Month: August 2020

Month: August 2020

first_imgHotel workers in Antigua and Barbuda have been urged to protect their own interests by breaking away from existing trade unions to establish their own union.The suggestion was made by Prime Minister Gaston Browne as he addressed Parliament last week.Critical of Sandal Grande managementBrowne made reference to the recent announcement by Sandals Grande resort to close for several months for maintenance work.“I am speaking specifically to the hotel workers. You need to take steps today to protect your own interest because the representation has been found wanting. You have the numbers to form yourselves into your own trade union movement. I am recommending the hotel workers, their shop stewards and others, that they form themselves into the Antigua & Barbuda Hotel Union,” he said.According to the Prime Minister, the Cabinet had been pleading with Sandals Grande to reduce its closing period so it does not extend beyond December 2017. The initial timeframe set by the hotel was a period of up to five months. This covers the extremely important open of the annual tourism season on December 15.Following talks with the government and the Antigua Barbuda Workers Union (ABWU), that union said it would work towards completing the work within three months.PM dissatisfiedThe Prime Minister expressed dissatisfaction with the entire process of negotiations. He criticized Sandals Grande for giving the union the credit for making the decision to reduce the closing time. He contended that this was the very proposal he made even before the union and hotel met.He also accused Sandals Resorts International (SRI) of financial misdeeds saying that the company has concealed millions of dollars in profits from the government.last_img read more


Month: August 2020

first_imgPHOTO CREDIT: thetropics.com An alleged sex offender, Shaneke Williams, has been booted from the Miss Jamaica World Beauty Pageant.Williams was accused along with a prominent Jamaican businessman and politician of rape and sexual grooming of a 15-year-old minor in 2013. The pair were however acquitted after the complainant said she no longer wanted to continue with the case.Howls of condemnationWhen the pageant contestants were recently announced it was revealed that Williams was among them. The response was howls of condemnation, including those of former Youth and Culture Minister, Lisa Hanna, herself a former Miss World, who advocated that Williams be removed from the contest.The organizers and franchise holder of Miss Jamaica World pageant, conceded to public opinion, persuaded Williams to withdraw. The organizers who operates Sparta Health Club in Kingston, Jamaica instead offered Williams one-year free gym membership at the club.Not seen as unsavorySpartan’s boss, Mickey Haughton-James, said in a release that Williams was not seen as “a criminal or even as an unsavory person, but just someone who does not meet the criteria for entry into the Miss Jamaica World Pageant at this time.”Under Miss Jamaica World rules, an entrant must be a person whose background is not likely to bring into disrepute the Miss Jamaica World Beauty Pageant or Miss Jamaica World title.The rulers also afford the promoter the right, without giving any reason whatsoever, to bar any applicant from entering the Miss Jamaica World contest who may bring the contest into disrepute.Haughton-James said anyone accused of the actions that Williams was accused of, and was before the nation’s court for a criminal offence in the same year as the staging of the pageant, would obviously face exclusion from the pageant.Expected criticismWilliams said she expected she would have met with some criticism on entering the pageant, but not to the extent that occurred. In an earlier interview, she claimed to have been wrongly accused and lied on. She said she regarded her entrance in the pageant as an opportunity to explain her ordeal, and make a stance for women who are subject to bullying. She said she was sympathetic to the victims of rape as she herself was raped at age-8.last_img read more


