Dozens of elementary-aged children took part in a county-wide cross-country meet a Perigot Park in Blue Lake on Thursday. The kids competed in three different divisions, kindergarten to second grade, third through fifth grade and sixth through eighth grade. The fastest boy was 8th grader Brandon Bento-Jackson from Pacific Union Elementary and the fastest girl was eighth grader Ai-lan McGoldrick from Jacoby Creek.
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA – Here is a look at not only the top draft prospects but others who might fit with the 49ers. Today’s category: defensive ends.HIGH-FIVE1. Nick Bosa, Ohio State (6-4, 266): His NFL genes and beefy frame — if healthy — make him an ideal bookend opposite edge rusher Dee Ford. Aside from his impressive but limited college film, the 49ers know him well from at least four pre-draft meetings. 2. Josh …
Commissioner of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Laurie Williams, is assuring the public that the agency will be ready to respond to emergencies on Labour Day (May 23), despite their scheduled projects across the island on that day.The Commissioner was speaking at a media briefing at the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development on May 20.“I can unreservedly give the assurance that there will be full fire protection during Labour Day or any other public holiday. The off duty fire fighters will be doing the physical work, while persons on duty will make themselves available to respond to emergencies,” said Mr. Williams.Fire stations across the island will be carrying out individual Labour Day projects, with the refurbishing of the Portmore station as the main project. The work to be undertaken will require the services of some off duty officers from fire stations outside Portmore.According to Mr. Williams, these projects will not only help in the beautification of all fire stations, but also in the preparation of the Fire Brigade for the upcoming hurricane season, which begins June on 1.Contact: Shelly-Ann Irving
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Singapore-listed COSCO Shipping International saw its turnover from continuing operations jump by 271 pct in the second quarter of 2018.The logistics management company posted a turnover of SGD 40 million (USD 29 million) for Q2 2018, mainly driven by the turnover of SGD 32.3 million from newly acquired logistics businesses, the 100% acquisition of Cogent Holdings Limited and 40% acquisition of PT Ocean Global Shipping.The results were offset by a decrease in shipping revenue from a reduced fleet of 3 bulk carriers.Overall, the group booked a net profit attributable to equity holders of SGD 2.4 million for Q2 2018 as compared to a loss of SGD 20.8 million for Q2 2017.For the six-month period, the group posted a profit from continuing operations of SGD 5.4 million on turnover of SGD 80.7 million.Through its wholly-owned subsidiary Cogent, COSCO Shipping International has established a logisticsnetwork in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.The company said that it aims to expand its logistics network in South and Southeast Asia through acquisitions andinvestments and continues to explore potential targets to acquire.
VANCOUVER – Lululemon Athletica Inc. has tapped a former Sephora and Sears Canada executive to assume the top job at the athleisure apparel company.Calvin McDonald will take on the role of CEO at the Vancouver-based retailer on August 20, Lululemon said Tuesday.“(He) has an impressive track record leading organizations through periods of significant growth and innovation,” said board chairman Glenn Murphy in a statement.“He is the ideal match for the Lululemon brand and culture,” he said, highlighting McDonald’s consumer mindset and performance drive approach.The company’s last CEO, Laurent Potdevin, suddenly stepped down in February.Potdevin, who assumed the role in 2014, engaged in a years-long relationship with a designer who worked for the company first as an employee and later as a contractor. A source told the Canadian Press the relationship was one of several instances where Potdevin fell short of the retailer’s standards of conduct.The retailer’s board of directors started searching for a new candidate immediately upon Potdevin’s resignation.The months-long search brought them to McDonald, who will also become a board member.McDonald served as president and CEO of Americas for cosmetics boutique Sephora for the past five years, starting in 2013. Before that, he spent two years as president and CEO of now defunct department store chain Sears Canada. He also spent 17 years in various roles with Loblaw Companies Ltd.McDonald will be paid an initial base salary of US$1.25-million and will be eligible to receive, among other things, an annual target performance bonus of 150 per cent of the base salary and equity rewards equal to US$6-million, according to regulatory documents.The Canadian-born McDonald earned his MBA at the University of Toronto.
