Sprintec Track Club scored two big wins during yesterday’s 2016 Gibson McCook Relays at the National Stadium.The club’s female and male teams clocked fast times to capture the men’s and women’s sprint relays for clubs and institutions.The quartet of Gayon Evans, Anastasia Leroy, Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby and Sherone Simpson turned back sister team GC Foster College to clock a winning time of 43.61 seconds. G.C. Foster were second in 44.17 and University of Technology, third in 44.35.McLaughlin-Whilby was overjoyed with her team’s run.”We just came out today to give of our best and I am very pleased with how the young ladies ran. I am happy I was able to finish injury free,” said McLaughlin-Whilby.The Sprintec men, who finished a close second to MVP Track Club at the recent Milo Western Relays, avenged that defeat with a quick 38.59 as Racers were second in 39.02 ahead of UTech, 39.55.The winning Sprintec quartet was Jermaine Hamilton, Oshane Bailey, Rasheed Dwyer and Chadic Hinds.PRETTY CONFIDENT”We were not focusing on time coming into the race, but in the end, we were very happy that we ran fast. We have a new set of guys and I am pretty confident that next year we are going to run much faster,” Dwyer said.There were two 4x100m relay wins in the high school section for Edwin Allen High’s girls and Kingston College (KC).Edwin Allen won the Class Three, and Four events. In Class Three they clocked 46.13 to hold off St Catherine High, second in 46.19, and St Jago High, third in 46.34.In Class Four, favourites Edwin Allen remained unbeaten this season winning in 47.58 ahead of Hydel High, 47.70, and Wolmer’s Girls, 49.88.St Jago’s girls ran away with the Class One sprint relay after favourites Holmwood Technical dropped the baton. The Spanish Town-based school won in 45.77. Green Island High clocked 45.81 for second and Camperdown High were third in 45.92.Holmwood made up for their Class One loss by taking Class Two as favourites Edwin Allen had baton problems on the second leg. Holmwood won in 46.02, defeating St Jago (46.07) and Edwin Allen, 47.77.KC won the Class Three sprint relay clocking 43.41 to finish ahead of Wolmer’s Boys, 43.41, and St Jago, 44.09.A brilliant second leg from former Vaz Prep star Terrique Stennett gave KC an easy win in Class Four. They won in 45.17 with Calabar High second in 46.60 and St Jago third in 47.68.Jamaica College captured the Class One boys 4x100m in 40.01. St Jago, 40.44, and Cornwall College, 40.57, were second and third, respectively. In this event, Calabar’s second-leg runner fell after the exchange, while Kingston College’s anchor leg runner pulled up 30 metres from the finish line.Calabar were hit by a hamstring injury to star Class Two sprinter Tyreke Wilson. Wilson almost went down on the lead off leg, but, despite the injury, still managed to hand over the baton to teammate Christopher Taylor on the second leg. They won in 41.21 with Wolmer’s Boys second in 41.98.
