Coach of Barbican FC Charles Edwards says his team aims to continue its dominance in the local Women’s Football League. Barbican notched their 11th Jamaica Football Federation (JFF)/Sherwin Williams Women’s League title when they beat Waterhouse 4-2 in the final at Stadium East last Sunday. Tashika Small netted a brace for the champions, scoring in the 13th and 52nd minutes, while Kenesha Reid (11th) and Latoya Duhaney (61st) scored the other goals. Waterhouse’s national Under-20 player, Jessica Johnson, scored in the 68th and 90th minutes. LEAGUE TITLE It was also Barbican’s eighth consecutive league title. The east St Andrew club has won 24 trophies in women’s football and seven Sherwin Williams Colourscape knockout titles, plus six mid-season trophies. That has made them the most successful club in women’s football locally. Barbican had also beaten Waterhouse 4-1 in the KO final a week earlier. “We have not lost a game since 2011, so that is a record we would like to strengthen as long as possible,” Edwards disclosed. “It is a fantastic feat in winning so many titles and the girls want to win to add more, so they are motivated and certainly looking forward to next year,” the long-serving Barbican coach added. Barbican FC will be handed the trophy, medals, and $400,000 at the awards ceremony scheduled for Thursday at the JFF’s offices in New Kingston.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 18, 2017 – Grand Bahama – The construction of the Freeport Community Clinic remains a priority for the Ministry of Health and the Public Hospitals Authority, according to Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Michael Pintard. The Minister noted that for far too long the lack of a primary care and outpatient care hub has negatively impacted Freeport’s residents.Standing in the capacity of Acting Minister of Health, Minister Pintard represented the Minister of Health during ceremonies to commemorate the 19th annual Governor General’s visit, which took place on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at the Rand Memorial Hospital.“With the construction of the 62,000 square foot healthcare center, the people of Freeport will have a modern health facility that will provide adequate space for residents to conveniently access general practice, specialty and family medicine clinics, maternal and child health, mental health and adolescent and school health, and emergency medical services.“We anticipate that the new healthcare center will also facilitate the housing of a rehabilitation suite and a disease surveillance unit, which will expand community health services as well as primary and specialty care.”Minister Pintard pointed out that one of the high points of 2017 in Grand Bahama was the expanded and upgraded community clinic in West End. He noted that the Clinic in West End has become the envy of health care facilities in Grand Bahama, and also the talk of the town across the country.“In addition to increased areas for examination and treatment, improved security and waiting area, an emergency and trauma area and training room have been created at the revamped West End Clinic,” said Minister Pintard in his address.“Speaking of progress being made, I am advised that over the next two years, 24 hour emergency services will be phased in for Western Grand Bahama, inclusive of the Eight Mile Rock and West End Clinics.”Minister Pintard praised the staff of the Grand Bahama Health Services whom he said sometimes work in the unique environment of a local health system, where synchronicity and synergies between the public hospital institution and the network of public health clinics provides seamless access to care.This dynamic, he added, fosters a deep connection between GBHS staff and the communities they serve.“I believe that this connection is best displayed when communities are tested,” said Minister Pintard. “Time and time again Grand Bahama has been tested, whether it be the fury of nature in a Hurricane Irma, or the persistent economic malaise that continues to shackle opportunity.“It is during those times of testing that the leadership and the staff of the Grand Bahama Health Services have always stood in the gap for the patients in their care and for the island they serve. For our part in the local community of Grand Bahama, we owe you a debt of gratitude. We thank you.”The acting Health Minister told the Governor General that her official visit provides an opportunity for not only Ministers of Government, but for supervisors, managers and heads of department and for members of the public to thank members of the staff of the GBHS in a wider capacity.By: Andrew Coakley (BIS)Header: NICE TO MEET YOU – Governor General of The Bahamas, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling shakes hands with some of the doctors and nurses during a tour of the Rand Memorial Hospital, during her official visit on Wednesday, December 13, 2017. (BIS Photo/Lisa Davis)Insert: BRINGS REMARKS – Acting Minister of Health, the Hon. Michael Pintard brought remarks during the 19th Annual Governor General’s visit to the Rand Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, December 13, 2017. During his address, Minister Pintard highlighted some of the achievements in health care on Grand Bahama. (BIS Photo/Lisa Davis) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
