Change of plans paid off perfectly

first_imgNick Selbe is a senior majoring in communication. His column, “Inside the 20s,” ran Tuesdays. To comment on this story, visit dailytrojan.com or email Nick at nselbe@usc.edu. It wasn’t supposed to end like this.Four years ago, as I waited anxiously for my college decision letters to arrive, I envisioned how it would all play out — my dream school would accept me, the school whose posters and jerseys covered the walls of my bedroom, and I’d get to go to college close to my Orange County home. I’d worked hard, made the grades and done everything I could to make the dream a reality.But then the small envelope came, and my fate was sealed — I didn’t get into UCLA.It’s a harsh truth to come to terms with, getting rejected. Part of me knew that my chances of getting into the school whose football and basketball teams I’d cheered for since I was 5 years old were slim. I thought I’d prepared myself for the denial that was likely to come. But when I read the words, “We regret to inform you,” it was a pretty awful feeling.The path I thought I was meant to be on had changed, and even though I didn’t realize it then, it was the best twist in the road that fate has ever thrown my way.The reason why I chose powder blue instead of cardinal at such a young age is still a mystery to the rest of my family. My mom earned her doctorate degree from USC’s Rossier School of Education in 1997, and her father, Grandpa Lou, had always cheered for USC. My older brother, Josh, has been a Trojan since the day of my mom’s graduation ceremony, when he was 6 and I was 5.Somehow, I must not have been paying attention that day, because whatever Trojan spell had been cast on Josh had no effect on me. As far back as I can remember, I’d always been a Bruin.My dad has no allegiances to either school, so when USC and UCLA faced off in football or basketball, he would side with me so that the Selbes were evenly split.Each year, the loser of the annual football game had to take a picture wearing the other school’s colors, and in the 12-plus years I was a UCLA fan, I was on the losing end of that bet nearly every time.Each time I had to don a cardinal and gold shirt of my brother’s choosing each season after what was usually another lopsided Trojan victory was one of the most painful moments of my childhood, especially considering that I had to watch nearly every beating in person.From 2001 to 2010, I attended nine out of 10 meetings between the two schools. My lone absence was in 2006, the year UCLA upset then-No. 2 USC, 13-9, at the Rose Bowl.Missing the Bruins’ only win in the 10 years I had been going to games should have been a sign that Westwood was never the place for me.Of the schools that did accept me, I decided to go to Arizona State University, where I spent a year as a diehard Sun Devil. Shortly after I arrived in Tempe, Ariz., however, I realized what career path I wanted to embark on — sportswriting.Southern California is my home, and I always had the idea in the back of my mind that I would apply to transfer to UCLA after two years (per UC transfer rules) and realize my dream.But after some quick research, I found that UCLA did not have a school for journalism. Another local school, though, did — USC.After discussing the idea of transferring with my parents, I sent in my application but still wasn’t completely sold on the idea that I might actually go to USC.When I visited USC for my prospective transfer meeting, however, I saw the school in an entirely different light. I saw a place that had everything — perfect location, a respected journalism school and an elite athletic program. Most of all, though, USC gave me the chance to stay closer to home and spend two years going to college with my brother, who graduated from USC in May 2013 — the perfect example of a Trojan Family.When I finally started classes, I was worried that I wouldn’t fit in at the school that I was conditioned for years to despise. I knew that I had to get involved with the university somehow, to get to know the “enemy,” so to speak, and see if I could adapt to this new place.The first campus group I joined was the Daily Trojan, and little did I know that day at the involvement fair what an impact the student newspaper would have on my college experience. In my three years as a staff member, I’ve covered beats for women’s tennis, men’s water polo, women’s basketball and football, written a weekly sports column and served as sports editor.I’ve poured thousands of words and countless hours into this paper and have met some pretty incredible people along the way that helped give me some of my best memories of my college years.I’ll always remember covering the 2012 men’s water polo national championship season, and how Jovan Vavic’s unrivaled passion and relentless enthusiasm willed his team to victory. I’ll remember the nervousness I felt the first time I covered a USC football practice. I’ll remember covering the final months of Lane Kiffin’s tenure at USC and feeling like I had an inside look at a man who was mostly reviled, yet I saw as simply misunderstood.I’ve seen many highs and lows in USC athletics during the last three years, and looking back on it all, I wouldn’t change a thing. This school has helped me grow in a lot of ways, both personally and professionally. The Daily Trojan gave me an experience that helped me realize my passion and taught me lessons that will guide me as I move on to the next phase of my life. One of those lessons is that things don’t always go according to plan, and when they don’t, we have to make the best out of the situation we’re faced with.In less than three weeks, I will officially be an alumnus of the University of Southern California, which was never the way I envisioned my life was going to end up.But I’m sure glad that it did.last_img read more

