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GNBS warns businesses against using name to promote goods

first_imgThe Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) on Sunday said as the Christmas season approaches, importers are stocking up but in doing so, it has warned businesses to refrain from using its name to advertise their goods.The Bureau released listing tips for this season, and also indicated that importers must desist from using the name of the GNBS in any advertisement or promotional material in relation to the sale of any product and to ensure that all products imported were in metric (SI) units.On the other hand, the GNBS said it was important for businesses to ensure that they acquired products meeting the requirements of the relevant Guyana Standards.On this note, the body reminded that it monitored Christmas trees and decorative lighting, domestic electrical/electronic appliances, weighing and measuring devices, textiles, garments, footwear, safety helmets, safety matches, new and used tyres, gas stoves, cigarettes, PVC pipes, furniture, and cellular phones.The agency urged businesses to register with the GNBS for the current year by completing and submitting to the Bureau the prescribed application form along with a copy of the business registration form and registration fee.In addition, businesses were encouraged to acquire the relevant National Standards from the GNBS for products imported, in order to ensure the importation of standard-compliant goods.More importantly, the Bureau said samples of new products must be submitted to the GNBS for approval, prior to importation to avoid rejection.The Bureau also requested of businesses, “To ensure that products imported are for the purpose intended and are safe for use. Importers should purchase from sources that issue warranties which could be easily passed on to consumers and ensure that any brochure, instruction manual, leaflet, etc, which are associated with products, are in English Language and accompany the product at the time of sale”.“Ensure, where necessary, that imported products bear a national or international certification mark from a Regulatory Body in the country of origin, or a certificate of quality compliance should be submitted to the GNBS to verify the quality of the product imported. Compliance certificates should be obtained from an independent certification body, a national standards body or the relevant regulatory body,” the GNBS added.last_img read more

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Lilly reaches milestones for U.S.

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Lilly’s 105th career goal pulled her even with former teammate Michelle Akers and Italian legend Carolina Morace for third place on the all-time world scoring list. Mia Hamm scored 158 international goals, and Italy’s Elisabetta Vignotto netted 107. U-20 qualifiers begin: Mexico, with a roster featuring nine Americans – including Highland High of Palmdale star Janet Mendez, opened CONCACAF’s qualifying tournament for this summer’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship with a 10-0 romp over Panama. Veronica Charlyn Corral, just 14, scored four goals for Mexico; Mendez did not play. Tournament favorite U.S., featuring UCLA’s Kelsey Davis (Thousand Oaks High), Danesha Adams, Christina DiMartino and Val Henderson, and USC’s Meagan Holmes and Amy Rodriguez, face opens today against Jamaica. Elsewhere: Manchester United hammered semipro Burton Albion 5-0 in an English FA Cup third-round replay. The teams played a scoreless draw 10 days earlier. … Italian Serie A leader Juventus (17-2-1) was held to a 1-1 draw at Chievo Verona. Also: The U.S. climbed one spot, to No. 7, in the FIFA world rankings. … The African Nations Cup kicks off Friday with Libya taking on tournament host Egypt. Ghana, grouped with the U.S. for the World Cup, will meet Nigeria, Senegal and Zimbabwe in Group D. The final is Feb. 10 in Cairo. “I still have the passion, I still love the game,” Lilly said. “I love the feeling of being out there, I love being part of the team, and I love winning. That’s what keeps me coming back.” Abby Wambach also scored for the U.S. France and China tied 1-1 in the other opener at the annual round-robin event. Kristine Lilly scored the opening goal in her record 300th international game Wednesday, leading the U.S. past Norway 3-1 at the Four Nations women’s soccer tournament in Guangzhou, China. The 34-year-old American captain, a U.S. mainstay since she was 16, scored on a 73rd-minute free kick, then set up Shannon Boxx with a corner kick four minutes later. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Solid second half carries Chino over Glendora

