Dominik Samuels: playing cricket with passion and success – Campion College all-rounder sets sights on West Indies team

first_imgSOME might say that cricket is a dying sport in Jamaica. But 16-year-old Dominik Samuels does not appear to be one who believes that. The Campion College Grace Shield team member has been playing cricket since he was four years old and in 12 years of playing at the prep and high school levels, his passion for the sport has never waned. While his father Raymond played Headley Cup cricket as a student of York Castle High, it was while still a young boy living in Barbados that Dominik’s love for the game really developed. “I influenced him, but I think the turning point for him was when I was on vacation and we were in St Ann and his cousin who was a couple of years older played cricket and he saw his cousin playing. We lived in the Bahamas, he started playing, but they don’t really play cricket in the Bahamas so there was no opportunity. I relocated to Barbados and at age five he really got to play cricket because they have a really strong prep school competition there,” the elder Samuels explained. While there, he also played for Wanderers Cricket Club and got the opportunity to play in camps with older and more experienced boys. “I’m certainly looking to play for the West Indies in the future, to play at the highest level of cricket. But I still want to balance my cricket and academics as well,” he said. “It’s a matter of time management really. I have to make timetables and understand that if I want to be successful I know how much work I have to put out so I can train in the evening,” he added. Having the strong support of both his parents who attend his games also helps, he said. As for the future, he wants to attend a school in the United Kingdom, where he can continue to pursue his cricketing goals. “Cricket is a game where you have to be disciplined and patient and you have to understand that things take time and you have to be diligent in what you do and cricket also taught me that when you fight out of tough situations you always come out with good results,” he said. “They have a pretty strong youth programme in Barbados and I must say it’s better than in Jamaica,” Samuels added. Dominik was captain of his prep school team in Barbados and when he moved to Jamaica at age 11, also captain Sts Peter and Paul Prep School team for one year, before moving on to Campion College. “It was a good experience because their structure is a bit different. They play hard ball and being a part of the training squad – because the boys were two or three years older – helped me. I’ve played not only local players there, but also from England and visiting teams,” Samuels said. Samuels has been outstanding in the Grace Shield, scoring 782 runs this season. The batting all rounder also scored four centuries, with a top score of 136 not out against St George’s College and three half centuries. He helped Campion reach the semi-finals of the Grace Shield and led them to the title last season. For Samuels, it isn’t only about playing sport. The Jamaica and West Indies youth representative believes in balancing academics as well. Having earned a government scholarship to Campion, he has been on the school’s honour roll every year since. Now in the fifth form, he will do nine subjects at the Caribbean Examinations Council level later this year. Strong youth programme The highest levellast_img read more

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“Consult us – Don’t compel us” – Blairmont workers tell GuySuCo

first_img…protest company’s alleged ‘dictatorial attitude’Workers of the Blairmont Estate in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) on Monday protested against the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) to demonstrate their resolute disagreement regarding the demands that were made before their wages were paid through the bank.Persons picketing the sugar estate on MondayWhile standing outside the estate, the workers called for GuySuCo to pay them at its offices while indicating that they should be consulted and not dictated to.The workers called for their rights to be respected, holding placards that stated “Consult us – Don’t compel us”.During the peaceful protest, many persons indicated that utilising the banking system would result in charges being laid along with transportation costs every week to transact withdrawals from their bank account.These costs, they said, are presented against the present wage freeze imposed upon the sugar industry since 2015. They are now made to pay Value Added Tax (VAT) on electricity, water and goods that were previously exempt which contributes to increased expenses.Added to these, timely payment of wages on a weekly basis is also another factor which they sought to address since their salaries are delayed on a regular basis.The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) stated, “The protesting workers shared, at this time, they are being threatened and coerced into agreeing to have their wages sent to the bank. They pointed out that should they request a job letter or seek the estate’s assistance with regard to NIS claims, for instance, they are told such assistance would be withheld until they agree to have their wages payable through the bank. This is most disturbing and can be seen as tantamount to blackmail while adding to hardships they today face.”GAWU indicated that the Corporation’s actions opposed that of the Labour Act which requires that wages be paid in money. This is in relation to Section 19 (1), and the Union further highlighted Section 19 (4), which states that it is mandatory that employers must provide wages at locations which are convenient to the employees.“The GAWU stands with the workers and the pensioners, and calls on the Corporation to do what is right and decent and to pay the workers at their regular pay offices as they have been doing for a long time now,” the Union said.last_img read more

