Month: October 2019

Aaradhya Bachchan rolls her eyes at Akash Ambani wedding bash. Internet dies laughing

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first_img India Today Web Desk MumbaiMarch 10, 2019UPDATED: March 11, 2019 11:05 IST Aaradhya Bachchan with her parents Aishwarya and Abhishek. Photo: Yogen ShahAaradhya Bachchan arrived at Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta's wedding bash looking as stunning as her mother Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta are capping off their wedding festivities with a grand bash today and a reception party tomorrow. The festivities today are taking place at the Jio World Centre in Mumbai.While the media is capturing every star arriving at the celebration, Aaradhya was the one who caught everyone's attention with her cute shenanigans.The Bachchan daughter was caught rolling her eyes while posing with her parents. Aaradhya's video from the wedding bash has gone viral on social media and is making netizens fall in love with her.Watch the video here:Both Aishwarya and Abhishek looked adorable at the party. While Aishwarya wore a pink anarkali, Abhishek opted for a black tux for the bash.LIVE UPDATES: AKASH AMBANI AND SHLOKA MEHTA'S WEDDING PARTYMany celebs, including Juhi Chawla, Kiara Advani, Kiran Rao, Akhshay Kumar and more have also arrived at the event.Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta tied the knot yesterday in a dreamy wedding ceremony at the Jio World Centre in Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai. The wedding bash saw some of the biggest names from Bollywood, politics, business and sports in attendance.ALSO SEE | Fireworks light up Mumbai sky for Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta wedding bashadvertisementALSO SEE| What newlyweds Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta wore for wedding partyALSO SEE | Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta wedding party in Mumbai: Inside pics from Jio World CentreALSO WATCH | Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta wedding: Watch what happened at Jio World CentreGet 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 Posted byVibha Maru Tags :Follow Akash AmbaniFollow Shloka MehtaFollow Aishwarya Rai BachchanFollow Aaradhya Bachchan Aaradhya Bachchan rolls her eyes at Akash Ambani wedding bash. Internet dies laughingAaradhya Bachchan's video from Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta's wedding bash is going viral on social media and is making netizens fall in love with her.advertisement Nextlast_img

Top billing up for grabs

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first_img Rohit Paniker New DelhiMarch 25, 2019UPDATED: March 25, 2019 13:26 IST With the withdrawal of Chen Yufei, He Bingjiao is the highest-seeded women's singles player at India Open (IANS Photo)The India Open 2019 was on Sunday dealt with a major blow as World No. 2 and reigning All England Championship winner Chen Yufei and defending champion Shi Yuqi withdrew from the tournament just two days before the main draw.The Chinese duo, top seeds at the tournament, cited injury as the reason behind their withdrawal. The extent of the injury is yet to be known,The 22-member contingent arrived in the Capital in the early hours of Sunday and also held a practice session later in the afternoon at the KD Jadhav Indoor Hall of IG Stadium - which is also the venue for the tournament.Speaking to Mail Today, Girish Natu, the technical director of the India Open, said: "We just received the letter from China that Shi Yuqi and Chen Yufei have withdrawn from the tournament. They have cited injury concerns. We don't know the extent of the injuries as we haven't received their medical certificate. The Chinese coaches are yet to arrive, they come on Monday and we will only know once they hand us the certificates. The qualifiers will now take their place in the tournament."The absence of these top-billed players blows the main draw wide open, especially in the women's singles which already misses the star power without the big names in Carolina Marin, Sung Ji Hyun and World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying.Earlier this week, Saina Nehwal, seeded fifth, pulled out after failing to recover from an acute gastroenteritis problem.In the absence of the highest world-ranked Chinese singles players, PV Sindhu becomes the favourite for the women's crown, much like Danish World No. 4 Viktor Axelsen, in the men's singles.advertisementSindhu, seeded second, will be closely followed by third seed He Bingjiao and 2016 winner Ratchanok Intanon.Additional responsibilities now lay on the shoulders of young Chinese shuttler Bingjiao, who was all smiles during the practice session on Sunday.The 22-year-old World Championship bronze medallist finished quarter-finalist at All England and enters the India Open with a fresh perspective and an aim to put an end to her title drought."The biggest thing I changed about my game was my attitude towards it. When I started, I wasn't that serious. I was young and just wanted to play. Now, that the senior players have retired and we have really entered the fray, I feel a sense of responsibility towards my country. I have become more serious and have been working much harder to achieve my goals," she said.With one eye on the Tokyo Olympics qualifiers, starting April 29, Bingjiao has made already chosen her priorities."I have three main targets after this tournament. First, I want to work closely with my team members to win the Sudirman Cup that will be held in China. Secondly, my bigger target will be to improve upon my performance at the World Championships. Last year, I beat Tai Tzu but failed to progress further. I want to improve on that.Third, and most important target for me, is to work hard to qualify for the Tokyo Games. It is a dream for any athlete to play at the Olympics and while I don't think about winning medals, my focus remains on qualifying for it," she concluded.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 Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India Open 2019Follow He BingjiaoFollow Chen YufeiFollow PV Sindhu Top billing up for grabsWorld No. 2 Shi Yuqi and Chen Yufei withdraw from India Open as Bingjiao now headlines Chinese contingentadvertisementlast_img

