Rajasthan govt. to push women’s quota

first_imgRajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said on Friday that the State Cabinet has in principle decided to pass a resolution seeking 33% reservation for women in legislative Assembly. “In principle, it was decided yesterday to pass a resolution in legislative Assembly for 33% reservation for women. Congress president wants that resolution is passed in five Congress-ruled States,” Mr. Gehlot told reporters outside the Assembly.Resolution timing However, he did not say whether the resolution will be passed in this Assembly session. Mr. Gehlot said former Congress president Sonia Gandhi had been fighting for reservation for women in Parliament and legislative Assemblies. After a long struggle, the Bill was passed in Lok Sabha but it was pending in Rajya Sabha.‘Cong. committed’ Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot said the Bill granting reservation to women was introduced in Parliament and Congress has been committed to the matter. He said it is the party’s intention to pass a resolution in State Assemblies where Congress has formed government. Though the matter is pending at the Centre, it was discussed on Thursday in the Cabinet to form a consensus on it as it was one of the promises in the Congress election manifesto, he added.last_img read more

Kinship of the golden grapplers

first_imgThere was first the example. And the instant transmission of ambition. The year was 2000, and the extended Phogat household in Bhiwani district’s Balali village was electrified by the news from Sydney. Weightlifter Karnam Malleswari had won a bronze medal, India’s lone prize at the Olympics and the first ever,There was first the example. And the instant transmission of ambition. The year was 2000, and the extended Phogat household in Bhiwani district’s Balali village was electrified by the news from Sydney. Weightlifter Karnam Malleswari had won a bronze medal, India’s lone prize at the Olympics and the first ever for an Indian woman. And to hear it now from 24-year-old Babita Phogat, still to shake off the gold dust from her medal for freestyle wrestling at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, is to draw a direct line: from Malleswari’s medal to Mahavir Singh Phogat rounding up all the children in the extended household to hit the fields running to train for their big chance.Mahavir, a former wrestler, coached his daughters, son, nephews, nieces in what he knew best, and how he knew. But even he could not have known what he’d start. His eldest daughter, Geeta, struck gold in the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010, and in 2012 became the first Indian woman wrestler to qualify for the Olympics. Babita had a silver in Delhi, and upgraded to gold in Glasgow. Cousin Vinesh, not yet 20, too is back home from Glasgow with gold, trying to blink away sleep as she strikes a pose in the family training centre at the edge of their fields. The family is not quite done yet. Younger cousins stray in and out, and count off the cadet or junior level titles they hope to target. Oblivious to the commotion and the hunt for the misplaced Glasgow medals, young Jenny, not yet five, is training away at the machines. Far-off branches of the Phogat family tree are winding back to the Balali homestead to enlist in Uncle Mahavir’s gold quest.advertisementCousins Vinesh (left) and Babita Phogat Glasgow Commonwealth games gold-winners, at their home in Bhiwani, HaryanaLegend has built over time about the social norms the Phogat girls combated-or glided by, depending on the narrator’s inclination. But back home for a victory chakkar of the village, the state capital, Delhi’s television studios, before leaving for training and trials for the Asian Games, Babita and Vinesh wear the struggle lightly on their skin. Yes, there was chatter back then in the early days, says Babita, when they entered the akhara with its mud patch. (The mat came later, with the first stirrings of success.) “What will happen, folks in the village said,” recalls Babita. “We were practising with boys, we talked to them, we wore shorts.” “But we were children then,” Vinesh adds. “What do children know about all this (social convention)?” The medals put a firm lid on such objections anyway.Who would ostracise a champion? But Babita, in the open-faced, large-hearted, cheerful manner of India’s contact sportspersons, concedes the significance of her achievements in India’s, and particularly Haryana’s, context, of their collective edge as examples that defy the systematic exclusion of women, starting with female foeticide. “Don’t kill them,” she pleads. “Look at us. We are also girls. They can get ahead of us.”Perhaps they underplay their defiance of gender stereotype in order to present themselves as role models for their sport and its tradition of lifelong dedication. Babita notes the upsurge of interest locally in wrestling each time they win at a big tournament. “But they want quick results,” she says. “They don’t see that it took us 10-12 years of training to get this far.”Babita’s moment of glory in GlasgowThose bygone days of training are a subject of much nostalgia in the Phogat household, a spark for shared memories to be recounted and, it appears, in each telling, to acquire a more cohesive and dramatic narrative line. “Papa would have us up at 3.30 a.m.,” Babita recalls as much with a faux groan as a wistful yearning for the times back when they were all children (“bachpan ke din”). “We would practise for two/two-and-a-half hours. In the fields Papa had made a ground for running. We would then rest at home for 20 minutes, bathe, eat and go to school. In class, we would often nod off, especially when the teacher was at the blackboard. Sometimes she would just let us sleep. Then home and an hour’s rest. Then train again. On Sundays we would get rest from school, but not from training!” Vinesh, younger and more slightly built than her cousins (she competes in the 48 kg category, Babita and Geeta in 51-55 kg), recalls being reluctant to hit the mud patch with her cousins for fear of getting hurt. “Tauji (Mahavir Phogat) would ask, tu gulab ka phool hai (are you a rose or what)?”Mahavir was a strict taskmaster, and Babita chuckles over the tricks they’d attempt to get out of training. Sometimes he would wander off and return to check them for sweat as proof of training. The children would wet their foreheads with dew from mustard leaves. He had installed an inverter, so power outages would not disrupt training. They’d hook it up to the refrigerator, so that when there really was an outage, the battery was already drained.advertisementNow they don’t need the spectre of punishment to keep them on the mat. But even as they work on their technique and speed, the stories nominate them as mascots for a sport that suddenly needs its women athletes that much more. Wrestling is still recovering from the threat last year of exclusion from the Olympic Games, and making itself more inclusive by increasing the number of categories for women while cutting some for men. Babita’s eyes gleam as she rattles off the new equation: “For men, two medals less, from 7 to 6 each in freestyle and Greco-Roman.For women, two more, from 4 to 6. So it’s even, 6-6-6.” (Women only compete in freestyle.) Wrestling dates back to the ancient Olympics, but to clinch its modern salience it desperately needs to be seen to be doing right by its women, who were admitted to Olympic competition only in 2004 at Athens.The Phogats say they intend to be at the 2016 Rio Olympics in large numbers, but for now are off to Lucknow, for training and trials. The World Championships overlap with the Asian Games, and such is the Japanese and Chinese domination of women’s wrestling that the first placed will head to the Asian meet in Incheon, South Korea. Women before, like mountaineer Santosh Yadav, had started breaking out of the inherited gender mould in Haryana. Wrestlers before, like Delhi’s Sushil Kumar, got 21st century India interested in an ancient calling. The Phogats’ unique role as change agents may be to invite ever more aspirants into their capacious, and flamboyantly told, family saga.To read more, get your copy of India Today here.last_img read more