Month: August 2020

first_imgPlace made in schoolsHe also said places could be made in schools across the nation for Dominican children to continue their education. “In situations like these, whatever we have available to us, we the people have always been generous, are, and willing, to share…..for the next six months, we will open our doors, our homes, our pots and I daresay out schools to the people of the Commonwealth of Dominica.” Must identify friends/family in TTThe PM said those Dominicans taking up the offer must be able to clearly identify friends or family in TT who will be able to accommodate them. He stressed that Dominicans who choose to come to the country, will not be classified as refugees.“A house is never too small for a family and I think that is what’s happening here.”Rowley said while he has not been able to speak directly with Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica, he has been in touch with the secretariat of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). He added that TT has already provided a helicopter and coast guard vessel to assist relief efforts in Dominica, however he said TT is not in a position to contribute financially.Concerning education, Education Minister Anthony Garcia said spaces will be made available to students who were displaced in Dominica.“When Grenada was hit by Ivan, Trinidad and Tobago Government made available school spaces to a number of students. It is something I have experienced because at that time I was a principle of a secondary school. Although space would be made available, this must be done in consultation of the Ministry of National Security which has responsibility for the Immigration Department so we want to make sure everything is done properly. There are certain parameters that we must work within,” he said.Hurricane Maria slammed into Dominica earlier this week , killing at least 15 people.Skerrit, in an interview with ABS television in neighboring Antigua and Barbuda on Thursday issued an urgent appeal, saying Dominica needs all the help it can get. Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley says his administration will waive immigration requirements for residents of the hurricane ravaged island of Dominica for a period of six months while the CARICOM member state rebuilds.Rowley made the announcement on Thursday during a post cabinet press briefing.last_img read more


Month: August 2020

first_imgGuyanese-born British actress Letitia Wright is among the top-notch cast for the much-anticipated movie, Black Panther, which is set to officially hit theaters on Feb. 16th. Wright, 24, plays Shuri, in the movie, the sister of the King and the “Smartest Person in the World.”The movie features T’Challa, played by actor Chadwick Boseman, who return home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king, and as Black Panther, gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.“As far as the technologically-advanced side, in our mind, and in our incarnation, Shuri is the head of the Wakanda Design Group,” Black Panther Producer Moore told the Rant recently. “She’s the smartest person in the world, smarter than Tony Stark but she’s a sixteen-year-old girl which we thought was really interesting. Again, black faces in positions of power or positions of technological know-how, that’s a rarity. So it’s something that’s a big part of the film.”Shuri, the princess of Wakanda, was introduced in May 2005 in Marvel Comics’ Black Panther #2. However, four years later, she went on to assume the mantle of Black Panther in her own right after T’Challa was attacked by the Cabal and left in a comatose state. Given that the film’s teaser trailer shows T’Challa and Shuri standing in front of a pair of near-identical Black Panther costumes, some have speculated that perhaps she’ll follow in the footsteps of her comic-book-counterpart and suit up, herself.Guyana bornWright was born in Georgetown, Guyana and moved with her family at age 7 to London. Her interest in acting came when she saw ‘Akeelah and the Bee’ and found the lead character to be a positive role model. Determined to act, she sent emails to different agents about her acting experience until she was picked for small parts. She started out staring in ‘My Brother the Devil’ in 2012, where she was recognized by Screen International as one of its 2012 Stars of Tomorrow. Michael Caton-Jones then cast her in ‘Urban Hymn,’ in 2016, which garnered her attention and Wright was soon cast in the film adaptation of the novel ‘Ready Player One,’ as Reb.Soon, after, she was added to ‘Black Panther’ as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Award for most promising newcomerWright has received a nomination for a British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer.Black Panther is directed by Ryan Coogler and also stars: Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Guira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Martin Freeman, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, and Angela Bassett. (NewsAmericasNow)last_img read more


Month: August 2020

first_imgFormer Haiti’s president Michel Martelly, aka Sweet Micky, has been banned from performing at carnival in the city of Jacmel, Haiti.  Both Jacmel and Gonaives have banned the former president’s gyrating alter-ego from performing at their carnivals after religious leaders, feminists and human rights groups launched a protest of Martelly’s participation in the carnivals, following his Jan. 6th performance. At that time, Martelly reportedly dropped F-bombs, insulted the audience’s mothers and used raunchy language as he lashed out at two prominent journalists and a human rights activist.Now the mayor of Jacmel, Marky Kessa, has accused Haiti’s central government of punishing the city for its decision to ban Sweet Micky, saying that the bank told his office that a $109,340 government check can’t be cashed until two days after the boisterous bacchanal – because of an unspecified processing problem. The money is part of $156,200 the central government had promised to provide to help subsidize the city’s pre-Lenten celebration, which is widely known for its artistry and takes place every year, a week before Haiti’s National Carnival.last_img read more


