Celebrations to Rekindle Spirit of Patriotism

first_img The activities will formally close out ‘Jamaica 50’ celebrations Story Highlights The Government is looking at utilising culture as one of the country’s global competitive advantages UN has urged Jamaica to invest in their creative industries Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, says the administration is seeking to rekindle in Jamaicans, a spirit of patriotism and an appreciation of the country’s rich cultural heritage, through the Emancipation and Independence celebrations.“As an administration, it is important to us to give people the opportunity to understand their Independence, appreciate it, hold it, taste it, love it and we wanted, for those persons who are not able to get out there and see one of the big stage shows, to also give them the best of what Jamaica has to offer, both locally and internationally,” she said.Miss Hanna was addressing a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, at the agency’s headquarters in Kingston, on July 30.The Minister said coming out of Jamaica 50 events last year, the Government is looking at utilising culture as one of the country’s global competitive advantages, which is also consistent with its policy thrust.“Whether we want to believe it or not, the world puts a priceless value on Jamaican culture. People think it’s ‘cool’ to be Jamaican and we have to continue to build on that, grow it, harness it, keep our young people right here, build the performance arts centres for them, which we are committed to doing, and certainly turn this country around, using our culture,” she said.Miss Hanna noted that according to the United Nations (UN) Trade and Development Committees and Commissions, Jamaica’s culture is synonymous with “who we are as a people, and synonymous with culture in the world is Jamaica, and that we need to invest more in our culture and creative industries.”“So, it is against that background that we took a strategic thrust to, not only increase our budgetary allocations toward culture this year, and certainly festival activities, in our Estimates of Expenditure, but certainly to highlight our anniversaries, our journeys, and to open more museums. We’ve opened three museums before Independence, the Roxborough museum, the Seville museum, and the National museum of Jamaica,” she informed.A sum of $100 million has been budgeted for Emancipation and Independence celebrations 2013, which begin July 31 and end on Independence Day (August 6).The activities, to be held under the theme: ‘Celebrating Jamaica: Triumphant, Proud and Free’, will formally close out ‘Jamaica 50’ celebrations.The objectives of the celebrations are to: commemorate the country’s 51st year of political independence, and give Jamaicans an opportunity to collect keepsakes from ‘Jamaica 50’; offer presentations in dance, music, theatre and visual arts; and to recognise the National Heroes, Jamaican icons, and institutions.This year’s celebrations will also offer rich, wholesome family-oriented entertainment, with periods of reflection and discussion.The Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, in Kingston, will be the venue for all activities from August 1 to 5, which will be transformed into a ‘village’, opening each day at noon, with booths and stalls displaying craft, art, and other memorabilia.The Ministry will partner with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), for the major Emancipation celebration. The JNHT will be hosting the Emancipation Jubilee at Seville, in St. Ann, to kick-start this segment of the celebrations.Vigils will be held across parishes on July 31, followed by Mello Go Roun’ at Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on August 1; while August 2 will feature some of the most popular festival songs.The public is invited to select the top 20 Festival songs of the period, which in their opinion best depict the country’s independence journey, by texting to: 444- 2407, or online at www.jcdc.gov.jm. The top 20 songs will be performed on grand gala night by various artistes, and an overall winner announced.Meanwhile, the National Festival Queen Show will be held on August 3, followed on August 4, by the National Independence Thanksgiving Service at Bethel Baptist Church, beginning at 10:15 a.m., and the National Gospel Song Showcase, starting at 7:00 p.m.The World Reggae Dance competition will be staged on August 5, featuring contestants from other countries, such as Japan, Guadeloupe and Finland.Also, over the five days, there will be a “reasoning” session at 3:00 p.m. on a number of topics, such as skin bleaching; music and youth; and politics.Grand gala celebrations will take place on August 6, at the National Stadium, beginning at 5:00 p.m.last_img read more

