Believe we can win IPL 2019: Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer

first_imgadvertisement commentary scorecard No data available! graphscenter_img view more view less Believe we can win IPL 2019: Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer Delhi Capitals rode on an all-round effort to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 39 runs and climb to the second spot of IPL 2019 points table on Sunday. Press Trust of India HyderabadApril 15, 2019UPDATED: April 15, 2019 10:39 IST IPL 2019: Delhi Capitals came up with a clinical performance against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSShreyas Iyer hit a 45 and stitched a crucial stand with Rishabh Pant in Hyderabad on SundayDelhi Capitals pacers shone as they defended a 155-run total vs Sunrisers HyderabadDelhi Capitals are now at the second spot on IPL 2019 points table with 10 points from 8 matchesHaving jumped to the second spot after beating Sunrisers Hyderabad by 39 runs, Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer Sunday said that his team is believing it can win the IPL title this time.”We are believing so and it’s never too far,” Iyer said when asked if he thinks his side can win the IPL.Talking about the partnership he had with Rishabh Pant in Delhi Capitals’ innings, Iyer, who scored 45, said, “It started to slow down. Me and Pant had decided so that one of us will take the charge.”Iyer’s 56-run partnership with Pant (23) for the fourth wicket took Delhi to a challenging total of 155 for 7 after being invited to bat.”We got a little cameo from Keemo and Axar and helped us get to that total,” he said.Asked about the composition of the team, he said, “We have played together (Rabada and himself during U-19 days). It is good to be around each other. It is easy to have that camaraderie.”It is a positive thing to carry around. We are positive as well when we chase. We will be backing our abilities.”Rabada, Paul delighted after decimating SRHRabada, who took four wickets for 22 runs, said, “We have our game plans and all that we try to do is to stick to it. We hope it goes our way and more often than not, it should go your way.”It’s been the trend so far, you need to have variety in your pace. We try to talk about change-ups especially if wickets are assisting those type of changes. It worked for us today. In many ways, you do have a responsibility as an overseas player. We are working on all the departments and it’s working well for us.”advertisementMan-of-the-match for his 3/17, pacer Keemo Paul said, “This is a dream come true for me. It is the biggest league in the world and why not enjoy it. Went back of the hand and it worked for me. I just tried to adapt to the wicket, just bowled to suit the wicket. The slower balls were gripping.”This game is all about confidence. I have not been getting much to contribute with the bat so wanted to contribute more.”Delhi adapted well to the surface: Kane WilliamsonA disappointed Sunrisers captain Kane Williamson said, “I thought the first half with the ball was a really good effort. It was a bare surface, probably a 160 surface. We tried in the second half but never got going with partnerships. Unfortunate performance but credit to Delhi the way they played.”There was never any complacency in a tournament like this. Any team on the table can beat anybody. For us, it’s about executing our plans and play our style of cricket. It’s one of those things. The two at the top of the order have been prolific. Delhi adapted well on this surface and used their changes of pace.”Also Read | Dhawan, Ishant dance like there’s no tomorrow after DC move to 2nd spotFor 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 Delhi CapitalsFollow shreyas iyerFollow Kagiso RabadaFollow IPL 2019Follow Keemo PaulFollow Sunrisers HyderabadFollow Kane Williamsonlast_img read more

Honor Watch Magic review: Affordable smartwatch with good fitness tracking and even better battery life

