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  • Bennett is Mr Guyana

    first_img… Campbell defends Mr Physique title, Fung wins Ms BikiniBy Faizool DeoMARLON Bennett has been known as ‘Bolo’ for most of his career and early Monday night the veteran bodybuilder was called ‘Pops’ by several persons in the crowd at the Guyana Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (GBBFF) Senior National Championships. But by the end of the event he had a new name – one he had craved for a long time: Mr Guyana.Rosanna Fung (right) defeated Angela Barroncas in the Ms Bikini competition.The top local bodybuilding tournament at the National Cultural Centre saw Bennett upstage his younger opponents – Caerus Cipriani and Carlos Petterson Grifith – to take the overall title.Also triumphing were Emerson Campbell, who continued his dominance in the Mr Physique category and Rosanna Fung, who defeated a chiselled Angela Barroncas (Singh) in the Ms Bikini battle.The Fitness Express-sponsored event was seen as the dawn of the post-Kerwin Clarke era. The four-time champion had decided to focus on international competitions and to give other local bodybuilders a chance to vie for the coveted title. And they did battle for it.Leading the charge was 42-year-old Bennett, who stormed his way to the Masters title, the Under-154 pounds title and then after a fierce battle, the overall title.Bennett, who trains at Fitness 53, said that the win was motivation for him and he hopes it can be a motivation for other ageing athletes in the sport. He added that he was confident of an overall victory when he heard that Clarke was not competing because he was the only competition.”The seasoned bodybuilder credits his focus and consistency for his run in the sport, which has spanned approximately two decades.“I love the sport; you have to love something to go after it over and over.”Although Bennett was the only multiple winner, all of the finalists had to win their divisions to advance.Cipriani, who finished second overall, had defeated Floyd Fabian Roza in the two-man battle of the Under-176 division, while overall third-place finisher Petterson Grifith retained his heavyweight title after getting past Rhon Loncke (who finished with two second-place trophies) and Alex Hamilton. Also in the mix was 26-year-old Derran Harris, who finished fourth overall with a promising package.Emerson Campbell (middle) defended his Mr Physique trophy ahead of Tariq Dakhil (right) and Yannick Grimes.Harris, who won the Novices bodybuilding competition this year, finished ahead of Tejpaul Gwendsammy in the Under-143 pounds category.Meanwhile Lifetime Gym’s Leon Benjamin, who finished fifth, was able to get past Henry Bassy from Buddy’s Gym and Julian Alleyne from Fitness 53, to take the U-164 title.In the Masters category, Bennett had gotten past Loncke and Donald Lindie, while in the Under-154 pounds he got the better of Jermaine Bacchus and Darius Ramsammy.MR PHYSIQUE Although there were clear separations in the bodybuilding divisions, the same cannot be said for the Mr Physique. That battle was intense and the four Space Gym competitors delivered crowd-pleasing performances.In the end, Campbell proved his superiority to retain his title. Tariq Dakhil upstaged former champion Yannick Grimes to finish second, while reigning Mr Novices Physique Delroy Phillips finished fourth.In the two-woman Ms Bikini competition, Fung worked the judges and audience from her first step on the stage. She brought out a sassy side, which, along with her figure, helped to fend off her equally impressive Space Gym mate Barroncas.Meanwhile, president of the GBBFF, Keavon Bess, who acted as MC for the evening, promised the contestants that next year’s competition would be bigger and that the federation is looking to increase the prizes.He said it might include a motorcycle or a motorcar.Along with Fitness Express, Space Gym, Fast Graphics, Stage of Champions, Digital Technology and Ellies Trading all contributed towards the success of the event.last_img read more

