Cardinals Battle Chargers On The Links

first_imgThe St. Louis Cardinal Golf team opened their season Thursday night against the North Decatur Chargers.It was a nice, warm, dry night for a change and the scoring showed. The Cardinals managed to post a good score of 218 but the Chargers had a powerful squad and came in with a 200.Scorers for the Cardinals included Jackson Wanstrath, Carl Rahe, Eli Vogelsang, and Rhea Miller.The next match is a tournament at Cozy Acres Golf Course in Madison on Saturday, April 13th.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Randy Streator.last_img read more

LIVE: Sec. of State Mike Pompeo on New Iranian Threats

first_imgSecretary of State Mike Pompeo will hold a live news conference to reveal new threats from Iran.US allies in the region are on high alert.The leader of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard threatened on Tuesday to “set ablaze” places supported by the United States over the killing last week of top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in an airstrike ordered by President Trump, as U.S. military officials bolstered resources near the Middle East.The U.S. Air Force is deploying six B-52 bombers to the region, amid the rising threat from Iran after Soleimani’s killing, Fox News confirmed Monday. The threat was palpable Tuesday as a sea of seemingly thousands of supporters reportedly chanted “Death to Israel!” when Iran’s Hossein Salami vowed vengeance in the central square in Kerman, Soleimani’s hometown, where his remains arrived to be buried.However, tragedy struck during Soleimani’s funeral procession when a stampede erupted, killing 35 people and injuring 48 others, Iran state television reported.last_img read more

Classic Ball Blasters win GVF Female Festival

first_imgCLASSIC Ball Blasters won the Guyana Volleyball Federation (GVF) Female Festival, which was played on Saturday at the National Gymnasium.In the final of the competition, the Ball Blasters defeated the Castrol Strikers 3-0 (25-15, 25-22 and 25-13).Along with the two finalists, Port Mourant also competed.President of the GVF, Levi Nedd, said that he was pleased with the organisation of the competition, which was not played for over four decades in Guyana. He said that he was impressed with the level of talent on display and the camaraderie by the players.Tiffany Whitton from the Classic Ball Blasters was adjudged the Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Best Striker at the competition, while Castrol Strikers’ player Famke David won the Best Setter’s award.PM’s Phitame Simpson finished as the Best Blocker and Leanna Miller (CBB) as the Best Server.Meanwhile, Cassandra Ron received the Most Improved Player award.The competition received support from a number of former players.last_img read more

Warriors pull away from Henninger; C-NS stunned by RFA

first_imgSitting at no. 17 in the first state Class AA rankings of the fall, Liverpool headed into AA-1 division play, where Henninger was not initially cowed, scoring on the vaunted Warriors defense to grab an early 7-0 lead.Even when Brendan Mancuso’s long pass to Rodney Quinn set up a Mancuso TD sneak, Liverpool went into halftime tied, 7-7, but just like it did two weeks earlier against Fayetteville-Manlius, Liverpool took over once the third quarter got underway.It began with a scoring drive that Bryce Mills capped off with the go-ahead score from three yards out, and continued when Mills, now on defense, recorded an interception to set up a Darreon Nixon 25-yard TD dash. Tags: C-NSfootballliverpool Something changed in the area Class AA ranks when the Liverpool football team blanked Cicero-North Syracuse 10-0 on Sept. 13, though it took another week to discover the extent of this transformation.In its home opener Friday at LHS Stadium, the Warriors overcame a slow start against Henninger and, with another big second-half performance on both sides of the ball, defeated the Black Knights 40-14.Meanwhile, C-NS made its way east to face another group of Black Knights, from Rome Free Academy, a team that won just three games in the last three seasons, and squandered a second-half lead in a 34-27 defeat.center_img The fourth quarter offered more Liverpool excellence, Malachi Upshur running 13 yards for one score and Gianpaul Cooper dashing 22 yards for another before Brayden McClain capped it off on special teams.McClain, who had made plenty of big plays in each of the Warriors’ first two wins, did so again by taking a Henninger punt at his own 32 and, breaking several tackles and changing direction, going the full 68 yards to the goal line.As this was going on, C-NS was getting tested by a Rome Free Academy side ready to cast aside years of struggle and try to reclaim some of its long-lost gridiron glory.A high-scoring first half saw the Northstars twice reach the end zone, only to have RFA answer with three touchdowns and move out in front, 20-14, before the break.C-NS controlled the third quarter, scoring twice to go in front 27-20, but it could not hold on. RFA tied it and, with five minutes left, grabbed the lead for good when a short screen pass by Evan Delutis to Vey Baez turned into the game’s biggest play, Baez catching several blocks and going 64 yards for the go-ahead TD.The Northstars are back at Bragman Stadium next Friday to face Fayetteville-Manlius as Liverpool faces 0-3 Christian Brothers Academy at Alibrandi Stadium.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

