Gordon Brown has a third “patriotic” option in the debate over a second Scottish independence referendum

Rebecca Smith Gordon Brown has a third “patriotic” option in the debate over a second Scottish independence referendum Share “The Scottish government’s mandate for offering this choice is beyond doubt,” Sturgeon said earlier this week in Edinburgh.In his speech Brown also suggested that the Bank of England change to the Bank of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with fully staffed representation in Scotland to emphasise “the fact that the pound is for everyone”.Read more: May 2, Sturgeon nil: The SNP has no case for a second referendumBrown’s compromise, will, he believes, deliver an outcome that suits everyone.”With these proposed new powers let us send a message today – and I will fight for this in the weeks and months ahead – that from now on the debate on the future of Scotland will no longer be limited to two options,” Brown said. whatsapp More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com Saturday 18 March 2017 11:30 am Read more: Brown: Brexit vote could turn the North into “wastelands”He deemed the third option “a patriotic Scottish way and free from the absolutism of the SNP and the do-nothing-ism of the Tories” and essential, as post-Brexit realities “make the status quo redundant and require us to break with the past”.Brown spoke at the Festival of Ideas where he also called for the repatriation to Scotland of £800m spent by the EU.His alternative comes as first minister Nicola Sturgeon increases pressure on Theresa May for a second independence referendum, having said a fresh vote was crucial given June’s Brexit vote.The Scottish National Party leader said the “material change of circumstances” brought about by the Brexit vote justified the repeat of the 2014 referendum, adding “if the Scottish parliament gives me that authority then that should be respected by the UK government.” Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has an alternative to full-blown independence from the UK, as the debate over a second Scottish referendum ramps up.During a speech in Fife, Brown suggested giving Holyrood vast new powers, including the responsibility of signing treaties with other European and setting VAT – as long as it stays in the UK. whatsapp read more

Pay no attention to the EU negotiator behind the curtain

first_imgMore important even than the benefits of doing such a trade deal is the cost of not doing it — on the EU’s side, given the Eurozone’s internal financial management.  Opinion The result would be that the status quo on financial trade would continue. Businesses could carry on operating cross-border from the UK into the EU solely under UK regulation. That regulation would need to meet minimum standards, the most relevant being the international Basel Rules — but the UK already complies with such rules.  We do not need EU laws. There are standard, WTO-compliant solutions to an invisible border and fair trade which do not involve exposing any part of the economy to EU law. Even colonies declaring their independence have not subjected themselves to such restrictions.  Friday 31 July 2020 10:04 am Main image credit: Getty If the EU rejects such a deal, thereby inflicting unnecessary financial expense on its citizens, the UK cannot allow the trade negotiations to result in sovereignty being undermined and should walk away outright. But it is in the EU’s interests to recognise and accept a mutually beneficial solution. 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Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerUndoZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldUndo When her dog Toto pulls back the curtain in the grand room to reveal a small, old man operating the levers of illusion, Dorothy’s relationship with the Wizard instantly levels up.  City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. Our negotiators must ensure that the UK economy and its future trade is under UK, not EU, law and is based on reality not illusion. whatsapp In the film the Wizard of Oz, the heroine, on finally arriving in the presence of the unseen Wizard, hears his booming voice telling her to go away and come back another time.  The Eurozone is not a normal currency zone. Its financial firms can, under the EU system, offload the euro area’s phenomenal financial risk onto investors and savers around the world, in defiance of international standards.  All focus should be on mutually beneficial future trade deal (AFP via Getty Images) With the right mutual recognition trade deal — enhanced equivalence — the UK can continue after the end of December, as now, to mitigate the risk. But if the EU refuses, the UK (and the US as the other host of the global markets) would need to take strong protective action to minimise exposures to EU financial institutions, including EU subsidiaries of global firms. This would be a significant hit to European businesses — a reality the EU, like the Wizard, prefers to conceal. All focus should be on mutually beneficial future trade deal (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Pay no attention to the EU negotiator behind the curtain First we must not accept that, in the case of EU laws, the “law is just law”, denuded of EU-beneficial policy choices. Nor should we accept the idea that the EU’s own law is the necessary solution for an invisible north-south border for Northern Ireland, and for fair trade.  The UK, just like any other country, needs to make and shape its own laws for its own evolving circumstances.  Britain needs to pull back the curtain that hides the EU’s levers of illusion so that we can see things for what they are, if we are to achieve the right outcome on Brexit.  Instead of going round in circles on the border issue, the UK’s sole focus should be on mutually beneficial future trade, while switching the major negotiating efforts to trade in services, which account for 80 per cent of the UK economy. Pay no attention to the EU negotiator behind the curtain Share A services trade deal should be relatively simple to achieve — provided the EU plays its part. The key thing is to ensure that the EU removes duplicative regulation which will mean, for the most part, the mutual recognition of  professional qualifications, and (for the highly profitable financial services sector) of regulatory standards. This can be done simply, through minor modifications to the existing EU law concept of equivalence. Already, the EU uses a basic equivalence-based approach for much of the world.  Currently, the UK mitigates this risk for itself and the world by insisting UK-based banks carry top-up requirements, which impose extra costs on businesses here.  Show Comments ▼last_img read more

