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Coaches disappointed with Central Champs schedule changes

first_imgCoaches in the central region are expressing disappointment with an event schedule change – prompted by sponsors Digicel – which now has all but two track finals being contested on the second day of competition at the Central Championships.The two-day meet, which forms part of the Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship, gets under way today at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport.Previously, several of the finals, including the 100m and 1500m events, were contested on the opening day of competition. However, chief organiser Chester McCarthy explained that every consideration was given to athlete safety and that there is ample time and facilities to aid in their recovery between events.”Some coaches may decide to either switch around athletes or pull athletes because of the changes,” McCarthy admitted.”What we used to do in the past is to have a number of finals done on Day One, but now, you will find that the 100m and 200m, for instance will take place on the same day. The major reason is that they are both (Digicel) Grand Prix events and the sponsors wanted it to be that way, so they wanted all the Grand Prix events to be focused in terms of finals for the last day for media purposes, and so on,” McCarthy explained before pointing to the systems put in place.”Even though Boys and Girls’ Champs is over five days, you will find that a lot of athletes will compete in three finals on the final day at Champs. Some of these events will be a one run – a straight final. Some coaches are overly concerned, but I don’t think it is as bad as some people make it out to be,” he added.”Also, remember that the sponsors have put in place things like ice therapy, which will help in the recovery there is an ice bath set up for all athletes. This was never there in the past, so a lot of consideration has been given.”SHOULD NOT HAVEBEEN ALLOWEDStill, for experienced Manchester High coach Jerry Holness, these changes should never have been allowed.”What about the athletes who double and possibly compete in relays, are we going to have them do all of those events on one day?”People cannot allow sponsors to dictate to them,” said Holness. “As organisers, you have to stand up to the sponsors and meet them somewhere along the way. You can’t just because they are going to give you a little money to run the meet you are going to accept anything without thinking about the athletes. I think it’s crazy!”We will probably end up using someone who won’t go to Champs to run some of the events, too,” said Holness.Michael Dyke, coach of defending Central and Girls’ champions Edwin Allen High, was also critical.”At this point, there is nothing that we can do. The coaches will just have to make the adjustment depending on the value they put on the meet,” said Dyke. “It may help to deplete the quality to the extent that you might not see some of the persons you would want to see competing, or they may just end up doing just one event.”I mean, running a sprint double on the same day, for instance, is not a good idea, and there are three sprints – 100m, 200m, and 400m – plus the relays. Management is going to be very important, so it’s up to the individual coaches and teams to manage their athletes to the best of their ability,” added Dyke.last_img read more

SA, Brazil in development finance pact

first_imgautomotive and components;alternative-fuelled vehicles;aeronautics and components;energy generation, particularly renewable energy and co-generation;food processing and other agro-industries;pharmaceuticals; andmineral resource beneficiation. “The depth and breadth of BNDES’ activities means that it gathers considerable information, experience and expertise,” IDC chief economist Lumkile Mondi said in a statement this week. These are in line with the IDC’s support of South Africa’s industrial policies and strategies, which include developing new industries, supporting innovation in existing industries, creating more competitive industries, and accessing new markets. Project focus areas “Aside from the technical benefits of the relationship, the cooperation agreement is aimed at strengthening ties between the two institutions, and building business and economic links between South Africa and Brazil.” South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation and the Brazilian Development Bank have signed an agreement on regular technical cooperation, joint product design and co-financing activities between the two development finance institutions. “I think an exchange of ideas will be valuable to us in terms of improving the IDC’s evolution of risk management, [including] capital management and investment risk, sector strategies and information gathering and coordination activities between public and private sectors.” The agreement is the culmination of a four-year informal information-sharing relationship between the two institutions. In terms of the agreement, the IDC and BNDES will exchange information on projects of potential common interest, with special focus on:center_img 6 August 2009 “There are a number of structural similarities between the two economies, including distortive economic inequalities, which should mean information sharing and product development cooperation will be quite beneficial,” said BNDES deputy international development director Maria Isable Aboim. Cooperation between the IDC and Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Economico e Social (BNDES) will focus on industrial strategy formulation, financial product and policy development, joint financing of projects on in Africa, and strengthening trade relations between South Africa and Brazil. Supporting industrial development Information sharing SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