Wisconsin faces familiar test against Kentucky

first_imgARLINGTON, Texas — The Wisconsin men’s basketball team will be playing its fifth game of the NCAA Tournament Saturday, but the scouting report of its opponent has remained relatively unchanged since the Sweet 16.Related: Photos from open practice on Friday.In the second NCAA semifinal game at AT&T Stadium Saturday, No. 2 Wisconsin (30-7) will take on a No. 8 Kentucky (28-10) team that brings a lot of length and athleticism – something the Badgers have seen no shortage of in postseason.“We’ve probably been saying in every game we’ve played this year that teams are long and in fact they are,” Wisconsin freshman forward Nigel Hayes said. “Just count them up. Baylor, how long they were. Arizona was equally as long. These guys are no different.”None of the Wildcats’ starters — all of whom are freshmen — are shorter than 6-foot-6 while only two players that start for the Badgers are taller than 6-foot-3. Among the Wildcat starters, none are shorter than 6-foot-6.Joey Reuteman/The Badger HeraldWith a starting lineup on the small side and a system under coach Bo Ryan that emphasizes ball security rather than highlight reel alley-oops, Wisconsin is nationally perceived to be lacking in athleticism.“Ninety percent of our games we’re not the most athletic team on the court. We’re used to not being known as the athletes and we’re used to hearing that. We have no problem with that,” sophomore forward Sam Dekker said. “We just have to make do with what we have and I think we’ve done that very well this season.“We play to our strengths and we stay disciplined and stay focused and just do the Wisconsin thing. It seems to work for us pretty well.” Joey Reuteman/The Badger HeraldThe Badgers have done the “Wisconsin thing” in the tournament against teams like No. 6 seed Baylor and No. 1 seed Arizona that were widely accepted as owning a distinct advantage in athleticism over Wisconsin.Kentucky comes to Texas with a starting lineup of five first-year players that were all five-star recruits coming out of high school. The highest of them all was Julius Randle, who was rated the top power forward in the country and third-highest rated recruit overall.Randle, a Dallas native, has not disappointed, averaging a double-double with 15.1 points per game and 10.7 rebounds every game this season.With a 16-point, 11-rebound performance in Kentucky’s 75-72 win over Michigan in the Elite Eight, Randle picked up his 22nd double-double, moving him into second on the all-time list for double-doubles in a freshman season behind only Marcus Beasley of Kansas State. Julius Randle was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Midwest Regional.Joey Reuteman/The Badger Herald“For a combination of strength and size and the way he hits the glass, I think in that category, he’s as good as anybody I’ve seen,” Ryan said of Randle.With so much height, Kentucky has been able to take control of the glass this postseason, out-rebounding its opponent in every game except its loss to Florida in the SEC Tournament Championship.Kentucky’s depth took a hit in the Sweet 16, though, when 7-foot sophomore center Willie Cauley-Stein sustained a foot injury that would keep him from playing in the Elite Eight.Cauley-Stein was one of the best rim protectors in the country — racking up 106 blocks this season before that injury.The 7-footer has not been ruled out for Saturday’s game versus Wisconsin, but is listed as questionable. If Cauley-Stein misses his second-straight game of the tournament, the paint will be much more open for Wisconsin’s frontline.“[Cauley-Stein] takes away a strong inside presence,” Hayes said. “He probably shies away a lot of people from the rim in fear of getting their shots blocked or having them altered. So without him being there I feel like that will allow us to drive a little more and get them out of their things inside.”Shooting on the Big StageFor the last 18 years, the Final Four has been held at a domed stadium in order to attract larger crowds to the event.This year the Final Four is being held at AT&T Stadium, the Dallas Cowboys’ home field, which has a capacity of over 100,000.With the seats so far away from the basketball court itself, players can have a difficult time adjusting to the new sight lines.“You have to get adjusted first,” Hayes said. “We did our shooting drill [Wednesday] and that was absolutely horrendous — the shooting performance that we had. I think that was just us getting used to those rims. The court seems a little longer, actually, it seems a lot longer standing a one end and the other, I don’t know what that is or why that is. It’s just little things we have to get adjusted to and I’m sure we will when we go out there in the open practice.”While it is important to be conscious of the fact that adjustments might need to be made, in the end the players are still shooting at the same size hoop as in a arena.“Sometimes people almost look into it too much and as a shooter, if you think, ‘oh, it’s a big venue, it’s going to be hard to shoot. It’s going to make you shoot worse,’” Dekker said. “So you just have to go out and shoot. I looked at it kind of as playing outside, playing in the front yard. If you can shoot there, you can shoot anywhere.” Joey Reuteman/The Badger Heraldlast_img read more

