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Tony Becca: Rising pressure on cricket’s Big Three

first_img Control everything Other investigations Overall commitment Following the ICC’s interim chairman Shashank Manohar’s broadsided attack on the cricket coup of 2014, cricket’s unpopular takeover by the ‘Big Three’ of India, England, and Australia is coming under increasing pressure to survive. The coup, which was planned in almost secrecy and which promised the other ICC members, among other things, but more important, better financial returns, took place after a long fight headed by South Africa, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan, who resisted the takeover to the end. The first to come out against it was Manohar, an Indian. Then there was a protest to “change cricket”, organised by Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber outside The Oval on the first morning of the fifth Test between England and Australia, and then there was a film, Death of a Gentleman, named as the Documentary of the Year by the Sports Journalists’ Association in London last week, which was shown in the House of Commons on Monday evening. The fifth and probably most deadly attack on the coup came a week or two ago, and it was an attack bearing far-reaching implications for the official running of the game, and especially so at this time in the West Indies. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has been asked by the British parliament, by a member, to “confirm whether it intends to put forward Giles Clarke, the ECB president, as its nominee for the forthcoming election for the ICC chairman in June, in spite of his prominent role in the ICC structural reforms of 2014 that were widely criticised in last month’s ICC board meeting in Dubai”. The question was asked by Damian Collins, the Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe, who has called on the ECB to answer six questions pertaining to Clarke’s ongoing role and the board’s overall commitment to good governance that he believes the cricketing public deserves to know. The six questions include: “What is the ECB’s vision for how the ICC should be run? Does the ICC feel that Transparency International has been fair in its criticism of the ICC is failing to adhere to recognised governance standards, including increased accountability and transparency? And, if so, as an influential boat at ICC, is the ECB prepared to publicly commit to tackling these problems? “Will the ECB be putting forward Giles Clarke as their nominee for ICC Chairman? And, if so, does the ECB think it is appropriate to be endorsing someone who played such a prominent role in reforms that have been widely condemned as bullying, inequitable, and ignoring the need for those basic governance standards as noted? “Can the ECB give full disclosure as to the terms of Giles Clarke’s presidency of the organisation? And what does Giles Clarke’s duties as president of ECB entail? Are they limited to representing the board at the ICC?” Clarke’s candidacy, however, received a blow earlier this year when it was understood that neither South Africa nor Australia was willing to support his bid to become the ICC chairman, although, at a recent meeting in Dubai, it was agreed that all nominees had to be either a past or present ICC board member. Clarke, who was chairman of the ECB at the time of the ICC takeover, became the ECB president in 2015, and the feeling is that if he takes over as the chairman of the ICC, it would be seen as a “conflict of interest”. That is why MP Collins, who sits on the Department of Culture, Media and Sport’s Select Committee, wants Clarke before the committee to answer the six questions, especially after the move among sporting bodies towards “transparent and accountable governance” and particularly after the Indian court forced Narainswamy Srinivasan to give up his dual role as ICC chairman and BCCI president after he was found to have ownership of IPL franchise, Chennai Super Kings. The committee, it is said by a member of the House of Commons committee, decided to look into the conduct of the ECB in relation to cricket because of the recent scandal in FIFA and because of other investigations it has been doing in football, athletics, and tennis as far as sports governance is concerned. While Clarke’s appearance before the select committee of the House of Commons may come to nought as far as the ‘Big Three’ is concerned, it may be the start of something big. In terms of the British parliament’s influence on cricket in particular, and on sports in general, it may be something probably as big as the impact, not only of 50-over cricket and of 20-over cricket, but also of franchise cricket. Cricket, sports in general, and politics should not mix, not according to the ICC, FIFA, IOC, IAAF, ITF, and many international sporting bodies. In most cases, governments toe the line, especially when it comes to influencing sporting policies and selections. While most countries go along with this quietly, some countries, like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh, do not agree with it and sometimes do their own thing. The feeling is that if they control everything else in the country and pay the bill for things to do with sports, and in some cases, all things to do with sports, they should have a say in all sports. In Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh, where the sports minister recently made Kumar Sangakkara a selector of the national team, the governments are involved in almost everything and yet the ICC turns a blind eye. In other countries, like the West Indies, the governments follow almost blindly. They toe the line, regardless. Things, however, may change shortly. The tide appears to be changing. With Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh doing their own thing already, with India joining the action, and with Britain seemingly set to follow, it may be, or will be, only a matter of time before it becomes the norm. The West Indies, and their many separate sovereign governments, are probably looking on longingly, hoping for that day to come, and quickly at that, especially after last week’s rejection by the board of the governments’ plan to scrap it. The present confrontation between the West Indies Cricket Board and the heads of governments may have left the governments, the representatives of the people, coming to the conclusion that they who pay the piper, they who pay the bills, especially at the request of the board, have the right to call the tune, not in cases of selection and such technical matters, but especially when it comes to good governance, or as Keith Mitchell, the prime minister of Grenada, said a few days ago, and accountability.last_img read more

