Michigan State vs. Oregon Officially Set For Redbox Bowl In Santa Clara

first_imgA general view of the San Francisco 49ers field with an American flag stretched across it.SANTA CLARA, CA – SEPTEMBER 14: A general view during the singing of the National Anthem before the San Francisco 49ers game against the Chicago Bears at Levi’s Stadium on September 14, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Oregon and Michigan State football both had fairly middling seasons for programs of their recent stature, but they should make for an interesting post-season match-up. The two are officially set to face off in the Redbox Bowl.This is the first year of the Redbox bowl sponsorship. The game, played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Ca., was most recently the Foster Farms Bowl, and before that, the Kraft Foods and Diamond Foods Bowl.Oregon is 8-4 in its first season under Mario Cristobal. The team is on a two-game winning streak, beating Arizona State and blowing out rival Oregon State to close the season.Michigan State is limping into bowl season a bit. The team scored a total of 12 points in losses to Ohio State and Nebraska, and squeaked by a bad Rutgers team 14-10 to close a 7-5 campaign.?? Coming Soon – A New Year’s Eve matinee featuring @oregonfootball and @MSU_Football!#RedboxBowl #Pac12FB #B1GFootball?: https://t.co/YLb3HPRuQz?:https://t.co/uCXjayVvtb pic.twitter.com/4yOXjW1Hoz— Redbox Bowl (@RedboxBowl) December 2, 2018The Oregon vs. Michigan State Redbox Bowl game will be played on December 31 at noon.The game will be broadcast on FOX.This is the first appearance for both programs in any iteration of this bowl game.Oregon and Michigan State have split their six all-time match-ups. They recently split a regular season home-and-home in 2014 and 2015, with Oregon blowing out Michigan State in Eugene in 2014 en route to the national championship game.Michigan State won the following year by three points. The Spartans made the College Football Playoff semifinal that year, losing to Alabama.The Ducks and Spartans have never played in a bowl game.last_img read more

ESPN Names 5 Teams That Will Disappoint In 2019

first_imgohio state coach ryan day during the rose bowlPASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes offensive coordinator Ryan Day looks at notes during the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season will be here before you know it. We’ve got just two more full months of no-football, with the season kicking off at the end of August with a couple of games before the complete opening Saturday on Aug. 31.We can’t wait.ESPN’s Football Power Index is of course full of predictions ahead of the 2019 season, including predictions for teams that will not live up to the hype.Who’s overrated heading into the 2019 season? Here are five teams that’ll disappoint, per ESPN’s FPI.1. Ohio StateFPI rating: No. 13“While Justin Fields is a major acquisition who has been approved to play in 2019, FPI does not award the Buckeyes extra credit for securing the transfer QB because he didn’t earn significant playing time at Georgia. Instead, the Buckeyes are treated as if they will have to play a completely green QB this season, which, technically, is true — he’s just a high-profile one,” ESPN explains.2. TexasFPI rating: No. 26“Though Texas took strides last season, it had the benefit of starting 13 seniors and graduate students. Even with a cumulative top-five recruiting rank over the past four seasons, the fact that Texas is returning just eight starters is very likely to be a problem,” ESPN says.3. USCFPI rating: No. 27The Trojans are entering a make-or-break year in the Clay Helton era. His seat is very warm in Southern California and USC is in need of a big season if he’s going to keep his job.The FPI doesn’t expect that to happen, though. ESPN is predicting a non-top 25 year for the Trojans.4. NebraskaFPI rating: No. 35The Huskers are one of the most-hyped teams in the country heading into the 2019 season. Scott Frost had a rough start to his time in Lincoln, but Nebraska finished the season strong and is being ranked in the preseason top 25 polls.ESPN’s FPI doesn’t see the Huskers as a top 25 team, however.5. MiamiFPI rating: No. 32The Hurricanes will be boasting a new head coach in 2019, as Manny Diaz as taken over Miami’s program. The U is coming off a disappointing finish to the 2018 season, but hopes are high with this new regime. ESPN’s FPI believes it’ll take some time for Miami to get back to a top 25 level.***You can view ESPN’s full FPI here.last_img read more

Colin Cowherd Implies Alabama Scheduled Wisconsin Because He Ripped Nick Saban For His Scheduling Practices

first_imgFS1's Colin Cowherd.Last week, FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd ripped Nick Saban, accusing the Crimson Tide head coach of failing to schedule difficult non-conference matchups. Saban actually responded, explaining his thoughts on the matter. A few days later, Alabama announced it had scheduled a home-and-home series with Wisconsin for 2024-2025.Wednesday, Cowherd, on his radio show, essentially implied that he is the reason that Alabama got on the phone with Wisconsin to schedule the series. To say that he went in on Saban would be an understatement.Here’s what he had to say:“You know how in our business, Joy, people say they don’t listen? But they always hear it. They push back on social media. Everybody says ‘I never hear the noise.’ Listen, if there was a guy on radio and TV blasting you all day, would you not hear about it? If not directly, from friends? So Nick Saban – ‘I don’t listen to the critics.’ Really? So a week ago I blasted Alabama. I said the reason you’re struggling to sell out your games, even though you’re winning all your football games, is this garbage home schedule you give to your fans – it’s garbage.Three or four times a year they play Panera Bread and Roast Beef Tech and Alabama students are like ‘I’m not paying top dollar for this – I’m not waiting for the Auburn game, I’m not waiting for the Georgia game.’ It’s garbage.So a day later, Alabama does something they haven’t done in six years. They scheduled a home-and-home with Wisconsin. Oh interesting. They don’t hear though, Nick never hears anything. Alabama is shrinking their stadium this year – shrinking the capacity. Why? Because kids don’t want to go even though they win. Because fans want to be entertained. It’s not entertaining beating Citadel 58-8.And I like Nick Saban. But he controls four games a year on that schedule. And he won’t play legitimate teams. ‘Well it’s really difficult for us to get a home-and-home.’ Funny, two days after I ripped you, you found Wisconsin. It’s not hard at all. But you have to be willing to go to Wisconsin.Call Chris Petersen up at Washington. They’ll do a home-and-home with you, but you’re going to have to go to Seattle. And you don’t like leaving the South.”Alabama hasn’t scheduled too many difficult non-conference games in recent years, but Cowherd is wrong about one thing – the six years comment. In the past year or two, Alabama has actually scheduled future home-and-home series with Notre Dame, Texas, Oklahoma and West Virginia.Either way, Saban likely won’t be around for any of these games. Whoever inherits Alabama’s program will have some tough non-conference slates every year.last_img read more

