Tripura resumed trade with Bangladesh on Monday following a two-day hiatus at the check posts in view of elections in the neighbouring country, an official said. Bangladesh went to polls on Sunday to elect a new Parliament, the results of which were declared on Monday morning. The ruling Awami League-led alliance cruised to victory, bagging 260 seats in the 300-member House. All seven land custom stations in the State, closed since Saturday, recommenced operations along the border, P.K. Joardar, Assistant Commissioner of Customs Department (Tripura circle), said. “There was no official communication from Bangladesh and we kept our offices open, but there was no trade along the Indo-Bangla border,” he said. Trucks carrying goods from Bangladesh entered India in the morning through Agartala-Akhaura Integrated Check Post, one of the largest trading points between the two countries, Khokan Bhowmick, spokesperson of a trade association, said. “We hope that export and import would begin in full swing from tomorrow. Much of the operations were withheld as truck drivers in Bangladesh had gone to their native places to cast their votes,” Mr. Bhowmick of Agartala Exporter Importer Entrepreneur Sangha said. Tripura imports fish, cement and plastic products from Bangladesh, while exporting rubber latex, bamboo-based products, broomstick and soybean seeds, CNG-run vehicles and maize to the country.
Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Geneveve Casugod with coach Kid Santos. Photo from Kid Santos’ Facebook account.Philippine sports lost a legend in Florentino “Kid” Santos, who passed away on Wednesday due to cardiac arrest. He was 67.Santos had a celebrated volleyball career as a player and coach for Far Eastern University, which won majority of its championships in both the men and women’s divisions under his watch.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Santos was a beloved figure in the country’s volleyball scene and it’s no surprise that heartfelt messages and tributes poured out in the wake of his passing.“Sad news for the volleyball community, Coach Kid Santos joined our Creator😢Not only a great mentor but a second father to many….,” former La salle star Ivy Remulla wrote on Twitter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Learned so much about handling athletes from Kidd Santos. Great coach, even better person and father to all FEU athletes. You will truly be missed. RIP Coach Kidd,” posted FEU athletic director Mark Molina on his Twitter account.Even the current generation of players mourned Santos’ untimely death. Love, LeBron push Cavaliers past Antetokounmpo, Bucks John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:24Group urges Senate to pass bill on liquor, vape tax hike before yearend01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “My last picture with you Coach Kidd. You inspired and touched the lives of so many people, including me. Salamat sa lahat Coach Kidd RIP 💚💛” said FEU spiker Jerrili Malabanan.“A father to me and to many.. one of the pillars of Ph Volleyball.. SALAMAT po sa lahat. RIP Coach Kid Santos 😔” wrote University of the Philippines libero Pia Gaiser. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ View comments
Indian recurve women’s team of Laishram Bombayla Devi, Deepika Kumari and Chekrovolu Swuro on Wednesday earned three Olympic quota places by beating France 216-213 in the first round of the team event of the World Archery Championship at Turin, Italy. Unfortunately, Indian men’s team comprising of Rahul Banerjee, Tarundeep Rai and Jayanta Talukdar lost by just a point, 215-216 against the Chinese team. In normal course, Indian men would have been out of contention for Olympic berths but as luck would have it, Olympic Games’ host Great Britain also qualified defeating Chinese Taipei. Since Great Britain has already been assured of three quota places as the host, India is in the play-off for the three berths, the results of which will be known later. Meanwhile, world champion Korea, China and Ukraine assured themselves of six quota places (men three and women three). Italy, France, USA and Mexico made it to London Olympics from men’s section. Georgia, India, Denmark, Chinese Taipei and Russia qualified in women’s category.- With PTI inputs
