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@Eden_RichardsThe Men’s Elite Eight has been blown wide open with three teams sitting equal at the top of the competition standings after two days of competition at the National Touch League in Coffs Harbour. The Queensland Cowboys remain top of the standings on for and against, but the Queensland Titans and the New South Wales Mets are breathing down their necks after going unbeaten on day two. Many thought the Cowboys might go through the tournament unbeaten in their quest to win back-to-back titles, but they suffered a shock defeat early on day two. In the process the Titans reminded everyone that they are the real deal, pulling off a one-touchdown win against the competition favourites in the entertaining Round 4 clash. That 9-8 win has helped the Titans finish the day in 2nd position, just above the New South Wales Mets.These two sides will play each other early on day three, with the winner likely to secure a top-two finish and bragging rights heading into the finals series. The loser will put themselves at risk of missing the finals, with the 4th-placed New South Wales Mavericks and the 5th-placed New South Wales Scorpions both believing they are worthy of a finals appearance. The Mavericks and the Scorpions both sit on 10 competition points but they had mixed days in the Coffs Harbour heat. It was a day of positives for the Mavericks, with the team securing an important win late in the day against the Queensland Broncos, with that win sky-rocketing them into the top four. On the other hand, the Scorpions will be kicking themselves after failing to secure a win on day two. All their hard work on day has now come undone and they can forget about a top-two finish. The Scorpions day two was much like that of the teams below them, with the 6th-placed Broncos and the 7th-placed Alliance both having shockers. In a day of huge importance, the Broncos and the Alliance could only achieve a draw and a loss in their Round 4 and 5 matches. It leaves both sides six points out of the top four and each will need a miracle if they are to make the finals.But things could be worse and this is proven by the struggling New South Wales Rebels. The Rebels are having no luck in this year’s competition, remaining winless at the bottom of the table after five matches. On a more personal note, Cowboy Shaun Francis leads the tournament in touchdowns scored, tallying up 12 to his name. He will look to add to this number tomorrow when the Cowboys kick off the day against the Mavericks at 10:40AM. Related LinksElite 8 Men Day 2
A dreadful 0-0 Premier League draw between Newcastle United and Fulham gave Claudio Ranieri’s bottom-of-the-table side their first clean sheet of the season.Saturday’s match at St James’ Park saw neither side create a clear goalscoring opportunity, with the defensive improvement for Fulham one positive to emerge, after they failed to shut out an opponent over the first 17 games of the campaign.Newcastle continue to struggle at home and in general in front of goal, but do at least extend their advantage over the bottom three to five points after Burnley’s defeat at Arsenal. 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? Against his former club, Aleksandar Mitrovic had an early shot saved by Martin Dubravka, before a Jamaal Lascelles header bounced off the striker at the other end and was hacked away from the line by Denis Odoi.Dubravka gathered Jean Michael Seri’s free-kick towards the end of a drab first half where neither side looked likely to score.Mitrovic sent a poor finish straight at Dubravka just after the restart, while Salomon Rondon had a penalty claim turned down after being bundled over by Alfie Mawson.The first substitution did not come until Rafael Benitez introduced Kenedy with 18 minutes remaining, and the wing-back had another home penalty appeal denied after tussling with Joe Bryan.Fabian Schar then sent a header just over, but Fulham came closest to a late winner as Mitrovic, fed by Aboubakar Kamara, had an effort dramatically blocked by a sliding Lascelles, the visitors’ claims for handball ignored at the end of a second period that saw neither keeper troubled.FULL-TIME Newcastle 0-0 FulhamNothing to separate the sides as Fulham remain rooted to the bottom#NEWFUL pic.twitter.com/J0YxIzajVh— Premier League (@premierleague) December 22, 2018 What does it mean? A result for Fulham to build on While they offered little going forward in this game, Fulham have at least shown earlier in the season that they can be a threat in attack.It is their defensive woes that have cost them up to now, and a first clean sheet will come as a huge boost to Ranieri ahead of the busy festive schedule.Newcastle are the second-lowest scorers in the league with 14 from 18 games, and have only won two of their 10 home matches in the top flight. They are both issues Benitez must address with the help of some much-needed January additions after a game that saw them fail to register an attempt on target.Fulham back three deliversMawson, Odoi and Tim Ream combined to make 20 clearances as they adequately dealt with what was often a direct Newcastle approach, reaching an important defensive milestone in the process. Mawson particularly deserves credit, having battled on to complete the game despite being on the receiving end of an inadvertent punch to the face from his own goalkeeper Sergio Rico in the first half.Poor Perez must do moreAyoze Perez feels it is unfair that he receives criticism from the Newcastle support, but it is hard to argue his case after this game. Despite playing the full 90 minutes, he failed to register a shot on goal or create a single chance for his team-mates.Key Opta Facts- Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has yet to lose a home Premier League game against Fulham (W4 D4), with his teams keeping a clean sheet in each of the last six meetings.- Fulham have kept their first clean sheet in the Premier League in 22 games, since winning 1-0 against Norwich City in April 2014.- Fulham have won just their second away point in their last 12 outings in the Premier League (D2 L10).What’s next?Newcastle have an attractive-looking festive fixture away to league leaders Liverpool on December 26, the same day as Fulham hope to build on this result as they host Wolves. read more