We need our banned stars: Australian media react to massive defeat in Melbourne

first_imgWe need our banned stars: Australian media react to massive defeat in MelbourneIndia vs Australia, 3rd Test: Following their first-ever Boxing Day Test defeat to India at home, Australia cricket team has been facing criticism from their media and former cricketers. advertisement Akshay Ramesh MelbourneDecember 30, 2018UPDATED: December 30, 2018 18:43 IST Steve Smith and David Warner scored nearly 40% of Australia’s total during their 2-0 win over India in 2014-15 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSA leading Australian daily has said the national team needs Smith and Warner back at the earliestAustralian players, barring Pat Cummins, have received ordinary ratings for their performances at MCGAustralia suffered a 134-run defeat and conceded an unassailable 2-1 lead to India The writing was on the wall ever since Australia were bowled out for 151 in response to India’s 443 for 7 declared in the first innings of the Boxing Day Test. Pat Cummins and forecast of rain on Day 4 and Day 5 gave the hosts a glimmer of hope but Virat Kohli’s men were relentless in their pursuit of a famous win at the big G.India were restricted to 106 in the second innings but by then they had enough. Cummins, who shone with the ball in the first innings, came up with a valiant 63 but Australia eventually folded up for 261 and lost their first-ever Boxing Day Test at home against India by 134 runs.Tim Paine’s men also conceded an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-Test series to the visitors, who are now bidding to become the first team from the Asian country to win a Test series in Australia.Australia had been struggling for consistency ever since they lost their former captain, Steve Smith and vice-captain, David Warner to ball-tampering bans in March. And with the world number one Test side displaying a ruthless intent, Australia’s growing concerns are being exposed.The Daily Telegraph has echoed the thoughts of arguably the majority of Australian fans with a piece, titled, “Aussie woes laid bare: we need banned stars”, right after the hosts suffered the heavy defeat at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.”Any tentative plans Cricket Australia had to gauge the dressing room attitudes on the return of banned stars Steve Smith and David Warner have been thrown out the window following their MCG massacre,” the news daily adds.advertisementWhile Cameron Bancroft, who tampered with the ball on the insistence of Australia’s leadership group in Cape Town, has served out his nine-month ban, Smith and Warner will be free to play domestic and international cricket from March 30 in 2019.Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts had recently said that Smith and Warner’s form in the upcoming T20 leagues will be assessed for their international comebacks. However, it seems more likely that the two prolific run-scorers will be back, wearing the Baggy Green at the earliest.Australian experts rate teams’ performances at MCGMeanwhile, Andrew Wu and Jon Pierik rated India and Australia players’ performances on a scale of 1 to 10 in the Boxing Day Test for the Sydney Morning Herald.While there were no surprises that Pat Cummins got 9.5 out of 10 for his all-round effort in the third Test, Jasprit Bumrah was rated 9 for his Man-of-the-Match-winning efforts with the Kookaburra.Aaron Finch got a rating of 1 on 10 after twin failures in the MCG Test. “At the crossroads as a Test opener after twin failures. Playing for his career in Sydney if he gets the nod,” the newspaper added.Rating captain Paine 5 out of 10, the SMH said, “Not his usual high standards with the gloves though this was not a keeper’s pitch. Showed usual fight with the bat.”Meanwhile, Mitchell Marsh, who was booed at the MCG, got a rating of 2 on 10 and according to the SMH, axe looms for the all-rounder.On the other hand, former Australia cricketers have given their verdict on the Boxing Day Test with quite a few of them heaping praise on the Kohli-led visitng team.While several cricket experts have pointed out at the batting failure as the primary reason for Australia’s struggles, legendary leg-spinner, Shane Warne came down hard on the Aussie pacers, especially Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, for their failure to take wickets up front with the new ball and later on with the older ball in 2018.Thoughts out of Melb. The Boxing Day test should be a – D/N match next year. Pat Cummins is the all rounder Aust are looking for & is a future Aust Capt. Also, It’s not just the batting that needs serious attention, the bowling stats for 2018 aren’t good. In-depth column comingShane Warne (@ShaneWarne) December 30, 2018India led by @imVkohli were too good for Aust in Melb with some standout performances from Pujara and Bumrah in particular. Bumrah is world class and a handful on any surface. Look forward to the SCG test where Aust look to square up what has been a high quality series.Mark Waugh (@juniorwaugh349) December 30, 2018Interesting how both @imVkohli & @Jaspritbumrah93 praise the significance of the Ranji Trophy in their player development. Shame we’re not sharing the same sentiment with Sheffield Shield. #AUDvINDTom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) December 30, 2018Very convincing win from ???? congratulations. For ???? @patcummins30 was the standout ??Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) December 30, 2018Also Read | Watch: India players congratulate 7-year-old Aussie co-skipper Archie SchillerAlso Read | Virat Kohli gives away his pads to young fan at MCG after Boxing Day Test winAlso Read | Devastated by reactions to my comments, didn’t mean to insult Indian cricketers: Kerry O’KeeffeAlso Read | Watch: Virat Kohli leads Team India’s victory lap as MCG cheers historic triumphAlso See:advertisementFor 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 India vs AustraliaFollow Boxing Day TestFollow Australian MediaFollow Tim PaineFollow Steve SmithFollow David WarnerFollow India cricket newslast_img read more

Australian Open: Alexander Zverev overpowers Aljaz Bedene, Kei Nishikori survives scare

first_imgAustralian Open: Alexander Zverev overpowers Aljaz Bedene, Kei Nishikori survives scareAlexander Zverev defeated Aljaz Bedene in the first round, while Kei Nishikori qualified as Kamil Majchrzak retired after bagging two setsadvertisement India Today Web Desk MelbourneJanuary 15, 2019UPDATED: January 15, 2019 12:00 IST Alexander Zverev has emerged as the leader of tennis’ new generation of men’s players (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAlexander Zverev overpowered Aljaz Bedene 6-4 6-1 6-4Kei Nishikori qualified after Kamil Majchrzak retiredNishikori was trailing Majchrzak 3-6 6-7(6) 6-0 6-2 3-0Germany’s Alexander Zverev overpowered Aljaz Bedene to win their first round match at the Australian Open 6-4 6-1 6-4 as the 21-year-old firms as a title contender.The big-hitting fourth seed went down a break midway through the first set, which seemed to prod him into action. He won the next eight games, and Bedene never recovered.Zverev will play the winner of an all-French first round match between Jeremy Chardy and Ugo Humbert.Zverev, known as Sascha, has emerged as the leader of tennis’ new generation of men’s players, a reputation confirmed late last year by his maiden ATP Finals triumph where he beat Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in consecutive days.”I’m really happy to be back.”We’re really happy you are back too @keinishikori #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/ZOrUm89CLm#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 15, 2019Kei Nishikori rallied from two sets down and won 10 consecutive games before Kamil Majchrzak retired with the score at 3-6 6-7(6) 6-0 6-2 3-0 at Margaret Court Arena.Nishikori had a chance to win the second set, up 30-0 on the Polish player’s serve at 5-4. But he let Majchrzak back into the game and when the set went to a tiebreaker, two unforced errors by Nishikori handed his opponent the set.Those mistakes riled Nishikori between the second and third sets, obviously upset with himself as he placed ice cubes in a plastic bag on the back of his neck.He came out firing to start the third set and his 10-game streak and 15 of the last 17 before Majchrzak had enough and stopped the matchadvertisement(With inputs from Agencies)Also Read | Serena Williams makes strong start to set up clash vs Eugenie BouchardAlso Read | Maybe I’ll see you again: Andy Murray tells Australian Open crowd after Round 1 exitAlso Read | Rafael Nadal catches journalist sleeping in press conference. His reaction is epicFor 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 Tags :Follow Australian OpenFollow Alexander ZverevFollow Kei NishikoriFollow Men’s singles Nextlast_img read more

