India vs West Indies live streaming: Where to watch IND vs WI 1st Test Day 2 live streaming online

first_imgIndia led by Prithvi Shaw’s debut ton and fifties from Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli, piled up 364 runs at the loss of four wickets at the end of day one’s play in Rajkot.Pujara scored a good looking 86 while Kohli remained unbeaten on 72 with Rishabh Pant, who scored 17 off 21 balls before stumps on the first day. But, the day belonged to a 18-year-old Shaw, who lived up to all the hype and expectations.Shaw started off brilliantly and continued the momentum throughout the innings and scored his maiden ton off 99 balls. Shaw’s intent and style captured everyone’s attention and a big innings was being expected from him. But, a Devendra Bishoo ball stopped on him and he failed to adjust on time and handed it straight back to the bowler to fall for a 154-ball 134 at a strike-rate of 87.01.However, Shaw’s wicket didn’t peg India back as Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane (41) stitched a 105-run stand to take India’s score past 300. Rahane eventually fell to Roston Chase but a Pant stayed back with his captain and saw the day off.Shannon Gabriel, Sherman Lewis, Devendra Bishoo and Chase bagged a wicket each for the West Indians.India vs West Indies 1st Test Live Streaming: How to watch IND vs WI Live Streaming on Hotstar, JioTV and AirtelIndia vs West Indies 1st Test live streaming from Rakot: Watch IND vs WI 1st Test match free live streaming online: Watch IND vs WI Final Live on Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV.What time does the 1st Test between India vs West Indies start?advertisementDay 2 of the first Test starts on 9:30 AM IST on October 5, Friday at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.What TV channel and live stream is the 1st Test between India and West Indies Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs Bangladesh match.Where will the 1st Test between India and West Indies be played?The 1st Test between India and West Indies will be played at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot from 09:30 IST.Where can I watch the India vs West Indies 1st Test live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs West Indies 1st Test?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs West Indies from our live blog on indiatoday.in.What are the squads for the 1st Test between India and West Indies?India playing XI: KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav.West Indies playing XI: Kraigg Brathwaite (C), Kieran Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Sunil Ambris, Shane Dowrich (WK), Keemo Paul, Devendra Bishoo, Sherman Lewis, Shannon Gabriellast_img read more

Asensio ‘honoured’ by Inter links

first_imgMarco Asensio is honoured to be on Inter’s radar but has no plans to leave Real Madrid, according to his agent.Reports have suggested the Nerazzurri are considering a January bid for the Spain international, who has started 11 of Madrid’s 17 La Liga matches this season and scored only once.Asensio’s representative, Horacio Gaggioli, acknowledged his client would be proud to hear of an offer from the Serie A club but says the 22-year-old wants to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu. 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? “It’s an honour if a club like Inter are interested in Marco,” he told FCInternews.”I don’t know if it’s true, but for now the player has no intention of leaving Madrid.”Asensio has won eight major trophies for Madrid since 2016, including the 2018 Club World Cup this month.Otro título para vosotros, Madridistas. ¡Tricampeones del mundo! / Another cup for us, Madridistas. World Tri-champions!  pic.twitter.com/8PJSFYWGRI— Marco Asensio (@marcoasensio10) December 22, 2018last_img read more

Robertson: I’m bored of talking about how good Van Dijk is!

first_imgLiverpool defender Andy Robertson has joked that he is “getting bored of speaking about how good Virgil van Dijk is”.Plaudits have rained down on the Dutch centre-half since he completed a £75 million ($95m) move to Anfield in January.He has helped to turn Jurgen Klopp’s side into credible Premier League title contenders, with the Reds currently boasting a four-point lead over the chasing pack. 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? Robertson admits there is not much more to be said about the commanding Netherlands international, with his value to the cause speaking for itself.The Scottish full-back said of Van Dijk after seeing him find the target and help Liverpool to another clean sheet in a 2-0 victory over Wolves: “I’m getting bored speaking about how good he is!“No, I’m only joking. He was fantastic.“We knew when we saw [Adama] Traore up top that he has got great pace. His pace and direction are a big threat and big Virgil did so well with him. We knew on the counter-attack they were dangerous.“I’m sure he will be disappointed he has not scored more goals but it was a clean sheet and his first Premier League goal – pretty much a perfect day for him.“He’s been brilliant [since joining Liverpool]. I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside him for the majority of time on the left-hand side of the defence. He’s just a great lad to have next to you – I’m not sure he will say the same about me!“I think we have had a good relationship, we work together. The whole back four does, whoever plays, his impact on the club has been good. I look forward to it continuing.”Virgil van Dijk Liverpool 2018Van Dijk is not the only Reds player inspiring a title tilt, though, with Robertson eager to point out that Klopp has a squad full of leaders.He added: “We have a fantastic captain in Hendo [Jordan Henderson]. This [Wolves] was his 300th game for the club and that’s a great achievement.“We’ve got Milly [James Milner] behind him as well and he’s a top pro, everyone looks up to him. Virgil is captain for his country so there are plenty of leaders on the park.“I’m including Dejan [Lovren] in that as well. The more leaders we have got on the park the better as far as I’m concerned. There were a couple of arguments out there against Wolves – a couple of things that needed to be said and they were said.“We all have the attitude that if someone says something to you, you have to take it on the chin. If you don’t agree with it, you deal with it at full-time or half-time and speak to one another.“We have spoken together as a team. We do discuss things [and] have said that’s it’s about having that honesty between us.“I think that’s something the lads have done really well since the start of the season. It shows the respect between us.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

