DU admissions 2019 process delayed, may began from May 1

first_imgDU admissions 2019 process delayed, may began from May 1The reason for the delay is that the university’s admission committee is still working on the changes it would make in the process.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 16, 2019UPDATED: April 16, 2019 15:21 IST DU aspirants, please note! The admission process for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Delhi University (DU) may begin from May 1, after a delay of around 15 days from the date decided earlier.The reason for the delay is that the university’s admission committee is still working on the changes it would make in the process.Earlier, The DU admission committee announced that it would start the registration process on April 15 and it would end by on May 7, but now the dates have been revised.Rajeev Gupta, chairperson of the admission committee said, “We will most probably start the registration process from May 1 as we are yet to complete the preparations. We will come up with the revised schedule once we are ready with our changed policies and procedures.”As per sources, the committee members have not reached a consensus over several proposed changes this year. This conflict is regarding the marks in the sports category.”Several members raised objections to the distribution of marks in sports and extracurricular activities (ECA) category. The committee had proposed to fix the distribution at 5% of all seats for these quotas combined. Currently, it varies from college to college. While some college fixes it at 2.5% of all seats, others may reserve a high percentage for one or the other. Any such decision has to be passed through the academic and executive councils. The admission committee cannot decide it,” the source said.Colleges across DU have to reserve 5% seats for students under the sports and ECA quota together in each course.advertisementHowever, there is also another theory.Another committee member said the registration process is being delayed as the university has been working to get the database of students registered with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).”If we get the database of students, we will be able to get their mark sheets and certificates directly. There will be a lot more transparency. The due process of getting the database is still underway,” the member said.Proposed changes:DU’s admission committee has already announced some changes to be introduced from academic session 2019-20 such as reducing marks for a change of stream from 5% to 2% and starting the ECA and sports quota admissions ahead of the release of cut-off lists.A senior DU official said that it’s better to start the registration process for admissions late. “We will only be able to start admissions after the CBSE results, which won’t be declared before the third week of May. So there is no point of starting the registration early,” he said.This year, the university’s admission committee is considering the introduction of several “student friendly” initiatives – such as giving the opportunity to candidates to edit their forms after submission. It may also cap the number of times a candidate can change their college choice during the admission process.The Delhi University had earlier also said that it would introduce an online entrance-based process for admission in all undergraduate courses from 2019-20.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow DUFollow admissionsFollow Delhi Universitylast_img read more

IPL 2019 Eliminator: Rishabh Pant promises to finish matches for Delhi after Vizag thriller

first_img No data available! advertisement scorecard graphs IPL 2019 Eliminator: Rishabh Pant promises to finish matches for Delhi after Vizag thrillerIPL 2019: Delhi Capitals rode on a 21-ball 49 from Rishabh Pant in their Eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad to inch closer towards a maiden final berth. Shreyas Iyer’s men will take on Chennai Super Kings on Friday in the Qualifier 2 in Visakhapatnamcenter_img view more view less commentary Akshay Ramesh VisakhapatnamMay 9, 2019UPDATED: May 9, 2019 00:17 IST IPL 2019, DC vs SRH Eliminator: Rishabh Pant hit a match-winning 49 on Wednesday ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant smashed 5 sixes in his 21-ball 49 for Delhi CapitalsPant played a rash shot to get out when DC needed 5 from 7DC take on CSK as the 2 teams battle for the final berth in Qualifier 2 on FridayDelhi Capitals wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant rued his inability to be there till the end and take the team past the finish line in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.Delhi Capitals, who were playing their first knock out match of IPL since 2012, survived a few nervy moments towards the end of their successful 163-run chase at the YS Rajashekara Reddy ACA-VCDA Stadium.DC vs SRH Eliminator – Report | HighlightsRishabh Pant hit 49, including 5 sixes, in his 21-ball blinder as he brought the asking rate down after switching gears when Delhi Capitals had needed 54 in their last 30 balls.Pant milked 22 runs in 18th over bowled by Basil Thampi to swing the fortunes in favour of Delhi Capitals, who are the only team in IPL to have not made it to the final in the league’s 12-year history.Pant also smashed the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed but got out in the penultimate ball of the 19th over when Delhi Capitals just needed 5 runs. Pant paid the price for going for a glory shot and the pressure was back on Delhi after his departure as they had only 3 wickets left.A nervous final over followed where Delhi lost tail-ender Amit Mishra due to obstruction of the field. The game went down to the wires with Delhi needing 2 off the last 2 balls.Delhi were able to cross the finish line, thanks to some smart batting from Keemo Paul who also picked up three wickets on the big night.advertisementExpressing disappointment at what could have proved to be a costly error, Rishabh Pant said: “If you are set on a wicket like this, you have to finish the match for your team. I took it very close, but next time I will finish it for the team.”Shedding light on his ability to go for the big shots in pressure situations, Pant said he doesn’t care much about the opposition bowler’s reputation and rather tries to be positive and get the job done for his team.Pant has struggled for consistency in IPL 2019 but the 21-year-old explosive wicketkeeper-batsman has played a few cameos for Delhi Capitals.”I just try to be positive. If your mindset is negative, it doesn’t help. Especially in T20s, you need 40 off 20 or so, then you have to attack one bowler. I don’t see who’s bowling. It’s in our muscle memory, and that’s why we practise so much. Today, that was special because I didn’t try to hit the ball too hard. I was just watching the ball, and I was trying to time the ball,” Pant added.Delhi Capitals are a win from reaching their maiden IPL final. The Shreyas Iyer-led franchise will take on Chennai Super Kings in the Qualifier 2 of IPL 2019 in Visakhapatnam on Friday.Notably, Mumbai Indians had earned a direct berth to the final after beating CSK in the Qualifier 1 by 6 wicket at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday.Also Read | Rishabh Pant objects after Shreyas Iyer decides to withdraw run-out appealAlso Read | Hardik Pandya shouldn’t be put under pressure: Kapil Dev on comparisonsAlso Read | Prithvi Shaw equals Shubman Gill’s record with quickfire fifty in EliminatorAlso 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 Rishabh PantFollow IPL 2019Follow Delhi CapitalsFollow IPL 2019 EliminatorFollow Sunrisers HyderabadFollow Prithvi ShawFollow Chennai Super Kingslast_img read more

