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World Cup 2019: England favourites, less pressure on us, says Faf du Plessis

first_img Press Trust of India LondonMay 30, 2019UPDATED: May 30, 2019 00:40 IST South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said the team is not worried about the underdog tag at World Cup 2019 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWe are going in as underdogs and if that releases some players in the team then that is great: Du PlessisEngland start as favourites against South Africa in the World Cup openerWhether you are favourites or not, you still have to play good cricket: Du PlessisSouth Africa skipper Faf du Plessis ramped up the pressure on hosts England ahead of their World Cup opener on Thursday, saying the pressure will be more on the hosts and tournament favourites.Du Plessis will lead his side out at The Oval against the world’s top-ranked team, which is also chasing its maiden World Cup trophy.England have won 15 of their last 19 ODI series and are the team to beat on home soil.’Chokers’ is a tag South Africa have been used to at World Cups as they are also chasing their first trophy”Whether you are favourites or not, you still have to play good cricket. They deservedly have the tag because they are the home nation and have consistently played good cricket,” said du Plesssis here on Wednesday.”But you will face such different opposition through this tournament so it is about making sure you stay focussed for the whole tournament. England are the favourites so if it means on the day there is less pressure on us then we can play freely.”We are going in as underdogs and if that releases some players in the team then that is great.”For South Africa to stop England in their tracks, taking wickets will be essential.England captain Eoin Morgan claimed their current top seven is the best they have ever had and much of the pre-tournament talk has surrounded the prospect of them becoming the first side to score 500 runs in ODI cricket.The loss of seamer Dale Steyn is a further boost for England, with the 35-year-old ruled out with a shoulder injury.advertisementHowever, South Africa still boast a formidable pace attack led by Kagiso Rabada.”KG does not need any guidance from me. I can speak to him from a tactical point of view but I won’t tell him how to bowl, he knows more than I do.”It is about setting him free. World Cups are for people to perform and KG will want to make this his stage. Dale is a big loss to our team but we expected it. When we picked the squad he was 60 per cent ready so we anticipated for this to happen.”But a fit Dale Steyn makes our attack a strong one so we need to make a few changes to our team for England. Our bowling is one of our X-factors,” the skipper added.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Glad to see smile back on Kuldeep’s face, says Ajit AgarkarAlso 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 South AfricaFollow EnglandFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Faf Du Plessis World Cup 2019: England favourites, less pressure on us, says Faf du PlessisSouth Africa take on hosts England in the 2019 World Cup opener at the Kennington Oval in London on Thursday. advertisementlast_img read more

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Salaam Cricket 2019: Indian fans lack a bit of patience, says Viv Richards

first_img India Today Web Desk LondonJune 3, 2019UPDATED: June 3, 2019 14:54 IST Indian fans lack a bit of patience, says Viv Richards.(India Today Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWest Indies great Viv Richards said Indians fans are patient with their team”Your players do not go there to lose,” Viv Richards said to the Indian fansIndian cricketers’ homes were attacked after they lost to Australia in a World Cup match in 2003Viv Richards has asked Indian fans to be a little more patient as Virat Kohli’s Team India gears up for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Speaking at Salaam Cricket 2019, Viv Richards said he could not understand how Indian fans could burn effigies of the same players they put on pedestals.In 2003, Indian cricketers’ homes came under attack after Sourav Ganguly’s men lost a match to Australia at the start of the World Cup in South Africa. India turned things around and stormed to the final where they again lost to the Aussies.”Indian fans sometimes lack a bit of patience. Burning effigies a little silly. Your players do not go there to lose., they go there to win. You should not be a hero today and not a zero tomorrow. We should have a little more respect for individuals – you are not going to do it all the time,” Richards said at Salaam Cricket 2019.Viv Richards also met up with Sachin Tendulkar and Wasim Akram and heaped praise on both legends.Incidentally, Tendulkar and Akram consider Viv Richards as their hero.After India’s exit from the 2007 World Cup, Sachin Tendulkar had decided to quit. However, a call from Viv Richards meant Tendulkar continued to play for the next few years – he even played a significant role in India’s 2011 World Cup triumph.”The 2007 World Cup was possibly the lowest phase of my career. The game which had shown me the best days of my life were now showing me the worst. If those changes were not going to happen, I was going to stop playing cricket. My brother told me in 2011, you are going to play the biggest match of your World Cup (the final in Wankhede).advertisement”I was at my farm-house in 2007 and that’s when Sir Viv called me and we spoke for 45 minutes,” Tendulkar said.Also Read | Salaam Cricket 2019: When Viv Richards stopped Sachin Tendulkar from retiringAlso Read | Salaam Cricket 2019: Full guest list, session names and timingAlso 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Salaam Cricket 2019Follow Viv RichardsFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow Wasim AkramFollow Virat KohliFollow 2019 World CupFollow Sourav Ganguly Salaam Cricket 2019: Indian fans lack a bit of patience, says Viv RichardsSalaam Cricket 2019: Viv Richards said it was a bit silly to burn effigies of players and said fans should respect individuals as no player steps on to the field to lose.advertisementlast_img read more

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ED summons TMC MP, five others in Saradha case

first_imgED summons TMC MP, five others in Saradha caseThe Enforcement Directorate has summoned six persons, including Trinamool Congress MP Satabdi Roy and suspended party leader Kunal Ghosh, for interrogation in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam.advertisement Press Trust of India KolkataJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 03:44 IST Kunal Ghosh was arrested by a special investigation team, led by the then Bidhannagar Commissioner of Police Rajeev Kumar in November 2013.The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned six persons, including Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Satabdi Roy and suspended party leader Kunal Ghosh, for interrogation in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam, sources said on Monday.Two businessmen, Sajjan Agarwal and Sandhir Agarwal, East Bengal Football Club official Debabrata Sarkar and Arindam Das, a close aide of Saradha scam mastermind Sudipta Sen, were also summoned, ED sources said.”Six persons have been summoned to appear. Most of them have been asked to appear within this month,” an ED official said without specifying the dates on which they have been asked to appear.Kunal Ghosh was arrested by a special investigation team, led by the then Bidhannagar Commissioner of Police Rajeev Kumar in November 2013, when he was a Rajya Sabha MP of the TMC. He was granted bail in 2016.Debabrata Sarkar was arrested by the CBI in August 2014 and was granted bail 2015.Das and Sandhir Agarwal were arrested by the CBI for their alleged links in the scam.Satabdi Roy, TMC’s sitting MP, was reportedly summoned last week by the ED but she did not appear before the agency for interrogation, citing the ongoing Parliament session.The multi-crore Saradha scam, which came into limelight in 2013, had left thousands of small investors in the lurch.Also Read | Residents send postcards to Thane civic chief over hawkers menaceAlso Watch | Image of the day: TMC MP Prasun Banerjee plays football outside Parliament to promote sportFor 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 byAkriti Anand Tags :Follow TMCFollow Saradha Scamlast_img read more

