BYC ‘Buys’ Nimba County’s Two Strikers

first_imgCounty Meet’s current highest goal scorer, potent striker Sam Jackson and versatile player Sartee Nimely of Nimba County are expected to move to 2nd division champions, FC BYC II.The duo, who are plying their trades with 3rd division Capitol Hill FC have already been signed, according to an official of the Barrack Young Controller (BYC) Incorporated, who begged to be anonymous.The source said BYC Board Chairman Robert A. Sirleaf, owing to a recommendation from President Sekou Konneh and officials of BYC, has already paid US$1,000 as ‘Transfer and Signature Fees”  and modalities for the tranfer have been concluded.Striker Jackson, 16, scored against Gbarpolu in Greenville, Sinoe County, during the preliminmary stage.  Jackson netted his 3rd goal in their 2-1 win Sunday against Grand Kru County.  Prince Chappy increased the tally, while Togar Gayflor got the consolation. Nimba’s win qualified them for the semifinals against Grand Gedeh, who pinned 10-man Lofa County, 3-1 in a lottery shot.At the end of the Nimba-Grand Kru’s game, the organizing committee awarded a football, with the flags of the 15 Counties to Jackson as the ‘Best Player of the Game,’ and it was present  by Liberia’s former celebrated star, James Salinsa Debbah.Player Sartee Nimely,  17, was instrumental  for Nimba County to top Group IV,  with 9 points, winning all their games.When contacted players Jackson and Nimely, in brief remarks expressed satisfaction in joining the ‘The Blues.’“We have contacted and signed and we are going to FC BYC,” the duo said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Warriors report: DeMarcus Cousins to practice again with Santa Cruz

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *OAKLAND — Just as the doors to the Warriors’ practice facility opened, the general public saw a view of what makes DeMarcus Cousins so dominant.As part of his ongoing recovery with his left Achilles tendon, Cousins matched up with Kevin Durant along the post. When Durant drove …last_img read more

UP ends slump, sends UST reeling to eighth straight loss

first_imgView comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “This is just too difficult for us because we just wanted to get another win after the three losses we had,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol. “This is something that can perk us up, make us believe again that we can still do this.”Despite the win, the rebounding department was a cause of concern for UP after the UST dominated the rebounds, 61-40. “Every time we go up against UST, it’s always going to be a classic for us,” said Perasol. “I don’t think that we will be able to outrebound the lineup of UST and true enough we’re outrebounded by 21.”The Maroons, though, were able to neutralized the Growling Tigers’ advantage by forcing them to 23 turnovers that led to 24 points.Janjan Jaboneta had 12 points in his first start to pace the Fighting Maroons while Jun Manzo and Paul Desiderio added 11 and 10 points, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The win allowed UP to take the no. 5 seed with a 4-4 record, half a game behind Far Eastern University.Ibrahim Outtara scored on a layup to give UP a 70-64 lead with 1:16 to go but UST managed to score five unanswered points with Lee drilling a three from the left wing to cut the lead to one, 70-69, with 11 seconds remaining in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter a split from the line from point guard Jun Manzo, UST center Steve Akomo secured the rebound for UST with 9.2 seconds left and the Growling Tigers immediately started to run the break.Marvin Lee then had two attempts to play hero for UST but both of his shots bounced in and out of the rim. MOST READ Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Outtara missed out on a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds for UP.Lee had a game-high 17 points to lead UST while Akomo added seven points, 20 rebounds, and four blocks.center_img LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president After international duties, Raymar Jose takes talents to PBA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa FILE Photo – UP Fighting Maroons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines recovered from its three-game losing streak in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, nipping University of Santo Tomas, 71-69, Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Fighting Maroons had a promising start to the season, going 3-1 but lost their final three games of the first round to fall to 3-4ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