TAYLOR, B.C. – At a District of Taylor Council Meeting on Tuesday, August 6, Council made the approval to go ahead with upgrading a section of the potable water line on Willow Drive.Since its installation in 2010, District Staff say there have been multiple repairs due to ground movement and two complete failures of the ductile iron pipe, which was caused by corrosion.Due to corrosion, in 2017 the District replaced a portion of the existing material with a more resilient type. Then in June of this year, the District put out a tender for the rest of the water line to be replaced from ductile iron pipe to high-density polyethylene at an estimated price of $176,000, with funding from the Water Capital Reserves.Council made the decision to award the potable water line replacement project to Big League Utilities Corp. for the amount of $289,044.
Paris: A “computer glitch” may have been behind the fast-spreading fire that ravaged Notre Dame, the cathedral’s rector said Friday, as architects and construction workers tried to figure out how to stabilize the damaged structure and protect it from the elements. The fire burned through the lattice of enormous oak beams supporting the monument’s vaulted stone ceiling, dangerously weakening the building. The surrounding neighborhood has been blocked off, and stones have continued to tumble off the sides of the cathedral since Monday evening’s devastating blaze. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSpeaking during a meeting of local business owners, rector Patrick Chauvet did not elaborate on the exact nature of the glitch, adding that “we may find out what happened in two or three months.” On Thursday, Paris police investigators said they think an electrical short-circuit most likely caused the fire. The Parisien newspaper has reported that investigators are considering whether the fire could be linked to a computer glitch or related to temporary elevators used in the renovation that was underway at the time the cathedral caught fire. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsChauvet said there were fire alarms throughout the building, which he described as “well protected.” Charlotte Hubert, president of a group of French architects who specialize in historic monuments, told BFM television that experts plan to spread a custom-made peaked tarpaulin across the cathedral’s roof, with enough space to also shield workers rebuilding the frame. French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to set out reconstruction ideas during meetings Friday with officials from the United Nations’ cultural agency, UNESCO. Macron is moving quickly on the fire-ravaged monument’s reconstruction, which is being viewed both as a push to make it part of his legacy and a way to move past the divisive yellow vest protests over economic issues in France. Notre Dame’s reconstruction is prompting widespread debate across France, with differing views emerging over whether it should involve new technologies and designs. Macron’s office has, for example, said the president wants a “contemporary architectural gesture to be considered” for the collapsed spire, which wasn’t part of the original cathedral. Macron hasn’t offered any specifics on his vision for the roof or whether the frame should be wood, metal or concrete, according to his cultural heritage envoy, Stephane Bern. He has named a general, Jean-Louis Georgelin, former chief of staff of the armed forces, to lead the reconstruction effort. Over USD 1 billion has already poured in from people from all walks of life around the world to restore Notre Dame. Judith Kagan, a conservation official at France’s Culture Ministry, said the artworks inside Notre Dame had suffered no major damage from the fire and the pieces were being removed from the building for their protection.
Greater Noida: Following the death of two labourers working at ATS builder’s site in sector 150 in Greater Noida on Tuesday, the Gautam Buddh Nagar District Magistrate has ordered a probe into the matter in order to find out loopholes which led to the fatal accident.According to a senior administrative officer, the team, which will be headed by deputy collector of Gautam Buddh Nagar District, will be probing circumstances surrounding the tragedy and will also check that whether the builder and building contractor followed the regulations and safety measures. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAbhay Kumar Singh, deputy collector and head of the investigating committee, told Millennium Post that they will conduct an inspection at builder’s site and will join dots to ascertain the exact cause behind the accident. “Our team will be visiting builder’s site on Thursday morning and will conduct an extensive investigation to know the reasons and identify the responsible parties and hold them accountable in case if there was any failure from their side. We will also probe the role of builder and it’s contractor and will ensure whether proper safety measures were followed at the site or not” Singh said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe officer further said that a report with recommendations will be forwarded to the District Magistrate within next fifteen days who will take necessary actions against those found at fault. The administration urges all the builders and their contractors to ensure that workplaces comply with the regulations of the occupational health and Safety Act to prevent unnecessary incidents. The incident took place on Tuesday at ATS Pristine’s under construction project in sector 150 of Greater Noida. Two labourers identified as Ajay Malik (32) from Odisha and Kishor Kumar (23) from Bihar fell to death while working at the 13th floor after the scaffolding they were standing on collapsed. Victim’s family alleged laxity from ATS builder citing that the labourers were not provided with safety belts while the scaffolding was also weak. In a similar incident reported in October 2018 from ATS builder’s site in sector 132 of Noida, two workers died after a large portion of the wall collapsed on them. Taking cognisance to both these fatal incidents, the G B Nagar District administration has sought to launch a probe to find out the reasons behind the series of these mishaps.