Higher taxes for foreign investors from April 1

first_imgMumbai: Changes in the SEBI listing and prevention of insider-trading regulations, revisions in the double-taxation avoidance agreements (DTAAs) with Mauritius and Singapore are set to come into effect from April 1. The changes in DTAAs give India the right to tax capital gains arising on Indian equity shares sold by a Singapore or Mauritian resident All this may also help improve corporate governance standards for the listed companies in India. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Indian financial markets recently saw several cases of high volatility in companies, like Sun Pharma, DHFL and IL&FS, which created panic among retail investors. In all these, the role of the board came under lens. The modifications in the listing agreement will improve corporate governance by making relevant changes in the organisation of the board. Among the key regulations, which will come into effect, are that the top 1,000 listed companies will be required to have at least six directors on their board against three, prescribed by the Companies Act 2013. Besides, the top 500 will also need to have at least one independent woman director. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost Also, a director can hold that position in not more than the eight listed entities, while an individual will not be permitted to be independent director in more than seven companies. A detailed explanation will be required if an independent director resigns before completion of the term. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has also amended insider-trading regulations. As per the amendment, the definition of unpublished price sensitive information (UPSI) has been narrowed, allowing listed companies to share such information for board-determined legitimate purposes, but only if the disclosure is in the best interest of the company. While UPSI will help check insider-trading, the SEBI regulations have permitted flexibility by allowing block trade between insiders or between related parties within a company sharing same UPSI. The changes will also keep transactions undertaken due to a regulatory obligation and exercise of stock option at a pre-determined price out of the ambit of insider-trading. The new requirements with relation to SEBI regulations will also apply to intermediaries like auditors, accountancy firms, law firms, analysts and consultants. They’ll have to put in place internal controls to check insider-trading. Additionally, the concessional tax regime for investors under the earlier DTAAs for making investments into India via Singapore and Mauritius will cease to exist from April 1. India amended DTAAs with Singapore and Mauritius in 2016. It gave India the right to collect tax on capital gains arising on Indian equity shares sold by a Singapore or Mauritian resident.last_img read more

Civic volunteer found dead in Nadia

first_imgKolkata: A civic volunteer was found dead near his home at Hanskhali in Nadia on Monday morning. The victim has been identified as Srikumar Sharma, who is about 20-year-old.A bullet injury was found on the head of the man. The body has been sent for an autopsy examination. According to sources, on Monday morning, a woman saw that Sharma was sitting in a playground near his home at Bramhanpara in Hanskhali. She called him for some work but when Sharma did not respond, she reportedly put her hand on him and understood that Sharma was dead. Immediately she called some local residents, who informed Hanskhali police station. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe police arrived at the spot and removed his body. Sleuths noticed a bullet injury beside his ear. It is suspected that he had been shot dead at some other place in the locality. Later, the body was kept in a sitting posture. While talking to his family, sleuths came to know that Sharma left his home on Sunday around 8 pm. Since then there was no trace of him. According to sources, Sharma joined Hanskhali police station as a civic volunteer approximately four months ago. But, he was temporarily suspended as Sharma had violated the rules and regulations multiple times. He reportedly used to get absent without informing his superiors. Also, he used to leave the police stations without informing anyone. It is said he frequently got drunk and behaved badly with his family members. It is suspected that Sharma was murdered in a planned way. Sleuths are checking if he had any enmity with anyone.last_img read more

Contract killer involved in multiple murders arrested

first_imgNew Delhi: When Vijay Farmana went to meet his girlfriend in a mall in Lucknow, the other occupants of the Mall had no idea that he is a contract killer and wanted in 11 murders including 3 triple murders in Haryana until the Delhi Police team surrounded him armed with pistols.What followed was a filmy style confrontation between the cops and the criminal. He was finally overpowered with a loaded pistol that he pointed towards the Police team. “He is wanted in 11 murders including 3 triple murders and various cases of robberies and carjackings of luxury vehicles such as Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Innova and Creta which happened in last many years from Vasant Kunj, Saket, IGI Airport, NH 8 Gurgaon and so on. He is carrying a cash reward of Rs. 50,000 and 10,000 separately from Haryana and Rs 50,000 from Delhi on his arrest,” said Additional CP Crime Branch Rajiv Ranjan. According to police records, in March 2016, Vijay Farmana along with his associates Sumit Chitania, Deepak, Anil, and Amit had kidnapped three boys Rahul, Deepak, and Ashish from MIT Rohtak and murdered them and thrown their dead bodies in Gang Nahar. A case was registered in Sonipat Sadar, Haryana. In 2016 Vijay Farmana along with his associates Ramesh Pehalwan, Kaptain Amit Lamba, Naresh Bandri, Shila Kancha, Danney, and Hansraj committed triple murder in which they killed Rajesh, Gulab, and Naresh. A case in this regard was registered in Karnal. In Feb 2017, Vijay Farmana along with his associates Sumit Chitania, Sharad Pandey, Shila Panchi, Ajeet Fuaji, Sunil, Mohit, and Ramkaran committed triple murder in Gohana, Haryana, and thrown the dead bodies in Gang Nahar. Later, a case was registered in Gohana City, Haryana. “Vijay Farmana was also infamous for several car theft cases where the drivers were abducted on gunpoint and later thrown midway on roads,” said a Police officer.last_img read more

