Hardwork, commitment pays off for Ura

first_imgCricket It has been through hard work and commitment that has taken PNG Barramundis wicket keeper Tony Ura places he had never thought of travelling to. Also it would not have been possible if he was not for competing in the sport of cricket. And while Tony may agree that cricket is in the blood with his father and brother also playing the game, he is content of his achievement – furthering his career overseas after he was offered a contract to play in Australia. He took the opportunity both hands, packing his bags and leaving the shores of Papua New Guinea (Port Moresby) in 2011 to take up a six-month stint with the Rox-burg Park-Broadmeadows Cricket Club (now defunct) in Melbourne. While there, Tony ensured that he made use of the time going through probably theory lessons, drills, skills, techniques and practical exercises to equip himself and also taking part in competitions against other teams. Tony, who is described as an impact and an aggressive wicket keeper batsman, says he as a player has to stay focus and concentrate on the job ahead. “Yes, the first thing that comes to mind when heading to the crease is to watch the ball hard and play straight,” he contends. With the state-of-emergency extended for another two months due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, he says it has hampered his training and the opportunity to train with his team-mates for the T20 World Cup in Australia in October. However, one of the areas he will be concentrating on during training is his fitness. However, he utilizes the PNG Barramundis training program to do morning and afternoon sessions daily. “In the morning, I follow the Barramundis training program and in the afternoon, I spend some time doing some extras,” he said. Tony was also part of the Barramundis side that created history in Scotland last year at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League from August 14-21. Reflecting back to that moment after the Barramundis qualified for the T20 World Cup, he said it was the best moment of his life. “I was happy with my performance, but I couldn’t continue in my batting performance to finish it off. It was the best moment of my life qualifying for T20 World Cup,” Tony added.last_img read more

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Thomas close to Tour de France title as Froome cracks in stage finale

first_imgBy Julien PretotSAINT-LARY-SOULAN, France (Reuters) – Britain’s Geraint Thomas extended his Tour de France lead as Chris Froome’s hopes of a record-equalling fifth title were hanging by a thread after the defending champion was dropped in the finale of yesterday’s 17th stage.Colombian Nairo Quintana attacked at the foot of the final climb up to the Col du Portet to snatch a prestigious victory, 28 seconds ahead of Ireland’s Dan Martin, but all eyes were on yellow jersey holder Thomas and four-time champion Froome. Froome, attempting a first Giro d’Italia-Tour double in 20 years, cracked two km from the finish when Dutchman Tom Dumoulin attacked, and slipped from second to third overall.Thomas, who took third place 47 seconds off the pace, now leads Dumoulin by 1:59 and Froome by 2:31 and is widely expected to hand Team Sky their sixth Tour title in seven years. Froome’s hopes are hanging by a thread after he crossed the line 1:35 off the pace as he does not seem to have the legs to overturn the deficit and might not be allowed to by his team after Thomas emerged as the clear leader in the British squad.Froome’s last hope appears to rest on whether Thomas cracks in the last mountain stage tomorrow, which seems unlikely after the Welshman proved stronger in all three summit finishes.Organisers had set up a grid start at the foot of the first climb but, while it often brings excitement in Formula One, it was a forgettable moment here, with the peloton being well-organised after a few hundred metres. Team Sky controlled the pace as several riders attacked in the Montee de Peyragudes, a 14.9-km ascent at an average gradient of 6.7 percent.Among them was France’s Julian Alaphilippe, who strengthened his lead in the mountain classification.BARDET CRACKSRomain Bardet’s AG2R-La Mondiale team upped the pace in the second climb, the Col du Val Louron Azet (7.4km at 8.3 percent), to shake up the peloton and hoped to drop several Team Sky domestiques but they failed.Those tactics even backfired in the last ascent, a 16-km effort at an average gradient of 8.7 percent, as the Frenchman cracked and had no team mate left to help him. At the foot of that last effort, Quintana jumped away in impressive style followed by Martin who quickly found himself unable to sustain the pace of the twice Tour runner-up.With 14km left, Slovenia’s fourth-placed Primoz Roglic also attacked and was immediately followed by Froome. The duo opened a small gap before being reined in by the yellow jersey group thanks to the work of Dumoulin protecting his podium place. Froome started to suffer and he was briefly distanced 2.5km from the top on another Roglic attack.Dumoulin’s acceleration then buried Froome, who even had trouble holding his team mate Egan Bernal’s wheel.Thomas finally made his point, accelerating with about 400 metres left to drop Dumoulin and Roglic.World champion Peter Sagan suffered a spectacular crash in the descent from the Col du Val Louron but remounted his bike and made the time cut, his jersey torn to pieces.last_img read more

