Barclays Premier League – and made another for Jamie Vardy as the Foxes moved three points clear at the top of the table, was nothing new though. The former Manchester United trainee has been something of an unsung hero in Leicester’s surprise challenge for the title this season, as Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have regularly have grabbed the headlines. last_img read more

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