Jamaican sentenced to 41 months for role in a lottery scam…

first_imgHappy Thursday everyone! Today is February 2. We’re taking a look at some of the top stories that are making the news across your Caribbean-American community right here in South Florida. Good Afternoon and welcome. You’re watching CNW90.  The coverage today is brought to you by Grace Soups: Spice up your kitchen with Grace Soups today.  Genuine Caribbean taste enjoyed worldwide!South Florida authorities denied rumors trending on social media on Wednesday warning that immigration officials were rounding up immigrants in Miami Beach, Little Haiti and North Miami. The Twitter posts were accompanied by a photo of Homeland Security bus purported to be waiting to transport immigrants. Google image search revealed the same photo was used 2 years ago on conspiracy websites. The Miami Beach Police Department confirmed with the Dept. of Homeland security there was no such immigration operation underway.An increasing number of Barbadian Muslims had their US visas revoked in recent weeks, associated with an upsurge in visa application denials, according to the secretary of the Barbados Muslim Association, Suleiman Bulbulia. He says he anticipates a difficult time for Barbados muslims to get US Visas following President Trumps recent immigration order. Bulbulia also said he wasn’t sure if any member of the Barbadian Muslim population came from any of the countries banned by the immigration order.Federal prosecutors in the US has sentenced Jeragh Powell a 26-yr old Jamaican citizen to 41 months in prison for his role in a lottery scam that targeted elderly US victims. Powell admitted working with his wife and others to mail fake lottery prize notifications to the victims directing them to pay tens of thousands of dollars in fake fees and taxes to receive prize money and cars. Powell’s wife, Kimberly Powell is to be sentenced on February 23.In SportsFormer Wolmers Boys’ School goalkeeper Shamar Jemison, 19, has been selected by the Florida Memorial University football team. This was confirmed by FMU’s soccer coach Edil Payon. Jemison was selected as FMU’s goalkeeper from 35 candidates after impressing coaches during a one-week trial at the college.Here’s What’s TrendingVeteran NBC-TV African-American broadcaster Tamron Hall has abruptly resigned from the network after it canceled her 9:00 am week-day slot on the network to make room for former FOX broadcaster Megyn Kelly who was recently hired by NBC. Hall was co-host of the slot since 2014, and also hosted a daily one-hour talk show on MSNBC.For tomorrows weather forecast:It will be partly cloudy in Broward County with a High of 78 degrees and a low of 67. It will also be partly cloudy in Miami-Dade, with a high of 80 and a low of 67 degrees. For more information on these and other stories, visit us online at Caribbean nationalweekly.com. Make Sure to pick up your copy of the National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean American outlet.Today’s coverage was brought to you by Grace Soups: Spice up your kitchen with Grace Soups today.  Genuine Caribbean taste enjoyed worldwide!”This has been CNW90, I’m ……………………..last_img read more

CARICOM Cannabis Commission to visit St Lucia

first_imgThe CARICOM Cannabis Commission is scheduled to visit St Lucia, to hear the views of citizens on the subject of marijuana.The commission is preparing to hold a consultation in St Lucia next month with a view to understanding the position of citizens on current marijuana laws.Spokesman for the local Cannabis Movement, Andre Pancho Decaires says the commission wants a wide cross-section of views on marijuana use.“There are a lot of people in the country who are concerned about changing the laws and we need to hear them. We don’t want to be singing to the choir. We don’t only want to hear testimonials about how great the cannabis could be for the country,” he said.Decaires said politicians are avoiding taking a clear position on marijuana out of concern for their political future.“A lot of our politicians, and one of them told me that straight, their decisions are based on votes and if they think that a decision would affect them negatively at the polls, they would not make that decision,” he added.Decaires believes that St Lucia is in a great position to capitalise on the economic benefits of marijuana growth.The Commission was established to determine whether there should be a change in the current drug classification of marijuana thereby making the drug more accessible for all types of usage including religious, recreational, and medical and research.Jamaica approves two cannabis licenseslast_img read more