first_imgHonor Watch Magic review: Affordable smartwatch with good fitness tracking and even better battery lifeAt Rs 14,999, the Honor Watch Magic is one of the more affordable smartwatches out there. Does it offer enough features to warrant its price or should you opt for other smartwatches instead?advertisement Next Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiMay 9, 2019UPDATED: May 9, 2019 11:03 IST 7.5/10HIGHLIGHTSThe Honor Watch Magic costs Rs 14,999 in India.The smartwatch offers a circular dial, workout tracking and heart rate monitoring.It also comes with an excellent 4-day battery life.Smartwatch sales really picked up in the US last year, but it’s not the same situation in India. As per a Counterpoint research, the Indian smartwatch market only makes up 1 per cent of global share, which means smartwatches are yet to take off in a big way in the country. In that 1 per cent market share, Apple is still the dominant brand with the Apple Watch. Fitbit and Samsung have done well in India too, and now Honor hopes to join the game with the Honor Watch Magic.The Honor Watch Magic is a Rs 14,999 smartwatch that comes with a circular dial and is made to look like a regular watch in terms of design. But the Honor Watch Magic also offers typical smartwatch features like workouts, sleep tracking and heart rate monitoring along with notifications and so on. These don’t seem so bad for its pricing, but is this a good enough smartwatch for your needs. We review the Honor Watch Magic to find out.Honor Watch Magic Design and DisplayThe Honor Watch Magic looks like a regular watch, which means it should appeal to a wider audience. You have a circular dial with a chronometer and a non-rotating bezel as opposed to the Galaxy Watch which does offer a convenient rotating bezel. The surface of the body of the Honor Watch Magic and the buttons of the right side are stainless steel while the underside of the watch is plastic.The unit we received for review has has cowhide on the surface of what is actually a silicone strap. The leather and steel look is quite classic and is something you would like to sport for formal occasions or to a workplace.advertisement The combination of these materials also help make the Honor Watch Magic quite lightweight. The straps can be detached easily if you want to replace them with something sportier.The two buttons on the right side of the watch are used to bring up actions on the display. The screen itself is 1.2 inches, which is a decent size so you can read content on the screen without squinting. The Honor Watch Magic comes with a heart rate sensor that can be seen on the bottom of the body and the watch itself is 5ATM water-resistant, so you can take it for a swim.The 1.2-inch AMOLED display offers a 390×390 pixel resolution. The display is bright and sharp, making it legible outdoors under intense sunlight. Colours look vivid and pleasing to the eyes and viewing angles are good too, so you can see the time even if you’re looking at it from an angle.Honor Watch Magic Performance and Fitness TrackingTo setup and pair the Honor Watch Magic, you will first need to download the Huawei Health app on Android or iOS. I paired the watch with an iPhone XR for review. The pairing process was simple enough and the app gives syncs with the watch to display your steps count, calories burnt, distance travelled and heart rate overview.It’s important to know that the custom software that the Honor Watch Magic runs on is quite limiting. You won’t be able to download third-party apps or watch faces as you would be able to on Wear OS. What you get is whatever is preloaded in the watch, nothing more or less. On one hand, this may disappoint customers who want to be able to download a bunch of apps (fitness, reminders, notes and so on) to make the most out the smartwatch, while on the other hand it may please some who want a no-frills and easy-to-use fitness watch.Overall, the UI is fairly easy to understand and work with. However, I feel the UI could have been smoother and more intuitive. There is a noticeable lag or stuttering while swiping on the display. It is also hard to distinguish the notifications you receive as they get a similar message icon rather than the actual icons of the apps you’re getting the messages from. In such instances, the Galaxy Watch or the Apple Watch look far more visually appealing and helpful, but you will have to pay a higher price for that. While you can’t download apps, the Honor Watch is fairly populated with exercises that you might need and a few preloaded watch faces. You get trackers for running, cycling, swimming, climbing and walking, all of which can be accessed by pressing the bottom button. The button on the top will let you access heart rate, sleep, stress, barometer, compass, weather, messages and so on.advertisementMost of the workouts offer fairly good readings, although the accuracy of it may be questionable, but it’s honestly difficult to know how off the tracker is unless you also have another device to compare it with. For steps and heart rate, the Honor Watch Magic offered readings that were more or less similar to the Apple Watch Series 3. You’ll find it usually off by plus or minus 10 to 15 steps, which is acceptable. Swim tracking also gives a ballpark reading of the distance you’ve swum and calories burned. However, it doesn’t provide a lap count, which is something you will get on the Fitbit Versa, for example.The GPS tracking is quite excellent on the Honor Watch Magic as it measures the distance travelled and calories burned with a good amount of accuracy without your smartphone on you. The Huawei Health app gives you a pretty good overview of stats that tell you how well you’ve done during the day, week, month or year.There is a sleep tracker will monitor REM sleep, deep and light sleep patterns with the help of Huawei’s Trusleep tracking algorithm. The heart rate monitoring will provide regular and accurate updates on your heart rate. The stress measure, however, does not work in India yet and there is no word yet on when Honor will enable it in the country.Honor Watch Magic BatteryThe Honor Watch Magic houses a 178mAh battery, which may not sound exciting enough but don’t let that fool you. The smartwatch easily delivers 4 to 5 days of battery life like the Samsung Galaxy Watch and that’s fantastic. Most smartwatches tend to give up after about a day or two, but the Honor Watch offers a long-lasting battery so you won’t have to reach for the charger often. It’s not surprising considering one half of the dual chipset manages power efficiency coupled with a lightweight software. The small puck-shaped magnetic charger comes with a Type-C port. It takes a little less than an hour to fully charge the Honor Watch Magic.Should you buy the Honor Watch Magic?The Honor Watch Magic is a stripped down version of the Huawei Watch GT. It’s a simple, classy-looking smartwatch that goes well with most occasions from a fashionable stand point. You get a reasonable amount of features to work with, but the software restricts you from adding anything extra. If you need a smartwatch for purely fitness tracking reasons, the Honor Watch Magic gives you what you want at an affordable price.The best things about the Honor Watch Magic is the battery life which easily takes you through 4-5 days on as single charge. The design is lightweight enough to keep it on for the whole day and even when you sleep. For its price, the Honor Watch Magic delivers just enough. But for those who want something more, like the option to add more apps, watch faces or complications, the Honor Watch Magic isn’t the one for you.advertisementHonor Watch Magic review7.5/10ProsStylish and formal designAMOLED displayExcellent battery lifeGood fitness trackingConsLaggy UINo third-party app supportGet 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 bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow HonorFollow Honor Watch Magiclast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan doffs his hat to Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan doffs his hat to Ben Stokes, Jofra ArcherBen Stokes (89 and 2 for 12) and Jofra Archer (3 for 27) played starring roles for England who crushed South Africa by 104 runs in the opening match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup at The Oval on Thursday.advertisement Saurabh Kumar LondonMay 30, 2019UPDATED: May 30, 2019 23:23 IST England players celebrate taking the wicket of South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland defeat South Africa by 104 runs to win Cricket World Cup openerBen Stokes hit 89, picked up 2 wickets and took a blinderArcher accounted for 3 important wickets and rocketed South Africa’s battingEoin Morgan, the England captain, was delighted after the hosts wrapped up an emphatic 104-run victory in the opening match of World Cup 2019 against South Africa, confirming their tag as pre-tournament favourites.Eoin Morgan has heaped praise on England’s star performer Ben Stokes who scored 89, picked up 2 wickets and then proceeded to pull off an incredible one-handed catch to remove South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo.”Delighted to be off and running in this tournament. It’s more satisfying than normal. We were very good today, the wicket didn’t allow us to execute our plan which is to try and score quite a considerable total,” Morgan said in the post-match presentation ceremony.”Extremely impressed. He (Stokes) had a field day and especially that catch he took was absolutely outstanding. To have a match-winner like that in the side, he is someone who lifts absolutely everybody and I thought the bowling unit really did get off to a great start and continued to learn from the first innings and then put into place in second innings,” Morgan added.Morgan also spoke of the importance of a matured side which has gone through a complete turnaround in the last two years. “I thought the maturity and smart cricket we played shows the effort we put in the last two years and the experience as well. Extremely impressed.”South Africa were outplayed by hosts England in all the three departments as Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer put on impressive performances with the bat and bowl respectively as England start their World Cup campaign on a winning note.advertisementEoin Morgan was also impressed with the performance of Jofra Archer who took 3 important wickets after knocking Hashim Amla on the helmet, thus forcing him to retire hurt and setting the tone for England’s outrageous.”Slowish pitch, he (Archer) bowled fast and accurate and it’s outstanding. He is taking everything in his stride at the moment and he is improving everyday and that’s very exciting. Huge amount of pleasure. It’s an area we were always trying to improve on and certainly we are looking for match winning contributions in the field,” he signed off.Also Read | England vs South Africa World Cup 2019: Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer power England to opening night winAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Faf du Plessis rues Dale Steyn absence after opening loss to England Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow EnglandFollow Eoin Morganlast_img read more

Redmi K20 Pro vs OnePlus 7: Does flagship killer 2.0 beat the original one? Here’s what matters

