Asia Cup 2018: India may look to test bench strength in dead-rubber vs Afghanistan

first_imgHaving already sealed their place in the final of the Asia Cup 2018 with successive wins over Bangladesh and Pakistan, defending champions India will now face a resurgent Afghanistan in the final match of the Super Four stage at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium here on Tuesday.On Sunday, India made a mockery of Pakistan’s below-par target of 237 with the opening duo of skipper Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan stitching together a 210-run stand to guide the Men-in-Blue to a 9-wicket win en-route the September 28 final.India had earlier defeated Bangladesh in their first Super 4 match, to remain as the only unbeaten team in the tournament so far.Asia Cup 2018: Rohit Sharma has done a great job as India captain, says Wasim AkramGoing in to Tuesday’s tie, India will aiming to continue their dominance over the Asian newbies, who have managed to give a tough fight in their narrow defeats to the likes of Pakistan and Bangladesh in their Super Four clashes.While Pakistan managed to win a last-over thriller over the Afghans by 3 wickets, Bangladesh on Sunday pipped Afghanistan by 3 runs to set up a virtual semi-final with Pakistan on Wednesday.Also Read – How Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan plotted record-breaking partnership vs PakistanRavi Shastri presents the Hitman & Gabbar Show.What happens when coach @RaviShastriOfc turns presenter and does a rendezvous with captain @ImRo45 & @SDhawan25 ? You wouldn’t want to miss this – by @28anandhttps://t.co/M8N2oSkwhN pic.twitter.com/gkP4PaKDQJBCCI (@BCCI) September 24, 2018Aware of the threat the Afghans could pose, despite being an inconsequential tie for the Men-in-Blue, Rohit Sharma and the team management could opt to rest some of the main players ahead of the final and test the bench.advertisementAlso read – Rohit Sharma celebrates 7000 ODI runs with 19th hundredIn such a scenario, Lokesh Rahul and Manish Pandey could get a look-in in the middle order while medium pacers Siddharth Kaul and Deepak Chahar could come in to give Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah much-needed rest before the final.India is unlikely to tickle with their opening combination, which has been a thorn in the opposition’s ranks throughout the tournament while the middle order, comprising Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav and Mahendra Singh Dhoni seems to be in decent form.Also Read – Have learnt my lesson the hard way, don’t want to throw my wicket away anymore: DhawanAll-rounder Ravindra Jadeja will lead the spin department that includes the wrist spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. Indian team management could opt to rest some of the main players ahead of the final and test the bench vs Afghanistan (AP Photo)On the other hand, having lost both their Super Four matches so far, Afghanistan are already out of contention for the final but their performances have surely won a million hearts.Also Read – Indian team celebrates Ambati Rayudu’s 33rd birthday after crushing PakistanAfghanistan will be once again banking on their strong batting to put a big total on the board before unleashing their spin trio of Mohammmed Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan to have a go at the mighty Indian line-up.Also Read – MS Dhoni overtakes Rahul Dravid to become the second most capped IndianAfghanistan’s one major concern will be their lack of experience to handle high pressure situations, that led them to two narrow losses in the Super Four stage.With nothing to lose, the Afghans will be aiming to end the tournament on a high but it will surely be a hard nut to crack, considering India’s current red-hot form.Teams:India: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, Siddarth Kaul, K. Khaleel Ahmed.Afghanistan: Asghar Afghan (Captain), Mohammad Shahzad, Ihsanullah Janat, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Aftab Alam, Samiullah Shenwari, Munir Ahmad, Sayed Shirzad, Sharafuddin Ashraf.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Dilip Vengsarkar worried Shikhar Dhawan may not win his place back

first_imgDespite losing Shikhar Dhawan to a fractured thumb for an estimated three weeks, India is backing the senior southpaw to recover in time and get fit for the business end of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.KL Rahul’s record-breaking opening stand with the man in red hot form, Rohit Sharma during India’s big-ticket match against Pakistan may have comforted the think-tank that they have the reserves.But if you ask World Cup winner Dilip Vengsarkar, hoping for an injured player to resume from where he left off does not always go to plan. Vengsarkar, as we know, is speaking from personal experience.”It’s very difficult to say if it’s the right move. In 1983 I was injured and I was playing well at the time. By the time I recovered, India had reached the finals and they played the winning combination. And I don’t know how quickly Dhawan can recover,” he told India Today.Vengsarkar will eternally regret not having won his place back for the 1983 World Cup final.The Mumbai batting star was injured in a group stage encounter by a Malcolm Marshall delivery and finally recovered in time for the semi-finals. But by that time India had found the winning formula through multiple all-rounders and choose to employ the same during the business end of the tournament.Whether Dhawan can find his touch back after having stayed away from nets, nursing his fractured thumb also remains to be seen.Ajinkya Rahane should have been cover for Shikhar Dhawan: VengsarkarThe other worry that props up with India continuing with a 14- member squad is a not-so-strong middle order. Vijay Shankar who played in the middle order against Pakistan played his part with the ball but isn’t yet a proven performer to bat at no.4 for the rest of the competition.advertisement”How can Dhawan’s replacement be Rishab Pant? It baffles me about the selection committee. It’s 50 overs format and you need someone who can play through 50 overs and that I think is Ajinkya Rahane. Rahane is currently scoring in county cricket and they should have picked him,” said Vengsarkar.The MSK Prasad-led selection committee has flown in left-handed dynamic batsman Rishab Pant as a cover for Dhawan.Also Read | Not a big deal: Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib defends Rashid Khan after England assaultAlso Read | Didn’t think I could produce an innings like that: Eoin Morgan after six-laden 148 vs AfghanistanAlso Seelast_img read more

