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Second annual Q Talent Search officially launched

first_img Share 44 Views   no discussions Q Talent Search Coordinator Ms. Jael JosephThe Second Annual Q Talent Search (QTS) 2011 has been launched with an official ceremony at the La Flamboyant Hotel this morning.Coordinator of the Q Talent Search Ms. Jael Joseph, in addressing the ceremony highlighted the significant role which QTS has played in assisting young persons to realize their dreams.“A year and a half ago, Q95 conceptualized the successfully fulfilled dream to create an arena to reach individuals who could showcase their talents in the areas of singing and to be rewarded for their efforts. Not only was our dream realized but also the dreams of numerous talented singers in Dominica, that matter was accomplished. We acknowledge that there are many persons still eager to enlighten us with the gift of singing.”Chief Executive Officer of Q95FM Radio, Mr. Sheridan Gregoire, urged the participants to remain lifelong members of the Q Family, and also acknowledged the efforts of Asher Thomas the first QTS winner .“I want to assure every participant of the QFM Talent  Search that we love you, cherish you, and may you continue to be lifelong member of the growing Q family inside and outside of Dominica, and on our social network on the world wide web,” he said.[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/27445001[/vimeo]Thirty two singers will be selected August 20th on the Roseau Bayfront where the participants will perform their songs live to the public in the first segment of the QTS Talent Search.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share EntertainmentLocalNews Second annual Q Talent Search officially launched by: – August 8, 2011 Tweetlast_img read more

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Bacolod garbage hauler gets contract extension

first_imgIPM-CDC was contracted by the city forthe management and operation of the sanitary landfill in the amount of P71.9million covering the period from February to Nov. 30 this year./PN According to Vice Mayor El CidFamiliaran, Leonardia’s request was stipulated in the contract for the Bids andAwards Committee to prepare the needed documents for the bidding next year. IPM-CDC is the contractor of the cityin its environment and sanitary services since Mayor Leonardia assumed post onJune 2016. The extension from Dec. 1, 2020 toFeb. 28, 2020 was requested by Mayor Evelio Leonardia and was unanimouslyratified during the SP’s regular session on Thursday. BACOLOD City – The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) has approved a three-month extension of the garbage contract for the management and operation of IPM-Construction and Development Corp. (IPM-CDC).  last_img read more

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Bruening brings point lead to Dubuque Deery

first_imgDUBUQUE, Iowa – There’s a new leader heading into Tuesday’s Deery Brothers Sum­mer Series event at Dubuque Speedway.Tyler Bruening brings the IMCA Late Model Tour point lead to town for the Aug. 16 show. The feature pays $2,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start.Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.Spectator admission is $18 for adults, $12 for students ages 13-17 and free for 12 and under. Pit passes are $30Bruening had finished seven places ahead of Jeff Aikey at the previous Deery event at Cedar County Raceway. He’ll bring a slim one point advantage over the seven-time series champion tomorrow night.Ryan Dolan, winner of the Deery feature at Dubuque last July, is third in the points race.The Dubuque Deery was rained out and rescheduled from July 10. Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds are also on tomorrow night’s program, running for all points, including local track.More information is available by calling 563 744-3620 and at the www.simmonspromotionsinc.com website.The final events of the 30th annual series are Sept. 2 and 3 during the Yankee Dirt Track Classic at Farley Speedway; Sept. 8 during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Ca­sey’s at Boone Speedway; and Sept. 23 and 24 during the Ideal Ready Mix Liberty 100 at West Liberty Raceway.Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, 485; 2. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, 484; 3. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, 461; 4. Scott Fitzpatrick, Wheatland, 452; 5. Matt Ryan, Davenport, 447; 6. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, 436; 7. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, and Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, both 414; 9. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, 409; 10. Darrel DeFrance, Mar­shalltown, 406; 11. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, 403; 12. Tyler Droste, Waterloo, 323; 13. Richie Gustin, Gilman, 313; 14. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin, 269; 15. Curt Schroeder, Newton, 251; 16. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, 235; 17. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill., 233; 18. Eric Pollard, Peosta, 223; 19. Justin Kay, Wheatland, 211; 20. Rob Toland, Davenport, 171.last_img read more

