They’re off and running for Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships 2016. Calabar High will retain the Boys’ Champs title by a 50-60 point margin, while Edwin Allen High will also repeat as Girls Champs winners by an 80-90 point margin. The more difficult call to make will be who will win the stellar Class One boys’ 100-metre event? All things considered, the race should be fast and the winner will be one of Jhevaughn Matherson of Kingston College (KC), Nigel Ellis of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and the St Jago High’s rocket man, Raheem Chambers. This race is Ellis to win. His body of work, but more specifically his 10.20 clocking while running all alone at Western Championships, has quite rightly earned him the favourite’s tag. His blistering top-end speed and aggression over the final 40 metres should render Ellis unbeatable at this level, providing he executes well. Chambers will have to beat them with his strength out of the blocks and hold his form and momentum through to the tape. Due to the minuscule margin for error in this quality field, the St Jago man will have to run a perfect race to win. But Chambers did show signs of returning to his 10.27 best, with a comfortable 10.32 clocking at the recent Carifta Trials. Matherson will be the X-factor in this race. He reminded all and sundry how special an athlete he is with that 10.25 run while easing up and gazing all around the stadium, also at the Carifta Trials. Outside of the sheer class and quality of the Class Three 100m record holder, the dynamics of Matherson wearing the purple of KC cannot be overstated. When it comes to Champs, that energy generated by the constant bellowing of purple support coming from the stands, has discombobulated many opposing athletes over many years. The big question is this: How will Nigel Ellis cope with the ‘purple pressure’ come that final on Friday evening? There is also the burden of expectation on Ellis, not just of winning his first major race at Champs, but also to become the first STETHS athlete to win the prestigious Class One 100-metre event. If Ellis passes those mental tests he will win. He is naturally fastest in the field and with that stunning anchor leg in the mile relay at the Gibson/McCook Relays, he showed that he is not just fast, but also supremely strong. Having listened to him in a couple of interviews, I get the impression that he is quite level-headed, with a near nonchalant dynamic to his easy going, relaxed personality, qualities he will need to cope with those crucial race pressure moments. As is the tradition of this particular event, it will be worth going miles to see. The hope is for a legal headwind of about 1.6 to 1.8 metres per second, which would serve up the necessary conditions for an assault on the 10.12 Champs record by the Anguillan citizen Zharnel Hughes, who competed at Champs for KC. It is quite befitting our legacy in world sprinting that a Jamaican schoolboy retains that record and that honour. All things remaining equal, I predict Ellis to win from Matherson from, Chambers, with the hope being that mother nature will oblige with the necessary conditions for a schoolboy sprinter to dip under 10.10 for the first time in our glorious Champs history.
Communities in Lifford and Strabane are being invited to come along to an information meeting on the new Riverine Project in the Old Courthouse in Lifford.The meeting, which is being jointly hosted by Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council, will provide the community with further information on the delivery of the €8.96million Riverine Project providing an update on the progress made to date along with a timeline for the development of this iconic project.The Riverine Project was awarded funding by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) under the Peace IV Programme in June this year and will see the creation of a new shared space project that will reach across Lifford and Strabane creating thirty acres of new cross-border community park space and infrastructure. It will encompass a number of unique elements all designed to encourage greater levels of positive cross-community contact including: a pavilion building; outdoor wetland and park space; a family fun space; cross-border pathways and greenways; and a newly constructed pedestrian footbridge connecting the space across the River Foyle.Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Nicholas Crossan believes that the role of the community will continue to be vital as the project is progressed and delivered over the next number of years.He said: “This project is designed to encourage greater levels of positive cross-community contact and I would encourage the community to stay involved and get even more groups and individuals involved to ensure that the needs and aspirations of all sections of the community are captured right from the outset.”Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr. Michaela Boyle added: “This is a truly exciting project and I think it is really important that we acknowledge the vital role played by the community in helping secure €8.96million for the delivery of what will be a transformative shared space. “We want to say a massive thank you to everyone involved. Both Councils acknowledge that the success of being awarded funding for the Riverine Project is due in no small part to the huge support, and contribution of, the many local communities and voluntary groups from all sectors in the Strabane and Lifford area during the application process.”Representatives of all community and voluntary groups are invited to attend this event to ensure that their much-valued views, needs and aspirations for this transformative development for their community are heard.The role of community and voluntary groups in informing the development of the project and the opportunities for participation will also be outlined at the event.The Riverine Community Information event will be held on 5th November at 7pm in the Old Courthouse in Lifford.Council to host information evening on new Riverine Project was last modified: October 29th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Riverine Project