first_imgRedmi K20 Pro vs OnePlus 7: Does flagship killer 2.0 beat the original one? Here’s what mattersThe Redmi K20 Pro is the latest flagship-grade smartphone in India and it poses a challenge against the OnePlus – which has been the segment benchmark. Main question: Do we truly have a new flagship killer?advertisement Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiJuly 19, 2019UPDATED: July 20, 2019 11:43 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Redmi K20 Pro starts in India at Rs 27,999, offering 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.OnePlus offers the OnePlus 7 at a starting price of Rs 32,999 with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.The OnePlus 7 runs on Oxygen OS 9.5 whereas the Redmi K20 Pro runs on MIUI 10.Earlier this week, Xiaomi launched its flagship offering – the Redmi K20 Pro, with mega fanfare. After two months of serious hype building, the Redmi K20 Pro has been established as Xiaomi’s take on an affordable flagship phone, offering the best of what the Chinese company has to offer. Starting at Rs 27,999, the Redmi K20 Pro is the cheapest phone to offer the Snapdragon 855 chipset and borrow some premium features you usually find on ultra-premium flagship phones from Samsung, OnePlus and Huawei. On paper, this truly impresses unlike anything else in the market.However, ever since the teasers began, Xiaomi has been mentioning the OnePlus 7 series as the phones to beat and this phone is designed to primarily beat OnePlus at its own game. OnePlus, while not choosing to mingle in this brand war, has been fairly confident about its OnePlus 7 (the regular one) and it feels that’s enough to deliver a premium user experience consumers need at this price. Hence, even with a higher price tag, OnePlus isn’t worried about its original flagship killer.As a smartphone enthusiast, it is difficult to choose between these two phones, given that both of them are spectacular in their own ways. If you had to buy one of these, which one could have been your pick? I try to make it a tad easier.Redmi gets the heart while OnePlus appeals to the brainKeep these two phones alongside each other and your eyes are going to be drawn to one of these effortlessly. Which one will it be? Undoubtedly, the Redmi K20 Pro. The Redmi K20 Pro offers a fresh design perspective with a stunning glass-metal build being adorned by a jaw-dropping gradient colour. In blue and red, the Redmi K20 Pro looks its best and it’s hard to use this one without a case. The layout of the triple cameras gives it a unique presence while the front gets a nearly bezel-less display. And a cherry on top is the illuminated pop-up camera that glues eyeballs, unlike anything.advertisement On the other hand, OnePlus 7 has signature OnePlus design. Unlike the Redmi K20 Pro that will excite the 9-year-old inside you, the OnePlus 7 is a phone you can take out in your office or incorporate meetings without a case. It’s elegant and beautiful at the same time. The design looks familiar to the OnePlus 6T but that’s not a bad thing considering the 6T was a good looking phone. At the front, you get a big 6.4-inch display with a waterdrop notch and a noticeable chin. Compared to the Redmi K20 Pro, it looks slightly old but OnePlus has gone for a curvy and tasteful design, and at times, it commands more attention from a matured crowd.Redmi K20 Pro edges ahead in specifications but OnePlus scores elsewhereXiaomi builds its phones around lofty specifications and a brief look at the K20 Pro’s spec sheet suggests the same. You get the Snapdragon 855 chip paired with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. For the display, there’s a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution housing an in-display fingerprint sensor. As with all Xiaomi phones, it runs on MIUI 10 with the latest version of Poco launcher installed on top. For the triple cameras at the back, there’s a 48-megapixel primary camera from Sony with F1.8 lens along with an 8-megapixel 53mm 2X zoom camera and 13-megapixel wide-angle camera. For selfies, the pop-up module houses a 20-megapixel camera. The whole thing is powered by a 4000mAh battery that supports 27W fast charging.OnePlus, on the other hand, has been gentle with the OnePlus 7, giving it all that a buyer wants in this premium category. Therefore, the Snapdragon 855 chip makes an appearance along with a faster UFS 3.0 storage. You can equip it with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. OnePlus’ Oxygen OS 9.5 based on Android 9 Pie is managing the errands. For the display, there’s a 6.4-inch Full HD+ Optic AMOLED display with an in-built fingerprint sensor. The dual rear camera setup sports the same 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 camera along with a secondary 5-megapixel depth camera. For selfies, you get a 16-megapixel camera sitting in the notch. The phone is kept alive by a 3700mAh battery that comes with support for OnePlus’ 20W Fast Charge system. When it comes to everyday usability, the Redmi K20 Pro goes for a different path by offering as many options as it can to the user. The 6.3-inch bezel-less display is amazing for watching videos or play games. MIUI 10 as an operating system offers countless personalization options – you can apply hundred of themes and customise every aspect of the interface. The Poco launcher offers a smoother user experience. As of the cameras, they perform on par with the OnePlus 7’s camera but the extra two cameras offer more versatility for shutterbugs. Battery life is good for a flagship phone while the 27W fast charging is a boon.advertisementThe OnePlus 7 is a different personality altogether. It may be short of the Redmi K20 Pro in terms of specifications but it nails it in the user experience. OnePlus’ Oxygen OS offers the most polished Android experience you are going to get this year. The phone is consistently smooth and fast with no lags or stutters. The minimal interface has a focus on ease of use and the tasteful customisation options can make the experience elegant. The in-display fingerprint sensor is lightning quick, it’s leagues ahead in speed when compared to the one on the Redmi. The rear camera takes great photos but the lack of telephoto and wide-angle camera limits the opportunities shutterbugs can avail with this. The 3700mAh battery has been optimised well to easily last more than a day under normal usage.Xiaomi aces the price gameThe major deciding factor between these two phones comes down to the pricing. Xiaomi has an unmatched lead in this regard, with the Redmi K20 Pro starting at Rs 27,999 for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The top-end variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage costs Rs 30,999.The OnePlus 7 starts at Rs 32,999 for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage whereas the top-end variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage comes for Rs 37,999.ConclusionBoth these phone are great options for a premium smartphone. However, the Redmi K20 Pro wins the comparison on paper with its extremely affordable starting price of Rs 27,999 and an impressive spec sheet. It’s built well, looks jaw-dropping and has so far proven to be fast in everything it does. For value-conscious buyers, you can’t get a better deal than this.That said, spec sheet and a lower price take a backseat to polished user experience and this is where the OnePlus 7 shines. OnePlus offers the best Android experience with its Oxygen OS and it also does everything fast. But, it differentiates itself with a smooth and consistent user experience over a longer period of time. If you use a OnePlus device once, it’s difficult to migrate to any other ecosystem. On top of that, it does everything one expects from a premium device. It’s suited for a matured consumer and starting at Rs 32,999, it’s the best phone you can get in this price range – the best.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A80 with 48MP rotating triple camera launched in India: Price, specificationsALSO READ | Exclusive: Huawei to launch its first pop-up camera phone in India this month, will be priced under Rs 20,000ALSO READ | Google removes apps allowing spying on partner, kids, employees: Check this list, delete them from your phoneadvertisementGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow RedmiFollow XiaomiFollow Oneplus Nextlast_img read more

Pro Kabaddi League 2019: U Mumba defeat Puneri Paltan 33-23 to win Maharashtra derby

