VBSR, WBON urge Legislature to take no action on independent contractor bill this year

first_imgVermont Business Magazine How Vermont defines the relationship between employers and workers is one the most fundamental regulatory issues for Vermont’s economy. In a statement released Monday morning, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and the Women Business Owners Network said employers deserve clear and consistent rules to follow and workers deserve both flexibility and access to the workplace safety net, such as unemployment and worker’s compensation benefits. They urged the Legislature not to pass H867, the bill setting new definitions for employees and independent contractors. The bill has languished in the House Commerce and Economic Development committee.”We appreciate the attempt to make our economy work more effectively for new and existing types of industries and jobs,” the statements says. “But the original House Commerce Committee bill is concerning to our members because of the potential to increase costs for Vermont’s many solo contractors and to upend workplace protections that the socially responsible business community has fought hard for, which includes a strong minimum wage, access to earned paid leave, and equal pay for women.”House lawmakers have made numerous attempts this year to compromise, including proposing an amendment that strikes a better balance than the original bill. We are encouraged by these attempts to find a solution that addresses the concerns of all affected parties.”Still, transitioning to new definitions of employee and independent contractor would be a major change in state employment law. VBSR and WBON believe the Legislature should not rush into a decision with just a handful of days left in the 2016 session. Any proposal needs the proper time to be considered and lawmakers should table this issue until the next biennium when they have a full two years to consider a bill.”The media and some politicians have framed this debate as one of business interests in support of the bill and labor interests opposed to the change. This characterization is inaccurate and does a disservice to the variety of viewpoints and concerns that the Vermont business community brings to this debate.”For these reasons, we urge the Vermont Legislature to take no action this session on any proposal to change the definitions of employee and independent contractor. The status quo, while not ideal, will serve Vermont until a comprehensive proposal can be fully vetted by the Legislature, the business community, and labor. VBSR and WBON look forward to working with the Vermont Legislature, a new Vermont Governor, and other interested parties in 2017 to find that compromise.”LINK: legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2016/H.867(link is external)Founded in 1990, VBSR is a statewide, non-profit business association with a mission to advance business ethics that value multiple bottom lines: economic, social, and environmental. Through education, public influence, and workplace quality, VBSR strives to help 760+ members set a high standard for protecting the natural, human, and economic environments of the state’s residents, while remaining profitable. Learn more or join the cause at www.vbsr.org(link is external).WBON encourages and supports women who own and operate businesses, including fostering the economic stability of women-owned businesses, encouraging ownership of businesses by women, and improving the climate for entrepreneurship and small business at the local, state, national and international levels through participation in the public policy-making process. www.wbon.org(link is external)last_img read more

