James Anderson ruled out of Ireland Test as Ashes looms

first_imgJames Anderson will miss England’s four-day Test match against Ireland due to a calf injury. Anderson had pulled up on his run-up and was then forced to leave the field on day three of Lancashire’s match against Durham on July 2.’Jimmy will continue to be assessed ahead of the first Specsavers Ashes Test at Edgbaston on August 1,’ an ECB statement read.An injury to England’s pace spearhead would be a major concern for England leading into the Ashes.James Anderson will be assessed ahead of the first Test of Ashes series against Australia in Birmingham and will not be risked against Ireland.England team are already without the services of fast bowlers Mark Wood and Jofra Archer as both players had suffered side strains.Wood has been ruled out for four to six weeks while Archer will have a period of rest before being considered for Ashes selection.Stuart Broad is expected to lead England’s pace attack in the one off Test match against Ireland. Ireland had made their Test debut against Pakistan at home in May and the Test against England will be a four-day affair from July 24-27.This will also be England’s first Test of less than five days since the tour of New Zealand in 1971.England squad: Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Lewis Gregory, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes.Also Read | World Cup final was both the best and worst day of my cricketing life: Martin GuptillAlso Read | Happy Birthday Goofy: BCCI wishes Yuzvendra Chahal with video of fun moments from Chahal TVAlso See:advertisementlast_img read more

2015 Watch Guide: Week 7

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.AdChoices广告 OSU has a bye week which means we get to enjoy a weekend of stress-free college football. QB1 does too.“I’ll probably watch a few games,” Rudolph told the Oklahoman. “It’s always fun to kind of relive the high school days, kick your feet up and watch some ball.”Here’s this weekend’s schedule courtesy of Ryan Hartwig.Weekend Watch Guide: Week 7last_img read more

Report: Man City 2 Crystal Palace 3

first_imgAndros Townsend scored a sensational goal-of-the-season contender as Crystal Palace dealt Manchester City’s Premier League title defence a body blow with a stunning 3-2 win at the Etihad Stadium.City enjoyed a regal dominance up until Ilkay Gundogan’s 26th-minute opener but Jeffrey Schlupp levelled six minutes later before Townsend turned the contest on its head with an outstanding long-range volley.Luka Milivojevic increased City’s misery and delight at Anfield with a 51st-minute penalty that means Liverpool will celebrate Christmas with a four-point lead at the Premier League summit. 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? Kevin De Bruyne’s overhit cross sailed in five minutes from time but Pep Guardiola’s side were unable to undo the damage in the late rally that followed.Gundogan was involved alongside Bernardo Silva in carving through Palace for Leroy Sane to shoot wastefully into the side-netting in the 10th minute.The Germany midfielder showed his countryman how it was done when he eased into the box to head home Fabian Delph’s searching cross.Schlupp allowed Gundogan to run off him for the opener but more than atoned by shifting outside a tired Kyle Walker challenge and arrowing a strike into the bottom right corner.If that finish was impressive, Townsend’s remarkable goal 10 minutes before half-time was something else altogether as he put his left foot sweetly through an audacious volley, leaving Ederson with no chance.Unreal.@andros_townsend #MCICRY pic.twitter.com/Tu80gBXpMC— Premier League (@premierleague) December 22, 2018Pep Guardiola introduced City’s record goalscorer Sergio Aguero for centre-back Nicolas Otamendi early in the second half but the reshuffle led to confused defending as Townsend headed Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s cross against the post.Walker made a dreadfully rash challenge as Max Meyer sought to retrieve the rebound to concede a penalty and Milivojevic, who had a penalty saved by Ederson in a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park last season, made no mistake.City’s response was disjointed before Sane cracked the outside of the right post with a 77th-minute free-kick.De Bruyne’s freak goal then set nerves jangling and Aymeric Laporte and Gabriel Jesus spurned free-headed chances for Palace to hold on.What does it mean? Advantage LiverpoolThere is still a long way to go in the title race but City now have two defeats to set against Liverpool’s unbeaten record. Back-to-back away games are on the horizon and they cannot afford to lose any more ground before hosting Jurgen Klopp’s men in a blockbuster clash on January 3. The “can City be stopped?” fatalism of a couple of weeks ago now feels preposterous. Talking of fatalism, many Palace fans would have dismissed the notion of sitting six points clear of the drop zone at Christmas. Combative and composed Wan-Bissaka stars for PalaceTownsend will rightfully hog the headlines but Wan-Bissaka did much to enhance his burgeoning reputation, keeping the in-form Sane on a short leash and making a succession of brave challenges. The 21-year-old’s teasing cross also paved the way for Palace’s game-sealing third goal.Landmark 2018 takes toll on ragged WalkerA key figure in City’s record-breaking Premier League campaign last season and England’s run to the World Cup semi-finals, Walker looked to be running on empty as he was at fault for the two avoidable Palace goals. Danilo is back to fitness as an unused substitute and it feels like time for Guardiola to take an often excellent performer out of the firing line.Key Opta Facts- City have lost two of their last three Premier League games (W1) – as many as in their previous 61 combined.- Palace registered their first away league win at City since December 1990, having drawn three and lost nine since then before today.2010 – Roy Hodgson is the first English manager to win a Premier League game at the Etihad since Harry Redknapp in May 2010 (P39 W0 D3 L36, before today). Jungle. pic.twitter.com/Txlw2eKNVz— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 22, 2018- This was City’s first home Premier League defeat against a non-big six side since February 2016, when they lost 1-3 to Leicester City under Manuel Pellegrini.- Townsend has scored 17 Premier League goals – with 10 of those coming from outside the box.- Since his Premier League debut, Milivojevic has scored 13 penalties – five more than any other player in that time.What’s nextGuardiola’s men travel to Leicester City on Boxing Day, a week on from winning a penalty shoot-out in the EFL Cup quarter-final at the King Power Stadium. Palace return to Selhurst Park for a potentially pivotal clash against Cardiff City. read morelast_img read more

