10 months agoValencia coach Marcelino: Will sacking me make a difference?

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Valencia coach Marcelino: Will sacking me make a difference?by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia coach Marcelino was relieved to overcome Huesca.Marcelino went into the game under pressure.”Is it always the coach’s problem at Valencia in recent years?” he asked reporters, in what could be perceived as a challenge to their line of questioning.”The change of coach always changed things on the pitch?”The club will make the decisions it deems appropriate if it considers that the work of the coaching staff is not adequate, and we will accept it.”We are the same in victory and defeat, the team is not broken, it may have doubts, but it isn’t broken.”The reaction of wanting to keep going until after the ninety minutes is what it is.”If you decide to dispense with the coaching staff you should not differentiate because of a goal in injury time or not.” last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri: We need balance in January transfer window

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri: We need balance in January transfer windowby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMaurizio Sarri has admitted Chelsea will need to cull their squad in January, and hinted about the position of any new arrivals.The Blues suffered a shock defeat to Leicester City at home on Saturday.Cesc Fabregas made a rare appearance in the Premier League as a substitute and Sarri suggested this was because of the excessive size of his squad.”At the moment we are too many. We have 28 players and it’s impossible to use all of them. I think 25 is the right number,” the Italian said.”We have a lot of offensive midfielders and we have only [N’Golo] Kante as a defensive midfielder, so it’s not easy now for the midfield to have the right balance.” last_img read more

9 months agoChelsea put breaks on Zappacosta’s move to Lazio

first_imgChelsea put breaks on Zappacosta’s move to Lazioby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have stalled Davide Zappacosta’s move to Lazio.The fullback has agreed personal terms with the Romans about a return to Italy.But Sportitalia says Chelsea are holding up the move.That is because they do not want to let him leave on loan with an option to buy, preferring something more definitive.Negotiations will continue and the Aquile are confident of striking a deal during the January transfer window. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

24 days agoEngland FC – Shaping up for Euro 2020

first_imgEngland FC – Shaping up for Euro 2020by Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the love- the following is a sponsored articleEngland has loads of exciting football action coming up with the Euro 2020 qualifiers around the corner!Gareth Southgate is leading the team through an important year of Euro 2020 qualifiers. Thanks to a string of positive results, the nation believes ‘it’s coming home’ once again. The Three Lions enjoyed great success in 2018. They outplayed almost all of their opponents and reached the World Cup semi-finals.England have made it four wins from four in the European Qualifiers so far. But has Gareth Southgate really identified his best team? The answer might be yes following their latest results. But he still needs to solve the selection dilemmas before next summer’s tournament.The coach has labelled England’s free-scoring frontline as one of the most exciting in world football. However, their struggles in defence lately have shown there are still questions to answer elsewhere in the side.Jordan Pickford undoubtedly has the number 1 spot in the team. With a wealth of full-back options, the centre-back remains a headache for the coach. Michael Keane and Harry Maguire were largely untroubled in England’s last game against Bulgaria. But Southgate will be concerned that Kosovo, a team that is not too strong, was able to cause them so many problems at St Mary’s.Kosovo scored the first goal due to Keane’s misplaced pass. As for Maguire, he was guilty for their third goal, kicking Vedat Muriqi in the box after he failed to clear the ball. The return of John Stones might give Southgate some reassurance about the backline.The Three Lions used the same midfield three against both Bulgaria and Kosovo. Ross Barkley, Jordan Henderson and Declan Rice started both games and proved that they are up for the task. But there are many debates over England’s best midfield.Rice is having a great season so far with West Ham. The player has shown similar promise in many of his early appearances for England. But he tends to lose many balls in build-up play. Southgate does not have many replacements for the holding role either. Harry Winks can possibly count himself unlucky not to have even made it off for the last two games.The passing ability of Harry Winks can give England the kind of control they so often lack against top flight teams. Barkley and Henderson’s places are also the subject of scrutiny, especially with creative players such as James Maddison and Mason Mount.England has an all-star attack! Yes, they really do! They are currently well-stocked in attack with talents, such as Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling. In the last two games, England were deadly in the final third. When Jadon Sancho came on to replace Rashford, he scored his first two international goals. Kane and Sterling’s places are surely guaranteed. But Sancho and Rashford have provided serious competition and make it hard for Southgate to make his team selection.Who would make your best England side for the opener at Euro 2020? Until then, why not practice your footballing skills with MagicalVegas.com. The site brings to you the likes of Supreme Football, Football Star and Football Scratch to name a few. Ready to kick off for some real entertainment? TagsSponsoredAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Did A Kentucky Male Cheerleader Try To Stop Cincinnati’s Octavius Ellis From Returning To Play?

first_imgKentucky male cheerleader appears to obstruct Ocatvius Ellis.Kentucky didn’t have a ton of trouble with Cincinnati Saturday afternoon, as the Wildcats cruised to a 12-point victory to become the first 36-0 team in history. But there was a bit of a controversial moment early in the second half, when a male cheerleader for the school appeared to impede Bearcats star Octavius Ellis from returning to the court. The cheerleader appears to hold onto Ellis as he tries to make his way back to the floor. Judge for yourself. No, it didn’t realistically matter when it comes to the outcome of the game. But it’s still a bit odd.[Lost Lettermen]last_img read more

Ohio State’s Loss Means There Are No Perfect Brackets Left

first_imgThe 2015 NCAA Tournament Bracket.It was only a matter of time. After Ohio State lost to Arizona Saturday afternoon, there are officially no perfect brackets left in the world. ESPN’s lone user with a perfect bracket after the second round wound up nailing his first 38 games before dropping a contest. He gave an interview with the Worldwide Leader Saturday afternoon, and revealed that he had no rhyme or reason to the picks he made.11.57 million brackets were entered in ESPN’s Tournament Challenge. After Arizona’s win over Ohio State, ZERO perfect brackets remain.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 21, 2015As we’ve noted before, there is no known person to have ever put together a perfect bracket in March Madness history. The odds, which are something in the neighborhood of 1 in 9 quintillion, suggest that it will never happen in our lifetime either.There’s always next year, right?last_img read more

