PREMIUMBogor develops local village into nutmeg center to spur tourism, economy

first_imgLog in with your social account West-Java bogor nutmeg agriculture agriculture-tourism Linkedin Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here In a bid to boost urban farming and promote tourism, the Bogor administration in West Java has turned a local village into a center for nutmeg production and hopefully, a popular tourist destination for the City of Rain.Many residents of Kampung Buntar in Muarasari subdistrict, South Bogor district, have already been running home-based industries that produce processed nutmeg. Inspired by their efforts, the city administration decided to tap into their potential and expand their businesses.According to Bogor Deputy Mayor Dedie A. Rachim, Bogor could one day be known and visited for its processed nutmeg with the help of Kampung Buntar.“We want to [expand] Kampung Buntar as a nutmeg village and hopefully, nutmeg can become Bogor’s signature product, especially in our efforts to bolster urban farming,” Dedie said at the initiative’s official launch in Kam… Google Forgot Password ? Facebooklast_img read more

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Arsenal to make new move for Daniele Rugani with Samuel Umtiti set to stay at Barcelona

first_imgArsenal to make new move for Daniele Rugani with Samuel Umtiti set to stay at Barcelona Rugani has fallen down the pecking order at Juventus (Getty Images)Paratici has also been in talks with Manchester United for Romelu Lukaku, although that move could be scuppered after the Premier League club pulled the plug on their negotiations with Paulo Dybala, who was offered as part of the transfer.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal are now expected to hold further talks with Paratici over a potential move for Rugani, who Juventus are trying to offload having signed Matthijs de Ligt in a £67.5 million deal from Ajax earlier this summer.Rugani, who has been capped seven times by Italy, made just 15 appearances in Serie A last season. Comment Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Daniele Rugani is on Arsenal’s shortlist (Getty Images)Arsenal are set to hold new talks with Juventus over a potential deal for Daniele Rugani, according to reports in Italy.Unai Emery is desperate for the Gunners to sign a new central defender before the transfer window closes on Thursday.Arsenal have already had a two-year loan offer for Rugani rejected by Juventus last month.But according to Alfredo Pedulla, Arsenal have retained a ‘strong interest’ in Rugani and will make a new push to sign the 25-year-old before the deadline.ADVERTISEMENTJuventus’ sporting director Fabio Paratici is currently in London to complete the deal which will see Joao Cancelo join Manchester City, with Danilo moving in the opposite direction. Samuel Umtiti is set to stay at Barcelona (Getty Images)Arsenal were also linked with a move for Samuel Umtiti and it was claimed that the Gunners’ head of football Raul Sanllehi could discuss a potential move for the France international as he attended the club’s match against Barcelona at Camp Nou on Sunday evening.But Umtiti appears to be staying at Barcelona as he travelled with the squad to Miami on Monday for their friendly against Napoli on Wednesday evening.More: 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 CityAsked if Arsenal will complete any more signings before the deadline, Emery said after Arsenal’s defeat to Barcelona on Sunday evening: ‘Only if we can sign a player who really, really can improve our squad, then we are going to do that.‘If not, then not. We have good competitive players to achieve or try to achieve our target this season and we are going to be looking at something if we can sign someone, but with this idea.‘Only, and only, if we can improve.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterMonday 5 Aug 2019 1:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link20Shareslast_img read more

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Trio of Dutch asset managers launch joint private equity platform

first_imgPrivate equity funds usually charge management fees based on assets including cash yet to be invested, and lock that cash in for several years. However, the new investment platform said that, if not all committed assets were used during the year due to a lack of available deals, assets would be returned.The pension fund clients of the three asset managers have invested 3-5% of their entire portfolio on average in private equity, most of which is allocated to pooled funds.Achmea IM has allocated 10% of its private equity holdings to co-investments and, according to Van Gisbergen, the company aimed to double this allocation in the coming years. Van Gisbergen said that the fund for 2019 comprised more than €100m, which would be largely invested in small and medium-sized companies with a market value of between €200m and €300m.Achmea, Blue Sky and SPF are to jointly take a minority stake, which would be scaled up to majority holdings through co-investment by a private equity fund.The three players expected that their combined clout would make them qualify sooner for co-investment deals.Van Gisbergen said: “In the past, we had little access to deals, as the large players, such as the €215bn PGGM, would be involved earlier.”Blue Sky Group runs €22bn for three schemes sponsored by Dutch airline KLM, while SPF Beheer manages €20bn for clients including the railways scheme SPF and the public transport pension fund SPOV.Achmea IM is the €130bn asset manager for institutional investors, insurer Achmea and general pension fund Centraal Beheer APF, part of the Achmea group. The Dutch asset managers Achmea IM, Blue Sky Group and SPF Beheer have established a joint platform for co-investments in private equity.The companies, which jointly manage €172bn, said the collaboration aimed to significantly reduce costs.“Although an external specialist would be needed for the adequate implementation of the programme, costs could be more than halved,” said Jos van Gisbergen, senior portfolio manager for private equity at Achmea IM.Pension fund clients would be able to decide each year how much they each wanted to invest.last_img read more

