SPORT SHORTS

first_imgThe U15 Hazlet Storm boys travel soccer team is holding open tryouts. The Storm is looking for players to join the team and guest-play in tournaments. The team is professionally trained and practices year-round in excellent facilities.To be eligible to play for the Hazlet Storm, a player’s birthday must fall between August 1998 and July 1999. If interested, email billdegroat@gmail.com or call 908-296-1167.last_img

Koeman: Newcastle win was better than beating Manchester United

first_imgEljero Elia scored his first goals in Southampton colours, either side of Yoann Gouffran’s equaliser, to extend the Saints’ unbeaten run to eight in all competitions For more articles and the latest soccer news, check out 90min.comlast_img

The people, Parliament and their Constitution

first_imgNow that the case of Cedric Richardson vs the Attorney General of Guyana and the Speaker of the National Assembly, has been referred to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), we repeat the issues that are at stake.The Plaintiff, Richardson, essentially sought to determine the extent and nature of the power of Parliament to amend the Constitution of Guyana. While he conceded the Guyana Constitution, like all modern Constitutions, made provisions for amendments (here by Art 164 (2)), if the change sought alters the fundamental structure of the Constitution, this must be approved by the people through a referendum rather than the 2/3 vote of their representatives as stipulated by the Constitution.While Guyana acknowledges the Constitution as the “Supreme Law” of the land, ultimate sovereignty still resides with the people, and even the Constitution cannot abridge this. Richardson contended that Acticle 17 of 2001, placed restrictions on their [the people’s] right to choose specific candidates and such a restriction on their freedom to choose, could only be approved by the people themselves.What must be made clear from the onset is, contrary to what the media insists on labelling the “Third Term” appeal, the judgement includes three other restraints that the objected-to constitutional change of 2001 placed on the republican rights of Guyanese citizens to vote for a candidate of their choice. These were succinctly spelled out as follows by Justice Chang:“The purported alteration of Article 90 by Act No 17 of 2001, in substance and effect, undoubtedly diminishes the democratic rights of the electorate in electing a person of their own choice as President, by excluding from presidential candidature (1) Citizens of Guyana not resident in Guyana on Nomination Day; (2) Citizens of Guyana resident in Guyana on Nomination Day but who have not been continuously resident in Guyana for seven years prior to that date; (3) Citizens of Guyana by registration and 4) Citizens of Guyana who have served for two terms as President.As such, the alteration by Act No 17 of 2001 purports to curtail the people’s electoral democratic choices and to offend the declaration in Article 1 that Guyana is a democratic State – in which the sovereignty resides in the people Article 9). This is precisely why, for the purpose of any alteration of Articles 1 and 9, the voice of 2/3 of the elected members of the National Assembly is not the voice of the people.”Justice Chang’s interpretation of the constitutional provision, later affirmed by the Court of Appeal, rested on a “normative” substantive “basic structure” values rather than the older, procedurally-driven Liberal view of Constitutions as merely “descriptive”. While he cited two cases – the Belize case Bowen vs The Attorney General BZ 2001 SC 2, and the Indian case Kesavananda Bharati vs the State of Kerala (1974) 1 SCC (Jour) 3 to support his ruling, it appears there was a refusal by his critics to deconstruct the difference between the two approaches and to accept as the Indian Supreme Court did, “while there was no implied limit to constitutional amendment, the very nature of the word “amend” meant that Parliament could not abrogate or destroy the foundation or the basic structure of the Constitution.”In the Liberal procedurally driven perspective on Constitutions, the protection of the negative freedom of the citizens, adumbrated as “fundamental rights”, against the Leviathan state, is paramount, But as stated by the theorist Jurgen Habermas, in the substantive republican view, “…the state’s raison d’etre does not lie primarily in the protection of equal private rights but in the guarantee of an inclusive opinion- and will-formation in which free and equal citizens reach an understanding on which goals and norms lie in the equal interest of all.”It is this insistence that it is the will of the people must be untrammelled in the exercise of their positive freedom, that Justice Chang’s ruling rests. Only the people can alter the basic structure of the Constitution. Ultimately the ruling asserts: “Power to the people.”last_img read more

