India vs West Indies, 2nd Test: Jermaine Blackwood replaces Darren Bravo as concussion substitute

first_img India Today Web Desk JamaicaSeptember 2, 2019UPDATED: September 2, 2019 22:02 IST Darren Bravo had taken a blow to the helmet in the last over of day three. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDarren Bravo has been ruled out of the 2nd test at Sabina Park due to the concussionDarren Bravo was replaced by concussion sub’ Jermaine Blackwood for the second inningsBravo got retired hurt on 23 on the fourth morning of the Jamaica Test between West Indies and IndiaWest Indies batsman Darren Bravo has been ruled out of the 2nd Test at Sabina Park due to the concussion in the last over of day three, off a bouncer from Bumrah.Bravo, who got retired hurt on 23 on the fourth morning of the Jamaica Test between West Indies and India, was replaced by concussion sub’ Jermaine Blackwood for the second innings.It was the second time a player in international cricket was substituted under the new concussion rules. Marnus Labuschagne was Test Cricket’s first substitute when he replace his compatroit Steve Smith for the 2nd Ashes Test.Initially, Bravo passed a concussion test after the end of the third day’s play and was allowed to return to the field and complete his innings, but his condition worsened the following day.Concussion Substitute Update#WIvIND Bravo has been ruled out, Jermaine Blackwood will come in as his replacement.#MenInMaroon #ItsOurGame #WTC pic.twitter.com/NvHPJsItHoWindies Cricket (@windiescricket) September 2, 2019Bravo had taken a blow to the helmet in the last over of day three, off a bouncer from Bumrah. The ball had struck the right side of his helmet, and sent his stem guards – which protect the batsman’s neck area – flying. He faced two more balls on the third evening, and a further ten balls on Monday morning.India set Windies a target of 468 runs to win the 2nd Test and level the series. West Indies had reached the score of 131/4 while filling the story.advertisementAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow India VS West IndiesFollow darren bravo Next India vs West Indies, 2nd Test: Jermaine Blackwood replaces Darren Bravo as concussion substituteIndia vs West Indies 2nd Test: West Indies batsmen Darren Bravo, who got retired hurt on 23 on the fourth day, was replaced by ‘concussion sub’ Jermaine Blackwood for the second innings.advertisementlast_img read more

The Pocket Knife Gets an Update

first_img Editors’ Recommendations How to Shave With a Straight Razor How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts We’re pretty sure that when you were younger you had a pocket knife, probably a red Swiss Army Knife. You cherished it and carried it with you everywhere — while exploring your neighborhood, camping with your family or to hang out with your friends. It came in handy — you used it to fix your skateboard or bike, to open cans and eventually — to uncork bottles of wine.Now you’re older — you care about things like style and design. Enter the Switch by Quirky. It’s sleeker than the traditional Swiss Army Knife and it’s modular, so you can switch in what you need and out what you don’t. “Your tool, your way” — that’s the mantra that came to mind when producing the Switch, so you don’t have to have a wood saw or wrench on it if you don’t need it. Customize it for the outdoors or to use around the house. It comes with 18 different tools, and you can make it as wide or as thin as you want. In case you’re wondering, here are the tools that are included:-Basic Blade-Serrated Blade-Wood Saw-Bottle Opener/Flathead-Can Opener/Wire Stripper-Scissors-Nail File-Flathead Screwdriver-Phillips-Head Screwdriver-Eyeglass Flathead Screwdriver-Eyeglass Phillips-Head Screwdriver-Magnifying Lens-Corkscrew-Wrench-Pen-Magnet-Tweezers-L.E.D. Flashlight.Whether you’re going camping, or need an all-in-one tool at home, the Switch by Quirky can do it all, plus it’s a lot nicer looking than the Swiss Army Knives of the past — just don’t forget to check it in at the airport.Switch by Quirky, $75 at fab.com.last_img read more

EXOvault x The Manual Giveaway

first_img Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Cigar Humidors 101: What They Are, How They Work, and the Best Picks OK guys, contemplating about what to get that special graduate who is in need of a special present? Or something cool to get your dad for Father’s Day? Well once again, we’re here to help – (and we’re not talking about that awesome gift guide coming your way next week!)This is our second giveaway, and you don’t want to miss out. The crafty genius’ at EXOvault are giving away one seriously amazing iPhone 4 or 5 case.EXOvault is a Brooklyn based company that manufactures a low-volume of phone cases, and designs, creates, and hand-finishes all of them in their studio.We here at The Manual love all things tech, style, and especially hand-made. The company is artist-run (most have backgrounds as sculptors) and best of all; they put a strong emphasis on high quality, all while protecting your phone. Did we mention that production is also done in-house?EXOvault seems to have an endless selection of styles, ranging from exotic woods to cool metals and resins. Each case comes with extra screws and a tiny Phillips screwdriver, so all you insecure folks out there who felt bad about not taking wood-shop in high school are golden! You can carry your one-of-a-kind case with pride, knowing that you helped put it together (kind of).Get this – they can even engrave the back of the case, making it a customizable order – perfect way to tell your dad you love him, or that it was you, and not your brother, who may have damaged the left rear-side mirror when backing out of the garage…that will take the burn away.Anyway, we are teaming with EXOvault to give away an iPhone case to one lucky reader. “How can I enter?” you ask. It’s very simple.1. Go on Twitter and follow us.2. Copy and Paste this: RT I just entered to win an @EXOvault case via @themanualguide3. You’re done.On June 3rd we will announce the winner.Best of luck. 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Talking Rum, Cocktails, and Tiki with The Bamboo Room’s Kevin Beary A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

