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A BRO Reader’s Encounter with Scott Jurek

first_imgMy morning on June 11 started with me doing what many might suggest is the “typical” salesman’s dream – playing golf with his customers in Richmond, Virginia. Don’t get me wrong, I love my customers and socializing with them is always time well spent. But when people ask me, “What’s the best thing you’ve done to help your golf game?” My answer is usually, “When I gave it up and started doing triathlons!” You see, I am, and always have been, a runner.I have been a fan of Scott Jurek since reading of his accomplishments in Christopher McDougall’s “Born to Run” and Scott’s own book, “Eat and Run”. I had been following his progress on his attempt to break the record for fastest supported Thru-Hike on the Appalachian Trail. I’m also a big fan of the AT, and being able to hike and enjoy the outdoors are two of the main reasons I maintain my fitness. As Scott was gobbling up the miles in Virginia, I watched in admiration as he approached my home town of Roanoke. Here was one of the greatest ultra runners ever, and he was going to be running right through the valley! Even better, he was moving at a pace that I could likely keep up with.My employer offers me a great deal of flexibility which I appreciate, but I unfortunately could not blow off my date with my customers to be a part of Scott’s run through the valley. Much to my dismay, a crowd of 15-20 local runners met Scott at the trailhead the morning of the 11th and accompanied him up the trail to one of the AT’s most recognized views. But not me. I “had” to play golf. I was seriously bummed that I could not join Scott on his run up what I consider my “home course”.I started the drive home the afternoon of the 11th tired from the far-too-many golf strokes I took and the day in the sun. Driving south on I-81, looking east to Apple Orchard Mountain and its unmistakable FAA antenna, it occurred to me that I was going to be driving pretty much RIGHT PAST Scott as he made his way north.Screen Shot 2015-06-21 at 9.45.51 AMI quickly pulled off the road and opened up Facebook and my AT Trail Guide. Scott’s latest post had a picture of him standing on McAfee Knob and a shout out to the local Fleet Feet store for their hospitality. I called Fleet Feet and asked if anyone there had been on the run with Scott, and they gave me confirmation and a last sighting of Scott at US 220 at 2:00 PM. Perfect! I had a location, and a time, and I knew his pace was about 3-4 miles per hour. I was approaching Buchanan, Virginia from the north and he was approaching from the south. Above Buchanan, the AT criss-crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway numerous times before descending into Bearwallow Gap and then heading on to Jennings Creek.I drove up Route 43 to the Parkway and picked the Sharp Top Overlook, knowing I could be there at least an hour before Scott would be there. When I passed through Buchanan, I stopped and filled every water bottle I had in my car with ice, as it was well over 90 degrees, and I thought some ice water would be a welcome treat for anyone on the trail. Getting out of the car and changing from golf shorts to running shorts and shoes, I donned a small day pack filled with ice water bottles and started to head south on the AT.It was hot that day, but the shade of the trees and the lowering sun combined with my adrenaline to make the heat entirely bearable. Let’s also not forget I had a day pack full of icy bottles on my back! I passed several more thru hikers as I progressed, and none of them had seen Scott yet either. I offered each of them some “Trail Magic” by way of some ice