Heaven retains JCA presidency

first_imgProminent business executive, Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven, has been re-elected as president of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA).The CHASE Fund chief executive officer will head the association for a second two-year term, after turning back the challenge of incumbent secretary, Fritz Harris, 52 to 47, during the association’s annual general meeting at the Jamaica Conference Centre yesterday.”It feels good to be returned as president, as over the past two years, the JCA has made several strides,” said Heaven.”It is a good victory for cricket, I believe, as the association is moving in the right direction generally, and the hope is that over the next term things will get even better.”Harris, who prior to the election had served as secretary for the past two years, expressed disappointment at the result, but, in the meantime, congratulated Heaven.HARRIS DISAPPOINTED”I am naturally disappointed with the result, but it’s a membership association with the right to elect the president, and I have to respect that,” Harris said. “I must also commend the president on retaining his position.”Heaven, who prior to his ascension to the post two years ago, had promised to serve for two terms, will also have at least six of his seven executive committee nominees to work with.This is after the they won their respective contests.These include: Dr Donovan Bennett (first vice-president), Mark Neita (second vice-president), Diann Campbell (honorary secretary, Clinton Clarke (assistant secretary) and Hopeton Morrison (treasurer).At press time, the seventh executive position, that of assistant treasurer, was undecided.Kerry Scott, representing Team Heaven, and Errol Moodie, representing Team Harris, were the assistant treasurer nominees.Heaven, during his campaign, noted that several measures had been instituted during his tenure.These, he said, included: the enhancement of commitment to transparency and good governance by the filing of the first annual income tax returns in 16 years, the appointment of a chief executive officer, the implementation of lights at Sabina Park, and improvement practice facilities as well as provision of a new gymnasium and wellness centre. He also pointed to the restoration of local women’s cricket competition to the cricket calendar.Harris, in the meanwhile, a director of the JCA for over 15 years, had campaigned on a promise of change for a betterment of the game.last_img read more

Report: Arsenal 3 Brentford 1

first_imgDanny Welbeck’s double guided a heavily rotated Arsenal to a hard-earned 3-1 win over Brentford and into the fourth round of the EFL Cup.One of nine changes from the weekend win over Everton, Welbeck was on target twice before a splendid Alan Judge free-kick set up a tense final half hour at Emirates Stadium.The Championship side were emboldened and, for a period, pressed hard in search of an equaliser that ultimately never came, Arsenal stabilising adequately and eventually sealing Unai Emery’s sixth straight victory through substitute Alexandre Lacazette in stoppage time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The new Gunners boss is attempting to do something his predecessor Arsene Wenger never achieved in winning this competition, and the quality of several passages in between the stern second-half examination will have delivered belief that is very much a possibility.@DannyWelbeck@LacazetteAlexBring on the next round of the @Carabao_Cup#CarabaoCup pic.twitter.com/Njwavt62sn— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 26, 2018The course of the match might have differed had Bernd Leno’s puzzlingly poor touch from a Shkodran Mustafi back-pass not trickled wide of his own net in the second minute.Instead, Arsenal were ahead moments later as Welbeck rose unchallenged to emphatically head in Matteo Guendouzi’s corner in the fifth minute.His second, eight minutes before the interval, capped a sweeping move with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Alex Iwobi and the overlapping Nacho Monreal combining to provide a tap-in.An unexpected twist came when midfielder Judge fizzed a brilliant free-kick in off the upright and Brentford almost had an equaliser in quick time, Sergi Canos flashing a shot over the bar.Penalties remained a possibility right until Lacazette put the seal on Arsenal’s victory with a determined finish three minutes into added time, fellow substitute Lucas Torreira with the assist. What it means: Gunners in syncThis kind of banana skin fixture could well have eroded some of Arsenal’s momentum, but Emery’s second string handled the occasion professionally when required and, at times, with real style.Emery’s decision to retain only Monreal and Mustafi on his starting XI was justified as the fluidity of the second goal demonstrated an entire squad operating on the same wavelength.Leno looks the partThough beaten by Judge’s free-kick – for which he could do very little – two moments in the first half served to illustrate how comfortably Leno can slot in should Petr Cech’s form tail off.The German recovered from a nervy early moment to instigate Welbeck’s second with a brave pass from the back, having not long earlier raced off his line to snuff out a counter-attack in true sweeper-keeper fashion.Guendouzi lapse punishedSupplier of the opening goal, Guendouzi undid that good work by offering Brentford a way back into the match after half-time. It was the teenager’s unnecessary foul on the edge of the area which Judge emphatically converted.3 – Danny Welbeck is the first @premierleague player to score in three different club competitions this season (League, Europa League and #CarabaoCup). Spread. #ARSBRE— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 26, 2018What’s next?Arsenal will seek to maintain their winning run when Watford visit in the Premier League on Saturday, the same day as Brentford host Reading in the second tier. read morelast_img read more