Manchester United cruised to an impressive 5-1 Premier League victory over Cardiff City on Saturday in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first match in charge.Three goals in the first half from Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial and a brace from Jesse Lingard earned all three points at Cardiff City Stadium, with Victor Camaras’ penalty proving little consolation.United stay sixth in the table, but the manner of the performance, as well as the result – the first time the side have scored five times in the league since Alex Ferguson’s final game – will have been a welcome sight for the travelling fans at the end of a week that saw Jose Mourinho’s contentious time in charge come to an end. 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? The new United era got off to a stunning start when Rashford blasted home a free-kick from 30 yards out that left goalkeeper Neil Etheridge rooted to the spot.Almost 81 per cent of possession underlined United’s early control, and the scoreline reflected their dominance when Herrera’s strike looped off Greg Cunningham’s shoulder and into the net 29 minutes in.Cardiff were gifted a lifeline when Camarasa fired high into the net from the spot, but United’s two-goal lead was restored three minutes later, when Martial slotted beneath Etheridge after a sublime one-touch passing move involving Lingard and Paul Pogba, restored to the starting line-up.3 – Man Utd have scored three first half goals in a Premier League away game for the first time since November 2017 v Watford. Reaction. #CARMUN pic.twitter.com/ENU4COALZJ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 22, 2018And any hope of a Cardiff comeback was promptly extinguished 11 minutes into the second half, when Lingard dispatched a confident penalty after he had been bundled to the ground by Sol Bamba.Pogba and Phil Jones were each denied by good Etheridge saves, while David de Gea kept out a good Kenneth Zohore attempt. It was 5-1 when Lingard rounded the keeper and slotted home from Pogba’s pass in the 90th minute to secure a first away league win since November 3 in style and give Solskjaer extra cause for celebration against the club he used the manage. 500/100 – Anthony Martial’s strike vs Cardiff was the 500th goal scored in the Premier League this season, in what was his 100th league game for Man Utd. Milestones. #CARMUN pic.twitter.com/y8fs7lJ9En— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 22, 2018What does it mean? Solskjaer has lifted the gloom’You make me happy, when skies are grey’ goes the song sung in Solskjaer’s honour by United fans, and that certainly seems to be the case at the end of a week that started with Mourinho apparently looking likely to stay in the job.United looked liberated in south Wales, playing expressive, attacking football and scoring the goals to go with it, while much-maligned players like Victor Lindelof seemed to exude confidence.Yes, Cardiff were undeniably poor and, yes, United are still sixth, but this was a match where the manner of the performance was arguably more important for the visitors than the result itself.Lingard given a licence to thrillLingard epitomised the freedom with which United’s attacking players performed. His assist for Martial’s goal and his well-taken penalty were the high points of a display full of verve, and Cardiff never quite got to grips with him.Bumbling Bamba a burdenBamba was dispossessed too easily by Pogba in the build-up to Herrera’s goal, his clumsy foul allowed Lingard to make it 4-1 and he missed a good chance for a goal. It was not his finest outing.Key Opta Facts- Since Alex Ferguson left the club, four of the five different managers to take charge of Manchester United have seen their side score 3+ goals in their first Premier League game (Moyes 4, Mourinho 3, Giggs 4 and Solskjaer 5). – Cardiff manager Neil Warnock suffered his 50th Premier League defeat, in what was his 92nd game in the competition – only Mick McCarthy (79), Danny Wilson (87) and Gary Megson (91) have reached 50 defeats in fewer games managed.- Anthony Martial has been directly involved in 70 goals for Manchester United in all competitions (45 goals, 25 assists); the most of any player for the club since his debut in September 2015.- Manchester United’s third goal against Cardiff – scored by Anthony Martial – was the 500th netted in the Premier League this season. What’s next?Huddersfield Town visit Old Trafford for the first home game of the Solskjaer era, while Cardiff head to Crystal Palace, both on December 26. read more
Franck Ribery scored twice as Bayern Munich ended 2018 by moving into second place in the Bundesliga with a 3-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.On Niko Kovac’s return to his former club, Bayern took the lead midway through the first half when Ribery swept in at the culmination of a slick counter-attack.Bayern could have been ahead earlier on, had Kevin Trapp not pulled off a superb double save to deny Javi Martinez and Thomas Muller, who later hit the woodwork. 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? Robert Lewandowski should have wrapped up the win early in the second half, but his blushes were spared when Ribery scuffed in a second, with Rafinha’s fortuitous effort adding further gloss to a victory that takes Bayern back to within six points of leaders Borussia Dortmund.Danny da Costa and Luka Jovic both went close as Eintracht started well, but the hosts would have been behind had Trapp not followed up a fantastic save from Martinez’s diving header by denying Muller on the rebound.Trapp was beaten in the 35th minute, though. Muller played in Lewandowski, who squared a wonderful reverse pass into the centre of the box, with Ribery on hand to tuck home.3 – @FranckRibery scores in 3 consecutive games in the Bundesliga for the first time since February 2015, after not scoring in his first 11 games in the Bundesliga in this season. Form. @FCBayernEN #SGEFCB — OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) December 22, 2018 Lewandowski almost turned provider again on the stroke of half-time, but Muller could only direct his header onto the bar.Ribery should have had an assist when he teed up Lewandowski, though the striker’s first touch let him down, and that profligacy might have proved costly had Jovic connected with Da Costa’s cross.But any lingering hopes of an Eintracht comeback were ended when Ribery’s mishit