Imani Lansiquot on cultural change, inspiring black athletes and interviewing Ebony Rainford-Brent | Athletics News

first_img Ebony Rainford-Brent reveals to Imani Lansiquot what she would change if she was aged 22 again! Heroic EbonyI had the pleasure of speaking with Ebony Rainford-Brent. Not only was it a huge honour to talk to one of my sporting heroes, but it was so eye-opening to gain greater insight into her story.I was taken aback by her determination, grit and ambition, and it was made even more empowering to find out that we came from similar south London backgrounds with Caribbean heritage.Ebony has experienced so many situations where she has had to be “the first” for women and black women in the world of cricket.Despite this, she seemed unfazed and took it all in her stride.She had a goal and wouldn’t let anything get in her way, and it never came into question where she was from, or the colour of her skin, and she let her performances do all the talking!Black History MonthKeep across all our features, news stories and video content on Sky Sports News and our Sky Sports platforms. Check out all our Black History Month content here Imani Lansiquot reflects on a “harrowing” year, the reawakening of the Black Lives Matter movement, interviewing Ebony Rainford-Brent and her dreams of helping to end “ingrained racism within our culture” By Mark AshendenLast Updated: 04/11/20 11:22pm Imani reveals how cricket has been inspirational in her family, while Ebony Rainford-Brent admits her passions for shot put! Evoking a change to culture requires consistent action and conversation over a long period of time. It requires a commitment to understand a topic that has no immediate solution or repair. It means turning conversations about negative experiences or ideologies into positive actionable goals.There is a rich history of black sporting icons being pioneers of “culture change”. From Mohammed Ali to Serena Williams, Lewis Hamilton to Ebony Rainford-Brent, we have seen time and time again how sport can greatly impact the conversation around racism.Alongside this, sport plays such a huge role in one of my favourite quotes: “if you can see it, you can be it”.From first-hand experience, seeing somebody who looks like you breaking boundaries and gaining success opens endless doors for young people who may not have believed they could. It actively changes the culture by influencing the next generation to aspire for more.I will feel accomplished in my sporting career if I can say that I played a part in changing the culture and continuing the conversations. – Advertisement – Ebony Rainford-Brent tells Imani Lansiquot you need to be brave to follow your heart and overcome fear to succeed Of course, medals and fast times will play a paramount role in my legacy, but what is also very close to my heart is ensuring that I am showing the next young black boy or girl coming up that the possibilities are endless and that their potential exists and matters.This Black History Month, of course, it is a time to celebrate positive black icons and understand that they play an integral role within the tapestry of all of our histories.But we should also understand that the culture-change doesn’t stop here. It is a long-term commitment to breaking the wheel, continuously educating ourselves and inspiring the younger versions of ourselves to know better and do better, no matter where you are from.How can we make real change?I am an avid believer that culture change has to start with the individual. We cannot wish for big changes in equality and diversity if we, as individuals, have not checked our own level of understanding.This starts with educating ourselves better on the contributions of black British history to our nation’s history as a whole.It is about understanding that this contribution is woven into our healthcare, our popular culture, our sports, our enterprise and so many other industries and not limiting this acknowledgement to just October.In the workplace, it is about recognising that diversity in the workplace goes beyond a “tick-box” exercise, but instead enriches and develops the future by bringing different backgrounds and opinions to the table. 2:16 Ebony Rainford-Brent reveals to Imani Lansiquot what she would change if she was aged 22 again! – Advertisement – Sport inspires unity, says Ebony Rainford-Brent who opens up to Imani Lansiquot on fighting for diversity and equality With Black History Month drawing to a close, British sprinter Imani Lansiquot is demanding more positive action that goes beyond hashtags as she dreams of medals on the track and inspiring cultural change off it.The 22-year-old Sky Sports Scholar opens her heart on the Black Lives Matter movement, inspiring and educating the next generation and how interviewing cricket legend and broadcaster Ebony Rainford-Brent has given her a big lift…The year 2020 has been an eye-opener to say the very least. A harsh light was shone onto current social affairs that both unified and divided parts of the country and forced us all to ask uncomfortably important questions that felt defining for the future.The reawakening of the Black Lives Matter movement this year was probably one of the most emotionally harrowing times I have ever had as a young black woman in the UK.The movement forced us all to face the reminder that while it may feel we have come a long way, we still have so far to go in terms of changing a culture and putting a stop to ingrained racism within our culture.In this, I feel it is so important for us all to remember that changing a culture goes beyond that ‘flash in the pan’ moment.It goes beyond posting a hashtag or black square on your social media account. It even goes beyond October’s Black History Month.center_img Sport inspires unity, says Ebony Rainford-Brent who opens up to Imani Lansiquot on fighting for diversity and equality 2:02 Ebony Rainford-Brent tells Imani Lansiquot you need to be brave to follow your heart and overcome fear to succeed 1:35 Imani reveals how cricket has been inspirational in her family, while Ebony Rainford-Brent admits her passions for shot put! – Advertisement – 2:09 – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Biden campaign staffer slams Facebook for ‘shredding the fabric of our democracy’

