Big flavours for smoothie

first_imgA new flavour has been added to Extreme Beverages’ Bigberry drinks range. Bigberry Raspberry and Mango Smoothie is made from 28 pressed raspberries, six chunks of mango, five slices of banana, one pressed apple and two freshly squeezed oranges. The smoothies are made from 100% fruit and contain no additives, preservatives, artificial colours, or added sugar.Unlike other smoothies, Bigberry drinks do not have to be kept refrigerated and will stay fresh for up to six months. The other flavours in the range are Acai and Strawberry and Pear & Pineapple. The company has also relaunched its 100% recyclable bottles with a new paper label.RRP: £1.75 – £2.49[http://www.bigberrydrinks.com]last_img read more

Quarter-miler Jason Yaw is not done with athletics just yet

first_img… looks to make a comeback for 2017IT has been said that a ‘setback is a setup for a better comeback’, and that’s exactly what Guyanese quarter-miler Jason Yaw is hoping to use his 2017 athletic season to achieve.Starting out as an athlete when he was just nine years old in 2006, by 2013 the Bladen Hall Multilateral student was one of the most talked-about athletic prospects.At 6’ 2’ Jason always stood above the rest.All the way up to 2015 Jason was travelling the world representing Guyana at the highest junior level. From Ukraine for World Youth Championships in 2013, to Nanjing, China for the Youth Olympic Games in 2014, to Toronto, Canada for the Pan American Junior Championships in 2015.But at the peak of his junior career Jason fell off the radar. Faced with a number of challenges that broke him down physically and mentally, the 19-year-old had a pretty undeveloped 2016 season.We dedicate our inaugural 2017 Sports Personality column to Jason as he prepares to make his hopeful rebound.A CARIFTA Games multiple bronze medallist, South American Youth Championships record holder, South American Youth Games double bronze medallist, National Schools Championships record holder, Inter Guiana Games gold medallist and a two-time Junior Sportsman-of-the-Year, and yet Jason Yaw still slipped through the cracks.The support was never there.“Since last year I was having a mental breakdown towards the sports so I’m trying to catch myself. My plan is to try to come back strong and try to break my 46-second barrier,” said Jason who has 400m personal best of 46.79 seconds. Guyana’s national record, held by Winston George, is 45.25 seconds.Things took a turn for the worse for Jason when he accepted a scholarship to study and train at Western Texas College in the U.S. For many, an overseas scholarship is a blessed opportunity, for Yaw it was a nightmare. Jason returned in May 2016 just as quietly as he had left the preceding January.“The training programme wasn’t good, that’s one; the other thing was that the food they gave us didn’t taste good. The system that they put in place wasn’t for me. I started to feel down,” Jason explained.“I decided not to continue my studies because I never had the type of coaching or support to make me reach to the next level.”Jason’s deplorable experiences ranged from tackling racism issues to struggling to afford basic commodities such as food and water, not to mention dealing with a lack of support from the home front, and feeling lost and isolated for being so far away from people familiar to him and his culture.Approximately 20 other Caribbean nationals at the school were also facing the same situation. Many also returned home, others who could not afford to return had no option but to stay. Luckily Jason was able to secure assistance from the GOA to sponsor his ticket.But the damage was done. The bad experience almost drove this talented athlete to giving up athletics for good, and even now he’s still coming to grips with the harsh reality of what it truly means to be a Guyanese athlete.“When I was in America for that short period of time, I didn’t get the treatment and support that I expected, so I just say I would give up on my running career, but after a little counselling I felt better; so I said to myself I’ll give it a next shot,” Yaw says as he looks to 2017, with hope.However, with his 20th birthday approaching this month-end, Jason’s recovery will be all the more difficult since he will now be a senior, where the competition on the world stage is being dominated by the likes of Grenada’s Kirani James and South Africa’s Wayde Van Niekerk.On a good note Jason was named as part of the National Sports Commission’s (NSC) pilot programme that will be seeing how much they can directly assist the athletes in their training and nutrition.([email protected])last_img read more

Wests Tigers 2017 NRL Fantasy guide

first_imgFantasy gunJames Tedesco (WFB, $483,000): Tries, tackle breaks, run metres – James Tedesco gives you exactly what you want in an NRL Fantasy fullback. The fact the Wests Tigers No.1 is also a gifted playmaker – producing a dozen try assists last year – is icing on the cake. He’s had his problems with injury (he’s only managed to play 20 or more games once in his four full seasons in the NRL) but he looks likely to be the dominant winger/fullback in Fantasy this season, particularly if his chief rival Cameron Munster shifts to the halves for Melbourne to accommodate the returning Billy Slater.WildcardsMatt Ballin (HOK, $214,000): He’s not getting any younger but if he’s fit and starting for the Tigers in 2017, Matt Ballin will be an absolute bargain in NRL Fantasy. He was practically a non-factor in an injury-affected 2016 campaign, making him a steal at the start of the new season at $214,000. Ballin averaged 39 points per game in 2015, which corresponds to a value of about $370,000. But after an injury-wrecked season and with time not on his side, will a youngster like Jacob Liddle get the nod ahead of him at hooker?Mitch Moses (HLF, $375,000): A revelation for the Tigers at the end of the 2016 season, Mitch Moses is an interesting Fantasy prospect this year. He’s a tricky option as he’s always a risk of dropping points through errors or missed tackles, but on his day can be a great value buy. In the last six rounds of 2016 he averaged 54 points a game; before that his average was 34. Will he carry on that brilliant late-season form in 2017, or revert back to his old self? Traditionally, consistency is not his strength – last season he had three scores in the teens, four in the 20s, four in the 30s, eight in the 40s, one in the 50s and three 70+ efforts. No doubt he’s a gamble, but he could be a gamble worth taking.Cash cowJamal Idris (CTR, $194,000): He’s big, he’s talented, and he’s pretty much a mystery now that he’s back in rugby league after departing the Panthers in 2015. It’s unclear at this stage what role Idris will play at the Tigers in 2017 – a bench spot looks more likely than a starting role in the centres with Kevin Naiqama and Tim Simona already doing a good job there – but the key factor for Fantasy coaches is Idris’s cheap starting price of $194,000. That means if he can manage to eke out scores in the high 20s he should be able to earn about $100,000 in price rises – but getting enough game time will be vital.2017 NRL Fantasy prices James Tedesco (WFB, $483,000)David Nofoaluma (WFB, $436,000)Aaron Woods (FRF, $435,000)Elijah Taylor (2RF, $399,000)Mitchell Moses (HLF, $375,000)Sauaso Sue (2RF, FRF, $346,000)Kevin Naiqama (CTR, $345,000)Chris Lawrence (2RF, $341,000)Tim Grant (FRF, $338,000)Kyle Lovett (2RF, $313,000)Ava Seumanufagai (FRF, $308,000)Luke Brooks (HLF, $293,000)Tim Simona (CTR, $269,000)Josh Aloiai (2RF, $231,000)Jordan Rankin (WFB, $225,000)Jacob Liddle (HOK, $221,000)Joel Edwards (2RF, $215,000)Matt Ballin (HOK, $214,000)Jamal Idris (CTR, $194,000)Jack Littlejohn (HLF, $179,000)JJ Felise (FRF, $176,000)Michael Chee-Kam (2RF, CTR, $158,000)Justin Hunt (WFB, $143,000)Matt McIlwrick (HOK, $143,000)Dallas Graham (FRF, $138,000)Rod Griffin (FRF, $138,000)Nathan Milone (CTR, $138,000)last_img read more