JCA election! – Incumbent Heaven, Harris bowl off for cricket’s top job

first_img VICE-PRESIDENTS Harris, a business executive and educator, has former West Indies player Nehemiah Perry as his first vice-president nominee and Dr Joyce Graham-Royal, principal of G.C. Foster College, as second vice-president. The other executive committee nominees are: Team Heaven – Diahann Campbell, honorary secretary; Clinton Clarke, assistant secretary; Hopeton Morrison, treasurer and Kerry Scott, assistant treasurer. Team Harris – Randy Nelson, honorary secretary; Dennis Gordon, assistant secretary; Loren Edwards, treasurer; Errol Moodie, assistant treasurer. “We came into office with the promise that we would work to improve the quality of life for all our stakeholders in the Jamaican cricket family. We have kept our promise,” Heaven said. “There is still, however, much to be done to widen and deepen the scope of that improvement.” Harris, in the meanwhile, in his pre-election document, which was titled “Team Cricket”, said his mission was to rebuild the sport. “I am challenging because there is a cry for help,” he told The Gleaner. “Cricket is really struggling and the kind of will that is required was not shown by the president over the past two years.” Incumbent president Wilford “Billy” Heaven will be challenged by incumbent secretary Fritz Harris at the annual general meeting of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) at the Jamaica Conference Centre. The contenders, who will enter the elections with a slate of six other executive committee nominees, will be vying for votes from a delegate list of 101 members. Topping the list other executive committee nominees are by Dr Donovan Bennett and former West Indies ‘A’ representative, Mark Neita, running as first and second vice-president, respectively, along with Heaven, the chief executive officer of the state-run Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund.last_img read more

Devin’s Event Launches High School Debate

first_imgAlex Devin, the chief executive officer (CEO) of Devin’s Events and Consultancy, has called on students to take the art of debating seriously in order to improve their public speaking and reasoning abilities on important issues affecting the society.Debates don’t only help students build a vigorous personality and mental power. They also develop in students important skills (interpretation, analysis, calculation, deduction, logic) that become useful later in their lives, Mr. Devin said at the official launch of the Inter-High School Debate Competition over the weekend at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) Headquarters in Monrovia, Many of the nation’s top lawyers, business executives, engineers, teachers and other professionals participated in debate clubs during their high school days.It is debate-related skills that help push an individual’s dream towards the top and certainly once the commitment is made, a new ambition is invented, said Devin. “The power of critical analysis and argument is vastly needed in every field of life and one of the key ways to master this art is through student participation in debating clubs,” Mr. Devin emphasized.He believes that if the country can build students’ intellectual capacity through debating, a civil society of intellectuals would be developed.The debate competition will begin on July 4 in the knockout stage, and the final will be on August 26 between the two runners up. Mr. Devin disclosed that the first place winner of the competition will walk away with US$1000 while the runner up will take home US$75O and the third place winner, US$500. “We will not only be giving away cash prizes and trophies, but also awards and certificates in several other categories,” he added.Afro pop artist Quincy B, along with JB of the group Soul Fresh, attended the event but only Quincy B performed.During his performance, he underscored the importance of education, advising that “education is very important and I am therefore recommending to the students to choose education as their first goal in life.”Meanwhile, Mrs. Jamalia Duncan, executive director of JAMCOD, has pledged her institution’s support to the initiative.“We will ensure that this competition realizes its intended purpose since all we need in return is your commitment,” she told the students.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mendoza sees bills advance