first_imgA Biden campaign staffer publicly condemned Facebook over its handling of the election aftermath late Monday, claiming it is “shredding the fabric of our democracy.”Bill Russo, deputy communications director for the Biden campaign, sent out a series of tweets criticizing Facebook’s handling of misinformation and calls for violence related to the election. Russo specifically called out Facebook’s handling of posts by Steve Bannon, a former advisor to President Donald Trump, and the news outlet Bannon previously ran, Breitbart.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies at a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, U.S., October 23, 2019.Erin Scott | Reuters The criticism could be an early indication of President-elect Joe Biden’s approach to the social media platform and potentially the tech industry at-large. Biden has given few hints about how he would handle the laundry list of concerns around the tech industry, which span from content moderation to antitrust issues.But the sparse comments he has given so far do not bode well for the tech industry and specifically for Facebook.“No, I’ve never been a fan of Facebook, as you probably know,” he told the New York Times Editorial Board, according to a transcript published in January. “I’ve never been a big Zuckerberg fan. I think he’s a real problem.”- Advertisement –center_img Biden also told the Times he believed Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects tech platforms from being held liable for their users’ posts, should be “revoked.” That’s a far bolder stance than most lawmakers on ether side of the aisle have stated, given that the law also allows platforms to take down objectionable posts, like those promoting violence or harassment.Facebook banned a network of pages linked to Bannon on Monday for “artificially boost[ing]” the number of people who would get to see their posts on the platform. A group originally called “Stop the Steal,” which amplified Trump’s baseless claims about election fraud, was among the pages Facebook found to have violated its policies and removed. A Bannon spokesperson did not provide comment on the removals Monday.But according to Russo, the action was too little too late. The group had already exposed thousands of users to the baseless theories and several more popped up after its removal, according to Russo.Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Russo also criticized Facebook for maintaining Bannon’s page on its platform after Bannon called for the beheading of government infectious diseases-expert Dr. Anthony Fauci and Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray in a podcast. Twitter suspended the podcast from its platform and Google-owned YouTube also took down the episode.After Bannon released the episode, his lawyers defending him on charges that he defrauded donors to a nonprofit sought to be released from his case.Russo contrasted Facebook’s approach to election misinformation with Twitter’s, which has more aggressive policies for labeling potentially misleading information. He claimed while Twitter prevented election misinformation from Trump from being spread widely, “Facebook continued to actively promote the posts in feeds.”Russo said in a tweet that the campaign had “pleaded with Facebook for over a year to be serious about these problems. They have not.”The messages signal Facebook is likely to face continued scrutiny under the Biden administration. The company has been under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission and a coalition of states over antitrust concerns for well over a year. The federal agency could bring charges against Facebook as soon as this month, according to Politico.Subscribe to CNBC on YouTube.WATCH: Here’s why some experts are calling for a breakup of Big Tech after the House antitrust report – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Dominica To Formulate Strategy For Development Of ICT In Education

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share (L-R): Chief Education Officer Steve Hyacinth and Neil Butcher, Educational Technology Specialist seated to the extreme right. Photo credit: Dionne Durand.Roseau, Dominica –-Dominica is on course to take the lead among its regional counterparts in the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in education.“I think even though the ICT investments in Dominica are not necessarily as large as in other countries, you are well placed to be a regional leader and potentially a global leader,” said Educational Technology Specialist Neil Butcher, following a fact finding mission here to develop a three-year strategy for the professional development of teachers in ICT Education.Butcher who has conducted similar missions in several other Caribbean countries, said he had explored with the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, strategies to support teachers in developing the skills to use ICT effectively in schools.“What we have found in Dominica so far has been a growing level of investment in ICT infrastructure, a degree of professional development activities, but above all, a tremendous passion and commitment for use of ICT in education in this country.“So we think there is tremendous opportunity here because there is a committed workforce with people who want to move Dominica forward through effective use of ICT in schools,” he said.Butler addressing participants. Photo credit: Dionne DurandAccording to Butcher’s findings, several investments have been made in ICT in Education in Dominica as a significant number of schools have been equipped with fully functional computer labs. The Education Management Information System (EMIS) will also be compulsory in all schools by the end of 2012 and under the Free Internet for Schools Programme, 2 mbps internet connectivity has been supplied to most schools free of charge compliments telecommunications provider LIME.The mission also concluded that based on the commitment of policy makers to the advancement of the ICT sector, “the funding for programmes will continue to increase and not decrease” giving Dominica a competitive advantage in ICT development.Priority areas for the development of ICT in Education include the completion of a capacity audit for target audiences such as Curriculum Officers, ICT Officers and staff of the Dominica State College (DSC). There are also plans to review the current ICT modules in the Associate Degree Programme at the DSC and introduce an online certificate programme in ICT in Education for primary and secondary school teachers.The programme is sponsored by Commonwealth of Learning, The Commonwealth Secretariat, UNESCO, and Microsoft.By: Dionne DurandPublic Relations Specialist, Ministry of Education and Human Resource Developmentcenter_img 88 Views   2 comments Share EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondaryTertiary Dominica To Formulate Strategy For Development Of ICT In Education by: – February 4, 2012last_img read more