Mike Gundy Leads Team in Lord’s Prayer in Pre-Game

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. After a tragic morning at Oklahoma State’s homecoming parade saw three individual’s die and dozens injured, head coach Mike Gundy lead the team in the Lord’s prayer in the pregame.OSU fans & players took a moment to pray for those affected by the tragedy in Stillwater before the game vs. Kansas.https://t.co/a2NEWhnn5z— FS1 (@FS1) October 24, 2015As senior receiver David Glidden put it, “Let’s play for the whole f****** community!”AdChoices广告And here’s David Glidden playing for “the whole f****** community.” pic.twitter.com/5aOhNkt5mL— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 24, 2015last_img read more

Chelsea vs Leicester: Hazard starts up front

first_imgChelsea host Leicester City in their final match before Christmas on Saturday as they aim to further cement their place in the top four.Maurizio Sarri’s side were boosted by their qualification for the Carabao Cup semi-finals in midweek, with a late goal from Eden Hazard enough to see off Bournemouth in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.The Blues bounced back from the disappointment of an away loss to Wolves earlier this month by winning their last two league encounters against Manchester City and Brighton. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Leicester were knocked out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, however, after losing to Pep Guardiola’s Man City on penalties.The Foxes have failed to win any of their last three league matches and fell to a 1-0 defeat away at Crystal Palace last weekend, a result which saw them slip to 12th in the table.The last Premier League encounter between these two sides at Stamford Bridge ended in a 0-0 draw last January.  Game Chelsea vs Leicester Date Saturday, December 22 Time 3:00pm GMT / 10:00am ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be shown live as it will be played during the blackout period. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Chelsea players Goalkeepers Arrizabalaga, Caballero, Green Defenders Azpilicueta, Zappacosta, Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill, Ampadu, Emerson Midfielders Fabregas, Jorginho, Drinkwater, Kante, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic Forwards Willian, Pedro, Hazard, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Morata Eden Hazard continues in a central striking role for Chelsea after picking up one goal and three assists in his last two appearances in that position.Centre-back Andreas Christensen was forced off with a hamstring injury against Bournemouth and Maurizio Sarri instead picks David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger at centre-back.Alvaro Morata has returned to training after recovering from a twisted knee, but he is not even on the bench.Possible Chelsea starting XI:  Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic; Pedro, Hazard, Willian. Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Giroud. Position Leicester players Goalkeepers Schmeichel, Ward, Jakupovic Defenders Simpson, Pereira, Morgan, Soyuncu, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Fuchs Midfielders Iborra, Silva, Mendy, Ndidi, Choudhury, Albrighton, Maddison, Diabate, Gray, Ghezzal Forwards Vardy, Okazaki, Ihenacho Jamie Vardy returns to the Leicester XI having been rested against Manchester City in midweek.There had been concerns over the fitness of Ben Chilwell and Wilfred Ndidi, who are both struggling with knee injuries and are likely to face late fitness tests, but both are deemed fit to start.Matty James and Daniel Amartey remain out.Possible Leicester starting XI:  Schmeichel; Ricardo, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell; Choudhury, Mendy, Ndidi, Albrighton; Maddison; Vardy. Subs: Ward, Fuchs, Evans, Iborra, Gray, Okazaki, Iheanacho.Betting & Match Odds Chelsea’s odds of winning are priced at 1/3 according to bet 365, while a draw is available at 9/2. A win for Leicester is priced at 10/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Eden Hazard Chelsea 2018-19A win for Chelsea here would see them leapfog Spurs into third place for at least a day, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side not playing until Sunday.It would also be a great boost for Sarri’s side to cement their spot in the top four for Christmas, with the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League set to intensify during the second half of the season.There are also signs that star man Hazard is approaching his best form again after various injury issues in recent weeks. When asked whether he felt playing the Belgian as a forward could be a long-term solution, Sarri said: “I don’t know. I was sure about City in that position we could do a good match. Against Brighton I started to see this situation in different matches.”Now I want to see it against a team very compact, in low density. We have to see.”Claude Puel will know that his side must pick up some positive results over the festive period to avoid speculation over his own future at the club.It’s been a difficult season for the Foxes on and off the pitch, but with just one win in their last eight matches, Leicester will know that points on the board are a must over the coming weeks. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

WATCH: Rashford gets Solskjaer era off to flying start

first_imgIt took just three minutes for Manchester United to take their first steps toward banishing the dark clouds of the end of the Jose Mourinho era as Marcus Rashford delivered a free-kick to put his side on top.After a sluggish start that saw the Red Devils mired on just 26 points, the club finally made the move to part ways with Mourinho after nearly two and half seasons.Former United star Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed to the interim role, with Sir Alex Ferguson’s old charge tasked with salvaging something from a campaign that appeared to drift dangerously off course. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? United entered their match in Wales against Solskjaer’s former side 22 points behind table-topping Liverpool and 11 behind Chelsea in fourth place as the new boss made four changes to his lineup.One of those changes was Paul Pogba, who had been dropped by Mourinho for the club’s last three Premier League fixtures, and did not play at all in the last two, against Fulham and the defeat to Liverpool.But it was Pogba who earned the first opportunity, as he won a free-kick just outside the Cardiff area minutes into the contest.Pogba and Rashford lined up over the ball, with Pogba faking as if he was going to take it before letting the forward run up and hit it.Rashford hit a low drive that went through the Cardiff wall and left goalkeeper Neil Etheridge rooted to the spot.What a start to the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era! Get in Rashford! pic.twitter.com/b20Ct2jzaI— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) December 22, 2018GOALRashford’s free kick gives the new #MUFC boss the perfect start….Follow live: https://t.co/CNM3VdNsIT pic.twitter.com/PuHJTxku83— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) December 22, 2018The goal was Rashford’s fourth of the Premier League season and third in four games across all competitions, having scored against Fulham and Valencia in the past two weeks.The forward has now been involved in more Premier League goals than any of his team-mates this season, scoring four times and adding five assists.Pogba would later earn himself an assist as he found Ander Herrera in space with the Spanish midfielder then hitting a wicked strike from distance which deflected past Etheridge to double the United advantage.Rashford, however, would have his night dampened late in the first half as the forward was flagged for a handball in his area, giving Cardiff a penalty that was converted by Víctor Camarasa to make it 2-1. But moments later, Pogba was involved in the build-up with Jesse Lingard playing in Anthony Martial, who restored United’s two-goal advantage.last_img read more

