ICT to be A Growth Driver -Vaz

first_imgRelatedICT to be A Growth Driver -Vaz ICT to be A Growth Driver -Vaz InformationJuly 23, 2010 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, has said that the government is working to create a productive Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry that will drive social and economic growth.The industry, he said, will be supported by a legal and regulatory framework, which promotes universal access, social inclusiveness and competitiveness.“ICTs will be the driver of economic and social development in this country,” Minister Vaz stated, as he addressed Flow’s fourth anniversary media breakfast held this morning (July 22) at the telecommunications provider’s St. Lucia Avenue headquarters in New Kingston.Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz (centre), addresses Flow’s fourth anniversary media breakfast, held at the company’s St. Lucia Avenue headquarters in New Kingston this morning (July 22). Listening are President and Chief Operating Officer of Flow, Michele English, and Director of Commercial Services, Andrew Fazio.According to the Technology Minister, ICT should be leveraged to transform Jamaica’s productive capacity, in the bid to achieve developed country status by 2030.He said that all Jamaicans must be engaged in exploiting and reaping the benefits from the technology available and pledged to work “tirelessly” to support the best use of ICT in Jamaica, from software developers to bloggers and other content producers.He noted that the government is of the view that expansion of broadband at greater speeds and bandwidth is a critical element in the building of a knowledge-based society. “We want to see ubiquitous and economic broadband access that is heavily utilised by everyone – children, senior citizens, laymen and professionals,” he stated.He noted that “while we are happy to see the speeds at which we can now download information, the availability of broadband provides an opportunity to upload the wealth of the island’s culture, music, sports and cuisine”.Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz (right), is greeted by Director of Commercial Services at Flow, Andrew Fazio. Occasion was the telecommunications provider’s fourth anniversary media breakfast, held this morning (July 22) at its St. Lucia Avenue headquarters in New Kingston.“We are anxious to reverse the one-way traffic into cyber space with a view to capitalising on our natural resources,” he stated.The Minister congratulated Flow on its achievements, as it continues to spread its operations across the island, and the wider region.Flow, which provides a wide array of interactive telecommunications services, has invested some US$700 million in building communication infrastructure in Jamaica, informed President and Chief Operating Officer, Michele English.She noted that there had been a 70 per cent reduction in the price of Internet service to residential consumers with Flow coming into the market, and a 78 per cent reduction for commercial consumers.She said that in terms of world broadband pricing, Flow has the fourth lowest price on a per megabyte basis, out of 34 countries. She noted also that the company plans to invest some $80 million in a variety of educational, sports and cultural programmes across the island this year. RelatedArchives Critical to Jamaica’s Historycenter_img Advertisements RelatedICT to be A Growth Driver -Vazlast_img read more

