Senior ‘A’ Business House netball winners and defending champion, Scotiabank ‘A’ along with Senior ‘B’ winners Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) will be among sixteen Jamaican teams participating in this year’s Florida Netball Classic International Tournament, to be held tomorrow and Sunday at Coral Spring Gymnasium in Fort Lauderdale.Intermediate ‘A’ league winners National Commercial Bank (NBC) will also be making the trip this year. The two-day event has hosted up to 50 teams from countries such as Jamaica, Australia, New Zealand, England, Canada, Antigua, The Bahamas, Trinidad & Tobago and Cayman Islands.Rollington Town All Stars, Caricom Netball Team Of Florida, JUTC and Appliance Traders Limited are expected to give defending champion Scotiabank a strong challenge this year.Rollington Town are the beaten 2014 finalist, consisting the Ffrench sisters – Nadine, Sade and Jodi-Ann Ffrench, who are all former Sunshine Girls plus Camille Henry. The Caricom team include ex-national players, Karla Williams Borrego and Measha Brown.Flow ( formerly Lime), the 2014 consolation winners, and ICD, the Mixed winners, will return to defend their respective titles. The star studded Scotiabank ‘A’ team will have former Sunshine girls, captain Naudia Brown, Marsha Murphy-Dawkins, Sateva Taylor-Barnes, Kameika Sherwood, Patricia McCalla and former captain Malysha Kelly in their line-up.
President Pranab Mukherjee signed two key ordinances Friday, clearing the way for the auction of coal blocks that were ordered cancelled by the Supreme Court, and for a hike in foreign equity cap in the insurance industry from 26 percent to 49 percent.The legislations for the two measures could not be taken up in the Rajya Sabha as the opposition did not allow the upper house, where the government is in minority, to conduct business during the last few days of the winter session that ended Tuesday.A cabinet meeting Wednesday, presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, decided to issue the two ordinances so as to send a strong signal that the government will pursue reforms and would not allow disruptions in parliament to come in the way, an official said.The ordinance on coal is necessary for the government to hold auctions for the blocks that were ordered cancelled by the Supreme Court, while that on insurance will operationalise the reforms in the sector, the bill for which was okayed by the Select Committee of the Rajya Sabha.”With the repromulgation of the ordinance on coal, the unfinished process of allocations can begin again,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said after the cabinet decision, adding that reforms will not be halted if the opposition does not cooperate.The government has, in fact, moved quickly on the coal auctions.A day after the cabinet approval for the allocation of coal blocks, a web portal was formally launched for e-auction of 24 coal mines which will be held in February. Soon after, the tender documents were also released.”Twenty-four blocks are being put up for auction in the first stage. The process will benifit the common man. Power tariff will not go up, I assure you, because in this case it will be reverse bidding, and tariffs will come down,” Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goel said.On insurance, the industry expects the upward revision in the foreign equity limits to result in an additional capital infusion of around Rs.50,000 crore ($8 billion) by 2020. This apart, it is also expected to help in increasing insurance penetration that is abysmally low now.The Indian insurance sector has 52 players — 28 in non-life business and 24 in life.