Cuisine: Oxtail and beans

first_imgOxtail and beans is among the Caribbean region’s most enjoyable and delicious dishes. With the large Caribbean population now residing in the US the dish has also grown in popularity in the US not only with Caribbean nationals but all those who love delicious Caribbean fare. Here is a simple way to prepare the much-loved meal served with white rice. Ingredients12 ounces dried lima beans4 pounds oxtails2 large Vidalia onions, chopped3 scallions, chopped4 garlic cloves, smashed1 bunch fresh thyme2 tablespoons red pepper flakes4 teaspoons hot paprika2 bay leaves2 tablespoons hot sauce4 tablespoons gravy master6 cups low-sodium beef broth4 teaspoons tomato paste2 tablespoons saltWhite rice, recipe follows2 cups riceDirectionsIn a large bowl, cover lima beans with water, cover with a towel and soak overnight.In a large pot, add oxtails, onions, scallions, garlic, thyme, red pepper, paprika, bay leaf, hot sauce, and gravy master and marinate at least 4 hours or overnight in the refrigerator, stirring occasionally.Add enough water to just cover the oxtails and bring the mixture to a boil. Lower to a simmer, cover and cook 2 hours. Every 30 minutes for 2 hours add 2 cups of water or broth, alternating, as necessary, to keep oxtails covered with liquid.At 2 hours, add the beans, tomato paste, and 2 more cups of beef broth and water, if needed. Bring to a boil then simmer uncovered 2 hours, skimming fat off top and stirring occasionally. In the last 1/2 hour of cook time, season with 2 tablespoons salt. Serve with rice.White Rice:Rinse rice 3 times to remove starch. Put rice in a medium saucepan. Fill saucepan with enough water to cover the rice by 1/2-inch or measure by placing your thumb tip on the rice and filling the pot with water until the water reaches the middle of your thumbnail. Bring rice to a simmer, cover and cook until tender and liquid is evaporated, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let rice stand another 5 minutes, covered.Yield: 4 to 6 servingslast_img read more

Guyanese, Jamaicans and Africans worst treated at TT detention center

first_imgImmigrants from Guyana, Jamaica and Africa are being unfairly singled out for bad treatment at the Aripo Immigration Center in Trinidad and Tobago according to the advocacy body, The Emancipation Support Group.Khafra Kambon, chairman of the Emancipation Support Group, is upset that despite repeated efforts to meet with TT’s National Security Minister Edmund Dillon, the minister has not dignified their efforts with a response.“We have sought meetings with Minister Dillon, we have written, we have called we have not been able to get a meeting with Minister Dillon so far. So that creates an additional problem,” Khambon told the Trinidad Express.Indefinite detention is tortureKhambon said there are persons who have been detained for more than four years. Some have lost their mental faculties due to the ordeal while others have attempted suicide.“It’s very heartbreaking because you cannot treat human beings like that. Indefinite detention is considered a form of torture on other jurisdictions,” said Khambon.“A lot of abuse is taking place in this system. The stories are unbelievable as to what some of these people are subjected to. There are people who have tripped off under those conditions. It’s a real torture when you have no pathway to get out and day after day you are hoping for something to happen. It affects your mind. There are people who have suffered mentally in there,” he said.Squalid conditionsHe said even officers and employees at the center have complained about the squalid conditions.Khambon indicated lawyers have initiated legal action to help a couple detainees but the process is long and costly. The inmates need more lawyers to come on board and assist to get these people help.DiscriminationSome detainees face acts discrimination from the center’s employees.“For all the years we have been involved in this, we have said there’s a clear pattern of discrimination against detainees from the continent of Africa,” Khambon said.He said people from Guyana and Jamaica are next on the list in terms of discriminatory treatment from immigration authorities.last_img read more

Antigua and Barbuda investigate suspected case of measles

first_imgThe Ministry of Health in Antigua and Barbuda is investigating a suspected case of measles that was imported into the country by a visitor from the United Kingdom.According to Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Rhonda Sealey-Thomas, the suspected case was reported by the doctor who treated the patient.Patient isolatedSealey-Thomas said the patient with the suspected case of measles has been isolated and those who travelled with her, will be quarantined and monitored to see whether or not they are affected.The Health Ministry will also ensure that they are properly vaccinated as the ministry awaits laboratory confirmation of the disease.Public appealMeanwhile, the ministry has issued an appeal to the public to ensure that they are adequately immunized against measles, mumps and rubella with the MMR vaccine.In 2016, the Region of the Americas, including Antigua and Barbuda was certified as being free of measles. However, Sealey-Thomas says health officials should ensure the country retains its measles-free status by ensuring families are properly vaccinated.“We need parents to check to see that your children have the correct dosage of the MMR, the measles, mumps rubella vaccine. Take your card and your child to the nearest health center so the nurses there can check and ensure that your child is properly vaccinated or if they need another dosage,” Sealey-Thomas said in an advisory.Adults are also being encouraged to check with their physician if they are unsure about their vaccination status.Symptoms of measlesMeasles is a highly contagious disease which is characterized by high fever, cough, runny nose and a red rash which starts on the face and spreads to the body. It is caused by a virus and is spread through coughing and sneezing.There is no specific treatment, but the measles vaccine that is administered as part of a country’s vaccination program provides lifelong protection against the disease.Those who are not vaccinated face a higher risk of getting the viral infection.last_img read more