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Unusual Gold Coast ‘tree house’ snapped up for almost $2 million

first_imgIt looks like it’s in the treetops from the inside. It has a contemporary style with modern features. The bathroom is like a rainforest spa retreat. MORE NEWS: NRL captain’s push for side hustle The 15m cantilevered wing was the most complicated part of the build.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoIt was passed in at auction before a $1.875 million price tag was attached to it.Mr Lamb said it attracted plenty of interest, including multiple offers, but many people who inspected it weren’t serious buyers.“We had so much interest in it but … a lot of people came through just because they loved the design of the home,” he said.“We were really shooting for a premium price.” MORE NEWS: Glitter Strip among world’s best for luxury property No wonder it’s called the ‘tree house’.center_img A local buyer splashed almost $2 million on the striking Tallai property.A striking Tallai house designed to look as though it is perched in the treetops has been snapped up for almost $2 million.The Grandview Tce property, appropriately named the ‘Tree House’, changed hands in a $1.8 million deal just before Christmas but settled yesterday.Kollosche agent Rob Lamb, who marketed the property, said the local buyers were so keen to move in that they had almost unloaded all their belongings hours after the sale settled.The cleverly designed house hit the market in October. He said the buyer wasn’t looking for a new property but couldn’t ignore the opportunity after stumbling across the unusual house. The property hit the market in October before being snapped up just before Christmas.“They just didn’t want to miss out,” he said.Sellers Simon and Janine Newitt designed and built the four-bedroom house.The most complicated part of the build was 15m cantilevered wing, which has floor-to-ceiling windows framing sprawling bushland views.“The tie down construction was extensive to lock the cantilevered wing down to the earth,” Mr Newitt said.“This included 9m-deep rock anchors set below the primary footing. “We also drilled and blasted three rock sockets that support the cantilevered building laterally.”The couple lived in the house with their three children for almost two years. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more

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Changes to Broadbeach’s Naia tower tipped to attract owner occupiers

first_img MORE NEWS: Beachfront home or five-star resort More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago MORE NEWS: Skyhome marks top sale The developer of Naia Broadbeach wants to change the tower’s design to attract more owner occupiers.CHANGING market conditions have pushed a developer to alter the design of its proposed $88 million Broadbeach apartment project.The head of Eastview Australia, which is acting for developer Jun Xin Oceanscape, said the changes to Naia will make it more appealing to buyers, particularly owner occupiers.“The developer has considered the best options for the project to ensure that Naia proceeds to the construction phase and we have undertaken a workshop to investigate a model that will ensure the success of the project,” Eastview Australia’s managing director Graham Goldman said. “One of the key initiatives is to have a point of difference for the buyers, to improve and expand on the current facilities of the building for the residents to attract a greater share of the owner-occupier market.”The management rights to Naia have been acquired by Tourism Holdings Pty Ltd, which is led by one of the Gold Coast’s most experienced property managers, Bryan Frawley. The company’s existing portfolio includes high-profile Surfers Paradise towers Q1 and Rhapsody.“We are working closely with Mr Frawley’s group to ensure that we create a residential building that will be well received by the market,” Mr Goldman said. Changing market conditions have prompted the developer’s decision to alter the design.center_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:46Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:46 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenChoosing an apartment to invest in01:47 Naia’s current design includes 97 contemporary apartments at 48 Alexandra Ave with ocean views and expansive outdoor areas including a rooftop residents’ lounge with swimming pool. While the project had already secured more than $20 million in sales, tighter lending conditions have led to a drop in the investor market nationally.However, strong interstate migration meant the Gold Coast owner occupier market was holding up well. Before construction proceeds, the developer needs to obtain Gold Coast Council support for the proposed changes. Sales of Naia apartments have been put on hold until then.last_img read more

