Winner announced in recent LaoisToday/Breslin’s SuperValu giveaway

first_img Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Previous articleLocal Fianna Fail representatives largely in favour of Programme for GovernmentNext articleElise Abbie: From Laois to Sweden – a debut single and a worthy cause LaoisToday Reporter TAGSBreslin’s SuperValuRathdowney To celebrate their new look store and online shopping service, Breslin’s SuperValu in Rathdowney recently teamed up with LaoisToday to give away a €150 voucher.The competition, run on the LaoisToday Facebook page, got a huge level of traction with entries flooding in from near and far.We’re delighted to announce that Ciara Finane, from Rathdowney, is the lucky winner.Thanks to all who entered – and congraulations Ciara!The major upgrade of Breslin’s SuperValu in Rathdowney includes a complete relaunch of the Breslin’s kitchen range – home cooked dinners, pizzas, freshly made salads.Breslin’s kitchen range have also introduced a cook at home range prepared by their craft butchers instore to take the hassle out of cooking for consumersBreslin’s kitchen are also introduced an instore bakery including brown bread, scones and apple pies all freshly made on a daily basis.Much more instore including a bigger off license section, better convenience offer, Frank & Honest coffee and a brand new eco section where they carry a full range of environmentally friendly products.The renovation included the replacement of all the old refridgeration with new CO2 plant which will reduce our carbon footprint significantly.If you want to do your shopping online in SuperValu in Rathdowney, you can do so by logging on to SuperValu.ieSEE ALSO – In Pictures: Selection of great images as LaoisToday #LoveLaois campaign gathers momentum Twitter Pinterest Facebook Facebook Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp By LaoisToday Reporter – 23rd June 2020 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Electric Picnic WhatsApp Electric Picnic Twitter Winner announced in recent LaoisToday/Breslin’s SuperValu giveawaylast_img read more

Secuestrados japoneses en Corea del Norte: resultados en septiembre

first_imgEl periódico añadió que el gobierno japonésha pedido a Corea del Norte que otorgue prioridad en informar sobre el paraderode aproximadamente 30 desaparecidos japoneses, quienes habrían sido secuestrados por agentes norcoreanos en los años 70y 80. Junto con ellos, ha solicitado informar sobre 12 personas oficialmente reconocidascomo víctimas de secuestro. By Daily NK – 2014.08.06 9:53am North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China También la agencia de noticias Kyodo Newscitó fuentes gubernamentales, y anunció que, teniendo en cuenta la severapostura asumida por Corea del Sur y Estados Unidos en relación con este tema,se adoptará un tono informal durante las conversaciones, con el fin de evitarposibles confrontaciones con estos dos países. Citando una fuente gubernamental de Japón,Yomiuri Shimbun comunicó que a comienzos de septiembre Corea del Norte dará aconocer un reporte con los resultados, y que la fecha del anuncio fue decididaa través de discusiones secretas entre ambos países. También explicó que elmodo de anuncio del informe será dado a saber a fines de agosto. El periódico japonés Yomiuri Shimbun hainformado el día 5 de que los resultados de la nueva investigación sobre losciudadanos japoneses secuestrados serán dados a conocer a principios deseptiembre, resultados obtenidos por un comité especial norcoreano que estuvo acargo de esta investigación. Se espera que el Ministro de RelacionesExteriores de Japón, Fumio Kishida, y su contraparte norcoreano, el Ministro RiSu Yong, sostengan conversaciones de carácter no oficial durante el Foro Regionalde ASEAN, que tendrá lugar el día 10. There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Adicionalmente, ha surgido la posibilidadde que Corea del Norte reciba críticas por el lanzamiento de un misil balísticode corto alcance que realizó hace unos días, y de que sea exhortado a norealizar nuevamente esta acción bélica. Tanto Corea del Norte como Japón hanaccedido a adoptar una postura positiva, hecho que se ve en la voluntad dellevar a cabo un diálogo en conjunto.center_img Secuestrados japoneses en Corea del Norte: resultados en septiembre News News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARE News Facebook Twitter AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Newslast_img read more

