Humble Lion looking to win first RSPL title – Williams

first_img Before that, Reno were left counting their lucky stars when referee Karl Tyrell turned down a penalty shout from Humble Lion, when a defender obstructed the forward run of Kirk Duckworth into the area. The draw kept Humble Lion fourth in the 12-team points table on 40 points, while Reno are doing their best to avoid the relegation battle. They have 31 points, two places above the red zone. “I am not altogether disappointed. Today (yesterday), I thought we played a good game. We were a little unlucky, but that’s part of the game,” said Michael Graham, the FC Reno coach. “We still aren’t putting away our chances and that is hurting us, but we are confident that we will survive the scrap heap this time around,” added Graham. WESTERN BUREAU: Injury-prone Levaughn Williams scored as Humble Lion FC earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw with FC Reno at Frome Sports Complex in yesterday’s round of matches of the Red Stripe Premier League. Williams told The Gleaner after the drawn encounter that his team was in the right frame of mind to hold on to a semi-final spot. “It was a difficult game. Reno played us hard as they are battling relegation and we are seeking to hold on to fourth or climb as high as we can in the table with the semi-finals around the corner,” the attacking midfielder said. The former national representative scored in the 53rd minute to cancel out Roshane Sharpe’s 16th minute strike for the hosts. FC Reno’s goalie Joel Johnson raced off his line to collect a through pass into the area, but Williams poked the ball around Johnson before slamming the ball home for the equaliser. Williams said he was delighted to have scored, but felt Humble Lion deserved the three points. “This is just us building towards our end of season goal, which is to become Red Stripe Premier League champions for the first time. But that will not happen until we hold our position in the top four and then move from there and, of course, win the final should we get there,” Williams said. The game was there for the taking for either team, and in stoppage time, FC Reno came close when right-back Shamar Bernard struck a fierce shot but found the firm hands of Humble Lion goalkeeper Kadeem Davis. NO PENALTY AWARDEDlast_img read more

Labeling compromise reached

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In late June, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., announced they reached a compromise on legislation for a mandatory national labeling scheme for products containing genetically modified organisms (GMO).The measure would require food companies to label products that contain GMO ingredients, giving them three options for making that disclosure: on-package labels, a USDA-developed symbol or a QR (Quick Response) code consumers could scan with smart phones, providing a phone number or website for more information. The bill would pre-empt a patchwork of state labeling laws, including Vermont’s, which took effect July 1. The Agriculture Committee may consider the legislation when the Senate returns from its Independence Day recess. If the bill passes the Senate, it still would need to be approved by the House, which last July passed a bill establishing a voluntary labeling system.last_img read more

From Japan, a museum of peace built on memories of WWII

first_imgJapan on Saturday gifted Manipur a museum of peace built on the memories of one of the fiercest battles of the Second World War.The inauguration of the Imphal Peace Museum at Red Hill, about 20 km southwest of Manipur’s capital Imphal, marked the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Imphal.Some 70,000 Japanese soldiers, alongside those of Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army, died in battles with the British-led Allied forces in areas around Imphal and Kohima from March to June 1944. The last of these battles was fought at Red Hill, where the Japanese War Memorial was built in 1944 to mark the 50th anniversary of the battle.“While Imphal Peace Museum is a living memory of the tragic war, I sincerely hope that it will be a bridge to connect the past and the future for a lasting peaceful world for all times to come,” said Yohei Sasakawa, chairman of the Nippon Foundation that funded the museum. The 80-year-old Mr. Sasakawa recalled the suffering of war when he survived the Tokyo air raid in March 1945. He said that worst sufferers of in the Battle of Imphal were the local people who had little or nothing to do with the war.Diaries donatedHitoshi Tsuchiya, 64, was lucky to see his father Denkichi Tsuchiya who returned to Japan after the war. Mr. Hitoshi paid his first visit to Manipur with his son Jumpei to donate the diaries and other memorabilia of his father to the Imphal Peace Museum. Dominic Asquith, British High Commissioner to India, said, “This museum symbolises the reconciliation between Japan and Britain and Japan and India. It is to reinforce the message that history changes and makes us learn from the past.”His Japanese counterpart Kenji Hiramatsu agreed. “The Japanese know of the tragic past of the people of Manipur. But we have come to a point when we need to look at the future,” he said.Few would know this better than Nobuo Abe, a 77-year-old farmer turned collector of bones of fallen Japanese soldiers from across the world. His father, Soichi Abe, died at Red Hill on April 16, 1944, at the age of 30.Collecting bones“I was two-and-a-half years old when he died, and I do not remember his face as he left us for the war when I was a year old. Manipur will always be special to me because this is where my father died,” he said.A member of the Japan Bereaved Association, Mr. Abe could not find any of his father’s bones. “But I feel connected to him because I collect the bones of the fathers of my countrymen and women,” he said.According to Nippon Foundation’s Yosuke Ishikawa, a person’s bones are highly valued in Japanese culture.Among the highlights of the museum is a framed calligraphy by Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. It reads ‘heiwa’ — meaning peace — in Japanese.last_img read more

