Comfort Zone Glenn Morrow’s Cry For Help Clean Sheets Nathan Oliver 3:33 4:07 4:39 2:23 I’m Going Home Joe Newberry & April Verch 1:53 Remington Andy Hall & Roosevelt Collier Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. 4:17 5:21 Audio PlayerThe Gage BrothersAll You AreUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 4:02 Healin’ Slow Banditos 3:08 3:11 3:02 3:08 Only Lonely Gretta Gaines 3:55 Loving You is Killing Me Rev. Sekou Hurricane Shakedown The Deslondes 4:21 4:02 When I Learned Your Name Daniel Romano Take six or so musicians . . . or even as many as fifteen . . . stir in some Appalachian old time with a dash of New Orleans jazz, add a little Dick Van Dyke and cook the whole concoction in Los Angeles. What do you have? The Dustbowl Revival, one of the most exciting bands currently touring on the folk scene.The band, who made friends with Van Dyke, the iconic movie and television star, a couple years ago, are a musical co-op, so to speak, with a line up that varies and expands at will, employing brass and strings and a willingness to dabble across genres to create their singular sound. This month, the band drops its new record, The Dustbowl Revival, and Trail Mix is thrilled to bring to you “Honey I Love You,” which includes a guest spot from folk blues legend Keb ‘Mo.Another group dipping their toes in all manner of sonic ponds is The Deslondes. Based in New Orleans, the band’s sound, like the city itself, is a mishmashed musical gumbo, with inspiration drawn from old country, Texas swing, and bluesy, boogie woogie rock & roll. Later this month, this Big Easy quintet releases Hurry Home, and you can take a listen to “Hurricane Shakedown” on this month’s mix.It’s always a good time around here when old friends come back and share tunes. Returning this month are Southern rockers Banditos, indie crooner Daniel Romano, and April Verch, who has a new record out with multi-instrumentalist Joe Newberry, a favorite of Garrison Keillor during his tenure as ringmaster of A Prairie Home Companion and someone I have been interested in getting on Trail Mix for years.This month also features the return of two of our longtime favorites from our hometown of Asheville. Both acoustic stringbenders Jon Stickley Trio and alt-country songstress Amanda Anne Platt – with her band, The Honeycutters – have new records out. Trail Mix is happy to offer you early listens this here!And there are still plenty of great tunes for you to check out. This month’s mix rounds out with killer new songs from Molly Tuttle, Phat Phunktion, Cowbell, Glenn Morrow, Zephaniah Ohora, Rev. Sekou, Gretta Gaines, Rachel Baiman, Nathan Oliver, and Parker Longbough.Lots of great stuff is also set for the Trail Mix blog this month. Chats with Andy Hall, The Secret Sisters, Amy Black, and Tyler Hughes are all on tap. Tune in each week to get inside the head of the musicians sharing their music here.And be sure to get out and grab a couple records from these fine artists who have given their music to Trail Mix this month. Spread the word and share the love. These musicians will certainly appreciate it.DOWNLOAD THIS MONTH’S PLAYLIST HERE. Haunted Heart Cowbell 3:07 He’s Fine The Secret Sisters Birthday Song Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters Honey I Love You (w/ Keb Mo’) The Dustbowl Revival Whatcha Gonna Do Phat Phunktion May Kasahara Parker Longbough The Blackest Cloud Amy Black 3:35 Way Down in My Soul Zephaniah Ohora And The 18 Wheelers 4:54 Shame Rachel Baiman 3:43 3:33 Save This Heart Molly Tuttle Embed 3:22 3:29 All You Are The Gage Brothers When We Love Sam Gleaves and Tyler Hughes Birdland Breakdown Jon Stickley Trio 4:32
I landed in Asheville almost 15 years ago and haven’t really considered living anywhere else since. Sure, I’ve entertained the notion of spending a winter in Canaan Valley so I could have top-notch powder right out my front door. And every time I hit the coast I like to imagine what life would be like with a little beach house tucked into the dunes within walking distance of a consistent surf break. I’m human. I daydream. But generally, I love my town. I’m happy here. It’s only 30 minutes from Breckenwolf, after all. But recently, I’ve been daydreaming about living in Charlotte, not because I’m craving the city life, but because I’d like to have constant access to this beer, Mountain Candy, from Sycamore Brewing.I discovered it while I was in the middle of the state watching one of my kids in a soccer tournament. If you’ve never been a spectator at a U9 soccer tournament, let me set the scene for you. Picture a two-day event where hundreds of kids battle in a series of games on a sprawling complex of turf fields in 80-degree temperatures while their parents scream “encouragement” from the sidelines. It’s the kind of situation that demands an immediate post-game beer. Luckily, I came across this beauty of an IPA in my time of need.Mountain Candy is an appropriately-named beer with a malty side that has depth, and a nose reminiscent of a fruit cup thanks to a hefty double dry-hopping. It’s loaded with sweet fruit notes but also has a fresh layer of dank bitterness that keeps everything in check. Honestly, I had never heard of Sycamore Brewing before and only picked up the can because A) I liked the name and B) it’s 16 ounces instead of the standard 12 and I desperately needed that extra four ounces of beer.But I’m so impressed with this particular IPA that I’m dying to get my hands on some other Sycamore brews. Apparently, they won a bronze at GABF for their lager. And it looks like they have a solid rotation of intriguing seasonal beers (Watermelon Kolsch? Strawberry lemonade gose? Yes please). I want to drink them all. But Sycamore doesn’t distribute in Asheville, so I either have to start making a weekly beer run to Charlotte, or I have to uproot my family and move to the Queen City. That’s the power of a great IPA. It makes you reconsider your life choices. Like, maybe I should have majored in financing so I could have a job at a bank in Charlotte? I’d have to wear a suit and tie every day, but I could drink this IPA at lunch. So, it would be a wash.https://www.sycamorebrew.com