IIT Roorkee to aid GMDA in designing comprehensive water management plan

first_imgGurugram: The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has roped in the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee to prepare a comprehensive water management plan for the Gurugram.The decision by the agency comes at a time when the public agency is not only looking to conserve water but also improve the water supply network in the city. IIT, Roorkee, has earlier worked on water and recycled water management plans for Noida and Greater Noida, Chennai and other cities. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to officials, the management of IIT Roorkee will aid GMDA in the recycling of water, enhancing the water distribution network and reducing the wastage of water. Some of the major challenges that the GMDA faces include control of the line loss, unequal water distribution and pilferage or water theft. In the current manual system, the authority does not have control over the misuse of water by end-users, leakages and pilferages. As such, it is estimated that the GMDA fails to save approximately 20% of line loss and 25% of revenue spent on annual maintenance. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAccording to an official survey, an average Gurugram resident consumes roughly about 250 litres of water every day. In all the overall requirement of the city is 350 MGD daily. The two water boosting stations at Basai and Chandu Budhera produce over 450 MGD of water that should have been enough yet 45,000 households are either not receiving water supply or getting contaminated water. Public water officials cite that water being wasted through leakage of pipes, incessant wastage of water and the stronghold of tanker mafia is resulting in the water crisis escalating in the city with every passing year. Thousands of litres of water is wasted due to the leakage and breaking of the pipe most of which were laid 30 or 40 years ago. Moreover, host of construction activities that have been occurring in Gurugram have also resulted in the pipes being broken on regular resulting in wastage of water.last_img read more

In the news today June 14

first_imgFive stories in the news for Friday, June 14———RAPTORS WIN FIRST NBA TITLE IN FRANCHISE HISTORYThe Toronto Raptors, a team whose magical playoff run sparked civic pride and raucous enthusiasm across Canada, sent fans into fits of unbridled joy Thursday as they beat the reigning champ Golden State Warriors in a see-saw thriller to win the NBA championship. Thousands of spectators who jammed Jurassic Park erupted in a roar as the final buzzer sounded. It’s the first time in NBA history that a team based outside of the United States has won the league’s title. The title also ends a 26-year drought since a Canadian team has won one of the big four North American professional sports championships. The last team to do it was the Toronto Blue Jays, who won the 1993 World Series.———LIBERALS SEE IMPROVEMENT AFTER SNC-LAVALIN AFFAIR: POLLA new poll suggests the federal Liberals have stopped the bleeding from the beating they took in the SNC-Lavalin furor. The Leger poll suggests the Liberals have closed the gap slightly with the front-running Conservatives since April and dissatisfaction with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government has eased a bit. More significantly, the poll also suggests the Liberals have opened up a 14-point lead over the Conservatives when it comes to which of the two main parties Canadians would prefer to see form government after the Oct. 21 vote. At the same time, however, the poll suggests more Canadians are worried about the prospect of four more years of Trudeau’s Liberals than they are about the Conservatives regaining power.———RURUAL IMMIGRATION PILOT COMMUNITIES ANNOUNCEDImmigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says 11 communities the federal government is choosing for a new rural immigration program will gain new workers and citizens that are badly needed to boost dwindling economies. Hussen is announcing the communities chosen for a program that will give rural employers the ability to directly select immigrants to hire and will also give immigrants the ability to choose one of these 11 communities to make their permanent residence. The selected communities are Thunder Bay, Sault-Ste-Marie, Sudbury, Timmins and North Bay in Ontario; Gretna-Rhineland-Altona-Plum Coulee and Brandon in Manitoba; Moose Jaw, Sask., Claresholm, Alta., and West Kootenay and Vernon, B.C.———VICTORIA COUNCIL TO FUND REMEMBRANCE DAY COSTSVictoria council dropped its plan Thursday to seek federal funds to cover Remembrance Day ceremony costs, deciding apologies to veterans and those currently serving in Canada’s Armed Forces were in order. A council committee voted last week to approach the Defence Department and Veterans Affairs Canada about helping with policing costs for Remembrance Day events, but the move provoked widespread criticism from veterans and Canadians who said it was disrespectful to the military and the sacrifices made by those who serve. Council decided instead to mend fences, voting unanimously to provide $135,500 from its contingency fund to help with policing costs for Canada Day, Remembrance Day and other events.———ST. JOHN’S REMEMBERS HISTORIC TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHTSt. John’s today commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, which took off from Newfoundland. British aviators John Alcock and Arthur Brown started their historic voyage on June 14, 1919. They departed from what is now St. John’s and flew 16 hours through harsh conditions before landing in Ireland. Gary Hebbard, who writes on aviation history, says the flight shaped international air travel as it is known today. Museum exhibits, re-enactments and aircraft displays began in St. John’s in May to celebrate the pair’s achievement and the province’s aviation history.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will make an announces today in Laval, Que., about the completion of an initiative in Canada’s defence policy.— Health Canada officials will hold a media technical briefing regarding the next steps in the legalization and regulation of cannabis.— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will deliver remarks tonight at a Liberal fundraising event in Toronto.— Indigenous leaders from across British Columbia will gather in a call today to save a sacred and important First Nations burial site.— People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier present the parties candidates in multiple Quebec ridings for the 2019 federal election.— The case of Jamie Bacon, charged with counselling to commit murder, returns to court in Vancouver.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

