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Laurie Foster: Protecting Fuller’s legacy

first_imgLast Saturday, Manchester High School hosted the fourth staging of the Charlie Fuller Memorial field events meet. It was founded through the concept to relive the memory of a man who gave sterling support to track and field at the mid-island institution. The chief person who conceptualised the meet, still the engine that drives the event, is the former outstanding sprinter out of the neighbouring parish’s St Elizabeth Technical High School, Carlos Samuels. Issues of coaching leadership at the school have led Samuels elsewhere. Although he works assiduously to ensure otherwise, there is no doubt that the image of the event, could be tarnished. Fuller was a sporting personality, whose contribution to the upliftment and empowerment of the female track and field programme at Manchester High knew no limits. However, there were no geographic boundaries. This columnist recalls a trip to visit the Falmouth home of a girl from Vere Technical, who had been granted a track scholarship, just to offer congratulations and wish bon voyage. CLOUDS OF UNCERTAINTY With so many offers for Samuels’ talent as a coach and motivator of athletes, it is unlikely that his services will again be available to the Manchester team. What seems more likely is that with or without his invitation, some will want to take up residence within his new programme if logistically permissible. With all these clouds of uncertainty, where does this leave the event held to commemorate the excellence promoted and sustained by Fuller that was Manchester High School under his canopy of passionate support and stewardship? It must be remembered that even the inception of the event was contested by the organisers of the long-standing JAAA/Puma Invitational, held simultaneously crosstown at Kirkvine. They were not amused that competition would be coming from persons who once were aligned to their event. It is to the credit of the opposing parties and some fruitful dialogue following disruptive stand-offs that good sense triumphed and they can now coexist. An existing destructive culture may not allow this harmony to persist. Whatever happens, the CFMFEM should not suffer. The legacy of Charlie, his spirit of goodwill and malice to no one, need to be sustained. Foster’s Fairplay issues a fervent call for constant interaction with the parties to lift and sustain the positive direction in which the meet is now trending. It is incumbent on these stakeholders to ensure that this takes place. Do not allow the memory of this great man to be sullied in any way. – For Feedback, email: lauriefoster2012@gmail.com MEMORABLE SUNDAY Then came the thought that her younger teammate, slightly errant at times, would benefit from the trip as a motivational tool. The fact that the latter miss lived in Kingston was no hurdle. The stout-hearted benefactor, as was Fuller, journeyed from his Manchester home to the city, collected the young athlete, drove to Trelawny for the visit, returned to Kingston for the drop-off, and made his way home all in one memorable Sunday. The incidents of selflessness, displaying single-minded dedication to the female athletes at “Chester” were numerous. The accompanying, domestic deprivation is best described by his devoted wife, Olive. With what Mr Fuller gave to Manchester High during the years he substantially funded the track and field programme the areas of controversy surrounding the introduction and subsequent staging of the meet are unfortunate. There is a threatening situation that needs to be set right if the memory of the peaceful and non-contentious individual is to be adequately maintained. As this column is being written, former head coach Samuels has taken up duties at a Kingston school. This as the Mandeville school administration ponders an altercation between his assistant, Rahnsomn Edwards, and him. Reports are that there was a physical confrontation and both were placed on suspension. Previous to that development, former head coach Jerry Holness returned from stints overseas and resumed his position, displacing Samuels, who, from all reports, had endeared himself to the athletes. Tales of a fallout in enthusiasm are rife a testimony to the influence Samuels had, and presumably, still has, even from a position external to the programme. Holness, now seemingly firmly in the saddle, has gone for another experienced coach as his assistant in Duane Jarrett. Jarrett was his deputy in the first overseas stint in Dubai.last_img read more

