ESPN Analyst Would Put Surprising Team “Right Behind” Alabama

first_imgA closeup of a Nike Vapor Elite football sitting on a football field.(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)It’s hard to ignore Alabama’s start this season, especially considering the average margin of victory. However, the Crimson Tide aren’t the only undefeated team making noise this season.For the second consecutive season, the UCF Knights are beating their competition with ease. The offense is averaging 48.6 points per contest, as McKenzie Milton keeps putting up video-game statistics.Despite all their success, the Knights don’t receive a lot of respect from the national media.Well, ESPN analyst Andre Ware wants to change the narrative around UCF, as he made an interesting assessment about the team. Not only did he praise the program’s success, but he also said the Knights are right behind Alabama.From 247sports.com:“Right behind Alabama, without a doubt,” Ware said. “Because of the speed and the way they play defense. The speed is hard to track. That’s going to give anybody problems. It’s the interior parts of this football team that you get enamored with.”UCF is currently on an 18-game winning streak, dating back to last season. Even when they finished with a 13-0 record under Scott Frost, the Knights weren’t taken seriously.With two tough games against Cincinnati and South Florida to finish the season, it won’t be an easy for UCF. Nonetheless, the Knights have a golden opportunity to go undefeated again.last_img read more

Scott Frost Announces Major QB News For Saturday’s Ohio State Game

first_imgNebraska's players take the field.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Quarterback has been a trouble spot for Nebraska football through the slow start to the Scott Frost tenure, especially with freshman starter Adrian Martinez dealing with injuries early in the year.Luckily, the Huskers are getting some help with depth at the crucial position.Noah Vedral transferred from UCF, shortly after Frost made the move from Orlando to Lincoln. It wasn’t without drama.UCF attempted to block Vedral’s move. To avoid it, Vedral elected to walk-on for the Huskers.The Nebraska native still faced a potential year off due to the transfer. The Huskers put in a waiver, and after the first month-and-a-half of the season, the NCAA granted it to him and ruled him immediately eligible.Now, Scott Frost has made a big change to Noah Vedral’s place on the Nebraska football depth chart.Vedral has been bumped up to QB2, behind only Martinez.Scott Frost said Noah Vedral will be the No. 2 QB headed into the Ohio State game. #huskers— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) November 1, 2018He wound up making his debut during Nebraska’s last game, the win over Bethune-Cookman. It wasn’t the most impressive appearance; Vedral completed 2-of-9 passes for 29 yards, and ran seven times for 13 yards.At UCF last year, backing up star McKenzie Milton, he was 22-for-29 for 276 yards and a touchdown, playing in six games.The best news for Vedral is that he may still retain a year of eligibility. Thanks to a new NCAA rule, he can play in a total of four games this season and not lose the full year.After Frost took over the job, Nebraska saw a few quarterbacks transfer out, leaving Martinez as the only healthy, eligible scholarship player at the position to start the year. Walk-on Andrew Bunch played okay earlier in the year, stepping in for Martinez after he was hurt late in the game against Colorado, but clearly Frost thinks Vedral gives Nebraska the better chance to win, if Martinez is forced out of the game again.last_img read more

Details Emerge From USC’s Decision To Keep Clay Helton

first_imgClay Helton running onto the field with the USC football team.LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Clay Helton of the USC Trojans leads his team on to the field to face the UCLA Bruins at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The 2018 season for the USC Trojans was extremely disappointing, as it will end without an appearance in a bowl game. While there was speculation that Clay Helton would be fired after yesterday’s loss to Notre Dame, the school announced he’ll remain the head coach.Helton won 10 games in his first season with the Trojans, and then won the Pac-12 title in 2017. It could be argued that his struggles to manufacture wins this season is because of the team’s youth.Well, details are emerging about the decision to retain Helton, and USC fans might not be happy about it.According to Arash Markazi, the Trojans thought the price to hire another coach and buyout Helton would be too costly.From what I’m told the combination of USC not having a president currently, Helton’s buyout and what it would cost to hire a big name coach, who is presumably already a head coach somewhere, resulted in Clay Helton remaining the head coach at USC for at least one more season.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) November 25, 2018As JT Daniels continues to mature under center, the Trojans could rise back to prominence in the Pac-12.However, it still remains unclear if Helton will be the coach for USC past the 2019 season. If he wants any chance of staying in California, he’ll need to rejuvenate this program.Pressure is on for the Trojans, and another 5-7 season will definitely not suffice.last_img read more