Artisanal Vermouth: A Drink That Can Stand Alone

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first_img1. Oregon-based Imbue is a company that prides itself on only making vermouth, nothing else. 2. New York-based Atsby vermouth is great on its own or in a classic cocktail. 3. Australia’s Maidenii crafts artisanal vermouths using botanicals indigenous to the country. Why Every Man Should Care About Slow Fashion Thank the Italians. In the late 18th century, they were the first to create vermouth. The fortified wine was often drunk on its own but morphed into a key ingredient in many standard cocktails, from the Martini to the Manhattan to the Negroni. Although Europeans have long drunk vermouth on its own, Americans were late to the party. Thanks to today’s artisanal varieties, tipplers on this side of the Atlantic can enjoy the classic beverage the way nature intended.The Manual has selected a few of our favorite artisanal vermouths from around the country and beyond.ImbueGaston, OregonWinemakers in the United States have gotten on the vermouth bandwagon in recent years. Not so Oregon-based Imbue. The company prides itself on being a vermouth company, not a winery that “dabbles in vermouth.” Imbue’s vermouths are a combination of white wine and Pinot Gris brandy and a number of botanicals including chamomile, cinnamon and elderflower.  The Petal & Thorn version is aromatic, with hints of orange peel and rose, giving it sweetness with a bit of a kick. Still too sweet? Try the brand’s Bittersweet Vermouth, which offers hints of pear, lemongrass and elderflower.AtsbyNew York, New YorkIf F. Scott Fitzgerald were still alive, he’d probably prefer Atsby vermouth, or at the very least, have one of his characters in “The Great Gatsby” drink it. A New York–based brand launched by lawyer Adam Ford, Atsby pays homage to vermouths from the 1930s, the beverage’s heyday. Atsby has two varieties: Amberthorn and Armadillo Cake. The former is more akin to a sweet vermouth with hints of nettle, French lavender and basil. The latter is darker and richer with hints of nutmeg and other fall botanicals.MaideniiAustraliaAlthough many stateside vermouths have nothing to do with their European counterparts, other vermouth makers trust Italian and French winemakers to give them a more traditional product. Enter Australia’s Maidenii. A collaboration between French winemaker Gilles Lapalus and Australian Shaun Byrne, Maidenii takes the best of the old and new worlds and fashions vermouth that looks and tastes European but has an Australian sensibility. A base of wormwood and wine, Maidenii crafts vermouth with 34 botanticals, 12 of which are native to Australia. You can taste hints of strawberry gum and wattleseed as well as river mint. The brand offers three varieties: classic, sweet and dry. Opt for the dry vermouth, which is made with locally-sourced viognier, yarrow and Japanese gentian. It’s great on its own or in a classic Martini. Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini Editors' Recommendations center_img How to Make a Bee’s Knees Cocktail How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club Welcome to the Botanist Bar, Canada’s Most Extraordinary Cocktail Bar last_img

