BOCA RATON, FL – SEPTEMBER 1: Head coach Lane Kiffin of the Florida Atlantic Owls throws the ball prior to the game against the Navy Midshipmen on September 1, 2017 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)Lane Kiffin’s FAU team is fighting an uphill battle on the road against Oklahoma today. The Owls are sizable underdogs against the Sooners in Norman, Okla.FAU’s first drive of the game was a promising one, but it was eventually stalled by a bad call by the referees.An Owls’ wide receiver was called for a penalty on a block that sprung a big catch-and-run.The penalty was incorrectly called, though.Check it out:Trash call that killed FAU’s drive. He blocked the defender from the front, not the side. pic.twitter.com/zmmgmJ2cFg— Andrew Doughty (@Adoughty88) September 1, 2018That’s tough.FAU and Oklahoma are playing on FOX.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season wrapped up on Monday night with the College Football Playoff national title game. Clemson shocked the college football world when it dominated Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide to the tune of a 44-16 win.Both Clemson and Alabama were picked as the favorites to make the title game and both programs held up to their preseason ranks. However, several other programs did not.While Dabo Swinney and Nick Saban held to their standard, several coaches were left asking what happened to their 2018 season. One college football fan compared the preseason AP Poll with the final AP Poll to find out which programs were overrated.Here’s the top five:WisconsinMiamiAuburnMichigan StateStanfordWisconsin was a popular College Football Playoff pick, while Miami was expected to keep pace with Clemson in the ACC this season. Neither of those two things happened as both program suffered through sub-par season.You can see the full list of overrated and underrated teams here.
ATHENS, GA – AUGUST 30: A general view of Sanford Stadium during the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Clemson Tigers on August 30, 2014 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)The Georgia Bulldogs got a massive boost to their recruiting earlier this week with a commitment from five-star Kendall Milton. After picking between some very impressive programs, we now have a clearer idea of what led him to pick Georgia.Speaking to DawgNation, Milton’s father, Chris Milton, said that the school’s dedication to the family was a big factor.“They took the time and effort to let us know about that they did the homework about the family… And it has been consistent with how they’ve acted since I first met (RBs coach) Dell McGee on Buchanan’s (High School) campus.”Chris also said that Georgia came across as a school that could serve as a “stepping stone” to “somewhere else” – a pretty clear nod to his son’s NFL potential.“There are some programs in the country you can go to and you can go, ‘You know I play college football,’ ” Chris Milton said. “There are other programs where you can say ‘You know, I play D-1 ball,’ and then there is a handful of programs that you go to where you go to and you can say, ‘This is a stepping stone because you are going somewhere else,’ and this is one of those programs.”Georgia’s success in getting players—especially running backs—into the NFL is well-documented. Todd Gurley, Nick Chubb, and Sony Michel are just a few of the Georgia star backs to parlay their college success into NFL stardom. Milton is the No. 22 overall prospect in the country in the Class of 2020. Per 247Sports, he is the No. 4 running back in the nation, and the No. 3 prospect from the state of California.Over the past two years of high school, Milton has rushed for over 2,800 yards and 50 touchdowns.Will Kendall Milton be the next Georgia running back to become an NFL star?[DawgNation]
Press Trust of India Abu DhabiJanuary 5, 2019UPDATED: January 5, 2019 21:23 IST India will be hoping for a strong start to their AFC Asian Cup campaign when they take on Thailand in Sunday’s opener (@IndianFootball Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia will be hoping for a strong start to their continental campaign on Sunday in Abu DhabiIndia last defeated Thailand in 1986 while their recent meeting in 2010 ended in defeatIndia will look to their talismanic striker Sunil Chhetri to get them the goalsUnderdogs India will look at their impressive results in recent months for inspiration when they open their AFC Asian Cup football campaign against Thailand in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.With the continental showpiece event being expanded to 24 teams for the first time from the earlier 16, the Indian side have a real chance to make it to the knockout rounds, which will be a first after their runners-up finish in 1964.Both in 1984 and 2011, India were knocked out of the tournament at the group stage.The two top sides from each of the six groups made up of four countries as well as four third-place teams will advance to the Round of 16.India head into the continental tournament after goalless stalematesIndia, playing in their fourth Asian Cup, are entering the tournament on the back of a goal-less stalemate against World Cup-winning Italian coach Marcello Lippi’s China and Oman in the lead-up to the tournament. They lost narrowly (1-2) to Jordan in their third big match ahead of the Asian Cup.Fixtures, full schedule, date, time and venuesThese results were preceded by a 13-match unbeaten run in international friendly matches and the Intercontinental Cup at home last summer.Constantine’s players will also be keen to improve upon the disastrous performance of the country in 2011 edition when it badly lost all its group matches.Sunday’s Group A match against Thailand at the Al Nahyan Stadium will be crucial for India as a positive result will boost the Stephen Constantine-coached team’s chances of making it to the Round of 16.advertisementIf India beat Thailand on Sunday, then a draw in the remaining two matches — against hosts UAE (January 10) and Bahrain (January 14) — could be enough for them to qualify for the knockout round.Defensive discipline key for India at AFC Asian Cup Defensive discipline will be one of the key factors for India against a Thailand team that scored a lot of goals at the ASEAN Football Federation Championship.India are placed 97th in the FIFA charts compared to Thailand’s 118, but rankings will hardly matter in the continental showpiece. In fact, India are the second highest-ranked team in the group after the UAE.Historically, India and Thailand have played against each other 24 times with the South East Asian nation winning on 12 occasions. India have won five times while the remaining seven were drawn.India’s head-to-head record against ThailandBut the two sides are more or less unknown quantities as they have played very few matches against each other in recent times. The last time the two sides played against each other was in 2010. Thailand won both matches — 2-1 and 1-0.The last time India beat Thailand was way back in the 1986 Merdeka Cup in Kuala Lumpur.On the eve of match, Constantine said that he “can’t wait for the match to begin”.Asked about Thailand losing to Oman a few days ago while India drew with the West Asian country, Constantine said, “They are different teams with a different set of players. Oman were trying out different players, and so were Thailand.”India will look to their talismanic striker Sunil Chhetri to get them the goals, but the recent form of his strike partner Jeje Lalpekhlua could be a cause for concern. The Mizo, though, has it in him to produce impressive performance.He has evolved his game according to the needs and is one of the most important players we have in the team – @chetrisunil11Name @jejefanaiSquad Number 12Position Striker#BackTheBlue #IndianFootball #AsianDream #BlueTigers pic.twitter.com/VJpJAISxXvIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) January 5, 2019Sandesh Jhingan has spearheaded the defence well and he will pair up with Anas Anas Edathodika at the heart of the backline. Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has been in top form as the last defensive bulwark.Constantine will look forward to his first-choice wingers, Udanta Singh and Halicharan Narzary, to supply enough deliveries upfront for Chhetri and Lalpekhlua.President @praful_patel is in Abu Dhabi to support the #BlueTigers for their first @afcasiancup match tomorrow! #BackTheBlue #IndianFootball #AsianDream pic.twitter.com/M4iS59exEUIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) January 5, 2019For Chhetri, this will be his second appearance in the Asian Cup after the 2011 edition. He is the only player in this team to have played in the 2011 tournament. Goalkeeper Gurpreet was in the 2011 squad but did not play a single match.On the other hand, Thailand’s best result in the continental championship came in 1972 when they finished third. Since then, they have failed to overcome the group stage hurdle in all the five occasions they qualified for the final round.advertisementThailand have come into the tournament after failing to defend their AFF Championships title, losing to Malaysia in the semifinals but that team did not have four key players who were based abroad.But head coach Milovan Rajevac, who guided Ghana to quarterfinals in 2010 World Cup, named all the foreign-based players for the Asian Cup to strengthen the Thailand team though Belgium based goalkepeer Kawin Thamsatchanan was ruled out last week due to injury, which may turn out to be a boon for India.The South East Asian side still have captain and striker Teerasil Dangda, Theerathon Bunmathan and Chanathip Songkrasin — all plying trade in Japan’s top-tier J League.The 30-year-old Dangda, who currently plays for Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the J-League, is the only surviving member from Thailand’s last Asian Cup appearance in 2007 when the country played host to the tournament.Midfielder Songkrasin is currently a Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo player in the J League while full-back Bunmathan plays for Vissel Kobe on loan.A lot of travelling fans — the Blue Pilgrims — have already landed here to cheer for India. A lot of expatriate Indians are also expected to throng the Al Nahyan Stadium to support their team.Also Read | India will not take any team lightly, says Sandesh JhinganAlso Read | Bhaichung Bhutia wants Sunil Chhetri, Gurpreet Sandhu to lead from frontAlso Read | Gurpreet Singh says India will take one match at a timeFor 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 India vs ThailandFollow AFC Asian Cup 2019Follow Asian Cup footballFollow Sunil ChhetriFollow Stephen Constantine AFC Asian Cup 2019: India open campaign against Thailand in Abu DhabiAFC Asian Cup 2019: Sunday’s Group A match against Thailand at the Al Nahyan Stadium will be crucial for India as a positive result will boost the Stephen Constantine-coached team’s chances of making it to the Round of 16.advertisement
With PM Narendra Modi, 2019 has 15 biopics. Why is Bollywood in love with real stories?Is it the readymade story or the past success of such films, which have made biopics the rage these days? We try and decode Bollywood’s new obsession with the genre. Vibha Maru New DelhiMarch 27, 2019UPDATED: March 27, 2019 19:56 IST From PM Narendra Modi to acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal, Bollywood is obsessing over biopics.PM Narendra Modi, the biopic on the Indian Prime Minister, is dominating conversations from drawing rooms to newsroom debates. The Omung Kumar-directed biopic is the latest in the long list of biopics that Bollywood has planned for itself this year. 2019 has 15 biopics in the pipeline, with two of them – Manikarnika on Rani Laxmibai and Thackeray on Bal Thackeray – already been released. We are now looking at the biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The number of biopics in 2019 is a straight double from what we saw in 2018. In the coming days, we have big actors from Ranveer Singh and Hrithik Roshan to Deepika Padukone and Janhvi Kapoor, all starring in biopics.But why the sudden interest in biopics? Is it the readymade story or the past success of such films, which have made biopics the rage these days? We try and decode Bollywood’s new obsession with the genre and why filmmakers see such huge potential in these films.BOLLYWOOD’S ‘MOB MENTALITY’Seeing the blockbuster performance of past biopics, like Neerja, Dangal, Dhoni: The Untold Story and more, it is a given that biopics have become the new success mantra that filmmakers swear by. But this also shows that Bollywood is probably running out of fresh ideas. But more than that, it reflects the Hindi film industry’s mob mentality, as director Vikram Bhatt rightly pointed out earlier today.”There are some stories which people even don’t know about but still they watch it. I have been directing films in Bollywood since the last 26-27 years and before that, I was assistant director for 10 years. So in my journey, I have witnessed mob behaviour like this and the trend of biopics is a result of the same.”advertisementHe went on to say, “If a biopic works, people start making biopics. If comedy films work, then people start making comedy films and then if action films start working, they make action films. So it’s a phase and we have to see how long this phase lasts.”‘LACK OF REAL-LIFE HEROES TODAY’Cinema is a reflection of desires and what better than picking a real-life rags-to-riches story and showing it on 70mm! More than feeding the drama, cinema looks to inspire people and since we lack inspiring heroes in this age, filmmakers are flipping the history pages to dig out role models from the past.As Tigmanshu Dhulia, who directed athlete Paan Singh Tomar’s biopic, said, “I feel the society is lacking heroes at the moment, and that is why directors are going in the past to get a hero. The current generation is lacking a hero, an inspiration.”Tigmanshu is currently working on two-three ideas for a biopic. He said, “If I reveal the name now, people might just jump on it. But there are two-three biopics on my mind.” But that trend is not quite true, given that we have biopics coming up on acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal in Deepika Padukone’s Chhapaak and Super 30 on Anand Kumar starring Hrithik Roshan. Both of these are ‘common’ heroes, from today. So is the charm of a readymade story at hand that entices filmmakers?READYMADE STORYThe storyline of any film is its key and the most difficult element. It’s the core factor that can make or break a film. And, for a filmmaker, half the job is done when they have a story in hand. Even better if it is picked up from real life.Also, since these stories have been in the public domain for a long time and have been revered by people, biopics have become a sure-shot way of success.FILMMAKERS CASH IN ON FAN BASE OF THE CHARACTERS THEY ARE MAKING BIOPICS ONThis factor mainly comes into play in case of sports and politicians’ biopics. As was seen in the case of films like Dhoni: The Untold Story, Mary Kom, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and more. Apart from the general audience, fans of these sports icons throng the theatres to see their story come into life on 70 mm, in turn benefiting the filmmaker. The same is true for filmmakers when they choose to put on screen the story of a political leader. Take PM Narendra Modi biopic, for example. The film is being released on April 5, less than a week before India goes to polls, and political parties all over the country are knocking on the doors of the Election Commission to get the release of the film deferred. The fear? PM Narendra Modi, the biopic, can sway votes in favour of the BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.advertisementSTARS’ LOVE AFFAIR WITH BIOPICSFrom Ranveer Singh in 83, Deepika Padukone in Chhapaak, Ajay Devgn in Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, Aamir Khan in Osho’s biopic – the list is long and consists of almost all A-listers. And why not? Immortalising a character on screen ends up working in favour of the actor too. In Padmaavat, for example, Ranveer Singh’s fantastic performance as Alauddin Khilji got him laurels from all over the world. Such was his performance, that for a long time after the film was over, Ranveer was addressed as ‘Khilji’ from media interactions to social media. If playing a negative character can get Ranveer the opportunity to be identified as the person he played, imagine what a role like that of Kapil Dev (if done well) can do. Aamir Khan showed the same level of expertise with Mahavir Singh Phogat in Dangal.Will the trend of biopics last long? Or will Bollywood eventually grow out of the phase? Guess we will have to wait and see.ALSO READ| Vivek Oberoi as Narendra Modi chants Ye Desh Nahin Mitne Dunga in first song from biopic. Watch videoALSO READ| Abhishek Bachchan to romance Taapsee Pannu in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Sahir Ludhianvi biopic?ALSO WATCH: Abhishek signs Sahir Ludhianvi biopicGet 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 byVibha Maru Tags :Follow Aamir KhanFollow Deepika PadukoneFollow Ranvir SinghFollow Janhvi Kapoor
