Barcelona vs Celta team news: Messi starts

first_imgBarcelona will seek to tighten their grip on first place in the Primera Division on Saturday when they play host to Celta Vigo.The Catalans go into the fixture fresh from thumping away wins against Espanyol (4-0) and Levante (5-0) and having had the rare luxury of a full week to prepare for the fixture.Thereafter, they will have a couple of weeks off before meeting Getafe in La Liga, but in order to enjoy the festive period as fully as possible, they must overcome midtable Celta. 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? Game Barcelona vs Celta Date Saturday, December 22 Time 5:30pm GMT / 12:30pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) . New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be shown on television but can be streamed on Eleven Sports 2. UK TV channel Online stream N/A Eleven Sports 2 Squads & Team News Position Barcelona squad Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Miranda Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, Roberto, Vidal, Denis Suarez, Arthur, Alena Forwards Messi, Luis Suarez, Coutinho, Dembele, Munir Thomas Vermaelen suffered a fresh injury setback this week while Samuel Umtiti is still sidelined. On the plus side, Nelson Semedo is fit and gets a starting berth.Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal; Messi, L. Suarez, Dembele.Subs: Cillessen, Alena, Brandariz, Coutinho, Miranda, Arthur, D. Suarez. Position Celta squad Goalkeepers Ruben Blanco, Alvarez Defenders Araujo, Costas, Roncaglia, Cabral, Alonso, Mazan, Mallo, Vazquez Midfielders Lobotka, Yokuslu, Radoja, Beltran, Jensen, Sanchez, Mendez, Boufal Forwards Sisto, Mor, Hjulsager, Gomez, Aspas, Eckert Celta have a full squad available for this encounter with the exception of the suspended left-back David Junca. Celta starting XI: Ruben Blanco; Mallo, Araujo, Costas, Mazan; Mendez, Yokuslu, Jozabed, Boufal; Aspas, Gomez.Subs: Alvarez, Beltran, Cabral, Hjulsager, Lobotka, Sisto, Kevin.Betting & Match Odds Barcelona have been made hot 1/8 favourites with bet365. A draw is priced at 8/1 while a Celta win is a long shot at 20/1.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more .Match Preview Lionel Messi Barcelona 2018-19They may have one last outing of 2018, but Barcelona’s thoughts are already drifting towards the future.On Thursday, it was confirmed that they will sign Jeison Murillo on loan from Valencia in the January transfer window to reinforce their defence, while the Camp Nou side have also been tipped to pounce for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot.Barca have kept three successive cleansheets in the Primera Division, but the spine of their squad remains paper thin and needs reinforcing.At the other end of the pitch, though, Lionel Messi continues on his merry way, having shone once again last weekend in a 5-0 destruction of Levante. The Argentine’s hat-trick carried him over the 50-goal barrier for 2018 – a figure he has achieved in eight of the last nine years – and means he has won more top-flight matches than any other player in the club’s history.“I don’t know how to label him. I don’t know how to answer the most repeated question,” head coach Ernesto Valverde said, clearly having run out of superlatives for the South American, who finished only fifth in the recent the 2018 Ballon d’Or voting.“He’s the one who makes us play, who gives us amazing goals … we just have to enjoy him.”Indeed, so prolific has Messi been alongside strike partner Luis Suarez, the duo have accumulated more goals than both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid this season.Celta’s task is to somehow find a way of halting this juggernaut, but the Galicians are confident.“The game comes at a good time because we’re in the middle of a good run of results and play, despite the recent draw against Leganes,” midfielder Jozabed Sanchez said. “Additionally, in recent years we’ve been able to make things difficult for them.”Celta may be undefeated in their last three league matches, but the likes of Huesca, Villarreal and Leganes do not measure up to the size and quality of Barca. Indeed, the last time Celta faced one of the league’s big guns, they went down 4-2 to Real Madrid at home. Barcelona, therefore, remain hot favourites – particularly with Messi in such fantastic form.last_img read more

Madrid create history with latest Club World Cup win

first_imgFor the fourth time in five years, Real Madrid have claimed the FIFA Club World Cup and in doing so both made history and claimed bragging rights over their rivals Barcelona.Luka Modric opened the scoring for the European Champions against Al Ain in the final, scoring his first-ever goal for the club in a tournament final to round out his spectacular 2018.Marcos Llorente delivered his first-ever professional goal for the club to double their advantage while Sergio Ramos also found the back of the net for Madrid to make it 3-0. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Tsukasa Shiotani scored late to get Al Ain back to 3-1 down, but an own goal by Yahia Nader sealed the 4-1 victory for Madrid.Last May, Madrid became the first team to claim three consecutive modern-day Champions League crowns and now they have gone on to become the first ever to claim three straight Club World Cup or Intercontinental Cup.The victory also saw the club become the first to take home four Club World Cup titles, breaking the tie between themselves and their La Liga rivals Barcelona.Barcelona had won in 2009, 2011 and 2015, while Madrid’s first Club World Cup crown did not come until 2014, but they have now won the last three.It continues an incredible run by Madrid in the competition, as they are now unbeaten in their 12 games in the competition, winning the last eight outscoring their opposition 22-5.4 – Real Madrid have won the FIFA Club World Cup four times (2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018), becoming the team with the most titles won, surpassing Barcelona (2009, 2011 and 2015). King. pic.twitter.com/SWJ8IiPrgq— OptaJose (@OptaJose) 22 de diciembre de 2018The trophy is the first silverware won by manager Santiago Solari, who replaced Julen Lopetegui at the helm in November.Solari became the first Argentinian manager to win the tournament, with the previous five who managed a final, all in charge of South American sides, having lost.It was also a good night for Ramos, who, along with Marcelo, pulled into third all-time in Madrid history with 20 titles won, behind Gento and Sanchis.And despite being a defender, Ramos became the third player to score in three Club World Cup finals – something previously only done by Lionel Messi and the Madrid captain’s former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.last_img read more

