Jamaica bracing for more Canadian tourists

first_imgJamaica is predicting an influx of tourists from Canada as the North American country continues to register strong growth over the last few years, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, who recently returned from a visit to Canada, said he expects 450,000 visitors from that country to visit Jamaica this year surpassing the 405,000 last year and 370,000 the previous year.“So, they broke the 400 thousand mark again in 2017. They did that in 2014, then they receded and fell by 17 per cent, but we have arrested that decay and now we have strong growth, and based on projections, we are expecting an increase of more than 40,000 Canadians to come to Jamaica this year,” Bartlett said.Exciting and productive visitHe described the visit to Canada where he held talks with various stakeholders as “a most exciting and productive one” noting that he was able to meet with a number of the planners and allay concerns regarding the enhanced security operations in St. James.artlett said he met with one group that has indicated it would bring 600 visitors to the island next month.Strong tourism growth despite SOEHe said in the month of January, Jamaica recorded a 6.8 per cent increase in arrivals, with 7.6 per cent growth during the period when the State of Emergency was implemented.“The strength of the destination and the fact that people have known that Jamaica is a safe and secure destination, have bled over in a positive response to their vacation,” he said, adding that he plans to visit London, New York, and central and continental Europe later this month.last_img read more

Seven Americans Including Billionaire Chris Cline Killed in Helicopter Crash in…

first_imgAndrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images, File ABACO ISLAND, Bahamas – Seven American citizens, including coal billionaire and philanthropist Chris Cline, were killed when a helicopter crashed about two miles off Grand Cay in the Abacos, Bahamas on Thursday, July 4.The Royal Bahamas Police Force reported that the helicopter took off from Big Grand Cay around 2:00 am (local time) on Thursday, en route to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The aircraft was reported missing to the Royal Bahamas Police Force at about 2:53 PM on Thursday when it did not arrive at the intended destination. Police officers and residents of Grand Cay, later discovered the aircraft overturned in 16 feet of water, off Grand Cay.The bodies of four females and three males were retrieved from the aircraft. Cline, 60-years-old, from the state of West Virginia, was identified as being one of the men. His daughter was also killed in the crash, according to the Brenton Southern Baptist Church- the family church of the Cline family.Governor of West Virginia, Jim Justice offered his condolences on Twitter, saying “Today we lost a WV superstar and I lost a very close friend. Chris Cline built an empire and on every occasion was always there to give. What a wonderful, loving and giving man.”Chris Cline was also known for his many philanthropic efforts in the state of West Virginia and elsewhere. He donated millions to several causes and schools, including West Virginia University and Marshall University.“His selfless and generous support for programs and projects throughout the state improved the lives of countless West Virginians. His life’s story was one of hard work, love of family and caring support for others. My deepest condolences go out to his family.”, said Evan Jenkins, a justice at the West Virginia Supreme Court.Chris Cline came from a family of coal miners and made most of his fortune as the owner of billionaire coal mining firm Foresight Reserves LP, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. His energy development company, The Cline Group operated underground coal mines in the country for several years before starting Foresight Energy to focus on Illinois mining.Foresight Energy is among the largest holders of coal reserves in the U.S, with nearly 2.1 billion tons. Foresight Energy generated coal sales revenues of $1.097 billion last fiscal year.Bahamian police did not provide a cause of the crash but said an investigation with civil aviation authorities was underway.last_img read more

eSwatini monitoring a suspected case of coronavirus – report

first_imgChinese tourists wearing masks use smartphones in the Ginza shopping district on January 24, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)The Health Ministry in eSwatini  (formerly Swaziland) has said it is monitoring its first suspected case of novel coronavirus.According to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation(SABC), the case was identified on Friday.eSwatini’s director of Health Services Dr. Vusi Magagula said the woman recently entered eSwatini on 6 February after travelling from China to South Africa.  Reports indicate that she is currently under quarantine in a hospital in Mbabane and blood samples have been taken for further analysis.“She presented with a fever and was at the hospital then the rapid response team took over and took up the case. She came through the Ngwenya Port of Entry on February 6 having arrived from the Republic of South Africa.“I don’t think she was presenting with any symptoms, we only picked her up on the 14th because she was already now in hospital, ill and had to be admitted to the isolation ward. So I guess when she passed through OR [Tambo airport] or even through Ngwenya border post she didn’t have the symptoms,” the SABC reported Dr Magagula as saying.On Friday, Egypt had confirmed its first case on coronavirus. This is the first case on the continent.Authorities have notified the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the patient, whose nationality was not given, was placed in an isolation ward at a hospital for treatment and monitoring.Related Suspected Ebola case reported in Kenya Liberia investigates new suspected case of Ebolacenter_img Uganda’s health officials closely monitoring suspected case of Marburglast_img read more

