first_imgKINGSTON: THE Kingston Waterfront will be transformed for the 2016 staging of the Jamaica Cycling Federation (JCF) Kingston Criterium today as parts of Orange Street, Port Royal Street and Ocean Boulevard will comprise the closed-circuit road race event. With national and regional champion Marloe Rodman and former national cyclist Oneil Samuels among the entrants cycling fans are in for a real showpiece. Action is scheduled to get under way at 1 p.m., with the featured events slated for a 3:30 p.m. start. Registration will be from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Kirk Finnikin, president of the JCF, hopes to use the event as a catalyst to rejuvenate local cycling. “It is going to be a cracker. This form of cycling is one of the most exciting and I believe we have everything in place to execute a professionally done event come Sunday,” said Finnikin. “The riders have been buzzing and are anxiously waiting to get out there as the circuit is one of the best in terms of the quality of the roads. This is our first major event of 2016 and we believe it has all the right ingredients to generate enough excitement and interest to spill over into other cycling events for the remainder of the year and beyond,” he added. The JCF’s mission is to restore cycling as a premier sporting activity and has been using 2014 Commonwealth Games representative, Rodman, as the flag bearer. This year, Maliek Byndloss will be looking to fly the flag in his pursuits to represent Jamaica at the Rio Olympics. Byndloss is the current BMX national champion and is considered to be among the world’s elite in the BMX category. The Kingston Criterium itself is a closed-circuit event that will see cyclists racing several laps to complete an event. The events will be contested based on categories, including women’s and men’s elite, masters’ and juniors’. In addition, there will also be a kids’ sprint event, plus an all-comers ‘Rambo Race’, which will be a cash-prize race for anyone brave enough to enter. The event is free to the public.last_img read more

first_imgChelsea emphatically secured their second Under-21 Premier League win of the season, demolishing Leicester City 5-1 at Stamford Bridge.Isaiah Brown and Islam Feruz both scored twice for the Blues before John Swift netted the fifth with 13 minutes remaining.Swift set up Brown for the opener and Andreas Christensen almost doubled the lead before Leicester hit the bar in a rare attack.Feruz’s classy finish meant Chelsea were 2-0 up at the break, and he struck again in the second half after being set up by Billy Clifford.Brown made it four before Clifford created another goal, this time for the excellent Swift.Tom Hopper netted a late consolation for the Foxes.Earlier in the day, Chelsea’s Under-18s beat West Ham 2-1 with goals from Tammy Abraham and George Cole.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Analysis#search#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick Large quantities of low quality content, of marginal relevance, intended to draw visitors through search, but drive them to click through ads to other sites – that’s what’s called a content farm. The voices of critics of Google are getting louder with allegations that the world’s leading search engine has been thoroughly gamed and is now drowning in content farmed links. Content farm is a very subjective designation, though.Search startup Blekko is betting that web users want to search without seeing results from companies that are pumping out low-quality content just for the ad revenue. But is one person’s low quality content another person’s more-accessible reading material? Today Blekko released a list of the top 20 domains that its users have clicked the “SPAM” button on in their search results. Content from those sites will never show up in a Blekko search again, the company says. What do you think of this list?“These sites are the worst spam publishers on the Web according to our users,” said Rich Skrenta, CEO of Blekko. “They are literally responsible for millions of pages on the Web that our users say are just not helpful and they’d prefer they were banned permanently. So we’re going to do that for them.”The list is: ehow.comexperts-exchange.comnaymz.comactivehotels.comrobtex.comencyclopedia.comfixya.comchacha.com123people.comdownload3k.competitionspot.comthefreedictionary.comnetworkedblogs.combuzzillions.comshopwiki.comwowxos.comanswerbag.comallexperts.comfreewebs.comcopygator.comWant to see what search results from those domains look like? You can’t do it using Blekko anymore, but here’s a Google Custom Search Engine that searches inside just those domains alone. LoadingAre These Spam Domains? Maybe NotA lot of these domains are pretty obnoxious, but that’s just my opinion. Other peoples’ opinions are different. People complain about Demand Media’s eHow, for example, but the site also has one of the most popular free iPhone apps in the iTunes store. The content is directly useful, highly readable and easy to navigate.In a semi-literate, post-functional