Love going on long bike rides: Virat Kohli

first_imgLove going on long bike rides: Virat KohliKnown to be an avid motoring enthusiast, Virat Kohli said he loves going on long bike rides and that it’s been a few months since he rode a motorbike.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 12, 2019UPDATED: February 12, 2019 16:54 IST MS Dhoni rode pillion with Virat Kohli after a T20I match in Sri Lanka in 2012 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli was rested for the T20I series and the later part of the ODI series in New ZealandThe India captain is expected to be back from the rest and lead India against AustraliaIndia face Australia in a two-match T20I and five-match ODI series from February 24 at home Virat Kohli, it seems, is making the most of his time away from the cricket field. The India captain was rested for the recently-concluded T20I series and the last two matches in a five-match ODI series between India and New Zealand.Virat Kohli’s love for cars, especially the ones from German luxury brand Audi, is a well established. Kohli’s car collection is quite enviable as he owns quite a few powerful limited edition machines from Audi.As it turns out, Kohli has revealed he is interested in riding and loves going on longish bike rides.”Feels great. It’s been a few months since the last time I was on a bike. It’s good fun to ride. I quite like going for longish ride on a bike. I am quite keen on trying out this one,” Kohli said in a video on his official mobile application during what appears to be an advertisement shoot for a popular Indian motorcycle brand.Kohli, much like his predecessor MS Dhoni, is a motoring enthusiast. While Dhoni’s garage has some of the best superbikes going around, Kohli has a prized collection of cars. Notably, Kohli had told a news daily last year that he would want to ride pillion with Dhoni.Kohli, who has time and again stressed on road safety, was accused of promoting reckless driving after a television commercial of the leading Indian manufacturer released last year.In the commercial, Kohli can be seen riding the brand’s flagship bike and overtaking an SUV in a multi-storey car park. Kohli can also be seen attracting the attention of a woman by doing a wheelie after which he races out of a tight gap between two trucks.advertisementMeanwhile, Kohli is expected to be back from the break and lead Team India in the upcoming limited-over series against Australia. India will play two T20Is and five ODIs at home from February 24.Also Read | Why India need MS Dhoni’s experience at 2019 World Cup: Former CSK teammate explainsAlso Read | Virat Kohli head and shoulders above the rest in world cricket today: Kumar SangakkaraAlso 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 Virat KohliFollow MS DhoniFollow India cricket teamlast_img read more

Kane Williamson hits double century as New Zealand join 700 runs club in Test cricket

first_imgKane Williamson hits double century as New Zealand join 700 runs club in Test cricketNew Zealand vs Bangladesh 1st Test, Day 3: New Zealand became the seventh Test nation after Sri Lanka, India, Australia, West Indies, England and Pakistan to post a total of over 700 in an innings.advertisement India Today Web Desk HamiltonMarch 2, 2019UPDATED: March 2, 2019 09:36 IST Kane Williamson hit his second double century in Test cricket (Photo tweeted by @BLACKCAPS)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand became the seventh Test nation to breach the 700-run mark in an inningsKane Williamson hit his second double century in Test cricketWilliamson became only the fourth New Zealander to complete 6,000 runs in TestsNew Zealand became the seventh Test nation to breach the 700-run mark in an innings when they declared at 715 for 6 on the third day of the first Test against Bangladesh at Seddon Park in Hamilton.Sri Lanka, who hold the record for highest total of 952/6 declared, have the most number of 700-plus totals at six. India, Australia and West Indies have done it four times each while England thrice and Pakistan twice have achieved the feat.Captain Kane Williamson, who completed his second double century, struck a four from the last ball of the New Zealand innings to reach 200 before a planned declaration at drinks in the middle session. Colin de Grandhomme, who had been speeding towards a century, was left 76 not out which included five sixes and came from only 53 balls.New Zealand surpassed their previous Test best score of 690, achieved against Pakistan in Sharjah in 2014 and led Bangladesh by 481 runs after the tourists made 234 in their first innings.Williamson has become a relentless run-scoring machine for New Zealand with 20 centuries and 29 half-centuries in 71 Tests and an average of 52. He has now scored almost 900 runs in the eight Tests New Zealand has played in the past year, with a double century, two centuries and three half-centuries in that time.Williamson has lifted himself to second place on world Test batting rankings, behind India captain Virat Kohli, and on Saturday became only the fourth New Zealander after Stephen Fleming, Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor to pass 6,000 runs in Tests.At the same time, he has refused to put personal goals against team ones. He intended to declare at the second drinks break on Saturday – the exact midpoint of the match – and he would have done so whether he was 196 or 200.advertisementAs it was, the last of his 19 boundaries lifted him to an unbeaten double century from 257 balls – his second double century after his unbeaten 242 against Sri Lanka in 2015.The current Test is extraordinary for the fact that the top three New Zealand batsmen have all scored centuries in the same innings.Tom Latham made 161 and Jeet Raval 132 in a record 254-run opening partnership – only the fifth time both New Zealand openers have scored centuries in the same innings – before Williamson’s innings propelled New Zealand on to their highest Test total.In a tiny, unnoticed but poignant footnote, the Bangladesh seamer Ebadot Hossain captured his first Test wicket when he dismissed the nightwatchman Neil Wagner for 47 – Wagner’s highest Test score.Hossain, on debut, should have had his first wicket with the second ball he bowled in a Test but Latham was dropped in the slips. He had to bowl another 147 deliveries at a cost of 104 runs before the maiden wicket finally came his way.Also Watch: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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Kane WilliamsonFollow Jeet RavalFollow Tom LathamFollow Colin de Grandhommelast_img read more

Zinedine Zidane appointed back as Real Madrid coach less than a year after stepping down

