Monthly archives: July, 2019

Memory of Musician Poet and Healer Mamacoatl to be Honored at Brava

first_imgPoetry, art, speakers and music will commemorate Parra at the Brava Theater from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 24. For more information about the memorial fundraiser event on Sunday, click here.  “She was very generous with her personality, very open, very inclusive,” said San Francisco poet laureate Alejandro Murguía. Todd Brown, director of the Red Poppy Art House, said Parra played a vital part as a core organizer for the Mission Arts & Performance Project, at a time when the project’s future was uncertain. Brown said her enthusiasm and stoicism might have hidden from the public the fact that it took significant courage for her to step into that leadership role. “I got to see a more delicate and vulnerable side of Silvia then, because she was so nervous about that responsibility!” Brown recalled. “It surprised me, you know, because it conflicted with that warrior image I had of her.”Parra arrived in San Francisco as an undocumented immigrant, and after several years, work drew her back to Central America.“Although she wasn’t here in San Francisco a super long time, I think she definitely left a lasting impression with the community, and certainty among the community’s artist and poets,” said Murguía.During her time locally, Parra forged ahead with her healing practice and her art despite, at times, financial duress and uncertainty. These contrasting traits were reflected also in how she presented herself to the world – delicate and beautiful, but bold and expressive in spite of underlying vulnerability.“She was physically very beautiful. But it was the kind of beauty that wasn’t just a well formed mouth and nose and eyes and her slenderness, but the intelligence that lit her face, and the taste with which this economically impoverished single mom would come up with these beautiful outfits that enhanced her form,” said poet and radio producer Nina Serrano.Serrano also remembered Parra’s “quick and graceful movements” and her razor-sharp mind, coupled with enormous empathy.“She was never trying to impress you, and quite humble,” Serrano said.The artist-activist’s relationships with other artists often cultivated creative work that took on political and social injustices.Together with Serrano, Parra would coordinate weeks-long stretches of advocacy and direct action to promote women’s rights that began every year with November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and culminated in the U.N. Human Rights day on Dec. 10.Arias wrote that Parra pushed then-mayor Gavin Newsom to acknowledge the day to end violence against women. She inspired a more irreverent, unabashed feminism in her already vocal collaborators.“She was always pulling me forward and making me be what I didn’t know I could be,” Serrano said.With Arias, she would also work internationally.“Once I went to Cuernavaca and Mexico City, to make a video clip and help her in the production of Sweep Mexican Corruption, where she literally swept the streets of Mexico City, beginning in the main square, to the house of the president of Mexico,” Arias wrote. “It was very emotional, and real.”Parra’s mystic wisdom and artistic leadership are reflected in her chosen moniker, Mamacoatl.“Coatl, of course, means serpent – kind of as an elder, a leader of the community because the serpent in pre-Columbian times symbolizes knowledge,” Murguía explained. “I thought it was very unique in how she was presenting herself.”“I will never forget her laughter,” Brown wrote. “I can still hear it ring out across the room, as bright and raspy as her song.”Mission Local had an opportunity to interview Parra three years ago: Tags: arts • obituary • poetry Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Silvia “Mamacoatl” Parra tried to heal the world with her music, art, spiritual work and activism. Over the span of several years in the Mission, Parra touched countless lives and pushed back against global injustices with art and community collaboration.On December 13, 2015, Parra died in Mexico of stomach cancer. She will be honored tomorrow at a memorial and fundraiser for her daughter, Paloma McGlothin, at the Brava Theater.Friends and collaborators remembered Parra as a capable organizer and outspoken advocate despite being, at her core, gentle and sensitive.“Silvia was intense, really focusing when meeting someone, and then was very calm and tender,” wrote visual poet Adrian Arias.last_img read more

