Jamaican cops collar 13 for praedial larceny breaches

first_imgThe Praedial Larceny Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force slapped charges on 13 persons for breaches the Agricultural Produce Act, Offensive Weapons Act, Livestock Control Order and Offences Against the Person Act during an operation in Westmoreland on Saturday, February 4.Police report that they served five butchers summonses for failing to report their intention to slaughter animals. Eight persons were arrested for offences including Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm, Assault at Common Law and Possession of Offensive Weapon. Other farmers Agricultural Produce Receipts were also checked but were found to be in good order.Approximately 100 pounds of oranges were also seized when the vendor selling these produce ran on the approach of the Police. Further investigations are being carried out in relation to this seizure.Head of the Praedial Larceny Unit Deputy Superintendent Kevin Francis, expressed his satisfaction in finding that many farmers were in possession of receipt books and were utilizing them.last_img read more

Tracing the roots of J’can music

first_imgTwo of the honorees live in South Florida: singers Eric ‘Monty’ Morris and Larry Marshall. Organizers will look at the impact American music has on Jamaican idioms such as mento, ska, rocksteady, roots-reggae and dancehall. Legendary guitarist Ernie Ranglin heads the list of honorees. The 85-year-old musician has been recording since the 1950s and played on, or arranged, some of Jamaican music’s most noted songs. Started in 2011 Howard Campbell The third Rootz Of Music show takes place August 27 at Pompano Beach Cultural Center. Seven persons will be honored during the event which examines the evolution of Jamaican music. They include The Wailers’ It Hurts To Be Alone, on which he played the memorable jazz solo; and My Boy Lollipop , the 1964 ska hit by Millie Small which he arranged. Percussionist Larry McDonald, a contemporary of Morris, is another honoree. He recorded and toured for many years with American poet/activist Gil Scott Heron. Guitarist Eugene Grey, who started the event in 2011, said it is important to educate people about the genesis of reggae. At the same time, persons who contributed to its development should be recognized. He has recorded and toured with a number of acts including Burning Spear. In 1968, Marshall recorded Nanny Goat for producer Clement Dodd at Studio One. It is reputedly the first reggae song. Australian Dennis Sindrey, guitarist with the Caribs band; Charles Cameron, Evrel Grey and Horace Forbes complete the list of those being honored.Grey, who is from rural Hanover parish in Jamaica, is strongly influenced by Ranglin. He started out in bands in Jamaica before migrating to the United States. This year’s theme is, ‘American Roots of Jamaican Music: The Legacy’ Featuring Eugene Grey. Ernie Ranglin heads honorees Morris began his career in the ska era of the early 1960s, recording for producers Prince Buster and Byron Lee. ‘Oil in my Lamp’, ‘Sammy Dead’ and ‘Say What You Say,’ are some of his best-known songs. The latter was covered by Dennis Brown.last_img read more

CONCACAF Nations League to replace Caribbean Cup

first_imgAfter 19 editions of the Caribbean Football Union Caribbean Cup, president of CONCACAF Victor Montaglianni has confirmed that the tournament will be discontinued. The Canadian made this revelation on day one of the FIFA Executive Football Summit at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Jamaica on Thursday.“We need to follow suit because in business if you don’t follow suit, you are going to be left behind. We ensured that we became more efficient in how we do things and our regional competitions so Caribbean Cup wasn’t the only one. From an efficiency and alignment standpoint they could be dwarfed into something-else in terms of development but in terms of official competitions, our Nations League will be the vehicle for that,” said the CONCACAF boss.Jamaica won the Caribbean Cup on six occasions with Trinidad and Tobago the only nation who won more as they have eight titles to their name. The groups for the CONCACAF League of Nations will be announced in March.last_img read more

Artist Michelle Drummond to exhibit work at South Florida galleries

first_imgRising Jamaican multimedia fiber artist Michelle Drummond will be opening her newest, highly anticipated collection, “Les Derrieres”, at the Arts Warehouse on April 1. The opening ceremony for the installation will be held at the incubator’s Art Walk event on April 5, and the exhibit will remain on display until April 30. MicDrummond is a resident artist at the highly regarded Arts Warehouse arts incubator in Delray Beach, where she has called home for the past two years. The 42-year-old moved to the US from Jamaica in 1995, and spent many years in Washington DC working as program manager before taking a leap of faith to pursue her true calling as a full-time, professional artist.Her unique artistry includes the manipulation of multicolored strings using glue and acrylic paint on canvas. “My work pays homage to women across the world facing difficulties just surviving,” Drummond explains. Her pieces also speak to her experiences living in the United States, as well as her Jamaican cultural background. Drummond is also focused on expanding her line of t-shirts. Each tee within the stylistic contemporary line carries an image from her collection, and speaks to an aspect of female and self-empowerment. For more about Michelle Drummond, her t-shirt line and upcoming exhibits, visit her website at www.drumstrings.com.last_img read more