or some of the icy water. It’s amazing how easy it is to make someone’s day with such a simple gesture on the trail. Each hiker seemed to be pretty excited about the fact that they were sharing the trail and their hike with someone trying to set the record.Finally, I heard two male voices accompanied by the click-clack of hiking poles striking rocks. The trail straightened out and about 25 yards from me I spotted the man also known as “El Venado” or “Jurker”. His friend Luis Escobar was with him, Scott in front setting the pace. I felt like a kid who had just witnessed Santa Claus exiting the hearth, making his way to the tree! “I found you!” I exclaimed. Scott gave a look that said… “Yep, I’ve been here all day!” I quickly explained that I would have loved to have joined him on the climb up to McAfee that morning, but that I “had” to play golf.“Pretty hot day to be playing golf!” Scott remarked.“Pretty hot day to be running 50-some miles!” I replied. I asked if I could tag along and of course Scott and Luis encouraged me to do so. I fell in line behind them and did my best not to step on the back of Luis’ shoes in my excitement to keep pace. To my delight, the pace we were at was comfortably conversational for me. Scott and Luis were moving diligently on the steeper sections, both up and down, carefully picking their footing and using their trekking poles. But when the trail opened up or flattened out in the slightest, their strides lengthened and the trees began to blur. We discussed one of the challenges of the AT being that it is like most eastern trails, is single track, rocky, and rooty. Many of the western trails are more open, converted from fire roads and above the tree line.  Then Luis, who lives in California, chimed in with his description of how the trails there are paved with gold and naked women serve cold micro brews at the top of every climb! No wonder it is so hard to get an entry for the Western States 100! Luis himself had taken a week off work to come run with Scott and was planning to return the California for work the next week and then compete in the Western States race June 27th. I guess spending a week running most of the state of Virginia fit into his taper plan.We traded stories of the trail and I shared my favorite AT story, when I was once asked by a man, “Hey, how far does this trail go?”, to which I just smiled, pointed in one direction and said “Maine,” then pointed in the other direction and said, “Georgia”. It was about that time that we encountered one of the thru-hikers I had passed earlier. Blue Kazoo was her trail name, and Scott couldn’t wait to have her take a picture with him. I honestly don’t know who enjoyed that encounter more, Blue Kazoo or El Venado.The run had me energized.  Scott had 40+ miles in for the day at that point and he looked fresh and happy as could be. We approached the Sharp Top overlook and as the road and his support van came into view, Scott let out a “whoop whoop!” to let his crewing wife Jenny know he was approaching. He and Luis stopped long enough to get some fresh water, a little snack, and indulge me in my photo request. It was 8 PM and he still had 9 miles or about 2.5 hours ahead of him before his stopping point for the night.The day started with my disappointment that I was unable to join Scott in his run up to my favorite peak. As it turned out, I was able to run with him and Luis like they were my two best running buddies, talking smack on the trail. Yeah, the Rolling Stones perhaps said it best. “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you’ll find, you get what you need.” Thanks for the opportunity to remember that valuable lesson, Jurker.last_img read more