Month: August 2020

first_imgEarlier this year when the Jamaican government wanted to extend states of emergency (SOEs) in St. James and other parishes, the main opposition People’s National Party (PNP) did not support the move—and was roundly criticized for their decision. Jamaicans, at home and abroad, were not convinced the respective SOEs had done enough to contain the violent crime wave and wanted them to continue. Indeed, there are those who would have preferred an island-wide SOE.After some four months, the government last week re-imposed the SOE in St. James, and declared new SOEs in the neighboring western parishes of Hanover and Westmoreland—this time, with the support of the PNP. However, as the PNP had previously said, an SOE is only a temporary measure. There has to be a more sustainable, long-term solution to the problem of crime and violence in the island. The spate of criminal activities is ubiquitous in the news media, and Facebook and other social media platforms are inundated with photos and information of missing people, mainly women and young girls. In recent weeks, two girls ages 8 and 11 were sexually assaulted and brutally murdered in their rural districts as they walked—one to school, the other to church. This violence against children is staggering. And, while violent crime is not a new thing in Jamaica, the complete disregard for human life, at this scale, is not normal. Jamaica’s leaders, law enforcement agencies, and citizens have to ask themselves what is causing criminals to target young girls, gun down entire families in their homes, and perpetrate violence against their spouses and even their own children.Is it a new kind of drug? Is it the influx of deportees, many with no means to support themselves? Are people so frustrated by social and economic desperation that their only recourse is becoming involved in the surging illegal drug and gun trade? Our guess is that it is a combination of factors. The real question, however, is what exactly is the government going to do to find meaningful solutions. Jamaica’s crime problem cannot be solved by temporary SOEs, or by deploying more police across the island. We believe it’s a multi-faceted problem that requires a practical, multi-pronged, long-term approach. But first we have to stem the bloodshed. Then, the next step is for the government and law enforcement to meticulously work with the citizenry to develop their trust. A lack of public trust is a major reason that crimes go unsolved, witnesses refuse to come forward, and the cycle of violence continues.Essentially, the residents of communities need to trust and protect each other more; communities need to trust law enforcement; and law enforcement needs to have more trust and confidence in the public officials who administer them. This crippling crime problem will not be solved if there’s an absence of trust prevailing throughout various sectors of the society.Additionally, the Jamaican diaspora must be included in building this public trust. Jamaicans at home must remove any perceived barrier that creates mistrust or suspicion of their compatriots who live overseas.While the diaspora may not be able to provide direct solutions to the crime problem by, for example, providing law enforcement officials, there’s much the diaspora can do indirectly. There’s an abundance of talent and experience among the Jamaican diaspora that can be beneficial in helping Jamaica address the crime problem. However, there’s a serious problem with access to Jamaican authorities.Currently, there are experienced former law enforcement individuals within South Florida attempting to provide specialist training to the Jamaican security forces in the social aspect of crime, but are frustrated by the complete lack of access to the appropriate decision makers in the Jamaican government.Next month, another biennial diaspora conference convenes in Jamaica. It’s emphatically urged that the conference take a serious, pragmatic look at improving accessibility by the diaspora to Jamaica. Much is being lost by this blockade.To reiterate, crime in Jamaica affects Jamaicans everywhere, and the country cannot thrive economically or socially against the backdrop of this scourge. As the nation strives to develop public trust in combating this problem, the input of the diaspora should be sought, and if viable, implemented. If all Jamaicans pool their minds, and their respective resources collaboratively, a solution to this cancerous problem should soon be realized.last_img read more


