With another competitive and intriguing Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships just over three months away, Excelsior High School’s athletics fraternity is looking to make its 13th annual Wesley Powell Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC) track and field meet a massive one that will help them rally momentum to do well in 2016.The event, which was launched at Excelsior High yesterday, is set for Saturday, December 12.It is open to clubs and institutions, high, junior high and primary teams, with a total of 40 track and 28 field events billed for boys and girls from Classes One to Four.A team from The Cayman Islands has been specially invited for the meet. Olympian Grace Jackson will serve as meet director.Yesterday’s guest speaker, legendary sprint coach Glen Mills, who has conditioned six-time-Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt at the Racers Track Club, said his charges won’t be participating but gave the meet high marks.”It’s too early for us,” said Mills of his Racers charges.”I think it’s an excellent meet. I was here last year, and I was very impressed, and it’s the kind of meet that you would need at this time of the year to evaluate where you are and how your training programme has been going,” he told The Gleaner in an interview.”Excelsior must be congratulated for maintaining the format over the 13 years,” Mills said yesterday.Excelsior’s team is coached by Michael Vassell, while competitions directors are David Riley and Xavier Gilbert.Heart Institute of the Caribbean is in its second year of a $10-million sponsorship, and will be awarding gift certificates to winners.”At HIC and HIC Foundation, activities such as these form a very important part of our outreach to the nation. We are keen on this because it concerns the care and well-being of our young people,” said Lisa D’Oyen, executive director of HIC.The meet was first staged in 1998 to honour Wesley Powell, the founding principal of Excelsior High School.
With the time having changed signalling the return to darker evenings, the Donegal Road Safety Working Group is urging all road users especially cyclists and pedestrians to stay safe and be seen. Already this year, 127 people have been killed and many more have been seriously injured in road traffic collisions in Ireland.The sad reality is that many of these deaths and serious injuries could have been avoided, said Donegal County Council’s Road Safety Officer, Brian O’Donnell. “Our message is simple. This means wearing a hi-viz jacket and being seen if you are walking, running, cycling or riding a motorbike. Slow down if you are a driver, especially when sharing the road with vulnerable road users. Everyone wearing a seat belt, front and rear on every trip and ensuring children are properly restrained too. Do not drive while being distracted by a mobile phone, never drive while impaired, whether through drink, drugs or driver fatigue and pay attention to what is happening when you are using the road.“With evenings getting darker much earlier, and fewer hours of daylight during the day, we all need to work together to keep people safe. Road users need to make an extra effort to look out for children, pedestrians and cyclists. Pedestrians, joggers and cyclists should wear bright clothing, reflective jackets or armbands, to ensure they are seen by other road-users when out on the roads. Cyclists must use front and rear lights and reflectors and we also stress the importance of them wearing a helmet.”He added they also urged all motorists to check and ensure their vehicles are fit for winter.“Tyres must be in good condition and meet the legal requirement. A defective tyre could lead to a serious accident. All lights must be clean, working and correctly adjusted. Remember to use dipped headlights when driving in poor weather. Our advice is that if your vehicle wipers are switched on, so should your dipped headlights. If you have fog lights, use them when the weather is foggy, but remember it is illegal to use these lights at other times. Listen to the weather and travel advice on the news and if needs be, leave extra time to ensure that you arrive safely. “We all need to play our part in road safety, especially as it gets darker earlier. Road users must accept their responsibility to think about their actions on the roads and modify their driving to cope with winter conditions. Similarly, pedestrians and cyclists need to stay safe and be seen,” he said.APPEAL TO ROAD USERS AS WINTER TIME BEGINS was last modified: October 27th, 2015 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)
Share this storyBanks worldwide spend US$1 trillion on digital, but few benefit, study finds Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Comment What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Banks worldwide spend US$1 trillion on digital, but few benefit, study finds Of banks in 21 countries, just over 10 per cent of the largest are now ‘a different sort of bank.’ They have had the better returns 0 Comments JPMorgan Chase, the largest U.S. bank, has been a top spender among financial firms in the technology race.Getty file photo Facebook While global banks have been pouring money into information technology — to the tune of US$1 trillion over three years — only a handful appear to be fully committed to a digital transformation and are therefore reaping the benefits, according to an Accenture Plc study.Just 19 banks among the 161 largest retail and commercial banks that the consulting firm examined have been focusing enough on digital strategies to “make the shift to a different sort of bank,” Accenture said in the report, released Thursday. And those that did were rewarded for their efforts, the firm said.All the banks studied, based in 21 countries, started at roughly similar rates of return on equity in 2011, but by 2017 the banks that Accenture identified as “digital focused” had ROE that rose 0.9 percentage points. The 81 least-digitally focused banks, meanwhile, saw their ROE slip 1.1 percentage points — and Accenture researchers said the gap is likely to continue to widen through 2021. ROE at a middle group of 61 “digital active” banks was little changed. Big tech moving further into big bank turf with crypto, credit card offerings Manulife Bank out to poach millennials from the Big Five with targeted digital banking packages Greg Feller: Canadian banks are about to have their Apple moment “You could see in those three groups the performance deferential,” said Alan McIntyre, an Accenture senior managing director and co-author of the report. “You see a gap, and where the gap is coming from, and it’s coming from digital.”The US$1 trillion estimate by Accenture is for retail and commercial banks globally, and includes all internal and external hardware, software, service and information-technology staff costs. The most digitally focused banks became more profitable through cost-cutting, Accenture researchers said, and Wall Street has rewarded them with higher valuations. While the study didn’t include names of the banks studied, McIntyre said that the 19 most digitally focused banks include JPMorgan Chase & Co.Related Stories:Exit of Deutsche Bank’s investment bank chief marks end of eraNew York-based JPMorgan, the largest U.S. bank, has been a top spender among financial firms in the technology arms race. In February, it said it planned to boost its tech budget by US$600 million to US$11.4 billion this year.Bloomberg.com Sponsored By: Email Featured Stories Reddit Recommended For YouUPDATE 2-Canada posts C$762 mln trade surplus in MayVodafone launches 5G in Britain with unlimited data plansUPDATE 2-Twitter to deemphasize, label politician tweets that break its rulesLoonie nears eight-month high on surprise swing to trade surplusTrump rips tech firms at ‘free speech’ summit June 21, 20192:16 PM EDT Filed under News FP Street Twitter Bloomberg News Join the conversation → advertisement More Elizabeth Rembert ← Previous Next →