Have $175? Then it doesn’t matter if you utterly lack technical skills, you can become a cybercriminal. That’s because a malware strain called Karmen – potent ransomware – has been on sale on the dark web for $175. That’s how bad this has gotten and it very well may cost your credit union money.In mid-May a ransomware attack infected thousands of organization in 70+ countries. It all happened in the space of a few days. Some 200,000 are said to have been victimized. Ransomware now is just about the fastest spreading malware out there. The tools that spread it are slick and, as Karmen shows, they are also cheap.Little to no technical skill is needed to unleash ransomware via phishing emails on an unwary public and, increasingly, the targets of choice are businesses – especially American businesses – and that’s because businesses often are willing to pay up to rid themselves of malware. Symantec, in fact says the average ransomware payout in 2016 was $1077, up from $294 in 2015.Symantec also said that the payout rate in the US reached 64%, compared to 34% globally. That means about two in three US victims pay up.Data from NTT Security also said that the US is by far the most common victim of ransomware. The news gets worse. Symantec said ransomware attacks were up 36% year over year. Probably there will be still more this year.Ransomware is bad. There are various flavors but a common format is that the criminal mass mails out links that, when clicked on, download apps that lock files, preventing the user’s access. The files could be just about anything, from email to the entire computer.Know this: There are steps you need to take to protect yourself against being a ransomware victim. A key secret: the best self-defense is assuming you will be a victim and preparing accordingly. How? Read on.Also know: credit unions have already fallen victim to ransomware. How many? Nobody knows. Victims – especially ones likely to feel exceptional embarrassment and that includes financial institutions – do not advertise that they fell into a trap. But credit union security experts talk of “at least several dozen” credit unions that have fallen victim to ransomware, paid ransoms, and sometimes regained access to their data.Small and medium sized credit unions are believed to be especially vulnerable because – unlike the mega credit unions – they typically lack sophisticated malware detection tools that stop malware from penetrating the organization.Probably more credit unions will fall victim. That’s because savvy criminals now are doubling down on attacks on businesses. Said Symantec: “a small number of groups have begun to specifically target businesses with ransomware attacks designed to infect multiple computers on a single network and encrypt valuable data.”Won’t a small payment result in the files being unlocked – so maybe this isn’t such a big deal? Not necessarily. Cyber crooks are crooks and that means they may not always live up to their word. Just because a ransom is paid does not mean full access to data is restored. Said Symantec: “Paying the ransom doesn’t guarantee decryption of the victim’s files. According to the Norton Cyber Security Insight team, only 47 percent of victims who paid the ransom reported getting their files back.”Symantec also – worryingly – reported that smart criminals are beginning to try to attach ransoms that take into account the value of the data that has been locked. It pointed to a $70,000 ransom paid by San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency which had seen its light rail system disrupted.A credit union’s files might well be perceived as highly valuable.What can a credit union do to protect itself? Several things and it starts by training employees not to click on links in phishing emails – and retraining them frequently.But probably the single biggest step a credit union can take is to make sure its data are backed up and can be easily retrieved and put to use. Do just that – assume you will be victimized and prepare your defenses now – and you put yourself on safe ground.Savvy smartphone users generally aren’t ready ransomware victims because an iPhone user often has most of his/her data backed up to iCloud. An Android user also often will have lots of data automatically backed up in Gmail, etc. When the data is on hand, it’s easy to tell the criminal to buzz off.The very same idea works for a credit union. Backup all critical data and that’s the antidote to ransomware.Accept this: very probably your institution will be assaulted this year by ransomware criminals. How you fare is up to you.Take a few steps, now, and very probably you will do well indeed. 43SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Robert McGarvey A blogger and speaker, Robert McGarvey is a longtime journalist who has covered credit unions extensively, notably for Credit Union Times as well as the New York Times and TheStreet, … Web: www.mcgarvey.net Details
