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Whitmore ‘deeply honoured’ – St James PC names two roads after former Reggae Boy


first_imgWESTERN BUREAU: Former national football star, Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore, was one of nine prominent St James residents to have roads renamed in their honour at a ceremony hosted by the St James Parish Council at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Tuesday. “I am deeply honoured and extremely privileged to be among the list of persons to be recognised by the St James Parish Council in such a significant way,” said Whitmore, who represented Jamaica with distinction in the 1998 World Cup Finals in France. “To have a road named after me is truly humbling. “I have spent most of my adult life dedicated to something I love, which is football. Not many people have the awesome blessing of getting up each day and working in an environment that fills their heart with such satisfaction,” continued Whitmore. “Therefore, it is my fervent desire to continue to serve my country and community by contributing in all ways I can to uplift those with whom I come in contact with, but more important, the less fortunate.” Whitmore also took the opportunity to make an impassioned plea for greater investment in the youth, citing the recent successes of two of St James football clubs. “On Saturday, the Granville Football Club won the Western Confederation Super League and Montego Bay United won the Red Stripe Premier League on Sunday,” said Whitmore. “These two championship successes have brought great pride to the west and are sterling examples of how community programmes can provide a positive alternative to our youths. “That is why I am convinced we can turn things around for our young men and women and (help them) regain their self-esteem through dignified work and community interaction.” He continued: “As I accept this gesture by the parish council, I do not only do so with a grateful heart, but also with a call for renewal in community development and greater investment in our young people.” Whitmore was one of nine honourees at the ceremony, which named 10 roadways in Montego Bay after prominent Montegonians – living and deceased – who offered exemplary service to the city through business, politics and sports. The two roadways named after Whitmore are: Theodore Whitmore Crescent, the section of roadway from the Howard Cooke Boulevard turning on to the Montego Bay Road and then right at the first roundabout in the southerly direction, passing the Catherine Hall Shopping Complex (MegaMart) to the second roundabout; and Theodore Whitmore Close, the section of roadway from Theodore Whitmore Crescent to the Montego Bay Sports Complex Bleachers’ Car Park. The other eight newly named roadways in Montego Bay are: – A.G.S. Coombs Road, named after the late former Minister of Communication and Works A.G.S. Coombs. – Arthur Gilchrist Boulevard, after the late former Mayor of Montego Bay Councillor Arthur Gilchrist. – Charles E. Sinclair Road, after the late former Mayor of Montego Bay Councillor Charles E. Sinclair. – Clarence Nelson Drive, after the late former Custos Rotulorum of St James Clarence Nelson. – Francis Tulloch Road, after businessman and former Minister of Tourism Francis Tulloch. – Glaister Dehaney Close, after businessman Glaister Dehaney. – Maffessanti Drive, after developer and builder Guiseppe Maffessanti. – Dr Marco Brown Road, after retired medical practitioner Dr Marco Brown.last_img read more


Pre-poll violence continues in Bengal


first_imgViolence over filing of nominations for panchyat polls in West Bengal continued for the sixth day on Saturday. Clashes between Trinamool Congress supporters and various Opposition parties took place in Birbhum, Murshidabad, Paschim Bardhaman and Uttar Dinajpur districts.CPI(M) MLA and Leader of the Left Legislative Party Sujan Chakraborty was attacked by TMC cadres in Bankura district during the day. “I participated in a rally of Left Front candidates who were on their way to file nominations when armed TMC cadres in collusion with police attacked us. I was also assaulted by them,” Mr. Chakraborty told The Hindu.Superintendent of Police of Bankura Sukhendu Hira, however, said “no one got injured” in the incident.Clashes between supporters of Trinamool Congress and BJP were reported from the Mohammad Bazar area of Birbhum. Large number of BJP workers armed with bows and arrows overpowered TMC supporters and reached Sub Divisional Officer’s office to file nominations. Local television channels showed TMC workers hurling bombs at the BJP cadres who retaliated with arrows.Anuj Sharma, Additional Director General ( Law and Order) said outsiders from Jharkhand were involved in the violence in the border district of Birbhum.Violence was also reported from Kandi in Murshidabad where a Congress rally led by State president and MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury was attacked by TMC workers. In Hooghly district’s Arambagh, former All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) MLA Biswanath Karak was heckled and assaulted by TMC cadres when he accompanied AIFB candidates during filing of nominations. Mr. Karak’s face was smeared with black ink.State Election Commissioner A.K. Singh who held a meeting with election observers on Saturday asked them to remain upright and discharge their duties with honesty.last_img read more


