Simone4children Foundation needs base

first_imgJAMAICA’S former Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) star, Simone Edwards, says the future of her Simone4Children Foun-dation’s homework programme and study centre, based in Hermitage, August Town, currently hangs in the balance.The centre, which opened in 2010 and offered homework programmes to inner-city children, along with a host of other community activities, was vandalised by criminal elements and is presently not in use.However, the Escarpment Road Church saw the Foun-dation’s plight, and the pastor – at the time – gave the former national player and coach his blessings to continue the programme at the place of worship.However, a change of pastor at the church recently has seen a new plan and Edwards’ search for a new base for the programme.”In Hermitage, I got a building put up there for the homework programme. It was running and everyone was working. It’s a place where we had our homework programme, fed families, gave back-to-school supplies, tried to create scholarships and focused on self-esteem building. But what we do is mostly focus on education, but now it (building) is damaged,” said Edwards.”Last year, I went down there, and some of the bad men broke the lock off the door, stole furniture, the stove and damaged the windows. The homework programme is continuing in the church, but the last I heard is that the new pastor wanted it off the property,” she told The Gleaner.Edwards, who described cutting the ribbons to open the study centre as ‘one of the proudest moments in my life’, said since the migration of the programme’s overseer, Dean Rhoden, a few years ago, things just went downhill.PARKING LOTShe revealed that the reason for their eviction is related to plans to convert the building which housed the study centre into a parking lot, but admitted she is still seeking a meeting with the pastor.”I am hoping they have a change of heart, so we are waiting to see if they are really going to do that. I don’t know where else to move it to, as the pastor before told us it was OK for it to be there,” Edwards lamented.”But I haven’t spoken to anybody as yet, so I don’t know what we are going to do. I was trying to have a meeting with the pastor. So I am going to see the pastor, but if he tells me I have to move, then I will try to find a good place to do my programme and have it permanent instead of running up and down,” she insisted, noting that the original building would be ideal.”I like where it is because it’s easier access. At the top (of community) was convenient, so I guess I will have to talk to the people in the community to get guarantees that no one can touch it,” she added.The Simone4children Foun-dation was formed in 2006 to assist the less fortunate, build worthwhile citizens and help others achieve their goals. Her Foundation established the computerised study centre in December 2010. It held treats, fed hundreds of persons and gave gifts to children.She also copped the 2010 AD Astra Award, delivered by the Immaculate Conception High School’s New York Chapter to Jamaicans who have excelled in their field over a period of time.last_img read more

News in brief: Ivanovic nominated for award, Bees youngsters beat Ipswich

first_imgIvanovic has been in superb formBranislav IvanovicThe Chelsea defender has been nominated for the PFA fans’ player of the month award for February. The 31-year-old scored twice in three Premier League games during the month and was also on target in the Champions League draw with Paris St-Germain. The other nominees are Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, Harry Kane of Tottenham, West Ham’s Cheikhou Kouyate and Manchester City midfielder James Milner.Brentford Under-21sJermaine Udumaga scored as the Bees’ development squad beat Ipswich Town 1-0 on Tuesday. The 19-year-old netted from close range to earn his side their fourth victory in five games.Richard Lee played in goal for Brentford, who also fielded first-team boss Mark Warburton’s son Jack in midfield alongside the former QPR youngster Josh Laurent.ChelseaThe first leg of the Blues’ FA Youth Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur will be played at White Hart Lane on Thursday 5 March. The game will kick-off at 7.45pm and will be screened live on ITV4. Details of the second leg at Stamford Bridge are yet to be confirmed.Harrow BoroughMarc Charles-Smith scored the only goal of the game 10 minutes into the second half as Steve Baker’s men beat Staines 1-0 to book their place in the Middlesex Senior Cup final. They will meet Hanwell Town in the end-of-season showpiece, at Hampton and Richmond’s Beveree ground, on 9 May.HendonGary McCann’s side have been drawn against promotion rivals Margate in the semi-finals of the Ryman League Cup. The other tie sees Grays Athletic face Billericay Town.Rajiv OusephThe Hounslow badminton star was absent from the German Open as the tournament began on Tuesday. Ouseph was the 11th seed and was due to face defending champion Arvind Bhat of India in the first round but the Londoner pulled out of the event.Sir Bradley WigginsThe Kilburn-raised Olympic hero will begin his classics campaign on Saturday after being named in Team Sky’s squad for the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in Belgium. It is part of Wiggins’ build-up to Paris-Roubaix on 12 April, his last race for Team Sky before he switches his focus back to track cycling.Gareth BergThe all-rounder, released by Middlesex at the end of last season, has signed for Hampshire. The 34-year-old spent seven years at Lord’s but played only one game for Middlesex in 2014 after undergoing shoulder surgery.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