Chelsea fans on Twitter criticise Cahill

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesMany Chelsea fans on Twitter laid into Gary Cahill after the club’s shock 3-0 home defeat by Bournemouth on Wednesday.The Blues skipper – who this month celebrated six years at the club – was found wanting for all three Bournemouth goals in a horrific 15-minute spell.That provoked fury among  a number of supporters.Cahill is one of my favourite players but his legs have gone, really struggled all season #CFC— Jonny Hipwell (@jonny_13) January 31, 2018Asking for trouble playing Cahill at the back tonight. Been a good player for us but has been past it for a while now. Have seen Roman sack managers after results like this one 😬 #cfc #chelsea— Kris Reid (@KrisTatco) January 31, 2018All 3 goals attributable to Gary Cahill. The guy is completely out of his depth in that central position in the back. His movement for the second goal is particularly comical. #CHEBOU #cfc— Aditya Balaraman (@adityabalaraman) January 31, 2018Gary Cahill had an absolute shocker tonight!— Mike Flatt (@MikeFlatt86) January 31, 2018Is Gary Cahill still wandering around Stamford Bridge looking for his man?— Charlie Bone (@CarefreeCharlie) January 31, 2018We had Terry, now Cahill. Biggest downgrade possible #CFC— Mickael Mercier (@Mick2596) January 31, 2018How many more games is Cahill going to cost us this season? I’m saying another good 10 defeats— Anto Daniels (@AjdanielsCFC) January 31, 2018Club Captain or not, Gary Cahill belongs in League 2. How he keeps getting in the starting 11 is beyond me. #CFC— A L (@alicefoster) January 31, 2018Moment to just remember that Gary Cahill is the captain of Chelsea Football Club. Genuinely have seen as competent defenders as him at Sunday League level, absolute shambles of a player and had been for years— J (@jwv1995) January 31, 2018Chose to watch match of the day to see what exactly happened to chelsea and why we got spanked at home to Bournemouth? The answer… Gary Cahill.— Powly (@DanielPowell97) January 31, 2018See also:Giroud completes Chelsea move as Batshuayi joins DortmundChelsea slump to shock home defeatChelsea assessing seriousness of Christensen injuryBlues face battle to make top four, says ConteChelsea v Bournemouth player ratingslast_img read more

Cardinals breeze past Sutter at home

first_imgCorning >> The Corning boys had little trouble getting a win Friday night over the visiting Sutter Huskies, 67-28.It was all Cardinals in the first half and the teams went to the locker room with Corning up 39-15. With a big lead, coach Kurt Wilkins pulled his starters a few minutes into the third period.Not much changed for the Huskies, though, and they were held scoreless more than six minutes into the third, breaking the drought with a pair of foul shots with 1:44 left in the frame.“We …last_img read more

AirAsia to sell leasing arm

first_imgLow-cost powerhouse AirAsia has reported a second quarter profit increase of more than 40 per cent and announced it will sell all or most of its leasing unit for as much as $US1 billion.Kuala Lumpur-based AirAsia Berhad announced a second quarter profit of RM341.8m m($US84m) up from RM243m in the year ago quarter.The group attributed the profit increase to a 23 per cent growth in revenue during the quarter, mainly due to an increase in aircraft operating lease income, and a 24 per cent reduction in fuel price to $US59 per barrel.The number of passengers carried on the airline jumped 10 per cent to 6,454, 131 and load factor rose 7 percentage points to 87 per cent compared to the same period a year ago.AirAsia has engaged RHB Investment Bank to oversee the sale of all or a substantial portion of its equity interest’’ in leasing arm AAC, which carries out the aircraft leasing business within the group and with third party airlines, or its business or assets.RHB, Credit Suisse (Singapore) Limited and BNP Paribas are joint advisers for the transaction.Group chief executive Tony Fernandes told Bloomberg Television proceeds from the sale may be used to reduce debt or pay a dividend.”Depending on who the buyer is, and there seems to be tremendous interest, we’ll likely divest all or maybe keep a minority interest for a period and sell out,” Mr Fernandes said.last_img read more