Sideways passer or star man? Jorginho dividing Chelsea fans

first_imgLike an orchestral conductor, Chelsea playmaker Jorginho doesn’t get much time in the limelight when things are going well but he’s the first to be singled out whenever those around him deliver a flat performance.Last weekend’s 2-0 loss at Arsenal certainly featured plenty of bum notes and, come full-time, the finger of blame was pointed squarely at the man that runs the show.“How many assists has he got this season? Around 2000 passes, no assists,” Rio Ferdinand sniped in his analysis on BT Sport. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “He’s not a great defender. Once again, in a game like this against a big team, he gets overrun in midfield.“He can’t run, so, he doesn’t give you anything defensively, and he doesn’t give you anything at the other end of the pitch.”Ferdinand was merely voicing the mounting suspicion among many Premier League pundits that Jorginho brings nothing other than sideways passes to this Chelsea team. However, the Italy international’s role is grossly misunderstood and undervalued. Firstly, Jorginho is fundamental to Maurizio Sarri’s gameplan.Indeed, it was fitting that the pair were presented to the media at the same press conference last summer, after Chelsea had successfully hijacked Manchester City’s deal with Napoli for the Brazil-born midfielder.With Jorginho pulling the strings in the middle of the park, Sarri’s Partenopei had become one of the best sides in Europe to watch, with their quick, high pressing and possession-orientated style of football.Unfortunately, after a bright start to the season, Chelsea have become ponderous and predictable on the ball, with many fans now of the opinion that the fault lies with Jorginho, who personifies Sarri’s philosophy.The numbers certainly don’t do anything to challenge the idea that he is all possession, no penetration. Jorginho tops the Premier League pass charts (2077) but he has yet to create a goal. Jorginho was praised by fans for his retention of the ball during Chelsea’s 16-game undefeated start to the 2018-19 campaign; now, those same supporters are castigating him for not doing anything with it. Indeed, he was even booed by certain sections of the Stamford Bridge crowd after playing a succession of wayward passes in the unconvincing win over Newcastle last Saturday week.N'Golo Kante Jorginho Huddersfield Chelsea 08112018Part of the frustration stems from the fact that Jorginho’s positioning in the centre of Sarri’s preferred midfield three has resulted in N’Golo Kante being pushed out wide.When Chelsea were winning games, the use of the world’s best defensive midfielder on the right-hand side was tolerated by sceptical supporters. However, doubts first surfaced after Jorginho was nullified and Kante left looking lost in the Blues’ first league defeat of the season, a comprehensive 3-1 loss at Tottenham in November that prompted many pundits to claim that the Frenchman’s many attributes were being wasted. That evening at Wembley, Spurs ran amok in behind Jorginho, who found himself unable to cope with the physicality and pace of his opponents. Not for the first time, either.Jorginho has been repeatedly targeted as a potential weak link in recent months, with Unai Emery the latest coach to disrupt the 27-year-old by putting Aaron Ramsey on him at the Emirates last weekend.A clear blueprint of how to shut down Chelsea has emerged and most teams have the ability to replicate it.Of course, Jorginho was occasionally man-marked at Napoli. The difference was that he was playing in a finely-tuned team accustomed to playing the one-touch football that allows players to constantly evade opponents. Indeed, the dynamic midfielder Radja Nainggolan has previously described Jorginho as his toughest rival.“He always plays in tight situations and passes very close to him,” the Belgian explained. “It’s very hard follow him and stop his plays. You get tired cause he moves the ball very fast but doesn’t even move himself.“You need a lot of energy to keep up with him and stop him. It can be hard sometimes.”In England, though, it is proving increasingly easy to shut the static Jorginho down. Why?Maurizio Sarri and Jorginho NapoliFatigue could well be a factor, given he has started 22 of Chelsea’s 23 Premier League games so far. But then, he has little chance of a rest, given Cesc Fabregas has departed for Monaco and a replacement has yet to be found.“After 20 minutes, Jorginho lost a lot of balls. It is unusual I think,” Sarri said after his side’s 2-1 win over Newcastle. “So I think that he was in trouble, maybe he was tired, I don’t know.“If Fabregas was on the bench, I think that in the second half then Fabregas would be on the pitch instead of Jorginho.”Playing as a central midfielder in our team is not easy, we need to try and try and try in training with him.“The player who plays in that position usually touches the ball about 120-130 times and so I think that we need a specialist there. I think that Jorginho is able to do it.”He can certainly dictate the pace of a game, albeit too slowly for some people. But, in truth, while it might be fashionable to make Jorginho the scapegoat for Chelsea’s struggles right now, he is merely doing what is – and always has been – asked of him.The real fault lies with Sarri and the club’s transfer policy.Sarri quote GFXMateo Kovacic, for example, is meant to offer far more of an attacking threat than Jorginho yet the Croat has proven frustratingly toothless and seemingly incapable of performing the role that Marek Hamsik carried out for Sarri at the San Paolo.And it’s not as if there aren’t issues elsewhere. Chelsea are unbalanced going forward because, whereas Marcos Alonso pushes forward at every opportunity, the overly cautious Cesar Azpilicueta prefers to sit back.The ‘false nine’ experiment has been a qualified success but it means taking Eden Hazard out of his natural habitat on the left wing, where he is both happiest and most effective.That switch was obviously necessitated by the well-documented struggles of Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata in front of goal, while wingers Willian and Pedro aren’t contributing enough offensively either.Evidently, Chelsea’s woes can’t be attributed solely to Jorginho. It’s just that as the focal point of ‘Sarriball’, his weaknesses are the most glaringly obvious when the team is struggling.Chelsea are trying to sign a replacement for Fabregas in Zenit’s Leandro Paredes but while his arrival would ease the burden on Jorginho, the Argentina international wouldn’t solve all of Chelsea’s issues.Ferdinand is wrong about Jorginho. He is not there to provide assists. That wasn’t his role in a wonderful Napoli side that racked up a club-record 91 points in Serie A last season. His job is to retain possession and then get the ball to others so that they can make something happen in the final third.The problem is that Chelsea have problems in every area of the field. Many players still look confused by Sarri’s system and the Italian always said that it would take at least a year for them to adapt.Jorginho may be the poster boy of ‘Sarriball’ but he’s not the man behind it. Therefore, he shouldn’t be blamed for its present failings. He definitely needs to improve but, at the end of the day, he’s just doing his job. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

