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Boyz brace for chilly South Korea battle

first_imgSEOUL, South Korea (CMC):Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz went through the final practice session yesterday as they put the finishing touches on their preparation for their international friendly against South Korea here today.The contest is expected to be a tough one for the Caribbean side, with South Korea ranked 53rd in the latest FIFA rankings, and Jamaica ranked four spots below.Also, South Korea have been in imperious form in their World Cup Qualifying (WCQ) campaign and currently sit on top of the standings in the second round of the Asian zone, with four wins from as many games. They are preparing to face bottom-placed Myanmar in their next qualifier next month.troubled startJamaica, meanwhile, had a troubled start to their World Cup qualifying campaign in the CONCACAF zone, going down 3-2 to Nicaragua in the first leg before scrambling a 2-0 win in the away leg in Managua, in order to reach the fourth round.Since their arrival here last weekend, the Jamaicans have battled wintry weather in practice, and temperatures are forecast to plunge to around 158C around game time, slated for 8 p.m. (6 a.m. Jamaica time).Jamaica have been boosted by the inclusion of strikers Giles Barnes of the Houston Dynamo and Darren Mattocks of Vancouver Whitecaps, both of whom were part of the successful squad at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July.Mattocks has been in superb form, scoring in Jamaica’s last four encounters – both WCQ games against Nicaragua last month, and against Mexico and the United States in the preceding CONCACAF Gold Cup final and semi-final.The Reggae Boyz, the highest-positioned Caribbean side in the FIFA rankings, will use the South Korea game as final preparation for their campaign in the World Cup qualifying fourth round.They have been installed in Group B alongside Costa Rica, Panama and Haiti, and begin their campaign on November 13 against Panama at home in Kingston.JAMAICA SQUAD: Rosario Harriott, Lee Williamson, Simon Dawkins, AndrÈ Clennon, Allan Ottey, Michael Seaton, Deshorn Brown, Shaun Cummings, Jermaine Woozencroft, Ryan Thompson, Adrian Mariappa, Hughan Gray, Joel Grant, AndrÈ Blake, Lance Laing, Giles Barnes, Darren Mattocks, Upston Edwards, Errol Stevens, Ricardo Morris.last_img read more

Blizzard Bike Club looking for volunteers to help maintain Beatton Park bike trails

first_imgEvents the club will hold specific to the Beatton Trails the club will include:Weekly Tuesday rides: May-September at 7:00 p.m.July 8th: “Beatton to Death” 6 Hour Mountain Bike Endurance race at 9:00 a.m.August 26th: Mountain Bike Club Championship at 2:00 p.m.If you have a passion for mountain biking and want to volunteer your time, contact the club at: blizzardbikeclubfsj@gmail.com. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Blizzard Bike Club is looking for volunteers to help maintain mountain bike trails in Beatton Park.Volunteers are needed because there are currently no functional single or double track registered trails available for mountain bikers in the Fort St. John area. The club explained that the trails would provide excellent training opportunities for riders young and old.In 2017 the Blizzard Bicycle Club received a $7,155.33 grant from the Peace River Regional District under their “Recreational Trails Grants‐in‐Aid” program to assist with the development of bike trails within the Beatton Provincial Park.- Advertisement -Rakes, shovels and other hand tools will be used to prevent erosion, control vegetation, and manage deadfall on the trails.The attached map outlines existing trails shown in red, existing cross‐country ski trails the club will look to improve for mountain biking in green, and proposed narrow new cut/minimal cut trails in yellow:Map of Beaton Trails. Photo by Blizzard Bike Club.Advertisementlast_img read more

