INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 01: A group of coaches and scouts from various NFL teams observe the action during day two of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 1, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The interviews from this year’s NFL combine might go down as some of the strangest in history. The latest prospect to reveal a strange line of questioning from an NFL team is Ohio State offensive lineman Michael Jordan.In a recent interview, Jordan revealed that at the combine, one NFL team asked him if his mother was “good looking.” Naturally, he responded in the affirmative.“I’m sitting in front of you right? Do you see how good looking I am? Of course she’s good looking!” Jordan claimed he responded.Jordan’s incident is only the latest in a long series of bizarre questioning that NFL prospects have revealed being asked at the 2019 NFL combine.Ohio State OL Michael Jordan was asked by a team at the combine if his mother’s good looking. Jordan replied, “I’m sitting in front of you right? Do you see how good looking I am? Of course she’s good looking!”— Justin M (@JustinM_NFL) March 11, 2019Recently, Michigan linebacker Chase Winovich revealed that he was asked probing questions about his date with Lourdes Leon, the daughter of Madonna.N.C. State quarterback Ryan Finley was also asked whether he would rather win a sprint or finish second in a marathon.As for Jordan, the versatile offensive lineman can be plugged in at either guard or center, making him a very attractive potential target.Tankathon currently has him projected to go to the Atlanta Falcons with the No. 80 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft.Hopefully his response to some of the increasingly strange questions won’t hurt his draft stock.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 30: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Mississippi Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Back in March, four-star recruit Demouy Kennedy announced that his decommitment from Auburn. Fast forward to June, where the talented linebacker made the big switch to the Tigers’ hated rival Alabama.According to 247Sports, Kennedy is the No. 3 linebacker in his class. The Crimson Tide should find an abundance of ways to use his six-foot-three frame on defense.While the decision to decommit from Auburn wasn’t easy for Kennedy, the Alabama native sounds pretty happy about joining the reigning SEC champions.During Kennedy’s visit to Alabama, Nick Saban unleashed an epic recruiting pitch to seal the deal. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p From AL.com:They were standing next to two tables, he said. One was clear of anything. The other had championship rings on it.“I liked when he said, ‘Would you rather gamble on this table (pointing to the ring table) or the other table?’ I said, ‘I’m gambling on the ring table.”Comparing Alabama’s success to other programs is quite the power move from Saban.Saban has turned Alabama into the biggest powerhouse in college football. It’d be hard for Kennedy to ignore the school’s success, even though he did originally commit to Auburn.With Kennedy on board for the Crimson Tide’s 2020 recruiting class, Saban is inching closer to Dabo Swinney and Clemson’s top class.[AL.com]
Next Kareena Kapoor Khan nails 50 suryanamskars after gym session in new workout videoA new workout video of Kareena Kapoor Khan is going viral online in which the diva can be seen doing 50 suryanamaskars after her rigorous gym session.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 19, 2019UPDATED: April 19, 2019 16:06 IST Kareena Kapoor Khan nails 50 suryanamskars after gym sessionKareena Kapoor Khan may not be on social media, but the diva has become an online sensation with her flawless gym looks and awe-worthy workout routines.The diva inspires her millions of fans to hit the gym to adopt a healthy lifestyle and get her goal worthy body almost every day.Recently, a fan account of Bebo took to Instagram to post a video of her doing 50 suryanamaskars at the end of workout session and we are inspired.The diva, who came back from a holiday with her husband Saif and son Taimur recently, can be seen doing rounds of suryanamskars in the viral video.For her workout look, Kareena opted for a comfy look and donned a black sports bra with peach mini shorts.She styled her workout look with a messy top knot and a no make-up look.Recently another picture of the 38-year-old actor also went viral on Instagram, in which she can be seen hanging out at the gym with her new workout buddies Saif and Taimur.The actor is currently shooting for Good News with Akshay Kumar.She will also be seen next in Irrfan’s Angrezi Medium in July and Karan Johar’s multi-starrer Takht.Takht also stars Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Janhvi Kapoor, Anil Kapoor and Bhumi Pednekar.ALSO SEE | Kareena Kapoor and Amrita Arora working out at gym will give you BFF goals. Watch videoadvertisementALSO WATCH | Saif’s answer when Taimur asks about his Kareena tattoo is adorableGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKrishna Priya Pallavi Tags :Follow Kareena Kapoor
India Today Web Desk June 2, 2019UPDATED: June 2, 2019 17:08 IST Shane Warne picked an all-time World Cup XI at Salaam Cricket 2019 (India Today Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShane Warne said he would pick only the players who he had played with or againstWarne picked Gilchrist, Tendulkar, Ponting and Lara as his top-4Wasim Akram and Shahid Afridi featured in Warne’s World Cup XIShane Warne picked a star-studded dream World Cup XI at Salaam Cricket 2019 at Lord’s on Sunday. At the very outset, Warne said he would pick only the players he had played with or played against.Therefore, you would not find the likes of Virat Kohli, David Warner, MS Dhoni or any of the other cricketers of the present generation.Warne picked a power-packed top-order which included Adam Gilchrist, Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara, Mark Waugh and Kumar Sangakkara.”It’s a pretty good top-four,” Shane Warne said.”No.5 wasn’t as clear-cut as the top-four. I wanted an all-rounder at No.5 and I went with Mark Waugh because he was the greatest all-round cricketer I played with.”For No.6, I wanted a left-hander and I went with Kumar Sangakkara. If you wanted to change it up, he could go up the order. If something happened to the wicketkeeper, Sangakkara could keep wickets.”Andrew Flintoff can bowl a good yorker and he has good hitting capabilities. I thought of Andrew Symonds but went with Flintoff at the end.”Shahid Afridi’s bowling was underrated and his fielding was good. Akram at No, 9 is a good fielder and could smash it out of the park. At No.11, there would be so many options but I ended up going with my mate,” Warne said.Shane Warne refused to pick himself up in the side and said the team did not need a coach because every player knew what they had to do.Here is Warne’s Dream XI: advertisementAdam Gilchrist (WK)Sachin TendulkarRicky PontingBrian LaraMark WaughKumar SangakkaraAndrew FlintoffShahid AfridiWasim AkramMuttiah MuralitharanGlenn McGrathAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Shane WarneFollow Salaam Cricket 2019Follow World Cup 2019 Salaam Cricket 2019: Shane Warne picks his dream World Cup XISalaam Cricket 2019: Shane Warne picked his dream World Cup XI and included Sachin Tendulkar in the side to open the batting with Adam Gilchrist. Warne refused to pick himself up in the side. advertisement
