Douglas Kellogg has been promoted to the position of Vice President of Marketing and Sales at the Golden Eagle Resort in Stowe.Kellogg has been at the Golden Eagle since 2004, prior to which he worked in sales at Sugarbush Resort. He is a graduate of Johnson State College with a degree in business.
Chennai: The World’s second youngest chess Grand Master (GM) D. Gukesh said on Friday that he aspires to fefeat five-time World champion GM Viswanathan Anand – and also to become the youngest World chess champion.However, the 12-year-old is not throwing any open challenge to World No.8 Anand. When queried whom he will like to play and defeat, the soft spoken Gukesh picked his idol, Anand.”I would like to play Anand and it would be nice if I am able to defeat him,” Gukesh said.Anand and late World Champion Bobby Fischer are his favourite players.”His playing style is not like that of Fischer. But one can see traces of Fischer in his games,” Gukesh’s coach GM Vishnu Prasanna said.Queried about his target, Gukesh said he would like to become the youngest World Chess Champion.Prasanna does not agree with a view that Gukesh should take a break so that he can get over the feeling of becoming the world’s second youngest chess GM.Gukesh will be playing in the Gibraltar Masters soon. A gap of one month from playing serious tournaments perhaps is what is possible,” Prasanna said.The record for the world’s youngest chess GM is held by Sergey Karjakin of the Ukraine, who won the coveted title at 12 years and seven months.Gukesh, who is studying in seventh standard at Velammal Vidyalaya School, will also soon play in the Aeroflot Open Chess tournament in Moscow.To a question whether Gukesh would be a marked player in the tournaments, Prasanna said once he reaches the Elo rating of 2,650 points then stronger opponents would take him very seriously.”Gukesh should be unpredictable with his opening moves and also should not lose his passion for the game so as to break the 2,650 point hurdle and go forward,” Prasanna added.The new star in the Indian chess horizon is sponsored by city-based Rs 100 crore ver Microsense Pvt Ltd, a major in the providing wi-fi connectivity in Indian hotels.The company has sponsored GMs like Arvind Chidambaram, B. Adhiban and P.Harikrishna apart from Gukesh. Microsense has also sponsored World Under-12 Girls Champion Divya Deshmukh, Leon Mendonca and Pranesh.”Commercially Microsense does not gain any mileage sponsoring chess players. I am a chess player. And for the love of the game and also help out promising talent we are sponsoring young chess players. Now that Gukesh has become a GM we now have to chalk out plan for supporting him over a longer period of time,” S. Kailasanathan, the company’s Managing Director, told IANS.In 1972, Kailasanathan was the Tamil Nadu champion and has also played for West Bengal and Delhi during his younger days.”Our focus is only on young talent who lack money to progress further and not on players who have already made a mark. Such players may be employed and would also get some appearance fee for playing in tournaments and also win prizes,” Kailasanathan added.He said the company spends about Rs.30 lakh per year on sponsoring chess players and this may go up in the coming years. “We are not interested in sponsoring any chess tournament,” he added. IANSAlso Read: Sports News
BARTY CAPITALISES ON KVITOVA’S MISSESEight squandered break points, one missed set point and a lost tie-break lead tell the story of what went wrong for Kvitova against Barty in the first set.The Czech held five break points at 3-3 in a gripping game that lasted more than 10 minutes – having carved a 0-40 lead with two blistering forehand returns – but eventually allowed the Australian to hold when she netted a forehand return.She had a mini-break in the tie-break but again enabled Barty to get herself back in it when she netted after a fantastic rally where the Australian was at her defensive best and getting on the end of everything the Czech threw at her.Another netted forehand gave Barty a mini-break and Kvitova handed her the set when she went long with a backhand.Kvitova, who was beaten in last year’s final by Naomi Osaka, swiftly left the court at the end of the set but when she returned she could not find a way back into the match as Barty raced to a 4-0 lead.Where the gripping first set lasted one hour and nine minutes, Barty needed just 35 minutes in the second. She was halted only by a dropped serve in the sixth game but went on to seal victory with an ace.“It’s been absolutely incredible,” said Barty, who is seeking to become the first Australian women’s singles winner since Chris O’Neil in 1978.“I knew I had to bring my best against Petra. That first set was crucial and it was good to get a quick start in the second.”Sofia Kenin, who ended American teenager Coco Gauff’s run in the previous round, put in an accomplished performance against big-hitting Tunisian Ons Jabeur.World number 78 Jabeur, the first Arab woman to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final, showed plenty of fighting spirit and saved five set points in the opening set before pushing Kenin hard in the second, but ultimately paid the price of 36 unforced errors.Kenin saved three break points at 2-3 in the second set in a near 10-minute game and she said this had been key to the victory.“After that I got my momentum and started playing better,” the 21-year-old said.“I’m super excited. It was a tough match.” … becomes first Australian woman in 36 yearsASHLEIGH Barty became the first Australian woman to reach the semi-finals at her home Grand Slam for 36 years with victory over Petra Kvitova in an absorbing encounter in Melbourne.The top seed made 2019 runner-up Kvitova pay for a host of missed chances in a 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 victory at the Australian Open.French Open champion Barty will face American 14th seed Sofia Kenin next. Kenin reached her first major semi after a 6-4, 6-4 win over Ons Jabeur.The last Australian woman to reach the semi-finals in the singles at Melbourne Park was Wendy Turnbull in 1984, who was the most recent finalist from the home nation in 1980.
(Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/54/ee/washington-capitals-banner-raising-100318-getty-ftrjpeg_1ddkt6wunons81bmwmp0nce3gv.jpg?t=1014233814&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/97/e6/brayden-point-092319-getty-ftr_17shbqluuwumd1fa6amgillv53.jpg?t=1595477669&w=500&quality=80 The 2019-20 NHL season begins Oct. 2. But let’s be realistic, all anyone wants to know is who will hoist the Stanley Cup in eight months time.It’s a tough 82-game stretch on just advancing to the postseason and then a grueling, heavy campaign to reach the pinnacle. Who will advance is anyone’s guess — hello, St. Blues. Sean FarrellSeriesWinnerEastern Conference champTampa Bay Lightning Western Conference champColorado AvalancheStanley Cup champTampa Bay LightningConn Smythe winnerNikita KucherovWhy Tampa Bay will win: The younger members of the Lightning were schooled about competing in the Stanley Cup playoffs after one of the best regular-season performances in NHL history. Lesson learned; there are enough key elements remaining from Tampa Bay’s run to the 2015 Final that this supremely talented team will be ready to answer the bell come April.Steve KournianosSeriesWinnerEastern Conference champToronto Maple LeafsWestern Conference champWinnipeg JetsStanley Cup champWinnipeg JetsConn Smythe winnerMark ScheifeleWhy Winnipeg will win: The Jets will get a bounceback season from Connor Hellebuyck in net, fix whatever minor internal issues they seem to have and use their heavy game and firepower to overwhelm the field.Dave McCarthySeriesWinnerEastern Conference champTampa Bay LightningWestern Conference champColorado AvalancheStanley Cup champTampa Bay LightningConn Smythe winnerSteven StamkosWhy Tampa Bay will win: They’ve learned. Their team is basically the same. They’re not going to let what happened in the first round last season happen again.Mike MurphySeriesWinnerEastern Conference champTampa Bay LightningWestern Conference champDallas StarsStanley Cup champTampa Bay LightningConn Smythe winnerAndrei VasilevskiyWhy Tampa Bay will win: Despite losing Anton Stralman to the Panthers in free agency, the Bolts’ blue line has more depth than it did last year with Kevin Shattenkirk and Luke Schenn now in the fold. Furthermore, Tampa Bay’s top-nine forwards are arguably the best group in the NHL. The Lightning have it all: offense, defense, goaltending and an enviable amount of center depth. The Blues may have won the Cup last year, but Tampa will be the team that all other teams are measured against.Murray PamSeriesWinnerEastern Conference champTampa Bay LightningWestern Conference champVegas Golden KnightsStanley Cup champTampa Bay LightningConn Smythe winnerBrayden PointWhy Tampa Bay will win: Lightning players will take nothing for granted after being humbly swept in the first round of last season’s playoffs. The 2019 Presidents’ Trophy winner, by a long shot, returns with a roster largely intact. Late off-season free-agent signings of 2019 Stanley Cup champ Patrick Maroon and d-man Kevin Shattenkirk only add to Tampa’s deep core from top to bottom. Lyle RichardsonSeriesWinnerEastern Conference champTampa Bay LightningWestern Conference champNashville PredatorsStanley Cup champTampa Bay LightningConn Smythe winnerVictor HedmanWhy Tampa Bay will win: After dominating last season, the Lightning will be keen to atone for getting swept out of the opening round of the 2019 playoffs. Few teams can match their depth. They won’t be caught flat-footed again.Jace MallorySeriesWinnerEastern Conference champTampa Bay LightningWestern Conference champDallas StarsStanley Cup champTampa Bay LightningConn Smythe winnerNikita KucherovWhy Tampa Bay will win: The Lightning learned a tough lesson last year — dominating the regular season doesn’t automatically grant you wins in the postseason, not even in the first round. They will bounce back from an embarrassing playoff with another solid regular season en route to capturing their second Stanley Cup title.Tommy McArdleSeriesWinnerEastern Conference champTampa Bay LightningWestern Conference champCalgary FlamesStanley Cup champTampa Bay LightningConn Smythe winner Ryan