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EveryMatrix boosts CasinoEngine with Playson HD content

first_img Erik Nyman joins EveryMatrix as US lead August 6, 2020 Interwetten signs Yakubu as first Nigeria ambassador July 14, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Share Interwetten named main sponsor for Greek Super League August 4, 2020 StumbleUpon Updating the market, industry platform and software supplier EveryMatrix has informed that it has added 40 Omni-channel games from Malta-based content provider Playson on to its CasinoEngine solution.Agreeing partnership terms, EveryMatrix will now add popular Playson HD titles to its client casino platforms including; “Lucky Pirates”, “Bumper Crop”, “Dracula’s Family”, “Alice in Wonderslots” and “Gold Rush”.Playson a specialist in high-definition Flash and HTML5 games, has become one of the fastest growing industry content providers securing deals with European operators Mr Green and Interwetten. “We have been impressed not only by Playson’s gaming portfolio that allowed them to grow fast into a successful software provider, but by their philosophy of creating trust with each business relationship, while designing a customized gaming experience for their partners and clients.” stated Ebbe Groes, CEO of EveryMatrix.Playson Commercial Director Sebastian Damian, welcomed Ebbe Groes comments, stating that this team looked forward to its partnership with EveryMatrix;“We look forward to the success of our partnership. EveryMatrix has an excellent reach in territories around the world, giving this deal a strategic importance in making our high quality games available to more operatorslast_img read more

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“Rounding the Bases” in Orioles’ 3-2 win over Toronto

first_imgWho stood out in the Orioles’ 3-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night?In the spirit of hockey’s “three stars” system with the addition of home plate for honorable mentions and other notes, we go around the bases after the 14th game of the 2016 season.1st — Manny Machado went 2-for-5 and actually saw his batting average fall a smidgen from .4074 to .4067, illustrating how incredible his start has been. The All-Star third baseman put the Orioles on the board with an RBI single in the first and blooped a double down the right-field line to plate the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth inning. His 14-game hitting streak has matched a career high set in 2013 and has made him only the third player in Orioles history to hit safely in the first 14 games of a season, joining Brian Roberts (2005) and Eddie Murray (1982). Machado entered Thursday with the most hits in the AL and was tied for the major league lead with Colorado outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. It has to be terrifying for the rest of the AL to wonder if the 23-year-old might be even better than he was last year.2nd — Chris Tillman looked a lot like the pitcher who posted a 11.72 ERA against the Blue Jays in 2015 in the first inning, throwing 38 pitches while allowing two runs, two hits, two walks, and a hit by pitch. However, the right-hander mixed his curveball and slider effectively as the night progressed and he managed to register his first quality start of the season by not allowing a run over his next five innings of work. Toronto squared up a few balls hit directly at fielders over the course of the night, but Thursday turned out to be a vintage performance from Tillman in which he started slowly before regrouping to turn in a solid six-inning outing. That’s something that shouldn’t be taken for granted against a very dangerous lineup.3rd — Joey Rickard only saw his legend grow on Thursday when he literally lined a ball through Toronto third baseman Josh Donald’s glove, a feat on par with Roy Hobbs tearing the cover off the ball in “The Natural.” In all seriousness, it was another impressive game for the rookie left fielder as he also stole the first base of his major league career before scoring on Machado’s single in the first. Rickard started the game-winning rally in the eighth inning with a single to center before advancing to second on a passed ball and aggressively scoring on Machado’s bloop double. It was a 3-for-5 night for Rickard, who is now hitting .350 and has hit safely in 13 of 14 games this season.Home — Darren O’Day may have walked nemesis Jose Bautista on four pitches, but he turned in a masterful eighth inning against the heart of the Blue Jays order by striking out Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion, and Troy Tulowitzki. … Chris Davis registered four walks, a new career high, and currently has a .397 on-base percentage despite a .208 batting average. … Zach Britton recorded his 77th career save, moving past Randy Myers for sole possession of sixth place on the Orioles’ all-time saves list. … Dylan Bundy recorded the first strikeout of his major league career as he pitched on consecutive nights for the first time this season. … The Orioles are now 3-0 in games in which they’ve failed to hit a home run after going 11-39 in that department last year. … Matt Wieters was ejected for only the second time in his career after he was called out on a check-swing attempt by home plate umpire Dan Bellino, who drew the ire of both teams for an inconsistent strike zone throughout the game. … The Orioles begin a six-game road trip on Friday by sending Yovani Gallardo to the hill in Kansas City where he’ll be opposed by Royals right-hander Chris Young.last_img read more