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ISO Cancels Summer 2020 Performances

first_imgIndianapolis, IN— In keeping with precautionary guidelines necessitated by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra announces the difficult decision to cancel performances through September 17, 2020. This latest cancellation affects the last three Hilbert Circle Theatre concerts of the 2019-20 Lilly Classical Series and Printing Partners Pops Series, the full Kroger Symphony on the Prairie season, the Fifth Third Bank Lunch Break Series, and all other special performances.  “Our team has worked tirelessly throughout the year to plan a summer filled with engaging orchestral programs and vibrant touring acts,” said CEO James Johnson. “It is disappointing that we won’t be able to share these experiences with our community this year, but the safety of our musicians, staff, and patrons comes before all else.” Patrons with tickets for canceled performances have several options, including: Ticket donation: Please consider a tax-deductible donation of the value of your ISO tickets. Your generous support is appreciated, as it allows the ISO to continue fulfilling our mission during these challenging times.  Exchange: Hilbert Circle Theatre ticket buyers may exchange tickets for a gift certificate to be used for a future ISO ticket purchase or apply the value toward a subscription for the 2021 season. Value Pack Voucher Exchange: Symphony on the PrairieValue Pack holders may exchange their current Value Pack for 10 ticket vouchers to the 2021 40th season of Symphony on the Prairie performances. Value Pack Gift Certificate: Symphony on the Prairie Value Pack holders may exchange their current Value Pack for a gift certificate, which can be applied to any ISO performances through August 31, 2021. Ticketholders may email the ISO box office at iso@indianapolissymphony.org by August 1, 2020, to determine their preferred action and assist with any other ticketing needs.   The ISO team is already working with many of the artists scheduled for summer 2020 to return next year. Kroger Symphony on the Prairie’s 2021 summer will include hits such as Face 2 Face; REVOLUTION: Music of the Beatles – A Symphonic Experience, conducted by Jack Everly; One Night of Queen; Who’s Bad Music Presents: The Evolution of Pop; and the return of the ISO’s annual Fourth of July Celebration, Star-Spangled Symphony.last_img read more

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Villas-Boas keen to keep Bale

first_img Villas-Boas is in no doubt that he wants the former Southampton man at the club next season, and he added: “Whatever is happening, the idea is for the player to be here next season. I have said this numerous times. We are pretty confident we will be able to keep him.” Spurs are expected to be active in the transfer market this summer, regardless of whether they sneak into the Champions League at Arsenal’s expense during this weekend’s tense final round of matches. Tottenham have relied heavily on Bale’s scoring ability this term, with neither Emmanuel Adebayor nor Jermain Defoe able to maintain their consistency or fitness throughout the season. Barcelona striker David Villa is one of several players who have been linked with the north London club. Many have questioned whether Tottenham will be able to attract top-quality players this summer if they fail to qualify for Europe’s top club competition, but Villas-Boas disagrees. The Portuguese thinks Tottenham’s history, and their £45million state-of-the-art training ground, will be enough to attract top stars. He said: “I’m not sure (Champions League qualification) is that key because Tottenham has a great tradition in football, it has conditions that other clubs don’t have but equally these facilities. “And I think we have a group of players that attract other players to come here. They are good quality players and other players, in bigger or same level squads, would want to join up and play with them.” Bale has been in scintillating form this season, scoring 30 goals for club and country. The Welshman’s contract runs out in 2016, but Tottenham have a history of improving the terms of a player’s deal if they have had an outstanding season, and reports on Friday suggested the 23-year-old was close to signing a new and improved contract that would see him earn up to £170,000 a week. “I’m not sure (about whether Bale is close to signing a new deal), our interest is for the player to continue here and I’ve made that very clear,” Tottenham manager Villas-Boas told a press conference. Andre Villas-Boas has reiterated his desire to keep Gareth Bale at Tottenham.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Van Gaal: We want De Gea to stay

