9 months agoEmery admits top-four finish ‘difficult’ for Arsenal

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Emery admits top-four finish ‘difficult’ for Arsenalby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery admits consistency is jeopardising Arsenal’s top-four chances. The Gunners’ loss to West Ham United on Sunday saw them drop three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.And Emery thinks it will be difficult for his team to qualify for the Champions League if they continue to drop points.”Now it’s more difficult, it’s clear,” he told reporters. “I think the most important thing for us is to recover our confidence and be more competitive. We need consistency over 38 matches.”Now it isn’t enough at the moment. It’s a bad result. If we can win we are playing against Chelsea [on Saturday] with a three-point maximum distance.”The big opportunity for us is that we can take in our hands the possibility to be closer to them. This result makes that more difficult.” last_img read more

19 days agoChelsea boss Lampard: Senior players still biggest influence

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard: Senior players still biggest influenceby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard is delighted with the influence of his senior players.Lampard says he has the right blend within his squad.”What you need is a strong group and then you see the leaders come from within it. Where we are quite young, the leaders are still going to come and come out of themselves more. That comes with a bit of confidence, probably with being around the first team even more,” he stated.”It seemed to have become a bit cut and dry [from outside], the young boys and the old boys, but I never saw it that way. I always trust in the players and in the squad, and you will rely on them.”Willian scored two in two, Jorginho’s influence and how he is, Azpilicueta club captain and N’Golo Kante, back in and 28 years of age. We need all those players and I expect them to deliver and take burdens throughout the season. Hopefully they’re doing that.” last_img read more

Liverpool team news and likely line-up

first_imgAfter a perfect weekend, Liverpool will be hoping to make it a perfect Christmas as they take on Newcastle United at Anfield on Boxing Day.The Reds, incredibly, have opened up a four-point gap at the top of the Premier League courtesy of their win at Wolves on Friday, and Manchester City’s shock defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday. Jurgen Klopp’s men will be looking to maintain, or even extend, that advantage on Wednesday.They welcome their former boss in Rafa Benitez, whose Newcastle side drew at home to Fulham on Saturday and sit 15th in the table. The Magpies have not won at Anfield since 1995, but Klopp will undoubtedly warn his players against complacency, with the stakes for every game as high as can be right now. 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? Here, Goal  takes look at everything you need to know ahead of Wednesday’s game…Liverpool Injuries Liverpool are set to be handed a double boost with both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita passed fit for the game. Alexander-Arnold has missed the last two games with an ankle problem, while Keita suffered cuts to his foot and ribs against Wolves on Friday. Both will train as normal ahead of the game.Joe Gomez (fractured leg) and Joel Matip (broken collarbone) are still out.Rhian Brewster and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, meanwhile, are long-term absentees.Naby Keita Liverpool 2018-19Liverpool Suspensions Liverpool do not have any suspended players for this game.Liverpool Likely Line-UpKlopp’s ability to manage his resources has been a feature of Liverpool’s success so far this season, so we can expect a degree of rotation here.Nathaniel Clyne, one would suspect, will start at right-back while Alberto Moreno could be given a chance on the other flank as Liverpool seek to protect the brilliant Andy Robertson.In midfield Gini Wijnaldum could return to the starting XI, while Adam Lallana will be eager for a start after a promising cameo appearance at Wolves.Xherdan Shaqiri, an unused substitute at Molineux, may come into the forward line.Possible Liverpool team v NewcastleNewcastle team news Benitez will make checks on the fitness of midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, who has been struggling with a thigh injury. Defenders Ciaran Clark and Florian Lejuene are likely to miss out, while Ki-Sung Yeung is away on international duty with South Korea.Goalkeeper Karl Darlow is another doubt.Jonjo Shelvey Newcastle 2018-19TV Channel & Kick-Off Time The fixture will be not be broadcast live on the UK, as it is a 3pm kick off. Highlights can be found on Match of the Day, BBC One at 10.30pm.In the United States, the game can be watched live on television on NBC Sports, kick-off 10am ET. Best Opta Match Facts Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 22 home games against Newcastle in all competitions (W18 D4), with their last such defeat coming in November 1995 in the League Cup (0-1). Newcastle have won just two of their last 10 Premier League games against Liverpool (D4 L4), with both of those victories coming at St. James’ Park. Since losing their first ever Premier League home game against Newcastle (0-2 in April 1994), Liverpool are unbeaten in each of the 22 such meetings since (W18 D4). Liverpool haven’t lost a home league game on Boxing Day since 1986-87 (0-1 vs Manchester United), winning eight and drawing three since then. Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been directly involved in eight goals in his last nine games against Newcastle in the Premier League (seven goals and one assist). Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez is winless in his three away games at Anfield against former club Liverpool (D2 L1), losing 0-2 in this fixture last season. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Lozano would welcome Lainez to Europe amid Ajax rumours

