Earthquake at home, false alarm at hotel disturb Japan’s World Cup team

first_imgJapan players received a disturbing news ahead of their 2018 FIFA World Cup opener against Colombia in Saransk.They got to know that Osaka, which is Japan’s second-largest city, was hit by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake, killing three people and injuring over 300. The three deceased included a 9-year-old girl as well.Not only that, Japan’s team hotel was also rocked by an early morning false alarming, causing some panic among the players and people staying there.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERGAEHowever, it is the earthquake that has brought some serious sense of concern and distraction in the Japan camp ahead of their Group H opener on Tuesday.Coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday’s quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team’s Group H opener.”The psychological impact is something I’m slightly worried about at this point,” Nishino said through an interpreter before Monday afternoon’s training session. “As staff members, we are consulting with them and I’d like them to be settled down as soon as possible.”SAMURAI BLUE (Japan National Team) entered the match site, Saransk after training behind closed doors at Kaza #football https://t.co/I401qjGM2A pic.twitter.com/eviDn90Dfijfa_en (@jfa_en) June 18, 2018Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto, speaking before his team’s Monday afternoon practice in Saransk, said that on behalf of the team, he “would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who’ve been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible.”advertisementMakoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area “might have been negatively impacted” emotionally.”The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that,” he said.Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck.”The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning,” Nishino said. “So I assume there was some negative impact.”OTHER OFF-BEAT NEWS FROM THE WORLD CUP:Englishman sails, Indian cycles to Russia to see their heroesVery few England fans have arrived in Russia to watch their team’s first match in the 2018 FIFA World Cup but one of them made a special effort to reach Volgograd to watch the Three Lions take on Tunisia.Gabriel Jesus painted Brazil streets in 2014. In 2018, he’s a World Cupper Gabriel Jesus played for Brazil in their opener against Switzerland on Sunday (AP Photo)The rise of Gabriel Jesus is nothing short of a dream! He is only a 21-year-old boy from Sao Paulo but at the moment, he is at football world’s biggest stage in Russia.World Cup 2018: Virat Kohli has a special message for Harry Kane’s EnglandVirat Kohli wished England captain Harry Kane good luck ahead of England’s 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign opener against Tunisia on Monday in Volgograd at the Volgograd Arena.World Cup 2018: German fans left speechless, Mexicans celebrate wildly Mexico beat Germany 1-0 on Sunday (AP Photo)Defending champions Germany suffered a shock 1-0 defeat against Mexico at the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Sunday. Germany were handed their first defeat in a World Cup opening match in 36 years.The result left the German fans in absolute shock but the Mexicans danced in the streets and celebrated their team’s stunning victory at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.World Cup 2018: How South Korea tricked a Swedish ‘spy’ in AustriaIt’s very difficult for westerners to distinguish between Asians,” said South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong as he shrugged off spying by Sweden ahead of their FIFA World Cup 2018 Group F opener.Sweden and South Korea begin their World Cup campaigns on Monday and have been creative in trying to study each other’s tactics in the build-up to the Group F match at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.World Cup 2018: When Brazilian goalkeeper burst a Swiss balloon on live TV Alisson threw pieces away after bursting the balloon (AP Photo)In the 84th minute, a red balloon appeared at the ground in the Brazilian penalty area. Alisson jogged towards the balloon looking at the stands and smashed it with his feet.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy A80 available for pre-order until July 31: Offers, price and specs

first_imgSamsung announced the Galaxy A80 in India last week and the smartphone is currently up for pre-orders in the country. The Galaxy A80 is the most premium device in the Galaxy A lineup right now and among Samsung’s most innovative phones as well. It is notably the company’s first smartphone to feature a notchless New Infinity display as well as a unique rotating triple camera setup.The Galaxy A80 price in India has been set at Rs 47,990 and it comes in a single 8GB + 128GB memory and storage option. The Galaxy A80 can be pre-ordered until July 31. The smartphone will go on sale starting August 1 across retail stores in India, e-Shop, Samsung Opera House and major leading online channels in Ghost White, Phantom Black and Angel Gold colours. Customers who pre-book the Galaxy A80 will also avail a one-time screen replacement offer.Samsung Galaxy A80 specificationsThe Galaxy A80 is the first Samsung phone to sport a New Infinity display. This is an edge-to-edge display that comes without a notch or punch-hole cutout of any kind. The bezels are extremely thing around the screen to offer a high screen ratio. The Galaxy A80 sports a large 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display.In order to remove the notch, Samsung came up with a unique pop-up camera mechanism where the triple camera setup on the back rises up and flips to the front. This way, the user will be able to use the same high quality cameras for selfies as well. The triple camera setup offers a 48-megapixel Sony IMX 586 f/2.0 primary camera, an 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra wide-angle camera and ToF (Time of Flight) camera for depth mapping. The camera also supports 4K UHD video recording, Super Steady mode, scene optimiser and Night mode, among other things.advertisementThe Galaxy A80 is powered by an 8nm Snapdragon 730G processor that is equipped with Adreno 618 GPU. The Galaxy A80 comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It packs a 3,700mAh battery and supports 25W fast charging over Type-C.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Note 10 full specs leaked ahead of August 7 launch: Here’s what we knowlast_img read more

Wilshere hints at new Arsenal contract

first_imgArsenal Wilshere’s New Year’s resolution hints at new Arsenal contract Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 02:24 1/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jack Wilshere Arsenal Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Transfers The England international is among those heading towards free agency at Emirates Stadium, but he has reiterated his desire to remain with the club Jack Wilshere has hinted that he will commit to a new contract at Arsenal while airing his hopes for 2018.The England international midfielder is among those heading towards free agency at Emirates Stadium.But while Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have offered no indication that they wish to commit to fresh terms, Wilshere has publicly stated his desire to stay on. 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 He has also admitted that his situation will be assessed now that the January transfer window has been reached, but the 26-year-old is living the dream in north London and has no desire to leave.In stating “long may it continue” in regards to his ongoing presence at Arsenal, Wilshere would appear to be hoping for an extension to his stay in north London.Talks are planned, with Arsene Wenger admitting that discussions are in the pipeline after seeing the all-action midfielder star in a 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace.He said: “We need to sit down with [Jack]. Beginning of January, it’s planned. There is no delay.”The Gunners boss had previously stated that financial issues would need to be overcome in order to reach an agreement, with both sides looking for a compromise.Wilshere, though, is clearly happy at the club and if he can steer clear of injury and nail down the regular role he has held of late, then fresh terms should be a formality.last_img read more

