Another challenge pays off

first_imgMichael Martin came up with the idea for an app to modernize emergency calls after two frightening incidents in 2012 taught him that calling 911 from a cell phone doesn’t always give first responders a traceable location.First, Martin was almost mugged in New York City. As he tried to call for help, he realized that it was easier to get an Uber than to call 911. Then his father fell off a ladder as he was trying to clear snow off the roof, breaking his wrist and shattering a hip, and was unable to summon help.Martin’s plan to dial 911 and send location data to first responders simultaneously with the push of a cell phone button took five years to realize. In June, Apple announced in a press release that the RapidSOS app, developed by Martin, as CEO, and his co-founder, MIT nuclear engineer and CTO Nick Horelik, will power Apple iPhones to deliver emergency location data to 911 dispatchers.For Martin, M.B.A. ’15, a graduate of Harvard Business School (HBS), success is sweet.“By the end of the year, we should be able to provide life-saving data for around 80 percent of U.S. 911 calls,” said Martin. “It is really going to be powerful.”The 911 call system is nearly 60 years old and was created to work with landlines. When a call is placed from a landline, first responders can locate the address associated with the phone number immediately, but when the call is made from a cell phone, it may not be possible. According to the Federal Communications Commission, about 70 percent of 911 calls are now made from cell phones, and every year a few thousand of those calls can’t be traced to a location.“There will be thousands of lives saved each year directly because of the app, but there is no way we could have gotten this far without Harvard’s support,” said Martin. “We would have just been a couple of kids with an idea.”Martin’s idea was incubated at The Harvard Innovation Labs, where he found advisers, office space, investors, and plenty of resources to help give his brainchild life. In 2015, RapidSOS won the President’s Innovation Challenge, Harvard’s flagship annual contest for entrepreneurs, and the $70,000 grand prize.The i-lab was created seven years ago to nurture students’ interest in innovation and entrepreneurship, said Jodi Goldstein, executive director of the Harvard Innovation Labs. The challenge motivates students from all Schools to come together to solve the world’s big problems, she said, and interest continues to grow. Since 2011, more than 1,000 ventures have been incubated.“It really is astounding,” said Goldstein. “It speaks to the Harvard student body and their interest in having an impact on the world.”Last year, there were 460 applications to the President’s Innovation Challenge. Past winners include a life-sciences company hoping to develop the next generation of vaccines, a venture that creates wearable hydration sensors for athletes, and a startup founded by military veterans and Afghan farmers to bring sustainably-farmed saffron to customers around the world.Next year, the total prize money, funded by the Bertarelli Foundation, will be $410,000.The Harvard Innovation Labs’ ecosystem includes the i-lab for current students interested in innovation and entrepreneurship, the Launch Lab for alumni working on startup ventures, and the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab for students, faculty, and alumni working on life sciences and biotech startups.Martin credits Harvard’s supportive environment as the main reason he was able to build his startup and launch RapidSOS. The support helps students explore their creativity, learn new skills and risk failure — an important lesson in the life of an entrepreneur, said Goldstein.“We try to create a place for experimentation, collaboration, and idea and team formation,” said Goldstein. “Students see a problem, a light bulb goes off, and they experiment with solutions, and we support them. Many don’t choose to be entrepreneurs and don’t continue to work on their ideas, but they’re forever changed. It’s a life-altering experience.”last_img read more

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4 items you should never carry in your wallet

first_imgIs this you?If so, take a minute to go through each and every item in that wallet. There are some things you should surely through away, and there are others you should take out and file away immediately to prevent identity theft.Social Security cardIt may seem obvious to not carry this with you, but many people have long kept their SS card in their wallet. But think about it, if you have your number memorized, which most of us do, when do you actually need your card? Have you ever had to present your card to someone? Carrying this information around with you is a bad idea. If the wrong person gets ahold of your number you could end up with loans opened up in your name and new credit card accounts.PasswordsIt seems every website we visit now requires a password. How are we ever supposed to keep up with them all? It’s a great idea to have a cheat sheet where all your passwords are kept, but do not be tempted to keep this information in your wallet. Instead, keep your notes at your desk or filed away somewhere at home with other sensitive information.Credit cardsMany of us are way past the point of having just a credit card for “emergencies” (last time I checked, few emergencies occur at Macy’s). It’s hard to check out at any retail store without being asked if we’d like to “save 10% by opening up a store credit card.” No matter how many cards you have, it’s wise not to carry all of them in your wallet at once. Think about it: if your wallet is stolen or lost, would you want someone to have access to every account you have? Instead, keep one card with you for those emergencies and leave the others at home in a safe place. This can also keep you from making spur of the moment purchases you’ll likely regret.ReceiptsOnce you get home from a store after making a purchase, decide right then if you need to hold on to the receipt. Is there a chance you’re going to return the item? If not, then toss the receipt right away. If it is a larger purchase, you may want to keep the receipt until after the purchase shows on your next credit card statement, to ensure you were charged the correct amount. 160SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

