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first_imgOVER the years, the Stephen and Paul Francis-coached MVP Track Club and the University of Technology (UTech) have dominated action at the Milo Western Relays.However, at last Saturdays staging of the event, both teams had to play second fiddle to the Maurice Wilson-coached G.C. Foster College and Sprintec teams, which both accounted for the majority of wins in individual and relay events.”I was very pleased with the performances of both the college and club teams, and I think we are on target, especially among the college athletes, to do very well for the remainder of the season, although it is still early days. But we do have a very vibrant team that has been very supportive in the form of Dr Joyce Royal, Paul Beckford, Marvin Gayle, Alf Remekie, and other members who have been helping so far,” said Wilson, who is also a senior lecturer at G.C. Foster College and technical leader of Jamaica’s track and field team.In individual events, there were wins for G.C. Foster College’s Ronda Whyte, AndrÈ Clarke, Nascieve Powell, and Sprintec’s Oshane Bailey.RECORD BOOKSWhyte and Clarke, who were members of Jamaica’s team to the World University Games last summer in Gwangju, Korea, wrote their names in the record books.Whyte won the women’s 400 metres hurdles in 58.24 seconds to erase former Edwin Allen High athlete Sherone Pinnock’s 2006 record of 59.30.Clarke, who fractured his right shoulder in practice a few days before the start of his event in Korea and could not participate, won the men’s 400m hurdles in 51.25, erasing the 2014 record of former St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) standout Okeem Williams of 52.34.Bailey captured the men’s 100m in 10.32 seconds, finishing ahead of the G.C. Foster College duo of Colin King (10.33) and Chadic Thorpe (10.48). The other individual success for G.C. Foster College came in the men’s 400m Open as Powell won in 48.22 seconds.Sprintec won the women’s Open 4x400m relay, while G.C. Foster captured the men’s equivalent along with the men’s 4x200m and sprint medley.G.C. Foster College’s 4x400m quartet of Alvin Green, Demish Gayle, Marzell Miller, and Demar Murray won in a record of 3:07.17 to break MVP’s 2008 record of 3:08.01, with Sprintec second in a close 3:07.35 and UTech third in 3:09.71.It was a welcome return to the Milo Western Relays for Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, whose last appearance was with the MVP Track Club. Now representing Sprintec, she teamed up with Verone Chambers, Anastasia LeRoy, and Ristananna Tracey to win the women’s 4x400m in 3:32.47. UTech, with Janieve Russell and Shericka Jackson, were second in 3:33.18, with MVP, led by Stephenie McPherson, third in 3:36.22.G.C. Foster’s other successes came in the women’s sprint medley, which they won in 3:32.31 and the 4x200m Open in 1:23.42.MVP captured both 4x100m relays. In the women’s event, with World 100 metres champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and World 200 metres silver medallist Elaine Thompson, MVP clocked a record 43.31 to beat G.C. Foster College, 43.94.In a very close men’s event, MVP, with Julian Forte and Andrew Fisher, clocked 38.89 and just got the better of Sprintec, which clocked 38.90 seconds.last_img read more

first_img21 February 2006The University of Venda in Limpopo province has opened a Tshivenda Language Research and Development Centre to promote reading and writing of the language.The centre will also reach out to communities through literacy training and basic language courses, as well as the documenting of folktales, legends and idioms.The facility, a project of the national and provincial departments of arts and culture in partnership with the university, was opened by Limpopo Sports, Arts and Culture MEC Joe Maswanganyi on Monday.Centre manager Professor Mbulaheni Musehane said the centre would play an important role in education and would ensure access to vital services and information for personal development and artistic expression.He said the Tshivenda centre would cooperate on vital language projects with language centres in other institutions around the country to advance multilingualism in South Africa.“The objective is to put particular focus on previously neglected languages, assigning them a central role in the implementation of the country’s multilingual policy,” Musehane said.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgTags:#design#Government#politics The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Answer: The animated GIF’s impact on this election – given its newness factor as a political tool – is slim or hard to gauge. “You’d probably be exaggerating… a lot” if you said GIFs will turn the tide one way or another, Rugnetta allows. But that’s not the point. The political GIF has already changed the way we talk about politics, how we cover politics, and even how we campaign as politicians. GIFs, like memes, are “The Way We Election Now.” Critics of the political GIF could point out it further reduces a politicians message to soundbites, one-liners, gaffes and spectacle, but Rugnetta asserts “a GIF is more complete than quotes on paper, because the words are reunited with the actions and attitudes of the person who spoke them.”“The time where there is an official campaign GIF maker doesn’t feel too far off,” Rugnetta speculates. As Colin Horgan wrote in The Guardian, “perhaps soon, a candidate could succeed or fail not on the strength of their zingers during a debate, but on the gifs they generate afterwards.”You hear that, political campaign consultants? Animated political GIFs really could decide an election.  A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit fruzsina eordogh 2012 is the year of the political GIF. Not just for Internet forum users, now established journalists and even Presidents are using this venerable image format to convey instant commentary. (The Live GIF off, anyone?)The GIF’s rise in prominence this election year even prompted PBS Ideas Channel host Mike Rugnetta to ask: How Will The Animated GIF Affect The Presidential Election? Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

