Chelsea Barcelona are great even without Neymar – Willian Dejan Kalinic 15:38 2/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Chelsea Barcelona Willian Chelsea v Barcelona UEFA Champions League After helping Chelsea to a first-leg draw against Barca, the Brazilian attacker talked up the talents of the LaLiga leaders Barcelona are still as fearsome as ever even without Neymar, according to Chelsea attacker Willian.Willian’s 62nd-minute strike was cancelled out by Lionel Messi as the teams played out a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.His Brazil team-mate Neymar may have left Barca for Paris Saint-Germain last year, but Willian believes that the Spanish giants remain one of the finest teams on the planet. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I think Barcelona are Barcelona, with or without Neymar,” Willian said.”Of course Neymar is a great player but they have Messi, they have [Andres] Iniesta, they have [Luis] Suarez.”They have really good players so Barcelona is always Barcelona.”While he opened the scoring, Willian also struck the post twice during Tuesday’s clash.And despite Chelsea’s failure to beat Barca, the 29-year-old still believes his team can reach the quarter-finals with a result at Camp Nou on March 14.”Of course, we can go there and do a great job again. It will be a completely different game,” Willian said.”To play there is totally different. But I think we can go there with this mentality. We can go there with great spirit and try to win the game.”
Touch West Web-site: www.touchwest.com.auNORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Play: #4Darwin Touch Junior Grand Finals, Wednesday 6 June, 2007Champions have been crowned after the Darwin Touch Junior Grand Finals last week. Under-13: Gulf Groovers defeated Cubs 3 – 2Under-16: Mixed Breeds defeated Sharks 7 – 3Both games were played in good spirits with the under-13 game only being decided within the final minutes of the game. Well done to all teams. The under-13 Player of the final awards went to Jack Morrison (Boys) and Lucy Morrison (Girls).The under-16 Player of the final medals went to Chris Roe (Boys) and Jordan Ahsam (Girls).Best and Fairest awards for the season were awarded to Tre Conlan (Boys) and Maddison Fletcher (Girls) in the under-13 age group, and Justin Costello (Boys) and Sophie Armitstead (Girls) in the under-16 age division.Other events:Game Development Officer Rebecca Houston visited the Maningrida Community School in Arnhem Land last week.Rebecca ran introductory Touch Football sessions with the whole school as well as training sessions in the afternoon with the Maningrida Boys Secondary School team to travel to Darwin in August for the NT Secondary Schools Touch Championships. Rebecca also attended the Darwin City Cluster Day on Thursday June 7 in Darwin where they ran trials for the Darwin Primary School teams to compete in the NT Primary School Championships, also in August. The Eastern Victoria Independent Schools Competition is well underway. The competition is a result of extensive development work in Eastern Victoria and is testimony to the development work put in to date by the TFA – Victoria staff. The next challenge is to build the competition and link the schools with their local affiliate. St Leonard’s College school program has begun. It is the first time Touch Football has been included in the school’s sports program. Touch Football Australia brings you this rapid fire “Set of Six” news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s Media Scholarship Holder Henry Holland and TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks will bring you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s A Set of Six – volume 6. QUEENSLAND (QLD) Play: #1 Queensland Touch Inaugural State Coaches Meeting – Saturday June 16.Appropriately in State of Origin Rugby League week, Queensland coaches will meet in Brisbane this weekend in preparation for the 2008 State of Origin series. The coaches will combine their minds and strategies to put together a formula to take on the might of reigning champion, New South Wales.Mark Ruggeri (Men’s Open), Karley Banks (Women’s Open), Dan Evans (Mixed Open), Tony O’Keefe (Men’s 20) and Frank Bondolfi (Women’s 20) will be the attending appointed State of Origin coaches.The meeting will pair coaches with mentors and aim to get the coaches focused on what needs to be achieved ahead of the series that is set to take place in approximately 12 months time. The first New South Wales State of Origin squads have already been named, and will be reviewed twice a year in the lead-up to the event in 2008. Selection of the Queensland squads will take place after the Queensland State Championships in Toowoomba, 5 – 7 October 2007. Queensland Coaching Director Kathy O’Brien said Queensland had a lot of work ahead, but was confident of regaining the ascendency at the 2008 event.“It’s always tough against NSW, and Queensland has to get a lot of things right on and off the field to turn around the Blues domination. The coaches have to be in a position to lead their teams with confidence, and with the knowledge that they have prepared as well as possible, and this is a stepping stone to kick start that process.” Mrs. O’Brien said.Other events: The Australian Capital Territory Web-site: www.acttouch.com.auThat’s it for this week’s edition of A Set of Six.Be sure to check out all the latest news in Touch Football this week by going to each State’s web-site for further information. South West Queensland Under-18 selection trials for the 2007 National 18 Years NTL are set to take place in Toowoomba this Sunday, June 17, 2007. Broome Touch local grand finals are set for this Saturday June 16, 2007. Strategic planning is underway, looking to restructure the Victoria East v West game development strategies. Not long until the ACT Primary School Championships – Friday June 22, 2007. Cherbourg and First Contact kids completed the Austouch Leader Training on Monday June 11 in preparation for the Indigenous Sports Expo on Saturday June 16, 2007, in Toowoomba. A Level 1 Referee Course will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evening in Perth this week. The Touch Football Northern Territory web-site: www.touchnt.com.auVICTORIA (VIC)Play: #5106 teams entered in Albert Park Competition – Six teams created from new player pool schemeWithout a formal club structure in Victoria many people, particularly those new to Melbourne, do not have the means or networks to form teams of their own. Albert Park Touch’s new program for individuals has clearly tapped into a very healthy market; it has had an overwhelming response and organisers are very excited about the potential for further increasing participation through this new team structure in future seasons.The scheme is set to be used again for the summer 2007-08 season to accommodate the ever-increasing number of individuals interested in playing the sport of Touch Football.Other events: Are you interested in being a Level 2 coach? Level 2 coaching course planned for the weekend of 27 – 29 July 2007. If you’re interested please contact Chris Tarlinton at Touch Football ACT. Dates will be announced soon of trials for the ACT 12 and 15 Years teams to compete in the Australian Schools Championships in Melbourne, 22 – 26 October, 2007 and the Under-18 team to compete at the Under-18 National Championships in