FARC Suspected of Illegal Gold Mining in Peru

first_imgAt-sea interdictions are highly coordinated, with the security forces of the participating countries partnering to identify, stop, and search suspicious vessels. Operation MARTILLO combines the forces of 14 countries in the Americas – Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Canada, and the United States – along with France, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom. They work together to combat international drug trafficking, enhance regional security, and promote peace, stability, and prosperity throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America. The PF launched its investigation in February after agents found a large shipment of cocaine hidden inside sections of material used for pre-fabricated housing in the city of Umuarama in Paraná state. Dutch customs officials made the second-largest narcotics seizure in the history of Rotterdam harbor when they found 3.5 tons of cocaine in a container of cassava roots from Costa Rica, the Prosecutor’s Office said in a prepared statement on November 30. The cocaine, which had a street value of 149 million dollars, was destroyed after being confiscated at Europe’s largest port. Law enforcement agents are investigating who is responsible for the shipment. USS Vandegrift seizes 907 kilograms of cocaine Operation MARTILLO combines the forces of 14 countries in the Americas – Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Canada, and the United States – along with France, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom. They work together to combat international drug trafficking, enhance regional security, and promote peace, stability, and prosperity throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America. The Putumayo River divides Colombia and Peru. About 3,000 grams of illegal gold worth a total of around 90,000 dollars are extracted illegally from the border region monthly, according to the Colombian National Police. Brazil’s Federal Police dismantles international narco-trafficking ring Crew members of the Vandegrift spotted the suspicious vessel and deployed a helicopter and a LEDET to stop and inspect the boat. Law enforcement officers found 14 bales, which tested positive for cocaine. The Putumayo River divides Colombia and Peru. About 3,000 grams of illegal gold worth a total of around 90,000 dollars are extracted illegally from the border region monthly, according to the Colombian National Police. A large operation by the Brazilian Federal Police (PF) dismantled an international drug trafficking and money laundering ring on December 2. Colombian citizen Jair Manrique Pedroza allegedly is the region’s top buyer of illegal gold, according to the National Police. Colombian citizen Jair Manrique Pedroza allegedly is the region’s top buyer of illegal gold, according to the National Police. The Vandegrift has made nine successful smuggling interdictions in recent months, disrupting the distribution of about 5,900 kilograms of narcotics while supporting Operation MARTILLO, a multinational mission to crack down on illicit drug trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. Dutch customs authorities seize 3.5 tons of cocaine Crew members of the Vandegrift spotted the suspicious vessel and deployed a helicopter and a LEDET to stop and inspect the boat. Law enforcement officers found 14 bales, which tested positive for cocaine. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country’s largest terrorist group, is involved in Peru’s illegal gold trade, according to the Peruvian daily El Comercio and the TV program Mira Quien Habla. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country’s largest terrorist group, is involved in Peru’s illegal gold trade, according to the Peruvian daily El Comercio and the TV program Mira Quien Habla. The USS Vandegrift teamed with a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) to seize 907 kilograms of cocaine from a small vessel off Central America’s Pacific Coast in support of Operation MARTILLO on November 20. Dutch customs officials made the second-largest narcotics seizure in the history of Rotterdam harbor when they found 3.5 tons of cocaine in a container of cassava roots from Costa Rica, the Prosecutor’s Office said in a prepared statement on November 30. The USS Vandegrift teamed with a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) to seize 907 kilograms of cocaine from a small vessel off Central America’s Pacific Coast in support of Operation MARTILLO on November 20. The FARC’s 63rd Front, led by Octavio Ortiz Ramírez, who is also known as “Wilmer El Burro,” has been charging a fee to illegal miners working along the Putumayo River, offering them protection and transport services for the gold in exchange. A large operation by the Brazilian Federal Police (PF) dismantled an international drug trafficking and money laundering ring on December 2. USS Vandegrift seizes 907 kilograms of cocaine The Vandegrift has made nine successful smuggling interdictions in recent months, disrupting the distribution of about 5,900 kilograms of narcotics while supporting Operation MARTILLO, a multinational mission to crack down on illicit drug trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. In Operation Denarius, more than 180 PF agents conducted simultaneous raids in 16 cities and six states: Paraná, Sao Paulo, Mato Grosso, Minas Gerais, Rondônia and Mato Grosso do Sul. The police agents served 13 arrest warrants and executed 39 search warrants. In total, they seized about 23.5 million dollars in assets, including homes, ranches, and businesses. At-sea interdictions are highly coordinated, with the security forces of the participating countries partnering to identify, stop, and search suspicious vessels. Brazil’s Federal Police dismantles international narco-trafficking ring By Dialogo December 04, 2014 The PF launched its investigation in February after agents found a large shipment of cocaine hidden inside sections of material used for pre-fabricated housing in the city of Umuarama in Paraná state. The cocaine, which had a street value of 149 million dollars, was destroyed after being confiscated at Europe’s largest port. Law enforcement agents are investigating who is responsible for the shipment. In Operation Denarius, more than 180 PF agents conducted simultaneous raids in 16 cities and six states: Paraná, Sao Paulo, Mato Grosso, Minas Gerais, Rondônia and Mato Grosso do Sul. The police agents served 13 arrest warrants and executed 39 search warrants. In total, they seized about 23.5 million dollars in assets, including homes, ranches, and businesses. Dutch customs authorities seize 3.5 tons of cocaine The FARC’s 63rd Front, led by Octavio Ortiz Ramírez, who is also known as “Wilmer El Burro,” has been charging a fee to illegal miners working along the Putumayo River, offering them protection and transport services for the gold in exchange. last_img read more

