Of course, those who are firmly convinced abortion is wrong can certainly counsel against abortion, but to label those with a different conviction “murderers” shows a lack of respect for freedom of religion, which should be one of the most fundamental principles of American life. It was one of FDR’s Four Freedoms that we fought World War II for.Further, when a newspaper prints a letter calling me a “murderer” because I support Roe v. Wade, it is not acting responsibly.That type of language is an incitement to violence against those who choose to have an abortion and those who seek to make sure that right is protected in law.Such letters are also based on untruths as to what the Reproductive Health Act does and why it was passed. Newspapers should point that out.WHAT RHA REALLY DOESThe law in New York since Roe v. Wade has always been that, like the new law in Ireland, an abortion is permitted in the third trimester to save the life or health of the mother.The Reproductive Health Act simply codifies that standard for two reasons. First, a backward looking Supreme Court is likely to overturn Roe v. Wade if this President gets another appointment to the Supreme Court. Second, because the New York criminal law predated Roe v. Wade, it retained language punishing doctors who performed an abortion in the best interest of the mother’s health. The criminalization of that act was declared unconstitutional in 1973, so the law needed to be updated.This is not unlimited abortion as the propagandists claim.They say “health” is undefined, so it could mean anything.Doctors have been applying that standard successfully since 1973.I am not a doctor. Doctors determine what is a health risk. We rely on their medical expertise, their high ethical standards, and their interaction with their patient, who may of course consult a religious adviser, to determine whether an abortion should be performed in the third trimester for purposes of the health of the mother. That is the standard adopted in Roe v. Wade. One of the charged issues of the day was abortion.The newspapers loved to print letters to the editor with one side repeating “they’re killing the babies” and the other replying with “a woman’s right to choose.”The former usually based their position on religious faith, the latter on civil rights for women. In 2012, I ran for state Assembly on a platform that expressed my commitment to supporting the principles of Roe v. Wade. I was elected. I have been lobbied to change my position. Many have offered to pray for my immortal soul. Nonetheless, I have replied that it would be a fraud on the voters to change my position.I grew up in an area where the vast majority of my neighbors were Catholics of Irish ancestry who in those days supported the Church’s teachings on abortion.CHANGING VIEWPOINTSOpinions of many have changed. Categories: Editorial, OpinionIn 1973, when Roe v. Wade was decided, I was 14 years old and becoming politically aware. For example, Ireland legalized abortion in 2018 by popular vote. In Ireland, abortion is permitted during the first twelve weeks of pregnancy, and later in cases where the pregnant woman’s life or health is at risk, which is the same standard Roe v. Wade adopted in 1973.Religious freedom is very important to me.My family came to this country, a place where differences in religious identity were protected by the Constitution, from a place where people had been trying to kill my ancestors for thousands of years because of their stubborn but highly honorable commitment to a different faith.While not exclusively so, the anti-abortion position is fundamentally rooted in religion. However, you will typically not hear anti-abortion advocacy from mainline Protestant clergy, nor where I attend services.NOT MURDERERSThose who call supporters of Roe v. Wade murderers are simply trying to impose their religious views on everyone. A second issue raised by anti-abortion propaganda is that the law changes who may perform an abortion.This is also false. Only doctors may perform surgical abortions and only in a facility that is approved in accordance with New York Public Health law.There are non-surgical abortion procedures (not late term) that certain allied health professionals may perform that they have been permitted to perform under the laws defining their scope of practice that were enacted before the Reproductive Health Act.My support for Roe v. Wade will not change no matter what charged and offensive language is hurled at me.But propaganda does need to be distinguished from facts. Phil Steck is the member of Assembly representing the 110th District, which consists of Colonie, Niskayuna and Schenectady.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
Could improve The other daunting fact is that Champs is a month away and he could improve. That would put him within touch distance of the Class One records. Those belong to Zharnel Hughes at 10.12 seconds in the 100 and to Usain Bolt at 20.25 in the 200. Bolt’s mark was set in 2003 and survived a 2013 assault by Delano Williams by just 0.02. A closer look shows that Bolt had an aiding wind of 1.9 metres per second compared to the 0.9 breeze in Williams’ race. It’s not a done deal until the races are run, however, and Ellis will face worthy competition at Champs. Jhevaughn Matherson of Kingston College has looked good in his outings so far and ran 20.97 seconds to win the Class Two 200m in 2014. Fast-starting Raheem Chambers of St Jago should be in the picture too. He finished behind Ellis in the 100m last year but generally has been great at Champs. He won in both Class Two and Class Three in record times, and while Matherson broke his class 3 mark, his Class Two standard of 10.29 still sparkles. In fact, a win for Chambers would put him in an elite group of sprinters to win the 100 in Classes One, Two and Three. Donald Quarrie and Remaldo Rose of Camperdown, Dexter Lee of Herbert Morrison and Calabar’s Michael O’Hara have done it. Chambers has to beat Ellis to join them. • Hubert Lawrence has attended Champs since 1980. If you were worried that the showcase sprint events of the 2016 ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships would be dull, worry no more. Nigel Ellis, the St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) sprint stylist, changed the landscape last week with brilliant times at Western Championships. Ellis has fans licking their lips in anticipation. Fourth last year in both the Class One 100 and 200 metres, he would have been among this year’s favourites anyway. Now there is no doubt. His Western Champs times – 10.20 and 20.40 seconds – ensure that.
