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Unsure future for Byfield

first_imgJamaica’s Sunshine Girls defender Althea Byfield said she is undecided about her future with the national team, this after she was overlooked for the team’s last two international ‘Test’ series. The 34-year-old netballer retired from international competition in 2011 after Jamaica’s poor performance at World Championships in Singapore. However, the tough defender has continued to play in the leagues. Byfield returned last year to captain the Sunshine Girls’ team to the Fast5 World Series in England. But despite availability for the Sunshine Girls Test series against New Zealand and England, the defender was overlooked by the Sunshine Girls selectors. The Sunshine Girls lost 3-0 to New Zealand but they bounced back to beat hosts England 2-1. Byfield, one of the most outstanding defenders in this year’s Berger Elite League, told The Gleaner that she is unsure if she will play for the Sunshine Girls again. ” I was available for the tour to New Zealand in September and I was available for the tour in England in November and unfortunately I was overlooked and so I am doubtful as it relates to going back to the national programme,” said Byfield. “I think I was overlooked because maybe because I am too old and they are focusing on youths, so it was their choice,” Byfield said. However, despite this, Byfield added that she still has what it takes to win a place on the Sunshine Girls as according to her ‘she still has a lot of offer to the national programme.’ She added that she will now focus most of her attention on completing her degree at the University of Technology.last_img read more

The citizenry test: Assam NRC explained

first_imgThe draft National Register of Citizens (NRC), published on Monday, includes only those able to prove they were in Assam before 1971. A look at some critical questionsWho is a D-voter?Short for ‘dubious’ or ‘doubtful, this is a category of voters disenfranchised by the government for alleged lack of proper citizenship documents. Some 2.48 lakh people got the D-voter tag during NRC processWho is a declared foreigner? D-voters are tried by special tribunals under the Foreigners’ Act and if they fail to defend their citizenship claim they are marked as declared foreigners and sent to any of six detention camps, which are within jails for criminals, for deportation. There were 91,206 declared foreigners as on December 31, 2017.Why is NRC being updated in Assam? Officially, the NRC process will address the issue of illegal migrants, specifically from Bangladesh. The National Register of Citizens was first published in 1951 to record citizens, their houses and holdings. Updating the NRC to root out foreigners was a demand during the Assam Agitation (1979-1985)Why is March 24, 1971 the cut-off date?There have been several waves of migration to Assam from  Bangladesh, but the biggest was in March 1971  when the Pakistan army crackdown forced many to flee to India. The Assam Accord of 1985 that ended the six-year anti-foreigners’ agitation decided upon the midnight of March 24, 1971 as the cut-off date.Who is a citizen in Assam? The Citizenship Act of 1955 was amended after the Assam Accord  for all Indian-origin people who came from Bangladesh before January 1, 1966 to be deemed as citizens. Those who came between January 1, 1966 and March 25, 1971 were eligible for citizenship after registering and living in the State for 10 years while those entering after March 25, 1971, were to be deported.What happens to the excluded 40 lakh? They will have to file for claims and objections and submit relevant documents for re-verification. The NRC office will issue claim forms from August 7 to 30, and these applicants would have to submit the forms from August 30 to September 28. The documents will be verified and accepted or rejected for the final NRC to be published on an unspecified date. The cases of those left out of the final NRC will be heard in the Foreigners’ Tribunals, after which applicants can approach the High Courtlast_img read more

Top 2017 QB Jake Allen Gets “Dream Offer” From Florida

first_imgFlorida's Jake Allen gets an offer from Florida.Florida’s Jake AllenJake Allen, a 2017 quarterback recruit from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, told 247Sports back in April that Florida was his top school, even though he hadn’t yet received an offer to play for the Gators. That changed Wednesday. Allen, who plays for St. Thomas Aquinas, tweeted the news, adding that he’d received his “dream offer.” He’s currently ranked as a three-star signal-caller by Rivals, but other outlets are calling him a four-star player.Blessed to have received my dream offer from The University of Florida! #Gators #ChompChomp pic.twitter.com/8N8Y6VR3h5— Jake Allen™ (@Jakeallen_14) June 10, 2015I couldn’t have done it without my personal QB coach @EricKresser . Been with him since the 6th grade! Love ya coach.— Jake Allen™ (@Jakeallen_14) June 10, 2015Allen currently holds offers from Cincinnati, Iowa, Miami (FL), NC State and Pitt, among others. While he hasn’t officially committed to Florida, it isn’t a stretch to say that things are looking good.last_img read more

