MVP, Digicel developing talent in grassroots programme

first_imgKINGSTON:Digicel and MVP Track and Field Club have, for a third year, partnered to host the Digicel MVP Grassroots Athletics Programme.The initiative is aimed at providing world-class professional level training for high-school track-and-field athletes in their pet events, as well as to introduce them to other disciplines in the sport. These disciplines include hurdles, throws, jumps, middle distance, sprints, and relays.”We recognise that tomorrow’s future starts now. Therefore, we have to begin nurturing the talent of our future track-and-field stars as early as possible,” said Kamal Powell, Digicel’s senior sponsorship and development manager.He added: “Digicel does not want to be there only for the end result, we want to ensure that we play an integral role in their development, taking them from grass roots to greatness.”Already, three of the five clinics have been completed. The first was at Morant Bay High School in St Thomas, then St Elizabeth Technical High School, followed by Vere Technical High School in Clarendon.The remaining clinics to be held in Montego Bay (Catherine Hall Stadium) and Kingston (National Stadium) will host the top-performing athletes from the previously held clinics, who will undergo even more intensive training.Bruce James, president of MVP, noted his pleasure with the progress thus far.”We have already hosted the pre-clinics for 2015 and the response, so far, has been tremendous. Both coaches and athletes have been giving us positive feedback. They are particularly pleased that we have increased the number of technical sessions to now include relays,” said James.Aiming to strike a balance, Digicel has also renewed the four-year scholarship, tenable at the University of Technology (UTech). The scholarship will be awarded to the student who not only demonstrates outstanding athletic talent during the programme, but also meets the matriculation requirements of the university. The student will also be able to train at UTech with the world-renowned coaches and athletes at MVP.The 2015-16 recipient of the scholarship is Marvin Williams, the third-fastest boy in the world in the 400m hurdles this year, with a time of 49.90 seconds.last_img read more

Light a Moose Fundraiser reaches goal

first_imgIt went right down to the wire again but once again, despite the recessionary times, the citizens of Fort St. John and District have come through, and pushed another Light-A-Moose Campaign, over the top.The final tally isn’t in yet, but the objective of 30,000 dollars, was exceeeded in the Rhyason Contracting, Moose-FM, three day fundraiser, late Friday.The funds now go to the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation’s, 13th annual “Be An Angel, Light A Light campaign, which this year, has a 200,000 dollar goal.- Advertisement -The Christmas Tree Light Up, which traditionally marks the official end of that campaign, is scheduled to be held, on the grounds of the Fort St. John Hospital and Health Centre, at 5.30 tomorrow evening.last_img

Striking balance in retirement

first_imgSo, how much is it safe to spend? While opinions vary widely on an exact number, there is a broad agreement among financial planners that if you don’t want to run out of money in retirement you’d better not take out a lot at first. Somehow this sensible warning has morphed into broad-brush rules of thumb that are thrown around indiscriminately, such as don’t withdraw more than 4 percent of the value of your portfolio the first year in retirement. With enough caveats, such a rule can make sense. The Schwab Center for Investment Research, a unit of the Charles Schwab brokerage firm, recommends a “4 percent solution” for “conservative-to-moderate investors” who want “a very high level of confidence” of maintaining their standard of living for a retirement lasting 30 years. That means withdrawing 4 percent of the portfolio value the first year, then increasing the amount each year to keep up with inflation. As a rule of thumb, that’s OK. Still, you have to consider many other factors, including whether you want to spend more the first few years while you are younger; any other sources of income you may have; your tax situation; and how much if anything you want to leave to your heirs or charity. That’s why, when our turn comes, we’ll evaluate our situation each year and modify our plan if needed. As a Schwab Center spokesman said, “The key is to strike a balance between not running out of money prematurely and maintaining a reliable standard of living.” (Humberto Cruz can be reached at or c/o Tribune Media Services, 2225 Kenmore Ave., Buffalo, NY 14207. Personal replies are not possible.)160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In 10 years, when we will be in our 70s, we could use some of the money now invested in the stock funds to create another 10-year income stream while the rest continues to grow. Or we could buy an immediate annuity guaranteeing an income for life to cover basic expenses such as food and housing while making systematic withdrawals from the rest of our portfolio for discretionary expenses. Or we could simply start making systematic withdrawals from our portfolio to cover all expenses, confident we have enough to last a lifetime. We lean toward the latter approach. “You can change how much you withdraw each year, and you have the flexibility to make `big’ withdrawals for special needs,” explains “Strategies for Managing Retirement Income,” a workbook for financial professionals developed by NAVA (formerly the National Association for Variable Annuities) and the International Foundation for Retirement Education. You also can pass more of your money to heirs or to charity. On the other hand, if we are not careful, we could run out of money. “If you are a `spender,’ stay away from this (systematic withdrawal) option” and consider a lifetime annuity for at least part of your retirement income, the workbook advises. To generate lifetime income in retirement, my goal is to tap our savings and investments as needed without having to rely on insurance company guarantees. If it turns out my wife, Georgina, and I need those guarantees, or if insurance products such as lifetime income annuities become more attractive, we stand ready to change our plan. But for now we favor what financial planners call a “systematic withdrawal” strategy, one we intend to personalize rather than rely on rules of thumb. Last week I explained we use a variety of income sources during our semi-retirement. Our fixed-income investments, with the principal to be liquidated at maturity, will cover our anticipated expenses for about 10 years while another chunk of our portfolio, mostly in stock mutual funds, is left untouched. last_img