‘Just be Man United’ – Solskjaer reveals Rooney advice

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer told his players to “be Manchester United” before their rousing 5-1 win against Cardiff on Saturday.Jesse Lingard scored twice to add to goals from Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial at the Cardiff City Stadium as United put on an electrifying performance to blow away the cobwebs that had collected during the final sorry weeks of Jose Mourinho’s reign.Caretaker boss Solskjaer, installed until the end of the season after the Portuguese was sacked on Tuesday, restored Paul Pogba to the starting line-up after the World Cup winner was left out of Mourinho’s team for last weekend’s 3-1 capitulation to Liverpool, and he wasted little time in re-finding the form that once made him the most expensive player in world football. 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 the Norwegian revealed after the game that he has received advice from United’s record goal-scorer Wayne Rooney on how to re-ignite the attacking energy that been lost under the Portuguese.“Football is easy if you’ve got good players,” Solskjaer told BT Sport . “They are a great bunch of players and their quality is unbelievable.”I arrived on Wednesday night and only had Thursday and Friday with the players. Wayne Rooney texted me and gave me some advice – so it must be down to him! He told me to make them play football, enjoy themselves and be Manchester United.”United impressed on all fronts going forward, and their dominance was threatened only briefly when Victor Camasara’s penalty pegged them back to 2-1 midway through the first half.It was in stark contrast to the lifelessness of the team’s final performances under Mourinho – United had gone into the game with the fewest goals scored of any side in the top six and more goals conceded than 15th-place Newcastle.”We had a session yesterday about patterns of play and we wanted Ashley Young and Luke Shaw to push on more,” said Solskjaer. “It worked out well today.”Your work-rate is the easiest thing to work on. It is free. It is the attitude and application of the boys.”If we approach all the games like this – and we want them to approach them all like this – with combination play and playing the ball forward then I’ll be happy.”The foundation was in the defending today. I thought the two centre-backs and two full-backs were brilliant today.”last_img read more

Nainggolan suspended by Inter for ‘disciplinary reasons’

first_imgRadja Nainggolan has been suspended by Inter for “disciplinary reasons”, the Serie A club announced on Sunday.The Belgian midfielder only joined Inter in June from Roma in a deal reported to be worth €38 million (£34m/$43) plus Nicolo Zaniolo, though he has failed to live up to expectations.Nainggolan has scored two goals in 11 Serie A outings, with Inter currently sitting third in the table. 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? But he looks unlikely to feature in their next few games following Inter’s shock announcement that he will be barred from “football activity”.Inter’s statement read: “Inter can confirm that Radja Nainggolan has been temporarily suspended from football activity for disciplinary reasons.”FC Internazionale Milano statementhttps://t.co/DlYdH0cZg4 #FCIM — Inter (@Inter_en) December 23, 2018 The news comes at the end of a difficult week for the combative midfielder, as it was reported on Thursday that a gang had been falsifying his cheques and managed to rob him of approximately €150,000.According to reports, an investigation into the crime is then claimed to have found Nainggolan suffered significant losses at a casino.Inter have not stated the reasons for Nainggolan’s suspension, but he has long been seen as a contentious figure in Italian football.The extravagant character referred to himself as “normal” rather than a “bad boy” in an interview last month, though he has often attracted criticism for smoking, partying and drinking.He was left out of Belgium’s World Cup squad as he failed to convince Roberto Martinez he was worthy of a place, with the pair having had a rocky relationship during the Spaniard’s time in charge.Reports in the Italian media suggest Nainggolan’s punishment is for arriving late to training.last_img read more

Southgate dismisses club rumours

first_imgGareth Southgate insists he has had no offers to leave England and return to club management.The 48-year-old enjoyed a memorable 2018, leading the Three Lions to the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time since 1990 before sealing a spot in the inaugural Nations League Finals, being held next year.Those achievements saw him awarded the BBC Sports Personality Coach of the Year prize earlier this month. 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? Southgate’s efforts saw him linked as a possible long-term replacement for Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer only in charge of the Red Devils on a caretaker basis.However, the former Middlesbrough manager, who signed a new four-year deal with England in October, has not been given any reason to quit his post with the national team.”I think at the moment that’s very easy: I don’t have anything to consider,” he told Sky Sports when asked about possible interest from club teams. “We’ve just had our best year in about the last 28 years, we’re in another semi-final next summer and I signed a new contract three months ago.”I’m incredibly proud to be the England manager and I’ve the opportunity to lead England into a European Championship where so many of the matches are at Wembley, so for me it’s a very simple situation at the moment.”Cheeky flicks Free-kicks Long-rangers Back-heeled lobs Watch the best #YoungLions goals from 2018: https://t.co/WAl8eN0wX6 pic.twitter.com/tydgJsfDat— England (@England) December 21, 2018last_img read more

