N.Y. Giants On A Roll

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The best thing about the early part of the NFL season is how quickly teams can change.Take the New York Giants as an example. Just a week ago, Tom Coughlin’s team was winless in its opening two games. Eli Manning was looking over the hill and uncomfortable in the new West Coast offense.The much-hyped defense had not recorded a turnover and there were visions of another 0-6 start and a third straight year out of the playoffs.Guess what? The Giants (2-2) have not only turned things around in the past five days with wins over Houston and Washington — a 45-14 decision on Sept. 25th — they are rolling.Manning is looking like a Super Bowl MVP again. Second-year tight end Larry Donnell has emerged as one of the biggest surprises in the league. The defense has had nine takeaways in the two wins as the defensive line has made life miserable for opposing quarterbacks.The turnaround has many jumping on the Giants’ bandwagon and Coughlin telling his players to relax.His message is simple. They are not as bad as they looked in losses to Detroit and Arizona and they are not as good as they looked lately. They are a .500 team.“We have to continue that attitude about having that chip on our shoulder and having a lot to prove,” Coughlin said as his players prepared for a long weekend off. ” … I do know this, that if we want to accomplish what we would like to, the improvement meter has to go up weekly.”After being limited to 28 points in the first two games, Manning and company have gotten new coordinator Ben McAdoo’s offense in high gear, averaging 434 yards and 37.5 points the past two games.Manning has completed 49 of 67 passes for 535 yards, six touchdowns and an interception that wasn’t his fault. The running game has produced 347 yards and Donnell has emerged a playmaker, leading the team with 25 catches for 236 yards and four touchdowns, three in the first half.“No one likes to start 0-2, but two wins in a couple of days, four days, feels good,” said Manning, who is hitting almost 67 percent of his passes this season.Donnell has come out of nowhere to be his favorite target. The former Grambling State product has used his athleticism to become a hard matchup for opponents.“He works his butt off,” said safety Quintin Demps, who replaced Stevie Brown in the starting lineup and had an interception.“He deserves it. Eli did a good job putting the balls where they had to be. He deserves it. He’s a good player and he’s only going to get better.”The defense has been outstanding, taking the ball away nine times, with seven setting up drives that started in the opposition territory.In the past two games, New York has started 10 drives inside its opponents’ territory, while neither the Texans nor Redskins started a drive in Giants’ territory in those games.“We have always known the potential that has been on this team and with the leaders we have,” cornerback Prince Amukamara said. “I am just glad that no one kept their head down and everyone just kept with it when we were 0-2.“I know it is easy to get down on yourself when you lose games, but we knew the games we lost, the other team made plays, but we definitely were our own worst enemy with the penalties and assignment busts. We knew that if we eliminated all those things we’d have a great chance to win ball games.”The Giants won’t play again until they face the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 5 at MetLife Stadium. The schedule through Thanksgiving is tough with Philadelphia, Dallas, Indianapolis, Seattle and San Francisco on tap.“I think that we all knew this thing was going to click at some point and we were taking steps as the early part of the season went on, the first two games went on,” said receiver Victor Cruz, who has had 100-yard receiving games the past two games.“You could see the progression in our offense and it was just a matter of when it was going to happen. We kicked up right at the right time in order for us to keep our goals in task and continue to head in the right direction.”(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

David John days numbered

first_imgThe hunter could turn hunted. Whispers emanating from the corridors of power in Hockey India suggest high performance director David John’s days are numbered.A day before leaving for the World Youth Olympic Games in Argentina, John had spoken to a few journalists. Even though Hockey India did not want him to act as the spokesperson, John set the cat among the pigeons by saying senior players are on notice after the failure to win gold in the Asian Games.Just after the disaster in Jakarta, when India lost to Malaysia in the semi-finals, Mail Today had written about coach Harendra Singh coming under the scanner. At that time, it was also mentioned some seniors were not up to the mark and would be under scrutiny.What John has blurted out is nothing new, just that he is perhaps unaware his own job is under the scanner. Sources told Mail Today on Tuesday these are tough moments for Indian hockey but Hockey India is watchful in their observations.In the normal course, heads may have rolled and the coach would have been the first to face the guillotine after the Asian Games. It’s well known with the Asian Champions Trophy to be held in Oman this month and the FIH World Cup in Bhubaneshwar at the end of the year, players, coaches, support staff, almost everyone, is under watch.David John’s contribution to Indian hockey has come under intense scrutiny. Questions are being asked what value he has brought to Indian hockey. With a shuffle in leadership roles within Hockey India, there is hope they will address issues seriously.advertisementOn Tuesday, Hockey India officially decided not to keep David in the selection committee for the World Cup as he “is biased against some players.”A galaxy of experts have been hired for the coaching staff, physical fitness, penalty corner expert and so on, but men’s hockey has slipped. In contrast, the women’s team has slogged hard and winning silver in the Asian Games was the saving grace.At a time when Roelant Oltmans has been making fast moves, from India to Pakistan and the latest being a three-month stint with the Malaysian Hockey Federation, there are some people in the Sports Authority of India who think he should be back as high performance director.However, Hockey India is opposed to it as they feel someone who has been relieved of services cannot come back.To be sure, the situation is precarious. The qualification process for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is not an easy one and persisting with Harendra Singh as the coach is a short-term option.The problem is Hockey India has hired and fired so many coaches from abroad, not many options are left. With well-known coaches hired by big teams till the 2020 Olympics, getting new hands to handle Indian men’s hockey is an uphill task.When Oltmans was there as high performance director, he was not a failure. He had done his job diligently, though to make him men’s coach — a forced decision — was not the most prudent one after Terry Walsh exited! The way Oltmans was eased out last year was most unfortunate.If people think he can be rehired, there should be no harm in once again looking at his credentials. Unlike David John, he knows hockey and what the Indian system is. He has seen both men’s and women’s hockey at close quarters.In any case, beyond the men’s World Cup, what happens cannot be predicted now. What can be said with certainty is players, coaches, support staff and the entire lot are under the scanner. Mass sacking is not on the cards but a change in men who actually run the sport on the ground is very much on the cards.last_img read more