NEEDING a good performance to back up last weeks

first_imgNEEDING a good performance to back up last week’s victory over the “Auld Enemy” the Saints turned in a below par display to again lose in what has become a bit of a graveyard for the U19s over the years.Having said that they could, and arguably should, have won in the dying seconds – eventually being edged 20-16. Unfortunately Morgan Knowles was ruled offside in gathering Lewis Charnock’s chip over the defensive line before feeding Charnock for the score under the sticks which he could have converted blindfolded to give the Saints the win.In total contrast to yesterday’s sunny conditions the match started in a downpour and was played for the most part in the rain.However, the Saints started brightly taking the play to the home side and opened the scoring with a well taken try from Lewis Galbraith in the right corner.Dave Hewitt’s neat grubber had given the Saints a repeat set. The ball was spread to the right on the third tackle catching the defence on the hop and giving the winger just enough space to get on the outside of his opposite number. To avoid touch he grubbered forward and won the race to the touchdown.The conditions and some poor ball control and discipline then took over to pin the Saints deep in their own half for the remaining half hour.As hard as they tried, however, Rovers never looked like penetrating the resolute defensive line until the final minute of the half.Another repeat set after another careless penalty resulted in the hooker diving under the posts to level the scores at the break.The Saints found themselves right against the wall as Rovers scored two tries in the opening 15 minutes to open a ten point lead.On the hour André Savelio got the Saints back in it with a try in the right corner. Hewitt’s grubber and a good chase had earned a repeat set from which the ball was worked wide to Savelio who had too much for the cover.The big prop was held up over the line five minutes later as the Saints started to mount a charge but again poor play needed a try saving tackle from Galbraith to keep the Saints in touch.The home team again scored a try after a kick through beating some lethargic cover to the touch down.As time ran out the Saints finally got some ball in the Rovers half and started to look dangerous.Firstly Matty Fleming was held over the line and then big defence forced the knock on in the home 20 metre area. From the scrum quick hands found Ricky Bailey free on the left wing and he scooted in for the try.With time running out Savelio went on a trademark bullocking 40 metre run from his own half swatting defenders away without a care to put the Saints in position for a final hurrah. Unfortunately the officials saw it differently to the Saints bench and the game was gone.In truth this was a game that the Saints didn’t deserve to win. Defensively, especially in the first half, the Saints were great and rarely troubled but the attack struggled to find any fluency.Centres Fleming and Jake Spedding along with Matty Fozard, Olly Davies and Morgan Knowles all had their customary quietly efficient games but as a team the Saints didn’t come together.Match Summary:Hull KR:Tries: Alex Gilbey 2, Macca Duke, Elliott Bulmer.Goals: Connor Robinson 2.Saints:Tries: Ricky Bailey, Lewis Galbraith, André Savelio.Goals: Lewis Charnock, Dave Hewitt.Half Time: 6-6 Full Time: 16-20Teams:Hull KR:1. Josh Gudziek; 2. Corey Sanderson, 4. Alex Gilbey, 3. Macca Hallett, 2. Jack Stewart; 6. Matty Marsh, 7. Connor Robinson; 19. Chris Smith, 9. Macca Duke, 10. Ryan Devaney, 11. Aiden Armstrong, 12. Harry Aldous, 20. Kieran Moran. Subs: 8. Tom Sullivan, 15. Elliott Bulmer, 21. Liam Wake, 23. Will Jubb.Saints:1. Ricky Bailey; 5. Lewis Galbraith, 4. Matty Fleming, 3. Jake Spedding, 2. Adam Saunders; 6. Lewis Charnock, 7. Dave Hewitt; 8. Phil Atherton, 9. Aaron Smith, 15. Matty Fozard, 11. Liam Cooper, 12. Olly Davies, 13. Morgan Knowles. Subs: 10. André Savelio, 16. Chris Worrall, 17. Ross McCauley, 18. Danny Richardson.last_img read more

He donated four bags packed with toys and they wil

first_imgHe donated four bags packed with toys and they will be given to those that are less fortunate than us.We really appreciate Kevin’s gesture and it will make a big difference in our community.If you would like to donate to SCDF’s Christmas Appeal then you can do so by dropping off your toys or selection boxes at the main reception of the Totally Wicked Stadium during opening times throughout the week.Pictured is SCDF Finance Manager, Chris Chamberlain, with the toys.Find out more about Cleanhire UK by clicking here.,If you would like to donate to SCDF’s Christmas Appeal then you can do so by dropping off your toys or selection boxes at the main reception of the Totally Wicked Stadium during opening times throughout the week.Pictured is SCDF Finance Manager, Chris Chamberlain, with the toys.Find out more about Cleanhire UK by clicking here.last_img read more