Rio Olympics: Indian men’s hockey squad likely to be named on July 5

first_imgHockey India (HI) selectors are likely to announce the men’s squad for the Rio Olympics on July 5 while the two-week national camp will start on July 11, chief coach Roelant Oltmans said on Friday.The team, captained by star goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh, is currently preparing for the Champions Trophy in London from June 10 before heading off to Valencia, Spain, to play the six nations invitational tournament. The team will return to India in the first week of July.PRACTICE TO TAKE PLACE IN MADRIDAs part of the final preparations for the Rio Games, the team will leave for Madrid to play two friendly matches with Spain and then head to Rio for a friendly with Spain and New Zealand before participating in the quadrennial event.”The national selectors are likely to meet on July 5 to pick the final squad for the Olympics,” Oltmans said in a release.NATIONAL CAMP ON JULY 11″We will start the national camp on July 11 which will be a two-week camp after we leave for Madrid, to play two friendly matches with Spain and then head to Rio and have a friendly with Spain and New Zealand,” he added.”I believe we have entered a very exciting period in the lead up to the Olympics.”Ahead of the hectic schedule, the 29-member Champions Trophy-bound team has been allowed to take a week’s break before rejoining on May 29.”Starting June 5, the team will be away for almost a month playing two different tournaments in two different countries. Everything we do in this period will be demanding not just physically but also mentally,” the high performance director for Hockey India said.advertisement”Though we are entering an exciting period and looking forward to the Olympics, vying to peak at Rio, it was important to take off for a week and be in a different environment.”PLAYERS ASKED TO STICK TO STRICT DIETDespite the break, the Dutchman has suggested to the players to stick to a healthy diet and a specific programme to follow.”This includes gym and running only to ensure they stay at the same fitness level,” Oltmans said.While Oltmans will get to celebrate his 62nd birthday with his wife and three sons, Sreejesh is eager to meet his two-year-daughter back in Kerala.”Last night over the phone she was asking when is daddy coming home. We have been away training really hard the past six weeks and this break with family will only help us come back feeling fresh and eager to win,” said Sreejesh.last_img read more


first_imgSioux City businessman Doug Palmer was honored at the 33rd Annual Siouxland Chamber Annual Dinner Thursday evening.Palmer was presented the W. Edwards Deming Business Leadership and Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, recognizing his decades of initiatives and business excellence, as well as his countless volunteer contributions to the Siouxland community.Palmer has served as CEO of Tegra Corporation, the parent company of Big Soo Terminal and Sioux Rubber and Urethane, for 35 years.Additionally, he has an ownership interest and advisory role in Palmer Candy and Lite Form Technologies.He has also served on the Board of Directors of Security National Bank for many years.Photo by Siouxland Chamber of Commercelast_img read more