Mumbai, Sep 20 (PTI) The Maharashtra government is expected to join hands with Hewlett Packard Enterprise with an aim to digitally transform 28,000 villages across the state. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is on a two day tour to the USA, visited HP in San Francisco and had a meeting with CEO Meg Whiteman.”HP is keen to partner with Govt of Maharashtra for MahaNet-an ambitious program of GOM to take digital fibre to 28,000 Gram panchayats,” the CM said on Twitter.By digitally empowering these 28,000 villages, it will ensure efficient governance, best healthcare and education facilities, Fadnavis tweeted.The Chief Minister,who left for the trip on Sunday night, reached San Francisco late yesterday.He is in the US to participate in the Oracle Open World 2016. Fadnavis is the first CM invited there to deliver a keynote address before the global tech experts.Fadnavis on reaching San Francisco said the agenda of his visit was “Maharashtras economic growth and employment generation.”Oracle will sign an MOU with the state government to develop a comprehensive ecosystem for Smart City initiative (which includes funding and nurturing three smart cities of Kalyan-Dombivali, Mira Bhayander & Pimpri Chinchwad). PTI MR DK RCJ
GROUP CHarshal Patel returned with a match-haul of seven wickets to enable Haryana thrash Tripura by 119 runs and qualify for the Ranji Trophy cricket quarterfinals for the first time since 2011-12.Resuming on 186/4, Haryana declared their second innings at 261/9 just before lunch to set a target of 315 runs for Tripura.Chasing a massive target, Tripura put up yet another sloppy batting display to be bundled out for 195, less than half an hour after tea to suffer the loss with a day to spare. (RANJI TROPHY DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS)The former Royal Challengers Bangalore medium pacer Harshal Patel (2/33) rocked the top order in his twin bursts from his first two overs, even as the four-seam Haryana attack accounted for nine wickets, while one was a run out.Skipper Mohit Sharma (2/50), Joginder Sharma (2/24) and Sanjay Pahal (3/47) joined in the act to reduce them to 65/7 and it seemed that they would fold inside tea.But the eighth wicket pair of Gurinder Singh (62) and skipper Manisankar Murasingh (60) who put on 119 runs to delay the inevitable. (RANJI TROPHY DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS)Pahal dismissed Gurinder in the fourth over after tea to trigger the collapse before claiming his third victim in Murasingh to bundle them out in 40.4 overs.The 26-year-old Patel, who had also contributed with a cameo of 26 in a significant 66-run last wicket partnership with Mohit Sharma (39 not out) in the first innings, returned with a match haul seven for 60 to be adjudged man-of-the-match.It’s a sheer coincidence that Patel was instrumental in their 2011-12 Ranji qualification when he had returned with 28 wickets from seven matches.advertisementGROUP BYoung pacer Lalit Yadav ripped through Rajasthan batting line-up with a brilliant six-wicket haul as Vidarbha took aim to score a consolation win in their Ranji Trophy cricket match.20-year-old Yadav (6/60) triggered a Rajasthan batting collapse as Rajasthan bowled them out for 163 in 54.5 overs on the third day of the Group B match at the Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground.Vidarbha, who had scored 116 all out in their first innings, were now set a target of 188 to chase down for a win on Saturday and end the season on a high. They were already out for reckoning for a quarter-final berth.In the other group B clash, Maharashtra’s chance of securing a quarter-final berth was crushed as they were handed a 10-wicket thrashing by Karnataka on the third day of their Ranji Trophy clash.Having taken a 182-run first-innings lead, Karnataka bowled out Maharashtra for 218 in the second innings, which left them to chase just 37 runs for victory.Karnataka will now have to wait for the result of the Jharkhand-Odisha match on December 15 to find out if they finish Group B as the toppers.GROUP A Punjab enforced the follow-on after bowling out Mumbai for 185 to keep the team in line for an outright victory in their Group A Ranji Trophy cricket match.After notching up 468 in their first innings, Punjab pacer Manpreet Goni’s four wickets rattled the Mumbai batting line-up as they were all out in 60.3 overs at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.In their second innings, Mumbai were 94/2 at stumps on the third day, still trailing by 189 runs.It may yet not be enough for Punjab, unless of course Tamil Nadu, having taken a lead, lose outright to Gujarat.In the other group A clash, Uttar Pradesh managed a slender first-innings lead and then raced to 117/0 loss to take their lead to 140 in the second innings of their Group A Ranji Trophy cricket match against Baroda.In reply to UP’s 481, Baroda’s first innings ended on 458 after a late resistance at the Golf Club Ground. Baroda’s last five wickets added 307 runs, but couldn’t succeed in getting them the first-innings lead.Baroda had been steadied by a 91-run stand between Kedar Devdhar and Irfan Pathan overnight, after having fallen to 151/5.