Next India Today Web Desk SouthamptonAugust 10, 2019UPDATED: August 10, 2019 11:53 IST Babar Azam smashed 55-ball 102 in T20 Blast. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBabar Azam hit a hundred as Somerset beat Hampshire in T20 BlastBabar remained unbeaten in 102 to get his second T20 hundred of careerThe Pakistan batsman is the highest run scorer in T20 BlastPakistan’s in-form batsman Babar Azam slammed a 55-ball hundred as Somerset crushed Hampshire in the T20 Blast in Southampton on Friday.Babar Azam, ranked the number one T20 batsman in the world, slammed his career best unbeaten 102 to set up a 63-run DLS win for Somerset.The 24-year-old got to his second T20 hundred with a last ball six. Babar’s innings was laced with six sixes and seven fours. The Pakistan batsman is the leading run scorer in the T20 Blast with 425 runs in 8 innings that include three fifties.The young batsman earlier made an unbeaten 95 at Taunton in the tournament – a game Somerset actually went on to lose.Somerset were reeling at 37 for 2 but then Babar emulated his fine World Cup form to guide his side to 202/4. The right-hand batsman later took two catches as Hampshire were reduced to 69/6 in 12.1 overs, before rain washed out the rest of the match as DLS came into force .Babar Azam was in a destructive form in the World Cup 2019 as well. He finished as highest run scorer for Pakistan with 474 runs in 8 innings as his side failed to qualify for the semi-finals.Also SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Babar AzamFollow World Cup 2019 Babar Azam hits his highest T20 score to inspire Somerset winPakistan batsman Babar Azam is the leading run scorer in the T20 Blast with 425 runs in 8 innings that include three fifties.advertisement
Next Sandeep Unnithan New DelhiAugust 28, 2019UPDATED: September 2, 2019 14:32 IST Admiral Karambir Singh before assuming charge as the 24th chief of Naval Staff during a guard of honour at South block, on May 31, 2019 in New Delhi. Photo by Vikram Sharma/India Today On August 27, navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh informed the media about an intelligence alert that the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) had raised a maritime wing and was training underwater saboteurs. “We have received intelligence that an underwater wing of Jaish-e-Mohammed is training people to carry out attacks from water. But we are fully prepared and will thwart any such attempt,” he said. Admiral Singh was speaking on the sidelines of the General B.C. Joshi Memorial Lecture in Pune.The navy chief’s alert is already known to the three-tier security cordon, consisting of the navy, Coast Guard and marine police. The cordon, which secures India’s coastline, particularly after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, now has to contend with a new enemy-frogmen. Frogmen are military divers trained to carry out combat tasks, such as sabotaging warships and merchant ships using limpet mines, and conducting clandestine reconnaissance missions. SSG Navy frogmen training with US Navy Seals.Experts say there are several ways in which such maritime saboteurs could be used. Launched from ‘mother ships’-warships, submarines or civilian vessels-frogmen could be used to target slow-moving merchant vessels that bring nearly 80 per cent of India’s crude oil imports from the Persian Gulf countries. These saboteurs could be used to attack Indian ports or single-point moorings where large supertankers are anchored or they may land undetected along the vast coastline to attack cities.What Admiral Singh left unsaid, however, is the possible involvement of the Pakistan navy and its special forces wing, the Special Services Group (Navy), in training this maritime wing of the JeM. This is because training and equipping underwater saboteurs is a highly specialised skill-set available only with naval special force units.advertisementThis is not entirely in the realm of speculation, given the scale of the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. On the night of November 26 that year, a fishing trawler, the MV Kuber, landed off the coast of Mumbai. It launched a rubber dinghy fitted with an outboard motor on which rode 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists. The terrorists came ashore, split into five ‘buddy pairs’, and proceeded to target key installations across Mumbai, killing 166 civilians and police personnel. Indian navy marine commandos, who studied their modus operandi, were shocked at its similarity to tactics employed by naval special forces across the world. As one of them later told this writer, “this is how we are trained-covert insertion onto a hostile shore, split into teams to take out multiple targets before regrouping and exfiltrating”.In 2008, the LeT, an arm of the Pakistani deep state and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), owned a crucial asset-a large fishing trawler called the Al Husseini. The LeT’s Karachi ‘set-up’, as the organisation called its cells, was controlled by the shadowy operative Sajid Mir. Another LeT leader, Abu Yaqoob, was in charge of it operationally. The Karachi set-up aimed to launch boys into India, from sea using the LeT’s fishermen network and their boats. Yet, when it came to planning the Mumbai attacks, the LeT was in a quandary. How would it infiltrate a 10-man suicide squad into Mumbai, complete with weapons and explosives, without risking capture?With some friendly advice from the Pakistan navy-says David Coleman Headley. The LeT’s Pakistani-American mole was interrogated by four officers of the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Headley, earlier known as Daood Gilani, was then undergoing trial for a terrorist plot in Europe. He spilled the beans on the Pakistan navy’s involvement in the 26/11 attacks. In his interrogation by the NIA in Chicago in June 2010, Headley recounted how the ISI was in the loop on every movement and provided arms, ammunition and logistics for the attack. Headley recounted a meeting in Rawalpindi in March 2008 between the LeT leadership and a Pakistan navy frogman who