He was speaking at a press conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesday (February 27), following the conclusion of the 7th Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Caribbean Governors’ Meeting. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the policies and programmes carried out or contemplated by the Government are in the best interest of the citizens. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the policies and programmes carried out or contemplated by the Government are in the best interest of the citizens.Mr. Holness cites the proposed implementation of the National Identification System (NIDS) as one such project.He was speaking at a press conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesday (February 27), following the conclusion of the 7th Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Caribbean Governors’ Meeting.Noting the issue of trust resonating with some persons about how personal data collated under NIDS will be handled, Mr. Holness gave the assurance that there will be “nothing nefarious to, in any way, erode the privacy of the citizen”.“Many issues arise when we start to enter upon the conversation about giving every citizen an identification. It means that the Government will have to collect information about every citizen, (and) we acknowledge that many of these concerns are legitimate,” he said.The Prime Minister said, however, that the Government is duty-bound to act responsibly, scrupulously and with integrity to ensure that the citizen’s well-being is safeguarded in whatever endeavour is carried out.“So whether it is in national security, justice and supporting the judiciary… (providing) housing and facilitating land settlement, increasing the efficiency of the public, the speed at which we do business, (or) giving the citizen an identity, the Government is acting in the best interest of the citizen. What we are trying to do is strengthen Government so that we can better serve you,” Mr. Holness said.The IDB conference, which was held under the theme ‘Jump Caribbean’, focused on how best the region can strategically embrace the reality of the digital revolution.Importantly, the IDB wants Caribbean partner states to tap technology and apply innovative methods as a means to solve problems, improve productivity, generate employment and advance development.IDB President, Luis Alberto Moreno, headed the visiting team of Bank officials attending the conference, which also saw the affiliate Governors of several territories participating.They included representatives from The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica.Also attending were global business leader, Sir Richard Branson; and former President of the Republic of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves. The IDB conference, which was held under the theme ‘Jump Caribbean’, focused on how best the region can strategically embrace the reality of the digital revolution.
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, brings to Los Angeles a unique dinner party.The Autism Speaks to Los Angeles Celebrity Chef Gala will showcase award-winning chefs at its first local fundraising gala, having created an exciting legacy on New York’s Wall Street for the past eight years. One hundred top chefs, cooking tableside, will create their signature four-course meals exclusively for their guests at this unique inaugural event on October 8th at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. No two tables will feature the same menus.Co-Chairs of the LA Chef Gala debut are WME Head of Television Rick Rosen, WME Partner Ari Greenburg and FX Networks President & COO Chuck Saftler. The Honorary Co-Chair is Brian Kelly, Autism Speaks Chairman of the Board. The evening, hosted by late night comedian Conan O’Brien, will also honor Autism Speaks Co-Founders Suzanne & Bob Wright, commemorating 10 years of progress. Since its inception in New York, the Autism Speaks Chef Gala has raised nearly $8 million dollars for the research, awareness and advocacy initiatives of Autism Speaks.In a statement, Co-Chairs Rosen, Greenburg and Saftler said, “Autism touches all of us personally. We are thrilled to be able to co-chair an event that honors the work of Suzanne and Bob Wright. The accomplishments of Autism Speaks over the last 10 years have been life changing: from global awareness, to advocacy, from scientific discoveries to the local impact in our LA community. We have so much more to accomplish for all people living with autism, and we are excited to help raise awareness and funds to do so at our inaugural LA Celebrity Chef Gala. It will be an unforgettable night!”More than 50 ovens, 1,000 pounds of meat, fish and vegetables, and hundreds of recipes are the ingredients for the Los Angeles debut of this culinary event for Autism Speaks. Participating chefs include Antonia Lofaso (Scopa Italian Roots), Art Smith (Table Fifty-Two), Ben Ford (Ford’s Filling Station), Brian Malarkey (Herringbone), Govind Armstrong (Post & Beam), Jet Tila (Food Network) Joachim Splichal (Patina), Josiah Citrin (Mélisse), Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill), Michael Voltaggio (Ink), Nancy Silverton (Osteria Mozza), Neal Fraser (Redbird) and many others. They have earned James Beard awards, Best New Chef titles and rave reviews from diners in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Chicago, Denver and points in between. For a full list of participating chefs, go to www.autismspeaks.org/lachefgala.com.The evening will kick off with Wolfgang Puck Catering serving hors d’oeuvres inspired by his iconic restaurants such as Spago, CUT, Chinois and WP24, along with wines from Frank Family Vineyards and cocktails. Following cocktails, guests will be escorted to their private tables where they will witness their master chef create four exclusive courses of signature dishes tableside. Guests will also enjoy a special musical performance to be announced shortly.Toyota, a presenting sponsor of Autism Speaks to Los Angeles Celebrity Chef Gala, will debut the new Mirai, their first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle which combines hydrogen and oxygen to make electricity onboard, while emitting nothing but water vapor. The Mirai will be delivered to consumers in California in October 2015. For more information, please visit www.toyota.com/mirai.The program will also offer a “Fund-A-Mission” auction where guests will have the opportunity to support special Autism Speaks initiatives including summer camp for kids with autism, the genome research program known as MSSNG and iPads for individuals who struggle to communicate.Autism Speaks to Los Angeles Celebrity Chef Gala is generously sponsored by: Executive Chef Sponsor – Toyota and ION Media Networks/ Brandon Burgess; Chef de Cuisine Sponsor – Discovery Communications, Cox Enterprises, Inc; Pastry Chef Sponsor – Univision Communications Inc., Pepper Gate, Google; In-Kind Sponsors – Frank Family Vineyards, Caffe Luxxe, Icelandic Glacial Natural Spring Water, Kiehl’s, Korin, Anolon Gourmet Cookware, Wüsthof 200, Matfer Bourgeat Inc., Reserve; Exclusive Airline Sponsor – Delta Air Lines; Exclusive Appliance Sponsor – Jenn-Air. Exclusive Media Partner – Variety.
Kolkata: A huge amount of money has been recovered from Kolkata on Monday evening. The person who was carrying the money, identified as Koushik Nath, was arrested.According to sources, before the 5th phase of the Lok Sabha elections, the special branch of Kolkata Police was alerted that antisocial elements may cross Ganga using ferry services and roads to reach Kolkata, after before and on the day of the poll. Based on the alert, senior officials of Kolkata Police had decided to keep a close watch on the Howrah-Kolkata bordering areas. As a precautionary measure, a good number of police personnel were deployed to keep a strict vigil on the ferry ghats and other places, using which antisocial elements could have gone out from Kolkata and come from Howrah. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring the special naka-checking, many persons were intercepted and questioned. Special teams comprising plain clothed police personnel also patrolled the areas to locate any suspicious movement. While doing so on Monday evening, a team from Hare Street police station noticed a person standing at the Esplanade bus terminus with a laptop bag, which seemed suspicious as it looked overstuffed. When some police personnel asked him to stop, Nath reportedly did not respond to their calls and behaved as if he did not hear anything. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayWhen Nath did not stop walking despite repeated calls, some police personnel went to him and asked him to show the contents of his bag. He refused and when police personnel tried to get hold of his bag, Nath allegedly tried to flee from the spot with his bag. However, as he was surrounded by the sleuths from Hare Street police station, he was trapped and was detained immediately. During a subsequent search of his laptop bag, sleuths found bundles of Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes. Wasting no time, Nath was taken to the police station. After counting the bundles, sleuths found that he was carrying Rs 30 lakh. Nath was interrogated about the source of the money and to whom he was about to deliver it. Sources informed that the accused had stated that he was from Burdwan and he was to deliver the money somewhere in East Midnapore. As the 6th phase of the Lok Sabha elections is scheduled to take place there on May 12, it is suspected that the money was supplied to use illegally during the election. He has been arrested and the information of recovery of money has been passed on to the Income Tax department and Election Commission for further action.
