first_imgBrazil v Croatia Brazil vs Croatia: TV channel, live stream, line-ups & match preview Daniel Edwards Last updated 1 year ago 21:12 6/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Roberto Firmino Brazil Getty Brazil v Croatia Friendlies Croatia Brazil One of the World Cup favourites are in action at Anfield on Sunday, as Brazil begin their preparations for Russia with a tough challenge Brazil face an early test of their World Cup credentials on Sunday when they take on Croatia in a friendly to be played at Liverpool’s Anfield home.It is the first pre-World Cup friendly for each nation, who both hope to excel in the Russia finals later this month. And while Neymar is set to miss out, those present at Anfield should have the privilege of seeing a host of stars, including several players who shined in Saturday’s Champions League final.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! 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Game Brazil vs Croatia Date Sunday, June 3 Time 3:00pm BST/ 10:00am ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch Watch Brazil vs Croatia  live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.In the UK, meanwhile, the game will be available via LFC TV and online with LFC TV Go.Squads & Team News Position Brazil players Goalkeepers Alisson, Cassio, Ederson Defenders Thiago Silva, Miranda, Pedro Geromel, Filipe Luis, Marcelo, Marquinhos, Danilo, Fagner  Midfielders  Casemiro, Renato Augusto, Coutinho, Paulinho, Fernandinho, Fred, Willian  Forwards Douglas Costa, Neymar, Roberto Firmino, Taison, Gabriel Jesus Brazil star Neymar continues his recovery from a metatarsal break and will not start at Anfield, while Roberto Firmino is likely to be rested after his Champions League exertions, leaving Gabriel Jesus as the starting centre-forward.The Selecao are also suffering a handful of injury niggles. Renato Augusto and Douglas Costa are struggling and are unlikely to play a part in Sunday’s fixture.Potential starting XI: Alisson; Danilo, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Paulinho, Casemiro, Fernandinho; Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Coutinho Position Croatia players Goalkeepers Livakovic, Kalinic, Subasic Defenders Vrsaljko, Strinic, Corluka, Lovren, Jedvaj, Mitrovic, Vida, Pivaric, Caleta-Car Midfielders Rakitic, Kovacic, Modric, Brozovic, Bradaric, Badelj Forwards Perisic, Kramaric, Kalinic, Mandzukic, Rebic, Pjaca Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is yet to trim his World Cup squad, and will bring 27 hopefuls to Anfield before announcing his final list ahead of Monday’s deadline.It remains to be seen whether Champions League final participants Luka Modric, Dejan Lovren and Mateo Kovacic will be risked, but there is nevertheless talent to spare in Croatia’s squad as they take on Tite’s Brazil.Potential starting XI: Subasic; Vrsaljko, Lovren, Corluka, Vida; Rakitic, Badelj; Rebic, Modric, Perisic; Kramaric.Betting & Match Odds Brazil begin as clear favourites at Anfield, with dabblebet offering 1/2 on a victory for the South Americans. Croatia are backed at 11/2, with a draw rated at 14/5.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for this weekend’s international friendly matches. Game Preview Philippe Coutinho Brazil 2018As two teams packed full of stars, many eyes will be on Brazil and Croatia at the upcoming World Cup finals. As such there should be great interest in Sunday’s friendly at Anfield, a game that marks the beginning of preparations for both sides ahead of the big tournament. Brazil head to Russia as one of the favourites to win the trophy, alongside Spain, Germany and France. The team spearheaded by Neymar has been revitalised since coach Tite took over in 2016, breezing through World Cup qualifying and re-establishing the Selecao among the world’s elite after the humiliation of the 7-1 and the dark days of Dunga’s second spell post-2014 World Cup. The fitness of Neymar, however, is the big concern going into the finals. The Paris Saint-Germain star has been grounded since February due to a foot injury and will go into the competition acutely short of match fitness. Tite will hope that the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Willian and Gabriel Jesus can step up, but recovering Neymar is still key to their chances of landing the nation’s sixth World Cup title. Croatia, meanwhile, are counting on the likes of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic reproducing their wonderful club form with Real Madrid and Barcelona on the international stage. The pair are among the world’s finest midfielders, but will have to shake off fatigue after yet another exhausting season across multiple competitions for the Clasico rivals. Those two will be key, while they are ably supported by Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic, Mateo Kovacic and Marko Pjaca to name just a few of Croatia’s attacking stars. With a tough World Cup group that includes Argentina, Iceland and Nigeria, though, they will have to be at their very best to advance to the knockout stages and keep the World Cup dream alive.last_img read more

first_imgWith seven senior divisions on offer, entertainment, and accommodation options available. The weekend is guaranteed to be an enjoyable weekend on and off the Touch Football field.Further information is available from www.sqbdspecialevents.comThanks to Garry Shepherd for providing the article content.Related Filesmasters_flyer-pdflast_img