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NPSS Ookapiks 1-1 at Zones

first_img**SubmittedThe North Peace Ookapiks defeated South Peace and then lost to Kelly Road by a narrow three point margin yesterday, in the preliminary round robin portion of the Ladies North Central Zone tournament being held at Prince George Secondary this weekend.  The girls and boys zones are being staged together this year with just four schools entered in each division.  The Ooks will take the court this morning against the PGSS Polars in a match to determine seeding for the championship round. Meanwhile, the North Peace Oscars are getting themselves prepared to dispatch the Polar men in a noon start.  A win will move the Oscars into a rematch with Kelly Road in the Championship game Saturday.  Last night the Polars eliminated South Peace 85-65 while the rapidly improving Oscars lost 82 – 66 to Kelly Road after racing to a 91 – 81 win over PGSS in their first game.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Local Chamber prepares for minimum wage increase

first_img[asset|aid=3497|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=1face3560164386b9891b9306fa420a2-Tylosky Minimum Wage increase 1_1_Pub.mp3] Tylosky says the Chamber would have liked to have seen the increase phased in over a longer period of time, but still does not believe many businesses in the area will be dramatically affected by the increase. The Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce  is working to prepare members for the announced increase to B.C.’s minimum wage.The increase was not a huge surprise, but businesses will have to be prepared for it, says Chamber President Andrew Tylosky.- Advertisement -Premier Christy Clark made the increase announcement Wednesday. The increases will occur in three stages. The first increase will occur on May 1, raising the minimum wage from $8 to $8.75.The second increase to $9.50 will occur on Nov. 1 and the final increase to $10.25 will occur on May 1, 2012.Liquor servers will also receive an increase in their minimum wage to $9 by May 1, 2012.Tylosky says that although most businesses in the Fort St. John area do not pay minimum wage, the increase may affect employers currently paying more than minimum wage.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Sound the warning

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FOR a while in 2002 and 2003, burglar alarms were the hot topic of discussion for the Los Angeles Police Commission and the City Council. After discovering that the city wasted huge amounts of scarce police resources responding to personal burglar alarms set off by the wind, by household pets or for no apparent reason, officials declared their intent to stop answering unverified burglar alarm calls. After months of debate over what that might mean, the city came up with an alternate plan to issue permits and levy fines for false burglar alarms to discourage them. Yet, after all the hand-wringing, all the debate, the city is failing to collect those fees. An audit found as much as $7.7 million remains uncollected. So much for cracking down on rampant false alarms. The city must consider contracting with a private firm to collect this money. The city needs every penny it can get to fight real crime. And most of all it needs to start fulfilling its commitments – or hold accountable those who fail.last_img read more

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Guardsmen accused of taking donations for wildfire victims

first_imgA call seeking comment from the American Red Cross was not immediately returned. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger deployed 1,500 members of the California National Guard on Oct. 21. In all, 2,500 guardsmen assisted in disaster relief.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Jon Siepmann confirmed that the Guard is investigating complaints that soldiers “were in possession of relief supplies beyond those they were authorized to use as part of their mission.” All the supplies have been identified and returned to the relief agency, Siepmann said in a statement. The unit had been providing security in Potrero, about 40 miles east of San Diego. Its troops had been sleeping in tents near a fire station being used by the American Red Cross, according to an official close to the investigation who was not authorized to speak on the record. Volunteers offered to let the soldiers shower and get a snack at the fire station. Some of the soldiers then took more than volunteers thought was acceptable. “The California National Guard takes all allegations of improper conduct seriously and will take action, to include disciplinary measures, against any soldiers who may have acted inappropriately,” Siepmann said. SACRAMENTO – A military police company from the California National Guard has been sequestered pending an investigation into whether troops took donations intended for Southern California wildfire victims, Guard officials confirmed Monday. Thirty-six soldiers from the 330th Military Police Co. are being bused from the National City Armory near San Diego to their home base in Ontario, east of Los Angeles. National Guard officials said they were expected to be released Monday night. One guardsman has been relieved of duty. The Guard launched the investigation last week after volunteers called the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to report guardsmen taking supplies intended for displaced fire victims near the U.S.-Mexico border. last_img read more