world, people need basic instructions on everyday matters. Picture the dystopia in the movie Back to the Future II, where Biff ends up a powerful media mogul and the world is awash in insipid, screeching, 24-hour infomercials. That’s kind of where we live, folks, and our brains have turned a little softer than some of us might like as a result.Where else are you going to learn about basic things in this world? On Wikipedia? Have you read a Wikipedia entry lately? In a semi-literate, post-functional world, people need basic instructions on everyday matters. Picture the dystopia in the movie Back to the Future II, where Biff ends up a powerful media mogul and the world is awash in insipid, screeching, 24-hour infomercials. That’s kind of where we live, folks, and our brains have turned a little softer than some of us might like as a result.Where else are you going to learn about basic things in this world? On Wikipedia? Have you read a Wikipedia entry lately? They trend wonky, over-detailed from the top and according to a New York Times report yesterday, written almost entirely by men.The content on the domains above may seem like spam to the egg-headed geniuses behind Blekko, and the highly discerning early customers of that site, but I don’t think they always look like spam to the rest of the people on the web. Fixya is another domain that’s on that list that I guarantee loads of everyday people are thankful for, not calling for banishment of. The site is littered with advertisements and poor writing. News flash: so is the rest of the world. That might offend the sensibilities of enough sophisticated Blekko users to click that Spam button on the Blekko site, but we’ll see who wins long-term – Blekko or the content farms.I use Blekko every day. But I don’t use it for “spam control.” The determination of whether something is spam or not is really about context. I use Blekko for other types of context filtering. The ability to set up custom lists of domains not to exclude, but to limit a search to, is what’s most useful for me about Blekko. I use the site to limit my searches and see what tech bloggers have written about a subject, or what tech industry analysts have, or bloggers who cover developments in the Middle East, or venture capitalists. I understand that most people don’t want to perform searches limited to contexts as sophisticated as that, perhaps. But those same masses of users who don’t want to do anything too sophisticated are also likely to want some easy-to-read tutorial content like what you find on eHow. Is Blekko intending to serve just people who are interested in creating their own topical collections, or are they aimed at mainstream users? Do mainstream users really dislike these sites that Blekko is now banishing? I’m not so sure they do.Banishing “content farms” may make sense in the minds of the people behind Blekko, but I’m not sure it’s the best idea for everyone.center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

first_imgepisodeNew Delhi, Dec 21 (PTI) The government today attacked the Congress for disrupting iconic cricketer Sachin Tendulkars speech in the Rajya Sabha, saying the opposition party has lost its “direction and plot after change in its leadership”.Bowlers of opponent teams were unable to stop Tendulkar from making runs during his cricketing career, but unfortunately today in the Upper House the members of the Congress party stalled his maiden speech, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told reporters here.”The Congress today behaved in an undemocratic manner in the Upper House by disrupting Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar from speaking on the important and non-political issue of sports and its development in the country,” Kumar said.Tendulkar could not initiate a short-duration discussion on the right to play and the future of sports in India.”Despite repeated requests from the Chairman of the House that he (Tendulkar) should be allowed to speak on this important and public interest issue, the Congress did not allow him to speak,” Kumar said.It seems that Congress has lost its direction and plot after the change in its leadership, the minister said in a veiled attack on new party president Rahul Gandhi.The stalemate in Parliament between the BJP and the Congress over Prime Minister Narendra Modis remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh continued.”After disrupting the Lok Sabha for several days, today they are participating in the discussion on supplementary demand for the grants. But in the Rajya Sabha, they are continuing to disrupt the proceedings,” the minister said, adding that the party was “totally confused”. PTI JTR SMNadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgLiverpool striker Salah named Caf African Football Player of the Yearby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Mohamed Salah has been named Caf African Football Player of the Year for the second time in a row.Salah saw off competition from Reds teammate Sadio Mane and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to scoop the award yet again.Salah enjoyed a stellar 2018 as he led the goalscoring charts at home and in Europe.He netted 44 times in all competitions last season.And Salah’s fine form saw Liverpool end up in the Champions League final, which they lost to Real Madrid.Salah also represented Egypt at their first-ever World Cup in Russia. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Real Madrid fancy De Bruyne as Hazard alternativeby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are planning a move for Manchester City attacker Kevin de Bruyne.Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, speaking on El Chiringuito, has revealed Real have De Bruyne under consideration as an alternative to Chelsea ace Eden Hazard.And adding to the story, Inda says Real intend to use Isco as a makeweight in negotiations.He said, “Madrid are going to try to put Isco in the operation for Hazard or in a possible operation with De Bruyne. “In the Bernabéu they say that he is not to be sold. “(But) the hard core of the locker room is not with Isco because they consider that he is loose and out of shape. In addition, they have seen the rudeness to the coach, although they liked it when he asked for forgiveness. “Real Madrid now wants to keep things in house because it knows that he is an asset of the club and his price can drop if it affects public opinion.” last_img read more

first_imgTagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Monaco coach Jardim delighted with form of Leicester striker Slimaniby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim admits he’s delighted with the form of Islam Slimani.The striker is on-loan at ASM from Leicester City this season.And Jardim is excited by his new-look partnership of Slimani and Wissam Ben Yedder – both of whom struck in the 3-2 defeat of Rennes.”Ben Yedder-Slimani? It’s a beautiful wedding. One is strength, power and depth. “The other is the technical finesse coupled with a great sense of purpose,” enthused Jardim. last_img read more

first_img The British Minister of State for the Caribbean, Commonwealth and the United Nations, Rt. Hon. Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, on Friday (November 10), toured the Kingston High School, where he observed the Men With a Message initiative of the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP III) engage students with behavioural and attitudinal issues.The visit was an opportunity for the Minister to observe the operation and effectiveness of the CSJP, which is partially funded by the United Kingdom government, through its Department for International Development (DFID).“We have been supporting this programme for a number of years and I don’t want to just read a briefing about it or hear from the Director who is involved in it. That’s what brought me to the school to see how [the programme] is delivered and the impact it makes…and that allows us to plan more effectively in terms of how we look at funding [and] how we look at support,” Lord Ahmad told JIS News.He hailed the programme, noting that it “underlines the hope one can bring in changing people’s lives.” He further praised the Men With a Message initiative, for bringing together a team of inspirational men who impact the life choices of youngsters.Addressing a group of students following a presentation by a Men With a Message volunteer, he urged them to focus on education and the opportunities it can provide.“You must work hard, use the opportunity, it’s an incredible fortune. The more education you get, no one and nothing can take that from you. And it’s programmes like [the CSJP] which allow you to become leaders of your own country,” he said.The Minister sat with the team from Men With a Message for a conversation on what has led them to be a part of the programme, as well with a group of students who spoke with him about their ambitions and school life.“I have seen some inspirational children, in terms of their ambition and the motivation they get…notwithstanding the challenges they have, there is great hope and aspiration,” he said in an interview with JIS News following the tour.“I think ultimately when we talk about education, yes, it’s about learning Maths, English and others, but it’s also about people and how you learn from each other and influence others. It’s been an influential visit and it leaves me thinking that the future of Jamaica, in what is a very challenging area, is one which is very bright,” Lord Ahmad added.Programme Manager, CSJP III, Simeon Robinson, expressed gratitude for the Minister’s visit and is hopeful that the programme will continue to have a strong, positive relationship with the UK Government and DFID.