World Cup 2019: Told Mohammed Shami his time would come, says Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgOther Videos from Sports 22:37 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 A new start for BCCI: Sourav Ganguly after taking charge as board president 04:27 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Former India captain Sourav Ganguly takes over as 39th BCCI president 03:09 Thu, 17 Oct, 2019 Haven’t had a discussion about Ashwin’s future at KXIP yet, says coach Kumble 09:34 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Never aspired to become BCCI chief: Sourav Ganguly 05:16 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Sourav Ganguly likely to become new BCCI boss 09:04 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 We will create Indian champions in Free Fire: Kiren Rijiju 02:16 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Free Fire India Today League trophy unveiled 03:11 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Kalli Purie speech at Free Fire India Today League trophy Load More Other Video CategoriesIndiaSportsMoviesSo SorryProgrammelast_img read more

Vijay Hazare Trophy: Shikhar Dhawan fails to shine again but Delhi win

first_imgVijay Hazare Trophy: Shikhar Dhawan fails to shine again but Delhi winDelhi star player Shikhar Dhawan (26 off 42) fell cheaply for the fourth time in five innings but Delhi still recorded an emphatic seven-wicket win over Haryana in a Group B match of Vijay Hazare Trophy. Press Trust of India VadodaraOctober 16, 2019UPDATED: October 16, 2019 23:54 IST Shikhar Dhawan cored just 26 off 42 balls as Delhi defeated Haryana in their Vijay Hazare Trophy match. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDelhi defeated Haryana by 7 wickets in Group B match of the Vijay Hazare TrophySpinners Manan Sharma (3/39) and Nitish Rana (2/19) restricted Haryana for 172 in 45.3 oversAnuj Rawat then scored an unbeatn 56 to guide Delhi homeSpinners and an unbeaten 56 from Anuj Rawat helped Delhi complete an emphatic seven-wicket win over Haryana in a Group B match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy here on Wednesday.Spinners Manan Sharma (3/39) and Nitish Rana (2/19) took the bulk of the wickets as Delhi dismissed Haryana for 172 in 45.3 overs after opting to bowl.Though star player Shikhar Dhawan (26 off 42) fell cheaply for the fourth time in five innings, Delhi raced to the target in 30.3 overs with Rawat and Rana (27 not out off 21) taking the team home.Rawat smashed four boundaries and as many sixes in his entertaining knock.Opener Kunwar Bidhuri struck 43 off 34 balls to make the modest chase even more comfortable and shared a 61-run stand with Dhawan.It was Delhi’s fourth win in seven games with one not producing a result. Out of the 19 teams competing in Group A and B, only five qualify for the quarterfinals. The Group B fixtures were affected badly by rain earlier this month.Delhi play their final league fixture against Himachal Pradesh on Thursday.In other Group B games, Punjab beat Maharashtra by six wickets and Uttar Pradesh defeated Odisha by five wickets.Also Read | Can u play the last Test in Ranchi: Harbhajan Singh asks Jonty Rhodes to bat for South AfricaAlso Read | Feel angry at times but I control my emotions better than some others: MS DhoniFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Nextlast_img read more

