Calabar take a hit from flu

first_imgMORE than their competitors, the influenza (flu) virus is threatening an impact on Calabar High School’s plans to retain the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championship title.Yesterday, their Class One 1500 and 800 metres favourite, Kevroy Venson, who is still affected by the virus, finished last in the heats of the 800 metres in a time of 2.13.66.On Tuesday’s opening day of the championships, there were some doubts surrounding the participation of the Red Hills Road-based school’s Class Two 400 metres star, Christopher Taylor, but he shrugged off the ills to run a record time in the heats of his event.Although no one else of note in the Calabar camp has come down with the illness, head coach Michael Clarke says it has disrupted their points projection and Venson’s illness will certainly affect their overall tally.FIT TO COMPETE”Venson came down with a bout of flu, but the doctors passed him fit to compete. But obviously he did not recover enough to run his best. Hopefully he makes the (1500m) final, which is on Friday. By then he should recover enough to perform better,” said Clarke.”Christopher was affected before the CARIFTA trials, so he was able to recover enough to compete at Champs. But I am sure that other schools will be affected because there is a bout of flu going around and it’s sure to affect others,” Clarke told The Gleaner.”His (Venson) illness will affect our points tally,” he continued, “because he was one of the athletes whose points were almost certain. But Calabar is not a school that is built on one athlete, we will have others to fill in those gaps.”But it has definitely affected us. Hopefully with the help of our doctors we will be able get our athletes to perform at their best at the championship,” he added.- L.S.last_img read more

WI Women eyeing semi-final berth

first_imgDHARAMSALA, India (CMC):An upbeat West Indies Women take on one of the tournament favourites, England Women, here today, cognisant of the fact a victory will secure them a berth in the final four of the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup.The Caribbean side sits top of Group B with four points following wins over Pakistan Women and Bangladesh Women, but will know their English opponents provide their sternest test yet, in the fixture set for the picturesque HPCA Stadium at 7:30 p.m. (10 a.m. Eastern Caribbean time).Head coach Vasbert Drakes said they were aware of the importance of the game and were motivated, especially coming off back-to-back wins.”I think it is important that we play some good cricket tomorrow. Obviously the points would give us that momentum going into the semi-finals,” the former West Indies all-rounder said yesterday.”We’ve won the first two games and the ladies are feeling quite confident in their ability to execute our game plan come tomorrow against England.”He added: “Obviously, you want to see the energy from ball one, you want to see us getting involved in the game and trying to control the game early on and trying to create some pressure and keep that pressure for a long period of time.”We believe, with our team, we’ve seen a balance within in the last two games. Everyone is feeling quite confident that on their given day, if they can execute, they can get the upper hand on England.”West Indies Women opened the tournament with victory over Pakistan Women when they superbly defended a paltry total of 103.They were sharper in their outing against Bangladesh Women last Sunday, posting a competitive 148 and then restricting their opponents to a mere 99.KEEPING RUNS LOWIn both games, Windies Women managed to restrict their opposition to under 100 runs, courtesy of the off-spin trio of Matthews, Taylor and front line bowler Anisa Mohammed.Drakes said he did not foresee any major changes in this approach, especially with the pitch at the HPCA Stadium looking conducive to slow bowling.”We, as a unit, have always talked about everyone making a contribution to the team cause and the two games that we have played, you can see that the spinners have really come into the equation on the wickets in India and bowled with some subtle variations that would have created the pressure on the Bangladeshis and certainly on the Pakistanis,” Drakes explained.last_img read more