Touch football for kids aged 8-18 years in Western Australia is about to take off in a new, fun and friendly way under an initiative known as AusTouch. AusTouch is being seen as a change from the traditional junior development strategies and one that will hopefully provide a clear path to bring young players from informal schoolyard games into registered participation with touch football clubs. It will provide an additional avenue to expose potential players to participation outside the school-based competition, developing skill and social interaction abilities at the community level. TouchWest are leading the way in taking up the program and they believe that the introduction of AusTouch will ensure their continued growth and expansion into the future. The first AusTouch program in WA will take place at Perth club affiliate Southern Districts. It will run over 6 weeks, beginning with a registration day in late February before qualified instructors will run weekly sessions throughout March and early April. TouchWest have spent a significant amount of time and effort in recent months working to introduce the program. Their lead-up work has included identification of suitable AusTouch leaders, sending information letters to schools in the area of Southern Districts Touch Football Club promoting AusTouch and offering them free coaching clinics. 11 people attended an AusTouch Leadership training course on February 8th, including Southern Districts Club Administrators and members, as well as people from various other TouchWest clubs. Those attending from other clubs are keen to not only help Southern Districts establish AusTouch, but are also enthusiastic about commencing the program within their own club. Following the interest and excitement that has been generated in recent weeks and at the Leadership training day, another leadership course is being planned for the next few weeks. Matt Bamford, the State Development and Technical Officer, believes it is fortunate for touch in WA that their clubs are so open to new initiatives. He believes that there is no doubt their enthusiasm for AusTouch to be a success makes it a great deal easier for all the planning to come together. Mr Bamford highlights that the AusTouch session plans are easy to follow, that they keep in mind it is about the kids having fun and not purely about the technical aspects of skills. After all, if the kids enjoy themselves, in the years to come they will still be around to hear about the technical stuff when they’re ready for it. Further information on the AusTouch program can be found on ATA’s website or by contacting: Megan Currie- National AusTouch Co-ordinator. Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to the following athletes and referees who have been selected to represent Australia in the Open Divisions at the 2017 Trans Tasman.Men’s OpenDaniel Barton NSW – Parramatta District Touch AssociationStuart Brierty WA – Southern District Touch Association Sam Brisby NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Scott Buckley NSW – Penrith Touch AssociationScott Bundy NSW – Doyalson Touch Association Shaun Francis QLD – Townsville Castle Hill Touch Association Nick Good NSW – Penrith Touch Association Cody Green QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association Dylan Hennessey NSW – Hornsby Touch Association Cormac Hoch QLD – Rockhampton Senior Touch Association Jordan Marshall NSW – Paramatta District Touch Association Ben Moylan NSW – Penrith Touch Association Peter Norman QLD – Gold Coast Touch Association Jonathan Palau NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Matt Prowse NSW – Canterbury Touch Association Ciaran Toner NSW – Hornsby Touch Association Coach: Tony TradAssistant Coach: Paul SfeirAssistant Coach: Phil GyemoreWomen’s OpenElizabeth Campbell QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association Tayla Clifford NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Madison Crowe NSW – Central Coast Touch Association Danielle Davis NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Rachelle Davis NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Hannah Dyball NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Emily Hennessey QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association Ashleigh Kearney QLD – Ipswich Touch Association Hayley Maddick QLD – Caboolture Touch Association Patricia Michaelopoulos NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football Association Laura Peattie NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Samantha Rodgers NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Catherine Sargent QLD – Caboolture Touch Association Kimberley Sue See QLD – Caboolture Touch Association Tamika Upton QLD – Rockhampton Senior Touch Association Marikki Watego QLD – Gold Coast Touch Association Coach: Swain RovelliAssistant Coach: Craig MorrowManager: Kim SolmanMixed OpenJayden Benbow QLD – Rockhampton Senior Touch Association James Blackwood NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football Association Justin Costello NT – Darwin Touch Association Tim Glazebrook SA – City Touch Touch Association Simon Lang NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Jackson Mills NSW – Parramatta District Touch Association Cameron Nicholls NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football Association Adam Pryde QLD – Redlands Touch Association Michael Singh QLD – Labrador Touch Association Jared Townson QLD – Townsville Castle Hill Touch Association Elin Mortimer NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football AssociationZara Nicholas NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Leah Opie NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football Association Paige Parker QLD – Caboolture Touch Association Leah Percy VIC – Melbourne City Lions Touch Association Katherine Stevens QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association Coach: Mick LovettAssistant Coach: Justin CreightonAssistant Coach: Dave NolanManager: Mark HarringtonReferee Contingent Dave Baggio NSW – Wagga Wagga Touch AssociationRob Bowen NSW – Berkley Vale Touch AssociationBrett Freshwater QLD – Redcliffe Touch Association Luke McKenzie QLD – Wagga Wagga Touch Association Kim Skelly NSW – Central Coast Touch AssociationRelated Files2017_open_trans_tasman_teams_and_referees-pdfRelated Links2017 Trans Tasman
