Norwich’s Godfrey signs fresh four-year deal

first_imgNorwich City defender Ben Godfrey has ended speculation over a potential move to Manchester United after penning a new contract extension with the Canaries.The 21-year-old, who played a key role in their succesful Championship-winning campaign in 2018-19, had been linked with the Red Devils and Tottenham in recent weeks following promotion to the Premier League.Daniel Farke’s side however have tied down the York City academy product for the forseeable future with a fresh deal that takes him through until the end of the 2022-23 season, with the option of an additional year. 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? With 42 senior appearances since joining from the Minstermen in 2016, Godfrey has established himself as an exciting prospect and, speaking to Norwich’s official website, expressed his satisfaction at tying down a long-term contract in Norfolk.“I’m delighted to commit my future to such a great club with ambitions and goals similar to mine in terms of staying at the highest level and I’m looking forward to next season,” he stated.“There’s only so long you can go without a ball at your feet before you get a little bit bored. I miss the boys, I miss training everyday and I miss the atmosphere around the training ground.”I’m now looking forward to getting back to working hard.”With new terms secured, Godfrey will be expected to feature across City’s pre-season campaign, with a behind closed doors game against Brentford and a trip to Kelinworth Road to face Luton on the agenda.The Canaries then host visits from Champions League contenders Atalanta and Ligue 1 side Toulouse ahead of their Premier League opening day clash with Liverpool.Regardig his potential upcoming clash with the Reds, Godfrey added: “I think we can all look forward to it. It will be a great atmosphere at Anfield and it’s a team that I dreamt of playing against as a young boy.”We’re all looking forward to it and we’ll give it 110 percent and hopefully come away with some points.”Norwich are currently in the process of assembling their squad as they look to, at the very least, preserve top flight status in their first year back in the Premier League.The’ve made a raft of signings so far, with Daniel Adshead, Archie Mair and Josip Drmic all having arrived at Carrow Road.last_img read more

JAMPRO Leading Jamaican Trade Mission to Trinidad and Tobago

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

Work to Establish Bunkering Industry Regulatory Framework Advanced

Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, says work on legislation to establish a regulatory framework for Jamaica’s bunkering industry is “well advanced”. Mr. Montague, who advised that the legislation is going through the final stages of the parliamentary process, indicated that attendant amendments have been prepared by the Chief Parliamentary Counsel (CPC) Story Highlights Bunkering is a maritime industry term related to the fueling of ships and transportation of fuel by sea vessels. Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, says work on legislation to establish a regulatory framework for Jamaica’s bunkering industry is “well advanced”.Bunkering is a maritime industry term related to the fueling of ships and transportation of fuel by sea vessels.Mr. Montague, who advised that the legislation is going through the final stages of the parliamentary process, indicated that attendant amendments have been prepared by the Chief Parliamentary Counsel (CPC)The Minister further informed that the legislation will also address matters relating to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).Mr. Montague said the legislation’s provisions will facilitate the “licensing of bunker operators and their vessels to ensure that the highest levels of safety and protection of the maritime environment… [are] achieved in the carriage and transfer of fuel in Jamaica”.He was delivering the keynote address at the opening ceremony for the Second International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) Caribbean Bunker Conference at the Iberostar Suites Resort in St. James on Wednesday (September 11).Work on the legislation comes against the background of International Maritime Organization (IMO) requirements for contracting states to implement amendments to legislation stipulating a cap on the sulphur content in marine fuel.Mr. Montague said he is confident that Jamaica will be compliant in this regard and regulate the sector to ensure the anticipated benefits of reduced toxic emissions while protecting the marine environment and persons working in the industry. He also underscored the country’s readiness to deal with any breaches that may occur in its territorial waters.“Although we anticipate no oil pollution incidents, we must be prepared for the risk, having regard for the maritime environment, and our keen focus on this aspect of our Blue Economy” the Minister said.“In this regard, we have conducted training in assessing and making claims for pollution damage with the assistance of the International Oil Pollution Compensation (IOPC) Funds” he added.Minister Montague also informed that a National Oil Spill Contingency Planning and Oil Pollution Preparedness Response and Cooperation Workshop is slated to be held in Kingston.He advised that the event will be facilitated by the Regional Activity Centre – Regional Maritime Pollution Emergency Information Training Centre Caribe.According to the Minister, “With just over three months to the 2020 deadline, the question of the sulphur cap…is upon us.”Against this background, Mr. Montague said it was important for regulators and the wider industry players to step up their preparations to transition to the new paradigm in shipping.The Conference is being hosted by the Maritime Authority of Jamaica in partnership with IBIA under the theme ‘Caribbean Journey to 2020 Compliance’ read more

JSIF Spearheading Projects to Boost Special Education

The projects are being undertaken through grant funding under the ninth cycle of the Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF 9), and involve partnership with the Special Education Unit of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, whose mandate is to ensure that children with special needs receive quality education. Several projects are being spearheaded by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) aimed at strengthening capacity in the special education sector. These initiatives, which are scheduled to be completed by December 2020, include infrastructural work and the training of teachers and school administrators. Story Highlights Several projects are being spearheaded by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) aimed at strengthening capacity in the special education sector.These initiatives, which are scheduled to be completed by December 2020, include infrastructural work and the training of teachers and school administrators.The projects are being undertaken through grant funding under the ninth cycle of the Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF 9), and involve partnership with the Special Education Unit of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, whose mandate is to ensure that children with special needs receive quality education.Speaking in an interview with JIS News, JSIF Project Manager, Kemeisha Batchan, said that the objective is to provide support to the Ministry in addressing gaps at the special education level.She said data from the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) indicate that there are 7,835 registered children living with various disabilities, including intellectual and physical challenges “so we must ensure that their needs are addressed”.“Our specific intervention in special needs represents our thrust to be more inclusive, because development has to be inclusive and you have to take into account the [special needs] community and the needs of Jamaica,” she noted.Outlining the projects to be undertaken, Miss Batchan said that these include rehabilitation of the Jacks River Primary School in St. Mary. The JSIF Board approved more than $30 million for the works in May.“We will be doing work on the classrooms, sanitation facilities and roofing in order to make the school environment more conducive for students to be able to learn and improve the educational outcomes,” she said.She explained that the school will serve as a hub for students, particularly from the communities of Mason Hall, Free Hill, Boscobel, and Albion Mountain.JSIF will also facilitate construction of a sensory inclusive playground at Hope Estate in St. Andrew. The facility will have sensory activity walls, inclusive swings that can accommodate wheelchairs, and other amenities to stimulate the senses.Meanwhile, Miss Batchan informed that the JSIF has allotted some $40.1 million to support special education training.Under the initiative, 30 school administrators, particularly principals, will be certified in Inclusive School Leadership.The Special Education Unit will create content and deliver materials for the course, with the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL) providing coordination and quality assurance.The training is aimed at strengthening the capacity of principals to create an inclusive school environment to ensure children with disabilities can be successfully enrolled in mainstream schools.In addition, some 20 teachers, selected from various regions across the island, will pursue the General Certificate in Introduction to Special Education at The Mico University College.“We are also supporting the Advanced Programme for Exploration (APEX) and the Teaching Children with Exceptionalities initiatives, which are geared at teaching educators how to identify and support gifted students and those with exceptionalities,” Miss Batchan told JIS News, noting that some 60 teachers will benefit in each case.“We recognise that there is a shortage of trained and certified special education teachers islandwide, and so, the aim is to bolster the Ministry’s capacity to provide improved educational experience; better address the learning challenges and to market specialist areas to potential teachers,” she outlined. read more