Airy Castle Community gets $3.8m Computer Centre

first_imgA 16-unit computer centre, complete with full internet access, has been established in the Community of Airy Castle in rural St. Thomas.The facility, set up through the Universal Service Fund (USF) at a cost of $3.8 million, will provide easier access to internet service for residents, and enable students to carry out research for school.It will make a difference in the lives of residents, several of whom had to travel as far as Morant Bay to access internet service.Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, who spoke at the official opening of the Airy Castle Community Computer Centre on November 13, said that Government is ensuring that all Jamaicans have access to information technology.“We are making sure that our people have the latest in technology and that our youngsters and seniors become a part of this information age. It excites me because I know that this is going to make this a better community, a better society and a better country,” he said.Minister Paulwell informed that the centre will operate as a community access point with full Wi-Fi capabilities.“So now you can bring your own devices. The Government has removed duties on computers and smart phones so you bring them and log on to the world of the internet,” he noted.The Airy Castle facility comprises 16 new computers, a server, local area network, printers, furniture, projection equipment, power support, air-conditioning and Wi-Fi.Chief Executive Officer of the USF, Hugh Cross, encouraged students and community members to take ownership of the facility and ensure its proper use, and to guard the equipment provided.“So, you don’t have to go to Morant Bay anymore. You can pay your bills, transact business and even apply for your American visa.  I’m encouraging you to use it and to encourage your other community members to use it and use it wisely,” he urged. RelatedPortmore Cleanup Project Hailed as a Success RelatedODPEM Holds Disaster Awareness Sessions in Hanover RelatedKidney Support Foundation and Blind Society to Benefit from Tag Drive Story HighlightsA 16-unit computer centre, complete with full internet access, has been established in the Community of Airy Castle in rural St. Thomas.The facility, set up through the Universal Service Fund (USF) at a cost of $3.8 million, will provide easier access to internet service for residents, and enable students to carry out research for school.Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, who spoke at the official opening of the Airy Castle Community Computer Centre on November 13, said that Government is ensuring that all Jamaicans have access to information technology.center_img Airy Castle Community gets $3.8m Computer Centre CommunityNovember 15, 2014Written by: O. Rodger Hutchinson FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisementslast_img read more

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News Focus: Cobbetts

first_imgAs the Gazette went to press, it was unclear whether a drinks party at national firm Cobbetts was going ahead as planned. In the uncertainty following the firm’s acquisition amid financial troubles, the atmosphere at the Birmingham event would hardly have been conducive to ‘a wind-down and a few celebratory beers’ as the invitation promised. A wind-down of a different kind, perhaps.One person probably not in the mood for celebrations was Jayne Firth, whose recruitment from Pinsent Masons as first associate on Cobbetts’ pensions team was announced on 17 January. Firth had said: ‘I look forward to working with the teams at Cobbetts to build on our existing high-quality client base with a view to further extend and modernise the services we provide.’News of Cobbetts’ financial troubles appears to have come as a shock to almost everyone. On the day last week that it announced that ‘the appropriate course at this time is for the firm to obtain the protection of an interim statutory moratorium to enable a sale of the business and assets’, it tweeted: ‘Welcoming one of our new directors… Nadeem from @Cobbetts talks about his appointment to the @JCIManchester team.’Certainly, there was little indication of trouble ahead in the firm’s announcement of half-year results in December, headed ‘a steady ship at Cobbetts’.Managing partner Nick Carr (pictured) announced fee income of more than £20m – consistent with the previous year – although a profit figure was absent. Carr said: ‘Our half-year results ensure we remain on target, and new client wins mean that trading predictions for the next six months are strong. We expect to meet our financial targets by year end.’Within six weeks, the firm had created a debenture securing lender Lloyds TSB against all of its debt and future debt.Just a few days later, the game was up and a fire sale was under way, culminating in the announcement of a pre-pack acquisition by DWF – the very firm that had been the subject of merger talks last year. Cobbetts refused to comment further, amid widespread speculation about the causes of the collapse.However, some facts are already clear. According to the most recent financial report, filed last January for the 2011 calendar year, Cobbetts was battling against falling profits despite seeing turnover increase. Profits fell by £400,000 year on year to £10.6m. During that period, the largest amount drawn by a partner went up from £292,500 in 2010 to £400,000.Long-term loans were reduced from £9m to £6m, but the short-term debt – that which was due to be paid by the end of calendar 2012 – jumped from £591,000 to £2.7m. Whatever the state of its finances more recently, Cobbetts continued to make hay – or so it seemed. Last July the firm promoted 24 members of staff across its four offices, including five to partner. The retention rate for trainees rose to 80% in 2012, up from 73% in 2011.And while the likes of Eversheds, Pinsent Masons and CMS Cameron McKenna made headlines by collectively pruning hundreds of jobs last month, there were no bad news stories at Cobbetts. Cobbetts is a full service law firm with a mixed client base of individuals and businesses. Recent work has included advising Premier Inn on its largest-ever hotel opening, working with supporters trusts to acquire stakes in Rangers and Portsmouth football clubs, and providing legal support to the Manchester International Festival.It appeared to be building on steady growth over the past 11 years, through mergers with Fox Brooks Marshall and Read Hind Stewart. It had offices established in expensive areas of Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and London. Reportedly, around half of the firm’s 500 staff were fee-earners.There was, however, an element of the ‘squeezed middle’ about Cobbetts. Not wealthy or prestigious enough to cast off the regional tag and enter the higher echelons of the legal profession; nor resilient enough to stave off the threat from other firms snapping at its heels in the crowded Manchester market.A market-moving merger might have been the solution – as it will surely be for many firms of similar size – but this option collapsed, for unspecified reasons, when DWF pulled out of a proposed deal in January last year. Cobbetts will not be the only firm casting nervous glances at its balance sheet. According to a market survey by the Law Society, Ministry of Justice and Legal Services Board, more than one-fifth of firms had experienced problems with financing in the previous 12 months.The Gazette’s Cobbetts archive is filled with new hires and concluded deals. Most intriguing is a story from 2006, where Cobbetts and now-defunct Halliwells signed up to a legal practice course for their future trainees. Now the two firms are linked once again, but for all the wrong reasons.last_img read more