The Nelson Mandela Route starts in the Eastern Cape, in King William’s Town, which began as a London-based Missionary Station in 1826 and provides a backdrop to early European influences in a struggle region of British, Boer and Xhosa conflicts.The town’s Amathole Museum has a Xhosa Gallery, Missionary Museum and German Settlers display. The grave of Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko is also in the town.The Mandela Route moves through Bhisho, home of the provincial government, and takes a scenic drive on the N2 to Mthatha, which hosts the Nelson Mandela Museum.The museum is a collection of heritage sectors spread across three locations: Qunu, Mveso and Mthatha. A display reflecting the life and times of Mandela can be found at the Bhunga Building section of the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha.Mandela has received thousands of gifts from presidents, groups and ordinary people. Accepted on behalf of the people of South Africa, they are in safe-keeping at the museum for the benefit and appreciation of the nation. Artefacts ranging from children’s letters to bejeweled camel covers say more about the donors than their famous recipient.Scenes from Mandela’s childhoodThe second sector of the museum is the Community Museum and Youth & Heritage Centre in the village of Qunu, where Mandela spent his childhood.Here, tourists can view the remains of young Nelson’s primary school, the rock he used to slide down with friends, and the graveyard where his son, daughter and parents are buried – all set in the rolling hills of Pondoland, where Mandela grazed his family’s cattle.Alongside the N2 is Mandela’s current home, where he entertains a steady stream of people from the neighbouring village and holds an annual party for children on his birthday. A tunnel running under the N2 allows visitors to “cross” the road in safety.A thatched open-air museum at Mveso – the third sector of the Nelson Mandela Museum – shelters a photographic exhibition depicting significant moments in Mandela’s life. Nearby are the remains of the homestead where Mandela was born and raised.Free guided tours of all three sectors of the Nelson Mandela Museum can be arranged via the museum in Mthatha.The Mandela Route then moves back to East London, which has a museum housing a superb collection of southern Nguni beadwork.Staying on the trail of the man himself, one has to leave the Eastern Cape, as he did.Mandela in JohannesburgThe Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg is a state-of-the-art tribute to the rise and fall of apartheid. Twenty-two exhibition areas take the visitor on an emotional journey through a state-sanctioned system based on racial discrimination.It was put together on a seven-hectare site by a team of curators, film-makers, historians, designers and architects. Film footage, photographs, text panels and artefacts depict the epic saga of apartheid.Mandela’s humble house in Orlando West, Soweto has been turned into the Mandela Family Museum. It houses an assortment of memorabilia, paintings, photographs and collection of honorary doctorates bestowed on Mandela from universities around the world.This matchbox home at 8115 Ngakane Street was the abode that Mandela shared with his first wife, Evelyn Ntoko Mase. She moved out after their divorce in 1957, and when Winnie Madikizela married Mandela in 1958, she then moved into this Soweto home.Mandela seldom stayed here as he was living life on the run as the “black pimpernel”. Nearby is the Hector Pieterson Memorial to the schoolboy shot during the June 16 riots of 1976, as well as the home of Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu.Mandela’s larger-than-life character and famous “Madiba jive” are also captured in an outsize 6 metre statue at the upmarket shopping destination Nelson Mandela Square (formerly Sandton Square) – a prime photo opportunity for tourists.This famous builder of bridges between people has also had the largest cable-stayed bridge in southern Africa named after him. It links the Johannesburg central business district of Newtown and the northern parts of the city.Robben IslandFinally – or firstly? – to Robben Island, off the coastline of Cape Town.The famous prison has incarcerated indigenous African leaders, Muslim leaders from the East Indies, Dutch and British settler soldiers and civilians, women and anti-apartheid activists, including South Africa’s first democratic President, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.Today it is a museum which acts as a focal point for South African heritage. Ex-political prisoners act as tour guides in a place of exile and imprisonment which epitomises the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCWhile last week’s bean trade with China was one of the largest single day trades ever, it was still significantly less than the market was hoping. The market will need at least three more trades like this to get excited. Plus, time is running out for U.S. exports before the South American harvest starts.There were rumors China could make its first major corn purchase from the U.S. in 5 