THE sixth edition of the Guyana Floodlight Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) annual International Softball tournament is set to bowl off this weekend:November 4, 5 & 6. The three- day competition will seed teams from Canada, New York, Florida and Guyana who will all be competing for cricketing supremacy in the Americas.The tournament will be played in the Open and Masters categories with action starting on Friday from 9.00 hrs,with 12 games being played simultaneously at GDF, Police, Malteenoes, DCC and Ghandi Youth grounds .The Second round of the 12 games starts at 13:00hrs at the same grounds, while the final 12 preliminary games will be played on November 5 at 9:00hs. At 13:00hrs, two semi- finals will be played simultaneously at the police ground while at the DCC ground, a semi-final will start at 13:00hrs and at 17:00hrs respectively.At the DCC ground on November 6, there will be the Masters and Open Finals along with three exhibition 10/10 female games. The female teams include Mikes Wellwoman, Trophy Stall Angels, 4R Lioness and Blue Divas. The day’s event will start at 10:00hrs.Over $2M in cash and other incentives are up for grabs. Tickets cost $1,000 and will be sold at the gate. Prizes are up for grabs and spectators are asked to keep their half ticket in order to be eligible.Four persons can win a trip for themselves and partner to Baganara (1 night), Kaieteur/Orinduik Falls (1day), Arrowpoint (1 night), and Aruwai Resort White H20 (1 night) with all expenses paid return ticket in addition to the ten hampers up for grabs.The tournament is sponsored by STAG, Rubis Guyana, Trophy Stall, Survival Group of Business, Steve’s Jewellery, Clear Waters, Busta Soft Drinks, Rohan Auto Spares, A&R Jewanram Printery, W.J Enterprise and Mike’s Pharmacy.
BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa, (Reuters) – Quinton de Kock scored his highest Twenty20 international score of 59 to lead South Africa to a 20-run victory over Bangladesh on Thursday in the first game of the series.De Kock scored his runs off 44 balls and shared an 79-run partnership with AB de Villiers as South Africa piled up a total of 195 for four after winning the toss.Bangladesh fell short in their reply, finishing on 175-9 despite a bludgeoning start in which Soumya Sarkar struck 47 off 31 balls before a review had him trapped lbw to Andile Phehlukwayo, who finished with figures of 2-25 off his four overs.There were two wickets on his international debut for Robbie Frylinck after a surprise call-up by South Africa for the 33-year-old bowler, including removing Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan for 13.The home triumph was built on the second-wicket partnership between De Kock and De Villiers, who added 49 off 27 balls.Bangladesh threatened to make full use of perfect batting conditions as they started with purpose and were averaging more than 10 runs an over before wickets began to tumble and their run rate was pulled back.Bangladesh complete their five-week tour with a second T20 international in Potchefstroom on Sunday. They were comprehensively beaten in two tests and hammered by South Africa in the three one-day internationals.
BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – Babar Azam’s patient unbeaten century guided Pakistan to a six-wicket victory over New Zealand yesterday and revived their hopes of reaching the Cricket World Cup semi-finals.New Zealand, unbeaten in their first six games of the tournament, remained second in the standings behind Australia and should still make the last four comfortably while Pakistan are now only one point behind hosts England.“Whenever we are in a corner we play our best, it was a great team effort,” Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed said. “All the bowlers bowled well and there was some of the finest batting I have ever seen. Babar played one of the best innings I have ever seen. They handled the pressure so well.”The match was delayed by overnight rain and New Zealand collapsed to 46-4 after deciding to bat.Captain Kane Williamson steadied the ship with a gritty 41 before Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme shared a sixth-wicket partnership of 132 which lifted the Black Caps to a respectable total. Neesham struck three sixes and five fours in his unbeaten 97 and de Grandhomme made 64.Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman fell cheaply to Trent Boult and Imam-ul-Haq was brilliantly caught by a diving Martin Guptill off Lockie Ferguson for 19 but Azam and Mohammad Hafeez steered Pakistan to 110-2.Hafeez departed for 32 but Haris Sohail joined Azam and the pair calmly added 126 to take their side to the brink of victory before Sohail was run-out by Guptill for 68.Azam held his nerve, however, and guided Pakistan to their target with five balls to spare.The 1992 world champions play Afghanistan and Bangladesh in their last two group games and will be confident of making the last four while England will be sweating as they prepare for difficult matches against India and New Zealand. “We are not thinking about 1992, we are going match by match,” Sarfaraz said.Williamson was not too despondent after his team’s first loss of the tournament.“The surfaces in the last three games have been difficult and we were outplayed on a tough surface by a strong side,” he said.“We were right in it but their batsmen played beautifully well and took the game away from us. There are so many games in the round-robin you can’t win them all.” NEW ZEALAND innings Guptill b Mohammad Amir 5 Munro c Haris Sohail b Shaheen Shah Afridi 12 Williamson c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Shadab Khan 41 Taylor c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Shaheen Shah Afridi 3 Latham c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Shaheen Shah Afridi 1 Neesham not out 97 de Grandhomme run-out 64 Santner not out 5Extras: (b-2, lb-3, w-4) 9Total: (6 wickets, 50 overs) 237Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-24, 3-38, 4-46, 5-83, 6-215.Bowling: Mohammad Hafeez 7-0-22-0, Mohammad Amir 10-0-67-1, Shaheen Shah Afridi 10-3-28-3, Imad Wasim 3-0-17-0, Shadab Khan 10-0-43-1, Wahab Riaz 10-0-55-0. PAKISTAN innings (target: 238 runs from 50 overs)Imam-ul-Haq c Guptill b Ferguson 19Fakhar Zaman c Guptill b Boult 9Babar Azam not out 101Mohammad Hafeez c Ferguson b Williamson 32Haris Sohail run-out (Guptill) 68Sarfaraz Ahmed (c) not out 5Extras: (w-7) 7Total: (4 wickets, 49.1 overs) 241Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-44, 3-110, 4-236.Bowling: T. Boult 10-0-48-1, M. Henry 7-0-25-0, J. Ferguson 8.1-0-50-1, C. de Grandhomme 2-0-12-0, M. Santner 10-0-38-0, J. Neesham 3-0-20-0, K. Williamson 8-0-39-1, C. Munro 1-0-9-0.
Gareth Bale reached 16 goals for the first time in a La Liga season as Real Madrid thrashed Getafe 5-1 to move one point behind leaders Barcelona. Real’s seventh successive league win kept alive their hopes of a first title since 2012 and sent neighbours Getafe to the bottom of the table.Karim Benzema put Real ahead and after Isco made it 2-0 at half-time, Bale raced clear to add the third. Getafe replied before James Rodriguez and Cristiano Ronaldo added late goals.Barca, who have taken just one point from the last possible nine, play at home to Valencia today. Real kept the pressure on the defending champions, while Juan Esnaider made a losing start as Getafe’s new coach. His side have now lost 11 of their past 13 games.Real, who beat Wolfbsurg in the Champions League on Tuesday to set up a semi-final with Manchester City, barely had to extend themselves to get the result they needed to go above Atletico Madrid, who play Granada today, and into second place.Coach Zinedine Zidane was able to take off both Bale and Benzema in the second half to give them a rest before Real’s midweek league game at home to fourth-placed Villarreal.Wales forward Bale, 26, set his best Liga tally since arriving in a world-record £85m move in September 2013, racing into the Getafe area from the right and curling left-footed into the far corner.Ronaldo continued his record of having played every minute of Real’s La Liga campaign and claimed his 47th goal of the season, scoring for the fourth league game in a row in stoppage time when he tapped in after being set up by Jese.Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane: “We are doing our job and are getting closer and closer. We are going to bed one point behind, but we can’t look beyond that.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