first_imgPro Kabaddi League 2019: U Mumba defeat Puneri Paltan 33-23 to win Maharashtra derbyAbhishek Singh of U Mumba scored 5 points as his side beat Puneri Paltan comprehensively to win the ‘Maharashtra Derby’ on Saturday.advertisement Next Press Trust of India MumbaiJuly 27, 2019UPDATED: July 27, 2019 21:47 IST Pro Kabaddi League 2019: U Mumba defeat Puneri Paltan 33-23 to win Maharashtra derby (Twitter: @prokabaddi)HIGHLIGHTSU Mumba won the 1st match of their home leg in Pro Kabaddi League 2019Rohit Baliyan, Surinder Singh, Sandeep Narwal and Fazal Atrachali made notable contributions in U Mumba’s winIndian cricket captain Virat Kohli was also in attendance during the matchU Mumba opened their home campaign by defeating Puneri Paltan 33-23 in a Pro Kabaddi League match here on Saturday.In the game touted as the ‘Maharashtra Derby’, Mumbai’s Abhishek Singh (5 points) emerged star performer, while teammates Rohit Baliyan, Surinder Singh, Sandeep Narwal and skipper Fazal Atrachali (4 points each) made notable contributions.The two teams were locked at 2-2 before Shubham Shinde grabbed a point to take Pune 3-2 ahead.Pune then put up a strong defence and sent two U Mumba raiders Dong Kong Lee and Sandeep Narwal packing to make it 5 -2.However, Mumba were back in the game as they picked up three points to level the scores at 5-5.U Mumbai raider Abhishek Singh picked up a point in his raid, while defenders sent Pune’s R Sriram out to make it 7-5, but Pune made it 7-7 again.The first half was a closely fought one.U Mumba surged 10-9 ahead and in the dying seconds of the opening half, Abhishek Singh picked up a point to make in his ‘do or die’ raid in Mumbai’s favour as they went 11-9 into the break.The second half began with Abhishek Singh taking a point in his raid and later U Mumba inflicted an ‘all-out’ on the Pune team to surge 15-10 ahead.The Mumbai side continued its dominance with successful raids and tackles to go 21-12 ahead.Later, they inflicted the second ‘all-out’ on Pune to take control of the match at 27-17.Pune were then playing the catch-up game, eventually ending up as the losing side.advertisementCricket captain Virat Kohli and Maharashtra Sports Minister Ashish Shelar graced the opening day of the Mumbai leg.Also Read | Pro Kabaddi League 2019: Gujarat Fortunegiants, Patna Pirates register dominant winsAlso Read | Pro Kabaddi League 2019: Bengal Warriors trump UP Yoddha, Dabang Delhi pip Telugu TitansFor 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Pro Kabaddi League 2019Follow U MumbaFollow Puneri Paltanlast_img read more

World Cup Qualifer: Igor Stimac rues his players’ inability to score goals

first_img Next Press Trust of India KolkataOctober 16, 2019UPDATED: October 16, 2019 00:06 IST Bangladesh held India to a 1-1 draw. (Twitter/@IndianFootball)HIGHLIGHTSAdil Khan scored a last minute goal as India played a 1-1 draw against BangladeshGurpreet Singh Sandhu saw Bangladesh go 1-0 up in the 42nd minuteIndia coach Igor Stimac said the team’s scoring incapability had cost them the matchIndian football head coach Igor Stimac on Tuesday rued his players’ inability to score goals as his side settled for a 1-1 draw against Bangladesh in their World Cup qualifying round match here.India missed their star defender Sandesh Jhingan sorely as a judgmental error from Gurpreet Singh Sandhu saw Bangladesh go 1-0 up in the 42nd minute through a Saad Uddin header.It was defendfer Adil Khan who saved India the blushes with his 88th minute header on a day inspirational skipper Sunil Chhetri was not at his best.”Our scoring incapability was the reason why we didn’t win. We conceded very silly goal. We can’t expect to win the game if you concede such a goal. Their goalkeeper was my man-of-the-match,” Stimac told reporters in the post-match media interaction.”We deserved to win this game. We pushed until the end and created enough chances to win the game. But our scoring was not good enough.”I’m not happy with first 45 minutes. Our players in the back were not passing well. When you play against a team like Bangladesh who put more in defence you need to pass well from behind,” the Croatian said.Stimac said his side “absolutely” changed in the second-half by executing the passes from the sides as the channels started opening up.”But we were not aggressive enough. Many more things we need to work on.”India thus failed to notch a win against a team who are 83 places below them to settle for a successive draw.advertisementIn their previous game, India fought valiantly to hold Asian champions Qatar to a goalless draw in a match Gurpeet Singh Sandhu made 11 saves.Stimac, however, refused to blame any player.”Sometimes you have a great day, sometime you have mistakes in making judgment. We are not here blaming anyone. I defend my players with my heart.”Today we dominated for 90 minutes and proved we can change our game in regard to opponents. This team is rising up.”India played in front of 65,000 fans at the Saltlake Stadium and the Croatian World Cupper said he would remember this forever.”This was amazing day for indian football, many of them will never forget the ambience, the support they received in Kolkata. I had many big names in my career. I will remember this as as one of the biggest ones,” the 52-year-old said.”It was a very exciting match. All the people who came could enjoy the beauty of football.Also Read | FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifier: Adil Khan equaliser helps India hold Bangladesh to 1-1 drawFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat World Cup Qualifer: Igor Stimac rues his players’ inability to score goalsIndia were held to a 1-1 draw by Bangladesh in the World Cup qualifier. It was defendfer Adil Khan who saved India the blushes with his 88th minute header on a day skipper Sunil Chhetri was not at his best.advertisementlast_img read more

Micro Guide: Beech Mountain, N.C.

first_img The Best American Liqueur You’ve heard of a Rocky Mountain High—well let us introduce you to an East Coast High. With an elevation of 5,506 feet, the quaint town of Beech Mountain, N.C. is the highest spot east of the Rockies.The population is only 350, but don’t let that fool you. The place hops year-round with as many as 5,000 visitors in the summer seeking a mild climate and great outdoor adventures like mountain biking. In the winter, that number rises to 10,000, as people make the trek for winter fun at Beech Mountain Resort.Where to Play:Beech Mountain Resort is the place to be if you love the thrill of racing down a snow covered mountain on skis or snowboards. While we love all the action, one of our favorite things at Beech is the 5506 Sky Bar at the top. They have food service as well as brews including the ones they brew.The Beech Mountain Brewing Co. makes three distinct ales on-site: the 5506 Pale Ale, Cream Ale and Scotch Ale. The brewery helps the resort attract patrons even in warmer months, and we love the way they transform the ski lift in the summer to accommodate mountain bikers. They take out every other chair and add a lift just for the bikes. Makes it easy to race down the mountain and then get back on the lift for another go.Where to Eat:It may seem like a funny pick, but the downstairs deli of a general store lives up to its claim of “Best Breakfast in Beech Mountain.” Fred’s General Mercantile serves up a man-sized breakfast in the Backside Deli. Eggs are served to order along with plates heaping full of bacon, sausage, country ham, hash browns, grits and more. Fuel up for a long day on the slopes at Beech Mountain Resort.Where to Sleep: Chances are you’ll want to stay close to the action. Even if hitting the slopes isn’t your thing, renting a cozy cabin offers fun for all. Check out the offerings at Emerald Mountain Realty. Nostalgia buffs can spend a night in Dorothy’s House at the now-defunct Land of Oz Theme Park. Yes, really.Of course, Cindy Keller, owner of Emerald Realty has rentals to house a group as well. Check out the Dream View Chalet, named for its incredible far range views. Situated atop a cliff, this 4 bedroom, 4 1/2 bath home features the perfect home away from home.Toss a log on the fire and kick back and enjoy your time in the mountains. Your Guide to a Road Trip Across New York State Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts Editors’ Recommendations The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxing last_img read more