John Calipari Has An Interesting Theory As To Why Kentucky Is A 4-Seed

first_imgJohn Calipari takes a selfie with Jamal Murray.Twitter/@UKCoachCalipariThe NCAA Tournament bracket, which was revealed last night, had a number of questionable inclusions and seedings. While many are focusing on Syracuse being a 10-seed, Tulsa being in the field at all, and the exclusions of popular mid-majors like Monmouth and St. Mary’s, the top of the bracket had some interesting team placements as well. One notable quirk: despite Kentucky beating Texas A&M in the SEC Championship on Sunday, the Aggies received a three seed while UK was bumped to the four line.John Calipari joined ESPN’s Bracketology show on Sunday night and delivered an epic rant about his team’s seed. Today, on his own radio show, he had a new theory.Calipari on selection committee: “They did not want us in Louisville … noooooo.”— TheCatsPause247 (@TheCatsPause247) March 14, 2016Calipari: They did not want us in Louisville. That’s why they stuck us with a 4 seed.— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) March 14, 2016Kentucky Sports Radio transcribed the conspiratorial portion of Coach Cal’s show:“I had an idea who would be in our path. Like I said, I thought they’d try to ship us to Anchorage but there’s no regional up there, so they shipped us to Des Moines. (We’re) Playing on Thursday at midnight.” He later added: “They could explain the numbers however they want, they did not want us in Louisville.”We’re not sure we buy it, but Kentucky would have undoubtedly had a crazy home-court advantage in Louisville, so maybe there’s something to it. We’re sure #BBN will have a slight crowd advantage on Thursday night as is, unless there’s a big Stony Brook alumni base in Iowa that we don’t know about.More: Vote In Our “64 Most Annoying People In Sports” Bracket >>>last_img read more

Tatiana Maslany Eugene and Dan Levy among presenters at Canadian Screen Awards

first_imgAdvertisement Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany, Schitt’s Creek leads Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara and Daniel Levy, and Sons of Anarchy alumnus Kim Coates will be among the presenters at this year’s Canadian Screen Awards.Staged in Toronto on March 12, the awards honour the best in Canadian TV, film and digital media.This year’s host will be comedian and America’s Got Talent judge Howie Mandel. Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Other presenters are set to include:Oscar-nominated director Atom Egoyan.CBC satirist Rick Mercer.Big Brother Canada host Arisa Cox.Kim’s Convenience co-stars Jean Yoon and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee.Comedian Sean Cullen.Actors Wendy Crewson, Catherine Reitman and Stephan James.Toronto singer Francesco Yates is lined up for a musical performance. The show will air on CBC-TV. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Better fuel margins acquisitions drive Parkland Fuel profit revenue beats