SANTA CLARA — John Harbaugh, the Harbaugh who coached the Ravens over the 49ers in the Super Bowl six years ago, had a lot to say about this Sunday’s meeting in Baltimore. Here are his top quotes from Wednesday’s conference call with Bay Area media:1. On how much influence the 49ers’ 2011-12 offense had on the Ravens’ 2019 version under coordinator Greg Roman, formerly of the 49ers:“Obviously Greg Roman is here and was a huge part of that there with my brother. I’ve always admired what they …
15 July 2008State telecommunications company Telkom has announced its willingness to work with the Department of Trade and Industry’s incentive programme by significantly dropping the costs of bandwidth for the business process outsourcing and offshoring (BPO&O) industry in South Africa.BPO involves relocating business processes that a company usually performs in-house to a third-party service provider, such as a customer care or call centre, to carry out on behalf of the company. Outsourcing becomes offshoring when the third-party service provider is located overseas.“We do not expect to make any profit from the BPO sector,” Telkom group executive for strategy Steven Hayward said at a national BPO&O conference in Durban last week. “We are prepared to do this for the department’s incentive programme and the BPO industry.”In 2004, Hayward said, two megabits of bandwidth cost R250 000 a month, which was “absolutely exorbitant”. This had gone down to R200 000 a month in 2005, R135 000 a month in 2006 and R105 000 in 2007.“This year the price for the same amount of bandwidth will be R88 000,” Hayward said.He also announced that Telkom was now offering its multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) technology – which has voice carrying capabilities and is far less expensive than its equivalents – to the local industry at R50 000.US market ‘under-exploited’Craig Reines, managing director of US-based BPO giant TeleTech, which recently set up a facility in Cape Town, told the conference that South Africa should be at the top of the list when it comes to business process outsourcing and offshoring.India, he noted, had a BPO industry that has grown by over 500 000 jobs since 2004, but unlike South Africa had suffered two major terrorist attacks and four significant natural disasters in that time.Over the same period, another of South Africa’s competitors, the Philippines, had had six terrorist bombings, 50 media assassinations, three attempted coups and seven super typhoons, as well as earthquakes registering above 7.5 on the Richter Scale.Reines asked why South Africa was under-exploiting the BPO opportunities that existed in North America, despite its being the United States’ 10th largest trading partner.Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa echoed Reines, telling conference delegates that while the Euro-zone would remain a strategic BPO market for South Africa – “as we get to deal with their service needs in real time” – the United States would be targeted for its potential.The minister explained that as Americans were getting ready to go to bed, South Africans were getting ready to go to work, “and we could therefore deal with their service requirements overnight, allowing the problem to be dealt with by the time they arrived back at work the next morning.”Industry poised to grow globallyMpahlwa said the BPO&O industry was expected to have a global value of around US$50-billion in 2008 and to grow by 50% per annum over the next three to four years, creating an additional 3-million direct jobs worldwide.“However, it is also anticipated that there will be some unmet demand, as existing centres will not be able to maintain or grow their supply for a number of reasons,” including talent and infrastructure “bottlenecks” in traditional BPO centres such as the Philippines.At the same time, the global increase in prices had forced many companies to cut costs, particularly in the United States, creating an added incentive for businesses to shift certain functions, such as after-sales service and data processing – overseas.“What this means is that a window of opportunity exists for us to further develop the sector in our country, and to do so as rapidly as possible,” the minister said.Support programme“Certainly the evidence exists that rapid development is possible,” he added, noting that R658-million in investment value had been attracted, and more than 25 000 direct and indirect jobs had been created, since the launch of the government’s BPO&O support programme in 2007.This programme includes a BPO&O investment incentive comprising an investment grant of between R37 000 and R60 000 per seat, and a Training and Skills Support Grant – to help cover the costs of company-specific training – of up to R12 000 per agent.Mpahlwa said the department would be looking to raise these incentives further still.Andrew Briggs, sales group executive at Dimension Data, said that while the government had shown commitment to making South Africa’s BPO industry more attractive, the cost and ease of doing business in the country remained a concern.Source: BuaNews