first_img Chino responded with a 67-yard drive, capped by Stanford’s first touchdown on a 13-yard run. Glendora’s Jordan Edmond returned the ensuing kickoff 60 yards to the Chino 35, and Zachary Butler caught a 32-yard TD from Stockham to tie the score at 14-14. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Run was indeed Chino’s plan for the day. The Cowboys (6-1, 2-0) attempted only four passes, but they amassed 274 rushing yards on 52 carries. R.J. Stanford led the way with 195 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries. The Cowboys led 17-14 coming out of halftime and had difficulty getting things going. Chino drove down to the Glendora 11, but the Tartans forced the Cowboys to turn the ball over on downs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Chino quickly got momentum back in its favor when Orlando Gonzales intercepted a deflected pass at the Glendora 35. Stanford scored on a 4-yard run that brought the score to 24-14. “Our defense played a big role in this game,” Glendora coach Mike Pasquarella said. “We got the stops when we needed, but sometimes we gave them too good field position.” Field position was not an issue on the Cowboys’ next drive. Chino got the ball at its own 33, but Stanford rumbled for a 67-yard score that put the game out of reach for Glendora. “The great thing about (Stanford) is that he’s such a team player,” Chino coach John Monger said. “He’ll carry the ball for as few or as many times as we ask, and we know that he’ll eventually break for a big one.” The Tartans’ (4-3, 0-2) first score came at the start of the second quarter. Down 7-0, they started at their 20 and drove to the Chino 19. Because Glendora used all run plays on its drive, the Cowboys bit hard on a play-action pass and quarterback Brad Stockham found Bobby Wickman wide open in the end zone. center_img CHINO – It looked like a pairing of evenly matched teams in the first half, but the second half told a different story for Chino and Glendora on Friday night. Despite giving up two second-quarter touchdowns, the Chino defense shut down Glendora after that, allowing the Cowboys to run away with a 31-14 Sierra League victory. last_img read more

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One Valley school faces state review

first_imgSeventeen Los Angeles Unified schools, including at least one in the San Fernando Valley, failed to make adequate progress on academic achievement tests and will be monitored by the state, officials said Tuesday. Vena Avenue Elementary in Pacoima and 16 other schools will be monitored for the next 36 months. They must improve their Academic Performance Index scores by at least one point for two consecutive years in order to get out from under state review. The schools will receive $150 per student to help them with professional development and the other resources. “Hopefully, giving them another set of money will get them on the right track,” board member David Tokofsky said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake No school has ever failed to show adequate improvement, so it’s unclear what the repercussions would be. The goal for all schools is to achieve a score of 800 on the API. “If you have a 100-point growth the first year and go down one point the second year and one point the third year, you’ll still be under this audit,” said district official Harry Gerst. “The state looks at it black and white.” Vena went from 731 in 2002, to 732 in 2003 and 719 in 2004-05, according to scores released Aug. 31 by the state. Of the 150 state-monitored schools in California, 28 are in Los Angeles Unified. Last year, 11 LAUSD schools were placed on the state-monitored list and have already shown double-digit increases in their API scores. Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 naush.boghossian@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Soccer: USL round-up – Derry hammer Bonagee as Rovers draw

