Advertisements Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of National Security, the Hon. Peter Bunting, M.P. Jamaica to Attend Heads of Government Meeting with US Vice President Foreign AffairsMay 23, 2013Written by: Andrea Braham Jamaica to Attend Heads of Government Meeting with US Vice PresidentJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedUS-based Jamaicans Urged to Attend Diaspora Conference Related2013/2014: Sectoral Debate: Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the Hon. Arnaldo Brown FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaica is to participate in the upcoming Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) meeting with Vice President of the United States, Joseph Biden, in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, on May 28.Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, said Cabinet has approved Jamaica’s delegation to the meeting, which will be headed by National Security Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting, who will represent Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller.She told the weekly Jamaica House media briefing on May 22, that the meeting will be held on the same day that the Prime Minister will be returning to the island from Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, where she is attending the Special 50th Anniversary Summit commemorating the establishment of the Organization of African Unity.“The CARICOM/US meeting will last for two hours and will take the form of a discussion on regional and multi-lateral issues. It will be followed by a working luncheon as well as the presentation of a joint statement by the US Vice President and the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago,” Minister Falconer informed.She also noted that the CARICOM/US meeting is being convened at the request of the United States to discuss important regional economic, social and political issues.She said that Minister Bunting will be supported by Jamaica’s High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago, Her Excellency Sharon Saunders and members of the High Commission staff.Contact: Andrea Braham RelatedMontego Bay Fire Service to Receive Support from Atlanta Counterpart
Talented 2021 recruiting class has Gophers optimistic about football program’s futureMinnesota’s 2021 recruiting class currently ranks in the top 10 nationally.Kamaan RichardsGophers Head Coach P.J. Fleck talks to reporters after the game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Minnesota took the bowl game with a 31-24 win over the Auburn Tigers. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily) Nick JungheimMay 7, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintGophers football reached a level of success in 2019 that the program had not experienced in generations. Minnesota had the best season since 1904, ended the season ranked in the AP Top 10 for the first time since 1962 and capped the year with its first New Year’s Day Bowl victory in 59 years.Throughout the offseason, head coach P.J. Fleck and his staff have worked hard to make sure the Gophers will not have to wait decades before they reach those heights again. Over the past few weeks, they have taken an important step towards bolstering Minnesota’s future, signing multiple highly regarded recruits.“It’s hard to win 10-plus games, and it’s not going to happen every year,” Fleck said. “But when you can show the evidence that it is going to happen at some point while you are in school, you are going to have a year like that, I think [recruits] really get excited about that.”According to 247Sports’ rankings, the Gophers’ 2021 class is among college football’s best, currently sitting at No. 7 in the nation, third in the Big Ten behind Ohio State and Iowa. As of this time, Minnesota is ranked ahead of multiple traditional powerhouse programs, including Notre Dame, Michigan and defending National Champions, LSU.Since late March, the team has added four to its 2021 class. Each of those four players rank among the program’s top-25 highest rated recruits since 247Sports established its rankings. “For us, it has been a very successful April,” Fleck said. “It is remarkable what our staff is accomplishing.”The highest rated of the Gophers’ 2021 recruits is Avante Dickerson, a cornerback from Omaha, Nebraska, Dickerson is rated as the No. 92 overall player nationally. Along with Dickerson is cornerback Steven Ortiz, also a four-star recruit out of Goodyear, Arizona.On the offensive side of the ball, the Gophers have added talent as well, receiving a commitment from quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis. The native of Antioch, Illinois, is ranked as the 11th dual-threat passer in his class. Minnesota has added another four-star recruit from Fleck’s home state of Illinois in Sam Jackson of Naperville, Illinois. Jackson is a high school quarterback, but the Gophers recruited him as an athlete and will likely try to move him to a different position.For Fleck, having four-star talent on the roster is a luxury he has not had previously in his head coaching career. His reputation is somebody who develops talent other programs overlooked. Before coming to Minnesota, Fleck led Western Michigan to a 13-1 season and a Cotton Bowl appearance. That team featured Corey Davis, a two-star wide receiver recruit who went on to become the fifth overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft.“When you look at when we were at Western Michigan, what was the difference?” Fleck said. “Yeah we got better as coaches but it was the players. We got better players, the players grew up… At Minnesota you are going to see that trend as well.”In all, Minnesota landed 11 recruits during the spring signing period. This year, recruiting has come with the added challenge of the NCAA putting a moratorium on in-person and on-campus recruiting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Fleck and his staff have remained proactive in their recruiting efforts.“Our coaches are doing a great job creatively right now in the virtual market,” Fleck said. “Being able to find ways to be just a little bit different and finding ways to do more and do it better for longer. They are working really hard right now.”The teams’ successful NFL Draft helped promote Minnesota. Although most recruits committed prior to the event, it was already evident that Minnesota would see an increase in players selected in 2020. That turned out to be the case, as teams selected five Gophers for the first time since 1990.Drafted players such as safety Antoine Winfield Jr. and wide receiver Tyler Johnson predated Fleck at Minnesota, however they remain testaments to his coaching ability. Under Fleck, Winfield became Minnesota’s first unanimous All-American since 2005 and Johnson set school records in several major receiving categories.In all, last year’s Gophers team had four four-star recruits total, linebacker Carter Coughlin, linemen Daniel Faalele and Curtis Dunlap, and wide receiver Rashod Bateman. With that same number of four-star recruits joining the team as one class in 2021, it is clear to see why Fleck is convinced that the 11-2 campaign in 2019 was no fluke.
The memory of the smell of fried clam strips and hot fudge sundaes was resurrected Thursday morning, August 16, as about 30 government officials and members of the community gathered at the former Howard Johnson across from the traffic circle in Riverside to celebrate breaking ground on a medical complex planned for the site.Considered an eyesore for the past 15 years, though once a beloved part of Southampton Town — the highlight of downtown Riverhead visits for many a child growing up — the property has been tapped for redevelopment into a medical complex that could contain retail and apartment space in the future.“It’s altogether appropriate that revitalization starts here,” said state Assemblyman Fred Thiele, reminiscing about how when he was growing up, he would look forward to eating ice cream on the long drive from Sag Harbor to visit Riverhead with his parents.Other revitalization plans for the Riverside area that are in the works now include a boutique motel at the site of the former Peconic Paddler, upgrades for Ludlam Avenue Park, and the David W. Crohan Community Center. A park is also planned for an undeveloped parcel of land near McDonald’s. It will feature a boardwalk spanning the length of the Peconic River to Route 104.“It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for — forward progress in an area that we love in Riverside. We’ve been dreaming of revitalization of this area and we have been putting the pieces together for a long time to make this happen,” said Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. Before being torn down last month, the building at the Ho-Jo’s site served as the home of the Riverboat Diner and, more recently, an Italian restaurant.The dilapidated building had been unoccupied for the past 15 years. It was boarded up to cover broken windows and graffiti, and over the years had morphed from a family eatery into a nuisance, often the bane of local police for drawing the attention of prostitutes and drug dealers.Riverhead Town Supervisor Laura Jens–Smith said she believes that most people don’t know whether the parcel of land is part of Southampton or Riverhead, when they drive past it. “And, that is the way that it should be. I think that Southampton’s success is our success, and I think that the success for both of these areas is a success for the community. So, I am very proud to be here and standing with Southampton as they begin this project,” she said, noting the parcel has been long-considered a blight to the area.“It really does begin the new chapter in what we are looking forward to as we develop our communities,” she said. “This is just the beginning and I am really excited to see what is to come.”Residents will soon see workers digging a foundation, then raising steel beams at the site, which will support a three-story building with a parking area located to the rear. Once complete, only two floors will be used. The addition of a sewage treatment plant nearby in the town’s Enterprise Zone in Flanders would allow for retail uses of the building, as well as the possibility of apartments on the third floor, Schneiderman said.