What soccer team does Barack Obama support?

first_imgBarack Obama’s love of sport was abundantly evident during his tenure as President of the United States.A relatively sprightly 47 years old when he assumed office in 2009, Obama was frequently captured playing basketball at the White House and he hosted various teams at Washington D.C. during his eight years as leader.It’s no secret that the former Illinois senator follows the Chicago Bears in NFL (though he also has a soft spot for the Pittsburgh Steelers) and supports the Chicago White Sox in baseball, but his allegiance when it comes to soccer is somewhat of a mystery. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He is a supporter of the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams, of course, and took breaks from diplomatic business to tune in to a number of their games at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.But club-wise it remains unclear which team he cheers for.Given Obama’s affinity for Chicago-based sporting outfits, it would not be unreasonable to assume that he might support Major League Soccer club Chicago Fire, but there have been no public expressions to confirm the hypothesis.During his campaign for the presidency in 2008, the Daily Telegraph reported that Obama was a fan of West Ham after it emerged that he had attended a Hammers game while on a trip to London in 2003.West Ham even invited him to one of their games following his election, but the story of his support for the club was subsequently dismissed as speculation.Barack Obama football soccerHe is an admirer of Argentina star Lionel Messi and clearly pays attention to the Barcelona star’s exploits, using his World Cup woes with the Albiceleste as an analogy while on a visit to Colombia in 2019.However, that interest doesn’t necessarily translate to support for Barca.As the former head of state for the US, Obama had all sorts of encounters with different football teams and he has had plenty of teams vying for his attention.Gifts such as personalised and signed jerseys have been presented to the 44th President of the United States, while others – like West Ham – have invited him to watch their games.Others have taken to social media in their attempts to lure Obama to their side.In 2017 it emerged that German club Darmstadt 84 were the only European club Obama followed on Twitter, sparking a frenzy of speculation as to why that was the case.Dear @BarackObama, since we are apparently already the only European soccer club you follow on Twitter: See you at our stadium? 😉 #sv98 pic.twitter.com/iThQpILKTF— SV Darmstadt 98 (@sv98) February 15, 2017Darmstadt, who now play in 2. Bundesliga, are not exactly powerhouses of European football, so the fact that USMNT player Terrence Boyd played for them (he has since moved on) was held up as one potential reason.So, Darmstadt, naturally, sent Boyd out to bat for them.”Dear Barack Obama, we’ve heard that we’re the only European soccer club you follow on Twitter. It’s a huge honour for us at Darmstadt 98,” the striker declared in a video shared on Twitter.”Now that you’ve got a little more time for yourself, we’d like to invite you to a Lilien game at the Bollenfalltor. We’ve got a fitting jersey for you as well, so see you at the Bollen!”Unless Obama showed up in south-west Germany in secret, the Terrence Boyd charm offensive doesn’t appear to have worked, unfortunately.So, for now, Obama’s confirmed soccer teams remain the USMNT and USWNT, as well as whatever teams his daughters Malia and Sasha are playing for!last_img read more

Jill Ellis to step down as USWNT head coach

first_imgU.S. women’s national team manager Jill Ellis will step down as head coach following the completion of the team’s World Cup victory tour in October, U.S. Soccer has annnounced.Earlier this month Ellis coached the USWNT to their second straight World Cup title, becoming only the second person to win two World Cups as a manager“The opportunity to coach this team and work with these amazing women has been the honor of a lifetime,” Ellis said in a statement. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “I want to thank and praise them for their commitment and passion to not only win championships but also raise the profile of this sport globally while being an inspiration to those who will follow them.”Ellis took over the program in 2014 and one year later, she led the USWNT to the 2015 World Cup championship in Canada, the team’s first world title since 1999.She will depart after the USWNT won its second straight World Cup this summer in France, defeating the Netherlands 2-0 in the final to clinch the title. With the win in France, Ellis joined Vittorio Pozzo as the only two coaches to win multiple men’s or women’s World Cups, with Pozzo pulling off the feat with Italy in 1934 and 1938.“The U.S. Soccer Federation and the sport in general owes Jill a debt of gratitude,” U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro said. “Jill was always extremely passionate about this team, analytical, tremendously focused and not afraid to make tough decisions while giving her players the freedom to play to their strengths.”She helped raise the bar for women’s soccer in the USA and the world, and given the history of this program, the level of success she achieved is even more remarkable.”USWNT Women's World Cup 2019Ellis leaves with an overall record of 102-7-18 as USWNT manager, having coached the most games of any USWNT head coach in program history.U.S. Soccer said Ellis, 52, will remain for at least the next year in an ambassador role, which will include representing the federation at various events and speaking engagements.Though the World Cup only ended earlier this month, the search for a new manager will have to be a priority with the Olympics set to take place next summer in Tokyo.U.S. Soccer is nearing the hiring of a USWNT general manager, who will oversee the search for a new head coach. The USWNT will kick off their victory tour on Saturday with a game against Ireland at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.last_img read more

