Jamaica wins Carifta Chess Championships

first_imgAlauni Kidd Jamaica are the 2017 champions of Carifta chess after seven rounds of play in the Championships which were held in the island recently.Jamaica last won the tournament in 2013, when the event was first staged in Jamaica.In the Under 12 (Absolute) Category, the number one seed Jamaica’s Candidate Master (CM) David Thomas took the Under 12 title, after defeating fellow Jamaican Coy Wilson in the final round to top the standings with 6.5 points from seven games.CM Leigh Sandiford of Barbados got the better of Jamaica’s Darren McKennis to take second place in the Under 12 Category on a tiebreaker over Jamaica’s Nathan Walsh, as both players ended on six points from their seven games. Walsh secured his six points with a final round win over compatriot Mikhail Bond.In the Under 12 Girls Category, Jamaica’s Johmoi Blake was declared the champion on tiebreak over Vanessa Greenidge of Barbados, after both players ended tied on 6 points. Third place went to Trinidad and Tobago’s Zara La Fleur who ended on 5.5 points.Jamaica’s Joshua Christie had to settle for silver in the Under 16 (Absolute) Category after losing to the defending champion, Alan-Safar Ramoutar of Trinidad and Tobago in round 6. At the end of round 7, both players were tied on 6 points, however Ramoutar was declared the Champion on tiebreak, having defeated Christie in their head-to-head battle. Third place was copped by Jamaica’s Jhustice-Dimonte McDonald who secured 5.5 points from his seven games.In the Under 16 Girls Category, Jamaica’s Woman Candidate Master (WCM) Adani Clarke came out tops after defeating Pritika Kandamaran of Barbado.Despite suffering two defeats on day three of the Championships, top seed Taqesyah Marcos of Curacao rallied on the final day to secure two wins and second place behind Clarke. Third place was shared by Jamaicans Ashanti Blackwood and Aulani Kidd, who each ended on 4.5 points.In the Under 20 Girls Category, top seed Sheanel Gardener of Jamaica recovered from a poor start to take the overall title with 5.5 points, after securing back-to-back victories against Tian Henry and Deidre-Ann Johnson in her two final games. Second place went to another Jamaican Akelia Donaldson on tiebreak over Nickaylah Curwin and Gabriela Cumberbatch of Barbados, after the three players ended tied on 4.5 points each.Despite good showings from Jamaica’s top Under 20 players, the coveted Under 20 (Absolute) Category was won for the third year in a row by Barbadian FIDE Master Orlando Husbands, who ended on 6.5 points from seven games. Second place went to the number two seed Barbadian FIDE Master Yu Tien Poon who was also unbeaten with 6 points. Third place was shared by Jamaica’s Malik Curriah and Aruba’s Jomar Benschop after each player ended on five points.The next CARIFTA Chess Championships are scheduled to take place next year in Surinamelast_img read more

Mike Gundy’s crazy coronavirus comments don’t mean all college coaches speak like fools