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Vinesh Phogat wins 3rd successive gold in 53kg in Poland Open

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiAugust 4, 2019UPDATED: August 5, 2019 21:25 IST Vinesh Phogat won gold at Poland Open wrestling tournament. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVinesh Phogat won gold at Poland Open wrestling tournamentVinesh prevailed 3-2 over local wrestler Roksana in the finalShe had also won gold at Grand Prix of Spain and at the Yasar Dogu InternationalStar India grappler Vinesh Phogat has bagged her third consecutive gold in women’s 53kg category after winning the Poland Open wrestling tournament in Warsaw.The 24-year-old prevailed 3-2 over local wrestler Roksana in the final of the competition.Vinesh had earlier beaten Sofia Mattson of Sweden, the Rio Olympics bronze medallist, in the quarterfinals of this international tournament.The top Indian woman wrestler had stood atop the podium at Grand Prix of Spain and at the Yasar Dogu International at Istanbul, Turkey last month.Former national hockey captain Viren Rasquinha, who is also involved with Olympic Gold Quest, congratulated Vinesh on her success.Also Read | Let’s not talk about boycott but dropping shooting from CWG also unfair: Sakshi MalikAlso Read | Caster Semenya barred from competing in 800m at world championships Also 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Vinesh PhogatFollow Poland Open Next Vinesh Phogat wins 3rd successive gold in 53kg in Poland OpenVinesh Phogat, who had beaten Sofia Mattson of Sweden, the Rio Olympics bronze medallist, in the quarterfinals, won a gold medal at the Poland Open wrestling tournament.advertisementlast_img read more

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Agree with Sourav Ganguly, India need to pick a core group for all formats: Ajinkya Rahane

first_imgAgree with Sourav Ganguly, India need to pick a core group for all formats: Ajinkya RahaneSpeaking to India Today, senior India batsman Ajinkya Rahane said that players need to be consistently backed at the international level and that a core group will only benefit the team.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 10, 2019UPDATED: August 10, 2019 16:12 IST Ajinkya Rahane was left out of India’s ODI and T20I squads in the ongoing tour of West Indies (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRahane said a core group of players for all 3 formats will only benefit the teamRahane last played limited-overs cricket for India in February 2018I know, if one can play Test cricket perfectly, he can fit into any format: Rahane to India TodayIndia’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has said he believes a good Test player can easily adapt to 50-overs and T20 cricket while insisting on the need for the senior national team to pick a core group across formats.Ajinkya Rahane, speaking to TVTN News Director Rahul Kanwal for India Today’s Jab We Met, said that he endorses Sourav Ganguly’s views on picking more all-format players for India cricket team.Rahane’s comments come after Ganguly said time had come for the selectors to pick a few players and give them opportunities to consistently play all three formats at the international level. The former India captain had expressed surprise at the absence of Ajinkya Rahane and Shubman Gill from India’s limited-overs squads for the ongoing tour of West Indies.Taking to Twitter last month, Ganguly had said: “There are many in the squad who can play all formats ..surprised not to see shubman gill ..Rahane in the one day squad..(sic).”Time has come for Indian selectors to pick same players in all formats of the game for rhythm and confidence.. too few are playing in all formats ..great teams had consistent players ..it’s not about making all happy but picking the best for the country and be consistent.”Good to have a core group: RahaneRahane insisted that players tend to become more confident if they get the backing of the team to play multiple formats and opined that players tend to find it difficult to ajust on return from a 3 to 4-month absence from international cricket.advertisement”It’s very important to be consistent. It’s good to have a core group. Dada had talked about the importance of having a core group across the 3 different formats. I always believed in that. When you have consistency, players tend to become more confident,” Ajinkya Rahane said.”If you have the same core group, it gives the players confidence and belief that the team is backing them. It’s definitely good for the team,” the India star added.”When you’re playing ODI cricket and Test cricket consistently for a few months, you can easily get to know how to adapt and take your game forward. It becomes a different ball game when you’re not playing for 3-4 months at the international formats.”If one can play Test cricket well, he can fit into any format: RahaneRahane, meanwhile, insisted that his approach to the game is unique and added that the selectors need to be consistent when it comes to backing a player at the highest level.”I think my approach is different from the current generation players’ approach. But, I always focus on evolving with the game. You can be stranded behind. I think even Test matches run rate is become important. So you have to play your shots. I know, if one can play Test cricket well, he can fit into any format,” Rahane added.”If your technique is solid, you can easily adapt to to 50-over and T20I cricket. If you’re coming from T20I cricket to Tests, it can be a bit challenging when it comes to controlling shots,”I have always believed in consistency. Consistency is key. If you’re backing a player, you need to be consistent with him.”Rahane, who shone in his maiden county stint for Hampshire in May and July will return to the international fold when India begin their World Test Championship campaign in the West Indies later this month. Rahane has been named as the vice-captain for the 2-Test series, starting August 22.Also Read | Rahkeem Cornwall: Tall and imposing West Indies all-rounder set to face India in Test seriesAlso Read | No Chris Gayle for West Indies in Test series vs IndiaAlso 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 Ajinkya RahaneFollow India national cricket teamFollow World Test ChampionshipFollow India tour of West Indies 2019last_img read more

