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  • Amateur boxing champs starts Thursday

    first_imgSixty-eight boxers, 63 males and five females, will take part in the Jamaica Boxing Board’s National Senior Amateur Boxing Championships from Thursday, January 28, to Saturday, January 30, at the Stanley Couch Gym, on Victoria Avenue in Kingston.There will be two categories, Elite and Novice, for boxers 18 and over. The Novice category is for boxers with less than five bouts. The nine gyms participating are Stanley Couch, Bruising, G. C. Foster, Jamaica Defence Force, Heavy Metal, Sav Boxing Academy, St Thomas Boxing Club, Sugar Knockout, and Seaview Gardens. Entries have also been received from four overseas boxers, two from Canada, and one each from England and the United States.Kingsley Goodison, administrator for the tournament, told The Gleaner that he was pleased with the entry list and expects keen competition throughout the tournament. Among the top amateurs who will be participating are Janathan Hanson, Nico Yeyo and Ricardo Carter, who performed well in a recent overseas development tournament, and Michael Gardener, Reece Shagourie and Kestna Davis, who are former champions.last_img read more

  • Beijing forms ‘snow affairs work team’ for 2022 Olympics

    first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny In this picture taken on August 22, 2017, people snowboard at the Wanda Harbin Ice and Snow Park in Harbin.At Dalian Wanda Group’s new Ice and Snow Park, chilly winds blew snowflakes around skiers zipping down the manmade slopes of the world’s largest indoor ski park, a potent symbol of China’s ambitions to turn itself into a winter sports powerhouse ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. / AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI / TO GO WITH China-lifestyle-ski, FEATURE by Yanan WANGBEIJING — Beijing, host of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, has a snow problem: Hardly any of the white stuff falls on the Chinese capital despite freezing temperatures.Taking the matter in hand, the games organizing committee has formed a “snow affairs work team” and invited experts from Finland, Canada and other nations to help out, according to the official “2017 Beijing FactFile” produced by the city government.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kings see Game 4 as ‘do-or-die’ Beijing’s urban center will host indoor events such as ice hockey and figure skating, largely in venues left over from the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. However, a lack of mountains and natural snow requires that ski events be held at sports clusters in Chongli as well as Beijing’s rural Yanqing county, both of which will be connected to the city center by a high-speed rail line.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The work team would “expedite research on key technologies for making and preserving snow, and start to formulate a work plan to ensure suitable snow resources,” the publication said.Also on Thursday, Beijing Vice Mayor Zhang Jiandong said all venues and transport links for the games would be completed by the end of 2019, allowing Beijing to begin staging test events the next year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Progress on all these projects has been moving ahead smoothly,” Zhang said at a briefing on the sidelines of the twice-a-decade congress of China’s ruling Communist Party.Beijing was awarded the games in 2015, defeating Almaty, Kazakhstan, in the voting to become the first city to have been awarded both the Summer and Winter Olympics. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View commentslast_img read more

