first_imgThelma Williams…won first round of lawsuit Trinidadian gymnast Thema Williams has come out the winner in the first round of a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the Trinidad and Tobago Gymnastics Federation (TTGF).High Court Judge Frank Seepersad, ruled against the TTGF on a preliminary issue which was raised by its attorneys during a previous hearing in January.The attorneys had contended that the High Court was not the proper forum for the matter to be head and that it should instead be resolved by way of dispute resolution.According to TTGF’s defence, Clause 4 of Williams’ Athlete’s Agreement with the Federation expressly provides that all disputes arising out of or connected with the agreement were subject to resolution exclusively through the procedures set out by the TTGF by-laws and/or, if appropriate, through the procedures of the TT Olympic Committee.Williams is seeking $11.38 million in compensation from the TTGF for its alleged “harsh and oppressive” actions against her which shattered her dream of qualifying for the Olympic Games held last August. Williams was replaced by alternate athlete Marisa Dick who instead participated in the event.The case was adjourned to May 15, when there will be a case management hearing.last_img read more

first_imgCanada won the second match the following day by five wickets. Batting first, Canada scored 205 for 5, Srimantha Wijeratne top scoring with 59 against 26-year old left-arm spinner Nosthush Kenjige who took a hat-trick with three for 30.The US were dismissed for 202; Timil Patel led the way with 79, Ahmadzai 3-32) by five wickets.The first Auty Cup Trophy match was played September 25–27, 1844 at St. George’s Cricket Club in Manhattan, New York.. Canada dismissed In their turn at bat, Canada were dismissed for 155 in 43.3 overs. Usman Limbada made 24 against NK Patel and Nosthush Kenjige who both captured three wickets.Timil Patel, who was born in India, was man of the match.The US won the opening match on September 12 at the same venue by five wickets. They bowled out the Canadians for 141 in 40.3 overs through a strong all-round performance from debutantRoy Silva. He took four for 32, and followed-up with an unbeaten 38 off 36 balls to carry his team to 144 for five.Fast-bowler Elmore Hutchinson supported well by taking the first three wickets. The United States won the Auty Cup in cricket for the first time since the competition’s resumption six years ago, beating Canada on Thursday. They won the third and decisive match by 23 runs at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club in King City, Ontario.center_img Timil Patel top scorerWinning the toss and batting first, the US posted 178 in 48.3 overs. Timil Patel topscored with 40; MK Patel got 34.Bowling for the hosts, Cecil Pervez and Saad Bin Zafar each took three wickets, supported by two wickets apiece for Mark Montford and Shahid Ahmadzai.last_img read more

first_imgPLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE JAMAICAN CONSULATE GENERAL OFFICE IN MIAMI, FLORIDA WILL BE CLOSED ON:Friday, 30th March 2018 and Monday, 2nd April 2018 in observance of Good Friday and Easter Monday, respectively.The office will resume regular operations on Tuesday, 3rd April 2018 at 9:00 a.m.last_img

first_imgWest Indies cricket legend Sir Vivian Richards says he is looking forward to the West Indies “hosting the cricket world” when the ICC Women’s World T20 tournament comes to the Caribbean in November. The iconic batsman, who is rated among the five greatest players of all-time, said the event promises to be a great boost for women’s cricket in the region as well.“I’m really excited about it and I know we will do a fantastic job of hosting the Women’s World T20 later this year. I want to see the grounds full and I look forward to hosting the cricket world in Antigua for the final,” said Sir Viv, the legendary former West Indies skipper.Growing at a rapid rate“Our Windies girls are the defending champions and I’m sure they will be looking forward to playing at home. I’ve seen them play and I like the way they look. Women’s cricket around the world is growing at a rapid rate and the standard is very high. We’re in for a great tournament in the West Indies.”Sir Viv was speaking recently as part of the promotion of the tournament as well as being part of the West Indies charity match at Lord’s last week. During his promotion drive, he was joined by members of the Women’s World T20 organizing committee, as well as former women’s cricket stars Isha Guha of England and Mel Jones of Australia.Games in Guyana, St. Lucia, AntiguaThe ICC Women’s World T20 will be played from November 7-24 at three venues – the Guyana National Stadium, the Darren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia and the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua.The Vivian Richards Cricket Ground will host the semi-finals and the final.This is the first stand-alone ICC Women’s World T20 tournament and all matches will be broadcast live to the global audience for the first time.West Indies have a good track record in the event. They won in 2016 and reached the semi-finals 2010 in the Caribbean, 2012 in Sri Lanka, and 2014 in Bangladesh.last_img read more