PCB offers to host Sri Lanka for Tests in Pakistan

first_img Indo-Asian News Service LahoreMay 29, 2019UPDATED: May 29, 2019 10:34 IST Ejaz Butt the PCB chairman. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIn the last few years, Pakistan has made efforts for the return of international cricket in the countryInternational cricket was put on hold in Pakistan after the Sri Lankan team was attacked by gunmen in March 2009Last December, PCB was awarded the hosting rights to the 2020 Asia CupThe Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has made contact with Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) officials and has offered to host them for a two-Test series in Pakistan later this year.According to The Dawn, PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan has made contact with Sri Lankan cricket board’s officials in a bid to convince them to move their end-of-the-year Test series from the UAE to Pakistan.The report quoted sources as saying that the PCB MD, on the sidelines of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) in Singapore on Tuesday, asked Sri Lankan officials to send to Pakistan its delegation which can then be briefed regarding security plans and arrangements.Over the last few years, PCB has stepped up its efforts for the return of international cricket in the country. They have hosted PSL matches an ICC World XI (2017) and West Indies (2018), for three-match T20 series, and Sri Lanka (2017) for a one-off T20. However, not a single Test has been played in Pakistan in recent years.International cricket was put on hold in Pakistan after touring Sri Lankan team was attacked by gunmen on their way to the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on the third morning of the second of the two Tests in March 2009.However, last December, PCB was awarded the hosting rights to the 2020 Asia Cup.Recently, Pakistan was in talks with New Zealand and Australia for hosting. However, after showing initial interest, both boards later backed out.Also Read | New Zealand vs West Indies Highlights, CWC 2019 Warm-Up MatchAlso Read | World Cup 2003: Unstoppable Australia successfully defend their World Cup trophyAlso SeeadvertisementFor 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 Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)Follow Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC)Follow Wasim Khan PCB offers to host Sri Lanka for Tests in PakistanPakistan Cricket Board has made a contact with Sri Lankan Cricket officials and has offered to host them for 2 Tests in Pakistan later this yearadvertisementlast_img read more

Chile begin Copa America title defense by trouncing Japan 4-0

first_img Indo-Asian News Service Sao PauloJune 18, 2019UPDATED: June 18, 2019 13:45 IST Chile begin Copa America title defence by trouncing Japan 4-0. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSGoals by Vargas, Pulgar and Sanchez ensured victory for ChileJapan had their chances but lacked the cutting edgeJapan failed in their attacks and Chile took advantage of its approachesChile beat Japan 4-0 in their Group C opening match for the Copa America in Brazil, an excessive punishment for a Japanese team who showed flashes of good football and at times managed to dominate the tournament’s reigning champion.A brace by Eduardo Vargas and two more goals from Erick Pulgar and Alexis Sanchez ensured victory for Chile on Monday, reports Efe news. Japan, who came with a youthful squad to the tournament, had their chances but lacked the cutting edge.Despite the absence of agile and eye-catching football, Chile are still well on its way to defend the titles it obtained in 2015 and 2016.Japan made an energetic start with Takefusa Kubo – who was signed by Real Madrid last week for its B-squad – leading the charge against the reigning champion, who failed to respond to the defensive pressures and the devilish speed of the Japanese strikers.Chile spent much of the first half totally disoriented and trying to contain the outbursts of a Japanese team who knew very well how to play.Shoya Nakajima gave the Chileans a lesson in dribbling speed and ball control, and almost opened the scoring before the 10-minute mark.Kubo displayed some of his talent, especially a delightful nutmeg against Mauricio Isla, and moved freely through his attacking area.After half an hour, Sanchez appeared with a double chance, although neither of his two shots was on target.Chile stepped up their game and moved the ball more fluidly. They were rewarded for their period of dominance with the opener, when Pulgar nodded in a Charles Aranguiz corner in the 41st minute.advertisementJapan slowed down in the second half and Chile doubled their lead with Vargas scoring the first of his two goals after a cut-back from Mauricio Isla in the 53th minute.Japan’s Ueda squandered a chance to respond, firing wide of the back post after a cross from Gaku Shibasaki.While the Japanese failed in their attacks, Chile knew how to take advantage of each and every one of its approaches. Less than ten minutes before the match ended, Sanchez scored another goal for Chile and a minute later gave an assist to the striker Vargas, who sealed his second goal with ease.Also Read | Juventus appoint Maurizio Sarri as new managerAlso Read | Copa America: It will take a while to accept it, says Lionel Messi on Argentina’s loss to BoliviaAlso 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Copa AmericaFollow Japan vs Chile Chile begin Copa America title defense by trouncing Japan 4-0Japan were beaten by Chile 4-0 in their Group C opening match for the Copa America in Brazil. Japan are one of the two guest teams from Asian Football Confederation for the continental tournament.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

IOA chief Narinder Batra reveals boycotting 2022 Commonwealth Games is an option

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 27, 2019UPDATED: July 27, 2019 18:07 IST Birmingham is set to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSShooting will not be part of the Commonwealth Games 2022Ace shooter Heena Sidhu has asked for India to pull out of CWG 2022 as a mark of protestIndian Olympic Association chief has written to the Sports Minister confirming boycott as a viable optionAce shooter Heena Sidhu had recently said that India should even consider pulling out of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham after shooting was excluded from the games. And she has found a backer in Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra. The chief has sent a mail to the Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and made it clear that discussions on these lines have been had informally by IOA members.In the mail, accessed by IANS, Batra writes: “This is with reference to the press statement of Secretary-General IOA in the month of May 2019 regarding the intention of IOA to most probably not participate in CWG 2022. The issues have also been informally discussed by IOA amongst some of the colleagues in IOA and they also agree with the views expressed by IOA Secretary-General (Rajeev Mehta).”Earlier, speaking to IANS, National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) Secretary Rajiv Bhatia had said that there was nothing that it could do since the organizing committee had taken a final call on the matter.”We tried out everything but now that the organizing committee have taken a final call on it, nothing can be done. It’s over now,” he had said.It was revealed in June that the Executive Board of the CGF had decided to exclude shooting from 2022 Games to be held in Birmingham. It is the first time since 1970 that shooting won’t be seen at the Commonwealth Games and only the second since its first inclusion in 1966.The move comes as a blow to India which won 16 medals, including seven gold in the event at the 2018 CWG at Gold Coast, Australia. NRAI president Raninder Singh had said in 2018 that it would want the Indian government to boycott the 2022 Games if shooting was dropped from the program.advertisementSidhu had said: “I think it has happened before. We have backed out in the past. India is a big nation and we can throw our weight behind this.”Also Read | We need to focus more on Olympic sports to make India sporting powerhouse: Sports Minister Kiren RijijuAlso Read | Why Neeraj Chopra is among India’s biggest medal hopefuls in Tokyo OlympicsFor 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 Indian Olympic Association (IOA)Follow Commonwealth Games 2022Follow Narinder Batra IOA chief Narinder Batra reveals boycotting 2022 Commonwealth Games is an optionAfter it was revealed in June 2019 that the Executive Board of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) had decided to drop shooting as a sport from the next CWG, many in India have advocated for a withdrawal from the event as a mark of protest.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Feel Good Fridays: These bags are on fire

first_img 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know How to Put Out a Fire Without Hurting Yourself in the Process It’s Friday and we wanna make you feel good. So this week, we’d like to introduce you to our new favorite eco-responsible accessories brand, Elvis & Kresse.The British brand began in 2005 when design duo Elvis- aka James Henrit- and Kresse Wesling discovered a decommissioned fire hose, previously used by the London fire brigade. The pair saw the robust, durable design potential of the hose and became fixated with its life-saving story. Consequently, the hose dodged its inevitable landfill end and has been re-imagined since by a small team of craftspeople as an overnight bag, a messenger bag, a belt, an iPad cover and even a guitar strap.Each of the reclaimed designs possesses a utilitarian edge that feels ahead of its time, and design details such as reclaimed parachute silk bag linings serve as a witty continuation of the eco spirit, yet subtle enough to retain a high-end design dignity. No two pieces are the same and each product crafted from an ex-fire hose is a different shade of red as a result of its heroic life story. Our favorite pieces are the Classic Washbag and the Dutch Tote.So far, the brand has ‘rescued’ over 200 tonnes of waste materials, including new additions such as coffee sacks, and converted them into style-conscious, covetable accessories. On top of that, 50% of the profit made from each sale is donated back to the Fire Fighters Charity. Seriously, how much do we love these guys?Shop the Elvis & Kresse collection here. Save the Environment in Style: Taylor Stitch Makes New Apparel from Old Garments Editors’ Recommendations The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure 12 Best Men’s Athleisure Brands to Take You from Lay-Ups to Lounging last_img read more