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The key to post-pandemic success for debit

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tom Bennett Tom Bennett is a Principal Consultant with the Checking and Debit Card practice at Advisors Plus with over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. Tom advises credit … Web: www.pscu.com Details A seismic shift is underway when it comes to member payment preferences, particularly as it relates to debit and digital payments. Debit has seen an impressive resurgence through the pandemic, helping to reposition checking at the pinnacle of the consumer payment relationship. The time is now for credit unions to cement their role as the primary financial institution (PFI) by adapting to this shift, capturing account growth and facilitating mobile and digital wallet options for their members. Debit by the NumbersSeveral findings from PSCU’s weekly COVID-19 transaction trends analyses give credence to the surge in debit and its importance to credit union success and growth:Double the growth rate – Debit purchase volume growth is currently trending in the teens through August, over twice its historical 7% mark.Strongest growth in CNP – Debit usage for card-not-present (CNP) transactions – including online purchases, recurring payments and digital wallets – is seeing significant growth.  Since mid-April, debit CNP growth year-over-year has averaged over 40%. Historical cash transactions flowing to debit – ATM withdrawal volume remains down over 20% year-over-year, while a national shortage of coins is testimony to the reduced flow of cash usage for transactions. According to the Fed’s 2019 Diary of Consumer Payment Choice, 80% of cash transactions are under $25. Given this small ticket size, the majority have likely flowed to debit.    More cards in use – A typical credit union portfolio has three times as many debit cards as credit cards, with each card conducting over three times as many transactions. Account acquisition is also multiples higher. This underscores the magnitude of debit as a payment vehicle and its importance to the credit union.Debit and Checking Growth OpportunitiesPSCU’s Advisors Plus consulting team has identified four areas of focus credit unions should pursue with respect to debit and checking:Capitalizing on Digital PaymentsThe growth of remote or CNP payments has averaged over 40% during the pandemic, as compared to the mid-teens before the pandemic. This makes it more critical than ever to obtain top-of-wallet position for members’ debit cards.Amazon, the clear e-commerce leader, has seen consistent year-over-year debit growth of more than 80%. Money services as a merchant category is also growing at a similar rate and includes person-to-person transfers and remittances. The recovery of quick service restaurants (QSR) has been faster than full-service restaurants, thanks in large part to their drive-thru option and food delivery services like DoorDash and Uber Eats. For successful credit unions, capturing this volume creates an “annuity” of transactions that will have a long-term impact.Nothing may be more imperative than keeping the debit card top of wallet among the many digital wallets in the market, including mobile apps and P2P platforms. This will require constant communication among credit union members and staff. Creating awareness of these offerings through various communication channels, member incentives, and staff training is key.Leveraging Contactless OpportunitiesNow is the time for credit unions to leverage contactless opportunities. Numerous studies confirm an increased desire among consumers for touchless payment options like contactless. Data from PSCU’s weekly analyses supports this, with strength in remote/CNP transactions, declining ATM cash withdrawals and growth in contactless products such as dual-interface cards and mobile wallets. Credit unions should consider the issuance and promotion of contactless cards and mobile wallets (“Pays”).  Reinvigorating Checking Account GrowthWhile debit volumes have trended upward overall, there has been a recent slowdown in checking account growth due to the pandemic, driven by reduced branch hours, closures and inadequate online account opening solutions. Many credit unions have also moved away from free checking, which could make them less appealing than competitors.PSCU’s analysis indicates that checking growth drives almost half of debit volume growth, in addition to new member growth. Successful credit unions have capitalized on this event. For some credit unions, this increased focus on checking has been internal – like employee incentive enhancements and more rigid tracking around active account growth – while others have focused on external promotion to members – including advertising and direct mail with incentives for new accounts. A combination of both strategies is critical.The design of the checking account can also have implications. Some credit unions continue to focus on dated accounts named “regular” or “golden” checking, with features that no longer resonate with the overall market, such as free money orders or free notary service. Others are adding fees in search of profitability, at times with ancillary benefits like cell phone protection or identity theft services. This transition has been tough, especially when existing members are impacted. Credit unions need to validate the strength of their solutions against their competitors, their target market, and their existing member base.Enhancing Checking Account ConnectivityThe checking account gives consumers broad access to a variety of services. Online banking and mobile deposit capabilities were critical in allowing credit unions to close branches while still servicing members during pandemic shutdowns. Direct deposit is the rocket fuel that makes debit run, as evidenced by the fact that debit growth turned positive when COVID-19 stimulus checks were directly deposited into checking accounts. Credit unions should increase focus on these services, continually soliciting enrollment and working to ensure members and staff understand their capabilities.  Credit unions that adapt to the changing payments landscape and facilitate mobile and digital wallet options for their members now will see rewards well into the future, regardless of what it might hold.last_img read more