first_img Next Zinedine Zidane appointed back as Real Madrid coach less than a year after stepping downZinedine Zidane had stepped down as the coach of Real Madrid in May last year. On Monday, Real Madrid announced they have sacked Santiago Solari and have re-appointed Zidane.advertisement India Today Web Desk MadridMarch 11, 2019UPDATED: March 11, 2019 23:48 IST Zinedine Zidane won three Champions League titles with Real Madrid. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSZinedine Zidane made a sensational return to Real MadridReal Madrid announced the sacking of Santiago Solari along with the news of Zidane’s returnReal Madrid are out of Champions League, Copa del Rey and La Liga title raceReal Madrid re-appointed Zinedine Zidane as the coach of Real Madrid on Monday and also announced the sacking of Santiago Solari, under whom Madrid have lost their footing in all competitions.Multiple media reports had earlier stated that Real Madrid will make the sensational development and the club announced the same on Monday.”The Board of Directors of Real Madrid, meeting today, Monday, March 11, 2019, has decided to terminate the contract that linked Santiago Solari with the club as coach of the first team and, at the same time, Real Madrid has offered to continue belonging to the club.Real Madrid appreciates the work done by Santiago Solari and the commitment and loyalty he has always shown to this house,” Real Madrid said in their media release.”The Board of Directors has also agreed the appointment of Zinedine Zidane as the new coach of Real Madrid with immediate incorporation for the remainder of the season and the next three, until June 30, 2022.”The president of Real Madrid will appear today [Monday] with Zinedine Zidane before the media at 8:00 pm in the press room of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium,” the release further stated.Zidane won an unprecedented three consecutive Champions League titles with Real before resigning in May last year.Madrid’s entire season has collapsed in the space of a week, with double Clasico defeats by Barcelona knocking them out of the Copa del Rey and leaving them 12 points adrift in La Liga. Real were also eliminated from the Champions League last Tuesday in the last 16 by Ajax Amsterdam.advertisementFormer Spain coach Julen Lopetegui replaced Zidane but was sacked in October with Solari taking the reins at the Santiago Bernabeu, but is set to be ousted himself later on Monday.Zidane, who took over in January 2016, won the Champions League that season, before claiming a La Liga and European Cup double in 2017.Five days after a third victory in last season’s Champions League final over Liverpool, the French coach and former Real Madrid midfielder decided to walk away, saying it was the right moment to depart.The 46-year-old won nine trophies at Madrid and was considered a hero by supporters after managing them in one of the club’s most successful eras.Zidane’s job at Madrid now will be to keep them in the top four to ensure they qualify for the Champions League next season. Real are third with 11 games to play and 10 points ahead of fifth place.Solari enjoyed a 4-1 win at Real Valladolid on Sunday in what appears to have been his final stand as Madrid coach.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 Tags :Follow Real MadridFollow Zinedine ZidaneFollow Santiago SolariFollow Florentino Perezlast_img read more

World Cup bound England opener Alex Hales on indefinite break for personal reasons

first_imgWorld Cup bound England opener Alex Hales on indefinite break for personal reasonsEngland batsman Alex Hales, named in the provisional squad for the Cricket World Cup, took a break from the game due to personal reasons. It is unclear whether he will be available for England’s one-dayer against Ireland or the ODI series against Pakistan.advertisement Reuters LondonApril 20, 2019UPDATED: April 20, 2019 12:14 IST England batsman Alex Hales has taken an indefinite break from the game due to personal reasons. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland batsman Alex Hales has taken an indefinite break from the game due to personal reasonsHales was named in the provisional squad for the Cricket World CupIt is unclear whether he will be available for the match against England or series against PakistanEngland batsman Alex Hales, who was named in their provisional squad for the Cricket World Cup, has taken an indefinite break from the game due to personal reasons, his club Nottinghamshire have said.”Alex Hales has made himself unavailable for selection for personal reasons and no timetable has been set for his return to action,” Nottinghamshire said in a statement on their website.Hales missed Nottinghamshire’s 50-over match against Lancashire on Friday.It is unclear whether the 30-year-old opening batsman, who has played 70 ODIs, will be available for England’s one-dayer against Ireland on May 3 or a five-match ODI series and Twenty20 international against Pakistan.Those matches will be England’s final internationals before they begin their campaign to win their maiden 50-over World Cup during the May 30-July 14 tournament on home soil.Also Read | England cricketer Will Jacks smashes 25-ball hundred, 6 sixes in an over in T10 gameAlso Read | Jack Leach tells England to improve, not complain about pitchesFor 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 bykarishma Tags :Follow Alex HalesFollow Cricket World CupFollow EnglandFollow Nottinghamshirelast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Hope Rohit Sharma scores 2 more hundreds, says Virat Kohli

first_img Next India Today Web Desk ManchesterJuly 8, 2019UPDATED: July 8, 2019 16:30 IST Virat Kohli termed Rohit Sharma as World’s best ODI player right now. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma has so far scored 5 hundreds in the 2019 Cricket World CupVirat Kohli said he hoped Rohit would get 2 more hundreds so India could win 2 more matchesIndia take on New Zealand in the first semi-final in Manchester on TuesdayRohit Sharma has been on a record-breaking spree in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. On Saturday, Rohit became the only batsman to score 5 hundred in a single World Cup and he is now within touching distance of overtaking Tendulkar’s tally for most runs in the same World Cup.With 647 runs from 8 innings, Rohit Sharma has dominated World Cup 2019 like a boss. Virat Kohli, India captain, said he was thrilled with Rohit’s form even if he has missed out on hundreds. Kohli hit 5 successive half-centuries but he is yet to score a hundred.Virat Kohli has 41 ODI hundreds. He certainly knows how to get to those milestones but the India captain has enjoyed his new role which has been to control the middle order.On the eve of India’s semi-final against New Zealand in Manchester, Kohli was asked if he missed scoring hundreds so far in this World Cup. “Not at all. It has been a different kind of role I have played in the World Cup. It’s great that Rohit is so consistent.”I am controlling the middle order to allow guys like Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant express themselves. I know I can accelerate in the end.”Like Rohit said the other day, no one focuses on personal milestones. We are doing the best for the team and in that process special things happen. Hope Rohit gets two more hundreds so we can get two more wins. He is the top ODI player in the world,” Kohli said at the press conference.advertisementRohit Sharma now has 27 ODI hundreds. He also jointly holds the record for most World Cup centuries (6) with Sachin Tendulkar.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma vs David Warner in race for top run-scorerAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Jasprit Bumrah unplayable at this stage, says Daniel VettoriAlso 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India vs New ZealandFollow Virat KohliFollow Rohit Sharma World Cup 2019: Hope Rohit Sharma scores 2 more hundreds, says Virat KohliIndia vs New Zealand World Cup 2019 semi-final: Virat Kohli said Rohit Sharma was the best ODI player in the world and hoped his deputy could carry on with his form in the World Cup.advertisementlast_img read more

Rogers Cup 2019: Rafael Nadal top seed after fatigued Novak Djokovic withdraws

first_img Next Rogers Cup 2019: Rafael Nadal top seed after fatigued Novak Djokovic withdraws World No. 1 Novak Djokovic said he has decided to give his body longer rest and recovery time after his Wimbledon 2019 win. advertisement Reuters LondonJuly 26, 2019UPDATED: July 26, 2019 09:48 IST Novak Djokovic has opted for longer rest period after Wimbledon 2019 win (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRafael Nadal will be the top seed at the August 3-11 tournamentDjokovic had beaten Roger Federer in a five-set Wimbledon finalArgentina’s Juan Martin del Potro to also skip the Masters 1000 tournamentNovak Djokovic has withdrawn from next month’s Rogers Cup in Montreal in order to get more rest before opening his hard court season, the world number one said on Thursday.Djokovic, a four-times champion in Canada, said he needs more time to recover after a physically demanding run at Wimbledon, where he beat Swiss Roger Federer in a five-set final to secure his 16th Grand Slam title.”I’m sorry to announce that I decided to pull out of Rogers Cup,” said Djokovic. “With the support of my team, I have decided to give my body longer rest and recovery time before coming back again to play.”With the Serb’s withdrawal, Spain’s Rafa Nadal will be the top seed at the Aug. 3-11 tournament.Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, who injured himself at Queen’s this year and has since had surgery on his right knee, will also skip the tournament.”In del Potro’s case, we wish him a speedy recovery, he who has experienced his share of injuries in the past few years,” said Montreal tournament director Eugene Lapierre. “We look forward to seeing him back on court in the near future.”Also Read | Watch: Novak Djokovic and wife Jelena sing a Croatian song with klapa group from Korcula islandAlso 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 Rogers Cup 2019Follow TennisFollow Rafael NadalFollow Novak DjokovicFollow Juan Martin del PotroFollow Roger Federerlast_img read more