VW’s Golf GTE is a plug-in hybrid that handles like a GTI

first_img World-Class Runner Caryn Lubetsky Didn’t Run Her First Marathon Until She Was 40 A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing Editors’ Recommendations Volkswagen has a version of its Golf for everyone. It has the standard Golf, which is perhaps the most sensible car on the planet; the GTI, the sporty version of the Golf; and the GTD, which takes the GTI idea and adds diesel. Now there’s this: the GTE, which combines plug-in hybrid efficiency and turbocharged acceleration into one incredibly versatile package.The GTE, which will be unveiled next month at the Geneva Motor Show, is powered by a 148-horspower 1.4-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine and a 101-hp electric motor. Together, VW rates the GTE at 201 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This is good for a 0 to 62 mph time of 7.6 seconds and a top speed of 135.Powered by the onboard batteries, the GTE can go 31 miles on a single charge and up to 81 mph on the electric motor alone. One the European drive cycle, VW estimates the GTE will achieve 157 mpg, what that is in American MPGe is, though, I don’t know. Regardless, VW brags the GTE is “one of the world’s most efficient cars.”While you might be yawning at the GTE, I encourage you to give it another think. The GTE, like the Audi A3 e-tron I drove in LA is on the Volkswagen Group MQB platform. This light and tight chassis will make the GTE just as fun to drive as the GTI but far more eco-friendly. The best of both worlds? I think yes.Plus, it seems that VW has finally sorted the driving lumpiness of hybrid systems, so the GTE shouldn’t jitter and shake you past the gas stations.There’s no word if the GTE is headed Stateside anytime soon. I suspect, though, that it will, in due time. Which Lobster Roll Style Reigns Supreme: Connecticut or Maine? center_img 1. Volkswagen Golf GTE 2. Volkswagen Golf GTE 3. Volkswagen Golf GTE 4. Volkswagen Golf GTE 5. Volkswagen Golf GTE 6. Volkswagen Golf GTE 7. Volkswagen Golf GTE 8. Volkswagen Golf GTE 9. Volkswagen Golf GTE 10. Volkswagen Golf GTE How to Make a Mojito The Jeep Gladiator Helped Me Rediscover Fun Outdoorslast_img read more

Jordan Brand Takes a Classic into the Future

first_img Your New Favorite Pair of Go-to Leather Shoes Just Got More Affordable In 1995, the Air Jordan 11 became an instant classic with its high-tech outsole and patent leather upper. The popular dress shoe material made its basketball court debut on Michael Jordan’s feet and the rest was history. The Air Jordan Future Premium looks to do the same in 2014, seamlessly melding high-quality materials and beautiful color blocking that go hand-in-hand with the classic outsole. The result? A pair of sneakers that are as versatile as they are comfortable.The Jordan Future isn’t exactly like the Air Jordan 11, though. Super-light woven tech material replaces the patent leather upper, while a smaller lacing area renders the lifestyle shoes more form-fitting than their basketball counterpart made of leather and nubuck. The outsole, however, remains largely unchanged with the same icy EVA material and carbon fiber shank as the classic.Nike has released the Jordan Futures in a variety of different color options since the Jordan Futures were first introduced earlier this year, but the metallic silver rendition — shown above — represents the second premium iteration of the shoe. Soft, sock-like suede also replaces the nubuck tongue and inner liner, and the woven upper is even threaded with 3M material. The latter feature ensures the shoes really pop under bright lights and camera flashes. 8 Pairs of Sneakers to Keep Clean and Crispy for Special Occasions You Won’t Believe the Price Tags on 10 of the Most Expensive Shoes For Men How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

The Lowdown on Smith Lowdown Focus Glasses and Brain-Training App

first_imgFrankly, I wasn’t much bothered by the data. The fact is that, while completing each session, I felt relaxed, focused, and clear-headed, and after each session I was able to embark upon the next to-do task with renewed drive. I have not seen any appreciable impact on my thinking at large just yet — the expectation is that I should see a better attention span, more ability to block distraction, better stress management, and more — but I have enjoyed the sessions I’ve thus far completed enough to keep using my Lowdown Focus glasses for now. If I end up with a quicker, clearer mind at all times, that’s great. If I just spend a few minutes now and then living calmly in a present moment, that’s fine too.The Lowdown Focus will cost you, though. Each pair retails for $349. The glasses are available in two sizes and three colorways. Is Calisthenics Right For You? A Guide to Bodyweight Workouts The Best Leg Exercises for Sculpted Calves, Quads, and More Why Mental Health Matters (and Why It’s Time to Change Our Perspective) Editors’ Recommendations center_img Imagine if you could go through every moment of your life with a set of electrodes connected to your head that track your brain’s activity, sending you feedback on your level of focus, the frequency with which you became distracted, information about your stress levels and mood, and all sorts of other actionable data about the inner workings of your mind. You could use thisinformation to help yourself become a more relaxed, focused, clear-headed, and decisive human being. The only drawback would be the complete lack of human interaction you would enjoy given the fact that you were walking around with electrodes strapped to your head.Ah, but now imagine if instead of electrodes, you could gather real-time information about your brain activity simply by wearing a pair of sunglasses. With Smith’s Lowdown Focus glasses on your face, your brain waves will be actively detected at the bridge of your nose and just above each ear, because, y’know, those are the places where glasses touch your face. The sensors placed in the bridge and arms of the Lowdown Focus glasses transmit brain wave activity to your phone, and using a paired app — appropriately called the Smith Lowdown Focus App (available for Apple and Android devices) — you can track your mind’s focus, or lack thereof, as you do everything from meditation to marathons, product development to practicing the piano.After a series of initial learning sessions, you can set up a regular training regimen that is tailored to help you meet your goals, be they enhanced focus, revitalizing relaxation, better athletic performance, and beyond. When you can see what your brain is doing while you are doing something, you can, with time and dedication, learn to focus your energy and attention more fully into the activity. Or so the thinking goes, anyway.After using a pair of Smith Lowdown Focus glasses for a few days, I’m half sold on them. Now, I readily admit I’m not a great person to comment on a product that asks you to sit quietly and focus inward, as the glasses/app do in the initial learning phases. But that’s rather what made me a perfect candidate to test these things. I tend to write for an hour, then bounce out of my chair and flit about the house completing random tasks, then sit down for five minutes, then get up again, then work for two hours, or maybe 15 minutes, and so forth. My schedule can be erratic and my attention scattered during many days. Thus there was a good chance I was going to get an unfairly negative impression of this system by not really giving it my true attention and effort.That wasn’t really the case, though. I found myself readily able to settle into the training sessions, sitting calmly and quietly for their duration and following the various prompts closely. After each session, though, when I checked the data, the app told me I was actually “focused” for about a third as much of the time as I thought. I was apparently “neutrally” focused for most of it, and unfocused for much of most sessions too. Where I had thought my mind was centered on my breathing and my thoughts rather clear, mostly these glasses are telling me I was more scattered. World-Class Runner Caryn Lubetsky Didn’t Run Her First Marathon Until She Was 40 Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men last_img read more