first_imgCALGARY – Parkland Fuel Corp. shares closed eight per cent higher on Friday after it reported doubling revenue in the second quarter on higher profit margins for fuel and contributions from two major acquisitions completed last year.The gas station owner’s stock leaped to $37.93 after it reported net earnings of $60 million on revenue of $3.8 billion — well ahead of expectations of $49 million profit on $3.2 billion in revenue, as reported by Thomson Reuters Eikon.“Our record results in the second quarter continue to highlight the contribution of the Chevron and Ultramar acquisitions, the significance of the annual synergies we are realizing and the underlying strength of Parkland’s pre-acquisition operations,” said CEO Bob Espey.“Through these acquisitions, we have established a significant Canada-wide scale that enables strong opportunity for continued organic growth.”The Calgary-based company completed its $1.7-billion purchase of Chevron Canada’s Burnaby, B.C., refinery and Vancouver-area retail and aviation fuel businesses last October.Its $978-million deal for Ultramar stations in Quebec closed in June 2017.Parkland said its exceptional performance is expected to continue this year, noting it has adjusted its target for 2018 adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization up by $125 million to $775 million.It added annual cost savings from last year’s acquisitions are coming in better than expected and it bumped up its synergies target by $100 million to about $180 million per year by the end of 2020.Parkland is Canada’s largest independent fuel retailer, with 1,850 gas stations under brands including Esso, Chevron, Fas Gas and Pioneer, as well as convenience stores, bulk fuel locations and commercial fuel supply contracts.In a quarter marked by soaring gasoline prices across Canada, Parkland reported that gross profit from retail operations was 8.0 cents per litre, up from 5.78 cents per litre in the year-earlier quarter.Sales of fuel rose to 4.2 billion litres from 2.6 billion litres in the second quarter of 2017.Parkland reported same-store sales growth of 8.1 per cent at its convenience stores as it launched new private label product categories under its 59th Street Food Co. brand and retrofitted 41 On the Run/Marche Express locations.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this article: (TSX:PKI)last_img read more

Greek lawmakers to vote on new budget – with more austerity

first_imgATHENS, Greece — Greek lawmakers are debating the heavily-indebted country’s draft budget for 2019, the first since Greece exited an eight-year bailout program.The budget due to be voted on midnight Tuesday is still heavy on austerity measures to ensure the country registers a hefty budget surplus, in compliance with a debt relief deal with international creditors.The budget submitted by the left-led government foresees Greece’s battered economy will grow by 2.1 per cent in 2018 and 2.5 per cent in 2019. The debt load is set to decline from 180.4 per cent of output this year to 167.8 per cent next year.Greece depended on bailout loans from 2010 until August 2018, and imposed crippling cutbacks to secure the money. Its finances are still subject to creditor scrutiny, albeit less intensely than before.The Associated Presslast_img read more

BC Elementary Schools can improve their grades regardless of location or challenges

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The Annual Ranking of B.C. Elementary Schools was released by the Fraser Institute.This tool is an easy way for parents to compare the academic performance of the province’s schools. The report card ranks 955 public and independent elementary schools based on 10 academic indicators derived from the provincewide Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) results.“The report card offers parents information they can’t easily get anywhere else, about how their child’s school performs over time and compares to other schools in B.C.,” said Angela MacLeod, a senior policy analyst at the Fraser Institute. These are the rankings for schools in the North and South Peace Region;  43/955 – JS Clark, Fort. Nelson  43/955 – Hudson’s Hope, Hudson’s Hope  95/955 – C.M. Finch, FSJ  95/955 – Clearview. FSJ  106/955 – Bert Ambrose, FSJ  129/955 – Upper Pine, Rose Prairie  134/955 – Alwin Hollan, FSJ  195/955 – Baldonnel, Baldonnel  261/955 – Crescent Park, DC  261/955 – Pouce Coupe, Pouce Coupe  285/955 – Little Prairie, Chetwynd  285/955 – Taylor, Taylor  311/955 – Robert Ogilvie, FSJ  311/955 – Notre Dame, DC  333/955 – Tumbler Ridge, Tumbler Ridge  353/955 – Christian Life, FSJ  452/955 – Charlie Lake, Charlie Lake  452/955 – Central Arts, FSJ  452/955 – Canalta, DC  512/955 – Prespatou, Prespatou  655/955 – Frank Ross, DC  694/ 955 – Don Titus, Chetwynd  771/955 – Duncan Cran, FSJ  789/955 – Tremblay, DC  825/955 – Windrem, Chetwynd  862/955 – Peace Christian, ChetwyndThe Fraser Institute shares the data suggests every school is capable of improvement regardless of type, location and student characteristics.The example provided by the ranking, ‘Armstrong Elementary in the city of Armstrong is the province’s fastest-improving school, climbing from a score of 1.9 (out of 10) in 2014 to 6.1 in 2018.  And Armstrong’s Grade 4 students showed significant improvement in reading, writing and math.’ and over the same time period, Maria Montessori in Victoria improved from 7.3 to 9.5—despite having a 20.1 percent special needs population.“We often hear excuses in B.C. that schools can’t improve student performance because of the communities and students they serve, but the evidence suggests otherwise,” MacLeod said.For the complete results on all ranked schools and to compare; CLICK HERElast_img read more