first_imgDerry City Reserves 7 Bonagee United 0DERRY CITY RESERVES showed their worth with a massive win over Bonagee United at Templemore.Austrian defender Max Karmer fired Derry into the lead and in-form Cathal Farren doubled the advantage before Gareth Breslin put through his own goal before half-time.Derry lined out with a strong hand that contained several members of Kenny Shiels’ first team.Stephen Duffy made it four-nil early in the second half before Patrick McClean’s cross was finished by Karmer.Duffy added his second and McClean finished the rout with Derry’s seventh on a day when the Candystripes shone.Derry City Reserves: Shaun Patton, Scott Whiteside, Paddy McClean, Max Karmer, Jack Blake, Keith Ward, Gareth McGlynn, Rory Holden, Cathal Farren, Josh Daniels, Stephen Duffy. Subs used: Dylan Doherty, Sean Toland, Sam Todd.Bonagee United: Gareth Wade, Noel Doherty, Taylor Russell, Gareth Breslin, Darek Frankowski, Chris Moran, Francesco Crisco, Jamie Lynagh, Aidan McLaughlin, Aidan McCauley, Dean Larkin. Sub used: Shane O’Doherty.Letterkenny Rovers 2 Swilly Rovers 2 Darren McElwaine (Letterkenny Rovers) shields the ball from Damien Friel (Swilly Rovers) during their draw Ulster Senior League game. (North West Newspix)SWILLY ROVERS bravely battled back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with hosts Letterkenny Rovers in a game where the home side finished with nine men following the late dismissals of Paul Boyle and Darren McElwaine.The point earned by Letterkenny is enough to see them to the top of the table but that will be scant consolation as they know that they should have seen the game out when going two nil ahead.Eamon McConigley’s team now have to sit and think of what might have been as they have no game now for three weeks due to the interpros next weekend and FAI intermediate Cup the weekend after.Ties between these sides are always hotly contested and this one was no different and it was the visitors who started the better and twice came close through Ryan McDaid who forced Sean Friel into a smothering save while Lawrence Toland also came close in the opening minutes.Letterkenny were slow to start but did come close on a a number of occasions through Kevin McGrath, Chris Flanagan, Paul Boyle and Igor Arriel (twice) but somehow failed to hit the target while Swilly came closest through a Jordan Toland free which Friel did well to turn around the post.Swilly recently appointed Gerry Crossan as manager and he had his team well organised and Letterkenny knew they would have to be patient and the opening goal arrived on 40 minutes and a wonderful goal it was with Christy Connaghan firing a splendid 20 yard volley past Caolan Bolton after the initial groundwork had been done by Brian McVeigh and Chris Flanagan.Swilly came close through a Dylan Hegarty effort but it was the home side who led at the break and were probably good value for the lead and after Darren McElwaine came close to doubling the advantage on 57 minutes it was Connaghan again who extended the lead on 59 minutes when firing home from close range after a delightful pass from Kevin McGrath.That should have been game, set and match for Lettekenny, but Swilly got one back on 65 minutes when Kyle Burke’s shot beat Friel low to the corner to make it 2-1 with his first touch.Swilly looked lively through Laurence Toland and Jordan Toland when breaking from defence although Rovers had a decent penalty shout turned down when McElwaine appeared to have been dragged down by a Swilly defender but those cries fell on deaf ears.Swilly should have levelled on 82 minutes when substitute Mikey Sweeney capitalised on a defensive error but he somehow fired wide of the target with the goal gaping but they did get the equaliser on 85 minutes when Jordan Toland was adjudged to have been dragged back by Paul Boyle and referee Paul Duddy pointed to the spot.That decision was contentiously disputed by the Rovers management who were further irked as Boyle saw a straight red for some verbals in the ensuing incident.Toland was able to brush himself off and score to make it 2-2 with a well-struck spotkick.Two minutes later, McElwaine was dismissed for an incident in the penalty box as his team was taking a corner.Despite that decision, nine-man Letterkenny held out for a point and despite Swilly sensing to complete a remarkable recovery they will be happy to get their third draw in a row as Crossan’s side remain unbeaten and sets them up nicely for a  trip to Cockhill in the Intermediate Cup in a fortnight’s time while Letterkenny are back in action in three weeks with a home game against Bonagee.Letterkenny Rovers: Sean Friel, Paddy Diver, Ryan Gildea, Conor Tourish, Paul Boyle, Kevin McGrath, Chris Flanagan, Brian McVeigh, Darren McElwaine, Christy Connaghan, David Shovlin. Subs: Igor Arriel for Shovlin (26), Odhran McMacken for Diver (73).Swilly Rovers: Caolan Bolton, Shay Durning, Paul Bradley, Dylan Hegarty, Damien Friel, Barry mooney, Mark Wilson, Jordan Toland, Ricky Fisher, Lawrence Toland, Ryan McDaid. Subs; Daniel O’Donnell for Wilson (41), Kyle Burke for McDaid (65), Mikey Sweeney for Fisher (77).Referee: Paul Duddy.RESULTSFour Lanterns Ulster Senior League,Derry City Reserves 7-0 Bonagee UnitedLetterkenny Rovers 2-2 Swilly RoversINTERMEDIATE INTER-PROS THE FIXTURES have been confirmed for next weekend’s FAI Intermediate Inter-League Tournament in Cork.The Ulster Senior League squad will be under the guidance of Bonagee United boss Peter Moran, with Letterkenny Rovers’ Anthony Gorman also on the management team.The USL will open the tournament on Friday at St Mary’s Park.On the Saturday, the USL selection will take on Connacht in Corinthians Park before completing their weekend on the Sunday by taking on hosts Munster at Turner’s Cross, the home of Cork City.The Ulster Senior League were last winners of the Michael Ward Trophy in 2013 and 2014.The USL squad has yet to be finalised.Friday, October 14, 7.30pmLeinster Senior League v Ulster Senior League     St Mary’s ParkConnacht v Munster Senior League                                    Knockgriffin, MidletonSaturday, October 151.30pm Ulster Senior League v Connacht                            Corinthians Park, 3.30pmMunster Senior League v Leinster Senior LeagueO’Shea Park, BlarneySunday, October 16, 10.45amLeinster Senior League v Connacht                                    Ringmahon ParkMunster Senior League v Ulster Senior League    Turner’s Cross CLUB NOTESULSTER Senior League clubs are asked to forward weekly notes to new League PRO Chris McNulty at chrismcnulty86@gmail.com for circulation to the media and for inclusion on the Ulster Senior League website.Soccer: USL round-up – Derry hammer Bonagee as Rovers draw was last modified: October 9th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Community unites for events to support local mum Sonya Hamilton