Calabar and Edwin Allen High Schools defend Jamaica Champs’ titles

first_imgCalabar and Edwin Allen High have retained their respective ISSA Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships titles. The five-day event at the National Stadium in Kingston ended on Saturday with Calabar again holding onto the Mortimer Geddes Trophy, for the seventh year. The boys were runaway winners, scoring 368.5 points, with Kingston College 278 and Jamaica College 224.5, closing out the top three.On the girls’ side, Edwin Allen scored 326 points to take their fifth consecutive title and sixth overall, with Holmwood Technical 287 and Hydel 277 closing out the top three. Twenty records brokenThe five-day event ended with over 20 records being broken. Among the record breakers on the final day were Edwin Allen’s Kevona Davis who smashed the Class Two girls 200m record for the second time at the meet, clocking a national youth record of 22.72 seconds to complete the sprint double.Calabar’s Dejour Russell broke his own record in the Class One boys’ 110m hurdles, returning a personal best 13.10 seconds to retain the gold medal.Disappointing momentsThere were also disappointment moments as both Calabar and Hydel HS who won the boys’ and girls’ 4x400m relays were subsequently disqualified.Calabar was disqualified for using Class 2 400m silver medalist Evaldo Whitehorn on their mile relay team as he was ineligible based on ISSA Rule 5B which only allows a class 2 male athlete to contest two individual races and a relay or two relays and one individual race. Hydel was disqualified after one of their outgoing runners moved out of the position in which she was placed by a track official to receive the baton.  Sports minister “very impressed”Meanwhile, Jamaica’s Minister of Sport, Olivia “Babsy” Grange has congratulated the winners of the annual ISSA Grace Kennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships.Grange said she was “very impressed with the performances of the student athletes, especially those who set new records over the five days of competition.” The Minister also congratulated “The coaches, organizers and all those who played a role in the successful execution of the Championships. The future of Jamaica’s athletics looks bright and is in very good hands,” said Grange.last_img read more

Tammy Abraham And His Father Gave Me Their Word – NFF President

first_imgNigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick, has revealed that Swansea City striker Tammy Abraham and his father assured him about the 19-year old’s readiness to switch his international allegiance from England to Nigeria.Earlier reports on Thursday claimed that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is trying to persuade Tammy to play for Nigeria but the England Under-21 international has since debunked those rumours adding that he is open to selection for England.While speaking with busybuddiesng.com, NFF President Amaju Pinnick said:“Tammy and his father gave me their words after a meeting with the family. “Super Eagles and Chelsea star Victor Moses was reportedly present during the meeting between Pinnick and the Abrahams.RelatedTammy Abraham Opens Up On His Decision To Snub Super Eagles For EnglandNovember 8, 2017In “England”Tammy Abraham Denies He Has Chosen Nigeria, Open for England selectionSeptember 21, 2017In “England”Nigeria Courts Tammy Abraham Over National Team InvitationSeptember 11, 2017In “National Team”last_img read more

Future Eagles Goalkeeper? Nigerian-Born Arsenal Youngster Impresses For England

first_imgNigerian-born Arsenal youngster Arthur Okonkwo produced an impressive performance to help the England U17 team to a 2-1 win over Russia in Burton on SaturdayThe highly-rated young goalkeeper was making his first appearance for Steve Cooper’s team having previously featured for England at both the U15 and U16 levels.Okonkwo, 16, was formerly an unused substitute in the team’s 3-2 win over Portugal on November 8 before his debut on Saturday.He is highly thought of at Arsenal and has trained with the club’s first team this season on two occasions at least.Relatedlast_img read more

David Greyling appointed new Funfair COO

first_img Submit Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Share Funfair, the Ethereum casino platform, has announced David Greyling as the company’s new Chief Operating Officer.Jez San OBE, Founder and CEO of Funfair, commented:  “David is a seasoned and trusted leader who consistently delivers results.  He is uniquely qualified to drive strategic prioritization within FunFair, with a laser-focus on operational excellence.“I have tremendous confidence in David’s ability to align FunFair’s world-class blockchain platform with industry-leading operational practices to drive and extend the next-generation of gaming.”At Funfair, who have a combined 40 years experience building gaming and casino software, Greyling is to ‘gear up the business as a brand and establish FunFair’s outward facing service, engaging with operators, gaming and the community.’In addition to assuming ‘responsibility for business development, finance, legal, regulation, HR and establishing marketing and operations.’Greyling added:  “FunFair’s excellent team and technology is growing at a rapid pace. It is important to nurture the company’s startup and blockchain culture during this growth, as well as prepare FunFair for commercial success.”In his previous role of International Managing Director at William Hill, Greyling was charged with overseeing international expansion, and was responsible for £130m net revenue across regulated national and international markets.last_img read more