first_imgAt the X-Blades National Youth Champs in September in Coffs Harbour, Tony El Takchi and Jason Stanton entertained the crowds with their antics.To see this and other footage from NYC, click on this link:http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=865last_img

first_imgPatna: Irregular expenditures in excess of Rs 650 crore between 1987 and 1997 – the period during which the fodder scam happened – are being scrutinized by courts probing the multi-crore-rupee scandal, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi has said in the assembly.Modi, who also holds the finance portfolio, was one of those who had filed a PIL in the case at Patna High Court following which the probe was handed over to the CBI.Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo (RJD) Lalu Prasad, who was the chief minister of undivided Bihar till 1997, is serving prison sentences in a number of cases related to the scam, while his predecessor Jagannath Mishra is out on bail and undergoing treatment for cancer. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Citing examples of the massive financial irregularities during the 80s and the 90s, Modi told the House, “Fodder worth Rs 10.5 crore was required for cattle and poultry in Chaibasa, Gumla, Dumka, Jamshedpur and Ranchi (now in Jharkhand) besides Patna. But an expenditure of Rs 253.33 crore was shown by the animal husbandry department.” For these six districts, purchase of yellow corn and almond straw – used in very small proportions for fodder – had been shown multiple times the actual requirement, the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said on Wednesday. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”The extent of the financial indiscipline can be gauged from a single example – the then general manager of a dairy farm at Hotwar – near Ranchi – showed an expenditure of Rs 15.50 lakh towards purchase of mustard oil for applying on the horns of buffaloes,” Modi said evoking peals of laughter.The RJD supremo’s son, Tejashwi Yadav, also drew sharp criticism from the deputy CM over his failure to attend the House during the ongoing session which began a month ago. Notably, RJD MLAs had staged a walkout when Modi was making his submission. The government’s appropriation bill was also passed by a voice vote at that time.The Lalu Prasad-led party later reacted indignantly, with its MLA and spokesman Shakti Singh Yadav issuing a statement accusing the deputy CM of “trying to hide his own failures and diverting public attention through false and out-of-context criticisms of Lalu Prasad and his family members”.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — Atlantic herring is a hearty source of protein for people and marine mammals alike, but like a startling number of Canada’s fish stocks the plan to rebuild the depleted herring population is currently one big question mark.That’s a conclusion reached by advocacy group Oceana Canada, which published its second annual fisheries audit Tuesday — a report card assessing the health of Canada’s fish stocks.The report found Canada has a lot of work to do to reverse the term decline of its fish stocks, and it needs to pick up the pace.Oceana’s science director Robert Rangeley said he hopes the audit is a “wake-up call” for better fisheries management.“My biggest fear is one of complacency,” said Rangeley. “We’re still hovering around one-third of our fish stocks (that) are healthy, which is very poor performance for the 194 stocks that are so important for coastal communities.”Only 34 per cent of Canada’s fish stocks are considered healthy. Twenty-nine per cent are in a critical or cautious zone, and perhaps most alarmingly, 37 per cent of stocks don’t have sufficient data to assign a health status.Some, like Pacific herring in Haida Gwaii, slipped into the critical red zone this year.The numbers are indicative of the slow policy implementation that plagues management of Canada’s fisheries, Rangeley said. The Oceana team expected to see more stocks move from the uncertain zone into one of the other categories this year, but in fact, the needle barely moved.Rangeley said government transparency has improved in recent years, giving his team access to the audit’s necessary data. But scientific reporting and assessment of stocks is slow and incomplete. Scientific and planning documents are often published late, or not at all.Slow scientific publication means some stocks haven’t been assessed in years — and with the impacts of climate change affecting the ocean at a swift pace, it means some of the health assessments are becoming too outdated to plan around how to help improve the stock.Of the 26 stocks that are assessed as critically depleted, only three have rebuilding plans in place. And even when those plans are published, the report notes that they are often based on out-of-date scientific assessments.Atlantic Canada’s fin fish are most heavily represented among the critical stocks.Rangeley said invertebrates like lobster and crab are more likely in good health than at-risk fin fish like cod and herring. However, rebuilding plans to bring struggling stocks back to health are notoriously slow to appear.Perhaps the most famous example is the infamous cod moratorium in 1992 that devastated Newfoundland’s fishing communities. Twenty-six years on, there’s no plan in place to rebuild the Northern cod stock.It’s not just an issue for the depleted stocks, said Rangeley. He recommends that a sense of urgency is applied to stocks in the cautious zone as well as the critical zone, because the more depleted they get, the harder it is to rebuild.“It’s just a biological reality,” Rangeley said. “Knock ’em down too far for too long, the effort takes so much longer and it’s such a lost opportunity for a valuable seafood industry to just let such a waste occur.”  Striking the balance between a healthy ocean ecosystem and an economically viable, renewable food industry for small communities is not impossible, and it’s been done before, said Rangeley.To run the fisheries right, more vigilance is required, the report said.Some form of catch monitoring is in place for more than half of Canada’s stocks but the methods often don’t give a complete assessment of the catch, leading to big data gaps. And 159 stocks don’t have fishing mortality estimates, making it nearly impossible to set sustainable limits on the industry.The report recommends investing in science and management capacity, assessing stocks regularly and developing up-to-date, well-enforced rebuilding plans.It also highlights the importance of timely reporting, and calls for a national ‘fishery monitoring policy’ that would compel all commercial fisheries to sufficiently keep track of yearly catches.Good planning, Rangeley said, is essential to getting Canada’s fisheries back to a healthy, sustainable level for oceans and for people.“You can sustainably harvest seafood indefinitely if you get it right, and we’re not,” he said.– By Holly McKenzie-Sutter in St. John’s, N.L.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Alonso believes that Chelsea deserved to win

