FIFA deny JFF’s request to postpone WC qualifier

first_imgFOOTBALL’S-world governing body, FIFA, has denied a request by the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) to postpone its World Cup Qualifier on Good Friday, March 25, against Costa Rica at the National Stadium at 7 p.m. “The JFF wishes to advise that it made representation to FIFA for a possible change of date based on the sacred nature of Good Friday to many Jamaicans,” informed a JFF release yesterday. It added: “FIFA has responded that the change in date was not possible as the 2016 international match calendar has been approved since 2013.” Captain Horace Burrell, the JFF president, apologised. “Because we are a Christian society, I appealed to FIFA and asked them to postpone the game and have us play on another date. However, FIFA came back to us and said no,” Burrell told The Gleaner. “We had no intention to offend the Christians, but nothing can be done,” he emphasised. Burrell said arrangements could be made for a church service inside the venue before game time. “I am thinking of having a church service at the National Stadium before the game starts,” Burrell said. Meanwhile, ticket prices remain Grandstand Category One $6,500, Grandstand Category Two $5,500 and Bleachers $1,200.last_img read more

Letterkenny man’s message in a bottle arrives via Newfoundland

first_imgA Letterkenny man has revealed a wonderful ‘message in a bottle’ story which has forged a new friendship with a little girl from Scotland.Life coach and author Roger Holmes from Drumardagh cast a small glass jar into the Atlantic Ocean more than six months ago never thinking it would find its way back to him.He left a message inside with his email address and threw him from a ship 100 miles into the ocean. And last week he received a message back from an excited 7-year-old girl on holiday on the coast of Scotland saying she had found it.Instead of us telling his story, we decided that Roger wrote it so well that we’d use his words.Take it away Roger…..“At dawn on September 28th 2018, approx 100 miles south-east of St John’s, Newfoundland, on an oceanic plateau called the Grand Banks, I put a message in a small jar, and threw it into the Atlantic Ocean. I watched through the fog as the small jar fell into the vast Atlantic Ocean from the helipad on the top deck of the Atlantic Star container ship. I thought I would never see that jar again. “On April 9th 2019, almost exactly 6 months later, ironically when I had once again traveled back over the Atlantic from New York to Donegal, I received an email with 2 photos attached. Anna Riddoch, a 7 year old girl visiting her grandparents home on the island of South Uist, off the west coast of Scotland, found the little jar with my message and contact details intact!“Anna, who lives in Inverness, was walking with her dad on the beach on South Uist while enjoying her Easter holidays, and was overcome with excitement at finding a message in a bottle!Roger Holmes“Emails were exchanged, and Anna’s mother Mary told me that she spent her childhood walking on that beach near her parents croft, hoping she would find a message in a bottle.“It is amazing that a little jar survived so many winter storms and high seas, to make a journey of over 2000 miles across the ocean. There are so many morals to this story. Embrace adventure, dream dreams, believe that little things can have epic journeys and achievements, embrace the outdoors..especially the ocean shore, and always always believe that good things happen to those who seek them out.“I’ve told Anna I’m going to send her a reward for finding my message in the little jar. Seeing her happy face and hearing how excited she was to find that message on the beach is such a joy!” Roger runs In8 Motivation and delivers workshops and one-on-one coaching to companies and individuals in New York, using mindful meditation for stress management and building motivation for improved performance.He’s planning to offer the same service from Donegal next year.Letterkenny man’s message in a bottle arrives via Newfoundland was last modified: April 15th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bottledonegalMessageNewfoundlandRoger HolmesScotlandlast_img read more

