Jayson Castro. Fiba.comJayson Castro will be making his return for the Philippines in its game against Japan on Sunday after missing one game due to an ankle injury.Castro, the star point guard, did not play in Gilas Pilipinas’ 84-68 loss to Australia on Thursday in Melbourne.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Injured Castro out for Gilas vs AustraliaJio Jalalon and Troy Rosario, who also missed the game against the Boomers, are also suiting up against the Japanese at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCastro, Jalalon and Rosario replaced Kevin Alas, Carl Brian Cruz and Abu Tratter in the final lineup, which was announced by national team coach Chot Reyes on ESPN5’s Facebook page.Joining the three in the roster are June Mar Fajardo, Andray Blatche, Gabe Norwood, Japeth Aguilar, Calvin Abueva, Kiefer Ravena, Matthew Wright, Roger Pogoy and Allein Maliksi. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Reyes defends Blatche: ‘His value goes beyond points, rebounds’ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES MOST READ Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Fajardo, the reigning four-time PBA MVP, led the Filipinos with 15 points against the Aussies, who remained undefeated at 3-0.Blatche, who only had eight points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes against Australia, is expected to have a much better outing against Japan, which has yet to win after three games. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments
continuing to implement the measures agreed to in the 2001 Climate Change Action Plan and encouraging both the Canadian and United States’ national governments to follow the lead of Eastern Canada premiers and New England governors; Important steps were taken to protect the priorities of NovaScotians at this year’s conference of New England Governors andEastern Canadian Premiers, Premier John Hamm said today. “From working to ensure that we don’t suffer from powerblackouts, to improving the trade links we need for more jobs andgrowth, the major issues for Nova Scotia’s future were discussedat this year’s conference,” said the premier. The 28th conference of New England Governors and Eastern CanadianPremiers concluded today, Sept. 9, in Groton, Conn. Among theresolutions adopted were: PREMIER’S OFFICE–Conference Focused on Energy, Security, Jobsand the Environment encouraging the International Northeast Biotechnology Corridor to seek funding from the private and public sectors to help expand the region’s life sciences sector – a key part of Nova Scotia’s economic growth strategy, Opportunities for Prosperity; urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider the regulatory revisions which impact on the 1990 Canada/U.S. Clean Air Agreement. directing the conference’s Trade and Globalization Committee to take further action in a number of key areas, such as reducing transportation regulations and convening a Border Security and Open Trade Conference in 2004 in New Brunswick; public security officials from the states and the provinces will work more closely on sharing best practices and information on security, organized crime, terrorism and protecting critical infrastructure, culminating in a Northeast Homeland Security Conference in Quebec City next year; the Northeast International Committee on Energy will work with the Canada-U.S. Joint Task Force, investigating the Aug. 14 power outage, to identify additional measures to safeguard the power supply in Eastern Canada and New England; Ross McCurdy of InnovaCorp delivered a presentation on NovaScotia’s growing life sciences sector. Colin MacDonald ofClearwater spoke about the need to change proposed new FederalDrug Administration (FDA) regulations which would hamper NovaScotia’s fish exports to the United States. “This was a real team effort on behalf of the people of NovaScotia,” said Premier Hamm. “Our province’s economy depends onthe success of our relationship with New England.” The premier also used the conference as an opportunity to discusswith Maine Governor John Baldacci securing pre-clearance rightsfor the Halifax International Airport.
Kumaratunga however said that she will assist those in power to rebuild the country without returning to politics. (Colombo Gazette)Audio Playerhttp://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/29.06.15.-Chandrika-Bandaranayaka-Voice.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga says she has no intention of returning to politics.Kumaratunga said that she is not “mad” to return to politics like some others who are attempting to return to power. “I have no intention to get back to power,” she asserted. Speaking to reporters in Kandy today, Kumaratunga said that she went home after 12 years in politics on her own free will. She claimed that those who are attempting to return to power are those who have things to hide and want to use the power of politics to hide the truth.The former President said that she had nothing to hide and that she was never involved in corruption or crime.