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Croatian tourism is based on family accommodation

first_imgThese “complex organizations of associated labor”, state-owned enterprises, were in charge of infrastructure development, education and employment of people, development of agriculture and the like according to the principles of contract economy. Entrepreneurship development was not allowed. In the transition, we received the transformation of these SOURs into capital companies for which only profit became important, regardless of the moral and material debt to the homeland and the people. The “new SOURs” no longer perform the function of the old ones, but in the minds of the people, especially those in power, the system has not changed. Only a change of generation will bring about change. When young people who have gone out into the world return. That is why the transformation of family accommodation from the level of overnight stays to a small family hotel is slow and difficult. Sustainable family hotels are created by improving service through generations. As a rule, grandchildren are the ones who can set up a small hotel on “healthy feet”. This is the case in all developed world tourist destinations with a long tradition and high quality of service, such as Switzerland, Austria, Bavaria… Of course, a business reduced to 3 months may not be enough to cover the costs of business and development. No matter how much you work and earn in those three months in the other nine months you will spend it all.That is why basic services in family accommodation can only be a supplement to the household budget. From this income, real estate is maintained, children are educated, older members of the household are supported, and increasing fiscal and parafiscal levies are paid. It is well known that young people are offered a very small choice of permanent employment opportunities, so many seasonal workers earn a “full” salary at the level of the year with additional income from household accommodation services. Those who are in a better position, who have higher traffic and a higher price, sooner or later find themselves in a situation where they have to improve the service, upgrade it to the service of a boarding house, small hotel, restaurant and the like. It’s actually a normal, healthy growth of entrepreneurship that lasts for decades. There is no quick enrichment in tourism, except in the case mentioned by SOA these days, which is “laundering dirty money” through tourism.Currently, the number of registered facilities for accommodation services in the household is 92.000, 350.000 people are directly involved in jobs related to this service. Thanks to family accommodation, the generated guest traffic is around 2 billion Euros by the end of August alone. By the end of the year, that amount is estimated to reach 2,5 billion euros.I am especially pleased with the increase in the offer of legal accommodation in apartments in cities, because Croatia is an exception here as well. Our people, thanks to an increasingly flexible legal framework, prefer to work legally than to rent apartments as in Berlin, Barcelona and other major European cities – in a “non-tourist” way. According to the provisions on fundamental human rights and freedom of movement, you can receive other people in a private apartment, home, without asking the permission of the authorities. So it is, at least in democratic social systems. Also, citizens from EU countries and the European Economic Area do not have to report a change of residence for up to 6 months of residence outside their place of residence. Thus, apartment owners in cities where passengers stay for an average of up to two nights can provide accommodation for passengers without categorizing the accommodation. They can also rent an apartment on the basis of a lease agreement, which exempts them from paying the sojourn tax. I think that public authorities must take special care of the hosts of accommodation in cities for precisely these reasons. Such an offer should be gathered, promoted, branded, rewarded. On the other hand, large cities in the world impose an obligation on digital platforms to calculate and pay the sojourn tax for guests sent to accommodation, regardless of whether it is tourist accommodation. It is currently a major legal battle with an uncertain outcome. As for the strategy for the development of Croatian tourism, it was already behind the changes that are taking place at the global level when it was written. Our society has not yet realized that the digital industrial revolution has taken place, that the habits of travelers have changed especially in generations x, millennials, Z. We are also unaware of the emergence of a new economy and the gradual decline of the old neoliberal model of economy that undermined its foundations. It is impossible to build a sustainable development strategy on old settings. Our economists are not futurists, we need help from the world’s academic circles of young scientists and economic experts of the new economy, the economy of sharing. After twenty years of volunteering at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, behind me is a great and valuable experience imbued with the constant need to prove faith in their own strength.We respect every well-meaning investor in our economy, but above all we must give trust, encouragement and support to our man. People who live in this area, in their homeland would like to stay and live in that environment, they are happy there. A good tourism development is one that helps