IIROC revises proposed debt transaction reporting rule

first_img “IIROC’s proposed reporting requirements will bring greater regulatory transparency to the Canadian debt markets. The changes will enable more effective oversight of debt trading, resulting in enhanced market integrity and investor protection,” said Wendy Rudd, senior vice president, market regulation and policy, at IIROC. The proposal would not make individual transaction data available to the public however. Rather, IIROC says that it plans to continue publishing aggregate debt trading statistics. “IIROC recognizes that transparency is an important issue and believes that extensive industry and stakeholder consultation would be necessary to move forward with any initiative regarding public transparency of transaction data,” it says. IIROC initially proposed the new system in February of last year. Now, it is publishing a revised proposal, with a number of changes, for a further 60-day comment period. It anticipates finalizing the rule later this year, and then implementing the new regime over the next couple of years. A fee model for funding the new system, which will operate on a cost-recovery basis, will also be published later this year, IIROC notes; and, it’s planning to set up an industry working group to help develop that model. The rule would require dealers to report all debt market transactions, including trades executed on an alternative trading system (ATS) or through an inter-dealer bond broker, to IIROC within a day of the trade. This reporting will, in turn, facilitate the creation of a database of transaction information that will enable IIROC to oversee over-the-counter (OTC) debt market trading. This would replace the current system which relies on weekly reporting to the Bank of Canada. Next: Changes from the original proposal @[email protected] Changes from the original proposal Changes from the original proposal include: pushing back the deadline to report transactions to IIROC from T+1 at 2:00am to T+1 at 2:00pm; the data that must be reported is now set out in the rule, certain elements have been dropped, others have been added, or clarified; and definitions have been added to improve clarity. The proposed reporting requirements would be implemented in two phases. In phase 1, which is targeted for April 2015, dealers that belong to the current reporting system will have to start complying with the new system for all trades that are denominated in Canadian dollars. IIROC says that this will cover more than 90% of dealer debt trading activity. In phase 2, which is expected to implemented in April 2016, the requirements will be extended to non-Canadian dollar trades; and, dealers that don’t currently report to the Bank of Canada will have to start reporting their trades, excluding repo transactions. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Companies Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada Securities regulators are proposing a revised rule that would create a new system for debt transaction reporting in order to bolster market oversight. The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) today published Proposed Rule 2800C–Transaction Reporting for Debt Securities that would create a new debt transaction reporting requirement, in an effort to facilitate more timely market surveillance, and improved oversight of Canadian debt market activity. center_img James Langton Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