Report: Chievo 1 Inter 1

first_imgInter missed the chance to significantly strengthen their grip on a Champions League place as a stoppage-time equaliser saw them held to a 1-1 draw at Serie A’s bottom club Chievo.Luciano Spalletti’s men were presented with an opportunity to increase the gap between themselves and fifth-placed AC Milan, who were beaten 1-0 at home by Fiorentina earlier on Saturday.The visitors were never at their best, but looked set to claim all three points thanks to Ivan Perisic’s close-range 39th-minute strike, which marked his first league goal since September. 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? However, a Chievo side that offered scant resistance provided a late sting in the tail thanks to Sergio Pellissier as the captain dinked over Samir Handanovic, meaning third-placed Inter are just six points clear of Milan in the fifth.112 & 33 – Ivan #Perisic has found the net in Serie A after 112 days and 33 shots his previous one. Recover. #ChievoInter pic.twitter.com/J7OuWfV38f— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) December 22, 2018Chievo forced Handanovic into action in the first minute, the Inter goalkeeper dealing with an awkward bounce after Riccardo Meggiorini let fly with a long-range volley.Inter slowly took control of the game and only a fine reaction save from Stefano Sorrentino prevented him from turning home Danilo D’Ambrosio’s left-wing cross.Mauro Icardi and D’Ambrosio were involved as Inter broke the deadlock, though, combining down the left to set up Perisic to lash Inter into a lead that should have been doubled when Joao Mario shot wide from the Croatia international’s low delivery.Excellent build-up between Perisic and Icardi ended with the latter thwarted again by Sorrentino at the near post before a rare threatening Chievo attack saw Handanovic brilliantly turn Pellissier’s effort behind.It was Perisic who appeared the most likely to add to Inter’s tally in a game that always looked in hand, but his inability to do so proved costly as Mariusz Stepinski headed on for Pellissier to earn Chievo’s fifth point of a miserable season.| FT Chievo 1-1 InterIt ends all square here in Verona. #ChievoInter pic.twitter.com/n69wqUgLaN— Inter (@Inter_en) December 22, 2018What does it mean? Inferior foe again troubles Inter An inability to beat inferior opposition was Inter’s undoing in the Champions League as a 1-1 draw with PSV saw them knocked out, and that failing reared its head again as their defence was breached at the last. Worryingly for Spalletti, who saw penalty claims for a challenge on Borja Valero rejected by VAR late on, a much tougher test lies in wait.D’Ambrosio a delight Inter’s main threat came down the left from full-back D’Ambrosio, whose lack of a test defensively gave him the freedom to create the opener and set Icardi up for his first-half chance, which would have been decisive had it been taken.Joao Mario makes a meal of it Joao Mario had to stretch to meet Perisic’s centre on the stroke of half-time, but he still had the goal at his mercy from close range and should have found the net. Instead, his miss was one of many chances Inter will reflect on after dropping points to Serie A’s worst team.Key Opta Facts- Inter have failed to win any of their last four away Serie A games (2D 2L).- Chievo are unbeaten under Di Carlo in Serie A current season (5D).- Ivan Perisic found the net in Serie A some 112 days and 33 shots after his previous one.What’s next? An enticing and crucial clash awaits Inter at San Siro on Wednesday when Napoli are the visitors. Chievo travel to take on Sampdoria on the same day. read morelast_img read more

Juve top Roma to stay unbeaten in Serie A

first_imgJuventus dealt a fresh blow to Eusebio Di Francesco’s job security in a routine 1-0 win over an outclassed Roma at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.Champions League semi-finalists last season, Roma have been a shadow of their former selves this term and were no match for the Serie A champions despite the narrow final scoreline.Mario Mandzukic’s commanding header, his eighth league goal of the campaign, gave Juve a deserved half-time lead and they were rarely troubled in restoring an eight-point gap to second-placed Napoli, who earlier beat SPAL 1-0. 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? Robin Olsen’s string of stellar saves ultimately achieved little more than keeping the score down as the under-pressure Di Francesco was left to defend a run of just one victory in seven competitive matches.How did you celebrate this moment from @MarioMandzukic9? #JuveRoma #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/QdEqdHOq11— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) December 22, 2018Roma encountered intense early pressure and only an in-form Olsen prevented them from slipping to an earlier deficit.The Sweden goalkeeper brilliantly denied Alex Sandro in the seventh minute and was at his athletic best in turning a Cristiano Ronaldo shot around the upright.His saves only prolonged the inevitable as Juve’s opener arrived in the 35th minute, Mandzukic towering above Davide Santon and heading in Mattia De Sciglio’s cross.Ronaldo must have felt a sense of deja vu when Olsen frustrated him with two fine saves in quick succession prior to the hour, causing the Portugal attacker to kick out at the post in irritation.Massimiliano Allegri’s men twice had late goals disallowed on their way to sealing a record 16th victory in 17 Serie A fixtures. Giorgio Chiellini was adjudged to have fouled the Giallorossi goalkeeper, before substitute Douglas Costa’s stoppage-time strike was overturned on VAR due to Blaise Matuidi’s crude challenge on Nicolo Zaniolo in the build-up.What does it mean? Di Francesco in dangerThe goodwill Roma boss Di Francesco built up during an excellent 2017-18 campaign could soon evaporate if results do not turn.There are just two points separating his team and 12th-placed Parma after 17 matches, with considerable January investment seemingly the only antidote to a sub-par run of results.Brilliant Bentancur makes seamless comebackRodrigo Bentancur returned to Juve’s starting XI following a one-match suspension and got straight back to dominating the midfield.Though still only 21, the midfielder is a key cog for Allegri and demonstrated as such by topping the match count for tackles while rarely wasting possession.Santon switches offGranted, there was a mismatch in size at the far post, but Roma needed right-back Santon to be more than a mere step ladder for Mandzukic’s opener.The former Newcastle United defender paid the price for not assessing his surroundings and his regular turnovers impeded Roma’s attempts to rescue a result.Key Opta Facts- Juventus have gained 49 points in the first 17 games of the season – a joint-record in the top five European leagues.- Juve have also won 31 league games in 2018, more than any other team in the top five European leagues.- Ronaldo was responsible for 10 of his team’s 20 shots in this game.What’s next?Both clubs are back in action on December 26 as Juve head to mid-table Atalanta and Roma entertain Sassuolo. read morelast_img read more