Report: Georgia Has Decided On Its New Defensive Coordinator

first_imgTwo Georgia Bulldogs football helmets sitting on a field.CLEMSON, SC – AUGUST 31: Two Georgia Bulldogs helmets sit on the field prior to the game against the Clemson Tigers at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)At the end of the 2018 season, Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker departed the Bulldogs to become head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes. After a lengthy search, Georgia has found its replacement.According to The Athletic, the Bulldogs have chosen Dan Lanning as their new defensive coordinator. Lanning is being promoted from the team’s outside linebackers position coach.Per the report, he will see a substantial salary boost in his new position with the team. Last year he made $325,000, but this year he is expected to make $750,000 – the largest salary bump on the team.NEWS: Dan Lanning is Georgia’s new defensive coordinator, The Athletic has learned.https://t.co/SRsfNSpdGc— Seth Emerson (@SethWEmerson) February 15, 2019As noted by FootballScoop, Lanning is set to receiver a massive pay bump. He’ll go from $325,000 last season as position coach, up to $725,000.Without Tucker and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, though, Georgia’s overall staff compensation will actually go down.Lanning, Georgia’s outside linebackers coach, was reportedly under consideration with inside linebackers coach Glenn Schumann, but it appears Kirby Smart has decided to give the nod to Lanning. (Though Schumann will add a co-coordinator title, according to Emerson.)[…]Both Lanning and Schumann netted significant raises, along with the six other returning Georgia assistants. However, the overall assistant salary pool will go down from 2018 to ’19 after losing Tucker (who made $1.5 million in 2018) and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney ($950,000).Head coach Kirby Smart selected Lanning to serve as interim defensive coordinator for the Sugar Bowl after Tucker took the Colorado job before it was played.Lanning’s debut at the position proved to be a frustrating one as the Bulldogs were upset by the Texas Longhorns, 28-21. The 28 points allowed were the fourth-most allowed by the team all year.In replacing Mel Tucker, Lanning has a lot to live up to. This past year the defense finished 15th in points allowed, and finished sixth in the same category the year before.Fortunately, he’ll have the benefit of working with two of the top defensive prospects in the country coming to the school as freshmen this season. Newly-enrolled defensive end Nolan Smith and linebacker Nakobe Dean both have the potential to give him some quick impact at their positions.[The Athletic]last_img read more

Nebraska Coach Jovan Dewitt Back At Practice Amid Serious Cancer Battle

first_imgNebraska's flag waves in the wind.LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: A flag of the Nebraska Cornhuskers flys before the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Of all the people Nebraska coach Scott Frost will be happy to see at practice, outside linebackers and special teams coach Jovan Dewitt has to be towards the top of the list. Dewitt has been going through a major struggle lately that has made it a miracle that he can appear at any practices.According to the Lincoln Journal Star, Dewitt is currently in a serious battle with throat cancer. Per the report, he has been undergoing chemotherapy to treat it, and has lost 45 pounds as a result.Dewitt received the diagnosis back in January, when he went to the doctor’s office to examine a lump in his throat. He quickly began chemotherapy, and noted to the Journal Star that with treatment the cancer has a very high cure rate. “Now, my cure rate is supposed to be really good, in the mid-90 percentile range. Of the people and all the doctors I’ve spoken with and talked to, they said they’ve never had anybody not respond well to the procedure. It’s just not an easy process to go through.”A former member of Frost’s staff at UCF, Dewitt joined Frost when he accepted the Nebraska job in 2018.Last year he coached linebacker Luke Gifford to a career-year with 62 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble en route to All-Big Ten honors.His resume includes nine seasons as a defensive coordinator and another five years as a special teams coordinator. Previous stints include Army West Point, Florida Atlantic, Northern Iowa, St. Norbert, and Northern Michigan among others.[Lincoln Journal Star]last_img read more

All eyes on Rohit Sharma as South Africa set for Test series warm-up vs Board President’s XI

first_imgAll eyes on Rohit Sharma as South Africa set for Test series warm-up vs Board President’s XIRohit Sharma will be leading the Board President’s XI against the visiting South African side during a 3-day match starting on Thursday, which will serve as a warm-up for the 3-Test series between India and SA starting on October 2.advertisement Next Press Trust of India VizianagaramSeptember 25, 2019UPDATED: September 25, 2019 12:32 IST Rohit Sharma will be leading the Board President’s XI side vs South Africa (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma has been selected into the Indian Test squad as an openerRohit’s Test record doesn’t reflect his true potential as a batsmanIt remains to be seen whether while opening in Tests, he can excel in the same way as he has done in white-ball cricketRohit Sharma will begin a last-ditch effort to save his stop-start Test career with a trial run in the unfamiliar opener’s slot when he leads the Board President’s XI in a three-day warm-up game against South Africa, starting here on Thursday.With the national selection committee and the team management deciding to promote Rohit as an opener, keeping his spunky strokeplay in mind, the next five Tests could be a make or break for the 32-year-old stylish right-hander.He will have Mayank Agarwal for company as the two would look to strike an understanding before the first Test starting on October 2 in Visakhapatnam.The third notable character in the game would be Umesh Yadav, who has been drafted into the Test side as an injured Jasprit Bumrah’s replacement.He will look to rattle the likes of Faf Du Plessis and Aiden Makram in order to make a statement.But the focus from Thursday will undoubtedly be on Rohit.One of the modern-day greats in the white-ball format, Rohit’s average of 39.62 in 27 Tests, including three hundreds, doesn’t do justice to his potential.Red-ball vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane and the fast-rising Hanuma Vihari consolidated their middle-order slots with impressive performances in the West Indies and the only remaining option for Rohit was to bat at the top.The three-day game against the quality red-ball attack of South Africa, comprising Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander and Lungi Ngidi, will be a good dress rehearsal before the opening game in Visakhapatnam.Rohit’s technique against the moving red SG, Dukes or Kookaburra has been suspect but this is an inspired punt that Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri are ready to take keeping Virender Sehwag’s stupendous success in mind.advertisementIf it clicks, this will be considered a masterstroke but if it doesn’t, the A team’s supply line of openers comprising Shubman Gill, Abhimanyu Easwaran and Priyank Panchal will be there.Not to forget KL Rahul, who would look to score heavily and get his place back and Prithvi Shaw, also hungry as ever after having served a doping ban and learnt harsh lessons of life.Even if Rohit succeeds on the low and slow sub-continental tracks, there’s no guarantee that he would be able to replicate it on the grounds in New Zealand, where Trent Boult promises to bring it back in repeatedly.The road ahead will be tricky for one of India’s finest ODI openers as the next six months will decide his fate in the game’s traditional format.The Squads:Board President’s XI: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Priyank Panchal, AR Easwaran, Karun Nair, Siddhesh Lad, KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Jalaj Saxena, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Avesh Khan, Ishan Porel, Shardul Thakur, Umesh YadavSouth Africa Test squad: Faf du Plessis (c), Temba Bavuma (vc), Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Senuran Muthusamy, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Rudi Second.Match Starts: 9.30 am.Also Read | Aiming for a comeback that’s stronger than the setback: Jasprit BumrahAlso Read | Only love, enjoyment and entertainment: Tabraiz Shamsi shares picture with Shikhar DhawanFor 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 Rohit SharmaFollow India vs South AfricaFollow Mayank Agarwallast_img read more