Laura Muir smashes Kirsty Wade’s 31-year-old British indoor mile record

first_imgShare on Facebook news Share via Email Holly Bradshaw produced her second-best pole vault since 2012, clearing 4.81m to beat a stacked field that included the Greek Olympic champion, Katerina Stefanidi, and she revealed that she had been dropped by her sponsors Nike in January.“Obviously, a little bit harder but I’ve been really sensible over the past couple of years,” she said. “Hopefully if people see me performing they might want to sponsor me.”She denied that being dropped had given her a wake-up call. “Stuff like that doesn’t spur me on. I’m just trying to do good for me. I love pole vaulting and I love the feeling of flying.”There was a world record in the men’s 1500m as the 19-year-old Ethiopian Samuel Tefera won a sprint finish against his compatriot Yomif Kejelcha to beat Hicham El Guerrouj’s mark and win in 3.31.04. “I can’t believe that,” said Tefera. Topics There was no such joy for the double European 60m champion Richard Kilty, whose chances of a historic treble evaporated when he fell just short of the 6.60sec British qualifying standard in the men’s final.With the country’s two best 60m sprinters, Reece Prescod and CJ Ujah, swerving Glasgow it is possible that no male sprinters will be selected for the team.What frustrates Kilty is that while European Athletics allows anyone who has run 6.78sec to compete in its championships, British Athletics has insisted on a much stricter criteria, which he has failed to meet because of foot and achilles’ injuries. Laura Muir Show No sooner had Laura Muir obliterated the 31-year-old British indoor mile record by an astonishing five seconds than she started wrapping herself up in cotton wool. She knows the biggest threat to retaining her European 1500m and 3,000m titles in Glasgow could be the February flu rather than anything on two legs. She did not pose for selfies, as she usually does; instead her coach Andy Young handed fans autographed photographs.A smiling Muir said: “I signed 66 cards – so I hope that’s enough for everyone. I didn’t want to leave the fans without things but I’ve got to look after my own health.” Laura Muir (@lauramuiruns)British Record x 2!!!! 1500m split in my mile race today was a new record too 😊Last to leave the stadium tonight after anti-doping.Thanks so much for all your messages x pic.twitter.com/xRrP8397FyFebruary 16, 2019 Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media It is surely a wise precaution given how supreme and sublime Muir looked in chasing down Kirsty Wade’s 4min 23.86sec, set in 1988, to claim her sixth British record. For good measure her time of 4:18.75 was the third-fastest mile in history and broke her own 1500m national indoor record.Initially, Muir’s pace was steady as she went through halfway bang on schedule in 2:12. But when her pacemaker dropped out and it became a four-lap time-trial the 25-year-old Scot hunted the record down with zealous intent before tumbling over the line.“It’s pretty special to get the record, especially one which has stood for such a long time and from an iconic runner with Kirsty,” said Muir. “It’s a world lead, the third-fastest ever behind the European and world records so I’ll take that.”“For the next two weeks I’ll try to stay away from as many people as possible – not that I don’t like people, it’s just colds are everywhere.” Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Since you’re here…center_img Share on Pinterest It has left Kilty, who finished fifth in the final won by China’s Su Bingtian in 6.47, relying on the unlikely possibility that the selectors hand him a reprieve when they announce their team on Sunday.“During the last two Euros, 6.60 has got at least a bronze so I would be in with a shout of a medal if I went,” he said. “I know I am capable of running faster than that, which puts me in with a chance of defending my title. I really do have faith in myself.“My message to selectors is that I am a championship performer who has never been beaten in a major championship. Hopefully, they have some faith in me. It would mean the world to me to stand on the line after the year and a half I have had.”As things stand the British selectors could name only Ojie Edoburun, who finished last in last week’s trials, and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, who did not get out of the semi-finals – both of whom would qualify having run 10.20 outdoors last year.Asha Philip, who finished second to the Jamaican Olympic champion, Elaine Thompson, in the women’s 60m final, said she would take Kilty. “He’s had a few injuries and niggles but I know that he’s capable,” she said. “I would put my money on Kilty if they take him.” Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels Share on LinkedIn The Observer Thank you for your feedback. Support The Guardian Hide Share on WhatsApp Was this helpful? Read more Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. 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Video: Former USC WR Robert Woods Give Touching Speech About His Sister During Graduation

first_imgA general view of the USC Trojans football field.LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 30: Genreal view of the stadium during the game between the Fresno State Bulldogs and the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on August 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Woods, now in his third year with the team, has been returning to his alma mater, USC, in the offseasons to finish up the credits needed to earn his degree. This past spring, he finished his final semester – meaning he’s now graduated. The speech he gave during the ceremony was released by the school Friday, and it’s worth watching.Woods revealed what his sister, who passed away from cancer back in 2007, told him the day she died. Her wish was that Woods become a role model. He believes that by graduating from USC, which he calls the best school for both academics and athletics, he’s accomplished that. Check it out:USC WR @robertwoods made a promise to his late sister to be a role model.#USCgrad speech: https://t.co/GQ7UHBUeOG pic.twitter.com/PsgkNEmj8c— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) May 13, 2016Woods has caught 152 passes for 1,838 yards and 11 touchdowns in his three years. It’s clear he’s very proud of where he went to school.last_img read more