Solskjaer effect sees Man Utd hit 13-month high

first_imgManchester United have hit a 13-month high under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the new man at the helm making an immediate impact during a trip to Cardiff.With the Red Devils having taken the decision to part with Jose Mourinho, cover was required in a high-profile post.Treble winner Solskjaer was the man chosen to take the reins, with the Norwegian agreeing an initial interim deal through to the end of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? His return to Old Trafford was welcomed by many, with a clean slate offered to an underperforming squad.In a quirk of fate, his first game in charge of United took him back to the familiar surroundings of Cardiff – the scene of his only previous coaching post in British football.Solskjaer would have been hoping to make a bright start, but the speed at which his new side burst out of the blocks probably came as a surprise even to him.Marcus Rashford recorded the first goal of a new era inside three minutes, before Ander Herrera doubled United’s lead before the half-hour mark.Victor Camarasa pulled one back for the Bluebirds from the penalty spot, but Anthony Martial restored the Red Devils’ two-goal advantage four minutes before half-time.Fast starts are not something that United had been accustomed to under Mourinho, with over a year having passed since they last registered three efforts in the opening 45 minutes of any given Premier League fixture.3 – Man Utd have scored three first half goals in a Premier League away game for the first time since November 2017 v Watford. Reaction. #CARMUN pic.twitter.com/ENU4COALZJ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 22, 2018While Solskjaer was able to oversee a dream start to his reign, he is under no illusion as to the size of the challenge facing him in familiar surroundings.United’s struggles under Mourinho have left them playing catch-up in the race for top-four finishes.Victory over Cardiff will, however, be a positive step in the right direction.With the games coming tick and fast over the festive period, there will be further opportunities to close on the Champions League places before the end of the year.If the Red Devils can continue to burst out of the blocks like they did against the Bluebirds, then they may soon have top-flight rivals looking anxiously over their shoulder. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

‘Caption this!’ – Pogba teases ‘big announcement’ on Sunday

first_imgManchester United star Paul Pogba has referenced the social media post sent in the wake of Jose Mourinho’s sacking to tease an announcement on Sunday.Pogba came in for criticism on Tuesday when a photo tagged “caption this” was posted to his social media channels in the immediate aftermath of the Red Devils confirming Mourinho had left the club, although it was later claimed that the submissions were scheduled by his sponsors adidas.Confirmed by contact within @adidassoccer : ” #Pogba ‘s social media posts were a scheduled event, part of a marketing campaign. Immediately taken down once it became apparent that it could be misconstrued as disrespectful to Manchester United and José Mourinho”— Chris Williams (@Chris78Williams) December 18, 2018 The France midfielder – who starred in United’s 5-1 win over Cardiff City on Saturday – reportedly had a difficult relationship with his former boss, and was publicly criticised by Mourinho on several occasions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The 25-year-old’s Instagram and Twitter accounts were active again on Sunday, posting a caricatured picture of himself winking with the tag: “Now caption this. Big announcement later today.”In his Instagram stories, a countdown appears to suggest that the big reveal will happen around 6pm UK time (1pm ET).Regardless, the post will likely spark comments from the Frenchman’s detractors, with Gary Neville having already called out Pogba for his original post on the day of Mourinho’s sacking, the ex-Man Utd man tweeting ‘You do one as well’, suggesting the former full-back wants the midfielder out of the club.Within the Old Trafford camp, the mood has improved significantly with the appoint of new interim boss and club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Pogba himself having been recalled to the starting XI in the 5-1 smashing of Cardiff.Manchester United’s chances of winning the Premier League title this year remain slim, however, with the English giants now 19 points off leaders Liverpool.Still, silverware remains up for grabs as United have FA Cup and Champions League clashes to prepare for, though the latter fixture against the Neymar-led French champions could prove a bridge too far for the recovering Red Devils. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Pogba’s problem not behaviour, insists Saha

first_imgPaul Pogba’s struggle for consistency at Manchester United is not because of any problem with his behaviour, former striker Louis Saha says.Pogba impressed on Saturday in his side’s 5-1 thrashing of Cardiff City, registering two assists as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign as caretaker manager got off to a flying start.It was the France international’s first start in the Premier League since the 2-2 draw with Southampton on December 1, the midfielder having been dropped by Jose Mourinho in the Portuguese’s final few weeks in charge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Pogba’s inability to perform consistently under Mourinho was often attributed to a poor relationship with his manager, with the pair said to have clashed on more than one occasion.Saha, twice a Premier League winner with United, thinks Pogba showed at the World Cup that he can play in a more disciplined role, but he admits it is not something that suits him.”The issue with the word ‘boss’ is that, at some stage, a boss needs to be consistent,” Saha told Omnisport. “You need to be well-perceived in the group.”That’s today’s criticism towards Paul. We need to understand him. Some weeks, he’s been outstanding. That’s what we expect from a player as talented as he is.”I think that his problem is that he has so many qualities that it’s complicated to keep him in one specific position, even box-to-box or in the defensive tasks, when he can score or make the difference anyway. I think those elements are difficult for him as a player.”He can do it because he did it with Didier Deschamps. He can do it with any team or coach. It’s not a behavioural problem but an analysis one. He must tell himself: ‘Okay, for that specific game, I need to do a certain job’. I think it’s not easy for him.”Saha hopes Solskjaer can be a positive influence on Pogba given his selfless nature as a player and a coach.”Ole has a lot of humility and it can help in their communication,” Saha said. “He will put his ego aside as ‘boss’ and he’ll tell himself that today the team goes first.”It is what Ole does. He’s always done it. He made great sacrifices for his team-mates. He’s made the difference for his team-mates and his coach. That’s Ole. He will give that [to the team].”That’s a message he’ll give gradually to all the players. They need to get their confidence back. They almost need some paternal communication. A misplaced pride in a great club constantly under the scrutiny of everyone. Whatever will happen, there they’ll talk about it because it’s one of the most followed clubs in the world. ” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Mkhitaryan out for six weeks with broken foot