MELBOURNE, Australia — With a vocal crowd cheering her on, Ronda Rousey had some fighting words for Holly Holm less than two months before their UFC bantamweight title bout in Melbourne on Nov. 15.At a hype-filled promotional event filled with more MMA fans than media, Rousey, when asked if she had seen much of Australia’s second-largest city, replied: “I wish I had a chance do some more touristy things. After I beat Holly I will have some time.”Rousey (12-0) will make her seventh title defense against Holm (9-0), the boxing champion from New Mexico, in the headlining bout at Etihad Stadium.Rousey has become one of the most prominent U.S. female athletes while winning her last three bouts in a combined 64 seconds. In her last so-called fight, she stopped Bethe Correia in 34 seconds on Aug. 1.Holm underscored Rousey’s form, saying that against Rousey she would take it “one second at a time.”“Mentally, a lot of things that I’ve gone through fighting against some of the best in the world in boxing, has given me that confidence that I’m going to be able to deal with coming in as an underdog,” Holm said.Rousey was scheduled to defend her bantamweight title against Holm on Jan. 2 in Las Vegas, but a thumb injury to welterweight champion Robbie Lawler changed the UFC’s schedule.Lawler was slated to defend his title against Carlos Condit in the main event at UFC 193 at Etihad Stadium, which will seat more than 55,000. Due to the time difference, the live pay-per-view event will be broadcast in the United States on Nov. 14.“What makes Holly such an intriguing challenger for me is that I’ve been watching her since the day she started in the ring,” Rousey said. “I have known that our paths were going to cross at some point. I know that if there’s a 19-time boxing world champion coming into my sport, I have my eye on her.“She’s been really impressive with how she’s adapted to MMA from pure boxing to head-kick knockouts. I know she’s the type of fighter that I want to test myself against. I still have more to prove, and Holly is one more person that I’m going to prove myself against.”Rousey criticized the suspension of fellow UFC competitor Nick Diaz for marijuana use. This week, the Nevada State Athletic Commission banned the welterweight fighter for five years because of a third marijuana-related offense.“It’s so not right for him to be suspended (for) five years for marijuana,” Rousey said. “I’m against them even testing for weed at all. It’s not a performance-enhancing drug … it’s only tested for political reasons.”The Melbourne card will be the first to feature women headlining the program.“In the history of combat sports, this has never been done,” UFC president Dana White said at the news conference.The UFC193 main card will also feature a straw-weight title bout between Poland’s Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Canadian Valerie Letourneau.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Here at Pistols Firing, we use Slack to communicate back and forth. Sometimes this is constructive. Other times we riff for 20 minutes on Mike Gundy’s golf game. We’re going to try and do an informal roundtable every Wednesday about whatever is going on this week and post it here.It’s going to be pretty slangy and GIF-y and not meant to be anything serious. We’re just here to talk about OSU the way we all do in real life. If you need to brush up on any of the contributors, you can do so here.Kyle Porter (Publisher): Is OSU better this year than it was last year?Thomas Fleming (Xs and Os): Their offense is better, defense is worseSam Aldrich (Head of Hoops): A little bit worse, a lot more unlucky. I think most (rational) OSU fans would concede that Texas and Iowa State last year probably should have been losses, and K-State and West Virginia very well could have been.Kyle Boone (Head of Crootin): Defensively they have taken a huge step back after losing quality depth with Kevin Peterson and Michael Hunter gone. But offensively they have improved at every position except at wide receiver, where they look about the same to me. Marcell Ateman getting back on the field would be a bonus.Justin Southwell (Chief Uni Officer): Time will tell. Or un-timed will tell how unlucky we are.I think we are about the same – probably slightly better. Defense held Baylor to just 35 points (and they probably would have held them to less if Fresh Legs had a legitimate suspension for abusing his dog).Porter: Fresh Legs! We miss Peterson and Hunter a lot. I’ve been meaning to write about that this week. I think all of us (?) noted cornerback as a worry spot coming into the season, but it has been ghastly at times. No Justin Gilbert or K-Pete to lock down other teams’ Fresh Legs or KD Cannons.Flrming: Pipkins, Lampkin and Richards have all been inconsistent. And double moves have been their downfall. Against Baylor, at least.Aldrich: Which is sort of shocking, considering how many starts each of the three corners mentioned above have under their belt at this level.Caleb Deck (Intern): It’s hard to compare with a different non-con schedule and adding a tough game against Pitt, but Baylor is a nearly equitable comparison. We held them to 10 less points this year while they had their QB1 who is no scrub. Yes they don’t have Coleman but their WR are pretty similar and the defense as a whole held well other than biting on those big plays. Hard to fault the defense when they seem to be playing more consistent though they are giving up more big plays than last year.Porter: What did everybody think about Boone calling out Gundy in the media for the second time this season? Jonesing for Lester to come back to Stilly or just blowing off steam after two frustrating losses? (edited)Boone: I think he’s frustrated in general with Mike Gundy that stems from last years three game losing streak to end the