2016 Big 12 Football Schedule Released

first_imgThe Big 12 released the football schedule for the 2016 season, and Oklahoma State has a tough road schedule to eyeball for next year.Here’s how the non-conference schedule shakes out. (This was already known)non conAnd here’s the Big 12 conference schedule.Screen Shot 2015-11-25 at 7.25.53 AMCouple of quick notes:• Cowboys open conference play with Baylor at McLane Stadium• Second open week couldn’t come at a better time. After facing two weeks of high octane offenses (Texas Tech, TCU) they get a big rest for BedlamAdChoices广告• So glad we don’t travel to Ames. 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

Film Study: Unleashing Emmanuel Ogbah

first_imgWhat Baylor Was DoingBaylor is in a spread formation with three WR’s (two to the left), a RB to the right of Stidham and a TE lined up a couple yards in front of the RB. The linemen are in their pass block stances.Although I’m not sure, I believe that Baylor was facing a long conversion on this play. The Bears were looking to pick up the first down through the air. The RB and the TE are in to pass block and give Stidham time to make a play.The two outside WRs do an 8-yard curl route and the inside WR on the left side runs a post route.AdChoices广告What OSU Was DoingThe Pokes are in the base 4-3 alignment. The linebackers are shifted more toward the two-WR side.Both CBs are showing man coverage on their receivers. However, the CB one the right side of the screen is playing off about six yards whereas the CB on the left side is about two yards off.The safeties are in a Cover 2. I’m sure most of the readers are familiar with a Cover 2, but just as a refresher, it’s when the two safeties cover the deep halves of the field in an attempt to not let any receivers get behind them. So if any receiver gets to that level, as the inside WR on this play did, it becomes the job of the safeties to pick him up.Why This Worked For OSUThe defensive backs and linebackers did a great job at their coverage assignments here. Stidham was unable to find an open WR and held on to the ball longer than he would have liked.Once the ball is snapped, Ogbah and Jordan Brailford rush straight up the field. Instead of rushing directly at Stidham and giving him the opportunity to elude the pass rush and scramble outside, the DEs take a different angle that not only keeps Stidham in the pocket longer, it stretches out the blocking from the offensive line.Ogbah uses speed and good technique to fight through the block while keeping outside leverage just in case Stidham scrambles.As he closes in Ogbah, sees the QB holding the ball in a vulnerable spot and decides to extend his arm to knock it away. Seeing that he knocked the ball loose, Ogbah is able to knock over the QB and recover it.“I was disappointed in how we were playing. I was mad and trying to stay focused on what we had to do,” said Ogbah. “I was trying to do the best I can to help my team out. I felt like we had a lot of errors that we were making and we still have to fix.” 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

Chelsea team news & likely line up

first_imgChelsea have been inconsistent since the final international break of the season at the end of November and they could do with a win against Watford on Wednesday. A run of three wins in a row was brought to a halt by Leicester City, who shocked Stamford Bridge, pulling off a 1-0 win on Saturday afternoon as Chelsea wasted a host of chances.This comes as the battle for the top four places sees little margin for error, with Tottenham on a run of exceptional form and Arsenal sitting just behind fourth placed Chelsea on goal difference. 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 Injuries Alvaro Morata is back in contention but he didn’t make the bench for Leicester’s recent visit to west London. Gary Cahill also returned and Victor Moses is back in training but both players remain on the fringes at Stamford Bridge.Andreas Christensen is the only major doubt having suffered a hamstring injury last week in Chelsea’s Carabao Cup win over Bournemouth.Alvaro Morata Chelsea 2018-19Chelsea Suspensions Neither Chelsea nor Watford have any players suspended for the match.Chelsea Potential Starting Line-Up Eden Hazard has operated as a false 9 for Chelsea in three matches so far for Sarri and the Belgian’s central influence has seen his side win two of those games.Sarri also seems to have settled on a preferred XI, with Kepa Arrizabalaga, Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso and N’Golo Kante having started all of the Blues’ Premier League games.The battle for places comes down to Willian and Pedro in attacking berths, while in midfield Mateo Kovacic, Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are aiming to prove that they are the best option. The Watford game is sandwiched between the recent defeat to Leicester and an upcoming away trip to Crystal Palace, so rotation is to be expected.Chelsea team GFXWatford Team News Andre Gray is expected to remain out, having missed the past two weeks with a knee injury. Will Hughes has a hip problem to contend with and is unlikely to make the home match against the FA Cup winners. Sebastian Prodl is also working on coming back from a knee injury.TV channel & kick-off time The match at Vicarage Road kicks off at 7:30pm GMT (2:30pm ET) on Wednesday and it will be shown on Sky Sports in the UK.Best Opta Match Facts Watford won their most recent meeting with Chelsea (4-1 in February), ending a run of 13 games without a win against them in all competitions (D3 L10). Watford are looking to record back-to-back competitive wins against Chelsea for the first time since April 1987. The last four games between Watford and Chelsea in the Premier League have seen 21 goals scored (Watford 10 goals, Chelsea 11 goals), at an average of 5.3 per game. Eden Hazard has scored 99 goals in all competitions for Chelsea and could become the 10th player to reach 100 for the club. Chelsea have already lost two Premier League games in December – they last lost three games in the same calendar month in October 2015 under Jose Mourinho. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Hazard to Madrid? Chelsea legend sounds warning