first_imgThere are 44 Mixed, 40 Men’s and 20 Women’s teams doing battle for the $12,000 prize money up for grabs.  Seventy-eight teams participated in last year’s Knockout and the old record of 102 teams was set about a decade ago. A couple of interesting statistics are that only 40 teams from last year renominated and the number of Womens teams have doubled this year. The 2012 Knockout will see teams from Melbourne, Wodonga, Albury, Wagga, Leeton, Griffith, Cootamundra, Young, Dubbo, Orange, Newcastle, Central Coast, Sydney, Albion Park, Nowra, Moss Vale, Canberra and Yass take part in the event. Yass will be represented by the Aussie Bandits (Satu Beck); Kiss My Pass (Emily Witt); Ganja Farmers (Sam Puckett); Enormous Horns (Luke Darmody); Hot Hand (Jai Smith), Smokin Darts ‘N Breakin Harts and Take It Slow (Scott Naughton).Parramatta are back as the Slippery Eels after several years absence, with three teams led by Australian Men’s Open player, Jamie Stowe, while the UNSW Bullets, who missed last year’s Knockout, are back with a team in each of the divisions with one of the best ever Australian Mixed Open players, Tony Eltakchi, at the helm.ACT Touch will be represented by eight teams – Men’s 20’s, Men’s 30’s, Men’s 40’s, Men’s 45’s, Men’s 50’s, Women’s 20’s, Women’s 27’s and Mixed. Current and former locals Julian Buckmaster, Doug Witt (Men’s 40’s); Des Naughton (Men’s 50’s) and Daniel Wallace (Men’s 20’s) will line up for the ACT. The Ninja Cats, a Canberra Touch club who made their debut in last year’s Knockout, are back with two Mixed teams, with Frenchman Emmanuel Conde strutting his stuff both as a player and referee.Dave Turner will lead the ANU Bears Old Boys into action and Trung Le’s team Mix and Match are another Canberra combination making a comeback in the Mixed division.The Winnunga Bilbys will showcase some of the best young talent from Canberra with Marley Powell and Majarra Hoolihan playing alongside the old veteran, Charlie Nye from Mogo.Cowra have entered a team for the first time since the inaugural Knockout in 1989, while the Hot Rods from Moss Vale are back. Griffith are back with two teams after a break of some years with former Sydney Roosters hooker, Simon Bonnetti, in the Mixed team Pastro Customs AG, while Leeton have entered a Mixed team called the Otters.The SunsThe Southern Suns have entered six teams – Men’s Open, Men’s 20’s, Men’s 50’s, Women’s Open, Women’s 20’s and Mixed. The Mixed team, which includes Joel Willoughby, Andrew Baggio, Alyd Owen, Nicole Beck, Alicia Quirk, Sophie Broadhead, Jessica McCall and the Absolum’s Ben, Jess and Madison, will be very hard to beat.Stuart Wallace is the only Yass player in the Suns’ teams playing in the Men’s Open division. Cootamundra have a team, the Clubhouse, and Young will be represented by Seven Thirteen. There are ten teams from Melbourne – the Secrets, La Trobe Eagles, Monash Mavericks, Monash Vikings, the Schleck Slayers, the Victoria Women’s Open team and five Touch UM teams.The Royal Australian Navy has entered two teams and the Defence Forces have entered a team from Newcastle plus there is the Bandiana Scorpions from Wodonga.Te Whanau Manly have entered four teams and with players like Willie Bishop, Amy Regal and Put and Harry Berryman in their teams, they will be hard to beat in all divisions.Orange and Dubbo have entered two teams each while the Berka Panthers from Copacabana are the only Central Cost team.  Albion Park has a handy team headed by Paul Farrugia and the party boys the Narooma Hasbeens are back.Wagga is represented by the Mixed Relations led by Kevin Salmon and the Murray River Warriors who have entered two teams.George Broome, the Yenda flyer, will play for the Brotherz from Albury and six members of the Stewart family will form the nucleus of the Wickstar Sports team from Nowra. The real social teams of the Knockout will be represented by the four teams from Sydney Uni called the Blue Lions; Gold Lions; Geckos and Wombats, while UNSW Bullets have entered teams in each of the three divisions and the Flying Dragons, Salamandas, Sphaerodoctylus and the Chuckwallas will take the field for UTS.The FavouritesIn the Men’s division, Can’t Lick Us Botany, a team made of a number New Zealanders including Lani Puohotaua, Ed Burrell, Cain Rangi, Dean Williams and Derek Lalotoa will be the team to beat while the Devils Heathcote, Te Whanau Manly, Slippery Eels Parramatta and Take It Slow Yass will give them a run for their money.In the Mixed division, the Southern Suns, ACT, Te Whanau Manly, Sydney Rebels and Keys from Horlsey are the teams favoured to make the final.Cutie Cucumbers Botany, Te Whanau Manly, Bankstown and Victoria are the strong teams in the Women’s division.The action starts at 8.00am on Saturday with each team playing three games before the teams are graded for Sunday’s Knockout event.Knockout HistoryThe Yass Touch Knockout commenced in 1989 with 29 teams competing. For the last decade, 80 plus teams have participated each year after a record number of 102 teams in the early noughties.The Yass Knockout is the largest of its kind in Australasia and is regarded as a tournament that produces a high standard of Touch Football as well as being a great social event.Big Name SportsmenCurrent and former Rugby League stars like PJ Marsh (Parramatta, Broncos and New Zealand Warriors), David Hatch (Cronulla), Ian Russell (Illawarra Steelers), Joe Williams, Eric Ferguson (South Sydney), Nick Kouparitsas (Sydney Roosters), Mark Bell and Jamie Soward (St George) and current New South Wales Waratahs’ fly-half, Daniel Halangahu, have played in the Knockout over the years.Legendary TeamsThe Leeton Zonks, who played in the Knockout for a decade in the 90’s, are known as one of the great social teams to have competed in the event. The Zonks were a team formed around ex-students from the Leeton High School and were led into battle by the likes of Bruce Washington, Greg Reberger and ex-Sydney rugby league players Chris Houghton (Parramatta) and Larry Kelly (North Sydney). All the players had to meet at the Leeton Post Office at 6.00am on the Saturday morning of the Knockout to travel by bus to Yass. They had to wear their famous white and black uniform which included the ‘Z’ cap for the whole weekend and were only allowed to bring a toothbrush and toothpaste to Yass.Other legendary teams were the Culburra Legends, Spunky Love Machine Young, Bowral Boys, Milky Lickers Umina, Nye Bros Mogo, Central Thoroughbreds Cootamundra, Hookies Heroes Temora, Tequila Slammers Mittagong, Albury Mojo, Redbacks Yass, Coastal Tyres Central Coast, Rip ‘Em Out’ Gosford, Wollongong Cellars, Stefan’s Kebabs Wollongong, City of Orange, Fabric Warehouse Canberra, Melbourne Thunder, Alacrity Brisbane, Te Whanau Manly, Shark Attack Cronulla, St George, Parramatta, Sydney University, UTS Lizards, X-Blades, Chosen Few, Good Things, Cookie Monsters, Mr Walker, Suns of Beaches, SR 2002 and the Ol’ 55’s led by former Jerrawa schoolboy, Noel ‘Condor’ Donoghue.Stubby Holders with the names of these legendary teams will be on sale at the Knockout for $5 along with souvenir shirts, caps and visors.The word on the traps is that the Narooma Hasbeens, the Frothing Gecko Mutt and the Ninja Cats are ready to challenge the Zonks as the team to be remembered. Match OfficialsKen Bell has officiated at each of the Knockouts since its inception either as a referee or tournament official.Kel O’Rourke, the legendary Canberra Greyhounds race caller, will be the voice at this year’s Knockout, letting everyone know what is going on.Some of the game’s top referees have officiated at the Knockout including Gary ‘Mouse’ Mournehis, Steve Pike, Dave Baggio, Rex Smith, Mick Medlin and Richard ‘Tickets’ Lawry, who played for St George in the 70’s.  This year, Nick Altin, Julie Bradley, Cliff Winnett, Karen Davies, Rob McKenchie, Brenton Turner, Victor Baptista, Clint Jory, Giancarlo Leung, Tony Collins, Billy Greatbatch and the legendary Les Croft will be some of the referees officiating. Memorable MomentsThe Knockout has produced some memorable moments. What about when the sprinklers came on in the middle of the night? It caused a lot of angst for one particular camper, Brent Perkins from the Central Coast, who was in a deep sleep when a sprinkler came up in the middle of his one man tent.One of the Knockout’s highlights occurred in the late 90’s when the second and third tests of the Youth Trans Tasman Series between Australia and New Zealand were played at the Knockout.SupportersThe Yass business community have been great supporters of the Knockout through sponsorship which has allowed $12,000 prizemoney for the event.Thanks to the Yass Valley Development Corporation and YSC The Club for being the major sponsors of the Knockout and the Australian Hotel-Motel, Royal Hotel, Hi Way Motor Inn, Cafe Dolcetto, Jaspers Restaurant, Northside Takeaway, DFC Solicitors, McDonalds Yass, Dairy Farmers, Yass Valley Hire and Darrane Pty Ltd for being associate sponsors.The profits from the Knockout have been used to keep the registration fees for the local competitions low, support local players to play at a higher level and make improvements to the facilities at Walker Park, the Knockout venue. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2012 Yass Knockout, please visit the Yass Touch website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=508&pID=14last_img read more

