first_imgSixteen senators urged the Trump administration Wednesday to continue immigration protections for 50,000 Haitians living in the U.S. because of severe hardships back home.The senators, all Democrats, sent a letter responding to a recommendation by the head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to end “temporary protected status” for Haitians by January.The U.S. government has granted such protections to foreigners from 13 countries hammered by natural disasters, famine or war.In the letter written by Senator Bob Mendenez, to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, the senators said Haiti still hasn’t recovered from the devastating 2010 earthquake and last year’s Hurricane Matthew.The temporary protection program was created for foreigners “when extraordinary conditions in their home country pose a serious threat to personal safety,” wrote the senators, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. “Given Haiti’s many challenges, the United States’ focus should be to prioritize disaster assistance and recovery, not to return Haitian nationals to a country lacking the capacity to support them.”“More than seven years after the devastating earthquake and resulting humanitarian crisis, Haiti has yet to recover,” the senators wrote.Kelly, who has the final say, has not decided on the Haitians’ fate yet, Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan said.last_img read more

first_imgStephen ‘DJ Jabba’ Beckford Steven “DJ Jabba” Beckford, co-founder and co-promoter of the annual Best Of The Best show, admits its reputation took a hit this year.The event was called off by police at approximately midnight Sunday, leaving thousands of angry fans streaming out of Bayfront Park in downtown Miami.Headliner Mavado, who many had come to see, was unable to perform even though his band had set up on stage.Mavada…was unable to perform at Best of the Best after police called for an end to proceedings“Of course it hurts. Is five years Mavado don’t perform at Best Of The Best an’ people come to see him…dem mus’ upset,” said Jabba.He blamed the lengthy performances of some artists including Dexta Daps for the confusion that ensued in the show’s latter stages.Jabba said the singjay refused to leave his hotel unless he was paid the rest of his show fee, as well as ten additional entry passes and $1000 he claimed Jabba owed him from the Love And Harmony Cruise in February/March.Dexta Daps…refused to leave hotel until he was paid in full“I told him we don’t pay people at an hotel, dat’s not how we work. I gave him everything ‘cause I had no choice, I was under pressure…We had 18,000 people in the park,” he explained.Dexta Daps eventually launched his set at 11:15, performing for 35 minutes.After Mavado’s band finished setting up, the authorities ordered an end to proceedings.Caribbean National Weekly reached out to Dexta Daps for his side of the story. His management promised to speak to media this week.Diverse cast for Best Of The Bestlast_img read more

first_imgROSEAU, Dominica, CMC – Dominica has signed an EC$200 million agreement with the Irish-based telecommunication company, Digicel, that is intended to meet the growing telecommunication and information communication and technology (ICT) needs of the island.Ends Cable and Wireless monopolyThe 15-year agreement ends a 50-year monopoly that was previously enjoyed by the British-owned Cable and Wireless and Deputy Prime Minister Reginald Austrie described the occasion as “very historic“This is a clear indication that the government decision-making process is in keeping with the principles of transparency and non-discriminatory with an award being made on merit…and established protocol.”Austrie said five corporate entities had submitted bids and that the Roosevelt Skerrit administration is “satisfied that Digicel will provide the government with a range of quality services…and deliver a robust, resilient high capacity and smart network to meet the growing telecommunication and ICT needs within the public service and to the Dominican public”.He said the network has been designed in keeping with the government’s thrust to make the island the first climate resilient country in the world.Digicel chief executive officer, Nikima Royer Jno Baptiste said the agreement signals the island’s ICT transformation.High speed fiber opticShe said all 272 government sites will be connected to a new high speed resilient fiber optic backed up throw two on island and one off island data center “with substantial training and knowledge transfer to the government”.She said as part of the contract, the government will be initially introducing “several cutting edge ICT initiatives…including CCTV monitoring including facial and license plate recognition contributing significantly to the safety of all Dominicans and visitors…”She said the new technology will also allow all health centres to have access to the latest medical support globally, provide online learning opportunities for the students and providing public Wi-Fi facilities at 60 of the most popular sites across the island.Telecommunications and technology Minister, Kelver Darroux, said the telecommunications market has revolutionized operations worldwide and has taken on a much different structure when the government began the process of putting all integrating all of its offices under one umbrella in 2008.Darroux said the signing of the contract is “especially meaningful” to the government which has identified ICT “as a critical facilitator for socio-economic development as well as a national priority area.last_img read more