season. They are 2-5 in the last five games which has to irk Boone. Maybe he doesn’t feel like he’s getting enough bang for his buck, which is somewhat understandable. But him flapping his mouth like that is getting old.Aldrich: I think it was uncalled for and reactionary- I get that he’s mad about how last year ended and 2016 has begun, but you have to take a step back and realize how spoiled OSU fans have been with Gundy. Kyle P referenced on Twitter some of the programs the Gundy-Era Pokes have had more wins than Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Michigan, Miami, UCLA, Stanford..Southwell: It’s a bit of a distraction, but it’s also something that is pretty easy to brush off. We’re obviously off to a disappointing start, which could warrant some words to fire a team up, but that should come from the head coach. Everyone should be fully focused on beating Texas, but this has become a talking point. If OSU can be competitive like we believe they should be, then this will quickly become a non-issueDeck: While I appreciate all Boone has done for our state, university, and the oil and gas industry (Go NGL’s!), he’s no Sam Presti and Gundy is a heck of a ball coach in his own right. There is not playing down the impact Pickens has had on the school and program, but I’m not sure that validates him throwing out whatever ideas pop into his head on the state of athletic program. It should have no more impact on the school or team than what any other 88 year old fan and alumnus says.Southwell: Can’t fault him for having an opinion. I’m glad he cares enough about OSU to speak his mind. I’m sure he knows his words carry a lot of weight.Deck: I definitely agree, I just hope his words in an area outside of his expertise are taken with a grain of salt as well.Porter: I’m sure Mike Holder is extraordinarily thrilled about all of this.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Support The Guardian Share on Messenger 2:45 With Alastair Cook riding off into the sunset with a 33rd and final Test century in the 114-run victory over India at the Oval, Ed Smith and his selection panel are desperate to keep their senior new-ball pairing fresh for next summer’s Ashes assault. In the case of Anderson it is a must, given the 36-year-old has claimed 102 wickets at 15 runs apiece in his last three home summers and continues to top the ICC’s world bowling rankings. The man himself sees little value in planning too far ahead, noting that he and Broad are Test specialists these days with ample time between series to prepare.Asked how long his incredible career could go on for, Anderson replied: “I don’t really think about it. I play my best when I focus on what’s ahead of me, the next game, the next series, whatever. We have a decent break before Sri Lanka, I’ll try to get myself in the best condition possible to cope with the rigours of bowling seam.“I read that Glenn McGrath said he went into the 2006 Ashes with no intention of retiring and by the end of it he thought his time was up. That could happen to me. Who knows? Look too far ahead, you take your eye off the here and now. That’s what I like to focus on.” Share on Twitter Share via Email Cricket England cricket team Sri Lanka cricket team news Jimmy Anderson is England’s best ever cricketer, says departing Alastair Cook Read more England captain Joe Root praises Cook and Anderson after victory over India – video Anderson and Broad close on final spells of two more England journeys … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Jimmy Anderson Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest While Anderson played down his latest milestone, his stock answer remains that such matters are for when he eventually calls time, McGrath has reacted to his haul being overtaken, telling BBC Radio 5 Live that the Englishman must now think even bigger.McGrath, who overtook Courtney Walsh’s 519 wickets in 2005, said: “I was proud to hold the record for as long as I did and for it to be beaten by somebody like Jimmy Anderson is great. If he can raise the bar to 600 wickets, that’s an incredible effort. When it comes to the art of swing bowling there is no one better.”Doubtless conditions in Sri Lanka, where England play three Tests in Galle, Kandy and Colombo, will be less suited to Anderson but a small reminder of what he can offer with the older ball was on show at the Oval on Tuesday when his tight holding role at one end allowed Adil Rashid to attack the footmarks from the other. This led to a 204-run stand between the centurions KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant being broken by Rashid, who removed both set men (including the former with an astonishing leg-break), before Anderson and Sam Curran, given the second new ball by Joe Root, wrapped up England’s emotional win and a 4-1 series scoreline against the world’s No 1 Test side. Play Video Share on WhatsApp Jimmy Anderson has admitted that thoughts of retirement could hit him out of the blue, as he believes happened to Glenn McGrath when the great Australian called time on his all-conquering career at the end of the 2006-07 Ashes.But after passing McGrath’s record of 563 Test wickets – the previous highest tally by a seam bowler – the 36-year-old has no interest in winding down, expressing a desire to tour Sri Lanka this winter amid talk he or Stuart Broad could be rested. Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Read more A cracked rib may have curtailed Broad’s involvement at the back end of proceedings but it may well be that Anderson and Curran take the new ball in Galle should England opt for three spinners and the Nottinghamshire man miss out on either the XI or the tour.Certainly Anderson is impressed by Curran, who was named England’s player of the series by India’s head coach, Ravi Shastri. Two match-changing half-centuries at Edgbaston and the Ageas Bowl, as well as 11 wickets through his left-arm swing, certainly made it a breakthrough performance by the 20-year-old Surrey all-rounder.Anderson said: “I think we’ve found a gem there. He’s an absolute diamond of a player to be able to score runs at crucial times or to be given the ball in any situation. Having that left-arm option as well – he’s extremely skilful with the ball and he loves the battle and the fight that Test cricket brings.” The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. Topics England in Sri Lanka 2018 Reuse this content
