Jamaica’s Tourism Minister to Receive Africa Travel and Tourism Award

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett has been recognized by the African travel and tourism industry for his exemplary work and contribution to the growth of the sector in Africa and in the Diaspora.ATQ News and Akwaaba African Travel Market have selected Minister Bartlett as one of the Africa Top 100 Tourism Personalities to be honoured at the First African Tourism Diaspora Conference 2019, which takes place in Lagos, Nigeria, September 22 to 24, 2019.Publisher of ATQ News, Ikechi Uko says “The award recognizes personalities of African origin, living in Africa or outside the continent, irrespective of their current citizenship or nationality who are willing to contribute to the development of the continent and its Diaspora.”While he is unable to accept the award in person due to prior commitments, Minister Bartlett has acknowledged the prestigious Africa Travel 100 Global Personalities Award as a tremendous honor for the work he has been doing on behalf of Jamaica and reaffirmation that it is a tour de force in the global travel industry.“The relationship Jamaica’s tourism industry has with the continent of Africa is very meaningful.  I therefore wholeheartedly thank the African Tourism Diaspora for this wonderful recognition, which I believe will further strengthen the relationship Jamaica has with the continent,” said Minister Bartlett in his letter acknowledging the award and advising that Jamaican High Commissioner, His Excellency Esmond St C Reid, will receive it on his behalf.Minister Bartlett is a member of African Tourism Board Association and has been working to create avenues for continued growth and corporation between the nations of Africa and Jamaica which recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Kenya to broaden cooperation in tourism. Also, President Uhuru Kenyatta, on his recent official visit to Jamaica, agreed to be honorary co-chair of the Global Tourism Resilience and Crises Management Centre (GTRCMC) for Africa.The Africa Travel 100 Awards, now in its 18th year, has recognized over the years leaders, industry practitioners and government officials who have promoted tourism and improved travel using unique platforms and new information.It is also set up to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves as foremost and outstanding drivers in the travel and tourism industry and through their efforts and that of their organizations have impacted positively to the travel and tourism sector, stimulating and helping to achieve the country’s tourism goals and forging interactions among stakeholders.last_img read more

HK press club says journalists hitting ‘unusual’ visa issues

first_imgJournalists have been caught up in spiraling US-China tensions, with both sides placing limits or expelling reporters from their territories in recent months. HONG KONG – Hong Kong’s foreign press club said Thursday that reporters in the territory were experiencing “highly unusual” visas problems, and called on China and the United States to stop using the media as a political weapon. On the authoritarian Chinese mainland, where the press is heavily censored, foreign journalists must apply for specific visas and face routine harassment. Hong Kong’s government has not explained any change to its policy despite multiple inquiries from media. Reporters only need a regular business visa to work in Hong Kong, however. (AFP)center_img A general view shows ships sailing through Victoria Harbour and commercial buildings in the Kowloon district (right) and Hong Kong island (left) in this file photo taken December 19, 2018. AFP Now the spat is filtering into Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous city and regional press hub nominally in charge of its own immigration policies. In a statement released Thursday, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong (FCCHK) said multiple media outlets had reported delays getting visas in recent months.last_img read more

Indians Infielder Zach Walter Okay Following Motor Vehicle Accident

first_imgCleveland Indians infielder Zach Walters is okay following what looked to be a scary car accident that left him with a nasty gash on his forehead as well as wearing a neck brace.The Indians sent out word that Walters is at home and in good spirits, and physically other than bumps and bruises it appears that everything is okay. Walters joined the Indians from Washington in July of 2014 as part of Asdrubal Cabrera deal. He underwent surgery on his left shoulder in October after injuring it during Game 3 of the International League Finals. Here’s a tweet from Walters on Wednesday regarding his condition.KIDS: this is why you always wear your seatbelt… Because you can’t trust OTHERS driving. pic.twitter.com/haIvYZL82M— Z (@TheIronTeddy) December 23, 2015 Related TopicsIndiansZach Walters Matt Loedecenter_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more

2016 NFL Draft Bash Broadcast LIVE Thursday From 6pm to Midnight!

first_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Follow all the excitement of the 2016 NFL Draft right here on NEO Sports Insiders as well as on AllSportsCleveland.com as we present the ‘2016 NFL Draft Bash’ broadcast.The broadcast will take place live starting at 6pm from Savory Sub Cafe and Pizzeria – Voted Best Pizza in Brunswick For 4 Consecutive Years!!Join the staff from NEOSI as we take you though what should be an interesting night of action as the Browns and other NFL clubs look to add to their team with the best young talent in the NFL.Check back Thursday for a link to listen to the broadcast LIVE as we give you the best draft coverage in Northeast Ohio! Matt Loedecenter_img Related Topics2016 NFL DraftBrownslast_img read more