“We are working really hard to get sewering into this area. That will get us past some of the restrictions of the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, and allow a little bit more development,” he said.Owner Paul Pawlowski, who was able to obtain a Restore New York grant to fund the demolition of the building, said it was a “blessing” that allowed him to focus on constructing a nicer building than he originally envisioned for the site. He credited the serendipity of the scenario to both community members and government officials for their vision.For lack of better words, he explained, all stakeholders involved “rolled out the red carpet.”“From the get-go, both sides had the same vision, and that’s always really helpful, but just with the planning everyone really jumped in and got to work, instead of thinking about this, just got it done,” he [email protected] Share
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Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. LAPLACE, La. (AP) – A bus full of construction workers hit a firetruck on an elevated highway Sunday, killing two people and injuring 36, several of them seriously, Louisiana State Police said.The ladder truck from St. John the Baptist Parish, west of New Orleans, had parked across the right lane of Interstate 10 to block traffic while police investigated an earlier wreck involving a pickup truck that had skidded on the wet road, crashing into both guardrails about 6:40 a.m., Trooper Melissa Matey said.The 2002 Eldorado National party bus hit the fire truck and then rear-ended a 2012 Toyota Camry, pushing it into a flatbed trailer being towed by a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado, Matey said. She said the bus then veered behind the fire truck and into the first pickup truck, a 2005 Nissan Titan. It also knocked three firefighters, who were standing near the guard rail, into the water 30 to 40 feet below.Matey said the wreck killed Jermaine Starr, 21, of Moss Point, Mississippi, a back-seat passenger in the Camry, and St. John the Baptist Parish district Fire Chief Spencer Chauvin. The injured included the other two firefighters, the bus driver, 24 bus passengers and a total of nine people in the car and pickups.Firefighter Nicholas Saale, 32, of Ponchatoula, and Camry passenger Vontravous Kelly of Moss Point, Mississippi, are in critical condition, she said. The Camry’s other two occupants, driver Marcus Tate, 35, and David Jones, both of Moss Point, are in serious condition.Other injuries – including the Titan’s two occupants, who suffered minor injuries in the original crash – ranged from minor to moderate, Matey said.The bus driver, identified as Denis Yasmir Amaya Rodriguez, 37, of Honduras, will be arrested on two counts of negligent homicide and one each of reckless driving and driving without a license, she said.“Additional criminal charges are forthcoming,” she said.The injured were taken to hospitals in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Hammond and LaPlace, she said.Matey said the bus was taking flood recovery workers from New Orleans to Baton Rouge.It belonged to a company with two names: AM Party Bus and Kristina’s Transportation LLC, both at the same address in Jefferson, about 30 miles from New Orleans in Jefferson Parish, Matey said.No listing in Jefferson was available. A call to Kristina’s Transportation in Destrehan, 12 miles from Jefferson in St. Charles Parish, was not answered Sunday. A woman who answered the phone at AM Party Bus of New Orleans said she was only authorized to take booking calls.Matey did not know whether Rodriguez was an employee of that company, or whether the company checked to see whether he had a driver’s license.“He is in this country illegally from Honduras. He has no driver’s license. He had minor injuries,” she said.Matey did not know where in Honduras Rodriguez is from.Department of Homeland Security investigators and state police are checking on the passengers’ immigration status, she said.Matey said speed was a factor in both the crash of the Titan, which bounced from one guard rail to the other about 6:40 a.m., and that of the bus at 7:17 a.m. SHARE Published: August 28, 2016 10:16 PM EDT 2 dead, 36 hurt after bus hits fire truck, more vehicles
UK: A dedicated engineering training faculty for students aged 16 and over is to be opened by 2017 to support construction of the planned High Speed 2 network.According to the Department for Transport, the HS2 skills college will require a ‘multi-million pound investment’ to train ‘a generation of world-class engineers’. More than 2 000 apprentices are expected to be taken on during the construction of HS2. Work on the first phase of the route between London and the West Midlands is expected to begin by 2016, subject to parliamentary approval.