first_imgTouch Football Australia’s (TFA) ‘Referee Affiliate of the Month’ sees TFA highlight an affiliate that has demonstrated success in referee development, but most importantly provide information and ideas from that affiliate as a profile for other affiliates and competitions to utilise. TFA congratulates the fourth Referee Affiliate of the Month, Geelong Touch Association in Victoria and thanks the affiliate for providing the included information. To view the Geelong Touch Association case study, please click on the attachment below or click on the following link:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-3591-0-0-0&sID=282883Related Filesgeelong_touch_referee_affiliate_case_study_-_august-pdfRelated LinksRef Affiliate of the Monthlast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Mourinho wanted Man Utd to axe Yorkeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho wanted Treble winner Dwight Yorke axed by the club for criticising him, it is being claimed.ESPN says comments made by Yorke infuriated Mourinho.The Portuguese coach even clashed with United’s board and demanded the 47-year-old be removed from his position – but the club declined.Other ambassadors, however, were ordered not to attack Mourinho and urged to “be careful” when commenting on the Portuguese coach.Mourinho had fallen out with many figures at United before being axed by the club on Tuesday morning. last_img read more

first_imgGeneral view of the stadium as the Oklahoma Sooners take on the Miami HurricanesMIAMI GARDENS, FL – OCTOBER 03: General view of the stadium as the Oklahoma Sooners take on the Miami Hurricanes at Land Shark Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Miami defeated Oklahoma 21-20. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Renato Brown decommitment: the defensive tackle has backed away from a pledge to the Miami Hurricanes. Brown had been committed to The U for over eight months. He made his pledge back on September 12.247Sports only ranks Brown as a three-star player. He is the No. 546 player in the class of 2019. Brown stars for Palm Beach Central in Florida.He’s the No. 75 player in the state. 247 has him as the No. 51 player at his position.However, his offer list tells a bit of a different story. Some of the top programs in the country, those bigger than Miami right now, have offered Brown.Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, and Tennessee are among the other schools that have offered. Now, Brown has opened things back up.Renato Brown’s decommitment came via Twitter this evening.Respect my decision ?? pic.twitter.com/AvWGHWlfBI— Renato Brown (@Renato__59) May 21, 2018He says that Miami will still be “one of the top schools” in his recruitment. His full note:“First off I would like to thank the University of Miami and their coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to play at their school and also the lord for the ability he has given me to play the sport I love. With that being said, I am decommitting and reopening my recruiting process. I’ll be waiting till National Signing Day to make my final decision, but Miami is still one of the top schools on my list. Please respect my decision, and I will not be answering any questions for today.”Even without Brown in the fold, Miami still has the makings of a pretty impressive 2019 class. The ‘Canes have 11 pledges, good for the No. 3 ranking in the ACC, and No. 11 nationally.Brown may not be a blue-chip recruit as of now. However, with his offer list, he is very much one to watch.last_img read more

first_imgA closeup of Nick Saban on the Alabama sideline.TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Nick Saban and Alabama have agreed to a contract extension.The six-time national champion head coach was the highest-paid coach in college football. That was until Urban Meyer’s new deal paid him an average annual salary of $8,485,559.Saban was at No. 2, until now. Alabama agreed to a contract extension with the coach that has brought five titles in his first nine seasons with the team.Saban is now under contract until the 2025 season. In 2018, Saban will take home a $7.5 million salary with an $800,000 signing incentive.Nick Saban has reached a new agreement with Alabama that will extend his contract by one year through the 2025 season. His base salary in 2018 will increase to $7.5 million plus a bonus of $800,000. The deal will increase $400,000 annually through the life of the contract.— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) July 27, 2018Over the course of the deal, Saban’s salary will increase by $400,000 each year. By the end of the contract Saban will make $10.4 million, plus other incentives likely to be placed in the deal.Saban, 66, has gone 127-20 as Alabama’s head coach, winning five national championships.last_img read more