first_imgEden Hazard may end up leaving Chelsea for Real Madrid as “every player would love to play for them”, but Michael Essien is hoping the Belgian can be persuaded to stay put.Speculation regarding a switch to Spain continues to rage around a Stamford Bridge asset yet to commit to a new contract.He has made no secret of his admiration for the Blancos and certainly fits the ‘Galactico’ mould favoured by Florentino Perez at the Santiago Bernabeu. 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? Essien, who represented Chelsea and Madrid during his playing days, admits the lure of one of world football’s most prestigious clubs may prove too much for a current Premier League star.He told Express Sport: “Hazard is one of the best players in the world.“The interest of Real Madrid, I only hear from people in the media. But I mean when Real Madrid come calling… every player would love to play for them.“He’s happy at Chelsea though and hopefully we can keep him.”Hazard is not the only player in west London to be generating exit talk ahead of another transfer window.The likes of Danny Drinkwater, Victor Moses and Andreas Christensen are also making plenty of gossip columns.Andreas Christensen Chelsea 2018-19The latter is being linked with a possible move to Barcelona, with Essien conceding that those not seeing regular game time for Chelsea will be weighing up their options.He added: “Every player wants to play.“Chelsea isn’t an easy place to come and the competition is very fierce.“At the end of the day, all the players work but it’s the manager who will pick who he wants to play.“When you’re not playing you get frustrated and you want to look elsewhere.“It’s up to them really but they have to keep working and then everyone gets their chance.”Chelsea have two more fixtures to take in before the winter window opens.They are set to face Watford on Boxing Day, before making another short trip out on the road to take in a derby date with Crystal Palace on Sunday.Maurizio Sarri is looking for his side to offer a positive response in those games to recent setbacks which have left the Blues fourth in the Premier League table and looking over their shoulder.last_img read more

IPL 2019: Shubman Gill helps KKR smash KXIP and keep playoff hopes alive

first_img Rajarshi Gupta MohaliMay 3, 2019UPDATED: May 3, 2019 23:37 IST IPL 2019: Shubman Gill hit his 2nd successive fifty as Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Kings XI Punjab by 7 wickets in Mohali. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSShubman Gill’s 3rd fifty of the 2019 IPL helped KKR beat KXIP by 7 wickets in Mohali on FridayChasing 184, KKR rode on strong knocks from openers Gill and Chris Lynn (46)KKR, who had lost 6 matches in a row, now have a strong chance of making it to the playoffsShubman Gill hit his 2nd successive fifty in the 2019 Indian Premier League as Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Kings XI Punjab by 7 wickets in Mohali on Friday. Chasing 184, Gill led the charge for KKR but Chris Lynn (46) and Andre Russell (24) also made crucial contributions.Kolkata Knight Riders now have 12 points from 13 matches and have a very real chance of making it to the playoffs if they beat Mumbai Indians in the last league match of the 2019 Indian Premier League. KKR had won 4 out of their first 5 matches this season before losing 6 in a row.That’s that from Mohali. The @KKRiders win by 7 wickets with 2 overs to spare #KXIPvKKR pic.twitter.com/2UMbc9tau6 IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 3, 2019KKR snapped their losing streak with a 34-run victory over Mumbai Indians and then beat KXIP in Mohali to register back-to-back wins.Chris Lynn, who had set the tone for KKR’s 232 with a 29-ball 54 against MI, once again led the charge for his team with a 22-ball 46 against Kings XI Punjab Friday night. His knock was studded with 5 fours and 3 sixes and KKR had raced away to 62 for no loss in 5.5 overs before Andrew Tye removed Lynn off the last ball of the powerplay.WATCH: Lynn goes berserk with 46(21) at MohaliFull video here https://t.co/YWj2yV5eEg #KXIPvKKR pic.twitter.com/ZDYyd8cjjH IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 3, 2019KKR did not look like a happy unit on the field but their batsmen were in a fiery mood. After Chris Lynn’s exit, while Shubman Gill took his time, Robin Uthappa walked out and smashed a 14-ball 22. Andre Russell, the most aggressive batsman in the 2019 Indian Premier League, hit 2 sixes and 2 fours in a 14-ball 24.advertisementRussell’s blitz was ended by Mohammed Shami but by the time Dinesh Karthik joined Shubman Gill in the middle, KKR were on the cusp of victory.Shubman Gill, many felt, was batting too low down the order. But he has impressed more often than not whenever he got the chance to open alongside Chris Lynn. After his classy 76 against a Mumbai Indians attack which included Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah, Gill turned his attention to KXIP’s star-studded bowling line-up.Shubman Gill smashed 2 sixes and a 4 off KXIP captain and star India spinner R Ashwin to show his quality. Even as Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa and Andre Russell departed, Gill kept his calm and took Kolkata Knight Riders to a memorable home.FIFTY!Back to back half-centuries for @RealShubmanGill. #KKR 128/2 after 13 https://t.co/IsIIYHHEVq pic.twitter.com/g8teqUTair IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 3, 2019Earlier in the evening, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik won the toss and asked Kings XI Punjab to bat in Mohali. Sandeep Warrier struck in successive overs to remove the dangerous KL Rahul (2) and Chris Gayle (14). With the KXIP openers back in the dug-out before the powerplay, KKR hoped to put further pressure on the hosts.However, Nicholas Pooran led the fightback for Kings XI Punjab and KKR’s bowlers were suddenly looking listless. Experienced leg-spinner Piyush Chawla went for 14 in his first over and Dinesh Karthik had clearly had enough. He gathered his players around in the first timeout and reprimanded them in full public view as coach Jacques Kallis looked on.Dinesh Karthik’s dressing-down seemed to have made the players a little gloomy. Andre Russell, Sunil Narine and Robin Uthappa looked far from happy as did the rest of the KKR camp as Pooran kept attacking their bowlers. He eventually fell to the part-time off spin of Nitish Rana while the dangerous looking Mayank Agarwal was run out thanks to a strong throw from Rinku Singh in the deep.Just when it looked like KKR could restrict KXIP to a smaller total, Sam Curran walked out and smashed his maiden Indian Premier League fifty.Sam Curran had picked a hat-trick against Delhi Capitals to win KXIP a thriller and against KKR in their penultimate match of the season, he showed why he is such a dangerous all-rounder.Sam Curran hit 7 fours and 2 sixes to finish unbeaten on 55 off 24 balls as Kings XI Punjab reached 183 for 6 off 20 overs.Also Read | IPL 2019: Dinesh Karthik gives KKR players public dressing-down in MohaliAlso Read | Shubman Gill is a prodigy and the next big thing in Indian cricket: Robin UthappaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow Kings XI PunjabFollow IPL 2019Follow Shubman Gill IPL 2019: Shubman Gill helps KKR smash KXIP and keep playoff hopes aliveIPL 2019: Shubman Gill hit his 3rd fifty of the 2019 IPL as Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Kings XI Punjab by 7 wickets to stay in contention for a berth in the playoffs.advertisementlast_img read more

