In-form striker Cristiano Ronaldo will try to take Real Madrid to the brink of the Spanish title on Wednesday against Celta Vigo.Madrid would move three points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga with a victory in Galicia ahead of the season finale on Sunday.The match at Balaidos was originally scheduled for February but had to be postponed after strong winds damaged the stadium.The only force of nature Celta Vigo need to worry about now is Ronaldo, who is driving Madrid towards a potential league and Champions League double.”More than the goal itself, it’s what he’s done so far. In the decisive moments, Cristiano is always there,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane told reporters on Sunday when asked about the Portuguese forward. “He’s just got something, he’s different.”Ronaldo struck twice as Madrid beat Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu, reaching 401 goals for the club in all competitions since he signed for them in 2009 from Manchester United.This season the 32-year-old has 22 strikes in the top flight and hit hat-tricks in the recent Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich and semi-final against rivals Atletico Madrid.Thanks to Zidane’s constant rotation and a new role as a centre-forward, Ronaldo seems fully fit as the season reaches its decisive stages.”We’re in good physical shape and are focussed,” added Zidane. “We are giving our absolute all in every game, every move, giving everything.”Gareth Bale is still out injured, however, along with Pepe and Dani Carvajal. But Madrid will be confident of beating a Celta Vigo side in 13th with nothing to play for this season after being eliminated from the Europa League by Manchester United in last Thursday’s semi-final second leg.advertisementZidane warned his team they have to be at their best, however, if they are to lift their first league trophy since 2012, denying Barcelona their third consecutive victory.The coach said: “Every day we’re closer, but it’s more complicated.”Anything can happen, but we always think positively and we’ll give everything until the end.”Victory against Celta would move Madrid to 90 points and mean they just have to avoid defeat against Malaga on Sunday, the final day of the season, to hold off Barcelona and win the title.
The National Water Commission (NWC) has embarked on several measures to improve water delivery in the Negril area during the short term, and to develop additional sources within 18 months.This was announced by Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, while addressing hoteliers and other stakeholders at a function held at Breezes Negril, on April 3.The meeting was held by the Minister to outline strategies being employed by the NWC to alleviate the difficulties being experienced by residents and businesses during the drought affecting the island. One of the measures, the Minister said, is that the NWC is aggressively trying to deal with leaks as they are indentified on the system.Mr. Pickersgill said the NWC is also trying to ensure the effective implementation of a schedule, to ensure that all customers receive some water at least every other day for at least eight hours, and that the Commission is already paying $9 million monthly for the trucking of water, from which it recovers no revenue.“A new loading bay has been established along the Sheffield main road, to reduce the time, cost and difficulties involved in the legal trucking of water, and this is to be fully operational later this week,” the Minister informed.“We are appealing to persons not to support the illegal extraction of water from the system, as this practice is only making a bad situation worse. Furthermore, the quality of water delivered in trucks that are not known to have been sterilized, cannot be guaranteed,” he stated.Other measures to improve water supply in the Negril area are the addition of two Rapid Response trucks; and work currently taking place at the Great River Treatment Plant to get the facility to produce its maximum of 15 million gallons per day, to boost the Logwood system.The Minister said for the longer term, work will be done to expand the water production capacity of the Martha Brae Treatment Plant from 6 million gallons per day to 11 million, as part of the process of having more water on the North Coast to distribute westwards. “This project is scheduled to be completed in about 18 months,” he added.Mr. Pickersgill said that surveyors are currently working in the town of Lucea on preparatory works for an improved pipeline network through the town, to allow for water from the Great River Treatment Plant to come as far as Green Island, and for water from the Logwood Treatment Plant to be dedicated to serving Negril.By Garfield Angus, JIS reporter
Attorney General, Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte, says that freedom of the press must be protected and promoted in order to ensure the proper functioning of the country’s democracy.Mrs. Malahoo Forte, who was addressing the opening of a World Press Freedom Day exhibition at the University of Technology’s (UTech) Western Campus in Montego Bay on May 3, said that the media “is a powerful tool, playing a key role in educating citizens about their democratic rights and encouraging them to exercise those rights”.The media, she noted further, provides a platform for political candidates to share their messages with the electorate, monitors and provides feedback on the electoral process, and reports on election results.Attorney General, Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte, responds to questions from students at the opening of a World Press Freedom Day exhibition on May 3 at the University of Technology’s (UTech) Western Campus in Montego Bay. Seated at the head table are Coordinator and Lecturer, Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC), University of the West Indies (UWI) Western Jamaica Campus, Steffon Campbell (left); and Executive Producer of LivewireACT, Brian Brown. Attorney General, Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte, says that freedom of the press must be protected and promoted in order to ensure the proper functioning of the country’s democracy. Story Highlights Mrs. Malahoo Forte, who was addressing the opening of a World Press Freedom Day exhibition at the University of Technology’s (UTech) Western Campus in Montego Bay on May 3, said that the media “is a powerful tool, playing a key role in educating citizens about their democratic rights and encouraging them to exercise those rights”. The media, she noted further, provides a platform for political candidates to share their messages with the electorate, monitors and provides feedback on the electoral process, and reports on election results. The Attorney General said Jamaica has a robust legislative framework in place to support press freedom through the constitutional right of freedom of expression and the right to seek, receive, distribute or disseminate information, opinions, and ideas through any media.“As a country, we have enacted access to information legislation and we also took the progressive step of decriminalising defamation. This framework empowers media practitioners to seek and share information and enables them to carry out their work without fear. This is something to celebrate,” she pointed out.Mrs. Malahoo Forte noted, however, that with press freedom comes great responsibility, highlighting that there has been an increase in non-factual information on various media platforms.“Sadly, the various forms of media have led to an upsurge in fake news…where half-truths or whole lies are intentionally used to misinform and manipulate members of the public. Messages that distort the truth could have disastrous effects on the integrity of the electoral process and deprive citizens of their right to free and fair elections,” she pointed out.The Attorney General said that preservation of press freedom does not depend solely on the laws in place, but also on the professional standards and ethics that media professionals must strive to maintain.The World Press Freedom Day event was held under the theme ‘Media Education and Democracy’.Presentations were given by western Jamaica-based communications professionals on topics such as media and elections, media education and democracy as well as journalism in times of disinformation.Attendees also viewed the work of UTech’s Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies (FELS) final-year students.