Forget Hot Dogs and Follow this Tailgating Recipe for Game-Ready Sausages

first_img Editors’ Recommendations 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather Photo by Alexander RathsThe Grand Cochon, which wrapped up in Chicago on October 1st, is a pork-lovers paradise where chefs from all over the country compete to capture all the delectable flavor of the “other white meat” while promoting the sustainability and safety of humane heritage farming. The result is a smorgasbord of mind-boggling meaty goodness, with renowned chefs showing off their skills in a battle of pure porky flavor.Chef Kosta Kontogiannis of Kingbird Restaurant in Washington D.C.’s Watergate Hotel was one such competitor in this year’s Grand Cochon, and the hog-wild event got him thinking: Why spend tailgating season — a time for true celebration of all the heartiest, juiciest, drool-worthy nosh — settling for plain-old mystery-meat hot dogs? That’s when Chef Kontogiannis came up with his Half Smoke Sausage recipe, a twist on a local D.C. favorite that will have all your game day buddies begging for the details. It is similar to a hot dog, but is usually larger, spicier, and features more coarsely-ground meat. Traditionally, the sausages are made of a pork and beef blend and, after being smoked, are served with herbs, onion, and chili sauce.You can find this game -ready tailgating recipe from Chef Kontogiannis below.Half Smoke SausageMakes: 40 sausagesTotal time: About two hours, plus overnight chillingEquipmentStand Mixer, such as KitchenAidTabletop grinder or grinder attachment for the stand mixerTabletop smoker (or smoker of your choice)Sausage stufferBBQ thermometerIngredientsWood Chips8 lb pork jowl (preferably a Berkshire breed pig )10 lb beef shoulder5 lb fat back (you may ask your local butcher for this!)3 lb ice cubes6 oz  Kosher salt6 oz Pink salt3 oz dextrose (you can find in the specialty aisle at grocery stores, such as Whole Foods Market)1 oz mace1 oz. ground white pepper1 oz dry ginger2 oz garlic powder1 tsp crushed red pepper8 oz dry milk solid (you can also find in the specialty aisle)6 tsp chopped oregano0.5 tsp nutmegPork casing (ask your local butcher shop for this)MethodTrim and cut your fat back and pork jowl into 1 inch cubes and place separately in two bowls. Cover the fat back with plastic wrap and place in the freezer. Cover the pork jowl with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator.Cut the beef into 1 inch cubes and place in another bowl. Cover with plastic and refrigerate.Combine all of the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well so the spices are evenly distributed.Next, add the fat back, beef, and pork into the bowl of spices and mix well. Set the bowl aside to chill for a few minutes, refrigerated. Keep the fat back, beef, and pork separated.Set up your stand mixer with the medium grinder attachment and grind the fat back, followed by the pork and the beef, into the mixing bowl.Use the mixer’s paddle attachment to continue mixing the sausage for 2 minutes on medium.Stuff the mixture into the pork casing using the directions listed on the sausage press’ label and refrigerate.Place wood chips in your smoker and build smoke in the chamber (follow directions based on your smoker manufacturer’s recommendations).Smoke the sausages at 165 degrees Fahrenheit using a barbecue thermometer; remove once the internal temperature reads 155 degrees Fahrenheit and let rest for 15 minutes before covering in a refrigerated container.The next day, cook the sausages in a cast iron pan or on the grill until cooked through (here are some tips on indoor grilling). Add your favorite condiments and enjoy! 6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without Maestro Dobel Diamante Blends 3 Tequilas Into Onelast_img read more

$2 Billion to Renovate 100 Police Stations

first_imgStory Highlights One hundred police stations are to be renovated at a cost of $2 billion under a two-year rehabilitation project being funded by the National Housing Trust (NHT).This was disclosed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during his contribution to the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 19.He pointed out that the NHT, for which he has portfolio responsibility, will partner with the Ministry of National Security and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in executing the engagement.Mr. Holness said work on the first 11 stations is slated to commence in the 2019/20 fiscal year, and would cost approximately $1.2 billion.Among the stations are Port Antonio and Buff Bay in Portland, and the Mobile Reserve Barracks in St. Andrew, where work is already in progress.The sums earmarked to continue work at these facilities in the upcoming year are Port Antonio – $125 million, Buff Bay – $95 million, and Mobile Reserve – $89 million.The other shortlisted stations are Port Maria, St. Mary ($250 million); Savanna-la-Mar ($165 million), Little London and Frome ($60 million each) – Westmoreland; Anchovy, St. James and Lacovia, St. Elizabeth ($60 million each); Olympic Gardens ($114 million); and Spanish Town, St. Catherine ($120 million).He pointed out that based on discussions with the Ministry, it was decided that the earmarked funds could be more effectively utilised to rectify deficiencies identified at the stations.The Prime Minister said it was also determined that the undertaking would have a greater impact on communities with a higher concentration of NHT contributors, with a focus on the larger police stations.“We need to demonstrate the value we place on the service given by our security forces, and also the security of our people. One way of doing so is improving the conditions under which they work,” Mr. Holness said. He pointed out that the NHT, for which he has portfolio responsibility, will partner with the Ministry of National Security and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in executing the engagement. One hundred police stations are to be renovated at a cost of $2 billion under a two-year rehabilitation project being funded by the National Housing Trust (NHT). This was disclosed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during his contribution to the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 19.last_img read more

