Barbados and Hong Kong sign air services agreement

first_imgLifestyleNewsRegionalTravel Barbados and Hong Kong sign air services agreement by: Caribbean Media Corporation – July 11, 2015 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Sharecenter_img 48 Views   no discussions Share Barbados’ Ambassador to China, Dr. Chelston Brathwaite (right) and Secretary for Transport and Housing, Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung signing the agreement in Hong Kong.BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Barbados and Hong Kong have inked an Air Services Agreement.The deal “provides the framework for the provision of international air services between Hong Kong and Barbados and opens new doors for cooperation in tourism and trade between the two countries”, according to Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Barbados to the People’s Republic of China.He says the development also “represents another step in strengthening the relationship between Barbados and China”.Ambassador Brathwaite made the comments as he delivered remarks at the signing of the Air Services Agreement with Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).The Secretary for Transport and Housing, Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, signed on behalf of his Government.The Agreement, which was signed in Hong Kong recently, will allow the governments of Barbados and Hong Kong to promote mutually beneficial economic and cultural initiatives.last_img read more

DASPA seeking to promote healthy living among employees

first_imgBusinessHealthLifestyleLocalNews DASPA seeking to promote healthy living among employees by: Dominica Vibes News – September 12, 2016 316 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! The Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority (DASPA) is planning a health fair as part of initiatives to promote healthy living among its employees.This new campaign on health and wellness will focus on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which are not passed from person to person. The 4 main types of non-communicable diseases are cardiovascular diseases (like heart attacks and stroke), cancers, chronic respiratory diseases (such as chronic obstructed pulmonary disease and asthma) and diabetes.Health Educator of the Ministry of Health, Mignon Shillingford Rolle revealed during the DASPA In Touch’ radio program on Thursday 8 September 2016 that non-communicable diseases are the most dormant health problem in Dominica and the most leading cause of death, illness and disability.Rolle said statistics indicate that the leading causes of death in Dominica from 2009 to 2013 are cardio-vascular diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer. “So the first one is cardio-vascular diseases, two diabetes, three hypertension, four cancer of the prostate and that’s for our men -the leading cause of cancers among men in Dominica, then we have five to seven heart disease, and heart failure, then we have chronic lower respiratory disease which is number eight, and nine and ten is cancer of the stomach and digestive organs, so what you will see all of these are non-communicable diseases,” Rolle informed.DASPA’s Human Resource Manager, Cynthia Talbert said the company found out, in monitoring its over four hundred employees’ activities, that medicals, lack of productivity and absenteeism costs close to a million dollars in loss of revenue on an annual basis and this is of concern to management.“We have decided that there needs to be a way we can try to address that issue, and we are embarking on partnerships with various organization and agencies,” Talbert said.These include the Ministry of Health, Dominica Cancer Society, Dominica Diabetes Association, Drug Prevention Unit, Jolly’s Pharmacy, and the Blood Bank among others “because these non-communicable diseases at DASPA is what is affecting us greatly and when we try to address these issues we want to look at how we can increase the level of productivity”.The health fair is scheduled for 10 October 2016 at the Woodbridge Bay Port and a number of companies and organizations have been invited to partner with DASPA.“We want to try to make it fun and not mandatory for the employees, but we want to see how we can have them in an all-inclusive way to try to participate in the different aspects of health information and awareness,” Talbert indicated.During the fair, employees will be exposed to information regarding food portions, food use, alcohol intake, cancer and how to live a healthy lifestyle among other pertinent subject areas.In addition, the decision to host the fair is also in keeping with International Health Regulations of 2005, DASPA’s Chief Executive Officer, Benoit Bardouille said.“As we know that DASPA is in involved in cargo operations, in trade, and movement of passengers and as a result of that we too have to be part and parcel of it”.“So from a health standpoint, we have to now seek ways and means in terms of ensuring that we can reduce some of the threats, the disease threats and other health risks that we have,” Bardouille stated.The World Health Organization statistics indicate that non-communicable diseases kill thirty-eight million people each year. Almost three quarters of NCD deaths, twenty-eight million, occur in low- and middle-income countries. Sharelast_img read more

