2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr How’s this for a riddle? What’s high yield, liquid and low risk? Nothing, you’re probably thinking — not in this market, anyway.But, in fact, a checking account may be the answer. According to new Bankrate research, the average high-yield checking account pays 1.66 percent. And Bankrate found 20 checking accounts that pay an interest rate of 2 percent or more. The accounts are offered by banks and credit unions, and nearly half are available nationwide.With the average 5-year CD yielding 0.86 percent, high-yield checking might appeal to you as a savings alternative. Locking your money up in a CD when interest rates are poised to increase in the not-too-distant future might be unappealing, as well. In fact, one of these checking accounts may well be an offer you can’t refuse, but first you should consider the fine print — and alternatives. Read on. continue reading »
SERENA Williams powered to a record 307th Grand Slam match win to reach the fourth round of the US Open.The world number one moved ahead of Martina Navratilova for most match wins in a major by a woman, and tied Roger Federer’s mark for men with a 6-2 6-1 victory over Sweden’s Johanna Larsson.“That’s pretty awesome and what a place to do it, where everything first started,” said the 34-year-old.Serena won her first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows in 1999.She is bidding to claim a record 23rd Grand Slam singles title and her seventh US Open crown.She next faces Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova, a 6-2 7-5 winner over China’s Zhang Shuai.Sister Venus Williams, the sixth seed and oldest woman in the tournament at 36, plays Laura Siegemund of Germany later.Fifth seed Simona Halep of Romania smashed her racquet in frustration before avoiding an upset by defeating Hungary’s Timea Babos 6-1 2-6 6-4.Halep trailed 3-1 in the deciding set but fought back to reach the last 16.“I don’t know how I came back. I felt like I didn’t play my best but I was fighting to the end for every ball,” she said.Halep will play Spain’s 11th seed Carla Suarez Navarro for a place in the quarter-finals.Suarez celebrated her 28th birthday with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Russian Elena Vesnina.Fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland overcame France’s Caroline Garcia 6-2 6-3 and will face either American Varvara Lepchenko or Ana Konjuh of Croatia next.
YOUTH Basketball Guyana (YBG) will benefit from its ninth year of corporate sponsorship from Edward B. Beharry and Company Limited in hosting its 12th National Schools Basketball Festival (NSBF) Championships.Set to commence this month-end it is the most sought-after schools basketball title. Several schools from most of the regions of Guyana will participate in various age caategories.Beharry has again signed on, according to Brands Manager Kamini Naresh, who added, “We are the longest running sponsor and we are proud of that.”“This is yet another way that we are happy to give back, she added, saying, “We like to see a better tomorrow. There is no better way than to invest in children; the children of today will be the future of tomorrow.”“It’s one thing to sign a cheque and release that fund and another thing to be down on the floor doing the actual work and we are so proud of the work that you are doing,” she concluded.YBG Director Chris Bowman lauded the continued support from the company.“Beharry has been unwavering in their support for youth development, for this championship and even if we waver at our level, because of them and their commitment, that gives us the impetus to carry on,” he added.The tournament will officially be launched tomorrow at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH)The 2016 edition of the tournament featured games at the Under-14, U-16, U-19 and Girls in six regional zone tournaments.At the Under-14 & U-16 levels Mackenzie are the defending championships while the Under-19 and Girls divisions feature Kwakwani as champions. (Stephan Sookram)