first_imgTua Tagovailoa of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers.AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 25: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Last Saturday, the Alabama Crimson Tide suffered a scare on the field, as Tua Tagovailoa aggravated his sprained knee. With a showdown against Tennessee looming, the top team in the country will need its star quarterback under center.Tagovailoa was magnificent before leaving the game, throwing for 265 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.Although the defending champions could turn to Jalen Hurts at quarterback, it sounds as if Tagovailoa is progressing well. Head coach Nick Saban said his sophomore star will practice today, as he also provided an excellent update on his condition.Saban said Tua Tagovailoa (knee) is going to practice today.”Probably better this week than he was last week.”— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) October 15, 2018If Tagovailoa is truly healthier this week, then Alabama could have him on the field for Saturday.The injury initially occurred in the Crimson Tide’s game against Arkansas.Perhaps, Alabama will advise its quarterback to remain in the pocket, as Tagovailoa got hurt on the run. Even though his legs add another element to his skillset, the Heisman Trophy front-runner continues to prove he’s deadly with his arm.As long as Tagovailoa can receive most of the reps in practice, he should be ready for this weekend.last_img read more

first_imgIndia name women’s squad for ODI series against EnglandIndia named an unchanged squad for the one day internationals series against England which starts with February 22. Mithali Raj will be leading the side in the 3-match ODI seriesadvertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiFebruary 9, 2019UPDATED: February 9, 2019 19:52 IST Mithali Raj will captain an unchanged squad when India take on England (@WHITE_FERNS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia will play a 3ODI series against England starting on February 22India had recently won the three-ODI series against New Zealand 2-1President’s XI squad that will play the warm-ups games was also announcedIndia on Saturday retained the 15-member women’s squad, led by skipper Mithali Raj, that played in the New Zealand series for the upcoming three-match ODI rubber against England starting on February 22 in Mumbai.”The All-India Women’s Selection Committee has picked the Indian Women’s Cricket team for the three-match Paytm ODI series against England Women,” the BCCI said in a statement.”The three ODIs are a part of the ongoing ICC Women’s Championship and will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.”Paytm ODI series squad:Mithali Raj (C), Jhulan Goswami, Smriti, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (wk), R Kalpana (wk), Mona Meshram, Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav,Shikha Pandey, Mansi Joshi, Punam RautBCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) February 9, 2019India had recently won the three-ODI series against New Zealand 2-1.The Indian board also announced the President’s XI squad that will play a warm-up game ahead of the series on February 18.Board President’s XI for a one-day warm-up game:Smriti Mandhana (Captain), Veda Krishnamurthy, Devika Vaidya, S Meghana, Bharati Fulmali, Komal Zanzad, R Kalpana, Priya Punia, Harleen Deol, Reemalaxmi Ekka, Manali Dakshini, Minnu Mani, Tanuja KanwarBCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) February 9, 2019″The selectors have also picked the Board President’s XI squad that will play a one-day warm-up game prior to the ODI series in Mumbai on 18th February,” the BCCI said.India Women’s squad for ODI series: Mithali Raj (Captain), Jhulan Goswami, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), R Kalpana (wicket-keeper), Mona Meshram, Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Mansi Joshi, Punam Raut.advertisementBoard President’s XI: Smriti Mandhana (Captain), Veda Krishnamurthy, Devika Vaidya, S Meghana, Bharati Fulmali, Komal Zanzad, R Kalpana, Priya Punia, Harleen Deol, Reemalaxmi Ekka, Manali Dakshini, Minnu Mani, Tanuja Kanwar.Also Read | India women look to salvage pride vs New Zealand in final Twenty20 InternationalFor 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 byPTI Tags :Follow Indian women’s cricket teamFollow India vs EnglandFollow Mithali Rajlast_img read more

first_imgMaruti Suzuki India sales fall for fifth consecutive month, company registers 14 per cent drop in June 2019Barring January 2019, when the sales of Maruti Suzuki India had risen by a marginal 0.2 per cent, there has been a continuous fall. There was a decline of 0.8 per cent in February 2019, 1.6 per cent in March 2019, 17.2 per cent in April 2019 and 22 per cent in May 2019.advertisement Varun Singh New DelhiJuly 1, 2019UPDATED: July 1, 2019 12:48 IST Maruti Suzuki India monthly sales have fallen for the fifth straight month in June 2019. (Image Courtesy – Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSThe total domestic sales accounted for 1,14,861 units in June 2019.The total export sales stood at 9,847 units during the month under consideration.The mid-size sub-segment witnessed a 47.1 per cent jump in monthly sales to 2,322 units.Maruti Suzuki India today reported a 14 per cent decline in monthly sales to 1,24,708 units during June 2019. In comparison, the figure stood at 1,44,981 units during June 2018. This is the fifth consecutive month when the country’s largest carmaker has seen its sales going down.Barring January 2019, when the sales had risen by a marginal 0.2 per cent, there has been a continuous fall. There was a decline of 0.8 per cent in February 2019, 1.6 per cent in March 2019, 17.2 per cent in April 2019 and 22 per cent in May 2019.Of the 1,24,708 units sold during June 2019, the total domestic sales accounted for 1,14,861 units, while the total export sales stood at 9,847 units. The total domestic sales also include 1,830 units sold to other OEMs.During June 2019, there was a decline of 36.2 per cent in the mini sub-segment to 18,733 units and 12.1 per cent in the compact sub-segment to 62,897 units. However, the mid-size sub-segment witnessed a 47.1 per cent jump in monthly sales to 2,322 units.The mini sub-segment includes Alto and Old WagonR. The compact sub-segment comprises of the all-new third-generation WagonR, Celerio, Ignis, Swift, Baleno and Dzire. The mid-size sub-segment has Ciaz.Coming to the utility vehicles sub-segment, there was a 7.9 per cent drop in monthly sales to 17,797 units during June 2019, while the vans sub-segment registered a 24 per cent drop in sales to 9,265 units.The utility vehicles sub-segment includes Gypsy, Ertiga, Vitara Brezza and S-Cross. The vans sub-segment has Omni and Eeco.The light commercial vehicle category of Maruti Suzuki India witnessed a 24 per cent rise in monthly sales to 2,017 units in June 2019. This section comprises of Super Carry.advertisementFor the quarter ended June 30, 2019, Maruti Suzuki India reported a 17.9 per cent loss in total sales to 4,02,594 units. The company had sold 4,90,479 units during the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal.ALSO READ | Audi e-tron previewed in India, expected to priced around Rs 1.15 croreALSO READ | MG Hector: 5 reasons why new premium SUV may beat Tata Harrier, Mahindra XUV500, Jeep Compass, Hyundai CretaALSO READ | Jaguar Land Rover India hands over specially prepared Discovery Sport to NGO for relief operationsGet 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 byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Maruti Suzuki IndiaFollow Maruti Suzuki India salesFollow Maruti Suzuki India June 2019 sales Nextlast_img read more