Throttle Jockey: The cruiser you’ve been waiting for

first_img Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More Minneapolis-based Polaris didn’t really need to take on the legacy of the Indian motorcycle brand, which has been a literal bad penny for whomever took on the marquee following its death in 1953. Polaris was already doing well enough with their Victory line of cruisers and tourers, along with their diverse portfolio of ATVs, snowmobiles and even military gear.But take the chance they did, and those of us who have watched the at-times sordid attempts to bring the hallowed brand back from the dead over the last few decades were finally, at long last, able to hope against hope that Polaris wouldn’t muck up the deal as so many had before.Now, one year after the unveiling of the well-received Thunderstroke-based Indian Chief lineup revealed at Sturgis in 2013, there’s no longer a need to hold out hope.Now, it’s time to ride.On the anniversary of Indian’s big rebirth party and the rollout of three models built around a 111-cubic inch Thunderstroke V-Twin platform, Indian has added another intriguing machine to the lineup. But this time, it’s the lighter-weight, more nimble Scout, a liquid-cooled, 100 horsepower dose of cool that anyone considering a cruiser should place high on their wish list. Very high.Back in the pre-war era when Indian was selling bikes as fast as they could make them, the “little” Scout was the bargain bike, the capable, nimble little brother to the big boy Chieftains and Fours.Today, while the new Chief line of bikes are well-received and capable big-inch rollers, the Scout is the bike for those of us who have not yet sold our sportbikes but just miiiiight be looking for something a bit more… relaxed. But still something able to get the blood pumping- and something we can be proud to be seen on.I recently got a chance to put more than a few miles on the new Scout during a press rollout in Los Angeles, and while other bike makers keep riders in tightly controlled groups on assigned routes, Indian’s people basically treated me like their daughter’s prom date – when that daughter has a black belt. They tossed me the keys to the Scout and essentially said “have fun, be home by curfew. Or whenever. Just don’t be stupid.”And I was off.Simple, powerful and great looking, the Scout (mine was the appropriate Indian Red) fires quickly and fuel injection feeds a liquid cooled V-twin that’s devoid of cooling finnery and any other pretense. The Indian logo-embossed piston sleeves conceal 1137cc of firepower, producing the claimed 100 crank horsepower and 72 foot-pounds of torque. That horsepower number is far, far beyond what the competition – namely, the Harley-Davidson Sportster – is offering both in terms of outright juice and performance at this price point, which is a buck under $11,000 for the Scout in gloss black. Red paint is apparently in short supply at Polaris, so add $200 there.Click the 6-speed box into first gear and the torque begins to flow as the Scout joins Los Angeles traffic, which is not light, as usual. Also, it’s 90 degrees out. While stuck idling behind a diesel-spewing delivery truck at a long light, a rider on a street-fightered Aprilia rips by between lanes. Oh right, lane splitting is legal here. I pop the slender Scout into gear and snake between the lanes up to the front behind the Aprilia, and when the light turns green, the Aprilia rider hits fast forward while I play it a bit more cautious and just outpace the car traffic traffic to take the lead, and then split the cagers up to the next light. And… repeat what seems like 50 times until I sniff out the Highway 2 freeway entrance.Roll on the gas on the onramp and the Scout gathers momentum quickly as revs build, but the engine remains smooth, with just a hint through the bars at low revs (say, under 5,000rpm) to remind you it’s running. Fueling is precise and predictable, with no off-idle stumbles or hiccups to ruin the fast-flowing river of torque. Clutch engagement is smooth and progressive. Gas it and drop it and the bike just hurls forward with minimal clutch slip. The stock pipes mute any war cries from the Indian, but they look good and actually sound decent. Some alternative options will certainly open up the aural entertainment.Before handing me the keys, Robert Pandya, External Relations Manager for Indian Motorcycle, advised I try to sample the Scout’s cajones by dialing up some revs in second gear, and as I crest the onramp to the freeway, it’s surprisingly light traffic so I gas it and the Scout charges forward like its tail is on fire. The digital tach, which reads in numerals, spins up past 8,000rpm, but the tach is hardly needed as strong buzz through the bars tells me it’s time to shift. I click to third and roll it on again. The speedo crests 100 like it’s 50 but the Scout is closing fast on backmarkers, so I grab the brakes (big single discs with ABS on each wheel) and match speed to traffic, which at the moment is going 80 or better. I bang the Scout up to 6th in short order and Highway 2 begins to climb out of L.A. proper to meet up with the 210 as the traffic thins out.Climbing the hill in 6th gear is no hardship as the Scout still supplies decent acceleration in top gear, even going up a considerable grade. But this is a cruiser like few others, so faced with some semis chugging up the ascent, I click it to forth and again pour the coals to the motor, which responds with immediate velocity. The Scout’s steering is pretty much much dead-nuts neutral, and while I’m not a huge fan of the big-tire-on-the-front-wheel look or approach to handling, it does not seem to affect the Scout’s prowess at knifing through traffic on the freeway or on surface streets.Part of that stability can be credited to the frame design, a CAD-CAM amalgamation of formed aluminum and steel parts with nary a tube to be found. Even the radiator shroud is part of the frame system. It’s clean and neat. Indian says the geometry of the new bike is very close to that of the original, and even the lines of the bikes are close. But modern technology has blunted the hands of time, and the twin nearly horizontal shocks coupled with a compliant but controlled front end suck up the endless freeway imperfections (and a few stray car parts) I encounter while blitzing slower traffic. It’s a fun, easily controlled bike to ride, and it begs you to keep dipping into the power because, hey, liquid cooling. Bring it on.What’s more, the bike is eminently comfortable. At six-one and 230, I’m not a little guy, but the Scout never felt “small” to me – if fit just right. I suppose one nitpick would be the forward peg placement, which isn’t ape-hanger posture forward, but also not in the neutral position under the seat, which you find on most Sportsters. It’s, shall we say, “standard cruiser.” I missed the pegs a few times at the start of my ride but changed habits quickly enough. The bars are just right by me; swept back a bit but not radically so. Indian has stayed true to the sporting spirit of the original Scout – outside of the pegs.2015 Indian ScoutThe stock solo seat is also a highlight and not just because it looks great with that tan leather and stitching. It’s also quite comfortable, and for a good long while. Somehow missing the sign pointing to the 405 that would have brought me back to the hotel, I miss the exit and meander down the outskirts of tinsel town for another 20 miles before realizing the error of my ways. After texting my apologies, I double back and put the hammer down yet again before traffic bunches up as the center of the metropolis comes into view. The highway twists and winds as the traffic flies in close formation at 75mph, but I feel confident on the Scout. Even the few times I have to hit the brakes to make room for an aggressive driver, the Scout is stable, predictable, confidence inspiring.I roll back up to the hotel after three hours on board the Red Scout, which is about the limit of a single session on the seat for me. But after a quick lunch, I could easily go back out and head for the beaches.Looking over the glossy red Scout as it ticks down from my ride, I’m smiling. The two words that the echo in my head are “fun bike.” Faint praise? Hardly. Because the next words that come are “great looking, too.” In a cruiser, that’s a rare combination.Polaris – a la Indian – really did their homework on the Scout, even though they didn’t have much time, and the result is a near-perfect mix of style, speed, comfort and cool. It’s the cruiser for guys (and girls) like me, who are keeping a sport bike in the garage for that kind of riding, but also want something a lot more comfortable, casual and cool – but still powerful and capable – for the rest of our non-hyperspace motoring pleasure.With the Scout, Indian has nailed the sweet spot for a performance middleweight cruiser. Heck, I’d even pop for the red paint. What Kind of Motorcycle Should I Get? 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Long Island’s Brewing Boom

