Cummings defeats arch-rival Green in Roger Bishop Linden TT Championships

first_imgMAURICE Cummings stormed to a 3-1 victory over arch-rival Shavin Green in the final of the Roger Bishop Linden Table Tennis Championships, which was held on Saturday last at the MacKenzie High School auditorium in Linden.The competition, which was staged by the Linden Table Tennis Steering Committee and sponsored by Roger Bishop, attracted some of the top players in the region.Marlon Washington and Ray Anderson were number one seeds, advancing out of the group stage (two groups, five players each) after defeating all comers to advance to the semifinals.In the first semifinals, Shavin Greene, who came out second in group 1, defeated Washington by a 3-0 margin in the cross over of top seed versus second place in groups.In the second semifinals, Cummings, who advanced as the second-seeded player in group two, defeated Anderson by three matches to zero to set up a final between himself and Green.Greene and Cummings, over the last few years, have emerged as Linden top threats and have shared the spoils in different competitions.  In a very competitive and entertaining encounter, the dreadlocked Cummings took his game up a notch and proved that he wanted the title more than Greene with some dazzling display of third ball attacks. In the end, he won by a 3-1 margin (11-9, 8-11, 11-9, 11-7).Washington and Anderson secured joint third positions.In a simple Presentation Ceremony, Mr Haslyn Small, head teacher of Mackenzie High, presented the prizes to the winners.The committee’s next engagement will be the Linden Schools Table Tennis Team and Individual Challenge scheduled for May 24 to 26.last_img read more

Football prepares to stop Arizona’s Khalil Tate

first_imgSenior linebacker Porter Gustin leads the Trojan defense with 4.5 sacks so far this season. (Sarah Kim | Daily Trojan)Throughout the opening four games of this season, the weakest link for the Trojan football program has been the defensive secondary. With sights set on Arizona — and the team’s explosive quarterback, Khalil Tate — head coach Clay Helton emphasized mental toughness as the Trojans hit the field for practice on Wednesday.Helton acknowledged that Tate has a versatility of strengths, including the ability to drop balls deep, forcing defenses to spread thinly across the field to adapt to the quarterback’s wily triple threat on the ground, in both the short passing game and deep in the field. “[We need to keep] contain on probably the most dangerous quarterback that we’ll face all season,” Helton said. “You see some of the dimes he’s dropping in on deep balls once the play is broken down … [and it] is unique. We’ve got to be able to keep him in the pocket and keep him contained.”The Wildcats are averaging over 270 passing yards per game, and Tate posted close to 350 passing yards against Houston and Southern Utah. Although he has been held to less than 20 yards rushing per game, Tate is known to rip off big gains on his feet when given a big enough hole to blast through.“You put [redshirt sophomore running back] J.J. Taylor with 260 yards of passing, and that’s a dangerous offense,” Helton said.Tate has yet to notch a victory over the Trojans, however, suffering a loss on his home field and in the Coliseum. As he prepares to host USC for his team’s first home field game against a Pac-12 opponent on Saturday, the junior quarterback will be anxious to even that record.“A dual-threat quarterback is always tough,” senior linebacker Porter Gustin said. “But we know what he can do and we know what he’s capable of. We’ve got to prepare for that. It’s like they’re playing with an extra man out there.”This will be a major test for the Trojans, whose main struggle so far this season has been to create a solid passing defense. The team allowed Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew II to throw for 344 yards and three touchdowns last week, failing to pick up an interception and allowing the quarterback to throw 71 percent.“When you play man coverage, you don’t see a ton of picks. You see a lot more in zone coverage,” Helton said. “We do have a lot of past break ups, hopefully we’ll get our hands on the ball a little more. It also comes with tipped balls. … Hopefully we’ll get some more of those too.”The secondary in particular struggled with deep passes, allowing Cougars receiver Easop Winston Jr. to average almost 24 yards per carry and grab a 59-yard touchdown lob. Against Tate, the unit will be forced to tighten up or pay up.The Trojans also struggled to challenge the passer and collapse the pocket, with Gustin recording the lone sack in the game against Washington State. Without heavy pressure in the face of the quarterback, Tate will be free to pick off receivers left and right, leaving the secondary wide open.One key change could be the introduction of true freshman corner Olaijah Griffin to the starting lineup. Griffin has slowly made his way into a regular rotation for the Trojans, standing out in last week’s game against Washington State. During Wednesday’s practice, the freshman earned first-team reps. He finished practice with a pick-six, earning howls of approval from his teammates on both sides of the ball. Griffin could provide a much-needed spark to the Trojan secondary.Injury reportRedshirt freshman defensive lineman Jay Tufele, who blocked the game-winning field goal attempt in Saturday’s game against Washington State, returned to action. Gustin and sophomore offensive tackle Andrew Vorhees both participated in practice, but on a limited basis. Gustin is still nursing a knee injury, and Vorhees is recovering from a sternum contusion. Both are expected to make full returns by game time on Saturday.Freshman receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown remains limited with an AC shoulder sprain. Redshirt freshman outside tackle Jalen McKenzie also sat out practice with a strained back.last_img read more

Diego Perotti: Dzeko is currently better than Higuain!

