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Edwin Allen, St Jago power to Central Champs glory

first_imgEdwin Allen and St Jago High ruled supreme at the Digicel-sponsored Central Championships, which came to an end yesterday at G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sports.Both teams had overwhelming victories to top the girls and boys sections and are both $250,000 richer thanks to sponsors Digicel.With five of the major teams among the girls on show, the Michael Dyke-coached team from Frankfield, Clarendon showed no mercy as their depth proved too strong for their opponents. Edwin Allen amassed 480 points, 162 more than their nearest rival, Holmwood Technical (318). St Jago (264), Vere (222) and Hydel (200) closed off the top five.”We were the defending champions and based on the team we put out there over the two days, we came to win back our title and I had no doubt about our winning chances,” said Dyke, who singled out Class 3 double winner Cemore Donald for her impressive wins in the 800m and 1500m.It was quinella for Edwin Allen in the 800m for Class 1 girls as Janiel Moore clocked 2:15.52 for the win ahead of Ashanni Robb 2:16.29 and Holmwood Technical’s Melissa Tyme (2:17.04).Holmwood’s Class 1 athlete, Ashley Williams copped a brilliant double. Earlier in the day, she raced to an impressive personal best of 52.72 seconds to take the 400m ahead of St Jago’s Andrenette Knight (54.18) and Edwin Allen’s Shannon Kallawan (54.33).She returned later to win the 200m in 23.83. Patrice Moodie of Edwin Allen was second in 24 with third going to St Jago’s Shanice Reid in 24.70.There were some outstanding results in the timed finals sprint hurdles with St Jago’s Andrenette Knight leading the way in Class 1 100m hurdles. After her disappointment in the 400m hurdles, Knight returned in fine style to win in 13.66 ahead of Holmwood’s Gabrielle McDonald who won her heat in 13.73.Holmwood’s Shanette Allison scored a major upset in Class 2 100m hurdles after a quick 13.59 to surprise Manchester’s, Sidney Marshall, who was second in 13.64.WELCOME RETURNIt was a welcome return to the championships for St Jago’s boys as the Danny Hawthorne-coached team which missed out last year, returned to steamroll the opposition, scoring a whopping 421 points.Edwin Allen (132), Holmwood (128), Manchester (65) and Garvey Maceo (62) closed out the top five.St Jago’s Keenan Lawrence had an impressive run in the Class 2 800m, stopping the clock at 1:54.96 as his nearest rival, teammate Keneil Samms was way behind in second with a time of 2:00.60 with Dwayne Moore of Spalding taking third in 2:00.70.Tiki Butler captured the Boys Class 2 100m hurdles in 14.39 seconds, ahead of teammate, Jahvel Granville second in 14.67 as Tijon Taylor of Hydel was third in 15.19.Gary Gordon (10.97), won the 100m Class 2 event for the Monk Street team, ahead of teammate, Taiwane Crooks (10.98).St Jago ended the meet in fine style as Sean Bailey, Colin Sewell, Leon Clarke and Timor Barrett posted 3:11.69 in winning the 4×400 metres Open, the fastest time so far this season by a schoolboy team.last_img read more