Sanko Line Confirms Kamsarmax Order at Compatriot Yard

first_imgJapan’s shipping company Sanko Line has confirmed it placed an order for a Kamsarmax bulk carrier at a compatriot shipyard.The deal for the scrubber-fitted unit was signed with Tsuneishi Shipbuilding in early April.Data provided by Asiasis shows that the new vessel, featuring 82,000 dwt, is scheduled for delivery to its owner in the fourth quarter of 2020.The shipping firm did not unveil any further details related to the construction contract.Sanko Line currently owns three Liberia-flagged bulkers, namely the 2012-built Sanko Fortune, the 2006-built Ocean Wind and the 2005-built Euro Fortune, the company noted on its website.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

Tour Helps Chefs Source Local Foods

first_imgTours of some of Nova Scotia’s top food producers will help 20 chefs have a better idea of the quality, fresh products they offer. The chefs will spend a day exploring farms and facilities on the Get Close to Your Food tours, Oct. 19 and 26. The chefs will learn first-hand about the local, flavour-packed products they can use in their dishes. “It is important for chefs to be familiar with the ingredients available to them and to appreciate the unique and quality products that are produced here in Nova Scotia,” said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. “By using local products, chefs can offer their customers flavourable meals while supporting a sustainable food system.” In conjunction with the tour, the departments of Agriculture and Fisheries and Aquaculture have produced a new publication. Local and Direct — A Chef’s Guide to Buying Local will help chefs get in touch with local producers and become familiar with the seasonal availability of local ingredients. The tour will take chefs to farms and facilities of companies in the guide. “Local products are the freshest choice, and they deliver amazing flavour,” said Michael Howell, owner of Tempest Restaurant in Wolfville. “Nova Scotia has such a diverse food industry of farmers, fishermen and producers selling meats, dairy, product, seafood and beverages.”last_img read more

Wynne continues to campaign hard despite predicting loss in Ontario election

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne switched gears Sunday, from pushing for her party to be re-elected to instead using the last few days of the election campaign to try to save what Liberal seats she can.Wynne admitted Saturday that her party won’t form government after Thursday’s election, but pleaded with voters to at least elect some Liberals. She warned about what an NDP or Progressive Conservative majority government would bring, and pitched votes for the Liberals as a way to keep either of those parties in check.Standing behind a sign reading simply, “Vote Liberal,” instead of her usual sign with her campaign slogan of “Care Over Cuts,” Wynne said it’s important to return as many Liberals as possible to the legislature to avoid having a majority government.The Liberals under Wynne won a majority in 2014.“I know that there are people who are trying to decide how to vote on June 7 and they are worried about a majority (Progressive Conservative) Doug Ford government,” Wynne said.“They are worried about a majority NDP government, and they want to know what it would mean to cast their vote for Liberal and what I’m saying is, ‘Yeah, it looks like I’m not going to be the premier. It looks like we’re not going to have a Liberal government. But you better believe having more Liberals at Queen’s Park to fend off whatever extreme policies a Doug Ford or an NDP government would bring forward, that’s important.”Wynne began her day today in Richmond Hill, Ont., where she is trying to help Liberal Reza Moridi get re-elected, and was also campaigning in Scarborough North, Toronto-St. Paul’s, and her own riding of Don Valley West.But NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said Sunday that she would not accept help from the Liberals to prop up an NDP government.“People have rejected Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals,” she said after a rally in downtown Toronto. “It is apparent. Even Kathleen Wynne is not supporting Kathleen Wynne this time around by the looks of it.”Liberals say that now their focus is on trying to maintain official party status in the legislature, which requires at least eight seats. A Liberal source told The Canadian Press about a dozen ridings in which the party thinks they have a reasonable shot at winning, but Wynne’s own riding was not among them.On Sunday, Wynne said she is still pushing to represent her riding again.“I’m running hard in my own riding, Don Valley West, because I want to go back to Queen’s Park to continue to work for you, bringing our Liberal values to Queen’s Park,” she said.Ford, meanwhile, was campaigning in Kingston, focusing his attacks on the NDP.He said they would drive Ontario deeper into debt, but when asked if he had a plan to pay down Ontario’s more than $300-billion debt, Ford promised to find efficiencies of four per cent in the provincial budget.Ford has said a Tory government would run deficits for the first two or three years, but his plan doesn’t spell out the size of those deficits, a path to balance or a way to start paying down the debt.“We’re going to bring an outside auditing firm in to go line item by line item to drive efficiencies,” Ford said.Ford was also asked by a reporter for the Queen’s University student newspaper if he had a plan to address tuition fees. Ford responded by saying he had met with 40 Queen’s students and their biggest concern was the job market.— with files from Salmaan Farooqui in Kingstonlast_img read more

PHOTOS President AkufoAddo Pays Tribute to Marcus Garvey

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange (left) along with President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (right) pay tribute to Jamaica’s first National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Marcus Garvey, at National Heroes Park in Kingston on June 16. The President is on a two-day official working visit to Jamaica. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange (right) greets President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (right) before paying tribute to Jamaica’s first National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Marcus Garvey, at National Heroes Park in Kingston on June 16. The President is on a two-day official working visit to Jamaica.