people to live in their home, to be happy, to communicate with other people, to receive them into their home regardless of racial, religious and other differences. Sustainable and responsible tourism has this irreplaceable role of exchanging ideas, customs, cultures, livelihoods. When we think of such tourism then it is actually a lifestyle that we share with our guests. It means that we have to keep our customs, gastronomy, food production, in general the way of life for the survival of ourselves and because of the unique appeal of such a lifestyle that is highly valued by our guests. I hope I have helped, at least a little, ordinary people to keep faith in their original values ​​and motivate them to stay and survive in their country.Author: Nedo PinezićRelated news:DANIJELA ČAVLOVIĆ ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE FAMILY TOURISM COMMUNITY AT THE Croatian Chamber of CommerceCROATIA THE ABSOLUTE WINNER IN CHOOSING THE BEST HOLIDAY HOMES IN EUROPE! Rural House Kod Slapa, Bogatic / Bookin.comFamily accommodation in Croatia is growing from year to year in terms of both capacity and traffic. Traffic growth is still greater than capacity growth. This tells us that the season of using family accommodation in some destinations has significantly lengthened. All major cities and their surroundings have a significantly longer season of demand for family accommodation compared to classic bathing places. The same applies to accommodation near major attractions, such as Plitvice Lakes and Dubrovnik and in places where hotels are closed during the winter months or not at all (Varaždin, Cres, Krk ().According to the data available so far, for 8 months of this year, 31 million overnight stays were realized in family accommodation. In August alone, the strongest tourist month, 13 million overnight stays were realized in family accommodation, 4 million more than in all hotels and camps combined. Currently, the number of registered facilities for accommodation services in the household is 92.000, 350.000 people are directly involved in jobs related to this service. Thanks to family accommodation, the generated guest traffic is around 2 billion Euros by the end of August alone. By the end of the year, that amount is estimated to reach 2,5 billion euros. Croatia would not have that income without such family accommodation. This is a concrete contribution to the national economy that Croatian citizens make with their private property. In this way, they keep tens of thousands of micro-entrepreneurs connected in their activities to family accommodation. In addition, the consumption of guests from family accommodation is not controlled and channeled as with package deals. Guests of family accommodation spend their money wherever they want, are extremely mobile and support a wide range with their spending.As far as public sector support is concerned, the spears are still being broken, so this support is not equal to the contribution that family accommodation makes to society. Large systems seek to influence business conditions and financial aid flows in their favor. Here the situation is similar to that in agriculture and imports. However, thanks to the cooperation of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board, this is slowly changing in favor of family micro-entrepreneurs in tourism. The issue of harmonization of categorization standards is still open, it is being discussed, satisfactory solutions are being sought, as in the case of credit programs for investment in quality under favorable conditions. I hope that this will also go in the right direction and that finally the Croatian man, the Croatian host, will receive full support and recognition in his own country after numerous international recognitions. The current unfavorable situation for family micro-entrepreneurs was partly “sponsored” by the state of consciousness from the previous system when only large SOURs were important.center_img The excellent placement of Croatian family accommodation at this year’s competition for the best accommodation in Europe is another great recognition of Croatian tourism.Croatian tourism is based on family accommodation, not only in terms of physical traffic, but also in terms of the interaction of hosts and guests, and in terms of quality, which is getting better. The luxury segment in family accommodation is represented in a relatively small percentage, we may have 1.000 facilities that can be presented that way. These facilities meet high standards of aesthetics, privacy, security, contact with nature, a high level of service provided “tailored” to the guest and special comfort facilities. We can classify a much larger number of facilities in the premium segment, there are up to 10.000 of them. This segment includes all types of comfortable accommodation, such as holiday homes, spacious urban apartments and the like.Most of the accommodation offer was positioned in the “standard” segment. This is the level that is most in demand, as with all other goods and services. If we wanted to compare our “standard” accommodation with the number of stars, then it is accommodation for three and a half stars. Compared to the same segment in Italy and France, our “standard” accommodation is much better. In the third segment “economic”, we have up to 20.000 facilities. These are mostly older facilities that were built and categorized according to standards from 20 and more years ago, but also newer facilities that target the audience looking for a basic accommodation service at a good price.last_img read more