The 2013 Supporting Entrepreneurs for Environment and Development (SEED) Awards, announced today by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), spotlight new locally-driven enterprises that have found creative ways to overcome environmental and developmental problems while also creating economic and social opportunities for their communities. “These micro-companies are the little acorns from which big and mighty businesses could well grow, but they are more than that. These mini-enterprises are achieving profitability, not at the expense of their environment or their communities, but by providing solutions to the social, economic and environmental challenges of our time,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.“If proof is needed that a transition to an inclusive green economy is underway, then look no further than these remarkable entrepreneurs.”As in previous years, the SEED Awards placed a special focus on Africa, with 20 awards being made to enterprises in Ethiopia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. In addition, ten Low Carbon SEED awards were given to social and environmental enterprises that focus on mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and two SEED Gender Equality Awards recognized projects to further gender equality or women’s empowerment.“With their innovative entrepreneurial approaches and unfailing attention to women’s empowerment, the SEED Gender Equality Award winners are advancing sustainable development, both locally and at global level,” said the Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.“In every region, women are coming forward with new ideas to combat poverty and improve living standards while protecting natural resources.”Other Award winners include Uganda’s ‘Nuru Energy’, which sells generators powered by pedals and provides reliable, clean, sustainable power to off-grid households, and ‘moWoza’ – a mobile phone application providing cross-border traders in Mozambique with fast information on prices, payments and deliveries and empowering female entrepreneurs. “The SEED winners show us a viable path to a greener economy and highlight the power of creative local business models that can inform the discussions on the post-2015 development agenda,” said the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Helen Clark.The winners will receive a package of individually tailored support for their businesses, access to other supporting institutions and technical assistance, and a financial contribution of $5,000.
When Intel announced a new category of mobile computing earlier this year called Ultrabooks, we compared it to the introduction of the Atom processor. While that chip line from Intel made netbooks and cheap desktop PCs a reality, the Ultrabook goes in the other direction, bringing thin, light, and performance computing to the masses.If you want a laptop that is less than 20mm thick, runs one of the latest Sandy Bridge processors, and costs under $1,000, then an Ultrabook is for you, and we hope to start seeing them appear on sale before the end of 2011.Intel isn’t just pushing the Ultrabook platform as a way of repackaging existing technology, though. Intel’s investment arm, Intel Capital, wants to push innovation to support the Ultrabook category. With that in mind it has earmarked $300 million for investment in such tech over the next 4 years under the name of the Ultrabook Fund.Specifically, Intel is targeting enhanced user experiences, longer battery life, increased storage, and slim components as areas of interest for investment. The chip company wants to find companies that can provide a solution for the all-day battery in such a slim form factor, will come up with new ways for interaction beyond the keyboard, trackpad, and touchscreen, and allow for components so thin Ultrabooks can make even the MacBook Air look chubby.Such a large investment fund will be good news for a number of tech startups working in these areas if they can get Intel’s attention. For consumers, it means the potential for Apple to finally have some serious competition in the area of premium laptops, but significantly, at much lower prices than what Apple currently charges for its hardware.Read more at the Intel press release