King Mohammed VI, Emir of Qatar chair signing ceremony of four…

first_imgMarrakech- King Mohammed VI and the Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, accompanied by Prince Moulay Rachid, Sheikh Joann Bin Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, chaired, on Friday at the Marrakech Royal Palace, the signing ceremony of four cooperation agreements in several fields. The first agreement, modifying the agreement on the prevention of double taxation and fight against tax evasion concerning income tax, was signed by Qatari finance minister Ali Cherif Al Imadi and Moroccan economy and finance minister Mohamed Boussaid.  The second agreement, signed by Ali Cherif Al Imadi and Mohamed Boussaid, is a memorandum of understanding on Qatar’s participation in funding development projects in Morocco.   The third, related to strengthening scientific, technical, technological and administrative cooperation in the industrial sector, was inked by Qatari economy and trade minister Sheikh Ahmed Bin Jassem Bin Mohammed Al Thani and Moroccan minister of industry, investment and digital economy Moulay Hafid Elalamy. The fourth agreement is on reinforcing bilateral cooperation to carry out infrastructure projects and was signed by Sheikh Ahmed Bin Jassem Bin Mohammed Al Thani and Moroccan minister of equipment, transportation and logistics Aziz Rebbah. The signing ceremony was attended mainly by the head of government, the King’s advisors, cabinet members, the official delegation accompanying the Emir of Qatar and the honor committee.last_img read more

New Gold shares plunge on forecast that is smaller, costlier than expectations

Companies in this story: (TSX:NGD) TORONTO — Shares of New Gold Inc. were down more than 20 per cent in mid-day trading after the company released weaker than expected guidance for the year.The company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, says it expects to produce between 300,000 and 335,000 ounces of gold this year at an all-in sustaining cash cost of between US$1,370 to $1,470 per ounce for its two mines.The forecast is smaller and costlier than the 336,000 ounces at $1,022 per ounce expected by GMP Securities.New Gold has struggled with production issues at its Rainy River mine in Ontario. The company estimated at the start of last year that it would produce about 431,000 ounces in 2018, before slashing its forecast for Rainy River by about 100,000 ounces midway through the year as it encountered grade and recovery issues.The company says it lost $727.7 million or 1.26 per share in the fourth quarter, which included a $671-million impairment loss on its Rainy River mine.Adjusted net income from continuing operations for the quarter was $22.7 million or four cents per share, compared with a loss of four cents per share a year earlier.Shares in the company were down 37 cents at $1.26 in trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The Canadian Press read more

PHOTOS Nine Night for Former Prime Minister the Most Hon Edward Seaga

Labour and Social Security Minister, Senator he Hon. Shahine Robinson (left), and Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, were among the hundreds of persons attending the traditional ‘Nine-Night’ event, held in memory of former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, in Tivoli Gardens Square, Western Kingston, on Wednesday (June 5). Mr. Seaga, who passed away on May 28 at age 89, was Western Kingston’s Member of Parliament for 43 years, from 1962 to 2005. Mr. McKenzie, who served as a Councillor for Tivoli Gardens during Mr. Seaga’s tenure, is the current Member of Parliament. Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, addresses the hundreds of persons attending the traditional ‘Nine-Night’, held in memory of former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, in Tivoli Gardens Square, Western Kingston, on Wednesday (June 5). Mr. Seaga, who passed away on May 28 at age 89, was Western Kingston’s Member of Parliament for 43 years, from 1962 to 2005. Mr. McKenzie, who served as a Councillor for Tivoli Gardens during Mr. Seaga’s tenure, is the current Member of Parliament. Scenes from the traditional ‘Nine-Night’, held in memory of former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, in Tivoli Gardens Square, Western Kingston, on Wednesday (June 5). Mr. Seaga, who passed away on May 28 at age 89, was Western Kingston’s Member of Parliament for 43 years, from 1962 to 2005. read more