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St Petersburg, Munich and Wembley stadium to host Champions League finals from 2021

first_imgSt Petersburg, Munich and Wembley stadium to host Champions League finals from 2021Istanbul in Turkey is already scheduled as the host of this season’s Champions League final on May 30 at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium and UEFA has gone for tried and tested venues for the next three editions.advertisement india today digital September 25, 2019UPDATED: September 25, 2019 09:33 IST Reuters PhotoHIGHLIGHTSSt Petersburg, Munich and Wembley Stadium will host the UCL finals in 2021, 2022 and 2023Seville will host the 2021 UEFA Europa League final while Belfast in Northern Ireland will host that year’s Super CupIstanbul in Turkey is already scheduled as the host of this season’s Champions League final on May 30 at the Ataturk Olympic StadiumSt Petersburg, Munich and Wembley Stadium in London will host the three Champions League finals from 2021, European football’s governing body UEFA said on Tuesday.UEFA also announced that it would expand the size of the top divisions in the Nations League, while its new third tier club competition, due to start in 2021, would be known as the UEFA Europa Conference League.Istanbul in Turkey is already scheduled as the host of this season’s Champions League final on May 30 at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium and UEFA has gone for tried and tested venues for the next three editions.The 2021 final will be the second to be staged in Russia after Moscow hosted Manchester United’s penalty shootout win against Chelsea at the Luzhniki Stadium in 2008.St Petersburg’s venue hosted World Cup games last year and is also a host for the Euro 2020 tournament.Munich hosted Chelsea’s victory over home side Bayern in 2012 while Wembley will take charge of Europe’s premier club final for the eighth time.Wembley will in 2023 celebrate the 100th year since the opening of the original stadium in London.Spanish city Seville will host the 2021 UEFA Europa League final while Belfast in Northern Ireland will host that year’s Super Cup.UEFA said its new Europa Conference League will be based on regional conferences and the first edition in 2021 would feature 32 clubs.The aim of the league is to allow more countries and clubs to be involved in continental competition.The second edition of the Nations League, due to start in September 2020, will see the top divisions expanded in size.advertisementInstead of 12 teams playing in four groups of three, there will be 16 teams in Leagues A, B and C, playing in groups of four.The teams are allocated to leagues based on their overall rankings, a move that is likely to save some of the teams who were facing relegation from their leagues after the 2018/19 competition.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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow UEFA Champions LeagueFollow UEFA Europa League Nextlast_img read more

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Road to Adventure: AXS Adventure Race Report

first_img The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure Behold the World’s Most Adventure-Ready Electric Motorcycle Adventure racing is a multidisciplinary sport where racers navigate through backcountry terrain – often without the benefit of trails – using map and compass, and all manner of transport from stand up paddle boards to mountain bikes. In September Austin Parker is tackling the Adventure Xstream Series adventure race in Glenwood Springs, CO to get a taste of this grueling sport. As part of his training, we are documenting the best gear for paddling, running, biking, and recovery, as well as keeping track of all the (mis)adventure along the way.Road to Adventure: Rewind | SUP Gear| Mountain Biking | Recovery Gear | Backpacking | Best Adventure Races |Race Day Essentials |The summer of running before dawn, paddling after work and marathon weekend sessions on our bikes was over. All that we needed to do was put it all together in one painful day, so we loaded the car up and headed for Glenwood Springs, Colorado for the AXS Adventure Race Series. The drive from Salt Lake City was just long enough to let some pre race jitters set in, especially as we rolled though the narrow canyons along I-70 and watched steep trails and gnarly sections of whitewate go by. After we stopped in town to pick up our jerseys, a map with all of our checkpoints on it, and dinner, we spent the evening packing and repacking gear that we would carry in our packs and also pre-load into plastic tubs to leave at each transition area. Sleep was not much of an option.Race day morning dawn was crisp and cold. We showed up to the River Park along the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers just as the majority of racers were pulling in to get last minute gear checks completed and form up at the starting line. Each team seemed much better prepared than we were, often hauling multiple boxes of bike and running gear into the holding area. Suddenly our new Osprey Packs felt a little heavier as we worriedly checked one last time for every last spare tube, tire lever, and pack of Honey Stinger Chews.A few minutes before our scheduled start time, the race director pulled our Sprint division racers together and it was decided that we’d head out early. With a countdown from his megaphone we were off to tackle our first leg of the race. The run portion of the course wound up a series of fire roads from the valley floor almost two thousand vertical feet. That three-and-a-half mile section of trail running felt like an eternity. At the top, Glenwood Caverns greeted us with our first checkpoint to get recorded, and a short section of navigating through the cave and a rappel out the upper entrance. Following that, we turned around and headed back to the start line the way we came. I don’t think I’ve ever covered three miles faster than the full tilt spring we made – after all, after the cave section we could see the lead we had on others in our Co-Ed Sprint Division.At the start, our first transition area, Sprint racers geared up for a twelve to fifteen mile bike ride (part of adventure racing is plotting your own course, so course distances are often unpublished). Our notes on the map led us to the bottom of the Red Mountain trail, and a daunting climb up old access roads from a long abandoned town ski lift. The dirt road climb made it easily observable that when it was running in the 1940s, Red Mountain Ski Area would have been an amazing gem to have in your backyard – although I’m sure skiers never planned to go straight up the mountain. The top of this climb gave us stunning views of the Roaring Fork Valley, and the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers. On a more relaxed day we’d be fly fishing the mellow water, but during the race we only took enough time to snap a couple pictures, find our single track descent, and take off. Second place had caught us on the climb and we were eager to make up some time; at least I was. My wife and race partner was more than a little apprehensive of some of the steeper section on her bike. After navigating a few sharp switchbacks and building confidence though, she suddenly let go of the brakes and charged. The race was back on.The final bike portion was a trail through town and then following the highway six miles up the Colorado River to our second transition. Contrary to what we had plotted on the map, we ran into a couple of sustained climbs as the trail left the main highway and meandered closer to the river and campgrounds. We paid for our haste downhill, especially as we hadn’t drunk enough water during that leg, and each uphill section became slower and slower. Eventually the mile markers became our only source of satisfaction as we ticked off each quarter mile section in preparation for the river.At transition two, we hurriedly stowed our bikes and stripped out of sweat soaked clothes in favor of PFDs and paddles. The stretch of river from the Grizzly Creek put-in is generally mellow in September, so we sped down stream as fast as we could paddle. The first couple of riffles and rapids were very forgiving – fortunate for us, as we’d never taken a tandem kayak down real whitewater. Eventually we got into a nice rhythm and started overtaking rafts full of tourists and racers in kayaks at every turn. Soon the main bridge into down town Glenwood Springs came into view and we were greeted by flags marking our take out point. We hauled our boat up the ramp and jogged into the finish for the win. With racers finishing the longer course up to twelve hours after the starting line, the finish area was a mellow affair. We chatted with some of the other teams while replenishing our water and cleaning our gear. Soon after we had everything packed up, my only thought was for my recovery tights and some caffeine for the long drive home. After more than twenty-six miles on the course and nearly four-thousand vertical feet of human powered climbing, we were spent. You can bet we’ll be back next year.Photos Courtesy of AXS Adventure Racing and Austin Parker Editors’ Recommendations How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt center_img The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 1. AXS Adventure Race 2. AXS Adventure Race 3. AXS Adventure Race 4. AXS Adventure Race 5. AXS Adventure Race Introducing a New Look for The Manuallast_img read more

