MoU Signed to Increase Attendance at Schools

first_imgRelatedMoU Signed to Increase Attendance at Schools Story HighlightsA Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Ministries of Labour and Social Security and Education, aimed at increasing attendance among students in four high schools in the parish of Clarendon.The pilot project, which is dubbed, ‘School wi Seh’, is an initiative of the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) and is expected to last for one year.The four schools targeted are: Edwin Allen High, Kemps Hill High, Claude Mackay High and Central High Schools. RelatedMoU Signed to Increase Attendance at Schools MoU Signed to Increase Attendance at Schools Social SecurityFebruary 27, 2013Written by: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Ministries of Labour and Social Security and Education, aimed at increasing attendance among students in four high schools in the parish of Clarendon.The pilot project, which is dubbed, ‘School wi Seh’, is an initiative of the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) and is expected to last for one year.The four schools targeted are: Edwin Allen High, Kemps Hill High, Claude Mackay High and Central High Schools.Speaking at the signing, held at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, on North Street in downtown Kingston, on February 26, Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, said the campaign’s goal is to reduce non-attendance in schools by 10 per cent over a one year period, through a Compliance Intervention Strategy (CIS).“The compliance intervention strategy seeks to empower schools to address the issue of compliance among PATH beneficiaries, by providing them with resources of a maximum of $500,000 to develop and implement localised interventions,” he stated.He pointed out that the CIS requires each school to develop a work plan, based on its own peculiarities, noting that “this is not a one size fit all strategy”.In the meantime, Education Minister, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, said plans are in place to offer fortified juices to children in schools across Jamaica later this year.The Minister said the initiative is aimed at supporting local farmers and to reduce the money spent on imported juices, often of very little nutritional value, which are being served in schools across the island.“The fact is that for many of our children the food that they get in school is the only nutrition that they have for the day,” he stated.“We will also be able to offer some kind of baked product, which will be made of local raw materials,” the Minister added.center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedMoU Signed to Increase Attendance at Schools Advertisementslast_img read more

