Government Partners With UNDP to Implement Early Warning Systems

first_imgAs part of the mitigation efforts to strengthen disaster resilience in vulnerable communities, the Government is partnering with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to implement early warning systems in four parishes.Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, said the initiative will be undertaken in St. Catherine, St. Mary, Portland and St. Thomas.The US$1-million project is slated to come on stream in early 2019, the Minister said, as he launched the national hurricane preparedness campaign at Jamaica House, recently.“We’re going to be the third country outside of Cuba and the Dominican Republic that will benefit from this programme with the UNDP, where they will help us to create a National Climate Information and Early Warning Service for Disaster Risk Reduction,” he said.The early warning system will serve as a means of informing citizens in vulnerable areas before a disaster strikes.last_img read more

Sam Smith And John Legend Join For Comic Relief Single

first_imgComic Relief is delighted to announce that Brit and Grammy award winning superstar Sam Smith will be collaborating with Oscar winner John Legend to record a very special version of Sam’s song Lay Me Down, making it the official single for Red Nose Day.The original song is from Sam’s multi-platinum debut album In the Lonely Hour and this new version is being re-released as a one off single to raise money for Comic Relief. The track is available from today to download on iTunes and the single is available to buy exclusively in Sainsbury’s.UK born Sam Smith and American born John Legend will perform the ballad together for the first and only time on Comic Relief – Face the Funny on Friday 13th March on BBC One, where their special one off performance will be broadcast live from the London Palladium.Sam Smith said: “Lay Me Down holds a very special place in my heart, not only did I perform it at the Brits I’m now going to perform it live on the Red Nose Day show with the extremely talented John Legend which is so exciting. I recently visited a Comic Relief funded project in my home town which supports the young LGBT community in London, I’m extremely proud that my single will help raise money for projects like this and many others in the UK and across Africa.”John Legend said: “Sam is such a talented artist. We’ve been looking forward to working together for a while now. I’m so glad we could collaborate on such a great song and for such a great cause.”The pair recorded the track together in Los Angeles, earlier this year. The single is produced by Jimmy Napes and Steve Fitzmaurice and was written by Sam Smith, James Napier and Elvin Smith. Universal will donate 100% of its profits from the sale of the single to Comic Relief.last_img read more

PLAYBACKS 5 TO WATCH 2019 NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN

first_img Facebook As always, please be prepared to thoroughly explain how your candidate has been able to distinguish themselves from others in their field.This year’s 5 to Watch will focus on entrepreneurial emerging talent in the following categories: writers, directors, producers, executive producers/showrunners and rising talent at production companies or broadcasters.We look forward to hearing from you, and thank you in advance for your selections.WHO QUALIFIES?Those who have made a significant impact or achieved remarkable success in the first few years of their career. Age is not a restriction but the length of time a nominee has been working in their field is. Mid-career and well-established professionals will NOT be eligible, even if their success is more recent. Ideally, the candidate has been in their field for less than five years.How do I know if my nominee is eligible?– Take a moment to consider their career path: is their success recent and early in their career?– Is this person already well-established on the industry’s radar? Or is it someone who’s about to be on everyone’s radar?– If they’ve won industry awards/accolades for their current profession, are they fairly recent (within the last two to three years)?– Have they been on other similar lists and if so, was that a long time ago? If they are still in the same career, they are likely not eligible.SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATIONS HEREDeadline: All nominations are due by June 19 Advertisement It’s that time of year again: Playback is welcoming submissions for its annual 5 to Watch.We’re looking to highlight up-and-coming stars in the Canadian screen production industry – and we need your help to do it.In 2019, we’re particularly interested in bringing an innovation lens to the 5 to Watch and showcasing individuals who are doing things a little bit differently. Whether that’s through entrepreneurial business strategies, innovative approaches to content production or cutting-edge work in their respective field, we want to hear about what makes your nominees unique. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Nutrien permanently closes New Brunswick potash facility takes US18B writedown

