Jamaica begins preparations

first_imgJamaica will start a training camp in preparation for a historic appearance at the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Futsal Championship to be held in Havana, Cuba, January 22-26.A 16-man squad was named by player/coach Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore to start training today at the National Indoors Sports Centre.A total of eight teams, divided into two groups, will participate in the CFU tournament.Group One comprises: Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, CuraÁao and Guyana, while Group Two features host Cuba, Guadeloupe, Jamaica and St Maarten.Jamaica is scheduled to face Guadeloupe on January 22 in the opening game at the Sala Polivalente Kid Chocolate Complex in Cuba.The top three from the CFU will advance to the CONCACAF Championship on May 8-15 in Costa Rica. After that, the top four will advance to the 2016 World Futsal Championship.The training squad is: Anthony Marks, Savian Maxwell, Loran Lewis, Jason Wint, Theodore Whitmore, Fabian Taylor, Edsel Scott, Ramone Sibley, Jerome Haughton, David Swaby, Marcelino Blackburn, Shavar Blake, Marvin Morgan, Michily Waul, Donovan Carey and Kemeel Wolfe.last_img read more

Barton hails fans after QPR triumph

first_imgSkipper Joey Barton hailed QPR’s fans after Rangers’ dramatic win against Stoke at Loftus Road.Djibril Cisse’s late goal means the R’s will definitely stay up if they get a point at Manchester City next weekend.Barton told Sky: “A massive part is the atmosphere the fans created. It was electric. I wouldn’t want to play in front of that as an opposition player. It gives us such momentum.“People wrote us off and said our run-in was very tough, but we stayed compact as a unit and kept chipping away.“We’re now in a position with one game to go where we’re still the masters of own destiny.“If you’d said that to me 10 games ago I’d have snapped your hand off and I’m sure most QPR fans would have felt the same.”More reaction to follow.Click here for the QPR v Stoke quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

AT&T to Spend Tens of Millions to Promote Safe Texting

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … dan rowinski Tags:#mobile center_img Texting while driving contributes to nearly 100,000 crashes causing injury or death per year. Loathe to be held responsible for such a grim statistic, AT&T has announced a campaign to stop texting while driving as well as an app to help curb the practice.AT&T announced a new public awareness effort today as part of its ongoing “It Can Wait” initiative to bring attention to the dangers of texting while driving. The campaign calls for people to make a lifelong commitment to safe texting. It will culminate with a “No Text On Board” pledge day on September 19. Texting while driving is especially prevalent among teenagers. An AT&T survey showed that 97% of teens say texting and driving is “common” among their friends. About 89% of teens expect to reply to a text or an email on their phones within five minutes or less, whether or not they are driving. It is not just young people, though, as 77% of teens in the survey reported seeing their parents texting while driving.Texting drivers are 23 times more likely to be in an accident, a study from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute research department concluded.AT&T is encouraging its 240,000 employees to take the pledge. The company also will enlist celebrities to spread the word through TV ads, concerts, public appearances and social media channels. Plans call for an aggressive push on Facebook and Twitter to promote the pledge, which can be tracked through the #itcanwait hashtag. AT&T’s “It Can Wait” program started in 2009, and consumers have likely already seen TV ads or heard radio spots telling people not to text and drive. AT&T is doubling down on its commitment to the issue this fall and will spend “tens of millions” of dollars on the campaign, according to a company representative. AT&T is not alone in campaigning for awareness of the toll exacted by distracted drivers. The CTIA trade association, the largest wireless trade group in the United States, made texting from behind the wheel its cause of the year in 2011. Verizon has had a campaign against texting while driving since 2009. Sprint released an app called Drive First in 2011 that automatically locks a phone from incoming messages when it is in a car traveling faster than 10 mile per hour. T-Mobile includes a similar function into many of the devices it sells. The AT&T DriveMode app was released to the Android Google Play and BlackBerry App World stores today with the promise of more platforms soon, including iOS and Windows Phone. When the app is active, it disables some of the phone’s functions such as notification sounds for incoming texts, email and phone calls. It also sends a reply message letting people know that you are driving and will get back to them. Texts and emails cannot be sent when DriveMode is active and it will only allow people to accept and send phone calls to and from five people.  Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

Five cops suspended as robber flees from hospital

first_imgFive policemen have been suspended by Ganjam Superintendent of Police Brijesh Ray after a bank robber, Babu Nayak, escaped from police custody on Sunday while undergoing treatment at MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Odisha’s Berhampur.The policemen include a havildar and four constables, posted at the hospital to keep a watch on Nayak admitted in its surgery ward.According to Bhanjanagar Sub-Divisional Police Officer Utkal Keshari Dash, a special team has been formed to track him down.This is not the first time Nayak has given the police a slip. Arrested in August 2017, he had escaped from the Bhanjanagar sub-jail on September 11.last_img