first_imgArsenal have confirmed that Henrikh Mkhitaryan has a metatarsal fracture and is expected to return to training in six weeks.The Armenia international has featured sporadically for Unai Emery’s side thus far this season, making 14 Premier League appearances but completing 90 minutes just six times.He has scored four goals and provided one assist domestically, however. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Mkhitaryan played the first half of the Gunners’ 2-0 defeat to Tottenham in the League Cup, but was substituted at half-time and was subsequently missing from the Premier League clash with Burnley.The 29-year-old received treatment following a tackle from Lucas Moura in the 30th minute but saw out the rest of the half.However, Mkhitaryan sat out the Gunners’ 3-1 victory over Burnley on Saturday and is not anticipated to return until February.The midfielder will miss clashes with Premier League leaders Liverpool and Chelsea, while Arsenal’s meeting with Manchester City on February 3 is likely to come too soon.Unai Emery’s defensive troubles continue with Nacho Monreal a doubt to face Brighton and Hove Albion on Boxing Day due to a right hamstring issue that forced him off in the first half against Burnley.Nacho Monreal Arsenal 2018-19However, Shkodran Mustafi is expected to return to full training this week, having missed Arsenal’s last four outings due to a hamstring injury.The Gunners are currently fifth in the Premier League, though they sit level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea, with only goal difference separating the two teams.They are, however, 11 points behind league leaders Liverpool. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Sancho should be in Liverpool’s sights – Ince

first_imgLiverpool should be weighing up a future approach for Jadon Sancho, says Paul Ince, but a new striker is considered to be Jurgen Klopp’s top priority for the January window.The Reds are expected to recruit over the winter, with their manager having left the door open for possible additions.It is unlikely that an England international currently starring for Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund will figure on that wish list. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Sancho, though, may be targeted by Premier League sides in the future and Liverpool have been urged to ensure that they are in the mix whenever that day comes.Former Reds midfielder Ince told Express Sport of the talented teenager: “I think when you look at Sancho, let’s not go overboard. He’s only 18.“We don’t want to make these players better than what they are the moment, they’re still only young and have a long way to go.“We as a nation have a tendency to build people up from such a young age and then knock them back down.“I feel with Sancho, the boy’s done well and he’s been brave to make that decision to go and play in Germany.”He needs to keep playing games until he’s 19 or 20.“Then maybe Liverpool should start looking at him. And not just him, there’s other kids out there [in Germany] doing well.”Jurgen Klopp Liverpool 2018-19With Sancho an option to pursue at a later date, Ince believes Liverpool should be looking for added firepower in the coming weeks.The Reds boast plenty of goal threat at present, but cover is considered to be required for the likes of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.On what Klopp should be trying to bring in, Ince said: “I feel maybe he needs another striker, I really do.“It’s always hard to get the best players in January. The best don’t really want to leave then.“But you’ve got to say if Salah got injured who’s necessarily going to replace him?“Sturridge flits in and out and hasn’t really done it.“I think as a manager you’re always looking to improve the team.“And I think if they are up there – and they will be up there – like City and like United they’ll be looking to bring in some extra faces to improve the team.“It’s exciting. Everyone thought City would run away with it but Liverpool are right there.”Klopp’s side top the table at present and, having gone unbeaten through 18 games, are currently four points clear of reigning champions Manchester City heading into a busy Boxing Day. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Watch: Harbhajan Singh works his magic off the field for CSK in a shoot

first_imgWatch: Harbhajan Singh works his magic off the field for CSK in a shootWatch the squad of Chennai Super Kings ace a martial arts form in the video posted on their official Twitter handle.advertisement Karishma Jain New DelhiApril 20, 2019UPDATED: April 20, 2019 18:50 IST Harbhajan, on Saturday, posted a video on his Instagram handle, in which he can be seen performing a form of martial arts. ( Courtesy by BCCI)Harbhajan Singh has been a part of the Indian Premier League since its inception. A veteran at the Mumbai Indians bowling unit, he led Mumbai Indians to their first Twenty20 title in 2011 when they beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final of the Champions League T20.He was an integral part of Mumbai Indians’ squad with three IPL titles, until this year.The turbanator, over the last two IPL seasons, donned CSK colours and has embraced the Chennai culture on social media since then.Harbhajan, on Saturday, posted a video on his Instagram handle, in which he can be seen performing a form of martial arts.He wore a veshti and performed quite effortlessly. Take a look:View this post on InstagramGatka @chennaiipl @iplt20 #cskshootA post shared by Harbhajan Turbanator Singh (@harbhajan3) on Apr 20, 2019 at 2:39am PDTShikhar Dhawan commmented on his video saying, “Wah paaji, mazaa aa gaya vekh ke.” Satinder Sartaaj, a renowned singer and actor commented, “Chaa gaye sarkaar..Nihang Singha’n de dere to’n jauhar sikkhe lagde ne.”Harbhajan’s wife Geeta Basra commented on her husband’s post saying, “Wow didn’t know you could do that.”Wriddhiman Saha, who hit the first-ever hundred in an IPL final against Kolkata Knight Riders (115* off 55) in the 2014 season, also commented on the post, as did singer Jassi Gill.Chennai Super Kings also posted the video on their official Twitter handle. Other players can also be seen performing this dance. Take a look here:Chennai Super Kings… or Ninjas? Catch the Lions nailing the Silambam like Super Local Bosses! #SuperLocalChallenge #WhistlePodu #Yellove pic.twitter.com/77Aom06LbWadvertisement Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 20, 2019The whip of the silambam! Bhajju pa’s, ‘Singa Thamizhan, Thanga Thamizhan’ moment! #WhistlePodu #Yellove pic.twitter.com/YSdq9cKF1M Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 20, 2019Harbhajan Singh was rested for the last three IPL matches. His last match was against Kolkata Knight Riders on April 9, in which he took two wickets.Chennai Super Kings are on the top of the points table with 7 wins. They will face Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.Also Read | Australia series will help India gain confidence ahead of the World Cup: HarbhajanAlso Read | Don’t know if there is complacency due to the good run: CSK coach Stephen FlemingFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow Harbhajan SinghFollow Chennai Super KingsFollow IPL 2019Follow martial arts videolast_img read more