EU Naval Force Confirms VLCC Safe After Attack Offshore …

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom EU Naval Force can confirm that on Friday, 11 October 2013, a fully laden super tanker, known as a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC), was fired upon by eight armed men in two ‘skiffs’ 230 miles off the Somali coast.The attack was successfully repelled by the Armed Security Team on board the super tanker and the vessel is now safe.The Maritime Security Centre (Horn of Africa), based at the EU Naval Force Operations Centre, Northwood, UK, has issued an alert about the whereabouts and nature of the attack, to warn other ships transiting the area to be vigilant.Speaking about the incident, the Operation Commander of the EU Naval Force, Rear Admiral Bob Tarrant said “The attack this morning demonstrates that there is still a clear and present danger from pirates off the Somali coast. It is crucial that naval counter-piracy forces maintain pressure on these criminals and that the maritime industry remains vigilant, taking appropriate precautions to deter an attack.” EU Naval Force, October 14, 2013 Print  Close My locationlast_img read more

Revised Rainwater Harvesting Policy Guideline Has Provisions for Housing Developments

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, says the revised rainwater harvesting planning policy guideline will have provisions to facilitate water harvesting for housing and commercial developments. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, says the revised rainwater harvesting planning policy guideline will have provisions to facilitate water harvesting for housing and commercial developments.The Minister was speaking at the opening ceremony for the launch of Green Expo 2019, at the National Arena in St. Andrew, on June 6.“A revised Rainwater Harvesting Planning Policy Guideline was completed and the Cabinet submission is being prepared for approval and issuance. The guideline will be issued to the local planning authorities to be included as a condition of approval for all new residential and commercial buildings, where appropriate, to be constructed,” Mr. Vaz said.He said it is expected that rainwater will significantly augment the available potable water in times of drought, especially in the Kingston Metropolitan Area.“How we build is important, but where we build is another issue, and so we are currently in the process of preparing a National Spatial Plan, which will provide the basis, guidelines and framework for the optimal use and management of the nation’s land resources,” he saidMinister Vaz said ensuring sustainable development is critical for the Administration, adding that the recently developed Construction Industry Policy of Jamaica (CIPJ) has established a framework for addressing existing gaps and strengthening weaknesses within the construction sector.The CIPJ seeks to encourage good environmental management through the incorporation of a rewards system in the tendering of government contracts.He said some of the environmental protection measures outlined in the CIPJ include encouraging the integration of environmental issues into the development, design and processes of construction projects; the adoption of a nature-based approach through the use of resources that have limited impact on the environment; and the adoption of green building techniques, which includes the use of resources that will have limited impact on the environment.Meanwhile, he said the use of sound environmental policies and practices is of high priority on the Government’s development agenda.He noted that the Government is moving to finalise the Emissions Policy framework for Jamaica that will address some of the principal sources of emission, which include fires at disposal sites, as well as the strategies and measures to be employed to address the public health hazard.Mr. Vaz said Cabinet recently gave approval for Jamaica to sign the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean, commonly referred to as the Escazú Agreement.He said implementation of the Agreement will allow for greater dissemination of information to the public, and promote the active involvement of the public in decision-making with respect to environmental matters.Mr. Vaz said the Government is also promoting synergies among the Green, Blue and Orange Economies, which relate to creativity and innovation and supporting efforts to achieve sustainable development.He noted that a Green Economy Scoping Study was undertaken by the Ministry that outlines green considerations in key economic sectors, including tourism, water, housing and agriculture.Mr. Vaz informed that the Ministry in the 2019/20 financial year, will prepare a Green Economy Investment Strategy and convene a conference to identify opportunities to showcase examples of innovation and creativity in building a green economy.The Green Expo is an environmental exposition aimed at increasing the awareness, knowledge and implementation of environmentally sustainable practices by the Jamaican public.The expo will run from Friday, June 7 to Sunday, June 9. It is being organised by the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust, the National Environment and Planning Agency and the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica. Story Highlights “A revised Rainwater Harvesting Planning Policy Guideline was completed and the Cabinet submission is being prepared for approval and issuance. The guideline will be issued to the local planning authorities to be included as a condition of approval for all new residential and commercial buildings, where appropriate, to be constructed,” Mr. Vaz said. The Minister was speaking at the opening ceremony for the launch of Green Expo 2019, at the National Arena in St. Andrew, on June 6. read more