AmaWaterways Welcomes AmaDouro and Celebrates Her Inaugural Voyage with Festive Christening Ceremony

first_imgCelebrations Mark Arrival of Company’s Second Ship in Portugal; AmaWaterways Executives, Valued Partners and First-Ever UK Godmother, Julia Lo Bue-Said, Gather in Porto for Christening CALABASAS, CA – (April 12, 2019) – AmaWaterways today christened its newest river cruise ship, AmaDouro, with a festive ceremony in Porto, Portugal. The christening put the final touch on AmaDouro’s inaugural sailing – which began in Porto and returned today for the special evening event hosted by AmaWaterways co-founders Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst. Honorary guest, Advantage Travel Partnership Chief Executive Officer and AmaDouroGodmother, Julia Lo Bue-Said was joined by respected travel industry partners, international media and other guests for the celebration. “The arrival of every new ship is exciting for us at AmaWaterways, but we are particularly thrilled to be adding AmaDouro to this spectacular region that we proudly helped introduce when sister ship AmaVida was first launched in 2013,” said Schreiner.  “We are very happy to have our friends and partners join us here today as this 21st addition to our fleet marks the beginning of a banner year for our company.” Following a long-standing tradition associated with ship christenings that originates more than 4,000 years ago, a priest blessed the ship and crew, and Captain Pedro Sardo assisted as Godmother Lo Bue-Said broke a champagne bottle against AmaDouro’s hull, signifying good luck on the journeys ahead. “We are very happy to have Julia officially welcome this new addition to our family,” said Karst. “It is our way of celebrating the incredible growth and our strong commitment to the UK travel advisor community, as we work together to bring more guests from around the world to this unspoiled region of Europe.” Reflecting true “AmaFamily” values, Schreiner and Karst surprised their first British godmother, who was accompanied by her husband and youngest son, by flying in her eldest son for the ceremony.  Guests joined in the festivities, which included speeches by Schreiner, Karst and Lo Bue-Said, lively local entertainment featuring folk dancers and fado singers, regionally-inspired cocktails, and a gala dinner. “I’m very honored to be godmother of this incredible ship,” said Lo Bue-Said.  “AmaDouro has truly exceeded my expectations of river cruising, from the ship herself to the unparalleled guest service and curated shore excursions. Traveling through Portugal and welcoming this ship with my family has been an unforgettable experience, and I am honored to help officially welcome AmaDouro to AmaWaterways’ extraordinary fleet.” AmaDouro offers 51 spacious, elegantly designed staterooms, most with outside balconies to enjoy beautiful views of hills and vineyards along the UNESCO-designated Douro River Valley. Additional amenities include a Panoramic Lounge for nightly entertainment, a heated Sun Deck swimming pool, fitness room, massage room and the company’s renowned cuisine at the Main Restaurant, serving regionally-inspired dishes and hand-selected wines. Joining sister ship AmaVida which sails between Porto and Vega Terron, AmaDouro will be based in Porto and offer seven-night roundtrip Enticing Douro cruises with a three-night pre-cruise land program in Lisbon. AmaDouro is the first of three new ships that will be added to AmaWaterways’ innovative fleet this year. Other new ships making their debut include AmaMora, sister ship to AmaLea and AmaKristina, sailing on the Rhine, and the revolutionaryAmaMagna on the Danube.  About AmaWaterways: A family-owned company celebrating 17 years on the river, AmaWaterways offers unforgettable river cruises with 23 ships sailing Europe’s Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Main, Rhone, Seine, Garonne, Dordogne, Dutch and Belgian Waterways and Douro Rivers, Southeast Asia’s Mekong and Africa’s Chobe River.  Led by experienced river cruise co-founders Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst, the company is renowned for its innovative stateroom design featuring unique “twin balconies”; its wellness activities including a wide choice of included shore excursions featuring biking and hiking options for the active traveler; and its award-winning dining—including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant as well as complimentary fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. Modern, spacious and tastefully decorated, each ship features onboard amenities such as hair and massage salons and a fitness room, and many have heated outdoor swimming pools with swim-up bars. AmaWaterways leads the river cruise industry in innovation highlighted with the launch of AmaMagna – at twice the width of traditional river ships, this revolutionary ship offers a new dimension in luxury river cruising. The company also offers a variety of themed sailings and brand relationships, with sailings geared towards active travelers and families as well as group and charter options. With the highest-rated ships in Europe according to the third edition of Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe & the USA, AmaWaterways has received countless honors and accolades including Cruise Critic’s Editor’s Pick Award for “Best for Active Cruisers” and 2018 AFAR Reader’s Choice Award for “Best River Cruise Line.”last_img read more