Argonauts earn two wins in day one of the EC Invitational

first_img Share    CLEARWATER, Fla. – The University of West Florida softball team earned two wins in the first day of competition at the EC Triton Invitational on Friday at the Eddie C. Moore Complex. West Florida defeated Palm Beach Atlantic 6-2 before defeating Sunshine State Conference opponent Florida Southern 2-1. Junior Danielle Sanders went 6-for-8 on the day with four stolen bases, three runs scored and game-winning diving catch in left field.Game One BoxIn game one West Florida came out ready to hit from the beginning, scoring three runs off three hits in the top of the first inning. Kasie Buckley started things off for the Argos with an RBI single to right field to bring in Danielle Sanders. Lauren Correia laid down a sacrifice bunt to bring in the second run of the game before Jenna Belser hit an RBI double to left field to extend the lead to three runs.Palm Beach Atlantic would respond in the second inning with a run to cut the lead to two before back-to-back scoreless innings in the third and fourth. In the bottom of the fifth inning PBA struck again to cut the lead to one run.With a 3-2 lead Hannah Dowling singled to second base before Buckley hit the teams’ first homerun of the season to extend the lead to three runs and seal the win.Senior Jordan Ratliff earned the win in the game after going more than four innings in game one. Sophomore Taylor Bailey appeared in relief for Ratliff and struck out three batters to close out the win. Game Two Box In game two the Argonauts got another incredible performance from Bailey. The Austin, Texas native struck out nine batters and gave up only five hits in her third career start for the Argonauts. This is the third-consecutive start that Bailey has earned a complete-game win for UWF. Bailey has not allowed an earned run in any appearance in the circle so far this season.West Florida got things started again in the first inning with a RBI single from Belser down the left field line from that brought in Sanders. Sanders had three hits, two stolen bases and a run in the win.A scoreless stretch of innings put the Argonauts up one run in the top of the seventh. The Moccasins got a runner on second after a UWF fielding error to start the seventh inning, but Bailey was able to retire back-to-back batters before giving up the unearned tying run.UWF responded in the bottom of the seventh as Sanders doubled down the left field line. Audrey Harner singled up the middle but Sanders was caught out at home. With two outs and a runner in scoring position, Dowling hit a game-winning RBI single up the middle to bring in Harner and seal the win.West Florida will be back in action tomorrow at 11 a.m. against Florida Tech and 1:30 p.m. against Tampa. Live stats and audio will be available on GoArgos.com.#ARGOS# Print Friendly Version Argonauts earn two wins in day one of the EC Invitationalcenter_img Junior Danielle Sanders had a career day at the plate, on defense and on the base paths today for the Argos. (Photo by Chris Nelson) last_img read more

Kompak! Penumpang di Stasiun Nijo Bahu Membahu Bantu Penumpang yang Jatuh ke Lintasan