Glastonbury 2021: Haim, Coldplay and Jorja Smith to play livestream gig

first_imgThe acts will be interspersed by a spoken-word narrative, while organisers promised a number of “unannounced surprise performances”. Tickets have gone on sale priced at £20 each, with some of the proceeds going to its main supported charities — Oxfam, Greenpeace and Water Aid. Haim are among the artists performing during the five-hour livestream gig (Image: Chuffmedia) Also Read: Glastonbury 2021: Haim, Coldplay and Jorja Smith to play livestream gig Reading and Leeds Festivals, which are scheduled for late August, have said they are hoping to go ahead as planned. British favourites Wolf Alice and Kano are also named on the line-up. More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.com The spectacle will be shot by Paul Dugdale, the Grammy-nominated director behind Netflix specials for Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and Shawn Mendes. “[The concert] will feature a rolling cast of artists and performers who have all given us enormous support by agreeing to take part in this event, showing the farm as you have never seen it,” organiser Emily Eavis said in a statement. Haim are among the artists performing during the five-hour livestream gig (Image: Chuffmedia) Also Read: Glastonbury 2021: Haim, Coldplay and Jorja Smith to play livestream gig “There will also be some very special guest appearances and collaborations. We are hoping that for one night only people all over the world will be able to join us on this journey through the farm together.” But she warned she had “no idea” whether this would actually be allowed to go ahead. James Warrington Haim, Coldplay and Jorja Smith are among the acts who will perform during the five-hour extravaganza on 22 May. Earlier this month Eavis revealed that the organisation had applied for permission to hold a smaller, two-night event at the site in September. whatsappcenter_img In January Glastonbury’s organisers announced that the iconic festival would be cancelled for the second year running due to the pandemic. The concert will be filmed across the festival’s Worthy Farm site, featuring landmarks including the Pyramid Field and Stone Circle. Show Comments ▼ The festival, held in Somerset, was due to celebrate its 50th anniversary last year, with headliners Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar among hundreds of famous acts due to take to the stage. Wednesday 31 March 2021 1:37 pm Haim are among the artists performing during the five-hour livestream gig (Image: Chuffmedia) whatsapp A number of UK festivals, including the Isle of Wight Festival and All Points East, have moved their dates to later in the summer this year in the hope the events will be allowed to go ahead. Share Glastonbury 2021: Haim, Coldplay and Jorja Smith to play livestream gig Haim are among the artists performing during the five-hour livestream gig (Image: Chuffmedia) Also Read: Glastonbury 2021: Haim, Coldplay and Jorja Smith to play livestream gig The organisers of Glastonbury today revealed plans for a “ground-breaking” livestream gig from Worthy Farm after the festival was cancelled for the second year running.last_img read more

