Bogdanovic’s Career Night Lifts Fenerbahce against Panathinaikos

first_imgFenerbahce Istanbul sent a message that echoed all around the competition by rallying from a 16-point second-half deficit to down Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens 58-71 in in front of a sellout crowd of 18,310 at the Olympic Sports Center Athens on Tuesday, Euroleague.net reports. Fenerbahce has a 0-1 lead in the series, as Panathinaikos hosts Game 2 on Thursday. Bogdan Bogdanovic led the winners with 23 points on 5-of-6 three-point shots, five rebounds, four assists and a career-high three blocks. Nikola Kalinic added 16 points while Bobby Dixon had 13 for Fenerbahce. Bogdanovic had a PIR of 35, also a new career-high. K.C. Rivers had 16 points to lead Panathinaikos while Mike James added 14. Fenerbahce had a great start and got a double-digit lead, 6-16, but James and Rivers fueled a 12-0 run that put Panathinaikos in charge. Both players kept pacing the Greens, which boosted their margin to 42-28 at halftime.Panathinaikos outrebounded Fenerbahce by 14-9 in the first half, dishing 10 assists and forcing the guests to pick up 10 turnovers. Everything changed after the break, however, as a mammoth 8-40 run allowed Fenerbahce to return to the game and even seal the outcome long before the final buzzer. Fenerbahce limited its opponents to 16 second-half points – a new all-time low for Panathinaikos in a half. Fenerbahce ended up hitting 13-of-22 three-point shots (59.1%), in another big key for this critical win.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ozil yet to make decision on Arsenal future

first_imgTransfers Ozil yet to make decision on future as Arsenal start contract talks Chris Wheatley Last updated 1 year ago 17:53 1/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Mesut Ozil Getty/Goal Transfers Manchester United Barcelona PSG Arsenal v Chelsea Arsenal Premier League Mesut Özil The Germany playmaker has courted interest from a number of clubs and his current deal at the Emirates Stadium expires in the summer Arsenal finally opened talks with Mesut Ozil’s representative last month over a contract extension but the German star has yet to make a decision on his future, Goal understands.The Gunners are confident that Ozil will not sign a pre-contract with a foreign club in January, with Alexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshere in the same position as their contracts also expire in the summer.Talks over a renewal for Ozil were put on hold back in February last year due to the uncertainty surrounding manager Arsene Wenger’s own contract situation. However, when the Frenchman renewed his deal by a further two years at the end of May, there was no decision taken to resume talks with any of the aforementioned trio.The club didn’t put their first formal offer on the table to Ozil’s representative until December – a delay of almost 10 months – while  Wilshere has also yet to be offered a contract , despite Wenger claiming there is a difference in financial terms between club and player.Mesut Ozil Arsenal 2017 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United have all shown varying levels of interest in Ozil, who has four goals and five assists in 17 Premier League games this season.Ozil recently bought a new house in London and enjoys life in the capital with a close circle of friends from Turkey and Germany.When asked why he joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013 in a recent Q&A with Junior Gunners, Ozil said: “Because of the history and the amazing players. I’m here to learn, to grow up and to show my talent for this club.”This club has made me bigger. I’m so proud to play for a big club like Arsenal.”Meanwhile, Alexis is itching for Manchester City to make a January move for him but it remains likely that he will sign for Pep Guardiola’s side when his contract expires this summer.The 29-year-old almost joined City on deadline day in August only for Arsenal’s failure to sign Thomas Lemar as a replacement forcing the Gunners to keep the wantaway Chilean at Emirates Stadium.last_img read more

Milner: Time Liverpool landed silverware

first_imgLiverpool Milner: Time Liverpool landed silverware after six-year drought Chris Burton 00:04 1/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) James Milner Liverpool Everton Clive Brunskill Liverpool FA Cup Liverpool v Everton Everton The Reds have failed to lift a trophy since 2012, with their an acknowledgement by those at Anfield that the club needs to get back to winning ways James Milner admits it is “time Liverpool put another bit of silverware on the board” following a six-year trophy drought.The Reds last emerged triumphant in the 2012 League Cup with Kenny Dalglish on the bench.They have come agonisingly close to claiming the Premier League title since then, while also suffering semi-finals defeat in League and FA Cup competition and a final setback against Sevilla in the Europa League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Milner hopes 2018 will see Liverpool get back on the trophy trail, with a 2-1 derby victory over Everton on Friday having kept their FA Cup dreams alive as they head towards the fourth round stage.The Reds’ vice-captain told the club’s official website after netting from the penalty spot against the Toffees: “We want to win trophies – that’s why we’re all here. This is one that we can win.“It’s the early stages and there are a lot of tough games to come, I’m sure.“Everyone loves the FA Cup, whether you’re playing a top team like Everton or a lower-league side it’s never easy. It’s a fantastic competition to win and it’s time we put another bit of silverware on the board.”Virgil van Dijk LiverpoolWhile Milner opened the scoring against Everton, it was £75 million record signing Virgil van Dijk who snatched a dramatic winner.The Netherlands international has been drafted in for his defensive qualities, amid plenty of struggles for the Reds in that area, but he has already shown himself to be of value at both ends of the field.Milner added on a fairytale debut for his new colleague: “That’s why he has been brought here.“He is a top player and to step in like he did, into a big game like that, is the reason why he has come – to play in those sorts of games.“He handled the occasion fantastically and defended well. He has already shown he is going to be a big threat in the other box.“I’m delighted for him; you always want your debut to go well and it couldn’t have gone much better for him.”Liverpool will be hoping for more of the same from Milner and Van Dijk in their next outing, with an ongoing effort to secure a top-four finish set to see Jurgen Klopp’s side welcome Premier League leaders Manchester City to Anfield. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