At-Risk Youth Benefit From Skills Training

first_imgMore than 200 at-risk youths have completed a six month on-the-job training programme under the Citizen Security and Justice Programme II (CSJP II), in partnership with the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). The participants, who are from a total of 25 CSJP communities in the Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA) and Montego Bay, provided skilled labour to the JDF in the areas of auto mechanic, furniture making, air conditioning (A/C) and refrigeration, carpentry, plumbing, mechanical maintenance, electrical installation, welding, general construction, tiling, masonry, and steel fixing. At an awards ceremony held at the JDF’s Technical Training Institute at Up Park Camp on December 19, Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, commended the participants for their achievement and encouraged them to make the best of the opportunities that come their way. He noted that the CSJP has been doing a tremendous job in positively impacting the lives of many at risk youths across Jamaica, by providing them with employment and educational opportunities. “The idea is to take at risk youth, the ones who the army or the police force might be confronting in a shoot out or be pursuing for some criminal offence, and divert those at risk youth into more constructive activities,” he said. Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Antony Anderson, also congratulated the participants on reaching this far, but advised them that this was only the beginning. “The road from here on will not be easy, but neither was the road before. But what you must realise is that if you push yourselves to achieve, you can do it,” he stated. He pointed out that the JDF is always willing to partner with and support organisations that are working for the development of Jamaica and its people.  “We (the JDF) would much prefer to engage with the nation’s youth in this sort of environment than in an environment where we are at odds with each other or in an internal security role. I think this sort of engagement makes it better for both of us, and so to that extent, it gave you an opportunity as interns to interact with the JDF. I hope that you have found that interaction interesting and uplifting and that it added something positive to your lives,” he stated.    In the meantime, Programme Manager, CSJP, Simeon Robinson, informed that the partnership with the JDF has been a success and has helped to transform the lives of many young people. He further noted that the CSJP was currently compiling another batch of participants for a second phase of the on-the-job training at the JDF. The training programme, which was funded by the CSJP at a sum of $43 million, aimed to address the issue of youth unemployment and delinquency by improving the social skills and employability of unattached youths. It also aimed to improve the relationship between the youths and the security forces. The interns were assigned to the engineering regiment of the JDF and were distributed across sites at Up Park Camp, and in Falmouth, Trelawny. Through strong guidance from the military, they provided a pool of skilled labour for the completion of selected projects across the regiment. CSJP, a programme of the National Security Ministry, seeks to contribute to crime and violence reduction in 50 volatile and vulnerable communities through the financing and implementation of prevention and strategic interventions to address identified individual, family and community risk factors.last_img read more

Budget 2013/2014

first_imgFinance Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips Presentation for 2013/2014 Budget: “Restoring Hope, Expanding Opportunities” DBJ to Provide $2 Billion for Micro and Small Business Sector No New Taxes DBJ Providing US$20 Million for ICT Expansion Gov’t Provides $94 Billion for Welfare and Development Assistance Government to Advance Programme to Modernise Public Financial Management Gov’t Lowers Debt Servicing Costs Final Negotiations Underway for Divestment of Wallenford Coffee Company Current Account Deficit Improves $1.1 Billion Expected from Agro Parks This Financial Year Reversal of Low Growth Objective of Reform Agenda – Finance Minister SLB Loan Repayments to be Deducted at Source Government to Begin Accepting Bids for Casinos on June One Several Tourism Properties Being Upgraded Some Public Sector Entities to be Merged Opposition Backs Agro Parks Project Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Budget Presentation 2013-2014: “Fuelling Our Own Growth” Thousands of Students to be Provided with Tablets Gov’t to Accept Bids for 115 MW Projects in June Energy Efficiency Project Drives Down Consumption at Jamaica House Gov’t to Keep Stake in Clarendon Alumina Partners Local Companies Urged to Bid for Contracts Under Energy Efficiency Project ALPART to Resume Operations Early 2016 OUR to Recommend Preferred Bidder for Power Plant in 30 Days PETCOM to be Divested Rural Electrification Programme to be Renamed Gov’t to Start Granting Electric Power Wheeling Licences July E-Government Initiative Moving Ahead More Energy Saving Devices Duty Free Prime Minister’s 2013-14 Budget Presentation ‘JAMAICA: Going for Growth and Development – Unleashing Our Potential’ 31,000 Public Sector Mortgagors to Benefit from NHT Refunds Government to Restart Inner City Renewal Programme CISOCA to be Relocated to Make Way for Housing UDC Being Repositioned Cheaper Energy Urgent Imperative of Growth Agenda – PM Task Force to Coordinate Rural Development Strategies Four Major Crime Fighting Bills for Parliament This Year UWI Principal to Lead Logistics Hub Coordinating Team Logistics Hub a Central Plank in Growth Strategy – PM Jamaicans at Centre of Transformation Process – PM Commission for Creative Industries to be Established $10.6 Million for Micro-Enterprises in NHT Schemes 250 Acres of Land Identified for Public Sector Housing Gov’t to Boost Provisions for Most Vulnerable CHEC to Invest US$1.5 Billion in Transshipment Port Closing Budget Debate Presentation by Minister of Finance, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips IMF Approves EFF for Jamaica Gov’t Delivers on Housing Promises Clarendon Alumina Partners No Cost on Budget – Finance Minister PM Outlines Strides Made by Government Government Spends $344 Million on Sports $360 Million Provided for Energy Efficiency Projects Finance Minister Calls for Opposition Input on Public Sector Transformation Gov’t Ready to Accept Proposals for Integrated Resorts Gov’t Will Not Tax Basic Foods – Dr. Phillips NDX Saves Gov’t $17 Billion in Payments Per Year on Domestic Bonds Opening of Sectoral Debate Parliamentary Year 2013/2014 37,000 Persons Benefit from JEEP CHEC to Invest US$1.5 Billion in Port and Other Facilities Local Contractors to Benefit from MIDP Land Transportation Authority to be Established Contribution to the Annual Sectoral Debate by Mr. Andre Hylton, MP Budget Presentation 2013 Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Hon. Roger Clarke, MP Contribution to the Annual Sectoral Debate by Raymond Pryce, MP Agriculture Minister Outlines Initiatives to Improve Service to the Sector Agriculture Ministry to Join with Tertiary Institutions on Research Project Work to Begin on Ferry to Linstead Highway in September Gov’t to Work with Pan-Caribbean to Increase Sugar Production Fish Sanctuaries Working Significant Production Activity Under Agro Park Project Inspection of Retail Outlets to be Increased to Tackle Praedial Larceny Fisheries Bill for Parliament this Fiscal Yearlast_img read more