Adaptive Climbers Head to Championship

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first_img Shark Tank Style: The Winning Clothes You’ll Actually Want to Wear World-Class Runner Caryn Lubetsky Didn’t Run Her First Marathon Until She Was 40 19 Books By Female Authors Every Man Should Read (or Re-Read) in 2019 She couldn’t know it at the time, but Kareemah Batts’ cancer diagnosis was going to change lives. It would inspire her to create the Adaptive Climbing Group, providing people with disabilities the support and training to climb, boulder, and compete at the highest levels.In 2009, Batts was diagnosed with an extremely rare but aggressive form of soft tissue cancer called Synovial Sarcoma, which has a mortality rate of 70%. Batts was one of the lucky 30% who go into remission, but it came at a great cost: decreased lung function and half of her left leg was amputated. She had always been active and enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and camping in her youth. About a year after the amputation, Batts applied for, and received, a scholarship to the Colorado Mountain School where she was challenged more than she anticipated. But it was also that much more rewarding because of the difficulty.Renewed, she realized there were others who faced physical or developmental challenges that may seem like obstacles to the sport of climbing, but in fact, weren’t. So, in March of 2012 at Brooklyn Boulders gym, Batts held the first “NYC Adaptive Climbing Clinic,” where over two days, 38 adults with disabilities realized climbing was absolutely within reach. The clinic turned into a meet-up, and that meet-up quickly grew. More clinics were organized around the east coast transforming lives. The group’s name also transformed from NYC Adaptive Climbing, to simply Adaptive Climbing Group.The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) recognizes adaptive climbers and offer four categories of eligibility: Amputation/Limb Difference, Neurological (examples include Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, or traumatic brain injury), Spinal cord injury, and/or visual impairment that cannot be rectified by glasses. Batts and Adaptive Climbing Group are on the frontlines, helping people within all of these categories achieve their full climbing potential.And many times that includes competing at a championship level. In July, Adaptive Climbing Group took home seven medals at the US Climbing Adaptive National Championships. Seven Adaptive Climbing Group athletes have qualified for the IFSC Paraclimbing World Championship which will take place in France from September 14th through the 16th of this year.If you’re in the New York area and want to support the Adaptive Climbing athletes in the World Championships, you can do so by partying on a boat! That’s right, September 10th you can party on the Hornblower Yacht. Leaving out of pier 40, the yacht will be filled with music, dancing, raffles, and both cash and open bars. All of the money raised goes directly to the athlete’s housing, food, and transportation.Kareemah Batts and Adaptive Climbers are incredible role models for us all, reminding everyone to keep climbing. Professional Climber Adrian Ballinger on the Savage Mountain, No-Oxygen Climbing, and YouTube Editors' Recommendations An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Bouldering last_img

Earin Headphones Will Lighten your Load

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first_img Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra Are Fermented Pizzas a Trend to Watch? We Asked a Pro to Find Out With the new iPhone 7 lacking a jack, and that dongle thing being too easy to lose, it looks like wireless headphones are all the rage right now. Earin headphones are just the thing you might need. They’re so tiny that you may mistake them for a pair of earplugs, but believe us, they pack so much noise, you won’t even realize that you’re using bluetooth headphones. The Malmo, Sweden-based company basically got rid of all the annoying parts of headphones — no cables, no wires. That means no tangles in your bag or tangles in your pocket. What you’re left with is two tiny buds that fit perfectly in your ear. They’re armed with armature speakers that have the most outstanding acoustic detail and clarity. The armature speakers have two amps with the most minimal distortion around. You’ll get nice high and mid tones, and the tightest bass. When you’re not using them, simply place them inside the Earin capsule, made from a single block of aluminum and charge charge charge until your next use.So get rid of all those cords and switch to the Earin bluetooth headphones. The Earin headphones are also a 2016 Design Award Winner. You’ll feel much lighter and you won’t be tangled in a mess of cord. The result? Less is more. You’ll love the way Earin headphones amplify the music in your device. Plus, you’ll get the best sound you’ll experience while strutting down the street listening to your favorite tunes.For more information, visit earin.com. Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Editors' Recommendations How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall last_img

La Petite Ceinture: Paris’s Charming Abandoned Railway Track

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first_img 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Editors' Recommendations Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair Paris is a city full of wonders. It has the usual tourist destinations like the iconic Eiffel Tower, which was built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 Universal Exposition in Paris. There’s also the gothic masterpiece, the Notre Dame de Paris, which sits on the Ile de la Cite in all its glory, one of the first structures to use flying Buttresses. Then there’s the museums — we can go on and on about this, from the Impressionist-filled Musée d’Orsay, to the Mona Lisa’s home, the Musée du Louvre to the contemporary art haven, the Palais de Tokyo. And the parks, from Park Monceau to the glorious Jardin du Luxembourg.But did you know, that there’s a little-known hidden gem that surrounds Paris? It’s called the Petite Ceinture (Little Belt), and at almost 20 miles long, the Petite Ceinture is a long abandoned train track that was built some 150 years ago around the periphery of Paris. In many ways, it’s like the High Line of Paris. The lush green space attracts flora and fauna of all sorts, and while it’s still far from being a fully developed park, the Petite Ceinture has several trails where you can get a moment of peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of Paris. For a hip eatery along the Petite Ceinture, head to Le REcylerie, where you can sit outside along the Petite Ceinture. You can grab everything from a relaxing glass of wine to a coffee to energize you for the rest of the day. Go for a soups or salads if you want lunch and they also have a brunch menu as well. If you want to get away from the lights of Paris and have an experience that is tranquil, relaxing, and something that’s a little different from your typical Paris tourist experience, check out the Petite Ceinture, and see the greenery and charm away from the throngs of people in the City of Light.For more information, visit en.parisinfo.com. Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway last_img

