Ethan Lee wins another chess tournament

first_img– Sophia Singh takes Beginners sectionEthan Lee played undefeated again to win the Advance Section of the Wendell Meusa Chess Foundation Emancipation Kids Cup.For him it is now four (4) tournaments in a row with remarkable statistics of 28 games, 26 wins, 2 draws and no loses. His highly anticipated match against Guyana National Junior Champion Joshua Gopaul was his last real test. Gopaul with the White pieces took an advantage in the Scotch opening after some inaccurate play from Ethan saw him losing a Rook for a Knight and a pawn.Ethan Lee recieving his trophyHowever, to win this piece Gopaul had over extended his Queen into the opponent’s territory which resulted in it being trapped due to miscalculation. After winning Gopaul’s Queen, Ethan made light work of the reminding pieces and secure his full point.Ghansham Allijohn played to a solid draw against Ethan in round five (5) with the Black pieces. Ghansham known as Little Anand after Indian Former World Champion Vishy Anand simplified Ethan’s aggressive play to secure a draw. Round six however Ethan should have lost, being a Knight down against Savir Gookul but this is not the case.Lee, even though a piece down played and pressured his opponent who was in time trouble which resulted in Gookul making some decisive error. By the last round Ethan had already secured the tournament and played calmly where a draw was extended and taken by fellow schoolmate Odit Rodrigues. Ethan finished on 6 points from 7 games/Taking second place was National Junior Champion Joshua Gopaul on 5.5 points and finishing in third were Jaden Taylor and Rajiv Lee, both on 5 points. Rajiv Lee’s performance must be noted after he lost 2 of his 3 games in the first 3 rounds.However, he made an impressive comeback in the last 4 rounds winning all his games to secure his 3rd position. He defeated Savir Gookul, Allijohn, Jorrell Troyer and Jonathan Stephney with some tactical chess.Allijohn and Rodrigues finished on 3.5 points each, followed by Ronan Lee and Jessica Calender on 3 points each, then Jorrell Troyer on 2 points and Jonathan Stephney on 1 point.In the Beginners Section, Sophia Singh returned to chess with a bang winning all 7 of her games won by checkmating each opponent.The 15-year old St Joseph High School student, took a little over a year break from chess and showed that she still has it, especially when she defeated fellow female Angel Rahim in a lengthy game that lasted nearly 3 hours.Her win against USA junior player Rashad Gilgeous should be noted since the players played in the sharp Evan Gambit when she sacked her Bishop to force mate in 3 in two different variations. Taking 2nd place was newbie Rahim who is playing chess for only one month now.However, she shows that she is a quite the learner and she has the discipline to become great. Young Rahim executed chess principles perfectly from opening guidelines to basic tactics of pins, forks and skewers that was too much for her beginner opponents. Her only lost came to the more experienced Singh, where she put up a great fight.Finishing in 3rd was 7-year old Triston Singh of Mae’s Primary School who accumulated 5 points with his losses coming to Sophia and Angel.However, he proved he was good enough to finish third as Joshua Khan, Arysh Raghunauth, Jibril Alli, Kaiden Ali Rashad and Kyle Gilgeous all finished on 3 points each to for fourth, while Alia Gafoor and Asher Gafoor withdrew from the tournament.The organiers extended a heartfelt thanks to all who helped make the tournament possible, namely, the National Sports Commission, American University of Peace Studies, Red Cherry, Julio’s Ice Cream, Mr & Mrs Lee, Bibi Rahim and Maurlene Lee.last_img read more

Rooney fires D.C. United to top as Crew downed

first_img0Shares0000Wayne Rooney, pictured during an earlier match, curled home a low free-kick in the 27th minute to give United their first win in Columbus since 2007 © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / Patrick McDermottLOS ANGELES, United States, Apr 25 – Wayne Rooney fired DC United to the top of Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference standings on Wednesday, scoring the game’s only goal in a 1-0 win over Columbus Crew.Former Manchester United and England star Rooney curled home a low free-kick in the 27th minute to give United all three points and their first win in Columbus since 2007. The victory leaves United three points clear of second-placed Montreal Impact at the top of the Eastern Conference standings with 17 points from nine games.Montreal kept pace with United after a 3-0 away win against the New England Revolution.Shamit Shome opened the scoring for Montreal in the 79th minute, tapping home a close-range effort after a horrendous blunder by Revs goalkeeper Cody Cropper, who spilled what should have been a straightforward save.Anthony Jackson-Hamel added a late brace for Montreal, with goals in the 85th and 90th minutes.Elsewhere Wednesday, Argentinian striker Valentin Castellanos scored in the ninth minute to hand New York City FC a 1-0 win over the Chicago Fire at Yankee Stadium.The 20-year-old from Mendoza slid home a perfect low pass from Brazilian forward Heber to give City all three points to move them into seventh spot in the Eastern Conference.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Sponsoring local teams good for business, fosters good will