Ravi Shastri rubbishes Virat Kohli-Rohit Sharma rift rumours

first_imgRavi Shastri rubbishes Virat Kohli-Rohit Sharma rift rumoursIndia leave for their tour of the West Indies on July 29. They will play 2 T20Is against West Indies on August 3 and 4 in Lauderhill before traveling to Providence for the third T20I on August 6.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 29, 2019UPDATED: July 29, 2019 20:43 IST Virat and Rohit remain the core of Indian limited-overs outfit. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRavi Shastri rubbished the Kohli-Rohit rift rumours as nonsenseVirat Kohli also said that it was not possible for the team to play well if the atmosphere in dressing room was unhealthyIndia will play 2 T20Is against West Indies on August 3 and 4 in LauderhillReacting to reports of a possible rift within captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma, coach Ravi Shastri on Monday rubbished the rumours as nonsense in the pre-departure Press Conference in Mumbai.Reports circulated in sections of media about the Indian side being divided between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma after India’s semi-final exit from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.”The way this team plays, no individual is bigger than the game. Not me, not him (Virat), nobody in the team. And the way they play, it is in the interest of the team. You cannot have the kind of consistency across all the formats, if you have rifts or divisions. I have been part of the dressing room and none of that nonsense is there,” said Ravi Shastri.Virat Kohli also said that it was not possible for the team to play well if the atmosphere in the dressing room was unhealthy.”I have also heard a lot of things in last few days. If the dressing room atmosphere wasn’t healthy, then it wasn’t possible for us to play the way we have been playing in the last couple of years.””I understand how important is the dressing room atmosphere and the trust factor is for a team to succeed in international cricket,” added Virat.India leave for their tour of the West Indies on July 29. They will play 2 T20Is against West Indies on August 3 and 4 in Lauderhill before travelling to Providence for the third T20I on August 6.advertisementThe T20Is will be followed by a 3-match T20I series from August 8 to 14. The 2-match Test series gets underway on August 22.India were pre-tournament favourites for the 2019 Cricket World Cup but their campaign ended with a semi-final defeat against New Zealand.After the World Cup heartbreak, there were several reports of rifts between Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma.Rohit had a sensational World Cup and finished as the highest run-scorer in the tournament and hit a record-breaking 5 hundred. Kohli, meanwhile, was far from his best and did not hit a single hundred in the World Cup.Read more | Pravin Amre applies for position of Team India’s batting coachAlso 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow West Indies vs IndiaFollow Virat KohliFollow Rohit Sharmalast_img read more

India vs West Indies: Rohit Sharma breaks Chris Gayle record for most sixes in T20Is

first_img No data available! India vs West Indies: Rohit Sharma breaks Chris Gayle record for most sixes in T20IsRohit Sharma needed four sixes to eclipse Chris Gayle to set the new record for most maximums in T20 international cricket before the three-match between India and West Indies. scorecard commentary view more view lesscenter_img advertisement graphs Rohan Sen LauderhillAugust 4, 2019UPDATED: August 4, 2019 22:14 IST Rohit Sharma set a new record for most sixes in T20I. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma has set a new record for most sixes in T20ISharma surpassed Chris Gayle for most sixes in the shortest format of the gameIndia won the first T20 of the 3-match series by 4 wicketsIndia vice-captain Rohit Sharma on Sunday set a new world record for the most sixes hit by a batsman in T20 international cricket in the ongoing 2nd match between India and West Indies at Lauderhill in Florida.Rohit Sharma overtook West Indies legend Chris Gayle to set the new record with his 106th six in T20I cricket. Rohit was four behind Gayle’s mark of 105 before the start of this match. Martin Guptill (103), Colin Munro (92) and Brendon McCullum (91) complete the top five.Rohit got to the milestone in the 11th over when he hit Sunil Narine for his second six in the match. Rohit had hit two sixes in the first match on Saturday.Rohit is already the highest six-hitter for India in ODI cricket with 232, a feat which he achieved last year. He is ranked 4th in the overall list in the 50-over format.Rohit has been in superb form with the bat this year and was the highest run-scorer in last month’s Cricket World Cup 2019 with 648 runs from 10 matches.There were rumours of a rift between Rohit and captain Virat Kohli after the World Cup ended with India crashing out in the semi-finals but the Mumbai batsman seems to be unfazed with all the news doing the rounds off the field.Continuing from where he left off in the World Cup, Rohit seems to have taken the mantle of the batting mainstay in the Indian lineup from Kohli. Rohit is already the highest run-scorer in T20I cricket with Guptill (2272) and Kohli (2263) just behind him.advertisementRohit is also the only batsman to hit four hundreds in T20I cricket. He is averaging over 32 and has a strike rate of over 137 in the format in international cricket with 16 fifties to his name.Also SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow India VS West Indieslast_img read more