34 majority of 65 “just doesn’t add up”

first_img…new electoral mathematics! – Fmr Electoral Assoc ChairProfessor Emeritus Errol Miller, a retired professor from the University of the West Indies versed in election matters, has waded into the debate on the no-confidence motion that was passed while calling on the Caribbean Court of Justice to render a decision that adheres to legal principles.Former Chairman of the Caribbean Association of Electoral Organisations, Professor Emeritus Errol MillerIn a video broadcast dubbed Caribbean Commentary, Professor Miller, who is also a former Chairman of the Caribbean Association of Electoral Organisations, noted that the formula used to invalidate the passage of the 2018 no-confidence motion in Guyana’s Parliament simply does not add up.He noted that if the same rationale used in Guyana’s case was used in Trinidad, then the twin island’s 41 House divided by two would equal 20.5 members, which rounded to a whole number would be 21, plus one, equalling 22. According to Miller, this would mean 43 votes to 41 members. A similar situation would hold true in Jamaica.“More votes passed than is constitutionally eligible constitutes electoral malpractice in all Caribbean countries. It is commonly referred to as over voting. More votes cast than there are eligible persons to cast them.”“One can only hope that the members of the learned profession representing both sides of this case before the CCJ will ensure that all legal procedures and all technicalities are strictly observed in a timely manner and that the varying points of view are argued with the highest levels of logic, facts and eloquence, such that the facts to be decided by the CCJ are with respect to law and merit.”The no-confidence related matters before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) are expected to be heard on May 9 and 10. The three cases deal with Christopher Ram vs the Attorney General of Guyana, the Leader of the Opposition and Joseph Harmon; Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo vs the Attorney General of Guyana, Dr Barton Scotland and Joseph Harmon; and Charrandas Persaud vs Compton Herbert Reid, Dr Barton Scotland, Bharrat Jagdeo and Joseph Harmon; the last of which deals with Persaud’s eligibility to vote in the House.In the case of Ram vs the Attorney General, the political activist had petitioned the High Court to have Government resign and President David Granger call elections within 90 days as stipulated by Articles 106 (6) and (7) of the Constitution.The Court of Appeal had ruled in a 2:1 split decision that a majority of 34 votes would have been needed to validly pass the no-confidence motion brought against the Government last year.While Justice Rishi Persaud had dismissed the appeal and conferred with the ruling of the High Court, his colleague appellate Judges allowed the State’s appeal.Both Justices Yonette Cummings-Edwards and Dawn Gregory opined that while 33 is the majority of the 65-member National Assembly, the successful passage of a no-confidence motion requires an “absolute majority” of 34, and not the “simple” majority of 33 that has been used to pass ordinary business in the House.last_img read more

Rage pick up a win Saturday night

first_imgThe second period saw Dawson Creeks Ryan Matthews open the scoring with a perfect deflection. Eventually the Wild would answer back with a quick powerplay goal. Tempers would flare throughout the game with numerous fights and physical play. The score remained  tied as the second period came to an end.The third period had both teams up their urgency level. Wenatchee took the early lead, only to have Dawson Creek fight back with a goal from defenseman Evan Ripley. With just minutes left in the game Ryan Matthews would put the Rage up 3-2. Wenatchee battled back and tied the game at 3. This forced another overtime, only this time the Rage’s Austin Adduono would play hero, finalizing the score at 4-3 for the visiting team.On Friday night, the Rage suffered a tough overtime lose to Wenatchee losing 4-3.- Advertisement -The Rage will now play Wenatchee again this afternoon before heading off to Fresno for their last two games on the road before Christmas.last_img read more

Labour leaders working with Premier Clark on LNG jobs

first_imgBoth aforementioned labour leaders run unions that are top donors to the provincial New Democrats, but Sinclair says they’re working with a Liberal government because this issue has nothing to do with politics.Sigurdson went a bit further than that, saying Premier Clark appeared to be the only political leader to wear a hard hat during the May election campaign, but adds there’s still a lot of work to do.The trio has plans to develop a strategy document by the end of this month, and while acknowledging that environmentalists may try to block their efforts, they all say protecting the environment is a top priority. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Wojciech Szczesny set to STAY in Serie A – but not with Roma