IPL 2019: R Ashwin rues batting flop show after KXIP lose to RCB in tense clash

first_img commentary advertisement IPL 2019: R Ashwin rues batting flop show after KXIP lose to RCB in tense clashThough chasing a total in excess of 200 is never easy, skipper Ashwin was visibly disappointed at having missed out on another victory having fought tooth and nail for most of their target pursuit. graphs No data available!center_img Ajay Tiwari BengaluruApril 25, 2019UPDATED: April 25, 2019 13:39 IST Ashwin was disappointed at having missed out on another victory having fought tooth and nail for most of their target pursuitHIGHLIGHTSAshwin was disappointed at having missed out on another victory having fought hard for most of the gameAshwin also blamed his batsmen for not staying longer at the creaseAshwin knows that they need to win all their remaining games to avoid getting knocked out of the business endKings XI Punjab (KXIP) endured another defeat against a resurgent Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Bengaluru on March 24 when they fell short by 17 runs while chasing a mammoth target of 203 setup by the opponents. The defeat has left the R Ashwin led franchise with just 5 wins needing to win their remaining three fixtures of IPL 2019 to have a shot at making the playoffs.Though chasing a total in excess of 200 is never easy, skipper Ashwin was visibly disappointed at having missed out on another victory having fought tooth and nail for most of their target pursuit.After stifling RCB with the wickets of Virat Kohli and Moeen Ali, KXIP had a chance to limit their opponents to a below par total. But AB de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis combined with some poor bowling saw RCB cruising past 200 – a total that was always going to be difficult to chase. Ashwin also blamed his senior batsmen for not staying longer at the crease in order to support the chase till the end.”I think AB de Villiers is someone who definitely makes the difference in those end overs. As I said our execution was all over the place for the last 2-3 overs. When you are chasing 200, you’d ideally like one of your batsmen to make 70 or 80. We were in it but we also lost momentum like RCB did during the overs 10-14 so we couldn’t really get back. But I thought that Nicholas Pooran played really well and he got us back in the game. We were cruising with 45 odd needed off 4 overs but it’s quite disappointing that we couldn’t finish the game from thereon,” added Ashwin.advertisementWhen asked what went wrong for KXIP in Bengaluru, Ashwin blamed the erratic execution of plans in the death overs – both while bowling and batting.”I thought we just lost a little bit of our execution – not a little bit but quite a bit – towards the end. Three overs for 60-odd runs wasn’t desirable but we were in the chase all along but we just couldn’t finish it off in the sense that the teams that play the crunch situations or a crunch couple of balls end up winning the game in T20s. So that’s what you back the senior players to do. Didn’t quite turn out that way. That’s exactly how it’s gone for us in the entire tournament. Whenever we have played those crucial moments we’ve won and whenever we haven’t we have lost it. The games have been really really tight for us,” said Ashwin.With 30 runs required off the last two overs, Ashwin admitted that the team still believed they could do it as Pooran was going great guns.”I think it was still gettable on this ground against a bowling attack that we have seen crumble before. We did back ourselves with Pooran going really strong but like I said it’s a matter of 1 or 2 balls when you can’t connect. The margin was really close but not closing games has really been the downside of our season so far. Hopefully we can correct it in the coming games,” said the off-spinner.In the final over, Ashwin hit the first ball for a six, but on the very next delivery, he hit one straight to Kohli at long-on off Umesh Yadav’s bowling. Kohli celebrated in his typical usual self, giving Ashwin a fiery send-off.Ashwin, on his part, was also seen throwing his gloves in the dugout in anger.”I just played with passion, so does he (Virat). That’s it. As simple as that,” Ashwin said.Passions aside, Ashwin knows that they need to win all their remaining games to avoid getting knocked out of the business end of the tournament but insisted that the team will take it ‘one game at a time’.”We don’t have the time to think about that but I think we have a couple of platyers who wil be fit for the game against Hyderabad which is abig boost for us. You can look at it as 3 out of 3 now but it’s very important for us to take one game at a time. We have played some good cricket to end up winning only 5 games so far. It’s not very pleasing that way but going into the rest of the matches I’m pretty confident that we can turn it around,” signed off Ashwin.Also Read | IPL 2019: KXIP have failed to win pressure moments, says R AshwinAlso Read | Watch: Royal Challengers Bangalore euphoric after 3rd straight win in IPL 2019advertisementFor 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 R AshwinFollow IPL 2019Follow RCBFollow KXIPFollow AB de Villiers scorecard view more view lesslast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Mitchell Marsh on standby as injury scare hits Australia

first_img Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 11, 2019UPDATED: June 11, 2019 16:56 IST Marcus Stoinis reacts after taking a stunning catch of MS Dhoni of his own bowling (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSMarcus Stoinis injured his thigh in Australia’s last game vs IndiaMitchell Marsh might replace him in the squadThe severity of Stoinis’ injury is yet to be confirmedAfter India’s Shikhar Dhawan sustained a blow to his left thumb while batting against Australia on Sunday, reports have emerged that the defending champions have more to worry about apart from their humbling loss to the Men in Blue. All-rounder Marcus Stoinis picked up a thigh strain and is set to miss Australia’s next match against Pakistan on June 12 according to cricket.com.au.Stoinis took 2/62 from 7 overs but got clean bowled for a 2nd ball duck by Bhuvneshwar Kumar during Australia’s 36-run defeat while chasing a mammoth 353.According to a cricket.com.au report, Australia have called in allrounder Mitchell Marsh to England as a cover for Stoinis, but the team is still waiting to make a call on whether to officially announce him as a replacement. The hesitation rings from the fact that ICC rules don’t allow an injured player, who has been replaced, to rejoin the squad once he regains full fitness.Marsh was actually going to the United Kingdom anyway on a tour with Australia A team for a series of 5-over games against various County sides before turning to red-ball games as a preparation for the Ashes.Australia will be meeting a resurgent Pakistan side, which beat hosts and tournament favourites England, on June 12 in Taunton in what promises to be an exciting clash of pace batteries of both sides.Also Read | Injured Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of World Cup 2019 for 3 weeksAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Lasith Malinga to return home after Bangladesh matchFor 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Cricket AustraliaFollow Marcus StoinisFollow Mitchell Marsh World Cup 2019: Mitchell Marsh on standby as injury scare hits AustraliaAll-rounder Marcus Stoinis looks set to miss Australia’s next game against Pakistan owing to a thigh strain that he picked against India in their World Cup 2019 encounter on Sundayadvertisementlast_img read more