Marquest proposes fund group reorganization

first_img Keywords Fund mergersCompanies Marquest Asset Management Inc. Marquest International Income Balanced Fund Marquest Monthly Pay Fund (Corporate Class) Marquest Monthly Pay Fund (Corporate Class) Continuing Fund Marquest Tax Deferred Income Fund Horizons proposes merger of two cannabis ETFs Marquest S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend Aristocrats Fund (Corporate Class) Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Marquest Monthly Pay Fund (Corporate Class) Marquest Tax Deferred Income Fund Related news Merging Fund Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Marquest Dow Jones Canada High Dividend 50 Fund (Corporate Class) Subject to approvals, the mergers, changes to investment objectives and consolidation are expected to take effect on the close of business on July 9. In the event that any of the proposals do not receive the applicable approval of securityholders (or class thereof), Marquest may determine to terminate one or more of the merging funds as well as to redeem all of the outstanding classes or series of units or shares comprising the consolidation. Marquest is proposing to merge the following funds: IE Staff New portfolios from IG Wealth Management Marquest expects the proposed mergers will increasing operational efficiencies by reducing duplication and allow for increased portfolio diversification opportunities for investors. As well, each continuing fund will benefit from its larger profile in the marketplace. The costs associated with the mergers will be borne by Marquest. All of the mergers have been reviewed by the Independent Review Committee of the merging funds. In connection with the changes to investment objectives, Marquest is proposing to implement changes to the investment objectives of certain funds which, in the case of the Marquest Tax Deferred Income Fund, includes, among other things, the unwinding and termination of its forward agreement, a change of name to Marquest Global Balanced Fund and the reopening of this award winning fund to new investors, which is to be effective immediately prior to the completion of the corresponding mergers identified above. In addition to Marquest Tax Deferred Income Fund, Marquest is proposing the changes to the investment objectives of Marquest American Dividend Growth Fund (Corporate Class) and Marquest Covered Call Canadian Banks Plus Fund (Corporate Class). As part of Marquest’s proposed consolidation of various classes or series of units or shares. Class or series T8 and T-F8 units or shares offered by certain funds shall no longer be issued and shall be exchanged for class or series A and AA units or shares. Marquest is proposing to hold special meetings of securityholders of the funds on July 7, connection with the reorganization. Marquest International Balanced Fund CI Investments announces 30 fund mergers Marquest Canadian Balanced Fund (Corporate Class) Toronto-based Marquest Asset Management Inc. has announced a proposed reorganization of the Marquest Group of Funds. The reorganization includes five proposed mergers, changes to the investment objectives of certain funds, as well as corresponding changes in fund names and the consolidation of various classes or series of units or shares. last_img read more

Gov’t to Make up Revenue Shortfall at Bustamante Hospital

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedGov’t to Make up Revenue Shortfall at Bustamante Hospital RelatedGov’t to Make up Revenue Shortfall at Bustamante Hospital FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Government will supplement the projected $100 million shortfall in revenue at the Bustamante Hospital for Children, in the wake of the abolition of user fees in public health facilities for children up to 18 years old.The hospital, which is the only one of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean, catering exclusively to children age 12 and under, is expected to be most affected by the implementation of the new policy, which takes effect on May 28.“That shortfall has been budgeted by the government of Jamaica and will be provided to the hospital for them to carry out their work and keep up the high standard of service that they offer,” said Minister of Health, Horace Dalley, at a press briefing held at the Hilton Kingston hotel yesterday (May 24).Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Bustamante Hospital for Children, Beverley Needham, said the $100 million figure is based on the amount of money the institution collected last year. “In essence, what that is saying is that it is not that we are going to be losing per se, we collected $96 million in the last financial year and therefore what it means is that we will get an allocation each month to take care of that gap,” she pointed out.The next three months, the CEO said, will be a critical period in assessing the additional strain on the system. “At that point in time, we will make further recommendations,” she said.As for the projected shortfall for the rest of the island’s health facilities, Minister Dalley informed that the figure ranged between $350 million and $500 million. “Some hospitals now have better data regarding (visits by minors) and also the health centres have better information, so we are very comfortable that we are able to finance this policy decision,” he informed, while dismissing concerns of an increase in hospital fees for those who do not qualify for the new policy.The Minister indicated that all health facilities will be reimbursed for revenue foregone in implementing the new policy and this will be based on an agreed timetable. “The first call down will be at the end of the month but for some regions, where they do things within the month, that schedule will be worked out by the Ministry of Health’s finance department,” he said.In the meantime, the Minister appealed to parents to collect their children from the hospitals as soon as they are discharged. “Not because the stay will be free, we do not want you to leave your children there (at a hospital) for a month. It is not a children’s home or a place of safety. When the child is discharged, we are asking parents to pick up their children and do not leave the child indefinitely as there is no fee to pay,” he urged.center_img Gov’t to Make up Revenue Shortfall at Bustamante Hospital UncategorizedMay 25, 2007 RelatedGov’t to Make up Revenue Shortfall at Bustamante Hospitallast_img read more