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June 5, 2018 Police Blotter

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Perris Auto Speedway sets eight race dates for IMCA Modifieds

first_imgPERRIS, Calif. – A California track with all the bells and whistles will have IMCA-sanctioned Modifieds on eight Saturday night race programs, too. Opening night for the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds at Perris Auto Speedway is March 14. IMCA Modifieds had run on the half-mile semi-banked clay oval, located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, as recently as 2005. Several local drivers asked promoter Don Kazarian about bringing the sanctioned division back late in 2014. “We averaged 22 Modifieds with a high of 29 last year so car count was not an issue. You always want to get more cars and I think we’ll get 3-5 more this year,” Kazarian said. “Our rules package was already pretty close so drivers won’t have to spend a lot of money to make their cars IMCA legal.”“They will be able to race for a track championship,” he continued, “as well as IMCA national and regional points.”Perris will be part of IMCA’s Larry Shaw Racing Western Region for Modifieds. Point racing continues into September.“We really work hard on the (racing) surface here and we take a lot of pride in that. This is not one of those tracks where you’ll watch a race from on TV and it’s a dust bowl,” said Kazarian, a veteran of 20 years as a promoter. “Our light and sound systems remain state-of-the-art, we’ve got aluminum grandstand seating and all the parking is paved.” “We have all the bells and whistles here,” Kazarian added. “We’ve got everything except a jumbotron, and we’ve rented those for special nights.” “Perris is a great addition to IMCA in general and to our Western Region in particular,” noted IMCA Director of Track Relations Jim Stannard. “We look forward to working with Don and his staff for many years.”last_img read more

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Eagles Nip Tigers

first_img Latest posts by admin (see all) BLUE HILL — The Eagles rallied from a 4-0 lead to nip the Tigers in eight innings on Wednesday, May 6.Sumner righthander Tashia Daley pitched for the first time since recovering from knee surgery and struck out the side in the first inning and 10 for the game.A three-run fifth inning gave the Eagles a 5-4 lead but the Tigers knotted the score with a run in the top of the seventh to force the extra inning.Lydia Clapp tripled and scored on a ground ball to first base by Lexi Wessel in the bottom of the eighth to give GSA the win.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textDaley pitched a three-hitter but was the victim of nine Sumner errors. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Bio State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Latest Postscenter_img Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 admin House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014last_img read more

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Cushenberry emerges as second starter among Broncos rookies