The college football playoff committee didn’t make much news when it released its new rankings Tuesday: The top seven teams remained the same. The biggest shift was for Mississippi, which lost badly last week and fell from No. 8 to No. 19.This was in line with what our college football forecast model expected. Because the model is based mostly on a historic analysis of the Coaches Poll, this means the committee behaved in the same boring way the coaches usually do — keeping the teams in the same order except when one drops a game and loses its place in line. So, our national championship and playoff odds look very much like they did Sunday.Here’s the more comprehensive version of that chart, which includes the entire Top 25 as they might appear when the committee releases its final standings Dec. 7.The lack of movement may also have been because last weekend was a sleepy one on the college football calendar. This upcoming weekend features much higher stakes, with the top teams facing more formidable opponents and entries into the conference title games on the line.I’m going to run through the top 11 teams in the committee’s rankings as the model sees their chances. In each case, we’ll look at how much a win or loss this weekend would affect the team’s playoff odds along with some more complex scenarios: for instance, if the team loses this week but wins its conference championship next week. Some of the more involved scenarios will expose potential blind spots in the model; we hope it’s still a helpful tool for thinking through the various possibilities.No. 1. Alabama Crimson TideOpponent: No. 15 Auburn on Saturday night. Alabama is a 70 percent favorite according to the model; win probabilities are derived from a simplified version of ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI).Overall chance of making playoff: 75 percentChance of making playoff with a win: 87 percentChance with a win but a loss in SEC Championship: 60 percentChance with a loss against Auburn: 48 percentChance with a loss but a win in SEC Championship: 75 percentChance with a loss and Mississippi State win (Alabama misses SEC Championship): 40 percentYou might expect the No. 1 team’s path to be straightforward. But Alabama’s is one of the more complex cases. That’s because there are really five scenarios to analyze. Two are straightforward: If Alabama defeats Auburn and wins the SEC Championship game, it’s in the playoff, very likely as the No. 1 seed. And if it loses twice, it’s probably out — unless there’s a ton of chaos behind it.The other three are trickier. Alabama could win this week then lose in the SEC Championship. It could lose this week and win the championship. Or it could lose this week and fail to make the championship, which will happen if Mississippi State wins.Failing to make the championship at all is the most dangerous for Alabama; their chances of reaching the playoff would be just 40 percent in that scenario. But the ranking of the other two is debatable.It’s hard to imagine Alabama would be left out if it lost to Auburn but made the SEC title game and won it. The model puts their chances at 75 percent in this case. And that seems too conservative — the alternative would probably entail no SEC team making the playoff at all. Sure, it’s technically possible. If Oregon, Florida State, Ohio State and either Baylor or TCU all win out, the committee would have to bump a zero- or one-loss conference champion for two-loss Alabama. That would be a predicament. But anything short of that exact scenario, and SEC fans from Gainesville to College Station would put aside their differences and come at the committee with pitchforks.A more acute danger might be a win against Auburn followed by a loss to Georgia in the SEC Championship. That way, the committee might get an SEC team into the playoff by choosing Georgia. Georgia needs some help to get into this position. The Bulldogs need Missouri to lose this weekend (Missouri probably doesn’t have the resume to make the playoff even if it wins out) and probably to defeat nonconference foe Georgia Tech on Saturday (otherwise, Georgia’s case will be too weak also).A lot of these questions boil down to how much the committee will emphasize conference championships as opposed to everything else. We don’t have much data on that yet, and neither do the folks in Tuscaloosa. Until we learn more, the only totally safe course for Alabama is simply to win twice.No. 2. Oregon DucksOpponent: At Oregon State on Saturday night (Oregon is a 90 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 76 percentChance with a win: 81 percentChance with a win but a loss in Pac-12 Championship: 42 percentChance with a loss: 32 percentChance with a loss but a win in Pac-12 Championship: 49 percentWe might ask the same question