SBTech signs up Azerbaijan operator eTopaz to its platform

first_img OPAP delivers on Athens children’s hospital CSR projects July 6, 2020 Share Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Related Articles eTopaz, the exclusive sportsbook of the monopoly state lottery of Azerbaijan, part of Azerinteltek‘s Topaz brand, has announced that it will power its future growth with SBTech’s award-winning fully managed platform to benefit from SBTech’s sportsbook experience in a deal with of one of the industry’s leading providers of iGaming platform and sports betting solutions and services.EL member Azerinteltek offers sports betting both online and through a network of over 500 retail locations under the brand Topaz. eTopaz is the sole exclusive online licensed dealer of Azelinteltek, serving tens of thousands of users within Azerbaijan.  Following the launch of the SBTech platform, its customers will now be able to enjoy a wide range of cutting-edge sports betting features, including a customisable, fully responsive front end, partial cash out and ‘bank my stake’ options, automatic enhanced combo bets, best-in-class live betting and a fully comprehensive offering of live streaming.Supported by the Chameleon360 iGaming platform, eTopaz will take advantage of a full suite of player management services, including configurable bonusing, payment processing, CRM, internal marketing operations and advanced reporting. In addition, the company will benefit from unrivalled big data analytics, allowing ever-increasing levels of personalisation, engagement and bet suggestions.SBTech was awarded the contract via a competitive tender, having demonstrated its compliance with all regulatory requirements. This is the second time in recent months that the company has succeeded in partnering with a major lottery operator, following its deal with Sazka, the dominant lottery player in the Czech Republic, which also holds equity in OPAP, the Greek state lottery, as well as Casinos Austria and various other operators.eTopaz CEO and Azerinteltek Board Member, Altay Aliyev, said: “In order to build on our position as the sole online sports betting operator in Azerbaijan, we have taken the decision to partner with SBTech, on account of the strength of its award-winning sportsbook. The Chameleon360 platform’s wide range of revenue-generating features and the company’s demonstrable commitment to innovation and proven versatility were pivotal in our choice, and we anticipate substantial growth as a result of the new products we shall be offering to our customers.”Richard Carter, CEO of SBTech, added: “We are delighted to be launching our sportsbook with eTopaz and providing our market-leading platform and fully managed sports betting services. This agreement further advances our strategy of becoming the foremost provider of sports betting solutions to state lotteries, as well the leading supplier of platform products and services in regulated markets.”last_img read more