The first Apple Pay contracts are up for renewal

first_img 34SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lou Grilli Lou Grilli is a Senior Innovation Strategist. Lou is tasked with building and shaping a superior payment and member experience capability for PSCU and its Owner credit unions. Lou’s … Web: https://www.pscu.com Details It’s hard to believe that nearly three years has passed since Apple surprised the mobile payments world by stating that iPhone 6 users can make payments with the touch of a finger, beginning on October 20, 2014. About 500 credit unions and banks were among the initial issuers who agreed to a three-year term to participle, meaning their contracts are coming up for renewal. Many financial institutions signed on shortly thereafter. According to PYMNTS.com, the terms of the contract required the issuers to give up to Apple a half penny for every debit transaction or 0.15 percent of every credit transaction conducted through Apple Pay. These fees were over and above charges already assessed by the card networks and the processors. But those financial institutions, mostly larger or forward-thinking credit unions and banks, wanted to be on the forefront of what was highly touted to be the evolution to the long-awaited “year of the mobile payments.” Much has transpired since then. First, while awareness was high, primarily due to the Apple cachet, and initial adoption by Apple users was and continues to be reasonable, 29% for Apple Pay versus 23% for Visa Checkout, according to paymentssource.com, but repeat usage at the point-of-sale remains anemic. According to the study, only 1 in 20 Apple users who could have used it, did so after the initial experience. So, if issuers feared a huge outflow of dollars to Apple for their cut of each credit and debit transaction, those fears were unfounded. But in the past three years, three more subtle changes started and are continuing. First, Apple Pay has seen its greatest success stories in-app and in-browser. eCommerce merchants have always grappled with cart abonnement. Likewise, mobile ordering apps should incent potential users to overcome the hassle of entering a card number, the expiry, the CVV, and possibly wait for a confirmation code from the issuer authenticating the card. Apple Pay eliminates all of that, as Apple said in their initial press statement, “with the touch of a finger”. Many survey respondents, when asked if they have used Apple Pay in stores recently, may not even be thinking about how often they used Apple Pay on their mobile to pay for Uber or Lyft, Grubhub, Dunkin Donuts, myDisneyExperience, Bestbuy.com or any of the literally hundreds of apps and browsers. And the second change is that many merchants, typically alongside an upgrade to the point-of-sale terminal to accept EMV chip cards, have also been putting in place NFC acceptance, meaning Apple Pay can be accepted there as well. More specifically, the Wall Street Journal reported that “a tipping point for Apple Pay could be imminent. Currently, it’s estimated that about one third of U.S. retailers support the NFC-based payment service.” The third change is at the ATM. Wells Fargo announced support of Apple Pay in 2017, while Bank of America previously announced support for Apple Pay at select ATMs. This enables debit cardholders of those respective banks to withdraw money by selecting the debit card in Apple Play, if it’s not the default, and then tapping the phone at the ATM to complete the withdrawal. A side benefit is that it eliminates the threat of skimmers obtaining card data. Should a credit union whose Apple Pay contract is coming up for renewal drop support, or continue? While it is an individual decision for each credit union, the answer should be – continue. Apple Pay adoption continues to grow, members are becoming accustomed to paying in-app by swiping a finger over the home button, and if a credit union drops support for Apple Pay, the member won’t change their buying habit, but they certainly will change the card that enables that purchasing habit. That’s a risk not worth taking.last_img read more