Savings from Leave Reform to be Reallocated – Minister Thwaites

first_imgMinister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says the Ministry will be re-allocating what it expects to save from the estimated $2.5 billion that it spends per year on the costs associated with leave for teachers.These costs involve salaries for teachers who are studying; salaries for temporary replacements; tuition; and long leave.Rev. Thwaites says these funds will be redirected into the education sector to allow for flexibility to spend in other areas.“All we are saying is, if we add up all the costs of the long leave and other entitlements, it’s costing us $2.5 billion per year to keep teachers out of the classroom, and this is simply unaffordable any longer,” he asserted.The Minister said where possible, the Ministry is encouraging distance learning, virtual learning, and other diffused methods of studying.He said the Ministry is therefore offering to pay half of the tuition costs for teachers who go this route, provided that there is no diminution of their performance in class, and they are doing well in their course. These payments would be made at the end of each successful year.Meanwhile, Rev. Thwaites emphasised that there will be no termination of the services of teachers who have obtained leave to study outside of their content area, but that the Ministry would discontinue approving such submissions.“Study leave must be in an area that is related to what you teach,” he emphasised.On the issue of long leave, Rev. Thwaites said this will be negotiated with the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA).“It is the principle of this government, that we consult to make changes that are going to affect people seriously,” the Minister said.The Minister pointed out that long leave is often taken during term periods, despite the fact that the regulations, under the Education Act, say teachers in public education institutions should not be eligible for vacation leave with pay, in addition to school holidays.Contact: Alphea Saunderslast_img read more

Young People Urged To Research Cost Effective Energy Alternatives

first_imgUniversity of Technology (UTech) President, Professor Errol Morrison, has urged  the nation’s young people to engage in research that will yield alternative cost effective energy solutions for Jamaica.This, he contends, is critical in reducing the country’s oil import bill, which he says totaled some US$2.4 billion  in 2011, representing a 56 per cent increase over the previous year, based on data for the period.Speaking at Friday’s (June 28) awards ceremony for the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica’s (PCJ) Schools Energy Programme Competition, held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in St. Andrew, Professor Morrison noted that Jamaica is one of several countries whose energy production costs are among thehighest globally.In noting Jamaica’s resource constraints, he urged the students to think of energy alternatives which can help to reduce Jamaica’s spiraling energy costs.“It is fertile young minds like yours that we want to see putting thoughts to these new potential processes. So don’t feel overwhelmed, you just (need to) get into looking at the problem and see what you can do in your own little way,” he said.Professor Morrison invited them to “think outside of the box, think differently, and assess things from a number of points of view.”“Ask the question ‘why?’, and pursue your ideas…Once you believe in it and you understand the principles, work with it,” he encouraged.The UTech President told the children that challenges, such as failure, will arise during their quest to innovate. He, however, urged them to remain undaunted as these experiences are a critical part of the process going forward.Emphasizing his point, Professor Morrison cited several renowned scholars, whom, he pointed out, encountered failure in their endeavours, but never allowed this to derail their drive for success.These persons, he informed, include scientists and innovators such as: Alexander Graham Bell, Dr. Thomas P. Lecky, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, and Alfred Nobel.He encouraged the youngsters to seek assistance and advised, where needed, in developing their  ideas. He also urged them to register their ideas in order to protect their intellectual property, and thereby reap the potential dividends that would redound to their benefit.Professor Morrison noted that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are the “core areas” of development in every country, adding that “every developed country has focused on these areas.”Citing the United States as an example, he informed that about 75 per cent of the North American nation’s approximately $4.5 billion expenditure on tertiary education annually, redounds to students pursuing and attaining undergraduate degrees  in STEM related programmes.“It is predicted that within the next 10 years, they are going to need at least one million graduates from the STEM area; so boys and girls, you are in the right field,” Professor Morrison said.In his remarks, PCJ Group Managing Director, Dr. Mario Anderson, informed that primary and high school students from 50 institutions islandwide participated in the competition, which is the entity’s flagship endeavour promoting energy education among Jamaica’s young people.Through the competition, the youngsters gained exposure to a variety of energy-related issues, including: energy efficiency, conservation and alternative energy sources, as well as the use of energy efficient products, technologies, and practices.Students submitting entries deemed outstanding, received cash awards and other prizes from the PCJ and its partners in the endeavour, which included the PetroCaribe Development Fund, Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), Petrojam, Conserve It Limited, Appliance Traders Limited (ATL), Half Moon Hotel and Resort, and SuperClubs Resort Limited.Cash prizes, totaling $1.4 million, were awarded to the top three entries in each of the competition’s categories.Devado Martin of Anchovy High School in St. James was the winner of the 11 to 15 age group poster competition, while Toni-Ann McGivans of Port Morant Primary and Junior High in St. Thomas, won in the six to 10 age group category.In the essay competition, Jhoniel Anderson of Port Morant Primary and Junior High was adjudged winner in the 11 to 15 age group; while Shawna Lee McLaughlin from St. Mary High School, St. Mary, walked away with the top prize for the 16 to 19 age group.In the competition’s science segment, Dunoon Park Technical High School, from Kingston, copped the top award in the 11 to 15 age group; while the St. Catherine-based Guy’s Hill High School emerged the winner of the 16 to 19 age group.CONTACT: CHRIS PATTERSONlast_img read more

