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Netball Jamaica denies media lockout

first_imgPresident of Netball Jamaica Paula Daley-Morris said the Sunshine Girls will be staging a number of closed-door training sessions in coming weeks as they prepare for their three-test series against Barbados later this month. Daley-Morris made the announcement after the media was locked out of the team’s training session at the National Arena last Friday afternoon. This after the sending home three players last Wednesday for what the association describes as inappropriate behaviour. However, Daley-Morris said the move was not unusual, and the team had a close-door training session. “They had a closed-door training. It was not locked out,” said Daley-Morris. “They have a series coming up and she (Coach Jermaine Allison-McCracken) was working on her system. She’s a new coach and she’s trying to put her system in place. If the media had told us before, we would have let them in. It’s a closed-door training. She doesn’t need any spectators at this minute,” Daley-Morris said. COACHES FREE TO DO AS THEY WISH She added that coaches are at liberty to have closed-door sessions whenever they want. “If they (the media) went and they said we are working on systems and we don’t want anyone in there right now, coaches can do that. The media just popped up like that. It’s mischief. It’s total mischief someone is making, and it needs to stop,” she added. However, Allison-McCracken said she was very surprised by the move. “I don’t know anything about it, and if that’s the decision, it’s not necessarily my decision. I am led by Mr (Wayne) Lewis, and if they made the decision that they don’t want the press there, then that is their prerogative,” said Allison-McCracken. “This is my not area; my area is preparing the girls for competition,” she said. Lewis, who is Netball Jamaica’s communications director, said he was also surprised when told of what transpired. “I will investigate it and I will speak to the powers that be and find out exactly what transpired why that decision was made,” said Lewis. “We have no intentions of doing this because it must be a one-off situation, and I will find out exactly what transpired and motivate them to make that decision,” he said.last_img read more

Stranded Passengers Challenge Transport Ministry

first_imgMarketers and others that travel between central Monrovia and other parts of the country daily are calling on Government to bring in more buses to help ease the transportation constraint.Some stranded commuters who spoke to the Daily Observer recently on McDonald Street stressed that the limitation of commercial vehicles in the city is posing a serious problem for them.Jenifer Peterson, a resident of Old Road said, “We find it difficult both in the morning and evening hours to get cars, and such [should] not always be the case.  Government must try to reduce this stress by bringing in more buses that we can ride and pay as done in the case of NTA.”As economic and social activities are centralized in Monrovia at the national level, so it is with activities in Monrovia.Most social and economic activities are concentrated in central Monrovia.  The majority of people from outside Monrovia come to the central to work and sell, which causes overcrowdedness during rush hours.In the morning, those living outside Monrovia fight for transportation to central Monrovia, and this creates transportation constraint for them.As drivers see the demand for transport, they add the already skyrocketing fare up to double the stipulated price, and commuters are compelled to pay as staying out late may be dangerous for them also.Jenifer added, “We normally pay LRD$25 from Broad Street to Old Road. But now we pay a little over that. I think if there were enough cars in the streets, there would be competition and fares will drop,” she said.Robert Dennis, student of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) and a resident of Duport Road Community said the Ministry of Transport should put in place mechanism to help solve the transportation crisis.He recommended that the ministry brings in more vehicles in the country for commercial use since there are more passengers than vehicles.“This is a serious issue. To get to school on time as students, we have to wake up as early as 5 a.m. every morning to fight for car. In the evening it becomes difficult for every one of us again, and we can’t boycott our classes. So we need the Government of Liberia to please respond to our concern,” he pleaded.For his part Bobby Manneh, a businessman and a resident of the S.D. Cooper Road community, stressed that it is disheartening that over the years, the issue of transportation has continued to fall on deaf ears.“I am sure this will not be the first time we speak about issues concerning our transport system or the challenges we face on a daily basis. Why has the government decided to remain quiet on the whole issue? We have spoken on this many times.”Manneh also noted that in addition to the difficulty in getting car to bring them to town and take them back to their communities, self designed transport fares by drivers was causing problem for the common people.He observed that the Ministry of Transport has not been strict in regulating fares in Monrovia, but drivers have been left to do as they please.Also speaking to this paper, Titus Summerville attributed the difficulty associated with transport to traffic congestion that occurs in the morning and evening.He said, “Leaving central Monrovia to ELWA Junction takes 30 minutes, but because traffic becomes heavy in the morning and evening, we stay up to 1 hour,” he said.Matthew Sayweh, a commercial driver who runs between Broad Street and Old Road also pleaded with the Government of Liberia to import more vehicles to create competition in the transportation business.“We need more people in the transportation field, so if the Ministry brings in more cars and puts system in place to board, it will help us the drivers.Frankly speaking, cars limited in the street and it is a serious issue,” he pointed out.He also noted that “The prices are increased because of the US rate. When the rate is high, we will have to increase fare because prizes of fuel and gasoline can rise.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BCCI threatens to call off NZ series, Lodha clarifies