New transit-corridor development a must

first_imgThe Metro Studio@Lankershim project should be approved in a configuration that maximizes capacity and job generation, but with reasonable concern and thoughtful mitigation of local impacts. Bob Scott is chairman of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association, as well as a past president of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THE San Fernando Valley sits at a crossroads. We have the opportunity to finally get our fair share of “smart economic growth” that generates quality jobs and promotes the unique attributes and industries of the San Fernando Valley. The recently announced Metro Studio@Lankershim television and production center at the Universal City Metro Station is being planned to house the West Coast headquarters of NBC News, the NBC Network News’ Los Angeles Bureau, KNBC, KVEA, and “Access Hollywood.” Other cities would give their eye teeth to attract these world-class, wealth-producing economic engines. Metro Studio@Lankershim is planned to be a transit-oriented, smart-growth development with a huge economic and fiscal impact for the region. What is being proposed will quickly become the model for these types of developments in other parts of Los Angeles, developments that complement public transportation hubs and job centers. Transit-oriented developments are a sensible way to provide additional jobs and needed economic growth while minimizing impacts on adjacent communities. That is what was anticipated when we invested tens of billions of taxpayer dollars in the Red Line subway – precisely this type of development. But despite the overall benefits of this project, a vocal few still stand in opposition. Some are well-intended, and others simply cling to the hope that they can turn back the clock. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsChange is a fact of life. Those who do not share in a vision for the future are destined to have one thrust upon them – one without rhyme or reason, built of random bits and piecemeal entitlements that do not contribute upgrades or take advantage of our ever-growing transportation network. The San Fernando Valley simply cannot afford to stagnate, continuing to allow well-paying production jobs to be exported to other cities in the U.S. and abroad. We cannot afford to continue to build farther and farther out from our centers, out from where people live and work. That is a recipe for gridlock. Instead we must embrace the new vision for creating job centers along transit corridors, including – as here – accessible to our subway stations. We must reward local employers, who actively choose to invest in our city’s keeping jobs here in town to benefit our growing population. And we must embrace responsible economic and community development, without hiding behind the overused complaint that any development diminishes our quality of life. Thomas Properties Group, the developer, has committed $750 million plus to this project, currently one of the largest, if not the single largest private investment in the San Fernando Valley. Once completed, the complex is expected to result in more than $9 million annually in new property tax revenue alone – money that goes to pay for community services and schools without raising taxes. And the Valley will get an employment center for upward of 3,200 well-paying jobs, strengthening the entertainment industry cluster and helping to attract new state-of-the-art entertainment companies. Let’s not miss this opportunity for the Valley to maintain its leadership in this all-important industry. The time has come to embrace “smart economic growth” and at the same time enhance the quality of life in Studio City and the San Fernando Valley. last_img read more

