Jamaicans Urged to Celebrate Products of Excellence

first_imgJamaicans Urged to Celebrate Products of Excellence JusticeMarch 16, 2010 RelatedJamaicans Urged to Celebrate Products of Excellence RelatedJamaicans Urged to Celebrate Products of Excellence RelatedJamaicans Urged to Celebrate Products of Excellencecenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Respected international judge Hon. Patrick Robinson has called on Jamaicans to highlight the positives of the country, including its products of excellence.Citing the late Professor Ralston “Rex” Nettleford as among Jamaica’s products of excellence, he also mentioned reggae icon, Bob Marley, Jamaican women, track and field (athletics), and reggae music, as areas in which “we are outstanding, exceptionally good, beyond lofty, beyond limit.”Justice Robinson, who is the President of the International Criminal Tribunal, was addressing patrons at the 22nd annual dinner and dance of the Jamaica College Old Boys Association of Canada (JCOBACA) held recently in Toronto.He lauded Nettleford for the significant role he played in building the confidence of the Jamaican, particularly the disadvantaged Jamaicans, and stated that the Jamaican woman is the backbone of the country’s family and society.He noted that Bob Marley is the most well-known Jamaican worldwide, and Jamaica is best known for its reggae music “principally through the work of Bob Marley.”“The contribution of music to our culture, to the Jamaican heritage and most important to our self-knowledge and identity as a people, is beyond lofty, beyond limits. Music is the most popular element in the Jamaican culture. There is scarcely anything more Jamaican than our music. It’s embedded in the psyche of our people. The songs, their music, their lyrics, their dances, reflect the essence of being Jamaican in a way that nothing else does,” he stated.When Olympic and world champion sprinter Usain Bolt performed the dances, Nuh Linga and Gully Creepa, during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Justice Robinson said he was not putting on a show, but simply being Jamaican.However, the judge warned that Jamaican music must uplift and Jamaicans must reject music, which debases, degrades and objectifies women, and encourages violence.In the area of track and field, Judge Robinson who has penned a book called: ‘Jamaican Athletics: A Model For 2012 and The World’, noted that since 1948, Jamaican athletes have won 13 gold medals, 27 silver medals and 21 bronze medals at the Olympic Games; and another 14 gold, 33 silver and 13 bronze medals at the World Championships.Urging Jamaicans to highlight the good in the country and stop portraying the negatives, he said that those who strive for excellence but fall short should be encouraged to renew their efforts.Noting that one of the biggest obstacles to the achievement of excellence in Jamaica is the legacy of self-doubt he said: “never underestimate the evil that has been done to our thinking and how it has retarded growth and development in many areas of national life.”President of the JCOBACA, Charles Francis thanked the patrons for their support over the years noting that through their contributions the Association has been able to meet its goals. Over the years, the JCOBACA has provided computers and software, printers, thousands of books, overhead projectors, microscopes and other equipment to the school.In attendance were Jamaica’s Consul General to Toronto, Mr. George Ramocan and Mrs. Lola Ramocan; Chancellor of Ryerson University, Dr. G. Raymond Chang; and former Speaker of the Ontario Legislature, Dr. Alvin Curling.Justice Robinson, who began his legal career at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, is a former student of the University of the West Indies, University of London and Jamaica College. He was honoured with the Order of Jamaica in 2009 for outstanding contribution in the field of International Law and Relations. Advertisementslast_img read more

