Month: August 2020

Caribbean-American actress Grace Byers to be honored

first_imgCaribbean-American actress Grace Byers of the Fox Television smash hit EMPIRE will be receiving the Rising Sun Award at the 2017 Caribbean Heritage Salute to Hollywood & Excellence Gala.The Caribbean Heritage Organization’s (CHO) Gala will be held on Saturday, June 17 at the Hilton Universal Studios in Hollywood, California.The Caymanian actress is known for her breakout role as ‘Anika Calhoun’ on the hit drama where she stars opposite Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson.Grace recently shot the indie thriller “Bent,” opposite, Karl Urban, Sofia Vergara and Andy Garcia and is working on her first book, I Am Enough, a motivational time for young girls who face bullying, out in 2018.She is married to fellow EMPIRE co-star Trai Byers..last_img read more

Richie Stephens honored by ASCAP

first_imgRichie Stephens (third left) at the ASCAP Awards in Hollywood, California Thursday. At left is ASCAP President and Chairman of the Board Paul Williams and second left is Stephens’ sister Charmaine. Veteran singer Richie Stephens was among the honorees at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) awards in Hollywood, California Thursday night.He received the Pop Award for contributing to Rihanna’s mega-selling song, Work. Released early last year, it featured Canadian star rapper Drake and went number one in the US, as well as several European countries.Stephens, 50, has been recording for almost 30 years and was at one stage signed to Motown Records.He described the ASCAP award as “a proud moment for Jamaica, for dancehall and for the entire Jamaican music industry.”Three of the producers (Matthew ‘Boi-1da’ Samuels, Jahron ‘PartyNextDoor’ Brathwaite and Sevn Thomas) are Jamaicans who live in Canada. Work sampled Stephens Sail Away rhythm, which was released by his Pot of Gold label in 1998.last_img read more

EDITORIAL: Not motivated to celebrate July 4th

first_imgIt’s almost July 4th, one of the biggest holidays in America.This year, it commemorates America’s 241st year of independence which was achieved in 1776. As is traditional, on the evening of July 4, colorful bombs (fireworks) will be bursting in the air, and, generally, millions of people will have a grand time across the country. But one cannot help wondering if for the majority of African-Americans and Caribbean-Americans who migrated to America, there’s absolute joy in their hearts as this anniversary approaches.Several years after the end of slavery; the official end of segregation and Jim Crow laws; and years after the Civil Rights Act, racism clings to American society like indelible ink to cloth. Shortly before the assassination of civil rights activist Malcolm X in 1965, he addressed the press on returning from a trip to Africa. He pointed out the hypocrisy in American society, citing that while some American leaders were decrying Apartheid in South Africa, they ignored prevailing acts of racism in their backyard. Forty-two years since Malcolm X’s death this hypocrisy, and related racist atrocities, continue.How many African-Americans can genuinely celebrate American independence and glory when black men and women continue to be wantonly slain by white police officers, and routinely the courts find the officers innocent?How can the majority of the black community celebrate the independence of a country that creates barriers to affordable healthcare and other basic social services taken for granted in less-developed countries? How can immigrants sing of “America the Beautiful” when their status as legal residents of the America they adopted as home is in constant jeopardy?Year after year, those within the federal government fail to pass immigration reform that assure immigrants they are welcome to live and work in America. Even more disconcerting is with all the blatant atrocities of racism in America, racism that did not escape the only black man that emerged as America’s President, there’s no identifiable leader; Democrat, Republican or Independent  actively pursuing solutions to the various issues that beset the black community.The mainstream media will give relatively brief sound bytes to the various atrocities meted out to blacks, like they did recently in the beating death of a black Muslim female teenager in Virginia by a white man. But, they soon return to hours and hours analyzing every act, every word, of the current occupant in the White House. One wonders if the issues afflicting the black race in America are too overwhelming for any leader, black or white, to adequately cope.America continues to wait for a leader in the capacity of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. to reappear. But then, any such potential leader could be conscious that King was assassinated trying to solve the conundrum that American racism is. The pulsating excitement and hope is remembered when Barack Obama was elected president in 2008. Looking back, it’s recognized such hope was indicative of a deep-rooted naiveite.Obama hardly had the opportunity to attend to some of the more prevailing issues affecting the black race. From he assumed the presidency, influential individuals among the white establishment vowed to make his presidency a failure. Although Obama prevailed over two terms, and accomplished much, now attempts are being made to erase those accomplishments. These are not being erased because they were ineffective and poorly planned, nor didn’t meet their objectives, but because they were implemented by the black president.For those in the African and Caribbean-American communities who don’t feel motivated to launch colorful bombs in the air on the night of July 4, and genuinely hail America’s 241st anniversary of independence, this lack of motivation can be understood. Perhaps, if in the ensuing year the establishment make real, serious attempts to address even some of the pertinent issues that affect these communities, people may be motivated to celebrate July 4 next year.last_img read more