first_imgCushenberry emerges as second starter among Broncos rookies Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Lloyd Cushenbery III is the first rookie to win the Denver Broncos’ starting job at center since J.D. Walton a decade ago and the second of this year’s class to get the stating nod.“My main focus is going out there and being physical, really just showing that I have the mental capacity to make all the calls and have the confidence that I can do this thing at a high level,” Cushenberry said Tuesday as the Broncos installed their game plan for their Monday night opener against the Tennessee Titans.Cushenberry, a third-round draft choice from LSU, beat out Pat Morris and Austin Schlottmann to earn the starting job. Associated Press “At center, just me being the person I am, I don’t really want to depend on anyone to help me out too much. I feel like it’s my job, my responsibility to know all my calls, to know what exactly I have to do,” Cushenberry said. “Obviously, all of us are going to help each other out on the field. They’re going to help me out a lot because they’ve played and they’re experienced. As far as mentally and making calls, I feel like that’s on me as a center to know what I have to do at all times.”Cushenberry is in no mood to celebrate winning a starting job.“This is only the beginning,” he said. “Now I’m ready to go out there and prove that I belong.”Notes: The Broncos will allow 5,700 fans into their second game, against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers in Week 3. They’ll have no fans for the opener. … The only player who didn’t participate in the indoor practice (snow, sleet) on Tuesday was ILB Mark Barron, who pulled a hamstring at the Friday night stadium practice. … LB Bradley Chubb (knee), Glasgow (ankle), TE Albert Okwuegbunam (hip), WR KJ Hamler (hamstring), TE Andrew Beck (back) were all in uniform and took part in the individual periods.___ September 8, 2020center_img Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Update on the latest sports “He just kept improving,” coach Vic Fangio said. “It was a close battle all through camp. We just think that he’s ready for it and he’ll keep improving and learn by playing. A little bit of this is crystal ball that we think he’ll keep improving and develop into a good center.”Cushenberry said his emergence as one of two rookie starters — the other was first-round pick Jerry Jeudy — was equal parts mental and physical.“Obviously playing the center position there are a lot of things you have to know mentally. Playing in the NFL inside, you have to be very physical,” Cushenberry said. “It’s a little bit of both, but both things I feel like I’ve made big strides in each day. I just got better every day.”Rookies had a tougher time impressing coaches during the coronavirus-interrupted offseason filled with remote learning challenges and no preseason games.Cushenberry had to develop a rapport with quarterback Drew Lock in a very nontraditional way. “It really just all started in the Zoom meetings,” Cushenberry said. “We would have offensive meetings. We didn’t really spend time one-on-one with each other. We just, with the whole offense in the meeting together, installing together, I just got a chance to learn everything, learn what the quarterback should see if he wants to flip the protection and some things that I should be looking at.”Without preseason games to knock off the rust or rid himself of the jitters, Cushenberry is leaning on his college experience where the Tigers started off with regular season games right away.“I think it compares to college. As far as the preseason and how everything shook out with the pandemic, there’s really no excuse. Everyone’s in the same situation. Even when everything first took place back in April or May, my whole mindset was once we get back to football there’s no excuse whether we didn’t have preseason or this and that,” Cushenberry said. “When you get on the field you have a job to do. Every rookie, every player is in the same situation. I feel like it’s my job to be responsible, put in the work, not just inside the building but when I get home, so when I get on the field I can be as prepared as I can be and play at a high level.”Cushenberry will have guards Dalton Risner and Graham Glasgow to help him out, but he doesn’t want to bother them.last_img read more

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Stanton Rose Jr – a very special talent