Freshman defensive specialist Camry Halm (14) celebrates after a point during a match against Wisconsin at St. John Arena on Nov. 2. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team is off to Manhattan, Kansas, for the first round of the NCAA tournament, and its first opponent is the same team that handed the Buckeyes an early preseason defeat.At 6 p.m. on Friday, OSU and the Missouri State Bears will face off for the second time this year — but this time around, the stakes are much higher. One team will keep its dreams of a national championship alive, while the other will leave empty handed. On Sept. 9, it was the Bears who locked down the tight, five-set win in front of a home crowd and gave OSU its second loss on the season. The Buckeyes finished off their regular season with two consecutive wins, while Missouri State split 1-1 with a win over Illinois State and a loss to Wichita State.OSU coach Geoff Carlston said the match against Missouri State will be the culmination of all the work his team has put in thus far. “This is where all the days in the gym and all the stresses and all of the good memories, all of those things you keep in your backpack — you use them now,” he said. The Buckeyes have made numerous changes since their last encounter with the Bears, and the team is hopeful the new strategies will pay off. “We’ve definitely improved our offense, and I think throughout the season, we’ve run a lot of defensive systems and offensive systems,” said junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer. “I think this versatility allows us to change and adapt in situations where they might be beating us in one area.” Sophomore setter Taylor Hughes added that OSU has stopped relying on one or two of its hitters, which has diversified offensive options. Hughes has also seen more attacking opportunities with the increased role of fellow setter, senior Abby Fesl. Hughes joined senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe on Tuesday on the Big Ten’s All-Conference teams; Sandbothe received first team and Hughes earned honorable mention. A goal the team set at the beginning of the season was to advance to the Final Four match of the tournament, which will be played at Nationwide Arena in Columbus this year. But if you ask them about that target right now, it’s the furthest thing from their minds. “We’re not talking about it. (We’re) focusing on one game at a time and that’s Missouri State coming up next,” said Hughes. With tournament play soon to be in full swing, every team will be fighting for their existence. One loss and it’s game over for the season. Carlston said the Buckeyes have been preparing for this pressure long before the tournament brackets were even released. “We’ve had practice and we’ve talked a lot about sense of urgency and treating every match we’ve played for the past three or four weeks as if it is our last,” he said. For Schirmer, she’s acknowledging the gravity that Friday will bring, but said playing with high risks comes with the territory of playing the sport.“Especially now, it’s like any day could be your last day, and I think that’s scary but at the same time that’s really cool because we’re fighting for our lives,” she said. “That’s what makes playing volleyball so exciting.” The first serve between the Bears and the Buckeyes is set for 6 p.m. on Friday in Manhattan and can be viewed on ESPN3.
Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell shoots a shot during the Buckeyes’ game against Washington on Nov. 19. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorAfter an 84-75 loss to No. 19 Michigan Tuesday night, the No. 8 Ohio State women’s basketball team (16-3, 5-1 Big Ten) will head on the road for a Monday night game against No. 14 Maryland (16-3, 5-1 Big Ten). In the last matchup between the two teams, the Buckeyes upset the No. 2 Terrapins 98-87 at the end of the regular season last year. In recent years, Maryland has been the Big Ten’s powerhouse, winning the conference the past two years. Though this year’s Terrapin team lacks the star-power of recent years, Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff stressed his team’s need to be prepared for another top-25 team.“They’re good, they’re talented, they’re well coached, they’re used to winning,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said. “They have an expectation to win. They’re gonna be ready. We’ll have to be really good on Monday.”The Terrapins have won 14 of their last 15 games with the lone loss coming Jan. 11 against the Michigan State Spartans.Redshirt senior guard Linnae Harper said the team will need to come in with the same level of intensity if it hopes to come away with a win against the Terrapins, like it did last year.“The amount of focus that we had, the amount of intensity and effort we brought, all of us that played that game we just brought it,” Harper said. “We played together, our chemistry was great and we really wanted to win. We have to approach this upcoming game the same way we approached it last year and make sure that we’re doing everything we have to do to get the win.”Maryland sophomore guard Kaila Charles, who leads her team in scoring with 17.1 points per game, must pick up the workload offensively. The Terrapins’ second-leading scorer, sophomore guard Blair Watson, suffered a torn ACL in a January practice that will force her to miss the remainder of the season. Watson was averaging 13.8 points per game prior to the injury.The Terrapins’ depth has helped them absorb the loss of Watson this season. Maryland has six active players who put up at least 10.5 points per game, and would have been seven had Watson not suffered a season-ending injury.This game will have major implications on which team takes the edge in the Big Ten. Ohio State and Maryland are tied for first atop the conference and both are the only teams with one loss. Conference control is not McGuff’s main focus, though.“I just think it’s about us being prepared for this game and putting our best foot forward here, as we saw Tuesday anything can happen,” McGuff said. In the Big Ten there’s a lot of parity this year. We need to take this game first and go from there.”The Buckeyes will need to find a way to put up points on a night when the 3-pointer does not fall. While they were aggressive and hit 17-of-22 free throws the previous game, they shot 36 percent from the field, which hindered their second-half productivity. McGuff said he would like to see his team stay patient, even when shots aren’t dropping for the team. “One, continue to take good shots no matter what,” McGuff said. “Two, just continue to work [on it]. I think we’ve, knock on wood, done a better job recently getting some balance in our offense, scoring a little bit more around the basket and I think we need to continue to do that.”