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Galway V Donegal – 2014 NFL Meeting

first_img7 points saw the difference between Galway and Donegal in February 2014, during Round 2 of the Allianz Football League. Donegal where the dominant team throughout, leading 1-06 to 0-4 at half time. In the second half, Galway posed questions of Donegal’s resolve, with Eoin Concannon sending three points over the bar. But Donegal were quick to find answers, and with subs like Paddy Mc Brearty, where soon able to pin Galway back once more with a final scoreline of 1-16 to 0-12. Galway will meet Donegal this Sunday in Letterkenny for Round 2 of the Allianz Football League. Galway will be hoping to continue on from their fantastic win over Tyrone and overcome the Donegal side they lost to in the Allianz League of 2014. Galway: M Breathnach; D O’Neill, F Hanley, J Moore; S Denvir, J Duane, P Varley (0-01); P Conroy (0-03), T Flynn; G Sice (0-02), S Armstrong (0-01, f), G Bradshaw; M Martin (0-01), E Concannon (0-03), J Kavanagh.Subs: A Tierney for Hanley (13 mins), G O’Donnell for Denvir (33 mins), D O’Connell for Bradshaw (51 mins), D Cummins (0-01) for Martin (54 mins), D Comer for Sice (64 mins).Donegal: P Durcan; K Lacey, N McGee, R McHugh (0-01); F McGlynn, L McLoone, A Thompson; R Kavanagh, M McElhinney; M McHugh, C Toye, O MacNiallais (0-01); C McFadden (1-04, 3fs), M Murphy (0-04, 2fs), D Molloy (0-02).Subs: N Gallagher for Kavanagh (36 mins), P McBrearty (0-03) for Toye (43 mins), H McFadden for Molloy (49 mins), M Reilly for MacNiallais (65 mins), D Walsh (0-01) for Lacey (69 mins), L Keeney for McElhinney (70 mins).Referee: F Kelly (Longford)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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Why isn’t Toby Alderweireld playing for Spurs against Inter Milan?