first_imgChelsea managed to beat Manchester United 1-0 in the FA Cup final game yesterday and Marcos Alonso believes that it was a well-deserved win as his team stuck to their game plan and it all worked out well.The full-back insisted that the Blues deserved to lift the trophy as they were the better side against José Mourinho’s Red Devils and their victory was just a result of well-structured and organized game plan.The former Fiorentina player spoke about his side’s win as he said, according to chelseafc.com:harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I think it was well-deserved. We knew playing this way we were going to suffer but the team defended very well and we scored one of the few chances we had.”“We felt comfortable, even if we suffered a little bit because 90 minutes defending against good players. We stayed compact during the whole game and we helped each other out, so I think it was a much-deserved win.”“It was hard, not only in the second half but in the first half as well. We knew playing this way we were going to suffer and we had to defend a lot but I think we did a great game. We had a plan we executed very well and I’m very happy for the title.”last_img read more

Matic Players are responsible for form and Mourinhos exit

first_imgNemanja Matic believes Manchester United players are responsible for the club’s current form and Jose Mourinho’s exit.The Portuguese manager lost his job after United’s 3-1 defeat at rivals Liverpool on December 16, with the club making a swift move to appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as a caretaker boss.The Norwegian’s time in charge began in impressive fashion as he guided them to a 5-1 win at Cardiff on Saturday night.However, the gap between the Red Devils and arch-rivals Liverpool has become massive 19 points behind and Matic insists the players are responsible for their poor performances.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.When asked if the players must take responsibility, Matic told Sky: “Of course. I said this also after the Liverpool game, that we have to take responsibility and do our best to play better and to win games.“I don’t know [what changed at Cardiff]. This is the question no one has an answer to but we are sure this is the way to continue, to fight and we will try to do it.“This is football. In football this happens. We know also it’s not only the manager’s fault when the results are not good.“But this is football and we have to carry on, to fight for the club.”last_img read more