Culture Minister Impressed With Number of Young People at Vigil

first_img The annual event, which began on July 31, lasted until the early hours of August 1 Story Highlights Floral tributes were paid to the ancestors The Government, in its quest to preserve history, opened three museums this year Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, says with the number of children and young people who attended the annual Emancipation Vigil at the historic Seville Heritage Park, in St. Ann, on July 31, the event is set for continued growth.“This is exactly what we want to see – our parents bringing out our children to see the culture, feel and understand the history of Seville. To look at the museum that we opened, it is excellent that the young people are out. I commend the parents for bringing their children; it is wonderful. It is good for entertainment, and it is also a teaching lesson,” the Minister said.“As we set out to culminate Jamaica 50, we wanted to ensure that we gave our people across Jamaica an opportunity to contemplate, relax, and to celebrate. And, to teach all persons to remember and accept that journey from whence we came,” the Minister told the large audience, which also comprised visitors to the island.The annual event, which began on July 31, lasted until the early hours of August 1 (Emancipation Day). It was organized by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT).Floral tributes were paid to the ancestors, and throughout the evening into the early morning, there was an entertainment package of cultural dances from different groups across the island, including traditional and folk types, and modern dancehall acts.  Gospel artistes also performed, headed by Sister Scully and George Banton.Miss Hanna said the Government, in its quest to preserve history, opened the upgraded Seville Museum; built and opened the Roxborough Museum, in Manchester, in honour of National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Norman Manley; and the National Museum in Kingston.“This is a very special year for Jamaica. It is a special year for all of us as Jamaicans, and we ensured that we opened the Seville Museum for this Independence, and two other museums,” the Minister stated.Meanwhile, Youth Empowerment Officer with the National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD), Rahonda Walker-Walters, told JIS News that “the exposure is a very good one for that level of awareness of our heritage, and it will help us, as a people, as to where we need to go.”“For years to come, we need to ensure that other young people experience the Emancipation Jubilee,” she added.last_img read more

JIS Gives Boys’ Home Facelift, Donates School Supplies

first_imgStory Highlights Employees of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) recently led a team of volunteers to conduct spruce-up activities at the Mount Olivet Boys’ Home in Walderston, Manchester, and assist in preparing the wards for the new school year. Employees of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) recently led a team of volunteers to conduct spruce-up activities at the Mount Olivet Boys’ Home in Walderston, Manchester, and assist in preparing the wards for the new school year.Activities on the day included the painting of dorms, ironing of school uniforms and work in the vegetable garden.The wards were also given back-to-school packages comprising school bags, shoes, and other supplies.Among the volunteers were JIS summer employees, relatives and friends of staff, as well as sponsors and well-wishers.Assistant Director of the home, Kimberley Elliott, said the residents and staff were grateful for the assistance.“It was an amazing day; one that brought smiles to our faces and hearts,” she said.Home to 41 boys, Mount Olivet was adopted by the JIS in 2009, and remains the agency’s main corporate social responsibility project.Chief Executive Officer of the JIS, Donna-Marie Rowe, noted that the agency is always ready to provide support to the home.She hailed the commitment of staff to the project and expressed appreciation to the longstanding sponsors, while welcoming new supporters such as ABC Electrical.“Our sponsors share our vision for the children to attain their full potential, especially as we prepare them for back-to-school,” she noted.Sponsorship and Promotions Coordinator of JP Tropical Foods, Carol Rodriquez, said the entity continues to support the Mount Olivet Boys’ Home “because giving back is one of the policies of our (parent) company the Jamaica Producers Group”.“When you can actually see how what you’re giving is helping to motivate the boys, it also motivates you to continue to give back and visit the home,” she told JIS News.JIS summer employee in the Special Projects Department, Javan Orr, expressed pleasure at being able to participate in the visit.“It was a great experience to know that I was able to be a part of a project such as this, and to help in ensuring that the boys have items to go back to school,” he said.Sponsors of the visit were Sammy’s Shoe Store, ABC Electrical, the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), and a private poultry farm in Clarendon. JIS summer employee in the Special Projects Department, Javan Orr, expressed pleasure at being able to participate in the visit. The wards were also given back-to-school packages comprising school bags, shoes, and other supplies. last_img read more

