Kirani James’ poor form puts season ‘on pause’

first_imgKirani Jmes…has put season on pause Grenadian Olympic gold and silver medalist, Kirani James’, has placed his competitive season on pause as he works to rebound from some below par performances this season.James, the2016 Olympic silver medalist and 2012 Olympic 400 meters champion, has had a relatively ordinary start to the 2017 season.At the Grenada Invitational on April 8, James was a shadow of himself even though he won the 400 meters in an ordinary 45.44 seconds.In his next outing, in the cold and rainy conditions at the 2017 Drake Relays in Iowa, in late April, the James champion looked out of sorts and faded badly to cross the line sixth in 46.21 seconds.The race was won by James’ perennial rival, LaShawn Merritt, in 45.41 seconds.“Anyone who has followed his illustrious career can tell he is not 100 per cent,” said James’ coach, Harvey Glance, told “His season is on hold for now till we get him back to that point.”James is reportedly  suffering from a respiratory infection but Glance said he expects the 24-year-old Grenadian to be back to his best in due course.“We have had six years of consistency and certainly look forward to many more,” Glance said.last_img read more

Jamaican Musical: Welcome to America premiers

first_imgJamaican musical Welcome to America premiers in DCIllegal immigration remains a signature issue for President Donald Trump’s administration. On the campaign trail, he consistently targeted immigrants to rally his conservative base.Jamaican Karl O’Brian Williams is one of many immigrants who were disturbed by Trump’s anti-immigrant stance. The New York-based playwright tackles many of those sensitive issues in his new musical, aptly titled Welcome to America.A relatable story“This is a relatable story. People either see themselves in the work or they think of someone they know going through this,” Williams said.Welcome to America debuts October 28 at Cramton Auditorium, Howard University, Washington DC.Staged in Washington DC“I decided to present the play in the Washington DC Metro area because this is where lawmakers create immigration policies, so what better place to stage the musical,” he reasoned.Williams said the play is relevant to all immigrants in the US who feel threatened by Trump’s policies, from his Muslim travel ban to a proposed wall on the Mexican border.“No matter where you were born, at some point almost everyone fantasized about the American Dream at least once, especially since it was made popular on television and the big screen,” he stated.Mostly Jamaican castThe cast of Welcome to America are mostly Jamaican including Andrew Clarke and Joel Edwards. Yudelka Heyer, who is from the Dominican Republic, is director.“The actors and production staff are all seasoned theater practitioners who have worked professionally in various productions in Jamaica and here in the US,” Karl Haughton, promoter of the Howard University show, disclosed.Following its DC debut, Welcome to America, which is produced by Braata Productions (a Caribbean performing arts company in New York showcasing Caribbean folk music, arts, theater,and culture), moves to other US cities and the Greater Toronto Area.last_img read more

Heightened security ahead of Jamaica by-elections

first_imgThe police high command has increased security in the constituency of St. Mary South Eastern ahead of the October 30 by-election.Mounting political tensionThis comes in the wake of reports of mounting political tension in the constituency. According to police reports, over the past weekend two supporters of the People’s National Party (PNP) were shot and injured while in the town of Annatto Bay in St. Mary. On Sunday, 20 persons were detained during police operations.In addition to the deployment of police officers, soldiers have also been sent to the constituency.Zero tolerance approachAssistant Commissioner of police Norman Heywood said the security forces will be taking a zero-tolerance approach to persons involved in violence in the constituency. He also said the police and military will be conducting daily operations to quell the tension.Threatens to cancel campaigningMeanwhile Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown, is threatening to pull the plug on campaigning in St. Mary South Eastern. Parchment Brown and officials of the Peace Management Initiative (PMI), will visit the constituency this week. She warned she could call off campaigning if the violence continues.The candidates in St. Mary South Eastern are the PNP’s Dr. Shane Alexis and the JLP’s Dr. Norman Dunn, who narrowly lost the seat in the February 25, 2016 general elections to Dr. Winston Green who died suddenly on August 14, necessitating the by-election.Two other by-electionsOn October 30, two other by-elections will be held in the Corporate Area constituencies of St Andrew Southern and St Andrew South Western.Representing the ruling Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) in St. Andrew Southern, is Dane Dennis who will go up against the PNP’s Mark Golding.In St. Andrew South Western, the PNP’s Dr. Angela Brown Burke will face the JLP’s Victor Hyde.The seats in these two constituencies became vacant after former prime minister Portia Simpson Miller and her former cabinet colleague Dr. Omar Davies retired from active politics giving up their St. Andrew South Western and St. Andrew Southern seats respectively.In last year’s general election, the JLP won 32 of the 63 seats in the Parliament.For more on the Jamaica by-elections, visit the link: Candidates selected for Jamaica by-electionslast_img read more

