Illegal poachers held in Jamaican waters…again

first_imgFor the second time in just over a week, the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard has collared illegal poachers in Jamaican waters.Last Wednesday April 5, a team of JDF Coast Guard soldiers on board one of the newly acquired Offshore Patrol Vessels, HMJS Cornwall, were conducting routine patrols in a vicinity South of the Pedro Cays. The team spotted a suspicious vessel in the area and signaled them to halt, before carrying out a boarding and search. The vessel was later found with 59 Dominican Republic nationals on board and more than 7,675 pounds of fish in storage.All 59 men were detained and the vessel seized and towed to the JDF Coast Guard Base at Cagway in Port Royal.Within hours of intercepting that first vessel, the JDF Coast Guard team was alerted to a second fishing vessel in the vicinity experiencing mechanical difficulties.Upon boarding it to carry out repairs and an inspection, 23 Jamaicans and more than 5,480 pounds of fish were discovered. None of the men has a license to fish. They were also detained their boat seized.This week’s operations brings to 114, the number of illegal fishermen caught in Jamaican waters in just over a week.On Sunday, March 26, 32 fishermen from the Dominican Republic were caught by the same HMJS Cornwall crew, about 120 miles south of Jamaica and close to the Pedro Cays. The estimated value of all three seizures is approximately $16.5m, at a weight of over 33,000 pounds.According to Major Basil Jarrett, Civil Military Cooperation Officer for the JDF, these arrests are nothing new.“The JDF Coast Guard is the country’s only Maritime Law Enforcement agency in these offshore waters and so it is our duty to routinely patrol the extensive range of our maritime domain. These patrols have the capability to detect and the authority to arrest foreign nationals in our waters and so we have standard operating procedures for handling these cases. This typically involves us working closely with the Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs a well as the maritime police and the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA).”last_img read more

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Brandon Joseph cops silver at Florida Taekwondo championships

first_imgTrinidad and Tobago’s Taekwondo Fighter…Brandon Joseph, took Silver at the recent USAT 2017 Florida State Taekwondo Championships, held at the Orlando Hilton Convention Center on Saturday.Joseph was in with a shot at taking the gold medal but was pegged back in the last round of the finals, in the 68 kilogramme weight and category division.He recently moved up a weight class and this is Brandon’s second Florida State Championship Silver Medal, as he copped this award back in 2015 in the cadet division.Joseph also took silver, at the recent 2017 Daedo Truescore International Taekwondo Championships.last_img read more

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Miller-Uibo sets new national record

first_imgShanae Miller-Uibo (L) set new national record at Prefontaine Classic Olympic 400 meters champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas staked a claim for the women’s 200 meters crown at the London World Championships following a sizzling run at Saturday’s Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon.Miller-Uibo, smashed the Bahamian 200 meter 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 200m Olympic champion Elaine Thompson, who was third in 21.98.  Miller-Uibo’s new mark erased her own national record of 22.05 set in June last year at the Racers Grand Prix meet in Kingston.Running out of lane seven Bowie was quickly right on to the Bahamians shoulders and passed her by the time the pair got to the curve.  Miller-Uibo, however, showed plenty of speed to keep ahead of a strong finishing Thompson who seemed caught out by the speed of the race.  The Netherlands’ Dafne Schippers, the reigning world champion and Olympic silver medalist, was fourth in 22.30, while Allyson Felix, the runner-up to Miller-Uibo in Rio last year on a dive at the line, had to settle for fifth place in 22.33.Shaunae Miller-Uibo eyes 200m-400m double at World Champslast_img read more

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Sumfest Named Among the Best

first_imgThe July 16-22 festival is named among “The Top 36 Global Festivals We’re Most Excited For In 2017”. Sumfest, which will be held in the tourist resort of Montego Bay, makes the cut alongside major events from Europe and the United States. According to FlightNetwork, “Reggae lovers will also find themselves in paradise.”The 25th Reggae Sumfest gets underway with a beach party. A series of other parties (including a cruise)leads to the live shows on July 21-22 which are headlined by a number of dancehall acts such as Alkaline, Mavado, Aidonia, Beenie Man and Bounty Killer.Reggae Sumfest was started in 1993 by Jamaicans Robert Russell and Johnny Gourzong, and a dedicated group of Montego Bay business and cultural interests after another popular festival Reggae Sunsplash left Montego Bay. Reggae Sumfest has thrived through decades, incorporating performances from some of the biggest foreign stars in music, with an emphasis on Jamaican and International stars of Reggae and Dancehall.Besides being the largest music festival in Jamaica, the festival is truly the most authentic Reggae and Dancehall Festival in the world.For 2017, Bogdanovich and DownSound are joint sponsors of Sumfest with Heineken / Red Stripe. This year’s festival will also again feature cutting-edge HD Broadcast and 360° live streaming highly promoted and distributed on multiple platforms all over the world. Bogdanovich and DownSound also partnered up with the Jamaica Tourist Board to promote Reggae Sumfest all over the world. This is the first year that Reggae Sumfest is launching an international online ticketing platform with global ticketing. The organizers of the festival say, “The mission of making Reggae Sumfest a high-value International Property providing an authentic Jamaican musical and cultural experience to the world seems to be well on its way around the world.”Other festivals named in FlightNetwork’s 36 are the Erlanger Bergkirchweih In Bavaria, Germany which celebrates its 262nd anniversary; Ireland’s Cork Harbour Festival; Poland’s Oldtown Festival; Great South Bay Music Festival in Long Island, New York, and Farmfest in the United Kingdom.Copyright 2017 – Caribbean National Weekly Newslast_img read more

