Defending Corporate Area and all-island senior schoolgirl netball champions Excelsior High are off to a good start this year. In their first match in the second round, of the ISSA urban competition on Wednesday, they defeated Merl Grove 48-14 in a Group Two encounter at the Leila Robinson Courts. After winning six games in the preliminary round coach Christopher Smart was pleased with his team’s good start in the second round. “It was an okay win for us. The opponents were not as strong as I had hoped, but our girls did reasonably well. I started a strong team to see what they were going to look like in the second round, but as I have said, my opponents were not strong enough, so we are looking forward to Friday’s game against Camperdown,” said Smart, who thinks the east Kingston-based girls will give his team a tougher challenge. With the impressive Rocoya Douglas at the goal-shooting position in partnership with goal attack Rayanna Myers, Excelsior dominated the first two quarters 13-3 and 30-5 before resting most of their top players for the remainder of the game to pull off their easy win. Camperdown have also been doing well. They joined the defending champions atop the group with six points after getting by Ardenne 44-10. Former champions the Queen’s School were also winners after defeating St Andrew High 52-37. Last year’s beaten finalists Gaynstead, St Catherine High and St Andrew Technical were winners in Group One action. The Dalton Hinds-coached Gaynstead outclassed Jose Marti 53-3, while St Catherine overcame a stubborn Holy Childhood 39-31 and STATHS squeezed out a narrow one-goal win over Meadowbrook with a 22-21 victory .
If you want to break through the marketing clutter, stop being a part of it.Cartoon by Tom Fishburne, who inspired this post.What do I mean?Just because you’re in nonprofit marketing, you don’t need to sound like a marketing claim on a store shelf.Stop saying what people expect: that you need money, that we should give, that your cause is the best. If that’s all you have to say, you might as well be selling soap.Start saying what really matters: that you have a story that touches us, that we can become a part of it, and that together we can change the world. Don’t write like you’re making a brochure. Write like you’re making a difference.
See more NFL predictions Oh, and don’t forgetKasparov with the jokes We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆 Join the squad. Subscribe Things That Caught My EyeOhtani narrows it to sevenJapanese pitcher Shohei Ohtani has narrowed his search for a MLB team down to seven, with New York and Boston notably absent from the list. Right now Ohtani looks to be 20 percent higher than the league average in ERA and on-base-plus-slugging, which is nuts. Only a few dozen players each year beat the 20 percent above average benchmark in either stat, it’d be crazy to hit both. [FiveThirtyEight]Russia’s bannedRussia was banned from competing in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in light of the complex doping regime the nation operated throughout the Sochi games. So far 11 medals have been stripped from Russians. But with the nation out of the 2018 games, it’s worth looking at which nations may stand to gain. Had Russia not competed in Sochi, and its 33 medals been reallocated, China would have left with five more, Norway four, Germany, Canada, France, Italy and the U.S. three. [FiveThirtyEight]African players making gains in the NFLNative-born and first-generation African players are all over the NFL, with 30 teams having at least one African on their roster. Cleveland has the league high, with B.J. Bello, David Njoku, Emmanuel Ogbah, Larry Ogunjobi, and Victor Salako. African players have been making steady gains in the NFL since Howard Simon Mwikuta played for the Cowboys in a 1970 preseason game, and players who have returned home to start development programs have accelerated that progress. [The Undefeated]A Jonas testifies in soccer corruption trialKevin Jonas, one of the Jonas Brothers, testified in Brooklyn that yes, he had gone to a Paul McCartney concert in Buenos Aires in 2010. The circumstances surrounding the testimony have to do with the trial of Juan Angel Napout for money laundering, racketeering and wire fraud. Napout allegedly used his FIFA influence to score tickets to that concert. His lawyers refused to concede there even was a Paul McCartney concert, so prosecutors called on a celeb to solve the problem. Soccer is weird. [Vice Sports]Try out our fun new interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?LeBron remains the bestLeBron James remains as good as ever, notching career highs in true shooting percentage, three point percentage, assist percentage, block percentage, and the second highest free throw percentage of his career. While his defense is slightly off his peak performance, James hasn’t really missed much of a step. [FiveThirtyEight]They did it!The New York Giants are cleaning house, firing GM Jerry Reese and coach Ben McAdoo after a disastrous season. The team is in the capable hands of defensive coordinator, a man who is 10-38 as a head coach. [NorthJersey.com]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions? game!Big Number284 kgCongratulations to Sarah Robles, who won the 2017 IWF World Weightlifting Championships, becoming the first U.S. woman to take gold since 1994. Robles lifted 126 kg in the snatch and 158 kg in the clean and jerk (three kilograms shy of the record) for a total of 284 kilograms. [Team USA]Leaks from Slack: emily : See more college football predictions emily :!! that means the two biggest buildings at nike HQ will be named after Serena Williams and Mia Hamm. hell yeah !!