New Music Monday: Fly Golden Eagle

first_imgIt was in a Nashville basement that Ben Trimble lost himself in rock ‘n’ roll. He found himself working for a music supervisor with a 60,000-strong record collection, and dove headfirst down the rabbit hole. Motown. Blues. Glam rock. Psychedelia. And soon, all of the disparate sources of his inspiration — his lineage, his Detroit roots, his need for expression, the newfound discovery of a musical community in Nashville — slowly began to weave together into the musical tapestry that would become Fly Golden Eagle.“That was a big part of unlocking music for me, as a means to express myself,” Trimble says. “I realized that there was a long line of people who had expressed rebellion — both serious and casual — through music. They’d done so in different ways and in different parts of the country.”Trimble’s musical origins are one piece of the puzzle. Bass player Matt Shaw hails from Celeste, Texas. Mitch Jones on the keys is from Knoxville, Tennessee. Richard Harper, drums, hails from Huntsville, Alabama. Each possesses a musical prowess that encompasses technical skill, deep roots, and a whole lot of heart, evident in their playing and performance styles.It’s an “only in Nashville” combination that leads to a new sound, a sum that is equally indebted to all of its parts. Fly Golden Eagle has also stepped up to become power players in the emerging, way-beyond-country Nashville scene — they’ve worked extensively with Adrija Tokic, cut music in The Bomb Shelter, and played on some of the most significant albums representing the new Nashville sound, including Benjamin Booker, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Majestico, and Alabama Shakes.But while Nashville may be responsible for bringing these musicians together, their sound speaks to a much bigger musical world.“In Detroit, it’s all about heart,” Trimble says. “There, it does exactly what you as an artist hopes for: it brings people together.”Trimble is describing these points of influence on the road home from Nashville to Michigan to see his family. Family runs deep here. And the spirit of togetherness, of telling a bigger kind of story, is essential to understanding Fly Golden Eagle’s latest release, Quartz.This was a definite contrast from Swagger, Fly Golden Eagle’s previous psych-funk release. “[Swagger] was my thing,” he describes. “Quartz is about something bigger.”“Bigger” is something of an understatement — try momentous. Quartz is a 26-song epic, a collection of songs that join together to form a narrative arc describing a story that is sometimes vulgar, sometimes profane, and sometimes beautiful. It’s about the psychedelia found in the natural world and it’s a love story.Quartz is also meant as an artistic pairing, of sorts — the album lines up with the groundbreaking 1973 film The Holy Mountain, an avant-garde masterpiece directed by Alejandro Jodorowski, produced by The Beatles’ manager Allen Klein, and funded by John Lennon and George Harrison. Trimble found himself inspired by the film while writing the material that would become Quartz. It was not a given that the music and the movie would run in tandem, but as Trimble continued to write, the through-lines of both works matched up, leading to an inspirational set piece of visuals, music, and story.But to limit Quartz’s point of references to one film would be a disservice to the music, and to band that created it. Quartz is a representation of Fly Golden Eagle itself – the psych-rock- glam-funk-gospel sounds that unify to create a beautiful whole. You’ll hear the stomp-heavy drama of T.Rex and the swirling colors, and textures of The Doors. A growl of punk rock mixed effortlessly with the choral echos of the gospel church. It’s also a reflection of place and the environments in which musical mastery is created. For Quartz, that includes Bomb Shelter and “Lil’ Biv Town” in Nashville; Trimble’s bedroom; a garage in Celeste, Texas; but mainly, Trinity College in Tehuacana, Texas.The college was abandoned in the ‘40s, but the gorgeous art deco site still has working power, and even functional dorms. The band decamped with girlfriends and friends to record, cook, and create. They set up shop in what was once the library – the space was flooded with natural light, and windows to the surrounding environment. Days were built around the music; nights were for sharing stories over dinner and wine. The fully immersive experience, and the deeply inspirational space, led to the kind of band chemistry that dreams are made of.This is evident in the power of the overall effort, and the integrity of each individual song. Consider the impact of 12-track Quartz Bijou, a consolidated offering of the longer album effort. Bijou ebbs and flows seamlessly; it’s a deeply satisfying stand-alone musical effort, with the bonus realization that there’s more to be heard and experienced.Bijou starts out strong, with the cacophonous celebration of “You Look Good to Me,” an exercise in musical layering – from the swath of keys to the slap of bass, Trimble wails a sentiment you soon find yourself relating to: “Oh, it’s all the way to the bones/I can’t fight it.”The energy never flags. From the stomp-heavy bombast of “Stepping Stone” to the kaleidoscopic Southern swell of “Medicine Hat,” where the nature of Quartz Bijou, and Quartz as a whole, as a necessary journey is solidified: “Moving down the street with no horizon/One way ticket I’ve got nowhere else to go.”The music is a ride. And it’s one that you should take as often as you can, with the volume turned up. Just say yes to the question posed in slinky seduction of “Horses Mouth:” “I’m never bending to the imitations/ Why don’t you come and take a trip with me?”Purchase Quartz on Amazon or iTunes (Quartz Bijou on Amazon and iTunes) 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer Editors’ Recommendations An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Bouldering Lenny Kravitz’s New Twice Toothpaste Will Make Plaque Fly Away The New Fender Vintera Series Harkens Back to the Beginnings of Rock and Roll Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play Applast_img read more

The 3 Best Hotel Bars in San Francisco

first_imgModern Nomad is a weekly column dedicated to mobile gear, must-see world destinations, tips for life on the road, and traveling better through technology.No one can deny that San Francisco has long been a great drinking town. Over the last two decades, craft beer bars and one-off artisan cocktail lounges have seemingly taken over every street corner. But, until recently, there’s been a noticeable dearth of great hotel bars in the city. Here are just a few of our favorite hotel watering holes in one of our favorite California cities:Jasper’s Corner Tap & Kitchen (Hotel Serrano)Just a short walk from Union Square, the boutique Hotel Serrano is a worthy destination in its own right, even for locals. So it’s no surprise such a great hotel has an equally worthy hotel bar. In just a few short years, Jasper’s Corner Tap & Kitchen has fast become one of the city’s best gourmet beer bars. The atmosphere is a neat blend of sophisticated brasserie and traditional gastropub. It offers all the expected essentials of both — great food and a carefully culled selection of West Coast craft beers. The Oh Canada! Poutine (fries, herb gravy, artisanal cheese curds), in particular, pairs nicely with almost any one of Jasper’s 18 continually rotating draft beer selections.Related: 3 San Francisco Restaurants You Can’t MissTop of the Mark (Intercontinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco)Since its opening more than sixty years ago, Top of the Mark has stood as an icon of San Francisco’s bar scene. Perched on the 19th floor of the city’s Intercontinental Mark Hopkins, this classic lounge arguably offers the best views in the entire city. Among other sophisticated tipple, the cocktail menu features a long list of 100 bespoke martinis and plenty of small plates to boot. Check out the live music every weekend and know the brief wait and $10 cover charge is more than worth it.The View Lounge (San Francisco Marriott Marquis)While you may not think of Marriott as a “hip” hotel brand, the The View Lounge at San Francisco’s Marriott Marquis is something altogether different. The throngs of businessmen and conference-goers may be exactly what you’d expect of a traditional hotel bar, but the stunning 360-degree views from this 39th floor perch are nothing short of spectacular. Coupled with a solid cocktail menu and a surprisingly decent selection of small and large plates (the braised pork belly is especially noteworthy), it’s an ideal go-to destination for couples. Editors’ Recommendations A Guide to Raw Denim Jean Selection and Care Where to Find Artwork to Match Your Style You Need One (Or More) of the Best Men’s Henley Shirts in Your Wardrobe The New Alex Mill Collection Is Packed With Your Fall Style Essentials The Best Father and Son Matching Outfits last_img read more