Dylan Moses LSUDylan Moses, the No. 1 recruit in the 2017 class committed to LSU, is a player Tigers’ fans should be very, very excited about. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound prospect out of Baton Rouge, La., has been committed to LSU since 2013. He’s rated the No. 1 linebacker in the country by 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings but he can also play running back. Moses is ridiculously athletic. For further proof of his athletic prowess, check out these workout videos of him posted today. LSU’s 2017 class only has two commits – Moses and five-star defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin – but it’s ranked the No. 5 class in the country and the No. 2 class in the SEC by 247 Sports. [Tiger Droppings]
OTTAWA – Nikkie Edwards and her boyfriend make about $31,000 a year, a sum that leaves them below the poverty line as defined by Statistics Canada — and in the company of another 4.8 million people, according to the latest census numbers released Wednesday.Of those, 1.2 million Canadians are children under 18 — including their 10-month-old daughter, Isabelle.The agency defines the so-called low-income measure, or LIM, as household earnings of less than half the national median income — $22,133 for a single person, or $38,335 for a family of three — as part of its latest glimpse into life in poverty in Canada.But the measure is not a perfect way of determining the poverty threshold, in part because it can’t take into account the often complex financial circumstances many families are forced into: Edwards, for instance, lives rent-free with her boyfriend’s parents.But the newest census data, based on tax information from 2015, the most recent year available, forms a baseline for the federal Liberal government, which has vowed to slash child poverty, reduce inequality and find a way to help parents like Edwards obtain better child care.Internal government estimates pegged this year’s child poverty rate at between 11.7 and 13 per cent, based on the LIM. Data for this year to measure the impact of the Liberal’s $23-billion-a-year child benefit program won’t be available for at least three more years.“There have been positive steps, as well as positive signals of what is planned to address child poverty, but there is unfinished business,” said Anita Khanna, national co-ordinator of Campaign 2000, which pushes governments to eradicate child poverty in Canada.“There is a path we can follow that can bring us to the point of eradication.”It has been 28 years since the House of Commons vowed in 1989 to end child poverty by the year 2000.Statistics Canada reported that in 2015, 17 per cent of Canadian children under age 18 lived in low-income households, a figure that has stayed virtually unchanged for a decade even as median incomes have steadily gone up across the country.“The fact that low income is stable means that people at the bottom of the (income) distribution are more or less keeping up with that growth,” said Andrew Heisz, assistant director in Statistics Canada’s income statistics division.“They’re not growing faster, but they’re not also falling behind.”In seven of Canada’s biggest cities, one in every five children was living in a low-income household in 2015.Moreover, children in lone-parent households were three-and-a-half times more likely to live in poverty than their counterparts in two-parent families, even as the number of low-income, single-parents has declined since the late 1990s.Meanwhile, the percentage of seniors living in poverty rose between 2005 and 2015, when 14.5 per cent of Canadians over 65 were living below the low-income measure, an increase from the 12 per cent recorded in 2005.Children living in resource-rich Alberta, where commodity prices fuelled some of the largest gains in median incomes nationwide, were less likely to live in low-income conditions than anywhere else in Canada — only 12.8 per cent of kids there were living in poverty.In Quebec, second behind Alberta at 14.3 per cent, studies show a robust child care and child benefits program has boosted the employment of women over 20 and helped cut low-income rates, despite the fact the province has among the lowest median income in the country.The Liberal government’s new child benefit was designed to slash child poverty rates further, particularly in places like Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, which had the highest provincial child poverty rate at 22.2 per cent.In hard-hit Windsor, Ont., the child poverty rate topped out at 24 per cent, the highest of any Canadian municipality, as a result of a deep and persistent decline in the manufacturing sector.The situation has spurred Edwards, 23, to become politically active, joining the social activist group Acorn to lobby the federal government for better child care funding so struggling parents are better able to work and cover daycare costs.“I just believe that if I gave up and didn’t fight, nothing would be done,” she said. “If we keep walking away and turning the other cheek and ignoring it, things will never change.”