first_imgA major fundraising drive is underway in the St Johnston and Finn Valley region to support Sonya Hamilton in her battle with illness.The ‘Sonya’s Struggle’ campaign was launched this week to raise money for Sonya Hamilton McCloskey, a mother of five who was recently diagnosed with cancer.More than €41,000 has been donated in recent days to assist the 35-year-old and her family in their hour of need. Several events, coffee mornings, cake sales, raffles and collections have been set-up for the cause in the coming weeks.Sonya’s story has moved an entire community to get behind her and her family. Originally from St. Johnston, Sonya now lives in Ballybofey with her husband Michael and their five young children.She was diagnosed with aggressive cancer in April 2019, following two years of illness. But the strong young woman has been researching into alternative treatment options, which has sparked the funding appeal.Sonya has returned to Letterkenny University Hospital today after undergoing surgery in Galway. Every step of her journey is now being supported by thousands of well-wishers through the ‘Sonya’s Struggle’ campaign. If you would like to donate to the GoFundMe page, please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/qap9y-sonyas-battleEveryone is welcome to support the upcoming fundraising events, which are:COLLECTION (22 June -29th June)McElhinneys Ballybofey are collecting at the door & all till points from Saturday morning 22nd June and for the rest of the week.COLLECTION (24th June )Sessiaghoneill NS end of year Mass Monday morning 24th – Collection before and after.COFFEE MORNING (25th June )McElhinneys Ballybofey are running a coffee morning in store Tuesday 25th June. CAKE SALE ( 28th June )Kavanagh’s Supervalu BallybofeyFri 28th June 11-3.For Goodness Cakes Donegal is sponsoring a cake to be raffled in store after the cake saleTEA AND COFFEE MORNING ( 29th June )Finn Valley Centre11am-3pmCOFFEE MORNING ( 6th July)Maggie’s TavernSt Johnston11am-2pmTABLE QUIZ (12th July)The Finn Valley Bar & BistroFri 12th July @ 9pm NIGHT AT THE RACESVenue to be confirmed20th JulyRaffles are also underway in McElhinneys, Brenda Doherty Hair & Makeup, Eadaoin’s Nail and Beauty Room, and Villa Rose Hotel. Check their social media pages or call into the businesses for details.Community unites for events to support local mum Sonya Hamilton was last modified: June 23rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:fundraisinggofundmesonya hamiltonsonya’s strugglelast_img read more