Grange Government Leading Way for Women in Sport

The Minister of the Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, says her government is embarked on a programme to provide greater support for and give better access to women and girls in sport. The Minister of the Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, says her government is embarked on a programme to provide greater support for and give better access to women and girls in sport.Addressing the FIFA Women’s Football Convention in Paris, France on Friday, Minister Grange said the Government of Jamaica was “leading the way” in creating a more friendly environment for women in sport.Minister Grange said:“Women in sport do not get as much support [as men] and so women’s football has its challenge in Jamaica. However, government leads the way in [providing greater access]. In introducing our various sports competitions at the primary and kindergarten school level, we’ve insisted that at least three girls must play on the team with the boys. So we’re institutionalising recognition and promoting of women in sport.”Minister Grange also told the FIFA Convention that the government was working “very closely with the Jamaica Football Federation to ensure that the support is there for women’s football.”Minister Grange is in France as a special guest of FIFA. She will attend the senior Jamaican team’s inaugural game at the Women’s World Cup on Sunday.Minister Grange said the Reggae Girlz historic qualification to the Women’s World Cup had “created waves throughout the country and throughout the Jamaican Diaspora and the Caribbean. They are icons and we are extremely proud of them and they have served to inspire many young girls who now want to play football.”Recently, Minister Grange announced new rules for local sports federations to access funding from the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport (including the Sports Development Foundation). The rules require federations to give greater support to special olympians, paralympians, women and girls.The Ministry, through the Institute of Sports, has also awarded equal prize money for girls and boys teams in its Primary Schools football and netball competitions. Story Highlights Minister Grange said:“Women in sport do not get as much support [as men] and so women’s football has its challenge in Jamaica. However, government leads the way in [providing greater access]. In introducing our various sports competitions at the primary and kindergarten school level, we’ve insisted that at least three girls must play on the team with the boys. So we’re institutionalising recognition and promoting of women in sport.” Addressing the FIFA Women’s Football Convention in Paris, France on Friday, Minister Grange said the Government of Jamaica was “leading the way” in creating a more friendly environment for women in sport. read more

Government Continues to Advance Cultural and Creative Industries

This was stated by Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, while addressing a session of the eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston today (June 19). Story Highlights “Recently, we got the green light to begin operationalising the National Cultural and Creative Industries Council. It represents a next step in providing meaningful support to our creatives, to ensure that they earn from their creations and abilities. The Council will be called Jamaica Creative or Creative Jamaica,” she said. The Government will continue to pursue strategic policies and initiatives geared towards advancing the cultural and creative industries for the benefit of all Jamaicans. The Government will continue to pursue strategic policies and initiatives geared towards advancing the cultural and creative industries for the benefit of all Jamaicans.This was stated by Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, while addressing a session of the eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston today (June 19).“Recently, we got the green light to begin operationalising the National Cultural and Creative Industries Council. It represents a next step in providing meaningful support to our creatives, to ensure that they earn from their creations and abilities. The Council will be called Jamaica Creative or Creative Jamaica,” she said.Miss Grange informed that the Council has been charged with the establishment of a digital distribution and promotion platform for Jamaican music, video and fashion; the establishment of a Kingston Creative Media Village for increased visibility and accessibility of creative practitioners; the establishment of the Creative Skills Council, and the establishment of a Culture and Creative Industries Fund for Jamaica.The Minister said the recent successful nomination of the Reggae Music of Jamaica to the intangible cultural heritage list of UNESCO, the successful nomination of the Blue and John Crow Mountains to the World Heritage list and the current bid for Port Royal to be inscribed on the World Heritage list should be seen as the Government facilitating and creating opportunities for the people to lift themselves using cultural and physical assets.She noted that the Government has been investing in preparing Jamaicans to benefit from the economic activities that will come with the inscriptions, adding that several economic opportunity workshops are being staged in communities close to a designated, nominated or soon to be nominated site for world heritage list inscription.The Minister said the island’s creative and athletic talents have done well on the world stage, and that it is a priority of the Government to ensure that earnings are realised.Ms. Grange said many Jamaicans have been able to use the cultural and creative industries to move from poverty to prosperity.The cultural and creative industries, also known as the ‘orange economy’, include activities such as architecture, audiovisual arts, digital services, fashion, graphic and industrial design, handicrafts, music and software.In 2012, the global income generated from the orange economy was estimated at US$547 billion.The Diaspora Conference is being held from June 16 to 20, under the theme, ‘Jamaica and the Diaspora: Pathways for Sustainable Development’. read more