Last time between Minnesota and Maryland

first_imgIn this year’s meeting, Maryland will not have the now-graduated Johnson. McFarland missed last week’s game against Indiana with an injury. In their absence, junior Javon Leake filled in at lead running back, amassing career-highs in carries (23) and yards (158).Minnesota will have a full complement of running backs this season after redshirt seniors Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks missed last season’s meeting with injuries. Quarterback Tanner Morgan will get his first look at Maryland after serving as Annexstad’s backup during last year’s meeting. On defense, Winfield is back and is having a productive 2019 campaign with a career-high four interceptions, five passes defended and two sacks. Senior linebacker Kamal Martin who had seven tackles in the teams’ 2018 meeting is a game-time decision this week after suffering an injury against Rutgers.Quotables from the game:“I thought there was a lot of good and then a lot of bad,” head coach P.J. Fleck told reporters. “We were inconsistent in a lot of areas and when you are inconsistent on the road in the Big Ten, it’s going to be very difficult for you to win.”“They have speed everywhere,” Fleck told reporters of Maryland’s offense. “They did a tremendous job of their game plan, executing it perfectly and we didn’t go a very good job with ours.”“We knew it was going to be a tricky offense,” linebacker Thomas Barber told reporters. “Really that was just eyes and keys. If we mistook our keys just even for a split second as you saw, they could have some big runs.” Last time between Minnesota and MarylandThe Gophers have a 1-3 all-time record against the Terrapins. Nick JungheimOctober 21, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintFinal:Maryland 42, Minnesota 13The Gophers’ second-ever visit to Maryland Stadium marked the start of what would become a four-game losing streak for the team as Minnesota dropped its first game of the season in blowout fashion.Maryland burned the Gophers’ defense for big gains throughout the afternoon, racking up 432 yards on 51 plays on the way to a 42-13 victory. Minnesota fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter and never cut that deficit to fewer than 11 points. The game was put out of reach for the Gophers when on the first drive of the second half Maryland linebacker Tre Watson intercepted quarterback Zack Annexstad and returned the pass for a touchdown, making the score 28-10.After allowing 27 points over the season’s first three games, the Minnesota defense struggled to contain the Terrapins’ offense. On the first drive of the game, the Gophers suffered a significant loss when redshirt sophomore Antoine Winfield Jr. left the game with a foot injury that sidelined him the rest of the 2018 season. Before the injury, Winfield had made his presence known as a vital contributor to the defense, recording 10 solo tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception.Without Winfield’s speed in the secondary, Minnesota was unable to limit explosive plays from the Terrapins. Immediately following Winfield’s departure, running back Anthony McFarland Jr. opened the scoring with a 26-yard touchdown run. Later in the first quarter, senior Ty Johnson added an 81-yard touchdown run. The Terrapins had three more long offensive touchdowns on the afternoon, on a 54-yard pass and runs of 64 and 21 yards.The game would foreshadow the struggles Minnesota’s defense would have over the next five weeks, particularly against the run. Maryland averaged 8.5 yards per rush attempt on the afternoon. Johnson led the way with 123 yards on 11 carries and McFarland added 112 yards on six attempts.last_img read more

Minimizer’s Dick And Craig Kruckeberg Named Blooming Prairie’s 2017 Citizens of the Year

first_imgAdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementDick Kruckeberg (left) and Craig Kruckeberg (right).Minimizer Founder Dick Kruckeberg and current Minimizer CEO and Chief Visionary Craig Kruckeberg have both been named Blooming Prairie’s 2017 Citizens of the Year.“What a fantastic honor,” said Craig Kruckeberg. “My father and I are truly humbled by this award.”The Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, Chamber of Commerce presents the BP Citizen of the Year award annually, with Chamber members submitting names based on community involvement and charity.“We have a lot of great people in Blooming Prairie who do a lot of wonderful things,” BP Chamber Executive Director Becky Noble said. “Dick and Craig have started a wonderful business for which we are all very grateful!”“We’ve always made it a point to give back to the community,” said Kruckeberg.  “My father prioritized charity work, and it’s something very important to me.”AdvertisementThe Kruckebergs are the face of Minimizer, founded by Dick Kruckeberg in 1984.  Dick, a former truck driver, started his company with the invention of the poly fender. Craig purchased the company from his father in 2006, and immediately increased Minimizer’s marketing budget, leading to bigger sales and a bigger brand.“With our success, we’re very fortunate to be able to give back to our local community,” said Kruckeberg. “The recognition makes me a little uncomfortable, honestly, but folks tell me that if people see one person or one company giving back, maybe others will donate their time or money.”The recognition banquet honoring Dick and Craig Kruckeberg will be held Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at the BP Servicemen’s Club.last_img read more

Inaugural President’s Cup Streetball tourney gets cracking February 18

first_imgThe inaugural President’s Cup Streetball knockout competition will commence on February 18th at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue. In the opening match, North East La Penitence will battle Beterverwagting [BV] at 19:00hrs, while West Side Spartans will oppose Melanie at 19:30hrs in the second matchup. In the third fixture, Future Stars will match skills with Quiet Storm of Linden at 20:30hrs, with Albouystown facing off with Showstoppers in the fourth fixture at 21:00hrs.The fifth encounter at 21:30hrs will pit Alexander Village against Linden outfit Swag Entertainment while Rio All-Stars will take aim at Bartica unit Up-Top-Bosses from 22:00hrs.In the seventh encounter, Gold is Money will match skills with Smyth Street at 22:30hrs while Sparta Boss will battle Berbice All-Stars at 23:00hrs. The respective winners will advance to the quarterfinal section which is to be held on February 20th at the same venue. The other playing dates are February 25th [Semi-final] and 29th [Final]. Winner of the event will collect $500,000, with the runner collecting $300,000. The third and fourth placed side will receive $150,000 and $50,000 respectively.last_img read more

