Tennis and soccer took centre stage last Friday and Saturday on the grounds of the American International School of Kingston (AISK).The schools’ Liguanea campus was host to the first weekend of the 2016 AISK SportsFeva tournament. The event is spread over two weekends and features more than 290 student athletes from Aruba, Cayman, CuraÁao and of course Jamaica.”SportsFeva 2016 has been going great so far. We had some hiccups with the rain on Saturday as it postponed the U12 TennisFeva finals, but that is to be expected as we deal with Mother Nature and a growing event. In the long run, however, the event continues to deliver for these young athletes and that’s what we are focused on,” said Shirley Davis, AISK’s Head of School.”We had TennisFeva and SoccerFeva last weekend and the turnout was great. Seeing our young athletes, and by ‘our’ I mean the region, compete and grow as athletes. Many of the competitors have been here more than once, and they have formed great bonds and friendships with each other,” added Bradley Ransom, who heads AISK’s athletics department.TennisFeva 2016 started with U-10s competing hard for bragging rights amongst their peers. A number of exciting moments kept on-lookers fully engaged in the rallies on court. In the end, Hillel Preparatory came out on top with the AISK “A” and AISK “B” teams taking second and third place respectively.The Immaculate Conception Preparatory School was recognised for being the most disciplined team and nine-year-old Tomas Bordeau from AISK was identified as the competition’s best sportsman.Hillel was not to be left out of the individual awards, as their nine-year-old Matthew James was named the most valuable player.On the U-12s side, St Peter and Paul Preparatory edged out Hopefield Preparatory for first place as Hillel “A” finished in third.Eleven-year-old Nathan Chin of St Peter and Paul was named the most valuable player, while Hillel Academy’s Xander Bicknell was named best sportsperson. Wolmer’s Preparatory was recognised as this year’s most disciplined team.The excitement of SoccerFeva could not be contained. The football tournament began on Friday with group rounds.Big winners in Friday’s group qualifiers were defending SoccerFeva Cup boys champions Jamaica College, who trumped AISK 5-0 and Campion College with their 4-2 win over Cayman Prep.In Saturday’s knock-out finals, Jamaica College defended their hold on the SoccerCup with a decisive 3-0 win over CuraÁao in the finals. JC earlier beat Hillel 1-0 to make it to the finals, while CuraÁao overcame Campion’s semi-final challenge with a 4-1 win.Competition was no less intense for the female footballers, as Cayman Prep overcoming AISK 1-0 to claim the girls title. Cayman Prep beat the American International School of Cayman 3-1 in penalties after a 3-3 draw in the semi-finals.AISK had turn back Campion College in the semis with a 3-1 win in penalties after a 1-1 draw.AISK SportsFeva 2016 ends tomorrow with ClayFeva, a clay-shooting competition, at the Skeet Shooting Club in Portmore. The excitement begins at 8 a.m.
