Speid relishes success of youth

first_imgPRESIDENT of the Jamaica Volleyball Association (JaVA), Rudolph Speid, says the success of the island’s players at the CAZOVA Under-19 Championships on the weekend is the reward of a decision to invest in the sport’s youngest.”We decided to invest heavily in youth development,” a pleased Speid told The Gleaner yesterday.The Jamaicans dethroned Barbados to take home the title, becoming the first Jamaican team to win an international indoor volleyball title.Jamaica’s female volleyballers won the regional beach volleyball title in May.”This is the best-prepared volleyball team to ever come out of Jamaica. We scouted these players five months ago. We did three weekend camps and, over the last three weeks, they have been in permanent camp,” said Speid.”We have natural athletes; we just need to harness the talent,” he added.JaVa’s VISIONThe success of the teams was part of Speid’s vision, which he and his team, that includes Tracy Findlay, Steve Davis and G.C. Foster College, embarked upon a year ago when he assumed the presidency.”They are the ones who brought out the vision of JaVA,” he said.Part of the youth investment involves the primary-school competition, the formation of parish associations – seven have been formed so far – as well as the re-launch of the adult male and female Premier Leagues.”We are decentralising the control of volleyball from the Corporate Area and spread it right across Jamaica. Some of these players are from right across Jamaica,” he said.”Our mandate was always to move volleyball from recreational to commercialise, professionalise and popularise … that’s our mantra what we are working on now, and that’s how we approach things now,” he said.He noted that volleyball is played islandwide despite its low profile, and the plan was to start a church league.”Sports administration is sport administration anywhere, and once you follow them, you get good results.”With our natural athletes, the sky is the limit,” Speid said.last_img read more

Salvation Army received cash donation and accepts game meat

first_imgSalvation Army located at; 10116 100th AveCall; (250) 785-0506To view FB Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Salvation Army just received a generous donation of $10,000 and with the help of Stan’s Custom Meat Cutting, the Salvation Army can also accept game meat donations.Darryl Peters Trucking made a donation to the Salvation Army of $10,000, Cameron Eggie, Executive Director of the Salvation Army shares, Darryl and his wife Colleen have donated before and each time they have donated the Salvation Army is blown away by their generosity.Eggie expresses his gratitude for the financial donation that was received because of the support these funds will provide to the Salvation Army’s community programs.- Advertisement -“This donation supports our sheltering efforts, helping to provide much-needed support for those accessing our Transitional Housing and Emergency Shelter. It also helps to support our Community & Family Services program. Many folks depend on this program for transportation help, medical prescriptions, and access to the Food Bank.” – Cameron EggieEggie also shares that the Food Bank is licensed to store and distribute wild game to the public. Financial donations are used to cover the cut and wrap of game meat prepared by Stan’s Custom Meat Cutting.If you have game meat you want to share or an animal you would like to donate, reach out to the Salvation Army.Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal’s season at crossroads as Fulham await