Man Utd team news & likely line-up vs Chelsea

first_imgManchester United Man Utd Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Chelsea Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 15:34 2/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jose Mourinho Getty Images Manchester United Premier League Manchester United v Chelsea Chelsea Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Old Trafford on Sunday Manchester United may well have begun a huge eight-day period with FA Cup progress against Huddersfield Town and an away draw in the Champions League at Sevilla but they most certainly have a point to prove when hosting Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.Jose Mourinho’s side have turned in two less than convincing performances so far this week, most recently delivering a masterclass in underwhelming football on Wednesday in Spain, and while the three points are the number-one target this weekend the fans will be looking for their team to command the game more at the Theatre of Dreams.MAN UTD INJURIES Ander Herrera will be unable to repeat his Man of the Match performance in this fixture last season as he misses out due to the muscle injury which saw him leave the 0-0 draw with Sevilla less than 17 minutes in. Marouane Fellaini remains out after undergoing surgery on his troublesome left knee. The Belgian is likely to be absent until the end of March, ruling him out of at least nine fixtures in all competition. 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 Zlatan Ibrahimovic has returned to training this week following a break from first-team football to help him overcome issues after his ACL surgery while Daley Blind is likely to miss out once more due to a muscle injury suffered in training in January. Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones both have knocks to shake off but could be available for Chelsea’s visit.MAN UTD SUSPENSIONS United have no suspension issues, and the same is true of Antonio Conte’s side.MAN UTD POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPJose Mourinho has made a habit of matching up against three-man defences since arriving at Old Trafford, and he could well do the same on Sunday. While Rojo and Jones are not certain to return, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling should be good to start if the manager decides that a centre-back trio is the way to go.The big question, of course, will be whether Paul Pogba starts in midfield following the discourse of the last few weeks, but it is hard to envisage the Frenchman not being involved particularly in light of Ander Herrera’s injury. Club captain Michael Carrick is on standby to fill a third midfield role, although Scott McTominay’s performance in restraining Ever Banega in midweek may win him a starting shirt once more as the Portuguese looks to put a leash on Chelsea’s more creative players.A back three could potentially narrow down attacking options even more, but it would give Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku the chance to pair up for the first time without fear of stepping on other toes in the forward line.Man Utd possible XICHELSEA TEAM NEWS Antonio Conte’s outfit have had the ultimate in inconsistent seasons so far, but a win at Old Trafford on Sunday would take them level with United and really mix things up in the race for Champions League qualification.For the Blues, David Luiz is currently out with an ankle injury and Tiemoue Bakayoko has a knock that he sustained in training. The duo are the only two players currently unavailable for the Man United game. Bakayoko hasn’t featured since Chelsea’s shock 4-1 defeat to Watford at the start of the month, where his early red card proved costly.Ross Barkley wasn’t selected in Chelsea’s matchday squad to face Barcelona in midweek, but he has joined in first team training sessions. That 1-1 draw with the Catalans attracted widespread praise, and another such tactical masterclass could be ordered by Conte as he looks to put his old enemy’s nose out of joint.Jose Mourinho Antonio Conte Manchester United ChelseaTV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME The match at Old Trafford kicks off at 14:05 GMT on Sunday, with live coverage available in the UK on Sky Sports Premier League beginning immediately after Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur.BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Manchester United have won just one of their last 14 matches in all competitions against Chelsea (D5 L8) – winning this exact fixture last season in the Premier League (2-0). Chelsea will be looking to do the league double over Man Utd for the fourth time in the Premier League and first time since 2009-10 under Carlo Ancelotti (also 2004-05 under Jose Mourinho and 1993-94 under Glenn Hoddle). Only Liverpool (4) have done the league double over Man Utd more times in Premier League history than Chelsea (3 – level with Man City and Arsenal). Manchester United have lost more Premier League games (18) and conceded more Premier League goals (67) against Chelsea than they have against any other side in the competition. Antonio Conte has won three of his four meetings in all competitions as Chelsea manager against Jose Mourinho (W3 L1) – twice in the Premier League and once in the FA Cup. Jose Mourinho has seen his Man Utd side score more than once in just one of their seven home Premier League games against fellow ‘big six’ teams, although it came last season versus Chelsea (W3 D2 L2). Jose Mourinho has lost only two of his 32 Premier League matches at Old Trafford as Manchester United manager (W18 D12), with both defeats coming at the hands of rivals Man City. Indeed, Mourinho’s (2.06) points per game ratio at Old Trafford for Man Utd is worse than both Louis van Gaal (2.24) and Alex Ferguson (2.42). Eden Hazard has found the net with each of his last three shots from open play – he had scored with three of his previous 31 open play efforts. Romelu Lukaku has failed to score in any of his six Premier League matches against the ‘big six’ this season, attempting just four shots on target in those games. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Players React on Social Media After Emotional Day in Stillwater