Government’s IT Infrastructure to be Upgraded

first_img The National Identification and Registration Bill was passed in the Senate on Monday (November 13) with 168 amendments. It was returned to the House of Representatives today (November 14) for approval. The NIDS, which is being facilitated under the National Identification and Registration Bill, will provide a comprehensive and secure structure to enable the capture and storage of identity information for all Jamaicans. More than 70 per cent of the US$68 million projected for implementation of the National Identification System (NIDS) will be used to upgrade the Government’s information and technology (IT) infrastructure. Story Highlights More than 70 per cent of the US$68 million projected for implementation of the National Identification System (NIDS) will be used to upgrade the Government’s information and technology (IT) infrastructure.This is according to NIDS Programme Director, Warren Vernon, who said this is being strengthened to ensure the system is ready for roll-out in 2019.“Most of the project’s budget will be used to upgrade the Government’s data centre, which is e-Gov. (and includes) all of the ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) providing connectivity (and) ensuring that the relevant security systems and processes are in place,” he said.Mr. Vernon was responding to questions from journalists during a press conference at Jamaica House on Tuesday (November 14).The NIDS, which is being facilitated under the National Identification and Registration Bill, will provide a comprehensive and secure structure to enable the capture and storage of identity information for all Jamaicans.Under the system, each citizen will be provided with a randomised nine-digit National Identification Number (NIN), which they will have for life.Mr. Vernon further informed that the procurement stage is well advanced for a technological solution that will include enrolment stations, computer systems, fingerprint scanners, cameras, manual signature capture devices, and other equipment required to implement the system.In the meantime, Director of Communications and Public Affairs in the Office of the Prime Minister, Robert Morgan, said one of the key outcomes of the modernisation of the Government’s IT infrastructure is to ensure that the system is secure.“When we are finished modernising the Government’s IT infrastructure, it will be one of the most modern… and most secure in the hemisphere,” he assured.The National Identification and Registration Bill was passed in the Senate on Monday (November 13) with 168 amendments. It was returned to the House of Representatives today (November 14) for approval.The Government intends to put the NIDS infrastructure and systems in place over the next 12 months, beginning with a pilot project in January 2019.This is expected to be followed by the national roll-out in September 2019, over a period of three to four years.The layered roll-out and management of the NIDS will be handled by a new agency, the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), which will replace the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) and provide more enhanced services.last_img read more

Veterinary Services Diagnostic Lab Accredited for Testing of Fish

first_img Portfolio Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, in his remarks at the presentation of the accreditation certificate at the VSDL offices on Old Hope Road, St. Andrew, on Wednesday (January 31) said that “this… will move us ahead and enable us to expand in the area that is so crucial – our export trade”. Senior Veterinary Officer, VSDL, Dr. Wintorph Marsden, said he was “very elated” with the accreditation. The Veterinary Services Diagnostic Laboratory (VSDL) in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, has been accredited to carry out tests on fish for the export market. Story Highlights The Veterinary Services Diagnostic Laboratory (VSDL) in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, has been accredited to carry out tests on fish for the export market.The certification, from the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC), is for conducting two tests for heavy metals in the biological tissues of fish and amnesic shellfish toxins in fishery products.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, in his remarks at the presentation of the accreditation certificate at the VSDL offices on Old Hope Road, St. Andrew, on Wednesday (January 31) said that “this… will move us ahead and enable us to expand in the area that is so crucial – our export trade”.He added that the certification will enable the VSDL to provide fisheries products that are of international standards “which will create a good outlook on Jamaica and boost our foreign exchange earnings in the long run”.Senior Veterinary Officer, VSDL, Dr. Wintorph Marsden, said he was “very elated” with the accreditation.“It has been a long journey. It is the first time that the Veterinary Services Diagnostic Laboratory will be certified and accredited. We have never been internationally certified. We are more than excited, and we are looking forward to having more certification done,” Dr. Marsden added.Chief Executive Officer, JANAAC, Sharonmae Shirley, said that the accreditation process was a thorough and rigorous one, and “we are fully satisfied with the (lab’s) competence”.“The VSDL team is passionate about quality and the delivery of competent conformity assessment services to its customers,” she added.Mrs. Shirley said that JANAAC is committed to providing its stakeholders with world-class accreditation services. She pointed out that accreditation of Jamaican products before exportation is very important for nation building.“Accreditation is the formal attestation of a conformity assessment body’s (CAB) ability to impartially, competently and consistently meet the specific requirements of an international standard for its scope of tests. Simply put, accreditation provides confidence, the stamp of approval… . Accreditation allows you to make an informed decision when selecting a laboratory, as it demonstrates competence, impartiality and capability. Accreditation helps to underpin the credibility and performance of your goods and services,” she said.JANAAC is the national accreditation body of Jamaica. Since its establishment in 2008, it has been carrying out its mandate of facilitating trade between Jamaica and its trading partners by enabling the country’s conformity assessment system to meet international standards and the World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade.The organisation, which is an entity under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, provides accreditation services to CABs, which consist of laboratories and inspection and certification bodies.It also provides training to personnel involved in the accreditation of CABs, which includes assessors, CAB staff, quality managers and internal auditors.JANAAC is the only internationally recognised accreditation body in the English-speaking Caribbean.last_img read more