first_imgDOHA, Qatar, CMC – Steven Gardiner lifted the spirits of Bahamians with a convincing victory in the men’s 400 metres at the IAAF World Championships on Friday.Weeks after Hurricane Dorian deviated parts of his homeland, the 24-year-old Gardiner, whose last 400 defeat came when claiming silver at the 2017 World Championships, bided his time before unleashing a devastating burst of speed over the last 150 metres to blow away his rivals and set a national record of 43.48 seconds.It was one of two medals for the English-speaking Caribbean on the seventh day of competition at the Championships, following up a bronze for hurdler Rushell Clayton of Jamaica in the women’s 400 hurdles which was won in a world record time by American Dalilah Muhammad.Gardiner’s grandmother’s wooden house was flattened by Hurricane Dorian and his father’s home was also badly damaged, but those painful thoughts were quickly wiped away, as he gushed following his triumph.“I went through the rounds perfectly,” he said. “I can’t believe I am a world champion. I was born in the Caribbean and everyone did their best (in this race). It feels pretty good.”“It’s so big to win two medals (the other being fellow quarter-miler Shaunae Miller-Uibo) for the Bahamas after the hurricane. We did it for our country.”Pan Am Games champion Anthony Jose Zambrano of Colombia lowered his personal best of 44.55 set in the heats to record a South American record of 44.15 for silver.Fred Kerley, who recorded a time of 43.64 to win the American title in July, had to settle for bronze in 44.17.Jamaica’s Demish Gaye trimmed 0.09 from his personal best to record 44.46 for fourth, 0.08 clear of Grenada’s former World 400 champion Kirani James, who will draw huge encouragement at his return to the big time.Kenya’s Emmanuel Korir earned a respectable sixth in 44.94 with Machel Cedenio of Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica’s Akeem Bloomfield, clocking 45.30 and 45.36 respectively, completing the final order.The 26-year-old Clayton had to settle for third in the women’s 400 hurdles with a personal best time of 53.74 secs, as American Dalilah Muhammad broke her own world record to win with a time of 52.16, edging out her compatriot Sydney McLaughlin in a gripping race.Clayton and other competitors were hardly a factor in the race, as Muhammad dominated, but finished only slightly ahead of silver medallist McLaughlin.Muhammad had a narrow lead over the first 100 of the race before extending her advantage, as they came through the second bend.The two Americans opened up a large gap on the rest of the field in the second half of the race and McLaughlin, aged 20, just failed to catch her compatriot, settling for second in 52.23.The 29-year-old Muhammad, the 2016 Olympic champion, crossed the finish line 0.04 faster than the previous world record she set at the American trials in July in Iowa.In other results, Jamaica’s men crashed out of the 4×100 relays in the heats, but the women’s advanced to the final.The Jamaican men, comprising Oshane Bailey, Yohan Blake, Rasheed Dwyer and Tyquendo Tracey, clocked 38.15 and finished fifth in the first heat and were unable to book one of the two non-automatic spots.The Jamaican women, anchored by Natasha Morrison and comprising newly-minted World 100 champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Natalliah Whyte and Jonielle Smith, finished in 42.11 to win in the second heat to automatically qualify.last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – For anyone who has followed Kashief Lindo’s career, they are familiar with ballads like No Can Do and First Cut. On his latest project, Justice: A Conscious Journey, he appeals to the socially conscious.The lead single from the six-song EP is Till Them Burn Down Di House which was released in December, one month before ‘A Conscious Journey’ came out. Till Them Burn Down Di House is produced by Willie Lindo, Kashief’s father.The younger Lindo spoke about the song’s most potent feature.“The lyrical content, because it is describing exactly what is going on now and we as a people need to be aware. And for this reason, we have made a video showing all the lyrics because as I said, these are crucial times. Time is not a luxury anymore,” he stressed.Kashief also programmed the drums and played the piano on Till Them Burn Down Di House. His father played guitar, organ and piano while Robbie Shakespeare of Sly and Robbie fame, is on bass.The EP and song are produced by Heavybeat Records, the South Florida label Willie Lindo launched in the late 1970s. The company has produced a number of hits including Beres Hammond’s She Loves me Now, Inseparable by Dennis Brown and I Wanna Wake up With You by Boris Gardiner.Heavybeat Records has produced all Kashief’s albums and his hit songs.Though he is associated with lovers rock, Kashief noted that he has never shied from taking on serious issues.“I always have at least one or two songs like these on my albums. But this is the first project that all songs are of the same concept. These are crucial times and these songs are very necessary at this time,” he said.Other songs on Justice: A Conscious Journey are I Want Justice and Just Another Question.The EP is available on Spotify, Amazon and Apple Music.last_img read more