vetted their plans.The meeting was held in the LeT military chief Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi’s residence in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. Headley was introduced to ‘Abdur Rehman’, a clean-shaven man in his mid-30s who sported a crew cut. Headley believed Rehman to be a frogman from the Pakistan navy (the name might have been an alias because Headley was introduced to him as Abdul Qadir). Rehman had been brought in by Lakhvi to discuss the ‘transportation’ of the attackers. The navy man brought with him several nautical charts of India’s west coast and he discussed the options of landing the LeT squad. Other LeT leaders, such as Muzammil, Sajid Mir and Abu Qahafa, were also present when the frogman discussed the plan to drop the attackers 60-70 km off the coast to avoid detection. He asked the LeT to complete all their planning for the mission before June. This was because the sea off Mumbai became rough during monsoon. Rehman also asked the LeT to check the position of Indian warships in order to avoid an engagement at sea. The meeting was long and detailed and continued for a second day. Headley did not tell his interrogators what else was discussed in those meetings, but it could likely have been much more than just landing sites.advertisementAfter that meeting, Headley never saw ‘Abdur Rehman’ again. On his return to Mumbai, Headley, who ran a travel agency in south Mumbai as a cover, got to work. In April, Headley told the NIA, he took four boat rides on hired fishing vessels, looking for likely landing spots for the LeT squad. Headley was equipped with a mobile camera phone and a GPS handset. On his fourth boat recce, he found the ideal location to land-a small fishing jetty at Badhwar Park in Colaba. The LeT mole took the GPS coordinates of the jetty. He later flew back to Pakistan with the video footage, photographs and GPS coordinates for his LeT handlers. It enabled them to plan the attack to unfold some months later with such deadly precision. The 26/11 attacks were clearly only Phase-1. A Phase-2, comprising military-trained divers, could be still deadlier and draw the subcontinent on the brink of war.Also read | Why the world’s largest defence department is on strikeAlso read | The Uddhav ManoeuvreGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byManisha Pandey Why the Navy chief’s alert on Jaish marine terrorists raises alarm | India Today InsightThe modus operandi of the 26/11 attacks suggests underwater saboteurs of the Jaish-e-Mohammed could be assisted by the Pakistan navy and special forcesadvertisement
Karachi ODI washed out: History created without a ball being bowledThe 1st ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was abandoned without a ball being bowled at the National Stadium, Karachi but the damp squib broke Karachi’s record of not seeing a match being completely washed off.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk KarachiSeptember 27, 2019UPDATED: September 27, 2019 18:17 IST The 1st ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was abandoned due to rain on Friday (AP)HIGHLIGHTSThe 1st ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was abandoned due to rain on FridayThis was the 1st time in Karachi’s history that a game was abandoned due to rainOnly one other ODI has been abandoned in Karachi, but it was due to crowd disturbanceThe highly-anticipated 1st ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the National Stadium in Karachi was abandoned due to rain. The 10-year wait for ODI cricket continues for Karachi after the game was called off without any play on Friday.The washout meant that it was the 1st time that an ODI has been completely washed out due to rain in Karachi. There have been only 3 other times in the ground’s history that an ODI couldn’t be completed and only one of them was abandoned without play happening – but that particular instance owed itself to human causes, more specifically rioting.The first ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Karachi has been abandoned due to rainIt’s the first time an ODI has ever been washed out at the venue. As you can see, it was a bit wet…#PAKvSL pic.twitter.com/mWGYrAzL3xICC (@ICC) September 27, 2019On October 22, 1982 in a match against Australia, the match had to be called off after just 12 overs since 3 Australian fielders were struck by missiles thrown from the crowd. The only other time that an ODI had to be abandoned was on October 14, 1988 when the officials decided to not go ahead with the game owing to rioting.Next on December 20, 1989 with the hosts leading the 3-match ODI series vs India 1-0, the 3rd game had to be called off after Manoj Prabhakar had rocked the Pakistan top-order with 3 quick wickets. With the score reading 28/3 in the 15th over and seeing their team in deep trouble, spectators started disrupting the playing field forcing the umpires and the referee to call off the match.advertisementWhile Friday’s match vs Sri Lanka was supposed to mark a historical moment for Pakistan cricket, the rain ensured that it would become historical for entirely different reasons. For the Pakistan fans, the long wait to see international stars play a full-fledged cricket series in their own backyard just got a little bit longer.An unusual spell of monsoon rain in the southern port city during this time of the year left the cricket ground completely waterlogged.Umpires called off the match at 4:30 p.m. local time with no chance of any play. The second game of the three-match series, which could also be affected by rain, is on Monday.Karachi hasn’t hosted an ODI in 10 years since Sri Lanka last played here in 2009.It is the first time since Sri Lanka’s team bus was attacked in Lahore in 2009 that a foreign team will conduct a two-week tour of Pakistan with Karachi hosting all three ODIs. Major teams have avoided Pakistan since that ambush, which killed eight people and injured several players.The ODI series will be followed by 3 T20Is in Lahore.Also Read | Afghanistan Cricket Board appoints former South African all-rounder Lance Klusener as head coachFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Karachi StadiumFollow Pakistan vs Sri Lanka
