GCB/Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket on hold

first_imgTHE nationwide 2017 Guyana Cricket Board (GCB)/Scotiabank Kiddy Progression One cricket competition has been postponed until the September 2017 school term.According to a GCB release, the postponement is due to the current inclement weather, which has been forecast to persist into the month of July 2017.“The Cricket Development Committee (CDC) of the GCB has determined that the postponement would facilitate a more effective and smooth conduct of the competition,” the release stated.As a consequence, all primary schools are asked to note the adjustment. This information is also expected to be channelled to schools through the Ministry of Education’s Regional Education Offices.To date, the districts of New/Amsterdam/Canje and East Bank Essequibo are the only two locations to have commenced the competition. However, primary schools will be encouraged to enjoy the benefits of the coaching education programmes, which involve the activity aspects of ‘Meet the Emerging Player’ and ‘Cricket Is My Game – Learn It’Further, teachers and club coaches will benefit from four Child Protection Programmes, which are scheduled to be conducted during the first two weeks of June 2017. The Child Protection Programmes will target interested individuals from the areas of Berbice, Essequibo, Upper Demerara and specified locations in other parts of Demerara.Additionally, it should be noted, that the revised fixtures for the 2017 GCB/Scotiabank Kiddy Progression One Cricket will be circulated during the current school term.last_img read more

Syracuse continues home dominance and beats Georgia Tech, 90-61

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse’s 16-point lead dwindled to three as Georgia Tech opened the second half with nine straight points.The last time the Orange faced the Yellow Jackets, it led by nine before halftime. Then it fell behind by 13 and eventually lost. The opening of Saturday’s second half provided reminders to that game two weeks ago.But this time SU was at home, and if there’s one known factor about Syracuse after 31 games, it’s that the Orange is a different team at home.“It was definitely a statement win,” freshman guard Tyus Battle said. “We lost to them at their place. … Tonight we played our game.”Syracuse never fully cracked like it had before. Instead, it punched Georgia Tech back and won, 90-61. The Orange (18-13, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) outscored the Yellow Jackets (17-14, 8-10) by 17 in the second half and finished with its biggest margin of victory in a conference game this season. The win wrapped up a wildly successful ACC home slate in which SU won all but one of its games. And on a day associated with the team’s seniors, it wasn’t just them who found their groove.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAndrew White scored a career-high 40 points and John Gillon dished out 10 assists, while Tyler Lydon also grabbed 13 boards and Battle scored 22. Syracuse shot 15-of-24 from behind the arc and cruised down the stretch — a contrast from its past eight games in which it trailed by double digits each time.“We shoot well like that from 3,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said, “it’s hard to beat that.”Shortly after the Yellow Jackets came within three, Syracuse went on a 21-2 run. White scored 17 of those points. He hit back-to-back 3s with nine minutes remaining, single-handedly causing the 30,448 in the Carrier Dome to stand up. They were applauding the performance on the court, but also the significance of the eventual win.The Orange survived the gauntlet of this year’s ACC schedule and finished eighth in the league. SU will face No. 9 seed Miami in the conference tournament on Wednesday at noon. While Syracuse remains on the NCAA Tournament bubble, a loss on Saturday would have been catastrophic to the Orange’s Tournament chances.MORE COVERAGEAndrew White’s 40-point explosion propels Syracuse past Georgia Tech, 90-61What we learned from Syracuse’s rout of Georgia Tech in regular-season finaleGallery: Syracuse routs Georgia Tech, 90-61, in regular-season finaleThe Final Word: Syracuse thumps Georgia Tech, 90-61 Published on March 4, 2017 at 8:49 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedscenter_img But just being in position to have a shot at the Tournament reflects Syracuse’s turnaround.“After the start we had,” Boeheim said, “I think it was mostly thought we probably wouldn’t make the NIT.”Gillon said if he and his teammates didn’t come together, their individual post-college goals wouldn’t happen either.Syracuse jumped out to a 16-4 lead and forced a Georgia Tech timeout. Taurean Thompson hit a 3 and Gillon chased him into the huddle. While the other four starters sat on the bench, Gillon stood in front of them barking directions. Boeheim didn’t enter the huddle right away. The starting point guard he named midseason was running the show. Gillon finished with 10 points and 10 assists.“There’s no NBA, there’s no playing in a good league overseas,” Gillon said, “if you’re a loser.”The Orange didn’t buckle as Georgia Tech closed in, instead doing the opposite and blowing the game wide open. It was so far out of reach that Boeheim played senior and former McDonald’s All-American Dajuan Coleman in just his fourth ACC game of the year and for the first time since Jan. 24.The last time SU won a game as comfortably as it did on Saturday was in a 23-point win over Boston College on Jan. 14. That was also a rematch at home after a road loss. In the second matchup between the two teams, Syracuse held the Eagles to 43 fewer points.The 10-point difference in Georgia Tech’s points wasn’t as drastic, but symbolized the same. The Orange continued to improve throughout conference play and came away with another crucial win as Selection Sunday looms eight days away.There’s no guarantee where SU will be a week from now, but it did all it could against Georgia Tech.“You have to have to have a killer instinct,” Gillon said. Commentslast_img read more

Iowans encouraged to buy flood insurance, especially in high-risk areas

first_imgWASHINGTON — If you think your homeowner’s insurance covers flooding, think again. As snow melts, rain falls, and rivers rise, the Federal Emergency Management Agency reminds Iowans to learn about flood insurance and buy appropriate coverage.David Maurstad heads FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program and says only about 30-percent of properties located in high-risk areas are covered, and only four-percent outside those areas.  “Maybe 2012 or so, there was another pretty significant flooding event in Iowa and the number of people covered was about 12% in the effected areas,” Maurstad says. “We have a lot of work to do in making sure people understand that flood insurance is their first line of defense to recover from flooding events.”Damage to buildings and their contents is covered if the high water is caused by rain or rising lakes or rivers. Maurstad says the policies are affordable, averaging less than 500-dollars a year in locations that are not flood-prone.  “An inch of water can cause $25,000 worth of damage,” Maurstad says. “We’re trying to encourage people when they renew their homeowner policy that they consider flood insurance. They need to get that flood insurance, they need to not wait. We have to do a better job of encouraging renters to have flood insurance. They can be as negatively impacted as whoever owns the building.”Be advised, after buying flood insurance, there’s a 30-day waiting period before it goes into effect. More information is available at floodsmart.gov.last_img read more