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal boss Unai Emery faces a testing time following the Gunners’ 5-1 loss at Liverpool © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 31 – Riding high until two weeks ago, Arsenal’s season has taken a sudden downturn that has thrown the focus firmly onto the club’s plans for the January transfer window.Prior to the visit to Southampton in mid-December, the Gunners had gone 22 games without defeat and while form had been more patchy since the end of October, the trajectory of Unai Emery’s side was undeniably on the up. Defeat at St Mary’s Stadium, however, triggered a run that has brought just one win in five games, including Saturday’s humiliating 5-1 defeat at league leaders Liverpool.With Chelsea winning at Crystal Palace a day later, Arsenal now sit five points off the top four and anything less than three points in the home meeting with fellow London side Fulham on Tuesday will further undermine the club’s hopes of reclaiming a place in the Champions League.Arsenal have started to appear increasingly vulnerable at the back, a weakness that was ruthlessly exposed by Jurgen Klopp’s side at Anfield.– ‘Injuries not the problem’ –The sight of his defenders chasing shadows and failing in their attempts to constrain Liverpool’s thrilling front three will have made painful viewing for Spanish manager Emery and came just three days after Stephan Lichtsteiner’s mistake had gifted Brighton an equaliser in the 1-1 draw at the Amex Stadium.Injuries haven’t helped with defenders Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi all missing the trip to the south coast, while Laurent Koscielny is still feeling his way back to form and fitness after an extended lay-off.Mustafi returned for the Liverpool game yet while the changes to the back-line have done nothing to help the team establish some stability, Bernd Leno insists injuries cannot be used as an excuse following the Liverpool defeat.“I don’t think that was the difference,” said the goalkeeper.“Of course we conceded five goals but I think we as a team made too many mistakes. We have enough quality, even when somebody is injured…injuries were not the problem.“We have to look forward because we have another important game on Tuesday. It’s the first game of the year and on Tuesday we want to beat Fulham at home. We need to win.”Arsenal’s problems have not been restricted to their back line, but the frailties suggest Emery needs to bolster his defence in the transfer window.It’s not a new problem for the club but with Lucas Torreira now offering more steel in front of the back four, there is the possibility to develop a more convincing defensive core.Meanwhile, uncertainty continues to surround the Arsenal future of Mesut Ozil who has so far failed to win over the new coach and missed the visit to Anfield with a knee problem.“I don’t know if it’s big or not big, but it’s his knee,” said Emery when quizzed about the playmaker’s absence.With Alexandre Lacazette also appearing frustrated after being withdrawn at Brighton and then left on the bench at Liverpool, the coming weeks will go a long way towards shaping the remainder of Arsenal’s season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

ALL IS ‘POSITIVELY WELL’ IN MULROY COLLEGE!

first_imgMulroy College students get stuck in!Students and Staff in Mulroy College enjoyed a week of promoting Positive Well-being to coincide with World Mental Health Day October 10th.They marked this occasion with a week of activities celebrating and promoting well-being in the school community.There was a special emphasis on promoting the “5-a-day” of mental health within the college. These include: Connect, Take Notice, Give, Keep Learning and Be Active. Some of the actives that took place included; talk and walk to music during the morning registration class .Teachers discussed well-being with students and explored how each of us can achieve 5-a-day. There was an emphasis on healthy eating and students were encouraged to learn new skills.A paper tree was placed in the canteen and every student in the college wrote how they felt on a leaf which was later pinned to the tree. During the week students and staff were encouraged to do random acts of kindness.On Friday students and staff participated in a Blue non-uniform day to promote mental health, each student donated €1 to Jigsaw, an organisation who support young people in Donegal. As part of the pastoral ethos in the College students regularly engage in positive mental health and well being projects.Ms Fiona Temple, Mulroy College Principal said “Educating young people about mental health, positive well being and resilience is as important in their development as academics. These approaches along with our ethos of building mutually respectful relationships ensure all members of our school community are valued.” ALL IS ‘POSITIVELY WELL’ IN MULROY COLLEGE! was last modified: October 13th, 2014 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:MilfordMs Fiona TempleMulroy Collegepositive well-beinglast_img read more

MAN APPEARS IN COURT ON 174 SEX ASSAULT CHARGES

first_imgA Donegal man has appeared in court facing 174 sex assault charges.The man, who cannot be named, is alleged to have committed the offences against seven different victims.The accused appeared at Letterkenny District Court. Detective Garda Bosco Gallagher gave evidence of arresting the man at Justice Walsh Road.The man will now be send forward to the next sitting of the Central Criminal Court for hearing.MAN APPEARS IN COURT ON 174 SEX ASSAULT CHARGES was last modified: January 20th, 2012 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:CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURTsex abuselast_img read more