18 days ago​McAteer: Firmino more important to Liverpool than Salah

first_img​McAteer: Firmino more important to Liverpool than Salahby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jason McAteer believes the club would suffer more if they lost Roberto Firmino to injury, compared to Mohamed Salah.The latter suffered a niggle against Leicester City, with fans concerned that he would miss game time after the international break.But McAteer believes if they do have to miss an attacker through injury, Firmino would be the more impactful loss.McAteer told The Racing Post: “People have questioned Liverpool’s strength in depth and I don’t think it’s quite as strong as Manchester City’s, but there is cover in key areas.”Take one of their star players out of the team and inevitably it has an impact – it would at any club. But Jurgen has been able to tweak things and bring in different players and look where they are.”The one player I think is indispensable going forward is Roberto Firmino. Forget Sadio Mane or Mo Salah, it’s Firmino who makes the whole thing tick going forward. I think if Liverpool lost Firmino it would have a bigger impact than losing Mane or Salah.”Look at the Super Cup against Chelsea where Liverpool produced two completely different halves of football, the first without Firmino and the second with him. He’s a more important part of the attacking jigsaw than anyone else.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Pochettino hopeful over Alli injury after precautionary withdrawal

first_imgMauricio Pochettino is hopeful Dele Alli avoided serious injury in Tottenham’s Premier League thrashing of Everton on Sunday.Spurs fought back from a goal down to claim a 6-2 victory at Goodison Park, with Alli and Christian Eriksen scoring once and Harry Kane and Son Heung-min each netting a double.The result lifts Pochettino’s men to within two points of second-placed Manchester City, but their victory was soured when Alli failed to emerge for the second half following a heavy challenge from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford just before the break. 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? Pochettino thinks Alli was fatigued from Wednesday’s EFL Cup win over Arsenal and hopes the England star has not suffered anything major.”He didn’t feel a big problem,” the Spurs boss told Sky Sports. “Maybe [he was] a little bit tired from Wednesday. I hope it’s not a big issue. It was a precaution.”Pochettino added at a news conference: “I didn’t see [the challenge]. I am curious to see the action.”I didn’t want to say because I’ve not seen the video. It was a tough action. We hope it’s not a big issue.”Spurs host Bournemouth on December 26 and Wolves on December 29, before heading to Cardiff City on New Year’s Day.They then take on Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup third round three days later.last_img read more

ESPN Releases New W-L Predictions For Country’s Top 25 Teams

first_imgA general view during the first quarter of the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the first quarter of the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)With Week 4 in the books, ESPN’s FPI has updated its predictions for the rest of the 2018 season. The updates are now complete.One of the categories in the FPI is win-loss projections. These change on a weekly basis.You can see the full win-loss rankings here.Win-loss predictions for the top 25 are below. Note, these are the FPI top 25 rankings, not the official AP or Coaches Poll Top 25 rankings.Alabama: 12.2–0.7Ohio State: 10.9 – 1.5Georgia: 11.4 – 1.5Penn State: 10.6 – 1.7Clemson: 11.8 – 1.0Michigan: 8.9– 3.2Oklahoma: 10.7 – 2.0Washington: 10.1 – 2.5Notre Dame: 10.3– 1.7Auburn: 8.1 – 3.9Stanford: 9.7 – 2.7Michigan State: 8.2 – 3.9Texas A&M: 7.5 – 4.5Wisconsin: 8.9 – 3.9Miami (Fla.): 9.1– 3.4Mississippi State: 7.8 – 4.2Texas Tech: 8.5 – 4.0West Virginia: 7.9 – 3.4LSU: 8.3– 3.7Oklahoma State: 8.2 – 4.0Florida: 7.8 – 4.2Texas: 8.0 – 4.3Boise State: 10.2 – 2.5South Carolina: 6.6 – 4.4Duke: 9.1– 3.1ESPN’s full FPI can be found here.last_img read more