TORONTO – Canadians like to complain about paying some of the world’s highest wireless prices, but a Montreal Economic Institute report says they should also acknowledge the cost of having some of the world’s most advanced networks.“Yes, we pay more. But we get a lot more. That’s what I’d like people to take into consideration when they complain about their prices,” author Martin Masse said in an interview before the report’s publication on Tuesday.His 40-page report says Canadian wireless carriers are among the biggest investors in network infrastructure “however one calculates it: per connection, per subscriber, per capita, or as a percentage of their revenue.”The benefit, it adds, is that Canadian carriers are consistently ranked among the fastest in the world, citing statistics from telecom equipment maker Cisco and Open Signal, which measure networks in various countries.The Montreal Economic Institute, which takes an anti-regulatory stance, receives some funding from the telecommunications industry players but says it makes its choices independently.The study comes as the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is in the midst of requiring Rogers, Bell and Telus to add a basic, data-only wireless service to their product lineup.Rogers has proposed a $25 per month plan with 400 megabytes of data at 4G speeds. Bell and Telus have suggested 500 MB of data at LTE speeds for $30 per month.Katy Anderson of Open Media, an advocacy group that pushes for lower-cost telecommunications services, said “at the end of the day, we know that so many Canadians pay way too much for their cellphone services.”She pointed to a short-lived price war last December, when Rogers, Telus and Bell offered heavily discounted plans with 10 gigabytes of data for $60 per month.“I think it just shows you that if one gives a cheaper option, they’ll all go that way. Then, on the other hand, once they start to raise their prices we see that the companies tend to raise their prices (to be) pretty similar.John Lawford of the Public Interest Advocacy Group, which also pushes for consumer-friendly telecom policies, said that countries like Finland and South Korea also have good networks but at lower prices than Canada’s.He adds that regions within Canada that have a “strong” fourth carrier enjoy average discounts of between seven and 25 per cent than those without.Masse said he doesn’t think Canada should follow Europe’s lead, or even the United States, in emphasizing low prices over investments on advanced fourth-generation and fifth-generation networks.“In five years, when we have our 5G networks deployed here . . . in Europe they will still pay low prices for crappy services and no 5G, or years behind us in deploying 5G, which will have an impact on their whole economy.“We all want to pay less. But is this what we want?”Independent consultant Mark H. Goldberg, who organizes the annual Canadian Telecom Summit, said in an email that he agrees that a focus on price alone doesn’t make sense with something as complex as wireless.“We are still seeing hundreds of thousands of new customers each quarter, which seems to indicate that Canadians are still seeing value and getting their first phones,” Goldberg said. “I think that is an encouraging signal.”Companies in this story: (TSX:RCI.B, TSX:BCE, TSX:T, TSX:SJR.B)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Province has announced new funding to build a new elementary school in Fort St. John across from the Fort St. John Hospital.The Province is providing up to $30.8 million to build the school and the Peace River North School District will contribute $300,000. Construction is set to begin summer 2019. The school is scheduled to open in fall 2021, with 505 spaces for students in kindergarten to Grade 6. The school will be located across the street from the Fort St. John Hospital on 112th Avenue.“Our government has committed to addressing the backlog of capital projects in fast-growing communities. We’re investing in our children and working hard to build schools that are desperately needed,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. “Students deserve to go to school in modern, healthy learning environments, so they can thrive in their education, and succeed in life.” The new school will accommodate the growing population in Fort St. John. Since 2012, the city’s hospital has had more than 600 births each year. The birth rate, combined with 2016 Statistics Canada Census data, indicates there may be hundreds of new students entering the school system yearly for the foreseeable future.“We’re excited to have approval from the Ministry of Education to move forward on a second new elementary school,” said Jaret Thompson, Peace River North School Board deputy chair. “Our district has been challenged with space pressures for some time, and we’re glad to begin work on this second innovative learning space, situated in the northeast side of the city.”Plans for the two-storey facility include a neighbourhood learning centre with child care, before-and-after school care and multi-purpose spaces for community use. Given the harsh winter climate in northern B.C., indoor sports and activity areas are important. This space will contribute to Fort St. John’s goal of being a healthier community.“School District 60 (Peace River North) is committed to providing our students with innovative learning spaces in which they can develop their full potential,” said Dave Sloan, Peace River North School District superintendent. “New schools, such as the one being announced today, help us meet that commitment by providing new spaces for our rapidly growing student population.”
