Swimming president looks to ease burden

first_imgPresident of the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ), Handel Lamey, said his administration is trying to alleviate some of the financial burdens parents have to bare for their children who represent the country at the annual Carifta Swimming Championships.In March, news broke that the ASAJ required each parent of the 25-member squad to pay US$3,183.73 or J$388,415 to attend the champion-ships in Martinique. Four swimmers subsequently withdrew from the squad.Speaking at the launch of the Mayberry Schools Championship recently, Lamey just stopped short of making any commitment, as he says his association has been taking steps, including partnering with the Government, to reduce the financial strain that were placed on the parents this year.”We cant’ make any promises, but we will look at how the costing is done for Carifta. In the past, we have had a structure and it is stipulated in our by-laws of how we fund different level meets. Carifta was initially viewed as a development meet, but what we have found competition-wise is that it has grown to be the most competitive meet in the entire region.”So CARIFTA has a higher ratings than a lot of the competitions that were once rated higher, so we will have to look at the funding structure going forward,” he explained.NEXT GAMES”The next Carifta [Games] will be in The Bahamas, and I think we will have a lower cost because we will not have the airline fare that it takes to go to Martinique, and the 2018 Carifta will be in Jamaica, and the cost then will be much lower, because we won’t have to leave Jamaica,” he said.He says with the help and support of corporate Jamaica and the Government, the financial burden can be eased for the parents, who want to see their kids participate in the region’s premier age-group swimming competition.”We have received some sponsor-ship from the Government, and if there is any rebate that can be had, we will be assisting those parents because we know how costly it was to fund that trip to Martinique.”We are seeking funding and trying to partner with corporate Jamaica for the support in the aquatics discipline. We know we have the potential, as we have produced World champions and Olympians, so we see no reason why swimming cannot be at the level where track and field is and it’s our objective to take swimming to that level,” Lamey added.last_img read more

Meghalaya NGO objects to ‘overloaded’ Bhutan trucks

first_imgAfter driving into revised traffic rules in Assam, trucks from Bhutan carrying boulders and stone chips to Bangladesh via the northeast have now run into an NGO in Meghalaya.The Anti-Corruption and Human Development Organisation has urged the authorities in Meghalaya to ban the plying of the “overloaded” trucks from Bhutan as their movement has “damaged the already-damaged roads in the State”.Export via northeastBhutan exports stones to Bangladesh using the land route through Assam and Meghalaya as per the South Asian Free Trade Area agreement among SAARC countries allowing a third country to be used as transit. SAARC expands to South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation and its members are Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.Each Bhutan truck is supposed to carry 18 tonnes of load from Gelephu on the India-Bhutan border to Dalu on Meghalaya-Bangladesh border covering 321 km. But Bhutanese traders have admitted the trucks carry “a bit more” to offset the “extra expenditure” on transportation.The Meghalaya organisation based at Chibinang in West Garo Hills district, said that convoys of overloaded Bhutan trucks have been causing more damage to an arterial road that was already in a dilapidated state.Ishraful Hoque, the organisation’s president said the road to the check point on the border with Bangladesh had been repaired some time ago, but have begun peeling off because of the trucks that are allegedly driven at a high speed.last_img read more

Video: Xavier’s Matt Stainbrook Interned For Dan Patrick Today

first_imgxavier matt stainbrook dan patrick showMonday, Xavier center Matt Stainbrook, one of the breakout stars of the NCAA Tournament, scored a pretty cool gig when Dan Patrick asked him to be his intern for the day. Here’s video of his entrance, which didn’t go very well. Stainbrook was called for a 3-second violation by Patrick for standing under the basket for too long. Luckily, he made up for it by later removing his hoodie to reveal that he’d worn his full Musketeers uniform to work.Stainbrook averaged 12.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per contest this past season. He may not be a future NBA star, but it looks like he’s got a bright future ahead for himself regardless.last_img