Reuters MadridMay 7, 2019UPDATED: May 7, 2019 17:28 IST Diego Godin broke down in tears as he announced that he will be leaving Atletico Madrid (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDiego Godin announced that he will be leaving Atletico Madrid after nine yearsGodin has played 387 matches for Atletico since joining from Villarreal in 2010Godin didn’t say where he will go but reports suggest that he may join Inter MilanAtletico Madrid captain Diego Godin is leaving the club after nine years when his contract expires in June, the Uruguayan defender said at a news conference on Tuesday, fighting to hold back tears.Godin, 33, has played 387 times for Atletico since joining from Villarreal in 2010, scoring 27 goals – including famously clinching the club’s first La Liga title in 18 years with a header in a 1-1 draw at Barcelona in 2014.Godin did not say where he is going, but numerous Spanish media have reported that he is on his way to Italian Serie A club Inter Milan.”I’m a little nervous, much more than I am before a game, but I have called everyone here to inform you that these are my final days at the club,” Godin said.Atletico president Enrique Cerezo added: “We are here to say goodbye to an Atletico legend. You have been a vital part of this great era for the club, with your efforts and your goals, like the one which gave us the title at the Nou Camp.”You have fought in a thousand battles and defended the club’s shirt in every game and you have worn the captain’s armband. Wherever you end up, Atletico wishes you a lot of luck. Atletico is your family, the Wanda Metropolitano is your home.”OFFICIAL: Atlético legend Diego Godín will leave the club in the summer after 9 successful seasons. #UCL pic.twitter.com/uQKSh7mDHgUEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) May 7, 2019© CAPTAINEXAMPLELEADERU RU GUA YO!DETERMINATIONCOMMITMENTLEGEND9 seasons in Red & White#GraciasGodín!#AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/jNHZCoAV76advertisementAtlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) May 7, 2019In addition to the La Liga triumph, Godin won two Europa League titles, one Copa del Rey, one Spanish Super Cup and three UEFA Super Cups with Atletico as well as reaching the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals, only to lose both times to Real.Godin’s departure will leave another hole in Atletico’s defence, with France international Lucas Hernandez already agreeing to join Bayern Munich in June after they paid his 80 million euro release clause.Also Read | Manchester United’s top four ambition a disappointment in itself: Ashley YoungFor 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 Diego GodinFollow Atletico MadridFollow LA Liga Diego Godin announces Atletico Madrid departure after nine yearsDiego Godin said that he would be leaving Atletico Madrid after nine years when his contract expires in June. He hasn’t announced where he will go but Spanish media have reported that he may be on his way to Inter Milan.advertisement Next
World Cup 2019: Warner, Smith ready for hostile crowds in England, says LangerDavid Warner and Steve Smith will be returning to international cricket for the first time after the expiry of their ball-tampering bans at the World Cup.advertisement Reuters LondonMay 19, 2019UPDATED: May 19, 2019 17:19 IST David Warner has been in fine form in the lead up to World Cup 2019 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia coach Langer says Smith and Warner could face crowd hostility in EnglandThe duo was banned for a year for involvement in ball-tamperingAustralia will begin their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on June 1Australia’s returning duo of Steve Smith and David Warner could face hostility from English crowds during the World Cup but can rely on their teammates to cope, coach Justin Langer has said.The pair have returned from year-long bans following a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa and are expected to play vital roles in Australia’s title defence although they will not be in leadership positions.Langer is aware the crowd in England could target Smith and Warner in the May 30-July 14 tournament in England and Wales but said public anger will not be as intense as it was.”We can’t control the crowd. What I do know is… it might heat up but I can guarantee it won’t be any hotter than it was 12 months ago. I’ve never seen anything like it,” Langer told reporters in London.”The boys are well prepared. They’ve paid a heavy price and we’re expecting always to come here and to face the fire and we’re ready for that.”They’re human beings as well and… there’s not too many I’ve met who like being booed or heckled or disliked. We’re going to have to care for them, we’re going to have to put an arm around them and make sure they’re going okay.”Langer was happy with what he saw of the duo in three unofficial World Cup warm-up matches at home to a New Zealand XI this month, where Smith had unbeaten knocks of 89 and 91 while Warner managed a top score of 39.”I watched Steve batting… in those three practice games, he’s literally a master of the game, so it’s nice to have him back,” Langer added.advertisement”Dave’s got that look on his eye, he’s really hungry, he’s a great player… he’s so dynamic, he brings so much energy, and that’s what we ask from our players.”Australia’s World Cup opener is against Afghanistan on June 1 in Bristol.Also Read | Yuvraj Singh considering retirement, may seek BCCI permission to play private T20 leaguesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: 5 pacers likely to make a huge impact in EnglandAlso 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 David WarnerFollow Steve SmithFollow World Cup 2019Follow Justin LangerFollow Australia national cricket team
Next Redmi K20, Redmi K20 Pro launched: Price, India launch date, specifications and all you need to knowRedmi has unveiled the Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro in China. Starting from approximately Rs 20,000, the Redmi K20 offers premium features and flagship-grade specifications without asking a premium. The Redmi K20 Pro is expected to come to India very soon. Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiMay 28, 2019UPDATED: May 29, 2019 08:41 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Redmi K20 features a 6.3-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution and no notch.The Redmi K20 base variant comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage, starts at approximately Rs 20,000.The India-bound Redmi K20 Pro starts from Rs 25,000.It has been a while since Xiaomi started teasing the Redmi K20 in India. In all those banner advertisements that Xiaomi released just after the launch of the OnePlus 7 Pro, the company promised to offer the same Snapdragon 855 chipset at a much lower price. Today, Redmi, which is Xiaom’s sub-brand in China, officially launched the Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro. And based on the prices alone, Xiaomi seems to have got itself a winner on its hand, especially when compared to other Snapdragon 855 powered smartphones.However, price is just a part of the story and Xiaomi knowns that very well. Hence, the Redmi K20 series is as lavishly equipped as any other premium smartphone in 2019. At the launch event, Xiaomi focused a lot on the design aspect instead of solely speaking about the chipset and performance. Therefore, compared to last year’s affordable flagship offering – the Poco F1, the Redmi K20 series packs a lot more than just specifications. The focus seems to be on delivering an overall premium experience not neglecting the performance by any means.That said, the Redmi K20 series is a phone that is aimed at the mass market. Therefore, specs still matter for the consumer in this segment and here’s a brief of all the technical specifications.Redmi K20, Redmi K20 Pro specifications:Display: Both the Redmi K20 phones use a 6.39-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with no notch and very slim bezels. The screen supports DC Dimming and also comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor.advertisementChipset: The Redmi K20 is equipped with a Snapdragon 730 chipset which is closer to the Snapdragon 835 in terms of performance. The Snapdragon 730 comes with Adreno 616 GPU. On the other hand, the Redmi K20 Pro gets the flagship Snapdragon 855 chipset. The Snapdragon 855 is presently the most powerful chipset in the Android universe.RAM: The Redmi K20 and K20 Pro can be equipped with a choice of 6GB or 8GB RAM.Storage: The Redmi K20 can be configured with 64GB and 128GB storage. The Redmi K20 Pro also gets these tow storage variants but it gets another variant that tops out at 256GB storage.Rear camera: For the rear, Xiaomi is using a triple camera system. There’s a 48-megapixel primary camera with a Sony IMX586 sensor and F1.75 lens. The secondary 13-megapixel camera is an ultra-wide camera while the third 8-megapixel unit is a telephoto camera.Front camera: For the front, there’s a familiar 20-megapixel camera sitting on a pop-up mechanism.Battery: Both the Redmi K20 phones are equipped with a 4000mAh battery and 27W fast charging.Redmi K20, Redmi K20 Pro features:–The Redmi K20 comes in three colour variants – Carbon Fibre, Blue and Red. The Blue and Red variants have a unique gradient design that shimmers towards the edges. However, similar to the Google Pixel 3 phones, the Carbon Fibre and Blue variants have red power buttons (the red one also has the red button but it is concealed due to the red colour on the frame.–The Redmi K20 Pro weighs 191 grams, which is lighter than most smartphones with a pop-up camera. Xiaomi says the pop-up camera can be deployed within 0.8 seconds, which is pretty fast. –While the Redmi K20 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset that offers top-class performance, the regular Redmi K20 relies on the Snapdragon 730 chipset. This chipset is a successor to the Snapdragon 710 and deliver performance closer to the Snapdragon 835. On AnTuTu, the Snapdragon 730 can get close 218,000 points, which means it can support all the latest games with ease.–Xiaomi knows that gamers will be excited to get this one for lots of gaming sessions and hence, has built-in Game Turbo 2.0. This is part of the software and provides lots of tools for gamers such as screenshots tools, silence notifications, RAM boost and preparing other resources for better performance. One cool feature is the Night Vision mode that enhances darker scenes in a game to the player’s advantage. — The Redmi K20 Pro gets support for 27W fast charging. Xiaomi says that it can fill up the battery from nothing in 50 minutes. This is still not as fast as Xiaomi’s 100W charging but it should be enough for most users.–For those who care, the Redmi 20 series sports a 3.5mm headphone jack. There’s also a USB-C port for charging and data transfer. The Chinese variant also gets NFC for making payments wirelessly.Redmi K20, Redmi K20 prices and availability:The Redmi K20 comes in two variants. The base variant comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage, which costs 1999 Yuan (approximately Rs 20,000). The second variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage costs 2099 Yuan (approximately Rs 21,000).advertisementThe Redmi K20 Pro comes in four variants. The base variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage costs 2499 Yuan (approximately Rs 25,000). There’s another variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage that costs 2599 Yuan (approximately Rs 26,000 ). One can also get it with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage that costs 2799 Yuan (approximately Rs 28,000). The top-end variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage goes up for 2999 Yuan (approximately Rs 30,000).As of now, Xiaomi hasn’t announced a date for the Redmi K20’s launch in India. However, given that Xiaomi India is teasing the Redmi K20 extensively, we could see this phone in India probably by mid-June.ALSO READ | RedmiBook 14 launched in China: Starts from Rs 40,000, offers up to 8th Gen Core i7, 512GB SSD storageALSO READ | Redmi K20, Redmi K20 Pro with Snapdragon 855 launched, India price may start from Rs 25,000ALSO READ | Redmi 7A launched in China, price may start from Rs 5,500 in India: Here’s all 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 byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow XiaomiFollow RedmiFollow androidFollow smartphones
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A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Icons of America: Taking a Corvette Road Trip Along Route 66 Cars used to be savage.Cars used to put hair on a man’s chest. They used to rip and roar about with much fury, with no consideration for comfort or polar bears. They used to be evocative and raw and unpredictable. They used to be things of passion.Now, though, cars are softer.They whiz about, not with crossness but with coherence, kissing the trees and protecting the ice caps. Cars no longer embolden men; they simply move them from place to place.Now, though, there’s come a car that harks back to that now-ancient era of masculine motoring. A car that not only tears at your soul but also brings tears to your eye just to look at it.And – luckily for us – it has a menacing chrome wildcat on the grille; it’s the 2015 Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe.LooksI am utterly in awe of the bodylines of the Jaguar F-TYPE, both the Convertible and the Coupe form.The Coupe, though, is my favorite. Not only does it protect my fair, English skin from the sun’s death rays, it also adds a third line to the car’s profile, which – to me – completes the design.Not to disrupt the swooping line that runs from the A-pillar down to the tail of the car, Jaguar used one single piece of aluminum, the cost of which to repair after a fender-bender must be staggering. The visual payoff, however, is priceless.The Coupe looks menacing and elegant. And, depending on how you configure the car, it can look either like an innovative design concept or like a classic Jag, inspired by its predecessors.Runway-worthy noiseTo experience the 2015 F-TYPE Coupe, Jaguar flew a few of us automotive journalists to Lleida, Spain.When we deplaned, and we journalists stumbled blurry-eyed toward the awaiting Jags, we were intercepted by several cheery Jaguar representatives. They paired us up, handed us a set of keys, and told us to follow the satellite navigation for 140 miles to the MotorLand Aragón racetrack.Thankfully, the F-TYPE Coupe’s looks aren’t its only selling point. There’s also the noise. And what a noise it is … The Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe, just like the Convertible, makes a vicious, crackling, and insatiable growl from either of its supercharged engines.Recalling the sound of 15 of the cars firing and revving all at once, as they departed the rural airport still brings tears to my eyes.I feared that adding a proper roof to the British sports car would mute some of the Jag’s exuberant exhaust notes. Delightfully, it hasn’t. No, the 380-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6 is just as boisterous as before.On the way to the track, we journalists danced around the rural roadways, testing the limits of the V6S, both in terms of 0 to 60 time (4.8 seconds) but also top speed (171 mph), creating a chorus of crepitating carbons. Both – I’d say – are both dead-on.After just over 140 kilometers of hardline acceleration and exhaust exuberance, we arrived at the track. Once there, we traded our V6S keys for a set of V8R keys and told to meet on the starting line.MotorLand“More brake pressure! More brake pressure!” my British driving instructor hollered at me, stomping an invisible brake pedal in the passenger wheel well, as the car entered into a sharp right-hander a bit too fast.