Expectations swell in Stone’s 3rd year

first_imgFor the Wisconsin women’s basketball team, last season brought hope to a program that has missed the NCAA tournament the last three years.An excellent freshman class carried the team to an eighth-place finish in the conference while experiencing growing pains in the grueling Big Ten season. Although they finished with an overall record of 12-16, UW managed its first Big Ten Tournament victory since 2002 with a thrilling double overtime victory over Indiana.But the road will remain difficult for UW this season. Though head coach Lisa Stone’s squad lost only two seniors from last year’s team, the duo will remain tough to replace. Seniors Stephanie Rich and Ebba Gebisa were integral components of the Badger team for the last four seasons, with Rich leaving the team as the school’s all-time assists leader.Easing the transition this year will be the experience earned by UW’s freshmen class last season, especially the experience earned by guards Jolene Anderson and Janese Banks, both of whom spent the summer refining their respective games overseas.Anderson, who was last year’s Big Ten Freshman of the Year, played with the U.S. Under-19 team that won a gold medal in the FIBA World Games in Tunisia, an experience Anderson hopes will rub off on her teammates in the upcoming season. “Traveling with ACC players mostly … I think it helped me tremendously. I went against faster guards in the summer and having to guard them and play with them is something that I think I can bring to this team and get Ashley (Josephsen) and Janese (Banks) to run with me,” Anderson said.Anderson is looking to improve on a freshman campaign that saw her score 17.8 points per game and grab 5.6 boards a contest. This year Anderson is expected to have a giant bulls-eye on her every time she steps on the court, especially with her recent selection as a preseason first team all-Big Ten selection by the media. Yet, Anderson isn’t concerned.”I look at it as an opportunity to get better game in and game out. Finding the open teammate if they double team me, you know, just continuing to work on my game … is something I look forward to,” Anderson said.Anderson’s running mate, Banks, may have been overshadowed a bit last year but had a tremendous freshman year in her own right, posting 10.6 points per game while clearing the glass to the tune of 4.9 rebounds per game. According to Stone, much like Anderson, Banks has utilized her summer abroad to raise her level of play.”Banks has become probably the most improved player coming in to season,” Stone said. “She’s much more confident with the ball. She’s a mature player, and it really has elevated her game.”To go along with the highly praised, now sophomore class is a senior bunch that is in its third year under Stone. The quartet of senior captains, Annie Nelson, Kjersten Bakke, Ashley Josephson and Jordan Wilson will look to continue its growth under Stone.A returning starter, Nelson was the leading rebounder (6.8 per game) on the team from a year ago and this year will be relied upon to set an example for such a young team.”Annie provides great leadership. She has become one of our best rebounders and post defenders. We look to Annie to demonstrate her work ethic to the rest of our team,” Stone said.Bakke’s play has gained her a notoriety of sorts among the coaches, as Stone will look to use the DeForest native as the muscle down low for UW.”[Bakke]’s fundamental. She’s softened up her game from the standpoint of fundamentals, and feet, and ability to get other people involved. She’s becoming noticed,” Stone said.Josephson returns to the team as the leading 3-point shooter in Wisconsin history, connecting at a clip of 40.7 percent while Jordan Wilson, who started 16 games for the Badgers last year, will add depth and experience down low.Since there are no juniors on the squad, the team will have to rely on another group of freshman to step in right away. Stone is hopeful that this year’s class, led by 6-foot-4 Caitlin Gibson can have the same impact as the class from a year ago.”We had a pretty special year last year with two players obviously getting some postseason honors and a chance to play internationally, but expectations are different every year,” Stone said. “If this year’s freshman class can contribute like last year[‘s], it will help us continue to go in the right direction.”last_img read more