Appeal for information following robbery of woman after mass in Laois village

first_imgA quantity of cash, believed to be more than €1,000, was subsequently taken from her there.Gardai have put out the following appeal:They say: “Portlaoise Detective Unit and Mountmellick Gardaí are investigating a robbery in the Cappard area of Rosenallis on Saturday December 20.“A lady was followed from mass and a quantity of cash taken from her in her driveway.“We are appealing for anyone who may have seen anything in the area between 7-30 and 8-30pm to contact us at 0578674100.”SEE ALSO – Schools, funerals and social settings – how the Coronavirus cases have increased sharply again in Laois Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic Facebook Previous articleSt Stephen’s Day events hit as traditional Abbeyleix hunt cancelled and Clonaslee walk and Portlaoise run go virtualNext articleDeaths in Laois – Wednesday, December 23, 2020 Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. WhatsApp Electric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSGardai Twitter Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp Gardai in Laois are appealing for information following the robbery of woman after mass in Laois village.On Sunday December 20, a robbery took place in the Cappard area of Rosenallis.A woman, believed to be in her 80s, was followed home from mass and stopped in her driveway. Pinterest Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Home News Crime Appeal for information following robbery of woman after mass in Laois village NewsCrime Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Facebook Electric Picnic Appeal for information following robbery of woman after mass in Laois village By Alan Hartnett – 22nd December 2020 last_img read more

NWA Undertakes $300 Million Patching Programme

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The National Works Agency (NWA) has undertaken a nationwide patching programme at a cost of $300 million, being funded by the Government.“We have put together a programme of patching that is being executed in all 14 parishes. It involves the patching of 250,000 square metres of roadway and will be done over the next five to eight weeks,” Stephen Shaw, Communication Manager at the NWA told JIS News. Mr. Shaw said the NWA would be focusing on some important main and tertiary roads. “In addition to this, we will also be doing some parochial roadways. but these will be done with the full understanding (of) and through consultations with the local authorities,” he added. Special attention would be given to those roads that have developed potholes as a result of the recent heavy rainfall, he noted.Currently, the programme is underway in Kingston and St. Andrew. “Kingston and St. Andrew are actually benefiting from our in-house crews. We are doing much of the work in the Corporate Area using our own equipment and staff,” Mr. Shaw explained.He pointed out that the programme would progress to the other parishes following discussions with the Superintendent of Works, the Secretary/Managers and other officers in the various Parish Councils. This is to ensure that all the legal requirements are in place before the work begins.“In the (other) parishes, we are going to be working with contractors. that is why it takes some time for us to advertise, look at the tenders, make an assessment and make an award,” said Mr. Shaw. He added that, “in some of these parishes, work will get underway by next week, having gone through the processes.”Mr. Shaw said it was significant to note that this patching programme “is being done with a view to allowing persons to traverse the island in a more comfortable way.”He told JIS News that the programme should not be confused with what “we are now doing as part of the National Road Services Improvement Programme, which we are implementing on a phased basis in five parishes.” RelatedNWA Undertakes $300 Million Patching Programme RelatedNWA Undertakes $300 Million Patching Programme NWA Undertakes $300 Million Patching Programme UncategorizedJune 30, 2007center_img RelatedNWA Undertakes $300 Million Patching Programme Advertisementslast_img read more