Registration Fairs for Disabled Persons Underway

first_img An additional 6500 persons with varying degrees of disabilities have been added to the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) database, through a series of islandwide registration fairs, currently underway.The initiative, which began on July 22, forms part of the Council’s thrust to enhance its outreach programme to disabled persons across the society.Executive Director of the JCPD, Christine Hendricks, informs that there are many disabled persons islandwide, who are unable to access the range of available services available to them, consequent on where they reside, or because they are unaware of these provisions.Against this background, she says the JCPD has embarked on the registration fairs through which they are targeting to increase the current number of beneficiaries on the agency’s database to upwards of 50,000.“We want persons with disabilities to know that it is important to register with the Council, and for us to have the numbers to be able to plan effectively so they can access the services available,” Mrs. Hendricks says.These services include: skills training; job placements; job coaching; housing benefits; the provision of rehabilitation grants for persons interested in starting small businesses; and a bus pass service, at a concessionary rate of $20, on Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses.Other provisions include: assistive aids; school related assistance; and an economic empowerment grant, provided to persons capable of managing a serious business venture, which ranges from $150,000 up to $400.000, if they are applying for assistance as a group.Mrs. Hendricks informs that, to date, the Council has conducted registrations in Hanover, St James, Trelawny, St. Ann, and St. Mary, and will continue its drive, in the other parishes, until August 29.The process continues on Monday, August 12, when the JCPD team goes to St. Thomas Technical High School, and Orange Walk in Golden Grove, St. Thomas.The drive continues on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 13 and 14, at the Santa Cruz Primary and Junior High School, and Black River Primary School respectively, in St. Elizabeth.Registrations will be conducted in Manchester at St. Mark’s Anglican Church and Mandeville Parish Church on Thursday August 14 and at Christiana High School on August 15.The following week will see registration sessions at the following locations: St Gabriel’s Anglican Church, May Pen – August 19, and  Clarendon College – August 20, Clarendon;  and Linstead Anglican Church; Emanuel Apostolic Church; and Spanish Town Methodist in St. Catherine, on August 21, 22, and 23, respectively.The drive moves next to Kingston and St. Andrew, and will be held at Genesis Academy, and Stony Hill Primary and Junior High School on August 26, and Emancipation Park, on August 27. It continues in Portland, at Lynch Park, Buff Bay, on August 28, and concludes at Folly Oval, Port Antonio, on August 29.“The aim of this mass registration drive is to have an idea of the number of persons with disabilities that are living in Jamaica, so that we can provide for them effectively. We want to help as much persons as possible, because there are services available that can enrich the lives of persons with disabilities in Jamaica,” the JCPD Executive Director tells JIS News.Mrs. Hendricks says persons with disabilities desirous of registering with the Council are required to have valid identification, a birth certificate, and Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN).“If they do not have their birth certificates or TRN, they can still come to the fair, and we will assist them as best as possible. The first 25 persons who do not have a birth certificate, will receive a free copy, free of cost, compliments of the Registrar General’s Department (RGD), which will make way for all the other required documents. The others will have to pay the regular fee of $850,” she outlines.She advises that Tax Administration of Jamaica (TAJ) will also be at the various locations, to assist with the registration process, by providing TRNs to persons not in possession of same.Additionally, she says HEART Trust/NTA, which has been integral in the process, will also be present to provide information on training opportunities that persons with disabilities can access.Where persons are unable to attend the registration fairs because of physical or financial challenges, community based officers, dispatched to the various parishes, will be conducting home visits, as part of the drive.Mrs. Hendricks is encouraging family members, caregivers, and neighbours to be apprize themselves of the dates when the JCPD’s fairs will be held in the various parishes, and ensure that the persons in their care are registered and thus enabling them to take advantage of the various benefits available to them.For further information on the JCPD fairs and other activities, persons can contact the agency at 926-9374-5 or 447-0444. 6500 persons with varying degrees of disabilities have been added to the JCPD database These services include: skills training; job placements; job coaching; housing benefits, etc. Story Highlights Registration fairs to bring this number up to 50,000 last_img read more

TAJ and ICAJ Sign MOU to Strengthen Collaboration on Tax Matters

first_img The concept, which has been adapted from the Canadian Revenue Authority’s model, underpins the establishment of a Consultative Committee that will provide a forum for dialogue between senior officials and members of the TAJ and ICAJ on a wide range of issues. Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will further strengthen their longstanding collaboration on matters related to the country’s tax system.The concept, which has been adapted from the Canadian Revenue Authority’s model, underpins the establishment of a Consultative Committee that will provide a forum for dialogue between senior officials and members of the TAJ and ICAJ on a wide range of issues.These include: the sharing of information on existing and proposed compliance programmes to identify improvements; the identification of opportunities for collaboration with taxpayers; and revisions to protocols facilitating taxpayers, based on legislative amendments, among other things.The Committee will be co-chaired by TAJ Technical Specialist, Bevon Sinclair, and Head of the ICAJ’s Tax Committee, Allison Peart, who were among the four representatives co-signing the MoU at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on November 1.The signing, which also included TAJ Commissioner General, Ainsley Powell and ICAJ President, Raymond Campbell, was witnessed by Finance and Public Service State Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams.It took place during the TAJ’s ‘Let’s Talk Tax’ forum, which was held under the theme: ‘Tax Compliance in Jamaica’.Mr. Powell said the MoU provides an excellent opportunity to strengthen the TAJ’s strategic relationship with the accounting fraternity in ongoing efforts to further improve the administrative procedures and processes driving Jamaica’s tax system.He said he anticipated that both organizations collaborating to identify the necessary changes that result in improvements in the overall system will redound to the benefit of taxpayers thereby engendering greater voluntary compliance.“Tax Administration Jamaica is, indeed, very proud and humbled to continue to work with our partners and stakeholders and conceptualize initiatives that will assist in nation building. It goes without saying that (with) the signing of (this) MoU between TAJ and ICAJ, our professional relationship will only get stronger, and that augurs well for the future of tax services,” he added.In his remarks, Mr. Campbell described the MoU’s signing as a “significant and important milestone in an ongoing collaboration over many decades.”“This is the right moment to strengthen our cooperation. We trust that this dialogue will result in changes that facilitate and enable efficiencies and other benefits for taxpayers while maintaining the integrity of the tax system,” he further.Mrs. Williams, who was the keynote speaker at the forum, cited a Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) 2012 study titled ‘Improving Tax Compliance in Jamaica’, which noted that while it was taxpayers’ responsibility to ensure they are aware of their statutory obligations, “it is (in) the tax authorities’ interest to ensure that citizens are educated about all their responsibilities and are able to comply.”“This suggests a partnership between the tax authority and the taxpayers. The tax authority on the one hand, ensuring that citizens are educated (and) that it is easy to pay taxes…and taxpayers’ willingness to comply with the laws,” she said.The forum formed part of activities marking the TAJ’s inaugural Tax Administration Week, which was observed from October 28 to November 3, under the Story Highlights The Committee will be co-chaired by TAJ Technical Specialist, Bevon Sinclair, and Head of the ICAJ’s Tax Committee, Allison Peart, who were among the four representatives co-signing the MoU at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on November 1. Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will further strengthen their longstanding collaboration on matters related to the country’s tax system.last_img read more

