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  • UG Trojans fighting to the very end

    first_imgThe Guyana Amateur Basketball Association’s (GABA’s) First Division, Second Division and Under-23 leagues continue action at the Burnham Hard Court on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.As the tournament is currently in its progressive stage, many fans have been privileged to watch the UG Trojans compete in the tournament in the first division and U23 leagues.UG Trojans coach Warren WilsonSpeaking with Guyana Times Sport, coach of the UG Trojans, Warren Wilson, stated he is very impressed with the U23 side, as they have played three games and won two, against the Eagles and Sonics, whilst the third game was washed out due to inclement weather. The student side went on to beat the Eagles 56-52, with Jabari Joseph scoring 9 points 5 rebounds 2 steals and 1block; Jahleel Young scored 9 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal; and Kadeem Peterkin scored 9 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 2 steals.They also had a close encounter with the Sonics, miraculously winning the game 65-64, with Jabari Joseph again leading from the front with 16 points, Darroll Williams scoring 16 points, and Kadeem Peterkin scoring 11 points, proving that everyone on the team plays an integral part in the team’s success.According to Wilson, “We lost to Nets 1st Division 78-52. Certain players stood out, such as Samuel Thompson: 19 points 3 rebounds 2 blocks; Akil Lewis: 14 points 3 rebounds; andDwight McKinnon: 8 points 5 rebounds 2 blocks in the losing effort”.Asked by Guyana Times Sport how he felt about both teams’ performance, Wilson said, “The U23 is performing fairly well. We just have to do some fine-tuning on the defensive end and hope they get adjusted to the conditions, as they haven’t fully adjusted to conditions at Burnham Court despite their victories against such worthy opponents”.He also said the first division team has potential and can play, but currently at the moment, the Achilles heel for the first division is fitness, and they are working round the clock to fix the issue.The Trojans will play the Guardians in their next first division match-up.last_img read more

  • Hughes: Rangers will cope without Taarabt

    first_imgQPR boss Mark Hughes insists Adel Taarabt’s absence will not affect his team’s chances of causing an upset in this weekend’s west London derby.The Moroccan’s sending-off against Tottenham means he is suspended for Sunday’s vital game at Stamford Bridge, where the stakes will be high for both sides.Chelsea are chasing a top-four finish, while Rangers know one win from their remaining three matches could be enough to keep them in the Premier League.Taarabt will miss Sunday’s vital derby.Taarabt has been instrumental in taking the R’s close to safety, scoring in their victories against Spurs and Arsenal.His ban is an untimely blow but Hughes has the option of recalling striker Djibril Cisse, who recently served a suspension.“It’s a bit of a loss, obviously, but we can cope. We’ve got good players to come in,” said Hughes.“Djibril didn’t play in the game against Tottenham and he’s an option for me. We’ll be okay.”Taarabt’s dismissal came after he petulantly kicked the ball away and was shown a second yellow card.It belied the fact that the 22-year-old, whose temperament has often been questioned, has shown greater maturity in recent months.Hughes added: “There’s been a marked difference and that’s a credit to him. He’s embraced what we’ve told him and looks a better player for it.“He’s still a young player and I just sense that he’s maturing. His understanding of the game and what’s required is getting much better.”Advertising on West London SportSee also: Delighted Hughes eyes Chelsea clash after Rangers see off SpursRedknapp has no regrets about letting Taarabt leave SpursTaarabt taunts Tottenham and takes QPR closer to safetyVideo: Fans celebrate QPR’s vital win against SpursBoss Hughes keen to cement Taarabt’s long-term future at QPRQPR star in line for bumper contract offerHughes insists Taarabt will not leave QPRI’ll turn Taarabt into a top player, says bossFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