(also cause I guess the new big WHQ buildings are getting athlete names.. so the whole “She’s the only one!!!” isn’t exactly true)Predictions NFL See more NBA predictions All newsletters NBA College Football
Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:bahamas, business, inspection, ministry of finance, vat, warning Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 08 Jan 2014 – The government of the Bahamas is warning business owners to explain themselves and the new Value Added Tax better to consumers. The Ministry of Finance today issued warning in letters to those companies not displaying the VAT inclusive price to the customer and says, if there is still resistance to the warning then there will be fines leveled against these businesses. Bahamians are adjusting and in some cases not so well to the added 7.5% they are expected to pay for products and services with the January 1st, 2015 implementation of this new tax regime.It is the first time for VAT in The Bahamas and the concerns have been varied but widespread; even the threat of losing some tourism business is looming. Nonetheless, government forged ahead with the program and rejuvenated its Price Control Agency to watch for price gouging.In a statement earlier today, the VAT Department explained it is doing its part to protect consumers and shared that there are already warning letters out for registrants who may be making incorrect calculations. Consumers are entitled to refunds if the amounts identified as “tax” or “VAT” exceed 7.5%. In addition, retail businesses are not allowed to disclose as taxes, charges that are not VAT. Add to this, companies incomplete their registration process are advised not to be caught collecting VAT.One gouger jumped as high as 17.5% on the cost of movie tickets.The Department’s advice to consumers: “…challenge assertions which convey impressions that VAT is a significant cost for registered business. The tax is directly borne by consumers. When paid by the VAT registrant it is recoverable as credits.”From The Bahamas, Deandrea Hamilton reporting for One Caribbean News. Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now
Related Items:#BPL, #HurricaneIrma, #magneticmedianews August 30th – One Year since Hurricane Irma named Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, September 7th, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas Power and Light company (BPL) has announced that there would be no electricity in Long Island, San Salvador, Rum Cay, Exuma and Cat Island as of midnight. However, there are plans being made to keep the entire electricity system operational in the New Providence region for as long as the weather allows.This decision was made as Hurricane Irma tears through surrounding islands. At present. Hurricane Irma is attacking the Turks and Caicos Islands, and skirting across to the Dominican Republic and Haiti. However, the department of meteorology revealed that there has been a slight shift of events as Hurricane Irma turned to a slightly different direction and is now heading northward toward the entire Florida Peninsula.This is now good news for the Bahamas as it would mean that the direction of the eye of the hurricane would not be moving over Bahamas and Cuba. Of course these islands would still be experiencing extreme impacts as Irma is not losing its category 5 strength, making it the longest Hurricane in the history of the Atlantic to date with its magnitude. The Bahamas will experience tropical storm and hurricane force winds and flooding later tonight into tomorrow morning.As everyone is taking the necessary precautions in anticipation of whatever the hurricane may bring, BPL says, “In the event that heavy winds and rain impact our overhead lines, then we may have to conduct isolated shutdowns in those areas to protect our system.”Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passed FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizing Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