The car that makes driving fun again is the anti-SUV

first_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” There were a few multi-million-dollar vehicles up on the charity auction block at the annual Barrett-Jackson event last weekend, including a US$1.1-million 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 (which the event’s CEO Craig Jackson picked up for himself) and a US$2.5-million Ford GT Heritage Edition supercar. But the most noteworthy sale was of a 2020 Toyota Supra, which went for a healthy US$2.1 million. The weekend event moved 16 cars for charity, raising a total of US$9.6 million, more than any other single Barrett-Jackson event. Ford will build a compact unibody truck to fit under the Ranger in its lineupCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22019 Ford Ranger Welcome to our round-up of the biggest breaking stories on Driving.ca from this past week. Get caught up and ready to get on with the weekend, because it’s hard keeping pace in a digital traffic jam.Here’s what you missed while you were away. At US$2.1M, this 2020 Toyota Supra set the record for priciest Japanese car at auctionCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The first 2020 Toyota Supra crossing the auction block at Barrett-Jackson Derek McNaughton Currently, the smallest and most affordable pickup truck you can purchase from Ford is the new Ranger. But that’s about to change, according to Jim Farley, Ford’s president of global markets, who recently confirmed, if indirectly, the automaker would be putting out new truck nameplates “below where we compete today.” The new unibody truck, rumoured to be based on the Focus, has yet to be officially announced, but will likely reach roads in 2022. Will no one attempt to outfit the Ford GT with a V8? John Hennessey sure won’t Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Catching the Ford GT at an auto show is always a treat Handout / Toyota Dodge has decided to update the Challenger by replacing its V8 engine with something a little less thirsty for a non-renewable resource. “The reality is those platforms and that technology we used does need to move on,” Fiat Chrysler CEO Mike Manley told The Detroit News. “They can’t exist as you get into the middle-2020s.” So what’ll it be under the hood of Dodge’s legendary muscle car? If you believe the rumours, it could be Chrysler’s Pentastar V6 linked to twin turbos and an electric motor, or, at the base level, a 2.0-litre turbo-four with a 48-volt electrical system. Sorry, purists.  Watch Montreal off-road enthusiasts tow a city bus up an icy hillIn what is easily the most Canadian automotive news story of the week, a group of Good Samaritans in Montreal recently came to the rescue of a city bus by towing it up an icy hill. Rumoured to be members of a local off-roading club, the drivers of the kitted-out Jeep, Toyota 4Runner and Toyota Sequoia showed up, linked their vehicles together and to the bus and let ‘er rip! Trending Videos ‹ Previous Next › See More Videos Builder of very fast cars and president of Hennessey Performance, John Hennessey, says he would never, ever – not even for a million dollars – attempt to shoehorn a V8 engine into a Ford GT. And it’s not that he doesn’t like the GT—he adores the American supercar, and even owns a 2018 model, in fact. But he refuses to attempt to V8-ify it, despite being perhaps the most qualified individual in the world for the feat. Simply, it is his “qualified opinion” that such a powerplant would not fit. “If a customer came to me with a bag of a million dollars and said, ‘Would you put a V8 in the back of my Ford GT?’ I won’t do it,” he said. Alright, John, fine—you just tell us how much cash to put in that bag…The next-gen Challenger will trade V8 for hybrid powerCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon advertisement COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS RELATED TAGSCoupeNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Trending in Canada There’s a good amount of tire-spinning in the video, but eventually the three 4X4 SUVs manage to extricate the bus from its frictionless position at the bottom of the hill. Kudos to them, and to the person who filmed the effort. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The first 2020 Toyota Supra crossing the auction block at Barrett-Jackson  Handout / Barrett-Jackson The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everlast_img read more

Scholarship winner to take big-data problem-solving to Cambridge

first_img Published: Feb. 24, 2017 • By Elizabeth Lock Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Derek Driggs.You might call someone like Derek Driggs a big-data whisperer, looking through enormous sets of computational information to find what’s corrupt or missing.Driggs studies applied mathematics and has become the third CU Boulder student ever to receive the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, established in 2000, for doctoral studies at Cambridge University in England. The highly competitive award is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.From Golden, Colorado, Driggs will graduate from CU Boulder in May with concurrent bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He then will begin at Cambridge in October, continuing his studies in applied mathematics.His type of expertise, which he says can benefit scientists and businesses, can do things such as improve the functionality of movie-streaming sites like Netflix in anticipating a user’s preferences, suggesting content accordingly. It also can clean up misinformation or unrelated information in a brain scan, for example from a patient’s movements during an MRI or a faulty sensor, so a doctor can get a pure look and more accurately determine a prognosis.One aspect Driggs says he looks forward to at Cambridge is exposure to different approaches in his field, noting how researchers in the U.S. often solve big-data problems differently than researchers in Europe, for instance.“Following a ‘West Coast’ line of thought, a lot of times when we’re given a data set here, we approach it statistically. We determine how many good data points we need to make a sound prediction,” says Driggs. “Over there, researchers might be more focused on what’s called partial differential equations, looking at how they can unravel a blurred image, for example, getting it back to its original state.”Learn more about CU Boulder’s top scholarships.At CU Boulder, Driggs has worked with researchers Keith Julien on convective fluid systems – modeling the type that occur in the outer core of the earth, or in the stars; and Stephen Becker on data extraction from large sets of information.The 21-year-old, who enjoys spending time with family and friends, and hiking, won a Goldwater scholarship in 2016 and an NSF “expeditions” award in 2014. In 2013, Driggs received a CU Esteemed Scholars award.  A longtime tutor and teaching assistant, Driggs is the president of the CU Boulder chapter of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and he founded a research journal on campus to encourage interdisciplinary work.The two previous CU Boulder students to win the Gates Cambridge Scholarship were Stephen Kissler (2014) and Alejandro Ramirez (2006).Categories:AcademicsCampus Communitylast_img read more