Near the Top in Road Safety

first_imgNova Scotia has one of the safest driving records in the countryaccording to national traffic collision statistics. The province has the third lowest rate of injuries, and thefourth lowest rate of fatalities compared to other provincial andterritorial roads. The data is reported in the 2002 CanadianMotor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics publication. “Our road safety record is improving, but collision rates arestill too high,” said Transportation and Public Works MinisterRon Russell. “We will work to reduce these rates even more overthe coming years.” Nova Scotia is working with police, industry, and otherorganizations to reach benchmarks set by Road Safety Vision 2010,a national plan that aims to reduce the number of road userskilled and seriously injured by 2010. The province’s Road SafetyAdvisory Committee assists government in developing road safetypriorities and programs. In 2002, Nova Scotia had 912.4 injuries and 13.5 fatalities per100,000 licensed drivers. The rates in Canada are 1076.3 and 13.9respectively. The 2002 Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic CollisionStatistics also show that Nova Scotia had the third lowest rateon the basis of traffic deaths per billion vehicle kilometrestravelled. Deaths and hospitalizations due to motor vehicle collisions havenoticeably declined across Canada in recent decades. For example,since 1982 the road traffic death rate has declined by almost 50per cent in Canada, and almost 60 per cent in Nova Scotia. Thisdecrease has occurred despite increasing numbers of vehicles andlicensed drivers on our roads. More information on the 2002 Canadian Motor Vehicle TrafficCollision Statistics can be found on the website atwww.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety/tp/tp3322/2002/menu.htm .last_img read more

Vet angry over decision not to hold inquiry into former soldiers murdersuicide

first_imgHALIFAX – When former Canadian soldier Lionel Desmond committed suicide after killing his wife, mother and young daughter earlier this year, Gregory Swiatkowski read about the tragedy and imagined the same thing happening to him.“This could have been me,” said the former member of the Royal Canadian Navy. “And there’s a lot of veterans who feel the same way across the country.”Swiatkowski served in Halifax as a sonar technician between 2002 and 2012 before he was medically discharged, having been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder in 2008On Monday, he said he felt compelled to speak out about his experience after he learned Nova Scotia’s medical examiner had ruled out conducting a fatality inquiry into the four shooting deaths.Desmond, a 33-year-old veteran of the war in Afghanistan who suffered from PTSD, took his own life after shooting his 52-year-old mother, his wife Shanna, 31, and their 10-year-daughter Aaliyah.The killings on Jan. 3 in Upper Tracadie, N.S., prompted a difficult debate over soldiers with PTSD, domestic violence and what should be done to prevent such tragedies.Autopsy records have since been handed to the family’s nearest relatives, but medical examiner Dr. Matt Bowes has decided not to conduct an investigation under the province’s Fatality Investigations Act, spokeswoman Sarah Gillis said in an emailed statement. She did not offer reasons for the decision.Swiatkowski, who uses a service dog and medical marijuana to deal with his PTSD, said the decision made him furious.“We’ve been waiting for some answers for a long time on this,” he said in an interview from his home in Kelowna, B.C. “When I was reading this story from Nova Scotia, I was ready to snap … We deserve better than this. This can’t be just swept under the carpet.”Catherine Hartling, Shanna Desmond’s aunt, has renewed her call for some sort of public inquiry, saying other family members want the same thing but are still too distraught to speak out.“A lot of them are going through a lot of stress right now,” Hartling said in an interview from her home, across the street from the house where the four bodies were found. “A lot of them have … emotional problems.”Hartling said it’s a particularly difficult time for the Desmond side of the family because they are preparing for a burial service on June 24 for Lionel Desmond and his mother Brenda. A funeral service was held down the road at a large church in Tracadie on Jan. 11.“We’ve been all just trying to hang in there,” she said, adding that Shanna Desmond and daughter Aaliyah are to be buried in August.Despite her profound grief — compounded by the fact that her 47-year-old sister died in March — Hartling said she is still looking for answers to some tough questions about what happened to Lionel Desmond. She said she raised the issue with the RCMP at a meeting in March.“I was telling them that I would like to see an inquiry take place into this,” she said. “I haven’t heard nothing.”Desmond served in Afghanistan in 2007, and had received treatment from a joint personnel support unit in New Brunswick for a year prior to his release from the military. Such units provide support to ill and injured soldiers, including those with mental injuries.National Defence nor Veterans Affairs Canada have not committed to investigating the treatment Desmond received before and after his release from the military in July 2015.Immediately after the killings, some of Lionel Desmond’s relatives said he was not getting the help he needed once he returned home. Questions were also raised about the care he received at the hospital in nearby Antigonish, N.S., which has its own mental health unit.At the time, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said an investigation would look into how the province’s health-care system dealt with Desmond.However, a spokeswoman for the Nova Scotia Health Authority said the “quality review” would not be released to the public.“That is a confidential process focused on learning and improving,” Kristen Lipscombe said in an email.PTSD has been the top diagnosis for the hundreds of troops released from the military for medical reasons each year since at least 2014. Some 18 military personnel took their own lives in 2015, many of whom had sought some type of mental-health treatment shortly before their deaths.The Canadian Forces and Veterans Affairs have opened specialized clinics, hired more staff and cut red tape in recent years to provide better care and support as more military personnel have come forward seeking help for PTSD and other disorders.But some critics wonder whether Ottawa has done enough.On the same day relatives discovered the slain members of the Desmond family, Canada’s military watchdog urged the federal government do more for soldiers forced out of the Canadian Forces for medical reasons.Ombudsman Gary Walbourne said he wants Ottawa to ensure injured military personnel have all the necessary benefits and supports in place before they are forced to turn in their uniforms. He also said significant barriers persist in terms of accessing services and benefits.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version included incorrect attribution regarding the provincial review.last_img read more