Wellington Lions, WMS students help raise Ethan Higginbotham wheelchair funds

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ethan Higginbotham, a Wellington Middle School student suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, is needing a wheelchair.The previous wheelchair has been with him for years. But like every growing boy, he has outgrown it and needs another one.Trouble is the new wheelchair – one with a power system – to accommodate the needs of Ethan comes at a high price to his family. The initial cost is $14,000 with health insurance paying $9,000.So Wellington Noon Lions Club is coming to the rescue. The local service organization sold $10 “Blarney Breakfast” T-shirts to approximately 75 WMS students and teachers.Speaking of which the Wellington Lions Club will be holding a Blarney Breakfast on Tuesday, March 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus.The Higginbotham and Day families have donated thousands of dollars over the years to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. While MDA does offer support for services and camps, it does not offer direct support for equipment.Ethan needs a wheelchair to fit him for five years. He has a electrical scooter to take him long distances. But lately he doesn’t have a wheelchair to mobile around the house.He has ordered one that has power wheels including one push per three rotation turns.Rob Higganbotham, his father, said he hopes to have Ethan’s chair shortly which should last him five years until his junior year. He will then graduate to a full-fledged electrical wheelchair.“I want him in a manual wheelchair so he will continue to get exercise,” Rob Higginbotham said.To donate to this cause send a personal message to the Wellington Lions Club RedShed FB Page, or call 316-833-1406.Click here for larger version of this picture.Wellington Middle Schoolers who purchased T-shirt.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Jon Moxley talks ‘big-fight feel’ of his match with Chris Jericho at AEW Revolution, helping to push company forward

