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Gandhi’s grandson to visit University of Uslter in Derry later today

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsApp Gandhi’s grandson to visit University of Uslter in Derry later today Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Gandhi’s grandson will be visiting the University of Uslter in Derry later today.Dr Arun Gandhi is due to speak at a special lecture this evening about peace and non-violence movements across the world as well as sharing his own experience of growing up with his grandfather in South Africa.Earlier on today’s Shaun Doherty Show, Dr Arun Gandhi recalled the day his grandfather was assassinated:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/gandhi1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Facebook Pinterest By admin – June 23, 2016 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Previous articleCalls for permanent lavatory facilities on Gola IslandNext articleConor McManus focusing on a big performance against Donegal admin Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more


VIDEO: Boeing Delivers Sixth P-8A Poseidon Aircraft to US Navy

first_img View post tag: US View post tag: Defence View post tag: Navy February 5, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today VIDEO: Boeing Delivers Sixth P-8A Poseidon Aircraft to US Navy View post tag: Aircraft Industry news View post tag: Boeing View post tag: P-8A View post tag: News by topiccenter_img View post tag: Poseidon Boeing delivered the sixth production P-8A Poseidon aircraft to the U.S. Navy Jan. 31, successfully completing the first group of low-rate initial production aircraft that are dramatically improving the service’s maritime patrol capabilities.The delivery is the final aircraft from a contract awarded in January 2011. Boeing is on schedule to build 24 P-8A maritime patrol aircraft as part of contracts awarded in 2011 and 2012.“The P-8 team continues to incorporate efficiencies into our production as we ramp up deliveries in 2013,” said Rick Heerdt, Boeing vice president and P-8 program manager. “We’ve reduced flow times and costs, which ultimately benefits our U.S. Navy customer.”The U.S. Navy plans to purchase 117 P-8As, which are based on the Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 platform. It is a versatile multi-mission aircraft that provides broad long-range maritime patrol capabilities — anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. It is replacing the U.S. Navy’s P-3 fleet.“This aircraft delivery marks the beginning of a new era of maritime patrol aircraft,” said Capt. Scott Dillon, Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft program manager. “The first fleet squadron is now equipped with P-8s, and will soon deploy with a maritime patrol capability that is greatly enhanced relative to our legacy P-3 force.”The next three Poseidon aircraft are undergoing mission systems installation and checkout in Seattle, and two more are in final assembly in Renton, Wash. Boeing will deliver its seventh production P-8A to the Navy later this quarter.As part of the LRIP contracts, Boeing is also providing maintenance training for the Navy, in addition to logistics support, spares, support equipment and tools.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 5, 2013; Image: Boeing View post tag: Defense VIDEO: Boeing Delivers Sixth P-8A Poseidon Aircraft to US Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Sixth View post tag: delivers Share this articlelast_img read more


Multi-million dollar home for sale with award-winning bed and breakfast

first_imgKate and Neil Robson are selling up their Hawthorne bed and breakfast business and family home. The couple will be interviewed in front of potential buyers at an upcoming champagne sipping event and open night for the house.The owners of a multi-million dollar Brisbane property are inviting buyers to sip champagne and learn more about their property at an exclusive open home event.The evening open home of the seven-bedroom, six-bathroom property at 12 Malcolm St, Hawthorne, which also runs as an award-winning bed and breakfast, is expected to attract plenty of interest on May 29.The entire inner-city home, which has a price tag of $2.4 million, has been “booked” from 6pm.The property at 12 Malcolm St, Hawthorne.Owners Kate and Neil Robson have made the decision to downsize from their property, which has also been operating as Number 12 Bed and Breakfast for the past four years.Mrs Robson said the property was built in 1907 and had undergone a major renovation.She said the new owners could purchase the property to live in, and continue operating the bed and breakfast if they wished.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“We’re hoping potential buyers will share a love for our house as much as we do,” Mrs Robson said. “It has been our family home for a while.”12 Malcolm St, Hawthorne. 12 Malcolm St, Hawthorne.Cush said the property was a Hawthorne landmark and close to cinemas, shops and restaurants.He said guests often strolled to the river to step onto the CityCat or Cross River Ferry to explore the Powerhouse precinct and parks beyond. 12 Malcolm St, Hawthorne.Champagne will be served from 6pm with the owners to be interviewed soon after. A private viewing of the residence has been booked until 6.30pm.Living Here Cush Partners principal Haesley Cush described the property as a “warm family home”.“I’ve had a relationship with this property for about 20 years,” Mr Cush said. “I went to school with the owner’s son Trent, part of the benefit of being a friend of Trent’s meant you got invited over for family dinners.”12 Malcolm St, Hawthorne.last_img read more