New Air Traffic Control Tower for Ian Fleming Airport

first_imgStory Highlights A new air traffic control tower is to be constructed at the Ian Fleming International Airport in Boscobel, St. Mary. This was disclosed by Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, during his recent contribution to the 2018/2019 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives. The Minister said discussions are at an early stage, and that it is part of the plan by the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) to expand and develop the airport with a view to attracting new business to the country. “The studies and the drawings are in train, and we will have to go through the necessary regulatory approvals,” he said.center_img A new air traffic control tower is to be constructed at the Ian Fleming International Airport in Boscobel, St. Mary. This was disclosed by Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, during his recent contribution to the 2018/2019 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives.The Minister said discussions are at an early stage, and that it is part of the plan by the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) to expand and develop the airport with a view to attracting new business to the country.“The studies and the drawings are in train, and we will have to go through the necessary regulatory approvals,” he said.“We are expanding the terminal building and we are increasing the marketing because we want to have not only private aircraft landing there, but also scheduled commercial flights. We are currently in discussion to have three established aircraft with scheduled flights into Ian Fleming, once the work has been completed,” the Minister said.He argued that general aviation has to be expanded in Jamaica to create more opportunities and to bring more earnings to the country, adding that the airport, which has, to date, only handled private airlines, would now accommodate a combination of private and commercial carriers.Ground was recently broken for the expansion of the terminal building and the runway, which will facilitate aircraft such as the R100, which carries up to 90 passengers, and others of similar size.The commercial airlines are expected to bring passengers from new gateways to the island.last_img read more

Investments by Chinese Companies at US$2 Billion

first_imgThe economic and trade relationship between Jamaica and the People’s Republic of China is very active, with some 15 Chinese companies operating in Jamaica with cumulative investments of US$2 billion.This was disclosed by Counsellor for Economic and Commercial Affairs at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Fan Jianghong, during a news conference regarding the sports cooperation programme with China, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston on January 2.“The investments keep growing each month. The two-way trade has more than surpassed what it was in 2017. International development cooperation has reached a new high, as we saw more than 3,000 Jamaicans who have been invited to China on short-term training programmes, which cover a wide range of subjects that are key to Jamaica’s social economic development,” Mr. Jianghong said.Additionally, he cited the scholarships for academic degree programmes and the current three-year technical agreement on sport between both countries as areas of cooperation.Under the current technical agreement, more than 400 Jamaican athletes will travel to China for training over the next three years.The first batch, representing seven disciplines – Synchronised Swimming, Gymnastics, Swimming, Badminton, Women’s Volleyball, Women’s Football and Women’s Basketball – completed 60 days of intense training at specialised facilities across China in the summer of 2018.Also, in January 2018, a contingent of Chinese coaches and administrators came to Jamaica to assess certain national teams and collaborate with local coaches and administrators.In addition, the Chinese government will donate equipment to the seven sporting disciplines.“We see the acceptance and the popularity [of the] programme in Jamaica over the past year. I would like to thank everyone who made this programme successful. As we welcome a new year of 2019, we are very confident that with a concerted effort and closer collaboration together, we can make a lot of things happen to benefit both countries and peoples,” Mr. Jianghong said.last_img read more

Educators Lauded for Preparing Future Leaders

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, has lauded educators for their work in preparing the future leaders of Jamaica. “Teachers are the guardians of our society. I want to celebrate all our teachers simply because there is no society without the impact and influence of our teachers to ensure that successive generations are educated, inspired and empowered. I want to say a big thank you to all our teachers for all the work they continue to do to ensure the prosperity of Jamaica,” the State Minister said. Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, has lauded educators for their work in preparing the future leaders of Jamaica.Speaking with JIS News during his visit to St. Aloysius Primary School in Kingston on May 8 to celebrate Teachers’ Day, Mr. Terrelonge thanked teachers across the island for their dedicated service in empowering children.“Teachers are the guardians of our society. I want to celebrate all our teachers simply because there is no society without the impact and influence of our teachers to ensure that successive generations are educated, inspired and empowered. I want to say a big thank you to all our teachers for all the work they continue to do to ensure the prosperity of Jamaica,” the State Minister said.Mr. Terrelonge said the Ministry continues to collaborate with the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) to recognise the work that teachers have been doing.Meanwhile, Principal of St. Aloysius Primary, Althea Palmer, said working with children is her passion.“It is not a nine-to-five job. It calls for determination, dedication, passion and a love for children. It calls for somebody with a vision of where they would like to see their Jamaica and the kind of legacy you would like to leave behind,” she said.Grade-two Coordinator and senior teacher, Pancita Walker, who is trained in early-childhood education, told JIS News that her inspiration and motivation for teaching is seeing the progress of her students.Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge (centre), greets Grade Two Coordinator and Senior Teacher at St. Aloysius Primary School, Pancita Walker (left), on his visit to the institution to celebrate Teachers’ Day, today (May 8). At right is Principal of the school, Althea Palmer. Locally, Teachers’ Day is observed annually on the first Wednesday of May, during the first full week.center_img Speaking with JIS News during his visit to St. Aloysius Primary School in Kingston on May 8 to celebrate Teachers’ Day, Mr. Terrelonge thanked teachers across the island for their dedicated service in empowering children. “What drives me and motivates me as a teacher is when I can move a child from point D to point A. I am fulfilled. There is no child that cannot reach his or her greatness,” Miss Walker, who has been employed at the school for 18 years, said.Grade-six student, Daniel Hall, told JIS News that he appreciates the work his teachers put in to make the subjects interesting for him. “Teachers help us to learn, so in the future we can be like them,” he said.Locally, Teachers’ Day is observed annually on the first Wednesday of May, during the first full week.Teachers’ Day is one of several activities to mark Education Week, being celebrated from May 5 to 11 under the theme ‘Empowering Educators: Retooling, Innovating, Networking for Sustainable Development’.last_img read more