State of Public Emergency Declared in St. Catherine North Police Division

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has declared a State of Public Emergency in the St. Catherine North Police Division effective Sunday (March 18).A joint Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF)/Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) team was deployed to the area this morning to undertake enhanced security measures for an initial 14 days, in accordance with the Emergency Powers Act.Addressing a press conference at Jamaica House on Sunday, Mr. Holness noted that this decision is necessary as crime and violence, particularly murders, have been escalating in that police division.The area has recorded 49 murders since the start of the year, due mainly to gang activity.“Under these enhanced security measures, the security forces will have extraordinary powers and some (citizens’) rights will be suspended,” the Prime Minister said.He advised that the security forces will have the power to search; detain persons without a warrant; and curtail the operating hours of businesses as well as access to venues.Additionally, all persons using roads leading into and out of St. Catherine North and their vehicles will be subject to search.“In various areas, there will be joint static and mobile patrols. Persons may also be stopped at various checkpoints,” the Prime Minister further indicated.Mr. Holness assured, however, that this does not mean that the security forces use of this authority can be arbitrary or are beyond review.“The security forces are expected and have been directed to treat citizens with respect and (to) protect the dignity and safety of all Jamaicans,” he emphasized Mr. Holness said the Proclamation under the Emergency Powers Act to bring the enhanced security measures into effect was signed by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, and has been gazetted.The State of Public Emergency in St. Catherine North is the second such follow a similar declaration in St. James in January.last_img read more

“Be Extraordinary” – Minister Chuck Charges New Justices of the Peace

first_img Speaking at the graduation and swearing-in ceremony for the officials at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Sunday (June 3), Mr. Chuck said that as persons working in communities they have the ability to influence change. “You now have to go beyond the ordinary. I would like all of you to be extraordinary. It’s not going to come overnight… . Start dreaming, start reflecting on the Jamaica you would like to leave behind,” he said. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, has called on the 53 newly minted Justices of the Peace (JPs) for the parish of St. Andrew, to aim to “be extraordinary” as they work with the Government in solving the nation’s problems. Story Highlights Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, has called on the 53 newly minted Justices of the Peace (JPs) for the parish of St. Andrew, to aim to “be extraordinary” as they work with the Government in solving the nation’s problems.Speaking at the graduation and swearing-in ceremony for the officials at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Sunday (June 3), Mr. Chuck said that as persons working in communities they have the ability to influence change.“You now have to go beyond the ordinary. I would like all of you to be extraordinary. It’s not going to come overnight… . Start dreaming, start reflecting on the Jamaica you would like to leave behind,” he said.“You have to start looking at how you can be a part of the solution and not a part of the problem,” he said.The Justice Minister reminded those appointed that they should not see themselves as serving the parish of St. Andrew only, noting that the “new Act allows you to be a justice of the peace for all of Jamaica”.He commended them for stepping forward to offer voluntary service, stating that he hopes to see members from this batch becoming Lay Magistrates and helping in the justice system.Custos Rotulorum for the parish of St. Andrew, Dr. Patricia Dunwell, also encouraged the JPs to work more closely with the agencies of Government in touching the lives of citizens in a positive way and to become suitable mentors for the nation’s children and youth.“You may decide to mentor one child at a time or to establish mentorship groups in churches, in schools [and] in your communities. Remember, it takes a village to care,” she said.last_img read more