Mata thanks Mourinho for trophies but moves on

first_imgJuan Mata has thanked Jose Mourinho for “the trophies we won together” but is excited to now have “the legendary Ole Gunnar Solskjaer” in the Manchester United hot seat.Change has been implemented at Old Trafford in the wake of a testing start to the 2018-19 campaign.Mourinho paid the price for inconsistencies with his job, with the Portuguese moved out amid talk of rifts in his squad and an inability to generate the required results. 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? He is, however, a proven winner and Mata will be forever thankful to his former boss for helping him to taste Carabao Cup, Europa League and Community Shield success.Mata wrote in his personal blog: “Obviously, it has been a different week with the change of manager and I’d like to thank Jose for the trophies we won together and wish him luck for the future.”While proud of his achievements from the past, the World Cup winner is not looking to focus fully on the future.United opened a new era in the best possible manner on Saturday as they swept to a thumping 5-1 victory away at Cardiff.Mata hopes that is a sign of things to come, with an iconic figure now at the helm and belief returning to a disgruntled fan base.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Cardiff vs Manchester United Premier League 2018-19He added: “As you will all be aware, the legendary Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is our new boss and we couldn’t have started off upon his return to the club in a better way.“It was a convincing win against Cardiff and it will raise morale going into the end of 2018 and the rapidly approaching new year.“It is time for be optimistic, to look ahead and keep working hard to climb up the table. We are really motivated to do so while entertaining our fans, who deserve so much.”United have moved back into sixth spot in the Premier League table.There is still an eight-point gap to be bridged to the top four, but the Red Devils remain convinced that they can force their way back into the Champions League spots.They will get the chance to take another positive step towards hitting that target on Boxing Day when they play host to struggling Huddersfield. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Juventus eye €15m-rated teenager Trincao

first_imgJuventus are working on a deal to sign Braga forward Francisco Trincao in January, Goal understands.The 18-year-old plays primarily as a right winger, but can also be deployed as a secondary striker, and has yet to make his breakthrough into Braga’s senior team.However, he has been capped at Under-17, Under-18, Under-19 and Under-20 level by Portugal, scoring 11 goals in 16 appearances for the Under-19 age group. 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? He has yet to complete 90 minutes for Braga B this season, but has made seven appearances. Last season, he scored five goals and created five more in 30 outings.Inter are also interested in the prospect of luring Trincao away from Portugal, but Juve have been working on a deal for months, and believe they are at the front of the queue.Trincao’s agent travelled to Turin to meet with representatives of the Bianconeri last week, but Braga are thus far refusing to budge on their asking price for the teenager.Trincao has a €15 million (£13.5m/$17.1m) release clause in his contract, and the Portuguese club want Juventus to pay in full.And while the Serie A champions are hopeful of completing a deal, they have thus far refused to match the clause.Trincao’s reputation precedes him, having enjoyed a stunning run of form in the European Under-19 championships in the summer.The winger shared the Golden Boot with team-mate Joao Filipe, as they both finished the tournament with five goals apiece.Trincao even scored in the final as Portugal defeated Italy 4-3 after extra time.last_img read more

Klopp reveals Salah shoulder struggles

first_imgMohamed Salah toiled with the after effects of his shoulder injury at the start of this season, says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.A deft finish from the Egypt forward opened the scoring for Liverpool in the Premier League leaders’ 2-0 win at Wolves last time out and moved him on to 14 goals for the campaign in all competitions.Five of those have come in the past two weeks and Klopp believes the 2017-18 PFA and Football Writers’ Player of the Season is now firing on all cylinders – not that this was always the case in the months after his ill-fated grapple with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final. 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? “He is young enough to involve a lot more things in his game. It’s not just speed, it’s not just finishing, it’s keeping the ball,” Klopp told reporters at a news conference ahead of Newcastle United’s Boxing Day visit to Anfield.”But you need your body for that and that was the only problem with Mo at the beginning of the season. Part of his body was still not perfect.”If you work in an office and your shoulder is not 100 per cent, it’s okay. If you are a professional football player, it just takes 10-15 per cent away.”He’s still a world-class player but we knew we had to wait until the moment when everything was fine again.”Klopp has made a subtle change to Salah’s role in Liverpool’s much-vaunted forward line this season, meaning the 26-year-old has often been stationed in a central attacking position as opposed to his customary spot on the right wing.”It’s good. He had to adapt a bit to a slightly different position. Not that different, but slightly. We need his link-up play,” the former Borussia Dortmund coach explained.”He still has that desire and the speed in the first few yards, which is impressive. And of course, he is a very important part of our finishing situations.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Lower-order runs were good positives: Virat Kohli after loss to NZ in World Cup warm-up

