2008 X-Blades National Youth Championships

first_imgInformation about the 2008 X-Blades National Youth Championships (NYC) is now available. The information includes:* Draft Draw* Draft Finals Structure* Pools and seedings* Initial Team ListsTo view the documents, please visit the 2008 X-Blades National Youth Championships website – www.nationalyouthchamps.comlast_img

30 Years of National Competition – part two

first_imgIn this edition, we look back at the National Championships held between 1985 through to 1988, as well as the All Stars of Touch teams selected from the events. During the fifth Australian National Championships in Melbourne in 1985, the inaugural Trans Tasman series was played. Australia took out both the Men’s and Masters divisions against the Kiwis, 4-1 and 3-0 respectively. The Championships was the first in Victoria, being held at the South Melbourne Cricket Club in St Kilda. Peter Rooney recalls the reason why Melbourne was chosen in 1985:“The superiority of Melbourne over the other venues was in no small part helped by the closeness of accommodation to the grounds and the superb setting of the location at that time of the year,” Rooney said. The divisions were extended in 1985 to include the Mixed Open division, Men’s Over 30’s and an interstate challenge introduced between New South Wales and Queensland in the Over 40’s. The major surprise was the Queensland Men’s Open team defeating New South Wales to win the Championship title for the first time in history. Queensland won by one touchdown in the Men’s Open, 2-1, while the Queensland’s Women’s team came agonisingly close in their final. The score was level at full time, and as extra time couldn’t determine a winner, New South Wales was awarded the title due to their higher placement on the ladder. The sixth National Championships were held in Glenelg, South Australia in March 1986. As Peter Rooney explains, the opening ceremony was timed to coincide with the arrival of the Queen and Prince Phillip at Glenelg. “But it was not to be. History records that a fierce southerly forced the Royal barge to skip the Glenelg landing and detour via Port Adelaide. This meant the opening march – an impressive affair – was minus many of its intended spectators,” Rooney said. New South Wales were unstoppable in 1986, beating Queensland in all the seven divisions contested, including the Over 40 Challenge. Queensland’s Women’s Open team came close to an upset again, going down to New South Wales in a shootout decider, after beating their southern rivals for the first time in history during the round games. The Queensland Over 35’s side was the only team to beat the defending champions, New South Wales, when the National Championships moved to Perth in April 1987. Queensland came agonisingly close in the Men’s Open division, with the final result of the final 4-all, with New South Wales declared victors due to their higher placing on the competition table. The Women’s Open division saw New South Wales defeat Queensland by one touchdown, 2-1, while they were convincing winners over the ACT in the Mixed Open final, 7-0. New South Wales were three touchdown winners in the Men’s 30’s division, 5-2, and also won the Men’s 40’s division by one touchdown, with Queensland being the runners up in both divisions. 1988 saw the return of the National Championships to Carrara, Gold Coast, and the Queensland teams made the most of the home crowd advantage, with Queensland displacing New South Wales as the Champion state for the first time in history, winning five of the eight divisions. Ken Irvine from the Gold Coast Bulletin reported on the history making Women’s Open side’s grand final win in his article:“A resounding 5-1 victory over arch rivals, New South Wales, enabled the Maroons to break the Blues’ stranglehold on the trophy since the inception of the national titles in 1980.”“The Maroons completed a great double when the Men’s Open team downed New South Wales 3-1. The victory gave Queensland only their second National Men’s Open title in eight years.”Queensland’s Women’s Open captain Kerry Norman had been in the team since 1982 and remembers her team’s win fondly. “We used to get beaten by New South Wales, and then 1988 when it went back to the Gold Coast we finally beat New South Wales, that was awesome,” Norman said. 1988 also saw the naming of the first two inductees into the Hall of Fame, with New South Wales’ Karen Smith and Queensland’s Terry Jacks receiving the honour. 1985 All Stars of TouchJohn Christopher (NSW), Mark Hornery (NSW), Terry Jacks (QLD), Paul Wilson (QLD), Karen Smith (NSW), Kerry Norman (QLD), Terry Starr (NSW), Ron Wall (NSW), John Bonetti (NSW), Dennis Dwyer (NSW), Geoff Vigors (NSW), Steven Stokes (NT).  Coach of the Year: Alan Satchell (QLD), Manager of the Year: Peter McNeven (QLD), Referee of the Year: Innes McDougal (ACT), Official of the Year: Bobette Wilkinson (VIC – Manageress). 1986 All Stars of Touch Mark Boland (NSW), Garry Lawless (ACT), Michael Burke (QLD), Eddie Basile (NSW), John Christopher (NSW), Kendra Hall (ACT), Steven Clements (NSW), Greg Devitt (NSW), Michael Jonson (NSW), Arthur Tsakissiris (QLD), Karyn Coombes (QLD), Joanne Henwood (NSW), Craig Pierce (QLD). Coach of the Year: Graham Rogers (ACT), Manager of the Year: Ian Curtis (NSW), Referee of the Year: Lance Harrigan (NSW), Official of the Year: Phil Smith (ATA – Life Membership). 1987 All Stars of TouchMark Boland (NSW), Andy Yiangou (NSW), Steve Vickery (NSW), Geoff Wardrobe (NSW), Mark Hearndon (NSW), Kerry Norman (QLD), Karen Smith (NSW), Tim McKee (WA), Cathy Pearle (NSW), Mark Ostwald (QLD), Mick Casey (NSW), Jacquie Anthony (NSW), Rodney Thorogood (QLD).Coach of the Year: Bob White (NSW), Manager of the Year: Peter McNeven (QLD), Referee of the Year: Mick Cook (NSW), Official of the Year: Chris Carstens (Tasmania – Administrator).1988 All Stars of TouchAnita Vincent (QLD), Bob Brindell (QLD), Brett Yates (QLD), Dean Russell (NSW), Gary Wakefield (QLD), Jason Gregory (ACT), Judy Malcolm (NSW), Kerry Norman (QLD), Meg Salisbury (NSW), Peter Buckland (QLD), Scott Notley (QLD), Sharon Mitchell-Cowan (QLD), Stacey Gregory (NSW), Terry Jacks (QLD).Coach of the Year: Des Noble (SA), Manager of the Year: Gwynne Ker (QLD), Referee of the Year: Des Charman (QLD), Official of the Year: Dr Paul Webb (ATA – Technical Director). Stay tuned to the TFA website for upcoming editions on the history of the National Championships. Touch Football Australia is calling on the Touch Community far and wide to celebrate 30 years of National Championships. Have you booked your tickets to the 30 Year Celebration Breakfast to be held on Sunday, 14 March, the day after the 2010 XBlades National Touch League? Call Touch Football Australia on (02) 6212 2800 to book your seat.last_img read more

