UVM Extension Employees Win Communication Awards

first_imgThe National Association of County Agriculture Agents (NACAA) recently recognized several University of Vermont Extension employees for excellence in communication.Larry Myott, Maple Specialist, Burlington Extension Office, was named National Winner for the newsletter “Maple Mainline”, distributed to Vermont sugarmakers and related industries twice yearly. Myott was also recognized as a Northeast United States regional finalist for personal news column, and website publication. Dr. Betsy Greene, Equine Specialist, UVM campus, was recognized as a Northeast United States regional finalist for direct promotional mailing, and Rick LeVitre, Dairy Management Specialist, Rutland Extension Office, was recognized as a National Finalist for a video/television program (Across the Fence).Award winners will be honored at the NACAA Annual Meeting, Green Bay, WI, July 13 – 17, 2003.Jeff Carter, Nutrient Management Specialist, Middlebury Extension Office, was selected by NACAA as one of four individuals nationally to receive training at the NASA Space Dynamics facility in Logan, Utah on Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems to enhance agricultural sustainability.last_img read more

Inter-American Air Forces Academy Welcomes Partner Nations

first_imgBy Raúl Sánchez-Azuara/Diálogo June 12, 2019 The U.S. Inter-American Air Forces Academy (IAAFA) hosted an event for military officers and delegates from Belize, Brazil, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay. The nations took part in the IV Western Hemisphere Exchange Symposium (WHES IV) in San Antonio, Texas, on May 20-24, 2019. The yearly symposium gathers nations of the hemisphere to exchange information and experiences on disaster relief and humanitarian assistance operations, counternarcotics operations, and air and maritime strategies. “We are here fundamentally about education and training, on IAAFA’s mission. We work to solve our challenges, our problems, to share perspectives, knowledge, ideas, and to make a difference for our people across this hemisphere,” said U.S. Air Force Major General Mark E. Weatherington, Deputy Commander, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. The symposium is an open forum for regional high commanders to present their progress and challenges, with organized crime as a common issue. “The U.S. initiative enables us to [figure out] what is happening to us, our problems, and also to meet in person, so that we can work in a combined way,” Brigadier General Javier Rene Barrientos Alvarado, commander of the Honduran Air Force, told Diálogo. “It’s a great opportunity for all countries to cooperate and operate with better outcomes.” In the case of El Salvador, narcotrafficking and gangs cause unrest among the population. “That gang-narcotrafficking combination causes grief and death to families and countries threatened by these scourges,” said Army Colonel Carlos Alberto Tejada Murcia, head of the Salvadoran Armed Forces’ Engineering Command. “One of the Salvadoran gangs, the so-called MS-13 [Mara Salvatrucha], has the scope of a transnational criminal organization.” For four days, the officers presented the most efficient ways to confront common threats. Experiences and information shared helped attendees to find specific solutions to local problems. “Honduras was one of the most violent countries in the world,” Gen. Barrientos told Diálogo. “We did a deep restructuring and purge of the National Police and Armed Forces to strengthen both institutions.” “The changes implemented in our country in the last six years have worked,” Army Colonel Hugo Lorenzo Coca Cantarero, Operations deputy director of the Honduran Armed Forces, told Diálogo. “In 2012 we had 86 murders per 100,000 inhabitants, and we have now reduced it by 50 percent.” In 2018, the average murder rate went down to 40 per 100,000 inhabitants, after authorities fired 4,000 corrupt police agents, increased education, training, and wages, and hired new personnel in security institutions, the Inter-American Development Bank indicated in its report How Did Honduras Cut its Homicide Rate by Half The goal now is to train and certify 23,000 new agents by 2023, the report said. Guatemala’s initial solution was a considerable investment to improve the Armed Forces’ capabilities. “We bought planes, recovered helicopters, optimized 3D radar systems for airspace surveillance, and conducted a combined, comprehensive effort to counter transnational crime,” Brigadier General Timo Hernández Duarte, commander of the Guatemalan Air Force, told Diálogo. The rule of law is under constant attack from traffickers and other criminals. “They control sections of towns and cities, bribing government officials, murdering judges and police officers, as well as friends and partners of ours, and common citizens,” U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General Michael T. Plehn, U.S. Southern Command deputy commanding general, said at the meeting. “[For] the U.S. Southern Command, the competition is deadly; many of you take part in it on everyday, and it destroys tens of thousands of lives in our neighborhood every year. It’s a competition [where] we all participate actively,” said Gen. Barrientos. “We have to work together; we must trust each other so that we can conduct better operations,” he concluded.last_img read more