Robert Mugabe’s family pushes back against government burial plan

first_imgRobert Mugabe’s family pushes back against government burial planMugabe had dominated Zimbabwean politics for almost four decades from independence in 1980 until he was removed by his own army in a November 2017 coup.advertisement Next Reuters HarareSeptember 9, 2019UPDATED: September 9, 2019 11:06 IST Zimbabwe’s Former President Robert Mugabe (File photo: Reuters)The family of Zimbabwe founder Robert Mugabe is pushing back against the government’s plan to bury him at the National Heroes Acre monument in Harare and wants him to be buried in his home village instead, three relatives told Reuters.Zimbabweans have been confused about when and where they would get to pay their last respects to Mugabe since his death in a Singapore hospital on Friday after a long illness.Mugabe had dominated Zimbabwean politics for almost four decades from independence in 1980 until he was removed by his own army in a November 2017 coup.Revered by many as a liberator who freed his people from white minority rule, Mugabe was vilified by others for wrecking one of Africa’s most promising economies and ruthlessly crushing his opponents.The Zimbabwean government said in a memo sent to embassies on Sunday that it planned to hold a state funeral for Mugabe in the National Sports Stadium on Saturday, with a burial ceremony on Sunday, but it did not say where the burial would be held.The choice of Mugabe’s resting place has been a topic of discussion since the Zimbabwe Independent newspaper reported last month that Mugabe would snub the offer of a burial at National Heroes Acre – a site reserved for the country’s heroes – because he felt bitter about the way he was removed from power.If Mugabe is buried in Kutama village, 85 km (52 miles) from Harare, it would be a major rebuke of his successor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, and the ruling ZANU-PF party that Mugabe helped to found.advertisementA Mugabe relative who is helping with funeral arrangements told Reuters that the family had compromised by agreeing to have a state funeral led by the government on Saturday but is insisting that Mugabe would be buried at Kutama, his place of birth. The relative, speaking from Singapore, asked not to be named.Two other relatives in Zimbabwe also said the family had agreed that Mugabe, affectionately known as “Mudhara” (Old man in the Shona language) by his supporters, would be buried at Kutama.”The family has made a decision that Mudhara will be buried at Kutama – that is the position – but the government is still engaging the family to try to have him buried at (National) Heroes Acre,” the relative in Singapore told Reuters.”What is clear is that there is no agreement on the place of burial. Even the government statement does not address that issue. It is not settled.”GOVERNMENT MEMOThe memo sent by Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to embassies in Harare said heads of state would be expected to leave the stadium immediately after the funeral ceremony because officials would be busy with preparations for the burial.Mnangagwa’s spokesman George Charamba, in comments to The Sunday Mail newspaper, denied that the government and Mugabe’s family were at loggerheads over where the former president should be buried.He said the provisional plan was for the burial to be at National Heroes Acre.The Sunday Mail said Mugabe’s body was expected back from Singapore on Wednesday afternoon and that Mnangagwa, members of Mugabe’s family and traditional chiefs from Mugabe’s Zvimba district would receive the body at Harare’s Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport.Leo Mugabe, the former president’s nephew, told Reuters on Sunday that Mugabe’s family and traditional chiefs had finalised their preferred programme for his burial but it had yet to be approved by the government.He was not available for comment after Reuters saw the government memo or after it spoke to the three other Mugabe relatives.CHURCH PRAYERSAt the packed Sacred Heart Cathedral in Harare, where Mugabe used to attend Catholic Mass with his first wife Sally and second wife Grace, people prayed on Sunday morning for their departed former leader.”We are praying for our relatives who have died. Without forgetting to pray for our former president, Comrade Robert Mugabe. … We are asking God if there is anything that he did wrong in his life that he be forgiven,” the priest told the congregation.Chris Sambo, a former soccer administrator who used to arrange matches for Mugabe in Kutama, said the southern African country’s Catholic community had lost one of its most important members.Tsitsi Samukange, another churchgoer, said Mugabe should be praised for fighting for his country.”I think everyone can admit that without the work he did we would not be as independent as we are,” she said.”You know when you fight, in a fight sometimes you lose your teeth? And we became poorer. But that’s a fight and he did it, and we should give him that.”advertisementMany Harare residents said they were saddened by Mugabe’s death and that it marked the end of an era.But his ousting in 2017 was accompanied by celebrations across the country of 13 million and critics at home and abroad viewed him as a power-obsessed autocrat who unleashed death squads, rigged elections and ruined the economy to keep control.Also Read | India hails Mugabe as true friend, icon of liberationAlso Watch | BCCI sponsor accused of rape in ZimbabweGet 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 byManisha Pandeylast_img read more

Giveaway: $250 Mountain Standard Shopping Spree (Just in Time for Spring)

first_img The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations 11 of the Best Low-Calorie Craft Beers for Watching Your Beer Belly An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Bouldering 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Based out of Boulder, Colorado, one of the world’s epicenters for mountain climbing, trekking, hiking, and generally just hanging around at elevation, Mountain Standard offers high-quality, durable outdoor gear and goods for lower prices than can be found most anywhere else. They are able to undercut bigger brands on pricing without skimping on craftsmanship by offering a direct to consumer sales model. There are no retail outlets for Mountain Standard, only the wild world of the web. And that’s the way they like it. With little overhead, Mountain Standard is able to fill the need for affordable outdoor gear that still has the functionality and performance of those larger outfitters.With spring in full swing in most parts of the country, getting outdoors is going to become more and more of a priority for many of The Manual’s readers. But inevitably with each new outdoor season, new gear is required to replace the old, worn, and torn. We want to help you with that. And thanks to our friends at Mountain Standard, you now have the chance at winning a $250 shopping spree to prove that you don’t need a lot of money to get outdoors and experience nature. Sign up to win below and be part of Mountain Standard’s #RIMBY (Right In My Back Yard) spirit.Here’s what $250 from MS can get you (with money to spare):Down Vest – $59See ItLightweight Pullover Hoodie – $27See ItFun Hog Tee – $27See ItStandard Issue Insulator – $63See ItRIMBY Tee – $28See It The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now last_img read more