Qingdao Breaks New Discharging Record

first_imgQingdao Port’s Xi Lian terminal, located in the bonded logistics center, doesn’t only have efficient discharging speed, but is also famous for international transshipment, as well as a large bonded warehouses, which ensured Qingdao Port’s position as No 1 pulp port in China.On July 8th, MV Oshimana berthed at U7 and with great effort of all the stevedores involved, the whole vessel’s discharging record was broken reaching 1606mt per hour.Qingdao port is now the record keeper for discharging several different types of vessels and cargoes, such as containers (Maersk Line) and iron ore.Press Release; July 11th, 2014 zoom MV OSHIMANAOn July 9th, Qingdao Port, as the world biggest pulp discharging port, took 27 hrs to discharge MV Oshimana carrying a total of 43,366 mt of pulp on board, breaking the discharging record with 1606mt per hour for the whole vessel.last_img read more

Govt Developing Apps to Improve Services

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, says a number of software applications (apps) will be developed this financial year as the Government continues to leverage information and communications technology (ICT) to improve services to citizens.She said that the apps, which will be developed through eGov Jamaica, include Tax Administration of Jamaica (TAJ) software to enable persons to pay motor-vehicle registration and fitness fees online; and the prototype of an eParticipation platform called myGovJm, which will connect citizens with Government and provide a voice for the people.The Minister was speaking at the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) 2019 Private Equity and Infrastructure Development Conference, at The Jamaica Pegasus in New Kingston on June 12.She noted that the Government remains resolute in developing a digital and knowledge-based society where Jamaicans are well educated and use their knowledge to drive innovation, entrepreneurship and enhance quality of life.“In that knowledge-based and digital society, we will not just read about self-navigating vehicles, intelligent networks, machine-to-machine learning, robotics and artificial intelligence… Jamaicans will be the ones launching similar initiatives. I firmly believe that science, technology and innovation will chart the path towards the future,” she said.Mrs. Williams noted that through the recent passage of the ICT Authority Act, which seeks to improve the use of technology across Government, and embarking on other technology-driven initiatives, the Administration is demonstrating that “it is very serious about putting the society on the path to being a knowledge-based and digital society”.She noted that science, technology and innovation are engines for growth as they enable countries to become more competitive, improve standard of living, drive economic development and bridge gaps where they exist.“We believe that connectivity and access to technology is integral in this process. We have developed community computer facilities in underserved areas, which facilitate computer literacy and training, as well as several public Wi-Fi hotspots to which persons can connect while they are in public spaces,” she pointed out.Mrs. Williams said the advances in technology will redound to the benefit of established businesses as well as emerging enterprises.“It is now time for us to innovate with technology. Our people have the creative and innovative capacity for business, and with the use of technology, the possibilities for growth and reaching wider markets are even greater,” she noted.The four-day DBJ conference is geared at highlighting the readiness and attractiveness of local investment opportunities.It is being held under the theme ‘Delivering Economic Growth through Partnership: Private Sector Participation in Infrastructure Development’.The event, which concludes on June 13, brings together local, regional and international experts to discuss, deliberate on and examine key issues that will impact the continued growth of Jamaica through infrastructure development, expansion of the emerging private equity and venture capital markets, innovation and entrepreneurship, and continued growth of the small and medium-sized (SME) sector. Story Highlights She said that the apps, which will be developed through eGov Jamaica, include Tax Administration of Jamaica (TAJ) software to enable persons to pay motor-vehicle registration and fitness fees online; and the prototype of an eParticipation platform called myGovJm, which will connect citizens with Government and provide a voice for the people. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, says a number of software applications (apps) will be developed this financial year as the Government continues to leverage information and communications technology (ICT) to improve services to citizens. The State Minister was speaking at the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) 2019 Private Equity and Infrastructure Development Conference, at The Jamaica Pegasus in New Kingston on June 12. read more