US Government Reviewing OpenID For Login on .Gov Sites

first_imgTags:#Identity#news#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top government IT officials and representatives from online identity services met today in Washington DC to talk about plans to allow 3rd party certification bodies, called “Trust Framework Providers,” to evaluate private sector OpenID and Info Card providers for use in logging into government agency websites.The Open Government Identity Management Solutions Privacy Workshop is being held in Washington DC to draft a process for certifying existing identity providers for low-security government authentication transactions (so-called NIST level 1). If the plans move forward, we may someday be able to log in to government sites using our favorite OpenID-supporting website credentials. Google, AOL, Yahoo or other commercial accounts could become new keys to a consistent experience around the .gov web.The draft process for selecting approved Trust Framework Providers that will then certify individual identity providers is titled “Trust Framework Provider Adoption Process for Levels of Assurance 1, 2, and non-PKI 3” and is available for download as a PDF. That draft includes requirements that OpenID or related Info Card identities not be used to authenticate people who are physically present (it’s just for remote online access), that they not be used to transmit activity data or anything else beyond what is specifically requested by a government agency and that there be measures taken to continue protecting personal information if the identity provider goes out of business. Identity providers will be evaluated on factors like an organization’s technical implementation of authentication, its reputation and its business stability.Providers who meet the requirements of the Trust Framework may be chosen to provide low-security authentication for users of government websites.O’Reilly’s Andy Oram posted an in-depth look at some of the issues raised by government support for OpenID last week.“In considering government adoption,” OpenID Foundation board member Chris Messina said of the Framework, “primary among our priorities is the protection of individual privacy while also considering ease of use and convenience. These factors cut to the core of the purpose of Trust Framework and feedback, therefore, is strongly encouraged on the document we’ve produced so far.”Keep your eyes peeled for an opportunity to comment publicly. Government validation of federated identity could be a major boost for the ecosystem of the open, distributed web, and thus for innovation online. We hope the people making these plans can get it right and that the relevant government agencies can garner sufficient public support. Related Posts center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

BookServer: A Plan to Build an Open Web of Books

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… sarah perez 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Amazon#E-Books#Google#news#Product Reviews#web The Internet Archive has just unveiled their ambitious project called BookServer, which will allow users to find, buy, or borrow digital books from sources all across the web. The system, built on an open architecture and using open book formats, promises that the books housed there will work on any device whether that’s a laptop, PC, smartphone, game console, or one of the myriad of e-Readers like Amazon’s Kindle. The project’s lofty goal is to essentially create an open web of books where anyone can publish their books and make their content available via search.Any Book, Open FormatsAlthough still in the early days of development and potentially taking years to complete, the BookServer project will allow search engines to index books from all over the web. What that means for an end user is that you could type a title into a search engine and the engine would return results listing everywhere you could get that book in digital format including online bookstores, libraries, or a direct method from the publisher itself. Depending on your needs, you could borrow the book or purchase it and then download it to your digital device.While the project isn’t exactly a direct effort to take down Amazon’s online bookstore or Google’s upcoming online eBook store called Google Editions, it will provider book publishers and online libraries with the means to more effectively compete with those companies. By allowing publishers to set their own pricing and manage the distribution of their books, they will be able to take back control from Amazon and Google who would rather dictate those terms for them.An Open Marketplace for eBooksA secondary goal of BookServer’s open system is to fight back against the proprietary marketplaces, such as Amazon’s Kindle Store, where books are only sold in a copyright-protected format (.AZW) that only works on the company’s eReader device, the Kindle. Elsewhere, some book sellers use other proprietary formats, others use the open ePub format, and still others distribute books as Adobe PDFs. For consumers, this multitude of choices only leads to confusion. People don’t know what formats their particular device can read or where to get them. It brings to mind the similar issues consumers have had with digitally distributed music. To this day, many are still confused about whether their iTunes purchased music can play on other devices or whether tunes purchased from other online MP3 stores will play on their iPods. While Google promises its Google Editions store will allow anyone to access digital books as long as they have a web browser and internet access, it’s still unknown at this time how the company plans to make the digital content available offline. Will it require the use of special web browser plugins to do so? Until Google reveals more about the technical details, it is not possible to know how truly open their online store will be. And even if their store is 100% open, they are still a company whose ultimate goal is to profit from their work of digitizing books. BookServer’s goal, on the other hand, is to provide universal access to book data made available in open formats. Today, a few booksellers have partnered with the BookServer system including Feedbooks, O’Reilly, Adobe, and the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project. Web Of Books Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

