Chandrababu Naidu felicitates shuttler Kidambi Srikanth for winning Australian Open Super Series

first_imgAfter shuttler Kidambi Srikanth beat world and Olympic Champion Chen Long to win Australian Open Super Series last week, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday announced for the sportstar a cash award of Rs 50 lakh, 1,000 square yards house site in the Amaravati capital region and Group I post.Srikanth became the first Indian badminton player to win back-to-back Super Series titles.Naidu said Srikanth was an inspiration for young players to win international medals. Indonesia and Australia Open Super Series winner Srikanth was felicitated at Tummalapalli Kalakshetram. Participating as chief guest, Naidu played badminton on the dais with the racket presented by Srikanth to him before the start of the programme.SRIKANTH’s COACH PRESENTED Rs 15 LAKH  The chief minister also presented Rs 15 lakh to Srikanth’s coach Pullela Gopichand.Speaking on the occasion, Naidu said, “Equal importance should be given to all sports. I allotted 5 acres of land for the Gopichand Sports Academy in Hyderabad, which gave a boost to the growth of badminton in the region and produced international players.” The chief minister said that a sports university would be set up in Amaravati.Meanwhile, Srikanth said that he won the series due to the training provided in the Gopichand Academy. Srikanth’s mother Radhamukunda thanked the chief minister for her son’s success.Minister for Sports Kollu Ravindra, and other Andhra Pradesh Ministers Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, Prattipati pulla Rao and others were also present on the occasion.Also read | Happy with my performance: Srikanth after winning Australian Open Super SeriesadvertisementAlso read | Kidambi Srikanth credits Pullela Gopichand for Indian badminton’s recent successWATCH VIDEOlast_img read more

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Dr. Clarke Urges Public-Sector Workers to Embrace Transformation

first_img Dr. Clarke was speaking at the official launch of the inaugural Public Sector Debate Competition on Thursday (March 14) at the Spanish Court Hotel in St. Andrew. “We need the participation of every member of the public service… . It cannot be done by a few people alone. The transformed public service that we need is going to have to embrace all the energies of persons,” he said. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, is calling on all public-sector workers to embrace the transformation process in the bid to develop a public service that is strong, capable and operates at the highest level of efficiency. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, is calling on all public-sector workers to embrace the transformation process in the bid to develop a public service that is strong, capable and operates at the highest level of efficiency.“We need the participation of every member of the public service… . It cannot be done by a few people alone. The transformed public service that we need is going to have to embrace all the energies of persons,” he said.Dr. Clarke was speaking at the official launch of the inaugural Public Sector Debate Competition on Thursday (March 14) at the Spanish Court Hotel in St. Andrew.Twenty teams will be vying for the top spot in the contest, which will run from March 20 to April 25 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke (centre), with team members from the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) who will be participating in the inaugural Public Sector Debate Competition. Occasion was the official launch of the competition on Thursday (March 14) at the Spanish Court Hotel in St. Andrew. The JIS team members (from left) are Writer, Producer, Presenter, Radio Department, Twila Wheelan; Writer, Producer, Presenter, Television Department, Celestine Thomas; Public Relations Officer, Peta-Gay Hodges; and Public Relations Officer, Charnele Henry.Themed ‘Facing Issues, Influencing Solutions’, the competition will see public-sector workers engaged in debate on the matter of transformation and other topical issues within the public service.Dr. Clarke welcomed the staging of the debate, noting that it is aimed at including the thoughts and ideas of civil servants in the public-sector transformation process.“Your voice will be important as we chart the course going forward. You will have feedback, you will have criticisms, you will have ideas that others have not even thought about and it is by creating a public space for these ideas to percolate that you’ll be able to make the most progress,” he noted.He added that the debate will serve as an example to the public “that we can have ideas contend and we can have a space where people can express, not only goals but ways and means of achieving those goals to the benefit of the broader Jamaican population”.Executive Director of the Transformation Implementation Unit (TIU) in the Ministry, Maria Thompson Walters, said that the competition provides an avenue for public-sector employees to contribute to discussions on building a more effective and efficient public service.“This debate competition is designed to… engage critically on the issues of transformation and do so on a national platform. As both employees and clients of the public sector you have perspectives that are invaluable to how we redesign and reshape the service that we provide to the public,” she noted.There are over $600,000 in prizes and awards to be won in the contest, which will include elimination rounds, with the final round to be televised nationally and the victorious team crowned ‘Master Debaters of the Public Sector’.In addition, there will be a special prize for the most popular team on social media, which will be named ‘Fan Favourite’. Persons can log on to @tiu_jamaica on Instagram and TIUjamaica on Facebook to vote for their favourite team.The Public Sector Debate Competition is being coordinated by the Transformation Implementation Unit and managed by the Jamaican Association for Debating and Empowerment Limited (JADE).The Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) is sponsoring the contest.` Story Highlightslast_img
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COUNTRYSINGING NOVA SCOTIA TWEEN HEADED TO DOLLYWOOD FOR AWARDS SHOW

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Xuan Trzebiatowski, 11, loves to sing country music and Dolly Parton is her idol. (Photo by Maria Weigl) Now, just a year after taking the stage at the Fox Mountain Country Music Festival in Aylesford, N.S., for the first time, she’s headed a little farther afield.Trzebiatowski is nominated for three awards at the Josie Music Awards, which are to be held in Tennessee in September: world artist, junior artist of the year and junior vocalist.The nods at the awards show for independent artists of all genres come after a whirlwind year for the young artist. She’s spent that time teaching herself guitar and performing at 20 local country jams. And in March, the tween won her first award for female vocalist of the year from the North America Country Music Associations International.But the Josies have a special significance for Trzebiatowski: they’re taking place at Dollywood, the theme park owned by one of her music idols.In this Aug. 21, 2013 file photo, Dolly Parton speaks during a news conference in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (Amy Smotherman Burgess/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)In fact, she noted, the first time she took the stage, she sang one of Dolly Parton’s songs: “Silver and Gold” off of the 1991 album “Eagle When She Flies.”“I feel like Dolly has a different style from the other artists when she sings,” Trzebiatowski said. “But I do enjoy all kinds of country music, I just really like Dolly’s way of country music.”Trzebiatowski first started listening to country music with her parents, who say they’re happy to see their daughter chasing her passion.And as she racks up experience singing on stage, Trzebiatowski is also starting to learn how to write her own songs.“I’m just sticking to doing covers but sometimes I just jot down a little sentence,” she said. “I met some song writers and I’ve asked them, ‘how do you write a good song?’ and they say just jot little sentences down and in the future you’ll think ‘Oh I can write something out of this’ so I listened to that.”Trzebiatowski and her parents are hosting a fundraiser on July 28 at the Nine Mile River Community Centre in East Hants, N.S., to raise money for her trip to the awards ceremony in September.And when she gets to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., she’s holding out hope that she’ll run into Parton.“I would be, like, really excited and I’d be jumping around and squealing,” Trzebiatowski said. “I would also ask her if she would like to write a song with me.”By Olivia Blackmore ~ The Canadian Press Facebook Twittercenter_img HANTS COUNTY, N.S. — After watching others sing at a Nova Scotia country music festival nearly every year of her life, 11-year-old Xuan Trzebiatowski decided in 2018 that she was no longer satisfied just watching.“I think a lot of the time people would see me and my brother playing around in the campground and I just thought people (would think) it was very sweet,” the Elmsdale, N.S., native said. “I was actually good at that kind of music so I decided to get up on stage.” Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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