Monthly Archives: October 2019

10 months ago​Chelsea boss Sarri: Premier League will miss Mourinho

first_img​Chelsea boss Sarri: Premier League will miss Mourinhoby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has spoken in detail about Jose Mourinho losing his job at Manchester United.With the Portuguese boss out the door at United, it appears he will not be in the Premier League for some time.And Sarri believes the league will miss a manager of his quality and personality.”I think so,” said Sarri in a press conference when asked if the league will miss Jose.”Mourinho won everything, won everywhere so I like him very much as a coach and as a man. “I think he is right when he said that Manchester has a future without Mourinho, but he has a great future without United. “I would like to see him on the bench as soon as possible. Maybe in England…. not here!” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

20 days agoLeeds to cut short loan of Tottenham midfielder Jack Clarke

first_imgLeeds to cut short loan of Tottenham midfielder Jack Clarkeby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United are set to cut short the loan of Tottenham midfielder Jack Clarke.The Sun says the 18-year-old was loaned back to Elland Road after his £10million move to Spurs – but has not made a Championship appearance.And Marcelo Bielsa will have £10,000-a-week off the wage bill and a place in his squad when Clarke’s season-long deal is cut short.Bielsa is set to look for a loan signing to add competition for his first team for the second half of the season as the club battle for promotion. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Top 2017 QB Jake Allen Gets “Dream Offer” From Florida

first_imgFlorida's Jake Allen gets an offer from Florida.Florida’s Jake AllenJake Allen, a 2017 quarterback recruit from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, told 247Sports back in April that Florida was his top school, even though he hadn’t yet received an offer to play for the Gators. That changed Wednesday. Allen, who plays for St. Thomas Aquinas, tweeted the news, adding that he’d received his “dream offer.” He’s currently ranked as a three-star signal-caller by Rivals, but other outlets are calling him a four-star player.Blessed to have received my dream offer from The University of Florida! #Gators #ChompChomp pic.twitter.com/8N8Y6VR3h5— Jake Allen™ (@Jakeallen_14) June 10, 2015I couldn’t have done it without my personal QB coach @EricKresser . Been with him since the 6th grade! Love ya coach.— Jake Allen™ (@Jakeallen_14) June 10, 2015Allen currently holds offers from Cincinnati, Iowa, Miami (FL), NC State and Pitt, among others. While he hasn’t officially committed to Florida, it isn’t a stretch to say that things are looking good.last_img read more

John Calipari Has An Interesting Theory As To Why Kentucky Is A 4-Seed

first_imgJohn Calipari takes a selfie with Jamal Murray.Twitter/@UKCoachCalipariThe NCAA Tournament bracket, which was revealed last night, had a number of questionable inclusions and seedings. While many are focusing on Syracuse being a 10-seed, Tulsa being in the field at all, and the exclusions of popular mid-majors like Monmouth and St. Mary’s, the top of the bracket had some interesting team placements as well. One notable quirk: despite Kentucky beating Texas A&M in the SEC Championship on Sunday, the Aggies received a three seed while UK was bumped to the four line.John Calipari joined ESPN’s Bracketology show on Sunday night and delivered an epic rant about his team’s seed. Today, on his own radio show, he had a new theory.Calipari on selection committee: “They did not want us in Louisville … noooooo.”— TheCatsPause247 (@TheCatsPause247) March 14, 2016Calipari: They did not want us in Louisville. That’s why they stuck us with a 4 seed.— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) March 14, 2016Kentucky Sports Radio transcribed the conspiratorial portion of Coach Cal’s show:“I had an idea who would be in our path. Like I said, I thought they’d try to ship us to Anchorage but there’s no regional up there, so they shipped us to Des Moines. (We’re) Playing on Thursday at midnight.” He later added: “They could explain the numbers however they want, they did not want us in Louisville.”We’re not sure we buy it, but Kentucky would have undoubtedly had a crazy home-court advantage in Louisville, so maybe there’s something to it. We’re sure #BBN will have a slight crowd advantage on Thursday night as is, unless there’s a big Stony Brook alumni base in Iowa that we don’t know about.More: Vote In Our “64 Most Annoying People In Sports” Bracket >>>last_img read more

Michigan Football Fan Releases “Run This Town” Hype Video

first_imgJim Harbaugh on the Michigan Wolverines sideline.Michigan/YouTubeOne Michigan football fan created a hype new video to get Wolverines fans everywhere excited for the Big Ten matchup against Wisconsin.No. 4 Michigan football has a pivotal Big Ten matchup this weekend versus No. 8 Wisconsin. And thanks to Luke D’Mello and his fancy editing skills, Wolverines fans have a pretty awesome video to play on repeat until kickoff.The video features highlights from the 49-10 shellacking of Penn State, a game in which the Wolverines rushed for 326 yards and six touchdowns while converting 11 of 16 third downs.Watch Michigan put Penn State into a coffin all over again below:Wisconsin has won the last two contests between the schools, but Michigan is 49-14 overall when facing the Badgers. You better believe the Wolverines will be looking for some redemption at home.The Michigan Wolverines are 10.5 point favorites and kickoff is Saturday at 3:30 p.m. E.T on ABC.last_img read more

Sporting News Predicted How The Big Ten Standings Will Look At The End Of The Season

first_imgDenzel Ward celebrates interception in Big Ten Championship Game.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Denzel Ward #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates an interception against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first half during the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)College football season technically kicks off next month, and per usual, publications are putting out their predictions regarding what we might see on the field this year. Tuesday, Sporting News released its Big Ten predictions – including standings, Heisman hopefuls and how the league’s championship game will play out.In short, Sporting News thinks we’re going to get more of the same. The Ohio State Buckeyes are predicted to both win the Big Ten East and the Big Ten title game.The biggest surprise could be Michigan getting picked as the second-best team in the Big Ten East – over Penn State. That will probably depend on how new quarterback Shea Patterson performs.In the Big Ten West, Sporting News thinks Wisconsin will dominate again. The Iowa Hawkeyes are projected to finish second in the league.Here’s what Sporting News has for both divisions:East:Ohio StateMichiganPenn StateMichigan StateMarylandIndianaRutgersWest:WisconsinIowaNebraskaPurdueNorthwesternMinnesotaIllinoisOhio State is also predicted to wind up back in the College Football Playoff. The Buckeyes wound up No. 5 in the rankings at the end of the season last year and just missed out.If you’re interested in checking out the entire set of predictions, head over to Sporting News.last_img read more