Diaspora Conference Attracted Increased Number of Overseas Attendees

Story Highlights Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says the recently staged 8th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference saw an increase in the number of overseas participants, moving from 239 in 2017 to 280 this year.“Not only was there an increase in numbers, but, in addition to attendees from the United States (US), United Kingdom (UK) and Canada – our traditional Diaspora locations, we also had attendees from Ghana, Mexico, Netherlands, Trinidad and Tobago and The Bahamas,” she said.The Foreign Affairs Minister was addressing a press conference held at her New Kingston offices on Tuesday (June 25).She noted that the conference, which “galvanised a wide cross section of Jamaicans and friends from all over the globe, “remains one of the principal fora for engagement and inclusion of the overseas nationals in the country’s development.Among the outcomes were endorsement of the draft National Diaspora Policy and a new Global Jamaica Diaspora Council, which is an expansion on the Diaspora Advisory Board, allowing for wider representation and engagement across Diaspora locations.Mrs. Johnson Smith said that the Jamaica Diaspora Youth Council was also sanctioned. The body will provide a mechanism to link with the Global Council and increase connection between young people in the Diaspora and Jamaica.The Diaspora members further committed continued support in the area of health, and looked at the use of technology in education as a driver for workforce development.The conference also examined investment opportunities in the stock market, climate smart agriculture and medical cannabis, among others.The conference, which ran from June 16 to 20, was hosted by the Ministry under the theme: ‘Jamaica and the Diaspora: Building Pathways for Sustainable Development’.This year’s staging focused on expanding and building pathways for the Diaspora and Jamaica to work together to prepare effectively for the future within the context of achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which incorporate the core targets under the Vision 2030 National Development Plan. “Not only was there an increase in numbers, but, in addition to attendees from the United States (US), United Kingdom (UK) and Canada – our traditional Diaspora locations, we also had attendees from Ghana, Mexico, Netherlands, Trinidad and Tobago and The Bahamas,” she said. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says the recently staged 8th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference saw an increase in the number of overseas participants, moving from 239 in 2017 to 280 this year. The Foreign Affairs Minister was addressing a press conference held at her New Kingston offices on Tuesday (June 25). read more

Venezuelan Company Seeks Compensation for Petrojam Shares

Story Highlights Mrs. Williams was responding to questions posed by Opposition Spokesperson on Energy, Phillip Paulwell. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, says Petróleos de Venezuela (PDV) has brought a compensation claim against the Government of Jamaica over the retake of the company’s 49 per cent shares in Petrojam. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, says Petróleos de Venezuela (PDV) has brought a compensation claim against the Government of Jamaica over the retake of the company’s 49 per cent shares in Petrojam.She made the disclosure following the tabling of the Report on the strategic review of the State-owned oil refinery.Mrs. Williams was responding to questions posed by Opposition Spokesperson on Energy, Phillip Paulwell.“We have been notified of one claim from PDV, and it’s in keeping with the provisions of The Compulsory Acquisition (Shares in Petrojam Limited) Act. The claim has been made in the Supreme Court [and] all the documents are being reviewed [by] the Attorney General,” Mrs. Williams said.She noted that she will make a statement to the House, after being fully briefed on the issue by the Attorney General, Marlene Malahoo Forte.Legislation to retake ownership of the 49 per cent shares in Petrojam held by the Venezuelan State-owned oil and natural gas company, PDV Caribe, was passed in both Houses of Parliament in February.The move was taken in a bid to safeguard the country’s energy security. She made the disclosure following the tabling of the Report on the strategic review of the State-owned oil refinery. read more

Hefty Fines Coming for Praedial Larceny

Story Highlights “We will soon be bringing to Cabinet the Agricultural Produce Act, which will see the fines for anyone convicted increased to a maximum of $3 million or six months’ hard labour,” Minister without The Government is to amend the Agricultural Produce Act to increase fines for offences as part of strategies to combat praedial larceny. Portfolio, Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, has said. The Government is to amend the Agricultural Produce Act to increase fines for offences as part of strategies to combat praedial larceny.“We will soon be bringing to Cabinet the Agricultural Produce Act, which will see the fines for anyone convicted increased to a maximum of $3 million or six months’ hard labour,” Minister without Portfolio, Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, has said.He was making his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on July 9.“There will be restitution, where the farmers will be reimbursed for their loss. This would be in addition to the fine imposed by the Court,” Mr. Hutchinson added.He noted that new crops will be added to the schedule of the Act, to include bamboo, castor bean, cannabis and hemp.“We intend to have invoice books complementing the present receipt books for farmers when selling their produce. Farmers sometimes sell their goods on credit, but still have to give the purchaser a receipt, which puts them at a disadvantage if the purchaser lacks integrity,” Mr. Hutchinson said.“When an invoice is prepared, the farmer will indicate the terms of the sale, therefore safeguarding the transaction,” he added. read more