Lifeguard services stand down for season at area beaches

first_imgCAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Labor Day marked the end of the Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue season.Beachgoers are urged to use caution while along area beaches. The lifeguard season runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day.- Advertisement – The town advises visitors to take precautions by reading the safety signage posted at our beach access areas. Rescue officials recommend you monitor weather and surf conditions prior to swimming, and you should never swim alone.Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue says they still have four stands, three ATVs, and two trucks patrolling through the end of September.last_img read more

WWAY OneDay Blitz was a success Thanks for your generosity

first_img This year there was a line of people out the door waiting to get some doughnuts after donating.“It has been an absolute record breaking day today,” said Maj. Mark Craddock with the Salvation Army. “We are just absolutely thrilled with the results, the generosity, the people, the attitude of everyone, the working together. It’s been a great day.”We don’t know exactly how many pounds of food was given to the Salvation Army but we know it was thousands! Krispy Kreme manager said more than 5,000 people redeemed their donut voucher today.Related Article: Sisters sell lemonade to help pay off classmates’ school lunch debtMaj. Craddock said the food collected Tuesday will last them at least until next summer.Thank you to everyone who participated! Thousands of pounds were collected during annual event. (Photo: Sarah Johnson/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The annual One-Day Blitz to restock the Salvation Army’s food pantry wrapped up this evening after going on all day long.Thiusands of people came out to Krispy Kreme on South College Road to support the cause by donating non-perishable food items, and for every five items folks received a voucher for a dozen glazed donuts.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Man driving erratically arrested pantless during traffic stop

first_img The detective stopped the car and approached the driver 68-year-old James Eldred Buffkin. He was not wearing pants.Investigators say they found 30 oxycodone pills in the car.Buffkin was just arrested in December on drug charges and is on probation.Related Article: Man sentenced to 17 years behind bars for cocaine chargesHe now faces new charges. CHADBOURN, NC (WWAY) — A Columbus County man was caught with his pants down, literally. It happened during a traffic stop Thursday in Chadbourn.The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office says a detective saw a man driving erratically while leaving a known drug area.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Steakhouse coming to Leland

first_img It will take the space that used to be Mexico Viejo and Plaza Mariachi in the center of the shopping center between Wok & Roll and Computer Warriors.Christopher’s Steakhouse & Seafood opened its first location in 2015 in Elizabethtown. A second location opened in Lumberton in 2017.It plans to open the Leland location by fall. LELAND, NC (WWAY) — A new restaurant is coming to Leland taking the place of another eatery that closed.Weingarten Realty says Christopher’s Steakhouse & Seafood has leased space in Waterford Village near Harris Teeter off US 17.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Mayor of North Topsail Beach declares state of emergency

first_img A mandatory evacuation will begin Tuesday at 8:00 a.m.Due to the emerging town needs and movement of personnel, officials say townhallmay not be able to provide hurricane reentry passes after 12 p.m. on Tuesday.Town officials warn if you plan to stay, emergency services will likely not be able to help you. NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The mayor of North Topsail Beach has declared a state of emergency for the town.Mayor Dan Tuman encourages residents to make preparations as soon as possible.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Investigators believe fire at popular Whiteville bakery was intentionally set

first_imgCrews fight fire at Darel’s Bakery and Sweets in Whiteville on Dec. 19, 2018. (Photo: Hal Lowder) WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — We now know new details about a fire that happened at a bakery in Whiteville earlier this week.Officials are still investigating but they now say the fire was set intentionally. It happened at Darel’s Bakery & Sweets on Jefferson Street.- Advertisement – Hal Lowder with Emergency Services says someone spotted smoke coming from the roof around 6:15 Wednesday night.No one was inside at the time.Lowder said fire crews aggressively fought the flames, but there is still heat and smoke damage.Related Article: Police: Vandals defaced Confederate statue with KKK hoodsAccording to Lowder, the state fire marshal’s office and the SBI are assisting in the investigation.There are person of interest but no arrests have been made at this time.last_img read more

