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February 10, 2020
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Champs highly fancied! … Calabar set for tight battle, Edwin Allen set for runaway win

first_imgCalabar High and Edwin Allen High schools will certainly retain their respective titles at the 2016 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships. Well, at least that’s what the experts believe. However, it isn’t that simple. The challengers are plenty, and determination and ambition run deep in the rival ranks, meaning that the defending champions will have to sharpen their swords and lift their shields over the next five days as we brace for another exciting race to the top of high-school athletics. Twenty-one preliminary events are scheduled for today’s opening day of action at the National Stadium, with a number of top athletes getting the chance to make an early impression. EVENTS Among today’s events, the Class One Boys’ long jump, the Girls’ Class Two shot put, the sprint hurdles, Girls’ Class One discus, as well as the 400m preliminaries, will all take focus. Edwin Allen enter this year’s championships at the top end of what appears to be a growing dynasty, having won back-to-back Girls’ titles and three of the last four. Tuned by Michael Dyke and led by captain and top sprinter Shellece Clarke, the girls from Frankfield, Clarendon, boast a well-rounded unit, which threatens to increase the gap between themselves and their rivals beyond the 100 points gulf that underlined their dominance in 2015. That’s bad news for the chasing pack, which, this year, is being headed by the girls from St Jago High, with the ever-improving Hydel High and old warriors Holmwood Technical all showing promise this season. They will, however, have to wait a while longer as based on their form this year, there is little to suggest that anyone will have enough to unseat a well-oiled Edwin Allen machine. Things are expected to be a lot closer among the boys, where four-time defending champions Calabar will be looking to add to their 25 titles. With the excellent Christopher Taylor leading their talented crop of sprinters, and Warren Barrett again taking charge of the throws corps, the Red Hills Road-based Calabar unit seems more than capable of holding off what is expected to be a fierce challenge from old foes Kingston College (KC) and Jamaica College (JC). 4x400m RELAY It’s a battle that will most likely take us into the curtain-closing 4x400m relay Open event, with early projections tipping Calabar to ultimately lift the Mortimer Geddes Trophy, with a 20-odd points victory over KC. So there’s hardly any margin for error. Kingston College – winless since 2009 – have a few Titans of their own, with the likes of quarter-mile record holder Akeem Bloomfield and Class One double sprint gold medal hopeful Jhevaughn Matherson expected to carry major points for the Fortis clan. Jamaica College, who last tasted title success in 2011, have been steady, if not spectacular, throughout the season quietly going about their business at the various development meets. They should make much of the early noise at these championships, with the jumping standout O’Brien Wasome expected to fire a few warning shots in the long jump pit. Whether they have enough to upset the Calabar-KC duopoly will depend a lot on their execution in the events that they are expected to dominate and their ability to steal points from their rivals on a regular basis. Either way, the stage has been set for the 106th staging of what is widely viewed as the best event of its kind, a showpiece of excellence where age group athletics performance is concerned. The first strides will be taken today, and we are bound to get to a glorious end for some and anguish for others, but there are sure to be many memorable stops along the way.last_img read more

September 17, 2019
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Two people hospitalized after freeway shooting in Lemon Grove

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter August 20, 2018 Ashlie Rodriguez, KUSI Newsroom, Ashlie Rodriguez, KUSI Newsroom Two people hospitalized after freeway shooting in Lemon Grovecenter_img Posted: August 20, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsLEMON GROVE (KUSI) – Two people shot in a drive-by attack on state Route 94 in Lemon Grove remain hospitalized Monday but are expected to recover, authorities said.The attack happened shortly after 9:45 p.m. Sunday on westbound SR 94 near Lemon Grove Avenue, California Highway Patrol Officer Travis Garrow said.Four people in a Toyota Corolla reported that a gray Toyota sedan with five occupants pulled up alongside and someone inside the car fired five or six shots at them for unknown reasons, Garrow said.An unidentified man and a woman were transported to a hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds to the lower body, but their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, he said.No other injuries were reported.CHP officers shut down the right two lanes of westbound SR 94 between College Grove and College Grove Way for the investigation. The lanes were re- opened around 4:45 Monday morning.No suspect descriptions were immediately available. Updated: 8:51 PMlast_img read more

