Steven Naismith will return to Hearts this summer on a season-long loan, according to reports. 2 The Scotland striker spent the second half of last season at Tynecastle on loan from Norwich City.And he will re-join Hearts for the whole of the 2018-19 campaign, before his contract at Carrow Road expires next summer.Naismith has been out of favour at Norwich under the management of Daniel Farke, but made 16 appearances in Edinburgh after being attracted to Hearts by Craig Levein in January.He scored four goals, including one in the 2-1 win over rivals Hibernian towards the end of the campaign, but struggled for full fitness due to a lack of game time before Christmas. 2 Steven Naismith made 16 appearances for Hearts last season The impending arrival of Naismith will make it 11 players in through the door at Hearts since the end of the season, as Levein looks to improve on a disappointing sixth-place finish.And there are likely to be further additions in the coming weeks.The club is still chasing a goalkeeper following the departures of Jon McLaughlin and Jack Hamilton and recently saw a move for another loan player from last season, David Milinkovic, fall through.
Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap got off to a winning start at the Syed Modi International Badminton Championships 2018 in Lucknow just a little less than one month before their wedding even as top shuttlers in HS Prannoy and top mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra-N Sikki Reddy faced first round exits.Second seed Prannoy was stunned by lower-ranked Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo of Indonesia 14-21, 7-21. The world number 99 needed just 33 minutes to beat the top-ranked Indian men’s singles shuttler at the tournament in straight games.Even as the early exit in Lucknow came as a surprise, Prannoy has endured a very ordinary season coming into the BWF World Tour Super 300 tournament.The 23-year-old, who had finished 2017 inside the top 10, concludes the season without a title and will not be part of the year-ending World Tour Finals, starting December 12 in Guangzhou. HS Prannoy faced a shocking loss in the first round of Syed Modi International 2018. (@PRANNOYHSPRI Photo)Meanwhile, Sikki and Pranaav’s title defence ended as early as the opening round after their 14-21, 11-21 loss to China’s Ren Xiangyu and Zhou Chaomin in 31 minutes.Pranaav was playing his first tournament since recovering from an injury and dengue that kept him out of action for a couple of months.On the other hand, three-time champion Saina Nehwal, who is spearheading India’s challenge in the absence of PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth, sealed her second-round berth after beating Mauritius’ Kate Foo Kune 21-10, 21-10.Eighth seed Rituparna Das needed three games to beat lower-ranked Natalia Perminova of Russia and progress to the next round.advertisementThe second seed will face Indian qualifier Amolika Sisodiya Singh, who had edged past Anura Prabhudesai in three games, in the second round on Thursday.Unseeded Kashyap and world No.52 Kashyap came up with a dominant performance to outclass world No.40 Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk in straight games 21-14, 21-12 to enter the second round of the tournament. Parupalli Kashyap beat the Thai player ranked 12 places above him in BWF rankings. (@parupallik Photo)Considering that Kashyap has also not enjoyed much success on the tour this season, this win against Saensomboonsuk should be confidence-booster for him.Third seed and defending champion Sameer Verma, who is still in with a chance to make the eight-man field at December’s Tour Finals, eased past Siril Verma 21-12, 21-17, while former Singapore Open champion, Sai Praneeth defeated Russia’s Sergey Sirant 21-12, 21-10.Subhankar Dey, who had claimed his maiden title at SaarLorLux Open, beat Sweden’s Felix Burestedt 21-15, 21-13 to set up a clash with Lu Guangzu of China.Sixth seeds Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa opened their campaign with a comfortable 21-10, 21-10 win over compatriots Krishna Prasad Garaga and Rutuparna Panda.READ – The year is not over yet, hope to finish on a high: PV Sindhu to India TodaySikki put behind the disappointment of the mixed doubles defeat to combine with Ponnappa and beat compatriots Krishna Prasad Garaga and Rutuparna Panda 21-10, 21-10 in the women’s doubles first round.Indian women’s doubles pair of Shenan Christian and Riya Gajjar sprang a surprise by entering the second round after the top seeds and Olympic champions Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi retired within 4 minutes of the match leading 5-3 in the first game.Eight seed and India’s top men’s doubles pair Satwik and Chirag Shetty also got themselves a winning start with a 21-13, 21-14 win over Thai pair of Inkarat Apisuk and Nipitphon Phuangphuapet in 31 minutes. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (right) and Chirag Shetty are one of the top Indian hopes at Syed Modi International 2018. (BAI Facebook Photo)Top seed at the tournament Denmark’s Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen retired withing three minutes of the match after trailing 1-6 against Chinese pair Ou Xuanyi-Ren Xiangyu.5th seed Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark schooled Indian pair of Bhaskar Chakraborty and Prince Chaturvedi 21-6, 21-3 in just 15 minutes.Also watch – Exclusive: Hima Das keen to inspire Gen Next
The Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), have collaborated to launch a manual for reporting on Local Government issues. The 88-page manual, ‘Reporting Local Government Issues – A Manual for Jamaican Journalists’, was developed by noted Communication Specialist and Adjunct Lecturer at CARIMAC, Claude Robinson. It is intended for Jamaican journalists to use as a key resource as they focus more of their reporting on issues of accountability and transparency as well as other areas relating to local government reform. The document was done with the support of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development. Speaking at the launch, held at CARIMAC, today (December 7), State Minister in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Colin Fagan, said the manual is a timely addition to the Local Government Reform process, as well as a critical means of strengthening relationships with civil society partners and the media, in the pursuit of more effective governance. He said that the administration welcomes any partnership that proves beneficial to the people, especially when the standards defend openness, accountability, transparency and probity as well as provide the necessary tool that will allow the media to garner full and balanced material and content on which to report. Mr. Fagan pointed out that the Ministry is working to fast track the entrenchment of Local Government in the Constitution, as well as continuing to work with the Ministry of Justice to see the promulgation of three critical laws – the New Local Governance Act; the Unified Services Act and Local Government Financing & Financial Management Act. “The critical upgrade of our laws and regulations will significantly streamline the local governance process and ensure greater efficiency and service delivery to our clients,” he said. The manual was created as part of a larger UNDP-funded Jamaica project on ‘Building Civil Society Capacity to Support Good Governance by Local Authorities’, which was implemented between 2010-12. It had as one of its objectives, the improvement of media’s capacity to report on local authorities’ use of public funds. New UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Dr. Elsie Laurence-Chounoune, said the project supported the GOJ in the Local Government Reform Process. “In giving more autonomy to local authorities, there was a greater need to ensure that the authorities were able to handle their expanded powers competently and responsibly. The project worked at strengthening the capacity of civil society and public institutions to provide oversight of public expenditure at the local level,” Dr. Laurence-Chounoune said. She noted too, that the UNDP’s initiative through this project fits into the wider efforts to rid Jamaica of corruption. The manual was awarded first place in the Knowledge Fair of the 5th UNDP Global Anti-corruption Community of Practice in Brazil, last month.