Press Trust of India New DelhiMarch 16, 2019UPDATED: March 16, 2019 16:26 IST Prithvi Shaw said Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri helped ease his nerves in the dressing room (@PrithviShaw Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSpeculations were rife that Prithvi Shaw returned to India midway during the Australia series due to disciplinary issuesPrithvi Shaw dismissed the reports as rumours and said his ankle injury had forced him to return to IndiaShaw revealed that Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli had told him there is nothing called senior or junior in the teamYoung batsman Prithvi Shaw dismissed speculations that indiscipline forced his premature return from the Australia tour and insisted that it was only because of slow recovery from an ankle injury.Prithvi had sustained the injury while fielding in a practice game and initially it was said that he would be available from the third Test onwards.However the 19-year-old was sent back and it was widely believed that it was because the youngster was losing focus.”These are rumours, so I will better let it go,” Prithvi said during an open media session of Delhi Capitals on Saturday.When he was probed about him not working hard enough during his rehabilitation, Prithvi’s answer was curt.”No one told me anything about not working hard. I wanted to play but got injured. I thought I could play the third Test (in Melbourne) but then progress of recovery was slow,” said the Mumbai opener, who hit a hundred on his Test debut.”If you have had a look at my ankle, you would have known that it was really painful. Ankle wasn’t healing quickly and I had to return.”The NCA over the years has gained a reputation for not being the best center for rehabilitation bur Prithvi thinks otherwise.”I mean everything was perfect over there (NCA). I did a lot of sessions there. I was working to get fit before Mushtaq Ali T20 as I wanted to get used to the T20 format and then go to the IPL. That’s how I had planned my two months of rehab. Trainers and physio were very committed.”advertisementOpen to batting at whatever number the team wants me to in limited overs: ShawHe has been a specialist opener but Prithvi has no issues if he required to bat in the middle order for India in the limited overs.”For India, it is all about whatever number they want me to bat and not the other way round,” he said.However, he did speak about how the mindset changes.”When I open the innings in limited overs, my mindset is different. Two men outside 30-yard circle, powerplay overs but when I am going down the order, it will obviously change. I watch a lot of experienced players. I watch if I go at No 5, what will I do there. It’s all about mindset, how you approach that situation.”Shaw reveals how Shastri, Kohli eased his nervesHe has been with the Indian team only during two series but felt comfortable after coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli made it clear that there is nothing called senior or junior in the team.”I have learnt a lot. I mean I was a bit nervous when I first entered that (Indian) dressing room with players having 10 years of experience sitting in front of me. When the skipper and coach said that there are no seniors or juniors, you then kind of open up and irritate them with your questions,” said the World Cup winning former India U-19 captain.Also Read | My life isn’t interesting for a biopic: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | MS Dhoni saved me from getting dropped a few times: Ishant SharmaAlso See:For 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Prithvi ShawFollow IPL 2019Follow India tour of AustraliaFollow Ravi ShastriFollow Virat Kohli No one told me I wasn’t working hard: Prithvi Shaw denies disciplinary issuesPrithvi Shaw’s maiden tour of Australia with the senior national team ended in disappointment as the young opener returned home midway during a four-Test series with an ankle injury. advertisement
Organisers of the upcoming MoBay City Run say one of their main goals is to assist with the certification of more early childhood institutions through the provision of resources facilitating this. Founder and chief organiser, Janet Silvera, notes that the first few years of a child’s life constitute the formative period when basic learning and development occur. “As almost every psychologist has pointed out, it is extremely important to get it right in the early stages of a child’s life. This is why our aim is to get even more of these institutions certified, so that we can get trained and qualified teachers in these schools,” she said. Organisers of the upcoming MoBay City Run say one of their main goals is to assist with the certification of more early childhood institutions through the provision of resources facilitating this.They say this focus is against the backdrop of the Government’s targeting of all early childhood institutions, including unregulated basic schools, for certification in order to, among other things, attract qualified teachers.Founder and chief organiser, Janet Silvera, notes that the first few years of a child’s life constitute the formative period when basic learning and development occur.