Okpekpe Race Granted AIMS Membership

first_img“I am pleased to inform you that your application for Okpekpe International 10km Road Race to become an AIMS Full member has been accepted, effective in 2017. I wish you and your team a great success for your race and hope that our Association will be an important contributor,” observed the statement from AIMS.Spokesman for the Okpekpe international 10km road race, Dare Esan, said the organisers of the first and only International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) label race in Nigeria and one of only two in the African continent last year after the Cape Town Marathon are thrilled by this latest honour.“We are delighted to be a full member of AIMS, an association of over 400 road races in over 100 countries and recognised by the IAAF,” said Esan in a statement.“Okpekpe international 10km road race is now the only road race in Nigeria to be measured by a certified AIMS/IAAF course measurer.One of the conditions that must be fulfilled before a race can retain its IAAF label status is that the race course must be measured to AIMS standard. This we have complied with among other stringent conditions,” further said Esan who revealed that the Okpekpe race will now benefit fully from the objectives of AIMS one of which is to exchange information, knowledge and expertise among members of the association.Esan revealed that any record or world best set at the Okpekpe road race from this year will be accepted by the IAAF and AIMS because the race course was measured by an accredited AIMS/IAAF course measurer.The fifth edition of the race will hold on Saturday, May 13 in Okpekpe, a town in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State, Nigeria. It is located about 25 kilometres northeast of Auchi.The race is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, leaders in sports marketing and hospitality business in Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Becomes first road race in Nigeria to be recognised by the prestigious bodyThe Okpekpe International 10km Road Race has been granted full membership of Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).A statement from AIMS and signed by its President, Paco Baroa, congratulated promoter of the Okpekpe Road Race, Mike Itemuagbor, for meeting all its requirements to become the latest member of the elite association.last_img read more

Cape Town spends more on early childhood development

first_img3 June 2014Cape Town has allocated R16-million for the construction of more early childhood development (ECD) centres across the city in 2014/15, it was announced at a recent tabling of the city’s budget.Speaking at the meeting, Mayoral Committee Member for Social Development and ECD, Suzette Little, said the city remained committed to giving young children a safe learning environment at ECD level. This, she said, would prepare them for their formal schooling.In the new financial year, Little said, the department would expand the programmes initiated in the previous financial year and continue investing in capital projects.The directorate has budgeted nearly R16-million to build more ECD centres in Delft, Mitchells Plain, Dunoon, Ocean View, Heideveld and Lotus River.Little said that in 2013/14, the City had spent over R7-million on building a number of ECD centres, completing the Leonsdale and Scorpio centres in Elsies River and Ocean View. The new Strandfontein centre was also on track for completion, she said.“In addition, the department has exceeded its targets for the number of initiatives to help ECD centres become compliant so that they can register with the Western Cape Social Development Department, and has also provided training to 165 ECD practitioners on the national norms and standards for these facilities.“Children need a solid start in life,” Little said. “We are making a massive investment in early childhood development by building these centres of excellence, as part of our goal of getting to the point where every child has access to a facility that can provide the building blocks so crucial to their future.”Partnerships with communitiesLittle stressed the importance of partnerships with communities, insisting that parents share in the responsibility of ensuring that their children get ahead.“I encourage residents to approach the authorities to find out how you can get involved in the development of the community by, for example, starting a food garden. In some cases, there is the option of volunteering at a local school for those who are unable to pay the school fees.“Our responsibility towards our children must take priority at all times, to ensure that they grow up to be active, well-functioning members of society,” she said.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

15 days agoBurnley winger McNeil appreciates Dyche freedom

first_imgBurnley winger McNeil appreciates Dyche freedomby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley winger Dwight McNeil appreciates the freedom manager Sean Dyche has granted him.Dyche recently claimed McNeil, who has three goals to his name, will “outgrow” the club and revealed he is wary of “over-coaching” him.”The gaffer will let me figure it out on my own, which I think is good for my development,” McNeil said.”He and the coaches will talk to me when they need to, when I’m doing well and not so well.”They help me in and out of possession because I’m maturing as a player, tactically and physically. I’ll give everything I have got to help the team.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