NMC picks advisers to explore sale of core UAE, Oman business

first_imgNMC picks advisers to explore sale of core UAE, Oman business NMC Group in 2021 is expected to be comprised of operations in the UAE and Oman EuginFresenius HeliosNMC GroupPerella Weinberg MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Share The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Related Posts Read Article Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Happening Now Market News By Reuters on February 11, 2021 Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals NMC Health said on Wednesday that it had hired Perella Weinberg Partners and Resonance Capital to advise on the potential sale of its healthcare business in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.The sale process will run in parallel with ongoing restructuring discussions with NMC’s lenders, it said.Reuters had reported in December, citing sources, that administrators of troubled hospital operator NMC Health were sounding out potential buyer interest for the UAE and Oman business, which could generate around $1 billion.NMC, founded in the 1970s, became the largest private healthcare provider in the UAE,but ran into trouble after short-seller Muddy Waters questioned its financial reporting and doubts emerged over the size of stakes owned by its biggest shareholders.NMC in December had agreed to sell its IVF subsidiary Eugin to Fresenius Helios for an enterprise value of around $525 million, with the deal likely to close during the first half of 2021.The company said the deal will further bolster NMC’s liquidity position.NMC had $78.9 million of available cash on hand as of December 31, 2020, as well as yet to be drawn credit facilities of $167.3 million under its Administration Financing Facility.Its implosion last year amid allegations of fraud and the disclosure of more than $4 billion in hidden debt has left some UAE and overseas lenders with heavy losses and prompted legal battles to try to recover money owed.NMC said despite difficult circumstances due to COVID-19, gross revenues from its UAE and Oman business was $1.12 billion, 11 per cent ahead of the business plan, while EBITDA of $87.6 million was also significantly ahead of its plan.NMC Group in 2021 is expected to be comprised of operations in the UAE and Oman, following the anticipated sale of non-core assets in early 2021. Comments (0) Add Commentlast_img read more

Hundreds attend ‘Eat Jamaican’ Road Shows in Lucea & Falmouth

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Hundreds of persons in Lucea, Hanover; and Falmouth, Trelawny, were introduced to the Ministry of Agriculture’s ‘Eat Jamaican’ campaign, when road shows were held in those towns on Saturday, May 14. The national ‘Eat Jamaican’ campaign aims at increasing local production, and encouraging consumers to make healthy choices by eating local produce, fruits and vegetables.  The campaign is being implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), and funded by the European Union (EU). Successful road shows have already been held in Mandeville, Manchester; Ocho Rios, St Ann; Port Antonio, Portland; and May Pen, Clarendon, and those held on Saturday May 14 were described as equally successful. Deputy Mayor of Lucea, Councillor Fredricious Miller, and Mayor of Falmouth, Councillor Collin Gager, were on hand in their respective towns to express their approval of the campaign. They also encouraged all in attendance to support the message. In his address, Councillor Miller pointed out that agriculture has been the backbone of the parish of Hanover for years, and that the way forward for the country is for all Jamaicans to put the theme in practice and “eat what we grow.” Meanwhile, Mayor Gager expressed his approval for the campaign, noting that for too long Jamaicans have been neglecting the foods produced locally.  He said that there would be savings for the individual and the nation if Jamaicans would concentrate on eating locally produced crops. In an interview with JIS News, Director of Communications with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Cecil Thoms, explained that the series of road shows are very timely, given the increases in food prices globally. “The next road show is going to be in St. Mary and that will be followed by the culmination in Portmore, St. Catherine, on May 25,” he said. RelatedHundreds attend ‘Eat Jamaican’ Road Shows in Lucea & Falmouth RelatedHundreds attend ‘Eat Jamaican’ Road Shows in Lucea & Falmouth RelatedHundreds attend ‘Eat Jamaican’ Road Shows in Lucea & Falmouth Hundreds attend ‘Eat Jamaican’ Road Shows in Lucea & Falmouth AgricultureMay 16, 2011 By Bryan Miller, JIS Regional Office, Montego Bay Advertisementslast_img read more