JAMPRO Seeking to Tap into Lucrative Animation Industry

first_imgThe Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is positioning Jamaica to tap into the lucrative animation industry. The global market for animation, inclusive of outsourcing activities, is estimated to gross earnings of between US$5 billion and US$175 billion annually. Animation is defined as the art or process of preparing and developing drawings, commonly referred to as a cartoon, which depicts humor, satire, or any other symbolism. JAMPRO’s Creative Industries Manager and Film Commissioner, Kim Marie Spence, says in addition to income generation, the industry presents opportunities for job creation and technology development. “We feel (that) it is a 21st century industry that offers us technologically transferrable skills. Also, animation is a labour-intensive industry that entails the placement of creations frame by frame, moving (a certain) amount of frames per second,” she outlines.    Noting that Jamaica is “new on scene” she says the sector is currently in “development” phase, with a number of advancements piloted over the last two years. “In that short space of time…three studios (have been established), and they are at different levels of development. There is GSW Studios…that is presently doing animation outsourcing work; they are doing work for an overseas studio, so we are supporting the establishment of studios,” she informs. Additionally, JAMPRO has been collaborating with UTech to add a Bachelor’s Degree in Animation to its slate of programmes for the 2013/14 academic year, and the agency has staged a number of public lectures for persons and entities with an expressed interest in animation. The first, Ms. Spence tells JIS News, was held two years ago, and the most recent, on December 14. The first lecture, she says, was focused on the business of animation, and looking at how extensive the industry is and how rapidly it has grown. She notes that at the initial lecture, there was a lot of skepticism on the part of those who attended, but “we were able to have a number of different players come together, and hear about the possibilities of the (local) animation industry.” The most recent lecture, on December 14, was facilitated by the Japan Foundation and the Japanese Embassy in Jamaica, and hosted in JAMPRO’s business auditorium. It featured a presentation by prominent Japanese Manga artist and lecturer, Takuya Kurita. Manga is indigenous Japanese animation, developed during the 19th century. A huge industry in Japan, Manga grosses in excess of US$5 billion annually, and commands one-third of that country’s entire publication industry. The visit by Mr. Kurita and his delegation was the first official trip to Jamaica by a Manga artist. Mr. Kurita’s presentation, which focused on the topic: ‘Evolution of Japanese Manga and its Characteristics’, was one of three engagements during his two-day visit. The others were two workshops, staged on December 13 at the University of Technology (UTech), and the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. Speaking at the lecture at JAMPRO, Japan’s Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Yasuo Takase, pointed out that Manga is regarded as literature in his country. “Manga includes a broad range of genres, including: romance, history, adventure, science fiction, and business. People of all ages read Manga. In my opinion, what distinguishes Japanese Manga from Western comics is the depth of the story. By reading it, we often learn what is important for our lives, such as love, friendships and social norms,” he explained. Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Anthony Hylton, expressed gratitude to the Embassy, the Japan Foundation, and Mr. Kurita  for facilitating and staging the activities, pointed out that the gesture would go a long way in “deepening the cultural links between Jamaica and Japan; a very strong friendship that can only get stronger”. Ms. Spence says that the lectures and workshops are important in developing the craft. “We realize that, in as much as we, at JAMPRO, are looking at the business element, there are a number of different factors that we have to look at. So those who have an interest in animation…we bring them out to events, like these, so that we are able to relay information to them about the prospects for jobs, (and) ways to develop. She notes that some persons are at home doing animation, “but in no structured way that we…know about, so we have to use these events to bring them out, and also to educate them further on the activity they are doing.” In noting the economic constraints that the government currently faces, and the fact that animation-related activities require a medium to high budget to undertake, Ms. Spence says inputs, such as those provided by the Japanese Embassy and Japan Foundation, is welcome and timely. “Through partnerships, (the) government sends an important signal in the economy about what we are interested in and what we are willing to support,” she argues. In pointing to the growing interest in animation, particularly among young people whom she says, have been “captured”, Ms. Spence underscores the need for all relevant stakeholders, who can influence the industry’s growth, to utilise all resources in doing so. “We need to utilise the Diaspora contacts; we need to get strategic. We have to look for new industries and animation is something that is popular,” she contends. Ms. Spence points to the success of popular British children’s animated series “Rasta Mouse”, as an example of the existing demand for Jamaican material and programming content. “Rasta Mouse is, basically, about a Jamaican Rastafarian mouse whose philosophy is about peace and love, etcetera; and we didn’t make it. It was made by a Trinidadian animator. What (that) does, is to send a signal that we need to start doing it (producing material for the global market). “We have been more successful with the music content aspect, definitely the Reggae industry. But there is demand for Jamaican content in a different kind of media. We have seen it with our films…people want to know more about Jamaica-centric content,” she states, while citing the popularity of the local television animation series, “Cabby Chronicles”. Regarding the local animation sector’s potential, Ms. Spence says it is currently “too early” to determine this, in light of the fact that it is still a “growing industry”. She was quick to point out, however, that the sector’s growth potential is contingent on stakeholders’ inputs. “Our research shows that the opportunity is there. It’s now for us to get ready for that opportunity. Because animation is a skilled industry…we need to actually train our people to be able to take advantage of the opportunities…it’s our plug for investment. We are happy about (the progress made thus far), but there is a lot more to go,” Ms. Spence says.last_img read more