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Cause Caps: Hats That End Homelessness

first_imgMitscoots Outfitters was born out of a desire to help others. The Austin, Texas-based company sells outstanding outdoor gear, socks, shirts, beanies, scarves, gloves– but its main purpose is to provide work to people transitioning out of homelessness. On any given night in the United States, one of the richest and most powerful countries in the world, a staggering 633,782 people are sleeping on the streets. Veterans make up about 13%, children are 22% of that number, and 42.6% are disabled or otherwise unable to gain employment. There’s no single reason someone becomes homeless, but poverty, mental illness, domestic violence, lack of health care, and job loss are some of the major factors. Once homeless, it’s an enormously difficult cycle to break.That’s where Mitscoots steps in. They help break this cycle in two really important ways. The first is they give what you get: When you purchase something– socks, a beanie– they give that item, in your name, to one of a number of charities and organizations all over the country.The second, and perhaps most important thing they do, is provide jobs. Actual, sustainable work.Cause Caps are a major part of this initiative. The hats are all made in the US, providing jobs in the dwindling American manufacturing sector. Made of brushed twill, they’re soft, malleable, classic and tear-resistant. And the hats are packed up and shipped out by men and women on the path out of homelessness. If that’s not awesome enough, these Cause Caps are made with rigorous standards and come with a five year guarantee: you see one thread out of place and Mitscoots will repair it for free.A Kickstarter campaign for Cause Caps earned well over its initial goal of $17,500, suggesting this is a problem people are passionate about solving. Plus, they’re pretty bitchin’ hats.Mitscoots is solving problems simply by providing quality products and quality jobs. Editors’ Recommendations Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts last_img read more

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Timex and Todd Snyder Put a Modern Spin on the Classic Military Watch

first_img Editors’ Recommendations This Luxury Watch Prototype was Inspired by Cory Richard’s Latest Mount Everest Exploration The Best Men’s Watches Under $200 Prove Style Can Be Affordable Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men The Best Men’s Watches Under $500, From Stylish to Smart The timepiece All-Star team in Timex x Todd Snyder are at it again with a stunning military watch that blends retro and modern into one.On February 9, Americana-inspired menswear designer Todd Snyder released his latest beauty with the collaborative Timex x Todd Snyder Military Watch. The collaboration channels inspiration from other rare, vintage Timex watches, and other military timepieces from the ’60s and ’70s.The two together have truly curated a watch that evokes a shared commitment to stellar design, high-utility and careful craftsmanship. This past summer, the brands created the Timex x Todd Snyder Mod, an eye-catching watch that meshed old school motifs with a focus on military timekeeping — these sold out incredibly fast, and we expect their new timepiece to attract the same popularity.The color scheme stands out right away, as the dial pays direct tribute to a military version of the ‘Viscount Automatic’ from the late ’70s and other rare pieces in the Timex archive. Although it’s rooted strongly in tradition, the timepiece is paired with a sleek silver-tone case and olive drab nylon strap for a pristine, modern silhouette.This approach to watch-making is nothing new to Snyder, but it’s always admirable to the consumer. His goal is to take the best of traditional American menswear and transform it into a unique and fresh product that has modern appeal. With the Timex x Todd Snyder Military Watch, he did just that.Powered by a reliable quartz movement, the watch features Timex’s patented Indiglo illumination. It’s available now for $138 at ToddSnyder’s official site and Todd Snyder’s flagship store on Madison Square North in New York. The Best Men’s Skeleton Watches — No Bones About It last_img read more

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2 New Irish Whiskeys to Try this Holiday Season

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour Jameson Releases Two New Caskmates Editions All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall Irish whiskey as a category has been growing steadily over the past few years — the export of it is expected to double by 2020 — and, recently, two new single malts have made it to our shores that we think you might want to check out.First up is The Sexton, which comes packaged in a pretty nifty hexagonal black bottle. It is created on the Northern Coast of Ireland (County Antrim, according to the bottle, also where Bushmills is made). Made with 100-percent malted barley and triple distilled in copper pots, The Sexton is then aged for four years in sherry butts (though the bottles themselves don’t carry an age statement).The name of the brand comes from a derivation of the Latin word sacristanus, which means “custodian of sacred objects” and was used to describe the last person to tend to dead body before it was laid to rest. Seeing as whiskey is literally the water of life, it seems an appropriate name.The whiskey itself has a fruit-forward nose that mixes with hints of nuttiness and chocolate. Honey and malt flavors come next, with a light body that present oak notes on the finish. Coming in at 40 percent ABV, The Sexton retails for around $27.Next, Jameson is back with a new release: Caskmates IPA Edition.The second release in their Caskmates line (the first being a stout and Jameson collaboration), Caskmates IPA is made in the same way as its predecessor. First, barrels from the Midleton distillery are sent to a local brewery to be filled with craft IPA. Once the beer has done its job and given the barrels the citrusy, crisp flavors that IPA drinkers love, the barrels are sent back to Jameson where they are filled with, well, Jameson.What results is a Jameson that we know and enjoy with the added bonus of having a hoppy finish.  You’ll get citrus and herbal, hoppy notes on the nose, which carry through the palate and into the finish, leaving you with a crisp, clean, slightly fruity flavor on the end. Tasty on its own, Jameson Caskmates IPA really excels when paired with an IPA (who doesn’t like a beer and a shot together?).Jameson Casksmates IPA Edition is also 40 percent ABV and retails for around $30.If you want to learn more about Irish whiskey, you can check out the Irish Whiskey Society or find a new bottle or three to pick up in our 2017 whiskey guide.Feature by Genevieve Poblano/The Manual.last_img read more

