Month: August 2020

750 pounds of marijuana seized of Boca coast; Six Caribbean nationals…

first_imgSix Caribbean nationals – three Bahamians, two Jamaicans and one Guyanese – were taken into custody over the weekend after a boat with 750 pounds of marijuana was intercepted by the United States Coast Guard. Officials said a Coast Guard cutter conducted a safety boarding of a 35-foot sport fisher approximately 11 miles east of Boca Raton, Florida. As the cutter crew came alongside the vessel, they saw a package being thrown overboard. It was later recovered. The crew discovered an additional 17 bales and three packages aboard the vessel, and seized approximately 750 pounds of marijuana.The Seventh Day Adventist Church (SDA) in St Lucia has appealed to the public not to rush to judgment following the recent arrest of two pastors. Executive Secretary of the St. Lucia Mission of Seventh Day Adventists, Pastor Roger Stephen, who made the comment at recent press conference however said that the church will not condone sin or wrongdoing. During the press conference, Stephen did not accept questions from reporters due to what he said are “untrue reports” about the case in which the pastors have been charged with indecent assault and unlawful sexual connection.The Florida Bar Elder Law Section has elected Jamaican born attorney, Collett P. Small as their new chairperson. Small, the first woman of color and of Jamaican heritage, is scheduled to be installed this June at the swearing in ceremony in Boca Raton. Small, a resident of Weston, has been practicing law for 12 years. She is a Board Certified Elder Law Specialist and is one of only 105 attorneys in the State who are certified in Elder LawAnd in Sports Olympic 400 meters champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas staked a claim for the women’s 200 meters crown at 2017 London World Championships with a sizzling run at Saturday’s Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon. Miller-Uibo, smashed the Bahamian 200 meters record after chasing American Torie Bowie to the line. Bowie clocked a personal best of 21.77, the fastest time in the world this year, ahead of Miller-Uibo (21.91) and Jamaican 200 meters Olympic champion Elaine Thompson, third in 21.98.  Miller-Uibo’s new mark erased her  national record of 22.05 set in June last year at the Racers Grand Prix meet in KingstonHere’s What’s TrendingFormer Panamanian military commander, General Manuel Noriega has died at age-83.  Panama’s President Juan Carlos Varela announced Noriega’s death via Twitter. And while the cause of death wasn’t immediately reported, Noriega had recently been dealing with complications from brain surgery. In March, it was reported that he was in a coma. At the time of his death in a Panama City hospital, Noriega was serving a prison sentence for corruption and having his opponents killed.For Tomorrow’s weather forecast.It will be partly cloudy with scattered showers in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties, with a high of 91 and a low of 77 degrees. Today’s news was brought to you by the Florida Department of Health in Broward County, who encourages you to Protect Your Baby, Vaccinate On Time, Every Time.  They remind you that Immunizations are SAFE, PROVEN PROTECTION. For more on these and other stories visit us at Make sure to pick your copy of Caribbean News weekly at your nearest Caribbean American outlet.last_img read more

Victory Place Worship Center to host Grand Quinquennial Soiree

first_imgVictory Place International Worship Center, a vision driven ministry located in Sunrise FL, is counting down to its Grand Quinquennial Soiree, set for Sat. Feb. 24th from 6 p.m. at the Azalea Ballroom of the Volunteer Park Community Center, 12050 W Sunrise Boulevard in Plantation, FL. The event is the fifth anniversary of the biblically based, non-denominational, Pentecostal ministry that was founded by Dr. Clive A. Porter and Sister Lady Sharon Porter.  Contributions is $75 for adults and $40 for children and the dress code is semi-formal.  Victory Place will also host its fifth anniversary conference at the church from Feb. 21st–25th featuring prayer sessions from 6 to 8 a.m. and bible study sessions from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The conference will feature Bishops Wansworth Heron and Clinton Ruddock, Pastors Philemon Samuels and Terance Baynes, Drs. David Brown, Sam Green and David Ibeleme, Apostle Des Vignes, Minister Evet Campbell and Rev. Jennifer Porter-Cox. Melodies of Praise of Montego Bay and The Otteys will also be a part of the conference.  For more information on both events call (954) 604-6229 and for more on the ministry see read more