A forum will be held in Victoria to show solidarity with Greece has been organised by Greek Australians to show their support to the Greek austerity crisis. Live skype interviews will be conducted with participants on these social movements. In recent months there has been an almost catastrophic decline in living standards. Unemployment is now over 20 per cent, the demand for food aid and medical care via charities has massively increased and public services have, in many cases, ceased to exist; the only parts of the State that still function as normal are the police and the army. There will also be music from a 5 piece Rembetika kompania (Greek oriental folk), a short film from the movement against austerity, and poetry from Greek-Australian writers. Solidarity with Greece: We owe nothing, We’re not selling, We wont pay! will be held at the Uniting Church Hall, Northcote 251 High Street, Northcote, 7:00 pm on Thursday 29 March. For more info visit http://www.facebook.com/events/384223368273951/ Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Les personnes obèses plus exposées à l’asthmeEn se basant sur de nombres études, plusieurs scientifiques mettent en avant le lien entre obésité et asthme.Lors du 6e congrès francophone d’allergologie qui se tient en ce moment même à Paris, le Pr Alain Dider, pneumologue-allergologue et chef du service de pneumologie du CHU de Toulouse, a déclaré : “La prise pondérale est clairement associée avec la montée de l’asthme”. Ainsi, l’homme explique que les obèses auraient plus de risques d’être asthmatiques, tandis que l’asthme diminuerait nettement lorsqu’ils maigrissent.À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Pour soutenir ses propos, le Pr Didier cite plusieurs études sur le sujet, soutenant l’existence d’un lien entre l’asthme et l’obésité. Il cite notamment les résultats d’une méta-analyse qui faisait part d’une augmentation de 50% de l’asthme chez les personnes en surpoids ou souffrant d’obésité. L’étude de 5.000 sujets a également permis de montrer que si 6,1% des personnes de poids normal souffrent d’asthme, ce taux monte à 11,9% chez les personnes obèses. L’AFP cite également une étude datant de 1999 opérée auprès de 86.000 infirmières qui ont été suivies pendant 4 ans. Cette étude montre qu’une prise de poids de plus de 25 kilos, après l’âge de 18 ans, était associée à un risque cinq fois supérieur de développer de l’asthme. Plus la prise de poids est importante, plus le risque de développer de l’asthme augmenterait. De plus, le Pr Didier précise à l’AFP : “Le fait d’être en surpoids rend plus difficile de contrôler l’asthme et de la faire passer à un stade acceptable”. Si le lien entre asthme et obésité a clairement été établi, les causes n’ont pour le moment pas été identifiées. Parmi les hypothèses avancées, on retrouve notamment les facteurs génétiques, la modification des débits pulmonaires ou l’influence sur l’inflammation d’un régime riche en certains acides gras. La France compterait plus 4 millions d’asthmatiques.Le 23 avril 2011 à 12:08 • Emmanuel Perrin
Wednesday — 103 adult spring chinook, 20 steelhead. Year-to-date — 796 adult spring chinook, 2,273 steelhead. Year-to-date 10-year average — 13,586 adult spring chinook, 3,321 steelhead.Water temperature: 48.4 degrees. Water visibility: 3.0 feet. Streamflow: 360,000 cubic feet per second (10.48 feet on Vancouver gauge)
Former Manchester United defender Wes Brown says Alexis Sanchez is not a flop while also backing Marcus Rashford to prove a point this season.The former treble winner insists Sanchez would become a huge player for the club but also backs Martial and Rashford to challenge him for a place in the team.Sanchez joined Manchester United from Arsenal in January but has struggled to replicate his form at previous clubs, with just three goals in 18 appearances causing fans and pundits alike to blame Jose Mourinho’s system.“I don’t think it’s not working,” Brown said, as quoted by Goal.”“We all have faith in him, he was a fantastic player at Arsenal, he got bought in January.”“It takes a while to settle in and after one game I don’t think you can really say that. But you know he’s a fantastic talent and I’m sure he’ll be getting better all the time.”Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.Sanchez’s arrival at Old Trafford has seen reduced playing time for Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford but Brown believes both players can challenge the Chile international for a place in the team.“I like Martial, I really do. I know he didn’t get much game time last season but he’s a player that if I was playing against he’s just a pure threat with his speed.”“He’s a player that United have who definitely can change a game and hopefully he can get in the team.”“Players will be fighting for positions and in that area there’s a good battle going on. They’ve got fantastic players.”Brown added: “I like Rashford, complete threat I would call it. I’d hate to play against him.“I think he’s going to get better every year now, same with [Jesse] Lingard.”
