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Wolmer’s lift FLOW Super Cup

first_imgThe ISSA-FLOW Super Cup will stay in Kingston for the third-consecutive year.Wolmer’s Boys won their first hold on schoolboy football’s most coveted trophy with a stoppage time (91st minute) winner by striker Alphanso Gooden that was enough to beat a resolute Cornwall College at Sabina Park last night.Two minutes into injury time, Andrew Daley, who had a very lively game, drove into the Cornwall College 18-yard box and took advantage of some hesitant defending, to take control of the ball, before sending a pass to Gooden. The big forward was given a lot of space in the Cornwall area and he picked his spot and sent a thunderous shot into the back of the net.It was the sixth goal for Gooden this season, and his most important, so far.”It feels very wonderful to score and win the FLOW Super Cup for the very first time for my school,” he said.”I am happy, as the team looked up to me to score and get the win. It was tough, but we gave everything to beat them,” Gooden told The Sunday Gleaner.BEAMING MOTHERHe was joined by his beaming mother, Karen Hinds, who praised her son.”I feel very good. Watching my son all season has made me very happy. He wanted this moment for a very long time (and) it finally came through. I love him,” she said.Wolmer’s principal Dr Walton Small was ecstatic.”We are going to win the other trophies,” he saidCoach Vassell Reynolds said his guys were brimming with confidence prior to the game.”Prior to the game, I had never seen my players so confident. We knew it was going to be a tough game and we were very solid in defence … we also countered well tonight.”Wolmer’s came back strong in the second half after the dangerous Jourdaine Fletcher had tormented them for long periods. He had two very good free kicks, which were saved by goalkeeper Shamar Jamieson.The first half was fairly even, and both teams created chances, but could not find the net.It was the Montego Bay-based Cornwall’s first loss in all competitions this season.Coach Dr Dean Weatherly called it a ‘painful defeat’ but backed his team to rebound and challenge for the rest of the trophies this season.last_img read more

U.P. bids to attract foreign airlines to Jewar airport

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh government has submitted a proposal to the Centre to encourage foreign airlines to operate at the proposed Jewar airport. The State’s suggestion is to allow foreign carriers to fly to the airport, likely to be ready by 2023, without the need for India to revise its bilateral agreements with different countries to increase the total number of flights permitted for different ports of call in the country.The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) informed potential bidders about this proposal late Thursday evening in its reply to queries raised about the tender on operation, management and development of Noida International Airport Limited. It has also made public its revised request for proposal-cum-request for quotation and concession agreement.In response to a query by an interested bidder on allowing international carriers to fly to Jewar airport for a period of three years without revising bilateral agreements, the YEIDA said, “Authority is awaiting a response from MoCA (Ministry of Civil Aviation).”Centre to take callAccording to the minutes of the meeting with the MoCA on August 16, the Centre is examining the issue: “MoCA will separately examine the issue of bilaterals and will provide clarity on whether the bilateral rights under Delhi (IGI Airport) will extend to the new airport or it should be considered as a separate port of call.”Though the reply from YEIDA to the bidders comes after a delay of almost one month, officials say that the deadline for submitting bids on October 30 will remain unchanged. The timeline for opening technical and financial bids on November 6 and November 29 will also be unaffected.Shailendra Kumar Bhatia, nodal officer for Jewar, told The Hindu that as many as 20 players have bought the bid document so far, including domestic and international airport developers. Nearly 70% land (1,400 hectares) has been acquired by the YEIDA. The authority has also entered into an MoU with Wildlife Institute of India for environment impact assessment. A team of scientists has already conducted an inspection earlier this month to draw a plan for conservation of flora and fauna in the area. It is expected to submit its report by October 30.On the instructions of the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet, the YEIDA will also explore whether the airport can have 4-6 runways instead of two proposed now.In order to ensure Jewar airport is connected to the National Capital Region, state-owned infrastructure company RITES has been tasked with conducting a study which is expected to be submitted by October 15, Mr. Bhatia said. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, too, has submitted its report for metro connectivity for the airport, which is being examined by the Uttar Pradesh government and Noida Metro Rail Corporation.last_img read more

