Charity cricket match to support victims of hurricanes Irma and Maria

first_imgThe more recent of the hurricanes, Maria, a category 5 storm, destroyed huge sections of Dominica, leaving 16 dead and several others reported missing.  Since then there have been several charity efforts organized across the Caribbean, including an offer of free land in Guyana for those affected and the waiving of the immigration restrictions in Trinidad and Tobago for Dominicans over the next six months. The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) are reportedly in the process of organizing a charity T20 match between a Red Force XI and a Regional XI with proceeds going towards the victims of Hurricane Irma and Maria. Among the names being earmarked for the event are West Indies and Jamaica star Chris Gayle, but several others are expected to take part in the encounter.  The match is tentatively scheduled for October 7 and will be held at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain. The Trinidad and Tobago-based franchise, the Trinbago Knight Riders, capture the Caribbean Premier League title a few weeks ago.  The win was the second for the country in its history. The hurricanes, which have impacted several Caribbean countries in close succession, have left several dead and left untold damage and devastation across the region.last_img read more

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Israel-based forward joins Reggae Boyz for Saudi match

first_imgIsrael based forward named in Reggae Boyz squad for Saudi matchJamaican forward Michael Seaton has returned to the Jamaica set-up for the first time in almost two years, after being named in a 20-man soccer squad for next weekend’s international friendly against Saudi Arabia in the rescheduled venue of Jeddah.Seaton, 21, who plies his trade in Israel, made his debut in 2013 but has not played with the Reggae Boyz in recent times.Worked very hard“I am very excited. I have worked very hard and to be back in the national team is a dream come true for me,” said Seaton, who has represented a plethora of clubs in his short career.“I have ensured to stay focused, and my hard work in Israel has certainly paid off. I vow to keep up the intensity and have no distractions. It is a tough game against Saudi Arabia, but we can get a good result once we play together.”Romario WilliamsSeaton will be joined by free-scoring United Soccer League-based Romario Williams who has netted 15 goals already this season for Charleston Battery.The 23-year-old was in decent form during the CONCACAF Gold Cup, scoring in the winning goal in the quarter-final against Canada as one of two goals in the tournament.Devon WilliamsNamesake Devon Williams, who played his first international in seven years against Canada last month, has also retained his place in the midfield.Michael Seaton and the Williams duo are three of 10 overseas-based player named in the 20-man squad by head coach Theodore Whitmore.Jamaican squadThe full Jamaican squad is: Dwayne Miller, Damion Hyatt, Michael Seaton, Ricardo Morris, Ewan Grandison, Ladale Richie, Alex Marshall, Oniel Fisher, Damion Lowe, Romario Williams, Jermaine Taylor, Je-Vaughn Watson, Shaun Francis, Kemar Lawrence, Marvin Morgan, Jamiel Hardware, Devon Williams, Fabian Reid, Rosario Harriott, Chevone Marsh.New venue The venue for Saturday’s football was originally the King Fahd International Stadium, also called Pearl of Stadiums, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. However, on Monday it was announced the game has been rescheduled to be played in Jeddah, a port city on the Red Sea.For more about the Reggae Boyz visit the link: https://www.caribbeannationalweekly.com/sports/jamaica-show-positives-despite-soccer-loss-canada/last_img read more

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Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day Helps Mature Business Owners

first_imgThe AARP and SCORE will team up to sponsor the Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day on May 30 at the Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern University. The event is targeted at South Florida entrepreneurs over the age of 50 to match these “encore entrepreneurs” with successful business owners and community leaders for advice and assistance.  Targeting individuals over age-44With one in four individuals ages 44 to 70 interested in becoming entrepreneurs, and 63 percent of Americans planning to work during retirement, small business ownership is a good option. Nearly half of aspiring entrepreneurs reported a desire to be “Encore Entrepreneurs,” starting a business with a positive social impact.  If this sounds like you or someone you know, the SBA and its resource partners can help you find fulfillment in your later years through your own small business opportunity. Owning your own small business can be an exciting change of pace, as well as a terrific way to stay engaged and productive.SBA Economic Development Specialist Tina Davis will discuss ways the SBA can assist you with “Changing a Lender’s ‘No’ to ‘Yes’” through the Agency’s various programs and services.Small business owners with long-term counselors see bigger sales, hire more workers and last longer. AARP and SCORE will provide the training and mentoring services older entrepreneurs need to successfully start and grow businesses and create jobs.Workforce veterans have great assetsAs a workforce veteran, you bring a great deal to the table: maturity, strong finances, and a wide network of professional contacts and associates.  Whether you’re interested in starting a side business right now or intend to wait until retirement, now is the time to explore the possibilities – starting a business, or buying a franchise.Attendees will:Learn about the support and resources available to them locallyThere will be a panel of encore entrepreneur mentors to share their stories and experience with the audience.The panel will be followed by audience questions and answers and the opportunity to speak directly with counselors on hand.Financing your dream will be discussed. Representatives from micro loan and non-traditional financial sources will describe those channels and be on hand to discuss specifics.The event is free of charge. No age requirement. All potential entrepreneurs are welcome!Date, time locationWednesday, May 30, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Nova Southeastern University 3100 Ray Ferraro Jr BlvdAlvin Sherman LibraryRoom 2053Ft Lauderdale, FL 33314last_img read more

