Waugh takes CONCACAF post

first_imgFormer JFF physical trainer and UTech lecturer, Andre Waugh, recently resigned from his posts with both organisations to take up his new role as Caribbean Development Manager for CONCACAF.The former Portmore United Technical Director wants to make a mark and help uplift the general standard of football in the region and believes his experience from both of his former jobs will serve him well in his new capacity.”I really want to make a mark. Money is rewarding but I want to lay in my bed at night and feel I have made a contribution and a mark,” he told The Gleaner.”It has always been my desire to serve at the highest level, so this opportunity from CONCACAF will allow me to pretty much put what I have been doing in both organisations, JFF and UTech, together and try to give back on a wider scale,” he continued.As Caribbean Development Manager, Waugh will coordinate and supervise development activities specific to the Caribbean through CONCACAF. This includes coaching education programmes, women’s football, liaising with different technical directors of the region, and assisting with development programmes. He says that he is ready to take on this new challenge.GREAT RESPONSIBILITY”Everything that has great reward comes with great responsibility. This (job) is going to require a lot of commitment. I am really looking forward to the challenge, and I like the direction of the organisation, the programmes that are on stream, and the vision of the president and the director of the Caribbean office, Horace Reid. So the future looks bright. The philosophy and the vision are clear, and I want to achieve,” he said.Although his focus is to do his best as the regional development manager, waugh has ambitions of moving on to even greater things in the organisation.”We are very ambitious people and the possibilities are endless, but for now, I am just focusing on the task at hand and being fully committed to this job and raising the standard of football in the Caribbean. We will see where it takes us, but for now, it’s just work,” Waugh said.last_img read more

Semenya plays down gender testing ‘nonsense’

first_img0Shares0000Kenya’s Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon celebrates winning as South Africa’s Caster Semenya grabs third in the final of the 1,500m event, at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London on August 7 © AFP / Jewel SAMADLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 8 – South African Caster Semenya, dogged by gender accusations since shooting to fame in 2009, has played down efforts by track and field’s governing body to change rules on naturally occurring testosterone in female athletes.Semenya is back in the spotlight following a study funded by the IAAF and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that showed female athletes with naturally high levels of testosterone enjoy a competitive advantage of up to 4.5 percent over their rivals. The 26-year-old South African, double defending Olympic 800m champion and also a two-time world gold medallist in the distance, was one of a number of women taking medication to lower her testosterone level until 2015 when the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) suspended an IAAF rule that enforced a limit on naturally occurring levels.Semenya has studiously avoided the controversy, instead concentrating on her track performances and she won a bronze in the highly competitive 1500m at the world champs in London on Monday.South Africa’s Caster Semenya was one of a number of women athletes taking medication to lower her testosterone level until 2015 when the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) suspended an IAAF rule that enforced a limit on naturally occurring levels © AFP / Adrian DENNIS“Those are the things, the issues, that I don’t focus on. It’s not my business. It’s their business,” Semenya insisted.“Those are the writings that I’ve being seeing since 2009,” she said of a particularly unsavoury moment in her career after winning gold in the Berlin worlds in 2009.Questions were asked of her sex after that storming victory preceded by an incredible athletic progression, and she ended up spending 11 months on the sidelines when the IAAF conducted that verification process.“Sometimes, you get annoyed or you get bored,” she said of the saga that has raised its head once again, insisting it was not her problem.“For me, it’s the past. Whoever deals with it, it’s their business, not mine.“I’m not even bothered.“I’m the kind of person who doesn’t really focus on more negativity. I’m a positive person and I look at things in a positive way.“Obviously, as a human — you understand? — you get to a point where you just focus on you.“I don’t work for the IAAF. I’m Caster Semenya. I’m an athlete. I focus more on my future.“For me, they do their job. I do my job.“I have no problem with such things.“Such situations are just a waste of time for me.”When asked whether she would comply if the IAAF ruled that she once again take medication to lower her testosterone levels, Semenya said: “I’ve no time for nonsense. Medication or no medication.“For me, it’s their own decisions.“I really don’t have time for nonsense.”After winning 1500m bronze behind Kenyan winner Faith Kipyegon and silver medallist Jennifer Simpson of the United States, Semenya will focus on her preferred 800m, no doubt readying herself for a fresh bout of questioning.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgFlowers left at the scene close to where body of Derry man was found.Pic North west NewsPix/CopyrightTHE death of Stephen McCloskey in Co Donegal is not suspicious, Gardaí have said.Officers had sealed off the scene of his death near Bridgend overnight as investigations continued.However this evening a Garda spokesman said that as a result of a post mortem they were no longer treating his death as suspicious. His death has left his partner, their three children and the extended McCloskey family devastated.Stevie had disappeared on October 28. His car was found near Burt.Gardaí had moved cautiously in the past 24 hours since a body was found in a river near Bridge Brook.Earlier today heartbroken relatives left bunches of flowers close to the Garda cordon.  STEVIE McCLOSKEY: DEATH NOT SUSPICIOUS was last modified: November 10th, 2014 by John2Share 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) Tags:deathStephen McCloskeylast_img read more