first_img How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall Why You Should Make Plans to Visit Greenland Now 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Goose Island Releases 2019 Bourbon County Stout Lineup During the summer, to beat the heat, most New Yorkers set their sights on the shores of Long Island. Plenty of city dwellers will flock to the East End to vacation in Montauk or tour the wineries of the North Fork.But there is another reason to go to Long Island—and not just for the spoils of the summer. It is the exploding craft beer scene that has spread across the Island. You’ve probably heard of Blue Point Brewing Company, which is featured prominently in bars and stores across the country (including prominent placement in a key scene in Chris Rock’s Top Five), but dozens of breweries have opened up in the wake of Blue Point’s success; with more on the way.Jim McCune who heads the Craft Beverage Division at Long Island based advertising agency, EGC, has been at the center of this Island beer renaissance since nearly the very beginning. We talked to Jim about the craft brew scene, beers to look out for and whether or not this boom is sustainable.How did you get involved with EGC and the Craft Beverage Division?I’ve been in the advertising industry for 20 years. I come from a Hollywood ad agency background where we were building brands like Playboy and WWE. But on the side for all those years, I was working with local breweries on their branding—like Blue Point Brewery. I was their exclusive brand manager. It was two years ago when we looked around and realized just how big Blue Point had become. They make great beer, but really their packaging, marketing and branding was a big part of that recipe.At the same time, the writing was on the wall with the explosion of craft beer across the country, but especially on the Island. That’s when I approached EGC about forming this Craft Beverage Division to spearhead the needs of these small to midsized breweries.How much did Blue Point Brewery pave the way for what is going on now?Mark Burford and Pete Cotter (the founders of Blue Point Brewery) came from the brewing world on Long Island—the way it was way before Blue Point. There were breweries on the Island like Long Island Brewing Company in Roslyn. There was Cobblestone Brewing Company in Huntington. All of those breweries moved out in the late 80’s. So for a long time, there were no real big name breweries (besides Brickhouse Brewery in Patchogue) on Long Island. We just counted about 40 breweries that have been formed in the past 15 years on Long Island, with 12 more in planning.It seemed like for so long Blue Point was the beacon light of beer brewing on Long Island, why have so many more breweries risen up?The millennial group is really leading the craft beer industry. These young people, in connection with their early adoption of social media and associating having a good beer with luxury due to the recession, kind of created a focus on making homemade, high alcohol beers.2002-2005 was a big turning point in the industry. Beers like Blue Point, which was on the shelf next to Budweiser, gave people the hope to say, “I’m going to quit my oil burner job and make beer with my buddy.”Why do you think that Long Island wine has always been a much more prominent beverage than beer? The demographics on Long Island would suggest that there might be a larger population of people who enjoy beer.That’s a great point. The most important thing is that the wine industry isn’t seeing craft beer as a threat. Now there is a fringe industry of beer tours and other things like that that have been created. There’s even this crazy 14-person beer bike tour in Riverhead.What brands do you specifically deal with?We work with Blue Point, Crooked Ladder Brewing Company in Riverhead; we are about to open a brand new brewery called Garvies Point in Glen Cove. We’re associated with most of the other breweries too since they are all so closely affiliated; but not everyone can afford marketing services.What are some Long Island beers that people should know about?Garvies Point is a name to watch for sure. There is a new ferry system that goes from Glen Cove to Manhattan and their brewery is opening up right there by the terminal, so its going to pop up on the radar very quickly. They recently won 1st Place at Pride of Brooklyn Brew Festival with their Double IPA.The Crooked Ladder 70 West IPA is hitting the market strong too because they are using all West Coast hops, so they are bringing that full hoppy flavor to the East Coast.What kind of involvement did you have in the recent Craft Brew Week?We did a lot of local charity. One of the great parts about Long Island, which I haven’t seen in many other industries, is the camaraderie between local breweries. I mean, if one guy over here is running low on hops, he can go over to another brewery and borrow some supplies. So there’s a camaraderie and focus on charity that you don’t normally see. Most of our breweries were participating in events connected with Long Island Cares, which is Long Island’s first food bank.What do you see for the immediate future in this craft-brewing scene?We’re going to see a new era of competition I think. Because there are so many breweries now and such a limited amount of shelf space, there’s going to be a race to the shelf.All of these people are going to maintain friendships, but they are all serious businessmen with serious investments in their product so most of them are going to do what they have to do to get to the top. There are so many aspects of that, from participating in festivals, local tasting events, beer pairing dinners; all of the things that go into increasing sales volume and making the brand attractive to a distribution arm. That’s really where a small brewery can become midsize, like Crooked Ladder, now that they’re being distributed by Boening Brothers.Forbes recently came out with an article that said one of the smartest investments you can make is to buy a brewery. You’re going to see a lot of businessmen start to get involved in the market, to build and flip some of these breweries. Blue Point was sold recently for 24 million dollars. That was definitely an eye-opener.Do you think this Long Island brewing community is stable, as far as creating jobs or drawing attention to different towns and areas?Yeah, I do. We did some research and back in like 1890, there was something around 5,000 breweries in the United States. But then after World War II that number dropped dramatically. Now that tastes and trends have changed, we’re back up to about 3,000. So, I think there is actually still room for growth.In fact, in New York State from 2013-204 the economic impact from breweries was huge. There were 207 operating breweries with a $3.5 billion total impact. So there are 207 breweries in the state and we have 40 on Long Island with 12 coming. That’s a large part of the equation.I mean you look at a place like Riverhead with Crooked Ladder, Long Ireland and Moustache Brewing and how that town has grown. These breweries are literally saving towns on Long Island and across the country. 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High on Hops: Service Brewing Co.