4-Star Cornerback AJ Terrell Announces Commitment To Clemson

first_imgAJ Terrell commits to Clemson.Four-star cornerback recruit AJ Terrell is headed to Clemson. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound player announced the news on Twitter Friday afternoon, thanking his parents, coaches and trainers for helping him through the process.AJ Terrell, who hails from Atlanta, Georgia, dropped a long note with his tweet. He’s the seventh-ranked player in the state of Georgia. He had offers from 22 schools – including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.I am happy to say that I have OFFICIALLY COMMITTED TO CLEMSON UNIVERSITY ??? #ALLIN #WE2DEEP17 pic.twitter.com/JwtLAMvDsK— ATC_8️⃣AJ (@terrellaj56) August 19, 2016Terrell is Clemson’s 13th commitment for the 2017 class. According to 247 Sports, the Tigers have the eighth-best class in the country.last_img read more

Siksika Nation becomes first reserve in Alberta to endorse home ownership

first_img(Nelson Breaker stands by the site where his home is being built on the Siksika Nation. He said his dream of owning a home in Siksika has come true. Photo: Brandi Morin/APTN)APTN National News Brandi MorinSIKSIKA NATION, ALTA — The Siksika Nation east of Calgary celebrated the construction of the first on-reserve, individually owned home in Alberta on Friday.The nation is utilizing funds through the First Nations Market Housing Fund (FNMHF) which assists First Nations to gain access to housing loans on reserve and settlement lands.“It’s something that is needed by our reserve, it’s something that is needed by our members,” said Siksika Chief Vincent Yellow Old Woman.“I said let’s get it done. And we got it done.”Chief Vincent Yellow Old Woman speaks at the site of the new home being constructed through the FNMHP at Siksika Nation. Photo Brandi Morin/APTNThe initiative, established in 2008, was started through the Kelowna Accord and is the only program to survive after the Harper government failed to pass the Paul Martin led agreement.The Canadian government made a one-time investment of $300 million for the FNMHF.The investment, now held in trust, has the potential to create $3 billion in investments in on-reserve housing, on settlement lands and lands set-aside for First Nations across Canada.Siksika Nation member Nelson Breaker is the first resident to receiving financing through the program.Construction began on his 2820 square foot home two weeks ago.Contract workers at the site of where Nelson Breakers home is under construction. All of the contractors are from Siksika Nation. Photo: Brandi Morin/APTNBreaker said it’s a dream come true.“This building process took 9 months to get going,” said Breaker. “But now they’re making my dream into a reality.”Breaker, his wife and children have lived in Calgary for the past 40 years and have never owned their own home. He said he’s happy to be able to finally move back home to Siksika as a new homeowner.“Plus I’m starting to set roots for my grand-kids. This will be my grand-kids home, my kids and my family’s. It’s been a long journey and I’m so excited.”Nation members have the ability to choose the type of home they want to build, unlike the cookie cutter models seen on most reservations across Canada.Breakers home will feature a walk out basement, hot tub and wrap around deck. It’s made more affordable through the backing of the FNHMP, while also partnering with the Bank of Montreal.“I want people to feel what I’m feeling right now. I’m so proud,” said Breaker who hopes to move in at the end of December.The Siksika Nation was hit hard by the 2013 Bow River flood.Approximately 100 homes were destroyed and more than 1,000 people were forced from their homes.Some community members are still living in hotels while they wait for additional provincial government flood recovery money.Flooding on the Siksika Nation in 2013.There are currently 500 people on the housing wait list in Siksika, and in total three community members have been approved for mortgages through the FNHMP.Chief Yellow Old Woman sees the FNHMP as an opportunity to help community members get back on their feet.“We are looking to the FNHMP as a long-term partner and we are grateful for the opportunity to create a variety of housing options for our citizens. The Siksika Nation sees the home as a sacred space, a place for families to gather and celebrate who we are as Peoples!” concluded Chief Yellow Old Woman.“Your leadership is looking after your people, to build houses all over this beautiful country you have here,” said FNHMP chair of the trustees John Beaucage.“Siksika has worked hard for this. I’d like to come out for the 100th or maybe even the 500th home built.”bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