4 simple steps for dealing with work frustrations

first_imgYour coworker is smacking their gum. Your boss just piled more work on your plate. Your computer just crashed … again. As the saying goes, “When it rains, it pours.” None of us are immune to the work challenges that can so easily frustrate us. Below are four easy steps you can take to surpass those work frustrations and improve your overall outlook.Point out the problem: What is the exact source of your irritation? Is it something you can immediately alter or is it a situation you must accept and adapt to? The first step to overcoming the aggravation is pinpointing its precise source. After examining the root of the problem, decipher whether you can change things by directly confronting the problem (i.e., politely asking your coworkers to stop the gum smacking). Or, if you must accept the situation (i.e., if you’re given more work) prioritize and plan for how you can accomplish your goals without getting overwhelmed.Keep your head up: You are the only person who can truly control how you deal with work challenges. If you choose to stay positive and look for the silver lining as often as you can, your outlook will almost instantly improve. For example, if your coworker fails to hold up their end of the bargain and you’re forced to pick up the slack, look at it as a learning experience and a chance to show others your dedication to the company.Recall similar experiences: What will help to get you through your tough time is remembering it’s not the first time you’ll be frustrated, and it won’t be the last. Think about it: how many times has your computer frozen up or crashed unexpectedly? Even when you get it working and get passed the hiccup, unfortunately down the road it’ll probably happen again. How much good does getting frustrated really help the situation? Learning from the past and adjusting for the future will help you to feel less stressed the next time you’re confronted with something similar.Get help: If you’re having trouble keeping your frustrations in check, it may be time to sit down and talk it out with someone you can trust. Don’t let your temper or your weariness cloud your judgment. Instead, take a breath and turn to someone for help. Express to them what’s troubling you and ask for their feedback on ways you can get through it. Feeling less than chipper is not something to be ashamed of and seeking assistance shows strength and the desire to make personal and professional improvements. 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

The Bills We Need to Get to Gov. Wolf’s Desk to Curb the Opioid Epidemic

first_img By: Nate Spade, Deputy Secretary of Legislative Affairs and Meg Snead, Senior Policy Analyst September 29, 2016   SHARE  TWEET Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog,  Videos Yesterday, Governor Wolf addressed a Joint Session of the General Assembly to outline our collective plan to lead the nation in combatting the opioid and heroin crisis facing Pennsylvania.Watch the supercut of Governor Wolf’s address to a Joint Session on Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis.In order to stem the tide of opioid abuse and make progress for those suffering from the disease of addiction and their loved ones, we must work quickly and efficiently to pass bills to send to Governor Wolf’s desk. During the governor’s address, Governor Wolf said that he hopes to pass legislation that will strengthen the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, improve and increase education about opioid use disorder, limit opioid prescriptions to emergency room patients and minors, require insurance companies to cover abuse deterrent opioids, and establish a voluntary directive if they do not want to be prescribed opioids.Below are a number of specific pieces of legislation that would help to accomplish these goals:Strengthen the Prescription Drug Monitoring ProgramSB1202 (Yaw) HB1805 (Masser): The Governor’s Office has been working with the legislature to explore strengthening the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Database (PDMP) by amending Act 191 of 2014. This would likely be accomplished by amending one of these bills. The amendment would require prescribers to check the PDMP every time they prescribe an opioid and other controlled substances. Current law only requires prescribers to check the PDMP the first time they prescribe an opioid or other controlled substances or if they suspect a patient of suffering from the disease of addiction. In addition, the Administration’s amendment would require dispensers to input prescription data to the PDMP within 24 hours of dispensing. Current law gives dispensers (who are required to enter information into the PDMP when they dispense an opioid or other controlled substance) 72 hours to log in and enter information. The underlying bills require continuing education in pain management and dispensing and prescribing practices of opioids for prescribers and dispensers.Both bills have passed their respective chambers and are in committee in the House or Senate. One of these bills will be the vehicle for the Administration’s ABC-MAP amendment requiring the mandatory query of the PDMP.Improve and Increase EducationSB1368 (Killion): This bill requires that schools that educate opioid prescribers must implement a safe opioid prescribing curriculum in medical colleges and other medical training facilities offering or desiring to offer medical training. The curriculum must include: current, age-appropriate information relating to pain management; alternatives to opioid pain medications; instructions on safe prescribing methods in the event opioids must be prescribed; identification of patients who are at risk for addiction; and, training on managing substance use disorders as chronic diseases. This bill passed unanimously in the Senate on 9/28/16.SB 1212 (Wozniak), HB2333 (Gainey): Amend the Public School Code to require public and charter schools to offer a certain number of hours of education related to opioid abuse. SB1212 passed unanimously in the Senate on 9/28/16. HB 2333 is in the House Education Committee.Limit Opioid Prescriptions to Emergency Room Patients and MinorsHB1699 (Brown): This bill mandates that hospital emergency departments and urgent care centers may not prescribe opioids in quantities that last more than seven days and they may not refill prescriptions that have been lost, stolen, or destroyed. This bill passed the House (174-19) on 6/23/16 and has been referred to the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee.SB1367 (Yaw): This bill amends Title 35 (Health and Safety) to establish restrictions on a physicans’ ability to prescribe opioids to minors, including limiting prescriptions to seven days and requiring physicians to take a number of steps before issuing the first prescription in a single course of treatment. This bill passed unanimously in the Senate on 9/28/16.Insurance Coverage for Abuse Deterrent OpioidsHB1698 (Heffley) – This bill requires health insurance plans and carriers to provide access to abuse deterrent opioids. This bill passed the House (190-3) and has been referred to Senate Banking and Insurance.Establish a Voluntary DirectiveHB 2335 (Gainey): Require DOH to develop and publish a uniform voluntary non-opioid directive form, which could be used by a patient to deny or refuse the administration or prescribing of an opioid drug by a practitioner. This bill is in the House Health Committee. The Bills We Need to Get to Gov. Wolf’s Desk to Curb the Opioid Epidemic Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Ming vaults to F4 win in Mexico