first_img… From Kwakwani to Georgetown to Caribbean historyBy Ras WadadaON the last ‘Boxing Day’ of the 20th century – historic in its own right – in the ‘mining-logging’ community of Kwakwani, a very special child was born at the hospital. On that Sunday morning at about seven hours, 17-year-old Vishawn Hopkinson gave birth to her first offspring – a healthy bouncing 9-pound 6-ounce baby boy – in the presence of his dad, Stanton Rose (Senior).“The joy in the room was overwhelming because I got my wish of a boy,” a still happy Hopkinson recalled.Rose Jr would, 18 years later, bring greater joy to his parents, community and country, when he captained and inspired the nation to their first-ever senior men’s Caribbean Basketball Championship.From his very early childhood Rose Jr fell in love with the sport of basketball and by the tender age of twelve he was on the court, rubbing shoulders with the much bigger and older men of the community. Kwakwani, a small peaceful village on the east bank of the Berbice River and most southern to the more vibrant town of Linden is approximately 130 miles from the capital City of Georgetown.  “I first got attracted to the game when I was about nine years old, but did not start to play and get to understand the game until about three years after. The influence came from watching the game on TV and also going out with my mom to watch my Dad play in the community in the afternoons.“Those games were intense, but what aroused more interest in me was how the game brought the community together,” Rose Jr related in an exclusive interview with Chronicle Sport recently.“I never had any interest in any other sport while growing up, though I played a little cricket for fun. Our community is a very small one and very peaceful and where I grew up was adjacent to the ghetto area, but I was preoccupied with my passion for basketball so there was no time to be involved in the ills that go with growing up.“I also had access to two of my dad’s DVDs and I watched them repeatedly – one on the fundamentals of the game and the other was the 100 Greatest Players,” he intimated.“I was like 12 years when I started playing with the senior team of the community, just training though. I never played in the games as those guys were way ahead of me in terms of technical skills, size and age.“Nevertheless I had the mentality to ‘never back down’ and as months went by, then years I gradually got to their level. I had a love for the game to the point of being fearless so anyone who stepped in front of me, I always told myself that I can dominate them. It was very challenging at first.“It was rough growing up, to be honest. Like some people, on some days, there was no food, but my Mom and my Grandma would always say that one day everything is going to be alright, just stay focussed on your school work.“They would constantly remind me that there are persons in worse situations. I think what motivated me to always be positively focussed and determined is when I saw on TV how the people in Africa rise to the many difficult challenges they have to endure in order to overcome,” recalled the elder of two children for his Mom and Dad, the other being an 18-year-old sister.“In my early childhood education I was focussed and doing well, but once I found basketball that became my focus and caused me to drop back in my school work. When I realised I will need both the academics and basketball, I did some catching up but it was kind of late as I was on my way out of school.”Junior Rose’s fast progression, on the court, continued to impress all who watched him and while he declared many persons were involved, he thinks it all started with him.“I would say my first coach was myself and the first person to coach me was coach/Sis Ann Gordon, a national coach who is from the community.“I vividly remember her first question to me: Do you really love the game?’ I responded, yes. Then she asked if I am prepared to do what it takes to be a good player and again I confidently said, yes; no matter what it takes.“As I started to develop and play with the older and bigger guys everyone was telling me to keep at it because I am talented and that motivated me so I kept working hard on my game daily. A lot of people helped along the way in my development, in fact it is the community that nurtured and moulded me.”In an invited comment, coach Ann emphasised his commitment. “At a very young age you could have seen the potential of an outstanding basketball player as he was always seen with a basketball.“Training sessions were never enough for him, so he would continue on his own on the court or in his backyard, with a makeshift backboard consisting of a bicycle rim. At age nine when I finally accepted him to be part of the training, his skills were ahead of kids his age so most of the time he would play with the older guys. “His love for the game was evident in his dedication to train for long hours and his discipline and respectful attitude made him very coachable. His IQ for basketball is exceptional.”Rose Jr recounted that when he started playing in the games with the bigger guys at age 13 there was one particular guy who ‘did not want to play with me’. It was the other players who would say ‘let him play because he can play..He added that the opportunity to play with those bigger guys at such an early age helped in his fast-paced development as a player. Within two years he was competing on the court with the seniors.“At 14 years I felt I was good enough to make the National U-16 team, but the coaches did not see it that way and I was hugely disappointed. I got some consolation the next year when I was called to the National U-19 team for the Inter-Guiana Games, and had a good series and from that time I just kept improving as a player. “The year 2016 was my break-out year as I was awarded the MVP in the tournament ‘The Road to Mecca’, playing for Bounty Colts. “In 2017, I travelled to Jamaica with a National U-23 team and then in 2018 just before the Caribbean Championship I made my senior debut in a three-match series in Barbados versus the home side, also preparing for the Regional Championship,” Rose Jr remembers.“Looking back on the visit to Barbados the Capricorn-born teenager, at that time, believes that is where the team started to have confidence in themselves, and with it the dream of doing the unthinkable – winning the Caribbean Championship.“It was an eye-opener for the national team as we were beaten in the first game, but bounced back to triumph in the other 2 games. It was really team chemistry in motion and indeed a timely test for our match-readiness for the Caribbean Championship due to be played in a matter of weeks.“I was like the floor general on and off the court, always very vocal. As a captain you must be able to motivate the team and that’s what I tried to do.