first_imgSUSSEX, N.B. – Nutrien Inc. says it has permanently closed its New Brunswick potash facility after putting the operation on care and maintenance in early 2016.The company says it will take a US$1.8-billion impairment charge in the third quarter due to the closure.It says the decision to close the facility reflects the company’s ability to increase potash production at a significantly lower cost than resuming operations in New Brunswick.Nutrien, then known as the Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan before a merger, shut down its Picadilly mine near Sussex, N.B., at a loss of about 430 jobs close to three years ago to focus on its lower-cost operations in Saskatchewan.The news was a shock at the time for the town of 4,300 after Potash Corp. had spent around $2 billion and six years building the facility.The company said at the time that the closure would save it upwards of US$50 million a year amid a weak market for the fertilizer.Potash Corp. announced a merger with fellow fertilizer company Agrium Inc. later in 2016, creating more combined supply within a single company.Companies in this story: (TSX:NTR)last_img read more

ED questions Kochhars in ICICIVideocon case

first_imgNew Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday questioned former ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar and her husband Deepak Kochhar here in an ongoing probe into the alleged irregularities and corrupt practices in the sanctioning of a Rs 1,875 crore loan by the bank to the Videocon Group. They appeared before the ED headquarters here at around 10.30 a.m. following the agency’s summons. The couple’s questioning began soon after they deposed before the investigators. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The case is related to the alleged irregularities and corrupt practices in the sanction of a Rs 1,875 crore loan disbursed by ICICI Bank to the Videocon Group during 2009 and 2011. The ED got clues about an illegal transaction running to crores of rupees routed to NuPower, a company run by Deepak Kochhar. The Kochhars were questioned on many occasions last month in Mumbai. This is their first appearance before the ED in Delhi. In March, the ED had conducted a series of searches at the residence and office premises of Kochhars as part of its investigations and also questioned them along with Videocon Group promoter Venugopal Dhoot. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Allegedly, Dhoot had invested in NuPower Renewables Ltd through his firm Supreme Energy as quid-pro-quo for loans cleared by the ICICI Bank under Chanda Kochhar. Out of the Rs 40,000 crore loan to the Videocon group, Rs 3,250 crore was given by ICICI Bank and a large portion of the loan by ICICI was unpaid at the end of 2017. The bank proceeded to declare the Rs 2,810 crore of unpaid loan as non-performing asset.last_img read more

Kentucky Injury Makes NCAA Basketball Championship a True TossUp

I have a longstanding grievance with the term “toss-up.” It implies an outcome that resembles the toss of a fair coin, one whose prospects are about 50-50. But in political contexts, the term is sometimes applied far too liberally. Any reasonably competitive race is a “toss-up.” On the eve of the 2012 presidential election, for example, Karl Rove described 12 states as “toss-ups,” including Wisconsin and Nevada, where Mitt Romney had not led a poll in months. (Rove nevertheless seemed to be surprised by the election’s outcome.)Poker players use a related term, “coin flip,” to describe certain hands that get all-in before the flop. Big edges are hard to come by in poker, and so poker players are more precise in their use of probabilistic language. Even so, there is some slack; a matchup between a pair of queens and an ace and king of different suit is often described as a “coin flip,” even though the queens have a 57-43 edge.But Monday night’s NCAA men’s basketball national championship game? It really is a toss-up, at least according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast model, which gives Connecticut a 50.1 percent chance of winning and Kentucky a 49.9 percent chance.You may have noticed that our odds changed since Saturday’s national semifinals. (You can find a complete archive of updates to our projections here). Right after Kentucky beat Wisconsin, we had the Wildcats as a 55 percent favorite to beat Connecticut.But Kentucky’s chances dropped slightly with the news that Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky’s starting center, will miss the championship game. Our model adjusts for injuries, accounting for the value of individual players through a formula derived from Sports-Reference win shares. Cauley-Stein was the Wildcats’ fourth most valuable player, according to that system. His loss can obviously be overcome — Kentucky beat Wisconsin and Michigan without Cauley-Stein. But Kentucky’s edge against Connecticut was so narrow to begin with that the news was enough to tip the odds to 50-50.Las Vegas still had the Wildcats favored by 2.5 points as of late Sunday night. I’m a bit curious as to why. Las Vegas odds usually track computer ratings closely, and Connecticut and Kentucky are about even in most computer systems based on their resumes this season. But those systems assume both teams are at full strength.One reason may be the perception that Kentucky is simply the more talented team. I wouldn’t dispute that. (The FiveThirtyEight model’s way of accounting for a team’s talent is by looking at its preseason ranking, and Kentucky was No. 1 in the preseason. That’s one reason the model was more bullish on the Wildcats than the seeding committee.) On the other hand, if the perception is that Kentucky has been the hotter team, I’m not sure that’s true. Both teams have overcome exceptionally tough draws to reach the championship, but Connecticut has been more emphatic while doing so, winning by an average of 8.2 points so far in the tournament as compared to 3.6 for Kentucky.In fact, Kentucky’s streak of close wins could be historic. Since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, the team to win the championship by the lowest aggregate scoring margin was Villanova that year. Villanova outscored its opponents by just 30 points combined over six wins (five points per game). Kentucky will break that record if it beats Connecticut by 11 points or fewer. read more