ESPN’s 2nd Half Prediction For Penn State-Kentucky

first_imgTrace McSorley looks on during a play.STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 22: Trace McSorley #9 of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on in the first half during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on October 22, 2016 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)On Tuesday afternoon, the college football bowl season rolled on with the new Year’s Day games. Five games are on the docket today, including a matchup between several SEC and Big Ten programs.Among those in action today are Penn State and Kentucky. The Nittany Lions and Wildcats kicked off from Orlando in the Citrus Bowl earlier this afternoon.After 30 minutes of action, the Wildcats hold a 10-7 lead thanks to two missed field goals – one in the final second of the first half – by Penn State.It’s been a hard-fought defensive struggle thus far. With a three point lead, ESPN’s FPI likes the Wildcats to hold on for the win.The Worldwide Leader gives Kentucky a 54-percent chance to win the game.Can the Wildcats hold on a get a huge win over Penn State? Or will Trace McSorley lead the Nittany Lions back from the halftime deficit?Stay tuned.last_img read more

Aaron Craft Posts Heartfelt Message After Winning The Basketball Tournament

first_imgA closeup of Aaron Craft reacting to an Ohio State basketball game.EAST LANSING, MI – JANUARY 07: Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts late in the second half after tying the game while playing the Michigan State Spartans at the Jack T. Breslin Student Events Center on January 7, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State won the game 72-68 in overtime. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Last night, Aaron Craft and some fellow Ohio State alums captured the championship of The Basketball Tournament, winning $2 million in the process.Over the weekend, Craft’s team Carmen’s Crew took down the four-time defending TBT champs, Overseas Elite. They snapped Overseas Elite’s 29-game TBT win streak in the process.Last night, Carmen’s Crew beat the Golden Eagles, a team primarily of former Marquette players, to win the title. Craft contributed seven points, five rebounds and four assists in 31 minutes.Afterwards, he posted a heartfelt message that Buckeye fans will love on Twitter. “Man, winning with these guys is so much fun! Love playing with them!Thanks @thetournament and their staff for giving us this opportunity. Unreal feeling!! #OH,” he wrote.Man, winning with these guys is so much fun! Love playing with them!Thanks @thetournament and their staff for giving us this opportunity. Unreal feeling!! #OH— Aaron Craft (@ACraft4) August 7, 2019Craft teamed up with former Ohio State players such as William Buford (the MVP of the tournament), David Lighty, Jon Diebler, LaQuinton Ross and Evan Ravenel. One has to expect they will defend their title next summer.During the winter, the 28-year-old Craft played last season in Italy. He’s also played in Monaco and the NBDL.last_img read more