first_imgTOTTENHAM will be without Toby Alderweireld when they take on Inter in the Champions League.Mauricio Pochettino has revealed why the Belgian and Kieran Trippier have not travelled with the squad to Italy.2 Toiby Alderweireld started for Spurs against Liverpool on SaturdayCredit: Getty Images – GettyWhy is Toby Alderweireld not playing?The Spurs boss has confirmed that it was a “technical decision” to drop the defender.Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Pochettino said: “It’s a technical decision.”You can look it up in the dictionary. Tactical?”That is on the pitch, although I guess you could say this is tactical off of the pitch.”2 The defender has not travelled with the squad to MilanCredit: Getty – ContributorAnd he confirmed that the players are not being punished for recent performances and has insisted that they have been rested to ensure they are fit for the Premier League.Poch said: “No, no you are clever enough to understand that this is my fifth season and I never punish players.”The plan is to leave them there and use different players tomorrow.”There’s nothing in behind it. Only that we’re playing with different players.”WHAT THE REFMMA fighter gets DQ’d in Abu Dhabi and tries to fight Brit ref Marc GoddardLIL ISSUEBoris Becker’s estranged wife begs his new girlfriend to ‘step away from my son’RETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeCHOPPER BOTHERJohn Terry ignores hol advice & travels to ‘off-limits’ Portugal by chopperprayer parkHundreds of Muslim worshipers celebrate Eid at Croke Park in historic ceremonyMAC BACK?Conor McGregor hints at stunning UFC comeback with ‘I accept’ postWALK THE LINStunning Olympic gymnast who posed for snap with McGregor hits out at criticsWho else is out of action for Tottenham?Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is still “weeks away” from full fitness after suffering with a thigh injury.Dele Alli could miss out due to a hamstring injury, which he picked up during the international break.Moussa Sissoko is also unavailable because of a hamstring injury.Tottenham goalkeeper Michel Vorm’s error allows Georginio Wijnaldum to score for Liverpoollast_img read more

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Men’s Basketball: Dec. 21 Scoreboard

first_imgTroy 65, Nicholls 64Coastal Carolina 72, Central Arkansas 55 – Return to Top – The Chanticleers (9-3) dominated the second half, shooting 50 percent from the field and holding the Bears (0-10) to just 30 percent. UCA was just 9 of 30 after shooting 45.8 percent in the first half, good for a 27-26 halftime lead. “I don’t think it was selfish, I just think it was immaturity. Kind of like ‘I’m going to try to get us back in this thing.’ And it doesn’t work that way.’ “But that’s the first time we’ve been up 10. It’s little things, like learning to handle a 10-point lead in the first half. This is unlike anything I’ve gone through before, and in many ways its exciting. And it can also be discouraging at times. But the big thing is, they learn something every time we play.’ – Return to Top – “I think we took some poor shots and really didn’t execute the offense,’ said UCA head coach Russ Pennell. “That was the thing that discouraged me the most. Every time out, we just kept talking about letting the offense dictate where the shots were going to be taken. Then I think when we kind of started losing the lead, every guy individually tried his own thing. Howard went scoreless in the second half but still led the Bears with 15 points. Junior center Jake Zuilhof added 12 points for the Bears. Coastal Carolina had three players in double figures, led by Warren Gillis with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Badou Diagne added 17 points. The Colonels head into an eight-day Christmas and New Years holiday break before returning to action against Spring Hill on Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Stopher Gym. Nicholls opened the second half on a 9-2 run, forcing a timeout from Troy Head Coach Phil Cunningham. Out of the timeout the Trojans proceeded to score 13 straight points to pull within one at the twelve-minute mark. With 8:50 remaining in the game, Ja’Dante’ Frye sank a free throw to give the Colonels a four point lead. Troy answered with an 8-0 run to take a 51-47 lead of its own. Nicholls regained the control and went up 56-53 after a T.J. Carpenter layup, but with three-minutes remaining, Musa Abdul-Aleem made a layup to cut the lead to one. The teams traded leads back and forth before Carpenter sank two clutch free throws that put the Colonels ahead 64-63. With nine seconds remaining in the game, Abdul-Aleem drove to the basket and missed two consecutive layups before getting his own rebound and sinking his third attempt as time expired. The second half was a different story as the Chanticleers used scoring runs of 10-0 and 12-0 to put the Bears away. Coastal Carolina’s lead reached double figures at the 8:45 mark. UCA was 1 of 10 from three-point range in the second half, following a 1-for-11 second half performance from beyond the arc in Wednesday’s game at New Mexico.center_img The Bears got 15 points from freshman guard Jordan Howard in the opening 20 minutes and led by as much as 10 points with 4:30 left in the first half. Coastal Carolina scored 11 of the final 13 points of the half to pull within one at the break. The Bears had 8-0 and 10-0 scoring runs in the first half, while the Chanticleers had scoring droughts of 3:45 and 4:25. The Colonels (2-7) fell behind 9-0 early in the ballgame, but answered with a 12-0 run to take the lead and steal the momentum from the Trojans (5-4). The two teams traded buckets before Nicholls went on a 10-2 run over the final three minutes of the half. Amin Torres’ nailed three shots from beyond the arc over that span, punctuated by a three-pointer as the clock expired, giving the Colonels a 32-25, halftime lead. Torres led Nicholls offensively with 16 points off the bench. Sam McBeath paced the squad with six rebounds and Frye finished with a team-high three assists. Liam Thomas led the team with three blocks to go along with eight points. Troy 65, Nicholls 64THIBODAUX, La. – The Nicholls State University men’s basketball team controlled the game for most of the day Sunday, but a last-second buzzer-beating layup allowed Troy University to steal a 65-64 victory in Stopher Gym. Coastal Carolina 72, Central Arkansas 55CONWAY, Ark. – In a game of scoring runs, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers put together the biggest ones at the most opportune times Sunday afternoon to record a 72-55 victory over the University of Central Arkansas Bears in non-conference action at the Farris Center. UCA takes a holiday break before hosting Morehead State on Monday, Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Farris Center. Abdul-Aleem finished with a double-double to lead the Trojans, scoring 22 points and adding 10 rebounds. Chris Bilbo finished with a team-leading four assists. “We are just so young and have so much to learn,’ said Pennell. “When we went on that run and we’re up 25-15, the team came over and we were celebrating like we won a national championship. And I told them, the emotion of this little run will wear off, and sure enough by half they’re back in it. Nicholls shot 40.7 percent from the floor and 28 percent from three-point range, while surrounding nearly identical statistics of 40.7 percent from the floor and 29.4 percent from beyond the arc. The Colonels downfall may have come at the charity strike as the team connected on just 50 percent (9-18) from the line. Nicholls won the battle of the boards 41-37, but was unable to grab a rebound on the final possession to secure the victory.last_img read more