first_imgOVERSEAS based driver Calvin Ming continued his climb up the racing ladder as he completed a podium-filled weekend in Mexico. Racing in the Formula 4 series in the supporting race for the Formula 1, 19th round, Ming bettered his third place finish Saturday with a race win over the rest of the field yesterday.Driving under the banner of the Mexican Ram Racing team, the Guyanese who participated courtesy of an invitation extended by his team,is surely among the championship front-runners right now.In Saturday’s first race, Ming started from sixth on the grid and fell to the back before the first corner,courtesy of some contact which spun him just before the grid area.However, he recovered enough to push through the pack in the 30 minute race to finish third on the grid;in front of approximately 130,000 spectators at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit in Mexico City.Race two had him starting from third before pushing his way up to first,utilising the skills gained through Karting and the recently concluded F1600 series.After the race Ming thanked the team for the car set up and the invitation; indicating that he was overjoyed by his performance this weekend.last_img read more

Jaguars’ speedster Smith thankful for new contract, looking forward to possible 2020/21 season

first_img– admits training as a pacer during lockdown was challengingBy Clifton Ross NIAL Smith, the fiery Guyana Jaguars quick, said he’s poised to return to action following a lengthy break due to COVID-19, revealing that training as a fast-bowler during lockdown was a good test.The rookie quick-bowler, who hails from Berbice, told Chronicle Sport on Monday, roughly a week after being named in the Jaguars 15 who secured A, B and C contracts respectively for the 2020/21 season, that playing for his country was the greatest emotion a young cricketer could feel.“It was a great feeling because playing for Guyana was something I’ve always dreamed of. You always want to represent your team of play for your country and do well and that happen for me; I’ve been putting in a lot of hard work; I had a good season and getting a contract; I just want to push forward keep doing better for the Jaguars”, Smith declared.Much like his teammates, the venomous right-hander was relegated to makeshift training methods due to the pandemic. However, being arguably the fastest bowler in his team came at a stiff price, as facilities which would usually afford bowlers the chance to work on their craft have been and remain closed until further notice.Smith, however, admitted that he has been working more on his batting which is already decent, while lauding the efforts of team physio, Neil Barry, for working daily with the Jaguars players via ZOOM; up until things return to some normality.“It was very challenging I must say (isolated training), because we were not able to go out as usual and do fielding, batting practice and more. I do some workouts with Barry every day and he’s very reliable and he gets along with the team very well”. “It’s good to work with him, but I work with myself, I do a lot of strength training and I’m doing some batting practice because there isn’t much room to run in where we practice. So I’m working on improving my batting and hopefully when this is all over, I can get back to working on my bowling”, said an optimistic SmithWith the 2020/21 Regional season still under COVID-watch, franchises have more time to further gel their new pieces together or work with developing squads, but a team like the 5-Time champs have stuck with a familiar 15 for this upcoming season; prompting Smith, who has 20 wickets from just 7 1st Class matches, to further back his crew to do well whenever play resumes.“I think we are going to do well this season. I think our 15 is a perfect 15 in terms of the mix of youth and experience Guys. These guys show you a lot of stuff, they are very experienced, they made a good choice in blending the youngsters with the seniors because the younger guys are the future for Guyana cricket, so I think it’s a very good pick,” ended the fast-bowler.last_img read more