first_img The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts Kentucky Breweries are Plowing Ahead on the Bourbon Trail Editors’ Recommendations The Ultimate Brewery Tour of Austin, Texas There’s no tastier way to celebrate the Fourth of July than by drinking an American-brewed beer. Take that patriotic experience up a notch by drinking a beer that was crafted by Service Brewing Co., one of a handful of new breweries founded by former US combat veterans.Service Brewing Co. is proud of its Army roots. Kevin Ryan, Co-Founder and CEO, is a West Point graduate that commanded two companies in Iraq. After leaving the military, he followed his passion for home brewing into the thriving craft beer scene.In branding his brewery, Kevin chose to celebrate the men and women that have devoted their lives to bettering their communities and world by serving in the Armed Forces as well as firefighters, police officers, EMTs and their compatriots. To honor those individuals, a portion of Service’s revenues is distributed to charities that support those groups.Service’s military theme spills over into its beer names, label art and the brewery décor. Year-round offerings Compass Rose IPA, Ground Pounder pale ale and Rally Point pilsner are true-to-style beers that are clean, crisp and exude quality. Seasonal releases creatively veer from the mainstream and include oyster stout Lincoln’s Gift, marzen Teufel Hunden and bière de garde Old Guard.Based in Savannah, GA, Service Brewing Co. enlists local artists to illustrate labels for its large format bottle releases and hand-craft tap handles for use in the tasting room. That commitment to local includes using honey, fruit and other ingredients from neighboring businesses and farms.Related Post: Savannah Crawl: Get Some Culture With That Southern CharmA visit to the brewery showcases the full vision of the Service Brewing Co. team. Stacked shipping containers painted desert tan create a massive back bar, separating the production and consumption areas. Displays of military patches, hung parachutes and an American flag reinforce the fact that while you’re enjoying a delicious beer, you’re helping to support those that have devoted their lives to service.In addition to seeing all of the shiny steel of the brewery, purchasing a tour package also entitles you to sample Service’s R&D batches, limited, often one-off brewing experiments that in the past have included a fruit beer brewed with hibiscus petals, white wheat, and fresh blueberries, a session coffee stout and even a carrot cake-inspired ale. Thanks to recent changes in Georgia beer laws, you can also take home fresh draft beer encased in 32 ounce “Crowlers,” cans that are filled and capped on-demand.It’s rare to find a brewery that not only crafts excellent beer; but also inspires its patrons. The question “How Do You Serve?” is emblazoned on a large chalkboard in the Service Brewing Co. tasting room. While many leave their mark on the board stating their years serving as infantrymen, teachers or community leaders, others walk out into the warm Savannah heat with that question still on their minds, searching for ways that they can make a difference.Photo credits: Brewery exterior by Richard Leo Johnson. Compass Rose by Adam Kuehl. The Best Oktoberfest Beers to Sip On This Season last_img read more

Allen Edmonds Annual Sale and Giveaway

first_img Best Labor Day Sales on Men’s Clothes, Shoes, Accessories, and More Editors’ Recommendations Best Weekend Sales on Menswear and Gear: Huckberry, Allen Edmonds, J. Crew, and More Yes, You Can Wear Boots to the Office: Here are the Best Pairs It’s that time of year again when our good friends over at Allen Edmonds hold their heel clicking good ‘Rediscover America Sale’. 13 different collections are seriously marked down through October 12th.As you all know, this all American shoe company (established in 1922 on the shores of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin) has always adhered to their 212-step manufacturing process to ensure great craftsmanship. Did you know only 2% of the shoes bought in the USA every year are made in this country. Sad Trombone!Besides top quality shoes, Edmonds has a classic line of belts, leather goods, clothes and gift items (all on sale too). They also have a wonderful re-crafting service. You can simply send in your world-weary kicks for anything from new heels to a complete restoration.It gets even better: starting today you can enter for a chance to win the handsome Long Branch Wingtip Boot in Golden Brown.Simply follow the instructions below enter. We will be picking a winner October 9th. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The Best Men’s Chukka Boots for 2019last_img read more

Cobbler Concierge Takes the Guesswork Out of Getting Shoes Repaired

first_img Your New Favorite Pair of Go-to Leather Shoes Just Got More Affordable Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App You know that weathered old pair of shoes you’ve had through three different apartments and countless miles of pounding the pavement? They’re too broken down to wear, but you refuse to get rid of them because they still fit your foot like no new shoe ever could? Cobbler Concierge has taken the stress out of getting your high-end shoes and accessories repaired by allowing you to set up the repairs over your computer or phone.So instead of throwing them away, why don’t you get them re-soled?Many people throw their old shoes away when they get a little bit broken down, not knowing that their shoes may be suited for  new soles and a new life. Unfortunately, there aren’t nearly as many cobblers today as there once were and it can seem like a hassle to track one down–especially if you don’t live in a big city. With Cobbler Concierge, you don’t have to go looking for some hole-in-the-wall shop in the sketchy part of town. In fact, you don’t even have to leave your apartment.Cobbler Concierge works one of two ways. The first is that you can place your order on your phone and then ship your shoes off with one of their pre-paid shipping labels. When they are finished, Cobbler Concierge will ship them back to you with the bill.The second way is that you can text Cobbler Concierge pictures of the item to be repaired and they will figure out what it will cost and send you an estimate. You then get to decide what repairs, if any, you want to make.Cobbler Concierge will repair more than just shoes, too. You can also get your high end handbags, and luxury luggage repaired, too. Everything gets repaired at Cobbler Concierge’s New York headquarters by in-house craftsmen.That’s the main philosophy at Cobbler Concierge: repairing is better than replacing. This philosophy is good for both the environment–fewer resources wasted from discarded goods–and your pocketbook. Plus, nothing can beat the subtle character that a pair of shoes or bag takes on over a lifetime of use rather than just a few months. The longer you can keep that perfect pair of boots or your favorite suitcase around, the better you’ll look.Checkout Cobbler Concierge today to see how you can bring new life into your favorite gear. How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product Is a Pop-Up Shop Unlike Any Other Editors’ Recommendations Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierralast_img read more

