Dominica focuses on cultural elders in observance of History Week

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Chief Cultural Officer, Mr. Raymond Lawrence.As part of Dominica’s Independence Celebrations, the week of the 10th to the 14th of October, 2011 is observed as History Week and is being celebrated under the theme “Saluting our Cultural Elders”.Chief Cultural Officer, Raymond Lawrence explained that several cultural elders have been presented with plaques in recognition and appreciation of their contribution towards our culture. “The honoring and recognizing the work of our elders has already started as part of Independence Celebrations. During the semi-finals we were able to present a number of plaques of appreciation to outstanding cultural elders and this weekend at the cultural finals we also hope to continue the presentation of plaques to our cultural elders.”Mr Lawrence further reported that as part of the saluting of cultural elders, media houses will be presenting special features as well as the schools.“There are some media houses who will be presenting special features this week on the elders and we’ve asked the schools to organize various activities within their schools in recognition and honoring of our cultural elders.”Mr Lawrence hopes that the cultural elders will feel appreciated and encouraged by the recognition given by the Cultural Division.“This saluting of our cultural elders is saluting all of our cultural elders wherever they are and we are hoping that they at least will feel that they have been recognized in some way for the contribution they have made, we hope that they will feel appreciated and they will be encouraged by the demonstration and the gesture that we have extended during the Independence celebrations during Dominica History Week,” he said.According to the Chief Cultural Officer, at the Traditional Cultural Night on the 19th of October, 2011 on the Roseau Bayfront, “half of the show will be devoted to performances by our cultural elders who will be making special guest appearances and that show”.Cultural Elders will also be featured at the Madame Wob Dwiyet Show as it includes and promotes the talents of our cultural elders with women sixty years and over will be contesting in the show. Mr Lawrence also explained that all elders across the island are being recognized during this week’s celebrations however on Heritage Day which will be held in Vieille Case on the 23rd of October; one elder of the community will be recognized.“We are recognizing elders in general because you know that there are elders all over the island in all various communities and there have been elders who have received the golden drum awards, there have been elders who have been recognized on Heritage Day; every year we recognize an elder in the community, and there are other elders as well who made contributions throughout the years maybe not necessarily receiving an award but who we know have made contributions as well,” he said.Dominica Vibes News Share 280 Views   one commentcenter_img Tweet Share LocalNews Dominica focuses on cultural elders in observance of History Week by: – October 10, 2011last_img read more

Pitching Cousins

first_imgRecently Alex Meyer and Bryan Hoeing both had pitching appearances here in the Midwest.  Alex Meyer, currently pitching for the Minnesota Twins Triple A affiliate started on the mound at Victory Field in Indianapolis against the Pittsburgh Pirates Triple A affiliate.  Even though Alex did not have a good night and lasted only into the 3rd inning, he is considered the top pitching prospect for the Twins baseball franchise.Alex started his career at Greensburg High School and then honed his talents at the University of Kentucky before being drafted into the major league baseball system.  He expects to be in the major leagues next season with the Minnesota Twins.Bryan Hoeing, a senior at Batesville High School pitched an inning at famed Wrigley Field in Chicago in a high school all-star game.  Bryan was able to retire 3 outs in his inning without giving up a hit or a run.  He also did this by throwing less than 10 pitches.  After completing his senior year at Batesville High School, where he stars in basketball as well as baseball, Bryan will enroll in the University of Louisville to continue his baseball career.It is unusual to have two pitching prospects from this same geographic area who are first cousins.  Good luck Alex and Bryan!last_img read more

Vatican: Churches Should Welcome Gay Couples

first_imgVATICAN CITY – The Roman Catholic Church may be changing its stance on same-sex couples.Church leaders released a new document Monday asking parishes to accept gay partners, as well as unmarried couples and those who have divorced.The announcement does not change church doctrine but signals a new outlook on unconventional families.The report was issued during a two-week meeting with Pope Francis and Roman Catholic bishops at the Vatican.Gay marriage is legal in Indiana following a U.S. Supreme Court decision to not hear cases last week.last_img read more