years. This could keep corn prices from dropping even if beans would continue to slide lower. The current rumored purchase size won’t likely be enough to spike prices much higher.Recently I heard a farmer ask an analyst what they thought about selling straddles. The analyst said he didn’t recommend them and referred to them as “extreme trades.” I’m guessing he meant they should be avoided because they were full of risk.With the prolonged sideways corn market at unprofitable prices, all grain marketing solutions need to be considered for me to stay profitable. No trade is off the table as long as I fully understand and accept all possible market outcomes (i.e. up, down and sideways) when I place each trade.For the past 2 years I’ve had a lot of successes selling straddles. But like all option trades, they aren’t perfect, and one needs to fully understand the pros and cons of using them. What is a straddle?A straddle is when I sell a put and a call at the same price (i.e. the strike price) and collect a premium to do so.Selling a call: I give the right to someone to buy grain from me at a certain price. This is a hedge for grain producers.Selling a put: I give the right to someone else to force me to buy their grain. By itself, selling puts is not a hedge for grain producers because it adds risk to my operation, because it means I may have to buy grain at higher levels than where the market is at when the options expire. Recent straddle exampleStraddles can be complicated to explain, so I think showing a recent trade example illustrates how they work best. Here is a straddle that I put on and expires this Friday.On 10/2/18 when March corn was around $3.77, I sold a January $3.75 straddle and collected just over 23 cents total on 10% of my 2018 production.If March corn is $3.75 on 12/21/18, I keep all of the 23 centsFor every penny corn is below $3.75 I get less premium penny for penny until $3.52.For very penny higher than $3.75 I get less premium penny for penny until $3.98At $3.98 or higher I have to make a corn sale at $3.75 against March futures, but I still get to keep the 23 cents, so it’s like selling $3.98.At $3.52 or lower I have to take a loss on this trade penny for penny below $3.52.This trade is most profitable in a sideways market, which I thought was the most likely scenario at the time of the trade. If the market goes nowhere and is still at $3.75 on 12/21/18, I’ll profit the most by keeping all of the 23 cents. If the market stays range bound between $3.52 – $3.98 I’ll still profit something between 1 and 23 cents. If the market rallies above $3.98, I’ll be happy because it will force me to sell corn for a value equal to $3.98 (3.75 +.23 of premium).Another reason I made this trade was historically prices don’t usually decrease from mid-October to mid-December. However I still need to be monitoring the market and may need to make adjustments to this trade if the market drops significantly to minimize losses. What is your goal selling straddles?The goal is to generate some premium during a sideways market at unprofitable levels that I can later add to other trades that help me finally sell my corn at profitable levels. As this example above shows, I’ll get the most premium if the market does nothing. The more the market moves, the less premium I get.A big rally will force me to sell, but there is a good chance I’ll get more with the added premium of the trade than the actual rally, unless the rally is really high. If a really big rally should occur, I’ll be thrilled to sell my remaining unpriced grain at the much higher levels. Every time I place a trade, I know the price I will be forced to sell at and I’m willing to accept that price.Today March corn is $3.84. If the price doesn’t move before Friday, the day the options expire, I will reverse out of the trade above and collect 14 cents of premium I can add to a later trade ($3.75 puts and calls – $3.84 current price = – 9 cents + 23 cents sold straddle premium = 14 cents).What if the price of corn goes down?This is why a straddle isn’t a perfect hedge, it doesn’t provide a floor price for unsold grain. This trade is built for the market going nowhere or higher. I still make a premium at the lower end of the range, but below $3.52 I don’t have the grain protected and I could lose money on the trade. That sounds like added risk…Selling a put, which is part of a straddle trade, does add risk to a grain producers position. But, I can mitigate that risk by purchasing lower value puts that reduces my chances of losing money on the trade. For example, I could have bought a $3.55 put for 2 cents when I originally placed this straddle on.However, before placing any trade I always balance how much money I’m comfortable losing with how much profit I’m willing to miss out on. In the trade above there wasn’t risk protection to the bottom side. However, I felt comfortable making the trade because historically futures don’t usually continue downward from October to December. It’s usually been sideways or higher. Still, this isn’t a “set it and forget” trade. I’m keeping an eye on the market in case it