Paul Finebaum Reveals How Much Money Nick Saban Really Deserves Per Year

first_imgHead Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 6: Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day at Philips Arena on January 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Alabama announced both a contract extension and a raise for Nick Saban last week – increasing his salary to $7.5 million this season, with further increases of $400,000  per year until 2025. If Saban were to stick around for the length of the contract, he’d make approximately $75 million.Saban, now the sport’s highest-paid coach, is clearly a rich man. But ESPN’s Paul Finebaum doesn’t think he’s rich enough – at least when it comes to what he generates for the school.Finebaum joined Get Up on Monday morning to talk about the new Saban deal – suggesting that he should be paid way more money than he currently makes.Finebaum says that Saban should be making more like $50 million per year – comparing him to a Fortune 500 CEO. Brad Crawford of 247 Sports transcribed Finebaum’s bit on the network:“I think it’s outrageous he’s making only $75 million,” Finebaum said during Monday’s appearance on Get Up!, ESPN’s new morning show. “Nick Saban is worth more than that. What he has done at the University of Alabama in transforming a once great program that was dormant when he took over to the singular best program in the country … If you put Nick Saban down the street on Wall Street and he was leading a Fortune 500 company with the same success on the New York Stock Exchange, he would be making over $50 million a year.“Look around at what corporate executives are making. He’s better than those people and there are no scandals associated with him. I don’t think it’s outrageous at all to say he should be making more than $50 million a year. Would that set a bad example in college athletics? What difference does it make. He’s worth more than that.”Finebaum is going a little overboard, but his point is well taken. Alabama’s football program posted a profit of $45.96 million last year – but the athletic department’s overall profit was just $15.7 million.So yes, Saban could be paid a lot more, but $50 million is a stretch.Regardless, Saban doesn’t appear to be letting up any time soon. Alabama won last year’s national title in dramatic fashion over Georgia and they’re a lock to be the No. 1 ranked team in the country heading into this coming season.last_img read more

Doctor Gives Update On Former Ohio State Star’s Recent Heart Procedure

first_imgA Carolina Panthers helmet sitting on the field.CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 11: A detailed view of a Carolina Panthers helmet during pregame against the San Diego Chargers at Bank of America Stadium on December 11, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Curtis Samuel was a dynamic playmaker at Ohio State, before being a second-round pick by the Carolina Panthers. Injuries and health issues have slowed the early portion of his NFL career though.Last season, he played in nine games, missing the end of the season due to an ankle injury that required surgery.He finished with 15 catches for 115 yards, and four rushes for 64 yards for the Panthers.This afternoon, Ian Rapoport reported that Curtis Samuel had a “small procedure” to fix an irregular heartbeat.Obviously any procedure involving the heart is enough to give fans a scare.#Panthers WR Curtis Samuel had a small procedure to fix an irregular heartbeat, I’m told. Likely out this week vs. #Cowboys.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 4, 2018David J. Chao, who goes as the Pro Football Doc on Twitter and writes for the San Diego Union-Tribune, says this is not anything to be concerned about.Chao, who had nearly two decades as a team doctor, says that the procedure that Samuel underwent is pretty minor and he should make a full recovery.No question the situation was treated seriously, but this probably will be a blip on the screen for Curtis Samuel and the Panthers.I have not examined Samuel nor seen his EKG, but this almost certainly was not anything life-threatening or even significant in terms of threatening his career.[…]This is typically a minor outpatient cardiac procedure in which a cannula (small tube) is inserted into the vessels.It does certainly seem likely Samuel will miss the Panthers’ season opener, but an absence beyond that should not be anticipated.As Rapoport says, the Panthers open against the Dallas Cowboys at home. There are very high expectations for second-year running back Christian McCaffrey, the team’s 2017 first-round pick, but Samuel could also develop into a huge weapon for Cam Newton and company.In his last year at Ohio State, the do-it-all Samuel picked up 1,636 total yards from scrimmage and 15 touchdowns, with a strong balance between rushing and receiving. He was a First Team All-American.[San Diego Union-Tribune]last_img read more

ESPN Releases Score Prediction For Texas A&M vs. NC State

first_imgTexas A&M QB Kyle Allen dropping back for a pass.COLLEGE STATION, TX – SEPTEMBER 12: Kyle Allen #10 of the Texas A&M Aggies drops back to pass in the first half of their game against the Ball State Cardinals at Kyle Field on September 12, 2015 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)The release of the college football bowl game schedule has led to a lot of interesting matchups, and the Texas A&M vs. NC State showdown in the Gator Bowl will be no exception.The Aggies in Jimbo Fisher’s first year at the helm went 8-4, good for second-place in the SEC West Division, but far behind Alabama. Nevertheless, Texas A&M claimed solid wins over ranked teams Kentucky and LSU, with the latter going to seven overtime periods.The Wolfpack were ultimately fodder for Clemson, but were otherwise one of the best teams in the ACC. Dave Doeren’s side finished the season 9-3 – their best regular season finish since 2002.Texas A&M will face NC State in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl from TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville.Here is ESPN’s prediction:Clemson is a common opponent and Texas A&M fared much better in defeat to the Tigers than NC State did. The Aggies also have two top-15 wins (LSU, Kentucky), while NC State’s record came against mostly weak competition. Quarterbacks Kellen Mond (Texas A&M) and Ryan Finley (NC State) both perform well, but coach Jimbo Fisher’s team owns the fourth quarter to finish 9-4.Prediction: Texas A&M 38, NC State 28Jimbo Fisher will be looking to get his Aggies a bowl win to make up for an otherwise lackluster season.Texas A&M and NC State are set to kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET on Dec. 31.The game will be on ESPN.last_img read more