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Anthony Bourdain, Celebrity Chef and Travel Show Star, Dead at 61

first_img The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Anthony Bourdain — the revered chef, television host, author, and advocate — has died at age 61, CNN announced Friday, June 8.“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CNN said in a statement. “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food, and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”Bourdain was in Strausborg, France, filming for an upcoming episode of Parts Unknown, the acclaimed CNN travel and food show that is currently in its 11th season. Cause of death was suicide, the news network confirmed. “His close friend Eric Ripert, the French chef, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning,” CNN wrote.Bourdain’s loss was felt immediately around the world “A piece of my heart is truly broken this morning,” said Andrew Zimmern, a friend and frequent collaborator, on Twitter Friday morning. “Tony was a symphony. I wish everyone could have seen all of him. A true friend.”A piece of my heart is truly broken this morning. And the irony, the sad cruel irony is that the last year he’d never been happier. The rest of my heart aches for the 3 amazing women he left behind. Tony was a symphony. I wish everyone could have seen all of him. A true friend.— Andrew Zimmern (@andrewzimmern) June 8, 2018“We are stunned and deeply saddened to hear that the world is now without its global ambassador, Anthony Bourdain. He was an incredible talent who showed us beautiful, gritty, complicated, and delicious places in every corner of the world,” read a statement from the Travel Channel.pic.twitter.com/5OVneIssUP— Travel Channel (@travelchannel) June 8, 2018Bourdain was born June 25, 1956, in New York City. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of American in 1978, Bourdain worked in several famous kitchens, most notably the now-shuttered Brasserie Les Halles in New York.His 2000 book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, followed by his first TV series, A Cook’s Tour on Food Network, elevated Bourdain from industry star to household name. Bourdain is best known as the host of No Reservations, the Emmy Award-nominated culinary travel show that ran on the Travel Channel from 2005 until 2012.Anthony Bourdain: Parts UnknownIn 2013, Bourdain made a bold move to CNN and launched a new show, Parts Unkown, which dug deeper into cultures and cuisines in different communities across the globe. Parts Unkown has garnered five Emmy Awards and a 2013 Peabody Award.Throughout his career, Bourdain was an outspoken advocate for a variety of underrepresented people in the culinary world. He regularly championed immigrants, shining a spotlight on some of the issues they face and their many contributions to the restaurant industry. He also spoke out against sexual harassment.Bourdain is survived by his daughter; his girlfriend, Asia Argento; and his ex-wives, Ottavia Busia and Nancy Putkoski.“We can all help prevent suicide,” says the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. We agree. This free service offers 24/7 confidential support and resources for folks in crisis, as well as friends and family. Call 1-800-273-8255 or chat online.Further ReadingAnthony Bourdain on Tattoos and the Stories Behind His OwnAnthony Bourdain on the Future of CraftAnthony Bourdain on Whisky and the Beauty Of Classic Pubs Editors’ Recommendations The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now last_img read more

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Forrest Bault Is Motorbiking 14,000 Miles of Remote U.S. Backcountry Right Now

first_imgBault told Lonely Planet his plan, in the beginning, had just been to spend the summer riding his own favorite routes in the western U.S. — four months, 18 states in total. But, he found his dream trip overlapped with many existing BDR routes. So, he figured, “Why not ride all of [them] in a row? Turns out it’s never been done before.”It’s no surprise the biggest challenge for Bault has been the hardware. The sheer number of daily miles and the grueling weather conditions he’s suffered have been hard on him and his bike. He’s constantly changing out tires and maintains a rotating stock of spare parts. It seems his bike — a 415-pound, 65-horsepower custom build with a range of 350 miles — has served him well, however. At last check, he was cruising near Nezperce, Idaho, after completing nearly 10,000 miles in June alone. Editors’ Recommendations The Growing Legend of Fort George Brewery’s Yearly Release, 3-Way IPA The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens Backcountry Discovery Routes is a non-profit organization that works with the U.S. forest service, state/federal agencies, and land managers to establish and preserve a vast network of off-road trails for dual sport and adventure motorcyclists. The official site details current and planned routes around the United States, all organized by region. They also provide free maps, GPS coordinates for routes and waypoints, tips and advice specific to each route, and general education about the off-road motorcycle community.Follow Forrest Bault on his epic journey via Instagram. Plan your own off-highway motorbiking route, or just live vicariously through those who ride them at the BDR website. Forrest Bault/InstagramA web of interconnected backcountry trails crisscrosses the United States, invisible to most anyone not interested in hiking or the outdoors. Likewise, thousands of miles of relatively unknown trails are established and maintained by the Backcountry Discovery Routes initiative for the sole purpose of intense, off-highway motorbiking. This year, for the first time ever, one man is planning to ride every inch of them.Self-proclaimed perpetual explorer Forrest Bault set out in April 2018 on a never-before-done journey to ride every mile of the country’s Backcountry Discovery Routes (BDR). If all goes to plan, he expects to cover more than 14,000 miles — nearly three times the width of Russia — on his rugged Suzuki custom. A full 8,000 of those miles will cover actual BDR routes, while the difference will be spent traveling between routes. Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) The View of an American Road Trip from the Back of a Motorcycle 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Knowlast_img read more

