INSPORTS to donate $500,000 worth spikes to champion school

first_imgThe Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) will be continuing its initiative to develop track and field in Junior High Schools with the annual staging of the popular INSPORTS Junior High Athletics Championships from April 13-15.The meet, to be held for the second consecutive year at the National Stadium East, will see some 2,000 athletes vying for top honours.Through its regular coaching seminars, the government-run sports agency recognised the necessity for a constant supply of sporting equipment to enhance proper development at this level and as such, they have allocated $500,000 for the purchasing of spikes for the champions.”We’re going to give the winning school half a million dollars’ worth of running spikes,” said Ian Andrews, administrative director, INSPORTS.”That will go towards their development. If they want to keep them or give them to the athletes, it’s up to them,” he added.Andrews noted that their aim is to increase participation on a national scale.”We only have 22 schools participating,” he pointed out. “The number of schools have been dwindling because many have been upgraded to high schools.”Hopefully with this initiative, next year, we will be able to attract other schools from outside the Corporate Area and St Catherine. Right now, Osborne Store is the only school outside Kingston and St Catherine that will be participating,” he observed.In keeping with that plan, the INSPORTS administrative director said they have formed a union with the heads of institutions.PARTNERSHIP WITH PRINCIPALS”We’ve developed a partnership with the principals with a view of developing the meet and, hopefully, they will spread the word and influence other principals for their schools to take part at the meet,” said Andrews, who listed more plans to increase popularity.”We’ll be going into the schools to try to sensitise them between now and next week. We’ll be looking to highlight the top athletes, who invariably will end up going to high schools,” he noted.The majority of those athletes are generally fielded by Windward Road Junior High and John Mills Junior High, which have dominated the championships.During the recent staging, Windward Road successfully defended their title ahead of John Mills, the many-time champions.The top teams prepare at the National Stadium East and meet director, Maureen Chin-Miller, said expectations are high because a larger portion of the student body will now contribute to the overall outcome.”So far, it’s looking good, we’re getting everything in place,” she said about their preparedness.”What has heightened the competition is because we’ve added the primary school component as well.”Windward Road and John Mills will be renewing their rivalry again, and it should be very exciting,” said Chin-Miller.last_img read more

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Flickr Co-Founder Unveils Glitch: “The Greatest Game There Ever Was?”

first_imgIn The Minds of GiantsThe game, Butterfield told us, “takes place in the minds of these giants that are walking along and singing and humming the world into existence” – a reference to aboriginal myths of the world’s creation. This backbone gives the whole game a flexibility that seems to be key, both in the experience of the game as well as the game-play itself. “If you’re in someone’s imagination, even the rules can change to a certain extent based on location,” Butterfield said, noting that games visual and aural design will change throughout.Calling the game an “emerging collaborative situation,” Butterfield said that the players would really create the game’s dynamics as they went along.“The social, economic and political structures that people evolve will change the direction of the game,” he told us. “You can have a supply and demand economy.”But on it’s most base level, the game is still a puzzle-based side-scroller, with some interesting new potential.Where Will It Go?One of the things we’re immediately wondering about is the connections with social media made available by a Web-based platform. Already, the public beta testing sign-up offers a connection with Facebook Connect. The brief FAQ on the site hints at the social nature of the game, reading “We’ll make it easy for you to find [your friends]. And since it is all one big world, there are no worries about who is on what server.” This could be a big leap from other MMORPGs, like World of Warcraft, where you have to chose a server, only to later find out that half your friends are on this server, while half your friends are on different servers and you can’t play together. In addition to the potential for social interaction, such as tweeting your in-game location – one example offered by Butterfield – Glitch also provides an API that will allow for even more extra-game interaction and expandability. The game’s development in Java and Javascript “means we’ll be able to push new content — new items, new places, new characters — on a daily basis,” states the FAQ. “It also means that we’ll have lots of APIs with which the game can be expanded and extended.”For now, get there quick and sign up for private alpha testing, which starts soon. Public beta testing will begin this summer. Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield and his company Tiny Speck have come out today with a game they boldly assert could be “the greatest game there ever was”. The massively-multiplayer, Web-based Flash game was unveiled this morning and will be opening for private alpha testing soon.While the game will not be fully open to the public until late in 2010, the current site not only gives us a preview of what Tiny Speck has been working on, but offers a way for you to keep track of what’s new and sign up to be one of the game’s testers.What’s Your GlitchFirst, let’s get the name out of the way: Related Posts mike melanson 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout It’s called Glitch because in the far-distant and totally-perfect future, the world starts becoming less and less probable, things fall apart, the center cannot hold, and there occurs what comes to be called the “glitch” — a grave danger of disemprobablization.We had a chance to talk with Butterfield this morning about what to look forward to and the game he described was certainly something different. Though he says they haven’t determined the pricing structure and are now just halfway through development, the game will primarily be free, with additional features and in-game goods available for purchase.Glitch, from the looks of the preview video, looks like a standard side-scroller game with a Flash look that will be appropriate for all ages. As the FAQ states, the only thing you’ll be killing in this game is your time. Butterfield said that, from the beginning, they were looking at creating an “something that’s non-violent, a little bit more absurd and surreal.” Tags:#gaming#news#web 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more