Watch: Alexander Zverev’s  celebration scares ball boy at Shanghai Masters

first_imgGerman tennis star Alexander Zverev’s energetic celebration scared a ball boy during his second round Shanghai Masters match against Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili.Zverev endured a tough challenge against Basilashvili on Wednesday but overcame his opponent 7-5, 6-4 to reach the third round of the compulsory ATP event in Shanghai.During the match, Zverev ran towards the front court and hit a backhand winner upon which he let off an intense roar and a fist pump celebration.His celebration that happened right in front of a ball boy sitting on the sidelines had the little kid lean backwards in absolute scare of getting hit.When you celebrate so hard it terrifies the ballkids #RolexSHMasters pic.twitter.com/eryoazYgYDTennis TV (@TennisTV) October 10, 2018Ball kids have been a reason of much debate recently in the world of tennis after a video of Spaniard Fernando Verdasco berating a ball boy for not bringing his towel quickly enough, went viral.At the Shenzhen Open, Verdasco, after playing a point, looked behind towards the ball boy asking him to bring his towel. In what he felt like a little delay, Verdasco made an unpleasant gesture towards the kid to bring the towel quickly.Also read – Shanghai Masters: Roger Federer battles past Daniil Medvedev to reach last 16Later, Belarus’s Aryna Sabalenka also drew criticism for shaking an empty water bottle in the direction of a ball boy in Beijing last week before she tossed it to the floor.On Tuesday, Roger Federer, who was a ball boy once himself, came out and said that players much respect the ball kids and unpaid volunteers because “they are also maybe the future of our game”.advertisementHe further added, “you don’t want to have them leave feeling like, oh my god, like I was not appreciated or I was not liked or it was actually a horrible thing, you know? So yes, it needs to be taken care of.”On Wednesday, Wimbledon’s commercial director Mick Desmond said Wimbledon was prepared to take action against the players who behave badly towards ball boys and girls and plans to discuss the matter with representatives of men’s and women’s tennis.In Shanghai on Wednesday, fourth seed Alexander Zverev edged one step closer to qualifying for next month’s ATP Finals with his entry into the third round.The 21-year-old German fought off a cold and showed great confidence to wrap up the victory at the Qi Zhong Stadium.”I played a solid match. I did everything that I needed to win,” said Zverev.”As you can probably hear in my voice, I’m a little sick right now, so feeling a little bit low energy, but I hope it will get better over the next few days.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Major Traffic Changes at Three Miles Sept. 2