Madrid refusing to let Napoli target James leave on loan

first_imgReal Madrid are refusing to let playmaker James Rodriguez leave the club on loan this season, instead holding out for a permanent deal amid interest from Napoli.Goal has learned that Madrid are keen to get Colombia international James off their payroll this summer as they aim to raise funds for more signings after a busy start to the transfer window.Napoli have emerged as the club to have shown the most interest in the 27-year-old, though it is understood that reports from Italy that a deal has already been reached are wide of the mark. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? James spent the previous two seasons on loan at Bayern Munich, scoring 15 goals and laying on 20 assists in 67 appearances for the Bundesliga winners, but the Bavarians decided not to exercise the option to sign him permanently for €42 million (£37m/$47m).Carlo Ancelotti was the manager who brought James to the Allianz Arena before he was sacked by Bayern in September 2017 and, having now moved onto Napoli, the Italian coach wants to reunite with a player whom he also coached during his time at Santiago Bernabeu.”James Rodriguez is Ancelotti’s wish,” Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis told Radio Kiss Kiss on Wednesday. “I don’t know if we need him 100 per cent, but his talent isn’t in doubt.”I must help my coach. He wants James and I won’t bat an eyelid, even if he’s very expensive.”James’ current contract at Madrid runs until the summer of 2021, and they are reluctant to let it enter its final 12 months and face selling the player for less than his market value.As such they will not allow him to be loaned out this season, even if the deal includes the option to buy as they want to avoid another situation as occurred at Bayern this summer.James Rodriguez ColombiaThey also believe that his performances at this summer’s Copa America for Colombia could increase his value and as such are keen to sell at the highest possible price tag.The 2014 World Cup Golden Boot winner is one of a number of Madrid first-team players whom the club are looking to move on in the coming weeks.As many as 13 players are up for sale, with the hope that the bulk of them will be sold before the squad return for pre-season on July 9.Among them are Gareth Bale, Isco, Keylor Navas and Mateo Kovacic who, along with James, have been deemed surplus to requirements at Santiago Bernabeu.That follows an aggressive transfer window thus far from the 13-time European champions, with the arrivals of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy, Eder Militao and Rodrygo costing around €300m (£267m/$340m).Zinedine Zidane is keen to bolster his squad further before the start of the season, with Paul Pogba emerging as the club’s primary midfield target over Christian Eriksen.They have also not given up on tempting Neymar to the club from Paris Saint-Germain, but must sell first so as to finance either deal.last_img read more