first_imgPlayer of Roma, Diego Perotti, before the derby match of the Italian football championship between Juventus and Roma, compared Gonzalo Higuain and Edin Dzeko, two important links in their teams.Dzeko has scored 12 goals so far in the championship and he leads the list of scorer along with Inter’s Mauro Icardi, while Higuain, who is the most expensive reinforcement in the history of Juventus that was paid 90 million EUR, scored three goals less.“They are among the best strikers in the world. They are both extremely effective and dangerous, but Dzeko is better at the moment. Just look what kind of season he played and how many goals he scored,” said Perotti.He also commented the chances of “Roma” to win the title of champion of the Italian championship.“Buffon said that Roma can win the Scudetto and I agree with him. I’m sorry that we are followed by accidents with injuries, first Florenz, then Salah and now Peres. It is fortunate that we have achieved victory in the two previous derbies with Lazio and Milan and thus managed to keep pace with the leading Juventus. It will be a difficult and very important match and we will do everything to win,” he concluded, as reported by “Goal”.The match between the two teams will be played in Turin on Saturday from 8:45 pm and Juventus enters the match with a four-point advantage over the second-placed Roma.(Source: read more


first_imgA Little Taste of Christmas in Donegal Town will takes place in the Abbey Hotel on Sunday 29th November from 11.00 am – 6.30pmThe switching on of the Donegal Town’s Christmas Lights will also take place on the same day. They will have Exhibitor Stands where Business’s can promote, sell, and take orders for Christmas etc.There will be a large variety of products available to the public, ranging from, cosmetics, jewellery, fashion, art, toys for big boys, and loads of gift ideas for the Festive season ,a great way to promote your business in the lead up to Christmas.This event will also give your customers the opportunity to place orders for all their Christmas food requirements, all of which can be done with very little effort in one venue.They will have Celebrity Chef Cookery Demonstrations, Live Entertainment for all ages, and much more throughout the day. For further information follow us on and and also on Donegal Town Community and A Taste of Donegal Food Festival Facebook Pages.If you are interested and would like to take part in our 5th “A Little Taste of Christmas in Donegal Town” contact Mary Mc Gettigan on 087-1777140 or email development@donegaltown.ieA LITTLE TASTE OF CHRISTMAS IS COMING TO DONEGAL TOWN NEXT MONTH was last modified: October 29th, 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

House Majority Leader Chris Tuck pushes reforms to improve voter turnout

first_imgSally Williams uses a sticker that says cucuklillruunga, or “I voted” in Yup’ik to teach the phrase at the Togiak voting site on Aug. 16, 2016. (Photo by Molly Dischner/KDLG)In the last Legislature, a Democrat-sponsored bill aimed at increasing voter turnout in Alaska, especially in the Bush. It didn’t get a single hearing in the Republican-led House of Representatives.Listen nowNow, Rep. Chris Tuck, an Anchorage Democrat, is in a powerful position leading the new House majority, and has reintroduced the legislation and the bill is making some progress.Cindy Allred works for Get Out the Native Vote, an organization that has been active registering and encouraging voting among Alaska Natives, many of whom live in rural areas.“We do have a big concern that there are more challenges to registering to vote in rural Alaska, to voting in rural Alaska as well,” Allred commented. “There are communities in Alaska that don’t even have a polling station.”Get Out the Native Vote put their weight behind passing PFD voter registration and has been working with Tuck on House Bill 1.“There’s a couple of us who just got together and said “How can we help modernize Alaska’s system? How can we try to make it more equitable?” Allred said.Tuck’s bill is comprehensive. It would give people the option to permanently vote by mail and allow for same day registration, among other things.Grace Mulipola worked on Get Out the Native Vote in Bristol Bay.“Some of the people are not there on election day, either because they have doctors appointments or they’re out doing their subsistence. So, I think that’s one of the biggest barriers in the rural areas,” Mulipola said.In addition to getting people registered to vote, Mulipola helped set up early voting stations in Bristol Bay, part of District 37, for the 2014 general election. According to Division of Elections data, general election turnout there has fluctuated. Increases in early voting sites and registration haven’t always coincided with higher voter turnout.Tuck’s bill ensures that early voting stations stay the same year after year, but it doesn’t directly address the number or placement of such voting sites. According to Division of Elections, since 2010 the number of early voting sites in Alaska has increased from 73 to 169.So why didn’t this bill go anywhere last session? Tuck chalked it up to partisan politics.“Well, we had a different makeup of the Legislature. We had a different majority, minority situation,” Tuck said. “This year, I went from being minority leader to majority leader. And uh… we’re not going to be treating people the way we were treated because we weren’t allowed to have our bills heard, even though some of them were good ideas.”Rural Alaska tends to vote blue, which means higher turnout in the Bush may help Democrats in statewide races.Former Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich invested heavily in rural Alaska in his 2014 campaign against Republican Dan Sullivan. His brother, Tom Begich worked on the campaign before being elected last year to represent District J in the Alaska Senate.“In my brother’s U.S. Senate race, early voting was a critical issue for us,” Tom Begich said.The campaign hired organizers in 40 villages and set up 16 offices from Barrow to Bethel and put a big emphasis on early voting in hopes of increasing rural turnout.“When we analyzed where there was early voting and where there wasn’t at the time, we noted that where there wasn’t early voting, turnouts tended to be a little bit lower,” Begich noted.The rural vote was instrumental in Begich’s 2008 win against longtime Republican incumbent Ted Stevens, but Begich lost to Sullivan in in 2014, despite investing heavily in rural Alaska.Early voting is only one part of Tuck’s bill, but it has the potential to make voting more accessible for rural communities. For now, House Bill 1 is being workshopped in the House State Affairs Committee.last_img read more