THERE was a gold rush for Guyana’s Kristian Jeffrey and Jason Ray Khalil as the 2019 Caribbean Area Squash Association (CASA) continued at the Georgetown Club.The duo snapped up gold in the Men’s Doubles competition at the Georgetown Club Squash Courts yesterday.The doubles segment, an inaugural feature of the senior CASA, ensured that Guyana continued to show their dominance on the regional court.The Jeffrey/Khalil combination lost the first set to Barbadian players Khamal Cumberbatch and Shawn Simpson 3-11, but rebounded well to win the remaining games. With limited practice as a unit, the two senior Guyanese flowed well on the court to win 11-8, 11-10.Meanwhile the Women’s pair of Taylor Fernandes and Ashley Khalil lost to their Bajan counterparts, Meagan Best and Amanda Haywood 5-11, 9-11.Strive as they did, they were unable to cope with the fitness of the Bajans – putting up a good fight nonetheless.The tournament continued last evening with the third-place singles playoff which featured the Guyanese pair of Taylor and Mary Fung-a-Fat and the male third-place with saw Richard Chin (Guyana) and Joe Chapman (BVI) clash.Megan Best of Barbados was up against Guyana’s best in Nicolette Fernandes for the female final while Christopher Binnie of Jamaica played Cameron Stafford of the Cayman Islands in the male final.
Participants at the just-ended 36thAnnual General Meeting and Education conference of the West African Insurance Companies Association (WAICA) have called on the Government of Liberia (GOL) to provide modern technological infrastructures that will help facilitate efficient business transactions in the insurance sector.The participants, most of whom had come from English-speaking West Africa, were very clear on the issue relating to the provision of affordable and stable Internet and other modernized services that will help boost business transactions among insurance companies operating in the country and its partners as well as the West African Region.In a seven-count resolution adopted by the participants, it was unanimously agreed that, if the sector is to function effectively and efficiently in the country, there is the need for the present technology to be up-graded to enable swift business transactions among clients.The meeting was held on the theme, “Modern Technological Advances and the Development of the Insurance Industry in West Africa,” from May 5 to 6, 2014. Participants were drawn from countries in the region, especially English-speaking.Count one of the resolution calls on the government to provide modern technological infrastructure to facilitate business transactions.WAICA membership, among other things also called on local insurance service providers to also deploy appropriate technologies to enable customers interface easily with their operations.Also among the resolutions, WAICA also stated that member companies should be encouraged to invest in modern technology to assist government agencies in implementation of policies that bring benefits to the insurance industry.“Whereas, WAICA member companies be encouraged to employ right personnel,” the 36th conference participants also agreed.Meanwhile, Mr. Wale Onaolapo, managing director and CEO of Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc. Lagos, Nigeria, has said that technological advances and the advent of the ‘Smart’ Customer are shaping businesses, and institutions in the 21st Century.“Customers are becoming smart and they require smart products and services to satisfy their needs. Processes required producing these smart products and services are based on smart architecture and know-how,” he said. Mr. Onaolapo made those statements when presented a paper on the topics, “Are We Aware of the Huge Opportunities Being Created by Modern Technological Advances in the Financial Services Sector Especially in Insurance? Are We Equipping Our ICT Departments and Personnel with the Right Tools, Training and Skill to Identify Modern Technological Advances and Their Impact on Our Operations?” he asked rather rhetorically. He also raised the issue of operations or regulators in the sub-region being in alignment with modern technological advances.In another development, the General Manager and CEO of Mutual Benefits Assurance Company, H. Momo Fortune, has been installed into office as the new president of WAICA.Mr. Fortune is expected to stir the affairs of the association for the next two years.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Moments after becoming the first Indian shuttler to win the World Championships, shuttler PV Sindhu dedicated the historic triumph to her mother, who celebrated her birthday on Sunday, and the country.In a final that lasted just 38 minutes, Sindhu demolished Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-7, 21-7. “This means a lot, it is a big win. I had lost in the finals in the last two editions,” said Sindhu in an on court interview after the match.Highlights | @Pvsindhu1 🇮🇳 fulfills a perfect week in Basel securing the first world title of her career 🏸 Follow LIVE: https://t.co/WYFILldUvo#TOTALBWFWC2019 #Basel2019 pic.twitter.com/wDdxK1aVly— BWF (@bwfmedia) August 25, 2019 “I won for my country, I am really very proud to be an Indian,” said an emotional Sindhu wearing a satisfied smile on her face. “I would like to thank my coach (South Korean Kim Ji Hyun) and Gopi sir (Pullela Gopichand) and also my parents. Today is my mother’s birthday, so happy birthday mom!” she added.P. Vijaya, mother of #PVSindhu in Hyderabad: We are very happy, we were waiting for that gold medal. She trained hard for this. #Telangana pic.twitter.com/MCtlAYRjQK— ANI (@ANI) August 25, 2019 This was Sindhu’s third consecutive final at the World Championships, having been beaten by Okuhara in 2017 and Olympic champion Carolina Marin in 2018.Sindhu had also won bronze in 2013 when she was just 18 and repeated the feat the very next year. She is the reigning BWF World Tour Finals champion. The ace shuttler is also a silver medallist at the Olympics, World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.’I REALLY WANTED THE TITLE’Newly crowned world champion Sindhu said on Sunday that she treated the final just like her semifinal or quarterfinal contests and that she was “prepared for everything.””I just played the way I played my last two matches. I was really prepared for everything. Playing with the Japanese girls, it’s always going to be really long rallies and I was prepared for it,” the 24-year-old told reporters after the match.Watch 👀 the 2019 #WorldChampion as she speaks about – how she is feeling after the historic win at the #BWFWorldChampionships2019 and what made her feel more special!Watch it here👇!@Media_SAI @IndiaSports @RijijuOffice #IndiaontheRise #bwfworldchampionship2019 #sindhu pic.twitter.com/rfW9M2Rdjq— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 25, 2019 “Since the start of the match, I was dominating. It was very important for me to remain alert because of the long rallies that (Okuhara) tends to play. I had to be prepared for everything, whether attack or defence. Every point mattered and I could not give away any easy ones. “I was feeling upset whenever I gave an easy point, like a mid-court smash into the net, even though her score was really low. I was just thinking that no matter what the lead may be, I just have to finish it off,” Sindhu said.Sindhu also said that the absence of defending champion Carolina Marin did not make much of a difference to her run. “The top 1-15 players are of the same standard. It’s all about who gives their best on a given day,” she said.Sindhu said that after missing out on the previous two occasions, she was desperate to win the title this year.”It’s a very important win for me because after two bronze and two silver medals, I really wanted the title. I was expecting this for a long time and now finally it has happened. So, I’m really happy,” she said.Sunday’s gold is Sindhu’s fifth medal at the World Championships, which is the joint highest in women’s singles in the history of the tournament along with Xhang Ning of China, a two-time Olympic gold medallist. Apart from the two silvers Sindhu won in the last two editions, she had also won the bronze in 2013 and 2014. Related StoriesNothing Short of Masterclass: Twitter Celebrates PV Sindhu’s History World Championships WinPV Sindhu Makes India Proud Again: PM Modi Praises the World Champion badmintonbwf world championshipsIndiaPV Sindhu First Published: August 25, 2019, 8:06 PM IST