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Chess victory is ticket out of shelter for 8-year-old boy

first_imgChess wizard. Photo from Tani Adewumi’s Go Fund me page.NEW YORK — An 8-year-old boy’s victory as New York state chess champion will be his family’s ticket out of a homeless shelter.The New York Times reported that Tani Adewumi (TAH’-nee ah-deh-WOO’-mee) won the state chess title for his age group this month even though he learned to play only about a year ago.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history NBTC: Ballungay, Artest carry FilAm Sports to another blowout win Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chiefcenter_img LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tani and his family have lived in a New York City shelter since fleeing Nigeria in 2017. The family feared attacks by the militant group Boko Haram on Christians like themselves.Tani’s chess coach Russell Makofsky (muh-KAHF’-skee) set up a GoFundMe account for the family after Tani won the championship.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMakofsky joined Tani on NBC’s “Today” show Tuesday and said that thanks to donations, the family is moving into an apartment.Tani says he “felt surprised” by his win.last_img read more


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Region 2 holds road safety march

first_imgIn an effort to curb the increasing carnage on Guyana’s roadways, the Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) Administration hosted a road safety awareness march on Saturday.Road safety awareness march in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) on SaturdayThe march was led by Regional Executive Officer Dennis Jaikarran in Anna Regina. The aim was to bring awareness among road users of the many accidents and fatalities in the Region and other parts of the country.For the month of November, 21 persons, including three children, died from road accidents. A closer review showed that for last week, 12 persons lost their lives in a matter of seven accidents and the fatalities have continued into this week.It was against this backdrop, the REO noted, that the march was organised by stakeholders in the Region so that road users can exercise the Five Cs (care, caution, consideration, common sense and courtesy) and play their part to ensure their safety and that of others.Jaikarran is calling on all persons to “use the road with care, stop speeding, don’t drink and drive, stop double parking on the road, don’t overtake on the double lines, don’t stop on turns etc”.Pedestrians are also urged to “stop, look and then cross” when using the roads.Joining this morning’s march were members from the Guyana Police Force (GPF), Guyana Defence Force (GDF), the Guyana Fire Service (GFS), Guyana National Cadet Corps, the Regional Administration staff, the Essequibo Coast Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Police Station Management Committee, the Secondary Schools in Region Two, the Essequibo Coast Technical Institute as well as members of the public.The march, which was deemed a success, was the first of its kind to be held in the Region.last_img read more


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Going high-tech after death hasn’t really caught on yet

