Bigger, better JN Tennis serves off Saturday

first_imgWith more prize money up for grabs and the best local tennis stars looking to close out the year in fine style, this year’s sixth annual JN Open Tennis Championship is expected to be an exciting and action-packed affair.The championship will start on Saturday and end next Thursday at the Liguanea Cub in New Kingston.Jamaica National has raised the bar with increased prize money for the men’s event from $150,000 to $200,000, while women’s prize money has moved from $50,000 to $60,000.Tournament director Llockett McGregor has described this year’s event as “bigger and better”.The tournament which will start with a kiddie’s camp with 50 juniors on Saturday morning, will feature men’s open singles, ladies open singles, men’s amateur class two and class three as well as doubles event.”Once again, we want to say thanks to Toyota Jamaica, thanks to Singer but most of all we want to say thanks to JN for their continued support and we want to invite the general public to come out and support this wonderful event,” said McGregor at the event’s press launch at the Liguanea Club yesterday.Entries close today for the event which has total prize money of more than $600,000.Gavin Beckford, marketing executive at Jamaica National said his company views the JN Open Tennis Championship as an opportunity “to showcase the talents of Jamaica’s tennis players”.last_img read more

Tom Hiddleston Visits West Africa With UNICEF

first_imgActor Tom Hiddleston has just returned home from his trip with UNICEF UK to Guinea in West Africa, and has blogged about his trip.“When I started writing this blog, I talked of life in Guinea as a “jigsaw puzzle, one where the pieces keep moving or changing shape, which in turn alters the picture. You might be looking at it from a different angle, or at a different time of day”. On my first night, Julien had suggested an idea of reality in Guinea as “open to interpretation”. In so many respects, that is true of all life. The view always changes with the viewer. That’s the law of relativity.“Here’s what’s not open to interpretation. Every year in the world more than two million children die of hunger. It shouldn’t be like this. Children in Guinea start life at a severe disadvantage. Those that are malnourished may survive in the end. If they are caught in time. If their mothers respond to symptoms early enough; if they make it to the centre de santé, which is often miles away; if they respond to the therapeutic peanut paste, and special therapeutic feeding milk. If their parents are able to grow crops and feed them with enough nutritious foods so they can keep healthy. If they win the fight against malaria. If they live near a good school. If they can get work. If their parents can protect them from exploitation by the military. If they are lucky. Previously malnourished children can make it. It sounds paradoxical to say it, but they are the lucky ones.“Malnourished children grow up at a disadvantage. They will be physically smaller, possibly with diminished intellectual capacity. Their brains and bodies won’t develop in the same way. Of course, there is always a chance that through hard work, education, training, and strength of will any individual can and will progress to great achievement. But these children start so far behind. The race of life – the race for life – is infinitely longer and infinitely harder. Every day there are challenges to their survival and development. Context is important. I’ve been privileged enough to have seen that context at first hand. They live in the middle of nowhere. There is no water. There is poor sanitation. There is a shortage of food. There is lack of education. Conditions are inconceivably hard: they are incredible, until you have seen them with your own eyes, until you have lived in their midst, even for the shortest while.“What I learned in Guinea is that we are all responsible for the state of our world. The world – and the system by which we trade, share, cooperate and conflict – is clearly not working. We are only as strong as our weakest members. UNICEF is run at every level by strong, relentlessly energetic, deeply capable people who use that strength, energy and capability to help those who need it most: the weakest, most disadvantaged women and children of our world. All I can do now is help make people aware of what is happening, of what they are doing. That is all that I can do. For now.”To read the full blog post, click here.last_img read more

Celebrating 50 years of education

first_imgOutlining the journey of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, a travelling photo exhibition kicked off in the capital today to carry forward the institute’s Golden Jubilee celebrations. Inaugurated by the Minister of State, Human Resource and Development, Jatin Prasada in the presence of Comissioner of KV Sangathan, Avinash Dixit and other senior officials of Ministry of HRD and KVS, the exhibition was followed by a vibrant cultural evening by students from different central schools. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Beaming in their uniforms, student scouts marched in the corridors of Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts to welcome the arrival of dignatories. After watching the visual journey depicted through the pictures and paintings of students and teachers of KVS, Jatin Prasada commented,’ The photo exhibition portrays the commencement of KVS, its glorious past and the road ahead for its future. The paintings put up by the students are delightful.’ The travelling photo exhibition, planned in 14 cities in India starting from New Delhi, will showcase the journey of KVS from 20 schools to 1093 vidyalayas and dwell on its initiatives and innovative practices for promoting quality education and capacity building of its teaching staff. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe exhibition about growth and evolution of KVS will spread awareness about the institute’s role in the field of school education. It will be stationed at 14 cities, namely, New Delhi, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Patna, Jaipur, Kolkata, Guwahati, Bhopal, Ahmadabad, Mumbai, Bnagalore, Trivandrum, Chennai and Hyderabad. The Golden Jubilee celebrations began with the inaugral function organised at Vigyan Bhawan on 6 July. The Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh unveiled the new logo of KVS during this ceremony. In the cultural presentation today, Jatin Prasada addressed the audience and discussed the imperative issues related to education in our country. He emphasised, ‘We are grappling with the issue of an imbalance in education. Inequality pervades on the basis of gender, caste and class even in this field. We need to provide skill based education and I hope that KVS would continue delivering quality education.’last_img read more