The Jetson Adventure Electric Bike: Pedal Power

first_img The Lampuga Air Inflatable Jetboard Is a Go-Anywhere Aqua Thrill Ride Editors’ Recommendations Ride Out the Apocalypse With the 1,000-Horsepower Rezvani Tank X SUV Travel 2,200 Miles on an Extreme, 18-Day Mystery Tour from Tehran to Istanbul The 2020 Living Vehicle Is a Swanky Luxury Apartment on Wheels I recently got the opportunity to spend a few days with a Jetson Adventure Electric Bike, and let me tell you this: I briefly considered perpetrating some sort of convoluted scheme wherein I would not have to return the bike to the good people of Jetson who lent it to me. Once you have ridden a power-assisted bicycle, a regular bike seems like a cupcake with no frosting.* But I’ve always avoided fraud when possible, so instead I simply rode the hell out of this thing while I could.First a few words on the Jetson brand: this brand new company is dedicated to providing “the most extensive line of personal mobility products for all ages that are environmentally-friendly, convenient and affordable.” I know that, because it says so on their website. The company will be offering electric bikes, scooters, hover boards, trikes, skateboards, and more. And you read that right, I said “will be” because at the time of this writing, Jetson’s store has not even officially launched yet.Riding the Adventure is like, well, riding a bicycle. The bike has a 250-watt motor with power supplied by a 36-volt Lithium-ion battery that provides ample power to the 27.5-inch wheels. But it’s not an electrically powered vehicle, per say; rather the power only kicks on when you are actively pedaling (and stops as soon as you cease pushing on the pedals). The bike assists your efforts, rather than propelling you along by itself. That makes the ride experience quite comfortable quite quickly; you might suck in one quick breath the first time you feel the bike begin to add power, but after that, operating the Jetson Adventure is natural and, of course, easy. (And this is coming from a guy who almost crashed a moped into the side of a parked van within about thirty seconds of starting the motor, by the way.)I rode this thing up hills that normally take the fight out of me on my regular mountain bike and didn’t hear a single complaint from my quads. I zoomed along on major roads and never broke a sweat as I paced the traffic. And I had completed a 3.2-mile loop around town (my standard jogging route, so I know the 4-1-1) before I knew it.Beyond the obvious attribute of the whole electric motor that helps you bike with minimal effort, the Jetson Adventure Electric Bike has a few other features that deserve mention. The bike has a built-in headlight and tail-lamp, which are great for safety. It can support riders weighing up to 300 pounds, which is an impressive capacity. And it even has a bell; yes, a good old manual bell that goes kind of like “ding-ing” when you ring it.However, there are a few things I have to criticize about the Jetson Adventure bike. My primary complaint is that the bicycle has a top assisted speed of 20 miles per hour. At first, I didn’t realize the thing had a pre-determined top speed, and I was rather confused why I couldn’t get it to go much faster than 32 KPH (the screen was set to kilometers, and being a progressive sort, I dealt with that calmly). Later, after re-reading the specs, I noticed the maximum speed to which the motor will assist the rider. Oh well, you can always just pedal harder or find a downhill grade. Or both.Also of note is the weight of this bike. At 42 pounds, it’s heavier than almost any other bicycle you are likely to mount these days. When the motor is working, of course it feels as light as the finest carbon fiber road bike. But were the battery to run out of power when you were still far afield, you would have one heavy bike on your hands. Of course, the Jetson Adventure was designed primarily for crosstown urban travel anyway, so power outlets are likely to be readily available whenever needed.One more note: given the retail price of around $1,700, you might want to store the Jetson Adventure inside, not chained to a stop sign on a street corner.* In the spirit of full disclosure, I love cupcakes without frosting. Maybe even more than frosted cupcakes, in fact. I was making a point, not a statement, see? Airbnb Announces Epic Around the World in 80 Days Adventure for Just $5,000last_img read more

