SAMIRAH Gobin will look to stay unbeaten when she competes in the remaining rounds of the Fourth Wendell Meusa Junior Chess Championships this weekend at the National Sport Resource and Racquet Centre.In the event, which started last Sunday, the teen has six points after three consecutive victories.Chelsea Juma, who is also unbeaten with one win and two draws after three rounds, is tied for second, with Joshua Khan on four points. Khan earned his four points after he won twice and lost once.Jaden Taylor is also unbeaten. He won once and drew his other game for three points.Sasha Shariff and Ricardo Baksh, who are on two points each, have also played two games (one win and a loss) and are tied for fifth.Meanwhile, Taylor emerged victorious last Saturday in the School of the Nations Chess Club one-day Rapid competition, which was played at the school’s auditorium.Taylor finished on top with 14 points after he claimed seven wins from eight games. His only blemish was a default loss to Suriyah Gobin due to a late arrival.In the Invitation competition, Samirah Gobin, who attends the Al Ghazalli Islamic Academy, placed second on 11 points with five wins and a draw. Her only loss was to Taylor.Khan, who also finished on 11 points, but lost one game more than Gobin, ended in third place, while Angel Rahim placed fourth with 10 points and Suriyah Gobin fifth on seven points.Ricardo Baksh and Emmanuel Primus were tied for sixth with six points each, while Jacob McDonald placed eight with 5 points (two wins and a draw), Mahir Rajkumar ninth with four points and Julian Mohabir tenth.Meanwhile round two of the second Gaico Grand Prix Chess Tournament would be played on Sunday at the National Racquet Centre.The multi-round competition continues on Tuesday and Thursday before it concludes the following Sunday.
Michael O’Reilly has been given a bye into the final after his opponent withdrew due to injury which means the Laois man is guaranteed a silver medal.Another medal has been added on the Badminton courtChloe and Sam Magee have guaranteed at least bronze in the Mixed Doubles winning their Quarter-final against Poland this morning.Unfortunately Scott Evans lost his quarter final. That means the Wicklow athlete has guaranteed a silver medal at the very least.The Olympic champion fights for Gold on Sunday at two o’clock.Sean McComb has lost his semi final against his Azerbaijani opponent so the 22 year old has to be happy with a bronze medal.
MASON CITY — While parts of Iowa had record high temperatures in the low 90s on Thursday, forecasters say cooler, wetter weather will likely dominate much of the rest of the month and well into June.During a National Weather Service briefing late last week, climatologist Martha Shulski says heavy rain will spread across Iowa and much of the Northern Plains this week, raising the critical risk of renewed flooding. “The prediction is in the three-to-five inch range, so a pretty active pattern,” Shulski says. “These forecasts have been pretty consistent which gives you some higher confidence in the forecast actually verifying. Certainly, it’s something to look out for in terms of impacts over the next week.”In spite of a few scattered hot and humid days, Iowa’s weather has been much cooler than normal this spring and forecasters anticipate that pattern will remain. “Continued higher probability for below-normal temperatures for a swath in the central U.S.,” Shulski says. “This is combined with the increased probability of wetter-than-normal conditions for June.”Thanks to the El Nino, it’s possible the cool, wet weather will last well into summer, as will the risk of more flooding, as the ground remains saturated in many parts of the state.