Trinbago Knight Riders seal top-two finish with sixth straight win

first_imgTrinbago Knight Riders guaranteed a top-two finish in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) with a nine-run victory over Barbados Tridents at Queen’s Park Oval.The defending champions are now sure of their place in Tuesday’s Playoff 1 in Guyana, with a second bite of the cherry in the semi-final should they need it. Having been put in to bat by the Tridents, the Knight Riders made an imposing 180/5 but will still feel they could have got more on a night when half of their stellar top six found run-scoring easy and the other half found life far tougher. Chris Lynn got things started with three successive boundaries in the opening over from the first three balls he faced, adding two Hero Maximums before being comprehensively yorked by Chemar Holder for a whirlwind 29 from just 10 balls.Denesh Ramdin then continued to thrive after his recent promotion to number three as the Knight Riders raced to 50 after just 3.3 overs. He struck five fours and two sixes in his 31-ball 51. And at the end of the innings Dwayne Bravo maintained his astonishing hitting form in this season’s Hero CPL with two more sixes and three fours in a cameo of 33 from 20 balls. It wasn’t so easy for everyone, though. In-form Colin Munro found life tougher than at any other time in the tournament. His 28 did take him to the highest ever run tally in a single Hero CPL season with potentially as many as four innings remaining, but came at under a run a ball. Brendon McCullum, another mainstay of the Knight Riders’ batting this season, made just 4 from 6 balls before Darren Bravo contributed 20 not out from 24 at the death. Plenty of credit must go to the Tridents bowlers, who hauled things back impressively after Lynn and Ramdin had blasted the Knight Riders to 68/1 after the Power Play.The Knight Riders would have been looking well north of 200 having reached 104/1 at halfway, so 180/5 represented a result for the Tridents. Leg-spinner Imran Khan was excellent in claiming 2/25 from his four overs with the big wickets of Munro and Ramdin to his name, while Mohammad Irfan kept things tight amid the carnage at the start and end of the innings to give up just 28 from his four. The 180 would just about prove sufficient, though, despite a game attempt from an inexperienced Tridents top-order missing Hashim Amla, Steve Smith and Martin Guptill through injury. It was spin that proved the Tridents’ undoing with leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed bowling openers Sunny Sohal and Tion Webster with a pair of googlies after a solid opening stand, and returning to have Shai Hope stumped for 26 in his final over to finish with 3/28. Tridents keeper-batsman Nicholas Pooran further enhanced his growing reputation with 44 from 32 balls, including back-to-back sixes to put a slight dent in Fawad Ahmed’s figures, and when he combined with his skipper Jason Holder to put together a 50-run stand in quick time for the fourth wicket there was a growing chance of Barbados pulling off an upset. But Pooran was brilliantly run out by Dwayne Bravo’s direct hit from cover before Holder was caught in the deep off Ali Khan – who took punishment with the new ball but returned to bowl a brilliant, decisive 19th over that brought that wicket and cost just four runs – condemning the Tridents to a seventh straight defeat to end their 2018 campaign. For the Knight Riders, though, it’s a sixth straight win in a season they will hope is far from done yet.last_img read more

