Prime Minister Minnis Addressed Bahamians and Friends of The Bahamas at Reception

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, December 20, 2017 – Washington, DC – Bahamas Ambassador to Washington, D.C., His Excellency Sidney Collie and Consul General Theo Neilly hosted an Official Reception attended by Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis and Mrs. Patricia Minnis, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield and Mrs. Deidre Henfield, and Bahamians and Friends of The Bahamas residing in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Maryland in the George Washington Room of the St. Regis, Washington D.C. on Saturday, December 16, 2017. On his first visit to the US capital since becoming Prime Minister, Dr. Minnis told the gathering his administration’s programme of reform and transformation includes innovative thinking about the role of government, “as we create new and innovative partnerships for national development. We are stabilizing public finances and reforming government. We are ensuring the greater ease of doing business for Bahamians and foreign investors. The Bahamas has a highly favourable investment regime. We are cutting the Red Tape and too-often-long, waiting times for international investment projects to be vetted and approved.”Photos show the Prime Minister in the mix and mingle with guests. In the group photo are: Prime Minister Minnis and Mrs. Patricia Minnis, fifth and sixth left; Minister Henfield and Mrs. Deidre Henfield, third and fourth left; Ambassador Sidney Collie and Mrs. Mavis Collie, first and second left; and Consul General Neilly, at right.(Photos/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services)Release: BIS Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

SDUSD outperforms other urban districts in reading and math

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe National Assessment of Educational Progress has been released.The report shows the San Diego Unified School District out-performed other large urban districts by demonstrating significant grade-level improvements in both reading and mathematics.KUSI was joined by SDUSD Superintendent Cindy Marten with more on the school district’s accomplishments and latest report card. , SDUSD outperforms other urban districts in reading and mathcenter_img Posted: April 12, 2018 April 12, 2018last_img read more

Recent Wilmington Real Estate Transactions

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the real estate transactions in Wilmington during the week of January 6, 2019:Address: 7 Allgrove LanePrice: $589,000Buyer: William & Kara FitzpatrickSeller: Paul & Shelia McMahonDate: 1/11/19Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 25,265sfAddress: 18 Beeching AvenuePrice: $342,000Buyer: Christopher & Maria ThigpenSeller: Barry & Joan LeBlancDate: 1/11/19Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 7,405sfAddress: 10 Hensey Way, Unit 4Price: $609,900Buyer: Mary & Paul DowningSeller: Spruce Farm LLCDate: 1/8/19Use: CondoLot Size: n/aAddress: 102 Morse AvenuePrice: $650,000Buyer: Venkata AtkuriSeller: David McCure, Jr., Trustee for Tieri RTDate: 1/11/19Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 43,124sfLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRecent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”last_img read more

Infosys Likely to Appoint Board Member Seshasayee as Interim Chairman

first_imgInfosys is likely to appoint board member R Seshasayee as interim non-executive chairman. He will replace KV Kamath, who will leave the company to take charge as the first president of the newly formed $100-billion BRICS Bank.The company is expected to confirm the candidate for the post of non-executive chairman within 2-3 weeks, according to the two sources close to the development.”It is quite likely that Infosys will opt for an interim non-executive chairman for now. Ideally the company would like to have a chairman in place before the AGM (on June 22),” a source said, The Economic Times reports.Seshasayee, who started his career with Hindustan Lever in 1971, was appointed as the board member of India’s second largest IT firm in January 2011. Seshasayee served as the executive director and managing director of Ashok Leyland before joining Infosys.”Seshasayee is the most likely candidate to be selected as interim non-executive chairman, given his experience and the fact that he is among the senior-most people on the board,” one of the sources said.Infosys’s chief executive officer Vishal Sikka and outgoing Kamath are also expected to work together in scouting for an external candidate as the next chairman.”Infosys ideally wants the next chairman to have a profile similar to founder NR Narayana Murthy or Kamath. That person could come either from within the board or outside Infosys,” the person added.After retiring as the CEO of ICICI Bank on 30 April, 2009, Kamath got appointed as the chairman of Infosys, replacing its founder NR Narayana Murthy in August 2011.”Infosys needs (a chairman) with experience in institution building. Right now the company is undergoing a serious transition and a lot of changes are taking place under the new CEO. So Infosys needs to pick someone who can be a good sounding board to Sikka,” said Kavil Ramachandran, executive director of Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise at the Indian School of Business.Kamath, 67, has been appointed as the chief of New Development Bank proposed by the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) nations. The president of the bank will have a term of five years.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Meet Gurjit Kaur Indian hockeys defensive wall and goalscoring machine