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Job Vacancies: Popular hair salon seeks staff

first_imgJobs: Edge Hairdressing and Makeup Artists Ltd. are hiring at their highly esteemed studio on Paddy Harte Road in Letterkenny.They are seeking enthusiastic and hard working candidates to fill the roles of Hair and Makeup Artist and Senior Stylist.Excellent wages will be provided to the suitable candidates. To apply, please send your C.V to edgehair.makeupartistsltd@hotmail.com, stating clearly which position you are applying for. Alternatively, ring Jacqui 0861730347.Job Vacancies: Popular hair salon seeks staff was last modified: May 22nd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EmploymenthairdressingjobsstylistVacancylast_img read more

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GOLF NEWS: OTWAY CLUB NOTES

first_imgThis Friday in the clubhouse kicks off the official start to 2013 with the Annual General Meeting taking place at 8pm.All members are asked to attend for the reports on 2012, election of officers for the new year, and discussion of any issues affecting the running of the club for the next year.Remember folks, this is the chance for all members to have a say about any issues they feel are important in the running of the club, and don’t worry, nobody can be forced to take up any positions on the club committee, and as the saying goes, you can ‘Just Say No’!  GOLF NEWS: OTWAY CLUB NOTES was last modified: February 20th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:OTWAY GOLF CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

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SA climbs trade efficiency rankings

first_img18 May 2012 South Africa outperformed the rest of Africa, as well as its upper middle-income economy peers, in a World Bank survey of trade efficiency, improving its previous performance despite a general slowdown in trade logistics performance in the wake of the global recession. According to the World Bank’s “Connecting to Compete 2012” report, released on Tuesday, countries that pursued aggressive reforms continued to improve their trade logistics performance, despite the global slowdown in progress over the last two years. South Africa was among a group of countries – including Chile, China, India, Morocco, Turkey and the US – that improved their previous performance, according to the study, which is based on a comprehensive world survey of international freight forwarders and express carriers.Top performer in Africa, BRICS In the upper-middle income country category, South Africa was the top performer, followed by China and Turkey. South Africa’s logistics performance indicators gave the country a score of 3.67, lifting it up to 23rd place overall out of 155 economies surveyed – up from a ranking of 28 in 2010. China, ranked 26th, followed closest among South Africa’s BRICS partners, followed by Brazil at 45th, India at 46th, and Russia at 95th. Tunisia was the next best African performer, ranked 41st, followed by Morocco (50th), Egypt (57th), Benin (67th) and Botswana (68th). Economic powerhouse Nigeria placed 121st. “Infrastructure stands out as the chief driver of progress in top performers, followed by improvements in logistics services, and customs and border management,” Mona Haddad, sector manager of the World Bank’s international trade department, said in a statement. “All top performers show strong cooperation between the public and private sectors, and a comprehensive approach in the development of services, infrastructure and efficient logistics.”Role in reducing food prices, carbon footprint At a time where food prices are at historic highs, the survey found that logistics is important for food security. “Transport and logistics directly affect the price and local availability of food through the performance and resilience of food chains, especially in African and Middle Eastern countries that depend heavily on food imports,” the World Bank said. In developing countries, particularly landlocked and poor ones, transport and logistics account for 20-60 percent of delivered food prices, according to the survey. “For instance, they make up 48 percent of the cost of US corn imported by Nicaragua.” The survey, which for the first time included environmental indicators, also found that green logistics is quickly gaining prominence in high-income and emerging economies – “a positive development, since logistics and freight-related activities may account for up to 15 percent of human carbon dioxide emissions”. “Trade logistics is key to economic competitiveness, growth, and poverty reduction,” said Otaviano Canuto, World Bank vice-president for poverty reduction and economic management. “Unfortunately, the logistics gap between rich and poor countries continues, and the convergence trend experienced between 2007 and 2010 has stalled as events like the global recession and the European debt crisis shifted attention away from logistics reform.” According to the World Bank, the way forward is clearly demonstrated by the top performers in the 2012 survey: “Only by fostering cooperation between the public and private sectors, and by considering the impact of all agencies on the supply chain, can a country create sustainable improvements in its logistical capabilities.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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All You Need to Know About Leadership Styles