The Duke is a Custom-Built Land Rover Defender Looking for an Excuse to Fight

first_img The Fine Art of Restoring a 1974 Range Rover Classic Indian Motorcycle’s 2020 Scout Lineup Pays Homage to Its 100-Year Legacy Next Previous To build the Duke, Arkonik sourced a classic D110 in good shape, stripped the donor Defender to its bare chassis, performed all necessary framework restoration, dropped in a fully refurbished 3.5-liter V8, upgraded mechanical hardware, restored the exterior paint and trim, then built a custom interior (heavily inspired by the original design). The Duke was constructed according to the desires of its future owner, Mr. Gabbert.“The process of specifying the exact vehicle that you’re looking for and how the team keeps you apprised of every step of the way makes the journey of building a Defender with Arkonik a very fun experience,” said Gabbert.Highlights of the Duke’s exterior include Kahn 18-inch alloy wheels, BFGoodrich all-terrain tires, LED headlights, a Warn winch, Puma hood, First Four bumpers, and Front Runner roof rack. Inside, the Duke is distinguished by black leather, diamond trim seats, an Elite Loc-box with 12V and USB plug-ins, leather door inserts, heated front and rear seats, Evander wooden rim steering wheel, alloy gear knobs and interior accents, a Pioneer premium sound system with Apple CarPlay and a backup camera, and a suede headliner.The bad news, of course, is that the D110 Duke is already taken (for an undisclosed price). The good news is that you can build your own Arkonik-customized Defender Icon whenever you’d like — so start dreaming. 1 of 17 The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected Glimpse the Future of Camper Vans in the Stunning Hymer VisionVenture This 1949 Barn Find Coupe Was Resurrected As a 638-Horsepower Hellraiser Editors’ Recommendations The Land Rover Defender, first introduced in 1983 as a continuation of the original Land Rover Series, is one of the British automaker’s most distinguished icons. Used globally as a recreation, service, and military vehicle, the Defender is recognized as a durable, off-road capable rig with few equals.When Land Rover ended production of the Defender in 2016, more than a few people were upset, and though the company has promised an all-new model sometime soon, there’s no such thing as a brand-new Defender in 2018. That means Defender lovers have three options to satisfy their cravings: find a well-maintained relic, snatch up one of the 150 Land Rover Works-built Defender V8s, or customize a recreation via Arkonik.We’ve shared Arkonik’s projects before, but because each build is something of a one-off, there’s always a new and exciting model in the works. The latest example is called the D110 Duke. Based on the original Defender 110 (named for the truck’s 110-inch wheelbase), the Santorini Black Duke is both luxurious and menacing.last_img read more

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash the Simplest Way

first_img The Best Whiskey Quotes of All Time Editors’ Recommendations 7 Most Popular Beard Styles for Men Right Now 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts With the rising popularity of gluten-free and low-carb eating, spaghetti squash has become something of a power food lately. It has all the yummy qualities you’ve come to know and love from other squash varieties, and its noodle-like interior texture makes it a perfect delivery vessel for your favorite pasta recipes. To get the most out of this unique vegetable, preparation is key. Read on to find out how to cook spaghetti squash in our step-by-step guide.Leeann Whittemore/The Manual1. The first step in prepping your squash is to cut it in half. You can split the squash either lengthwise or width-wise, but doing it width-wise will give you longer, more spaghetti-like strands. The skin of spaghetti squash can be quite tough, so to make cutting easier, create several puncture marks along the area where you’ll be cutting and throw the whole squash in the microwave for 4-5 minutes to soften it up.Leeann Whittemore/The Manual2. Once your squash is softened, trim off the top and bottom, leaving a flat surface on each end. Then slice the squash along your perforated line to split it into two halves.Leeann Whittemore/The Manual3. Next, you need to remove the seeds from each half. Start by cutting around the center with a knife.Leeann Whittemore/The Manual4. Use a spoon to scoop out all of the seeds at the center.Leeann Whittemore/The Manual5. Once you’ve removed all of the seeds, you should be left with two squeaky clean squash “bowls.”Leeann Whittemore/The Manual6. Spaghetti squash holds a lost of moisture, so it’s a good idea to draw some of that out before you begin cooking. To do this, liberally sprinkle salt over the rim and interior of each half and let the squash sit for about 15 minutes.Leeann Whittemore/The Manual7. After those 15 minutes, you should see beads of moisture collected along the rim and in the interior of your squash. Wipe this moisture (along with any remaining salt) away with a paper towel.Leeann Whittemore/The Manual8. It’s time to add some flavor! Mix about a tablespoon of olive oil with your favorite spice blend (we like to combine parsley, oregano, basil, and garlic powder) and brush the mixture liberally over the interior of the squash.Leeann Whittemore/The Manual9. Top each half with a light dusting of salt and pepper to taste.Leeann Whittemore/The Manual10. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil to make cleanup easy. Place each half of your squash face down on the pan. Placing the halves face down will allow additional moisture to run off onto the pan while they’re cooking, making for a better final texture.Leeann Whittemore/The Manual11. Bake your squash at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 to 40 minutes, until its nicely roasted and golden brown.Leeann Whittemore/The Manual12. Using a fork, pull the strands of squash away from the skin and into the center of each half. Now you should start to see where this veggie gets its name.Leeann Whittemore/The Manual13. You can serve your noodles directly in the squash bowls or you can pull out the strands and transfer them into a dish.Leeann Whittemore/The Manual14. Top or toss with your favorite sauce (and any other ingredients you want to throw in), then enjoy a delicious squash-noodle feast! How to Cook Steak in the Oven 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Makelast_img read more