goes down, and if it does I can quickly make some adjustments to minimize losses. Is there margin call selling straddles?If a farmer sold a straddle, but didn’t buy the lower value put with the trade, they would have margin call exposure if the market moved in either direction. However, when farmers buy a lower value put, there is only margin call if the market rallies. Farmers are often fearful of margin call, but I’m not because margin calls mean the market has rallied, which I always want to happen. Margin call is a good thing because I always have more grain to sell in the future at higher levels.If I didn’t buy the lower value put then I would have to worry about margin call if the market goes lower because the trade can lose me money and I don’t have my production protected to the downside. Margin call from the market dropping in value is not a good thing for a grain producer and it means that a speculative position is in place. This trade seems complicated, why do it?The process is admittedly a little complicated, but in my experience simple grain marketing solutions are rarely the most profitable. And while the technical aspects of setting up the trade are complex, the strategy is relatively simple. Straddles are profitable if you can guess where prices will be at a certain point in time. The closer you are to guessing the correct price, the more premium you get. How much of your grain do you sell using straddles?While I think there is a lot of rationale why the market will continue to trade sideways for quite a while, I still limit using straddles to no more than 33% of my production for each crop year. I use that percentage because there are three directions the market can go: up, down or sideways. Bottom LineWhile there are benefits to selling straddles, they are NOT a perfect solution. They do NOT provide downside protection and they can limit upside potential. Still, they can be an effective tool in generating premium in a range-bound market and still allow for getting better prices if a rally happens. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. 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Backing Up ProjectsAbove, I said I sometimes use the export option to back up a project file off-drive because I’m incredibly paranoid about losing an edit. However, in Resolve 15, we also have a dedicated backup system. First, let’s distinguish between creating a backup and autosaving. When Resolve automatically saves your project, it overwrites the existing save with a new version that includes all of the changes since the last save — the basics right? A backup, however, will be of an older variation of the project, depending on when you create it.For example, Resolve creates backups every X minutes, every X hours, and every X days. If you generate backups every 20 minutes, you’ll have three backups until the creation of the hourly backup. The first hourly backup is inherently going to be different from the third hourly backup. This system is ideal if you accidentally delete an important timeline and don’t realize it until it’s too late. With backups, you can revert to an earlier version of the project.To find the project backup option, hit Ctrl+ to open the preferences panel (also located under DaVinci Resolve in the top menu), and select “Project Save and Load.”With this setting activated, Resolve will save multiple backup projects comparable to the grandfather-father-son backup rotation. By default, this setting is inactive; therefore, if you’re loading up Resolve for the first time and want to automatically back up your projects, you’re going to need to turn this feature on.As you can see from the menu, there are a lot of backup options, and after a day of editing, you’re going to have many backups of your project. You don’t have to worry about there being too many, as they only generate when changes are being implemented — and they write over themselves on a first-in-and-out basis. Once you reach your maximum X-minutes backups, the first one will get replaced with the next X-minute backup and so on.To find your backups, head to the Project Manager, right-click, and hit “Project Backups.” From here, you can load and delete individual backups. Interested in Resolve’s capability as an NLE? These guidelines will help you navigate working with project files in this renowned application.When you initially open Resolve, you’ll see a project window called the Project Manager. Here, you can load an existing project, or you can create a new project from scratch. However, you may notice that you don’t get to choose where the project file will be stored. Even when saving your project through the “Save Copy As” function, you still don’t get to choose the location — only the name. This is because Resolve operates within an industry-standard database system. Any item that isn’t a media file will be stored in the database. Admittedly, if you haven’t worked with a system like this, it can seem daunting at first. A quick Google search for “DaVinci Resolve save location” will bring up hundreds of frantic search queries from worried users.In