  • With love, your number one fan

    first_imgKhanyi MagubaneI recently read a somewhat funny story that got me thinking about the concept of being a fan, a die-hard fan at that. The story might sound a bit confusing at first, pretty much like trying to explain to someone how you are related to a distant relative, but stay with me, it will make sense.South African actress Genevieve Howard, who plays the role of spoilt brat Grace Mashaba in the much-loved soapie Generations got the shock of her life when two crazed fans slapped her across the face, revenging their much loved Karabo Moroka, also a character in Generations played by Connie Ferguson.Howard was in North West province with other South African celebrities on a road show. The fans were convinced Howard and Grace were one and the same person.Now, Howard’s character Grace is unhappy that her dad Paul Mashaba has started dating again, according to her, it’s too soon after his divorce from her beloved mother, the mentally unstable Rachel. To make matters worse, her dad is dating Karabo, a beautiful media mogul, who also happens to be his dad’s co-host at MM live, a current-affairs radio show.Grace has done everything in her power to break up her dad’s relationship with Karabo, including moving out of his home to live with “Uncle Kenny” whom she knows her father hates, and quitting her university studies.Karabo, out of frustration, tries to reason with Grace that she is not trying to take her mother’s place and that for the sake of peace; they should try and get along. Grace is livid, how dare she try to compare herself to her mother, her father will never love her like he loved her mother! In a fit of rage, Grace slaps Karabo in front of Uncle Kenny and his wife Dineo, or “my little Dini” as he calls her.Howard remarks after the rather unfortunate incident, that it’s quite surprising that there are still people who don’t know the difference between a fictional TV story and reality, but to be honest, its not that surprising to me.It’s the nature of the beast. The fan beast.After much deliberation about the concept of being a “fan” I’ve realised that it’s steeped in adulation really. We idolise men and women, who seem to have it all. Looks, intelligence, talent, charm, fame and wealth.Think about the Hollywood phenomenon. I’m convinced it thrives on the “fan-o-meter”. What would the status of heartthrobs like Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Will Smith or Denzel Washington be without the screaming female fans?Or who would care about Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry (who was recently voted the sexiest woman alive by Esquire Magazine) or Scarlett Johannson if there weren’t a number of men getting endless free mileage just by looking at those fine specimens? The more popular you are, it seems, the more movies you get cast in, the more you work – the more you earn, the more you move up the social ladder (from D-list to A-list celebrity) and unfortunately, the more the paparazzi hound you and want to know the most intimate details of your life.Sounds fantastic, almost magical doesn’t it? Not all the time. I lay no claim to having even the remotest amount of fame, but I have been stalked, twice.The first time I was stalked by a “fan” happened a few years ago, when I worked for YFM, a youth radio station based in Johannesburg. I was a news anchor and a features writer for the stations youth magazine, Ymag. As with most, if not all stalkers, he had my personal details.He had my cellphone number and would write to me as if we were old, familiar friends. Even addressed me by my surname. He did however, make it clear that he is aware of the fact that I don’t know him personally, but I would know him “very soon”. This perturbed me, but I chose to ignore it, thinking that if I didn’t answer his messages, he would soon get the message and stop bothering me.My silence only seemed to flare his efforts. Even though I never met him face-to-face, he would SMS me non-stop. I refused to change my number. Eventually, I sought the help of my cousin, a former intelligence operative, who was familiar with the “spying” business.My cousin advised me to let him continue a little longer, until we establish his level of seriousness. Then and only then, would we take action. I think he also called me – I tend to block such memories out of my mind, but the day it stopped, was the day I finally decided to name and shame him live on air.I knew he was listening; he was after all, my number one fan. After that, he never contacted me again.Just when I thought I had “been there, done that” with stalkers, its started again. This time, I’m on a different radio station, presenting a gospel music show every Sunday. My “brother in the Lord” also managed to solicit my private cellphone number and got in touch, telling me how much he loved my voice and my show.He would share bible scriptures with me at all odd hours of the night, and he would constantly send me “please call me” messages, so that I could use my airtime to facilitate his warped endeavours… Imagine that.This time, I thought, I would respond. One day, when he least expected it, I called him back. All I remember about that conversation, was me trying to explain to him the discomfort he was causing me, how his actions had crossed the line and that he was now intruding on my privacy. I don’t even remember a word he said, I don’t think I cared to remember at all.But fortunately, it stopped relatively soon after that conversation.Then I had to think about it seriously, is there anyone that I would do the same thing to?Of all the musicians and actors that I adore and respect, would I really call myself their “fan” maybe even to the point of stalking them? Maybe I’m too vain to be a fan or maybe I know where to draw a line between appreciation and being a nuisance.Either way, I’m weary of fans or being a fan. That’s why I’m a writer and I work in radio. Even if you happen to recognise me after seeing my face on the top right hand corner of this column, don’t approach me, don’t be fan, I find it awkward and uncomfortable. Khanyi Magubane is a journalist, published poet, radio broadcaster and fiction writer. She writes for MediaClubSouth Africa, and brings with her an eclectic mix of media experience. She’s worked as a radio journalist for stations including Talk Radio &702 and the youth station YFM, where she was also a news anchor. She’s been a contributing features writer in a number of magazines titles including O magazine and Y mag. She’s also a book reviewer and literary essayist, published in the literary journal Wordsetc. Magubane is also a radio presenter at SAfm, where she hosts a Sunday show. She’s currently also in the process of completing the manuscript of her first novel, an extract of which has been published in Wordsetc.last_img read more

