first_img FOCAL POINT SPANISH TOWN: Preparations for the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) St Catherine Primary Schools football and netball competitions got underway as teachers and coaches participated in a seminar hosted by the state agency at the Social Development Commission offices in St Catherine recently. The session which focused on netball, was led by veteran local coach and one of the most highly regarded international umpires, Sylvester ‘Chris’ Campbell. Campbell, who is also an INSPORTS sports officer, held an interactive session with representatives from more than 35 schools ahead of the under-12 netball competition, which will shoot off tomorrow at the Homestead Sports Complex, where each zone in Central St Catherine will participate. “This session’s main focus is to bring participating schools up to speed with the new INF rules to prepare the kids. We are going to discuss the changes and additions as well and strategise how best to interpret and apply them to the game for the under-12 participants,” said Campbell. “It is important for the coaches and kids to have an appreciation of the new rules so that they can grow stronger in the game.” Highlights included a demonstration of new protocol regarding how the area of play is set up, to ensure a smooth game and the safety of the young participants. The safety of children playing the game is a focal point of INF’s new mandate that each team must have a primary medical care provider for the duration of all matches. In support of this, INSPORTS announced that it will provide full medical service for the opening and closing games of the competition. Additional changes included a reduction in the number of whistle blows to potentially one at the start of the game if it proceeds without incidence. New procedures also include all time-outs reduced to 30 seconds and that at least one leg should be wholly within the centre circle for centre passes. “It is important for the kids to get a good foundation as we assume that some of them will become Sunshine Girls. What we want is that when they get to the international level their knowledge of the fundamentals and their skills will be of a high calibre so that the most we have to do at that level is help to strategise and work as a team,” Campbell observed. “We are creating that high level of skill at the national level and in our domestic leagues because we are trying to develop a cadre of players that we can choose from to represent Jamaica.” He continued: “We want each parish to get involved in playing netball and from there we will have a grand final. Following the grand final we want to select players for the elite league which is the Berger League and then from there we can select players for the national team.”last_img read more

first_imgAt least 86 suspected hardcore criminals and drug users were arrested over the weekend by squad of the Liberia National Police (LNP) in a pre-dawn raid in several parts of Monrovia.During the exercise, the LNP said those suspected criminals, 86 drug users and traffickers, will be sent to court for prosecution following what the officers called “thorough processing of the suspects.”However, according to police spokesman Sam Collins, the early morning raids on Thursday were part of “Operation Safe Haven Reload,” a drive to make the city and its surroundings safe ahead of the raining season.He disclosed that those arrested were in possession of dangerous substances, including marijuana, Italian whites as well as other contrabands or illegal imported drugs.He made the disclosure to reporters Saturday, May 10, at the LNP Headquarters on Capitol Hill in Monrovia. Collins said the raid affected ghettos in Paynesville, including Red Light, and the Liberia Broadcasting Station (LBS) Communities, and Vai Town located in the Sinkor Old Road Community.Quoting the Senior Inspector of Police, Robert Saah, the police spokesman said, the raids will continue until the ghettoes and all suspected criminal hideouts in and around Monrovia are dismantled to maintain a low crime rate in the city.Mr. Collins has, meanwhile, called on all residents to help the police with information that will lead to locating criminal hideouts in the city and its environs.“We will not compromise your security, all we need is your support and cooperation as we strive to make our country a better place to live and do business,” he assured.The LNP official said the police was only carrying out its statutory function of protecting life and property, and not targeting anyone for reason than being a suspected criminal or drug user.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgAmb. Lewis G. Brown, former Permanent Representative of Liberia to the United NationsMy fellow Liberians:A few weeks ago, I received a WhatsApp Message from a good and dear friend.  Said my observant friend, the “eloquence” of my silence was “concerning”. I had not imagined that eloquence was to silence. All along, I had thought it was to speech. However, the message concerned me just the same. I am yet to explain to my trusted friend that more often than not, contemplation is best achieved in silence.In any case, it is my observation that our society is becoming too noisy, and seemingly, too disagreeable. Civil discourse and common decency are being lost. And with the loss, the character of our politics, rather than uplifting, is becoming increasingly toxic, and plagued with negativity, repudiation and suspicion. Distrust is high, and strangely, friends are too easily settling for enmity.Our public discourses are wilting into exchanges of intolerance as we grapple with a seeming resort to lawlessness and disrespect to assert a claim. Rather than a search for higher grounds and an appeal to our better selves, we are quickly degenerating into lowering standards of self-destruction, political division and fear. Shockingly, we have seen this play out before, and Liberians have all paid dearly for it.From