first_img Next Unfair to keep talking about MS Dhoni’s retirement: Yuvraj SinghFormer India all-rounder Yuvraj SIngh retirement is purely an individual decision and his former teammate MS Dhoni should be allowed to take a call on his international future all by himself.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiSeptember 24, 2019UPDATED: September 24, 2019 19:03 IST It’s unfair to keep talking about MS Dhoni retiring, says Yuvraj Singh (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni needs to take the call on retirement: Yuvraj SinghIf he wants to play, we need to respect that: YuvrajDhoni has not played international cricket since 2019 World CupThe never-ending chatter around Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s future is “unfair” and the decision to retire rests solely with the World Cup-winning captain, his former India teammate Yuvraj Singh said on Tuesday.Dhoni’s future in international cricket has been a subject of intense speculation since the conclusion of the ICC World Cup in July, and the 38-year-old himself has been on a sabbatical for more than months.”I think it’s unfair to him. The guy (Dhoni) has done so much for Indian cricket. He has been the most successful Indian captain, so you got to give him time,” Yuvraj said here on the sidelines of ‘The Sports Movement’ summit organised by India On Track.”He needs to decide when he wants to go out. He needs to take that call. If he wants to still play, that’s his call and we need to respect that,” he added.Yuvraj, who retired from international cricket earlier this year at the age of 37, said it would be difficult to fill in Dhoni’s gloves when he decides to call it a day.He also said that it is not fair to compare young Rishabh Pant with a decorated cricketer like Dhoni.”It is unfair to compare him (Rishabh) with MS (Dhoni). It took a lot of years to become M S Dhoni and it will take a lot of years for Rishabh Pant to go close to him,” Yuvraj said.”MS Dhoni’s replacement is going to take a lot of time.”Also Read | MS Dhoni shares super sweet video of his friends playing cricketAlso Read | 12 years later, Yuvraj Singh relives moment of T20 World Cup triumphAlso See:advertisementFor 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 MS DhoniFollow Yuvraj SinghFollow India cricket teamFollow India vs South AfricaFollow Rishabh Pantlast_img read more

first_imgadvertisement view more view less commentary Next scorecard No data available! graphs India Today Web Desk PuneOctober 13, 2019UPDATED: October 13, 2019 13:36 IST Saha appeals after taking a catch on Day 4 (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSWriddhiman Saha was preferred over Rishabh Pant in the playing XI for the Freedom SeriesSaha has justified his selection by taking some absolute blindersSaha also scored quick runs in Vizag in a cameo when Indian needed himThere were a few raised eyebrows when Wriddhiman Saha was selected ahead of Rishabh Pant in the playing XIs of both the Tests so far between India and South Africa of the ongoing Freedom Series. While the wicketkeeper-batsman has only got one chance to bat so far in Vizag when he scored a quickfire 21 as India were aiming for a declaration, Saha’s wicketkeeping has been top-notch all series. The latest example of that was seen on the morning of Day 4 of the ongoing Pune Test.After Virat Kohli chose to enforce the follow on, India seamers Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma picked up 2 quick wickets to put the opposition on backfoot. But it was Theunis de Bruyn’s wicket which has turned Saha into an instant internet sensation. A length delivery from Umesh on de Bruyn’s pads was deflected by the batsman only for Saha to dive full stretch to his left and pluck the ball out of thin air mid-flight. Indian skipper Virat Kohli was so happy with Saha’s effort that he kissed him on the forehead. Twitter soon erupted, using all kinds of hyperboles to describe Saha.Here is a clip of the catch, followed by a few reactions:Fantastic catch by Saha.. justifying his selection and why he is considered the best in the business #INDvsSA pic.twitter.com/N83BuVNkFLAjesh Kumar (@ajesh06) October 13, 2019?? Wriddhiman ‘Superman’ Saha ??That has to be Saha’s wicket as much as it is Umesh’s. Throws himself down the leg side and grabs the ball with his left hand.What a catch to dismiss Bruyn ????#INDvSA #OrangeArmy #RiseWithUsadvertisementSunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) October 13, 2019Superman Saha! He just might bring pure wicketkeeping back into vogue. Down the legside, one-handed and he makes it look easy. Such a joy to watch him behind the wickets. pic.twitter.com/jAE8vRcd5NAshish Magotra (@clutchplay) October 13, 2019Wah wah Saha! Outstanding leg side catch, best I’ve seen in years Horrid start by SA suggests match may not go into last dayCricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 13, 2019Absolutely brilliant new ball bowling from India this morning. And @Wriddhipops, you are a rock star.Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 13, 2019Fly & Catch – Saha Style https://t.co/ETbaFqoTOdSAHIL GUPTA (@meetsahil) October 13, 2019Why is there a first slip, or even a second slip when SAHA is keeping? #INDvSAUncle Duckworth (@NewGenFan) October 13, 2019Incidentally, it was de Bruyn who was sent back by Saha on Day 3 with another diving catch – this time to his right. Saha, rated as one of the best stumpers in the world, flew to his right to grab the ball with both hands right in front of first slip off Umesh Yadav’s bowling to dismiss Theunis de Bruyn as the tourists slumped to 53/5 on Day 3.The Proteas were eventually bowled out for 275, still 326 runs behind India’s mammoth first innings score of 601/5d.”Be strong. Be you,” Saha wrote on his Twitter handle with the video of his catch that drew many plaudits.Be strong. Be you. #IndiaVsSouthAfrica pic.twitter.com/iNuDSJCZwgWriddhiman Saha (@Wriddhipops) October 13, 2019Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin at the end of Day 3 also didn’t forget to praise Wriddhiman Saha’s superb glovework.”It’s a no-brainer to say that Saha is one of the best going around. I have hardly seen him miss anything from the rough and today you saw how he took Rabada’s (missed) cover drive. It just indicates what good set of hands he has got,” said Ashwin.”Saha has also got great composure too and you can’t really rule him out with the bat either. He has had some handy contributions for the team. He is a great character and a great keeper to have in the team.”Also Read | Pune Test: Captain to decide on follow-on, depends on recovery of bowlers, says R AshwinAlso Read | India vs South Africa 2nd Test: India take 326-run lead after Philander-Maharaj resistanceFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Wriddhiman SahaFollow Virat KohliFollow India vs South Africa Wriddhiman ‘Superman’ Saha: Fans hail wicketkeeper as best in the world after stunning catch in Pune TestIndia vs South Africa 2nd Test: Indian wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha has now stunned fans twice in 2 days by taking diving catches to dismiss Theunis de Bruyn as many times in the ongoing Pune Test.last_img read more