IPL 2019: Sam Curran does the Bhangra with Preity Zinta after taking hat-trick

first_img 3 1 Point 0 0 Mohammed Shami M. Shami 43 (30) Series Status: Player Of The Match: Sam Curran Scorecard Delhi DEL 0 4 26 0 30 Point Mid Wicket c sub b Sam Curran Punjab Square Leg 1 Harshal Patel H. Patel c Lokesh Rahul b Sam Curran Toss: DEL elected to field Sam Curran S. Curran 39 Mid off 152 Mid on (20.0) 25 Point 2 1 144/5 ( C. Morris 16.5 Overs) , 0 Point All batsmen are considered right handed 0 120 Delhi DEL 39 (26) fine Leg Mujeeb Ur Rahman Ur Rahman fine Leg Square Leg c Lokesh Rahul b Sam Curran B 152/9 ( K. Rabada 19.1 Overs) , 36 Mid on Mid on 7.33 All batsmen are considered right handed 38 Shikhar Dhawan S. Dhawan lbw b Ravichandran Ashwin lbw b Ravichandran Ashwin 6.75 Top Batsmen Top Batsmen Delhi 0 vs covers 144/4 ( R. Pant 16.4 Overs) , Match Ended Square Leg 3/30 (4) Mid on 150 Indian Premier League, 2019 third Man 31 covers – 22 1 2 b Sam Curran 5 third Man graphs Square Leg 0 Rishabh Pant (DEL) R. Pant (DEL) All batsmen are considered right handed Square Leg Kagiso Rabada K. Rabada b Sam Curran 127.27 0 commentary Punjab beat Delhi by 14 runs not out 2 Murugan Ashwin M. Ashwin 166/9 wd Hanuma Vihari H. Vihari b Mohammed Shami 4 3 0 4 Mid Wicket Mid off 166/9 c Lokesh Rahul b Ravichandran Ashwin Delhi batting DEL batting Punjab PNJ 4 11 3 0 2 run out (Ravichandran Ashwin) Colin Ingram C. Ingram c sub b Sam Curran b Hardus Viljoen 0 0 27 Extras: 11 runs (B: 0, LB: 6, WD: 5, NB: 0, P: 0) Point Mid on 148/7 ( H. Patel 18 Overs) , advertisement R Punjab Bowling PNJ Bowling 0 9 Punjab PNJ center_img 133.33 152 4s 0 40 fine Leg third Man 0 0 82/3 ( S. Dhawan 9.5 Overs) , Referee: Vengalil Narayanan Kutty (IND) Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZ), Anil Chaudhary (IND) and Vineet Kulkarni (IND) Mid off covers 2 Indian Premier League, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 20:00 (Local Time) Mid Wicket 0 Chris Morris C. Morris run out (Ravichandran Ashwin) 0 1 Chris Morris (DEL) C. Morris (DEL) 152 1 0 0 152/10 ( S. Lamichhane 19.2 Overs) , w Sam Curran (PNJ) S. Curran (PNJ) 0 Super Over Match Ended 19 Avesh Khan A. Khan not out 0 covers covers 4 fine Leg third Man fine Leg 2.2 Mid off 61/2 ( S. Iyer 7.2 Overs) , David Miller (PNJ) D. Miller (PNJ) fine Leg Top Bowlers Top Bowlers 0 view full scorecard Mid Wicket 0 4.71 0 0 1 Mid off 0/1 ( P. Shaw 0.1 Overs) , 0 IPL 2019: Sam Curran does the Bhangra with Preity Zinta after taking hat-trickIPL 2019: Preity Zinta, the co-owner of Kings XI Punjab and Sam Curran who took a hat-trick, did the Bhangra after a 14-run win against Delhi Capitals in Mohali on Monday. 5 third Man 147/6 ( C. Ingram 17.4 Overs) , Mid off 9.5 Hardus Viljoen H. Viljoen 4 Mid Wicket 0 0 r 148/8 ( H. Vihari 18.3 Overs) , b Mohammed Shami (19.2) e/r 0 4 131.03 covers 2 All batsmen are considered right handed Rishabh Pant (wk) R. Pant (wk) b Mohammed Shami 7.75 third Man 0 0 All batsmen are considered right handed All batsmen are considered right handed view more view less Indian Premier League, 2019, Match 13 nb 0 S/R 29 b Sam Curran Prithvi Shaw P. Shaw c Lokesh Rahul b Ravichandran Ashwin 0 0 Mid on 0 (20.0) Ravichandran Ashwin (c) R. Ashwin (c) 22 6s Sandeep Lamichhane S. Lamichhane b Sam Curran 0 Point 0 Square Leg 0 (19.2) Fall of Wickets India Today Web Desk MohaliApril 2, 2019UPDATED: April 2, 2019 10:02 IST IPL, KXIP vs DC: Sam Curran became the youngest player to take a hat-trick in IPL (@lionsdenkxip Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSam Curran picked up a hat-trick as Kings XI Punjab beat Delhi Capitals by 14 runsCurran was named man-of-the-match after finishing with figures of 4 for 11Curran danced the bhangra with KXIP co-owner Preity Zinta after the thrilling winSam Curran took a hat-trick as Kings XI Punjab defeated Delhi Capitals by 14 runs in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match at PCA I.S. Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Monday.Curran dismissed Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada and Sandeep Lamichhane as he finished as the man of the match with figures of 4 for 11 from 2.2 overs. Curran had blasted a 10-ball 20 as he opened innings with the bat and ball. Curran was ably supported by Mohammed Shami as Delhi Capitals were shot out for 152 in 19.2 overs in pursuit of 167.Delhi Capitals crashed and burned in tragic fashion, as they fell from 144 for 3, losing their last seven wickets for just 8 runs. In fact at one point of the chase, DC were cruising for 144 for just 3 wickets with Rishabh Pant and Colin Ingram looking all set.At the post match presentation, Curran said that he didn’t know that he had taken a hat-trick.”I didn’t really know (about the hat-trick). The crowd got really loud, I couldn’t hear myself. Ash told me what to do. Ryan Harris was standing at the third man region. Against the local batters, I had to ask our players, “Where does he hit?”. Shami got two amazing overs in the end which helped,” Curran.First HATTRICK of #VIVOIPL 2019 @CurranSMWhat a comeback this from @lionsdenkxipin as they win by 14 runs in Mohali. pic.twitter.com/cSnOG9o9z4IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 1, 2019Curran was all praise for his team, adding that he has worked hard on his batting as well.advertisement”Great win for the guys. I tried to put a performance for my team. Luckily enough, we scraped to 166, all the six bowlers were excellent. I have worked a lot on my batting over the last few months. I like to work hard on my batting, bowling and fielding. I have opened in school cricket, but think this was the first time in professional cricket. Hopefully, we keep winning games,” Curran said..@DelhiCapitals Skipper Shreyas Iyer calls it right at the toss and elects to bowl first against the @lionsdenkxip #KXIPvDC pic.twitter.com/5x6KrAxIt6IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 1, 2019After the match, Curran was seen doing the ‘bhangra’ with Kings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta.??????Some bhangra moves there, courtesy @realpreityzinta & @CurranSM ???? pic.twitter.com/VAeXq3I07oIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 1, 2019Ravichandran Ahswin was praised his bowler, especially Sam Curran and Mohammed Shami after the thrilling win.”Credit to Shami and Curran. We were probably 25 runs short. We backed ourselves to defend with three spinners. All in all, dew also came in and played a factor. We were gonna bat first. We thought Chris wasn’t there. We wanted to give him all the license up front. We thought there was grip there. We are quite a bunch with experience and a lot of youngsters. We have to keep ourselves fresh. We are having a very good experience. I have never seen a crowd like this in Mohali,” Ashwin said at the post match presentation.Also Read | Sam Curran did not realise he had taken a hat-trick: Couldn’t hear myself thinkAlso Read | Did Delhi Capitals troll Kings XI Punjab for not playing Chris Gayle?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 IPL 2019Follow Sam CurranFollow BhangraFollow Sam Curran hat-trickFollow Preity ZintaFollow Hat-trickFollow KXIP vs DCFollow Kings XI PunjabFollow Delhi Capitals (19.2) 28 1 m b Mohammed Shami 1 Shreyas Iyer (c) S. 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Hero Maestro Edge 125, Hero Pleasure Plus 110 launched in India; price range starts at 47,300