A Look Inside NYC Design Firm STUDIOSC

first_img An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist Thailand’s WARchitect Design Studio is Elevating Home Design Editors’ Recommendations Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Take a Peek at Wimbledon Winner Novak Djokovic’s Swanky Miami Retreat center_img 1. Bar Prima 2. Brooklyn Desks 3. Medellin House Style doesn’t stop when you lace up your shoes or button your jacket in the morning. It should be about how you live your life, from the restaurants you love to the city you call home. Even your workspace is a reflection of your taste and personality. So when we heard about the NYC-based architecture and design firm STUDIOSC and how they transform spaces from the inside out while keeping the character of each building in tact, we had to learn more about the philosophy behind the company.Founded by architects and designers Stephen Conte and Carolina Escobar in 2013, STUDIOSC is a mindful creative firm that wants to make its mark by contributing to the growth and preservation of NYC. They’ll work with any budget across development, renovation or full-scale interior design to create something beautiful with a respectful nod to history. They hand-select the architects and designers they employ and collaborate with, upholding their client-focused mentality and dedication to telling each building’s story.STUDIOSC’s small creative team works collaboratively on all their commissions, bringing a cohesive vision to each project. Whether they’re working on a residential or commercial space, they focus on adaptive reuse, a process of using an old site or building for a purpose other than which it was originally built. It’s seen by many as a key way to conserve land and reduce urban sprawl. The character of a building is important to them, so they’re always mindful not to strip an old structure of the features that made it so special in the first place.Related: Illuminate Your Home With Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.One of the things we love most about the work STUDIOSC does is the variety of projects they take on. Some of their past projects include Brooklyn Desks (“We literally turned trash into treasure,” Conte said), Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Lexington Greene, 21 Monitor and Bar Prima. Whether the space is residential or commercial, they always work with scale and proportion by applying rigorous thought on how materials and light can affect the exterior and interior environment and experience.Want to know more? Check out their other projects at studiosc.net. Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn last_img read more

How and Why You Should Add Carrot to Your Home Brew

first_img Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) See you later, pumpkin ales. Sayonara, sweet potato brews. There’s a new orange-hued root vegetable beer in town. It’s time for the humble carrot’s turn in the craft beer spotlight.Shorts Brewing CompanyCarrot ales don’t get a lot of respect, perhaps because there are so few on the market. If you’re lucky enough to have tried Carrot Cake from Michigan’s Short’s Brewing, you know that carrots and beer actually do make a nice pairing. That’s especially true when pureed carrot is enhanced with ginger, allspice, and/or maple syrup in an American brown ale base. Tired Hands from Pennsylvania also took on the dessert concept with a Carrot Cake iteration in its Milkshake IPA series. Ever the innovative outlier, Mikkeller crafted Spontancarrot, an American Wild Ale in the lambic tradition utilizing carrots.But if you really want to get to the root of carrot beers (pun intended), consider brewing your own. With only a handful of carrot beers on the commercial market, home brewing may be a better way to experience the range of flavor possibilities of a carrot ale. The good news — it’s easy to augment many traditional home brewing recipes with carrots. In The Homebrewer’s Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to Making Your Own Beer From Scratch, the summer months inspired prompts for beers brewed with sumac, spicebush, elderflower, tomatoes, and carrots. But there’s something about the warm color and hearty sweetness that makes carrots just as much a flavor of autumn. The carrot’s heartiness also means they are harvested most of the year and are not exclusive to the warmest months. So, in the October frenzy of pumpkin and sweet potato beer, fresh carrot beers seem to be a perfect fit.How to Add Carrots to Your Home BrewWhile you can add carrots at any point during your brew process, adding carrots to the fermenter will give you the biggest bang for your buck. Experiment with adding oven roasted or pureed carrots in a hop sack or mesh bag after primary fermentation has taken place, allowing the beer to “rest” on the additional flavors. Or, for a stronger carrot flavor, try blending carrot juice directly to the beer before bottling or kegging. There are also carrot powders on the market that you can employ if you’re feeling a little bit like a mad scientist. Westend61/Getty ImagesGo Beyond the OrangeNot only does the taproot make for brewing fodder, but the leafy greens and even the seed heads can be utilized in recipes. A few ounces of fresh carrot greens add a nice bittering element to accentuate dry hopping or spice additions. The carrot seed heads can be added to the boil or during fermentation and bring a mild carrot flavor into the mix.The Homebrewer’s Almanac features two carrot recipes, a ginger-carrot saison, and a carrot seed ale. The saison is a great place to start with carrot experimentation. It’s a simple base beer with Pilsner, Munich, and Special B malts and a relatively small hop profile with Nugget and East Kent Goldings. This variation calls for adding roasted carrots after fermentation. You may want to scale back the ginger a bit (a half pound is a lot in 5 gallons of beer) and try your own twists, like adding grapefruit zest or basil. Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxing Editors’ Recommendations Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Ciderlast_img read more

Playa Hotels & Resorts Associates Recognized by Baxter Media’s Agents Choice Awards

first_imgFT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 25, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Playa Hotels & Resorts N.V. (NASDAQ: PLYA, “Playa”) the leading owner and operator of all-inclusive resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean was recently honored at BaxterMedia’s Agent Choice Awards, at an exclusive event in Toronto, Canada.For 20 years, these awards have recognized the outstanding qualities and services among travel-supplier partners and are a symbol of the highest standards of excellence in the travel industry. Professional travel agents throughout the country are surveyed to vote for their favorite suppliers and supplier representatives. 2019 Agent Choice Awards Include:Favorite Supplier Representative, Freddie Marsh, Western CanadaFavorite Supplier Representative, Amanda Morris, Ontario, CanadaFavorite Supplier Representative, Christian Roussin, Quebec and Atlantic, Canada “These awards demonstrate our team’s unwavering commitment to the travel agent community and our continued success in partnering with agents to share the all-inclusive experience at our award-winning luxury resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean,” said Rose Cosentino, Playa Hotels & Resorts Vice President Sales, Canada. “We are reinventing the guest experience and how travel agents sell all-inclusive travel,” said Playa’s Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Kevin Froemming. “We’re dedicated to providing industry-leading product options and sales tools to jointly expand the Canadian market. These accolades are a testament to our team’s passion to bring global brands such as Hyatt and Hilton as well as relatively new brands such as Sanctuary Cap Cana, Panama Jack Resorts and Jewel Resortsto guests seeking to discover the Evolution of All-Inclusive®,” continued Froemming. For more information on Playa Hotels & Resorts, visit PlayaResorts.com  About Playa Hotels & Resorts N.V. Playa is a leading owner, operator and developer of all-inclusive resorts in prime beachfront locations in popular vacation destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean. Playa owns and/or manages a total portfolio consisting of 21 resorts (7,936 rooms) located in Mexico, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. In Mexico, Playa owns and manages Hyatt Zilara Cancun, Hyatt Ziva Cancun, Panama Jack Resorts Cancun, Panama Jack Resorts Playa del Carmen, Hilton Playa del Carmen an All-Inclusive Resort, Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta and Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos. In Jamaica, Playa owns and manages Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall and Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort, Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa, Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort and Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort & Spa. In the Dominican Republic, Playa owns and manages Hilton La Romana an All-Inclusive Family Resort and Hilton La Romana an All-Inclusive Adult Resort.  Playa also owns four resorts in Mexico and the Dominican Republic that are managed by a third party and Playa manages the Sanctuary Cap Cana, in the Dominican Republic.last_img read more