Coffs Harbour, NSW, from 17 – 20 September, 2007. AUSTRALIAN CAPTIAL TERRITORY (ACT) Level Four Water Restrictions to dramatically impact on sport in the ACTWith Level 4 Water Restrictions eminent in the Australian Capital Territory, ACT State Manager Mr. Matt McKerrow has been heavily involved in focus groups and forums with ACT Sport and Recreation Services, ACTEW Water Corporation and other ACT sports bodies, looking at strategies to deal with the implications of the drought issue. The Level 4 restrictions will mark the end of all external watering, which will have a drastic effect on the condition and playability of sports-fields in Canberra. ACT Touch is committed to working with the authorities towards a suitable solution to what is a very threatening issue. Whilst it’s envisaged that the current winter competitions will be completed without issue, it is the coming summer season where the real impact will become clear.Other events: Touch Football Queensland web-site: www.qldtouch.com.auSOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA) Play: #2SAPSASA Primary Schools ChampionshipsAll South Australian Primary schools have been invited to participate in the SAPSASA championships to run over 13 – 14 June 2007. The competition has been split into four divisions, Junior Boys and Junior Girls (Years 4 –5) and Senior Boys and Senior Girls (Years 6-7). 500 students will compete in 49 teams from 20 schools. The Championships will be a selection tournament for the 12 Years team to represent South Australia in the Australian Schools Championships in Melbourne, 22 – 26 October, 2007. The Tournament will run at the Citytouch Grounds on the corner of Greenhill and Beaumont roads, Eastwood, from 9.30am. Other events:Under-15s State Representative trials are to be held this coming weekend, 16 – 17 June 2007. The events will occur on both the Saturday and Sunday from 9.30am – 11.30am. Touch Football South Australia is looking forward to a highly skilled weekend to kick off preparations for the Australian Schools Championships in Melbourne, 22 – 26 October, 2007. Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA) Play: # 3WA Teams Compete at Asian Championships.Backing up from a seventh straight grand final win at the North West Championships in Broome, a number of Karratha players were again in action for a senior mixed team from the club at the Asian Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, last weekend 9 – 10 June, 2007. A senior men’s team from Southern Districts in Perth also competed at the event.Southern Districts had a very successful tournament, winning six of its seven games. Karratha was similarly impressive, winning eight of its 11 matches. Karratha was a Masters team playing in an open tournament, and won a gold medal in its division. Neither team was eligible to win the overall championships, which were classified by origin. Other events: The Touch Football Victoria web-site: www.victouch.com.au Play: #6
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton boss Hasenhuttl: I made sure to apologise to Emeryby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has apologised for blanking Unai Emery after victory over Arsenal.At full-time the new boss ran onto the pitch to celebrate with his players, who were registering their first home league win of the season.During the celebrations, Hasenhuttl revealed he didn’t see his opposition manager and therefore couldn’t shake his hand.”I apologised to Unai Emery for not shaking his hand,” he told Sky Sports.”I was looking for him and I didn’t see him. I then ran to my players.”
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The brother of fired Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith took to Twitter on Saturday night to post a revealing message about everything that’s happened with his brother, Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes’ football program.Smith, of course, was fired by Ohio State in July following the filing of a domestic violence protection order. His ex-wife, Courtney Smith, alleges that he committed domestic violence against her on multiple occasions. She told all in an interview with college football insider Brett McMurphy.McMurphy’s story led to the placing of head coach Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave. He was later suspended for the first three games of the season following an investigation.Smith’s brother took to Twitter on Saturday night to post a lengthy message addressing the situation.He makes one thing clear: He claims his brother, Zach, never committed domestic violence against Courtney Smith.“This is the last post I will make about all that has gone on,” he wrote.This is the last post I will make about all that has gone on. pic.twitter.com/9O08cMzjWv— Carter Smith (@cbsmith3) August 26, 2018Zach Smith and his ex-wife, Courtney Smith, will have their day in court in September. We’ll likely learn more about what actually happened then.Urban Meyer, meanwhile, can’t return to the sideline until Ohio State’s Week 4 game. The Buckeyes open the season against Oregon State Week 1. Ryan Day is coaching the team in Meyer’s absence.
HOUSTON, TEXAS – APRIL 02: Syracuse Orange cheerleaders perform in the first half during the NCAA Men’s Final Four Semifinal between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Syracuse Orange at NRG Stadium on April 2, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Syracuse’s football program had one of its biggest wins in years on Saturday, as the Orange secured a bowl berth with a win over N.C. State, which had been ranked inside the top 25.Madison Dallas, a Syracuse cheerleader, has already won the day, too.The Orange cheerleader is taking part in a Halloween costume contest on Instagram and she had a really strong showing.Madison dressed up in a classic Baywatch costume.Well done, Madison.You can follow her on IG here.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: (R-L) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines talk on the field prior to their game at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Ohio State and Michigan need to handle business today, but it’s hard to ignore the showdown looming between both programs. The Buckeyes and Wolverines are trending in opposite directions, yet Tim Tebow thinks that will change in two weeks.Losing to Purdue and struggling against Nebraska wasn’t encouraging at all for the Buckeyes. Despite all of the issues on defense though, Ohio State is 8-1 on the season.For the Wolverines, losing to Notre Dame in the season opener has motivated them to become one of the hottest teams in college football.Regardless of Michigan’s recent success, Tebow doesn’t believe it will carry over to the showdown with Ohio State.From 247Sports:“I think they’re going to be a favorite against Ohio State, and Ohio State is going to be able to knock them off and go to the Big Ten Championship,” Tebow said. “It doesn’t matter who they play. Neither one of them are getting in. Michigan, that is their opportunity. This is their chance. They’re in the Top Four. Everyone else has lost but can they find a way to beat their rivals Ohio State? They haven’t done it yet. Will it be this year? I’m saying probably not.”This game will be played in Columbus, which gives an advantage to the Buckeyes.Last season, Ohio State won 31-20 over Michigan on the road.Who do you believe will win this game?
CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 15: Quarterback Trevor Lawrence #16 hands off to running back Adam Choice #26 of the Clemson Tigers during the Tigers’ football game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Week 11 is in the books. The latest Coaches Poll has been released and the new AP rankings are set to come out later this afternoon.The AP Top 25 comes out around 2 p.m. ET. Some voters have already unveiled their individual ballots.As he does every Sunday, Stadium’s Brett McMurphy revealed his official AP ballot.My new AP Top 25 ballot by conference: SEC 5, Big 12 4, Big Ten 4, Pac-12 3, AAC 2, ACC 2, C-USA 1, MAC 1, MWC 1, Notre Dame, Army @WatchStadiumhttps://t.co/aGrcBfS06o #APTop25— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 11, 2018Here is McMurphy’s entire top 25:AlabamaClemsonNotre DameGeorgiaMichiganWashington StateWest VirginiaOklahomaOhio StateLSUUCFTexasUtah StateIowa StateSyracuseWashingtonUABArmyUtahFloridaPenn StateNorthwesternKentuckyCincinnatiBuffaloMcMurphy will occasionally break down his ballot in video form later on Sunday afternoons, so be on the lookout for that.In the meantime, the full AP poll comes out in roughly an hour.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – OCTOBER 24: The Miami Hurricanes cheerleaders perform during a game against the Clemson Tigers at Sun Life Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)The Miami Hurricanes suffered a tough loss to open the 2019 college football season, losing an ugly contest to Florida in “Week 0.”The U will look to rebound from that loss and move forward in two weeks.Miami will be back on the field on Saturday, Sept. 7 against North Carolina in a conference matchup, as the Hurricanes will attempt to notch their first win of the season.Lexie Fioto will be cheering The U on. The Miami cheerleader has been going viral on social media, as her Instagram followers start to rise up.Miami’s home opener is set for Saturday, Sept. 14 against Bethune-Cookman.Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. E.T. on the ACC Network.
Press Trust of India AdelaideJanuary 16, 2019UPDATED: January 16, 2019 15:31 IST India are currently in Australia playing an ODI series (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJason Gillespie has backed India’s chances at World Cup, saying they have a well-balanced bowling attackGillespie said Bumrah is a fine bowler and revealed that he enjoys watching the India pacer in actionGillespie is confident that Australia will head to the World Cup with a full-strength teamFormer Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie feels the current Indian bowling attack led by Jasprit Bumrah makes the team one of the favourites for the upcoming ICC World Cup, alongside hosts England.”I think the Indian attack is well balanced. Bumrah has been rested for obvious reason but their attack is still quite good,” Gillespie told PTI in an interview.”Everyone offers different things, and you add Bumrah to it, so they are well placed to mount a challenge for the World Cup. I think England are the obvious favourites, but India won’t be far behind,” he insisted.Gillespie singled out Bumrah for special praise and said the young right-arm pacer’s unorthodox action makes him a different bowler from others.”I enjoy watching Bumrah bowl. He just ambles in but when he gets to the crease, he almost has a slingshot action. He bowls at good pace, hurries the batsmen up, and he can also change his pace a lot. He is a very fine bowler,” the 43-year-old former pacer said.”His action does stand out. It is a braced front leg, delayed bowling arm action. It gets you to the crease quickly, and delivers that sling shot. It is what generates his pace.”But you need to be strong to be able to do that. Bumrah is robust and fit to bowl long spells in Test cricket. He keeps his pace up throughout a Test and this is what makes him an exciting bowler,” Gillespie said.India and Australia are tied at 1-1 in the ongoing three-match ODI series with the decider scheduled to be played at Melbourne on Friday.advertisementThe Australian team, which is currently going through a rebuilding phase, are eyeing its first ODI series win since January 2017 and Gillespie said it is the best for opportunity for youngsters to stake a claim in the World Cup-bound team.”Obviously they are missing a couple key personnel from both batting and bowling perspectives. But the team will look very different in the World Cup. So it is a wonderful opportunity for these players and selectors to look at different options in pressure situations,” said the Adelaide Strikers’ coach.”It is a great opportunity for young players to show what they can do and enjoy the moment of representing their country. It gives selectors more information when they get together to pick the World Cup squad,” Gillespie added.Also Read | MS Dhoni not getting younger, leave the man alone: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | MS Dhoni did not complete a single and forgot to raise his bat after reaching his fiftyAlso Read | Watch: Glenn Maxwell imitates MS Dhoni’s helicopter shot, Kevin Pietersen’s switch-hitAlso Read | I love Virat Kohli, he is the best in the world: Darren LehmannAlso Read | Why MS Dhoni lost his cool with Khaleel Ahmed in AdelaideFor 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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Jason GillespieFollow Virat KohliFollow 2019 ICC World Cup England are favourites for 2019 World Cup but India won’t be far behind: Jason GillespieIndia vs Australia: Former Australia pacer Jason Gillespie also heaped praise on India pacer Jasprit Bumrah, saying he enjoys watching the right-arm pacer in action. Bumrah has been rested for the ongoing ODI series in Australia and the upcoming limited-over series in New Zealand.advertisement
Chinese GP: Bottas pips Hamilton to pole for 1000th F1 race, Vettel grabs 3rd spotValtteri Bottas, who won the season opener in Australia and leads defending champion Lewis Hamilton by one point in the standings, was the third different driver to take pole this season in three races.advertisement Next Reuters ShanghaiApril 13, 2019UPDATED: April 13, 2019 16:12 IST The Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday will be the 1000th Formula One race (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe pole was a first for Bottas since Russia last SeptemberHamilton sounded happy just to be on the front row, despite six previous poles in ShanghaiRed Bull’s Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly fifth and sixthValtteri Bottas will start Formula One’s 1,000th world championship race from pole position after leading Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton in a front row lockout at the Chinese Grand Prix on Saturday.