for Oregon: If it must lose again, is a loss this week or in the Pac-12 Championship better? This case is simpler because Oregon is already assured of making its championship game.The model’s answer is that it’s slightly better for Oregon to lose this week — even against unranked Oregon State — and come back to win the Pac-12 title. The danger of losing the Pac-12 Championship is that Oregon’s Pac-12 opponent could possibly get in ahead of them, especially if it’s UCLA.No. 3. Florida State SeminolesOpponent: vs Florida on Saturday afternoon (Florida State is a 74 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 59 percentChance with a win: 75 percentChance with a win but a loss in ACC Championship: 18 percentChance with a loss: 15 percentChance with a loss but a win in ACC Championship: 22 percentFlorida State isn’t at risk of being overtaken by anyone in its conference. (It’s clinched a spot in the ACC Championship and its opponent in that game, No. 16 Georgia Tech, almost certainly won’t make the playoff even if it wins out.) But the committee seems to be down enough on FSU that it probably can’t afford a loss at all. Some of FSU’s problem is strength of schedule, as it has been all year. Neither Florida nor Georgia Tech is likely to impress the committee as an acceptable loss for the Seminoles, even if it wins the other game.No. 4. Mississippi State BulldogsOpponent: at No. 19 Mississippi on Saturday afternoon (Mississippi State is the underdog; it has a 41 percent chance to win)Overall chance of making playoff: 33 percentChance with a win: 74 percentChance with a win and an Alabama win (Mississippi State misses SEC Championship): 77 percentChance with a win and an Alabama loss (Mississippi State advances to SEC Championship): 65 percentChance with a loss: 4 percentMississippi State has to win this week against Mississippi. FPI has them as underdogs to do so. But the Bulldogs’ chances of making the playoff will more than double to 74 percent if they do.But now we’re going to get a little crazy. Surely, things would be even better for Mississippi State if it won while Alabama lost, which would get them into the SEC Championship game?The model says no: Instead, the Bulldogs should be rooting for Alabama!Here’s why: If Mississippi State wins this week and completes its regular season, that’s probably good enough. It’s already No. 4 and will have notched another big win, on the road, against a ranked rival. Sure, it could eventually be surpassed by a team like TCU, but it could also see a team like Florida State ahead of it lose. It’s a reasonably sound position.But now imagine that Mississippi State wins this week and makes the SEC Championship but loses that game. Instead of a one-loss non-champion, it’s a two-loss non-champion — not so attractive. Furthermore, Alabama would also be a two-loss non-champion in this scenario and one that beat Mississippi State head-to-head late in the regular season. The risk-reward ratio would be poor for the Bulldogs.No. 5. TCU Horned FrogsOpponent: at Texas on Thursday night (TCU is a 65 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 53 percentChance with a win: 79 percentChance with a win if current top four also win this weekend: 50 percentChance with a loss: 5 percentTCU was helped by the committee this week, which left it at No. 5 even though it was idle. Indeed, the committee’s affection for TCU is a bit bizarre. TCU lost to No. 7 Baylor in October and the more sophisticated computer systems like FPI also have Baylor ranked higher. There’s some thought that Baylor will suddenly jump ahead of TCU if both teams win out. But if the committee has been placing TCU ahead of Baylor for weeks now despite its head-to-head loss, why would it suddenly shift gears?In any event, the model now has TCU’s chances of making the playoff at slightly better than even — and their chances will jump to 79 percent with a win against Texas. However, some of that possibility is contingent on one of the teams ahead of them losing. If the top five teams all win out, TCU’s playoff chances will be stuck at about 50 percent.No. 6. Ohio State BuckeyesOpponent: vs. Michigan on Saturday afternoon (Ohio State is an 89 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 42 percentChance with a win: 47 percentChance with a win and a win in Big Ten Championship: 73 percentChance with a win and a loss in Big Ten Championship: 6 percentChance with a loss: 2 percentThis is one of the simpler cases. Ohio State isn’t assured much of anything, but the team has about a 3-in-4 chance of making the playoff if it wins out, mostly because there’s likely to be some attrition ahead of it.One question is whether the Buckeyes will be ranked ahead of teams like Alabama, Oregon and Florida State if any of the three do lose this