Will a bowl ban affect Ohio State football recruiting

The NCAA might have hit the Ohio State football program with a one-year bowl ban and cut nine scholarships over three years, but it hasn’t affected the school’s recruiting. According to recruiting experts, no OSU football recruits have indicated they are thinking about switching their commitment. In fact, the opposite is true. “In actuality, we surveyed most of the commitments that they have and basically it was almost unanimous that they’re going to stick with their commitments to Ohio State,” said Steve Helwagen, managing editor of Bucknuts.com. “I don’t think anybody is planning to back out.” Kevin Noon, managing editor for BuckeyeGrove.com, said he has also spoken to many of OSU’s recruits and doesn’t foresee any problems. “We’ve spoken to a lot of the big names of the class and they’ve all said that they want to sign with the Buckeyes,” Noon said. “They’re still excited about their opportunity to be part of the Buckeyes.” The bowl ban will affect OSU after the 2012 regular season, which would be the freshman year for the incoming recruits. Typically, most freshman at OSU don’t play a large role on the field. “They’re probably going to be backups if they don’t redshirt,” Helwagen said. “For those guys, to miss a bowl game, they don’t figure to be frontline players. It’s probably not that big of an issue.” But the bowl ban is something that many didn’t expect. OSU athletic director Gene Smith repeatedly said he didn’t think a bowl ban was likely and said he was “surprised” when the NCAA Committee of Infractions announced their decision Tuesday. When new head coach Urban Meyer first took the job at OSU, he indicated that he didn’t expect a bowl ban either. Helwagen and Noon said recruits were probably being told not to expect a harsh decision. “When they hired Urban Meyer, he said that Gene Smith and Gordon Gee told him that they didn’t think a bowl ban was in the cards,” Helwagen said. “I think Urban Meyer was telling recruits what he was being told … (the ban) couldn’t have been unforeseen because it was a possibility. I think it did catch a lot of people off guard though.” In addition to the bowl ban, the NCAA slashed nine scholarships over three years and put the football program on three years probation. Noon agreed the bowl ban may have come as a surprise, but said the other sanctions shouldn’t worry the recruits in the slightest. “I think the one-year bowl ban comes as a little bit of a surprise,” Noon said. “But when you look at the rest of the penalties, none of those directly have bearing on kids whether they commit to a program because scholarship reductions don’t mean anything to you if you already have a scholarship.” Before the NCAA levied its punishments, Meyer had been on quite a roll on the Buckeye recruiting trail. Noah Spence, Se’von Pittman and Tommy Schutt, three highly rated defensive line recruits gave their pledge to the Scarlet and Gray within the past two weeks. Two of those players, Pittman and Schutt, were previously committed to other Big Ten schools, but Meyer was able to flip Pittman from Michigan State to OSU and Schutt uncommitted from Penn State. With OSU now facing a bowl ban, some fear opposing coaches might use that fact to negatively recruit against players already committed to the Buckeyes. But Noon said finally knowing the penalties might actually be a good thing. “I think Ohio State was already being negatively recruited when the whole NCAA cloud was hanging over its head,” Noon said. “I’m sure that schools will try and potentially use this to see if they can shake somebody loose, but I don’t expect it to be anywhere to the point of where it was beforehand where schools were saying allegedly that Ohio State was going to get USC-type penalties.” The USC football program just finished the second season of its two-year bowl ban this year and had 30 scholarships cut by the NCAA as part of violations involving former Trojan running back Reggie Bush. Recruits now know what they’re facing if they choose to enroll at OSU, but that doesn’t mean opposing coaches won’t try their best to convince the recruits to change their minds. “If they really want those guys, they’re going to go after them,” Helwagen said. read more