HARPS HOPING TO ‘RAMBLE’ TO ANOTHER VICTORY AGAINST COBH

first_imgFinn Harps will hope to continue their good start to the season when they host Cobh Ramblers at Finn Park on Friday evening (kick-off 8.00pm).Harps have picked up four points from their opening two games of the season and have kept a clean sheet in both games. However, boss Ollie Horgan is refusing to get carried away and is expecting a tough task on Friday evening against the Cork men.“Cobh will be a huge task for us,” said Horgan. “They have great attacking threats proven by the number of goals they have scored last season and indeed this year so far. “Bobbi Donoghue and Martin Deady will need constant watching down the flanks. Damien O’Rourke has come in at centre half and will provide huge experience as well as problems to us at set pieces,” warned Horgan. “Even if we had a full panel to choose from, this game would be difficult so we know what lies ahead for us.”Horgan watched his side beat Shamrock Rovers ‘B’ at Tallaght Stadium last Sunday with four of his senior players absent, and he will have to do without them again this weekend.“Sean McCarron has suffered a fracture to his cheek bone – it was operated on Saturday last and he will be out for around 6 weeks,” confirmed Horgan. “Ciaran Coll was admitted to hospital last week with stomach and chest pains and timescale for his absence is up in the air a little pending results of tests. Kevin McHugh and Gareth Harkin have ongoing hamstring problems but we hope to have them back in a week or two.”However, Josh Mailey played his first game for Harps in the Ulster Senior League last Sunday and will come into contention for Friday’s game. Although Harps ran out comfortable 3-0 winners against Rovers, Horgan felt the game wasn’t as one sided as the scoreline suggests.“Obviously I was delighted to get a win, considering the number of players out injured,” said Horgan. But, I felt the score line flattered us a little as it could have gone either way until we scored the second goal.“Keeping a clean sheet away from home was pleasing as was the fact that we got a result without playing particularly well,” continued the Harps boss.Harps and Cobh played each other six times last season, including twice in the FAI Cup. Between them they scored a total of 26 goals in the six games with Harps winning on three occasions and Cobh just once. The two other games of which both were at Finn Park finished in draws – one in the league and one in the FAI Cup.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ TEAM NEWSSuspended: None.Doubtful: None.Injured: Kevin McHugh (hamstring), Gareth Harkin (hamstring), Sean McCarron (fractured cheek), Ciaran Coll (chest). Form Guide (last six league games)Finn Harps: L-L-W-D-D-W (8 pts)Cobh Ramblers: L-W-L-W-D-L (7 pts)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Goalscorers 2014Keith Cowan – 1Michael Funston – 1Pat McCann – 1Ruairi Keating – 1 (in League Cup)Sean McCarron – 1 (in League Cup)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Results 2014 (Finn Harps scorers in brackets)16-Mar-2014 – Lg – Shamrock Rovers B 0-3 Finn Harps (Cowan, Funston, McCann)10-Mar-2014 – LC – Finn Harps 3-2 Cockhill Celtic (McCarron, O’Donnell o.g., Keating)07-Mar-2014 – Lg – Finn Harps 0-0 Waterford UnitedHARPS HOPING TO ‘RAMBLE’ TO ANOTHER VICTORY AGAINST COBH was last modified: March 19th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cobh Ramblersfinn harpsFinn Parklast_img read more

2010 security exercise goes aerial

first_img18 March 2009Two of South Africa’s most popular radio personalities were taken hostage on Tuesday in a police and defence force simulation of possible security threats to the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup and 2010 Fifa World Cup.During “Exercise Shield 3”, Idols judge and 5fm radio presenter Gareth Cliff and Maurice Carpede from 94.2 Jacaranda FM were dragged out of a briefing by two armed masked men and forced into a South African Police Service (SAPS) Cessna Sovereign Citation jet at Swartkops air force base outside Pretoria.During the drama, the South African Air Force (SAAF) scrambled two Hawks which intercepted the hijacked plane and forced it to the ground, where police vehicles and emergency personnel were waiting.The hijackers had no option but to give in and land the plane. Fully armed Special Task Force and South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members surrounded the plane and hostage negotiations began.After intensive negotiations, the “victims” were freed and the “hijackers” arrested with the help of members of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).The police deployed trained dogs to search bags and parcels for any explosives, assisted by an armed robot operated via remote control.Despite the bad weather, the joint exercise between the SAPS, SANDF, NIA, SAAF and government departments left international reporters, Cabinet ministers and visitors impressed as it revealed the extent of South Africa’s security skills and readiness for hosting world football’s showpiece events.Speaking to BuaNews after the exercise, SAPS National Deputy Commissioner Andre Pruis said the exercise proved that South Africa’s law enforcement agencies were prepared for any security risks that could arise during these events.South Africa has spent more than R665-million on purchasing essential equipment, including six new helicopters with systematic cameras and 92 route vehicles, for the Confederations Cup and World Cup.During these events, thousands of security force members will be strategically deployed to every corner of the country to ensure that visitors and citizens are protected.Pruis added that the safety and security measures employed by South Africa’s national joint operational and intelligence structure would leave many surprised.“We are prepared, and we can assure the whole world that our safety and security plans will effectively make South Africa a crime-free zone during the 2010 Soccer World Cup and 2009 Confederations Cup.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