first_imgThe national debate over immigration is becoming more divisive, passionate and bizarre. With critical mid-term general elections looming in a few months’ time there’s little doubt the issue of immigration, illegal and legal, will be prominent between Democrats and Republicans.Nation built on illegal immigrationIt’s, however, ironic that while the debate rages; more immigrants detained trying to enter the US illegally, more immigrants deported and threatened with deportation, and thousands of children being separated from their parents and detained, it hasn’t been publicized that America is a nation built on illegal immigration.  Africans were forcibly migrated to the US illegally Between the mid-600s and mid-1800s thousands of African men, women and children captured on the West Coast of Africa were immigrated illegally and forcibly into America. Like the Central Americans attempting to cross the border into the US, these Africans were separated from their families and detained. But, later they were sold and kept in slavery, a system that continued for years.Although there were sporadic disturbances against slavery, history doesn’t account for mass national protests to the forced, illegal immigration of these Africans. Rather the Republican administration of that era, and  Republicans in southern states, firmly defended this aspect of illegal immigration as absolutely imperative to the then US economy, as illegal African immigrants were, under harsh conditions, were coerced as critical labor on cotton plantations. In those days “cotton was king” and cotton export was the foundation of the US economy.Civil war fought over illegal African immigrantsSo important were these illegal African immigrants to Southern plantation owners and Republicans, they were willing to, and did, wage a civil war when President Abraham Lincoln enacted a law to emancipate slaves from Africa.But American history rarely refer to these Africans, captured by the thousands and brought to America under inhumane circumstances as illegal immigrants. There’s reference to an illegal slave trade, but it was, nonetheless, illegal immigration.Historically, American economy dependent on immigrantsAmerican history also depicts that the nation has always been dependent upon immigrants, illegal and legal, as valuable labor in the growth of the national economy.First Africans were brought in illegally, then immigrants  from several foreign countries, including Ireland, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and the same Central America, were encouraged to come to America. These immigrants worked on plantation, farms, in factories (especially during World War II), restaurants, and generally was the core of a workforce Americans couldn’t, or refused, to fill.For almost the 242 years since the United States became an independent nation in 1776, illegal immigrants have been entering the nation, working side by side with immigrants who entered legally.Smacks of hypocrisyWhile one cannot in good conscience condone illegal immigration, it smacks of hypocrisy, and disingenuity, to take such a drastic policy against illegal immigration, when for almost 250 years, the nation’s economy has thrived because of illegal immigrant labor. This includes the thousands of Africans brought to America illegally who gave their sweat and blood to lay the foundation for America to be labeled the “richest country on Earth.”It’s this constant promotion as America as the world’s richest country; the country where everyone, regardless of how unfortunate their circumstances, can realize their  “American dream” of a more prosperous life, that spawned perpetual immigration to America.Invitation through Statue of Liberty Americans in 1886 were proud to open a Statute of Liberty in New York Harbor, with an inscription inviting the worlds, “tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of teeming shores,” to come to America.Some of these tired, poor and wretched masses, were fortunate to meet the criteria to come legally. But others from counties in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, and Central America fled cruel oppression from governments, economic hardship, and dangerous gangs to come to America as refugees, seeking asylum. For years these immigrants were admitted and granted asylum.Now considered deplorable Fast forward to 2018. Hundreds of people from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are still seeking refuge in America, fleeing poverty and dangerous gangs. But now they are considered deplorable, detained immediately they cross the border, refused asylum, and risk having their children taken from them.It’s obvious that the perpetuators of the current draconian immigration policy either are unaware, have forgotten, or care less about the old cliché, “You can’t know where you are going, until you know where you have been.”Need to revisit America’s historyThose attempting to reshape America’s immigration policy, may need to revisit history. There they’ll see a national economy built on the backs of illegal immigrants brought forcibly from Africa, and continuously supported by legal and other illegal immigrants; a country that traditionally welcomed and gave asylum to refugees, and a nation that didn’t wantonly separate children from families even when  entering the country legally.In an environment where common sense and human compassion seem lost, maybe by reflecting on America’s immigration history an humane andlast_img read more