first_imgSumber: japantoday.com Sebagai tulang punggung transportasi di Jepang, sudah seyogyanya jika jaringan kereta api di sana selalu dipadati oleh para penumpang yang hendak melakukan mobilisasi. Nah, terutama ketika peak hours melanda, situasi crowded nampaknya sudah menjadi pemandangan yang lumrah di setiap statiun. Bukan tidak mungkin jika dalam situasi semacam ini, ada saja kecelakaan yang menimpa penumpang. Seperti yang terjadi di salah satu stasiun di Kyoto, dimana seorang penumpang dikabarkan jatuh ke lintasan kereta sesaat sebelum kereta melintas. Duh!Baca Juga: Ekinaka, Booth Working Space untuk Pekerja Mobile di Stasiun Kereta JepangKabarPenumpang.com mengutip dari laman japantoday.com, pada tanggal 18 Februari 2019 lalu, sekira pukul 18.15 waktu setempat, seorang penumpang dikabarkan jatuh dari peron ke lintasan kereta tanpa diketahui dengan pasti penyebab jatuhnya. Kejadian yang sempat memicu degup jantung setiap orang yang melihatnya secara langsung ini sendiri terjadi di Stasiun Nijo, sebuah stasiun yang menjadi bagian dari San’in Main Line (Sagano Line). Beruntung, komuter lain yang berada di sekitaran lokasi kejadian langsung dengan sigap membantunya dengan cara memberikan kode kepada kereta api yang sebentar lagi akan melintas. Para calon penumpang ini melambaikan tangan mereka ke arah kereta sebagai penanda agar kereta menghentikan lajunya. Tidak hanya melambaikan tangan ke arah kereta saja, beberapa dari para calon penumpang ini malah berlari menuju tombol darurat dan menekannya.“Kami ingin mengucapkan terima kasih kepada setiap orang yang sudah membantu kereta menghentikan lajunya ketika ada seorang komuter yang jatuh ke lintasan,” ujar Kepala Stasiun Nijo.“Tidak hanya itu, kami juga hendak berterima kasih kepada siapa saja yang telah membantu memberikan pertolongan pertama kepada korban ketika dirinya sudah berhasil dievakuasi menuju tempat yang aman,” tandasnya.Sempat disinggung oleh Kepala Stasiun Nijo, tombol darurat ini berfungsi semisal ada situasi dimana kereta harus berhenti secara tiba-tiba.Kejadian ini sontak menjadi viral di Jepang setelah beberapa penumpang yang melihat kejadian tersebut mengunggah status di berbagai platform sosial media. Dan sudah pasti, tindakan heroik para penumpang yang membantu menghentikan kereta mendapat apresiasi dari warganet.Baca Juga: Di Jepang, Bisa Makan Mie Gratis Asalkan Datang ke Stasiun Lebih Awal!“Di saat darurat, kita harus berusaha untuk tidak panik atau gengsi untuk membantu. Cukup tekan tombol berhenti darurat. Bahkan ketika kereta ditunda, kita harus memikirkan jika kita berada di posisi itu (korban), dan berusaha untuk tidak kesal,” ujar salah satu warganet.“Itu cerita yang bagus. Itu bukan sesuatu yang bisa dilakukan dengan mudah,” tandas yang lainnya mengomentari.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedStasiun Sruweng, Ternyata Punya Musik Berbeda dari Stasiun Lainnya Loh!09/05/2018In “Featured”Stasiun Kalimenur, Terlupakan dan Pernah Hancur Akibat Bom04/04/2018In “Darat”Legenda Kereta Hantu Manggarai, Antara Fakta dan Mitos15/11/2017In “Darat”last_img read more

North Royalton High School Girls Varsity Soccer Defeats Hathaway Brown 3-0

first_img Related Topics Vince McKee On Monday, October 22nd, the Girls Varsity Soccer Team traveled to Ursuline College to take on Hathaway Brown in the OHSAA Playoffs. The Bears played fast and aggressive.The Bears defeated and upset the #1 seeded Hathaway Brown by the score of 3 to 0. Goals were scored by Sydney Rice, Lauren Kotlyn and Bri Knull.The Girls Varsity Soccer Team will now move on the Parma District Finals on Thursday, October 25th at 7:00 PM versus the winner of the Berea/Shaker Heights game. The location is to be announced.last_img read more

School Board Investigates Healthcare Changes

first_imgColleen Savoie with Parker, Smith and Feek, an insurance consultation firm in Anchorage… Savoie said the cadillac tax may be particularly detrimental if not prepared for. In 2015 Employer Shared Responsibility Requirements will take effect and looking further out the Cadillac Tax will take effect in 2018. Savoie: “And it’s an excise tax, a 40% excise tax, on the value of health coverage above certain thresholds, and so in 2018 we want to make sure that health plans does not exceed those thresholds if at all possible. One of the ways to mitigate that is to carve out the dental and vision coverage, another way to mitigate that is to offer different health care options such as a high deductible health plan which could be coupled with a Health Savings Account or a Health Reimbursement Arrangement” Savoie: “We were talking about the impacts of the Affordable Care Act and some of the opportunities to control costs in light of the Affordable Care Act going forward.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KPBSD School Board listened to a presentation on distict healthcare during a work session earlier. The board brought forward a variety of questions and will have additional meetings to discuss what healthcare plans should be proposed for the FY 16.last_img read more