Europa League: Willock, Saka Shine For Arsenal To Thrash Frankfurt, As Manchester United Struggle…

first_imgGoals from academy graduates Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka helped Arsenal overcome a difficult test against Eintracht Frankfurt and begin their Europa League campaign with a victory.Willock put the Gunners in front with a deflected shot in the first half before Saka smashed in his first senior goal for the club in the 85th minute.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang added a third two minutes later as Arsenal ended their three-game winless run.The Gunners had created further chances but also relied on goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez to come to the aid of their fragile defence.The Argentine produced excellent low saves to deny Filip Kostic and Andre Silva in the first half.The second period was frantic in front of a vociferous home crowd with Arsenal’s late goals only coming after Dominik Kohr was shown a second yellow card for a cynical foul.The Gunners, beaten finalists in last year’s Europa League, are top of the early Group F table on goal difference after Standard Liege beat Vitoria in the night’s other game.At Old Trafford, Teenager Mason Greenwood’s first senior goal ensured Manchester United made a winning start to their Europa League campaign against Astana at Old Trafford.On a night the 17-year-old will never forget and with the visitors from Kazakhstan threatening to hold out for a draw, Greenwood produced a clever finish in front of the Stretford End to become United’s youngest scorer in Europe.Brazil midfielder Fred hit the bar from 25 yards before forcing a fine save from a free-kick, while England forward Marcus Rashford wasted a string of chances against the European minnows, who did not register a shot on target.But frustration turned to celebration when Greenwood, who has been at United since the age of six, popped up with the winner.Even after his goal, a much-changed United continued to waste chances.Diogo Dalot blazed over from close range after Nenad Eric had kept out substitute Jesse Lingard’s thunderous attempt.Rangers paid the perfect tribute to late captain Fernando Ricksen by edging Feyenoord in a rousing Europa League win at an emotional Ibrox.Sheyi Ojo’s first-half thunderbolt secured three points after James Tavernier missed an early penalty.There was a minute’s silence pre-match and applause in the second minute in tribute to Ricksen, who died on Wednesday after losing his battle with motor neurone disease.Rangers go level with Porto in Group G.The Portuguese side beat Young Boys 2-1 at home, with Steven Gerrard’s side travelling to Switzerland in their next match.Feyenoord, meanwhile, will host Porto next, having grown into the game at Ibrox late on but failing to land a decisive blow as Allan McGregor made several good saves to keep them out.Relatedlast_img read more

First look at the shocking and dramatic next season of ‘The Bachelor’

first_imgABC/Maarten de Boer(NEW YORK) — Bachelor Nation fans finally enjoyed an exclusive and juicy preview of The Bachelor‘s upcoming season during the Dancing with the Stars finale.  The next season, which features pilot Peter Weber, will also include a healthy dose of shocks, drama, and sizzling romance.The first look teaser features Weber flying onto the tarmac to greet the new group of women competing for his heart.  Right off the bat, one competitor swoons, “[Peter’s] looking so freaking delicious, like, I just wanna lick him up and down.”After previewing a montage of the new Bachelor locking lips with different contestants, who all gush about his dreamy good looks and chiseled abs, the drama kicks in when one mystery contestant threatens to leave because she seemingly wants Weber all to herself.When Peter admits he has been “intimate” with some of the other girls, the mystery woman storms down a street of parked cars while crying “I’m so done.”After showing various contestants shedding tears of their own, the trailer drops a shocking revelation: Peter’s past flame is back.  Bachelorette Hannah Brown unexpectedly shows up, to the ire and dismay of the rest of the women.“I’m making decisions for my heart because I know there’s something there,” Brown reveals while sitting next to Peter on the couch as the jealous contestants spy on them. “And I would do anything for it.  For our relationship.”The trailer ends with Peter asking her to to come back and be a part of the show, perhaps to see if she is the one for him after all.  Will she stay and win the final rose?  Only time will tell.The Bachelor returns to ABC January 6 at 8 p.m. EST.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more