Roche to give flu drug to WHO to fight pandemic

first_img CDC information on neuraminidase inhibitorshttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/antiviralback.htm Movement of people in and out of the area would be effectively restricted. WHO news releasehttp://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2005/pr36/en/index.html Roche news releasehttp://www.roche.com/med-cor-2005-08-24 “If the first signs of improved transmissibility are picked up quickly, there is a chance that rapid intervention, involving mass prophylactic administration of antiviral drugs, might contain the pandemic at its source or at least delay international spread, gaining time to intensify preparedness,” the agency said. The first viruses that show an ability to sustain transmission among humans would not yet be highly contagious. The 30 million doses will be used to build up an international stockpile of antivirals, the WHO said in announcing the gift today. The first 1 million treatment courses (10 million capsules) will be ready early in 2006, with the rest expected before mid-2006. Earlier this month, the WHO said it had enough oseltamivir to treat 120,000 people. The company said it has received orders for oseltamivir from about 30 countries in the past few months, as governments have begun building their own stockpiles. Countries aiming to buy enough of the drug to cover 20% to 40% of their people include France, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Recent news reports said the US government has stockpiled enough oseltamivir to treat about 2.3 million people. “Right now, many countries are creating their own stockpiles of antivirals,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Lee Jong-Wook, as quoted in the WHO announcement. “However poor countries simply cannot afford to do this. If a flu pandemic were to emerge in a poor country for example, these drugs could be flown quickly to the center of a potential pandemic. We urge other countries to help us build up the international stockpile.” Roche CEO William M. Burns said the production lead time for the drug is about 12 months. The company doubled its production capacity last year and this year, and it plans to increase it further in 2006, he said. Aug 24, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The Swiss drug company Roche has pledged to give the World Health Organization (WHO) enough doses of the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) to treat 3 million people, in the hope that it could help to stave off or delay an influenza pandemic. The emergence of such viruses would have to be limited to a small geographical area.center_img Antiviral drugs would be rapidly mobilized from the stockpile and administered to a large enough share of the affected population. “While mass intervention with antiviral drugs has no guarantee of success, it nonetheless needs to be undertaken as it represents one of the few preventive options for an event with predictably severe consequences for every country in the world,” the WHO said. “Once the virus has become fully contagious, its spread to all parts of the world is considered unstoppable.” “Oseltamivir could help to reduce illness and death, and when combined with other measures, could potentially contain an emerging pandemic virus or slow its national and international spread,” the WHO said. “If it reaches the site of an outbreak quickly, an antiviral stockpile could especially help people in poorer countries.” A Roche news release said oseltamivir is likely to be effective against any mutating strain of the H5N1 virus. See also: Oseltamivir is one of the two flu drugs called neuraminidase inhibitors, the other being zanamivir (Relenza). Of the two, only oseltamivir is approved for prevention (as well as treatment) of flu and for use in children younger than 7 years (and older than 1 year). Both drugs reduce flu severity if treatment is begun within 48 hours after symptoms appear, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The drug “would be dispatched to people in greatest need at the site of an emerging influenza pandemic,” the agency said today. The announcement comes amid growing concern that the H5N1 avian flu virus in Asia may evolve into a humanly contagious form at any time, triggering a pandemic. The first clusters of human cases caused by the virus would have to be rapidly detected and reported. Officials said the following specific conditions would be required: Disease experts have warned that stopping a budding pandemic would be extremely difficult at best. The WHO noted that such a thing has never been tried before and said success would depend on meeting tough conditions.last_img read more