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. Prayers for everyone involved in the tragedy at Stillwater. If you don’t have one already let this be the reason to NEVER drink and drive!— Codey McElroy (@CodeyMac24) October 24, 2015https://twitter.com/JMElias47/status/658071666958856192#StillwaterStrong pic.twitter.com/0YLowxJYXq— John Kolar (@john_kolar7) October 25, 2015 It was a long and somber day in Stillwater on Saturday. After a morning that saw a drunk driver crash into the homecoming parade crowd, there was a football game. The Cowboys beat Kansas 58-10, and here’s what some of OSU’s athletes had to say on social media.7-0 for the city of Stillwater and the families impacted ??? #StillwaterStrong— Jordan Burton™ (@bighit20) October 24, 2015 Praying for the families affected today at the parade. Sickens me when situations like this occur.— Joshua Mabin (@OGClarkKent) October 24, 2015https://twitter.com/JMElias47/status/658069752149970944 Prayers out to all involved at the accident this morning at the homecoming parade. This W was for them #OSUStrong pic.twitter.com/zCWoTZx3Jc— Brad Lundblade (@BradLundblade) October 24, 2015 #OSUSTRONG pic.twitter.com/1lXQZxmloA— Jordan Sterns (@31rzns) October 25, 2015 My prayers are up for our community.. #Play4Stillwater— Jordan Sterns (@31rzns) October 24, 2015center_img #StillwaterStrong pic.twitter.com/Cw6FGpRGV5— Gary Calcagno, M.A., MSCC, RSCC*E (@calcagnogary) October 25, 2015 So many different feelings before/during/after the game today! Proud to be a part of this team and community! #osufootball— Greg Adkins (@CoachG_Adkins) October 25, 2015 Just sittin around thinking about what happened earlier today and how it almost doesn’t feel real. It’s crazy how unpredictable life can be.— Victor Irokansi (@CoachVic_) October 25, 2015 #PrayForStillwater— Chad Whitener (@MountChad) October 24, 2015AdChoices广告 Today was a long day on the heart here at Oklahoma State. But we will continue to play with these Cowboys in the back of our minds. #Cowboys— Colby Hegwood (@TheColbyHegwood) October 25, 2015last_img read more

Baker Mayfield’s Girlfriend Was the Punch Line for Some Great GameDay Signs

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. You guys all know the story by now. Baker meets OSU soccer player. Baker falls in love with OSU soccer player. OSU soccer player roots for OSU in Bedlam. The whole thing is quite funny and great.And it turned out to be the source of some terrific College GameDay signs which Baillie Burmaster (Baker’s girlfriend) embraced with a smile. Well done all the way around.Screen Shot 2015-11-28 at 1.09.06 PM Screen Shot 2015-11-28 at 1.09.12 PM Screen Shot 2015-11-28 at 1.09.00 PMAdChoices广告When helping out @CollegeGameDay and you become the joke of @CollegeGameDay signs… pic.twitter.com/unlyi6xpvf— Baillie Burmaster (@bayburmTV) November 28, 2015last_img read more

Rooney backs Solskjaer to lift United mood

first_imgWayne Rooney believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the right man to heal the player unrest that contributed to Jose Mourinho’s dismissal from Manchester United.Appearing on television ahead of the club’s Premier League clash against Cardiff City, Rooney said recent conversations with former team-mates confirmed the atmosphere “wasn’t great” at Old Trafford.Mourinho was dismissed after a 3-1 loss to Liverpool in which star midfielder Paul Pogba, with whom the Portuguese reportedly had several run-ins, was an unused substitute. 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? United installed Solskjaer as boss on an interim basis and Rooney, who left for Everton in 2017, welcomed the move as essential to lifting morale.”Of course I stay in touch with a lot of people at the club. I speak to them quite a lot and certainly this week,” the ex-Red Devils skipper told BT Sport.”To be a successful football club you need everything to be right. You need the staff at the training ground to be right, the groundsman, whoever it is, they need to feel happy, and that rubs off.”I think that relationship between some of the players and some of the staff obviously wasn’t great.”But bringing Ole and Mike Phelan in, that has already changed. They’re smiling, they’re happy and that rubs off on the players.”I think it’s a good move for the club. It gives them a bit more time to get the right manager in place in the summer.”Rooney – United’s all-time record goal-scorer – left the club in 2017 after 13 years at Old Trafford, during which time he won five Premier League titles and the 2008 Champions League.The former Everton striker, who also became England’s top scorer in 2016, left United to returned to Goodison Park where he began his career, spending a season under Toffees bosses Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce before moving to DC United in MLS last summer.He scored eight goals in 39 appearances for United under Mourinho, but played an increasingly diminished role during the Portuguese’s first season at the club, and left in search of more playing time after opportunities became scarcer.last_img read more

‘Ozil doesn’t listen to negative headlines’

first_imgMesut Ozil produced a performance worthy of silencing his critics in the 3-1 victory over Burnley according to Arsenal teammate Sead Kolasinac.The former Germany international returned to the Gunners first team against the Clarets and played a role in two of the hosts’ three goals.Unai Emery also entrusted Ozil with the captain’s armband for the fifth time in the top flight this season andafter the game insisted the 30-year-old had a long-term future at The Emirates Stadium . Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And Kolasinac says Ozil has had the full backing of the squad during the period of uncertainty.The Bosnian defender told Sky Sports : “That’s the case when you’re a big star, like Mesut is.”Of course there are always negative headlines but, as a team, we don’t pay attention to them and Mesut doesn’t either.”That’s what’s most important. We’re all behind Mesut – all the staff, all the players.”If negative things are written, then that’s just what happens. In life, not everything is positive – sometimes there are negatives written about you too, and he’s had that.”But with his performance [against Burnley] he’s quietened a few critics.”Kolasinac played a role in both of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal against Sean Dyche’s men, as Arsenal returned to winning ways after back-to-back defeats.The opening goal came via a wondrous Ozil pass which found Kolasinac in an advanced position, before Aubameyang converted.The ex-Germany youth international said of the pass: “It was unbelievable.”We all know Mesut’s qualities and I only actually made that run because I saw that he had the ball. Not many players would have been able to play that pass.”He can, and when I saw him get on the ball, I knew he was going to find me. It was a brilliant pass from him.”Emery has shared the captaincy between a clutch of senior players with Petr Cech, Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey given the armband this term.And while each player has their own leadership style, Kolasinac has revealed Ozil has a passive approach.”Mesut’s not the sort of player who will scream at you in public just to show the people on the outside that he tries to push us on,” he added.”He’ll speak in the dressing room, he’ll go to every player individually. With his quality, he brings a lot to this team. He’s very important for us as a captain and as a player.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Sara Ali Khan is a mini-me version of Amrita Singh in white ethnic attire. See pics