Neville Ying Recognised for Contribution to Diaspora Movement

Story Highlights During his almost 10 years as the head of the Diaspora Institute, Professor Ying was responsible for the development and execution of strategic initiatives for engaging and empowering members of the Jamaican Diaspora worldwide to maximise their contributions to the economic and social development of Jamaica. Former Executive Director of the Jamaica Diaspora Institute, Professor Neville Ying, has been recognised for his dedicated service to establishing links between Jamaica and its diaspora community. Professor Ying was presented with the inaugural Jamaica Diaspora and Friends Excellence Award during the opening ceremony for the eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Sunday (June 16). Former Executive Director of the Jamaica Diaspora Institute, Professor Neville Ying, has been recognised for his dedicated service to establishing links between Jamaica and its diaspora community.Professor Ying was presented with the inaugural Jamaica Diaspora and Friends Excellence Award during the opening ceremony for the eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Sunday (June 16).During his almost 10 years as the head of the Diaspora Institute, Professor Ying was responsible for the development and execution of strategic initiatives for engaging and empowering members of the Jamaican Diaspora worldwide to maximise their contributions to the economic and social development of Jamaica.In his response, Professor Ying, who is also Pro-Chancellor for The Mico University College, thanked the members of the diaspora for their partnership in advancing the development agenda.“The diaspora is a wonderful group. I have had the opportunity of working with them through the help of our legacy partners (of the Diaspora Conference). I have been all over the world with them… and it has been a wonderful experience,” he said.He expressed gratitude to the legacy partners – Jamaica National Group, Victoria Mutual Group, GraceKennedy Limited, J. Wray and Nephew Limited.The conference, which is under way at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston, is being hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade under the theme ‘Jamaica and the Diaspora: Building Pathways for Sustainable Development’.This year’s staging will target expanding avenues for the diaspora and Jamaica to work together to prepare effectively for the future within the context of achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which incorporate the core goals of the Vision 2030 National Development Plan.The focal areas for dialogue, as well as the expected outcomes of the conference, take into consideration important global trends and their impact on the future marketplace and the workplace as well as critical Jamaica-Diaspora partnerships.The conference concludes on Thursday (June 20). read more

SRHA Saves Over 10 Million by Retrofitting Ambulances

Story Highlights Each vehicle is equipped with heart monitor, stainless steel hand-wash sink with soap dispenser, suction machines, ECG machine, stainless steel dustbin, fog lamps, emergency lights, double nurses’ seats, fire extinguisher, oxygen, bench, stretcher, storage area, non-stick flooring, inverter, plus cupboards to store vital medical equipment, and dashcam. The Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), has converted three new buses into ambulances, realising savings of over $10 million. The new units bring to 14, the number of ambulances serving the health region. The Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), has converted three new buses into ambulances, realising savings of over $10 million.The new units bring to 14, the number of ambulances serving the health region.Each vehicle is equipped with heart monitor, stainless steel hand-wash sink with soap dispenser, suction machines, ECG machine, stainless steel dustbin, fog lamps, emergency lights, double nurses’ seats, fire extinguisher, oxygen, bench, stretcher, storage area, non-stick flooring, inverter, plus cupboards to store vital medical equipment, and dashcam.At the official handover at the Percy Junor Hospital in Manchester on Thursday (June 13), Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, commended the SRHA on the initiative.He also lauded the region’s fleet coordinator, Robert Robinson, who came up with the idea to retrofit three new Toyota buses to fill the need for more ambulances in the region.“Sometimes we ignore the importance of our support staff. They are absolutely fundamental in terms of saving lives. There is no greater manifestation of that than the ambulance driver when it comes to someone who has a traumatic experience, such as motor-vehicle accident, heart attack or stroke, and must be moved from once place to the next in a timely manner,” Dr. Tufton said.Mr. Robinson told JIS News that in 2016, he made the proposal to purchase the new 14-seater Toyota buses and convert them to ambulances as “it would be cheaper”.The overall cost of the three retrofitted ambulances is $30,986,140.29 or $10,328,713.43 each. The current cost of a Toyota ambulance is $14 million.In addition, it takes six months to deliver a new ambulance, but the retrofitted units were completed in six weeks.Mr. Robinson said the retrofitting was done locally, but items such as stretchers, sirens and lights were brought into the island by a supplier.He noted that the dashcam, which is a new feature, acts as a rear-view mirror – a camera for the front as well as a monitoring camera to track the vehicle.The specifications were added after consultation with the primary users of the ambulances, which are expected to give at least 10 good years of service. read more

Young HR Specialist Hails LMIS

One young beneficiary of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Labour Market Information System (LMIS) is hailing the initiative for positioning her for a rewarding career.Daysia-Gay White, who is a graduate of The Mico University College, told JIS News that she was referred to the online employment portal through the Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH). She was placed on PATH while attending the then Trench Town High School.After leaving The Mico, Miss White benefited from training via LMIS, to prepare her for the workplace, before being placed on work/internship at IBEX Global Jamaica, where she is now employed as a human resource (HR) specialist.Miss White, who shared her story with JIS News at the recent launch of the LMIS’s Mobile Application at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, said she is thankful for the opportunity, noting that she plans to do advanced training.She is encouraging others to make use of the facility, noting that “it will place them on the right path”.“The programme (LMIS) has helped me in my holistic development and I am sure that it can help other persons,” she added.Meanwhile, Human Resource Manager at IBEX Global Jamaica, Meisha McDonald, told JIS News that Miss White “has grown tremendously” since she joined the company over two years ago.“From an HR administrator, she is now an HR specialist, and she has been doing tremendously well,” she noted.Miss McDonald said that the LMIS is a “good programme,” and is advising more young people to access the benefits in order to “chart their future.”“Reach out to the Ministry, ask questions and positive things will happen,” she said.To register with the LMIS, persons may visit lmis.gov.jm. or download the mobile application from the Google Play store. The app will soon be available for Apple devices.The objectives of the LMIS are to disseminate labour market intelligence; provide easier access to employment opportunities; provide a wide range of information on past, current and prospective economic conditions and job availability; and facilitate equity in the labour market by providing support and assistance to the unemployed and special groups such as the disabled, aged and youth. Daysia-Gay White, who is a graduate of The Mico University College, told JIS News that she was referred to the online employment portal through the Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH). She was placed on PATH while attending the then Trench Town High School. One young beneficiary of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Labour Market Information System (LMIS) is hailing the initiative for positioning her for a rewarding career. After leaving The Mico, Miss White benefited from training via LMIS, to prepare her for the workplace, before being placed on work/internship at IBEX Global Jamaica, where she is now employed as a human resource (HR) specialist. Story Highlights read more