first_imgPSV star Hirving Lozano would welcome Mexico team-mate Diego Lainez with open arms if the youngster were to make the move to Europe this January amid ongoing speculation that Ajax are keen to sign the America winger.Lozano rose to prominence at a young age in the Mexican game before making the move to PSV in 2017, where has since developed into a key figure.The 18-year-old Lainez, meanwhile, is regarded as perhaps an even bigger prospect than Lozano was in his younger years and recently capped a fine season with the Liga MX Apertura title. 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 fine form has earned him the interest of a number of European sides, with Ajax believed to be among his biggest admirers.Reports from both Netherlands and Mexico have suggested the Eredivisie giants are willing to pay up to €12 million (£10.5m/$13.5m) for the winger and even though Lozano has not seen his compatriot play too often, he would be happy to see him make the move to Europe. “Honestly, I’ve seen him a little. I haven’t seen him play that much,” Lozano told Goal.”For me, he’s a good player. He’s young, but he has a lot of qualities.”I don’t know if he’s ready or not. I don’t know what he’s like as a person. I don’t know him well.”But, hopefully he can arrive here soon.”Lainez would not be the first Mexican to join Lozano in Netherlands if the move were to materialise, with Erick Gutierrez joining his friend in Eindhoven earlier this season.Gutierrez has yet to become as important to the team as Lozano, but the attacker has little doubt his compatriot will soon make more of an impact.”With the transfer of Erick, I played a small role in it because they asked me about him, I was paying attention to whether they signed him or not, so the only thing I could do is to convince them a bit more to sign him and tell him good things about being here,” the 23-year-old added.”I think that’s why he came here.”I think he’s had some minutes, but little by little he’ll have more. He’s going to show more of the skill he has, so I’m convinced that he can play as a starter and hopefully the manager decides. He’s the one that decides, so he’s the one in charge.”last_img read more

Southgate hails Sterling for speaking out against racism

first_imgRaheem Sterling has shown admirable courage in speaking out to highlight the issue of racism in football, according to Gareth Southgate.During Manchester City’s defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier this month, Sterling was allegedly racially abused.Chelsea have subsequently suspended four fans pending further investigation and in the aftermath of the incident, the England forward took to Instagram to point out media coverage of young black footballers, which he felt “fuel racism an aggressive behaviour”. 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? And England manager Southgate believes Sterling should be applauded for taking a stand and helping to bring the issue into the public eye.”It’s easier for me to talk about what I feel about what Raheem’s done and how brave he’s been in speaking up,” Southgate told Sky Sports.”We’ve seen incidents of racism in the last few months that have always been unacceptable, remain unacceptable and will be unacceptable if they happen in the future. We have to hope they don’t.”Football is a mirror of society and unfortunately racism exists in society and so there are times when people use the opportunity at a football ground to fuel that.”We have to stand strong as a game to make sure that does not happen.”I think Raheem commented about what happens in stadiums, but also the unconscious bias that maybe exists.”I think that’s a huge topic for everyone to think about and to ponder and see how that might affect our lives and how we might do things differently as we move forward.”I really commend what he did and I think he should be very proud of being brave enough to stand up because it’s not an easy thing to do.”last_img read more

Violent explosion rocks Denmark tax office

first_imgStockholm: Danish police said Wednesday foul play was involved in a powerful explosion that rocked the national tax agency in Copenhagen, causing severe damage to the building’s exterior but no serious injuries. The cause of the blast, which occurred Tuesday around 10:00 pm (2000 GMT) at the agency’s headquarters in the capital’s Osterbro district, was not immediately known, Copenhagen police said. But investigators were treating the incident as a criminal act. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”It’s something someone has done on purpose,” Copenhagen police inspector Jorgen Bergen Skov, told a press briefing on Wednesday, adding that it was too early to say what the motive could have been. Investigators and bomb sniffer dogs were at the scene on Wednesday, police said. The blast had smashed windows and torn apart the front of the building. One person was hit by flying fragments and sought treatment at a hospital. Two people were inside the agency at the time of the explosion but escaped injury, a police spokeswoman said, adding that employees have been asked to work from home on Wednesday. Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has described the incident as a “deliberate act”, but said it was too early to speak of a “terror attack”. “We are talking about a serious crime and a very violent explosion, so it is a wonder no one was seriously injured,” Frederiksen told reporters. Danish Tax Minister Morten Bodskov told the Ritzau news agency it was “pretty obvious the facade has been blown up” deliberately, calling it a “totally unacceptable act”.last_img read more