PEOPLE WILL SLEEP BETTER TONIGHT FOLLOWING BUNCRANA ARRESTS SAYS COUNCILLOR

first_imgBuncrana Town Councillor Ciaran Mc Laughlin has praised local Gardai following the arrests of two men suspected of carrying out burglaries in the town.Cllr Ciaran McLaughlinDonegal Daily revealed how a number of houses and cars were broken into last night in the Cloncool Park area.Cllr McLaughlin said the Gardai responded as quickly as possible resulting in the arrests. He said he had spoken to some of the victims who said they were relieved the raiders had been caught.“I spoke to one family who woke up and went downstairs to find their house ransacked. They were in shock and felt violated by the break in but they also were relieved that they didn’t waken and confront the burglars.“They rang the Gardai and they were there in minutes.“The Buncrana Gardai deserve high praise today as they were on the scene very quickly and made two arrests in the space of a few hours. “People will sleep better at night knowing the Gardai are on top of things,” he said. PEOPLE WILL SLEEP BETTER TONIGHT FOLLOWING BUNCRANA ARRESTS SAYS COUNCILLOR was last modified: February 15th, 2014 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:buncranaburglariesCllr Ciaran McLaughlinlast_img read more

Retiring school chief looks back

first_img Later she was promoted to assistant principal and then principal. In 2000, she stepped in as deputy superintendent while the district did a search for a new superintendent. In the end, Silsbee got the job. She’s held the title for five years. Looking back on the years that she’s spent in education, Silsbee said the quality of instruction has improved. Standard-based instruction from the state has brought more consistency to classrooms. Teachers are better prepared, have more meetings and are more collaborative. “When I started, teachers did what they did behind closed doors and didn’t necessarily do what their neighbors did,” Silsbee said. Also when she started, technology was as advanced as a ditto machine. But now teachers and students have computers and do research on the Internet. Public education, over time, has also become more closely scrutinized by politicians and others. The field is constantly bombarded with new ideas, especially societal concerns, from health to physical fitness to obesity. Silsbee said all of those issues have their place in public education but at the same time, they can’t all fall on the responsibility of schools, because it starts to rob classrooms from time spent doing multiplication tables and reading. As she looks to the future, Silsbee said she sees three big factors that will most affect the district – school funding, No Child Left Behind and growth in the Santa Clarita Valley. All are challenges, and all are out of the district’s control. But they are issues that the district must continue to address and manage, she said. The district should also focus on the valley’s changing demographics. There have been problems with diversity at some of the district’s schools, Silsbee said, adding that it’s also a societal issue. She said classrooms need to continue welcoming diversity and differences. “Violence and media are all reflected in our schools and are issues we need to address,” she said. “Health and obesity, those are challenges for the future.” Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 sue.doyle@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The relationship between the two has shaped the kindergarten through eighth-grade school district into what it is today. And Silsbee has been along for the ride all the while, from teacher to principal to superintendent. But the ride is coming to an end for the 58-year-old, who has seen the district evolve from 350 to 3,500 students. In June, she will retire. “I heard Castaic was a sleepy little town,” she said. “But as soon as I came on, it’s been very fast and furious.” When she first came on board at Castaic Elementary School, she was one of three teachers leading instruction in all subjects before sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students. Five years later, she was spending her days teaching and overseeing state and federal projects for the district. During that time, she wrote many grants. The experience taught the teacher about the district and its role with special programs, such as bilingual education. CASTAIC – Glancing out her office window, Superintendent Beverly Silsbee thinks about the changes she’s seen over time in education. The scene has greatly evolved in the 27 years that she’s worked for the Castaic Union School District. It’s evolved not only inside the classroom, where a diverse student population now sits among computer keyboards and gleaming monitors, but outside as well, in the town of Castaic. The place, once a mere truck-stop town off Interstate 5 where migrant workers filled the fields, has blossomed through the years with houses, young families and their children. last_img read more

