Two charged for murder of Trinidad cop

first_imgNyasha Joseph A male associate of a Trinidadian policewoman along with a female have been charged with her murder.The cop, Constable Nyasha Joseph, went missing two weeks ago. Her body was found last week in the ocean off the eastern Caribbean islandThe two accused persons are expected to appear before a Port of Spain magistrate for a preliminary hearing.The 36-year-old man, who is from Sea Lots, Port of Spain, and the 36-year-old woman, from Carenage, were charged on Sunday after a magistrate issued instructions to police investigators following consultations with Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard.The man was charged with murder, as well as the unlawful disposal of Joseph’s body, while the woman is facing a murder charge.Last Thursday, the male suspect, through his attorney Christon J Williams, filed a writ of habeas corpus in the Port of Spain High Court, challenging his detention since March 10, but the police argued before Justice Nadia Kangaloo that they needed more time.Following the discovery of Joseph’s body, Trinidad and Tobage Prime Minister, Keith Rowley, openly expressed his preference for the death penalty for persons found guilty of murder.last_img read more

Dominica Seeking World Bank Funds for Geothermal Sector

first_imgThe Dominican government says it is seeking funding from the World Bank and other international lending agencies as the island moves to further develop its geothermal sector. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said the government has established the Dominica Geothermal Development Company (DGDC) to move ahead with the construction of the plant. The project is expected to reduce Dominica’s dependence on crude oil. Skerrit, who is also Finance Minister, said the government will contribute EC$40.5 million. “In June of this year, the government of New Zealand recruited a project manager who is now engaged with DGDC,” Skerrit told legislators recently. “Funding for the project will come from various sources.” Government contribution “In addition to government’s contribution we have secured all the funds required to construct the plant from our development partners,” he said. He also indicated the funding will include EC$30 million from Britain, EC$5.4 million from New Zealand and also EC$5.4 million from SIDS DOCK. Application made to UAE energy fund Dominica has also applied for grant funding from the United Arab Emirates Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund. Between EC$8.1million and EC$13.5 million is expected to fund a battery storage system to be used on the national electricity grid.center_img “Once the plant has been commissioned, the DGDC will sell power to DOMLEC (Dominica Electricity Company) to be distributed throughout the country. Skerrit said funding for this project will also be obtained from the World Bank through a loan of EC$16.2 million at a highly concessionary rate of 0.75 per cent with a 10-year grace period and 44-year repayment plan. World Bank loan “Every effort will be made to ensure that adverse impacts on the communities and the environment will be mitigated,” he said. Land owners in the area can also expect to be compensated for use of their property. Support will be provided to residents who occupy lands to ensure they are not left worst off, the Prime Minister assured. The designs for the plant are progressing and should be completed by the third quarter of 2017. The prime minister noted the environmental and social impact assessment for the geothermal project is ongoing in the Roseau valley.last_img read more

Salute to Peter Tosh

first_imgGrammy AwardIn the year of his death, Tosh’s last studio album, No Nuclear War, was released. It won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 1988.Late last year, a museum honoring the Tosh legacy opened in Kingston, the Jamaican capitol. It is just a hop and skip from the Bob Marley Museum which was once a hangout for Tosh, Marley and Wailer.Peter Tosh’s songs are still played on Jamaican radio, but not many of the younger generation know of his stance against Apartheid, his fight for ganja rights and social equality.But as Tosh sang in one of his most famous songs:“You teach the youth about Christopher ColombusAnd you said he was a very great manYou teach the youth about Marco PoloAnd you said he was a very great manYou teach the youth about the pirate HawkinsAnd you said he was a very great manYou teach the youth about the pirate MorganAnd you said he was a very great manSo, you can’t blame the youth of todayYou can’t fool the youthYou can’t blame the youthYou can’t fool the youth.” The Fieriest WailerPeter Tosh was the fieriest of the famous Wailers, the others being Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer. Even on the group’s early albums with Island Records, he wrote the most provocative songs — 400 Years and Get Up, Stand Up. After leaving The Wailers, he continued to take on the establishment or as he called it, “the sh.itsim.”Two of Tosh’s greatest statements were the albums Legalize It and Equal Rights, released in 1976 and 1977, respectively. The former called for the legalization of marijuana (also known as ganja in Jamaica) for which he was a passionate advocate.Thirty years after his death, the Jamaican government is doing just that. Politicians, who once shunned Rastafari as ganja-smoking riff-raff, are fast-tracking legislation, with many among the country’s private elite pumping millions of dollars into ganja-based initiatives. By Howard CampbellAmericans will forever remember September 11, 2001 for the tragedy that took place at the World Trade Center’s twin towers in New York. That terrorist attack killed just over 2,700 people.Tosh and two others murderedReggae fans also recall the date September 11 with dread. On the evening of September 11, 1987, Jamaican reggae artist Peter Tosh was murdered at his home in Jamaica at age 42.Tosh, a member of the original Wailers and a solo star in his own right, was killed along with impresario/Disc Jockey Jeff “Free I” Dixon and Wilton “Doc” Brown in a bloody incident that shocked Jamaicans.His common-law wife Marlene Brown and drummer Carlton “Santa” Davis, a member of Tosh’s Word, Sound and Power band, were injured in the attack which was led by Dennis “Leppo” Lobban, an ex-convict the singer knew.last_img read more