Report: Morocco is Stable, Faces Persistent, Fundamental Challenges

Rabat – Despite an overall stable economy and positive scores in a number of international reports on economic performance, Morocco is still in need of “more decisive structural reforms” to ensure sustainable and inclusive growth.The lukewarm assessment comes from a recent Global Risk Insights report. Compiling a number of recent reports—including from the World Bank—the Global Risk Insights article considered Morocco as taking considerable steps in the right direction but in need of internal reforms to avoid derailing. From pioneering a more inclusive education system to investing more in improving the lot of scores of unemployed young Moroccans, the North African kingdom “will need to grapple with some deeply rooted challenges before reaching its full potential as a regional powerhouse and premiere African hub for international investment,” according to the report.Read Also: Fitch Ratings: Despite Challenges, Moroccan Economy Stays StableMorocco’s strengths include its robust presence in international affairs, especially its assertive and growing presence in African affairs, its trade and security partnerships with Europe, its new but promising partnership with China, and its longstanding alliance with the US. While indispensable for the EU (on migration, for example) and strategic for the US (on counterterrorism efforts), Rabat is “becoming a media darling in China,” enticing Chinese investors and tourists. Continuing setbacks include poor public investment management, corruption, human and minority rights, poor record on tax payments, and economic dependence on the external world.  Flashy infrastructure can’t replace real reforms“Despite spending on flashy infrastructure projects, like deals on bullet trains and founding new cities, many basic infrastructure and development needs around the country are not being met,” the report said. The suggestion, as many critics of Morocco’s new high speed train have recently pointed out, is that the majority of the country’s high scale investments have been aimed at collecting “national prestige” or pride rather than practically impacting the socio-economic outcomes of millions of poor and low-income Moroccan families.While foreign investments fly into the country and infrastructure projects proliferate, sizable local needs remain unmet, keeping internal economic dynamics in a “fragile” and “vulnerable” state.As Morocco improves its global outreach and diversifies its trade and strategic partnerships, the report suggested, “certain key social and economic issues, including treatment of vulnerable populations, will present an important test as to whether Morocco will emerge in the future as a strong, inclusive economy.” It concluded, “In order to secure its place as a regional hub for growth and progress, internal reforms will be absolutely critical.” read more

EU Council President Tusk to meet May ahead of Brexit summit

BRUSSELS — European Council President Donald Tusk is meeting leaders including British Prime Minister Theresa May ahead of an emergency summit to decide whether to grant the United Kingdom a further delay in its departure from the European Union.Donald Tusk meets the leaders of Lithuania, Latvia, The Netherlands and finally May shortly before Wednesday evening’s summit begins.It’s likely to be a rough day for the embattled British leader as she pleads for a second extension until June 30, to prevent Britain’s departure now scheduled for Friday.Tusk has suggested an even longer delay of up to a year with conditions attached to ensure Britain does not stymie EU decision making if it remains a member.EU countries have become increasingly exasperated with the political division and uncertainty in Britain.The Associated Press read more

Record 2 Million Visitors for January to May

Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, is reporting that the island welcomed a record two million visitors for the first five months of 2019. He was speaking at the official opening of the R Hotel in New Kingston on June 6. “That is the first time in the history of Jamaica that within the first five months of the year, we have brought two million visitors to Jamaica,” he said. Story Highlights Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, is reporting that the island welcomed a record two million visitors for the first five months of 2019.“That is the first time in the history of Jamaica that within the first five months of the year, we have brought two million visitors to Jamaica,” he said.He was speaking at the official opening of the R Hotel in New Kingston on June 6.Mr. Bartlett further informed that the country earned US$1.7 billion for the period, as a result of the increase in arrivals.“This represents, for us, the new drive that Jamaica is now involved in, which is not just about (increasing) numbers, but also to add value to the experience of the visitors, who come here,” he noted.The Tourism Minister said that the Government is working to retain a greater portion of visitor spending, so that more Jamaicans can benefit from the industry.He noted that the country now retains 40.8 cents out of every tourism dollar spent on the island, up from 30 cents.The R Hotel is the city’s only extended stay business hotel, as well as the first full city concierge experience property. It comprises 48 rooms, a gym, art gallery, and boasts Jamaican-made handcrafted furnishings and décor.The hotel is a partnership involving noted Jamaican architect Evan Williams and businessman Joe Bogdanovich.It is the brainchild of Mr. Williams, who, 10 years ago, saw the need to provide more hotel rooms to service business travellers coming to the nation’s capital. read more