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 4 (PTI) With the BCCI threatening to call off the ongoing series between India and New Zealand, the Justice R M Lodha led panel today clarified that they didnt direct the banks to freeze the accounts of the Board and it carry on with its routine expenses. Fuming at the defiance of its recommendations, the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha panel had “directed” banks, where BCCI holds accounts, not to disburse “large” funds to the state associations, a decision taken by the Board at its Special General Meeting on September 30. However, Lodha clarified: “We have not frozen the accounts of BCCI, we have directed the BCCI to not disburse funds to the state association. Day to day affairs, routine expenditure, matches, games, that should go on. There is absolutely no prohibition.” The BCCI, however, argued that state associations were depended on the parent body for organising matches and they were unable to carry on their functioning in the wake of the latest directive from the Lodha panel, affecting their preparations for the upcoming games in the ongoing series against New Zealand. “The members are pained at the treatment meted out to them. They are depended on BCCIs funds for organising matches. So far seven associations have communicated their inability to host games in the home season while nine of them have inquired about the matter. If things are the way they are, the series (against New Zealand) could called off by today evening,” a senior BCCI official told PTI. “There is too much interference at the moment. People need to realise India has become a cricketing super power under BCCIs administration. We are the only sports body which has not taken a single penny from anyone including the government. We have created all the infrastructure on our own,” the senior Board functionary added. The all out war between Lodha panel and BCCI took an uglier turn after the panel, in its letter yesterday, told the banks to block BCCIs payments to the state bodies. “It has come to the notice of this Committee that certain decisions have been taken at the Emergent Working Committee meeting of the BCCI on 30th September 2016 to disburse large funds to the various member associations,” the panel had written. “You are also aware that the BCCI has chosen to breach the judgment of the Honble Supreme Court as well as the first set of Timelines set out by this Committee which includes the Fund Disbursement policy to be framed by 30.9.2016. “As the status report is to be taken up for directions by the Honble Court on Thursday, 6.10.2016, you are hereby directed not to take any steps towards financial disbursement of the amounts as resolved/approved after the direction dated 31.8.2016. Any violation of this direction will be placed before the Honble Supreme Court for appropriate directions,” it added. PTI ATK BS ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Farmers Urged to Boost Output to Ensure Food Security

first_imgAs the Government moves to institute a Food and Nutrition Policy for Jamaica, the country’s farmers are again being urged to increase their output to support this and other efforts to safeguard the nation’s food security.Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, who made the call during the Jamaica Agricultural Society’s (JAS) 118th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Wednesday, July 10, at the Denbigh showground in May Pen, Clarendon, said the administration is “determined” to develop the policy, to ensure “that our people have available and reasonably priced, nutritious foods.”The Minister said, however, that this requires that the farmers “lead by example” by boosting outputs as well as diversifying production to support the policy’s objectives.He cited as examples, “unfulfilled” markets for crops such as sweet potato, dasheen, corn, and red peas, and urged for focus on cultivating these produce.Minister Clarke also underscored the need for farmers to be guided as to the appropriate periods for planting certain crops, so as to prevent gluts, and provided with assistance in establishing market linkages.“The Jamaica Agricultural Society must assist to establish the linkages. The farmers have to come together so that you can find a way to make that linkage, and we are going to work together. I am prepared to work with the JAS in a very, very serious way, to address…that marketing problem,” the Minister assured.Mr. Clarke, in the meantime, urged the farmers to increase their support for the JAS to enable the organisation to maximize its contributions to the sector.He said that of the island’s approximately 230,000 active farmers, only 80,000 are affiliated with the JAS, and of that amount, only 15,000 have fulfilled their obligations to the entity, thus ensuring that their membership is up-to-date.“If the farmers of this country cannot support their organisation…something is radically wrong. I must congratulate JAS on being 118 years old, but you are going to have to up the ante now. You are going to have to begin to chart a new way of doing things because things and times have changed; so you must start to believe in your organisation once more,” Mr. Clarke said.JAS President, Senator Norman Grant, assured that the organisation is “prepared to work” with the Ministry and its agencies to ensure it contributes to maximizing the sector’s outputs.Contact: Douglas McIntoshlast_img read more