Show Your Dad You Care with these Great Gifts for Father’s Day

first_imgJune is finally here, and that means Father’s Day is right around the corner. Whether you have the dad who says he “doesn’t like gifts,” or is typically easy to please, that doesn’t mean you should settle for the cliched set of socks or drill bits. It takes a lot to truly “wow” dad, but we shouldn’t strive for anything less.We’ve compiled a diverse list of gadgets and accessories for our Father’s Day Gift Guide that are perfect for showing your pops appreciation. Without further adieu, here is our Father’s Day gift guide for 2017.Knife Roll KR-1D Denim $165UBI-IND has created a unique, selvedge denim collection for the kitchen and home, and one of our favorites in the bunch is the denim knife roll. Made from cotton, White Oak Cone Denim, and brown latigo leather, this kitchen accessory rolls up and stores kitchen utensils with ease. It’s also equipped with a business card holder, a tablet pocket, a leather handle, and leather ties to secure everything. Master of the Grill Apron $50Nothing screams Father’s Day gift guide like a tactical apron for days grilling in the backyard. This tundra utility apron from 5.11 features spill resistant Teflon coating, an adjustable neck and waist straps, and spacious pockets located in front for any BBQ tools you’re working with or a nice cold one. It’s about time pops took grilling to the next level, and this will surely spark some motivation.North Sails X SALT VMG $580SALT Optics has taken their collaborative efforts to the open ocean with nautical gurus, North Sails. The teams have come together to create two stellar eyewear styles for the modern yachtsman. Each pair is made with Japanese polarized lenses and corrosion-resistant titanium frames, built to withstand any and all obstacles out at sea or waterborne activities. Head on over to SALT’s website and find a store near you.Bacon Me Crazy DIY Curing Kit $24.50For all the meat loving, do-it-yourself Dad’s, we have two words – homemade bacon. This DIY bacon curing kit belongs on everyone’s wish life, not just a Father’s Day gift guide. Pick up any slab of pork belly or another favorite meat, throw in some of their curing salt and maple-sage seasoning, and dad will have everything he needs to get curing.Car Jump Starter and Compressor $80Does Dad take long roads trips for business or family vacation? Why not make life easier for him if there happens to be any car battery or tire issues. This car jump starter and air compressor is the ultimate roadside emergency tool to make sure a road bump doesn’t keep you from reaching your destination. Hell, it even charges phones.Nomad Goods Leather Phone Case-Wallet $50Hello Nomad uses vegetable-tanned Horween leather to curate some of the sleekest phone cases on the market. Gauged towards minimalists, Hello Nomad’s cases come in an array of colorways and designs to meet every requirements – from standard cases, to folio wallet cases, and credit card wallet cases. And if you’re worried about missing out because of your phone model, don’t sweat it; these puppies are available for both iPhones and Android devices. Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker ($23)This one is for the “McMuffin loving,” or “have everything” kind of dad. The Hamilton Beach breakfast sandwich maker. Even if you think your dad has everything, I bet he doesn’t have a quick and surefire way to make a killer breakfast sandwich every morning. Well, now he can toast some English muffins, fry an egg, and warm some protein – all at the same time.The Art of Shaving Bourbon Amber Cologne 100 mL $100The Art of Shaving has a plethora of products that we could include in our Father’s Day gift guide, including a free 30 mL bottle of cologne with any purchase of a full size kit ($120). However, TAOS’s Bourbon Amber cologne smells so ravishing that it’s worth paying for on its own. If you’re buying for an on-the-go dad, take a look at their travel size kit, too.Vilebrequin Father-Son Swimwear $120 for son, $250 for dadVilebrequin swimwear offers 55 different styles to coordinate the perfect father-son beach day blowout. Go with one of their unique reactive swim trunks or a simple, graphic design. And for those who want to get a little extra crazy, Vilebrequin also offers full family matching suits. Can you think of anything more fitting for a family outing? Sleepy Jones Glenn Robe $238House robes are a tried-and-true Father’s Day gift, so why not opt for a traditional gift with some modern flare. Sleepy Jones’ Glenn Robe is as classy as robes gets, flaunting a shawl collar, French seams, tailored piping, and a classic, colorful plaid pattern. These robes can also be customized with monogramming.Z345R Lawn Mower $2,800If you truly and sincerely love your dad or husband, then it’s time you go the extra mile this year and get him something that might take some strain off his yard work efforts. John Deere is offering a lifetime right-hand man for a mere $2,800. Not sure about you, but for us (and please excuse my terrible jokes) it’s a clear cut decision on who takes the grass in our Father’s Day gift guide.Whatever you get him this year, make sure he knows how appreciated he is. Happy Father’s Day!Updated June 7, 2017 by Bryan Holt. The Best American Liqueur Editors’ Recommendations Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie last_img read more

Grill, Smoke, Raclette, and More with the Tole Garden Fire K60

first_img How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know Do You Want Your Home to Smell Like Scotch Country? The Best Blended Scotch Whiskies to Add to Your Collection Editors’ Recommendations Tole prides itself on making resilient outdoor products with longevity and the K60 doesn’t fall far from the tree. Made with Naval Grade, Corten steel, this multi-functional fireplace is both built to last and look better with age. Over time, the Tole Garden Fire K60 will start to collect a robust and handsome copper-like appearance.Not only does this provide heat for when the sun goes down, it’s innovative vertical design and meticulous cooking accessories allow for grilling or smoking your favorite meats, teppanyaki (Japanese iron griddle style), wok, and raclette (aka melted cheese).Tole Garden Home K60/ToleThese accessories offer an array of options for you to impress your guests. Whether you want to grill up a tri-tip steak, smoke a couple of salmon, or enjoy the fresh and fiery experience of teppanyaki, Tole has you covered.The stainless steel hearth makes for utterly easy maintenance, so give it a quick clean after every use for the best flavor and results. And for your wood supply, the Tole Garden Fire K60 provides an underneath storage area, as well as hacking accessories that can be purchased separately. For instance, you could grab the tower’s twin for extra log storage.Tole Garden Fire K60 £2,295.00 1 of 9 Previous Next To Find Beauty In Yosemite, Just Whip Out Your (Honda) Passport How to Put Out a Fire Without Hurting Yourself in the Process A while back we did a post on wood burning fire pits to make your backyard the ultimate summer relaxation spot. Today we’re here to introduce you to something with a little more utility and innovation: the Tole Garden Fire K60.This creative take on a backyard barbecue exudes the smell of burning firewood, exerts the same sense of warmth and pleasure, but as Tole says, “Is more than a wood fire.”To answer this, follow us into the highly functional depths of the Tole Garden Fire K60 — or the next social accessory you should bust out for year-round outdoor meals.Tole Garden Home K60/Tolelast_img read more