February 10, 2020 0

Springboks head for Paris

first_img8 October 2007The Springboks booked their place in the Rugby World Cup semifinals with a hard-fought 37-20 win over Fiji at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on Sunday. After the upset defeats of New Zealand and Australia on Saturday, that leaves South Africa as the sole Tri-Nations representative left in the competition.Going on the form displayed by the southern hemisphere sides in the pool matches, it appeared a done deal that the semifinals would feature an all-southern hemisphere line-up. However, England first trumped Australia 12-10, then France edged the All Blacks 20-18. Through the course of the tournament, results have gone South Africa’s way, with the Boks having to face Fiji in the quarterfinals when Wales were expected to reach the last eight, and now Argentina – 19-13 winners over Scotland – in the semifinals when it was expected that France would be the opposition.On the other side of the draw, the two highest ranked teams in the world are out of the tournament. That means, no matter what the results of the semifinal showdown are, the battle for the title will be between a northern hemisphere and a southern-hemisphere team.Closely contestedMost people expected South Africa to easily deal with the Fijians in their last eight clash. However, despite the 17-point gap at the end of the contest, it was a very closely contested match, decided in the last quarter only, and after an hour it appeared that the Pacific islanders could spring a surprise and score the third upset win of the quarterfinals when they drew level at 20-20.After the contest, Springbok coach Jake White paid tribute to captain John Smit for the way in which he rallied his team for the final quarter of the clash. The players, too, said Smit’s calm and inspirational leadership played a huge role in the Boks resisting the fierce Fijian challenge.White was also complimentary towards the veterans in the very experienced South African team, saying they had stood up when it counted.Ultimately, South Africa’s superiority in the set scrums took its toll on Fiji. Good tactical kicking in the last 20 minutes, which pinned the Fijians deep in their own half, along with SA’s superior forward power, saw Smit and company pull away to take the win.The matchThe match started with Springboks surging forward, driving towards the Fijian 22-metre line. Fiji countered, but one of their players entered the ruck illegally from the side and referee Alan Lewis awarded a penalty to South Africa.It was a relatively easy kick, but the usually reliable Percy Montgomery got it slightly wrong as he directed the ball into the outside of the right hand upright.The play was all down in the Fijian half, with South Africa looking well organised and calm. After a few driving mauls that impressively gained ground, it became clear that Fiji had a problem containing the Bok pack in that facet of play. Skipper Smit took note of that and would later use it to SA’s advantage.With seven minutes played, Fiji captain Mosese Rauluni conceded a penalty for not rolling away at a ruck, just inside the South African half. Francois Steyn took the long-distance shot at goal from 53 metres and slotted it straight down the middle with ease to put SA into a 3-0 lead.Opening trySix minutes later, after South Africa had won a penalty inside the Fijian 22, Smit, remembering his side’s success in the maul, opted to kick for touch instead of taking an easy shot at goal.In a beautifully controlled passage of play, the Boks drove at the Fiji tryline through a number of phases, but Juan Smith was stopped just short. South Africa still had control of the ball however, and they had stretched the Fijian defence to its breaking point.Scrumhalf Fourie du Preez picked the ball up from the ruck, and, with a zippy flat pass to the left, found Jaque Fourie near the sideline where he had outflanked the opposition. Fourie crossed for the first try of the contest to put the Boks 8-0 in front.Montgomery made a mess of the difficult conversion from out wide, meaning no extras accrued.Just over 10 minutes later Fiji finally found their way onto the scoreboard. Bakkies Botha was penalised at a lineout for pulling down his opponent in the air and Seremaia Bai made South Africa pay for that by slotting a penalty.Smit dots downThe Springboks had to wait until five minutes before the break to score a second try. Again, it was the South Africans’ superiority in the driving maul that led to the score. From a lineout five metres from the Fijian tryline the Boks set up another maul. Under pressure, Fiji’s defence fell apart and John Smit blasted through for the five-pointer.Once again, Montgomery was unable to convert, leaving South Africa 13-3 to the good, which was the halftime score.Fiji started the second half well, playing the game in the SA half, and when Bryan Habana slipped on the counter-attack and held on to the ball just outside South Africa’s 22-metre area, the islanders were awarded a penalty. Bai knocked it over to reduce the deficit to 13-6.Healthy leadThe Springboks were next to score, once again from well-structured play. It saw them creating a number of overlaps wide on the right. Victor Matfield drove hard at the last defender, holding the ball clear so that he could offload to JP Pietersen, who took the short pass and cantered over the line for South Africa’s third try.Montgomery was on target this time, putting SA into a 20-6 lead.Immediately following the conversion, referee Lewis, with the