Cut Line: Hyundai TOC suddenly a must-play event

first_imgKAPALUA, Hawaii – Thirty-two players, no cut, idyllic views of the Pacific Ocean, it’s tough to consider anyone a loser at the year’s first event, but Cut Line dug deep into the island sand to deliver the calendar’s first edition. Made Cut Changing priorities. There was a time, not that long ago, when the year began with a quiet rustle instead of a big bang. A time when the top players avoided the Hyundai Tournament of Champions like the dentist office. But this week’s event features the best field at Kapalua since 2005, when then-world No. 1 Vijay Singh was joined by Nos. 2, 3 and 4, Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Retief Goosen, respectively. Top-ranked Jordan Spieth led the infusion of star power this year and he’s joined by six of the top 10 players in the Official World Golf Ranking at the Plantation Course. For this new generation, what had been a bye week has been transformed into a must-play stop, with only four winners from last season skipping the year’s first event, and this goes deeper than an affinity for sweeping vistas and wide open fairways. For Spieth and Co., the Tournament of Champions is a reason to get excited and reflect on the essential fact that a tee time at Kapalua is a reward for winning, not a burden. “This is one that we strive to make each year, and if I am eligible to play in this tournament and I’m not, I hope every single one of you [media] calls me and bashes me for it,” Spieth said this week. It’s a refreshing take, but let’s just hope it doesn’t result in a change of heart down the road and an overloaded voicemail. Reed on. In his last seven global starts Patrick Reed has finished inside the top 10 on six occasions, a run that dates back to his tie for third at the Hong Kong Open in October. For all the heat Reed took following his declaration at the 2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship that was a top-5 player, he has certainly played like a top-5 in recent months. Reed will always be a difficult study, he savors the competition but not the celebrity and is reluctant to play the media game, but his play – which is what should define every player – is ready for Broadway. On Thursday at Kapalua, Reed was paired with Spieth and calmly eagled the last to take a one-stroke lead. Back-to-back victories at the Tournament of Champions will not move Reed into that coveted top 5 in the World Golf Ranking, but it certainly gives the golf world plenty of reasons to take notice. Tweet of the week: Would rather this year not end…— Jordan Spieth (@JordanSpieth) January 1, 2016 Actually, the world No. 1 sent that missive on New Year’s Eve, but after starting the new calendar with rounds of 66-64 for the early lead, it’s clear that it may be a New Year but it’s the same old Spieth. Made Cut-Did Not Finish (MDF) Match madness. Second-year Tour player Justin Thomas raised a few eyebrows this week when he said on Golf Channel that he’d rather win a Ryder Cup this year than a major. While Thomas’ take was surprising it’s not at all misplaced given the current Ryder Cup environment. Given the U.S. team’s eighth loss in the last 10 matches in 2014 in Scotland, the sweeping changes made by the Ryder Cup task force and Tiger Woods’ early commitment to be a vice captain, it’s clear the passion on the U.S. side has never been higher. “The new guys certainly have that attitude. They want to be on a winning Ryder Cup team,” said this year’s captain Davis Love III. “Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, they have been on a team and not won. They want to be on a winning team.” Love also pointed out, “I bet with nine holes to go, a two-shot lead at the Masters, [Thomas] might not want to trade for a Ryder Cup win.” A tough Day. Armchair quarterbacks are part of sports, but armchair bodyguards are a bit much. Jason Day returned to work this week at Kapalua and was asked about an incident that occurred during the Cleveland Cavaliers game in December when LeBron James ran over Day’s wife, Ellie. Ellie Day was taken to a local hospital and released the next day, but the real action occurred on social media as many questioned Jason Day’s decision not to protect his wife. “People that think I should have jumped in front of Ellie; they must have the fastest reaction time,” Day said. “I’m not going to stop a 260-pound guy that’s 6-8 running full speed. Ellie took it like a champ.” For Day, hitting a 300-yard 3-wood to a tucked pin is easy compared to sitting courtside at a Cavs game. Missed Cut Who Els? In golf, it’s a word that simply can’t be washed away and it is discussed only in hushed tones. On Thursday at the South African Open Ernie Els succumbed to the yips, again. Els, who has been beset by putting woes in recent years, missed the hole on an 18-inch putt on Day 1 in South Africa. He missed a similar putt during last year’s Dunhill Links Championship and conceded that he did not want to watch the miscue afterward. Some, however, have no problem coming to terms with the yips. Following an opening-round 70 at Kapalua, Padraig Harrington admitted that he struggled with the yips in 2012. “If you have it, you have it. That’s the way it is. And you know what? It will never be the same. You’ll never be the same once you had it,” Harrington said. Turns out some scars don’t heal. Anchors away. This week’s stop in Maui marks the beginning of the no-anchoring era in golf and on the PGA Tour, not that anyone seemed to notice. There are few players who have recently used an anchored putter playing this week at the Plantation Course, and maybe the narrative changes over the next few weeks when the likes of Tim Clark and Carl Pettersson make their way into a brave new world, but the lack of attention paid to this week’s deadline is telling. Although the change caused plenty of reaction when it was first proposed, the utter lack of fervor this week reinforces the adage that time can dull any passion. It’s worth noting only because the general perception is the USGA and R&A are reluctant to dial back the golf ball or modern driver for fear of the ensuing blowback. For those who would like to see further equipment rollbacks, this week is proof that, with time, anything is possible.last_img read more

ACL christens Atlantic Star in Baltimore

first_imgACL took delivery of the Atlantic Star, which is registered in the UK, in 2015, as HLPFI reported here.The vessel entered into service in December 2015 and together with its identical sister ships – Atlantic Sail, Atlantic Sea, Atlantic Sky and Atlantic Sun – operates on the shipping line’s transatlantic route.According to ACL, the new generation of vessels, which have a capacity of 3,800 teu, with 28,900 sq m of ro-ro space and the ability to carry over 1,300 vehicles, have doubled its capacity on the route.Built at Shanghai’s Hudong‐Zhonghua Shipyard, the ro-ro ramps on the ships are wider and shallower, while the ro-ro decks are higher – measuring up to 7.4 m – with fewer columns, which ACL says enables easier loading and discharge of oversized cargo.HLPFI readers will recall, the Atlantic Sea was officially christened by HRH Princess Anne at the UK’s port of Liverpool in October 2016 and was reportedly the first royal christening on the Mersey since 1960. In October 2018, there will be a formal christening ceremony of Atlantic Sun in New York, while the remaining two vessels will be christened formally in Europe in 2019.www.aclcargo.comlast_img read more