The city of Biloxi, Miss., will sponsor a study of the impact of growth on Keesler Air Force Base that will be funded through a $214,000 grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) announced Thursday.The Mississippi Development Authority is providing $23,000 in matching funds for the joint land use study, which will identify ways to limit development that is incompatible with the mission of Keesler. The 24-month study will consider issues such as height, density, encroachment, noise abatement and other factors that could interfere with activities at the installation.The Gulf Regional Planning Commission will oversee the study; other participants include the city of D’Iberville and Harrison County. The commission plans to request proposals from qualified planners in November, reported the Sun Herald. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Kolkata: Train services in Howrah division was affected for more than five hours, after the engine and a coach of an empty Howrah-Titlagarh Ispat Express derailed while entering Howrah Station on Thursday morning.According to sources, the Ispat Express was entering platform number 23 of Howrah Station from the car-shed, when the train engine and an adjacent coach derailed at around 6.00 am. Entry and departure of trains from platform numbers 21, 22 & 23 of Howrah Station new complex was hit. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”No one was injured in the accident as the empty train was coming to the station from the car-shed for commencing its journey to Titlagarh,” a South Eastern Railway (SER) spokesperson said.A number of trains under the SER were rescheduled and short terminated and a handful of local trains were cancelled as a result of the mishap.The Howrah-Puri Dhauli Express that was scheduled to leave Howrah at 6.00 am, was rescheduled to 9.30 am, while the Howrah-Titlagarh Ispat Express that was scheduled to depart at 6.55 am, was rescheduled to 10.00 am. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe trains that were short terminated were LTT-Howrah Jnaneswari Express, Mumbai-Howrah Mail, Puri-Howrah Sri Jagannath Express, Jagdalpur-Howrah Express, Purulia-Howrah Rupasi Bangla Express and Digha-Howrah Kandari Express.Two local trains were also short terminated at Santragachi, while three up and down Panskura local trains were cancelled.Santragachi-Jabalpur Special was rescheduled to leave Santragachi at 10.40 pm instead of 8.40 pm, due to late running of link train.”The work for rerailment and restoration that begun soon after the incident, was completed at 11.35 am in the morning,” a spokesperson of Eastern Railway said. Normal train service started from Howrah New Complex after 12 noon.
Kolkata: Kolkatans on Wednesday foiled the 12-hour bandh called by BJP, with daily life functioning normally.The premier schools in the city, both private and those owned by the state government, recorded high attendance of students on Wednesday. The scenario was the same in the government-aided schools as well.The bandh called by BJP to protest the death of two youths at Islampur in North Dinajpur, hardly had an impact on the people in Kolkata.A senior official of a renowned private school in Central Kolkata said that their school recorded 90-95 percent attendance, just like any other normal day. The students did not face any difficulty as there was adequate number of buses on the city streets. Many students from the school, however, said that they came to school in private cars and faced no inconvenience while going to school. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to a senior official of the School Education department, all the schools operated normally and the attendance of the students in various schools was also noteworthy. A headmaster of a government-aided school in South Kolkata said that there was enthusiasm among the students.People of Bengal have shunned their old habit of sitting idle in the house during a bandh. People now-adays come forward to thwart the attempt of bandh called by any party. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned here that all the state-run medical colleges and the hospitals in the city also functioned normally, with large number of patients visiting the out-patient departments of various medical colleges.The Health department had instructed all the hospitals in the state to ensure adequate arrangement of doctors, nurses and other health workers. Hospital authorities were also asked to take precautionary measures in case of any incidents of violence in the city. BJP leaders and activists, however, created chaos in some parts of the city. They tried to terrify people and attempted to close down the shutters in various shops in Kolkata. However, the people gathered courage to thwart their attempts. The police administration also remained vigilant throughout the day.Some of the BJP-backed goons threatened to stop vehicles in some parts of the city, from the morning. As a result, people in buses engaged in heated altercations with the bandh supporters in some places. In Jorabagan area in the city, some BJP supporters were seen asking shop owners to pull their shutters down, but the shop owners remained unmoved despite the threats by the hooligans.