Blackface – a sorry aspect of black history

first_imgOnce called the “king of performers,” Al Jolson was famous in the 1920s for his portrayal of blackface. It’s ironic on the first day of Black History Month a raging controversy erupted in America that recalls one of the more demeaning chapters, that of ‘blackface’, of American Black History.The controversy prevailed after pages from the 1984 year-book of Virginia Governor Ralph Norton’s tenure at medical school was made public showing individuals dressed in blackface, and a Ku Klux Klan (KKK) uniform, hood and all. Gravity of situation not recognized As the controversy rage, with calls for Northam to resign over his association with the blatant racist images, which he denies involves him, some people within the Caribbean American community failed to recognize the gravity of the situation. Some   wondered why should the governor pay a price for behavior as a young man of 25, some 35 years ago?It’s not surprising this question would be asked. As has been seen in the past, several Caribbean Americans, although they are of the black race don’t fully comprehend, or appreciate some of the significance, especially the more negative aspects, of American Black history.Aspect of 19th century American theaterBlackface was an aspect of early American theater in the 19th center. White actors would blacken their face with burnt cork, greasepaint or shoe polish, exaggerate the size of their lips, colored bright red, often wear black woolly wigs, gloves, tailcoats, or ragged clothes to depict of black people.Portraying blacks as silly, uneducated uppityThese actors routinely played the role of comics or buffoons, depicting blacks as silly, uneducated, and in the case of free blacks, uppity. The era gave rise to ridiculous characters like Jim Crow, a comical dancer; Zip Coon, a character mocking free blacks; Mammy, the wise black matriarch, and key servant in the white household; Buck, who despite his race fancies white women; the Wench, a promiscuous, provocative black female; and pickaninnies – black children depicted with large, bulging eyes, red lips, unkept hair, and perpetually eager for food.Blackface actors, which as the years grew, included some black actors, deliberately depicting blacks as stupid, illiterate and inferior to white people, reflected how the white race perceived  black slaves and free blacks. The Black and White Minstrel show that was a direct off-shoot of blackface grew in popularity among whites, but were regarded by blacks as demeaning to the race  Opposed by Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass, one the earliest social reformers in American history, was also an early critic of blackface in American theater, and the popular black minstrel show. He wrote that the art-form was blatantly racist and should be stopped. In the early 20th century an increasing number of black actors appeared in blackface in shows nation-wide, some even using the stage to mimic the white race. But, remaining at the core of  blackface was the negative characterization of African Americans as inferior, illiterate buffoons for the comical relief and to entertain whites, feeding the general stereotype most whites had of black within the then society.  Blackface as a marketing toolSo prevalent was blackface, advertisers in the 1940s and ‘50s  used blackface images like pickaninnies and Mammy to market their consumer products. Tabooed In the 1950s the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) launched a deliberate campaign against portraying African Americans in blackface. The NAACP’s initiative morphed as an integral component of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s This resulted in the abandonment of blackface images in branding consumer products, and the Black and White minstrel shows.  Eventually blackface, like the word ‘nigga’ became taboo in America from the end of the 1960s onwards.Used by insensitive, ignorant people However, the taboo didn’t stop insensitive and ignorant people  portraying themselves in blackface during carnivals, costume parties, and Halloween. Several people including former Fox and NBC broadcaster Megan Kelly, and now Governor Northam, have been negatively impacted because of their insensitivity, or their ignorance, of the demeaning portrayal of blackface on African Americans.A despicable stigma Today, It’s a despicable stigma for African Americans to be characterized as inferior intellectually, socially, financially or any other way to another race. It was the quest of individuals like Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X to erase  every perception of inferiority between black and other races. Portraying images of blackface does conjure the humiliating history of the eras of slavery, post-slavery and racial segregation. Since the days of blackface, a black-man led America for eight years, black individuals are seated in the US Congress, and blacks are leaders in almost every aspect of American society. Black people, mostly through their own efforts overcame negative stereotypes. There’s no need for images like blackface, KKK uniforms, or hangman nooses to regurgitate the more negative aspects of black history, particularly when these images are overtly, and covertly, used to perpetuate racism.last_img read more