Govt Looking to Establish Direct Flights from Mexico

Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, said that the move will go a far way in reducing travel time between the countries by eliminating the need for persons to transit through Miami as now obtains. The Government is looking to establish direct flights between Jamaica and Mexico as part of efforts to expand service across the northern Caribbean and its environs.Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, said that the move will go a far way in reducing travel time between the countries by eliminating the need for persons to transit through Miami as now obtains.He was speaking at the recent launch of domestic flight service by local aviation company, Jam Airlink Express, at Ian Fleming International Airport in Boscobel, St. Mary.Mr. Montague said a key location already identified in Mexico is Cancún, which is the country’s most easterly city and the closest to Jamaica.Cancún is also the home city for the headquarters of Mexico’s Moon Palace hotel chain, which operates a property in Ocho Rios, St. Ann.The Minister said that the travel time between Cancún and Montego Bay, via Miami, is approximately two hours, noting that “if there is a direct flight… to Montego Bay, it’s one hour and 10 minutes.”Mr. Montague further argued that the availability of direct service would eliminate the need to secure a United States visa, as persons would not have to go through Miami or any other American city to get from Mexico to Jamaica.Additionally, he said persons from other countries vacationing in Mexico would not have to transit through the US to get to Jamaica, if they decide to make a quick trip to the island.The Minister said that the arrangement is being pursued in tandem with the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) and Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ), among other key stakeholders, and once in place, “you will find that more persons will be able to come to Jamaica”.Meanwhile, Mr. Montague advised that other destinations are being explored to provide expanded regional service from Jamaica, including Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti.Domestic flights resumed at the Ian Fleming airport on Monday (July 8), with commencement of daily service by Jam Airlink Express.Flights are also scheduled out of the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, where Jam Airlink is based, Negril, and the Tinson Pen aerodrome in Kingston, between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily. Story Highlights He was speaking at the recent launch of domestic flight service by local aviation company, Jam Airlink Express, at Ian Fleming International Airport in Boscobel, St. Mary. The Government is looking to establish direct flights between Jamaica and Mexico as part of efforts to expand service across the northern Caribbean and its environs. read more

Tyres to be Removed from Riverton City

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 16. Story Highlights  This initiative is a collaboration of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development and the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA). The Government is to embark on an initiative to remove the over two million tyres currently stockpiled at the Riverton City disposal site in Kingston. The Government is to embark on an initiative to remove the over two million tyres currently stockpiled at the Riverton City disposal site in Kingston.This initiative is a collaboration of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development and the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA).Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 16.“These entities are in advanced discussions with a private-sector company to implement a pilot project for the removal and transportation of tyres from the Riverton City Landfill, to be disposed of in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner,” Mr. Vaz said.He told the Lower House that approximately 1,000 tyres are deposited at the site each day and pose a potential fire hazard as well as provide breeding grounds for mosquitoes and pests.“Successful implementation will allow for the expansion of this initiative to those tyres stockpiled at the other disposal sites across the island,” Mr. Vaz noted.He added that strict enforcement measures are being instituted by the relevant regulatory agencies, with the support of the security forces, to eliminate the illegal open burning of tyres by individuals within the environs of the Riverton City disposal site.“These illegal activities contribute significantly to the poor air quality along the Three Miles corridor,” Mr. Vaz said. read more

Sport Infrastructure Upgraded

Other infrastructure projects include the G.C. Foster infield (completed), Up Park Camp Multipurpose Court (completed and fenced), and the Allman Town Primary School Multipurpose Court (completed and fenced). Story Highlights Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says much work has been done to upgrade sport infrastructure at the national and local levels. Making her contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 23, the Minister noted that the basketball facility at Independence Park was upgraded through installation of seating and a new synthetic playing surface at a cost of $27,401,871, and the Stadium East track was resurfaced at a cost of $71 million. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says much work has been done to upgrade sport infrastructure at the national and local levels.Making her contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 23, the Minister noted that the basketball facility at Independence Park was upgraded through installation of seating and a new synthetic playing surface at a cost of $27,401,871, and the Stadium East track was resurfaced at a cost of $71 million.Other infrastructure projects include the G.C. Foster infield (completed), Up Park Camp Multipurpose Court (completed and fenced), and the Allman Town Primary School Multipurpose Court (completed and fenced).In addition, the aquatic facility was upgraded in preparation for regional games; a sport facility was upgraded in Montego Bay, including court and field; and the Azteca Maryland field renovation completed.Ms. Grange told the Lower House that $163.78 million was spent to complete infrastructure projects across the island.Meanwhile, the Minister informed that the Public Investment Management Secretariat (PIMSEC) has given conditional approval for the upgrading of the National Stadium to make it more customer-friendly and more compliant with international sports governing bodies.The entity has also given approval for the development of the Trelawny Stadium to the point where it could be placed at the centre of our Sport Tourism Thrust.“PIMSEC has given conditional approval for both projects and provided the funding to engage a consultant to develop a business plan for the development and operation of both facilities,” Ms Grange said. read more