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Why is Maroon 5 performing at Super Bowl 53? Explaining the 2019 halftime show controversy

first_imgMORE SUPER BOWL HALFTIME:Five worst performances | Five best performancesAs a result, the decision to go with Maroon 5 garnered a polarizing response from the public. The NFL attempted to offset the criticism by inviting rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi, an Atlanta native, to perform alongside Adam Levine and Co., but both artists were facing pressure to decline in a show of solidarity with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is involved in a high-profile collusion case against the league. Nonetheless, the show will go on.The NFL’s premier event has featured some of the biggest names in music overs the years, and Maroon 5 will join that exclusive club come Feb. 3, for better or worse. Here’s everything to know about Maroon 5 and why they were chosen for the halftime performance.Who is Maroon 5?Maroon 5 is a pop rock band that originated in Los Angeles. The group has released six studio albums, winning three Grammy Awards. Its most recognizable member is lead vocalist Adam Levine, who is also a judge on the NBC singing competition series “The Voice.” Some of Maroon 5’s hit songs include “Moves Like Jagger,” “Girls Like You (feat. Cardi B)” and “Sugar.”Other artists considered for the Super Bowl 53 halftime showIn October, Billboard reported that at least three artists declined invitations to perform at halftime of Super Bowl 53. Those who passed on the opportunity include Rihanna, Pink and Cardi B. Rihanna refused as a sign of support for Colin Kaepernick, whose protest of racial and social inequality has been a focal point of discussion in the NFL for more than two years. While Cardi B is featured in one of Maroon 5’s latest songs, the singer will reportedly not make an appearance. She, too, has voiced support for Kaepernick in the past, most recently at the 2017 MTV VMAs. Pink sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl in 2018 and was in negotiations to perform at halftime of Super Bowl 53, but she ultimately dropped out due to reported contractual complications.Who else is performing with Maroon 5?Along with Maroon 5, the NFL announced Travis Scott and Big Boi would also be featured during the halftime performance. Scott released his third studio album “Astroworld” in August. Big Boi is best known for his time as a member of Outkast with fellow Atlanta-based artist André 3000.  When the NFL formally revealed Maroon 5 will be performing at the Super Bowl 53 halftime show, it invited … less than favorable reviews.The announcement came after months of speculation that the pop rock band would be headlining the show in 2019. But with Atlanta hosting this year’s Super Bowl, many thought the league would select an artist who represents the area’s deep roots in rap, hip hop and R&B. When is the Super Bowl 53 halftime show?Kickoff for Super Bowl 53 is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb 3, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Expect the game to actually start closer to 7 p.m. after the conclusion of the national anthem and the rest of the pregame program. That means halftime should arrive around 8:30-9 p.m., depending on pace of play.Do performers get paid for the Super Bowl halftime show?It’s complicated, but the short answer is no. The NFL covers all “expenses and production costs” but does not pay artists a wage, league spokesperson Joanna Hunter explained to Forbes in 2016. Those expenses can vary year to year. Beyonce’s show in 2013 cost a reported $600,000, per Forbes, but other reports have given much higher estimates for more recent shows, including $10 million for Katy Perry in 2015.So the halftime show is basically one big, free concert to promote an upcoming album or tour, and the financial benefit for such exposure is unquantifiable. Most artists see a large spike in record sales and endorsements immediately following their performances.last_img read more

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Mountain View clip Pembroke Hall 1-0 in Major League Semi Final

first_imgMountain View FC booked their spot in the Magnum/KSAFA Major League Final with a 1-0 win over Pembroke Hall at the Constant Spring Field earlier this evening.Mountain View went ahead in the 3rd minute when Troyland Williams converted a penalty after a Pembroke Hall defender handled the ball inside the area.It was a game of two halves as Mountain View controlled the first, with Pembroke Hall dominating the second, coming close to equalising in stoppage time when Daniel Gray’s shot smacked the post.Mountain View will now meet Molynes United in the final and also qualify for next season’s Magnum/KSAFA Super League.last_img

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