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe panel mounts to the front of the gravestone and pays tribute to the deceased in pictures, words, music and even videos. It’s all from a small memory chip inside a device that opens like the front cover of a book. Vidstone LLC, a company with offices in Florida and Colorado, developed the serenity panel about two years ago. Cheri Lucking, Vidstone’s national sales director in Aurora, Colo., said the company has about 100 dealers across the country, including two in Minnesota, four in Illinois and seven in Michigan, and one in the United Kingdom. Ellis is the only one in Wisconsin. “We don’t release our sales figures,” she said. “It is not a huge number at the moment.” Maria Schlitzberger, office manager of Schlitzberger and Daughters Monument Co. in Houston, said her company has sold one serenity panel in a year. “That is a big step, putting electronics on your headstone,” she said. “People are used to sandblasted, granite and marble and things like that.” WAUSAU, Wis. – No one would set a scrapbook filled with pictures and memories on the tombstone of a loved one. But what about a high-tech, weatherproof version, with digital images powered by a solar cell? That innovation is available now – but finding customers so far has proved slow going. “I haven’t sold any,” said Doug Ellis of Riverview Monuments, who has been offering the so-called “serenity panel” system for about $2,000 since February. Many customers tell him “That is not for me,” he said, adding, “I think the Wausau area is a little more conservative yet.” Lucking likened the concept of putting a digital video scrapbook on a tombstone to when cell phones first came out and people said they would never own one. “We all have one now,” she said. Ways of honoring the dead are changing because of technology, Lucking said. More funeral homes use state-of-the-art visuals and put LCD screens in their chapels to do multimedia presentations, she said. “Five or six years ago, they weren’t even doing video tributes.” Four hours of sun provides enough juice to play the video with up to a 10-minute tribute on a 7-inch LCD screen about six times. There are headphone jacks to listen to the audio. “I thought it was a neat thing to bring into the industry. Something unique, something a little above and beyond just the standard engraving and pictures that end up on a monument,” Ellis said. Chuck Summers, retail sales manager for Moore Monument and Granite Co. in Sterling, Ill., has had the device for about three months and is awaiting his first sale, too. He’s got two good prospects but no signed deal. “We range from $5,000 to $8,000 on a typical stone. When you tack on another $2,000 for the Vidstone, it gets pricey for the people in the area,” he said. But there are other issues besides the price – like which way will the tombstone face, since the player is solar powered. “If the stone is under a tree, it is not going to work very well. If the stone is faced to the west instead of the east or north instead of the south, it is not going to charge as well,” Summers said. Sue Pergolski, owner of Wausau Monuments in Wausau, which has sold tombstones since 1909, has heard of the device, too, but is skeptical about the market for it, given its price and 15-year expected life. “I can’t imagine that they could make it so it would last forever,” said Pergolski, who is hesitant to sell etchings on tombstones, wary of how long they will last. “We kind of have the old-fashioned ideas. We want it to look the same in 50 years and 100 years,” she said. Still, she added: “With baby boomers starting to look at monuments, maybe the electronics will be more attractive.” Ellis, 54, said maybe 15 potential customers have spent time looking and listening to the gravestone player he displays in his store. One woman asked him to mail her pricing information. But nobody has been serious about buying one. Some people spend as much as $1,000 to put etchings on tombstones, so Ellis doesn’t think the cost of the video tribute is the problem. It will just take time for the change to be accepted, he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