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel qualified third, ahead of 21-year-old Monegasque team mate Charles Leclerc who was unable to repeat his Bahrain Grand Prix pole of two weeks ago.Bottas, who won the season opener in Australia and leads defending champion Hamilton by one point in the standings, was the third different driver to take pole this season in three races.”The lap was OK, not completely how I wanted. Luckily it was good enough for pole,” smiled the Finn, who pipped Hamilton by 0.023 seconds after setting a best time of one minute 31.547.”Lewis also managed to improve a lot during the qualifying and it was super-close.”The pole was a first for Bottas since Russia last September and the seventh of his career. It was also his first in China where Mercedes have won five of the last seven races.Hamilton sounded happy just to be on the front row, despite six previous poles in Shanghai, after looking out of sorts in practice.”I didn’t give up, I kept pushing right to the end. Big congratulations to Valtteri, he’s been stellar all weekend and I’ve been struggling and fighting the car,” said the Briton.”To be as close as we are at the end is fantastic. An incredible result for the team. There was a little bit more time left on the table there but that’s cool, I’ll try and get it tomorrow,” added Hamilton.advertisementUNHAPPY VERSTAPPENFerrari had arrived in China as favourites after showing their speed in Bahrain, particularly on the straights, with Leclerc on pole and leading until a loss of engine power in the closing laps.While unable to match the quick-cornering Mercedes cars for overall pace in Shanghai, Vettel hoped to be closer on Sunday thanks to the track’s main straight being more than a kilometre long.”I think there was maybe a little bit more but overall not enough to beat these guys today,” said the 31-year-old German, a four times world champion.”If we get close we could have an advantage in a straight line.”The top 10 positions went two-by-two in team order, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly fifth and sixth and ahead of the Renault pair of Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg the Australian just 0.004 ahead of the German.With the field of cars bunching up, Verstappen was unable to cross the line to start his final run before the clock ran down, which prompted a frustrated outburst over the radio from the 21-year-old Dutchman.”I was trying to follow the Ferrari in front of me and trying to overtake him, this time it caught me out and I’m not happy about that,” he said. “It’s annoying because we could have fought for third today.”Everyone in front of me is starting with the same tyres so we’ll see what happens in the race. For sure we’ll try to get a podium.”Haas’s Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean completed the top 10 qualifiers.Kimi Raikkonen, the former Ferrari driver and 2007 world champion, failed to make the final phase of qualifying for the first time since 2016 and will start 13th for Alfa Romeo ahead of McLaren’s Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris.Raikkonen’s Italian team mate Antonio Giovinazzi failed to set a time due to engine problems and starts 19th and last on the grid.Thailand’s Alexander Albon did not take part in qualifying after a crash in final practice left his Toro Rosso mechanics with plenty of work to do. The rookie will start from the pit lane on Sunday.”I am OK. More angry and disappointed than anything else. It was a big one and silly one,” said Albon. “We had a good chance of being in Q3 (the top 10 shootout). We had a good car.”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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Vatteri BottasFollow Lewis HamiltonFollow Sebastian VettelFollow Chinese GPFollow F1Follow Formula One
Manchester decks up for India-Pakistan World Cup clashIndia and Pakistan face off at World Cup 2019 takes place on June 16 at the Old Trafford. Manchester is amongst the six English cities that will receive internationals teams for the showpiece event that begins from May 30.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service ManchesterMay 5, 2019UPDATED: May 5, 2019 17:15 IST Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed and India skipper Virat Kohli at Champions Trophy 2017. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTrafford Cricket Ground will host the India-Pakistan World Cup group matchIndia and Pakistan will face each other at World Cup 2019 on June 16World Cup 2019 begins from May 30 in England and WalesBeginning of May, on a sunny yet chilly day with freezing breeze, the Old Trafford Cricket Ground, home of Lancashire Cricket Club, seems more than peaceful.Not a sound anywhere, except a few Indian tourists, most probably cricket fans, here and there, who managed to visit the place barely six weeks before the most awaited match in the World Cup 2019 takes place on June 16 when arch rivals India and Pakistan face off at the the Old Trafford.Manchester is amongst the six English cities that will receive internationals teams for the showpiece event as well as thousands of fans from around the world.”It is definitely going to be huge. Last year when India played against England in a T20 match here, it was a gorgeous sunny day and the crowd was predominantly Indian. The stadium was painted with Indian colours and the Bharat Army was very noisy. It was a great game of cricket and India was far too good and the atmosphere was amazing and it’s going to be even louder for the India-Pakistan Game,” said Dan Whitehead, Corporate Sales and Business Development Manager at Cricket Lancashire.According to Cricket Lancashire, 70 per cent of the enquiries for the India-Pakistan match have come from India and the tickets were sold-out within 48 hours. “Because of the huge demand, we created more packages and at this very moment, we have only 200 packages left for those who would like to still make it for the big game,” said Whitehead.Besides the India-Pakistan Match, Manchester will also host the India-West Indies match. For nearly a year, the city has been preparing to receive the Indian fans for the big event. They hope that though they may be here for the game, they would take the opportunity to explore not just Manchester city but also the surrounding areas.advertisement”For the India-Pakistan game, there will be a special fan zone in the city. It’s actually an area dedicated to cricket fans and has been organised by ICC. It will move from one city to another and during the weekend of June 16, it will be in Manchester. We will have big screens to watch the India-Pakistan game and other matches. We have also created a special website for visit Manchester, that’s a guide to what Indian visitors will particularly want to see around. It also gives information about where to get Indian or vegetarian food,” said Tim Manley, Marketing Manager in-charge of India at Marketing Manchester.The World Cup in the UK will indeed have an enormous impact on travel budgets as well as advertising budgets; and is slated bag the lion’s share of outbound travel from India this summer, added Amit Kishore, co-founder of Eastbound Group, one of India’s leading travel conglomerates.”Sports tourism from India has been growing as the Indian fans of football, Formula 1 car races and other sports have started making the trips to watch these events around the world. But, for cricket, the demand is of course the biggest. According to the International Cricket Council (ICC), there were over 400,000 enquiries for the tickets for the June 16 India-Pakistan match. And, of course, yes, I am going to be there as well, cheering on,” Kishore added.Visit UK India expects anywhere between 50,000 to 80,000 additional visitors to come during the world cup, and this forecast is particularly boosted by the MICE segment that is one of the fastest growing one from India to the UK.”About six to eight months back, a lot of incentives schemes had been developed by corporates in India. The total number of people who are coming as part of an incentive group is close to 10,000. Also, an average MICE visitor from India spends an average of GBP 1800 per visit versus a leisure visitor that spends GBP 900 per visit,” said Shuja Bin Mehdi, B2B manager India at VisitUK.Even if the demand was huge, amongst the difficulties faced by travel agencies was the limited capacity of both the stadium and airlines. “As compared to the