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Coronavirus not yet contained in Germany: Robert Koch institute

first_img“We can’t speak of containment yet – we still have high numbers each day. We are seeing a slowdown,” Robert Koch Institute President Lothar Wieler told a regular news conference.Urging Germans to wait and remain disciplined with social distancing measures, he estimated the virus reproduction or transmission rate, dubbed “R”, in Germany was about 1.2 – meaning a person with the virus infects 1.2 others on average.”It is really in our interest that this R rate goes below 1, or is at 1. That is an important factor,” Wieler added.In recommendations sent to Chancellor Angela Merkel and state governors on Monday, academics suggested public life may gradually return to normal if certain conditions are met including an infection rate stabilizing at a low level. A lower number of new coronavirus cases in Germany in recent days is likely due to less testing over Easter and the outbreak is not yet contained, the head of the Robert Koch health institute said on Tuesday.Germany’s number of confirmed coronavirus infections has risen by 2,082 to 125,098, data from the Robert Koch Institute showed earlier on Tuesday, marking the fourth daily decline in the number of new cases.Reported deaths rose by 170 to 2,969. The death rate is far lower than among other countries most affected, but the German authorities remain wary of lifting restrictions on public life. Topics :center_img Germany has closed schools, shops, restaurants, playgrounds and sports facilities, and many companies have shut to aid the fight against the coronavirus.Merkel, who has said the position paper by the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina will be important for her determination on the path forward, will discuss the recommendations with ministers on Tuesday.On Wednesday, she will hold a video conference with the state premiers to discuss a possible path out of the lockdown and how to manage the recession it is expected to cause.Economy Minister Peter Altmaier declined to name a date for the relaxation of restrictions.”The next few days will bring clarity,” he said on breakfast television, adding that the government was keenly aware of the risks of lifting restrictions too early only to have to impose a full lockdown later.”If the impression arises that there is to-ing and fro-ing, it would damage trust in politics and harm the peoples’ willingness to be disciplined and to cooperate,” Altmaier said. “We have to consider every step.”last_img read more

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China’s daily air passenger numbers up 7.9% in April vs March: Aviation regulator

first_imgThe International Air Transport Association noted on Tuesday how the number of domestic flights in China had plateaued, after an early upswing from mid-February into the first week of March.”Actual demand is expected to be significantly weaker as load factors on these flights are reported to be low. China accounts for some 24% of all domestic passengers,” it said in a statement.The CAAC said it had almost doubled the number of weekly cargo flights to 1,989 during the week of April 20-26, from 1,014 flights before the epidemic struck. Of the 1,989 flights, 939 had been converted from civil flights, it said.China last month said it would increase international cargo flight capacity and stabilize supply chains amid the coronavirus outbreak. Topics : China’s aviation regulator said on Wednesday daily transported air passenger numbers rose 7.9% this month, as of April 21, from March, but was only at 29% of the level seen a year ago, in a sign of how the sector’s recovery remains fragile.The country’s number of daily flights rose only 1% in April to 6,586, amounting to just 42% of daily flights before the coronavirus struck, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said.The global tourism industry is closely watching trends in China for clues to travel patterns in other major markets once the virus under control and curbs on movement are lifted.last_img read more

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Ray Parlour speaks out as Arsenal prepare for Lucas Torreira bidding war