12 October 2010Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has launched a dress rehearsal for Census 2011, calling on all South Africans to get ready to participate in the third national population count since the advent of democracy in the country in 1994.Stats SA will deploy 120 000 officials across the country from 10 to 31 October 2011 to document South Africa’s entire population, including homeless people and illegal immigrants.As part of its preparations for the census, Stats SA is conducting a countrywide “dress rehearsal” between 10 and 31 October 2010.Census 2011 – the last census was conducted in 2001 – will consist of three questionnaires: one for households, one for institutions, and one for people in transit.“We will ask you about your access to services such as water, electricity and sanitation,” Statistician-General Pali Lehohla said at the launch of the dress rehearsal in Pretoria on Sunday.“Out of this arsenal of information we will know whether South Africa is making progress or not. We will also know what needs to be done.”Lehohla said that while South Africa had security issues, people would be able to recognise Stats SA’s enumerators by their yellow bibs, and check their legitimacy via identity cards with photos and identification numbers to which the public would have access.The enumerators will be required to hold a matric certificate, and will be appointed in their communities to cover over 14-million households, Stats SA project director Calvin Molongoana said on Saturday.The estimated budget for the census R1.2-billion, which will cover the cost of the enumerators, the overall logistics, as well as 3 200 training areas for staff and data processing.Stats SA’s deputy director-general for population and social statistics, Kefiloe Masiteng, said the census was something the nation could be proud of.Planning Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel, speaking via a pre-recorded video message at the launch, encouraged all South Africans to participate in the census.“We need to know what we’ve achieved,” Manuel said. “We need to know all issues to take decisions about people’s lives. Every person in South Africa counts.”The results of Census 2011 are expected to be released in March 2013.Source: BuaNews
On our website, an individual recently shared that their neighbor’s son stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) while serving in Afghanistan and asked if we could provide information or support services.My initial reaction was heartfelt sympathy for those families struggling from the effects of war.Secondly, I wonder what advice can I offer an individual in this particular situation–who at this very moment is unaware that their role as family member, spouse, partner or friend is forever changing to the role as military caregiver.Caring for a service member who has suffered injuries from an IED blast can be overwhelming, as is caring for anyone injured in combat.According to the Department of Defense, Personnel and Military Casualty Statistics, IEDs have caused over 70% of all American combat casualties in Iraq and 50% of combat casualties in Afghanistan, both killed and wounded.Depending on your wounded warrior’s military branch (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, National Guard, Navy) notification of your loved one wounded in combat differs, as does the specific military injury.Once you get the callWhile military spouses and family members hope never to receive a call that their service member has been wounded, it is important to be aware of the life-changing events that are about to unfold. To learn more about the notification process and tips to prepare you in the event your loved one is injured, check out “Once You Get the Call!”“Once You Get the Call!” not only includes information about the notifications process and tips but also includes contact information to the Department of the Army’s Wounded in Action Branch (DA WIA). The contact information will allow you to directly talk to a representative about the status of your wounded warrior IF he/she is in the Army. Also, if your military family member is in the Army, it may be helpful to contact his/her installation base’s Warrior in Transition Battalion (WTB). The WTB will aid in any information as it relates to injured service members and IED blasts.Connecting with caregiversWhen researching information about IEDs and caregiver support services, I truly believe the best place to start is to connect with caregivers who have already experienced this type of situation. While no wounded warrior experience is the same, utilizing veteran caregivers may be beneficial in receiving feedback on such topics as:Caregiver emotionsSpecific medical conditionsBenefitsAdditional resourcesFor specific caregiver contact information, I suggest contacting Denise Mettie (firstname.lastname@example.org). Denise is a veteran caregiver to her son Evan, who was injured in 2006 when his Humvee ran over an IED. Her son Evan, suffers from severe traumatic brain injury due to shrapnel from the IED blast. Denise can share an insight into her experiences that may help you during this time.In addition to contacting Denise, it may be helpful to follow Colleen Saffron, a Voice of Warriors columnist. The Voice of Warriors gives an insight into Colleen’s trials and tribulations as a military family caregiver and offers advice to caregivers in similar caregiving situations.Colleen’s husband was wounded in 2004 from an IED explosion as well. Colleen founded, “Operation Life Transformed,” a nonprofit group that trains families of wounded service members so they can work from home while caring for their loved ones. Colleen is very familiar with Veterans Affairs, the WTB and the Army Wounded Warrior Program. Also, she continues to be involved with advocacy and awareness for families of wounded service members. To learn more about Colleen’s story, see U.S. Army Face of Strength.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took time out of his busy schedule on Thursday to click a selfie with two little girls from Kendrapara district. In an exemplary display of courage, six-year-old Mamata Dalai saved her sister Asanti from a crocodile that had clamped its jaws around the latter’s leg by beating it with a bamboo stick till it slackened its grip. Mr. Patnaik appreciated their presence of mind and gifted them cycles.