FBI begins removing belongings left after Las Vegas shooting

first_imgFBI begins removing belongings left after Las Vegas shooting SHARE Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. LAS VEGAS (AP) Nearly a week after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, federal agents on Saturday started hauling away the piles of backpacks, purses, baby strollers and lawn chairs left behind when frantic concert-goers scrambled to escape raining bullets from a gunman who was shooting from his high-rise hotel suite.FBI agents fanned out across the crime scene near the Las Vegas Strip throughout the week stacking the belongings left from last Sunday’s shooting into more than a dozen large piles. On Saturday morning, the agents were seen loading the items onto dollies and into the back of a white truck. Authorities have said they plan to return the belongings to people in the next week.Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to visit Las Vegas on Saturday to take part in a ceremony honoring the victims of last weekend’s massacre.Meanwhile, investigators remained stumped about what drove gunman Stephen Paddock, a reclusive 64-year-old high-stakes gambler, to begin shooting at the crowd at a country music festival from his 32nd-floor hotel suite, killing 58 and wounding hundreds before taking his own life.Clark County Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said investigators had “looked at literally everything” and still do not have a clear motive.Investigators have chased 1,000 leads and examined Paddock’s politics, finances, any possible radicalization and his social behavior – typical investigative avenues that have helped uncover the motive in past shootings.Authorities have even put up billboards asking anyone with information to contact the FBI.Investigators had reviewed voluminous video from the casino and don’t think Paddock had an accomplice in the shooting, McMahill said. But they want to know if anyone knew about his plot beforehand, he said.In their effort to find any hint of his motive, investigators were looking into whether he was with a prostitute days before the shooting, scrutinizing cruises he took and trying to make sense of a cryptic note with numbers jotted on it found in his hotel room, a federal official said.The U.S. official briefed by federal law enforcement officers wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.The official said investigators were interviewing other call girls for information and looking into at least a dozen cruises Paddock took in the last few years, including one to the Middle East.It is unusual to have so few clues five days after a mass shooting. McMahill noted that in past mass killings or terrorist attacks, killers left notes, social media postings and information on a computer, or even phoned police.What officers have found is that Paddock planned his attack meticulously.He requested an upper-floor room overlooking the festival, stockpiled 23 guns, a dozen of them modified to fire continuously like an automatic weapon, and set up cameras inside and outside his room to watch for approaching officers.In a possible sign he was contemplating massacres at other sites, he also booked rooms overlooking the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago in August and the Life Is Beautiful show near the Vegas Strip in late September, according to authorities.His arsenal also included tracer rounds that can improve a shooter’s firing accuracy in the dark, a law enforcement official told the AP. It wasn’t clear whether Paddock fired any of the illuminated bullets during the massacre.Paddock bought 1,000 rounds of the .308-caliber and .223-caliber tracer ammunition from a private buyer he met at a Phoenix gun show, a law enforcement official not authorized to comment on the investigation said on condition of anonymity.Tracer rounds illuminate their path so a gunman can home in on targets at night. But they can also give away the shooter’s position.Video shot of the pandemonium that erupted when Paddock started strafing the festival showed a muzzle flash from his room at the Mandalay Bay resort, but bullets weren’t visible in the night sky.Investigators are looking into Paddock’s mental health and any medications he was on, McMahill said.His girlfriend, Marilou Danley, told FBI agents Wednesday that she had not seen indications he could become violent, according to a federal official who wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.Danley said she was unaware of any plans Paddock had when he sent her overseas to see family in her native Philippines. She was out of the country at the time of the attacks and has been labeled a “person of interest,” though she’s not in custody and is cooperating with authorities.Because so few people knew Paddock well, investigators will have a harder time probing his background for clues or hints he may have dropped about his plans, said Erroll Southers, director of homegrown violent extremism studies at the University of Southern California.There’s “no one to say who’s he mad at, what his motive is,” Southers said. “The key to this case right now is the girlfriend.” Published: October 7, 2017 10:15 AM EDT Updated: October 7, 2017 4:11 PM EDT last_img read more

Jamaica to benefit from Green Climate Fund

first_imgPublic Education Officer in the Forestry Department, Nasheji-Gaye Elliott. KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Jamaica is to receive US$613,000 from the Green Climate Fund(GCF) Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) Readiness Support and Preparatory Grant facility as it seeks to boosts its efforts to deal with the impact of climate change.Public Education Officer in the Forestry Department,  Nasheji-Gaye Elliott, said the funds are expected to significantly bolster the country’s preparations towards achieving REDD+ readiness over the next 28 months.“We look forward to national support for this strategic programme, aiming to make Jamaica more prepared for dealing with climate change,” she added.The GCF is part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) financial mechanism that assists with developing countries’ climate change adaptation and mitigation practices.The UNFCC’s primary objective is to stabilise the concentration of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous interference with the climate system.UN-REDD+ is a voluntary climate change mitigation approach that has been developed by the parties to the UNFCC. Elliott said much work remains to be undertaken in efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change.She noted however that this can be achieved if everyone takes the phenomenon seriously and plays their part in implementing key safeguards, while highlighting the importance of public education in this regard.“It is important that our children, in particular, understand what is happening around them, know how it (climate change) affects them and how their actions either contribute to or lessen the problem… and this is even more crucial,” Elliott said.She said as a result, the Forestry Department endorses the Met Service initiative, “because climate change is possibly the biggest threat and largest environmental concern facing the world this century.“So any method used to increase awareness and support for strategies to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change is necessary if we are going to win this fight,” she added.last_img read more