first_imgNEW YORK – The signs posted on the fences at Little League and football fields advertising local mechanics and dry cleaners are some of the best marketing tools that a small business can use. With millions of children playing baseball, softball, football and other sports year-round, small businesses have a great opportunity to boost their name recognition and perhaps bring in some revenue. There can also be a side benefit to supporting a local team or league – employee morale can get a lift when the boss does something that benefits the community. Fred Dumas, who owns a Beef O’Brady’s franchise restaurant in the Tampa, Fla., suburb of Riverview, has sponsored several teams including boys’ T-ball and girls’ softball. He also sponsors player of the week and player of the month awards at the local high school. Dumas says sponsorships help him advertise his restaurant in the absence of a big marketing campaign. While Beef O’Brady’s has 230 franchises in the Southeast and Midwest, it doesn’t have the advertising budget of bigger corporations such as Applebee’s, he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.That’s where an entrepreneur’s innovativeness will serve him or her well. “I was in the schools before we ever opened up the door” a year and a half ago, Dumas said. “I presented a trophy the first Monday I was in business.” Dumas says his sponsorships have brought in business. When the local paper takes a picture of his players of the week and month, they’re posted in the restaurant and of course the kids and their families and friends come in. The restaurant also draws a crowd after school games, Dumas said. He also works with elementary schools. At school fundraisers, students get coupons they can bring in to Beef O’Brady’s; when they do, Dumas will donate 20percent of their restaurant checks back to the schools. Sponsoring teams and awards isn’t likely to break a small company’s budget. Often, for just a few hundred dollars, a company can get its name on a sign on a ballfield fence, or a mention in a program. And the smaller companies have an advantage – as Dumas noted, “the big corporations don’t believe in putting signs up in the Little League fields as much as we do.” Now, while he’s competing against chains such as Applebee’s, “the people who come in here, they know me and I know them,” he said. But if a small business wants to spend more, there are certainly plenty of opportunities. If school or local recreation officials agree, it’s possible to take cues from the businesses that give products and services away at minor league parks (fans love the T-shirt toss between innings). And you’re not limited to kids’ events – there are plenty of adult softball and basketball leagues and teams sponsored by local businesses. The accounting firm Levine, Jacobs & Co. in Livingston, N.J., doesn’t expect to bring in revenue from its sponsorships of two Little League teams, but there are other, intangible benefits to be had, co-managing partner Michael Karu said. Karu said the firm’s sponsorships help its name recognition and also create a sense of good will. It also helps boost the morale of employees who can feel good about the contribution that their employer is making to the community. “They know that whether we’re sponsoring a Little League team or participating in a charitable event that something greater is happening” than just making money, he said. “We’ve been in Livingston for over 50 years, and a large number of our clients live or work in the community,” Karu said. “It is necessary for every small business to give back to the community, and one of the best ways is through the children.” As Karu noted, sponsoring teams is akin to helping sponsor charitable events, or just donating to charities. And small businesses often choose local charities. “If I can benefit people in the community where my business is located and benefit my business at the same time, it’s a perfect match,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgAn Autism friendly film will be screened this SATURDAY at ECLISPE CINEMAS in Lifford/Strabane.A film list of other new film releases are outlined below.Child 44 A disgraced member of the military police investigates a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union.Released 17th April: Certificate Strictly 16: Run Time 137minsAvengers: Age Of UltronWhen Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans. Released 23rd April: Certificate 12A: Run Time 141minsAvengers Triple Bill: Captain America, The Winter Solider, Age of Ultron @ 6.30pm Wednesday 22nd April: Tickets €12/£10.00Midnight Show – Age Of Ultron: 00.05 Wednesday Night 22nd/Thursday Morning 23rd AprilEclipse Classics – Tickets Now On Sale20th April: – Forrest Gump (1994) 4th May: – Gone With The Wind (1939)18th May: – The Quiet Man (1952)Autism Friendly FilmHome: Saturday 18th April @ 3pm AUTISM FRIENDLY FILM TO BE SCREENED AT ECLIPSE CINEMAS THIS WEEKEND was last modified: April 15th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Autsim FriendlyEclipse CinemasEntertainemntFeaturesNoticeslast_img read more