A new research study from the USC Marshall School of Business suggests that attachment to certain brands or products might be much stronger than consumers think.The study, based on surveys and real purchase data, determined that people form emotional bonds with popular brands such as Apple products, Quaker Oats Oatmeal and even local universities like USC. These bonds can be so strong that people can suffer separation anxiety if they are denied their favorite brands or products, according to the study.Apple of my eye – Freshmen Niki Levy (left), majoring in public relations, and Danielle Gassman (right), majoring in neuroscience, work on their Apple laptops. A recent USC study suggests that consumers show strong attachment to brands such as Apple. – Daniel Wang | Daily TrojanThree USC faculty members — C. Whan Park, professor of marketing, Deborah MacInnis, vice dean of research and professor of business administration, and Joseph Priester, associate professor of marketing — conducted the study, which was recently published in the November issue of the Journal of Marketing.Andreas Eisingerich, an assistant professor of marketing at the Imperial College Business School in London, and Dawn Iacobucci, a professor of marketing at Vanderbilt University, also contributed to the study.One of the goals of this study was to address the differences between brand attachment and attitude strength and to analyze these in terms of behavioral outcomes, MacInnis said.“We felt that brand attachment and attitude strength were fundamentally different concepts,” she said.In order to test this hypothesis, the authors conducted a series of four different studies, which asked respondents to indicate their attachment to certain items such as Nike shoes, the Apple iPod and local universities.The researchers found that, not only did people have strong attachments to certain brands, but they were also willing to exert extra effort to obtain these products.“When people are highly attached to a particular product or service, they tend to go above and beyond the simple purchasing act,” Park said.This could include spending more money on the product, paying less attention to competing brands, forgiving mistakes that the particular brand makes and defending the brand against negative input from other sources, he said.Robyn Wolfish, a sophomore majoring in public relations, said her attachment to Apple products began after she bought an iPod.“I felt compelled to get a MacBook to go with my Apple iPod,” she said, adding that she also plans on buying an iPhone when it comes out through Verizon Wireless. “It makes me feel trendy and ahead of the game.”In addition, consumers’ attachment to brands was strikingly similar to their attachment to other people, the study said.“People who are attached to other people suffer a great deal emotionally when a person dies or they end a relationship,” MacInnis said.Relationships with specific brands or products are no different, she said.Sam Trevino, a sophomore majoring in geology, said he thinks people get attached to brands if they feel a brand meets their specific needs.“People like brands if they feel like their interests are somehow completely aligned with a brand name,” he said.Though this study proves the strength of brand attachment, researchers said they are now trying to discover why this attachment forms and how they can use it as a marketing tool.“The next step is to understand why people develop attachments,” MacInnis said. “What is their mechanism for being attached to some brands and not others?”Park said he has determined three factors that are instrumental in creating strong attachments.The brand, he said, needs to be entertaining, self-enabling and enriching.“If a brand has only one of these three, attachment may not be strong,” Park said. “But if a brand possess more than one, or all three, we can expect attachment to get very strong.”Park said he hopes to spend more time addressing the issue of creating and sustaining attachment.“There will be many more interesting things to come,” he said.