Confirmed: Man City midfielder suffered cruciate ligament damage in Watford win

first_img1 Ilkay Gundogan limped off during the first half of Manchester City’s win over Watford Ilkay Gundogan’s season could be over after Manchester City announced the midfielder suffered cruciate ligament damage in midweek.The Germany international fell awkwardly in the first half of City’s victory over Watford at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday and limped off in clear distress soon after following an unsuccessful attempt to play on.City are not yet able to put a timescale on the length of lay-off facing the 26-year-old, who will undergo knee surgery, but it seems unlikely he could feature again in the 2016-17 campaign.The club said in a statement: “Manchester City can confirm Ilkay Gundogan has sustained a cruciate knee ligament injury. Gundogan will now be assessed further to discover the exact extent of his injury.”It is the former Borussia Dortmund player’s second serious knee injury of the year having dislocated the patella of the same joint playing basketball prior to joining City last spring. He consequently missed the first six games of the season for his new club.The £20million signing has since made 16 appearances for City, scoring five goals, and seems to have settled in well.Manager Pep Guardiola spoke about the player when asked at a press conference to preview Sunday’s Premier League game against Arsenal.Guardiola said: “It is so, so difficult for him. We are sad for him. We are going to miss him a lot.“But it is what it is. He’s unlucky, sometimes football is like this. It was an unlucky situation.“Now we need to help him to feel we are there and wait and come back safe. That is going to happen because he’s going to be operated on by the best one and be back as soon as possible and the most important thing is his future.”last_img read more

Christian Eriksen has joined Manchester United legend as assist king

first_img Getty Images Christian Eriksen is one of the Premier League’s best midfielders and after his showing against Liverpool on Sunday, it is easy to see why, especially with statistics to back up that point.While Tottenham may have fell to defeat at Anfield, the Dane, who has been linked with a summer move to Real Madrid, played with his typical class and guile. 2 10 – Christian Eriksen is just the second player to assist 10+ Premier League goals in four successive seasons, after David Beckham between 1997-98 and 2000-01. Generosity. #LIVTOT— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 31, 2019That assist propelled the 27-year-old into elite company and meant he became just the second player to create 10 or more Premier League goals in four successive seasons, after former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham did the same between 1997 and 2001. As Spurs mounted a second-half comeback, Eriksen set about leading the charge and it was he who laid the ball off for Lucas Moura to level the scores on 70 minutes. 2 Eriksen set up Lucas Moura against Liverpool for his 10th assist of the season. Since joining Spurs from Ajax in 2013, he has created 58 Premier League goals Beckham recorded 80 Premier League assists during his time as Man United player The ex-England captain was famed for his dead-ball prowess and excellent passing, which helped him win six league titles, before leaving Old Trafford for Real Madrid in 2003.But the question that remains to be answered, is whether Eriksen will do likewise and move to the Spanish capital at the end of the season?last_img read more