Youth Awards Success Attributed to Collective Stakeholder Efforts

first_imgThis year’s successful stagings of the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence and Jamaican Youth in Concert event are being attributed to the hard, collaboration and dedication of the hundreds of talented young people, and other stakeholders, who were involved.Producer of the Awards, Gregory Simms, says he is satisfied with the opportunity afforded him to work with a number of young, talented musical artistes and entertainers, among others, in organizing both events, and the resulting outcome. “It gives me a lot of hope for the future; it gives me a lot of satisfaction to know that it was an event run by young people,” he says of the events, which were held at Emancipation Park, St. Andrew, on Sunday (March 24), under the theme: “Youth on a Mission…Project 2062.”The events were spearheaded by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), a department of the Ministry of Youth and Culture, under the auspices of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and the Ministry. It also featured collaborative inputs from several Ministries, Departments, Agencies, and uniformed groups.Mr. Simms, the JCDC’s Music Specialist, says the over 300 participants, comprising ushers and stage assistants, among others, were all young people. This group, he points, included the Master of Ceremony and media personality, Deborah ‘Debby’ Bissoon, and co-announcer at the function and National Awardee in Music, Jomo Dixon.The young producer states that, save for a few glitches, both events were well-executed over the two and a half hours in which they were staged “It speaks volumes to what young people can accomplish when we put our minds to it. So I am really grateful for the team that worked with me,” Mr. Simms adds.Regarding the concert performances, the 2008 nominee for the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence, has high praise for the 100-piece Immaculate Conception High School Symphony Orchestra, which enthralled the audience with musical renditions from the movie franchise: “Pirates of the Caribbean.”He also lauds performances by the Institute of Jamaica Junior Centre East Street Drummers; Gospel singer, Kevin Downswell; Silver Birds Steel Band; Jamaica Youth Chorale; and the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC).Other performers getting special mention include: the Blue Print Band; Remone Watson; Christopher Martin; and the Arts and Culture winner of the Prime Minister’s 2012 Youth Awards for Excellence, Romain Virgo. An exhibition, featuring JCDC Visual Arts Youth Awardees and students of the Edna Manley College for the visual and performing arts, was also among the highlights for the evening.Mr. Simms says the Youth Awards segment, jointly funded by the Government of Jamaica and the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund, was executed within budget.“It really was because of the great cooperation with all the suppliers and all the performers,” he notes, adding that the majority of the performers were eager to support the event and, as such, gave pro bono work.He informs that the nominees and awardees were drawn from the Prime Minister’s list of Youth Awards for Excellence for 2011 and 2012. “We did two years in one show. A short show that still had all the information that we needed to share,” Mr. Simms proudly states.Since its inception in 1998, the Youth Awards have been presented in recognition of excellence achieved by young people in Academics; Agriculture; Entrepreneurship; the Arts and Culture; Leadership; International Achievement; Sport; Youth in Service; and Journalism.By Elaine Hartman Reckord, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Portmore Residents Encouraged to Capitalise on Economic Opportunities

first_imgResidents of Portmore are being urged to capitalize on the economic opportunities that are available to them, especially in light of the sheer population of the municipality.The call came from Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, who was addressing a civic ceremony at the Power of Faith Ministries in the Portmore Mall on June 28, where she was presented with the Key to the Municipality.Mrs. Simpson Miller noted that there are tremendous opportunities for business development in the community.“You must seek to expand business friendliness and work to open up as many outlets as possible for the entrepreneurial spirit of our people here in this municipality,” the Prime Minister said.She cited the growth of the business community over the years, and the “remarkable transformation from a dormitory community to a thriving business district.”“In fact, if we recall where Portmore was ten years ago, and pause to truly take stock of the development that has taken place here, we will conclude that Portmore has indeed come a far way. This is not to say the journey is to stop here. The journey is to continue,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.The Prime Minister urged the Council and residents to prepare themselves to take advantage of their proximity to several big investment projects, such as the planned Caymanas Logistics Centre and the 750,000 square feet of factory space in Naggo Head, that will be developed into an ultra-modern technology park with the potential to employ some 12,000 persons.Contact: Andrea Brahamlast_img read more

Hundreds Participate in Housing Agency Open Day

first_img The Bernard Lodge Estates development is approximately five minutes drive from Spanish Town Square Hundreds of prospective homeowners on Wednesday, August 14, turned up at the Kingston offices of the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) to participate in the Bernard Lodge Estates Development Open House Day.Located in St. Catherine, the Bernard Lodge Estates development is approximately five minutes drive from Spanish Town Square. It is bounded by Highway 2000 to the South, in the vicinity of Lime Tree Grove, Quarry Hill, and March Pen Road.The development, which will comprise 1,584 housing solutions, inclusive of studios and one-bedroom units, will be built in five phases.Speaking to journalists following a tour of the floor plans and model units, Minister with responsibility for Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy said the development will assist in meeting the targets of providing affordable homes for Jamaicans.Costing just around $4 million for the studio units and approximately $4.9 million for the one bedroom units, Mr. Guy reiterated the Government’s commitment to provide suitable and reasonable priced housing solutions.“Particularly in this (economic) climate, when there is not much funding to go around, if we can get cheaper units for our clients, then that would be a win-win for us,” he said, adding that the project can be considered as a “flagship development”.He noted that public/private partnerships, as well as the introduction of new technologies and building systems are necessary in ensuring more units are built for Jamaicans.“There are many more in the same vein which are following. We have Memoranda of Understanding which have been signed with other developers, local developers who are going to be pursuing development along the same model as Bernard Lodge,” he added.Providing a breakdown of the development Senior Manager, Sales, HAJ, Gary Howell, said 980 one bedroom units as well as 604 studio units will be built at the location.He told JIS News that the development is possibly the lowest “lower to middle income development in the market at this time”.“We recognise that many persons cannot afford two bedroom units. So we have given them a start with the option to expand over time as soon as their finances have become better,” he said, adding that this is another major step in providing an opportunity for people to own their own homes.He informed that persons who may need additional information regarding the units should contact the Housing Agency of Jamaica Sales Department at 968-7522-4.In an interview with JIS News, a participant at the open house, Ann-Marie Bryce, said through the development, she is one step closer to owning her own home.“It is a good idea for us small people to own a home and (while) the money (may sound a lot initially) it will work out (over time as owners have the opportunity) to expand…it might look hard now to find the money to pay down on a one bedroom and your family is more than just you. But at the end of the day it (will) work out…It is just for me to come up with my deposit and I’m good from there,” she said.Another participant, Marcel, said the development will fulfil many Jamaicans dreams of owning their own homes.“It is a wonderful thing to mek nuff people know that they can have their own house,” he said.Visitors to the open house were able to view the floor plans for the units, view expansion plan options, see the phased plan for the development, and also purchase into the development.Representatives from financial institutions such as Bank of Nova Scotia, and Jamaica National Building Society were also on hand to provide financial and mortgage advice, as also representatives from furniture store, Courts.Construction of the project will take place over three years, with Phases 1 and 2 slated for completion in March 2014. Phases 3, 4, and 5 will be completed by mid-2016.Each studio unit will measure 267 square feet and one bedroom units 370 square feet. The average lot size will be 3,300 square feet. They will be expandable and outfitted with laminate countertops, stainless steel kitchen sinks, french windows, and slab roofs.HAJ’s partner and contractor on this project is Malphrus International, IBC, an overseas-based construction company with extensive construction credentials, including in the Caribbean. The development will assist in meeting the targets of providing affordable homes Story Highlights Construction of the project will take place over three yearslast_img read more