Astral Out of Home Unveils Canadas Largest Single Digital Screen at Torontos

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, June 12, 2017 – Astral Out of Home (AOOH), a division of Bell Media, announced today the introduction of Canada’s largest single digital screen, measuring more than 26 feet high and more than 188 feet long, at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto. Animated in full motion, the new digital wrap delivers a brand-new multi-media experience with stunning, cutting-edge visuals at extremely high resolution.“The Yonge-Dundas Square digital wrap represents a major addition to Astral Out of Home’s already impressive portfolio,” said Karine Moses, President, Astral Out Of Home. “The sheer scale of the screen, with its full motion video capabilities synchronized with a dedicated, static digital screen, provides advertisers with the flexibility to deliver a powerful story while bringing their brand to life.”Located off of one of Canada’s busiest intersections, Yonge-Dundas Square combines a daily traffic of more than 93,000 pedestrians and more than 30,000 vehicles, with two major universities and shopping malls nearby, contributing to a total of more than 52 million visitors a year. The square is also home to many festivals, including NXNE, Luminato, and Nuit Blanche, and most recently hosted the sneak peek of Bat Out of Hell: The Musical. Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Advertisement About Astral Out of HomeAstral Out of Home, a division of Bell Media, is one of Canada’s leading out-of-home advertising companies with more than 30,000 advertising faces strategically located in the British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia markets. Driving innovation on one of the country’s most dynamic media platforms, Astral Out of Home is committed to staying at the forefront of the latest technological trends, offering advertisers the opportunity to deliver powerful messages that engage and connect with consumers. For more details, visit www.bellmedia.ca. Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

In Other News Florence Left 55M in Damage at Ft Bragg Florida

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Fort Bragg suffered about $55 million in damage from Hurricane Florence, which dumped several feet of rain over parts of eastern North Carolina last month, the post’s garrison commander said Wednesday during the annual Greater Fayetteville Chamber State of the Community. About 600 buildings were damaged, Col. Kyle Reed said. As of Sept. 30, the post had received about $6 mission in assistance, leaving a $48 million hole. “I’m working on that,” he told the audience, reported the Fayetteville Observer. … Enterprise Florida is looking for a firm to advocate for the state’s defense installation and missions before DOD and Congress. The contractor, which will work under the direction of the Florida Defense Support Task Force (FDSTF), will need to implement initiatives designed to enhance and secure the long-term viability, retention and growth of Florida’s defense assets. Responses to the RFP are due Nov. 9. For more information, contact Terry McCaffrey, FDSTF executive director, at tmccaffrey@eflorida.com.Army photo by Jason Whittakerlast_img read more

7 MPs quit Labour Party over Brexit antiSemitism

first_imgFormer Labour party MPs, (From Left) Ann Coffey, Angela Smith, Chris Leslie, Chuka Umunna, Mike Gapes, Luciana Berger, and Gavin Shuker pose for a photograph following a press conference in London on 18 February 2019, where they announced their resignation from the Labour Party, and the formation of a new independent group of MPs. Seven MPs from Britain`s opposition Labour Party on Monday announced they were breaking away in protest at the party leadership`s support for Brexit and its failure to stamp out anti-Semitism. Speaking at a hastily arranged press conference in London, the seven attacked party chief Jeremy Corbyn for leading the party to the far left and said they would sit as an independent group in parliament. Photo: AFPSeven MPs from Britain’s opposition Labour Party announced on Monday they were breaking away in protest at the party leadership’s support for Brexit and its failure to stamp out anti-Semitism.Speaking at a hastily arranged press conference in London, the seven attacked party chief Jeremy Corbyn for leading the party to the far left and said they would sit as an independent group in parliament.The group included Chuka Umunna, who has led a cross-party campaign for a second referendum on Brexit and was once seen as a potential Labour leader.”If you want an alternative please help us build it,” Umunna said.”Politics is broken. It doesn’t have to be this way.”Corbyn said he was “disappointed” by the MPs’ decision.”Now more than ever is the time to bring people together to build a better future for us all,” he said.Another MP, Luciana Berger, who has been the victim of anti-Semitic abuse for years, said: “This has been a very difficult, painful but necessary decision.”Berger said the party had become “institutionally anti-Semitic”, adding: “I have become embarrassed and ashamed to represent the Labour Party.”I am leaving behind a culture of bullying, bigotry and intimidation,” she said.MP Mike Gapes said: “I am furious that the Labour leadership is complicit in facilitating Brexit”.His colleague Chris Leslie, said he was leaving because of “Labour’s betrayal on Europe”.last_img

