J’can McKenzie embraces challenge after athletics appointment at Georgetown University


J’can McKenzie embraces challenge after athletics appointment at Georgetown University

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Thursday, December 03, 2020

While he said he had ambitions of becoming the director of Track & Field/Cross Country at his alma mater Georgetown University, former Calabar High athlete Alton McKenzie said he was surprised when the oppurtuity presented itself earlier this year.

McKenzie, who is entering his fifth year as a part of the coaching staff at Georgetown Hoyas, an institution in Washington DC, known internationally for their basketball programmes, said the timing of the offer came like a bolt from the blue.

“I’m humbled and honoured to be named the director of Track & Field and Cross Country here at Georgetown. The timing was surprising as there wasn’t an expectation that the opportunity was forthcoming.” he told the Jamaica Observer last week.

Asked what he thought made him the

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Mo Brooks plans to challenge Electoral College vote

Rep. Mo Brooks says he plans to challenge the Electoral College vote when Congress is expected to officially certify President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory on Jan. 6.

The Alabama Republican says he is also looking for a GOP senator to join him in the effort, though he said he has had no direct communication with any senator thus far.

“In my judgment, based on what I know to be true, Joe Biden was the largest beneficiary of illegally cast votes in the history of the United States,” Brooks said in a phone interview with today. “And I can either ratify that illegal vote system, or I can object to it, in hopes that our election system will become more secure in future elections.”

Brooks said he may still object to the vote counting process by himself, even though he acknowledged to Politico that would be more of a symbolic protest.

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Oxford and Cambridge battle it out on University Challenge in VERY tense match

University Challenge viewers enjoy ‘boat race’ nail-biter with Oxford and Cambridge neck-and-neck on points with minutes to go during battle for a quarter-final spot

  • As this series edges ever close to the final stage, the matches are hotting up
  • Latest contest saw St John’s Cambridge take on Balliol Oxford in boat race battle
  • Host Jeremy Paxman told Balliol they’d ‘got in under the wire’ after a late flourish 
  • A question about flightless birds saw Oxford finally gain the momentum to win 
  • The show is currently being screened with new social distancing rules in force, with perspex panels and ear pieces introduced for contestants 

It’s getting to the business end of the University Challenge deal and the weekly contests are getting ever more tense, as the latest match – between St John’s Cambridge

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Trump’s Refusal To Concede Highlights The Real Challenge Of Civic Education

The aftermath of the 2020 presidential election has featured President Trump’s absurd, alarming refusal to acknowledge defeat. It’s made me think that those of us who recall election night 2000 and the Florida recount never fully appreciated that even the meanest moments of that ugly, knockdown fight were constrained by a respect for the rules, which is what kept things from going off the rails. Indeed, the 2020 election is a powerful reminder that civic education is about much more than urging students to vote.  

As we’re seeing daily, the bulwark of free government is canvassing boards in Michigan that are willing to

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Salesforce Trailhead Training – Good For Career Owners, A Fresh Challenge For HR Managers

More than 20 years ago, Oracle executive Mark Benioff believed companies of all sizes, not just large companies, needed an information technology platform to drive their future success. He teamed up with three colleagues and successfully pitched his idea to investors, which included Oracle boss Larry Ellison. The company Salesforce was founded in 1999, offering a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software system to potential users. The company knew from the start it needed to train both its own and its customers’ workers in the system, and more recently realized it could exploit that training through a new division called Trailhead, launched in 2014. In this article, I will describe how Trailhead is already challenging fundamental assumptions in Human Resource Management. In a future article, I will argue Trailhead is sponsoring a new kind of space, a “career ecosystem,” in which to host participants’ careers.

From the

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College Football Playoff committee has challenge with Big Ten, Pac-12


USA TODAY Sports’ Mackenzie Salmon spoke with Paul Myerberg about the 2020 college football bowl season.


Inevitably, the College Football Playoff selection committee will need to consider the case of Wisconsin.

Or Northwestern.

Or Oregon, Southern California, even Ohio State.

Often messy under the best of circumstances, the current playoff debate will be complicated by mismatched schedules and the conflicting numbers of games played by the best teams from the Power Five conferences.

Beginning with the debut rankings, which will be released Tuesday, the selection committee will need to weigh the merits of specific teams across a wide spectrum of data points — from the eight games played by Clemson and Notre Dame to the three games played by Ohio State and the two played by Wisconsin, Oregon and USC.

Fitting this knotty and muddled regular season, it’s impossible to predict how the process might unfold.


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Food insecurity a real challenge for college students | Letter

College students shouldn’t go hungry

On top of the stresses that 2020 has brought to college students across the country, hunger and homelessness should not be one of them. Adding to the devastations that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light, stay-at-home orders and unemployment have highlighted the increasing population of college students who are experiencing both hunger and homelessness during this school year.

Findings have shown that approximately 40 percent of college students are currently facing food insecurity and about 15 percent of college students are experiencing homelessness due to the pandemic. Of the students who have been affected, LGBTQIA and Black, Indigenous and other students of color have been impacted at disproportionately higher rates, adding to the vast systemic problems they already encounter beyond their campuses.

Making matters worse, students are often ineligible or face restrictive rules to receive state and federal assistance programs such as “food stamps.”

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U.S. appeals court rejects challenge to Harvard’s race-based admissions practices

By Nate Raymond

a person walking down a sidewalk in front of a brick building: A man walks through a gate to the Yard at Harvard University in Cambridge

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A man walks through a gate to the Yard at Harvard University in Cambridge

BOSTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Thursday upheld Harvard University’s use of race in undergraduate admissions, rejecting a challenge by affirmative action opponents who said the school’s policy discriminates against Asian-Americans.

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston rejected the claims by Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), a nonprofit founded by anti-affirmative action activist Edward Blum that gained the support of Republican President Donald Trump’s administration.

SFFA argued that Harvard engaged in impermissible “racial balancing” to benefit other preferred minority groups, such as Blacks and Hispanics, and did not narrowly tailor enough its use of race as a factor.

But U.S. Circuit Judge Sandra Lynch said Harvard’s consideration of race was not “impermissibly extensive” but was instead “meaningful to Harvard’s admissions process because it prevents

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Microsoft and the Open Data Institute announce an Education Open Data Challenge to help close the digital divide

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LONDON and REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —
LONDON and REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Microsoft and the Open Data Institute (ODI) announced today the launch of an Education Open Data Challenge to shine light on the relationship between broadband access and K-12 (ages 5 to 18 years old) education outcomes. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Education Open Data Challenge will help educators and research organizations better understand the potential long-term impact the ongoing disruption to traditional learning will have on the world’s most vulnerable learners.

Microsoft and the ODI are encouraging teams that wish to participate in the challenge to help generate innovative solutions to close the digital divide in K-12 education to go here to learn more. The winning team will be invited to elect a non-profit

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Logan Ryan ended Tom Brady’s Patriots career: ‘Greatest challenge’


SportsPulse: Lorenzo is looking to bounce back from a wild Week 7 for bettors. Here’s his three best bets for Week 8 in the NFL.


Logan Ryan can say he intercepted Tom Brady’s last pass as a Patriot. He’s hoping to catch the next one Brady throws his way.

The former Rutgers star defensive back will be counted on again on Monday night when the Giants welcome in Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Ryan is second on the Giants with 44 tackles after playing every defensive snap for the last five weeks. Few players have a better understanding of what it’s like to face the future Hall of Fame quarterback.

“I feel like he brings the best out of me,” Ryan said. “I know I have to be my best in order to compete with him. I love playing against him because it’s the greatest challenge

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