Inquirer 7 top UAAP women’s volleyball players: Week 2

first_imgMotorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team placings, statistics and observation.ADVERTISEMENT 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown View comments Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG La Salle’s Dawn Macandili. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netShe’s the diminutive anchor of La Salle’s defense and she’s proven she can dance with the big girls.Dawn Macandili once won the Finals MVP of the PSL All-Filipino Conference. Although a rare occurrence, she has shown that defense does win championships.Now that the UAAP has resumed, Macandili has continued her impressive form.READ: La Salle trips pesky UST for second straight winMacandili is averaging five digs per set, the second-best in the league behind University of the East’s Kathleen Arado, and posting an efficiency rating of 41.67 percent in receives, the third-best mark in the league.Patricia Rasmo of University of Santo Tomas and Arado are ranked higher than Macandili in terms of receives but the La Salle libero take the nod here by virtue of the Lady Spikers’ 2-0 start.7. Diana Carlos (University of the Philippines, opposite hitter)UP’s Diana Carlos. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDiana Carlos was part of the vaunted rookie class University of the Philippines paraded in Season 78, teaming up with eventual top freshman Isa Molde, Maristela Layug, Angeli Basarte, and Justine Dorog.Early in Season 79, Carlos has been unleashed and the sophomore has become the 2-0 Lady Maroons’ leading scorer averaging 14.5 points.READ: La Salle, UP grab share of UAAP lead READ: UP blanks UE, stays unbeaten in UAAP Volleyball Estrañero has eased into her new role quite easily and her numbers back that up as she averaged 27.5 excellent sets per match in helping UP to a 2-0 record.5. Bea De Leon (Ateneo de Manila University, middle blocker)Ateneo’s Bea de Leon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBeing a middle blocker in the UAAP comes with the thought that you will always be compared to Jaja Santiago, but Ateneo’s Bea De Leon has managed to match up by virtue of her production and her intensity.Ateneo is now at 2-1 and that is thanks in large part to De Leon who has taken the mantle of being the Lady Eagles’ emotional leader.READ: Santiago, De Leon exchange praises after match De Leon went toe-to-toe with Santiago during their matchup and boy, was the Atenean junior one mean girl.Every time Santiago scored one for the Lady Bulldogs in the fourth set, De Leon was there to respond with a mean streak that can rival anybody’s.De Leon, for the past three games, has averaged 10.67 points, which is the sixth-best in the league, and 0.67 kill blocks per set.6. Dawn Macandili (De La Salle University, libero) WATCH: Get to know La Salle’s Kim Dy in 7 questions Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac towncenter_img The league’s seventh-best scorer is also it’s third best spiker.Carlos has a success rate of 37.29 percent and that clip is just behind NU’s Santiago and La Salle’s Baron.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties LATEST STORIES READ: Dy, La Salle still adjusting to reach top formDy has transformed herself into La Salle’s talisman and for the past two games she’s averaged 13.5 points as the Lady Spikers tacked on a 2-0 start. That statistical average isn’t much, but Dy makes up for it with her winning attitude and the willingness to carry on the swagger La Salle’s stars have always put on their shoulders.3. Jasmine Nabor (National University, setter)Jasmine Nabor has proven her worth as National University’s setter for the future when she won the Finals MVP in the Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference and it seems she has become the setter head coach Roger Gorayeb has been looking for.READ: NU pounces on Ateneo for 2nd straight winSantiago has finally reached her true potential as the deadliest collegiate volleyball player and it’s thanks to no small part to Nabor.NU’s duo led the Lady Bulldogs to a 3-0 start, the best in the league, and Nabor has averaged an unreal 42 excellent sets per game.4. Ayel Estrañero (University of the Philippines, setter)UP’s Ayel Estranero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netShe wasn’t a setter initially but when University of the Philippines needed one, she happily took on the role and immediately became the engine that drives the Lady Maroons’ offense.From someone who usually gets up high to punch home some points, Estrañero is now the one setting up her teammates for scoring opportunities. MOST READ Her highest scoring output was against Ateneo when she scored 26 points en route to a four-set win.There really isn’t much to write about the greatness of Santiago, all one has to do is just watch—watch in awe.2. Kim Kianna Dy (De La Salle University, opposite hitter)La Salle’s Kim Dy. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt was a virtual toss up between Kim Kianna Dy and Mary Joy Baron but the former had to take this spot.Her quiet demeanor outside the court is replaced with a rampaging mean streak that is no stranger to the big stage. She won the Finals MVP honor when the Lady Spikers won the title from Ateneo in Season 78, and is expected to continue her fearless run this season.ADVERTISEMENT Here are INQUIRER’s top seven players for Week 2, which includes the opening weekend.1. Jaja Santiago (National University, middle blocker)NU’s Jaja Santiago. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIf there’s ever a player who rightfully deserves the no.1 spot, it has to be Jaja Santiago. It’s hard to think otherwise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSantiago has been NU’s driving force as it opened up the season on a three-game unbeaten streak with the towering middle blocker averaging 21 points per match.READ: NU sweeps Adamson, improves to 3-0 in UAAP volleyball Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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10th triple for James in Cavs revenge rout of Pistons