BMT Completes Studies for Port of Liverpool’s New …

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location BMT, November 5, 2013 Print  Close zoom BMT has completed a series of studies for the Port of Liverpool’s new Seaforth ‘Liverpool 2’ (L2) Container Terminal Construction, which promises to bring 5000 new jobs to the area. The new facility will provide capability for a further half a million containers, taking its total annual capacity to approximately two million TEUs.BMT subsidiary companies, BMT ARGOSS and BMT Isis were commissioned by Peel Ports to carry out a number of specialist studies to identify and assess the associated impacts of introducing larger vessels of up to 13,500 TEU to the proposed L2 development. This included analysis of the associated traffic and safety management issues, as well as the operability of the new terminal and to provide a conceptual design of the required mooring system. Manoeuvring simulations and studies into the wave and water level conditions were also carried out. Hugh Addison, Head of Design Liverpool 2, states: “BMT expedited the study on a short lead time and programme, to provide information fundamental to the detailed design of the Terminal. Liverpool 2 is subject to 10m tides and a wide range of vessels need to be accommodated in a defined footprint, but BMT overcame the technical challenges with enthusiasm and flair. Although the work was carried out remotely, their understanding of our requirements was absolute and the deliverables met the high standards that I have come to expect from working with BMT in different corners of the world.”BMT applied not only their extensive knowledge of ship behaviour but also a full range of AIS traffic analysis techniques and coastal engineering expertise in this project – from statistical analysis of wave buoy data, through to modelling of wave propagation over shallow banks and computation of overtopping rates. BMT also simulated the movements of the ship at the quay using REMBRANDT DMA (Dynamic Mooring Analysis).This software delivered a more advanced simulation of the moored ship’s response to all of the weather affecting it (wind, waves, currents, passing ships), providing Peel Ports with more reliable results and avoided the need for over-design because of the uncertainties often involved with a less advanced approach.Jan Onassis, Senior Maritime and Port Consultant at BMT ARGOSS explains: “The high tidal variation at Liverpool (more than 10m in extreme cases), combined with the range of vessel sizes expected to call at the terminal, presents particular design challenges. As the Seaforth terminal is located near the river entrance it means that, unlike the older Liverpool berths which are located in docks or well upriver, it will be subject to some wave action from the Irish Sea. As such, careful consideration was needed when designing the quay. On the one hand, it is favourable to make the quay high to avoid wave overtopping at high water, but a high quay can lead to mooring problems for the smaller vessels, particularly at low water.” Bob Hockham, Business Development Manager at BMT Isis explains: “For such a significant project like this, it was vital for Peel Ports to ensure that the proposed development could accommodate the larger, container vessels. Our dedicated traffic management team were able to provide assurance that although the larger vessels would have an impact on other vessel traffic, it could be manageable with the introduction of additional traffic management measures.”last_img read more

Divers Discover Bone Fragments Inside Concordia

first_imgzoom Human bone fragments were found inside the ill-fated Costa Concordia wreck during a search by salvage divers yesterday of the areas previously inaccessible to divers. The divers are reported to had discovered scull fragments, and once the analysis is complete, it will be known whether these posthumous remains belong to the last missing victim from the cruise ship that sank two and a half years ago.Bodies of 30, out of 32 passengers who died in the shipwreck have been recovered with one missing and one of a female believed not to have been recovered in its entirety.Relatives of both have been informed of the discovery.Costa Concordia wreck was towed to the Port of Genoa for scrapping on Sunday, July 27.The unprecedented towing operation was a historic achievement for salvage operators.World Maritime News Staff, August 7, 2014last_img read more

Wärtsilä Marine Solutions Sees 12% Drop in Order Intake

first_imgzoom Order intake at Finnish engineering company Wärtsilä’s Marine Solutions sector reached EUR 407 million (USD 460.4m) for the quarter ended September 30, down 12% compared to EUR 463 million reported for the same period a year earlier.On the other hand, order intake for the recently acquired L-3 Marine Systems International (MSI) developed well, the company says.Within environmental solutions, orders included exhaust gas cleaning systems for three passenger vessels, as well as ballast water management systems for eleven container vessels.In the gas carrier segment, orders included two contracts to supply regasification modules to be installed on FSRU vessels owned by Höegh LNG from Norway.Gas carriers represented 37% of the third quarter order intake, while the conventional merchant segment accounted for 21%.The cruise and ferry segment’s share was 16%, special vessels represented 9% of the order intake, navy 6% and offshore 5%. Other orders accounted for 7% of the total.The overall outlook for the shipping and shipbuilding markets remains challenging, Wärtsilä says, as overcapacity continues to affect demand.Gas carrier contracting is expected to remain on a normalised level, and the outlook for the cruise segment remains positive thanks to an anticipated increase in Asian passenger traffic.The outlook for ferries is supported by signs of economic recovery in the USA and Europe. The importance of fuel efficiency and environmental regulations are clearly visible, the company says, as the regulatory environment is driving interest in gas as a marine fuel in the wider marine markets.Wärtsilä’s third quarter order intake totalled EUR 1.086 billion, a decrease of 17% compared to EUR 1.309 billion from the corresponding period a year earlier.The company recorded EUR 132 million profit before taxes, compared to EUR 129 million reported in 3Q2014.Looking ahead, Wärtsilä expects its net sales for 2015 to grow by 5-10% and its operational profitability (EBIT% before non-recurring items) to be 12-12.5%.This guidance includes the impact of the MSI acquisition. MSI is expected to contribute approximately EUR 250 million to net sales and EUR 9 million to the operating result during 2015. Excluding purchase price allocation amortisation, MSI’s operating result is estimated to reach EUR 16 million.last_img read more