High in the Hills of Oakland, Skyline House Makes the View the Star

first_img Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat This All-Black Cabin is Like a Pair of Binoculars Taking in the Canadian Wilderness Editors’ Recommendations A Soaring Roof Defines This Paradise of an Arizona Desert Dwelling Thailand’s WARchitect Design Studio is Elevating Home Design This Desert Oasis Is a Stylish Update on Classic Adobe Homes When a young family needed a home with an open floor plan, Terry and Terry Architecture took up the challenge. Skyline House is a rebuild of a post-firestorm home from the early 1990s. It sits in the hills of the Eastbay mountains, overlooking Oakland and the bay beyond. The family wanted to create a connection between the garden at the front of the home and the vistas at the back. Through the use of a clever tube-shaped design, the architects were able to create that connection while still taking the extreme weather of the mountains into consideration.Using the sloped site and existing floor plan to its advantage, the home steps down rather than rising up, allowing it to better blend in with the natural surroundings and keep visual obstructions to a minimum. The goal of this project was to always be sure nature came first. Redwoods on either side of the property were preserved, while glass walls at the front and back of the home allow for clear views from the entryway garden.The main level of Skyline House includes the entryway, family room, dining area, kitchen, master suite, and a bedroom. Going downstairs reveals the lower level, which contains a projection room for watching movies, two more bedrooms, and an office. Simple, natural materials of hardwood, stone, and concrete reflect the surrounding landscape, keeping with the minimalist mantra of bringing the outdoors in. Mid-century modern furniture was used throughout the home. The low profile of these pieces make them ideal for this space while adding a touch of style to the design.The large family room features open floor plan, jaw dropping views, a suspended fireplace, and a dramatically curved, wood-covered ceiling designed to mimic the fog that rolls in over the hills. This unique shape allows for ventilation while also serving a much talked about focal point of the space. A set of sliding glass doors can be tucked away into the wall, allowing for the family room and deck to become one large, open space. Glass panel railings on deck look out over the city below, the bay, and the mountains beyond.Perhaps the best room in the home is the master suite. It is simplistic, again allowing the scenery to shine. What really makes it special is the private balcony and a large soaking tub in the bathroom — both are perfect for unwinding after a long day and taking in the view of the Golden Gate Bridge.last_img read more

$2 Billion Allocated to Purchase New Buses

first_imgEfforts are being made to significantly improve the public passenger transportation system this financial year, through a $2.2 billion allocation to purchase new buses. Details of the project are outlined in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, currently being reviewed by the Standing Finance Committee of the House. The programme, being implemented by the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, will see some $2.19 billion being allocated to the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC). Approximately $2.14 billion of this sum will be used to purchase buses to service routes across the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR). This is expected to be supported by the JUTC’s ongoing bus maintenance programme, for which another $50 million has been earmarked. Just over $18 million has been allocated to offset the operational expenses for the delivery of public transportation services in the Montego Bay Metro Region, while the remaining $15 million will finance a rural bus study. Implementation of the study will entail the engagement of a consultant to undertake an assessment of the transportation system serving students in rural areas. This exercise will, among other things, identify and analyze challenges associated with the existing system; ensure equity in the service provided by the government for students; and prepare a rural bus strategy and implementation plan. By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

JCDC KSA Talent Search Under Way

first_imgThe annual Big Stage talent competition put on by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is in full swing in Kingston and St. Andrew (KSA) JCDC’s KSA Parish Manager, Paulette Sutherland, told JIS News that four auditions have already been held in Olympic Gardens, August Town,  McGregor Gully, and Red Hills Square.Others are scheduled for the Trench Town Community Centre on July 7; and at the Duhaney Park Community Centre on July 15.The acts selected from the auditions will compete in the Big Stage grand finale on July 28 at Mandela Park in Half-Way Tree. Contestants will also showcase their talents at the KSA Emancipation/Independence activities for Jamaica 55.The finalists will have the opportunity to hone their skills at a development workshop scheduled for the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on July 18 starting at 6:00 p.m.The workshop will focus on stage presence, microphone techniques, presentation, audience interaction and general delivery.Ms. Sutherland said the Big Stage grand finale is free of cost to the public, and the top acts will receive cash prizes in addition to trophies and other incentives.The Big Stage competition, which evolved from the JCDC Popular Cultural Expressions/Pop and Variety, and Star Search contests, seeks to identify, promote and train talents in the areas of dance, singing, deejaying, stand-up comedy, novelty acts, magic/conjuring, signing and miming. It is open to Jamaicans aged 18 and over.Ms. Sutherland said the annual competition provides an opportunity, particularly for unattached youth in rural and inner-city communities, to showcase their talents and earn an income.A new aspect of the competition this year is that the winners at each audition will receive a cash award of $10,000.Entry forms and other details of the competition are available at the JCDC website at www.jcdc.gov.jm; its social media pages; the JCDC Head Office at 3-5 Phoenix Avenue in Kingston; the Kingston & St. Andrew Parish Office, 36 Hope Road, Kingston 10; or Tel: 960-7725.last_img read more

Gov’t Increases Allocation for Crime-Fighting

first_imgThe allocation to the Ministry of National Security for fiscal year 2018/19 has increased by 23.4 per cent, moving to $78.5 billion up from $63.6 billion in 2017/18.Opening the Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 8, Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, said the increase will facilitate the provision of machinery and equipment, and implementation of physical infrastructure and social-intervention programmes.Mr. Shaw said projects to be undertaken in the new fiscal year include construction of new facilities for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF); expansion of crime-fighting training facilities; building and improvement of several correctional facilities; procurement of motor vehicles and other specialised equipment to respond to both physical threats and cyberattacks; and continuation of social-intervention initiatives.He said the Government has identified national security and the rule of law as among the main strategic priorities for fiscal year 2018/19 and for the medium-term.The theme of the Minister’s presentation was ‘Stability, Growth and Prosperity – Our Goal, Our Responsibility’.last_img read more