R&B/Pop Star to Host Exclusive Performance For Guests at Moon Palace Jamaica

first_imgMIAMI, FLA. (July 2, 2019) – Palace Resorts – the company that sets the standard in five-star, all-inclusive resort accommodations – in partnership with the Jamaica Tourist Board and Atlantic Records is pleased to announce, “Paradise in Paradise,” an exclusive performance with Bazzi, at Moon Palace Jamaica. The Chart-topping and multi-platinum R&B/Pop sensation, known for his massive hits like “Mine” and “Beautiful” feat. Camila Cabello will celebrate the release of his new single “Paradise” with an intimate and private show at the AAA Four Diamond-rated resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica on August 19, 2019, at 8 pm. The concert is complimentary for guests staying at the resort. Bazzi, one of the biggest breakout artists of 2018, catapulted into mega-status with his massive hit “Mine.” The track, now certified three-times platinum, climbed to #1 at Pop Radio and top 3 at Rhythmic. Bazzi solidified his spot as one of music’s most promising newcomers with his follow-up hit “Beautiful,” collaborating with chart-topping singer/songwriter Camila Cabello. Both tracks are featured on Bazzi’s breakthrough debut album, ‘COSMIC,’ which has been streamed more than three billion times. Written predominantly by Bazzi and co-produced by Grammy-nominated Rice N’ Peas and Bazzi, ‘COSMIC’ has received ecstatic critical applause, with Billboard praising its “slinky, R&B-infused pop” and Playboy hailing the collection as “genre-bending.” “Bazzi’s ‘COSMIC’ seems primed to linger near the top of the albums chart for quite a while,” wrote Stereogum, while USA Today echoed, “Bazzi’s career is just getting started.” Bazzi supported his back-to-back hits with performances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The 92nd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Eve, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, The TODAY Show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards – as a “Best New Artist” nominee. Bazzi has spent much of the past year on THE COSMIC TOUR, including a sold-out headline run, a special guest role on Camila Cabello’s sold out “Never Be The Same” North American tour, and support on the European leg of Justin Timberlake’s blockbuster “Man Of The Woods Tour.” This year, Bazzi has stepped up his game with a lauded debut at Coachella, a collaboration with Belgian DJ Netsky and rap legend Lil Wayne, the release of his critically acclaimed track “Focus” feat. 21 Savage, an appearance on Tyga’s new album, and his current radio single “Paradise,” which has already reached over 140 million streams since April. Bazzi recently performed “Paradise” at The 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards. “As a brand that prides itself in bringing unforgettable experiences to its guests, we couldn’t be more excited to close out the summer with a chart-topping artist such as Bazzi. Since opening, Moon Palace Jamaica has hosted a diverse lineup of artists that has included well-known artists like Shaggy, Omi and MAGIC!” said Gibran Chapur, Executive Vice President of Palace Resorts. “We couldn’t be prouder to partner up with the Jamaica Tourist Board & Atlantic Records, to bring this unique experience to our guests.” This exclusive performance, taking place at Moon Palace Jamaica is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Bazzi fans to see him live in an intimate setting, with picturesque views of Ocho Rios. Performing a few of his popular hits, guests will be privy to see Bazzi perform, as part of the all-inclusive concept.  In addition, Bazzi will host a special meet & greet for VIP guests of the resort. There couldn’t be a more perfect location to celebrate “Paradise” than in Jamaica. Ocho Rios is the center of Jamaica’s most popular attractions including Dunn’s River Falls, Mystic Mountain, and Dolphin Cove.  Moon Palace Jamaica and its prime location in Ocho Rios make for the ideal vacation in paradise! Moon Palace Jamaica is Palace Resorts’ first property outside of Mexico and Jamaica’s most luxurious all-inclusive resort. The family-friendly property offers guests the opportunity to experience 17-acres of ivory sand on the longest stretch of private beach in Ocho Rios. The resort features the only FlowRider® Double wave simulator in Jamaica, lavish swimming pools, a kid’s water park, multiple dining destinations and bars, a gourmet corridor, an ultra-chic nightclub, NOIR, and signature AWE Spa®, the largest spa in Jamaica. The resort also offers an array of off-site activities such as kayaking, paddle boarding, or even taking a scenic catamaran ride through the clear waters of Ocho Rios. Guests have access to complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service, CHI products, and unlimited long-distance calls to the United States. Moon Palace Jamaica is on track to becoming one of the Caribbean’s top entertainment destinations with world-class performances. Moon Palace Jamaica all-inclusive accommodations start at $361 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. Guests who book a stay of five nights or more are privy to the most valuable vacation promotion on record – $1,500 Resort Credit, which can be used on spa and beauty salon treatments, golf outings, romantic dinners, wedding packages and off-site excursions and tours.  To reserve your stay for “Paradise in Paradise” please visit https://jamaica.moonpalace.com/en. For additional high-resolution images, click here. About Palace Resorts With ten oceanfront resorts overlooking sparkling turquoise waters, Palace Resorts sets the highest standards for five-star all-inclusive vacations in Mexico and Jamaica. Offering luxurious and spacious accommodations accentuated by signature in-room double whirlpool tubs, nightly entertainment, the Caribbean & Mexico’s most extravagant spas, a premier Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, Palace Resorts sets the stage for a truly exceptional experience for travelers. The unparalleled level of service and comfort found at each property makes Palace Resorts a leading provider of world-class resort vacations. For more information, visit www.palaceresorts.com. About Jamaica Tourist Board The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. JTB offices are also located in Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto, and London.  Representative offices are located in Berlin, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, and Mumbai.   TripAdvisor® ranked Jamaica as the #1 Caribbean Destination and #14 Best Destination in the World in 2019. Also, this year, the International Council of the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) named Jamaica the Destination of the Year and TravAlliance Media named JTB Best Tourism Board, and Jamaica as Best Culinary Destination, Best Wedding Destination, and Best Honeymoon Destination. Additionally, the JTB has been declared the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards (WTA) for thirteen consecutive years between 2006 and 2019. Jamaica also earned the WTA’s award for the Caribbean’s Leading Destination, Leading Cruise Destination and Leading Meetings & Conference Centre 2018 for the Montego Bay Convention Centre.  Jamaica is home to some of the world’s best accommodations, attractions, and service providers that have won several awards throughout the years.  For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the JTB’s Web-site at www.visitjamaica.com or call the Jamaica  Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422).  Follow the JTB on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.  View the JTB   blog at www.islandbuzzjamaica.com.last_img read more

Nominations for PM’s National Youth Awards for Excellence Open Sept. 6

first_img Speaking at a press conference at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information in Kingston today (September 3), Minister of State, Hon. Floyd Green, said this year the focus will be on nation builders and youth leaders in corporate Jamaica. He said the Nation Builders award, which is a new segment of the recognition scheme, will reward youth who have dedicated their services to the development of communities. Nominations for the 2018 Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence will open on September 6 and run until October 5. Story Highlights Nominations for the 2018 Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence will open on September 6 and run until October 5.Speaking at a press conference at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information in Kingston today (September 3), Minister of State, Hon. Floyd Green, said this year the focus will be on nation builders and youth leaders in corporate Jamaica.He said the Nation Builders award, which is a new segment of the recognition scheme, will reward youth who have dedicated their services to the development of communities.“Young people are shining right across Jamaica, so nominate our youth. Let us get the applications, so we can vet and see who are qualified,” Mr. Green added.The State Minister said that “we want to reward young people who have formed community groups, given back to the communities in different ways, and lobbied for community centres and sport facilities”.Mr. Green said he is encouraging persons to visit www.moe.gov.jm, or youthjamaica.com for application forms.The State Minister pointed out that the Corporate Leadership award, also new, is in keeping with the Government’s drive to create role models “among young people in business, and reward those young people in corporate life who have shown strong leadership”.The Prime Minister National Youth Awards for Excellence was introduced in 1998 to recognise young Jamaicans who have excelled and contributed to national development.Since its inception, 224 awards have been conferred on individuals in the fields of Academics, Sport, Arts and Culture, Environmental Protection, and Journalism.It is open to all Jamaican nationals between 15 and 29 years old who are living in Jamaica and the diaspora, who have attained excellence and world-class achievement.“We can hold them up as role models for other youth to excel and embrace their positive qualities,” Mr. Green said.last_img read more