Jamaica Seeing Record Level of Economic Activity – Dr Clarke

“We have never had unemployment this low where more people are employed today than those who are unemployed,” the Minister pointed out. “The economic activity all around is staggering in its volume. When you go around Jamaica there is evidence of things taking place…; everywhere you go something new is happening. If you haven’t visited an area in three months and you are only just going back there, expect to see something you hadn’t seen in your previous visit,” he said. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says the country is experiencing an unprecedented level of economic activity, with 17 consecutive quarters of growth, and unemployment now at the lowest rate in the nation’s history.“We have never had unemployment this low where more people are employed today than those who are unemployed,” the Minister pointed out.“The economic activity all around is staggering in its volume. When you go around Jamaica there is evidence of things taking place…; everywhere you go something new is happening. If you haven’t visited an area in three months and you are only just going back there, expect to see something you hadn’t seen in your previous visit,” he said.Dr. Clarke was delivering the main address at the fundraising dinner of the East Central St. James Education Fund held recently at the Jewel Grande Montego Bay Hotel & Spa in Rose Hall, St. James.He noted that the lowering of the central bank policy interest rate, which is now less than one per cent, has helped to spur economic activity by making borrowing more attractive.“When you look at where interest rates are… they have been reduced for the 10th consecutive time. What this means is that businesses can borrow at lower and lower rates and where they are comfortable in knowing that the terms are friendly,” he said.Dr. Clarke said that more houses are being built in Jamaica, with the National Housing Trust (NHT) taking the lead in that regard, and young people “are getting in on the act by owning their own homes and paying their mortgages”.“A lot of young persons can now live a more affordable life than their parents could because of the economic opportunities that are there,” he added.Meanwhile, Dr. Clarke said that the policies of the current Administration have opened up the fiscal space to increase investment in development projects.He said that capital expenditure has increased from $30 billion to $72 billion for the period 2015 to 2019.“It is the capital expenditure that allows for the improvement in the standard of living. It is the capital expenditure that leads to the improvement in the delivery of service.“We are allocating $1 billion to the Ministry of National Security for the procurement of 1,000 police vehicles, and we are doing the same in the sum of $3 billion to the Ministry of Health and Wellness in infrastructural work at the Cornwall Regional Hospital,” Dr. Clarke said. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says the country is experiencing an unprecedented level of economic activity, with 17 consecutive quarters of growth, and unemployment now at the lowest rate in the nation’s history. Story Highlights read more

Govt Senator Calls for Consultations on Surrogacy

Story Highlights Senator Morrison said that the psychological impact on the parties involved could lead to mental health challenges, and there are ethical concerns regarding surrogacy, “in so far as it may be pursued for commercial purposes, and not for the development of a family”. She noted that conflicts may arise from transactions concerning surrogacy, which could demand that the matter be resolved in the courts. Surrogacy is an arrangement, often supported by a legal agreement, whereby a woman (the surrogate) agrees to become pregnant and give birth to a child for another person(s) who is or will become the parent(s) of the child. Government Senator, Kerensia Morrison, has called for consultations with relevant stakeholders aimed at crafting an appropriate policy and legislation concerning surrogacy.Surrogacy is an arrangement, often supported by a legal agreement, whereby a woman (the surrogate) agrees to become pregnant and give birth to a child for another person(s) who is or will become the parent(s) of the child.Senator Morrison, who moved a private members’ motion in the Senate on July 26, noted that Jamaica has not yet developed the technical and legal framework to govern surrogacy.She said surrogacy is being practised and marketed in the country, and a number of persons are becoming increasingly interested in pursuing this option for raising families.She noted that conflicts may arise from transactions concerning surrogacy, which could demand that the matter be resolved in the courts.Senator Morrison said that the psychological impact on the parties involved could lead to mental health challenges, and there are ethical concerns regarding surrogacy, “in so far as it may be pursued for commercial purposes, and not for the development of a family”. read more

