The upcoming winter tourist season expected to be one of the best ever. Story Highlights There were 1,659,330 visitors from January to October 2013. The figures for Montego Bay and Kingston are showing increases for September and October. Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, says the tourism industry is showing good results, with the upcoming winter tourist season expected to be one of the best ever.“I am pleased to tell you that the tourism industry is doing well. We have enjoyed a good summer after a relatively weak winter (2012) and even with 2,000 (10 per cent) of room inventory off the market, Jamaica’s visitor arrivals since August have bucked the regional trend for flat arrivals in 2013,” the Minister said.Dr. McNeill, who was addressing the official launch of the Agro-Tourism Farmers’ Market Initiative in Negril on October 30, informed that there were 1,659,330 visitors from January to October, which is a 0.2 per cent increase over the same period last year.“In fact, we are experiencing the best October ever,” he said, noting that arrivals are expected to reach the two million mark by year-end.He said the figures for Montego Bay and Kingston are showing increases for September and October, with Kingston’s performance being particularly impressive, given the absence of 303 rooms due to the closure of Wyndham Kingston Hotel.He credited the improvements to the continued drive to diversify the source markets, moving beyond the traditional markets of the United States, Canada, and Western Europe, and tapping into Latin American and Eastern Europe.“We have good airlifts arrangements in place,” the Tourism Minister indicated.“Starting November 1, Russia will be moving from 320 seats to 500 seats. Then on November 7, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will make its inaugural flight to the Caribbean, landing in Montego Bay. The extended flying range and fuel efficiency of this Dreamliner mean bigger and better things for Jamaica as it will open up new market opportunities for Jamaica, enabling us to reach deeper into Europe and Asia than had been possible before,” he pointed out.The Minister also revealed that the waiving of visa requirements has assisted in gaining ground in Russia and opened the door to Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway, Hungary and Sweden) the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Ukraine.“While these numbers are great for Jamaica and great for the economy, I am on a mission to ensure that every Jamaican benefits from the tourism earnings. Tourism can be sustainable if the man on the ground is involved and enjoys the tourism returns,” Dr. McNeill said.
Rohan Sen NapierJanuary 23, 2019UPDATED: January 23, 2019 11:02 IST India vs New Zealand 1st ODI in Napier: Kuldeep Yadav picked four wickets. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKuldeep Yadav picked four wickets in his 1st match in New ZealandKuldeep also got the big wicket of New Zealand captain Kane WilliamsonNew Zealand were bowled out for 157 in the first ODIBrief scores – New Zealand 157-all out (38 overs) vs India in Napier. Kane Williamson (64), Kuldeep Yadav (4/39), Mohammed Shami (3/19). Full ScorecardKuldeep Yadav has made an early impression in his maiden one-day international series in New Zealand as he bagged a four-wicket haul in the ongoing first match in Napier on Wednesday.Kuldeep finished with figures of 4 for 39 as India bowled out New Zealand for 157 after Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bat.Kuldeep got the wickets of the skipper Williamson (64), Doug Bracewell (7), Lockig Ferguson (0) and Trent Boult (1) to rip through the Kiwi batting lineup.”It’s my first tour in New Zealand. The grounds are small here. And the wicket is very flat. We just stuck to our basics. Me and (Yuzvendra) Chahal. That’s it. This total is chaseable. It’s very easy. I’m sure we should win it.INDIA VS NEW ZEALAND 1ST ODI LIVE SCORE”Looking forward to the World Cup, these games are important, in all three departments, especially fielding. When we play in Australia also, there was a lot of home support. Coming here, to New Zealand, we’re getting the same support. It’s really amazing,” Kuldeep said at the mid-innings break.The spin twins – Kuldeep and Yuzvendra Chahal – made the most of the situation after fast bowler Mohammed Shami gave India the perfect start by removing openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro inside within four deliveries inside the first five overs.The spinners then came to play as they chocked the run-flow by picking up wickets at regular intervals.advertisementShami finished with three wickets for 19 runs from just 6 overs while Chahal got two wickets. Even part-time spinner Kedar Jadhav managed to get a wicket.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Kuldeep YadavFollow Mohammad ShamiFollow Yuzvendra ChahalFollow New Zealand vs IndiaFollow India vs New ZealandFollow India vs New Zealand 1st ODI India vs New Zealand: Sticking to basics works for Kuldeep Yadav in NapierBrief scores – New Zealand 157-all out (38 overs) vs India in Napier. Williamson (64), Kuldeep (4/39), Shami (3/19). Kuldeep Yadav starred in his very first match in New Zealand as he bagged four wickets to help India bowl the hosts out for 157 in the Napier ODI on Wednesday.advertisement
Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesDemocrat Conor Lamb appears to have won the special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, based on a review of the vote by public radio station WESA.Updated at 3:50 p.m. ETDemocrat Conor Lamb appears to have won the special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, defeating Republican Rick Saccone in an upset for President Trump and congressional Republicans, based on a review of the vote by member station WESA and barring a recount.That a Democrat is even close in this Western Pennsylvania congressional district can mean only one thing — bad news for Republicans in this midterm year.