Chelsea target ‘could reconsider his future’ after wife is mugged

first_imgThe Daily Mirror suggest Edinson Cavani’s wife apparently being mugged could help persuade the Napoli striker to move to Chelsea.It is claimed she has joined him in England – where he is based with the Uruguay squad for the Olympics – after being robbed of a £14,500 watch in Naples. The couple reportedly had their home burgled recently.The player’s agent Claudio ­Anellucci is quoted as saying: “She has left Naples to join Cavani. It is difficult to get used to the idea that these sort of things can happen to you.“It is true that incidents of this type can happen to anybody, but the truth is they happen too often.”Chelsea are believed to be planning to table an improved bid for Wigan’s Victor Moses but are still not meeting the £10m asking price.The Daily Telegraph suggest Chelsea are prepared to raise their bid of £6m, while the Daily Mail say the club will offer £6.5m for him.The Sun claim Chelsea and both Manchester clubs have been told they will need to pay Benfica £31m if they are to land midfielder Alex Witsel.Meanwhile, the Mirror say Fulham have been monitoring Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Senegal striker Moussa Konate, 19, along with West Ham.And sports psychotherapist Steve Pope has offered to help Joey Barton, the Mirror report.Pope is employed by Fleetwood Town, where QPR outcast Barton is due to begin training today.“I deal with addictive personalities whether it’s a young man driven to sleep with 500 different women or those with stress and anger management problems,” Pope is quoted as saying.“I try and match mental strength with on-the-field skills. Everyday factors can affect a player’s performance. I have had success reducing players’ red cards.“I do one-to-one sessions and group sessions and whatever Joey needs, or what the manager thinks he needs, I will be there for him.”This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Google Provides Free Location Awareness to Any Application With New Latitude API

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … chris cameron Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Tags:#Google#mobile#web center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Amidst the flurry of activity streaming from today’s Google I/O event, the mobile team at Google has announced the launch of a free Application Programming Interface (API) for its Latitude location service. The API will allow developers to build location-aware apps that can take advantage of Latitude’s “always on” location information, opening the door for unique implementations beyond the location-based check-in battle.The possibilities for this API should be exciting to mobile developers. As Google points out, the API could be used to develop apps that control your house’s thermostat when you leave or return home, alert you when bad traffic is ahead of you during your commute or even warn you when your credit card is used far from your actual location.After the privacy concerns raised over the hasty rollout of Buzz, Google is being very careful to integrate privacy controls into the Latitude API. Users will have to grant access for the applications they chose to use and will be able to control whether the apps can see their best available location or a city level location.With its Latitude API, Google is in a way providing a free and open alternative to SimpleGeo, which provides a similar back-end location infrastructure but charges applications with over 1 million users. The ability for app developers to easily leverage Google’s network of Latitude users for free could lead to the creation of some truly unique location-aware applications. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Your Clients Already Know You’re a Salesperson