Hawks take stranglehold on Murdoch Division Final

first_imgPlaying with a lead or coming from behind, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks know how to win.For the second game in a row the Hawks needed overtime to defeat the Nelson Leafs.Blake Sidoni beat Devin Allen in the Nelson nets at 9:33 in the second extra period to give Beaver Valley a 3-2 victory over the Leafs in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night at the NDCC Arena.The Nitehawks take a 3-0 stranglehold on the best-of-seven Murdoch Final with Game four Saturday right back in Nelson. Nelson opened the scoring when a turnover at the Beaver Valley blueline gave the Leafs a two-on-one with Dale Howell and Sawyer Hunt.Howell slipped nice saucer pass Hunt ripped into the Beaver Valley nets past goalie Tallon Kramer.Beaver Valley struck twice in the second, two minutes apart to take a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.Darren Kramer tied the game before Blake Sidoni put the Hawks ahead.Nelson scored the only goal of the third period to tie the game a few minutes into the frame when Howell converted his team high fourth goal of the playoffs.The shots were even at 29-29.BLUELINES: The game, attracting 780 fans, was the sixth time of the 2017 KIJHL playoffs the Leafs have been forced into overtime. Nelson is 3-3 during the playoffs. . . . Dale Howell led the Leafs with two points Friday. . . . Tallon Kramer, once again stellar between the pipes for the Hawks, was in goal to win his seventh straight playoff game. . . . A luck fan from Nelson split the $800 50-50 jackpot Friday. . . .There will be no five-peat for the Selkirk Saints. The Castlegar-based squad lost 6-1 Friday to Trinity Western Spartans in BCIHL playoff action. The Saints had won the past four BCIHL titles.last_img read more

MySpace Partners with Yahoo, Twitter, eBay on Data “Availability”

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts In a surprise move just unveiled this morning, a handful of big players led by MySpace and Yahoo! have announced that public profiles, photos, videos and friend networks will now be portable from one site to another. We’re immediately wondering why this was a partnership between a handful of big sites instead of a move to truly open to the web in general.According to a first report on TechCrunch, the initiative will begin with user information from MySpace being made available to Yahoo, Twitter and eBay in the next few weeks. MySpace is reported to have said that they will seek ways for “mom and pop sites” to participate as well in the future.What Will This Look Like?Though details are thin right now, it appears that end users will be able to do things like find friends from MySpace on Twitter, perhaps search for Twitter friends on Yahoo! Instant Messenger and perhaps port Flickr photos easily to eBay. User authentication will be done with the emerging standard oAuth – which is a big win for the people working on that.Below is a mock-up posted by TechCrunch of a MySpace developer’s Twitter page, apparently integrating his profile information from MySpace.Why is MySpace Leading The Charge?We can’t help but wonder why MySpace appears to be taking the lead on this initiative instead of Yahoo! – who recently announced that all their properties will be rewired top to bottom to facilitate friend and content portability. TechCrunch asserts that MySpace will become the central hub where people will store their information, but we hope that none of the partners will play that roll. True social interoperability shouldn’t privilege any one site over another. Hopefully that won’t remain an issue. In a blog post this morning, Data Portability Working Group founder and chair Chris Saad announced that MySpace has officially joined the Working Group and that “we hope to see the MySpace “Data Availability” initiative evolve toward becoming a compliant implementation of the DataPortability Best Practices.” We hope so too.Ben Metcalfe, a co-founder of the Data Portability working group, is “Director of Engineering, MySpace Platform” and will be heavily involved in the deliverables, Saad told us. Metcalfe is a guy who doesn’t take any B.S. so we hope he can make this work. Update: Metcalfe offers a response in comments below. For some reason the announcement is being framed with the term “Data Availability” – which does seem to imply that it’s something different from Data Portability. If MySpace ends up owning this initiative it’s going to be a real shame. Data Portability standards are available and ready to be innovated upon – we really hope this partnership doesn’t take the form of a new social “walled garden.”We hope that all of the content at issue will be marked up with standards-based microformats, be made accessible with standards-based authentication and be freely available to any party that wishes to innovate on top of it. Most of those wishes seem to be coming true with this announcement.MySpace told Michael Arrington that they still intended to leverage the Google lead Open Social as soon as it was ready. That’s what everyone’s saying; Open Social seems to have been a major disappointment, falling far short of the kind of cross-site data portability that today’s announcement seems to aim for. Hopefully this network of partners will open up fast, not just to each other but to the web at large.Check out this new video from Data Portability, just released and seen here first. Made by smashcut-media.com. Let’s hope that the folks pushing true data portability aren’t relegated to making dazzling videos while the vendors keep to themselves and cut deals.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