Help Wanted: An Idyllic Scottish Island Is Looking for a Sheep Dike Repairman 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn Goose Island Releases 2019 Bourbon County Stout Lineup Norway’s Manshausen Island Resort is a Minimalist Retreat Founded by a Real-Life Explorer The locals might have been onto something good when they decided on the lizard as the unofficial symbol of Formentera – the Spanish island is teeming with these tiny reptiles whom, much like the summer vacationers, spend their days basking lazily in the sun. The island was first stumbled upon back in the early seventies by German hippies in search of an antidote to the debauchery of Ibiza, and still today Formentera has preserved most of its bohemian vibes of yore. No coincidence then that the best spot to stay is the aptly named Gecko Beach Club – a twenty seven-room hotel inaugurated in 2008.The property sits unobtrusively on Playa de Migjorn, the islands longest beach, and features a seaward facing pool surrounded by manicured lawn and scattered deck chairs. The rooms adhere to the ‘barefoot luxury’ philosophy; bright and airy spaces comfortably decorated in sandy tones with wooden furnishings. Further up the shore lies the legendary Blue Bar; this decades old establishment mixes some of the meanest mojitos and its dj’s, sunset views and beachside quirkiness guarantee it’s there to stay for many years to come. The hotel bar also serves up some trendy cocktails to loungey beats, whereas the restaurant prepares Mediterranean dishes with an Asian twist and both are open to outsiders as well as hotel guests. However for some authentic Spanish flavors head to Sant Francesc, the main town, to any of the delicatessens for a sampling of jamon cerrano cured ham, queso manchego cheese or the traditional ensaimada sweet bread.Head north to Formentera’s tip for the top beaches; Playa de ses Illetes has had its fine white sand and calm turquoise waters rated as amongst the most stunning in the Mediterranean – on par with any Caribbean tropical idyll. Sightseeing is limited but a visit to the weekly artisan market in Pilar de la Mola is worthwhile. No airport means the only way in is by boat; a thirty minute high speed ferry from Ibiza. The island is only 12 miles long and is easily traveled by scooter or quad bike, to better handle some of the unpaved roads, both of which can be rented fairly cheaply near the ferry terminal. September is the best season to visit; the holiday making hoards have all but disappeared and the temperatures are still high enough to enjoy the beach life, before the island is re possessed by local farmers and falls under winter’s eerie veil. Editors’ Recommendations Why You Should Make Plans to Visit Greenland Now
Editors’ Recommendations Have you ever dreamed of having a man cave where you can relax alone or with your friends, a room equipped with a giant television, a fridge full of cold beers, and bar cart, and maybe even a little something on tap? Sadly, most of you don’t have the extra space in your home, but now there’s something even better in Las Vegas.It’s called The Still Craft, Drafts & Eats and it’s located in the Mirage Hotel & Casino. “Inspired by the 1920’s prohibition era, The Still Craft, Drafts & Eats is the newest man cave/sports bar that offers a vast selection of 50 beers- including 16 drafts and 25 crafts, ‘Hop-Tails’ which brings together the worlds of beer and liquor, along with specialty craft cocktails that include whiskey, bourbon and rum such as cinnamon infused whiskey called the Fire Water Fashion and a bourbon cocktail called Berry Bugsy,” say its reps. “At The Still, you drink straight out of a mason jar or tin, mirroring the prohibition era. Complete with a 24-foot airstream trailer, which will function as the kitchen serving household favorites with a twist, The Still will also have 22 flat screen TVs, which makes it the perfect sports bar to cheer on your favorite teams.”We don’t know about you guys, but The Still Craft, Drafts & Eats sounds even better than an actual man cave in your home. We’re definitely going to check it out next time we’re in Las Vegas. Fifty beers with 16 of them on draft and 25 craft, that sounds like our idea of heaven. The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind What Is the Best Jean Style for You? Talking Rum, Cocktails, and Tiki with The Bamboo Room’s Kevin Beary 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts
1 ½ oz Baileys1 ½ oz vanilla liqueur1 oz creamI teaspoon pumpkin spice powder½ oz cinnamon for garnishMethod: Shake Bailey’s, vanilla, cream and pumpkin spice powder with ice. Strain into coupe glass. Dust with cinnamon to garnish.Trumpence(Created by the Quirk Hotel, Richmond, VA)¾ oz bourbon¾ oz rye¼ oz simple syrup2 dashes Angostora bittersOrange peel for garnishMethod: Build drink in a martini shaker. Stir gently and pour over rocks. Garnish with an orange peel.Get Trumped(Created by Quarter + Glory, Washington, D.C.)2 oz of bourbon or rye (your choice)3 dashes of Angostura bitters3 dashes of Regans orange bittersBar spoon of brandied cherry juiceDash of simple syrupMethod: Add all ingredients into a mixing vessel. Add ice and stir with a bar spoon for twenty seconds. Place a large format ice cube into Rx glass. Pour ingredients into the glass over ice. Garnish with an orange twist.Brag-ga-do-cious(Created by The Watergate Hotel, Washington, D.C.)2 oz Appleton 21yr Rum3 oz Cola Cane SyrupLemon Slice & peelLime Slice & peelOrange Slice & peelMethod: Place fruit slices in the bottom of a bucket glass & top with crushed ice. Add rum & syrup. Top with more ice. Garnish with lemon, lime & orange peels.Trumpster(Created by The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill, NC)1 oz Malibu Coconut Rum1 oz Captain Morgan’s ¾ oz Grenadine½ oz Pineapple juiceSpun sugar hairMethod: Combine all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain cocktail into chilled martini glass. Garnish with spun sugar.The Elephant1 part St-Germain French Elderflower Liqueur2 parts Cazadores Tequila Blanco½ part Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice3-4 Sour CherriesTop with Club SodaMethod: Muddle the sour cherries in a shaker, and add remaining ingredients and ice. Shake and strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with soda. Garnish with a sour cherry and a lime wedge or wheel.For Both Sides of the AisleTruly Americano 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather 6 oz Truly Spiked & Sparkling Colima Lime1 oz Campari1 oz Sweet VermouthFresh Squeezed orange wedgeMethod: Combine Campari and Sweet Vermouth over ice, strain into rocks glass. Top with truly Spiked & Sparkling Colima Lime and juice from fresh squeezed orange wedge. Garnish with an orange twist or peel. Alright, folks. It’s one of the most important days of the past decade here in the US and, regardless of who wins, everyone—and I mean everyone—is going to need a drink after this election.That drink may be helping fight off the bleakness that is approaching in the coming four years, or that drink might be celebrating your candidate’s victory. Either way, drinks will be necessary.Below, we’ve collected a list of election cocktails that will do the job before, during, or after the election. They’re separated by candidate, so choose your side and drink yourself into whatever future we’ll all be welcoming tomorrow, whether we like it or not.