They don’t make them like Jenkins, and they never will again

first_imgSo much wisdom, in so much biting wit. Dan Jenkins aimed his powers of observation with surgical precision, using humor as his scalpel, to reach bone and marrow and what mattered most. You can’t do that without getting under people’s skin. As one of the greatest sportswriters of all time, he wasn’t afraid to probe for what readers crave. “All I’ve ever done is try to get at the truth of the matter,” Jenkins once said. He did it with such conviction, in a distinctly crafted style that made his readers smile and his subjects cringe. “I just take pride in being right,” he once said. He did it with such unapologetic delight, in a beguiling style that will be sorely missed. With Jenkins’ passing at 89, golf loses one of its greatest voices, but we have more than consolation in the genius work he leaves behind. His talent was too large to be contained in daily newspapers. He got his start at the Fort Worth (Texas) Press, in the city where he grew up, before making his way to Sports Illustrated and then Golf Digest. He was a best-selling author, but his talent was even too immense for books to contain. Hollywood turned his novels “Semi-Tough” and “Dead Solid Perfect” into movies. “Dan invented modern sports writing,” said Ron Sirak, a former Associated Press golf writer who went on to work with Jenkins at Golf Digest. “He was the Tom Wolfe and Hunter Thompson of sports writing. He was the Gonzo golf writer. He wrote stories from the inside out, not the outside in.” Though Jenkins was also an accomplished chronicler of college football, he seemed born to tell the story of golf. As a newspaperman in Fort Worth, he forged a bond with fellow Texans Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, gaining the legends’ trust. He went on to forge similarly strong bonds with Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and other greats of the game, with mutual respect helping him tell more of the game’s important stories from the inside out. Even Palmer wasn’t spared Jenkins’ biting humor. “I don’t suppose anybody’s ever enjoyed being who they are more than Arnold’s enjoyed being Arnold Palmer,” Jenkins said in 2001. “I’m fairly certain over the past 50 years he’s never had a single conversation about anything other than Arnold Palmer.” Jenkins, though, conveyed exactly why. “This is true, I think,” he once wrote. “He IS the most immeasurable of all golf champions. But this is not entirely true because of all that he has won, or because of that mysterious fury with which he has managed to rally himself. It is partly because of the nobility he has brought to losing. And more than anything, it is true because of the pure, unmixed joy he has brought to trying. “He has been, after all, the doggedest victim of us all.” Golf Central Golf pays tribute to late HOF writer Jenkins BY Golf Channel Digital  — March 8, 2019 at 8:14 AM Dan Jenkins, a writer so prolific and profound that he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, died on Thursday. The golf world, including several of Jenkins’ peers in the media, paid tribute to the legend on social media. Jenkins didn’t apologize for favoring Hogan, Palmer, Nicklaus and other history making players. As a journalist, he saw it as rooting for the story, not the player. “It made a better story,” he said. “The bigger the name, the bigger the story.” Not everyone loved Jenkins’ probing wit. Today’s players weren’t Hogan or Palmer, and today’s game wasn’t the purer game he believed they played back then. Sometimes, today’s players paid for those sins. “I loved it when David Ogrin called me a ‘hostile voice from a previous era,’” Jenkins said. “He nailed me.” Tiger Woods’ felt the sting of Jenkins’ scalpel. They never connected, with Woods rebuffing Jenkins’ attempts to sit down and talk. “The closest I ever got was this word from his agent: ‘We have nothing to gain,’” Jenkins wrote. Jenkins joined the legends he covered when he was inducted to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012. “I’d follow Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson anywhere,” he said. Jenkins, who covered 232 major championships, according to Golf Digest, was the first living sports writer to make into golf’s Hall of Fame. He joined Bernard Darwin and Hebert Warren Wind, who were inducted after their passing. Walking through the Hall of Fame back then, Jenkins enjoyed seeing the figures of so many inductees he knew in more than name and deed. “To justify my inclusion in this terrific society, I went back and looked at everybody who’s in it and did some statistics,” Jenkins said in his speech that night. “It turns out that I have known 95 of these people when they were living. I’ve written stories about 73 of them. I’ve had cocktails and drinks with 47 of them, and I played golf with 24 of them. So, I want somebody else to try and go up against that record.” In his ’01 Golf Digest interview, Jenkins was asked what he would like on his tombstone. “’Sorry if you couldn’t take a joke,’ that would be the first line,” he said. “Then I’d steal from my daughter (Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins) and add, ‘Hey, it was only a sports event—it wasn’t child birth.’”last_img read more