Tokyo: Former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn was rearrested early Thursday in Tokyo while out on bail, local media said, as prosecutors investigate a fresh charge against the auto tycoon. Authorities arrested the 65-year-old less than a month after he was dramatically freed on bail following more than 100 days in detention. Public broadcaster NHK and other media said prosecutors had entered Ghosn’s temporary accommodation in central Tokyo early Thursday morning and that he left with them by car shortly afterwards. An AFP reporter outside the home saw three men in dark suits guarding the entrance to the building’s car park and a police officer patrolling, as dozens of journalists gathered. Reports emerged Wednesday that prosecutors were weighing rearresting Ghosn as they investigate claims related to at least USD 32 million in Nissan funds transferred to a distributor in Oman. According to a source familiar with the matter, some of this money is believed to have been used to buy a luxury boat for Ghosn and his family. The former high-flying executive already faces three charges of financial misconduct related to allegations he under-reported his compensation and sought to transfer losses to Nissan’s books. He has denied any wrongdoing and took to Twitter for the first time Wednesday, using a newly created account that his spokespeople confirmed was authentic, to announce plans for a press conference. “I’m getting ready to tell the truth about what’s happening. Press conference on Thursday, April 11,” said the tweet, sent in English and then Japanese. Ghosn currently faces two separate charges of deferring his salary to the tune of nine billion yen (USD81 million) and not revealing this in official documents to shareholders.
Lucknow: The Samajwadi Party has fielded Shalini Yadav as the joint candidate of the SP-BSP alliance in Varanasi to challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha elections.A light-weight candidate, Shalini Yadav has unsuccessfully contested he Mayoral polls in Varanasi on a Congress ticket in 2017.Shalini Yadav is the daughter of former Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson Shyamlal Yadav.Samajwadi Party sources said that none of the senior party leaders in the region were willing to contest against the Prime Minister and the party then decided to field Shalini Yadav who joined the party on Monday evening. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”I will work to the best of my abilities under the guidance of Akhilesh Yadav and try to wrest the seat from the BJP. The youth is on our side and nothing is impossible if you make the effort,” she told reporters.The Varanasi seat had been won by Murli Manohar Joshi in 2009 and became a VIP seat in 2014 when Narendra Modi defeated his nearest rival Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party by a huge margin of over 3.75 lakh votes.Polling in Varanasi will be held in the last phase of elections on May 19.
Rabat – Morocco’s interior minister, acting on behalf of the Moroccan state, tasked lawyers to bring legal proceedings against people who filed complaints accusing Moroccan top officials of torture allegations though aware that they were false. In a complaint lodged, this Tuesday, with the Republic’s prosecutor to the Paris high court, the interior minister condemned the gross manipulation by some individuals who were sentenced for fraud and international drug trafficking by Moroccan competent jurisdictions, said a statement by the Interior Ministry.The minister also condemns the complicity of a French association known to be “blatantly biased and active against” Morocco’s territorial integrity. The complaint lodged by the interior minister deplores the instrumentalization of the French legal procedure by people responsible for false accusations of torture and exposes the real motives behind this manipulation, namely the destabilization of security bodies under the Interior Ministry mainly the DGST, an institution renown and respected for its achievements in counterterrorism and organized crime fight, in the respect of the rule of law, the statement said.The minister recalls that the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which Morocco signed and ratified as did France, set the adequate framework to judge any torture allegation.These legal proceedings are an addition to contacts and exchanges under way between government officials of both countries to shed light on the circumstances of the grave and unprecedented incidents that took place recently and identify concrete measures to avoid such occurrences in the future, it added.The group of lawyers in charge of the interior minister’s complaint is composed of Ralph Boussier, Yves Repiquet, Abdelkebir Tabih and Omar Taieb.