More children of law-enforcement officers across the region will receive support for tertiary studies under the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP)-Motorola Solutions Foundation scholarship fund. Leader for the Motorola Solutions Foundation in the Latin America and Caribbean Region (LACR), Ramón Canto, told JIS News that five more scholarships will be added to the 10 already being granted for a total of 15 awards per year. Story Highlights More children of law-enforcement officers across the region will receive support for tertiary studies under the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP)-Motorola Solutions Foundation scholarship fund.The US$3,000 fund was set up 10 years ago to enable Caribbean students to pursue studies at colleges and universities in the areas of engineering, communications, marketing, finance, industrial engineering, human resource management, criminology, and forensic science.Leader for the Motorola Solutions Foundation in the Latin America and Caribbean Region (LACR), Ramón Canto, told JIS News that five more scholarships will be added to the 10 already being granted for a total of 15 awards per year.He said the increase in the number of awards is an indication of Motorola’s commitment to the ACCP and the region.He said that specific focus is being placed on studies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to “ensure that new developments and research are done to enhance the day-to-day operations of police organisations and communities in the region”.“Our goal is to strengthen the knowledge base of those who might have a strong inclination to join law enforcement in the future,” he noted.Mr. Canto told JIS News that each award recipient has the option of attending a university or college in the Caribbean or institutions in countries that are associated with the ACCP member states, such as in the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States and the Netherlands.He encouraged persons to visit the offices of the Commissioner of Police to obtain information on how to apply for the programme. The application window is between May and November for 2019 enrolment.Brithney Clarke, a second-year University of the West Indies (UWI) student and one of the three Jamaican scholarship recipients for 2017, said that the award “has provided me with a unique gift called opportunity”.Brithney, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications, said that “because of the ACCP-Motorola scholarship my financial obligations for university were offset”.“I was able to live on hall to maximise on my university experience and participate wholeheartedly, without worry, in several activities, which allowed me to maintain my balance between academics and co-curricular involvement,” she shared.Brithney, whose mother is a member of the police force, thanked Motorola for its support and commitment to expanding the number of awards.“Thank you for believing in the Caribbean and incentivising the efforts of hard-working and determined individuals like myself, who wish to advance through educational opportunities and community involvement. Thank you for believing in our police officers and acknowledging the work they put in to provide for their families while serving their countries. Thank you for believing in me and my abilities to excel beyond borders,” she said.More than 85 awards have been granted under the Police (ACCP)-Motorola Solutions Foundation scholarship fund to date.Formed in 1987, the ACCP consists of Police Commissioners from 25 Caribbean countries.It seeks to facilitate collaboration and cooperation in the development and implementation of policing strategies, systems and procedures in the region; development of professional and technical skills of police officers; and the deployment of proactive measures to prevent crime and improve police community relations. Brithney, whose mother is a member of the police force, thanked Motorola for its support and commitment to expanding the number of awards.
APTN National NewsThe game resembles CFL or NFL football expect the players don’t wear the same amount of protective padding and it’s a way faster moving game.This weekend Canadians got a chance to learn more about rugby.One of the world’s top teams was in Toronto for a sold-out match against Canada.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has that story.
APTN National newsTen teams from five continents are pitching it out at the 10th Junior Men’s World Championship this week in Whitehorse.As APTN’s Shirley McLean reports, team New Zealand is bringing their unique identity to the northern diamonds.