September 10, 2019
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Amazon Prime oneday delivery plans have this union worried

first_imgOutside an Amazon warehouse in Massachusetts. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Many consumers may be cheering Amazon’s plans to turn its Prime two-day shipping perk into one-day deliveries. But not everyone is thrilled by the news.The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which has long complained about the working conditions at Amazon warehouses, said Friday it’s worried faster shipping could be harmful to warehouse workers.”With two-day Prime shipping, Amazon fulfillment workers currently face speeds of 200-300 orders per hour in 12-hour shifts. They struggle already to maintain that pace,” RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum said in a statement.Dave Clark, senior vice president of Amazon Worldwide Operations, said in a statement Friday that Appelbaum’s comments were “misguided and self-serving.” He added that Amazon’s 20 years of developing its infrastructure has allowed it to ship faster “not by working harder but by working smarter.”The retail powerhouse has already faced considerable scrutiny for how it treats its workers, with several unions and activists saying that conditions at its warehouses can be grueling. With the one-day shipping change, the company may have to do more to address how the shift will affect its workers, not just its customers.The RWDSU has been working to help Amazon warehouse workers in Staten Island, New York, form a union. It was also a vocal part of a local coalition that protested Amazon’s push to bring a new 25,000-employee campus to New York City. That coalition raised concerns about Amazon’s $3 billion incentives package for the project, as well as its alleged mistreatment of warehouse employees. Comments Tags Share your voice Amazon warehouse workers in the US aren’t unionized, and Amazon has publicly stated it’s against having unions, saying it prefers a direct line of communication with employees. The e-commerce giant has regularly defended itself against claims it mistreats workers, saying it offers comprehensive benefits that include disability insurance and paid leave.  It has said it offers employees “a climate controlled, safe workplace” and last year raised its minimum wage to $15.The company said Thursday it will spend heavily this year, including $800 million in the current quarter, to start speeding up its Amazon Prime delivery infrastructure, with the goal of eventually shifting two-day deliveries to one day.Here’s the full statement from RWDSU’s Appelbaum:With two-day Prime shipping, Amazon fulfillment workers currently face speeds of 200-300 orders per hour in 12-hour shifts. They struggle already to maintain that pace.  If Amazon plans to effectively double the speed, it must also address existing workforce needs and ensure its workers are safe. Increasing fulfillment speeds means they need to hire more workers, under more sustainable speeds that don’t put worker’s lives in jeopardy.Here is the full statement from Amazon’s Clark:Mr. Appelbaum continues to spout falsehoods and display his overall lack of knowledge as to how Amazon operates. We appreciate his concern for our associates but his concern is misguided and self-serving. Employees are the heart and soul of our operations, and we’re proud of our team around the US who are paid at least $15 an hour with great benefits from day one.”We’ve been building our network for over 20 years allowing us to create a world-class customer experience powered by incredible employees who work in a positive, safe environment in our facilities. We have strategically grown our network to include fulfillment centers, package sortation centers, delivery stations and air hubs all to be closer to our customers. This enables Amazon to deliver orders faster and more efficiently – not by working harder but by working smarter based on decades of process improvement and innovation. But don’t take my word for it, come see for yourself what it’s like to work in operations at Amazon through our public tours.Originally published April 26 at 7:13 a.m. PT.Update, 9:40 a.m.: Adds Amazon’s comments. 4 2:22 Internet How Amazon ships its biggest and bulkiest stuff Now playing: Watch this: Amazon Prime E-commerce Amazonlast_img read more

September 10, 2019
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Trump says hes watching Google very closely slams CEO Sundar Pichai

first_img US Tech Policy Comments Enlarge ImagePresident Donald Trump attacked Google CEO Sundar Pichai in an early-morning tweet storm. James Martin/CNET President Donald Trump is again going after Google. In a series of early morning tweets, Trump attacked Google CEO Sundar Pichai and warned the search giant that he’s watching the company “very closely” ahead of the 2020 US election. Trump said he met with Pichai in the Oval Office and raised questions about Google’s role in the 2016 election, as well as the company’s artificial intelligence work in China. He also suggested, without evidence, that Google is trying to “illegally subvert” the next election. “All very illegal,” Trump tweeted. “We are watching Google very closely!” Share your voice See All Politics Jul 28 • Apple’s Q3 earnings are all about the iPhone 11 hints Tags Trump criticizes ‘censorship’ on social media, SpaceX… 4 Trump referenced Kevin Cernekee, a former Google engineer and subject of a Wall Street Journal profile last week, who claims he was fired from Google for his conservative views. Google on Tuesday called Cernekee a “disgruntled former employee” and said his statements about the company are “absolutely false.””We go to great lengths to build our products and enforce our policies in ways that don’t take political leanings into account,” a spokeswoman said. “Distorting results for political purposes would harm our business and go against our mission of providing helpful content to all of our users.”Trump’s accusation of anticonservative bias is a familiar refrain. Last August, Trump claimed that Google’s search results were “rigged” to promote negative news stories on Trump. At the time, the president told reporters, “I think Google has really taken advantage of a lot of people.” He added, “Google and Twitter and Facebook, they’re really treading on very, very troubled territory, and they have to be careful.”Last month, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he met with Pichai to discuss the company’s work in China. After the meeting, Mnuchin said he and Trump had no security concerns about Google’s work in the country. Two days later, though, Trump tweeted that there “may or may not” be security concerns. 1:23 US Tech Policy Aug 7 • Trump’s emissions and fuel economy rollbacks will cost Americans money, study says ….are NOT planning to illegally subvert the 2020 Election despite all that has been said to the contrary. It all sounded good until I watched Kevin Cernekee, a Google engineer, say terrible things about what they did in 2016 and that they want to “Make sure that Trump losses…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2019 ….in 2020.” Lou Dobbs stated that this is a fraud on the American public. @peterschweizer stated with certainty that they suppressed negative stories on Hillary Clinton, and boosted negative stories on Donald Ttump. All very illegal. We are watching Google very closely!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2019 reading • Trump says he’s watching Google ‘very closely,’ slams CEO Sundar Pichai • Aug 6 • President Trump wants social media to catch shooters before they strike. It’s going to be hard Now playing: Watch this: Google Sundar Pichai Alphabet Inc. Donald Trumplast_img read more