first_img Effective Sunday, September 2, the National Works Agency (NWA) will be implementing major traffic changes, particularly in the Three Miles area, as part of its Corporate Area traffic management plan and back-to-school preparations.Communication and Customer Services Manager for the NWA, Stephen Shaw, made the announcement during a press conference held on August 29 at the agency’s Maxfield Avenue address in Kingston.He said traffic will not be allowed to enter the Three Miles intersection from Marcus Garvey Drive.“Access to Three Miles from the direction of Marcus Garvey Drive will be restricted, save and except for local traffic, meaning persons doing business in that area. They will not be able to drive from Marcus Garvey Drive on to Hagley Park Road or on to Spanish Town Road, as is now the case,” he pointed out.Additionally, traffic from Portmore to Half-Way Tree will have to travel along Marcus Garvey Drive on to East Avenue then to Maxfield Avenue and on to Half- Way Tree.Meanwhile, East Avenue will operate as a one-way to the north, and Maxfield Avenue will be converted into a one-way going north from Richmond Park Avenue.Motorists will no longer be able to turn left from Balmoral Avenue on to Maxfield Avenue.A tour of the principal corridors within the Corporate Area road network to which traffic will be redirected was also conducted. This is contingent on the general road works as part of the overall traffic management of the city.Mr. Shaw said only persons doing business in the Three Miles area will be allowed access at all times.He also noted that as of September 9, restrictions will be in effect for persons wishing to travel from Six Miles to downtown Kingston. “You will not be able to travel through Three Miles in the way that you can at this time,” he informed.Mr. Shaw listed several alternative routes for persons wishing to travel towards downtown Kingston, including Washington Boulevard or the Portmore Toll Road.Persons can also turn left from Spanish Town Road on to Penwood Road, on to Bay Farm Road, turning right on to Waltham Park Road where they will travel south along that corridor to the intersection of East Avenue, Maxfield Avenue, Waltham Park Road and onward to Spanish Town Road.Persons can also use the Olympic Way to Mahoe Drive detour to make their way to Hagley Park Road.Chisholm Avenue and Oakland Road will operate as a one-way going west from Balmoral Avenue.New traffic signals have been installed indicating changes to the road network to facilitate work being done in these areas.Mr. Shaw said the NWA will be enlisting the help of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB) to ensure that persons are able to adapt to these traffic changes as quickly as possible.Communication and Customer Services Manager for the National Works Agency (NWA), Stephen Shaw (right), updates members of the media about traffic changes to take place at Three Miles on September 2, during a press conference on August 29 at the agency’s Maxfield Avenue address in Kingston. At left is Head of the newly formed Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB), Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen.Launched on August 9, the new branch, which is a merger of the JCF’s Traffic and Highway Patrol and the Motorised Patrol Divisions, will have primary responsibility for public safety in town centres and major roadways, beginning with the Kingston Metropolitan Region and Montego Bay.It is comprised of a roving motorcycle team that will provide rapid response to breaches of public order and teams that focus on safety along the major thoroughfares.Head of the new branch, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, said the PSTEB is working with the NWA to minimise the impact of these changes, particularly with the opening of schools on Monday.“We have over 35 intersections that we will be giving particular attention to. As the unit responsible to deal with traffic order enforcement, we are committed to ensuring that we have in place a strong deployment of personnel to manage these changes. You will see an increased presence of the police to ensure order and safety,” he said. Effective Sunday, September 2, the National Works Agency (NWA) will be implementing major traffic changes, particularly in the Three Miles area, as part of its Corporate Area traffic management plan and back-to-school preparations. Communication and Customer Services Manager for the NWA, Stephen Shaw, made the announcement during a press conference held on August 29 at the agency’s Maxfield Avenue address in Kingston. Story Highlights He said traffic will not be allowed to enter the Three Miles intersection from Marcus Garvey Drive.last_img read more

Naughty Boy And Naughty Bob Join PETA Campaign

first_imgHot on the heels of his Brit Award nomination, comes a new collaboration from chart-topping sound creator Naughty Boy: a brand-new PETA campaign that shows the Hotel Cabana producer reclining with his beloved cat, Naughty Bob, in his lap above the words “It’s Naughty Not to Neuter.”Naughty Boy’s PETA Ad“There’s no excuse for not neutering,” Naughty Boy says. “Animal shelters are severely crowded with dogs and cats, and that will continue as long as too many puppies and kittens are being born. We can fix the problem by ‘fixing’ our dogs and cats.”Why are Naughty Boy and PETA so fixated on getting animals fixed? One unspayed female cat and her offspring can produce 370,000 cats in just seven years, and an unneutered male can help create limitless litters of kittens. Every year in the UK, many thousands of unwanted animals are left at crowded animal shelters, where many must be put to death. The less fortunate ones will never make it to a shelter – they will be forced to fend for themselves in all weather extremes, lose battles with traffic and disease and have no constant food source. Fixing cats and dogs is also an easy way to ensure healthier, happier animals. Spaying females eliminates stressful heat periods and the risk of developing uterine infections, and it greatly reduces the risk of developing mammary cancer. Neutering makes males far less likely to roam or fight and prevents testicular cancer.Naughty Boy, also known as Shahid Khan, has worked with numerous musicians, including Chipmunk, Wiley, Leona Lewis, Jennifer Hudson, Cheryl Cole and Emeli Sandé. Hotel Cabana is his debut album, and its first single, “La La La,” featuring Sam Smith, reached the top of the UK’s music charts.Naughty Boy joins a growing list of musicians and producers – including Jay Sean, Waka Flocka Flame, Mark Ronson, Simon Cowell, Joss Stone, Paul McCartney and Morrissey – who have teamed up with PETA to promote kindness to animals.For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.last_img read more