Wife of Kenyan President Hails Work of Womens Centre

Story Highlights Wife of the President of the Republic of Kenya, Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, has lauded the work of the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF) in helping adolescent mothers to stay in school. Wife of the President of the Republic of Kenya, Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, has lauded the work of the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF) in helping adolescent mothers to stay in school.“This innovative initiative is a sanctuary that has given teenage girls, who would have otherwise dropped out of school, due to early pregnancy, a place to continue their studies, nurture their babies and transform their lives,” she said, during a tour of the centre’s Trafalgar Road location in St. Andrew on Monday (August 5).Mrs. Kenyatta noted that the facility, which started 40 years ago as a response to the high level of teenage pregnancies in Jamaica, has become a national programme, offering quality education, peer to peer learning, reintegration into formal schools, mentoring and uninterrupted learning.“Your investment has changed so many lives,” she said, noting that the institution is a “true model for learning and replication.”Mrs. Kenyatta said she supports initiatives such as the WCJF, which encourages girls to stay in school in order to benefit from uninterrupted education, despite their circumstances.She noted that keeping girls in school directly lowers the rate of maternal mortality and protects them from the new, emerging issues of adolescent HIV infections.She pointed out that in Kenya there are experiences where girls are not given equal chances for education, due to a number of issues such as lack of access (living far from a school); financial limitations of families; and harmful cultural practices such as early marriages and female genital mutilation.“Early pregnancy also poses great challenges to many young girls and we work hard to find practical solutions similar to this programme to ensure that the young teenagers do not drop out of school,” Mrs. Kenyatta said.She noted that communities are encouraged to reintegrate young mothers and send them back to school.Wife of the Governor-General, Her Excellency, the Most Hon. Lady Allen (right), and Wife of the President of the Republic of Kenya, Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta (left), look at babies in the nursery at the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF), during a tour of the facility in St. Andrew on August 5. They are joined by Chairman of the WCJF, Debby Ann Salmon. “This innovative initiative is a sanctuary that has given teenage girls, who would have otherwise dropped out of school, due to early pregnancy, a place to continue their studies, nurture their babies and transform their lives,” she said, during a tour of the centre’s Trafalgar Road location in St. Andrew on Monday (August 5). Mrs. Kenyatta noted that the facility, which started 40 years ago as a response to the high level of teenage pregnancies in Jamaica, has become a national programme, offering quality education, peer to peer learning, reintegration into formal schools, mentoring and uninterrupted learning. For her part, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, said that the WCJF has played a key role in removing the major obstacles that would prevent adolescent mothers from leading successful lives.“It does this by helping them to continue their education, thereby increasing their job prospects and equipping them with the tools to look after their children and to become good parents,” she pointed out.She noted that the facility has, to date, served approximately 46,000 teen mothers, many of whom have successfully completed their secondary education.Meanwhile, Wife of the Governor-General, Her Excellency the Most Hon. Lady Allen, who was also on the tour, encouraged the girls to “put in more work after you leave this facility.”“It is the only way you can (achieve) the greatness that is embedded in you,” she said.The tour formed part of the itinerary of Mrs. Kenyatta and her husband, His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, who arrived in the island earlier in the day for a three-day State Visit.They are expected to depart the island on Wednesday, August 7.The objective of the WCJF is to motivate young mothers to choose education instead of continuous motherhood. read more

Teachers Encouraged to Adopt a Growth Mindset

Story Highlights Interim Dean of Academic Affairs at Broward College in Florida, USA, Dr. Elizabeth Molina, gave the charge while addressing the nation’s educators at the opening ceremony of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) 55th Annual Conference, held at Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa, in St. James, on Monday, August 19. “It is critical for teachers and administrators to adopt a growth mindset by focusing on what they find most difficult and improving that by trying innovative solutions to classroom weaknesses,” Dr. Molina emphasised. Jamaican teachers are being encouraged to adopt a ‘growth mindset’ to further fuel student learning and educational development.Interim Dean of Academic Affairs at Broward College in Florida, USA, Dr. Elizabeth Molina, gave the charge while addressing the nation’s educators at the opening ceremony of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) 55th Annual Conference, held at Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa, in St. James, on Monday, August 19.“It is critical for teachers and administrators to adopt a growth mindset by focusing on what they find most difficult and improving that by trying innovative solutions to classroom weaknesses,” Dr. Molina emphasised.She said educators should be able to look beyond a fixed mindset when teaching and should not be afraid to fail or seek feedback to better understand their room for growth.“Fostering a growth mindset on students is a priority for most educators, but most times teachers themselves operate with a fixed mindset. Just as we teach our students to continuously improve, grow, learn and change, so must we as educators,” Dr. Molina suggested.She also argued that teachers must play a vital role in transforming society towards sustainability that will address current and future challenges, such as “climate change, poverty, students need, knowledge and skills.”Dr. Molina indicated that integrating education for sustainable development into the curriculum at an early stage is key in achieving this process.“It is of utmost importance that we teach our students to be global citizens via holistic and transformational education,” she explained.For his part, JTA’s Immediate President, Garth Anderson, said building the JTA into a strong organisation is in the best interest of the teaching profession and Jamaica on a whole. He, therefore, urged teachers to be a united force.“So today, let’s recommit ourselves to unite and serve this noble organisation, the JTA,”he said.This year’s conference is being held from August 19 to 21 under the theme: ‘Empowering Educators: Retooling, Innovating and Networking for Sustainable Development’.Among the matters to be discussed over the three days include the organisation’s financial report, proclamation of the new President-elect, addresses from the Ministry of Education, Youth & Information, and more. Jamaican teachers are being encouraged to adopt a ‘growth mindset’ to further fuel student learning and educational development. read more