first_imgGurjit Kaur in actionHockey IndiaIt’s hard for any top-level hockey side to succeed without having an efficient penalty-corner specialist. Thankfully for India, the women’s team have found one such player in the form of Gurjit Kaur. The strong Punjabi kudi has been scoring prolifically in the last couple of years and only seems to be getting better. In this exclusive interview with Akshay Saraswat of International Business Times, India, the 23-year old discusses her recent success, team’s challenges and the role of a defender in modern-day hockey. In the FIH Series Finals held in Hiroshima, you were the leading goal-scorer. Was that the biggest achievement of your career?Gurjit: Yes because in this tournament, I scored 11 goals whereas in Asian Games, I had 10. In Asia Cups, I had 8 goals in 2017 edition, 10 in 2018 and 11 in this year’s event. So, yes, this was a big achievement.In earlier days, almost all drag-flickers used to be defenders. But that has changed now. Why was it so earlier?Gurjit: Earlier, people used to prefer defenders because they are generally strong. Even for direct hits, they were the chosen ones. But now every player is playing all over the pitch, so, becoming a drag flicker isn’t that difficult.You mentioned that defenders are generally strong. So, as a defender yourself, do you try to make yourself stronger also, apart from working on your skills?Gurjit: Yes, because if you look at foreign teams, their girls use their body a lot. So, we also have to train in keeping with that style. We also enjoy that a lot. Gurjit Kaur in action against JapanTwitterBut the foreign players do indulge in a lot of body play. We practice in a similar way so that in a match or in a tournament, we don’t have any difficulties.There is training for everything. Whether one is a striker, defender or midfielder, they are all given the right training according to their position and situation.It has been said that there is special emphasis being laid upon the defence of the team by Coach Sjoerd Marijne since the attacking front is anyways good. Do you feel that your team’s defence capabilities have improved in the last one year or so?Gurjit: Definitely, the girls have improved a lot compared to before. Earlier, we weren’t that good but now, have improved a lot. Strikers have also shown a lot of improvement, so have defenders. The whole team has worked a lot on improving their game.In the final of FIH Series Finals, Rani took the penalty corner shot to score the first goal. Who decides and how is it decided which player will take the shot and what kind of shot or variation will be used?Gurjit: The coach decides, when the team meeting takes place, which method to use in penalty corners. Since we had played against Japan earlier as well, so both I and Rani were at the castles. Their focus was on me because I am the drag-flicker and my being in that position convinced them that we would go for the drag-flick. But our coach made a slight change to surprise them and that’s why Rani took the shot.Since your team had lost to Japan in the Asian Games final last year, was there added determination to not let Japan get an opportunity of getting back in the match and keeping things in full control?Gurjit: Certainly, because we had lost to them in the Asian Games. So, there was a little feeling of vengeance inside us, as well as some pressure that we had lost to them earlier so winning this match is very important. We cannot lose to them this time! Our entire team and coaching staff had decided the game plan. So, we had gone in to the match with that and the determination that we have to win. Gurjit celebrates with her teammatesTwitterThere is a new system of penalty shootouts that has come into place in the last few years. Do you also like to participate in them or leave it to the strikers and midfielders?Gurjit: We have special training for it in our camps and only those who are best in it are picked to do the job in matches also. It is not necessary that only the strikers are eligible for selection and defenders are excluded. So, currently, while the training is going on, the coach looks at who are the best and most confident players in that situation. Then only he decides whom to send into the match.Would you personally like to take part in these penalty shootouts?Gurjit: I don’t participate as of now but other members of the team are good and those who have confidence are given the responsibility. I take the penalty strokes. I am confident about them so I am sent for those. But for the 8-second foray, we have good strikers who are sent.Punjab was always known as a great state for hockey. What about the state of women’s hockey in Punjab? How strong is the culture of hockey in Punjab, overall?Gurjit: In recent times, it has weakened considerably. Earlier it used to be very strong but now, there aren’t that many players. Currently, in the junior’s camp also, there are only 2-3 and in seniors also, there are only 2. So, compared to earlier times, the craze for hockey is much less, including among girls.What is the reason for this?Gurjit: The main reasons are, we don’t get good facilities like gym, proper diets, coaching etc. There aren’t enough coaching centres or grounds with astro-turfs. These are the main reasons.Haryana seems to be doing quite well in sports and there seem to be good enough facilities to tap the natural talent there. Do you think Punjab has been left behind in that department?Definitely, because earlier, Punjab also used to have many players, in the girls team as well. But nowadays, there are very few because, while Haryana has a lot of good facilities, turfs, centres and academies, Punjab doesn’t have those things, they are finished. Gurjit receiving top scorer award for the FIH Series Finals in HiroshimaWhat can the government do to revive the culture of hockey in Punjab which you say has been withering away?Gurjit: The government should pay more attention and provide good facilities to the players. Then only players, especially young ones can come out and play. There should be grounds and astro-turf based grounds. Good, nutritious food should be available. All these facilities should be provided so that young players feel like coming out to play.How did you get involved with hockey?Gurjit: I was in school at the time. In 2006, I was living in the hostel of Kairon School in Amritsar. That’s where I started playing hockey. But I wasn’t serious at the time and didn’t know anything about hockey then. We had gone there just to study.Then, slowly, slowly, I kept developing as a hockey player. I was in 12th standard in 2012 when, for the first time, I was selected for the Indian junior team camp. I remained in the junior camp for some time and after that, got selected for the senior camp in 2014. My first tour was also with the senior team, in 2014. In 2016, I was left out, then returned in 2017. Since then, I have continuously been in the team.How and when did you become a defender?Gurjit: I used to play in all positions. In the camp, they played and assessed players’ skills at all positions. When the coaches feel that you can play best at a certain position, they assign it to you. The same thing happened with me. After I was tried at different positions in the field, the coaches felt I could play well in defence and I was made into a defender.What are the expectations of your current coach from you and the defenders in general? Are you lot expected to assist in attacking as well apart from doing your usual defensive work?Gurjit: When the team goes into attack, the whole team has to go into attack. It can’t be that only the attackers and midfielders go forward and the defenders just stand behind. So, we also go ahead to support them. Similarly, strikers also move back to help the defenders. The whole team helps each other out. The entire team moves up and down.But if your team is leading by 2-3 goals and very little time is remaining, would you then be expected to stay behind just in case there is a counter-attack?Gurjit: No, in that situation, our goal is to hold on to the ball as long as possible. We have almost won but that doesn’t mean that we have to play completely defensively in our own half. We will attack and still press high. If we pull back, it will increase the pressure on us. If we have the ball, then, how do we hold on to it and how do we give it to the strikers so that more goals can be scored, that’s what we try.last_img read more