clipped in off the woodwork, with Rafinha’s cross-shot then getting the better of Trapp as Bayern cruised to a fifth successive Bundesliga win. What does it mean? Kovac keeps the bragging rights Kovac has now come out as the winning manager in the last three meetings between these sides, once as Eintracht boss in the DFB-Pokal final, and now twice during his time in charge of Bayern.It also means that Bayern ensure that they stay within touching distance of Dortmund heading into the winter break, while Eintracht sit in fifth.Ribery’s scoring run rolls on It took until December 8 for Ribery to open his account for the season, but the winger has not looked back since then, and has now netted four times in his last three Bundesliga appearances.Haller, Jovic left isolated After initially struggling to cope with Eintracht’s high press, Bayern managed to stem the service into the hosts’ forward pair, and neither Sebastien Haller or Jovic had much to go off.Key Opta facts: – Thomas Muller played his 50th competitive game for Bayern in 2018 – no other player made so many appearances for Bayern in all competitions this year.- Franck Ribery scored in his third consecutive Bundesliga game – the last time he achieved this was in February 2015.- Robert Lewandowski had a hand in a goal for Bayern for the 50th time in all competitions in 2018 – tying his personal record for a single calendar year (50 goals scored/assisted in 2017).- Ribery (35 years, 259 days) became the oldest Bayern player ever to score at least two goals in a single Bundesliga game.- Niko Kovac has won five consecutive Bundesliga games for the first time as a coach – he also did not achieved this in his career as a Bayern player.2 – @FranckRibery is the oldest player of @FCBayernEN (35 years, 259 days) to score more than one goal in a Bundesliga game. Grandseigneur. #SGEFCB pic.twitter.com/g2zyFpL2O7— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) December 22, 2018What’s next? With the Bundesliga taking a winter break, Bayern face Fortuna Dusseldorf in a friendly before restarting league duties away at Hoffenheim on January 18. read more
Santos youngster Rodrygo says that comparisons made between his talents and those of Neymar are “idiocy” as the forward prepares for life at Real Madrid.Los Blancos signed the 17-year-old on a six-year deal earlier this year, to take effect from June 2019, tying him to the Champions League holders until 2025.The teenager has struck up a friendship with Brazilian superstar Neymar following his involvement in the Selecao’s youth set-ups, but ahead of his move to La Liga he has played down talk describing him in the same terms as the Paris Saint-Germain star. 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? “Neymar is Neymar and Rodrygo is Rodrygo,” he was quoted by AS . “What he does, no one else will do the same.“People want to compare us and there is no comparison. Neymar is 26 years old and has won everything.“He won the Copa Libertadores, the Olympic Games, the Champions League. I am in my first year as a professional.“It is idiocy. He’s one of my idols, but we cannot compare.”Neymar won the Copa Libertadores with Santos, where he started his career like Rodrygo, in 2011 before making the switch to Barcelona.With the Catalan club, he was a two-time La Liga winner and three-time holder of the Copa del Rey, as well as claiming Champions League and Club World Cup honours in 2015.At PSG, he also won a domestic treble, picking up medals for Ligue 1, the Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue this year.On the international stage, he won Silver with the Brazilian men’s Olympic football team in London in 2012 and went one better four years later in his home country to take Gold.He also won the Confederations Cup in 2013 and was part of the national side that finished fourth on home soil in the 2014 World Cup, though he endured a mixed campaign in Russia this year as Brazil were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Belgium.Santos struggled this season in the Campeonato Brasileiro, finishing 10th and missing out on qualification to the Copa Libertadores.They will instead play in the Copa Sudamericana next year.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is ready to make a move in the January transfer market if opportunities present themselves.The Reds are four points clear of champions Manchester City at the top of the table and remain unbeaten after 18 Premier League games this term.Nevertheless, with the FA Cup to add to their schedule next month and a blockbuster Champions League showdown against Bayern Munich to come in February, Klopp thinks it would be foolhardy to rule out doing business when the window opens. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “I’m very happy with what I have got and what I have but we don’t know,” he told a news conference ahead of Newcastle United’s Boxing Day visit to Anfield.”That’s the only little bit where I keep the door open. If something happens we need to have a look”There are a monstrous number of game coming and it’s really important that we can react.”A long as we can react, then all good. If something dramatically changes we need to have a look”If nothing happens we will not do anything.”Klopp’s most recent example of January business certainly adds weight to the argument of strengthening mid-season.Virgil van Dijk has performed superbly since joining for £75 million ($95m) from Southampton a year ago, marshalling a defence that has only been breached seven times in the Premier League this season.”He’s very, very, very influential. I’m happy,” said Klopp.”When I met him first I thought I knew about his personality, you feel something about that. I was pretty sure he would be like he is.”On the pitch after the Tottenham game last October [a 4-1 defeat at Wembley] – after that [and] before Virg came in, we started already defending much better.”Then Virg came in on top and that helped, of course.”I have no problem with giving all the compliments and all the credit to the boys.”I know the game doesn’t work like that – you bring in one player, it doesn’t improve unless the rest do as well.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