Unai Emery told to sell three Arsenal players in summer clear-out

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 18 Jun 2019 4:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link442Shares Lucas Torreira has been linked with a return to Italy (Picture: Getty)‘Who can they get out of the door? If you can get the right offer for Mesut Ozil you’d sell. Mkhitaryan can go and you want to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.‘Torreira seems to be interested in going back to Italy. If you can get the right money: take it.’Arsenal have been linked with moves for Ryan Fraser, Alexis Claude-Maurice, Gabriel Martinelli, Yannick Carrasco and David Neres this summer.Emery’s side kick-start their 2019-2020 Premier League campaign with a trip to St James’ Park to face Newcastle United.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Advertisement Unai Emery has been told to sell three Arsenal players (Picture: Getty)Charlie Nicholas has urged Unai Emery to sell three Arsenal players before bolstering his defensive options in the summer transfer window.The Gunners suffered a dismal run of form towards the end of the 2018-19 campaign to fall out of the top-four in the Premier League.Having also lost to London rivals Chelsea in the Europa League final, Arsenal will again be absent from the Champions League next term.Emery is keen to bolster his defensive options during the summer transfer window and Nicholas says he should also be looking to sell some of his current players.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 CityThe Gunners hero has identified Mesut Ozil, Lucas Torreira and Henrikh Mkhitaryan as players who should be sold if the right offer is on the table.AdvertisementAdvertisementHe told Sky Sports: ‘We’re being slow again in the market. The manager has identified plenty of options. Defensively is the key area.‘I just hope we don’t delay these deals. Arsenal need to get into the market. We can’t afford someone like Aaron Wan-Bissaka but we need a whole new defence really.‘We need three defenders to come in which will cost £60-£70m. Unai Emery told to sell three Arsenal players in summer clear-outlast_img read more

Barcelona prepare ambitious Coutinho – Kante swap deal

first_imgThe idea suggested in Mundo Deportivo today is certainly that. They connect the dots between Barcelona’s talks with Chelsea over Philippe Coutinho and the possibility that N’Golo Kante will be on the market this summer to suggest a deal involving the two.Kante apparently provides the physical presence that Barca are looking for, and is a midfielder “with legs” to play alongside their more technical stars. Loading… Barcelona are in a pretty desperate situation right now, especially upstairs, and while they need more than a few transfers to sort out the mess they’re in, it would be a valuable boost to the club to pull off something impressive.Advertisement Promoted Content10 Extremely Gorgeous Asian Actresses13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe 9 Best Robots In Movie HistoryThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew AboutBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone Read Also: Video: Iranian child offers himself to Barcelona as ‘new’ MessiIt’s a deal that seems way too difficult to be realistic, but the paper insists that with Coutinho keen to come back to the Premier League and Chelsea willing to offers once they reach a certain value, a deal can be done.Certainly the appearance of managing to go from one to the other would be a PR win for Barcelona, and might not be well received by Chelsea fans.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Silva opens up on why he opted for Real Sociedad

first_img The former Valencia playmaker is now hoping to win titles in San Sebastian and celebrate them with the club’s fans. “I want to send a message to all Real fans, I’m very happy to have signed for this great club and hopefully we can win titles and celebrate them together,” Silva told La Real’s website.“I have had quite a few offers, but I decided to join La Real because it is a club that is doing things very well and the style of play suits my game.“I already know San Sebastian from when I was at Eibar a long time ago, and it’s a beautiful and quiet area, my family has played a role in this decision.”Real Sociedad were one of La Liga Santander’s most potent attacking forces in 2019/20, and Silva is looking forward to being a part of that.“I saw a lot of LaLiga and the truth is that Real Sociedad played very well,” he added.“I have heard very good references for the coach and I think good things can be achieved.“We can play great football, which for me is very important, it’s a beautiful and exciting challenge,”Silva played for Valencia against La Real on multiple occasions and he has called upon fond memories of the Estadio Anoeta. Promoted ContentWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsThese TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got Better14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowThe Best Cars Of All TimeDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtNo Good Disney Role Models For Boys?12 Actors Who Can Only Play Bad Guys7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More Read Also: Mbappe dreams all-French Champions League final“I remember that the Anoeta’s pitch was always spectacular and the atmosphere has improved a lot without the running track,” he declared.“I’m looking forward to seeing it.“However, for now a little rest is good for the mind and my batteries will be recharged.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img David Silva has opened up why he opted to join Real Sociedad on Monday evening, much to the chagrin of Lazio after the La Liga outfit completed a coup in securing the Spaniard on free transfer. The Basque club made a move in the market that will help mitigate the loss of Martin Odegaard, who has returned to Real Madrid after his loan spell, and it says a lot that Silva was still a regular starter for Pep Guardiola at Manchester City right until the end of his time there.Advertisement Loading… last_img read more

