Press release: Readout of PM’s meeting with Chief Minister of Gibraltar: 15 November 2018

first_imgA Downing Street spokesman said: Prime Minister Theresa May today met the Chief Minister of Gibraltar Fabian Picardo at Downing Street to discuss issues relating to Brexit. They commended the hard work of negotiating teams and the constructive discussions that have taken place with Spain and the European Union to ensure that important mutual interests are protected, and new opportunities are enabled for all. In particular the Prime Minister and Chief Minister welcomed the conclusion of a Protocol on Gibraltar that forms an integral part of the draft Withdrawal Agreement and will provide certainty to citizens and businesses in Gibraltar and the surrounding area. The leaders agreed that these arrangements reflected the determination of all parties to move forward in a spirit of dialogue and cooperation. The Prime Minister and Chief Minister both emphasised the enduring ties between the UK and Gibraltar and noted that these agreements will be implemented in line with the mature and modern constitutional relationship embodied in the 2006 Gibraltar Constitution.last_img read more

Humboldt State men’s basketball clinches CCAA tourney spot despite loss to San Francisco State

first_imgArcata >> The Jacks’ 2016-17 season will live to see at least one more game.The way they’re heading into the California Collegiate Athletic Association Postseason Tournament might not be how head coach Steve Kinder so desired, though.No. 13-nationally ranked San Francisco State handed the Humboldt State men’s basketball team a 88-74 loss in Saturday night’s regular-season finale. But even with the Jacks’ loss, HSU claimed the eighth and final spot in the CCAA tournament thanks to Cal State …last_img

Montego Bay Transport Centre to Be Renovated

first_img The renovation and rehabilitation works will include the repair of the centre’s perimeter fence and surface outlay; the establishment of user-friendly commercial structures, and shelters for commuters; improvements in the bathroom facilities and security posts; and the implementation of adequate lighting. Commuters, owners and operators of public passenger vehicles (PPV) in Montego Bay will begin to see improvements in the transportation centre, at the start of the new fiscal year.The complex is to be renovated as part of a joint stakeholder effort to bring the facility back to an acceptable condition in keeping with its critical role in the development of the city of Montego Bay.The first phase of the renovation is projected to commence in the next 60 days and is expected to cost an estimated $40 million, which will be funded from the budget of the Transport Authority.The renovation and rehabilitation works will include the repair of the centre’s perimeter fence and surface outlay; the establishment of user-friendly commercial structures, and shelters for commuters; improvements in the bathroom facilities and security posts; and the implementation of adequate lighting.The announcement was made by the Minister of Transport and Mining, the Hon. Lester ‘Mike’ Henry on Friday, (February 23) at a media briefing held at the transport centre on Barnett Street, St. James.He said the work forms part of the Ministry’s thrust to addressing the social decay which has led to the breakdown of the transportation system over the years.“Considering the physical decay of the transport centre over many years, the consequent exposure of its users to the elements and other challenges like security compromises, and the resultant widespread and disregard from PPV operators of the requirement to operate from the centre, as their licence dictates, it is good for me to be able to bring about a collective solution to the problems, working with the people on the ground,” he said.The Minister also stressed that a coordinated approach will have to be taken to ensure that those who have not been utilizing the park will be attracted to use the facilities. Story Highlights Commuters, owners and operators of public passenger vehicles (PPV) in Montego Bay will begin to see improvements in the transportation centre, at the start of the new fiscal year.center_img Meanwhile, Mayor of Montego Bay, Mr. Homer Davis has committed to partnering with the Ministry to improve the bus park, which he says has outgrown itself over the years and has led to a number of challenges, such as illegal parking and indiscipline behaviour among taxi operators. This he says will be achieved through the improvements being made to the park, along with widespread public education.He also said that the new Road Traffic Bill will create opportunities for the improvement of social standards.“We recognize that only 25 percent of the population own cars; therefore 75 percent of the people have to rely on public transport to get them in a connected element, to get them to a point in time for work and if we don’t deliver them in time for work, where they have travelled in some comfort and safety, then they can’t be productive,” Mr Henry stated.For his part, Joseph Shoucair, Chairman of the Transport Authority called on the private sector to invest in the development of transport centres in major urban areas in the country.“It is not a secret that the government of Jamaica has lacked the resources over the years to build out parks as required and to the standard required, but we have decided that the time has come for us to address the problem,” he stated“We will in due course engage the private sector and try to encourage them to build, own and operate bus parks. With our start in Montego Bay, we intend to set the standard that we expect to be followed throughout the island,” he added.Meanwhile, Mayor of Montego Bay, Mr. Homer Davis has committed to partnering with the Ministry to improve the bus park, which he says has outgrown itself over the years and has led to a number of challenges, such as illegal parking and indiscipline behaviour among taxi operators.last_img read more