first_img Varun Singh New DelhiMay 13, 2019UPDATED: May 13, 2019 13:03 IST The introduction of Hero Maestro Edge 125 (left) and Hero Pleasure Plus 110 (right) follows the launch of XPulse 200, XPulse 200T and Xtreme 200S by Hero MotoCorp on May 1.HIGHLIGHTSThe new Hero Maestro Edge FI version is priced at Rs 62,700 (ex-showroom, Delhi).The 2019 Hero Pleasure+ 110 Cast Wheel version is priced at Rs 49,300 (ex-showroom, Delhi).The new Pleasure Plus 110 sports a fresh retro front and dual texture seat.Hero MotoCorp today launched the new Maestro Edge 125 and Pleasure+ 110. While Hero Maestro Edge 125 comes at a starting price of Rs 58,500 (ex-showroom, Delhi), Hero Pleasure+ 110 price begins at Rs 47,300 (ex-showroom, Delhi).Below are the variant-wise price (ex-showroom, Delhi) details of the new Hero Maestro Edge 125 and new Pleasure+ 110.– Maestro Edge 125 i3S (Carb) – Rs 58,500 (Drum)– Maestro Edge 125 i3S (Carb) – Rs 60,000 (Disc)– Maestro Edge 125 (FI) – Rs 62,700– Pleasure+ 110 (Sheet Metal Wheel) – Rs 47,300– Pleasure+ 110 (Cast Wheel) – Rs 49,300The 2019 Hero Maestro Edge 125 gets a 124.6 cc, air-cooled, 4-stroke, single cylinder OHC engine that makes 8.7 bhp and 10.2 Nm of torque. In the FI version, the power output is slightly higher at 9.1 bhp. The engine is mated to a variomatic drive gearbox. Taking care of the suspension duties are telescopic forks in the front and single coil spring hydraulic type at the rear. There are 130 mm drum brakes at the front and rear, with an option for a 190 mm disc at the front. The FI version has a 190 mm disc at the front with no option for a drum. There is a 12-inch tyre at the front and a 10-inch tyre at the rear. The new Maestro Edge 125 gets a 5.5-litre fuel tank, while the FI version has a fuel tank capacity of 5 litre.The new Hero Pleasure+ 110 comes with a 110.9 cc, air-cooled, 4-stroke, single cylinder OHC engine that delivers 8 bhp and 8.70 Nm of torque. At the front, there is a bottom link suspension with spring loaded hydraulic damper and a swing arm at the rear. It has a 4.8-litre fuel tank.advertisementHero MotoCorp’s Maestro Edge 125 comes with features like LED headlamp and tail lamp, diamond cut cast wheels, textured seats, and frost whiskers. It also gets external fuel filing, mobile charging port, boot lamp, digital analog meter, side stand reminder and service due reminder.The carb variant of the 2019 Maestro Edge 125 is available in four all matt colour options — Matt Blue, Matt Red, Matt Brown and Matt Vernier Grey. On the contrary, Maestro Edge 125 FI version gets two colour combinations — Pearl White with Brown inner panel & Astro Gold front forks and Panther Black with a sporty Red inner panel.The new Pleasure Plus 110 sports a fresh retro front and dual texture seat. It gets features like a USB charger, LED boot lamp, Integrated Braking System and a new black-lit speedometer.The Sheet Metal Wheel variant of the 2019 Hero Pleasure+ 110 is available in four colours — Glossy Black, Glossy Blue, Glossy White and Glossy Red. The Cast Wheel variant of the scooter comes in three paint options — Matt Red, Matt Green and Matt Vernier Grey.The introduction of Maestro Edge 125 and Pleasure Plus 110 follows the launch of Hero XPulse 200, Hero XPulse 200T and Hero Xtreme 200S by Hero MotoCorp on May 1. While all the three bikes are loaded with features, there is good news for those who are looking to invest in the off-roader or the tourer. We have driven both XPulse 200 and XPulse 200T. You can read our first ride review of XPulse 200 and that of XPulse 200T for all the details.ALSO READ | David Beckham gets 6-month ban for using mobile phone while driving his BentleyALSO READ | 2019 Bajaj Avenger Street 160 launched in India, price starts at Rs 82,253ALSO READ | Hyundai Venue: Launch, features, specifications and everything else you need to knowGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Hero Maestro Edge 125Follow Maestro Edge 125Follow Hero Pleasure 110 PlusFollow Pleasure 110+Follow Maestro Edge 125 launchFollow Pleasure 110 Plus launch Hero Maestro Edge 125, Hero Pleasure Plus 110 launched in India; price range starts at 47,300The new Hero Maestro Edge 125 gets a 124.6 cc, air-cooled, 4-stroke, single cylinder OHC engine that makes 8.7 bhp and 10.2 Nm of torque. In the FI version, the power output is slightly higher at 9.1 bhp.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Modi 2.0: How PM, Amit Shah picked the Union Cabinet