(Also, if you haven’t voted, VOTE.)Hillary Clinton CocktailsI’m With Herradura(Created by the LeGrande at the Time New York Hotel, NYC) Editors’ Recommendations Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master 2 oz Herradura Tequila1 oz Triple Sec1 oz lime juice¾ oz Blue CuracaoMethod: Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into coupe glass w/ salted rim. The Pant Suit (Created by the Quirk Hotel, Richmond, VA)1 ½ oz vodka¾ oz lemon juice¾ oz herbed simple syrupSplash of pomegranate juiceLemon twist for garnishMethod: Chill a martini glass. Build all ingredients in a martini shaker. Shake and strain into the chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.You be Hillin’(Created by Quarter + Glory, Washington, D.C.)1 oz of Gin or Vodka (your choice)½ oz fresh lemon juice½ oz simple syrup1 oz Prosecco or sparkling wineLemon twist for garnishMethod: Add all ingredients except the sparkling wine into a mixing tin. Add ice and shake vigorously. Double strain into a chilled coupe glass and top off with your sparkling. Garnish with a lemon twist.Blackberry Smash(Created by The Watergate Hotel, Washington, D.C.)2 oz Angel’s Envy Bourbon¾ oz Blackberry Syrup½ oz Lemon Juice3 Blackberries1 Lemon WedgeDash Angostura BittersHandful of MintMethod: Muddle mint, berries & lemon together. Combine with remainder of ingredients and shake. Pour into a bucket glass over ice. Garnish with two blackberries & mint sprig.I’m with Her(Created by The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill, NC)½ oz Blue Curacao½ oz St. Germain Liquor ProseccoBlue sugarMethod: Rim a champagne flute glass with blue sugar. Add ice, Curacao and St. Germain and shake well. Strain cocktail into flute. Top beverage with prosecco.The Donkey1 ½ parts Bombay Sapphire Gin¾ part Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice½ part Blue Curaçao1 part Peach Schnapps¼ part Sugar SyrupMethod: Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with orange zest.Donald Trump CocktailsThe Trumpkin(Created by the LeGrande at the Time New York Hotel, NYC) 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home 6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make
The dream houses of the most visionary artists from the modern era.Few mere mortals get the opportunity to peak within the homes of great designers, artists, and architects. And yet, these spaces are designed with the same elaborate mindset of a great sculpture or couture line.Of course Karl Lagerfeld’s dining room looks different from ours. Designers like Lagerfeld exist style-lightyears ahead of the human race… and so do their homes. Thailand’s WARchitect Design Studio is Elevating Home Design The Best Small-Space Furniture for Living Tiny How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home This Belgian-Monastery-Turned-Hotel Has Us Craving a Trip to Antwerp Previous Next Published by the aesthetically-minded Gestalten, Inside Utopia— Visionary Interior and Futuristic Homes ($69) blows the roof off some of the most visionary homes belonging to the likes of Catalan artist Xavier Corbero, furniture geniuses Charles and Ray Eames, and the aforementioned German fashion designer (to name a few).With 304 pages of full-color photography and design ruminations for each dwelling, Inside Utopia transfixes our eyes as we search through the great detail of each room, rug, window, and recliner. All chosen with clear and decisive intention for the role it plays in the overall space.And while some of the featured homes, such as the Eames House, are within the same species of what we comprehend a home to look like, others are dimensions away, simulating an extra-terrestrial habitation that lights fire to our curiosity.Such is the extraordinary case of Le Palais Bulles— a home of spaceship proportions situated near Cannes, France, and designed by Hungarian architect Antti Lovag. This “bubble palace” can only be described as a space odyssey destination, with ovular windows and minimal furniture shaped like huge moon rocks.Similarly out of this world is The Labyrinth Home of sculptor Corbero. From the outside, the home presents itself as a surrealist maze, combining medieval stonewall arches and winding wooden staircases that weave through the foundation in a hypnotizing dance. In total, the home spans nine structures, including Corbero’s living quarters, studio, living rooms, and various secret galleries and work areas. Within Corbero’s main living space is a six-story glass atrium known as ‘The Tower.” If the aesthetic reminds you of something you might see in a Salvador Dali painting, you wouldn’t be wrong. Dali was close friends with the sculptor.From the structural complexity to minute, sometimes odd, detailing of each home, we begin to look at the structures as works of art on their own. Furniture becomes sculptural and a wall meant to hold up a room becomes a bioclimate arch to blend the foundation into its surrounding land.Within these pages are the most fascinating modern structures that have ever been built. And previously, you had to be Coco Chanel or Dali to gain access to these stunning interiors.Plus, you might find yourself inspired to rearrange your living room or build a new structure onto your home that serves a bigger purpose than watching TV or eating dinner.Images Courtesy of Gestalten and “Inside Utopia” 1 of 13 Editors’ Recommendations Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A.
According to the Memorandum of Objects and Reasons, a decision has been taken to revise penalties where appropriate and where not already provided for, provide a mechanism for amendment of monetary penalties relating to several Acts under the portfolio of the Ministry of Justice, by Ministerial Order. Story Highlights The Bill was tabled by Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck. The Law Reform (Amendment of Penalties) Act 2019 was tabled in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (February 5). The Law Reform (Amendment of Penalties) Act 2019 was tabled in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (February 5).According to the Memorandum of Objects and Reasons, a decision has been taken to revise penalties where appropriate and where not already provided for, provide a mechanism for amendment of monetary penalties relating to several Acts under the portfolio of the Ministry of Justice, by Ministerial Order.The Bill was tabled by Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck.“This is the revision of penalties of the laws. In this Bill before the House, they relate to matters in the Ministry of Justice. You will see penalties, which in the past were $20, $40 and $100, have now been brought up to date, and we are hoping that shortly they will be dealt with in the House,” Mr. Chuck explained.The Minister said he hopes that other Ministries will provide their update of the laws soon.