2013 ACT Super League

first_imgTouch Football ACT’s 2013 Super League season will commence on Thursday, 3 October at the Deakin Playing Fields and will be contested by Canberra’s best teams over nine rounds.The Canberra City Bears, Tuggeranong Vikings, Woden Eagles and the Belconnen Phoenix will battle it out again this season in the Women’s division, while the South East Tigers will join the Bears, Vikings, Eagles and Phoenix in the Men’s division. Last year saw an exciting finals showcase with the Eagles defeating the Phoenix by one touchdown, while the Vikings were three touchdown winners in the Women’s final. Rounds one and two will be played on the opening night of the competition, with the season running through to the end of November, with finals to be played on Saturday, 23 November. For news, fixtures and results from the 2013 Super League stay tuned to Touch Football ACT’s website:http://www.acttouch.com.au/ Related LinksACT Super Leaguelast_img read more

10 months agoMourinho: Fragile Salah has seen amazing development at Liverpool

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Mourinho: Fragile Salah has seen amazing development at Liverpoolby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah for the strides he’s made since they were together at Chelsea.United face Salah and Liverpool today at Anfield.“I think he has developed incredibly well at every level since Chelsea. Physically an amazing development,” says Mourinho.“He was a fast, fragile boy and now he is a fast strong man. He was psychologically not adapted coming direct from a small club in Switzerland like Basel to a big club in England and the Premier League when he signed for Chelsea. It was too much.“I remember I played him at White Hart Lane against Tottenham and at The Etihad against Manchester City and it was too much for him.“Now he plays everywhere against any team. He can go to Barcelona, he can go to Madrid, he plays like “I am Mo-Mo-Salah and I am afraid of no-one and nobody.”“His levels of experience in Italy and coming back to the Premier League , he is a fantastic player, a completely different to the potential player we brought from Basel to Chelsea.“He was a project player, now he is one of the best players in the world. So I don’t think the fact I know him helps me because I knew a project player, and now he is a top player.“But every match we try to analyse opponents, the strengths and the weaknesses, and when you go to Liverpool they have many strengths, but of course he is nuclear in strength.“So do we have to speak and think about him? Yes, I think we have to think about him. Of course we have to think about him and think of the best way to cope with a fantastic player like he is.” last_img read more

Former N.C. State Star, ACC Broadcaster Julius Hodge Says Wolfpack Better Than UNC, Duke

first_imgFormer NC State star Julius Hodge.N.C. State currently sits at 17-11 overall and 8-7 in ACC play, and are “on the bubble” for an NCAA Tournament bid. Helping the Wolfpack’s case is the fact they beat No. 4 Duke back in January and knocked off No. 15 North Carolina on the road last night. But former Pack star and ACC Digital Network analyst Julius Hodge doesn’t feel the rivalry wins merely strengthen his alma mater’s NCAA tournament resume. Rather, he feels N.C. State is the clear-cut No. 1 team in the North Carolina “Triangle” that includes the Wolfpack, Duke and UNC. The PACK beat Duke/UNC by double figures. We are 2-1 in the triangle, Duke 1-1, UNC 1-2. The Pack backcourt dominated Duke/UNC’s. I’M RIGHT!— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) February 25, 2015I’m not a crazy off the hinges fan. My statements are backed by stats, eye test and are factual. The Pack is currently top dawg in TRIANGLE.— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) February 25, 2015Former Duke star Nolan Smith respectfully disagreed with Hodge.@Follow24Hodge just means yall show up for in state games. Lol.. Make them show up every night! — Nolan Smith (@NdotSmitty) February 25, 2015Hodge then offered up some love for the Heels and Blue Devils.@NdotSmitty means we show up vs the BEST. *tips my cap* lol— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) February 25, 2015Agree with Hodge or not, one thing is certain. Basketball season on Tobacco Road is always fun.last_img read more

Video: Bret Bielema Called The Hogs On Stage At A Country Concert Last Night

first_imgBret Bielema calls the hogs on stage at country show.Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema will be entering year three of his stay in Fayetteville, and many believe that he has the Razorbacks on the right path to competing for titles in the uber-tough SEC West. It looks like he’s also got the marketing part of the job down. Friday night, Bielema joined country singer Justin Moore on stage in North Little Rock to call the hogs. Fans in attendance took videos of the event.#WPS @JustinColeMoore @BretBielema pic.twitter.com/GlWOyxbbkE— Amber Hipp (@bumblebee9806) February 28, 2015Coach Bret Bielema in plaid and cowboy boots calling the Hogs on stage with Justin Moore. pic.twitter.com/8SbfCuigu6— Elicia Dover (@EliciaDover) February 28, 2015The Razorbacks kick off their 2015 campaign September 5 against UTEP.last_img