first_img Next Uday Mahurkar New DelhiJuly 10, 2019UPDATED: July 10, 2019 09:34 IST Newly sworn-in Prime Minister Narendra Modi and cabinet ministers stand with President Ram Nath Kovind after taking the oath of office at Parliament House in New Delhi on May 30, 2019. (Photo: Chandradeep Kumar) It’s often said in BJP circles that when it comes to pulling surprises, none can match Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his virtual second-in-command, home minister Amit Shah. Strategising in complete secrecy, both are known to keeping people around them guessing about their move. If Yogi Adityanath’s selection as Uttar Pradesh chief minister in 2017 foxed political analysts, Modi’s decision to pick Nirmala Sitharaman as India’s first woman defence minister was a masterstroke that drew great public traction. Now, in his second innings in office, the prime minister’s choices for his new cabinet have caused shock and awe-and how.Take the finance ministry’s case for instance. That Piyush Goyal, who had handled the portfolio in Arun Jaitley’s absence on medical grounds in the previous government, would not be considered for the post raised eyebrows. Though Sitharaman’s selection as finance minister surprised many, she was apparently rewarded for her diligence and ability to conform to Modi and Shah’s thinking in matters of governance. Also surprising to many was the move to drop Maneka Gandhi and Rajyavardhan Rathore, who held the key ministries of information & broadcasting (I&B) and sports in the previous government. That Goyal would stand 17th in the queue at the swearing-in ceremony on May 30 and Dharmendra Pradhan, who is credited with implementing the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, even after was as much baffling. Nitin Gadkari being deprived of shipping and Ganga rejuvenation, which has been merged in the new jal shakti ministry, despite a very good performance, was puzzling too. The general impression is that Gadkari, Goyal and Pradhan did a good job of the tasks given to them.advertisementTHE JAITLEY STAMPThough former finance minister Jaitley’s absence has left a vacuum in the Union cabinet, his imprint on the composition of the team is unmistakable-particularly Sitharaman, one of his favourites, as the finance minister. Though Goyal was ‘compensated’ with the commerce and industry portfolio, apart from railways, it is widely believed in BJP circles that he was denied finance because of his disagreements with Jaitley on crucial policy matters while he was the interim finance minister.Among Jaitley’s other picks are junior minister for finance and corporate affairs Anurag Singh Thakur, his former colleague from the cricketing world, and Som Parkash and Hardeep Singh Puri, the two ministers of state (MoS) for commerce and industry. Angadi Suresh Channabasappa, MoS railways, too, is considered to be close to Jaitley.While the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) considered Prakash Javadekar a slow mover in his previous stint as HRD minister, especially over the revamp of the school curricula, the BJP leader enjoyed the backing of Modi and Shah. As the election in-charge for Rajasthan and later Karnataka, Javadekar had endeared himself to Modi and Shah with his skilful handling of party factionalism in these states. He was rewarded with the environment and forest portfolio and additionally I&B.THE WINNERS AND LOSERSNarendra Singh Tomar and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat were rewarded for their performances in the previous government and contributions in the BJP. Tomar not only retained rural development, but also got charge of the crucial ministry of agriculture. Shekhawat, who was promoted to cabinet rank, was given the jal shakti ministry where he has the opportunity to implement Modi’s plan of supplying piped water to every Indian household by 2024.Jayant Sinha apparently paid the price for father Yashwant Sinha’s continuing hostility towards Modi-Shah while Maneka lost out owing to her somewhat mediocre performance in the women and child development ministry as well as her alleged utterances against the PM and the BJP president. Her son Varun Gandhi ran an almost open campaign against Modi and Shah on social media, but turned into their supporter when they didn’t deny him a Lok Sabha ticket. That, however, did not prevent the axe from falling on Maneka.Staunch Modi loyalist Giriraj Singh got an upgrade to full cabinet rank from MoS and was given charge of animal husbandry, dairying and fisheries, which covers his pet theme of cow protection. But the choice of S. Jaishankar for external affairs, it is learnt, did not go down well with some quarters in the ministry as well as the RSS, the view being that he is too pro-US. But Modi thought Jaishankar was a necessity in view of India’s deteriorating relationship with the US and the balancing act that New Delhi requires to do between the US, China and Russia. Former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj was conveyed that in her current health condition, it was better for her to drop out. Jaitley’s voluntary withdrawal gave thrust to the argument and Swaraj took it in her stride.advertisementPMO’S TAKEWhile the jury’s out on the cabinet appointments, sources close to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) describe them as professional decisions. A source says Gadkari was given the problematic Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) portfolio so that the sector can be energised. “We see Gadkari as a problem solver,” the source said.Regarding Goyal and Pradhan, the PMO is of the view that both have been rewarded-Goyal with commerce and Pradhan with steel, which has major presence in his state of Odisha. Gadkari’s former MoS in shipping, Mansukh L. Mandaviya, was promoted with independent charge of the ministry because he not only helped in the BJP’s clean sweep of Gujarat in the Lok Sabha election, but was also instrumental in pulling Patels out of the support base of Patidar pro-reservation leader Hardik Patel in Saurashtra.THE AXE EFFECTAccording to PMO sources, among the reasons that Radha Mohan Singh was dropped as Agriculture Minister, was because of complaints that his ministry had allegedly favoured a private company, the Hyderabad-based Nagarjuna Agro Chemicals (NAC), in the sale of soil testing kits (STKs) required for assessment of soil and issuing of soil health cards to some 140 million farmers across the country. Both Singh and the NAC, however, had strongly denied the allegations.READ | Goodbye, Rahul Gandhi?ALSO READ | Mumbai Floods: How BMC and Co. sank the city againALSO WATCH | PM Modi launches BJP’s membership drive in VaranasiGet 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 byKritika Bansal Tags :Follow PM ModiFollow Cabinet Modi 2.0: How PM, Amit Shah picked the Union Cabinet | India Today InsightIt was an elaborate exercise of weighing options, rewarding the performers, axing the slow movers and placing bets on potential achievers.advertisementlast_img read more

US Open: Venus Williams orders mid-match coffee during 2nd round loss to Elina Svitolina

first_img Next US Open: Venus Williams orders mid-match coffee during 2nd round loss to Elina SvitolinaUS Open 2019: Venus Williams fought hard but lost to Elina Svitolina in straight sets in her 2nd-round match in New York on Wednesday.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New YorkAugust 29, 2019UPDATED: August 29, 2019 12:32 IST Venus Williams lost her 2nd-round match at US Open 2019 on Wednesday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVenus Williams lost 4-6, 4-6 to Elina Svitolina on WednesdayVenus ordered a cup of coffee during changeover in her 2nd round matchThis was not the 1st time Venus ordered coffee during a tennis matchMost of us crave for coffee whenever we feel anxious or nervous. That’s what happened during the women’s singles clash between Venus Williams and Elina Svitolina on Wednesday evening which the American lost.During the first set of the second-round match which Venus lost 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 51 minutes to Elina to bow out of the competition, the former grand slam champion ordered a cup from her entourage in the stands.To Venus’ dismay, the coffee delivery from the stands remained unsuccessful at first, as the ball boy tasked with handing over the cup briefly stole the show.As Venus’ entourage handed the ball-boy the cup, the 39-year-old was already making her way off the court. By the time he caught up, the former US Open winner had already made her way towards the locker room.The boy, who could not catch Venus, then paused in front of the restricted area, embarrassed and red-faced.However, the crowd came to the aid of the bespectacled helper as the spectators signalled for him to leave the cup on the player’s bench on the court.Coffee delivery for Ms. Williams…………..Ms. Williams?@Venuseswilliams | #USOpen pic.twitter.com/M3gmy1rDraUS Open Tennis (@usopen) August 28, 2019US Open posted the moment and captioned it: “Coffee delivery for Ms. WilliamsMs. Williams?”The mid-match espresso did seem to work wonders for the American as she raced away to a 3-0 lead before her No. 5 seed opponent came back strongly and won the set 6-4.advertisementThe Ukrainian went on to win the second set with a same scoreline and ousted Venus from the US Open.It was not the first time Venus had ordered a coffee mid-match. During a changeover in a match against Donna Vekic at the Cincinnati Masters, she had told her coach that all she wanted was a cup of coffee.Also Read | US Open 2019: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic battle into 3rd roundAlso Read | US Open 2019: Serena Williams fights off Caty McNally challenge to reach 3rd roundAlso 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 Venus WilliamsFollow US Open 2019Follow Elina Svitolinalast_img read more