assistance of a linesman, showed centre Seru Rabeni a yellow card for a shoulder charge off the ball on Butch James during South Africa’s try-scoring move. It was a good call, but Lewis, unfortunately, missed a number of other dangerous and high tackles during the course of the match.Fiji were down to 14 men, but if anybody thought that was it for them, their challenge as good as done, they were in for a rude awakening.Fiji respondKeeping possession well, Rauluni’s men took a number of shots at the Springboks’ defensive line, but there appeared to be no way through. Then, Vilimoni Delesau, the left wing, created an opening by kicking over the top and down the left sideline. It appeared that his kick might be a little too strong, but the bounce of the ball favoured Delesau as it held up. Showing great speed, he raced through to pounce on it inside the try scoring area.Bai nailed the conversion to pull the Fijians within seven points at 20-13.A minute later the Springboks were shocked as Fiji scored again. From the kickoff the islanders brought the ball up the field, trying to punch holes in South Africa’s defences around the rucks. Rauluni finally got it right, escaping Schalk Burger and bursting into the 22. As Burger was about to haul him in, the scrumhalf offloaded to Sireli Bobo, who crashed over for the try.Bai put over the easy conversion to level the scores at 20-20. The French crowd, thrilled by the Fijians’ fighting spirit and enterprising play, got strongly behind the underdogs, urging them on.Smit’s wordsWhile the conversion took place, Springbok captain Smit could be seen urging his players on to greater heights, the passion clear in the way he spoke his words. They appeared to do the trick as South Africa lifted their game, but still there was some drama to overcome.After Fiji stopped a South African attack by entering a maul from the side, Montgomery had another shot at goal. His kick was straight and true, edging the Springboks back in front at 23-20 after 63 minutes.The Pacific islanders were still in the game and they countered by launching onto the attack once more.Bai tried a drop goal, but mistimed his effort and ball passed to the left of the uprights. Again, the Fijians took the ball through the hands, moving it out to the left.Key momentLock Ifereimi Rawaqa received it near the touchline and in space. He raced towards the tryline and dived across the chalk, but, in what many considered to be the key moment in the match, Pietersen tackled the big man and somehow managed to twist him over and out of play, without the ball having been grounded. The result was a 22-metre drop out for South Africa.Three minutes later, after James had put SA onto the attack once more with a well angled touch-finder, it was back to the maul to score more points.Juan Smith won a Bok throw-in and the rest of the forward pack came together around him and drove for the tryline. With the Fijian forwards in disarray as they tried to stop the SA pack, Smith broke off the back and dived over for his fourth try in four matches at the World Cup.Montgomery’s successful conversion gave the Springboks some breathing room at 30-20 in front.Scrum pressureSouth Africa then moved back onto the offensive and James tried to increase the lead by taking a drop goal. His kick was touched by a Fijian, but it still crossed the dead ball line, meaning SA was awarded a scrum five metres from the try line.By this time, the Fijians forwards were battling and the Springboks easily shoved them backwards. Burger, playing at eighthman after Danie Rossouw had been substituted, picked up and attempted to dive over, but the ball was knocked loose and Fiji were awarded a scrum.The islanders had, no doubt, gone offsides to stop Burger, but referee Lewis saw nothing untoward.Rauluni put the ball in and the Fijians were immediately forced backwards. Finally, they managed to get the ball out of the scrum, but no pass was available and South Africa forced another five-metre scrum, with the asdvantage of the put-in.Again, SA went for the pushover try, and again they were thwarted, this time by eighthman Sisa Koyamaibole, who stole around the scrum, all the way to Burger at the back of the Springbok pack to prevent him scoring a try. A penalty try could easily been awarded, but all the referee did was award South Africa another scrum.BreakthroughAfter releasing the ball, the Boks took a number of shots at the try line from close range with the forwards. Finally, Du Preez passed it to flyhalf James, who ran from the right of the scrum to the left, taking the pass at pace. He tucked the ball under his left arm, away from the tacklers, and powered his way between two players to score South Africa’s fifth try.Montgomery sealed the victory with a successful conversion, leaving the Springboks 37-20 victors, and sending them into the semifinals as the highest ranked team left in the tournament.The man of the match was undoubtedly Juan Smith, whose excellent form throughout the World Cup has confirmed his status as a world class player.Springboks versus PumasNext up, the Springboks will take on Argentina on Saturday in Paris for a place in the final. The Boks have never lost to the Pumas, but Agustin Pichot’s team has played very well until now, and it will take a focused South African performance to stop them.One thing is clear heading into the match. The Boks have the belief that they have what it takes to become world champions. They will be out to prove that on the field. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