India vs New Zealand: Krunal Pandya elated after 2nd man-of-the-match award in 8 T20IsIndia vs New Zealand: Krunal Pandya was adjudged man-of-the-match for his three-wicket haul in the second T20I between India and New Zealand at Eden Park on Friday. Brief scores – India (162/3) beat New Zealand (158/8) by 7 wickets to level 3-match series 1-1. Rohit (50), Pant (40*), Dhawan (30).advertisement Rohan Sen AucklandFebruary 8, 2019UPDATED: February 8, 2019 15:27 IST India vs New Zealand, 2nd T20I in Auckland: Krunal Pandya picked up his second man-of-the-match award in T20Is (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia (162/3) beat New Zealand (158/8) by 7 wickets to level 3-match series 1-1Krunal Pandya registered his second-best figures in T20I cricket with 3 wickets for 28 runsIndia’s win was also their first in a T20I match in New ZealandBrief scores – India (162/3) beat New Zealand (158/8) by 7 wickets to level 3-match series 1-1. Rohit (50), Pant (40*), Dhawan (30). ScorecardIndia all-rounder Krunal Pandya proved that he is a quick learner as he turned his performance around in just two days time to return match-winning figures for the team in the second T20 international against New Zealand on Friday.Krunal’s 3 for 28 in four overs helped India register their first win in a T20I match in New Zealand as the hosts were restricted to 158 for 8 which the visitors chased down with ease in 18.5 overs.Krunal was hammered for 37 runs for just 1 wicket in the last match which India lost by a record margin. But the left-arm spinner pulled up his socks and used all his variations to bamboozle the Kiwi batsmen.”It felt really nice to contribute for the team. It’s always special when you contribute to a win. The dimensions are quite different from Wellington, the straight boundaries were short and I had to adjust my length to it. Looking forward to the decider in two days’ time,” Krunal said after receiving his man-of-the-match award.Krunal had picked up two wickets in his very first over of the match as he sent back the dangerous Colin Munro and Daryl Mitchell within four deliveries.The 27-year-old then returned in the next over to snare the wicket of captain Kane Williamson to leave New Zealand tottering at 50 for 4 in 7.5 overs before Colin de Grandhomme made a quickfire 28-ball 50 to rescue the innings..@krunalpandya24 strikes again! The arm ball skids on, Williamson looks to pull through square leg, goes under the bat and he’s in front.New Zealand 50/4 after 8 overs https://t.co/QLAqM4Yzf5 #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/DKmEJ2rgPFadvertisementBCCI (@BCCI) February 8, 2019De Grandhomme and Ross Taylor (42) added 77 runs for the fifth wicket to propel the Black Caps to 158 for 8. Apart from Krunal, Khaleel Ahmed (2/27), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/29) and Hardik Pandya (1/36) were among the wickets for India.In reply the tourists rode on Rohit Sharma’s 29-ball 50 while Rishabh Pant made an unbeaten 40 to chase down the total with 7 wickets and 7 balls to spare. Shikhar Dhawan (30) and MS Dhoni (20 not out) also made significant contributions.India’s win sets up the series nicely as both teams now stand level at one-win each. The third and final match will now be a decider and will be played in Hamilton on February 10 (Sunday).Also Read | Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant power India to their 1st T20I victory in New ZealandAlso Read | We learnt from our mistakes: Rohit Sharma after historic T20I win over New ZealandAlso Read | Rohit Sharma trolled with Mumbai Indians quota jibe, Krunal Pandya responds in styleFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow New Zealand vs IndiaFollow Krunal Pandya
“There is no mining and there is no plan for that. I will be the first to admit that since the Prime Minister clearly told this House about those proposed boundaries, enough communication in a simple and clear manner has not occurred,” Mr. Montague said. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, has informed that there is no mining within the boundaries of the proposed Cockpit Country Protected Area. He was making his contribution in the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 4. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, has informed that there is no mining within the boundaries of the proposed Cockpit Country Protected Area.He was making his contribution in the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 4.“There is no mining and there is no plan for that. I will be the first to admit that since the Prime Minister clearly told this House about those proposed boundaries, enough communication in a simple and clear manner has not occurred,” Mr. Montague said.“The Forestry Department is currently physically marking the boundaries on the ground. They have, so far, hosted four community meetings, but more is needed and more will be held,” he added.The Minister was responding to recent comments in the media that suggested mining is taking place closer and closer to the boundary of the protected area.Mr. Montague said he will continue to facilitate dialogue and has instructed that a strong programme of community engagement be started immediately. Story Highlights
Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 Fax: 902-893-8175 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from Lockhart Mountain Road to Lovett Road will have one-lane closures for widening, traffic lights, sidewalk and repaving until Monday, Dec. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Northwest Arm Drive Northwest Arm Drive at Walter Havill Drive and the Albert Walker Connector intersection will be reduced to one lane for signal upgrades until Friday, Feb. 29, 2008. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport will be reduced to one lane for repairs and replacement of the bridge abutments until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-670-1727 Fax: 902-538-8288 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Burnside Drive Burnside Drive, from Commodore Drive to the ramp at Highway 111 and the eastbound ramp from Highway 111 to Burnside Drive for about one kilometre, will have lane closures at various locations and times for widening, gravelling, signal installation, paving and repaving until Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008. Traffic control consist of cones, barriers, signs and traffic control people. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Some weekend work may be involved. PICTOU COUNTY: MacDonald Bridge MacDonald Bridge about 1.5 kilometres west from Exit 29 on Trunk 4, will have one-lane closures for timber bridge rail replacement until Monday, Dec. 24. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signals. A wide-load detour route is marked. PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge on Route 348 near Pictou Landing is open to motorists. A temporary bridge will accommodate one-lane traffic and is controlled by traffic signals. The bridge width restriction is 4.2 metres. Motorists should proceed with caution. KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-0054 -30-