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Riot Games increases professionalism of four European Regional Leagues

first_imgLeague of Legends developer Riot Games has announced off-season changes for four of its European Regional Leagues, aiming to increase their professionalism.The goal is to bring the leagues closer to the LoL European Championship (LEC) by creating a more professional atmosphere and system.Photo credit: Riot GamesThe leagues that will changed are Spain’s SuperLiga Orange, France’s Ligue Française de LoL, DACH region’s The Premier Tour, and United Kingdom’s UKLC.The first focus of the changes is poaching, an issue that occurs in most esports titles. Substantial changes will be implemented through the free agency window as the leagues’ seasons will come to an end this month. Players who compete in any of the leagues will be listed in a Global Contract Database, Riot Games explained: “This is to ensure that ERL teams have bigger incentives to scout and invest in talent themselves without running the risk of that talent getting immediately snatched away from them.”Players’ contract duration will be limited to two years, with the developer wanting to standardise contracts by adding requirements that will be vetted by staff. By being listed in the Global Contract Database, Riot Games will check players’ behaviour within the game. Those who pass such checks without any issues, they will be entered into the Players Benefits Program – unlocking their account with all in-game content available to them.Esports Insider says: These changes from Riot Games are not surprising, but they’re definitely welcomed. The role of these regional leagues is to build healthy proving grounds for budding players and it’s only possible with consequent investment and involvement from the developer. However, these regional leagues are not all equal and we expect to see these changes soon expanded to cover each and every one of them.ESI London 2019 – Find out morelast_img read more

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Hungry Tyson Fury forks out £557 on food delivery while in lockdown with family

first_img People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Real or Fake? Shark Attacks Helicopter What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night.center_img Source: Boxing – thesun.co.uk TYSON Fury staged a heavyweight Easter lockdown with his family by ordering in a gut-busting £557 food delivery.The Gypsy King and reality TV star missus Paris isolated in style with a mountain of pizza and top-quality nosh.⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updatesTyson Fury ordered £557 worth of pizza for his family during lockdownCredit: BackGridThe boxer told the face-masked delivery man to stand two metres back and leave the food on the stepCredit: BackGridTheir mammoth feast was shared with the couple’s five children and Paris’s parents at the boxing star’s home near Morecambe, Lancs.Grinning WBC heavyweight champion Tyson, 31, told the face-masked delivery driver to stand two metres back as he stacked pizza boxes and food bags on the doorstep before handing him a £100 tip.The Saturday night takeaway, which was ferried in heated bags, included a stack of pizzas, four mixed grill platters, four chicken wing platters, two steak meals and five king prawn dishes.Chefs also prepared a portion of 6ft 9in Tyson’s new favourite dish of Parmo, a Middlesbrough concoction of breaded chicken and béchamel sauce fried with cheese.The boxer, who is known for his yo-yoing weight between bouts, kept one eye on the calories by adding 25 cans of Diet Coke.An onlooker told The Sun: “Tyson loves his grub and has a big family and he can certainly afford it.“He said, as the food arrived, ‘We’ve got nothing else to spend our money on during lockdown’.“Tyson was in good spirits but ordered the delivery driver to stand two metres back and leave the food on the step.The massive bill had the family’s name on itCredit: BackGrid“Unsurprisingly, the driver did as he was told and was given a tip of two £50 notes.” Paris, 30, helped haul in the mega meal and insisted no one else had joined the family, which could have breached strict lockdown rules.She said from the family’s home: “The food order was just for us and the children.“We have got five children and the food arrived in a lot of boxes.”The expanding Fury brood — sons Prince John James, eight, Prince Tyson Fury II, three, Prince Adonis Amaziah, one, and daughters Venezuela, ten, and two-year-old Valencia Amber — were given another Easter treat.Paris posted an Instagram picture of a dining table decked with ­dozens of chocolate Easter eggs.She captioned the snap: “Happy Easter everyone. My babies have already started on their eggs.“I asked them, ‘Why do we celebrate Easter?’ They said, ‘Jesus’ birthday?’ Well, close enough.”Mega-rich Tyson, who beat Deontay Wilder, 34, in February to take the WBC crown, has been entertaining fans during lockdown with online workouts often hilariously interrupted by his boisterous kids.CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – STAY IN THE KNOWDon’t miss the latest news and figures – and essential advice for you and your family.To receive The Sun’s Coronavirus newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.Get Britain’s best-selling newspaper delivered to your smartphone or tablet each day – find out more.The feast was for the couple, their five children and Paris’ parentsCredit: Free for editorial useThe boxer enjoyed the mega meal with his family on Easter without breaching strict lockdown rulesCredit: PA:Press AssociationTyson Fury says that Deontay Wilder is only taking the rematch fight for the money 8 MOST DANGEROUS RAINS of All Time | TOP 10 INTERESTING Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017last_img read more