Coursera expects to bring hundreds of Indian universities & institutes on board over next three years

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiOctober 4, 2019UPDATED: October 4, 2019 11:00 IST “We expect hundreds of Indian universities to use Coursera in the next three years,” said Coursera Chief Executive Officer Jeff MaggioncaldaOnline education platform Coursera on Thursday said it expects to bring on board its platform hundreds of Indian universities over the next three years. The company has partnered with 10 Indian universities and institutes, including Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) and Manipal Global Education Services, to offer courses available on its platform.”We have 10 universities who have purchased Coursera for the campus. In every case, the cost is being absorbed by universities. They may decide to include it at some point of time in tuition cost. There are 911 universities in India. We expect hundreds of Indian universities to use Coursera in the next three years,” Coursera Chief Executive Officer Jeff Maggioncalda said on the sidelines of an event here.Coursera claims that it has 4.8 million registered learners and is adding over 1 lakh learners per month in India.’India is our second-largest market outside the US,’ Maggioncalda said.Coursera Chief Executive Officer Jeff Maggioncalda said the government has expressed its desire to increase gross enrolment ratio to around 30 per cent by 2020 from 25 per cent at present.”We estimate to meet this target, India would require to build around 250 new universities or increase capacity of existing universities. The government has been kind enough to allow 20 per cent course credit to be pursued online,” Maggioncalda said.He said that if demand rises in India, the company will build a national training centre in the country to help universities adopt online studies.NMIMS Vice-Chancellor Rajan Saxena said the institute has started offering 20 credits to their students who successfully completed some courses available on Coursera. “On completion of these 20 credits, we offer B.Tech (Honour) degree to the student,” Saxena said.advertisementREAD | Houston University receives USD 2 million commitment to support Tamil language, cultureALSO READ | Delhi government to open ‘Sports University’: Chief Minister Arvind KejriwalGet 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 byPuja Kumari Yadav Tags :Follow CourseraFollow Indian universities Coursera expects to bring hundreds of Indian universities & institutes on board over next three yearsCoursera an online education platform expects to bring on board its platform hundreds of Indian universities over the next three years.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Beckett Simonon Makes a Fair Priced Shoe

first_imgWe often sit around the office wondering what ‘middle men’ will be doing in ten years. With more and more companies like Warby Parker, Harry’s, and Poppin in the mix and cutting the middle man  these  men better start strategizing. New to the shoe category is Beckett Simonon and we are all about these brogues and boots.Based in Bogota, Columbia long time friends Nicholas Hurtado and Andres Niño have always had a fine appreciation for shoes so they started looking into developing their own brand.  When they presented them at trade shows in New York, buyers were interested in the styles and designs but when the boys realized the markup they needed they felt like they would be overcharging their customers. Hence they scooted Mr. Middle Man to the side.They launched Beckett Simonon (named after their style icons Samuel Beckett and Clash guitarist Paul Simonon) in 2012 and have been selling well and even featured in The New York Times for their business ethic and model: Operating an American model start-up outside of the U.S. (they are based in Columbia).These stylish yet affordable shoes are beautifully made in Colombia with high quality leather with leather insoles and lining. We are fans of the simplicity of the brand and of course the price- $79-$89 a pop (told you!). No bells and whistles here, just handsome suede and leather boots, derbies and brogues.  They also include free delivery and returns! For fall (launching mid August) the boys will be showcasing a Goodyear Welted collection.Fall is walking toward us  so get to shopping and send us a picture of your purchase on our Instagram @TheManualStyle How to Properly Polish Your Own Shoes How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked End the Stigma and Start the Conversation About Men’s Mental Health Best Labor Day Sales on Men’s Clothes, Shoes, Accessories, and More Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

TGIF Shopping: Hiro Clark Teams With Verve Coffee Roasters For T-Shirt Line

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain With Victor Cruz’s recent collection with 3×1 launching last week, collaboration season is in full swing. Now, feast your eyes on the latest, a new t-shirt collabo, courtesy of Hiro Clark and California’s Verve Coffee Roasters.Related: K-Swiss taps designer Billy Reid for natural sneakers “My morning trip to the beach always requires a shot of caffeine. It’s my daily ritual… and my daily addiction,” explains Hiro Clark founder, Andy Salzer / Founder, Hiro Clark. “Verve is so right for this collab – we both share a surf obsession and a love of small batch – our t-shirts, their coffee.”The first shirt is a long exposure shot of a Santa Cruz beach at first light shot by Colby while the second shirt is a nod to So-Cal listing three of LA’s finest surf beaches.“Santa Cruz meets LA all the way – we’re all about these bohemian beach communities, says Verve co-founder Colby Barr. “Plus, our small batch coffee story totally fits with Hiro Clark’s limited edition tees.”Sweetening the deal, each limited edition Hiro Clark t-shirt is packaged in an engraved Stanley thermos & includes a 12 oz bag of Verve’s classic Streetlevel coffee.The limited-edition t-shirts ($128) are available at HiroClark.com and at Verve’s 3rd Street location in LA. Bundle Up Right Now With the Best Sweaters for Men What to Wear for Labor Day and the Unofficial End of Summer 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Go How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall last_img read more