The province is investing $250,000 in a trust fund that will support activities and new projects for La Picasse Community Cultural Centre in Richmond County. Michel Samson, Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie, announced the funding today, March 27, at La Picasse Community Cultural Centre in Petit-de-Grat, on Isle Madame. “La Picasse Community Cultural Centre plays a pivotal role in the preservation and development of the Acadian and francophone community in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Samson. “By supporting the centre, we are making it easier for Acadians to enjoy what their community has to offer for years to come.” The province is matching an investment by the Mouse Island Marine Centre Association, bringing the total to $500,000. The interest from the trust fund will be allocated annually to support La Picasse Community Cultural Centre. La Picasse promotes Acadian culture and the French language through artistic, cultural and educational programming. Its facilities are available for use by the Acadian and Francophone communities. “This investment in the trust fund is a first step toward ensuring that our community can further finance the activities and programs of the community cultural centre,” said Yvon Samson, president of La Picasse. “We will now be able to better operate and support new projects for the Acadian community.” Investment in community and cultural organizations and advancing cultural diversity are vital parts of the province’s recently unveiled culture strategy, Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan. The full plan is online at novascotia.ca/culture/. To learn more about La Picasse Community Cultural Centre, visit www.lapicasse.ca.
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Some federal politicians got a taste of Newfoundland’s storied hospitality when they wandered into the wrong home and were invited to stay for refreshments.Liberal MP Seamus O’Regan says a handful of cabinet ministers were heading to his home in St. John’s earlier this week.They were in the city for a cabinet retreat with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.O’Regan told a crowd at Memorial University that the ministers were heading to his home when they saw a house with people gathered inside and let themselves in, assuming it was O’Regan’s.It wasn’t.The jig was up when someone at the house spotted a high-profile minister across the room.“One of them recognized the minister of national defence, Harjit Sajjan, and went ‘Oooohhhh,’” O’Regan said, pointing his finger mimicking the house guest.“And Harjit went, ‘This isn’t Seamus’s house’ and they were like, ‘No, no he’s just four houses down the road. Come in — do you want a drink?’”O’Regan said the surprised homeowners gave the ministers his address and also a sense of what life is like in the province.“They were floored. You know, I had all these grand designs and places I wanted to take them in order for them to have a feel of what it is to live in Newfoundland and Labrador and they got it! They all walked in and they just got it.”(VOCM)
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Residents of Tivoli Gardens in West Kingston turned out today (June 10), to pay their respects to the former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, at the Lying-in-State of his body at the Tivoli Gardens Community Centre.The former Prime Minister, who died on May 28, represented them as Member of Parliament from 1962 to 2005.Mourners, some of whom were decked in full black, flooded the entrance of the Centre with the hope of glimpsing the closed casket with the remains of Jamaica’s fifth Prime Minister, and his medals that were on display.Delores Williams, one of the mourners, told JIS News that she came to pay her respects because Mr. Seaga helped to make life better for persons living in the inner-city communities of West Kingston, and started revivalism.“When I was a young girl, Mr. Seaga came to Salt Lane [where I lived] and started revivalism. Mr. Seaga is a legend. He has done so much for me. As a young girl, Mr. Seaga taught me that he can help me to get a job, but he can’t help me to keep it,” Ms. Williams said.She added that Mr. Seaga ensured her family received a house in Tivoli Gardens, which not only provided shelter but a safe space for her family, which consisted only of females at that time.Another West Kingston resident, Joan Williams, said she will always remember Mr. Seaga for the assistance he gave residents to find jobs decades ago.“When we could not get jobs, because our résumés had ‘Tivoli’, Mr. Seaga built factories for us to work in and Garmex HEART Academy on Marcus Garvey Drive,” Ms. Williams said.“Mr. Seaga also gave my family our first house in Tivoli Gardens. Mr. Seaga was not born here, but he did great things for Jamaica. Mr. Seaga built Jamaica. He is a legend,” she added.Marcia King, a resident of Tivoli Gardens, recalled Mr. Seaga as a man of passion. “He was a caring man. He was concerned about people. There was nothing too hard for him that you could not go to him and talk about. Mr. Seaga was a legend to West Kingston. We will always remember him,” he said.Antonio Daley said he is pleased with the way in which Mr. Seaga led the nation when he served not only as Member of Parliament but as Prime Minister.“As a young man growing up in Jamaica, Mr. Seaga has always been the leader that I adore. When I look at his history, of how he has transformed this area [Tivoli Gardens] into what it is today’ plenty respect goes out to the man. I strongly believe that Mr. Seaga truly loved the people of Jamaica,” Mr. Daley said.Keisha Simms said Mr. Seaga helped her through some hard times in her life.