Trainees and Staff of the HEART TrustNTA Pay Respects to Mr Seaga

Trainees and staff of the HEART Trust/NTA were among the first in line to pay respects to former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, at the National Area on Wednesday (June 19), where his body is lying in state for two days. Trainees and staff of the HEART Trust/NTA were among the first in line to pay respects to former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, at the National Area on Wednesday (June 19), where his body is lying in state for two days.Representatives from training facilities all over the island came out to honour the man who established the institution they now attend.Managing Director of the agency, Dr. Janet Dyer, told JIS News that Mr. Seaga launched the HEART Trust on November 4, 1982 as a place for the training of the country’s youth who could not afford tertiary studies.She said that were it not for Mr. Seaga’s vision over 37 years ago in establishing HEART, thousands of the nation’s secondary-level school-leavers would not have been equipped to join the labour force.“This programme, HEART, is the gem of programmes that Mr. Seaga implemented. I can say it is the gem because I benefited from it. I was one of the first set of students to have gone to HEART and now I manage the HEART Trust/NTA,” Dr. Dyer told JIS News.She recalled that after graduating from high school, she was unable to pay for tertiary-level training and was introduced to the inaugural Runaway Bay HEART Academy.“Upon completing my studies there, Mr. Seaga was instrumental in my getting a scholarship through the Jamaica Tourist Board, where I went away and studied abroad,” she told JIS News.Dr. Dyer said that through Mr. Seaga’s vision, HEART continues to build a trained, qualified and globally competitive Jamaican workforce to meet the demands and challenges of globalisation.In recognition of HEART Trust/NTA’s 30th anniversary in January 2013, the institution’s headquarters in New Kingston was renamed The Edward Seaga Building.Amputee and former member of the Tivoli Dance Troup, Claire Reid, who was also in line, said that she could not miss the opportunity to pay her respects.“He impacted my life very much because I’m living in Denham Town, and I was living in a one room with two children. Mr. Seaga assisted me with getting a two-bedroom house… and I give thanks for it,” Ms. Reid said.Mr. Seaga served as Member of Parliament for West Kingston, where Denhamn Town and Tivoli Gardens are located, for 43 years.The closed casket bearing Mr. Seaga’s body will return to the National Arena on Thursday (June 20). Members of the public can visit the location between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.The nation is observing a period of mourning in honour of the life and service of Mr. Seaga from June 19 to 22. No public social functions or official events should be held during the four-day period.Both Houses of Parliament offered tributes in a special sitting on June 19, and a wake will be held at Tivoli Gardens Square on June 22.The State funeral for Mr. Seaga will be held on Sunday, June 23, beginning at noon, at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, 1 George Headley Drive in Kingston. Interment will follow at the National Heroes Park. Story Highlights Managing Director of the agency, Dr. Janet Dyer, told JIS News that Mr. Seaga launched the HEART Trust on November 4, 1982 as a place for the training of the country’s youth who could not afford tertiary studies. Representatives from training facilities all over the island came out to honour the man who established the institution they now attend. read more

Nation Bids Final Farewell to Edward Seaga

Delivering the eulogy, Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, said Mr. Seaga was a great son of Jamaica and father to many institutions and one of the greatest leaders of modern Jamaica. As the walking funeral procession pulled away from the church, the first round of a 19-gun salute by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) punctuated the air, with other rounds following at one minute intervals up until arrival at National Heroes Park, where Mr. Seaga was laid to rest. Story Highlights A grateful nation said its final farewell to former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, during a Service of Thanksgiving at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, in Kingston, on Sunday (June 23).Mr. Seaga was accorded a State Funeral, in recognition of the high national office he held as the fifth Prime Minister of Jamaica.Mourners, headed by Mr. Seaga’s family, Government officials, and other local and foreign dignitaries, filled the pews of the majestic cathedral, a venue befitting Mr. Seaga’s final send off.In his tribute, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, described Mr. Seaga as a “great leader, a Statesman, a visionary and a thinker,” and a man of dignity, order and excellence; an indefatigable spirit; and a man with the courage of his conviction.“He was a modern man, an architect, a teacher, a father, a mentor and friend – a man for all seasons, a man for all peoples,” he said.Mr. Holness  recalled personal moments he shared with Mr. Seaga for whom he became a political aid in 1995, a role which sometimes required him to prepare speeches and conduct research.“I learnt so much from him through these encounters of research and intellectual discourse,” he said.The Prime Minister also recalled a particularly “touching but profound moment” when Mr. Seaga held his hands, just as the first Prime Minister of Jamaica and National Hero the Right Excellent Sir William Alexander Bustamante had done for Mr. Seaga, reminding him “don’t forget the poor.”“Mr. Seaga never lost sight of the reason why he entered politics – to help the have nots join the ranks of the haves. All his work, from culture to sports, education, justice, the economy, music, everything – all his work has been beneficial to the poor,” Mr. Holness said.Also sharing personal experiences he had with Mr. Seaga, Prime Minister of Grenada, the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, said he felt a profound sense of loss, noting that Mr. Seaga was a Caribbean icon.“His entire life’s work may have labelled him a Jamaican, but for many of us elsewhere in the region, Eddie was a Caribbean man, a champion of regional integration (and) movement and one who advocated for change to improve the process that unites us all,” he said.Mr. Mitchell, who was among several Heads of State and Government officials from the Caribbean who were in attendance, noted that Mr. Seaga was a true friend of his country.He said that as a Grenadian, he was grateful for the “bold and decisive actions” of Mr. Seaga in 1983 when his country was “reeling from the effects of a political crisis,” when “Eddie demonstrated what it was to be your brother’s keeper.”For Mr. Seaga’s cousin, Metry Seaga, ‘Uncle Eddie’, as he affectionately called him, was a complexed individual who was “comfortable dining with kings and queens but just as comfortable eating a roast yam and saltfish with a boiled corn.”He noted that Mr. Seaga sacrificed his own wellbeing and that of his family to serve his country and that citizens “owe a huge debt of gratitude to the people that loaned him to us…his family.”He also read a note written by Mr. Seaga’s youngest daughter, Gabrielle, who said: “You have been my hero and a wonderful father.”“I am thankful for the experiences and memories that we shared and for all that you taught me,” she said.In his tribute, former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson, described Mr. Seaga as a “titanic warrior,” who was propelled by an indomitable will to succeed in whatever he did.Mr. Patterson also praised Mr. Seaga for his innumerable accomplishments, and applauded “the monumental contribution and its high qualitative value which Edward Seaga has made…to the people he served diligently and led with such singular devotion.”“The death of the last surviving member of that joint legislative team which crafted our independence and Constitution is a defining moment in our history. It allows us to commemorate the glory of our ancestors as we honour one from this generation whose memory will never perish,” he said.Delivering the eulogy, Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, said Mr. Seaga was a great son of Jamaica and father to many institutions and one of the greatest leaders of modern Jamaica.He also shared the tremendous impact Mr. Seaga had on his life, treating him like a son “and profoundly guided my development.”“The achievements I have had are because of the nurturing and teaching I constantly received as an adopted son of Edward Phillip George Seaga,” he said.Mr. McKenzie said he and others have benefited from Mr. Seaga’s guidance and are living his legacy.“I am forever grateful to him, West Kingston is grateful to him for the interest he has shown in us and an unwavering commitment to us. He saw us as people,  worthy individuals and he worked hard for us,” he said.During the service, there were also scripture readings by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen; and Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips.When the service ended, Mr. Seaga’s casket, draped in the Jamaican flag, was placed on a gun carriage.As the walking funeral procession pulled away from the church, the first round of a 19-gun salute by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) punctuated the air, with other rounds following at one minute intervals up until arrival at National Heroes Park, where Mr. Seaga was laid to rest.Mr. Seaga served as Prime Minister from 1980 to 1989. He represented the constituency of West Kingston for 43 years, from 1962 until his retirement from active politics in 2005. He died on May 28 on his 89th birthday. Mourners, headed by Mr. Seaga’s family, Government officials, and other local and foreign dignitaries, filled the pews of the majestic cathedral, a venue befitting Mr. Seaga’s final send off. read more