first_imgThe Assembly Business and Professions Committee also approved AB 265 that would permanently de-regulate threading, the ancient East Asian method of hair removal. But Huff, R-Diamond Bar, was unsuccessful in getting the Elections Committee to approve his AB 9, which would require voters to present a valid identification card when voting. The committee on a 2-5 voted rejected it. Huff said his bill would deter potential voter fraud. “The elections officers need to make sure the person arriving at the polling site is the same one,” he said. It used to be the poll workers would know of the voters personally, but that’s not true any more, he said. “In a society where 40million people move each year, some form of voter identification is needed, Huff said. In addition, it’s no different than having to present identification to go on an airplane or enter a government building. However, opponents said the proposal would suppress voter turnout, especially among people of color, low-income and with disabilities. Assemblywoman Lori Saldana, D-San Diego, said there’s a difference between boarding a plane or getting alcohol. “Those aren’t rights,” Saldana said. “Voting is a right. I don’t want to see us mixing homeland security issues with the right to vote.” However, the Assembly Public Safety Committee did approve Huff’s AB 278 that expands upon the current crime of constructing a false compartment in a vehicle, with the intent to conceal illegal drugs. This bill will make it a crime to operate a vehicle with such a false compartment, with the intent to conceal illegal firearms, or $5,000 or more in cash intended to be exchanged for the purchase of illegal drugs. False compartments are constructed in vehicles to facilitate repeated criminal activity, which serves as an increasing danger to public safety, Huff said. REPUBLICAN MEETING: Lores Rizkalla, a radio talk-show host on KRLA-AM 870, will speak at the 11 a.m. Friday meeting of the Whittier Republican Women Federated. The club meets at the Friendly Hills Country Club, 8500 S. Villaverde Drive, Whittier. For reservations, call Carole Gardner, (626) 968-2125. Cost is $17. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955; e-mail mike.sprague@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. It was a good week for Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, but not such a good one for Assemblyman Bob Huff. Mendoza, D-Norwalk, was able to get two bills dealing with election reform and another dealing with threading through their first committee in the Assembly. The Assembly Election Committee approved AB 44 that requires all voter registration cards to contain a box that a registrant can check to become a permanent absentee voter and AB 357 that would allow a candidate to use legal defense funds to initiate a recount or election contest. last_img read more

Video: How the Europa League was won

first_imgCheck out the highlights from last night’s thriller in Warsaw as Sevilla retained their trophy with a 3-2 win over Dnipro.last_img

WATCH: Arsenal flop Gervinho nets INSANE solo goal in Chinese Super League clash

first_imgGervinho is clearly not the worst player ever to pull on the fabled Arsenal shirt, but it is fair to say he is near the bottom of that list.The Ivorian international spent two seasons in North London, scoring 11 goals in 63 games, and proving he was nowhere near the required quality for the Premier League.His departure to Roma was greeted with delight from the Gunners faithful, and it was no surprise to see the 28-year-old move to the Chinese Super League in January following the influx of money to the division.Not only is he likley be well paid for his services, but he is also playing in a league in which Gervinho looks like a true world beater – as evidenced by this insane solo goal he scored.Click play above to see Gervinho showing off his skills in China…last_img read more

Storm makes levees overflow

first_img 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant No damage to homes or businesses was reported, Covall-Alves said. The Sonoma Creek is prone to flooding and most homeowners in the area are prepared, CHP officials said. “This is such a standard thing we get every year,” said CHP Officer Bill Brewer. “I’m sure homeowners out there have taken every precaution.” A nearby levee along Schell Creek also overtopped in two places, sending water spilling into rural fields, Covall-Alves said. SCHELLVILLE, Calif. – A storm that dumped about two inches of rain in Sonoma County overnight flooded part of state Highway 121 for several hours as water overtopped nearby levees, officials said. Heavy rains washed out a section of the highway at Schellville early Monday, prompting state Department of Transportation officials to close less than a mile of the road. A break in the weather allowed the water to recede by noon, when the highway was reopened. Meanwhile, a levee built on private property near Sonoma Creek overtopped just before 8 a.m. Monday, flooding the property owner’s vineyard, officials said. The levee, located in a rural area about seven miles south of the city of Sonoma, already was weakened by the New Year’s storm, which caused a break that hadn’t yet been fixed, said Sandy Covall-Alves, a Sonoma County emergency services coordinator. The National Weather Service issued a flash-flood warning after the levee failure. last_img read more

GAA: DONEGAL MAY APPEAL KAVANAGH RED CARD

first_imgDonegal may appeal Rory Kavanagh’s sending off in yesterday’s victory over Mayo.The St Eunan’s man received a straight red card from referee Marty Duffy just before half-time for lashing out at opponent Kevin McLoughlin, who had tried to choke him.It was clear Rory was trying to get McLoughlin’s grip around his neck released. “If there is nothing much in it then we will be appealing it,” said manager Jim McGuinness.“He is a big loss to us and we will need every man we can get going to Croke Park next week against Dublin. But Martin McElhinney has come back and that gives us some options.”McGuinness was otherwise pleased with the comeback against Mayo.“Obviously the writing was on the wall for us with Rory being sent off and it left it a very difficult situation for us to try and turn it around, but I was very happy about the way we turned it around,” said Jim. “It was great to see our defenders attacking at pace. The last day we stood back and watched a very good Kerry team and every day is a school day and I hope we are still learning.“Our priorities are not based on the league and hopefully we can get enough points to stay up.” GAA: DONEGAL MAY APPEAL KAVANAGH RED CARD was last modified: March 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: DONEGAL MAY APPEAL KAVANAGH RED CARDlast_img read more