first_imgThe Jamaica government has seemingly disagreed with a position by a leading United States expert that the country stands to make billions of dollars if casinos are allowed to operate there as part of the tourism industry.Not a requirement for growth“The fact is that casino for Jamaica is not a requirement for our growth but within the context of the integrated development model, casino gaming is a driver for exponential growth so we do not see Jamaica ever becoming a casino destination but rather a destination in which casino gaming is available,“ Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said at a weekend seminar on Hospitality Industry and Casino Operator’s Guide to Managing U.S. Liability Issues from the Caribbean.Earlier, in making a case for Jamaica to move quickly to integrate casino gaming into its tourism product,  Bruce Liebman, the managing partner in a US-based law firm, said the island should position itself to capitalize on the recent passage of Amendment 3 in Florida, which effectively limits the growth of casino gaming and prevents the construction of additional large-scale facilities that deal Black Jack in the state.He said as a result of Amendment 3, Jamaica has a tremendous opportunity to get ahead of the state of Florida.“If you guys can get there in the next few years and put in casinos in an integrated format with entertainment, with condominiums, with shopping and golf courses and get it on the ocean with your beautiful sand and beautiful beaches, you will be ahead of the state of Florida,” he told the participants, as he sought to encourage Jamaica to embrace sports gambling, which he described as a multibillion-dollar business in the US.Caribbean urged to twin sports and casinosLiebman urged Caribbean governments to twin sports and casino gambling with the requisite regulations to guide the industry, noting that the American Gaming Association has determined that there is definitely a positive correlation between hotel room sales and casino revenue.“It’s pretty simple. You want to put bodies in rooms that were going to remain unsold, so you bring them (visitors) to your casino,” Liebman said, telling his audience that Las Vegas has been doing so successfully for the past 50 years.Jamaica’s first regulated casino by 2020But Bartlett, said that while Jamaica was getting ready to have its first regulated casino up and running by 2020, casino gaming would add only two per cent to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).“We have shied away from gaming as a structured path of the tourism experience for a long time for a number of reasons, one of which has been the experiences that we have looked at in other places and we have seen some of the attendant negatives and we question very much whether or not we would be able ourselves to manage and be able to deal with the negative impact of it,” Bartlett said.He said that the decision was taken by the government “that we wanted to take a deeper dive in this area because it does provide a lucrative element of the tourism product and that it had the potential to drive growth to a level that would put Jamaica where it ought to in terms of the level required to generate additional GDP growth.”Over 4.3 million stopover visitors last yearBartlett made reference to the performance of stopover arrivals, which surpassed 4.3 million last year, as evidence that Jamaica doesn’t need the lure of casino gaming to grow tourism.: “Casinos should represent no more than 20 per cent of the value of the experience that is offered as the integrated development arrangement,” he said, indicating that the construction of a minimum of 1,000 rooms and one billion US dollars in investment have been laid down as the minimum requirement for a casino licence.“The casino must come with shopping, entertainment, with music and with maritime experiences and a whole range of other experiences because we wanted to make sure that the balance remained, so that there wouldn’t be stand-alone casino arrangement all over Jamaica,” Bartlett added.last_img read more

first_imgCandid discussion on the acceptance of Black Hair and its diversity in style and beauty as an individual choiceThe Betsy Hotel kicks off 2019 with their Cultural Conversation series curated by Yvette N. Harris (Founder/Harris Public Relations) and Ed Ponder (Director of Food and Beverage at the Betsy Hotel) on Sunday, January 27, 2019, at 2pm. The Betsy Hotel is located at 1440 Ocean Drive Miami Beach, Fl, 33139. The platform is intended to create a space to have a candid discussion on the politics that take place related to having relaxed, braided, nappy, loc’d hair for black men and women. The hope is that attendees will leave feeling empowered and enlightened. The panel will be moderated by Calibe Thompson, Publisher Island Origins Magazine and Creative Director for Island Syndicate projects. Some of the topics that will be discussed include; The Connection Between Hair and Identity; Don’t  Touch My Hair, and Black Hair at Work.The distinguished panel includes; Petra Brennan-Tourism Business Enhancement Director, Simone Hylton-Owner of Natural Trendsetters Hair Salon, Marilyn Holifield-Co-Founder Miami MOCAAD, Carl Juste-Miami-Herald Staff Photojournalist/Co-Owner -Iris Photo Collective, Tanika Matthews-Healthy Hair Specialist and Founder of Cut, Tease,Grow, Sandy Dorsainvil-Co-Owner -NOIRE Boutique Gallery and Lounge, Parker Gammond-Founder /CEO-The GammondPlatinum Group, LLC, LaKesha Wilson-Rochelle—Principal-Miami-Dade Public School, Art Pique – Art Barbering, LLC/OBJ’s Official Barber, and Asriele Stubbs—Access Innovation Manager-Venture Café Miami. The Betsy Hotel will also screen Nappily Ever After (Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour-Released in 2018 on Netflix).  ‘The Betsy is proud to inaugurate a new series in partnership with Harris PR, as part of our ongoing commitment to global arts, culture, and community – and to invite guests to break bread with us after a conversation about ‘things that matter,’ noted Jonathan Plutzik, Owner of The Betsy Hotel.  “I am excited to partner with the Betsy Hotel for our Cultural Conversation series,” said curator Yvette Harris, who sports a cropped natural hairstyle. “This month’s discussion is one I hope will encourage understanding, celebration and acceptance of all types of Black hair and beauty.”The Cultural Conversation series is open to the public and is free of charge.  RSVP is required- [email protected]  Guests are invited to continue the conversation at LT Steak and Seafood, at an a la carte dinner, hosted by Ed Ponder, Director of Food and Beverage –RSVP to [email protected] for details. About the Betsy Hotel The Betsy-South Beach (www.thebetsyhotel.com), well regarded for its promotion of culture and art, recently expanded into a 130 room boutique resort hotel, debuting two new public art pieces in 2017: The Betsy Orb and Poetry Rail. Recent awards for luxury hotel excellence include Travel and Leisure’s Top Boutique Hotel on Miami Beach, and Conde Nast Gold List, among many others. The Betsy – South Beach is on a mission to redefine hospitality with music, art exhibitions, readings, book signings, guest room libraries, poems placed on pillows at turn down each night, and charitable collaboration (since 2009) with hundreds of charitable organizations in South Beach, and beyond. The Betsy-South Beach is family owned and operated. The Betsy-South Beach – 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 33139 – 305-760-6900 – press inquiries –[email protected]last_img read more