Wayfair Discounts Bedding and Rugs From Its New Eider and Ivory Line

first_imgAdd some European style to your bathroom with the Eider & Ivory Angelia tassel shower curtain. It’s made of 100-percent cotton and is machine-washable, but most notable about its design is its neat tasseled border that gives it a bit more visual flair than your standard shower curtain. The Angelia tassel shower curtain is on sale for $30-$35 depending on color (down as much as 62 percent from its normal price), with four colors remaining in stock.See itCastorena Dearmond 400 Thread Count Cotton Sheet Set A good bathrobe is something that every adult should own, and the Eider & Ivory Bradley bathrobe is a fine choice that does not disappoint. It’s made of soft, plush, machine-washable cotton – no stifling, skin-irritating synthetic materials here – and features a traditional belted bathrobe design with two large pockets. The Bradley bathrobe is discounted to as low as $59, but hurry, as only three colors (including the classic white) are still in stock.See itAngelia Cotton Tassel Shower Curtain How to Choose the Best Organic Mattress for Greener Sleep The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Like your daily morning coffee, drying off with a soft cotton towel after a shower is one of life’s simple little pleasures. The Eider & Ivory Cartwright towel set is made from Turkish cotton, famous for its longer fibers that make these towels light-yet-durable, while also imparting an absorbent texture. The Cartwright Turkish cotton towel set includes two large bath towels, two hand towels, and two washcloths, and all nine colors are on sale right now for $57 (marked down 69 percent from their usual price of $185).See itRobie Ribbed Piano Key Bath Rug In an age of synthetic fabrics, cotton remains king when it comes to bedding. It’s soft, airy, and easy to wash and keep fresh, as the all-cotton Eider & Ivory Antenore Modern Living woven stripe coverlet shows. It features a warm and subtle gray color, so it complements just about any room, while its muted stripe pattern keeps it out of monochrome territory. A 54-percent discount brings the Antenore woven stripe coverlet down to just $59 for the queen size or $65 for a king size bed.See itCarlson Duvet Cover Set 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Throws are one of those home essentials that perform double duty as functional decor, adding a cozy touch to any room while also keeping you warm when you’re curled up on the couch in the fall and winter catching up on Netflix. The Eider & Ivory Winding Wave throw would be a great functional accent to add to any living room, family den, study, or bedroom. It’s made of acrylic, offering wool-like warmth without the scratchiness, and is machine-washable. All five colors are on sale right now for just $21, or 30 percent off.See itCartwright 6 Piece Turkish Cotton Towel Set If you like the Antenore striped coverlet but have a twin size bed, then the Eider & Ivory Carlson duvet cover set is a great alternative. Made of 100-percent cotton with a 400 thread count, the Carlson duvet features a bolder light blue stripe pattern. It also includes both a duvet cover (a large comforter-like blanket that goes over your actual comforter) and pillow sham. Normally $125, the Carlson twin size duvet cover set can be yours for $63 after a 50-percent discount. Queen and king sizes are also available for a bit extra and come with two pillow shams each.See itBradley Bathrobecenter_img If you’ve just been putting a towel down after your shower or your current bath mat lets water seep through and puddle on your floor, then consider upgrading to the Eider & Ivory Robie ribbed piano key bath rug. Like the Cartwright towels, it’s made of thick and absorbent Turkish cotton that will make sure sure water doesn’t get all over the bathroom when you step out of the bath. The Robie ribbed piano key bath rug two-pack comes in four colors, all of which are currently on sale for $26, which comes to just $13 per rug.See it You spend a third of your life asleep in bed, so why skimp on your bed sheets? The Eider & Ivory Castorean Dearmond sheers are woven of 100 percent sateen cotton with a thread count of 400, likely making them an upgrade over whatever you’ve got on your bed right now. The Castorena Dearmond cotton bed sheets are available in a ton of colors and are on sale for between $39 and $43 for the twin size, as much as 47 percent off their usual price (larger sets are available for a few dollars more). A few shades are already out of stock, though, so act quickly.See itLightweight Down Comforter Editors’ Recommendations The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workout Down has been a popular choice for bedding for centuries, from quilted mattress toppers to soft comforters like this one. Down bedding today, for better or for worse, tends to be made with synthetic fillers, but the Eider & Ivory lightweight down comforter is all natural: It’s filled with genuine 550-600 fill power goose feathers in a 233-thread count, 100-percent cotton shell, so it will keep you warm in the chilly months, and not too hot in the summer. Normally $180, the lightweight down comforter is now on sale for $74 (a 59-percent discount).See itWinding Wave Throw Wayfair is one of the biggest online marketplaces for furniture and home decor, and the retailer has recently thrown its own hat into the ring with its new Eider & Ivory line of bedroom and bathroom furnishings. The Eider & Ivory brand has more than 250 items in its lineup, and better still, about half of its offerings are on sale right now at pretty generous discounts.If you’re looking to spruce up your bathroom or you’re in the market for some plush new bedding to help you stay comfy this autumn, then read on: We’ve picked out a large handful of the best Eider & Ivory bed and bath essentials on sale from Wayfair. Some selections are already out of stock in certain sizes and colors, so if something catches your eye, be ready to grab it before it’s gone.Antenore Modern Living Woven Stripe Coverlet 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Nowlast_img read more

Hurley and Carhartt is the Unexpected Collaboration We’ve Been Waiting For

first_img The Custom Indian x Traeger Motorcycle Features a Legit Barbecue Grill Sidecar Editors’ Recommendations The spring drop includes men’s and women’s styles, including a pair of on-trend yet durable men’s work shorts (with a front thigh zipper to hold your everyday carry essentials). Other favorites from the men’s offering build off the rugged, made-for-anything nature of both brands, including the Hurley x Carhartt T-shirt, a reasonably priced basic made with heavyweight cotton and a relaxed fit — suitable for the boardwalk, the beach or whatever project you’ve got waiting for you in your workshop. Reflective of the fluid state of fashion today, the Hurley x Carhartt also features a unisex pullover fleece hoodie, the perfect layering option whether you’re drying down from a morning surf, enjoying a beach bonfire, or taking on a chilly winter day. But really, the important thing to note is that pieces really can work right now in winter, and then be kept handy during early spring and summer (especially the work shorts and heavyweight pocket tees).And like other new and noteworthy fashion collaborations, it helps that both brands are drawing on the DNA of the other, from the workwear silhouettes of Carhartt to the beach-ready shorts and tees of Hurley, this is the type of collab that calls for mixing and matching both pieces when on, near or around the beach. It’s often the more unexpected collaborations we enjoy the most, and this offering from Hurley and Carhartt fits the bill rather nicely (to say the least). Curious if you’ll feel the same way? Give it a try. If workwear is your thing, learn more about it became the darling of the fashion world.Shop the Hurley x Carhartt Collaboration Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity If at first, the Hurley x Carhartt collaboration might seem a bit unexpected, well, that’s OK. We felt the same. But take another look and you’ll realize that the partnership between surfwear and workwear actually works out quite handsomely, specifically in this the new four-season product capsule collaboration. As both brands say, Hurley x Carhartt is “built to outwork the water,” and that’s an ethos we appreciate (no matter the season).In fact, Hurley x Carhartt is kicking off with a spring product drop, followed by three forthcoming launches this year. So, what exactly are we talking here when it comes to this unexpected collaboration that’s fit for near water or inland?Both brands said the collaboration serves to “support hardworking individuals whose lives are defined by water.” It’s there that the two brands find common ground.center_img Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra last_img read more