BC Coroners Service reports decline in illicit drug deaths for first half

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Coroners Service is reporting that illicit drug deaths were on the decline during the first half of 2019.According to the Coroners’ report, provincially, there were 538 illicit drug toxicity deaths within the first six months of 2019, a 30 percent decrease when compared to the first six months of 2018.When it comes to illicit drug-related deaths in Northeast B.C., the reported amount of deaths is down to 10 when compared to 24 a year ago. For fentanyl-detected deaths, Northeast B.C. also saw a decrease of only eight reported deaths when compared to 21 this time last year.The Coroners Service says there were no deaths reported at supervised consumption sites or drug overdose prevention sites.The full illicit drug death reports can be found on the Province’s website.last_img read more

Have come to Kerala to send a message that India is one

first_imgNew Delhi: Amid the opposition of the Left parties, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who is fighting the Lok Sabha elections from his traditional bastion Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, on Thursday filed nomination from Wayanad — a Congress stronghold in South India.Gandhi, accompanied by his sister Priyanka Gandhi and senior Congress leaders KC Venugopal and Mukul Wasnik, submitted the papers before district collector AR Ajayakumar at Wayanad district headquarters. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Justifying his move to contest from a southern state, the Congress president said that he was fighting the polls from down south to send a message that India was one. “I have come to Kerala to send a message that India is one. South, north, east, west, centre… all are one… There is an assault taking place across the country by the RSS and BJP. I just want to send a message and I will stand from south India and north India. My aim was to give a message,” Gandhi said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”There is a feeling in south India that the way the Narendra Modi government is functioning, their (south) culture, language, history all are being attacked. So I wanted to give a message that I will fight from north and south,” the Congress chief said in response to Union Minister Smriti Irani’s allegations that his decision to fight from Wayanad was an insult to the people of Amethi. In reply to the ongoing tussle between CPM and Congress over him contesting from Wayanad, Rahul said, “I wouldn’t say any word against CPI(M). If they are saying, let them say.” “The CPI(M) and Congress have been locked in a fight in Kerala. This will go on. I understand that the CPI(M) has to fight me. But I am not going to say a word against them,” he said. Priyanka Gandhi took to Tweeter to appeal to the people of Wayanad to take care of her brother and assured that he would not let him down. “My brother, my truest friend, and by far the most courageous man I know. Take care of him Wayanad, he won’t let you down,” she tweeted after the roadshow. Party workers shouted that they would ensure a thumping victory for Gandhi. “We all are excited. All sections of people gathered here to greet our prime ministerial candidate. We will ensure a thumping victory for Rahul ji from the soil of Pazhassi Raja,” said Ashraf, a UDF worker, who came from Vandoor assembly constituency. Hundreds of workers of the Congress-led UDF assembled outside the district collectorate in Wayanad, a scenic hill area in the Western Ghats of Kerala, as Gandhi filed the nomination. Braving the scorching heat, thousands of party workers, including men, women and youth gathered in Kalpetta town and its suburbs to see the Congress’ prime ministerial candidate, who landed here to file his nomination from the constituency which has the presence of various ethnic tribal groups. After completing the nomination procedures at the collectorate, Rahul Gandhi along with Priyanka Gandhi and senior leaders of the Congress-led UDF in Kerala undertook a roadshow to greet the voters of this constituency. Attacking Modi on the issue of corruption, the Congress leader said, “The country had faith in the prime minister when he said he would be the Chowkidar. But the Chowkidar himself has given Anil Ambani Rs 30,000 crore of Air Force money.” “He (Modi) has stolen money and given it to Anil Ambani who has no experience. Anil Ambani is in Rs 45,000 crore debt,” Gandhi alleged, once again attacking the NDA government over the Rafale deal.last_img read more