first_imgLouis van Gaal has reiterated his desire to keep David de Gea but admits he cannot rule out the possibility of the goalkeeper leaving Manchester United. De Gea has 18 months left on his contract but Van Gaal would not reveal how talks are progressing with the 24-year-old over a new deal. “I think that is a question between the player and the board of Manchester United,” the United boss said when quizzed about progress of the negotiations. When asked whether he feared losing De Gea to the 10-time European Champions, Van Gaal said: “Everything is possible in the world of football. We want to keep him.” Van Gaal signed former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes earlier this month and he surely will step in to his compatriot’s boots if he decides to head back to the Spanish capital. But other than Valdes and 20-year-old Libyan Sadiq El Fitouri – who signed from Salford City on Friday – Van Gaal expects no more incomings before the transfer window shuts on Monday night. ”No. I read every day that I am interested in players. I am not interested in players,” Van Gaal said when asked if he would sign anyone before the window shuts. ”I have said we are selling or letting players go….but you never trust me.” Van Gaal said it was “possible” unwanted midfielder Anderson would leave by Monday night and he confirmed other fringe players are likely to leave. De Gea, who won the club’s player of the year award last year, has been outstanding again this term, rescuing United on a number of occasions. Real Madrid are said to be keen on recruiting the Spaniard to replace Iker Casillas, who is entering the final years of his career. Wilfried Zaha has been linked with a permanent move to Crystal Palace, where he is on a season-long loan. Press Association Sport understands Anders Lindegaard’s representatives are looking at potential destinations for their client, who is now third in the goalkeeping pecking order. Darren Fletcher was having a medical at West Ham on Friday after being granted a free transfer by the club where he has been for the last 20 years. Van Gaal will not stand in Fletcher’s way even though he would have come in handy because of a muscle injury to Michael Carrick, who will be out for at least four weeks. ”He is my third captain. He is an important guy in the dressing room. I like him as a human being and as a player. We shall miss him,” Van Gaal said of Fletcher, who – along with Carrick – was named as a deputy to skipper Wayne Rooney last summer. ”But he has not played so many times. I think always that is the main goal of a player. We have talked about that. He prefers to play. Therefore we have helped him to go away. ”For us, it is a miss, a loss. For the club who bought him, it is another player with a lot of qualities, as a midfielder and as a captain. ”He is a very experienced player.” The signing of El Fitouri from the Evo-Stik first division north club Salford, who are part-owned by members of the famed Class of ’92, is an interesting one. El Fitouri has been training with United after they were alerted to him by former players Phil Neville and Paul Scholes Salford signed the right-back after he was released by Manchester City and he has now signed an 18-month deal at Old Trafford. ”This is a dream come true for me and I have to thank SCFC (Salford City) for the chance as well as the faith they have showed in me,” El Fitouri said. ”I am really looking forward to what happens next and to be given the opportunity to do so at Manchester United is unbelievable.” El Fitouri will join up with Warren Joyce’s Under-21 squad. The first team return to action on Saturday against Leicester, the side that caused possibly the most embarrassing defeat of Van Gaal’s reign last September. The 5-3 loss at the King Power Stadium was a thrilling encounter, but United’s play has been anything but exciting of late. The team have scored just five goals in their last six matches and Van Gaal wants to see an improvement. “The last matches we failed to do that (entertain) because goals are the most important thing and the fans are enjoying the goals the most so when we are not scoring too much then you cannot enjoy the game,” the 63-year-old said. Press Associationlast_img read more

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‘Silly’ Allardyce says error of judgement led to shock exit