  • COTAE Launches Policy Dialogue

    first_imgSeveral education stakeholders as well as other public servants and members of the civil society, including representatives of the media, on April 21 exchanged views at a resort in Monrovia on the need to revamp the educational system of Liberia.The ceremony marked the Coalition for Transparency and Accountability in Education’s (COTAE) formal launch of a policy dialogue on the education sector under a project titled: “Education and You: Following the Money for Greater Transparency and Quality.”Held under the theme, “Importance of Monitoring and Fiscal Accountability for Quality Education,” the policy dialogue included presentations on two key topics- Monitoring Education for Improved Outcomes and Importance of Effective Budgeting and Fiscal Accountability in Education. The launch of the project also highlighted the paradigm shift in the country’s education system, in which    COTAE expressed willingness to correct the wrongs. The Project Coordinator of the Global Partnership for Basic Education Program (GPEBEP) at the Ministry of Education (MOE), David Baysah, who deliberated on Monitoring Education for Improved Outcomes, stressed that learning outcomes and  environments as well as teachers and teaching practices or school administrators be monitored to match the level of improvements and standards the nation’s educational system needs.  He named five dimensions of quality education (borrowed from UNICEF’s definition), which are learners, environments, content, processes and outcomes. According to him, Liberia’s standard of education has been discussed in many circles and at the same time is being exacerbated by the declining results of exams administered annually by West African Examination Council (WAEC), mass failure in the University of Liberia’s entrance exams and the difficult conditions under which teaching and learning take place in most Liberian schools.Baysah recalled how the Bureau of Education was established to centralize the administration and supervision of all schools with Julius C. Stevens as the first General Superintendent of Education. He was instrumental in setting standards for teachers (by annual examination) and initiating a periodic census of school age children to ascertain continuing education needs.Baysah said the steps for the establishment of a national education system were the identification of what Liberian Education means, the first enactment of that philosophy in the national curriculum, the “certification” of its teaching cadre, and the assessment of the twin goals of this early system being access and opportunity.He added that monitoring is used to determine how well a program is carried out at different levels and at what cost, adding, “It tracks changes that occur over time in terms of inputs, production, and use of service.In Particular, a monitoring system provides information on progress towards the achievement of stated objectives.Meanwhile, Baysah called for the setting up of a school supervision and inspection bureau, the inclusion of external and internal monitors and the inclusion of teaching supervisors as the means to enhance the sector.The Director General of Internal Audit Agency, Paul Collins, spoke on the Importance of Effective Budgeting and Fiscal Accountability in Education. He believes that fiscal accountability suggests the existence of a fiduciary responsibility that custodians of public funds have to the government and people of a nation.Collins indicated that another responsibility implies that value is expected for the money given into trust to the custodians, thus leading people to the concept of the value of money.Stressing the relevance of fiscal accountability in the education sector, Collins named efficiency, effectiveness and economy as components that accommodate the process which COTAE is undertaking through the Open Society Initiative For West Africa (OSIWA) sponsored project.“In order to determine if we are achieving value for money in the education sector, we need to be able to derive measures that are objective, transparent and understandable. The accountability requirements in our laws/policies must be followed. This means regular financial reports that are independently verified must be produced regularly,” the Internal Audit Agency Director General noted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Guyana Govt condemns horrifying UK terrorist attack

    first_imgThe Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana said it was deeply saddened by the horrifying terrorist attack in Manchester, England.Police Officers are seen outside the Manchester Arena, where US singer Ariana Grande had been performing, in Manchester, northern England, Britain, May 22, 2017(REUTERS/Jon Super)“Our prayers and thoughts are with those who have been affected. On behalf of the people of Guyana, the Government extends deepest condolences to the families of the victims and the Government and people of the United Kingdom,” the Guyana Government said in a statement Monday night.“The Guyana Government condemns, in the strongest possible terms, this heinous attack and stand with the people of the United Kingdom at this difficult time,” the Government statement added.last_img read more

  • All-female class graduates big-rig program

    first_imgThe pilot project was funded by the Canada Labour Market Agreement. Nancy Mcnab says her company will be in talks with the Ministry, to see if more classes will be held in the future. Photo: Seven women received their Class-1 driver’s licence on Friday afternoon – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caFriday was a big day for seven local women, who got certified to drive big-rig trucks. The all-female class was the first to graduate from a new pilot project created by the Province, in the hopes of increasing the amount of women in the oil and gas industry.- Advertisement -Nancy Mcnab represents M. Turner and Associates, one of the companies who partnered with the Province in the project. [asset|aid=2008|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=ce4fa671eb221b9f3200e238f32b7b67-Nancy Mcnabb 1_1_Pub.mp3] Participants needed a grade of 80% to become certified. The students participated in a variety of sessions to prepare them for their new job. Advertisement They practiced driving on a virtual simulator, and took the air break exam. Students also took life lesson courses including sessions on working away from the family and harassment and fatigue management. Upon graduation, three women were offered jobs driving big-rigs. Tanya Bartsch was hired by Safety Boss. She says this job has been a dream come true, and having some extra zeros on the pay cheque, isn’t too bad either. [asset|aid=2009|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=ce4fa671eb221b9f3200e238f32b7b67-Tanya Batsch 1_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Fort St. John RCMP search for stolen Jeep

    first_imgFort St. John RCMP are searching for suspects after a vehicle was stolen early in the morning on Boxing Day.Police say they received a call that a black 1992 Jeep Cherokee had been stolen from 97 Ave. near 93 St. – Advertisement -The vehicle has the licence plate number 164 PFW.The vehicle was taken sometime between midnight and 3:30 a.m. Sunday.Police say fresh snow created difficulties in determining the number of people involved in the theft.  They also say the owner had the only vehicle key with him, so they are unsure as to how the suspects were able to enter the vehicle and if they had to break a window.Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 250-787-8100 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Rank still a racial issue