Bermuda prepares for Hurricane Rafael

first_img Share 12 Views   no discussions Hurricane Rafael approaching Bermuda. NHC/NOAA satellite imageMIAMI, USA — Hurricane Rafael was forecast to reach its closest point of approach to Bermuda at 8 pm on Tuesday evening, with the centre passing just over 115 miles to the east-southeast of the island. However, tropical storm force winds extend nearly 200 miles from the centre. A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Bermuda.According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Tuesday, the centre of Hurricane Rafael was located about 130 miles south-southeast of Bermuda, moving toward the north-northeast near 26 mph. A turn toward the northeast and an increase in forward speed are expected on Wednesday. Maximum sustained winds are near 85 mph, with higher gusts. Rafael is a category one hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. Slow weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Rafael could lose tropical characteristics late Wednesday or early Thursday. Rafael is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches across Bermuda, with tropical-storm-force winds expected in Bermuda by Tuesday afternoon or evening. Swells generated by Rafael are expected to affect Bermuda and the eastern-facing beaches of The Bahamas and portions of the United States east coast during the next couple of days. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip currents. Bermuda’s Emergency Measures Organisation (EMO) advised residents to be cautious and consider remaining indoors during peak winds expected late Tuesday afternoon through evening. Elevated and exposed areas, especially those on the eastern end of the island could experience winds of 40 knots, gusting to 65 knots mainly when heavier showers/thunderstorms pass over the area during this time. Tides, which are already higher than usual due to the spring tides, will become high around 10pm on Tuesday night. Areas that are prone to flooding in spring tide events will be affected during this time, especially with heavier rainfall as shown on Bermuda Weather Service radar.As of 12 noon on Tuesday, the following flight cancellations have been confirmed:• British Airways to/from London Gatwick • United Airlines to/from Newark • US Airways to/from Philadelphia • Westjet to/from TorontoThe two evening American Airlines flight arrivals have been rescheduled for Wednesday morning. American Airlines flight 308 from Miami will arrive on Wednesday at 9:35am and depart at 10.32am. American Airlines flight 1416 from NY JFK will arrive on Wednesday at 10:15am and depart at 11:00am.Delta Airlines flight 561 from Boston returned to Boston due to a mechanical issue. All other flights are operating as normal.Caribbean News Now Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share NewsRegional Bermuda prepares for Hurricane Rafael by: – October 17, 2012last_img read more

World’s First Automated Frozen Food Defrosting Reference Design Based on RF Energy

first_imgNXP Semiconductors has extended its leadership in smart kitchen appliance integrated circuits (ICs) by making available the first reference design for automated frozen food defrosting and thawing. The reference design is based on RF Energy and can be used as the basis for stand-alone smart defrost countertop kitchen appliances or integrated into other kitchen appliances such as refrigerators or cooking appliances such as ovens. The NXP Smart Defrost Solution, based on NXP components and software, addresses the age-old problem of fast and safe food defrosting while reducing food waste, and preserving moisture and nutrition. This innovation makes it possible to defrost food items such as ground beef, fish, fruits or vegetables in only a few minutes.Conventional methods of defrosting frozen food in a residential kitchen are limited by the amount of time, attention required, difficulty in achieving full defrost and even temperature results, as well as ensuring safe food practices. Simple methods such as letting frozen food thaw on a counter, in a water bath, or in a refrigerator take a long time and can require personal attention to monitor the progress. Letting food sit on a countertop or in water also introduces the risk of bacterial contamination, since exterior surfaces of the food are exposed to temperatures which promote the growth of bacteria. Using a conventional microwave oven to speed up the process often results in uneven thawing with hot spots and cold spots. In addition, conventional microwave ovens lose their effective power over time, making the duration of thawing longer and the outcome worse.The NXP smart defrost reference design is a set of fully engineered sub-system solutions that enable OEMs to quickly bring differentiated appliances incorporating this unique functionality to market with minimal engineering. The solution performs real-time monitoring and adjustment of its operation during the entire defrost process helping to ensure efficient and effective energy transfer during the full cycle of defrosting. This is important since food properties change as the temperature of the food changes. The NXP Smart Defrost Solution also minimizes user input and provides automated operation freeing users’ time from the responsibility to monitor the outcome. The solution is electronic in nature, making it reliable, compact, cost-efficient and able to deliver consistent results.The NXP Smart Defrost Solution consists of a compact RF energy controller module incorporating NXP components, a smart tuning unit (STU), electrodes, a shielded cavity, and a reference power supply unit (PSU). The reference design will be made available to appliance OEM customers through a license from NXP or through purchase of sub-system assemblies from NXP’s assembly partners.NXP’s smart defrost reference design will be available on a limited basis in the first quarter 2018 and expected to be generally available in the second quarter 2018. The smart defrost reference design is showcased in a countertop appliance form factor at CES 2018 in NXP’s tent in the central plaza, booth CP-25 of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Click here for more information.last_img read more