CN Rail network beginning to recover in March from weak winter says

first_imgMONTREAL – Canadian National Railway Co. is beginning to recover from a turbulent end to 2017 and deep winter freeze that curtailed its service, the railroad’s interim CEO said Wednesday.Jean-Jacques Ruest told an investor conference Wednesday that February was among the worst months in the company’s history as volume decreased and costs rose.But train speeds have picked up and the railway is moving more freight which will help customer service and satisfaction, he said.“So all these things are saying that the month of March is slightly better,” he told the J.P. Morgan Aviation, Transportation & Industrials Conference in New York.“It will not be enough to cover the month of January and February. But we’re heading in that direction.”The Montreal-based railway hasn’t changed its guidance for the year because Ruest says there is still time to catch up.The company has apologized for failing to keep grain shipments moving reliably by rail, and said it’s mobilizing more train cars and workers to clear the backlog.CN Rail announced Wednesday that it plans to manage congestion in Western Canada by temporarily restricting the flow of rail cars to gain fluidity and speed, particularly between Edmonton and Winnipeg.That includes controlling the flow of empty rail cars into Western Canada, managing flow for frac sand orders to avoid further congestion and returning empty propane cars from short-term staging locations.Ruest said extreme winter weather starting in December isn’t alone to blame.He said CN Rail entered the challenging winter season a spent force after experiencing 14 per cent revenue ton mile growth in the first nine months of 2017.“We entered the fourth quarter without really any gasoline left in the tank. So the last two months of the year we were sort of flat. And we’ve been flat since then.”Ruest said he expects the transportation sector, including trucking, will face capacity pressure from increased volume growth.CN Rail is spending an extra $500 million this year, half of which will be used to upgrade its network and increase transit times between Chicago and the Canadian west coast.The work to add more sidings and double tracks in spots will start in April and be completed by November.It has ordered new locomotives and will have an extra 130 leased units within weeks.It is also hiring 2,000 workers, including hundreds of conductors.Ruest said that by the fourth quarter, CN should be back to where it was 12 to 18 months ago.Ruest was appointed earlier this month to take over from Luc Jobin, who was dismissed after about two years as CEO.The 23-year veteran CN Rail executive said the company’s board plans to take its time conducting a global search from within the rail industry and manufacturing world to lead the country’s largest railway.“The search will be very wide and the board is not putting themselves on any clock,” he told analysts.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:CNR)last_img read more