last cricket world cup held in Australia, we have less people travelling to the UK, not because there is lesser demand. On the contrary it is very strong. But the tickets have been sold out very quickly only because the stadiums here have lesser capacity than in Australia. Also, obtaining the British visa is more difficult. But nonetheless, we are seeing a huge demand from India for sports tourism in general, not only for cricket but also for football in Europe,” said Vicky Gupta, Deputy General Manager at FCM Mice India.advertisementTroubled airline Jet Airways also recently stopped the only direct flight to Manchester from Mumbai, but according to the travel trade, it had no particular impact on travel to the cricket world cup. “There are other ways to get to Manchester, notably with Emirates, Oman, Gulf, Swiss Air, Finnair, Ethiopian etc. Moving ahead I am sure that all the big airlines in India are talking to Manchester about launching a new direct route between India and Manchester and we are sure that it will happen sometimes this year or next year,” adds Mehdi.And even if many won’t be amongst the lucky 26,000 who will get a seat at the stadium for the India-Pakistan match, many will certainly come to the city to watch the game from as close as possible to the India team and feel the vibrancy of that night.The night before the big match, a huge concert will notably be organised in the city by Bharat Army with noted Punjabi singer Guru Randhawa. It seems Manchester will shift from its vibrant red to a wave of blue in the month of June.Also Read | IPL 2019: I feel your pain, Virat Kohli thanks RCB fans after consolation winAlso Read | IPL 2019: Another no-ball controversy and Virat Kohli is frustratedAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India vs PakistanFollow Old Trafford
Next Pooja Shali UdhampurJune 6, 2019UPDATED: June 7, 2019 19:48 IST In the last 18 months, more than 80% of drugs seized in Jammu and Kashmir were smuggled in from Pakistan.HIGHLIGHTS80 per cent of drugs seized in J&K were smuggled in from PakistanOnly 20 per cent came from neighbouring PunjabDrug mafia threats keep families from seeking helpA disaster is brewing in the mountains of Jammu. Hundreds of young men and women from Udhampur, Jammu City and other parts of the region have slipped into the dark alleys of heroin addiction as groups in Pakistan are doing here what they did in Punjab years ago, an India Today TV ground report has revealed.It’s a sinister design to ruin the next generation and escalate criminal and terror activities, accounts from busy markets and crowded neighbourhoods have shown. Sachin (name changed) and his elder brother picked up the deadly drug because of its “cool quotient” and peer push.”My friend introduced me to a peddler from a nearby shop. We tried it for a few days. Soon, we got addicted. My body aches and burns when I feel the urge. My only focus is to buy heroin at any cost. I am prepared to steal and intimidate,” said the 23-year-old, his voice shivering due to the drug’s impact.He attempted to stop heroin but soon relapsed into addiction as drug peddlers are always around. “I did not take the drug in the past 24 hours. I often try to stop but it’s not easy. I urge the J&K government to subsidise expensive medicines like it has been done in Punjab. I want to recover and end my and my family’s suffering,” he said.Their father lost his life savings on treatment. A flourishing business is ruined, leaving the family in a debt of over Rs 10 lakh.”My business is bankrupt and I am on the verge of selling our house. We have spent more than Rs 70 lakh on their treatment, to no avail. My wife and I cry during the night, fearing our boys may die of an overdose,” said the distraught father.advertisement”There are constant tensions and fights at home. Sons demand money for drugs. From where will I get the money when there is hardly any even for food? I urge the government to help us out,” he said.Fights turn violent in most households in Jammu and Udhampur when young addicts feel an uncontrollable urge. A woman at a police station, holding an application for help, was crying inconsolably. Her 18-year-old son had beaten her demanding money for drugs.In another case, a brother-sister duo has started to drop out of college. Their parents acknowledge that children are consumed by addiction but are apprehensive to reach out to a rehabilitation centre to protect their identity and avoid being disowned by relatives.Drug mafia threats also keep families from seeking help. Many families refused to speak on the record. Local residents accepted they are fast losing the next generation in the region to the drug menace. THE ROUTE CHANGE In the last 18 months, more than 80 per cent of drugs seized in Jammu and Kashmir were smuggled in from Pakistan, also for narco-terrorism, a recent Mail Today report said. Only 20 to 25 per cent of drugs being smuggled into J&K came from Punjab, while the rest were being pumped in from across the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB).Officials said the Ramban-Banihal National Highway, one of the two road links between Kashmir and mainland India, has turned into a major route for the drug mafia that has connections to Pakistan-based smugglers. This is after the Border Security Force (BSF) and the local police cut off heroin supply lines into Punjab.Terror groups are also using infiltration routes in IB and LoC in the Jammu region with the backing of Pakistan’s ISI and Army, another recent Mail Today report said. This is happening due to increased vigilance in Kashmir Valley.In April, the Centre suspended trade with Pakistan-occupied J&K after reports of the routes being misused by Pakistan-based elements for pushing illegal weapons, narcotics and fake currency.THE POLICE ACTION”The drug is sent by Pakistan and then transported into states and districts. We carry out coercive and corrective measures. Trucks from Kashmir Valley going towards Punjab or Jammu are stopped, checked and seized if required. Many FIRs have been filed and seizures made,” said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Udhampur, Rajiv Pandey.”We have also started de-addiction centres. We appeal to people to approach us if they face any problem. We assure they will be treated as victims,” he said.Cops maintain that in smaller towns, responses at de-addiction centres remain poor as patients fear being ostracised.Awareness campaigns are being run both in Udhampur and Jammu City via banners and media platforms, but more doctors are required at these centres, sources said.advertisementThere is no official data yet to grasp the gravity of the drug menace in the state.DE-ADDICTION DRIVEMeanwhile, there is hope amid dark clouds as cops are organising awareness programmes for young addicts.A de-addiction centre set up by the J&K Police in Jammu City is flooded with patients. Seventeen of the 20 beds remain full at all times, reflecting constant arrivals of addicts willing to recover. “Say no to drugs” posters are pasted on walls and across premises.”I was a sales marketing official and my whole salary would be spent on buying drugs. I got admitted to this centre because I want to regain my reputation and end the shame my parents are forced to face. The death of my 18-year-old cousin due to overdose was a wake-up call,” said a 22-year-old resident of Udhampur, recovering at the deaddiction centre. Young men were seen working out, playing sports and reading books within the premises.BAD RECOVERY RATEHowever, the recovery rate is abysmal as most head back to the same lanes where peddlers thrive. “I used to buy heroin for