first_imgBy Alan BaldwinLONDON, England (Reuters) – An emotional and apologetic Sam Allardyce headed for the airport yesterday, blaming entrapment for his shock exit as England manager but recognising that an error of judgement had led to his downfall.The 61-year-old, who told reporters outside his home in northern England that he was going abroad “to chill out and reflect”, refused to rule out an eventual return to soccer.Blasted by the media for hubris and greed, Allardyce was shown the door by England on Tuesday for seeking a lucrative sideline role while talking to undercover reporters from Britain’s Daily Telegraph.The paper said it had hundreds of pages of transcripts from the meeting in which ‘Big Sam’ had discussed a deal worth £400 000 ($520 000) to represent a Far East firm seeking advice on the transfer market.Allardyce, an old-school manager famed for helping unfashionable clubs avoid relegation, said it had been a “silly thing” to do but he had been trying to do a favour for someone he had known for 30 years.“Unfortunately it was an error in judgement on my behalf. I have paid the consequences,” he said.“Entrapment has won on this occasion and I have to accept that. I’ve apologised to (the Football Association) and all concerned.”Allardyce, who replaced Roy Hodgson after England’s dismal Euro 2016 campaign, said it had been a great honour to be appointed in July.The former centre half recognised in an earlier statement that he had made comments which had caused embarrassment to the FA and others.A glance at the morning’s newspapers would have given him little comfort, with scant sympathy and lashings of scorn for a manager that ex-FA chairman Greg Dyke said had been ‘grubbing around’ for money.“I didn’t think England could stoop any lower than what happened in the summer at the Euros,” commented former England striker Alan Shearer. “Now here we are, a laughing stock of world football.”Allardyce won his only game in charge of England, a World Cup qualifier in Slovakia earlier this month, by 1-0. He will be replaced by Under-21 coach Gareth Southgate for the next four matches as the FA searches for a successor.“I’m going to go away and reflect on it. I’d like to wish all the England lads, Gareth, and the staff all the very best,” he said, telling reporters that he could say no more due to a confidentiality agreement with the FA.last_img read more

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Fleck’s ‘Row the Boat’ mantra helps him through personal struggle, rebuilding Western Michigan football

first_img Published on September 4, 2014 at 12:15 am Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossman Row the boat.It’s three words that have come to symbolize and stand for everything about P.J. Fleck and his football program.Everyone takes part, in times of greatest success and the worst failures, and keeps rowing.It’s more than a motto that Fleck, just 33 years old, and his family live by. It’s a philosophy and a way of life that the youngest Division I head coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision has instilled in his Western Michigan players and coaches as he has reshaped the culture surrounding the program.“Whenever you take a stand and do something like this that’s a little bit drastic,” Fleck said, “you’re going to have people that don’t believe it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Winning cures everything and people are starting to believe in it.”The mantra transcends the football field and was introduced to Fleck in a low point in his life. His and his wife Tracie’s son, Colt, died shortly after birth due to a heart defect when Fleck was the wide receivers coach at Rutgers from 2010-11.In a YouTube video where Fleck explains his philosophy at length, he said that during that intensely emotional period in his life, he knew he and his family just needed to keep rowing.Through strategically placed oars and signs, constant reminders can be seen throughout the Broncos’ new athletic facilities. Fleck helped raise more $3 million for the facilities and players have now become advocates for the life model.“It’s amazing how quickly it’s taken over,” said sophomore quarterback Zach Terrell. “Not just rowing the boat, but everything he’s done that comes along with it.”When Fleck took the WMU job before the 2013 season — his first head coaching job — Fleck knew he’d need to be ready to do more than just be a play-caller on the sidelines. This was about starting over.He wanted to transform the program from the organizational beliefs, traditions, community involvement and through its vision, all of which he explained in a YouTube video.Fleck introduces new gameday traditions such as a stadium-wide row to the tune of “Row, row, row your boat” between the third and fourth quarters. At the end of each home game, a preselected player will stand on the podium in front of the marching band and conduct it through the Western Michigan fight song, using an oar instead of a wand.“I want this to be a different kind of event,” Fleck said. “I want it to be an entertainment spectacle.“People of all ages will come to our games and enjoy not just the game, but the atmosphere we’re working to create.”With just three conference championships as a program in 108 years, Fleck knew his time was as good any to start implementing new traditions.The community involvement is reaching new heights as a program. Fleck said the school purchased 500 oars to distribute around the community and he wants them in every bakery, classroom and bank in the surrounding area.Relating to people and his players to get on board with the movement hasn’t been a problem. Fleck’s players’ say relating to them is potentially the greatest strength of the former San Francisco 49er wide receiver.“He’s intense,” sophomore wide receiver Corey Davis said. “Even in the toughest days we have, he just keeps telling us, ‘Keep rowing guys, keep going.’”Fleck has the ultimate respect from his players, coaches and the community, all of who have bought into the movement with even high school football programs in the surrounding area getting in on rowing the boat.The adage that age is just a number couldn’t hold any truer for Fleck — who said he should be 53, not 33, years old given his experiences.“I was just looking to lay the foundation of a new culture when I came in,” Fleck said. “It wasn’t just about wins and losses in year one. We increased our involvement in the community and changed the vision of our program.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Extra Innings: The intensity of high school sports is leading to increased injuries