    first_imgDespite a 15-year-old consent decree requiring the promotion of more minorities to the upper ranks of the LAPD, some officer groups say the command staff still lacks diversity, which fans tensions with Los Angeles’ various communities. Racial and ethnic minorities compose about 59 percent of all sworn personnel, but only 31 percent of all captains, commanders and chiefs, according to figures provided by the Los Angeles Police Department for the deployment period that ended Jan. 6. That disparity has prompted an organization representing about half of the department’s 1,170 black officers to initiate its own review of promotions. It maintains there is bias in the selection process, with all minorities – not just African-Americans – being underrepresented among the LAPD’s top brass. “We have to pretend that this race thing doesn’t exist,” said Ronnie Cato, president of the Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation, which represents 600 African-American officers. “Race is an issue. You feel comfortable with people who look like you.” Half of the 22 newly promoted captains are Latino or black. “Have we gotten there yet? Absolutely not,” said Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger, the department’s highest-ranking African-American and its operations director. “There are many areas throughout the community in Los Angeles where we need to be more responsive, not only in our work, but in the manner of how we look. “But we have come a long way in the three decades that I have been with the LAPD. We have a much larger feeder pool today of African-Americans, Latinos, women and other ethnicities that are destined to matriculate to higher levels. Simple logistics will compel it to be so.” Promotions will be key over the coming years if the LAPD wants to gain the trust of the city’s minority communities, said Art Placencia, president of the Latin American Law Enforcement Association’s Los Angeles chapter. “The message has been that this is a department being run by white males,” he said. “We want females of color in positions in the command staff. We want some promotions. We want to be a part of the command staff.” Roughly one-third of the command staff and half of the deputy chiefs are expected to retire over the next five years, officials say, creating more opportunities at the top. Currently, two-thirds of the commanders, deputy chiefs and assistant chiefs are white, as is Bratton, who is seeking his second five-year term. Placencia said that in a city as diverse as Los Angeles, it’s important to have minorities in positions of authority. “A lot of people in the community, they look at who is running the ship,” Placencia said. “People are saying, `How do they know how I feel? Do they have family down here?”‘ According to the LAPD, about 41 percent of its officers are white; 38 percent Latino; 12 percent black; 6 percent Asian; 2 percent Filipino; and 0.4 percent American Indian. By comparison, the 2000 Census showed the city’s makeup as roughly 47 percent white; 47 percent Latino; 12 percent black; 10 percent Asian; and 1 percent American Indian. “The Los Angeles Police Department is one of the most ethnically diverse police departments in the nation,” said spokesman Lt. Paul Vernon. “It’s very much a mirror of the community it serves and it’s important for its credibility among the public.” But among veteran officers, there remains frustration at a perceived glass ceiling. Both Cato and Placencia note that the department still has failed to comply fully with provisions of a 1992 consent decree that was supposed to end this year, but was extended to 2009. It was established after minority officers complained they were denied raises and promotions. Known as Hunter-La Ley, the decree requires the department to use “good faith” efforts to promote minority officers into coveted positions, from top-ranking police officer slots to lieutenant. LAPD’s own statistics show they are in 67 percent compliance with the decree. But among African-American officers, they are out of compliance in five of the nine positions, including two detective slots, through January. The Los Angeles Police Protective League, which represents more than 9,000 officers, declined to comment. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the city’s first Latino mayor in more than a century, leads one of the most diverse cities in the world. He wants its Police Department to reflect that. “He is confident that Chief Bratton and the command staff of the LAPD share this goal,” spokesman Matt Szabo said, “and are working to build a force that reflects the community it serves.” (818) 713-3741 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But Chief William Bratton and other top officials say the department has worked hard to reform itself. In 1992 – when the city erupted in violence after the acquittal of four white officers in the beating of black motorist Rodney King – the LAPD was nearly 60 percent white. Today, just more than 41 percent of the 9,432-member department is white. Officials said the shift is a result of heavy recruiting efforts in minority neighborhoods. In addition, a mentoring program will be launched this month to help prepare minority officers for leadership roles. “We are a work in progress,” Bratton said, “but we are progressing very well.” During Bratton’s five years as chief, he’s promoted an African-American to head the elite Robbery-Homicide Division. Two of his three hand-picked assistant chiefs are minorities – one female, the other black – and two of nine deputy chiefs are Latino. last_img