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St Kitts/Nevis supports as Taiwan celebrates anniversary

first_imgSt. Kitts-Nevis, one of the few Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries with diplomatic relations with Taiwan, has praised the Asian nation as Taiwan celebrates 106th anniversary.Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris, speaking at a ceremony to mark the occasion, said that it is the virtues of industry, ingenuity and loyalty exhibited by the Taiwanese people that has shaped the direction, progress and development of that country over the last 106 years.“The people of Taiwan, understanding the challenges of development for Taiwan, wanting to keep it safe and protected [and] understanding the values that differentiate the Republic of China (Taiwan) from the People’s Republic of China, decided by a majority that they have to be loyal to Taiwan, and that loyalty cannot be compromised,” he said.Loyalty to the country“Whether it is that you are associated with the DPP (Democratic Progressive Party) in Taiwan or the KMT [Kuomintang], it is loyalty to country that has kept Taiwan safe and protected against a belligerent neighbor,” he added.China has regarded Taiwan as a renegade province since it went on its own, and has urged the international community to adopt its “One China Policy’ with regards to establishing defined diplomatic relations with Beijing, not Taipei, Taiwan’s capital city.Other Caribbean allies Apart from St. Kitts-Nevis, the other Caribbean countries Taiwan enjoys diplomatic relations with include, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Belize, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.Taiwan celebrates its 106th anniversary milestone on Tuesday, October 10. Prime Minister Harris said the loyalty demonstrated by diplomatic allies like St. Kitts and Nevis also plays a critical role in the overall development of Taiwan.last_img read more

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PNP, JLP nominate candidates to contest Jamaican by-election

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Jamaica’s two main political parties Friday nominated candidates to contest the by-election in the Portland Eastern constituency with both candidates expressing confidence of being victorious at the polls on April 4.The ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate, Ann-Marie Vaz will come up against Damian Crawford, who is hoping to regain the Portland Eastern seat for the main opposition People’s National Party (PNP).JLP’s Anne-Marie Vaz and PNP’s Damian CrawfordThe seat became vacant after the representative Dr Lynvale Bloomfield was murdered at his Passley Gardens home in the parish on February 2.The Electoral Office of Jamaica says just over, 36,000 persons are eligible to vote.Crawford’s nomination took place at the Port Antonio court house with the fee being paid with 15 one thousand dollar bills.He was accompanied by party leader Dr Peter Phillips and long-time Portland Eastern aspirant Andrea Moore.Vaz, who paid her nomination fee with three J$5,000 (One Jamaica dollar=US$0.008 cents) bills, was s accompanied by Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his wife, the Member of Parliament (MP) for East Rural St Andrew Juliet Holness.The JLP, which won the 2016 general election by a 32-31 margin has since won two of three by-elections held last year, giving it a more comfortable three seat margin in the Parliament.last_img read more

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Former Heptones Member, Naggo Morris Dies at Age 72

first_imgHe continued his solo act on Jamaica’s North Coast tourist scene, appearing at events like Love At Woodstock in Negril. A cover of The Gladiators’ Street of Gold was maybe his most popular song with The Heptones. Morris also had a promising solo career, his best known songs being Su Su Pon Rasta and Flour Power. He cut several albums with Earl Morgan and Barry Llewellyn, who were members of the classic Heptones lineup with Sibbles. Born Dolphin Morris, he replaced Leroy Sibbles in The Heptones in 1975. Prior to that, he was a member of The Soul Boys, a harmony trio that recorded at Studio One for producer Clement Dodd. Morgan remembers the dreadlocked Morris as “very jovial. I never see a sad side to Naggo.” Former member of The Heptones, Naggo Morris, died on May 17 in St. James parish, Jamaica. He was 72.center_img Morris, who also toured Europe with The Heptones, left the group during the 1980s but performed with them sporadically up until four years ago. His sister, Vivia Morris-Torvik, said he succumbed to cancer at the Cornwall Regional Hospital. Morris-Torvik said her brother “wasn’t a Marley but made a significant contribution to reggae.” He is survived by children, grandchildren, two brothers and four sisters.last_img read more