CARICOM calls for political parties to act “responsibly” in Haiti

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping, of which Haiti is a member, has called on all political stakeholders in the French-speaking Caribbean Community country to “act responsibly” following deadly demonstrations aimed at forcing President Jovenel Moise of out office.In a brief statement, the 15-member grouping said it is ‘deeply concerned about the present unsettled situation in …Haiti” adding ‘this has been brought about by the long delay in having a new government installed which, in turn, has deprived the administration of much needed resources promised by its international financial and development partners.“CARICOM calls for all parties to act responsibly.  The resolution of differences is best achieved in an atmosphere of calm and serenity, through respect for constitutional and legislative procedures, law and order, and due process in an environment conducive to open and civil discourse,” it said in the statement.“The grave deterioration in citizen security and renewed mass demonstrations have once again resulted in violence, loss of life and the destruction of property, which is a cause for concern,” CARICOM said.CARICOM and Cuban foreign ministers, who met here on Friday, also issued a statement in which they reaffirmed “our solidarity with the Republic of Haiti, for which we feel a historic debt of gratitude, and a commitment to continue fostering cooperation with that nation, in accordance with the priorities defined by its government and in full respect of its sovereignty”.Moise himself has said that he not allow “anyone to put chaos and disorder in the country under any pretext,” as he defended himself against the report that found that significant shortcomings have been associated with the planning and implementation of development programmes and projects funded by the PetroCaribe Fund.The opposition parties have stepped up their calls for Moise to stepd down in the wake of a damming report by the Superior Court of Accounts and Administrative Litigation (CSA/CA) into programmes and projects funded by the PetroCaribe, an oil alliance of many Caribbean states with Venezuela to purchase oil on conditions of preferential payment.Earlier this week, the state filed a complaint with the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Port-au-Prince against those persons implicated in the PetroCaribe scandal, based on the report of the CSA/CA.The CSC/CA audit found that significant shortcomings have been associated with the planning and implementation of development programmes and projects funded by the PetroCaribe Fund during the administration of former president Michel Martelly.The Court made it clear that, overall, relevant documents were missing in most of the projects and contracts reviewed and as a result it was impossible to conduct a comprehensive audit of several projects.For example, the 610 page report found that in 2014, for the same project to rehabilitate the Borgne – Petit Bourg de Borgne road section, the State signed two identical contracts worth more than 39 million Gourdes (One Gourde=US$0.01 cents) with two separate companies.Moise, before he came to power in 2017, headed a company which received more than 33 million Gourdes to do the road work, though the company in principle did nothing but grow bananas.Moïse said when he was running the company he was neither president, a government employee nor a presidential candidate..The company in a statement earlier this week reacted to the report pointing to errors and requested that the authorities “make the necessary corrections in order to dispel any doubts and misinterpretations that could harm the image of the company”.The company, AGRITRANS SA, said that it also wanted to note “that the contract for this project, signed on October 15, 2014, was regularly obtained, seen and approved by the CSC/CA after submission of the technical file prepared by the Civil Engineering Unit of the company and all other related documents.last_img read more