Vans Takes on Winter with Waterproof Boots

first_img The Best Men’s Waterproof Boots for Tackling All Weather Editors’ Recommendations 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know You Won’t Believe the Price Tags on 10 of the Most Expensive Shoes For Men When the rain and snow hits, your number of wearable shoes likely dwindles. Some pairs protect better against the elements, while others are too stylish to wear out in the wet weather and risk ruining them. What if, we could have the best of both worlds? You know, both durability and steezability. Thanks to skateboard sneaker god, Vans, we can.Vans recently released the 2016 edition of their stylish Mountain Edition sneakers that can be your favorite pair of boots and stand up to the winter weather at the same time: the SK-8 HI Del Pato MTE collection. The compilation offers a few different varieties, all of which boast the old school Vans Classic high-top flavor and a durable weatherized exterior. It’s easy to see why these waterproof Vans boots are a must have.This particular shoe is styled with water-repellent leather and suede, with the original waffle sole and revamped build that pays homage to Vans’ long snow boot heritage. The new lug outsole reverses the old mold and tightens traction in wet terrains and snow. On the inside you’ll find a fleece interior, which will keep your feet extra warm for those brisk hikes or trips out on the town in the winter.Don’t believe it? Check this out.Vans also released a collaborative design with The North Face that are absolutely beautiful. Not only do these also boast the terrific water-resistant technologies, these stunt a simple and beautiful all black appearance.If you don’t have a pair of winterized boots yet, we recommend taking these into consideration for your first pair. Keep in mind, though, that they likely won’t last as long in an everyday rain and snow climate like the more expensive, likely less stylish boots. If you’re looking for something that protects more against the elements and still has some flare, try these on for size: Timberlands. The World’s 12 Most Grueling and Insane Endurance Races Wolverine Ramparts Boot Collection Provides Support On and Off the Joblast_img read more

Curio Collection by Hilton Heads Out West with the Addition of Five New Hotels

first_imgMCLEAN, Va. – Coming off the heels of its five-year milestone as a brand, Curio Collection by Hilton is significantly expanding its presence in the western United States with the addition of five hotels in Washington, New Mexico, California and Utah. This expansion brings Curio Collection’s portfolio to more than half of all U.S. states, providing travelers with one-of-a-kind accommodations in new climates, landscapes and elevations across the country.  “For those looking for relaxing desert getaways at the historic Hotel Andaluz Albuquerque or for rigorous adventures while hiking and rock climbing in the surrounding national parks at Hoodoo Moab, these additions offer a mix of local culture, food and the chance to explore the great outdoors,” said Mark Nogal, global head, Curio Collection by Hilton. “Over the past five years, we’ve delivered unique experiences to curious travelers in unexpected, emerging destinations, and with more than 60 hotels in our global pipeline, we’re just getting started.”  As travelers continue to seek out vacations in the West, 39 percent of online searches for vacations specifically reference the Rocky Mountains, Southwest and Far West regions of the United States. With the western landscape lining the backdrop of each newly added Curio Collection property, travelers will be closer than ever to iconic destinations across the region, such as Cliffrose Springdale’s proximity to Zion National Park in Utah or The Chrysalis Inn & Spa Bellingham’s location just minutes from Glacier Peak and the great Pacific Ocean in Washington. Each hotel will offer experiences, access and amenities specifically curated with each curiosity type’s interest in mind, whether that be epicureans indulging in top notch local cuisine, spiritualists finding tranquility in nearby deserts or pathfinders hiking mountains in the Pacific Northwest.  The following hotels have recently joined or will join the collection in the next few months: The Chrysalis Inn & Spa Bellingham, Curio Collection by Hilton (Opened April 2019) Nestled along the waters of Bellingham Bay in the great state of Washington, The Chrysalis Inn & Spa Bellingham overlooks the San Juan Islands and is tucked away in a lovely, walkable neighborhood. The property is optimally located near the U.S.-Canada border, while also uniting the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest with warm sophisticated styling and panoramic views of the bay. Between the fine Northwest cuisine from Keenan’s at the Pier, nearby peaceful trails and the full-service spa, there are activities for all at this Pacific Northwest destination. Hotel Andaluz Albuquerque, Curio Collection by Hilton (Opened May 2019) Located along downtown Albuquerque’s bustling Central Avenue, Gold LEED certified Hotel Andaluz Albuquerque was Conrad Hilton’s fourth property built in 1939, boasting a Spanish Moroccan design with modern touches throughout. Guests will enjoy onsite restaurant Mas Tapas y Vino for a combination of artistry and flavor or can head up to rooftop lounge Ibiza, featuring views of the Sandia Mountains and downtown Albuquerque. With traditional and unique event spaces such as the Barcelona Ballroom, Library and Rooftop Lounge, Hotel Andaluz can accommodate large-scale events up to 600 people. Carté Hotel San Diego Downtown, Curio Collection by Hilton (Opening August 2019) Carté Hotel San Diego Downtown is perfectly situated in San Diego’s sought-after and vibrant Little Italy neighborhood, located steps away from the city’s best restaurants, Embarcadero waterfront and the downtown business district. The LEED Silver hotel will bring relaxing experiences, a sense of discovery and myriad of elevated amenities as well as unique culinary experiences to the community. The hotel offers traditional sea-to-table cuisine at Watercolors restaurant, regional wine and spirits in its Fonte Di Vino tasting room, and amazing crafted drinks with a view from its Above Ash Social rooftop venue. At Carté, guests will enjoy a saltwater rooftop pool with comfortable cabana seating as well as the FIT Athletic Club offering the finest upscale fitness and wellness experiences, featuring numerous fitness classes that will allow guests and members alike the ability to maintain their routines while on the go. (Fees apply for classes) Hoodoo Moab, Curio Collection by Hilton (Opening August 2019) Modern luxury meets Western style at Hoodoo Moab, where guests can unwind or stay active at its outdoor desert escape in eastern Utah. The hotel’s Josie Wyatt’s Restaurant and Bar boasts delectable steak and handcrafted cocktails for guests to indulge in following a long, relaxing day at the property’s full-service spa. The hotel’s meeting space features floor-to-ceiling glass windows with stunning views for the perfect wedding, conference or event in Moab, seating up to 200 people. Cliffrose Springdale, Curio Collection by Hilton (Opening September 2019) Nestled along the Virgin River and bordering Utah’s Zion National Park, Cliffrose Springdale allows guests to relax amid the surrounding lush desert foliage and breathtaking canyon views. The hotel offers delicious cuisine at onsite restaurant Anthera where guests will dine indoors or al fresco with incredible views of Zion’s cliffs and pure blue skies. The hotel’s green desert gardens, heated outdoor pool and its large firepit provide a great fresh air escape while taking in one of Utah’s breathtaking deserts. All existing and upcoming hotels within the Curio Collection by Hilton portfolio offer travelers the benefits and reassurance of the Hilton name, which includes Hilton’s award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors. Through Hilton Honors, members can earn Points for their stay and enjoy digital tools available exclusively through the Hilton Honors mobile app, where members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. From now until September 8, Hilton Honors members can earn Double Points on each stay starting on their second stay, in addition to Plus-Up Point Bonuses along the way. To make a reservation, visit Curio Collection by Hilton. For more information on Curio Collection by Hilton, visit newsroom.hilton.com/curio.  About Curio Collection by Hilton Curio Collection by Hilton is an upper-upscale, global portfolio of more than 65 one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts. Curio Collection properties provide travelers authentic experiences through distinctly local offerings and unexpected amenities tailored to every traveler type, all while providing the benefits of Hilton and its award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors. Read the latest brand and hotel stories at newsroom.hilton.com/curio; discover Curio Collection destinations through the eyes of locals with 48-hour itineraries at citiesbycurio.com; determine what kind of traveler you are by taking the curiosity quiz; and connect with Curio Collection on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. About Hilton Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 17 world-class brands comprising more than 5,700 properties with more than 923,000 rooms, in 113 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton earned a spot on the 2018 world’s best workplaces list, and has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its 100-year history. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, more than 89 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can’t buy, plus enjoy instant benefits, including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.last_img read more

