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G.C. Foster College and Sprintec Track Club Sign MOU

first_imgRepresentatives of the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport and Sprintec Track Club, which is based at the institution, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formalising their partnership forged to facilitate training arrangements for world-class athletes.The MoU, which is expected to span approximately five years, will cover accommodation, nutrition, and basic medical assistance for athletes in training who are resident in Sprintec’s camp; and market the College’s brand and any other track related engagements that the signatories may agree on.The signing took place at the College’s Campus in Angels, St. Catherine, on Friday (August 24).In a message read by State Minister in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, noted that the MoU will also enable the College to host athletic competitions that foster the development of fledgling athletes.“They will also partner with the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) in offering scholarships to national/high performance athletes, who are members of Sprintec,” she further stated.Ms. Grange pointed out that the MOU “signals the start of something great” and commended the signatories for having the foresight to establish and develop the relationship.“I hope that this partnership… will continue to grow. I hope that more athletes will emerge from G.C. Foster (College) and become members of Sprintec and, ultimately, represent Jamaica on the global stage,” she stated.Since 2003, Sprintec has been operating from the College’s campus when the current head coach and Acting Principal, Maurice Wilson, guided Jamaica’s Christopher Williams to the silver medal in the men’s 200-metre final at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Paris, France.In his remarks, Mr. Wilson, who outlined the rich history shared by the College and track club, underscored the pivotal role the MOU will have in shaping the development of athletes at Sprintec, and the potential derivable benefits to Jamaica.Other speakers attending the ceremony, who also endorsed the MoU, included: Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) President, Christopher Samuda; and JAA President, Dr. Warren Blake.Sprintec athlete, Sherone Simpson, who spoke with JIS News, described the MoU as a “wonderful” gesture, and welcomed the partnership’s formalisation, noting that “it is good for the school, club and Jamaica.”Other prominent athletes who are members of Sprintec Track Club include 2017 IAAF World Championships women’s 400-metre hurdles bronze medallist, Ristananna Tracey; 2018 Commonwealth Games 400-metre women’s silver medallist, Anastacia Leroy; and 2014 Commonwealth Games, men’s 200-metre gold medallist, Rasheed Dwyer.last_img read more

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Workshop brings importance of waste segregation into focus

first_imgKolkata: Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) organised a meeting-cum-workshop on solid waste management audit in Salt Lake Sector V on Thursday.Apart from senior officials of the industrial township authority, including its chairman Debashis Sen, representatives of various IT companies attended the meeting. The industrial township authority has proposed to segregate waste at source in Salt Lake Sector V. Wet waste include food waste, vegetable, fruit and fish scale, bones from meat and chicken, egg shells and flowers while dry waste include paper and cardboard waste, plastic waste, rubber and wood, glass, compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) lamp, LED lights and CD, foil, thermocol and used medicine Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersstrips. The firms will have to keep two waste bins and urge people to dispose of the waste in respective bins. Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority will collect wet waste from the offices in Sector V regularly while the dry waste will be collected on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Dry waste will be stored in AQ block. It was decided that solid waste management audit in big establishments would be held in June to find out whether these organisations follow solid waste management rules. The establishments will be ranked and the zero waste achievers will be awarded with certificates. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe state Urban Development department has taken a decision to implement segregation of garbage at source throughout the state. In some municipalities the new method of collecting garbage has started. The civic bodies are giving two bins to each household where the residents are supposed to put the garbage in the proper bin. The wet waste is cleaned every day while the dry waste is cleared thrice a week. The representatives from WIPRO claimed that they had zero waste in their office. The representatives of another firm said they had zero waste in their Bangalore office and they would implement the same in Sector V soon. It may be mentioned that the Kolkata Municipal Corporation will soon start segregation of garbage at source as a part of the clean city drive. The New Town Kolkata Development Authority has introduced segregation of garbage at source in New Town to make it a green and clean city. The development authority had recently held a workshop for local residents to create awareness about the scheme.last_img read more

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Bucks launch life in new lacrosse league