first_img 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read Given our ongoing fascination with functional, utilitarian dressing, it is no surprise that Spiewak are so cocky about the timeless appeal of their wares. The Brooklyn-based outerwear brand are so confident, the homepage of their newly designed website reads ‘Developed to weather the test of time’ in gigantic font. Delve a little into their history and that self-pronounced kudos will soon become clear.The brand was born in 1904 when Polish immigrant Isaac Spiewak arrived in Brooklyn and proceeded to craft sheepskin vests for the many dockworkers living and working nearby. As Spiewak’s reputation grew, they were selected as the official uniform suppliers for the US Army. Following the flux of jackets and britches issued, Spiewak went on to create their classic naval peacoat, which is still in production today. As WW2 erupted in 1939, the brand stepped up once again but this time when the war reached its end, men continued to wear Spiewak’s military uniforms and flight jackets which is how the brand made the leap from uniform suppliers to everyday fashion.Today, Spiewak retains its dual appeal of uniformer and fashion brand. As well as designing and manufacturing the official uniforms for US police officers, fire fighters, subway conductors and even Olympians, the fashion conscious average Joe continues to revisit the brand for their smart and sturdy signature pieces.With a huge rebrand planned for AW14, we can’t wait to see what the label will conquer next. Fingers crossed for Spiewak space suits that we can wear to the office… Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire How to Use a French Press Coffee Maker Editors’ Recommendations Carbon Fiber Explained: Why It’s the Perfect Outdoor Gear Material How to Pick the Right Suit for Your Body Typelast_img read more

first_img If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Editors’ Recommendations 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Bunk + Brew HostelA hostel that doesn’t suck…All-season nomads who are already planning their fall and winter excursions can add Bunk+Brew Hostel in Bend, Oregon to their itinerary. (Especially if you already spent the majority of your travel expenses on a summer getaway)This sustainable retreat is a part of the City of Bend’s Registered Historic Society and was remodeled by its new owners (and avid explorers at heart), Frankie and Jota (or “J” in English) to become an affordable lodging option for wanderlust travelers.Book a room or bunk for as little as $39 a night, plus free breakfast— hello fresh-baked bread— free city maps, and linens and towels included.Located just two miles from the heart of downtown Bend, the crib isn’t exactly something you’d see in Architectural Digest, but it visitors get access to local suggestions for the best paths, trail, and of course, cafes and breweries the city as to offer. Really, you won’t be spending much of your day couped up.There’s no age restriction and no curfew. Reviewers gave the hostel a 9.8 out of 10 on HostelWorld.Bend is well known as an outdoor playground, with rafting, hiking, and trail running in the summer and sun-filled fresh powder days on the mountain during the winter… not to mention all-year biking. And the visiting crowd is young and hungry for these outdoor adventures, as the 2016 Winter Survey Report charted a dominant 46% of overnight visitors between the ages of 25-34. But with the popularity of this outdoor mecca growing, so have the average lodging prices.That’s where Bunk+Brew slides in. Co-founder Frankie is hoping this hostel can bring together a variety of seasoned travelers who are hungry for community and adventure. Plus locals too! Bunk+Brew was designed with intentional indoor and outdoor community spaces to bring locals and visitors together in the same place.The concept of Bunk+Brew first came up when fellow Co-founder Jota looked back over his journey of visiting 50 hostels across 8 countries (yikes that sounds exhausting), and the decision was made to establish a radical hostel right here on U.S. soil, in the backyard of an outdoor recreational capital city.Plus, it’s close enough to take a day trip to Portland and check out The Manual’s Best of Portland bar, restaurant, and coffee shop.Initially, the dudes looked to Indiegogo to raise money for the extensive renovation that had to go into refurbishing the historic Lucas House— the oldest brick building in all of Bend. With that crowdfunding change they modernized the electrical system, replaced energy-sucking appliances, and satisfied all health and safety compliance requirements before stocking up on the thoughtful touches that made this house more than a hostel, like cable and a big-screen TV, washer/dryer, and an outdoor fire pit.So before you waste money on a villa in Aspen or a secluded cabin in Big Sky, book a bunk or room at this community-driven hostel (same-sex or mixed options), get active with Bend’s many trails and hikes, grab a brew after a long day of exploring, and join one of Bunk+Brew’s famous backyard BBQs for an epic session of story-swapping with fellow travelers.Our suggestion: Book during February 17-19, 2018 to align your stay during Oregon’s Winter Fest, featuring wine fests, hot coco runs, arts and crafts markets, pop-up snowboarding and ski rails, beer… duh, and an ice sculpture competition. The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities The McMenamins Effect: How 2 Brothers Helped Start Beervana last_img read more

