Angel Di Maria double fires Paris St Germain into French Cup semis

first_imgHolders Paris St Germain eased into the French Cup semi-finals after two goals from Angel Di Maria and another by Thomas Meunier gave them a 3-0 home win over Dijon in an action-packed last-eight clash on Tuesday.PSG were without their potent three-pronged attack of Edinson Cavani, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, but the league leaders’ makeshift side made light work of the contest and could have won by a much bigger margin.Dijon’s Icelandic keeper Runar Runarsson made a string of superb saves in the first half but could do nothing about Di Maria’s brace, with both goals created in sublime fashion by German playmaker Julian Draxler.Di Maria opened the scoring in the eighth minute with a brilliant lob from the edge of the penalty area after a defence-splitting pass by Draxler, who also set up the second with what was almost a carbon copy of his earlier assist.Di Maria showed a different kind of composure this time, with his mistimed pass to Eric Choupo-Moting rebounding kindly to the Argentina winger who swept the ball home past the stranded Runarsson.Dijon defender Fouad Chafik denied Di Maria a first-half hat-trick as he cleared the livewire forward’s shot off the line while Julio Tavares hit the post at the other end after a rare Dijon break.The busy Runarsson twice kept out superb Draxler chances before Choupo-Moting, who missed three good opportunities, set up Meunier with some fine footwork and the Belgium midfielder responded with a clever 76th-minute finish to put the icing on the cake.advertisementIn the other quarter-finals, Rennes are at home to second division Orleans and Olympique Lyonnais take on Caen on Wednesday, while fourth division Vitre are at home to Nantes on March 6.Also Watch:last_img read more

Kuldeep Yadav credits skipper Virat Kohli for giving freedom to attack

first_imgStar India wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav believes he wouldn’t have been successful at the world stage had it not been for skipper Virat Kohli, who gave him the freedom to attack.”You need a skipper who backs you and believes in your ability to shine on the big stage. You think we could have been so successful if Kohli bhai had not given us the freedom to attack? I don’t think so,” Kuldeep told PTI in an interview.Kuldeep, who played for Kolkata Knight Riders, was badly let down by the batting friendly conditions at Eden Gardens in this year’s IPL as he returned with just four wickets from nine matches before being dropped by his franchise in the business end of the tournament.The 24-year-old said he is looking forward to put the IPL disappointment behind with a spectacular performance in the upcoming World Cup beginning May 30.”IPL is very different than World Cup. There are players who have done well in IPL but have struggled to make a mark for the country. I’ve matured as a bowler and by no means it will affect my performance in the World Cup,” Kuldeep said.”It’s (T20) such a format, you may have a bad day where you’re hit for runs. I’m not a magician who will do well in every match. You cannot say I will take so many wickets.”By his own standard, an average of 71.50 in IPL is something he would look to forget.”If I’m not getting wickets it does not mean I’m not bowling well. Now I play as a mature cricketer and think more about the team,” Kuldeep said.advertisementKuldeep also spoke about the recent controversy about his comments on Mahendra Singh Dhoni that sometimes the former skipper “goes wrong” with his tips.”How can a youngster like me make such comments on a senior member of the side? My comments had been misinterpreted by media to create a controversy,” he said.”There is no doubt that his tips have been invaluable not only for me but for the entire team. His presence behind the stumps makes our job easy and nobody can change that fact. We wouldn’t have been half as effective without his inputs.”Andre Russell was a terror in the IPL with his batting exploits and single-handedly turned KKR’s fortunes before they failed to make the playoffs.Kuldeep said he has learnt a few tricks which he would employ against the West Indian in the World Cup.”He has some problems facing a turning ball. If the ball is turning, then he has a weakness. It’s not just this, I’ve different plans to unleash against him in the World Cup. I know how to stop him and I’m very clear in my mind,” he signed off.Also Watch:last_img read more

