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15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Do you ‘friend’ your co-workers? Many do, but the pros at OfficeTeam want you to keep a few things in mind.“While the lines between our personal and professional lives continue to blur, not everyone’s comfortable connecting with colleagues on digital channels,” said Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam. “Before friending or following someone, check if that individual has other coworkers in their networks. When in doubt, let fellow employees make the first move online.”Britton added, “Interacting with colleagues on social media can help build stronger relationships. But it should be done with care — you might not want to share everything with work friends that you would with closer personal contacts.” continue reading »
Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian is the pilot of Jamaica’s two-member female bobsled team, and is looking to make history by becoming one of Jamaica’s first-ever women to compete in the Winter Games at the 2018 instalment in Pyeongchang, South Korea. She previously drove for the United States and, in her time there, she obtained a silver medal while competing with former American sprinter Lolo Jones. Fenlator-Victorian then switched allegiance to Jamaica in 2015. She was able to do this because, although she has a mother of German, Polish and Latvian roots, her father hails from Cave in Westmoreland. She spent some time talking to One-On-One about her background in the sport and her goals heading into the 2018 Games. RACHID PARCHMENT: You started out your athletic career as a shot putter. What led to the switch to bobsledding? JAZMINE FENLATOR-VICTORIAN: Yeah, I actually started in track and field. I was recruited to college as a multi-eventer and ended my career as a shot put/discus/hammer thrower. What led me to bobsled was that my college coach actually recommended it to me, ending my senior year right before I was trying to qualify for NCAA Championships. He mentioned that my skill sets being strong, explosive and fast for a short distance could translate over, so he actually submitted my athletics rÈsumÈ to the US programme in the spring time of 2007, and by fall, I was invited to a tryout. RP: Why did you switch to Jamaica? JFV: I was approached early in my career by the Jamaican bobsled team because I have dual citizenship, but I was already in an emerging elite programme with the US, so I decided to stay. But I’ve always had the desire to represent both nations as well. I think it’s important for children, – even adults, to know that there’s more opportunities than what you are told that you have, as well as to live outside the box. Also, I think it’s important, not only just for my generation, but for my kids and other people who are dual citizens or of mixed cultures to embrace all of who they are. To represent Jamaica is a dream come true for me. I didn’t know it was an opportunity when I was younger. I love my heritage, where I’m from, who I am because of that, and I think that if I can represent them on the world stage, then that’s a goal I’ve always wanted to do, so I’m super excited that I have this opportunity. RP: Were you apprehensive about coming to represent Jamaica and what was it like when you came here and saw the facilities available to train here? JFV: I didn’t have apprehensions for my decision to transition to Jamaica. I’ve had a very good relationship with the president of the federation [Dudley Stokes] and the athletes over the course of my career and I’ve trained with them, not in Jamaica, but around the world. So I knew the people, the culture, the hard work and the ethics. I also knew about our funding and that it would be different than Team USA’s. When I’ve been to Jamaica and trained, I love it! Warm weather all the time! It’s amazing! Just going back to the simple life, the simple training that makes big gains is a breath of fresh air, rather than worrying about all these details and putting money on expensive equipment just to have the basics. The close-knit group of athletes that I’m with is just amazing. I’m motivated every day by Carrie Russell, my brakeman, my teammates that have been with the programme for years and what they’ve overcome personally and athletically. It pushes me at a different level that I haven’t had in a very long time. It’s exciting and also a learning experience and I can’t wait to keep growing. RP:You mentioned Carrie as a motivator, but she also thinks of you in the same way JFV: She’s a great person and teammate. I’m so lucky to have her join me on this adventure to victory and to make history. RP: Obviously, you’re referring to qualifying for Pyeongchang 2018. How much pressure is there on you to eclipse the first-ever Jamaican team to qualify for a Winter Games in 1988, especially with their legacy somewhat depicted by the movie Cool Runnings? JFV: We’re looking, as the next generation, to kind of make our own mark, develop our own type of phrase, as you call it. Carrie and I say that we’re fire on ice. We’re the new generation, we’re the hottest ‘ting’, and we’re ’bout to light it up on ice. We’re super excited for that opportunity and with performances coming up, hopefully, we can build and build on that phrase, as well as show that the next generation is here. We’re bigger, badder, faster, and building on what our predecessors have already started.