first_img Pitmaster Sam Jones’ Cornbread Recipe is Perfect for Any Barbecue 1 of 6 The Best Mattresses for Side-Sleepers Who Need Support Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Previous center_img Trophy trucks are expensive. The race-prepped vehicles that compete in Baja, Dakar, The Mint 400, and King of Hammers range from $400,000 to $800,000. They are, by no means, attainable for the average adventurist or enthusiast.Side-by-sides, thankfully, give mere mortals the opportunity to get 75-percent of the trophy truck experience, but at a fraction of the cost. And Polaris, the grand-daddy of the side-by-side community, is looking to elevate that experience even more with the all-new RZR RS1.While much of the fun of a side-by-side is  bringing a friend along for the ride and scaring the bejeezus out of them as you powerslide a turn at 76 mph (ask us how we know), Polaris believes there’s a market for hard-core enthusiasts that could care less about their buddy’s fun and more about their own. This is why the new RZR RS1 is a single-seater.Image Courtesy of PolarisPolaris says the RZR RS1 is “the ideal machine for a real driver’s driver looking to push beyond their limits, free from care or concern of a backseat driver.” And after taking a look at the RZR RS1, we’re inclined to agree. The central seat, which sits on an all-new chassis, gives the off-road buggy a better center of gravity and gives the driver unparalleled visibility, similar to McLaren’s F1 and other single-seat race cars.As for suspension, the RZR RS1 has been lifted from the RZR XP 1000 EPS, meaning this little buggy has 16-inch of suspension travel at the front and 18-inch of travel at the rear. That’s about four to six more inches of travel than a Ford Raptor. However, we’re slightly disappointed that Polaris didn’t fit the RZR RS1 with the absolutely brilliant Dynamix Active Suspension, an active system similar to the one you would find in Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Corvettes, which turns the company’s standard RZR into an absolute hellion.At the heart of the RZR RS1 is a 110 horsepower 1,000cc H.O. 4-stroke 2-cylinder, which has been specifically tuned for the RZR RS1. While that may not seem like much, its low weight and short wheelbase has us believing that its 110 horsepower will be plenty to make us grin from ear to ear.Here is were things get interesting. As mentioned before, trophy trucks are hella expensive, and indeed, some side-by-sides can reach into the $30,000 range. The RZR RS1 won’t. Available in dealerships in February 2018, the RZR RS1 will only set customers back $13,999, and for the performance you’re getting, that’s a screaming deal. Hell, that has us thinking about getting a couple for the office! We can’t wait to get behind the wheel and send it.Images Courtesy of Polaris Editors’ Recommendations Next Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH last_img read more

first_imgPatients who use the physiotherapy department at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) will soon have better facilities to assist with their recovery. Hospital staff will also benefit from improved and additional facilities from which to provide the services. This is being provided for under a contract of $93.6 million, to extend and renovate the department, in order to accommodate the increased patient load, and to address disrepair. Cabinet has approved the award of the contract to Sharecon Limited, to provide treatment and interview rooms, a conference room, a gym, and staff and student lounges. “The work will include the addition of a new two-storey building, a split level building, and the renovation of the existing building,” Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer outlined, at a Jamaica House press briefing on February 27. The project will be funded from the hospital’s budget.Meanwhile, Cabinet has approved the award of a contract worth $56.9 million to convert a building at 78E and F Hagley Park Road, into the main office of the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC). Work will be undertaken by Construction Solutions Limited.In 2010, Cabinet gave approval for the BGLC to purchase the property. The project will be financed by the Commission from its cash and investment reserves.inSharelast_img read more

first_imgFlag waving students of the Mona Heights Primary School in St. Andrew, excitedly welcomed His Royal Highness, Prince Michael of Kent, when he visited the institution on Wednesday morning, April 17.The over 1,000 students eagerly received the Prince, who was at the school to see them participate in a road safety demonstration. The exercise was conducted by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in a simulated road traffic environment. Prince Michael also viewed a demonstration by the Accident Investigation and Reconstruction Unit of the JCF, as well as a five-minute video on road safety.“I want to thank you very much for letting me come and visit you here today and to congratulate you on the excellent performances you have shown us this morning. The seriousness with which you take road safety in this school is very impressive and I wish you every success for the future,” Prince Michael said.The Prince is the Royal Patron for the Commission for Global Road Safety and Patron of the non-profit organisation, Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), both of which have been leading advocates in the fight to reduce road traffic injuries and deaths. He is on the island as the special guest of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), which is observing its 20th anniversary this year.School Principal, Michael Brown, told JIS News that the matter of road safety is very important to the school, which has been conducting simulation exercises over the years. He informed that the students are aware of the advocacy work of the Prince and had previously written letters of congratulations to him on his efforts.Mr. Brown said the students will forever link the Prince’s visit to the matter of road safety, and this will be beneficial to them.“It gives the children more food for thought, to become more conscious and (they are) linking this with a member of the Royal Family and the work that he has been doing (for road safety),” he said.Teacher, Janet Dean, described the morning’s event as wonderful and exciting. “The children were curious and elated. It is a new experience for them to see a Prince coming to their school… It was a learning experience,” she said.“They are more aware of the different measures to take when crossing the road, safety measures, the dos and don’ts. It was a good learning experience,” she added.Grade 5 student, Matthew Jackson, expressed pride that “out of so many schools in Jamaica, he has come to ours.”Visitor, Cheryl Rankine, said the event was a good one and thought it beneficial. “It enlightened the children and probably they will know better how to cross the road,” she stated.The students delighted HRH with a dance item and a poem entitled ‘Road Safety fi All A We.’ The school’s Head Boy, Emile Bain, and Head Girl, Anne Leigh, presented Prince Michael with a framed collage, showing students and teachers participating in road safety exercises on the busy Old Hope Road.Among those at the event were Education Minister, Rev. Hon. Ronald Thwaites; Member of Parliament, Andre Hylton; State Minister in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Richard Azan; Custos of St. Andrew, Hon. Marigold Harding; and several principals from neighbouring schools.The Prince arrived in the island on Monday, April 15, and has been participating in a number of activities and discussions to highlight the matter of road safety. He will depart Jamaica on Friday, April 19.By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

first_img Predictions given in May were for an overly active 2013 season ODPEM is urging schools to use the remaining summer holidays to ensure that their institutions are hurricane ready Historically, August to September is when Jamaica is always affected. With the 2013 hurricane season approaching its most active period, Jamaicans are being urged to increase their preparedness efforts.Predictions given in May were for an overly active 2013 season with a 70 per cent likelihood of up to 17 named storms and as many as 10 developing into hurricanes.Speaking in an interview with JIS News, Acting Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Richard Thompson, informed that historically, August to September is when Jamaica is always affected.“So now is the time to be putting all your preparedness mechanisms in motion and ensure that you are safe throughout the season. Sandy was a late season hurricane and I think it was the first time Jamaica was affected by a hurricane outside of September,” Mr. Thompson said.He noted that everyone should be engaging in hurricane preparedness activities such as roof retrofitting and trimming of trees.“All agencies of government are working to ensure that drains are properly cleaned and the public needs to ensure the drains remain clean by not dumping stuff into the drains. Collectively we have to do something as well to ensure that the drains are properly maintained and ensure that you have your supplies,” he stated.Meanwhile, the ODPEM head is urging schools to use the remaining summer holidays to ensure that their institutions are hurricane ready.Mr. Thompson stressed that now is the time for schools to take the necessary precautions to safeguard equipment and property in the event of a storm.“Check all the roofs, check the entire complex and look at your windows. Now is the ideal time for the schools to do all the roof retrofitting. For those schools without hurricane straps … now is the ideal time for schools to (put them in),” he said.Mr. Thompson further informed that schools should have suitable protocols in place in the event of a storm or other emergencies. He pointed out that they can contact ODPEM for assistance in developing these plans. Story Highlightslast_img read more