Darren Moore – Betting Gods – Connecting with major partners in Malta

first_img Share Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Related Articles Darren Moore, Betting GodsIn December 2016, professional in-house and third party tipping resource Betting Gods extended its reach in Europe with a successful move into the Maltese sports betting market.We caught up with Darren Moore, Founder and Director of Betting Gods, to discuss the advantages of operating from a Malta office, the reasons behind the company’s recent growth and preparation for their biggest event sponsorship yet.SBC: What are the major advantages of operating from a Malta office?DM: Besides the obvious sun and sea, the big advantage for Betting Gods as a company has been the ability to connect with and work in close proximity to major partners based on the Maltese islands.At the risk of sounding like I’m criticising the UK Gambling Commission (who ignored our communication on many occasions), we’ve found that the MGA are far much more approachable, friendly and have a genuine interest in enabling and supporting success of companies based in and operating from Malta.As Director of Betting Gods Ltd, it makes such more sense for our company to operate from a country who welcomes and supports our business rather than a country who chooses to simply ignore us.Since SiGMA in November 2016, we also co-hosted a meal for 200 c-level executives, opening doors for new partnerships which are now starting to bloom and work in progress on a football betting joint venture with Matching Visions who also operate from Malta.SBC: At the end of January, you reported 17.27% business growth in just two months; how much of this do you attribute to launching in Malta?DM: I’d love to make our Maltese partners and the MGA happy with this response and say it’s all down to the Malta move but that would be rather naive of me.What I would say is that while the business was growing before, the level of growth has accelerated at a rate of over 40% per month since operating from Malta. We find more and more affiliates popping up based in Malta, who, without being rude, we weren’t even aware of until we landed on the island.At the time of this interview, I’m on a Wednesday afternoon flight out to Malta from the UK and already have five meetings to fit in before Friday lunchtime; all with affiliates to discuss and enhance our existing partnerships for their promotions and marketing of Betting Gods products.SBC: While the situation in Gibraltar remains unclear after Brexit negotiations, do you expect to see more companies seeking a licence from the Malta Gaming Authority?DM: Although we’re able to make an impact on them, Betting Gods is small in comparison to the bookies and gaming companies who are the likely candidates to jump ship from Gibraltar to Malta so my views are based on our own situation.I think at this stage it’s hard to judge what the position will be post-Brexit when we don’t even know the terms of the UK’s departure; it’s all too easy to speculate what will or won’t happen. I think companies need to calm down for a bit – let’s get the general election out of the way and wait until we’re clear of what Brexit actually means.SBC: Betting Gods has been confirmed as a major sponsor for Betting on Football 2017; having sponsored both MiGS and Sigma in 2016, what have you learned about maximising brand awareness at these big industry events?DM: We’re delighted to be sponsoring Betting on Football 2017, an event which will see our biggest exposure and sponsorship to date.On first glance, most people within the industry don’t see Betting Gods as an operator, so a key thing for us is communicating to affiliates that money can be made by promoting our services, and actually at quite a serious level. In March alone, we paid out over £15,000 to our small network of affiliates, and April is set to easily beat that.We’ll be working on communicating this message to attendees, capturing their interest and negotiating some deals. The beauty of Betting Gods is that we’re big enough to have some top B2B and B2C exposure but still small enough to be able to work with all affiliates on a personal level for custom deals and offers.last_img read more

Zimbabwe withdraw from Cecafa Cup over security

first_imgUhuru Kenyatta was sworn in as president of Kenya on Tuesday following two disputed polls and waves of deadly protests amid months of tension in the country.Competition organisers said they regretted Zimbabwe’s withdrawal but assured the championship will go on as planned, with nine countries lined up for the event.Zimbabwe were expected to open their Group B campaign against defending champions Uganda on December 4 in the western Kenyan town of Kakamega.Share on: WhatsApp Zimbabwe senior national soccer teamNairobi, Kenya | AFP | Zimbabwe have pulled out of the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup starting in Kenya this week, citing security concerns.Zimbabwe had been invited to take part in the December 3-17 tournament as one of two guest teams, along with Libya.“Following wide-ranging consultations with all stakeholders, the Zimbabwe Football Association has resolved to withdraw its commitment to participate in the 2017 CECAFA Challenge Cup due to the security risk posed by the volatile situation in the host country, Kenya,” the Zimbabwe FA said in a statement.“As a result, ZIFA has immediately suspended all preparations related to the committment made earlier, to participate as a guest nation at this year’s CECAFA tournament.”last_img read more

