Jamaican Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett traveled to Miami, Florida in an effort to advocate for increased cruise shipping business for Jamaica.Bartlett attended several meetings with tourism interests including representatives of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) and the Mayor of Miami Beach, Philip Levine.While in Florida, the Minister met with the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association’s (FCCA) new President, Adam Goldstein.Miami Beach Mayor Phillip LevineThe meeting focused on ways to facilitate the hiring of more Jamaican crew-members, improving the guest experience at the Falmouth Port, as well as methods to strengthen the relationship between RCL and Jamaica. “We have been working very hard to improve and increase the capacity of the country’s cruise industry. The results of which have been spectacular. We recently entered the record-books when the ports of Falmouth, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Kingston hosted a combined six cruise vessels in one day. We also welcomed the world’s largest cruise ship in Falmouth and Kingston received its largest cruise ship ever. So, I am very excited to meet with Royal Caribbean’s new president, so that we can build on our successes and strengthen our relationships with this and other major cruise-lines,” said Bartlett.The Minister also advocated for increased cruise business in Jamaica not only in his discussions with RCL but also with Mayor Levine.This trip forms part of cruise marketing efforts being undertaken by the Ministry through the Jamaica Tourist Board. Minister Bartlett previously met with RCL representatives in December 2016 during the FCCA’s reception for Prime Minister, Andrew Holness in Doral, Florida.Bartlett was accompanied by Delano Seiveright, Senior Communications Strategist, Tourism Enhancement Fund.
Softening his stand, St Stephen’s College Principal Valsan Thampu on Thursday said India’s Under-19 World Cup winning skipper Unmukt Chand will be taken care of.Unmukt was denied promotion to the second year of his Bachelor of Arts course by St Stephen’s as the young cricketer failed to accumulate the minimum attendance required by college. Speaking exclusively to Headlines Today, Thampu said Unmukt will be given a rousing reception at the college. “I will do whatever I can to help Unmukt,” he said. Vice-president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Union Minister, Rajiv Shukla, had earlier said it was an internal matter of the college. He had appealed to St Stephen’s authorities to consider Unmukt as a special case. “I appeal to St Stephen’s to take a considerate view on Unmukt. But I understand that it is an internal matter. The college is autonomous. But I am making this appeal,” Shukla said.
Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer Ek Tha Tiger has undoubtedly broken all Box Office records. But going by recent reports, the Kabir Khan directed has been affected by new release Raaz 3.In India, Ek Tha Tiger has grossed over Rs. 200 crores. In fact, the film did well on the international Box Office too.The film released on August 15, 2012. It is the story of a RAW spy, played by Salman Khan.Mystery behind Katrina’s red tilak revealed!Katrina Kaif had grabbed headlines not for her performance in Ek Tha Tiger but for the tilak she sported at private screenings of this film.According to sources, the tilak was nothing more than a religious one, applied to her forehead during a pooja she attended.Katrina Kaif is these days celebrating the unprecedented response her recent film Ek Tha Tiger is receiving.Ek Tha Tiger being remade in Tamil?There are reports in the media that Ilayathalapathy Vijay will remake this commercial entertainer in Tamil. Rumors of a remake of the film in Telugu are being suggested as well but no names have been suggested so far for Telugu.Grapevine has it that Editor Mohan has bought the Tamil remake rights of the film. The film might be directed by Jayam Raja who worked with Vijay in Velayudham.
Origi reluctant as Liverpool say he can leaveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool have informed Divock Origi he can leave in January.HLN says the Belgium striker has been told he can find himself a new club. However, Origi doesn’t want to leave.The forward believes he can still find a place in manager Jurgen Klopp’s plans, though also is reluctant to take a pay-cut to leave.Origi was celebrated last month by Reds fans after scoring the winner against Everton.The departure of Dominic Solanke to Crystal Palace on-loan has strengthened Origi’s chances of playing more at Liverpool this season.And he has told his agents he’d prefer to stay until making a definitive decision in June. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The British Ports Association is looking at challenges and opportunities facing UK ports beyond Brexit this year.The BPA is keen to focus on port sector promotion, increased public transport investment, planning/consenting improvements and issues around people and safety which will all be priorities for all ports across the UK.Additionally, potential new border controls, changes to environmental and regulatory rules and a new fisheries policy remain as major themes for the industry in 2019.“2019 will be another critical year for UK ports and in the coming months we should start to know what Brexit will look like. UK ports provides important international gateways for goods and passengers and it is essential that the industry features highly in the Government’s Brexit considerations,” Richard Ballantyne, BPA Chief Executive, said.“This is particularly important to pro-trade facilitation measures in relation to any new border control processes at British ports and especially at the UK’s network of Roll-on Roll-off ferry ports which facilitate much of the UK’s European trade.”Alongside Brexit the BPA has been promoting a Port Zoning policy which it will be looking to evidence and provide further analysis on.“The BPA’s Port Development and Enterprise Zone concept is our vision is for areas around ports to be classified with a special planning, consenting, business and regulatory status to help stimulate port development and growth,” Ballantyne continued.The idea could see the growth of a network regional hubs around port and coastal locations across the UK.The BPA will also be promoting the case for increased road and rail infrastructure investment to better connect UK ports and encourage the development of a new national freight strategy to better facilitate trade and cargo transportation.In 2019 the BPA will also be examining safety and skills at ports, supporting the working of the industry body Port Skills and Safety which leads on training and landside safety issues for ports, and other relevant topics.