Bundoran man named as one of Ireland’s top 10 changemakers

first_imgRuairí McKiernan has been named by global social entrepreneurs organisation Ashoka as one of the top ten changemakers in Ireland.McKiernan is well-known as the founder of the youth organisation SpunOut in Ballyshannon, a multi-award winning social innovator, campaigner, speaker, and Presidential appointee to the Council of State.Ruairí McKiernan was included on the prestigious list following a comprehensive nationwide study of social entrepreneurship throughout Ireland. Others listed include Fr Peter McVerry, Senator Lynne Ruane and a range of leading lights who are working to make Ireland a better place. Those selected were each profiled in a recent special supplement in the Sunday Times newspaper.McKiernan, who was born in Cavan and is part of the Keenaghan family from Bundoran, was appointed to the Council of State by President Michael D Higgins and is well known for his youth, community and campaign work.A business graduate, he worked for various multinational companies in the U.S and elsewhere before changing course to work for the health service in the North West. There he got involved in youth work and health promotion before founding the SpunOut youth organisation with friends Keith Corcoran from Laghey and Anna Lally from Rossnowlagh.In recent years he co-founded the Uplift campaign group and more recently he helped lead the establishment of the Gaelic Voices For Change, a movement of intercounty GAA football, hurling, and camogie stars. McKiernan also hosts a popular podcast called Love and Courage which features interviews with leading innovators and activists from around the world. He says it was the community volunteering of his parents that initially inspired him to follow his chosen path. “My mother volunteered for the local Credit Union and my dad was involved with the GAA, the Scouts, and Foróige. Growing up, volunteering and community activism was something that was normal and I think that’s the case for many people in Donegal and around the country.”“I think the many unsung heroes that are involved with community associations, youth groups, and sports clubs deserve huge credit for their efforts. They are the fabric of Irish society and this is where I get my inspiration.“For me, I want to dedicate myself to championing this community spirit and doing what I can to challenge injustice and help create a better country and world for our children and grandchildren to come.”McKiernan’s latest focus has seen him turn his attention to the music industry. His wife, Susan Quirke, otherwise known as the musician Susie Q, has just released the first track of her soon to be released debut album and Ruairi has been involved in helping produce the video for it.The video for the song ‘Home’, which has been attracting national and international attention, explores the refugee crisis and the concept of all humans belonging to a common home on planet earth. It is a subject matter close to Ruairi’s heart. “Growing up I learned about the colonisation of Ireland, the great hunger, and the injustices inflicted on this island. As I travelled around the world I could see that there were common themes to these injustices and that the exploitation of people continues today in different forms.”“In many ways, it is greed and injustice that has created the refugee crisis and for a nation that has always relied on emigration, I think it’s important for us to have a special awareness when it comes to others fleeing poverty, oppression, and war.“I’m not saying that we all have to go out and become campaigners but I do think we need more compassion. I think there is always something everyone can do to help leave the world in a better place than they found it. Better to light a candle than curse the darkness as the saying goes.”Bundoran man named as one of Ireland’s top 10 changemakers was last modified: January 15th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:changemakerRuairi McKiernanSpunOutlast_img read more


first_imgA chef who told Gardai his name was Peter Pan ended up paying €300 to charity when he appeared at Letterkenny District Court.Brian Kelly, 31, was spotted by Gardai roaring and shouting at Glenfin Street in Ballybofey on July 24th last.When told to calm down by Gardai, Kelly continued to roar and shout and was eventually put in a patrol car. Defence solicitor Kieran Dillon said Kelly of 57 Beechwood Park, Convoy, had been drinking in pubs in Letterkenny and Ballybofey and was in high spirits.“He was about to get into a taxi when the Gardai arrived but he didn’t have the wit to go home,” said Mr Dillon.Judge Paul Kelly said “He was trying to tell fairytales. You’re a comedian as well as a chef.”He adjourned the case until April 3rd to allow Kelly to pay €300 to the local branch of St Vincent De Paul.© 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on TOLD GARDAI HE WAS ‘PETER PAN’ WHEN STOPPED FOR SHOUTING was last modified: February 8th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:BallybofeyGardaLetterkenny District CourtPeter KellyPeter Panlast_img read more