Mahrez happy to stay at Leicester, insists Puel

first_imgTransfers Mahrez happy to stay at Leicester, insists Puel Jamie Smith 00:56 1/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Riyad Mahrez Getty Images Transfers Riyad Mahrez Fleetwood Town v Leicester City FA Cup Leicester City v Huddersfield Town Leicester City Premier League The Algeria international is not seeking a move away from the King Power Stadium during the January transfer window, according to his manager Leicester City manager Claude Puel believes Riyad Mahrez is happy at the club and rejected claims the winger will seek a move away in the January transfer window.Mahrez went public with his desire to leave Leicester last May, handing in a transfer request, and was linked with Roma, Manchester United, Barcelona and Arsenal.The 26-year-old left an Algeria training camp to complete a deadline-day move in August only for the transfer to collapse, but has scored seven Premier League goals this season with the Foxes rejuvenated under Puel. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And the Frenchman rejected speculation Mahrez has again requested to leave Leicester, praising the recent contribution of the winger, who scored a brilliant goal in Monday’s win against Huddersfield Town.”I want to keep all my best players and Riyad is an important player in the team for us,” Puel told reporters on Thursday. “When I discussed things with him, he had a good attitude and is enjoying his football.Marc Albrighton Riyad Mahrez Leicester City Huddersfield Town“He is a happy player and likes to play with his team-mates. His statistics have improved, with assists and scoring. Of course, I want him to continue all this good work.”He is happy with the squad, it is speculation but for me it is no problem. He is happy to play with this team, he enjoys his football and this is the most important thing.”Leicester travel to Fleetwood Town for an FA Cup third round tie on Saturday, but Jamie Vardy is an injury doubt for the game against his former club, although Adrien Silva could feature after making his debut against Huddersfield.”We will see. If [Vardy] cannot be 100 per cent, we will not risk him,” Puel said. “He is not training with the team. He is just doing some exercises in the gym. For the moment, it is not good for him.”For [Danny] Simpson, I don’t know when he can come back into competition. For now, he is in the gym. Wes [Morgan], I think it is not too bad, but I think he will be out for a few weeks.”[We may make] some changes but that is normal. Now we will see all the players, like Silva and [Matty] James, if they need some game time to have a good tempo to their play. It is a good opportunity for them to make progress in their fitness. We will pick a team to win the game, of course.”last_img read more

Oklahoma State One of 10 Teams to Join Exclusive 5-0 Club in 2015

first_imgThere are only 20 undefeated FBS teams as of October 4, 2015. Of those 20, only 10 are 5-0. Oklahoma State is one of the few that’s reached the 5-0 plateau. It’s the fourth time it has done so under Mike Gundy. The other three (2008, 2010 and 2011) were pretty memorable seasons.Here are the 10 teams that are 5-0.Screen Shot 2015-10-04 at 2.06.31 PMA pretty impressive (and weird) list (Iowa? Memphis?) And yet, despite defeating a previously-undefeated Kansas State team to get to 5-0 on Saturday evening, Oklahoma State actually moved down in the AP Poll.Not that the AP Poll matters. In this era of the College Football Playoff, if you win them all, you’re in (I think … probably).“We’ve got a lot of work to do, and we’ve got a long way to go,” said Mike Gundy on Saturday. “I want them to embrace the moment, enjoy the win and come back ready to prepare for the next game tomorrow.”It hasn’t been beautiful. It hasn’t been like 2011. But it has been perfect so far. Like Mason Rudolph said here, “it’s a great feeling any time you keep that zero in the right-hand column.” While 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.last_img read more