Nadal wins French Open

first_img Been here before: Rafael Nadal poses with the trophy after defeating Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 in the final of the French Open on Sunday in Paris. Nadal won his fifth straight title, and ninth overall, on the clay at Roland Garros. | REUTERS Doing what he does so well on the red clay of Roland Garros, a surface and site he dominates so completely, the No. 1-seeded Nadal wore down No. 2 Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 in a muggy final Sunday to win his ninth French Open championship and fifth in a row, both records.“For me,” Nadal said, “playing here in Roland Garros is just unforgettable, forever.”It is also his 14th Grand Slam title overall, tying the 28-year-old Spaniard with Pete Sampras for the second most by a man, behind only Roger Federer’s 17.That includes Nadal’s two trophies apiece at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, along with one from the Australian Open, proving he can beat the best on grass and hard courts, too. But it’s on the clay of Paris where Nadal reigns supreme: He has won 66 of 67 career French Open matches.Since the only loss, against Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009, Nadal has won 35 consecutive matches at Roland Garros.No other man has won more than seven titles at any of tennis’ four majors.“It’s not impossible, but it’s very, very difficult to stay with Rafa in this court, throughout the whole match, on the highest level of performance,” said Djokovic, who was broken in the final game of each set, including with an anticlimactic double-fault on match point.Nadal ensured that he, not Djokovic, will be ranked No. 1 on Monday. In the process, Nadal once again prevented six-time major champion Djokovic from completing a career Grand Slam.“He deserves to win this tournament,” Nadal said. “I am sure he will do it in the future.”Djokovic had won their four most recent matches, including on clay in the best-of-three-set final at Rome last month. Beating Nadal in best-of-five is a whole other matter.Nadal also topped Djokovic in the 2012 final, and the 2013 semifinals. In all, Nadal leads Djokovic 6-0 at the French Open, 9-3 at major tournaments, and 23-19 in total. No other pair of men has played each other as often.For 3½ hours Sunday, when the sky was crystal clear and the temperature touched 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 Celsius), Djokovic gave everything he had, even spitting up on court.“I played at the maximum of my power, my strength, and my capability,” Djokovic said, “but Rafa was the best player.”Using his backhand to great effect against Nadal’s forehand early, Djokovic grabbed the first set, and got to 5-all in the second.“I felt,” Nadal said, “the match was more in his hands at the beginning.”Knowing that overcoming a two-set hole might be too much even for him, Nadal raised his level, taking 20 of 26 points to claim that set and a 3-0 lead in the third.“Without that second set, I don’t know if I have this trophy with me now,” Nadal would say later.When a down-the-line forehand winner ended the second set, Nadal leaped and shook both fists, his first sign of real emotion.“The momentum went (to) his side,” Djokovic said. “I started playing quite bad and didn’t move as well. Struggled a little bit physically throughout that third set.”That was apparent. His cheeks were flushed. He put his hand on his heaving chest. He wobbled and nearly fell over while sitting on his changeover bench.Still, after trailing 4-2 in the fourth, Djokovic made one last stand. As skilled a retriever as his formidable foe, he came up with a desperation defensive lob that landed right near the baseline, drawing a netted overhead from Nadal to earn a break point. Soon, it was 4-all.But Nadal steadied himself to hold to 5-4, then broke one last time. Soon enough, he was clutching the French Open trophy, his trophy. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 RELATED PHOTOScenter_img PARIS – Trying to beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open is, without a doubt, the toughest task in tennis. Indeed, must be among the greatest challenges in all of sports.The pressure he applies, from set to set, game to game, point to point, shot to shot. That bullwhip of a high-bouncing, topspin lefty forehand. Those quick-reflex returns that help him break an opponent’s serve — and his will. KEYWORDS Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, French Open last_img read more

K-Pen Legislators Deliver Update Ahead Of Next Session

first_imgRep. Carpenter: “The budget is going to be issue number one to deal with. That’s largely going to focus on the governor’s budget that’s coming out here very shortly, and what amounts of spending that he’s going to ask reduce. I understand that’s what he is going to do is ask for reductions, and you can’t discuss reductions without revenue. So, are we going to talk about revenue or not.” Rep. Knopp: “History is good to remember, but it’s time to look forward. That’s going to be getting public involved, engaged and informed. We are in unprecedented times in our states history, as far as finanances go, there is not the money there to decide how to divvy up any longer we have to set good fiscal policy. That is  what we are working on.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享It was a complicated Legislative session in Juneau this year, and the toughest debates are still unresolved as the House and Senate move into the next session that begins on January 21. Representatives Sarah Vance, and Gary Stevens were not in attendance. Governor Mike Dunleavy’s proposed Fiscal Year 2021 budget will be unveiled by mid-December.center_img Sen. Micciche: “The problems remain the same. We still have some issues in this self imposed recession. We still need to tighten the budget, where we can, while still delivering key constitutionally required services and delivering them in a way that meet Alaskans expectations. We must settle the PFD issue, we’ve continued to see the legislature cutting back on the PFD.” Senator Peter Micciche and Representatives Ben Carpenter and Gary Knopp delivered an update to a joint Chamber or Commerce on Wednesday afternoon.last_img read more