Jamaica Wins Award for Use of GIS in Policing

Story Highlights The four-day conference was held from June 16 to 20 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, under the theme: ‘Jamaica and the Diaspora: Building Pathways for Sustainable Development’. Jamaica has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Esri Achievement Award for its use of geographic information system (GIS) in policing.Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, made the disclosure at a plenary session of the Eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference on Tuesday (June 18).The four-day conference was held from June 16 to 20 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, under the theme: ‘Jamaica and the Diaspora: Building Pathways for Sustainable Development’.“The use of GIS in policing in Jamaica is one of the best around. We are nearly at real time in terms of mapping in this, and Esri, which has nearly 40 per cent market share on this in the world, are the ones giving us this award,” he informed.Esri is an international supplier of GIS software, web GIS and geo database management applications. GIS is a framework for gathering, managing and analysing data.Commissioner Anderson said the JCF is increasing its use of technology as an important resource in policing activities.As part of this thrust, the Police Commissioner announced that the JCF has developed an algorithm to indicate how resources should be allocated in various jurisdictions across the JCF network.“We have a model and are copywriting it now. It is a model that is quite sophisticated and was developed right here in the JCF on how you build and establish a police force. You can use it elsewhere; just throw the numbers in and you get an answer,” he informed.“I had to understand the size of the force and what is required for Jamaica. I had to do this to know how many officers I need and where,” he said, in explaining the genesis of the algorithm.Commissioner Anderson said the algorithm, which was developed using various international methodologies, will use characteristics of each parish across the island.“The problem with Jamaica is that we are not uniform. Parishes have different nuances, different areas and so on,” he said.He noted that the algorithm takes into consideration the transient nature of populations across parishes.“Cruise ships cause populations in some areas to go up and down rapidly and also some parishes are much more transient because of highway and road networks,” the Commissioner pointed out.“What we did was to look at this down to each individual station. We got officers who had worked there, supervised and run these stations to give us an idea of how many officers they would need to run the station. Interestingly, the numbers they came up with matched the algorithm.We tested this a few times and found that it worked,” he added.Discussions at the session focused on Public Safety (Combating Crime and Violence – Partnerships for Intervention and Prevention). Jamaica has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Esri Achievement Award for its use of geographic information system (GIS) in policing. Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, made the disclosure at a plenary session of the Eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference on Tuesday (June 18). read more

Student Establishing Education Foundation Receives GGs Achievement Award

Nineteen year old Manchester student, Setrice Patricia Clarke, who established a Foundation to assist youngsters’ high school placement examination preparations, is among 12 residents of the county of Middlesex receiving the 2019 Governor-General’s Achievement Award.She is one of two citizens of Manchester who have been recognized, the other being Dr. Grace Kelly.Ms. Clarke and her co-recipients were presented with their awards by Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, during a ceremony at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Hayes, Clarendon, on June 27.The event was held under the theme – ‘Engaging, Empowering and Inspiring Jamaicans’.Through her Foundation, Ms. Clarke, who received the award in 18 to 24 age category, has been able to assist youngsters from her Sabbath School and community to prepare, initially for the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and subsequently the Primary Exit Profile (PEP), through Easter and Christmas camps.Ms. Clarke, the Office of the Children’s Registry central Jamaica representative who lost her father seven years ago, initiated the Foundation with the help close associates while enrolled in sixth form at high school.Among those benefiting is her brother, who successfully sat his exams and is now in high school.Ms. Clarke, who is preparing to embark on tertiary studies, told JIS News that “once I am in university, the work of the Foundation will continue with the other members who are in it”.The other awardees are: Dennis McKenzie, Sejae Burey and Dr. Maurice Smith J.P. from St. Ann; Christiana Plummer, Jamar Wright and Dr. Everton Thomas – St. Catherine; Christiana Blake, Roxanne Brown, and Rev. Ann-Marie Richards – Clarendon; and Ivy Veronica Gordon – St. Mary.The awards were made in three age categories – 18 to 24 for academic excellence and volunteerism; 25 to 35 – academic and professional excellence, and volunteerism; and 35 and over, for achievements attained under challenging circumstances, and significant contributions to society.The Governor-General, in congratulating the awardees, said he was inspired by the stories of the honourees’, “who have engaged, empowered and inspired themselves and other individuals”.“They have made a difference and left lasting footprints of good works behind them,” he added. She is one of two citizens of Manchester who have been recognized, the other being Dr. Grace Kelly. Nineteen year old Manchester student, Setrice Patricia Clarke, who established a Foundation to assist youngsters’ high school placement examination preparations, is among 12 residents of the county of Middlesex receiving the 2019 Governor-General’s Achievement Award. Ms. Clarke and her co-recipients were presented with their awards by Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, during a ceremony at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Hayes, Clarendon, on June 27. Story Highlights read more