first_imgDuterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) drives past Detroit Pistons’ Tobias Harris (34) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in Cleveland. APLOS ANGELES, United States — LeBron James scored his 10th triple-double of the season as the Cleveland Cavaliers avenged an earlier loss to the Detroit Pistons with a 128-96 drubbing on Tuesday.James, 32, who has notched four triple-doubles in March alone, brought up his latest with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists before sitting out the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Kyrie Irving led the scoring for the Cavs, who improved to 44-22. Irving was rested for the fourth quarter after helping Cleveland into a 34-point lead at the end of the third, the contest over.Iman Shumpert added 18 points and Richard Jefferson 16 on a night which also saw Lue hand game time to new signing Larry Sanders, who made a two-minute off the bench.“He said he had two minutes,” Lue said. “I really just wanted to introduce him to the crowd and have him get in, give him a chance to have a standing ovation. I thought it was good for him.”Sanders signed as a free agent on Monday, ending a two-year exile from the sport which he stepped away from in 2015 following multiple positive tests for marijuana.Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy wrote off the defeat as a bad day at the office.ADVERTISEMENT ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Victory was sweet for Cleveland, who made up for a surprise 106-101 loss to the Pistons last week.Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue was purring at James’s triple-double, the 52nd of his career over 14 seasons excluding the playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“He hasn’t done anything different,” Lue said. “He’s almost averaging a triple-double. I think he’s averaging 26 (points), nine (assists), and eight (rebounds). That’s almost a triple-double every single night.“Now he just happens to be getting them on the same night, with rebounds and assists. But he’s played the same way, he’s been in a great rhythm these last couple months and playing well.” Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments “It was just a bad night,” Van Gundy said. “They were great, we were terrible. That is why you get a lopsided game.” CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Hard part begins as volleyball officials name women’s, men’s pool ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Avenido on playing coach role: ‘I’m not Jawo’

first_imgReluctant at first, the former ABL Most Valuable Player did himself well in the Coffee Lovers’ debut in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.While he said he was no “Living Legend,” Avenido’s came out like one as he carried Gamboa Coffee mix, drilling the go-ahead freebies with 3.1 seconds remaining while also thwarting Robby Celiz’ potential game-winner late to secure the pulsating 85-84 win over Zark’s Burger on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundBut more than anything, the 6-foot-2 forward said that all he did was to give confidence to his players as Gamboa Coffee Mix pulled itself out of a 13-point hole in the first half.“I saw that our morale was down, so I just tried to lift our morale. I just thought that when I come in, I will show them that I’ll give my all,” he said, as he finished with 15 points, five rebounds, two assists, and two steals in the victory. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Leo Avenido. PBA IMAGESThrust to the job of a playing coach for Gamboa Coffee Mix, Leo Avenido admitted that he’s still feeling his way in his new role.“I’m not Jawo (Robert Jaworski),” the 38-year-old said. “This is hard, but it’s the task that was given so I have to do it.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Swing Out Sister back to PH this Aprilcenter_img Avenido, though, reminded his fellow Coffee Lovers to not shy away from sharing their insights to him as the squad seeks to make noise this conference.“I told them I’m just a coach on paper, but we’re all coaches here and I’m open for suggestions on the plays they think could help us win. That’s how I wanted when I’m playing and that’s the same idea I’m applying here,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Kobe Paras plans to try out for Gilas More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptionslast_img read more