Work of Embassy Praised

first_img The work being done by staff at the embassy in Washington, D.C., to represent Jamaica in the United States (US), has come in for high praise from Minister of Finance and Planning. “We are indebted to you all for what you do for the country and people of Jamaica,” WASHINGTON, D.C.- The work being done by staff at the embassy in Washington, D.C., to represent Jamaica in the United States (US), has come in for high praise from Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips.Dr. Phillips, who met with members of the embassy on October 11, told them that their work to promote Jamaica’s interest in the United States at the diplomatic level and among the Diaspora, is worthy of the highest praise.“I don’t think the people at home understand how well we are served by the efforts and sacrifices of those who serve the country in our overseas missions. We are indebted to you all for what you do for the country and people of Jamaica,” he said.The Minister, in updating staff on the status of Jamaica’s economy, said that “there is no way the country can continue with the level of debt we have, and all efforts are being made through the present reform programme to reduce the level of debt and to move forward towards a path of growth.” Story Highlightscenter_img He emphasized that for the value of the Jamaican currency to regain its competitiveness, the country will need to contain expenditure, adding that the county currently imports the vast majority of the products used, which require foreign exchange to pay for them.The Minister said the county is therefore positioning itself to reduce imports and increase exports.Dr. Phillips reiterated the Government’s position that the country needs to continue with its current strategy towards economic recovery.  “We cannot turn back, we have to continue on this path. What we want more than anything else is to create the conditions and secure the investments that support the pathway towards growth. This is the soundest solution to our long-term problem,” he said.The Minister was in Washington attending the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, as well as the Commonwealth Finance Ministers meeting. He was accompanied by  Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Colin Bullock;  Governor of the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ), Brian Wynter; Financial Secretary, Devon Rowe and Technical Advisor to the Minister, Helen McIntosh. Dr. Phillips, who met with members of the embassy on October 11, told them that their work to promote Jamaica’s interest in the United States is worthy of the highest praise.last_img read more

Jamaicans Urged to Make Healthier Food Choices

first_img “If we look at both obesity and overweight, some 51.7 per cent of Jamaicans 15 to 74 years old fall in that combined category. Obesity prevalence rates are highest in the 35- to 44 years old age group (and account for) 33 per cent,” he noted. With Jamaica’s obesity rates increasing by one per cent each year, the Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is urging more Jamaicans to make healthier food choices. With Jamaica’s obesity rates increasing by one per cent each year, the Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is urging more Jamaicans to make healthier food choices.Speaking at an obesity-prevention programme stakeholder meeting at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on January 16, Dr. Tufton said proactive steps such as reducing the levels of sugar consumption are critical in minimising obesity levels and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the country.“This trend is astounding and clearly calls for bold and sustained corrective actions… . The evidence is clear that consumption of too many sweetened beverages is contributing to the global obesity crisis that we face as a country,” he said.Quoting statistics from the Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey, 2007/8, Dr. Tufton said 25.3 per cent of Jamaicans are obese.“If we look at both obesity and overweight, some 51.7 per cent of Jamaicans 15 to 74 years old fall in that combined category. Obesity prevalence rates are highest in the 35- to 44 years old age group (and account for) 33 per cent,” he noted.He said the survey further reveals that more females than males are overweight or obese. “Among the 15- to 74-year-olds, the study found that 37.7 per cent of females were obese versus just under 13 per cent of males. Additionally, approximately 70 per cent of females had increased waist circumferences versus 19.6 per cent males of the same age, in the 15-74 age group category,” he said.Dr. Tufton said there is a growing concern about the increase in childhood obesity, adding that children with obesity are very likely to remain obese as adults.He noted that obesity has increased in children aged 13 to 15 for both sexes over the period 2010 to 2017 by just under 70 per cent and overweight by 18 per cent.He added that in the 13 to 15 age group, more boys were obese than girls. “Many children today are growing up in an environment that promotes or encourages weight gain and obesity,” he argued.Dr. Tufton said the World Health Organization recommends that persons reduce their daily consumption of free sugar to less than 10 per cent or 12 teaspoons of their total energy intake. He noted that a further reduction to below five per cent or roughly 25 grams or six teaspoons per day would provide additional health benefits.He congratulated the Heart Foundation’s Global Health Advocacy Project for organising the sensitisation meeting, which aimed to raise awareness about obesity in Jamaica and measures to prevent it.The session sought to share information about the link between sugar intake and obesity and the role that policy can play in reducing sugar consumption and, by extension, obesity levels and other NCDs in Jamaica Story Highlights “This trend is astounding and clearly calls for bold and sustained corrective actions… . The evidence is clear that consumption of too many sweetened beverages is contributing to the global obesity crisis that we face as a country,” he said. last_img read more