Rs 4,000 a gram and consume half of it each day. In Srinagar, drugs can be cheaper, while in Jammu City they are expensive. I do not even trust cops as I feel they are also involved sometimes,” said a 38-year-old resident of Jammu.”But at this centre, I feel better. I came here 15 days ago. We want to now return to our family and start afresh. But, will society accept us?” asked the father of two.COUNSELLORS’ ROLE Counsellors have a big crisis to manage. “We admit patients only when they are willing to recover as we do not force anyone to stay here. A data is compiled to keep checks on arrivals and track recovery of addicts,” said Manpreet Kour, coordinator at de-addiction centre in Jammu.The treatment is free of cost. One has to pay only for food. Security men ensure no stranger is permitted inside, though a family member is registered as a guardian and kept in the loop. The centre is only for men, for now.”Our aim is to listen to them and analyse what pushed them into addiction. We try to bring hope and responsibility into them. We use techniques and medication to help them recover,” said Aneesha Dhar, counsellor at the de-addiction centre.Pakistani drugs propaganda in Jammu and Kashmir is wreaking havoc in the lives of youngsters. @PoojaShali tells us how the young lives are being affected.#ITVideoMore Videos: https://t.co/Nounxo6IKQ pic.twitter.com/oRR73hgB1ZIndia Today (@IndiaToday) June 6, 2019ALSO READ | In a first, Hafiz Saeed not allowed to lead Eid prayers at Gaddafi stadium in LahoreALSO READ | Drugs worth Rs 13 lakh recovered from South African woman at IGI AirportALSO WATCH | Protests erupt in Srinagar, posters of Masood Azhar seen outside masjidGet 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. 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advertisement scorecard No data available! view more view less commentary World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma meet 87-year-old superfan after India reach semi-finalsIndia captain Virat Kohli thanked 87-year-old Charu Lata Patel for immense support to Team India as Men in Blue defeated Bangladesh by 28 runs to enter the semi-finals of World Cup 2019. Saurabh Kumar BirminghamJuly 3, 2019UPDATED: July 3, 2019 07:53 IST Ms Charulata Patel was spotted by a cameraman during India’s innings (BCCI Twitter)HIGHLIGHTS87-year-old superfan Charulata Patel was seen cheering for Team India in Birmingham on TuesdayIndia captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma went to meet Ms Patel after the match vs BangladeshIndia (314/9) beat Bangladesh (286) by 28 runs to reach the CWC 19 semi-finalsIndia captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma went onto meet 87-year-old Charu Lata Patel after India defeated Bangladesh by 28 runs to reach the semi-finals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.Virat Kohli also tweeted an image with Charu Lata Patel, thanking her for immense support and saluting her passion and dedication as a fan.”Also would like to thank all our fans for all the love & support & especially Charulata Patel ji. She’s 87 and probably one of the most passionate & dedicated fans I’ve ever seen. Age is just a number, passion takes you leaps & bounds. With her blessings, on to the next one, ” Virat captioned the image.Also would like to thank all our fans for all the love & support & especially Charulata Patel ji. She’s 87 and probably one of the most passionate & dedicated fans I’ve ever seen. Age is just a number, passion takes you leaps & bounds. With her blessings, on to the next one. pic.twitter.com/XHII8zw1F2Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 2, 2019Rohit Sharma became only the 2nd batsman after Kumar Sangakkara to hit 4 hundreds in a single World Cup and in the process became the leading run-scorer in this World Cup. Rohit fell to Soumya Sarkar on 104.Rohit unfurled a flurry of strokes and played with a lot of freedom during his almost 2-hours-long vigil at the crease. En route his century, Rohit also hit 5 huge sixes to go along with 7 boundaries.How amazing is this?!India’s top-order superstars @imVkohli and @ImRo45 each shared a special moment with one of the India fans at Edgbaston.#CWC19 | #BANvIND pic.twitter.com/3EjpQBdXnXadvertisementCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 2, 2019Rohit along with KL Rahul forged record 180-run opening stand to set up the foundation of India’s big total against Bangladesh.KL Rahul hit 66 while Rishabh Pant smashed an enterprising 48 before Hardik Pandya starred with the ball to ensure India’s 28-run win over Bangladesh at Edgbaston.Ms Patel was spotted by a cameraman during India’s innings. She was pictured blowing a horn and many fans took note and shared her pictures onCricket really is for all ages!Meet the #TeamIndia fan whose support is simply sensational #BANvIND | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/4TaXCvSgzrCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 2, 2019She proudly admitted that this is her team and the players are like her kids. “I love this Indian team and all the players are like my kids,” she said.For sure, her passionate cheering for Team India was one of the highlights of India’s win and she instantly became an internet sensation.Also Read | Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya star as India beat Bangladesh to enter semi-finalsAlso Read | Rohit Sharma played chess with Bangladesh bowling attack, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Rohit Sharma best one-day player in the world, says Virat KohliFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs BangladeshFollow World Cup 2019Follow Virat KohliFollow Rohit SharmaFollow Charulata Patel graphs Next
Next Samsung Galaxy A80 available for pre-order until July 31: Offers, price and specsThe Galaxy A80 is up for pre-orders until July 31. Priced at Rs 47,990, the Galaxy A80 touts a New Infinity display, rotating triple camera setup and a Snapdragon 730G chipset, among other things. Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJuly 24, 2019UPDATED: July 25, 2019 14:46 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Galaxy A80 price in India has been set at Rs 47,990.You can pre-order the Galaxy A80 until July 31. The smartphone will go on sale starting August 1.Galaxy A80 brings a New Infinity display, rotating triple camera setup and Snapdragon 730G.Samsung announced the Galaxy A80 in India last week and the smartphone is currently up for pre-orders in the country. The Galaxy A80 is the most premium device in the Galaxy A lineup right now and among Samsung’s most innovative phones as well. It is notably the company’s first smartphone to feature a notchless New Infinity display as well as a unique rotating triple camera setup.The Galaxy A80 price in India has been set at Rs 47,990 and it comes in a single 8GB + 128GB memory and storage option. The Galaxy A80 can be pre-ordered until July 31. The smartphone will go on sale starting August 1 across retail stores in India, e-Shop, Samsung Opera House and major leading online channels in Ghost White, Phantom Black and Angel Gold colours. Customers who pre-book the Galaxy A80 will also avail a one-time screen replacement offer.Samsung Galaxy A80 specificationsThe Galaxy A80 is the first Samsung phone to sport a New Infinity display. This is an edge-to-edge display that comes without a notch or punch-hole cutout of any kind. The bezels are extremely thing around the screen to offer a high screen ratio. The Galaxy A80 sports a large 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display.In order to remove the notch, Samsung came up with a unique pop-up camera mechanism where the triple camera setup on the back rises up and flips to the front. This way, the user will be able to use the same high quality cameras for selfies as well. The triple camera setup offers a 48-megapixel Sony IMX 586 f/2.0 primary camera, an 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra wide-angle camera and ToF (Time of Flight) camera for depth mapping. The camera also supports 4K UHD video recording, Super Steady mode, scene optimiser and Night mode, among other things.advertisementThe Galaxy A80 is powered by an 8nm Snapdragon 730G processor that is equipped with Adreno 618 GPU. The Galaxy A80 comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It packs a 3,700mAh battery and supports 25W fast charging over Type-C.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Note 10 full specs leaked ahead of August 7 launch: Here’s what we 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 bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow SamsungFollow Galaxy A80