Batesville School Board Appoints New Member

first_imgJeremy Raver (left) was appointed to the school board Monday. (Image: Facebook)BATESVILLE –The Batesville School Board appointed Jeremy Raver as its newest member Monday, following the resignation of Board President Chris Lowery in July.Lowery was selected as chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Southeast region last month resulting in his departure from the board.Raver graduated from Batesville High School in 1997,received an undergraduate from Purdue and a Master of Business Administration from Xavier University.He currently serves as a sales consultant at Batesville Casket Company.The Batesville resident calls the school board nomination a great recognition and ever greater responsibility.“It is a huge honor but also a responsibility of representing the taxpayers and the City of Batesville and surrounding areas,” Raver said. “I think the board definitely has challenges ahead of us to take the resources given and use them effectively making the school corporation as good as we can.”Raver is a committee member on the Batesville Community Education Foundation and is no stranger to local education as his children Kaylie and Landon, are students in the corporation. His wife Charrel, is a teacher at Greensburg Community Schools.“I look at my two small children I have and the over 2,000 students in our corporation it certainly comes with a significant amount of responsibility.”last_img read more

Clattenburg Quits EPL to Take up Job in Saudi Arabia

first_imgMark Clattenburg is quitting his job as a Premier League official to become Saudi Arabia’s new head of referees.The 41-year-old is widely considered to be one of the best referees in football and took charge of the Euro 2016 final, the Champions League final and the FA Cup final last season.Howard Webb, another former top-flight official, resigned as Saudi Arabia’s head of refereeing 11 days ago.Clattenburg is expected to leave before the next Premier League fixtures.His new post will involve working with Saudi referees to improve performance and professionalise the set-up, while he will also take charge of some league games. He has signed a one-year rolling contract. Speaking on a live broadcast on the Saudi Football Federation’s Twitter page, Clattenburg said: “This is an important move forward. We have professional referees in the country that I am leaving, which has been a big positive.“One thing I’d like to do is work with the refereeing team and the president to make this happen so that it will be successful for many, many years to come.”The Premier League’s referee body, Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) said he had been “a great asset” and “an inspiration to those who want to get into refereeing”.Its statement added: “We understand this is an exciting opportunity for Mark, and it further underlines the high esteem for English match officials throughout the world game.”Clattenburg took charge of his first Football League game as a 25-year-old in 2000. Four years later, he was promoted to the Premier League’s Select Group.Unusually for a match official, public attention has often been drawn to his life off the pitch.In 2008, Clattenburg was suspended following an investigation into allegations he owed £60,000 as a result of a failed business venture, and he later had his elite referee status revoked.However, at an appeal in February 2009, his punishment was reduced to an eight-month suspension, backdated to August 2008.In October 2014, he was dropped from officiating for two breaches of protocol – speaking on the phone with then-Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock, before leaving a ground alone to drive to an Ed Sheeran concert.PGMOL says officials must travel to and from the ground together for integrity and security.And last summer he got two tattoos to commemorate refereeing the Euro 2016 and Champions League finals, and the Guardian reported he had a car with the registration plate: ‘C19TTS’.In an interview with Associated Press in December, he said he did not understand why “people see (the tattoos) as a negative thing”, adding: “I’m proud of what I’ve done.”One other incident Clattenburg cannot forget in a hurry is the racism allegation leveled against him by Nigeria former Chelsea stalwart, John Mikel Obi.Early this year, Clattenburg opened up in a rare interview revealing that he considered giving up on refereeing over the row “with respect to racism” with Mikel.Clattenburg was investigated after it was claimed that he made a racist remark towards Mikel in 2012.While the Premier League official was accused of saying “shut up you monkey” to the Super Eagles’ captain, the FA accepted the player had believed the referee had racially abused him – but Clattenburg was found to have no case to answer.But the whole incident, which Chelsea refused to apologise for, certainly took its toll on the referee who was named the Referee of the Year in January.Mikel was subsequently given a three-match ban and fined £60,000 by the FA for threatening behaviour.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