first_imgManchester United’s Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho gestures during the pre-season friendly football match between Wigan Athletic and Manchester United at the DW stadium in Wigan, northwest England, on July 16, 2016. / AFP / JON SUPER / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read JON SUPER/AFP/Getty Images)Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has expressed his readiness to stay at Old Trafford for the next 15 years.In an exclusive interview with ESPN FC, Mourinho declared he wants to re-establish the longevity and stability United enjoyed under Sir Alex Ferguson. “I am ready for this…I am ready for the next 15, I would say. Here? Yes, why not?”Mourinho, arrived at Old Trafford after both Louis van Gaal and David Moyes failed to fit into the shoes Sir Alex left behind, with the pair spending not more than two seasons with the Red Devils.“This club, for so many years, was Sir Alex,”“People got used to it; people understood the great consequences of that stability. After David and Mr. Van Gaal, I come to my second year and hopefully I can stay and give that stability that the club wants. I will try, but again, I will have to try to deserve that, but that’s what I try every day that I work.” he continued.EXCLUSIVE: Jose Mourinho plans a long stay at Manchester United.— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) July 19, 2017“I think Sir Alex’s career is unique,”“I don’t think it is possible to emulate. Nobody is going to be in the same club for so many years, be in the same league for so many years. I think Wenger will be the last with a similar story in terms of staying at a club for so many years, but I what I try to do in modern football nowadays is to try to deserve to stay in the club, because in this moment, it is about success. You have success, you stay in the club. You don’t have success, you don’t stay.”The 47-year-old Portuguese, who has never spent more than three years period at his previous clubs, delivered the Europa League and the EFL Cup last season with a return to Champions League football.“I have to admit that it is very difficult because of the pressure around our jobs, everybody putting pressure on managers and things that people say — that we have to win, but in reality only one can win and every year it is getting more difficult.”1 – Jose Mourinho is the first manager to win both the European Cup/CL (2) & UEFA Cup/Europa League (2) more than once. Winner.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 24, 2017“You have huge success in one year, the next year you don’t have success and you are out,”“It happened to me at Chelsea, it happened to Ranieri at Leicester, it will happen to many others. Nowadays, people look much more on the short-term.” he added.RelatedMarouane Fellaini Bids Farewell to Manchester UnitedJanuary 30, 2019In “Transfers”Mourinho Is In Trouble Again! Portuguese Manager Banned From Serving Christmas DinnerDecember 16, 2017In “England”OFFICIAL: MANCHESTER UNITED SACK JOSE MOURINHODecember 18, 2018In “England”last_img read more

first_imgBolt, who won the 100m, 200m and 4x100m gold medals at Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016, will compete in the 100m and 4x100m at the London World Championships which commences on Friday.He continued: “Over the years we’re doing a better job, it’s getting clean and we’re catching up to a lot of athletes. There’s an understanding that if you cheat you will get caught. Over time the sport will get better.”“I said a couple of years ago it had to get really bad, when there’s nowhere else to go but up. Doping is always a bad thing and it’s never pleasant because you put in the hard work and the sport starts going forward and then you have other guys bringing it back, it’s hard.”Usain Bolt holds the 100m and 200m world record with the time of 9.58 seconds and 19.19 seconds respectively. Asked if he thinks his world records will be broken, he said:“I hope they’re not. No athlete would ever wish for that – I want to brag to my kids when they’re in their 20s: ‘See, I’m still the best”“There is no-one around now, in this era, who can do it. No. Maybe in a couple of years, 10 years, but my records are safe for now.” he concluded. Related Eight-time Olympic Champion, Usain Bolt, has declared that doping in Athletics must “stop or the sport will die”, as he prepares to drop the curtain on his golden career.30-year-old Bolt, who will retire from the sport after the World Championships in London this month, expressed his hopes and fears for the future of Athletics.Speaking to the BBC, Bolt said: “Hopefully athletes will see what’s going on and what they need to do to help the sport move forward,”“Personally I think we were at rock bottom. After the scandal on Russia, I don’t think it gets any worse than that.”last_img read more