first_imgOther Galleries 9 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Disha Patani is comfortable yet sexy in spaghetti crop top and track pants at Mumbai airport 12 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Kiara Advani to Urvashi Rautela: Best and worst-dressed at award night 9 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Kriti Sanon pairs smart denim jacket with neon green dress for Housefull 4 promotions. See pics 10 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Sara Ali Khan is elegance personified in white dress at airport. See picsOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoLifestyleLifestyleGallery Image: Image: Caption: Sara Ali Khan was recently spotted at the Mumbai airport.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Caption: For her airport look, Sara chose to wear a white suit and plazo pants of the same colour.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 1Image: Caption: Sara paired her suit with a white and red dupatta. She reminded onlookers of her mom Amrita Singh from years ago.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 2Image: Caption: The Kedarnath actress added a little pop of colour to her attire with bright yellow pathani jutis.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 3Image: Caption: Sara accessorised her look with gold bangles and ring.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 4Image: Caption: The 25-year-old actress had freshly washed hair and was sporting a makeup free face. Sara is a natural beauty.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 5Image: Caption: Sara Ali Khan is a carbon copy of mother Amrita Singh.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 6Tags: Sara Ali Khanairport lookSimmbaSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticlePhoto By: Yogen ShahShort description: Sara Ali Khan was recently spotted at the Mumbai airport. For her airport look, Sara chose to wear a white suit and plazo pants of the same colour. Sara reminded people of her mother.Syndicate: YesPreview_unique_id: preview_5c7bcbf92c2871551617017_1469454_editCommentContent Publish date: Sunday, March 3, 2019 – 16:00Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDY1NjciLCIxMjA4NTIxIl0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg1ODkiXSwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY1NjcifQ==770×433:last_img read more

Debate Begins on Bill to Govern How JPs Operate

first_img Debate on legislation aimed at strengthening the regime governing the functions of Justices of the Peace (JPs) began in the House of Representatives on November 21.The Justice of the Peace Bill and the Renaming of the Courts of Petty Sessions (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill were piloted by Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck.The Bills provide for codifying the selection, appointment, discipline, regulation and code of conduct of JPs; increasing the monetary jurisdiction of JPs; and renaming the Petty Sessions Courts to Lay Magistrates’ Courts.In his address, Mr. Chuck said despite the importance of the functions of JPs in the country, there is no legislation governing how they operate.He pointed out that in or around 2006, a Committee comprising the Chief Justice, the Custodes, the Legal Reform Department and personnel from the Ministry of Justice crafted a Code of Conduct and incorporated the existing rules.The Minister said that this Code of Conduct was gazetted and has been the closest matter to legislation governing the functions of JPs in Jamaica.“Let me hasten to highlight the fact that the Justice of the Peace (Jurisdiction) Act only governs the judicial functions of Justices of the Peace and does not address the issues covered under the Bill before this Honourable House,” Mr. Chuck said.“With that said, I will seize this opportunity to inform that in a short while from now, a comprehensive review of the Justice of the Peace (Jurisdiction) Act will be undertaken with a view to modernisation. This piece of legislation was enacted in 1850,” he added.The Minister said the Bills now before the Lower House will go a far way in impressing upon the minds of not only the JPs but all Jamaicans the seriousness of the Office of Justice of the Peace.In addition, Mr. Chuck said the rules are silent on what should happen to a JP who has been criminally charged or convicted. “This deficit in the law must be arrested immediately,” Mr. Chuck emphasised.“Another issue is the perennial problem of JPs losing their seals through negligence, and the Government must fork out 50 per cent of the replacement cost of the seal, and the JP only being required to pay 50 per cent. Statistics have shown that the majority of seals reported as stolen were stolen after being left in parked motor vehicles. The Government cannot continue to fund negligence,” he said.Mr. Chuck said there is also the issue of whether it is proper for a JP to charge a fee for his services in that office, adding that the traditional functions of JPs have changed over time, and so, the law must be developed in recognition of this.“As it relates to the name of the Petty Sessions Court, from as far back as 2007, a Task Force mandated to review and make recommendations for the improvement of our justice system recommended that the name of the Petty Sessions Court be changed to the Lay Magistrates’ Court,” he noted.According to the Task Force, this will change the public’s perception of this Court, as, often times, Lay Magistrates are not afforded the respect of other judicial officers, despite the serious nature of their role.“So, it is for all the above reasons, and more, that the law must be refined and clarified to reflect the increasing significance of the Office of the Justice of the Peace to our society,” Mr. Chuck said.For the Justice of the Peace Bill, Clause 5 provides guidance on the appointment of Justices. Clause 7 imposes a duty on the JPs to observe the Code of Conduct or face being penalised for misconduct, while Clause 8 removes the restrictions to serve only in the JP’s parish of residence.In terms of the Courts of Petty Sessions (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill, Clause 2 provides for the renaming of the Courts of Petty Sessions to the Lay Magistrates’ Courts. Story Highlights The Bills provide for codifying the selection, appointment, discipline, regulation and code of conduct of JPs; increasing the monetary jurisdiction of JPs; and renaming the Petty Sessions Courts to Lay Magistrates’ Courts. Debate on legislation aimed at strengthening the regime governing the functions of Justices of the Peace (JPs) began in the House of Representatives on November 21. In addition, Mr. Chuck said the rules are silent on what should happen to a JP who has been criminally charged or convicted. “This deficit in the law must be arrested immediately,” Mr. Chuck emphasised.last_img read more