Google Books Comes to the Search Options Panel

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#E-Books#Google#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Google just announced that all the content from Google Books is now searchable from the Search Options panel the company introduced earlier this year. Until today, users could only use the Search Options panel to restrict searches to videos, forums, and reviews. This move should give Google Books a boost in visibility. It will also make it easier for users to search for books and magazines right from Google’s default search page. There have been some rumors that Google plans to sell eBooks on Google Books by the end of this. Maybe this is a step in that direction.While Google is obviously caught up in a broad controversy around its Google Books project and, more specifically, the Google Books settlement, the company is clearly dedicated to making Google Books a standard feature of its search business. The company continues to add new features to Google Books and just yesterday, Google announced a partnership that will allow On Demand Books to print books from Google’s archive of public domain books on its Espresso Book machines and turn them back into paperbacks.For now, this new feature is only available in the United States, though according to a blog post on the Google Book Search blog, the company plans to make this feature “available elsewhere in the future.” frederic lardinois Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Twitter’s International Growth Continues

first_imgRelated Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Twitter’s most active users can be found in New York City, London and Los Angeles. Twitter’s hometown of San Francisco is home to the company’s 10th most active group of users.These numbers clearly indicate that Twitter saw significant growth outside the U.S. over the last six months. You can find Sysomos’ full report here.Nobody is Using GeotaggingSysomos got this this data by analyzing the profiles of over 13 million unique Twitter users who were active between Oct. 16, 2009 and Dec. 16, 2009. Given the recent interest in geotagging and geolocation services, we also asked Sysomos to look at the percentage of tweets that are currently being tagged trough Twitter’s Geotagging API. While we didn’t expect that large numbers of users were currently attaching location data to their tweets, we were surprised by how low this number currently is. Sysomos scanned 10 million tweets from Monday and Tuesday this week. Only 0.23% of these had been tagged using the Geotagging API.Given that the API has only been available for a few month and that only a small number of Twitter clients currently supports this service, it doesn’t come us a surprise that only a few users are currently using this service. This small number, however, also indicates that users aren’t clamoring to tag their location to their tweets. frederic lardinois The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… While Twitter’s growth has slowed down in recent months, new data shows that the popular microblogging service has found a lot of new users outside of the United States. According to new data from social media analytics and monitoring firm Sysomos, the U.S. now accounts for about 50% of all active Twitter users. This is down sharply from 62% in June 2009. The share of Twitter users from Brazil, Indonesia and Germany, however, has grown significantly over the last six months. Brazil, Indonesia and GermanyBrazil now accounts for 8.8% of all Twitter users – up from just 2% in June. Indonesia’s Twitter users now account for 2.5% of all users (up from 0.5%). The percentage of German users among all Twitter users is now 2.5%, up from 1.5% in the middle of last year. Users from Brazil now represent Twitter’s second most active population, followed by the U.K. (7.2%), Canada (4.35%) and Germany (2.49%). Interestingly, the U.K. still leads Brazil when it comes to the number of total tweets contributed. Here the U.S. leads with 56.59% (down from 50.9% last year), followed by the U.K. (8.09%). Twitter’s Brazilian population contributed 6.73% of all tweets. Tags:#news#NYT#twitter#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Microsoft Needs To Come Clean On Skype Privacy