Calcutta HC dismisses PILs on Biswa Bangla

first_imgKolkata: Calcutta High Court dismissed two Public Interest Litigations (PILs) on Thursday, seeking an investigation by the Central agencies into the controversial “Biswa Bangla” trademark.The division bench, headed by Chief Justice TBN Radhakrishnan dismissed the Public Interest Litigations and gave clean chit to Abhishek Banerjee, TMC MP and the national president of the All India Trinamool Youth Congress, who submitted an affidavit on the directive of the court. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe petitioners had alleged wrongful usage of Biswa Bangla trademark and that Abhishek had incurred unlawful gains. It was further alleged that the unlawful usage had amounted to draining of the public exchequer. The issue came before the high court after Mukul Roy kicked up a controversy over the Biswa Bangla trademark at a rally held in Kolkata on November 10, 2017, by alleging that the Chief Minister’s nephew was the real owner of the most identifiable mark of the state government.last_img read more

Bob Barker To Congress Stop NIHs Cruel Experiments On Baby Monkeys

first_imgAs Congress deliberates the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) budget bill for next year, every single member will receive a video message starring Bob Barker — but it’s no The Price Is Right retrospective.In a new video for PETA, the 91-year-old television icon calls for an end to NIH’s expensive, much-criticized maternal-deprivation experiments on infant monkeys.“At this government facility in Maryland, hundreds of baby monkeys are torn from their mothers,” Barker explains in the video, which goes on to reveal how experimenters subject the baby monkeys to years of experiments designed to cause, worsen, and measure their severe fear, depression, and anxiety. These experiments have never led to the development of treatments for human mental illness, but they’ve continued for more than 30 years, costing taxpayers more than $30 million in just the past seven years alone.“This project is approved to continue until 2017, but it needs to stop right now,” Barker concludes in the video. “Please be a champion for animals, taxpayers, and public health by acting now to help end the NIH’s abusive and wasteful experiments on baby monkeys.”In December, compassionate members of Congress called on NIH to conduct a thorough scientific and ethical review of the cruel experiments. In January, U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard and Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell co-hosted PETA’s standing-room-only congressional briefing on the cruelty of the experiments, their inapplicability to human health, and the superior non-animal research methods available to study mental illness. PETA has also enlisted the support of scientists such as Dr. Jane Goodall, celebrity psychotherapist Dr. Jenn Berman, conservative strategist Mary Matalin, members of Congress, and hundreds of thousands of citizens.For more information, please visit PETA.org/NIHChildAbuse.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Login/Register With: All featured products are curated independently by our editors. When you buy something through our retail links, we may receive a commission. (Photo: Courtesy of JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty Images) Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Recently a photographer friend sent me a video that appears to reveal clever tricks food stylists use to make certain dishes look more enticing on camera. It’s equal parts fascinating and horrifying: shoe polish brushed on chicken to make it look perfectly browned, fabric protector misted over pancakes to prevent the butter and syrup from soaking in, mashed potatoes tinged with food coloring and scooped to look like ice cream because the real thing melts too quickly, and white glue substituting for almost anything (e.g., chocolate syrup, melted cheese, and frosting).The problem is, most real food stylists don’t do any of this crazy stuff—at least not since digital photography became the norm. Sure, they handle food differently than you or I might at home since it’s their job to make it look tempting for a professional photo shoot, but some minimal corrections also happen in the editing room.That’s why we asked a couple of experts to share some of the creative tricks food stylists use to entice you.last_img read more