JAMPRO Leading Jamaican Trade Mission to Trinidad and Tobago

Seven Jamaican manufacturers and suppliers of food, personal care and irrigation products will be a part of a trade mission to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, aimed at increasing exports to regional markets. Story Highlights The engagement, to be led by executives of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) and the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA), takes place from July 1 to 4 and will see local suppliers engaging Trinidadian stakeholders and producers. The participating entities are: Caribbean Cream Limited, Crafton Holdings Limited, Continental Baking Company, Sankhard Company Limited, Seprod Limited, Wisynco, and Isratech Jamaica Limited. Seven Jamaican manufacturers and suppliers of food, personal care and irrigation products will be a part of a trade mission to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, aimed at increasing exports to regional markets.The engagement, to be led by executives of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) and the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA), takes place from July 1 to 4 and will see local suppliers engaging Trinidadian stakeholders and producers.The participating entities are: Caribbean Cream Limited, Crafton Holdings Limited, Continental Baking Company, Sankhard Company Limited, Seprod Limited, Wisynco, and Isratech Jamaica Limited.Manager for JAMPRO’s Agribusiness Department, Marlene Porter, told JIS News that the mission is intended to generate trade leads and present the opportunity for Jamaican entities to better understand the Trinidadian market and forge relationships with stakeholders there.Mrs. Porter noted that the first day of the mission will begin with an opening ceremony to be attended by Jamaica’s High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago, Ambassador Arthur Williams, who will bring greetings.Other participants include representatives from the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce, who will share perspectives on market trends; new JMEA President, Richard Pandohie; and Trinidad’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Senator the Hon. Paula Goupieskoon, who will deliver the keynote address.Other persons slated to attend the opening ceremony are representatives of the Plant Quarantine Division, standards body, sister agencies ExporTT and Invest TT, and the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association. read more

Outgoing USA Chargé Daffaires Commends Jamaica

Outgoing United States of America (USA) Chargé d’Affaires to Jamaica, Eric Khant, has commended Jamaica on its growth in the area of disaster preparedness.“I think that Jamaica’s preparedness for disasters has improved tremendously over the last two years, because of the Local Government and Community Development Ministry’s efforts, and we can appreciate that. Still, there is a lot of work to be done and we are committed to it,” Mr. Khant said.He was speaking at his farewell call on the Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, at the Ministry’s Hagley Park Road offices, on July 8.“Jamaica has great potential and has been progressing for the last decade. You are at the point where [the country] is just ready to take off, but one disaster can undermine that. So, being prepared for eventual disasters is key and I think this Ministry has been proactive in that,” Mr. Khant said.He pointed out that the United States military is committed to continue working alongside Jamaica in joint exercises with the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM).For his part, Minister McKenzie said he hopes the close ties with the USA will strengthen.“We have seen some real positives over the last two and a half years as it relates to disaster response and America’s commitment to the programme,” he said.Mr. Khant leaves next week to assume his new role in the United States Department of State. He will be in both the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs and the Bureau of Energy Resources in Washington DC.Jamaica and the USA, through the US Embassy in Jamaica and development agencies, have shared a long-standing relationship in disaster management, coordination and response. He was speaking at his farewell call on the Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, at the Ministry’s Hagley Park Road offices, on July 8. “I think that Jamaica’s preparedness for disasters has improved tremendously over the last two years, because of the Local Government and Community Development Ministry’s efforts, and we can appreciate that. Still, there is a lot of work to be done and we are committed to it,” Mr. Khant said. Story Highlights Outgoing United States of America (USA) Chargé d’Affaires to Jamaica, Eric Khant, has commended Jamaica on its growth in the area of disaster preparedness. read more