What Chelsea are missing to challenge for Premier League

first_imgChelsea are 11 points away from Premier League leaders Liverpool and are staring down the reality that they are not title contenders this season.Maurizio Sarri has sent warnings that his side ‘are a step behind’ both Liverpool and Manchester City throughout the course of the season, even when his side racked up an impressive 18 game unbeaten streak in all competitions.A strong ‘big six’ in England’s top flight means a top-four finish is a battle, and Chelsea find themselves just outside the top tier of challengers alongside Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United. 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? Some saw Sarri’s comments as pessimism at the time but the recent run has exposed shortcomings at Stamford Bridge that the Italian was evidently aware of – the same ones countryman Antonio Conte complained about before him.Strange mentality On any given day, Chelsea can beat anyone. Both Manchester City and Liverpool have found that out already this season, but the real challenge is to grind it out week after week.That’s where Chelsea are failing, they are unable to blow teams away like Man City, whereas Liverpool’s title charge has been characterised by a dogged mentality.Even the best teams have bad days but Chelsea seem to fade for large periods of games in which they had previously been doing well. In November, the issue for Sarri was starting games slowly but now it’s that Chelsea react poorly to hardship, most blatantly when the opposition scores.Leicester City earned their first win at Stamford Bridge for more than 18 years with a 1-0 win on Saturday and they deserved it. A strong Claude Puel game plan still needed resilience as Chelsea dominated possession and created more chances.However, Jamie Vardy’s second half strike saw Chelsea collapse and Sarri seemed baffled about his team’s lack of ability to mount a response.”I think we played very well for 55 minutes, we played very good football,” said the Italian. “After the goal the reaction was, for me, a strange reaction, not in the right direction, not as a team but as 11 different players. It was very strange.Maurizio Sarri quote GFX“I think we could have done better. We only had to continue to play like we did in the first part of the match. There was time to score but we reacted as a team that was shocked. I cannot understand our reaction.”There are many games that you could look to in highlighting examples of poor mentality from Chelsea and it doesn’t matter if they won, lost or drew. Manchester United, Crystal Palace, Wolves, Tottenham and Leicester City… the examples are numerous of this ‘strange mentality’ that plagues Chelsea’s side and that is costing them points.A possible solution would be the emergence of leaders of the ilk of those long gone at Chelsea. The Blues’ most feared team featured the likes of John Terry, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard, whose mental toughness complimented their immense footballing talent.There’s also a need for Chelsea to kill off games more ruthlessly when they are on top.Lack of reliable striker Eden Hazard has emerged as Chelsea’s leading striker, operating as a false 9, with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud only having six league goals so far between them.Chelsea have switched formations to play with eight-goal Hazard up front, but Leicester opted to use a deep block and give him, Pedro and Willian little space to weave their magic.Giroud is hard-working and a good influence for the team but, as proved at the World Cup, he needs others to take the role of goal scorer.Morata was meant to be the 20-, potentially 30-goal-a-season man but he has not shown himself robust enough to cope with the pressure of being under the spotlight. At Juventus and Real Madrid, the talent of his team-mates offered him some hiding space, but Chelsea invested £58 million plus add-ons in his potential to rise from the shadows and become a main man.So far it has been not so good for the 26-year-old since his move to west London. It has been a run of injuries, complaints, yellow cards and excuses rather than goals. Spain dropped Morata from their World Cup squad and Sarri left him out after switching to a false 9 against Man City.Alvaro Morata Chelsea 2018-19It is a sad indictment for a player who is clearly so talented. Patience is limited in football though and this might be an area where Chelsea look to the transfer market for a solution.Chelsea explored the possibility of signing Gonzalo Higuain in the last transfer window and are rumoured to be interested in him again. The false 9 may also be here to stay, but that might lead to Sarri looking for more clinical small forwards – with a host of names having been linked – including the likes of Christian Pulisic, Nabil Fekir and Ousmane Dembele.Some people think Sarri also needs a ‘Plan B’ but the 59-year-old was hired on the knowledge that he doesn’t deviate from his tactical plan. There’s also been unrest among his substitutes at Chelsea but this is just another example of history repeating itself after his spell at Napoli.Chelsea’s other concern is integrating their world-class youth players into their first team, but to do so they need a manager to stick around for a long time. They will hope that man is Sarri, so fixing the striker and mentality issues would be the best places to start, with bigger issues to be resolved along the way.Achieving great things takes time for most, just ask Pep Guardiola at Man City. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Bayer Leverkusen confirm Bosz as new boss

first_imgBayer Leverkusen have confirmed that former Ajax and Borussia Dortmund boss Peter Bosz has been appointed as the Bundesliga club’s next coach.Leverkusen sit ninth in the Bundesliga table heading into the winter break and, despite securing a third win in four league games by beating Hertha Berlin on Saturday, Heiko Herrlich has been relieved of his duties.And the club have revealed that Bosz, whose successful 2016-17 campaign with Ajax led to a short-lived stint at Dortmund, which came to an end in December 2017, will take over in the new year, having signed a contract until 2020. 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? “Heiko Herrlich gave our team an important boost last year after a very difficult season,” Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller said in a statement.”Until the end we had the conviction and the will to make it with him as head coach. Unfortunately, a stagnation in the development of the team is no longer deniable.”Leverkusen sporting director Simon Rolfes added: “Bosz stands for offensive, fast-paced and inspiring football.”He has always shown a special passion for working with young players, that’s why he fits in very well with us.”Heiko Herrlich has been relieved of his coaching duties at #Bayer04.Peter Bosz will take over in January. pic.twitter.com/Hrtoy8CJ9J— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04_en) December 23, 2018Bosz took charge of Ajax in July 2016, and guided the Eredivisie club to the Europa League final – where they were beaten 2-0 by Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United – and a second-placed finish in the Dutch top flight, before taking over at Dortmund.A seven-match unbeaten run in the league saw Dortmund flying at the start of the campaign, but an eight-game winless streak and no victories in the Champions League group stage resulted in Bosz losing his job at Signal Iduna Park.last_img read more