Iowa Landed First Recruit Of 2021 Class On Sunday

first_imgIowa Hawkeyes' mascot takes the field at Kinnick Stadium.IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 7: Mascot “Herky the Hawk” of the Iowa Hawkeyes takes the field before the match-up against the Missouri State Bears on September 7, 2013 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 28-14. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)Just 21 college football programs have already landed recruits from the 2021 class, players set to be juniors this coming fall. Iowa joined that list on Sunday.The Hawkeyes added to its future offensive line with its latest commitment. Gennings Dunker, a tackle out of Illinois, had a good experience at a camp at Iowa, receiver an offer, and quickly jumped on it.Late Sunday night, he tweeted the Iowa announcement. His decision officially begins Iowa’s 2021 class.Committed to Iowa!!!!!!— Gennings Dunker (@gennings_dunker) June 3, 2019 Gennings Dunker was unranked at the time of his commitment, but has quickly been bumped up to three stars.247Sports has him in at No. 305 in the 2021 class. He’s the No. 37 offensive tackle in the group, and the No. 7 recruit from Illinois.With his commitment, Iowa enters the 2021 team rankings tied with Ole Miss at No. 19 in the country. Most teams don’t have any commitments yet, while just 10 have multiple.As it often is, Miami is off to an incredibly fast start. The Hurricanes are the only program with more than three 2021 commits. Nine players are pledged to Manny Diaz’s team, giving it the top class as of today.Iowa’s on a solid recruiting uptick with recent classes. After landing the No. 41 class in 2019, Iowa’s 2020 class, which is currently 10 players deep, ranks 19th in the country.last_img read more

ESPN’s Ryan Leaf Has Revealed His College Football Top 25

first_imgThe College GameDay crew on set in New York City.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Chris Fowler are seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)The Associated Press’ college football preseason top 25 poll was released on Monday afternoon, with Clemson coming in at No. 1 and Alabama at No. 2.ESPN’s new college football analyst, Ryan Leaf, has decided to share his own preseason top 25 poll.Leaf has Clemson at No. 1 and Alabama at No. 2, though his poll does feature some notable differences.Utah is inside his top 10 at No. 9 and Nebraska, a popular preseason top 25 pick, is nowhere to be found. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Here’s his full top 25:#CFB Top 251. Clemson2. Alabama3. Georgia4. Ohio St5. Okla6. LSU7. Florida8. Michigan9. Utah10. TX A&M11. Notre Dame12. Texas13. UW14. Oregon15. Auburn16. Mich St17. Wazzu18. Iowa St19. Wisconsin20. Stanford21. Penn St22. Iowa23. Syracuse24. NW25. Minn— Ryan D Leaf (@RyanDLeaf) August 20, 2019Leaf, the former NFL Draft bust, was hired as a college football analyst for ESPN earlier this summer.“Five years ago, sitting in a prison cell, I would have never imagined that I was going to be part of ESPN and the Disney Corporation,” Leaf said after getting hired. “If you would have told me that, I would have said you are absolutely crazy. And I can’t believe it. I lay my head down every night with a ton of gratitude.”Leaf will be calling games on ESPN2 and ESPNU this season.last_img read more

India vs Australia Live Streaming: When and how to watch 3rd ODI on Sony Liv

first_imgIndia vs Australia Live Streaming: When and how to watch 3rd ODI on Sony LivIndia vs Australia (IND vs AUS) 3rd ODI Live Streaming: After levelling the series in Adelaide, in-form India will be hoping to seal the ODI series when the two teams meet in the decider in Melbourne on January 18.advertisement India Today Web Desk MelbourneJanuary 17, 2019UPDATED: January 17, 2019 17:21 IST India vs Australia Live Streaming, 3rd ODI Match: Visitors India will be hoping to finish their tour of Australia on an unbeaten note (AP Photo)With the three-match ODI rubber tantalisingly poised at 1-1, the task is cut out for both India and Australia to pull up their socks in the series decider at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Friday.India bounced back from the 34-run loss in the series opener at Sydney, with another Virat Kohli masterclass century combined with his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s vintage finish to pull off a 6-wicket win at Adelaide.Going into the final ODI, India will be aiming to take the winning momentum and end the ongoing tour Down Under without losing a series.The Virat Kohli-led side started their tour with a three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series that ended in a 1-1 draw, followed by a historic first-ever 2-1 Test series win for India on Australian soil.In the crucial series decider at the MCG, India will once again hope for their in-form top order, comprising Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and skipper Kohli to score the bulk of the runs.With Dhoni marshalling the less-tested middle-order, and Kedar Jadhav still warming the bench, both Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik will aim to get some runs if they are to stay in contention for a berth in the 2019 World Cup squad.While the bowling department led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar has impressed in both the games, with pacer Mohammed Shami and the spin duo of chinaman Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja providing good support, India’s main point of concern will be the fifth bowler in the absence of suspended all-rounder Hardik Pandya.advertisementThe Men-in-Blue tried left-armer Khaleel Ahmed in the first ODI before handing a debut to Mohammed Siraj in the second, but neither could make an impact.In that scenario, the team management could be tempted to test all-rounder Vijay Shankar on Friday or may opt for the leggie Yuzvendra Chahal, who has been warming the bench for the first couple of matches.What time does the 3rd ODI between India vs Australia start?The 3rd ODI starts at 7:50 AM IST on January 18, Friday at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide.What TV channel and live stream is the 3rd ODI between India and Australia Live Streaming on?Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD in English commentary and Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Sony Liv will live stream India vs Australia match.Where will the 3rd ODI between India and Australia be played?The 3rd ODI between India and Australia will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne from 7:50 AM IST.Where can I watch India vs Australia 3rd ODI live?The match will be shown on Sony sports network and can also be streamed on SonyLIV.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs Australia 3rd ODI?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs Australia from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the teams for the 3rd ODI between India and Australia?India: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, K Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami, Vijay ShankarAustralia: Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, Ashton TurnerFor 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 India vs AustraliaFollow 3rd ODIFollow India cricket teamFollow India vs Australia cricket live streamingFollow Virat Kohlilast_img read more