Universal Orlando Weekly Preview — November 10, 2018

first_imgShare This!The Mail Bag returns with a question about if the Holidays at UOR alone are worth a trip to the parks and more in this Universal Orlando Weekly Preview!Mail BagMail bag returns after a hiatus! This week our question comes from my boss, Julia! Julia asks:If you’ve never been to UOR, and never had a desire to go, but love the holidays, is it worth doing a one-day pass just to see what UOR has for the holidays without doing any rides?It is hard to recommend any Orlando park (Disney or Universal) for one day when base one-day tickets are now running $119-125 per adult plus tax. That is a lot of dough.Pretending money is no object, yes I would recommend visiting the Universal parks for the holidays (November 17 through January 6) even if the rides are not your cup of Butterbeer. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley are decorated with holiday decorations and are fun to explore on their own. Several of the live shows feature special holiday versions, such as Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees who sing special Wizarding World holiday songs.In Islands of Adventure all of Seuss Landing is decorated for the holidays with streetmosphere Whoville residents walking around decorating. The real crown jewel at Islands is The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular, a half-hour live show. Combining elements from the classic animated TV special and the 2000 live action movie, the show features the classic songs and a real dog playing Max! The show is included with admission to Islands of Adventure and performs throughout the day.At Universal Studios Florida the Macy’s balloons come to Florida in Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. Larger than life character balloons along with brand new floats parade around the park nightly. On select weekends in November and December Mannheim Steamroller performs their holiday classics at the Universal Music Plaza Stage. All of this is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida.But the real hidden gem at Universal are the resorts. This season each resort will have feature holiday activities, decorations, and entertainment. Instead of going to the Universal parks, plan a fun resort hopping day visiting each resort to experience their offerings. Visit the Hotel Holiday Events page for a list of activities, dates, and times.Weekly Crowd LevelsDetailed crowd level information can be found here.Weather Report Park Hours and AdmissionCityWalk is open until 2:00 a.m. with free self parking starting after 6:00 p.m.Single-day, one-park tickets are at Anytime pricing November 10. Base tickets to Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure are $124 per adult and $119 per child (plus tax).Single-day, one-park tickets are at Value pricing November 11 – November 16. Base tickets to Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure are $115 per adult and $110 per child (plus tax).Two-day, two-park tickets are $264.99 per adult and $254.99 per child (plus tax).Volcano Bay tickets are at Anytime pricing at $80 per adult and $75 per child (plus tax).Refurbishments and ShowtimesFear Factor Live: Closed until November 16Universal’s Cinematic Celebration: Nov 11 – Nov 14, Nov 16: 7pmThe Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle: Starts November 17Complete showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.EventsDeck the halls at Universal Orlando Resort November 17 – January 6 with their annual Christmas festivities. Join the Grinch in Seuss Landing and see a live performance of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, celebrate in Universal Studios Florida with Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, or visit the Wizarding World decked out in Christmas decorations. Visit Universal Orlando online for more information.See you next week, and make sure to leave a question below for the Mail Bag!last_img read more

A new attitude

first_imgSpencer volleyball adjusted its style of play to remain at the top of the conferenceBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSPENCER — The Spencer volleyball team may be short (pun intended) on height, but it is long on experience and grit, two things that have brought the Rockets to the verge of yet another Cloverbelt Conference East Division championship.In past years with the likes of Courtney Schultz, Tara Matter, Tynae Phipps, Macie Weber, and Marisa Johnson, among others, the Rockets had big hitter after big hitter on the front line.This year’s Spencer squad is a bit different with no one taller than 5-foot-9. With that, the Rockets had to change their style, and although it may have taken a while, they have it down pat heading into the final stretch of the season.Spencer has won four-straight Cloverbelt East titles and stands on the doorstep of another as the Rockets head into a match Thursday at Owen-Withee looking to clinch a share of first place. Spencer finishes its Cloverbelt East schedule Monday at Greenwood.Eight seniors and one junior are part of the main rotation for the Rockets. Jenna Schober and Johanna Ellefson lead the way on the front line.“They do what they can do. In the beginning of the year, they struggled,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “Our tallest girl is 5-foot-8 ½, 5-9. We’re used to having 6-foot-2 girls pounding the ball. Those first two tournaments we’re hitting it thinking we can hit it like a 6-2 girl.“Now that the year has gone on, they’ve figured out that you can play defense — our defense has been spectacular — and serve well. You can beat a lot of teams.”Schober and fellow seniors Jenna Rogers and Courtney Buss have become the backbone of the team with stout defensive play in the back row, staving off their opponents’ best shots.Heller said the ability of the Rockets’ defense has led to an improved offense, and they have found a winning formula.“They’re trying to be more patient,” Heller said. “When you’re 5-7, your set has to be pretty good to take a big swing. With our defense you just have to be patient. That’s what I’ve been preaching.”Spencer should receive one of the top seeds in its WIAA Division 3 regional, which begins Oct. 18. To make a run to the state tournament in Green Bay, which will be Nov. 3-5, the Rockets will have to keep their core group on the court.“Right now we’re clicking pretty well,” Heller said. “We have to stay healthy. We don’t have the depth we’ve had the last four or five years. If we stay healthy, I think we can play with anybody.”Paul Lecker is publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com, a contributor to Hub City Times Sports. You can reach him by email at paul@marshfieldareasports.com.last_img read more