Bishop Herro Blair Hails Mr Seaga

In an interview with JIS News, Bishop Blair said Mr. Seaga was a close friend who would often reach out to him for advice with regard to decisions he had to make with various religious groups while serving the nation in the 1980s. Clergyman, Bishop Herro Blair, has hailed the former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, for his contribution, not only to nation building but also to the ongoing work of Christianity and the establishment of other religious groups in Jamaica. “Mr. Seaga was forthright that not only the established churches should be recognised in Jamaica.  He ensured that no religious organisation should have been left behind. We have come a very long way because of his leadership skills and his ability to coordinate groups, such as the religious groups,”Bishop Blair said. Story Highlights Clergyman, Bishop Herro Blair, has hailed the former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, for his contribution, not only to nation building but also to the ongoing work of Christianity and the establishment of other religious groups in Jamaica.In an interview with JIS News, Bishop Blair said Mr. Seaga was a close friend who would often reach out to him for advice with regard to decisions he had to make with various religious groups while serving the nation in the 1980s.“Mr. Seaga was forthright that not only the established churches should be recognised in Jamaica.  He ensured that no religious organisation should have been left behind. We have come a very long way because of his leadership skills and his ability to coordinate groups, such as the religious groups,”Bishop Blair said.He  recalled some decades ago when Mr. Seaga first called on him to gather as many church leaders as he could, to start a united movement where they could all sit in one room and discuss matters of the nation where divine intervention was needed.“He requested to assemble as many of the heads of church groups [as possible] so he could be able to speak to the church in one setting, and the church could speak to him in one voice. We got together and formed a group… the National Council of Churches. The name was changed to the present name, The Jamaica Umbrella Group of Churches,” he noted.With this initiative, Bishop Blair said Mr. Seaga showed fairness to all church groups.“Kudos to Mr. Seaga because, out of the wilderness, all these groups have come in to serve the nation, more or less as one church voice,” he said.Mr. Blair also recalled the time Mr. Seaga approached him to join him in politics.“I recalled he called me and said, ‘Herro, I would love you to be a Senator… . You are already my advisor and it would not seem fair to have you as an independent voice, and that alone showed me the man that I was dealing with – that level of fairness. Whenever he had a need for me in that capacity, I was always willing so to do,” he said.“He was there, in my opinion, for the country, as a Statesman, and he died as a Statesman. We should honour him as one, and I am very glad that we have done so,” Bishop Blair said.In 1963, Mr. Seaga was the person who awarded Bishop Blair his trophy after being announced as ‘Boy of the Year’.Mr. Seaga, who was Jamaica’s fifth Prime Minister, passed away on May 28 in a hospital in the United States. He was 89 years old.He was one of the key architects of Jamaica’s Constitution, which was framed in 1961.He initiated a revision of the Human Rights section of the Constitution to provide for a Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms. He also created the office of Public Defender.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 landscapes.Mr. Seaga represented the constituency of West Kingston from 1962 until his retirement from active politics in 2005. read more

Holland Primary Wins SEP Competition

Defending champion, Holland Primary School in St. Elizabeth has copped the 2019 Schools Environment Programme (SEP) research competition.The school, with its research topic ‘Marine/Coastal Ecosystems’, with a focus on wetlands and their importance to the natural environment, was announced the winner during the SEP Research Day and Awards Ceremony, held on Wednesday (June 12), at The Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston.The institution was among the 15 top-performing schools for the 2018/2019 academic year that participated in the annual event, which included exhibitions displaying the environmental research conducted by the teams from each institution.The displays were judged by environmental, education and conservation practitioners, as well as representatives from SEP’s corporate sponsors.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, who addressed the ceremony, commended the students and staff from the participating schools for the ingenuity and hard work put into mounting the displays.Mr. Vaz pledged the continued support of the Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA) in the implementation of the programme, which, he said, promotes an awareness of proper environmental management in the future generation.“In this group, I see budding researchers, ecologists, scientists, academics, geologists and climate change specialists. We are going to need the help of this group in the near future as the world grapples with environmental degradation and climate change. Based on what I have seen here today and in interacting with the youngsters, they are absolutely astute in relation to environmental management,” he said.The Minister called for more private-sector support to ensure continued implementation of the programme.Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), Suzanne Stanley, said among the activities under the SEP were student workshops hosted by JET in Kingston and St. Ann throughout the month of May.The workshops highlighted the impact of improper disposal of waste on the environment and the Government’s recently implemented plastic ban.Fifty-four students and 27 teachers from 28 schools participated in the student workshops, held under the theme ‘Life with Plastic – Not so Fantastic’.Ms. Stanley, who has been an SEP judge for several years, said “by far, this was one of the most outstanding years in research that I have seen. You really did very well. We recognise all the hard work that goes into your projects”.“These young Jamaicans are tomorrow’s leaders and we really have to adequately prepare them for the future they will inherit. That requires commitment in providing the tools they need to tackle global challenges. Environmental education is an important part of creating the change we all want to see in Jamaica,” she added.In addition to Holland Primary, the overall winner in the competition, awards were presented to schools that placed first, second and third in the ‘Best Research Display’ category.First place was awarded to Mar-Jam Preparatory, St. Ann. Pisgah Primary, St. Elizabeth, was awarded second place and Vista Prep in St. Ann, third.Several schools won prizes in various categories, including ‘Campus Based’, ‘Greening Your School’, ‘Solid Waste Management’ and ‘Environmental Club’.Sectional prizes were awarded for the ‘Most Knowledgeable Students’, ‘Most Creative Display’, ‘Solid Waste Research’ and ‘Best Spokesperson’.Winners received plaques as well as printers, laptops, smart TVs, stationery, and book vouchers valued at $5,000 from Sangster’s Book Stores.The SEP promotes environmental awareness and action in students and encourages the development of environmentally friendly schools and communities.It is the flagship environmental education initiative organised by JET.In the 2018/19 academic year, SEP was delivered in 32 preparatory and primary schools across the island. The school, with its research topic ‘Marine/Coastal Ecosystems’, with a focus on wetlands and their importance to the natural environment, was announced the winner during the SEP Research Day and Awards Ceremony, held on Wednesday (June 12), at The Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston. Story Highlights The institution was among the 15 top-performing schools for the 2018/2019 academic year that participated in the annual event, which included exhibitions displaying the environmental research conducted by the teams from each institution. Defending champion, Holland Primary School in St. Elizabeth has copped the 2019 Schools Environment Programme (SEP) research competition. read more