Puerto Rican Island Still In Crisis Mode 3 Months After Maria

first_img Share Ricardo Arduengo for NPRA child rides a bike by a house destroyed by Hurricane Maria in Vieques, Puerto Rico.On an island eight miles off Puerto Rico’s coast, homes sit destroyed on hillsides and many of its nearly 9,000 residents still wait for federal aid. Vieques’ hospital is operating out of tents in a parking lot. And the island is facing the prospect of six more months without electricity from Puerto Rico’s main grid.The island’s bleak trajectory epitomizes the unevenness of the disaster relief effort in the hurricane-devastated U.S. territory, where metropolitan areas such as San Juan are showing clear signs of recovery.At Vieques’ bar La Nasa, couples sway on a dance floor to the beats of a generator-powered stereo system. A bartender pulls beers out of a cooler. The original bar was reduced to rubble from the hurricane and washed into the sea.Ricardo Arduengo for NPRA bartender serves drinks at La Nasa bar in the Esperanza beachfront neighborhood in Vieques. The original bar was reduced to rubble by the hurricane and washed into the sea.“It was a mess! A big mess,” laughs owner José Silva, standing in the sand. The new bar is a colorful rickety patio next to a pile of debris, the wreckage of the original. Silva says that after the hurricane, he scavenged wood to reconstruct the small bar and opened within a week.“You know people they was stressed out, they was so sad that the place was gone, they just wanted to come and cry,” Silva adds.Cut off from powerThe storm cut Vieques off from Puerto Rico’s main electrical grid. A new holiday song for the upcoming Epiphany celebration is playing on this night, with a gift request. It goes, I’ll ask the three kings to bring a new generator.That message resonates here, where there’s vocal frustration about the island’s troubled main generator station, meant to provide power to Vieques residents when the connection to the main grid is down. That generator is riddled with problems.“You can ask any resident of Vieques and they will tell you that that generator doesn’t work, that it’s a piece of junk,” says Haronid Cruz Felix, the animated spokesperson for the mayor.Ricardo Arduengo for NPRHaronid Cruz Felix, spokesperson of the Vieques mayor, sits in his office.At that generator station on a recent morning, red lights flashed on the control board. Carlos Perez, the operator of the generator, says it finally started working five days before, after months without power.But on this recent morning Vieques was totally without power again, after a new problem arose a few hours earlier, causing the system to shut down. Perez works for Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, also known as PREPA. Residents say the generator is now providing some service to a limited number of buildings.Perez says there are a lot of reasons for the generator’s problems. It uses French parts that are difficult to replace and they don’t store spares. “If you don’t have parts when things break down, you don’t have a generator,” he says. And it uses hundreds of gallons of diesel hourly, which can be difficult to transport to the remote island. Plus, the power lines and poles in Vieques are damaged, limiting the number of homes that electricity can flow to even when the generator is working.Felix says he’s frustrated by a lack of communication from PREPA. “The only date that we have been given for Vieques to have regular power is between March and May,” he says. The utility did not respond to requests for comment – Perez, the generator operator, said simply that restoring regular power from the grid system that runs underwater from the main island of Puerto Rico to Vieques is “going to take some time.”Ricardo Arduengo for NPRPuerto Rico Power and Electric Authority’s generator station, meant to be a backup for the main grid, is riddled with problems.There’s a lot of blame going around for the plight of Vieques. The mayor’s spokesman says the electricity company, the Puerto Rican government, and the federal government all played a role. Like many here, he feels the island has been marginalized at many levels of government. Many of the residents here also believe the mayor has not responded with enough urgency to the situation.The island was used for decades as a training ground for the U.S. military, including bombing exercises – a fact that Felix believes should mean more effective assistance from the federal government. “Sixty years bombarding these lands and the government has not even been able to get a power generator up and running? It’s on that level,” he says.Ricardo Arduengo for NPRPuerto Rico Power and Electric Authority operator Carlos Perez shows how the generator power is down once again on the island.Still in crisis modeThe island didn’t have regular running water for a nearly month, until generators