Paul Pogba vows to fight racism for sake of next generation

first_img Reuters ManchesterAugust 26, 2019UPDATED: August 26, 2019 13:39 IST Paul Pogba was a target of online abuse after he missed a penalty in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPogba was the target of online abuse after missing a penalty in United’s 1-1 Premier League drawPogba’s teammate Marcus Rashford had also been targeted after missing a penaltyPaul Pogba said the racist abuse he has suffered will only make him strongerManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba said the racist abuse he has suffered will only make him stronger and the Frenchman vowed to fight the problem for the sake of the next generation.Pogba was the target of online abuse after missing a penalty in their 1-1 Premier League draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers last week, prompting Manchester to issue a strong statement condemning the views.Racist insults are ignorance and can only make me stronger and motivate me to fight for the next generation, Pogba wrote in a tweet accompanied by a picture of him holding his baby alongside a portrait of Martin Luther King.My ancestors and my parents suffered for my generation to be free today, to work, to take the bus, to play football. Racist insults are ignorance and can only make me stronger and motivate me to fight for the next generation. pic.twitter.com/J9IqyWQj4K— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) August 25, 2019My ancestors and my parents suffered for my generation to be free today, to work, to take the bus, to play football.British media reported Pogba’s teammate Marcus Rashford had also been targeted after missing a penalty in Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League defeat by Crystal Palace.United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who said before the match that players needed more protection from social media companies, was lost for words after the latest incident.It’s unheard of and we need it to stop, Solskjaer said. I’m just lost for words if it keeps going.advertisementWe keep having all these campaigns No to Racism’ and it keeps hiding behind fake identities. It’s crazy that we talk about this in 2019.United and British anti-discriminatory body Kick It Out are set to meet representatives of Twitter and British media said the Old Trafford club would also approach Facebook.Earlier this month, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard told social media companies to take action after 21-year-old striker Tammy Abraham was subject to abuse after the team’s UEFA Super Cup loss to Liverpool.Kick It Out said last month it had received 159 reports of discrimination via social media in the English professional game last season.Also Read | Napoli win seven-goal thriller at Fiorentina amid VAR controversyAlso Read | Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford suffers racial abuse on Twitter after missing penaltyAlso 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Manchester UnitedFollow Paul Pogba Paul Pogba vows to fight racism for sake of next generationPaul Pogba was the third player to suffer racial abuse following incidents involving Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham and Cardiff City’s Yakou Meite.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Seal in the Sound with the Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