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The Best Back-to-School Backpacks for the Coming Year

first_imgAs ubiquitous as it is useful, the classic school backpack can be seen hanging from the shoulders of second-graders and college sophomores alike.But it might surprise you to learn that the very first zippered rucksack wasn’t created until 1938 and the first true backpack didn’t come about until the 1960s.Prior to the invention of both the rucksack and backpack, kids carried school materials bound in a leather book strap and slung over shoulders, which, as you can guess, was neither waterproof nor conducive to carrying anything other than books. But we’ve come a long way since then. From moisture-proof, light-weight packs to updated versions of the classic form, backpacks are here to stay for the foreseeable future.Because of this trend, price and longevity are two things to consider when searching for a backpack. It’s going to be better for you and more cost effective in the long run to find something durable that will last you a couple years. Carrying around all your junk shouldn’t mean you should settle for a drab bag, either. You’re going to be carrying this around all year, maybe longer, so you’re going to want to fins something that not only fits all your necessities but also fits your personality.We’ve rounded up the best back to school backpacks for 2018, so you don’t have to sift through all the zippers, straps, and capacity that set apart so many packs today.Topo Designs Core Pack – $129Our Denver, Colorado, friends from Topo Designs have bag designs, well, in the bag. And not just for the outdoor adventurer. Topo’s Core Pack is the quintessential backpack for cross campus commutes or carrying around your daily necessities, offering enough room for books, a laptop, and your gym clothes. It’s simple design aesthetic also means it will match any out of the day.See ItFilson Roll-Top Backpack – $475The pinnacle of roll-tops, this Filson backpack is made with a beautiful saddle-grade bridle leather that’s easy to wipe or brush clean if a sleepy classmate spills coffee on the exterior. This puppy is fully lined with soft cotton to protect your gear, a durable top snap-closure that keeps dust and gunk away from all your valuables, and an adjustable cinch strap to keep the top locked down over anything you need to carry. And while adjustability and materials are key, it’s also a heck of a handsome bag that’s offered in both tan or otter green.See ItHerschel Barlow Backpack – $120Although Hershel is notorious for their classic backpacks, they took a chance on this rebel, all-black Barlow model that is quiet on the eye, but does the damn job, and does it well. Larger than your average backpack, the Barlow is a contemporary minimalist take on the classic rucksack-style bag that offers cross-function appeal for students and weekend mountain trippers alike. Combining off-terrain durability with comfy EVA back panels, contoured shoulder straps, and custom rain protection, with a distinct urban flare, we’re slowly turning to the dark side with this utilitarian pack that defies terrain or purpose among the best back to school backpacks.See ItEverlane Modern Snap Backpack – $68Now you know we had to include something stylish that wouldn’t break the bank. After all, we know what you’re planning on using all your spending money on. (Here’s the best Rye whiskey under $50 and the best tequila under $20. You’re welcome.)The Everlane Snap Backpack is a sleek and dependable choice for all your daily journeys. With a water-resistant exterior, leather detailing, and a padded laptop compartment, this beaut is a cheaper alternative that offers all the space and protection you need to get you through the school year, if not longer.See ItAlchemy Equipment AEL005 Softshell Daypack – $120Alchemy Equipment’s 25-liter Softshell Daypack is nothing short of magic. And — who would’ve guessed — Alchemy is offering it for half the retail price. It offers a shield-like exterior design that’s both highly modern and looks as though it belongs in either an art museum or weapons armory, with specs to match. The masculine matte finish is lined with a subtle reflective trim that’s great for bikers or early morning class-goers, as well as stitched and stretchable external pockets for extra carrying space. You’ll find an internal laptop sleeve on the back which is padded from your spine with an airflow molded EVA panel and silicone gripper on the lumbar for a more comfortable and stable carry.We’re calling it a back-to-school pack because yes, you can put your books in here, but it’s secretly a top item on our travel-gear wish list too.See ItTaikan Lancer – $250This cotton-canvas and Italian vegetable tanned leather bag from Taikan is a classic backpack silhouette built for a modern lifestyle. Featuring your typical laptop compartment and subtle dual pocket zip for added storage solutions, if this Taikan pack had a mantra it would be: If it ain’t broke don’t fix it … but add a few added tweaks to really make it sing like the champion Freddie Mercury. It also sports a very “street” color aesthetic with pale pink (peach?) contrasting against the white front pocket and black main section. A little style swerve never hurt anyone, though, so be bold, friends.See ItSTATE Colby – $165Roll-top bags are in, and there’s not much more we can say about that. However, we can go on forever about the STATE coated canvas Colby roll-top pack, which will give you an urban edge over all your peers. Sporting a rich, sycamore color, a large main compartment with a laptop sleeve, and a flat front kangaroo pocket with double zip access, the Colby is one of the best back to school backpacks for more than just its capabilities. For every STATE bag purchased, the brand will hand deliver a backpack packed with essentials to a local child in need.See ItBrooks England Pickwick Linen – $250Offering six loud colorways and two sizes that pair perfectly with any sense of style, the Pickwick Linen roll-top backpack from Brooks England is a perfect companion for those commuting on the bus, trekking on a bike, or simply lugging gear to and from upper level biology classes. The linen construction is known for staying cool in hot weather for you summer-class folks, but is also water resistant to last you year-round. Featuring soft yet sturdy adjustable canvas straps, a padded 13-inchlaptop sleeve, custom hardware, and steezy leather details made from genuine Brooks leather, the Pickwick Linen is a bag that’s tough to pass up.See ItPatagonia Arbor – $99The trusted Patagonia Arbor is a must when delving through the best back to school backpacks, mainly because it’s comfortable, durable as hell, and provides plenty of book and laptop storage. Its easy loading main compartment secures with both straps and a synch cord, can hold most 15″ laptops, and a zippered pocket on the inside of the lid can stash a wallet, keys, or phone well out of view.Knowing Patagonia’s passion and love for the outdoors, this pack is also equipped with their bluesign® approved material, which offers the highest level of consumer safety and material consciousness that conserves resources and minimize impacts on people and the environment.See ItArticle updated August 17, 2018 by Bryan Holt. The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workout Editors’ Recommendations 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Nowlast_img read more