first_imgCognitive: Leadership requires that one be able to assess the current state, envision a better future state, and to determine the strategy, tactics, and actions for bringing that future state into being. This work requires that one be intelligent enough to be able to do each of these things in an environment of accelerating, constant, and disruptive change with limited resources.Intrapersonal: This is the Ancient Greek admonition: “Know thyself.” The ability to understand one’s own feelings, thoughts, and motivations is a recognized form of intelligence. When a leader knows themselves, they know who they are, their strengths, their deficiencies, and what areas that they may need help. This intelligence is a large part of what allows the leader to develop and utilize the next intelligence.Interpersonal: The effectiveness of a leader is limited by their ability to lead the people in their charge. This requires a higher than average intelligence when it comes to people. This intelligence is what allows the leader to understand others, to interact with them in ways that cause them to grow, inspiring them to act, and recognizing their feelings. This is the ability to take multiple perspectives, especially 2nd person, 3rd person, and likely even greater numbers.Moral: Hitler was high enough on the cognitive line. He was also intelligent enough when it came to interpersonal skills. Certainly, we can guess that he was lacking as it pertains to intrapersonal intelligence. But when it comes to moral intelligence, he is one of four or five people in modern times vying for the lowest possible score. Every leader needs a list of non-negotiables, and much of that list will be values. Determining what those values are and building a culture around them requires moral intelligence. No matter what your leadership style is, you should always remember that employees often do as you do, not as they’re told. That’s why it’s important to make sure your actions are in line with your words and directives so that employees can model their work after you. Beware of falling into these potential traps: What a Leader Does Developing the elements that makeup leadership is a lifelong process. The following is a list of fundamentals that should be a part of any personal leadership style.The vision thing. The leader can only lead if she has a clear vision of where she is leading the people in her charge. That vision—and the ability to share it in a clear and compelling way—is what draws followers to her, and what inspires them to take action.Making change. No leader ever finds themselves in charge of an organization that doesn’t need to change, or one that could not produce greater results than they are currently producing. That means a leader leads to change. That change is what moves an organization from its current state to its future.Strategy. A leader has to have some idea of how to compete and how to win. Strategy is the plan to do so. Without a strategy, the vision will not come to life, and you won’t achieve the change.Execution. A leader has to ensure execution. Execution is a big deal. You can have the best strategy on Earth and the tactics to achieve them, but without execution, it is all for naught.Growing people. Execution isn’t easy. To execute, the leader requires people to change, to grow, to develop personally and professionally (you cannot have the latter without the former). A great leader helps those in their charge become the best version of themselves. The greatest of leaders build leadership factories.Teams. Leaders build teams. They bring diverse groups of people together to achieve what would otherwise be impossible. Teams are a force multiplier, creating value far in excess of the individuals.Non-negotiable values. A leader creates a culture. They decide what values are non-negotiable, the core beliefs and behaviors that make the organization in their charge what it is. They decide where the organization stands, what it is for, and what it is against. And then the leader protects that culture. These are some of the component parts of leadership. But, the bottom line is that what a leader really does is lead. Leadership is a fluid practice and in order to become a better leader tomorrow, you need to know where you stand today. Here is a breakdown of the most common types of leadership styles at work today and the impact that each one can have on an organization. You want your salespeople to study so they’ll have the business acumen to create value for their prospects and clients, as well as distinguish themselves in a crowded field of “me too” competitors. You want them to read, to educate themselves, to do their homework. Are you better and more widely read than your sales team? Do you have the business acumen to be a peer when you are sitting in front of their clients? Or might you fail the test you ask your team to pass? 7 Most Common Leadership Styles 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 Democratic LeadershipDemocratic leadership styles can be very effective in the business climate. This type of leader makes decisions based on the input of each team member – making all employees feel valued and included. The leader is making the final call but each employee has an equal say on a project’s direction or the bigger outcome.This is one of the most effective leadership styles because it allows employees to get comfortable with decision-making and authority that they may put to use in future roles. This is also how executives make decisions in company board meetings.Autocratic LeadershipAutocratic leadership is the opposite of democratic. This is when the leader makes decisions without taking input from anyone who reports to them. Employees are neither considered nor consulted before making a decision, and they follow orders as the leader determines.This leadership style is highly ineffective because most organizations can’t sustain this kind of environment without losing employees very quickly. Companies are much more successful when they have a more open leadership style that makes use to the