Third quarter fiscal update shows Alberta spending more but saving more

first_imgEDMONTON, A.B. — New numbers show Alberta’s economy continues to dig itself out of the deep hole caused by crashing oil prices as Premier Rachel Notley’s government both spends and saves more.Finance Minister Joe Ceci says the province is on track for a $9.1-billion deficit when the budget year ends March 31. That’s $1.4 billion lower than the deficit expected when Ceci tabled this year’s budget last spring.Ceci notes forecasts also point to an economic rebound as production goes up and unemployment falls. The house resumes sitting March 8. Ceci is to bring in the 2018-19 budget later in the spring. “Nearly 90,000 full-time jobs were created over the last year and Alberta’s GDP growth led the country at 4.5 percent in 2017,” Ceci said in a statement Wednesday after releasing the third-quarter update to the 2017-18 budget. “We will continue to work hard to ensure this recovery reaches all Albertans.”The province is expected to take in an extra $1.9 billion this year on $46.9 billion in revenue – mainly due to higher than expected oil revenue and returns on investments. Spending is also rising to $55.9 billion – about $1 billion more than projected at budget – to cover increases in services for children, people with disabilities, and for employment and income supports.The debt is going to hit almost $42 billion this year. Debt payments will be $1.4 billion. Alberta will bring in $883 million from crude oil royalties, almost double what it had expected, although revenue from bitumen royalties will be $2.4 billion – about $188 million less than projected.Oil revenues were hampered this year by the price discount Alberta’s blended bitumen sells at compared with the benchmark North American West Texas Intermediate price. The discount is tied mainly to pipeline bottlenecks that drive up the price of getting Alberta’s heavy oil to U.S. refineries and ports.The NDP has been running high deficits throughout its term in government. The government says slashing budgets and jobs would only worsen the situation and kill an economic recovery.The province has been saving money by negotiating contracts with zero pay increases for teachers and nurses and other health professionals,. It has also axed redundant agencies and committees and consolidated other programs and services.Alberta has been hit with multiple credit downgrades, however, which have increased the cost of borrowing. Ceci has promised to present a more detailed plan to get the budget back in balance by 2023.last_img read more

UK diplomatic protection of jailed woman wont ease things Iran

first_imgTehran: Iran’s foreign ministry warned the UK on Tuesday that giving diplomatic protection to a British-Iranian mother jailed in Tehran would not make the situation “easier”, state news agency IRNA reported. Britain on Friday extended the status to Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was arrested in Tehran in 2016. “What is certain is that the British government’s move lacks goodwill and is in no way constructive or positive,” said ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi on Tuesday. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping”If it does not make the situation more complicated, it will surely not make things easier.” Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who worked for the Thomson Reuters Foundation — the media organisation’s philanthropic arm — is serving a five-year jail sentence for sedition. She has denied all the charges against her. Diplomatic protection is a rarely-used mechanism allowing governments to seek protection for their citizens on the grounds that they have been wronged by another state. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangBritain’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Friday that London would take the “extremely unusual” step of extending diplomatic protection to the jailed mother. This would signify the “formal recognition by the British government that her treatment fails to meet Iran’s obligations under international law”, he said. But Ghasemi denied this, saying Zaghari-Ratcliffe is “enjoying all legal and citizenship rights — both throughout her trial proceedings and during the conviction period”, including medical care. Tehran was informed of the UK’s decision via official channels, and is currently studying the legal and political implications, the spokesman said. Ghasemi dismissed the move as “merely reflecting a political decision by the UK” and said that it would not “in itself bring about a new legal status internally or internationally.” Iran’s envoy to London said last week that the UK’s decision “contravenes international law”, as governments can only exercise such protection for their own nationals. Writing on Twitter, Hamid Baeidinejad said Iran does not recognise dual nationality. “Irrespective of UK residency, MS Zaghari thus remains Iranian,” he wrote.last_img read more