“I loved Mr. Seaga so dearly. When my mother died, he was there for us. He never leave us. He was there, and I am here to pay my last respects to him,” she said.Another resident from Tivoli Gardens, Karen Linton, who was emotionally distressed because of the loss, said Mr. Seaga “did great things for the community of Tivoli Gardens”.“He made the community what it is right now. He will be really missed, truly missed,” she said.Present to comfort mourners and to also pay his last respects, was Chaplain for the West Kingston constituency, Minister Shemar Miller, who recalled Mr. Seaga as a very distinguished man.“Mr. Seaga was very influential to this community [of West Kingston]. In the future, I want to be like Mr. Seaga, based on his outstanding contribution to nation building,” he said.Mr. Seaga’s legacy in shaping the country’s political history began at age 29, when in 1959, founder of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), Sir Alexander Bustamante, nominated him to serve in the Upper House of Parliament – the Legislative Council (later the Senate). Mr. Seaga was the youngest member to be appointed to serve in this capacity.After winning his seat as MP in 1962, Mr. Seaga was appointed to the Cabinet as Minister of Development and Welfare. Following the 1967 General Election, he was appointed Minister of Finance and Planning and in 1974 became the Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), a capacity in which he served for 30 years.Mr. Seaga became Prime Minister following the General Election of October 30, 1980. The JLP again took the helm of Government at the 1983 General Election and Mr. Seaga remained Prime Minister until February 1989.During the course of his political life, Mr. Seaga made a significant impact on Jamaica’s growth and development through the introduction of various programmes and the establishment of institutions across the social, cultural, political and financial sectors.Starting from as early as 1961 with Things Jamaican, Mr. Seaga also established the Jamaica Festival Movement, and spearheaded the repatriation of Marcus Garvey and his appointment as the country’s first National Hero.The former Prime Minister also created the training institution, HEART Trust/NTA; and established the Urban Development Corporation, Jamaica Stock Exchange and Jamaica Unit Trust.Also to his credit is the creation of the Jamaica Mortgage Bank; Students’ Loan Bureau; National Development Bank; Agricultural Credit Bank; Jamaica National Investment Promotion Ltd., now Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO); and the EXIM Bank.His interventions to enhance the lives of the most vulnerable were perhaps the areas in which Mr. Seaga made the most resounding impact.In the 1960s, Mr. Seaga transformed his West Kingston constituency, then known as ‘Back-O-Wall’ into a modern, low-income residential community. It was renamed Tivoli Gardens and remains a model of successful urban community development. The former Prime Minister, who died on May 28, represented them as Member of Parliament from 1962 to 2005. Mourners, some of whom were decked in full black, flooded the entrance of the Centre with the hope of glimpsing the closed casket with the remains of Jamaica’s fifth Prime Minister, and his medals that were on display. Residents of Tivoli Gardens in West Kingston turned out today (June 10), to pay their respects to the former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, at the Lying-in-State of his body at the Tivoli Gardens Community Centre. Story Highlights
At the official launch of the North East Chapter, which serves the parishes of St. Ann, Portland and St. Mary, on June 7, Mrs. Lowrie-Chin said that one of the CCRP’s main goals is to see to the continued holistic development of its members by ensuring that they live ‘life to the fullest’, as stated by the organisation’s motto. Story Highlights Founded in 2010 by Communications Consultant and Seniors Advocate, Jean Lowrie-Chin, the CCRP, in addition to its head office in Kingston, now has chapters in Mandeville for Central Jamaica; Montego Bay for Western Jamaica, and more recently the North East Chapter, which is based in Ocho Rios. With over 50 per cent of Jamaica’s elderly (60 years and older) said to be either alone, single or widowed, the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) has been forming chapters islandwide to offer both social and emotional support. With over 50 per cent of Jamaica’s elderly (60 years and older) said to be either alone, single or widowed, the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) has been forming chapters islandwide to offer both social and emotional support.Founded in 2010 by Communications Consultant and Seniors Advocate, Jean Lowrie-Chin, the CCRP, in addition to its head office in Kingston, now has chapters in Mandeville for Central Jamaica; Montego Bay for Western Jamaica, and more recently the North East Chapter, which is based in Ocho Rios.At the official launch of the North East Chapter, which serves the parishes of St. Ann, Portland and St. Mary, on June 7, Mrs. Lowrie-Chin said that one of the CCRP’s main goals is to see to the continued holistic development of its members by ensuring that they live ‘life to the fullest’, as stated by the organisation’s motto.“Another goal is to encourage and support the rights and welfare of retired persons. It is a commonly appreciated fact that ageing is likely to be accompanied by challenges to health and well-being, at the same time that the capacity to earn an income is either decreasing or disappearing,” Mrs. Lowrie-Chin pointed out.“The only criterion for becoming a member of the CCRP is age. You have to be 50 years or older to belong to this community. What this means is that some 400,000 Jamaicans are eligible to be members and could benefit from the growing range of services offered by the organisation,” she added.Mrs. Lowrie-Chin said that members of the CCRP are entitled to a number of benefits, including discounts at some stores, eligibility for enrolment in a group medical health insurance and professional networking opportunities.