TREÑAS BLASTS CAPIZ BORDER RESTRICTION

first_imgAfter a talk with RIATF, Contreras said he will lift the medical certificate requirement for cargoes. A separate infographic was also posted bearing “Capiz Border Requirements” which included an ID, thermal scanning, medical certificate (for APOR-valid for 72 hours; for Individual – valid for 72 hours; and for cargo – valid for 5 days), and Letter of Acceptance and Travel Authority (for Iloilo City only)./PN New guidelines issued by the Capiz provincial government considered travelers from the city as locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and thus must undergo a 14-day quarantine. To note, as posted by Capiz provincial government in its Facebook page Capiz Kabalaka Information Center, Iloilo City residents and Capiznons who intend to enter Capiz are required to secure the following requirements: Treñas also slammed the Capiz capitol for allegedly prohibiting the entry of cargoes and essential supplies from Iloilo City – Region 6’s center of commerce and industry. He intends to bring up the concern before the Western Visayas Regional Task Force on COVID-19. “We are totally disappointed with Capiz,” an enraged Treñas said in a press conference yesterday. * Valid ID For those outside Iloilo City, Antique and Aklan, the requirements are valid ID and medical certificate from a licensed doctor. “Subong, ginapa-adjust ko na gani sa aton nga legal team and I think daw may gamay nga misinformation lang kay ang na-post abi sa infographics naton, daw nangin general ang paglantaw nila,” the governor explained.   * Medical certificate (from a licensed doctor)  These measures, according to Treñas, were not in the guidelines of the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force.   “If the border restrictions nga ginbutang nila sa cargoes from Iloilo going to Capiz will not be taken out, we are going to file a formal criminal complaint,” warned Treñas. “Kon indi na ma-resolve ti medyo delikado kay ang taga-Capiz indi kasulod sa syudad, indi kabakal kag indi man siguro kapangumpra diri,” the mayor said.  “Kon indi nila kita pagpasudlon didto, indi man naton sila pagpasudlon diri.” Mayor Jerry Treñas (left) decries the provincial government of Capiz for imposingborder restrictions. The move, however, is a precautionary measure, says Gov.Esteban Evan Contreras II of Capiz. ARNOLD ALMACEN/CMO For his part, Gov. Esteban Evan Contreras II of Capiz said the restrictions were a precautionary measure as Iloilo City reverted to general community quarantine (GCQ) status beginning Sunday (Aug. 16) due to a surge in locally transmitted cases of COVID-19. The order took effect on Aug. 15. These also set requirements, including the presentation of a valid identification (ID), a medical certificate and letter of acceptance from the local government of the intended destination.  * Travel authority from PNP ILOILO City – Mayor Jerry Treñas threatened to sue the provincial government of Capiz for imposing border restrictions to curtail the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). * Letter of Acceptancelast_img read more