Morocco based Liberian striker William Jebor has been nominated twice for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) awards.Striker Jebor, who is currently playing for Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco, has a chance to add another achievement to his name after being named among the nominees for the African Player of the Year as well as in the category of those based on the continent.For the continent based players’ category, Jebor, 25, will compete against goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune of Kaiser Chiefs, Khama Billiat, Keegen Dolly and keeper Denis Onyango, all of Mamelodi Sundowns in the South African Premier League (PSL).He will have to battle European based stars that include among others Leister City forward Riyah Mahrez (Algeria), the legendary Samuel Eto, Liverpool’s Sadio Mane (Senegal) and Dortmund’s Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, who currently holds the award.On 13 October 2015, Jebor scored a hat-trick in a 3–1 win in Guinea-Bissau. He scored another hat-trick in a CAF 2017 qualification match in Monrovia, between Djibouti and Liberia, becoming the only Liberian senior national football team player to score a hat-trick more than once in an international tournament.Jebor was also on the score sheet for his club in the semi-finals of the CAF 2016 Champions League, but did not reach the finals after they lost to Zamalek on a 6-5 aggregate. He has so far made three appearances for Wydad Athletic Club and scored three goals.If Jebor emerges as winner in any of the categories, he will be the second Liberian to achieve the award. Other nominees include Eric Baily (Cote d’Ivoire & Manchester United), Islam Slimani (Algeria & Leicester City), El Arabi Hillel Soudani (Algeria & Dinamo Zagred), Serge Aurier (Cote d’Ivoire) and Yao Kouasi Gervais ‘Gervinho’ (Cote d’Ivoire) among others.The Glo-CAF Awards Gala will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2017, in Abuja, Nigeria.Elsewhere, South African based Anthony Laffor was on target as his team, Mamelodi Sondowns, got a 3-0 win over Zarmalek in the first leg of the CAF Champions League finals.According to the BBC, Anthony Laffor and Tebogo Langerman made it 2-0 at half-time, with the third coming just after the break.Sundowns are now strong favorites for the second leg in Alexandria where they will seek to win their first continental trophy and become only the second South African side to win Africa’s top club prize, the BBC says.“It’s not over yet, we need to keep our feet on the ground for our next game in Egypt but we are ahead of them in the competition. So we’ll see what happens in Egypt but to be frank with you it’s not going to be easy there and nobody tells us it’s going to be easy because we started this journey on a rocky road,” Laffor told a local sports media in South Africa.The second leg in Alexandria takes place on Sunday, October 23.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Williams, who has 12 double-doubles this year, notched a triple-double (20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 steals) in her first career varsity game, a 58-39 victory Nov. 30 over Paraclete. The 5-foot-10 forward – also a two-time Golden League shot put champion in track and field – has four double-doubles in her past five games, including a career-high 31 points and 14 rebounds Jan. 6 against Antelope Valley. “Jahne is a super athlete,” Henderson said. “She’s got this happy-go-lucky personality, and she likes to joke a lot, but she is serious when she needs to be.” Williams is a Division I college prospect who is working on her game. She sometimes jumps passing lanes too aggressively, committing unnecessary fouls – she has 69 fouls this season – and foul trouble has limited her playing time in some games. And she is hesitant to dribble to her left. “There’s always room for improvement,” Williams acknowledged. “I don’t think I’m the best I’ll ever be. I know I need to improve defensively.” There are some athletes who like to listen to music before games. Others prefer to survey the opposition or talk strategy with coaches. Then there’s Jahne Williams, a junior on the Knight High girls’ basketball team. “She dances,” Knight assistant coach Danny Henderson said. “Most girls try and focus before games. They don’t talk. (Head coach Shawn Johnson and I) joke that Jahne won’t get hurt on the court, but dancing on the sidelines before the game.” Henderson says he believes this carefree spirit has contributed to Williams’ success on the court. In 21 games this year, the first-year varsity player has team highs of 16.6 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.8 steals per game. Lancaster coach John Gallen, whose Eagles beat Knight 56-41 on Jan. 4, says Lancaster senior Andrea Bobic and Palmdale junior Brittney Lloyd are Williams’ equals. “But there’s no question,” Gallen said. “To beat Knight, you have to first stop Jahne Williams.” Although not expected to seriously contend for the league title, Knight (11-10 overall, 4-2 Golden), in its first year as a varsity program, is in third place, behind Palmdale (10-10, 5-0) and Lancaster (10-4, 3-1). Knight also is receiving significant contributions from sophomore Gelenda Loving (11.9 points per game) and junior Nicole Troncoso (8.9 rebounds per game). The Hawks, who have no seniors, play host to Lancaster Tuesday and Palmdale on Feb. 3. Upset victories could catapult Knight atop the standings, but don’t expect the magnitude of those games to deter Williams from her pregame routine. “Jahne is such a stress-reducer,” Johnson said. “She is so lighthearted, sometimes goofy, but she knows exactly when to turn it on. She really hates to lose.” Kevin Connelly, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!