Woods, Chown raise 900 big ones for ALS

first_imgIt wasn’t the longest day of the year for golfers, but it probably seemed like it to Brad Woods and Braden Chown.The two golfers played more than 160 holes during the ALS Golf-A-Thon earlier this month at the Balfour Golf Course.Woods, the club professional at Balfour, and Chown, a former star on the Zone One West Kootenay Junior Golf curcuit, teed off on the first hole at 4:48 a.m. More than 15 hours later — at 8:30 p.m. to precise — the duo tapped in the last ball in the hole to complete the 162 holes.All proceeds from the event goes to ALS. To date the pair have raise more than $900 for ALS research.Anyone wanting to donate to the cause has until July 16th.For more information contact the Balfour Pro Shop at 250-226-5655.* Next tournament at Balfour is Wednesday when seniors from throughout the region flock to the course to compete in the annual Retirees Invitational Tournament.last_img read more

Figure skater saving pups from South Korean dog meat trade

first_imgNonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases In this undated photo provided by Free Korean Dogs, figure skating coach Bruno Marcotte and his wife, Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhamel, pet their dog Moo-tae, right, and another dog in South Korea. Duhamel already has one life-changing souvenir from South Korea, and it’s not a medal. The Olympic pairs skater rescued a puppy from the Korean dog meat trade while competing in Pyeongchang last year, and she’s helping organize more adoptions while skating there at this year’s games. (EK Park/Free Korean Dogs via AP)Still, the industry persists, and despite pressure from animal rights groups — particularly from Western countries — Pyeongchang won’t completely shelter Olympic visitors from the trade this month. Area restaurants were offered government aid if they stopped selling dog meat, but some declined to change their menus, fearing they’d spurn regular patrons and be left without customers once the tourists left town.“I have been selling dog meat for decades. It is really difficult for me to change my menu just because of the Olympics,” said Park Young-ae, 60, whose Young Hoon Restaurant is nearly in the shadow of the Olympic Stadium.A Gangwon province official told The Associated Press there were no plans to relocate dog farms situated near Olympic areas. There is one farm near Pyeongchang; six near Jeongseon, where the downhill skiing course is located; and 10 in Gangnueng, the coastal town that will host events like figure skating and hockey. Gangwon has 196 registered dog farms, though most are closer to Seoul.Groups like Humane Society International want South Korea to ban the slaughter of dogs entirely, while smaller groups have established volunteer systems to rescue dogs and close farms.Moo-tae’s adoption was organized through one such group: Free Korean Dogs. Founder EK Park was born in South Korea and now lives in Toronto, and she oversees adoptions that bring dogs to Canada and the United States. She worked on Moo-tae’s adoption personally.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In this undated photo provided by Free Korean Dogs, Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhamel poses with her dog Moo-tae, right, in South Korea. Duhamel already has one life-changing souvenir from South Korea, and it’s not a medal. The Olympic pairs skater rescued a puppy from the Korean dog meat trade while competing in Pyeongchang last year, and she’s helping organize more adoptions while skating there at this year’s games. (EK Park/Free Korean Dogs via AP)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea— Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhamel is hoping to win a gold medal in South Korea this month — though no prize could be more life-changing than her previous Pyeongchang souvenir.Not after last year, when the two-time world champion pairs skater brought home Moo-tae — an affable miniature dachshund mix with big ears, bowed legs and the bad luck of being born into the Korean dog meat trade. Duhamel, a vegan and animal lover, helped rescue Moo-tae by accompanying him on his flight from South Korea to Canada last February. The 2-year-old pup has been living with her and husband/coach Bruno Marcotte in Montreal since, spending his days doing yoga with Duhamel and making friends at the local dog park.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this Dec. 12, 2017, file photo, Park Young-ae, owner of Young Hoon Restaurant, arranges dog meats at her restaurant in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhamel already has one life-changing souvenir from South Korea, and it’s not a medal. The Olympic pairs skater rescued a puppy from the Korean dog meat trade while competing in Pyeongchang last year, and she’s helping organize more adoptions while skating there at this year’s games. Duhamel and her husband brought home Moo-tae last February, and his big ears, bowed legs and affable personality have made him a favorite at the local dog park. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)Buddhists in the southern part of the country helped rescue Moo-tae from a farm as a puppy, and Park found him living on a monastery.“He loved to sit with the Buddhas during meditation and yoga,” said Duhamel, who meditates daily. “I thought, ‘Oh my God, maybe this dog has some special spiritual energy.’ That was really why I chose him.”Park picked up Moo-tae last year and drove eight hours north to meet Duhamel in Pyeongchang, where she and partner Eric Radford were competing at Four Continents in a test run for the Olympic rink. Moo-tae met his new parents in a parking lot outside the venue, calmly curling up in Duhamel’s arms shortly after being introduced.“Most of the time, he just wants to sit in everybody’s arms,” Duhamel said. “He doesn’t even care to play, he just walks up to everybody and wants to be held.”Park, Moo-tae and a second dog, Sara, met Duhamel at the airport in Seoul days later so that Duhamel could fly the dogs back to Toronto. Moo-tae went home with Duhamel and Marcotte, while Sara was united with another eager family waiting for her in Canada. Duhamel’s parents, Heidi and Daniel, adopted their own pup through Park’s organization a few months later.Duhamel and Park hoped that other athletes might serve as flight volunteers coming back from the Olympics, but Air Canada was too tight on space for that many dogs. Free Korean Dogs handles most everything related to adoptions, including paperwork, vaccinations and crates for transportation, but the organization can’t afford the thousands of dollars necessary to ship each dog without those travelers.“We have to really rely on flight volunteers flying from Korea to Canada,” Park said. “That’s like 90 percent of what we do.”Korean rescues routinely have a hard time adjusting to their new homes, and Free Korean Dogs monitors adopted dogs after they’ve been paired with families.Moo-tae, though, took right to life in Canada. He’s inseparable from his new brother, a 4-year-old rescued beagle named Theo. The family also has a rescued cat, Zara, living in its small Montreal condo.“He brings a very special energy,” Duhamel said. “I meditate every day, and he sits beside me patiently while I meditate. I don’t know if he was trained to do that.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lakers trounce short-handed Thunder “He’s like a saint,” Duhamel said.READ: South Korea dog meat restaurants refuse to stop serving for OlympicsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIt’s been a different life for Moo-tae. Like roughly 2 million dogs each year, he was supposed to be raised on a Korean dog meat farm, where conditions are often poor. Moo-tae may have been locked in a cage, beaten or left without food or water. Certainly, he would have been sold and slaughtered, then probably served in soup at one of many restaurants still popular among Korea’s elderly population.Koreans have been eating dog for thousands of years, though the practice has waned recently. Many older Koreans believe dog meat aids virility, though younger citizens are largely either against the practice or indifferent to it. The country has begun shifting away from dog consumption as pet ownership has increased, with one in five households owning either a dog or a cat as of 2016. Some major dog meat shops — like the Moran Market in Seongnam — have been shuttered, and President Moon Jae-in even made a campaign promise to adopt a shelter dog if he won last year’s presidential election. He welcomed a 4-year-old mixed breed named Tory in July. The only remaining mark from Moo-tae’s past is physical — his front legs are a bit misshapen, possibly from abuse as a puppy.Otherwise, he’s happy as could be.“Moo-tae was so strong and calm,” Duhamel said. “That’s a funny way to describe a dog, but that’s exactly how I’d describe him. He’s so content.“We have a lady that walks our dogs every day while we’re training, and she says Moo-tae is the most popular dog in the dog park.”Duhamel, a Sochi silver medalist in the team event, is planning to do more to undercut the dog meat industry on this trip to Korea with Humane Society International. She, American skier Gus Kenworthy and American snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis have appeared in a public service announcement about the dog meat trade, and Duhamel is also hoping to assist in shuttering a farm or two once she’s done competing in South Korea.She’s also arranged with Park to fly home another rescued dog when she returns to Canada. This one, though, won’t be coming all the way home with her.“I don’t have the luxury of keeping another dog in my small condo,” she said. “As much as I would love to.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img LATEST STORIES Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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GOL, TIDFORE Investment Company Sign Agreement for Steel Plant in Liberia