AIG Travel Launches Student Travel Safety Initiative

first_imgGlobal travel insurer educates and empowers students, their parents and other stakeholders HOUSTON (June 20, 2019) – AIG Travel, a global leader in travel insurance and travel assistance services, has launched an educational initiative designed to boost awareness of student travel safety considerations and help students journey safely and confidently, anywhere in the world. The initiative, encompassing a dedicated Student Travel Safety microsite, a related webcast, social media outreach and more, focuses on sharing practical advice, actionable tips and helpful resources for students, their parents, study abroad organizations, universities and other key stakeholders. “Domestic and international travel, for both educational and leisure opportunities, is popular among students of all ages, but given the increased risks they face while traveling, more can be done to enhance their safety and wellbeing,” said Jeff Rutledge, CEO, AIG Travel. “Whether students are venturing off for an international field trip, a study abroad program, sports tournament, volunteer mission, vacation with friends or other purpose, a comprehensive safety and preparation plan can mitigate risk and help ensure they enjoy travel and the valuable experiences it can bring.” More than 332,000 American students studied abroad for academic credit in 2016-17, a 2.3 percent increase over the prior academic year and a 37.6 percent rise in 10 years, according to a 2018 fact sheet from the Institute of International Education. The Forum on Education Abroad has reported that 10 percent of U.S. students who studied abroad filed an insurance claim. While every traveler is different, students may not have a significant amount of global travel experience. Their chosen activities, transportation choices and housing during their journeys all impact their risk profiles. Students on shoestring budgets are more likely to make compromises on accommodations and transportation, such as staying in less expensive hotels, hostels, home-share rentals or campus dorms, perhaps with people they’ve only recently met. Student travelers also often rely on walking, biking, using scooters or public transportation like trains, buses, ride-sharing services and university-provided vans and shuttles. These forms of accommodation and transportation may be less secure than other options. When compared to the typical business or leisure traveler, students are likely to be more adventurous and immersed in local culture, conduct more intra-country and regional travel, engage more in nightlife activities, and spend more time at their destinations. Even the most diligent traveler can become complacent about personal wellbeing, and being adventurous exposes students to greater safety, security, health and even cultural and legal risks.The risk-mitigation advice, tips and resources on AIG Travel’s Student Travel Safety microsite are directed primarily at students, but much of the content is pertinent for all travelers, and may also serve as a resource for parents, faculty and study abroad organizations as they seek to facilitate student travel safety. Universities and study abroad programs are responsible for their students’ wellbeing and can take vital steps to help decrease risk and offer appropriate duty of care for their students. Also, parents and guardians, who often finance student travel abroad, have a need and a right to know the safety and security precautions being taken. “One of the greatest tools that student travelers and those who are responsible for their care have is the opportunity to research destinations, areas to avoid, local health concerns, laws and cultural issues,” Rutledge said. “It’s vital to understand whether any prescription medication that may be needed is allowed, how to pack it, how to call internationally and locally within the destination, how to ask for help in the local language, how any applicable travel or health insurance is designed to work, the financial and other requirements that local hospitals may impose if treatment or admission becomes necessary, etc.” As a travel safety advocate, AIG Travel continually looks for ways to educate customers and the broader traveling public on how to stay safe and minimize risks to ensure an enjoyable journey. In addition to launching the Student Travel Safety initiative, AIG Travel recently implemented a safety campaign focused on helping members of the LGBTQ community travel with confidence and pride, and expanded the AIG Travel Women’s Travel Safety initiative.  About AIG Travel and Travel Guard AIG Travel, a member of American International Group, Inc., provides travel insurance and global assistance through innovative product offerings. Travel Guard® is the marketing name for its portfolio of travel insurance and travel-related services. From lost luggage to a medical emergency, our 24/7 multilingual assistance team is always just a phone call away. Through our global service centers and a network of experienced providers, we deliver medical and security assistance to help our customers travel with confidence. AIG Travel is a socially responsible and inclusive organization that meets the diverse needs of leisure and corporate travelers alike. Learn more at www.aig.com/travel or www.travelguard.com, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. About AIG American International Group, Inc. (AIG) is a leading global insurance organization. Founded in 1919, today AIG member companies provide a wide range of property casualty insurance, life insurance, retirement products, and other financial services to customers in more than 80 countries and jurisdictions. These diverse offerings include products and services that help businesses and individuals protect their assets, manage risks and provide for retirement security. AIG common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Tokyo Stock Exchange.last_img read more

Focus on Good Nutrition in Anti-Doping Initiative in Schools

first_img Government’s anti-doping initiative in schools, will promote the importance of good nutrition Story Highlights Young athletes who give outstanding performances are subjected to tests Young athletes need to be knowledgeable about banned substances and food supplements Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Sport, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, says the focus of Government’s anti-doping initiative in schools, will be concentrated more toward promoting the importance of good nutrition and discouraging doping, rather than testing every young athlete.Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on July 23, Mrs. Neita-Headley  said since the Prime Minister made a statement on the topic, “there has been quite a bit of controversy and that is as a result of persons not being very clear on what was meant.”Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, informed the House of Representatives on July 16, that the Government would begin testing young athletes in schools. She noted however, that this system would be introduced in conjunction with public education and sensitization programmes.Minister Neita-Headley explained that the Government’s plan will focus on assisting young athletes to understand the importance of good nutrition, in an effort to eliminate the temptation of taking food supplements.“Currently, young athletes are being tested as part of the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA) Games and Penn Relays. What is not happening is that we are not conducting those tests on a wide scale here in Jamaica, as part of our championships,” the Minister added.She emphasized the need for young athletes to be knowledgeable about banned substances and food supplements and to take full responsibility for what goes into their bodies, adding that a lot of what is packaged into supplements can be found in our local everyday ground provisions, including yams.Meanwhile, President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), Dr.Warren Blake, said that young athletes who give outstanding performances are subjected to tests when they perform at the national level.“The approach to test exceptional young athletes is a means of validating our track and field programme, to show that this is obtained through genuine endeavours and competitiveness and not the result of illegal substances in sports,” Dr. Blake said.He further informed that the programme of anti-doping education in high schools will be strengthened.“The education programme has been going on in the high schools for some time, and when strengthened it will inform the young athletes on what to expect,” Dr. Blake pointed out.last_img read more

Negotiations Under Way for Car Manufacturer to Operate out of Special Economic Zone

first_imgNegotiations are far advanced with a motor-vehicle manufacturer to operate out of one of the six special economic zones (SEZs) that have already been designated by the Government.        Chairman of the Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority, Metry Seaga, said that the entity’s operations will mainly entail assembly. “We actually have some of the vehicles here now, and it’s a programme we’re working towards… (and) we’re just trying to finalise it. But Jamaicans will be able to get cars… at significantly lower prices,” he pointed out.Mr. Seaga was speaking recently on the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) news magazine programme, ‘Issues and Answers’.SEZs represent a wide variety of geographically demarcated areas that offer simple and efficient business regulations and procedures for investors.The Special Economic Zones Act, which came into force on August 1, 2016, provides for the designation, promotion, development, operation, and management of the zones, the establishment of a Special Economic Zone Authority, and the granting of incentives in order to attract domestic and foreign investments.The six zones already designated are Cazoumar, Barnett Tech Park, and Montego Bay Free Zone in St. James; Kingston Free Zone, Garmex, and Kingston Wharves Limited in the Corporate Area.The Jamaican Government envisions that SEZs will attract investment andnew economic activities to Jamaica, and generate employment.Mr. Seaga said he is anticipating a huge uptick in manufacturing, business process outsourcing (BPO), services and shipping, from the accompanying tax-incentive regime.Under the regime, entities operating within and through the zones, whether as manufacturers, importers/exporters or providers of goods and services, will benefit from income-tax reductions or exemptions.The measure, he said, will result in lower prices to consumers, where the companies are the sole suppliers in Jamaica of the goods and services being provided.“So, let’s say Sony decides to come to Jamaica to manufacture televisions… those televisions will be sold in the local market as if they were a local product, simply because there is no competition for that product here. So, Jamaicans would benefit fromlower-priced televisions,” the Chairman explained.He said these benefits would not apply if there is a local manufacturer of the product being supplied, as this would constitute direct competition.Mr. Seaga said local manufacturers and producers operating through the SEZs, whether directly or as subcontractors, will also benefit from the incentives being offered.He told JIS News that the objective of the SEZs is to “get the right mix of people and the right mix of products”.“What we are looking for are non-competing products. So, we don’t want people who are (brewing) beer, for example, because we already have a very mature beer market in Jamaica. It is our (Authority) duty to work with (entities like) JAMPRO to make sure that we get the right investment pool,” he pointed out.last_img read more