St James Residents Urged to Develop Family Disaster Plan

Mr. Barrett, who was speaking at a recent community meeting at the Bethephil Baptist Church in Chatham, said that a disaster plan is necessary, as it helps families to function in an organised manner. Story Highlights Emergency Services Coordinator at the Jamaica Red Cross, St. James branch, Neil Barrett, is urging residents to develop a family disaster plan in case of natural disaster and other emergencies. He said that the plan is simple and should include the contact information for emergency agencies, such as the police and fire service, and the family doctor. Emergency Services Coordinator at the Jamaica Red Cross, St. James branch, Neil Barrett, is urging residents to develop a family disaster plan in case of natural disaster and other emergencies.Mr. Barrett, who was speaking at a recent community meeting at the Bethephil Baptist Church in Chatham, said that a disaster plan is necessary, as it helps families to function in an organised manner.He said that the plan is simple and should include the contact information for emergency agencies, such as the police and fire service, and the family doctor.It should incorporate a proper home exit strategy, including the location of keys for doors and grills, and children taught how to open the doors and make their way outside.Mr. Barrett said that persons should also know how to access and operate the circuit breaker panel.“Many of you live inside your house and have no idea what controls what. The electric stove that you use is controlled by a particular breaker; which is it?” he asked.He said that in the case of gas-operated stoves persons should also know where to locate the valve that turns the gas on and off.Meanwhile, Mr. Barrett is imploring residents to consult with the municipal corporation before building a house, as not all areas are safe for construction.The community meeting, organised by the St. James Municipal Corporation, provided an opportunity for residents and business interests in the Somerton and Rosehall Divisions to speak with their councillors as well as representatives from government and private-sector entities. read more

JUTC LNG Terminal in Portmore to be Commissioned Soon

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company’s (JUTC) liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Portmore, St. Catherine is to be commissioned into service shortly. Story Highlights This was disclosed by Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, while addressing the Airports Authority of Jamaica’s (AAJ) 45th anniversary banquet and long service awards ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on July 5. “With the threat of climate change, the JUTC is looking at getting more LNG buses; as a matter of fact, we have acquired five already…The depot will run these buses as a pilot because we need longer buses and wider buses,” Mr. Montague said. The Jamaica Urban Transit Company’s (JUTC) liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Portmore, St. Catherine is to be commissioned into service shortly.This was disclosed by Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, while addressing the Airports Authority of Jamaica’s (AAJ) 45th anniversary banquet and long service awards ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on July 5.“With the threat of climate change, the JUTC is looking at getting more LNG buses; as a matter of fact, we have acquired five already…The depot will run these buses as a pilot because we need longer buses and wider buses,” Mr. Montague said.LNG is a much cleaner fuel than diesel oil, and offers economic and environmental benefits.In the meantime, Minister Montague challenged the AAJ “to rethink how transportation is done to the airports,” in light of the exponential growth in the number of visitors to the island over the years.“We should be looking at bigger helicopters to move people. We should be looking at elevated trains; we need to begin to open our minds and look to the future and if the mind can conceive it, we can achieve it,” he noted.During the ceremony, approximately 166 persons were recognised for yeoman service to the AAJ.The entity was established in 1974 under the Airports Authority Act as an independent statutory body, with initial responsibility (ownership and management) for the nation’s two international airports – Norman Manley and Sangster.In 1990, the AAJ took on the additional responsibility for the island’s four domestic aerodromes – Tinson Pen in Kingston, Ken Jones in Portland, Boscobel in St. Mary and Negril in Westmoreland.Since its inception, the AAJ has worked diligently to fulfil its principal mandate of developing and operating a safe and secure airport system for Jamaica. read more