December 19, 2019 0

Birkett, Zondi lay down Dusi marker

first_img3 December 2013Andy Birkett and Sbonelo Zondi claimed victory in the 50 Miler Canoe Marathon in KwaZulu-Natal on the weekend to confirm the duo’s status as one of the favourites for 2014 Dusi Canoe Marathon.The 50 Miler covers two-thirds of the Dusi route and focuses on paddling, while portaging comes more to the fore in the Dusi.The Birkett/Zondi combination, first cobbled together for their victory in the Non Stop Dusi earlier this year, is being widely billed as a Dusi Dream Team, but they had not showed all their cards in the current season until their victory over a very strong field of Dusi contenders.They took full advantage of a series of mishaps that befell the fancied crew of Hank McGregor and Jasper Mocke to post a three-minute victory over former K2 marathon world champion Cam Schoeman and his Czech Republic partner Jakub Adam, with 2013 K1 Dusi champ Lance Kime and Thulani Mbanjwa sealing the last spot on the podium.‘Building a partnership’“It was such a great race for us in terms of learning and building the partnership,” Birkett said after the race. “On day one we were not that great in the river, but we got better and better and on the final stage we were really much better in the boat. That really is what building a partnership is all about.“Eric [Sbonelo Zondi] has a great sense of humour and we laugh and chirp each other a lot during the race, which I love,” he added. “Paddling for me is all about fun. If I am not really enjoying myself then I can’t perform,” the recently crowned under- 23 world champion added.The pair started the final day with a short lead over the chasing boats of McGregor and Mocke and Kime and Mbanjwa, and managed to hold onto that lead on the technically demanding section of the uMngeni river below Inanda Dam, which was running at an exciting but unforgiving 22 cumecs level.With the race rules forcing all the crews to paddle around the notorious Burma Road Portage, Birkett and Zondi were first into the nasty Island rapids on the outskirts of Durban and managed to emerge with their lead and boat intact.Wrapped their boatFor chasers McGregor and Mocke, their race ended in Island One Rapid where they wrapped their boat after a nightmarish turn of events.“My splashcover popped from the pressure of the water,” McGregor said, describing their downfall. “The nose didn’t come up and it started filling with water fast. We tried to roll it over, but the boat got sucked under and wrapped around a big brick of a rock.“Thank goodness neither myself nor Jasper got hurt. It took 25 minutes for us to get the boat off the rock, but it was wrecked.“Only our egos are bruised,” he added. “Until that happened, we had been going really well. We caught the leaders before Side Chute Rapid and there was plenty of laughing and joking. It was just a great day on the river.“Maybe I jinxed us because I was teasing Andy and Sbonelo saying they didn’t know the river because they always run over Burma Road. I deliberately let them go into Island Rapid first, thinking they might make a mistake, but it turns out it was us who didn’t come out of it.”The incident that ruled them out followed a frustrating first day, which they completed with a badly broken nose of their boat after a collision with Len Jenkins’s craft in Mission Rapid right at the start of the race.Thrilling women’s raceThe thrilling women’s race was won by Abby Adie and Anna Adamova over the gutsy Hillary Bruss and Alex Adie, with the impressive juniors Jenna Ward and Kerry Segal in third. Adie and Adamova finished an impressive 16th overall.“We had around a-minute-and-a-half in the bank after day one, but we knew that Hillary [Bruss] and Alex [Adie] would shoot everything to try and make up time, so we knew that we had to go really hard. To finish with a seven-minute lead in the end was really encouraging,” said Abby Adie.The result was vital to the crew, which has dreams of winning the Dusi in February, because Adamova now flies back to her home in the Czech Republic where she is committed to top level cross-country skiing races. She will return in mid-January to resume her Dusi preparations.“Day One was a bit hectic,” said Adie. “We got stuck on rocks, and we took a swim at Gauging Weir. Anna also fell on the Second Saddle portage. But at least this was a good taste of what the Dusi will be like, racing at this sort of intensity.“It couldn’t have been any better in terms of final preparations before Anna goes back home,” Adie concluded.The under-23 title went to the Soweto duo of Siseko Ntondini and Thando Ngamlana, who held off Murray Starr and Gavin Shuter, while the juniors’ race was won by the Michaelhouse crew of Patch Dillon and his under-16 partner Alan Houston.RESULTSMENAndy Birkett/Sbonelo Zondi 4:06:34Cam Schoeman/Jakub Adam 4:10:20Lance Kime/Thulani Mbanjwa 4:11:03David Chaplin/Mark Mulder 4:20:15Jacques Theron/Shaun Griffin 4:22:31Siseko Ntondini/Thando Ngamlana 4:22:32Murray Starr/Gavin Shuter 4:26:44Ben Biggs/Karl Folscher 4:26:47Josh Kippen/Andrew Adie 4:30:49Kwanda Mhlope/Zonele Nzuza 4:32:55WomenAbby Adie/Anna Adamova 4:40:12Hillary Bruss/Alex Adie 4:47:35Jenna Ward/Kerry Segal 5:02:38Debbie Germiquet/Carmen Donald 5:03:19Jordan Peek/Brittany Petersen 5:05:45SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


