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FIFA president mourns James’ passing

first_imgFIFA president Gianni Infantino has joined the local football fraternity and general public in mourning the tragic passing of St George’s College schoolboy footballer Dominic James.The Jamaica Football Federation’s South Central Confederation Chairman Michael Ricketts, while speaking at James’ memorial service on Saturday at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, relayed Infantino expression of condolences at the youngster’s death.”President Infantino, who, from as far away as Switzerland, was moved by the news and reality of Dominic’s passing,” the long-time JFF official outlined.He was speaking on behalf of JFF President Captain Horace Burrell, who was not well and unable to attend.”In memory of Dominic James,” read the FIFA boss’ letter.”Dear President Burrell, please accept my deepest condolences on hearing that Dominic James, a student and captain, has passed away at just 18. Dominic left us too soon and we here at FIFA are truly sorry to hear of his passing.”DEEPEST CONDOLENCES”On behalf of members of the international football community, I should be grateful if you could extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”We hope that in some way our words of support may help bring a little bit of peace in this time of sadness.President, FIFA.”Ricketts noted that the letter was received last week from FIFA.James, who was born on September 26, 1997, was an endearing Manchester United fan, and dedicated footballer from as early as his formative prep-school years.He attended Jamaica College (JC) and then left for St George’s last year, where he won his second FLOW Super Cup.Owing to him winning successive FLOW Super Cup titles, an MVP award will be named in James’ honour.He wanted to become a professional football player.James died after being rushed to hospital following his collapse during a Manning Cup match against Excelsior High on September 20 at the Stadium East field.Ricketts’ tribute also paid respect to Dominic’s parents David and Denese James, members of the extended James’ family and members of the St George’s College fraternity.James, who was also very successful academically and had attained impressive passes in his external examinations, was hailed as a model student.on Saturday. “How could we not celebrate positively, a life which achieved such enviable academic and sporting excellence.”last_img read more

Anne, 71, makes it fashionable to return to college!

first_imgA retired teacher and lecturer from Donegal will be among almost 800 students who will graduate from North West Regional College (NWRC) with a Higher Education qualification this year.Anne Loveday, aged 71, has just completed the two-year Higher National Diploma (HND) in Textile Design at Strand Road Campus.It’s the second time she has completed a HND at NWRC in the past four years, having previously graduated with a HND in Fine Art in 2017. For Anne, a former Languages lecturer and trained counsellor, Graduation will be a double celebration, as she has also been awarded a BTEC Silver award in recognition of Outstanding Achievement and Commitment to BTEC Studies.“I decided to pursue my interest in Art when I retired from work,” said Anne. “I’d always been interested in Art and had taken evening classes in pottery, watercolour and life drawing.“Now Art has become a huge part of my retirement. I’d previously completed a Foundation Diploma in Fine Art in Wolverhampton.“When I moved to Iskaheen I wanted to continue studying but I didn’t want to travel to Belfast, so Art at NWRC’s Strand Road campus was perfect for me. “To anyone my age looking to return to study I’d tell them to go for it. The College is quite big but it’s small enough to make you feel comfortable.“There was a wide range of people from different ages in the class.“I’ve already signed up for my next class at NWRC, this time in Pottery.”Graduates of Art & Design, Business, Computing, Construction, Engineering and Science, Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy, Early Years, Health & Social Care, Hospitality, Tourism, Sport, Media, Music and Performing Arts will gather for College’s annual Graduation ceremony at the Millennium Forum on October 30, to mark the successful completion of courses undertaken at the College’s campuses in Derry, Limavady and Strabane.The MC for the event will be BBC broadcaster and weatherman, Barra Best and guest speaker is the Manager of NWRC’s multi award-winning Careers Academy, Finneen Bradley. Mary Harrigan, Lecturer in Art &Design at NWRC: “I am delighted that Anne’s hard work and determination has been recognised with this Silver Award.“Anne has been a consistently hard worker and has made a huge contribution to college life at the Department of Art and Design on Strand Road Campus.“We were delighted to showcase Anne’s work on a number of occasions at the college’s end of year show and wish her the very best for the future.”Principal and Chief Executive, Leo Murphy said: “As principal of NWRC I am delighted to be sharing this special day with our graduates, recognising these achievements in their academic journey. “We have just completed another hugely successful year at NWRC and we are ambitious to do more as we continue to prepare our students for the world of work.“Graduation is a major highlight in our college calendar and a day that many have been looking forward to sharing in the company of fellow students and lecturers, and of course their family and friends, who have supported them every step of the way.“I encourage each of our graduates to now to make the most of the opportunities that they have forged for their careers at North West Regional College.”Anne, 71, makes it fashionable to return to college! was last modified: October 21st, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SA tax revenue ‘remains resilient’