Government Proposes Establishment of Agricultural Development Fund

The Government has proposed the establishment and operation of an Agricultural Development Fund (ADF), which will provide the much-needed impetus for immediate and sustained improvements in the agricultural sector. Story Highlights This was announced by Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate, in the House of Representatives on July 9. Mr. Hutchinson noted that legislation has allowed several agencies within the Ministry to impose a cess on the importation of agricultural commodities, and user and licensing fees have been imposed on local producers and dealers of locally produced agricultural items. The Government has proposed the establishment and operation of an Agricultural Development Fund (ADF), which will provide the much-needed impetus for immediate and sustained improvements in the agricultural sector.This was announced by Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate, in the House of Representatives on July 9.Mr. Hutchinson noted that legislation has allowed several agencies within the Ministry to impose a cess on the importation of agricultural commodities, and user and licensing fees have been imposed on local producers and dealers of locally produced agricultural items.These charges and fees, he said, have been designed to provide operational and developmental financing for the individual agency.“This has created an imbalance and disparity in the quantitative and qualitative rate of development between agencies within the same Ministry. For example, the Jamaica Dairy Development Board and the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority have been financed by a cess regime with surplus funds expended without intricate policy oversight,” he said.The Minister added that the Bureau of Standards collects a cess on all fresh, semi-processed and processed agricultural commodities imported into Jamaica under the name of a Standard Compliance Fee (SCF).“It is being proposed that there be a repeal of the sections of the various Acts that empower the various public bodies (in agriculture) to collect cesses and or user fees or licensing fees from importers and local producers, and enact one single body for the imposition and collection of cesses for agricultural development,” Mr. Hutchinson said.He noted that the ADF is intended to be a sustainable source of funding to support the implementation of critical commercial and development-oriented activities in the agricultural sector.“The ADF aims to improve productivity in the sector, enhance the competitiveness of local farmers, and provide development financing to develop, repair and maintain the physical infrastructure of the agricultural sector,” Mr. Hutchinson said.In addition, he said the Fund intends to bolster the research and technical extension capacity of the Ministry to dispense technology-driven solutions to the sector; provide low-cost loan funding to clearly identifiable high-yielding and profitable agricultural ventures; provide funding support to enterprises that are not highly profitable but critical for rural development, for example, the dairy and fisheries industries; and provide for the development and maintenance of the value chain. read more

Jamaicas Hosting of Disaster Risk Reduction Conference Significant – Minister McKenzie

Aside from the Regional Platform being held in the region for the first time, Jamaica was able to successfully advocate for the name of the annual conference to be amended to include the Caribbean. Story Highlights Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says that Jamaica’s hosting of the Seventh Regional Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean (RP20) in 2020 is a significant achievement.Aside from the Regional Platform being held in the region for the first time, Jamaica was able to successfully advocate for the name of the annual conference to be amended to include the Caribbean.Minister McKenzie said that upon accepting the offer to host the conference, recommendation was made to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) for the name change.“Not only did the UNDRR accept the recommendations made but they went as far as to amend the name to include ‘the Caribbean’ because Jamaica advocated for that change, and we are grateful for that,” he said.The Minister was speaking at the recent launch of the website for the conference at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston.He assured stakeholders that the three-day event, scheduled for July 8 to 10, 2020 in Montego Bay, St. James, will be fruitful.“I want to use this opportunity to say to the UNDRR and its partners that this investment in Jamaica is an investment that will pay significant dividends and will give you ‘brawta’,” Minster McKenzie said.“This has to be a united approach by the people of Jamaica [as] this is a conference being hosted by the people of Jamaica, so I will urge the full participation of every individual. I’m expecting that our private sector will not only be a major partner… but will also be at the table to participate in the various discussions,” he added.Minister McKenzie said that the event will provide an opportunity for Jamaica to shine.“Our efforts will not only ensure that Jamaica’s reputation is enhanced as the leading country in the region. Our demonstration of our commitment to disaster response is critical because the region takes its cue from Jamaica, and we will continue to be the leaders in the region – we will continue to play that role.“As we look forward to hosting this very important international event, this is the time for Jamaica to shine, and I am sure that we will shine well beyond our capacity,” Minister McKenzie said.The UN regional platforms bring together government officials and heads of disaster and emergency management agencies with key stakeholders in disaster risk reduction, to foster collaboration and the sharing of best practices and techniques.The platforms aid countries in achieving the targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, 2015. Minister McKenzie said that upon accepting the offer to host the conference, recommendation was made to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) for the name change. Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says that Jamaica’s hosting of the Seventh Regional Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean (RP20) in 2020 is a significant achievement. read more