Arsenal-linked Umtiti expecting Barcelona stay

first_imgSamuel Umtiti is expecting to stay at Barcelona this summer, despite seeing a “difficult season” spark talk of a possible move to Arsenal.The France international is only a year out from helping his country to World Cup glory.He was already regarded as one of the finest centre-halves on the planet at that point, with success in Russia only serving to cement that standing. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? An injury-ravaged 2018-19 campaign has, however, seen questions asked of his value at Camp Nou.Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet have formed a solid partnership at the heart of Barcelona’s defence, leaving others on the outside looking in.That has led to talk of Umtiti heading for the exits, with the Premier League mooted as a potential landing spot, but the 25-year-old insists he is not looking for a new challenge.He told Hypebeast: “The quality of life is great. For me, it’s the best place to play and live. “The place, the mentality of the people, my team, the players that I meet daily, frankly I could not have dreamt of better. “Every day I feel happy to live my passion, and what’s more to do that here in Barcelona. “The adaptation went very well, I was very well received. They were very cool with me, even though I did not speak too much Spanish we managed to understand each other and everyone helped me a lot.”Samuel Umtiti France World Cup 2018Umtiti believes he is over the fitness issues which have led to him taking in enforced spells on the sidelines.He made just 13 starts in La Liga last season, but feels he is ready to kick on into 2019-20, saying: “I’m better.“It’s true that it was a difficult season due to the injury but I knew it was going to happen, that there had to be a transition because I had a lot of difficulties during the World Cup.“I think it was a good thing and it was worth it.“At the end of the season I was able to play again and I recovered my fitness. Now I will prepare for the next season and be at 200%.”If Umtiti is to stay put, then the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United – who have been linked with him on a regular basis in recent windows – will have to turn their sights elsewhere.last_img read more

Sources: Freiburg makes bid for Rapids teenager Bassett

first_imgBundesliga side SC Freiburg has made a summer transfer bid for Colorado Rapids teenager Cole Bassett, sources have confirmed to Goal.The 17-year-old central midfielder has enjoyed a breakout season with the Colorado Rapids, earning regular minutes as one of the youngest players in Major League Soccer. Bassett has started nine matches for the Rapids in 2019, registering a goal and two assists.Any transfer of Bassett to Freiburg would have to wait until July 28 — when Bassett turns 18 — to be finalized. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Bassett has been on Freiburg’s radar since he spent time training with the Bundesliga club after the 2018 MLS season, making a strong enough impression to emerge as a transfer target.Having just turned pro in August 2018 after signing a five-year homegrown player contract with the Rapids, Bassett played sparingly in 2018, but has been a regular for the Rapids in 2019. He has continued to earn playing time even after the team fired former coach Anthony Hudson, replacing him with interim coach Conor Casey, who has helped lead the Rapids to an undefeated record (4-0-2) since taking charge.A heck of a way to score your first goal. @ColoradoRapids are level.#COLvDAL // #DecisionDay by @ATT https://t.co/3KPYRzkXaP— Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 28, 2018Freiburg is no stranger to young American talent, having signed U.S. Under-20 national team standout Alex Mendez in 2018, and having previously signed current U.S. national team goalkeeper Zack Steffen as a teenager before he eventually moved to Major League Soccer to sign with the Columbus Crew (Steffen has since moved on to Manchester City in a $10 million deal).If Bassett does make a move to Freiburg, he would become the latest in a wave of American teenagers to make the jump to Germany, following a path taken by the likes of Bayern Munich and U.S. Under-20 defender Chris Richards, Hannover 96 teammates and U.S. Under-20 standouts Sebastian Soto and Chris Gloster, and RB Leipzig and U.S. national team midfielder Tyler Adams, who enjoyed a successful move to the Bundesliga in January at the age of 19.The flow of American teenagers moving to Bundesliga clubs is already set to continue this summer, with U.S. Under-20 winger Ulysses Llanez set to complete his move to Wolfsburg in July, and U.S. Under-17 star Giovanni Reyna set to finalize his move to Borussia Dortmund in July as well.last_img read more

4-Star Recruit Tyler Baron Announces Top 5 Schools

first_img The four-star defensive end shared his list on social media.Here is the official announcement from his Twitter account:Blessings from the highest🙇🏽‍♂️”FINAL FIVE” pic.twitter.com/eeFETQ3sGJ— Tyler Baron (@Tylerbaron23) August 9, 2019All five programs in the sweepstakes for Baron are in a ‘Power Five’ conference.It’s not shocking to see that Tennessee is firmly in the mix for the talented recruit. After all, he plays high school football at Knoxville Catholic.The most surprising team on Baron’s list is Kentucky. Mark Stoops has done an incredible job of building up the football program to a very respectable status.Ohio State, Oklahoma and Oregon shouldn’t be dismissed from Baron’s recruitment process. However, 247Sports’ crystal ball predictions have Tennessee earning his commitment. A closeup of a Nike football on the field during a game.NORMAN, OK – OCTOBER 1: A general view of the game football taken during the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Kansas State Wildcats on October 1, 2005 at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners won 43-21. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Tyler Baron isn’t ready to decide where he’ll be playing college football yet, but the four-star recruit did announce important news regarding his recruitment.Baron is the No. 3 strong-side defensive end and No. 101 overall recruit in his class, per 247Sports. He received scholarship offers from 37 programs thus far.Even though a plethora of programs extended offers to Baron, only five teams remain in the hunt for his commitment.On Friday, Baron announced the top five schools that are still in consideration. The five programs on his list are Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Kentucky and Tennessee.last_img read more

26 children received Bal Shakti Purashkar 2019 by WCD

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 17, 2019UPDATED: January 17, 2019 15:52 IST Out of 783 application for Bal Shakti Purashkar in 2019 only 26 awardees are shortlisted by the women and child development to recognize their exceptional contribution in various fieldsThe Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry shortlisted 26 children for the National Award 2019 on Wednesday.The kids are shortlisted for their exceptional achievement in the fields of innovation, sports, arts, social service, or any other area deserving recognition.Bal Shakti Purashkar 2019 The WCD Ministry has shortlisted 26 awardees, including one joint award for the National Child Award (now renamed as Bal Shakti Puraskar), under the category of innovation, scholastic, sports, art and culture, social service and bravery.A total of 783 applications received the Baal Shakti Puruskar this year.The National Selection Committee has also finalised the names of two individuals and three institutions under the National Child Welfare Awards category.Recent pattern of distributing the Bal Shakti Purashkar Under the present format, awards will be given in two categories of Bal Shakti Puruskar to individuals and Bal Kalyan Puraskar for institutions or individuals working for children.Previous format of shortlisting children for Bal Shakti Purashkar In the past, the National Bravery Awards were organised by an NGO named Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW), according to an official statement.According to the ministry, the financial integrity of the ICCW was recently questioned by the Delhi High Court during the hearings of a writ petition.The government then dissociated itself from the ICCW and revamped the scheme of the National Awards for children last year to include bravery as an additional component in the Pradhan Mantri National Children Awards, the statement said.Also read: Narendra Modi led cabinet approves Rs 3,600 crore to construct 13 central universitiesadvertisementAlso read: Reading competition for school students in India launched by Oxford University Press: How to participateGet 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 byKajari Goswami 26 children received Bal Shakti Purashkar 2019 by WCDOut of 783 application for Bal Shakti Purashkar in 2019 only 26 awardees are shortlisted by the women and child development to recognize their exceptional contribution in various fieldsadvertisementlast_img read more