Govt to Amend Gun Court Act

first_img Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, argued that it makes sense to allow a judge alone to try all gun crimes in relation to non-capital murder “because all other gun offences are tried by a judge alone.” Story Highlights The Government intends to amend the Gun Court Act to allow for all non-capital murder cases, involving the use of the gun, to be tried by a judge only.Non-capital murder cases refer to those where the particular offence is not punishable by death.Attorney General, Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte, made the disclosure during debate on the Criminal Justice (Administration) (Amendment) Act and the Indictments (Amendment) Act in the House of Representatives on July 25.“The Gun Court Act is going to be amended. Currently, this Act provides for most firearm offences to be tried by a judge alone, but there is a glaring exception in relation to the offence of murder, which is committed with a firearm. In such a situation, the current law provides that trial is with jury. It is therefore being proposed that a firearm offence, (in the non-capital category)…will be tried by a judge alone,” she said.Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, argued that it makes sense to allow a judge alone to try all gun crimes in relation to non-capital murder “because all other gun offences are tried by a judge alone.”Currently, capital murder cases which involve a gun must be tried with 12 jurors, while non-capital murder cases can be tried with seven jurors.“We see no reason why a judge alone cannot try the cases instead of a judge and seven jurors,” Minister Chuck contended.The Criminal Justice (Administration) (Amendment) Act and the Indictments (Amendment) Act seek to reduce the backlog of cases in the courts.“The backlog in the courts is a real problem. We have too many cases that drag on for years,” Minster Chuck said.He noted that the intention is to mirror what happens in the United States of America where cases can be tried within six months.He noted, however, that the only way that this can be achieved, is if there is a “buy in” of the two Bills as well as the Plea Bargaining Act, which allows accused persons the opportunity to offer a guilty plea in exchange for a lighter sentence.Debate was suspended on the Bills until a date to be announced. Attorney General, Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte, made the disclosure during debate on the Criminal Justice (Administration) (Amendment) Act and the Indictments (Amendment) Act in the House of Representatives on July 25. The Government intends to amend the Gun Court Act to allow for all non-capital murder cases, involving the use of the gun, to be tried by a judge only.last_img read more

Programme to Develop Papine

first_img Member of Parliament for St Andrew Eastern, Hon. Fayval Williams, says efforts are being made to undertake a programme for the redevelopment of the town of Papine in the constituency. Mrs. Williams, who is also Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, said she has begun the process of assembling the stakeholders and pulling together all the proposals that have ever been written. Story Highlights “We must modernise Papine to be the majestic town and business centre it can be, serving our residents, the business communities, the farmers from East Rural St. Andrew with their fresh supply of strawberries and other bountiful produce, and serving the many visitors and students to the constituency,” she added. Member of Parliament for St Andrew Eastern, Hon. Fayval Williams, says efforts are being made to undertake a programme for the redevelopment of the town of Papine in the constituency.“Papine is a hub of activity of pedestrians, vehicles and vendors. It is the ‘capital city’ of St. Andrew Eastern and an asset to the constituency, but it is in need of urgent rebuilding,” Mrs. Williams said.She was making her contribution to the 2017/18 Constituency Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday (November 29).Mrs. Williams, who is also Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, said she has begun the process of assembling the stakeholders and pulling together all the proposals that have ever been written.“We must modernise Papine to be the majestic town and business centre it can be, serving our residents, the business communities, the farmers from East Rural St. Andrew with their fresh supply of strawberries and other bountiful produce, and serving the many visitors and students to the constituency,” she added.Meanwhile, Mrs Williams welcomed the recent construction of buildings within the Liguanea area.She highlighted the recently completed Alliance Cambio and the newly constructed and expanded General Foods Supermarket at the Liguanea Plaza and the Hi-Lo Supermarket located at Lane Plaza.last_img read more

Jamaica Tourist Board Developing New Website

first_img The website forms part of the JTB’s overall strategy to compete in the ever- changing global marketplace as well as plans by the management to re-engineer the entity and its methods of marketing and promoting Jamaica as a destination. The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) is developing a new and fully integrated website as part of efforts to fulfil the needs of emerging tourism market sources globally. The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) is developing a new and fully integrated website as part of efforts to fulfil the needs of emerging tourism market sources globally.The website forms part of the JTB’s overall strategy to compete in the ever- changing global marketplace as well as plans by the management to re-engineer the entity and its methods of marketing and promoting Jamaica as a destination.It is also consistent with the Tourism Ministry’s focus on ‘smart tourism’, which targets increased reliance on information and communications technology (ICT) to market destinations and manage content distribution.“This new data-rich, social media integrated digital platform will revolve on a single axis that provides global access to the destination (Jamaica) 24/7. The site will (also) be powered by Google,” the JTB told JIS News in a statement.“It (website) will also host and promote all aspects of the destination and provide real-time access and content to tour operators and travel agents globally to be more efficient in selling Jamaica,” the statement continued.The website will feature a customer relationship management tool to manage in real time the performance of the more than 50,000 registered travel agents, who sell the destination daily.It is expected that the return on investment of this integrated tool will be the ability to advertise the destination and manage content distribution in a more precise and geo-targeted way, allowing more value to be extracted from advertising than ever before. Story Highlights It is also consistent with the Tourism Ministry’s focus on ‘smart tourism’, which targets increased reliance on information and communications technology (ICT) to market destinations and manage content distribution. last_img read more

220 Small Farmers to Take Up Plots at Holland Bamboo

first_img He said that acquisition of the property is another step in the Government’s commitment to get lands in the hands of farmers in order to boost agricultural production. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, says that approximately 220 small farmers will be cultivating plots on the 2,400-acre farm to be established at Holland Estate in St. Elizabeth.Minister Hutchinson, who was speaking in a recent interview with JIS News, said that the property will be officially handed over on Monday, June 3.He said that acquisition of the property is another step in the Government’s commitment to get lands in the hands of farmers in order to boost agricultural production.He said that production from the farm will facilitate the reintroduction and strengthening of breakfast and lunch programmes in a number of schools in St. Elizabeth.“What we are looking mainly at is providing fruit juices and breakfast for the children and eliminating the bag juice. Many of the children come to school without breakfast, and we have found that the pilot project that we did some time ago when we had the breakfast programme going, that the attendance increased and the grades of the students also increased,” Mr. Hutchinson said.“So, we are going to be putting that into the schools on a sustainable basis where the children will be able to have a proper breakfast,” he added.Students at more than 800 schools across the island are provided with breakfast and/or lunch each week under the Government’s national school-feeding programme. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, says that approximately 220 small farmers will be cultivating plots on the 2,400-acre farm to be established at Holland Estate in St. Elizabeth. Story Highlights Minister Hutchinson, who was speaking in a recent interview with JIS News, said that the property will be officially handed over on Monday, June 3.last_img read more