Ohio State Michigan State set for Big Ten tournament showdown

CHICAGO–For large stretches of the final game of the night in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten tournament, it looked like Ohio State’s opponent in its semifinal game Saturday would be Iowa. The No. 6-seeded Hawkeyes took a 10-point lead into halftime against No. 3 seed Michigan State and held a 12-point lead 10 minutes into the second half. Paced by junior forward Adreian Payne, who scored 18 points, MSU started to chip away at the deficit. The Spartans went on a 13-2 run with 10 minutes remaining in the contest and took a 50-49 lead on a 3-pointer by freshman guard Gary Harris with 4:11 left. Play was back-and-forth from there, but MSU held on to a 59-56 victory after an Iowa 3-pointer in the waning moments clanked off the rim. Down the stretch, there were a few controversial calls that upset Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. Iowa junior forward Zach McCabe was called for a foul on MSU senior forward Derrick Nix when it appeared Nix had traveled before his shot. This led to McCaffery throwing his suit jacket onto the floor. With 30 seconds to play and Iowa down, 57-56, Hawkeye sophomore forward Aaron White was called for a foul on a Harris jumper, causing McCaffery to slam his fists onto the padding of the scorer’s table. “This team deserved a better fate,” McCaffery said afterwards, indirectly but almost assuredly blaming the officials for the loss. With the victory, MSU (25-7) will face OSU (24-7) Saturday at 4 p.m. at the United Center in Chicago. Let’s take a closer look at OSU’s upcoming opponent: Record: 25-7, 14-5 Big Ten Against OSU in the regular season: 1-1 Jan. 19: MSU 59, OSU 56 in East Lansing, Mich. The Buckeyes lost a heartbreaker to the Spartans in the first matchup of the season. MSU scored the first 10 points of the game and took a 30-26 lead into halftime. OSU, trailing by three points with seven seconds remaining, settled for an errant 3-pointer by sophomore guard Shannon Scott that clanked off the backboard with three seconds left. The shot confused many, as it came with time left on the clock and junior forward Deshaun Thomas open on the wing. Feb. 24: OSU 68, MSU 60 in Columbus OSU got its revenge on the then-No. 4 ranked Spartans, led by a rarely-seen offensive-minded Aaron Craft. The Buckeyes’ junior guard–known for his defense–scored a game-high 21 points, more than he had in the previous three games combined. OSU trailed, 31-25, at halftime, but led by Craft, the Buckeyes outscored MSU by 14 in the second period. Matchup to watch: Payne vs. OSU’s big men Payne dominated OSU in the Spartans’ loss in Columbus. The Ohio-native had 12 points, 15 rebounds, a block and a steal, having his way with every forward Thad Matta put on him. With OSU’s strength on defense being its guards, the Buckeyes can expect to bottle up–to an extent–MSU junior point guard Keith Appling and Harris. If sophomore center Amir Williams or redshirt senior forward Evan Ravenel can contain Payne, OSU could fare well Saturday. Saturday’s games: No. 1 seed Indiana vs. No. 4 seed Wisconsin, 1:40 p.m. No. 2 seed OSU vs. No. 3 seed MSU, 25 minutes following IU-UW read more