first_img India Bowling IND Bowling India IND Series Status: Scorecard Bhuvneshwar Kumar B. Kumar B m Square Leg 5.38 4 (39.2) (37.1) New Zealand beat India by 6 wickets 0 not out Mid on 4s Trent Boult T. Boult Lockie Ferguson L. Ferguson 0 not out Ravindra Jadeja R. Jadeja Toss: IND elected to bat 71 (75) Square Leg e/r All batsmen are considered right handed 37 Point Lower-order runs were good positives: Virat Kohli after loss to NZ in World Cup warm-upWorld Cup 2019: Virat Kohli picked out Ravindra Jadeja and his bowlers for special praise after losing to a spirited New Zealand side in their 1st warm-up match India IND Trent Boult (NZ) T. Boult (NZ) (37.1) 71 covers Square Leg Martin Guptill M. Guptill c Lokesh Rahul b Hardik Pandya 6.16 New Zealand NZ 179 view full scorecard 0 Kuldeep Yadav K. Yadav graphs c Lokesh Rahul b Hardik Pandya 6s third Man 0 third Man 180/4 87 Square Leg Mid on 78.57 0 S/R 1 2 Mid Wicket No data available! Hardik Pandya H. Pandya 0 0 Colin Munro C. Munro lbw b Jasprit Bumrah 0 vs 1 Point Match Ended 4 Top Batsmen Top Batsmen Point w Square Leg 180/4 ICC Cricket World Cup Warm-up Matches, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 15:00 (Local Time) 67 (87) 3 0 53.57 Point 67 covers third Man James Neesham (NZ) J. Neesham (NZ) 179 All batsmen are considered right handed Mid off 0.5 Point Ross Taylor R. Taylor c Virat Kohli b Ravindra Jadeja All batsmen are considered right handed c Rohit Sharma b Yuzvendra Chahal – 94.66 0 c Virat Kohli b Ravindra Jadeja 1 75 R Mid Wicket view more view less 1 Tom Blundell (wk) T. Blundell (wk) not out third Man Match Ended Mid Wicket 133.33 Kane Williamson (c) K. Williamson (c) c Rohit Sharma b Yuzvendra Chahal Mid on 1 Henry Nicholls H. Nicholls not out New Zealand batting NZ batting 15 28 1 commentary Extras: 1 runs (B: 0, LB: 1, WD: 0, NB: 0, P: 0) Mitchell Santner M. Santner 0 fine Leg advertisement 0 New Zealand NZ James Neesham J. Neesham third Man 0 Mid Wicket 37/2 ( M. Guptill 9.4 Overs) , 0 Ross Taylor (NZ) R. Taylor (NZ) nb 0 (39.2) Fall of Wickets 6.75 Mid on fine Leg Mid off 0 0 0 27 ICC Cricket World Cup Warm-up Matches, 2019, Match 4 22 151/3 ( K. Williamson 29.5 Overs) , 0 0 4 0 3.85 lbw b Jasprit Bumrah Mid off Mid off Referee: David Boon (AUS) Umpires: Bruce Oxenford (AUS), Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SL) Kane Williamson (NZ) K. Williamson (NZ) 3 0 covers 8/1 ( C. Munro 1.4 Overs) , o 0 8 (37.1) 0 2 6 r All batsmen are considered right handed All batsmen are considered right handed fine Leg Top Bowlers Top Bowlers 2 Tim Southee T. Southee 16 Mid off 0 7 0 4 3/26 (6) ICC Cricket World Cup Warm-up Matches, 2019 28 1 fine Leg wd 4 179/4 ( R. Taylor 36.4 Overs) , 0 6.5 26 Press Trust of India LondonMay 25, 2019UPDATED: May 25, 2019 22:45 IST Virat Kohli walks off after being dismissed (AP)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand beat India by 6 wickets in the warm-up matchWhile the Indian top-order failed, Ravindra Jadeja scored a crucial 50 to set up a respectable totalKohli considered the lower-order runs and India’s economical bowling as the positives from the matchIndia’s top-order may fail to fire under overcast conditions in England and the batsmen down the order must be battle ready to bail out the team during the ICC World Cup beginning next week, said skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday.Electing to bat in the warm-up game against New Zealand, India suffered an early collapse in slightly bowling-friendly conditions at the Oval before being bowled out for 179 in 39.2 overs. Ravindra Jadeja’s 54 off 50 balls and Hardik Pandya’s 37-ball 30 were the only substantial scores.Kohli admitted his side couldn’t execute their plans.”Didn’t go to plan. Good challenge up front though. We can expect that in some places in England when conditions are overcast. From 50 for 4 to get to 180 was a good effort,” Kohli said after New Zealand overhauled the 180-run target in 37.1 overs to hand India a six-wicket defeat in the first warm-up match of the World Cup.”In a tournament like the World Cup, the top order can go off sometimes, so Hardik getting runs, MS (Dhoni) absorbing pressure and Jadeja’s fifty, those were good positives.”Talking about India’s bowling effort, Kohli said: “We bowled well – they were going at 4, 4.5 per over – and looking at that in isolation we did well. Fielders are going to play a crucial role, half chances will be massive. We’ll have to be precise in all three departments.”New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was happy with the effort of his seamers and he plans to use the spinners more in the second warm-up match.advertisement”With the new ball, there was a little bit of seam movement, not too much swing. We didn’t get too much from the spinners but hopefully we can get them some work in the second warm-up game,” he said.”It was quicker in the first innings than the second innings, it got slower later on.”Williamson said his team was trying to be flexible in their batting unit.”Henry (Nicholls) can bat at the top and in the middle. And with Tom’s (Curran) finger being injured, we wanted to have (Colin) Munro up there to give us options. We are trying to be flexible as we know Munro can be destructive.”Facing a quality side like India and scoring some runs is always good,” he said.Also Read | World Cup 2019 warm-up: India lose to New Zealand after star batsmen flopAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Collingwood takes field for England after multiple injury scares vs AustraliaFor 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Hardik PandyaFollow Ravindra Jadeja New Zealand Mid on 6 0 covers 44 Yuzvendra Chahal Y. Chahal 4 Mid Wicket Jasprit Bumrah J. Bumrah fine Leg covers 0 India 77.01 0 0 Super Over Mohammed Shami M. 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World Cup 2019: Bumrah and Rabada world’s best bowlers right now, says Hashim Amla