NAB 2019: Sony Announces the Latest 4K Broadcast Beast

first_imgThe new Sony HDC-5500 is Sony’s latest powerhouse professional camera. This beast boasts a 2/3″ 4K 3-CMOS sensor with global shutter, plus more.Sony begins their week in Vegas by announcing their latest addition to their studio/professional camera lineup: the impressive HDC-5500. If you’ve followed Sony’s past lineup including the HDC-2500, 2570, and the most recent HDC-4800, you’ll know that the 5500 is a step up in many ways, including the global shutter technology that brings the beautiful color reproduction.The camera has a new 4K baseband transmission system, making it an ideal candidate for wireless and Steadicam camera systems.Capture premium pictures with Sony’s advanced 2/3-inch 4K CMOS sensor with global shutter technology that eliminates the “jello effect” and banding noise. This allows the HDC-5500 to capture pristine 4K images with exceptionally low noise (-62dB), impressive sensitivity (F10 at 1080/59.94p or F11 at 1080/50p) and high dynamic range, while achieving the ITU-R BT.2020 broadcast standard wide color space. It’s teamed with a specially developed LSI Digital Signal Processor that fully realizes the extraordinary imaging power of this new sensor.The new HDC-5500 is a beast when it comes to high-definition, slow-motion capture, perfect for any multi-cam setup for performances or sporting events:Adding an optional license enables high frame-rate (HFR) HD image capture at 8x, 6x, 4x, 3x, and 2x. Simultaneous capture of high dynamic range (HDR) images allows simultaneous production of HDR and SDR at an SR-Live event.Dual optical filter wheels for Neutral Density (ND) and Color Correction (CC)* open up wider creative possibilities. Both filters can be controlled from a remote control panel, master setup unit, or directly from the camera head.Here are the full specs:4K HD HDR Image CapabilityHigh Frame Rate up to 4K 2x and HD 8x4K / HD Wireless CapabilitiesIP SMPTE ST2110 12G-SDIUltra High Bitrate TransmissionOn-Board ISO Recording in HDCU – 55005.0 kg – 11lbsPower Requirements – AC 240 V, 1.4 A (max.), DC 12 V, 9.5 A (max.), DC 240 V, 1.05 A (max.)Resolution: QFHD: 3840 × 2160HD: 1920 × 1080Operating Temperature –20°C to +45°C (–4°F to 113°F) HDCU-5500 Camera Control UnitSony also announced the companion control unit for the HDC-5500 as well. It’s called the HDCU-5500 and it’s the best possible solution for getting the most out of this broadcast monster.The HDCU-5500 Camera Control Unit is designed for operation with the Sony HDC-5500 4K/HD system camera. It provides interfaces to external equipment and power supply to the camera in a compact, portable half rack width 3U form factor that’s ideal for OB production environments. Offering a 12G-SDI and 4K output interface as standard, the CCU also provides a pathway for IP and 12G-SDI capabilities as an option, including IP on HDC Series optical fiber studio cameras. Combined with the HDC-5500 camera, the HDCU-5500 enables two 4K signal lines of ultra-high bit-rate (UHB) optical fiber transmission, supporting shooting in various capture formats with an additional 4K video trunk line.All images via Sony.Looking for more on film and video production? Check out these articles.Adobe Releases New Content Aware Fill Tool for After EffectsThe 6 Best Filmmaking Cameras Under $1,000Cheers to This Film-Developing Beer Made in Collaboration with KodakHands-on Review: Is Syrp’s Genie the Lone Filmmaker’s Ultimate Tool?Gear Roundup: The Top Three Audio Recorders Under $300last_img read more