Tim Morgan Brightens Mornings on Boom 997

first_imgAdvertisement Following an extensive, cross-country search, Boom 99.7 is proud to announce it is bringing a new morning show to Ottawa with host Tim Morgan, beginning Monday, July 25. He will join Ottawa’s own Heather Ray, who will continue to keep listeners informed and entertained throughout the morning commute.Morgan joins Boom from our sister station, Q107 in Calgary, where he has worked for the past nine years as the Program Director, Music Director and most recently, host of the Afternoon Drive.  His quick wit, love of 70s, 80s and 90s music and stellar on-air energy make Morgan the perfect fit for our fun-loving audience.Morgan is replacing Gonzo, a fill-in anchor who has been hosting the morning show since mid January. Gonzo will take on a new role as Boom’s Afternoon Drive Host. He has been a key team member, regularly hosting weekends and filling-in on the morning show. Gonzo brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the format and his audience to the new role. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter “We’re thrilled to have Tim Morgan heading up our new morning show and Gonzo joining the team in a full-time capacity,” said Stephanie Hunter, Program Director, Boom 99.7. “Boom is about great music and engaging Ottawa listeners. Our new hosts are the ideal choice for our morning and afternoon drive shows.”Boom 99.7 is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com. Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

Your Guide To The 2018 American League

TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… Twins15108379+2036152 Team ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Los Angeles Angels. The Angels have been stuck behind somebody in this division for most of Mike Trout’s stellar career, whether it be the Rangers and A’s early on or the Astros most recently. This season is supposed to be the start of something different, from the signing of Japanese two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani (more on him later) to other solid, under-the-radar pickups such as Ian Kinsler and Zack Cozart. Still, the forecast systems aren’t totally sure what to make of the Halos yet, penciling them in for win totals between the upper 70s and mid-80s. The best-case scenarios there probably won’t be enough to run down the Astros, but they might just be enough to snag the Angels a wild-card berth.Rebuild alert: Oakland A’s, Texas Rangers. Billion-Dollar Billy Beane and the Athletics have been rebuilding ever since going for broke (and coming up short) in the 2014 season. That probably won’t change this year, even though Oakland’s farm system is improving and showed some signs of life at the MLB level last season. Perhaps more interesting is the question of whether Texas will also commit to resetting things this season. If you squint, you can see the potential for a bounce-back Rangers season behind an overhauled pitching staff; easier to see, though, is the potential for another frustrating summer in Arlington.Player to watch: Mike Trout, Angels. I wanted to choose someone else here, I really did. But Trout is still the “player to watch” among any group of players you might ponder watching. Sadly, after last season’s campaign was limited by injury, he is no longer able to say he was the best player (by WAR) for any age at which he played a full season. (Ty Cobb finally got his revenge!) But Trout played so well when he was healthy that he may be primed for a comeback season for the ages. (Note: He was still the fifth-best player in baseball last season despite missing about 50 games.) Keeping tabs on Trout and his statistical feats is a duty — and joy — that falls on the shoulders of every baseball fan.Biggest enigma: Shohei Ohtani, Angels. Ohtani came to the U.S. with immense expectations, and it would be unrealistic to expect him to deliver an instant payoff — particularly as the first legitimate hitter/pitcher in decades. All rookies need time to adjust, especially one who’s in a new country, facing a completely different style of opponent. That said, Ohtani has been unable to pitch or hit effectively this spring. His numbers have been so poor that analysts are wondering if he should make the team. Even that is a testament to his talent — who else’s spring stats are getting this much scrutiny? — but it also might make Ohtani the most uncertain player in the major leagues this season.Read our National League preview, and check out our latest MLB predictions. It’s opening week in the major leagues, and that means it’s time to catch up on what’s been happening in baseball over this very odd offseason — and time to look forward to the season ahead. To do that, we’ve enlisted the help of our preseason forecasting model (publishing Wednesday), which assesses every team and offers a projection for their 2018 campaign. I’ve also gone through and highlighted the most interesting teams and players to watch during the year, as well as the ones about which we just don’t have any clue. (¯\_(ツ)_/¯) Play ball! Orioles14757290-8493<1 Athletics14907686-47166<1 Yankees15659567+12574%48%10% How Elo is forecasting the AL East race Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… AL CentralTeam to beat: Cleveland Indians. With a 79 percent chance of winning the Central, Cleveland is our model’s strongest division favorite for 2018. Sure, the Tribe lost a few recognizable names (Carlos Santana, Jay Bruce) over the winter, and this year’s roster is probably not as talented as the version that snapped off a 22-game winning streak last August and September. But they still boast ace starter Corey Kluber (whom FanGraphs projects to be the most valuable pitcher in baseball), ace fireman Andrew Miller (projected as the fourth-most valuable reliever in baseball) and a bevy of dangerous hitters (such as Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor). There’s more than enough talent here for the Indians to comfortably claim another division crown. How Elo