Recent updates to the National Credit Union Administration’s Chartering and Field of Membership Manual have the potential to revolutionize community chartering for federal credit unions, especially those that are based in the 29 metro regions in the United States that have a total population of more than 2.5 million.On July 30, the NCUA Board issued a final rule authorizing FCUs to apply for community field of membership expansions for contiguous portions of “combined statistical areas”—the Office of Management and Budget’s largest type of core-based geographic statistical area based on patterns of local economic and social ties—that have a population of up to 2.5 million.CSAs are groupings of smaller core-based statistical areas—such as metropolitan statistical areas or micropolitan statistical areas—centered on cities or large towns. Under the new rule, FCUs will not be required to serve a CSA’s “urban core” (i.e. its largest city) or the urban core of a large metropolitan statistical area that is not part of a CSA so long as it can demonstrate that it did not choose its geographic area with the intent to exclude low- and moderate-income individuals.The Washington-Baltimore-Arlington, DC-MD-VA-WV-PA combined statistical area, for example, is the fourth most populous CSA with a total population of approximately 9.8 million people that includes seven smaller core-based statistical areas. It has Washington, D.C., as its urban core but also includes Baltimore and many smaller cities, as well as suburban, exurbanand rural areas in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The new rule would allow an FCU to serve any contiguous portion of this area that has total a population of up to 2.5 million without the FCU having to provide additional evidence demonstrating that the proposed expanded field of membership is a local community. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
Singapore-based shipping company AAL is expanding its multipurpose fleet with the addition of a number of Warnow-class (W-class) 33,271 dwt ‘mega-size’ vessels.A total of four vessels will join AAL’s fleet from October. Representing 133,000 dwt / 156,000 cbm of additional capacity, the new ships boost AAL’s operating tonnage to just below 740,000 dwt.Alongside additional W-class tonnage already employed in the fleet and multiple other MPV classes, the four units will boost the carrier’s global coverage, providing additional capacity on trades including Asia – Australia, Asia – Middle East – Europe and Asia – North America.As explained, the W-class fleet has the ability to accommodate multiple cargo types simultaneously – project cargo, breakbulk and dry bulk commodities – with five cargo holds and a significant individual cargo in-take of 39,000 cbm.“We’ve invested heavily in developing a global infrastructure, differentiated modern fleet profile and team of professionals worldwide,” Kyriacos Panayides, AAL’s Managing Director, commented, adding that this would enable the company to meet the demands of the global project industry.“Despite being in a position to cater for the long or short-term employment demands of any major project worldwide, we retain an appetite for further sustainable growth,” Panayides continued.AAL’s fleet currently comprises a total of 25 A-class, S-class, W-class and G-class multipurpose vessels.Related:AAL to Introduce Low Sulphur Surcharge Ahead of IMO 2020
Fidel Castro. Photo credit: globalresearch.caYesterday I had the satisfaction of having a pleasant conversation with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. I had not seen him since 2006, more than five years ago, when he visited our country to participate in the 14th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement of Countries in Havana. During the summit, Cuba was elected for the second time as president of the organization for a three-year term. I had become gravely ill on July 26, 2006, a month and a half prior to the summit, and could barely sit up in bed. Many of the most distinguished leaders who participated in the event were kind enough to visit me. Chavez and Evo visited me several times. One afternoon four visitors came by whom I will always remember: UN Secretary General Kofi Annan; an old friend, Abdelaziz Buteflika, the president of Algeria; Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran; and the vice minister of Foreign Affairs and current Foreign Minister of China, Yang Jiechi, on behalf of the leader of the Communist Party and the president of China, Hu Jintao. It was really an important time for me; I was in the midst of intense physiotherapy on my right hand that I had seriously injured when I fell in Santa Clara. With all four I spoke about some of the difficulties facing the world at the time; problems that have become progressively more complex. During our meeting yesterday, I noted that the Iranian president was absolutely calm and tranquil, completely unconcerned about the Yankee threats and, fully confident in the capacity of his people to confront any aggression and in the effectiveness of their arms —which, in large part, they produce themselves— to inflict an unpayable price on its aggressors. In reality, we hardly spoke about the topic of war. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was focused on the ideas he had presented at the Main Hall of the University of Havana during his conference on the struggle of humankind: “Moving towards reaching and achieving peace, security, respect and human dignity as a fundamental desire of all human beings throughout history.”I am convinced that Iran will not commit any rash actions that might contribute to setting off a war. If a war were to be unleashed, it would inevitably be completely as a result of the recklessness and congenital irresponsibility of the Yankee Empire. I believe that the political situation surrounding Iran and the associated risks of a nuclear war that involves us all —regardless of whether one possess nuclear weapons— are extremely delicate because they threaten the very existence of our species. The Middle East has become the most troubled region on the planet, the same region that produces the energy resources vital for the world’s economy.The destructive power and the mass sufferings caused by some of the weapons used in World War Two led to a strong movement to ban weapons such as asphyxiating gas and others. Nevertheless, conflicting interests and the huge profits made by arms manufacturers led to the production of crueler and more destructive weapons; modern technology has now added the means and material to build weapons that if used in a world war would lead to extinction. I support the opinion, undoubtedly shared by all those with a basic sense of responsibility, that no country big or small has the right to possess nuclear weapons.They never should have been used to attack two defenseless cities such as Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing and irradiating with horrible and long-lasting effects hundreds of thousands of men, women and children, in a country that had already been militarily defeated.If fascism indeed forced the allied nations against Nazism to compete with this enemy of humanity in the production of such weapons, once the war ended and the United Nations was created, the first duty of this organization should have been to prohibit nuclear weapons without exception.However, the United States, the strongest and richest power, forced the rest of the world to follow its lead. Today, they have hundreds of satellites that spy and monitor the entire world from outer space. Their naval, air and land forces are equipped with thousands of nuclear weapons; and they control the world’s finances and investments at their whim via the International Monetary Fund. Analyzing the history of each Latin American nation, from Mexico to Patagonia, by way of Santo Domingo and Haiti, one can observe that each and every country, without exception, have suffered for 200 years, from the beginning of the 19th century up until today. And, in one way or another, they are increasingly suffering the worst crimes that power and force can commit against the rights of a people. Brilliant Latin American writers are emerging in an increasing number. One of them, Eduardo Galeano, author of the book Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent that describes the aforementioned, has just been invited to open the prestigious Casa de Las Americas Awards as a recognition to his outstanding body of work. Events happen incredibly fast; but technologies report them to the public even faster. On any given day, like today, important news comes out a dizzying pace. A cable report dated from January 11 states: “The Danish presidency of the European Union confirmed on Wednesday that a new series of more severe European sanctions against Iran, because of its nuclear program, will be discussed on January 23. The new sanctions will not only target the oil industry but also the Central Bank.” During a meeting with international journalists, Danish Foreign Minister Villy Soevndal said that “We will increase sanctions against the oil industry in addition to sanctions against financial structures.” This clearly demonstrates that, in order to impede nuclear proliferation, Israel can go on accumulating hundreds of nuclear warheads while Iran is not allowed to produce 20% enriched uranium. Another article, from a respected British news agency, states that “China gave no hint on Wednesday of giving ground to U.S. demands to curb Iran’s oil revenues, rejecting Washington’s sanctions on Tehran as overstepping …”The sheer tranquility with which the United States and civilized Europe carry out this campaign with incredible and systematic acts of terrorism is enough to shock anybody. Just look at these lines reported by another important European news agency: “The murder on Wednesday of Iranian nuclear specialist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan [a scientist at the Natanz nuclear plant] was the fourth attack to kill a leading scientist in the country in almost exactly two years.”On January 12, 2010: “Massoud Ali Mohammadi, a particle physics professor at Tehran University is killed when a booby-trapped motorcycle explodes outside his home in the capital.”On November 29, 2010: “Two attacks target leading Iranian nuclear scientists on the same day. Majid Shahriari, a key member of Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency, is killed in Tehran by a limpet bomb attached to his car. His colleague Fereydoon Abbasi Davani is also targeted by a bomb attached to his car, but escapes.” The car was parked in front of the Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran where both men worked as professors. On July 23, 2011: “Gunmen