SA’s stock exchange lists

first_img6 June 2006South Africa’s only stock exchange, the JSE Ltd, listed on its own exchange on Monday morning.In a momentous occasion in the history of the exchange, guests were joined by Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and wore a variety of hats in memory of the closing day of the old trading floor nearly 10 years ago to the day.By 10.30am the JSE had traded in the same region of trades seen in heavyweight companies BHP Billiton and First Rand.The JSE now joins an elite number of international bourses – including the London and New York stock exchanges, Deutsche Borse, Nasdaq, Euronext, the Australian Stock Exchange, the Singapore Exchange and the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing – that have listed on their own markets.For investors in South Africa and abroad, the move brings heightened transparency and visibility to the trading of JSE shares, which in turn has the potential to improve their liquidity and tradeability.The appearance of the JSE Ltd on the main board will allow international and local investors – including institutional and retail investors – the opportunity to compare the JSE as a listed company against its other listed peers.For brokers, many of whom have been members of the JSE for decades, the listing brings yet another counter onto their books to trade.“For the JSE, the listing brings with it an opportunity to both showcase itself to investors as a well-governed company as well as the opportunity to broaden our shareholder base through a broad-based black economic empowerment initiative that was integral to the listing,” said Russell Loubser, CEO of the newly listed exchange.The broad-based BEE initiative consists of two parts: a Black Shareholder Retention Scheme aimed at retaining existing black shareholders, and a JSE Empowerment Fund aimed at funding education for black people wanting to work in the financial services industry.The initiatives will raise the JSE’s direct black shareholding to over 10%.“This listing firmly entrenches the JSE’s commitment to transformation and allows us to lead by example in every aspect of corporate life, including black economic empowerment, as a critical consideration in the social landscape of South Africa today,” said JSE chairman Humphrey Borkum.“It has taken 10 years of hard work to get the JSE to a stage where it can proudly stand up and be counted amongst its peers as a listed company,” said Loubser. “But if you had to ask any of my team, they’d tell you without hesitation that it’s been worth the wait.”As a listed company, the JSE counter appears in the general financial-investment services sector under the alpha code JSE.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

New centre to enhance food security

first_imgRay Maota Through the 2003 Maputo Declaration on Agriculture and Food Security in Africa, countries on the continent committed to allocating at least 10% of their national budgetary resources to agriculture and rural development within five years. (Image: International Land Coalition) Mompati Merafhe, vice-president of SADC, urged the centre to put both regional and international resources to good use and to launch new technologies that would enhance the productivity of small-scale and commercial farming operations. (Image: Wikipedia) MEDIA CONTACTS • Southern African Development Community  +267 395 1863 RELATED ARTICLES • SA allocates R500m for black farmers • Quality inputs for Kenya’s farmers • First World Forestry Congress for South Africa • R104m leg-up for Zim cotton farmersFood security efforts in Southern Africa have been boosted by the launch of a new organisation focusing on agricultural research and innovation.The Centre for the Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development in Southern Africa (CCARDESA) opened in mid-July 2011 in Botswana.An initiative of Southern African Development Community (SADC), the centre is based at the Ministry of Agriculture in the nation’s capital city, Gaborone.The SADC aims to facilitate the economic integration of all Southern African countries and improve living standards, social justice and sustainable growth throughout the region.Christian de Graaff, Botswana’s minister of agriculture, said at the launch: “The issue of food security is particularly challenging to our region because despite the various challenges we have, the region is endowed with reasonable resources that, if put to good use, can change the situation.“Food security is undeniably one of the major challenges that the world has to deal with.  Food insecurity is more pronounced in our continent Africa and particularly prone in our region, hence it is a priority for all of us.”Research and innovationResearch, technology and innovation have been identified as key ways to achieve food security for SADC member states and the continent as a whole.The centre will help facilitate joint regional research programmes, the sharing of research information and resources, while also strengthening partnership ties.The research and development centre is hoping to help SADC countries reach their Millennium Development Goals through the coordination of the SADC’s Multi-country Agriculture Productivity Programme.It will also address challenges the SADC countries face in trying to feed over 250-million people.Mompati Merafhe, vice-president of SADC said: “To keep pace with population growth and other life demands, research and technology development must remain focused and ahead of time. Africa must position herself to compete with the best in the global market.“The theme for this meeting is Research and Development:  Key to Food Security. I find the theme both timely and appropriate.”Merafhe urged the centre to put both regional and international resources to good use and to launch new technologies that would enhance the productivity of small-scale and commercial farming operations.Agriculture vital for food securityHeads of states on the continent endorsed the Maputo Declaration on Agriculture and Food Security in Africa in July 2003.Through this declaration, African states committed to allocating at least 10% of their national budgetary resources to agriculture and rural development within five years.Merafhe said: “We cannot afford to ignore the fact that agriculture is the backbone of most SADC states as about 80% of our people depend on the sector for food, employment and income.”Botswana has identified and funded agricultural programmes involving backyard gardening and bee-keeping to eradicate poverty in the country.Merafhe added that African countries needed to have faith in their scientists, who have an abundance of traditional knowledge, and use this to drive agriculture on the continent so that it could compete with the rest of the world.Rural development programmeAs part of its poverty reduction plan, South Africa initiated the R54-million comprehensive rural development programme in Louis Trichardt, in the Limpopo province, in 2010.The programme, funded by the National Lotteries Board, is a partnership between the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform; the NGO Resource Africa and the Matsila Community Development Trust.Zwelivelile Mandela, a portfolio member of parliament for rural development and land reform, said at the launch of the programme: “This government is conscious that our people in rural areas face the harshest conditions of poverty, food insecurity and lack of access to basic services on an almost daily basis. Women, in particular, who form the majority of residents in rural areas, face the burden of poverty even more.”Mandela aded that the government will prioritise rural development across the country over the next five years.last_img read more