City prepares for ‘Cherry-Thing-a-Ling Festival’

first_imgBatesville, In. — Batesville Main Street has announced plans to bring the first ever “Cherry Thing-A-Ling Festival.” The event is designed to promote downtown businesses, both locally and regionally, and provide a fun destination event.A free ice skating rink will be open to the public in the Village Green Saturday, February 16 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The rink is made possible through donations from the William A. & Martha H. Hillenbrand Foundation, John A. Hillenbrand Foundation, Enhanced Telecommunications, Global Atlantic, Margaret Mary Health, Bruns-Gutzwiller, Marti Tracy-Lohmiller Realty and Sharp Painting.For more information feel free to email batesvilleinmainstreet@gmail.com.last_img read more

FA charge Bastian Schweinsteiger for alleged elbow on Winston Reid

first_img Schweinsteiger was prevented from speaking about the incident at United’s pre-match press conference in Wolfsburg on Monday evening. “We’re here to talk about the game,” a United official said when a reporter asked the German about the clash with Reid. The West Ham defender insisted on Saturday that the elbow was intentional. “He knows what he’s done – he’s elbowed me in the face,” Reid said after the game. And West Ham manager Slaven Bilic insisted the player should have been sent off. He said: “It’s a clear red card. A straight red without any doubts. It was a moment of madness. “He deserved to be sent off, but the referee told me he didn’t see it. Fair enough, I believe it. It was an elbow.” Schweinsteiger stuck out his left arm and caught Reid in the throat as both players jostled for position in the build-up to a first-half free-kick. Referee Mark Clattenburg spoke to both players to calm them down, but did not see the apparent elbow and it was therefore not mentioned in his post-match report. Press Association That left the FA free to punish the midfielder retrospectively. An FA statement read: “Bastian Schweinsteiger has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video. “The Manchester United midfielder was involved in an incident with West Ham United’s Winston Reid in the 40th minute of the game on Saturday (December 5, 2015). “The matter was referred to a panel of three former elite referees who each reviewed the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they considered it a sending-off offence. “For an FA charge to follow the decision by the panel must be unanimous. “The player has until 12 noon on Thursday 10 December 2015 to reply to the charge.” The 31-year-old is facing a three-match ban if found guilty. Already hampered by a lengthy injury list, United cannot afford to lose the influential player for their next three league games, which are against Bournemouth, Norwich and Stoke. Bastian Schweinsteiger has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association for an alleged elbow on Winston Reid in Manchester United’s goalless draw against West Ham. last_img read more