Powell helps England U20 down Springboks

first_imgSteve Bates’ side scored five tries in an attritional contest, with the fixture serving as a final opportunity for players to earn selection for next month’s World Rugby U20 Championships in Argentina. England led 14-8 at the break via tries from Josh Hodge and Olly Adkins, as well as two conversions, with South Africa crossing the line through Asenathi Ntlabakanye with Jaden Hendrikse adding a penalty.Connor Doherty crossed for a third England score with late tries from Joel Kpoku and Izaiha Moore-Aiono sealing victory with Hodge converting all of his kicks. “I was really pleased with some areas of our game, we scrummaged well and we took our opportunities,” said head coach, Steve Bates.”There wasn’t quite as much continuity as we would like, we’ve been working on that all week but we created three or four other scoring opportunities tonight that we didn’t take and that would have given the score a completely different complexion. Overall though, it’s progress from the Six Nations and a step in the right direction.”The good thing about playing another fixture is that we’ve had a really good week’s training which has brought the squad a lot closer together and I think that is really beneficial. It’s always good to win against a southern hemisphere nation as we did tonight but we cannot read too much into it but generally I think it was a good performance.”last_img read more

Photo gallery: LHSCA All-Star boys basketball game

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Frank Lampard asks Chelsea to try for signing this summer –…

first_imgChelsea manager Frank Lampard has asked the club to try and secure Real Madrid striker Luka Jović on loan this summer. The Blues are expected to be busy this summer, with them able to sign players once again after their ban by FIFA was overturned.Improving their forward options will be among their priorities, particularly with Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi looking likely to leave the club.According to Sport, Jović is the man Lampard has identified as a possible target and has asked Chelsea to try and secure a loan deal for him next season.Embed from Getty ImagesThe newspaper explains that the Blues are keen on the striker, who has endured a difficult first season at the Bernabeu after making a €60m move from Eintracht Frankfurt last season.It’s been rumoured they could look to cut their losses this summer and Chelsea are keen to exploit that, albeit temporarily if they can.However, much will depend on what work Real Madrid can do in the transfer window themselves.The Spanish giants are working on signing a forward themselves this summer, with Kylian Mbappé, Erling Haaland and Sadio Mané all ‘priority targets’.Should one of them arrive, Jović will find his chances of first-team football limited and thus look for a way out of the club, although at this moment in time, they are happy to give him another chance to prove himself after a disappointing year.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Strategy Game is a Must-HaveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undolast_img read more