first_img Press Trust of India SouthamptonJune 6, 2019UPDATED: June 6, 2019 19:24 IST Jasprit Bumrah delivered an unplayable spell to dismantle South Afrca’s top order.(Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJasprit Bumrah came out trumps with his 2 for 35 in 10 overs for IndiaBumrah removed Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock in India’s World Cup openerAmla admitted that South Africa didn’t expect the conditions to be this seamer friendlyJasprit Bumrah and Kagiso Rabada are the two premier fast bowlers in the world because of their skill level and ability to bowl in any situation, said veteran South Africa opener Hashim Amla.Both the fast bowlers were impressive during Wednesday’s game but the Indian came out trumps with his 2 for 35 in 10 overs including Amla’s wicket.”Bumrah and KG are the two best bowlers in world right now. They have pace, accuracy and can bowl at any stage of the game. Both South Africa and India are fortunate to have them,” Amla said at the mixed zone.He had been dismissed a few times by Bumrah but he denied that it plays on his mind.”Bumrah is a helluva bowler and that’s what good bowlers do but I don’t think they play on your mind as such as you need to assess the pitch and play accordingly. If you can’t then you watch the game from the change room,” the veteran batsman said.Amla admitted that South Africa didn’t expect the conditions to be this seamer friendly.”I don’t think anyone anticipated the wicket to be what it was. We expected it to be a bit more high scoring. That’s why we included an attacking option in left arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi but it turned out to be more seamer friendly which we hadn’t anticipated.”Three back-to-back defeat demands introspection and that’s what they are trying to do right now.”There is no rocket science answer to this. Obviously we would now introspect for a day or two as to what went wrong. Once we have done that, we need to go back to the drawing board, reassess and try to execute that in training,” he said.advertisementHoping against hope, Amla believes that South Africa’s worst start in their World Cup history would help them turn the clock considering they have not won earlier editions despite starting well.”Very disappointing to have lost, Especially three in a row. In earlier World Cups we have played really well but never won the tournament. This could be the other way round.”Imagine that, where we start badly and then play our better cricket now. Obviously we need to win five or six games and hopefully we can do that,” Amla added.Also Read | World Cup 2019: West Indies pacer Sheldon Cottrell’s salute is the new coolAlso Read | No regrets: Cricket South Africa on turning down AB de Villiers’ comeback offerAlso Watch:For 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Jasprit BumrahFollow Hashim Amla World Cup 2019: Bumrah and Rabada world’s best bowlers right now, says Hashim AmlaWorld Cup 2019: Jasprit Bumrah was breathing fire in Southampton. Even the likes of Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock were struggling to put bat to ball. He kept hitting the length and the new white ball kept zipping away, much to the delight of the Southampton crowd.advertisementlast_img read more

Maersk Sells Maersk Tankers

first_imgzoom Danish shipping and energy conglomerate A.P. Møller – Mærsk has today signed an agreement to sell Maersk Tankers to APMH Invest A/S, a subsidiary of A.P. Moller Holding for USD 1.17 billion in an all-cash transaction.A.P. Moller Holding plans to establish an ownership consortium for Maersk Tankers’ fleet with Japan’s Mitsui & Co. Ltd. and other potential partners, in which A.P. Moller Holding will be the majority shareholder.The proceeds from the transaction will be used to reduce debt, the group said.As explained, the transaction entails a market upside provision regulating total payment should the product tanker market significantly improve with a rebound in vessel values before the end of 2019.As a result, two scenarios have been identified: if the tanker markets improve based on a fleet value accretion, the adjustment is capped at USD 200 million, which can be exercised once and expires on December 31, 2019.if APMHI sells on vessels at a higher price than the purchase price and higher than an agreed hurdle rate, the on-sale adjustment expires on June 30, 2019 or if the purchase price adjustment is called whichever is the earliest.“Maersk Tankers has served A.P. Moller – Maersk well for almost a century, building an industry-leading position within the product tanker market. As former CEO of Maersk Tankers for more than 10 years, I recognise the importance of having an owner with a long-term market view in this industry, and this is why I am pleased that Maersk Tankers can continue to build on its strong name and position under A.P. Moller Holding,” says Søren Skou, Maersk CEO.“In determining the best future ownership for Maersk Tankers, it has been imperative for us to assure a financially solid owner with industry insight and a long-term view on the inherent cyclical nature of the tanker industry. This will secure that Maersk Tankers can continue to take advantage of market opportunities, as well as uphold the capabilities and the organisation on which Maersk Tankers global leading market position is built,” says Claus V. Hemmingsen, Vice CEO of A.P. Moller – Maersk and CEO of the Energy division.The sale is part of Maersk Group’s focus switch to container shipping, ports, and logistics.The shift saw the group’s oil business, Maersk Oil, being sold off in August to Total S.A  for USD 7.45 billion in a combined share and debt transaction.Maersk said earlier that the separation of its energy businesses was decided as a result of recent years’ oil and gas industry and market developments.Declining spot market rates and vessel impairments have pushed tanker shipping company Maersk Tankers to a USD 483-million loss in the second quarter of 2017 from a profit of USD 28 million recorded a year earlier.The vessel impairments worth USD 464 million were due to an expected continuation of the lower asset valuations, the company said.The group is yet to find buyers for Maersk Drilling and Maersk Supply Service, which are expected to be found before the end of 2018.Under the terms of the deal, A.P. Moller Holding will take over Maersk Tankers’ entire organisation, portfolio and obligations. As part of the agreement, it would assume all outstanding capital commitments of Maersk Tankers’ fleet renewal programme.The closing of the transaction is not subject to merger control approvals and is expected to take place in October 2017.“As the transaction is between related parties, fairness opinions have been obtained from Morgan Stanley & Co. Int. Plc. and DNB Bank ASA. The conclusions from these fairness opinions confirm that the transaction value including the agreed price adjustment mechanism is fair from a financial point of view,” Maersk Group said.Maersk Tankers has a fleet of 161 product tanker vessels, with 80 owned vessels, across four segments; Intermediate, Handy, Medium Range and Long Range 2.As informed, the company will continue trading as Maersk Tankers, using the Maersk’s seven-pointed star-logo as part of its brand.Furthermore, due to the transaction, Maersk Tankers will be classified as held-for-sale and discontinued operations in the Interim Report Q3 2017 for APMM.Maersk said that the transaction has no impact on APMM’s financial guidance for 2017.last_img read more