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Haiti ignored by Trump administration?

first_imgHaiti government officials in D.C. were reportedly ignored by the Trump administration Monday night. According to the Miami Herald, Haitian diplomats were not invited to a special White House reception Monday night for “like-minded” governments who are standing with the United States in a call to suspend Venezuela from the Organization of American States. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen invited a group of more than 22 countries’ leaders to the White House for a cocktail reception as a “small token of appreciation” for support on such a challenging issue in the hemisphere. Haiti was not among the 22.Carlos Trujillo, the U.S. ambassador to the OAS, said Haiti and others who backed Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro were intentionally left off the invitation list.Among those who did receive invites were Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia and Saint Kitts and Nevis.Caribbean and Latin American nations such as Haiti, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Nicaragua have received billions in cheap loans for oil from Venezuela.last_img read more

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Former South African netball coach says Sunshine Girls can win world…

first_imgFormer South African netball captain Irene van Dyk is of the view that Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls are good enough to win next year’s World Championships, slated to be held in Liverpool, England.Little separate four top teamsVan Dyk told the Jamaica Gleaner there was very little separating the sport’s top four countries; Australia, England, New Zealand and Jamaica, and it all boiled down to who performed on the day.She said the fact that several Jamaicans were plying their trade in some of the top leagues across the world meant that they were constantly improving their game.“If you look at Australia, England, New Zealand, and Jamaica, there is literally nothing between them.“I think that the fact that so many Jamaicans players are playing in the English league, in the Australian and in the New Zealand league, it has upped the tempo and the competitiveness as well,” Van Dyk said.Jamaica is nearly to be in top two“I would say the Sunshine Girls are nearly in the top two, because this year at the Commonwealth Games, England beat Australia and Jamaica beat the Silver Ferns (New Zealand). It is who plays the better game on the day that will win, and so there is not a lot of difference between the top four countries.”Van Dyk, who is currently on the island as part of Netball Jamaica’s 60th anniversary celebrations, where she is also conducting a number of courses with local coaches, said the country’s netballers were extremely talented.“They are incredibly talented, they are athletic, fast and strong, and if you have people to feed (the ball into) shooters Romelda Aiken and Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, then you can’t go wrong.“They are so strong under the goalpost, you really just have to feed the ball properly,” Van Dyk said.last_img read more

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Second batting shocker sends Windies to series whitewash

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – England needed just two hours and 23-½ overs to dispose of West Indies by eight wickets in the third Twenty20 International at Warner Park, and complete a ruthless whitewash of the World champions here Sunday.For the second straight match, West Indies capitulated meekly, this time for 71 off 13 overs – their third lowest T20 International total – after choosing to bat first. In Friday’s second match at the venue, they perished for 45, the second lowest total in the format.Once again, the Windies batsmen showed a lack of discipline and only four players reached double figures with opener John Campbell, captain Jason Holder and Nicholas Pooran all scoring 11, and last man Obed McCoy getting 10.The Windies were undermined by left-arm seamer David Willey who produced career-best figures of four wickets for seven runs to claim Man-of-the-Match honours, while speedster Mark Wood claimed three for nine and leg-spinner Adil Rashid, two for 18.England, in reply, wasted little time in reaching their target off 63 balls, with opener Jonny Bairstow blasting 37 off 31 balls, striking four boundaries and a brace of sixes.Scores:WEST INDIES 71 off 13 overs (David Willey 4-7, Mark Wood 3-9)ENGLAND 72 for two off 10.3 overs (Jonny Bairstow 37)last_img read more