“Sorry! Sorry!” I yelled back, stomping harder on the brakes.In order to demonstrate the track capabilities of the F-TYPE, Jaguar let us journalists loose on the track in the top-of-the-line V8R, each with our own professional instructor riding shotgun.Jaguar assured us that these men were not riding along to slow us down, but to rather speed us up, giving us guidance on how to more quickly traverse the track. Mine, though, was obviously keen to keep me from pushing past my talent and into a wall.Each of the track-going Jags we were careening through MotorLand’s corners had been fitted with the optional carbon ceramic brake package, which, thanks to their heat-dissipating properties, always had the same feel, no matter the braking load. To the chagrin of my instructor, I found this out first-hand after some full force braking.Unlike the F-TYPE Convertible, the Coupe is far more composed on the track – and the ceramic brakes aren’t the only reason why.Firstly, the Coupe is a staggering 80 percent stiffer than the Convertible. And, secondly, the Coupe features a new system for Jaguar called Torque Vectoring by Braking system (TVBB), which will eventually make its way into all performance-oriented Jags.Taking into account steering angle, data from an onboard yaw sensor, and throttle position, TVBB will automatically brake the inside wheels in a corner to negate understeer.Imperceptible to the driver at track speeds, the result is a car that is much less prone to understeer and more tail-happy and controllable than before. Get on the throttle coming out of a corner, and the F-TYPE Coupe R loves to kick its rear end out.In most cars, this is a frightening prospect. In the R, though, it’s just a larf. The F-TYPE Coupe is quickly corrected and managed at high speed, especially considering the power. And what sensation power it is.The 2015 Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe R is powered by the same supercharged 5.0-liter V8 as the V8S Convertible. In Coupe R form, it makes 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. Conservative estimates by Jaguar peg the R’s 0 to 60 times at 4.0 seconds. Just from the seat of my pants, I’d wager it down around 3.5.Snap shifts“Too early! That shift was too early!” My racecar driver hollered at me over the V8’s roaring and popping exhaust note. Surprised, I look down and I’d only let the revs hit 4000 before tapping the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifter of the eight-speed automatic gearbox, which is truly one of the crispest, most confident automatic gearboxes on the planet.My excuse for the early shifts, though? The noise of the exhaust and acceleration overwhelmed my senses, which forfeited me a couple thousand more revs of torque before the 7500 rpm redline. This isn’t to say driving the F-TYPE Coupe is taxing; it’s not.Other 500+ horsepower European power coupes leave you feeling sweaty, with your adrenaline pumping, and head spinning at the end of a track session. That’s because these cars, while incredible to drive, require a lot of nerve and attention to operate properly on the edge. The F-TYPE Coupe doesn’t.Unlike the German competition, the F-TYPE still features hydraulic power steering, which is twitchy, weighted perfection. It might add to the Coupe’s near-4,000-pound curb weight, but it’s well worth the sacrifice.Road warriorEventually the Jaguar reps ripped the V8R keys from our hands and we journalists were sent back out onto the twisty open roads. While very impressive on the speedway, there’s something about the wild unknown of a rural road that fits in perfectly with the F-TYPE Coupe’s spirit.What few people there are on the roads of rural Spain are mostly farmers. These farmers, as it turns out, don’t obey the lane markers. Come into a 60-kph corner at 120 and you might well find tractor on your side of the road.Stomp on the brakes, call up a quick downshift, throw the car to the right, and the Jag crackles, and weaves but keeps on rushing. While unnerving, the Jag seems to lap up such drastic maneuvers.It’s not to say the F-TYPE Coupe is flawless. Like anything worth loving, it has its problems. F-TYPE models fitted with the standard suspension bob and float a bit too much over uneven road surfaces for my taste.I suspect, in order to counteract the stiffened body and avoid putting buyers into back braces, Jag engineers bolted up softer suspension than one might normally call for in such a coupe. While these cushier coils might soften the blow, it gives the F-TYPE a bit of an irregular feel, especially up against to its chief competitor, the Porsche Cayman S.I’m pleased to report, though, if you upgrade to the F-TYPE sport suspension, you’ll sort this problem altogether … without bruising your spleen.The coolest coupe aroundUnlike the Porsche Cayman or the 911, the chief competitors of the F-TYPE, the Jag is a complete cad. It’s gorgeous, loud, and enlivening; there’d never be a day when you’d saunter out to your garage and be disappointed to see it.The Porsches, though brilliant to drive feel a bit too much like an instrument of going fast. It’s a fine feeling but it’s not very engaging. The Porsches just don’t offer that day in, day out feeling of being remarkable. But the Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe … it does. 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This Belgian-Monastery-Turned-Hotel Has Us Craving a Trip to Antwerp The Best History Podcasts for Learning About Everything From Pirates to Presidents For Sale: A Treehouse in the Suburbs Designed by John Lautner A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Editors’ Recommendations The throwback timepiece is a theme holding strong within the watch world. Brands are digging deep to pull out their history’s best designs and reinvent them for the new consumer. With this simple concept, the deeper the history the more profound the designs. Having been the first official timer of the modern Olympics, Longines is one of those brands with plenty of history to recall. Their new release takes it back with there cushion shape chronograph, the Heritage 1973. A remake of their original cushion chronograph, the Conquest, the case has stayed the same but all else is different.Staying true to the Conquest in it’s size, the Heritage 1973 has good wrist presence at 40mm in diameter; the cushion style case takes care of that. Making this a true modern throwback are the dial, finishes, and movement. Offered in a couple of dial variations, silver and black, subdial finishes differ as well as accents. The case finishing is both matte and shiny for a more modern look as well. Under the dial lies an ETA based column-wheel chronograph with exhibition case-back to complete this timepieces’ modernization. A high quality movement is just an added bonus from yet another brand under The Swatch Group umbrella.Longines has joined the ranks of the remake watch culture with this 1973 tribute chronograph. With its detailed finishes and movement, The Heritage 1973 chronograph is all new on the inside but stays true to form on the out. With a Swatch Group boost, this new release has achieved both exceptional style and value all priced at a very reasonable $3,250. 7 Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Homes that You Can Rent for Your Next Vacation