December 18, 2019 0

Bahrain Arrests Poet, China Arrests Artist: This Week in Online Tyranny

first_imgTags:#TWiOT#web Related Posts curt hopkins 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Poet arrested by Bahrain security. After reciting a satirical poem during the Bahraini protests, Ayat Al-Qormezi was arrested. Her parents were tortured by gunmen, who told them their four sons, who had been forced face-down onto the floor, would be murdered before their eyes if they were not told where their daughter, the poet Ayat, was. Mahmood Al-Yousif, the Bahraini “blogfather” who was arrested last week, was freed shortly thereafter due in part to pressure from the U.S. government. Will the U.S. exert equal pressure to free a young lady whose fame is mostly as a poet? Will Bahrainis agitate for her release? Additional Bahraini bloggers arrested in the crackdown include Mohamed El-Miskati.If anyone has a link to, or copy of, the poem that Ayat recited in Pearl Square on the 23rd of February, please share it with all of us in the comments. American governmental transparency sites to be shuttered. It was reported that Data.gov and a number of related sites, started at the instruction of President Barak Obama to increase transparency in government, are going to be shut down due to budget constraints. Some groups are mounting challenges to those shut-downs. China arrests its best-known artist. Ai Weiwei, a globally-regarded artist and the architect of the “Bird’s Nest” stadium, was arrested this week by Chinese authorities. Ai is a blunt-talker and critic of the government. ReadWriteWeb founder, Richard MacManus, served on a panel last year with Ai and reports on the efforts to free him. U.S. developing cell phone “panic button.” The U.S. government is funding the development of an application that will allow pro-democracy activists to delete all incriminating evidence on their cell phones with a single click while sending out an alert to their fellow activists.LiveJournal suffers DDOS attacks. For the past several weeks, LiveJournal, one of the earliest blogging hosts, has been suffering large-scale distributed denial of service attacks. The company says that the attacks have targeted a number of different users’ journals, some of whom are political in nature. The service has a large number of Russian users, including its president, Dmitry Medvedev.Ayat photo via Islamic Human Rights Commission Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more


December 16, 2019 0

12 days agoLiverpool goalkeeper coach Achterberg leaves door open for Lonergan stay