Indians And Sri Lankans Dominate Lagos International Badminton Classics 2017

first_imgThe 3rd edition of the Lagos international Badminton Classics has left a remarkable statement for all as the finals saw the Sri Lankan and Indian contingent scoop major honours on final day.The four day championship which climaxed on Saturday with the finals in all categories at the Molade Indoor Sports Hall, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos saw two Indians in the men singles category— Rahul Yadav Chittaboina and Karan Rajan Rajarajan slug it out on the court for gold with the former emerging champion in two straight sets (21-15, 21-13).Thilini Pramodika Hendahewa of Sri Lanka who was unseeded in the tournament  emerged champion in the women’s category after a close victory over India’s Mugdha Agrey who was seeded 4th heading into the international challenge.Hendahewa who had earlier beat Nigeria’s top seed and tournament’s 5th seed, Grace Gabriel in the female category round of 32 enjoyed a roller coaster ride in the first set against Mugdha 21-13 before a nervy 21-19 score line in the second set to win gold.The Indian duo of Manu Attri and Reddy B. Sumeeth who are currently ranked 33rd emerge champions in the men’s doubles category over Nigeria’s Anuoluwapo Opeyori and Godwin Olofua in two sets– 21-13 21-15 .Furthering the Sri Lankan dominance also saw the strong pairing of Thilini Pramodika Hendahewa and Ishadika Kavidi defeat Nigeria’s Zainab Momoh and Ramatu Yakubu 21-8 21-5  to become the 2017 women’ s doubles champion.And in what would remain unarguably, one of the biggest highlights of this year’s Lagos International Badminton Classics was seeing mother and son (The Zilbermans)– Misha Zilberman (M) and Svetlana Zilberman (F) of Israel  beat Portuguese’ duo of Duarte Nuno Anjo (M) and Sofia Setim (F) to clinch the mix doubles title. Writer: Chidiebere AnugwoluRelatedClassics 2017: Day 3  Leaves Excited Fans Wanting More As Team Nigeria Thrives In Doubles CategoryJuly 30, 2017In “Sports”Lagos International Badminton Classics: Chronicle Of Upsets In Day 2July 28, 2017In “Sports”Lagos International Badminton Classics Record Upset In Day OneJuly 27, 2017In “Competition”last_img read more

2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup: England, France Qualify For Next Round

first_imgStandings:France 6 pointsJapan 3 pointsHonduras 3 pointsNew Caledonia 0 point Group FEngland 3-2 MexicoIraq 3-0 Chile Standings:England 6 pointsIraq 4 pointsMexico 1 pointChile 0 point England and France have qualified for the second round of the ongoing FIFA u-17 World Cup in India after respective victories over Mexico and Japan on Matchday 6.Highly rated Borussia Dortmund youngster Jadon Sancho scored one of the goals as England booked a last 16 place with a 3-2 win over Mexico in Group F. Sancho has now scored three goals in two appearances at the tournament.In the other group game, Iraq thrashed Chile 3-0 with Mohammed Dawoud Yassen getting two goals to take his tally to three goals in two games.France are also through to the last 16 after forward Amine Gouini scored a brace to help his side to a 2-1 win over Japan thus taking his tournament tally to four goals as the leading goalscorer.Results:Group EFrance 2-1 JapanHonduras 5-0 New Caledonia Today’s Matches (Matchday 7):Group AGhana vs. IndiaUSA vs. ColombiaGroup BTurkey vs. ParaguayMali vs. New ZealandRelated2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup Review: Mexico Complete Last 16 LineupOctober 16, 2017In “FIFA”2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup Wrap (Matchday 8): West African Teams Suffer Contrasting FortunesOctober 14, 2017In “FIFA”2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup Wrap: England Off To Winning StartOctober 9, 2017In “FIFA”last_img read more

Could the Bridge be falling?