hindsight, I can say it makes a lot of sense. All projects are stored in the same place on your system drive, but if you need to back up, transfer, or import a project, you do so within Resolve and not in explorer or finder as you would with Premiere. In fact, renaming or moving projects outside of Resolve can result in a project becoming corrupted. It’s a big no-no.Let’s have a look at how you execute these tasks.Transferring and RestoringIn your Project Manager, right-click on a project and select archive.This will copy all of the media in your project to the destination folder. Rest assured: the original media will remain untouched in its original location. It’s important to note that if you’re using hundreds of gigabytes of media, not only is the process going to take a while, you’re also going to have to make sure the new drive has enough available space.How an archived project folder will appear. With your project fully archived, you need to restore it to use in Resolve. Back in the project window, right-click anywhere, and hit “restore.” Navigate to the archived project folder, and select open. Resolve will then import the project, bins, and media exactly as you left them prior to archiving. If you were previously a Premiere Pro user, you might find yourself in familiar territory with this process.Import and ExportWhen you open the contextual menu in the project manager, you’ll also see an option to import and export a project.At first, this may seem like the same thing as archiving and restoring, but the primary difference is that you are only exporting the project files — the timelines, bins, settings. Everything but the media.This is for when you need to work from a different computer, and you already have the media on the other machine. If you’re hyper-cautious, you could also use this function to make a backup of your project to store in the cloud or on a flash drive.A quick note regarding this process: if you export a project, then place it on the desktop of a new computer, you will be unable to open the project directly from the file itself. It doesn’t matter if you associate the file type with Resolve, it still won’t open the software. Even if you have Resolve open, the project will not load. You have to import back through the project window.However, when you import a project from another computer, you’ll notice that all of the media is offline — even if you have the same media on your computer. Therefore, you will need to relink your media.Thankfully, this is a very straightforward process. You don’t want to individually relink media clips, as that’s a tedious process — as is relinking individual bins. Instead, right-click on the master bin, and select “Relink Clips for Selected Bins.” From here, navigate to your media folder, click open, and Resolve will relink the missing files. Save AsFinally, we have the “Save As” function. I’m sure everyone will know how Save As works, but it’s important to know that when you use Save As, you will immediately switch over and begin editing the new copy, not the original.Perhaps the most crucial bit of information about the way Resolve handles project files is their deletion, as deleting a project from the Project Manager is permanent.As you can see in the popup above, you cannot undo the action — you will not find the project file in the recycling bin, and if you go to the database folder on your hard drive, you won’t be able to bring it back by hitting Ctrl+Z.Lewis McGregor is a certified DaVinci Resolve trainer.Looking for more on Resolve? Check out these articles.Get To Know DaVinci Resolve 15’s Super Scale FeatureHow to Add Sound Effects to a Sound Library in DaVinci Resolve 15Revamped Text Features in the New DaVinci Resolve 15Everything You Need to Know About the LUT Browser in DaVinci Resolve 15
Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now The perfect business card will not win you new accounts. It might look better than any other business card your dream client has even seen, but it will not do enough by itself to create any real value for them, nor will it define you as the right business partner. There is little reason to obsess over your business card.No one has met a person who really wants your four-color glossy sales brochure. That person does not exist. What does your sales collateral really do for your prospective client other than cure their insomnia or give them something to throw away later? If you expect a brochure to help you displace your competitor, you are going to be disappointed.There aren’t many people who love a good slide deck as much as I do. My main deck has hundreds of slides, all of them professionally designed. I want the concepts to be clear and compelling, so I in invest in making sure that this is true. The deck, however, supports a conversation, a dialogue. As good as a deck may be, it cannot do your selling for you. It is only there to support you with visuals, nothing else.Design matters a great deal when it comes to proposals. The presentation of the idea is enhanced by great design and excellent graphics. It shows an attention to detail, and it helps