BaliPure pulls off comeback win vs Creamline, books semis seat

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sato put the Water Defenders on the hill before Grethcel Soltones capped off the victory with a killer spike to seal the deal.Kuttika Kaewpin fired 26 points in the sorry defeat for Creamline (3-6), while fellow guest player Laura Schaudt got 16.Alyssa Valdez played limited minutes as she nursed a sprained ankle, but was hardly a factor in the match, finishing with only two points in the losing effort.Still, the Cool Smashers are locked at the fifth seed with their 3-6 card regardless of the result of their match against Perlas on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF View comments 250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scam BaliPure’s Risa Sato.BaliPure had to sweat it out but was still able to pull off the come-from-behind five-set win over Creamline, 20-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-18, 15-7, to clinch a seat in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference semifinals Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Guest player Jennifer Keddy topped the Water Defenders with 18 points, powered by 14 kills, two blocks, and two service aces, while Risa Sato provided the much needed support with her 16 markers.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Hornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time Man who told immigrant to go back to country asked to write essay SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder Jeng Bualee chimed in 15 points for BaliPure, which stayed on top with its 7-2 slate.“We’re thankful,” said coach Roger Gorayeb in Filipino. “The way the game was played earlier, the girls were really tired from our game on Sunday. It was evident on the way Jeng hit the ball. But we’re just thankful to get the win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe Water Defenders had to play catchup for the first time this conference, losing two of the first three sets as they stared at a 2-1 set deficit.But a better showing from Sato and Bualee anchored BaliPure in the fourth set, which continued in the clincher as it broke off of a 3-all deadlock and took a 13-6 lead. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next So long, Wayne?: Cup final may be Rooney’s last United gamelast_img read more

Sheriffs Deputy injured in twovehicle crash in Vista

first_img KUSI Newsroom August 27, 2018 VISTA (KUSI) – A two-vehicle crash sent three people to a hospital, including a sheriff’s deputy, authorities said Monday.The crash occurred shortly after 3:10 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of East Vista Way and East Bobier Drive, San Diego County sheriff’s Sgt. Hernan Gonzalez said.A deputy dispatched to investigate reports of a stabbing in the area of Laguna Lane and Arcadia Avenue was traveling northbound on East Vista Way in a patrol SUV with emergency lights and siren activated, Gonzalez said.The deputy entered the intersection of East Vista Way and East Bobier Drive when a 53-year-old man driving a 2017 Lexus SUV entered the intersection from westbound East Bobier Drive and the vehicles collided, Gonzalez said.The deputy was transported to Palomar Medical Center to be evaluated and treated for minor injuries, Gonzalez said.The Lexus driver and a 51-year-old woman riding in the Lexus were transported to Palomar Medical Center with complaints of pain, Gonzalez said.Alcohol or drugs were not believed to be factors in the collision, Gonzalez said.The sheriff’s Vista traffic division was investigating the collision. Posted: August 27, 2018 Sheriff’s Deputy injured in two-vehicle crash in Vistacenter_img KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 10:24 AM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