Baby dies in womb after doctor gives wrong injection to mother

first_imgKolkata: Family members of a pregnant woman on Wednesday alleged that the baby in her womb died because of medical negligence of doctors in the Kharagpur Chandmari Sub-divisional hospital. But the hospital authorities denied the charge.The incident had triggered tension among the patients undergoing treatment in the hospital following the incident. The family members of the victim staged a protest demonstration inside the hospital campus creating chaos. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA huge contingent of police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control. The demonstration was lifted by the family members following the intervention of the senior police officers who assured them that the matter would be looked into.The family members of the woman Jhunu Patra, a resident of Benapur area, said was brought to the hospital on Saturday. She complained of labour pain on Tuesday night. It was alleged that the on duty nurses called up the doctor under whom the patient was admitted. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed The doctor allegedly told the nurses to administer an injection on the patient. The family members of the patient alleged that she felt relieved after she was administered the injection but stopped feeling any movement of the baby following the incident. When the caesarean delivery was performed on the patient, the baby was found dead.This infuriated the family members of the victim. They staged a demonstration alleging negligence on the part of the hospital. They also demanded a high level inquiry into the incident. They questioned the authority and said why would the doctor instruct an on-duty nursing staff over phone to administer a particular injection without seeing the condition of the patient. The baby died in the mother’s womb as wrong injection was administered on the patient, alleged the family members of the victim.A senior official of the hospital said the death of the baby could be due to many other reasons. He also denied the charges of medical negligence. The doctors in the hospital might have been trying for a normal delivery of the dead baby, he said. Post-mortem of the dead baby may be done to ascertain the real reason for the death.last_img read more

Will not let Mamata down says confident Mimi

first_imgKolkata: Within 24 hours of being nominated from the Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat, noted actor Mimi Chakraborty started her election campaign in full swing on Wednesday morning.She was accompanied by state Public Works department minister and Tollygunge MLA Aroop Biswas. Later in the day, party supremo Mamata Banerjee met all 42 nominees and discussed the poll strategy with them. Chakraborty shot to fame for her roles in popular Tollywood movies like Criss Cross, Dhananjay and Posto. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseWhen asked whether she was feeling nervous about facing the first election in her life, Chakraborty said: “When Mamata di has selected me for the seat, I will never let her down. I will seek the blessing of the people of Jadavpur, work for them and stand by them in their hour of need.” The name of Mamata Banerjee had become a household name in Bengal, after she defeated Somnath Chatterjee in the Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat in 1984. CPI(M)’s Malini Bhattacharya, a teacher of English in Jadavpur University, was an MP from Jadavpur. Krishna Basu and her son Sugata were also MPs from the seat. Jadavpur was the Assembly constituency of Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee as well. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe seven constituencies under Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat are Tollygunge, Sonarpur North, Jadavpur, Bhangar, Sonarpur South, Baruipur West and Baruipur (SC) East. The Left-Congress alliance and BJP are yet to announce their candidates in Jadavpur, where CPI(M)’s Sujan Chakraborty was defeated by Sugata Bose in 2014. Aroop Biswas said though the campaign for Mimi has just begun, the response of the people is very positive. “It will pick up further with time. All the Assembly segments will be covered and Mimi has tremendous popularity in the rural belt,” he added.last_img read more

Scan When You Want To

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 2 min read June 21, 2010 Enroll Now for Free The Magic Wand from VuPoint Solutions may be the sleeper productivity tool of the moment: It’s a scanner you can put in your pocket.The 10-inch long, 7.5-ounce imaging scepter captures a high-quality scan of any photo, pattern or text up to 8.5 inches wide. And it’s one-button simple to operate. Fire it up, slide it smoothly across the work and out comes a reasonably high-resolution, desktop-quality image of the original. No additional lighting required. Hundreds of images can fit into the 32GB max microSD card, and scanned content can be stored to your computer via a USB connection.VuPoint, based in City of Industry, Calif., specializes in low-cost, easy-to-use gadgets that retrofit older technologies into newer high-tech trends. “We see today’s small businesses archiving and recording important company documents with the Wand,” says Brant Williams, VuPoint executive vice president.The gadget, which retails for $99.99, is far from perfect. The control screen is so small that managing the scan library is best done on a PC. And be sure to edit all documents generated by the optical character recognition–some text translation can be rough.Still, there’s a legit small-business handiness to something that puts a business-class image-capture tool in the palm of your hand. No smartphone camera comes close. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This story appears in the July 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »last_img read more

12 days of Christmas Not at this yearround hotel

first_img Travelweek Group Share Posted by 12 days of Christmas? Not at this year-round hotel Tuesday, October 30, 2018 center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Tennessee PIGEON FORGE, TENNESSEE — With Halloween festivities winding down, holiday enthusiasts will soon be starting the countdown to the next big date of the year – Christmas.But for die-hard fans who absolutely cannot wait for the seven some-odd weeks to pass, there’s a little known hotel in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee that celebrates Christmas every day of the year.That’s right, not just 12 days of Christmas – all 365!The Inn at Christmas Place, located just 10 minutes from Dollywood, keeps itself decked out for the holidays. This includes having a full-size Christmas tree in the lobby, entryways lined with festive garlands and lights, and a Glockenspiel that plays carols twice a day.Even Santa pays regular visits – on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights – to sing to guests. On Mondays and Fridays, he reads stories to little ones.The Christmas theme is carried out in every room and suite, too. Guests wake up to festive decorations that include wreaths, reindeer sculptures and Santa-red velvet bedding.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthBut the most festive room in the house has got to be the Santa Suite, which comes complete with a six-foot Christmas tree, a life-size Santa statue, pillows adorned with Santa’s likeness, stockings hung with care, and even a Santa jacket for guests to use and cozy up in.The Inn at Christmas Place, which opened its doors in 2007, also offers a hot breakfast buffet, indoor and outdoor pools, a waterslide and a hot tub. And if you’re worried about falling behind on your Christmas shopping while you’re there, not to worry – right next door is The Incredible Christmas Place, a Christmas-themed shopping centre.last_img read more