Categories: LaFave News State Rep. Beau LaFave today announced the hire of Joe Aragona as legislative director and Sam Olsen as legislative assistant in his Lansing office.Aragona brings four years of legislative experience, having served previously for former state Rep. Anthony Forlini, R- Harrison Twp., who served as chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.During his time in Lansing, Aragona has helped write several pieces of legislation, including public acts to fight opioid abuse, reduce regulations for credit unions and increase financial stability for children with disabilities. He also earned the 2015 staffer of the year award presented by the Michigan Credit Union League.“I look forward to working with Joe,” said Rep. LaFave, R-Iron Mountain. “He knows what he’s doing when it comes to drafting legislation and advocating for Michigan’s constituents. I’ve got a lot of confidence in his abilities.”Olsen graduated from Michigan State University in 2016 with a degree in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy. He previously interned for former Majority Floor Leader Rep. Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton. As LaFave’s legislative assistant he will aid in constituent communication, scheduling and analytical support for political decision-making.“Sam is a great addition to the team,” LaFave said. “He is eager to learn and has experience with many of the tasks he’ll be taking on in this role.”Rep. LaFave was sworn in by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley locally at the Dickinson County Courthouse. His office is now open to serve the people of Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties and can be contacted at (517) 373-0156 or firstname.lastname@example.org.LaFave says he is most passionate about energy reform, insurance reform and education credits for skilled trades.### 04Jan Rep. LaFave announces hire of office staff
Saturday, May 198 to 9:30 a.m. at Baker’s Rhapsody, 144 S. Front St. in Dowagiac. Categories: Miller News No appointments are necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Miller’s office at (517) 373-0832 or AaronMiller@house.mi.gov. State Rep. Aaron Miller of Sturgis today announced his monthly in-district office hours with local residents.“I enjoy connecting with the people in my community and hear what matters most to them,” Rep. Miller said. “It is important that I am accessible to everyone.”Rep. Miller will hold office hours at the following times and locations:Friday, May 182:30 to 4 p.m. at Dawn and Phil’s Café, 105 W. State St. in Colon;4:30 to 6 p.m. at LA’s Coffee Café, 145 W. Michigan Ave. in Three Rivers; and 10May Rep. Miller announces May office hours
The number of French households with TVs declined in the year to June, while the number of homes receiving TV only via DTT or only IPTV fell slightly over the same period, according to a study for media regulator the CSA and other public bodies. According to the third household study of audiovisual equipment, 96.7% of French homes were equipped with at least one TV at the end of the first half, down 1.4% year-on-year. By comparison, computers were present in 80.3% of homes, while 59.3% of people aged 15 and over owned a smartphone. Tablets were present in 32% of homes.Digital-terrestrial TV remained the main way to receive TV, present in 59.1% of homes with at least one TV set. TV over ADSL came a close second, with 43.9% of homes receiving TV in this way. This compares with 24.7% of homes that take satellite TV and 8.4% that take cable.Just under three homes in 10 only take DTT, down four points on the previous six months, while only one home in five relies entirely on ADSL to receive TV, down one point.DTT HD receivers were present in 79.7% of homes, up very slightly.
Thomas DooleyViacom’s COO, Thomas Dooley, has been handed a new contract following the news the US media giant had created a new lead independent director role.Dooley, also Viacom’s senior executive VP, is now contracted with Viacom until December 31, 2018.His previous deal was due to finish at the end of the year, having been COO since 2010 and first joining Viacom in 1980.His appointment closely followed that off long-term Viacom board member and ex-Verizon chairman Frederic Salerno being appointed lead independent director, who will serve as a liaison between executive chairman, president and CEO Philippe Dauman and Viacom’s independent directors.Viacom said the move would “enhance” governance practices, though two key shareholder advisory firms, Institutional Shareholder Services and Glass Lewis, warned against Salerno’s re-election to the board this week.The appointment is a clear attempt to remove shareholder concerns about Dauman’s growing power after he was appointed executive chairman to succeed Sumner Redstone despite poor cable ratings and returns from the Paramount Pictures film studio arm.“Fred has been a strong leader as a member of our board and his judgment, broad perspective and experiencewill serve him and the board well as he undertakes his new role as lead independent director,” said Dauman.“I am committed to strong governance practices that are thoughtful, focused and proactive, particularly in this time of transition for the company.Dauman has tightened his grip on control despite a boardroom battle with Redstone’s daughter, Shari Redstone, who has campaigned to remove him amid concerns about performance and remuneration.The board, which included Salerno, elected Dauman to the chairman role last month.Salerno is known as a long-term ally of Sumner Redstone, who controls Viacom through his shareholdings in National Amusements. Salerno was president of Nynex, a New York-based predecessor telco of Verizon’s, which helped Redstone gain control of Viacom in 1994.He is also a board member of Redstone’s other major media asset, US broadcaster CBS.Viacom’s share price was up very slightly after the appointments at US$41.48. This remains well short of the five-year high of US$88.36 on July 18, 2014.Viacom’s channes include Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Spike, BET, CMT, TV Land, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr. and UK terrestrial Channel 5.