Residents of communities in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, turned out in their numbers on Saturday (Nov. 3) to support the Lauriston-Thompson Pen 4-H Club’s fourth annual Stew and Jerk Festival. The event, held at Brooklyn Park in Thompson Pen, provided the opportunity for the club to showcase the uses of various agricultural produce and for patrons to partake of tasty fare prepared by persons and groups invited to participate. The fun-filled family event also included entertainment, giveaways, rides for children, and exhibits of products and services by various agencies. The main attraction was the Celebrity Cook-off, where local personalities showed off their culinary skills. Club leader and founder, Shian Christie, who spearheaded the event, was pleased with the day’s activities. “The event was good overall,” he told JIS News. Mr. Christie, who is the 2004 Prime Minister’s Youth Award recipient for Leadership, said that the new thrust of the 15 year-old club is promoting rabbit farming and increased consumption of local fruits. He pointed out that rabbit rearing is the most lucrative area of livestock farming that can be undertaken in Jamaica at this time, as rabbit meat sells for approximately $1, 200 per pound. The Stew and Jerk Festival was well supported by the 4-H hierarchy, including Executive Director, Lenworth Fulton, who was effusive in commending the club. “It is a tremendous event. It has great leadership, and good young people,” he said, noting that the club is delivering on the mandate to train youth in leadership skills and vocations including agriculture and home economics. He also pointed to the key role that the club, which has over 120 registered members, is playing in the development of Spanish Town and the importance of its location to the Old Capital. He noted that the area is “a growth area for Spanish Town in terms of housing and business, so we need to build the youngsters and take them out of crime, and that’s why we are here with them”. Meanwhile, Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Lance Corporal Ricardo Bennett, emerged winner of the Celebrity Cook-off with his chicken linguine. Competitors were presented with a basket of items from which they were required to cook a meal of their choice. Corporal Bennett staved off strong challenges from other competitors, including Mayor of Spanish Town, His Worship Norman Scott; and Councillor for the Lauriston Division, Keisha Lewis. It was JDF’s second hold on the title of Cook-Off Champion, as Lance Corporal Fredrick Beckford’s took top honours last year, with his fish and pasta salad. Lance Corporal Beckford, who was on hand to support his colleague, said the JDF’s participation in the event is aimed at building community relations. He said he was happy to attend and to experience the reaction of the residents, particularly the children. “They were expecting us and when we arrived, they cheered us. It was heart-warming,” said the soldier. Other organisations which supported the event were: National Insurance Scheme (NIS), Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Heart Trust/NTA, National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA), Jamaica Red Cross, Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC), Spanish Town Peace an Justice Centre, Social Development Commission (SDC), Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) and Jamaica Information Service (JIS). The Jamaica 4-H Clubs operates in 650 schools in all parishes and is supported 6,500 teachers, as well as 2,000 volunteers.
Plans are far advanced for the Easter Monday, April 1, staging of the Montpelier Agricultural and Industrial Show in St. James.Some $3.25 million has been allocated for the event, which is being put on by the St. James Branch Societies of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS).Speaking at the official launch at the Sunset Hotel in Montego Bay on Wednesday, March 13, President of the St. James Association of Branch Societies (ABS) and Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Glendon Harris, said the organising team has been working hard to ensure that this year’s show will be the best ever.He said that focus will continue to be placed on youth in agriculture and “we are calling on them to participate in the show, as we cannot bring agriculture to its rightful place by excluding our youth.”He said that schools, with 50 or more students, will be allowed free entry.This year’s event, Mr. Harris announced, will feature a much improved animal display and expansion of other exhibits. There will also be a special ‘Eat Jamaica’ corner, where patrons will be able to sample an array of items made from local produce such as sweet potato soup, dasheen chips, and cookies.He said that there will be lots of fun for the entire family and students will have the opportunity to win prizes such as small livestock, seedlings, farm tools and equipment.The St. James ABS President said that sponsors are coming forward with their support, with the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPSCo) providing $500,000. “We are calling on all citizens of the parish and other parts of western Jamaica to support the show this year, as we redouble our efforts to ensure that agriculture in St. James and Jamaica, is brought to the forefront,” Mr. Harris said.By Glenis A. Rose, JIS Reporter
The Senate on Thursday, March 21, passed a Bill to prosecute persons involved in the illegal lottery scam.Some 14 amendments have been made and it will be sent back to the House for approval. The Bill Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) (Special Provisions) Act addresses, among other things: obtaining any property or inducing any person to confer any benefit on any person by false pretence; inviting or otherwise inducing a person to visit Jamaica for the purpose of committing an offence under the Act; and knowingly conducting a financial transaction with the proceeds of an offence.It also makes provision for powers of search and seizure and restitution, and for guilty persons to be fined and sentenced to a term of imprisonment for up to 25 years.In his comments, Government Senator, K.D. Knight, said he agreed with the provision of the Bill which states that a person charged with an offence under the Act will be committed for trial without any preliminary examination.“As a member of the legal profession I have heard some comments from some of my colleagues dealing with this, and expressing some discomfiture with it. But, I don’t share the discomfiture because it exists in the Gun Court Act. There is no preliminary enquiry on a charge of illegal possession of firearm,” Senator Knight said.He also argued that it has become necessary to increase the number of judges in order to deal with the level of cases that will arise from this illegal activity.For his part, Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate, Senator Arthur Williams, emphasised that the Bill is needed to effectively tackle the crime that has become a scourge on the country.“This legislation is the culmination of efforts of law enforcement to tackle this problem that has been with us for some time now. The nature of the criminal minds involved in the lotto scam are constantly evolving and finding new ways to carry out their nefarious activities. Law enforcement must be one step ahead of them in order for us to effectively deal with this problem as a nation,” Senator Williams said.Opposition Senator, Alexander Williams, in his remarks said he is concerned that offences committed under the Act will not be tried by jury, but instead by a single judge. “These offences are going to be harder to put together than your normal routine charge, so I only hope that when this becomes law, the prosecutors and the Supreme Court will have a better working relationship with the investigators, to ensure that the cases are properly put together,” he said.In his comments, Senator Lambert Brown raised concern that preliminary examination will not be facilitated under the Bill.“There is no magic in the single judge. We need to strengthen the (justice) system. Given the emergency that we face, I will vote for this Bill. This position is not to defend the criminals who are guilty; they must pay,” Senator Brown emphasised. Meanwhile, Minister of Justice, Senator Mark Golding, in dealing with the levels of sentencing, said there is need for a strong deterrent, given the prevalence of the lottery scam.“We feel that the levels of sentencing that are in the Bill are appropriate for that purpose. They are not a minimum, they are indeed a maximum and there is full discretion given to the judge,” he said.On the matter of jury trial, the Justice Minister noted that this was not feasible, due to the nature of the crimes. “Where organised crime is involved and (there is) propensity for violence and intimidation, we will not have an effective trial if there is a jury,” Senator Golding argued.By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporter
“Most persons do not understand that mentally ill persons cannot only become active and responsible members of society, but they can actually excel. It is not an issue of the illness the patient has, it is the level of support they receive,” According to Dr. Walcott, persons with mental disorders endure psychological turmoil due to an inability to execute their social responsibilities. Story Highlights Mentally ill patients need their family and community to support them during the course of their treatment. Head of the Kingston and St. Andrew Mental Health Services (KSAMHS), Dr. Geoffrey Walcott, says that an effective social support system is essential in treating persons with a mental disorder.Speaking with JIS News, Dr. Walcott said that contrary to popular belief, the majority of mental health treatments are administered in the home and not the hospital, therefore, mentally ill patients need their family and community to support them during the course of their treatment.According to Dr. Walcott, persons with a mental disorder endure psychological turmoil due to an inability to execute their social responsibilities and expectations that their family, community and the society at large have of them.“Not being able to live up to your social role attacks your issues of self-esteem and self confidence,” he said.He pointed out that through its treatment process, the Community Mental Health Services, which is an affiliate of KSAMHS, works to ensure that patients are stable enough to regain their level of social responsibility, and to get them functioning as they should.The KSAMHS team believes that each patient can be a success story and so focus is heavily placed on building and maintaining social support for patients, through integration with their family and community.“Once this process has begun and is properly maintained, that patient will never go to a hospital. They will probably be employed and become a functional member of their family and the society,” Dr. Walcott pointed out.He noted that one of the difficulties for persons with a mental illness is stigmatization as many are of the view that a mental illness is a permanent stain.However, Dr. Walcott said that a properly supervised patient is no different from someone who is mentally healthy. This is because the symptoms and impairments caused by the illness can be effectively treated.“Most persons do not understand that mentally ill persons cannot only become active and responsible members of society, but they can actually excel. It is not an issue of the illness the patient has, it is the level of support they receive,” he noted.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness this morning paid respects to the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and hailed her as a champion of freedom.The anti-apartheid freedom campaigner died today (April 2) in her homeland South Africa. She was 81 years old.Prime Minister Holness said Winnie Mandela’s death brings into focus the significant struggle of black people throughout the world against racism and in particular apartheid in South Africa.“Winnie Mandela was a symbol of the black struggle against oppression and injustice. We here in Jamaica supported her in that struggle as she maintained the legacy of her then husband Nelson Mandela while he was locked away for 27 years,” said Prime Minister Holness.He noted the tremendous impact both Winnie and Nelson Mandela had on him and throughout the world.“As a young man the Mandelas were inspirations to me and many of my peers. We were cognizant of the evolution of the struggle that culminated in the release of Nelson Mandela and majority black rule. We still strongly remember their visit to Jamaica in 1991 as I know do many Jamaicans today”.Prime Minister Holness added that Winnie Mandela is immortalized in the Jamaican socio-cultural consciousness with songs and stories about her life and struggles.“Winnie is a part of us. We identified with her struggle and we recorded songs about her. Jamaica embraced her not just as the wife of Nelson Mandela but importantly the mother of modern South Africa – a woman who was a freedom fighter and liberator in her own right”.The Prime Minister said Jamaica has lost a friend and inspiration.Prime Minister Holness conveyed condolences on behalf of the people of Jamaica, to the nation of South Africa.
Story Highlights Twenty-six-year-old Constable Davian Martin has created history by becoming the youngest LASCO/Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Police Officer of the Year, after copping the title for 2018/19.Constable Martin received his award during the 18th annual presentation ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesday (May 8).Topping the competition came as no surprise to the young lawman, as he said he knew he would have won after it was announced that he got the most social media votes of this year’s nine finalists, from members of the public.“I knew I could do it, not only because I got the highest number of votes from the public, but also due to the fact that I have created a number of initiatives in the parish of Manchester aimed at transforming the lives of the youth who live there,” he told JIS News.According to the report of the competition’s judges, Constable Martin, who has served the JCF’s Area 3 Headquarters in Mandeville, Manchester, for the last seven years, has been a strong community and youth advocate, and leader of the Mandeville Police Youth Club, which recorded a boost in membership from 30 to over 80 persons under his stewardship.Additionally, he organised a 5K Run/Walk, the proceeds of which were donated to Mandeville and Percy Junior Hospitals, and initiated an annual ‘Feed the Street People Programme’. These were among the notable factors propelling him to the coveted award.Constable Martin said he enjoys being a police officer, noting that it was his childhood aspiration to join the JCF and follow in the footsteps of his father, David Martin.“After seeing the love hat my dad got from the community as a police officer, and the difference that he made in the community… I wanted to be like him and I wanted to make a difference like him,” Constable Martin said.He added that the leadership skills his father demonstrated lead him to become the responsible, caring and determined police officer he is today.Constable Martin was awarded with a cash prize of $350,000 from LASCO, along with the winner’s trophy.Guest speaker, National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, congratulated Constable Martin, and thanked LASCO for supporting the programme for the last 18 years.“They recognise three of our critical areas in public service – the police force, the teachers and the nurses, who account for a very large part of the public service and carry out very important services in the public sector and (are) oftentimes not recognised,” Dr. Chang said.In his address, Founder and Executive Chairman, LASCO Affiliated Companies, Lascelles Chin, said his organisation takes pleasure in giving back to the police officers who risk their lives daily to serve Jamaicans.“For 18 years, LASCO has been committed to making the men and women of the force know that LASCO values their service and protection. Our public-service professionals – teachers, principals, nurses and police officers – are the backbone of our democracy and way of life. They are at the core of all we do and they keep the wheels of a society in balance,” he said.Sharing the honours with Constable Martin this year, were first runner-up, Sergeant Florezel Thompson of the Motorised Patrol Division, and second runner-up, Constable Noel Chang, of the Mobile Reserve. They were awarded cash prizes of $250,000 and $100,000 respectively.The Police Officer of the Year Awards Programme was initiated in 2000 through a partnership between LASCO and the JCF to publicly acknowledge the professionalism and dedication of the members of the force. Twenty-six-year-old Constable Davian Martin has created history by becoming the youngest LASCO/Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Police Officer of the Year, after copping the title for 2018/19. Topping the competition came as no surprise to the young lawman, as he said he knew he would have won after it was announced that he got the most social media votes of this year’s nine finalists, from members of the public. “I knew I could do it, not only because I got the highest number of votes from the public, but also due to the fact that I have created a number of initiatives in the parish of Manchester aimed at transforming the lives of the youth who live there,” he told JIS News.