Caribbean Tourism – “a tale of two situations”

first_imgThe Caribbean is observing Caribbean Tourism Month in November amid the “significant” economic impact caused by the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria through the Lesser Antilles last month.Secretary General of the Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Hugh Riley, said that the regional tourism sector in 2017 can be described as a “tale of two situations” because of the Category 5 hurricanes that devastated several  countries.Record pace performance before stormsRiley said that during the first half of this year, the region performed at new record pace, welcoming 16.6 million international tourist arrivals at a healthy growth rate of 5.2 per cent, when compared to the same period last year.Severely impacted after stormsHowever, following the passage of the hurricanes, growth was severely impacted with the revised forecast for 2017 now at one to two per cent, down from 2.5 to 3.5 per cent.“The economic impact of the storms is significant. The Caribbean Development Bank predicts that every one per cent reduction in tourist arrivals (based on 2015 travel data) will cost US$137 million in lost revenue.Major challenges presented“No doubt, the hurricanes have presented us with some major challenges, but we are determined to rebuild better and more sustainably,’ Riley said. He also said while the affected countries are at various stages on the road back to normality, it is also important to note that over 75 per cent of the region was unscathed by the storms.“In this context, we encourage you to keep visiting the Caribbean, as this is the best way to help the region,” he said, noting that during Caribbean Tourism Month “we will focus on adventure, in keeping with the Year of Adventure.Still open for business Riley also said this month provides an opportunity to reiterate the message that “we are open for business and we do have an exciting product to offer.“Yes, some challenges remain and those are being addressed, but let’s also emphasize the superb experiences we can offer to guests right now and help them and their companions have a Caribbean adventure to remember.“Together, let’s keep the right focus on this important industry and reaffirm the value of One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean,” Riley added.For more on Caribbean Tourism, click the link: Caribbean Tourism Organization calls for US/Caribbean alliancelast_img read more

Barbados and Grenada removed from EU global tax haven list

first_imgThe European Union on Tuesday announced Barbados and Grenada are among eight jurisdictions removed from a new list of global tax havens following commitments made at a high political level to remedy EU concerns.In a statement, the EU said the two Caribbean countries are joined by the Republic of Korea, Macao SAR, Mongolia, Panama, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.It said they were removed from the list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes and included in a separate category of jurisdictions subject to close monitoring.Delisting justifiedThe EU said the Council agreed Tuesday that a delisting was justified in the light of an expert assessment of the commitments made by these jurisdictions to address deficiencies identified by the EU. In each case, the commitments were backed by letters signed at a high political level, it added.Vladislav Goranov, the Finance Minister of Bulgaria, which currently holds the Council presidency said, “Jurisdictions around the world have worked hard to make commitments to reform their tax policies. Our aim is to promote good tax governance globally.”  Nine Caribbean countries still listedThe decision by the European Council leaves nine jurisdictions including Trinidad and Tobago and St. Lucia, on the list of non-cooperative jurisdictions out of 17 announced initially on December 5, last year.St. Lucia also to be delistedLast Friday, the St. Lucia government said it expected to join Barbados and Grenada, in being removed from the list.Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said he had a conference call with EU officials on Friday to identify the problem areas. He said he hopes by the time the next review is conducted the island will be off the so-called blacklist.The list excludes a number of British Overseas Territories such as the Cayman Island and Bermuda that were on a previous EU blacklist from June 2015. Complaints about the methodology of that last list saw it scrapped and replaced with the new register.In its statement Tuesday, the EU said that the list also carries recommendations on steps to take to be de-listed.last_img read more