is forecasting the AL West race Team ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Minnesota Twins. The range of predictions for the Twins is actually quite small: From Vegas to the computers, most forecasters basically call for Minnesota to win 82 or 83 games this year. But that’s a little difficult to reconcile with the team’s 85-win season a year ago and the flurry of improvements it made in the offseason — to say nothing of the ongoing strides expected from its core. It wouldn’t be surprising at all if the Twins end up beating that projection.Rebuild alert: Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals. One of the big reasons that Cleveland is such a strong favorite in this division — and why the Twins can be optimistic, too — is that the Central is home to numerous, um, “rebuilding” efforts. The White Sox have been engaging in one of the most extreme multi-year teardowns ever and probably won’t begin to emerge from it until next season. The Tigers finally admitted to themselves that their early-2010s heyday was over and became sellers at last year’s trade deadline. The Royals are just now embarking on a reboot of their own. This division might be formidable in several years as a result of the tank-fest, but for now it contains a bunch of teams that aren’t even trying to compete.Player to watch: Jose Ramirez, Indians. Ramirez turned in a perfectly solid 2016 season manning third base for the AL champion Tribe, hitting .310 during the World Series. But he vaulted himself into another stratosphere last year — and squarely into the MVP conversation — with a .318/.374/.583 batting line and plus defense. Cleveland’s chances won’t hinge on him repeating those numbers, but in his age-25 season, it should be fun to see if Ramirez can keep up his ascent.Biggest enigma: Lucas Giolito, White Sox. As a rookie with Washington in 2016, Giolito struggled horribly, posting a 6.75 ERA in 21.1 innings with a shockingly poor 8.21 fielding-independent pitching (FIP). Then he was shipped to Chicago as part of the Adam Eaton deal — and, superficially, the change in scenery helped: Giolito bounced back in 2017 with a far healthier 2.38 ERA. Trouble is, he also benefited from allowing an unsustainably low .189 batting average on balls in play, masking a FIP that remained pretty unimpressive. The former first-round pick and top-five prospect still has plenty of potential, but nobody is really sure what kind of season to expect from him in 2018. Astros15779765+15181%66%14% AL WestTeam to beat: Houston Astros. The defending world champs also enjoyed one of the better offseasons of any team when they hauled in starting pitcher Gerrit Cole from the Pirates in a January trade. Now Houston boasts a deep rotation with Cole, Justin Verlander and Dallas Keuchel (among others), plus it hung on to practically all of the cogs in an offensive machine that led the majors with 896 runs scored last season. While no favorite is unbeatable — the Astros finished third in the division as recently as 2016 — anyone other than Houston winning the West would be a stunning development. Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… Indians15769963+17488%79%14% TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series Red Sox15499171+8961336 Tigers14496894-12342<1 Blue Jays15078181-227102 Team ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays have had a pattern of up-and-down seasons in recent years, and the projections don’t quite know what to do with them this year, either. If you ask PECOTA, Tampa could potentially factor into the playoff mix; if you ask the Las Vegas books, it might sink down into the basement of the East. Our model basically splits the difference and calls for the Rays to post 78 wins.Rebuild alert: Baltimore Orioles. Going into the spring, O’s GM Dan Duquette scoffed at the notion of rebuilding. But he may have no choice with Adam Jones, Manny Machado and Zach Britton all up for free agency after the season. If the Orioles falter early — and our projections don’t see much hope for them this year — Baltimore could be due for a fire sale.Player to watch: Mookie Betts, Red Sox. Two seasons ago, Betts was the American League’s most valuable player not named after a freshwater fish, but last year his production was down amid a power outage and a 54-point drop in batting average. The difference between an MVP-caliber Betts and a merely pretty-good version might be the margin in this division race; Boston fans should be encouraged by Betts’s strong finish last September and outstanding numbers this spring.Biggest enigma: Aaron Judge, Yankees. Judge’s roller-coaster 2017 season was remarkable enough on its own. But add his terrible debut season in 2016, and it becomes almost impossible to predict how Judge will perform in 2018. The projections that FanGraphs lists are all over the map, from 3.8 wins above replacement on the low side to 6.2 WAR on the upper end. (And remember, he had 8.2 last year.) Judge could be great again, or he could just be good — we really have no idea yet. TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series White Sox14577092-10462<1 How Elo is forecasting the AL Central race AL EastTeam to beat: New York Yankees. Our simulations show the AL East as the tightest division battle of the 2018 season, but we’re giving the Yankees a slight advantage over the Boston Red Sox here. While both teams used the winter to put more distance between themselves and the rest of the division — New York added Giancarlo Stanton and Boston signed J.D. Martinez — the Yankees still appear to have the edge in bullpen depth and marquee talent. (And don’t forget about their impressive farm pipeline; touted infield prospect Gleyber Torres could make an impact before the season is done.) That said, we also give Boston a 61 percent chance of making the playoffs, so this renewed rivalry might well extend into October either way. Angels15108181-427112 Mariners15088082-726102 Rangers14977884-291971 Rays14957884-321961 Royals14597092-10172<1 read more