first_imgAntonio Conte’s Chelsea turned the Premier League title race into a procession in his first season, but worrying cracks are appearing that threatens to fatally undermine the current campaign.The Stamford Bridge club accrued 93 points — the second-highest tally in the Premier League era — to finish seven points clear of nearest challengers Tottenham Hotspur and a whopping 15 ahead of Manchester City in 2016-2017.But this term they are nine points adrift of pacesetters Manchester City, with three defeats already — they only suffered five losses in the whole of last season.Now the 2012 European champions are licking their wounds after an embarrassing 3-0 Champions League pummelling by Roma.Lack Of Signings:Spain striker Alvaro Morata was Chelsea’s major signing in the summer transfer window, joining alongside midfielders Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater and defenders Antonio Rudiger and Davide Zappacosta, but moves for several targets failed to come off.England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opted for Liverpool and Spanish striker Fernando Llorente elected to move to London rivals Tottenham, while Ross Barkley stayed at Everton.Perhaps most gallingly of all, striker Romelu Lukaku chose Manchester United over a return to his former club.Conte expressed his frustration at Chelsea’s failure to land some of his top transfer targets but made clear he had no intention of walking out.Matic mistake?Chelsea have been widely criticised for allowing defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic to join former boss Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.Despite a strong-looking midfield roster that includes Bakayoko, Cesc Fabregas and N’Golo Kante, Matic’s loss has been felt, particularly given that Kante has missed a chunk of fixtures with a hamstring injury.Former England and Manchester United defender Phil Neville, speaking after the Roma defeat, said whoever decided to sell Matic should be sacked.European Distractions:Last Season, Chelsea had no European commitments after finishing a lowly 10th in the table in 2015-16, meaning they could focus all their attention on the Premier League, with ample time to rest between matches.Despite their damaging 3-0 defeat away to Roma on Tuesday, they still look poised to qualify from Group C, but their continental exertions are putting a strain on Conte’s thin squad.Unrest? :Reports have emerged of players becoming unhappy with a tough training regime and Conte has admitted his squad is struggling to cope with the demands of defending the Premier League title and competing in Europe.In an angry outburst last week, he described reports of unrest at the club as “bullshit”.The Italian denied his reign has been undermined by players texting his former assistant Steve Holland to complain about his training methods. RelatedAlvaro Morata’s injury could see Chelsea further strugglingOctober 3, 2017In “England”2017/2018 Premier League: Who Makes The Top Four?August 11, 2017In “England”Betting Odds For August 12, 2017August 12, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

Sportradar appoints Warren Murphy as Betradar MD

first_img Warren MurphySports data, analysis and content provider Sportradar AG has confirmed the appointment of Warren Murphy as its group Managing Director of Sports Betting.Murphy, the former CEO of Sporting Index Group (2009-2016), takes over the strategic direction and commercial delivery of Sportradar’s fast growing betting division Betradar.An industry veteran, Murphy has held leadership positions at Sporting Index and Camelot UK, focusing on product development, commercial strategy and marketing. Working closely with Sportradar and Betradar product teams, Murphy will become a key stakeholder in the development of the firm’s betting suite and asset portfolio.Murphy confirmed his appointment as MD of Sportradar’s betting division via LinkedIn, by stating: “I join Sportradar today as Managing Director of their Betting Division (Betradar). It’s a great customer focussed company and a global leader in leveraging sports data and digital content. I can’t wait to start working with everyone internally and externally connected with the company.” Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share Related Articles Share StumbleUpon David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

UK DCMS bans third party betting on EuroMillions’ games

first_img Camelot under fire for exploiting National Lottery age limits July 20, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Cross-party think-tank calls for £100 monthly limit on gambling August 5, 2020 Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Related Articles The UK government has moved to ban all third party bets on the outcome of EuroMillions lottery draws.Issuing a market update this morning, the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) states that it undertakes it decision following an industry consultation launched back in March 2017.DCMS will introduce new licencing provisions, which will ban UK consumers from placing EuroMillions bets through remote gambling/lottery operators.Current ‘Gambling Act 2015’ regulations prohibit betting on the outcome of syndicated National Lottery and EuroMillions draws.However, nine countries participate in the EuroMillions game, and although each country relates back to a single draw held in Paris, the selling of tickets is treated as a separate function.As a result of this technicality, a number of gambling/lottery operators currently offer a bet on the outcome of EuroMillions draws as a remote service.In its update, DCMS states that it wants to achieve the same level of protection for the EuroMillions game, as it does for the National Lottery, whilst further safeguarding funds are that will be raised for national good causes.It said: “As outlined in the consultation document, we consider that betting on non-UK EuroMillions draws is contrary to the intention and spirit of section 95 of the Gambling Act and the established principle that operators should not be permitted to offer bets on the National Lottery.“This provision seeks to preserve a distinction between betting and The National Lottery to protect returns to good causes and prevent consumer confusion. Our position was supported by the majority of consultation respondents.”Detailing its consultation, DCMS points to five remote operators; Lottoland, MyLotto24, Annexio, and IMME Entertainment who ‘run counter to the spirit’ of the National Lottery and its mandate to raise funds for charities and good causes.“This provision seeks to preserve a distinction between betting and The National Lottery to protect returns to good causes and prevent consumer confusion,” it continued. “Our position was supported by the majority of consultation respondents.“We are mindful of the effect on impacted businesses, and will tailor the licence condition to ensure it is in line with our aims to reduce consumer confusion and protect returns to good causes in the UK. Betting operators will still be able to offer bets on international lotteries.” Submitlast_img read more