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Bombers find win column at B.C. High School AA Rugby Championships, blast Okanagan Mission 27-5

first_imgAfter two consecutive losses — one by a wide margin and the other, a tough winnable setback — the L.V. Rogers Bombers tasted success at the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Rugby Championships Thursday in Abbotsford.The Bombers proved they belong as the 16-ranked squad ran all over 12th ranked Okanagan Mission in consolation round action thumping the Kelowna-based school 27-5.Quinn Cowie scored a pair of tries while Sean Hickson, Colin Robinson, Jake Kindred each added singles to power the Bombers to lopsided victory. Kicker Kevin Lewis converted each try to complete the scoring.The Bombers opened the tourney with a 38-10 loss to top ranked Collingwood of West Vancouver Sunday in the Lower Mainland City.LVR suffered from butterflies and could not match the speed of the provincial power.Tuesday, LVR lost its second game of the 16-team tournament to Vernon’s Kalamalka Lakers 19-12.The loss was tough for Kootenay reps to stomach as it seemed every break and every call by the game official went the way of the Lakers.The Bombers, already improving on a 16th place finish from 2010, close out the tourney Saturday against the winner of the Smithers/Southridge contest.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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Reducing diabetes in Guyana

first_imgThe Government has initiated steps to reduce the number of deaths from harmful tobacco usage in the population. But this is only one of the four risk factors that lead to the Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases that account for 70 per cent of all deaths here. The four main NCD’s – cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory – disease amounts for the highest burden on mortality and morbidity.Diabetes occurs when two processes are impaired – both connected to the body dealing with the transportation of glucose sugar to the cells of the body via the blood. All carbohydrates and sugars are digested to glucose – which is small-molecule sugar for easier transportation to the cells that use it to produce energy for our activities. Too high a concentration of glucose in the blood, however, adversely affects several organs in the body in addition to forcing the cells to break down other molecules – even our proteins – to obtain energy. The affected organs are the eyes, heart, kidney and the feet and cumulatively debilitates the patient in the early stages and can lead to death in the end. Diabetes, for instance, increases heart attack risk by up to three times for men and five times for women.However, diabetes is one of the NCD’s caused by the other three risk factors – unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol. A programme to reduce these risks is within the capabilities of the Public Health Ministry, since it involves primarily education. There are verbal questionnaires that can indicate a predisposition in persons towards developing type 2 diabetes. If these are conducted early enough, a change of lifestyle to incorporate the above mentioned factors of regular exercise and controlled diet have been shown capable of averting the diabetic condition.The body controls the level of glucose sugar in the blood at a safe, optimum  level by secreting the hormone insulin from the pancreas whenever the level rises beyond that level. There are two types of diabetes: type 1, in which the body is unable to produce the hormone insulin; and type 2, in which the body is unable to use insulin effectively. Type 2 is the most common form, accounting for around 90 per cent of all diabetes cases worldwide. Type 1 is diagnosed very early one and affects mostly children while type 2 develops gradually and manifests its effects generally in adults approaching their 40s. In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas production of insulin could be impaired as well as the mechanisms by which glucose sugar is transmitted from the blood through the cell walls.The treatments for diabetes attempt to positively assist the impaired processes. There can be the direct intake of insulin at prescribed times, which is the only path for type 1 patients and type 2 patients at an advanced stage. There are also medications that stimulate the pancreas to produce more insulin as well as some to assist in glucose transfer into the cells. It has been found that mild daily exercise also assists in the latter process and coupled with a diet that is low on sugars, easily digestible carbohydrates and high of leafy vegetables and lean protein, can significantly lower glucose levels in the blood.Guyana had 61,800 cases of diabetes in 2014 leading to a rate of 14.3 per cent for the adult population (20-79 years) which is significantly higher than the world rate across the age spectrum. There were 1025 persons whose deaths were directly attributed to diabetes. These are very alarming figures.Over the past decade, the Government of Guyana has done a credible job of improving the facilities for dealing with diabetes-related medical complications, such as infected and gangrenous feet in patients. This must be continued but conjoined with an even more robust programme to prevent the development of the condition.We have avoided describing diabetes as a “disease” because of the impact of factors within the control in the individual to prevent or control the condition.last_img read more