Le yoga fait partie des nouveaux cours offerts cette année

first_imgLe lotus fait son apparition dans les gymnases des écoles, modernisant ainsi l’éducation physique traditionnelle. Le yoga, une ancienne pratique qui permet de développer la force et la flexibilité ainsi que la discipline mentale, est maintenant l’une de plusieurs nouvelles options de cours qui répondent aux exigences en matière d’éducation physique de la Nouvelle-Écosse. L’année dernière, l’éducation physique est devenue une exigence pour l’obtention du diplôme. Le cours de yoga en 11e année, qui a connu du succès pendant sa mise à l’essai dans trois conseils scolaires l’année dernière, est très populaire auprès des élèves qui préfèrent une option non compétitive au cours traditionnel d’éducation physique. Le Conseil scolaire acadien provincial fera l’essai du programme dans deux écoles au printemps. Le cours respecte l’engagement du gouvernement provincial visant à augmenter le taux de participation des filles, et aussi des garçons, aux activités physiques. « Il est essentiel pour nous de continuer à encourager davantage de jeunes à participer à une vie active et saine, a dit Marilyn More, ministre de l’Éducation. Cette stratégie inclut l’élaboration de programmes d’éducation physique qui intéresseront les filles et les jeunes femmes, et qui inspireront un plus grand nombre d’élèves à être et à demeurer actifs pendant toute leur vie. » Le ministère de l’Éducation offre également deux nouvelles options d’éducation physique dans les écoles anglophones qui permettront aux élèves d’obtenir des crédits d’éducation physique : Physically Active Lifestyles 11 et Fitness Leadership 11. Le cours Fitness Leadership 11 est unique puisqu’il offre aux élèves l’occasion de devenir moniteurs de conditionnement physique certifiés, leur permettant ainsi de travailler comme moniteurs dans les programmes communautaires d’activité physique. « Ce programme permet aux jeunes d’acquérir des compétences en leadership et d’appliquer ces compétences dans la communauté afin d’en faire un endroit plus sain où vivre et travailler, » a dit Mme More. Le CSAP en est à sa deuxième année de mise en œuvre des nouveaux programmes d’éducation physique de 10e, 11e et 12e année. Toutes les écoles offrent maintenant ces programmes d’éducation physique, qui incluent un volet de conditionnement physique. Les autres nouveaux programmes et modifications aux programmes existants incluent : Le programme d’études en arts de la 7e année dans les écoles anglophones qui inclut les instruments d’orchestre, la musique et les arts visuels. Le programme d’études de la famille de la 7e dans les écoles anglophones, mettant un accent particulier sur l’artisanat du textile. Le nouveau programme d’études de la famille pour la 10e année, incluant le cours Food Technology 10, permet aux élèves d’obtenir des crédits de technologie, qui sont obligatoires. Une expansion de l’éducation coopérative. Des subventions de 390 000 $ ont permis l’expansion du programme dans 39 écoles, ce qui donne un total de 74 écoles offrant le programme d’éducation coopérative. Cette année, les 10 écoles du CSAP offrent le programme d’éducation coopérative. Le cours Communications Technology 11 représente une nouvelle étape dans l’augmentation du nombre de cours d’éducation technique de qualité supérieure qui sont offerts. Il offre aux élèves un apprentissage pratique de la photographie numérique, de la vidéo numérique, de la diffusion et de toute une gamme d’autres médias de communication. Le cours Construction Trades 11 est lancé dans six écoles anglophones de la province. Ce cours est basé sur les leçons enseignées dans le cours Métiers spécialisés 10e année et donne aux adolescents la chance de continuer à travailler dans un environnement d’apprentissage d’avant-garde pour acquérir les compétences nécessaires pour une carrière dans les métiers. Le programme Options et opportunités (O2), qui vise à inciter les élèves à participer davantage en leur offrant des expériences plus pratiques d’apprentissage et en milieu de travail, sera également offert dans deux écoles supplémentaires du CSAP.last_img read more

Small Farm Expos Held in Annapolis Antigonish Counties

first_img For more information and to register for one of the expos, go to https://novascotia.ca/thinkfarm/support/small-farm-expo.asp . Experienced, new and aspiring farmers will have the chance to expand their knowledge and skills at one of two small farm expos in Nova Scotia this month. The first expo will be held Monday, July 24, at Bethany Gardens, Antigonish. The second expo will be held Monday, July 31, at the Annapolis Valley Exhibition in Lawrencetown. “By holding expos in two different locations this year, we’re expanding access and increasing opportunities to help develop our agriculture sector,” said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. “These expos draw a large crowd each year and are a great opportunity for industry members to share trends and best practices.” The expos will feature workshops led by local farmers and will explore how today’s small-scale farmers are building on the foundation of traditional farming knowledge and practices with modern production technology, farm business management and marketing. “The expos are a great opportunity for new and aspiring farmers to meet farmers from around the province,” said Shannon Jones, co-owner of Broadfork Farm. ”I’ve attended the expos in the past and found the workshops to be very informative and enjoyed being able to build connections with other small-scale farmers.” Workshops include: compost essentials direct marketing local beef value-added hemp products beef production and pasture renovation small scale beef and sheep production vineyard management pest control in vegetable and berry production market gardening.last_img read more