places of worship to social media platforms, the increasingly unmistakable impression is to wish the worst for each other, and even worse, to wish the worst for our country. We are quickly losing a sense of shared achievement and common purpose, even for our country. We brazenly exude the impression that for one to win, the other must necessarily lose. What we seem to be accepting is an attitude that pervades the worst, and not the best in each of us, and our country.I had imagined this to be a temporary phase which was perhaps occasioned by a long and grueling electioneering process that understandably strained our division along lines of political associations. As such, I have tried to still my voice away from it with the hope that it would eventually pass. Unfortunately, it appears to be worsening. We cannot continue this way!With obvious painful reminders, our experiences have shown that the growing division and enmity we are feeding – consciously or unconsciously – inevitably leads to our collective self-destruction. Against the backdrop of this historical truth, we cannot permit any grievance or discontent to again usher us onto the certain path of our collective self-destruction.Contentious as the electioneering process may have been, all Liberians need to understand, and accept, that it is over. It is time to move on. Whether we won or lost, the people for whom we ran, and ourselves, are hurting by the challenges to our economy, and the increasing discord in the country. And as if we needed a stark reminder, our projected economic growth has been lowered by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This is a wakeup and rally call for all Liberians. Our country is in a difficult place, and the difficulty affects all of us.Quite simply, opposition and ruling authorities alike ought to demonstrate a level of seriousness about these presenting challenges, and be so deeply engaged with each other in the national search for workable and sustainable solutions from which the country is certain to benefit. This, therefore, cannot be the time to trade blames, foster disunity in the advance of a common purpose, and or lend our thoughts, voices and actions to divisiveness, and ill-will toward each other. This, certainly, is not the time to permit the pursuit of illegal means to achieve political ends. None of us can afford this!In aiding any serious efforts toward economic recovery, as a prerequisite, our country needs political stability.Including that of our own, history teaches us that political instability and creeping lawlessness can only worsen economic woes. The same is also true of our history in its harsh reminder that “Us Versus Them” is a certain recipe for our collective failure. It does not really matter if you consider yourself to be “US”, or to be “Them”, we are all in the same battered canoe, battling the rising tides of a tempestuous ocean, and destined to drown, together, on the silliness of our divisions, or sail along on the strength of our unity and commitment to work together.Therefore, in governing and in opposing, what we must seek to foster, especially at this time, is a deepening sense of “Us AND Them”. As history repeatedly shows, this enables nations to harness the fullness of their potentials, and to successfully tackle and overcome the presenting challenges in bridging differences, and in building more sustainable societies.Hopefully though, we have a chance to self-reflect, and self-correct.Recently, I heard of the appointment of Dr. Amos C. Sawyer to lead an effort toward the convening of a national dialogue. Although I am unaware about the details around this, it appears to me to be a right and welcoming thing to do. My hope is that a national dialogue will afford the opportunity for serious, open and broader reflections on the lingering issues of division, and recommit us to those things that ought to unite us.Indeed, we may not altogether solve the dysfunction of our economy at a national dialogue. However, and hopefully, we can be meaningfully resolved on a sense of shared ownership of our presenting problems, and its solutions. We can march forward, and will ourselves to meet our national difficulties, not as divided as we are but as one people bonded by history and destiny, and knowing that each obstacle to our collective advance affects all of us irrespective of perceived political, religious, gender and tribal differences.Our simple truth is that a better Liberia – one committed to the rule of law, and unburdened by the colored lenses of partisanships – benefits all Liberians. Ruling and opposition, we must bring ourselves to recommit to the building of that better Liberia for ourselves, and for our children. And by the good examples which ought to attend a national dialogue, we can begin the needed healing to the body politic, and forge the united front we desperately need in tackling our presenting problems.I know we may not always agree on everything. But surely, we can elevate the national discourse, and even when we disagree, we can do so with respect for one another, and without seeming so disagreeable. We cannot all belong to one political party or work in the administration. But certainly, the variety of Liberian talents and expertise located in the many political parties can somehow be reasonably harnessed and exploited in the building of the country we all so dearly love.I know we may not all win every time. But surely, we can celebrate one another’s success, and we can share in one another’s loss. This, too, is who we are.Even in our differences, I know we can be receptive to truth even if it seems to contradict ours. We can be tolerant of one another even when we disagree; and we can be welcoming of ideas even if they seem to clash with, and challenge ours. We can all aspire to higher ideals and actions without willing another Liberian, and our country to fail, or to fall.Wherever we are, whatever our differences, and in all that we aspire