Bromfield a special talent

first_imgJunelle Bromfield of St Elizabeth Technical High is a very special talent.     Yesterday the middle distance star completed one of the most difficult feats at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships with gold medals in the 400m, 800m and 1500m events.    After taking the 1500 metres in 4:40.77 on Friday, the St Elizabeth star returned to take the 400m in early afternoon yesterday in 51.74. Two hours later she dismantled the 800 metres field clocking 2.09.70 to bring the National Stadium crowd to its feet. A modest Bromfield said her accomplishment was not as difficult as it appeared.    “It wasn’t that difficult because I paced myself throughout the rounds and I kept my composure in all my races and that is how I was able was deliver in all of them,” she said. “I feel very proud, because I am being strongly motivated by my mother and father and my coach is always there pushing me and that is how I was able to accomplish what I did,” she added. The middle distant sensation was also touched by the reception the stadium crowd gave her in the final 100 metres of the 800m. “It was heart warming because I know that STETHS do not have many supporters, it’s mainly KC and Calabar and all those schools, so for all of them (spectators) to be supporting me I really appreciate it,” she said.last_img read more

Monday night’s 49ers-Broncos game likely will be among hottest ever at Mile High

first_imgBring extra water to the game tonight, traveling 49ers fans.Temperatures for Monday night’s Broncos-49ers preseason game at Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Denver are expected to be in the low-to-mid 90s at kickoff, according to the official hourly forecast from the National Weather Service. The kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.If Monday’s kickoff temperature is 93 degrees or above, it’d be hotter than any Denver Broncos game in team history. The current record is a 92-degree kickoff …last_img

The Alleged Talent Gap Isn’t About Skills. It’s About Companies’ Expectations.

first_imgJust a few years ago, a young man named Alfredo Molina didn’t want to be an accountant anymore. He had learned a new skill, programming, all on his own — and he was good at it. He was ready to put that to use in a career more up his alley, one where he felt he could make more of a difference with his skills. Alfredo quickly found, however, that in spite of his portfolio and ability to easily pass any entry-level programming test, he couldn’t get a single call back from recruiters. What was the deal?He simply didn’t have a computer science degree.Meanwhile, companies both in and outside of the tech sphere have bemoaned the national talent shortage as they scramble to hire the best and brightest. These businesses need experienced developers and engineers to further their goals, but even conglomerates like Google can’t seem to find them, even when great candidates like Alfredo are searching every day for an opportunity.Nobody is winning here, and it’s frustrating to watch.In my position, I look at this disconnect quite literally every day — I serve as the executive director for LaunchCode, a nonprofit that provides free tech training and help with job placement for skilled individuals. I see reports on the alleged skills gap pop up frequently, and I just as often see individuals like Alfredo seek LaunchCode’s help (which he did when he realized it’d take more than just persistence and aptitude to land a tech job). The tech companies and Alfredos of the world are looking for each other, but they just can’t seem to connect.Perhaps the skills gap isn’t as looming as some might have us think. Situations like Alfredo’s lead me to argue that companies are spending too much time looking for the “perfect” fit (a candidate with a degree, experience, aptitude, and — most importantly, I’d say — potential). The candidates I see often check off two or three of those boxes, but because companies are searching for unicorns, these candidates often get passed over. Peter Cappelli, a professor and HR pro who wrote an entire book on this hiring dilemma, agrees with the notion that modern businesses are too picky. So it’s not entirely a skills gap. It’s a gap in expectations.The reality: There’s no such thing as the perfect candidate. This is especially true in tech, where new tools and programming languages continue to create unexplored niches and push industry standards to new heights all the time. Colleges and universities can’t keep up with scaling like Silicon Valley can, so there’s a deep disconnection between supply and demand. That part isn’t news.It’s easy to point fingers at parties like schools — are they really preparing students for an ever-changing, ever-demanding future? — or the industry itself with its constant evolution. And it’s not that those entities don’t have any effect on the field as a whole (they absolutely do), but a simple shift in how companies look at their hiring practices can snowball into a big impact in building a solid workforce.I joined LaunchCode a couple of years ago because I knew it was an organization working to make a dent in this issue. But what we do requires companies to be receptive in order to be successful — we could train 10,000 students every year and it wouldn’t make a difference if companies have blinders on looking for someone who checks all the boxes, not someone who’s going to prove to be a major asset in the long run.That puts responsibility on employers. Tech company leaders need to rethink both what they’re looking for and how they’re willing to build up employees in order to build a robust, sustainable workforce that helps close this expectations gap overall.For one, companies in today’s tech climate should focus more on hiring for aptitude and willingness to learn than on traditional résumé credentials, especially for technical positions. Experience and education are relevant, sure, but they don’t compare to an individual’s motivation and ability to learn. A candidate who can adapt to changing technologies and trends has much more long-term value — especially for those junior or entry-level positions. These talent-hungry companies should want candidates who want to grow, not candidates who tick 47 different qualification checkboxes.This also calls for a mindset-shift in training and upskilling more verdant employees. Just because candidates aren’t ready for a full-time or senior position now doesn’t mean they won’t be in a few months or years — think back to your own trajectory and how quickly your skills evolved. Tech company leaders need to look at how they divvy up the work available for employees to do and what expertise that work requires. Is there room for a junior-level programmer or apprenticeship program for those just starting out? Programs like these can be the perfect stepping stone for both candidates and companies; it’s what we’ve used at LaunchCode to help individuals land full-time opportunities.Tech companies would benefit most from this mindset shift today, but as technological know-how becomes essential in more industries, hiring practices will need to evolve across the board if we want to stop having the skills gap conversation. Rather than biding their time looking for the perfect mix of skills and experience right now, companies should hire the candidates most likely to be assets in the future.By the way, Alfredo completed an apprenticeship program for pharmacy benefits manager company Express Scripts and now works there full time. And he’s doing splendidly. Tags:#Talent Shortage Jeff Mazur is the executive director for LaunchCode, a nonprofit aiming to fill the gap in tech talent by matching companies with trained individuals. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Jeff MazurExecutive Director for LaunchCode Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industrylast_img read more