Chevy Gives Us an Early Look at the Revamped 2019 Silverado

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first_img The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected The one-upmanship between Ford and Chevrolet isn’t confined to muscle cars. As vocal as the Mustang and Camaro fan camps can be, the F-150 and Silverado loyalists are equally proud. Last year Ford refreshed its F-150, so it’s only naturally that 2018 will be Chevy’s opportunity to elevate its Silverado.We weren’t expecting details on the 2019 Silverado until January’s Detroit Motor Show, but it looks like the American automaker couldn’t wait to spill the beans. While celebrating its centennial at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Chevy surprised everyone with a preview of the all-new Silverado 1500 in Z71 trim.Chevy will hold off until Detroit to share all the specs, but at least we know what to expect from the new Silverado’s design. Unlike the boxy, ultra-wide styling seen on the present Silverado, the new model gains a more distinctive front and rear end, character lines, and window molds. Notched headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights give the new Silverado a more aggressive face while creased door panels make the truck appear leaner. At the back, tall tail lamps sport their own notched style and bookend a “Chevrolet” embossed tailgate.Each of these design cues are made more imposing thanks to the Z71’s large, knobby tires; black accents; bumper-integrated exhaust ports; and lifted frame. Some might start drawing comparisons to the F-150’s styling cues, but we see distinction in the Silverado’s bodywork. Most importantly, the revamped truck looks badass.After making a stink about Ford’s aluminum bodied weaknesses (namely a less durable bed), Chevrolet wasn’t ready to cut weight with that kind of construction. Instead, the company uses mixed materials, including high strength steel in the Silverado’s bed, to reduce mass (how much remains to be seen).At present, the Silverado is only available with a V8, but it’s a certainty that the 2019 model will offer a forced induction six-cylinder with improved fuel economy. Whether this new powertrain will be a mid-level trim like the F-150’s EcoBoost motor or an entry-level designation is anyone’s guess.We’ll be sure to fill in the 2019 Silverado’s blanks as soon as Chevy does in Detroit. The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer The All-New 2020 Corvette Stingray Is a Mid-Engine Supercar for the Everyman Editors' Recommendations Highland Park Takes Tailgating to Another Levelcenter_img Next A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing 1 of 9 Previous last_img

Forestry Dept. Spearheads REDD+ Programme

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first_img It is a climate change mitigation programme that incentivises developing countries to reduce or remove forest carbon emissions by awarding them carbon credits. The Forestry Department of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation is spearheading the Government’s national programme to become REDD+ ready.Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) in developing countries was created by Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).It is a climate change mitigation programme that incentivises developing countries to reduce or remove forest carbon emissions by awarding them carbon credits.“The UNFCCC and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) have results-based payment programmes and carbon markets that you can sell your credits to for the country to be rewarded. It is a very conservative value for the price of carbon, but it is right now US$5 per tonne of carbon that is removed from the atmosphere,” said Senior Research Officer in the Forestry Department, Brahim Diop, in an interview with JIS News.Participating countries are given a cap on allowable emissions, and unused allowances can be traded to the monetary benefit of the selling country.To qualify for REDD+ incentive payments, Jamaica must prove that it has reduced its national greenhouse gas emissions through any of the following activities: reducing emissions from deforestation, reducing emissions from forest degradation, conservation of forest carbon stocks, sustainable management of forests, and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks.For REDD+ to be measurable and effective, Mr. Diop said certain national elements must be put in place.“These include a national strategy or action plan; the establishment of a national forest (emissions) reference level, which is your basis for accounting for the results of REDD+ activities; a national forest monitoring system through which you are able to monitor your activities to see if they are having a positive or negative impact on the landscape; and establishment of systems to ensure that REDD+ activities safeguard the welfare of those living in and around forested areas,” Mr. Diop noted.Jamaica has received funding assistance for its REDD+ activities from the UNFCCC’s Green Climate Fund.By the final stages of the REDD+ programme, Jamaica will be able to accurately report on local forest carbon emissions and earn from the successful implementation of emission-reduction initiatives.Approximately 460,000 hectares of the island is covered in forests. Though the United Nations’ REDD+ programme, Jamaica will be able to accurately report on local forest carbon emissions and could earn from reducing emissions. Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) in developing countries was created by Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Forty per cent of the island (approximately 440,000 hectares) is covered in forests and a quarter of this amount is managed by the Forestry Department. The remaining is privately owned.center_img Story Highlights The Forestry Department of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation is spearheading the Government’s national programme to become REDD+ ready.last_img