10 questions with Woman Grandmaster Qiyu Zhou

first_imgOnce in a while, we get the chance to spend time with a young person who truly inspires us to be and do more. One such young lady is 17-year-old Qiyu Zhou, the reigning Canadian Women’s Chess Champion. She also holds the titles of Woman Grandmaster (WGM) and FIDE Master (FM). Qiyu arrives in Jamaica this week to participate in the first-ever Jamaica International Chess Festival to be held in Kingston from Oct 13-15. While here, Qiyu, along with three other International Youth Grandmasters, will visit schools, give a motivational talk, and play against local youth in the grand finale Chess tournament. We had a chat with Qiyu as she prepares to come to Jamaica. Of all the chess titles you have won, which is your most memorable and why? The World Youth Chess Championships in South Africa when I won the gold medal in 2014, for sure, was my most memorable one. It was quite, literally, a dream come true because I’ve had that goal since I was about five. Just the feeling of being on the stage and standing on the podium with a gold medal – it’s a pretty good feeling. What is it about chess that you love? I really like the competitiveness factor of chess. I am a very competitive person, and I need somewhere to put all this energy. I think chess is perfect for this because I can direct my attention when I want to. My passion for chess lies in all the things that chess brings to me. It’s a lot about the outside factors of the game – the friends I’ve made and the number of opportunities it has given me. I’ve been able to travel to so many places, and if I didn’t play chess, I would never have gone to South Africa or Iran or half of these countries that I have been to. How do you prepare for a chess match, and what do you do to keep your focus when playing? I usually look over my opponents’ games and then think about what I’m going to do. But outside of chess, I do a lot of exercise and eat well. I eat a lot, actually. And I sleep considerably more during chess tournaments than I do during regular school time. When I’m playing, I keep thinking, “I really want to win this”, so my mind is on the game. It’s sometimes really difficult to keep your focus because the games last a long time. So I drink a lot of water and I walk a lot. I wonder around the halls. It helps to keep my mind fresh. Do you prefer to play long or short games? I like to play all types of chess. I don’t really have a preference. It really depends on the occasion. With friends, of course, I prefer to play Blitz Chess, but in tournaments, I would rather play long games. I don’t play Blitz or Rapid Chess tournaments very often. Were you surprised by your invitation to Jamaica, and what are you most looking forward to about your visit? Yeah! I was very, very excited! I’m very excited to see the country. It’s my first time in the Caribbean, and from what I’ve heard, the place is amazing, and, of course, it’s warm there. And just the whole Caribbean mindset. So, it’s going to be a really neat experience. I’m most looking forward to being able to experience the culture of Jamaica. As a youth champion, how do you hope to inspire the children you will meet in Jamaica? I’m very excited to be able to give speeches and to teach the local youth about chess and show them what it means to play chess. I really want to encourage them to chase their dreams. It doesn’t have to be as a world chess champion, but to give them the idea that if they want to do something, they can do it if they put in the effort and put their minds to it and really focus – to give their lives purpose. Many may argue that competitive chess is not a sport. Do you agree or disagree with this and why? I’ve debated this topic with many people, but for me, chess is a sport because I’m playing this game to win! I want to win. I want to be the best at what I do. I put a lot of energy into it and I try hard. So just as any runner would have a strategy on how to run his race, I have to approach chess in the same way. Chess is surprisingly very tiring. In a previous interview you mentioned that you wanted to be an ambassador. If you were to become one today, what world issue would you seek to address? I really want to address the disparity between the rich and poor. I’ve travelled a lot and seen a lot of different aspects of the world. For example, in South Africa, I was staying in a very fancy hotel on the coast with beautiful beaches, and then there were quite a few beggars there as well. It was a very stark contrast to my own circumstances. So I want to address what causes these problems. I want to do something that matters. Qiyu wants to study economics and, hopefully, follow her dreams of attending Harvard University after high school. She dreams of making a real difference in the world, living by her personal motto: “If you try really hard, and if you work for it, you’ll probably get there.” For more information about Qiyu Zhou and the Jamaica International Chess Festival, please visit read more