School Administrators Encouraged to Screen Athletes

first_img Speaking at a recently held JIS ‘Think Tank’, Dr. Wong highlighted the importance of ensuring that the well-being and safety of students participating in physically demanding activities are paid special attention. Story Highlights As Jamaica observes Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Awareness Week (June 17-23), Consultant, Emergency Health and Director at the Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ), Dr. Hugh Wong, is reminding school administrators to ensure that active students, such as athletes, are screened to ascertain risk for sudden cardiac arrest. As Jamaica observes Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Awareness Week (June 17-23), Consultant, Emergency Health and Director at the Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ), Dr. Hugh Wong, is reminding school administrators to ensure that active students, such as athletes, are screened to ascertain risk for sudden cardiac arrest.Speaking at a recently held JIS ‘Think Tank’, Dr. Wong highlighted the importance of ensuring that the well-being and safety of students participating in physically demanding activities are paid special attention.“Screenings will give an indication of the condition of the students’ hearts and their readiness to participate in their respective sporting activities,” he explained.While the Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA) currently plays an active role in seeking funding to cover screening costs for students, the parents are implored to do their part to ensure the well-being of their children.The HFJ has also been partnering with a number of Primary and Secondary institutions to have teachers trained in administering CPR, in order to respond readily to cases of sudden cardiac arrest.Senior Manager, Health Administration, HFJ, Nola Philpotts-Brown, pointed out that while the Foundation continues to advocate for CPR training, it is pushing even harder for the necessary pre-participation screening to be carried out to prevent the need for response to cases of sudden cardiac arrest.“It is one thing for us to be able to respond, but we want to be able to detect any issues that may exist prior to the children participating in the various activities,” emphasised Mrs. Philpotts-Brown “Screenings will give an indication of the condition of the students’ hearts and their readiness to participate in their respective sporting activities,” he explained.last_img read more

Festival Queen Finalists Will Be Among Future Leaders – Holness

first_imgStory Highlights Patron of the National Festival Queen Competition, the Most Hon. Juliet Holness, says she is confident that the 13 finalists in this year’s Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) contest will be among the country’s future leaders. The reigning queen is Dainalyn Swaby, who represented St. Elizabeth. For her part, Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, thanked Mrs. Holness for hosting the breakfast, and reminded the finalists that they, in their capacities as parish queens, are all cultural activists. Patron of the National Festival Queen Competition, the Most Hon. Juliet Holness, says she is confident that the 13 finalists in this year’s Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) contest will be among the country’s future leaders.Addressing the contestants during Tuesday’s (July 31) Festival Queen Breakfast at the Jamaica House Banquet Hall, Mrs. Holness noted that the finalists are “bright, articulate and well-rounded in terms of your knowledge of Jamaica and your own creativity and talent”.“I am absolutely comfortable and confident that in this very room are seated the next generation of Jamaica’s leaders. I am absolutely proud to be the Patron of an event which brings together such a distinguished group of women,” she said.Meanwhile, Mrs Holness is encouraging the finalists to use the opportunities afforded them, by virtue of winning their parish titles, as springboards to propel themselves towards achieving greater success.She emphasised that the parish crown “is not a destination but a stepping stone for greater things to come,” adding that “each daily experience must form part of the groundwork for the next day’s achievements”.Mrs. Holness also encouraged them to engage in outreach activities in their respective parishes that will empower other women, in particular, through mentorship and other initiatives.She urged them to bear in mind that whatever the outcome of the coronation, slated for Emancipation Day, Wednesday, August 1, “all of you are already winners”.For her part, Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, thanked Mrs. Holness for hosting the breakfast, and reminded the finalists that they, in their capacities as parish queens, are all cultural activists.She said whatever the competition’s outcome, each finalist would still be excellent cultural representatives and leaders, “because you would have done your best… and (made) us all very proud”.“So, when the contest is over, you still have a responsibility… to continue to be leaders in your parishes and to be leaders nationally,” Miss Grange added.In his remarks, JCDC Executive Director, Orville Hill, said the experience gained by this year’s queens “is not one that you leave at the doorstep; it stays with you as you go through your experiences in life”.“Your experience has just started. As you go back into your respective communities, you (will be) representing your parish; the JCDC; the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, and, in fact, Jamaica,” he added.Miss Manchester, Stacy Ann Nelson, who responded on behalf of the contestants, gave their undertaking to be exemplary ambassadors.The reigning queen is Dainalyn Swaby, who represented St. Elizabeth.last_img read more