Maasai hope to bowl Cape Town over

first_imgRay Maota Ole Sonyanga Weblen Ngais and Francis Meshame, two of the Maasai Cricket Warriors, have taken to cricket like ducks to water. Ngais said that sooner or later, one or even several Maasai will play on the Kenyan national team because they have the best bowlers and   good batsmen. (Images: Maasai Cricket Warriors) MEDIA CONTACTS • Maasai Cricket Warriors  +254 723 462 373 RELATED ARTICLES • SA to host women’s cricket challenge • More international cricket for SA • Communities to enjoy cricket action • CSIR helps cricketers up their gameThe Maasai Cricket Warriors are young men from Laikipia North in Kenya and they are not your usual semi-nomad cattle herders living in the wild. They also play a mean game of cricket.The warriors in their head beads and red robes have swapped their spears and shields for protective pads and a cricket bat. They have, however, shunned the rest of the cricket gear, preferring to stay in their traditional garb while playing.The players are aiming to be role models in their communities where, as a team, they visit schools to talk about relevant social issues such as Aids prevention, the fight against female genital mutilation, polygamy and early marriage, gender equality, and alcoholism and drug addiction.They also encourage environmental protection.A visit to South AfricaThe ambitious athletes plan to participate in the second edition of the T20 Last Man Stands World Championships, which takes place in Cape Town from 31 March 2012 to 7 April, but lack of funds is hindering their preparation.The Last Man Stands tournament sees amateur teams from around the world playing several T20 group matches, followed by a knockout stage and a final.With a grand prize of US$10 000 (R77 000), the event is sure to offer great exposure to the Maasai Cricket Warriors and their cause.Maasai warrior Francis Meshame said: “It is an easy game because when you bowl it is just like throwing the spear. The pads we use are just like the shields we use when we are fighting, and the bat itself is just like the ‘rungu’, or the clubs that we use.”Andrew Ryan, a fundraiser for the Maasai Cricket Warriors, said: “The international Last Man Stands World Championships tournament will give the Maasai Warriors the opportunity to represent their country in a sport they have grown to love, while experiencing a different culture and making friends from other parts of the world.”Ryan added that the players are all very excited and they are training hard for the tournament.“This is a fantastic opportunity for them and they need all the help they can get to make their dreams come true.”Donations can be made through Ryan’s page on the Just Giving website.The gentleman’s gameCricket was introduced into Kenya during British colonial rule and although the East African country does have a national cricket team, the game was only played in the largest cities until five years ago when South African cricket enthusiast and sports managing consultant Aliya Bauer began coaching local schoolchildren in the village of Il Polei in the game.Bauer said that the older Maasai boys developed an interest in the sport while watching the younger ones play.“Teaching people a new sport they have never seen is quite challenging,” said Bauer.The lack of facilities and equipment initially hampered their progress but thanks to donations, the team is now equipped with bats, balls, gloves and pads.Bauer said: “The moranes (young Maasai warriors) learned to throw the spear when they were very young. It makes them very good bowlers.”There is also no shortage of enthusiasm for the game. One player walks 16km to the practice field and 16km back home.Team member Ole Sonyanga Weblen Ngais said: “Sooner or later, one or even several Maasai will play on the Kenyan national team because we have the best bowlers and we have good batsmen.”In 2011 trainers from Cricket Without Borders came to Laikipia and awarded several of the team’s players their official coaching diploma.Help get the team to Cape TownThe Maasai Cricket Warriors need help to participate in the week-long T20 Last Man Stands World Championships.The 25-strong team needs a total of $14 500 (R112 000), which will cover airfare, accommodation, transport and meals for the players.To make it easier to donate, the costs have been broken down as follows; to ensure that one warrior is fed for one day during the tournament, $10 (R77) is needed; $15 (R116) will accommodate and provide breakfast for one warrior for one day of the tournament; and $25 (R193) will provide a night’s hostel accommodation with three meals for one warrior.To secure a warrior’s meals for the entire tournament, $100 (R772) is needed; $250 (R1 930) will accommodate and provide lunch and dinners for one warrior for the entire tournament; while $900 (R6 948) will cover the return airfares and airport taxes for one warrior to participate in the tournament.While inCape Town they hope to visit schools and interact with South African children, spreading their message of healthy living.last_img read more