Cabinet Approves Amendments to Cyber Crimes Law

first_imgCabinet Approves Amendments to Cyber Crimes Law National SecuritySeptember 10, 2009 RelatedCabinet Approves Amendments to Cyber Crimes Law Advertisements RelatedCabinet Approves Amendments to Cyber Crimes Lawcenter_img RelatedCabinet Approves Amendments to Cyber Crimes Law FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Cabinet has approved amendments to the cyber crimes legislation to provide for sanctions against persons, who use electronic data to commit criminal acts.The Bill has been drafted in response to the various crimes, largely attributed to the use of computer technology and the electronic environment of the Internet, Minister with Responsibility for Information and Telecommunications, Hon. Daryl Vaz, told journalists yesterday (Sept. 9) at a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House.“The legislation provides for legal sanctions for the criminal misuse of data and other computer-related crimes such as unauthorised access in general; unauthorised access with intent to commit or facilitate the commission of an offence; and interception, modification and interference with the integrity of the computer systems and data,” he explained.The bill also seeks to address computer system sabotage and will make it an offence to make available, devices or data, for the commission of an offence under any law in Jamaica. The legislation is to be brought to the Houses of Parliament at the earliest date possible.Meanwhile, Cabinet also approved amendments to the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Act, to facilitate the introduction of sports betting, and the payment of a nine per cent gross profit tax on bets offered by licensees under the Act.“That would speak to sports betting of any kind, which is something that has gone on without any regulation or taxes for quite a bit of time,” Mr. Vaz noted.The amendments will also allow bookmakers to pay a total gross profit tax of 16.5 per cent, a reduction from the proposed 23 per cent.In addition, approval was given for drafting instructions for the Mico University College Scheme Order 2006, to facilitate the inclusion of positions of Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor; recognition of the position of professor; and to provide for the membership of the board of directors to comprise not more than 20 members.As it relates to the Special Economic Zone that is to be established at Caymanas Estate in St. Catherine, Cabinet also approved the signing of a non-disclosure agreement by the Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Karl Samuda.This is in place of the confidentiality agreement signed in July 2008, and the appropriate referencing of the agreement in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Intercontinental Capital Works Worldwide Limited.last_img read more

CU-Boulder campus mourns death of longtime, celebrated physics professor Al Bartlett