30 months jail sentence for Canefield thief

first_img 206 Views   no discussions Johnson Seaman, 24, of Canefield, who pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and one count of battery on Tuesday 7 April 2015, has been sentenced to two and a half years imprisonment.Seaman appeared before Magistrate Bernard Pacquette in a Roseau Magistrate’s Court this morning and pleaded guilty to theft of one (1) gold chain worth $1100.00 belonging to Kelia LaRocque, battery on Kelia LaRocque and theft of one (1) cell phone belonging to Evander Joseph.Information revealed in court by police prosecutor corporal David Andrew Jr, indicates that on Saturday 4 April about 8:41am, Kelia LaRocque was walking in a westerly direction along the Industrial Site in Canefield, en route to work at Clear Harbor, when she noticed the defendant approaching on a bicycle.Seaman, who was wearing a black tam, grabbed Kelia’s chest, took the chain and rode off. She immediately made a report at the Police Headquarters.The defendant was met at the police cells the same day and was informed of the ongoing investigation. When cautioned by the police he responded, “I didn’t take no chain.”Kelia was brought to the Police Headquarters and in the presence of the defendant, recounted the Saturday’s events and confirmed that Seaman was the man who stole her chain.When Magistrate Pacquette cautioned him in court, Seaman responded, “I sorry and I don’t intend to do no military behavior in public again.”Corporal Andrew also informed the court that Evander Joseph was at the Canefield Catholic Church on Friday 3 April when he noticed Seaman entered and snooping around the pulpit area. Joseph asked the defendant to leave.The defendant left the church and opened the door of Joseph’s vehicle which triggered an alarm. When Joseph came outside to see what was happening, he noticed Seaman removing an item from his vehicle. Although Joseph called out to Seaman, he ran off with a mobile phone. Thus Joseph filed a report, via telephone, to the Police Headquarters.That very day the police went to Canefield and upon seeing the police vehicle, Seaman fled. The police pursued him but was unsuccessful.The following day the defendant was met at the police cells and cautioned about the mobile phone, to which he responded, “I gave it to Taj.” The police went to the home of Taj and informed him of the matter but he explained that Seaman came asking for water and left the phone on the porch and ran when he was told police is in the area. Magistrate Pacquette again cautioned the defendant and he responded, “I already plead guilty for what I did, I don’t know about sim card, I am sorry for what I did.”Seaman, a repeat offender, was sentenced to one (1) year hard labor for theft of the gold chain, six (6) months hard labor for battery and one (1) year hard labor for theft of the mobile phone. Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Share LocalNews 30 months jail sentence for Canefield thief by: Dominica Vibes News – April 7, 2015last_img read more

Negrense boxer wins silver in President’s Cup

first_imgIt was the second time Ladon suffered a defeat on points against a Kazakh foe in the championship round after his split decision loss to Zhomart Yerzhan in the finale of the 17th AIBA World Championship in Hamburg, Germany last year.Ladon was the lone boxer from the Philippine delegation to take home a medal from the competition. His teammates Charly Suarez, Caroline Calungsod, Ramel Macado, and Jorge Edusma faltered in their respective events.Ladon is among the boxing heroes from Bago City, following the footsteps of 1992 Barcelona Olympics bronze medalist Roel Velasco and his younger brother, Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco who won the silver medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics./PN MANILA  – Negrense amateur boxer Rogen Ladon settled for a silver medal finish in the 2018 President’s International Boxing Cup held recently in Astana, Kazakhstan.The Bago City, Negros Occidental native failed to pull off an upset in the finals of the 52 kg weight division following a decision loss to hometown boxer Anvar Muzaparov.Ladon, a 2017 Rio de Janeiro Olympian, reached the championship round of the week-long event after a 5-0 unanimous decision win against AIBA World Youth Championship gold medalist Sachiin Siwach of India in the semifinals.Muzaparov, on the other hand, reached to the final round after scoring a 5-0 unanimous decision victory against Ryusei Baba of Japan.last_img read more