were secured specifically to operate the pump, Felix adds.Not having electricity for months is time-consuming. Seventy-seven year old Juan Santos, taking a walk on the beach with his wife, says he has to go to the grocery store and purchase food daily or else it will spoil. “What you find in the stores, sometimes you don’t like what you buy but you have to eat it!” he laughs, sounding tired.Cell service is patchy and shifting, far worse than metropolitan areas such as San Juan. “I think it’s just ludicrous that in this day and age we don’t have communications and we still don’t have electricity,” says Gladys Aleman, who co-owns a Vieques-based ecotourism company. “We were two, three weeks after Maria and we still couldn’t make a phone call. I still can’t call, I can’t text … I blame everybody. This is crazy to me.” She says it’s impossible to operate a business without communications.“We are still in crisis mode,” Aleman adds.Tourism had been a growing industry on this beautiful island, where horses wander on lush hillsides and bioluminescent sea life glows in the water. Since the storm, tourism has dried up. The largest hotel and the island’s second-largest employer, the W Vieques Island, is closed through Dec. 2018.‘This is how I suture’The vulnerability of Vieques is starkest at the island’s hospital. Hospital Susana Centeno was damaged by the storm and is now closed due to a dangerous amount of mold, Felix says.Ricardo Arduengo for NPRA Puerto Rico National Guard member walks past the health clinic in Vieques, operating out of tents in a parking lot.Now, it’s operating in tan military-style tents in the parking lot. “I consider this camping,” says Dr. Jose Carrasquillo, the physician at the facility. This clinic doesn’t even have a port-a-potty – the restroom is a shallow bowl suspended on spindly metal legs with a lid, positioned outside one of the tent flaps.Now, Carrasquillo, who has an easy laugh even in tough circumstances, says his medical work depends on improvising. He has to makes do with what he has. To demonstrate how he operates in the dimly lit tents, he pulls out a small flashlight and holds it between his teeth.“This is how I suture,” he says. “Because the patient needs it.”The doctor operates without equipment that would be standard in most hospitals. And transporting patients with more serious injuries to a proper facility isn’t always possible.Ricardo Arduengo for NPRDr. Jose Carrasquillo works in the clinic run out of military-style tents, which does not have the equipment that would be standard in most hospitals.“If the weather is bad, no one gets out of here,” he says. “That means I’m going to have to treat anything that comes here. That’s a challenge.” For example, he says he recently treated a man burned by a generator that exploded, and a young girl impaled by a screwdriver.Local authorities are going through a lengthy approval process to turn a school into a hospital.The improvised facility “scares me, it’s not going to last long,” Carrasquillo adds. “And the hurricane season is going to come in six months, again.”Solar hopesIn the facility’s parking lot is a field of solar panels, a technology seen as a source of hope to residents held prisoner by the dysfunctional electricity system currently in place.Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rossello, recently announced a series of solar electricity projects using Tesla energy storage, including one at this hospital. On Vieques, the sanitary sewer treatment plant, the water pumping station, a home for elderly people and the Boys and Girls Club of Vieques will also have these systems, according to the announcement.“We understand the need to provide energy options to improve resiliency when there is a grid outage,” Rossello said in a press release about Vieques and its neighboring island Culebra.Ricardo Arduengo for NPRA business badly damaged by Hurricane Maria in Vieques, Puerto Rico.The projects are raising hopes of a future for Vieques that does not rely on Puerto Rico’s main grid at all. Mark Martin-Bras, director of community relations and research for The Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust, says the island’s future should absolutely be solar power and alternative energy.It could even be used as a model for how to switch to solar, he says.“Vieques is a good example and small enough to be a model for [companies] like Tesla who proposed this type of work and other components of alternative energy, that can make this island a model for the world,” Martin-Bras says.Felix, the mayor’s spokesperson, says the idea of fully powering Vieques with alternative energy is appealing. It would benefit everyone, removing the need for months-long repair processes like this one. But the truth is, he says, the isolated island just simply doesn’t have the money.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more