World Bank provides funds to strengthen human capital, climate resilience in…

first_imgWASHINGTON, CMC – The World Bank is to provide US$162 million in grants to Haiti to improve the quality of health and education services and strengthen climate resilience in the French-speaking Caribbean country.“These three projects address key national priorities to build a better future for all Haitians,” said Anabela Abreu, World Bank Haiti Country Director.“Access to quality healthcare and education are crucial to break the cycle of poverty and to build a stronger human capital so that Haitian children can reach their full potential.“The bank support will also help build climate resilience in the face of the growing threat of natural hazards by strengthening early warning systems and disaster preparedness in high climate risk areas,” she added.The Washington-based financial institution said globally, Haiti ranks 112th  on the World Bank Human Capital Index and that a child born today in the country today will be only 45 per cent as productive when she grows up as she could be if she had enjoyed full health and education.Goal of improving infant mortalityThe World Bank said infant mortality in Haiti remains high with 59 death per 1,000 live births, and maternal mortality has increased from an estimated 523 per 100,000 live births in 2005 to 646 per 100,000 live births in 2016, the World Bank said.It said only 40 per cent of children are fully vaccinated, which has contributed to outbreaks of preventable diseases such as cholera, diphtheria and measles.Improve educational outcomesSimilarly, the World Bank said the education outcomes are not very promising. On average, it said Haitian children attend 11.4 years of school by age 18, which is equivalent of 6.3 years of adjusted learning and is the lowest score in the region.In terms of disaster risks, Haiti is highly exposed to hurricanes, floods and earthquakes and the World Bank noted that between 1976 and 2012, losses associated with hydro-meteorological events alone were equivalent to almost two per cent of annual gross domestic product (GDP) on average.In 2016, Hurricane Matthew affected over two million people, resulting in over 500 deaths and displaced 175,000 people.The “Strengthening Primary Health Care and Surveillance in Haiti” project will “significantly enhance basic healthcare services for three million people, particularly for pregnant women and children in the South, North West, North-East, Center and Nippes departments,” the World Bank said.It said the project will strengthen nationwide surveillance capacity and immunization for infectious diseases, and will also improve the overall coordination among government and international partners in the health sector.The World Bank said the US$70 million project is financed by a US$55 million grant from International Development Association (IDA) and a US$15 million grant from the Global Financing Facility.The IDA is the World Bank’s institution that provides low-interest or interest-free grants and loans to the world’s poorest countries to help them implement projects and programs that stimulate economic growth, contribute to the reduction of poverty and improve the living conditions of the poor.The World Bank said the second approved grant for the “Providing an Education of Quality in Haiti” project is to increase enrollment and improve the school learning condition in public and private primary schools in the Southern departments of Haiti.The project will particularly focus on closing the gender gaps in attendance and retention rates.The third project, “Strengthening Disaster Risk Management and Climate Resilience”, will support the design of a national early warning system and improve emergency response and evacuation capacity of targeted municipalities in high climate risk-prone areas.last_img read more

Suspected Gas Explosion Injures 23 People in South Florida Shopping Mall

first_imgBrynn Anderson/AP PLANTATION, Florida – At least 23 people were injured and storefronts damaged in a suspected gas explosion on Saturday (July 5) afternoon at a shopping mall in South Florida.The explosion happened around 11:30 AM local time at the Pizza Fire restaurant, a local pizza place at the Fountains Mall in Plantation, about six miles west of Fort Lauderdale.Pizza Fire had been out of business for several months, and when first responders showed up to the scene at noon, they found the restaurant nearly demolished. The adjacent gym, LA Fitness was also damaged.Plantation Fire rescue originally called the explosion a gas explosion, and officials say ruptured gas lines were found in the rubble, but it has not been confirmed if the explosion was caused by a gas leak, officials said.The blast was powerful enough to fling debris across the street from the complex. Video shows heavy damage to an LA Fitness and surrounding buildings. Plantation Police say all stores and businesses in the area are shut down until they are deemed safe.Breaking: Injuries reported after a gas explosion at The Fountains Shopping Center in Plantation, Florida. pic.twitter.com/frwFq2XS64— Alphidius ?????? (@AlfidioValera) July 6, 2019First responders believe everyone is accounted for, but they are still searching the buildings. Police are also asking residents to avoid the area if possible.last_img read more