Biometric Data for NIDS Will Reduce Identity Theft

first_img Chief Technical Director for the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Division, Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Jacqueline Lynch-Stewart, says biometric data compiled under the National Identification System (NIDS) will assist in reducing incidents of identity theft.Biometrics refer to identification based on the analysis of unique physical characteristics.With the increased incidents of identity theft, Mrs. Lynch-Stewart said this information is essential in safeguarding citizens from having their personal information stolen.“Biometrics are what will protect everyone. Somebody can look like you and can have a similar name; in fact you can have a twin, but it’s the biometrics that make sure that you are really who you say you are. And, that is what is going to protect you when you have your card,” she said.Mrs. Lynch-Stewart was speaking at a NIDS public forum at Webster Memorial United Church, in St. Andrew on Thursday, March 1.The Director said only four biometric data are to be submitted under the NIDS – facial image, fingerprints (10), eye colour and signature.For persons who do not have hands, an iris scan will be required. “We anticipate a small percentage of our population will fall into that category; for example, persons who work in an environment where their fingerprints have been eroded (persons using chemicals and farmers),” she explained.Other data that can be volunteered are blood type, employment status, race, religion, education, profession or occupation.This voluntary information will be submitted to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) and the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) for statistical purposes only.“We are asking you to volunteer this information. It is for statistical purposes only. But if you don’t want to give us, you don’t have to. We are not taking DNA, bank account information, criminal record, political or sexual orientation,” the Director pointed out.The NIDS, which is scheduled for implementation in 2019, will provide a comprehensive and secure structure to enable the capture and storage of identity information for all Jamaicans.Under the system, each citizen will be provided with a randomised nine-digit National Identification Number (NIN), which they will have for life. NIDS will be the first national identification system rolled out in the Caribbean.Implementation of the NIDS is supported by the National Identification and Registration Bill, which was passed in both Houses of Parliament in November.The Government intends to put the NIDS infrastructure and systems in place over the next 12 months, beginning with a pilot project.This is expected to be followed by the national roll-out in September 2019, over a three to four-year period.The layered roll-out and management of the NIDS will be handled by a new agency, the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), which will replace the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) and provide more enhanced services. “Biometrics are what will protect everyone. Somebody can look like you and can have a similar name; in fact you can have a twin, but it’s the biometrics that make sure that you are really who you say you are. And, that is what is going to protect you when you have your card,” she said. Chief Technical Director for the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Division, Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Jacqueline Lynch-Stewart, says biometric data compiled under the National Identification System (NIDS) will assist in reducing incidents of identity theft. Story Highlights For persons who do not have hands, an iris scan will be required. “We anticipate a small percentage of our population will fall into that category; for example, persons who work in an environment where their fingerprints have been eroded (persons using chemicals and farmers),” she explained.last_img read more

Jamaican Nurses to Participate in Training Programmes in China and United Kingdom

first_img A cohort of 18 nurses and five educators/supervisors will depart for the People’s Republic of China later this month to participate in a Nurses Training Exchange Programme. This was disclosed by Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, during his 2018/19 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 5). Another group is slated to travel to the United Kingdom (UK) to participate in a training programme in that country early next year. Story Highlights A cohort of 18 nurses and five educators/supervisors will depart for the People’s Republic of China later this month to participate in a Nurses Training Exchange Programme.Another group is slated to travel to the United Kingdom (UK) to participate in a training programme in that country early next year.This was disclosed by Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, during his 2018/19 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 5).Dr. Tufton said both arrangements resulted from bilateral agreements between the Governments of Jamaica and the partner countries.He indicated that these will enable Jamaican nurses to access hospitals in both countries, to complete their clinical rotation after concluding didactic classroom training locally.The Minister said the UK programme will also include faculty exchanges to strengthen nursing trainers locally.Dr. Tufton said this will, in the first instance, increase the number of critical-care nurses being trained by 100 per cent.“This is a novel concept being hailed as an innovative pilot that could be mainstreamed by other countries, if it works. It has involved significant negotiations between the countries, working out details related to nursing councils and training standards, immigration, teaching institutions and health institutions,” he told the House.Dr. Tufton said the Government of Jamaica is thankful for the support of their counterparts in the UK and China, as well as local stakeholders “for exercising creativity and flexibility to allow this pragmatic out-of-the-box but necessary thinking to work”.last_img read more

Spain Among Highest Ranked Investors in Jamaica

first_imgSpain is now among the highest ranked investors in Jamaica, says Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith.Speaking at Spain’s National Day reception, held on October 10 at the Ambassador of Spain’s residence in Kingston, the Minister said that Jamaica has been able to attract investments from six of the top-10 hotel chains from Spain.“We particularly welcome Spain’s goal to introduce a “second wave” of Spanish investments that would go beyond the traditional areas of cooperation to include energy, logistics and the agricultural sectors,” Senator Johnson Smith added.She said bilateral cooperation with Spain has been active this year, noting that she travelled to the country earlier this year for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Political Consultations between the two countries.“This seeks to advance our relations at the highest political and diplomatic levels, while strengthening our economic ties,” the Senator pointed out.Senator Johnson Smith cited the tangible benefits derived from Spanish investments and noted the ongoing construction of the 190-megawatt power plant in Old Harbour Bay by the Spanish firm, TSK Group, which has created 239 local jobs, with 140 jobs being held by persons from the surrounding communities.In the area of Spanish language education, she said that 105 teachers of Spanish recently benefited from an intensive four-day training programme by the Cervantes Institute, Spain’s flagship institution, in the teaching of Spanish.“We are truly grateful for Spain’s continued support as we strive to implement policies that will lead to the people of Jamaica being better positioned to capitalise on the opportunities present in today’s global marketplace,” she said.The event, hosted by the Spanish Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Josep Bosch and his wife, Teresa Gonzalez de Bosch, was attended by Ministers of Government, members of the diplomatic corps, senior government officials and staff of the Embassy of Spain.Ambassador Bosch said that his Government will continue in its efforts “to create a more bilingual Jamaica”.“We are beginning to deliver with a tight collaboration with the Ministry of Education. From this September, we have two Spanish lecturers, one in Shortwood Teachers’ College and another at Sam Sharpe (Teachers’ College),” he added.He said the Embassy of Spain will continue to assist with Spanish language training for teachers and hotel workers.Last year, the institute organised Spanish introductory courses for hotel staff with the support of the Ministry of Tourism.“Spanish language really matters. It means better jobs and more opportunities for Jamaicans,” Ambassador Bosch said.last_img read more

Trafficking in Persons Action Plan Gets Nod from Cabinet

first_img The Government of Jamaica’s National Plan of Action 2018-2021 for combatting Trafficking in Persons (TIP), has been approved by Cabinet. The Government of Jamaica’s National Plan of Action 2018-2021 for combatting Trafficking in Persons (TIP), has been approved by Cabinet.This is contained in a Ministry Paper on Cabinet agenda issues, which was tabled in the House of Representatives recently.According to the document, the National Action Plan provides the strategic framework for Jamaica’s response to human trafficking over a four-year period.It sets out the work being done, identifies gaps, maps the direction of future priorities and sets out plans to enhance transparency and accountability in the fight against human trafficking.“The National Action Plan reflects recommendations from the United States’ Department of State 2018 report on TIP,” the document said.Cabinet has also given approval for the Ministry of Health to enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Department of Health and Social Care, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK), concerning a bilateral nurse exchange partnership.“The proposal for the partnership resulted from the chronic shortage of nurses, particularly specialist and critical care nurses in the Jamaican public sector,” the Ministry Paper said.Under the MOU, nurses will spend seven months training in Jamaica and five months in the UK at the Leeds Teaching Hospital.They will return to Jamaica after the training to work for at least two years. Story Highlights According to the document, the National Action Plan provides the strategic framework for Jamaica’s response to human trafficking over a four-year period. This is contained in a Ministry Paper on Cabinet agenda issues, which was tabled in the House of Representatives recently.last_img read more