The Age Of Data Wars Dawns

first_imgTags:#Big Data Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… antone gonsalves IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now In 2020, the annual amount of digital data created, replicated and consumed will total more than 5,200 gigabytes for every man, woman and child on the planet, according to a new International Data Corp. report. That’s 50 times the amount of per-person data than in 2010.Once it’s consumed, almost all of the rough information today effectively vanishes in the overall ocean of data. Yet within the data are tidbits of facts on customers, suppliers and business operations that, if linked, could prove useful or even profitable. Seeing the potential, some businesses are sizing up the trove – the data they control and other’s.We are on the cusp of the data wars.Developing high-value, competitive information from one’s own data will be expensive enough, but a lot of data that today is shared like almost-interesting dross will command a price. Formidable data walls will separate foe and ally alike.Consumers will try to wall off their data too. As the value of their personal data rises, they will demand more compensation in the form of services if nothing else. This will open up new avenues of competition between companies.Early Skirmishes Among Online FirmsInternet companies are becoming ever more protective of (some would say paranoid about) their customers’ data, keeping it from competitors. This month, Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, took steps to prevent photo-sharing on Twitter. Facebook and Google have been scuffling over data sharing for two years.Because member information is the lifeblood of these ad-serving companies, it is at the forefront of this battle. Where once data was hoarded to appease a firm’s chief counsel or government regulators, it has an intrinsic value in predicting market trends and finding hidden inefficiencies.As a result, virtually all industries see data-sharing policies tightening and pay walls becoming more common.Data As CurrencyDave Reinsel, an IDC analyst and co-author of the EMC-sponsored “Big Data” report, said, “Anytime you have a form of currency [in this case, data], you start to find behavior like this. People begin to collect it. They begin to associate value with it.”Consumers, for example, may ignore the pact they sign with an online business that gives it the right to trade their information, but the business doesn’t. When you join Facebook, for free, the social network sells your personal information. You get to use Facebook, and your use generates more data for Facebook to sell. The same deal exists between account holders and Twitter, Google and uncounted others.These companies have lots of leeway in the use of this data, but that is changing as people stake claims on their data. The European Union has adopted a “right to be forgotten” law that allows Europeans, at least, to permanently delete personal information from any site, assuming there’s no legitimate grounds to keep it.Companies using Facebook today to interact with customers are expected to start building their own social networks in order to keep all the accumulated data for themselves. Businesses in the same industry could form consortiums to combine data in order to define industry-wide trends. Innovative models of collaboration based on data are expected to arise between companies to create new assets.What’s Needed?Before many of these changes can take place, a lot needs to happen.Today, 25% of the data floating about the digital universe might be valuable if analyzed, IDC says. Yet, only 0.5% of the universe is actually analyzed.By 2020, IDC predicts a third of the data in the world will have value, but only if its tagged and then analyzed. Tagging data streaming from surveillance cameras, medical devices, social media and everyday transactions in a company’s computers would be hard work, to grandly understate the idea, and would require a big investment (another sizeable understatement) in technology. Without it, that data gold will not be mined.Companies are building the infrastructure necessary for data collection, analysis and the presentation of analytical results. IDC predicts spending will grow by 40% between this year and 2020, on the necessary hardware, software, services, telecommunications and staff.Who knows? That might seem like a bargain when CEOs in 2020 sit down to count coup.last_img read more