Coming off big wins last weekend, the University of Wisconsin Women’s Hockey team (24-1-1, 18-1-1 WHCA) is going into their matchup against No. 15 St. Cloud State (12-10-2, 8-10-2 WCHA) this weekend looking to maintain a high standard of play.The last time the two programs faced each other, Wisconsin walked away with two shutout wins.Focusing on the bigger pictureThe Badgers not only won twice against North Dakota this weekend, but also secured home ice for the first rounds of the WCHA playoffs. But the Badgers need to keep their winning streak up for the next few weeks if they want to clinch a top playoff seed.Minnesota isn’t far behind Wisconsin in the WCHA standings though. The Badgers are now facing the pressure of the Gophers bearing down on them for the top seed. Only one loss could see Wisconsin fall to the number two seed.Wisconsin keys to victory:Defense is a mustWith playoff season looming around the corner, the Badgers’ defense must be sharp to keep points off the board. This means that UW goalie Ann-Renée Desbiens will need to keep playing with the same accuracy that she has been playing with all season. But in order to do that, her defenders are going to need to support her and help prevent another team from scoring.Thankfully, Wisconsin has the top defense in the WCHA, a unit that allows only .6 points per game — the lowest season average in UW history.With defensemen such as Mellissa Channell, Jenny Ryan, Courtney Burke and Kim Drake all having over 25 blocks on the season, they just need to keep up their performances and they should find success.The main three: Nurse, Pankowski and ClarkWisconsin’s offense is going to be key in the next few matchups, but especially important against St. Cloud State. The Badgers’ leading scorers, forwards Sarah Nurse, Annie Pankowski and Emily Clark need to be given plenty of shooting opportunities.During Wisconsin’s last matchup, Nurse managed two of UW’s seven points in the series while Pankowski tallied one. Considering that each member of the trio has over 15 goals this season, allowing the three to capitalize on scoring opportunities will put Wisconsin in place to succeed.Containing Molly IllikainenIllikainen leads the Huskies with 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists). Her dangerous .233 shooting percentage has made her a staple scorer for St. Cloud State this season. She will be a challenge to the UW defense and Desbiens. Keeping her at bay will be paramount for a Wisconsin victory.
“The tournament is meant to complement our efforts at ensuring the players are in top shape at all times. The Federation is also seeking the next generation of national team players at both senior and junior levels. We must have players ready to challenge and take over from the likes of Segun Toriola.“Our junior team has done exceedingly well over the last couple of years but we have discovered new very young players at our U-16 League and during the Premier Lotto Nigeria Open and this will be another opportunity for our coaches to assess them. We need to keep the players busy. We still have a busy schedule after the Olympics till the end of the year with the African Senior Championships, World Junior Championships, Clubs League, second phase of the U-16 League and the Presidents Cup, so we must continue our development and ensure we have programmes to develop our players coaches administrators and umpires,” the NTTF boss said.According to the tournament prospectus, states and clubs wishing to participate shall be registered with the NTTF and due to logistics, only the states that meet the deadline for submission of entries shall be accepted to participate with each team made up of three players.“Only players registered by States which are affiliated to the NTTF are eligible to participate. All players shall hold the current NTTF Player’s License, which must be produced on demand.States and clubs shall ensure that their players are properly registered for the Championships by completing the registration form obtainable from the Secretary of NTTF, attaching one passport photograph of each player to the completed form,” the prospectus stated.For the team event, the Olympic format will be used in order to acquaint the players with the new system. The team event shall be played in Groups of round robin followed by a knock-out stage. All matches shall be best of five games.The singles events shall be on knock-out basis with matches from the preliminary rounds up to the round of 32 shall be best of five games. Doubles events shall be on knock-out basis and shall be best of five games.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram In continuation of its 2016 calendar, the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) is planning to stage a six-day national competition tagged Nigeria Open Championships.Over nine events will be competed at the N2m prize money championship holding at the National Training Centre in National Stadium.To give junior players the opportunity to test strength with their senior counterparts, the tournament will have junior team and singles events as well as singles, team, and doubles events in the senior category.For the President of NTTF, Wahid Oshodi, the tournament is meant to complement efforts being made by the federation to unearth talents.