Province Helping Communities Across Nova Scotia Attract More Visitors

first_imgThe province is helping communities throughout Nova Scotia develop more competitive tourism products and services, attracting more visitors and offering memorable experiences to share with friends and family. Education Minister Ramona Jennex, on behalf of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Graham Steele, visited Willow Park in Wolfville today, Aug. 26, the future site of one of 16 community projects the province is supporting through the Tourism Development Investment Fund. “Nova Scotia’s long-term tourism strategy is designed to help us attract more first-time visitors who will stay longer and spend more, especially those who enjoy outdoor, culinary and cultural activities,” said Ms. Jennex. “Supporting Nova Scotia communities to make upgrades, improve facilities, and enhance their downtowns will help attract visitors who will come back again and again, and also benefit local residents and their families.” The Tourism Development Investment Fund was recently revamped to align with the new tourism strategy, and is made up of two programs, First Impressions and Competitive Edge. The province is providing $517,323 in funding through the two programs this year. With support through the First Impressions program, the Town of Wolfville will purchase and install bike racks, and develop and implement a wayfinding plan to help visitors easily find local businesses and tourism opportunities. “Wolfville is already a key tourism destination for Nova Scotia,” said Wolfville Mayor Jeff Cantwell. “This support from the province will enhance the visitor experience, and leave people with a lasting impression of Wolfville as a recreational, cultural and culinary destination.” First Impressions is a companion to the province’s recently relaunched community revitalization program, Mainstreet 2.0, and supports the development of attractive, distinctive and visitor-friendly downtowns. Competitive Edge helps develop new, or enhance existing, tourism products and experiences in Nova Scotia’s most competitive destination areas. “A strong tourism sector is key to helping grow our economy and create good jobs for people in communities across Nova Scotia,” said Nova Scotia Tourism Agency CEO Patrick Sullivan. “We are working strategically with our industry partners to improve Nova Scotia’s competitiveness in the global market and achieve long-term tourism growth.” Applications for the Competitive Edge program are accepted throughout the year, subject to funding availability. The First Impressions program is now closed for 2013. The next application deadline is March 2014. For more information on the Tourism Development Investment Fund, please visit http://novascotiatourismagency.ca/tourism-development-investment-fund .last_img read more

Samantha Cameron Hosts Reception For The Lullaby Trust

first_imgSamantha Cameron – wife of British prime minister David Cameron – hosted a reception this week at 10 Downing Street London to mark 25 years of a unique maternity support service, the Care of Next Infant (CONI) programme, a collaboration between the safer baby sleep charity The Lullaby Trust and the NHS.CONI, which is a health visitor- led programme, helps parents who have lost a baby to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), providing support before, during and after the birth of their next baby.The service is highly rated by parents who are offered weekly or regular contacts at home with their health visitor, a special ‘baby passport’, which gives them priority access to a paediatrician, a symptom diary and a breathing movement monitor. All these elements provide significant comfort and reassurance during the frightening early months of their new baby’s life.CONI combines two of The Lullaby Trust’s key priorities: supporting bereaved families and preventing more babies from dying. Since it began, the service has helped 8,600 families and 12,000 babies.The charity launched a special edition anniversary brochure at the reception, featuring inspirational stories from families who have been supported by CONI.Francine Bates OBE, Chief Executive of The Lullaby Trust, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Mrs Cameron has shown her support for CONI by hosting our anniversary event.“The programme is funded entirely through donations and she has helped enormously to raise public awareness of this unique and vital service.“Research shows that CONI prevents subsequent deaths and without the support it provides for some of the UK’s most vulnerable babies it would be impossible to achieve The Lullaby Trust’s goal to halve the rate of SIDS by 2020.”Christian Jones, Managing Director of the Gro Company, said: “I am honoured that The Gro Company was able to support The Lullaby Trust’s 25th Anniversary of CONI (Care of Next Infant) in the presence of Samantha Cameron at 10 Downing Street last night.“The Lullaby Trust is The Gro Company’s valued charitable partner whose research was responsible for the significant drop in the numbers of babies dying suddenly and unexpectedly in the UK. Safer sleep advice is still vital and it is important to ensure that every new parent is aware of the recommendations. We are supporting The Lullaby Trust in order to make this happen,” he added.Find out more about the Lullaby Trust here.Source:PRWeb.comlast_img read more

Toronto Star TV critic moonlights as an extra in Frankie Drake Mysteries

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The correspondence over the next few weeks did nothing to quell fears. If I showed up on a particular Tuesday I could be a chef or even a “King Mah-Jong player!” read an email from another publicist. This did not bode well.But at some point I realized this wasn’t a slight; it was an opportunity. After all, following in the footsteps of just about every minority actor seemed a great way to start a conversation. I sent my reply: “I’m practising my Chinglish!”READ MORE Tony Wong, left, and fellow extra William Chong, right, with actor Russell Yuen. Wong and Chong play a helper and patron of a Chinese benevolent society while Yuen plays the head of that society in the Frankie Drake Mysteries episode airing Jan. 8. (SHAFTESBURY) Twitter Facebookcenter_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement I wasn’t sure whether to be flattered or offended. After all, I wasbeing offered a role on the new CBC series Frankie Drake Mysteries.“You can play a waiter in a Chinese restaurant!” the publicist cheerfully suggested.After years of interviewing Asian American actors such as John Cho (Star Trek), Eddie Huang (Fresh Off The Boat) and Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken) about the lack of Asian representation in movies and television, playing an ingrained stereotype lacked appeal, to say the least. I had also, in the past, pointedly called out Canadian television producers for making racist comments. So maybe I wasn’t the best candidate.last_img read more