This came on the heels of throwing a nearintercep

first_imgThis came on the heels of throwing a near-interception on Arizona’s first drive, but 49ers safety Eric Reid just dropped it.Admit it, you were thinking Palmer would throw four picks and the Cardinals would get blown out, right? I know that thought crossed my mind.But, as he has done all season long, the veteran quarterback showed the almost uncanny ability to wipe his memory clean and just keep playing football. Palmer finished the day 28-of-49 for 407 yards and two touchdowns. He finished the season with a career-high 4,267 passing yards and became the first player in NFL history to record a 4,000-yard passing season with three different teams.“He’s a resilient guy. I can’t say enough about how tough he is mentally,” head coach Bruce Arians said following the game. “Again today, he threw an interception that did lead to a touchdown, but he bounced right back.“You know something good is going to happen sooner or later, because he’s going to keep sending it in there.”Palmer did throw 22 interceptions this season, the second-most in the league. But more than half of them (12) came in games the Cardinals won, showing that the former Heisman Trophy winner has the innate ability to “shake it off.” Comments   Share   Boldin, who starred for the Cards from 2003 to 2009, made his first trip to UOP Stadium as a visitor, and let’s just say he was a rude guest. Boldin had nine catches for 149 yards and a touchdown. His 63-yard reception set up the 49ers’ second touchdown. But he wouldn’t have another catch until the fourth quarter, but we saw vintage #81 on San Francisco’s last two field goal drives, including a huge 18-yard catch on first down, just two plays before Dawson’s game-winner.He finished the season with 85 catches for 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns — not bad for a 33-year-old guy who has been traded and cut in the last four years.5Will the real Rob Housler please stand up? – If there has been a more frustrating player on the Cardinals’ offense this season than third-year tight end Rob Housler, I’d like to know who it was.After being effectively benched last week in Seattle after a drop and taking what appeared to be an easy touchdown pass off the face, Housler struggled again early Sunday. He had another drop on a pass that should have been a touchdown and ran what appeared to be the wrong route on a deep pass from Palmer.But unlike the Seattle game, Housler forged on to make a few positive plays, including a nice 24-yard reception on the drive that led to Feely’s game-tying field goal. GLENDALE, Ariz. — Well, it’s over. A thrilling 2013 campaign ended for the Arizona Cardinals Sunday with a hard-fought 23-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers at University of Phoenix Stadium.Fittingly, it was a game that followed a prevalent theme of the season — perseverance. The Cardinals shot themselves in the foot early and often, digging themselves a 17-0 hole after one quarter of play. But, as they’ve done all year, the Cardinals clawed their way back into the game. This time, behind a stout run defense and 407 yards and two touchdown passes from Carson Palmer. It’s been a while since I’ve said this, but I personally can’t wait until September to see what’s in the next chapter of this book. – / 22 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo San Francisco made plays down the stretch, including a 40-yard field goal from Phil Dawson as time expired to give them the victory and their second-straight season sweep of the Cardinals, who finished 10-6.Here are six things that stood out to me from Sunday’s game (and the season)…1This run defense is special – The 49ers raced out to a 17-point lead and couldn’t run the football against the Cardinals. In fact, San Francisco accumulated only 40 yards on the ground in the last 45 minutes of the game. Frank Gore had 11 carries for eight yards after the first quarter, and finished the game with just 14 yards — his lowest output of the season.Over the last eight games of the season, the Cardinals’ defense allowed an average of 80.6 yards per game to their opponents. They allowed two opposing runners — Maurice Jones-Drew of Jacksonville and Zac Stacy of St. Louis — to reach the end zone.2Carson Palmer is one resilient S.O.B – It happened again Sunday. Palmer threw an early, ugly interception. On the Cardinals’ second possession, Palmer almost inexplicably threw a ball intended for Michael Floyd, who had five San Francisco defenders near him. Linebacker NaVorro Bowman made the pick and returned it to the Cardinals’ 16-yard line. Five plays later, Colin Kaepernick hit Anquan Boldin on a 4-yard touchdown throw. Housler finished the game with five catches for 78 yards, and had a career-high 454 yards this season. But most would agree, he has not been the downfield threat he was advertised as when he was drafted out of Florida Atlantic three years ago.6Just the beginning – The Cardinals’ locker room had a strange feel to it after Sunday’s game. Optimism and sadness were palpable in equal measure. Yes, the Cardinals knew that whatever happened in Glendale was meaningless, as the New Orleans Saints were well on their way to clinching the sixth and final NFL playoff berth by bludgeoning the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But they didn’t care. They just wanted a win over the 49ers to send them into the offseason as one of just three teams in league history to win 11 games and not make the playoffs. That didn’t happen — thus, the sadness.But under all that was a thick layer of optimism. A new GM and coaching staff came in and completely rebuilt a team that just one year ago, was reeling from a 5-11 season. Now they’ll watch the postseason from home, with an eye to the future.Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett may have summed it up best. “Like Bruce Arians says, this is the beginning, this is the first year,” he said. “We were 10-6 and missed the playoffs by a game. We will regroup and we will continue to work. We will be one dangerous team next year.” Top Stories While Palmer’s season was certainly not Pro Bowl-caliber, one can make a solid argument that he was the team’s offensive MVP this season.3Feely, Nothing more than Feely… – Talk about your roller coaster rides — that’s what Jay Feely’s season was. The veteran kicker’s season featured quick accelerations, sharp dips and even some vomiting.Feely was in Arians’ doghouse early, after missing a 30-yard field goal in a preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys, and every time he found his way out of it, something pulled him back in. Sunday’s performance didn’t help Feely’s chances to be re-signed in the offseason. He missed a 37-yard field goal in the first quarter and a 43-yarder in the fourth quarter.When asked what he said to his kicker following the game, Arians was brief.“Nothing,” he said.For as good as Feely has been in his four-year stint with the Cardinals — he’s hit 98 of 115 field goal attempts — I’d be willing to bet we’ve seen his last kick for the Cardinals.4Anquan Boldin is still incredible – Making the loss a little more painful for Cardinals fans was the fact that one of their favorite sons was inflicting heaping helpings of damage on the home team. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more