Halfway Through the Fall TV Season CTVs DESIGNATED SURVIVOR is the 1

first_img13GlobalTHE BLACKLIST1.52 million 1CTVTHE BIG BANG THEORY1.08 million 1CTVTHE BIG BANG THEORY551,000 10CTVTHIS IS US – New679,000 6CTVTHE FLASH807,000 9CTVTHIS IS US – New 364,000 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment 15CTVGOTHAM581,000 9CTVLUCIFER1.68 million 18CBCHOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA534,000 17GlobalMAN WITH A PLAN – New254,000 13CTVCRIMINAL MINDS302,000 14SportsnetTORONTO BLUE JAYS1.493 million 15GlobalKEVIN CAN WAIT – New572,000 3GlobalSURVIVOR: MILLENNIALS VS. GEN X452,000 11GlobalBULL – New337,000 8GlobalMACGYVER – New1.69 million 10GlobalHAWAII FIVE-O1.64 million Twitter 16CTVBLINDSPOT555,000 16CTVHOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER283,000 8CTVCRIMINAL MINDS741,000 8CTVLUCIFER784,000 19GlobalTHE BLACKLIST248,000 19CTVMARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.1.407 million 7CTVCRIMINAL MINDS1.87 million 20CBCHOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA538,000 RankNetworkProgramA18-34 10CTVTHE FLASH738,000 4CTVDESIGNATED SURVIVOR – New893,000 6CTVLUCIFER822,000 13CTVGOTHAM593,000 7GlobalBULL – New819,000 9GlobalBULL – New734,000 15CTVBLINDSPOT291,000 12GlobalNCIS594,000 2CTVGREY’S ANATOMY485,000 20SportsnetMLB PLAYOFFS511,000 17AMCTHE WALKING DEAD1.447 million 9CTVMARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.739,000 Advertisement 5GlobalSURVIVOR: MILLENNIALS VS. GEN X2.14 million 3CTVGREY’S ANATOMY887,000 17GlobalTHE BLACKLIST542,000 Advertisement 17GlobalKEVIN CAN WAIT – New561,000 14CTVQUANTICO588,000 Canada’s Most-Watched Programs, A25-54, Season-to-Date: 4CTVTHE FLASH447,000 Source : Numeris, Fall 2016 (Sept. 19 to Oct. 30, 2016) vs. same period Fall 2015, final data. 1CTVTHE BIG BANG THEORY1.17 million 7CTVDESIGNATED SURVIVOR – New 391,000 20SportsnetMLB PLAYOFFS239,000 5AMCTHE WALKING DEAD828,000 16GlobalTHE BLACKLIST576,000 2GlobalSURVIVOR: MILLENNIALS VS. GEN X994,000 17GlobalCHICAGO FIRE254,000 Advertisement 11GlobalNCIS714,000 5AMCTHE WALKING DEAD429,000 2GlobalSURVIVOR: MILLENNIALS VS. GEN X1.09 million 13CTVQUANTICO623,000 14GlobalMACGYVER – New602,000 2GlobalBULL – New2.43 million 11CTVCRIMINAL MINDS674,000 14GlobalKEVIN CAN WAIT – New299,000 4GlobalNCIS2.27 million 18CTVTHE FLASH1.410 million 3CTVGREY’S ANATOMY894,000 Canada’s Most-Watched Programs, Total Viewers, Season-to-Date: RankNetworkProgramTotal Viewers 12CTVTHIS IS US – New705,000 Login/Register With: 3CTVDESIGNATED SURVIVOR – New2.38 million 6CTVMARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.398,000 19CTVBLINDSPOT553,000 6CTVGREY’S ANATOMY2.13 million 10CTVGOTHAM342,000 12CTVQUANTICO315,000 Canada’s Most-Watched Programs, A18-49, Season-to-Date: 8CTVLUCIFER388,000 11CTVTHIS IS US – New1.60 million 12CTVBLUE BLOODS1.55 million Halfway through the Fall TV season, and with six weeks of final data now available from Numeris, the acclaimed new Kiefer Sutherland-led drama DESIGNATED SURVIVOR is the #1 new series in Canada in all key demos. DESIGNATED SURVIVOR ranks as the Top 3 program overall among total viewers with an average audience of 2.4 million viewers.CTV’s diverse fall schedule is #1 not only with total viewers but also in all key demos. Home to more Top 10 and Top 20 series in the key demos than all other networks combined, CTV also continues a strong lead over Global in primetime by double-digits among total viewers (+10%) and in all key demos (+47% A18-34; +30% A18-49; and +21% A25-54).“The continued strong performances by our returning hits, and the addition of new buzz-worthy series, have proven yet again that CTV’s schedule resonates with viewers across the country,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty, Bell Media. “With our successful fall now halfway through the season, CTV’s schedule is primed for an equally solid midseason.” 20GlobalTIMELESS – New1.38 million 5CTVDESIGNATED SURVIVOR – New882,000 16SportsnetMLB PLAYOFFS1.449 million 3AMCTHE WALKING DEAD887,000 RankNetworkProgramA25-54 RankNetworkProgramA18-49 Other highlights from this fall on Canadian TV:Millennials Love CTVDESIGNATED SURVIVOR, along with freshman drama THIS IS US, helped CTV increase its count of Top 10 series among millennials aged 18-34, now landing eight of the Top 10 and 12 of the Top 20, more than all other networks combined.CTV wins five out of seven nights with young Canadian viewers, leading Global by 47% in primetime.CTV’s hit Tuesday night lineup including THE FLASH and THIS IS US rank in the Top 10 for A18-34, and Thursday night’s THE BIG BANG THEORY is the top program among the demo.Returning Hits Remain Strong on CTVPerennial favourite THE BIG BANG THEORY has returned for its tenth season as the most-watched series in Canada with total viewers and in all key demos.THE FLASH ranks in the Top 10 in all key demos, and delivers a Top 20 audience with total viewers along with CRIMINAL MINDS (#7).Sophomore hits LUCIFER and BLINDSPOT both land in the Top 20 in the key demos, with LUCIFER a Top 10 program overall.Canada’s Most-Watched Programs, A18-34, Season-to-Date:CTV is the network for millennials, with eight of the Top 10 programs, including the Top 2 new series DESIGNATED SURVIVOR and THIS IS US. 18GlobalHAWAII FIVE-O558,000 19GlobalMAN WITH A PLAN – New514,000 15GlobalCHICAGO FIRE1.492 million 1CTVTHE BIG BANG THEORY2.53 million Facebook 7CTVMARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.797,000last_img read more

Labour Market Information System Being Revamped

Story Highlights The Labour Market Information System (LMIS) is being revamped to make it more user-friendly, efficient and secure. The website, which falls under the purview of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, enables employers to post job openings, and persons seeking employment to upload résumés. The Labour Market Information System (LMIS) is being revamped to make it more user-friendly, efficient and secure.The website, which falls under the purview of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, enables employers to post job openings, and persons seeking employment to upload résumés.Job matching and placements are executed through the LMIS’s Electronic Exchange (ELEX).Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Colette Roberts Risden, says the enhanced website will be more contemporary with a number of significant featuresThese, she said, include an improved user interface, heightened security mechanisms to safeguard data, and facilitation of more robust reports that provide detailed labour market analyses.Mrs. Roberts Risden said this undertaking is being facilitated through partnerships the Ministry has forged with several stakeholders.She was speaking at the recent closing ceremony for the New Employment Opportunities (NEO) Jamaica Project, at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew.Mrs. Roberts Risden said the upgraded LMIS and ELEX will be complemented by a mobile app that has been developed, all of which are slated to be unveiled shortly.The app’s development was made possible through stakeholder collaborations forged under the NEO.The US$9.3-million project was administered by the MultiCare Youth Foundation under the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) Youth Upliftment Through Employment (YUTE) initiative, in tandem with several key stakeholders.These included the Ministries of Labour and Social Security, and Science, Energy and Technology.It aimed to provide at-risk youth, 17 to 29 years, with the requisite skills, through training, to fill in-demand occupations.The initiative was jointly financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) and local stakeholders.A memorandum of understanding was signed between the Labour and Social Security Ministry and YUTE in 2017 to establish a partnership geared towards increasing job entry among the targeted youth.Mrs. Roberts Risden said the Labour Ministry anticipates robust and wider usage of the revamped LMIS and ELEX, and mobile app, resulting in the accrual of significant benefits.“We will be in a much better position because we will have the information on the labour market [in terms of] what are the jobs that people are looking for, and what are the skill sets that are out there for persons who are unemployed or underemployed. If we have that information, then it will also enable us to make more informed decisions regarding matters such as the granting of work permits, among other things,” she added. Job matching and placements are executed through the LMIS’s Electronic Exchange (ELEX). read more