Kashmir to observe 2017 as the ‘Year of Apple’

first_imgChief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday declared 2017 as ‘Year of Apple’ in a major bid to promote the famed Kashmiri apples in domestic and foreign markets.The Chief Minister launched the High Density Apple Plantation Scheme in Srinagar. These high-density plants will be routed through J&K Bank along with the subsidy.“Fifty per cent subsidy would be provided by the government to the farmers under the scheme,” said Ms. Mufti. The high density plants have a yield of 50-70 metric tonnes per hectare against 10-12 tonnes in case of conventional plants. The government is setting up mega mandies and high-tech cold storage to promote apple industry. “These facilities would be be set up at Jablipora in Anantnag and Aglar in Pulwama in first stage, besides establishment of e-markets for the online sale of the produce,” said Ms. Mufti.Direct interface“The government has launched a Market Intervention Scheme to stabilise the rates of apple produce and benefit growers. A network of mandies is being laid to maximise direct interface between growers and buyers,” said Ms. Mufti, while asking the J&K Bank authorities to slash down interest rates on the credit to be given to farmers under the scheme. Jammu and Kashmir is the largest apple producing State in India at 11.2 metric tonnes, which accounts for 71% of national production, according to official figures.“Horticulture could be a game changer. It can generate employment. It can change the socio-economic profile of the State,” said Ms. Mufti.She warned the companies against marketing spurious and sub-standard pesticides. “I have asked the police to impose Public Safety Act against those indulging in malpractices in the pesticide industry,” she added.last_img read more

Saina raring for CWG gold

first_imgSania Nehwal is focussed on her main goal right now – winning the gold medal at the Delhi Commonwealth Games (CWG). Not surprisingly, she is leaving no stone unturned to realise her dreams.Speaking to MAIL TODAY, Saina said she gave a miss to the recent China Masters and Japan Super Series championships in back- to- back weeks to concentrate on training for the CWG.”I decided to skip both the China Masters and the Japan Open in an attempt to focus on the CWG. I realised that I had a punishing schedule leading up to the World Championships. So, I decided to concentrate on training and cut down my playing schedule,” Saina said.When it was pointed out that she had never won a major title in India and whether that would be a factor weighing on her mind, she said playing at home increased the expectations of her fans.”I do not think there is any extra pressure on me while playing in India. The only factor is that the crowds have a lot of expectations from me every time I step on to the court. But then, one cannot help it. It is only fair for them to expect a good show from me,” Saina said.Saina, who is currently ranked third in the world, felt that the CWG would have a formidable field.”Make no mistake, it is going to be a tough field. There are players like Yip Yin Pui (World No. 12) and Malaysian Mee Choo Wong (World No. 15) in the fray. I will have to be at my best. There is no doubt about that,” she admitted.advertisementAs regards her ambition of becoming world No. 1, the Hyderabadi said she had not set any specific deadline for achieving that.”Right now my focus is on winning as many major titles that I can. As regards the No. 1 ranking, I am ready to wait. There is no hurry,” she said.On his part, chief national coach Pullela Gopi Chand denied that Saina would be under extra pressure while playing at home. “I do not think pressure is a factor that is going to affect her performance. She is focussed more than ever before on coming up with a sterling show at the CWG,” he said.Gopi Chand also felt that the fact that Saina has already played at the Siri Fort Sports Complex – the venue for the badminton events in the CWG – would work to her advantage.”She has played the Asian Badminton Championships at the same venue in April and that will also be an advantage. She will be familiar with the lighting and the drift inside the stadium,” he said.Gopi Chand also felt that the Indian players had to come up with the goods when it came to the men’s single competition, with world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei also in the fray.”Lee Chong Wei’s presence makes the men’s field very competitive. Our players will have to lift their game substantially in order to perform well. They have been training very hard and I see no reason why they should not win a medal,” he said.last_img read more

Yuvraj Singh’s father Yograj diagnosed with vocal cord cancer, undergoing treatment in US

first_imgYuvraj SinghAfter India’s batting star Yuvraj Singh recuperated from cancer, his father and former Test cricketer Yograj Singh has been reportedly diagnosed with cancer.According to a report in the Indian Express, he is learnt be undergoing treatment in a hospital in New York, after a surgery to remove a tumour in his vocal cords.It is learnt that Yograj had been diagnosed with the cancer a few months back, but was advised to go to US after his voice choked and he developed breathlessness.During the 2011 World Cup, Yuvraj had played a pivotal role in India’s victorious campaign. His astounding all-round performance during the quadrennial event earned him the ‘Player of the Series’ award.However, the aggressive southpaw was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his left lung and underwent chemotherapy in US.last_img read more