IDB Official Says Digital Economy Will Enhance Public Service Delivery

The IDB Regional Chief was speaking at the recent launch of the Companies Office of Jamaica’s (COJ) newly established Electronic Business Registration Form (eBRF) at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Among the potential benefits to be derived, she says, are the streamlining of benefits, so that they “get to where they ought to be,” and significant savings on transaction costs. Story Highlights Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Caribbean Country Manager, Therese Turner-Jones, believes Jamaica’s proposed transformation to a fully digital economy will enhance public service delivery and, by extension, the lives of persons accessing attendant provisions. Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Caribbean Country Manager, Therese Turner-Jones, believes Jamaica’s proposed transformation to a fully digital economy will enhance public service delivery and, by extension, the lives of persons accessing attendant provisions.Among the potential benefits to be derived, she says, are the streamlining of benefits, so that they “get to where they ought to be,” and significant savings on transaction costs.The IDB Regional Chief was speaking at the recent launch of the Companies Office of Jamaica’s (COJ) newly established Electronic Business Registration Form (eBRF) at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.The online platform, which was launched by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, replaces the COJ’s ‘one-stop shop’ paper-based ‘superform’ that was introduced in 2014. It will facilitate 24-hour business registrations at the agency’s website – www.orcjamaica.com, from any location globally.Mrs. Turner-Jones said a 2018 IDB Study of Latin American and Caribbean countries showed that approximately 90 per cent of all government service transactions in these territories were done in person.The data, she further said, showed that only four per cent of all government service interactions in Jamaica were conducted digitally, describing this as “a very low number.”Mrs. Turner Jones said the study revealed that Barbados averaged the highest figure with 17 per cent, while Nicaragua only had a one per cent out-turn.She contended that “every single Jamaican ought to be able to access a government service digitally,” particularly in light of Jamaica’s extensive mobile penetration and coverage.“This is the world we are living in. There is no reason why most of what we want to do with the Government can’t be transacted on a mobile device,” she further argued.Mrs. Turner-Jones said the IDB study also showed that the number of government services in Jamaica not involving multiple transactions was a mere 11 per cent, compared to 63 per cent in Uruguay.Additionally, she said the data outlined that Caribbean nationals spend an average of four and a half hours to complete any government transaction in person, noting that this often involved visiting several agencies.While noting that this betters the Latin American average of nearly six hours, Mrs. Turner-Jones maintained that “it’s really not good.”In terms of cost, she said in developed countries, such as the United Kingdom, transactions done in person averaged $15 compared to 40 cents when done digitally.Mrs. Turner-Jones noted that in Mexico, “which is probably a little more comparable to Jamaica,” the cost is $9 for in-person transactions versus 45 cents for the digital format.She emphasised that this scenario “cannot continue… [and] shouldn’t be,” against the background of the onset of the technology-driven fourth industrial revolution, “because we know that [digitally] we can deliver services more efficiently.”Noting Prime Minister Holness’ challenge in 2017 for a multi-stakeholder effort towards positioning Jamaica to become the Caribbean’s first digital economy, Mrs. Turner-Jones said the eBRF’s launch represents a “really important first step in making this a reality.”The Electronic Business Registration Form creation is a collaborative effort carried out under the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Programme in the Cabinet Office, with IDB funding support. read more

Centre to Advance PlantBased Medicine Research Being Established in Jamaica

Story Highlights “In fact, Dr. Ngwa will soon be visiting Jamaica to further advance these discussions as Jamaica’s unique microclimatic conditions place us in an enviable position globally,” the Minister further indicated. Mr. Shaw told JIS News that a “programme of cooperation” involving noted Jamaican scientist and businessman, Dr. Henry Lowe; Dr. Julius Garvey, son of National Hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Garvey; and Director at Harvard University Medical School in the United States, Dr. Wilfred Ngwa, is being finalised for the associate research centre’s establishment. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says there are plans to establish a centre in Jamaica to further advance plant-based medicine research.Mr. Shaw told JIS News that a “programme of cooperation” involving noted Jamaican scientist and businessman, Dr. Henry Lowe; Dr. Julius Garvey, son of National Hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Garvey; and Director at Harvard University Medical School in the United States, Dr. Wilfred Ngwa, is being finalised for the associate research centre’s establishment.“In fact, Dr. Ngwa will soon be visiting Jamaica to further advance these discussions as Jamaica’s unique microclimatic conditions place us in an enviable position globally,” the Minister further indicated.Mr. Shaw noted that of just over 100 plants which are known and used for medicines, 51 are indigenous to Jamaica.“We must also not forget that Dr. Lowe and others have developed plant-based medicines in Jamaica that are now world renowned, and are presently submitting more applications for further development of additional plant-based medicines to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States Government,” he added.Meanwhile, Mr. Shaw said a recent study by Harvard University scientists which showed that cannabis can potentially help cancer victims is “very significant.”He said he first became aware of this “potentially significant initiative” while attending a conference on plant medicines, hosted by Dr. Nwga at Harvard in June.The Minister said given Jamaica’s “unique” history with respect to cannabis and many other plant-based medicines, “exciting days” are ahead for the country in this regard.Mr. Shaw indicated that the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) has now issued 54 licences to cannabis entrepreneurs, and will shortly complete export regulations to facilitate the legal export of cannabis raw materials, such as buds and oil extracts.For his part, CLA Director, Delano Seiveright, said with pancreatic cancer predicted to be the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths by 2020, the medical breakthrough by Harvard’s scientists is a “major victory” for the cannabis industry.“The significance here is that the life expectancy for cancer patients could significantly increase. We, in Jamaica, have to continue to do our part in ensuring that we are ready to capitalise on medicinal marijuana and the important role it is playing in scientific discovery,” he said.Scientists from Harvard University’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, in their study published in the journal ‘Frontiers of Oncology’ on July 23, revealed that a chemical found in cannabis has demonstrated “significant therapy potential” for treating pancreatic cancer.The resulting drug, ‘FBL-03G’, is said to be a derivative of a cannabis flavonoid, the naturally occurring compound found in plants, vegetables and fruits which, among other things, provides their colour.The results, according to Dr. Ngwa, an Assistant Professor at Harvard and one of the study’s researchers, are “major.”“The most significant conclusion is that tumour-targeted delivery of flavonoids, derived from cannabis, enabled both local and metastatic tumour cell kill, significantly increasing survival from pancreatic cancer,” he noted.Dr. Ngwa said the significance of this is that, because pancreatic cancer is often diagnosed in later stages, once it has spread, and the flavonoids have proven capable of destroying killing other cancer cells, this could mean the life expectancy of those with the condition could increase,” the noted academic added.Dr. Ngwa argued that “if successfully translated clinically, this will have major impact in the treatment of pancreatic cancer”. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says there are plans to establish a centre in Jamaica to further advance plant-based medicine research. read more