Tony Becca | A time to shine

first_img Adams emphasised the point that this season will again be played on the return format, and, therefore, the players should up their production to match the opportunity of playing more matches. Back in the days of one round of matches when players used to appear in only four matches, the good batsmen used to score 500 and more runs per season, hit two or three centuries per season, and averaged anywhere from 80 to 100 runs per season. The pitches were good back then, and so were the bowlers – especially fast bowlers like Winston Davis, Courtney Walsh, Andy Roberts, Joel Garner, Uton Dowe, Colin Croft, Sylvester Clarke, Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding, Anthony Gray, Wayne Daniel, Vanburn Holder, Ian Bishop, Patrick Patterson, Anthony Merrick, and George Ferris. Adams is asking the batsmen to go beyond reeling off a few good strokes, and having one or two good innings, and he is also asking the bowlers – especially the fast bowlers – to push themselves beyond the token few overs at the start of an innings, or when, and if, the second new-ball arrives. Adams’ plea is one for West Indies cricket. West Indies cricket needs batsmen who can bat, batsmen who can bat for long periods, batsmen who can bat ‘until the cows come home’, and batsmen who can make big scores, and more than once at that. West Indies cricket also needs bowlers – spin bowlers and fast bowlers, but mostly fast bowlers – those who, perhaps, with the stamina and skill, are able to bowl for long spells, as Wes Hall did for a day (rain-affected) at Lord’s in 1963. The plea goes out not only to the likes of Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope, and Roston Chase, but to Kieron Powell, Jermaine Blackwood, Kyle Hope, Jason Mohammed, and Evin Lewis; also to others like Chadwick Walton, Shimron Hetmeyer, Sunil Ambris, Brandon King, Rajindra Chandrika, Andre McCarthy, Yanic Carriah, Jahmar Hamilton, Tangerine Chanderpaul, Anthony Alleyne, John Campbell, Fabian Allen, Iasiah Raja, and Paul Palmer, and all the other young, promising batsmen in the region. It also goes out to the young bowlers, and especially the young fast bowlers, to the likes of Alzaari Joseph, Ronsford Beaton, Oshane Thomas, Odean Smith, Reynard Leveridge, Delorn Johnson, Keon Joseph, and Marquino Mindley. Now is the time for young players to step up to the plate. The selectors are watching, or they should be watching. The regional four-day tournament gets going on Thursday, and for the next three months or so, it will be cricket and more cricket as the six first-class teams, playing return matches for a total of 10 matches each, vie for supremacy. The first round of matches – defending champions Guyana Jaguars hosting Jamaica Scorpions; Barbados Pride entertaining Trinidad and Tobago Red Force; and Windward Island Volcanoes at home to Leeward Island Hurricanes – should be close and exciting. The matches should be close and exciting if only because of the cricket organisers’ movement of players around, the move to split the sovereign territories into franchises, and the hope for better cricket following this move. As the teams begin battle, however, the main hope is that the pitches will be good and that the standard of play will be refreshingly good and generally of a high standard. A few weeks ago, the Windies director of cricket, the former West Indies captain Jimmy Adams, came out pleading, and in the plea, he called for the cricketers, especially the younger ones, to come out fighting, to stamp their class on the competition, and to show the quality they possess. And Adams should know what it means to show everybody and all concerned how good a cricketer one is by performing in the regional competition. As a schoolboy at Jamaica College, he was not looked upon as someone special, and as a young man representing Kingston Club and Jamaica, he was not looked upon as someone special until he made runs, and more runs, in the regional competition. Adams went on to become Jamaica’s captain, the West Indies captain, coach of Jamaica, coach of Kent, and now he is the director of cricket in the West Indies. As Ralston Otto, and others, found out, it does not follow that making runs will get anyone into the West Indies team. On the contrary, however, it is hardly likely, despite the promise one may display and what may have happened a few times, that anyone, or someone, will get into the West Indies team without making runs, and plenty of them, or otherwise performing. UP PRODUCTIONlast_img read more