Kusal Perera take a bow: R Ashwin lauds Sri Lankan match-winner after Durban Test heroics

first_imgKusal Perera take a bow: R Ashwin lauds Sri Lankan match-winner after Durban Test heroicsSouth Africa vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Durban: Kusal Perera played a match-winning innings of 153 not out to guide Sri Lanka to a marvellous 1-wicket win.advertisement India Today Web Desk DurbanFebruary 16, 2019UPDATED: February 16, 2019 19:59 IST South Africa vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Durban: Kusal Perera played one of the best-ever Test knocks to guide Sri Lanka to victory. (@OfficialSLC Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKusal Perera scored 153 not out to take Sri Lanka to 1-wicket win over South Africa in Durban TestPerera stitched a 78-run stand with the last man Vishwa FernandoSri Lanka now lead the two-Test series 1-0Brief scores – Sri Lanka (191 & 304/9) beat South Africa (235 & 259) by 1 wicket to take an unassailable 1-0 lead in 2-match series. Kusal Perera (153*), Dhananjaya de Silva (48), Keshav Maharaj (3/71). ScorecardKusal Perera pulled off a miracle against South Africa in the Durban Test on Saturday as he played an unbeaten innings of 153 runs to script a memorable one-wicket win for Sri Lanka. With the win, Sri Lanka took an unassailable 1-0 against South Africa in the two-match Test series.The form and state of Sri Lankan cricket is such at the moment that none expected this miracle, perhaps apart from Perera and that dressing room. Perera stitched a 78-run stand with the 11th man Vishwa Fernando to take Sri Lanka home.Fernando played a very crucial role, sticking out there for 27 deliveries and scoring just 6 runs, clearly supporting Perera. Perera on the other hand, played with skill, gusto and bravado to lead Sri Lanka to victory with an unbeaten 153 off 200 deliveries.As soon as Perera struck the winning boundary, he let go of his bat and raised both his hands in the air, looking up and eyes closed, it was relief, it was passion and it was ecstasy — all at once. He was soon joined on the field for celebration by his teammates and they will not stop anytime soon.It was a marvellous display of Test cricket and India’s premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin did not hold back in applauding the beauty of that win and the format.”Did someone say Test cricket is dying?? Sri Lanka!!! you beauty, take a bow Kusal Perera and well done to @IamDimuth for a historic win. #SAvSL congrats @RusselArnold69,” Ashwin tweeted.advertisementDid someone say test cricket is dying?? Sri Lanka!!! you beauty, take a bow Kusal Perera and well done to @IamDimuth for a historic win. #SAvSL congrats @RusselArnold69Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) February 16, 2019Twitter could not stop raving about Perera’s magical knock, one that will go down as one of the greatest Test knocks ever.he’s bloody done it!!! what a knock, SL win by 1 wicket, Kusal Perera has played an absolute blinder!mark butcher (@markbutcher72) February 16, 2019KUSAL PERERA! Remember the name. one of the greatest Test wins of alltime. one of the lifetime innings. what a win for the young Sri Lanka against all odds. Incredible teams effort. a Test captaincy debut to remember for Dimuth. Test cricket at it’s absolute best. @IamDimuthDaniel Alexander (@daniel86cricket) February 16, 2019Well played Kusal Perera and @OfficialSLC that was a knock for the ages. Gripping test cricket. Gosh I hope test cricket continues to be this good all year as we’ve seen in the last three weeks.ian bishop (@irbishi) February 16, 2019I never thought I would get to see a better test knock than Kevin Pietersen’s 186 at Wankhede, but this knock from Kusal Perera at Durban easily surpassed it. Un-freaking-believable. #SAvSLAbhishek (@Sajjanlaunda) February 16, 2019Test cricket at it’s best!!Take a bow,Kusal Perera #SAvSL pic.twitter.com/NuBUtx5nT3deepak (@DpkYdv17) February 16, 2019Hands down the best test knock I’ve ever witnessed live. Yes, I haven’t witnessed @VVSLaxman281 281 against Australia. But this should go down as the greatest test knock of all time. KUSAL PERERA , take a bow. #SAvSL pic.twitter.com/oORz9Pi9S4Anish Mainali (@AnishMainali) February 16, 2019From Kumar Sangakkara to Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lanka cricketers were on the ninth sky with this unbelievable victory and Perera’s stupendous innings.KJP just scored what could be the greatest innings ever in an overseas run chase by a Sri Lankan batsman. Brings back memories of the brilliant hundred by @MahelaJay against @OfficialCSA in 2006 at The P Sara Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) February 16, 2019What a beauty !!!! One of the best inings under presure. Showed intelligents and mental strength KJP and very proud of you. Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) February 16, 2019Wow just amazing!! Well done the @OfficialSLC boys on this rare test win away from home Absolutely brilliant!! Love connection with Durban continues for us kjp, ambul, vishwa outstanding! Farveez Maharoof (@farveezmaharoof) February 16, 2019Wat an inning @KusalJPerera ! Excellent knock under pressure. Great support by vishwa at the end and Embul by ball in the 2nd inning. Way to go @IamDimuth and team!!Thrilled!!!!!!!! #SAvSL Danushka Gunathilaka (@danushka_70) February 16, 2019Take a bow @KusalJPerera . What a outstanding victory for @OfficialSLC . Congratulations @IamDimuth @NiroshanDikka @KusalMendis1 @CHathurusinghe @Dhananjaya7575 . What a performance by Lasith Abuldeniya and Vishwa Fernando #SLvSA Upul Tharanga (@upultharanga44) February 16, 2019We Won … We Won !!!! #SAvSL Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) February 16, 2019Amazing batting display by @KusalJPerera Was lovely to watch him bat.Well done Guys! Keep up the good work @OfficialSLCadvertisement Chaminda Vaas (@chaminda_vaas) February 16, 2019Chasing a daunting target of 304, the Lankans were reduced to 83 for 3 on Day 3 and had lost half their side at 110 on the fourth day when Kusal Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva joined forces to add 96 runs for the sixth wicket.De Silve departed on 48 but Perera carried on and batted smartly with the tail-enders to take Sri Lanka closer to the target.He brought up his second Test hundred in just 146 deliveries in the 74th over of the fourth innings and went on to cross his highest score of 112 with a six to reach 112 with Sri Lanka needing 52 runs at that stage. The shot also took the team past 250.His last wicket partnership with Vishwa Fernando had reached 26 runs by then with Perera scoring all the runs while the latter didn’t even open his account for 15 deliveries.The Proteas strangely decided not to take the second new ball after the 80-over mark by which time Sri Lanka had reached 262, needing another 42 runs to win with Kusal Perera on 120 and Fernando yet to get off the mark after facing 20 deliveries.South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis was visibly under pressure by that point and had multiple discussions with veteran fast bowler Dale Steyn who was operating from one end.After the second meeting with the skipper in the 81st over, Steyn finally decided to take the new ball with one ball left in the over and Fernando on strike, but the latter managed to survive yet again.With Kagiso Rabada being introduced into the attack, Perera decided to take him on and carried on playing his shots. He was unable to get the strike back in the 83rd over and with Steyn operating with the new ball, Fernando had to survive or find a way to get off strike.In the second ball of the over, Fernando managed to edge the ball past second slip to collect five runs to get off the mark and get Perera on strike again for the third ball. Against all odds, Perera smacked a six over deep mid-wicket off the fourth ball to bring down the deficit to just 23 runs. The shot also brought up the fifty-run partnership for the final wicket with Fernando scoring just 5 runs from 23 balls.Perera smashed another two sixes off the next two overs from Steyn and Rabada to take Sri Lanka within touching distance from victory which finally came in the third ball of the 86th over as the left-hander finished the match with his 12th boundary to trigger massive celebrations at the Kingsmead stadium.Perera and Fernando’s unbroken partnership for the final wicket reached 78 off 95 balls, which is a record for Sri Lanka against South Africa in Test cricket. The win was also Lanka’s first in Durban after 7 years.Also Read | South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test Day 4 in Durban: As it happenedAlso Read | Kusal Perera speechless after pulling off epic Test victory vs South Africa in DurbanadvertisementFor 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 Tags :Follow Kusal PereraFollow South Africa vs Sri LankaFollow Durban Testlast_img read more