Joseph reprimanded for breaching ICC code of conduct

first_imgWest Indies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph has been reprimanded and handed one demerit point after being found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel during Wednesday’s ODI against Bangladesh.The 21-year-old Joseph received an official reprimand following his actions towards Bangladeshi opening batsman Anamul Haque in the second ODI in Guyana which the Windies won by three runs.After dismissing Haque in the third over, Joseph gestured the opener back to the dressing room.He was found to have violated Article 2.1.7 of the code which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an international match”.The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Richard Illingworth and Gregory Brathwaite, third umpire S Ravi, as well as fourth umpire Joel Wilson.After the match, Joseph admitted to the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.last_img read more

All Nigeria Track And Field Championships: Ese Brume And Seye Ogunlewe Retain Titles

first_imgAs the race to qualify for the World championship heats up, Several Nigerian athletes are currently battling for time at the ongoing All Nigeria Track and Field Championships taking place at the National Stadium in Abuja.The highlights of Day 1 was in the  Women’s 100m finals, although it was not an elite line up, but reigning junior champion Aniekeme Alphonsus took the opportunity by racing to victory in time of 11.52s, adding to the several victories she’s had this year for her school University of Port-Harcourt and Country. Blessing Ogundiran 11.70s and Mercy Ntia-Obong 11.70s followed in 2nd and 3rd places respectively.Multiple National Gold medallist, Deborah Pam defended her title in the Women’s 5000m with time of 17:35.59 well ahead of Rose Akusho in 2nd place 17:52.59 and Elizabeth Nuhu 18:03.86 coming in as 3rd.Nigeria’s reigning 400m champion, Patience Okon George and Abike Egbeniyi clocked 51.34s and 52.10s respectively to qualify for the World championship joining the duo of Yinka Ajayi and Margaret Bamgbose who had previously qualified.In the field events, Long jumper Ese Brume who missed the Lausanne Diamond League last week due to visa issues, retained her National title with a distance of 6.40m. The Cyprus University student has already qualified for London few months ago.” I wasn’t pleased with my result but I know that I’ll do better in my next competition ” – BrumePerhaps in what will be his very first competitive race this year, Seye Ogunlewe cruised to a third consecutive National 100m title on Day 2, winning the race with of 10.30s, Obinna Metu came in 2nd in 10.36s followed by Harry Chukwudike 10.44s in 3rd.The trials concludes tomorrow, still to be decided is the Men’s and women’s 200m champions, as the heats began today.Related2017 IAAF World Championships: Track Queen Okagbare Headlines 14-man ListJuly 26, 2017In “Sports”12th African Games: Oduduru, Okagbare Headline Star-Studded Nigerian Athletics TeamAugust 23, 2019In “2019 African Games”World Athletics Championship : What To Expect From Team NigeriaAugust 3, 2017In “Sports”last_img read more

Antonio Conte Finally Speaks; Why We Lost To Roma

first_imgChelsea manager, Antonio Conte has given reasons his team suffered their first Champions League defeat this season.Chelsea was handed a shocking 3-0 defeat in a Group C encounter against Roma on Tuesday night in Rome.Addressing reporters after the game, Conte lamented lack of the will to fight back by his players.He said,“It was a really bad performance. Roma showed more will to fight and more desire to win the game. I’m very disappointed with our second half. For this performance, we all have to take responsibility. When you concede three goals, you must be worried. It means something doesn’t work. It’s very difficult now, but we have to analyse the game. We need to work on the tactical aspect. We are working less on this aspect this season. We have to look at ourselves. Tonight was a bad night for us. I only want one night like this and we must work together this week. What I’m most disappointed about was the performance in the second half.”He continued “Roma had more hunger, more desire, more fight to beat us and clearly deserved this win. “We have to try to find the strength to understand and to use this loss in the right way. In this season we have to dig very deep, if we want to be competitive and to fight for something important. If we are not ready to dig deep, we can have this type of game again. We have to find the hunger we showed all last season and, this season, only sometimes. But this season has been up and down. If you are a great team you must have stability. You must have consistency. At this moment we are struggling a lot to find this type of balance.”“Last season we showed great hunger, great will to do something important. We won the league and did a miracle. But if we want to be competitive this season we have to avoid these ups and downs. A great team must have stability and great desire to be protagonists in every game.”Relatedlast_img read more