Shanghai: Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer risked angering Manchester United fans on Wednesday, saying it was only a “loud minority” who have turned against Paul Pogba. The French midfielder has made clear his determination to leave the Premier League giants, with Real Madrid and his former club Juventus both said to be interested. But Solskjaer has made clear that he wants to keep the World Cup winner, as he attempts to steer the Old Trafford club back into the Champions League. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe 26-year-old Pogba’s publicly stated wish to leave and his tepid displays at the end of last season have infuriated many United supporters. At United’s final game last term, a 2-0 defeat to already relegated Cardiff City at home, a section of fans barracked Pogba. Asked if he expected even more of a backlash against the Frenchman when the season begins, Solskjaer said: “I think our fans know what Paul has given the club and can give us.” The Norwegian, who will need a fast start to convince doubters he’s the right man for one of the biggest jobs in football, said: “Of course there are some loud and small minority (against Pogba), but Paul has been absolutely top in the group. “Me and the players will testify to that — that he’s never ever been a problem and we are just grateful that he performs as well as he does,” said the manager, speaking on the eve of a friendly against Tottenham Hotspur in Shanghai. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterSolskjaer meanwhile urged patience and denied that he was frustrated by the club’s failure to sign more players this summer. United have bought winger Daniel James and full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka. But they are yet to seal a deal for Leicester City defender Harry Maguire and Solskjaer is also reportedly eyeing Portuguese playmaker Bruno Fernandes. “I am very happy with the two mentioned (James and Wan-Bissaka), we have got to be patient,” said the 46-year-old former United predator. “It’s a long haul and very important we get the right ones (players) in, we can’t just jump on a different path when you hit a hurdle.”
Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Dr Pepper Snapple Group announced today the launch of a digital yearbook, gathering photos and signatures from Club alumni, donors and supporters.The Alumni & Friends Yearbook was created as a platform for alumni to reconnect with fellow Club kids, share stories about their Boys & Girls Club experiences and make new connections with alumni across the country. Participants can sign the yearbook at bgca.org/yearbook.One lucky Boys & Girls Club alum or supporter who signs the yearbook between now and October 5, 2018, will win an in-person celebrity experience with Club alum Shaquille O’Neal, along with a $10,000 donation to a local Boys & Girls Club of their choice. Boys & Girls Clubs has nearly 16 million living Club alumni, including celebrities like Denzel Washington, Misty Copeland, Shaquille O’Neal and business leaders like Dr Pepper Snapple president and CEO Larry D. Young. These alumni and many others come from all walks of life but share a common bond through their Boys & Girls Club experience.“The foundation of the Boys & Girls Club experience can be life-changing and life-saving for so many kids, especially those who need us most,” said Jim Clark, president & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “The collective strength of our Alumni & Friends help reconnect members and supporters while giving back to the next generation of Club kids.”Thanks to Dr Pepper Snapple, Boys & Girls Clubs of America is creating a network of passionate Club Alumni & Friends who can support and provide mentorship to current Club members and other alumni. By reconnecting with the Boys & Girls Club community through Alumni & Friends, former Club kids and supporters can also be powerful advocates for Clubs and the kids and communities they serve.“The lessons I learned and experiences I gained as a Club kid in Springfield, Mo., helped shape who I am today,” said Young. “With the Alumni & Friends Network, former Club kids have access to invaluable mentorship and other resources that help light pathways to successful and rewarding lives, and this digital yearbook is a great way for alums to make those connections.”The Boys & Girls Clubs continues to have a major impact on its members past graduation, with more than 54 percent of Boys & Girls Club alumni say the Club saved their life. For more information on Boys & Girls Clubs Alumni & Friends, go to www.bgca.org/alumni.
DETROIT — The Latest on General Motors’ restructuring plans (all times local):10:30 a.m.General Motors will lay off 14,700 factory and white-collar workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it restructures to cut costs and focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles.The reduction includes 8,100 white-collar workers, some of whom will take buyouts and others who will be laid off. Most of the affected factories build cars that won’t be sold in the U.S. after next year. They could close or they could get different vehicles to build. They will be part of contract talks with the United Auto Workers union next year.Plants without products include assembly plants in Detroit; Lordstown, Ohio; and Oshawa, Ontario. Also affected are transmission factories in Warren, Michigan, as well as Baltimore.About 6,000 factory workers could lose jobs in the U.S. and Canada, although some could transfer to truck plants.___8:25 a.m.General Motors is closing a Canadian plant at the cost of about 2,500 jobs, but that is apparently just a piece of a much broader, company-wide restructuring that will be announced as early as Monday.A person briefed on the matter told The Associated Press that the plant being shuttered in Canada is just the beginning as GM prepares for the next economic downturn, shifting trade agreements under the Trump administration, and potential tariffs on imported automobiles.The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement hasn’t been made public.In the fall, the Detroit automaker offered buyouts to 18,000 white collar workers, but it has yet to say how many accepted, or if its’s close to meeting the staff reduction goals it set to better withstand leaner times.Associated Press, The Associated Press