Update on the latest sports

first_imgNFL-NEWS2-time Pro Bowler Reshad Jones to be released by DolphinsUNDATED (AP) — Two-time Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones is joining the free agent market after 10 seasons with the Miami Dolphins.The team has decided to release Jones next Wednesday, the first day of NFL free agency. The move had been expected because Jones battled injuries in recent seasons and played in just four games in 2019 for new coach Brian Flores.With Jones’ departure, six-year veteran reserve safety Walt Aikens leads the Dolphins in seniority. The move leaves Bobby McCain and Eric Rowe as the Dolphins’ first-team safeties, but they’re expected to be busy in free agency. NHL-NEWS-BLUE JACKETS, NO TO FANSBlue Jackets to play in nearly empty arenaDENVER (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets are the first National Hockey League team to say they’ll hold home games without fans in the stands. The Blue Jackets announced that their game Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins would be limited to “home and visiting club personnel, credentialed media and broadcast partners, essential club and arena staff and NHL officials.” The decision comes in response to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s announcement that he is issuing an order regarding “mass gatherings,” include a ban on spectators at sports events.Elsewhere in the NHL:—The Colorado Avalanche will be without top scorer Nathan MacKinnon for at least a week after he suffered a lower body injury. MacKinnon was hurt during the second period in Los Angeles against the Kings on Monday. It’s the latest blow to an injury-plagued Avalanche team that’s trying to catch St. Louis for the top seed in the Western Conference.The Avalanche are missing six other players. They will have defenseman Cale Makar back in the lineup when they face the New York Rangers on Wednesday night. Makar has been out the last five games with an upper body injury. He’s second among rookies with 47 points. Jones started 113 games for the Dolphins and made the Pro Bowl in 2015 and 2017. He was their highest-paid player last year at $15 million.In other NFL news:— Marshal Yanda retired from the NFL on Wednesday with the satisfaction of knowing he walked away before being kicked out the door. Yanda played his entire 13-year career with the Baltimore Ravens, who showed their appreciation for the eight-time Pro Bowl guard by sending him off with a framed No. 73 jersey and heartfelt thanks during a news conference. The ceremony began with a video tribute and was highlighted by a lengthy prepared speech from the guest of honor, a man known for keeping his sentences short and for his aversion to talking to the media. Yanda said he “loved that every single day.”GOLD-HALL OF FAMETiger Woods elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame Associated Press San Francisco Mayor London Breed has banned all gatherings of 1,000 or more people for the next two weeks. Shortly after that announcement Wednesday, the Warriors announced they would go ahead with the game, but without fans at Chase Center. Four other events scheduled through March 21 at the building, which seats more than 18,000 people, have been postponed or canceled, including a Post Malone concert.In Washington state, Gov. Jay Inslee has prohibited gatherings of more than 250 people in the Seattle area, which has experienced the most COVID-19 deaths in the U.S.The Mariners and Major League Baseball haven’t announced where they will play the team’s season-opening, four-game series against the Texas Rangers that had been scheduled for March 26-29. It was to be followed by three games against the Minnesota Twins from March 30 through April 1. The Mariners say they are working with the commissioner’s office on alternative plans.NCAA President Mark Emmert says NCAA Division I basketball tournament games will not be open to the general public because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus. Emmert says he made the decision to conduct both the men’s and women’s tournaments with only essential staff and limited family in attendance. The decision comes after the NCAA’s COVID-19 advisory panel recommended against playing sporting events open to the general public. The tournaments begin next week.Elsewhere, the Ivy League canceled all spring sports, as many of its schools told students not to return from spring break and prepare for classes to be taught online. The conference had already canceled its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments; other conferences went ahead with theirs as college basketball awaits word on the status of the NCAA Tournament, one of the biggest events on the sporting calendar. Left-hander James Paxton resumed a throwing program in his rehabilitation from Feb. 5 back surgery and said he felt great and had no pain. He made 25 throws at 60 feet. Paxton said his best-case scenario is for a mid-May return.In other MLB news:— St. Louis first baseman Paul Goldschmidt will be out for several more games because of a sore right elbow. Goldschmidt’s throwing was limited by the Cardinals during the start of spring training, and he made his first two exhibition starts as a designated hitter. He has not played since Sunday. The six-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner is hitting .300 with two homers in 20 spring training at-bats.— New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto would not speculate whether he could return for the March 26 opener against Washington due to an oblique strain. Conforto was injured Saturday against the Nationals and returned to New York on Monday night. The 27-year-old outfielder got hurt when he lost a fly ball to right in the sun and felt a tug in his right side after a late sudden move to catch the ball. His right side tightened up on him later in the game.