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#DentalFeature: Things to Consider When Choosing a Toothbrush and Toothpaste

first_imgFor many, a powered toothbrush is a good alternative. It can do a better job of cleaning teeth, particularly for those who have difficulty brushing or who have limited manual dexterity.How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?You should replace your toothbrush when it begins to show wear, or every three months, whichever comes first. It is also very important to change toothbrushes after you’ve had a cold, since the bristles can collect germs that can lead to reinfection.Quick Tip: Despite popular opinion, it is less sanitary to keep your toothbrush covered. Letting the brush air dry between uses prevents the growth of bacteria on the bristles.Dr Sharon Robinson, DDS, owns and operates the Dental Place in Plantation, Florida, with a second office – the Dental Place Cosmetix Spa in Kingston, Jamaica. She may be contacted at 954-792-1857. Visit their website, www.dentalplace4u.com PLANTATION, Florida – You may not often stop to think about your toothbrush and toothpaste, yet you use these tools every day. While all the products on the shelf might seem the same, with a little help from your dentist you can determine what is right for you.Here are some options to consider.Selecting a toothpaste:Anti-cavity: Almost all the options on the market contain fluoride. Fluoride is just as important as brushing in preventing decay, and it actively strengthens tooth enamel.Anti-gingivitis: Do your gums suffer from redness and bleeding? You might have gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease. Anti-gingivitis toothpaste help reduces oral bacteria and can be very effective at stopping this gum condition at its source.Desensitizing: Ever take a sip of hot coffee or a cold beverage and feel a shooting pain? This type of toothpaste might be the key to relief – it helps reduce pain by blocking the tooth’s pain signal to the nerve.Tartar-control: As its name indicates, tartar-control toothpaste helps prevent the buildup of tartar – hardened plaque. While this product is helpful in slowing new buildup on teeth, professional dental cleaning is the only way to remove existing tartar and the bacteria it harbors.Whitening: Containing polishing or chemical agents that remove surface stains, this toothpaste can help maintain the natural color of your teeth.What Type of Toothbrush Should I Use?With so many shapes, sizes and styles of toothbrushes on the market, deciding which kind to buy can be confusing. Here’s what you should look for:Most dental professionals agree that a soft-bristled brush is best for removing plaque and debris from your teeth. Small-headed brushes are also preferable, since they can better reach all areas of the mouth, including hard-to-reach back teeth. When it comes to the type of handle (such as non-slip grip or flexible neck), shape of the head (tapered or rectangular) and style of bristles (such as rippled, flat or trimmed to a dome shape), pick whatever is most comfortable for you. The best toothbrush is one that fits your mouth and allows you to reach all teeth easily.last_img read more

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Caribbean Must Prepare Against Food Shortages because of COVID-19

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – The Director-General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Manuel Otero, says the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic provides a situation for the Caribbean to develop food security strategies and greater efforts to increase self-sufficiency.“Approximately 20 countries in the hemisphere are net importers of food. Each year the Caribbean region alone draws a cheque for six billion US dollars to feed 44.5 million people,” Otero said, adding, “we must again reassess the role of family farmers, who, ironically, although pivotal in ensuring food self-sufficiency, are the adjustment variable in times of economic uncertainty”.“These farmers supply close to 60 per cent of the food demand in the hemisphere. This situation requires us to focus on policies that benefit these producers, emphasizing areas such as associativity, extension services, access to technology and agricultural insurance.”But he warned that the new generation of pests, and diseases affecting men and women, crops and animals, such as Fusarium on bananas, locusts, and African Swine Fever, create the need for sophisticated surveillance and agricultural quarantine services, as a means of reinforcing the importance of health intelligence and prospective monitoring.Otera said that the world is witnessing the spread of a new pandemic and less than four months since it first erupted, “this emergency is rocking the world, and we are not yet able to foresee what life will be like in a few months, when this dramatic event is finally over”.But he said amidst the confusion, fear and disorientation, “we can draw some conclusions and identify preliminary lessons”.“The first is obvious. This situation is having a greater impact on economies that are excessively dependent on one sector, such as tourism, petroleum or agricultural raw materials. The structural, long-term antidote to this is diversification.”Otero said that the slowing down of trade is also endangering people’s ability to fully exercise their right to food, especially in countries with an extremely high agricultural trade deficit.“In some cases, it seems that there may be insufficient labour to transport goods, especially over long distances, although, this is not affecting the food supply at the moment.”Otero said that the regional countries will have to strengthen national and regional innovation and development systems before the developed countries leave them behind completely.last_img read more