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Multicultural practice

first_imgIn the political crisis roiling Guyana presently, the ethnic divisions have become very stark. The need for a commitment to multicultural practices becomes imperative. A “multicultural practice” means there will be fair and equitable treatment of others by individuals, groups, and institutions.Instead of racism and discrimination, there will be respectful and equal treatment of individuals and groups from any ethnic, racial, or immigrant background.With the vast majority of Guyanese brought to Guyana in the last three hundred years, we do not have the tools to imagine a nation “looming out of an immemorial past”. But while we will have to accept the diversity we find ourselves with, we will also have to hone some kind of unity so that we may achieve what most modern states are expected to deliver to their citizens – at a minimum, civil peace.The question of “national culture” has been the site of the contestation of power in civil society as well as the state. It has therefore been a wider struggle than the political. This is what multicultural practices address. The notion that some groups must reject or discard their cultural heritage to participate in the polity must be rejected.  It arises from a barbaric past, when nations were forced to ‘assimilate’ by force.  Even in these circumstances, ethnic bonds were never completely annihilated — witness Catalan nationalism playing out today in Spain.Modern communications facilitate the dissemination and forging of ethnic bonds.  Modern international norms of ‘equality’ and ‘self-determinations’ of peoples militate against cultural hegemony being accepted by even tiny minorities. Rather than the ‘melting pot’ ideal of integration, the ‘salad bowl’ model should be encouraged.  Let each group discover their roots and shape their cultural practices in their own “modernity”.It is a fact about the world that there are many multicultural societies. Each member of such a society is also a member of a particular cultural group. And each member of a cultural group will have different experiences from another belonging to a different cultural group. This is because our culture shapes and gives meaning to our life-plans. And the mere participation of each member helps to change the culture itself. Out of this relationship between people and their cultures arises a sense of identity and belonging.The question as to whether “unity” or “diversity” should be privileged is partially a semantic one, caused by the conflation of “state” and “nation”. But at the bottom, the dispute has to do with power, as it almost always does. Political unity and cultural diversity do not have to be mutually exclusive. Each society, including Guyana, has to find the right balance between the demands of the two concepts that is appropriate for its own circumstances. We have shown that part of the problem was that the exigencies of the “state” were being conflated with those of the “nation”. We need political unity to guide the state, but that is not contradictory to “diversity” in terms of the “nation” – of diverse cultural expressions by the people of a given society.We need to address the type of cultural integration that may be best for Guyana, in view of its evident cultural diversity. While the definitions of culture are legion, for our purposes, we have to see “culture” as, in the words of Ronald Dworkin, “a shared vocabulary of tradition and convention” by a group of people.In the century and a half in which our plural society has been shaped, we are living a Guyanese culture that has given us at least an understanding of how easily we can tilt over the edge. Since each “shared understanding” may entail a different conception of the good life, compromise becomes the obvious imperative for the political viability of our culturally plural society.And Guyana’s history has exemplified this. In each instance, the key aspect would be the position of the state on the policies it would execute vis a vis cultural practices. The state must be even-handed.last_img read more

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DONEGALDAILY DEAL OF THE DAY – €400 SHOPPING VOUCHERS

first_imgInishowen Motors and Kia will soon be celebrating their tenth year based in Letterkenny and to celebrate they have some fantastic offers available across the KIA range.The all new Kia Rio stunning to look at with its new dynamic hatchback has a lot to offer or the all new Kia Sportage designed to have heads turning and a truly engaging driving experience.Simply put a €400 deposit on any new Kia at Inishowen Motors before the 19th December and you receive the whole deposit back in Dunnes Stores shopping vouchers just in time for Christmas. Contact us by telephone or call into our showroom today for further information and to secure your 2012 Kia. Check out our website for terms and conditions – www.inishowenmotors.ieDONEGALDAILY DEAL OF THE DAY – €400 SHOPPING VOUCHERS was last modified: November 12th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DEAL OF THE DAYKIA RIOlast_img read more

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