NEW STUDY REVEALS THE DIVERSITY OF CANADAS ARTS AUDIENCE

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Commissioned by the advocacy and support group Business for the Arts with a long list of corporate sponsors and institutional collaborators, the study asked potential respondents if they participated at least once a year in any of 34 possible activities. These range from “benchmark” arts experiences such as attending a play or a ballet or visiting an art gallery, to less obvious candidates such as visiting a public park, a historic site or an ethnic festival as well as participating in a food or drink event, reading literature or watching television. Then, crucially, the researchers also asked if respondents considered the activity a cultural experience. If you think an arts lover looks like a grey-haired white lady trotting off to the opera, ballet or art gallery, think again. A new study of cultural consumption shows that a wide range of Canadians from diverse backgrounds and age groups are enthusiastic participants – as long as you let them define what a cultural experience is.Culture Track: Canada imports a long-standing U.S. survey of cultural consumption to this country and reveals some surprising results. Allophones – that is Canadians for whom neither English nor French is a first language – are more culturally engaged than anglophones or francophones. Millennials, defined as Canadians age 20 to 35, are more eager participants than other age groups but, like older people, can be skeptical about using digital technology to get their fix.The study conducted by Nanos Research challenges the common cultural sector fear that dwindling art audiences are made up largely of aging white people, but partly because it asks respondents to define culture themselves. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Educators Commended for Preparing First PEP Students

A total of 41,617 grade-six students sat the examination earlier this year, the results of which will be announced by the end of the third week in June. Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, is commending educators for their role in preparing students to sit the first Primary Exit Profile (PEP) examinations.He was speaking to JIS News at the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA)/Helen Stills Development Day event held at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in St. James, recently.A total of 41,617 grade-six students sat the examination earlier this year, the results of which will be announced by the end of the third week in June.The students were tested in three stages with a Performance Task Test held on March 27 and 28; an Ability Test on February 26; and a Curriculum-based Test on April 16 and 17.“The exams went very well and I want to thank the officials from the Ministry, and all our education officers for the work that they did, and most importantly, I want to thank our principals and teachers for believing in the programme. I also want to thank our parents for embracing the programme,” Mr. Terrelonge said.He noted that while there were some concerns in the initial stages, the students were enthusiastic about the exams and are looking forward to the results.PEP, which replaces the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) as the national secondary school entrance test, is intended to provide a better and more complete profile of students’ academic and critical-thinking capabilities at the end of primary-level education.The annual Helen Stills Development Day, named for a former Knox College Principal, provides a forum for the sharing of best practices and innovative ideas as well as to enhance teachers’ personal and professional growth and development.This year’s event was held under the theme ‘Empowering Educators: Retooling, Innovating, Networking for Sustainable Development’. Story Highlights He was speaking to JIS News at the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA)/Helen Stills Development Day event held at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in St. James, recently. Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, is commending educators for their role in preparing students to sit the first Primary Exit Profile (PEP) examinations. read more

Government Committed to Preserving the Institution of Family – PM Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has declared that the Government is focused on the economic prosperity and well-being of the Jamaican people. Story Highlights In that regard, the Prime Minister said the Government is committed to preserving the traditional institutions of the society. Prime Minister Holness made the pronouncement as he led Father’s Day celebrations at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) this afternoon (June 16) at a Father’s Day picnic titled Furthering Healthy Families with Fathers. Prime Minister Andrew Holness has declared that the Government is focused on the economic prosperity and well-being of the Jamaican people.In that regard, the Prime Minister said the Government is committed to preserving the traditional institutions of the society.Prime Minister Holness made the pronouncement as he led Father’s Day celebrations at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) this afternoon (June 16) at a Father’s Day picnic titled Furthering Healthy Families with Fathers.The Prime Minister says his Administration will not be distracted by discussions in the public domain on abortion, sexuality and obeah. In that regard, Prime Minister Holness declared he will defend the traditional institution of the family.“I have been following all the discussions and if you put them together, it could very well seem to be an assault on the traditional values of the society and how we see our traditional institutions. This Government that I lead is committed to preserving the institution of the family as we have understood it, and our parents have understood it. This Government is wholly and solely focussed on the real threats to the institutions of our society and the real threat is poverty and the lack of economic growth and opportunity for the mass of the people. This Government will not be distracted on issues that will not advance our economic progress the creation of jobs and economic growth,” said Prime Minister Holness.The Prime Minister said the Government is fully focussed on fulfilling its mission of economic independence for Jamaicans.“The Government must set priorities and our priority is to address the issue of poverty in our country to eliminate poverty from our land, to create economic growth and to provide jobs. That is what our focus is. So, if we engage in anything, it’s about your economic independence. The social issues are important, and they will be debated but we always pay attention to what the people of the country say,” said the Prime Minister.In the meantime, Prime Minister Holness noted that fathers are playing a greater role in the lives of their young children. He appealed to fathers to protect their families, in particular, their boys.“As we celebrate Father’s Day, we ask fathers to recommit to taking a greater role in the lives of their boys in ensuring they don’t deviate from that right path; that they don’t make the mistakes that you made in your life; that you hold their hands and guide them along the path of success. Don’t give up on them,” said Prime Minister Holness. read more

The Diaspora An Important Magnet to the Development of Jamaica – PM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Diaspora plays a critical role in the development of the economy.Speaking at the launch of the 8th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora conference at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston last evening (June 16) Prime Minister Holness underscored the contribution of the Diaspora to national development particularly in the areas of health and education. The Prime Minister assured the gathering of Jamaicans from home and abroad that the Government will continue meaningful engagements with the Diaspora.“Something is happening that is positive in the diaspora but more than that, we must never underestimate the value of our diaspora in ensuring that the economy of Jamaica remains strong even in the depths of a recession”, said Prime Minister Holness.So far this year, through the Diaspora, Jamaica has seen a record forty new projects being undertaken compared to previous years where the numbers were below 10.In that regard, the Prime Minister expressed appreciation to the members of the Diaspora for their continued participation in the country’s development.“The hospitals and health clinics that you have helped, the number of operations that you have sponsored and medical missions that you have indeed taken your own time to participate in, we cannot place a monetary value on that”, stated Prime Minister Holness.In the meantime, the Prime Minister said the Government is grateful and encouraged the Diaspora to continue in its efforts to build Jamaica.“We don’t join this argument that there is no constructive engagement with the diaspora – the diaspora is an organic body, it operates on its own rhythm, it will work even better with Government coordination but even without Government coordination, you are Jamaican, some of you by birth, some of you by association, some from the generations and you understand the vibration of Jamaica and you want to feel a part of that to give forward.So I encourage you to keep that special Jamaicaness, that vibration that keeps us together”, said Prime Minister Holness. read more

