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Jack SlaterSunday 27 Oct 2019 12:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link (Picture: Twitter) (Picture: quora)MORE: What is Diwali and what to say to someone celebrating the festival?MORE: The Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar breaks social media silence after four months to celebrate Diwali Happy Diwali 2019! A look at the best greetings, wishes and memes (Picture: Twitter)Diwali memesOf course, this being the generation of social media and memes, it wasn’t long until those taking part in celebrations started to poke fun at some of the quirks. (Picture: Twitter) Advertisement Advertisement Comment (Picture: Quora)A big message for this year’s Diwali was to try and limit how many firecrackers are lit, in a bid to make the festival more environmentally-friendly. People are joining in with the festivities online too (Picture: Rex Features)The festival of lights is lighting up social media.As Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world kick off Diwali celebrations, people have taken to social media to share heartfelt wishes, greetings and, of course, memes – with Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar breaking his four-month silence to join in.Here’s a round-up of what social media users and celebs are sharing for Diwali 2019.Celebrities wishing a Happy DiwaliMayor of London Sadiq Khan is just one of the many public figures sharing his Diwali wishes online.ADVERTISEMENTJeremy Corbyn, Arsenal FC and Boris Johnson have also posted messages of support and celebration. (Picture: Twitter) (Picture: Twitter) (Picture: Twitter) The FixThe daily lifestyle email from Metro.co.uk.Sign upFind out more
Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. BOSTON — Bill Reeve expected two things when he learned he’d be swimming the final stretch of the 800-yard freestyle relay at the New England Masters Short Course Yards Swimming Championships in March at Harvard University.The 83-year-old Down East Family YMCA swimmer knew he’d be swimming the eight laps alone, as the younger teams would have completed the relay well before his masters division club. And he knew the crowd would politely clap for him until he finished — a custom he never particularly enjoyed.“I don’t like to be the center of attention,” Reeve said.But Reeve didn’t expect what he saw after the race when he looked up at the stands.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“All those people applauding were smiling,” he said. “It occurred to me that there was a reason for that: We’re all going to get old.”At that moment, Reeve said he realized the event wasn’t so much a competition as it was a celebration of life.Reeve and 50 other swimmers who represented the state as members of the Maine Masters Swim Club had more to celebrate, though: They placed first of 25 teams.Reeve took first in eight events in the men’s age 80-84 and the men’s 75-plus age divisions, and he set two New England records: 200-yard medley relay (3:09.41 — New England record), 400-yard medley relay (7:20.13 — New England record), 200-yard backstroke (4:06.19), 400-yard freestyle relay (6:49.26), 100-yard backstroke (1:57.74), 50-yard backstroke (49:87), 800-yard freestyle relay (17:25.48), and 50-yard freestyle (45.61).Reeve also placed second in two events: 200-yard freestyle (3:51.04), and 100-yard freestyle (1:44.18).DEFY swimmer Scott Redmon, 64, also competed in the championships. He placed second in four events in the age 55-plus division: 400-yard freestyle relay (4:24.30), 400-yard medley relay (5:14.79), 200-yard freestyle relay (1:58.07), and 200-yard medley relay (2:08.15).Reeve said masters swimming meets are far more relaxed than high school and college competitions.“We’re doing it for the sheer joy of swimming together,” Reeve said. “What could be more fun than that?” Bio Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest Posts Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all)
… Joel Spooner among the wicketsBy Rajiv BisnauthDOMINANT Demerara outclassed their opponents Essequibo to close day two of their first round Hand-in-Hand Under-19 Inter-county three-day encounter in firm control for an outright win yesterday, at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) ground.Essequibo, with a first-innings deficit of 131 runs, closed the day when bad light stopped play at 155-9, a second-innings lead of just 34 runs with one wicket in hand.Joel Spooner (right), and Pradesh Balkishun, shared nine wickets.Off-spinner Joel Spooner repeated his performance, as he tore apart the batting order as none of the batsmen was able to read him for the second time in two days. He ended the day with figures of 6-59. His fellow-spin counterpart Pradesh Balkishun claimed the other three wickets.Earlier, hosts Demerara resumed at 162-5, stretched their first-innings total to 207-9 off 76 overs, after captain Ashmead Nedd did not bat due to food poisoning.Overnight batsman Balkishun failed to add to his overnight 11 and was removed by off-spinner Amit Persaud, who claimed three other wickets, to finish with figures of 6-29 off 31 overs.The other overnight batsman Zachery Jodah, who resumed on seven, and Yudister Persaud then added 24 runs before both batsmen when bowled, off Persaud for 17 and 15 runs respectively.Joel Spooner struck a four and six in his unbeaten 13 after which Persaud claimed the wicket of Qumar Torrington for two. Medium pacers Mervyn Benjamin and Bhumshwar Ramkissoon, along with off-spinner Badesh Parsotam, were the other successful bowlers on day one.Faced with an uphill battle to save the game, Essequibo openers Kevin Christian and Orlando Jailall showed some fight, adding 110 for the first wicket.The left-handed Jailall struck a composed 60 off 133 balls with four fours and a six before he was first to be dismissed by first-innings tormentor, Spooner. Christian made 49 off 110 balls, inclusive of two fours before he too went off the bowling of Spooner.Thereafter, the other batsmen showed no sign of improvement and carried out the casual approach in the second innings as well, as they surrendered in front of a small gathering of cricket-lovers to both Spooner and Balkishun. Persaud was unbeaten on 14 when play ended.