NFL Says Its Message is Being Lost in Political

San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) kneels during the national anthem in front of teammates before an NFL football game  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL says the message players and teams are trying to express is being lost in a political firestorm.The issues have been “overtaken by political forces,” NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said Thursday, referring to President Trump’s criticism of the league, team owners and players for kneeling during the national anthem.More than 200 players either knelt or used other means as expressions of unity last weekend. Lockhart said such actions are not a protest against the anthem or the flag.“One of the impacts is to distort the views of the NFL and particularly our players,” Lockhart said.Trump said NFL owners fear their players, and he renewed calls for action against those who kneel during the anthem.“I think they are afraid of their players if you want to know the truth, and I think it’s disgraceful,” he said in an interview that aired Thursday on “Fox and Friends.” He says “most people agree” with him.The players knelt last weekend in response to social injustice. Full teams, along with some team owners, linked arms either before or during the anthem. Three teams — Pittsburgh, Seattle and Tennessee — did not take the field until after the anthem.“They are under attack now and the (original) lesson has been forgotten,” Lockhart said. “It is important for everyone to understand what they are talking about, to not see everything in terms of who is up or down politically.“The NFL players are men of character, many of whom are leaders in their community. They are patriotic, support the military. … They understand their platform can be used to make the country a better place.”Lockhart insisted there will be no “leaguewide directive” for future demonstrations.“This is an issue that should involve the owners of the 32 clubs, the coaches and players to work out together,” he said. “There is very regular dialogue going on between the players, coaches and owners. This is an issue that has sort of gripped the headlines. We all care very deeply about this.“All of our owners don’t always agree with even each other, and the players often have a position at odds with the league, and we work hard to resolve those,” he added. “We have been united on this issue. They are all pulling in the same direction, but we understand each locker room is different.”On Thursday, Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker said he and his family have received death threats since he told fans not to come to games if they felt disrespected by NFL players’ protests. The Pro Bowl tight end shared the “heartbreaking” threats in a social media post.“The racist and violent words directed at me and my son only serve as another reminder that our country remains divided and full of hateful rhetoric,” Walker wrote. “These words of hate will only fuel me in my efforts to continue my work reaching out to different community groups, listening to opposing voices, and honoring the men and women in the Armed Forces who risk their lives every day so that we may have this dialogue.”Detroit Lions defensive tackle Akeem Spence said on Twitter earlier Thursday that his father, a contractor, was denied a job on a house because of his protest. read more

Will Esquires Cover Really Revolutionize the Way We Read Magazines

first_imgTruly revolutionary. Abreakthrough issue. Historic. A game-changer. A milestone in the publishingindustry.That’s how a gushing vice president and publisher Kevin O’Malley described Esquire’s much-hyped 75th anniversary issue cover—the first to use flexible electronic “paper”—during a press conference in New York CityMonday.Editor-in-chief David Granger—afrequent proponent of innovation—called the issue “a beginning.””As Esquire does this again, and as more Hearst magazinesget into the act, I think the versatility of digital, of flexible displaytechnology, can be a stunning enhancement to what the print medium does,” saidGranger. In a July interviewwith FOLIO:, Granger said that electronic paper display technology couldrevolutionize the way people read magazines. The electronic cover (100,000 copies are available only onnewsstands) is made up of microcapsules that contain black and white pigmentwhich rise to the surface of the flexible plastic cover when a charge is added.The batteries, Esquire says, should last six to eight months.RELATED: TheTechnology Behind Esquire’s Flashing CoverBut is this blinking cover really the future of magazines? Ifind it hard to believe. Who needs a blinking magazine when devices like the Amazon Kindle and the SonyReader do, in essence, the same thing, and neatly updated news—something magazine publishers say will be one of the uses of e-paper—is already available on smartphones?That said, the Esquire cover is pretty cool, and, more importantly, an effective publicity gimmick for an anniversary issue thathappens to feature some great editorial, too.”This is the most important issue of my 11 years atEsquire,” Granger told me after the conference. “I want to call as muchattention as I can to that.”last_img read more

12member body to be formed to resolve RMG worker unrest

first_imgWorkers of readymade garment factories continued their protest for third consecutive day. Prothom Alo File PhotoThe government on Tuesday decided to form a 12-member tripartite committee involving representatives of workers, readymade garment (RMG) factory owners and the government to resolve the ongoing problems in the country’s RMG sector by one month.“A decision has been taken to form a 12-member tripartite committee with five representatives from RMG factory owners and five from workers, and the secretaries of the industries and labour ministries to resolve the ongoing crisis in the RMG sector,” commerce minister Tipu Munshi told newsmen after a meeting of the crisis management affairs core committee, reports BSS.He said the committee will scrutinise all sorts of problems in the RMG sector and will take steps to resolve those by one month.State minister for labour and employment Begum Monnujan Sufian, labour secretary Afroza Khan, commerce secretary Md Mofizul Islam, Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah, president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Siddiqur Rahman, president of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) Md Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin were, among others, present at the meeting held at the Labour Department in the capital in the afternoon.Munshi urged RMG workers to join their work places and assured them of providing their salaries and allowances by one month.last_img read more