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This Mouth-Watering Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese is Perfect for Your Next Tailgate

first_img Editors’ Recommendations It’s football season and that means every Saturday or Sunday for the next few months (depending on if your loyalty is to college football, the NFL, or both), you’re going to be one of the millions of people who are packing up all of the food and booze that they can and heading down to your local team’s stadium to drink and eat your way into a frenzy before the game starts. That’s right, folks, it’s tailgating season, and we couldn’t be happier.Week after week of hamburgers and hot dogs can get pretty boring, though, so it’s important to have a variety of recipes that are both easy to make and delicious for when it’s your turn to bring more than just a couple bags of chips. If you’re in charge of the meats for tailgating, you could smoke a brisket like a boss, or if you don’t have hours upon hours to prepare for the tailgate, you could go with a dish that hits all of the important food groups and can be made in the amount of time it takes to chill your first six-pack of the day.That is where this holy trinity of buffalo chicken, cheese, and carbs come in. A buffalo mac and cheese casserole takes very little time to make, and you’re getting everything you need to ensure that you’re not the fan that ends up falling down the concrete stadium stairs because you’re too drunk. Instead, you’ll be standing, cheering loud and proud because you’ve got a belly full of awesome.This recipe comes to us from pasta company Three Bridges, which creates pastas, sauces, and pre-prepared meals that are free of preservatives, hormones, and antibiotics (in other words, look for them in the refrigerated section of your grocery store, not the dried pasta aisle).Using Three Bridges Creamy Cheddar Mac and Cheese Kit, a couple other ingredients, and just thirty minutes of your time, you’ll have something that everyone at the tailgate is going to rave about, even if their team is being pummeled into the ground.Buffalo Chicken Creamy Cheddar Mac & Cheese CasseroleIngredients1-12 oz package Three Bridges Creamy Cheddar Mac & Cheese Kit5 cup panko breadcrumbs.5 cup milk2 tbsp butter8 oz chicken, cooked and shredded3 oz hot sauce, your favorite.25 cup ranch dressing1 tsp celery seed5 cup jack cheese, shreddedMethodPreheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.Mix the panko breadcrumbs with the melted butter to coat. Set aside.Prepare Three Bridges Creamy Cheddar Mac & Cheese per directions. Add shredded chicken, hot sauce, ranch dressing and celery seed.Pour into a small oven safe baking casserole dish.Top with the shredded jack cheese then top with the breadcrumb mixture.Bake for 10 minutes or until the breadcrumb topping is lightly browned.Let cool for 5 minutes. Serve & enjoy!(Need beer to bring along? Why not pick up some of these India Pale Ales?) 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home How to Make a Cuban Sandwich, According to Chefs How to Cook Steak in the Ovenlast_img read more

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Cabinet Signs Off on Measures to Advance IMF Negotiations

first_img The Cabinet has signed off on a number of measures that are required to advance Jamaica’s negotiations with the IMF. Story Highlights The Minister said the debt reduction programme will begin by increasing the primary surplus for the next fiscal year. Coming out of its three-day retreat, the Cabinet has signed off on a number of measures that are required to advance Jamaica’s negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), towards a satisfactory conclusion.Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, told a post Cabinet press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) on January 14, that the technical negotiating team will now be able to return to the bargaining table with the IMF for what should be the final round of negotiations.Dr. Phillips reported that the most critical of the measures unanimously agreed on by Cabinet, is a programme to reduce the country’s debt stock, which presently stands at $1.7 trillion.The Minister said the debt reduction programme will begin by increasing the primary surplus for the next fiscal year from the originally planned 6.3 per cent to 7.5 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This level of primary surplus will be maintained through the entire period of the programme up to 2016/17, he said.Dr. Phillips further added that the targeted reductions will require a combination of measures, including taxes, wage restraint, a prioritization of expenditures and divestment of public assets. He stated that a firm commitment on wage restraint in the public sector is likely to be a prior action requirement of the IMF programme.“It is clear that these measures will require sacrifice from all sectors of the society. However, that is the price we all have to pay if we are to achieve macro-economic stability, which is necessary for growth and for job creation,” the Minister said.He pointed out that the Cabinet has insisted that the burden be equitably shared and as far as possible, the most vulnerable in the society must be protected, noting that the final medium term economic and financial policy statement will include a specified floor for social expenditures, as part of the overall programme.“We are going to commit, as part of the programme, that there will be a minimum, not maximum, level of expenditure on social programmes, including PATH, educational assistance and health services…,” Dr. Phillips said.The Minister reiterated that the negotiations with the IMF cannot be carried out in the public domain because of their sensitive nature, but promised a full report as soon as there is clearance on both sides.The press briefing saw representation from several Senior Cabinet Ministers as well as government technocrats who attended the retreat from January 10-12. The technical negotiating team will now be able to return to the bargaining table with the IMF.last_img read more

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Gov’t to Boost Provisions for Most Vulnerable

first_imgThe Government is moving to strengthen social protection and security for the most vulnerable in the society, through the development of a “unique combination” of projects.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller made the announcement during her contribution to the 2013/2014 Budget debate in the House of Representatives on April 30 under the theme: ‘Jamaica: Going for Growth and Development, Unleashing our Full Potential.’She said that objectives will be achieved through better targeting and coordination of existing programmes such as the Rural Economic Development Initiatives (REDI) and the Steps to Work programme. “Those at greatest risk will be among the first to participate in these re-designed programmes,” she stated.Mrs. Simpson Miller explained that this strategy will ensure that women, who are often among the most vulnerable and placed at greatest risk by rural and inner-city poverty, will have access to training and appropriate financing to participate as shareholders in cottage industries.She noted that the Government is “duty bound to exercise the greatest care that every dollar is more wisely spent through better coordination and targeted intervention to protect the most vulnerable members of the Jamaican family.”By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

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Government Moves to Strengthen JADCO

