JCI Elects new executive board

first_img 255 Views   no discussions LocalNews JCI Elects new executive board by: – November 29, 2018 Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet The Dominica chapter of JCI elected the local 2019 Executive Board during the 3rd Annual General Meeting over the weekend, at the ballroom of the Prevost Cinemall in Roseau.The elections were held under the theme “Rebuilding and Transforming a Stronger JCI Together”.In addition to the President-elect, James Rodney, other members elected to the Executive Board for 2019 were Executive Vice President Meritta Hyacinth, Vice President Monita Nicholls-James, Vice President Jeannel David, Secretary General Brittney Clarke and Treasurer Tricia Jno Baptiste.The 2018 President, Derrick Theophille, will serve as Immediate Past President for 2019.Charged with the responsibility of leading the organization in 2018, outgoing President, Derrick Theophille, recounted the successes and challenges faced by JCI Dominica during his term.JCI Dominica implemented several projects over the year, including Lupus Awareness activities, the joint Sports day, a host of training for members and prospective members, some of which were accredited and also representation at the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Programme in Washington D.C.The President thanked the members for their efforts in the successes but expressed the need for greater teamwork and responsibility by all members.Finally, he welcomed the 2019 Executive Board and congratulated them on taking up the responsibility to be leaders for positive change.In his remarks, President-elect for 2019, James Rodney, promised to further the growth and recognition of JCI in Dominica and with the support of other organizations, seek to make a greater impact in the local society.He plans to work with all members and the West Indies Chapter of JCI to achieve those goals.Guest speaker, Brenton Hilaire, gave a motivational talk to the members present, and encouraged them to continually take up the challenge of leadership and strive towards being their best self. He stressed that JCI Dominica is a great opportunity for personal development and that opportunity should be fully endorsed by all members.The organization plans on having its Installation and Awards Ceremony in December. The 2019 Executive Board will be installed at a ceremony next month and begin their executive year on the 1st of January 2019.The date and venue will be given in a subsequent notice.Junior Chamber International (JCI) is a nonprofit organization of young active citizens between ages 18 to 40 across the globe who are engaged and committed to creating impact in their communities.These active citizens are individuals invested in the future of the world by making positive change. JCI members come from all sectors of society. The organization helps them to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to make informed decisions and take action.last_img read more

Westbrook too much down the stretch as Thunder edge Jazz 109-106

first_imgOKLAHOMA CITY — After coming back from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit, the game was right there for the Utah Jazz, who took a four-point lead in the final two minutes Tuesday night against Oklahoma City.Then Russell Westbrook happened.The triple-double machine scored 12 of his game-high 43 points in the final 2:05 of the game as he nearly singlehandedly willed the Thunder to a 109-106 victory at Chesapeake Energy Arena.The win was big for Thunder, who improved to 35-25 and pulled within two games of the Jazz, who fell to 37-23.“Obviously Russell made some exceptional plays coming down the stretch,” said OKC coach Billy Donovan. “We have a player in Russell that has a great internal belief in himself and he is always playing with a level of optimism . . . enthusiasm and a never-die attitude all the time.”“He played great, that’s who he is,” said Utah coach Quin Snyder. “He made the plays down the stretch. He does that.”The Jazz, who had won the first two games of their road trip, at Milwaukee and Washington, had made a gallant comeback after trailing by double-digit margins for most of the game. But Westbrook scored on five straight possessions for OKC, including a 3-pointer and a three-point play, to get the lead back for his team.Utah had chances in the final minute, but missed a pair of 3-point attempts and then turned the ball over with a couple of seconds left, only its seventh of the game after getting 24 two nights earlier in Washington.The key sequence came after the Jazz had called timeout with 5.7 seconds left down 108-106. Snyder called a play for Joe Johnson, who drove the baseline, only to make a poor pass trying to hit Gordon Hayward. The Thunder’s Jerami Grant made one of two free throws, but the Jazz couldn’t get off a possible game-tying three in the final 1.1 seconds.Snyder explained what the Jazz were trying to do after the timeout.“We had Joe and were going to play through the post with Joe. He’s been clutch for us. They switched (Steven) Adams out on him and he drove the ball, which was a good decision. He just happened to turn it over.”Johnson shouldered the blame for the final turnover, saying, “I just tried to get to the basket and I thought he was open, but he wasn’t. I could have probably tried to lay it up, but I saw him and I tried to make the right play.”Snyder said the game wasn’t lost on the final play and pointed out that the Jazz had two 3-point shots before that, by Hayward with 21 seconds left and by George Hill with 11 seconds left.“We had two wide-open threes, we just didn’t make them,” he said. “I don’t know that you could ask for more than that.”The game was probably lost in the first half when the Thunder shot lights out and the Jazz defense wasn’t as good as it was later in the game. OKC began the game by hitting an astounding 12 straight 3-point shots, including four each by Westbrook and recently-acquired Doug McDermott.Despite OKC’s 60 percent first-half shooting and 92.3 percent 3-point shooting (Westbrook finally broke the string with a miss with 32 seconds left), the Jazz trailed just 61-53 at the half.“Our defense wasn’t too good at the beginning of the game,” said Snyder. “Eventually our defense got a little better.”Either that or the Thunder finally cooled off down the stretch as they hit just 3 of 9 from long range in the second half and only 43.9 percent from the field.The Jazz trailed 94-81 with under eight minutes left, but behind the play of Rodney Hood and Hill, who finished with 18 and 15 points, respectively, the Jazz went on an 18-2 run to take a 99-96 lead with 2:13 left.Westbrook hit a 15-footer in the lane and then Hood made three free throws. Westbrook scored on a drive and layup and then Rudy Gobert scored in the lane. Next, Westbrook hit a pair of free throws before Johnson made a step-back three with 47 seconds left to make it 106-102. Those would be Utah’s final points.Westbrook then hit a 3-pointer from the left side and after Hayward’s miss, he drove for another layup and was fouled with 15.5 seconds left to give OKC the lead.Hayward finished with a team-high 19 points but went scoreless in the final quarter, missing all three of his shots. Rudy Gobert collected his 41st double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Johnson and Alec Burks each scored 13 off the bench.The Jazz will finally be back at home for the first time in two weeks with a game against Minnesota Wednesday night at Vivint Arena.last_img read more