84-Year-Old Jamaican Exercised Her Right to Vote in US Midterm Elections

first_img “It is my right to vote, and I need to select the candidate of my choice… . I’m a medical person… and I’m still working,” Ms. Hampton said, adding that that her vote is very important to the future of the country she lives in. After living in the United States of America for 52 years, Jamaican born 84-year-old nurse, Murlin Hampton, was determined to independently use her stroller to get to Clark County in Nevada, to cast her vote during the 2018 Midterm Elections on November 6. Story Highlightscenter_img After living in the United States of America for 52 years, Jamaican born 84-year-old nurse, Murlin Hampton, was determined to independently use her stroller to get to Clark County in Nevada, to cast her vote during the 2018 Midterm Elections on November 6.“It is my right to vote, and I need to select the candidate of my choice… . I’m a medical person… and I’m still working,” Ms. Hampton said, adding that that her vote is very important to the future of the country she lives in.She was speaking to JIS News, which is visiting sections of the US as part of the Foreign Press Centers’ International Reporting Tour for the elections.Ms. Hampton emphasised that she wants to play her part in ensuring that the United States has good leaders, so that the future generation can have a better life.“I hope they’ll change some things for the better, so that’s why I came out [to vote],” she said.She told JIS News that she has been voting in the US for decades and will do so as long as her ability permits her to.“I’ve seen all the changes that have taken place. I’ve seen how people vote and I’ve seen how they’ve not voted,” she said.Another voter at Clark County, Julie McCrary, expressed similar sentiments as Ms. Hampton.“Why did I vote? [I voted] Because I’m an American… . If you don’t vote; then don’t say nothing about it,” she said.Meanwhile, Diondrea Hysaw said that as a young American, she believes their voices need to be heard, and for that to happen, the American youth have to vote.“I was not going to miss it… . Everyone should express their voice, and I particularly wanted my voice to be heard today, and that’s why I came to vote,” Ms. Hysaw told JIS News.The results from the midterm elections show that the Democrats won the House of Representatives, while the Republicans retained control of the Senate.The US Foreign Press Centers’ International Reporting Tour is taking place between November 1 and 8, and includes 25 journalists from different geographic regions around the world, including Jamaica.The tour includes presentations by American academics, pollsters and journalists covering their respective state’s midterm elections.last_img read more

Gov’t Committed to Implementing Robust Diaspora Policy

first_img The Government remains committed to implementing a robust diaspora policy that provides the framework for effective partnerships with Jamaicans living abroad.In this regard, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says beginning next week, she will be leading focus group meetings “to take forward the consultative process in some cities where our largest populations of the diaspora reside”.The Minister also encourages members of the diaspora to read the draft policy on the Ministry’s website and offer feedback.“We are particularly looking forward to the active participation of those who are overseas [and] Jamaicans at home as well. Your feedback will enrich the final outcome,” Mrs. Johnson Smith said.She indicated that feedback can be sent in writing to diasporapolicy@mfaft.gov.jm by May 17 to ensure these are substantively considered for discussion at the conference.Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith (centre), listens to a discussion between Government Senator and GraceKennedy Limited Chief Executive Officer, Don Wehby (left), and Jamaica National Group Assistant General Manager, Leon Mitchell, during the official launch of the eighth biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on April 2. Story Highlights In this regard, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says beginning next week, she will be leading focus group meetings “to take forward the consultative process in some cities where our largest populations of the diaspora reside”. “It is our intention that one of the principal tangible outcomes of this conference will be the finalisation of the diaspora policy [so] that it may be presented to the Cabinet and the Parliament for its acceptance and implementation,” Senator Johnson Smith advised.She was speaking at the launch of the Ministry’s eighth biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on April 2.Senator Johnson Smith said the Ministry continues to strengthen the diaspora engagement strategy, which includes boosting the communication channels between the island and the various areas where Jamaicans reside.“Among work under way is the maximisation of the existing social and traditional media platforms to further connect with our people at different levels. It [also] includes improving coordination among departments and agencies to ensure greater efficiency in providing services to the diaspora,” she said.Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith (left), converses with Government Senator and GraceKennedy Limited Chief Executive Officer, Don Wehby, during the official launch of the eighth biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on April 2. The Minister also encourages members of the diaspora to read the draft policy on the Ministry’s website and offer feedback. The Government remains committed to implementing a robust diaspora policy that provides the framework for effective partnerships with Jamaicans living abroad. Mrs. Johnson Smith further noted that actions taken in relation to the diaspora are guided by the country’s Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan, which is also aligned with the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.In his remarks, Government Senator and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GraceKennedy Limited, Don Wehby, said the diaspora is of significant importance to Jamaica as it represents “a significant reservoir of social and financial capital, which must be optimised for national development”.“As of 2017, it has been estimated that the diaspora is three million strong. It invests in three main areas, namely stocks and bonds, savings, and investments in businesses. The latest value we have is US$1.2 billion. Jamaica receives remittance flows of US$2.2 billion, which accounts for 16 per cent of the gross domestic product,” he said.Mr. Wehby, who is Conference Chairman, informed that the diaspora continues to make significant direct contributions to agriculture, education, health, and community development initiatives.He said the biennial conference is an example of tangible public-private partnership that galvanises Jamaicans’ support at home and abroad around issues of national importance.Senator Wehby further stated that the 2019 conference’s programme, content and format builds on the feedback that has been received from similar previous engagements and will seek to re-energise Jamaican Diaspora partnerships to support the country’s priorities “with respect to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals”.For his part, Diaspora Advisory Board member, Wayne Golding, said the connections with the diaspora remain strong, as its members are keen on being involved in key developments in Jamaica.The conference, which will be held under theme ‘Jamaica and the Diaspora: Building Pathways for Sustainable Development’, is scheduled for the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, from June 16 to 20.The focus areas for dialogue and expected outcomes will take into consideration important global trends and their impact on the future marketplace and workplace as well as critical partnerships.Legacy partners for the conference include the Jamaica National Group, GraceKennedy, Victoria Mutual Building Society and J. Wray and Nephew.Official partners include the Jamaica Promotions Corporations (JAMPRO), the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), and Caribbean Airlines.last_img read more