Palisadoes Road Project Allocated $1.3 Billion

first_imgA sum of $1.3 billion has been allotted to provide outstanding payment for works which has been completed under the Palisadoes Shoreline and Road Project.  This is contained in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, which is now before the House of Representatives. The funds will also be used to undertake the restoration of 1.2 kilometres of sand dunes and mangroves this fiscal year. The project aims toprotect the integrity and viability of the investments made by the Government of Jamaica and ensure that its citizens have reliable access between home, school, healthcare facilities and work. It also seeks to have the (Palisadoes) corridor less susceptible to flooding, while also protecting the Kingston Harbour from storm surges. Under the project up to February 2013,  designs have been completed and contract selected; National Contracts Commission (NCC) approval has been obtained; Environmental permit has been received; and Haulage Road construction has been completed. The project, which began in July 2010, is being implemented by the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, with funding from the China EXIM Bank. By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Health Sector to Receive $2.5B EU Grant

first_imgMONTEGO BAY: Jamaica is to benefit from some $2.5 billion in grant funding from the European Union (EU), to boost the delivery of maternal and paediatric health care in public health institutions islandwide.Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, who made the disclosure on Saturday (April 27), said the allocation is expected to further advance the government’s efforts to meet the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for significant improvements in these two key areas. Addressing the North East Regional Health Authority’s (NERHA) staff awards and fundraising dinner at the RIU Hotel in St. Ann, Dr. Ferguson the administration’s efforts to boost maternal and paediatric health care with the EU grant, will entail the establishment of six high dependency units for newly born babies, and five high dependency maternal units across the Ministry’s four Health Regions, over the next five years.Dr. Ferguson also announced that approximately $186 million has been earmarked by the Ministry to repair and upgrade several public health institutions, under the purview of the North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA), this year. These institutions, he advised, are situated in St. Ann, St. Mary, and Portland.Heading the list, the Minister informed, is the Claremont Health Centre in St. Ann for which $30 million has been earmarked to continue work to develop the institution into a Centre of Excellence. This, he pointed out, is in addition to an initial allocation of $25 million, made last year.Dr. Ferguson said some $16 million will be allocated to rehabilitate the operating theatre at the Port Maria Hospital, in St. Mary, which, he advised, will also assigned a new ambulance, to be delivered in September.The Minister further advised that another $9 million has been earmarked to commence work on the construction of a new health centre in Port Maria.Dr. Ferguson, who lauded the efforts of stakeholders partnering with the Ministry to enhance the delivery of medical care in the country’s public health institutions, pointed out that: “if we continue on this path, there is no doubt in my mind that we will meet our objectives.”By Garfield Angus, JIS Regional Office Reporterlast_img read more

Minister Neita Headley Meets With WADA

first_img These include the invitation to a National Anti-Doping Organisation to work with JADCO at an operational level. Minister Neita Headley met with the WADA Director General David Howman. Story Highlights WADA says it is satisfied that the Minister has accepted the practical suggestions in the report. Consequent on the receipt of the report prepared by the WADA Review Team which visited Jamaica, October 28 – 29, Minister with responsibility for Sport, Hon Natalie Neita Headley, who is in South Africa attending the 4th World Conference on Doping in Sport, met with the WADA Director General David Howman on Thursday, November 14.Minister Neita Headley responded to the recommendations made in the report. WADA says it is satisfied that the Minister has accepted the practical suggestions made and now looks forward to the full and speedy implementation of the recommendations.These include the invitation to a National Anti-Doping Organisation to work with JADCO at an operational level; undertaking of a review of Jamaica’s anti-doping legislation, and the evaluation of JADCO’s governance and management structure. Minister Neita Headley assured WADA that additional budgetary resources will be made available to JADCO, and reconfirmed that that the process was advanced for the filling of vacant posts at the Commission.Minister Neita Headley assured WADA that the Government of Jamaica was fully committed to addressing any deficiencies that exist and to improving the efficiency and efficacy of the anti-doping programme in Jamaica. For its part WADA said it will continue to work with JADCO in the interest of dope- free sport and the protection of its clean athletes.last_img read more

Everything Being Done to Have Normal Flights – Henry

first_img The Government is assuring the public that everything is being done to ensure that flights in and out of the island return to normal in the shortest possible time. Story Highlights On Friday (September 8), the radar and communications systems at the Kingston Air Traffic Control Centre in Kingston were struck by lightning, causing a shutdown of Jamaica’s airspace. The lightning strike destroyed the voice control switch that monitors the air to ground voice communications as well as the air traffic management computer systems. The Government is assuring the public that everything is being done to ensure that flights in and out of the island return to normal in the shortest possible time.This assurance was given by Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, in an interview with JIS News on Sunday (September 10), following a meeting with key stakeholders in the industry, such as the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), the Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers Association and Aerotel Communications Ltd.On Friday (September 8), the radar and communications systems at the Kingston Air Traffic Control Centre in Kingston were struck by lightning, causing a shutdown of Jamaica’s airspace.Deputy Director General of Air Navigation Services at the JCAA, Carl Gaynair, said that a contingency plan has been put in place to enable the re-opening of the airspace on a limited basis.“We have been providing limited air traffic services since 11:00 p.m. last night (September 9). We are now operating at approximately 50 per cent with the expectation that it will increase in the coming days,” he said.Meanwhile, the Minister said the Government “will be putting in the necessary systems to ensure that operations are continuous.”He pointed out that while the incident was beyond human control, he would be looking at measures to prevent a recurrence.“It is impossible to prevent a lightning strike, and I will be looking into strategies, such as installing lightning arresters,” the Minister said.He pointed out that the issue was compounded by the fact that the neighbouring air traffic control centres in Cuba and Miami, which would normally provide support under these circumstances, were impacted by Hurricane Irma and were unable to do so.The lightning strike destroyed the voice control switch that monitors the air to ground voice communications as well as the air traffic management computer systems.last_img read more