Biola University set for student boom

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts. The new five-story dormitory is on the site of the former Horton Hall and brings the total number of dormitories on campus to 10. Male and female students will live in separate wings in the facility. The new dorm has 203 rooms with 409 beds, compared with 53 rooms with 107 beds in the old building that was built in 1959. Downstairs there is a basement area with a laundry room, game room and kitchen. Arriving freshmen and family members, who hauled boxes, suitcases and clothing on hangers out of the car trunks and moving vans Friday, were happy to be moving into the new building. “I like that it is new and we don’t have to worry about anything,” said Monica Schumacher, 17, of Elk Grove, near Sacramento. LA MIRADA – Biola University officials received approval Thursday from the fire marshal to open the newest dormitory on campus and by the weekend, a steady steam of students wheeling bikes and carrying suitcases were moving in. Horton Hall is the latest facility to be completed in a building boom that began five years ago on the campus to meet the needs of a growing student population. This year, the student body has swelled to 4,500 full-time students. “We had to race to get it done in time, but we feel good about it all coming together for the students,” said Ken Bascom, senior director of facilities, planning and construction at the Christian university in La Mirada. “This is absolutely a good thing. It makes me feel better that my oldest daughter is moving into a great environment like this,” added her mother, Marcia Schumacher. The university, which was founded in 1908 as the Bible Institute of Los Angeles and moved to its present location in 1959, has grown rapidly in recent years. For example, in 1995 the enrollment was only 2,600. But after several years of breaking enrollment records because of a high number of graduating high school seniors and increased interest by parents in sending their children to a Christian school, the university was running out of room, said Bascom. “Everywhere was overcrowded,” he said. The solution to the enrollment growth was construction of $53 million in new campus facilities, including a new library, remodeling of the old library, the new Horton Hall, a cafeteria and gymnasium expansion, a parking structure with jogging track and soccer field on the roof and a facility services building. A separate project – a new classroom and office building for the school of business – is under construction and expected to be completed by March. Increased enrollment has also forced Biola to purchase nine single-family homes and six of the 12 apartment complexes along Rosecrans Avenue, between Valley View and Biola avenues, making the university a major landowner in the city. The growth on the campus has created some tensions in the city, according to La Mirada Councilman Hal Malkin. When four to six students would rent a house, it caused parking problems on residential streets, he said. To improve the situation, the City Council created permit parking along portions of two streets near the university – Roma Drive and Biola Avenue, he said. But overall, having a thriving university in the city is a bonus, he said. “It is a university that has earned national and international acclaim, and the wonderful students do a lot of community outreach,” he said. “They also contribute to the local economy, like using the Starbucks up the street.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more