Some words from the coach inspire Naomi Osaka’s quarterfinal win

first_imgNikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic clobber Chicago Bulls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “You go from the challenger to the guy that is supposed to win — it’s not easy,” Tsonga, the 2008 Australian Open finalist, said of the difference. It was the first time in almost a year that Tsonga recorded back-to-back wins at the elite level after spending most of 2018 out following knee surgery in April.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Naomi Osaka of Japan plays a shot during her quarter final match against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)BRISBANE, Australia — Naomi Osaka responded to some courtside coaching advice in the most emphatic way, conceding just five points in the second set on her way to a 3-6, 6-0, 6-4 win over eighth-seeded Anastasija Sevastova in the Brisbane International quarterfinals on Thursday.The U.S. Open champion was clearly under pressure in the first set, when she made 15 unforced errors and had fewer winners than Sevatsova, who broke her serve twice.ADVERTISEMENT After Sevatsova clinched the first set with a backhand drop shot from the baseline, a disconsolate-looking Osaka went to a courtside chair at the changeover.Whatever her coach Sascha Bajin, a former hitting partner for Serena Williams, told her during an animated courtside conference worked.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionShe finished with 11 aces to four, converted all four of her break-point chances in the second and third sets and appeared far more confident in her own game.Osaka didn’t go into details in an on-court interview about what Bajin told her, but conceded it sharpened her focus.center_img “I mean, I was just trying to stay calm. Was trying to tell myself, ‘she’s one of the best players in the world. I just have to stay in there, and hopefully I’ll get a chance,’” Osaka said. “I did, so I just kept trying to roll with it.”The 21-year-old Osaka will play either Lesia Tsurenko or Anett Kontaveit in the semifinals, and now could rise as high as No. 3 in the world rankings next week — which would be a high for a player from Japan — and a confidence boost ahead of the Australian Open, which starts Jan. 14.Jeremy Chardy beat Japanese qualifier Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (4) to be first through to the semifinals, where he’ll meet either No. 2-seeded Kei Nishikori or 2017 champion and six-seeded Grigor Dimitrov, who play later Thursday.Jo-Wilfried Tsonga got an easier path through to the quarterfinals than expected, avoiding a second-round contest with 17-time major winner Rafael Nadal, who withdrew from the tournament with a thigh muscle strain on Wednesday.Tsonga had a 7-6 (5), 6-3 win over Taro Daniel. The No. 77-ranked Daniel was the lucky loser from qualifying who got a spot in the main draw when Nadal pulled out.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES View comments LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

David Warner walks off the filed after being sledged, returns to smash 259-ball 157

first_imgDavid Warner walked off the field mid-innings after he was sledged by an opposition player during a Sydney grade cricket match on Saturday.Warner, who is serving his 12-month ban from international and state cricket for his role in the ball tampering scandal, is representing Randwick Petersham and his team was playing a match against Western Suburbs at Pratten Park in Ashfield in Sydney.In the match, Randwick Petersham won the toss and elected to bat and opening the batting, Warner breezed into the 30s before the whole drama unfolded.According to reports, Warner was offended by a sledge from a Wests player and told the umpires that he was not going to play further part in the came and left the crease and walked off the field, thus, forcing the game to stop for a bit.Reports also add that the player concerned was Jason Hughes — the brother of former Test player Phil Hughes — used the word “disgrace”.But if spectators are to be believed, the southpaw’s teammates convinced him to return to the wicket and after a short break in play, Warner returned to the field of play and resumed his innings.However, there was some confusion regarding Warner returning because according to the rules of cricket, if a batsman leaves the field of play, he cannot come back to bat — unless he was off due to an injury. But, it is believed that the Western Suburbs players allowed Warner to return to the crease as they didn’t want him to end his innings in such a way.advertisementWarner however, made the most of his return and smashed 157 off 259 balls before being dismissed as Randwick Petersham ended the day at 6/316.Also read – David Warner joins Sylhet Sixers for Bangladesh Premier League 2019Before this incident, on Friday, Warner announced that he will play in the seventh edition of the Bangladesh Premier League early next year.He will represent the Sylhet Sixers in the tournament, that will be held from January 5 to February 8 in 2019.”I’m very excited to let you know that I’m now a Sixer. I can’t wait to be a part of the Sylhet Sixers family. See you soon,” Warner said in a video posted by the franchise on their facebook page.last_img read more