Jamaica’s ISKA World Champs booth a big hit at US Open

first_img OPTIMISTIC ISKA President, Cory Schafer, who believes Jamaica could host up to 4,000 visitors staying up to two weeks on the island for the event and holidays after, stopped at the colourful booth to express his optimism based on the good reviews from the 2014 World Cup in Montego Bay. “It’s not a theme-park experience like the US Open, which is held in Disney, making it extremely attractive to children and parents alike. However, for martial arts tournaments, the majority of the competitors are children travelling with parents. In that regard, Montego Bay is a beautiful place to go to a tournament and spend the next week,” he said. Gavin Stewart, a member of the organising committee who also worked on the 2014 ITF World Cup, said pamphlets displaying Jamaican attractions were fast movers. “A lot of interest has been shown, especially from persons already registered and coming from the United States,” he explained. “They are really interested in activities post-tournament and grabbing brochures about tours to Kingston and the different attractions in the Montego Bay area,” Stewart pointed out. Stewart and his team were busy attending to interest being shown by South Africans and Australians, most of whom have already registered, booked flights and enquired about accommodation at the tournament’s partner hotel, the Holiday Inn. “There is Team Trinidad as well, plus England and Germany are in dialogue to finalise their participation. However, the Europeans, from the 2014 World Cup experience, tend to register late, so we are expecting major registrations at the end of July,” Stewart explained. Apart from winning 41 medals – 12 gold, nine silver and 20 bronze – at this year’s International Sport Karate and Kickboxing Association (ISKA) United States Open World Martial Arts Championships in Orlando, Florida, Jamaica was also a big hit off the mat, showcasing one of the most-visited promotional booths at the Coronado Resort. Decorated with the unmistakable green, gold and black of Jamaican flags, the booth promoting ISKA’s Amateur Members Association World Championships, set for the Montego Bay Convention Centre from September 13-15, drew more interest from spectators and competitors than that of a major retailer of martial arts equipment, set-up at the opposite end of the competition hall. Jason McKay, Jamaica’s ISKA representative and promoter of the event, said Jamaica’s booths never fail to pull crowds, pointing to the booth that was set up in Benidorm, Spain, at the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) World Championship in 2013 promoting the World Cup a year later in Jamaica. “It’s always huge, a perfect promotional vehicle for our tournament and to also promote Jamaica at the same time. It created exposure for the product and had a significant [appeal] to push the ITF World Cup, primarily participation from Europe,” he said.last_img read more

Real buzz in TG – Night games return to Edward Seaga Complex

first_img Today’s games Tivoli Gardens FC coach, Omar Edwards, says the return of night games to the Edward Seaga Complex, after an extended break, will be a source of inspiration and motivation for his players when they step out against Humble Lion in their mid-week Red Stripe Premier League fixture at the Edward Seaga Complex this evening at 7 o’clock. The west Kingston-based club has not played a night game at home since 2013 and Edwards, who has never coached a home game under lights said there was a real buzz around training in anticipation of today’s night fixture. “Today’s game will mark the return of night games under lights at the venue and this has lifted the mood at the club and the players are looking forward to it. “We have had some training sessions under the lights and the players are very motivated so I am hoping for a good game,” he said. Tivoli lead the league with 16 points, two more than Portmore United and Mount Pleasant Academy on 14 points each, and Edwards anticipates a tough encounter from the in-form Humble Lion who have two wins from their last two games. “Humble Lion started the season badly but have been gaining some momentum. They are on a high just now and we are looking to bring our ‘A’ game so we can get the best result possible. They possess good quality players but we want to continue what we are doing, which is to maintain our winning form and stay on top of the league,” he said “Humble Lion play with a very mobile midfield and it will be our responsibility to not only play well in defence but also in the middle of the pitch, and when we create our chances we must be able to capitalise on them,” Edwards added. L.S.center_img – 3 p.m: Mount Pleasant vs Reno – Drax Hall – 7 p.m: Harbour View vs Cavalier – Harbour View – 7 p.m: Tivoli vs Humble Lionlast_img read more