The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. As vinyl continues its resurgence, true record collectors are seeking out special turntables to match the magnitude of their collections. It gets even better when two American companies who have been plying their respective trades for decades team up to create a statement piece.Fresh off a collaboration with legendary designer Richard Haines, Moore & Giles have teamed up with turntable standards Crosley to create The Commonwealth Collection C10.The release continues Moore & Giles’ fondness for etching–the record player’s plinths are inlaid with one of two choices of leather, then laser engraved with the topography that separates the company’s two hometowns: Lynchburg, Tennessee and Louisville, Kentucky.Crosley has taken more than 70 years of turntable development and wrapped it all into this collaboration. High-end sound quality comes from an aluminum tonearm balanced with sapphire bearings and a low vibration synchronous motor. Specialized shock absorbing feet handle any disturbances from the gentle rotation of the platform.The Commonwealth Collection comes in two handsome finishes. Option one is a mahogany wood inlaid with calfskin in matte black. This hide is tanned in northern Italy by a family tannery specializing in the material. The second is a birch wood paired with a vegetable tanned leather called Modern Saddle. Produced near Pisa, Italy, each hide is tanned for two months, embracing the color and elevating the texture of the finished leather. With use, both of these finishes will evolve: the mahogany and black calf will actually polish to a finer finish, while the Modern Saddle luster will turn a darker brown. It’s a nod to the exceptional quality and care taken in the development of the pieces.And, it’s more than just a pretty face. Audiophiles will love the Ortofon OM5e cartridge (the head of the tonearm), which uses an elliptical-shaped stylus to generate near distortion-free playback. Also, it runs on a belt-driven mechanism that plays 33 1/3 and 45 RPM records.At $840, the record players were designed to seamlessly blend into a living room just as much as they’ll fill the room with rich, vibrant sound. There will only be 40 produced (20 of each finish), so grab yours here while you can. 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic Editors’ Recommendations Yes, You Can Wear Boots to the Office: Here are the Best Pairs All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked
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CALABASAS, CA – (June 7, 2019) – As a pioneer in active river cruising, AmaWaterways is proud to celebrate Global Wellness Day on Saturday, June 8th, releasing an inside look at the company’s approach to wellness with tips from Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, Kristin Karst (pictured left) and Corporate Wellness Host, Selina Wank, who together are responsible for leading the fleetwide Wellness Program, which rolled out onboard 16 European ships this year. “At AmaWaterways, we are passionate advocates of living a healthy lifestyle, both on vacation and at home, and we are always looking for new ways to enhance our wellness offerings that guests can enjoy while discovering the scenic landscapes and picturesque towns along Europe’s most iconic rivers,” said Karst. “Since introducing complimentary bicycles onboard in 2006, we have been leading the way in active river cruising. Over the past three years, I have had the pleasure of personally working with our talented Wellness Hosts to create an even more immersive wellness experience onboard and on shore.” In the most recent issue of AmaWaterways’ quarterly guest magazine, Beyond the River Banks, Karst shared the “Seven Dimensions of Wellness,” which has guided the development of the company’s innovative new offerings related to overall wellness. Besides physical exercise, she highlights central themes like the importance of being in the moment for emotional wellness, and how spending time with loved ones can rejuvenate the soul. These full seven wellness principles can be found in the online edition of the magazine. In addition to Karst’s article, the magazine also highlights fitness and diet tips from Selina Wank (pictured right), Corporate Wellness Host for AmaWaterways. Selina is a native of Germany but spent much of her life traveling as a professional equestrian endurance racer before earning her degree in Sports Science and joining AmaWaterways to work with Karst in developing the first Wellness Host program on the AmaLyra. She now manages the wellness activities and team of 16 Hosts across the entire AmaWaterways fleet. From core strengthening, resistance band workouts and sunrise stretching classes to guided biking and hiking tours, guests onboard AmaWaterways’ luxury river cruises can enjoy a variety of wellness activities each day. AmaWaterways ships in Europe offer the guidance of a professionally trained and passionate Wellness Host to help guests achieve their wellness goals during their journey – and beyond. In addition to group fitness classes, travelers are invited to join their Wellness Host for active excursions and informative lectures on how to incorporate wellness into everyday life. ” src=”blob:https://www.travelprofessionalnews.com/d63e38d9-6d1c-4a78-8c13-69d5180d4933″ alt=”image008.jpg” width=”214″ align=”left” hspace=”12″ v:shapes=”Picture_x0020_1″ class=”Apple-web-attachment Singleton” style=”opacity: 1;”>Guests onboard the revolutionary AmaMagna, the newest edition to the fleet, can enjoy a Zen Wellness Studio. Along with a spacious, well-equipped gym and juice bar, AmaMagna provides the first-ever opportunity for “Spinning with a View.” AmaMagna is twice the width of traditional river cruise ships, yet welcomes only 20 percent more guests, allowing generous personal space – with more than half of the 98 staterooms designated as suites measuring between 355 and 710 sq. ft. and four separate restaurants. AmaWaterways’ Wellness Program includes a fleet of complimentary bicycles onboard, fitness centers, sun-deck swimming pools or whirlpools, and walking tracks. When it comes to dining,AmaWaterways has paved the way in incorporating healthy food options into all their menus – including accommodating specialty diets such as gluten-free, low-sodium and vegetarian. There are also selections like vitamin shots and freshly baked whole grain breads at breakfast, and hydration stations with infused citrus and gemstone water. Supported by an operations, sales and marketing staff of over 200 people with its headquarters in Calabasas, CA, AmaWaterways takes great pride in also offering wellness benefits to its employees. Additionally, the company partners with local organizations with wellness in mind such as the recent creation of a new AmaWaterways’ sponsored lounge area at the Yarrow Family YMCA in Westlake Village, providing a perfect place for family members to meet after participating in various fitness activities or classes. More information about AmaWaterways wellness offerings can be found atAmaWaterways.com/Explore/Wellness. For full details, or to book an AmaWaterways river cruise, contact your preferred Travel Advisor, call 1.888.626.0994 or visit AmaWaterways.com. Follow AmaWaterways on Facebook atFacebook.com/AmaWaterways, Instagram @AmaWaterways and Twitter @AmaWaterways. About AmaWaterways A family-owned company celebrating 17 years on the river, AmaWaterways offers unforgettable river cruises with 23 ships sailing Europe’s Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Main, Rhône, Seine, Garonne, Dordogne, Dutch and Belgian Waterways and Douro Rivers, Southeast Asia’s Mekong and Africa’s Chobe River. Led by experienced river cruise co-founders Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst, the company is renowned for its innovative stateroom design featuring unique “twin balconies”; its wellness activities including a wide choice of included shore excursions featuring biking and hiking options for the active traveler; and its award-winning dining—including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant as well as complimentary fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. Modern, spacious and tastefully decorated, each ship features onboard amenities such as hair and massage salons and a fitness room, and many have heated outdoor swimming pools with swim-up bars. AmaWaterways leads the river cruise industry in innovation highlighted with the launch of AmaMagna – at twice the width of traditional river ships, this revolutionary ship offers a new dimension in luxury river cruising. 