first_imgFlashback: Program making official signing ceremony for the Agreement between the Government of Liberia and TIDFORE (Hong Kong) Investment (LICEMCO) for the Establishment of a Steel Plant in LiberiaPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has witnessed the formal signing ceremony of the Agreement between the government of Liberia and TIDFORE (Hong Kong) Investment (LICEMCO) for the establishment of a steel plant in Liberia. The plant will transform raw iron ore and lamp stones into steel and cement.According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf reflected on the history of Firestone and a number of iron ore mining companies that started investing in Liberia in the 1920s and 1950s and how they have not been able to add value to the raw materials from Liberia. She therefore indicated that the agreement with TIDFORE Investment was a realistic break from the past that will enhance Liberia’s efforts towards manufacturing and value addition.The 200-million US dollar investment will ensure the utilization of iron ore for steel production for both national and international markets, provide jobs for over 1000 persons, improve revenue collection, reduce the cost of both steel products and cement as well as improve infrastructural development. The agreement also seeks to ensure that all unskilled jobs will be done by Liberians only in addition to a high number that will be required for skilled and professional jobs. TIDFORE will also provide and maintain modern public facilities within the project area in accordance with best practice, general acceptable procedures and environmental law.The president commended members of the Inter-Ministerial Concession Committee’s, led by the National Investment Commission, stringent 240-day negotiation processes with TIDFORE Group, the first ever concession to add more value to iron ore prior to today’s agreement. She, however, noted similarly that the TIDFORE Group’s negotiation with the government of Liberia will have a far-reaching impact on the production of steel, cement and manufacturing.President Sirleaf informed the executives of TIDFORE that while on her recent tour to Bong County, some aggrieved citizens of the county in the China Union Concession area complained about a number of unfulfilled commitments by China Union which should be looked into by TIDFORE for redress.Speaking earlier, the acting executive director of the National Investment Commission, George Wisner, termed the signing of the agreement with TIDFORE as the beginning of an investment incentive contract with TIDFORE intended to support the government’s efforts to deal with the structural defects of the Liberian economy and ensure a paradigm shift from an extractive based economy to a more diversified one through value addition.He reiterated that the role of the National Investment Commission is to support government’s economic policies in three key areas, including investment promotion, investment facilitation and private sector development in Liberia.A representative of TIDFORE Group for his part commended officials of the Liberian government who make up the Inter-Ministerial Concession Committee for their 240 days of hard work that led to the agreement and the signing ceremony.Also speaking, Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yue expressed delight over the signing of the agreement with TIDFORE Group and cautioned both parties not to jump to early celebrations over the agreement.“I believe that the celebration should start when the project is in motion and not simply the signing ceremony. This agreement falls in two categories. Firstly, it is intended to facilitate the construction and operation of a 200 million (dollar) steel and cement plant that would transform one of Liberia’s major primary export commodities (iron ore) into finished product for both domestic and international markets,” he concluded.The signing ceremony was attended by the chairperson of the House Committee on Concession and Investment, Rep. Zoe Emmanuel Pennoh; Senate committee chairperson on Lands, Mines and Energy, Senator Albert Chea; Senate committee chairperson on Investment and Concession, Senator Sando Johnson; Justice Minister, Frederick Cherue; Finance & Development Planning Minister, Boimah S. Kamara; acting Foreign Minister, Elias Shoniyin; Information Minister, Lenn Eugene Nagbe; Lands, Mines & Energy Minister Patrick Sendolo, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2 nabbed with loot from Anna Regina phone stall