first_img1 Wojciech Szczesny has impressed in Serie A with Roma Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has agreed to join Napoli, according to reports in Italy.The Poland international has come to the end of his two-year loan spell in Roma and is expected back in north London this summer.Roma are not expected to explore the possibility of a permanent move as they aim to make Brazilian Alisson their first choice next term.As talkSPORT told you last week, Napoli want to keep Szczesny in Italy and reportedly held a meeting with his representatives earlier this month.And now, according to Il Mattino, the 27-year-old is ready to accept the three-year deal on the table.Now it is down to Napoli and Arsenal to agree a transfer fee for the goalkeeper, who moved to the Gunners as a teenager in 2006.last_img read more

Roma sign Ajax wonderkid

first_imgRoma emerged as the front-runners among several top clubs in Europe and have now confirmed the deal on their website after reaching an agreement with Ajax.Kluivert said: “I’m feeling great. I’m at an unbelievable club and I can’t wait to start.“I think Roma is a great club for me – I think they can build me into a bigger, stronger player and I can do some nice things here.”Sporting director Monchi added: “I think that Justin is already one of the most exciting young players in European football.“Because of this it was not easy to bring him to Roma ahead of a number of other clubs.“But Justin believes Roma is the perfect club for him to continue his development and realise his enormous potential.”Kluivert joined Ajax’s youth academy at the age of eight and went on to make 56 appearances for the first team, scoring 13 goals. Justin Kluivert has left Ajax to join Roma in a deal worth £15m.The highly-rated son of legendary Dutch footballer Patrick Kluivert had been set to leave the Netherlands for a while after rejecting a contract extension. 1center_img Big things are expected of Kluivert last_img read more

Becoming Market Leader: Finding and Beating the Competition

first_imgIn the late 90’s, a spokesperson for the Coca Cola corporation said, “Our primary competition isn’t Pepsi. Our real competition is water, tea, nimbupani and Pepsi… in that order.” While it’s a gruesome thought to see water considered competition to the top cola manufacturer, I didn’t include the quote to make a commentary on public health or privatization. I did it to remind startups that competition includes all products that solve the same problem, in this case – thirst. When a startup claims they have no competitors, it makes me wonder if there’s a need for their product in the first place. You have competitors. Below are a few ways you can find them, research them and then beat them. It’s About Solving A Problem: Whether you are connecting friends online, providing a reference resource or building a better mousetrap, your product is one approach to a problem and you need to find others who claim to take on the same challenge. Your obvious competitors are those with similar products but your less obvious ones are those with vastly different products who still compete for market’s attention. Know Your Competitors: Think about your problem statement and the problem-related keywords and categories that drive users to your site. Now take those same keywords, type them into your favorite search engine and look at who dominates those pages. This is a good indicator of your competition. You can also search your keywords and categories through sites like KillerStartups, YouNoodle and LinkedIn to determine others in your space. Conversation tracking services like Echo and UberVu also allow you to track your perceived direct competitors through public conversations, blog posts and traditional media sources.Reach Out Early and Make A Better Case: Often when ReadWriteWeb writes an article about a company, we get a pitch about a similar product the next day. Unless you prove that your product solves the problem much better than the last guy, we are not going to write about you. Similarly, investors don’t want to hear a pitch about an exact replica of a product they’ve already funded. It is your job to reach out to stakeholders early, explain the problem, give an accurate description of the competitive environment, and then blow our minds. You need to prove that you are the best solution to the problem bar none. Photo Credit: Dan Bennett Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… dana oshirocenter_img Tags:#How To#start#startups Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Family Relationships as the Context for Intervention