Hodgson: Liverpool will slip up eventually

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is adamant Liverpool will slip up in the Premier League title race, declaring an upset is all but inevitable for the Reds.Hodgson’s prediction comes after he masterminded Palace’s shock 3-2 win over Manchester City on the weekend which handed Jurgen Klopp’s side a four-point gap as league leaders.Liverpool remain the only unbeaten side in the Premier League this season after 18 games and pulled past Wolves 2-0 as City surprisingly dropped points.  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? Though the Reds now have some breathing room at the top, Hodgson stressed City shouldn’t be worried about the current situation, noting Klopp’s men will slip up sooner or later. “I don’t think Pep Guardiola will be too concerned about a four-point gap with 20 games left to play,” Hodgson said.“One of those is going to be against Liverpool, but even without that game the chances are that Liverpool will go somewhere and something like this will happen.”Someone will beat them against the odds, there is a long way to go yet and there will be an upset somewhere along the line.”Klopp, who is yet to win silverware with Liverpool, certainly isn’t getting ahead of himself despite Christmas history favouring the Reds.”Somebody said the last four times the that was first in the table at Christmas won the league, but was it ever such a tight race?” Klopp said.Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren isn’t banking on his side slipping up anytime soon however, recently calling on the them copy Arsenal’s Invincibles and go the entire season unbeaten.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Sarri urges Chelsea response to ‘mistakes’

first_imgMaurizio Sarri has demanded a reaction from his Chelsea players when they travel to Watford on Boxing Day .Jamie Vardy scored the only goal to stun the Blues on Saturday and send Leicester City away from Stamford Bridge with a surprise 1-0 win .Sarri was angered by Chelsea’s lacklustre reaction to falling behind 10 minutes into the second half against the Foxes and knows they must improve at Vicarage Road, where his predecessor Antonio Conte suffered a damaging 4-1 defeat last 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? “I think that in this moment we have to think about us, only about our team,” said the former Napoli coach.”The match is difficult. We know we have to study this kind of opponent very well [but] I think that now the most important thing is our reaction after the [Leicester] match.”In the match our reaction was not in the right way and now we have to think about our reaction after the match, just in order to prepare in the right way.”It means that while their fans might be enjoying some of their favourite Christmas films, Chelsea’s players will be settling down to pour over their own video nasties.”I think that I have an idea about what happened [against Leicester], so I want only a confirmation,” explained Sarri.”We will prepare a video for the individual mistakes. I want to speak with the group first of all and then I want to speak with three, four, five players. I don’t know how many at the moment.”But we have to do everything to avoid the same problem in the future. It is not easy.”Sarri could call upon Alvaro Morata versus Watford, despite reports he may leave during the January transfer window, after the Spain striker returned to training from a minor knee injury.”[On Friday] he started training with the group so I think he will be able to play,” his head coach confirmed. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Arsenal missed chance to land Chelsea star – Smith

first_imgArsenal have been told that they missed their chance to sign Gary Cahill, with there little logic in making a move for the Chelsea defender now.Back in 2012, the defender was proven performer as he preparing to head for the exits at Bolton.Having established himself as an England international, there was no shortage of suitors for Cahill. 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? Chelsea eventually won the race for his signature and have seen him go on to make close to 300 appearances for the club while claiming two Premier League titles, the FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League and Europa League.Arsenal should have been in for his services before he headed to Stamford Bridge, says Smith.No deal was done then, though, and a former Gunners striker sees no reason why Unai Emery would want to bring in a 33-year-old Cahill during the January window after seeing him slip down the pecking order at Chelsea.Smith told Express Sport: “Arsenal should have signed Gary Cahill before he went to Chelsea.“He spoke and had a meeting with Arsene Wenger and it didn’t happen.“But he went on to become a fine, fine defender.“Now you’d be signing somebody who’s in his latter years and is not at his peak.“I don’t see that as a goer.”While Smith has questioned the merits of making a move for Cahill, the experienced defender is attracting plenty of interest.He is considered to be a useful short-term option for any number of clubs, with Manchester United credited with holding an interest prior to Jose Mourinho’s departure.A move away from Stamford Bridge is expected to be made during the winter window, with Cahill struggling for regular game time under Maurizio Sarri and eager to find minutes elsewhere as his contract in west London runs down.last_img read more