The title of “champion” often instills a sense of excitement, passion and determination in athletic teams competing in major tournaments.With the new final four tournament approved by the Eastern College Athletic Conference Lacrosse League for 2011, the winner will not only earn the title of league champion, but also an automatic bid to the Division I NCAA Tournament.ECAC Commissioner Rudy Keeling announced that after a majority league vote at the ECAC convention meeting from last summer, the inaugural championship tournament will run May 6 through 8, 2011.This year, Ohio State joined the league along with Denver, Air Force, Quinnipiac and Bellarmine universities. Hobart College and Loyola University in Maryland joined in 2005 and Fairfield University in 2006.Initially undecided between 2011 or 2012, league representatives and ECAC committee members dubbed ‘11 as the more opportune time to start the tournament, Keeling said.“We were [originally] waiting for ESPN to see what kind of package they could get,” Keeling said about the decision. “Because it was the middle of football season, we didn’t get the response we wanted from them.”The motivation for the tournament stems from a desire to promote teams within the league and qualify more teams for the NCAA Tournament each year.“We feel… that we have a strong league. We want to enhance our teams’ chances of getting more than our automatic qualifying team into the NCAA tournament,” Keeling said. “And to do that we thought if we played a league tournament we had a better chance of improving our power rating and also coming up with a second team that might make it to the NCAA Tournament.”Keeling said “it’s an opportune time” to brand the league and get together the best teams for public exposure. Having scores and games broadcast, along with the pull of a tournament crowd, would help make the league “more nationally known,” he said.For a school like OSU, exposure of its men’s program will help generate a larger national reputation and solidify its rank among the elite.U.S. Lacrosse President and CEO Steve Stenersen said the benefit of the tournament will provide dual incentives for U.S. Lacrosse and OSU.“I think Ohio State just in being Ohio State… being a good lacrosse program, will enhance our league,” Stenersen said. “And our league is one of the better leagues in the country, so we will enhance the Ohio State lacrosse brand. I think both entities bring something to the table.”Stenersen said since the NCAA went to automatic qualifiers, league play has meant a lot to teams across the country.Although initially an unpopular decision, it was a “visionary and strategic step” that enabled an opportunity for schools that otherwise would not have made it to the tournament as quickly or at all, Stenersen said.Qualifiers “will allow schools that were not part of the rich… to shoot for something. They’ll really have something to play for,” Stenersen said about teams that are not big-name lacrosse schools like Syracuse or Johns Hopkins.Denver University coach Bill Tierney said with a limit of about 17 contests, from scrimmages to fall ball to season games, the tournament will also help with strength of schedule and power-ranking levels.“What the tournaments do, they actually give you two extra games. If you win the first one, they give you two extra games against good opponents,” Tierney said. “So even if you lose the second one, it gives you more strength of schedule and rating percentage index points.”For teams that play early in the year and lose, their chance of winning is significantly decreased without a tournament.“[If] you don’t have a chance in winning your league because you don’t have a strong enough schedule, you’re not going to get into the NCAA Tournament,” Tierney said. “It’s almost like by the end of March some teams knew they were done with. So with having a league tournament it gives them a second time to play that team another time.”He said that the ECAC tournament is a second chance to get a shot at that automatic qualifier for some teams who normally would not get the chance.“Bellarmine doesn’t have to beat Virginia or Syracuse or Hopkins, or more historically dominant teams. All they need to do is win it in their league championship,” Stenersen said. “That breathes life into a program.”Stenersen also believes the league and the new tournament help promote the game of lacrosse more effectively.“It creates another great opportunity to showcase a high level of the sport in another zip code in the country,” Stenersen said. “So from a promotional standpoint, it’s terrific.”With non-revenue sports at risk at Division I football colleges due to budget cuts and Title IX requirements, some varsity lacrosse teams across the country have been downgraded to club level or eliminated all together, Stenersen said.“When you’re a big time football school in this day and age, you’re usually not looking for more large men’s team sports opportunities to elevate to varsity,” Stenersen said. “What you’re looking to do is you’re looking for more women’s sports opportunities to bring your ratio of athletic opportunities to where it needs to be.”Stenersen credited OSU’s athletic program for being a leader in managing women’s opportunities and maintaining a multitude of varsity programs.“They weren’t one of the institutions that took the easy way out and axed men’s sports to fund women’s sports,” Stenersen said. “It really is a shot in the arm for D1 men’s lacrosse when athletic budgets continue to be strained and lacrosse programs are demoted.”Keeling said the league is excited to have OSU this year, along with the other four teams, because it helped expand the borders of the league.“The ECAC this year is probably the most geographically diverse [league],” Stenersen said. “It has teams all the way from Connecticut to Colorado.”The school that places first in the 2010 ECAC Lacrosse League will earn the right to host the 2011 inaugural tournament. The site of the 2012 tournament will be determined through a bid process.The NCAA will still invite the top 16 teams from Division I programs to make up the championship tournament each year. The regular season winners who may fare poorly in a conference tournament typically receive one of the 16 NCAA bids.But for the schools outside of traditional lacrosse dynasties, the new league tournament will be an opportunity to compete with the best of the best. read more