first_imgAs part of One Donegal Cultural Diversity Month, Beo is running a weeklong art workshop for transition year students.This workshop, titled ‘Saol Sráide’ (English:‘Street Life’), aims to get students out of the classroom and into a studio workshop where they will make a series of photographs and sculptures inspired by the streets of Letterkenny.Thirty students from different ethnic backgrounds will take part in the event, which will be hosted by renowned London based artist, Keith Winter. ‘Saol Sráide’ will run in the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny between November 12th and 16th. The completed works will be unveiled during a Beo live music event in the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny at 7:30pm on Friday the 16th of November.Acts performing at the event include More Than Conquerors and Not Squares. An exhibition of the work will then be held in the RCC and will be open to the general public.This project has been supported by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund, through the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by Donegal County Council.This project is being delivered as part of Donegal CDB Peace and Reconciliation Partnership’s One Donegal Cultural Diversity Month – Embracing and Celebrating Diversity. For further details about events being run throughout November 2012 as part of this initiative please contact Sarah Thompson, Good Relations Officer, Donegal County Council on (074) 9172586/087 9232654 or or keep up to date via our WebPages STREETS OF LETTERKENNY TO INSPIRE STUDENTS was last modified: November 13th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:BeoKeith WinterSaol Sraidelast_img read more

Red Bluff grad Etzler lauded on the field and off

first_imgAtherton >> Red Bluff High School graduate Bryce Etzler was recognized in April for her performance on the diamond for the Menlo College softball team and off the filed for character.The Menlo College Oaks set a program record with 31 wins and the Golden State Athletic Conference recently announced its 2017 All-GSAC team, which includes Etzler and three of her teammates. Etzler put up a stellar season in a return to the diamond following an injury-riddled 2016 campaign, according to the …last_img

South Africa to continue investing in education

first_img17 June 2014 The South African government will continue to invest in education and skills development as key conditions for economic growth, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday. Delivering his State of the Nation address to Parliament in Cape Town, Zuma said the country needed “engineers, electricians, plumbers, doctors, teachers and many other professionals to build our country’s economy. “Education therefore remains an apex priority for this government. We will continue to promote universal access to education by ensuring that all children between ages 7 and 15 are in school. We will increase the number of Grade 12 learners who can gain entrance to university, moving from 172 000 in 2013 to 250 000 in 2019.” At the same time, he said, the government would continue to fight drugs and substance abuse in schools and communities. “We will also prioritise safety in schools, scholar transport and child health.”Eradicating ‘mud schools’ Zuma said the government would also push ahead with the Accelerated School Infrastructure Delivery Initiative, a national programme to tackle school infrastructure backlogs in the country. The R8.2-billion public-private programme, one of the government’s Strategic Infrastructure Projects (SIPs), aims to eradicate the 496 “mud schools” in the country, and provide water and sanitation to 1 257 schools and electricity to 878 schools, by March 2016. “We opened at least one new school a week in the Eastern Cape last year and will continue to eradicate mud schools and other inappropriate structures,” the President said.New universities He also announced that contractors would be moving on site in September to build South Africa’s two new universities, Sol Plaatie in the Northern Cape and the University of Mpumalanga in Nelspruit. “By January next year, the first intake of medical students will be enrolled at the new medical university in Limpopo,” he added. “In addition, 12 training and vocational education colleges will be built to expand the technical skills mix in the country.” Source: read more

