China providing funds to build children’s hospital in Jamaica

first_imgChina is providing a US$36.1 million loan to Jamaica for the construction of the Western Children’s Hospital in the northwestern parish of St. James. China is also to undertake other projects to be agreed on by both countries.220-bed facilityThe 220-bed facility, which will be the first in Jamaica and will be built on the compound of the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay, with work expected to commence by the end of the current fiscal year, in March 2019.Funded under bi-country agreementFunding is being provided under an Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement, which was signed earlier this week by Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith and China’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Tian Qi.Johnson Smith said the agreement and, by extension, construction of the hospital represent “another positive development and demonstration of the effective and strong cooperation between our countries.”She noted that the new facility will better enable Jamaica to reach its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), “which we are seeking to attain in every aspect, including health. “We are [also] pleased that the hospital will not only create jobs in the construction phase, but in its development and implementation… will have need for more nurses,  doctors,  anesthetists, caretakers, and more service providers generally. So, we see this hospital as not only [pivotal in] attaining our health SDG, but certainly moving Jamaica towards prosperity,” the Minister added.last_img read more

NBA Draft: Jakob Poeltl believes he can play like Pau Gasol

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Poeltl believes joining a rebuilding team, such as the Lakers, would also take him to the next level. “Having a team that is rebuilding where I could be on the court and develop with my teammates would be a great,” Poeltl said. “Being on a young team and having a chance to develop would be great.”Could Poeltl develop into another version of Gasol? Too early to say, obviously. During his six-year tenure with the Lakers (2008-14), Gasol won two NBA titles (2009, 2010) and established himself as one of the NBA’s most versatile big men. Yet, Poeltl could already fill many needs the Lakers lack. They are not expected to retain unrestricted free agent Roy Hibbert, who posted a career low in points (5.9) and oversaw a defense that finished 27th in points allowed (106.9) as the Lakers’ starting center.Meanwhile, Poeltl characterized himself as a versatile center. He also has spent most of his training perfecting his mid-range jumper. CHICAGO >> With the Lakers hoping to accelerate their rebuilding process, they spoke with one college prospect who believes he can emulate a certain player that once delivered them NBA championships. “I can be a lot like Pau Gasol,” said University of Utah sophomore center Jakob Poeltl, who interviewed with the Lakers on Friday here at the NBA pre-draft combine. “He’s a guy who has good touch around the basket and is a very good passer. He can dribble the ball. He’s even stepping out and shooting 3’s. I hope I can get there too. He’s a winner and won championships. I can do that, too.”Most NBA talent evaluators projected the 7-0, 235-pound Poeltl as a lottery pick last year. Poeltl stayed another year, however, because he “could get better.” After averaging 9.1 points and 6.8 rebounds his freshman season, Poeltl posted 17.2 points 9.1 rebounds per game his sophomore year.“I knew I could dominate at the collegiate level,” Poeltl said. “I felt like the added pressure of being the go-to guy, I would perform being the go-to guy every single night. That would help me mature as a leader and as a basketball player. That would help me at the next level.” center_img “The league is getting smaller, so you have to be more versatile as a big,” Poeltl said. “You have to do more different stuff like step out a little bit, handle the ball and pass the ball. I feel like that’s something I’m pretty good at, so I’ll fit in pretty well.”Should that happen, Poeltl would do more than just imitating Gasol. Poeltl would give his native Austria a towering hoops presence more noticeable than his tall frame. Poeltl would become the first NBA player from Austria, which has not qualified for EuroBasket since 1977.“It’s a surreal feeling to know I’m probably going to be the first player from Austria to play in the NBA,” Poeltl said. “That’s something I’m very proud of, and I hope I can help Austrian basketball. Maybe there’s more kids that will play basketball and more money being put into the sport.” Then, maybe players will try to emulate Poeltl with the same determination he wants to model his game after Gasol.Lakers also interview EllensonThe 6-foot, 10-inch frame has made Marquette center Henry Ellenson feel tall. Apparently so has his confidence. After completing 13 interviews on Friday at the NBA pre-draft combine, including one with the Lakers, Ellenson proclaimed something that usually has described Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram. “I’m a top pick. They all think that, too,” Ellenson said, grinning. “It’s a good position to be in.”The Lakers hardly think that, no matter what Ellenson says. Should the Lakers land a No. 1 or No. 2 pick, they will surely select Simmons or Ingram. Concerns also persist on Ellenson’s defense, an area the Lakers ranked nearly last in every statistical category. In case the Lakers land at No. 3, they considered Ellenson a worthy fit. After averaging 17 points on 44.6 percent and 9.7 rebounds in his freshman season, Ellenson reported the Lakers envisioned him as a so-called stretch four that could both hit outside shots and help with ball-handling duties. “I’m a mismatch problem. Whatever that night gives me, I feel comfortable playing all over,” Ellenson said. “I’ll fit any team’s system too. Some nights will be more on the perimeter. Some nights I’ll go inside.”To master all those skills, Ellenson has tried to model his post-up game to New York’s Carmelo Anthony and his outside shooting to Cleveland’s Kevin Love. Ellenson also reported becoming stronger in his 245-pound frame so he can absorb the physical poundings he could experience as a rookie. The Lakers beat Ellenson up during his interview in a different way. As Ellenson talked himself up, the Lakers dressed him down. They jokingly teased Ellenson for growing up in Rice Lake, Wis. “They had some funny questions on how big the town size is. They asked, ‘Is there only one stoplight?’” Ellenson said. “I was like, ‘Come on guys. It’s not that small. There’s more than one.’”last_img read more

Tyson Fury splits from trainer Ben Davison two months from fight vs. Deontay Wilder

first_imgResponding to reports of their parting, Davison wrote on Twitter:Obviously it’s not gonna stop until there’s an answer, Tyson and myself had to both make decisions for our careers, which resulted in our working relationship coming to an end, HOWEVER, we remain friends and he will SMASH the DOSSER!!— Ben Davison (@BenDavison_) December 15, 2019Since surviving two knockdowns against Wilder, Fury has gone on to claim successive victories over Tom Schwarz and Otto Wallin.Wilder, meanwhile, has successfully defended his WBC heavyweight title with knockouts of Dominic Breazeale and Luis Ortiz. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe pair are set to square off again in Las Vegas on Feb. 22, but the Briton will now have to search for a new trainer to lead him into that fight.MORE: Joshua says fight with Wilder ‘has to happen in 2020’ Tyson Fury has split with trainer Ben Davison just two months out from his proposed rematch with Deontay Wilder.Davison played a key role in helping Fury rebuild his career after his suspension, his rise back to the top highlighted by a thrilling draw with Wilder last December.last_img read more