Light shines for Team Emulsified

first_imgRay Maota Lebogang Ledwaba, Kgotso Mothoa, Siphesihle Madlala, and Tessy Odiley, display their solar lamp prototype, the Emu Lamp. (Image: Junior Achievement) MEDIA CONTACTS • Junior Achievement South Africa  +27 11 331 3150 RELATED ARTICLES • Up-cycling for a better community • Take-away content to help pupils • Rewarding youth excellence • Grooming future leaders: pricelessInspired by recurring power outages and countless fires in informal settlements that disrupt the lives of many families every winter in South Africa, a group of high school pupils from Johannesburg developed an innovative source of light to replace candles and paraffin lamps.Their concept won them the top prize in the Global Social Innovation Relay, earning them the title “Best Innovation 2012”. The young pioneers also won laptops provided by electronics company Hewlett Packard (HP).The challenge was for high school pupils around the world to create new business concepts intended to have a positive social and environmental impact in their communities, culminating in the final announcement of the winners at an event in Brussels in July.Bright ideaTeam Emulsified Environmentalists, which consists of Lebogang Ledwaba, Kgotso Mothoa, Siphesihle Madlala, and Tessy Odiley from Sandtonview High School, developed the Emu-Lamp, a solar-powered lamp made from recycled cardboard and foil.“The lamp absorbs light energy from the sun through the use of photovoltaic (PV) cells. The PV cells convert it into electricity, which is used to power the lamp,” explained Odiley.Mothoa added: “The solar panels also work with artificial lighting. You can charge it for eight hours and the light will last for 100 hours. You don’t have to charge it every day. The solar panels have a life of 25 years.”The relay, now its second year, was born out of a collaboration between HP and global youth skills development organisation Junior Achievement.Although the two organisations have worked together over 20 years, the first relay was in 2010, and the aim was to close the gap in the job market between young people who have opportunities to learn about technology from a young age and those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.Linda McClure, managing director of Junior Achievement South Africa, said they often come across incredible ideas from South African pupils.“We would like to congratulate Emulsified Environmentalists for their win. They have made us very proud,” she said, adding that it is a great opportunity for the country to receive recognition.The first and second runners-up were Team Flower and Egalite from China and Slovakia respectively. Team Flower developed a programme that trains young volunteers to work with the elderly population to document their life stories and help them overcome their loneliness. Egalite’s educational DVD, on the other hand, was designed to raise awareness around issues related to migration.For the Emulsified team, the win means they have achieved their main goal – to help local communities, they said, while on the other hand they also earned their school recognition in the science field, not to mention improving their social awareness skills.The competitionOne of the largest educational initiatives of its kind in the world, the relay has had over 20 000 pupils from 13 countries having participated since its inception. Over 1 500 teams from around the world registered for the 2012 contest.The participating pupils start off with a three-hour workshop, where they learn about social innovation and then complete an online quiz.Following that, they group themselves into teams of three to five members, and are required to develop a socially innovative business idea that would alleviate a problem affecting their communities.Against the backdrop of the contest, a mentorship programme also takes shape as each of the top 20 teams is assigned a coach, usually employed by HP, who serves as a support system. The process continues in the next round, when the 20 teams are cut down to 13 for the final leg of the contest.Jeannette Weisschuh, director of global education programmes, sustainability and social innovation at HP, commented on the good quality of innovative, socially-orientated business ideas that came out of the competition, especially with the help of mentors.“The relay is part of HP’s commitment in applying our expertise and technology to help students everywhere gain vital IT and business skills to solve societal issues,” she said.Making technology accessibleThrough the relay, Junior Achievement aims to bridge the technology gap by bringing innovative ideas and hands-on educational programmes to schools. In this way they equip pupils with technological and entrepreneurial skills for the future.Caroline Jenner, CEO of Junior Achievement Young Enterprise Europe, said this is necessary for the 21st century economy.“This year’s exceptional entries prove that with the right education and resources, today’s youth has the power to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges,” she said.last_img read more

