Prime Minister Receives Chinese Garden Gift from China for the People of Jamaica

first_imgPrime Minister Receives Chinese Garden Gift from China for the People of JamaicaJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Children and adults alike now have another outdoor space for recreation and relaxation as a result of the donation of the Harmonious Enjoyment Chinese Garden to the Government of Jamaica on Wednesday, August 19 at the Hope Botanical Gardens. Marking 43 years of diplomatic ties between Jamaica and the People’s Republic of China and in honour of Jamaica’s independence, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller officially accepted the Chinese Garden as a gift from the Asian country, which was constructed inside the Hope Botanical Gardens at a cost of $237.8 Million. The CHASE Fund and the Chinese Benevolent Association contributed $5 Million and $1 Million respectively. Noting that the Chinese are an important part of the Jamaican family, Mrs. Simpson Miller added that the Chinese Garden is a celebration of a common heritage amidst diversity, national and bilateral unity and cultural strength. She said that: “It is also a testament to Jamaica’s political Independence and the bold internationalism that propelled us to forge and advance diplomatic ties with China in 1972.” Jamaica was the first country in the Caribbean region to establish diplomatic relations with China. Mrs. Simpson Miller said that the contentious and unpopular decision at the time was led by former Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Michael Manley, “who was certain of the moral correctness of our defence of the ‘One China’ policy.” The Prime Minister declared that “Our bonds of friendship and cooperation have withstood the stormy currents of global geopolitics.” Prime Minister Receives Chinese Garden Gift from China for the People of Jamaica Office of the Prime MinisterAugust 21, 2015Written by: OPM Communications Unit RelatedNational Disaster Risk Management Volunteers’ Programme (NDRMVP) RelatedPut Aside Negative Thoughts – PM RelatedPrime Minister Simpson Miller Commends Jamaica’s Sportsmen and Sportswomen Photo: JIS PhotographerAfter signing the official documents marking the presentation and acceptance of the Chinese Garden from the People’s Republic of China to the Government and people of Jamaica, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller (right) and Charge d’ Affaires, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China Mr. Xia Guoshun pose for the cameras at the Garden launch on Wednesday, August 19 at the Hope Botanical Gardens. Marking 43 years of diplomatic ties between Jamaica and the People’s Republic of China and in honour of Jamaica’s independence, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller officially accepted the Chinese Garden as a gift from the Asian country, which was constructed inside the Hope Botanical Gardens at a cost of $237.8 million. Expressing gratitude on behalf of the Government and the people of Jamaica, Mrs. Simpson Miller said that “We appreciate the gesture of kindness and friendship of the Government and people of the People’s Republic of China. A gift as beautiful as this is a gift that keeps on giving.  It is timeless!”  Charge d’ Affaires, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China Mr. Xia Guoshun expressed appreciation for the cooperation between Jamaica and China. Advertisements Story HighlightsChildren and adults alike now have another outdoor space for recreation and relaxation as a result of the donation of the Harmonious Enjoyment Chinese Garden to the Government of Jamaica on Wednesday, August 19 at the Hope Botanical Gardens.Marking 43 years of diplomatic ties between Jamaica and the People’s Republic of China and in honour of Jamaica’s independence, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller officially accepted the Chinese Garden as a gift from the Asian country.Ground was broken for the garden project in February 2014. Ground was broken for the garden project in February 2014. Since the formal documents for the acceptance of the gift were signed in February 2010 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the Nature Preservation Foundation has been working on the Chinese Garden Project to bring it to fruition. In the garden, families can experience the outstanding indications of Chinese architecture informed by the philosophy of harmony and Feng Shui. Additionally, the original Lily Pond, featuring an outline of the Island of Jamaica, which was previously only accessible by the wildlife at the pond or by boat, still takes centre-stage in the newly designed garden in keeping with Chinese architecture.  This water feature is said to symbolise ‘communication and dreams’.last_img read more