TUI Cruises Obtains Financing for Its Newbuild Duo

first_imgzoom German cruise operator TUI Cruises has secured financing from German banking consortium led by KfW IPEX-Bank for its order for two new ships from the Finnish yard Meyer Turku shipyard.The order follows construction of six sister ships at the yard and the latest ones are yet to become known as the Mein Schiff 7 and 8.Jointly with UniCredit and one other European commercial bank, KfW IPEX-Bank as one of the bookrunners structured the entire financing of the new ships for TUI Cruises and secured the order for the Meyer Turku shipyard with its commitment to finance the total loan amount. Additional banks contributed to the financing.“As one of the world’s leading providers of ship finance we are once again underlining our structuring expertise in the cruise sector with this commitment,” said Christian K. Murach, responsible member of the Management Board at KfW IPEX-Bank. “We are pleased to have been a reliable financing partner for the successful German shipping company TUI Cruises from the very beginning.”With its “Mein Schiff” fleet, currently comprising four vessels, TUI Cruises is one of the fastest-growing cruise operators in the German market. The fleet is to grow to six ships by 2017 when the vessels already under construction (Mein Schiff 5 and Mein Schiff 6) are completed. The two new ships that have now been ordered will respectively replace Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2 in 2018 and 2019, thus contributing to the modernisation of the fleet, while also setting new standards in terms of environmental performance.last_img read more

Political parties face fatigue as Manitoba moves from one campaign to the

first_imgWINNIPEG — Politicians and supporters in Manitoba had less than 24 hours to take in the results of a provincial election before diving into the federal one.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday officially launched the campaign for the Oct. 21 vote and some Manitoba parties say it’s like they’ve finished one marathon to immediately start another.The quick turnaround has them preparing for potential voter and volunteer fatigue.After a four-week campaign, the Progressive Conservatives and leader Brian Pallister won a second consecutive majority Tuesday night when they captured 36 seats in the 57-seat legislature. The New Democrats improved their seat total to 18 and the Liberals were held to three.Many federal Liberal volunteers knocked on doors in the provincial campaign. Now they’re suiting up in red again to support federal Liberal incumbent Jim Carr in Winnipeg South Centre. But they’re taking a few days off before his campaign kickoff this weekend, said manager Jeff Kovalik-Plouffe.“We feel that people will be energized to campaign for just a little bit longer,” Kovalik-Plouffe said.The weight of elections running back to back will have an impact on volunteers, said political analyst Christopher Adams at the University of Manitoba. However, he doesn’t suspect there will be that much of an effect on voters.Pallister called the election more than a year before the scheduled date. Adams said the campaign was lacklustre and didn’t engage voters. Turnout was 55.4 per cent, slightly lower than in 2016.But, Adams said, its messaging could translate — for better or worse — to the parties’ federal counterparts.“I think the Conservative supporters will be more buoyed by what happened last night,” Adams said.“The (Manitoba) NDP had to fight very, very hard for the seats they took from the (Progressive) Conservatives.”There may also be ramifications on federal party fundraising, he suggested. If supporters already donated in Manitoba, they might not be inclined to hand over more, especially if their provincial candidate did not win.Conservative team members behind Joyce Bateman, who is looking to take the riding from Carr, said they are aware there could be voter fatigue, so they are trying to manage activities accordingly. Campaign manager Roslyn Nugent noted in an email that their volunteer pool has been growing for several weeks.Leah Gazan, the federal NDP candidate for Winnipeg Centre, said “it was a real disservice to democracy when Pallister called the provincial election early knowing that there was a federal election coming up right away.”“However, in saying that, I have a team of really excited volunteers.”Gazan had major support to win the nomination in March over former NDP legislature member Andrew Swan. She said the momentum has continued, despite many of her volunteers knocking on doors for the provincial party. The team is not discouraged by the election’s outcome, she said, and Manitobans still seem invigorated by the federal election.“I think people want to make sure there are voices representing them in the House of Commons.”Manitoba Green party Leader James Beddome was unable to capture a seat provincially, nor did the party make the breakthrough that some had anticipated.Beddome, who is the federal Green candidate in Winnipeg Centre, said his team is in the midst of an Ironman triathlon.“I think we can roll from one to the other and hopefully it’s a little bit like a snowball going down a hill,” he said. “We are just getting started and the ball is only going to get bigger, larger, and roll faster.”— With files from Steve Lambert in WinnipegKelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Community Development Institute provides Council with annual update