RED Academy Toronto Hosts Free Hack To School For Aspiring Digital Marketers

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Red Academy Toronto gives back to the community with an invitation to aspiring digital marketers, designers and developers to test-drive their careers for free at HACK TO SCHOOL Sept. 12, 13 and 14. The leading, Vancouver-based tech college opened in Toronto last year and recently expanded to London, UK. TORONTO, Aug. 28, 2017 – RED Academy, Canada’s leading digital marketing, innovation and experience design college, gives back to the community with an invitation to aspiring designers, marketers and developers, to attend a free “Hack to School” sampling event and classes at the upcoming EDITDX.“There’s a shortage of qualified talent in the fields we represent. Hack To School is a chance to participate in our programs, at no cost, and experience first-hand how RED eliminates the gap between traditional learning and the needs of leading companies,” says Mandy Gilbert, Co-Founder of RED Academy Toronto which opened a year ago in King West, and recently expanded to London, UK. The private college offers unparalleled part and full-time programs in digital marketing, UX/UI design, web and app development, emerging technologies, and its newest addition: RED Labs, an exclusive skills and portfolio accelerator for experienced students.RED’s learning environment simulates what it’s like to work at a bustling agency (and looks like one too), on high-profile projects, with brands like Lendified, Big Brothers Big Sisters and AT&T. “Students at RED Academy work on real, high-impact client challenges, so they can build exceptional portfolios and gain the skills they need,” adds Gilbert who doubles as founder of a reputable recruiting firm. Having a great portfolio is the advantage when interviewing with top organizations. “RED delivers projects that push students out of their comfort zone, into a level of creative and technical confidence, so they can tackle today’s rapidly evolving market.” What makes a RED hot portfolio?Demo Your Breadth and Depth – Demonstrate various project types (web, apps, digital ads, etc.) using a range of creative solutions and styles, from simple to complex.Show Artifacts and Approaches – Provide a solid toolbox of hard skills with examples. These vary per role, i.e.  wireframes, information architectures, prototypes, style guides, functional specifications, customer journeys, usability test reports, and even pitch or presentation decks.Provide Case Studies – A good portfolio will include at least two to five results-based case studies. One page that covers – “The Ask”, “The Approach”, “The Solution”, and “The Results” with quantitative results and visuals to show you improved the product or business.RED’s global, award-winning instructors host Hack To School Sept. 12, 13 and 14, a chance for aspiring students to test drive their future, in demand careers. Free sessions will showcase RED’s experience-based learning by interacting with the latest tools, and diving deep into some of the best-kept secrets companies like Google, Facebook, and Shopify use every day. Register here.RED is also hosting the largest disruptive education platform at the Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology  Sept. 29 – Oct. 8, with over $140,000 worth of free classes and full day “Creative Hacks” to benefit social good. Register here starting Sept. 1. For more info: www.redacademy.com | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram. Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

ELAN Quebec thrilled with Government of Canadas 75 million investment in arts

first_imgquebec-elan.org • Twitter: @ELANQC • Facebook: ELAN Quebec MONTREAL – ELAN Quebec is proud to support the Government of Canada’s new Community Cultural Action Micro-Grant Program for Minority Schools that will fund artistic and cultural activities in 1000 official language minority schools throughout the country.“Providing students in Quebec schools with opportunities to explore their identity through the arts contributes to developing creativity and a sense of belonging,” said Christie Huff, ELAN’s ACE (Arts, Communities, Education) InitiativeProject Manager. The new micro-grants are made possible by an investment of up to $7.5 million over four years starting April 1, 2019, announced today by the honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie. The investment falls under the Government of Canada’s Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023: Investing in Our Future.. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment ELAN (English-Language Arts Network) Quebec is a not-for-profit organization that connects, supports, and creates opportunities for Quebec’s English-speaking artists and arts communities. ELAN members are individuals and organizations from a wide array of artistic disciplines, cultural and geographic backgrounds, and linguistic and cultural communities. Together this network reflects an evolving Quebec identity and celebrates the province’s cultural, artistic, and social diversity. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more