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Ohio State mens volleyball splits weekend tournament matches

The No. 10-ranked Ohio State men’s volleyball team split its too matches in the Ken and Dave Dunlap Invitational this weekend, defeating No. 12-ranked Pacific in four sets before falling to No. 4-ranked Stanford in five sets. Penn State and Stanford kicked off the series with a rematch of the 2010 NCAA National Championship. Stanford swept PSU in the title game, but victory belonged to the Nittany Lions Friday night. As the Buckeyes prepared to take the court with Pacific, a moment of silence was held in honor of D.C. Koehl, the OSU volleyball sports information director, who died Thursday. The same was done before Saturday’s match. The Tigers came out strong Friday and were able to take the first set, 25-19, by taking an early four-point lead that OSU was unable to overcome. The Buckeyes, led by senior opposite Shawn Sangrey with a match-high 26 kills, claimed the next three sets and the match. “We took a nice step this weekend, and that’s what I told the kids,” said coach Pete Hanson. “We wouldn’t have been able to do this, play like this, three weeks ago. Our team was just so discombobulated.” After Pacific fell to PSU, the only team to leave the invitational with two wins, OSU faced Stanford. Stanford had the early advantage after defeating the Buckeyes in a shaky first set, 22-25. “We’ve gone down one (set) before and I don’t think it’s anything to be scared of,” Sangrey said. “But it does hurt a little bit.” OSU came back in the second set and went on a three-point run to force a timeout at 13-9. The Buckeyes kept a steady lead, but almost let it slip away as they approached set point. Stanford’s own three-point run put them within one point of OSU before senior outside hitter Mik Berzins sealed the set with a kill, 25-23. A special guest was introduced during the intermission between the second and third sets to the almost 960 people that attended Saturday’s match. President E. Gordon Gee, dressed in a gray vest with his signature bow tie, stepped onto the court to lead several fans in a game of “Gee says,” a variation on the game “Simon says,” with a $25 gas gift card from Speedway for the winner. As Gee attempted to stump the fans, he narrowed it down to five very attentive contestants. Gee gave the oldest remaining contestant the gift card and promised to give $25 to the other four. The teams retook the court, and the third set was a close one, with 16 tied scores. At 20-17, Stanford’s senior setter Evan Berry went up for an attack and came down hard on the court, injuring his left knee. Berry was able to return to the sidelines during the fifth set but never re-entered the match. Back-to-back Sangrey kills ended the set, 26-23. Stanford maintained a small lead through the fourth set, though the score would tie 13 times during the set. At 20-20, the Cardinal offense began to pull ahead and would force a deciding fifth set. Sangrey said he is motivated to continue to compete at a high level in long matches by his teammates. “We’re playing for each other,” he said. “We’re motivated to make each other better.” The Buckeyes were ahead by three when the teams swapped sides of the court. At 9-7, Stanford went on a three-point drive to take the lead and force an OSU timeout. A missed block by Sangrey ended the set, 12-15, and the match. “The thing that hurt us coming down the stretch was our serving. We made some really critical service errors,” Hanson said. “And that’s just staying confident, staying aggressive, and when you can do that you’re going to get that serve in.” Sangrey recorded a match-high 30 kills which tied his career best record. Redshirt freshman setter Peter Heinen delivered 49 assists, another match-high. Junior libero Derek Kues led the team in digs with eight. The Buckeyes are 1-10 against Stanford. Their only win was in 1981, the first time the two teams met. They are 10-1 against Pacific. OSU will travel to University Park, Pa., to take on the Cal-Baptist Lancers on Friday and the Mount Olive Trojans on Saturday as part of the Penn State Tournament. Both games start at 5 p.m. read more

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JAMAICA Work of Parenting Support Commission key in addressing crime says Senator