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, the University of Northern B.C. Community Development Institute provided City of Fort St. John Council with an annual update.CDI Co-Director, Marleen Morris, says the partnership between the City and the CDI is one that is growing every day and is making Fort St. John a better place to live.“Our partnership is increasing community engagement and growing community partnerships and it is happening more, day by day, and we are really excited to see this happen. These partnerships are enhancing the quality of life in Fort St. John and making Fort St. John a better place to live.” According to Morris, the CDI and the City have been working together to develop and implement strategies for economic diversification and community resilience.During the past seven months, through a program known as ‘The Forge’, the CDI has completed a significant public engagement program to gather input that will be used to develop the Social Development Framework and the Economic Development Framework for the City.Morris says she thanks the community for their participation and support and looks forward to continuing to work with community members.last_img read more

Woman gangraped on pretext of offering lift in Shamli village

first_imgMuzaffarnagar: A 22-year-old woman was allegedly abducted and raped by three youths on the pretext of giving her lift in neighbouring Shamli district, police said. The victim was given a lift by the accused who drove her on a bike to an isolated area in Khandarwali village under Kotwali police station area in the district on Thursday and took chances to rape her at pistol point, police said. According to a complaint lodged by the survivor’s mother, the woman has stepped out of her home to withdraw money from a bank for purchasing medicines when the accused offered her lift. A case has been registered and the hunt is on to nab the absconding accused, they added.last_img read more

Citing officials illness Myanmar postpones UN envoys visit

“We are disappointed to hear of this development but we hope that the mission can be re-scheduled as soon as possible in order to facilitate the national reconciliation process,” spokesperson Marie Okabe said, noting that Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy, Razali Ismail, had planned to begin his mission on Tuesday but had not yet left Kuala Lumpur. The UN was also informed by the Government and the National League for Democracy that the ongoing talks between the two sides would not be affected by reports of a coup plot, Ms. Okabe added. read more

Nandor Fazekas MKB Veszprem The referees were against us

In a talk with nemzetisport.hu, MKB Veszprem’s goalkeeper Nandor Fazekas spoke openly about how he felt the refereeing was in the game against THW Kiel.– At the moment I really feel and think that the referees were against us. In the important moments of the match they blew against our team. If the rewatching of the game show the opposite, I will withdraw my opinion, but I don’t think it’ll happen.source: nemzetisport.hu fazekasMKB Veszpremnandor fazekasTHW Kielveszprem ← Previous Story PSG Handball – French champions! Next Story → EHF Cup: Momir Rnic’s last-second goal leads Frisch auf Goppingen to the F4! read more

Dáil passes Social Welfare Bill which implements Budget 2014 cuts

first_imgUpdated 21.53The result of the final electronic vote on the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill before a walk-through vote was called and the bill was passed. THE DÁIL HAS passed all stages of the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill this afternoon.The bill brings into law many of the measures outlined in the Budget last week from next year and will now go to the Seanad for debate the week after next.The bill, which was passed by 74 votes to 46 on a walk-through vote, enshrines cuts to the invalidity pension, maternity benefit, and the total abolition of the bereavement grant.After the electronic vote, Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh argued that the bill is contrary to the Programme for Government and should therefore require a walk-through vote which the government won.Other measures contained in the bill include the abolition of mortgage interest supplement for new entrants from the beginning of next year, with existing recipients of the payment phased out over four years.There was also a walk-through vote for the specific section of the bill that dealt with the cut to jobseekers’ allowance for under-26s, following a request by the independent TD Stephen Donnelly.The chamber was empty for much of the day, only filling up for votes.TDs from the opposition side of the house regularly complained about the lack of time being given to debate the bill and its various sections.The legislation was debated yesterday and for over six hours today with all opposition amendments to the bill opposed by the government.Of the TDs expelled from Fine Gael and Labour only Lucinda Creighton, Terence Flanagan, Brian Walsh and Billy Timmins voted for the bill overall, effectively supporting the government’s Budget.Creighton and others abstained on a number of individual votes including one to cut maternity benefit.The Dáil has now gone into recess until 5 November.- First published 16.50Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Earlier: ‘Mean, ruthless, vicious’: TD scathing as Dáil votes to abolish bereavement grantlast_img read more

Poll Did Stephen Donnelly make the right decision joining Fianna Fáil

first_img 226 Comments Share40 Tweet Email Poll: Did Stephen Donnelly make the right decision joining Fianna Fáil? What do you think? Yes (4775) 31,200 Views No (10497) Feb 3rd 2017, 10:25 AM Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie I don’t know (1363) YesNoI don’t knowVotecenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article HE SAYS THE country needs “new thinking” so Stephen Donnelly yesterday joined Fianna Fáil.But did he make the right call? Can he affect change better from inside a party than as an independent? Or is his move disingenuous in light of his criticisms of the Soldiers of Destiny?We’re asking: Did Stephen Donnelly make the right decision joining Fianna Fáil? Friday 3 Feb 2017, 10:25 AM Poll Results: Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie By Paul Hosford Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3220516 last_img read more