first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper coach Achterberg leaves door open for Lonergan stayby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool goalkeeper coach John Achterberg has lifted the lid on signing Andy Lonergan.A goalkeeping shortage ahead of a tour of the United States brought Lonergan, a long-serving goalkeeper of the second tier, on board, literally, with the Premier League title hopefuls as they jetted across the Atlantic.Lonergan’s professionalism was understood to have impressed Reds officials, who handed him a short-term contract to keep him on.”Lonergan has come in to do this job because of the injury [to Alisson],” Achterberg told the Liverpool Echo. “He has done a good job and he works really hard every day. That is a good step for us this year. We will have to look at the end of the season to decide what we will do.”But just how has a soon-to-be 36-year-old journeyman of the lower leagues ended up signing for a team who collected 97 Premier League points the season previous?Achterberg adds: “We had, at that time, agents dropping names and then actually someone came to Michael Edwards (sporting director) with his name.”We were not thinking about signing another goalkeeper but we were short because Kamil Grabara went to Huddersfield and then I think Ali was on holiday and Caoimhin Kelleher broke his wrist, so we were really short.”Then, Andy had said to the club he would come in on non-contract terms and train to stay fit and that was a winning situation for us and him. Then he worked hard, got fit and he was waiting for something to happen somewhere, he had a few shouts to move and that didn’t come off so he stayed training with us.”Then Ali got injured and Simon Mignolet was leaving quickly, it was all done in a week so we were really short. Then we were looking at what was available as the [transfer] deadline had gone and Andy had done really well.”He played some games and had done well. If we were bringing in someone who hadn’t trained with us, then they would have to get up to speed really well. Andy had been training with us and was up to speed. So it made sense to keep him on and he has helped us. He is a good guy and he has fitted in well.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


October 28, 2019 0

Former Penn State Assistants Tom Bradley, Greg Schiano Were Aware Of Sandusky Abuse, Per Released Deposition

first_imgPenn State players run out onto the field.UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – NOVEMBER 18: Terrell Golden #4 and Maurice Evans #48 of Penn State celebrate as they enter the field before the game against Michigan State at Beaver Stadium November 18, 2006 in University Park, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)Various court documents from the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal have been released, and they reveal how much Penn State coaches knew about the abused committed by the former Nittany Lions defensive coordinator before the story broke in 2011. In a deposition of Mike McQueary, the former Penn State quarterback and coach who witnessed Sandusky assaulting a 10-year old boy in 2002, he revealed that former defensive coordinator Tom Bradley was “not shocked” when hearing about what he had seen, because he was aware of previous allegations against Sandusky. Bradley, who is now at UCLA, told McQueary that in the 1990s, Greg Schiano also witnessed Sandusky “doing something to a boy in the shower.”mcqueary 1mcqueary 2mcqueary 3mcqueary 4Bradley coached in various roles at Penn State from 1979 to 2011. In 2014, he joined the staff at West Virginia, and is currently the defensive coordinator at UCLA. Schiano served as a graduate assistant and then defensive backs coach at Penn State from 1990 to 1995. He went on to spend 10 years as head coach at Rutgers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is currently entering his first season as co-defensive coordinator at Ohio State.Earlier today, released testimony from one of Sandusky’s victims revealed that former head coach Joe Paterno was made aware of an allegation of abuse against Sandusky in 1976.[@PancakeCatapult]last_img read more


October 27, 2019 0

Petersfield Primary Jamaica Moves Club Promoting Healthy Lifestyle Choices

first_imgStory Highlights Coordinator of the club, Crystal-Gaye Scott, told JIS News that the Westmoreland-based institution has stopped the sale of sugary drinks on the compound. The Petersfield Primary School ‘Jamaica Moves’ club is making strides in promoting healthy lifestyle habits among staff and students.Coordinator of the club, Crystal-Gaye Scott, told JIS News that the Westmoreland-based institution has stopped the sale of sugary drinks on the compound.“Our school is sugar-free; we no longer sell juices. The only fluid our students will get is water,” she said, while encouraging parents to adhere to the measure.“We also have fruit days for students. On these days only fruits are sold and the students enjoy it,” she added.Ms. Scott said that the club organises workout days to encourage students and staff to engage in physical activity.“Mondays and Fridays are our workout days. On these days, we have activities such as dancing contests, hula hoop, and we jog – all activities that encourage the school population to be fit and healthy. In addition to that, for 60 minutes every other day, we try to have some form of exercise,” she noted.Ms. Scott told JIS News that the club engages vendors in order to ensure that they understand the importance of selling nutritious items to students.She said that the vendors are “enthusiastic participants” in the physical activity initiatives at the school. “They will come over and ask to join,” she said, noting that they often help to lead exercise sessions.Ms. Scott, in noting the positive response from all stakeholders, said that the school is exploring even more innovative ways to promote healthy lifestyle choices among the school population.Petersfield Primary’s Jamaica Moves club currently has 60 members. The institution is one of six pilot schools in Westmoreland and 100 across the island under the Ministry of Health’s Jamaica Moves initiative.The schools are required to form clubs to combat the rise of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among children and promote healthy lifestyle choices. The Petersfield Primary School ‘Jamaica Moves’ club is making strides in promoting healthy lifestyle habits among staff and students. “Our school is sugar-free; we no longer sell juices. The only fluid our students will get is water,” she said, while encouraging parents to adhere to the measure.last_img read more