Kolkata: An elderly man admitted at Behala Vidyasagar Hospital for the last one month was united with his family based at Jangipara in Hooghly district by the West Bengal Radio Club, (WBRC) an organization of ham radio enthusiasts in the state.The man was found aimlessly roaming on the streets a month back in a sickly condition and was admitted by Behala police to the hospital. The man recovered after a fewdays due to treatment at the hospital but was unable to tell anything about his family and his whereabouts. He could only tell that he used to live at Udaynarayanpur in Howrah. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe hospital contacted the secretary of West Bengal Radio Club Ambarish Nag Biswas and sought his help in locating the family of the elderly person. The WBRC team took his photograph at Udaynarayanpur and was informed that his family had shifted to Jangipara in Hooghly district several years back. The WBRC team with the help of the local police and local ham radio enthusiast was finally able to trace his family. His family members informed that the old man used to work at a jute mill in Shibpur, Howrah, and after the death of his wife he suffered from some sort of mental problem. He had four sons who shifted to Jangipara for pursuing tailoring business. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThey wanted their father to stay with them but the former insisted to stay at Udaynarayanpur. Initially they were in touch with him on a regular basis but gradually due to work pressure they could not be touch with him. “It is however not clear how the old man reached Behala. He had no documents with him. The local panchayat of Kotalpur where he lived arranged for a residential certificate on the basis of Aadhar card of his younger son Mohammad Alam. Alam came to the hospital and after necessary formalities the old man was united with his family,” Nag Biswas said.
Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals June 22, 2017 7 min read The first time I watched an alien newborn claw its way out of a human’s belly — with blood and guts gushing — was 38 years ago, in a Boston cinema. The movie, of course, was Ridley Scott’s Alien, and I was so tense and unhinged at the uber-violent, boundary-pushing scene that I practically broke my boyfriend’s arm.Alien Covenant, the newest in the popular sci-fi franchise, is pushing boundaries again. On Wednesday, virtual reality — that wild, wacky technology — allowed me to watch a short promo for the film depicting, with 360-degree views, an alien birth from the alien’s perspective.This time, little alien arms, viewed from inside the birth sac, tore through the flesh. Internal organs rebelled. And the unfortunate human host — more blood and guts gushing — collapsed dead on a table. Eww…Related: 12 Amazing Uses of Virtual RealityThis promo, courtesy of hardware company AMD and Fox, was just one of some two dozen VR experiences available at The Art of VR conference happening today and tomorrow (June 22-23) at Sotheby’s in New York. While cinematic “storytelling” experiences certainly dominated, the enthusiastic young exhibitors and their headsets offered more than a hint of big, big opportunities ahead for entrepreneurs — creative and commercial alike — smart enough to be paying attention.”The big accounting firms are indicating that the growth rate in VR, whether it’s content creation or hardware, is probably 50 percent a year,” Jim Chabin, president of the event’s sponsoring Advanced Imaging Society, said during an interview. “My background is in television — I was at CBS and in entertainment. If you’re in the entertainment industry, let’s face it: People are cutting their cable cords; primetime television doesn’t attract the audiences it used to; there are only so many people going to the movies.”It’s not like we’re inventing more moviegoers,” he continued. “So virtual reality, augmented reality will be used in industry, will be used by medical, will be used by travel, the restaurant industry, the real estate industry, travel business and the entertainment industry.”The virtual reality industry is still small, acknowledged Chabin, a past president of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, vs. its rather saturated movie and TV industry forerunners. Half of the VR community, he says, are companies with five or fewer employees working on their debut VR offerings.”The number of people