first_imgDivision of Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children. (2014). DEC   Recommended Practices for Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education.  American Occupational Therapy Association. (2009). FAQ: What is the role of occupational therapy in early intervention. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2008). Core knowledge and skills in early intervention speech-language pathology practice [Knowledge and Skills]. Available from http://www.asha.org/policy/ American Occupational Therapy Association. (2010). AOTA practice advisory on occupational therapy in early intervention. By Jenna M. Weglarz-WardCreative Commons Licensing [Flickr, It’s A Family Portrait, January 23, 2011]Relationships between young children and their primary caregivers are the foundation for child development, growth, and learning. These early relationships have the potential to support or hinder a child’s development. Positive relationships help build neural connections and effective executive functioning necessary in later in life. Challenging relationships may hinder the development of strong and integrative connections and impact self-regulation and learning. (Learn more about relationships and brain development at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.)To this end, the Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA) Part C early intervention services stress the need for family-centered practices including teaming and collaboration with family members as well as intervention based on family preferences and routines (OSEP, 2008). Intervention should enhance the ability of caregivers to support their children’s development.Across professional disciplines such as occupational and speech therapy (see list below of professional recommended practices), intervention should:take place in children’s natural environments such as family homes and community settings (e.g., child care programs, libraries, restaurants, grocery stores),be embedded in functional and meaningful routines such as play, household chores, mealtimes, or bathing,be carried out by caregivers with the support and coaching of professionals, andprovide families with community resources to meet their individual needs.By developing interventions that are focused on the relationships and interactions between children and family members, families recognize the importance of their relationships and are empowered to support their children’s learning. In order to achieve this goal, providers need to consider the needs of each family and the unique child-caregiver relationships. This can be challenging for professionals as many are trained in medical models or classroom settings that focus intervention directly on the patient or child. Seeking professional development and support for this model of relationship-based intervention can help professionals develop these important skills.Professional Recommended PracticesCopple, C., & Bredekamp, S. (2009). Developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood programs serving children from birth to age 8. Washington DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.center_img  Chiarello, L., & Effgen, S. K. (2006). Updated competencies for physical therapists working in early intervention. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 18, 148-158. Division of Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children. (2014). DEC position statement: The role of special instruction in early intervention. Workgroup on Principles and Practices in Natural Environments, OSEP TA Community of Practice: Part C Settings. (2008, March). Agreed upon mission and key principles for providing early intervention services in natural environments. Retrieved from http://ectacenter.org/~pdfs/topics/families/Finalmissionandprinciples3_11_08.pdfThis post was written by Jenna Weglarz-Ward, EdM & Michaelene M. Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

Rain forecast worries wheat farmers in Punjab and Haryana

first_imgWidespread rain during the past few days in parts of Punjab and Haryana could delay the harvesting of the standing wheat crop by at least a week, officials said on Wednesday.The rain started on Sunday and according to the India Meteorological Department, a fresh western disturbance could bring more rain in the region on April 15 and 16. This forecast has only increased the worry of the farmers.“We are expecting a fresh western disturbance to affect the region between April 15 and 16. This could bring more rain in many parts of Punjab and Haryana,” Surinder Pal, director, IMD, Chandigarh, told The Hindu.“The recent rain has not caused much damage to the wheat crop, but if it rains more in the coming days, coupled with strong winds, then definitely it could be a cause of worry. Otherwise the crop condition looks good and Punjab should produce a bumper wheat crop this season,” said P.S. Rangi, an agriculture expert and former Punjab State Farmers Commission adviser.Mr. Rangi said that if overcast conditions prevail and it rains, the wheat crop would absorb the moisture, which would naturally delay harvesting. “If the weather prediction stands true, then the harvesting of wheat could be delayed by at least a week,” he added. Wheat, the main rabi (winter) crop, is sown between late October and December, while the harvesting of the crop starts from April first week. The current wheat procurement season in Punjab and Haryana began on April 1.‘Keep produce dry’“The showers during the past few days have been fairly widespread in the State. There have been no reports of major damage to the standing crop. The arrival of crop may get delayed if it rains more in the coming days. We are making the farmers aware that they should keep their produce dry so that they don’t face any problem in selling their crop,” said Jasbir Singh Bains, director, Punjab Agriculture Department.last_img read more