Passenger on airliner that crashed in Mexico files lawsuit

first_imgCHICAGO – A suburban Chicago man who was one of more than 100 survivors of a jet crash in Mexico this week is suing the airline.In the lawsuit filed Thursday in Chicago, 43-year-old Nestor Martinez of Northlake alleges that the Mexico-based Aeromexico was negligent in improperly taking off Tuesday during a severe storm.The jet had just taken off in Durango in northern Mexico when it smashed belly-down into a field near the runway. All 103 people aboard escaped. Rescuers took 49 people, most of whom suffered minor injuries, to area hospitals. Martinez’s attorney, Robert Bingle, says Martinez has headaches after striking his head, suffered muscle damage to his neck and shoulders, and has a laceration on his right leg.Bingle says it’s too early to say what caused the crash.last_img read more

New Video Denounces Recruitment of Young Sahrawis to Polisario Militia

first_imgCasablanca- In a recent video posted on YouTube, a young Sahrawi denounced the recruitment of Sahrawi youth to the Polisario’s armed militia.  The video came as a response to another video posted a few weeks ago, in which a Sahrawi called on the Sahrawi population to stand up against the Polisario leadership by defending their rights through a project entitled “A Minute of Truth”.The young Sahrawi in the video identified himself as a member of the Sahrawi Movement for Change, which carried out several initiatives through which it denounced the Polisario leadership. In the video, the young man condemns the recruitment of young Sahrawi people to the Polisario’s militia, citing his own experience as an example. According to him, he was forced to join the militia when he was 15 years old, and spent 1 year training to use weapons.According to the Sahraw whose name was not disclosed, what he experienced as a young soldier in the militia was not an exceptional case. The Polisario requires all Sahrawi children who escaped expatriation to Cuba to spend several years away from their families.The young Sahrawi man also demanded that the leader of the Polisario, Mohamed Abdelaziz, and other officials in the Front be replaced.This video comes after a series of leaked videos in which young Sahrawis denounce what they describe as the abuses committed by the leadership of the Polisario against dissenting voices in the Tindouf camps.In one of the videos posted on YouTube last month, a young  Sahrawi described the dire situation of the population in the camps and called on the international community to find an “urgent resolution” to their long-lasting suffering.Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Advanced Stats Love Jackie Robinson

