Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, returned to her Marlie Hill roots in St. Catherine on Friday, June 21, to break ground for the construction of a $24 million early childhood institution on the grounds of the primary school, which she attended.The project is being funded by the Culture, Health, Arts, Science and Education (CHASE) Fund, and will comprise a new two-classroom building with kitchen and sanitary facilities, sick bay, and an administrative block.The Marlie Hill Basic School will also be equipped with furniture, kitchen appliances, play equipment, and other amenities to meet the requirements of the Early Childhood Commission (EEC).Addressing the ground breaking event in front of an audience that included some of her relatives, Mrs. Simpson Miller expressed pride at being associated with the Marlie Hill community and the primary school.She fondly recalled the days when she and others traversed the hilly terrain to and from school. The Prime Minister thanked the teachers, who played a role in her early development and senior residents of Wood Hall, Bellefield, Marlie Hill and surrounding areas, who took care of her and the other children, noting that “we were always protected.”She called for a return to traditional values, when the community protected children and kept them from harm.“What we have to recapture are those values that were imparted to us by our parents, to love, to care, to share….I am longing for the day when we do not hear of our children being abused,” she stated.The Prime Minister charged the parents to “take care of the children and keep them close to you,” while condemning those “who feel that they have the right to abuse a child.”The Prime Minister further urged adults to treat the children right as “the child you see today can be a great leader for tomorrow,” adding that “with the children, the country stands between history and hope for the future”.Chief Executive Officer of the CHASE Fund, W. Billy Heaven, said that the new school should be delivered by Christmas.He informed that the Marlie Hill Basic School is a Jamaica 50 legacy project and is one of nine infant schools to be constructed at a cost of $235 million. The others are in the parishes of Clarendon, Manchester, St. Elizabeth, St. Mary and St. Thomas.Mr. Heaven recommended that a database be established to keep track of the first set of students to enter the doors of the school when it opens.“Do that for the next 50 years and invite them back when Jamaica is having its centenary celebrations. At that time, you will see the doctors, you will see the lawyers, you will see the nurses, you will see the teachers and all the other professionals, and who knows, you could see another Prime Minster as well coming out of this very community,” he said.The Marlie Hill Basic School was established in the 1950s and is located in Bellefield District. At its present location, the school is being threatened by land slippage on one side and there is no possibility for expansion on the existing property, hence the decision to relocate it to the grounds of the primary school.By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporter
New Delhi: Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) has asked Directorate of Education (Delhi Government) to direct all government and public schools to visit their nearby police stations along with the students for celebrating friendship day with cops.The DCPCR letter accessed by Millennium Post reads that it is hereby requested to the Director Education to give direction/advisory amongst all the government and public schools to make a plan for the visit of their nearby police stations with school children to celebrate Friendship Day by tying friendship band made by the children only. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”This will be an effort to help children get familiar with the police personnel and make them understand the support and help extended by the cops at time of need, emergency and threat,” reads the letter written by Jyoti Duhan Rathee, member DCPCR. “In some cases, we have found that children hesitate to approach the police. Through the initiative, we want to remove the fear or hesitation from children and make them comfortable,” said Jyoti Duhan Rathee. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsPlan to meet Police Chief Another letter was written to the Commissioner of Delhi Police regarding the children’s visit at Delhi Police Headquarters on Friendship Day. The letter reads that the DCPCR had planned to conduct one hour visit at Delhi Police Headquarters to interact with police chief on the occasion of Friendship Day with the group of government school children consisting both boys and girls and all the children above 13 years of age. “They will come along with their teachers. This will be an effort to get them familiar with the police personnel and make them understand the support and help extended by them at the time of need, emergency and threat,” wrote Jyoti Duhan Rathee. Recently a study conducted on 100 child rape victims by DCPCR found that 52 percent of the total child victims are currently studying in schools and the corresponding shares of school-goers among girls and boys are 51 percent and 67 percent respectively. “There is, however, a huge gap in educational attainment, as could be noticed in the share of dropped out children, who form 42 percent of the total sample,” revealed report.