shoot dead Dariush Rezaei-Nejad, a senior scientist who is reportedly associated with the defense ministry, and wound his wife as they waited for their child outside a Tehran kindergarten.”On January 11, 2012 —the same day that Ahmadinejad travelled from Nicaragua to Cuba to give a conference at the University of Havana—, scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, “a deputy director at the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, is killed in a car bomb blast outside the [Allameh Tabatabai] University in east Tehran.” As in previous years “Iran once again accused the United States and Israel.”The killings represent a systematic and selective slaughter of brilliant Iranian scientists. I have read articles by known Israeli sympathizers who write about crimes carried out by Israeli intelligence services in cooperation with the United States and NATO as if they were the most normal occurrence. At the same time, Moscow news agencies report that “Russia warned that in Syria a similar scenario is developing as to that in Libya, and added that this time the attack will be launched from neighboring Turkey.“The secretary of the Russian Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, said the West wants to ‘punish Damascus not as much for repressing the opposition, but because it is unwilling to sever ties with Tehran.”“…NATO members and some Persian Gulf states, operating according to the Libya scenario, intend to move from indirect intervention in Syrian affairs to direct military intervention…This time the main strikes forces will not be provided by France, the U.K. or Italy, but possibly by neighboring Turkey.” “Washington and Ankara are now assumed to be negotiating a “no-fly” zone over Syria, where Syrian armed insurgents can be trained and concentrated, added Patrushev.” News is not only coming out of Iran and the Middle East, but also from other parts of Central Asia near the Middle East. These reports show the great complexity of the problems that can arise from this dangerous region. The United States has been led by its contradictory and absurd imperial policy to get involved in serious problems in countries such as Pakistan, whose borders with Afghanistan were drawn up by the colonialists without taking into account culture or ethnicities.In Afghanistan, which defended its independence against English colonialism for centuries, drug production has multiplied in the wake of the Yankee invasion. Meanwhile, European soldiers, supported by drone airplanes and armed with sophisticated US weapons, carry out deplorable massacres that increase the people’s hatred and ward off any possibilities of peace. All this and other dirty actions are also reported by Western news agencies.“WASHINGTON, January 12, 2012 – US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta called the actions of four U.S. marines who urinated on corpses in Afghanistan “utterly deplorable” The video of the act was circulated in the Internet. “’I have seen the footage, and I find the behavior depicted in it utterly deplorable…’ “’This conduct is entirely inappropriate for members of the United States military and does not reflect the standards of values our armed forces are sworn to uphold…’”In reality, Panetta neither confirms nor denies the action, and anyone, including the Secretary of Defense himself, may harbor doubt. But it is also extremely inhumane that men, women and children, or an Afghani combatant fighting against the foreign occupation, be murdered by bombs dropped by drone planes. Another very serious incident: dozens of Pakistani soldiers and officials who safeguarded the country’s borders have been killed by these bombs. Afghani President Karzai stated that the outrage committed against the bodies was “simply inhumane.” He asked for the US government “to urgently investigate the video and apply the most severe punishment to anyone found guilty in this crime.”Meanwhile Taliban spokespersons declared that “over the last ten years, hundreds of similar acts have been carried out that were not reported…”One even feels sorry for those soldiers, thousands of kilometers away from their family, friends and country, sent to fight in countries that they might not have even heard of during their school days, where they are assigned the task of killing or dying to enrich transnational companies, arms manufacturers and unscrupulous politicians who each year squander funds needed to feed and educate the uncountable millions of hungry and illiterate people around the world. Many of these soldiers, victims of the trauma suffered, end up taking their own lives. Is it an exaggeration to say that world peace is hanging by a thread?Fidel Castro RuzJanuary 12, 2012, 9:14 p.m. NewsRegional Reflections by Comrade Fidel: World Peace Hanging By A Thread by: – January 17, 2012 23 Views no discussions
Indianapolis, In. — Thursday will be a very special day for The Build-A-Bear Workshop. For the first time ever, Thursday, July 12 will be “Pay Your Age Day.”All stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom will participate in the promotion.Store officials say the event was created to kick off the “Everyday Celebration of Birthdays.”As of July 12, customers who are 14-years-old and younger can pay their age for a Birthday Treat Bear during their birthday month- that is part of the “Count Their Candles” promotion.To participate shoppers must enroll in the rewards program. Full details of the program are here.