President AkufoAddo Hails Mr Seaga as an Illustrious Leader

He noted that Mr. Seaga “was deservedly famous and distinguished in his career of public service”, and that his contribution to the development of Jamaica as a nation, is “rooted in respect for the rule of law, human rights and the principles of democratic accountability.” Story Highlights President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has hailed former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga as an illustrious leader who “will forever have a secure place in the pantheon of outstanding Caribbean and Jamaican statesmen”.The President, who signed the condolence book for Mr. Seaga at Jamaica House on Saturday (June 15), wrote that the “Jamaican people have lost a great defender and (a) tireless worker”.He noted that Mr. Seaga “was deservedly famous and distinguished in his career of public service”, and that his contribution to the development of Jamaica as a nation, is “rooted in respect for the rule of law, human rights and the principles of democratic accountability.”Mr. Seaga, who was Jamaica’s fifth Prime Minister, died on May 28 on his 89th birthday in a hospital in the United States, where he was receiving treatment for illness.The former Prime Minister has been accorded a State funeral, which is scheduled for Sunday (June 23) at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, North Street in downtown Kingston, beginning at 12 noon. He will then be laid to rest at National Heroes Park.The signing of the book was among the schedule of activities for President Akufo-Addo who is on a two-day official working visit to Jamaica.The President also had bilateral talks with Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, after which they issued a joint press statement.Later that evening, President Akufo-Addo was led on a tour of the Seville Great House and Heritage Park in St. Ann by Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange.Today (June 16), the Ghanaian President will meet with the leadership of the University of the West Indies. He will also give a floral tribute at the shrine of National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey. In addition, he will call on Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen.The President will conclude his visit on Sunday by giving remarks at the opening of the 8th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.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. President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has hailed former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga as an illustrious leader who “will forever have a secure place in the pantheon of outstanding Caribbean and Jamaican statesmen”. The President, who signed the condolence book for Mr. Seaga at Jamaica House on Saturday (June 15), wrote that the “Jamaican people have lost a great defender and (a) tireless worker”. read more

PHOTOS MOU Signing With Minister Shaw – RADA and CWJCCUL

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw (right), addresses ceremony for the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Community & Workers of Jamaica Co-Operative Credit Union Limited (C&WJCCUL) and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) on Tuesday (June 18). The signing took place at C&WJCCUL’s office in Kingston. This MOU will allow cassava farmers to have easier access to loans from the Credit Union. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw (left), addresses ceremony for the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Community & Workers of Jamaica Co-operative Credit Union Limited (C&WJCCUL) and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) on Tuesday (June 18), at C&WJCCUL’s office in Kingston. This MOU will allow cassava farmers to have easier access to loans from the Credit Union. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw (left), looks on as President, Community & Workers of Jamaica Co-Operative Credit Union Limited (C&WJCCUL), Condell Stephenson, signs a memorandum of understanding with the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) for cassava farmers to have easy access to loans. The signing took place on Tuesday (June 18) at C&WJCCUL’s office in Kingston. read more

Three Police Divisions to Benefit from Major Energy Efficiency Projects

A contract has been signed between the PCJ and Geddes Refrigeration Limited to install air conditioning (AC) solutions at the Mobile Reserve Headquarters in Kingston; the May Pen Division Headquarters in Clarendon; and the National Police College at Twickenham Park in St. Catherine. The signing took place during a ceremony at the PCJ Auditorium in Kingston on Wednesday (June 26). Three divisions of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are to benefit from the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica’s (PCJ) implementation of air conditioning retrofit projects at a cost of $126.5 million.A contract has been signed between the PCJ and Geddes Refrigeration Limited to install air conditioning (AC) solutions at the Mobile Reserve Headquarters in Kingston; the May Pen Division Headquarters in Clarendon; and the National Police College at Twickenham Park in St. Catherine.The signing took place during a ceremony at the PCJ Auditorium in Kingston on Wednesday (June 26).The initiative is being executed through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme.Under the contract, all locations will benefit from the installation of energy efficient air conditioning systems that utilise variable refrigerant flow which regulates airflow in response to building occupancy and conditions.Additionally, the building envelope at the May Pen Divisional Headquarters will be repaired, while inverter mini split AC units will be installed in isolated sections of the Mobile Reserve building.In her remarks, Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams, noted steps being taken by the Administration to heighten public awareness of energy efficiency, as also upgrade inefficient systems across government.“By doing this, we get two benefits – we save, in terms of the cost that we pay for electricity, and it helps us on the path to meeting our agreement that we signed on to with several other countries called the Paris Agreement, where countries came together and decided that they are going to do something to reverse the negative impact we have been having with climate change,” she said.Mrs. Williams contended that “to the extent that our air conditioning units use less energy, it means that we are, even in a small way, contributing to meeting that agreement”.For his part, Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Support Services in the JCF, Warren Clarke, said selection of the primary and secondary training facilities for the installation of energy efficient air conditioning systems “is by no means an accident”.“It is an expression of our commitment to the utilisation of an efficient and effective energy management programme, by creating a culture of efficiency, transparency and accountability in the force,” he stated.Upon completion of the installations, which are scheduled to take 12 months, it is anticipated that there will be an overall reduction in electricity consumption and operating costs at the selected locations.It is projected that electricity usage will be decreased by 63,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year at Mobile Reserve; 60,600 kWh per annum at May Pen Headquarters; and just under 100,800 kWh annually at the National Police College.Other benefits of the interventions include a reduction of greenhouse emissions, as well as improved environmental conditions for staff and other users of the facilities. Story Highlights Three divisions of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are to benefit from the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica’s (PCJ) implementation of air conditioning retrofit projects at a cost of $126.5 million. read more

