Petra Organisation supports WDFA U-17 Tournament

first_imgPETRA Organisation, as part of its stated mission to assist in the development of football within communities, listed the West Demerara Football Association (WDFA) as the latest recipient of its goodwill when member Mark Alleyne made a presentation of balls and the winning trophy, during a simple ceremony that was conducted at the Ministry of Education ground on Wednesday.The items were presented to WDFA secretary Adrian Giddings in the presence of Petra Organisation co-Director Troy Mendonca and Women’s Football Association president Charmine Wade, during the staging of the semifinals of this year’s Milo 18-and-Under Schools football tournament.Mendonca, speaking at the occasion, said that the gesture represents what the organisation stands for: which is to help further the development of the sport and to foster better camaraderie among the various communities.Giddings, in his response, thanked the organisation for its support which, according to him, will be used for the staging of the Association’s Under-17 tournament, due to commence shortly.last_img read more

US Embassy helping to grow basketball through Sports Diplomacy

first_imgUNDER their ‘Sports Diplomacy’ initiative, the United States Embassy in Georgetown yesterday wrapped up a basketball clinic that was headlined by Elvis Valcarcel, assistant coach for Player Development for the New Orleans Pelicans, Agnus Berenato, women’s head coach at Kennesaw State University and former WNBA star guard Allison Feaster.Over 50 participants, both male and female, gathered at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall and were educated on training regimens and techniques, physical fitness and nutrition.“We’re bringing our knowledge of the game here for the youths to build enthusiasm, build pride and build passion for the game. But also, we’re here to build on our knowledge of the game as well. We know basketball is a two-way street” Valcarcel told reporters before taking the court.Agnus Berenato, women’s head coach at Kennesaw State University, demonstrates to some players what is required of them in the next drill.Valcarcel, who spent the last decade of his life working in the world’s most popular professional basketball league (NBA), spoke of the importance of continued outreach programmes, adding “the NBA is not about growing their franchise or the association; it’s about helping to grow the game.“I know basketball can take you to a lot a places; me personally, it has taken me all over, helped me to meet a lot of people, culture and so on. So that’s what the NBA is trying to grow.”The US Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission, Terry Steers-Gonzalez, explained the importance of diplomacy in sports, telling the gathering of student athletes and coaches, that “a lot of diplomacy and a lot of what we do, not only at the US Embassy, but interacting with Guyana and Guyanese, has to do with finding compromise, working as a team and working under hard situations, as well as learning how to be graceful. That’s what this activity is all about.”Director of Sport Christopher Jones said the National Sports Commission (NSC) was happy to partner with the US Embassy on the programme.According to Jones, “Sports throughout the world unite people” while further stating that “essentially, this programme will empower our athletes and basketball in general.”“The NSC lauds the US Embassy and rest assured this is not the first and final and we will be knocking on the doors of the Embassy, to ensure that similar programmes are had in 2018 and beyond, or, perhaps even further if we expose some of our athletes for a camp,” Jones said.last_img read more

Universal declares Japan IR ambitions with new Tiger Resorts branch

first_img Load More Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Universal Entertainment Corporation has announced that it will open a Japan branch of Tiger Resort, Leisure and Entertainment Inc (TRLEI) – the operating company of for its Okada Manila integrated resort in the Philippines – ahead of a planned bid for a Japanese IR license.In a Wednesday announcement, Universal said that the purpose of the Japan branch, to be located in Tokyo, will be “for research and analysis of the Integrated Resort Implementation Bill of Japan and study of the potential of a casino resort business in Japan in the wake of the enactment” of the bill. Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR RelatedPosts It added that the Japanese business could potentially work in conjunction with Okada Manila as a “future business contact” for customer solicitation and marketing activities.The former Chairman of both TRLEI and Universal, Kazuo Okada, has long stated his desire to operate an IR in his home country but this is the first time since his ouster last year that Universal has made clear its own Japan ambitions. Okada was kicked off the boards of Universal and TRLEI amid allegations of fraud relating to the misappropriation of company funds.The news that Universal is eying Japan is sure to make Okada himself sit up and take notice.Earlier this month the Japanese gaming tycoon filed a suit against TRLEI with the Parañaque City Regional Trial Court seeking to have his dumping from the board last year declared null and void. He also told Inside Asian Gaming in an exclusive interview to feature in our upcoming October print and digital edition that he planned to regain control of Universal.“I plan to get back my company. I need to clear my name and prove I have done nothing wrong,” he said.last_img read more

Study Many pediatric brain tumor survivors do not achieve complete independence as

first_img Source: Aug 10 2018In the first study of its kind, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital investigators have found that more than half of pediatric central nervous system tumor survivors do not achieve complete independence as adults.The findings, published online today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, show that cognitive impairment and physical performance limitations are strong predictors of non-independence in survivors.The study also means survivorship is at a level where late effects can be studied.”Survival rates have improved dramatically over the past several decades,” said corresponding author Tara Brinkman, PhD, an assistant member of the St. Jude Department of Epidemiology and Cancer Control and the Department of Psychology. “Unfortunately, we know that survivors are not achieving personal and professional milestones consistent with what we would expect healthy young or middle-aged adults to attain.”Brinkman looked at six aspects of independence in more than 300 survivors, including employment, independent living, marital status, assistance with routine or personal care needs, and the ability to drive.”We wanted to see how these markers clustered together among survivors to generate different profiles of independence,” Brinkman said. “Three groups emerged.”About 40 percent of survivors were classified as independent, which means they’ve achieved independence consistent with societal expectations. Another third was non-independent and required the most assistance. Brinkman categorized the remaining survivors as moderately independent, indicating they were able to do some things an adult is expected to do, but were not fully independent.Related StoriesAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustResearch team to create new technology for tackling concussion”We then looked at predictors of group membership,” Brinkman said, “specifically, treatments that could predict the group of survivors who weren’t able to achieve independence.”Aggressive therapies including cranial spinal radiation, younger age at diagnosis, and hydrocephalus with shunt placement were strong predictors of non-independence. Cognitive impairment was the strongest predictor of non-independence.Conversely, in the moderately independent group, physical performance limitations, including problems with strength, aerobic capacity, and the ability to perform adaptive physical functions were associated with non-independence. Cognitive impairment was not a factor.”For several decades with this population, we’ve focused on optimizing survival rates,” Brinkman said. “Now that five- and 10-year survival is being realized, we want to maximize that and promote survivors’ independence.”Intervening with survivors earlier may help them achieve the highest possible physical and mental levels.”Screening for cognitive and physical performance deficits earlier in the course of survivorship will help us identify patients who may be on this trajectory toward non-independence,” Brinkman said. “Identifying survivors at-risk early on would then allow us to intervene and potentially mitigate the adverse outcomes in adulthood.”​last_img read more