As Facebook faces fire heat turns up on No 2 Sandberg

first_imgNEW YORK — For the past decade, Sheryl Sandberg has been the poised, reliable second-in-command to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, helping steer Facebook’s rapid growth around the world, while also cultivating her brand in ways that hint at aspirations well beyond the social network.But with growing criticism over the company’s practices, or lack of oversight, her carefully cultivated brand as an eloquent feminist leader is showing cracks. Questions these days aren’t so much about whether she’ll run for the Senate or even president, but whether she ought to keep her job at Facebook. Though the chances of an ouster are slim, the fact that it has even come up shows the extent of Facebook’s — and Sandberg’s — troubles.“Her brand was being manicured with the same resources and care as the gardens of Tokyo,” said Scott Galloway, a New York University marketing professor. “And unfortunately a hurricane has come through the garden.”Facebook has been dealing with hurricanes for the past two years : fake news, elections interference, hate speech, a privacy scandal, the list goes on. The company’s response — namely, Zuckerberg’s and Sandberg’s — has been slow at best, misleading and obfuscating at worst, as The New York Times reported last week. That report, and one from The Wall Street Journal , underscored Sandberg’s influence at the company, even as Zuckerberg has borne much of the criticism and anger.As chief operating officer, Sandberg is in charge of Facebook’s business dealings, including the ads that make up the bulk of the company’s revenue. She steered Facebook from a rising tech startup into a viable global business expected to reap $55 billion in revenue this year. The company is second only to Google in digital advertising.But she’s also gotten the blame when things go wrong, including Facebook’s failure to spot Russian attempts to influence U.S. elections by buying U.S. political ads — in rubles. Though Sandberg has denied knowing that Facebook hired an opposition research firm to discredit activists, she created a permissive environment through what the Times called an “aggressive lobbying campaign” against critics. Facebook fired the firm, Definers, after the Times report came out.Facebook declined to comment on Sandberg or make her available for an interview. A representative instead pointed to Zuckerberg’s remarks that overall, “Sheryl is doing great work for the company. She’s been a very important partner to me and continues to be, and will continue to be. She’s leading a lot of the efforts to improve our systems in these areas.”Sandberg, 49, who was hired away from Google in 2008, has been a crucial “heat shield” for Zuckerberg, as Galloway put it, as lawmakers and the public crank up criticism of the 34-year-old founder. In September, Facebook sent Sandberg to testify before the Senate intelligence committee, eliciting a warmer response than her boss did three months before.Sandberg, former chief of staff for treasury secretary Larry Summers, appears more comfortable in Washington meeting rooms than Zuckerberg, who can seem robotic. Her profile is high enough that lawmakers don’t feel stilted when she shows up. She’s written (with help) two books, including 2013’s “Lean In” about women and leadership. Her second book, “Plan B,” is about dealing with loss and grief after her husband died unexpectedly. She was the lone chief operating officer among a who’s who of tech CEOs — including Apple’s Tim Cook and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos — to meet with Donald Trump a month after his election.“It’s both who she is and how bereft Silicon Valley is of strong, powerful female voices,” crisis management expert Richard Levick said. “She has positioned herself as one of those strong voices with ‘Lean In.’”But her high profile also makes her more susceptible to criticism.The chorus for Sandberg to leave is getting louder. CNBC commentator Jim Cramer predicted Monday that Facebook’s stock would rise if Sandberg leaves or gets fired. NYU’s Galloway believes both Sandberg and Zuckerberg should be fired for allowing Facebook to turn into an entity that harms democracy around the world.“Every day executives are fired for a fraction of infractions these two have committed,” he said.Besides elections interference, Zuckerberg and Sandberg have been criticized for their slow response to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which the data-mining firm accessed millions of users’ private information without their permission. The pair were silent for days after the news came out. According to the Journal, Zuckerberg told Sandberg this spring that he blamed her and her teams for the “public fallout” over Cambridge Analytica. Citing unnamed sources, the newspaper said Sandberg at one point wondered if she should be worried about her job (though that appears to no longer be the case, based on Zuckerberg’s public support).Because of the way Facebook is set up, firing Zuckerberg would be all but impossible. He controls the majority of the company’s voting stock, serves as its chairman and has — at least publicly — the support of its board of directors. Essentially, he’d have to fire himself.Firing Sandberg would be the next logical option to hold a high-level executive accountable, but Galloway also doesn’t see this happening. For one thing, he said, it would look bad to fire one of the only top female executives in an industry where women “face inordinately high obstacles to get to leadership positions.”Beyond that, Sandberg has also been a positive force on Facebook. She was hired to be the “adult” in the room and has filled that role well. She moves comfortably outside tech circles and in public speaking, countering Zuckerberg’s shortcomings in that area.If anything, Sandberg’s departure from Facebook would likely be on her own terms. While Zuckerberg has spent all of his adult life at Facebook, Sandberg had a career before Facebook and even tech, so it is plausible that she would have a life after Facebook, perhaps back in politics.But before she can consider running for office, she’ll probably have to address election manipulation and Facebook’s other troubles.Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Highway 43 open after police shooting near Whitecourt