Taste of Lauderdale Lakes Festival on November 16

first_imgLAUDERDALE LAKES, Florida – The second annual Taste of Lauderdale Lakes Festival, offering guests delicious food and drink, and an elevated experience within the larger family-friendly affair, will be held on Saturday, November 16.From 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. attendees of Taste of Lauderdale Lakes will enjoy food, music, arts and culture at Lauderdale Lakes Waterfront, 3900 North SR 7.One of the main sponsor of this year’s Festival is Yellow Club of Broward. The company is sponsoring the VIP Garden ExperienceIn the Yellow Cab of Broward VIP Garden, along with eats and cocktails courtesy of Shuckin and Jivin, Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen, and Sweet Realities, and magazines from Island Origins, guests will enjoy fun, fancy decor in the company’s signature yellow and black color palette.The VIP ticket price and includes food, cocktails, and clear sight to the entertainment on the main stage featuring A. Randolph, CriStyle Renae, Sheena O. Murray and more.Throughout the event, other attractions will include a local restaurant showcase with cooking demonstrations, arts and culture village with local crafts, home chef cook-off, live performances, and a kid’s corner with face painting, balloons and rock climbing.At the yellow tent, Yellow Cab of Broward will continue their tradition of giving away amazing goodies including backpacks, tumblers, sunglasses, a couple of free ride vouchers, and even a $150 gift certificate to Valentino’s Restaurant.Their sponsorship in city of Lauderdale Lakes is one of the ways they continue the legacy of Yellow Cab of Broward’s recently departed owner and chief philanthropist Jesse Gaddis, who had a special place in his heart for the Caribbean community–a strong contingent among the residents of the city.Scarlette Clarke, Director of Marketing and Client Happiness said, “Yellow Cab of Broward truly enjoys giving back to the community, especially when someone like Mayor Rogers, who we admire, is involved. Mr. Gaddis was a big part of our giving initiatives, so our sponsorship of this event helps to keep his memory alive.”last_img read more

Survey Finds Nearly 30 Percent of Americans Have Less Than $500…

first_imgYes (79 percent) Do you pay more than the minimum on credit card debt? Yes (80 percent) Do you budget your money? No (28 percent) With the top two responses being more than $11,000 apart from each other in terms of how much Americans are saving, more than half (57 percent) do have a retirement fund whether that’s a 401(k), savings, etc. Bills, bills, billsIf bills begin to stack up, it can be a stressful time for anyone. The survey found that less than half of Americans (44 percent) feel financially secure and 29 percent of Americans do not have credit card debt. Do you ever stress over or worry about money? (top three responses) Preparing for the futureMoney can sometimes be a taboo subject in conversations, but 80 percent of Americans feel comfortable talking about money. It may not come up all the time, but money is on the minds of many.Do you have financial goals? Yes (90 percent) No (20 percent) Do you pay your bills on time? Yes (56 percent) MIAMI, Florida – Managing money is no box of chocolates, yet three in five Americans (60 percent) are not just comfortable with it, they’re confident about their finance skills  — at least according to a recent financial confidence survey conducted by, the USA’s most generous cashback site.The survey polled a cross-section of 1,736 adults, aged 18 and over.The ABCs of Financial ConfidenceWhile “financial confidence” is more of a feeling than a technical term, the basic concepts and practices of saving money, being prepared for an emergency and setting goals can all be categorized under that umbrella. Do you have a savings account? All the time (21 percent) Less than $500 (27 percent)center_img No (10 percent) $1,001 to $3,000 (12 percent) More than $12,000 (35 percent) Occasionally (31 percent) Regularly (26 percent) Yes (56 percent) No (21 percent) Yes (72 percent) The new year is a great time to set any goals to achieve in the next 366 days (hello, Leap Year!) and it’s important to prep for the long run. On average, how much do you have saved? (top three responses) No (44 percent) Are you on track to meet those goals? No (15 percent)last_img read more

Third Jamaican Isolated, First Tests Negative for Coronavirus

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC — The Ministry of Health and Wellness in Jamaica says a third Jamaican has been put in isolation following arrival into the island at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James on Tuesday, February 11.The traveller underwent the relevant protocols in keeping with the current travel restrictions and was discovered to have a high fever. The traveller was immediately isolated, the ministry said.“The next steps for this patient will include management of the fever and any other symptoms that develop. A sample has already been sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), where it will be tested for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We expect a 48-hour turnaround time for the results once the sample is received,” Chief Medical Officer, Dr Jacquiline Bisasor-Mckenzie said.Meanwhile, the ministry said the results of the first patient who was placed in isolation came back negative for COVID-19.The results were received yesterday from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The patient will now be discharged.As it relates to the second patient who was isolated after an elevated temperature was detected while the person was being monitored in a government quarantine facility, the ministry said a sample has been taken and sent to CARPHA for testing.last_img read more