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BRICS in a nutshell

first_imgMediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterOn 13 April 2011 the BRIC economic group became BRICS, when South Africa joined the powerful group of emerging nations. The country attended the 2010 summit in a guest capacity and is now at the 2011 event as a full member after formal admission in December 2010.Image: Wikimedia Commons The founding nations – Brazil, Russia, India and China – and now South Africa, are in a similar state of economic development, although South Africa ranks lower according to several significant indicators. However, despite its small standing in terms of statistics, South Africa is viewed as a gateway into the rest of Africa and its rich natural resources and millions of consumers, and as such, is of great value to the other nations as a strategic partner.To date three summits have been held: in 2009 Russian president Dmitry Medvedev hosted his BRIC counterparts in Yekaterinburg; in 2010 it was the turn of then-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to welcome the other nations to Brasilia, Brazil; and in 2011 the group met in China at the invitation of President Hu Jintao.The five current leaders are Hu Jintao; Dmitry Medvedev; Indian prime minster Manmohan Singh; President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil; and President Jacob Zuma of South Africa.The 2012 summit will take place in New Delhi, India, under the patronage of Prime Minister Singh.Economic powerhousesA report (PDF, 408KB) published in 2005 by Goldman Sachs’s economic research group, titled How solid are the BRICS?, suggests that at the time, only Mexico and South Korea were suitable potential candidates for expansion of the bloc.Referring to a previous paper published in 2001, the Goldman Sachs report mentioned that while it did not ignore South Africa, it felt that South Africa was unlikely to match the BRIC nations in economic clout, despite having great potential in its own right.Even Goldman Sachs’s list of Next 11 (N11) countries, those which have the potential to rise to the economic heights of the BRIC countries, excluded South Africa. In 2005 the list included Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Turkey and Vietnam.Goldman Sachs based its selection on factors such as political maturity, macroeconomic stability, quality of education, and openness of trade.BRICS vital statistics BrazilRussiaIndiaChinaSouth AfricaArea5th1st7th3rd25thPopulation5th9th2nd1st25thPopulation growth rate107th221st90th156th158thLabour force5th7th2nd1st34thGDP (nominal)8th10th11th2nd28thGDP (PPP)7th6th4th2nd25thGDP (nominal) per capita55th54th137th95th71stGDP (PPP) per capita71st51st127th93rd77thGDP (real) growth rate15th88th7th5th117thHuman Development Index73rd65th119th89th110thExports18th11th16th1st36thImports20th17th11th2nd34thCurrent account balance47th5th169th1st179thReceived FDI11th12th29th5th31stForex7th3rd6th1st33rdExternal debt28th24th26th23rd45thPublic debt47th122nd29th98th88thElectricity consumption9th4th5th1st14thNumber of mobile phones5th4th2nd1st25thNumber of internet users5th7th4th1st44thVehicle production6th19th7th1st24thMilitary expenditures12th5th10th2nd43thActive troops14th5th3rd1st59thRail network10th2nd4th3rd12thRoad network4th8th3rd2nd18thData reportedly sourced from The Economist’s 2008 edition of Pocket World in Figures.In 2006 Goldman Sachs carried out a projection of the GDP of countries of interest, forecasting up to 2050. It found that the GDP of the then-BRIC nations would eventually outstrip that of the powerful G7 bloc by some way. Gross Domestic Product (in US$ billions, 2006) 2050204520402035203020252020201520102006BRIC128 32498 75774 48355 09040 27828 92520 22613 6538 6405 637G766 03959 47553 61748 28143 74539 85836 78133 41430 43728 005Data taken from BRICS and Beyond (PDF, 3.4MB), published in 2007 by Goldman Sachs.last_img read more

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Nitish reiterates central status for Patna University

first_imgOn the occasion of the centenary celebration of Patna University’s central library, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday reiterated his demand for the status of a Central university for the Patna University. Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, who was present at the event, assured all help for this. Earlier, in 2017, Mr. Kumar had raised this demand before Prime Minister Narendra Modi but was turned down. Patna University is 11th oldest University in India.“The State government has been extending all assistance to Patna University to regain its past glory and be an institution par excellence but giving it Central status would be great impetus in achieving the desired goal,” said the CM while addressing the function. He further added, “Earlier, I had raised this demand to accord Central status to Patna University before the Prime Minister too, but it was dismissed.”Mr. Kumar also urged Vice President Naidu to support this demand as his “gesture would be of great importance for PU (Patna University) to regain its past glory as a premier institution of the country”. “When I was student of Patna University, its glory was not only in India but in entire Asia,” Mr. Kumar said.‘Personal interest’Mr. Naidu assured, “I will take personal interest on the issue and call senior officers of the Central government to discuss what could be done to improve facilities in Patna University, besides looking into the demand for Central status as well.” Students present on the occasion cheered the V-P’s statement.last_img read more

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Cant help other sports as IT Exemption is withdrawn

first_imgGreater Noida, Sep 10 (PTI) BCCI president Anurag Thakur today said that as long as the Income Tax Exemption of the Board remains withdrawn, it will be difficult to help Olympic sporting disciplines as much as they would have liked to. “We, at the BCCI, want to help other sports grow. We had contributed Rs 50 crore to National Sports Development Fund but we still dont know whether the money has been spend or not. If they havent spend the money they can refund it to us. “Our IT Exemption has been cancelled and thats preventing us from helping other sports,” Thakur said. He didnt forget to take a dig at how Olympic sports is being run in the country. “Everyone is silent about Indias Olympics performance. But the sport where we are doing well, there is outside interference. BCCI is the most well organised body. We have never taken a penny from the government but have built world class facilities at all major and smaller cities.” PTI KHS CM CMlast_img read more