How One Houston Principal Leads A School Turnaround

first_imgListen It’s hard to keep principals at schools with high poverty. Research shows that over a quarter of those schools lose their principals each year.In East Houston, Furr High School tells a different story. There the principal is going on 17 years at the helm and leads the most ambitious endeavor on campus yet.Meet Bertie Simmons. She’s five feet tall. She wears red lipstick, thick rimmed glasses and a white bob. Next month she turns 83 years old.On this recent morning, she welcomed a mom to her office.“Have a seat. So what’s going on?” Simmons asked.“Horrible, I’ve had a horrible week,” Yasmin Rodriguez answered.Rodriguez came with her son Alex. He recently transferred but he’s failing his classes and gets in trouble for talking back. On top of that, Rodriguez just lost her job. Simmons tried to help.“Could you have passing grades? What if I got you a mentor?” she asked Alex.She called in the football coach, Cornell Gray. He looked Alex up and down and told him to bring shorts for practice tomorrow.“Alright, well, you’re in trouble now because Simmons put me on you,” Gray said.His mom brightened and quipped: “That’s a good thing.”Rodriguez is a single mom and likes the idea of her son having a male role model.Simmons spent half an hour with Alex and told some of her story – how she became principal here when his mom attended Furr.“Boy, if you think I’m sexy now, I was hot then! No, no, not really, I’m acting silly. I want you to know that we care about the kids in this school, and that’s why I’m taking this much time with you. Because I’m not going to let you come here and fail,” Simmons said.Laura IsenseeOn a recent morning, Furr Principal Bertie Simmons listened to a freshman read his first essay.This is how Simmons spends a lot of her day. She sees a steady stream of people: teachers, students, district officials. Most bring problems, though some share good news. In between visits, Simmons might snack on ice chips and Nutter Butter cookies.The day quickly becomes a case study of how this longtime, successful principal leads. It’s all about relationships.“Mainly there has to be a deep, abiding, sincere concern for all human beings,” Simmons said of her philosophy. “And I don’t find a lot of people going into education and especially the principal-ship who have that. And that’s not a put-down. It’s just reality.”Next on the day’s meetings, it’s a tense meeting about bullying with some moms and their daughters.The mothers urge their girls to focus on school.“You know, everybody needs to not be friends, but to get along to make it,” said Renee Vessell. “Because you never know who’s going to need who on the outside of this world.”Simmons backed her up: “Listen to the mother here, listen to all the mothers. They’re not yelling and screaming and carrying on and acting like – Do you know how y’all acted in my office? Y’all were cray, cray, every single one of you.”After the meeting, Simmons said that sometimes she’s crazy herself, in a good way.“I think I’m a little cray cray. I mean, I’m determined that these kids are going to have a chance,” she said.She came out of retirement to lead Furr in 2000. Back then, gangs ruled the campus. Barely half the kids graduated. Simmons thought she’d last three months. Seventeen years later, she leads a national experiment at Furr to transform the high school. Last fall, the school won a $10 million grant from the XQ Institute, a foundation led by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.Experts say school turnaround efforts are difficult without stable leadership.“It’s really just sort of having the gift of time, that you start something and you have the opportunity to see it through,” said  Laura Hamilton, who studies ed reform with the national research group RAND Education.  She said that time lets principals make real change.“As opposed to what often happens where you start something and you’re just kind of getting used to it and the next new thing comes in because there’s a leadership change, or policy change or whatever it might be,” Hamilton explained.Hamilton cautioned, however, that a principal’s skills must match the school’s needs, and sometimes turnover can be a good thing.From her decades of experience, Simmons said that there’s something else needed for real results in education: Principals have to care deeply for all their students.Simmons reflects on that every night.“And wonder if I’ve done enough. That’s the main thing, that I give enough. Did I care enough? Could I have done something  differently? I don’t want to sound mushy but I’m just being honest,” she said.She added that it’s that concern for her students that keeps her going. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /03:39 Sharelast_img read more

Three killed in separate incidents

first_imgKolkata: In a tragic incident, a promising cricketer was killed by lightening in the city while two separate road accidents claimed two lives and injured seven others in the districts.Debabrata Pal (21), a resident of Hooghly’s Srerampur was returning home after practicing cricket on Vivekananda Park ground at around 1.40 pm when the accident took place. According to local sources, the victim stopped his practice after it started raining. When he was walking along the lane, lightning struck him. He was later taken to a nearby hospital where doctors pronounced him brought dead. The victim used to play cricket for Calcutta Cricket Academy. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsRoad accident claimed lives of two children who were returning home on a bicycle along with their parents. The deceased have been identified as Ganesh and Riya Bhunia. Their parents have also received injuries. It took place at Radhanagar village under Bishnupur police station in Bankura on Saturday night when a speeding truck hit the bicycle. The driver of the truck fled the spot leaving the vehicle at the spot. Locals took the injured victims to Radhanagar Gramin hospital where the children were declared brought dead while their parents are undergoing treatment in the hospital. Police seized the truck and are conducting raids to nab the driver. In another accident, five persons were injured when the car they were travelling in overturned on National Highway 6 near Manasatala at Uluberai. According to police, there were three youth and a woman in the car.last_img read more