When it comes to match play, pay attention to Kisner

first_imgAUSTIN, Texas – Over the next few months, experts will yammer on about how this player or that player is built for match play, and sometimes this is true. Ian Poulter seems as if he was created in a lab to play match play – well, that, and to torture American galleries at the Ryder Cup – and in another lifetime Paul Azinger carried the flag for the United States. Match-play players are gritty and stubborn and unrelenting. But those in the halls of power for the American teams don’t really believe that. If they did, Kevin Kisner wouldn’t have watched the last two American team events from his couch. Kisner is arguably the red, white and blue’s best match-play player and yet Jim Furyk, the ’18 American Ryder Cup skipper, took a pass. Ditto for Tiger Woods in ’19 for the Presidents Cup. Kisner wouldn’t tell you he should have been on those teams. That’s not his style. Where he’s from, telling people how good you are isn’t what you do. But his record in the format speaks loudly enough. WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Full bracket | Scoring | Group standings In ’19 when he won the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, he beat Francesco Molinari in the semifinals when he was still Francesco Molinari. The Italian was just months removed from his perfect week at the Ryder Cup and had recently won the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Before his ’19 triumph, Kisner finished runner-up at the ’18 edition and after two scrappy matches this week at Austin Country Club he remains unbeaten and on a collision course with Matt Kuchar to decide who from their stacked group advances to the weekend. Kisner doesn’t like match play; he lives for it. “I love it. That’s the whole reason I play. If it’s not worth grinding then I don’t want to be out here,” he said following his 2-and-1 victory over world No. 2 Justin Thomas on Day 2. Kisner is now 16-5-1 at the WGC-Match Play and he was undefeated at the ’17 Presidents Cup (2-0-2) in his only start for an American team as a professional. “That’s the most fun I’ve probably ever had playing golf was playing team golf,” Kisner said of his Presidents Cup experience. As for being passed over by the last two U.S. captains, Kisner will tell you that if he really wanted to be on those teams he should have qualified and that’s not up for debate. But it’s also not up for debate that he deserved to be picked. Both things can be true. Steve Sticker is the U.S. Ryder Cup captain this year. Six players will automatically qualify and Stricker will have six picks. Kisner is currently 16th in the standings. On a captain’s check list Kisner hits a lot of boxes, including playing well with others. At the Zurich Classic, a two-man team event he plays with good buddy Scott Brown, he’s finished runner-up (2017) and tied for fifth (2019). He’s also very much no-nonsense and would easily fit into any team room. But most of all, he’s a dogged competitor with a demeanor that was made for match play. “I really enjoy the one-on-one competitive nature of the event,” he said. “I really like knowing what I have to do on every shot compared to a four-day event. I kind of get lost in the motions sometimes when it’s a Friday morning or Friday afternoon and everything’s not going perfect. I think you got to grind all 18 holes and that keeps my head in the game.” Yet instead of picking Kisner, Woods went chalk with his picks for the Presidents Cup, selecting Nos. 9 Tony Finau, 10 Gary Woodland, 11 Rickie Fowler, 12 Patrick Reed and 13 Tiger Woods. Kisner ranked 14th on the final list. A year earlier, Furyk selected Finau, 15th on the final Ryder Cup points list, over Kisner, who was again 14th. Kisner beat Finau on Day 2 of that year’s WGC-Match Play along with European Poulter (8 and 6, no less), Alex Noren and Bernd Wiesberger on his way to the championship match. But none of that seemed to matter. Thursday was quintessential Kisner. He relentlessly took a 4-up lead through 10 holes against Thomas, who is just two weeks removed from his dominant performance at The Players Championship, and withstood a late rally to extend his winning streak in the event to eight matches. “He’s a tough competitor. He’s not going to ever give anything away,” said Kuchar, who will play Kisner in Friday’s decisive final pool-play match. “He’s a grinder, a bulldog, he’s a guy that’s going to always be in every hole. “Shoot, certainly when you’re on a team you love having a guy like that on your team, knowing that that guy’s giving you everything he’s got on every hole.” It’s a lesson Kuchar learned in ’19 when he lost to Kisner, 3 and 2, in the championship bout. Let’s hope it’s a lesson American captains have finally figured out.last_img read more