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Chess: Sam Shankland leads the field at rejuvenated Capablanca Memorial

first_imgShare on Facebook Topics American Fabiano Caruana to play for world chess title after candidates win Since you’re here… news Sam Shankland v Yusnel Bacallao Alonso1 e4 c6 2 d4 d5 3 e5 c5 4 dxc5 e6 5 Nf3 Bxc5 6 a3 Ne7 7 b4 Bb6 8 Bd3 a5 9 b5 Nd7 10 O-O Ng6 11 Bb2 Qc7 12 Re1 a4 13 Nbd2 Nc5 14 Bxg6 fxg6 15 Qe2 O-O 16 Bd4 Ba5 17 Rec1 b6 18 c4 Qe7 19 Qe3 Bb7 20 cxd5 Bxd5 21 Bxc5 bxc5 22 Rab1 Qb7? 23 Nc4 Bxf3? 24 gxf3 Rxf3 25 Qxc5 Qe4 26 Nxa5 Rf4 27 h3 Qf5 28 Rb4 Qg5+ 29 Kh2 Rf3 30 Rc3 Rxc3 31 Qxc3 Rxa5 32 b6 1-03567 1 Qa4! If c3 2 Qe8 c2 3 Nh3 mate. But the star variation is 1…cxb3 2 Bg1! Kxf4 3 Be3 mate. Share via Email Chess: Sam Shankland surprise US champion ahead of Fabiano Caruana Share on Messenger Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on Twittercenter_img Leonard Barden on chess There are some iconic images from those early Havana events. Guevara strolling around the grandmaster boards at the Habana Libre hotel, revolver in holster; Fidel Castro taking on the then world champion Tigran Petrosian in a mammoth outdoor simul which ended after half an hour when a downpour forced everyone to run for cover; Bobby Fischer playing the 1965 Capablanca via teletype from New York when the state department refused to allow him to travel; Borislav Ivkov’s horrific 1965 blunder allowing mate in two when on the brink of first prize; players at the airport greeted on Cuban soil by free glasses of rum; Fischer and Boris Spassky, all smiles, analysing their draw at the Olympiad where the USSR won gold and USA silver.After Guevara’s death and with Cuba’s economic stresses the tournament went into decline. The elite stayed away, and the venue was often moved to provincial cities. Tony Miles won it four times for England, Mark Hebden once. Americans hardly ever took part but this year there has been a change following the former president Barack Obama’s moves to ease travel restrictions.Sam Shankland is the top seed – an inspired invitation by the Cubans made before his US championship victory at St Louis ahead of the elite trio of Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So and Hikaru Nakamura. The event has also returned from the resort town of Varadero, which hosted it in 2016 and 2017, to its original home at the Tryp Habana Libre.The opposition is weakened by the absence of Leinier Domínguez, the best Cuban player since Capablanca, who is reported to be seeking US citizenship. Shankland’s main rival has proved to be the Russian veteran Alexey Dreev, who kept pace with him for the first five rounds before the American went half a point ahead in round six. The final two rounds on Friday and Saturday can be viewed live and free with move-by-move commentary on chess24.com, starting at 8pm.Below, Shankland soon took the initiative, but his Cuban opponent stayed in the game until he went passive with 22…Qb7 when Rab8! 23 Qxc5 Qxc5 24 Rxc5 Bb6 with Rfc8, giving up a pawn for activity, was best. His next turn Bxf3? (h6! 24 Nd6 Qe7) compounded the error as the US champion swiftly established a game-winning passed b pawn. Share on WhatsApp Chess Share on Pinterest Cuba’s annual Capablanca Memorial, which ends on Saturday, has been staged annually with a few small breaks since 1962, and is now in its 53rd year of an evocative history.Ostensibly it honours José Raúl Capablanca, the world champion from 1921-27 and one of the greatest natural players of all time, but in reality it is also a tribute to Che Guevara, who away from revolutions was a keen chess fan and provided state funds for the first few lavish events in the series as well as for the 1966 Havana Olympiad, probably the best organised of all world team contests. Support The Guardian Read more Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.last_img read more

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