first_img24 October 2013 South Africa’s revenue collection has shown resilience in a tougher economic climate, with expected gross tax revenue revised down by only R3-billion to R895-billion, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan told Parliament on Wednesday. Presenting his medium term budget policy statement in Cape Town, Gordhan said that R3.8-billion more in customs duties was expected to be collected for 2012/13 as a result of taxes on imported goods, while personal income tax is expected to net R1.5-billion more than anticipated. However, collections from the dividend withholding tax is expected to undershoot expectations by R5.9-billion, while those from excise duties will come in at R2-billion less than expected, and fuel levy taxes at R1.5-billion less than expected. Gordhan said that although South Africa had several strengths – a sound macro-economic policy, deep and liquid financial markets, and robust corporate and public balance sheets – the economic and fiscal outlook had weakened in recent months. Combined with weaker economic growth, commodity export prices have declined during the first nine months of this year, bond yields have begun to rise, placing added pressure on interest costs, and reliance on foreign investors to finance the budget deficit has increased. The country’s gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to grow by just 2.1% this year, rising to 3.5% in 2016. While a spending ceiling has been set for 2016/17, which will hold real non-interest expenditure growth to an annual average of 2.2% over the three-year spending period, net national debt is projected to stabilise at 44%, Gordhan said. The 2013 budget was the government’s first budget since 1999 that did not add new resources to previously announced spending plans. Total expenditure for 2013/14 has been revised down to R1.05-trillion, R5.7-billion less than the estimate tabled in the 2013 budget. An indication of the slowdown in spending by the government is that main budget non-interest spending grew at eight percent a year in real terms between 2003/4 and 2011/12, but is budgeted to grow at just 2.1% over the next three years. Spending on social grants and social protection is the only item in the main budget that is expected to grow faster between 2013/14 and 2016/17 (at 13.8%) than between 2010/11 and 2013/14. Gordhan said, however, that the growth in the number of grant beneficiaries over the next three years would be offset by savings realised from the re-registration of beneficiaries in the move to a biometric smart card for social grants, which began last year. The South African Social Security Agency has already declared a saving of R2-billion in social grant payments thanks to the re-registration process. While the areas of economic services, public services, higher education and environmental affairs and science and technology are all projected to grow at less than half the rate between 2013/14 and 2016/17 than they did between 2010/11 and 2013/14, those for economic infrastructure, policing, basic education and health will see only marginally less of an increase over the latter period. The Department of Health has reduced the allocation to the national health grant after the grant had R200-million in unspent funds in the last financial year. This has freed up an additional allocations which will allow for the purchase of new equipment for forensic chemistry laboratories, Gordhan said. Funds have also been reprioritised to the Department of Social Development to help set up shelters for victims of gender-based violence and to establish more substance-abuse centres, with an additional R20-million set aside for the latter. The budget deficit is expected to come in at 4.2% for 2013/14, declining slightly to 4.1% in 2014/15, before falling to three percent in 2016/17. Interest payments are the fastest growing expenditure item over the next three years, growing to R140-billion in 2016/17 – higher than current spending on health care. Compensation of public servants now accounts for 39.4% of the budget of non-interest spending and will continue to outpace inflation, but grow at a slower rate than over the past three years. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