Declaration of Black River Morass and Pedro Cays Protected Areas to be Advanced

first_img This is according to Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, who said that the move forms part of the Government’s strategy to safeguard the island’s biodiversity. Story Highlights Prev 1of3 Next The process to have the Black River Morass and the Pedro Cays and surrounding waters declared as protected areas will be advanced this financial year. The process to have the Black River Morass and the Pedro Cays and surrounding waters declared as protected areas will be advanced this financial year.This is according to Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, who said that the move forms part of the Government’s strategy to safeguard the island’s biodiversity.“With this declaration, approximately 18.1 per cent terrestrial and 16 per cent marine areas will be under legal protection,” he said.Mr. Vaz was speaking at the inaugural National Biodiversity Conference held at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on Wednesday (October 17), where he outlined work being undertaken to protect the country’s natural resources.He noted that the Ministry and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) are working on the finalisation of a Protected Areas Policy for Jamaica; a Cays Management Policy; Beach Access and Management Policy; and Overarching Protected Areas legislation.“The Ministry and the Forestry Department have also finalised the Forest Policy for Jamaica, and work is ongoing on the amendment to the Forest Act,” he informed.He further cited the declaration of the boundary of the Cockpit Country and the Cockpit Country Protected Area, in addition to several forest reserves and forest management areas.Minister Vaz noted that the Goat Islands, home to the Jamaican iguana and other endemic species of flora and fauna, have been designated a nature reserve.“Through funding from the Global Environment Facility, (we have completed) the National Strategy and Action Plan for Biological Diversity in Jamaica 2016-2021, which will guide Jamaica’s mainstreaming of biodiversity conservation as a critical element of sustainable development,” he said.In the meantime, Minister Vaz commended community groups, churches, schools, environment and 4-H clubs, on the work being done to preserve the country’s natural resources.“As I traverse the island, I have seen many of these good works on display. In this regard, I implore you to continue to spread the message – each one teach one. Also, the contribution by our civil society organisations, particularly those which have been delegated authority to manage the island’s protected areas, is invaluable,” he said.Hosted by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, the conference was held under the theme ‘The importance of Biodiversity to Sustainable Livelihoods and Well-being’. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz (right), greets Global Manager, Global Environment Fund, Small Grants Programme, Yoko Watanabe (left), on arrival at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on Wednesday (October 17) for the inaugural National Biodiversity Conference hosted by the Ministry. Looking on (from second left) are Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Conservator of Forests, Forestry Department, Marilyn Headley; and Principal, University of the West Indies, Mona, Professor Dale Webber.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz (right), greets Global Manager, Global Environment Fund, Small Grants Programme, Yoko Watanabe (left), on arrival at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on Wednesday (October 17) for the inaugural National Biodiversity Conference hosted by the Ministry. Looking on (from second left) are Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Conservator of Forests, Forestry Department, Marilyn Headley; and Principal, University of the West Indies, Mona, Professor Dale Webber. It provided a platform for the exchange and dissemination of information on priority issues related to the preservation and conservation of Jamaica’s rich biodiversity. The function also culminated the country’s celebration of the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).Jamaica became a party to the CBD in 1995 and since then, successive administrations have undertaken a number of projects and programmes in collaboration with development partners and civil society, to safeguard and sustainably use the island’s biological resources for present and future generations of Jamaicans.During the conference, an e-publication of Jamaican case studies related to the implementation of the Convention was launched, entitled ‘Preserving Jamaica’s Biodiversity – Success Stories’.It is expected to be available on the websites of the Ministry, NEPA, and the Forestry Department by October 18.The conference was funded by the Natural Resources Conservation Authority and NEPA through the Integrated Management of the Yallahs River and Hope River Watersheds Project.last_img read more

USF to Establish Internet Wi-Fi Hotspot in Sam Sharpe Square

first_imgStory Highlights The engagement is being carried out under the Connect Jamaica Free Public Wi-Fi Project of the USF, an agency of the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology. Mr. Wilson emphasised that access to Wi-Fi is a gateway to technology, adding that “it’s a gateway to information and it’s a gateway to enhance productivity”.“So [providing] free public Wi-Fi to the residents of St. James and, in particular, Montego Bay will form a great part in enhancing the productivity of this city,” he further stated.Mr. Wilson also advised of plans to establish an additional three free public Wi-Fi hotspots in eastern and central Jamaica during the 2019/20 financial year.“So we are looking at either in Clarendon or on the eastern side [which would be] in St. Thomas or Portland,” he indicated.For his part, Mayor Davis welcomed the initiative, which, he said, will facilitate greater Internet access to persons utilising Sam Sharpe Square.A section of Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay, St. James, where free Internet access will be established under the Universal Service Fund’s Connect Jamaica Free Public Wi-Fi Project. Persons will soon be able to access free secured Internet service in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay, St. James.This is expected to be in place in June when the Universal Service Fund (USF) establishes the platform facilitating the provision as part of a three-year $14-million project.The engagement is being carried out under the Connect Jamaica Free Public Wi-Fi Project of the USF, an agency of the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology.A USF team headed by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Daniel Dawes, along with Montego Bay Mayor and St. James Municipal Corporation Chairman, Councillor Homer Davis, and the council’s Superintendent of Road and Works, Bryce Grant, toured Sam Sharpe Square Wednesday (April 10) to explore potential sites for the wireless access point’s installation.Universal Service Fund (USF) Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Dawes (left), in discussion with (from second left) USF Projects Officer, Keith Slater; Director of Projects, Kwan Wilson, and Superintendent of Road and Works at the St. James Municipal Corporation, Bryce Grant, during a visit to Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay on April 10, to explore potential locations for the installation of a wireless access point to provide Internet service under the USF’s Connect Jamaica Free Public Wi-Fi Project. The USF’s Director of Projects, Kwan Wilson, told JIS News that the plan has been finalised for the undertaking, which is on track to be commissioned into service within two months.He said the approximately $14 million to be spent over the next three years will cover installation costs and maintenance.“The USF, as part of its mandate, provides Internet access across Jamaica. Montego Bay has not had a public Wi-Fi. We are now branching out to all areas of Jamaica, and Montego Bay is our first stop,” the Projects Director disclosed.Universal Service Fund (USF) Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Dawes (left), greets Montego Bay Mayor and St. James Municipal Corporation Chairman, Councillor Homes Davis, at the council’s office prior to visiting Sam Sharpe Square on April 10, to explore potential locations for the installation of a wireless access point to provide Internet service under the USF’s Connect Jamaica Free Public Wi-Fi Project.center_img This is expected to be in place in June when the Universal Service Fund (USF) establishes the platform facilitating the provision as part of a three-year $14-million project. Persons will soon be able to access free secured Internet service in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay, St. James. “This is the age of technology and we have to bring technology very close to the people, [and] this is one way. So with Wi-Fi soon to be available in Sam Sharpe Square, it means a great deal to the people of this city. It is very timely, and I am anxiously awaiting the completion of this project,” he told JIS news.Six public Wi-Fi hotspots have already been established in high-traffic areas in Kingston and St Andrew, Manchester, and St Elizabeth.last_img read more