IMCA Stock Car, Hobby, SportMod drivers chase Mitchell Machine contingency awards

first_imgWEBSTER CITY, Iowa – Mitchell Machine rewards the on-track accomplishments of IMCA drivers in four divisions for a 14th consecutive season.  Information about Mitchell Machine products and services is available at the web­site or by calling 515 297-3333.  “The base of customers using transmissions made by Ted Mitchell continues to grow across the IMCA landscape,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder commented. “They make a great piece and not only are drivers using them, but having a great deal of on-track success as a result.” Regional point standings for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, and national point standings for Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods again determine recipients of contingency awards given by the Webster City, Iowa, transmission manufacturer and machine shop.  All Mitchell Machine awards will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office. The top three eligible finishers in standings for both Stock Car regions and both Hobby Stock regions, and national standings for the two SportMod divisions will receive product certificates valued at $250, $100 and $100, respectively, Drivers in all of those divisions are required to compete with a Mitchell-manufactured transmission, return a sign-up form to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1, provide proof of pur­chase made between Jan. 1 and Oct. 1, 2020 and display two Mitchell Machine decals on their race car. last_img read more

Jamaica to kick off Nations League Group stage against Antigua

first_imgTHE Reggae Boyz will kickstart their Nations League group stage effort on Friday against Antigua and Barbuda at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on the island’s north coast.The game will be played on September 6, leaving the Reggae Boyz, who last played in the Gold Cup, ending their campaign in the semi-finals, with little turn-around time before their game against Guyana on September 9.The team will leave the island September 7 for that fixture.Coach of the Reggae Boyz, Theodore Whitmore, is under no illusions about how important these games are, expressing those sentiments to key executives of the Jamaica Football Federation just recently.“It is important that that then edn of the group phase the country finishes in the top six in CONCACAF in order to be in the best position entering the World Cup qualifiers in September 2020,” he said.Whitmore was appealing to the executive members for support in the next few months, saying even after that, all international fixtures took on significance.“Even after finishing in the top six in November 2019, it will be important to maintain that position through other FIFA international match dates down to June 2020, so I am urging total focus and support through the next couple of months in the first instance,” he said.Rule changes in the region, mean that only the top six teams will be allowed to play in qualifiers for a direct place in the World Cup.The teams finishing outside of that top six will play for FIFA’s half-spot, meaning they will play against each other for the right to play against the team that finishes fourth from the top-six.That game will be played in a home-and-away format and will determine another fixture of the same nature against a team from another region. Those two will then play for a World Cup berth.The hexagonal will feature 10 games for each team, beginning in September.There will also be games in October and November this year, before a restart in March of 2021. The games conclude in September of 2021, just over a year before the World Cup.(Sportsmax).last_img read more

Men’s basketball: Gard finalizes coaching staff for 2016-17

first_imgGreg Gard finalized the structure of Wisconsin men’s basketball’s 2016-17 coaching staff Tuesday, bringing much-needed stability after a year of transition.After finishing his sixth year as an assistant coach, Lamont Paris was promoted to associate head coach. Assistant coach Howard Moore and director of operations Kat Vosters each renewed their contracts.Paris joined the Wisconsin coaching staff in 2010 under then-head coach Bo Ryan and has since enjoyed success in each of his seasons in Madison. Moore was also a longtime assistant under Ryan from 2005-10, and rejoined the staff in December 2015 when Gard assumed the role of head coach.Vosters, despite only graduating in 2013, will enter her eighth season with the Badgers. The 2016-17 season will be Vosters’ third season as director of basketball operations, after spending four seasons as an undergraduate manager and one as a program assistant.“I’m very excited to be able to keep Lamont, Howard and Kat on staff,” Gard said. “Having continuity within our program is important and each of these three individuals brings a valuable skill set and the character that makes Wisconsin basketball so successful.“I am also very pleased to elevate Lamont to associate head coach. He is richly deserving of the title change and added responsibilities. From on-court coaching, recruiting and player development, to camps, he will have a major role in everything we do.”After the departure of Gary Close, a Wisconsin assistant for 13 years, Joe Krabbenhoft was named as replacement last week to round out the assistant coaching staff.In a season that saw the sudden departures of Ryan and Close, and was just as crazy on the court, finalizing the coaching staff brings stability the team didn’t have this season.last_img read more