  • Screw The Mall: How To Super-Charge Your Lame Gift-Giving With Digital Tools

    first_imgRelated Posts Spend some time with their Facebook or Instagram photos, dragging the best ones to your desktop as you spot them.  There’s no shortage of photo printing services. CanvasPopprints photos directly onto canvas. Fracture specializes in printing photos on glass. StickyGram turns Instagram images into magnets. Artflakes makes Instagram stickers. PostalPix lets your order high-quality paper or aluminum prints directly from your phone. Printsagram does Instagram prints, memory boxes, calendars, stickers, posters and mini-books. Or there are tried-and-true general photo-printing services like Shutterflyand SnapFish. Note: If you’re still not finished your holiday shopping for 2012, the shipping deadline for most of these photo sites has passed. So you might be looking at a visit to Kinko’s or Walgreen’s.5. Buy Things Let’s face it. Buying things online tends to be more efficient and often cheaper. You also don’t have to deal with the madness of holiday crowds. That said, some items might be sold out online, past the shipping window for Christmas, or otherwise require a visit to an actual bricks and mortar store. Personally, I’m staying away from malls and big box shops for those local, in-person purchases. That’s just me. If you are ordering online, today and tomorrow are pretty much the last days you can place those orders and still expect them to arrive before December 25 without paying a big overnight shipping premium. You’re already cutting it awfully close, though. As you make purchases – whether online or in person – be sure to add an X to the “Bought?” column of your gift-tracking spreadsheet, which is hopefully accessible from your smartphone. Even if you do most of your shopping in person, using digital tools and doing online research can dramatically simplify the whole experience, leading to fewer bouts of last-minute mall fatigue and better gift ideas. Those of us who suck at giving holiday gifts are officially out of excuses. Lead photo by asenat29.  john paul titlow Tags:#gifts#google drive#holidays#social media 3. Gather Social IntelligenceIt never hurts to ask a mutual acquaintance or another family member, but if you want to appear more thoughtful than you actually are, there’s another option: social media stalking. If the person happens to be active on Pinterest, congratulations. You’ll almost certainly find a great gift idea there, sometimes with a direct link to the purchase page. If not, browsing their pins can give you general clues about what they might like. Are they posting a lot of cupcake recipes? Maybe some cool baking gadget would work. Are their pinboards peppered with pictures of The Beatles? The band’s entire remastered catalog was just reissued on vinyl. Pinterest has general gift suggestions of its own, although there’s no personalized, social intelligence behind them. Of course, most people aren’t glued to Pinterest all day long. They’re on Facebook. Scroll through their list of “Likes” to get a better idea of what sort of things they, well, like. You can then plug some of those things into Etsy for unique, handmade gifts you couldn’t find in any mall on the planet. Or try a broader search on Google Shopping or Amazon.  Speaking of Amazon, the company realizes how powerful all that Facebook data is, so it recently launched a new feature to make all of this a bit easier. The Friends and Family Gifting portal lets you connect your Facebook account to Amazon, which then allows the ecommerce behemoth to mine your friends’ interests and give you gift recommendations for them. The suggestions are little obvious: My friend Kyle told Facebook he likes the book Catch 22, so Amazon thinks I should buy him a copy. He probably already has one. But it’s still worth scrolling through Amazon’s recommendations for ideas. Even better, if the person has a wish list on Amazon, you can browse it from here. Facebook has its own Gifts feature, which lets you send people physical gifts, but they’re pretty generic and not personalized. 