Govt Guarding Against Cyberthreats – Minister Chang

“We are cognisant of the associated increase in electronic financial crime. For instance, online banking has served as a tremendous convenience for businesses and individuals alike, but local financial institutions have disclosed considerable losses,” he pointed out. He noted that the development and use of new technologies, e-services and interconnected networks over the last few decades have seen a rise in cyberattacks, as cybercriminals take advantage of these advancements to commit crimes. Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr Horace Chang, says the Government is committed to putting strategies in place in order to protect the country against cyberthreats.He noted that the development and use of new technologies, e-services and interconnected networks over the last few decades have seen a rise in cyberattacks, as cybercriminals take advantage of these advancements to commit crimes.“We are cognisant of the associated increase in electronic financial crime. For instance, online banking has served as a tremendous convenience for businesses and individuals alike, but local financial institutions have disclosed considerable losses,” he pointed out.Dr. Chang was delivering the keynote address at the University of the West Indies (UWI)/Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Cybersecurity Workshop on Wednesday, (July 24) at Up Park Camp, St. Andrew.Citing measures already put in place, he pointed to the development of a National Cybersecurity Strategy aimed at creating a more secure online space for Jamaicans.“Within the Cybersecurity Strategy, there is strategic intent and focus on the key areas of legislation, capability and capacity building, private sector and government partnerships and a programme of cybersecurity education,” he said.Dr. Chang further pointed to the work of the Cyber Incident Response Team, which is charged with detecting cyberthreats and alerting the Government to such incidents.“The team serves as our first line of defence and provides mitigation strategies should a compromise occur,” he said.In addition, he noted that the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (CTOC) is dedicated to cybercrime investigations and meeting the increasing digital forensic demands of the police force.The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency and JDF’s Cyber Command Centre were also highlighted by Minister Chang as being critical to protecting the nation’s borders, infrastructure, economy, and citizens and visitors from cybercriminals. Story Highlights Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr Horace Chang, says the Government is committed to putting strategies in place in order to protect the country against cyberthreats. read more

Jamaicans Encouraged to Exercise Caution When Using Pesticides

When large amounts of pesticides are used near waterways, accidents could lead to runoff, which could contaminate the water source. Jamaicans are being encouraged to exercise caution when using pesticides, especially near waterways that are accessed by nearby communities. Jamaicans are being encouraged to exercise caution when using pesticides, especially near waterways that are accessed by nearby communities.The advice comes from the Pesticides Control Authority (PCA) and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) as both entities perform their regulatory functions to protect the people and environment of Jamaica.When large amounts of pesticides are used near waterways, accidents could lead to runoff, which could contaminate the water source.Speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, Pesticide Control Authority Registrar, Tamara Morrison, pointed out that if pesticides get into the waterway, “dilution would take care of some of it, and depending on the actual chemical, non-target organisms could be affected”.Pesticide Control Authority Registrar, Tamara Morrison, addresses a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’. Ms. Morrison encourages all persons to exercise care when they use pesticides, particularly near waterways. Story Highlights The advice comes from the Pesticides Control Authority (PCA) and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) as both entities perform their regulatory functions to protect the people and environment of Jamaica. “So, we may have some fish kill, and there can be a problem if persons further down [stream] do not know, because persons do collect water for use in houses,” she said.In such an event, the response would be a collaborative one involving ministries, departments and agencies responsible for water, soils, public health and emergencies.For his part, NEPA’s Senior Manager, Environmental Management, Richard Nelson, said most pesticides have a short shelf life that diminishes the longer they are exposed to water and air.“If waterways should become contaminated with pesticides, an advisory would be issued to the public not to use water from that source. We (NEPA) would go in and conduct a series of tests on the water, and when it has been found to be safe for use, the public would be notified,” he said.While both PCA and NEPA conduct training sessions for farmers, in collaboration with the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), they do acknowledge that other persons use pesticides as well, and urge them to be mindful in their use.“Carefully read the instructions on the labels. Once you adhere to that, you should be okay, because it does say how you should apply the pesticide and in what quantity. Also, never throw the unused portion of the pesticide into water bodies, because it may cause a fish kill and there are other persons downstream that use the water and may be affected,” Mr. Nelson said.For more information on pesticide use, contact the PCA at 876- 633-7769 and www.caribpesticides.net. read more

PHOTOS Miss Festival Queen Competition 2019

Winner, Miss Festival Queen Competition for 2019, Khamara Wright (centre), accepts her trophy and cheque from Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange (second left) and Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., at the Grand Coronation of the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition on Thursday (August 1) in the National Arena. At left is First Runner-up, AnnaKay Hudson; and at right is Chardonnae Parkins, Second Runner-up. Winner, Miss Festival Queen Competition for 2019, Khamara Wright, waves to patrons after she was announced winner of the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition on Thursday (August 1) in the National Arena.