first_imgJM: It’s pretty big. Our pay-per-views are no joke. Those cards are stacked. If you’re going to be headlining an AEW show like that’s a hell of a card to be the last match on, especially this one. Our names are the marquee names. It’s going to have a big fight feel. It’s very cool. I think me and him are both similar in the sense that we’re both in the eight to 10 top guys in AEW. If we wanted to be in WWE right now, we could be. But we’re actively choosing to do something else. Chris was the first-ever undisputed champion. This is a guy I used to watch on TV on “Nitro” and “Raw.” (It) would’ve been really easy for him to just be a rock star and count his money and just be Chris Jericho and Y2J. He loves to do this. He wants new challenges and loves pushing himself. He really has a drive.I think his drive is to be the greatest of all time. I remember him telling me that when we were talking about ideas we had for an angle that we didn’t even end up doing because plans changed. He was gone for a while, and he’s like yeah, ‘I’m gonna call myself the greatest of all time’ because The Rock and Stone Cold (Steve Austin) and they hadn’t been here how ever long. I’ve been here for longer been doing it at a higher level for longer (then) all these guys.’I started thinking back then, and this is like 2015, and I’m like, ‘Yeah, you’re right.’ Like this is one of the greatest of all time. He’s done so much else since then that it’s insane. I think his drive is to be in that top echelon of the greatest of all time. He’s definitely put himself in the conversation. It is rare that you get two guys with so much momentum. Chris Jericho is hotter than he’s arguably ever been in his career, and that’s really saying something. I got a whole hell of a lot of momentum behind me. I haven’t got beat in AEW yet. We both have so much momentum right now that I don’t think people can picture either one of us losing, but it’s one of those things where somebody’s 0 has got to go. One year has made a world of difference for Jon Moxley.Last year, the man formerly known as Dean Ambrose was in WWE and just biding his time until his contract expired at the end of April. He was unhappy and looking for a new place to ply his craft and let his creative juices flow freely once again.  It didn’t take long for Moxley to find that new home as he debuted for the upstart All Elite Wrestling promotion at the end of their first pay-per-view, Double or Nothing, in May and attacked Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega. THE RUMORS ARE TRUE 😱@AEWrestling pic.twitter.com/dBcxtVIoDj— Bleacher Report Live (@brlive) May 26, 2019 For the last eight-plus months, the 34-year-old has been on top of his game by cutting great promos, getting rockstar reactions from the crowds on PPVs and AEW’s TV show, “Dynamite,” and having stellar matches.The guy who is quite arguably the biggest babyface in AEW will get a crack at the world heavyweight championship, as he battles Jericho in the headlining bout at Saturday’s Revolution event from the Wintrust Arena in Chicago.Before he partakes in what is the biggest main event so far in 2020, Moxley sits down with Sporting News to discuss how much the match means with Jericho on a personal level, being a kid in the candy store, and more.(Editor’s note: This interview was edited for length and clarity.)MORE: Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearSporting News: Ever since you came into AEW, you look like you’re a kid in a candy store having the time of your life. When is the last time you had this much fun?Jon Moxley: Not for the last few years. I’m not trying to talk s—t about anybody or anything like that. But you get into like just making towns and saving money. You work years and years and years to go what you think is the top and then you get to the top and you’re like ‘This is what over the top is?’ Then you’re like, ‘OK, I guess this is it.’ I wasn’t really happy being scripted or being told what to do or who I am. They always used to say in WWE, ‘Oh, you’re your own brand’ in meetings and stuff. They say it all the time.I’m like, ‘That’s horses—t.  I’m not my own brand at all.’ What if my brand has middle fingers, blood and whiskey? No, that’s not WWE’s brand. I’m whatever fits into your corporate mold, which isn’t a bad thing. I mean, they’re a publicly-traded company. I just really wasn’t happy under all those circumstances. I had a really good run there and did really well. I wouldn’t trade all the things I got from there, most importantly, my wife. I was able to make a s—t ton of money there and get a little bit of a nest egg for myself.Now I can focus on the reason I started doing this in the first place, which is I like it. I love it. I enjoy it. I want to be a part of it. I want to be on the show. I want to be on the card. Throw me in their third match. I just enjoy the whole process of like, ‘Oh, I got a match today. Let’s think about what I’m going to do and go roll over the building and get warmed up, get ready to go out there, walk through the crowd, get in the ring, come back bleeding, sweating, whatever. That’s the part of this that keeps me coming back. That’s what I need in my life. It’s fun to just focus on the fun part of wrestling.Nowadays, like, I can try by the idea. I feel like for the last few years, if you have an idea, no matter how good it is, right, you pitch it to a million different people and it probably won’t happen no matter how hard you push it. Even if it does, by the time it is rammed through the system and 10 different fingerprints on it and it is not even really your idea anymore. Then it doesn’t even look anything remotely like your idea, and now you’re like,’ How did we even get here?’ I’m totally confused. Now, when I have an idea and sucks, you’re like, ‘Oh, this suck. Who cares? Let’s try again. Roll with the punches.’ I’m very relaxed and in control of what I’m doing.SN: How gratifying is that for you because you came from a system to where it’s very micromanaged and now you’re coming to a place where you’re allowed you have your ideas and allowed to sink or swim on your own?JM: Two things have been gratifying. The one that they (WWE) tried to counter-program us. That’s not a conspiracy theory. That is reality. They put the show on Wednesday nights to go against us to prevent us from getting a foothold and prevent us from getting an audience, so hopefully, we go belly up in six months. Not only did that not happen, but we also got new contracts for four or five more years or whatever, and now we know AEW isn’t going anywhere. Now we’ve proven that all the wrestling fans are coming out of the woodwork that had been here the whole time. There is an underserved market. We’re not selling out stadiums every week, but we’re not playing empty houses either.There’s people in the building every week and all the cities. We’ve proven that there is this huge audience out there that want a major league alternative in wrestling finally. The business has needed it for so long. The other gratifying thing was, and I said this on Jericho show when it first left, and I was in a much different headspace then I’m in now. I’m totally different and (have) a lot less baggage. I said I hope that we can prove that the way they do stuff is not the ideal way to do things creatively, as far as having 30 writers, writing scripts and people reciting the lines, and so forth.I think five months in, I think confidently you can agree or disagree with me but I say that we’ve proven that to be true. You don’t need 30 writers writing scripts for everybody. You can let performers do things the way they feel like they should be doing. You can just let people be themselves, and when you got there, you let a performer be themselves, you notice artists that either they connect with the crowd or maybe if they don’t then they learn, they change, they come back next week and then they are now connecting with the crowd.You got to let them figure it out instead of writing stupid lines for him and stuff like that. I think I can pretty confidently say that we have proven that to be the case, because we don’t have any writers. There’s not one single employed writer. We have production meetings. We have directors. I talk to the director before every show, because I come out of the crowd. We talk with the camera guys and the director, and we walk the path and what’s going to look the best in every particular building where is the best place to come out. We all work together. The performers collaborate together. People come up with ideas. I think we’ve proven that like, guess what, we somehow managed to put on a two-hour show without any scripts. It can be done.SN: I just watched the match with you and Suzuki at a recent New Japan Pro Wrestling show, and it was fantastic. How excited were you to get a match with Suzuki?JM: I was over the moon, excited for it. lt all just kind of worked out perfectly. A storyline got screwed up a little bit because of weather problems. I think it all worked out good at that moment at the Tokyo Dome, where he came out, and the crowd was all singing his songs. 50,000 people or how ever many were at the Tokyo Dome. You talk WrestleMania moments, that was a Wrestle Kingdom moment. To be a part of that was so cool, and I’ve watched him for so many years. I’ve been such a fan of his. I used to study some of these matches like when I was like in CZW. We’re different but so similar. I never thought I’d get a chance to wrestle him. If I could pick one dream opponent that could be possible it was him.I think everybody wanted to see the match. It’s one of those matchups, and just like we got to put that together and see what happens. So I helped facilitate it. Rather than I put somebody’s name on my mouth and start calling him out, I was like onboard for that. So I willed it into existence. I think it was supposed to happen on that night in Osaka, Japan. It was just wild man. I felt like we were fist fighting for a week where we had two tag team matches, where we took over the match. Then a week later, we just picked it up again. It’s like surfing in a lightning storm in shark-infested waters is what wrestling Minoru Suzuki for 15-20 minutes is like.SN: I talked to Chris (Jericho) recently, and he’s very excited about the match. It’s something he’s looking forward to because he felt like he helped facilitated you getting into AEW. He’s very proud of what you’ve done since you’ve come in May. What does this match mean to you on a personal and professional level coming up on Saturday?last_img read more