All-in Diversity: Straight shooting on Equality & Diversity as industry disciplines

first_img MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Related Articles AIDP hosts first ‘Power Hour’ on racism and equality June 24, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon AIDP adds two new global advisors August 12, 2020 Share Founded in 2017, the All-in Diversity Project is an industry-driven initiative seeking to benchmark diversity, equality and inclusion for the global betting and gaming sectors. SBC speaks to founding partners Kelly Kehn and Christina Thakor Rankin on how equality and diversity should be treated as new industry dynamics. Competing in an evolving global marketplace, can betting/gaming create inclusive operating frameworks appealing to modern workforces… The stakes are high for industry players!_________________________Kelly KehnSBC:  2018 is a year of systemic change for the betting industry, as it faces increased regulatory demands, advertising restrictions combined with operational changes of its data and AML disciplines. Under this context, why do industry leaders need to drive a diversity/equality agenda in 2018? Kelly Kehn: Those systematic changes you mention all involve restriction and regulation. Diversity & Inclusion as an organisational shift is very much the opposite and I’d like to be quite clear about that. We should be looking at D&I as a movement to become less restrictive with the way we hire, retain and promote talent within our organisations. This is not about one particular underserved group, this about recognising the cultural biases, understanding how those biases put us at a disadvantage and changing the way we operate to ensure we have access to the best talent globally. I think we all inherently know that new ideas, experiences and perspectives are good for business. However, research into diverse and inclusive organisations is now actively proving that statement. Businesses with a diverse workforce outperform their competitors who aren’t racially and gender diverse.Christina Thakor Rankin: For me, it’s as much about pragmatism as it is about ethics. We are about to see a huge generational shift which will see the millennials make up 50% of the workforce by 2020. These are the next generation of leaders and for them; diversity, equality and inclusion will be an expectation, not an aspiration. If we want to attract these people as future leaders we firstly need to attract them as new entrants and middle managers.Do we really think that as stakeholders we are in a place to attract talent and resources who want to work in a sector which shares their ethics and values, or do we need to do some work to improve matters?SBC: In your opinion is diversity the domain of industry governance, leadership, HR etc… Does diversity have to be allocated as a corporate responsibility in order to be effective for betting organisations? Furthermore is ownership of the subject matter important?KK: Diversity & Inclusion affects every aspect of a business so limiting the scope or domain to HR, Corp. Governance etc. does a business organisation a deep disservice.To your question, “Is ownership of the subject matter important?”, I’d say yes. D&I is about a cultural shift and the responsibility for change will sit with those leaders responsible for setting a business’s culture, vision and ethics. However, everyone within an organisation needs to play a role and support that shift.CTR: Someone at the top taking ownership is a great start, but a checklist or telling someone what is and isn’t acceptable doesn’t eliminate the prejudices that sit behind discrimination – they just mask it. As a result, this needs to be as much bottom up as it does top down. It’s about education, acceptance and the understanding that it’s the inside that matters – the skills, the experience, the insight and the knowledge, not which bathroom they use, which god they worship or whether they have the ‘normal’ number   of arms and legs.SBC: Diversity is a broad subject matter, which can be easily sidetracked. For All-in, how do you create initial corporate frameworks and best practices, that can be inclusive and understood by all industry employees? KK: Like any business strategy or transformation, you must have valid and measurable benchmarks in place to measure success. Why would any business invest in anything if they couldn’t measure the ROI? At All-in Diversity Project, we believe the tools for success will come in the form of data, industry benchmarks and transparency. This is not about men vs. women, trying to force empathy or dumbing anything down. This is about stopping the assumptions, holding the mirror up, taking a sober look at where we now and setting targets for progress. We do it with every other business strategy but historically we’ve been blinded by our lack of data on the subject of D&I. Our All-Index is a global industry standard index measuring progress for diversity and inclusion. It will provide a report on annual progress and make recommendations in various areas such as corporate governance, employment policies, recruitment practices, unconscious bias and marketing.CTR: I would add that leadership has to begin to look to understand cultural, gender and generational complexities within their workforces.  Measuring inclusivity is not an easy undertaking for any corporation regardless of resources available, however, it is a dynamic/discipline that has to be tackled in order to create effective future enterprises.  Christina Thakor RankinSBC: You are currently advising a number of industry leaders on workplace diversity and equal opportunity. From a leadership perspective, what is the underlining fear of the betting sector not addressing/tackling this current concern… What will we lose as a sector if we fail on equality and diversity matters? CTR: Unless we start to change now betting and gambling as we know it will become something we used to do. We already know that millennials have no interest in some of the traditional forms of gambling. What we don’t know is what the next generation of products needs to look like. The only people who can tell us is the next generation of players and to get this information we need to get them engaging with us and into our businesses.KK: I agree with Tina 100%. We formed AIDP because we deeply care about this industry and want to see it succeed. I don’t think I’d go as far as saying that if we fail, we won’t have an industry, but I’d venture to say that not adapting means we’ll continue to recycle the same talent and aging customers, continue ignoring our image problem, stop innovating and eventually be decades (instead of years) behind the rest of the world in terms of our ability to recruit top talent.SBC:  From your perspective, how can diversity improve or revive the sector’s stagnant talent pool, a deep concern for many stakeholders?  KK: By way of real-world example, in 1952, the Boston Symphony was looking to diversify their all-male orchestra. They implemented blind auditions in order to ensure a purely merit-based choice of talent and hopefully increase the number of women selected. The result was 50% of those making it through this audition were women. Today, most symphony orchestras have blind auditions as part of their standard practice, and the industry boasts 44% women to men ratio. Music critics would also argue that today symphonies have a better product meaning they actually sound better.As I mentioned earlier, diversity is about removing restrictions that companies have an opening up to the best talent possible. Just placing the words “Must have betting/gambling experience” or “Betting/Gambling experience preferred” on a job description keeps us stagnant, and it happens on just about every description I read today. No one studies gambling at Uni although I was asked to teach a graduate class on “sports maths” one time! 😉 But this is a great industry to work in and we need to promote it as such. Part of D&I initiatives should recognise simple areas like how we are marketing our open roles, what CVs we are shortlisting and why and if we are actively looking for outside experience. CTR: By mirroring the world at large in our individual businesses we get to replicate our customer base and from there understand what appeals, to who, and why. We can only do this is our internal teams genuinely reflect the outside world in terms of gender, ethnicity, age and different abilities – where are the products for differently abled players? SBC: Finally, as one of the younger industry bodies, how do you gauge success on diversity and equal opportunity, which unlike other industry disciplines can’t be necessarily measured? What should be deemed as success in a non-binary issue? CTR: That’s easy. We set a benchmark and then measure ourselves and our profitability against it. The All-Index seeks to set a global benchmark for diversity, equality and inclusion. By running the Index annually we can see where we got better and how this relates to commercial performance.KK: It can be measured and up until now, we’ve been blinded by our lack of data. As Tina states, that’s where AIDP is carving our place in the universe. We believe that data, transparency and benchmarking is the way toward progress.________________________Kelly Kehn & Christina Thakor Rankin – Founding Partners – All-in Diversity ProjectThe Betting industry’s future enterprise and operational context will be discussed at the upcoming ‘Betting on Sports Conference’ (#boscon2018 – Olympia London-18-20 September 2018). Click on the below banner for more information…last_img read more