September 1, 2019
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Baltimore Mayor Seeks Help from Justice Department

first_imgAttorney General Loretta Lynch accompanied by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks during a work meeting at Baltimore City Hall, on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Baltimore. The new attorney general met privately at the University of Baltimore with Freddie Gray’s family, days after the state’s attorney charged six police officers involved in Gray’s arrest. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, Pool)Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced May 6 she was calling for the U.S Department of Justice to launch a broad civil rights investigation into the Baltimore City Police Department’s policing habits.“We have to get it right; failure is not an option,” said Rawlings-Blake in an Associated Press recording of the press conference posted on YouTube. “In order to achieve the kind of significant and sustainable reform that we want to see, and I want to see, that the citizens want to see in Baltimore, I am requesting the Department of Justice conduct a federal or pattern or practice investigation into the Baltimore City Police Department.”Her announcement came a day after she met with newly appointed U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. The two discussed the possibilities of bringing additional help to the city to address the lack of trust between police and the community, according to USA Today.Rawlings-Blake said she was in support of the DOJ conducting an investigation, citing that the department has “employed these investigations in communities across our nation to reform a series of patterns and practices of excessive force, biased policing and other unconstitutional practices by law enforcement.”She added that “such an investigation is essential if we are going to build on the foundation of reforms that we have instituted over the last few years.”The investigation is similar to the one in Ferguson, Mo., and would review the major components of policing in the city to see if any bias exists in the department’s traffic stops, arrests, and other operations, according to USA Today.This comes a week after Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby found that there was “probable cause” to file criminal charges against the six officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray on April 12. Gray suffered from a severe spinal cord injury while in custody and died in the hospital on April 19.  His death was ruled as a homicide. The Baltimore Police Department conducted their own investigation and found that the officers should have given Gray medical attention sooner.The AP reports that nearly 20 police departments have been investigated by the Justice Department in this way since 2009.  Many are in support of Rawlings-Blake’s request for the investigation, including Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Congressman Elijah Cummings, D-Md.“We must know whether there is a pattern or practice by the department that systemically violates people’s rights,” Cummings said in a statement. “Mr. Gray’s death is only the most recent case underscoring the need to examine our police department from top to bottom.”jhunter@afro.comTwitter: @ hunter_jonathanlast_img read more

August 19, 2019
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Strong holiday bookings for the Caribbean with sellouts

first_img Share Travelweek Group Friday, December 22, 2017 Strong holiday bookings for the Caribbean, with sell-outs MIAMI — Hotels in Caribbean destinations spared by this year’s hurricanes are reporting holiday season occupancies in excess of 90%.More than 70% of the Caribbean was not impacted by hurricanes Irma and Maria, notes Frank Comito, CEO and Director General of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA).CHTA says it canvassed a number of Caribbean destinations this week to see how they are faring for the holidays and into the first quarter of 2018.The results are encouraging, says Comito, with a surge in holiday bookings, and forward bookings into the first quarter of 2018 that are keeping pace with or surpassing 2017.Several destinations reported that a number of their hotels are anticipating sell-outs over the Christmas and New Year’s period. Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Cancun, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and The Bahamas all reported strong bookings, and Comito says he expects that most of the other destinations which were unaffected by the storms are experiencing similar booking levels.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaTurks and Caicos Islands, which was one of the first hurricane-impacted destinations to rebound, fully recovering and opening within weeks following the storms, is reporting occupancies in excess of 90% over the holidays and strong first quarter bookings.Puerto Rico announced last week that it is open for business, with many of the hotels in the popular coastal stretch in and around San Juan up and running and thousands of restaurants now operating.CHTA is bringing Caribbean Travel Marketplace, the region’s largest B2B marketing event, to Puerto Rico from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, 2018.Travellers are encouraged to visit www.caribbeantravelupdate.com for information about those destinations and hotels which are welcoming visitors.“Now is a perfect time to visit and support the Caribbean and to see how the resilience of our people offers travelers from around the world an exceptional experience – especially during this winter season and beyond,” he said.center_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Caribbean, Trend Watchlast_img read more