October 24, 2019 0

TIFF to screen Carrie Fisher Debbie Reynolds doc – View the trailer

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Facebook “If you feel moved to come dressed as Princess Leia or Singin’ in the Rain’s Kathy Selden, you’ll be more than welcome,” TIFF said on its website.Tickets, already on sale to TIFF members, go on sale to the public Thursday at 3 p.m. pending availability. Advertisement The Toronto International Film Festival is paying tribute to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds with a screening of a new documentary about the mother-daughter stars.Saturday at 8 p.m. the TIFF Bell Lightbox will simulcast Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, directed by Fisher Stevens and Alexis Bloom. Advertisement It will also air at that time on HBO Canada.Fisher, 60, died Dec. 27 after suffering a heart attack on a Christmas Eve flight and her mother Reynolds, 84, died the next day after a stroke.The TIFF screening will be followed by an audience conversation about the mother and daughter, “two heroines who broke ground for women in the movie industry.” It will be led by Jesse Wente, director of film programs at the Lightbox, and Lainey Lui, co-host of CTV’s The Social and founder of LaineyGossip.com.Audience members who still want to talk about Fisher, who is most famous for playing Princess Leia in Star Wars, and Reynolds, whose many roles included Singin’ in the Rain and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, are invited to a reception in the TIFF Lounge. Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in 2011.  (CHRIS PIZZELLO / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO)  last_img read more


October 15, 2019 0

Students give their thoughts on Spence

first_imgAPTN National NewsWe went over to Dalhousie University in Halifax Thursday.We asked some students about what they though of Chief Theresa Spence ending her fast.Here’s what they told APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin.last_img


October 14, 2019 0

Zimmer questions Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie in standing committee

first_imgMr. Zimmer: “Have you watched the testimony of Mr. Zack Massingham and Mr. Jeff Silvester as they appeared before our committee in Canada?”Mr. Wylie: “I have watched parts of it. I haven’t seen the entire thing.”Mr. Zimmer: “Is it your opinion that they were untruthful to our committee in watching that testimony?”Mr. Wylie: “My impression was that there were answers that felt obfuscated or, as has been discussed now, so fantastical that it is hard to believe.”“I am aware of projects where clients from one country would be interested in …the electoral results in another,” said Wylie when asked about foreign interests using personal data for political purposes. “My understanding is that SCL did participate where some of the funders would not be nationals or residents of the country that they were operating in.”When asked about the use of personal data for voter suppression, Wylie clarified that he was that he was referring to “targeting particular groups of people with messages that will disengage them or frustrate them or confuse them which ultimately will in some cases inhibit or demotivate them enough not to participate in an election.”Following the meeting, Zimmer said that his main concern is over how personal data can be used to manipulate the democratic process both in Canada and in other countries.“We accept that companies will use personal information to advertise to us. It is a completely different and more troubling concern that our information is being used to manipulate us and our democracy and we need to examine how we can prevent it from happening in Canada.” OTTAWA, O.N. — Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer, who is Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, questioned former Cambridge Analytica employee Christopher Wylie after he testified to the committee today.Wylie is the man who blew the whistle on Cambridge Analytica’s alleged improper gathering of millions of Facebook users’ personal data. Wylie testified today as part of the committee’s study of the breach of personal information involving Cambridge Analytica and Facebook.Along with answering questions surrounding AggregateIQ executives Zack Massingham and Jeff Silvester, Wylie testified regarding how the improper use of personal data can threaten democracy. The following is an except from today’s Q&A session:last_img read more


October 13, 2019 0