first_imgThe Alberta Serious Incident Response Team has been notified will now lead the investigation.ASIRT has been directed to investigate an incident involving @RCMPAlberta near Whitecourt. No further details at this time.— ASIRT (@ASIRT_AB) July 3, 2018Highway 43 was closed for several hours on Tuesday while the RCMP investigated the incident.A photo shared on social media showed the long back up of traffic while the Highway was closed – Facebook WHITECOURT, A.B. – Highway 43 is open following a police shooting near Whitecourt.A police operation Tuesday saw westbound lanes of Highway 43 closed for several hours.  The RCMP say they attempted to stop a vehicle on the highway.  As members approached the vehicle, a confrontation occurred with lead to the discharge of an RCMP members’ firearm.Update: Hwy43 near Chickadee Creek, west of Whitecourt – Highway reopened. Expect delays due to volume. (5:15pm) #ABRoads https://t.co/l4I4nAlHn4— 511 Alberta (@511Alberta) July 3, 2018The RCMP say that an adult male suspect was involved and was later found deceased.last_img read more

JNU sedition case: Court says role of Delhi Police on sanction matter complete

first_imgNew Delhi: A city court hearing the 2016 JNU sedition case Saturday observed that the city police’s role regarding sanction was complete and it will now ask the Delhi government about the same. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat made the observation after being told by police that sanction was an administrative action and the charge sheet can be filed without that. DCP of Special Cell of Delhi Police, Pramod Kushwaha, told the court that the agency has already sent a request to the Delhi government seeking sanction. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The court Friday pulled up the Delhi Police over non-appearance of the DCP, who was asked to file report in the case. The Delhi Police had earlier told the court that authorities were yet to give requisite sanctions to prosecute former JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others in the case, and it would take two to three months to procure sanctions. On January 14, police had filed a charge sheet in the court against Kumar and others, saying he was leading a procession and supported seditious slogans raised in the JNU campus during an event on February 9, 2016. The court had also sought a report from the deputy commissioner of police assigned to the case.last_img read more

Social network Google+ begins shutting down

first_imgSan Francisco: Pulling away efforts of competing with social networking majors like Facebook and Twitter, Google has begun the process of shutting down its social networking app Google+. Even though the process of completely deleting all personal Google+ accounts would still take a few months, content deletion including photos and videos from Google+ album archives have started, The Verge reported on Monday. The search-engine giant’s plans of putting an end to Google+ were officially announced in October 2018. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Apart from just low user engagement, the demise of Google+ also came as a result of a software design flaw that exposed some private user data to third-party developers including occupation, gender, age and email address. The flaw had existed since 2015 and it could potentially have affected up to five lakh Google+ accounts. The platform was launched as Google’s own social networking platform in June 2011.last_img read more