Month: August 2020

first_imgCaribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke NEW YORK, CMC – Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke and former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins were among six honorees during Jamaica’s 57th Independence Anniversary Ball held in New York recently.According to the Jamaican Independence Celebration Foundation, Inc., which hosted the event, the other honorees were Barbadian-born Justice Sylvia Hinds-Radix, lawyer Hettie Powell, Justine Skye, and Gregory Smiley. The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), which was among the sponsors of the annual gala, said it “continues to work closely with the Diaspora community.”  Congresswoman Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, who represents the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, attended New York City public schools, graduated from Oberlin College, and is a recipient of the prestigious APPAM/Sloan Fellowship in Public Policy and Policy Analysis. Prior to being elected to the US House of Representatives, Clarke followed in the footsteps of her trailblazing mother, Dr. Una S.T. Clarke, in serving on the New York City Council, representing the 40th District in Brooklyn. In succeeding her mother in the City Council, the Clarkes became the first mother-daughter succession in the history of the City Council. As the representative of the 9th Congressional District of New York, congresswoman said she has dedicated herself to “continuing the legacy of excellence established by the late Shirley Chisholm,” the first African American woman and Caribbean American elected to the US Congress. The late Chisholm was the daughter of a Barbadian mother and a Guyanese father. David Norman Dinkins, is a lawyer and author who served as the 106th Mayor of New York City, from 1990 to 1993. He was the first and, to date, the only African American to hold that office.On November 7, 1989, Dinkins was elected mayor of New York City, defeating three-term incumbent mayor Ed Koch and two others in the Democratic primary and Republican nominee Rudy Giuliani in the general election. Dinkins was born in Trenton, New Jersey, graduated cum laude from Howard University, in Washington, D.C., with a degree in mathematics in 1950. Justice Hinds-Radix was appointed as an Associate Justice of the New York State Appellate Division, Second Department, by Governor Andrew Cuomo, in November of 2012.  Prior to her appointment,   Hinds-Radix served as Administrative Judge for Civil Matters in the Second Judicial District for three and a half years.  She was elected to the Supreme Court, Kings County (Brooklyn) in November of 2004 and served as a New York City Civil Court Judge, from 2002 through 2004, spending her first year in the Criminal Court of Kings County.  Hinds-Radix is the recipient of many awards, including The Gold Crown of Merit, which was conferred on her by the Governor-General of Barbados on that nation’s celebration of its 39th anniversary of its independence, one of the nation’s highest honors.last_img read more


Month: August 2020

first_imgROSEAU, Dominica, CMC – The High Court will meet on Friday ahead of Monday’s sitting to hear an application from seven people, including a former government minister, seeking to postpone the December 6 general elections to February next year.Former Antigua and Barbuda attorney general, Queen Counsel Justin Simon is leading a battery of lawyers representing the seven persons who say the elections should not take place unless procedures are fully in place to hold the poll.They have named the President of Dominica, Charles Savarin, the Chief Elections Officer, the Cabinet of Dominica, the Attorney general and the state-owned DBS radio.High Court judge, Justice Bernie Stephenson, will hear the matter on Monday but it comes up for direction on Friday with the legal representatives from all sides expected to be present.The seven – former agriculture minister and political activist, Atherton Martin, the president of the Concerned Citizens Movement, Loftus Durand, Nicholas George, Dr. Irving Pascal, Oswald George, Atherly Robin and Dale Laurant – are seeking an interim injunction restraining the parties concerned from holding the elections on December 6, or an any other date, prior to February 5, 2020 unless the procedures are fully in place to hold the elections.In their application, the seven are arguing that the elections should not be held until the names of ineligible voters are removed from the list and all objections filed before November 19 are dealt with in accordance with the law.Further, they say that voter Identification cards must be issued only to eligible voters.They have also filed an interim order against the state-owned DBS radio, restraining it from discriminating against any political party or candidate in the upcoming general election in any way.The applicants have in the past joined the main opposition United Workers Party (UWP) in calling for electoral reform, but the ruling Dominica Labour Party (DLP) government has accused opposition legislators of undertaking measures preventing the necessary legislation from being debated in the Parliament in the past.In the last general election, the DLP won 16 of the 21 seats in the Parliament with the remainder going to the UWP.CMClast_img read more