— The Texas Rangers have placed left-hander Yohander Méndez on the suspended list for violating his contract by seeking unauthorized outside medical care. President of Baseball Operations Jon Daniels announced the move Wednesday prior to a spring training game against the San Francisco Giants. Méndez has been held out of spring training game action with left shoulder inflammation. The 25-year-old Méndez appeared in just three big league games last year due to an elbow injury. He was expected to compete for a bullpen spot this spring. Update on the latest sports In other NBA news:— Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) was back in the lineup Wednesday night against Detroit after missing five games with a sprained left shoulder. The Sixers also said guard Ben Simmons will miss at least three more weeks with nerve issues in his lower back. Simmons missed his eighth straight game. He will continue to undergo daily treatment for his nerve impingement and that he is gradually increasing the activities in his strength and conditioning program. The timeline could have Simmons back just in time for the playoffs.  Embiid was injured in a Feb. 26 loss at Cleveland when he collided with Ante Zizic.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-ACC-MIAMI-CLEMSONDawes leads Clemson past Miami 69-64 in ACC TournamentGREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Al-Amir Dawes scored 18 points, and eighth-seeded Clemson defeated ninth-seeded Miami 69-64 on Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. MLB-NEWSYanks’ Britton hit by line drive, has bruised right wristUNDATED (AP) — New York Yankees reliever Zack Britton has a bruised right wrist after getting hit by a line drive during a simulated game Wednesday. The Yankees said X-rays and a CT scan were both negative.Britton was pitching in his second inning when he got hurt on the drive off the bat of Erik Kratz. The 32-year-old left-hander walked to shallow left field while holding his wrist. He kept his right arm still and appeared to be in pain while walking off the field with athletic trainer Gene Monahan.Up until that point, it had been a good day on the injury front for the Yankees. Giancarlo Stanton faced pitching for the first time since straining his right calf on Feb. 26 and hit an opposite-field homer to right off Britton. Stanton is expected to be sidelined until April.center_img Shiffrin had announced earlier Wednesday that she would compete at the event after taking a six-week break from the sport following the death of her father. The American was last season’s overall champion and still had a chance to defend her title.NBA-NEWSAntetokounmpo back in practiceUNDATED (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) says he initially feared the knee sprain that has caused him to miss his last two games might be a much more serious injury. But Bucks officials say he underwent an MRI and was diagnosed with a minor joint capsule sprain of the left knee.The reigning NBA MVP took a hard fall late in a 113-103 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. Antetokounmpo said he practiced Wednesday but still isn’t sure whether he will play Thursday against the Boston Celtics. NASCAR and IndyCar plan to race as scheduled this weekend, with IndyCar continuing to move ahead with its season-opening race through the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. The three-day downtown street festival draws about 130,000 people. There will be additional hand-washing and sanitizing stations.WORLD CUP-RACES CANCELEDWomen’s races canceled, Shiffrin denied chance to defend titleARE, Sweden (AP) — The last races of the women’s Alpine skiing World Cup season have been canceled because of public health concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus.The decision to call off the three-day event in Sweden hands Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) of Italy the overall title and denies Mikaela Shiffrin a return to racing this season. Brignone becomes the first Italian women’s overall champion in the 53-year history of the World Cup. Aamir Simms added 14 points and 10 rebounds and John Newman had 11 points for Clemson, which finished 18 of 19 from the free throw line. Five-foot-7 Chris Lykes led Miami with 21 points off the bench including five 3s and DJ Vasiljevic added 17.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-CREIGHTON-ZEGAROWSKINo. 7 Creighton hoping Zegarowski ready for NCAA TournamentOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton’s Marcus Zegarowski was scheduled to have knee surgery Wednesday and the Bluejays hope to have him available for the NCAA Tournament next week.Zegarowski injured the meniscus in his right knee late in the seventh-ranked Bluejays’ game against Seton Hall on Saturday. An MRI revealed the injury Monday. Creighton’s next game is Thursday against St. John’s or Georgetown in the Big East Tournament in New York.Zegarowski has started 30 of 31 games and is second on the team in scoring at 16.1 points per game. He’s third in the Big East in 3-point shooting at 42.4%. He was named to the All-Big East second team.NCAA-LAWSUIT3 former track athletes suing NCAA, coach over alleged abuseANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Three former student-athletes who say they were sexually abused by a track coach are suing the NCAA, its board of governors and a coach. They allege the NCAA didn’t do enough to protect its athletes. Erin Aldrich, Londa Bevins and Jessica Johnson are seeking class action status for the federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in California. The women say they were sexually abused by John Rembao while he worked at the University of Texas and the University of Arizona. They want the suit to include any NCAA student-athlete at any member school since 1992 who say they were put at risk by the inaction of the NCAA. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSMariners moving games, Warriors going fanlessUNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors’ game against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night will be played without fans in the arena, and the Mariners are moving their home games out of Seattle for the rest of March in an effort to slow the coronavirus outbreak. March 11, 2020 PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Already among the greatest on the golf course, Tiger Woods will join them in the World Golf Hall of Fame. Woods was elected Wednesday by a Hall of Fame selection committee. He will be part of the 2021 class that will be inducted next year at the home of the PGA Tour. The Hall of Fame criteria was changed recently to lower the minimum age to 45 when players are inducted. The selection was hardly a surprise. No one has more than his 82 PGA Tour victories, and his 15 majors are second only to Jack Nicklaus.last_img read more