World Cup 2019: Williamson, de Grandhomme power New Zealand to 4-wicket win vs South Africa


first_imgCaptain Kane Williamson ensured New Zealand maintained their unbeaten record in the World Cup 2019 as he guided his team to a 4-wicket win over South Africa on Wednesday and take the Blackcaps back on top of the points table.Chasing a below-par score of 242 for victory, New Zealand collapsed from 72 for 1 to 80 for 4 but Williamson stood at the crease like a rock and his unbeaten 106 helped the Kiwis reach the target with 3 balls to spare.He was involved in a 60-run partnership with Martin Guptill for the second wicket and then he added 57 with James Neesham after a mini-collapse to steady the nerves.Neesham, who is in red-hot form with the bat himself, scored 23 off 34 balls to provide the perfect support to Williamson.After Neesham’s departure it was Colin de Grandhomme who played a few big shots to ease the pressure. de Grandhomme and Williamson’s 91-run partnership took the Kiwis to within touching distance of the target before the former departed after a quickfire 60 off 47 balls.The chase turned tense after the dismissal but Williamson ensured there no upsets in the end as he guided the team past the finish line in the final over. Williamson’s 138-ball knock was laced with 9 boundaries and a six.Trust these two teams to give us a thriller!A brilliant hundred from Kane Williamson and from Colin de Grandhomme take New Zealand to a four-wicket win! #SAvNZ | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/1nQk5Q2KTGICC (@ICC) June 19, 2019For the Proteas, Chris Morris grabbed 3 wickets while Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo and Lungi Ngidi took one each but that wasn’t enough for the South Africans to stage a comeback in the match even though it got close in the end thanks to some tight bowling but their efforts went in vain.advertisementEarlier, a tight bowling performance from New Zealand restricted South Africa to a modest total of 241-6 in their rain-delayed World Cup match at Edgbaston on Wednesday.Asked to bat first in a game that was reduced to 49 overs a side, South Africa’s batsmen, barring Hashim Amla and Rassie van der Dussen, failed to build on their starts in the face of a disciplined bowling effort from the Kiwis.South Africa had hope while Amla was at the crease but that too faded after he was bowled for 55 by Mitchell Santner in the 28th over but Van der Dussen’s unbeaten 67 gave them a respectable total.Kiwi pacer Lockie Ferguson was the pick of the bowlers, picking up three wickets, while all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme contributed with an economical spell of 1-33 in his 10 overs.Also Read | India vs Pakistan: Shoaib Akhtar, Virender Sehwag silence trolls who attacked Sania MirzaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan announce ‘robust review’ of performance amid World Cup struggleAlso Seelast_img read more


A SAD LOSS FOR THE TOUCH COMMUNITY


first_imgIt is with sadness that the Australian Touch Association recognise the passing of Keith Sambo on January 24. Heavily involved in Touch in both the Northern Territory and Queensland, Keith was a constant face in both the National Touch League scene and within Junior Development. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and were involved with Keith. The ATA would like to offer its sincere condolences to all of Keith’s family and friends. Please read the following article for more information on Keith. KEITH SAMBO TRIBUTElast_img


2014 Trans Tasman Series – Live!


first_imgAll nine games of the 2014 Trans Tasman Series will be live streamed to the Touch Football Australia YouTube channel. For the first time, you will be able to view every minute of the series that will be held at the Glen Willow Regional Sports Stadium in Mudgee live!To view the games, please click on the following links: Game One – Friday, 25 April 20143.30pm – Mixed Open Game One – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa2KzHPt92s 4.45pm – Women’s Open Game One – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUNRiow6JV8 6.00pm – Men’s Open Game One – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKRN_MCCT-I Game Two – Saturday, 26 April 20141.00pm – Mixed Open Game Two – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBbEv7F35Ug 2.15pm – Women’s Open Game Two – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEgSGNxhAVw 3.30pm – Men’s Open Game Two – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-QWCrAwVWs Game Three – Sunday, 27 April 201412.00pm – Mixed Open Game Three – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pu0GjULvuww 1.15pm – Women’s Open Game Three – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaVU9mGCNds 2.30pm – Men’s Open Game Three – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wW7lC3CPFIc Stay tuned to the Touch Football Australia YouTube channel for all of the latest highlights from the series as well – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus. Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 Trans Tasman Series: Website – www.touchfootball.com.au Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#transtasman2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related LinksTrans Tasman Live!last_img read more