first_img TaoTronics TT-BH060 Active Noise Cancelling Over Ear Headphones With clean looks, great battery life, and solid noise-canceling, the TaoTronics TT-BH060 are an insane value The best earbuds for 2019 Jaybird Vista true wireless earbuds review: Ready to tweak Who’s it for: Those looking for a great-sounding, feature-packed, pair of noise-canceling headphones, and don’t mind a non-premium brand.Why we picked the TaoTronics TT-BH060:In every category, there’s a product that manages to deliver 90% of the best features at a significantly cheaper price than everyone else. With 30 hours of battery life, active noise cancellation, and a simple and understated design that’s geared towards business trips and long commutes, TaoTronics’ TT-BH060 is that product in the noise-canceling headphone market.Where many other models cost many multiples the price, this plucky TaoTronics model costs less than a single night out on the town.Among the included features is a woven hard case with an included 3.5mm cable for wired listening, and easy-to-use controls that make it quick and easy to change songs, adjust volume, and turn off and on the active noise cancellation. Just make sure you turn the noise-canceling off when you’re not wearing the headphones — it doesn’t turn off when the headphones themselves are powered down.We think the sound is warm and balanced, with tight and energetic bass performance, yet it doesn’t overwhelm the midrange the way so many other budget headphones tend to do. The active noise cancellation works like a charm, providing a blank slate over which the TT-BH060 can project your favorite sounds.If you want a great pair of noise-canceling over-ear headphones, but you’re not interested in paying the premium prices that Sony and Bose command, these are probably just what you’re looking for.Our full TaoTronics TT-BH060 reviewResearch and buying tipsHow do noise-canceling headphones work?Are noise-canceling headphones bad for your ears?Are noise-canceling headphones worth it?Are noise-canceling headphones better than earplugs?Can noise-canceling headphones work without music?How do noise-canceling headphones work?They use exterior microphones to capture the sound around you. They then reproduce matching frequencies with the phase inverted to cancel ambient noise.Are noise-canceling headphones bad for your ears?No. They were invented for pilots to preserve their hearing.Are noise-canceling headphones worth it?If you plan on listening in noisy environments, absolutely.Are noise-canceling headphones better than earplugs?Not usually. Earplugs can typically do a better job of blocking out noise, but they don’t have the benefit of being able to play audio.Can noise-canceling headphones work without music?Yes, noise-canceling headphones will reduce outside noise without music playing, but things will almost always seem quieter when music is playing over the topHow we testWe test headphones the way normal people live.We run every pair of headphones through a rigorous process over several days. That includes playing them in all sorts of scenarios — be it on a bus, in the listening room, or at the office — and playing back from a wide array of sources. We know most people use their headphones with a smartphone, often with lower-quality MP3 resolution tracks, so we do too.However, we also move up to high-resolution audio files, as well as a wide variety of sources, including plugging in directly to a PC or Mac, using USB DACs (digital-to-analog converters), and employing high-quality dedicated portable players and amplifiers. Finally, we compare the headphones to some of our go-to models, both in their class and price point, as well as a level or two above to find out if they can punch above their weight. Skullcandy Crusher ANC hands-on review Sony WF-1000XM3 If you want noise cancellation in a set of true wireless earbuds, the Sony WF-1000XM3 are the best choice. Sony’s WH-1000XM3 are the best noise-canceling headphones. They’re also the best wireless headphones — yes, they’re that good. With supreme comfort, sparkling sound, fantastic noise cancellation, a unique pressure equalization feature, and a host of options, we’d pick these headphones even if they were more expensive. For most people, the WH-1000XM3 will be an unbeatable set of noise-canceling headphones.Our team has more than 50 years of combined audio experience, and we’ve tested more than 300 headphones — many of which offer noise cancellation. If the WH-1000XM3 isn’t right for you, we’ve assembled a list of four alternatives. They all cancel noise, but each has its own specific strengths.The best noise-canceling headphones at a glance:The best noise-canceling headphones: Sony WH-1000XM3The best noise-canceling earbuds: Sony WF-1000XM3The best noise-canceling headphones for kids: Puro PuroQuietThe best noise-canceling headphones for work and travel: Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700The best cheap noise-canceling headphones: TaoTronics TT-BH060The best noise-canceling headphones: Sony WH-1000XM3Our score: 4.5/5Why you should buy them: Superb sound, great comfort, and impressive noise-canceling make Sony’s WH-1000XM3 our pick of the list. Editors’ Recommendations Who they’re for: Travelers and business people in loud offices, or anyone who needs excellent noise cancellation in a set of earbuds.Why we picked the Sony WF-1000XM3:Hey, this is a roundup of the best noise-canceling headphones, so why is there a pair of earbuds included? Well, until Sony launched the Sony WF-1000XM3, there weren’t any quality true wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation. The fact that they even exist warrants their inclusion, but thankfully, Sony has done much more than create noise-canceling earbuds — they’re the truly-wireless equivalents of our pick for best noise-canceling headphones, the WH-1000xM3.As such, you can expect superb noise-canceling performance whether you use them as a pair, or even using just a single earbud for making calls. Sound quality is just as impressive, thanks in large part to Sony’s inclusion of its proprietary DSEE HX engine, which magically makes every sound source — from the lowly MP3 to the lossless FLAC — sound much better than they would without Sony’s processing. Battery life is a perfectly acceptable six hours when you engage active noise cancellation, but rises to a stellar eight hours when you turn that feature off. The included charging case, which somewhat hilariously looks like a massive Duracell battery with its copper-colored flip-lid, packs an additional three full charges. This extends the full life of the WFs to a most remarkable 32 hours with noise-cancellation turned off.Sony’s app delivers a host of fine-tuning adjustments for things like EQ, noise cancellation level, and voice assistant selection, making these among the most customizable wireless earbuds you can buy. They’re not perfect: They lack any kind of sweat resistance, and for some reason, you can’t adjust volume levels without reaching for your phone. But these small nitpicks aside, the Sony WF-1000XM3 have set a very high bar, not just for truly wireless earbuds, but noise-canceling headphones in general.Our hands-on review of the Sony WF-1000XM3The best noise-canceling headphones for kids: Puro PuroQuietWhy you should buy them: The PuroQuiet do more than cancel unwanted noise, they also protect your kids from dangerously loud sound levels.Who they’re for: Parents who want to provide their kids with high-quality, noise-canceling headphones.Why we picked the Puro PuroQuiet:It can be tough to find decent quality headphones for kids even before you start looking for a feature like noise cancellation. Fortunately, the Puro PuroQuiet are both a great set of wireless kids headphones and as a bonus, they’ve got noise-canceling too. But the best part for parents is that they come equipped with a software limiter that keeps the volume at or below 85dB, which is considered the maximum volume that children should be exposed to for prolonged periods.With 16 hours of battery life, it’s unlikely your kid will outlast these headphones, but if they do, there’s always the option of using an analog cable instead. We’re frankly surprised more kids headphones don’t offer noise canceling. If the goal is to keep the volume at a safe level, eliminating unwanted outside noise means you can get the same sound quality at lower volumes than without this feature. It feels like a match made in child-parent heaven, something that doesn’t come along very often!You’ll also appreciate that while not exactly cheap, given that the PuroQuiets have a very solid construction that will withstand at least some of the abuse kids can inflict, they are very reasonably priced for what they offer. We think your kids’ ears are worth it.Read our full impressions of the Puro PuroQuiet headphones.The best noise-canceling headphones for work and travel: Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700Julian Chokkattu/Digital TrendsWhy you should buy these: This is the best noise-canceling tech you can get, at any price. $228 from Walmart Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3 review: Your ears will love it The best wireless headphones for 2019 Sony WH-1000xM3 Sony’s new cans are our favorite headphones ever, boasting a sensational combination of comfort and quality. Who they’re for: People who frequently listen to music in noisy locations, and who want crystal-clear call quality.Why we picked the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700:The new flagship of the Bose noise-canceling headphone lineup, the somewhat awkwardly named Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 (which we shall simply call the Bose 700) are a significant departure from the older QC35 II, which were our previous pick for this category.Though still excellent for noise-cancellation for travel on planes, or anywhere you’ll find higher frequency noise to be a problem, the Bose 700 do let through middle frequencies a bit more than their predecessors. However, their improved microphone noise-canceling makes for some of the quietest, truest voice calls your callers will ever hear.The new design is sleeker, with earcups mounted directly to the headband instead of the older yolk-based setup. Though not quite as adjustable, this new configuration lets the Bose 700 fold nearly flat in their storage case, making it easier to stow them in seat-backs and carry-on luggage.Sound quality is just as good as the QC 35 II, and perhaps even better for movies and TV shows, though some audiophiles may notice a slight tendency to overemphasize the high frequencies. We think the Sony WH-1000xM3 sound better for music. The Bose companion app gives you more granular control over the headphones’ features like noise-canceling levels, but virtually everything you need can be controlled through a combination of touches and buttons on the earcups. This includes volume, play/pause, track skipping, voice-assistant activation (Alexa and Google Assistant are supported), and noise-canceling on/off and level.We really like the Bose 700, but if you prefer the acoustics of the QC 35 II, Bose still sells them, and they’re $50 less than the 700s.Read our full Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 reviewThe best cheap noise-canceling headphones: TaoTronics TT-BH060Riley Young/Digital TrendsWhy you should buy them: You want comfort and great sound without breaking the bank. $60 from TaoTronics $70 from Amazon $399 from Amazon $228 from Amazon Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 In keeping with its reputation for superb noise-cancellation, the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are a great choice for travelers and business people. Who they’re for: Those who want to block out distracting ambient noises, but without sacrificing terrific sound quality.Why we picked the Sony WH-1000XM3:Sony has a history of making absolutely incredible noise-canceling headphones. When we last did this roundup, Sony’s MDR-1000X earned the top spot (and a 5/5 rating in our official review) thanks to their unbeatable blend of comfort, control, and audio quality. The fact that they isolate sound as well as any cans we’ve used was the icing on the cake. They were so good, they were our favorite headphones, period.But times have changed, and Sony has kept improving its offerings, so we’ve updated our list to reflect the new reality: Sony’s WH-1000XM3 actually improve upon the MDR-1000X in many ways and even cost less upon release. Under their ultra-soft leatherette earcups, the WH-1000XM3 hide dual 40mm dynamic drivers that bring both movies and music to life with stunning, warm detail. We love their excellent instrumental separation and powerful bass response, and you don’t have to be an audiophile to appreciate their precise performance in the mid and upper registers.Lots of personalization and fine-tuning can be achieved through the Sony Headphones Connect app, including adjustments for ambient sound reduction, and the ability to optimize audio based on atmospheric pressure (an awesome feature for frequent flyers). Sony’s DSEE HX processing engine ensures that compressed audio from sources like YouTube sounds as good as possible.Are there better noise-canceling headphones? Yes — just scroll down! But there are no better headphones with noise cancellation, and we think you’ll agree.Our full Sony WH-1000XM3 reviewThe best noise-canceling earbuds: Sony WF-1000XM3Dan Baker/Digital TrendsWhy you should buy them: If you want active noise cancellation in a pair of wireless earbuds, these are the best ones to offer it. $348 from Amazon $348 from Walmart $399 from Walmartlast_img read more