Citizens Urged to Ensure that No Smoking Regulations are Obeyed

first_img Citizens urged to get familiar with the new Regulations barring tobacco smoking in public places Story Highlights The citizens of Jamaica must be the police of these Regulations, not the Police Force The regulations will be observed by the few who smoke Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, has called on citizens to get familiar with the new Regulations barring tobacco smoking in public places, to ensure that their right to a smoke free environment is obeyed.“The citizens of Jamaica must be the police of these Regulations, not just the formal Police Force. My intention is not to lock up anybody, or for anyone to go to prison because of cigarette smoking. What we want to do is to raise the consciousness of our people through consistent public education about tobacco use, so that people will recognize and become empowered in relation to the evils of tobacco smoking,” the Minister emphasized.Dr. Ferguson was speaking at a contract signing ceremony for expansion of the Haemodialysis Unit at the Cornwall Regional Hospital, in Montego Bay, on August 2.“Even as I will be making some concessions relative to the fines and the removal of custodial sentence, we don’t want to make any criminals out of smokers. What we want to do is to send a stern signal to persons that we are serious about these regulations,” the Minister said.“When someone smokes in your presence, in a no smoking area, you must have the courage to say ‘this is a no smoking zone’. We don’t intend to clog the court system, because we recognize that tobacco smoking is an addiction, and it is not easy to pull back, but we must protect our non-smokers, we must protect our children, and we must protect our workers,” Dr.  Ferguson said.The Minister argued that when citizens continuously demand their right to a smoke free public space, the Police, over time, will not have any need to prosecute persons, as the regulations would be observed by the few who smoke.Dr. Ferguson said his firm stance and commitment against smoking in public places, is to preserve the good of the public, even the smokers themselves.For her part, Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Mrs. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, who is also Member of Parliament for West Central St. James, commended Dr. Ferguson for his “courage to take the bull by its horns.”“There are more persons with you, than are against you,” the State Minister told the audience.last_img read more

JMU to Build Dual Bunkering Vessel for Ecobunker Shipping

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: JMU Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) has received a contract from Ecobunker Shipping for the construction of a multi-product (LNG and low sulfur fuel oil) bunkering vessel.According to JMU, the 95-meter vessel will be built as a part of the STS LNG fuel supply business in Tokyo bay by three shareholders of EBS, Sumitomo Corporation, Uyeno Transtech, and Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation.The bunker vessel will be homeported in the Port of Yokohama and the business itself will be subsidized from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.As explained by the shipbuilder, the hull design and construction will be subcontracted to Fukuoka Shipbuilding, and LNG tank fabrication including the LNG cargo handling system to Philippines-based Atlantic, Gulf & Pacific Company.JMU said the vessel will be the first of its type in Asia, capable of providing 1,500 cubic meters of compliant marine fuel oil and 2,500 cubic meters of LNG.last_img read more

American officials investigating after Air Canada flight lands without approval

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – American aviation officials are investigating after an Air Canada flight from Montreal landed on a San Francisco runway after being told not to.Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says Air Canada flight 781 was inbound to San Francisco International Airport on Sunday night and was initially cleared for landing.But Gregor says air traffic control later instructed the Air Canada crew to abort the landing because the controller wasn’t sure whether a previous flight would have completely cleared the runway before the Air Canada jet reached it.He says the Air Canada crew did not acknowledge any of the controller’s instructions over the radio, so a supervisor then used a red light gun to alert the crew not to land.But again, the crew didn’t respond, and Gregor says the flight landed immediately.After landing, the Air Canada crew told the control tower that they had a radio problem.Gregor says that a radar replay showed the previous arrival was clear of the runway when the Air Canada flight landed.Representatives from Air Canada did not immediately respond to a request for comment.last_img read more

UN envoy heads to Egypt to prepare Syria talks

first_imgGENEVA – The UN special envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, will on Saturday visit Egypt as he kicks off a regional tour to prepare for peace talks on Syria dubbed Geneva 2, his spokesman said.Brahimi will meet Egypt’s foreign minister Nabil Fahmy as well as the Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi, spokesman Khawla Mattar said in Geneva on Friday.The rest of his schedule is uncertain due to various governments being on holiday because of the main Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha, but Mattar said “the tour will cover several countries of the region”. This will include visits to Damascus and Tehran.The international community has for months been pushing Syria’s rebels and the regime to participate in talks on a negotiated solution to the conflict, which has killed an estimated 115,000 people since March 2011.Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil said proposed peace talks in Geneva could take place on November 23-24.However Mattar said the date for the long awaited peace conference will be announced by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon “in due time”.She said the meeting was likely to place in the “second half of November”.Prospects for the Geneva 2 conference remain unclear, with the Syrian opposition divided and due to vote next week on whether to take part.last_img read more