first_imgThis post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet.Neither your dream clients nor your existing clients ever say, “You know, that Joe is really consultative. He’s never too salesy. I never think of him as a salesperson.”It makes me cringe to hear salespeople say that they don’t want to come across as a salesperson. They say they don’t want to be perceived as being too “salesy.” Instead, they want to be perceived as consultative, mostly underestimating what that means of what it takes to get there. Almost none of the people you sell to have any idea what consultative selling is (in fact, most salespeople really don’t know what consultative selling is either). Your client’s don’t share the vocabulary we in sales use to describe that set of behaviors.Salespeople who suggest that they want to be consultative especially talk about the idea of not being “too salesy” when it comes to commitment gaining. This is especially true around the opening commitment, the commitment for time to explore working together. They say the same thing when discussing the commitments that would allow them to gain information, as well as the commitment to access the buying committee. Without these commitments, you can’t produce the results you need.But guess what?Your Clients Already KnowSurprise! Your clients and dream clients already know that you’re a salesperson. They knew that from the first time you called them to request an appointment. And even though the signature line in your email says that you are in business development, your dream clients know that you intend to sell them something. In fact, if they let you through, they’re counting on it.Here’s the fact. You aren’t being judged by your intention to sell your dream clients whatever it is that you sell. You’re being judged by something else, something far more important than that.Your Dream Clients Are Judging Your Ability to Create ValueThe test as to what kind of salesperson your clients perceive you to be is whether or not you create value at every stage of their buying process. Your clients and your dream clients expect you to ask them for commitments along the way. The more directly you can do so, and the greater your sales call value proposition, the easier you make it for your clients to agree to those commitments. You create value, and you get the commitment. You don’t create value and, well . . .As a point of reference, consultants ask for access to far more information than most salespeople do. They also ask for far more access to the organization.Which brings us to the real fear behind the resistance to asking for commitments. Your fear isn’t that you will reveal yourself to be a salesperson. Your real fear is that you haven’t created enough value to earn the commitment you’re asking for. Consultative salespeople don’t share that fear; they know that they can create value, and that is why they’re comfortable asking for whatever they need to do so.Trust me, your dream client knows you are a salesperson. They’re fine with that. What they’re not fine with is you not knowing how to create value and your not having the confidence to ask for what you need.QuestionsWhat does it mean to be “too salesy?”What makes someone too much of a salesperson and not consultative enough?Do your clients have any confusion at all about why you are calling them? If so, why are they confused?What’s the real test as to whether or not you are consultative? What does commitment gaining mean about your ability to create value? Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Yogi, Cabinet colleagues participate in bike rally

first_imgWith an eye on the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday flagged off a bike rally from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi. Mr. Adityanath and his Cabinet colleagues participated in the “Kamal Sandesh bike rally” organised by the BJP across the State. Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya was seen riding a motorcycle in Allahabad. “Took part in the Kamal Sandesh bike rally. The only message being disseminated by this rally is to ensure a comprehensive win for the BJP under leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Mr. Maurya said in a tweet.Union Minister in rallyUnion Minister Manoj Sinha participated in the rally from Ghazipur. “Despite efforts made by ‘siddhaant-viheen rajnaitik dal’ (political parties deprived of principles), they will not be able to reach a consensus on Prime Ministerial candidate,” he said. In Lucknow, party workers gathered at Jhulelal Vatika for the bike rally. Ministers Brijesh Pathak, Rita Bahuguna Joshi and Ashutosh Tandon along with Lucknow mayor Sanyukta Bhatia and several other BJP MLAs participated in the bike rally. U.P. BJP general secretary Pankaj Singh, who took part in the rally from Gorakhpur, said, “The BJP government is working on its agenda of development and the benefits of welfare schemes are reaching to the actual beneficiaries. I am sure that the BJP will win the 2019 parliamentary elections.”last_img read more