RICHMOND, Va. — A winter storm delivered a sloppy smorgasbord of snow, freezing rain and sleet to the southern Mid-Atlantic region and other states Sunday, with parts of Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey seeing more than 3 inches of accumulation, making driving dangerous for millions of residents nationwide.The slow-moving storm prompted officials in Virginia, parts of Maryland and other states to urge residents to stay off the roads and forced scattered airport delays. In Wisconsin, there were several vehicle pileups due to snow and dangerous road conditions, with one fatal interstate rollover.In Pennsylvania, the snow wreaked havoc on the turnpike and covered the fields of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles in white.Paul Jones, 24, a youth hockey coach from Warminster in the Philadelphia suburbs, was on his way to a game in Lancaster when he got stuck — along with his fiance, another coach and three players — in a major backup on the turnpike.The roadway was “snow-covered, slick,” Jones said in an interview from the car, where he was a passenger and had been at a standstill for more than an hour.“People are in and out” of their vehicles, he said. “Kids are having a snowball fight on the side of the road, making snow angels, people are walking their dogs.”
Hyderabad: In a significant move, senior officials have decided to register attendance of all staff in Ayush department, from doctors to sweepers, through a special mobile application. All employees have been told to install the app in their mobile phones. The app will give location access to senior officials during office hours. At present, meetings are being held by officials even in various districts to create awareness and working about the new app among the Ayush staff. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Employee ID and mobile number have to be entered into this app to get going. However, this decision has not gone well with the doctors from the Health department. “We are against this “geo tagging”. How can they decide to track doctors like tagging done for animals. If access is given from mobile phones would it not lead to privacy breach,” questioned some of the doctors. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us Lalu Prasad Rathod from Telangana Government Doctors Association said that they are strongly opposing this move. He said that they never heard of doctors being tagged in the name of attendance, he said. Meanwhile, officials have explained that this decision was taken to ensure doctors are available to patients to offer better treatment. No employee would be affected with this app, they stressed.
Brahmastra: All about Ranbir Kapoor’s looks and character in the filmInstagramEver since the much awaited Brahmastra’s logo was launched, the buzz around the film refuses to die down. From Alia Bhatt – Ranbir Kapoor’s chemistry to the presence of Amitabh Bachchan in the fantasy-thriller triology, everything has been grabbing the headlines and how!While everything, from the looks of the stars to the sets had been kept a secret from the audience so far, we now have got access to some interesting details of the film. As per a report in Mid-day, Ranbir Kapoor would be seen playing the role of a DJ in the film. What’s more? The report reveals that Ranbir Kapoor would be unaware of his superpowers until one day he would accidentally find out about it.Ranbir would leave his house in the film due to a clash with his father and in his journey and struggle to fulfil his dreams and desires, he would be made aware of the super-powers he possess. What’s interesting is that Ranbir Kapoor’s superpower in the film would be to draw and unleash fire through his palms.Recently, while talking about the film, Alia Bhatt had revealed that she had insisted and almost begged Ayan Mukerji to get Ranbir Kapoor onboard so that she could work with him on the film. Not just that, she added that she always looks up to him and they both have very similar way of acting onscreen. “The idea for Brahmastra was conceived long back when Ayan had just done ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’. I wanted to work with him and I have always wanted to work with Ranbir as well. I pleaded to Ayan that please cast me with him,” Alia said in an interview with Firstpost.Scheduled to release in December this year, the film also has Amitabh Bachchan and Alia Bhatt in lead roles.