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Invisible man of Indian cricket Anil Kumble becomes 3rd fastest bowler to get 400 Test wickets

first_imgThe competitor: Anil Kumble has mastered the science of spinWhen this generation of cricketers has passed into the shadows of a distant pavilion, what will be made of Anil Kumble? In a country that dotes on the deeds of its starbatsmen what is to be done with him, neither batsman,The competitor: Anil Kumble has mastered the science of spinWhen this generation of cricketers has passed into the shadows of a distant pavilion, what will be made of Anil Kumble? In a country that dotes on the deeds of its starbatsmen what is to be done with him, neither batsman nor star?Dress things up, talk them down, Kumble won’t be fussed. As the invisible man in the manic market of Indian cricket, 400 Test wickets is the only endorsement he will ever want or need. It is his handshake with history, his pact with yesterday and tomorrow.Already, Kumble is the man to chase, India’s most successful spinner ever. He is only the third slow bowler to get to this exhausting milestone, the third fastest to 400 Test wickets after Mutthiah Muralitharan (72 Tests)and Richard Hadlee (80), a full 30 Tests quicker than Kapil Dev. No Indian has taken more bags of five wickets in an innings (24 times) or 10 wickets in a match (five times) – in batsmen’s terms it is like scoring hundreds.Before they even realised it, the legendary Spin Quartet had company. Kumble gave Indian bowling its Fifth Dimension. If the Quartet were magicians who held the ball on a leash, creating optical, oriental illusions, Kumble is a student of science; a physicist who understood and mastered the correlation between accuracy and pressure.He is a man of economy and depth, sparse words and hidden strength. Through the 1990s, Kumble, all jaw-jutting purpose, became the centrifugal force of India’s bowling.advertisementSpin bowlers record of IndiaHis spells were the drip-drip-drip that eventually bores a hole into the rock of resistance and cracks it open. All he asked of the batsmen overseas was runs on the board and he is a man of his word. In his last nine overseas Tests, Kumble has taken 53 wickets and India has won four of those Tests.In a team full of stars, real and imagined, he moves unnoticed, but makes a deep impression. He has returned from shoulder surgery leaner and meaner, his bowling taken apart and put together again, still demanding the highest standards of himself and others.During a TV recording break earlier this year in Sydney, Sachin Tendulkar did his version of the Doosra Kumble: the trademark whip around to an errant fielder, hands on hips, snarl on lips. The Glare being mimed was actually abruptly terminated on the field, as the target had turned out to be the normally reliable Tendulkar himself.Though Kumble tries to keep a lid on it, behind the responsible citizen, committed doer of quiet charity and donor of organs (yes all of them, pledged to the Foundation for Organ Retrieval and Transplant Education) is a bit of a character. At times even a bear with a sore head. When he is mad not even Sourav Ganguly hovers for chit-chat.If there is a message to be conveyed, the messenger nominated is the team’s Kofi Annan-at-large Rahul Dravid. For the rest of us, only when this quiet, urbane stoic turns into a pouting, barking, head-tossing grumbler do we get a glimpse of his tight, competitive coil. The moment passes, the emotion fades and hereturns to the top of his runup.In that instant of splitsecond stillness, shoulders hunched forward, ball about to be tossed up from his palm, partner, under study and rival Harbhajan Singh sees Kumble at his finest: “Anil never wavers, no matter how much a batsman goes after him. He knows that it is only a matter of one ball. He shows that it is only a matter of one ball.”So is Anil Kumble India’s greatest ever bowler ever? No need to rush to judgement. He’s not finished yet.last_img read more