Castle Hayne mom battling cancer receives free HVAC unit

first_img 1 of 3 Helen Jordan receives new HVAC unit (Photo: ARS Rescue Rooter) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County mother who is battling breast cancer needed a new HVAC system, but the cost of medical treatments made that a financial burden.But on Thursday morning, Helen Jordan received a new system. Helen Jordan receives new HVAC unit (Photo: ARS Rescue Rooter) Helen Jordan receives new HVAC unit (Photo: ARS Rescue Rooter) Tech installs new HVAC unit for Helen Jordan (Photo: ARS Rescue Rooter) – Advertisement – ARS Rescue Rooter found out about Jordan’s circumstances, after she was nominated for the ARS Cares Program.According to ARS, despite going through treatments and being physically ill, Helen is assisting her parents in their home renovation.“She would give the shirt off her back to someone who she thought needed it more,” said Brian Jordan, who nominated Helen. “Giving her this HVAC unit would allow her the comfort she deserves while battling cancer.”Related Article: J&J hammered by report it knew of asbestos in baby powderThe ARS Cares Program donates HVAC units to people in need in the community.last_img read more

Google selfdriving car 300000 miles — and counting

first_imgAdvertisement Our vehicles, of which about a dozen are on the road at any given time, have now completed more than 300,000 miles of testing. They’ve covered a wide range of traffic conditions, and there hasn’t been a single accident under computer control.Though Google said it was “encouraged by this progress,” the company also cautioned that “there’s still a long road ahead” (pun intended, apparently). The next big challenge: snow-covered roadways, interpreting temporary construction signals, and an ability to “handle other tricky situations that many drivers encounter.” – Advertisement – As a next step, members of the self-driving car team will soon start using the cars solo (rather than in pairs), for things like commuting to work. This is an important milestone, as it brings this technology one step closer to every commuter. One day we hope this capability will enable people to be more productive in their cars. For now, our team members will remain in the driver’s seats and will take back control if needed.Miles to go, though, before we learn when this technology might become ready for prime time for the rest of the driving public or whether Google intends to license it out.Source: CNETlast_img read more

Samsung Announces SuperFast Wireless Tech That Will Make LTE Seem Slow

first_imgAdvertisement Samsung Electronics said Monday it had successfully tested super-fast fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology that would eventually allow users to download an entire movie in one second.The South Korean giant said the test had witnessed data transmission of more than one gigabyte per second over a distance of two kilometers.The new technology, which will not be ready for the commercial market before 2020 at the earliest, would offer transmitting speeds “up to several hundred times faster” than existing 4G networks, it said in a statement. – Advertisement – That will permit users to “transmit massive data files including high quality digital movies practically without limitation”, it said.“As a result, subscribers will be able to enjoy a wide range of services such as 3D movies and games, real-time streaming of ultra high-definition (UHD) content, and remote medical services,” it added.Samsung said it had found a way to harness millimeter-wave bands which have proved to be a sticking point for the mobile industry to date.The test used 64 antenna elements, which the tech titan said overcame the issue of “unfavorable propagation characteristics” that have prevented data travelling across long distances using the bands.One of the most wired countries on earth, South Korea already has around 20 million 4G users.Source: Business Insiderlast_img read more

Leading Mobile Accessories brand STK Enters Nigerian Market

first_imgAdvertisement STK Accessories, a leading mobile and tablet accessories manufacturer, is pleased to announce its products are now available in Nigeria through an exclusive partnership with Sapphire.With national distribution, Sapphire has a wide reaching channel from independent retailers through to the biggest network operators in Nigeria. The full STK Accessories product portfolio is being distributed through the Sapphire network.The STK Accessories range is grouped around four inherent end user benefits –power, protect, connect and play. These categories feature products such as the popular Quantum chargers, Glaze Tempered Shield, Zip Headphones and Soap Power Bank. – Advertisement – Jay Pau, CEO of STK Accessories, commented: “This exclusive partnership will allow us to offer our wide range of accessories in Nigeria and give us the opportunity to grow within this market. Sapphire has an extensive network of retailers across the country and even at this early stage we’re seeing great success from this new relationship.”Pastor Dimeji Matesun, CEO at Sapphire, added: “There’s a growing demand for products such as power banks and protective cases for devices in Nigeria. By listing the comprehensive STK Accessories range of products we can offer high quality affordable solutions to our loyal customers.”Detailed product information can be found at www.stk-acc.com.last_img read more