Govt to Establish Five More Business Incubators

Story Highlights Five additional business incubators will be established over the next two years, which will provide much-needed business services and support for micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) operators.This was disclosed by Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Floyd Green, at the opening ceremony for the fifth staging of ‘Christmas in July’ at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on July 18.He said the facilities will be built by the Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ). “We have already identified a space in Montego Bay,” he said, noting that incubators will be established outside of Kingston as part of efforts to spread business development services to other parishes.Mr. Green noted that the incubators will enable entrepreneurs to grow their businesses at a low cost.“A lot of MSMEs have said to us that they start at home with an idea in their kitchen or on their veranda, and when it’s time for them to grow, there is a difficulty accessing space so that they can scale up. We have a facility on Marcus Garvey Drive that’s oversubscribed; we have to get out into the rest of Jamaica,” he said.Meanwhile, some 120 local producers of authentic Jamaican gift and souvenir items showcased their products and networked with corporate entities and various industry players at ‘Christmas in July’.On display were traditional souvenir items of all kinds; corporate, home and decorative accessories; desktop solutions; specialty foods and aromatherapy/spa products.Christmas in July is a collaborative effort of the Tourism Linkages Network and its partners, Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (JMEA), Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), and the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA).The mission of the linkages network is to position and assist the tourism sector to increase its demand for and consumption of goods and services that can be competitively sourced in Jamaica.The primary goal is to ensure that Jamaica’s tourism sector becomes better integrated with local opportunities for other sectors, such as entertainment, agriculture and manufacturing. Five additional business incubators will be established over the next two years, which will provide much-needed business services and support for micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) operators. This was disclosed by Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Floyd Green, at the opening ceremony for the fifth staging of ‘Christmas in July’ at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on July 18. He said the facilities will be built by the Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ). “We have already identified a space in Montego Bay,” he said, noting that incubators will be established outside of Kingston as part of efforts to spread business development services to other parishes. read more

Met Service Says Jamaicans Must Remain Prepared

The Meteorological Service of Jamaica is encouraging Jamaicans to remain prepared for hurricanes, amid the updated outlook for the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).The NOAA said recently that “conditions are now more favourable for above-normal hurricane activity.”This is the reason why Director of the Meteorological Service of Jamaica, Evan Thompson, is calling on Jamaicans not to let down their guard.“What it means is that we have to be prepared and remain prepared as we may see an increase in the number of systems developing throughout the remainder of the season,” he told JIS News.The forecast for an above-normal season comes as the country has entered into the most active part of the season and includes predicted increases in the types of cyclonic developments.“The outlook predicts that we could see up to 17 named storms, 5 to 9 of which could become hurricanes, and we could see 2-4 of those becoming major hurricanes,” Mr. Thompson said.These figures are an increase on the initial outlook of 9-15 named storms, with 4-8 possible hurricanes.The Atlantic Hurricane Season’s forecast was updated because the El Nino in the Pacific Ocean has ended. An El Nino occurs when the water of the equatorial Pacific is warmer than normal and causes winds from the east to weaken. The Meteorological Service of Jamaica is encouraging Jamaicans to remain prepared for hurricanes, amid the updated outlook for the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Story Highlights This is the reason why Director of the Meteorological Service of Jamaica, Evan Thompson, is calling on Jamaicans not to let down their guard. The NOAA said recently that “conditions are now more favourable for above-normal hurricane activity.” read more

Holness Administration Holds Record for Most Houses Built

Already, he says, the current Administration which he leads holds the strongest record in housing. The National Housing Trust is on track to build 22,000 homes by the end of this financial year, the most housing solutions built by a single Administration. Prime Minister Andrew Holness has declared that the Government is committed to solving the country’s housing and land settlement issues.Already, he says, the current Administration which he leads holds the strongest record in housing.The National Housing Trust is on track to build 22,000 homes by the end of this financial year, the most housing solutions built by a single Administration.The Prime Minister made the comments on Friday (August 9) during his keynote address at the ground-breaking ceremony at Rhyne Park Estate in St. James.“The NHT is now on track to build 22,000 housing solutions by the end of this financial year, the most that have ever been built by any administration in any term. The HAJ that was an agency that was on my chopping block one of the Agencies that was plagued by corruption, I said we can’t have this agency. Dr. Horace Chang, then Minister without portfolio with that Ministry, pleaded with me and said, we can turn in around, and that agency has been turned around. It has been moved from a loss-making agency to with bad audit reports to an agency that is about to make a surplus. More than that they have now started to deliver housing solutions at the price point that people can afford,” said Prime Minister Holness.In that regard, the Prime Minister underscored that in less than a decade the Government will be able to solve the housing and settlement problems in Jamaica.The Prime Minister stated that this can be done through increasing the housing construction to realise five to ten thousand houses per year in planned communities.According to the Prime Minister, the Government has made it easier for individuals to own their own home in Jamaica with affordable prices and easy access to financing.“What this government has done with its emphasis on housing, with its emphasis on building, with its emphasis on creating sustainable communities that will retain value for the people who invest in them so that they can pass on that value to the next generation, is to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty through the development of housing and community,” said Prime Minister Holness.In the meantime, Prime Minister Holness emphasized that the Government is doing more than just talk and communicating, its ensuring achievements and delivering on its commitment to the people.“What we try to do as a Government is, first of all, make sure that we present to you the information that is necessary for you as the citizen to make a decision to form an opinion. So, I have always said to my Ministers it is important to communicate. But…, as a Government, we don’t celebrate announcements. So, you are not going to hear me make announcements of things to come in a celebratory way. You will see this kind of set up when it is happening,” said Prime Minister Holness.The Prime Minister asserted that the Government has implemented good policies as seen in the provision of good, quality affordable housing solutions.A mixture of 754 one to three-bedroom townhouses, apartment, and single-family units are being built by the Housing Agency of Jamaica at Rhyne Park Estate in St. James. The project will be completed in three years. Story Highlights Prime Minister Andrew Holness has declared that the Government is committed to solving the country’s housing and land settlement issues. read more

PHOTOS Hon Floyd Green Dinthill Technical High School Alumni Association Annual Dinner

Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Floyd Green (right), peruses a copy of the programme at the Dinthill Technical High School Alumni Association’s annual dinner and dance, with Chief Executive Officer of the National Works Agency (NWA), E. G. Hunter. The dinner was held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on August 17. The State Minister was a special guest at the function.