Thalapathy 63 leaked stills reveal Vijay gets severely injured in film. See pics

first_imgThalapathy 63 leaked stills reveal Vijay gets severely injured in film. See picsNew leaked stills from Thalapathy 63 shooting spot have Vijay sitting on a wheelchair with a cervical collar support for his neck. These photos are going viral on social media.advertisement India Today Web Desk ChennaiMay 8, 2019UPDATED: May 8, 2019 17:44 IST Tamil actor VijayVijay was last seen in AR Murugadoss’s Sarkar, which turned out to be a hit venture for the producers. Currently, the actor is busy shooting for Thalapathy 63, his third film with director Atlee, after Theri and Mersal.The shooting of Thalapathy 63 is currently underway at the EVP Studios in Chennai. We told you earlier that a football stadium set has been erected in the studio, where important sequences from the current schedule are being filmed. Now, new photos from the shooting spot have found their way to the internet.In the leaked photos, Vijay is seen sitting on a wheelchair with a cervical collar support. He is overseeing the women’s football match that is underway in the film. Rumour mills are churning out reports that his character in the film will suffer severe injuries at the hands of the villains.Here are the photos: Vijay in a wheelchair at Thalapathy 63 shooting spot Thalapathy 63 shooting spot Thalapathy 63 shooting spotEarlier, Thalapathy 63 was touted to be a sports drama, which is based on women’s football. Going by the speculation, Vijay will essay the role of Michael, coach of the Tamil Nadu women’s football team.As of now, the makers have completed 70 days of shooting and are expected to wrap up the film in the coming weeks. Apart from Vijay, Nayanthara, Jackie Shroff, Yogi Babu, Vivekh and Prem are part of the supporting cast. Produced by AGS Entertainment, Thalapathy 63 will hit the theatres on Diwali 2019.Also See | Thalapathy 63 shooting spot accident: Vijay to provide monetary aid to injured electrician SelvarajadvertisementAlso See | Malayalam actor Siddique: Vijay may be a superstar, but he’s not a good actorAlso Watch | Watch: Amy Jackson flaunts her 19-week baby bump in new videoGet 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 byK Janani Tags :Follow Thalapathy 63Follow Vijaylast_img read more

Hina Khan goes beast mode as she hits the gym after ages in sheer top and tights. Watch video

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 7, 2019UPDATED: June 7, 2019 13:23 IST Hina Khan working out at the gymThe latest victim of workout bug is actor Hina Khan and with her new gym video the diva is proving that she knows the grind and how.Taking to her Instagram account today, Hina documented her workout routine at the gym and it will give you major goals.In the videos, Hina revealed that she was hitting the gym after ages and showed her fans and followers how she sweated it out on her first day.The star, who recently took the French Riviera by storm with her debut on the red carpet, did a bunch of cardio and muscle training exercises.Turning her beast mode on, Hina also nailed core-strengthening routines and squats.She slayed the gym routine in workout ready outfits and gave us gym fashion goals.Baring her toned abs, she wore a black sports bra over a sheer black top and hot pink tights for the tough routine. She paired the look with pulled back open locks accessorised with a quirky ‘I woke up like this’ headband and white training shoes.On the work front, Hina recently shot for her next film, Wish List in Milan and Switzerland. She will also be seen in the role of a young Muslim girl who lives near the Line of Control in her movie, Lines, which she debuted at Cannes.advertisementALSO SEE | Hina Khan keeps it chic in summery crop top and pants with boyfriend Rocky Jaiswal in MumbaiALSO WATCH | Lovebirds Hina Khan and Rocky Jaiswal share their naughty fantasiesGet 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 byKrishna Priya Pallavi Tags :Follow Hina khan Next Hina Khan goes beast mode as she hits the gym after ages in sheer top and tights. Watch videoTaking to her Instagram account today, Hina Khan documented her workout routine at the gym and it will give you major goals. In the videos, Hina revealed that she was hitting the gym after ages.advertisementlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Team India ‘ready to rumble’ vs England in new orange jersey