CSJP Trainees Off to Guantanamo Bay

Story Highlights Senior Employer Service Representative in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Dave Lumley, said the programme offers employment opportunities for Jamaicans in Cuba in various skill areas. “It is a direct employment programme from companies in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Skills include construction, plumbing, electrical work, carpentry, air conditioning and refrigeration,” he said. Eight Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) trainees attached to Operation Friendship are to be employed at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, through the Ministry of Labour and Social Security overseas employment initiative.Senior Employer Service Representative in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Dave Lumley, said the programme offers employment opportunities for Jamaicans in Cuba in various skill areas.“It is a direct employment programme from companies in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Skills include construction, plumbing, electrical work, carpentry, air conditioning and refrigeration,” he said.Mr. Lumley was speaking at a send-off ceremony for the trainees on Monday (June 17), at the offices of the CSJP, Oxford Road in Kingston.The employment initiative is made possible through a partnership between Operation Friendship and the CSJP.The trainees will be employed under a six-month contract, with the expectation that they will gain valuable work experience.They will be paid a salary based on their skill area. Additionally, they will also receive a lunch stipend. Air fare and accommodation are being provided by the Cuban organisations at no cost to the trainees.Mr. Lumley urged the young men, aged 22 to 29, to make use of the opportunity they have been given to improve themselves.Twenty-two-year-old trainee, Rajhni Reid, expressed optimism for his future, stating that his participation in the programme has been a life-changing experience.“I have been on the CSJP programme for about three years now, and it has been very good for me. Before the CSJP programme, I was in the street. I used to do a little tiling but nothing much, but I was not certified,” he said.Mr. Reid, who is from the community of New Road in Clarendon, said that since enrolling in the CSJP programme, he has had more time to focus on his work. “I want to go out there and do better for myself and become an entrepreneur,” he said.Another trainee, Patrick Turner of Hannah Town in Kingston, who was previously working as a security guard, said he turned to skilled work as a way of charting his path to entrepreneurship.“What the CSJP is offering is stronger support for youth, and what they have done for us is really powerful,” he said.Operation Friendship provides inner-city youth with skills training and remedial help in mathematics and English. Skills taught include auto body repair, building construction, furniture making, plumbing and welding. The trainees were selected from several CSJP targeted communities.The CSJP is a multifaceted crime and violence-prevention initiative of the Ministry of National Security, which focuses on building community safety and security. The programme provides crime and violence prevention services to 50 vulnerable and volatile communities, spanning eight parishes.The programme is funded by the Government of Jamaica, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development of Canada (DFATD); and the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (DFID). Eight Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) trainees attached to Operation Friendship are to be employed at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, through the Ministry of Labour and Social Security overseas employment initiative. read more

PHOTOS Jamaica Driver Expo

Statistical Officer, Road Safety Unit, Ministry of Transport and Mining, Hazrath Daniels (left), speaks to (from second left): Rayden Haye, Jordan Brown, and Madiba Brown on the importance of wearing safety gear while riding a bicycle. Occasion was the Jamaica Driver and Traffic Safety Expo, held on June 15 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston.

More ABC Kiosks for Airports

Story Highlights Speaking at the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) Border Security Conference on June 19, at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel, Dr. Chang said the increase in the kiosks will positively impact the processing of incoming passengers at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston and Sangster International in Montego Bay, St. James. “This will contribute to an overall improvement in services being offered at our ports of entry, including a significant reduction in the wait time in the immigration hall,” he pointed out. Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says additional automated border-crossing (ABC) kiosks will soon be made available at the island’s two international airports.Speaking at the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) Border Security Conference on June 19, at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel, Dr. Chang said the increase in the kiosks will positively impact the processing of incoming passengers at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston and Sangster International in Montego Bay, St. James.“This will contribute to an overall improvement in services being offered at our ports of entry, including a significant reduction in the wait time in the immigration hall,” he pointed out.Dr. Chang noted that the ABC kiosks, which were introduced in 2014, have boosted PICA’s capacity to process incoming travellers to the island.“Recent figures show that wait time within the immigration halls has dropped from a minimum of three hours to under 80 minutes during peak times over the last two years,” he said.The kiosks are a partnership between the Ministry of National Security and PICA, with the objectives of enhancing travel facilitation and achieving increased border security.The Minister expressed gratitude to the border security officers of PICA for their role in improving the borders of the country.“A safe and prosperous country is largely dependent on safe borders, and it is your efforts which are responsible for keeping undesirables out of our respective countries while welcoming all legitimate travellers and facilitating commerce,” he said. Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says additional automated border-crossing (ABC) kiosks will soon be made available at the island’s two international airports. read more