USC Eats connects diners with campus food options

first_imgOne semester. That’s the time it took for six students to develop USC Eats, an iOS app that displays menu options for the day at the residential dining hall locations EVK, Parkside and Café 84.The six students — Brian Anglin, Neel Bhoopalam, Jesse Chand, Arush Shankar, Riley Testut and Eric Wang — are members of “Blackbird,” a Spark SC committee formed at the beginning of the Fall 2015 semester for the sake of building internal tools for Spark.According to Wang, a senior majoring in business administration and computer science,  the committee members felt limited by the scope of building internal tools only for Spark.“Though doing this would help our friends throughout the organization, it wasn’t going to have the same visibility and impact that we wanted,” Wang said. “We wanted to build products that would impact the USC student body and beyond.”The idea for USC Eats developed because of the availability of open data provided by USC. The team then developed the app with a “two-prong attack,” according to Shankar, a junior majoring in computer science.Shankar worked with sophomore Brian Anglin on back-end development. Together, they formatted the data from USC before giving it to the iOS developers.The iOS developers, Jesse Chand and Riley Testut, then designed the front-end of the app — the part of the app that users interact with.“We’re partnering with USC so that the app stays up-to-date with relevant and useful information,” Shankar said. “There is also a mutual understanding that you can look online or use the app.”The team was originally composed of all programmers. However, according to Wang, it “organically evolved” to become more of an interdisciplinary team, including designers and project managers as well.USC Eats is the first project that the team did together. They, overcame obstacles associated with being a new team due to their common will to learn and make a big contribution, according to Anglin.“My favorite part about working with the team is that I get to be surrounded by really smart people,” Shankar said. “There’s so much knowledge to go around that I’m always challenged to work harder.”After the end of the fall semester, when the team came up with the idea and built the app, it was submitted to the Apple App Store for review.“I’m really excited that we were able to create a solid product in the end,” Anglin said.After the app launches, they will release an update which will include more features such as a favorites button. Users can favorite a dish they like and a push notification will appear on their phone the next time the dish appears in a dining hall.In the future, the team hopes to build more apps that benefit the USC community.“The next steps for our team are to identify projects that are really cool and start building these projects out,” Shankar said. “One of them has been a platform called ‘Tech LA’, which is a platform for finding internships in the L.A. area. We’re redesigning the whole thing and rebuilding it from scratch, so that the users can have a better experience.”For now, Blackbird hopes they have set an example for others.“This menu app is just one example of what USC students can do,” Wang said. “By building this app, we hope other people will be motivated and inspired to build their own projects on top of this data that USC makes readily available.”last_img read more

Pac-10 matchup on tap

first_imgAs the USC women’s basketball team prepares to host rival UCLA on Sunday, one statistic has the team’s attention.The winner will take over sole possession of third place in the Pac-10 Conference.Ready · Senior guard Heather Oliver anticipates a tough game. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan “This is more than just a rivalry game,” sophomore guard Ashley Corral said. “Whoever wins this game moves ahead of the other [in the conference standings].”That doesn’t mean the Women of Troy (9-6, 3-1) are discounting the importance of beating their crosstown rival. Even newcomers like first-year coach Michael Cooper are well aware of how heated the rivalry can be.“We almost don’t need to win another game if we beat UCLA,” Cooper quipped. “It’s going to be a big game.”Corral, a Washington native, said she learned what the rivalry truly meant once she stepped foot on campus.“As soon as you get to USC you realize the rivalry,” Corral said. “I’ve never been a Bruins fans. I don’t ever plan on being one.”Beating UCLA will be no easy task for the Women of Troy. UCLA (10-5, 3-1) took No. 2 Stanford to the wire last weekend before losing 65-61. By comparison, USC lost to the Cardinal earlier this season by 20 points.“It’s going to be a tough game,” senior guard Heather Oliver said. “They came really close to Stanford last weekend.”Cooper said one of his challenges over the past week has been keeping his team on an even keel.“We don’t want to get too hyped up for [the game],” he said. “But we also don’t want to be too low.”Another challenge for the Women of Troy will be the physicality of UCLA. Cooper said that the Bruins, while not a particularly tall team, have a lot of girth down low. Still, he expects his players to hold their own in the paint.“We’ve been undersized against everyone and we’ve overcome that all season long,” he said.One area where USC should have an advantage is at the end of the game. If the score is close late, count on the Women of Troy coming out on top. USC has won all three of its conference games this season by four points or less.“We’re starting to realize what it takes to win games,” Oliver said. “We learned a lot from last year when we lost a lot of close games. Now we’re relaxed.”The Women of Troy will need to bottle up some of that experience for what should be a tightly contested game.Tip off is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.last_img read more