to do for our country, we can all become better, and commit ourselves to doing better. I know we can find our better angels.And finally, I know that we can write the history of the presenting moment so that succeeding generations will favorably recall that we were not found wanting in the face of challenges to our unity, and in the midst of other compelling national difficulties. We can allow this moment to speak glowingly to how we met each challenge – as we always should – together, and thereby, overcame our difficulties.We can let this difficult moment stand out in history proudly revealing that rather than our worst, we amplified the best in our Liberian character; and that rather than fell, we rose – and soared – together. We met “the foe with valor unpretending”. And we made Liberia better for the next generation. We can do this.Perhaps my silence was “eloquent”.I wish all Liberians all the best.Sincerely,Lewis G. Brown, IIShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) on Wednesday hosted a focus group session with representatives of the broadcasting industry.The session was aimed at obtaining critical insight into the information, communication and training needs of licensed broadcasters in order to include these in GNBA’s Information and Communication Strategy and Action Plan for 2019.This session was hosted by Communication Specialist and GNBA Board Member, Dr Rovin Deodat at the GNBA Headquarters on Lamaha Street, Georgetown.last_img

first_imgFor up-to-date travel information, you can visit Warning: If you are heading north to Fort Nelson, Hwy 97 near Halfway River Turn off will have single alternating traffic due to tanker truck roll over estimated for next 24 hours.— Fort St John RCMP (@FortStJohnRCMP) August 12, 2019 UPDATE – The RCMP has provided the following update on the collision. The collision happened at around 2 a.m. The single-vehicle rollover involved a semi-trucking hauling LNG. There are no reports of any leaks and the public is advised that the trucking company will be flaring the natural gas and Highway 97 near Halfway River/Inga Lake Area will be open to single lane alternating traffic for at least the next 24 hours.The driver of the semi suffered serious injuries and was transported to the Fort St. John Hospital. Police believe the injuries are non-life threatening.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP has issued a travel warning this morning, August 12, for Highway 97.- Advertisement -According to RCMP, if you are travelling north to Fort Nelson on Highway 97, you can expect delays near the Halfway River turn off as there is single lane alternating traffic due to a tanker truck rollover.RCMP say traffic could remain down to one lane for the next 24 hours as crews clean up the scene.We will continue to provide updates to this incident as information is released.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO — The Progressive Conservatives have turned to Bryan Adams’ longtime hitmaker Jim Vallance to pen their campaign song.The guitar-driven tune is packed with Vallance’s trademarked pop-rock zeal, as a chorus of voices belt lyrics that include: “A brand new day, a better way, it’s time for you to get ahead.” A bilingual version offers the second and last verses in French.Vallance’s chart-toppers include Adams’ hits “Cuts Like a Knife,” “Run to You,” “Summer of ’69” and “Somebody.” He’s also provided songs for Michael Buble, Aerosmith, Rod Stewart and KISS.- Advertisement -The federal election campaign formally launches today, with the vote set for Oct. 21.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer kicks off his campaign in Quebec and Ontario, while Prime Minister and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is set to fly to British Columbia for a rally in the NDP-held riding of Vancouver-Kingsway.The NDP will be in London, Ont., while the Green Party is in British Columbia, where Elizabeth May will launch her campaign in Victoria.Advertisement The Liberals say they will unveil their song in the coming days while a spokeswoman for the Greens says they do not have a song at this point.NDP leader Jagmeet Singh does not have an official song, but a spokesperson says he walks out to a track called “Differentology” by Bunji Garlin.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_img1 Arsenal fans flooded the streets of north London a few weeks ago as they celebrated their club’s second successive FA Cup victory…but it seems that wasn’t enough for Alexis Sanchez.The Gunners’ player of the year arrived from Barcelona last summer in search of silverware, and while he did help the side to claim the game’s most historic trophy, he recently surprised supporters by admitting he was left disappointed by his first season at the Emirates.Arsene Wenger’s side had looked in good position to challenge for the Premier League title only to see their bid slip away through a run of average form, while they exited the Champions League at the last-16 stage at the hands of a Monaco side that was punching well above their weight.Many supporters, Arsenal or otherwise, took Sanchez’s comments to mean he may be having second thoughts about his move, while others – and one celebrity fan in particular – were far more impressed with the forward’s attitude.Check out how Twitter reacted below… Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez last_img read more

