Former Indian medium pacer and current junior national chief selector Venkatesh Prasad has applied for the post of Indian cricket team’s head coach.Prasad, who played 33 Tests and 162 ODIs for India, is set to finish his three-year term as the junior India chief selector in September this year.He had worked in the capacity of the bowling coach in the past as well. Prasad was at helm for two years following his appointment ahead of the 2007 World Cup.The 47-year-old is the latest applicant after Ravi Shastri, who applied for the post on June 27.Shastri had also applied for the job in 2016 but legendary leg-spinner Anil Kumble was chosen over him by Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC).The head coach position has been vacant since Anil Kumble’s resignation following India’s 180-run defeat against arch-rivals Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final at the Oval on June 18.Former Indian cricketer Lalchand Rajput, Dodda Ganesh, Richard Pybus and Tom Moody and former Indian opener Virender Sehwag have all applied for the post.The last date for applying for the post of India head coach is July 9.The BCCI has already stated that Team India will get its new head coach before their tour to Sri Lanka beginning July 26.
The month, which is observed internationally, will focus on the theme ‘Cybersecurity our Shared Responsibility’ with the sub-theme ‘Think Before You Click’. The Jamaica Cyber Incident Response Team (Ja-CIRT) in the Ministry of Science and Technology will observe its third national Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October. Speaking at a JIS Think Tank on Thursday (September 27), Head of Ja-CIRT, Dr. Moniphia Hewling, said that the month-long observation will be used to increase awareness among consumers, students and businesses. The Jamaica Cyber Incident Response Team (Ja-CIRT) in the Ministry of Science and Technology will observe its third national Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October.The month, which is observed internationally, will focus on the theme ‘Cybersecurity our Shared Responsibility’ with the sub-theme ‘Think Before You Click’.Speaking at a JIS Think Tank on Thursday (September 27), Head of Ja-CIRT, Dr. Moniphia Hewling, said that the month-long observation will be used to increase awareness among consumers, students and businesses.She said it will address specific challenges and identify opportunities to foster behaviour change. The month-long activities will get under way with a church service on September 30 at the Highholborn Street Church of God, downtown Kingston, starting at 9:30 a.m.Each week will have a different theme, with week one to focus on ‘Ensuring Safety at Home’. Ja-CIRT will use the period to highlight basic security measures that householders can take to protect themselves against cyberthreats.Visits will be made to schools and educational institutions during week two as Ja-CIRT sensitises students, parents, teachers and guidance counsellors about ‘Careers in Cybersecurity’.During the third week, emphasis will be placed on ‘Online Safety at Work’, and Ja-CIRT will highlight ways small and medium-sized businesses can protect themselves, employees and customers against cyberthreats.The final week will focus on safeguarding the nation’s most critical infrastructure such as finance, water, electricity, health systems and transport, and will underscore the roles that the public can play in helping to keep these safe.Other activities for the month include exhibitions, a jingle competition, social media campaign, school tours and training sessions for officers in ministries, agencies and departments.The major highlight will be Cybersecurity Awareness Day on October 26. Activities on the day will include a Business Leaders Breakfast Forum at The Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston, where Prime Minster, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, will be the guest speaker.This will be followed by a road show in Mandela Park, Half-Way Tree, starting at 1:00 p.m.The month of activities includes collaboration with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC), Fortinet, Universal Service Fund (USF), E-Learning Jamaica, and tTech Limited. Story Highlights
As we enter a new political era in our nation’s history, people all over America, make that the world, are concerned about the state of our country.Songs In The CurrentIt seems as though the only thing that we can all agree on is that we are divided. However, we have been here before and we know that the most lasting revolution starts with a fundamental change in consciousness.As a seasoned musician, composer, philanthropist and author, Peter Buffett has taken in all of the divisiveness, anger, and feelings of helplessness felt by many Americans, and has used it to create his most inspired and personal body of work to date. Songs in the Current could easily serve as the voice of Americans who for decades have felt marginalized and unheard. However, no matter how indignant this album may seem, it always finds its way back to its overarching thesis: that love is the answer. The emotions and ideas in this album range, but love is its fervent and clear gravitational center.Video: Woodstock – Peter BuffettPeter discusses the themes and importance of this project in his own words:“Songs in the Current speaks to a culture that is stuck. Government can’t fix it. More jobs won’t fix it. Reform won’t change it.“These songs were written to give voice to what my eyes have seen and my heart has felt in recent years. Over the last decade I have been exposed to people and their stories that have revealed the soul-destroying nature of our systems of finance and government, education and agriculture. Quicksand everywhere.“No laws or legislation can give us the hand we need to pull us out. Only a fundamental shift in consciousness can do that. Consciousness that starts with love at the center and builds structures outward from there.”Songs in the Current is comprised of brand new original songs, re-worked and re-recorded songs written throughout his musical career, and interpretations of classic songs, such as “Woodstock”, the lead single for this project written by Joni Mitchell and made famous by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. What ties them all together is the urgency they have in today’s political climate.“All the Noise” urges the listener to focus on the sound and power of their voice in a nation filled with distractions. As Peter puts it, “If we can’t hear ourselves… our voice, our thoughts… we can’t know ourselves. Or hear others. Noise everywhere – authentic voice (yours or anyone else’s) is very hard to discern.”“Room Enough” is a plea to those in power to concern themselves with the success of humanity, rather than their own personal success.“Already Flown” is an impassioned call to stop waiting and take action, saying “While you’re counting what you own/ We’ve already flown”. Peter says about the importance of this song, “Don’t think the current structures won’t test you – both in the world and in your head. And not everyone has the luxury to get up and go. But for those ready, willing and able to stand up, now’s the time.”In the upcoming years, coming together as a nation will not be easy. Songs in the Current offers hope to whoever will listen that if we stop, pay attention, and find common ground, love and empathy can be the ultimate revolution.Songs in the Current will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, YouTube, and Google Music.