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 20 Jun 2019 3:19 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link325Shares Arsenal star Lucas Torreira is reportedly AC Milan’s top transfer target (Picture: Getty)Ray Parlour has claimed that Arsenal may be powerless to prevent Lucas Torreira from leaving the club this summer.Torreira completed a £26million move from Sampdoria last summer and the 23-year-old had a promising debut season at the Emirates, making 50 appearances in all competitions.However, Torreira admitted earlier this month that he’s struggled to settle into life in England and AC Milan are looking to lure the midfielder to the San Siro.It’s understood Milan’s new manager, Marco Giampaolo, has identified Torreira as his ‘dream’ signing after working with the Uruguayan at Sampdoria.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal legend Parlour believes Unai Emery will hold discussions with Torreira over his future, with the club reportedly preparing for a bidding war in the coming weeks.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The players have got all the power these days, I must admit,’ Parlour told The Daily Star.‘I think that sometimes the family doesn’t settle, but we’ll have to see with that situation. Parlour believes Emery will sit down and talk with Torreira (Picture: Getty)Parlour believes Arsenal have a ‘dilemma’ on their hands if Torreira does attempt to force his way back to Italy this summer.‘Sometimes if they want to go and leave there’s not a lot you can do about it,’ Parlour added.‘You want them to stay, but if they’re not happy the performances on the pitch won’t be as good as they should be.‘It’s another dilemma for Arsenal. You want people who really want play for the club and do their best.’MORE: Christian Pulisic offers to cut short summer break to make instant Chelsea impact Commentcenter_img Torreira has struggled to adapt to life in England (Picture: Getty)‘He’s a good little player, but he felt the pace towards the end of the season and dropped off a little bit.‘He had a really good start to his Arsenal career and looked a really lively character, which we’ve been lacking.‘But again, as a manager and club, you’ll sit down and find out why he’s not enjoying it.’ Advertisement Ray Parlour speaks out as Arsenal prepare for Lucas Torreira bidding warlast_img read more

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Hassan, Moriah and Singh top ECCCC awardees

first_imgTOP cricketers and contributors to the game were on Monday afternoon honoured for their outstanding achievements in 2016 when the Enmore Community Centre Cricket Club (ECCCC) hosted its annual awards ceremony. Held in the auditorium of the East Coast Demerara club, the ceremony sought to highlight and recognise the achievements of the cricketers over the past 12 months, while serving as a platform to express gratitude to the large band of supporters of the club.The Best All-rounder of the year, which is seen as the major award, went to Imran Hassan, who chalked up 413 runs and captured 12 wickets, while East Coast Demerara franchise player, left-arm seamer Gavin Moriah, finished with the most wickets – 28 from 13 matches – including a best of 6-18 against Paradise SC in the SPR 40-over competition.Promising young talent Rudolph Singh emerged with most runs – 434 – and was also adjudged Most Improved Player of 2016, after showing considerable improvement from the previous season.The Best Batting performance prize went to another East Coast Demerara franchise player – wicketkeeper/batsman Vishwanauth Ramlakhan – who scored 114 against Calcutta SC and 87 versus Fairfield during the period under consideration. Both knocks came in the SPR 40-over competition, which the ECCCC won.The Best Bowling performance of the year went to off-spinner Chandraban Seemangal for his 7-35 in a must-win against Enterprise B in the SPR 40-over competition, while the Most Consistent player was off-spinner Satesh Jainarine, who captured wickets in 75 percent of the matches he played, and was voted the club’s Most Valuable Player in the two finals in 2016.Nandram Ganesh was unanimously voted by his teammates as the Most Disciplined player, while Jainarine was named Most Promising player and club captain Bheemraj Ramkelwan Most Committed player.ECCCC president Taajnauth Jadunauth (left) and Club captain Bheemraj Ramkelawan (right) pose with the top cricketers of the year: Imran Hassan (second left), Gavin Moriah (centre) and Rudolph Singh.Special awards were also given to caretaker/groundsman Deolall Rajkumar, treasurer Tahal Ganesh for his outstanding and selfless contribution to the club, and the club’s number one fan Narain ‘Uncle Nar’ Singh, who attended almost all the games during the past year.Meanwhile, delivering feature remarks at the function, president of the club, Taajnauth Jadunauth, told the gathering that the club will collaborate with schools in the Enmore area to recruit new members.He, however, noted that while the year was generally successful, there were some challenges, some of which were internal.“It would be further accurate to declare that the Enmore Cricket Club has been providing the people of Enmore with an avenue for recreation. Yet some people, who should know better, would not, even grudgingly, give us some recognition for that. But we will continue to do what we have to do,” Jadunauth pointed out.He added, “My disappointment is twofold. One: we are not getting younger boys to come to the Centre, regardless of which sporting interest they may have.“Whether the reason is school lessons, television or their cell phones, I am seeing a frightening situation. And I hold many parents responsible for that. Two: Some of our current players think that they are too big to be actively involved in activities to raise funds for the Club, but the same persons expect that the Club should carry their match expenses. And these are senior players.”Jadunauth also addressed the club’s young membership directly, noting that only positive outcomes can be had from their continued involvement with the ECCCC.“Over the past year I have been pleased to see our younger members stepping up to the plate and I encourage you to see this Club as the Club which brought you to where you are today.The time will come when you will have to take greater responsibility and leadership roles in the Club’s affairs. You should not shy away from those roles because they will serve to make you better persons and good leaders,” he posited.Club captain Bheemraj Ramkelawan, stressed that the club’s mandate to rid the streets of Enmore of youths who continue to engage in unwholesome activities, has been met by several stumbling blocks.“The environment that we operate under has become one of hostility. This is one of the reason why parents are reluctant to send their kids to the Centre and our club has been at the receiving end of this hostility.“I dare say that this is as a result of lack of leadership from the other Clubs who operate here. A small group of persons are allowed to intimidate our younger members and for that matter new ones also,” Ramkelawan explained.The Club captain further stated that in 2016, the club played 18 games, winning 15, a six percent increase from its winning record the previous year.The ECCCC also hosted a few fund-raising activities during the year, but was unable to stage the Inter-block softball competition, which will now be held in the first quarter of this year.Meanwhile, the club will have its Annual General Meeting and elections of office-bearers later this month, while there will be a renewed drive to increase membership, even if it means recruiting players from outside the village.last_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — NTC Robo Games Team