Fincantieri’s Monfalcone Displays “Regal Princess”

first_imgzoom “Regal Princess”, the new flagship of the Princess Cruises fleet owned by the Carnival Group, the world’s largest cruise ship operator, was presented on Sunday at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard.Attending the ceremony, among others, were the Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, the Governor of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Debora Serracchiani, the Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Claudio De Vincenti and the Undersecretary of State for Justice, Cosimo Maria Ferri.In attendance for the owner were Arnold Donald, Chairman and CEO of Carnival Corporation, Stein Kruse, CEO of Holland America Group, Jan Swartz, Chairman of Princess Cruises, and for Fincantieri, Giuseppe Bono, CEO and Vincenzo Petrone, Chairman.The construction of “Regal Princess” consolidates Fincantieri’s primacy in building the largest passenger ships in Italian shipbuilding history. It has 1,780 cabins, of which 1,438 with balconies (81% of the total), and is able to accommodate 4,200 passengers, with total capacity for over 5,600 people including crew.At 141,000 gross tons, 330 metres long and 38 metres wide, the new ship is the largest ship ever built by Fincantieri, along with “Royal Princess”, its sister ship delivered last year at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard. Both ships are in the world’s top ten largest cruise ships.As an innovative ship for a new ground-breaking class of ship, “Regal Princess”, like “Royal Princess”, stands out for its new “future-proof design”, not only in terms of layout and state-of-the-art performance, but also because it complies with the most recent regulations concerning large cruise ships.Among the keystones of this trend are the rational use of space, with the aim of avoiding any wasted tonnage that would otherwise increase operating costs, and energy saving to reduce emissions into the atmosphere and water. The ship will be able to adapt to every possible type of cruise, operating from Alaska to Australia, even in environmentally protected areas where navigation is restricted.“Regal Princess” is the 32nd cruise ship built at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard and the 14th for Princess Cruises alone. Fincantieri has built 65 cruise ships since 1990, 42 of which since 2002.Press Release, May 16, 2014; Image: princess cruiseslast_img read more

FERC Gives Green Light to Freeport Liquefaction Project

first_imgzoom Proposed liquefaction facilities (Trains 1 through 3) at Quintana Island TerminalThe U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authorized Freeport LNG Development, L.P. to site, construct, and operate facilities to liquefy and export domestic natural gas from its existing liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal located near the city of Freeport, Brazoria County, Texas. The Freeport Liquefaction Project includes the construction and operation of a liquefaction plant with three trains, each with a capacity of 4.4 million metric tons per annum, for total liquefaction capacity of 1.8 Bcf/d. The project also includes pretreatment plant facilities that will interconnect with several pipelines, as well as facilities to allow bi-directional flow of gas through the existing Freeport Pipeline.In addition, FERC authorized Freeport LNG’s Phase II Modification Project that would revamp the previously authorized, but unconstructed Phase II Project.The Phase II Modification Project comprises three major components: reorientation of the Phase II dock, modification of the transfer facilities, and modification of access roads at the terminal.The two projects would be constructed together at Freeport’s existing Quintana Island terminal.The order adopts FERC environmental staff’s recommendations by requiring the company to adhere to more than 80 conditions to mitigate potential adverse environmental impacts.The U.S. Department of Energy has conditionally approved Freeport LNG’s export of gas to both Free Trade Agreement and non-Free Trade Agreement countries.This is the third LNG export project authorized by FERC. There are currently 10 LNG export projects that have filed formal applications pending before the Commission, and there are three LNG export projects in the pre-filing process.Press Release, August 1, 2014last_img read more

Ahrenkiel Lands 8 Boxships

first_imgzoom German shipowner Ahrenkiel Steamship has bought eight container ships from HSH Nordbank’s Nautilus credit portfolio.The parties involved have agreed not to disclose the exact purchase prices of the vessels and the identities of the sellers; however, the total value of the transaction is in the three-digit million US dollar range.The portfolio comprises of four 4,300 TEU, so called ”Baby-Panamax” vessels, as well as four feeder ships in the 1,300 to 2,500 TEU range. The average age of the vessels is around seven years. The first four ships have already been handed over to Ahrenkiel Steamship. Four more are due to follow in the coming weeks and months“The acquisition of the eight vessels strengthens our position in the container market,” said Constantin Baack, Managing Director of Ahrenkiel Steamship. “We expect to see growing consolidation in the shipping markets. We at Ahrenkiel Steamship have set ourselves the goal of actively participating in this phase and raising our competitiveness even further.”Under the Nautilus financing model, HSH Nordbank remains involved in the new structure via a part of the credit amount.This gives the bank the opportunity of benefiting from a market improvement and – depending on overall market trends – recover the original credit amount at a later point of time. At the same time, Nautilus enables HSH Nordbank to significantly reduce its risks.The German bank expects further Nautilus transactions in 2015.last_img read more