Ohio State enduring program changes ahead of 2018 season with new head

The Ohio State gymnastics team huddles before an event during its meet against Iowa on Jan. 21, 2017. Credit: Megan Russell | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State women’s gymnastics team is undergoing an adjustment period nearing the start of the 2018 season under new head coach Meredith Paulicivic.The Buckeyes have a different approach with Paulicivic at the head of the program than in previous years. She said she’s aiming for early consistency, rather than trying to nail challenging routines out of the gate.“One difference this year is that we have taken out some difficulty and really are going for clean and consistent,” Paulicivic said. “I feel like, until we can be clean and consistent, we’re not going to wow anybody with huge difficulty.”These adjustments are more focused on the routines of her older athletes. The upperclassmen and experienced Buckeyes, like senior Alexis Mattern, will still be expected to be the team’s heavy hitters.Paulicivic is also putting a stronger emphasis on artistry and technique for Ohio State, an adjustment that will be seen on routines such as sophomore Olivia Aepli’s floor performance. “She has a really good artistic quality that I love,” Paulicivic said. “I gave her a brand new floor routine. Again, pulled out some of her difficulty, and I’m going to use that incredible artistic quality she has to hopefully garner higher scores than she had before.”Ohio State could face challenges heading into the year, given the youth of the team. The roster is now comprised of nine underclassmen, including six freshmen, a group that could be the start of a strong core in the coming years, but presents potential challenges in the current season.That young group of players lost one of its veteran leaders before the season even had a chance to start. Senior Taylor Harrison announced her medical retirement, and will not compete as planned. She had previously been named one of the team’s captains.Harrison has represented the Buckeyes at the NCAA regionals the past two years and was a major contributor for Ohio State on the floor exercise, with a career-high of 9.875, and balance beam, holding a team-high score of 9.850 in 2017.The team also is facing injuries with two other senior athletes. Mattern is healing from a bicep injury from the previous season, and senior Kaitlyn Hofland is recovering from another surgery from a lingering shoulder injury.Paulicivic anticipates that Mattern will be ready for the season opener to perform as an all-around competitor but is uncertain if Hofland will be medically cleared to participate in time for the start of the season.The Buckeyes will be led by their three competing seniors and captains — Mattern, Hofland and senior Stefanie Merkle. Those seniors have consistently posted 9.800-9.900 range scores on every event in the previous season, making them the athletes to watch in the upcoming season.“Evolution is our theme this year, and I think that we kind of want to show that we’re serious about that,” Hofland said.  As an opener to kick off the 2018 season, on Dec. 16 at 12 p.m. in St. John Arena, the Buckeyes will compete in their Scarlet and Gray Intrasquad meet. Ohio State will have their first official meet at 9 p.m. Jan. 6 at UCLA. read more

West Ham target Sam Johnstone

first_imgWest Ham United are reportedly targeting a move for Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, claims the Daily MirrorAfter a lackluster loan spell at the London Stadium this season, David Moyes is not keen on making Joe Hart’s deal a permanent one at the end of the season and has now made it one of his top priorities to sign a new goalkeeper in the summer.The former United coach is believed to be keen on reuniting with the out-of-favour Johnstone in a deal that could be potentially worth £4m.Despite having been an academy graduate, Johnstone’s prospects at Old Trafford appear to be bleak with the 25 year-old currently on loan at Championship Aston Villa.Despite a lack of action this season, Portuguese goalkeeper Joel Pereira is believed to be well regarded by Jose Mourinho and the 21 year-old has replaced Johnstone as United’s third choice option.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Steve Bruce is reportedly keen on extending Johnstone’s stay at Villa Park, but the prospect is under some doubt after United triggered their option to renew the Englishman’s contract by another 12 months.The move was taken to up hold the fee they would attain by selling the loan star at the end of the season and it appears that Villa’s chances of landing Johnstone on  a permanent deal rest on their promotion hopes.Despite his uncertain future, Johnstone has performed well in the Championship this season and has the highest best save rate at 76.7% for goalkeepers who have made at least 20 appearances.last_img read more