first_imgAl Bartlett in one of the physics lecture halls he co-designed for the Duane Physical Laboratories Complex at the University of Colorado Boulder. (Photo courtesy of the University of Colorado) Paul Beale, chair of the CU-Boulder Department of Physics, said “Al Bartlett was a treasured friend, mentor, teacher, scholar and public servant. He was an influential leader in the Department of Physics, the university, the Boulder community and the global environmental movement. Generations of students were proud to have called him ‘Professor.’ ” Al Bartlett began teaching physics at the University of Colorado Boulder in 1950. (Photo courtesy of the University of Colorado) Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Albert Allen Bartlett, professor emeritus of physics at the University of Colorado Boulder, was remembered today as a revered teacher who had a major impact on his students, the university, Boulder and far beyond.Bartlett died on Sept. 7 at the age of 90.“Al Bartlett was a man of many legacies,” said CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. “His commitment to students was evidenced by the fact that he continued to teach for years after his retirement. His timeless, internationally revered lecture on the impacts of world population growth will live beyond his passing, a distinction few professors can claim. And we can all be thankful for his vision and foresight in making the Boulder community what it is today.”Paul Beale, chair of the CU-Boulder Department of Physics, said “Al Bartlett was a treasured friend, mentor, teacher, scholar and public servant. He was an influential leader in the Department of Physics, the university, the Boulder community and the global environmental movement. Generations of students were proud to have called him ‘Professor.’ ”Bartlett started teaching at CU-Boulder in 1950 and retired in 1988 but continued to teach CU students for many years afterward. He is a former president of the American Association of Physics Teachers.When Bartlett first delivered his internationally celebrated lecture on “Arithmetic, Population and Energy” to a group of CU students on Sept. 19, 1969, the world population was about 3.7 billion. He proceeded to give it another 1,741 times in 49 states and seven other countries to corporations, government agencies, professional groups and students from junior high school through college.His talk warned of the consequences of “ordinary, steady growth” of population and the connection between population growth and energy consumption. Understanding the mathematical consequences of population growth and energy consumption can help clarify the best course for humanity to follow, he said.The talk contained his most celebrated statement: “The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.” A video of his lecture posted on YouTube has been viewed nearly 5 million times.This year, the world population is about 7.1 billion and the CU Environmental Center announced a program this summer in which 50 student and community volunteers received training in exchange for a commitment to give Bartlett’s talk at least three times in 2013-14.Bartlett was a dedicated teacher who reveled in finding better ways to reach his students, whether it was the use of 1-inch diameter railroad chalk that could more easily be seen on a blackboard or the design of a new physics lecture hall. He served on the Boulder Campus Planning Commission for 25 years and chaired the faculty committee responsible for designing the building currently housing the Department of Physics and the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences.He and Professor Frank C. Walz designed physics lecture halls for the Duane Physical Laboratories Complex that included the innovation of rotating stages. The stages allowed scientific demonstrations to be in use during one class while they were being set up for the next — a process that might take three times as long as the 10 minute period between classes.In addition to his university work, Bartlett also was a prominent and influential member of the Boulder community. He was an initiator of the effort to preserve Boulder’s open space and also the “Blue Line” amendment that kept houses from being built farther up Boulder’s foothills by restricting the city water supply to a maximum elevation.As the Daily Camera newspaper wrote when Bartlett received its Pacesetter Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2006, “Albert Bartlett’s influence is unmistakable in the foothills surrounding Boulder. With few exceptions, one sees trees, grasses and rock.”Throughout his decades as a Boulder resident he also was a prodigious writer of op-ed pieces and letters to the editor on a variety of civic and scientific issues.Bartlett was born on March 21, 1923, in Shanghai, China. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Colgate University and spent two years as an experimental physicist at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in New Mexico as part of the Manhattan Project before earning his graduate degrees in physics at Harvard. He then started his teaching career at CU-Boulder.He won the American Association of Physics Teachers’ Distinguished Service Citation, the Robert A. Millikan Award and the Melba Newell Phillips Award, and served as the society’s national president in 1978. Teaching and service awards from the University of Colorado include Boulder Faculty Assembly Excellence in Teaching Awards, the Robert L. Stearns Award, the Thomas Jefferson Award, the University of Colorado Centennial Medallion, the President’s University Service Award, the University Heritage Center Award and the Presidential Citation.He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor, and is survived by their four daughters — Carol, Jane, Lois and Nancy.A memorial service was being planned to be held in Boulder in October.The Albert A. Bartlett Scholarship was established in 2010 to aid CU-Boulder physics students who plan to pursue careers teaching high school science. Before his death, Bartlett requested that any memorial gifts be made to the University of Colorado Foundation Albert A. Bartlett Scholarship Fund, in care of the Department of Physics, 390 UCB, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO, 80309. Published: Sept. 9, 2013 Categories:In MemoriamCampus Communitylast_img read more