first_img Next World Cup 2019: Team India ‘ready to rumble’ vs England in new orange jerseyTeam India’s away kit for ICC Cricket World Cup game against England was officially launched by the team’s official apparel sponsor on Friday.advertisement Asian News International New DelhiJune 29, 2019UPDATED: June 29, 2019 11:29 IST The Indian players will wear the away kit for the game against England only (Cricket World Cup Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSIndia will be wearing the away kit in the game against England on SundayThe players will wear the away kit since both England and India don blue-colour jerseysIndia’s new away kit has a splattering of orange on the shoulders and the backOrange is the new blue for Indian cricketers in their ongoing campaign at ICC Men’s CricketWorld Cup. The team was seen sporting away jerseys ahead of their fixture against England.After the BCCI revealed away jersey, several cricketers took to their social media accounts and shared their look in the new kit.Legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal posted his look in the away jersey. “Ready to rumble in new jersey,” he tweeted.Mohammad Shami took to Twitter and said he is ready for the next match. The paceman shared the backside of the jersey while standing next to opener KL Rahul.”Readdy to next match in New Jersey,” Shami tweeted.Indian cricket team shared the pictures MS Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kedar Jadhav and Dinesh Karthik in a series through its Instagram story.BCCI on Friday revealed the away kit, saying, “Presenting #TeamIndia’s Away Jersey What do you make of this one guys? #TeamIndia #CWC19.”Special occasion, special kit #TeamIndia will wear this in their #OneDay4Children game against England on Sunday. #OD4C | #ENGvIND | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/ZvuX4be37FICC (@ICC) June 29, 2019Before the commencement of the World Cup, the ICC introduced a new rule asking the teams to sport home and away jerseys in the tournament.ICC rule reads, “For televised ICC events all participating teams will be required to provide for two different coloured kits, except for the host country who has preference in the choice of colour and may, if it chooses to do so, provide only one coloured kit to be worn in all matches throughout the event. In advance of the event, the teams will be notified which coloured kit will be worn in each match.”advertisementIndia, who are the only unbeaten team in the ongoing premier tournament so far, will compete against the hosts at Edgbaston on June 30.Also Read | World Cup 2019: This is India’s orange jersey for match vs EnglandAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Swarm of bees invades pitch during SL vs SA matchAlso SeeFor 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 India sports jerseyFollow ICC World Cup 2019Follow orange jerseylast_img read more

India vs South Africa: Virat Kohli’s team to assemble in Delhi ahead of T20I series

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiSeptember 9, 2019UPDATED: September 9, 2019 14:48 IST South Africa will play 3 T20Is and as many Test on their tour to India (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia take on South Africa in a 3-match T20I series from September 15The 1st T20I will be played in Dharamsala on SundayNewly-appointed batting coach Vikram Rathour also joins the teamAfter registering a comprehensive win in the two-Test series against the West Indies in the Caribbean Islands — the start of India’s journey in the World Test Championship — Virat Kohli and boys have been enjoying a short break. And the Men in Blue will assemble in the Capital on September 12 before heading to Dharamsala for the start of the T20I series against South Africa.Speaking to IANS, a senior board functionary said that the boys would be assembling in the city on Thursday before heading to the picturesque location for the first game of the three-match T20I series against the Proteas.”The well-earned break ends on Wednesday and the boys will assemble in the Capital on Thursday before heading to Dharamsala the next day. Batting coach Vikram Rathour also joins in as he is the only new candidate – replacing Sanjay Bangar — in the coaching unit as the rest were re-appointed,” the functionary said.Kohli and boys play Quinton de Kock’s men in the opening game of the series on Sunday before moving to Mohali for the second T20I that will be played on September 18. The final T20I is to be played at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on September 22.The Proteas have already arrived in the country and after the disappointment of the World Cup, they are looking to start afresh with de Kock named skipper for the T20I series in place of Faf du Plessis.Pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada has already made his excitement known on Twitter as he wrote: “Excited to be back in India and looking forward to playing cricket again.”advertisementThe Indians have rested the senior pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar while all-rounder Hardik Pandya is back after being rested for the West Indies series. The team management as well as the senior selection committee has been very cautious in managing the workload of the players.The T20I series will be followed by three matches in the World Test Championships. The first Test is in Visakhapatnam (Oct. 2-6), the second one in Pune (Oct. 10-14) and the third one in Ranchi (Oct 19-23).Also Read | Sachin Tendulkar scored his 1st ODI hundred exactly 25 years ago on this dayAlso Read | Virat Kohli has proven he is the best batsman in white-ball format: Kagiso RabadaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs South AfricaFollow Virat KohliFollow New DelhiFollow Dharamsala T20I Next India vs South Africa: Virat Kohli’s team to assemble in Delhi ahead of T20I seriesFollowing a well-earned break after the West Indies tour, Team India will assemble in New Delhi on September 12 before heading to Dharamsala for the 1st T20I of the 3-match series against South Africa.advertisementlast_img read more

Sanjay Bangar urges Rohit Sharma to ‘maintain his individuality’ if he opens in Tests

