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Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Shelley Pearsons Olympic Single Scull Preview

The Rio Olympic Women’s single scull preview has been released with Bermuda’s Shelley Pearson making her Olympic Debut.

Pearson has a formidable rowing pedigree, a two-time junior world champion racing for the USA, she is also a four-year varsity eight rower, Pearson sat in the stroke seat of the varsity eight that won the inaugural Ivy League Championships in 2012, before going on to compete at the Royal Henley Regatta in England..

In 2014 she went up to Oxford to study for a Masters in Childhood development and education, and despite suffering from a cyst in her pelvis won one of the best women’s Blue Boats in history in the 2015 crew that raced on the Tideway course for the first time in the races history.

She trialled unsuccessfully for the Great Britain team but has now established herself as a serious contender in the single for her native Bermuda.

Pearson won the America’s qualifying regatta and placed 9th at the Poznan World Cup. A B-Final finish in Rio will be a great achievement.
Monday, July 25, 2016
Youth MVP's & Week Long Top Performers

Bermuda Cricket Under 12 MVP's
The Bermuda Cricket Board announced the Digicel and BTC Under 12 Super Summer Series Round 3 Results / MVPs for Round 3.

Bailey’s Bay defeated the Axis Angels by 1 wicket with the Axis Angels scoring 56 after 15 overs, while Bailey's Bay scored 59/9.

MVP for Bailey’s Bay was Jauza James with 9 runs, while the MVP Axis Angels was Rose Simmons, she took 2 wickets and an excellent caught and bowled.

The Bermuda Cricket Board also announced the XL Catlin Foundation U15 Results and MVPs from Round 3.

The West Central defeated the East by 41 runs. The West Central scored 147/3, Iyuan Smith was the top scorer with 46 not out, while Jamori Manders added 32, Micah Richardson took 2 wickets for 15 runs for the East. In reply the East scored 106/4, Aidan Washington scored 43 not out and Kodi Simmons scored 33 not out, Tybrae Robinson took 1 wicket for 3 runs for West Central.

The MVP for the East was Aidan Washington, while Iyuan Smith was the MVP for West Central.

Bailey's Bay defeated the West by 9 runs. Bailey's Bay scored 83 runs and restricted the West to 74 runs. The MVP for Bailey's Bay was Jordan Burgess- who scored 32 not out, while the MVP for the West was Jagai Bailey, he scored 13 runs and took 3 wickets for 11 runs.

Meanwhile the Bermuda Cricket Board Premier and First Division matches resumed, as well as the conclusion of the Bermuda Under 17 National teams tour to in Houston, Texas took place this past week, www.islandstats.com brings you the top performers with both bat and ball for the weekend matches in which we were able to obtain the scorecards on the day of the match.

The weekend’s top scorer was Dwight Basden with a knock of 83 for Willow Cuts against Western Stars in their Premier Division match, Nzari Paynter scored 44 for the Bermuda Under 17 National team in their ICC Americas Under 17 Tri-Series game against United States of America, Ian Armstrong from Western Stars scored 43 runs against Willow Cuts.

In the Bowling Department, with figures of 6-1-16-4, Sheldon Ceasar from Somerset Cricket Club returned the best figures of the weekend during the Colts Cup Match, Derrick Brangman from Bailey's Bay had the second best bowling figures of 5-0-18-4 and with figures of 5-0-20-3 saw Dalin Richardson have the third best figures while playing for the Bermuda Under 17 National Team.


..83 Dwight Basden - Willow Cuts

..44 Nzari Paynter - Bermuda Under 17 National Team
..43 Ian Armstrong - Western Stars


6.0-1-16-4 Sheldon Caesar - Somerset Cricket Club

5.0-0-18-4 Derrick Brangman - Bailey's Bay
5.0-0-20-3 Dalin Richardson - Bermuda Under 17 National Team
6.0-0-26-3 Jaiden Manders - Bermuda Under 17 National Team
6.0-0-28-3 Makai Young - Western Stars
6.0-0-46-3 Brian Hall - Western Stars

Sunday, July 24, 2016
Gordon Re-Elected as CFU President

President of the Caribbean Football Union – CFU, Gordon Derrick has successfully secured a second go-around as head of the organization.

Derrick beat President of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association David John-Williams and President of the US Virgin Islands Football Association Hillaren Frederick at the organisation’s General Congress held in Florida, which was attended by members of the Bermuda Football Association.