JAMPRO to Take Part in Customer Contact Week in Las Vegas

“Having a presence out there is very important as we have to keep relevant, as the market is changing a lot; companies are now looking more to finding locations that can more suit their operations, they are looking for more nearshore destinations and so, we have to be there and create an option for them, so they can know that Jamaica is here and ready for business,” he said. Story Highlights Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) will be participating in Customer Contact Week (CCW) in Las Vegas, United States,  from June 24 to 28 as part of efforts to diversify Jamaica’s business process outsourcing (BPO) sector.Formerly known as Call Centre Week, CCW is the number one conference and expo for contact centre and customer care professionals to network and learn about new players, trends, innovation and development in the industry.In an interview with JIS News, Manager, Information Technology (IT), Enabled Services at JAMPRO, Shane Angus, explained that the entity’s participation in the conference includes sponsorship of the event, having a booth on the large conference floor among some  200 other exhibitors; meeting with key industry players, and promoting Jamaica as a nearshore destination.“Our group will be among the 3,000 persons in attendance, including  operators and owners of call centres; site selectors who choose and talk about different locations to invest in; brokers and buyers of outsourcing services,” Mr. Angus highlighted.He added that the group will participate in workshops, display products in terms of call centre and BPO offerings and look at various facilities involved in similar operations.“We will have a presentation session where we will talk about nearshoring and its importance and relevance, and IT infrastructure in the region. The overall aim is to get the destination out there, attract new leads and remain relevant in the minds of those who are looking a nearshore destination,” Mr. Angus outlined.He noted that the event will allow for direct conversation with persons and entities who are looking to outsource destinations; site/location selectors and other persons who are able to make recommendations on destinations and promote various locations.Mr. Angus  explained that involvement in these events is part of JAMPRO’s thrust to diversify Jamaica’s BPO sector and attract shared service centres as investment projects.“So, it is about diversifying the outsourcing industry, moving from just low level call centre jobs to up the value chain. So, the event is to maintain our presence and while we still attract persons who are looking to have call centres, we will also seek those companies which  are evolving and moving up the value chain and looking at other areas, such as back office support,” he said.Mr. Angus pointed out that the establishment of initiatives, such as the global services sector (GSS) project, will assist in moving Jamaica to the next level by preparing workers for high-end jobs in industries such as BPO and other information technology-enabled services.“Having a presence out there is very important as we have to keep relevant, as the market is changing a lot; companies are now looking more to finding locations that can more suit their operations, they are looking for more nearshore destinations and so, we have to be there and create an option for them, so they can know that Jamaica is here and ready for business,” he said. He noted that the event will allow for direct conversation with persons and entities who are looking to outsource destinations; site/location selectors and other persons who are able to make recommendations on destinations and promote various locations. Formerly known as Call Centre Week, CCW is the number one conference and expo for contact centre and customer care professionals to network and learn about new players, trends, innovation and development in the industry. read more

Attorney Generals Chambers Clears Backlog of Accident Files

Story Highlights In December 2018, the Attorney General Chambers secured funding from the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service to embark on an accident backlog reduction project. She made the disclosure while contributing to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 25. Attorney General, Marlene Malahoo Forte, says that the backlog of accident files within the Chambers has been cleared. Attorney General, Marlene Malahoo Forte, says that the backlog of accident files within the Chambers has been cleared.She made the disclosure while contributing to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 25.In December 2018, the Attorney General’s Chambers secured funding from the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service to embark on an accident backlog reduction project.Mrs. Malahoo Forte said that a project team was put in place and has been working assiduously to clear all the old files and “significantly reduce the turnaround time for the accident files that we currently receive.”She told the House that the project team has completed its work on the backlog cases “thereby allowing us to move closer to deliver justice to many, who have been enduring hardship for too long.”A total of 2,628 files were processed during the period December 2018 to March 2019.Meanwhile, the Attorney General informed that the recently expanded team, comprising five attorneys and one secretary, is now working on current matters and assisting with other cases assigned to the General Legal Advice Division, in an attempt to lighten the division’s caseload.The division provides legal advice to ministries, departments and agencies of government on a wide range of subject matters.It strives at all times to ensure that these entities operate on the pillars of good administration, fairness and natural justice. read more