‘I’m Coming To Shame Skoro,’ Brags Kenyan Opponent

first_imgGOTV BOXING NIGHT 14Kenya’s Michael “Shaka” Nyawade, who is billed to fight Nigeria’s Waidi “Skoro” Usman for the African Boxing Union (ABU) featherweight title at GOtv Boxing Night 14, has boasted that he will make his opponent dizzy within the first three rounds.The event, which holds at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos, provides Skoro another opportunity to get his hands on the continental title, following his loss to Uganda’s Edward “Shaka” Kakembo in December 2015. Speaking from Nairobi, Kenya, Nyawade, who has won 18, lost four and drawn two out of his 24 fights, said he is coming to Nigeria to shame Skoro on his home patch.“I saw his fight against Kakembo, who defeated him. I am better than Kakembo. He will be dizzy within the first three rounds. It is time to show the world that Kenyans are as good in boxing as in long distance races. Skoro does not stand a chance. That is obvious to everybody, who understands boxing, except him. He probably does not understand the sport,” he said.Skoro’s fight records are by no means shabby. The West African Boxing Union (WABU) champion has won 13 and drawn two of his 15 fights, some of which include master-classes in demolition of opponents.Both boxers look evenly matched for a contest that promises to be explosive, especially with Skoro’s keenness for redemption after his loss in 2015.In another international title fight billed for the event, the hugely promising Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde will seek to extend his unbeaten record and win first international title when he takes on Djossou “Agoy” Basile of the Republic of Benin for the West African Boxing Union welterweight title. Baby Face, who won the national light welterweight title last year. Equally billed to hold at GOtv Boxing Night 14 is the national lightweight title fight between Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, winner of the best boxer award at GOtv Boxing Night 13, and Kazeem “Ijoba” Badmus.The fight line-up is completed by four fights. One of these will see incumbent ABU lightweight champion, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph, in action against the tough policeman, Prince “Lion” Nwoye in a challenge contest.In the cruiserweight category, Abiodun “Finito” Afini will take on Razak “Hyena” Ramon. The super middleweight category will feature Chukwuebuka “Wise King” Ezewudo will confront Sulaimon “Jagaban” Olapade, while Majesty Maduka will face Sulaimon Adeosun.The best boxer at the event will go home with a cash prize of N1million.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Women’s soccer: Badgers get momentum back against Purdue after unsuccessful road trip