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Haiti Surpasses 6,000 Cases of COVID-19

first_imgPORT AU PRINCE, Haiti – Haiti recorded three more deaths as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19), pushing the total to 110, health authorities have confirmed. It said that the country recorded 61 new cases of the virus, bringing the total to 6, 101 since the first case was detected on March 19. “This is why we ask the passengers to go into home quarantine. If the person shows symptoms, he will be taken in charge by the Ministry of Public Health,” he added. CMC The Ministry of Public Health said that the deaths including that of a child, occurred in the Department of Grand Anse over the past 24 hours. Four flights have arrived here from the US and one from the Dominican Republic, and Public Health Minister, Marie Gréta Roy Clément, said “all the people who have to return home will have to undergo a quarantine at home.” She said the “epidemiology service will keep in touch with these people to monitor them”. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe said that over the next two weeks, Haitians of returning from the United States “will not have to submit a test for Covid-19”. According to the health authorities, there are 4,850 active cases with the number of suspected cases investigated three months ago being 12,735. Prime Minister Jouthe has also sought to re-assure citizens that the authorities are taking all precautions to curb the spread of the virus that has killed more than half a million people and infected nearly 11 million others worldwide. “Of course, the fears are there and are for all countries… we are even more afraid of the situation in Florida where the cases explode and where a large Haitian community lives.last_img read more

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St. Lucia Government Unveils Multi-million Dollar Economic Recovery Plan

first_imgPrime Minister Allen Chastanet, who is also the Finance Minister, in a radio and television broadcast on Sunday night, said that the plan contains six key pillars, namely stimulating the economy; fast tracking of shovel ready capital investment projects; strengthening social protection systems; resilience building of productive sectors; building resilience in the health sector and climate change and disaster risk mitigation. CASTRIES, St. Lucia – The St. Lucia government has unveiled a EC$579.3 million Economic Recovery and Resilience Plan as the island deals with the impact of the coronavirus (COCVID-19) that affected 22 people and brought about a shutdown of the local economy. He said over EC$5.1 million dollars in tangible benefits will go towards the poor and vulnerable citizens who have been financially affected by COVID-19; as well as, hotel & tourism employees who are currently unemployed. He said that the St. Lucia Development Bank will provide a combination of loan and grant support to MSEs with a focus on food security and adoption of digital technologies. “We have laid the groundwork for success and COVID will only cause us to push harder, be more ambitious and determined. We are a caring society, a loving society and a blessed society,” Chastanet added. He said that front line workers such as police, nurses, fire officers and doctors will benefit from duty-free vehicles with special support from financial institutions. “The objective here is to assist agro processors and businesses in the digital technology community. The government of St. Lucia has committed EC$3.1 million to revitalize their businesses,” Chastanet said, noting that a 50 per cent waiver of commercial property tax for landlords who extend moratorium or rent reductions to their tenants. “The government of St. Lucia will utilize part of the fuel surcharge of 50 cents currently levied on the use of diesel fuel to finance part or full payment of electricity bills for affected persons. LUCELEC (St. Lucia Electricity Services) and the Department of Finance will work jointly, to ensure this novel initiative redounds to economic relief to over 11,000 households.”center_img Chanstanet said that there will also be a waiver of duties on personal hygiene products, increases to the subsidy on flour purchased by bakers from EC$12 to EC$17. In addition, the government will provide five million dollars to otherwise solvent businesses with low cost financing between two and three per cent interest, to assist in meeting their working capital objectives. “Entities can receive a maximum of EC$250,000 through the St.Lucia Development Bank which is the implementing agency. The process of application will be simple and hassle free, to ensure small and medium size enterprises can take full advantage,” Chastanet added. “So far our country’s swift response has proven successful as we continue to navigate through this pandemic. Our Economic Recovery plan is part of that strategy but it can only work if we are all in, work together and truly be each other’s keeper. Prime Minister of St. Lucia, Allen Chastanet Chastanet said that the strategy to stimulating the economy includes eight priority interventions such as incentivising the commercial and banking sector to lend to micro, small and medium size (SME) entities. He said commercial banks would receive a 50 per cent waiver of corporate- income taxes related to earnings from SME lending, adding “this initiative will be in effect for three years and is geared towards improving small business solvency and the reduction of unemployment” CMClast_img read more

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