Bookmakers react to Theresa’s ‘Snap Call’

first_img Andrew Lyman – Brexit is no ‘doom & gloom scenario’ for Gibraltar gambling February 24, 2020 Related Articles Share Smarkets tips Keir Starmer as new Labour leader January 8, 2020 Share Bookmakers have had no time to ease back to work following the Easter Break as  Prime Minister Theresa May this morning called for an unexpected 8 June Snap UK General Election, in order to drive a clean mandate for Brexit.Reacting to the news, the majority of UK bookmakers have slashed the odds on a Conservative Party victory to 1/14 (91% chance of winning).  However, the still divisive matter of Brexit sees the chances of a ‘Hung-Parliament’ (no clear majority) outcome being priced at 5/1, which would severely limit PM May’s future political manoeuvrings.Updating the media, Betfair Spokesperson, Naomi Totten commented on early markets: “The Conservatives had already been the clear favourite to win both Most Seats and an Overall Majority in the next General Election and their odds have further shortened and now have around a 90% chance of both following Theresa May’s statement that she would seek a June 8 date on Tuesday morning.While bookmakers point towards a Tory victory, the Labour Party will start its General Election campaign having been issued the ‘longest odds’ in UK political history, with a number of bookmakers placing Labour at 14/1 to gain victory.Further bad news for the Labour Party sees bookmakers short of confidence for party leader Jeremy Corbyn who has been priced at ½ to be removed of leadership duties on or before the 9 June.Early political forecasts have placed the Liberal Democrats as the party who have the most to gain from the snap election call, but bookmakers note taht the Lib-Dems have a ‘long road to recovery’ pricing the party at 25-1.Issuing a market update Graham Sharpe William Hill Political Lead stated “The next General Election campaign has started badly for us – we face a £23,000 loss if the Election does go ahead on June 8 after the odds for a 2017 Election were shortened from 5/1 to 2/1. We took some £3million on the last General Election, and £5m on the US Election, so we anticipate huge betting interest on a June 8 General Election.”Meanwhile on the supplier side Mitsuya Fujimoto, CEO of Ganapati Malta, said that things are too muddled for business at the moment. He said: “In the wake of Brexit, UK business desperately needs security, stability and a clear vision. Today’s announcement is not going to help to sustain such stability in the short term. However, in the longer term, if decisively won, the General Election would bring Mrs. May a strong mandate to move forwards with her plan to secure the best possible deal for the UK, without distraction.“Britain is, and will continue to remain, the gateway to the rest of the world. It is a stepping stone for Far East businesses like ours seeking to break into and expand within European and American markets. This is why, on deciding where to establish our international headquarters three years ago, the pull of the UK was strong and remains so, despite Brexit. As a UK-based business with a global remit, we hope the UK government can move forwards quickly to provide the country with a clear direction of travel.”The 2017 Snap General Election sees another summer of political hijinks for the UK general public, following 2014’s Scottish Referendum, 2015’s UK General Elections and 2016’s Eu Referendum, in what appears to be becoming a ‘very British tradition!’ Submit StumbleUpon EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020last_img read more

Mayweather/McGregor – Paddy Power’s punchy payout gamble

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Related Articles Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Submit With three days until the most anticipated boxing event of recent memory, Paddy Power has already rewarded backers of Floyd Mayweather by paying out on the American fighter.The Irish bookmaker has made the £250,000 payout this morning, in spite of nearly 80% of punters backing the two-weight UFC champion Conor McGregor.A spokesman for Paddy Power said: “We’re spinning the roulette wheel a bit here – as getting it wrong would see a serious Mac Attack on my bank balance.“But, when you’re backing Mayweather, you’ve basically covered the whole board anyway.“Patriotism aside, we are paying out early on a Mayweather victory – because we checked, and only one of them is a boxer.”When fight markets opened, unsurprisingly the man considered the most skilled boxer of this generation, Mayweather was a heavy favourite, however a surge of bets on McGregor has led to his price shortening to just 10/3, with Floyd coming moving out to a generous 1/4.The Irish bookmaker has predicted that more than £200million in bets will be taken on the fight, with most of the money expected to come in the 36-hours before the opening bell.Prior to this, the biggest boxing market was when Mayweather outpointed Manny Pacquiao in 2015, however, this event has more than trebled the interest of that fight, with bookmakers expecting it to be not only the most popular boxing event of all time, but also the most popular sports betting event of the year.last_img read more