Caribbean Athletes in Winning Form Ahead of World Championships

first_imgLONDON – Several Caribbean athletes continued to look impressive in track and field events as the IAAF World Championships in Doha draw near.Taking their place on the winners’ podium at last weekend’s Muller Grand Prix Diamond League in Birmingham, England were Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Ubio on the women 200 meters, Jamaicans Omar McLeod in the men 110-meter hurdles, Danielle Williams in the women 110 meters hurdles. Yohan Blake in the men 100 meters and Akeem Bloom field in the men 400 meters.McLeod’s win was very significant as the defending 100m World Championship hurdler has been struggling to find his form this season. McLeod, who recently changed coaches and is now based in Florida under the guidance of coach Rana Reider won the event at the Birmingham event in 13.21 seconds to beat American Freddie Crittenden and China’s Xie Wenjun. After winning the race McLeod said he is determined to successfully defend his 100m hurdles championship in Doha.In her victory, Williams equaled the women 110m hurdles meet record 12.46 seconds in beating world record holder Kendra Harrison (12.66 seconds), with Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan third in 12.71 seconds.Blake, who was edged in the semis, won the 100m final in 10.7 secs in a blanket finish with the entire field separated by 100th of a second. He had the same time as second-placed Adam Gemili of England, while Pan American Games champion Michael Rodgers was third in 10.09 seconds.Bloomfield followed up his 400m win in London in July with another win in 45.04 seconds, comfortably ahead of the American Obi Igbokwe (45.53secs) and Great Britain’s Matthew Hudson-Smith (45.55secs).Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo extended her two-year unbeaten run in the 200m in a time of 22.24 seconds (0.4m/s) coming from well behind in the last 60 meters to leave British sprint queen Dina Asher-Smith in second place in 22.36 seconds, and Jamaican and Pan-Am Games record holder Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who came out of the blocks very slow, third in 22.50 seconds.last_img read more

2018 World Cup Qualifying Wrap (CONCACAF): US Thrash Panama To Boost Faltering Hopes

first_imgRelated2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (CONCACAF): Favourites US Miss Out; Panama QualifyOctober 11, 2017In “FIFA”2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap: Honduras’ Qualification Hopes Dented With Late GoalOctober 8, 2017In “FIFA”2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup Review: Mexico Complete Last 16 LineupOctober 16, 2017In “FIFA” The United States of America (USA) boosted their chances of booking a place in Russia 2018 after they thrashed rivals Panama 4-0 at home.They had started the qualifiers on a poor note but the team has recovered  well to move closer to a spot at next summer’s World Cup.Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic and Jozy Altidore (2 goals) were on the scoresheet for the Americans, who have now leapfrogged Panama into 3rd place (the final automatic qualification sport).Still in the region,  Mexico sealed top spot on the league table with a 3-1 win over Trinidad and Tobago. New summer signing for London club West Ham United, Javier Hernandez ‘Chicharito’ was one of the scorers for the 2-time World Cup hosts.Matchday 9 Results:Mexico 3-1 Trinidad and TobagoUSA 4-0 PanamaHonduras vs. Costa Rica (postponed till Saturday)Current Standings:Mexico 21 pointsCosta Rica 15 pointsUSA 12 pointsPanama 10 pointsHonduras 9 pointsTrinidad and Tobago 3 pointslast_img read more

Expected Eagles Starting XI vs. Algeria

first_imgSuper Eagles manager Gernot Rohr is expected to make six changes for the team’s final World Cup qualifier against the Fennec Foxes of Algeria on Friday.His team has been weakened by withdrawals from key players like Victor Moses, Ogenyi Onazi and many more prompting the previously mentioned changes from the team that negotiated the 1-0 win over Zambia last month.The Super Eagles of Nigeria have already qualified for the World Cup in Russia next year as Group B winners meaning that the game against Algeria is a ‘dead rubber’.After the Algeria game, the team will take on 2-time world champions Argentina in an international friendly slated for the Krasnodar Stadium in Russia on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.As for the starting XI against Algeria, Ikechukwu Ezenwa is expected to continue in goal while highly rated defender Ola Aina will replace Elderson Uwa Echiejile at left back.In midfield, John Ogu and Oghenekaro Etebo are set to replace John Mikel Obi (captain) and Ogenyi Onazi while Ogu’s club teammate, Anthony Nwakaeme, and Arsenal star Alex Iwobi replaces Victor Moses and Moses Simon.Expected Starting XI (4-3-3): Ikechukwu Ezenwa; Ola Aina, Shehu Abdullahi, Leon Balogun , William Troost-Ekong; John Ogu, Wilfried Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo; Kelechi Iheanacho, Anthony Nwakaeme and Alex Iwobi.Relatedlast_img read more