Early Magnetic Galaxies Surprise Astronomers

first_imgAstronomers reported in Nature that early galaxies have normal magnetic fields.1  That is surprising because magnetic fields were supposed to start small and strengthen over billions of years.    The team tried to be careful to distinguish intervening magnetic signatures from those in quasars.  Their measurements indicated that “organized fields of surprisingly high strengths are associated with normal galaxies when the Universe was only about one-third of its present age.”  It also reveals that physicists don’t understand galactic magnetism very well.  The finding puts severe constraints on models of how magnetic fields form in galaxies.    The international team of astronomers ended their paper with a commentary about modern cosmology that was revealing.  “It also serves as a general reminder of the potential importance of magnetic fields, which is usually completely ignored, in the formation and evolution of cosmic structures in the high-redshift Universe.”    Space.com gave a layman’s report on the announcement.  The article ended, “The new finding means scientists must come up with an improved explanation for how magnetic fields build up inside galaxies in the young universe such as those Miniati and his team observed.”1.  Bernet, Miniati et al, “Strong magnetic fields in normal galaxies at high redshift,” Nature 454, 302-304 (17 July 2008) | doi:10.1038/nature07105.This is disturbing.  What else are they ignoring that could have important effects on their cosmological models? (Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Next Version of iOS, Mac OS to be Revealed at WWDC in June

first_imgTags:#Apple#mobile#news Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The sessions will be led by Apple engineers and will offer code-level assistance, insight into optimal development techniques and guidance on making the most of their apps, says the company in its press release, out this morning.In addition, Apple will host its Design Awards, which will recognize iPhone, iPad and Mac apps that it feels highlights both outstanding design and innovation.There’s no word yet on what we can expect to see in either Mac OS or iOS, but there have been plenty of rumors. In particular, recent reports from TechCrunch have noted that iOS may only be previewed at WWDC, but won’t arrive on devices until later this fall. The holdup, apparently, has to do with Apple’s move to the “cloud.” Specifically, Apple’s music locker service will be detailed, which would allow customers to stream their tracks over the network, as opposed to having the tunes stored on their device itself.Separately, a report on Business Insider (via The Music Void) notes that, in addition to the music locker, Apple’s MobileMe suite of cloud-backed services would be lowered to just $20 per year.Earlier this year, we made some guesses about what the next iPhone could hold, based on recent Apple acquisitions and news. This included thoughts on its support for NFC, cloud-based music (as noted above), facial recognition and advanced artificial intelligence.  Regardless of which rumors pan out to be true, we’re sure Apple will surprise us with whatever it chooses to reveal.Developers interested in attending WWDC can register now at http://developer.apple.com/wwdc/. Tickets are $1,599.00. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perez Apple has announced it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 6-10 at Moscone West in San Francisco. During the five-day event, Apple will introduce the next versions of both its desktop and mobile operating systems, Mac OS and iOS, respectively. It will also offer app demonstrations and over 100 technical sessions intended for mobile developers. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

First Egyptian Blogger Sentenced Since Mubarak’s Departure

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market curt hopkins For the first time since Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak was chased from power, a blogger has been sentenced to a jail term. Maikel Nabil Sanad, a veterinarian, blogger and conscientious objector, has been sentenced to three years in prison for criticizing the military. Sanad was arrested last month, amid violence directed by the military, or elements of the military, against those protesters who remained in Tahrir Square in Cairo. Egypt has, for years, been among the most egregious abusers of social media users, beating, arresting, torturing and imprisoning bloggers and Facebook users. Kareem Amer spent four years in prison, in terrible circumstances, for criticizing Islam and the Mubarak regime. From Sanad’s statement on Mideast Youth:“In Mubarak’s era, detentions were issued by administrative decisions. But nowadays, blessed with the Military Council, detentions pass through military court rulings!…I can feel the intention of harming me after the court ruling. Don’t believe the army’s worthless claims about suicide attempts. Hence, the Military Council is responsible for my safety and well-being until the time of my release.”Supporters of Sanad have started a Facebook page and a petition. Related Posts Tags:#Government#international#NYT#politics#web center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more