8 days agoSheffield Utd boss Wilder challenges Henderson to build on first England call

first_imgSheffield Utd boss Wilder challenges Henderson to build on first England callby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder has challenged Dean Henderson to build on his first England call-up.Wilder claimed Henderson’s call-up by Gareth Southgate was recognition of the on-loan Manchester United goalkeeper’s progress with the Blades. “He’s working extremely hard and I’m delighted he got his reward with England,” said Wilder.“It was a reward for not just a good start to his Premier League season, but his performances right the way through and for England at international level before.“The next step now is to stay in the squad and to try and make his full debut. He will only do that by playing very well for us.“He has to keep improving and taking his game to the next level, which is playing for the national side and doing very well for us.“When that happens, we will only know with time.” TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ottawa say Fairfax Financial Holdings interested in broken Churchill rail line

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government says a Toronto-based holding company is interested in becoming a new partner in a possible deal for a takeover of the broken rail line that runs to Churchill in northern Manitoba.Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says Fairfax Financial Holdings Inc. has expressed interest in the Hudson Bay Rail line, the Port of Churchill and other associated assets.Carr says Fairfax is considering partnering with Missinippi Rail and One North to acquire the line from Omnitrax.Severe flooding damaged the rail line last spring, cutting the only land link to Churchill, a town of 900 on the west coast of Hudson Bay.The situation is hurting the region’s tourism industry and raising the price of food and fuel.Carr, the MP for Winnipeg South Centre, says having Fairfax involved is an important step toward a positive solution for the people of Churchill.“This development has the potential to contribute to an arrangement supported by First Nations and communities in northern Manitoba,” he said Thursday in a release.“This would enable a sustainable business approach that results in a safe and reliable rail line.”Fairfax president Paul Rivett said the company is optimistic about the north. He said the Churchill rail corridor and the Port of Churchill are important pieces of infrastructure for northern communities and Canada’s economy.“Partnering with First Nations and communities is the right model for this investment,” he said in a release.“We have deep experience in infrastructure projects and have the necessary operational expertise to run shortline railways in partnership with our investee company AGT Foods. The key is that the plan has to be viable and profitable in the long term as a business.”Carr’s comments come only days after Ottawa filed a lawsuit against Denver-based Omnitrax.The lawsuit alleges Omnitrax has failed to repair and maintain the rail line in violation of a 2008 agreement that saw the company receive $18.8 million in federal aid for maintenance and upgrades. The lawsuit seeks repayment of the money.Omnitrax has said it plans to file a complaint against the federal government under the North American Free Trade Agreement.The company has said the federal government’s decision to end the Canadian Wheat Board’s monopoly on western grain in 2012 drastically cut grain shipments along the rail line and through the Port of Churchill.last_img read more

FB investing in inclusive AI to curb harmful content

first_imgSan Francisco: Facebook has announced long-term investments in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to proactively detect content that violates its policies. “To help us catch more of this problematic content, we’re working to make sure our AI systems can understand content with as little supervision as possible,” Manohar Paluri from Facebook’s AI team said during the company’s F8 conference in San Jose, California, on Thursday. “Advances in natural language processing (NLP) have helped us create a digital common language for translation, so we can catch harmful content across more languages,” Paluri added. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Facebook has developed a new approach to object recognition called “Panoptic FPN” that has helped AI-powered systems understand context from the backgrounds of photos. “Training models that combine visual and audio signals further improves results,” said Paluri. Facebook is currently facing several probes across the world for privacy violations and the spread of harmful and biased content on its platforms, including WhatsApp. Joaquin Quinonero Candela from Facebook’s AI team said the company is building best practices for fairness to ensure AI protects people and does not discriminate against them a” into every step of product development. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “When AI models are trained by humans on datasets involving people, there is an inherent representational risk. “If the datasets contain limitations, flaws or other issues, the resulting models may perform differently for different people,” said Candela. To manage that risk, Facebook said it has developed a new process for inclusive AI. This process provides guidelines to help researchers and programmers design datasets, measure product performance, and test new systems through the lens of inclusivity. “For vision, those dimensions include skin tone, age and gender presentation and for voice, they include dialect, age and gender, said the company.last_img read more