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Story Highlights Speaking with JIS News, RGD’s Marketing and Planning Manager, Nicole Whyte noted that the fair is to facilitate persons who are without a birth certificate or those who may need to complete the process. Residents of Gayle and its environs in St. Mary, will be able to access late registration and late entry of name services, free of cost at the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) registration fair slated for Tuesday, February 26 at the Gayle Seventh-day Adventist Church. Residents of Gayle and its environs in St. Mary, will be able to access late registration and late entry of name services, free of cost at the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) registration fair slated for Tuesday, February 26 at the Gayle Seventh-day Adventist Church.Speaking with JIS News, RGD’s Marketing and Planning Manager, Nicole Whyte noted that the fair is to facilitate persons who are without a birth certificate or those who may need to complete the process.“So, if you are not sure you were registered, never seen a copy of your birth certificate, have a birth certificate but no surname or name on it, then we will help you get an identity,” Mrs. Whyte said.She explained that the intent is to host a series of registration fairs across the island as part of the Agency’s drive “to register all unregistered persons in Jamaica, as there are persons who are not accounted for – they do not have an identity; they were born but were never, ever registered.”“So, there is no name at registration, just the sex of male or female, the date and where they were born. Also there are persons who were given a first name but no surname, and that is not acceptable now. We cannot print or generate a birth certificate without a name or surname on it, and so the registration process would be deemed incomplete in these instances,” she pointed out.For the fair, Mrs. Whyte said that persons will be required to present whatever documents they possess that can be used as verification, in addition to completing a form.“If persons have access to their christening records, a marriage certificate, if any of their parents is deceased and they have the death certificate, immunisation card, or school records… whatever they have as proof of name or to substantiate who they say they are, will be accepted and used in the registration process,” she pointed out.Persons will also need to indicate which of the RGD offices they will collect the certificate when the process is completed.Highlighting the importance of registration, Mrs. Whyte pointed out that a birth certificate is needed, in order to obtain other important documents.“So you need a birth certificate in order to obtain a passport, tax registration number (TRN), to apply and get benefits from the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), or for persons who are working and approaching retirement, they need their birth certificate in order to access their pension,” she noted.“Also, in preparation for the National Identification System (NIDS), persons will need their birth certificate to get their national identification. So we ask persons if they know they are not registered, they need to start the process of registration now,” the Marketing and Planning Manager urged.At the fair, persons may also be able to access all other services such as applying for a birth, marriage or death certificate; correction of error; addition of father’s particulars, at the regular cost.Persons who are already registered, but need another copy of their birth certificate, can also access the service at a cost.This is the second, in a series of registration fairs, with the first held in June 2018 in Linstead, St. Catherine.“The first fair was an overwhelming success, so we are expecting a similar or bigger turnout for this our second staging, and will continue to have as many as possible across the island, as we find that persons like when you take things almost to their doorsteps,” Mrs. Whyte pointed out.The fair will last from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For information on dates and locations of the fairs, members of the public can contact the RGD at 876-619-1260 or 749-0550. “So, if you are not sure you were registered, never seen a copy of your birth certificate, have a birth certificate but no surname or name on it, then we will help you get an identity,” Mrs. Whyte said.
The Seville Heritage Park in St. Ann has reopened after extensive restoration works by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), just in time for the start of the winter tourist season. A popular heritage attraction for students and visitors, the site had been closed since April 2011 to facilitate rehabilitation of the great house and install a multimedia interactive attraction. Executive Director of the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), Laleta Davis-Mattis, described the new exhibition as “first class” and is “the only one of its kind in the Caribbean.” The JNHT head explained that restoration of the site was of such importance that the Board of Trustees decided to utilize all available funds for the project. She expressed thanks to the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and the Spanish Jamaican Foundation, which also provided funding, and Curator of the exhibition, Dr. Jonathan Greenland, who is also the Director of the Museums of History & Ethnography at the Institute of Jamaica. Tour operators and stakeholders were given a tour of the renovated site earlier this month. The 18th century plantation house has been beautifully restored, with roof, floor and bathrooms overhauled. A new state of the art exhibition has been installed, which exhibition features carved stone pieces from the 1500s uncovered in archaeological excavations of an artisan’s workshop on the property in 2002, as well as several other new pieces. In addition, historical reconstructions of Sevilla la Nueva (the Spanish village), both in paintings by renowned British reconstruction artist Peter Dunn, and computer generated imagery (CGI), offer the visitor a glimpse into the rich history of the site. The artifacts on the site, from the Spanish sugar mill to the water wheel and replicas of the Taíno and African houses, trace the history of Jamaica from its earliest beginnings to the end of the British era. As with the previous exhibition, there is a room with artifacts dedicated to each culture (Taino, Spanish, African, English). Mrs. Davis-Mattis informed that the park is now open seven days per week with the exception of Christmas Day and Good Friday. She is encouraging persons to book their tours ahead of time. She said that the target audience is Jamaicans and visitors, as the agency seeks to educate persons about the nation’s heritage. The Seville Heritage Park, located along the north coast approximately four kilometres from St. Ann’s Bay, is regarded as one of Jamaica’s most significant cultural heritage sites. It includes the archaeological remains of the indigenous Taino village of Maima, the 16th century Spanish settlement of Sevilla la Nueva, and the post-1655 British sugar plantation known as New Seville. The encounter, co-existence, and intermingling of Taino, Europeans and Africans at the site typifies the current Jamaican demography and gives credence to the National Motto, Out of Many, One People. The JNHT head informed that the heritage park along with the Underwater City of Port Royal and the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, have been placed on the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) tentative list for nomination as a World Heritage Site. According to UNESCO, to be included on the World Heritage List, sites must be of outstanding universal value and meet at least one out of ten selection criteria, which are explained in the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention.