week. Those could be close calls for the committee. Not that it needs extra motivation against the Wolverines, but Ohio State might be helped by turning up with a dominant performance against Michigan instead of just getting by.No. 7. Baylor BearsOpponent: at Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon (Baylor is a 94 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 29 percentChance with a win: 31 percentChance with a win and a win against Kansas State next week: 40 percentChance with a loss: 1 percentThis is a low-stakes weekend for Baylor as compared with the rest of the top teams. The Bears are huge favorites against Texas Tech, and that probable win is already priced into their playoff odds. They have a bigger game against Kansas State next week.Unlike the six teams ahead of it, however, Baylor would be under 50 percent to make the playoff even if it wins out, according to the model.No. 8. UCLA BruinsOpponent: at Stanford on Friday afternoon (UCLA is a 69 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 13 percentChance with a win: 18 percentChance with a win and a win in Pac-12 Championship: 47 percentUCLA is about even-money to make the playoff if it wins out and has almost no chance otherwise.No. 9. Georgia BulldogsOpponent: vs. No. 16 Georgia Tech on Saturday afternoon (Georgia is an 81 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 13 percentChance with a win: 16 percentChance with a loss: 1 percentChance with a win and a Missouri loss (Georgia advances to SEC Championship): 22 percentChance with a win and win in SEC Championship: 44 percentOur model thought Georgia might be at some risk of ranking worse than No. 9 in this week’s committee standings; it played a Division I-AA opponent last week, Charleston Southern, while several of the teams ranked just behind them won against (slightly) better competition.The reaffirmation from the committee helps keep Georgia dangerous. The Bulldogs have one more hurdle than UCLA — they need Missouri to lose to make their conference title game while UCLA is in with a win. But if they make the SEC championship and win it, their odds of making the playoff will be close to even.No. 10. Michigan State SpartansOpponent: at Penn State on Saturday afternoon (Michigan State is a 78 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 1 percentChance with a win: Still about 1 percentChance with a win, if at least 3 teams ranked ahead of it lose this weekend: 3 percentChance with a win, if at least 6 teams ranked ahead of it lose this weekend: 16 percentI list this case to demonstrate that when you’re on the outside looking in, you’d rather take a high-stakes path (like the one Georgia has). As I mentioned last week, Michigan State — locked out of its conference title game and with a middling opponent this week — just can’t do enough to impress the committee to jump into the top four. Even if there’s total and utter chaos ahead of Michigan State, its best-case scenario is probably finishing at No. 5 or No. 6.No. 11. Arizona WildcatsOpponent: vs. No. 13 Arizona State on Friday afternoon (Arizona is a 64 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 2 percentChance with a win: 3 percentChance with a win and a UCLA loss (Arizona advances to Pac-12 Championship): 7 percentChance with a win and a win in Pac-12 Championship: 24 percentArizona, like Georgia, at least has a specific path to follow: It’ll need to beat Arizona State, hope UCLA loses so it can make the Pac-12 title game, then beat Oregon there, then hope that one or two teams lose ahead of it. It’s not likely. But the committee might want to find a spot for the Pac-12 champion; it seems to like the conference; the committee ranks Oregon, UCLA and Arizona higher than the AP poll has them.There are a few other teams with a snowball’s-chance-in-hell. Arizona State’s case isn’t fundamentally that different than Arizona’s. Kansas State has an outside chance to finish as the Big 12 champion — again, without the benefit or risk of playing in a championship game — and could be more attractive than the likes of Michigan State if the committee is desperate. Wisconsin could also be a two-loss conference champion if it beats both Minnesota and Ohio State. The model says there’s almost no chance Missouri will get in even with an SEC title, but if the SEC goes haywire and the committee is struggling to represent it, who knows.In any event, here is the model’s probabilistic take on how the standings might look a week from now, accounting for both the uncertainty in this weekend’s games and in how the committee will react to them.CORRECTION (Nov. 30, 11:31 a.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly claimed that the Big 12 uses head-to-head records as a tiebreaker to determine its conference champion. It does not.