“As almost every psychologist has pointed out, it is extremely important to get it right in the early stages of a child’s life. This is why our aim is to get even more of these institutions certified, so that we can get trained and qualified teachers in these schools,” she said.Ms. Silvera was speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank at the Agency’s Regional Office in Montego Bay on April 20.Meanwhile, Montego Bay Branch Manager for the City Run platinum sponsor, Courts Jamaica Limited, Glendon Lowe, said the organiser’s focus is one of the main reasons spurring his company’s decision to double its support for this year’s renewal.“This fits right into our message of education first… something we have been doing for many years in communities throughout Jamaica (because) early childhood is one of the most critical areas in our education system. It is also worth noting that of the over 100 certified early childhood institutions in the country, a third of them are in western Jamaica,” he said, while speaking at the Think Tank.Acting Director of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Western Jamaica Campus, Patrick Prendergast, said the institution is happy to endorse any undertaking that prioritises the development of education.In this regard, he too has commended the MoBay City Run’s organisers for seeking to support the expanded early childhood certification thrust.Mr. Prendergast, whose students have been among the beneficiaries of proceeds from the event since its inception in 2014, noted that a number of the early childhood institutions which were assisted following last year’s staging were able to gain certification.“We are unreservedly a part of this event which has become more of an institution in western Jamaica, going into only its fifth year,” he said, while speaking at the Think Tank.Ms. Silvera, who said she and her organising committee were moved by testimonials from some of the early childhood beneficiaries in 2017, assured that “we will try to do even more this year”, in support of the Early Childhood Commission’s target of certifying about 300 basic schools by 2019.The MoBay City Run, which is slated for Sunday, May 6, beginning at the Old Hospital Park on Gloucester Avenue, has raised and disbursed over $15 million to needy beneficiaries since 2014. Story Highlights
Speaking to participants at the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation’s Strategic Leadership Retreat at Moon Palace in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, on June 6, Mr. Holness said Jamaica is seeing a return to sustainable periods of significant economic growth not witnessed in the country in years. Story Highlights For the 2018 calendar year, the economy grew by 1.9 per cent. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the local economy has been experiencing consistent growth for almost 18 consecutive quarters. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the local economy has been experiencing consistent growth for almost 18 consecutive quarters.Speaking to participants at the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation’s Strategic Leadership Retreat at Moon Palace in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, on June 6, Mr. Holness said Jamaica is seeing a return to sustainable periods of significant economic growth not witnessed in the country in years.For the 2018 calendar year, the economy grew by 1.9 per cent.The Prime Minister argued that if the economy continues to maintain this level of growth and achieves two per cent growth [for the year], then Jamaica will be on a trajectory “to its true growth potential, which is about five per cent”.“It shows that there is a certain level of sustainability in what we [the Government] are doing, and even though we have had some shocks, we can still recover and keep growing. It is still a good sign that something right is happening within the economy to keep generating quarter after quarter growth,” Mr. Holness said.The Prime Minister noted that one of the benefits that has arisen due to these current periods of sustainable growth is employment. He said that statistics would show unemployment to be down to eight per cent and stated that this was not by accident, but a product of deliberate policies enacted by the Government.He said the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) programme, which falls under the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, is one key area which the Government has focused on to contribute to the increase in employment.The programme provides educational and job opportunities for persons aged 18 to 24 who are not employed or enrolled in any school or training initiatives.“Over 10,000 youngsters are in the programme and are cycling through… that is, they have completed a year or so and they have graduated from the programme and a new batch is coming in. I am sure agency heads who have participated in the programme can testify to the transformative effects that the programme has had and how it has now opened up the minds of the young people who have participated, and now you are creating a workforce that is work-ready,” the Prime Minister said.“So, the deliberate programmes that we have put in the place, such as the HOPE programme, have done a lot to increase employment both in terms of the short-term apprenticeship-type programme and also ensuring that the labour that we have is at a level of training that they can access the employment that exists in the economy,” he added.The Strategic Leadership Retreat is a four-day event aimed at aligning the work of the Ministry with portfolio agencies, create a greater level of synergy to deliver higher quality of work and service, and to motivate and build greater relationships with internal and external stakeholders.The event is themed, ‘Connected & Focused –Leading for High Performance’.