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 14, 2019UPDATED: September 14, 2019 11:44 IST Rohit Sharma is yet to cement a permanent place in India’s Test side (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma was part of the Test squad for the 2-match series in West Indies but didn’t get to playRohit is expected to open with Mayank Agarwal in the upcoming three-Test series vs South AfricaRohit has played 27 Tests so far and scored 1585 runs at an average of 39.62 with 3 hundreds and 10 fiftiesFormer assistant coach Sanjay Bangar feels India can successfully chase down big targets if Rohit Sharma succeeds as an opener in Test cricket and urged the limited-over vice-captain to “maintain his individuality” if he does get the opportunity to bat at the top of the order.India in all likelihood will open with Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal in the upcoming Test series against South Africa on home soil after chief selector MSK Prasad hinted at the change last week. Rohit was picked ahead of regular opener KL Rahul, who was dropped from the side after a string of poor scores in the West Indies.Rohit is the most dangerous opening batsman in the shorter formats with 3 ODI double hundreds and 4 T20I hundreds but is yet to seal a permanent berth in the Test team. He was part of the Test squad for the 2-match series in the West Indies but he did not get to play either game.Rohit was seen as a middle-order option but Hanuma Vihari has cemented the No.6 spot with some sensational performances in the Caribbean. That leaves Rohit with an opportunity to try and fit in as an opener in the Test side.”The key to his success will be if he maintains his individual style of play. He has to maintain his individuality. At the moment, there is no place in the settled middle order in the Test team. Opening will be a new challenge for him, since he has rarely done it in the longer formats,” Bangar told ESPNCricinfo in an exclusive interview.advertisement”But the advantage is that he will get to bat against a hard ball with plenty of gaps in the field. He will also not have to wait for his turn to bat, which will save his mental energy.”If he succeeds, his style of play will be extremely helpful to the team. It might result in being able to successfully chase down targets that we haven’t achieved in the past, like in Cape Town and Edgbaston,” Bangar said.Former India captain Sourav Ganguly and ex-Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist have also backed Rohit to succeed as a Test opener.”At home, Rohit can most definitely play as opener. It might be more challenging when touring Australia, South Africa and England,” Gilchrist was quoted as saying by The Hindu.”I think Rohit deceives people. I mean, since he is a laidback (kind of) guy, people think he is not working hard enough. In reality, he is world-class,” Gilchrist said.Ganguly meanwhile, was one of the first to suggest that Rohit should be given an opportunity to open in Test cricket.”I had suggested earlier about trying Rohit Sharma as an opener in Test cricket and I still believe that he needs to be given an opportunity because he is too good a player to be left out in the cold,” Sourav Ganguly had written in his column for The Times of India.Rohit Sharma has played 27 Tests so far and scored 1585 runs at an average of 39.62 with three hundreds and 10 half-centuries but is yet to cement a permanent place in the side. But Rahul’s poor form has now provided Rohit with another chance at proving himself in red-ball cricket.Also Read | Want to give Rohit Sharma an opportunity to open innings in Tests: MSK PrasadAlso Read | Rohit Sharma can open in Tests at home: Adam GilchristAlso Read | Always an honour: Shubman Gill elated after maiden Test call-up for IndiaFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Sanjay BangarFollow Team IndiaFollow India vs South Africa Next Sanjay Bangar urges Rohit Sharma to ‘maintain his individuality’ if he opens in TestsIndia in all likelihood will open with Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal in the upcoming Test series against South Africa on home soil after chief selector MSK Prasad hinted at the change last week.advertisementlast_img read more

Slick Style: Waxed Denim

first_img1. J Brand 3. Naked & Famous 4. 7 For All Mankind 5. Diesel We’ve discussed dry denim and raw denim, now for something a little less traditional. Waxed denim – or in some cases, coated denim – is kind of the “wash” of the future. Denim brands are starting to feature this wacky, or waxy, idea. Some jeans have a subtle sheen while others look like they are made from a completely different material. J Brand’s version has a rubbery texture because of its resin coating while Naked & Famous’ approach is more leathery.“The new waxed denim is quite simply a wax coated Japanese denim,” says Naked & Famous founder Brandon Svarc. “The paraffin wax is sprayed onto the denim and then baked in order to adhere it to the fabric. You’ll notice a bit of a shine from the coating, and the more you beat up your jeans, the more the natural creases and marks will develop and start to wear away at the coating.”So if you’re looking for a way to shake up your denim game, this is definitely the way to go. Just make sure you have a reliable dry cleaner, don’t sit on any white couches and don’t get too close to any heat sources. Oh, and if you’re more of a do it yourself-er, you can always pick up some Otter Wax from Portland, Oregon.J Brand – Tyler in Underground – Slim fit in a grey stretch jean with a matte black tar-like coating applied in the garment form with the slightest abrasion.Paige Denim – Coated Slim Fit Jeans – Proportionately cut slim-fitting jeans are crafted in America from black coated denim, giving the style a tough-looking sheen when caught in the light.Naked & Famous – Wax Coated Jeans – Exclusively at Barney’s, Skinny leg, five-pocket style; metal logo buttons and rivets.7 For All Mankind – Slim Straight Leg in Black Coated Indigo – Coated denim that will gradually wear over time, giving your jeans some additional character.Diesel Waxed Denim Jeans – Black cotton waxed denim jeans from Diesel featuring a concealed zip fastening, belt loops, side seam pockets, rear welt pockets, a leather brand patch to the rear and a slim fit. Everything You Need to Know About White Pinot Noir All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall Editors’ Recommendations center_img Dirtbag Style Guide: 5 Lessons That Apply to Everyone A Guide to Raw Denim Jean Selection and Care How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall last_img read more