Ministry to Engage Stakeholders at Labour Market Forum in December

first_img In an interview with JIS News, Director of the Planning, Research and Monitoring Unit, Andrea Patterson-Morris, said the forum aims to facilitate a conversation among stakeholders about the existing skills gap, and establish solutions. Director, Research and Analysis, Simone McKenzie-Mair, said the study showed that employers report that jobseekers are largely ill-equipped for the workforce, by not having the requisite soft skills, having poor customer service skills, not being punctual and lacking in brand/company loyalty, all of which impact productivity. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is looking to engage employers, policymakers, curriculum developers and students at next month’s Labour Market Forum, on key recommendations out of the recently completed labour market study. Story Highlights The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is looking to engage employers, policymakers, curriculum developers and students at next month’s Labour Market Forum, on key recommendations out of the recently completed labour market study.The Labour Market Forum will be held on December 13 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel under the theme ‘Jamaican Employers and Educators, Working Together to Close the Skills Gap’.In an interview with JIS News, Director of the Planning, Research and Monitoring Unit, Andrea Patterson-Morris, said the forum aims to facilitate a conversation among stakeholders about the existing skills gap, and establish solutions.“We are hoping that at the end of it, employers will be more informed [and] also that the curriculum developers will be guided by what came out of the study, and jobseekers will be guided in making more informed career choices,” she said.Ms. Patterson-Morris said the forum will also be used to encourage more employers to participate in labour market studies, in order to more accurately ascertain the needs of the job sector.The National Labour Market Study was commissioned last year and tabled in Parliament by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, in March this year.Director, Research and Analysis, Simone McKenzie-Mair, said the study showed that employers report that jobseekers are largely ill-equipped for the workforce, by not having the requisite soft skills, having poor customer service skills, not being punctual and lacking in brand/company loyalty, all of which impact productivity.She said lack of relevant work experience was also a concern among employers.Ms. McKenzie-Mair said these issues will be addressed during the forum through a series of panel discussions. There will also be an international speaker, who will look at best practices in other jurisdictions and how these can be applied locally.She added that the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation will be a part of the forum, to speak to projections for growth in specific job sectors.“We found in the study that although 60 per cent of employers said they expected to have some type of business upgrade or expansion, which would lead to jobs, they weren’t able to tell us where the jobs are. Given that, we saw the need to invite that Ministry to speak to where the jobs are, what the growth areas are and what is on the horizon,” Ms. McKenzie-Mair said.The forum will also include an awards ceremony to recognise the employers who have been participating in the Labour Market Information System (LMIS) of the Labour Ministry; as well as to award colleges that have partnered with the Ministry for its scholarship programme, under the LMIS School Initiative.The forum, being funded by the Inter-American Development Fund (IDB), will be streamed live, and the public, particularly students, are being urged to participate. Persons are also invited to register for attendance online.Ms. McKenzie-Mair said she is hopeful that the forum will lead to a more collaborative approach to addressing the needs of the labour market. She said it will also provide a “wealth of information” for the Ministry, to be used in published material and to inform the next labour market study.The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information; the Jamaica Employers’ Federation and the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions are expected to participate in the event.last_img read more

Gov’t Working to Keep Windalco Open

first_img In April 2018, the OFAC added seven Russian oligarchs and 12 companies they own or control to its sanctioned list. Story Highlights Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Government is making its best efforts to ensure that West Indies Alumina Company (Windalco) remains open and continues to make a positive contribution to the economy. He gave the assurance on Tuesday (July 24) as he updated Parliament on Government’s lobby to the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) for waivers on sanctions against Windalco’s parent company, UC RUSAL of Russia. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Government is making its best efforts to ensure that West Indies Alumina Company (Windalco) remains open and continues to make a positive contribution to the economy.He gave the assurance on Tuesday (July 24) as he updated Parliament on Government’s lobby to the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) for waivers on sanctions against Windalco’s parent company, UC RUSAL of Russia.In April 2018, the OFAC added seven Russian oligarchs and 12 companies they own or control to its sanctioned list.Oleg Deripaska, the single largest shareholder in UC RUSAL, was named on the list.“In an effort to reduce the effects of the sanctions on over 1,200 workers from Windalco, the livelihood of the Jamaican citizens and the local economy, an appeal was made to the US Department of the Treasury in June 2018,” Minister Montague noted.“The Government of Jamaica sought the grant of waivers for UC Rusal to allow the company to purchase fuel, equipment and spares, chemicals and other supplies needed to sustain the economic operation of the Ewarton plant and the attendant activities,” he said.Minister Montague told the House that through the Government’s efforts Windalco will be exempt from the sanctions imposed up to October 23.He said the OFAC advised that Windalco’s commercial activities were covered under General Licence 14 (GL-14), which expires later this year.“To the extent that the relevant activities of Windalco involve transactions that are consistent with the maintenance and wind-down activities authorised by GL-14, US persons may continue to engage in those transactions with Windalco until the expiration of GL-14. Similarly, transactions with Windalco by non-US persons will not be considered significant for the purposes of a sanction determination,” the Minister said.He noted that “while this is not a long-term solution, it is a positive step in the right direction”.last_img read more

BMT, Sigmund Present HMS Illustrious Design Concept

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom BMT Nigel Gee (BMT), in partnership with Sigmund Yacht Design, has conceived an audacious design concept to redevelop the Royal Navy’s Invincible Class aircraft carrier, HMS Illustrious which will be withdrawn from naval service this year.The UK Ministry of Defence stated that the ship will be preserved after leaving service and innovative proposals from a range of organisations, including private sector companies, charities and trusts are welcome.James Roy, Yacht Design Director at BMT Nigel Gee, a subsidiary of BMT Group, explains: “In recognising the importance of preserving such an iconic vessel, we came up with the idea of a ‘Commonwealth Yacht’ where Illustrious could serve all nations of the Commonwealth as a vehicle for promoting trade, attending international events and undertaking humanitarian and disaster relief work around the globe.”Commissioned in 1982, Illustrious has been at the core of the Royal Navy’s fleet and has seen action both in time of conflict and disaster relief. Most recently, she has served in delivering humanitarian relief to the Philippines following the devastating Typhoon Haiyan. Her decommissioning follows that of Ark Royal in 2011 which was subsequently sent for scrap. Illustrious is the sole remaining carrier of the Invincible class characterised by the ski-jump flight deck ramp.The most identifiable aspects of HMS Illustrious that made the original vessel so recognisable and innovative have now become key points in the new design. Inspiration for the triple forms placed on the deck has come from the sails of clipper ships and present the concept with a powerful outline for all to see, as well as being elegant and very purposeful.Sculpted forms with an advanced and striking aesthetic ensure that Illustrious will present an iconic design and an instantly recognisable presence wherever she travelled.Peter Symonds, Owner of Sigmund Yacht Design comments, “Our design is a brave interpretation of such a distinguished vessel, stating boldly its new purpose, whilst paying respect to its impressive heritage. The design concept provides an opportunity to extend the life of the vessel well into the foreseeable future with innovation, creativity and an eye for detail.” BMT, January 14, 2014; Image: Sigmund Print  Close My locationlast_img read more