The Latest: former A’s farmhand dies of virus complications

first_imgThe Latest: former A’s farmhand dies of virus complications May 1, 2020 The race is planned for Aug. 2 but Formula One officials are rewriting the 2020 schedule after the coronavirus pandemic forced cancellations and postponements.Hungarian race officials announced their plan after the government banned large gatherings through Aug. 15.F1 chairman Chase Carey says the season could start July 5 with the Austrian GP. He hopes 15-18 races can take place beginning in Europe before moving to Eurasia, Asia and the Americas.___The European Masters golf tournament scheduled for August in Switzerland has been canceled. World Athletics says it’s looking to hold Ultimate Garden Clash competitions in other events.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Swiss officials say they had talks with the International Ice Hockey Federation and 2021 worlds co-hosts Belarus and Latvia about Switzerland taking its turn next year.That has now been ruled out.The Swiss federation says the financial risks were too great and there is no guarantee the coronavirus outbreak will allow the next championship in May 2021.Switzerland hopes to host again in the coming years but the IIHF has already allocated world championships through 2025.___ Organizers say the decision came after the Swiss government extended a ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 people through August.The tournament in the Swiss Alps was scheduled for Aug. 27-30.Organizers say the course at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club will open to the public on May 11 as part of the easing of social restrictions.___The three biggest names in men’s pole vault will compete against each other in a rare sporting event during the coronavirus pandemic. And they’ll do it from their own backyards. “I think there will be a college football season. They may have nobody in the stands or reduced attendance, but my understanding is, particularly in the ACC, which I follow, that they’re anticipating having a season,” the Kentucky Republican said during an interview Thursday on Louisville radio station WLCL.“More immediately, I called the commissioner of baseball a couple of weeks ago and I said, ‘America needs baseball. It’s the sign of getting back to normal. Any chance?’ And you may have heard, there is discussion about having an abbreviated season beginning around the Fourth of July, where the teams would either play at their spring training sites in Arizona or Florida or play at home to largely empty stadiums.”Big league opening day had been scheduled for March 26. The start has been pushed back indefinitely due the new coronavirus pandemic.“I think there’s an active discussion under way to salvage part of baseball season, and if we can salvage part of baseball, surely we can salvage football, as well. There would still be at the bigger schools, like U of L (Louisville) and UK, (Kentucky) television revenue, which would help. “But I think the country needs sports. We’ve all missed that during the pandemic, and the sooner we can get at least some of our sports, and I think the one eligible to begin first would be baseball. It would be a great morale booster for the country and an indication that we’re going to begin to get back to normal.” Viewers will be able to donate via the “From Milan with Love” official fundraising page and AC Milan’s Facebook page.The hour-long tribute is scheduled for Sunday at 9 p.m. (1900 GMT) and will be hosted by Grammy-award winning producer DJ Khaled and Italian TV presenter Diletta Leotta.Other performers will include Kelly Rowland, Robin Thicke, Gavin Rossdale and Chris Traynor of Bush, Jay Buchanan of Rival Sons, and Lola Ponce.___The Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta is moving to Thanksgiving from its traditional Fourth of July date because of the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press None of the three displayed symptoms and they will all now spend 14 days in isolation at home, the club said.Tests have been carried out this week on players, coaches and other staff at various Bundesliga clubs ahead of a planned return firstly to full team training, then to competition. Cologne says its players and staff were tested on Thursday.German clubs are operating limited training schedules with players in small groups. If German soccer does return this month — which is subject to approval from federal and state politicians — it would almost certainly be weeks ahead of other major European leagues.___U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants baseball and football to get on the field, and he says big league opening day could take place around the start of July.center_img The 20 clubs in Serie A are in agreement that they want to finish the season if they can do so in accordance with government guidelines and by respecting health regulations and protocols.The Italian clubs met by video conference and all supported a statement issued a day earlier by league president Paolo Dal Pino.Dal Pino said it was “only natural that the Serie A league wants to play soccer. It would be against our nature to say the contrary.”___Hungarian Grand Prix organizers say spectators won’t be allowed at this year’s Formula One race if it goes ahead. The event is the world’s largest 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) race with about 60,000 participants. The first race was held in 1970.The Atlanta Track Club says the Nov. 26 date was selected because families gather for Thanksgiving. It will also minimize the impact on retailers in downtown Atlanta because most businesses will be closed for the holiday.Rhonex Kipruto of Kenya ran last year’s race in 27 minutes, 1 second to break the U.S. record in the event.___The 2021 badminton world championships will now start in November to avoid clashing with the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Oakland Athletics say former minor leaguer Miguel Marte has died of complications from COVID-19. The A’s announced Friday that Marte died this week. The British government also held talks with sports bodies about when athletes can start to train again.Decisions by the Dutch and French governments led to their soccer seasons ending. Lower-league professional soccer clubs in England have been told they might not be allowed to have fans at their matches until 2021.___AC Milan and Roc Nation have partnered to create a virtual live event on Sunday headlined by Alicia Keys “to honor and pay tribute to key workers fighting on the front line in Italy and around the world.”Funds raised through the event will benefit Direct Relief and Milan’s philanthropic foundation. Video links will connect world record holder Armand Duplantis, world champion Sam Kendricks and former Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie.World Athletics calls it “The Ultimate Garden Clash” and will stream it on social media.Duplantis will be in Louisiana, Kendricks in Mississippi and Lavillenie in France.Their challenge is to clear the most 5-meter jumps within 30 minutes. The athletes agreed on the format because adjusting the bar is not practical without officials in place.Duplantis broke Lavillenie’s world record in February. He cleared 6.17 meters and then 6.18 on consecutive weekends. Marte, a first baseman, catcher and right fielder from the Dominican Republic, was 30. He played in the Oakland farm system from 2008-12, going as far as Class A.In other team news, the A’s have decided to pay all employees through May.___Three people at German soccer club Cologne have tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest blow to the Bundesliga’s hopes of resuming games this month.Cologne didn’t name the people who tested positive, and didn’t say whether they were players. ___The English Premier League is still hoping to restart its season amid the coronavirus pandemic.The 20 clubs discussed the latest planning under “Project Restart” on a conference call.The league says it is “considering the first tentative moves forward and will only return to training and playing with government guidance.”But the league says the “clubs reconfirmed their commitment to finishing the 2019-20 season.” The Badminton World Federation says the event will remain in Huelva, Spain, and be held Nov. 29-Dec. 5.BWF president Poul-Erik Høyer says the two main events can now go ahead “with equal fairness for everyone.”___The Swiss hockey federation says it won’t seek to host the 2021 men’s world championship after losing this year’s event because of the coronavirus pandemic.The 2020 championship had been due to start next week in Zurich and Lausanne. It was canceled in March.last_img read more