Partha inaugurates eportal for access to info on schools education schemes

first_imgKolkata: State education minister Partha Chatterjee on Tuesday inaugurated ‘Banglar Shiksha’ an e-portal which is set to provide real-time data on state-run and aided schools.The minister also officially launched five mobile applications which will not only help the education department officials to ensure a better co-ordination among administrations but they will also help them to keep tabs on the implementation of various government schemes. One can access information about all the schools, their activities and also their implementation of various schemes. The NIC has developed the portal with the help of KPMG and the education department. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAfter inaugurating the e-portal, Chatterjee gave a strong message to his department officials saying that many projects are introduced with much fanfare but they are implemented poorly. In the same breath the minister said that a proper implementation of the newly introduced applications will fix accountability on the school administration but also help them perform their duties in a comprehensive manner. “The e-portal and the mobile applications will provide government information. We often introduce various schemes and then they are not properly maintained. I appreciate the efforts of our department officials for bringing in the new systems but if they are not properly run in the due course of the time I will not stop myself from criticising,” Chatterjee said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”People should be deployed on a regular basis whose job is to maintain better coordination. If the supply of information is not properly maintained then the digitised platforms may lose their significance,” Chatterjee added. One must not however find fault at the beginning of the new schemes which are the result of accumulated efforts of both the school and higher education department. This is unique move initiated by the department, the minister said. The e-portal— www.banglarshiksha.gov.in is a robust platform providing dynamic dashboards, reports and data on real time basis — a centralised system with the capability of holding large volume data. This system will bring revolutionary change in e-governance by having the proficiency of bringing together various initiatives under one umbrella. The school education department will collect data from different schools under various programmes such as SSA, RMSA, MDM and HRSM through various portals. All the data will be collected and uploaded in the portal. Various information related to 1.5 crore students, 5 lakh teachers and 1 lakh schools will be available on the portal. The mobile applications are named as ‘Banglar Siksha mobile app’, ‘M-Paridarshan mobile app’, ‘Mid day meal inspection app’, ‘E-HRMS mobile app’ and ‘State data analysis management centre’. The M-Paridarshan mobile app will help the district inspectors of schools and other officials to record data while mid day meal inspection app will provide information relating to the mid day meal services in all the schools.last_img read more

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first_img 2 min read April 1, 2007 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Vital Stats >> Ender Korkmaz, 22, of AC Factory OutletCompany >> Miami e-tailer of residential and commercial air-conditioning units2006 Sales >> $1.85 millioneBay User ID >> ac4lessStaying Cool >> People were always telling Korkmaz it couldn’t be done. eBay is a great place to sell DVDs and CDs, they told him, but selling air conditioners, which are difficult and expensive to ship, wouldn’t fly online. In late 2003, he decided to prove them wrong by launching AC Factory Outlet.Sold! >> With his dad in the air-conditioning business, Korkmaz listed a few spare units on eBay. The first items didn’t sell. But after reformulating his strategy, taking better pictures and designing more colorful listings, he tried again–and it worked. “From [then] on, I believed in eBay,” he says. “The commercial air conditioner I originally posted became one of my hottest selling items.”Shipshape >> When Korkmaz pumped up his keywords to increase traffic to his eBay Store, air conditioners started flying off the shelves. Ultimately, Korkmaz had to find an efficient way to ship the large AC units. He tried different methods before choosing FedEx Freight. His customers were more than willing to pay the higher shipping costs because they were still saving money on the units, which were priced well below retail.Building blocks >> Korkmaz continued to build his company on eBay with tools like Turbo Lister and Selling Manager Pro. He hired a web designer to help launch www.acfactoryoutlet.com and cement his brand name. He also implemented other sales and marketing channels, setting up search engine marketing with Google and Yahoo!, and getting listed on shopping comparison websites.Extended Family >> Still, it was a trip to eBay Live! in 2003, where Korkmaz met other eBay entrepreneurs and attended workshops, that initiated him into the eBay family. “Anything is possible on eBay [if you] try,” he says. “Where else can you be up and running in minutes, having more than 200 million potential customers view your listings?”center_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more