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisEarlier this week a Meth Lab was discovered in Alpena Township. According to H.U.N.T. the meth lab was made by one female, and one male who’s names have not been identified. The two suspects were not present when a relative and the H.U.N.T Team discovered the lab.Both suspects were arrested downstate for ‘Manufacturing Methanphetmenine and Possession,’ they are currently lodged downstate. Sharp said the addiction of drugs starts at a very young age after someone is exposed to certain lifestyles, which leads to bad behaviors, such as creating dangerous drug labs.According to Lt. Sharp, there has already been an estimated 9 meth labs busted this year in the area.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena township, Meth Lab, Meth Lab BustContinue ReadingPrevious 8th Grade Band Members from Thunder Bay Junior High Take a Trip of a Lifetime to get Inspired With MusicNext Oscoda Community Center Holds Family Wellness Celebration
The ‘Prince of Goals’ Prince Tagoe has called time on national team duties adding that he wants to concentrate more on his Club activities.The player who had a brief romance with the senior national team the Black Stars scoring some important goals in the process, has been left in the cold by the present technical handlers of the Black Stars.Tagoe was called to the national team for the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations by the coach Ratomir DujkoviÄ‡. He only played a total of 49 minutes for his team which did not make it into the quarter-finals.He was selected by the then coach of the Black Stars Milovan Rajevac as part of the final 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He played in all three group matches, as a starter, but did not take any part of the tournament since then as Ghana was eliminated by Uruguay in the quarter-finals.Soon after the World Cup, the players performance at Club level, took a nosedive and this accounted for his exclusion from the Black Stars since then.Now a player of Club Africain, Tagoe has decided to concentrate on his career at the Club level and hang his boots for the national team. “He is no more interested in the national team as he wants to concentrate and play football for his new Club, Club Africain”, his manager Nat Ofosu mentioned.“At the moment he is having a few difficulties with the paperwork and because of that he is still in Ghana, but as soon as it is rectified, he will leave to join them for the remainder of the season.”Tagoe has so far made 36 appearances for the Black Stars scoring seven (7) goals in the process.
ACTIVA International Insurance Company Limited has presented a cheque for GH¢ 30,000 towards the organization of the 2017 Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) awards ceremony scheduled to take place at the State Banquet Hall, Accra on Saturday, 27th May 2017.At a short ceremony to marking the presentation, Managing Director of Activa International Insurance Company Limited, Mr. Solomon Lartey said he was looking forward to the awards ceremony.“Today, we have invited you once again to witness the presentation of our contribution towards the 42nd SWAG Awards celebrations. This is the fifth consecutive time Activa is giving this support to SWAG,” he said.The Activa boss continued that, “the SWAG awards means a lot to us not only because it has become the most credible awards scheme in the sporting industry but also due to the fact that it offers us an opportunity as an insurance company to bring to the fore the essence of insurance in our nation building process”.Touching on the May 9th Stadium Disaster remembrance, which coincided with the presentation day, Mr. Lartey said, ”today marks the anniversary of the May 9 Stadium Disaster. A dark day in the history of sports in Ghana. “A day when innocent sports enthusiasts of our nation were injured and others stampeded to death. The scars of sadness and suffering still linger on. Wives have been left without husbands. Husbands without wives. Sons and daughters without fathers or mothers. Breadwinners lost, bringing untold hardship to families. I am aware that governments past and present, as well as society, have tried to assist surviving spouses and/or orphans to carry on, but the success has been negligible.” According to the World Bank, natural catastrophes cost an average of 520 billion dollars per year globally affecting more than 26 million people in underdeveloped countries. Ghana has had its fair share of disasters both manmade and natural, the most recent being the June 3 floods of 2015 during which Activa Insurance alone paid out more than GHS35million in claims to affected companies in Ghana.”Insurance is a mechanism by which people or organizations can get security against unforeseen circumstances capable of yielding disastrous consequences like the May 9 disaster,” Mr Lartey said.The short cheque presentation ceremony was attended by SWAG President, Mr. Kwabena Yeboah, SWAG patrons Mr. Joe Aggrey and Oheneba Charles, SWAG Treasurer, Rosalind Amoh, the Chief Operating Officer of Activa, Mr. Benjamin Yamoah, Regional Chief Finance Officer of Activa Mrs. Genevieve Tachie, members of SWAG and the media.Receiving the cheque, Mr. Kwabena Yeboah expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Activa International Insurance for their contribution towards the development of sports in Ghana and SWAG for the fifth consecutive times.