India Today Web Desk BaselAugust 26, 2019UPDATED: August 27, 2019 14:13 IST PV Sindhu became the first Indian to win the BWF World Championships. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPV Sindhu defeated Nozomi Okhura to become first Indian to win BWF World ChampionshipsSindhu has won 2 silver, 2 bronze and 1 gold medal at World ChampionshipsIt was Sindhu’s third successive BWF World Championships finalPV Sindhu on Sunday became the first ever Indian World Champion in the sport. The 24-year-old was flush with emotions as she stood on the podium with an elusive and much-awaited gold medal around her neck.The star Indian shuttler defeated Nozomi Okhura–the same opponent who robbed her of the title 2 years ago in an epic 110-minute game–in one of the most lopsided finals in the BWF World Championships. This was Sindhu’s fifth World Championships medal.Sindhu on Monday took to social media to admit that she was very emotional at the enormity of the moment descended on her and when the national anthem played after the medal ceremony.”I could not hold back my tears when I saw the Indian flag ???? and heard the National anthem playing. Words can’t express my feelings about yesterday’s win at the World Championship,” Sindhu wrote in an Instagram post.Sindhu defeated Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in just 38 minutes to win create history.In the six appearances that World No. 5 Sindhu has made at the BWF World Championships, she has won 2 silver, 2 bronze and 1 gold medal to become the joint-most successful women’s singles shuttler at the world meet.PV Sindhu also became only the 4th singles player ever to have a full set of world championship medals.Also Read | PV Sindhu wins historic gold, crushes Nozomi Okuhara in BWF World Championships finalAlso Read | PV Sindhu, Ben Stokes complete sporting ascendancy on Super SundayFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow PV SindhuFollow BWF World ChampionshipsFollow PV Sindhu wins gold Wasn’t able to hold back tears when I heard the national anthem: PV Sindhu after historic goldBWF World Championships: PV Sindhu defeated Nozomi Okuhara in straight games to become the first Indian to win a gold medal in the tournament.advertisement Next
TNCA, Haryana, Maharashtra barred from attending BCCI AGM for non-complianceThe Committee of Administrators (CoA) barred Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA), Haryana Cricket Association (HCA) and Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) from attending the BCCI Annual General Meeting in Mumbai.advertisement Next Press Trust of India PuneOctober 9, 2019UPDATED: October 9, 2019 20:52 IST BCCI logo (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe three non-compliant units will not have any voting rights in case there is an electionCoA has intimated the two state units that they would be debarred from participating in the electionsCoA chief Vinod Rai, who is currently in the United States, was unavailable for a commentTamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA), Haryana Cricket Association (HCA) and Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) have been barred by the Committee of Administrators (CoA) from attending the BCCI Annual General Meeting in Mumbai on October 23 due to non-compliance in their amended Constitutions.This effectively means that the three non-compliant units will not have any voting rights in case there is an election during the scheduled AGM.”Yes, the CoA has intimated the two state units that they would be debarred from participating in the elections as they have not amended their Constitutions as per Supreme Court orders on August 9, 2018. Maharashtra is also going to be debarred from attending the AGM,” a source close to CoA told PTI on condition of anonymity.CoA chief Vinod Rai, who is currently in the United States, was unavailable for a comment.The TNCA, which is under the control of former BCCI president N Srinivasan, was supposed to be represented by its secretary SS Ramasaamy while Haryana, under the rule of outgoing treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry, was set to be represented by Mrinal Ojha.Even Maharashtra is going to be debarred from AGM as the Charity Commissioner of the state had found anomalies in their amended constitution. The unit still under the control of former Board secretary Ajay Shirke, was supposed to be represented by Riyaz Bagban.The TNCA, which recently elected Srinivasan’s daughter Rupa Gurunath, had 21 violations in their amended Constitution, including non-compliance in age cap (over 70 years), tenure of cooling off period being a few major ones.advertisementEven after they complied with a few later on, they didn’t adhere to the major reforms and had taken a tough stand that it is not in CoA’s authority to debar any state unit as their job is to merely file status report on compliance.Haryana and Maharashtra also toed the same line.On part of CoA, their argument is that the elections are being conducted under their watch and no non-compliant association will be allowed to take part in the AGM.Now the implication of this decision could be two-fold and the BCCI could be divided on this issue.In case, there are unanimous choices for the five office-bearers’ post (president, vice president, secretary, joint secretary and treasurer), it won’t mean much even if they are debarred.”If TNCA, Haryana and Maharashtra move court and get a stay on AGM, the CoA stays on. Do we want that? Not me at least as I want to get the board back from CoA on October 23 and take it from thereon,” a former office bearer and Board veteran told PTI.”In any case, Srinivasan is playing an active role in decision making and is in touch with influential people who would have final say in these matters. So if the posts are pre-decided, CoA’s strategy to not let TNCA, Haryana doesnt hold much ground,” the official said.This time at the AGM, may be just four to five people will be there who would have attended a big Board meeting, which was a regular feature till 2015.”Only having first timers is also not a great thing. We need experience to guide as the Board is in a mess,” said a first-time president of a state unit, who could get a major role in the Board’s functioning.Many in the Board believe that once CoA goes, everyone can come around together and decide further course of action.There is a school of thought that India, having lost its position and power of bargaining in the ICC, should get it back and who better than Srinivasan to do that.”There is no age-cap of representation in the ICC. Mr Srinivasan has been the reason