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NAB 2014: The Foundry Announces Nuke Studio

first_imgThe Foundry just announced Nuke Studio at NAB 2014 – editing and visual effects in a single app.If you haven’t been able to keep up with all the news coming out of NAB 2014 than you are in good company. With dozens of new cameras and products being announced it’s hard to sort between the important announcements and the non-important. Well, we definitely have an important announcement to report! The software creators at the Foundry have just announced Nuke Studio, an all-in-one application specially designed for quick turn around projects that require VFX in a node based environment.Unlike other VFX software such as Adobe After Effects, Nuke Studio will allow users to edit, color, add VFX and master their videos all in one program. Nuke Studio gives users the ability to render in the background, giving editors the ability to edit and composite video while they are currently exporting. This feature will save editors time, and subsequently a lot of money too. Don’t take our word for it check out this unveiling video from this morning at NAB:Pricing and AvailabilityPricing has not been announced for Nuke Studio yet nor have we heard any credible rumors. We will definitely convey this information as soon as we get it. The Foundry stated that Nuke Studio should be available in late 2014 but that is as specific the information gets. If you want to register to be a beta tester or get up-to-date information you can “register your interest” on the Foundry’s website.What do you think of Nuke Studio? Will it be a serious competitor for Adobe? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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Faster Processing of NHF Cards at Savanna-La-Mar Hospital

first_imgChief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Fund (NHF), Everton Anderson, says the processing of NHF cards at the Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital, in Westmoreland, will have a quicker turnaround time soon.Addressing a Rotary Club of Savanna-la-Mar meeting at Hotel Commingle in Westmoreland on October 9, Mr. Anderson said that by the end of this year, it will take just 15 minutes to process NHF cards at the hospital.“Five years ago to get an NHF card, you had to fill in your form and we send the card by mail. At that time, about 30 per cent of those cards were returned to us because many people were no longer utilising the postal service. We decided to try the same-day card printing at the NHF head office and it worked well. What that meant is that within 15 minutes of completion of the (NHF) form, you got a card,” Mr. Anderson noted.He pointed out that this process will eventually be in all parishes, as it is imperative that patients have quick access to the cards.Meanwhile, Mr. Anderson dismissed claims that the public sector is inefficient, emphasising that the NHF is “committed to not only speaking about being efficient, but demonstrating it.”He also highlighted that the NHF is committed to improving access to much-needed medication by citizens in all parts of the country.last_img read more

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Stena Bulk Demands Access to Seized Stena Impero

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Stena Bulk Stena Bulk, the owner of the seized tanker Stena Impero, has demanded access to the vessel in order to conduct a full assessment.The company, and the vessel manager, the UK-based Northern Marine Management, said that they consider “it imperative” to be granted access to the tanker, that remains at anchor in Bandar Abbas.The move comes on the back of a letter from Iranian authorities to the United Nations Security Council outlining alleged violations of international rules and regulations, including an unconfirmed collision.“We continue to await a response from Iranian authorities to our request,” Stena Bulk said.India, Russia and Philippines Embassy officials earlier attended the Stena Impero and have met with crew members from their respective countries.“Feedback from the officials is that the crew are in good health and they appreciated the interaction with their government representatives,” the ship owner informed.The 46,575 cbm Stena Impero was seized by Iran in what is perceived as a retaliatory measure after the UK detained a 300,000 dwt Iranian tanker on suspicion it was carrying a shipment of crude oil to Syria.Following the Stena Impero seizure, the UK urged British-flagged ships to avoid the Strait of Hormuz.,Following the Stena Impero seizure, the UK urged British-flagged ships to avoid the Strait of Hormuz.last_img read more

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Beside The Points For Thursday Sept 21 2017