Early 1970s success at Wolmer’s inspired Francis

first_imgThe exploits of Wolmer’s Boys’ football and cricket teams of 1971 and 1972 were the ­inspiration behind why legendary track coach Stephen Francis chose to attend the institution, one of the oldest high schools in Jamaica. Francis, who has guided Jamaica’s elite athletes to win more than 80 gold, silver and bronze medals at global championships over the past two decades, made the revelation at a recent ceremony dubbed Coaches are Forever: A Salute to Excellence at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, where he and coach Ron Jones were honoured for their exemplary coaching careers. It was Jones, a Welshman, who ­arrived at Wolmer’s in 1968 and transformed the fortunes of the school’s sports programmes, ­resulting in the school winning the Manning Cup in 1971 and the urban Sunlight Cup and all-island Spaulding Cup cricket titles. Between 1969 and 1971, when the football team won the Manning Cup for the first time in 32 years, Wolmer’s lost only four games, drew four, and conceded only five goals. Meanwhile, the cricket team that included players like West Indies ­wicketkeeper/batsman Jeffrey Dujon and Seymour Newman, who many claim was a quicker bowler than Windies great Michael Holding, who at the time was a student of Kingston College. Jeff Mordecai captained the team, which also included Phillip Rae and Peter Gordon. “The primary reason why I chose to attend Wolmer’s was the exploits of the teams of 1971 and 1972, which was just about the time when I was thinking about taking the Common Entrance Exams as it was way back in those days,” he told the gathering, which included Jones, who was vacationing in Jamaica. “The exploits of those teams was a great inspiration to me, and it put me firmly into the camp of Wolmer’s and helped make up my mind that this was where I was going to attend school.” Francis said Wolmer’s was a unique place where there was a meeting of all the different facets of Jamaica people. He said he owed a lot to the school for the success he has had in his adult life. “My career, both in terms of ­coaching and my aborted career in business, owes a lot to Wolmer’s in many more ways than one,” said Francis, who ­abandoned a successful career at ­accounting firm KPMG in order to become a teacher and full-time coach at his former high school. Wolmer’s principal at the time, Eric Barnett, gave Francis the chance over several other candidates who were more qualified. The rest, as they say, is history. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the guest speaker at the event, and who has found success as one of the greatest female sprinters of all time, lauded Francis for inspiring her. In a 30-minute-long discourse, Fraser-Pryce, a past student of Wolmer’s Girls, spoke glowingly of her coach. She said his methods are tough but they work, adding that he is not just about coaching. He is well read and knows what each athlete needs. In 2017, when she got pregnant while preparing for the IAAF World Championships in London, Fraser-Pryce said Francis was very understanding and tailored her training before and after she had her son Zyon. She underlined her message saying that Francis really cares about his athletes and that, for him, it was not just about medals.last_img read more

Chase to sign Blair Alston is a long process says St Johnstone boss

first_img“We’ve made an offer to him [Alston] but sometimes fans think it’s going to happen in 24 hours, it doesn’t,” he said. “He’ll have other options to consider and agents keep their cards very close to their chest but we’re not out of that one. “We’re still very much interested in Ryan Dow as well, that was left and we would revisit it at the end of the season. “We’ve been speaking to Keith Watson at St Mirren and I’ve been down in England looking at other players.” St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright says the club are still interested in securing the signing of Falkirk goalscorer Blair Alston but is not surprised it is proving to be a long process. The Perth side first made an approach for the 24-year old in January and are now waiting for him to consider an offer. Alston, who is out of contract at the Bairns this summer, has scored 11 goals for the side sitting second in the Championship and facing the Premiership play-offs when the league campaign ends next week. Wright is hopeful the club can not only agree on a deal with the attacking midfielder, but also Dundee United’s Ryan Dow and St Mirren’s Keith Watson who they are also keeping tabs on. last_img read more