first_imgAfter an underwhelming road trip, the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team has gotten its winning streak back on track with a 2-1 win over the Purdue Boilermakers in Madison.The Badgers got started off with a goal 42 minutes into the game by freshmen forward Cameron Murtha. The Boilermakers tied the game later on in the 74th minute on a goal by Andrea Petrina that was assisted by Hannah Melchoirre and Kylie Hase.Women’s soccer: Wisconsin falls to Rutgers in tight road contestThe University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team (8-3-1, 2-2-1 Big Ten) lost the final game of their East Coast trip Read…The game remained tied for another four minutes before junior midfielder Victoria Pickett put the Badgers ahead for good with a goal in the 78th minute. The Badgers outshot the Boilermakers 12-5 and that ended up being just enough offense to put the Badgers ahead and back into its winning ways.This was the third goal of the season for promising freshmen forward Cameron Murtha and the second goal for Victoria Pickett. This offensive production was once again enough to put the Badgers on top.This continued success by the Badgers is in large part due to their defensive success — led by goaltender Caitlyn Clem — who allowed only one goal on five shot to maintain her 1.00 goals against average. This was a much needed victory for a team that had been unable to win their previous three games, and they came through in a big way, despite the unfavorable weather conditions Friday evening.Women’s soccer: Wisconsin, Maryland end game in tieOn Friday afternoon, the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team left College Park, Maryland on a rather neutral note as Read…The Badgers had recently been on a 0-2-1 stretch following a seven game winning streak, but they managed to get their mojo together against the now 9-3-1 Boilermakers. The Badgers are now 9-3-1 themselves and are looking to finish out their final stretch of their Big Ten Conference play with games against Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern, Iowa and Penn State.Up next, the Badgers move on to play the Indiana Hoosiers Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.  at the McClimon Complex. Tune into Big Ten Network Plus to watch the Badgers attempt to extend their winning streak to two games as they go through their final stretch of Big Ten Conference games.last_img read more

Men’s soccer: Badgers look to upset No. 2 Hoosiers at home

first_imgIt’s been a precarious start to the season for the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team (2–3–1) as they’ve had to battle with poor form away from home during non-conference play, only managing a singular draw from three outings.Things don’t get any easier for the Badgers with the No. 2 team in the nation, the Indiana Hoosiers, coming to the McClimon Complex this Sunday to start Big Ten play.In comparison to the Badgers wavering early season form, the Indiana Hoosiers have been in a rich vein of form to start the season. In non-conference play they have compiled five wins and only one loss, which was at the hands of Wake Forest who are currently the No. 1 ranked team nationally.Wisconsin volleyball faces in-state rival Marquette FridayWisconsin, 5-1, recently dropped to No. 6 in the rankings after a loss to Baylor last week, and a visit Read…But the Badgers can take some comfort in that despite facing struggles on the road. They have had more success on home turf to start the season, with two wins and a loss on home soil in non-conference play.The added confidence of playing at home was relayed by head coach John Trask in his weekly press conference this week.“Our guys are excited to be back at McClimon and are looking forward to a great test on Sunday,” Trask said.Recent history is also favorable for the Badgers with the last matchup between the two sides being in last season’s Big Ten Championship match. The match saw the Badgers come away with a 4–2 win on penalty kicks to secure the Big Ten championship crown.Women’s soccer: Wisconsin looks to continue hot streak into Big Ten opener vs NorthwesternThe University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team (6–1–0) opens their Big Ten schedule versus Northwestern (6–0–1) this Friday followed by Read…Part of the Badgers struggles has come down to not being able to put the ball in the back of the net, having scored in only four of the first six games of the season.When it comes to their play, up-front coach Trask says it is about finding the right combinations, a task made difficult by the amount of new attacking players on the roster.“We’ve got a lot of young attacking players, and sifting through what the best mix of those guys are, and who’s going to be where — that’s all part of it.” Trask said.A player to watch out for on the attacking end Sunday is Badger’s midfielder Duncan Storey, who has a team-leading ten shots and one goal next to his name.The Badgers should also have a strong crowd behind them Sunday as it is the annual Pac the Mac day which sees supporters get admission for only one dollar, or free for UW students. Admission covers both the women’s game at noon and the men’s game at 3 p.m., so get down to the McClimon Complex and support both Badger Soccer teams as they kick off their Big Ten play.If you can’t make it to McClimon, the game will also be covered on the Big Ten Network.last_img read more