Yonnick Lugard Adolph – producer, songwriter, musician

first_imgPersonality profileYonnick Lugard Adolph is a 25-year-old Linden-born Guyanese, now residing on the East Coast of Guyana who loves music and art. He is a young Christian producer, songwriter, singer and lead keyboardist for the well-known Samuel Medas, who has been behind the scenes for years in the Guyana gospel music industry.Adolph’s music is his signature, and with direction from the Holy Spirit, he expresses himself in the Reggae Gospel, Worship, Dancehall Gospel and Pop genres. He recently released his second single ‘’You & Me”, produced by Jeremy Vantul at the Paradigm Studio from his upcoming EP project ‘’To the Author’’ that is set to be released in October.Songs like ‘’Meh Best Friend’’, “The Praise Song” from the Reveal Album and “He Saved me” are among the tracks Adolph has recorded and can be found on his YouTube page, SoundCloud and ReverbNation.last_img read more

Uncensored 9 for NCC on December 29 & 30

first_imgSo much has happened during this year and what better way to close off the year than with Uncensored. On December 29 and 30, the show will be pushing comedy beyond the boundaries. It is the only one of its kind in Guyana.It’s comedy in its purest form; there is no holding back. All the pertinent issues, all the hot topics, the comedians get an opportunity to express themselves while at the same time feeling comfortable doing so. Of course it’s an adult only show.Uncensored has been an eagerly anticipated event triggering overwhelming responses from the public. This annual show has earned a high place as the foremost event in stand-up comedy with overwhelming box office pull.The show is an attempt at removing certain limitations and allowing comedians the liberty of expressing themselves, and making the kind of jokes they would not otherwise be allowed to make anywhere else.The show will be staged at the National Cultural Centre and will see comedians competing for over $1 million in cash and prizes.The line-up of comedians includes defending champion Chris Gopaul, Lyndon “Jumbie” Jones, Michael Ignatius, Kirwyn Mars, Mark Luke Edwards, Mark Kazim, Kirk “Chow Pow” Jardine, Kirt “Chubby” Williams, Kwasi “Ace” Edmondson, Jermaine Grimmond, Malcolm “Wickedee” Ferreira and many more.Newcomers are Marlon Jacobs and Paul Burnette. The show is billed to start precisely at 20:00h. Tickets are $1000, $1500 and $2500 and are available at the National Cultural Centre.last_img read more

“Mommy Baby, Daddy Maybe” for NCC on Saturday

first_imgAfter its premiere on July 6, 2019 at the Mackenzie Sport Club Ground, “Mommy Baby, Daddy May Be”— a theatrical presentation – has found its way to the National Cultural Centre this weekend. It is a play that is transcendent and sparks the normal questions of sexism, ironically aimed at the males.On Saturday, July 20, 16 comedians will cavort on the National Cultural Centre’s stage, living the over-the-top comedy beyond the fullest.The production is written and directed by Michael James. His hilarious satire is beautifully handled by Lois Moseley, the pregnant unfortunate lead character.She is caught between Randy Johnson and Randy Gonsalves, two multi-talented young men worth paying double to see. Into the melee is thrown a cantankerous grandmother overcome by her self-righteousness. She turns everything on its head. Granny Ivelaw plays his iconic character to the hilt. As if that was not enough, we have an undersized, egotistic pimp with a false accent, and a preacher who cannot attract anybody to his church and becomes progressively more desperate in his “laffable” quest.The play comprises some of the most hilarious scenes, and it is one that will keep you on the edge of your seat.Tickets for the show cost $2000, $1500 and $1000 and are available at Nigel’s Supermarket and the National Cultural Centre box office. This is one play that you do not want to miss.last_img read more