“We are happy that he has taken the time to see what it is we are doing. The British people and the Government are contributing to the effort that we are undertaking here, so we are very welcoming of the visit to validate the things we are doing,” he said.Principal of Kingston High School, Andrea Gray-Dwyer, said the staff and students were elated to host the Minister and the CSJP, with which they have collaborated on a number of projects.She anticipates that the visit will lead to deeper cooperation with the programme, in order to better cater to the needs of students, many of whom are vulnerable youth from inner-city communities.Minister Ahmad was joined on the tour by British High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Asif Ahmad, as well as Director, Americas Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Carol Owens.He was on a two-day visit to the island, starting November 9, during which he called on the Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Kamina Johnson-Smith.The CSJP III is a multi-faceted crime and violence prevention initiative of the Ministry of National Security, which focuses on building community safety and security. The programme provides crime and violence prevention services to 50 vulnerable and volatile communities, spanning eight parishes.In addition to DFID, it also receives funding from the Government of Jamaica, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development of Canada (DFATD). Story Highlights He hailed the programme, noting that it “underlines the hope one can bring in changing people’s lives.” He further praised the Men With a Message initiative, for bringing together a team of inspirational men who impact the life choices of youngsters. The British Minister of State for the Caribbean, Commonwealth and the United Nations, Rt. Hon. Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, on Friday (November 10), toured the Kingston High School, where he observed the Men With a Message initiative of the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP III) engage students with behavioural and attitudinal issues. The CSJP III is a multi-faceted crime and violence prevention initiative of the Ministry of National Security, which focuses on building community safety and security. The programme provides crime and violence prevention services to 50 vulnerable and volatile communities, spanning eight parishes. last_img read more

first_imgConsumer debt continues to rise in Canada.Not only is it a different situation regionally, there are also vast differences when broken down by generation.But for the first time in a long time, the personal debt situation in Alberta is improving.It’s all included in TransUnion’s latest Canada Industry Insights Report.TransUnion’s Director of Research and Industry Analysis Matt Fabian said non-mortgage consumer debt nationally was up 4.6 per cent in 2017, to just shy of $30,000 per person.“Although balances are increasing, that’s against the backdrop of a growing economy and we don’t see any immediate cause for concern in that delinquency rates are still quite low and are in fact decreasing,” said Fabian.He explained the bulk is made up of Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers.“The Baby Boomers still have fairly large debt balances but that growth has basically stabilized and their delinquency rates are dropping so this is a group that’s de-leveraging,” he explained,Gen X-ers on the other hand are in their heavy debt load years.“The Gen X-ers are the folks that are still carrying large balances, in fact the largest balance out of all the different segments, and their delinquency rates are still relatively high,” said Fabian.As for Millennials, they’re starting to accumulate more debt in form of credit cards and lines of credit as their families grow.Generation Z is seeing the largest debt growth by percentage but balances are low and so are delinquency rates.Regionally, Alberta is still the top province in terms of consumer debt, but it’s getting better.“We are seeing delinquency rates dropping so we start to see early signs of Alberta pulling out of it and the growth rate of that debt balance has slowed as well,” said Fabian. “There’s generally a long tail with these things, you know the economy slows down like it did a couple of years ago and people accumulate debt and there’s a long tail, it kind of lags.”He expected that positive trend to continue.last_img read more

first_imgWARSAW, Poland — Poland’s anti-corruption officers have detained the former head of a financial regulatory body who resigned recently after a media report he sought a bribe.The Central Anti-Corruption Office said Tuesday that Marek Chrzanowski is being taken to Katowice, in the south, where he will be questioned by prosecutors over suspected corruption.Chrzanowski was appointed in 2016 by the current ruling party to be the director of the Financial Supervision Authority that ensures proper banking practices.He resigned this month after the Gazeta Wyborcza daily reported that he had sought a multimillion-dollar bribe from a troubled bank’s owner in exchange for favours. The banker recorded the meeting.Chrzanowski insists he is innocent.The anti-corruption office was started by the ruling Law and Justice party in 2006 when it was previously in power.The Associated Presslast_img read more