Halifax Port Longshoremen Pen New Contract

first_imgzoom Canada’s Halifax Port Authority and the International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1843 have renewed their collective agreement.The collective agreement, which covers general operation and maintenance employees, expired on December 31, 2014.”I commend the Halifax Port Authority and the International Longshoremen’s Association for reaching an agreement that will benefit everyone. Strong labour-management relations favour both parties and benefit the overall economy,” Kellie Leitch, Canada’s Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, said.The agreement was reached with assistance from the Labour Program’s Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service provides dispute resolution and dispute prevention assistance to trade unions and employers under the jurisdiction of the Canada Labour Code.last_img read more

CE Delft Defends Its Shipping Efficiency Study

first_imgzoom Responding to conflicting claims about the conclusions the study it prepared for Seas At Risk and Transport & Environment on shipping’s efficiency in the press and most recently the criticism of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), consultancy firm CE Delft stood firm behind its findings.“CE Delft’s study for Seas At Risk and T&E found that ships can improve their design efficiency by about 5-15% on average just by going back to 1990 designs alone. As CE Delft has reiterated, its findings are based on the data and EIV/EEDI formulae which the IMO itself used. The ICS now needs to take the results seriously and show us why the EEDI targets shouldn’t be reviewed,” said John Maggs, policy advisor at Seas At Risk and president of the Clean Shipping Coalition.“The EIV formula is a simplified form of the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) that was used by the IMO to calculate the EEDI reference lines (which were set as the best fit average lines of all EIVs in the period 1999-2009). It can therefore be considered as a simple yet accepted measure of design efficiency. We have calculated EIVs on the basis of IHS and Clarkson databases, as did the IMO,” the consultancy explained.Furthermore, the consultancy added that the study shows that the EIV of new ships was on average worse than the EEDI reference line for ships built in the 1960s and 1970s, improved considerably in the 1980s and then deteriorated again.“This means that, on average, a ship built around 2010 had a design efficiency (as represented by the EIV) that was worse than a similar ship (same ship type, same size) built around 1990.  One of the main reasons why modern ships have a design efficiency that is worse than ships built around 1990 is that modern ships are, on average, fuller (more block-like). The reason for this is that when freight rates are high, it makes sense to build full ships because within draft and length constraints, they can transport more cargo than a more slender ship,” the statement reads.As explained, the EIV formula as established by the IMO does not take into account improvements in fuel efficiency of engines.  However, if it were taken into account the deterioration in design efficiency since 1990 would likely have been less than the study reported, CE Delfit said.Furthermore, the consultancy said that its methodology compared similar ships, not  how the fleet average design efficiency has evolved, stressing that its  conclusions relate to design efficiency not operational fuel efficiency.last_img read more

Pavillion Energy and Gazprom Sign 10-Year LNG Supply Deal

first_imgzoom Singapore-based Pavillion Energy has signed a 10-year Sales & Purchase Agreement for liquefied natural gas (LNG) with a subsidiary of Russia’s gas major Gazprom, Seah Moon Ming, the company’s chief executive officer, said today in his keynote address at Gastech Singapore 2015.First deliveries within the new agreement are expected two to three years from now Seah said, without disclosing the volume of LNG to be delivered, or the value of the contract.This Temasek portfolio company has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with China Huadian Green Energy to supply cargoes of LNG to the company from 2020 onward, as well as an MOU with Japan’s JERA for collaboration in joint LNG procurement and investment, Seah said in his speech.”Pavilion Energy is currently focused on developing regional demand. We see this as an important step towards building a reliable and robust LNG ecosystem in Singapore, and hopefully for Asia,” Seah said.Seah also said that the company sees Singapore as well-equipped to host this new and more open way of doing business in the LNG sector.”The International Energy Agency or IEA has expressed confidence about Singapore’s prospects, and believes Singapore will eventually emerge as Asia’s premier LNG Trading Hub,” Seah said.last_img read more

GSL Secures Time Charter for Tianjin with CMA CGM

first_imgContainership charter owner Global Ship Lease (GSL) has agreed to a new time charter with French carrier CMA CGM for the 2005-built OOCL Tianjin, which will be renamed GSL Tianjin. The 8,063 TEU containership will be chartered for a period of three to eight months at the charterer’s option at a fixed rate of USD 13,000 per day, commencing immediately upon re-delivery from its current charter on or around October 25, 2017.“We are pleased to have secured continued employment for the Tianjin on an EBITDA positive basis with one of the most active charterers in the market, CMA CGM,” Ian Webber, Chief Executive Officer of Global Ship Lease, said.“Coming off of its initial sale-and-leaseback charter with OOCL, the vessel will now be fixed at a profitable rate, which is reflective of market conditions, throughout the weaker winter months without compromising our ability to re-enter the strengthening market during a more seasonally advantageous period,” Webber added.He further said that, by continuing to focus on maintaining full fleet employment with top-tier counterparties, Global Ship Lease is well positioned “to benefit from the ongoing improvements in the market for mid-sized and smaller containerships.”GSL owns 18 vessels with a total capacity of 82,312 TEU and an average age, weighted by TEU capacity, at August 31, 2017 of 12.7 years. All 18 vessels are currently fixed on time charters, 15 of which are with CMA CGM.last_img read more