New Delhi: Saudi Oil Minister Khalid al-Falih is making his second visit to India in less than three weeks to attend the wedding of richest Indian Mukesh Ambani’s son Akash. Akash Ambani is tying the knot with Shloka Mehta, daughter of diamantaire Russell Mehta and Mona Mehta at a grand ceremony in Mumbai on Saturday. Sources privy to the development said the Saudi oil minister will visit Mumbai for the wedding and will also make a brief stopover in the national capital to have a conversation with Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and other industry leaders. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepAl-Falih, who has known Ambani for over a decade now, had previously travelled to Udaipur in December last year to attend the pre-wedding festivities of Ambani’s daughter Isha’s marriage with industrialist Ajay Piramal’s son Anand. Akash and Isha’s wedding will take place at the newly built Jio World Centre in Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai. The wedding festivities kickstarted on February 23 with a grand bash in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The couple got engaged in June 2018 and celebrated the occasion with a string of lavish parties in Mumbai. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsAl-Falih last visited India on February 20 as part of the high-level delegation that travelled with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for a bilateral visit. When he last visited the Ambanis in December 2018, the Saudi oil minister had tweeted that the world’s largest oil exporter Saudi Arabia and Ambani-run Reliance Industries are discussing joint investments in petrochemicals, refinery and communications projects. At the time of the February 20 visit, Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Al-Nasser had spoken about talks with Reliance for investments in refinery and petrochemical projects. Reliance operates two refineries at Jamnagar with a total capacity of 68.2 million tonnes per annum. Reliance plans to expand its only-for-exports SEZ refining capacity to just over 41 million tonnes from the current 35.2 million tonnes but does not have any plans to set up a new refinery in the country. It is presently focused on expanding petrochemicals and telecom business, industry sources said. Crude oil is the basic raw material for the manufacturing of petrochemicals. Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, is keen to get a foothold in the world’s fastest-growing fuel market so as to get a captive customer for the crude oil it produces. Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest oil company, and its partner Abu Dhabi National Oil Co (ADNOC) have picked up 50 per cent stake in a planned USD 44-billion refinery in Maharashtra but the project is facing problems in land acquisition. Aramco and ADNOC will together hold 50 per cent stake in the 60 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) refinery and adjacent 18 MTPA petrochemical complex planned to be built at Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra by 2025. The two will supply half of the crude oil required for processing at the refinery. Like other major producers, the two are looking to lock in customers in the world’s third-largest oil consumer through the investment. Kuwait too is looking to invest in projects in return for getting an assured offtake of their crude oil. Saudi Aramco is also keen on retailing fuel in India. A refinery in India can also be a base for it to export fuel to deficit countries in Europe and the Americas. India has a refining capacity of 247.6 million tonnes, which exceeds the demand of 206.2 million tonnes. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), this demand is expected to reach 458 million tonnes by 2040.
A keenly anticipated peace conference for Syria will convene in Geneva on November 23, Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said on Sunday after meeting international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.Arabi acknowledged that there were still obstacles to holding the conference, as Western and Arab governments prepare to meet Syrian opposition leaders on Tuesday to attempt to persuade them to attend.Arabi made the comment to reporters after meeting the UN-Arab League envoy for Syria at the bloc’s Cairo headquarters, on the first leg of a regional tour Brahimi is conducting ahead of the conference. “It was decided that the Geneva II conference will be held on November 23, and preparations are underway for this conference,” Arabi said.The top Arab diplomat warned, however, that there were still hurdles to convening the already much-delayed meeting.“There are many difficulties that must be overcome for this conference to succeed,” he said.Brahimi refused to publicly set a date for the conference, saying it would be announced after he concluded his tour.The envoy told reporters after meeting Arabi that he would travel to Qatar, Turkey, Iran, Syria and then Geneva for talks with Russian and US representatives.
Few clubs came into this season with grander ambitions than Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. Both clubs were among the top contenders to win the Champions League when the competition began. Now, one will be eliminated from competition after the two face off Tuesday in the second leg of their round of 16 matchup. And the problems run deeper than just elimination — PSG is looking to survive an injury to its superstar Neymar, and Real Madrid has already fallen out of title contention in La Liga. Whichever team fails to advance from the match will have questions to answer about what went wrong.So how did we get here? Let’s start with the summer transfer window after the 2016-17 season. Real quite reasonably avoided making major changes to its roster after winning three of the last four Champions League trophies. PSG, having once again been eliminated from the Champions League before the semifinals, embarked on an unprecedented spending spree — laying out hundreds of millions of dollars to acquire Neymar from Barcelona