Taliban attack another foreign guesthouse in Kabul Official

first_imgTaliban militants launched an attack on a foreign compound in Kabul on Saturday, officials said, the latest in a series of strikes in the Afghan capital during the final weeks of NATO’s 13-year war against the insurgents.Gunfire and explosions erupted as elite commando police fought with the attackers in west Kabul, not far from the parliament.The attack came two days after the Taliban attacked a foreign guesthouse in the diplomatic district of the city and a suicide bomber targeted a British embassy vehicle in a blast that killed six people.Kabul has been hit by at least nine attacks in the last two weeks, with targets including US military convoys, foreign security contractor compounds and a female Afghan member of parliament.On December 31, the US-led NATO combat mission in Afghanistan will end and be replaced by a follow-on mission tasked with supporting the Afghan army and police who have taken over responsibility for thwarting the Taliban.last_img read more

Movie tribute to legendary Uttam Kumar

first_imgTo pay tribute to legendary Bengali actor Uttam Kumar, the government of West Bengal organised a retrospective of his films at Muktadhara Auditorium in the city. This is second such festival featuring his movies within a span of two months.The festival was inaugurated in the presence of Rajesh Kumar, ADG and Officer on Special Duty, government of West Bengal, and other senior officials of the Office of the Resident Commissioner, New Delhi. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The three films screened at the retrospective were Antony Firingee (1967) and Deya Neya (1963), both directed by Sunil Bannerjee and Chowringhee (1968), directed by Pinaki Bhushan Mukherjee. Uttam Kumar — popular matinee idol and the first megastar of Bengali film industry — has left an indelible mark in the history of cinema of Bengal, especially the period which is regarded by critics as its “golden age”. The initiative by the Office of the Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal, was an endeavour to bring some of the gems of Kumar’s long and distinguished career to the movie buffs of the capital city. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe West Bengal Information and Cultural Centre, under the Office of the Resident Commissioner, West Bengal, regularly holds special screening of critically acclaimed movies for the connoisseurs of the national capital.On July 24, a one-day retrospective of films of Uttam Kumar was organised which received warm appreciation from the film lovers of Delhi, especially the members of the Bengali community.last_img read more