Energy Council Will Ensure Sustainable Development of Sector – Minister Williams

Story Highlights Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, says the reconvening of the Jamaica Energy Council will ensure the sustainable development of the country’s energy sector. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, says the reconvening of the Jamaica Energy Council will ensure the sustainable development of the country’s energy sector.She was addressing stakeholders prior to a tour of Massy Gas Products Jamaica Limited’s facility in Montego Bay, St. James, on July 5.Mrs. Williams noted that the Council, which will function as a nation decision-making body, will allow for continuity of policy, and will utilise “imperial data-driven information to make strategic and timely decisions”.She noted, further, that “it is aimed at facilitating consensus and minimising the negative influence that partisan and other special interest groups and individuals may try to have on our energy sector”.Cabinet approved the re-establishment of the Council, chaired by Minister Williams, and including representatives from various organisations.The Council was initially established by a decision of Cabinet on March 12, 2012 and is supported by the National Energy Policy, 2008-2030, which provides the framework to pursue a comprehensive programme for improving the island’s energy efficiency and facilitate fuel source diversification and long-term energy security.In the meantime, the Minister lauded the innovations being undertaken by Massy Gas Products and other stakeholders in the energy sector.“These innovations not only help the companies to remain viable and competitive but they also aid in our efforts to create a modern, efficient, diversified and environmentally sustainable energy sector,” she noted.She hailed the company’s efforts to convert petrol-fuelled vehicles to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).“You (Massy Gas Products) are a good part of that (sustainable energy) industry. LPG currently provides about three per cent of all energy consumed and burns relatively cleaner with no soot and very little sulfur emissions,” Mrs. Williams said.“There is a great thrust to find cleaner fuel for our transportation sector. So I was happy to hear about the product that you (Massy Gas Products) have, having converted about 100 vehicles already (to LPG). This is something I think you should be out there with in a big way in terms of raising the awareness of it,” she added. Mrs. Williams noted that the Council, which will function as a nation decision-making body, will allow for continuity of policy, and will utilise “imperial data-driven information to make strategic and timely decisions”. She was addressing stakeholders prior to a tour of Massy Gas Products Jamaica Limited’s facility in Montego Bay, St. James, on July 5. read more

Multistorey Car Parks for Montego Bay Being Explored

“So, we are seeking to enter into dialogue with the Jamaica Railway Corporation because they are the largest landowner in this city of Montego Bay, where we think that parking can be made available,” Mayor Davis said. He was addressing a JIS Think Tank held at the municipality’s offices in Montego Bay on Thursday (July 25). Story Highlights Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis, says the St. James Municipal Corporation is exploring plans for the construction of multistorey structures to meet parking needs in Montego Bay. Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis, says the St. James Municipal Corporation is exploring plans for the construction of multistorey structures to meet parking needs in Montego Bay.“So, we are seeking to enter into dialogue with the Jamaica Railway Corporation because they are the largest landowner in this city of Montego Bay, where we think that parking can be made available,” Mayor Davis said.He was addressing a JIS Think Tank held at the municipality’s offices in Montego Bay on Thursday (July 25).Mayor Davis stressed the urgency to identify and create additional parking space in Montego Bay, given the city’s rapid development.“Parking has become a major problem for persons who commute, persons who drive into the city. With the fast pace of development in Montego Bay, we have realised that additional areas must be identified,” he told JIS News.The Mayor noted that the Harbour Street car park and the old cholera cemetery on Jimmy Cliff Boulevard have also been identified as viable locations to build the structures.He said the projected sale of the Bogue Industrial Estate property, which is worth over $700 million, will be used to fund the undertaking..“It’s a big ticket item, it will cost big money. When we conclude that sale we will have enough money to invest in that multistorey car park,” he noted.Mayor Davis told JIS News that the Corporation has received a subdivision approval for the sale of the property, and the process is now moving to the next stage of putting together a sale agreement.“So, it is something that we are really looking forward to as a city because we would like to have that money reinvested in the city of Montego Bay for the benefit and the upgrading of our city space,” he said. read more

70000 Students to Benefit From Breakfast Programme

Some 70,000 vulnerable students at the primary and early childhood levels will benefit from a breakfast programme, which will roll out at the start of the new school year in September.Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Karl Samuda, said that the Ministry is in the process of securing the additional funding for the initiative.He was making his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral debate in the House of Representatives on July 31.Meanwhile, Minister Samuda informed that Nutrition Products Limited’s (NPL) Westmoreland Plant will be re-opened.“Following discussions with NPL, we were advised that the plant will provide juices for selected schools and serve as the hub for distributing local produce to schools for their lunch programme,” he told the House.In addition, NPL is considering the provision of lunches consisting primarily of locally-grown produce and natural fruit juices for schools located within 15 minutes of the plant. He was making his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral debate in the House of Representatives on July 31. Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Karl Samuda, said that the Ministry is in the process of securing the additional funding for the initiative. Some 70,000 vulnerable students at the primary and early childhood levels will benefit from a breakfast programme, which will roll out at the start of the new school year in September. Story Highlights read more