By BEN FINLEY, Associated PressNORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Black woman who’s running for Congress in Virginia has accused the state’s Democrats of reverting to their old ways of disenfranchisement by trying to remove her from the ballot, according to a legal motion filed Friday.Shaun Brown is a former Democrat now running as an independent in the hotly contested 2nd Congressional District on Virginia’s coast.In this July 25, 2016 file photo, Virginia delegate Shaun Brown walks around the convention floor during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)Democrats are suing state elections officials to end Brown’s candidacy. They’ve cited allegations of forged signatures and other mistakes on petitions that were collected to place Brown on the ballot.Democrats also claim that dozens of the allegedly fake signatures were turned in by campaign staffers working for Republican incumbent Congressman Scott Taylor.The Republican effort to help Brown is widely seen as strategy to split the Democratic vote in a race that could help Democrats retake the U.S. House.Brown’s filing made clear her intention to fight the Democratic lawsuit. She also rebuked the Democrats’ legal arguments and invoked the party’s past in Virginia.“Shaun Brown is a Black female citizen of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the United States of America,” the filing stated.“(The Democratic Party of Virginia) has a long history of racism and disenfranchisement of Black people in this Commonwealth,” the document added, citing poll taxes and literacy tests.Brown also accused Democrats of machine party politics by hand-picking Democratic candidate Elaine Luria before the June primary and “dumping scads of money in her lap.”The Virginia Democratic Party did not immediately return a message seeking comment.Brown was the Democratic candidate in Virginia’s 2nd District in 2016. She lost to Taylor by nearly 23 percentage points.Brown faces trial in October on charges that she defrauded the federal government through a summer meal program for children.Political observers say Brown’s candidacy still poses a threat to Democrats in what could be a war of attrition for votes. The race between Taylor and Luria has been listed as either a toss-up or as leaning Republican.
With technology fast becoming an integral part of people’s lives, parenting has also undergone a sea change in the last few years. In nuclear families, parenting apps are helping couples raise their offspring in a much more efficient and secure way.Today there are a number of smartphone apps to make parents’ life simple and more organised as far as kids are concerned.Launched in October 2010, “mycity4kids” has become an indispensable mobile platform for several mothers. “The idea for ‘mycity4kids’ struck me when my kids were six and two, respectively. Like other parents, we also used to dwell on how difficult it is to find appropriate things to do or places to go to where our kids could acquire new skills or just have a fun time,” said Vishal Gupta, the co-founder of the app. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The USP lies in the app’s unique mother-focussed content around which it has built the largest community of parents. “We would like to become the indispensable mobile platform for today’s multi-tasking mother by giving her access in one place to everything she needs and can learn from the shared experiences of other parents,” explained 40-year-old Gupta who lives in Gurgaon.The app offers highly utilitarian features like a “Family Calendar”, to-do lists, upcoming events, kids resources and parenting blogs that parents can access on the go to share their parenting responsibilities actively with others. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Being the first-movers in this category, we had to face many challenges in its initial stages and to create a unique business model,” Gupta added.This app is available for both Apple and Android users for downloading.The app currently caters to parents in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune.Soon, it will expand its reach in other cities. In the last one year, “mycity4kids” website has received 20 million page views by nearly 3.5 million parents. There are some other apps too for parents. For instance, “Family Tracker” helps parents track the whereabouts of their children and keep a tab on their activities inside
A new review of previous studies indicates that cessation of driving by older adults may contribute to a variety of health problems, especially depression.“For many older adults, driving is instrumental to their daily living and is a strong indicator of self-control, personal freedom and independence. Unfortunately, it is almost inevitable to face the decision to stop driving during the process of aging as cognitive and physical functions decline,” said senior author Guohua Li of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society study. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In older adults, declining health is a major reason they stop driving. But when they stop driving, this impacts their subsequent health and well being. “When the decision time comes, it is important to take into consideration the adverse health consequences of driving cessation and make personalised plans to maintain mobility and social functions,” added the professor from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in the US.