2019 Between the Rows farmers gearing up for planting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dylan Baer – Wood CountyMost of our farm is in Wood County. We farm a little in Henry and Hancock counties. We grow wheat, corn, beans, and a bit of alfalfa. My dad is a seed dealer. We are delivering seed right now. I bale straw too.On our farm we only plant enough wheat for what I’m going to bale. We have 220 acres of wheat this year. We had it planted in the first week of October and it looked good, not great, but good last fall. It is having a heck of a time greening up this spring. The green spots are starting to make the brown dead spots look bad. We like to topdress it in mid-April and the first chance we get we’ll get out there.We actually finished up with harvest Oct. 25. We thought we’d have the month of November to finish up with tillage. Then it started raining. We hardly got anything done. We do not have very much ready to plant.We bought enough rye cover crop to plant before all the corn acres. We planted rye for a cover crop but we didn’t get it all on. This is our second year of rye before the corn and we seeded it in September. It is about 3 inches tall and it is greening up fast. We want to get in there and kill it ahead of the corn because we don’t want it to get too big. It looks good. I can’t wait to get in there and plant it. There is no water laying on that cover crop ground anywhere.We are going to no-till some beans and we have about 200 acres of corn ground after the wheat acres last year that are ready to plant. The rest of our corn acres still need a field cultivator or something like that. We have water laying in some places. We are still gearing up for things and we have time. We’ll see if the weather holds.Nathan Brown – Highland CountyI planted three acres of beans on March 24. We had ideal weather conditions. While I had the drill out to sow some cover crops, I thought I’d throw some soybeans in the ground to see what happens. The soil temperature was in the high 30s or low 40s and the ground conditions were about ideal.They were planted into a cereal rye cover crop. If I can get the beans out of the ground, the rye may help regulate the ground temperature and keep them from getting frosted if we get a late frost. I went out on Saturday and dug some. They are actually starting to sprout. So far I’m happy with the progress. I have never planted anything that early before but there is a lot of talk about getting things out early. I have seen a few other guys trying it so I thought I’d see what happens.We still have equipment to work through before planting. We are a few weeks out on getting started. We are busy with calving.The pastures are starting to green up. We frost seeded some cereal rye in heavy traffic areas and that is starting to come up. The cows are finally starting to cut back a little on hay consumption.Cover crops at this point are really just starting to take off, especially the stuff that was planted in late November or December. I was hoping to have a little more growth at this time, but you have to be flexible with management. We may end up using more herbicides this year.It has been challenging around here. I drove from Hillsboro to Georgetown and saw a couple of fields of beans and corn still standing. Some guys will be chasing the combine with the corn planter this year.Andrew Armstrong – Clark CountyWe farm corn and soybeans in the southeast corner of Clark County. As of right now we have planters still in the shop. Some are ready to roll when the weather is perfect. We are still thinking about trying to spray some burndown, but we are waiting on the weather.We thought we had a window here this weekend and we got a little drizzle that just softened up the top and we didn’t want to risk anything. We don’t want to get in too much of a hurry but as the calendar continues to flip everyone is getting excited.We parked the combines last fall. Then the faucet turned on and it never shut off.We always aim to do some burndown around Thanksgiving, but we didn’t get a window of opportunity. We can get a lot accomplished in the matter of a couple of days, though. In 3 days we can be caught up with herbicide application. We typically are no-till. We do have a field that was systematically tiled last year. We cultivate it, plant it and chisel plow it the following fall, but we didn’t get that done. We are going to plant it rough. We try to keep everything else no-till. We don’t want to mess up the no-till.We have not done much with cover crops but if you look at some of our fields right now you may think we are into cover crops with all of the weeds that have come up. We are very interested in cover crops but we are concerned with the management. Are we going to efficiently be able to plant them and kill them? Will they pay for themselves in the future?We keep watching the weather here. We are ready to go with a moment’s notice. It will probably be toward the end of April before we start planting.Lamar Liming – Trumbull/ Mahoning CountyWe’re in Lordstown, Ohio, which is in southern Trumbull County. We have a dairy and grain farm. We milk about 60 cows and farm 700 acres. I am about 20 miles from the Pennsylvania line, just barely into the Snow Belt.We are starting to dry out, but it seems like we get dry and it rains again. Last weekend we had 2.25 inches of rain that soaked everything down. It warmed up pretty nice, though, this weekend and the grass is trying to pop. We have been trying to haul manure. It has been a real challenge trying to get manure out.Harvest was long. We finished up in December with our own crops. We did a little bit of custom work and it got into February before we finished that. There are still some crops out in the area. A week ago I still saw some beans out.All of last year was a challenge. It was a challenge getting stuff in, making hay and planting wheat. I planted about half my wheat and it looks like I’m going to burn it all off. None if it is going to make it. I think I got it planted on Oct. 18. The insurance date is Oct. 20. It just didn’t want to come out of the ground. We had so much water and freezing and ice. It was a terrible winter for wheat around here.They say dairy is going to be better in 2019. It is picking up a little bit here from what it was, but it has been very challenging. Ideally we get done planting by mid-May and then we start chopping hay. Last year we were planting corn, planting beans and chopping hay all at the beginning of June. It was hurry up and get it all done at the same time.last_img read more