Ohio State freshman defenseman Madison Bizal makes a move against a Minnesota State defender on Oct. 12. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Wyatt Crosher | Assistant Sports EditorOhio State freshman goaltender Andrea Braendli made headlines for the second straight week after she was named WCHA Goaltender of the Week for her performance against No. 3 Minnesota. Braendli and the No. 4 Ohio State women’s hockey team took on the Gophers in a top-five matchup last week. After losing the first game 3-0, the Buckeyes came away with a strong road victory by a score of 3-2 in Game 2. Now, Ohio State (6-2-0, 3-1-0-0 WCHA) will attempt to ride that wave of momentum this week when it continues its road stretch and travels to Canton, New York, to face No. 10 St. Lawrence (3-4-1). “That’s what you need to do, you need to build momentum and learn from some of the mistakes we made throughout the weekend,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “We need to build off the good we created. Taking three points from a No. 3 team in the country was huge at their rank nonetheless.” While the Saints are not as highly ranked as Minnesota, the Buckeyes will still be faced with another tough opponent. The Saints are fresh off a win against No. 2 Clarkson, the defending national champion and the team that beat Ohio State in the Frozen Four last season. “What’s nice is there is parity in the country right now,” Muzerall said. “Every team is putting up a good battle and is making the league and the NCAA fun to watch. We just need to focus on the things that we do very well and drive a little more offensively and then buckle down defensively and be more intelligent.” The team defensively has little to worry about with Braendli stepping in and making a name for herself only five games into her college career, winning WCHA Rookie of the Week two weeks ago and now Goaltender of the Week. In her five games played, Braendli leads the WCHA with a .950 save percentage. “It’s really awesome having someone as solid as her backing the net,” redshirt junior defenseman Jincy Dunne said. “She got the chance to play and capitalized on the opportunity. She’s done amazing and we’re lucky to have her.” Offensively, Ohio State has a little bit of work to do. St. Lawrence allows 1.88 goals per game, and the key to victory for the Buckeyes will be a fast and aggressive offense to create scoring opportunities. But St. Lawrence scores the fifth-fewest goals per game in the NCAA at 1.50 per game. Ohio State sophomore forward Emma Maltais has as many points as the Saint have goals all season.“Defensively, St. Lawrence is a very good team,” Dunne said. “The challenge is on us to create offense and to score off the opportunities we make and continue to capitalize on the chances we get.”The Buckeyes travel to play against St. Lawrence at 6 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Kristina Antoniades, a family lawyer, blasted Qantas airline earlier this week on Facebook for “blatant homophobic” behaviour.“We had just as much right to be seated together as the married couple”The woman, who was travelling business class with her female partner Merrin Hicks and their daughter, was asked to switch places with a married couple not once, but twice.Ms Antoniades had booked three seats for the flight from Brisbane to Melbourne online, on the same row, separated by an aisle. Ms Hicks, however, was paged to customer service during boarding time, only to be told she was being moved to a different row.She refused and the company reissued the initial boarding pass. Once they were in the air, they were again approached by another member of the staff. “I thought that would be the end of it but once the plane took off the flight manager asked why Merrin was seated next to the man and his wife seated behind them,” Antoniades wrote.“I again advised the flight manager that we were a family and wanted to be seated together. She asked me why I had taken it upon myself to move the wife away from her husband.“I advised her that we were in our designated seats, equally as entitled to sit together.”The cabin manager asked to see their boarding passes, she wrote, and questioned why they hadn’t allowed the other couple, aged in their 70s, to sit next to each other.“I have never experienced such blatant discrimination,” the woman continued.A Qantas spokesman said staff had contacted the passengers to explain there were two requests from other passengers, stating that the airline which “celebrates diversity of staff and passengers was disappointed to read of the experience”.“We completely understand that it can be frustrating to be asked to change seats when you have already chosen where to sit,” he said. “In this case, Kristina, her partner and their daughter travelled in the seats originally assigned to them while the other couple were sat separately.”Meanwhile, in a gesture of goodwill, the customer service manager contacted Ms Antoniades offering her extra frequent flyer points.Source: ABC, Herald Sun