“The Barbados trip was an ideal learning one that was much needed to get the chemistry right for the big Championship. The management and the coaching staff did a fantastic job, bringing the chemistry together. “After that Tour we believed in ourselves, we were all on the same page and a very confident unit. Our preparations intensified on our return home from Barbados and the goal had been set – win the Championship – and that was our mentality.”The leadership role was handed to him the previous year when the U-23s went for a Goodwill series versus their Jamaican counterparts. As the starting point he was entrusted to lead the team and ‘thanks to the support of the older players “my job became easier as they all respected my views and always listened keenly. They believed in me and we motivated ourselves by being confident”.When the team was selected to travel to Suriname it was no surprise that he retained the captaincy of his country’s senior team at the youthful age of 18 and except for the first half in their opening game where nerves dominated things, it was smooth sailing thereafter.   “Our opening half of the Championship was a bit nervous, but in the second half the jitters left and it was game over as we rolled over the Grenadians.“The second game was the toughest of the tournament for us as the game went into double overtime versus St Vincent and the Grenadines. In the first quarter we struggled to contest the much bigger men. They were huge: 7 feet, 6‘10”. My suggestion to the coach at the end of first quarter where we trailed by about 13 points was to employ a pressing game with a smaller-sized team.“The idea was to keep them running so eventually they get tired and it worked. We fought like a team and were more or less enjoying the game. We displayed a fighting and determined spirit to overcome the ‘Vincy’ men.“Our next opponents were against the home side and that was my worst game as I was being double-teamed throughout the game. The pressure caused me to turn over the ball repeatedly in the opening half and after the half-time talk Ray Victor led us to victory.“I feel the home crowd also played a part in my poor showing as I was closely shut out and scared to make any mistake. In the end, we accomplished a big win since we had not beaten Suriname at this level for some time.“The next game was against the tournament’s worst team, St Lucia and it was an easy win. Our semi-final opponents were Barbados whom we had defeated comprehensively in their backyard less than a month ago so we went into that game extremely confident and that helped us to prevail. “It was a test because although our confidence was high we had to play hard to stop the Bajans. Our big men, Anthony Moe, Timothy Thompson and Shane Webster stepped up, like in most of the games, to match the big men from the opposition and it was into the Championship game.“On the eve of the final I was in conversation with the coach, Junior Hercules and his assistant, Dennis Clarke who reminded me about a loss in an U-18 final of a ‘3-on-3’ tournament played in St Lucia the year before. And what I remember coach Clarke saying: ‘Don’t make history repeat itself. You have a chance to make history for yourself and country’.“It really stuck with me going into that final. Coach Clarke has always been a good motivator to me. He told me in no uncertain terms that he believed in me and it was time for me to take Guyana over the hump that they had failed to overcome in the past.“Going into that final we actually won that game before even going on the court, such was our confidence and thirst for history. The Antiguan side were much older, but we backed our youthful legs and energy against their older legs and experience so we just went out and executed“When the final whistle was blown it was all emotional, naturally flowing tears of joy and we hugged and congratulated each other. It’s hard to explain those feelings we shared and love we received. It was mission accomplished.” “Players and officials from the other teams also came up and congratulated us. And then my phone continued to ring non-stop with more congratulations. On arrival at our hotel where we had internet all phones were on fire and we just in the end had to lock-off the phones,” a proud Rose Jr vividly and compactly evoked.The Championship victory has been recorded as the youngest captain to ever lead his country to the title in the Region, but Rose Jr. expressed his disappointment at the reception the team received when they returned home. “I thought this was a historic moment and we should have shared it as a nation, instead of just us with the basketball fraternity.“We should have had a motorcade and celebrated with the people. As for me, my welcome home in Kwakwani was full of love and I enjoyed every moment.”Two months after the championship victory he was off to Jacksonville Community College in Florida on a 2-year scholarship. “It was a big difference, but more importantly it was a dream come through. In Guyana I would go to school in the day and practise in the afternoons. In the USA, it is wake up in the morning early and to the weight room or a training session.“After classes you get an individual workout then get a snack before getting some rest then practise every day except Sundays. At first it was very hard for me and I would skip some sessions.“Coming to America I wasn’t so good with the books but on arrival I got good with the books. Balancing books and basketball is very challenging, and I recognised and learnt it quickly. It is a very huge transformation from Guyana.“Communication at first with my team mates was a bit awkward since I had an accent which was new to them. It was difficult being able to fit in at first, but in the end I got used to them and visa-versa.“After a year at Jacksonville I transferred to Panola College in Texas where I completed a Diploma in Business Management. I am now on my way to St Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas to begin my Junior year in order to complete my Bachelors in Business Management in another two years“I learnt quickly, as I had a lot of starting time at Panola, that in America it is you first then players and not the other way as I know it. Only 3 weeks ago I finished my last papers. I am still learning to balance the books and the game.“The toughest thing for me here though is not having any family around. My family has been my motivation because that’s why I am here to help the family out of the present situation.The present Global lockdown has been frustrating since Rose Jr. was planning to be home for the first time since leaving in 2018.  To compound things now, there is present upheaval in America with protesting..“Racism is more in your face here and that is the thing I am yet to overcome. I just wish I was at home in Kwakwani with my family and not here at this present time. I am at present in Atlanta with other family,” Rose Jr concluded.last_img read more

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