Capleton, Spice for International Festival Of Life

first_imgReggae icon Capleton and dancehall star turned reality TV actress Spice from VH1’s Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta, are set to headline this year’s International Festival of Life in Chicago.The event, in its 26th year, is set for Union Park, 1501 West Randolph Street, Chicago, on Independence Day weekend, Friday- Sunday, July 6th -8th, 2018.Also slated to perform are Yellowman; Elephant Man; Romain Virgo and  Boukman Eksperyans of Haiti.This year’s celebration is dedicated to fifty years of reggae.  IFOL showcases a very diverse culture and music from many nations, primarily from the Caribbean, Africa, Latin America and the United States.last_img

No exemption request received from the promoter of Buju concert in…

first_imgCredit: Ryan Mattis ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada – Immigration and labor officials here say the promoters of a show featuring Jamaican singer, Buju Banton, have not yet made any request for an exemption allowing him to enter the island for the May 11 show.“Night of Love”Banton, whose real name is Mark Anthony Myrie, will headline the “Night of Love” carded for May 11 here as part of a tour of several Caribbean countries.Earlier this week, the Trinidad and Tobago government announced an exemption for the Jamaican singer because the country’s Immigration Act prohibits “persons who have been convicted of or admit to having committed any crime, which if committed in Trinidad and Tobago would be punishable with imprisonment for one or more years”.The legislation also allows for the Minister of National Security to issue a written permit to allow any person to enter the island or to remain therein. National Security Minister Stuart Young gave the assurance that once the promoters request the necessary exemption, he was prepared to grant an exemption.Grenada’s laws similar to TT’sGrenada’s Immigration law also has similar provisions, but the final directive will be at the discretion of the Immigration Minister after an application is made for a work permit in the Ministry of Labor.Grenada’s Minister for Immigration is Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell.When asked if his company was aware of the law, Ian St Bernard of Sunshine Promotions replied “I am not a lawyer, I don’t know anything about that, I have my work permit, call the Attorney General and ask them about that”.Immigration officials have explained that as a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) national, there is provision for all CARICOM nationals to enter the island, however, the Minister of Immigration can approve enter and denial. “It is always at the pleasure of a receiving state that a person is allowed into a country so in the case of Buju, who served time in prison and did not received a pardon, an immigration officer without receiving an exempt instruction will have to comply with the law,” one Immigration official said.An official from the Ministry of Labor explained that despite the provision for free travel within CARICOM entry to an island is still guided by the Immigration Act.In 2011 Buju Banton was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was convicted of conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute. He was released in December 2019 from a USA federal prison after serving seven years behind bars.last_img read more