first_imgMallard’s Source for sport, always interested in promoting any and all events, want to select the contingent Team of the Week.Rounding out the awards were Robo Emily — Emily Stass — second, a tie for third between CRAN — Caradoc Brennain, Dylan and Caleb Peil — and Tricky Twin Bots —Noah Rawick and Event Horizon — Noah Gaffran, Angus Wiggil, Reece Boulanger, Mathew Holitzki, fifth. The Dragon Shredders — Gavin Dean and Henry Craven-Shreenan — came away the big winners at the Nelson Tech Club (NTC) RoboGames 2013, held recently at the Selkirk College Tenth Street Campus, Mary Hall Building.However, everyone was a winner on this day as tech wizards battled it out against one another for robosupremacy right here in the Heritage City.last_img

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Rockies double Leafs 4-2 in Kootenay Conference match up

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs two-game road swing through the East Kootenay concluded on a sour note Saturday night in Invermere.Colby Sherlock scored the game winner four minutes into the third period to snap a 2-2 tie sparking the Columbia Valley Rockies to a 4-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Leafs.The short-staffed Leafs, playing the weekend with only 15 players, opened the trip through the Eddie Mountain Division of the Kootenay Conference with a 5-0 victory Friday over Golden Rockets.The loss, the eighth in the past 11 games, drops Nelson to 13-12-0-0-1 on the season.Nelson, struggling through the month of November with a 2-7 record, sits third in Murdoch Division standings, one point ahead of Grand Forks Border Bruins.Saturday, the Leafs went toe-to-toe against the Rockies. Michael Cardinal scored a short-handed goal to give the Rockies the lead in the second period.But Tyler Garcia answered for the Leafs less than a minute later as the power play ran out.Nick Hoobanoff restored the Rockies lead midway through the frame.Once again the Leafs answered, this time Samuel Weber with this second goal in as many games late in the period.However, the Leafs ran out of gas in the third as Columbia Valley stormed Patrick Ostermann in the Nelson nets with 18 shots.Sherlock potted the game winner before Doan Smith added some insurance later in the period to secure the victory.Cardinal was the Game Star for the Rockies while Ostermann earned the praise of the selection committee as he faced 41 shots in the Leaf nets.Nelson managed 30 shots, but only five in the third period, against Rockies netminder Giovanni Sambrielaz.The Leafs face rival Castlegar Rebels Wednesday in the Sunflower City. Game time is 7 p.m.Nelson remains on the road Friday for a game in the Bavarian City against the defending KIJHL champion Kimberley Dynamiters before returning home Saturday to face the Columbia Valley Rockies at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.last_img read more

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