Hasbro is removing Trolls doll from stores amid complaints that button is inappropriately placed

first_imgHasbro says it is pulling a Trolls doll from store shelves after many parents complained over the placing of a button on the doll’s “private are under her skirt.”A petition with over 150,000 signatures accused the toymaker of promoting child abuse because the button placed on the doll’s “private area” makes sounds such as “Whee!” and “Oh!”The “DreamWorks Trolls World Tour Giggle and Sing Poppy” has a button on her stomach that when pressed will prompt the doll to sing and say phrases like, “How about a hug?” But many people were outraged with the second button that’s placed on her bottom under her skirt.“When you push this button on the doll’s privates she gasps and giggles. This is not okay for a child’s toy! This toy needs to be removed from our stores,” says the online petition aimed at Target, Amazon, Walmart and other major retailers.“What will this toy make our innocent, impressionable children think? That it’s fun when someone touches your private area? That pedophilia and child molestation are okay? ” it added.Hasbro spokeswoman Julie Duffy told CNN in a statement that “this feature was designed to react when the doll was seated, but we recognize the placement of the sensor may be perceived as inappropriate.”“This was not intentional and we are happy to provide consumers with a replacement Poppy doll of similar value through our Consumer Care team. We are in the process of removing the item for purchase,” Duffy added.Hasbro, the toymaker behind the doll, said it had begun pulling the Trolls World Tour Giggle and Sing Poppy doll from stores and would be replacing it with another doll.last_img read more

Photos: Yes, now Mo Salah can also run on water!

first_imgImage Courtesy: Liverpool/Twitter(@MoSalah)Advertisement py5fNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4tqysWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1kobnte( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ypnWould you ever consider trying this?😱1v2lyCan your students do this? 🌚9hkRoller skating! Powered by Firework As Jesus Christ’s miracle was the ability to walk on water, Liverpool talisman Mohamed Salah has exhibited many miracles on the field. And now, he has gained the ability to not just walk, but sprint over the surface of water!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Liverpool/Twitter(@MoSalah)The Egyptian forward did a promotional video for Adidas on the launch of their new football boot, the X19+, as he is seen wearing the shoes and making a run onto a water body, after volleying a ball.Mo Salah as he runs on water (Image Courtesy: @MoSalah)The new boots, attributed to be ‘daringly fast’ and ultra-lightweight’ by the brand, who also described them on their official website as: “X isn’t just a boot. It’s a recognition that speed should prise open defences, not dart down blind alleys.”Advertisement The Adidas X19+ seen in the video. (Image Courtesy: @MoSalah)The 26 year old will don the new pairs throughout the upcoming season, as the Reds are onto a strong start after back to back wins over Norwich and Southampton, as Klopp’s side will take Arsenal head on this Saturday at Anfield.See the clip uploaded to the Mo Salah’s official Twitter, below.Advertisement The brand new boots are available to purchase at www.adidas.co.uk/football-shoes Advertisementlast_img read more