Microsoft sues IRS for details of tax agreement with firm

first_imgAdvertisement Software giant Microsoft is suing the Internal Revenue Service in an effort to get details of an agreement between the tax regulator and a law firm examining how Microsoft tallied its sales between subsidiaries.The IRS’s look at “transfer pricing,” or how companies charge for goods and services bought and sold between a company and its international subsidiaries.Microsoft said the IRS is looking over the company’s income tax returns for its fiscal years 2004 through 2009. – Advertisement – In May, the IRS entered into a $2.1 million contract with law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan to provide services related to the tax audit, Microsoft said in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington, D.C.In September, Microsoft said it filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking details of the contract between the IRS and Quinn Emanuel.The IRS twice said it needed an extension of the 20 days required by law to respond to the request, eventually proposing to provide a response by Dec. 9, Microsoft said.Source: Bend Bulletinlast_img read more

Nigeria creates Office of Content Development in ICT

first_imgAdvertisement The Nigerian government has created an Office of Nigerian Content Development in ICT.The news were revealed by the president of Nigeria Dr. Goodluck Jonathan at the recently held eNigeria conference.The creation of the office is an essential component of measures to promote IT local products and services in Nigeria and in foreign countries, said the president.The office is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring judicious and sustainable implementation of IT local content development, he added. – Advertisement – The president said: “There are numerous studies performed by the United Nations Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD) that support a strategy of strengthening the local IT sector by using public procurement.“Government procurement of ICT goods and services is substantial and will continue to grow, as we deliver more and more services online, use social media to engage with citizens, and leverage ICTs to improve the productivity of civil servants and efficiency of public service delivery.“A number of policy directives already exist – for instance government procurement of Personal Computers (PCs), below a certain configuration, must be sourced locally.“Government also gives preference to meaningful technology transfer partnerships and collaborations between local and international companies, for the deployment of ICT services in government Ministries, Departments and Agencies[MDAs].”Source: HumanIPOlast_img read more

Amrote Abdella appointed as the regional director for Microsoft 4Afrika

first_imgAdvertisement Microsoft has announced Amrote Abdella as the new regional director for Microsoft’s 4Afrika Initiative, effective October 2015.Amrote was previously the director of Startup Engagement and Partnerships at 4Afrika, she takes over from Fernando de Sousa and affirms Microsoft Corp.’s commitment to Africa across the 54 countries.She will oversee Microsoft’s investments in Africa, deepen Microsoft’s engagements on the continent and scale 4Afrika’s work across different markets. – Advertisement – “At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and organisation on the planet to do more,” Abdella said. “The 4Afrika Initiative is perfectly aligned to accelerate this for the African continent through locally relevant innovation, affordable access and skills development.”Launched in February 2013, the 4Afrika Initiative has grown to empower over 273,000 small to medium-size enterprises, 76,000 youth, 20,000 government employees, and nine innovation hubs with access to technology, resources and world-class skills development.“Creativity is what I love most about working in Africa and is what I hope to continue to help unlock and ignite across the continent — to see Africans not just being empowered by technology but also building innovative solutions relevant for our markets,” Abdella said.“We are honored to have Amrote serving as the new regional director for the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative,” said Ali Faramawy, corporate vice president for Microsoft Middle East & Africa. “Having worked with the initiative since its launch in 2013, Amrote has a deep understanding of both the continent and 4Afrika’s mission.Her wealth of firsthand, on-the-ground experience with startups, investors, government bodies and nonprofit organisations has given her insight into the exact challenges and opportunities we’re focusing on through 4Afrika. We are confident in her ability to move the initiative forward and refocus our efforts.”Before joining Microsoft, Abdella worked for, among others, the World Economic Forum, the World Bank Group, the Hunger Project and the Grameen Foundation. In her experience she has focused on financial services, policy guidance and economic development for Africa.Abdella holds a B.A. in political science from Davidson College in North Carolina, and an M.A. in international economics development from Brandeis University in Massachusetts.last_img read more

You Can Now Make Voice Calls Using Slack Video calls on the

first_imgAdvertisement Yesterday, Slack started rolling out a new “Calls” feature on Slack for desktop and on the Chrome browser.The feature enables you have a private Slack Call or launch a conference call in a channel that anyone can join with a click.You can also send visual emoji reactions that appear overlaid on your profile picture to others on the call. – Advertisement – At the moment, the feature has currently rolled out to less than 50% of users. Team admins can check if it’s available to them and turn it on here.Currently, Slack offers integrations with voice calling apps like Skype, Google Hangouts, Zoom, and Bluejeans, but those required a separate installation and were quite clunky by comparison.Slack’s VP of Product April Underwood said their mission at Slack is to make people’s working lives simpler, more pleasant and more productive.last_img read more