PM Harper said he opposed UN declaration adoption during meeting with TRC

first_img(Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Murray Sinclair (left) and APTN host Cheryl McKenzie during an interview Tuesday)APTN National NewsTruth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Chair Murray Sinclair said Prime Minister Stephen Harper remains unconvinced of the need for Canada to adopt the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.In an interview with APTN host Cheryl McKenzie, Sinclair said he and the TRC’s other commissioners, Marie Wilson and Wilton Littlechild, met with Harper Tuesday afternoon.When McKenzie asked if the prime minister expressed any disagreement with the TRC’s recommendations contained in a report released earlier in the day, Sinclair said the prime minister maintained his opposition to adopting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.“Well obviously the adoption of UN declaration, which the government just voted down a few weeks ago in the House,” said Sinclair, referring to a private member’s bill from Cree NDP MP Romeo Saganash.Sinclair said the TRC isn’t necessarily calling for the declaration to be written into law because it would require a more complicated process involving the provinces.“We have indicated in our report, we think utilizing the (UN declaration) as a framework for reconciliation,” said Sinclair.Sinclair said during the meeting Harper showed he is well versed in the history of residential schools.“He had things to say about the issues around the evolution of residential schools in the country which led me to believe he is well up on the topic,” he said. “We didn’t agree on some of the (recommendations). He did agree there is an obligation that there be ongoing discourse.”Sinclair also said Harper needs to read his commission’s report if he’s not yet convinced the Indian residential schools system was a central element in Canada’s policy of cultural genocide against Indigenous peoples.Sinclair said the report makes a clear case the intention of the schools was to wipe out Indigenous culture.During question period Tuesday, Harper refused to back the TRC report’s conclusion on cultural genocide. Instead, the prime minister chose to use the words “forced assimilation” when pressed on the issue by NDP leader Thomas Mulcair.“I think (Harper) needs to read out report. Our report is pretty clear about what was going on and what was intended,” said Sinclair.Sinclair said it wouldn’t be a large leap for Harper to reach the same conclusion, given the language used in his 2008 apology to residential schools.“(In the 2008 apology) he acknowledged that the phrase, ‘kill the Indian in the child’ was the intention behind residential schools,” said Sinclair. “It wouldn’t be a leap.”Sinclair said the commissioners of the TRC also offered to be part of any efforts toward reconciliation between Canada and Indigenous peoples.“The conversation really needs to be between the Aboriginal community and the government of Canada and we think we can help that,” said Sinclair.The TRC released a summary of its final report on Tuesday. The final report will be issued sometime later this year.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

Campaign 2015 is all but over parties now work to get out

first_imgThe Canadian PressOTTAWA – The longest and most expensive election campaign in modern Canadian history will be decided tonight when the last of the ballots are counted, concluding under threat of frost what began in the sweltering heat of an August long weekend.All that remains for exhausted party workers is to get out the vote in what appears to be an epic battle fought over gut-level values as much as election platforms.Many questions will be answered.Can Stephen Harper become the first prime minister since Sir Wilfrid Laurier in 1908 to win four consecutive mandates? And if he doesn’t win another majority – meaning 170 seats in the newly expanded House of Commons – will he survive as Conservative party leader?Can NDP Leader Tom Mulcair miraculously lift New Democrats to their first national government in Canada’s history? Can the party maintain its hard-won 2011 grip on official Opposition status?Can the Liberals under Justin Trudeau become the first third-place party in federal history to leap straight into government in a single election? Is Canada ready for another Trudeau as prime minister?When parliament was dissolved for the election on Aug. 2, the Conservatives held 159 seats in the 308-seat House of Commons, the NDP had 95 and the Liberals 36, with another 18 seats either vacant, held by Independents or shared between the Green party (two seats) and the Bloc Quebecois and a splinter group.Due to population growth, 30 new seats have been added this election, including 15 in Ontario, six each for Alberta and British Columbia and three more for Quebec.But the new ridings mean most old riding boundaries also had to be redrawn, literally reconfiguring the electoral map and making seat projections all the more difficult to predict. Combine that with some spectacular polling embarrassments in recent provincial elections and today’s outcome remains very much up in the air.“There’s a whole pile of new (riding) configurations, 30 new seats,” pollster Frank Graves of Ekos Research said last week as the campaign wound down.“There’s some complex vote-splitting that we don’t know how it will work in those new ridings. We certainly don’t know who’s going to turn out to vote. That’s always critical.”Some 3.6 million Canadians have already cast ballots during the four-day advance polling period on the Thanksgiving long weekend – an increase of 71 per cent over the 2011 election, when only three days of advance polls were held.Whether that increased voter turnout carries into the main event is another question that will be answered today. Just 61.4 per cent of eligible electors cast a ballot in 2011, up marginally from the 58.8 per cent in 2008 – the lowest ever in a federal election.That’s why all parties will be working hard today to get their identified voters to the polls. When the public is apathetic, party ground games count for more.There’s not anything particularly complex about getting out the vote on “e-day,” as the campaign workers call it. The parties make hundreds of calls, checking on whether people have voted or need a ride to a polling station. They knock on doors and put little pamphlets on the knobs reminding supporters it’s voting day.“The methodology has changed, more emails, text and calls,” said NDP Spadina-Fort York candidate Olivia Chow. “It’s slightly more advanced in the technology, but it’s the same principle _ getting people out, talking to the neighbours, being at the lobby, reminding at the streetcar stops.”Kitchener Centre Conservative candidate Stephen Woodworth said it really matters when a race is this tight.“I know the traditional wisdom is that the local candidate will affect something in the range of five to seven per cent at best, and it might be even less…,” Woodworth said in a recent interview.“It’s our job to influence that margin, and a close vote is exactly where that will make the difference.”Election observers will be watching closely as another new wrinkle unfolds this evening. For the first time ever, it is legal to transmit election results across time zones into areas of the country where polls have not yet closed _ ending an old blackout policy that was becoming all but impossible to police in the era of social media.The change was among the least controversial elements of last year’s Conservative “Fair Elections Act.”last_img read more

