NPA Pythons grabbed their first win over triple champs LPRC-Oilers in the semi final ‘best-out-of-three’ on Sunday night in the ongoing 2014 LBA league at the Sports Commission on Broad Street.Pythons finished off a dominant run game to take the lead 89-74 points that wrapped up the four quarters. The defeat marked the second heartbreaking game for Oilers in two weeks, losing to Mighty Barrolle 88-84 points.Pythons newly recruited side guard, Samuel Kpanie, was the day’s MVP, shooting 36 points.Kpanie had seven’s three-point shots, equal to 21 points; 12 points for rebounds and shots in the ring and lastly acquired three points for free throws.He was aided by captain Raphae Quaye, Joel Martor, Mohammed Zayzay and Clement Osung.The two teams are expected to play their second game if there is a favorable weather on Friday, June 20. A win for the Pythons will automatically qualify the Ahmed Diallo’s boys for the finals against the winner between Barrolle and Timber Wolves.But a defeat by Paul Hulson’s LPRC-Oilers will cause the two basketball giants to settle the score for the finals on a later day.Game one between Mighty Barrolle and Timber Wolves was rained off last Saturday. The two sides are expected to also battle in a ‘best-out-of-three’ to meet the winner between Pythons and Oilers in the finals.Meanwhile, at the kickoff of the 2nd division battle of the best-out-of-three over the weekend, Georgia Blazer whacked Uhuru Prince 59-39 points, while Timber Wolves (female) convincingly defeated Supreme Sisters, 72-26 points.In the second day’s derby, Bushrod Bull bowed to Heats 62-46 points and K-Delta thumped Phoenix 50-26 points.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Tourism Toronto announced that Johanne Bélanger has been appointed President and CEO, effective September 1, 2015.Bélanger was President of Freeman Audio Visual Canada for the past 10 years and, throughout her career, has been a globally recognised leader in exhibitions and events. She also served as Chair of Tourism Toronto’s Board of Directors from 2012 to 2014 and has been a member of the Board since 2009. In 2014, she was inducted into the Meetings and Incentive Travel Hall of Fame and has also served as President of the Board of Directors for InfoComm International, the trade association representing the professional audio visual and information communications industries worldwide.“Johanne is a dynamic leader and brings a combination of global experience and a partnership-focused approach,” said Heather McCrory, Chair of Tourism Toronto’s Board of Directors. “With a strong team in place and a continued emphasis on generating sustained growth from key international markets, we are delighted to have Johanne step in to guide the organisation through its next phase.”“It’s been a privilege to be part of Tourism Toronto’s Board leadership and I am truly excited to move into a more hands-on role in such a rapidly evolving industry,” said Bélanger. “We are building on a successful foundation and now have the opportunity to connect the tourism business to more partners and related sectors of the economy and drive growth in the years ahead.”The Toronto region is the most-visited destination in Canada, welcoming 14.3 million overnight visitors last year. Toronto set new tourism records last year including the most international visits ever at 1.42 million, and saw growth from the important U.S. market for the fourth consecutive year with 2.3 million Americans visiting the destination. The tourism and hospitality sector employs 315,000 people across the region.“Our destination is riding a wave of momentum and moving up the must-see list for travellers around the world. We have an opportunity now to capitalise on that wave and further entrench the Toronto region as a place to visit, to meet and then to come back and visit again,” said Bélanger.