PikeSeriesWinnerEastern Conference champTampa Bay LightningWestern Conference champColorado AvalancheStanley Cup champColorado AvalancheConn Smythe winnerNathan MacKinnonWhy Colorado will win: After a rough start to the 2018-19 season, the Avalanche turned a corner midway through the calendar year and found another level to their game. They wildly outplayed a strong Calgary Flames club in the first round of the playoffs, then spent the off-season improving their team. What was already a talented, deep team added Nazem Kadri and Andre Burakovsky. As long as Philipp Grubauer doesn’t take a step backward, the Avalanche are going to be a tough out for the other 30 NHL clubs. NHL 2019-20 PREDICTIONS:SN staff projects final standings, awards, Stanley Cup winnerStanley Cup predictions for 2019-20Despite the pitfalls and hurdles, Sporting News’ hockey experts decided to take a leap and give you their picks for who will take home hockey’s most coveted prize.Jackie SpiegelSeriesWinnerEastern Conference champToronto Maple LeafsWestern Conference champDallas StarsStanley Cup champToronto Maple LeafsConn Smythe winnerJohn TavaresWhy Toronto will win: In last season’s predictions, the Maple Leafs were my pick for 2020 and I am not making any changes. This team is stacked with Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, John Tavares, William Nylander and Kasperi Kapanen up front, possibly the strongest defensive core in years led by Morgan Rielly and Tyson Barrie and Frederik Andersen in net. As long as they don’t face the Bruins in the first round . . . Toronto should make a run all the way to the franchise’s first Cup in 53 years.Brandon SchlagerSeriesWinnerEastern Conference champTampa Bay LightningWestern Conference champSan Jose SharksStanley Cup champTampa Bay LightningConn Smythe winnerSteven StamkosWhy Tampa will win: Lightning coach Jon Cooper and Co. will face an intense amount of scrutiny all season after a first-round dud against the Blue Jackets ended their historic 2018-19 season. This team could go 82-0-0 and it wouldn’t matter if not accompanied by a deep playoff run and that elusive Stanley Cup. Following an offseason of tweaks, we don’t need to rehash why the Lightning are still the most potent and well-rounded roster in the NHL — but that won’t last much longer. It’s high time Tampa gets over the hump.Sammi SilberSeriesWinnerEastern Conference champWashington CapitalsWestern Conference champSan Jose SharksStanley Cup champWashington CapitalsConn Smythe winnerBraden HoltbyWhy Washington will win: I promise D.C. bias has nothing to do with this pick; the Capitals’ lineup is stacked. The top-6 has Alexander Ovechkin still going strong, Evgeny Kuznetsov ready to bounce back and T.J. Oshie returning from a collarbone injury. On the bottom-6, there’s Carl Hagelin, Lars Eller, Richard Panik, Garnet Hathaway and Brendan Leipsic providing reliable secondary scoring. Defenseman Michal Kempny will help bolster the blue line as he makes his return from injury with Jonas Siegenthaler playing excellent hockey and Radko Gudas providing much-needed physicality. And of course, Braden Holtby is Braden Holtby in the playoffs. The series will go to seven games for sure, but San Jose will witness a Boston Bruins-like ending in June. Why Tampa Bay will win: It’s hard to imagine the Lightning will have another disastrous playoff collapse like they did last year. Assuming they will easily capture the No. 1 seed in the East again, Tampa will benefit from playing the No. 8 seed rather than being sent into the Atlantic Division meat-grinder in the first round. It’s hard to bet on anyone else.
Students at one Inishowen school have shown that school doesn’t have to be boring!Pupils from Crana College in Buncrana rolled up their sleeves to take part in their Science Fair this week. All sorts of experiments were undertaken and a great day was had by all involved.Simply click on the video to see how exactly how much fun and enjoyment was had.DDTV: INISHOWEN STUDENTS PROVE SCIENCE CAN BE FUN! was last modified: November 19th, 2014 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) Tags:buncranaCRANA COLLEGEScience Fair