Suspected militants detonated an improvised explosive device killing a Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate for the February 27 elections in the East Garo Hills district of Meghalaya. Unconfirmed reports said two of his bodyguards were also killed.The IED attack on Jonathone N. Sangma, the NCP candidate for the Williamnagar seat, took place at Samanda around 7.50 p.m. when he was returning from campaigning at Sobokgre and Nabokgre villages.The police neither confirmed nor denied the candidate’s death. “There was a blast but we are yet to get the details about casualty,” said DGP S.B. Singh.But by 10.30 p.m., Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma tweeted: “Deeply saddened to hear about the unexpected loss of Jonathone N Sangma. My heartfelt condolences to his near and dear ones. The blood of innocents spilled by the enemies of the State will not disturb peace in Meghalaya.”Another tweet by him later said: “This desperate act will not be tolerated. The perpetrators of the crime will be brought to book.”Jonathone Sangma was one of nine candidates contesting the Williamnagar seat. His rivals include the State’s Social Welfare Minister Deborah C Marak of Congress, who is seeking re-election, and Marcuise N. Marak of National People’s Party.Polling in Tripura’s Charilam assembly seat had to be countermanded after the death of Ramendra Narayan Debbarma, the CPI(M) candidate. Polling in that seat has been rescheduled on March 12.Election for the 60 assembly seats in Meghalaya is scheduled on February 27.
Though traditionally seen as dull but among the most hardworking students in any institute, economics undergraduates have been found to have nearly five sexual partners since starting university classes.A survey of 4,656 undergraduates from 100 British universities conducted by the StudentBeans.com website also found that those studying environmental science had less than two sexual partners, the Daily Mail reported.Undergraduates studying economics had an average of 4.88 sexual partners, followed by those studying social work, community care and counselling (4.7 partners).Next were students of marketing (4.57 partners), while those studying leisure, hospitality, tourism and retail said they had 4.56 sexual partners on average since starting university. Students of agriculture (4.44) came fifth in the table.Other courses that made the top ten for sexual partners included engineering and sports science. At the bottom of the list came those studying environmental sciences who reported having 1.71 sexual partners on average, while those studying Theology were second from bottom with 2.13 partners, the daily said.A small minority of students- just nine percent- rated sex as the most important thing in their university life, compared to more than half (52 percent) who said friends were most important, the Mail reported.
Colin Cowherd IowaFOX Sports radio show host Colin Cowherd wasn’t very high on Iowa all year – and he made it clear on a weekly basis. Needless to say, after the Hawkeyes were dominated by Stanford in the Rose Bowl contest Friday, Cowherd felt a bit vindicated. He took to Twitter early this morning to playfully ask where all the Iowa fans had gone.Must be a power outage or something in Iowa. Awfully quiet 12 hours after being humiliated.— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) January 2, 2016Iowa, which won its first 12 games, certainly had a good season, even if it ended on a sour note. Cowherd rubbing it in isn’t really necessary – but hey, that’s what he does.