first_img At a marathon sitting lasting 12 hours, the Senate on Friday (July 7), passed the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Bill, 2017, giving the Government a critical arsenal in the fight against crime. At a  marathon sitting lasting 12 hours, the Senate on Friday (July 7) passed the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Bill, 2017,  giving the Government  a critical arsenal in the fight against crime.The Bill was approved with 13 amendments, following vigorous debate and rigorous deliberations by the members of the Upper House, which concluded just after 10 o’clock.The legislation, which was passed with 18 amendments in the House of Representatives on June 28, will give members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) certain essential powers required to address serious crimes, while upholding the rule of law and protecting citizens’ fundamental rights and freedoms.Senior members of the JCF and JDF were at Gordon House for the debate on the Bill, which was piloted by State Minister for National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr.The State Minister noted that the legislation is part of Government’s undertaking to safeguard Jamaica by, among other things, equipping the security forces to combat rampant and gruesome crime and violence, particularly murders, which he argued “have become the norm in far too many communities.”He said it also reflects the Administration’s commitment to undertaking medium and long-term social interventions, particularly in areas plagued by crime, that would positively impact the society.He emphasised that the Bill is not an isolated or knee-jerk response to crime and violence, but resulted from extensive discussions and deliberations.This, he pointed out, incorporated the report of Parliament’s Joint Select Committee,  as well as proposals contained in the  Parliamentary Opposition’s Minority Report.Additionally, Senator Charles said there were recommendations from the Office of the National Security Advisor, scholars, legal counsels, advocacy groups, citizens and other local and international stakeholders.This, he contended, reflected the Government’s consultative approach to addressing Jamaica’s challenges with crime and violence “and its willingness to listen to the public’s concerns.”Senator Charles, who emphasised the need for stakeholder collaboration to achieve the desired outcomes, said that the Government and Opposition must stand united in order to “send a message to Jamaica that we are serious (about curbing crime), and that we need Jamaica and all community members to be on board.”“Our nation is at a critical juncture (and) …through this Bill, we seek to target criminals and build up communities,” he added.Leader of Opposition Business, Senator Mark Golding, who described the Bill as “an extraordinary (piece of) legislation”, assured that the Opposition is committed to doing everything possible to assist the security forces maintain the rule of law.This, he said, included supporting the legislation as was done by Opposition Members in the House of Representatives.“The situation on the ground has gotten out of control. The volume of murders on a daily basis is totally untenable (and) the country wants to see action taken. We want to see Jamaica move forward to a better place in the same way that all well-thinking Jamaicans feel,” Senator Golding said. Story Highlights The legislation, which was passed with 18 amendments in the House of Representatives on June 28, will give members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) certain essential powers required to address serious crimes while upholding the rule of law and protecting citizens’ fundamental rights and freedoms. The Bill was approved with 13 amendments following vigorous debate and rigorous deliberations by the members of the Upper House, which concluded just after 10’o clock.last_img read more

first_img He noted that opportunities often available to English-speaking territories are invariably not afforded to the other countries “because of the fact that they are isolated, in some respects, because of the language issues”. He said Jamaica is actively pursuing a policy of outreach and engagement with the Spanish-speaking countries within the region. “I have paid an official visit to the Dominican Republic (with which) we are pursuing a joint tourism agreement… and we have done the same with Cuba,” he pointed out. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Andrew Holness, is calling for the strengthening of relations between CARICOM member states and non-English-speaking countries across the Caribbean and Latin America.He was speaking at the closing panel discussion on ‘Challenges and Opportunities in the Caribbean’ at the sixth International Monetary Fund (IMF) High Level Caribbean Forum at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Thursday, November 17.The Prime Minister was supported in his call by Grenada’s Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Keith Mitchell, and The Bahamas’ Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Hon. Peter Turnquist.Mr. Holness, who indicated that he is a “big proponent” of full Caribbean integration, argued that significant benefits can be derived from stronger relations between CARICOM countries and countries such as the Dominion Republic, Haiti and Cuba.He said Jamaica is actively pursuing a policy of outreach and engagement with the Spanish-speaking countries within the region. “I have paid an official visit to the Dominican Republic (with which) we are pursuing a joint tourism agreement… and we have done the same with Cuba,” he pointed out.“There is a huge market in Latin America, which Jamaica has to tap into… and I think the rest of the Caribbean has to do the same. For us, I think there is greater advantage with us reaching out,” he added.While acknowledging that “language is a barrier”, Mr. Holness maintained that “it is in our interest that we have the policies to support our people speaking a second language, in particular Spanish and French”.Dr. Mitchell, for his part, said much is already taking place towards integrating non-English-speaking countries.center_img Prime Minister, the Most Andrew Holness, is calling for the strengthening of relations between CARICOM member states and non-English-speaking countries across the Caribbean and Latin America. He pointed out that Haiti has been elected as the next Chair of CARICOM while Martinique has been admitted as an Associate Member of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).Additionally, he said Guadeloupe has applied for Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) membership “and most likely will be admitted, so I think there is some significant movement in that regard; we are moving in the right direction”.Mr. Turnquist also agreed that CARICOM needs to do more to support and integrate non-English-speaking countries.He noted that opportunities often available to English-speaking territories are invariably not afforded to the other countries “because of the fact that they are isolated, in some respects, because of the language issues”.In this regard, Mr. Turnquist welcomed Haiti’s selection to Chair CARICOM.He said that The Bahamas has a very active and positive relationship with all its non-English-speaking neighbours“, because of very specific strategic issues that we have between us”.The panel discussion, which was moderated by IMF Managing Director, Christine Lagarde, was one of four convened during the conference, which was held under the theme ‘Unleashing Growth and Strengthening Resilience in the Caribbean’.last_img read more