200 Soldiers Receive Medal Of Honour

Two hundred members of the Jamaica Defence Force’s (JDF) enlisted ranks have received the 2019 Medal of Honour for General Service, effective May 23.The medals were presented by Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, and Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during the JDF’s Armed Forces Day Parade at Up Park Camp, on Wednesday (July 31).The recipients, who were recognised for land, air and sea operations over prescribed periods, are members of JDF’s five divisions – Infantry Regiment; Reserve Corps; Air Wing; Engineering Unit; and Coast Guard.Awardees were drawn from ranks falling below Sub-Lieutenant in the case of the Coast Guard, and Second Lieutenant for the other divisions.A large number of dignitaries and members of the public attended the parade, which featured the Royal Salute; helicopter fly-over; and a display of military equipment and vehicles.There was also musical entertainment by the Military Mass Band, comprising the JDF Band and Jamaica Regiment Drum Corps, and the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) band, which was specially invited.Their rendition of renowned Russian composer, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s ‘1812 Overture’, included intermittent firing of a canon, which had the audience riveted.The day also featured activities in the Armed Forces Village, adjacent to the parade ground, where persons were able to procure memorabilia and view displays.The Medal of Honour for General Service is awarded by the Governor-General in accordance with Regulations under Section 7 of the National Honours and Awards Act. The medals were presented by Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, and Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during the JDF’s Armed Forces Day Parade at Up Park Camp, on Wednesday (July 31). Two hundred members of the Jamaica Defence Force’s (JDF) enlisted ranks have received the 2019 Medal of Honour for General Service, effective May 23. Story Highlights The recipients, who were recognised for land, air and sea operations over prescribed periods, are members of JDF’s five divisions – Infantry Regiment; Reserve Corps; Air Wing; Engineering Unit; and Coast Guard. read more

SDC Stages Health and Job Fair in Salt Spring St James

The event was organised in partnership with the Ministry of Health & Wellness, Salt Spring Community Outreach Programme for Empowerment (SCOPE), and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). Residents of Salt Spring in St. James benefitted from a health and job fair, which was staged in the community on Monday (August 19) by the Social Development Commission (SDC). Story Highlights The fair, which also involved the support of several other public and private sector entities, saw adults and children receiving free check-ups and consultations from doctors and nurses on hand. Residents of Salt Spring in St. James benefitted from a health and job fair, which was staged in the community on Monday (August 19) by the Social Development Commission (SDC).The event was organised in partnership with the Ministry of Health & Wellness, Salt Spring Community Outreach Programme for Empowerment (SCOPE), and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).The fair, which also involved the support of several other public and private sector entities, saw adults and children receiving free check-ups and consultations from doctors and nurses on hand.Additionally, several jobseekers were recruited by a number of the participating entities, a move that was lauded by the fair’s organisers.SDC Community Development Officer, Jayron Sterling, noted that the event “has long been in the making,”“We have been targeting the Salt Spring community for an event of this nature, and went about seeking partners to ensure a meaningful collaboration,” he told JIS News, pointing out that “everything [went] well as we hoped.”Mr. Sterling added that “what was fulfilling was to see the many youngsters [attending] who could have been somewhere else. We combined the health fair with a job fair so as to give the people of Salt Spring the best of both worlds”.He said there are plans to stage similar events in other inner-city communities.Meanwhile, Parish Health and Promotion and Education Officer at the Ministry of Health & Wellness, Julian Grandison-Mullings, said the Ministry’s involvement was in keeping with its focus on sensitising communities to the dangers of non-communicable diseases (NCD).“As part of our ‘Jamaica Moves’ initiative, the Ministry continues to push healthy eating and physical activity as the primary tools in the fight against these diseases, which include cardiovascular diseases, heart attack, stroke, cancer, and diabetes,” she noted.Additionally, Ms. Grandison-Mullings said the Ministry is trying to get the nation’s youth to understand that “physical activity plays a highly significant role in achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle”.She further noted that dengue fever remains a threat and urges persons to continue employing preventative measures to avoid an outbreak.“We can’t afford to be complacent where this is concerned. The breeding aspect of the mosquitoes is what we are very concerned about, and so we are trying to get people to ensure they are not doing things to facilitate this,” Ms. Grandison-Mullings emphasised.For her part, Woman Inspector Yvonne White-Powell said the JCF is proud to be a partner in activities that benefit inner-city communities like Salt Spring.She said she was particularly pleased with the turnout of and extent of interaction among residents of a community that was once regarded as “prone to violence”.“Social intervention programmes do work in these communities. We, as members of the JCF, do relish our role in being a part of events that bring the best out of all of us,” Inspector White-Powell said. read more