‘Dehydrated’ Almazan taken to hospital after helping ROS win

first_imgRaymond Almazan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNot even a bad case of flu could stop Raymond Almazan from playing.Fresh from his Gilas Pilipinas duty in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, the lanky big man gave it his all and delivered for the Elasto Painters in their 92-88 win over Star on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Almazan, though, alleviated concerns regarding his health by giving a thumbs up on his way out.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Almazan overcame his sickness and churned out 13 points and 14 rebounds in the victory as his presence more than made up for the absence of Beau Belga, who served a one-game suspension.“Raymond was sick, but since Beau wasn’t here, he forced himself to play,” shared ROS head coach Caloy Garcia. “Surprisingly, even when he’s down with a sickness, his rebounding really helped us in today’s game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingUnfortunately for Almazan, playing through it took its toll as he be stretchered out of the dugout.Team officials disclosed that the former Letran big man suffered from dehydration and was rushed to Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion LATEST STORIES Carlo Biado wins PH’s 2nd gold in pool Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

8 days agoREVEALED: Arsenal burned off AC Milan competition to sign Dani Ceballos

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Arsenal burned off AC Milan competition to sign Dani Ceballosby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal burned off competition from AC Milan to sign Dani Ceballos this past summer.The Gunners landed Ceballos in August on-loan from Real Madrid – without the option to says Milan were in talks with the midfielder before the Gunners stepped in.It’s claimed Ceballos welcomed Milan’s approach and was excited about the move.However, the Italian club could not match Arsenal’s offer, which offered a fee for a straight loan arrangement. last_img

Port of Gdansk Authority Rejects PSE Employees Claims

first_imgzoom The Port of Gdansk Authority has refuted the claims of the employees of its stevedoring company Port Gdanski Eksploatacja Spolka Akcyjna, who are blaming the port authority for the company’s worsening economic situation.Namely, the unions believe that the increase in lease rates, which was forced upon the new owner of Port Gdanski Eksploatacja (Port of Gdansk Cargo Logistics -PGE) as well as the halting of the company’s sale, a matter which was taken to court, and above all, the lack of decisions on the future of the company, have pushed the firm into financial uncertainty.PGE is a multipurpose stevedoring company, dealing chiefly with general cargo, containers and dry & wet bulk cargo at the Port of Gdansk.“We reject entirely the allegations concerning the economic and legal situation of PGE presented in the above-mentioned letter,” the Port of Gdansk Authority said in a statement, adding that the indexes of the ownership and capital structure of PGE show that the company still has considerable equity.“Above-average liquidity ratios indicate that PGE has solid financial resources.”In addition, the port authority stressed that the need to create new leases resulted from the ongoing process of selling shares of PGE held by PGA. The majority of shares (98,28%) of PGE was owned by Port of Gdansk Authority, which the authority decided to sell in 2014 to avoid a breach of European Union law on the use of unlawful state aid.According to the statement, the sale of shares in PGE has not been suspended. However, the litigation brought by Mariner Capital Limited against PGA, a developer and operator of sea terminals from Malta, which won the tender to acquire the PGE shares, has brought the situation to a stalemate as the country’s Treasury decided to withdraw from the sale in 2015.Local media reported that PKP Cargo and Węglokoks that bid for the shares previously might be back in the game through a recently established joint company which could take over PGE.As explained by PGA, the conclusion of the final agreement for the sale of shares in PGE, has not yet been bindingly closed.“Neither PGA, nor any other entity is able to influence either the pace of ongoing legal proceedings, and, the more so, their outcome,” the statement reads.Speaking of the economic situation, the port authority said that the results of PGE are to the greatest extent affected by the volume of transshipment of goods, which involves the acquisition of new customers.“The negligence of PGE’s predecessors in this field, as well as the lack of a development and investment plan, despite having substantial financial resources, since 2014 onwards has led to a decrease in transshipment volumes of nearly 1 million tonnes and in turnover by more than PLN 11 million.“The present management board has stopped the process of running down the company, the destruction of its assets and reduction of its potential. PGE is working proactively for the development of the sales department, along with investment purchases which in 2017 will be among the largest in the company’s history. In parallel, PGA has launched its largest investment project for years in the inner port, involving the reconstruction of quays and deepening of the fairway.”In 2016, more than 14.5 million tonnes of general cargo was handled on Gdansk’s quays, i.e. 23% more than in 2015, the port data shows.last_img read more