SC to pronounce order soon on plea against Chennai Super King ban

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Tuesday headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur said that it will pronounce an order on a plea filed by Subramanian Swamy, MP of Bhartiya Janata Party, challenging two-year ban on Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK).CSK (then led by MS Dhoni) and Rajasthan Royals were banned by the Lodha panel on July 14, 2015 for two years when top officials Raj Kundra and Gurunath Meiyappan were involved in 2013 betting scam.  (Anurag Thakur rules out 15-day window between IPL and domestic calendar)Swamy moved the apex court on August 26, claiming that the ban imposed was illegal and unreasonable as there were no allegations proved against any member of CSK. (BCCI invites historic bid for 10-year IPL broadcast rights)Madras High Court, however, dismmised the PIL of Swamy, calling it non-maintainable. Son-in-law of former BCCI chief N Srinivasan, Meiyappan has been banned for life from any match by the board. (Glenn McGrath makes a turnaround, says IPL not spoiling cricketers)last_img read more

Government is Committed to Knowledge-Based Society – Technology Minister

first_img Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the Government is committed to a knowledge-based digital society whereby Jamaicans, particularly youth, have greater access to technology.To this end, he said, barriers of access have been removed from approximately 250 government and educational websites.“I must thank our telecoms partners for ensuring that (the more than) 250 government websites are now zero-rated,” he said.Dr. Wheatley was speaking at the launch of 29 new Xerox products at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston today (August 22).He said by ensuring that those barriers are removed, a child at home can now access essential websites and educational material online through their personal devices or the ones provided through the Government’s Tablets in Schools initiative.Meanwhile, he said the Government remains resolute in its 10-point information and communications technology (ICT) plan to improve efficiency in Government, not only within the different ministries, departments and agencies but also the citizen-Government relationship.“We will be doing this by ensuring greater openness in Government by making more information available online, and by ensuring that Government will have more records and business processes digitised for greater administrative efficiency,” the Minister noted.“We also intend to achieve this by enhancing citizen to Government interaction and by enhancing business to Government interaction, because we believe that the private sector must assist in driving economic growth and development,” he added.Dr. Wheatley said technologies such as Xerox ConnectKey, and companies such as Productive Business Solutions (PBS) are “critical private-sector partners in the realisation of these goals”.“It is this technology that will transform the experience of our employees, giving them the freedom to solve problems, to be more productive and to take on new challenges. Today’s launch and our exposure to ConnectKey will, more or less, enable us to become masters of the workplace and, by extension, masters of the world,” he said.He said ConnectKey will revolutionise the way in which business processes are executed and will make business more efficient and smarter.General Manager, PBS, Michael Lewis, noted that the new devices will change the way in which people work.“Historically, they were single-function stand-alone devices that could either print or copy; then we had all-in-one multifunction devices that could print and copy and even scan and fax documents,” he said.For more than 40 years, PBS Jamaica, formerly Xerox Jamaica Limited, has been the local Xerox Authorised Partner and has offered world-class technology in document management and print solutions to a wide spectrum of companies across several industries.In 2002, the Facey Group of Companies acquired Xerox Jamaica, making it a member of the PBS Group. PBS operates in 13 countries across Central America and the Caribbean.The launch of the 29 new printing solutions is the biggest of new products in Xerox’s history and will revolutionise workplace productivity with next-generation features, instant cloud and mobile connectivity. It is the biggest advancement in its 110-year history. Story Highlights Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the Government is committed to a knowledge-based digital society whereby Jamaicans, particularly youth, have greater access to technology. Meanwhile, he said the Government remains resolute in its 10-point information and communications technology (ICT) plan to improve efficiency in Government, not only within the different ministries, departments and agencies but also the citizen-Government relationship. “We will be doing this by ensuring greater openness in Government by making more information available online, and by ensuring that Government will have more records and business processes digitised for greater administrative efficiency,” the Minister noted.last_img read more

70year old Catholic priest in Kerala accused of molesting minors

first_imgKochi: A 70-year old Catholic priest allegedly molested three minor girls when they visited him to seek blessings at his church office in Chendamangalam in Ernakulam district last month, the police said on Friday. The priest, George Padayatty, vicar of a Syrian Catholic Church in Chendamangalam, has been absconding after a case was registered against him in connection with the incident, police said. He has been charged under various sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act), an official at Vadakkekara Police Station told PTI. According to the police, the incident occurred a month ago when the nine-year old girls went to the priest’s office to seek his blessings after service in the Church. A source in the Syro-Malabar Church said the priest has been suspended by the Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese. He has been directed to cooperate with the police investigation into the incident, sources said.last_img read more