10 months agoAston Villa manager Smith unsure about Abraham & Chelsea

first_imgAston Villa manager Smith unsure about Abraham & Chelseaby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa manager Dean Smith admits he’s not sure if the club will retain Tammy Abraham.The Chelsea loanee has fired in 12 goals for Villa this season and reports have suggested he could return to Stamford Bridge to be loaned out to a Premier League club.Asked about the speculation, Smith said: “I’ve no idea about the contract situation if I am honest. All we can do is work with him, we have a good relationship with Chelsea.”Eddie Newton [Chelsea’s loan technical coach] was up here over a month ago, looking and checking at his development.”He’s been developing with us all the time. He is enjoying his football and I think that is a big thing in the development of the young lad’s future.”He wants to go and keep scoring goals for us and that’s what we are in control of at the moment.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Thousands of Students to Celebrate Jamaica Day Feb. 23

first_img Senior Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and Chairman of the Jamaica Day Planning Committee, Marlon Williams, told JIS News that Jamaica Day 2018 will be observed under the theme ‘Celebrating Jamaica: Nurturing our Natural and Cultural Heritage’. Thousands of students from educational institutions across Jamaica will celebrate Jamaica Day on Friday, February 23. Story Highlights Mr. Williams said that while the day will be celebrated in all schools, Munro College in St. Elizabeth will be the featured school that will get national attention. Thousands of students from educational institutions across Jamaica will celebrate Jamaica Day on Friday, February 23.Senior Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and Chairman of the Jamaica Day Planning Committee, Marlon Williams, told JIS News that Jamaica Day 2018 will be observed under the theme ‘Celebrating Jamaica: Nurturing our Natural and Cultural Heritage’.“Every year the Jamaica Day theme starts with the stem ‘Celebrating Jamaica’, because the Day is all about celebrating Jamaica, land we love. This year’s theme is really to bring about an awareness of Jamaica’s cultural and natural heritage and to encourage not only the students but every single Jamaican here and abroad to protect it,” he said. Mr. Williams explained that schools are allowed to plan activities based on their interpretation of the theme. For example, they may want to highlight practices and ways in which the environment can be protected, or create innovations through technology that can be used to protect aspects of the environment and preserve the cultural heritage. On the day, Principals will introduce the student who is assigned as the culture agent to the school population. This will be followed by the reading of the official Jamaica Day Proclamation at 9:00 a.m.to signal the start of the day’s activities. All radio and television stations are being encouraged to have a student read the proclamation simultaneously with the schools.The Proclamation can be accessed by logging on to www.moeschools.edu.jm, the Ministry’s portal in the Civic Citizenship and Culture in Education Programme folder.Mr. Williams said that while the day will be celebrated in all schools, Munro College in St. Elizabeth will be the featured school that will get national attention.“The boys at Munro College will have on display their innovations depicting the theme, and, through partnerships with several organisations, will showcase these to Jamaica,” he said.Mr. Williams noted that each educational region will select a focus school, which will lead the Jamaica Day charge in the regions. For Region 1, the focus school will be Golden Spring Primary in Kingston; Region 2, Port Antonio Primary in Portland; Region 3, St. Hilda’s High School, in St. Ann; Region 4, Green Pond High in St. James; and in Region 6, Old Harbour Primary in St. Catherine.The Ministry has also partnered with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport in the Culture Passport programme; therefore, the Culture Ministry will be promoting this initiative and issuing culture passports to students on the day. The culture passport allows students access to heritage sites across the country at a discounted cost or free of charge where applicable. Mr. Williams is appealing to Jamaicans here and in the diaspora to don the Jamaican colours – black, green and gold – or bandana on the day to celebrate and show their appreciation for the culture and natural heritage. Jamaica Day, which is part of the Culture in Education programme, was instituted in the nation’s schools by the Ministry of Education in an effort to celebrate what is called ‘Jamaicanness’ and the country’s contribution to the world.last_img read more