working in VR and AR, we think, will double every year at least,” he said. “We think it’s a 10-year build-out for this industry. So if that’s an area to which you devote your efforts, you have a decade of solid growth [ahead].”Chabin’s message — of entrepreneurs not being “left behind,” of the terms “virtual reality” and “augmented reality” coming up more and more in client conversations, of opportunities galore — was echoed by the entrepreneurs demonstrating their VR wares at the event.Kevin Mack, a past Oscar winner for visual effects (What Dreams May Come, 1998) and, more recently, the founder of the VR art company Zen Parade, described his 2-and-a-half-year-old company as equal parts art and commerce. “I’m interested in aesthetics but also altering consciousness in positive ways,” Mack said. “What I make is both fine art and entertainment, but we’re also using it for therapy and medicine.”Related: Virtual Reality Is About to Change Your BusinessMack’s 3D sculptures — viewed via a headset and resembling shiny globs of acrylic paint on canvas, floating in space in a kind of spacious airy world — are almost a meditative experience. According to Mack, his art has been used as a hypno-analgesic to treat pain and anxiety for patients undergoing awake brain surgery, and it’s more effective than traditional applications, he says.That’s why he’s aiming to get drug companies and medical companies on board. “We’re finding our biggest opportunities for the near future are going to be location-based entertainment arcades as well as the medical industry,” Mack said.Those arcades came up by others such as Larry Jones, CEO of Blackthorn Media, whose Dragonflight VR experience had people lining up at a press briefing to “fly” on a dragon’s back, a la Game of Thrones’s Khaleesi. Jones spoke of the franchise company VR Junkies, whose franchisees are setting up quick and relatively cheap storefronts.”Where the market is right now is about games,” Jones said. But movie-style storytelling, he said, is coming on the VR scene more and more. That’s how his 2-year-old company has attracted six Academy Award nominees (and one winner). “We’re taking the imagery and expertise you have with something like [the movie] Life of Pi and putting it into a game,” he said. “It’s kind of like crazy. Crazy good.”The Virtual Reality Company (VRC) also has attracted some high-powered interest. “We have an advisor who’s a really well-known filmmaker,” CEO Guy Primus divulged: “Steven Spielberg.”VRC’s website contains stills from its Art of VR offering, Rukus, a 12-minute family friendly animated VR experience, in which two preteens and their dog travel to a world populated by dinosaurs. Viewers have an extra experience here: Their chairs rumble and vibrate according to the action on the screen. Those motion seats come via the Montreal company D-box (whose vice president, Richard LaBerge, pointed out, “The body has to participate to make it a real virtual reality”). Primus said that 3-year-old VRC is following a theatrical model, where Rukus and other short VR films are being offered, in a premium experience, in theaters for a short time, followed by home release for Sony PlayStation, Oculus VR and other devices. Also coming down the line is a “warehouse” model, where multiple people interact with VR through arcades and popular outlets such as Chuck E. Cheese restaurants.Related: 7 New Opportunities Virtual Reality May CreateThe VR industry is young, it’s entrepreneurial and it’s hot, Primus and other exhibitors at the conference said over and over. They described, among its many applications, VR for real estate home buyers, oil rig fire-prevention training and retail purchases (which Amazon is already incorporating).Not surprisingly, large companies as well as small ones are at the Art of VR event: USA Today showed off its VR offering, an F-18 jet launch off the USS Eisenhower, while Intel — in association with Positron — presented a prelude to its VR movie Le Musk.”For me, as an entrepreneur trying to take the next step, the next media, it’s about VR,” said Jones, the Blackthorn CEO. “There is an industry thirsty for great content, vs. an industry saturated by great content. It’s not about managing decline [like] in digital television and television, where the audience is spread out so far. VR is about managing growth.”And it’s all about growth.” Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.