‘New Di Maria’ ready for Juve

first_imgJuventus are ready to sign Matias Soulé in January, as FIFA considers the application to sign the Argentinian 16-year-old from Velez Sarsfield. La Gazzetta dello Sport report that Juventus got their man after sending an request to FIFA last week, and now they expect Soulé to be arriving from Cordoba this winter. The youngster has been compared to Angel di Maria by the coaching staff at Albiceleste and his developments were monitored by the biggest clubs in Europe already. The Italian newspaper continue to claim that Soulé’s mother has already acted on the move to Turin by obtaining an Italian passport. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

US draws Sweden again for 2019 Women’s World Cup

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES The No. 1-ranked U.S. team landed in the same group with Sweden for the sixth time overall. Also in Group F are Thailand and Chile, which is making its World Cup debut.The U.S. will open the tournament against Thailand in Reims on June 11. Sweden, ranked No. 9, will face the U.S. on June 20 in Le Havre — the final group match for both.“I know about the history, tough games during many years,” said Sweden coach Peter Gerhardsson, who took over the team after Pia Sundhage’s retirement in 2017. “We feel that we have a chance and that’s the most important thing,”The game will be a rematch of the Olympic quarterfinal in Brazil, where Sweden advanced on penalties after a 1-1 draw. Afterward, U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo called the Swedes “cowards” for bunkering on defense.“It’s a good draw for us,” said Ellis, who attended the draw. “It pits us against a couple of teams we’re not that familiar with, which I like, and then obviously Sweden. I like having Sweden in the third game because it allows us to settle into the tournament.”ADVERTISEMENT You can now mix and match your Bitmoji’s clothing United States’ Carli Lloyd waves as she stands by the World Cup trophy, during the women’s soccer World Cup France 2019 draw, in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)PARIS — U.S. national coach Jill Ellis was asked before the Women’s World Cup draw whether she thought her team would be grouped with Sweden for the fifth straight time.“Oh, we will,” Ellis laughed, recalling her reply.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel management clarifies SEA Games footballers’ kikiam breakfast controversy In spite of Washington’s sanctions, Huawei sells more smartphones than ever Australia appoints 76ers coach Brett Brown for Tokyo Olympicscenter_img Read Next Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Doncic scores 11 straight, Mavs rally past Rockets Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Turned out she was right.The defending champion Americans were grouped — again — with Sweden for next summer’s showcase tournament in France. The draw to set the group stage for the 24 teams was held Saturday at a gala event in Paris amid a backdrop of unrest in the country.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefHost France will open the World Cup on June 7 against South Korea in Paris.The Americans defeated Japan 5-2 — highlighted by Carli Lloyd’s hat trick — in Canada in 2015. The U.S. has played in every World Cup since the competition started in 1991, winning the inaugural event and also in 1999. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View comments Lloyd was asked at the draw if she were confident the U.S. can win again.“Pretty confident, I must say,” she said. “This squad is as talented as can be, we’ve got the depth and a great coaching staff in place.”The draw was held at La Seine Musicale, a dome-shaped concert hall perched over the river Seine on the outskirts of Paris and not to be affected by the anti-government demonstrations. Tear gas filled central Paris, with riot police fighting to contain thousands of yellow-vested protesters.The groups that will play next year in France:Group A: France, South Korea, Norway, Nigeria.Group B: Germany, China, Spain, South Africa.Group C: Australia, Italy, Brazil, Jamaica.Group D: England, Scotland, Argentina, Japan.Group E: Canada, Cameroon, New Zealand, Netherlands.Group F: United States, Thailand, Chile, Sweden. The pots for the draw were based on the world ranking, except that No. 3 France, as host, led the first pot, followed by the U.S., Germany, England, Canada and Australia. The updated FIFA rankings were released Friday.France has gone 7-1-2 this year, the loss coming against England in the United States. This will be the fourth World Cup for Les Bleues, who landed in a group with South Korea, Norway and Nigeria.Didier Deschamps, who coached the French men to victory in the World Cup in Russia five months ago, was greeted with a roar Saturday when he walked on the stage. He said he’s confident in Les Bleues under coach Corinne Diacre.“I don’t have advice to give to Corinne, she knows women’s football far better than me,” he said. “We’ve spoken several times. She knows that I’m at her disposal. Obviously, there’s a lot of expectation from the fans and media. Corinne and her staff know what awaits, but that shouldn’t be a negative thing.”England, ranked No. 4, was grouped with No. 8 Japan, No. 20 Scotland and No. 36 Argentina. With an average ranking of No. 17 it is statistically the toughest group. England was the surprise third-place finisher in Canada and has been on the rise the past several years.The squad is coached by Phil Neville, a former Manchester United and England defender who played in three European Championships. The Lionesses have gone 7-2-3 under Neville this year.Also drawing a tough group was No. 6 Australia, which is joined by No. 10 Brazil and superstar Marta, who will be playing in her fifth World Cup. Australia defeated Brazil 1-0 in the Round of 16 in Canada.It will be the seventh overall World Cup for the Matildas, who went 7-4-6 this year.“The first immediate instinct is: It wouldn’t be a major football tournament for the Matildas unless we had to play Brazil — 2007, 2011, 2015 and now 2019, and the Olympics we’ve crossed with Brazil,” coach Allen Stajcic said. “So very exciting to be playing them again.”The U.S. went undefeated this year, finishing 18-0-2, including a 2-0 victory over Canada in the final of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament. The team’s unbeaten streak is at 28 games, dating to a 1-0 loss to Australia in the 2017 Tournament of Nations.last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton calls for more women in ‘dude’ dominated paddock