Barcelo Hotel Group Recognized in Cristal International Awards

first_imgMIAMI (April 3, 2018) – The Cristal International Awards are the highest endorsement Cristal International Standards gives to its top rated hotels in their annual inspections in recognition of their achievements throughout the year. In 2019, seven of Barceló Hotel Group’s all-inclusive resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean have been singled out in the latest edition of the awards. In addition to these honorable distinctions, Barceló Hotels & Resorts has also received one of the most valued accolades for hotel brands – the Group Award. Barceló Maya Grand Resort has been one of the most outstanding properties this year, since the five establishments that make up the resort (Barceló Maya Palace, Barceló Maya Beach, Barceló Maya Caribe, Barceló Maya Colonial and Barceló Maya Tropical) have obtained the highest rating of all properties analyzed in North America and Mexico in some of the most important categories including: food safety, swimming pool control, prevention of Legionella bacteria and fire protection systems. The resort complex has obtained the Continental Award (best hotels in North America) for the following categories: Property:Category:Barceló Maya Grand ResortFood Safety (FoodCheck)Barceló Maya Colonial and Barceló Maya TropicalSwimming Pool Control (PoolCheck)Barceló Maya Colonial and Barceló Maya TropicalPrevention of Legionella bacteria (AquaCheck)Barceló Maya Colonial and Barceló Maya TropicalFire Protection Systems (FireCheck) Barceló Maya Grand Resort has also earned the National Award (best hotels in Mexico) for the following categories: Property:Category:Barceló Maya Grand Resort, Barceló Maya Beach, Barceló Maya Caribe, Barceló Maya Colonial, Barceló Maya Tropical and Barceló Maya PalaceFood Safety (FoodCheck)Barceló Maya Colonial and Barceló Maya TropicalSwimming Pool Control (PoolCheck)Barceló Maya Colonial and Barceló Maya TropicalPrevention of Legionella bacteria (AquaCheck)Barceló Maya Colonial and Barceló Maya TropicalFire Protection Systems (FireCheck) The 24-hour all-inclusive Barceló Bávaro Palace and Barceló Bávaro Beach – Adults Only – part of the Barceló Bávaro Grand Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – has also earned the Continental AquaCheck and PoolCheck Award. These accolades demonstrate both the resort’s stringent efforts in applying the best practices for the proper installation and maintenance of water systems to help reduce the risk of Legionnaires’ Disease, as well as its work to maintain excellence in safety standards in the resort’s numerous pools and its surroundings. Additionally, Barceló Bávaro Grand Resort has been complying with Cristal International Standards for over 15 years and with the AquaCheck standards since 2013. “We are honored to receive this recognition, as it demonstrates the hard work behind our efforts to guarantee the best quality standards for our clients,” said Javier Cordero, General Manager at Barceló Bávaro Palace. “It is our team’s upmost priority to maintain the highest quality standards in our day-to-day operations, and this year we are excited to have improved our score in all sections of the audit, ultimately getting closer to our goal of perfection.” Barceló Bávaro Grand Resort has obtained the Continental Award for the following categories: Property:Category:Barceló Bávaro PalacePrevention of Legionella bacteria (AquaCheck)Barceló Bávaro Beach – Adults OnlySwimming Pool Control (PoolCheck) The following Barceló Hotel Group properties in Mexico have also received Cristal International Standards certifications in various categories in 2019:Barceló Puerto Vallarta Occidental Cozumel Occidental Nuevo Vallarta Occidental Punta Cana Allegro Cozumel “We couldn’t be prouder of our properties for their performance in this year’s Cristal International Awards,” said Juan Perez Sosa, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Barceló Hotel Group. “The recognition is a testament to the tireless commitment of our team efforts to go above and beyond to create truly unforgettable experiences for our Barceló guests and the good work they do to maintain hygiene and sanitation compliance in all areas.” Cristal International Standards, founded in 1997, offers its audit and risk control services to some of the most prestigious international chains in the world, helping them to maintain their standards of quality, hygiene, health and safety. The organization currently performs more than 22,000 audits per year in more than 50 countries.  About Barceló Hotel GroupBarceló Hotel Group is the 2nd largest hotel chain in Spain and the 29th largest in the world. The hotel group’s portfolio currently boasts 251 urban and leisure hotels ranked between 4 and 5-stars with 55,670 rooms throughout 22 countries and marketed under four brands: Royal Hideaway Luxury Hotels & Resorts, Barceló Hotels & Resorts, Occidental Hotels & Resorts and Allegro Hotels. For more information or reservations, visit www.barcelo.com.last_img read more

Grange: Jamaica gives support to Ghana’s Year of Return

first_img Speaking at the Caribbean launch of the Year of Return in Kingston on Sunday (today), Minister Grange said: The “Year of Return, Ghana 2019” is an initiative of the Government of the Republic of Ghana which is intended to encourage people of African descent to visit Africa. The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, says Jamaica endorses the “Year of Return, Ghana 2019”. Story Highlights The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, says Jamaica endorses the “Year of Return, Ghana 2019”.The “Year of Return, Ghana 2019” is an initiative of the Government of the Republic of Ghana which is intended to encourage people of African descent to visit Africa.Speaking at the Caribbean launch of the Year of Return in Kingston on Sunday (today), Minister Grange said:“Jamaica looks forward to a successful Year of Return and we will work with Ghana towards a successful year. Jamaica observes the International Decade of People of African Descent and so it is all very timely that we work together.“We are connected. Ghana was a major hub for the transatlantic slave trade from the 16th to the 19th centuries, and we are happy that you have opened the door this year for people in the African Diaspora to return.”“And as Jamaicans, we’re proud to see that our Reggae music will form the soundtrack for the Year of Return.”The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture of Ghana, Her Excellency Catherine Afeku said it was important to begin the Year of Return programme for the Caribbean in Jamaica.Minister Afeku said:“This is the Maroon country where liberation struggles started even before Independence. So we started here for symbolism. We want to invite you home, but we want to invite you coming back with that sense of strength that you are a descendant that survived.”Minister Afeku said the Year of Return was an opportunity to highlight the strength of African peoples who survived the transatlantic slave trade.According to her, “We have scientists who are the descendants of slaves, we have astronauts who are descendants of slaves. We have the Bob Marleys who are the descendants of slaves. We have the Usain Bolts who are the descendants of slaves. That is a positive story.”The Ghanaian Minister is encouraging Jamaicans to make a pilgrimage to Africa, beginning with her country, even once in their lifetime.“Ghana is opening its arms. Ghana is opening its doors. We want you to come and take a heritage that belongs to you. So it is not a favour, it is yours. We are here to assure you that you can make a home on the continent starting with Ghana,” said Minister Afeku.Minister Grange said consideration is being given for direct flights between Jamaica and Ghana in support of the Year of Return initiative.The year-long celebrations include music and food festivals, summits, investment fora and product exhibitions.last_img read more