The fiscal 2017 defense spending bill unveiled this week by the House Appropriations Committee follows the House Armed Services Committee’s strategy of shifting funds from DOD’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account to boost the department’s base budget, setting up a possible budget fight with Democratic lawmakers and the White House.The spending measure, approved by the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Wednesday, would dedicate $15.7 billion from the OCO account to unmet needs within the base Pentagon budget in an effort to restore readiness shortfalls, according to a committee summary. “These funds are targeted to requirements identified by the services — readiness efforts, infrastructure, and equipment recapitalization and modernization, such as additional flying and steaming hours, training time, and facilities and aircraft repairs,” according to the summary.“As a result of this funding — as well as responsible reductions made to the request — the bill is able to support higher troop levels, additional training ($9.4 billion), facilities repairs and improvements ($1.6 billion), equipment repairs and maintenance ($753 million), and equipment modernization and replacement ($9.6 billion),” it states.In the FY 2017 defense authorization bill it approved in April, the House Armed Services Committee called for shifting $18 billion from DOD’s war fund account to its base budget. Since then, Defense Secretary Ash Carter has criticized the maneuver for shortchanging overseas operations as it would force the next administration to request supplemental war funding before it runs out at the end of April.After the committee released its draft bill on Tuesday, Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), the ranking member on House Appropriations, made her opposition clear.“The majority’s failure to provide a full year of funding for thousands of men and women serving in dangerous places around the world is astoundingly irresponsible,” Lowey said in a statement. “By shifting funding away from overseas contingency operations, the majority would create a cliff just a few months into 2017, forcing the new president to request supplemental funds to pay our troops within weeks after taking office,” she said, reported CQ Roll Call.The measure rejects troop reductions included in the department’s budget request, and would support 28,000 more active personnel and 25,000 more reservists than the administration requested.The text of the spending bill is available on the committee website. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Senior Army officials on Thursday made the case that shedding some of the service’s inventory of unneeded facilities by closing installations and consolidating the Army’s activities is the only way to produce significant savings and improve installation support.“If we try to spread declining resources across all 155 installations the Army owns and operates, you are going to get mediocre services everywhere,” Andy Napoli, assistant for BRAC in the office of the assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, told representatives from veterans service organizations, military service organizations and other nonprofits at a Pentagon summit. “If you can concentrate the resources at a smaller number of installations, you can get better service,” Napoli said.The Army is facing the challenge of maintaining 170 million square feet of underutilized space, a $500 million annual burden.“It costs roughly the same amount of money to heat and cool a building and operate it, whether it has 100 percent occupancy or 50 percent occupancy,” Napoli said, reported the Army News Service.But simply shuttering underutilized facilities won’t generate substantial savings because of the fixed costs associated with operating an installation. Support services — such as garbage collection, road maintenance and military family programs — still must be provided across the installation.“What that really means is that our force structure and our population goes down, unless you are closing an installation and permanently eliminating that requirement, you’re not going to have a lot of opportunity to save money,” Napoli said.And with funding for facilities constrained, savings is critical.“We don’t really get what we say we need,” said Diane Randon, acting assistant chief of staff for installation management. But, she added, “We haven’t gotten the worst we could have gotten.”The Army is coping with funding for facilities restoration and modernization that is “deficient,” Randon said, as is funding for military construction. “It’s at a historic low.” Dan Cohen AUTHOR
