India take on New Zealand in the 1st semi-final and are being touted as favourites to reach their 2nd World Cup final of the decade.Virat Kohli’s men finished on the top of the 10-team points table with 15 points, 4 more than New Zealand who scraped through to the last-four. New Zealand and Pakistan were tied on points but the Black Caps managed to reach the semi-final due to their better net run rate.Speaking to the International Cricket Council on the eve of the big-ticket semi-final, Ravi Shastri said India’s familiarity of New Zealand will help them in the semi-final.Notably, India thrashed New Zealand 4-1 in an ODI series in New Zealand earlier this year.”We have played against them quite a bit as well. We toured New Zealand and they were in India some time ago. They know what to expect, we also know what to expect,” Ravi Shastri said.There was certainly no lack of confidence in either camp ahead of the v semi-final in Manchester #TeamIndia | #BackTheBlackCaps | #CWC19pic.twitter.com/8C3iG7q9pZCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 9, 2019The Indian head coach added that India have been treating every game at World Cup 2019 with equal importance and their approach won’t change just because it’s a semi-final match on Tuesday.”We treat every game as a new game. Opposition doesn’t matter. Our job is to get out there and do our jobs. As an individual and as a team,” Ravi Shastri added.”You might call it a semi-final, for us it’s just another game. Do what you have been doing… you don’t have to anything different just because it’s a semi-final. Stick to what you have been doing… what happens after that will happen.”advertisementALSO READ | Rohit Sharma’s form in World Cup 2019 no surprise, says Ravi ShastriALSO READ | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni turns to ‘former spinner’ Ravi Shastri for adviceALSO WATCH | Watch: Fans wish MS Dhoni as Indian players arrive in Manchester ahead of World Cup semi-final
The scholars, aptly described by High Commissioner Ramocan as “amazing future leaders of Jamaica”, comprised 14 Chevening, five Commonwealth and one Jamaica National Foundation scholarship awardees, who are studying various disciplines in the UK. Jamaica’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), His Excellency Seth Ramocan, on Thursday (July 6) hosted 23 Jamaican scholars at a luncheon in their honour at the High Commission in London.The scholars, aptly described by High Commissioner Ramocan as “amazing future leaders of Jamaica”, comprised 14 Chevening, five Commonwealth and one Jamaica National Foundation scholarship awardees, who are studying various disciplines in the UK.High Commissioner Ramocan lauded the students for their hard work, commitment and outstanding performances, which led to their selection for these important and competitive placements.He indicated that they were not only future leaders, but influencers of change and were very important in helping to build positive relations in the UK.“Jamaica is a leader is so many areas, but not enough acknowledgement is given to the fact that we have produced so many impressive scholars over the years,” he noted.During the luncheon, discussions were held on issues such as the Economic Growth Council (ECG), correspondent banking, as well as diaspora engagement with second-, third- and fourth-generation Jamaicans.The scholars expressed a desire to work more closely with youths within the UK diaspora to increase their knowledge and understanding of Jamaica.In addition, it was highlighted that there is a need to ensure that linkages are maintained by scholars on their return to Jamaica.The students, most of whom are studying at the master’s level, are completing their theses for submission in a few weeks, after which the majority of them will return to Jamaica. High Commissioner Ramocan lauded the students for their hard work, commitment and outstanding performances, which led to their selection for these important and competitive placements. Jamaica’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), His Excellency Seth Ramocan, on Thursday (July 6) hosted 23 Jamaican scholars at a luncheon in their honour at the High Commission in London. Story Highlights
zoomImage Courtesy: Kvarken Link/Rauma Marine Constructions Kvarken Link, a Finnish-Swedish consortium, has inked a letter of intent (LOI) with Finnish shipbuilder Rauma Marine Constructions Oy (RMC) for the construction of a new car and passenger ferry with a hybrid propulsion system.As informed, the newbuilding is set to operate between the Finnish city of Vaasa and the Swedish city of Umeå. It is expected to be delivered by April 30, 2021.It will have two cargo decks with a total capacity of 1,500 lane meters for lorries. In addition, the ferry will be able to accommodate 800 passengers.The vessel will be designed to be environmentally friendly, with a machinery running on a dual fuel and battery solution, and the main source of fuel being liquefied natural gas (LNG). The vessel will also be able to use biogas produced in Vaasa.According to RMC, the ferry has an ice class of 1A Super, which guarantees that the vessel is able to navigate in the challenging ice conditions of the Kvarken region as independently as possible.The vessel order has a value of around EUR 120 million (USD 137.6 million). The formal construction agreement is to be signed in early 2019, with the design and construction work set to start immediately thereafter, as explained by Jyrki Heinimaa, CEO of RMC.“I would like to express my highest appreciation to all involved for the hard work performed, bringing the project to a success. The Board of Directors would also like to thank everybody in their different roles for the positive development of the future business relations between Ostrobothnia and Västerbotten,” Mayor Tomas Häyry, Chairman of the Board of Directors, commented.