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Manchester United Sign Serbian Midfielder Matic In £40m Deal

first_imgManchester United have signed Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic from English Premier League (EPL) rivals Chelsea in a £40m deal.The 28-year old has signed a three-year deal with the Red Devils to become the club’s third summer signing after Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku. Speaking on his new acquisition, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho described Matic as a “team player” who has “everything we want in a footballer; loyalty, consistency, ambition”.On his transfer, Matic revealed that he was “delighted” to be joining Manchester United at “an exciting time”.“To work with Jose Mourinho once again was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.“I have enjoyed my time at Chelsea and would like to thank the club and the fans for their support. I cannot wait to meet my new team-mates and to start training with them.” he concluded.Matic has been given his favourite no. 31 jersey for the new season.RelatedPhoto – Nemanja Matic Wears Manchester United Kit After Undergoing MedicalJuly 30, 2017In “England”Mourinho Rules Out Fellaini Exit, Confirms Matic DealJuly 30, 2017In “England”Matic Joins The List Of Players To Wear Both United And Chelsea ShirtsJuly 31, 2017In “England”last_img read more

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Betfair opens Drone Racing markets in partnership with DRL

first_img StumbleUpon Share Submit Share Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Stephen Mault – BetfairBetfair has teamed up with the Drone Racing League (DRL), the leading authority for professional drone racing to offer betting markets on the final race of the Allianz World Championship circuit at Alexandra Palace London (13 June).The Championship race will be the UK’s first professional drone race and will be held as part of London Tech Week, Europe’s largest festival of technology taking place from 12-16th June, featuring 6 of the world’s greatest FPV (first person view) pilots.Launching its first ever professional drone racing betting market, Stephen Mault, Head of Marketing for Betfair commented: “This is a great opportunity and we’re excited to see how a partnership like this will play out for us in the future given the rise in popularity of the sport of drone racing. Innovation and technology are the lifeblood of everything we do at Betfair and we are committed to constantly finding ways of enhancing and improving the experience of our customers.”With an estimated reach of 75 million fans worldwide, drone racing has been labelled the ‘world’s fastest growing sports’.  The DRL’s 2017 season has been broadcast in more than 75 countries around the world, with partner channels including ESPN, Sky Sports, ProSiebenSat.1, Disney XD and OSN.“Drone racing is a sport made for betting,” said DRL CEO/Founder Nicholas Horbaczewski.“It combines the raw thrill of short track racing with the complexity and strategy of motorsports. The Allianz World Championship race will be the first time a live audience will see the thrill of professional drone racing up close, and the inclusion of betting will make it that much more exciting for fans. We’re so excited to be able to bring this experience to drone racing with Paddy Power Betfair, a global leader in betting.”Video – What is DRL  Drone Racing? Related Articleslast_img read more

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Health Lottery advert censured for ‘exaggerating the chances of winning a prize’

first_img The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has censured a TV advert by the Health Lottery for  ‘exaggerating the chances of winning a prize’.Twelve complainants had challenged whether the claim “You’ve a very good chance of winning” used in the TV advert misleadingly exaggerated the chances of winning the Health Lottery.  The ASA decided that this was the case.It said: “We considered that such a claim was likely to be interpreted as factual and to mean that consumers were more likely to win a prize from the Health Lottery than not winning anything. However, because the claim was not supported with documentary evidence we considered that it exaggerated the chances of winning the Health Lottery and concluded it was likely to mislead viewers.”The Health Lottery argued that the ad featured a number of genuine, unprompted testimonials from Health Lottery winners including a man who had won a prize (but not the jackpot), and expressed his view that consumers had “a very good chance of winning”.Health Lottery believed that it was reasonable to expect that viewers would not perceive the man to be an expert adviser, but a player sharing his experience of The Health Lottery, especially as it was a genuine word-of-mouth recommendation from an actual consumer.Health Lottery also argued that the comment “a very good chance” was a subjective claim and open to interpretation. With approximately 300,000 players taking part in each draw and 1 in 108 players winning a prize in any one of its five weekly lottery draws, the operator said that this indicated that there was a “very good chance” of winning.This advert is yet another one that had be previously approved by Clearcast, the independent advertising consultants. Clearcast stated that it approved the line “You’ve a very good chance of winning” on the basis that it was part of a testimonial given by a previous winner of the Health Lottery, believing that the line was a subjective claim about the winner’s own experience of playing the Health Lottery and that viewers might also have a chance of winning if they participated. UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 Submit Lee Willows, YGAM: Education is central to gambling reform  July 9, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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