162654 PATH Children to Get BacktoSchool Grant

The Ministry will be disbursing $569.289 million to several PATH families, with each student set to receive $3,500 during the month of August. Story Highlights A total of 162,654 children who are registered with the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) will benefit from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Back-to-School grant programme. A total of 162,654 children who are registered with the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) will benefit from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Back-to-School grant programme.The Ministry will be disbursing $569.289 million to several PATH families, with each student set to receive $3,500 during the month of August.The benefit is payable to all registered PATH students attending primary and secondary schools islandwide.Introduced in September 2018, the initiative is part of efforts by the Government to improve social safety net programmes and to increase the level of support provided to poor families.At the handover of cheques to some beneficiaries on Friday (August 16) at the Ministry, in Kingston, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, said the decision was made to make the grant programme an annual initiative, to ease the burden of expenses associated with back-to-school preparations.“With all the challenges with back-to-school (preparations) and just living, I think that PATH is doing a good thing. As a representative of the people, I know the challenges that parents face with these enormous book lists and every year they get more expensive, so any little help to take you over the hill, I know, will be appreciated,” the Minister said.Describing PATH as an “investment” in the country’s youth, Mrs. Robinson encouraged the parents and guardians present to ensure that children attend school every day.“Time lost cannot be regained and it is important that this is impressed upon the children. The only way you can escape poverty is through education. Successive governments realise that we must invest in education. We must invest in our children,” she said.Eighty-four year-old Raphael Case, who collected cheques for his grandchildren, said he is grateful for this assistance, as the grant will help in purchasing books, uniforms and stationery for the children who are enrolled in primary and secondary institutions.Mother of six, Suzanne Dawkins, said she is grateful for the assistance which will go a far way in offsetting back-to-school expenses.“I feel nice this morning when I opened the cheque. I felt good. Just this morning I walked down to the bookstore and I saw that the price for one of the books is $4,000. I didn’t know where the money would come from,” she said.Ms. Dawkins said she has been telling others about the programme, which has provided invaluable assistance in her children’s education.“I have been trying to tell others about it. There are children out there only going to school three days for the week and I’m telling the mothers to register their children with the PATH, because it will help them to go through school,” she told JIS News. The benefit is payable to all registered PATH students attending primary and secondary schools islandwide. read more

Youth Organisation Provide Back to School Assistance

Story Highlights Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams, has commended Youths for Excellence Limited for providing back to school assistance to students of the Cockburn Gardens Primary and Junior High School. “It makes no sense for them to do well on their exams and then not be able to attend high school. We need to change this narrative,” Ms. Shepherd stated. Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams, has commended Youths for Excellence Limited for providing back to school assistance to students of the Cockburn Gardens Primary and Junior High School.More than 36 students from the Hagley Park Road based school, received items such as computer tablets, bus passes for two months, three months’ supply of food, as well as comprehensive health checks free of cost.Speaking at the organisation back to school event held at Jamaica House on August 29, Mrs. Williams said the assistance is welcomed by parents who face the daunting task of outfitting children with the necessary school supplies, uniforms, transportation and food.“Through the philanthropic work of entities such as Youths for Excellence Limited and their partners, so many students can start the new school year on a firm footing,” she said.She noted that education remains one of the main avenues through which children can self- actualize and achieve their dreams.“The education of our young people is paramount in the creation of a robust and productive work force, as it lays the preparatory ground work for tomorrow’s nation builders,” Mrs. Williams said.“This Youth for Excellence back to school event will afford young people to participate in another year of scholastic endeavours through the provision of medical services and school supplies,” she added.Meanwhile, Founder and Principal Director of Youths for Excellence Limited, Jénine Shepherd expressed appreciation to the various stakeholders, who assisted with the back to school activities for the students.“There is no Vision 2030 without our youth and I am glad that both the private and public sectors, by the fact that they support this event, realize [this fact],” Ms. Shepherd said.She also informed that she is seeking to establish a scholarship fund for children from low- income backgrounds.“It makes no sense for them to do well on their exams and then not be able to attend high school. We need to change this narrative,” Ms. Shepherd stated.The Non-Governmental Organisation is also seeking to establish a homework centre in the Grants Pen community. The centre will facilitate workshops and provide assistance in the procurement of birth certificates and passports.Ms Shepherd also revealed her organisation hopes to establish the entity as a school in Jamaica and overseas.“We hope to become a school with all the amenities a child could dream of catering solely to children of low income backgrounds,” she said.Youths for Excellence Limited has assisted over 250 students attending Cockburn Gardens Primary and Junior High, and Franklin Town and Pembroke Hall Primary schools.Sponsors include Digicel, Logo Stitch Manufacturing Limited, Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) Limited, Palisadoes Health Services Limited and GraceKennedy Group. Youths for Excellence Limited has assisted over 250 students attending Cockburn Gardens Primary and Junior High, and Franklin Town and Pembroke Hall Primary schools. read more