Who will grab Laureus honour? Verdict on Monday

first_img FOLLOW US Koushik Narayanan WATCH US LIVE Golfer Tiger Woods, champion marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton are the top contenders to grab the  Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award on Monday. Woods’ is in the running for his career-redeeming first major title in 11 years, while Kipchoge’s incredible sub-two-hour marathon run and Hamilton’s sixth F1 world title also put them in contention for the prestigious award.The Verti Music hall is being decked up for the ceremony, to be held metres away from the famous East Side Gallery full of murals on the remnant of the Berlin Wall, which separated the East Berlin from the West between 1961 and 1989. The ceremony will now be hosted by Hugh Grant, the Golden Globe-winning actor, though the organisers had earlier announced that the host will be Sharon Stone. The Laureus World Sports Awards is the pinnacle of sport, honouring the world’s greatest achievers and recognising sport’s ability to change lives for the better.  COMMENT Kipchoge, became the first athlete to run a marathon in under two hours. The 34-year-old recorded 1hr 59mins 40secs, in Vienna, although the time is not recognised as an official world record because it was not in open competition and he used a team of pacemakers.       Woods, who has grabbed the 2019 comeback of the year award, won his 15th Major Championship at the Masters in April. It was his first Major title since the US Open-winning effort in 2008. The American golfing legend has spent 10 tumultuous years since the infidelity scandal. Hamilton is also among the six nominees in the list, which also has tennis great Rafael Nadal, Lionel Messi and Marc Marquez.The British F1 ace won his sixth World Championship title in 2019 to be second in the all-time list, one behind the inspirational German Michael Schumacher. Hamilton won 11 of the 21 Grand Prix during the 2019 calendar, taking his tally to 84 career race victories, seven behind Schumacher. Messi scored his 600th career goal for Barcelona. With 36 goals in 2018-19, he was the top scorer in La Liga for the sixth time. In November he passed 40 goals in a year for the 11th time.The 26-year-old Marquez, one of the most successful motor cycle racers of all time, won his sixth World MotoGP title in 2019. After being nominated four times before, it remains to be seen if Jamaican great Shally-Ann Fraser-Pryce gets lucky this year. She was nominated for World Sports woman of the year in 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2016 but could not win it. After winning her fourth world 100m title at the Doha Worlds, she will be a strong candidate this time.She is competing with two-time winner American Simone Biles, the most decorated gymnast, who has five world gold medals.  Also competing is American footballer Megan Rapinoe, who at the age of 34 is the oldest to score a goal in a World Cup final. She won the golden ball and the golden boot in USA’s title-winning triumph last year. Japanese tennis sensation Naomi Osaka has been struggling of late and was even recently benched during the Fed Cup by her team but her Australian Open winning performance in 2019 made her the first woman to win consecutive Grand Slam titles since Serena Williams in 2015.American track and field athlete Allyson Felix is also in the race after winning two gold at the Doha Worlds. She has won 13 world titles so far. Considered the greatest woman skier ever, Mikaela Shiffrin won her third straight World Cup in 2019.   There are four other categories: World Team of the year, World breakthrough of the year, the comeback of the year, sportsperson of the year with a disability and the action sportsperson of the year.  Written Bycenter_img LIVE TV First Published: 16th February, 2020 17:25 IST “As a true sports fan, I am excited to play my part on Monday evening as the greatest athletes of past and present unite in Berlin to celebrate everything we love about sport,” said Grant. SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 16th February, 2020 17:25 IST Who Will Grab Laureus Honour? Verdict On Monday Golfer Tiger Woods, champion marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton are the top contenders to grab the  Laureus World Sportsmanlast_img read more

HSI Foal Qualifier Results from Bridestown Towers Equestrian Centre

first_img The Foal Championship aims to identify, evaluate and reward breeders who have bred a foal that has the potential to be competitive at the highest level in the disciplines of show jumping or eventing.The first HSI foal qualifier took place on Tuesday 18th August at Bridestwon Towers Equestrian Centre. This qualifier was judged by Gerry Flynn and Janet Murray. We would like to congratulate the winners of this first qualifier.Horse Show Jumping FoalsThe horse foal Showjumping section was won by Cynthia Murphy Kearney with a filly by Casal La Silla (HOLST) out of Columbcille Rose (ISH), by Puissance (ISH).The reserve was Donal Shines colt by Cormint (HOLST) out of Kilbaha Clover (ISH), by White Clover (ISH).Horse Eventing FoalsThe horse eventing section was won by Brian Daly with a colt by Newmarket Venture (HANN) out of by Touchdown Girl (ISH), by Touchdown (ISH).The reserve went to Deirdre Connolly with a colt by OBOS Quality 004 (OLD) out of Whisper Wishes (TB) by Norwich (TB).Pony Eventing Foals The pony eventing section was won by Michael O’Sullivan with a filly by Cyklone Texas (AES) out of Moyleena Queen (ISH), by Cap Nord D Hyrencourt (SBS ).The reserve eventing pony went to Martin O’Sullivan with a colt by Currachmore Cashel (CP) out of Active Beauty (CP) by Rober Earl (CP).Pony Showjumping Foals The pony showjumping section was won by Jerry Moloney with a filly by Banks Timber (CP) out of Downhill Cermony (BRP), by Walton Highway (BRP).The reserve showjumping pony went to Sandra Barnwells colt by Cevin Z (ZANG) out of Angel Delight (TB) by Muharib (TB). HSI Foal Qualifier Results from Bridestown Towers Equestrian Centre Tags: 20 August 2020, 12:05 Home  »  Breeding News  »  HSI Foal Qualifier Results from Bridestown Towers Equestrian Centre last_img read more