New technology hub for Braamfontein

first_imgProfessor Barry Dwolatzky is excited about the new software hub. He believes our world has changed at the core, with a tsunami of technological, economic and social transformation. The old nightclub will be remodelled as the iClub, the dance floor will be a co-working space, the bar and seating areas will be set up to encourage innovation through incubating new start-ups, and the sound and light control area will become the server room. The team involved with the Tshimologong Precinct. This African technology centre is connecting budding entrepreneurs, programmers, designers and investors. (Images: Melissa Jane Cook) MEDIA CONTACTS • Barry Dwolatzky Director & CEO Joburg Centre for Software Engineering+27 11 717 6390 RELATED ARTICLES • Cape Town: city of innovation • Mobile technology for Africa • Smart cities need innovative citizens • Youth focus at innovation summit • Empowering young people in South AfricaMelissa Jane CookWith funky wallpaper, a DJ box, architecturally interesting window frames and a labyrinth of fascinating spaces, a former nightclub at 41 Juta Street in Johannesburg’s Braamfontein is being renovated, to be transformed into the city’s technological hub.Global tech hubs include Nairobi’s iHub, driving Kenyan innovation, as well as the Googleplex in California and the Cambridge Innovation Centre in Massachusetts, both in the US.Part of the ambitious the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) cluster development programme, TechinBraam is revitalising the once derelict suburb into a cutting-edge, high-tech precinct.The programme is a three-way partnership between the government, academia and industry, based at the University of the Witwatersrand.Professor Barry Dwolatzky, JCSE director, says the university has been trying to reach into its urban surroundings, and this is a perfect opportunity to do so.“This vision is what a renewed future can be, in the broader urban environment. Through partnering and a creative energy, we want to have as enormous an impact as possible. There are similarities to Maboneng, an artistic, creative hub on the east side of the city centre. Developments like these are a chance to remake this country, remake opportunities, and remake the economy of the area, and the space to remake careers.”The precinct has been dubbed Tshimologong, meaning “a place of new beginnings” in local language Sesotho.Technology changing usDwolatzky outlines how technology has affected society. “It has changed in numerous ways, how we make things (the use of robotics), how we buy things as consumers (online), how we communicate (we are all threaded together by networks of communication), how we deal with knowledge and education, how we deal with health, how we deal with government, and entertainment and leisure.“Our world has changed at the core, with a tsunami of technological, economic and social transformation.”He explains that within the three elements of digital technology – software, hardware and content – the innovative lifecycle is no longer linear.“There is now a connection: skills are no longer static, skills and ideas merge together, there is business model development and finally, commercialisation.“This new innovation will not take place in garages, or in the offices of big corporations. It will be a social activity, with people working together, people joining together, and this innovation will skyrocket in technology hubs. In these single environments people will be able to germinate ideas, learn, interact and incubate. This set of spaces will encourage innovation, learning and collaboration.“Almost all cities have hubs, some have more than one; they are popping up constantly.”Establishing the Tshimologong Precinct is now at a critical stage, with funds being raised to begin Phase 1 of building renovations.Clare Jeffrey, head of the Wits University Partnerships Office, explains; “Phase 1 will require an investment of about R10-million. We have set up a Founding Partners Pledge scheme, which provides an opportunity for corporates and individuals to support this exciting initiative. Founders will be listed in perpetuity on a board displayed prominently in Founders Square …. Companies pledging R250 000, or individuals and SMMEs pledging R50 000 before 31st December 2013, will be acknowledged in this way. We have already had pledges from Microsoft and BBD, with several others in the pipeline.”From hubs to clustersCluster development was proposed by company strategy authority and Harvard professor, Michael Porter, in the 1990s and refers to a geographic concentration of interconnected businesses. For example, London’s East End is now known as Silicon Roundabout or Tech City. It has 10 technology hubs, more than 5 000 technology companies, and some 300 start-ups per year, and it’s becoming the European Union’s new answer to the US’s Silicon Valley.Dwolatzky explains that research shows that for a high technology cluster to succeed it must be close to research institutions and technology hubs, close to customers, have sound infrastructure, and offer access to transport and housing. There should also be government support.He adds that Johannesburg is a major city, the economic hub of Africa. He believes that it is possible for the city to be the continent and country’s Silicon Valley.“Some initial hubs have started up; Jozi Hub at 44 Stanley, The Open at Maboneng, and Intellilab on the UJ (University of Johannesburg) Kingsway campus. This is not about competition; it’s about joining the dots and making this into something bigger.”A green, people-centred hubThe old nightclub will be remodelled as the iClub, the dance floor will be a co-working space, the bar and seating areas will be set up to encourage innovation through incubating new start-ups, and the sound and light control area will become the server room.The warehouse, 43 Juta, will be remodelled into classrooms and meeting areas; 47 Juta becomes the development centre, and 45 Juta houses offices. Founders Square, a public space, will sit at the heart of the centre offering a coffee bar and events area.Dwolatzky’s vision is to see new buildings, housing, big technology players’ research and development, and old buildings repurposed in Braamfontein.Finally, Wits will begin to reconnect with its neighbourhood, as some of its ICT-related Centres (such as the JCSE, the LINK Centre and parts of Digital Arts) move off campus into Tshimologong.Anna Cowen, from architectural consultancy Meshfield, said, “This hub is selling the future. It is a place of experimentation, a place of discovery. We are regenerating the inner buildings and there is huge potential for growth. Environmentally at the hub there will be renewable energy sharing, rain water harvesting, shared parking and waste recycling. This city block is a symbiotic relationship, with shared resources and risks and benefits.“We need to rapidly innovate to create smart, resilient and equitable cities that are people-centred … to seek for potential solutions that could cycle urban material … by using waste as resources.”Dwolatzky and Mteto Nyati, Microsoft South Africa managing director are the co-winners of the 2013 IT Personality of the Year award. The winners were announced during the Institute of IT Professionals South Africa President’s Awards ceremony at Montecasino, Johannesburg, on the 7 November.last_img read more