The Latest Mexico slams US decision on solar panels tariff

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Latest on President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines (all times local):9:55 p.m.Mexico says it regrets the United States’ decision not to exclude it from tariffs on imported washing machines and solar panels.It says it will “use all available legal resources in response to the U.S. decision.” It says its inclusion in the application of protections is “regrettable” given the U.S. International Trade Commission determined no damage exists to U.S. industry as a consequence of imports of Mexican washing machines.U.S. President Donald Trump says approving the tariffs will help U.S. manufacturers. The Republican casts Monday’s decision as part of his pledge to put American companies and jobs first.His administration is imposing an immediate tariff of 30 per cent on most imported solar modules, with the rate declining before phasing out after four years. For large residential washing machines, tariffs will start at up to 50 per cent and phase out after three years.___6:15 p.m.An association representing solar installers says a U.S. tariff on solar panels will lead to the delay or cancellation of billions of dollars of investment in solar energy.President Donald Trump said Monday he was approving tariffs on imported solar energy components and large washing machines in a bid to help U.S. manufacturers. The Republican says it’s part of his pledge to put American companies and jobs first.The Solar Energy Industries Association says the tariff will result in the loss of 23,000 industry jobs this year.One of the group’s members is Bill Vietas, president of RBI Solar in Cincinnati. He says government tariffs will increase the cost of solar and depress demand, reducing orders and costing manufacturing workers their jobs.Whirlpool chairman Jeff Fettig say the decision on washing machines will create new manufacturing jobs in Ohio, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee.___5:55 p.m.President Donald Trump is approving tariffs on imported solar-energy components and large washing machines in a bid to help U.S. manufacturers.The administration cast Monday’s decisions as part of Trump’s pledge to put American companies and jobs first.The administration is imposing an immediate tariff of 30 per cent on most imported solar modules, with the rate declining before phasing out after four years.For large residential washing machines, tariffs will start at up to 50 per cent and phase out after three years.The U.S. solar industry is split over the issue. Two small subsidiaries of foreign companies that made solar cells in the U.S. favour tariffs, but a larger number of companies that install solar-power systems say their costs will rise and jobs will be lost.last_img read more

Former employee challenging Fraser for mayors chair in Taylor

first_imgIncumbent councillors Betty Ponto, Brent Taillefer, and Dave Lueneberg have officially submitted re-election bids. The trio were all acclaimed in 2014 but will need to campaign in this year’s election after two other candidates officially submitted nomination papers.Sherry Davies and Michelle Turnbull will be looking to get elected to one of the four seats on Taylor Council.This year’s municipal election is taking place on October 20th, with advance voting days on the 10th and 17th. TAYLOR, B.C. – Voters will need to decide who will be the District of Taylor’s next mayor, and the race will be an interesting one.Incumbent mayor Rob Fraser will be looking to get re-elected to a second term in the upcoming election. Fraser served as a councillor in Taylor from 1994 to 2006 before being elected mayor in 2014 to succeed former mayor Fred Jarvis. Jarvis declined to run for re-election that year, after serving as the District’s mayor for 28 years.On Friday, Laura Prosko became the lone other candidate to file nomination papers in the mayoral race. Prosko was, until recently, the District’s Director of Community Services.last_img read more