zoomImage by WMN French shipping major CMA CGM has contracted compatriot BIO-UV Group to supply ballast water treatment systems to 17 containerships.The company’s nine 22,000 TEU LNG-fuelled leviathans, which are currently under construction at China Shipbuilding Trading Co., (CSTC), will each be fitted-out with two 3000m3/h capacity BIO-SEA B 10-1500 FX units.Another eight 9,000 TEU Opera-class vessels will be retrofitted with a BIO-SEA B 10-1000 FX unit capable of treating ballast water flow rates of 1000 m3.The order from CMA CGM indicates “the industry’s commitment to reducing the impact that the transfer of non-indigenous species has on the marine environment, and beyond,” according to Benoit Gillmann, President and CEO, BIO-UV Group.Valued at more than EUR 5 million, the order is BIO-UV Group’s first one after its BIO-SEA system received USCG type-approval on June 21, 2018.The company’s UV-type ballast water treatment system is a two stage treatment process, with ballast waters entering a 20μm filter to flush out any suspended solids and zooplankton. The filtered water then enters a titanium reactor to be put through the ultraviolet disinfection process. The system is also equipped with an automated operating, monitoring and alarm with power regulation.
Nova Scotians who need help with home heating costs may now apply for the province’s heating rebate program. “We know many Nova Scotians find it difficult in the winter months to heat their homes,” said Mark Furey, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “The heating rebate program is one way the province is helping those Nova Scotians who are struggling to keep warm in their homes.” Last winter, 48,500 Nova Scotians received the heating rebate, which provides up to $200 to offset the cost of purchasing oil, natural gas, wood, wood pellets, propane, electricity, or coal. To qualify, applicants must be a household with a net annual income of less than $42,000 or a single person earning less than $27,000 annually. “Many Nova Scotians, including seniors, find it challenging financially to heat their homes throughout the winter,” said Bill Poole, president of Community Links. “The rebate program has helped many homeowners with monetary assistance to pay for some of their heating costs.” The province will automatically send out an application form to participants in last year’s rebate program. For convenience, the application form will be pre-completed with the participant’s information from last year. Applicants will simply need to review the information to ensure it is up to date and must continue to meet program requirements to receive the rebate. Applications are also available at all Access Nova Scotia centres, MLA offices, Community Services’ offices, online at www.homeheatinghelp.ca, or by calling 1-800-670-4357. It may take up to six weeks for completed applications to be processed and eligible Nova Scotians to receive the rebate.