first_imgHabitat Broward team members pose with award trophy at the 9th Annual Community Care Plan Non-Profit Award ceremony. (L-R) Melonie Bully-Chambers, Marcia Barry-Smith, Nancy Robin and Barbara Witte. Habitat for Humanity of Broward captured three Non-Profit Awards at the 9th Annual Community Care Plan Non-Profit Award ceremony last month. The event was presented by the Signature Grand in Davie and hosted by 2-1-1 Broward.Marcia Barry-Smith, Director of Community Outreach and Program Services for Habitat Broward, won the “Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lifetime Achievement” award.While, Habitat Broward was awarded with the “Memorial Healthcare System Non-Profit Organization of the Year” award.Additionally, Barbara Witte, Director of Development & Marketing for Habitat Broward, received the “Sanford Institute of Philanthropy National Leadership Institute Development Executive of the Year” award.“Receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award is a huge honor and I am grateful to 2-1-1 and its Leaders for this compliment of my work,” said Barry-Smith. “But it would be foolhardy for anyone to think we can rest on our laurels. There is still so much work to be done in all areas of need within our community.”The Non-Profit Awards honors Broward County’s non-profit organizations and leaders for their dedication and impact on the community.“We are very thankful to 2-1-1 Broward and its many partners and friends. They have helped us shine a much-needed spotlight on the affordable housing crisis in Broward County,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward’s Executive Director and CEO. “Habitat for Humanity of Broward is honored, and we pledge to continue our work with even greater vigor…to make home possible for hard-working families.”Last year, Robert Taylor Jr., Habitat Broward’s Board Chair, won the “Non-Profit Board Leader of the Year” award. Nancy Daly, Habitat Broward Women Build co-chair, won the same award in 2016.“It was such an honor to be recognized by 2-1-1 Broward. I feel very privileged to work with so many kind, caring people who want to make a difference in the lives of our residents,” said Witte. “Broward is an amazing community of philanthropists and there is no way to thank them enough for what they do.”Recently, Barry-Smith and Witte represented Habitat Broward at Habitat on the Hill in D.C. along with Habitat homeowner Jhonson St. Remy. This platform afforded them the opportunity to meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to stress the need for affordable housing.Habitat for Humanity advocates for full-funding of the Self-Help Opportunity Program (SHOP) and the Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) which provide for land acquisition, home building, repair, down payment assistance and more, specifically for low-income households.last_img read more