IGDA Updates Warning, Says Amazon Appstore is a Threat to Developers

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Amazon#Android#apps#mobile What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perez Last week, the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) issued a warning to mobile app developers regarding Amazon’s recently launched Appstore for Android. The message, simply put: don’t use it. According to the letter posted here on the IGDA website, the organization had “significant concerns” about the distribution terms, pricing policies and discounting practices Amazon used when selling developers’ apps.But after a clarification from Amazon which said the IGDA had referenced an older version of the developer agreement by mistake, many wrote off the whole situation as a simple “misunderstanding.” But that’s not the case, the IGDA now claims. “Amazon’s terms, as they currently stand, represent a threat to game developers,” reads the latest blog post from the organization.IGDA: We’re Still Not Impressed with Amazon’s TermsIn this new post, the IGDA says that, despite Amazon’s update, the majority of its concerns remain unaddressed. On Amazon’s Developer Blog, Amazon had explained that the document the IGDA referred to was out of date. It was just a simple accident, Amazon implied, because it had forgotten to update one of the versions it stored online on its Developer Portal website.The updated document now reflects the changes made to the agreement in November, Amazon said, including “that the definition of list price applies only to the app’s current price on a similar store.”That’s not good enough, says the IGDA, mocking the retailer by saying how “pleased” it is that all versions on the Amazon website are now consistent. But the IGDA remains “unimpressed,” overall:Amazon is still reserving the right to pay developers just 20% of their minimum list price at any time, without notification or advance approval. Additionally, Amazon is still unilaterally preventing developers from ever making an exclusive promotional deal with another marketplace.In summary, Amazon’s terms still enable it to steeply discount a game developer’s content without permission — a tactic Amazon could easily use to force game developers to absorb the cost for Amazon to compete with other appstores.We are not impressed with Amazon’s recent gesture, nor is this matter the result of a misunderstanding. We believe that Amazon’s terms, as they currently stand, represent a threat to game developers.Developer Response MutedFor what it’s worth, in our own ReadWriteMobile poll, we saw (as of time of writing) 41.67% of respondents agree that developers should indeed stay away from the Amazon Appstore. 34.03% disagree and 24.31% said they were unsure.The implication with this debate, as the IGDA points out, is that Amazon’s terms were designed with the betterment of Amazon in mind, not the developer community or even the Android platform itself. At present, Amazon seems most interested in drawing in users from other Android app stores, even Google’s official Android Market, through the use of promotions where paid apps are given away for free on a daily basis.For many developers, the power of Amazon has proved to be a major draw. As Applocious notes, highly popular titles including Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja and Doodle Jump are available now in Amazon’s store. But the article notes that for indie developers, “the lack of control can be frightening.”What’s interesting about this ongoing spat is what appears to be a general lack of media attention and developer outrage over the matter. Are developers simply unaware of the issues at hand? Do they just not care? Or do they actually believe that Amazon has the winning formula for app promotion and sales?last_img read more

You Get What You Focus On

first_imgYou get what you focus on.If you focus on distractions, you will be distracted. If you focus on the next novelty, the next interesting thing that might capture your attention, your results will reflect the fact that you were distracted.If you focus on excuses, you will find them. If you look for reasons that you can’t do something, the reasons will appear as if by magic. And your results will reflect the rationalizations and excuses you make.If you focus on blaming other people, you will always find your scapegoat. Your parents, your teachers, your manager, your boss, your President. Your results will reflect your other-focus.If you focus on having the identity of procrastinator, you will indeed procrastinate. You will put off the work you should be doing now, and your results will reflect that decision–and the identity you have chosen for yourself.If you focus on creating opportunities, you will produce new opportunities. And those opportunities will provide you with growth and success. If that’s what you focus on.If you focus on continuous improvement, you will go from day-to-day, week to week, month to month, and year to year getting better, faster, stronger, smarter, and more capable. That focus will produce a bigger, better you.If you focus on taking action instead of waiting, your focus will produce real, tangible outcomes. Focused action always gets results.If you focus on success, you will produce success. It may not be as fast as you want it to be. It may not be the straight line upwards that you want. And may not be anywhere as easy for you as it is for someone else. But if you focus on success, you will most assuredly produce it.What are you focused on right now?last_img read more