Champs Watch – Dynasties in the making?

first_imgIt’s far too soon to describe the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships winning streaks by Calabar High School and Edwin Allen High School as dynasties. Both have a long way to go before their respective series of consecutive Champs wins rival the record streaks of 14 by the Kingston College machine of 1962-1975 and by the Vere Technical juggernaut in the 1979 to 1993 period. More than that, there’s no absolute guarantee that Calabar and Edwin Allen will win this year.However, both schools have looked so good in recent years that the thought of them dominating for years to come is blowing in the wind.With ace coach Michael Clarke still at the helm, Calabar turned into the New Year with a fifth straight Championship title as their target. That would separate this green and black aggregation from the group coached to victory by legendary Gerald Claude Foster in 1930, 1931, 1932 and 1933. Arch-rivals Kingston College also have the second longest run of Champs wins, with a line of success from 2001 to 2007.Edwin Allen have won twice in a row. That’s no streak … yet. While Calabar survived a stern test by Kingston College last year, the Edwin Allen girls won easily – by 100 points – in 2015 with coach Michael Dyke quietly predicting continued success. Aside from the 15 years of dominance by Vere, Holmwood Technical won season after season from 2003 to 2011, with Excelsior High and St Jago High scoring four consecutive wins. Excelsior did it from 1970 to 1973, with St Jago doing the same from 1996 to 1999.In a season that starts at the Purewater/JC meet today, Calabar will face fine teams from KC, second in 2015 by just 15 and a half points, and the 2011 champion boys’ school, Jamaica College. Edwin Allen will have to keep a close eye on the rising Hydel High, consistent St Jago and the resurgent Holmwood Technical who finished second, third and fourth last year. If the reigning champions win again, the D-word whispers will get louder.n Hubert Lawrence has attended Champs since 1980.last_img read more