Atlas and Freedoms to Play for Championship – Other Diaspora Teams Advance

first_imgA rich, competitive atmosphere settled over the fields of play for the Diaspora teams, especially in soccer, this past weekend. Greek American Atlas advanced to the U.S. Open Cup finals after defeating the Barnstonworth Rovers FC 1-0 on a goal by Jamal Neptune.Atlas will now play the New York Pancyprian Freedoms for the championship on November 30.The same two teams headed down different directions in the Cosmopolitan League. Champion Atlas continued their undefeated season with seven wins so far. {41660}The latest win came in the match against Clarkstown SC which ended 4-0. Christos Megaloudis scored two of the four goals (and a shot that hit the crossbar). Goalkeeper Dimitris Touros, who by no means had an easy game, had to stop many shots, and was able to record a shutout.It seemed the universe had it in for the Freedoms in their 5-2 road loss against United FC. They played without four of their starters (Chad, Andreou, Zisimatos, and Mateo) in addition to the referee overturning one goal and plenty of missed scoring opportunities.United showcased players who had yet to play prior to that match.{41657}Kerkyra NY was able to turn around what looked to be a lost game after falling behind 0-2 early in the match against the Goodfellas, but they played hard and came all the way back on a header from Spiro Gialopsos and a shot off the foot of Teddy Droseros. A thunderous kick from newly acquired player Aggelos Litourgis put the team up for good with a 3-2 final score amid an electric atmosphere.The teams of the Greek Basketball League put on an offensive clinic in Philadelphia. The Warriors prevailed against the Mavericks 88-64, the Kings steamrolled the Grizzlies 88-48, and the Knicks beat the Terps 41-39. The Warriors lead the White division with four wins in as many matches while the Kings and P.A.O.K. are now tied atop the Blue division.The GOARCH Soccer League resumed play this week as kids that comprise the league provided good play for their dedicated fan base. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

A Bowl Game Could Be Heading To A New City After 2018

first_imgThe Texas Longhorns cheerleaders holding Texas flags.DALLAS – OCTOBER 7: Flagbearers wave the Burnt Orange and White flags of the Texas Longhorns in the Texas endzone before the game against the Oklahoma Sooners during the Red River Shootout at the Cotton Bowl on October 7, 2006 in Dallas, Texas. The Longhorns won 28-10. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Every year, we see some changes to the bowl schedule. After this year, the Heart of Dallas Bowl may have to head to the heart of another city.The game, played at the Cotton Bowl, is coming off of one of its more sad match-ups.On paper, it looked like a potentially fun game. The 2017 edition of the Heart of Dallas Bowl pit Utah against West Virginia, two solid Power Five programs.However, the day after Christmas was a poor weather day in Dallas, neither fan base is very local or was enthused for the trip, and as a result, attendance was incredibly sparse.Fans didn’t exactly flock to the Cotton Bowl to see Utah and West Virginia— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) December 26, 2017More first half shots from the #HeartofDallasBowl. #BowlSeason ( +— Empty Seats Galore (@EmptySeatsPics) December 26, 2017Attendance for the game was listed at over 20,500. That’s a bad look for the 92,000-seat stadium, and based on the actual photos, the number was definitely much lower in reality.Now, the future of the Heart of Dallas Bowl is in serious jeopardy.The city nearly voted against paying ESPN to host the game. The decision was punted, but this could be the last year that the bowl game is in Dallas.As Dallas Morning News columnist Robert Wilonsky reports, the city council nearly voted against renewing a deal this morning, instead electing to punt the decision to September.A deal would mean $300,000 to ESPN, a number at which it sounds like the majority of the council has balked. If the city elects to lose the game, it could move down I35 to Austin.Monica Paul, executive director of the Dallas Sports Commission, said she has been talking with ESPN about getting better teams in the future — which would mean higher attendance and better ratings. But she said in an interview she’s concerned that if the council votes against the incentive, ESPN will simply take the game elsewhere — like Austin, which wants a bowl game.The Heart of Dallas Bowl is the only bowl in Dallas proper, but the area has a few other existing games. The Cotton Bowl Classic is now played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, while nearby Fort Worth (Armed Forces Bowl), and Frisco Frisco Bowl) also host games.[Dallas Morning News]last_img read more