“We should be able to elect a box of hammers in this district,” veteran Republican strategist Mike Murphy told the Washington Post’s Robert Costa. “If we’re losing here, you can bet there is a Democratic wave coming.”Why the alarm bells?Consider: Not only is this a district President Trump won by about 20 points in November 2016, as plenty have pointed out, but there are 118 Republicans sitting in seats Trump won by less than the 18th Congressional District in Pennsylvania. Democrats need to flip a net of 24 seats to take back control of the House.It’s important to not overread the results of any special election, but the result — no matter which way it goes in the end — raises questions about the Trump coalition and how much it transfers to the Republican Party broadly; the GOP’s messaging on everything from continuing to use House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as a cudgel to the tax bill; and whether Republicans can hold off a Democratic wave given that this result was yet another example of Democrats’ holding on to the enthusiasm advantage.Where the race goes from hereMember station WESA has reviewed current vote counts from all of the individual counties in the district. That count shows Lamb with a lead of 627 votes. Between provisional ballots, absentee ballots and military/residents overseas ballots still outstanding, there are only 618 votes left to count based on the latest numbers. That gives Lamb an insurmountable lead.This is barring the potential for a protest recount, which would be based on evidence of voter fraud or errors in counting. Pennsylvania law does not provide for an automatic recount in congressional races.There is no timeline for certification of the race at this point, according to the Pennsylvania secretary of state’s office.A recount is an outside possibility at this point. One would be triggered if three people in each precinct come forward with evidence of voter fraud or counting errors. Loosely, they have until the middle of next week to do that.Warning signs for GOP that the Trump coalition may not be transferableWhite, working-class voters were key to Trump’s presidential victory — and there are plenty of them in this district.Trump won whites with some or no college education by 39 points, a wider margin than any candidate since at least 1980.There are no exit polls to know for sure how this group voted Tuesday, but Lamb made clear appeals to them — and it would be impossible to make up a 20-point gap without at least some crossover. In fact, dozens of precincts went more Democratic than in the 2016 election.Lamb also benefited from Saccone’s history of supporting “right to work” legislation in the state Legislature. The district has a sizable number of union households that might have been willing to support a different Republican candidate, but unions and the Lamb campaign were able to define Saccone as anti-union.Also, turnout was pretty high, especially for a special election in March. It was so high, in fact, more people voted than in the gubernatorial general election during the last midterm in 2014.What’s more, the approximately 228,000 people who went to the polls were 78 percent of the approximately 294,000 cast for Republican Rep. Tim Murphy. Murphy ran unopposed in 2016 but resigned last October amid a sex scandal, which set this special election in motion.Republicans spent some $10 million to try to hold this district (that won’t even exist in nine months because of the maps’ being redrawn by the state Supreme Court) and turn out their voters. But despite the relatively high turnout, Saccone got only about 113,000 votes (the same as Lamb) — less than 40 percent of Murphy’s total in 2016.Trump made an eleventh-hour visit this past weekend to try to help Saccone over the line.“I think the president helped close this race,” House Speaker Paul Ryan contended Wednesday, per NPR’s Susan Davis.But that does not appear to have been enough.The Pelosi factor and the tax bill messagingDoes this win for Democrats mean they will start to abandon Pelosi? It very well might, but it depends on the district. A couple of things to look at:Republicans seemed to abandon talk of the tax bill, something Democrats point to as the weakness of its message. (One moderate Democratic member of Congress, though, told NPR last week he thinks it’s been Democrats who have struggled with how to speak out against the tax bill, as some people see higher paychecks.)Republicans also hit Lamb hard, trying to tie him to Pelosi. But it didn’t work this time. Lamb cut a conservative Democratic figure and distanced himself from the minority leader.To which Ryan had this to say: “This is something that you’re not going to see repeated, because they [Democrats] didn’t have a primary. They were able to pick a candidate who could run as a conservative, who ran against the minority leader, who ran on a conservative agenda. You will have primaries in all these other races, and the primaries bring them to the left. So I just don’t think this is something they’re going to be able to see a repeat of.”But it provides a road map for Democrats in these very kinds of districts if they want to win. That has to be worrying for Republicans.It also does raise the question of what Democrats do about Pelosi. If they win the House back in large measure by running against Pelosi, can they really then turn around and re-elect her speaker this fall? And there’s the question of whether enough Democratic candidates will vow not to support her for speaker that she can’t get elected.The suburbs and making inroads in rural areasFifty-two percent of Lamb’s vote came from the suburban precincts in Allegheny County outside Pittsburgh.If Democrats are going to win back the House, their road goes through the suburbs. Nationally, in 2016, Trump won the suburbs with 49 percent. In 2012, Mitt Romney got 50 percent in them. So that’s key.Lamb won only a handful of precincts in the other three more rural counties in this district, but dozens of precincts went more Democratic than in the 2016 presidential election for Trump.In other words, Lamb was able to cut into Republican margins — and when every vote counts, as in a race like this, it can make all the difference.NPR’s Arnie Seipel contributed to this report.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
The Finance Minister announced that 160 non-functional airports will be developed at a cost of Rs 50-100 crore each. This is a welcome move as it will improve connectivity within the country especially in tier two and beyond towns and cities and thereby help boost the travel and tourism industry. The Budget also proposed to increase the excise duty on Aviation Turbine Fuel from 8% to 14%. The financial health of the aviation industry of the country was just beginning to stabilise but this move will have some adverse impact on the demand side for the industry. Lastly, service tax has now been increased to 15% from 14.5%. Krishi Kalyan Cess at 0.5% will be levied on all taxable services. While it is understandable that this move is aimed towards financing initiatives for improvement of agriculture and welfare of farmers, this will lead to paid services becoming dearer. Worth mentioning that service tax has been consistently increasing over the past few years, it stood at 12.36% in 2013-14. Not only service based companies but also the end consumer of the services will bear the brunt of this move.