Pakistan doctor who helped track bin Laden likely to be released

first_imgA roadside vendor sells newspapers with headlines about the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, in Lahore. Reuters file photoPakistani prison authorities have moved the jailed doctor believed to have helped the CIA hunt down Osama bin Laden, his attorney said on Saturday, speculating it could be a prelude to his release.The continued imprisonment of Dr Shakil Afridi has long been a source of tension between Pakistan and the United States, which cut military aid over accusations Pakistan continues to shelter Taliban militants fighting US and Afghan soldiers across the border in Afghanistan.A jail official in the northwestern city of Peshawar told Reuters on condition of anonymity that Afridi had been transferred to Adiala prison in Rawalpindi, near the capital Islamabad, but said the reasons were unclear and could simply be security-related.Afridi’s lawyer, Qamar Nadeem, confirmed the transfer of his client but said he was not sure where he was now. Judicial officials could not be reached on Saturday, nor could embassy officials for the United States, which has for years called on Pakistan to release Afridi.Afridi was accused of treason after word spread he had helped the CIA collect genetic samples of the bin Laden family, paving the way for a US Navy SEAL raid in 2011 in the town of Abbottabad that killed the al Qaeda leader accused of plotting the 11 Sept 2001 attacks on the United States that killed nearly 3,000 people.He was arrested days after the U.S. operation – which Pakistan called a violation of its sovereignty – and charged with aiding terrorists.Afridi was sentenced to 23 years’ jail for financing terrorism. That conviction was overturned in 2013, but he is still serving time for other terrorism-related convictions, his lawyer said.He also faced a murder trial related to the death of a patient more than a decade ago.However, the layer said Afridi had recently had his latest sentence reduced to seven years in a clemency action, and had served about that amount of time already.“So I think he can be released very soon,” Nadeem told Reuters.There were no other immediate indications of any release in the works, however.A US State Department official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, called on the Pakistani government to ensure Afridi’s safety.“We are aware ýof reports that Dr. Afridi has been transferred to another prison, and call on the Government of Pakistan to take all necessary measures to ensure Dr. Afridi’s safety,” the official said.“We don’t have anything else at this time and would refer you to the government of Pakistan as to the reasons for his transfer,” the official added.In January 2017, Pakistan’s then-law minister said the country would not release Afridi under any U.S. pressure.“Afridi worked against the law and our national interest, and the Pakistan government has repeatedly been telling the United States that under our law he committed a crime and was facing the law,” Zahid Hamid was quoted as saying at the time.last_img read more

Teacher Story Slam Educators Share Their Take On Innovation Challenges

first_imgThis series was produced with the support from the Education Writers Association’s Reporting Fellowship. Things Were Different ThenPaul Castro is the superintendent of a charter school system here in Houston called A+UP. He talked about how approaches to education have changed over the years, starting with a conversation he had with his mother about her experience in school in Corpus Christi and ending with a recent encounter with one of his students. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Michael StravatoAnita Wadhwa speaks at Houston Public Media’s Story Slam in Houston, Wednesday Nov. 8, 2017. (Photo by Michael Stravato)On Wednesday, Nov. 8, teachers from around Greater Houston gathered to share stories of their experiences in education during a teacher story slam event at Houston’s Furr High School.For the past year, News 88.7’s education reporter Laura Isensee has been reporting on Furr High School, which is trying to come up with a new model for high school thanks to a $10 million grant from the XQ Institute. But – aside from Furr – plenty of educators from other schools across Greater Houston have ideas for how to improve education and how to improve their students’ lives.This event was a chance to hear from some of them and learn about their experiences both as people and with their students. Nine different educators got onstage to tell their stories.Below, you can check out a slideshow, plus videos of some of the storytellers and audio from several more who were featured on Houston Matters.– / 6 00:00 /06:47 Listen X No Such Thing As Bad KidsAlbert Wei is a former teacher who works at the education nonprofit ProUnitas. He talked about becoming a government and economics teacher at Sharpstown High School right out of college, at the age of 22. He says both his fellow teachers and students gave him a specific warning when he started his job. 00:00 /13:26 Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Seeing Students As HumanWriter Leslie Contreras Schwartz talked about her experience teaching writing to some elementary school kids. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /10:00 Sharelast_img read more