3 Badge Beverage Corporation Expands Cedar + Salmon with Addition of…

first_imgLinkedin ReddIt Email AdvertisementSonoma, Calif., (January 23, 2019) – 3 Badge Beverage Corporation’s Cedar + Salmon has added a Red Wine Blend to its line of wines from the Pacific Northwest. The newest Cedar + Salmon wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot from vineyards in Walla Walla Valley, Washington.“We launched Cedar + Salmon in the fall of 2017 with a Willamette Valley Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon and are excited to add the 2016 Red Wine Blend to the portfolio,” noted August Sebastiani, president of 3 Badge Beverage Corporation. “Washington wines have been increasingly popular, known for their distinction of quality.”According to Nielsen, Walla Walla Valley Red Blends are outpacing category growth of 1.7% with a 67.1% increase in dollar share. The Cedar + Salmon 2016 Red Wine Blend ($24.99), made with 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot, was aged for 22 months in French oak. A vintage referred to as the longest harvest in Washington, the 2016 season allowed grapes to ripen slowly, producing refined yet powerful wines. Cedar + Salmon is part of the 3 Badge Enology portfolio and is available nationally in fine wine stores and restaurants.About 3 Badge Beverage Corporation 3 Badge Beverage Corporation is based in Sonoma, California, and was founded in 2009 by August Sebastiani. The company offers a diverse collection of everyday luxury wines, and its mission is to over-deliver on quality and value. In addition to Cedar + Salmon, the company also makes Leese-Fitch, Plungerhead, Gehricke, Moobuzz and The White Knight. 3 Badge Beverage Corporation is located at 32 Patten Street, Sonoma, CA 95476. Additional information is located at 3badge.com.Advertisement Home Industry News Releases 3 Badge Beverage Corporation Expands Cedar + Salmon with Addition of Red…Industry News ReleasesWine Business3 Badge Beverage Corporation Expands Cedar + Salmon with Addition of Red Wine BlendBy Press Release – January 23, 2019 183 0 TAGS3 Badge Beverage CorporationCedar + SalmonConsumer Facebook Pinterest Twitter Share Previous articleWine Shipments to Consumers Hit Record $3 Billion in 2018Next articleWomen of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium Sold Out Press Releaselast_img read more

Fluency in Spanish a Tremendous Asset – Rev. Thwaites

first_imgEducation Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, has reiterated his call for students to become fluent in Spanish.He said a command of the Spanish language will be “a tremendous asset” as this will enable them to take advantage of scholarship and employment opportunities regionally and internationally.The Minister was speaking at a Spanish Immersion Day staged by the Spanish-Jamaican Foundation on Wednesday (April 15), at the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library on Tom Redcam Drive in Kingston.The one-day workshop involved collaboration with the Ministry and the embassies of Spanish-speaking countries in Jamaica, in an effort to support the teaching and learning of Spanish as a foreign language.Two hundred students, who will be taking their Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Spanish oral examinations this year, were invited to attend, to learn study tips for their upcoming examinations.The students were given the opportunity to interact with native Spanish speakers from Argentina, Cuba, Chile, Nicaragua, Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic and Colombia. These native speakers were paired with Jamaican teachers of the Spanish language, who assisted in guiding the students through oral exam practice using recognised themes from the CSEC syllabus.The Minister, who visited with the students and facilitators of the event, said “it is a wonderful occasion.”“It gives our students a chance for immersion in conversational Spanish, which is usually a big contrast to their classroom experience where grammar and vocabulary are the concentrations. It also gives students the opportunity for networking with personnel from the various Latin American countries,” he said.Rev. Thwaites said Jamaica needs to be far more integrated with the Latin American countries, particularly because of their proximity.Other workshops will be held at the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in Montego Bay and Church Teachers’ College in Manchester.The training session was attended by students from Wolmer’s Girls’ School, and Excelsior, Edith Dalton James, Calabar, Meadowbrook and Mona high schools. Photo: Dave ReidDeputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Dominican Republic, Alfredo Stefan (left), interacts with a group of Spanish students from Excelsior High School, at the Spanish Immersion Day held on Wednesday (April 15), at the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library on Tom Redcam Drive in Kingston. The event was staged by the Spanish-Jamaican Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the embassies of Spanish-speaking countries in Jamaica. RelatedEducation Minister Urges Students to Stop Smoking FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisements RelatedAspiring Principals Programme Gold Standard for Future School Leaders – Rev. Thwaitescenter_img Fluency in Spanish a Tremendous Asset – Rev. Thwaites EducationApril 17, 2015Written by: Rochelle Williams Story HighlightsEducation Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, has reiterated his call for students to become fluent in Spanish. The Minister was speaking at a Spanish Immersion Day staged by the Spanish-Jamaican Foundation on Wednesday (April 15), at the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library on Tom Redcam Drive in Kingston.Two hundred students, who will be taking their Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Spanish oral examinations this year, were invited to attend, to learn study tips for their upcoming examinations. RelatedPresident Obama Announces US$70 Million Youth Training and Employment Programme Fluency in Spanish a Tremendous Asset – Rev. ThwaitesJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlaylast_img read more