first_imgAside from the beard he apparently has chosen to grow during the same coronavirus quarantine most of us are experiencing, Roy Williams’ appearance Tuesday on a computer chat with reporters offered nothing unsettling. He even delivered a moment of inspiration:“As I was growing up, and even until the last several months, all of my heroes — my biggest heroes — were my teachers that I had all the way through high school and college, and mentors that I’ve had,” Williams said. “But now my heroes are all those health care people and providers. I just can’t imagine those doctors and nurses going to work every day worried about their own health and how it’s going to affect their families. And yet they still keep going.” When Swinney said last week, though, he fully expected — “zero doubt,” he said — that there would be college football in the fall in front of stadiums full of fans, he merely was exercising his right to be optimistic. He was not declaring himself to be the art of some reckless plan to lock up Tigers football players in their weight rooms and have them train in quarantine.Not all college coaches are like Mike Gundy.Thank heavens for that. MORE: Will COVID-19 cancel college football season?Late last month, Alabama football coach Nick Saban put on one of his best red blazers, stood in front of some sort of camera and, after thanking medical providers across the nation, declared that the staff that has produced five national champions since 2009 was back at work but doing it from home and “obeying all social distancing guidelines.” He went on to ask those who might be inclined to follow the coach’s advice, which is a huge chunk of college football fandom, to stay at home if possible and to be smart about any public interactions.“And together we look forward to all that is to come, including the opportunity to play college football this fall,” Saban said. “But the best and safest way to ensure that happens is to listen to the experts, follow their guidelines and take care of each other.”We offer you this as evidence that not all college coaches are talking like fools.Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy should be viewed as the exception, not the rule. And yet, when Gundy spoke boldly and peculiarly on a teleconference with college football reporters on Tuesday, many analyzing his statements chose to ascribe their bizarre contents to the entire coaching community.Seriously, though, even in the warped world of college football coaching, you couldn’t find more than a handful that would sign off on this statement:“The NCAA, the presidents of the universities, the Power 5 conference commissioners, the athletic directors need to be meeting right now, and we need to start coming up with answers,” Gundy told reporters. “In my opinion, if we have to bring our players back, test them. They’re all in good shape. They’re all 18-, 19-, 20-, 21- and 22-year-olds. They’re healthy.“A lot of them can fight it off with their natural body, the antibodies and the build that they have. There’s some people that are asymptomatic. If that’s true, then we sequester them. And people say that’s crazy. No, it’s not crazy because we need to continue and budget and run money through the state of Oklahoma.”It’s crazy — everything he said, and how he said it. It’s a word salad that would be darned near impossible to penetrate if he didn’t toss in several buzzwords that make clear his intention: test, healthy, antibodies, sequester and — yes, the big one — money.He said he thought the Oklahoma State football operation should be back at work on May 1, even though there’s a pandemic that is not yet close to being under control and even though the Cowboys are not scheduled to play a football game until Sept. 3.Many coaches, perhaps most of them, are using their amplified voices to call for the American public to advise people to stay at home, shelter in place, social distance — whatever you want to call it. TCU football coach Gary Patterson donated to a program providing snacks and activities to school children in Fort Worth. Wyoming football coach Craig Bohl and his wife donated $100,000 to help fund scholarships for seniors in spring sports wishing to take advantage of the NCAA’s offer of an extra year of eligibility because their 2020 seasons were canceled. Oregon football coach Mario Cristobal and his wife donated lunches to the Eugene police department.Proof that America can be a great country is right there in Gundy’s $5 million annual salary, paid to him though he has won double-digit games only six times in 15 seasons and hasn’t even won 70 percent of his games. He has coached in a major bowl game twice.MORE: Mike Leach apologizes for “offensive” tweetClemson coach Dabo Swinney is a far better coach, though no great example of how to comport one’s self in a pandemic. He and his family took a recent vacation to Florida by private plane when others elsewhere, even others of great means, were obeying shelter-in-place laws or stay-at-home admonitions. South Carolina had no rule in place, instead depending on whatever common sense its residents chose to exercise. Swinney’s decision showed that wasn’t 100 percent a safe bet.last_img read more

CHEERS FOR THE BEERS! DONEGAL WOMAN OPENS HER OWN BREWERY!

first_imgCathal and Emma get the beers in!An Inishowen woman doesn’t have to shy away from buying her round after opening up her own brewery.Emma Devlin, from Malin Head, has just launched Rascal’s Brewing Co in Dublin along with her partner Cathal O’Donoghue.The couple met in Australia, fell in love and decided to return to Ireland to give their new business a real go. Minister of Tourism, Transport and Sport, Leo Varadkar attended the launch of Rascal’s Brewing Co. in Dublin recently.The couple now produce a range of‘Bold Irish beer’, three of which were showcased at the launch – Ginger Porter, Big Hop Red and Wit Woo (a Belgian wheat beer).Taking place at The Mart in Rathmines, the launch was attended by craft beer lovers from all walks of life.Emma said “Rascal’s was born out of our love of craft beer, which we discovered some years ago while living in New Zealand. When we moved home, we invested in home-brew equipment and began brewing with all-grain and fresh leaf hops. “2013 was a very successful year for us as we won two competitions with our beers, Belgian Wit and Ginger Porter. This boosted our confidence and things developed from there.“We find that people are bored of mainstream, mass-marketed lagers – they’re turning to craft beers because they give quality and value for money in terms of flavour. There’s also that wonderful sense of discovering something new.’Adding to this, Emma’s partner and co-founder, Cathal O’Donoghue said: Rascal’s is about brewing craft beer with a little something extra – which they call BOLD IRISH BEER.“We like to brew with unusual ingredients like ginger, as in our current beer, Ginger Porter. We’re a small brewery, 950L batches, and this small scale allows us to be more experimental, which is something we love. Our plan is to brew a variety of seasonal ales and not focus on the core supply as much as other breweries. We want to keep things interesting for the customer and for ourselves, as brewers.”Rascal’s Brewing Co. now supplies its beers to pubs across Dublin including The Norseman, The Black sheep, 57 The Headline, and Blackbird. Emma and Cathal have big plans for the brand and hope to sell Rascal’s beer across the island of Ireland by the end of the year.For more information on Rascal’s Brewing Co. visit Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rascals-Brewing-Co/1412375322311028 or Twitterhttps://twitter.com/search?q=%40rascalsbrewing&src=typdCHEERS FOR THE BEERS! DONEGAL WOMAN OPENS HER OWN BREWERY! was last modified: June 23rd, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Emma DevlinMalin HeadRascal’s Brewing Colast_img read more