Falcarragh water off yet again

first_imgThere are further water disruptions to the town of Falcarragh again this morning.Yet another burst water pipe in the ailing system means that businesses and householders will be without water until at least this afternoon.The entire water system locally is due to be upgraded by Irish Water in September. However, retailers and locals now face a summer of water disruptions because of the ageing pipe network.Falcarragh water off yet again was last modified: May 29th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Is it time to shift to soybeans?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers who have been delayed in planting corn could take advantage of a market rally in soybeans and switch to that crop, Purdue agricultural economist Chris Hurt says.Soybean prices surged earlier in the week after a U.S. Department of Agriculture report showed a sharp reduction in global soybean inventories and stronger-than-anticipated demand for U.S. exports.“Delayed planting this spring may actually turn out to be a financial blessing if farmers end up planting more soybean acres,” Hurt said. “Soybean prices have been rising rapidly this spring while corn prices have increased much more slowly.” Financial incentiveSince March 1, soybean prices have risen 25%, or $2.20 per bushel, while corn prices are up only 4%, or about 14 cents per bushel.“Given prospects for high priced soybeans and low priced corn, the financial incentive to shift intended corn acres to soybeans has reached new highs,” Hurt said.Based on crop budgets projected by Purdue agricultural economists, soybean farmers stand to earn $116 more per acre than corn producers this year.“This is one of the highest incentives to shift from one crop to another we have ever seen,” Hurt said.Soybean prices have been moving steadily higher since January, buoyed by a weaker U.S. dollar, which triggered unexpectedly high demand from China, the largest export market for U.S. beans. A weaker dollar makes U.S. exports cheaper for foreign buyers. Acreage shiftThe rally accelerated late last month when heavy rains threatened to delay the harvest in some regions of Argentina, the world’s third-largest soybean producer.Tuesday’s release of the USDA’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand report sparked a renewed wave of buying. July soybean futures prices rose more than 57 cents on the day to close at $10.84 after falling as low as $8.59 last November.July corn futures were up 12 cents Tuesday to settle at $3.81, still below the psychologically important $4 level. Corn prices have been held back in part by last month’s USDA Prospective Plantings report showing farmers intended to plant more corn acres than analysts expected.Since that report was issued, there have been indications that farmers across the country could shift up to 3 million acres from corn, with most of that acreage expected to go to soybeans, Hurt said.“This shift will have a tendency to bring high soybean prices and low corn prices back into better alignment,” he said. “Ultimately, farmers in states like Indiana, Michigan and Ohio that have fallen behind on corn planting may benefit financially if they shift some of that acreage to soybeans.”last_img read more

