New Tropical Storm Maria racing westward

first_img Tweet Tropical Storm Maria 5-day forecast track. NHC/NOAA graphicMIAMI, USA — At 5:00 pm EDT on Wednesday, the centre of Maria, the latest tropical storm to form in the Atlantic, was located about 1,205 miles east of the Leeward Islands and moving toward the west near 23 mph.According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, this rapid motion is expected to continue during the next 24 hours with a gradual decrease in forward speed thereafter. Maximum sustained winds remain near 50 mph, with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast.An air force reconnaissance plane is scheduled to reach Maria late Thursday.Meanwhile, Hurricane Katia is located about 335 miles west-southwest of Bermuda and is forecast to pass between Bermuda and the east coast of the United States Wednesday night and Thursday, moving toward the northwest near 10 mph.A turn toward the north-northwest is expected Wednesdaynight, followed by a turn toward the north and then the north-northeast with an increase in forward speed late Thursday and early Friday.Maximum sustained winds are near 80 mph, with higher gusts. Katia is a category one hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the centre and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 205 miles.Large swells generated by katia will continue to affect Bermuda and east-facing beaches of the Bahamas during the next few days. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.Tropical-storm-force winds, especially in gusts, are possible in Bermuda through Thursday. Katia is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 1 to 2 inches across Bermuda.A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Bermuda.Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring! Share NewsRegional New Tropical Storm Maria racing westward by: – September 8, 2011center_img Share Share 24 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Strong IGG table tennis team named

first_imgTHE Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) has named a strong team to represent the country in the table tennis competition of the multi-sport Inter-Guiana ‘Goodwill’ Games. Players are expected to begin group training from today as they prepare for the October 20-24 event in Guyana. The team, which comprises six core players and four backup players, includes Boys: Shemar Britton, Elishaba Johnson, Kyle Edghill, Miguel Wong, and Nicholas Romain, while on the distaff side there are Priscilla Greaves, Selenas Jackman, Nevaeh Clarkson, Davonna Best, and Aneka Phillips.The team is largely made up of players who were selected for the event last year before that hosting of the Games was cancelled. Although the players have all been training individually with their respective clubs, national coach Linden Johnson said that the team will begin training collectively from today at the National Gymnasium.Johnson hinted that training for the squad will be tough because all the players have pressing academic commitments. They also have to work with the availability schedule of the Gymnasium since other sporting disciplines will be using the facility in their preparations.Johnson indicated that while the training will be tough for the players, they have all signalled their willingness to make the sacrifice to put in the work needed.“The training will be effective from tomorrow. We had to work out the schedule for training because not only table tennis will be training for the Games so we had to make way for other sports also at Gymnasium.“We will play from 17:00hrs. Some of our players are at school so they will come off sometimes at 20:30hrs, after lessons, and these players will train from about 21:00hrs to 23.00hrs. They are making the sacrifice to do the training,” Johnson said.The Guyana team will compete with a team from Suriname at the Games, and rumour has it that Suriname is looking to field a fierce team. Johnson says the Guyana side will not be taking any chances and will be preparing as hard as ever.“The Goodwill is just around the corner and we want to take no chances with Suriname; also they might be bringing players from Holland, so we have to get our strongest team. We’re going to be training every day.It’s a pretty good team, we have a lot of confidence in them as a team. Even though they haven’t been training as a team as yet, they’ve all been doing their individual training, so we stand a good chance,” Johnson commented.Apart from table tennis, teams from Guyana and Suriname will also compete in athletics, swimming, volleyball, futsal and basketball. Both athletics and swimming have already named their teams for the event. Athletics has a 28-member team while swimming has a 12-member team, as well as two reserves.last_img read more

Former Syracuse commit Isaiah McDuffie: ‘The lack of communication made me have to part ways’

first_img“This is well thought out,” McDuffie said of the timing in his announcements. “I didn’t just act right away.”He also communicated with Louisville, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh and Rutgers. The latter two were the biggest contenders.“That’s a lot of (Atlantic Coast Conference) schools,” he said, laughing. “… I liked the environment (at BC). I like everything they have to offer. That’s the best decision for me to advance my career.”Because McDuffie picked Boston College, which is in the ACC Atlantic, he will play against Syracuse every year of his college career if he stays with BC.“I think it’ll be exciting to play Syracuse and to come back to my home state,” McDuffie said. “You can say (I’ll have a chip on my shoulder) I guess, when I play Syracuse. But that’s OK. This is the (recruiting) process and I understand that things happen.“I have nothing against Syracuse, I love the fan base, but the lack of communication made me have to part ways.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Former Syracuse commit and Class of 2017 outside linebacker Isaiah McDuffie said he chose to leave the Orange’s recruiting class after receiving two phone calls and one text in two months from the new coaching staff.“They would talk to me, but it wasn’t a priority,” McDuffie said. “It wasn’t like I was committed or like you’d expect. … I just wasn’t comfortable with the atmosphere, I mean the attitude of the program. I didn’t like the new feel of the coaching staff. They’re great men, no doubt about it, but it was not what I was looking for.”The Buffalo, New York prospect from Bennett High School had previously committed to Syracuse in July 2015 under then-head coach Scott Shafer. SU fired Shafer on November 23, 2015, which McDuffie said left him shocked and confused. Six months later, on Tuesday night, Shafer’s last future commit decommitted from SU. McDuffie committed to Boston College on Wednesday afternoon.He joins a team that finished winless in eight tries in the Atlantic Coast Conference last season, the last loss coming on a final-second field goal in Syracuse. Paul Pasqualoni, who coached SU’s football team from 1991 to 2004, is an assistant coach on the defensive line at BC.McDuffie met Syracuse’s new coaching staff, lead by Dino Babers, on Junior Day at Syracuse. On Feb. 20, he toured the football facilities, saw SU men’s basketball play Pittsburgh and introduced himself to his then-future coaches.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe then-commit stressed that he liked the coaches personally, but the lack of communication made him decide that he’d be better off parting ways with Syracuse.“(In the times we talked), they said they liked me a lot and that I’m going to be a good player in their system. We just had normal conversation,” McDuffie said. “… But if they are not communicating with you enough then you kind of get the message that they might not want you.”In March, weeks after his Syracuse visit, McDuffie talked with his parents and quietly re-opened his recruitment.center_img Published on May 25, 2016 at 5:55 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TRlast_img read more