Nearly twenty years ago, the local soccer landscape was dominated by ‘Darling Club’ Invincible Eleven and Mighty Barrolle (The Rollers).At the time, among supporters of Invincible Eleven were three great friends—Lydia Jones, Tonia Klay and Kaddieatu Darra (now Mrs. Kaddieatu Findley).They were at every game at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, offering their moral support to their Darling Club, also known as ‘Sunshine Yellow Boys.’“They encouraged the players and I remember it was the time when players like Sam Sumo, Kai Jerbo, Ben Morthy, Theo Weeks and even Ezekiel Doe, among others, were making their mark on Liberian football,” said a long time follower of Liberian football.The above players played for Invincible Eleven, which suffered at the time because most of the players left for the United States.“It was always a setback for the team as IE had to regroup and rebuild for the future,” he said. The three friends also provided financial support to their favorite players and the players did not disappoint them.Ms. Jones, after several years in the United States, returned home recently with a group identified as D’Company.D’Company describes itself as dedicated men and women in the Diaspora united with a single vision to provide support to address hunger as it affects children ages 5-17.D’Company is headed by Charles B. Blake Sr, as chief executive officer, but Ms. Jones is responsible for its social affairs, because of her experience in dealing with people.At the January 7 inauguration of D’Company’s ‘Kids Extravaganza’ held at the Alpha Oldtimers Sports Pitch in Paynesville, 1000 children converged and received food and other goodies.Mr. Blake collaborated with Mr. Phillip Gibson, who since 2014 has been providing at his own expense and those of his friends and well wishers, free meals every Saturday to 400 kids in central Monrovia.Gibson is the executive director of the Florence Bracewell Lardner Children Foundation, with the theme, “If I can Help Someone My Living Will Not Be in Vain.”“The young man’s passion to help kids to know that they are loved is beyond compare,” said a resident on Gurley Street whose kids are beneficiaries of Gibson’s foundation.Though fighting hunger is at the core of D’Company’s vision, Ms. Jones has not forgotten the football organization that she, along with others, mentored in the glorious years of Liberian football. Information close to Ms. Jones says that she has brought her widow’s mite, a package for Invincible Eleven, as the team struggles in the Liberia Football Association league.D’Company has an ambitious program to seek funds abroad to construct a chain of youth centers in all of Liberia’s 15 counties to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry.“These centers would provide mentorship and counseling for kids with complex domestic situations, such as alcohol, sex and drug abuse, incest, child labor, among others,” according to a brochure released on January 7.Perhaps Lydia Jones realizes many strange changes in Liberia, particularly about football, and must be aware of the most vulnerable group in the country, for which she has joined others at home and abroad to provide assistance, with Gibson’s foundation showing the way.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Luka Modric in his childhood was once rejected by Hajduk Split football club for being too slight and wak, the same Modric will now lead Croatia into the World Cup 2018 final against France on Sunday.At 1.72 metres (5ft 8in) and 66kg (146 lbs), the Croatia playmaker can cut a diminutive figure on the pitch but he has few rivals when it comes to skill, game-management and stamina.On Sunday, the winner of four Champions League titles with Real Madrid will play the biggest match of his life against France and size will be the last thing on his mind.”I’ve always ignored such talk,” he told reporters on the eve of his nation’s first World Cup final.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE”I have never doubted myself even if others did, I always believed I could get to where I am today and thank God this came true.”You don’t have to be a giant to play football, I’m happy with where I am. I am happy with where I am and I never cared what anyone else said, it only further motivated me.”Europe maintains World Cup dominance with France-Croatia finalFrance will be clear favourites to win a second World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium and Croatia will be relying on the resilience that got them through three lots of extra time and two penalty shootouts in their knockout matches.Many of this generation of Croatian players grew up during the war following the break-up of Yugoslavia, however, and that have given them a mental toughness.advertisement”Ive seen a great deal of hardship in my life,” added Modric, who lived in refugee hostels for several years as a child.World Cup 2018: The cup feels so close we can almost touch it, says Matuidi”The most important thing is to never give up, never give in to circumstances, believe yourself and to soldier on no matter what’s in your way.”There are ups and downs but whatever happens, you have to trust and believe in yourself.”Fight for your dreams and success. This is what has always guided me.”Croatia’s road to World Cup final: Poor qualifying campaign, player sent homeDespite all the talent in their ranks, Croatia’s place at the World Cup was in jeopardy as late as last October when Zlatko Dalic took over and Modric paid tribute to the impact the coach has had on the team.”We are in the World Cup final, that was the influence of the coach,” the 32-year-old said.World Cup 2018: Croatia ministers wear football team jerseys to cabinet meeting”He came into the picture at a very difficult moment … In the first game, he talked us up to give us self-belief and told us we were still good players despite this crisis.”He brought us calmness, he perked us up and what we most like is his sincerity and his attitude towards each and every player. We like having him around, he’s shown his influence, not just as a coach but more importantly as a human being.”(With Reuters inputs)