Piloted scheme sees awareness of gambling in secondary schools

first_img Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020 StumbleUpon Lessons to teach Secondary School children about the risks of gambling, and where to go for help and support, has been piloted by cross-party think-tank Demos, with support from GambleAwareDetailing a lack of gambling related education in the nations school curriculum, it was stated that 25,000 UK children are classed as problem gamblers, with around two million adults also at risk of developing a problem.As part of the scheme, lessons piloted were designed to also teach of tactics used to encourage gambling, the importance of helping others and managing impulses and delayed gratification.Reaching 650 students in selected schools countrywide, 41 percent of those had gambling participation within the last year, with using money to place bets the most common (21%), followed by playing fruit machines (17%) and playing cards for money (14%).Dr Jane Rigbye, Director of Education at GambleAware, commented: “There are legitimate concerns about the impact of gambling-related advertising and the normalisation of gambling for children. “It is in this context, that GambleAware is pleased to have funded this project to explore what may be effective in helping children to understand the nature of gambling and the associated risks, and to become resilient to the harms that can arise. “We hope the success of this project will support that case for gambling and the risks it poses to be included in the PSHE curriculum in schools in the future.”Over the course of its 12 month observation period Demos report a decline in pupils playing cards for money, representing a seven percent drop amongst the participating group.In addition to this a rise in the ability to describe how to help individuals experiencing problem gambling (20%), awareness of where to seek help (18%), ability to describe delayed gratification (11%) and the understanding of encouragement and persuasion techniques (10%). Simone Vibert, Social Policy Researcher at Demos, said: “Given that young people are routinely taught about the risks of drugs, alcohol and underage sex, the fact that so few are taught about gambling is an anomaly. “Problem gambling can wreak havoc on people’s lives, not to mention their friends, families and the wider economy. Prevention is clearly preferable to treatment later down the line.  “These lessons encourage pupils to weigh risk, manage impulses and advise others – all things that can help prevent problem gambling and other risky behaviour too. “We therefore call upon the Government and schools to use these resources to help develop the skills and resilience of pupils, confident in the knowledge that they have been proven to make a difference.”An individual who participated in the study added: “At first gambling seemed like quite a rare thing but we didn’t realise how easy it is to get addicted. And how bad it could be, but we learnt that I think.”Over 100 schools have since expressed an interest in taking part, signalling the need to raise significant awareness of the risk posed to young people.The results have since been submitted to the government as part of a consultation into PSHE lesson content, with both Demos and GambleAware highlighting the need to include gambling-related harm when teaching children about risky behaviours. Submit Related Articles GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Share Share YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020last_img read more

Star Sports launches ‘Star Recruitment’ for globally changing sector

first_imgShare Share StumbleUpon Countdown to Cheltenham: Star Sports on why they ‘do not bet on an opinion’ March 10, 2020 Submit On-course bookies rail against ‘severe’ age-verification penalties January 29, 2020 Ben Keith – Star SportsSeeking to diversify its business services, independent betting group Star Sports has announced the launch of its new industry recruitment vertical – ‘Star Recruitment’ ( new division, which will provide staffing solutions for the global gambling industry, is led by sector resourcing and talent development veteran Simon Banks who will serve Chief Executive (CEO) of the new Star Sports vertical.Updating stakeholders, Banks outlines Star Sports industry knowledge as a core strength for launching an industry recruitment service.“Star Recruitment is a logical extension of the Star Sports brand and we aim to adhere to the core values of our parent company: honesty, integrity and discretion, as we grow the business. The global gambling industry is facing a future of rapid expansion and operators will need to source the talent required to meet market demands” Banks details on launching Star Recruitment.Star Sports Founder, Ben Keith, one of the industry most recognisable bookmaking/racing figureheads, backs Star Recruitment, detailing significant opportunities in staff resourcing amid a rapidly changing gambling/betting sector.“These are very exciting times for the global gambling industry and there are some great opportunities for professionals to develop their career in places all around the world.“As Star Sports has expanded, we have recruited a lot of staff at all levels, so we understand the challenge that operators face in securing the best talent.“We are seeing new jurisdictions opening up, such as the legalising of online sports betting in a number of US states, which means the search for the best talent available will become increasingly important.” Related Articles Ben Keith, Star Sports: racing must be diverse, fun, and welcoming January 22, 2020last_img read more