Gregory Park Primary School Rehabilitated

first_imgRehabilitation works have been completed at the Gregory Park Primary School in Portmore, St. Catherine,  by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), at a cost of just under $40 million. This was done under  Phase Two of the European Union (EU)-funded Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP II). Works undertaken included the construction of a 100-metre block wall, and drainage system; replacement of damaged windows and doors; painting of the buildings; replacement of ply door partitions; replacement and installation of new lighting fixtures; installation of aluminum windows and new solid core doors; and paving of the driveway. The project lasted for  four months, and the symbolical  handing over took place  today (November 21), at a ceremony  held at the school. General Manager for Human Resources, Administration and Communications at the JSIF, Rhonda Lumsden Lue, said the cost to the Fund was approximately $29 million with a contribution of some $10 million made by the residents of Gregory Park and its environs. Their input, she informed, primarily entailed provisions for aspects of the civil works – electricity, discounted labour, among others. “We are pleased to witness the conclusion of this project in Gregory Park. One recent study by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CapRI) suggests that more resources need to be poured into primary education, and that an educated population is one of the few areas of comparative advantage which this island can develop,” she  said. “At the JSIF, one-third of all investments, since our inception, has been made in education, incorporating infrastructure, upgrades, expansion of schools,  ranging from basic to high schools, and the provisions of skills training,” the General Manager added. Meanwhile, Head of Operation for the EU Delegation in Jamaica, Jesus Orus Baguena,  underscored the importance of investing  in Jamaica’s education sector.   “The EU support to education (in Jamaica) is complementary to the work going on at the Government level and elsewhere to improve school facilities and to improve the standards of education in the country. Education unlocks the door that leads to opportunities for children to improve their lives and to have a better Jamaica. So, supporting the schools is an investment in Jamaica’s future,” Mr. Baguena said. Senior Advisor to the Education Minister, Radley Reid, conveyed gratitude on the Ministry’s behalf for the work undertaken and the support which  the EU and JSIF have been extending to schools islandwide. In welcoming their inputs to the rehabilitation of Gregory Park Primary School, Mr. Reid said that  without their intervention, that undertaking “would be a challenge.” “The partnership approach is very important in the realisation of projects, such as this one  at Gregory Park. Communities which contribute to the provision of physical structures, such as schools, will appreciate the facilities and protect them from vandalism,” he argued. For his part, State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, and Member of Parliament for the area (East Central St. Catherine),  Hon. Arnaldo Brown,  noted that the rehabilitation project was the first such undertaken by JSIF in the newly created constituency. “We are very grateful for this investment in the school. The investment is not in the walls or the classrooms, but it is in the children and the future of Jamaica,”  Mr. Brown said. In his remarks, Portmore’s Mayor, George Lee, said the intervention will greatly assist in creating a safe and conducive environment for teaching and learning. Principal of Gregory Park Primary, Ivy Jarrett, said the institution’s rehabilitation will “significantly impact” the school community. “It also marks the cementing of a very special friendship between ourselves and the JSIF team,” she added. The undertaking was a sub-project of the PRP II, which is funded jointly by the EU, under its Ninth European Development Fund Programme, and the Government of Jamaica. JSIF is the implementing agency for the PRP II. Gregory Park Primary School is the 19th such institution to benefit under the programme since this phase started in 2009. This timely intervention  is expected to make the environment more conducive for teaching and learning for the approximately 854 enrolled students and 36 members of staff.last_img read more