From then to now: How sports data has changed the tune for sports leagues

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Share STATSCORE chosen as the main sponsor for Futsal Ekstraklasa August 11, 2020 Related Articles If you follow any of the top sports leagues for team disciplines, you have probably already realised that whenever you watch a game, enter a web-page or download a mobile app, you get the most sophisticated performance stats delivered straight into your hands. But, when did this become a trend? And how does it affect league organisers? Jakub Myszkorowski, Chief Commercial Officer at STATSCORE, explores the ‘then’, ‘now’ and ‘next’ for collecting and sharing sports data.THEN: When did it start? Well, let us go back to the first half of the 20th century with the men in great wide pants and women with perms. Sports stadiums were then areas full of people smoking cigarettes and the first collectors of sport related statistics.It all began with the analysis of basic stats. It is said that the first attempt to collect data with a system especially aimed at sporting events dates back to 1939. Not surprisingly, this is not the most remembered breakthrough of that year. And of course at that stage people were only focused on collecting the most basic stats.Even recently one of the top UK-based football managers mentioned that from his perspective the only stat that he cares about is ‘goals scores vs goals conceded’. So plain and simple, so… brilliant. If you think about it longer, this makes perfect sense. All football stats build a pyramid based on the number of goals scored. If there are goals, it means that there have to be shots and even shots on target. Once you encounter shots, it’s easy to presume that there could have been some assists, passes or dribbles. And this is how it spread outwards from goals scored to the mountain of stats we have today.So, back in the 50’s, they were mainly taking basic stats for coaching staff. Since this was the beginning of the process and not many teams were collecting the data what they lacked were the relative KPIs and benchmarks. The coaching staff of team A would have known the data for their own team but what about the numbers for team B?At that time, no one even considered that the fans might want to engage with the use of stats. Indicating the number of goals scored and how much of the match had been played were the most important items on the menu back then.NOW: Now if we take a quick jump to 2019, we see a world of sports stats served in many different ways and in many different styles to keep people engaged and interested while increasing their understanding of the sport. The data helps to bring meaning to the game, offering a much wider look at sporting events. The merger between competition organisers and sports data providers got a big boost about a decade ago with the release of the Castrol Performance Index for football players. This was started in 2009 as a brave attempt to promote a trademark and connect it with sports performance. Today, the Castrol Indexes have gained a serious reputation around the world and have become one of the most cited rankings for individual sporting performances ever. This trend has also spread for more sports.Seeing the success of Castrol, who built their reputation around indexing football data, more and more companies started to look for the chance to promote their brand by connecting it to sport. Many become successful thanks to the growing desire of fans for more of this kind of information. Sport as a narration is empty inside – it provides just plain competition and it connects a lot of emotion, leaving a lot of space to be filled with the content of the brands that want to merge their identity with sports’ performance.The organisers of sports leagues did not want to miss out on this game – most of them have already learned that by offering official competition data with the help of experts from this area, they can control how the stats are used by the market. What’s more, this is how the leagues started to earn money and achieve their business goals – directly from sports performance related data.NEXT: Take for example STATSCORE, a sports data company with a vast experience in serving league organisers as official data providers. At this stage, STATSCORE has the exclusive title of official data providers for two major handball competitions (PGNiG Superliga, Slovanft Handball Extraliga) and for a major hockey league (Polish Hockey League). The data is collected from the venues by the most experienced scouts. This guarantees the quickest and the most reliable process of collecting and sharing live action as it happens. The Scout Quality Control Team makes sure that the feed is 100% correct. It’s then displayed for the entertainment of fans fast and free of any mistakes.Piotr Należyty is the Vice-Chairman of the Board at PGNiG Superliga, the top handball league in Poland. He is one of the key decision makers when it comes to using statistics from STATSCORE, recognising the importance of using the sport data for the brand building of the league organiser.“Nowadays you lose fans’ interest and the possibility to build engagement in the event pregame and live, if you do not provide them with a full set of the info about the throws efficiency, blocks, goalkeepers interventions and the comparison of teams and players,” he said. “PGNiG Superliga chose long ago to use the statistical data significantly in order to build the attractiveness of the product.“We also use chosen stats to handle the communication with the fans and to support the media. We believe that the importance of sports’ stats in building the attractiveness of the events will keep on rising and we plan to put an emphasis on it.”From the fans perspective, it’s not just what data they get, but also how they can access it. This is why STATSCORE created a platform for league organisers called LeagueCenter.This centre has all the key information about a competition along with live game visualisations, team comparisons and several levels of statistics for both the teams and players. LeagueCenter has become a powerful matrix for all leagues. The design and special advertising spaces allow league organisers to offer sponsors the opportunity to connect their brand with the performance of sport.This is the most modern way to keep the fans engaged and make sure that the league organisers can proceed with their business goals. SBC’s Year In Review: June’s big betting news December 24, 2019 Share SBC’s Year In Review: August’s big betting news December 27, 2019last_img read more