and Kylian Mbappe from Monaco.Despite these purchases, PSG is once again struggling in the Champions League. A 3-1 first-leg defeat in Madrid has left the French with a roughly 25 percent chance of advancing to the quarterfinals, according to FiveThirtyEight’s club soccer predictions. To reach the quarterfinals, PSG must win by three or win by two while holding Real scoreless. If PSG wins 3-1, the teams will be tied in both aggregate and away goals over the two legs, and the match will go to extra time and possibly penalty kicks to decide who will advance. For PSG, the Champions League appears to be slipping away. And worse, Neymar recently broke a bone in his foot, which will sideline him for at least six weeks.For both ball progression through midfield and shot creation around the penalty area, PSG runs through Neymar. He has scored 19 goals and assisted 13 in Ligue 1, with a non-penalty scoring and assist rate of 1.34 per 90 minutes played. These numbers are no fluke: Neymar hasn’t benefited particularly from good fortune in either his own or his teammates’ finishing. Neymar has taken shots valued at around 13 expected goals, a statistical estimate of the quality of scoring chances, and created chances worth about 11.5 expected goals. His expected goals and assists rate of 1.18 per 90 minutes is the highest of any player in the top five European leagues1The English Premier League, German Bundesliga, Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A and French Ligue 1. (that means he’s doing better than Lionel Messi).Neymar also moves the attack forward through midfield or into the penalty area before the shot more effectively than anyone else in the top leagues. He has provided about 7.7 progressive passes and runs per 90 minutes, just edging out Messi, who has provided 7.2. (Progressive passes and runs occur when a player either moves the attack forward by 10 or more yards beyond its furthest point of progression or moves the ball into the penalty area for the first time in a possession. A progressive run must also include a successful take-on of an opponent.)These comparisons to Messi are not superfluous — Neymar’s production at PSG has reached such a high level that Messi is his only peer. This chart shows the company that Neymar is keeping this season. It displays all 9,000-plus player-seasons in the top five leagues in which a player had at least 1,500 minutes. There are 10 seasons in the top right corner, where players have more than 0.9 expected goals plus expected assists per 90 minutes and more than five progressive passes and runs per 90 minutes. Eight of them are Messi, starting with his 2010-11 season and running through the current one. And nestled among them is Neymar’s current season. This analysis might suggest that Paris Saint-Germain should abandon hope — the attack has been totally dependent on Neymar, and now he’s out. However, PSG may be the only club in the world that is rich enough to have a reasonable Neymar replacement sitting on the bench. Angel Di Maria, who played in Neymar’s wide forward position this weekend against Troyes, put up similarly huge numbers for PSG in 2015-16 (before Neymar’s arrival). While that season was a career-best for Di Maria, he has consistently put up more than 0.5 expected goals and assists per 90 minutes (averaging over 0.7) and 4 to 6 progressive passes and runs per 90 minutes. Most clubs would have to reshuffle their tactics upon losing Neymar, transferring some of his scoring load to one player and some of his ball progression work to others. But PSG can plug in Di Maria and keep everything else roughly the same. If PSG is to get the big win it needs on Tuesday, the man in the center of it is likely to be Di Maria.Scratching back from a two-goal aggregate Real Madrid lead might normally seem like an insurmountable task, but Real hasn’t been the same team this season. Los Blancos have already fallen 15 points off Barcelona’s pace at the top of the La Liga table, effectively conceding the league title with months to go in the season. Real’s defense has been unusually permeable this season, conceding 29 league goals. That’s the club’s worst defensive record through 27 matches since 2010-11. Real has conceded 43 clear scoring chances — defined as a situation like a one-on-one in which a player is expected to score — also its highest number since 2010-11.On the attacking side, the team appears to be reeling as well — but these numbers are a little misleading. Typically, the very best teams in the world outperform expected goals. After all, these teams have the best strikers, and the best strikers convert the easy chances and also score more often in situations when goals are not expected. Real Madrid is getting their normal amount of chances this season: The team has 63 expected goals and has averaged 61 through 27 matches over the past seven seasons. What has changed then is that the finishing has gotten worse. This year, Real has converted only 58 nonpenalty goals from those chances. Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been uncharacteristically unproductive with his chances, accounts for most of the gap, with 13 nonpenalty goals and 17 expected goals.These statistics provide the context for Real Madrid’s disappointing position in La Liga. The weakened defense is enough to make Real fall short of first-place Barcelona, but it is uncharacteristically poor shooting from superstars like Ronaldo that has dropped Los Blancos out of title competition entirely.The stakes could not be higher for this match. PSG is desperate and missing its star. Real Madrid appears more vulnerable than usual — even if the attack is most likely better than its relatively disappointing top-line numbers show.Neither team has much to play for this season other than Champions League glory, and both clubs were constructed precisely for this task. The stage is set for a great European clash between two of the richest and most successful clubs — even if it’s not what these two heavyweights envisioned when this all started.Check out our latest soccer predictions.