Jobseekers Encouraged to Make Use of Labour Market Portal

Mr. Ford noted that when the LMIS was first implemented in 2002, through funding from the United States Department of Labour, its main task was to provide employment opportunities for low-skilled workers. Story Highlights He said that the core function of the LMIS is to connect jobseekers with potential employers. Jobseekers are being encouraged to make use of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Labour Market and Information System (LMIS) portal in order to access employment opportunities. The advice came from Director of the Electronic Labour Exchange (ELE), Lyndon Ford, at a JIS Think Tank on Wednesday (June 27).He said that the core function of the LMIS is to connect jobseekers with potential employers.Mr. Ford noted that when the LMIS was first implemented in 2002, through funding from the United States Department of Labour, its main task was to provide employment opportunities for low-skilled workers.However, over the years, the portal was enhanced through several capacity-building efforts, and the LMIS’s mandate has been widened to include all job opportunity levels.“We are now looking for persons with various positions and qualifications… from domestic worker to PhD professional, to drivers – all skill-sets,” he said. To register with the LMIS, persons may visit lmis.gov.jm or download the app, which is available on Android devices through the Google Play store.Mr. Ford noted that partnerships have been forged with the Jamaica Library Service (JLS) to facilitate persons, who do not have access to computers and may want to utilise the employment portal.Individuals can also visit the Ministry, where public computers are available and officers are on hand to assist with registration.The Ministry also accommodates manual registration, and jobseekers are advised to take along their résumés, Tax Registration Number (TRN), National Insurance Scheme (NIS) number and recommendations.In addition to connecting jobseekers with employers, persons can also access job readiness workshops and career guidance services free of charge from the Ministry.The objectives of the LMIS are to disseminate labour market intelligence; provide easier access to employment opportunities; provide a wide range of information on past, current and prospective economic conditions and job availability; and facilitate equity in the labour market by providing support and assistance to the unemployed and special groups such as the disabled, aged and youth. Jobseekers are being encouraged to make use of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Labour Market and Information System (LMIS) portal in order to access employment opportunities. The advice came from Director of the Electronic Labour Exchange (ELE), Lyndon Ford, at a JIS Think Tank on Wednesday (June 27). read more

Security Audit of Hotels and Attractions to be Reviewed This Week

Speaking at the 58th annual general meeting of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel and Spa, Montego Bay, St. James, on June 29, Mr. Bartlett said the audit is complete and “should reach my desk on Monday (July 1)”. Story Highlights “The issue of safety and security is very central to us (Government). We will have further discussions with the JHTA as it relates to the recommendations, and together we will craft the new architecture in Jamaica,” the Minister noted. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the security audit of hotels and attractions islandwide, which was undertaken by the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), will be reviewed this week. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the security audit of hotels and attractions islandwide, which was undertaken by the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), will be reviewed this week.Speaking at the 58th annual general meeting of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel and Spa, Montego Bay, St. James, on June 29, Mr. Bartlett said the audit is complete and “should reach my desk on Monday (July 1)”.“The issue of safety and security is very central to us (Government). We will have further discussions with the JHTA as it relates to the recommendations, and together we will craft the new architecture in Jamaica,” the Minister noted.International security expert, Dr. Peter Tarlow, provided technical support in the production of the report.The document is expected to contain a complete list of findings and recommendations on the way forward as the Government seeks to ensure that Jamaica remains safe and secure for visitors as well as locals.It was designed to get a thorough evaluation of the security vulnerabilities of the properties within the hospitality sector and destination areas to uncover non-compliance, deficiencies and irregularities and to assist the operators of these enterprises to enhance the quality of their existing security apparatus.The audit aims to measure, monitor and assess the overall security architecture within the industry; collect and collate data in relation to incidents; establish benchmarks and minimum thresholds for elements of the security apparatus; establish a pathway to correction for the industry and mitigate the concerns of the market; reduce negative public relations values that have partially affected the destination Jamaica brand value; enable human resource personnel practices, such as training, monitoring and recruiting staff within the industry, and ensure that these are aligned with destination assurance principles as a mitigation strategy.The main areas of focus were personnel and electronic security, environmental profile, building safety and security, communication devices and security incident history. read more