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A US Army cadet during a cyberdefense exercise. CNET The US military’s Cyber Command has gotten more aggressive than ever against Russia in the past year, placing “potentially crippling malware” in systems that control the country’s electrical grid, says a report. Made possible by little-noticed legal authority granted last summer by Congress, Cyber Command’s strategy shift from a defensive to offensive posture is meant in part as a warning shot, but it’s also designed to enable paralysing cyberattacks in the event of a conflict, The New York Times said Saturday, quoting unnamed officials.The agency’s actions can now be OK’d by the defense secretary without a special presidential thumbs-up, the Times said. And the recent moves appear to have taken place under a military authorization bill Congress passed in 2018 that gives the go-ahead for “clandestine military activity” in cyberspace to “deter, safeguard or defend against attacks or malicious cyberactivities against the United States.”The more-aggressive stance comes amid worries about Russian interference in the 2020 US presidential election, but strategies and concerns around cyberwarfare have been ramping up for some time. Red flags have included Russia’s shutdown of part of Ukraine’s power grid in 2015, as well as reports that a Russian government-sponsored group ID’ed as Dragonfly or Energetic Bear had been able to gain access to the control rooms of US electric utilities in 2017. Cyber Command also received new authority last year from the US president under a still-classified document called National Security Presidential Memoranda 13, the Times said. The agency’s “Russia Small Group” tapped that authority to, among other things, “overwhelm” computers used by the Internet Research Agency, the Russia-backed group indicted by the US Department of Justice for a campaign of fake news and trolling during the 2016 election.The Times said Cyber Command is concerned Russia could trigger selective power outages in key states during the 2020 election and that it needs a way to discourage such attacks. But the agency and the US have to consider their moves carefully in this international game of cyberchess.”The question now is whether placing the equivalent of land mines in a foreign power network is the right way to deter Russia,” the Times report says. “While it parallels Cold War nuclear strategy, it also enshrines power grids as a legitimate target.”Cyber Command didn’t respond to a request for comment.In related news, Bloomberg reported Friday that a Russia-linked hacking group that shut down an oil and gas facility in Saudi Arabia in 2017 has been probing utilities in the US since late last year.Originally published June 15, 11:26 a.m. PT.Update, 11:33 a.m.: Adds mention of Bloomberg report. UN chief seeks international rules for cyberwarfare Comments Tags 8 Related story Share your voice Security Politics Hacking Military
Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Bank of England predicts rising inflation and real income slow down The Bank of England has left the UK interest rate unchanged at 0.25%, in line with market expectations, following the conclusion of its latest Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting on Thursday (3 November).The MPC also voted unanimously to maintain its level of government bond purchases at £435bn ($542.7bn) and corporate bond purchases at up to £10bn. However, the rate-setting committee opined that it would not extend the quantitative easing programme further to boost the economy at the present moment in time.Reversing gloomier pre-Brexit vote forecasts, the Bank of England said it expects the UK economy to grow by 2.2% in 2016, up from 2%. It has also revised its 2017 forecast to 1.4%, up from 0.8%.However, the UK central bank cut its growth outlook for 2018 to 1.5% from 1.8%, and warned that the countrys access to European Union markets could be materially reduced which would hurt growth over a protracted period.Laith Khalaf, senior analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: The facts have changed, and so the Bank of England has changed its mind about the prospects for UK economic growth.Its no surprise to find economic forecasts wobbling all over the place right now, they are always prone to error and particularly fallible at the moment due to the enormity of the Brexit process, and the big currency movements we have witnessed since the referendum.On the inflation front, minutes of the MPC meeting, published in tandem with the interest rate announcement, noted: Largely as a result of the depreciation of sterling, CPI inflation is expected to be higher throughout the three-year forecast period than in the Committees August projections.The committees central projection is for inflation to rise from its current level of 1% to around 2.75% in 2018, before falling back gradually over 2019 to reach 2.5% in three years time.Inflation is judged likely to return to close to the target over the following year. As a result, the MPC noted that interest rates could both rise or fall with no clear directional pattern in sight.Paul Diggle, senior economist at Aberdeen Asset Management, said: With its longer term GDP growth forecast revised down because of the eventual impact that Brexit will have on the economy, a rate cut might be back on the agenda before too long.Philip Shaw, economist with Investec, said: The BOEs take on the direction of interest rates is more of a statement to soothe inflation expectations, especially given the steeper yield-curve that has been evident over the past few weeks.