Mandela Highway Reconstruction Project 97 Per Cent Complete

The National Works Agency (NWA) is reporting that the Mandela Highway Realignment and Reconstruction Project is 97 per cent complete. The National Works Agency (NWA) is reporting that the Mandela Highway Realignment and Reconstruction Project is 97 per cent complete.The highway, which spans St. Andrew and St. Catherine, is a key thoroughfare that links Kingston with Jamaica’s northern, western and southern regions.Senior NWA Communications and Customer Services Officer, Ramona Lawson, told JIS News that although the roadway is open to vehicular and pedestrian traffic, corrective and tidying up works are continuing, primarily in the region of Tom Cringle Drive.“These include the construction of a roundabout for large articulated vehicles accessing locations along the roadway, as well as extending the service road east of Tom Cringle Drive to serve entities located in that area of the project. These activities will continue into the summer,” she outlined.Meanwhile, Ms. Lawson is urging persons using the highway, particularly pedestrians, to adhere to the safety guidelines.“We continue to implore pedestrians to use the overpass bridge, which is equipped with pedestrian facilities to include sidewalks, pedestrian crossings and the necessary safety signs,” she said.Ms. Lawson said the NWA has noticed, “with some trepidation”, that a number of pedestrians, including students, refuse to obey these instructions and have been attempting to cross six lanes of traffic, citing this practice as “very dangerous”.She said the agency is keen and focused on reinforcing and improving safe access to the corridor, particularly for pedestrians, while reminding motorists that the traffic signals at the crossing by the Fresh River Bridge have been decommissioned.The US$64-million Mandela Highway Realignment and Reconstruction Project involves road construction works comprising extensive soft soil treatment, construction of a 3.5-kilometre six-lane corridor with a two-lane overpass bridge, two new three-lane bridges at Fresh River, a two-lane service road adjacent to the main roadway to facilitate the development of Caymanas Estate, and upgrading of the Six Miles Interchange.The development is part of the Government’s ongoing legacy road projects being implemented by the NWA.It represents a continuation of works to improve the island’s road network in order to enhance the quality of life of citizens and stimulate economic growth and development.The project falls under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP), and is being executed by China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC). Story Highlights Senior NWA Communications and Customer Services Officer, Ramona Lawson, told JIS News that although the roadway is open to vehicular and pedestrian traffic, corrective and tidying up works are continuing, primarily in the region of Tom Cringle Drive. The highway, which spans St. Andrew and St. Catherine, is a key thoroughfare that links Kingston with Jamaica’s northern, western and southern regions. read more

Minister says Global Tourism Has Changed

According to Mr. Bartlett, tourism processes, tools, structures, systems and actors are no longer the same, and to the point where the industry is now being “reimagined”. Story Highlights Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says global tourism has taken on an extraordinary new lease on life, where almost everything is now done outside of what was once considered the norm. “It is being radically reviewed, reorganised and remade. I dare say that Jamaica too has played her part in this tourism reimagined exercise, through our engagements with global partners,” the Minister told JIS News in an interview. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says global tourism has taken on an extraordinary new lease on life, where almost everything is now done outside of what was once considered the norm.According to Mr. Bartlett, tourism processes, tools, structures, systems and actors are no longer the same, and to the point where the industry is now being “reimagined”.“It is being radically reviewed, reorganised and remade. I dare say that Jamaica too has played her part in this tourism reimagined exercise, through our engagements with global partners,” the Minister told JIS News in an interview.Mr. Bartlett said that in reimagining a destination, “we have to look at areas such as strengthening linkages, promulgating human capital development, piloting the largest wave of product expansion, and also enhancing the use of technology and the Internet”.He added that it also includes effecting a more comprehensive destination assurance programme, improved private- and public-sector stakeholder collaboration, and incorporating innovation in the mix.Mr. Bartlett further informed that tourism has become such a mega global industry that the annual number of tourists crossing international borders was estimated at 1.4 billion in 2018, generating US$1.3 trillion.He said that the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) global tourism data indicate that travel and tourism represented 10.4 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP), creating one in 10 jobs, which is 10 per cent of global employment amounting to 319 million jobs.“Caribbean destinations welcomed 29.9 million international visitors in 2018. This represents the second highest number of visitors to the Caribbean on record, surpassed only by the 30.6 million who visited in 2017. In fact, one in five of workers in the Caribbean is employed to the tourism sector, contributing 40 per cent of the region’s GDP,” the Minister noted. read more