In the late Sunday game in LaLiga, Atletico Madrid failed in the quest to earn three points against a Real Betis team that looks unbeatable at the moment.The result itself is not a reason to despair. What’s concerning is the fact that Simeone’s men have now failed to score in two consecutive matches and the Europa League matchup with Arsenal is looming on the horizon. Is the exhausting schedule catching up to his team, or are they just taking a breather and saving energy for what’s to come?Report: Owen now turns his attentions to Beckham George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Michael Owen has now turned his war of words towards David Beckham.In the players serialised book in the Daily Mirror, “Reboot” has now turned…The Wanda Metropolitano outfit now has a solitary win in its last five fixtures. The absence of Diego Costa is obviously hurting the team, as Fernando Torres is nowhere near the player he used to be and is not an adequate replacement. Since Costa is set to miss the first leg versus Arsenal, Simeone will need to find a solution up front or risks failure.Diego Simeone did rest several of his first-team regulars against a side that had won their previous six games. Cristian Tello hit the post for Betis, while Saul struck the crossbar for the hosts. The 0-0 draw means that now Barcelona only needs a point against Deportivo la Coruna next Sunday to officially win the title.
Fernando Torres played his last game for Atletico Madrid today as his contract won’t be renewed and he can possibly come back to Premier League where he used to play for Liverpool and Chelsea.The Spanish striker can reunite with Rafael Benitez who is currently coaching Newcastle and the manager himself didn’t rule this option out as he admitted that he would be, for sure, interested in this move.Benitez spoke about this possible surprising transfer as he said, according to Shields Gazette:“I think it will be harder for him to come, not because we don’t want to.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I don’t know what’s going on in his head, but maybe he is thinking about something else.”“It would be appealing, but I don’t think it would be easy.”“In Liverpool, he was sensational.”“Then we went to Chelsea and, although he had a bad time when he arrived, he was essential for us in winning the Europa League.”
Belgium manager Roberto Martinez recently claimed he is still keeping track of John Stones’ performance in Manchester City.The coach is far from being alone as someone who enjoys and appreciates the growth of Stones during his stay in City. Martinez is known to have been interested in the youngster while in Wigan, but got the chance to work with him a few months later – when he moved to Everton.Even though Stones did not show his full potential, it was enough to prove to Pep Guardiola and co. that he is worth the money.Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“I was scouting John for Wigan and we missed him on deadline day, and then he signed for Everton in January 2013,” Martinez reminisced, according to Manchester Evening News.“He hadn’t made his debut when I joined Everton that summer, but, from day one, I knew John had to be a centre-half and he had the composure on the ball to play there.”“It was a really interesting journey to see him grow and taking responsibility and get to the level he has got to. He has a big future,” Martinez went on to add.
According to reports, Italian Club Sampdoria have set their sights on a loan deal for Chelsea and England Under-21 international striker Tammy Abraham.According to Sportitalia, Sampdoria wants Tammy Abraham as a possible reinforcement in attack at Marassi.Chelsea are not willing to the sell the highly rated young striker, and it’s likely this would only be a loan deal.Abraham scored seven goals in 19 appearances for England at the Under-21 level and has already made two senior appearances.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.During his loan spell at Bristol City, he was prolific, scoring 23 goals in 41 appearances.He spent last season on loan at Swansea City, where he scored eight goals with five assists in 39 appearances.Tammy Abraham was part of Chelsea’s preseason squad and was retained perhaps as an understudy to Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud.Sampdoria have shown interest in securing the signature of Zenit striker Sebastian Driussi, it seems Tammy Abraham is the more likely option.
Dutch legend Wesley Sneijder believes the young Ajax team cannot be underestimated against Real MadridDe Godenzonen have been drawn to face reigning champions Real in the last-16 of the Champions League.Though not many expect the young and inexperienced Ajax team, who boast an average age of 23 years old, to pose much of a threat to Real, who are chasing a fourth successive European title this season.But Ajax have proven themselves to be no pushovers in the Champions League this season following a thrilling 3-3 draw against Bayern Munich.Aside from that, Erik ten Hag’s side are also going strong in the Eredivisie with 15 wins from their 17 games leaving them second and two points adrift of leaders PSV Eindhoven.Sneijder, who started out his playing career at Ajax and also played for Real, warned that an upset could be on the cards.“For Ajax, this is the best moment to take on Real Madrid. I don’t see Real Madrid as being as strong as in previous years,” Sneijder told Marca.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“That’s obvious. Ajax are a very young team, but nobody should be mistaken about them as they have a lot of quality and play very well, especially at home in Amsterdam. It’ll be a difficult tie for Real Madrid.”He added: “Real Madrid are still the favourites despite everything.“But look! If Ajax can achieve a good result in the first leg then Real Madrid could have problems, and we’ve seen that recently when they face teams that keep the ball.“This is a good matchup to check the quality of this Ajax side, one that is very exciting, as they go up against the three-in-a-row Champions League winners.”Sneijder played for Ajax between 2002 to 2007 and won the Eredivisie and two KNVB Cups, while managing 58 goals and 45 assists in 180 appearances across all competitions.The 34-year-old has since played for Real, Inter Milan, Galatasaray, OGC Nice and now Al-Gharafa in Qatar.