to prove that you are buttoned up and professional. It will not, however, win a deal for you. The work you do leading up to the presentation of the proposal is going to outweigh any design aesthetics, as nice as they are. The content of the proposal, the solution if you will, is more important than the design.For most of my life, I have walked into sales meetings with nothing more than a legal pad and a pen, believing everything else is a gimmick at best, a distraction at worst. The intangibles, like your business acumen, your situational knowledge, your rapport skills, your ability to shape a compelling future vision, and your ability to help people produce better results count for far more than your business card, your brochures and sales sheets, your slide deck, or your proposal.There is no tangible substitute that eliminates the need to develop the intangibles.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli defender Koulibaly: I’m proud of the colour of my skinby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly says he won’t be cowed after racist barracking during defeat at Inter Milan.Koulibaly was subjected to racist abuse throughout the 1-0 defeat to Inter and this inevitably contributed to his lack of control in the final minutes as he was sent off.“I’m disappointed by the defeat, but above all at leaving my brothers!” Koulibaly wrote on Twitter.“But I am proud of the colour of my skin. Proud to be French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: A Man.”Mi dispiace la sconfitta e sopratutto avere lasciato i miei fratelli!Però sono orgoglioso del colore della mia pelle. Di essere francese, senegalese, napoletano: uomo. #InterNapoli 1-0#KK26#famiglia#ForzaNapoliSempre#DifendoLaCittàpic.twitter.com/f9q0KYggcw— Koulibaly Kalidou (@kkoulibaly26) December 26, 2018
Liverpool battling FA to avoid Carabao Cup expulsionby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are battling to stay in the Carabao Cup.The Daily Mail says Liverpool have become embroiled in a row with the FA as they battle to avoid being expelled from the Carabao Cup for fielding an ineligible player in last week’s win over MK Dons.In ordinary circumstances expulsion from the competition is the standard sanction for using a player who isn’t eligible, but Liverpool are understood to be pinning the blame on the FA in the hope of being given a lesser punishment. Liverpool contend they applied for an international transfer certificate for Pedro Chirivella when he returned to Anfield from a loan spell in Spain with Extremadura last summer, but the 22-year-old had not received clearance when he came off the bench for the final 27 minutes of Liverpool’s third-round victory on Wednesday. The club are blaming the FA for the administrative oversight as they first sought clearance for Chirivella in July, which they will use in mitigation to try to prevent being thrown out of the competition.The FA’s position is that it is the responsibility of the clubs to make sure all their players are eligible to play. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
IG/rickray01Just ahead of today’s NCAA Tournament action, Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin announced that it will be replacing Rick Ray as head men’s basketball coach. Ray, who was 37-60 in three years in Starkville, just released a very classy statement, thanking Mississippi State for the opportunity and praising the university community.Before taking over in Starkville, Ray had been an assistant at Purdue and Clemson. Expect him to latch on with another power program’s staff soon enough.
Kitson Town All-Age School in St. Catherine has received a facelift spearheaded by past students and teachers at the institution.From as early as 6:00 a.m. on August 7, persons gathered on the school grounds and volunteered their efforts.They cleaned and painted the school, and hosted a gospel concert in the evening.Principal of the school, Nerica Powell-Hay, said the work done will enable students to be more comfortable when they return to school in September.“We are grateful and hope that this is the beginning of other good things to come,” she told JIS News.Representative of the past students in London, England, Desmond Taylor, said at first the group thought of having a reunion, but when the Principal outlined the needs of the school, they decided to pool resources, along with a 30 per cent discount from Berger Paints, for the facelift.“This school is our community, and without the community, the school will fail. With the more impact from the community working along with the administration of the school, good things can be done,” Mr. Taylor said.He commended the volunteers for their willingness to participate in the community venture.Meanwhile, teacher at the school, Pearline Gordon, told the gathering that she was overjoyed by the spirit of volunteerism displayed, and that something good was dawning in the school community.“It is happening because persons see the need and have the desire to see a new day dawning at Kitson Town for the generation today, and the ones to come,” she told her audience.