WESTERN 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.
Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Murli Manohar Joshi on Tuesday said the Congress will have to “face the music for supporting corruption” in the upcoming session of Parliament as the Speaker Meira Kumar has returned his report on the 2G spectrum allotment scam.The draft report was returned to him since it was not adopted by the committee. Eleven of the 21 members on the PAC had opposed the report. The report had accused jailed DMK MP and former telecom minister A. Raja of “misleading” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by telling him that the auction of spectrum was “considered” but not recommended by the telecom commission and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. It charged the PMO with violation of basic norms of governance and “looking the other way” when there was a difference of opinion between the telecom and law ministries over the allotment of spectrum.Click here to EnlargeJoshi refused to comment on the Speaker’s decision. “The Speaker is competent to take a view,” he said. The decision to return his report was apparently communicated to the PAC chairman in a letter by the Speaker.He, however, did not divulge the contents of the letter. But the veteran BJP leader had strong words for the Congress which disrupted proceedings on the day his report was to be submitted to the Speaker. “The Congress has wholeheartedly decided to support corruption. But they will not escape?They will have to face the music in Parliament,” Joshi said, indicating that the upcoming session will be stormy given the sharp division between the BJP and the Congress on corruption.advertisementOther Opposition members were in agreement. According to an Opposition MP, the “war” that started in the PAC will be continued in the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) that is probing the 2G scam.He was referring to the manner in which the UPA, with the help of the SP and the BSP, sabotaged the proceedings of the PAC in its last meeting on April 28. The PAC, which met to adopt the draft report on the 2G spectrum issue, saw the UPA members in the panel “rejecting” the report and demanding Joshi’s resignation as chairman. At the same time, the SP and BSP members said they needed more time to study the contents of the report and take a view on the issue.The Opposition members, however, approved the draft report and said they would support Joshi if he submitted the report to the Speaker before April 30.The ball, since then, had been in Speaker Meira Kumar’s court. The UPA members had written to her saying that they have lost the confidence in Joshi and he was scuttling the “democratic” process within the parliamentary panel. The SP and BSP members had separately written to her saying that they needed more time to study the report.The Speaker’s decision has, naturally, come as a major relief to the embattled Congress. However, AICC general secretary and media department chairperson Janardan Dwivedi declined to comment. He said it was up to the Speaker to take a view on the draft report. The Speaker is currently out of the country.Former Lok Sabha secretary general PDT Achary said the report was only a “draft” and the Speaker was not bound to accept it in the first place. A report becomes a report only when it is approved by the committee.In the absence of that, Achary said, it does not have the status of a report. Asked if the PAC can revisit the issue again, Achary said that depended on the committee. “It has to take a view. The new PAC has to decide whether it wants to take up the 2G spectrum issue again. The chairman on his own cannot select the subject,” he added.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
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00:00 /15:40 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: The annual Houston-based energy conference CERAWeek takes place all this week (March 11-15) at the Hilton Americas-Houston. News 88.7’s Travis Bubenik reminds us what this conference is about and why we should care about it — or not.In the audio above, we discuss how attendees are feeling especially bullish amid a stretch of favorable federal environmental policy, where waivers for various regulations established by the previous administration are routinely granted.Then, energy watcher Loren Steffy gives us insight into the likely major talk of the conference: Houston’s growing role as the world’s fuel pump.How will it affect Greater Houston that, in a period of growing energy exports, some of the companies providing those exports and related services are right here? Is it one big party for the energy industry, or are there some potential hazards ahead? Share Listen X Dave FehlingA view of petrochemical and refining facilities near Houston.
Kolkata: A unique conference was organised by the Independent research ethics society Kolkata at Maulana Azad Conference Centre to create a road map for development of AYUSH in the state.The programme was organised in association with Vivekananda Vijnyana Mission (VVM), National Ayurveda Students And Youth Association (NASYA), Jignasa-Paschimbanga, Nationalist Doctors Association (NDA), Arogya Bharati, Vishwa Ayurveda Parishad (VAP), All Bengal AYUSH Doctor Association, Yoga And Naturopathy Awareness Association, AYUSH Prachar & Prasar Samiti, Ayurvedic Drug Manufacturer Association of India, National Pharmaceutical Consultancy Services, the AYURVEDA Clinic and Research Centre.There was a proposal to form a joint forum named as “AYUSH SAMRIDDHI”. Emphasize was given on the importance of united positive efforts at social level, to develop quality of life inAYUSH sector.Dr G P Sarkar, Chairman – Allen Group, Shri Tapas Sarkar -President, Arogya Bharati, WB, Dr RD Dubey , President NDA, Shri M K Sreeprasad, Org. secy, VVM, Dr Sumit Sur,President NASYA-WB, Kvj. Suryaprakash Sharma, President ,VAP-WB, blessed the conference by their motivational speeches.It may be mentioned that Bengal has made a significant improvement in the Ayush sector. A great of works were done for the enhancement of infrastructure.