Ardenne High shows faith in physically challenged student

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, December 25, 2016 – On realizing that physically disabled student at Ardenne High School in Kingston, Faith Grant, would be unable to attend a class held only on one of the institution’s upper floors, the school’s administration promptly moved to solve the challenge.Electronic Document Preparation and Management (EDPM), a Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subject designed to equip students with clerical and administrative skills, was one of the eight subjects Faith selected when she started fourth form.  But being the school’s sole wheelchair mobile student placed her at a disadvantage as she was unable to attend classes in the designated rooms.However, innovative thinking by the staff, headed by Principal, Nadine Molloy, has resulted in Faith now being able to participate with the other students via the video-conferencing technology platform, Skype, which she accesses from the school’s library.  “A member of the team suggested that we do it by Skype; and we explored it and now we are happy that we did,” Ms. Molloy said.Recounting her decision to accept Faith as a student at Ardenne, Ms. Molloy says while acknowledging the anticipated challenges in doing so, the school was, nonetheless, willing to make the necessary adjustments to accommodate her.  “Some persons wondered if we were doing the right thing. But I am always up for a challenge and I indicated to the staff that I was going to try, which meant we were all going to try,” she states.The Principal indicates that she researched cerebral palsy and had the staff consult with trained personnel on how best to relate to and teach students with the condition.  Consequent on this, Ms. Molloy says Faith’s presence at the school has helped students and staff to be more embracing of and sensitive to persons with disabilities.   “It teaches acceptance and it shows that some things that we are afraid of, we don’t need to be. It also shows that it is important for us to make the sacrifice and go the extra mile to ensure that each person, no matter their capacity, can self-actualize,” she adds.The Principal is confident that Faith will evolve into a productive member of society because she has been given the opportunity to pursue her education.  When Faith was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a young child, her mother, Susan Henry, purposed to provide her with as fulfilling a life as is possible.Ms. Henry says she acknowledged that this would mean doing everything possible to provide her with the best educational opportunities.  She says it was on the advice of a therapist that she decided to have Faith enrolled in the mainstream school system, instead of a special needs institution.Ms. Henry said that she is happy with the decision taken and is very grateful for and appreciative of Ardenne’s kind gesture in going the extra mile over the years to accommodate Faith.  She says the teachers and students have been particularly helpful, adding that the administration has endeavored to accommodate classes on the ground floor and install ramps for Faith’s benefit.“Schools should really give physically disabled children a chance, as long as they are able to function…on par with other children. We need to accept that persons with disabilities are humans (too) and they should not be discriminated against,” Ms. Henry contends.  She adds that, in so doing, “it also teaches the younger generation values of kindness and of being helpful, and sensitises them to the needs of the disabled community.”Cerebral palsy is a disorder that affects muscle tone, movement, and motor skills.   As the condition affects coordination, functions such as standing, breathing, bladder control, eating and talking can be affected. Photo credit: JIS Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more