Roundtable on J.W. Walsh

first_imgtumblr_magiwvlAV91qeflxso2_1280Nielsen Network & O’CollySome of the guys (Amilian, Nolo, OKC Dave, Carson) and I got together to discuss J.W. Walsh, Wes Lunt, and how all of this is going to shake out. Enjoy.1. Finish this sentence: J.W. Walsh is _____________.OKC Dave – still a freshman. I’m excited about how he played against Louisiana – how could you not be? But people need to remember that he’s still going to make mistakes, and those mistakes are likely to cost us a game or two as long as he’s in the lineup. The good news is that he played very well in the highest level of Texas high school ball, he has a year under his belt learning from Monken and Weeden, and he seems to have a natural confidence that will help him bounce back from the freshman mistakes he’s likely to make.Carson – limited but a play-maker.Nolo – a gamer, a good teammate, and the kind of guy that’s easy to root for. Zac 2.0.Amilian – going to scare the hell out of me on his floaters against Texas. There were a couple passes that were knocked down or barely squeezed between defenders against Louisiana. Texas will make plays on those balls.Pistols – going to have to win the Texas game with his arm. It won’t take a lot, and honestly I’m not sure if he’s even capable of a little, but running the game open against Louisiana’s linebackers and ends is a little different than running it open against Texas (see: 2009 performance, Zac Robinson).2. What is OSU’s final record with Walsh at the helm? What about Lunt?OKC Dave – Walsh: 7-5 | Lunt: 9-3Carson – Walsh: 8-4, teams limiting the run game & forcing him to air it out is a bad recipe. Lunt: 9-3. I think Lunt is capable of winning a shootout with Dana. I don’t think Walsh could keep answering Geno.Nolo – Walsh: 8-5 | Lunt: 9-4Amilian – Walsh: 7-5 | Lunt: 9-3. It seems unfair to blame Walsh for two additional losses, but Walsh can’t outrun Texas defenders and his (lack of) arm strength will allow their DBs to make plays on the ball. I also think we’d lose to West Virginia without both a strong pass and run game. I have OSU losing to OU & KSU with either QB. (Note: By next Friday I’ll be predicting OSU to win no matter which QB is starting. You know…that good ol’ Cowboy optimism)Pistols – Walsh: 7-5 | Lunt: 8-43. Which skill position player benefits most from Walsh being on the field?OKC Dave – I’m really hoping the answer to this question isn’t Quandre Diggs. Seriously though, the only correct answer is Josh Stewart. Blake Jackson is probably second because Walsh will favor passes over the middle while Lunt is more capable of making throws to the outside receivers. Randle and Smith will benefit from getting more carries. Tracy Moore gets the chance to blossom into the best downfield blocker in OSU history.Carson – Josh Stewart is the easy answer. But another is Blake Jackson. Walsh’s success lies in throws over the middle, where Jackson can thrive.Nolo – Josh Stewart. He was talented to begin with but the chemistry these two have can’t be quantified. Having a couple extra years of playing pitch and catch under their belt will pay dividends for these two. There’s just something about playing sports with your best friends that raises your level of play.Amilian – I tried to think outside the box on this one, but it’s Josh Stewart. As many have pointed out, they started developing on-field chemistry in high school and the trust a QB has in a WR plays a huge factor in the number of targets he gets.Pistols – I think the answer to this is actually Desmond Roland. We’re going to wear out Randle and Smith more than usual and Roland could see some two back time as a result. I’m not saying he’s going to go off but it’s a lot easier to put up yards on the field than it is from the bench.4. Why should OSU fans be excited about #4?OKC Dave – Because when Lunt comes back we will know two things for sure: 1) we have a very solid backup quarterback who is ready to come in and will at minimum give us a chance to win any game. 2) Walsh has given Monken a gift. Monken and every defensive coordinator we face now have a lot to think about. How often we use Walsh and in what capacity remain to be seen, but there is no question that we have a valuable weapon at QB2.Carson – Because he’s committed to the program & a winner. Most said Weeden wasn’t good in practice, he was just a gamer. Walsh may have the same makeup, which means the offense is in good hands.Nolo – What’s not to be excited about? He’s an Elite 11 freshman QB who was close to winning the starting job in the spring. He’s going to thrive when the play breaks down and will still be able to make the majority of the throws from 0-25 yards that Lunt can. Sure we’re taking a small step back this season, everyone knew that coming in.But the most exciting part is that we’re at the point, as a program, where we have backups the caliber of J.W. to come in when a guy goes down. We’ve come a long way from the Alex Cate/Al Pena(!) days which weren’t that long ago.Amilian – Collin Klein led K-State to a surprising year with his legs in 2011. I’m not saying Walsh is identical to Klein, but with better WRs and RBs, he doesn’t need to be.Pistols – Because we might have the best backup QB in the Big 12…If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more