More Women Encouraged to Pursue STEM Careers

More of the nation’s women and girls are being encouraged to pursue academic studies and careers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Story Highlights Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, made the call at the launch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Women in Engineering Affinity Group, at the University of Technology’s (UTech) Papine Campus in St. Andrew on July 3. More of the nation’s women and girls are being encouraged to pursue academic studies and careers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, made the call at the launch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Women in Engineering Affinity Group, at the University of Technology’s (UTech) Papine Campus in St. Andrew on July 3.She said the Government is on a journey to transform the nation and improve the lives of citizens through science and technology.“Along this journey, we will need engineers, software developers, scientists, cyber specialists, roboticists and a whole host of other professionals, and our women must not feel daunted to join these fields,” she said.Mrs. Williams noted that for many years, men have outnumbered women in STEM, and in many cases, when women enter these fields the attrition rate is high.She said the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has indicated that women are consistently under-represented in engineering and related fields, making up just 19 per cent of engineers in Canada, Germany and the United States.She noted that locally, the number of females enrolled in engineering at the University of the West Indies (UWI) stood at approximately 10 per cent in 2015/16; while approximately 18 per cent were enrolled at UTech for the same period.“We cannot afford to have distinctions between men and women, as we need both males and females in all areas of industry. In the age of the fourth industrial revolution, we can no longer afford disparities between males and females in the STEM fields, whether at the academic or the professional level,” she said.Mrs. Williams said that the time has come to change the narrative and perception surrounding these fields, and engineering in particular.“We must embrace diversity and inclusivity of both sexes if we are to advance as a country in the digital age. Regardless of sex or gender, everyone can contribute greatly towards building this great nation, and thus everyone should have an equal space at the table,” she said.“I believe that our girls and women have a strong place in engineering. I believe that they possess tremendous knowledge that when harnessed, can contribute to building a strong Jamaica,” she added. She said the Government is on a journey to transform the nation and improve the lives of citizens through science and technology. read more

No Tax on Airbnb Operators – Minister Bartlett

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says that the Government has no intention of imposing a tax on persons who are renting out their homes or providing space for travellers who have booked through Airbnb.“I have heard the false reports, especially on social media… [but] nothing could be further from the truth, as we have had no such discussion.“What we have discussed is an administrative charge being levied on Airbnb, which will in no way, shape or form affect what is being paid over by Airbnb to property owners”.Mr. Bartlett, who was speaking to JIS News following a fundraising event at the Jewel Grande Montego Bay Hotel & Spa in Rose Hall, St. James, recently, said that many Jamaicans continue to make a good living from being a part of the Airbnb global network and is encouraging more persons to join the programme.“There have been a lot of success stories going on around the country. It is very heartwarming to see small properties in places like Port Antonio… now getting a new lease on life courtesy of Airbnb,” he said.“What you are finding is that tourism is now actively alive and well in places. All over Jamaica… in Trench Town, in Spanish Town, in Clarendon…the Airbnb fever has caught on,” Mr. Bartlett noted.He added that the programme is also assisting with promoting Jamaica as a destination, pointing to the level of interaction and the friendships being developed between hosts and guests.“This is community tourism at its best. I keep saying everywhere I go that Jamaica’s biggest and most iconic asset is its people, and that is what I am seeing with those who are on the Airbnb programme. They are feeling what it is like to be a part of tourism. Rooms are being added to provide more space, and repeat visitors are coming back in droves,” he said.Airbnb is an online marketplace, which enables people to rent out their properties or spare rooms to guests.In December 2016, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and Airbnb to establish a framework for cooperation to further boost and diversify Jamaica’s tourism product.Minister Bartlett, along with other local officials, subsequently met with the leadership team of Airbnb at the entity’s San Francisco, California, headquarters in August 2017. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says that the Government has no intention of imposing a tax on persons who are renting out their homes or providing space for travellers who have booked through Airbnb. “What we have discussed is an administrative charge being levied on Airbnb, which will in no way, shape or form affect what is being paid over by Airbnb to property owners”. “I have heard the false reports, especially on social media… [but] nothing could be further from the truth, as we have had no such discussion. Story Highlights read more

Factories Corporation to Lead Naggo Head Technology Park Project

Story Highlights The development will be in close proximity to all required infrastructure and amenities. The Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ) will be leading the construction of the Naggo Head Technology Park in St. Catherine.Cabinet, in September 2018, gave approval for a joint venture agreement between the FCJ and China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) for development of the facility on 34 acres of land in Portmore over a period of two years.The development will be in close proximity to all required infrastructure and amenities.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, said that the project will focus on providing ready-made space for business process outsourcing (BPO) and for innovative small businesses.It will also benefit from fiscal incentives under the Special Economic Zones Act, he said, during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 16.He said that the expected investment in the development is US$75 million.Turning to the Kingston Logistics Park (KLP), Minister Vaz said that investors will be able to access space via a range of commercial arrangements aligned to their needs.These include long-term leases to develop their own facilities; leasing turnkey facilities designed according to client requirements; or enter joint venture arrangements with appropriate partners.KLP is to be a marine-based industrial zone that is intended to tap into increased business coming through the expanded Panama Canal.The project has an expected life of 50 years. Cabinet, in September 2018, gave approval for a joint venture agreement between the FCJ and China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) for development of the facility on 34 acres of land in Portmore over a period of two years. The Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ) will be leading the construction of the Naggo Head Technology Park in St. Catherine. read more