The Fair Trading Commission (FTC) has been facilitating various initiatives geared at promoting competitive markets and improvement in consumer welfare.Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, today (August 24), Executive Director at the FTC, David Miller, said the entity has been collaborating with various Government entities, financial institutions and sectors to improve their operations and processes. “We have been collaborating with the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) in looking at ways to improve financial inclusion in our country, that is, bringing more persons into the ‘bankable sector’,” Mr. Miller said.The Executive Director added that another initiative involves a study being conducted by the Commission on competition in the commercial banking sector.“There are a number of commercial banks in the sector but there are credit unions and small loan entities offering similar services to consumers who are not necessarily able to obtain a loan from the bank. So, we have come together to recognise these situations and finding ways to allow persons to reap the benefits of the commercial banking framework that we have in our country,” Mr. Miller explained.He further highlighted that the FTC is in the process of creating a formal merger review framework, which is a method through which various issues are addressed before a merger takes place.Mr. Miller explained that this process will mean amendments to the legislation; informing the stakeholders in the key sectors; and conducting ongoing consultations with the existing regulators.“So, the FTC will look closely at the issues, conduct interviews with the parties and make best efforts to ensure that consumers are not affected when an acquisition or merger takes place,” he said.Another initiative that the Executive Director highlighted is its thrust with the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries to get the management systems of its various departments and agencies ISO certified.As the FTC celebrates its 25th anniversary in September, Mr. Miller reflected that the Commission has made significant contributions to key sectors, particularly telecommunication, construction and agriculture.“We have also conducted several activities over the years aimed at informing the general public about the dos and don’ts of the competition policy. We also target particular groups of persons such as academia, economists, and attorneys being trained at the universities and also judges, as they play an important role in delivering judgments of the Fair Competition Act. So, we have collaborated with the Chief Justices over the years to conduct focused training of judges to inform them of our area of law,” Mr. Miller outlined.To celebrate its 25 years of operation, the FTC will be hosting a series of events in September, including a symposium, church service and several lectures.A special 25th anniversary newspaper supplement will be published on Sunday, September 9 to provide a brief history of the Commission and highlight its role in the promotion of competitive markets and improvement in consumer welfare.The FTC is the administrative body responsible for implementing the Fair Competition Act (FCA).It makes available to businesses and consumers, general information with respect to their rights and obligations under the FCA; undertake studies and publicise reports and information regarding matters affecting the interests of consumers; and co-operate with and assist any association in developing and promoting the observance of standards of conduct for the purpose of ensuring compliance with the FCA.
Preparatory work for the repair and beautification of Papine High School in St Andrew will begin on Monday, May 20. “This has implications for safety at our schools where they spend such a large part of their time of each day, at church where they are likely to gain their spiritual support, in their communities where they should feel free to interact and enjoy recreation and play and in themselves as they seek to become good citizens when they grow up,” she said. Preparatory work for the repair and beautification of Papine High School in St Andrew will begin on Monday, May 20.The school, is one of four national Labour Day projects that will receive focus on Labour Day, May 23, which will be observed under the theme, ‘Child Safety…It’s you, It’s me, It’s all ah we!The other projects are Fair Prospect Primary School, Portland; Holland Primary School, St Elizabeth and Barrett Town All Age/John Rollins Primary in St James.Work on the schools will include the painting of pedestrian crosswalks, installation of signs, constructing of chain link fences, improving entrances, repairing bathrooms, fixing leaking roofs, painting and the de-bushing of the school grounds and entrances.Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Thank held on May 17, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange said the work at the schools, will continue after Labour Day.“This is just the first phase of the overall scope of work which will continue after Labour Day, to ensure that we provide a safe environment for the students of the schools,” she stated.Minister Grange informed that the activities at the schools will be supported by organisations such as the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), JN Foundation and the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).She noted that the JSIF will provide support for work at two schools, Barrett Town All Age/John Rollins Primary.The work will involve the painting of eight crosswalks, installation of 48 rumble strips, installation of 193 metres of side walk and the installation of 41 traffic signs, which will indicate ‘Pedestrians ahead’ ‘School ahead’ and ‘Children at Play’.Additionally, Ms. Grange said a push button signal will be activated at an existing cross walk on the Rosehall main road.The Minister noted that the work is part of a campaign led by JSIF titled, ‘Safe Passage’ for children on the road.“This project will involve quite an expenditure and major work. Work has actually started and so there will be a significant difference at the end of Labour Day in terms of the safety of our children going to and from schools,” she added.The Minister appealed to citizens to participate in the various activities across the island on Labour Day and to play their part in ensuring the safety of children as they move about in communities and to and from schools.“This has implications for safety at our schools where they spend such a large part of their time of each day, at church where they are likely to gain their spiritual support, in their communities where they should feel free to interact and enjoy recreation and play and in themselves as they seek to become good citizens when they grow up,” she said. Story Highlights “This is just the first phase of the overall scope of work which will continue after Labour Day, to ensure that we provide a safe environment for the students of the schools,” she stated.