COLUMN: Newfound success is fuel for the Trojan fire

first_imgLast September, on a damp, dreary Friday night in Salt Lake City, Clay Helton squeezed into a tiny room in the bowels of Rice-Eccles Stadium after a devastating, nail-biting loss — one that dropped his team to 1-3 — and answered questions from the media.The head coach lamented how the win slipped away, how field conditions impacted the final score, how he thought this would be the game that would key a turnaround for USC. Instead, the Trojans were off to their worst start since 2001, and whispers arose regarding Helton’s uncertain job security.“I’m heartbroken for [our players],” Helton said after the game.If that moment was the nadir of Helton’s tenure, then everything since has been a meteoric rise toward the zenith, and it’s a meteor that shows no signs of slowing. He made the right gamble in starting redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold, won eight straight games to finish the regular season, claimed a Rose Bowl victory in one of the most dramatic finishes in the bowl’s history and ended the season ranked No. 3 in the country. Now, a month later, Helton signed an absolute killer of a recruiting class on National Signing Day on Wednesday that fanned the flames on the three words that we’ve been dying to hear for years: USC is back.Entering the day, the Trojans had their eyes on no fewer than eight prized recruits. They landed six of them. To put it into perspective, that’s like hitting no traffic and six of eight green lights driving down Figueroa during rush hour.From four-star linebacker Levi Jones picking USC over both Florida and Florida State in epic, troll-like fashion (seriously, Google this) in the early morning to the afternoon commitments from Hawkins High product Joseph Lewis — ESPN’s No. 1-ranked wide receiver — and versatile four-star athlete Greg Johnson, the good news kept pouring in.In between, the Trojans corralled three more four-star commits in defensive tackle Jay Tufele, offensive tackle Austin Jackson and tight end Josh Falo, also ranked No. 1 in his position by ESPN. And all 19 of their previous commitments stayed onboard to seal up a strong recruiting class at nearly every position, enough to push it into the top five of most national rankings by the end of the day.It’s clear that this class — which features 14 players in ESPN’s Top 300 — will address positions of need for the Trojans. They’ll get Tufele and fellow four-star recruit Marlon Tuipulotu to shore up a defensive line weakened by the graduation of veteran defensive anchor Stevie Tu’ikolovatu and the departure of Noah Jefferson. They’ll add four offensive linemen — three of whom are four stars — to counter Zach Banner, Chad Wheeler and Damien Mama leaving the offensive front. They’ll bring in a couple of imposing wide receivers in Lewis and Randal Grimes, who will help step in the shoes of four departing “big men” — in Helton’s words — in JuJu Smith-Schuster, Darreus Rogers, De’Quan Hampton and Isaac Whitney. They’ll have an Adoree’ Jackson-like player in Johnson, who is 247Sports’ No. 1-ranked athlete in the class, able to play running back, wide receiver and defensive back. And they’ll even have a potential Sam Darnold Part II in four-star quarterback Jack Sears, who went to the same high school as Darnold in San Clemente.The Trojans racked up so many top-notch recruits on Wednesday that it triggered my Golden State Warriors-fan guilt — you know, the tiniest bit of pity that you feel when all the best players wind up on your team. After all, the greatest game plan to beat the top players is to, well, just have them play for your team.“They’re either going to be on your team, or you’re going to play against them,” Helton said. “The guys that we signed today I don’t want to play against. They’re talented.”While it’s true that USC will always draw talented recruits purely from its brand name — the Trojans still managed the 13th-ranked recruiting class in 2013 despite losing scholarships because of NCAA sanctions — Helton’s impressive haul speaks to more than just the football program’s legacy.It speaks to his ability to combine the glamour of USC with his own recruiting skills to convince talented players to don the Cardinal and Gold. It shows that he is far more than just a coach riding the coattails of a phenom quarterback to success. And it proves the benefits of tapping a long-time assistant in Helton to the head coaching position rather than hiring from outside the team -— because Helton used the relationships he developed during his time as an assistant coach to bring in this cream-of-the-crop recruiting class.“There’s basically three ways how you win a kid’s trust. One, your character. Two, your competency in your knowledge and how you can develop them. And three, let them know that you care about them,” Helton said, pointing out that USC had followed 21 of its 23 commits over a long period of time. “That takes time. To be able to be here for a number of years and build that relationship, that definitely helps.”With that, USC will enter spring practice with a very positive vibe and a head coach who is proving himself worthy of a prestigious position and winning over critics simply by … winning. Because when you win, people notice. But when you’re USC and you win, people really take notice — specifically, high school seniors making college decisions.When asked if the Rose Bowl win swayed some recruits toward the Trojans, Helton didn’t disagree.“It showed a level of consistency that I thought was important,” Helton said, “and I know it was important to the kids out there [watching] in their homes.”Winning: It cures everything, and it makes that heartbreaking defeat on a rainy Friday night in Utah seem like a really, really long time ago.Eric He is a sophomore studying print and digital journalism. He is also the associating manager of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs on Fridays.last_img read more