“The three major benefits which the CCRP offers its members are geared to address these realities: first, medical insurance to provide some security against serious illness; second, discounts on goods and services to provide some economic relief through negotiated concessions from ‘discount partners’; and third, a Caring Committee to offer compassion and emotional support to members in times of distress,” she noted.Also provided is the emotional and psychological support offered to members by the CCRP’s Caring Committee.The mandate of the Caring Committee is to provide direct support, care and attention to members who, for reasons of ill health, loss of family members, loneliness or other unusually stressful situations, require special attention.“New partners are continually being added to increase the benefit of belonging to this growing community,” Mrs. Lowrie-Chin said.For her part, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, said the CCRP should be lauded for its role in providing a platform for senior citizens and to ensure that “life doesn’t end” at retirement.The Minister said she is also appealing to all well-thinking Jamaicans to protect the elderly and be appreciative of the sacrifices they have made to nation building and where many of them “have put service before self”.“I am calling on Jamaicans to report incidents of abuse of senior citizens to the police and also the National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC). I am also encouraging our senior citizens, 60 years or older, to register with the NCSC,” she urged.
School administrators and parents were provided with the grade six results on June 21. Story Highlights Principal of the Corinaldi Avenue Primary in Montego Bay, June Neil-Anderson, tells JIS News that she is pleased with the performance of the students, noting that the hard work put into preparing them was not in vain. Several primary schools in St. James and Hanover are reporting favourable results for the first sitting of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP). Several primary schools in St. James and Hanover are reporting favourable results for the first sitting of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP).School administrators and parents were provided with the grade six results on June 21.Principal of the Corinaldi Avenue Primary in Montego Bay, June Neil-Anderson, tells JIS News that she is pleased with the performance of the students, noting that the hard work put into preparing them was not in vain.She says that despite the anxiety going into the exams, most of the 262 students secured a place at a traditional high school in western Jamaica.“Our (grade six) teachers have worked tirelessly… They collaborated, they challenged each other, they split up their (lessons)… so that’s how they worked,” she notes.“I am very pleased with what I have seen. A great number of our students fall in the highly proficient category,” she adds.In the meantime, Principal of the Barracks Road Primary School in Montego Bay, Maxine Coates-Brown, says there was a jubilant atmosphere at the institution.“The results caused a pandemonium at the school and everybody was happy because a lot of our children did extremely well. They got their first or second choice in terms of school placement and based on that, they were really elated,” she says.She notes that parents lauded the teachers for their dedication in preparing the 247 students for the examination.“Parents are really pleased that we have worked with their children and they commended us for our efforts,” she notes.Mrs. Coates-Brown tells JIS News that seven students were highly proficient in all the subject areas, with the top boy having a placement score of 346.3 and the top girl having a placement score of 350.2.“We have two students who scored 100 per cent in the Ability Test,” she adds.Over in Hanover, Principal of Lucea Primary, Yasmin Anderson-Jackson, says that students performed “exceptionally well” despite the anxiety surrounding the sitting of the exams.“This year was so different, you don’t see the crying and so on. Most of them were happy with their placement. Overall, I think the school did well. We sent up 133 students and just a few of them were placed in pathway three (developing),” she tells JIS News.“I am satisfied with the performance of the teachers as well as the students but we know that we have to step up our game. We have room for improvement,” she notes.Principal of Green Island Primary in Hanover, Vaccianna Moseley, is also expressing pleasure at the performance of the 75 students at the institution, who sat the examination.He says there was a celebratory atmosphere at the school when the results were released.“We celebrate the placement of every child. The bottom line is everybody’s ability is not the same. Overall, the atmosphere is good, the teachers are excited. We are pleased with the results. It reflected, to a large extent, what we were expecting,” he tells JIS News.Grade six student at Green Island Primary, Damarle Mico, who copped a spot at his school of choice, Munro College in St. Elizabeth, tells JIS News that he studied hard for PEP, with the help of his teacher and parents.Top-Performing students in the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) examinations at the Green Island Primary school in Hanover. “When I was about to do my first exam, I was a little anxious, but as the days went by I kinda built up a little confidence. Friday was the PEP results and I am still happy right now because I got my first choice,” he says.Head girl at the institution, Kemonie Williams, who will be attending The Manning’s School in Westmoreland, says she was pleased with her results.“I studied a lot and I also had some help from my mom, my dad and lots of cousins. I was a little nervous, but I continued believing in myself and continued studying, so I am extremely happy,” Kemonie says.PEP has replaced the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) as the national secondary school entrance test.It is intended to provide a better and more complete profile of students’ academic and critical-thinking capabilities at the end of primary-level education.The grade six students were tested in three stages with a Performance Task Test on March 27 and 28, an Ability Test on February 26; and a Curriculum Based Test on April 16 and 17.Students were placed in four pathways – Highly Proficient, for those students, who demonstrate an advanced level of competence necessary for grade seven; Proficient, demonstrating adequate evidence of the required competence; Developing , showing partial evidence of the required competence; and Beginning, for those students, who demonstrate limited or no evidence of the required competence.