first_imgSam Arslanian | Daily TrojanThere is a major problem with youth sports. Year after year, high school — and even middle school — athletics are becoming increasingly intense. Sports have become much more competitive, and teams must work harder to combat their competition. But these changes are significantly hurting young athletes. Practices now last longer, games are scheduled more frequently and “off-seasons” are disappearing. On the surface, there seems to be nothing wrong with this — teams and players are simply looking to outwork their opponents. But in reality, these young athletes are now being forced into situations that put them even more at risk of injury. The public discourse on safety in youth sports heavily focuses on football. While football is an incredibly dangerous sport that is in dire need of technological advancements and rule changes, the aforementioned changes in structure pose as a silent killer. I have not only witnessed this — but I also have experienced it. I was raised as a multi-sport athlete. There was not a season of the year where I wasn’t playing a sport. Baseball in the spring, golf in the summer and hockey in the fall and winter. I was a model athlete. I was the type of athlete high school students aspired to be, but before long I succumbed to the cultural shift in youth sports. I stopped golfing to make time for a longer baseball season. A couple years later I stopped lacing up my skates to make room for baseball. You might ask, “Who plays baseball in the winter in the state of Michigan?” Every coach I have ever played under will answer with the same response: “Those who want to play in the spring.” I entered high school as a single-sport athlete. Baseball was the only sport I played, and I played it 12 months of the year. I’m not saying that no one can be a multi-sport athlete, but I felt that if I wanted to be the best baseball player I could be, that’s what I had to do. That, precisely, is the problem with youth sports today: Kids are “specializing” way too early, and this is leading to more risks and injuries. Any prolonged athletic activity can cause physical damage without proper care. There must be a balance with other activities and ample recovery care.The summer after junior year of high school, I tore my labrum. I was fortunate enough to only partially tear my arm and was not required to undergo surgery. Before I continue, there was a lot I could have done to minimize the injury to my arm. I could have stretched, ran and iced more frequently. However, this does not subtract from the main problem with the state of youth baseball. With my high school team I practiced two to three hours each day, with games sprinkled throughout the week. Immediately after the high school season, I began my travel season, which lasted into August. And after the travel season? Fall-ball season. After fall-ball was the winter season, when I spent most days in the batting cages hitting, throwing and catching bullpen sessions. There was no break. Every time I played baseball I was using the same muscles and performing the same motions. This repeated, non-stop stress ultimately led to the tearing of my labrum. I am not alone. This is the story of thousands of athletes in various sports across America. The name Tommy John is feared by every baseball player, especially pitchers. The infamous ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery named after former Yankees’ pitcher Tommy John is often known as the career-ending surgery among professional pitchers. It used to only be a concern among players in the majors, who at the time were the only ones who could throw hard enough and frequently enough to require the surgery.Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. Young pitchers today are throwing harder, more often and for longer periods of time than ever before. The American Journal of Sports Medicine conducted a study that found that athletes between the ages of 15 and 19 account for 56.8 percent of UCL reconstruction procedures. That is a staggering statistic, and it bothers me that the sport of baseball is able to have negative effect on youth athletes. I firmly believe that there must be increased safety measures implemented in all youth sports. We have already seen the early stages of these changes take form in pitch counts and rest days for pitchers, but that simply isn’t enough. Dedicated team recovery days, limited practice lengths and mandatory off-seasons (which allow players to play another sport without pressure from coaches) are just a few examples of how we can minimize the risks athletes face from playing their respective sports. These types of changes won’t be easy to implement. Players and coaches will almost always find a way around the rule in effort to “gain an edge” on their opponents, but these first steps are fundamental to raising more awareness the dangers of youth sports today. Sam Arslanian is a sophomore majoring in journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Extra Innings,” runs every other week.last_img read more

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