UTech Head Says Jamaica Respects Rule of Law in International Affairs

President, University of Technology (UTech), Professor Stephen Vasciannie, says Jamaica has sought, throughout the years, to show great respect for principles of the rule of law in international affairs.He was speaking at the inaugural biennial lecture in honour of the 25th anniversary of the International Seabed Authority and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston, on July 23.“Jamaica believes in the rule of law. As a small island developing state, we have to believe in the rule of law because we stand to benefit from the application of the law to our international and national affairs. As part of that, Jamaica has declared itself an archipelagic state through the Maritime Areas Act, and this is an attempt to follow the Convention,” the President said.“Jamaica is keen to follow the Convention. There is a rule that says no baseline for an archipelagic state should be longer than 125 miles. Jamaica had a baseline which was 140, but we were able to divide it into two parts and have established a lighthouse in order to ensure the division, so our baseline system conforms fully with the Law of the Sea Convention, but this helps us because it allows us to extend our territorial sea and our exclusive economic zone,” he added.Professor Vasciannie said while it is not advantageous to Jamaica to have nuclear vessels sailing through its territorial seas or archipelagic waters, it is accepted.“We accept it because Article 23 of the Law of the Sea Convention contemplates that provided certain safeguards are respected, nuclear ships and ships with nuclear waste should be allowed to pass, and so we accept that,” he said.Turning to the Shiprider Agreement, he said Jamaica’s decision to waive primary jurisdiction in respect of Jamaican fishermen who were taken into custody by the US authorities is supported by legislation.“It’s clear, though, that if there were human rights abuses, there needs to be a remedy for that. The point I want to make, however, is that the Jamaican decision is supported by legislation which allows Jamaica, by deliberate choice, to transfer Jamaicans to the Americans,” he said.“So, the problem is likely to be the treatment of the persons, but Jamaica is allowed to transfer the persons under Jamaican law, and this was achieved by amendment to law,” the Professor explained.The matter is under consideration by the courts, as four of the five fishermen have brought a case against the US Coast Guard for alleged mistreatment, following their arrest and detention.The Professor noted that the Shiprider Agreement applies to territorial seas and archipelagic waters, but not Jamaican ports.Jamaica entered into the Shiprider Agreement in 1997, which was brought into force by the passage of the Maritime Drug Trafficking (Suppression) Act, 1998. This Act has since been amended twice – in 2005 and in 2016.The agreement sought to further cooperation in deterring the movement of illicit drugs through Jamaican territorial waters from South America to the US. It further allows for cooperation in ship boarding, ship riding and overflight.Meanwhile, the Professor said Jamaica is showing respect for the Montego Bay Convention and for other Treaties with respect to the Law of the Sea.“The Montego Bay Convention satisfies the requirements of the rule of law. The deep seabed is an important area for maritime exploration and could lead to significant economic development for many states, but there is a serious problem concerning certainty to be applied to that regime,” he said.Professor Vasciannie’s speech was centred on the theme, ‘The Role of the Montego Bay Convention and the International Seabed Authority in Contributing to International Rule of Law’. “Jamaica believes in the rule of law. As a small island developing state, we have to believe in the rule of law because we stand to benefit from the application of the law to our international and national affairs. As part of that, Jamaica has declared itself an archipelagic state through the Maritime Areas Act, and this is an attempt to follow the Convention,” the President said. President, University of Technology (UTech), Professor Stephen Vasciannie, says Jamaica has sought, throughout the years, to show great respect for principles of the rule of law in international affairs. He was speaking at the inaugural biennial lecture in honour of the 25th anniversary of the International Seabed Authority and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston, on July 23. Story Highlights read more

Jamaica and Kenya to Collaborate in Sports Culture Tourism

Jamaica and the Republic of Kenya have signed four agreements, which will facilitate collaboration in sports, culture, tourism, among other areas. Jamaica and the Republic of Kenya have signed four agreements, which will facilitate collaboration in sports, culture, tourism, among other areas.The signing followed a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, and President of the Republic of Kenya, His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, at the Office of the Prime Minister on Monday (Aug. 5).President Kenyatta had arrived in the island earlier in the day for a three-day State visit.The documents signed are: a framework agreement on cooperation; and three Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on collaboration in the fields of sport, culture and heritage; political consultations; and cooperation in the area of tourism.Speaking at a joint press conference following the signing, Prime Minister Holness explained that the framework agreement creates “a structured mechanism for regular dialogue to pursue meaningful and defined cooperation activities in areas such as trade, agriculture, sports, culture education, tourism and health.”“We are equally confident that with the signing of these MoUs, relations between our two countries will be strengthened and advanced,” he noted.Prime Minister Holness said that the bilateral discussions centered on the significance of international cooperation and partnership in the effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and critical issues to do with climate change, and managing our oceans.He noted that both leaders agreed that improving trade in goods and services, increasing investments, and facilitating the movement of people “must be central to our strategy” in capitalising on “historically positive relations.”“We have agreed that we must now optimise the potential of our historical relations to yield concrete benefits in our cooperation efforts,” he added.In his remarks, President Kenyatta said that the countries share a legacy of strong, cordial bilateral and people- to-people relations that have been developed and strengthened over the years.He noted that both countries have taken bilateral relations “to another level with the signing of the MoU on political consultations as well as the framework for cooperation.”“The signing…presents us with an opportunity for collaborating in the areas of sports and culture, especially in athletics where Kenya and Jamaica are global powerhouses,” he said.President Kenyatta pointed out that since Kenya’s athletes excel in long and middle distance races, and Jamaican athletes excel in the short distance races, “there is definitely room for us to partner here.”“This cooperation will therefore leverage on the existing comparative advantages to strengthen sports through the development of common training facilities for the benefit of young people of both our countries,” he said.President Kenyatta will be hosted by the Governor-General at King’s House tonight for a State Dinner.On Tuesday (Aug. 6), President Kenyatta will pay a floral tribute at the National Heroes Park at 9:00 a.m.He will then attend the 67th staging of the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show in May Pen, Clarendon, at 10:15 a.m., and the Grand Gala at the National Stadium at 6:00 p.m.The President and Mrs. Kenyatta are Jamaica’s special guests for the celebration of the 57th anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence. They will depart the island on Wednesday (Aug.7). President Kenyatta had arrived in the island earlier in the day for a three-day State visit. The signing followed a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, and President of the Republic of Kenya, His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, at the Office of the Prime Minister on Monday (Aug. 5). Story Highlights read more