10 months agoMan Utd academy chief Butt reveals loan plans for youngsters


first_imgMan Utd academy chief Butt reveals loan plans for youngstersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United academy chief Nicky Butt has revealed plans to release several of their youth teamers for loan next month.Butt, expects some members of his Under-19 squad to depart on loan during the January transfer window, despite the promise of playing knockout games in the UEFA Youth League in March. He said of the forthcoming loan market, “It will affect the Under-19s [as a team]. But if you ask any Manchester United fan or Ed [Woodward] or the owners or the manager, they want players in the first team. That’s my job. That’s the job of the Academy coaches – to get players in the first team. If you can win competitions as well, that’s the best thing you can do.”Is it good to have some players just waiting for an Under-19s game to come along? No. So we are looking to get players out on loan to develop them so they come back better players and better people for our club, with a real chance on playing on the biggest stage in the world.”Butt continued: “We see January as a changeover of the guard if you like. “A lot more players will be pushing up to the Reserves and the youth team will be made up more regularly of first-year scholars.“They will be starting more regularly in the youth team and players will be going out on loan. But, yeah, we plan – we don’t just pick it out of the air.””“We make plans for a year, 18 months or two years for players and we believe it’s the right way to do things.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


David Cameron To Hold Hunger Summit In 2013


first_imgBritish Prime Minister David Cameron has announced he will be holding a hunger summit in 2013 – a big win for the thousands of Save the Children supporters who have joined the Race Against Hunger campaign.The meeting will follow on from the hunger summit Mr Cameron held on the last day of the Olympics which delivered progress in the tackling the global malnutrition crisis.Every year more than 2 million children die because they don’t get enough of the right food.Since the Olympic Hunger Summit Save the Children and its supporters have been urging the Prime Minister to keep tackling hunger at the top of the global agenda in 2013.Historic opportunityToday’s announcement is a big step to meeting that goal and Save the Children chief executive, Justin Forsyth, warmly welcomed the move: “David Cameron’s leadership will help transform the lives of millions of children. 2013 is an historic opportunity to launch the biggest push against hunger in history.’He added: “Malnutrition is the silent killer of 2.3 million children each year, yet it is entirely preventable. With high food prices more children’s lives are at risk and urgent action is required.’No child goes hungry“Putting hunger and malnutrition at the top of the global agenda while Britain holds the Presidency of the G8, will be a crucial step in ensuring that no child goes hungry and every child gets a fair chance in life.’“We hope this summit galvanises support for helping those children who desperately need help, while taking action on the drivers of high food prices.”Source:Save the Children UKlast_img read more


Australia files WTO complaint against Canadian wine sales measures


first_imgTORONTO – Australia has filed a complaint about Canada’s rules around wine sales with the World Trade Organization.The complaint filed Friday argues that Canada’s distribution, licensing and sales measures discriminate against imported wine.It targets product mark-ups, market access and listing policies used in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.The complaint acts as a request for a consultation between the two countries in an effort to avoid litigation.If the matter is not resolved in 60 days, a panel can be brought in to adjudicate the case.The complaint comes two years after Australia pressed Canada to lower trade barriers on the wine industry like it had done for the European Union.last_img