Commissioner Beverly Williams to serve in two high capacities for the…

first_imgLALAUDERDALE LAKES, Fl — The Broward County League of Cities, Inc. appoints Lauderdale Lakes Commissioner Beverly Williams as 2nd Vice President of the 2019-2020 year and the Florida League of Cities has also appointed her to serve as a member of the Nominating Committee of the Florida League of Cities.The ultimate success of these efforts is related to the level of involvement of the membership in providing leadership on issues of local, regional, state and national concern .  As stated in the appointment letters from the Broward of Cities and the Florida League, they are pleased to have Commissioner Williams serve in this capacity.The Broward League of Cities  and the Florida League of Cities are non-partisan, non-profit organizations dedicated to raising awareness and resolving issues facing cities and municipalities. Membership is made up of elected officials from municipal governments and area businesses.  Members focus on identifying and resolving problems affecting day-to-day municipal operations including county, state and federal legislation. Dedicated committees conduct research and recommend policies affecting education, housing, economic concerns and municipal services.Commissioner Williams will work with other committee members to discuss the many issues facing our cities that will come before the Legislature during the 2019-2020 Session and decide upon a policy direction for the Broward County League of Cities’ legislative efforts on the county and state levels.last_img read more

US Open: Rafael Nadal Survives Scare To Make Fourth Round

first_imgWorld number one, Rafael Nadal, fought back from a set down to beat Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer in the US Open third round match.In the game that lasted three hours and sixteen minutes, the 31-year-old Spaniard lost the first set 6-7 (3-7) before fighting back to win 6-3 6-1 6-4.“All the matches have been very tight – I am very happy,” Nadal said after the victory. “I don’t know how many break points I had before I got the first one. Mentally, I fought a lot until that moment, then I think I played better.”Asked about the possibility of facing Federer in the last four, Nadal said: “I am in the fourth round now. I don’t think much about that.”Rafael Nadal will now face Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov in the fourth round.RelatedUs Open Roundup: Roger Federer Knocked Out As Nadal Cruise Into The SemisSeptember 7, 2017In “Tennis”Australian Open Recap (Men): Top Seed Nadal Eases Through Into Third Round As Third Seed Dimitrov Survive Huge ScareJanuary 18, 2018In “Sports”US Open: Tomas Berdych Knocked Out By World Number 64August 31, 2017In “Tennis”last_img read more

Anthony Joshua Vs Kubrat Pulev Bout Breaks Cardiff Record

first_imgThe bout between IBF and WBA world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, and challenger, Kubrat Pulev has emerged as the fastest ever selling event in Cardiff.A record-breaking 70,000 tickets have already been sold for the 28 October fight inside the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.27-year-old Joshua, who is set to defend his IBF heavyweight title against the Bulgarian, knocked out now retired Wladimir Klitschko in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley last April.Speaking to Sky Sports, promoter Eddie Hearn said: “It was another incredible day at the box office for Anthony Joshua as he continues to cement his place as the biggest draw in World boxing,”“The support he receives from the British public is incredible and has been an integral part of his success – the fans will be in for a great night on October 28 and we thank them all for their support.”According to boxing website, BoxingScene, Joshua vs Pulev fight has broken the record of Muhammad Ali’s fight against Leon Spinks at the New Orleans Superdrome in 1978, a bout attended by 63,000 fans.Relatedlast_img read more

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (Europe): Former Winners Spain Book Russia Spot

first_imgGroup I:Croatia 1-1 FinlandTurkey 0-3 IcelandKosovo 0-2 UkraineStandings:Iceland 19 pointsCroatia 17 pointsUkraine 17 pointsTurkey 14 pointsFinland 8 pointsKosovo 1 point Former World Cup winners Spain have qualified for next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia after they defeated Albania 3-0 in Alicante in Group G.Valencia forward Rodrigo, Isco and Thiago Alcantara got the goals for the 2010 winners.The match also saw fans jeer controversial Barcelona defender Gerard Pique for his support for Catalan Independence Referendum.Pique was substituted on the hour mark in Alicante with Real Madrid defender Nacho coming on in his place.Still in Group G, 4-time World Cup winners Italy missed out on top spot after they were held by visiting Macedonia in disappointing fashion. They took the lead through Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini, who recently returned from injury.The team failed to build on that opening goal and they were rightly stunned by Alex Trazkowski with 13 minutes left on the clock.Group D:Austria 3-2 SerbiaGeorgia 0-1 WalesRepublic of Ireland 2-0 MoldovaStandings:Serbia 18 pointsWales 17 pointsRepublic of Ireland 16 pointsAustria 12 pointsGeorgia 5 pointsMoldova 2 points Group G:Italy 1-1 MacedoniaSpain 3-0 AlbaniaLiechtenstein 0-1 IsraelStandings:Spain 25 pointsItaly 20 pointsAlbania 13 pointsIsrael 12 pointsMacedonia 8 pointsLiechtenstein 0 pointcenter_img Qualified Teams in Europe: Russia (hosts), Belgium, Germany, England and SpainRelated2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (UEFA): Serbia, Iceland Secure Spots; Wales Suffer HeartbreakOctober 10, 2017In “FIFA”Spanish Fans Boo Barcelona Star Over Catalan SupportOctober 3, 2017In “Europe”2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Review (UEFA): Poland Become Sixth European Nation In RussiaOctober 9, 2017In “FIFA”last_img read more