Controversial Rajasthan bill sent to Assembly select committee

first_imgRajasthan tables Criminal Laws Amendment Bill amid uproar  The move has been severely criticised by the Congress and the National People’s Party (NPP) and senior BJP MLA Ghanshyam Tiwari. The Editors Guild of India too opposed the “harmful ordinance” and demanded its withdrawal.On Tuesday, Mr. Tiwari protested when he was not allowed to raise a point of order. He objected to Speaker Kailash Meghwal giving permission to the Home Minister for giving his statement during Question Hour.  At the beginning of Question Hour on Tuesday, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Rathore said Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje held a meeting of Ministers on Monday night to discuss the Bill and that the Home Minister would apprise the House of the development.The Home Minister said that prior approval of the President was sought before introducing the ordinance in September.On Monday, Independent MLA Manik Chand Surana raised the point that no approval of the President was attached with the Bill. As the Opposition MLAs rushed into the well of the House demanding withdrawal of the Bill, Mr. Kataria said the government would consider the suggestions put forward by the members. He then moved a proposal to refer it to the select committee. The proposal was passed by the Assembly. The select committee was asked to submit a report in the next session.The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017, seeks to protect serving and former judges, magistrates and public servants in the State from being investigated for on-duty action, without government sanction. It also bars the media from reporting on such accusations till the sanction to proceed with the probe is given by the government.Also Read Rajasthan Criminal Law Bill will check motivated complaints: Prasad Facing flak from various quarters, the Rajasthan government on Tuesday referred a controversial bill that seeks to protect public servants and judges from prosecution without its prior sanction to a select committee of the Assembly.Amid an uproar from the Opposition Congress, the Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill was tabled in the Assembly by Home Minister Gulabchand Kataria on Monday to replace an ordinance promulgated on September 7.Also Readlast_img read more

Rep Lightner Michigan nofault reform signed into law

first_img Historic car insurance reform supported by Rep. Sarah Lightner was signed into state law today, lowering costs for all Michigan drivers once the law is officially enacted.The reforms – approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor – give drivers options on personal injury protection coverage, combat fraudulent claims and stop price gouging on medical services for car accident victims. Once enacted, many Michigan families will see significant savings each year as a result.Michigan has had the most expensive car insurance in the nation largely due to the mandated unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance, with no corresponding cap on what medical providers may charge accident victims. The revised law will provide more affordable options for motorists while allowing those who currently use the unlimited coverage to keep it, as well as those who want it in the future to continue buying it.“I have heard many concerns from people about reducing car insurance rates, and this solution will help bring down the extraordinarily high cost to drive in Michigan,” said Lightner, of Springport. “This long overdue reform will guarantee savings for Michigan drivers, finally delivering the rate relief they deserve.”Beginning in July 2020, many drivers will be able to opt out of personal injury protection altogether, including seniors with retiree health coverage such as Medicare and those with health insurance policies that cover car accident-related injuries. Others will be able to continue with unlimited coverage or choose PIP limits of $250,000 or $500,000. A $50,000 option will be available for drivers on Medicaid.Other reforms include:·       Eliminating non-driving factors in rate setting, such as ZIP codes, home ownership and educational level.·       Establishing an anti-fraud unit that will help crack down on those abusing the system.·       Implementing a fee schedule, phased in over three years for medical providers, reining in runaway costs that result from medical care providers charging far more to treat car accident victims than other patients.·       Transparency and accountability within the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association Fund, providing that drivers see rebates if the fund is seeing large surpluses.##### Categories: Lightner News 30May Rep. Lightner: Michigan no-fault reform signed into lawlast_img read more

DTVKit is exhibiting at IBC on stand 4A61c

first_imgDTVKit is exhibiting at IBC on stand 4.A61c Taiwan-based set-top manufacturer Tatung Technology has joined UK-based not-for-profit DVB software stack organisation DTVKit to expand its DVB product range into the European market. DTVKit provides the core building blocks of a broadcast DVB stack royalty free. Tatung provides a wide range of digital TV CPE devices, including video gateways, set-top boxes, wireless devices, content delivery OTT and multiple screen solutions.Tatung’s collaboration with DTVKit is to develop a series of set-top box products, from H.264/1080p60 entry zapper to premium Ultra HD HEVC/4Kp60 gateway, for the delivery of MHEG and HbbTV solutions, in conjunction with IP, satellite, cable and terrestrial DVB services. Beyond its offering, this new development uses the latest software components from DTVKit and will be built on top of Tatung’s STB software platform including Linux/HTML5 Browser, Android and the latest RDK2.0 software.“We are very pleased that [Tatung] has joined DTVKit,” said Amy Cleary, Marketing and Operations Manager at DTVKit. “[Tatung] is an innovative and well respected manufacturer in the digital TV industry and we look forward to their contribution to the foundation on accelerating time to market for new products in this ever evolving market.”Luke Dang, president of Tatung said, “This collaboration allows [Tatung] to offer a mature technology platform to the rapidly growing Digital TV markets that are undergoing the next wave of deployments. DTVKit’s reliable DVB software stack compliments [Tatung’s] existing solution perfectly, and is essential to new product development and faster delivery to our customers.”last_img read more