PBA teams not obliged to lend players to PH squad for Champs Cup, says Reyes

first_imgFolayang to defend ONE title vs Nguyen at MOA Arena Reyes will call the shots for the PH team in the upcoming 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup in Chenzhou, China with the team largely made up of amateur standouts.“This tourney was not part of the discussion with the PBA. To be fair to the PBA, they have no obligations to this team,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOf the 12-man roster, Carl Bryan Cruz, LA Revilla, Norbert Torres, and Alfrancis Tamsi are the only players who have existing contracts in the PBA, while Almond Vosotros, Jeric Teng, and Gab Banal are currently free agents.Reyes also understands why Alaska and GlobalPort are hesitant to lend players like Calvin Abueva and Terrence Romeo. Chot Reyes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBefore any criticism against the PBA is thrown, coach Chot Reyes is the first to absolve the league from lending its players to Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas.“When we put this together, this wasn’t even in the plan,” Reyes said Tuesday during the team’s sendoff at Discovery Suites Hotel in Mandaluyong.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “The agreement we had with the PBA is if their tournament is over, we can get them. Calvin and Terrence showed up in our first practice, but I told them that they shouldn’t be here and I was serious with that,” he said.“This is a club championship, not a national team competition.”The team leaves for Chenzhou on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad last_img read more

No furniture no after care at inquiry former employee says

first_img(What appears to be an empty office of the national MMIWG inquiry in Winnipeg. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)Kathleen Martens APTN NewsA former manager at the National Inquiry for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and girls says there is no treatment plan for hurting families.“There is no aftercare plan; not that I’ve seen,” said Morene Gabriel, who was fired as the Inquiry’s community relations manager for Manitoba and Saskatchewan.The care plan is supposed to be a major plank in the foundation of the Inquiry to ensure families are coping, after emotional and often gut-wrenching testimony.Commissioners even delayed the long-awaited schedule of hearings to make sure they were following a “trauma-informed” process.But Gabriel told APTN that she was not allowed to refer people for professional help.“My concept of after-care is intense therapy, not check-in calls,” she said. “When a family went into crisis, I was on the phone for four hours with them on a Friday night and again the next Saturday morning.“Everyone was gone for their weekend, the health manager was away. There was no support internally to give me direction on what to do.”Gabriel said she did her best to look after people with the limited instructions she was given.She said she developed her own health framework and got to work.“I’ve had to deal with the tough stuff. I’ve been called out, yelled at, but I gained their respect.”Gabriel is one of three people fired in the last week. Another two employees resigned in protest.The inquiry did not respond to requests for comment Thursday.It is scheduled to hear from families in Saskatoon next week and Gabriel is worried about them. She says she checked in with families after she was fired.“There’s no governance document, no policies, and procedures, no human resources. I don’t know why I was fired.”Gabriel shared the letter offering her the job to start June 5, 2017.She also showed APTN News the email telling her she was no longer needed.“I was never given a reason,” she said, adding co-workers she left behind now tell her they fear for their jobs.“It was a toxic workplace and this makes it worse. There was lateral violence, gossiping, nepotism, favoritism.”Gabriel said she sent an email to Chief Commissioner Marion Buller seeking an explanation. She said Buller sent it on to executive director Debbie Reid.Gabriel says she worked from home because there was no furniture in the office the inquiry has leased in downtown Winnipeg.She said a smartphone she received did not come with a charging cord.For that she blames “backlogs” with the federal government – something commissioners have complained about since they were tapped by Ottawa to lead the two-year probe into ongoing violence against Indigenous women and girls.Sue Caribou blamed those same backlogs for why she stepped down from the National Family Advisory Circle Wednesday.“This is hurting families,” she said, near tears. “The prime minister has to stop this.”According to a statement provided by a spokesperson at the Privy Council Office, the non-partisan wing of the prime minister’s office the provides support and advice to cabinet, the government is up to date with any invoices it has received.“The funds are fully accessible by the Commission and payments are made once approval from the Commission, along with the appropriate supporting documentation, is received,” the statement said.“I can’t do this anymore,” said Caribou. “The grandmothers have not been paid, families have been stranded in airports. I’m waiting to be reimbursed for travel.“It’s all too much.”Caribou said a recent conference call with circle members from across Canada and the commissioners ended in tears.She said the stress is more than she can handle.Both Caribou and Gabriel have lost family members to violence.They said what started as a way to help others has become an emotional roller coaster.“I’ve encouraged my former co-workers to speak out. This is such a toxic culture.”Gabriel said she tried to help by making recommendations based on feedback she received from families her suggestions were rejected.Caribou said she was similarly frustrated. “They ask us for advice but they don’t listen to us,” she said. “There is no support, no communication.”Caribou, who testified at the Winnipeg hearings, says she wants the Inquiry stopped. So does Gabriel, who is worried about the mental health effects on families.“This could do some real damage,” Gabriel said.last_img read more