MSMEs Urged to Make Use of Arbitration in Settling Commercial Disputes

Story Highlights Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Floyd Green, is encouraging micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to make use of the Arbitration Act in resolving commercial disputes. Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Floyd Green, is encouraging micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to make use of the Arbitration Act in resolving commercial disputes.The legislation, passed in Parliament in April 2017, seeks to facilitate domestic and international trade and commerce, by providing an effective non-judicial mechanism for settling disputes between contracting parties. It provides for greater flexibility and efficiency in comparison to litigation.The State Minister, who was speaking at the opening ceremony for the Arbitration Week Conference 2019 at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston on Thursday (June 27), said that the legislation is particularly important for local enterprises seeking to access international markets.“What we have been saying to our MSMEs is, to access international markets, you have to look to partnerships; you have to look to commercial arrangements with investors and other companies to get a fair share of the market space. In those commercial arrangements, clearly, a strong dispute settlement regime is critical to underpin those,” he said.“We now have the framework that we can take advantage of. It is now up to us to take advantage of that to truly unleash our economic potential,” Mr. Green added.Noting that the Government continues to streamline the process of doing business in Jamaica, he said equally important in attracting international investment is the presence of an effective arbitration mechanism.“It factors strongly in the ‘Doing Business’ report and our mechanisms for settling disputes. We have to constantly work to strengthen those mechanisms so that those who seek to do business here in Jamaica and seek to invest, are assured there is an easy, time bound, cost effective way to settle disputes. For us, arbitration is the answer,” he said.The two-day conference, which closes on Friday (June 28), is being hosted by the Jamaica International Arbitration Centre (JAIAC) in association with the Jamaican Institute of Quantity Surveyors.It features panel discussions on Sport, Entertainment and Marijuana; Maritime Claims; Judicial Support; Damages and Valuation; and Third Party Funding.The event is part of activities to observe Arbitration Week 2019 from June 23 to 29 under the theme ‘The Journey Continues – Securing Sustainability in a Service Reliant Economy: Opportunities, Dispute Management and Improvement in Gross Domestic Product’. The State Minister, who was speaking at the opening ceremony for the Arbitration Week Conference 2019 at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston on Thursday (June 27), said that the legislation is particularly important for local enterprises seeking to access international markets. The legislation, passed in Parliament in April 2017, seeks to facilitate domestic and international trade and commerce, by providing an effective non-judicial mechanism for settling disputes between contracting parties. It provides for greater flexibility and efficiency in comparison to litigation. read more

PATH Disburses 53 Billion

During the 2018/2019 financial year, the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) disbursed $5.3 billion to more than 130,000 families or 340,000 beneficiaries. She also informed that since June 2019, PATH benefit levels were increased by an average of 17 per cent, and in September 2018, the Ministry introduced the PATH back-to-school grant for each child registered in school. This was disclosed by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, during her contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on July 9. During the 2018/2019 financial year, the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) disbursed $5.3 billion to more than 130,000 families or 340,000 beneficiaries.This was disclosed by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, during her contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on July 9.She also informed that since June 2019, PATH benefit levels were increased by an average of 17 per cent, and in September 2018, the Ministry introduced the PATH back-to-school grant for each child registered in school.“This grant will continue with over $500 million projected to be spent in the 2019/20 financial year. As promised last year, we will facilitate direct electronic transfers of benefit payments, commencing with the August 2019 payment,” Mrs. Robinson said.She noted that this will represent a saving on both sides as well as being more discreet and convenient for the families.Meanwhile, under the Steps to Work Programme, the Ministry continues to support the entrepreneurial activities of PATH clients, in order to provide a platform for families to move towards economic independence.Mrs. Robinson said for this financial year, Steps to Work will target 800 PATH households to benefit from upskilling initiatives, and another 600 for on-the-job training.Additionally, under this programme, a further 1,100 PATH clients will receive financial support to establish micro businesses.“Our aim is to ultimately remove these persons from the programme who no longer qualify for benefits. The on-the-job training is intended to ensure their financial and social stability. If you don’t put them in this position of independence, then they will again become dependent on the State for social protection,” the Minister said.In the meantime, the PATH Programme, in its continued commitment to improving the quality of life for its clients, hosted sessions on nutrition, child discipline and budgeting.The programme, which started in 2017, has since engaged 955 households in the parenting programme. This year, the programme intends to engage a further 500 PATH families targeting parents of children aged two to six years. Story Highlights read more

Police Urged to Observe Rules and Regulations

Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, is imploring police personnel to observe the established rules and regulations of the force when executing their duties. “We have to be a force for good. We have to have respect for everyone. There’s no reason to disrespect people whether it’s a member of the public, whether it is your subordinates or it’s each other. There’s no part of the job that requires disrespect. Story Highlights Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, is imploring police personnel to observe the established rules and regulations of the force when executing their duties.He said that indiscipline on the part of the police undermines the core values of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), noting that at all times, citizens should be treated with respect and their rights observed.“We have to be a force for good. We have to have respect for everyone. There’s no reason to disrespect people whether it’s a member of the public, whether it is your subordinates or it’s each other. There’s no part of the job that requires disrespect.“When we respect our subordinates and when we respect the least of our citizens, we respect everyone else and then we change the dynamics; we change the perception [of the force],” Commissioner Anderson said.He was addressing senior officers at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Police Officers’ Association (POA) at the Iberostar Rose Hall Hotel in St. James on Friday (July 12).Major General Anderson told the police officers that they must respect the rule of law at all times.“Whatever the circumstance that we find ourselves in when policing… we are going to deal with it within the rule of law, and when the laws don’t give us enough power to do what we need, we put in recommendations to get laws changed,” he said.He noted that a police force that operates under the rule of law is one of the cornerstones of thriving societies.Major General Anderson urged the senior police officers to play their part in the renewal and transformation of the JCF. He said that indiscipline on the part of the police undermines the core values of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), noting that at all times, citizens should be treated with respect and their rights observed. read more