first_imgStory Highlights The Minister described the discussions with the WADA officials as very frank. Minister Neita Headley provided an update on a two-day visit by a team from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). WADA to collaborate with JADCO in the strengthening of its programmes. The Government is moving to strengthen and build the capacity of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), to improve its operations.Minister with responsibility for Sports, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, made the announcement on Thursday, October 30, at a press briefing, held at JADCO’s South Odeon Avenue offices, in Kingston, where she provided an update on a two-day visit by a team from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which began on Monday, October 28.The consultation was initiated following an invitation extended to WADA by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, on August 5.The Minister described the discussions with the WADA officials as very frank and done in a spirit of partnership.“I believe these meetings were fruitful and constructive and we have come out of those meetings having a greater commitment to working closer together in partnership, to ensure that JADCO advances and becomes not only world class, but best in class,” Mrs. Neita Headley said.She added that the world anti-doping body has assured the Office of the Prime Minister that they will collaborate with JADCO in the strengthening of its programmes and will also provide support for the establishment of the Commission’s new website which is on track.“Greater emphasis will be placed on communications, in order to improve the flow of information coming out of JADCO to the media and to the rest of the world in a more timely and responsive manner,” the Minister informed, while noting that the agency has engaged the services of a communications and public relations specialist.Mrs. Neita Headley further informed that in addition to recently filling the position of Executive Director, the recruitment process for five of nine identified vacancies at JADCO is nearing completion, and all the positions are expected to be filled within the next two months.The new Executive Director is Carey Brown, a chemist employed by the Ministry of Youth and Culture, who was employed within the last two weeks.A new Financial Director has also been engaged by JADCO and the financial operations have been transferred from the OPM to the in-house management team at the Commission.The Minister further noted that budgetary support has already been increased by 14 per cent over the previous year and recommendations have been made for additional funding to support the Commission’s testing programme and the development of the new website.She revealed that the agency plans to do 300 tests per year at an average of US$300 per test. “I believe this year we are seeking to add another 100 tests and to commence the process of blood analysis,” Mrs. Neita Headley informed.The Minister noted that last year, 179 tests were done, as against 286 up to September this year. Approximately 45 per cent of these were done out of competition.The Minister stressed JADCO’s compliance with the regulations.  “We are not non compliant at this time. I want to make that clear. We have never been non-compliant and I have never seen any report that has suggested that we have been non-compliant,” she emphasized.She pointed to Jamaica’s long and illustrious history of sporting success at many levels and expressed commitment to integrity in sports, fair play, and the maintenance of a doping free environment.“We stand resolute in our commitment to improve and strengthen the operations of our national anti-doping agency and we will make it the best in the world, commensurate with the level of excellence of our sportsmen and women,” Mrs. Neita Headley asserted.She pointed out that  the organisation, at five years old, is still young and while  there are some things that it has done well, there are areas for improvement and these will be addressed.A report is expected to be generated from WADA in the coming weeks that will detail findings of the visit.last_img read more

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SLB Disburses $3.1 Billion to Students

first_img “As a Government we want to see more youth accessing tertiary education, and this is a policy directive at the SLB,” he said. The Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB) is reporting that for the 2017-2018 academic year it received 13,679 applications. for which more than $3.09 billion was disbursed, with an approval rate of 99 per cent. Addressing a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ on March 14, State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, assured students that the Government is working to ensure that all persons who qualify to access tertiary education will be able to pursue their goal. Story Highlights The Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB) is reporting that for the 2017-2018 academic year it received 13,679 applications. for which more than $3.09 billion was disbursed, with an approval rate of 99 per cent.The SLB provides loans as well as grants to help with non-tuition expenses to students pursuing tertiary studies.Addressing a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ on March 14, State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, assured students that the Government is working to ensure that all persons who qualify to access tertiary education will be able to pursue their goal.“As a Government we want to see more youth accessing tertiary education, and this is a policy directive at the SLB,” he said.There are three types of loans that students may access – Targeted; Pay as you Study and Postgraduate.Executive Director of the SLB, Monica Brown, who also addressed the ‘Think Tank’, said that under the Targeted loan type, where a majority of the students would access tertiary financing, they are required to repay the loan on completion of their studies.The loan repayment period has been adjusted from 10 years to 15 or 20 years, depending on the programme of study.Ms. Brown said that although students accessing Targeted loans are not required to make repayments during the in-school years, the SLB encourages those who are able to make payments during the moratorium period to do so, as this reduces the amount that will be left to repay on completion of their studies.She pointed out that effective April 2016, the Bureau switched from using the ‘add on method’ to using the reducing balance method to calculate the interest rate on repayment, and this has resulted in significant savings for those who borrow from the SLB.The applicable interest rate using the reducing balance is 7.8 per cent during the in-school years and 9.5 per cent when the loan enters repayment stage. Ms. Brown noted that there are areas given priority for the allocation of funds, particularly where the contributions to national development are greatest. They are agricultural studies, engineering, information technology and maritime and logistics studies. The interest rate repayment is six per cent on the reducing balance.Applications, which are now open for persons who wish to access loans for the 2018-2019 academic year, will close on Thursday, May 31.last_img read more

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Malaysia: Coastal Group Sells Six OSVs

first_img Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Coastal Contracts Bhd and together with its subsidiaries today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Coastal Offshore (Labuan) Pte Ltd and Thaumas Marine Ltd have collectively secured contracts for the sales of six units Offshore Support Vessels, which comprise one unit Subsea Support Maintenance Vessel, one unit Platform Supply Vessel and four units Anchor Handling Tug Supply for an aggregate value of approximately RM318 million (approx. USD 100 million).Apart from the one unit PSV and two units AHTS which were sold to a repeat customer, the rest of the vessels were sold to new customers. Clinching of these new contracts has further strengthened the Group’s already sizeable order book, which provides greater earnings visibility for the Group.All of these vessels are expected to be delivered in 2013 and 2014. Consequently, the revenue stream from these vessels is expected to contribute positively to the top and bottom line performance of the Group for the financial years ending 31 December 2013 and 31 December 2014. As of to date, Coastal Group has approximately RM1.28 billion worth of vessel sales orders awaiting delivery to customers up to 2014.Mr Ng Chin Heng, the Executive Chairman of Coastal, commented: “I am pleased to announce that Coastal Group has secured another major win of vessel sales orders with an aggregate value of approximately RM318 million.Following our order book intakes in April, July and August this year, this is our fourth major win in FY2013. As of to date, the cumulative vessel sales orders secured in FY2013 alone amounted to approximately RM1.35 billion, which is approximately two times of the Group’s total vessel sales orders secured in FY2012 which amounted RM698 million. This is a strong indicator for the Group’s rebound momentum, which is benefiting from the currently booming oil and gas sector. Our order inflow looks favourable. Including these new contract wins, Coastal Group’s vessel sales orders as at to date stands at approximately RM1.28 billion.With current highly buoyant offshore market, we believe the Group would be able to capitalise more opportunities moving forward. Anchored on the buoyant oil and gas upstream sector globally with increasing offshore exploration and production activities, we are upbeat with the prospect of OSV market over the medium to long term, especially for more sophisticated and deepwater-capable OSV.”Mr Ng further added: “Finally, we are pleased to have the opportunity to enter business relationships with our new customers. We would like to thank them for selecting Coastal as their business partner for their fleet expansion programme.Moving forward, we will continue to broaden our customer base as well as meeting our existing customers’ needs by building more high quality purpose-driven OSV.” My location Coastal Group, October 21, 2013last_img read more