Brock Lesnar remembers the vicious kick from Alistair Overeem that changed his MMA career

first_img Written By WATCH US LIVE 9 months ago WWE: Stone Cold Steve Austin hails Brock Lesnar as the best wrestler of the 2010s 9 months ago WWE Survivor Series 2019: Brock Lesnar beats Rey Mysterio to remain WWE Champion SUBSCRIBE TO US Brock Lesnar – WWE returnBrock Lesnar recently concluded his rivalry with Rey Mysterio whom he defeated at Survivor Series to retain his WWE championship. Lesnar is currently on a hiatus from WWE and is not expected to be involved in another major rivalry anytime soon. According to reports, he would not be appearing on WWE programming until Royal Rumble in late January 2020. Also Read | Conor McGregor Vs Donald Cerrone: UFC Fan Offers A Sneak Peek Into The Future First Published: 2nd December, 2019 22:34 IST COMMENT 9 months ago WWE: The Undertaker opens up about losing WrestleMania streak against Brock Lesnar 9 months ago WWE: Tyson Fury claims to beat Brock Lesnar within 30 seconds in a fightcenter_img Last Updated: 2nd December, 2019 22:34 IST Brock Lesnar Remembers The Vicious Kick From Alistair Overeem That Changed His MMA Career Brock Lesnar was one of the biggest stars in the UFC before he faced off against Alistair Overeem. Lesnar was smashed by Overeem with a devastating liver kick. For even in the lead up their heavyweight showdown, Brock Lesnar was very vocal about suffering from diverticulitis for quite some time, and that he was still very much in the process of recovering from the condition. Lesnar had been plagued by the disease over the course of his career with the promotion with back to back cases of diverticulitis, an intestinal disorder.Also Read | Rey Mysterio Net Worth, Salary, Upcoming Survivor Series Fight Against Brock LesnarUFC: Brock Lesnar describes the vicious kick from Alistair OvereemAlistair Overeem has inhuman striking power, at least that is what Brock Lesnar had to say about Overeem. In an interview with Cage Potato, Brock Lesnar described what it felt like after being kicked by Alistair Overeem during the fight. He said that it felt like he got kicked by a horse. Following the loss at UFC 141, Brock Lesnar had officially announced his retirement from the UFC and soon made his return to the WWE where he would gain prominence shortly after. Brock Lesnar later returned to the UFC in a one-fight deal with the promotion where he successfully defeated Mark Hunt in the co-main event of UFC 200. Also Read | WWE Survivor Series 2019 Results: Brock Lesnar Brutalised, SmackDown Reign Supreme WE RECOMMEND Danish Ansari Brock Lesnar faced Alistair Overeem at UFC 141 in a heavyweight showdown. What caught the eye of most MMA fans was the kickboxer’s vicious attack to Lesnar’s mid-section which spelt the end of Lesnar’s run in the UFC. Alistair Overeem had a simple approach going into the fight against Brock Lesnar – target his vulnerable liver throughout the fight. Brock Lesnar was stopped by Alistair Overeem in the very first round of their match after taking a vicious kick to the liver.Also Read | Brock Lesnar’s WWE Annual Salary, Net Worth And Upcoming Fight LIVE TV 9 months ago Brock Lesnar NFL: Did WWE and UFC champion play in the NFL for Minnesota Vikings? FOLLOW USlast_img read more

“Thanks to wearing a seat belt…” Aguero opens up on Amsterdam car crash.

first_imgManchester City striker, Sergio Aguero has opened up about his lucky escape from a car crash in Amsterdam on September 29.The Argentina international was on his way to the Amsterdam Airport from a concert where he was a guest of Colombian singer Maluma, when the taxi in which he was travelling crashed into a lamp post, leaving him with a broken rib.The 29-year-old’s injuries were expected to keep him sidelined for close to six weeks and missed Argentina’s crucial World Cup qualifying game against Ecuador.“When I got to the hospital, I asked the doctor if I could play for City on the Saturday. He said, ‘I don’t believe so’.I took a moment to think and realised it’s thanks to wearing a seat-belt that I’m able to talk about this at all. Then one thinks, ‘Why did I go?’ But it’s difficult to imagine that something like that could happen.” Aguero said, thankful to be alive.Aguero seems to be recovering quickly as he is back in training with Manchester City and could return to action against Stoke City this weekend at the Etihad Stadium.RelatedManchester City’s Sergio Aguero Involved In Car CrashOctober 16, 2019In “Europe”Premier League Defences Beware! He Is Back After Horror Car CrashOctober 10, 2017In “Europe”Another Injury Blow For Manchester City! Striker Suffers Fractured Rib After Car Crash – ReportsSeptember 29, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

CAF fines Berekum Chelsea

first_imgThe Confederation of African Football (CAF) has fined Berekum Chelsea 5,000 dollars (10,000 cedis) for unsporting behaviours in the CAF Champions League.Information gathered by GNA Sports indicates that the Disciplinary Board of the continent’s soccer governing at its sitting last week in Cairo, Egypt handed the sanctions to the Berekum-based club after reviewing their Group B clash against Egyptian giants, Ahly held on August 4, at the Military Stadium.Berekum Chelsea lost 1-4, incidentally the only defeat in their campaign but had left-back Richard Kissi Boateng sent-off in the first half and received a further three other cautions.Defensive duo Eric Agyemang, Awudu Nafiu were booked just as midfielder Jordan Opoku in the closing stages of the game.The continental soccer governing body has since communicated the decision of their Disciplinary Board to Berekum Chelsea through the Ghana Football Association (GFA).Berekum Chelsea narrowly missed out on a place in the last four of the premier continental club championship after finishing behind Ahly and TP Mazembe of DR Congo in Group B.last_img read more