For worldchampion jumping rope and physics go handinhand

For an Ohio State first-year in physics, Tori Boggs knows a lot about jumping rope.Boggs is a nine-time world rope skipping champion and a two-time world record holder, the current captain of both Jump Company USA and the U.S. National Jump Rope team, and a member of the USA All-Star Ambassador Jump Rope team.“It’s one of those things where you absolutely have to see jump rope to believe it and you just get hooked at the first sight,” Boggs said.Jumping rope is nothing new to Boggs, a Parkersburg, W.Va., native. The 20-year-old has been involved in the sport since she was 5 when she walked into a jump roping event at the Junior Olympic tournament where her brother was participating in a Tae Kwon Do competition.“She went into a gym where they were jumping rope and saw it and didn’t want to leave,” said her mother and jump rope coach, Rochelle Boggs. The mother-daughter pair stumbled upon an advertisement in their local newspaper the following week for tryouts and have never looked back.“She’s my coach now, so we’ve grown in the sport together,” Tori Boggs said.But Tori Boggs is the only person to her knowledge on OSU’s campus who participates in competitive rope skipping, something that means she spends many weekends traveling to perform and compete with her various teams. OSU does not provide any resources for her jump roping, but she said she is “working on” getting jump roping to the point where it is associated with the university.Last year, Tori Boggs spent the summer as part of a circus. She said she might want to pursue performing as a career.“I did a holiday tour with “Cirque Dreams” so it was a national tour, so I toured for a few months and we went around and I jumped rope in the circus,” she said. “I’m (also) employed by Cirque de Soleil for special events.“Ultimately I want to be on a Cirque de Soleil tour.”Until that point, Tori Boggs said she has dreams of bettering the sport of rope skipping.“I’m going to switch to engineering so I can actually apply physics, but basically my motivation for (pursuing a degree) is that I love jump rope so much, my body knows exactly what I’m doing, my muscles know what they’re doing, but I don’t know how to explain it,” Boggs said. “So I want to look at the forces that jump rope places on our body. I want to be able to design a better handle for jumpers, I want to be able to design better shoes and understanding the surfaces that we jump on, like how does that affect our body?”She said currently she is involved with the biomechanics lab at the Wexner Medical Center where she does tricks and uses technology to show her where the forces on her joints are located.“I want to be able to develop better products and improve training methods, and then I’m pre-med, too, so maybe I can go to med school and use that. I don’t know, there’s a lot of options,” Tori Boggs said.With the inaugural 2013 Arnold Classic jump rope competition happening this weekend, she has been working overtime to recruit novice jumpers to register.“I’ve seen people just playing around with the ropes so I always give them Arnold papers and talk to them about jump rope,” she said.The competition is being co-chaired by Rochelle Boggs, and it will have three different competitive categories, encompassing all age groups and skill levels from those who have never jumped before to professionals like Tori Boggs. Other professional jump ropers are excited about the opportunities the weekend may bring.“Any sort of way that we can get the public to view the sport is really exciting,” said Jen Evans, a grand national champion and three-time world medalist who will be attending OSU next year to work on a doctorate of physical therapy. Evans is a Strongville, Ohio, native and currently attends Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio.“It’s really cool because I know that people from Columbus will be there and I’m hoping that it increases the awareness of jump rope,” Evans said. Rochelle Boggs said the new competition will fit in at the Arnold well.“The cool thing is it’s kind of like a natural progression to see jump rope get to the Arnold because Arnold is all about fitness and movement,” she said.The Arnold Jump Rope Fitness Competition will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. read more

Modric relishing special game against England at the World Cup

first_imgCroatia midfielder Luka Modric is relishing the prospect of taking on England for a place in the World Cup finalThe Real Madrid star has started all five of the side’s matches in the tournament and will be hoping to continue with his impressive form at Russia in order to keep up his bid to win the Golden Ball award.After playing over 240 minutes of football in their last knockout rounds against Denmark and Russia, Modric conceded that England may have an advantage over them heading into today’s encounter.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Always playing England is special,” said Modric, according to the Evening Standard.“They’re a great team, doing a great tournament so far, like us. They’re suffering less, but showed against Sweden the great quality they have and we’re expecting a tough match – but we will be ready.”While Harry Kane has scored six of England’s 11 goals, Croatia’s versatility may prove to be an advantage with the squad having had eight different scorers at the World Cup.last_img read more