NWC Improving Water Supply in Norwood St James

Story Highlights The National Water Commission (NWC) will be undertaking extensive pipe replacements and leak repairs in Norwood, St. James.Deputy Chairman, Steven Fong-Yee, says this forms part of the NWC’s Norwood Water Supply Improvement Project, now underway. He was addressing the commissioning ceremony for Section H of the project, on Friday (August 23). The National Water Commission (NWC) will be undertaking extensive pipe replacements and leak repairs in Norwood, St. James.Deputy Chairman, Steven Fong-Yee, says this forms part of the NWC’s Norwood Water Supply Improvement Project, now underway.He was addressing the commissioning ceremony for Section H of the project, on Friday (August 23).The segment was commissioned into service by National Security Minister and Member of Parliament for North Western St. James, where Norwood is located, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang.Mr. Fong-Yee said pipe replacements and leaks repairs to be completed under the project’s first phase, will extend coverage to residents in Norwood Gardens.Additionally, he said a 50,000 gallon tank, which has already been constructed in the area, will aid in supplying water to the community after the project’s completion.The Deputy Chairman said the Norwood Section H water project forms part of the NWC’s strategic imperative to extend access to the amenity and improve the entity’s infrastructure, “not just here, in St. James, but across the island”.He emphasized that the NWC remains committed to improving its response to clients and service delivery, despite varying challenges impacting the entity’s systems.“I reaffirm the commitment of the management and staff to [ensuring] the successful completion of this project,” Mr. Fong-Yee stated.For his part, Dr. Chang lauded the NWC on the project’s implementation, describing it as a “major development” for Norwood.He said the project’s rollout is welcome, in light of numerous challenges encountered in getting it off the ground.Dr. Chang also committed to assisting the NWC in securing additional funding in order to fast-track the project’s completion. The segment was commissioned into service by National Security Minister and Member of Parliament for North Western St. James, where Norwood is located, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang. read more

Jamaicans Have Appetite to Invest in Energy Sector – Minister

“As an Administration, we are serious about providing wealth creation avenues for our people,” the Minister said. Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams, says the overwhelming response to the sale of shares in Wigton Windfarm to the public by the Government, clearly demonstrates that Jamaicans have the appetite to invest in the energy sector. Story Highlights The Wigton Initial Public Offer (IPO), which was oversubscribed by $9 billion, saw approximately 31,000 Jamaicans purchasing shares. Additionally, it resulted in 11,000 new investors joining the stock market. Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams, says the overwhelming response to the sale of shares in Wigton Windfarm to the public by the Government, clearly demonstrates that Jamaicans have the appetite to invest in the energy sector.The Wigton Initial Public Offer (IPO), which was oversubscribed by $9 billion, saw approximately 31,000 Jamaicans purchasing shares. Additionally, it resulted in 11,000 new investors joining the stock market.“As an Administration, we are serious about providing wealth creation avenues for our people,” the Minister said.She was speaking at a bond-signing ceremony between NCB Capital Markets Limited and New Fortress Energy (NFE), at the AC Marriott Hotel in Kingston, on Tuesday (August 27).Against the background of the Wigton IPO response, Mrs. Williams said plans by NFE to issue a bond to raise US$185 million is welcome.The proceeds will be used to complete the combined heat and power plant being built at Clarendon-based bauxite and alumina refinery, Jamalco.The Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)-powered facility, which is slated for completion in 2020, will supply steam for the refinery’s operations and electricity to the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS).“I believe that this move [bond issue] is opportune and comes at a time when Jamaicans are bullish about investments. As Energy Minister, I am pleased by the significant investment opportunities being afforded to our people via the energy sector,” Mrs. Williams said.Noting that NFE has been a “good partner” in further developing and diversifying Jamaica’s energy sector through the introduction of LNG in 2016, where others “perceived that there was no opportunity,” Mrs. Williams said the entity is again “taking a bold move” in presenting the bond issue investment option.“The Government of Jamaica’s partnerships with New Forest and our many other stakeholders have gone a far way towards ensuring that Jamaica’s energy supply is secure and sufficient to support long-term economic and social development, and environmental sustainability, which is in accordance with Goal No. 4 of our National Energy Policy,” she further noted.The extent of these developments, Mrs. Williams pointed out, include conversion of the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) 114-megawatt energy plant in Bogue, St. James, to an LNG-powered facility; construction of a similarly powered 190mw plant in Old Harbour Bay, St. Catherine, the JAMALCO facility, and the South Jamaica Power Company; and commissioning of the floating storage regasification terminal, “which strategically positions Jamaica as a premier LNG hub in the region”.She noted that the demand for and use of LNG globally is increasing, and that as the effects of climate change become more evident, governments across the world are working “assiduously” to reduce harmful emissions, while increasing access to affordable power for their citizens.Mrs. Williams said the International Energy Agency (IEA) reports that the demand for natural gas grew by about 4.6 per cent in 2018, the fastest annual pace since 2010.She pointed out that the demand for natural gas is expected to rise by more than 10 per cent over the next five years, to reach more than 4.3 trillion cubic metres in 2024.Additionally, Mrs. Williams said industrial use of natural gas as fuel and feedstock is set to expand at an average annual rate of three per cent, accounting for almost half of the increase in global consumption, up to 2024.“I am pleased to say that Jamaica, as a Small Island Developing State (SIDS), is part of this global movement. As a Ministry, we are on a mission to transform our nation with energy, thus creating a modern, efficient, diversified and environmentally sustainable energy sector,” she said.“We are committed to diversifying our energy mix with the inclusion of renewables and cleaner fuels such as LNG,” Mrs. Williams added. read more