Samuda Pledges Full Support For Children Affected By Fire

Story Highlights Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Karl Samuda, has pledged the Government’s support in rebuilding the Jamaica National Children’s Home, located in Papine, St. Andrew. The complex was destroyed by fire on Friday, August 9. “You have the full support of the officials and the Ministry that I am responsible for, and we will continue to give you the help you need,” the Minister told the children on Saturday (August 10) during a visit with the youngsters who have been temporarily relocated to another childcare facility. Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Karl Samuda, has pledged the Government’s support in rebuilding the Jamaica National Children’s Home, located in Papine, St. Andrew.The complex was destroyed by fire on Friday, August 9.“You have the full support of the officials and the Ministry that I am responsible for, and we will continue to give you the help you need,” the Minister told the children on Saturday (August 10) during a visit with the youngsters who have been temporarily relocated to another childcare facility.Speaking with JIS News, Mr. Samuda said the children “seemed to be in good spirits” and have a positive outlook, despite the trying circumstances.“I think they are encouraged by the instant response of the Ministry and the effort to facilitate them and provide for their welfare, and for adequate meals and to make (all the necessary) arrangements,” he said.Mr. Samuda said he is comforted in the knowledge that they are getting the best care they can under the circumstances.“I am very heartened when we look at the children and the way they respond…I have great faith in this establishment and others like it throughout the country,” he added.A release from the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) said that the agency is in dialogue with the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) which is conducting an assessment as to the cause of the fire. A report is to be produced shortly.Additionally, a team of counsellors has been assigned to provide psychosocial support for children who are between 8 and 17 years of age and caregivers over the coming weeks.Also, a full assessment and inventory of needs is being prepared for both children and staff. Immediate needs are clothing, shoes, personal care items, and toiletries.Donations can be made at 9 Christopher Road, Stony Hill, St. Andrew, daily between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.Located at Hope Gardens, Kingston 7, the Jamaica National Children’s Home was founded in 1972 by the National Children’s Home, U.K., to provide a home to orphans and abandoned children, as well as children with severe mental or physical disabilities whose parents are unable to provide proper care. read more

Children From Salt Spring Benefit from Summer Camp

There are plans by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to replicate the camp in other volatile communities in the parish. The camp began on Monday, July 22 at the Salt Spring Primary and Infant school, in Montego Bay, and forms part of  social intervention efforts by the St. James Police Division. Story Highlights The curtains came down on the four-week children’s summer camp in Salt Spring, St. James, on August 16, with 120 children from the area benefiting from the initiative. The curtains came down on the four-week children’s summer camp in Salt Spring, St. James, on August 16, with 120 children from the area benefiting from the initiative.There are plans by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to replicate the camp in other volatile communities in the parish.The camp began on Monday, July 22 at the Salt Spring Primary and Infant school, in Montego Bay, and forms part of  social intervention efforts by the St. James Police Division.Children from 6 to 17 years of age were targeted , and they were engaged in educational and extra-curricular activities, as well as motivational talks, geared at promoting proper etiquette and positive values and attitudes.Speaking at the closing ceremony at the Salt Spring Primary and Infant School, Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, said the summer camp represents the JCF’s commitment to establish a meaningful relationship between communities and the police.“This is really the JCF believing in you as the community of Salt Spring and you as the children of Salt Spring. This is how we see our role as police officers…so we can make people’s lives better,” the Commissioner added.He commended residents for their commitment to maintaining the sense of peace that now exists in the community.“We at the JCF appreciate the sort of commitment the community has made to peace, and building the relationship that we have over the past few months. The community has bought into this and we are doing great things together and this camp is one of those community activities,” the Commissioner said.“This is not a short term relationship that we are building here. This is not a sprint, this is a marathon and we are going to be here with you for the long haul and we will also be replicating this in other communities here in St. James and also in other parishes,” he noted.Meanwhile, Immediate Past President of the St. James Lay Magistrates’ Association, Claudette Bryan,  lauded the JCF for organising the camp.“Today (August 16) is an awesome day and I want to give my commendations and congratulations to the JCF for putting on such a fine programme for our children in this part of St. James. So, I say high praises to you for organising and executing this awesome summer camp,” she said.Mrs. Bryan argued  that the camp has brought a paradigm shift to the community of Salt Spring.The summer camp was held under the theme: ‘Peace, love, unity and trust’. It was supported by the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), Social Development Commission (SDC), Peace Management Initiative (PMI), Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and several private sector entities, including Chukka Foundation, Margaritaville, Rain Forrest Seafood and Barnett Estate Limited. read more