MLB wrap: Rays dominate Orioles in third straight win

first_img Xander Bogaerts says Red Sox are ready to deliver second-half blow Tampa Bay tallied a staggering 20 hits to Baltimore’s five, and first baseman Nate Lowe went 4 for 5 with a home run.Nate Lowe tank alert. #RaysUp— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) July 13, 2019Renato Nunez was a bright spot for the Orioles, as he went 2 for 4, hit a home run and had two RBIs. Related News Tampa Bay is picking up steam.The Rays topped the Orioles 16-4 on Friday at Camden Yards in their third straight win. Plenty of batters made contact on the night. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. went 0 for 4 for the Blue Jays in their 4-0 loss to the Yankees.HighlightBuster Posey helped pushed the Giants into the lead with this bomb.The Slam Francisco Giants.(MLB x @PapaJohns)— MLB (@MLB) July 13, 2019What’s Next?Astros (57-35) at Rangers (50-42) 8:05 p.m. ET — These in-state rivals had a really close game Friday, and it appears like Saturday could be another intense battle. Both sides hit well, but the Rangers were somehow able to overcome 13 strikeouts from Gerrit Cole. Houston still sits atop the American League West though.center_img Alex Bregman injury update: All-Star returns to lineup after taking grounder off chin The Rays are now 6 1/2 games back of the American League East-leading Yankees while the 27-63 Orioles are last in the division.Studs of the NightChris Archer struck out 10 batters in six innings as the Pirates fell to the Cubs 4-3.Yordan Alvarez hit two home runs in the Astros’ 9-8 loss to the Rangers.Eduardo Rodriguez mowed down 10 Dodgers in Boston’s 8-1 win at Fenway Park.Duds of the nightJarrod Dyson was hitless in four at-bats in Arizona’s 4-2 victory over St. Louis.Evan Longoria went 1 for 5 as San Francisco took down the Brewers 10-7.last_img read more

