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