first_imgManchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has given his verdict on this weekend’s “The Money Fight” between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.Undefeated Mayweather, who has not boxed since he retired in 2015, will battle Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter cum boxer, Conor McGregor, in Las Vegas on 26 August.Asked to give his verdict about the bout, Mourinho said: “My dream was that starting in a boxing match and ended in a different way (laughs). Both of them showing their qualities in a fight, not just in boxing, but that’s different obviously.”Everyone’s talking about this weekend’s fight between @FloydMayweather and @TheNotoriousMMA – including Jose Mourinho! ?— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 25, 2017“Too late. It’s too late. It’s too. I have to sleep and next morning I will look at it.” he added.29-year-old Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) two-weight world champion, McGregor, will be making his boxing debut against Mayweather, as the Irishman has never boxed professionally. Video Credit: – Manchester United RelatedMayweather v McGregor: Fight Will End Early And “Won’t Go The Distance”, Says MayweatherAugust 11, 2017In “Sports”McGregor Camp Confident Of Victory In The “The Money Fight”August 2, 2017In “Sports”Ibrahimovic Backs McGregor To Beat Mayweather, Says “He’s The Ibrahimovic Of Martial Arts”August 26, 2017In “Sports”last_img read more

first_imgTottenham and England striker, Harry Kane has been in mouth-watering form for club and country all year. The 24-year-old has scored 41 goals in 35 games in 2017 and has been deemed to be one of the finest strikers in the world, up there with the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.Kane revealed a new healthy diet helped him recover from fatigue after Euro 2016.“I think, over the last year or so now, I’ve changed a lot off the pitch with the nutrition side of it. It kind of clicked in my head that a football career is so short. It goes so quickly, you have to make every day count.” Kane explained.“So, I have a chef at home to eat the right food, helping recovery. You can’t train as hard as you’d like when you have so many games, so you have to make the little gains elsewhere, like with food. That will help me going into a tournament year, with my body and my recovery.”“I was always eating well, never badly. But I have a guy come round and he explained what you could do, eating the right food at the right times. You could eat healthily all week and then carbs [carbohydrates] before a game, and that could make your body go into shock because you’re not used to it. So, maybe higher carbs sometimes, lower other times, making plans around training. I started doing that on Jan 1, a New Year resolution. I met the guy in December. I spoke to him and it blew me away a bit. I’d never looked too much into it, but when he explained what the body does and how he could help me recover… He helped me in the recovery from the [ankle ligament] injury, with certain foods I was eating. It opened my eyes a bit.” the Tottenham striker admitted.“He’s there every day, Monday to Saturday, and leaves it in the fridge for Sunday. I hardly ever see him because I’m at training, but he’ll cook the food and leave it in the fridge. We’ve got a good plan going and it seems to be working.”“When you’re playing Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday, there’s not a lot of time to train, so it’s about making those little gains in other ways: ice baths, stretching, nutrition… that keeps you as fresh as you can be. It’s a big part of football nowadays. Other players are doing the same thing. My career has gone so quick already, I want to make the most of it.”Kane will captain the Three Lions in Thursday night’s World Cup qualifier at Wembley against Slovenia. Victory for Gareth Southgate’s side will confirm qualification for next summer’s finals in Russia with a game to spare.Relatedlast_img read more

first_imgBarcelona FA Ladies, a first division side in Cyprus, have snapped up Super Falcons of Nigeria defender, Ngozi Ebere with the 2017/18 Cypriot Women’s First Division season set to commence on 5 November.The club announced their latest acquisition on Tuesday via their Facebook page HEREEbere, whose high-profile move to Paris Saint German after the World Cup in 2015 has seen her struggle for game time, would look to rekindle her club career in Cyprus.For two seasons at PSG, the left back could only manage six appearances in the Division 1 Feminine and two in the Coupe de France. She did not have the opportunity of featuring in any UEFA Women’s Champions League match despite making the bench a few times.Meanwhile, this is Barcelona FA Ladies’ second season in the top flight after becoming the ninth team to join the fray last season.Having finished third in their debut season, they must have set their sight on upstaging Apollon Limassol who have won the league title nine times in a row since the 2008/09 season.Only the winners of the league eventually progress to the UEFA Women’s Champions League and Ebere hopes to make history with Barcelona FA Ladies.The 26-year-old could be making her debut in the Women’s Super Cup between Barcelona FA Ladies and Apollon Ladies on Sunday October 29, 2017 at the Patreklisia Community Stadium.Relatedlast_img read more