first_imgA remarkable ceremony to mark the grave of one of Celtic FC’s founding members is to be held in Co Donegal on Saturday week.In conjunction with the Celtic Graves Society there will be a family ceremony in Frosses graveyard to mark the grave of Joseph Francis McGroary who 125 years ago was part of the committee responsible for founding Glasgow Celtic.Those who will attend the ceremony will include a member of Celtic FC, members of the McGroary family and members of the Association of Donegal Celtic Supporters club. All Celtic supporters are welcome to attend the event and flowers/tributes can be laid at the graveside.Born in Glasgow in 1865 his father Bernard was from Inver, Donegal and Joseph maintained connections with Donegal throughout his life, spending his last days in the town of Mountcharles.He was married in August 1888 in Mountcharles to his sweetheart Catherine Cannon from Drumkeelan. He was one of the first post-Reformation Catholic solicitors in Glasgow and active in the city’s Irish political scene.A pupil of St. Aloysius College along with other early Celtic figures such as John H McLaughlin and Joseph Shaughnessy he later represented it in elections for the city’s Catholic Union and was a member of the Irish National League along with other key figures in the foundation of Celtic FC. After meetings were held to establish a new Irish Catholic football club in the East End of Glasgow in late 1887, Joseph McGroary was one the club members elected to be part of, in Willie Maley’s words, ‘the Committee formed to carry through the great work’.Joseph was a Celtic committee member at various times throughout the club’s tumultuous first decade and played a significant role in the stormy debate over the direction the club would take in becoming a limited liability company in 1897.A colourful character, Joseph left Glasgow for Brooklyn, USA 1898 before returning to Mountcharles some four decades later, where he passed away in 1937. He provides a direct connection between the County Donegal and Celtic FC from the club’s earliest days.This commemoration has been organised in association with the Donegal Gathering and is one of a series of events designed to invite the Donegal Diaspora home in this year-long celebration of all things Irish. UNIQUE GRAVE CEREMONY TO REMEMBER CELTIC FC GREAT was last modified: August 28th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:celtic fcFrancis McGroaryFROSSESgravelast_img read more

first_imgAfter beating the Utah Jazz on a last-second tip-in earlier this season, the Warriors fell to the Jazz 108-103 in Salt Lake City Wednesday.The loss, which drops the Warriors to third in the rough-and-tumble Western Conference, was their third this month and second in five games.Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 32 points, Kevin Durant — after a tough first half — chipped in 30, but Klay Thompson, Jonas Jerebko, and Draymond Green had rough offensive games against one of the NBA’s best …last_img

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… chris cameron Targeting Ads at User BehaviorsUser behavior seems to play a large role in determining which Facebook video ads work the best. By rewarding game players with virtual currency, advertisers see higher click-throughs, longer watch times and higher value from their ads. Interstitial ads, which pop up as users navigate through games and apps, garner just a fraction of the view time and click-through rate despite being cheaper to implement. Interstitial ads seem obtrusive to users since they only appear at the exact moment a user has clicked to navigate from one screen to another, so it makes sense that users close them quickly in frustration. By offering Facebook users with rewards for watching videos at their own discretion, advertisers attain much higher view times and click-throughs.center_img With a population approaching half of a billion users, if Facebook was its own nation it would be the third largest in the world behind China and India. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that secondary activities on Facebook – like viewing videos – can still produce high rankings for the site that compete with the likes of Hulu and YouTube. One of the ways users on Facebook view video is through advertisements, and a recent study by TubeMogul revealed some interesting stats on which ones worked, and why.TubeMogul studied the various forms of video advertising displayed throughout Facebook, including in-banner video, interstitial and virtual currency ads. Virtual currency ads are served to gamers who receive points or virtual money within a game in return for completing them, and they turned out to be one of the best methods of attracting traffic.You Scratch My Back, I’ll Scratch YoursAccording to the study, around 43% of virtual currency ad viewers completed the entire ad, and roughly 52% watched at least three quarters of the ad. These numbers just barely inch out those of in-banner and interstitial ads, but where the virtual currency ads excel is in click-through and share rate. By rewarding viewers for completing ads, advertisers see a click-through rate double that of in-banner ads and over 5 times that of interstitial ads. Users share these ads on Facebook and Twitter roughly 50% more than in-banner ads and around 6 times more than interstitial ads. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#advertising#Facebook#web Additionally, virtual currency ads are watched 6 seconds longer than in-banner ads on average, and nearly 5 times longer than interstitial ads. The most intriguing statistic from the study, especially for advertisers, is the price of these ads compared to how long they are watched. The study found that virtual currency ads average $0.22 per minute viewed, nearly identical to the $0.23 cost for interstitial ads. In-banner ads, on the other hand, averaged $6.27 per minute viewed.How Facebook Ads Stack Up Against Web BenchmarksBut how do these Facebook ads compare to ads placed outside of the site. TubeMogul used an off site benchmark to gauge the advantage or disadvantage of using Facebook for video ads. The study found that Facebook users are nearly twice as likely to finish watching ads than they would outside of the site, but click-throughs for the benchmark ads were higher than in-banner and interstitial Facebook ads. Virtual currency and in-banner ads are watched between 9 and 15 seconds longer than offsite ads, but the offsite ads tend to be better value to advertisers than many Facebook-based ads.last_img read more