JioFiber plans launched officially, basic Bronze plan starts at Rs 699 per month: Check details of all six plans

first_img Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiSeptember 5, 2019UPDATED: September 6, 2019 11:01 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe basic JioFiber plan starts from Rs 699 per month and offer 100Mbps speed.Jio will offer the Set Top Box and the Home gateway device for free with the subscription.JioFiber annual plans start from Rs 8,499 for a three months.After waiting for nearly a month, Jio has finally revealed the plans for its JioFiber broadband service. There are a total of six monthly plans offering different levels of data and network speeds. And as promised, the JioFiber plans will start from Rs 699 per month and go all the way up to Rs 8,499 per month. Not all of the multimedia services will be available at launch but they will come out eventually.JioFiber has primarily two kind of plans – annual and monthly. There are a total of six monthly JioFiber plans and three annual plans. The prices of the annual plans have also been revealed and Jio says that customers can avail special EMI offers with select banks to enjoy its services. Jio is also giving the Set Top Box and the router as complimentary with all the JioFiber plans.Here’s a brief explanation of all the plans in detail.JioFiber monthly prepaid plans:Bronze plan for Rs 699:The first JioFiber monthly plan will cost Rs 699 month and in terms of benefits, it will offer a total of 100GB data with an option for 50GB extension in the form of vouchers. The Rs 699 plan will offer network speeds of 100Mbps as standard. After the data limit is exhausted, the speed will be reduced to 1Mbps. Subscribers will also get free voice calls along with free TV video calling, zero-latency gaming subscription, home networking to share content at home as well as outside – all for free. This plan will also offer Norton Device Security for up to five devices.advertisementUnder the JioFiber Welcome Offer, subscribers will get three months of JioSaavn and JioCinema premium subscription for free.Silver plan for Rs 849:The Silver plan will cost Rs 849 per month and it will also offer network speeds of 100Mbps as standard. However, subscribers will get up to 200GB data per month and will be able to expand up to additional 200GB via coupons. Rest of the benefits remains same such as voice calling, video calling, gaming, home networking and device security with five members.Under the JioFiber Welcome Offer, subscribers will get three months of free access to all the OTT apps available on Jio Set Top Box.Gold plan for Rs 1,299 per month:With the Gold plan, you will get network speeds of up to 250Mbps as standard. Subscribers will enjoy 500GB data per month and will be able to get an additional 250GB data. Rest of the benefits remains same such as voice calling, video calling, gaming, home networking and device security with five members.However, with this plan under the JioFiber Welcome Offer, you will get free annual subscription to all the OTT apps.Diamond Plan for Rs 2,499 per monthThe Diamond plan will bump up the speeds to 500Mbps for the validity duration and subscribers will get 1250GB data with an additional 250GB data in the form of coupons. Rest of the benefits remains same such as voice calling, video calling, gaming, home networking and device security with five members. However, subscribers will also get platform access to the VR experience and premium content (First Day-First Show movies, special sports content pack).Under the JioFiber Welcome Offer, you will get free annual subscription to all the OTT apps.Platinum Plan for Rs 3,999 per monthWith this plan, subscribers will get speeds of up to 1Gbps and unlimited data quota of 2500GB. After this, the speeds will drop to 1Mbps. Rest of the benefits remains same such as voice calling, video calling, gaming, home networking and device security with five members. However, subscribers will also get platform access to the VR experience and premium content (First Day-First Show movies, special sports content pack).Under the JioFiber Welcome Offer, you will get free annual subscription to all the OTT apps.Titanium Plan for Rs 8,499 per monthThe Titanium plan will cost Rs 8,499 pe rmonth and it will offer 1Gbps network speed. However, the subscriber will get up to 5000GB data quota in a month. Rest of the benefits remains same such as voice calling, video calling, gaming, home networking and device security with five members. However, subscribers will also get platform access to the VR experience and premium content (First Day-First Show movies, special sports content pack).Under the JioFiber Welcome Offer, you will get free annual subscription to all the OTT apps.JioFiber Forever annual plans:Bronze plan for Rs 8,388 Bronze plan for Rs 8,388 Under the Bronze plan, there are three variations available. For 12 months, you will get a total of 1200GB (2400GB data with Welcome offer) and save Rs 1,398. For the six months plan, you will get a total of 900GB data and save Rs 699. For the three months plan, you will get 375GB data.advertisementThis plan will offer speeds of up to 100Mbps. With this plan, subscribers will get a Jio Home gateway and the 4K Set Top Box as complimentary. Under the Welcome Offer, subscribers will get a Muse 2 6W Bluetooth speaker worth Rs 2,999 for free.Silver plan for Rs 10,188 Under the Silver plan, there are three variations available. For 12 months, you will get a total of 2,400GB (4800GB with Welcome Offer) data and save Rs 1,698. For the six months plan, you will get a total of 1,800GB data and save Rs 849. For the three months plan, you will get 750GB data.This plan will offer speeds of up to 100Mbps. With this plan, subscribers will get a Jio Home gateway and the 4K Set Top Box as complimentary. Under the Welcome Offer, subscribers will get a Thump 2 12W Bluetooth speaker worth Rs 3,999 for free.Gold plan for Rs 31,176 Under the Gold plan, there are three variations available. For 12 months, you will get a total of 12,000GB data and save Rs 2,598. For the six months plan, you will get a total of 4,500GB data and save Rs 1,299. For the three months plan, you will get 1,875GB data.This plan will offer speeds of up to 250Mbps. With this plan, subscribers will get a Jio Home gateway and the 4K Set Top Box as complimentary. Under the Welcome Offer, subscribers will get a 24-inch HD Tv worth Rs 12,990 if they opt for the 2-year plan.Diamond plan for Rs 29,988Under the Diamond plan, there are three variations available. For 12 months, you will get a total of 15,000GB data (30,000GB with Welcome Offer) and save Rs 2,598. For the six months plan, you will get a total of 11,250GB data and save Rs 1,299. For the three months plan, you will get 4,687GB data.This plan will offer speeds of up to 500Mbps. With this plan, subscribers will get a Jio Home gateway and the 4K Set Top Box as complimentary. Under the Welcome Offer, subscribers will get a 24-inch HD Tv worth Rs 12,990.Platinum plan for Rs 47,988Under the Diamond plan, there are three variations available. For 12 months, you will get a total of 30,000GB data (60,000GB with Welcome Offer) and save Rs 7,998. For the six months plan, you will get a total of 22,500GB data and save Rs 3,999. For the three months plan, you will get 9,375GB data.This plan will offer speeds of up to 1Gbps. With this plan, subscribers will get a Jio Home gateway and the 4K Set Top Box as complimentary. Under the Welcome Offer, subscribers will get a 32-inch HD TV worth Rs 22,990.Titanium plan for Rs 101,988Under the Titanium plan, there are three variations available. For 12 months, you will get a total of 60,000GB data (120,000GB with Welcome Offer) and save Rs 16,998. For the six months plan, you will get a total of 45,000GB data and save Rs 8,499. For the three months plan, you will get 18,750GB data.advertisementThis plan will offer speeds of up to 1Gbps. With this plan, subscribers will get a Jio Home gateway and the 4K Set Top Box as complimentary. Under the Welcome Offer, subscribers will get a 43-inch 4K Tv worth Rs 44,990.What will you get with every JioFiber subscriptionWith every JioFiber monthly or annual subscription plan, this is what you will get as complimentary initially.–Jio Home Gateway (router) worth Rs 5,000 for free–Jio 4K Set Top Box worth Rs 6,400What you will have to buy separatelyYou will need to buy the additional accessories if you want to;–Gaming–Device Security–Home Networking–VR Experience–Video content services–TV Video callingWhat will be installation chargesIf you are getting a JioFiber subscription now, you will have to pay:–Security deposit of Rs 1,500– Non-refundable installation charge of Rs 1,000.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 byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow Jio JioFiber plans launched officially, basic Bronze plan starts at Rs 699 per month: Check details of all six plansJio has released the prices of the plans officially. JioFiber monthly plans will start from Rs 699 and offer the Jio Home Gateway as well as the Jio 4K set Top Box for free.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