GRIZ GRIT: The Science of Scheduling

first_imgNext year’s basketball schedule is about to be released and spots currently are being filled on future football schedules, which are penciled in years in advance. Excitement and speculation abounds about future opponents.If the University of Montana is going to take on a Football Bowl Subdivision football foe or a higher-level league opponent in basketball, a couple of things have to occur.The payday in football will need to be approximately the reported $650,000 UM received from Iowa in 2006, some $200,000 more than Oregon paid the previous season.And in basketball, while the loss of a home date is not anywhere near as significant as it is in football, the payoff has to be sufficient and the opponent at a level where the Grizzlies don’t feel they are just serving as cannon fodder.And that is not to imply that any team goes into a game not thinking they have to chance to compete.There is some conjecture that Tennessee is a possible 2011 football opponent, which well could be announced by the time you read this. And UCLA is a probable Griz hoop opponent in early December, although fabled Pauley Pavilion is undergoing some renovation and the game reportedly could be hosted elsewhere in Los Angeles.Money games have served as budget balancers for the football team in the last decade starting with Hawaii in 2001, but when Iowa paid the steep price to bring Montana to corn country to open the season, the bar was set.And a near sellout home game against any Division-II opponent, which incidentally is paid a paltry amount to be possible Griz cannon fodder, makes cross-country play-up matchups in UM’s case rare indeed.The other factor, of course, is conference movement, which makes scheduling home games, or home-and-home like with Appalachian State, even more challenging – but that’s for another day.Filling the home hoop schedule might even be more challenging than football because few D-I teams look forward to traveling to Missoula in November or December, even though the raucous atmosphere that made it so difficult to win at Dahlberg Arena rarely now exists.There’s been a lot of conjecture about declining basketball attendance, but I don’t think anyone really knows the answer. Some cite the proliferation of hoops on television. Others blame the consistent extension of the football season, with 17 years of playoff appearances extending play deep into December. Others criticize the type of play and the success of the team, something that just doesn’t hold water with a guy who has seen the majority of the games for more than two decades. Still others point out the lack of student interest, especially in the non-conference when inner-season sends most students out of town for an inordinate amount of time.That too is for another column.Fortunately, because of the financial commitment of Karl Tyler Chevrolet, the Grizzlies have been able to reestablish their pre-season tournament, which not only gives them a couple of home games but also lets home fans see different styles of play from around the country.Washington is more than happy to meet the Grizzlies somewhere in Seattle, even though Montana has enjoyed success against the Huskies in that venue and nearly upset an excellent UW team at Hec Edmundson Pavilion last year. But UW wants no part of a home-and-home situation and with their recent, even more moderate success, former Big Sky Conference member Gonzaga also isn’t inclined to travel to Missoula without a two- or three-game return guaranteed.Let’s face it, home-and-home matchups with traditional rivals like Idaho, Washington State, Oregon State and the like pique interest more readily than facing a plethora of California schools, no matter how good they are.Suffice it to say scheduling is by no means any easy proposition where in football Director of Athletics Jim O’Day is heavily involved. In hoops, the basketball staff spends a large amount of the spring trying to fill in the blanks with O’Day’s oversight.And it’s not going to get any easier, especially with the recent success of the major sports programs. I guess sometimes you just pay a price for success. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more