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T&T beat Jamaica to reach final

first_imgTrinidad and Tobago will play Barbados in the finals of the second round of the 2016 Caribbean Women’s Olympic Beach Qualifier today at the Urban Development Corporation’s Beach in Ocho Rios, St Ann. Trinidad advanced after beating Jamaica 15-11 in a golden set to advance 3-2 in one semi-final while Barbados got the better of French St Martin (3-0). All four teams advance to the third round of the elimination, scheduled for El Salvador in May. Yesterday’s result a big disappointment for the Jamaica delegation. “A golden set is like a penalty shootout in football, one false start and it’s very difficult to come back; we started off slow in the set and we ended up chasing the game and in the end we lost,” said coach Gatasheu Bonner. “Our first aim was to qualify for the third round (but) apart from that we really, really wanted to win this tournament here and give our Jamaican fans something to cheer about.”last_img read more

Tourism Minister Optimistic about JAPEX

first_imgWith the first business day of the Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX), on April 29, still in full swing, Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham, McNeill is expressing pleasure at the large number of deals being conducted. He said the negotiations, being carried out on the floor of the Montego Bay Convention Centre, bodes well for the future of the industry. “This is turning out to be a good JAPEX; we are very positive about it. The President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) has said that the business appointments are up significantly, which is really a positive, because it means people are here looking for business,” he stated. “It is a strong indication, and from what we are hearing from our partners, there is a real positive, and we are looking for a strong summer, and we are looking for a good winter next year,” Dr. McNeill added. The Minister was speaking to reporters following a tour of booths at the convention centre in St. James, where the three-day event is being held. He was accompanied by JHTA President, Evelyn Smith. Dr. McNeill said he is particularly pleased about the interest from the new markets in Eastern Europe and Latin America, noting that “those are two areas that we are interested in”. He noted that JAPEX, which is Jamaica’s premier travel trade show, is a lead up to the Caribbean Travel Marketplace, which will be hosted by Jamaica next January. That event, the Minister stated, is a much bigger show, and will showcase the many offerings that are in Jamaica, from manufacturing to the service industry. “When we host the Caribbean Marketplace next year, what you will have is the entire product, all the hotels, the attractions for the entire Caribbean, coming here to Jamaica, as well as buyers from a wide cross section. It gives Jamaica an opportunity to tap into those buyers,” he outlined. “It is not just about bringing visitors to the country, it is about how those visitors are going to impact the economy of Jamaica,” he stated. Dr. McNeill noted further that at Caribbean Marketplace, “we also intend to put in a big way, our product on show. We are working with the JHTA, we are working with the Jamaica Manufacturers Association, and with other organisations to ensure that we showcase all of the products.” “Jamaica has a lot to offer, and brand Jamaica is strong, not only in the tourism sector, but in terms of food, drink, services, and manufacturing. So, we are going to put that on show in the Caribbean Marketplace,” the Minister stated. By Garfield L. Angus, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Advisor to Governor receives 1st batch of Kashmiri Haj pilgrims at Srinagar

first_imgSrinagar: Farooq Khan, advisor to the Jammu and Kashmir governor, on Sunday received the first batch of Haj pilgrims who arrived here from Saudi Arabia.He also reviewed arrangements made for the return of the pilgrims to their respective destinations from the airport due to some restrictions imposed in the state following abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. Khan, accompanied by other state government officials, including Inspector General of Police (Kashmir zone) Swayam Prakash Pani, was seen at the tarmac of the airport after the first Air India flight carrying 300 pilgrims arrived here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He congratulated the pilgrims on performing the Haj and enquired about their well being. During his interaction, Khan was informed by the pilgrims that they prayed for the lasting peace and prosperity of the state. They thanked him for ensuring elaborate arrangements so that they could perform their religious duties without facing any hassles. Khan later took stock of the arrangements made by the civil administration and also directed Deputy Commissioner, Budgam, Tariq Ganai to ensure that every pilgrim is taken to his or her home safely.last_img read more

A big asteroid with its own moon is passing by Heres how

first_img 0 Tags A rendering of a binary asteroid system European Space Agency A “potentially hazardous” asteroid and its smaller sidekick are zipping by Earth Saturday, and both amateur and professional astronomers are checking out the rare sight.The unnamed space rock designated as Asteroid (66391) 1999 KW4 is a binary system, meaning it’s composed of one large asteroid orbited by a smaller moon. The larger half of the duo is nearly a mile (1.5 kilometers) wide, while its smaller satellite is about a third of a mile wide (0.5 kilometers). The asteroid was first discovered 20 years ago, and its latest close approach comes May 25 at 4:05 p.m. PT.Two ninety-second exposures of asteroid 1999 KW4 on its way to a close approach.  CNRS / ESA NEOCC / IRAP / Observatoire des Makes The European Space Agency released a brief animation of the approaching system captured from an observatory on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean on May 9.If you have access to a telescope at least 8 inches in diameter, you might be able to catch it as it passes us and starts to make its way back out to deep space. EarthSky has charts and tips for backyard observers, and TheSkyLive is tracking the system’s movements in near real time.While its serious size has earned 1999 KW4 the title “potentially hazardous,” it’ll clear Earth this year at a very safe distance of 3,219,955 miles (5,182,015 kilometers). This will be the second closest approach it’s made in the past two decades, and the nearest it’ll come to our planet until 2036. It’ll also be by far the largest object to come within about 20 lunar distances (4,647,790 miles or 7,479,894 kilometers) of us this year.The Las Cumbres Observatory describes the main asteroid in the system as “slightly squashed at the poles and with a mountain ridge around the equator, which runs all the way around the asteroid. This ridge gives the primary an appearance similar to a walnut or a spinning top.”Some of the world’s largest telescopes, including the massive Arecibo radio observatory on Puerto Rico, will observe 1999 KW4 to get more data on both rocks and the separation between them.The system is moving fast, at 48,123 miles per hour (77,446 kilometers per hour), which may make it easier for amateur observers to get a look at it.  Post a comment Sci-Techcenter_img Originally published April 23.Update, May 21: Adds details about Friday’s flyby.  Update, May 24: Adds details about how to spot the asteroid fly by.    Space Share your voicelast_img read more