UG to bestow Honorary Doctorates on 4 outstanding Guyanese

first_imgThe University of Guyana (UG) will be conferring honorary doctorates on four outstanding Guyanese from various fields, naming a female activist and a business tycoon among the recipients.Leading the list of nominees is business magnate Yesu Persaud; Indigenous rights activist and Governance and Rights Coordinator at Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) Laura George; acclaimed singer Eddy Grant and philanthropist Jay Sobhraj.UG Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith made the announcement on his Facebook page.“Yesterday (Monday) occurred another milestone in the journey along Renaissance Road, when the Academic Board approved my petition to confer honorary doctorates on four outstanding Guyanese – the first time UG will beYesu Persaudbestowing this honour,” Griffith wrote.An honorary degree is an academic degree for which a university or any other degree awarding institution has waived the usual requirements. The degree is typically a doctorate or, less commonly, a master’s degree, and may be awarded to someone who has no prior connection with the academic institution or no previous postsecondary education.Persaud was born in 1928 at Diamond on the East Bank of Demerara, and started his first job as assistant to the assistant rat catcher at a sugar plantation. He went to England to study and learnt accounting before returning home to join the public service as an inspector of taxes.He was instrumental in the changeover of Bookers into the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo). He joined Demerara Liquors Limited and Demerara Sugar Company and transformed them into DDL. He then pioneered the El Dorado brand rum, the Demerara Bank Limited, Diamond Fire and General Insurance Inc, and the Guyana Trust Company Limited. He is also the Chairman and the drivingEddy Grantforce behind Demerara Bank Limited; the first indigenous Private Sector bank.Recognising his stellar contribution, the University of Warwick granted Persaud an honorary doctorate for his work in helping in the restoration of democracy in Guyana in 1992, plus his skills as a businessman in making El Dorado into a quality world brand and the creation of Institute of Private Enterprise Development (IPED).He is the recipient of several national and international awards, inclusive of the Gandhi Organisation Plaque, the Cacique Crown of Honour, the Glory of India Award and the Certificate of Excellence by the India International Friendship Society in 2005. One year later, in 2006, he would receive the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman for his outstanding contributions to business and Indian history and culture.Grant was born in 1948 at Plaisance, East Coast Demerara. In 1965, Grant formed ‘The Equals’, playing guitar and singing background vocals, and the band had two hit albums and a minor hit with the single “I Get So Excited” before having a number one hit in 1968 with his self-penned song “Baby Come Back”. The tuneLaura Georgealso topped the UK Singles Chart in 1994, when covered by Pato Banton, featuring Robin and Ali Campbell of the reggae group UB40. ‘The Equals’ had five further top 40 hits in the UK up to the end of 1970. The Baby Come Back album featured a song by Grant titled, “Police on My Back” which was recorded by the Clash for their 1980 album Sandinista! Willie Nile released his version of “Police on My Back” on his Streets of New York CD. The Equals’ song “Green Light”, co-written by Grant, from their 1968 album Supreme, was recorded by the Detroit Cobras, for their 2007 album, Tied & True. Grant also sang hit single “Electric Avenue.”According to his profile, Jay Sobhraj is the sixth of 10 children, who rigorously pursued his education.In 1966, he was among the first in his family to graduate with a secondary education from Kitty Progressive College. He then went to the Guyana Technical College and completed his certificate there in 1968. He moved to England and registered for a degree in mechanical engineering.While pursuing his degree, he took on several menial jobs including dishwashing, pumping gas and just about any other part-time job that was available. In 1972, heJay Sobhrajgraduated and began working at several industrial companies and in 1975 he got married and moved back to Guyana where he worked for the Guyana Bauxite Company.After an economic downturn in Guyana, Sobhraj applied for a job in the Middle East and began working in Abu Dhabi as a mechanical engineer for a large petrochemical company. In 1988, he returned to New York to work with George and Ken at Zara Realty Holding Company.Laura George expressed her appreciation for the honour via her social media page.last_img read more