BRICS BUSINESS LEADERS TO GATHER IN SANDTON

first_imgMEDIA RELEASEDATE:  24 JULY 2018More than 1000 delegates from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) will gather at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg tomorrow, Wednesday,  25 July 2018 for the BRICS Business Forum which will takes place as part of the 10th BRICS Summit. The Heads of State of the BRICS countries will preside over the afternoon session of the Business Forum and provide direction on strategic issues under discussion.The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, Deputy Minister Mr Bulelani Magwanishe and the Chairperson of the BRICS Business Council, Dr Iqbal Surve will deliver speeches at the opening session of the forum starting from 09:00. Their address will be followed by four thematic sessions that cover various topics. The Ministers of Trade, Commerce, Industry, Economic Development and External Relations of the five BRICS countries will all be panelists in the session where The Role of BRICS in Trade and Investment facilitation amidst a Changing Global Political Economy will be discussed.According to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, the delegates who will comprise of captains of industry, heads of state-owned entities and government leaders will deliberate on strategic economic matters affecting the future of BRICS.“In line with the BRICS Summit theme, BRICS in Africa: Collaboration for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in The Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Business Forum will deliberate on the current global political economy and its implications for BRICS member countries, the implications of the 4th Industrial Revolution on inclusive growth and transformation, facilitating intra-BRICS trade, as well as fostering BRIC-Africa partnerships,” says Minister Davies.Minister Davies added that the business forum will provide a platform to showcase the economic prowess of the African continent with a particular focus on advanced manufacturing, energy, technology, rail, aviation, information and communication technology, financial services and beneficiation (agro-processing and mining), as well as to enhance the flow of foreign direct investments from the BRICS bloc into the continent.“The Business Forum will also offer an opportunity to facilitate the creation of manufacturing value-chains on the African continent, to stimulate dialogue on the utilisation of financing packages offered by the New Development Bank, and to promote synergies with development finance institutions on the continent. The Business Forum is also important because it will create opportunities for partnerships between African and BRICS companies as well as develop concrete measures to address the deficiencies within productive sectors impeding the optimal development of the continent,” said Minister Davies.Enquiries:Sidwell Medupe-Departmental SpokespersonTel: (012) 394 1650Mobile: 079 492 1774E-mail: MSMedupe@thedti.gov.zaIssued by: The Department of Trade and IndustryFollow us on Twitter: @the_dtilast_img read more

How Is Technology Going to Change Facebook Ads?