Colonels Chosen to Win 2019 Southland Softball Season

first_img 7. Sam Houston State 145 11. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 40 3. Central Arkansas 164 2. McNeese (6) 224 5. Stephen F. Austin 158 6. Northwestern State 156 4. Southeastern Louisiana 163 Coaches and SIDs Poll (first place votes)center_img 8. Abilene Christian 119 FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls has been selected as the Southland Conference favorites for the 2019 season following a vote from conference head coaches and sports information directors. The preseason poll was announced Wednesday afternoon by the league.The Colonels captured 18 total first-place votes and 238 points to finish atop the poll. The preseason poll is voted on by head coaches and SIDs from each Southland softball school. Voting for one’s own team is not permitted.Nicholls head coach Angel Santiago and his team will look to repeat last season’s accomplishments after finishing with a 40-15 overall record and capturing the 2018 regular-season championship. Nicholls enters the season after placing eight returners onto the preseason all-conference squads, six of who found spots on the first team. The Colonels are on pace to complete a successful year as they also return three Southland Conference individual postseason award winners from 2018 including Pitcher of the Year Megan Landry, Newcomer of the Year Kali Clement and Freshman of the Year Jewel Lara.McNeese comes in second with 224 points and six first-place votes. The Cowgirls concluded their 2018 campaign with a Southland Conference Tournament championship and trip to the NCAA Regional Tournament before falling in the second round to No. 18 Baylor. McNeese, led by head coach James Landreneau, has won three consecutive conference tournament titles dating back to the 2016 season. The Cowgirls head into their 2019 slate with two preseason first team all-conference selections and one second team honoree.Taking the third-place spot is Central Arkansas with 164 points. The Bears closed out their 2018 campaign with a 16-11 record in Southland play and an appearance in the conference tournament. UCA also hosted the opening round of the NISC Regional Tournament where they advanced to the second round of tournament play. Kaylyn Shepherd and Morgan Felts will look to lead Central Arkansas after being named preseason all-conference selections.Southeastern Louisiana was voted fourth by a slim one-point margin earning 163 points. The Lady Lions concluded the 2018 season second in the conference for runs scored (295) and first in the league with 175 stolen bases. Madison Watson and Ali McCoy mark SLU’s pair of preseason all-conference selections. The duo helped boost their squad to 18-9 conference record last season that progressed into a deep run to the Southland Conference Tournament semifinals.Stephen F. Austin (158), Northwestern State (156), Sam Houston State (145) and Abilene Christian (119) were chosen to occupy the fifth through eighth-place positions.Lamar received 80 points for ninth place, while Incarnate Word finished in 10th with 61 points. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was voted to the 11th-place position with 40 points. Rounding out the preseason poll was Houston Baptist with 36 points.The 2019 season will begin Thursday, Feb. 7 with Southeastern Louisiana playing host to San Jose State in a 5 p.m. CT start. McNeese will also play that same day with a 6 p.m. first pitch against Samford in Lake Charles, La. Nine of the remaining 10 league teams will open their seasons the following day, Saturday, Feb. 8.2019’s Southland Conference Tournament is set for Natchitoches, La., at Lady Demon Diamond on the Northwestern State campus. Tournament play will take place May 7-10 with an eight-team field. 9. Lamar 80 10. UIW 61 1. Nicholls (18) 238 12. Houston Baptist 36last_img read more

The risk of Van Dijk ending up in Madrid or Barça

first_imgPremier League* Data updated as of February 24, 2020 Paul Ince analyzed Liverpool’s success and the current state of the club in Liverpool Echo. The former English player explained the risks that may entail being at the summit of world football, since success exposes you and that can make you, among other things, lose players. Difficulties to retain players: “Obviously now it is a question of how they can improve in the future. It is difficult because they have got some incredible young players that are only going to improve, but in football things change. We already saw Philippe Coutinho, who suddenly came to Barcelona and he took it. Keeping the best players in Liverpool is a challenge. “Van Dijk: “If someone will come for Van Dijk? When Barcelona or Real Madrid knocks on the door, it’s hard to say no.”Exposure to big clubs like Madrid or Barça: “That is one of the things that has to be a victim of your own success. When you are doing as many good things as Liverpool you are alerting other clubs like Barcelona or Real Madrid. It is hard to say no to a player when they come for the”.center_img Need to win titles: “I think what the players and Klopp are doing is great but the big teams win trophies a year yes and a year no. They have a great opportunity to do it but they need to look back a few years and see what they did to say that the Liverpool is a great team. “last_img read more