Mikmaw Nation loses respected leader

first_imgCremo said Sylliboy leaves a legacy as Kji-Saqmaw on the traditional governing body for the Mi`kmaq Nation. He took over the position from the late Donald Marshall Sr., more than two decades ago.But to Cremo, he was a soft-spoken uncle and neighbour in the small Mi’kmaw community in Cape Breton. Someone who was dedicated, quiet, but also stern.“He was a diehard Montreal Fan,” Cremo said with a laugh. “He loved wrestling. He just lived a normal, modest life as a Mi’kmaw.” My condolences to the Sylliboy family for the passing of our Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy. He was surrounded by family & friends. He was the leader of the Mi’kmaq Nation & he will truly be missed.I was lucky enough to call him my Elder & friend, nemultis nitap.#Mikmaq #GrandChief pic.twitter.com/q035CpvGaf— Trevor © (@TSanipass) November 30, 2017 The Grand Chief (Ben Sylliboy)of the Mi’kmaw Nation has passed on to the Spirit World this afternoon, I had the honour of being in his presence at Treaty Day when I took this picture. R.I.P Uncle Ben pic.twitter.com/tfBhAqq9st— Graham Marshall (@grahamcmarshall) November 30, 2017center_img PHOTO: Province of Nova ScotiaAPTN News Trina RoacheThe Mi’kmaw Nation is mourning a well-respected Elder and statesman.Ben Sylliboy, Kji-Saqmaw (Grand Chief) of the traditional Mi’kmaw Grand Council, died Thursday afternoon. He was 76.“He died peacefully,” said his nephew Tiny Cremo. “He got a lot of prayers, everyone was there.”Cremo said Sylliboy’s health had been failing in the last few years. His uncle died in hospital, surrounded by family and friends.Sylliboy was born in We’koqma’q, N.S., and was a residential school survivor. He spoke to APTN in 2015 about that experience.“As soon as they heard you talking or even talking to other students in Micmac, you would be punished,” he said of his traditional language.But the Kji-Sagmaw would keep his language, offering prayers in Mi’kmaq at events like annual Treaty Day celebrations.Sylliboy made a life-long commitment to the Mi’kmaw Nation. He was part of an Elder`s project by the Atlantic Policy Congress that honoured traditional knowledge-holders.His biography describes him as holding strong to the vision that the Mi’kmaq should one day determine themselves, rather than under the Canadian government.It praised his humility and understanding of the Mi’kmaq people.Condolences to the family were pouring in on social media.last_img

Commentary Ohio StateDuke game sets stage for basketball to outshine Tressels troubled