Things That Caught My EyeFor whom the AL wild-card slot tollsIt sure looks like the Minnesota Twins are going to snag the American League’s second wild-card slot in the playoffs, and needless to say it’s going to be difficult to get past the recently streaking Indians, top-notch offense of Houston, or the Yankee-Red Sox industrial complex. They’ve got a two in three chance of nabbing the potentially doomed playoff spot. [FiveThirtyEight]More like AFC Best you know? The AFC West — the Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos, and some itinerant caravan of rootless football professionals describing themselves as Chargers — is stacked this year, with the Chiefs, Raiders and Broncos all with higher-than 50 percent chances to make the playoffs according to ESPN’s football power index. [ESPN]Technically undefeated!The Las Vegas Golden Knights are 2-0 so far through the NHL preseason, which is their first as a franchise. Technically speaking, that makes them the only entirely undefeated team playing at the moment. Hockey starts up again October 4. [Knights on Ice]NFL games getting shorter?Not including Monday Night Football, the average Week 2 NFL game lasted 3 hours, 4 minutes — down slightly from Week 2 of 2015 and 2016. Obviously we’re going to need a few more weeks of data before making a definitive declaration about the speed of play but early number appear promising. [ESPN]Baseballs approach their platonic idealAll baseballs go through the air a little differently — a lower seam here or a smoother ball there marginally affect how they travel — but those slight differences have been getting slighter. Judging by a measure of air resistance, the baseballs used in MLB play since 2008 have been getting more and more internally consistent when it comes to how they fly, which ends up affecting how far they go, which might explain… [FiveThirtyEight]Big Number5,694The number of home runs hit league-wide in the 2017 season when Kansas City’s Alex Gordon connected for one in the eighth inning on Tuesday night, topping the major-league record set in the 2000 season. The league is currently on pace for 6,140 homers. [ESPN]Leaks from Slackemily:Sox going to extra innings again. 2nd day in a row.colleen:dammit, @neil, you caused thisneil:I only caused it if they end up losingneil:by reminding them how lucky 14-3 is in extras[The Red Sox won and were subsequently 15-3 in extra innings]Predictions MLB See more NFL predictions We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe See more MLB predictions NFL Oh, and don’t forgetThis could be it for Bautista, enjoy him while you can. All newsletters read more

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Murder accused killed in alleged gunfight with cops

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA man was killed in an alleged gunfight with police in Daspara of Bera upazila in Pabna district on Saturday night.Deceased Nizam Mandal, 42, from Mirpur village of the upazila, was a member of an extremist group, Sarbahara, police claimed.The law enforcement said he was an accused in nine cases, including that of the murder of three police members in Dhalarchar union in 2010. Acting on information that a gang of robbers taking preparation for committing robbery in Daspara village, police conducted a raid in the area around 11:30pm, Aminpur police station officer-in-charge Abu Obayed told Prothom Alo.Sensing the presence of the law enforcement, the robbers opened gunfire on police, prompting them to shoot back, triggering the gunfight, he added.The robbers fled the scene after 12-15 minutes of gunfight, the OC said.Later, police recovered the bullet-injured person and sent him to Bera upazila health complex where physicians declared him dead around 1:00am, Abu Obayed said.A locally-made pistol, two rounds of bullet, and three machetes were seized from the scene, he said.Three policemen were also injured in the gunfight, OC Abu Obayed claimed.”The law enforcement’s version of these events was, however, not verified independently as no version of the incident was available immediately either from any witnesses or from any members of the victim’s family.”last_img read more

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Wholesale cooperative society to give 7 Samabayika stores a makeover

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta Wholesale Consumers Cooperative Society (CWCCS) is planning to revive the seven Samabayika stores under its aegis in the city and make it at par with other departmental stores of leading private companies.The CWCCS has already given a facelift to two of its stores — one at Hazra and another at Rashbehari in South Kolkata, but the other five are in urgent need of a revival. “Our largest store located on Lindsay Street near New Market that is spread across an area of 9,360 square feet presents a sorry picture with a handful of customers visiting the place. We have submitted a detailed proposal to the state Cooperation minister Arup Roy which will entail an investment of Rs 2 crore for a complete facelift of this store. As soon as we get the funds work will start. It will take around six months to complete the work,” said Alok Das, chairman of CWCCS. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeDas said only selling rice, pulses, spices and similar articles will not boost sales, we also need to have everything under one roof such as the likes of popular private departmental stores. It may be mentioned that all the Samabayika stores under CWCCS are located at prime locations. Apart from Rashbehari, Hazra and New Market, four other stores are at Chandni Chowk, Ekdalia near Ballygunge railway station, Uttarayan Market at Ultadanga and Hatibagan near Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedStar Theatre. CWCCS is a central society that was formed in 1963 with more than 90 percent share from the state government and the Centre. There are a number of sub-societies that individually run Samabayikas in the city. There was a time in the 70s when there were 229 stores in the city but currently it has come down to around 45. One such Sambayika store at Moni Sanyal Road in Chetla that has received a facelift was inaugurated by Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim on Friday. “If there is a proposal for reviving Samabayikas, I will surely try to provide assistance,” Hakim said. Most of the Samabayikas in the city had come up in the 1970s, but due to utter neglect during the Left Front regime, most of these departmental stores are in a bad shape,” Das added.last_img read more

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