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Microsoft#privacy#Skype Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… markhachman 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Forty-five organizations concerned with online privacy co-signed a request Thursday for Microsoft and Skype to finally come clean on whether the service is well and truly private.In an open letter addressed to Skype president Tony Bates, Microsoft chief privacy officer Brendon Lynch and Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and others criticized Microsoft for its “persistently unclear and confusing statements about the confidentiality of Skype conversations,” especially whether or not repressive governments and other organizations can monitor Skype conversations.At press time, Microsoft representatives said only that they were reviewing the letter.Essentially, the groups are asking for a regular statement of accountability, includingQuantitative data regarding the release of Skype user information to third parties, broken down by the country of origin of the request, the number of requests made by governments, the type of data requested, and the proportion of requests with which it complied — and the basis for rejecting those requests it does not comply with.Specific details of what data Microsoft and Skype collect and retain.Skype’s “best understanding” of what data possibly malicious third parties may collect from Skype users.Its responsibilities under the Communications Assistance For Law Enforcement (CALEA) Act and others for cooperating with law enforcementIts relationship with China’s TOM Online and other licensed users, including if they’re legally allowed to monitor and censor their user’s Skype calls.Matching The CompetitionThe groups argued that both Twitter and Google already present similar disclosures, so Skype and Microsoft would merely be falling in line with more established practices.Skype’s ~600 million users are spread across the world, where many of the service’s users attempt to avoid censorship or discovery by chatting on Skype rather than on a mobile phone. This can be problematic, depending on your perspective; on one hand, insurgents and rebels can use Skype, but so can protesters against tyrannical regimes. Unfortunately, some see those regimes as existing within the United States, and a story by The Washington Post last July claimed that Skype had expanded its “cooperation” with U.S. law enforcement to make online chats visible to police, even though the article noted that it still wasn’t entirely practical to do so. Reporters Without Borders told The Verge that many journalists had reported that their calls had been intercepted.The other issue is that, after acquiring Skype, Microsoft closely tied the VOiP Internet calling service to Windows 8, as well as Windows Phone 8, where the initial preview release of Skype wouldn’t turn off.Does Skype Live Up To Microsoft’s Own Policies?The letter comes a day after Microsoft published a series of online privacy guides for its own products, including Bing, Internet Explorer and the Xbox – but not Skype. An Australian privacy agency wondered, however, wherther Microsoft had gone far enough. Some of those privacy protections include what the company calls Tracking Protection, the refusal to disclose any third-party information to a “blacklist” of sites that the user selects.As Scott Fulton III noted on ReadWrite last year, the problem of online privacy, at least within Web browsers, dates back to 1996, when Google was accused of circumventing privacy protections to deliver Web ads. But Microsoft’s Tracking Protection within Internet Explorer has created a high bar for the rest of the company’s online products. It’s easy to ask for or or order Microsoft to do the same for Skype, although coding that protection in would almost certainly require some development work. What the EFF and over a hundred individuals are asking for is a good first step.As of now, even basic levels of privacy within Skype remain problematic. The service makes it exceedingly easy to search out new Skype contacts, even those you’ve never “met” or connected with before. That opens up users to being spammed, phished or even monitored.The authors of the letter say they realize that the acquisition and integration of Skype within Microsoft may have made “questions of lawful access, user data collection, and the degree of security of Skype communications temporarily difficult to authoritatively answer.” But they note the merger was announced in October 2011 – giving Microsoft plenty of time to plan its privacy strategy for Skype.Given Microsoft’s recent very public statement about its commitment to privacy – and the upcoming Data Privacy Day on January 28th, this might be the perfect opportunity for Microsoft to explain Skype’s commitment to privacy as well.Image from Skype.com. IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

Ukrainian capital gets smarter with new urban tech

first_imgRelated Posts IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#Kiev#Smart Cities#smart city#Ukraine How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…center_img Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Earlier this month the Ukrainian capital Kyiv (Kiev) saw its central part equipped with 50 high-tech underground garbage containers for solid urban waste, reported Kiev City State Administration (KCSA).Another 250 containers will appear in the city by the end of the year, with the total number reaching one thousand next year.Manufactured locally, these garbage containers are designed to make city streets clean and reduce the smell. They are armed with solar panels, fire control system and sensors which control the rubbish volume and send a signal to a dispatcher, when necessary.See also: Volvo wants to automate your garbage pickupIn parks, the containers will have a wood cover for esthetic reasons.“Old trash bins often get dirty, they are a source of an unpleasant smell and occupy a lot of space in Kyiv yards. The new underground containers are five times more spacious than traditional ones,” commented City mayor Vitali Klitschko.“Kyiv does not only have to look modern, but to use modern technology as well,” he added.Meanwhile, the city authorities plan to equip 29 city pedestrian crossings with a smart lighting system. The lighting will switch on by a movement detector and charges via solar batteries.The city authorities hope that this technology will help them reduce the number of road accidents as well as energy consumption.The project was designed by Volodymyr Basovskyi and was supported by 862 supporters city inhabitants in a competition.Kyiv authorities have already allocated funding to implement the idea in the nearest future. However, the launch date has not been specified. Baptiste Parravicinilast_img read more