first_imgThere are “too many dudes” in the paddock at Formula One races and the series needs to improve access for women, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton said on Thursday.In the leadup to Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix, the three-times champion Briton, and other leading drivers, were asked for their wish-lists for the championship and Hamilton had little hesitation championing a more inclusive track-side environment. (Also read: Lewis Hamilton looks for fast start to new Formula One season)”A Miami race and more ladies in the paddock,” the 32-year-old said at the pre-race media conference.”More access for the women, there’s too many dudes in the paddock.” (Also read: Mercedes look to make early statement in Australia)Hamilton was more for turning back the clock when it came to the series’ power units, however, agreeing with Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo’s wish for no more “electric engines” in Formula One.The current generation of quieter and more fuel-efficient V6 turbo hybrid power units, while technologically impressive, have failed to win over some fans who miss the noisier V8 engines. (Also read: Valtteri Bottas out to make the most of dream chance at Mercedes)Hamilton was less sold on McLaren driver Fernando Alonso’s ironic suggestion that teams be given “equal engines”.The 35-year-old Alonso was frustrated with the poor performance of the Honda-powered McLaren cars during winter testing, having already endured two bleak seasons since returning to the team in 2015.”I don’t agree with that one,” Hamilton said of Alonso’s wish.”Not electric and not Honda,” he quipped, drawing a murmur from reporters.advertisementMost Formula One fans will wish for a more competitive series this year after Mercedes swept the drivers’ and constructors’ championships for the last three seasons running.The only serious on-track rivalry has been between Hamilton and his now-retired team mate Nico Rosberg.Hamilton won 10 of 21 races last season, including the last four in succession, but was still runner-up behind German champion Rosberg, who has been replaced by former Williams driver Valtteri Bottas.A raft of technical changes, including fatter tyres and aerodynamic enhancements, have raised hopes rivals can bridge the gap with the Silver Arrows.Bookmakers are less convinced, with many installing Hamilton as unbackable favourite to win a fourth world title and also the race at Albert Park on Sunday.Hamilton has deflected the hype onto Ferrari, which had fast lap times and impressive reliability during winter testing.He said he would relish a title fight from Ferrari’s four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel this season.”It’s interesting to see, Sebastian is usually a lot more hype,” Hamilton said, eliciting a half-smile from the German sitting a metre away from him at the media conference.”I can tell he’s trying to keep a lid on it.”More teams and more drivers up the front fighting for wins, that’s what racing is all about. I’m hoping that’s the case.”last_img read more