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson Day, honoring the 67th anniversary of Robinson eradicating baseball’s color barrier. The eponymous event, which fills baseball fields with the spectacle of countless players sporting No. 42, is a great reminder of Robinson’s legacy. It’s also a prime occasion to remind people that — despite his legendary small-ball artistry — yes, sabermetrics thinks he was an awe-inspiring ballplayer, too.The topic recalls a great Rob Neyer post from more than a decade ago. Writing during the height of baseball’s culture wars (“Moneyball” had been published a month earlier), Neyer attacked the notion that sabermetrics wouldn’t have appreciated the skills of Robinson and other speedy African-American players (such as Rickey Henderson, whose playing style and tremendous value made him, in many ways, Robinson’s spiritual descendant).“You can accuse Bill James and sabermetrics of many things, but you cannot accuse them of not appreciating Jackie Robinson and Rickey Henderson,” Neyer wrote. “Those two brilliant players — not to mention Joe Morgan and Willie Mays and Cool Papa Bell and Barry Bonds, and hey let’s not forget Henry Aaron and Frank Robinson and Tony Gwynn and Eddie Murray — could play for any general manager.“If you think that sabermetrics doesn’t have a place for them,” he continued, “then you don’t understand sabermetrics. Because there’s not yet been a sabermetrician born who wouldn’t drool at the thought of Rickey Henderson and Jackie Robinson at the top of his imaginary lineup.”Yes, Robinson ranks just 108th all-time among position players in lifetime wins above replacement. But that’s a function of the late start he got to his career (he was a rookie at age 28) and his relatively short playing stint. Robinson was the National League’s seventh-best position player by WAR in 1948, his second season, then led the senior circuit in the statistic in 1949, 1951 and 1952, while also finishing second in 1950 and fifth in 1953.By 1954, Robinson was 36 and his quickness was on the wane (that year he posted a career-low speed score of 4.6, the only time he was ever below the league average of 5.0). He would retire after two more seasons. But that 1948-53 peak was as good as anybody’s ever been. Literally. Only four position players in MLB history — Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner and Lou Gehrig — had more WAR between the ages of 29 and 34. Numbers like that are why, despite Robinson’s short career, James ranked Robinson as the fourth-best second baseman ever in “New Historical Baseball Abstract.”So much for sabermetrics underappreciating Robinson’s skills.WAR can measure Robinson’s terrifying impact on the basepaths (he generated 31 more runs than an average player). WAR also takes into account his defensive value — total zone data estimates that Robinson saved 81 more runs than an average defender (primarily at second base, but with a little third base, first base and outfield mixed in). According to defensive WAR, Robinson saved the Brooklyn Dodgers 10 wins with his defense, combining his contributions relative to position and the importance of those positions in the overall structure of the defense.Most importantly, though, WAR accounts for the fact that Robinson was 261 runs better than average with his bat. Because of the highlight-reel baserunning plays, people often forget that Robinson was also an incredible hitter. He topped a .295 batting average eight times, winning the NL batting crown in 1949 with a .342 average. He also had the majors’ seventh-highest on-base percentage during the course of his career (1947-56), drawing a walk on 12.8 percent of his plate appearances in addition to his outstanding ability to hit for average. And his isolated power was 19 points better than the league average, so Robinson had some pop (even if his slugging percentage was driven in part by 54 career triples).In sum, Robinson was an all-around sabermetric star. There isn’t an area of the game where the advanced stats don’t consider him very good, if not one of the best ever. The notion that somehow Robinson has lost his luster as we learn more about what makes for winning baseball couldn’t be further from the truth. If anything, sabermetric stats help us appreciate Robinson’s greatness even more. read more

Does Playing On Team USA Help NBA Players The Next Season

You’re the general manager of an NBA team, and come 2016, one of your star players wants to try out for Team USA. The squad just dominated the FIBA World Cup, he says, and he wants in on the next gold medal.What do you decide?One school of thought says that playing for Team USA will help a player’s NBA performance. Grantland’s Bill Simmons has cited Kevin Durant’s 2010 FIBA experience as a turning point in Durant’s career. Players have said they were “getting better while facing the best players in the world.” And others have described a confidence boost simply in being selected.On the other hand, some analysts, owners and players have expressed concern about giving up scarce summer rest to put on additional basketball miles, particularly for veterans coming off grueling June playoff runs. And what about injuries?The NBA first sent its players to compete in international play with the 1992 Olympic Dream Team. NBA players have since competed in 10 biennial international tournaments (the NBA did not send pros to the 1998 FIBA World Championships due to a lockout). Let’s look at how those players performed in win shares (WS), win shares per 48 minutes (WS/48) and player efficiency rating (PER) in the NBA season following their overseas experience (relative to their age-adjusted Simple Projection System estimates).The average change among all players was +1.6 percent in WS, +3.0 percent in WS/48 and -1.6 percent in PER. The results don’t seem to confirm nor deny the arguments for or against international participation.Breaking the results down by year, however, shows that some tournaments may have provided a larger performance boost than others.So, what happened to the gold-winning 2010 squad that competed in Turkey? Tyson Chandler had a monster 2010-11 year for a championship-winning team after coming off an injury-plagued previous two seasons. Stephen Curry, Eric Gordon, Kevin Love and Lamar Odom also made huge strides. Meanwhile, Russell Westbrook emerged as an All-Star, and Derrick Rose broke out to win the league MVP. (Durant was one of only two players from the 2010 squad to have a lesser-than-expected 2010-11 season.)What has caused the recent post-Team USA boost? Well, it could just be noise. But it’s worth noting that Mike Krzyzewski took over as coach in 2006, and his training may have helped spur the rate of improvement. Interestingly, the only years Team USA failed to take gold (2002, 2004 and 2006) are the years players performed worse in the following NBA season (excluding the original 1992 squad). This may be due to Team USA management selecting more of an “All-Star team” during those years, with many perennial All-Stars already at their peaks.When Jerry Colangelo took over as director of USA Basketball in 2005, he demanded more long-term commitments from players (but this requirement didn’t make the team younger; although older players largely made up the 1990s Dream Teams, the average age of Team USA declined in the early 2000s and has remained fairly constant between 24 and 26 since then).Assuming the average boost continues after the 2014 FIBA World Cup, here’s how Team USA players are expected to perform in the next NBA season.Of course, there are a few limitations to this analysis. First, Team USA members aren’t randomly selected, and it may be that the coaching staff now picks players they deem to be on the rise. It’s also worth noting that the Simple Projection System is a metric designed for use on the average NBA player, so it may need tweaking when applied to the stars of Team USA. Also, the system is probably too conservative about adjusting for a player’s age.Still, it appears instruction from Coach K and training and playing with peers atop the basketball universe may have positive, long-lasting effects. That may be reason for NBA teams to think twice before holding players out from international competitions. read more