Third Annual Turbo Knockout Football tournament Launched

first_imgTHE third edition of the Annual Turbo Knockout Football tournament was launched on Tuesday with twenty teams announced as participants. They are Georgetown Football Club (GFC), Camptown Football Club, Northern Rangers FC, Riddim Squad FC, GT Panthers FC, Pele FC, Eastveldt FC, Beacons FC, Police FC, Buxton Stars FC, Mahaica Determinators FC, Dynamic FC, Timheri Panthers, Uitvlught FC, Pouderoyen FC, Eagles United, Black Pearl FC, Santos U-20, Fruta Conquerors U-20 and Buxton United U20.Speaking at yesterday’s Launch, Petra representative Mark Alleyne contended that, “There is no better feeling as an administrator than the sport exceling. We believe that this partnership will continue to be a successful one.”He spoke in the absence of Petra Co-Director, Troy Mendonca.Representing the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), Youth Coach Wayne Dover noted that they are particularly interested in this tournament because of the youth teams.“We are on a scouting exercise across Guyana to look for talent for the National U20 tournament,” he added. He continued, “We would like to say that we are pleased to recognise the contribution of the Petra Organisation and running these tournaments across Guyana. We look forward to seeing a smooth running of the Turbo Football Tournament.”Meanwhile, tournament title sponsors Turbo, through their parent company Beverages Inc., (GBI) commented on their continued support.Marketing representative, Raymond Govinda said, “We believe that the tournament provides the perfect platform to develop new talents and foster the growth of football.”He added that the company has extended its reach to feature other sports throughout the year, but had to continue this one based on its successes.The tournament will feature 10 playing days, beginning on November 9 and concluding on December 6.The first prize for the tournament will be $400,000, with second place bagging $200,000, third place $100,000 and fourth place $50,000.The tournament will be played exclusively at the Ministry of Education ground Carifesta Avenue.last_img read more