Work on the Palisadoes Shoreline Protection Project in Kingston has been completed within budget, Transport, Works and Housing Minister, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, has announced.He made the disclosure during Friday’s, February 15, media briefing at the Transport, Works and Housing Ministry’s offices in Kingston, where he updated journalists on a range of projects and developments, being spearheaded by the Ministry. The Palisadoes Shoreline Protection Project, which commenced in September 2010, was completed by contractors, China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), within a 15-month period. The development entailed significant upgrading works along the corridor preceding the roadway leading to the Norman Manley International Airport.“I believe we all have seen it and realize it is an excellent job; and it was completed in December of last year (2012) at the initial contracted price of US$65.4 million,” Dr. Davies said.The Minister also indicated that additional work may need to be effected on an area beyond the airport’s round-a-bout, along the corridor leading to Port Royal. This undertaking, he pointed out, was not in the original scope of the project, but is the focus of concern due to erosion.Meanwhile, Dr. Davies advised that the deadline for the completion of the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP) has been extended to June 2013 to facilitate the conclusion of several projects.He informed that JDIP was originally scheduled for completion at the end of the 2012/13 fiscal year in March, but has been pushed back due to delays in the completion of work on some of the programme’s original projects.These include: the Cassia Park and Queensborough bridges in the Corporate Area, where work is 88 per cent and 95 per cent complete respectively; and the Westmoreland Bridge in St. Mary, where 83 per cent of the work is done. Dr. Davies disclosed that approximately US$50 million remains to be spent under the project.He pointed out that the Government’s 15 per cent input, totalling some $800 million, which is reflected in the Supplementary Estimates of Expenditure as savings in the Budget, will be carried forward to the 2013/14 financial year to complement the equivalent of 85 per cent of the financing being provided by the China EXIM Bank.The JDIP, which is being carried out by contractors, China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), is a major Government of Jamaica undertaking, which began in 2010 to significantly improve the island’s road network.
Following reports of a chemical odour pervading the vicinity of the Central Sorting Office (CSO), South Camp Road on Thursday, February 28, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) wishes to advise the public that all major roads except Norman Road have been re-opened. Preliminary investigations from the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) have revealed that the odour has dissipated and the community and the eastern side of the CSO have been cleared. Checks were done for sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide and organics. An emergency team which includes ODPEM, the Jamaica Fire Brigade, the Ministry of Health, NEPA and the Jamaica Constabulary Force conducted investigations. On Thursday morning, some schools in the immediate area, including Genesis Academy, St. George’s High, and Alpha Girls School, closed as a precautionary measure.
The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) is to regularise the activities of handcart operators in the market district of the Corporate Area.This move follows several meetings of the KSAC, the police and handcart owners and operators.Making the disclosure during a KSAC Council meeting at its Church Street chambers in downtown Kingston, on Tuesday, May 14, Deputy Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Andrew Swaby,said the Markets Department “is putting plans in place to register handcart operators who will be required to observe agreed rules and guidelines.”Councillor Swaby informed that the process will comprise the development of rules and guidelines governing the operations of handcarts, both in the markets and on the streets; public sensitisation of the benefits of this process to public order; and periodic workshops for operators to reduce risk and negative impact.“This will allow the police to enforce existing laws within the agreed established guidelines,” he said.Mr. Swaby pointed out that the market district is challenged by the rapid growth of the hundreds of handcarts operating in the area and negatively impacting pedestrian and vehicular traffic, often without regard for the safety of pedestrians, and against many traffic regulations.He emphasized that the KSAC is determined to address all those areas that provide a challenge for security in the municipality.“Accordingly, the activities of the handcart industry can no longer be allowed to go unregulated,” he said.Mr. Swaby noted that while the KSCAC recognises that the growth of the handcart industry has a role to play in the operations of the market district, “this administration remains committed to orderly operations with a regulatory framework.”“We believe that it is important to provide the legal framework for handcart owners and operators as they transport goods within the market district. Of special concern are handcarts selling goods, otherwise known as ‘market on wheels’,” he said.The Deputy Mayor said that under no circumstances should this move to regularise the industry be viewed as a method of earning additional income, noting that “the goal is to bring order to the market district and to regulate a critical operational input, which is an integral part of the business district.”Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwards
Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has hailed the Jamaica Defence Force’s (JDF) commitment to fostering training through its long-standing partnership with the education sector.He notes that, through this collaboration, the JDF has sought to enhance the opportunities for training and certification for its personnel by means of its various programmes, to ensure they attain and operate at the highest established international standards.The Prime Minister was speaking at the official opening of the JDF’s Directorate of Training and Doctrine at the army’s Up Park Camp headquarters in Kingston on June 14.Mr. Holness said partnerships have been established with institutions such as HEART Trust/NTA to certify JDF skills to National Council on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (NCTVET) standards.He said this process has been enhanced with the development of the JDF’s five Centres of Excellence through a partnership with the Government of Canada.These institutions include the Caribbean Military Aviation School, located at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston; Caribbean Military Maritime Training Centre, situated at the JDF Coast Guard base in Port Royal; Technical Training Institute at Up Park Camp; Military Training Wing in Newcastle, St. Andrew; and Caribbean Junior Command and Staff College in Moneague, St. Ann.Their training programmes are also utilised by military personnel from the wider Caribbean and Latin America.“These Centres of Excellence have seen not only the ongoing certification and standardisation of Jamaica Defence Force, regional and international military personnel, but also the police, fire and correctional officers and other civil organisations,” Mr. Holness added.The Prime Minister, who is also Minister of Defence, said since the JDF’s inception, it has endeavoured to enhance the lives of not only its enlisted members but also their families.Additionally, he said the JDF has sought to impact the wider society by administering its programmes through schools, youth groups and other organisations.“The Jamaica Defence Force stands as one of Jamaica’s most robust institutions, not only for its traditions, facilities and structures but also its professionalism and positive impact on the society at large,” Mr. Holness said.Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Rocky Meade, noted that the Centres of Excellence were established “staples” across the Caribbean, pointing out that “there are many of our partner forces that do not promote their personnel unless they have been through our Caribbean Junior Command and Staff College”.“So, we are making a difference. We are not just saying that we are maintaining international standards. You can see (that) from the evidence of the people who are graduates of our schools… persons who have become chiefs of their forces (including) our own Commissioner of Police (George Quallo). We would like to build on that and ensure that we are playing our part in delivering high training standards locally, regionally and internationally,” he said.The JDF’s Directorate of Training and Doctrine, which was developed with support from the Canadian Government’s Military Training and Cooperation Programme (MTCP), will further boost the army’s training capabilities by streamlining programmes delivered through the Centres of Excellence.The facility, which is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and a lecture theatre, will provide the underpinning central command and management framework and mechanisms that enhance the Centres’ operations and elevate the quality of their outputs.Additionally, the Directorate will serve as the receptacle of information, as also standards, across the JDF and, eventually, for regional militaries.This will eventually lead to the formal process of codifying Doctrine for the JDF that will be apt for dynamic operations and strategies that are employed regionally and globally. He notes that, through this collaboration, the JDF has sought to enhance the opportunities for training and certification for its personnel by means of its various programmes, to ensure they attain and operate at the highest established international standards. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has hailed the Jamaica Defence Force’s (JDF) commitment to fostering training through its long-standing partnership with the education sector. The Prime Minister, who is also Minister of Defence, said since the JDF’s inception, it has endeavoured to enhance the lives of not only its enlisted members but also their families.