first_imgThe hole in the wall which the perpetrators used to gain access to the stallPolice in G Division (Essequibo Coast and Islands) have arrested two suspects who were found with a quantity of cell phones stolen from a stall in the Anna Regina Market last month.Guyana Times understands that acting on information received, Police ranks went to the homes of the two suspects on Wednesday and carried out searches during which the items, including phone accessories and a R1 Drone, were found.The ranks conducted a search at the Lot 59 Bush Lot, Essequibo Coast home of one of the suspects, aged 26, and found six cellphones, four cellphone chargers, one cellphone battery, one pair of earphones and the drone.Meanwhile, at the Lot 196 Richmond Housing Scheme, Essequibo Coast home of the other suspect, a 21-year-old, the Police found one Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone.Cellphone dealer Anthony Singh was contacted by the Police and identified the items found as the ones stolen from his stall at the Anna Regina Old Market.Singh’s business, Xtreme Tech Phone Centre, was broken into some time between July 12, 2019 and July 13, 2019.The phone dealer had previously told this newspaper that he usually stocked up on cellphones on Fridays, because that day is the Market Day in Anna Regina. The man recalled that at the close of market on Friday, he secured his stall with everything intact, but upon his return the following morning, he discovered it was burglarised.The perpetrators had broken the concrete wall on the northern side of the stall to form a whole in order to access interior of the stall, from which they took several high-end cellphones as well as some of the cheaper ones.The two suspects are in Police custody, assisting with the investigation.last_img read more

KU Student Crowned Jumia FIFA 19 Champion

first_img0Shares0000Kimani secured a 2-1 aggregate (decided on golden goal rule after 1-1 draw in first leg) victory over Boniface Maina to walk away with the prestigious trophy and Shs 50,000 in prize money.NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 25 – Kenyatta University student Phillip Kimani overcame 150 competitors to claim the Jumia FIFA gaming tournament, at the Thika Road Mall, over the weekend.Kimani secured a 2-1 aggregate (decided on golden goal rule after 1-1 draw in first leg) victory over Boniface Maina to walk away with the prestigious trophy and Shs 50,000 in prize money. Maina received Sh 10,000, while second runners up Joseph Macharia pocketed Sh 5,000 in the one-day inaugural event.“I’m extremely happy to be the first winner of this Fifa tournament. It’s a great feeling having beaten one of the toughest opponents in the final. I’m truly lost for words, but it’s my hope that I will keep getting better and better,” said Kimani.“It’s a very tough game. It reached a point I almost gave up, but I kept holding on until I won it. As far I am concerned, this is the best event I have seen so far: from display to features.“I will use the money to buy a console to help me continue practising in order to win in future events. Research shows that many people abroad have taken Fifa gaming as a career, winning large amount of money. I think here in Kenya, we are also on the right path.”Close to 500 Fans, who turned out in large numbers, were also not left out as lucky ruffle tickets winners went back home with give-aways courtesy of Jumia partners Dell, Hisense, Asus and Game Changer.Jumia Head of Category Kwenhui Tawah said: “The great turn out shows the power of gaming in Kenya. This is just but the beginning because we are still in the early days for the sport.“This was a great opportunity for the youths to show case their skills as well as celebrate the FIFA 19 on the back of the world cup. Based on the turn out we’ve seen that there is great demand for this type of programs in Kenya and as a result we are going to make this an annual event.”Reflecting on the tremendous growth of E-sports in Kenya, Dell Brand and Category Manager Central and Eastern Africa Peter Mbiti said: “We are focused on helping E-sports in Kenya and supporting the youths in this initiative. I was really impressed with the turn out. The future of E-sporting is pretty bright and it would be awasome if they make a career out of it.”Resan International Sales and Marketing Manager Manishi Dhami added:  “It’s really nice to see the response of the event in terms of turn out. We look forward to continue partnering with Jumia in promoting E-sports in the country.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more