BetStars gets final shot at Tipster Challenge 2016/17 glory

first_img ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Related Articles RankTipsterRace WinsPoints It is the final week of action in the Tipster Challenge 2016/17, sponsored by Betting Gods, and BetStars is now the only company that can prevent a victory for AppBet.Ian Marmion, Director of Trading for BetStars, has picked his winners for today’s seven-race meet at Perth, with 13.69 points the target to snatch the title from Sarah Shannon.Marmion will also be going up against sixth placed Stephen Harris from bettingexpert, who holds a 4.53-point average after 26 weeks, and the racing experts from Timeform in 17th .____________________________________2:00bettingexpert: Royal VillageSets a clear standard on form and will improve for decent ground.Timeform: Royal VillageThis looks a good opportunity for Royal Village who made the frame for the third consecutive time over hurdles at Market Rasen recently, that despite suggesting a stronger gallop would have suited ideally.BetStars: PetivilleShowed promise in two bumpers before coming second on hurdles debut over an inadequate two miles around Stratford; will relish the extra half mile here and a value shout against the odds-on favourite.____________________________________2:35bettingexpert: Our ValentinaAn Eire raider on the up and is fancied to see off some more exposed handicappers.Timeform: Gold ChainGold Chain has slipped to an appealing mark following a quiet spell and, having shown herself back in form on the Flat recently, she’s in an excellent position to take advantage returning to a C&D where she excels.BetStars: Vic’s Last StandRan well back from a break last time over 2m, and with Champion Jockey Richard Johnson booked, expect him to build on that run over this trip.____________________________________3:05bettingexpert: GayeburyReturns to calmer waters after struggling at the Festival and has potential to do better.Timeform: Aintree My DreamPosted a very useful effort when routing his field at Hereford last time and can cap an excellent first season over hurdles by bagging this listed prize.BetStars: Aintree My DreamA tight little novice hurdle here – prefer Aintree My Dream with Dan Skelton’s yard in fine form.____________________________________3:35bettingexpert: A Good SkinHas slipped down the weights and could be revived by first time blinkers and faster ground.Timeform: BallykanHas plenty of solid efforts to his name this season and could be the answer.BetStars: BallykanBeen competing in top handicap company, and should relish this grade drop against a few out-of-sorts opponents.____________________________________4:10bettingexpert: Late DateHails from a yard coming back to form and he has shaped well recently at a similar level.Timeform: Doktor GlazDoktor Glaz and The Wise One are relatively low mileage and going the right way – the former is preferred with the return to this trip likely to be within his compass with the emphasis on speed.BetStars: Heart O AnnandaleRan third in a similar C&D handicap this time last year at a huge price, could surprise again back over hurdles after a spell chasing.____________________________________4:40bettingexpert: Billy BillyHas run four times over fences in deep winter ground, but could be a different proposition here under Hughes.Timeform: Jovial JoeyLooks fairly treated if his efforts in non-handicaps on his last two starts are taken at face value and gets the nod for the Maurice Barnes team.BetStars: Lord BallimRevitalised of late going up 21lb over hurdles and then maintaining the winning habit last time over fences, could still be unexposed as a chaser.____________________________________5:10bettingexpert: Great FighterWon hard held last week and is expected to defy a penalty with conditions ideal again.Timeform: Great FighterLooked value for more than the winning margin when scoring at Ayr last week, and wisely turned out under a penalty, he gets the nod in the hope the headgear has the desired effect once more.BetStars: Sleepy HavenShowed a little more last time and he should get a nice tow into the race from Wisty with plenty of the rest in trouble by half way.____________________________________Where will Ian Marmion finish on the Tipster Challenge leaderboard? Submit Share Share ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020 StumbleUpon 1Sarah Shannon – AppBet313.69 2Alan Alger – Betway311.41 3Jacob Johns – Easyodds37.72 4Phillip Anderson – Before The Off36.17 5Ciaran O’Brien – William Hill35.29 6bettingexpert1.624.53 7Ben Cleminson – Square in the Air14.50 8John Hill – Coral24.25 9Alex Donohue – Ladbrokes24.11 10Michael Shinners – Sky Bet24.00 11Stuart Tilly – Argyll Entertainment14.00 12Darren Moore – Betting Gods23.66 13Conor White – BetBright33.62 14Trevor Keane – Sportego23.50 15Harry Lang – Pinnacle13.50 16Matthew Hulmes – Betfred23.25 17Timeform1.853.20 18Paddy Power13.00 19Russell Yershon11.88 20Edward Rycroft – LeoVegas21.82 21Charlie McCann – BetVictor11.75 22Stephen Power – @racingblogger21.69 23John Cruces – Dafabet11.25 24Michael Whittle – Team FA10.91 25Ed Nicholson – Unibet10.73 26Gerry Murray – 32Red10.44 27Bradley Gibbs – Bookmaker Ratings10.20 28Ged Colleypriest – Ball Street00.00last_img read more