Dutch Premiere: SWITCH, Discover the Future of Energy

first_imgOctober 4, 2013 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Is fracking polluting our water? How dangerous is nuclear? Will we run out of oil? Can we clean up coal? Will renewables power our future? For straight answers to today’s most important energy questions, come to the Dutch premiere of Switch: Discover the Energy Future. Attending is free of charge.The acclaimed new documentary is screened on 15 and 16 October 2013 in the Amsterdam RAI, during Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference. In Switch, energy visionary Dr. Scott Tinker travels the world, exploring leading energy sites from coal to solar and from oil to biofuels.The organization of Offshore Energy expects that viewers will be impressed. Conference Manager Femke Perlot-Hoogeveen who brought the film to the Netherlands: “Many of the places that Tinker visits are highly restricted and never before seen on film. Like the huge hydropower plant inside a mountain in Norway.”Tinker speaks with international leaders of government, industry and academia. Switch has been screened at hundreds of universities across the country as part of the Energy Awareness & Efficiency Program of the Geological Society of America.For more information on Switch go to www.switchenergyproject.com.For more information on Offshore Energy please go to www.offshore-energy.biz. My location Print  Closelast_img read more

TSC Gets Jacking Systems Contracts from Zentech

first_imgzoom Recently, EMER International Ltd. (EMER), a wholly owned subsidiary of TSC Group Holdings Limited (TSC) won a contract from Zentech,Inc. (Zentech) to supply the complete jacking systems for its new design of jack-up rig; the R-550D. The jacking systems will be produced in China under the total control of TSC, reducing overall delivery time. The contract is valued at between US$14 to 16M.The R-550D is a high performance, three legged, jack-up drilling rig, designed for worldwide service in up to 400 feet (121.9m) of water depth. Design features include a large extended reach cantilever, a zero discharge system, a high speed preloading system, a high pressure drilling system, a high volume storage system and many other features which increase safety and operating efficiency. The design has been approved by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and meets requirements of various fast growing emerging markets.TSC believes that R-550D rigs will be well received in the market and become a customer choice for replacing aging platforms. Moreover, the R-550D drilling platform is competitively priced.Zentech is a Houston based marine engineering and naval architecture consulting firm specializing in the offshore oil and gas and renewable energy industries. The company has an over 30 year history of providing innovative engineering solutions, and employs professional staff of over 160 in six international locations. Zentech’s expertise encompasses dynamically positioned semi-submersibles, drill ships, jack-ups, barges, fixed offshore platforms, fabrication yards, floating production systems, risers and pipelines.TSC is currently one of the world’s few comprehensive solution providers for offshore rigs. Through providing solutions that include design, manufacturing, installation and maintenance, TSC continues to grow strongly on its path to be an established and highly reputable industry player in the offshore and land rig equipment and services business segment. Notably, TSC is set to deliver a jack-up package for the Yantai Raffles H212 SUPERM2 jack-up, which became the first 300 foot platform to receive ABS/CDS2011 certification.As Zentech’s exclusive OEM provider, TSC will provide access its ABS certified jacking systems. The single tooth jacking system’s 1,000 kip capacity, is at the highest domestic level and is capable of supporting 400 foot platforms, such as the R-500D and JU2000E. Through providing critical jacking system equipment manufacturing, TSC is now able to provide customers more choices.TSC, November 26, 2013last_img read more

GDF SUEZ, Tohoku Ink LNG Sales Deal

first_imgGDF Suez, May 20, 2014 zoom GDF SUEZ and the Japanese utility company Tohoku signed on 16 May 2014 in Paris a long term LNG sale and purchase Heads of Agreement. Under this new agreement GDF SUEZ commits to deliver 270,000 tonnes per year (tpa) of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Tohoku Electric Power. The long term contract will start in 2018 and last for a 20-year period.Volumes will be supplied with natural gas from the US which will be liquefied in the Cameron LNG plant. GDF SUEZ will be one of the first companies to supply Asia with American LNG, thanks to its LNG carrier’s fleet and a diversified LNG portfolio.The Cameron LNG export project the partners of which are GDF SUEZ, Sempra, Mitsubishi and Mitsui has received conditional approvals from the US Department of Energy (DOE) and partial agreement from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and is likely to be finally sanctioned within the course of this year.Jean-Marie Dauger, Executive Vice-President of GDF SUEZ in charge of the Global Gas & LNG business line commented: “This sales agreement seals our first long term LNG sale with a Japanese partner, as well as the emergence of US LNG contributing to Japan energy supply, thanks to the benefit of the shale gas revolution in America. Such a contract shows how GDF SUEZ strategy is right in the heart of the present world energy challenges.”GDF SUEZ has the third largest LNG supply portfolio in the world, supplied from six different countries, and representing 16 million tonnes per year. It controls a large fleet of 14 LNG carriers under mid and long term charter agreements.  The group has also a significant presence in regasification terminals around the world, including FSRUs and in liquefaction projects.last_img read more

UK MoD Hires James Fisher Defence

first_imgzoom James Fisher Defence (JFD), a global sub-sea operations and engineering company, has been awarded a four-year contract to provide Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) support services to the UK Ministry of Defence’s Salvage and Marine Operations (S&MO) team.James Fisher Defence LR5 rescue vehicleThe contract affords S&MO 24-hour, on-demand access to JFD’s Engineering Support Cell for specialist support with ROV maintenance, mobilisation, operations, provision of spares and equipment hire services. Technical support, advice and expertise will be provided to S&MO by an Inchinnan-based team of eight personnel including ROV pilots, ROV technicians, subsea engineers, project engineers and project managers.JFD’s established support network also includes James Fisher and Sons plc sister-companies Osiris and Rumic, as well as Babcock and a number of specialist providers which ensure JFD has the capability to provide S&MO with rapid responses and comprehensive solutions.Press Release, May 29, 2014; Image: gov.aulast_img read more