First Language is Patois – Education Minister

first_imgMinister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says Patois must be regarded as a first language for persons who have little exposure to the English language.The Minister argued that there should be an acceptance that the first language of Jamaica is Patois, and teachers need to always consider that reality as they do the “transition” of the dialect to standard English.“The best practice is to teach standard English, for those of us who come out of a culture of Patois, as a second language,” he said.Senator Reid was delivering the keynote address at the launch of the book – ‘Jamaican Mi Seh Mi ABCs’ – written by Communicator Valrie Kemp-Davis, in August Town, St. Andrew, on July 31.The Minister said educators must be alerted to how children understand English and Patois, especially during the early years of enrolment in the formal school system.“If you are teaching students who can’t understand in the language that you are speaking, then learning is not taking place,” he told the gathering of school- children, community leaders and personnel from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, and the University of Technology (UTech).He said the book has brought back the nation to the reality of understanding Patois and standard English.The Minister told the audience that while Patois is being validated, there is an opportunity for the learning of English, Spanish and other languages as that is “what education is about.”Also at the launch were: Member of Parliament for Eastern St. Andrew, Hon. Fayval Williams, who is also State Minister in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service; and Sub-Officer in charge of the August Town Police Station, Inspector Stephen Taylor.last_img read more

Transformation to Result in More Efficient Service to Private Sector

first_img Mr. Holness said the Government will continue to support and create an environment in which risk-takers can manage the risk of investment, and continue to pursue a fiscal policy that is supportive of economic growth and job creation. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is ensuring transformation of the public sector, with a view to making it more efficient in its service to the private sector.Mr. Holness said this is necessary in order to reduce costs and improve support for the private sector, “so that permits needed are (issued) quickly”.The Prime Minister was addressing the ground-breaking ceremony of the CB Group’s most ambitious project to date – The Nest, the company’s first Hybrid Growth Centre (HGC) in Fellowship, St. Catherine, on August 18.Mr. Holness said the Government is developing a policy for economic growth, which he believes to be bipartisan.“When this is done, you will have a significant partner in growth and development in the public sector, and this will be a great catalyst for economic growth and job creation in this country,” he said.Mr. Holness said the Government will continue to support and create an environment in which risk-takers can manage the risk of investment, and continue to pursue a fiscal policy that is supportive of economic growth and job creation.The Prime Minister signalled to investors and entrepreneurs that “the time is now to invest (and) to put money in Jamaica”.Mr. Holness hailed the CB Group for their innovativeness and confidence to invest in Jamaica.Meanwhile, in his remarks, Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, said the CB Group’s investment of US$120 million ($15 billion) in The Nest demonstrates confidence in the Government.“They (CB Group) recognise our attitude with respect to development and looking at the big picture,” he said.For his part, Chief Operating Officer, CB Group, Matthew Lyn, informed that The Nest will be the home of three independent operations, and described the investment as “game-changing and evolutionary”.The operations will include an area for research and development for livestock, where 2.5 million chickens and 7,500 pigs are grown annually; 500 acres of research and development farm for the new crop division, Imagination Farms, and the new world-class poultry-processing plant that will be constructed over the next 24 months.The facility will operate like an ecosystem, where outputs from one operation will be used as inputs in another to generate less waste, use less energy and emit less greenhouse gases.A conceptual agreement with the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) has been reached by the CB Group to supply energy to The Nest in an innovative, efficient and cost-effective manner that will benefit all JPS customers.CB’s new processing plant will be the first in the region to utilise ‘air-chill’ cooling, a superior technology that is mandatory in Europe and used by the most advanced processing plants in North America. Mr. Holness said this is necessary in order to reduce costs and improve support for the private sector, “so that permits needed are (issued) quickly”. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is ensuring transformation of the public sector, with a view to making it more efficient in its service to the private sector. last_img read more