Incumbent Board Chair Erin Evans, who was elected to Zone 2 in 2014, has submitted her nomination for one of the three Zone 5 seats, along with incumbent Darrell Pasichnyk. The two other candidates vying for a Zone 5 seat are Jeff Richert, who was a candidate to be elected MLA for Peace River North in the provincial election last year, and Helen Gilbert.The lone other incumbent candidate running for the School Board is Zone 4 Trustee Ida Campbell. Madeleine Lehmann is the sole candidate for Zone 1, David Scott-Moncrieff is running in Zone 2, and Nicole Gilliss is running in Zone 3.Former mayor and Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom has officially submitted his papers in a bid for a seat on City Council in Dawson Creek. Lekstrom previously served two terms as mayor of Dawson Creek prior serving as the South Peace MLA from 2001 to 2013.As for the rest of Council, incumbents Charlie Parslow, Shaely Wilbur, Cheryl Shuman, and Paul Gevatkoff are officially running for re-election along with newcomer Jerimy Earl. Incumbent mayor Dale Bumstead is still the only mayoral candidate that has submitted nomination papers.In Chetwynd, there are now seven candidates for District Council and one for mayor. Councillor Alec Brownlee and mayor Merlin Nichols will look to swap places as Nichols has submitted his nomination for a seat on Council, while Brownlee is so far the only mayoral candidate.Incumbent councillors Clay Bassendowski and Laura Weisgerber have both joined Rochelle Galbraith and Mel Deck in their bids for re-election, along with newcomers Jocelyn Disher and Janet Wark. In the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, there are now ten candidates currently officially running, five of whom are incumbents. Incumbent councillors Kyle Andrews, Laurie Dolan, Lorraine Gerwing, and Danny Soles have submitted their nomination papers, along with newcomers Clayton Mollica, Todd Penney, John Roper, and Tanner Whidden.Bill Streeper, who has served as mayor since 2008, is officially running for re-election. He faces a challenge from Gary Foster, who was elected to both Fort Nelson Village Council and the former Fort Nelson-Liard Regional District Board in 1999, serving for only that year.In Pouce Coupe, the list of candidates now sits at four after councillor Andre Lavoie withdrew his bid to unseat Lorraine Michetti from the mayor’s chair. Lavoie has now launched his bid to be re-elected to Village Council along with incumbent councillor Barbara Smith. Donna White, who was elected to public office prior to 2014, is the fourth candidate.Tumbler Ridge currently has four candidates for mayor and six candidates for council. Of the four mayoral candidates, only two previously served on District Council in the community: incumbent mayor Don McPherson and former councillor Jerrilyn Schembri. The two are joined by Garret Golhof and Keith Bertrand, neither of whom has been previously elected to public office. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the nomination period for next month’s municipal elections in B.C. officially closing tomorrow afternoon, several more candidates that have submitted their nomination papers in communities across Northeast B.C.As of Thursday morning, there were still eight candidates running to become a councillor in Fort St. John, while mayor Lori Ackerman is still the only declared candidate for mayor. All current incumbent councillors with the lone exception of Trevor Bolin have filed their nomination papers, along with Becky Grimsrud, Tony Zabinsky, and Justin Jones.School District #60 officially has at least one race for the seven seats on the District’s Board of Trustees. One trustee is elected for each of the District’s outlying zones while three trustees represent Zone 5, which covers the City of Fort St. John. Monty Hendrickson, Bernie Lehmann, Curtis Miedzinski, and Chris Norbury have thrown their hats in the ring to become councillors, along with incumbents Darryl Krakowka and Joanne Kirby.In the Peace River Regional District, the only official candidates so far are the four incumbent Electoral Area Directors: Karen Goodings, Brad Sperling, Leonard Hiebert, and Dan Rose.The nomination period officially closes at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14th. read more
New Delhi: Union minister Nitin Gadkari Sunday said neither does he have any aspirations nor the RSS any designs to project him as a prime ministerial candidate and asserted that making “calculation” has never been his forte in politics or work.Amid speculations that he could be the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate in case of a fractured mandate in the upcoming general elections, the senior party leader said he was not in the race and stressed that “tireless work” was his mantra. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”I have not done any calculation, never set targets — neither in politics nor in work. Mai to chala jidhar chale rasta (I follow the path wherever it leads). Jo kaam dikha karta gaya (Accomplished whatever is assigned to me). Believe in doing the best for the country,” Gadkari told PTI in an interview. Seeking to rubbish speculations that he could be the “Prime Minister in the making”, the senior minister made it clear that “neither there is anything like this in my mind nor RSS has any such thing. Nation comes supreme for us.” Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”I do not see dreams, neither I go to anyone nor I do any lobbying. I am not in this race… I my telling you from my heart,” the minister at the helm of key infrastructure ministries of the Narendra Modi government said. Talking further about the speculations, Gadkari, also a former BJP chief, said that he does not know what people are thinking but that he has “nothing to do with it, not even remotely”. Gadkari also asserted that he and his party stood “solidly behind Modiji who is doing very good work”. “Given what work we have done, I feel we will get more seats than the last time under Modiji,” he said and termed the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) of Opposition parties for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls as ‘Mahamilawat’ (high adulteration). Earlier this month, he termed speculations about him being in the race for prime minister as “mungeri lal ke haseen sapne” (day dreaming). On being a favourite with the Opposition members too, Gadkari remarked that whoever came to him, he believed in helping them with a positive attitude. “Whatever maximum I can do I try,” he added. Last month in the Lok Sabha, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi along with other Congress members appreciated Gadkari for the “wonderful” work he has been doing in improving the country’s infrastructure. Describing himself as a “workaholic, Gadkari said massive work has been done by the central government in various sectors, including infrastructure that has seen projects worth over Rs 15 lakh crore. On whether he felt some tasks could not be completed in the current tenure, Gadkari said there were no regrets as “whatever was there worth working I did… No one is perfect and no one should think he is perfect… One should work relentlessly.” Gadkari is in charge of the road transport and highways; shipping; and water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation ministries. read more
With the UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May talking about stepping down if her Brexit deal is passed, there are several considerations before the third meaningful vote takes place. May has been trying to put forth her party’s demands before national interest which has not gone down well with the Brexit radicals who refuse to create a deficient legacy, lacking both vigour and practicality. In the process, drowning the UK’s future in malodorous waters is quite evident. The PM is said to be under tremendous pressure to chart a new course after failing twice to get the Withdrawal Agreement her government has negotiated with the European Union passed by the House of Commons. And this is definitely not a good sign for herself and her protagonists. The EU has clearly stated that no further concessions are to be made available. The Labour party is demanding a fresh election and there are demands for a second Brexit referendum from various quarters. On top of this, there is no second plan to make Brexit a success and it may be completely dead soon after the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), on whose votes May depends to a great extent, stated that they could never back it. The DUP’s main objection is to the backstop, the “insurance policy” designed to avoid the return of border checkpoints between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in the event of a collapse of a future trade deal. It states that the measure would result in Northern Ireland having to abide by different trade rules to the rest of the UK, which some feel would “damage the Union”. From this apparent unending state of deadlock, it is very difficult to predict how the next few weeks and months will turn out for both the government and the United Kingdom. May pledged to quit in exchange for the Conservative votes for Brexit and some Tory ministers have given their consent to support her. But her proposal simply seems to be a waste of time given that the DUP has decided to block it anyway. With May’s plan to resign, the prospect of a different Tory leader might gain some ground. But the fact remains that the opponents would not change their minds for anything whatsoever and the crisis would deepen further. With the DUP still holding on to its decision to withhold support, a third meaningful vote will be futile. The government now has to bring the deal back to Parliament for a third vote. May’s deal means Britain will leave the EU single market and customs union as well as EU political bodies. read more
By Neil Paine and Chris Herring Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (March 15, 2018), the crew gets into March Madness. Neil and Chris preview which college players NBA fans should keep their eyes on during the NCAA Tournament. They’re also joined by former Cavaliers general manager David Griffin. Griffin, who served as GM in Cleveland from 2014 to 2017, chats about his time in the role and helps make sense of the Cavs’ current season. Plus, a significant digit on the San Antonio Spurs.Here are links to what was discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.ESPN took a look at the top NBA draft prospects playing in the NCAA Tournament.Follow David Griffin on Twitter for more of his basketball thoughts.Significant Digit: 1997, which was the last time the San Antonio Spurs were outside the top eight in the Western Conference this late in the season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Spurs are currently tied for eighth in the conference (with the Utah Jazz) based on their record but would fall to ninth on a tiebreaker if the season were to end today. read more
The Ohio State men’s basketball team may have been on the road Saturday, but the rims were still rocking at the Schottenstein Center.The No. 1 boy’s high school team in the nation, Columbus Northland, showed why it is ranked at the top in the Ohio Scholastic Play-by-Play Classic.Behind the premier player in the country and soon-to-be Buckeye Jared Sullinger, Columbus Northland put on a show of put-back dunks and fast-break alley-oops. Before the Bishop Luers Knights got going, they were down 11-0.Within the first minutes of the game, Sullinger gave the fans something to cheer about, getting two offensive rebounds and one emphatic put-back dunk. The onslaught of scoring continued through the first half.At halftime the Northland Vikings were up 23 points and were shooting 78.6 percent from the field. Northland slowed the scoring down in the second half and left with an easy victory, winning 88-67, shooting 66 percent from the field.Sullinger ended the game with 24 points and nine rebounds. His teammate and future Buckeye J.D. Weatherspoon had a light night. Only playing 18 minutes, he scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds.Weatherspoon didn’t play much, but when he was in, he left his mark. Four of the eight points he had were via alley-oops.Northland coach James “Satch” Sullinger said the team knew nothing of the Knights and were going to make adjustments as the game went on.Adjustments were not needed except for defending one person: DeShaun Thomas.