We dont fear United – Francis

first_imgBournemouth defender Simon Francis insists he and his teammates have nothing to fear when they face Manchester United this weekend, saying perhaps they are favourites.The Cherries captain feels the team’s form suggests they may even be favourites against the Red Devils.Eddie Howe’s side host United on Saturday, the south coast side are currently sixth in the Premier League and three points ahead of their visitors.Francis said the team’s impressive start to the season could even suggest they’re favourites for the clash at Vitality Stadium.“There is certainly no fear factor. The form book would say we might be favourites going into the game,” he told The Mirror.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I don’t think we see it as a free hit any more, these kinds of games, because we believe we can beat them.“With the points we have accumulated so far even if we lose to Man United, people might think, ‘It’s OK, they have had a good start to the season’, but we don’t see it like that.“Even in our first season when we played the big teams, nobody would back us to get any points, but this is our fourth season and we have come a long way.”“These games are the ones we can grab by the scruff of the neck and take to Man United: The lads will be raring to go, are looking forward to every Premier League game and why not? We are on good form.“We will be at it from the start, pressing high and trying to win the ball back to give the fans something to get excited about.”last_img read more

Former Brighton boss is proud of Lewis Dunk

first_imgThe English center-back made his debut for the national team on Thursday night in the 3-0 win over the United StatesFormer Brighton and Hove Albion head of youth and manager Martin Hinshelwood couldn’t hide the fact that he felt pride for Lewis Dunk.Dunk played for the first time with the England senior national team in the 3-0 win over the United States at Wembley Stadium.“It made me feel very proud because I was just a small part of his career, along with many other people. I’m sure they’re also very proud of his performance on Thursday,” he told the Brighton official website.“He did very well and it was a good game for him to play. He made a couple of sloppy passes but that’s football. Overall, he was steady and didn’t look out of place.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“He didn’t look nervous. He did have some silly white boots on, but I suppose that’s part and parcel of the game now!” he added.“I thought he coped very well with the game and his family can be very proud of his performance.”“I text him afterward to say ‘well done, I hope it’s the first of many’. That was at about half-past ten, and then an hour later my phone went and he’d replied to my text to say ‘thank you very much’,” he commented.“A lot of people would have sent him a text, so if he hadn’t have come back to me then it wouldn’t have been a major problem — but it was great that he took the time to text me back.”last_img read more

NIB reports on increases for Contributors

first_img Related Items:increase contributors, NIB Bahamas NIB Manager remanded, charged with extortion Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Apr 2015 – While higher wage earners nationwide brace for the fact that more money will be taken out of their salaries to pay National Insurance Board costs after the announcement that the wage ceiling has been raised; the NIB is rolling out a list of payout increases which are set to take effect on April 15th for its contributors. Retirement Pension and Invalidity Pension minimums are now increased by $35 to $370 per month; Funeral Grant is increased by $190; so contributors get $2,190. Maternity Grant is up $50, to $550 per child and there will be a $20 per month increase to widows and widowers. There is also an increase for payments to children, at $10 more per month. Walter Gardiner of the NIB says now deceased children, for example as dependents of contributors will get $1,420 and not $1,300 for funeral grants. Bahamas Police denies suspect hide out in TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Walter Gardiner new CEO of NIBlast_img read more

First Day Of The Year Hike Planned In Homer

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska State Parks are encouraging Alaskans to celebrate the New Year by enjoying the great outdoors in their local state parks. The group will meet at the Eveline State Recreation Area parking lot, will then take East End Road past the McNeil Canyon School, take the left onto Alpine Meadow Drive and to the trailhead. According to the release from Alaska State Parks, the hike is easy to moderate, and all ages are welcome. The park services does ask you to leave your dogs at home. Local volunteer groups in Homer will be hosting a 3-mile round trip hike, ski or snowshoe in the Eveline State Recreation Site, Homer,  at 12 p.m., on January 1, 2018. Things you will need to bring skis/snowshoes/warm hiking boots (depending on conditions), and how you choose to participate in the hike.last_img read more