Move over, Jim Tressel. There’s a new sheriff in town, and he’s got a full arsenal ready to go when his season rolls around. Coach Thad Matta and the Buckeye basketball team fell short of expectations last season, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t ready to shine next season. After it was announced Tuesday that Ohio State would play perennial college basketball powerhouse Duke in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, one thing about next year has become clear: There is more excitement in Columbus for Buckeye basketball than for Buckeye football. Coach Mike Krzyzewski and his Blue Devils will travel to Columbus on Nov. 29, just three days after Tressel’s Buckeyes (for now) take on Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. OSU and Duke entered the NCAA Tournament as No. 1 seeds two months ago, and both were upset in the Sweet 16. If the football team wins at Michigan next year, and the result isn’t an appearance in the inaugural Big Ten Championship, that familiar feeling of pride that comes along with beating the Wolverines will be all but forgotten by Tuesday night, as basketball jerseys and “Nuthouse” shirts replace the football garb that traditionally floods the OSU campus throughout the fall. And it won’t stop after next season. This could very well be the beginning of OSU’s football program taking a backseat to Matta’s budding basketball program. The timing is perfect. Look at the latest cover of ESPN The Magazine for example. Jared Sullinger, Aaron Craft and Deshaun Thomas became common names on campus last season, as the trio of freshmen often dominated more experienced opponents and kept OSU at No. 1 in the NCAA rankings for most of the season. Sullinger started last year and Craft came in early every game, and Thomas could step into the starting lineup to replace former Buckeye David Lighty. The football program is without its biggest offensive threats, quarterback Terrelle Pryor and receiver DeVier Posey, for the first five games of the season. Pryor and Posey are two of five Buckeyes, also including offensive lineman Mike Adams, running back Dan Herron and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, who are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits. Tressel also is suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for failing to report the players’ violations. If more wrongdoing by the football program is discovered, it could be the end of the road for Tressel at OSU. It just so happens that it could also be the beginning of Matta and the OSU basketball team becoming one of those perennial powerhouse basketball schools like Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils. What pushes fans to buy tickets to games and spend money on team apparel is a winning squad. If OSU’s football program is looking at stiffer penalties than the ones already placed on it, recruits will begin shying away and the talent the Buckeyes have been able to bring in during past years won’t be there anymore. That lack of talent will show in the win-loss column. On the other hand, if young high school basketball stars get used to seeing Matta and company on national TV, in big-time games year after year, even more Sullinger-like recruits will start coming in — regardless of whether they grew up 20 minutes east of Columbus, like Sullinger. The increased talent will show by the banners that go up at the Schottenstein Center. Columbus might not be ready to admit it yet, but it’s already starting to show on the national level: OSU is becoming a basketball school. read more

Teammates support Noah Spence despite offfield issues

OSU junior defensive lineman Noah Spence walks out of the team’s fall camp hotel, the Hyatt Place Columbus on Yard Strett, Aug. 7.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorWhen news broke that Ohio State junior defensive lineman Noah Spence had failed his second drug test, some believed he had made his last appearance in a scarlet and gray uniform.While that could still be the case, coach Urban Meyer doesn’t seem ready to give up on the Pennsylvania native just yet.“I’ve been criticized for many years about (how) I treat these guys like they’re my kid, and I’m not a big fan of dismissal,” Meyer said Monday. “I just don’t do that very often. It’s gotta be a severe one (situation), where you’re hurting someone else.”Spence, who was a first team All-Big Ten selection by the media in 2013, was suspended for three games in January for testing positive for ecstasy. After sitting out the 2014 Orange Bowl, Spence also sat out the first two games of this season.The defensive lineman was set to return for the Buckeyes’ third game of the season against Kent State, however, until the news of a second failed drug test surfaced less than 24 hours before the game. The failed test resulted in another violation of OSU and Big Ten rules, leaving Spence sidelined indefinitely.Meyer said along with his staff, he’s trying to do what’s best for Spence.“We’re doing our very best to (see) what the future holds for Noah, I have no idea, but to throw him to the street, I didn’t feel like that was appropriate just yet,” Meyer said. “And we’re going to do the best we can to help a guy that was a academic All-Big Ten, good student, great family, that has a problem, and it’s our job to help him, and I don’t think you will ever see our staff ever do that, say you’re out, in that kind of situation.”Junior linebacker Joshua Perry said Monday that he and the rest of his team are trying to support Spence as much as possible.“This is a time where you gotta surround him with people who care,” Perry said. “You can’t abandon him. I think that guys on our team understand that he is dealing with a really tough thing in his life. To be around him, I think, has made a difference.”While Meyer acknowledged that Spence is no longer practicing with the team, Perry said members of the team have made a concerted effort to keep Spence a part of the Buckeyes.“Guys will go out of their way to say hi to him or visit him at his apartment,” Perry said. “I think it is the right thing to do and you got a group of guys, especially on our defense, who care a lot about him. We want to be there to help him.”The Buckeyes’ next game — with or without Spence — is scheduled for Saturday against the Cincinnati Bearcats. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more