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 4, 2017 – Kingston – Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Government, through the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC), is committed to providing parents with the necessary training and support to raise their children, as a first line of defence against crime.“It is no longer the Ministry of National Security (only) that is really going to arrest the crime problem in Jamaica.   It is the (Education) Ministry, through the NPSC, because we have to change behaviour so that we have positive behaviour,” he said.Senator Reid, who was speaking at the media launch of National Parent Month 2017 on Wednesday (November 1) at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston, said that responsible and effective parenting can help in avoiding future delinquency.“We have a situation where homes are broken and a lot of children fall between the cracks.   There is a good chance that these (children) will grow up to be criminals and repeat offenders,” he argued.The NPSC has collaborated with public- and private-sector entities on various programmes to engage and train parents in effective parenting techniques.   Among them are the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education’s Parenting Education Project; the National Integrity Action’s ‘Take the Time’ marketing campaign; and the Ministry of Education’s Safe Schools project.“National Parenting Month enables us to give more targeted focus on the various ways in which we can help each other to create a better society,” the Minister said.Annually observed in November, the month seeks to recognise and celebrate the important role of parents/guardians in society.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NPSC, Kaysia Kerr, said the month of activities, under the theme ‘Be the Influence’, is a call to action for parents to strive to give the best care and guidance possible to their children.“We believe that, this year, our efforts bring with it a different energy.  Whereas we see the month of November as a time to celebrate parents, we must respond in a very deliberate and targeted way to the urgencies in society that are all too clear.  The NPSC must bring into focus matters related to parenting that need urgent attention and sustained efforts to improve,” she said.The month of activities will include a church service on November 5 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Montego Bay; Parent Villages at Hope Gardens in Kingston on November 11, and November 25 in Jarrett Park, Montego Bay; and parent mentor’s community fora dubbed ‘From Street Talk to Real Talk’ in Breastworks, Portland, on November 14, and at Hermitage in St. Andrew on November 30.Release: JIS Related Items:last_img read more

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Extortion racket Mother son arrested from Salt Lake

first_imgKolkata: Two persons were arrested for allegedly blackmailing a senior citizen from Salt Lake.Police found that a woman along with her son used to blackmail people and demand random amount from them. Both of them were arrested on Saturday. According to the complaint, one Girdhari Lal Singhal, a resident of GC block in Salt Lake received a phone call on his mobile phone on November 15 evening from one Soumyak Majumdar. But he rejected the call as he couldn’t identify any called Soumyak as it appeared on the Truecaller app. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAgain on November 21 he got a call from the same number. When Singhal answered the call Soumyak handed over the phone to his mother Anjana. It was alleged that she ordered Singhal to meet Soumyak soon. She threatened Singhal with dire consequences if he did not abide by her instructions. Singhal immediately disconnected the call and put the number on the block list. Later, he received several calls from the same number — 8961920096 but got automatically rejected as it was on the block list. On November 22, he received some pictures of his wife from another mobile number on WhatsApp. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSinghal alleged that Soumyak and Anjana managed to download pictures and get details of his family members from Facebook. The details included his daughter and two sons. In due course of time, several messages were sent to Singhal saying several girls would go to his home to malign his image and social status. The pictures of his wife and daughter would be circulated for the same intention. In the next step, the duo demanded Rs 2 lakh from Singhal and said they would discontinue to harass him if he agrees to pay. On November 23 evening, Singhal lodged a complaint with Bidhannagar South police station reagarding the matter. On receiving the complaint police asked Singhal to fix an appointment with Anjana pretending to give her the money demanded. Singhal was also asked to tell Anjana that he would bring a friend along with him. As Anjana did not suspect it to be a trap, she agreed. On Saturday evening, Anjana came to Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan area in Salt Lake to collect the money. Singhal was waiting with a police officer from Bidhannagar South police station who posed as his friend. Other police personnel including ladies were in plain cloth waiting for Anjana. After arriving she demanded Rs 5 lakh. But Singhal asked her to finish the matter with Rs 2 lakh to which she refused. In the meantime, police personnel surrounded them. Anjana was arrested and taken to the police station. Later, police called Soumyak through Anjana at night and arrested him. Both of them were produced before Bidhannagar court on Sunday and were remanded to 4-day police custody. It was found that Soumyak was previously arrested by Jadavpur police station for allegedly molesting a girl in the year 2013.last_img read more