Jamaica to Participate in the Year of Return Ghana 2019 Activities

She made the disclosure following a tour of the Seville Great House and Heritage Park in St. Ann on Saturday (June 15), with President of the Republic of Ghana His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange says Jamaica will be represented at the various activities scheduled for the ‘Year of Return, Ghana 2019’. Story Highlights  “Mr. President, we welcomed you as a member of our family separated from us through the many years of the transatlantic trade of Africans. We are happy that you also see us as a family. We commend you for extending the hand of welcome to all of us, particularly in this the Year of Return,” Ms. Grange said. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange says Jamaica will be represented at the various activities scheduled for the ‘Year of Return, Ghana 2019’.She made the disclosure following a tour of the Seville Great House and Heritage Park in St. Ann on Saturday (June 15), with President of the Republic of Ghana His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. “Mr. President, we welcomed you as a member of our family separated from us through the many years of the transatlantic trade of Africans. We are happy that you also see us as a family. We commend you for extending the hand of welcome to all of us, particularly in this the Year of Return,” Ms. Grange said.“We planned that some of us Jamaicans will be there at Panafest in August and the other events that are planned. We now meet each other in better times, celebrating our common heritage. Today we are honoured by your visit,” she added. President Akufo-Addo’s visit forms part of a Caribbean tour to promote ‘The Year of Return, Ghana 2019’, which is a major landmark marketing campaign targeting the African – American and Diaspora Market to mark 400 years of the first enslaved African arriving in Jamestown Virginia.The delegation was provided with a guided tour of the facility, before paying tribute to a few slaves that were officially buried on property.In his remarks, President Akufo-Addo said the ‘Year of Return, Ghana 2019’ will be used as a “platform for reuniting the African family, for strengthening the bonds between us and our African kin here in the Caribbean and the Americas.”“This is what the Year of Return means and for it, we have prepared a series of activities and programmes that will be taking place for the rest of the year in Ghana,” he stated. read more

Govt Unveils Major AntiHuman Trafficking Interventions

The Government is taking steps to enhance its anti-human trafficking profile through the development of a Human Trafficking Survivors’ Handbook and Human Trafficking e-Learning platform.The tools were produced by the Office of the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons (ONRTIP) and the Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA) in partnership with the British High Commission in Jamaica.They were formally launched during a ceremony at the AC Marriott Kingston Hotel on Wednesday (June 26).The handbook provides information on the rights of persons affected by human trafficking. It also provides a directory of providers of relevant and easily accessible information on services available in Jamaica to address the varying needs of victims.These publications will be made available through partner Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).The e-Learning platform is a training resource for anti-trafficking stakeholders, which is designed to build their capacities.It cites local examples of practical manifestations of human trafficking, and examines the indicators as well as case studies, among other engagements.The platform will initially be hosted on the website of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), whose personnel will be among the first to access the training.Other anti-trafficking stakeholders will, over time, also be afforded access to the training platform.National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, who spoke at the launch, said the Government continues to coordinate national activities on the recommendations of ONRTIP to ensure that Jamaica has a robust anti-human trafficking programme, as well as support and implement strategies to tackle the crime.Pointing out that anti-human trafficking is the second most lucrative organised criminal activity internationally, Dr. Chang said Jamaica was awarded a Tier Two ranking on the U.S. Department of State’s 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report – the same position as last year.Dr. Chang argued that while this report is a valuable measure of activity in this area, critical recommendations outlined in the Annual Report of the Office of the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons should also be implemented.This, he said, is critical to providing a holistic and comprehensive response to human trafficking in the local context. The recommendations were tabled in the Houses of Parliament in December 2018.“We cannot only be guided by what our external partners and assessors tell us, which is a valuable measure of activity in this area. It is my view that a robust effort requires us to bear in mind what the United States may say in its report, but equally important, is that we must pay attention and work closely with the recommendations that have emanated from the Office of the National Rapporteur,” the Minister added.This, he further said, “reflects our own commitment; this is a national office directed by nationals and, therefore, is reflecting local thinking and local challenges”.ONRTIP has been directed to conduct an internal country assessment of the various initiatives and anti-human trafficking programmes that Jamaica has embarked on, and make recommendations for improvements in a bid to enhance the country’s profile.National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, ONRTIP, Diahann Gordon Harrison, said the e-Learning platform and handbook will be pivotal as the Government takes steps to eliminate human trafficking.“In our joint deliberations, we formed the view that effective preventative measures must be a critical part of any robust anti-human trafficking system as you can prevent a crime from occurring when you are well placed in beating the problem,” she pointed out.Regional Manager for the Home Office for Immigration Enforcement for the Americas Region at the British High Commission, Richard Cronie, said the division welcomed the opportunity to partner with ONRTIP on the project which yielded a product “with the aim of raising awareness for frontline offenders and those who are in the position to tackle human trafficking”. The Government is taking steps to enhance its anti-human trafficking profile through the development of a Human Trafficking Survivors’ Handbook and Human Trafficking e-Learning platform. They were formally launched during a ceremony at the AC Marriott Kingston Hotel on Wednesday (June 26). Story Highlights The tools were produced by the Office of the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons (ONRTIP) and the Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA) in partnership with the British High Commission in Jamaica. read more