4. Still Stumped? Try PhotosIf all else fails, everybody loves photos. We’re taking more pictures than ever before, but most of them are languishing on a smartphone or Facebook album somewhere. Fortunately, there are a bajillion services for turning Instagram images and other digital photos into everything from refrigerator magnets to gigantic canvas-based prints. You can get photos printed on wood, glass or aluminum. Oh, and paper. A whole book of it, even.  I am, historically speaking, not the best gift-giver. I like to think that I don’t drop the ball entirely, but I’m not one of these people who naturally and instinctively knows exactly what someone would love and where to get it. The trickiest part? Coming up with unique gift ideas, especially for people I don’t see on a regular basis. This year, things are different. Instead of stressing over the holiday gift exchange, I’m actually very much looking forward to doling out the things I’ve bought. And not once have I stepped anywhere near a shopping mall. It’s not that I’m any more thoughtful or creative of a person than I was a few years ago. It’s that the Internet is making gift-giving a hell of a lot easier. Last weekend, I carved out a few hours to dedicate exclusively to shopping for Christmas gifts.I didn’t leave the house.Instead, I fired up my Web browser, opened a Google spreadsheet and started surfing. With a mix of curated gift guides and social media-fueled intelligence, I came up with a pretty solid list of gifts within a reasonable budget. The clock is ticking, but if you’re looking for last-minute inspiration, my formula might work for you too. 1. Build A SpreadsheetUsing Excel, Google Docs or your choice of spreadsheet program, create a spreadsheet. This will serve as a central repository for gift ideas, budgeting and tracking. I prefer to use something Web-based so I can access it from my phone or any other device. Your gift idea spreadsheet should have the following columns: Person, Gift, Price, Where, Bought? and Misc. Notes. These columns will list, respectively, who it’s for, what it is, how much it costs, where to find it, whether or not you bought it yet (designated by a bold, capital X) and any miscellaneous notes worth keeping. If there a multiple gift ideas for a single person, they should each get their own line item to keep things organized and cleanly-budgeted.At the bottom of the Price column, add a SUM function so you can add everything up and keep track of your overall budget. 2.  Preliminary BrainstormThere are some people you know so well that it couldn’t be more obvious what to get them for the holidays. Others either drop unmissable hints or simply hand you a list. For everybody else, you need to brainstorm. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of websites and apps that you can go to for inspiration. This year, I spent some serious time with a handful. Fab, The Fancy, Uncrate, Etsy and the Cool Hunting gift guide iPad app are all loaded with random ideas, which can typically be broken down by price, category and gender. And those sites are just the beginning. Scrolling through endless grids of handmade housewares, gadgets, foodie paraphernalia and winter fashions can put you in a trance. But it’s a goldmine of inspiration, if you can stay focused long enough (remember, this list is for them, not you).There are also countless publisher-curated gift guides for specific types of people. Virtually every site and magazine in tarnation publishes these things. Do you have a nerdy brother? Technophobic mother? Fashionable pets? There’s a gift guide for every odd combination of adjectives and people (or animals, apparently) in your life. Just Google around, adding the words “gift guide” to each search. You might want to include “2012” as well so you don’t get outdated results. As you come across ideas, keep track of them in your spreadsheet, dropping a link in for each one. That way if you come across something better later on, you’re free to choose.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