first_imgBrad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#facebook ads Related Posts Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Facebook ads are a combination of marketing and technology that some love, some hate, and some simply don’t understand. What’s sometimes seen as a creatively fueled marketing platform is driven by a lot of science — data, metrics, and an ad performance-oriented auction system prove Facebook ads are about technology before anything else.In 2017, Facebook ads drove nearly $27 billion in sales, a 57 percent increase from 2015. Facebook revealed that 84 percent of its money comes from mobile ads. Both stats indicate that Facebook ads will continue to drive traffic and sales and become integral parts of most brands’ marketing efforts.But the platform can’t remain stagnant, and brands will need to be prepared. How will technology continue to influence Facebook ads and impact brands’ outcomes? Cat Howell, the founder and CEO of Eight Loop Social, a social media strategy firm that specializes in Facebook advertising, offered a few predictions.Bots will continue to play a bigger role.Facebook has enabled marketers to use its instant messaging platform, Messenger, as a way to communicate directly with users interacting with their ads. Here, bots often take over, allowing advertisers to automate their sales or lead qualification processes — the bots can do everything from answer basic customer questions to send promo codes. Marketers simply need to “train” the bots via workflows and scripts.Howell doesn’t see this bot influence slowing down anytime soon. “AI is even doing creative at this stage,” she says. “But the AI needs to be managed — people still need to set objectives and put parameters in place so the AI knows what to do. It’s all about how you communicate the results or the ROI of the AI’s efforts.”Does this mean AI will replace Facebook marketers? Howell says they’ll still be needed, but the role will shift; Facebook marketers will simply need to expand their skill sets to use the data from bots. “The role will require data analysis and an understanding of whether the bot is working correctly; Facebook marketers will need to report back to management and clients the outcomes and payoffs,” she explains. “Three people may have been managing an account, and then it will become just one. But that one will provide needed human analysis.”Reporting will become more robust.The ROI metrics of Facebook ads would ultimately stay the same; those running Facebook ads are consumed with one thing: How much business is this generating for me? They want to know whether the platform is driving business or awareness and how much each click is costing them. Howell anticipates that although the metrics won’t change, reporting will become more robust.“When you put automation in place, you’ll pick up on issues happening in sales funnels a lot faster than you can with humans because a human may not understand how to manually interpret that data,” she says. “One thing that’s really cool with AI running ads at the moment that’s hard for humans to replicate is making mass duplicate ads at a scale humans can’t manage.”They can also manage split tests a lot better, resulting in faster, more thorough comparisons. “Bots are getting great results because they can do testing on a great scale humans can’t at volume,” Howell explains. “Humans on the back end need to identify the end goal, such as where traffic is going, and direct the bot. But bots are understanding exactly what bids others are putting out into market and how they’re winning auctions.”Facebook’s invasive nature will benefit users.While people have expressed discomfort about the invasive nature of Facebook, they’re not likely to do anything differently — there are too many benefits. “Facebook Payments is in beta right now and would operate straight through Messenger,” Howell says. “A lot of people are on the fence because they don’t want to give Facebook too many details. Others feel Facebook already knows so much about them, what’s one credit card number?”People, she says, adapt to change, particularly when it creates more convenience, and this is reflected in the high adoption rates of the Facebook and Messenger apps. And this applies to businesses, too. “Consumerism is only going up, not down. We’re becoming monsters when it comes to consumerism. It’s why everyone wants to advertise on Facebook,” Howell says.But she does predict that the increasing amount of information being gathered on Facebook’s huge user base is to going to lead to a focus on creating customized experiences for each user. “Budgets will definitely be funneled in that direction,” Howell says. “People want to make sure they’re not leaving any money on the table when it comes to business automation. Marketers are now held accountable to specific results, and they have to track outcomes and create ties between certain actions and revenue streams. Customized experiences, based on data, will fill the gap in showing how specific actions lead to specific outcomes.”What’s next? A concierge service, Howell believes. “Facebook has so much data on us that it’s only a matter of time before Facebook will start telling people what to do when they’re traveling in other cities, whom they should date — Facebook would really know the kind of person someone’s into. Facebook’s AI is going to start talking to personal AIs like Siri.”She says ads show how much Facebook knows about us; combining that knowledge with predictive AI will make Facebook a part of our lives beyond our news feed. “The only competitor who could do something similar based on our usage is Amazon,” Howell explains. “If it has a pixel — Instagram, email, etc. — Facebook can use it and go to another level in influencing our lives and matching us with certain things.”Facebook ads may, at the end of the day, focus on getting brands a piece of the market. But the platform’s emphasis on data and metrics will strengthen — more bots, better reporting, and a concierge service may all be part of the future presented by Facebook’s ad platform. Facebook’s fingers will reach further into our lives, but we just may welcome it. Follow the Puck Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industrylast_img read more

You Don’t Want No Pain. You Want to Know Pain.

first_imgYou don’t want no pain; you want to know pain. Most of the reason people don’t produce the results they want is because they avoid pain. Really, they avoid even being uncomfortable.They avoid the pain of having the difficult conversations.They avoid the discomfort of having to call people who aren’t expecting their call.They avoid the pain of having to get up early and the pain of having to work harder than anyone else.Some avoid the minor discomfort of shutting down their email and closing their web browser.But, You Know ThisWhen you first start exercising, especially lifting weights, you really know pain. Each workout hurts, and the time it takes to recover is considerable. But over time the pain changes. It starts to feel good. The pain is an indication that you’re getting stronger, that you’re progressing. And then what used to be painful is hardly a workout.But without the pain, you never get stronger, you never get better. In fact, you likely get weaker, your muscles atrophy.You only improve by increasing the pain. By using it to your advantage.Know PainYou want to know pain. You want to do what makes you uncomfortable. You want to build your intestinal fortitude, your ability to withstand being in an uncomfortable, painful place.If you want to know how to do better than you’ve ever done, then embrace pain, instead of avoiding it like so many others.The more pain you can withstand without flinching, the better the results you produce. After some time, it isn’t pain anymore at all. Then, it’s time to know new pain.QuestionsWhat pain are you avoiding?What pain do you need to embrace?What pain you have adjusted to? How do you move to a something that makes you uncomfortable again?last_img read more