Meadowbrook High Educator is Spanish Teacher of the Year

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first_img Mr. Haughton received prizes worth over $100,000, which include an iPad, a stay for two at a Spanish Hotel, access to the Instituto Cervantes online course, a gift certificate for school materials and a membership in an international Spanish Teacher’s Association. Meadowbrook High School's Errol Haughton, is the winner of the Spanish Jamaican Foundation’s (SJF) Spanish Teacher of the Year Award. Story Highlights The award is an initiative of the SJF, given to a Jamaican teacher who has demonstrated excellence in the delivery of the Spanish language in the classroom. A teacher at Meadowbrook High School, in Kingston, Mr. Errol Haughton, is the inaugural winner of the Spanish Jamaican Foundation’s (SJF) Spanish Teacher of the Year Award.This was announced by Spanish Ambassador to Jamaica, and President of the SJF, Celsa Nuño, during a reception celebrating Spain’s National Day at the Mona Visitor’s Lodge, on October 9.The award is an initiative of the SJF, given to a Jamaican teacher who has demonstrated excellence in the delivery of the Spanish language in the classroom.Mr. Haughton received prizes worth over $100,000, which include an iPad, a stay for two at a Spanish Hotel, access to the Instituto Cervantes online course, a gift certificate for school materials and a membership in an international Spanish Teacher’s Association.With over 20 years of teaching Spanish, Mr. Haughton expressed his appreciation at being chosen the inaugural winner of the award.“It is a very good feeling after teaching for such a long time and having been involved in Spanish teaching for a long time,” Mr. Haughton said.He noted that his students are normally very interested in the subject and this is evident in how the students relate during teaching hours.“They are interested in going on trips abroad to Spanish speaking countries. They try to make sure that they speak to me in Spanish as much as possible, although students nowadays don’t like to speak in the foreign language that they are learning. I always ask my students to try and speak as much in Spanish, as the language is more spoken than written. I have achieved that to some extent,” Mr. Haughton said.The teacher added that he also uses teaching aides, such as music and trips abroad to enhance the learning experience of the students.“Having been to a number of Spanish speaking countries, I have a wealth of the culture that is there, so in my classes when something comes up that deals with that culture, then I am able to speak from the point of view of someone who has experienced it. So, having known somebody who has gone there, that also serves as a motivation for them,” he said.Mr. Haughton also lauded the work of the Spanish Department at Meadowbrook, while encouraging students to practise, so as to achieve the level of success that is desired.“There are lots of opportunities out there. There are scholarships you can get to go and study in Spanish speaking countries, so if you study Spanish you are widening your horizon. I am encouraging students who are in high schools to make Spanish your priority,” he said.Meanwhile, the Spanish Ambassador expressed her appreciation for the assistance received from the Ministry of Education and the Jamaica Teaching Council in assessing the nominees.“I am pleased to say that some very sound nominations came from deep rural Jamaica and we are particularly impressed by a teacher from Westmoreland, whose knowledge of Spanish was mostly self taught,” Mrs. Nuño said.The Ambassador said she is a strong advocate for the teaching of Spanish in Jamaica, as the language has the potential to facilitate economic and political integration for Jamaica in the region.“In this task, both the Embassy and the Spanish Jamaican Foundation work hand in hand with the Ministry of Education, and in technology we have found our best ally to expand our reach to teachers in particular,” Mrs. Nuño said.For his part, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson said that since the formal establishment of diplomatic relations in 1977, Jamaica and Spain have had warm relations.He noted that the partnership has  been reinforced through the development and administration of several economic, technical, educational and cultural co-operation projects, which have benefited  both countries.“In the last ten years, bilateral relations have grown significantly, particularly at the level of private sector interface and government to government interaction. While many have described it as a kind of renaissance, a second wave of Spanish interest, we see it as a return to a land of tremendous opportunities,” Senator Nicholson said.He also expressed appreciation for the Spanish investment in the expansion of the hotel sector, while adding that Spanish investment in Jamaica has yielded tangible benefits in the form of direct and indirect employment of thousands of Jamaicans.Co-operation between both countries has also been in the areas of agriculture, health, education and the environment.“As we seek to strengthen our existing partnership, Jamaica looks forward to closer collaboration and co-operation with Spain at the bilateral, regional and multilateral levels, even as we face the constant pressures of the myriad global economic challenges which confront us as a small island developing state. However, with the support of our international partners like Spain, we will endeavour to overcome the sternest of challenges,” Senator Nicholson said.last_img