Florida Signee Jachai Polite Is “Way Better” Than Auburn’s Byron Cowart, Per High School Teammate

first_imgAn interior view of the Florida Gators football stadium.GAINESVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 15: A view from the end-zone as the Tennessee Volunteers take on the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 15, 2007 in Gainesville, Florida. Florida defeated Tennessee 59-20. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Byron Cowart was a five-star recruit and the No. 1 defensive end in the country last year. His first year at Auburn was a disappointment, but he was an elite high school player. According to a teammate of 2016 Florida signee Jachai Polite, the Gators are getting an even better player. Marcus Tatum, an offensive tackle heading to Tennessee, went up against Cowart at a UCF camp, and doesn’t thinks Polite is better across the board. From SEC Country:“Jachai is way better than Byron Cowart, by a lot. I went against Byron when I was a sophomore at the UCF camp and I was kicking his butt on a sprained MCL. I played right tackle and he was this big-name guy.“When I go against Jachai, it’s a different story. He’s got better moves than Byron, better pad level, better speed, everything. In that same camp, things just clicked for (Jachai) and he was dominating. That’s really when he started becoming a beast.”Pretty strong words there. Polite was not nearly as highly rated as Cowart, rated three stars by 247Sports. Of course, that only means so much. It Tatum is right, Florida may be getting a very nice player.[SEC Country]last_img read more

Productivity Slows Down at Worlds Top 30 Container Ports

first_imgzoom Productivity levels at the world’s top 30 container ports have demonstrated little sign of improvement over the past two years, and ports in several world regions are showing worrying levels of decline, according to the latest port productivity analysis by IHS Markit.Relative port productivity among the top 30 ports decreased by 7.5 percent between the first half of 2014 and the same period in 2016.“With the exception of a few bright spots, the picture overall is not a good one,” Andy Lane of CTI Consultancy, said, adding that “most of the declines were experienced in 2015, and we saw a slight rebound in the first half of 2016, but it was not enough to recover port efficiency back to 2014 levels.”“The reason for the poor productivity performance across regions is largely attributed to apathy and lack of recognition as to the potential value of achieving productivity improvements,” Lane noted.According to the IHS Markit port productivity analysis, major ports in the Mediterranean booked the biggest declines in productivity as the combination of an increase in average steam-in time from 4.2 hours to 8.3 hours, and a 12 percent decline in berth productivity resulted in a 23 percent overall decline in port productivity.The next-worse performers were the major ports in Middle East & India, registering a 16 percent decline in relative berth productivity, slightly offset with an improved steam-in from 6.9 to 6.8 hours. When combined, it resulted in a 12 percent decline.East Asia recorded a 9 percent decline in port productivity, while North America’s port productivity was down by 8 percent. In Southeast Asia a more modest 3 percent decrease in port productivity occurred.The only region hosting major ports that demonstrated an improvement was North Europe, where port productivity improved by 7 percent, achieved solely by reduced steam-in times from 6.9 to 4.9 hours while berth productivity peaked.Furthermore, the analysis shows extensive time wastage between arrivals at a port to completion of the berthing process. Of the 25,000 vessel calls analyzed in the top 30 ports during the first half of 2016, average waiting time varied by region from 0.4 hours in North America to a whopping 7.3 hours in the Mediterranean, with a global average of 4.7 hours of idle time per vessel call being consumed.“Even with a generous target of three hours of waiting per call, 1.7 hours of every port call can be eliminated and converted to slower sailing, which for the industry’s 400,000 port calls per year could add up to a potential value pool of close to USD 1 billion,” Lane said.last_img read more