Master Drainage Plan Completed for the Entire Island

The Government of Jamaica has completed a comprehensive national drainage plan to improve the drainage system which will put an end to the flooding in the Corporate Area as well as several flood-prone towns such as May Pen, Santa Cruz and Port Maria. Speaking in Parliament Tuesday (September 11) Prime Minister Holness stated that last year the National Works Agency (NWA) completed a Master Drainage Plan which gives a comprehensive overview of the gaps in the drainage system nationally. The Government of Jamaica has completed a comprehensive national drainage plan to improve the drainage system which will put an end to the flooding in the Corporate Area as well as several flood-prone towns such as May Pen, Santa Cruz and Port Maria.“When we are done, the entire Jamaica will be fully developed. Indeed, improving our road infrastructure is critical to productivity, connectivity and building a prosperous new Jamaica” said Prime Minister Holness.Speaking in Parliament Tuesday (September 11) Prime Minister Holness stated that last year the National Works Agency (NWA) completed a Master Drainage Plan which gives a comprehensive overview of the gaps in the drainage system nationally.“We have done the request for proposals for a drainage design for Kingston and St. Andrew. Hopefully, they will go to contracting within a month and the period of design will be this month. Hopefully, we will have that ready in terms of the major drains that will have to be reconstructed or new drains to be put in Kingston and St. Andrew,” said Prime Minister Holness.In that regard, the areas that would benefit from this new drainage plan would be primarily the Tinson Pen, Maxfield Avenue Areas, St. Andrew West Central and St. Andrew East Central constituencies which are major intersection points for the existing system and normally get flooded when it rains heavily.The Prime Minister told Parliament that the execution of the drainage plan is estimated to cost between 100 and 150 million US dollars. He also committed to updating the Parliament before the end of the year on possible timely arrangements for the project.Last year in his budget presentation, Prime Minister Holness noted that the Greater Infrastructure Development Programme will replace the Major Infrastructural Development Programme (MIDP) to focus on roads, gullies and drains as part of the infrastructure development.“The other areas that we are looking at now to have a specific plan which will fit into the national drainage plan which would be May Pen Santa Cruz and Port Maria, those are areas that flood regularly. So just to assure members that the government is working towards this, but I would want to alert members as well that the points that you have raised, I am sympathetic towards it. I am a Member of Parliament as well, I face the same issues, sometimes I want to turn to the Minister of State and say what is this but then the reality is that it all has to fit within the national budget,” said Prime Minister Holness.Additionally, Prime Minister Holness alluded to the fact that improper disposal of garbage, in particular plastics, has contributed to the flooding of the roadways as they block the drains.In that regard, Prime Minister Holness urged the Members of Parliament to use the allocation given to them for their constituencies to clear entrances to the inlets of the drains and gullies for the water to run off.In the meantime, Prime Minister Holness noted that this Hurricane season seems to be very active and Cabinet will discuss the matter to determine whether more allocations can be made in this regard. Story Highlights “When we are done, the entire Jamaica will be fully developed. Indeed, improving our road infrastructure is critical to productivity, connectivity and building a prosperous new Jamaica” said Prime Minister Holness. read more

Minister Montague Encourages Cabbies To Be More BusinessFocused

Route taxi operators are being encouraged by Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, to see their chosen vocation as a business that can be sustained for generations. Story Highlights Route taxi operators are being encouraged by Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, to see their chosen vocation as a business that can be sustained for generations.“I want to push you in the direction of seeing the industry as a business and not a hustle; even better than that, as a career path that you can encourage your children to take up,” he said.“This is not an industry to be ashamed of. I would prefer you to earn the money, expand the business and encourage your children to take it to the next level,” he added, while addressing members of the Route Taxi Association at the Tropics View Hotel in Mandeville, Manchester, on Wednesday (September 11).The Minster, during his presentation, shared a number of business ideas that the cabbies could consider to grow their operations.“I would like you to think of other things to do with your cars such as legal advertisements inside the cars. Get a video screen with ads tailored to adults and children,” he said.He noted that there is also opportunity for members to operate tyre dealerships, and apply for used-car dealership licences under the umbrella of the National Association of Transport Operators, which would enable them to import cars for resale to other drivers.Other suggestions forwarded by the Minister include becoming a distributor for oil and petroleum products; operating a public transport maintenance garage; importing or manufacturing brake pads; operating a grocery shopping service; providing shuttles to and from airports and markets; organising a courier service, among others.“This industry is the only one where mothers will entrust their young children to a driver to transport them to and from school and leave their house keys for them to leave the children at home – people trust you,” Minister Montague told the taxi operators. “I want to push you in the direction of seeing the industry as a business and not a hustle; even better than that, as a career path that you can encourage your children to take up,” he said. “This is not an industry to be ashamed of. I would prefer you to earn the money, expand the business and encourage your children to take it to the next level,” he added, while addressing members of the Route Taxi Association at the Tropics View Hotel in Mandeville, Manchester, on Wednesday (September 11). read more