why we had such clout in the ICC. There is no harm if he again represents India at the ICC. We can do that after getting the Board back and for that we should avoid another round of legal tussle,” said a disqualified BCCI veteran.Also Read | India vs South Africa 2nd Test Live Streaming: When, where to watch live telecast, online coverageAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is reporting that the country earned some US$1.33 billion in foreign exchange from expenditure by visitors to Jamaica, between January and July this year. According to PIOJ Director General, Dr. Gladstone Hutchinson, this represents a 3.6 per cent increase over the corresponding period last year. Speaking at the PIOJ’s quarterly media briefing (July to September), on November 20, at the Institute’s New Kingston offices, Dr. Hutchinson said “provisional” visitor expenditure available for July this year, showed a seven per cent increase over the corresponding period in 2011, to yield approximately US$225.3 million. He pointed out that the July to September quarter saw an estimated 3.5 per cent increase in air passenger movement. He informed that passenger movement through Kingston’s Norman Manley International Airport increased 5.2 per cent, while Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport recorded a 2.5 per cent increase. In this regard, he said the hotels and restaurants sector, one of the two recording the largest increases during the quarter, went up 2.3 per cent. “This was influenced mainly by an estimated growth in the hotel component reflecting increases in total arrivals, up five per cent, with stop-over arrivals up three per cent, and cruise ship arrivals, up 9.4 per cent,” he indicated. The other sector which recorded a relatively significant increase during the period was finance and insurance, up 0.8 per cent, Dr. Hutchinson said. “This increase was due largely to an increase in net income on loan stocks at deposit taking institutions and higher fees and commission income. The stock of loans and advances, outstanding at commercial banks, amounted to $298.6 billion, an increase of $15.1 billion, compared with the end of September 2011. Of this amount, credit to the private sector accounted for $272.8 billion, representing an increase of 19.2 per cent at the end of June 2012,” he outlined. The wholesale and retail trade, and repair and installation of machinery sectors also recorded increases, going up 0.4 per cent. “This was due to an increase in consumer and business confidence, which led to an increase in domestic demand. Higher sales were recorded, mainly for chemicals, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, up 6.7 per cent; other manufactured goods, up 10.8 per cent; textiles, clothes and shoes, up 16.5 per cent; and automobiles, commercial and transport equipment, up 16.8 per cent,” he explained. Noting that all other industries declined during the period under review, Dr. Hutchinson said the overall performance of the economy was impacted by the continued slowdown in the global economy, which tempered the demand for local goods and services. This, he added, was compounded by the onset of drought conditions. He pointed out that as a result, real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contracted by 0.6 per cent resulting from a decline of 2.4 per cent in the goods producing industry as the services industries remained flat. The Director General informed that within the goods producing industry, declines were registered in agriculture, down 0.5 per cent; mining & quarrying , down 10.4 per cent; construction, down 3.5 per cent; and manufacturing, down 0.6 per cent. Dr. Hutchinson pointed out that the estimated contraction recorded in agriculture, represented the sector’s first quarterly decline since the October to December 2010 period, when the industry was severely impacted by tropical Nicole. “During the (current) review quarter, traditional export crops fell by 6.1 per cent, while other agricultural crops declined by 0.5 per cent. However, increases were recorded in animal farming, which was up 3.3 per cent and post harvest activities, up 60.5 per cent. “The downturn in the industry reflected drought conditions in some of the major agricultural producing parishes, particularly during June and July; and the relative early ending of the 2011/12 sugar crop season, which resulted in the absence of sugar production during the review quarter,” Dr. Hutchinson said. The Director General said inflation for October stood at 0.9 per cent, mainly reflected in costs associated with food and non-alcoholic beverages, which increased by 1.1 per cent, and housing, water, electricity, gas, and other fuels, up 2.8 per cent for the period. He advised real GDP for the October to December quarter is projected to contract within the range of 0.5 to 1.5 per cent.
The Government will continue to ensure the viability of the National Insurance Fund (NIF), by focusing on development projects, which are consistent with its growth strategy. Some of these investments include: Development of several National Insurance Scheme (NIS) properties across the island; a US$15 million development of Braco Resorts, as part of the continued thrust in the tourism sector; and increasing funding towards small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), to total $1.5 billion. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, who made the announcement in his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, June 4, noted that other initiatives are to be announced as soon as the details are finalised. Minister Kellier pointed out that there have been periodic reviews of the NIS to provide meaningful benefits for an increasing pension population, and to ensure the long term viability and sustainability of the NIF, in the face of declining contributor numbers. Highlighting that NIS benefits under the scheme were increased in January, he said it is projected that benefit payments for this fiscal year will total some $13.3 billion. “Contribution rates have also been adjusted to ensure that the increased benefits can be maintained. All Jamaicans can rest assured that the NIF will continue to meet its obligations to our pensioners and contributors,” he stated. The value of the Fund is now approximately $65 billion. Contact: Alphea Saunders
The National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is to be strengthened this year as part of efforts to ensure that Jamaica is able to access more support from the flagship agency of culture.This was disclosed by Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna Tuesday, June 18, during her contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives.Ms. Hanna informed that she recently addressed the United Nations at the High Level Thematic Debate on Culture and Development, where she launched the country’s lobby for membership on the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.“We are determined to have one of our several heritage sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List,” she said.Ms. Hanna, who is Chair of the National Commission, told the House that the Ministry intends to seek membership to the UNESCO Executive Board “as we promote the integration of culture within the post Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agenda”.She said the National Commission has therefore been tasked to create strategic opportunities to promote this cause.Jamaica’s National Commission for UNESCO advises the Government on all relevant matters pertaining to UNESCO’s areas of competence in education, science, culture, and communication.Contact: Chris Patterson