48yearold man beaten up forcefed pork in Assam for selling beef

first_imgTezpur (Assam): A Muslim man was allegedly beaten up and forced to eat pork by a group of people who were angry over his selling beef in Assam, police said Tuesday. Consumption of pork is a taboo among most Muslims.The victim, Shaukat Ali (48), was assaulted by a group of locals at Madhupur weekly market in Biswanath district on Sunday and required hospitalisation, Superintendent of Police Rakesh Raushan said. A video of the incident that has gone viral showed a dazed Ali surrounded by some people who angrily demanded to know from him where he came from and whether his name figured in the contentious National Register of Citizens that intends to weed out illegal migrants. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAli, according to Raushan, was beaten up by locals not aligned to any fundamentalist organisation. Ali, who owns a food stall, claimed he was force-fed pork by the assailants, but police did not confirm it. “We have also heard about that. It is a matter of investigation. It is only after that has been done that I will be able to tell,” the SP said. A man was arrested in connection with the incident and questioned. Ali claimed he had been selling beef at the market for over three decades and never faced such a situation. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe group also beat up 42-year-old Kamal Thapa, the contractor of the market, for allowing Ali to sell beef dishes. Cow slaughter and consumption of beef is not banned in the state but the Assam Cattle Preservation Act, 1950, permits the slaughter of only cattle above 14 years of age after due certification by a veterinary officer. The Sunday’s incident came to light when a video shot by one among the group of assailants went viral on social media. A case was registered with the Biswanath Chariali police station on the complaint of the victim’s brother Sahabuddin Ali on Monday evening.last_img read more

Ohio State wrestling not overlooking Michigan as No 1 Penn State looms

Walking into the first practice of the week at the Steelwood Athletic Training Facility, it seems clear the Ohio State wrestling team does not lack confidence. With upcoming matches against rival Michigan and No. 1 Penn State, the Buckeyes are treating this week like any other. “We’re trying to keep everything the same,” said redshirt sophomore Drew Stone. “We did good against Illinois, so we’ll have to replicate everything like that.” Coming off a 25-9 win against the Fighting Illini Friday, the No. 6 Buckeyes (10-2, 4-2 Big Ten) will take on Michigan (8-5, 2-4 Big Ten) and the 2012 national champions, Penn State (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten), over the weekend. In their most recent matches, the Wolverines lost a close match to Purdue, 19-18, while the Nittany Lions crushed Illinois, 37-0. Although Michigan might not pose as big of a threat as Penn State does, OSU redshirt sophomore Logan Stieber said the team is not taking the Wolverines lightly. “We have to be ready for both teams and not be too up or down for the matches,” the defending 133-pound NCAA Champion said. “Penn State is No. 1 so that’s a big matchup, but Michigan is very good too, so we have to make sure we don’t look past them.” OSU coach Tom Ryan could not agree more, saying that the team needs to treat each opponent equally. “We have to prepare for everybody,” Ryan said. “We need to make sure we know what their strengths and weaknesses are and work hard.” Michigan has four wrestlers ranked in the top 20 in their respective weight classes. The Nittany Lions have eight, six of which are in the top five. “Right now they (Penn State) have a couple of individuals that are really good,” Ryan said. “I mean real good. They have a great coach. They’re committed to their program. They’re in a wrestling state. They have a lot of good things going on there but so do we. We look forward to wrestling them.” The Nittany Lions are not the only team with an impressive lineup, as the Buckeyes feature nine wrestlers ranked in the top 20, including two in the top five. Ryan said the Buckeyes will have to take advantage in the 133- and 141-pound weight classes, as those are the only two classes where Penn State does not have a top 20-ranked wrestler. “The lighter weights really have to step up,” Ryan said. “We have to pick up bonus points at 133 and 141.” Those weight classes at OSU are manned by the team’s highest-ranked wrestlers, Stieber, No. 1 at 133-poundsand his brother Hunter Stieber, No. 2 at 141-pounds. However, the Buckeyes will need to hold their ground against Penn State’s upper weight classes of 184- and 197-pounds. OSU redshirt freshman and 16th-ranked Kenny Courts will face off against junior and No. 1-ranked Ed Ruth in the 184-pound weight class. The 197-pound weight class features OSU sophomore and 13th-ranked Andrew Campolattano against No. 3-ranked Quentin Wright, a senior. Overall, Ryan said he wants his team to hold nothing back, as he expects the match to be a close one. “It could come down to a point here, a point there,” Ryan said. “We’re going to need a total team effort to beat these guys.” OSU is scheduled to travel to Ann Arbor to take on Michigan at 6 p.m. Friday and then heads home to battle Penn State at St. John Arena at 4 p.m. Sunday. read more