CPJ Says New Distribution Centre Will Keep Hotels Adequately Supplied

first_img The company’s founder and co-chairman, Tom Tyler, gave the pledge as he addressed the official opening of CPJ’s US$10-million Distribution Centre in Freeport, Montego Bay, on February 12. Story Highlights He said that the state-of-the-art building is a realisation of the vision, at the company’s establishment in 1994, to sell, market and distribute a wide and high-quality selection of consumables and “formalise distribution to Jamaica’s fast-growing hotel industry”. With the country’s hotel room stock projected to reach approximately 48,000 by 2022, local food distributor, Caribbean Producers Jamaica Limited (CPJ), is pledging to ensure that the hospitality sector “will always be adequately supplied”.center_img With the country’s hotel room stock projected to reach approximately 48,000 by 2022, local food distributor, Caribbean Producers Jamaica Limited (CPJ), is pledging to ensure that the hospitality sector “will always be adequately supplied”.The company’s founder and co-chairman, Tom Tyler, gave the pledge as he addressed the official opening of CPJ’s US$10-million Distribution Centre in Freeport, Montego Bay, on February 12.He said that the state-of-the-art building is a realisation of the vision, at the company’s establishment in 1994, to sell, market and distribute a wide and high-quality selection of consumables and “formalise distribution to Jamaica’s fast-growing hotel industry”.Founder and Co-Chairman of Caribbean Producers Jamaica Limited (CPJ), Tom Tyler, addressing the official opening of the company’s Distribution Centre in Freeport, Montego Bay on February 12. “We are a strategic partner to the hotel industry, the island’s largest revenue earner. By providing the widest range of goods to meet the demands of local and foreign visitors alike, CPJ helps to build Jamaica as an international destination,” he noted.The company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. David Lowe, said the opening of the new distribution centre, which has “significantly expanded capacity”, demonstrates CPJ’s commitment to support some of the most important industries in Jamaica.“By building a First-World facility, this will enable us to accommodate the planned and massive growth in the hotel sector over the next five years.”Dr. Lowe said that by providing the additional capacity to supply food service right across the island, CPJ is confident that it will continue to be a critical stakeholder in the tourism industry.“We are getting ahead of the curve by being ready to accommodate this demand,” he noted.“We have won the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) award for the being the best purveyor for 10 of the last 11 years and we want to continue earning the trust and support by evolving and investing in our ability to service the industry. It will allow us to implement the latest processes and technology that will create greater efficiencies and cost containment as we grow,” he added.For his part, JHTA President, Omar Robinson, said that CPJ’s relationship with the hotel sector is “invaluable”.He said that in anticipation of the thousands of new rooms that will be coming on stream over the next five years, “it is comforting to have a distribution company like CPJ to ensure that the hotels are never short on supplies and where guests will be provided with top-quality products”.last_img read more

Work of Crime Observatory to be Improved

first_imgThe coverage, range and distribution of data collected by the Jamaica Crime Observatory is to be improved, following an injection of $43.9 million.The money is being provided by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), through its Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP), funded by the World Bank.A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to solidify this arrangement was signed by representatives of the Ministry of National Security and JSIF during a ceremony at the St. Andrew offices of  JSIF, on Thursday (February 28).The JSIF’s Managing Director, Omar Sweeney, said he is pleased that since its inception in 2011, the facility has redounded to the benefit of the Ministry of National Security.He noted that under the agreement, the institutional capacity of the Jamaica Crime Observatory will be improved by expanding its coverage, and improving the software used to analyse the data collected.Mr. Sweeney also informed that capacity building activities will also be carried out for staff to analyse and disseminate a greater volume of information.The funds will also go towards conducting victimisation surveys.In the meantime, the National Security Ministry’s Chief Technical Director, Security Policy and Risk Management Affairs, Rohan Richards, welcomed the support.Mr. Richards said the additional support will help to fulfill the objective of the Observatory, which is to improve the quality of crime and violence statistics that directly influence the design and implementation of evidence based strategies and policies.“Now more than ever, there is a need to bolster our crime surveillance capacity to contribute towards improved management of our urban spaces as well as public safety,” he said.The Crime Observatory is an instrument through which the Ministry of National Security keeps up to date, reliable data to promote transparency, security and safety in the national interest.It also establishes valid and consistent crime and violence related statistics for each community as well as the corresponding geo-reference maps of the cases, and uses the data to inform policy and decision making towards the development of improved citizen security and prevention measures.The Observatory collects data on seven crime and violence categories (murder, shooting, sexual offence, robbery, fatal shootings, traffic fatalities and suicide) across 14 parishes. Data collected by the crime observatory is used by the Government, private sector, academia, civil society and other groups.Jamaica is one of three Caribbean countries to have an established crime observatory. The others are Belize and Guyana.last_img read more

Policy on Flexible Work Arrangements Taking Too Long – Minister Kellier

first_imgLabour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, says the policy on Flexible Work Arrangements has been in gestation for far too long, and that this will be addressed this year.He assured that amendments to legislation to facilitate the introduction of flexible work arrangements will be passed by the end of this calendar year.“It is time for us to have those pieces of legislation adjusted, so that legally those arrangements can be put in place,” the Minister emphasised.Minister Kellier, who was addressing journalists at a Jamaica House press briefing, held at the Office of the Prime Minister on June 6, said he will be pursuing the introduction of the arrangement “with much vigour.”He informed that a Ministry Paper will be tabled shortly, and that drafting instructions have been issued to the Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel to facilitate the requisite legislative amendments.“This is the furthest we have reached over the years with the discussions and it is now at the stage where both Houses of Parliament have already approved the policy with respect to the implementation of the system. We are moving to enact any other legislation, which we need…to make this a reality,” the Minister said.The discussions surrounding the flexible work arrangements have been ongoing for some 18 years, he said, pointing out that this is due in part to concerns raised by various organisations.“There were some organisations that put up a strong resistance, but I think the majority of people in the country will recognise the benefits of introducing the flexi-work week,” he said.Mr. Kellier noted that among the benefits of the programme are an increase in productivity; increased employment; and greater availability of services to customers due to varied opening hours.The term Flexible Work Arrangements or the flexi-work week refers to a variable work schedule, and incorporates flexi-time, which allows the worker and employer the opportunity to arrange the traditional 40-hour work week as it best suits their needs.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more

Inmates and Youth Offenders to Contribute to ‘Jamaica 55’ Celebrations

first_img Inmates and juveniles in correctional institutions across the island will be showcasing their talents as part of the ‘Jamaica 55’ celebrations.Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., told JIS News that the inmates will be making their contributions through music, and other skill areas such as visual and culinary arts.He noted that they are excited to be part of the celebrations, because they see the occasion as on opportunity to give back to the country.“I applaud the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport for its willingness to allow the inmates to showcase their talents and entertain Jamaicans and rebuild hope and trust,” he said.He said the move is in keeping with Government’s objective to “create space that encourages people’s talents to flourish for our country’s benefit, and inmates in correctional facilities are no different”.“Prisons have a history of inmates being involved in the arts, and I believe it is an important rehabilitation tool,” Senator Charles Jr. added.For the Independence celebrations, the adult inmates will be working with former Superintendent at the Department of Correctional Services (DCS), Gladstone Wright, to produce music pieces in recognition of the Independence milestone.Senator Charles Jr. explained that Mr. Wright played a critical role in the development of the music programme in the correctional facilities.“This partnership is expected to provide additional avenues for advancing their rehabilitation while creating pathways for their eventual success in societies,” he pointed out.Meanwhile, the youth offenders will be creating pieces for a competition and expo under the ‘Jamaica 55’ theme ‘Celebrating Jamaicans at Home and Abroad’.He explained that the four juvenile correctional institutions across the island are expected to display talents in areas such as mural design, animation, graphic design, fashion designing/tailoring, craft, the culinary arts, and agricultural science.The mural design that best captures the theme will be painted in all juvenile institutions as part of efforts to create child-friendly spaces. Story Highlights Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., told JIS News that the inmates will be making their contributions through music, and other skill areas such as visual and culinary arts. Inmates and juveniles in correctional institutions across the island will be showcasing their talents as part of the ‘Jamaica 55’ celebrations. For the Independence celebrations, the adult inmates will be working with former Superintendent at the Department of Correctional Services (DCS), Gladstone Wright, to produce music pieces in recognition of the Independence milestone. last_img read more

FS ‘Stormy’ Ready for Outfitting in Leirvik …

first_img My location Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Havyard, November 22, 2013 zoom The hull of Havyard Ship Technology’s newbuild number 117, a Havyard 587 wellboat for the shipping company Fosnavaag Shipping, has arrived at the shipyard in Leirvik and is facing a hectic period of outfitting and testing.In August 2012, Havyard agreed a contract with Fosnavaag Shipping for the construction of the world`s most efficient and environmentally friendly wellboat. The Havyard 587 design was developed in close cooperation with ship owner and key suppliers of vital systems onboard.The hull of the ship has been constructed at the Cemre shipyard in Turkey, where Havyard constructs most hulls for their newbuilds. The hull arrived last week at Havyard`s own shipyard in Leirvik in Sogn, Norway, where completion of the outfitting and testing will take place.Jobjørn Løland, Project Manager for newbuild 117 at the Leirvik shipyard said that there was close cooperation with the site-team in and that there were quite a few trips to Turkey in the early project phase.“It is important to follow up on the progress there. In the project organization we have experts in every special field, and as the hull nears completion, the production organization in Leirvik becomes more and more involved,” he continued.The newbuild went straight into dock as it arrived at the shipyard and according to plan it will remain there until the end of February. Also the main engines will be started up while in dock.“The largest pipes have been assembled in Turkey but all installations of machines and engines, outfitting and accommodation will be performed in Leirvik, in addition to painting and start-up,” Løland pointed out.Yard Director Trygve Solaas pointed out that proximity to customers is also an advantage:“Demanding customers who know what they want and who challenge us are very important. It is the best way to improve. In Norway we cannot be the cheapest, but we deliver a first-class product. Our most important motivation is that the customer is satisfied and feels that he gets at least what he pays for.“In this project there have been quite a few technical innovations developed in close cooperation with shipping company and equipment supplier. This forces us to think outside the box and we get to put new ideas into effect. That’s exciting”, concludes Trygve Solaas.Efficient and environmentally friendly fish transportHavyard 587 contains the best within wellboat technology, setting a new standard for environmentally friendly and gentle transport and treatment of live fish.“Cylindrical cargo tanks and the efficient filter- and water treatment equipment make it possible to perform a closed transport across far longer distances compared to existing boats,” says Olav Remøy, CEO of Fosnavaag Shipping. ” This makes greater density of fish possible with a more gentle treatment of the live fish leading to better quality of the end product. There has also been put great emphasis on the hull and propulsion machinery to be as efficient as possible in real operating conditions, so that fuel economy is the best possible and that emissions are as low as possible.”Delivery of newbuild 117 is set for March 2014.last_img

AoS Provides Assistance to Ukrainian Seafarers Arriving …

first_imgzoom Seafarers charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) is continuing to assist Ukrainian seafarers arriving at ports in Great Britain.AoS Port Chaplains up and down the country are offering practical help such as providing internet connections for Ukrainian crew to contact their families back home.Southampton Port Chaplain Reverend Roger Stone who is supporting Ukrainian seafarers said: “I met two who live very near Crimea. One is Ukrainian, the other half Russian, and half Ukrainian. We discussed the situation in Ukraine. Their view is that we are all human beings and national identity comes second. They are very worried about the situation, as are their families back in the Ukraine. I promised to remember that at mass. One is going home to Ukraine in the next few days and is wondering what exactly he is going home to.”Also paramount is the safety of seafarers whose ships are arriving at Ukrainian ports. Several major shipping lines have already stated they are prepared to take necessary measures to keep their crew and activities safe and are closely monitoring the situation as their vessels call at Ukrainian ports.In an update on its website international law firm Ince & Co said that while the state of affairs in Ukraine remained fluid an escalation of tensions and any military action may have repercussions for shipping, including crew.There are an estimated 39,000 Ukrainian seafarers worldwide, making the country a major supplier of seafarers.Seafarers Awareness Week, March 19, 2014; Image: AoSlast_img read more

Celsius Shipping on the Rise

first_imgzoom Monaco-based Celsius Shipping has increased its current orderbook for 24,600 dwt stainless steel chemical tankers to ten firm vessels.Celsius and Nantong Mingde Heavy Industry recently signed a contract for the construction of seven more 24,600 dwt chemical tankers with options for additional four.However, the company didn’t want to comment, other than to say that the order for the chemical tankers at Nantong Mingde now stands at 10 firm vessels.According to Nantong Mingde, delivery of the first three vessels is slated for the first half of 2016 with the rest of the newbuildings to follow in 2017.Main dimensions of the vessels are as follows: total length 174.3m; moulded breadth 26.8m; moulded depth 9.40m; scantling draft 9.20m; design speed 14 knots. World Maritime News Staff, April 11, 2014last_img read more

AMSA Bars Third Repeat Offender

first_imgThe Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has issued a direction to Indonesian flagged multipurpose ship MV Meratus Sangatta (IMO 9116797) not to enter or use any port in Australia for three months.The 1996-built, 3447 dwt general cargo ship has been detained three times since November 2012 and twice since November 2014. As a result it will not be allowed to re-enter Australian ports until April 6, 2015.MV Meratus Sangatta was detained in Port Alma, Queensland on January 2 despite AMSA urging the ship’s operator, PT. Meratus Line, to improve its performance following the banning of another of its vessels, Territory Trader, in Cairns in November last year.AMSA Chief Executive Officer Mick Kinley said a complaint was received in accordance with the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) ahead of an inspection of the ship last week.“The recent detention found numerous failings in compliance with the MLC, which place the welfare of seafarers at risk,” Kinley said. “The more serious of these deficiencies included not having enough food and potable water for the next voyage, defective and insufficient refrigerated storage to safely store fresh food, defective laundry, sanitary and cooking facilities, as well as expired Seafarer Employment Agreements (SEA).“Kinley said ships operated by PT. Meratus Line would now be subject to inspections at every port call.The vessel was required to rectify deficiencies identified during the inspection before it was released from detention from Port Alma.The vessel is the third to be banned from Australian ports under the revised Navigation Act which came into effect in July 2013.last_img read more