Poll: Clinton Has Seven-Point Lead Over Trump In Georgia

first_img Related Stories An audio version of this story.0:35Could another Clinton win Georgia in November?A couple of days ago, a poll by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution had Democrat Hillary Clinton with a slight lead over Republican challenger Donald Trump in Georgia in the presidential race.And although some people believe polls should be taken with a grain of salt, they appear to show a trend that’s growing.  According to a JMC Analytics poll over the weekend, Clinton has a seven-point cushion – 44 percent to 37 percent — in Georgia.That’s above the poll’s four-point error margin.The poll gives Clinton her strongest lead yet in a statewide poll in Georgia since early April, according to the elections blog FiveThirtyEight. The poll currently gives Clinton a 51.4 percent chance of winning Georgia’s 16 electoral votes in November.The last Democratic presidential candidate to win Georgia was Bill Clinton in 1992. 0:35 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility For Whom The Bell Rings Sharelast_img read more

Initial vote count shows pro-tenant candidates poised for wins

first_imgClockwise from top left: Jabari Brisport, Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Julia Salazar (Getty)As polls closed on Tuesday, progressives across New York City took victory laps — even though primary election winners won’t be determined until a record number of absentee ballots are counted starting July 1.A number of state legislators favored by real estate had disappointing nights. In a Brooklyn Senate race, Assembly member Tremaine Wright trails public school teacher Jabari Brisport, who is backed by the Democratic Socialists of America, 17,113 to 13,301, after polling-site votes were counted.In Astoria, Assembly member Aravella Simotas is behind foreclosure-prevention counselor Zohran Mamdani, another DSA endorsee, 4,228 votes to 3,639.Elsewhere in Queens, six-term Woodside Assembly member Michael DenDekker is lagging progressive challenger Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, who ran on a platform that included canceling rent, passing “good cause” eviction and eliminating rent increases for major capital improvements.During a press conference Wednesday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo downplayed local incumbents’ struggles.“There’s no doubt that there’s an awareness, there’s an energy that’s up and I think it’s all good,” said Cuomo. “But I’m more focused on November and the general election. If you want to make real change, you have to change the president of the United States.”However, New York elections have had a profound impact on real estate for decades, including the 2018 races that flipped the Senate to Democratic control and led to an overhaul of the rent-stabilization law last year.After Tuesday’s count, most of the antagonists of the real estate industry who won seats two years ago are far ahead, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and state Sens. Julia Salazar, Jessica Ramos and Alessandra Biaggi. The results suggest that the progressive wave in 2018 was less an aberration than a fundamental shift in the city’s politics.In Lower Manhattan, second-term Assembly member Yuh-Line Niou has a lead over her challenger, businesswoman Grace Lee, while in Brooklyn, Assembly member Diana Richardson fended off a challenge from Jesse Hamilton, a former member of the landlord-friendly Independent Democratic Conference in the Senate.But insurgent candidates promising to decommodify housing did not perform so well everywhere. Tenant activist Marcela Mitaynes in Sunset Park is in second place in a four-way Assembly race led by incumbent Felix Ortiz, who has been in office for a quarter century. In Crown Heights, Assembly member Walter Mosley — who is more open to real estate development than union nurse challenger Phara Souffrant Forrest — has a slim lead.And in a twist, two candidates who didn’t heed calls to shun real estate donations — which has become a political liability in recent years — performed well. Bronx City Council member Ritchie Torres emerged as the leader in a 12-candidate congressional primary featuring Assembly member Michael Blake, City Council member Ruben Díaz Sr. and DSA-backed Samelys López. In the Queens borough president race, pro-development City Council member Donovan Richards edged out former City Council member Elizabeth Crowley.Democratic primary wins are considered tantamount to victory in November in all of these deep-blue districts.The Board of Elections sent out more than 1.8 million absentee ballots across the state, a 16-fold increase from the 2016 presidential primary. It had received 795,000 back as of midday Wednesday. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more