What to Order at a Bar this Summer: a Beer and a Shot

first_img If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Going out to a bar can be a lot of fun. On a busy night, however, you might wait 10 minutes to get the attention of the bartender, only to forget what you wanted to order. After 5 seconds of “uhhhhhh. . . “ the bartender moves on to the next person, and you have to wait another 10 minutes for your next shot.To avoid such a situation, it helps to be prepared. One classy drink combo we admire is the beer and a shot, also known as a boilermaker. However, this classic combo is a bit misunderstood. For help understanding more about the beer and shot combo, we turned to Jim Palumbo, bartender at NYC’s Up & Up bar and frequent enjoyer of the aforementioned combo.Related: The Manual’s Guide to Drinking and Enjoying WhiskeyWhy It’s GoodThere are many reasons to go for a beer and a shot. For one, it’s a great way to order two drinks for yourself without getting strange looks. Also, it’s a pretty easy order for a weary bartender, as it only requires a shot pour and a beer pour. Here’s what Jim Palumbo has to say on the matter: “The pairing of good whiskey and beer is a beloved classic. For years, people have ordered it after getting off their shifts as a way to knock the day back, as it were. It’s got this working man, blue collar aspect to it.”What to OrderSince there are many kinds of beer and whiskey, there are many different possible combinations. Jim recommends pairing bourbon with American-style lagers, spicy rye with IPAs, and scotch also with IPAs. However, Jim’s favorite — and it might be different for you — is scotch and a dark stout or porter. “When it comes to scotch, I’ll go for Highland Park Dark Origins and a really nice stout,” he says. “That’s my go-to combo.”Related: Bartender’s Choice: Summer Cocktails to Beat the HeatHow to Drink ItWhen you see a shot, you might feel compelled to immediately send it down the hatch. That may be a fine way to get tanked in college, but most people realize it’s a pretty lame way to drink once they reach their mid 20’s. Here at The Manual, we’re all about actually enjoying one’s alcoholic beverages. Instead of shooting well whiskey, we recommend ordering a type of whiskey you enjoy, then alternating between sips of beer and whiskey. “I usually just kind of sit there, sip on my beer, sip on my whiskey, and maybe talk to the bartender,” says Jim. “But I’ll never just take a whiskey and slam it; I think it’s a classier move to just sip it.”There you have it. The next time you’re at a loss for what to order at a bar, consider the classic beer and a shot combo; it may just become your go-to bar order. The Best American Liqueur Legent Bourbon Teams Up with Tokyo Butcher Kentaro Nakahara Editors’ Recommendations The 5 Best Margarita Mixes to Stock Up On Right Nowlast_img read more

Leaders Urged to Watch Words and Deeds

first_imgChairman of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast (NLPB) Committee, Rev. Dr. Peter Garth, implored the country’s leaders to be careful of their words and actions, as even their simplest decisions affect an entire nation. “As leaders, I call on each of us to live in light of the fact that the things we do and the things we say make an impact on every Jamaican,” he stated. Speaking at the 33rd staging of the NLPB held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Thursday (January 17), Rev. Garth told the nation’s leaders that their words and deeds are also a reflection of who they are on the inside. “While our walk is important, our talk is just as important to validate and verify who we really are,” Rev. Garth noted. He stated that graceful interaction, which includes kind words and careful actions, must be a defining trait of every leader. “The way we speak with each other and about each other is important and we must come to recognise this in this hour. It is a fact that the way we speak with each other has become Jamaica’s shame,” he remarked. “Our speech should reflect grace and should be seasoned with salt. There is far too much verbal diarrhea in this country. If Jamaica’s soul becomes totally poisoned, I believe, the autopsy must read tribalism, crime and a poisonous tongue.”   Rev. Garth therefore called on all leaders and all citizens of Jamaica to “rise up and speak well of each other… (and) stop cutting down each other.” Reflecting on Paul’s letter to the church at Colossae, in which he warned them away from false teachings and reiterated the importance of the Christian ethic,Rev. Garth urged Jamaicans to have faith that God’s transforming love can heal and restore the country, even as it continues to grapple with issues of crime and violence and economic turmoil. “I challenge us as leaders and every Jamaican to be faithful. If we are going to pull ourselves through as a nation, God requires of us faithfulness to the task,” he said. This year’s NLPB was held under the theme: ‘Love that transforms’.  Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen; and Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, lead the list of dignitaries in attendance, which  included Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness; parliamentarians; custodes; the judiciary; local government representatives; business, church, community and labour leaders; and members of the security forces, and the diplomatic and consular Corps. Prime Minister Simpson Miller read the first lesson from Joel 2:13 and 14, while Mr. Holness read the second lesson, from 1Cor. 12:13 and 13:8-13. Proceeds from the event will go to the Muirton Boy’s Home, a government-supported orphanage in Manchioneal, Portland, which was damaged during the passage of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.last_img read more

Foreign Affairs State Minister Confident of Uptick in FDI

first_imgState Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, says that Jamaica should see an upswing in Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) this year, based on several mega projects underway and others to be implemented.He made the declaration as he provided details about the upcoming Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference at a recent session with the Montego Bay business community at the Sunset Resort.Mr. Brown stated that Jamaica has performed creditably in attracting FDIs over the last few years, even with the downturn in the global economy.[Special Page: 5th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference]He stated that the Government, through the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, has taken meaningful steps to give Jamaica a competitive edge and this has paid off with the country able to attract US$381 million in investments in 2012. This was a US$139 million increase of over the US$242 million in FDIs in 2011.“Despite the downturn in the global economy, Jamaica has seen an uptick in traffic. There has been marked improvement…and foreign direct investment is set to take off with the investment in our infrastructure, continuation of Highway 2000 – that is going to be a US$620 million investment from the Chinese. They have (also) indicated an interest in the Logistic Hub, to the tune of US$1.5 billion,” he informed.Mr. Brown also cited investment opportunities through the Agro Parks project, and in the micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSME) sector, for which the Government has earmarked some $1 billion in support.“I expect that there will be continued, significant investment, both locally, and foreign. If we are able, through this (Diaspora) conference, to stimulate interest from the Jamaican Diaspora, which is about 3.3 million people, and worth far more than US$2 billion, I am confident that we will see high levels of investment,” he stated.The Diaspora Conference, themed: “A Nation on a Mission – Jamaica Diaspora Partnership for Development”, will be staged at the Montego Bay Conference Centre from June 16 to 19.It will involve hundreds of participants representing several Jamaican organisations, as well as professional and business interests drawn from communities in Jamaica, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.Mr. Brown stated that the event will provide the opportunity for linkages between local and overseas-based investors, citing as an example, the partnership between Golden Krust and Wisynco, “where they teamed up for a sizeable United States (US) fast food and beverage market”.“You have persons, who are in food processing, but they lack capital to expand their businesses, and just like how you have Golden Krust partnering with a Wisynco, you can have Diaspora persons partnering with local persons to enhance and expand their businesses,” he stated.He also told the gathering of business people that vast returns can be made from investments in tourism, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), sports, and the creative industries.The State Minister said an implementation process will be put in place to follow through on opportunities coming out of the conference. “The work actually begins when we have made the necessary connections and we follow-through,” he stated.Contact: Garfield L. Anguslast_img read more