intellect and perspective of other team members as well as the leader.Laissez-Faire LeadershipLaissez Faire leadership is the least intrusive form of leading. This means that leaders let team members pretty much do as they please – they have autonomy and authority and can proceed without the leader’s direction.Some employees thrive under this type of leadership style. They feel trusted to work however they like and don’t feel constrained or micromanaged. However, it can sometimes backfire. Without more direct management, some employees will have a hard time developing more fully. And without keeping this leadership style in check, it’s easy to overlook critical company growth opportunities. Strategic LeadershipStrategic leaders know how to straddle the line between a company’s ongoing operations and its potential growth opportunities. This leader accepts all things related to the executive interests of a company while also ensuring that current working conditions are stable for employees.This kind of thinking can be very effective for a company because it supports multiple types of employees at once. But, it also sets leaders up for a dangerous precedent – it’s easy to get overzealous about how many people you can actually fully support at once. If a leader doesn’t maintain focus, the company can easily lose direction and focus. Transformational LeadershipTransformational leadership is always changing and adapting to the company’s needs. For example, an employee might have a basic set of tasks and goals to stick to every week, but the leader also constantly pushes them to work outside of their comfort zone.This type of leadership is super popular with growth-minded companies today. It is highly motivating for employees who prefer a dynamic and challenging work environment. However, transformational leaders can also risk losing sight of where their employees are at individually. It requires thorough coaching to help guide employees in their new and changing responsibilities.Transactional LeadershipTransactional leaders reward employees for their work. An example would be a sales team that gets a scheduled bonus for making their numbers every quarter. This type of leadership is a great way to help establish roles and responsibilities for specific employees and give them the incentive to succeed. However, many companies find that it can encourage bare-minimum work if employees make too direct of a connection between their investment of time and how much they get paid. Bureaucratic LeadershipBureaucratic leaders, unlike autocratic leaders, listen and consider input from employees but don’t adapt well to change or consider input that conflicts with company policy. This type of leadership is not as controlling as autocratic, but it still greatly limits the freedom in how much employees can contribute, advance, etc. This is not a great style for innovation and definitely won’t help companies who have ambitious goals and are after quick growth. You say that your salespeople should block off time for their most important tasks, like nurturing their dream clients, prospecting, and following up. You want the members of your team to do the things that make a difference and produce results. Are you blocking time for coaching your sales team, the most important activity and the one that generates the highest return on effort? Howard Gardner, a developmental psychologist, made an important observation about human intelligence. That observation was that one’s cognitive abilities provide a view of only one type of intelligence, a general intelligence. Gardner posits a theory that is now well accepted, that there are additional types of intelligence, like musical intelligence, kinesthetic intelligence, intrapersonal intelligence, interpersonal intelligence. Highly effective leaders don’t rely on what they know but constantly work to improve who they are and what they do. Like any position, there are certain qualities you should strive for and certain ones that do more harm than good in the long run. For example, fear-mongering, intimidating and mean managers might produce short-term results but lead to unhappy employees and a high turnover rate. By contrast, managers who are patient, understanding and nice tend to have happy and loyal employees. It’s critical to find the right balance. Of all the human capacities, leadership is surely one of the most demanding. It is also one that requires the development of multiple lines of intelligence that make one an effective leader. You may believe that there is more intelligence necessary to lead, but you are unlikely to be able to subtract from these without also reducing the effectiveness of the leader. Be a Model Leader Your people will follow your lead. They’re more likely to do what you do than what you say, especially when your words and your actions are in conflict. If you want your people to follow you, you have to lead them. That means you have to embody the values you want them to hold, and demonstrate the actions you want them to take. No one is born a great leader – but most people can become one. There are many different types of leadership and leadership styles and we are constantly changing and improving the way in which companies grow and mature. If you’re currently a leader in your industry or are aspiring to be one, it’s important to understand which leadership styles are most effective and how to emphasize and implement the specific strengths you bring to the table. A leader leads. They lead the people and the organization in their charge forward. You tell your sales team to get out from behind their email and get in front of clients, to go where the action is and make a difference. You tell them not to waste time with the browser and their twelve open tabs. However, you dole out this direction from behind your CRM’s dashboard. Staring at the score never helped anyone win a game. How often do you see a coach with his back to the field of play? The 4 Bits of Intelligence of Effective Leadership Styleslast_img read more

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