DBJ Provides $8 Billion in Funding Support for Businesses

first_img The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) has provided over $8 billion in funding support for businesses islandwide since the start of the 2017/18 fiscal year in April. These, he outlined, included $4.8 billion to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through approved financial institutions (AFIs), and $1.2 billion to micro entrepreneurs through approved microfinance institutions. Mr. Reynolds was speaking at Monday’s (February 12) launch of the DBJ’s fifth National Business Model Competition (NBMC), held at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston. The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) has provided over $8 billion in funding support for businesses islandwide since the start of the 2017/18 fiscal year in April.Managing Director, Milverton Reynolds, says the funds have been made available through equity funding under the Jamaica Venture Capital Programme (JVCP) as well as through capacity development and technical assistance initiatives.Mr. Reynolds was speaking at Monday’s (February 12) launch of the DBJ’s fifth National Business Model Competition (NBMC), held at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston.He pointed out that between April 2017 and January this year, loans totalling $6 billion were disbursed to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).These, he outlined, included $4.8 billion to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through approved financial institutions (AFIs), and $1.2 billion to micro entrepreneurs through approved microfinance institutions.Mr. Reynolds also advised that the DBJ issued 1,120 vouchers to entrepreneurs, which enabled them to access $263.25 million.He noted that under the “revolutionary” voucher programme, hundreds of entrepreneurs are now able to access loans and other forms of funding, “because their businesses have been strengthened”.Additionally, he said the Bank facilitated 26 business start-ups under its Innovation Grant from New Ideas to Entrepreneurship (IGNITE) programme, which enabled those entities to access $60 million in grant funding, resulting in the creation of hundreds of new jobs.Mr. Reynolds further indicated that the DBJ has committed approximately US$2.25 million under the JVCP to three private equity and three private credit funds entities, along with over US$233 million from local and international investors for investment in local and regional businesses.While noting that the Bank is “very pleased by these achievements”, the Managing Director acknowledged that they did not result solely from the DBJ’s efforts, but involved collaborations with AFIs and microfinance institutions as well as fund managers and business service intermediaries.“Also of tremendous significance is the support from our international development partners, such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) and World Bank,” he pointed out.“Over the years, we have developed partnerships with a critical group of institutions and organisations that share our mission, and we are deeply grateful for their support and belief in what we do at the DBJ,” the Managing Director added.Noting that the DBJ is Jamaica’s foremost development bank, Mr. Reynolds said its role in nation-building is reinforced by “our focus on economic growth and development”.The National Business Model Competition, which commenced in 2014, encourages and promotes entrepreneurship on the campuses of Jamaica’s colleges and universities.Participating institutions in this year’s renewal, which runs from March 22 to 23, include the University of the West Indies; University of Technology; Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts; and Northern Caribbean University, which has won the competition since its inception.The winner will represent Jamaica at the International Business Model Competition, slated for May10 to 11 in the United States. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Gov’t Constructing Three Marine Bases to Strengthen Border Security

first_img The project is part of efforts by the Administration to protect Jamaica’s borders by curtailing illicit activities. Government is in the process of acquiring lands at key points across the island for the construction of three marine bases at a cost of $80 million. Government is in the process of acquiring lands at key points across the island for the construction of three marine bases at a cost of $80 million.The project is part of efforts by the Administration to protect Jamaica’s borders by curtailing illicit activities.To be located at Rocky Point in Clarendon; James Bond Beach, St. Mary; and Alligator Pond in St. Elizabeth, the bases will be jointly established and operated by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA).Speaking in an interview with JIS News, Acting Director for Protective Security in the Ministry of National Security, Paul Henry, tells JIS News that the areas for the bases were chosen based on intelligence.“Intelligence and information would indicate that these specific geographical areas would be areas of concern, as it relates to interdicting shipments of contraband, whether they are regular contraband or high-security contraband. So it’s really based on police analysis of Jamaica’s coasts,” he says.Mr. Henry tells JIS News that the bases will be built in keeping with engineering specifications and National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) standards to ensure their longevity.“We are advanced in acquiring and leasing the lands as it relates to Oracabessa. The lease was drafted and it is now being reviewed… and will be eventually returned to the National Land Agency and the landowners for final signature,” he says.As it relates to Alligator Pond, he indicates that a location has been identified and negotiations are being done with the owner.Crown lands will be leased for the Rocky Point site. “We are… completing some considerations that were put to us by NEPA in order to finalise that lease for that purpose,” Mr. Henry tells JIS News.The marine bases will be used to deter, prevent, detect and/or prosecute breaches of the Customs and other laws of Jamaica.Activities will include planning and execution of joint contraband-interdiction operations; search of vessels; interception of suspicious vessels, persons and/or goods; coastal surveillance and intelligence gathering; and execution of and/or the provision of support for the regulatory functions of other agencies of the Government.Mr. Henry tells JIS News that the JCF and the JCA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in December 2016 to undertake the project.“The MOU… is really seeking to target their roles as law-enforcement bodies on our borders,” Mr. Henry says.Under the agreement, JCA will be responsible for constructing and otherwise establishing the physical infrastructure required to support the marine bases.This includes modular facilities for the operation of the bases and installation of sewage disposal, water supply, electricity and any other utilities required.The JCA will also provide two 30-foot Boston Whaler watercraft and twin-cab pickup motor vehicles to be deployed at Rocky Point and Alligator Pond (Little Ochi).The JCF will provide three marine craft, along with a coxswain (person who steers the boat) and crew to be deployed to all bases for 24-hours, seven days per week.Mr. Henry says that marine bases will better enable the security forces to launch operations, detect and interdict persons who are involved in criminal activities, particularly in the drugs trade.“When the security forces are showing dominance of space, it increases investor confidence and people will be more minded to construct marine-oriented attractions in the areas. When that is done, there will be more jobs,” he argues.Mr. Henry adds that the marine bases will also improve the JCA’s vigilance as “it will reduce the potential of persons trying to bring in commodities without duties being charged, as they have that concern.” To be located at Rocky Point in Clarendon; James Bond Beach, St. Mary; and Alligator Pond in St. Elizabeth, the bases will be jointly established and operated by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA). Story Highlightslast_img read more