  • Latino buying to shape future

    first_img“Accelerated immigration has made some people feel like it’s hopeless, like, `We can’t advance ourselves with so many new people coming in,”‘ he said. “But immigration has leveled off and the sea of newcomers has become settled and stable.” In 1990, more than 367,000 people immigrated to California. By 2000, that dropped 8.3percent to 337,000. By 2005, the number had dropped to 301,501. Those immigrants will be the ones buying the homes as baby boomers start cashing out and enjoying the market run-up of the past few years. And as they work their way into communities through homeownership, Arturo Sneider said their buying habits will influence future commercial development and neighborhood. As founding partner of Primestor, a developer that pioneered bringing national retail chains into Latino neighborhoods, he’s seen Latinos become a coveted demographic for prominent chains like Starbucks and Target. In a few days, his crews will begin work on erecting a Lowe’s Home Improvement in Pacoima, part of the massive redevelopment of the former Price Pfister plant. His consumers are not monolithic, he said, using the example of a Spanish-speaking grandmother who wants to shop at a carniceria accompanied by her English-speaking grandson who wants to go to GameStop. But with the proper handling, he noted, they can bring significant reward. “It’s a very sophisticated community these days, but listen to it,” he told the audience. “It’s open for business and it’s there for the taking.” (818) 713-3709 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Latinos work hard, have money and spend it, and their vast buying power – close to $900 billion nationally this year – will shape the future of American society, including the housing market, panelists at a business forum said Thursday. “This is a very hard-working community,” said Henry Cisneros, who chaired the program presented by the Tom s Rivera Policy Institute, a nonprofit research organization headquartered at USC. “No one surpasses the foreign-born Latinos when it comes to work ethic.” That work ethic translates into serious dollars. According to data from a recent University of Georgia study cited at Thursday’s conference, Latinos will account for $863.1 billion in buying power this year. By 2011, that will swell to $1.2 trillion. The trick for the businessmen and academics in attendance at the two-day forum, held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, is to turn that buying power into things like homeownership and future economic development. While Cisneros noted Latinos have proven successful starting mom-and-pop entrepreneurial ventures that can provide for their families, they lag behind other immigrant groups in the major corporate sector. They’ve also made substantial inroads in home ownership, with nearly 50 percent of Latinos owning houses, according to data provided by GMAC Mortgage LLC. That’s still significantly below whites, who show rates of 70 percent homeownership. While 65 percent of Latino renters considered buying a home in the next two years, they often have trouble finding suitable mortgages, don’t qualify under traditional credit scoring methods and have institutional distrust of banks because of bad experiences in their native countries. “We’re losing too many good Latino customers because they don’t fit in the box,” said Ennio Garc a-Miera, vice president and director of GMAC’s New Markets Group. “We need to change the box.” And while heated political rhetoric has clouded the debate over immigration, particularly from Mexico and other Latin American countries, in recent years, USC professor Dowell Myers pointed out that the tide of new immigrants has slowed. Once they’ve established themselves, he said, they can begin starting their own businesses, becoming citizens and playing a larger role in society. last_img

  • Over $100,000 raised for legal action opposing Site C

    first_imgThe original goal was $250,000, but Smitten thinks the goal will have to be raised to $350,000 to cover everything, including the appeal of a federal ruling that was not in favour of Treaty 8.Funds have been raised through all sorts of means – including car washes, community events, and crowdfunding in the ways that Run for the Cure or Movember operates, with a personal page.These events have attracted the attention of big names like David Suzuki, who pledged to earn $5,000 for the cause after participating in Paddle for the Peace this summer. Thank you, thank you thank you to everyone for your incredible efforts to stop the #SiteC dam. For all of your who have…Posted by RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values & Environmental Needs) on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 RAVEN started this initiative 4 months ago – Executive Director Susan Smitten told Energetic City they started fundraising as the provincial hearing was heading into session, this past May.- Advertisement -“The fundraising has been for several legal actions,” said Smitten. “There was the provincial hearing, there was the federal hearing … there’s another hearing in November challenging BC Hydro’s permits. So the funds are for all those legal actions – all Site C related.”Advertisementcenter_img RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values & Environmental Needs) has reached a milestone goal in their efforts to fund legal action for  Treaty 8 Nations on the opposing side of Site C – Over $100,000 has been raised. last_img read more

  • Arsenal target to discover fate very soon, claims PSG boss

    first_img Adrien Raboit in action for France Under-21s 1 Arsenal target Adrien Rabiot will discover his fate very soon, according to his boss at Paris Saint-Germain Laurent Blanc.Rabiot has been jettisoned from the first-team at PSG after refusing to sign a new deal at the club that is littered with established stars the teenage talent has failed to usurp.Former Manchester United defender Blanc is ready to sell the 19-year-old if he receives an attractive cash offer and has let the first-team exile play in the reserves in a bid to keep fit before a January move.“He asked to play in the CFA (the French reserve league),” Blanc said.“It ‘a good thing for him because he needs to collect minutes on the pitch. In any case, the club will soon clarify his situation.”last_img read more