Haiti Warns Of Dangers Posed By Expansion Of Coronavirus

first_imgPhoto by OAS PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The Organization of American States (OAS) says Haiti has assumed the chair of its Permanent Council, warning of the dangers posed by the expansion of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.Haiti’s Permanent Representative Leon Charles, who will chair the council for the April-June period has called on governments in the hemisphere to face with open minds the challenges that the pandemic brings.“In these difficult times, when COVID-19 represents an ever more serious threat for regional and global stability, the leaders of the region must show creativity and innovative spirit to contribute to the strengthening of health infrastructure,” he said in assuming the chairmanship.Outgoing Chair of the Council and Permanent Representative of Guyana, Riyad Insanally recalled the challenges that the organization faced during his term.“It was an honor and a privilege for Guyana to preside over the OAS Permanent Council during a particularly difficult period for our organization and our hemisphere,” Insanally said. “I wish all the best to the incoming chair.”The Permanent Representative of Belize, Daniel Gutierrez, will serve as vice-chair of the council.The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors on Thursday approved a US$20 million grant for the Haiti COVID-19 Response Project.The Washington-based financial institution said that this project aims to respond to the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic through testing and improved treatment in Haiti.“The rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic requires urgent action to prevent [an] outbreak and save lives in Haiti,” said Anabela Abreu, World Bank Country Director for Haiti.“The World Bank is working in partnership with the Haitian Government and donor community to respond effectively to the threat posed by COVID-19 by preparing the country’s medical system to diagnose and treat this infection,” she added.The World Bank said that Haiti faces significant risks from the COVID-19 pandemic.Since the first cases have been officially confirmed, it said the risk of local transmission has increased, stating a state of emergency was declared in Haiti on March 20.“Vigorous response measures will be essential to reduce the spread of the virus,” the bank said. “Otherwise, there is a high potential for the number of COVID-19 cases in Haiti to rise significantly.”The World Bank said the new Haiti COVID-19 response project aims to limit the transmission of COVID-19 in Haiti through detection, infection control in health facilities and access to the best care possible for people who become ill.This includes enhancing testing, minimizing spread through contact tracing of confirmed cases, and providing needed laboratory and protective equipment for healthcare staff to ensure quality-of-care as pressure on the medical system increases, the bank said.It said the project will also support communications activities to help community members understand what they can do to prevent spread and counter misinformation. The project supports the COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan developed by the Ministry of Health.last_img read more

Arsenal To Bag New Signing ‘Diamond Eye’ In Coming Days – Reports

first_imgRelated ALTACH, AUSTRIA – AUGUST 05: Team Manager Michael Zorc of Dortmund looks on during the friendly match between AFC Sunderland v Borussia Dortmund at Cashpoint Arena on August 5, 2016 in Altach, Austria. (Photo by Deniz Calagan/Getty Images)Arsenal are reportedly close to securing the signing of Sven Mislintat as the club’s new head of recruitment.According to media reports, Mislintat is set to replace current Gunners chief scout Steve Rowley, who is believed to be leaving the North London club at the end of season after 35 years of meritorious service.According to popular German media outlet Sport Bild, the English FA Cup champions will pay Borussia Dortmund about £1.8million to prise the 45-year-old super scout from the club since his contract at the Signa Iduna Park does not expire until 2021.Mislintat, known as ‘Diamond Eye’, has been at the club since 2007 and he is responsible for the discovery and signing of Robert Lewandowski from Polish club Lech Poznan and also played an important role in Dortmund luring stars like Shinji Kagawa, Christian Pulisic, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ousmane Dembele.last_img read more