SHRM Certification Commission

first_imgWe are making great progress on the development of the HR profession’s new competency-based certification, and we are excited for the January 5, 2015 launch. We have some new information to share with you. Today we are announcing the members of theSHRM Certification Commission, an advisory group for SHRM’s certification.The SHRM Certification Commission, an independent technical advisory committee, is composed of eleven national leaders in the HR field. The Commission oversees the SHRM Certification program—including development and administration of the exams, eligibility criteria and recertification requirements.The commission will work closely with SHRM to make certain that the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP become the new standard for certification in the HR profession. They will ensure that it is a highly relevant certification that meets the changing needs of business.The commission will be chaired by an individual many of you already know: Dr. Wayne Cascio, distinguished university professor and the Robert H. Reynolds chair in global leadership at the University of Colorado-Denver School of Business.Other commission members are:John Boudreau, Ph.D., professor of management and organization, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, and research director, the Center for Effective Organizations;Trent Burner, vice president, global organizational effectiveness, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.;Jeff Lindeman, senior director, talent and engagement, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority;Betty Lonis, vice president, human resources, Navient;Santrupt Misra, Ph.D.,  director, group human resources, Aditya Birla Group (India);James Outtz, Ph.D., president, Outtz and Associates;Susan Podlogar, vice president, human resources, Johnson & Johnson;Richard Vosburgh, Ph.D., president,  RMV Solutions, and vice chair, HR People & Strategy (HRPS) Board of Directors;Tim Young, director, field human resources, AutoZone Inc.;Sheldon Zedeck, Ph.D., professor emeritus of psychology, University of California-Berkeley.Members of the commission are appointed by the SHRM Board of Directors to three-year terms that will be initially staggered to maintain continuity.I am extremely impressed by the individuals who are serving on this Commission, because they represent the best in HR practice and academics. They understand the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to succeed as an HR professional today.The news release and the story can be found on the SHRM website. For more information about SHRM’s new certification, visit shrmcertification.org.last_img read more