3 days agoFred assures Man Utd fans: I feel like I’m getting better

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fred assures Man Utd fans: I feel like I’m getting betterby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Fred says he’s finally adapting to the rigours of Premier League football.The Brazilian has been disappointing since arriving from Shahktar Donestk for a whopping £52m in the summer of 2018.But Fred insists he has needed time to change his playing style from the Ukrainian leagues.”My first season was difficult but that is normal when a footballer changes league,” he said. “The Ukrainian league isn’t as strong as the Premier League. It’s faster and more physical here.”You need to start games strongly and finish them strongly.”It’s the full force for 90 minutes, but it takes time to adapt to English football when you come from Ukraine, even though I was playing against some of the best teams in the Champions League, but I believe I am adapting.”The 26-year-old added that feeling more settled in the city of Manchester is playing a role in his improvement on the pitch.”I’m learning day by day. I feel like I’m getting better. I have a big heart. I will play better.”I like Manchester. My family are here and they like it too. They are speaking English. I’m having English classes, too, but it’s not possible all the time because we travel a lot but we speak lots of languages here.” last_img read more


Notable Gains Under Vision 2030

first_img Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Dr. Wayne Henry, is reporting notable gains under the National Development Plan (NDP) – Vision 2030 Jamaica for the Medium-Term Framework (MTF) period 2015 to 2018. The MTF is the main mechanism for translating Vision 2030 Jamaica’s long-term national goals and outcomes into action. Story Highlights Dr. Henry, who was addressing the recent quarterly briefing at the PIOJ’s head office in New Kingston, said improvements were recorded under Goal 3 – ‘Jamaica’s Economy is Prosperous’, and Goal 1 – ‘Jamaicans are Empowered to Achieve their Fullest Potential’. Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Dr. Wayne Henry, is reporting notable gains under the National Development Plan (NDP) – Vision 2030 Jamaica for the Medium-Term Framework (MTF) period 2015 to 2018.The MTF is the main mechanism for translating Vision 2030 Jamaica’s long-term national goals and outcomes into action.Dr. Henry, who was addressing the recent quarterly briefing at the PIOJ’s head office in New Kingston, said improvements were recorded under Goal 3 – ‘Jamaica’s Economy is Prosperous’, and Goal 1 – ‘Jamaicans are Empowered to Achieve their Fullest Potential’.He further cited growth in the tourism and agriculture industries, with the former meeting the majority of its 2018 targets, while noting that the target for further reduction in unemployment was also met.He pointed, however, to the need to “advance improvements in ease of doing business and enhancing international competitiveness for our main industry structures.”With respect to Goal 1, the PIOJ Head noted improvements in indicators such as the human development index, life expectancy, and educational outcomes related to literacy.He highlighted concerns related to the increased burden of chronic non-communicable diseases; student attendance rates at all levels of the educational system; and “undesirable” levels of poverty, particularly in rural communities.Other areas to be addressed are crime; the backlog of cases in the courts; creating a secure, cohesive and just society; and having a healthy environment, under Goal 2.Dr. Henry said Jamaica’s notable improvement was recorded in government effectiveness, pointing out that the target was met for the first time since the NDP’s promulgation in 2009.Overall, 67 national outcome indicators, monitored under Vision 2030 Jamaica, have recorded improvements under successive three-year MTFs, spanning 2009 to 2018, representing a 61.2 per cent out-turn.A further breakdown of the data shows that 31.3 per cent of the targets were met or exceeded; 29.9 per cent of the indicators showed some improvement; while 31.3 per cent showed no improvement or worsened.Dr. Henry said that the outcomes are pivotal in defining the strategic priorities for MTF 2018-2021.He noted that the latest MTF will consolidate on the developmental gains recorded under the previous frameworks.The priority focus areas are: human capital development; social protection and inclusion; values and attitudes; rule of law and timely justice; public sector efficiency and effectiveness; economic stability, growth and employment; international competitiveness; and environmental sustainability and climate change.Dr. Henry said it is intended for these to be translated into a range of initiatives aimed at advancing Jamaica’s development outcomes.He assured that the PIOJ will continue to lead the coordination of engagements for Vision 2030 Jamaica’s implementation.last_img read more

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