TAP Participants to Benefit From WellStructured Training

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the USF, Daniel Dawes, speaking at the TAP orientation programme at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston on August 22, indicated that for the first three months, training will be provided at the USF’s Community Access Points (CAPs) in each parish in Data Management/Digitisation. Participants in the 2019 batch of the Universal Service Fund (USF) Technology Advancement Programme (TAP) will benefit from training given by the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) and the HEART Trust/NTA.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the USF, Daniel Dawes, speaking at the TAP orientation programme at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston on August 22, indicated that for the first three months, training will be provided at the USF’s Community Access Points (CAPs) in each parish in Data Management/Digitisation.He also pointed out that training will also be conducted at the CMU in 3D printing.Once the CMU component is completed, Mr. Dawes said that the HEART Trust/ NTA will come on board to train the participants in the area of Computer Administration as well as in Basic Computer Repairs.Following this training, each of the participants will be evaluated, then placed in an organisation to work for six months.Mr. Dawes told the 600 participants, who will be paid a stipend of approximately $10,000 per week, that “it is incumbent on you to ensure that the training works,” and emphasised the importance of proper grooming while participating in the programme.The TAP is being administered by the USF, an agency within the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology (MSET), and is geared at assisting Jamaican youth between 18 and 35 years to acquire employment skills, provide them with short-term employment and, ultimately, making participants ready for longer-term employment.Participants in the programme will be tracked for five years following their one- year training and work experience, to ensure that they continue to be meaningful contributors to the Jamaican society. Story Highlights He also pointed out that training will also be conducted at the CMU in 3D printing. Participants in the 2019 batch of the Universal Service Fund (USF) Technology Advancement Programme (TAP) will benefit from training given by the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) and the HEART Trust/NTA. read more

Minister says Empowering the Most Vulnerable to Cope with Climate Change is

He was speaking at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Workshop on National Communications and the Biennial Update Report (BUR) for Caribbean Countries, held at the Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston on August 28. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon Daryl Vaz, says there is still much to do in empowering the most vulnerable to adapt and cope with some of the intense and often devastating weather events associated with climate change. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon Daryl Vaz, says there is still much to do in empowering the most vulnerable to adapt and cope with some of the intense and often devastating weather events associated with climate change.He was speaking at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Workshop on National Communications and the Biennial Update Report (BUR) for Caribbean Countries, held at the Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston on August 28.Mr. Vaz argued that community-based disaster preparedness and response plans that take the physical, psychological, social and economic vulnerabilities of persons employed in the informal and agricultural sectors into account will help to reduce their vulnerability to disasters overall.“The National Communications and Biennial Update Reports are an important part of this process, in that they highlight the activities that Parties have completed or are planning to complete in fulfilment of their obligations as Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC),” the Minister said.He informed that last year, after Cabinet’s approval, he submitted Jamaica’s Third National Communication (TNC) to the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC at the 24th Conference of Parties in Katowice, Poland, last December.Mr. Vaz further noted that two previous National Communications were submitted to the UNFCCC, in 2000 and 2011, as well as a BUR in 2016.“I am pleased to state that we were the first Small Island Developing State (SIDS) to submit a Biennial Update Report. The Third National Communication of Jamaica to the UNFCCC is a repository of useful climate change information,” the Minister pointed out.“It includes the most up-to-date inventory of our Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from 2006 to 2012 as well as a profile of projected GHG emissions up to 2050. It also includes measures that have the potential to reduce a significant portion of these emissions,” he added.Mr. Vaz said the Government has already commenced the process towards the preparation of the Fourth National Communication with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).“In terms of Jamaica’s ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change, the TNC document contains several assessments of our vulnerability and options for coping with these impacts in several sectors, including water resources, agriculture, human health, coastal resources and human settlement and tourism,” he said.“This information is available for use by urban and rural planners, decision-makers, students, project developers, energy generators and a host of persons that rely on climate change information about the country,” he added.Mr. Vaz emphasised that it is for these reasons that the workshop to inform the National Communications and Biennial Update Report process is so critical.“As Small Island Developing States, it is up to us to lead the way and show our more developed neighbours that we will not sit idly in taking steps to mitigate the crisis our planet is facing due to climate change,” he said. Mr. Vaz argued that community-based disaster preparedness and response plans that take the physical, psychological, social and economic vulnerabilities of persons employed in the informal and agricultural sectors into account will help to reduce their vulnerability to disasters overall. Story Highlights read more