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Photo: Georgia QB Greyson Lambert Read Ex-Bulldog Teammate’s Children’s Book To Kids

first_imgGreyson Lambert reads to children.Greyson Lambert ReadingFormer Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell went from struggling to read when he began his college career to being inspired to write a children’s book after joining a book club during his time at Georgia.  This morning, Georgia quarterback Greyson Lambert read his former teammate’s book, “The Magician’s Hat” to a group of youths at a local summer reading program kickoff. Reading is always a good thing, and Lambert sharing Mitchell’s book with kids is even better.last_img read more

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PM determined to build pipeline tackle climate change despite court ruling

first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. – Justin Trudeau says his government remains committed to getting the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion built and also to its national climate-change plan – both of which were put in jeopardy by a court ruling that overturned federal approval for the project.The prime minister says the government will move forward to get the project built “in the right way? by acknowledging the court’s criticism of the flawed environmental review process and the failure to meaningfully consult with Indigenous Peoples.Thursday’s court ruling prompted Alberta Premier Rachel Notley to announce that her province is withdrawing from the national climate change plan and will stay out until the federal government gets its act together, as she put it. While he’d prefer to work collaboratively with provinces on climate change, Trudeau says Notley’s move doesn’t change anything for the federal government.He says the federal government remains committed to imposing a carbon price on provinces that do not implement their own polluter-pay scheme – including Alberta if need be.But he says Alberta’s own climate change plan remains in place, which means its carbon pricing regime will be in sync with the federal government’s for the next few years.last_img read more

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Leaders of NDP United Conservatives rally troops in key Calgary battleground

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – It was back to the future at a United Conservative campaign rally in Calgary where leader Jason Kenney stirred up the crowd by talking about the old national energy program.Kenney reminded supporters last night that the NEP brought in by former prime minister Pierre Trudeau in 1980 ravaged Alberta’s energy industry and economy.And he says the policies of Alberta’s NDP government and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have been doing the same thing. Kenney says Premier Rachel Notley has sold Alberta out to the federal Liberals and it is time for a bright new day under his leadership.Notley was also in the key election battleground city, firing up her supporters at her own rally by promising to protect education and health care and promoting her plan to diversify the economy.Notley says there is no place for right-wing extremism, racism or hate in Alberta, especially in the legislature.She says she doesn’t believe Kenney is racist but says his party has a problem with racism.last_img read more

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Congs Parivartan Yatra in Hry got tremendous public response Ghulam Nabi Azad

first_imgFaridabad: Congress general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad Sunday exuded confidence of his party winning all 10 Lok Sabha seats from Haryana, saying there was tremendous public response to its ‘Parivartan Yatra’. He claimed that people were “fed up” with the BJP governments at the Centre and in Haryana and were waiting to teach them a lesson in the polls. Speaking here on the concluding day of the party’s six-day long ‘Parivartan Yatra’, which had started from Gurgaon and criss-crossed the state covering all 10 LS constituencies and 60-70 out of 90 assembly segments, Azad said the party stands united and every party worker and supporter is solidly behind it. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The general secretary in-charge of Haryana also said he was sure that the Congress will stage a comeback in the state assembly as well, which are due later this year. He called on party workers to take the message of unity to every voter in the state. During the ‘Parivartan Yatra’, all the senior leaders from the state, including former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Congress leaders Ajay Singh Yadav, Kiran Choudhary, state Congress chief Ashok Tanwar, besides Azad, travelled together. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KCongress president Rahul Gandhi too had joined this Yatra from Jagadhri in Yamunanagar to Karnal when he visited the state Friday. On the last day, the yatra travelled through Faridabad and Palwal districts. Azad, who is also the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, said the ‘Parivartan Yatra’ had been successful in its mission of bringing the Congress leadership from the state together, a party release said. “All the leaders of the state sat together in a rath (high-tech bus), they stayed together, had food together and spoke in one voice and sought votes for each other. Our opponents have been spreading a false propaganda that our party is divided into factions. We got wonderful support from the people and this can be estimated from the fact that the yatra started at 9 pm and was supposed to finish at 7 pm, but went on way past midnight,” he said. Talking about the political mood in the state, Azad said “every section of the society– farmers, youth, women, government employees, is keen to avenge the massive misgovernance in the state through their vote”.last_img read more

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