first_img“Even staying in the team hotel, I was put in a smaller room compared to my team-mates,” said Leverock. “I have an open mind and understand people have different views, but it was definitely the most difficult experience of my career and made me want to never play football again.” “When I looked around and saw swastika graffiti, I quickly realised I’d have to be mentally strong if I was going to stay. He said: “The city is not the most diverse and forward-thinking place in the world when it comes to people of colour. Leverock said he felt like a second-class citizen at times and believes he was assigned a smaller hotel room than his team-mates because of his race, he told the Gazette. Leverock said he believed he was singled out because of his colour and treated differently from white players. “Being stared at when walking in the street and followed around by security in stores is something I’m used to, having previously played in Eastern Europe (with Estonia’s JK Narva Trans). Leverock, who joined Radomiak Radom in February after a season with Irish outfit Sligo Rovers, severed ties with the Polish club because of “financial and cultural factors”. CMCcenter_img But Leverock said he was optimistic he would make a quick return to action, adding: “I’ve had some interest from clubs, but given that the (Bermuda) airport is closed, it’s difficult to finalise anything in terms of a new team. The global coronavirus pandemic left Leverock alone and stranded in Poland. He spent March in lockdown before he managed to return to Bermuda last month on an air-bridge flight. Leverock said: “I felt I dealt with the situation as well as I possibly could, being alone in Poland with little to no support from the team and having to find ways of travelling back home when the world was shut down. It was an experience I’ll never forget.” “However, not having the support or understanding from the coaching staff or even your team-mates was more difficult to handle.” “I’m always open to try new countries. However, my next choice of team will be a careful one, as I will be looking to settle down and the country’s cultural ideals are a major factor for me now at this point.” HAMILTON, Bermuda – Bermuda captain Danté Leverock said he was confident of making a swift return to the professional ranks after racial discrimination forced him to cut short a brief but traumatic spell with a Polish club and return home. Leverock, a 28-year-old defender, told the Royal Gazette newspaper he contemplated quitting the game because of racial discrimination at Radomiak Radom, a second-tier outfit based 60 miles from the Polish capital Warsaw.last_img read more

first_imgAhead of teenage striking sensation, Kylian Mbappe’s eagerly anticipated debut for PSG away at Metz on Friday, following his season-long loan move from Monaco, we take a look at five players who have shared the honours of representing both French giants. George Weah:One of the most iconic footballers to play the round leather game from the African continent is held in high esteem by both fans of PSG and Monaco.George Weah arrived Europe precisely France in 1988, and signed for Monaco, under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger. He was a hit during his four-year career at the Principality club, winning the 1991 Coupe de France title.He subsequently transferred to PSG in 1992, winning several trophies at the capital club including the 1994 French League title, also finishing as the UEFA Champions League top scorer 1995.Ludovic Giuly:Ludovic Giuly was one of the best players of his generation. Following his arrival at Monaco in 1998, he rose to become captain and leader of the side after the departure of majority of the senior players.He was inspirational in Monaco’s run to the final of the 2004 UEFA Champions League, unfortunately picking up an injury after 28 minutes, in an eventual 3-0 loss to FC Porto.After playing abroad for four years; Giuly returned to France and signed for PSG, representing the capital for three years, 2008-11.Jerome Rothen:Flying left winger, Jerome Rothen perhaps remains high on the list of players who failed to realise their huge football potentials.Rothen played two highly successful seasons with Monaco (2002-04), been a focal part of the attack under the management of Didier Deschamps, as Monaco reached the 2004 UEFA Champions League final.After his impressive season which saw him make France team to 2004 UEFA European Championship, Rothen was transferred to PSG, where he spent six injury-plagued seasons, reuniting briefly for a year with former team Ludovic Giuly.Jeremy Menez:Jeremy Menez, born 7 May 1987, was regarded as one of the next big things out of France following his ascension to limelight in 2004 at the age of 17. TheThe pacy ambidextrous playmaker signed for Monaco in 2006 and built a growing reputation as one of the finest young footballers at that time.Following the acquisition of PSG by Qatari owners in 2011, Menez was purchased for 8 million euros from Roma, making him of the first marquee signings at the capital club. Twice, he was a French Ligue 1 winner with PSG in 2013 and 2014.Nene:Brazilian winger Anderson Luiz de Carvalho, popularly known as Nene was one of the most underrated players of his generation.The skilled, pacy left-footed forward was perhaps limited in his career progress due to the arrival of star names, who failed to match abilities on the pitch as rivals.Nene played for Monaco between 2007-10, clearly been Les Rouges et Blancs standout player in that time. He transferred to PSG in the summer of 2010 and was clearly a delight to watch during his first season at the capital club.The change in status of PSG in the summer of 2011 saw the arrival of marquee signings, which coincided with Nene gradually losing relevance within the first team setup, but he still managed to produce some eye catching performances when afforded the opportunity.RelatedIago FalqueJune 30, 2017Similar postJumping The Gun! Wenger Congratulates ‘President Weah’ Before Results’ AnnouncementOctober 13, 2017In “Features”Ligue 1 Review: Mbappe Brilliance Leads PSG Past GuingampAugust 19, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more