Anti-FOBT report authors labelled ‘all tank and no think’

first_img A much-trailed report into fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) from the right-leaning think tank ResPublica has been slammed for “parroting” the line taken by the report’s paid sponsors the Campaign for Fairer Gambling (CFG).The report published this week entitled ‘Wheel of Misfortune: the case for lowering the stakes on FOBTs’ called for the reduction of the maximum stake applicable for high-street gaming machines to £2.This figure is in line with the long-standing calls from the CFG and the anti-FOBT lobby. The report stated in its conclusion: “This single step would bring regulation of these machines into line with common practice both in the UK and abroad, and would respond to widespread public demand and cross-party consensus.”However, William Hill accused the report’s authors of being ‘all tank and no think’.“It parrots the CFG line on £2 and doesn’t even acknowledge the fact that loss rates per hour are actually very similar on B2 and B3 games and in fact more volatile on B3 and average losses per session are higher on B3,” said William Hill’s head of corporate communications Ciaran O’Brien.O’Brien added that a “proper think-tank analysis” of the correct policy response for gaming machines on UK high streets “should surely look at the independent research and the impact of a policy change both on problem gambling and the employment and taxation as well as knock on impacts on other sectors.”“It would weigh up alternative policy options to achieve the right objectives and how and why,” he added.The criticisms were echoed by the Association of British Bookmakers whose spokesperson Peter Craske, said that it “should be no surprise” that a report commissioned by the CFG used “dodgy stats and flawed research” in their attacks on the bookmakers.“The Campaign have called for a relaxation in the law limiting the number of casinos in the UK and for tax cuts to support casinos,” he said.Still, the addition of introductory comments in the ResPublica report from Chris Philip, Conservative MP and parliamentary private secretary to the Treasury, are a signal of a shifting tide, suggested Dan Waugh, partner at gambling consultancy Regulus Partners.“The self-styled ‘free marketer’s’ dismissal of economic arguments for non-intervention seems particularly significant,” he said. “Given his official role, he may be assumed to have some influence on the Chancellor Philip Hammond and exchequer secretary to the Treasury Andrew Jones; though Philip did not suggest that he was articulating his department’s perspective.”In his forward to the report, Philip said he welcomes the report’s call for greater consistency and consensus” in the regulation of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals.“Across all political parties, there is a strong feeling that these gambling machines are having a detrimental effect on our high streets.”He continues: “Crucially, it demonstrates how this damage could be mitigated by smarter regulation of gambling machines, by reducing their maximum stake to £2 per spin.”He then suggested that the proliferation of machines since the introduction of the Gambling Act 2005 came about because of a “loophole”.The report is published on what is presumed to be the eve of the publication of the government’s triennial review findings. The review was tasked with examining states and prizes levels for gaming machines on the high street as well as issues around the numbers of gaming machines accessible in the UK and the amount of gambling-related advertising on TV.The review was announced this time last year and after much delay it is being assumed by many stakeholders that it will report possibly as early as next week. At a Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee hearing recently, the culture secretary Tracey Crouch indicated the review would lay out a range of options for staking levels.Newspaper reports have suggested the range of potential options goes from £2 to £10, £20, £50 to leaving maximum stakes as they are. The report will be put out for a three-month consultation after which a final decision will be announced early next year.Waugh at Regulus said the “phoney war” over machines was now coming to a close and with various elements of the UK industry having exchanged a war of words over the future of gaming machines, he said the prospects for industry harmony were limited.“As the industry prepares to enter the sharp end of the government’s limited review of gambling policy, there are few indications of a diplomatic solution to industry relations,” he said. SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit Share William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more