“We threw everything except the kitchen sink at him,” the coach said. “I had to go into the locker room and look in the mirror and make sure there wasn’t a star on my head, because he lit us up like a Christmas tree.”Sullinger was the hometown favorite, but Thomas, who also will attend OSU, stole the show.A five-star recruit, Thomas may not have won the game, but he won the fans over. Thomas had a game-high 36 points and nine rebounds. During the second quarter, he brought the fans to their feet with a fast-break dunk.Sullinger called Thomas unstoppable and said his motor never stops.“This is about to be my hometown next, so I put up a little nice show,” Thomas said.The showcase of talent left OSU fans and the athletes salivating about the possibilities of next year.When Weatherspoon was asked about the possibilities for next season, he didn’t hesitate to answer the question candidly.“We plan on winning a national title, no doubt,” he said.Things are looking up for OSU next year, but these future Buckeyes weren’t the only ones shining. Northland guard and soon-to-be Penn State Nittany Lion Trey Burke had a memorable night.Burke scored 23 points, shooting 10 of 14 from the field and three of four on 3-pointers.“Burke is our engine, he’s the guy that makes us go,” coach Sullinger said about his point guard.On the season, Northland has defeated the 2009 national champion Findlay Prep of Henderson, N.Va., and 2009 runner-up Oak Hill Academy of Mouth of Wilson, Va. Northland can now add defeating Indiana champion Bishop Luers to its list. read more
Former Ohio State running back Daniel “Boom” Herron will continue his football career in the Buckeye State with the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals selected Herron with the No. 21 in the sixth round of the NFL Draft Saturday. Herron appeared in just seven games for the Buckeyes in 2011 after being suspended for the first five games of the season for selling OSU football memorabilia in exchange for improper benefits in the form of tattoos. Herron was then suspended an additional game for receiving money for work he did not complete during a summer 2011 job. Herron was still elected as team captain by his teammates after his senior campaign, in which he rushed for 675 yards and three touchdowns. He finished his OSU career with 2,869 rushing yards and 32 touchdowns in 42 games. Herron, a four-time Buckeyes letterman, graduated in December with a degree in African-American studies, and leaves OSU ranked as the 10th all-time leading rusher. read more
Senior forward Mason Jobst (26) eyes a pass during the second period of Ohio State’s game against Wisconsin on Nov. 16. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternOhio State was outskated, outplayed and overpowered against a high-caliber Penn State team in a 4-3 loss Friday night. The Buckeyes (8-4-1, 3-2-0-0 Big Ten) won the shot battle but were not able to convert against Penn State (10-2-0, 2-1-0-0 Big Ten) as the Nittany Lions capitalized on critical mistakes by Ohio State.Redshirt senior goaltender Sean Romeo’s three-game shutout streak came to an end early in the second period. Romeo’s streak ended at 204:27, the longest shutout streak in program history. Penn State sophomore forward Evan Barratt, the nation’s leading scorer, hit the net with an assist by junior defenseman Kris Myllari. This was the first goal that Romeo had given up since the Buckeyes’ 8-2 loss at home against Bowling Green.Overall, Romeo allowed four goals and saved a season-high 39 shots.Senior forward Mason Jobst opened up the scoring earlier in the first period with his fourth power play goal and team-leading eighth goal of the season. Jobst identified what made the difference for the Buckeyes in a close game like Friday’s game against Penn State.“We talked about it already in the locker room, but our turnovers, we just gave them too many chances,” Jobst said. “We know they like to get rid of the puck and we just kind of played right into their hands and the style that they like to play.”Jobst was assisted on his 60th career goal by junior forward Tanner Laczynski and freshman forward Gustaf Westlund. Penn State scored on the power play to take a 2-1 lead just under 10 minutes into the second period. Junior forward Brandon Biro hit the net and was assisted by Barratt, his second point of the game. Ohio State led in shots 44-43 but were outskated by Penn State most of the night, with the Nittany Lions getting up the ice and grabbing most of the loose pucks.“Penn State gets as many shots on net as they want, I’m okay with that,” Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik said. “It’s just a matter of us continuing to play the way we need to play and tonight we made too many mistakes.”Sophomore forward Austin Pooley tied the game midway through the second period on a short-handed goal, the second for Ohio State this season. He was assisted by Jobst who placed the puck right in front of the goal for Pooley, his first goal of the season. Jobst’s assist was his 86th career point in Big Ten games, tied for the most all-time.Less than a minute after Pooley’s goal, Penn State hit the net again to take a 3-2 lead. Sophomore defenseman Cole Hults snuck it past Romeo with an assist by Biro, his second point of the game. Senior forward John Wiitala tied the game early in the third period with his second goal of the season. The penalty kill for Ohio State fell back to Earth after not giving up a power play goal since they played Bowling Green. The Nittany Lions scored on two of their four power play opportunities while the Buckeyes only found the net on one of their four attempts. The game-winning goal by Penn State was one of its two power play goals, scored with just over 10 minutes remaining in the game. Ohio State had opportunities to score late in the game including a power play, but its comeback attempt fell short. Ohio State and Penn State will return to the Schottenstein Center at 8 p.m. on Saturday, where the Buckeyes will try and avoid being swept for the first time this season. read more