The Ohio State men’s basketball team took a page out of the football team’s playbook and got off to what many would consider a slow start Monday, but it didn’t matter as the Buckeyes eventually cruised to a 85-50 victory at the Schottenstein Center. Coach Thad Matta wasn’t satisfied with the team’s original effort, but said he was pleased with the improvement as the game went on. “I’m not exactly sold we got off to the start we particularly wanted,” Matta said. “I had to get on some guys in a timeout in the first half and I thought we really responded from that.” OSU struggled to find their offensive rhythm early in the game. Defensively the Buckeyes were turning the Ospreys over at a high rate, but struggled shooting the ball, especially from 3-point range. With 10:36 in the first half, OSU had forced 7 turnovers, but was just 2-of-8 from the 3-point line and the Buckeyes had a 15-12 lead. “We didn’t come out with no juice,” sophomore forward Jared Sullinger said. “No energy. No intensity. We kind of came out there expecting to win. “Obviously it showed in the first half.” The Ospreys hung around for much of the half, but OSU started to abandon the outside shot and worked the ball inside to Sullinger and sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas. The strategy worked. OSU went on a quick 10-2 run to take a 34-21 lead and the outcome was never again in doubt. “Coach always say we get good shots when we get it inside,” Thomas said. “When we throw it to (Sullinger) and me our percentages are up. It was one of our goals.” The Buckeyes took a 45-26 lead into the half with Sullinger and Thomas leading the way with 16 and 13 points respectively. But Thomas and Sullinger took a back seat to sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. early in the second half. Smith, who already got the crowd going with a high-flying dunk in the first half, stole the ball, sprinted into the open court, and dumped the ball off to a trailing senior guard William Buford at the last second, who finished with a one-handed jam. The next possession, Smith caught the ball on the left wing, pump-faked his man, drove to the baseline and dunked right over a UNF player. Both plays came in transition, an area Smith feels he excels. “I think I’m a pretty fast guy,” Smith said. “Anytime I get a steal or if I get a rebound, I feel I can usually if not create for myself, create for my teammates.” Smith finished with seven points and five rebounds and five assists. Overall the Buckeyes had three players score in double figures. Sullinger was the high-point man with 27 points and 13 rebounds. He now has over 700 points in his career. Thomas finished with 16 points and six rebounds. Buford added 13 points, five rebounds and four assists. The win came despite OSU shooting just 24 percent from behind the arc and 47 percent from the field. The Buckeye defense seemed to make up for the below-average shooting. The team forced 23 turnovers as the Ospreys shot 39 percent from the field and 24 percent from the 3-point line. UNF coach Matthew Driscoll said it’s OSU’s defense that separates them from most teams in the nation. “(The Buckeyes) really, really have a chance to make that next step to get back to the Final Four because of their defense,” Driscoll said. “They’re a much better defensive team than you guys give them credit for.” OSU’s record improved to 4-0 on the year. The Buckeyes next play the Virginia Military Institute Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.