  • Jon Gruden reportedly agrees to 10-year, $100m deal to coach Oakland Raiders

    first_imgThe Oakland Raiders never really recovered from the decision to trade Jon Gruden to Tampa Bay 16 years ago.There was a Super Bowl trip the following season when Oakland lost to Gruden’s Buccaneers and another play-off appearance in 2016 under Jack Del Rio that garnered little optimism because quarterback Derek Carr was injured. That led to the decision to fire Del Rio following his third season and go hard after Gruden.ESPN reported that Gruden will receive a 10-year deal that could be worth close to $100 million. Gruden has already started putting together a staff with Cincinnati defensive coordinator Paul Guenther among those expected to join.Gruden told ESPN earlier this week that he had a good talk with Davis about returning to the organization and believed there was a “good chance” it would happen.Gruden spent four seasons as coach in Oakland from 1998-2001. After leading the Raiders to 8-8 records his first two years, Gruden helped the team reach the AFC title game following the 2000 season and got Oakland back into the playoffs the following season.His tenure ended shortly after the “Tuck Rule” loss to the New England Patriots when he was traded the following month to Tampa Bay for two first-round draft picks, two second-rounders and $8 million.Gruden beat the Raiders in the Super Bowl in his first season with the Buccaneers but didn’t win another playoff game for Tampa Bay in his final six seasons. He has a 95-81 career record.The Raiders have complied with the “Rooney Rule” and interviewed minority candidates for the job, according to NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart. “I can tell you we believe the Rooney Rule was complied with,” Lockhart said. “Minority candidates were interviewed and we will wait and see the decision they make.”A second person with knowledge of the team’s plans said one of the minority candidates who interviewed was tight ends coach Bobby Johnson. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Raiders were not releasing the names of candidates.This would not mark the first time the Raiders brought back a coach for a second stint. Late owner Al Davis hired Art Shell in 2006, 11 years after firing him the first time. Shell went 2-14 that season and was fired after one year.Other teams have also done it, with one of the most recent notable coaching hires being Joe Gibbs in Washington. Gibbs stepped away following the 1992 season with three Super Bowl titles in his career. He came back in 2004 and had a 30-34 record in four seasons, leading Washington to two playoff berths.The timing of the news conference was first reported by the Raiders Snake Pit website. NFL Share via Email Oakland Raiders Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Topics Read more Share on Facebook Support The Guardiancenter_img Share on Twitter US sports Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on Messenger Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft dismiss report of feud as fake news Share on Pinterest Cleveland Browns fans finally get a parade … only one they never hoped for But there has been mostly a run of losing seasons under nine coaches as only the Cleveland Browns had lost more games during Gruden’s 16-year absence than the Raiders.Owner Mark Davis hopes that will all change now that he has finally lured Gruden back for a second stint as the team’s coach.A person with knowledge of the team’s plans said the Raiders are planning a news conference Tuesday to announce that Gruden is leaving the broadcast booth to come back to coaching. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the team has made no formal announcement.The Raiders fired Del Rio following a disappointing six-win season and talk immediately turned to Gruden, who has been out of coaching since being fired by Tampa Bay following the 2008 season. Gruden has spent the past nine years as the lead analyst for ESPN’s Monday Night Football telecast. He is scheduled to work his final game Saturday in Kansas City when the Chiefs take on the Tennessee Titans in a playoff game.Then after that he will head to Oakland with the task of resurrecting Carr after a down year and getting the Raiders back to the postseason.Oakland won 12 games in 2016 to earn Del Rio a four-year extension but the team fell flat this season. The offense regressed after the decision to fire coordinator Bill Musgrave and replace him with untested Todd Downing. The defense struggled mightily before a late-season switch from fired coordinator Ken Norton Jr to play-caller John Pagano. Reuse this contentlast_img read more