NEW YORK — The Federal Aviation Administration is reporting delays in air travel because of a “slight increase in sick leave” at two East Coast air traffic control facilities.FAA spokesman Gregory Martin said Friday that it had augmented staffing, rerouted traffic and increased spacing between planes as needed.The staffing problems were at air traffic centres in Jacksonville, Florida and a Washington D.C. centre that controls high-altitude air traffic over seven states.Martin says safety is being maintained during a period of “minimal impacts” on travel.LaGuardia Airport in New York and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey were both experiencing delays in takeoffs.The Associated Press
The WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) entered into force on February 27, 2005, enacting a set of universal standards stating the dangers of tobacco and limiting its use in all forms worldwide. The treaty is the first international treaty negotiated under the WHO’s auspices, and has become one of the fastest endorsed by the United Nations to date, with 180 Parties, covering 90 per cent of the world’s population.“The WHO Framework Convention stands out as the single most powerful preventive instrument available to public health,” says WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan. “We know it works.” “It averts addiction to a deadly product,” Dr. Chan went on to say. “It saves lives. Implementation of its provisions brings both an immediate and longer-term reduction in diseases and premature deaths. Increasingly fierce opposition from the tobacco industry is further evidence of how well this treaty works.During the past decade, the treaty has enabled countries worldwide to make many significant achievements in tobacco control, including the following: 80 per cent of countries have boosted tobacco control legislation since becoming Parties; The cost of a packet of cigarettes has, on average, increased by 150 per cent among Parties; There has been an increase in use of graphic health warnings – such warnings cover 75–85 per cent of cigarette packages in many countries and plain packaging initiatives are increasing; Many countries have banned smoking in indoor and outdoor public spaces, which has helped to ensure that smoking is no longer seen as socially acceptable; Some Parties have set the explicit goal of becoming “tobacco free” (with less than 5 per cent prevalence of tobacco use), including Finland, Ireland and New Zealand, and the Pacific Island countries.“However, the fight against tobacco is far from over,” said a press release announcing the anniversary issued today.Tobacco companies are still spending billions on advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products, according to WHO. In addition they are also challenging the treaty’s implementation as well as tobacco control laws at national and international courts, and through trade and investment agreements.Dr. Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, Head of the Convention Secretariat, has said: “We still expect 8 million people to be dying each year by 2030 – because they have smoked tobacco or have been exposed to second hand smoke.”“The use of alternative products such as water pipes, smokeless tobacco and electronic nicotine delivery systems are gaining in popularity and will need to be addressed through tobacco control measures,” she said. “The illicit tobacco market still counts for 1 in every 10 cigarettes consumed globally.”According to WHO, the illicit tobacco trade is driven by numerous players, ranging from criminal networks to the tobacco industry.“To counter the tobacco lobby’s influence, we must stand together against this insidious industry,” Dr. da Costa e Silva was quoted as saying. “We must fight to save the 6 million lives lost each year to tobacco. On this 10th anniversary of the WHO FCTC, we must recommit to further reducing tobacco use because a tobacco-free world is in our reach.”
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It was loaned by the collection to the temporary exhibition Wellington: Triumphs, Politics And Passions, held last year to mark the bicentenary year of the Battle of Waterloo.The gallery said that, while it does have portraits of the Duke in its primary collection, none of them “do justice … in either historical or art historical terms”, and that they do not depict Wellington at the peak of his participation in public and political life.Dr Lucy Peltz, senior curator at the gallery, said: “This is a compelling portrait of one of the most famous figures in early 19th century Britain.”Lawrence was a superlative portrait painter with the flair and talent to capture surface glamour and deeper currents. This unfinished portrait is shot with psychological insight.” Nicholas Cullinan and Lucy Peltz launch the appealCredit:David Rose Dr Nicholas Cullinan, director of the National Portrait Gallery, said: “We have been searching for a portrait that can do justice to this iconic British hero since 1856.”The lack of a suitable depiction of the Duke of Wellington has long been identified as the biggest gap in our collection.“If we can raise the funds, this remarkable painting by Sir Thomas Lawrence will be on permanent display and free for over two million visitors to enjoy each year.”Commissioned by Lady Jersey, Wellington’s rumoured lover, the portrait was painted by Sir Thomas Lawrence 1829, but it remained unfinished when the British artist died in 1830.Lawrence, described as the “Duke’s definitive image-maker”, created eight portraits of Arthur Wellesley, the 1st Duke of Wellington. The gallery said the painting, commissioned when Wellington was prime minister, is one of only two “world-class” portraits of the Duke, who defeated the French under Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo, ever likely to come up for sale.It last had the opportunity to buy a portrait in 2006, but could only raise £700,000, with the painting eventually selling for £1.8m.With other likenesses already in private collections and other galleries, this is considered the final realistic opportunity for the NPG to secure a painting of the Duke.The painting sold at Sotheby’s in 2013 for £962,500. The current owner is not being named by the gallery, but the painting is part of the Timothy Clode Collection. Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1829Credit:National Portrait Gallery The National Portrait Gallery has launched a public appeal to correct the greatest omission in its history, seeking £300,000 to finally add a portrait of the Duke of Wellington to its collection.The gallery is seeking to acquire a famous unfinished portrait of the Iron Duke, after it was offered to the gallery from a private collection for £1.3 million.The gallery already has £650,000 of its own funds and a £350,000 donation from the Art Fund, leaving £300,000 to be raised through a public fundraising appeal by the end of March 2017.The NPG said it has no other significant portrait of the military hero in its collection, which it described as the “crucial omission of one of the most iconic and popular figures in British history”. The painting in situCredit:David Rose Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.