Month: August 2020

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Darren Bravo has been named to lead a Cricket West Indies President’s XI side to face Ireland in a 50-overs warm-up match starting in Barbados on Saturday (January 4).The left-hander headlines the 13-man squad, which includes rookie West Indies speedsters Oshane Thomas and Romario Shepherd, and former Test and one-day opener Kieran Powell.Bravo is seeking a comeback to international cricket after being dropped for the recent tours of Afghanistan and India due to poor form.He returned to West Indies colours in November, 2018 following a well-publicised spat with former CWI president, Dave Cameron, but struggled to recapture his form across all formats and averaged 13 from five Tests, 22 from 16 one-day internationals and 17 from eight T20 Internationals.However, he plundered 481 runs at an average of 96 during last November’s Super50 Cup, to again catch the attention of selectors.Shepherd, meanwhile, who was on Wednesday also named in the ODI squad for the first two matches against Ireland next week, will have the chance for crucial match practice, while Thomas will get the opportunity to impress selectors after missing the recent tours of the subcontinent.A VETERANThe left-handed Powell, a veteran of 40 Tests and 46 ODIs, was axed a year ago due to declining form but found his touch in the recent Super50 with 524 runs at an average of 58 with two hundreds.Pacer Sheeno Berridge, who topped the Super50 wickets tally with 23, has been rewarded with a place in the squad, as has fast bowler Akeem Jordan, who finished with 16 wickets.The fixture will be staged at Three Ws Oval, UWI Cave Hill Campus, starting at 9 a.m.SQUAD – Darren Bravo (captain), Sunil Ambris, Sheeno Berridge, Nkrumah Bonner, Dennis Bulli, Joshua DaSilva, Justin Greaves, Akeem Jordan, Brandon King, Yannick Ottley, Kieran Powell, Romario Shepherd, Oshane Thomas.last_img read more


Month: August 2020

first_imgAudio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/MFON-UDOH-AWAY-MENTALITY-26JUL17.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.RelatedAmerican Club FC Tulsa Reveal Reason For Signing Mfon UdohJanuary 14, 2020In “NPFl”Why I Left Enyimba – Mfon Udoh (AUDIO)January 13, 2019In “NPFl”NPFL Playoffs: Top Scorer Mfon Udoh Confident Akwa United Will Claim Title (AUDIO)June 3, 2019In “NPFl” Captain of Enyimba FC, Mfon Udoh, says some players in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) have a “phobia” for winning away matches.Statistics over the years have shown that compared to the top leagues in the world, there are, by far, fewer away wins in the Nigeria top flight. Home victories are mostly common and often seen as the “normal thing”, with away draws even celebrated as triumphs by some teams.Several factors have been identified as reasons for such poor away showings, including bad officiating in favor of the home side, intimidation from home fans towards the visiting team, and the defensive mentality of coaches of visiting sides.Despite the many challenges on the road, Udoh, who was the league’s top scorer in the 2013/2014 season, thinks players also have their own share of the blame.“So many factors lead to that, but Nigerian players still have this Phobia of wining away matches”. Udoh said in an interview with busybuddiesng.com.After match-day 32, the highest number of away wins recorded by any team in the current league campaign with 6 games to the end of the season is two, and that feat has been achieved by only three teams—Plateau United, MFM FC and Sunshine Stars.Udoh’s Enyimba FC, who are seven-time Nigerian league champions, have won just a game away from home this season and have drawn thrice on their travels. Nevertheless, the People’s Elephants are still in contention for a place in the top-three, which would guarantee them a ticket to next season’s CAF Champions League or Confederation Cup.The two-time African champions are currently 4th, just a point adrift of 3rd place and need to get a positive result from at least one of their final three away games. The recent emphatic 4-2 away win by Sunshine Stars seems to be changing players’ mentality towards the possibility of being successful away from home.“I think the mentality is trying to degrade because a lot of results have been posted away, people are winning four goals to two in away games,” Udoh said. “Though we are not doing well in away games this season but I believe this last lap we are going to get it right’.Enyimba last won the NPFL title in 2015 recording five wins and eight draws away from home.last_img read more