  • Latino Graduate Student Association vital for Latinx community

    first_imgFor Greer and many students like her, LGSA is a vital on-campus resource. The group is dedicated to helping Latinx graduate students find new and exciting opportunities in their fields and foster professional networks to support them after they leave USC. When Diana Greer first arrived at the Rossier School of Education, she had trouble finding a Latinx community to connect with on campus until she discovered the Latino Graduate Student Association during her first year. A year after joining the group, Greer became its co-president. Along with co-president Laura Delgado, a third-year graduate student studying educational counseling, she plans programming that connects graduate students within the Latinx community. Some of the organization’s most popular events include Noche de Estrellas, an end-of-year celebration for members, and an annual Friendsgiving dinner for those who are unable to go home for Thanksgiving.  The Latino Graduate Student Association executive board also helps run initiatives like the Undergraduate Mentoring Program, which help undergraduate students navigate college life. (Photo courtesy of Diana Greer) “Seeing the [general body meeting] was a big step in allowing everyone to come together,” said Hernandez, who is studying integrated design, business and technology. “Being able to see all of us together in one space at one time, chatting about how we can empower each other and make our lives better … was really powerful.” Greer said LGSA’s events and programming initially drew her to the organization because she wanted a place to celebrate and connect with her culture. Greer, a mother of one, said LGSA also helped connect her to other Latinx parents on campus and helped her find a community at USC. “[Our most important role] is to foster community,” Delgado said. “It’s a very different experience, being a graduate student compared to being an undergrad. We want to foster this sense of belonging.” “Right away, one of the students came to my classroom and said there [were] a lot of student parents that come that [I] just didn’t know [were] parents,” Greer said. “He connected me to other student parents and from there I was able to create a single mother USC type of support group for myself.” “I felt like I didn’t have a lot of Latinx friends in my cohort, or I didn’t see many, so I decided to start coming out to mixers and events,” said Greer, a second-year graduate student studying educational counseling. “[LGSA] just became like family instantly. To be able to hang out with students who look like you, talk like you, maybe eat the same food as you — it was very comforting for me, at a predominantly white institution, to be able to find Latinx students on campus.” Greer said that the team takes time to assign all 25 students on the roster to a mentor who shares their interests, looking for commonalities in hometown, major and background when choosing each pair. The Undergraduate Mentoring Program, or UMP, is one of LGSA’s larger initiatives. Undergraduates get paired with a graduate student mentor who can give them advice on navigating college. Recently, the organization partnered with Graduate Student Government to host a general body meeting and discuss issues USC’s Latinx graduate student community faces. The two groups invited graduate students to voice their opinions and speak directly to those who effect campus policy. GSG Director of Diversity and Equity for Programming Xavier Hernandez said the town hall-style event was a huge success.  For Delgado, connections like these make LGSA so vital to the Latinx community on campus. As co-president, she hopes to facilitate these relationships throughout the coming year.last_img read more

  • Premier League action this evening

    first_imgJames McClean could make his debut for the hosts while David Silva, Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero are all fit for the visitors after recovering from illness.Kick off is at 8.Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes his old side need a world class striker to lead their line.  Arsene Wenger’s team were beaten 2-nil at home by West Ham in their opening Premier League game of the season. Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been heavily linked with a move.Parlour has said the transfer market should be utilised for Arsenal to match their fellow title contenders.last_img read more

  • GOtv to Air FIFA Confederations Cup

    first_imgThese acquisitions now sit alongside SuperSport’s already substantial offering that includes the major leagues, Champions League and the SA Premier Soccer League.“Soccer is among the jewels in the SuperSport crown,” said Felix Awogu, General Manager, SuperSport West Africa. “We have long enjoyed the thrills of the World Cup and FIFA’s other properties and this new arrangement prolongs what has become a great partnership.”Other FIFA events on the broadcast calendar are the FIFA Under-20 and Under-17 World Cups, the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup and, in 2018, the FIFA Under-20 and Under-17 Women’s World Cup tournaments.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram GOtv subscribers will have access to live broadcast of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia as well as other FIFA tournaments on SuperSport.SuperSport confirmed itself as Africa’s home of world football after completing a broadcast deal with FIFA for its major international rights for the 2017/18 season. GOtv customers’ football experience will now include the FIFA World Cup, which takes place in Russia in June 2018.last_img read more

  • VIDEO: Ghana wins FIFA U-20 World Cup on this day

    first_imgOn this day in 2009. Agyeman Badu converted the last spot kick to earn Ghana and Africa it’s first World Cup in Egypt.This was after the Black Satellites had played majority of the game with ten men after defender Dan Addo was sent off for a second bookable offence.Members of the team include Dede Ayew, Samuel Inkoom, Daniel Addo, Opoku Agyeman, Ransford Osei and player of the tournament Dominic Adiyiah.Watch the drama as it happened in Cairo six years ago.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

  • Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

    first_imgWellington Police notes for Tuesday, March 17, 2015•8:37 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to lights in the 100 block S. Woodlawn, Wellington.•10:08 a.m. Non-Injury accident in the 200 block N. U.S. 81, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Shirley J. Martin, 63, Noble, Okla. and Floyd D. Moore, 72, Wellington.•10:19 a.m. Shirley J. Martin, 63, Noble, Okla. was issued a notice to appear for failure to yield right of way and no valid drivers’ license.•11:03 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of currency in the 1600 block W. 8th, Wellington.•11:30 a.m. Officers took a report of an animal complaint in the 1400 block N. Park, Wellington.•12:25 a.m. Officers investigated harassment by telecom device in the 700 block N. Douglas, Wellington by a known subject.•3:40 p.m. Jennifer R. Foster, 40, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 60 mph in a 45 mph zone.•4:15 p.m. Officers took a report of an animal welfare check in the 300 block E. 11th, Wellington.•7:05 p.m. Jordan T. Steffes, 18, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for dog at large, no rabies vaccine and no Wellington registration.last_img read more

  • Sea Bright Budget Proposal Increases Slightly For 2012

    first_imgTHE BOROUGH OF Sea Bright held a special meeting on Monday to discuss the town’s 2012 budget proposal. By Alison Bitterly He addressed several of the budget’s goals, such as fiscal responsibility, health programs, local infrastructure, and stabilizing the tax rate. While the town’s overall fiscal situation remains stable, Bascom notes that there have been some changes to the budget due to limited funds. “There’s where we want to be, and then there’s what we can afford,” he said Monday. “In the end, you still have a strong budget and a town that will continue to provide the same services you have today.” Nevertheless, Sea Bright’s property taxes will only be affected slightly going into 2012, with an increase of 2.5 cents per $100 of assessed value. The average amount of property taxes paid by a home in Sea Bright is $6,739, compared to an average of $7,754 statewide and $8,040 countywide.  In short, Sea Bright has managing relatively well in light of New Jersey’s ongoing economic obstacles. Bascom’s presentation also illuminated the ongoing effect of dwindling State Aid. He acknowledged that “[while] inflation continues to grow… State Aid continues to decline, leaving more and more of the burden on the local property taxpayer”.  In 2012, State Aid will make up 3.02% of operating revenue, with property taxes at 74.41 percent of revenue—a distribution that has been more balanced in the past.center_img Sea Bright’s Chief Financial Officer, Michael Bascom, provided council members with information and statistics on the new budget. After months of editing and revision, the budget currently stands at $5,333,649.24—up from $5,200,440.81 from 2011, but still slightly lower than $5,344,631 in 2010. Overall, Sea Bright projects that its budget will remain stable, with the exception of items outside of local control, such as state aid. The town’s borough council continues to focus on balancing a stable tax rate with a functioning local infrastructure. In these uncertain economic times, that often requires caution. “Something little in a small town can change things quickly, so we have to be careful,” Bascom said, acknowledging the need for fiscal vigilance. “We want to communicate a stable budget for the long-t Even so, certain changes will be made to compensate for Sea Bright’s limited funds. While police hourly wages are slightly up, police and public employment pensions have decreased somewhat. There has also been a minor increase in spending on health programs. Most other areas of the budget, including beach and sewer utility, remain stationary—despite the borough council’s desire to increase spending on beach improvements.last_img read more

  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help/St. Agnes Pastor Re-Assigned

    first_imgHIGHLANDS – The Rev. William Lago, pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help/St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, announced at all masses that he is being re-assigned to another parish on July 1.Lago, who has been serving at both the Highlands and Atlantic Highlands churches for two years, said the Bishop David O’Connell will be making an announcement this week of all the clerical changes to take place in July, after new priests are ordained. He did not name the priest who will be replacing him as pastor here.During his brief tenure, Lago oversaw the consolidation of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St. Agnes, as two separate parishes, merged into one. He said that now that the merger is complete, he has more work that has to be done within the next three months, after which the new pastor will be able to continue his service to the people of both communities.Lago will assume duties as pastor of St. Denis in Manasquan in July, ironically the same parish where the Rev. Michael Lynch, who also served at both the Bayshore churches, is currently serving.last_img read more