Resource Officers for High Schools in St James

Commanding Officer of the St. James Police, Superintendent Vernon Ellis, says 30 resource officers have been selected for high schools in the parish, as the police anticipate a smooth start to the new academic year on September 2. Story Highlights Speaking with JIS News during a School Resource Officers’ Seminar at the Freeport Police Station in Montego Bay on Wednesday (August 28), Superintendent Ellis explained that the school resource officers will be focusing on student behaviour as well as partake in lectures and programmes. He said the school resource officers will be working closely with guidance counsellors and the deans of discipline in these secondary institutions. Among these are Cornwall College, Montego Bay High School, St. James High School and Anchovy High School.  Commanding Officer of the St. James Police, Superintendent Vernon Ellis, says 30 resource officers have been selected for high schools in the parish, as the police anticipate a smooth start to the new academic year on September 2.Speaking with JIS News during a School Resource Officers’ Seminar at the Freeport Police Station in Montego Bay on Wednesday (August 28), Superintendent Ellis explained that the school resource officers will be focusing on student behaviour as well as partake in lectures and programmes.He said the school resource officers will be working closely with guidance counsellors and the deans of discipline in these secondary institutions. Among these are Cornwall College, Montego Bay High School, St. James High School and Anchovy High School.“The purpose of the school resource officers will be to develop a comprehensive safety plan to ensure schools are safe and they remain a safe place for students to learn,” Superintendent Ellis said.He pointed out that this approach also serves to build a better relationship between the younger generation and the police.“So, school resource officers are responsible for working with school administrators, security staff, parents, teachers and the overall school association,” he said.In the meantime, Superintendent Ellis outlined that the new school year will see the St. James Police rolling out a traffic management plan that will have officers manning key intersections to reduce traffic.He said it is imperative that students get to school on time and in a safe manner.Additionally, he indicated that officers will be policing specific areas in downtown Montego Bay, in a bid to curb students loitering.“We know all schools won’t be out at once, so we are going to prioritise those that will get off at the get-go and then the rest of our police strategy should take us through. So, we are going to be patrolling those areas for the first week or two weeks, until there is a smooth transition,” Superintendent Ellis said. read more

Proposed Nutrition Policy to be Completed In Academic Year 20192020

One major goal of the Government during the academic year 2019/2020 is to complete the proposed Nutrition Policy, which will restrict certain types of sugary drinks in schools and provide healthier food options for students. Story Highlights This is in keeping with the ban implemented in January 2019, which restricts the circulation of certain types of sugary drinks in schools and public health institutions. One major goal of the Government during the academic year 2019/2020 is to complete the proposed Nutrition Policy, which will restrict certain types of sugary drinks in schools and provide healthier food options for students.This is in keeping with the ban implemented in January 2019, which restricts the circulation of certain types of sugary drinks in schools and public health institutions.At the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information’s annual Back-to-School Press Conference on Thursday (August 29), Minister with responsibility for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Karl Samuda, said the Ministry has started working with concessionaires to ensure that students are properly fed during the five days of school.“In the area of nutrition and school-feeding, our Nutrition Policy will reinforce the push to restrict the availability of non-sugary drinks in schools. We support the drive by the Ministry of Health and we’re sincerely making an effort to support that Policy for the betterment of the health of our children,” Minister Samuda said.“The inclusion of local products in the feeding programme, as well as the reintroduction of the Breakfast Programme, is currently being finalised for implementation within this school year,” he added.Mr. Samuda also stated that Nutrition Products will be producing juices for selected schools and will increase its number of deliveries.On Tuesday (August 27) at the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ Quarterly Press Briefing, Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, gave an update on the Government’s activities towards finalising the Policy, and stated that his Ministry will be working alongside the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information for its implementation.Meanwhile, Mr. Samuda said most schools have embraced water consumption as a primary liquid for hydration, and that manufacturers have made adjustments in terms of revisiting their formula… so that it does not have the high sugar content.The Policy is to be submitted to Cabinet for review and approval. At the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information’s annual Back-to-School Press Conference on Thursday (August 29), Minister with responsibility for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Karl Samuda, said the Ministry has started working with concessionaires to ensure that students are properly fed during the five days of school. read more