Gins can’t relax–Cone

first_imgTrump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Only six of 36 teams in a title series that went 0-2 down have gone on to reverse the outcome, but coach Norman Black said his Bolts are going to take inspiration from one of those teams that made the biggest comeback of all time.“Most of the teams down 0-2 have not won the championship,” Black admitted. “But we saw a team 0-3 down to win the championship. Until they (Gin Kings) win that fourth game, we will go out there fighting.”Black was talking of San Miguel Beer, which rallied against Alaska last season in this same tournament to win the championship by taking the last four games.The Meralco coach is not doubting his players as far as effort is concerned, actually praising them for going all out each game.“These are my players, and I’m sure they are trying their best. They are not performing the way they did in the elimination round, and I am sure [the] Ginebra [defense] has a lot to do with that,” Black said.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments MOST READ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Aid expected to pour in for differently abled athletes “We took a big punch from them early in the game and survived that,” Cone said. “We managed to make it a possession-by-possession game [in the closing minutes] and had a good closing kick.”The analogy came a few minutes later, just after he praised LA Tenorio and the other Kings for a job well done.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I’m just glad it wasn’t Manny Pacquiao who gave us that punch there, otherwise, we wouldn’t have gotten up from it,” he said with a smile, noting that Meralco still has a lot of fight left and the best-of-seven title series is far from over.“They still have many punches to give,” said Cone, coaching in his 31st title series. “We should be careful of that. We won two straight games and it only shows that they can also win two straight to tie this thing up. You can’t be pleased with yourself.”center_img Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTim Cone has always been a great copy for reporters, dissecting the game, explaining how it was won or lost, etc.There’s also no one better in the PBA in giving out analogies to describe his games, with the close 86-76 Game 2 victory over Meralco in their PBA Governors’ Cup Finals being no exception.ADVERTISEMENT Black better find a Pacquiao in his players quick, or, in using a boxing term to describe this series many saw to be close and tipped to go deep, this one would most likely not go the distance.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavorslast_img read more