RelatedPosts Serena pulls out of Italian Open Serena heads to French Open with time running out for number 24 Serena dumped out of US Open Serena Williams has donated the prize money she received for winning a tennis tournament towards the Australian bushfire relief fund. On Sunday, the 23-time Grand Slam winner achieved her first title in three years, defeating fellow American, Jessica Pegula, to win the women’s singles final at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand. The new title is the first Williams has won since becoming a mother to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., in September 2017. Following her win, it was revealed she is donating her $43,000 (£33,113) winner’s cheque in an effort to help combat the bushfires currently causing destruction across Australia. Williams’ husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, expressed his pride in his wife’s donation on Instagram. “What a start to the decade, @serenawilliams. We’re all so proud of you,” the entrepreneur wrote. “And just when I think I can’t possibly be more proud, you donate all your prize money to fight the #australianbushfires.” The Australian bushfires have damaged or destroyed approximately 3,000 homes since September. At least 28 people and an estimated one billion animals have been killed as a result, with experts warning that some species of animal may have already become extinct.Tags: Alexis Olympia Ohanian JrAustralian bushfireJessica PegulaSerena Williams
New Chelsea signing Asmir Begovic insists he has no desire to play second fiddle to first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Begovic joined the Blues from Premier League rivals Stoke on a four-year deal earlier this month following the departure of Petr Cech to Arsenal. The move has raised questions of Begovic’s motives, with Courtois firmly establishing himself as Chelsea’s number one custodian in their Barclays Premier League title triumph last season. However, Begovic, who had been Stoke’s first-choice keeper for the past four seasons, is keen to press his claims at Stamford Bridge this term. “I want to test myself against Thibaut, he’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world but I believe in myself. I want to try and get as many games as I can,” he said in several national newspapers. “Hopefully every time I can show everybody what I’m all about and ultimately help this team. We all have to play our part and at a club like this I think you get to do so. “There have been no guarantees. The challenge that’s here, the manager and players was what attracted to me and that was a big part of my decision. “I’ll back myself, absolutely. I’ll be keeping my head down and working hard to see how I can help this team in the future.” Begovic, who ended a five-and-a-half-year association with Stoke, has already noticed the jump in quality on his arrival at Chelsea. “Even after the first week you can see the quality here and how they can improve you with the levels and demands here,” he added. “It was difficult to leave Stoke after such a long time because of all the ties and relationships I had there. But this is definitely a step up.” Press Association
…says primary interest is the development of young people WITH their primary interest firmly towards the development of young people, the Demerara Mutual Life Assurance Society Limited yesterday underlined their commitment with the contribution of $2.5M to the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) for the final phase of the National Secondary Schools Cricket League (NSSCL), which is in its second year.The significant partnership between the two allies took place in the boardroom of the insurance company on Robb Street, where the company’s Executive Marketing Manager Clarence Perry handed over the cheque to president of the GCB, Drubahadur, in the presence of other GCB executives and the media.Perry in his remarks told the gathering that the company is pleased to be on board, with the continued development of cricket at the school level.“As a sponsor our primary interest is really to see development of youths, and particularly in the field of cricket,” Perry stated.He added, “As you know for every West Indian, cricket is something we cherish and we see this as an investment towards the overall goal of developing our young talents, and hopefully these young men can go on to represent us nationally, and also internationally, and once again return West Indies to where it used to be.”Drubahadur hailed the partnership as another huge step in fulfilling one of GCB’s mandates, which is to promote and develop cricket at the school level.He added that the GCB is aware that the wider student participation in the sport is vital for the development of cricket, both locally and regionally.The GCB president assured the insurance company that the game will be played, with the maximum amount of discipline, adding that the image of the company will not in any way be tarnished.GCB Marketing Manager Raj Singh dubbed the partnership a productive and decisive exercise, since close to $15M was budgeted for the completion of the tournament.Meanwhile, the board’s Territorial Development Officer, Colin Stuart, in an invited comment after the presentation ceremony, indicated that the NSSCL structure has been absorbing young talent while ensuring that at the school level enough quality cricket is played countrywide.He also stated that the NSSCL has enabled the GCB’s coaching personnel to identify and groom young talents.The final phase of the tournament will commence on Monday.