Parma have officially completed the signing of Mattia Sprocati from SS Lazio.The midfielder will join up with the newly promoted Serie A side on loan but the club have option to make the deal a permanent one. Sprocati signed a new five-year deal with the eternal city club back in June, after spending time on loan with Salernitana, which also owned by current Lazio president Claudio Lotito.“S.S Lazio announces it has sold the player Mattia Sprocati to Parma Calcio 1913 on loan with an option to buy,” a brief statement on the Aquile’s website confirms, as quoted by Football Italia.Parma’s coach is delighted after Sunday’s win Manuel R. Medina – September 2, 2019 According to Parma manager, Roberto D’Aversa, the team played well even after having so many difficulties in the first half of the match.Sprocati was on Parma’s books from 2012 to 2015, but he never made an appearance and was released when the club went bankrupt. The Ducali also confirmed the signing of Alessandro Deiola from Cagliari on a straight loan deal.Parma are back in the top tier of Italian football after suffering relegation to the Serie C, the third-tier of Italian football after the club went into administration due to bankruptcy.
Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Review • Apple MacBook Air review: Rebooted as a thinner, lighter, more expensive laptop The Samsung Notebook 7 Force. Samsung The Notebook 7 Force is Samsung’s newest 15.6-inch laptop, and it’s all clean lines and high performance wrapped up in a black metal chassis.The Force, which will start at $1,500 when it’s available in the US on July 26, is a traditional clamshell design — not a two-in-one like Samsung’s Notebook 9 Pro — and looks very much like it’s aimed at potential Razer Blade buyers. Samsung even went so far as to call the laptop’s color Blade Black. Though, seeing as how Apple kicks off WWDC 2019 tomorrow, I suppose it’s also possible Samsung was tired of waiting for Apple to bring back the black MacBook, too, and decided to give people another strong Windows option.And it does look from the specs like it’ll be a good fit for anyone after performance for content creation and gaming. Built around a full-HD display with thin bezels on the top and sides, the Notebook 7 Force has an eighth-gen Intel Core processor (Samsung doesn’t say which one, but I assume it’s an i7 at this price) and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1650 graphics. You’ll also get 16GB of memory and a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD and room to add a 2.5-inch hard drive and another SSD.The Samsung Notebook 7 will be available in 13.3- and 15.6-inch sizes. Samsung If you don’t need the Force to be with you, Samsung also announced plain ol’ Notebook 7 laptops available in 13.3- and 15.6-inch sizes starting at $1,000. These look more like the Notebook 9 Pro, though again, they’re traditional clamshells and not two-in-ones. Components are similar to what you’ll find in the Force, but with integrated graphics and not the GTX 1650. There will, however, be a 15.6-inch configuration with entry-level GeForce MX250 discrete graphics.The Notebook 7 will also be available on July 26 in the US from Samsung and Amazon. Preorders start July 12.Also read: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti mobile, 1650 are the new cheap gaming graphics News • Hands-on with the new Apple MacBook Air and MacBook Pro $899 See All Intel Nvidia Razer Samsung Apple reading • Samsung Notebook 7 Force Macbook Pro alternative appears ahead of WWDC Apple Laptops Mentioned Above Apple MacBook Air (128GB, Gray, 2018) See it Apple MacBook Air See It Walmart $1,099 $1,199 Apple Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Preview • The MacBook Air is dead. Long live the MacBook Air Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 0 Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Post a comment • Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See It
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday fixed the reference rate for the US dollar at 50.5733 rupees and the euro 66.4959 rupees.The corresponding rates of dollar and euro for the previous day (March 6, 2012) were 50.0265 rupees and 66.0203 rupees respectively.Based on the reference rate for the US dollar and middle rates of the cross-currency quotes, the exchange rates of British pound as against the rupee is 79.5670 as against 79.3170 on the previous day (March 6, 2012) and that of Japanese yen is 62.63 as against 61.39 the previous day.