Elton John joins call for boycott of Bruneiowned hotels

Elton John joins call for boycott of Brunei-owned hotels The nine hotels mentioned are located in the US, Britain, France and Italy. https://jrnl.ie/4569566 ELTON JOHN HAS has joined George Clooney in calling for a boycott of nine Brunei-owned hotels over the sultanate’s new death-penalty laws for gay sex and adultery.“I commend my friend, #GeorgeClooney, for taking a stand against the anti-gay discrimination and bigotry taking place in the nation of #Brunei – a place where gay people are brutalised, or worse – by boycotting the Sultan’s hotels,” the Rocket Man singer wrote on Twitter.The 72-year-old, a veteran gay rights campaigner, said his “heart went out” to staff at the hotels, but that “we must send a message, however we can, that such treatment is unacceptable”.The nine hotels mentioned by Clooney are located in the US, Britain, France and Italy.They include London’s exclusive Dorchester and the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. The Dorchester was not available for immediate comment on the boycott.Clooney called for the boycott earlier this week, saying “every single time we stay at or take meetings at or dine at any of these nine hotels, we are putting money directly into the pockets of men who choose to stone and whip to death their own citizens for being gay or accused of adultery”.Brunei is an absolute monarchy, which has been ruled for 51 years by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. It will implement the harsh new penal code — which also mandates amputation of a hand and foot for theft — starting next Wednesday.Homosexuality is already illegal in the sultanate, but it will now become a capital offence. The law only applies to Muslims.Brunei first announced the measures in 2013, but implementation has been delayed as officials worked out the practical details, and in the face of opposition by rights groups. Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Mar 31st 2019, 11:28 AM 38,336 Views Share864 Tweet Email1 By Garreth MacNamee Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 68 Comments Sunday 31 Mar 2019, 11:28 AM Image: SIPA USA/PA Images read more

Les mégaséismes peuvent entraîner un affaissement des volcans

first_imgLes mégaséismes peuvent entraîner un affaissement des volcansSelon un ensemble d’études, les mégaséismes sont susceptibles d’entraîner l’affaissement de volcans même si ceux-ci se trouvent dans des zones très éloignées de l’épicentre.Largement redoutés, les mégaséismes peuvent avoir des conséquences désastreuses sur les territoires qu’elles frappent. Néanmoins, leur impact reste largement sous-estimé. Des études récemment publiées dans la revue britannique Nature Geoscience, tendent ainsi à montrer que les mégaséismes peuvent aussi entraîner une diminution de la taille de volcans en les faisant s’affaisser. Basée sur des données récoltées par des radars satellitaires qui ont cartographié le terrain avant et après les séismes, une étude japonaise a par exemple permis de déterminer que le tremblement de terre de magnitude 9 ayant touché le Japon en mars 2011 a entraîné une baisse de 15 cm de hauteur sur les volcans de Honshu pourtant situés à 200 km de l’épicentre. De même, une étude américaine indique que le séisme de magnitude 8,8 ayant touché le Chili en 2010 a provoqué l’affaissement de cinq régions volcaniques situées 200 km plus loin.Pour en arriver là, les deux études se sont intéressées à des mégaséismes provoqués par la subduction de plaques tectoniques. Ces mouvements auraient entraîné la subsidence (affaissement géologique) des chaînes de montagnes orientées parallèlement à la faille sismique. Comme le souligne Youichiro Takada, de l’Institut de recherche et de prévention des catastrophes de l’Université de Tokyo, le séisme de 2011 a créé une “tension est-ouest au Japon oriental”. Un facteur qui favorise les éruptions volcaniques ? À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ainsi, “des roches chaudes et molles situées sous les volcans, avec du magma au milieu, ont été étirées horizontalement et aplaties verticalement. C’est cette déformation qui a provoqué l’affaissement des volcans”, explique le scientifique. Néanmoins, les explications à ce phénomène semblent différentes au Chili. Selon les géologues, la subsidence (qui concerne des surfaces de 30 km de long sur 15 m de large) est due à des poches de magma reliées à des sources souterraines situées sous les zones volcaniques. Malgré toutes ces constatations, les chercheurs ne sont pas encore en mesure de dire si ce phénomène augmente les risques d’éruptions volcaniques ou non. “Pour l’instant, nous ne connaissons pas les liens entre les éruptions volcaniques et la subsidence que nous avons mise en lumière. Il nous faut encore approfondir notre compréhension des mouvements du magma”, a indiqué M. Takada cité par l’AFP. En effet, les données sont contradictoires : en 1906 et en 1960, deux séismes dans la zone de subduction chilienne avaient précédé d’un an des éruptions volcaniques dans les Andes alors que le tremblement de terre de 2010 n’a pu être associé à aucune éruption majeure dans cette zone à risque, souligne l’étude dirigée par Matthew Pritchard, de l’Université Cornell à New York.Le 3 juillet 2013 à 16:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more