MTN Fero Return the Fero A4001 Plus to Market

first_imgFero A4001 Plus. Advertisement MTN Uganda in November last year partnered with Fero Mobile to launch an entry-level smartphone; the Fero A4001 Plus onto the market to enable more Ugandans to get connected to the internet. The handset rolled out at the start of the festive season, and within a month, the handset was reported out-of-stock, yet the demand was still high.After 3 months of wait, MTN Uganda has today announced the return of the Fero A4001 Plus which will be available in all MTN service centers at a bargain price of 129,000 UGX and comes with 2GB of data Valid for 30 days and a phone cover.Good news everyone, the MTN #FeroIsBack The Fero A4001 PLUS comes with 2GB Free for 30 days and a Free phone cover. The phone costs 129,000shs. pic.twitter.com/FKkFEhh3XM— MTN Uganda (@mtnug) April 9, 2018 – Advertisement – Olivier Prentout, the CMO MTN Uganda told the press that the company (MTN Uganda) was overwhelmed by the demand of the smartphone when they introduced it to the Ugandan market.“Demand is driven by the need to own or gift someone an internet enabled phone at an affordable price,” he said.MTN Uganda has the ambition to have reached 95% data connectivity by 2020 from the 50% coverage currently. This growth in data connectivity will be made possible by MTN’s continued investment in the infrastructure and also the growth in the usage of the internet through smartphones.MTN has an estimated 1.9 million smartphone users, a figure that is still growing. To facilitate the future of communications, data, cheaper handsets like the Fero A4001 Plus are an option.“Recently we reduced prices on data bundles to ensure smartphone users get more MBs for less. The Fero handset comes with 2GB of internet data, meaning that customers can enjoy our affordable data rates using an affordable smartphone,” Prentout said.The entry-level phone is available on Jumia and you can have it delivered to your door step.last_img read more

SPOTY Betting

first_imgSPOTY seems a much used acronym this time of year. Typing “Sports Personality of the Year” can be tiresome . So the shorter version seems much easier.Of course being an Olympic year and being held in one of the Olympic venues, London docklands sprawling ExCel arena, the heroes of 2012 are all to the fore.Who would think that a Brit could win a grand slam tennis tournament and only be 4th favourite for the crown? Ok so Andy Murray hasn’t endeared himself to the British public in the style of a Tim Henman, but even the dour Scot’s feat must be worth a place on the podium. His actual emotion after defeat in the Wimbledon final warmed him a little more to the public, even if you couldn’t say the same about his Mum.So let’s look at the top 3 for the crown. In the wake of the Lance Armstrong affair cycling has had a tarnished image, but… you cannot take away the fact that GB are bloody good at it and in the cool shape of Bradley Wiggins have Britain’s first ever winner of the Tour de France and an Olympic champion to boot. Like all the front 3 contenders Wiggo has a huge popularity and, despite a cyclist winning last year in the way of Mark Cavendish he is a worthy favourite for the crown again.2nd in the betting comes Mo Farah. Now when I previewed this earlier in the year I couldn’t see how a Somalian who spends an awful lot of time in the US taking part in an event dominated by Kenyans and Ethiopians could be considered, but anyone who watched Mo on those two Saturday nights in the summer couldn’t help be captivated by Farah. The ‘Mobot’ found its way into the hearts and on the heads of everyone. I think he could just actually win – shame nobody’s betting each way!Jess Ennis is the 3rd in the betting . Now the fairer sex always do well in SPOTY; indeed before last year when not a single girl was short listed, one had made the top 3 in every year bar one for the past 12 years. She often achieves well and is undeniably popular, but several other women also are nominated: pocket rocket boxer Nicola Adams, rower Kath Grainger (though her partner Anna Watkins must feel aggrieved) as well as Paralympians Sarah Storey and the multi-medalled swimmer Ellie Simmons (who could be worth a very small investment to make the top 3 as one girl ought to make it).Of the rest I must mention Ben Ainslie, who I very shrewdly put up at 25/1 each way, did his job and won his 4th gold in a row, now only to be available at 10 times that price as every single British sportsman and women (with the exception of our swimmers no change there) had a stellar year.All in all Sunday should be a good night to look back on a great year of sport.last_img read more