Oklahoma State Moves into Coaches, AP Top 25 Polls

first_imgA day after a convincing win over No. 10 West Virginia, the Cowboys are getting well-deserved respect among both the coaches and AP voters in the polls released on Sunday.After entering the weekend unranked, Oklahoma State now finds themselves as the biggest movers in the Coaches Poll up to No. 22, and the same in the AP poll.Here’s how the Big 12 teams look in each poll.AP Top 25No. 12 – OklahomaNo. 13 – BaylorNo. 14 – West VirginiaNo. 22 – Oklahoma StateCoaches PollNo. 11 – OklahomaNo. 13 – BaylorNo. 15 – West VirginiaNo. 22 – Oklahoma StateThe Cowboys are now secretly riding a four-game winning streak after a heart breaking loss to Baylor to open conference play, and control their own destiny in Big 12 play headed down the home stretch. Oklahoma State faces a big test next Saturday as they travel to Manhattan, KS, to take on a pesky Bill Snyder coached Kansas State team. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Chris Lacy Has Career Game That Helps Push OSU Past Tech

first_imgIt took Chris Lacy just four catches to have a career game. The junior showed up big in Oklahoma State’s dramatic one-point victory on senior night against Texas Tech.Talk about efficiencyThere were five balls thrown Lacy’s way. He caught the last four for a combined 100 yards. His first three catches were all in the first quarter, for 78 yards.His first catch went for 33 yards (22 after the catch) and got the Cowboys moving on a drive that ended with a Mason Rudolph 9-yard TD run to put OSU up 14-0.Later in the first quarter, Rudolph called Lacy’s number twice in a row. First he went for 13 yards on first down and then followed it up with another 30-plus yard sideline explosion. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Lacy’s last play went for 22 yards and led to a Chris Carson 19-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.center_img Efficiency has been Lacy’s M.O. all year. Against West Virginia, Lacy had three catches for 31 yards and two touchdowns. In that homecoming effort, he book-ended Mike Gundy’s 100th win with the Cowboys’ first touchdown and another one late to give OSU a two-score lead, essentially sealing the victory over the No. 10-ranked Mountaineers.Lacy’s other catch in that game? A 19-yard drive-saving play on 3rd and eight. Two of his three best games in terms of yards have come this season. Throw in the Texas, KSU, Baylor and WVU games, and Lacy is putting together a pretty great season for a fourth option at WR.screen-shot-2016-11-13-at-7-44-38-amAnother cool note. Lacy was instrumental in another significant win for Gundy. OSU has now won eight straight against Texas Tech. That’s the longest streak against any Big 12 school. It doesn’t seem right, does it?But even when he wasn’t getting targets, Lacy finds a way to keep himself on the field by doing the dirty work.Watch the Chris Lacy block. https://t.co/LlWJIlkeVY— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 12, 2016It pays to be efficient and to wear your hard hat when you’re in the middle of a deep pool of wide-receiver talent such as Oklahoma State’s. Lacy is fourth in receiving yards at 360 behind James Washington, Jalen McCleskey and Jhajuan Seales.“We just took what they gave us,” said Lacy on Saturday. “Whenever they were playing back, we took the underneath routes and whenever they came up, we went over their head. We have a very explosive offense. We had a few turnovers but we were able to rally back and get the win.”With Seales carrying a rose Saturday for senior night and the possibility of James Washington playing Sundays in 2017 if he is so inclined, look for Lacy’s role to increase moving forward and into next year.last_img read more

Taco Bell is Wrong for this Sign in Stillwater

first_imgHey, Taco Bell manager, you’re doing Bedlam week wrong.Props to you for showing school pride with a “Go Pokes!” on their sign, but 9-2? Are we referring to the drive-thru hours?If not, Mike Gundy would like a word.Taco Bell get your ? together. *10-1 pic.twitter.com/zkUmtnsLBP— The OG (@GentsOkstate) November 28, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more