  • Murphy’s Law weekend for Kootenay Ice

    first_imgTrevor Ayre scored twice to lead the Hawks.Sunday, Valley West held period leads of 3-1 and 6-5 before blowing the game open by outscoring the Ice 5-2 — with five of the goals coming on the power play.“We took some bad penalties,” Wright admitted.“I don’t mind taking those hard-nosed penalties, I just don’t like penalties when we act up after a play.”“We took a lot more penalties than they did but they did a lot of stuff behind the play that maybe wasn’t seen by the refs,” said Wright, choosing his words carefully when assessing the score sheet after the game.Jeffery Stewart scored three goals to lead the Hawks while Ayre finished the game with five points.Tanner Costa (Castlegar), before being ejected late in the game, led the Ice with three goals while Korbyn Chabot (Cranbrook), Ellis Junker (Castlegar), Aigne McGready-Bruce (Nelson) and Shawn Campbell (Castlegar), on a nice two-way passing play in the third, replied for Kootenay.Solomon Burk (Castlegar) and Jason Mailhiot (Trail) shared the netminding duties for Kootenay.“This weekend we were hoping to steal a point or two, but we’ve to go get ourselves ready for another strong team next weekend in Kelowna, and just play as hard as we can,” Wright explained.The two wins kept Valley West tied for third in BCMMHL standings with Okanagan Rockets of Kelowna while Kootenay remains in ninth spot with a 2-6-0 record.Next home date for Kootenay is November 1-2 in Trail at the Cominco Arena against league leading Cariboo Cougars. It was a Murphy’s Law weekend for the Kootenay Ice.That’s right, everything that could go wrong — including the refs not showing up for Saturday’s game — did to wrong.The Valley West Hawks put some serious hurt on the Ice, dumping Kootenay by scores of 7-0 Saturday and 11-7 Sunday in BC Hockey Major Midget League action in Nelson.“It started with officiating not scheduled properly,” Ice head coach Rob Wright said following Sunday’s loss.“There was major delay . . .. When we got playing they jumped on us and we just never were able to get it back.”“(Sunday) we played a lot better but we just gave them too many scoring opportunities and ran into a little panic mode,” Wright added.Saturday’s game was rescheduled for later in the day when referees could be located.Valley West took a 1-0 lead after one period then increased the margin to 4-0 after two frames.last_img read more

  • STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JUNE 20, 2015

    first_imgFernando Perez12022191218%$856,040 Philip D’Amato561610629%$927,670 Alex Solis4075518%$310,654 Martin Pedroza103719147%$409,350 (Current Through Friday, June 19) (Current Through Friday, June 19) Rafael Bejarano16141292625%$1,899,342 William Spawr2944214%$141,870 MOTOWN MEN EYES RICH GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITABargain claim Motown Men, winner of the $150,000 Tiznow Stakes on May 23, is on course to face Catch a Flight and Moreno, the one-two finishers in the Grade II Californian Stakes on May 30, in the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita at 1 ¼ miles next Saturday, June 27.“We thought he might be a little bit knocked out coming out of the Tiznow,” trainer Ted H. West said, “because he had run three bang-up races in six weeks, so everything would have had to go perfect to make the Gold Cup five weeks after his last race.“But so far, so good. He recently worked 59 and one and just did it awesome, and came back six furlongs last Sunday in 1:11.40, so if everything goes absolutely perfect from here, we’ll take a shot against the big boys.”Motown Men is expected to have his final pre-Gold Cup breeze on Sunday. He was claimed for $40,000 three starts before the Tiznow and has earned $148,000 since. Doug F. O’Neill9418161119%$782,738 Carla Gaines2444217%$210,530 Joseph Talamo13724142518%$990,428 AMERICAN PHAROAH BACK ON TRACK             Triple Crown winnerAmerican Pharoah returned home to Santa Anita on Thursday but returned to the track just this morning. With regular exercise rider Georgie Alvarez aboard, ‘Pharoah’ proceeded to the track at about 7:15 a.m. Saturday morning with assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes and pony “Sunny” in tow. The most popular horse in the world got to stretch his legs as he jogged once around the one mile main track going the wrong way. Kept close to the outside fence, “Pharoah” returned to trainer Bob Baffert’s Barn 5 with Barnes and Sunny leading the way.Though his next race has yet to be determined, American Pharoah will parade between races next Saturday, June 27. Gary Stevens2563524%$583,300 Edwin Maldonado8410141412%$410,576 Santiago Gonzalez94916810%$414,594 Martin Garcia4094723%$339,010 Vann Belvoir4957710%$187,030 Jerry Hollendorfer63717811%$565,764 Felipe Valdez9881598%$365,640 Kristin Mulhall2345017%$118,050 Bruce Headley1451236%$128,890 Bob Baffert2672527%$327,570 Tyler Baze19631313016%$1,749,620 Richard Baltas56177430%$865,260 Brayan Pena6062310%$128,750 Michael Machowsky2655319%$148,310 Tim Yakteen1854028%$165,630 Flavien Prat14021271615%$1,355,830 Tiago Pereira721113715%$484,110 Peter Miller7918171023%$707,280 Richard E. Mandella411111427%$835,240 John W. Sadler651291118%$696,504 John Brocklebank1544127%$181,540 AMERICAN PHAROAH JOGS ON MAIN TRACK MOTOWN MEN WORKING FOR GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITAFANS CAN SEE ‘PHAROAH’ LIVE AT SANTA ANITA JUNE 27VICTOR ESPINOZA CAMPAIGNS ON ‘HOPE’ AND REALITY Mike Puype58812714%$490,040 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Gonzalo Nicolas9567156%$247,208 Mark Glatt5267912%$281,564 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won AMERICAN PHAROAH ON PARADE JUNE 27Trainer Bob Baffert will treat Southern California fans to their first openly public viewing of America’s newest Triple Crown winner on Gold Cup at Santa Anita Day, next Saturday, June 27 as American Pharoah will parade between races.“We want to thank American Pharoah’s owner, Ahmed Zayat, and his trainer, Bob Baffert, for being so incredibly generous in sharing this horse with fans from coast to coast,’ said Santa Anita Chairman Keith Brackpool. “We’re excited to present him to the public on June 27. It should make for a tremendous day for those joining us on track and on television throughout the world.”In addition to a blockbuster card that includes the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita, the Grade I, $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes, the Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes and the Grade III, $100,000 Senorita Stakes, all fans will receive an officially licensed “American Pharoah Triple Crown Champion” T-shirt free with paid admission and Santa Anita Thoroughbreds Club membership. (Thoroughbreds Club signups will be available free at all T-shirt distribution locations).NBCSN will televise the Gold Cup live from 5 to 6 p.m. Pacific Time.ESPINOZA CONTINUES SUPPORT OF CITY OF HOPEFor Victor Espinoza, everything is different and everything’s the same since becoming a household name after riding American Pharoah to Triple Crown victories in the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes.The self-proclaimed “Happy Mexican” still has that same ready smile and low-profile persona, but he’s nobody’s fool. He recognizes his every move will now be subject to scrutiny.“Everything is good, everything is under control,” Espinoza said. “There’s a lot ofexcitement and I’ve been keeping busy doing different things, but I know there is more pressure on me than before because now everyone is focused on me and what I’m doing.“Now every time I make a mistake, people will know about it (laughing).”That won’t prevent Espinoza from keeping things in perspective. Despite the whirlwind PR commitments, he maintains support of his No. 1 charity, the City of Hope in Duarte. He grossed $80,000 from his Belmont victory, and donated a good portion of that to City of Hope.“I had to pay taxes and my agent (Brian Beach), but whatever I earned for myself from the Belmont, I gave to City of Hope.“Those kids are so young to be dealing with cancer. But it’s not just kids. Older people, too. I’ve been to City of Hope several times, and I do what I can because they all need help and I can provide some.“That disease is terrible. Your health is your most important thing.”FINISH LINES: Victor Espinoza will make a special appearance and ride on the $1.175 million Summit of Speed program at Gulfstream Park on Sunday, July 5. “I’m very much looking forward to a return to South Florida and Gulfstream Park,” Espinoza said in a statement. “If I remember right, my last time there was the Breeders’ Cup of 1999.” The 43-year-old native of Mexico rode Kirkwall to an eighth-place finish behind Silic in the 1999 Breeders’ Cup Mile…The City of Sierra Madre will be giving Espinoza, a resident of Sierra Madre, a special commendation for his part in winning the Triple Crown at its next City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 23. The Triple Crown winning jockey will also be honored with a convertible ride in the annual Sierra Madre Fourth of July Parade this year. The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. Mario Gutierrez5093818%$406,388 Hector O. Palma1642225%$133,910 Eddie Truman2072335%$284,928 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Victor Espinoza3486624%$548,000 Mike Smith4188520%$664,596 Drayden Van Dyke11215131213%$637,498 Robertino Diodoro2864321%$232,380last_img read more