Derrick was barred by the FIFA ethics committee from contesting the CONCACAF election in April.

An article appearing on www.worldsoccer.com on July 19th and headlined in Bermuda a week later claims that a financial audit conducted on CFU by regional governing body CONCACAF showed liabilities of more than US $1 million.

According to Derrick, however, the article is “laced with inaccuracies”.

“It’s clearly a political article designed to cast aspersions and innuendoes at this time, so I understand it. I have been in this too long not to know when articles are done in a way to get a certain reaction. The article is laced with a lot of inaccuracies anyway and, like I said, the audited financial statements have been sent out to everybody and they have had them now for the last six weeks where the auditors have given us a clean bill of health,” he said.

The article further stated that an audit was carried out after the CFU told CONCACAF in December 2015 and January 2016 that it was unable to make what the confederation describes as ‘timely repayment’ of a $230,000 loan.

The probe reportedly unearthed that monthly payments of $45,000 to support the CFU’s administrative and overhead expenses had been made into a different account set up in Antigua & Barbuda on November 10, 2015.

Derrick, who was barred by the FIFA ethics committee from contesting the CONCACAF elections in April, rebutted that the CFU has grown significantly since he was elected four years ago.

Clearly the member countries of CFU were satisfied with the accounts and other issues as Derrick was re-elected.

The other members elected were: Cheney Joseph (Grenada) First Vice President; Rignaal
Francisca (Curacao) Second Vice President; Lyndon Cooper (St. Lucia) Third Vice President; Richard Dijkhoff (Aruba) Fourth Vice President; and Randolph Harris (Barbados), Eric Labrador (Puerto Rico), Bruce Blake (Cayman Islands), and Jeaninne Wong Loi Sing (Bonaire) Executive Committee Members.

The elections were conducted by CFU General Secretary Neil Cochrane, who was assisted by Marco Leal, CONCACAF’s Head of Member Associations and Legal Affairs. The scrutineers were drawn from the Dominican Republic, St. Martin and Suriname.

The elections, which were originally listed as the last item on the agenda, took place early after Puerto Rico successfully moved a motion to bring the process forward.
In accordance with the CFU Statues, the mandate of the new Executive Committee will begin after the conclusion of the Congress.

The official election results are:
Gordon Derrick (Antigua and Barbuda)
First Vice President
Cheney Joseph (Grenada)
Second Vice President
Rignaal Francisca (Curacao)

Third Vice President
Lyndon Cooper (St. Lucia)
Fourth Vice President
Richard Dijkhoff (Aruba)
Executive Committee Members
Bruce Blake (Cayman Islands)
Randolph Harris (Barbados)
Eric Labrador (Puerto Rico)
Jeaninne Wong Loi Sing (Bonaire)

Friday, July 22, 2016
BFA Reminder of Women's Combine on Saturday

The Bermuda Football Associations Women’s Committee would like to remind the public that the deadline for registering for the women’s league is tomorrow. All interested players are asked to attend an identification combine Saturday 23rd at 3:00 pm. Interested players can register until this time.

The Women’s league will consist of four teams with players aged 15 years old and older.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Ten Arrested for Plotting Olympic Terror Attack

Brazilian police have arrested 10 members of a group alleged to be preparing acts of terrorism, two weeks before the start of the Olympic Games.

They were not members of so-called Islamic State but had tried to make contact with the group, officials said.

The justice minister said the group was in the planning stage of an attack and police acted as a preventative measure.

Alexandre Moraes described the cell as "absolute amateurs" and "ill-prepared" to launch an attack.

All those arrested were Brazilian and two more suspects were being sought, he said.

They were detained across 10 different states, and had been in contact via messaging services such as Whatsapp.

Group members had attempted to contact a weapons supplier in neighbouring Paraguay to get AK 47 assault rifles, but there was no evidence of any being bought.

An emergency meeting of the Brazilian cabinet has been called.

More than 80,000 police and soldiers will patrol Rio streets for the games which end on August 21st.

The federal government said last week that it was releasing an extra $24m to beef up security ahead of the Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee recently concluded that Rio de Janeiro had overcome setbacks and was "ready to welcome the world" to the 2016 Olympics.

There have been fears over Rio's readiness because of building delays, the Zika virus and political crises.

Moraes told a news conference there was a "minimal probability of a terrorist act during the Rio Olympics."
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