Clippers Gimenez ready for Indians callup

At the Class AAA level in baseball, lineups can change significantly from one day to the next depending on what is happening with the parent organization. The Cleveland Indians have run into injuries at the beginning of 2010 that have forced them to call up a lot of the talent from the Columbus Clippers. An injury at the major-league level can quickly shift lineups throughout the whole farm system because when one player gets called up, there are players that are called up to replace him at each level of the farm system. When these circumstances arise, a utility player can be a savior. A utility player generally can play multiple positions on the field. Chris Gimenez has shown to be useful at several positions in 2010 for the Clippers. “Chris just has the versatility where he can play outfield, he can play first base, he can play third base and he can play wherever he is needed,” Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh said. “He did that his first few years in the minor leagues and then we moved him to catcher, which really helped his value. But where we are now, he just moves all around.”A lack of offensive production from the Indians’ catcher position has fans anxiously awaiting the arrival of Clippers catcher Carlos Santana.If Santana leaves, it looks like Gimenez will be the Clippers catcher. “He’s our backup catcher,” Sarbaugh said. “He started the year catching here last year also.” Damaso Espino was the backup catcher for the Clippers for part of 2010, but was sent to the Class AA Akron Aeros. Espino played great defensively, but didn’t offer the offensive production that Gimenez brings. Gimenez has a .289 batting average with 20 RBIs and six home runs. He is among the top five on the team in on-base percentage and slugging percentage. If Santana gets called up to the Indians, they may send catchers Mike Redmond or Lou Marson to the Clippers. Otherwise, the Clippers may bring back Espino to be the backup catcher. read more

Arne Maier Im living the dream at Hertha Berlin

first_imgThe highly-rated Arne Maier is loving life at Hertha Berlin and is choosing to ignore rumours of a high-profile move to either Arsenal or Manchester UnitedThe 19-year-old midfielder is thriving for both club and country with big things expected of him in the future.Maier has started in all seven of Hertha’s Bundesliga games this season with the club in fifth-place and three points off leaders Borussia Dortmund.“It is always a nice feeling to be praised,” Maier told Goal.“But no matter how much I may be praised at the moment, on the field that does not help me. There I am on my own and every time I have to go to my limits and not rest.“But I want to emphasise that I like this torture. I’m living my dream.”The interest of major clubs throughout all of Europe is nothing new to Maier, who has been targeted since the age of 13.“Of course, on the one hand, it was a cool feeling that such big clubs were interested in me,” he added.“On the other hand, I was only 13 years old, had my school in Berlin, my family and my friends, which is why I decided against a change at that time.”Currently, Maier plays his international football for the Germany U21 side.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.But the youngster hopes to eventually force his way into the senior side along with some other players he believes will like feature in Joachim Low’s plans in the near future.When asked to name these players who will get a call-up to the senior team, Maier said: “First of all Kai Havertz [of Bayer Leverkusen].“I have known him for several years. He is a good friend of mine and I have followed his development closely.“But there is not only Havertz, also players like Thilo Kehrer [at Paris Saint-Germain] have a lot of potential and can play an important role in the national team at some point.“Of course, each of us wants to someday play for Die Mannschaft – me too. That’s the dream.”European Championship qualification ✅Man of the match ✅Friday night was some night for Arne #Maier on international duty! 💙🇩🇪#hahohe— Hertha Berlin (@HerthaBSC_EN) October 14, 2018last_img read more