Kolkata: The West Bengal School Service Commission (SSC) has been discharged from contempt proceedings by the Calcutta High Court in connection with the publication of a merit list of candidates to recruit teachers for 12,905 vacancies. The contempt proceedings were initiated against the SSC on a petition alleging that the court’s September 18, 2018 order directing it to publish the merit list was not complied with properly. Satisfied with the submission of the SSC that it has published the merit list for the State Level Selection Test 2016, conducted by the SSC in accordance with rules, Justice Rajasekhar Mantha “discharged the contempt rule”. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed The petition was moved by candidates Monika Roy and Sabnam Banu. Hearing the contempt prayer moved by their lawyer Ashish Chowdhury, Justice Mantha on Monday directed the SSC to submit before it, within a day, what was done with regard to publication of the merit list of candidates who appeared for teachers’ recruitment examination. Appearing for the SSC, counsel Sutanu Kumar Patra Tuesday submitted that according to the commission’s rules, list of candidates who were empanelled and those waitlisted are published on the basis of marks obtained in the examination, and academic and professional qualification. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose Patra submitted that while the empanelment is done on the basis of actual number of vacancies, the waitlist is that of four candidates per 10 empanelled candidates. Thereafter, the personality test of these candidates is done and a further list of the selected candidates is published. He submitted that this has been done in the present case and as such the court’s order was complied with. Patra told the court that the number of vacancies for SLST 2016 was 12,905 across all subjects. Justice Mantha noted that an affidavit of compliance was filed by the SSC secretary stating that publication of the merit list has been done in accordance with the commission’s rules. The court expressed its satisfaction that the order of September 18, 2018 had been complied with. The SSC secretary and current chairman were present in the court during the hearing.
It is very evident that sports have played a major role in the fight to stop racism, as more and more black people now play rugby, with whites and Indians playing soccer.“As an Indian, contact sport in my community is uncommon, so you find more Indian people on the cricket field, as it is regarded as an Indian sport. But that’s just a stereotype people should really let go of. Sport for me, in particular rugby, has made me interact with different races and ethnic groups, so yes, sport has played a major role in the fight against racism,” says Indian rugby player Uvir Govender.Heinrich Slabbert, who is also a sportsman, stated that sport knows no race and they all go to play despite there being racial differences among players. “Because we love sport, we all gather to enjoy it!”Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Racism is prejudice, discrimination or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.Sport has played a major role in fighting racism in this country. Although stereotypes such as rugby is a ‘white man’s sport’, cricket an ‘Indian man’s sport’ and soccer a ‘black man’s sport’ still prevail, the love for sports by South Africans has somehow decreased the levels of racism in our country. Also read: #TAKEONRACISM: Is my dog racist?Also read: #TAKEONRACISM – Facebook man threatens to kill whites and Indians and Aids-rape their kidsAlso read: #TAKEONRACISM- Ladysmith couple who love each other to bitsAlso read: #TAKEONRACISM – Is racism colour blind or selective?Due to the love and passion for sport, people of all races and ethnic groups gather together at sporting venues to either support their respective teams or play the sport themselves.
During the first six months of the 2017 calendar year, Jamaica generated $1.46 billion in tourism earnings, recording a 7.5% growth over the corresponding period in 2016.In addition, the country welcomed 2,165,330 visitors up to the end of June this year, which was 3.9% higher than the corresponding period in 2016. The figures included 1,186,646 stopover visitors and 978,684 cruise passengers.Tourism Minister of Jamaica, Edmund Bartlett, while announcing these figures, said a record 104,098 stopover visitors arrived during the first two weeks of July, representing 14.9% increase over the corresponding period last year.The Minister said these out-turns indicated that the industry was, at the end of June, ahead of the government’s projected growth targets, aimed at increasing visitor arrivals to five million and generating $5 billion in five years.Bartlett said the cumulative out-turns for 2016 and the year-to-date indicated that “we really would be looking at a 5.5% increase and $1.6 billion (in) earnings, which would be a little over an eight percent increase in earnings over the previous year.”Of note, he said the industry’s growth averaged between eight and 11% for the first three months of the 2017/18 fiscal year, from April to June.