Excavator blamed for islandwide blackout in Puerto Rico


first_imgSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – An island-wide blackout hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday after an excavator accidentally downed a transmission line, officials said, as the U.S. territory struggles to repair an increasingly unstable power grid nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria.Officials said it could take 24 to 36 hours to fully restore power to more than 1.4 million customers as outrage grew across the island about the state of Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority. It was the second major outage in less than a week, with the previous one affecting some 840,000 customers.“This is too much,” said Luis Oscar Rivera, a computer technician who just got normal power back at his house less than two months ago. “It’s like the first day of Maria all over again.”Authorities said the same contractor was involved in the two latest big power failures and had been fired. The outage last Thursday was set off when a tree limb fell on a power line as the contractor cleared land in central Puerto Rico and a backup line failed. On Wednesday, an excavator used by the contractor hit a transmission line near the south coast.Several large power outages have hit Puerto Rico in recent months, but Wednesday was the first time since the hurricane struck Sept. 20 that the U.S. territory has experienced a full island-wide blackout.The outage snarled traffic across the island, interrupted classes and work, and forced dozens of businesses to temporarily close, including the largest mall and popular tourist attractions like a 16th century fort in the historic part of Puerto Rico’s capital. Long lines formed stations across the island, while authorities offered assurances that there was enough gasoline available.Backup generators roared to life at the island’s largest public hospital and at its main international airport, where officials reported no cancellations or delays. Meanwhile, the power company said its own customer service centre was out of service and asked people to go online or use the phone.Officials said restoring power to hospitals, airports, banking centres and water pumping systems was their priority. Following that would be businesses and then homes.By late in the afternoon, power had returned to several hospitals and at least five of the island’s 78 municipalities.Carmen Yulin Cruz, mayor of the capital of San Juan, said the outage would not interrupt the last of a two-game series between the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins, which is being played on the island. She said all emergency systems at Hiram Bithorn stadium are functioning and that tower lights and additional security will be placed at the stadium’s parking lot.Justo Gonzalez, the power company’s executive sub-director, told reporters that workers were removing a collapsed tower Wednesday during unrelated power restoration efforts near the south coast and an excavator hit the transmission line.“We are working in areas that are quite crowded with high voltage lines,” he said.Fredyson Martinez, vice-president of a union that represents power company workers in Puerto Rico, told The Associated Press that he was concerned about the two back-to-back incidents.“That is not normal,” he said.Government officials said a company hired by Cobra Energy known as Dgrimm was involved in both incidents that led to the power outages. Dgrimm had been asked to change its security protocols after the first incident, and it has since been terminated, said William Rios, power generation director.“This is unacceptable for us,” he said, adding that government attorneys were meeting with officials at Cobra Energy, a Mammoth Energy subsidiary.Angel Figueroa, president of the power workers’ union, told reporters that workers were investigating why a backup breaker at a main power station in the island’s southern region did not function when the outage occurred, causing the entire electrical grid to shut down to protect itself. He noted it was the same problem that caused a 2016 power outage that affected the entire island.Geraldo Quinones, a power company spokesman, said in a phone interview that crews are investigating why the breaker failed.Rivera said he worries that such serious power outages are still occurring as the new Atlantic hurricane season, which starts on June 1, approaches.“If there’s a slight storm, we’re going to be worse off than we are right now,” he said.Federal officials who testified before Congress last week said they expect to have a plan by June on how to strengthen and stabilize the island’s power grid, noting that up to 75 per cent of distribution lines were damaged by high winds and flooding. Meanwhile, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is overseeing the federal power restoration efforts, said they hope to have the entire island fully energized by May. Some 40,000 power customers still remain without normal electrical service as a result of the hurricane.The new blackout occurred as Puerto Rico legislators debate a bill that would privatize the island’s power company, which is $14 billion in debt and relies on infrastructure nearly three times older than the industry average.last_img read more


IOCs RD centre patent filing crosses 1000mark


first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) Tuesday said its research and development centre at Faridabad has become the first public sector oil and gas company to cross the milestone of filing 1,000 patents. The Centre filed the 1,001st patent this week, the company said in a statement here. “The R&D Centre’s IP (Intellectual Property) portfolio comprises 794 active patents, of which 542 patents were granted abroad and 252 in India. The centre has also registered a healthy commercialisation rate for its patents, higher than the global average,” it said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraComplimenting the R&D team for lending a competitive edge to IOC’s business through innovative products, processes and technologies, company chairman Sanjiv Singh said several quality upgradation projects implemented at its refineries for production of ultra-clean BS-VI grde fuels are based on deep desulphurisation, isomerisation and dimerisation technology patents developed in-house. IOC’s internationally-awarded INDMAX technology patent, successfully commercialised at Paradip Refinery, improves LPG yields by 40 per cent besides ensuring the highest propylene yields in its class, the statement said adding the centre’s bio-methanation technology is best-in-class in methane yields and is being implemented at the Namakkal (Tamil Nadu) plant for production of compressed bio-gas (CBG). Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysEstablished in 1972, the centre is a pioneer in downstream petroleum sector R&D and has received wide acclaim for indigenising lubricants technology by launching the SERVO brand. With over 5,000 formulations and over 800 active grades covering all conceivable applications, including rail-road and marine oils, SERVO has grown to be the largest selling lubricant brand in India. From being the birth place of the highly successful, fuel-efficient ‘Nutan’ kerosene wick-stove in the late 70s, the R&D centre has come a long way in the past four decades. According to SSV Ramakumar, Director (R&D), IOC, the centre has been focussing on developing high-quality, environment-friendly products and innovative refinery processes that boost resource efficiency, enhance refinery-petrochemicals integration, and offer flexibility in product pattern and yields in line with market demand. With 50 per cent of its active patents in the refining category, followed by 16 per cent in bio-technology, the R&D team has made considerable progress even in the highly IP-crowded field of Ziegler-Natta catalysts, used in production of polymers (plastics). “We have not only created white space here but succeeded in earning a rich haul of patent grants that are well recognised by global majors,” he said. In line with IOC’s business objectives, the R&D centre has expanded its research domain to cover petrochemicals, nano-technology, alternative fuels, energy storage solutions and Hydrogen-based fuel cell research, among others, the statement added.last_img read more