The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is reporting further reduction in the unemployment rate to a new record low of 7.8 per cent. Story Highlights As contained in STATIN’s April 2019 Labour Force Survey, the figure is two percentage points lower than the 9.8 per cent recorded for the corresponding period last year, and 0.2 per cent lower than the out-turn for January. Director General, Carol Coy, said the number of unemployed persons as at April fell by 25,900 or 19.7 per cent to 105,900, relative to 2018. The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is reporting further reduction in the unemployment rate to a new record low of 7.8 per cent.As contained in STATIN’s April 2019 Labour Force Survey, the figure is two percentage points lower than the 9.8 per cent recorded for the corresponding period last year, and 0.2 per cent lower than the out-turn for January.Director General, Carol Coy, said the number of unemployed persons as at April fell by 25,900 or 19.7 per cent to 105,900, relative to 2018.She was speaking at STATIN’s quarterly briefing at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on Wednesday (July 17).Ms. Coy said the male unemployment rate declined by 1.8 percentage points to 5.5 per cent, while the corresponding figure for females fell by 2.1 percentage points to 10.6 per cent.“The number of unemployed males decreased by 13,000 to 39,900 in April 2019. Over the same period, the number of unemployed females was 65,600; this was a decline of 12,900,” the Director General outlined.Additionally, she said the unemployment rate for youth, aged 14 to 24, fell by 6.4 percentage points from 25.9 per cent in April 2018, to 19.5 per cent this year“The unemployment rate for male youth declined by 6.4 percentage points to 14.5 per cent, while the rate for female youth declined by 6.6 percentage points to 25.8 per cent,” Ms. Coy told journalists.She pointed out that the overall employed labour force increased by 29,900 persons or 2.5 per cent to 1,244,500, over the 1,214,600 for April 2018.Ms. Coy further indicated that the number of employed males rose by 18,200 persons to 691,500, while the number of females in jobs increased by 11,700 to 553,000.The total labour force increased to 1,349,900 persons, which is 4,000 more than 2018.In addition, the number of males qualifying for jobs rose by 5,200 persons to 731,400, while the corresponding figure for females decreased by 1,200 to 618,500 in April 2019.Meanwhile, Ms. Coy advised that 736,900 persons were classified as being outside the labour force in April 2019.The number was 4,800 or 0.7 per cent fewer than the out-turn in April 2018, and was predominantly males.
Work on the Ferris to Mackfield roadway in Westmoreland is 98 per cent complete and should be finished ahead of schedule. Story Highlights Community Relations Officer at the National Works Agency (NWA), Western Region, Janel Ricketts, told JIS News that, so far, 12 kilometres of the roadway have been completed and work is in progress on the final section in terms of complete rehabilitation. “We are now in the final stages of the rehabilitation project. This particular stretch of roadway had many corners, so the project sought to eliminate much of those, which involved widening it, and in a lot of instances, realigning those sections,” Ms. Ricketts pointed out. Work on the Ferris to Mackfield roadway in Westmoreland is 98 per cent complete and should be finished ahead of schedule.Community Relations Officer at the National Works Agency (NWA), Western Region, Janel Ricketts, told JIS News that, so far, 12 kilometres of the roadway have been completed and work is in progress on the final section in terms of complete rehabilitation.“We are now in the final stages of the rehabilitation project. This particular stretch of roadway had many corners, so the project sought to eliminate much of those, which involved widening it, and in a lot of instances, realigning those sections,” Ms. Ricketts pointed out.Work on the 18-month project commenced in April 2018 and involves the repair of approximately 13 kilometres of roadway.Ms. Ricketts pointed out that there are also minor drainage works to be completed on the roadway as well as the construction of retaining structures.Meanwhile, Ms. Ricketts told JIS News that the relocation of residents living in the vicinity of the roadway is close to being complete.“For the most part, that (relocation) has been completed, except for one section. We had issues regarding that area, but the majority of that is now behind us in terms of acquiring properties. So, we have cleared the way, and payments are far advanced,” she said.The project is being executed under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP) and is being undertaken by China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC).