Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot makes registration of FIRs mandatory

first_img Rohit Parihar JaipurMarch 5, 2019UPDATED: March 5, 2019 23:40 IST Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. (Photo: PTI)Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has ordered mandatory registration of FIRs for any cognizable offence.Gehlot chaired a meeting of the state home department and said a complainant, whose FIR has been declined, would be free to lodge a complaint against non-registration of complaint (FIR) on the portal.The concerned station house officer (SHO) would have to answer that within a time bound frame.Ashok Gehlot said this would result in increase in number of FIRs. It is well known that police often turn down registration of the FIRs to keep crime figures low, but Gehlot insisted that an FIR cannot be rejected unless there is a concrete reason to do so.”However, we do feel that more FIRs means more requirement of investigations and, we have decided to have more manpower for which new appointments will be made,” he said.Accordingly, as a priority, all promotions of head constable to Inspector will be done within this financial year, he added.Besides, a thousand sub inspectors and will be appointed directly. Eleven thousand vacancies of constables will be filled.Constables and head constables will be allowed to investigate smaller offences to reduce load on ASIs, SIs and Inspectors.Gehlot doubled the police sports fund to Rs two crore. He also announced recruitments of 40 thousand volunteers from registered unemployed who will work for two years to publicise and coordinate implementation of government policies.Read | Rajasthan: Ashok Gehlot inaugurates Jaipur’s 2nd government medical college and hospitalAlso Read | People believe PM Modi can do anything to win elections: Ashok GehlotadvertisementFor 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 byKoustav Das Tags :Follow Ashok Gehlot Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot makes registration of FIRs mandatoryGehlot chaired a meeting of the state home department and said a complainant, whose FIR has been declined, would be free to lodge a complaint against non-registration of complaint (FIR) on the portal.advertisementlast_img read more

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We could see it from the bus: Bangladesh team manager on Christchurch mosque shootings

first_imgWe could see it from the bus: Bangladesh team manager on Christchurch mosque shootingsBangladesh cricketers were approaching the mosque when they ran back to the bus after a gunman opened fire inside the building.advertisement India Today Web Desk ChristchurchMarch 15, 2019UPDATED: March 16, 2019 12:30 IST Bangladesh cricket team members were on a bus that was approaching the Al Noor mosque (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAt least one gunman shot and killed 49 people in two mosques in ChristchurchBangladesh cricket team members were at the Al Noor mosque when the shooting beganAs a result of the shootings, New Zealand Bangladesh boards decided to cancel the 3rd TestBangladesh cricket team manager Khaled Mashud Pilot recalled the harrowing details which took place in Christchurch on Friday and revealed how his team members and colleagues escaped unhurt after a gunman opened fire inside a mosque.At least one gunman killed 49 people and wounded more than 20 during Friday prayers at two New Zealand mosques in the country’s worst ever mass shooting which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned as “a terrorist attack”.The Bangladesh cricket team members were on a bus that was approaching the Al Noor mosque on the eve of the third Test against New Zealand at nearby Hagley Oval when the shooting began.”Most of you saw what happened, it was terrible, wouldn’t want this to happen to anyone else. We were really lucky, there were 16-17 of us in the bus.”Including Soumya Sarkar. We were on our way to namaaz. Just two members of the team had stayed back at the hotel. We were really close to the mosque, about 50 yards, we could see it from the bus,” Khaled Mashud Pilot told reporters on Friday.”Had we arrived 3-4 minutes earlier, we would have been inside the mosque. A massive disaster could have occurred. We watched the whole thing from the bus, like a movie, people bleeding as they came out of the mosque.”We were inside the bus for nearly 8-10 minutes, keeping our heads down in case we were shot at. Later we realised that the shooters could have inflicted more damage if they had found us inside the bus all at once, we took a collective decision to escape through the back gate,” Khaled Mashud Pilot said.advertisementBangladesh Team Manager Khaled Mashud Pilot speaks to the media following the incident of shooting in Christchurch. Blackcaps (NZC) and the Bangladesh Cricket Bord : Tigers (BCB) has been made to cancel the Hagley Oval Test pic.twitter.com/CH80ohDFMOBangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) March 15, 2019As a result of the shootings, New Zealand and Bangladesh Cricket Boards decided to cancel the third Test at the Hagley Oval with the three-match series ending 2-0 in favour of the home side.”Arrangements are being made for the return of the Bangladesh team home as soon as possible,” NZC said in a statement.BCB President Nazmul Hassan later told reporters in Dhaka that the team would now demand better security on all of their overseas tours.”When any foreign team comes to our country, we always ensure proper security. To be honest, New Zealand is such a country that no one expects such kind of incident there.”We’ll demand proper security wherever our team goes in future. If a country provides proper security as per our demand, then we will go, otherwise not.”I can say that everything will change after this incident. We will set a plan from now on to ensure proper security when our team will be on tour in future,” Nazmul Hassan said.Also Read | New Zealand vs Bangladesh Test called off: Major cricket tours affected by terror attacksAlso Read | Shocking and tragic: Virat Kohli reacts to Christchurch mosques terror attackAlso Read | A bloody carnage: Bangladesh team’s Indian support staff recalls Christchurch horrorFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Christchurch shootingFollow New Zealand vs BangladeshFollow Bangladesh tour of New ZealandFollow christchurch mosque shootingslast_img read more

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Tencent kills PUBG MOBILE in China, replaces it with another game where dead players bid goodbye

first_img Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiMay 8, 2019UPDATED: May 8, 2019 17:27 IST HIGHLIGHTSPUBG MOBILE is currently one of the world’s most popular games.Tencent Games has pulled off the plug on PUBG MOBILE in China.Tencent rolled out a new game that does comply with the Chinese government regulations.PUBG MOBILE is currently one of the world’s most popular games. Whether for all the right or wrong reasons, the game has gathered a lot of attention. Lately, the game started facing bans from many countries, including some Indian states, on account of affecting players across all age groups. A few weeks ago, the Chinese government also changed regulations to tackle some negative aspects of games and PUBG MOBILE falls prey to it – it is dead.Tencent Games has pulled off the plug on PUBG MOBILE in China after the Chinese government required all games to eliminate blood and gore from games. According to a report from Reuters, Tencent took to Weibo announce that the test version of PUBG MOBILE is withdrawn. Therefore, players won’t be able to play or download the test version of the game.However, to counter the effects, Tencent rolled out a new game that does comply with the Chinese government regulations. Called the Game for Peace, this game is more in-line with the requirements of the new regulations. At the same time, it does eliminate the blood and gore that PUBG MOBILE had in abundance. The game is developed by Krafton, previously known as Bluehole – the same South Korean studio that developed PUBG MOBILE. Hence, the graphics quality is pretty similar to what players experienced in PUBG MOBILE.The new game also carries military-themed gameplay similar to the PUBG MOBILE. However, the overall theme falls in line with the anti-terrorism theme. For those who have been playing PUBG MOBILE, their progress will be transferred to the new game with all the achievements and rewards adjusted.advertisementBut you must be wondering how have the developers managed to get rid of dead bodies and blood in a military-themed game? Instead of crates and bloodshed, the new game makes the dead bodies get up and wave goodbye before disappearing.While the new game has replaced PUBG MOBILE in China, Tencent hasn’t mentioned anything about PUBG MOBILE”s plans in other markets. The game is still available to download and play in India on both Android and iOS platforms.ALSO READ | Redmi flagship will offer long-lasting battery life and sport in-display fingerprint sensorALSO READ | Google working on foldable Pixel phone but official release will take timeALSO READ | Apple will soon finalise location for first retail store in IndiaGet 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 bySneha Saha Tags :Follow PUBG Tencent kills PUBG MOBILE in China, replaces it with another game where dead players bid goodbyeTencent Mobile has pulled the plug on PUBG MOBILE in China after the government regulations for gaming changed. Tencent has introduced another game with similar gameplay.advertisementlast_img read more

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Ravi Shastri reappointed as head coach, to continue till T20 World Cup 2021

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Daniil Medvedev completes journey from villain to hero at US Open

first_img Reuters New YorkSeptember 9, 2019UPDATED: September 9, 2019 14:47 IST Daniil Medvedev lost the US Open final to Rafael Nadal in a 5-set match. (Twitter/@DaniilMedwed)HIGHLIGHTSDaniil Medvedev lost the US Open final 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4 to Rafael NadalMedvedev was slapped with a heavy fine after he showed middle finger to the crowdHowever, he won the crowd over with his skill at the US Open final against NadalDaniil Medvedev once revelled in his role as the villain of Flushing Meadows but on Sunday the Russian completed his transformation to unlikely hero after taking Rafa Nadal the distance in a pulsating U.S. Open final.Despite losing to the Spaniard in a five-set thriller, Medvedev’s performance suggests more Grand Slam finals are in his future and that he could be a genuine challenger to the ‘Big Three’ — Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.The 23-year-old Russian, who had got on the wrong side of fans at Flushing Meadows with a string of on-court antics, arrived at his maiden Grand Slam final to a chorus of boos.However, he gradually won over the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd as the match wore on, showing heart and skill in abundance to fight back from two sets down before Nadal claimed the 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4 thriller that stretched four hours and 50 minutes.”I know earlier in the tournament I said something in kind of a bad way and now I’m saying it in a good way: That it’s because of your energy that I’m in the final,” said Medvedev as he accepted the runner-up trophy.”You guys were pushing me to prolong this match because you want to see more tennis and because of you guys I was fighting like hell.”Medvedev, who had never previously made it past the fourth round of a Grand Slam, became the player fans loved to hate when he angrily snatched a towel from a ballperson in his third round match and showed the crowd his middle finger.advertisementHe then sarcastically thanked the crowd after the match, saying, “the energy you’re giving me right now, guys, I think it will be enough for my next five matches.”He picked up $9,000 in fines for his behaviour in that match, taking his total to $19,000 for the first three rounds at Flushing Meadows having earlier been fined for verbal abuse and throwing his racket.However, a contrite Medvedev later said he regretted his behaviour and apologised for the animosity, telling the crowd after his quarter-final victory over Stan Wawrinka that “what I’ve done is not good”.His match against Nadal marked a fourth straight tournament final for Medvedev, who arrived at the U.S. Open fresh off a victory at Cincinnati during a remarkable summer run.On Sunday, he said the tournament had made him see the error of his ways.”You guys see that I can also change because I am a human being,” Medvedev told the crowd after applauding Nadal’s 19th Grand Slam title.”Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart.”Also Read | US Open: Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka clinch maiden doubles Grand Slam titleAlso Read | I was fighting like hell: Daniil Medvedev to fans after losing US Open final vs Rafael NadalFor 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 US OpenFollow Rafael NadalFollow Daniil Medvedev Next Daniil Medvedev completes journey from villain to hero at US OpenDaniil Medvedev, who had never previously made it past the fourth round of a Grand Slam, became the player fans loved to hate when he angrily snatched a towel from a ballperson in his third round match and showed the crowd his middle finger.advertisementlast_img read more

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SSC CGL Tier-II Exam 2019: Paper analysis by expert

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 12, 2019UPDATED: September 13, 2019 14:14 IST SSC CGL Tier-II Exam 2019: Paper analysis by expertSSC CGL Tier-II exam for 2018 was scheduled to be conducted from September 11, 2019 to September 13, 2019. The exam was conducted in a Computer Based Test format.Detailed analysis of SSC CGL Tier-II Exam 2018SSC CGL paper analysis: Paper I (Quantitative Abilities)The overall difficulty level of paper-I of SSC CGL Tier-II 2018 was easier than that of the previous year’s paper. This paper offered a blend of questions from Arithmetic and Advanced Mathematics. Questions from Arithmetic were basically based on Partnerships, Mixture/Alligation, Profit, Loss & Discount, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Averages, Time, Speed & Distance, Time & Work and Percentages. About 50 questions were from Advanced Mathematics (Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration and Trigonometry).There were 2 Data Interpretation sets based on Bar Graph and Pie Chart. Last but not the least, the paper was calculative.A smart approach to the paper could have resulted in good attempt of nearly 68-75 questions. The overall difficulty level of the paper was easy to moderate.The detailed break-up of Paper-I of SSC CGL Tier-II Exam 2018 is as follows: Paper II (English Language & Comprehension)The level of this year’s English paper was easier than that of last year’s. The overall structure and pattern of the paper was same.A smart approach to the paper could have resulted in a good attempt of nearly 170-175 questions. The overall difficulty level of the paper was easy.The detailed break-up of Paper-II of SSC CGL Tier-II Exam 2018 is as follows:TopicNumber of Questions (Approx.)Level of DifficultyadvertisementSpot the Error20Easy-ModerateSentence Completion5Easy-ModerateSynonyms/Antonyms6Easy-ModerateWrongly Spelt Words4Easy-ModerateIdioms & Phrases10Easy-ModeratePara Jumbles/Sentence Jumbles20Moderate-DifficultOne word substitution10Moderate DifficultActive & Passive Voice20Easy-ModerateSentence Improvement20Easy-ModerateDirect/Indirect Speech27Easy-ModerateCloze Test (10 + 5 + 5)20ModerateReading Comprehension (10 + 10 + 5 + 5)30Moderate-DifficultMiscellaneous8Easy-ModerateDisclaimer: All information on cut-offs, analysis, answer key and scores are based on independent analysis and evaluation made by CL Educate Limited. We do not take responsibility for any decision that might be taken, based on this information.All the best!Team CLRead: UGC allows Maharaja Bhupinder Singh Sports varsity to award degreesRead: UGC issues notice to universities and other educational institutions to hire facultyGet 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 byDivya Chopra Tags :Follow SSC CGLFollow ssc cgl tier 2 paper analysis Next SSC CGL Tier-II Exam 2019: Paper analysis by expertCheck out this detailed paper analysis of SSC CGL Tier 2 exam 2019.advertisementlast_img read more

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IND vs SA: Anushka Sharma reacts to Virat Kohli’s stunning double hundred

first_img India Today Web Desk PuneOctober 11, 2019UPDATED: October 11, 2019 23:09 IST Virat Kohli smashed a double hundred in 2nd Test against South Africa. (Twitter: Virat Kohli)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli scored his career-best 254 in Pune as India declared for 601/5It was Virat Kohli’s 7th Test double hundredVirat Kohli is now joint 4th in the list of most double centuries in TestsSwashbuckling batsman Virat Kohli smashed a scintillating 7th double hundred and his career-best 254 in Pune as India piled on 601 for 5 on Day 2 of second Test against South Africa.On the course, the ‘run-machine’ also set a slew of records. With his 7th double ton, Kohli went past Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar for the most double hundreds in Test cricket by an Indian.Virat Kohli is now joint 4th in the list of most double centuries in Tests with Wally Hammond of England and Mahela Jayawardene of Sri Lanka. Only Don Bradman (12), Kumar Sangakkara (11) and Brian Lara (9) have more Test double hundreds than Kohli.Not just this, the Indian captain also crossed the 7000-run mark in Test cricket, becoming the 3rd fastest Indian to the feat after Virender Sehwag (134) and Sachin Tendulkar (136).Indian captain Virat Kohli ended his 2019 Test century drought by scoring a sparkling hundred in Pune on Friday to put the hosts on top vs South Africa in the ongoing 2nd Test. In doing so, Kohli not just scored his 26th Test century but soon also brought up his 150.Kohli also surpassed Australian legend Don Bradman as the captain with most scores of 150 and above and equaled former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting’s record of scoring the most number of centuries as Test captain.With his phenomenal batting in Pune, Kohli left the fans going gaga over him. Not just the fans, Kohli’s near and dear ones also praised him after his double hundred.Virat Kohli’s wife Anushka Sharma took to social medai where she posted a picture of Virat Kohli heart emojis in her Instagram story.advertisement Other than Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja hit 91 while Umesh Yadav picked 2 wickets on his comeback as India took firm control of the 2nd Test against South Africa in Pune.Kohli’s record-breaking innings helped India declare at 601 for 5 before Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami broke the backbone of the South African batting line-up. By stumps, South Africa were 36 for 3, trailing India by 565 runs.Also Read | India vs South Africa 2nd Test: Virat Kohli epic leaves South Africa with a mountain to climbAlso Read | India vs South Africa 2nd Test: Virat Kohli epic leaves South Africa with a mountain to climbFor 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 IND vs SA: Anushka Sharma reacts to Virat Kohli’s stunning double hundredIndia vs South Africa 2nd Test: Virat Kohli smashed a double hundred as he surpassed Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar for the most double hundreds in Test cricket by an Indian.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Orphan Barrel’s 26-year-old Old Blowhard bourbon gives ‘rare’ new meaning

first_imgThe whiskey world likes to throw around words like “rare” and “limited” like it’s going out of style. But it’s not often that we, the drinkers, get a taste of what those terms truly mean. Such is not the case with Old Blowhard bourbon, the second unique release from Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company, which is made from barrels of the sweet Kentucky brew that are both rare, limited, and pack an interesting history.The Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company name is, in fact, a bit of a misnomer. Orphan Barrel, which is owned by spirits giant Diageo, doesn’t do any of its own distilling at all. Instead, the bourbon in bottles of Old Blowhard and Barterhouse Whiskey, Orphan Barrel’s other bourbon offering, come entirely from “forgotten” barrels “discovered” at the Stitzel-Weller warehouses in Louisville, KY, a famous distillery founded by Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle, and now owned by Diageo.“It’s every worker’s dream of finding that forgotten barrel of delicious whiskey and sharing it with their friends,” Ewan Morgan, Master of Whiskey for Diageo, said in a statement. “That’s exactly what we’re doing.”Aged 26 years and bottled at just over 90 proof, Old Blowhard bourbon is a sippin’ whiskey, meant to be enjoyed neat (or with a bit of ice, if you must). Your first whiff of Old Blowhard offers hits of dark fruit notes, sandalwood, and a touch of ripe banana. Take a taste, and you’ll immediately notice an extra-dry hit of spices acquired during its decades spent in oak barrels, and the sense that this dram is downright old – which, of course, it is.This bottle of Kentucky history won’t come cheap or easy, however: the suggested retail price for Old Blowhard is $150. And because the whiskey is made from a small selection of found barrels, its supply is so limited that you might have to do some searching to find a liquor store with a bottle in stock. That said, Old Blowhard should be available now – if you can track it down. Happy whiskey hunting! The Best New-School Kentucky Distilleries Editors’ Recommendations How to Make a Rum Old Fashioned What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskey The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour Woodford Reserve Adds a Wheat Whiskey to the Distillery’s Core Rangelast_img read more

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Herschel Supply Co. X Champion: Awesome Every Day Bags

first_img1. Herschel Supply Co. X Champion 2. Herschel Supply Co. X Champion 3. Herschel Supply Co. X Champion 4. Herschel Supply Co. X Champion 5. Herschel Supply Co. X Champion 6. Herschel Supply Co. X Champion 7. Herschel Supply Co. X Champion 8. Herschel Supply Co. X Champion Editors’ Recommendations 7 Best Gym Bags to Haul All Your Workout Gear Carting your work paraphernalia and gadgets and gym kit from A to B on a daily basis requires a truly versatile bag. Fortunately, Manual favorite Herschel Supply Co. has teamed up with longstanding sportswear brand Champion to produce a seriously good collection of bags stylish and practical enough to whittle down your bag collection to one single option.The collection consists of Herschel’s classic Heritage and Sutton designs that have been injected with Champion’s old school athleticism. Design details including zip-front pockets created from Champion’s eponymous fleece and internal pockets made from sports mesh award this collection with a vintage sportswear charm that feels timeless and utterly versatile.Aside from their much-loved silhouettes, Herschel has contributed their colored pebbled leather zipper pulls and diamonds and internal red and white striped liner. The combination of the two brands signature elements just works.The best thing about the collection is the all-purpose potential. If you’re heading out of town for the weekend, the roomy duffle design will double-up as a great weekend bag. If you’re a master at travelling light, the rucksack will undoubtedly become your every day companion.The collection is available exclusively at selected Urban Outfitters stores and online. For more information visit www.urbanoutfitters.com It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt center_img Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breezelast_img read more

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Great American Canyon Band’s Gorgeous Debut, Only You Remain

first_img 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now The Best Fun Socks for Men to Spruce Up Your Footwear Game 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Last fall the Baltimore-based Great American Canyon Band released their Crash EP through Six Degrees Records. The band has developed a following in its home town, with local radio station WTMD describing Great American Canyon Band as “an essential Baltimore band.” Now, a few short months after the release of their EP, they are back with their debut LP, Only You Remain, a gorgeous combination of dream pop and Americana.Though Great American Canyon Band tours as a four-piece, it is led by husband and wife, Paul and Kris Masson. The couple wrote, recorded, and produced Only You Remain in their home in Baltimore. Listening to the album, it comes as a surprise to know that it was recorded in a home rather than in a studio. Only You Remain sounds like it was produced in a studio rather than a bedroom.The band has found its musical niche in combining folk and Americana with elements of shoegaze and dream pop. Songs like “Crash” and “Only You Remain,’ find something of the Old West in their sound while incorporating dreamy melodies and Phil Spector-esque “Wall of Sound” production.Great American Canyon Band’s Only You Remain is out now on Six Degrees Records and available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes, and Six Degrees’ online store. The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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Breathe Easy With These Ultra-Stylish Air Purifiers

first_img Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair Editors’ Recommendations This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Vanderhall’s 2020 Carmel GT Is a Race-Ready, 3-Wheel Go-Kart Most air purifiers are clunky and you spend more time trying to hide them in your decor than show them off front and center. But luckily for us, companies have gotten wind of the need for sleek, modern purifiers. Whether you’re in the market because of pollution, smoke, or just your own ability to burn toast every single time, these are the best air purifiers to keep your space breathable without making you want to shove them in a corner. Evolution Air Purifier by LightairIf you’re a minimalist, the striking simplicity of Lightair’s Evolution model will fit right in with your home’s decor. With no costly filters to swap out, this Swedish purifier runs silently and uses minimal energy to do its job.LG PuriCare Air Purifier Round ConsoleLG’s PuriCare purifier has is a conversation piece with some pretty impressive functionality to boot. A red, yellow, or green indicator light lets you know how polluted your indoor environment is, and a special “turbo mode” can tidy up your breathing space in a speedy 30 minutes if company is on their way over.Alen BreatheSmart FIT50This modest setup comes in a range of wood and metal-look finishes to blend in with the look of your space, be it a tiny studio or a sprawling estate. With a lifetime warranty and engineered with asthma sufferers in mind, this model is as powerful as it is easy on the eyes.Rabbit Air MinusA2 From Monet to Van Gogh to Hokusai, this is the purifier you want if you’re going for a front-and-center statement piece. The MinusA2 can stand on its own or be mounted to the wall and removes odors from smoke or cooking like a charm.Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link™ Air Purifier Heater & FanThis is the gem that can do it all. Also serving as an efficient heater and fan, its air purifying function removes 99.97 percent of your space’s pollutants and allergens. It can also link up to a mobile app to let you know about changes in your air quality and comes with its own remote control.Now that you have a few options to pick from, you probably already know which one will compliment your home aesthetic while keeping the air beautifully clear.Related Reading: Stay Fresh With Clean Fragranceslast_img read more

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Shop the Best Men’s Field Jackets for Fall Before It’s Too Late

first_img The New Alex Mill Collection Is Packed With Your Fall Style Essentials 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workout You’ve certainly got a ton of outerwear options in the autumn, but you can’t go wrong with a field jacket. With its roots in real-life military action, a field jacket is built to last, has pockets aplenty, and features sturdy fabric to protect against the elements, from a fall hike to a fall tailgate. Read ahead for our picks for the best men’s field jackets and consider your style all set this season.J. Crew Field Mechanic Jacket, $198A sharp, richly colored field jacket? Sign us up. J. Crew still gets it right in the outerwear department — this is the type of field jacket that would layer handsomely over a blue chambray shirt and perhaps some inky blue denim.Abercrombie & Fitch Garment-Dye Zip-Up Shirt Jacket, $53This isn’t a classic field jacket in the technical sense of the word, but it’s a rugged, easily wearable number with handy pockets and a silhouette that’s not far off from your traditional design — it’s just more streamlined and … dare we say it … cooler?Bridge and Burn Buckner Jacket, $228Want something that’s a little sleeker in terms of style, yet just as well-made? The Buckner Jacket is the one to buy. This piece is made with the spirit of adventure and durability in mind from Northwest-based retailers Bridge and Burn.Old Navy Garment-Dye Flex Twill Jacket, $60Old Navy is giving you a heck of a jacket for well under $100, that much is certainly true. And with a fall-centric color and a mobile fit via the brand’s Flex Twill fabric, you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck. Wear this one with rich black denim and a grey crewneck sweater for a casual weekend.Snow Peak Military Jacket, $460Snow Peak pulls out all the stops when it comes to this technically advanced, sleek, and investment-worth field jacket available via Huckberry. Stylish enough to wear as an outer layer on your commute, functional enough to work on a hike, and cool enough to wear to your favorite brewery. A Good Waxed Jacket Is the Best Jacket to Wear This Season last_img read more

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You Can Live, Work, and Travel (Almost) Anywhere in the World With Selina

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best Gin Mixers to Have in Your Pantry at All Times Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH A few short years ago, “digital nomadism” was hardly more than a buzzword. Now more companies are cutting their employees free of traditional cubicles in favor of allowing — even encouraging — them to work from home or anywhere. Millennials are even finding career paths to ensure they never need a proper office. But many who work remotely also play and live remotely. So, the challenge becomes how to develop a social circle of friends and colleagues when you’re constantly on the move? Selina believes it’s found a unique solution to that problem.Selina/InstagramAt its core, Selina is part Airbnb and part WeWork with a healthy dose of Viator sprinkled on top. Today’s digital nomads are different from those of just five years ago. They spend significant time — maybe even full-time — traveling. Sure, they can book an Airbnb or local guesthouse for their accommodations abroad. While that provides a locally flavored place to lay their head at night, it does little to help immerse them in the local community.Selina offers a live/work/play model that provides not only accommodations, but purpose-built coworking spaces and connections with local tour operators and other service providers. Travelers who book with Selina receive a place to stay, often unique, professionally designed spaces like some of the best Airbnb accommodations. These include everything from hammocks to bunk beds to five-star luxury digs.Selina/InstagramBy day, guests have access to beautiful coworking spaces with modern, digital nomad-friendly amenities like meeting rooms, coffee shop services, and dedicated work desks. Exact locations vary depending on the Selina destination, but some are situated in city centers, tropical jungles, and even right on the beach. Every part of Selina can be booked a la carte or as part of an overall package.Selina also aims to bolster the communities in which they operate. As part of the Selina Gives Back initiative, the company donates a full 2 percent of their labor time so staff can give back to the community. This includes providing free English language classes for locals, teaching arts and crafts, improving local infrastructure through painting and (re)building, and even niche activities like yoga and surf lessons. From an environmental perspective, they also support reforestation, town and beach cleanup efforts, and primary green education.Selina/InstagramThe seeds for Selina were planted back in 2007 in the small fishing village of Pedasí, Panama. Friends and colleagues Daniel Rudasevski and Rafael Museri were living in the coastal town and working as real estate developers. They had cultivated a substantial network of friends, including locals and other travelers. As long-time travelers themselves, they sought to find a way for others to grow a similar social circle anywhere in the world. So Selina was born.Selina has locations throughout Mexico, Central, and South America. The first U.S. property will open in Miami’s Little Havana later this year, and plans to expand through Europe are in the works. You can register now for free via the Selina website. Glimpse the Future of Camper Vans in the Stunning Hymer VisionVenture 5 Most Expensive Coffees in the World The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now last_img read more

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We Tried to Drown the Sonic Pickle Juice Slush with Booze

first_imgThere are times in life when unabashed excitement overtakes you. You just can’t help but be happy. Winning a sports championship, for example, or finding a bottle of Pappy in a deceased relative’s liquor cabinet (minus the deceased relative part). We would argue, too, that the when the news broke a few months ago that Sonic would be releasing a pickle slush was also one of these times.The thought of pickle juice — with its saline, vinegary joy — made into a slush sounded incredibly promising. Why wouldn’t it? We drink goses and their ilk to feel refreshed. Runners use pickle juice all the time to recover. Same principles here. I had high hopes. It was a time of infinite joy and possibility. This could be the drink of the summer.  What could possibly go wrong with a pickle juice slush?If you’re Sonic, a lot. Like, all of it.Let’s start with the color. These are pickles:This is Behr’s Dill Pickle paint:This is a Sonic Pickle Juice Slush:Amy Ellis PhotographyThat, friends, is an unnatural shade of green. That is not pickle green. That’s toxic waste on The Simpsons green. That is a clarion call to all that are sane in the world that says, “Beware! There are no pickles here.”One cannot judge a Sonic Pickle Juice Slush on sight alone, however. You can however, judge it one look and smell.That’s what this slush smells like. Sweet, sweet sadness.Have you ever been to a carnival at the end of the night, when the midway is littered with everything from wisps of cotton candy stuck  to a half-eaten deep-fried corn dogs? Imagine if you took a pickle slice (which would fallen out of a doughnut burger, obviously) and rolled it in the powdered sugar from the chunk of elephant ear that some toddler flung carelessly at (but not into) a trash can. That’s what this slush smells like. Sweet, sweet sadness. You can tell it has some semblance of pickle in it, but that is covered up by the saccharine hopes and dreams of a company banking on people’s love of all things pickle.That sweetness on the nose carries through immediately on the palate. It should not be surprisingly that a slush is sweet, I know, but there was a slim, slim hope that this would not be a typical slush. I was still holding out that this would something like Pickle Ice. Those hopes? Dashed. Dashed hard and dashed quickly.Amy Ellis PhotographyIf you want to know what the slush tastes like, go into your pantry and find the bag of confectioners sugar. Then, go in your fridge and find the jar of bread and butter pickles. Coat a pickle slice in said sugar, pop it in your mouth, and chew. Try not to scream in abject horror. The mix of sweet and almost salty is abysmal. There’s pickle flavor there, but barely. It’s as if whoever created this monstrosity of a product had never actually eaten one, but merely looked at a child’s drawing of a pickle and went, “Got it! I know the flavor!”As it turns out, booze does not make everything betterIt’s hard to conceive of how this one got through the development stages. Were there other iterations that tasted less like pickle? Did they even try it themselves? One taste of this and it’s hard to say that they did indeed try their own product before unleashing this fresh green hell. But, having made it through the tasting, I still held onto a small amount of hope that this experiment could be saved. What if I added booze, I thought. Booze makes everything better.Narrator: As it turns out, booze does not make everything better.(Beware from this point on. Booze was harmed in the making of this article.)Amy Ellis PhotographyI started with whiskey — because picklebacks — but oh, how was I wrong. I went with Wild Turkey Longbranch because I figured the mesquite notes might make a little bit of barbecue magic. They did not. Instead, the caramel and vanilla flavors made the concoction even sweeter. On the plus side, adding whiskey did make it actually look like pickle juice, so there’s that.Next up was vodka. Good ol’ vodka. There are times when having something a neutral spirit is great. This was not one of them. That’s really all that can be said.Third, I decided to switch it up and use one of my favorite liqueurs, Ancho Reyes Verde. I figured the spice might cut through the sweet disease that was slowly creeping over my palate. The spiciness was nice, but again the sweetness shined bright like a pickle freaking diamond. This was a miscalculation on my part, as I got too excited by the spice to remember the sweet body of the liqueur.The only spirit that did make any sort of difference was mezcal. Big, bold, smoky, and not sweet at all, the flavors of this agave spirit broke through to make a palatable drink. Not a great drink, but a palatable one. Sort of.Sure, you can make the argument that this is a slush, so it should be sweet and blah, blah, blah, but I think the missteps in Sonic’s creation process (i.e. apparently never actually tasting a real pickle) doomed this slush from the start.  You’re better off getting some regular old pickle juice and throwing some crushed ice in it if you want a pickle juice slush this summer. Editors’ Recommendations The Best Vodka Mixers for Stocking Your Home Bar Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale How to Make a Cuban Sandwich, According to Chefs How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club last_img read more

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Paul Gauguin Announces a New Year’s Sale

first_imgBELLEVUE, WASH. – January 8, 2019 – Paul Gauguin Cruises (www.pgcruises.com), operator of the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, announced a New Year’s Sale with savings of up to $2,900* per person off cruise-only fares for select 2019 voyages when booked by February 28, 2019. Two 7-night itineraries qualify for these cruise-only savings, on these select voyages: Tahiti & the Society Islands (7 nights): •        February 16; March 2, 2019 – now from only $4,045 $3,045 per person•        February 23, 2019 – now from only $4,395 $3,295 per person•        March 30; April 27, 2019 – now from only $4,345 $3,295 per personSociety Islands & Tahiti Iti (7 nights): •     May 18; June 1, 2019 – now from only $4,345 $3,295 per person Air packages to Tahiti from Los Angeles or San Francisco are available for purchase through Paul Gauguin Cruises. Guests also have the option of booking their own flights to Tahiti through Air Tahiti Nui from Los Angeles, or United Airlines or French Bee from San Francisco. On The Gauguin, nearly 70% of suites and staterooms offer balconies. Dining experiences include L’Etoile, which showcases an array of culinary creations expertly prepared each evening. The ship’s other two dining venues, La Veranda and Le Grill, serve breakfast and lunch. At night, signature dishes designed by French celebrity chef Jean-Pierre Vigato are offered in La Veranda, and Polynesian specialties are served poolside at Le Grill. Les Gauguines and Les Gauguins—a troupe of Tahitian entertainers—provide enriching experiences of the destinations throughout each voyage. The Gauguin features expert lecturers on each voyage and special guests on select sailings conducting presentations on topics ranging from the history of the South Pacific to conservation, culture, marine life, and the wonders of coral reefs. A luxurious spa, fitness center, watersports marina, and expansive outdoor decks with chaise lounges and a pool are also available aboard The Gauguin. One of the highlights of each sailing is exclusive access to Motu Mahana, the cruise line’s private islet off the coast of Taha’a where guests can enjoy sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, Polynesian activities, a full-service bar, a floating lagoon bar, and a delicious barbecue. In Bora Bora, guests can enjoy complimentary access to a private, white-sand beach with beach volleyball, sunbathing, snorkeling, paddleboarding, and refreshments. For additional information on Paul Gauguin Cruises, please contact a Travel Professional, call 800-848-6172, or visit www.pgcruises.com. *All fares are cruise-only, in US dollars, per person, based on double occupancy in lowest stateroom category available, and reflect promotional savings, are for new bookings only, are subject to availability, and must be booked by February 28, 2019. Air packages from Los Angeles and San Francisco are available for purchase from $1,600 per person. Offer may be combined with applicable 3rd guest in stateroom offer but may not be combinable with other offers. Port, security, and handling charges of $149 per person are additional. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Call for details. Ship’s registry: Bahamas.  About Paul Gauguin CruisesOwned by Pacific Beachcomber S.C., French Polynesia’s leading luxury hotel and cruise operator, Paul Gauguin Cruises operates the 5+-star cruise ship, the 332-guest m/s Paul Gauguin, providing a deluxe cruise experience tailored to the unparalleled wonders of Tahiti, French Polynesia, and the South Pacific. Paul Gauguin Cruises has been recognized by notable publications in travel and lifestyle and was voted “#2 Midsize-Ship Ocean Cruise Line” by readers in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2018†. The line was also recognized as one of the “Top Small Cruise Lines” in the Condé Nast Traveler 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards and is honored on the publication’s 2018 “Gold List.” Paul Gauguin Cruises was also selected as “Best Small-Ship Cruise Line” in Global Traveler’s Leisure Lifestyle Awards in 2016, 2017, and 2018, and received top honors as the “#1 Cruise Line for Honeymooners” in BRIDES Magazine’s 2017 Honeymoon Awards and was listed in the publication’s “Top All-Inclusives” in the 2018 Honeymoon Awards.last_img read more

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KSAMC to Finance Training of Persons in the Creative Industry

first_img “The KSAMC has embarked on financing training for young persons across the Municipality to give them training in various sectors of the creative industry. We have to start somewhere. The skills set is necessary. The training is necessary,” Mayor Williams said. Story Highlights The Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) will be financing the training of young persons who are active in the creative industry. Speaking at the launch of Reggae Month 2019 on Sunday (January 20) at Ribbiz Ocean Lounge, Victoria Pier, Kingston Waterfront, Mayor of Kingston, Senator Delroy Williams, said discussions have started with a group of young people in the industry. The Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) will be financing the training of young persons who are active in the creative industry.Speaking at the launch of Reggae Month 2019 on Sunday (January 20) at Ribbiz Ocean Lounge, Victoria Pier, Kingston Waterfront, Mayor of Kingston, Senator Delroy Williams, said discussions have started with a group of young people in the industry.“The KSAMC has embarked on financing training for young persons across the Municipality to give them training in various sectors of the creative industry. We have to start somewhere. The skills set is necessary. The training is necessary,” Mayor Williams said.He highlighted the potential in film and advertising industries, adding that advertising “is huge, but it requires creativity”.The Mayor also cited the contribution of reggae across the globe and said that oppressed people have used the music, because “it gives them a voice”.Meanwhile, the Mayor reported that the Municipality has experienced a 14 per cent increase in revenues this year from the entertainment industry.He attributed the increase to a group of young event promoters who have been creating products that appeal to a wide cross section of the population in the Municipality.“They are on the cutting edge. We have gone into breakfast parties, and different types of products to appeal to different persons. That is very important for the industry,” he said.He called on young entertainers to remain on the cutting edge of creating products that will appeal to many persons.“We do not have oil yet; we don’t have gold yet, but we have creativity and we have a competitive advantage. Let us use that competitive advantage to grow our country. I believe we can and we are committed to it,” he added.At the ceremony, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertaiment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange; and Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, outlined the collaboration between their ministries for the celebration of Reggae Month in February.It will be the first celebration of Reggae Month since the inscription of reggae on the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in November 2018.last_img read more

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Lupus Foundation Welcomes Subsidy for Medication

first_img “The expense sometimes causes patients to use other medications, which can increase the risk of a flare-up. For a Lupus patient, this could mean kidney failure, heart damage, lung damage, seizures, stroke, severe pain, fever, being hospitalised for months, and even death,” the Prime Minister said. Story Highlights During his contribution to the 2019/2020 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 19, Prime Minster, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, disclosed that starting April 30, Lupus will be added to the list of illnesses covered by the National Health Fund (NHF). The Lupus Foundation of Jamaica has welcomed the Government’s decision to subsidise medication for persons living with the disease, at a cost of $340 million annually. The Lupus Foundation of Jamaica has welcomed the Government’s decision to subsidise medication for persons living with the disease, at a cost of $340 million annually.During his contribution to the 2019/2020 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 19, Prime Minster, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, disclosed that starting April 30, Lupus will be added to the list of illnesses covered by the National Health Fund (NHF).“The expense sometimes causes patients to use other medications, which can increase the risk of a flare-up. For a Lupus patient, this could mean kidney failure, heart damage, lung damage, seizures, stroke, severe pain, fever, being hospitalised for months, and even death,” the Prime Minister said.He told the House that after dialogue with a family member of a 23-year-old university law student who is beset by the disease, he was moved to ensure that medication can be reasonable for the estimated 6,000 persons who are living with the illness.Meanwhile, President of the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica, Dr. Desirée Tulloch-Reid, told JIS News that with kidney complications, it can cost a patient with Lupus up to $120,000 each month for medication, and the Government’s decision shows compassion.“We applaud this measure as an act of compassion, and an indication that there is greater awareness of the illness and persons it affects,” she said.Dr. Tulloch-Reid noted that the expense to treat the disease is distressing to many persons, and the organisation would like all the drugs used for the illness to be on the subsidised list.She said that while the disease affects predominately young women, both genders can be affected by the illness, including children.“So, the need to ensure that persons affected have access to affordable treatment, is really welcomed, and we thank the Government for it,” Dr. Tulloch-Reid said.last_img read more

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Teacher Completes Training with JEEP’s Help

first_imgFor Jemima Miller Givans, the stipend earned from being a participant in the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP), assisted her to complete her tertiary studies. “The programme has helped me to put more money together to help finish my final year at St. Joseph’s Teachers’ College,” she informs JIS News. Like Us Facebook for More News and Information Ms. Miller Givans was among a group of 121 individuals who were employed by the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce during the summer, as the Ministry’s contribution to the programme. She worked at Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) for six weeks, doing administrative work. “I was doing data entry, putting in all the persons who were involved in the export market in Jamaica, the hoteliers, and the small business persons. I had to interact with all of them and find out if they are still in business or if there are anything that can be done to link them with the small farmers in Jamaica,” she says. Ms. Miller Givans explains that persons in the programme are able to gain experience and earn an income. “Maybe you’re not earning what you would want to, but at the same time, you are gaining experience which is an asset in the world of work. So, I think it’s a good programme,” she adds. The JEEP Co-ordinator in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Selvin Hamilton, says the participants were employed during the summer months of June, July, and August for one month in most cases, and worked in various departments within the Ministry. “We identified that our best application of this process is in the area of summer employment and so we would target youth school leaving universities and  colleges, because that’s the large portion of people who are unemployed and although some of them are going to school, some of them definitely require a summer job to help them  pay their school fees and to continue school and JEEP does cover areas like this,”  Mr. Hamilton tells JIS News. He says that through JEEP, the Industry Ministry is looking to train young persons already involved in the craft industry, giving them a chance to hone their skills. “We have another project where we are going to train some people…and we would then take on the job of placing them in organisations for them to get work experience,” he points out. “These skills we would have already identified where we would likely get them employed, once we speak to the companies which are involved in it,” Mr. Hamilton says, adding that the participants will benefit from the work experience and the stipend. He says that the persons who have benefitted from the programme are very grateful for the opportunity. “They are excited; some of them never even thought they would get a job and then they have been given a job to be put in a normal working environment, so they can learn work ethic and learn about specific skills, and  understand how the Ministry works. They are able to make their contribution and some of them have made some real excellent contribution,” Mr. Hamilton points out. Thanks to the JEEP, several previously unemployed Jamaicans are getting a chance to earn an income, while gaining valuable work experience. The JEEP, although administered by the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, cuts across nearly all government Ministries and their respective agencies. In the meantime, Members of Parliament, other political representatives, government agencies, citizen associations, church groups and non-governmental organisations are being reminded that they can make submissions to the JEEP Secretariat, for projects to be executed under the initiative. The JEEP is one of the strategies of the Government to respond to the chronic unemployment status of some Jamaicans, particularly those in the lower socio-economic strata, persons with special needs as well as those with low skill levels. During phase one of JEEP, which ended recently, approximately 15,000 persons were employed in several Ministries and Agencies, undertaking tasks in the areas of infrastructure, agriculture, education and intensive labour. For phase two, $6 billion has been earmarked to be spent on projects in  the Ministries of Agriculture and Fisheries;  Labour and Social Security; and  Housing;  HEART Trust/NTA and the National Housing Trust (NHT), among others. It is projected that some 35,000 persons will be employed during this phase of the programme.last_img read more

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Gov’t Leveraging Science and Technology to Build Climate-Smart Houses

first_img Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says the Government will be leveraging science and technology to build climate-smart houses. Story Highlights Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says the Government will be leveraging science and technology to build climate-smart houses.Dr. Chang, who was delivering closing remarks at the 2017 Regional Housing Conference in Montego Bay on Friday, October 20, noted that stakeholder deliberations during the forum around the use of technology to assist in land selection, spatial planning and housing design provide impetus for the Ministry to incorporate greater scientific inputs in future developments.“Jamaica will continue to experience warmer temperatures and by 2023, a mere six years from now, our coolest day will be hotter than any in previous years. The environmentalists across all agencies have served a clear warning to the Government that (we) must take heed and build homes that are…more suited to warmer temperatures,” he stated.Meanwhile, Dr. Chang said work undertaken by the University of the West Indies in seismic projections and research findings presented by the University of Technology on the value of designing and building homes to create safe communities, as opposed to establishing structures solely for shelter, were compelling.“The use of Geographic Information System (GIS)-based technologies and software and the research being done by our own geo-spatial professionals at the National Spatial Data Management Division (NSDMD) in this Ministry, provide useful tools to assist us in building homes that will indeed be safe and resilient,” he stated.Dr. Chang argued that stakeholders at the forum also underscored the broad considerations which are critical to governance and management of housing in Jamaica.These, he noted, include providing safe and quality housing; financing and access to affordable homes; and environmental preservation.The Minister said consequent on the housing sector’s high dependence on cross-sectoral and non-state input, the discussions on joint financing of housing developments involving public and private sector agencies were invaluable.Against this background, Dr. Chang said the knowledge and information garnered at the three-day conference would serve to guide the Government’s policies for future housing developments.The Regional Housing Conference, the first to be convened in the Caribbean, was hosted by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation under the theme: ‘Providing Safe, Legal and Affordable Housing for All: From Policy to Implementation’.Participants included: representatives from the World Bank, policymakers, members of academia, technocrats and housing agencies from across the Caribbean.Among the sponsors were: the National Housing Trust, Jamaica Social Investment Fund, Victoria Mutual Building Society, Housing Agency of Jamaica and First Heritage Co-operative Credit Union Limited. Dr. Chang, who was delivering closing remarks at the 2017 Regional Housing Conference in Montego Bay on Friday, October 20, noted that stakeholder deliberations during the forum around the use of technology to assist in land selection, spatial planning and housing design provide impetus for the Ministry to incorporate greater scientific inputs in future developments. Meanwhile, Dr. Chang said work undertaken by the University of the West Indies in seismic projections and research findings presented by the University of Technology on the value of designing and building homes to create safe communities, as opposed to establishing structures solely for shelter, were compelling.last_img read more

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$6 Million Allocated for Social Protection and Labour Programme

first_img It is being implemented by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security through funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). A sum of $6 million has been allocated to the Integrated Social Protection and Labour Programme in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. Story Highlights Already, under the project, two early-stimulation programme assessment centres have been constructed and a parenting programme piloted for Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) families in six parishes – A sum of $6 million has been allocated to the Integrated Social Protection and Labour Programme in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The project, which got under way in December 2012, aims to support the Government of Jamaica’s efforts to improve human capital and labour market outcomes for the poor by enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of key social-protection programmes.It is being implemented by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security through funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).The funding provided for 2018/19 will be used to make final payments to the contractor for the construction of the Stimulation Plus early-childhood development centre in Rockfort, Kingston.Already, under the project, two early-stimulation programme assessment centres have been constructed and a parenting programme piloted for Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) families in six parishes –Clarendon, Kingston, St. Thomas, Portland, St. Ann and St. James.In addition, the Labour Market Information System was developed and enhanced, with the database populated with jobseekers and employers.Other achievements include roll-out of the pilot of the management and monitoring information system for the school-feeding programme in 313 schools, placement of 846 participants in on-the-job training, and development of a school feeding policy.last_img read more

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