Photo Courtesy of Sunshine Economic With the Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, just days away some Jamaicans living in South Florida want the troubling issue of crime to be included on the conference agenda.The conference is scheduled for July 23-26 at the Jamaica conference center in Kingston.Former Police Chief for the Cities of Lauderdale Lakes and Lauderhill, Andrew Smalling, says the authorities in Jamaica need to find solutions to corral the crime monster. This is an issue, he said, that was brought up at past Diaspora conferences, but the problem prevails.Consulted with Jamaica on crime Smalling, 55, was born in Jones Town, Jamaica, was also a consultant to Jamaica law enforcement. In 2004 he played an integral role in the creation of the Safe Schools Program. “Crime and violence have been an issue among Jamaicans at home and abroad for years. Despite the efforts of the government and the law enforcement authorities, the problems continue. It doesn’t seem anyone has a handle on it.”Over 700 murders have been committed in Jamaica this year. In June, some 151 murders were tallied on police blotters.Comprehensive approach needed“Crime needs a comprehensive approach,” Smalling said.” Educational, sociological and political. It needs more than politicians giving mouth service. They need to get down and do some work. When suggestions are made from the Diaspora it’s a matter of how it’s received. The reply is usually that the suggestions are great but there are no resources to implement them.”Crime a deterrent to return to JamaicaThe troubling crime news out of Jamaica has people living in the Diaspora apprehensive about traveling home.Fortunately, Police statistics revealed visitors to the island make up a minute percentage of murder victims. Visitors who fall prey to criminals usually are themselves involved in nefarious activities or venture on the wrong side of town.“You have to be vigilant. I go to Jamaica all the time and I am not scared. I don’t go to certain areas that I know are garrison communities. There are places in South Florida you also should be careful about going whether you are a visitor or you even live here,” Smalling said.Gang feuds and domestic violence, in urban and rural Jamaica, are reported by Jamaican police to be the prevalent cause of murders.Copyright 2017 – Caribbean National Weekly News
Antigua and Barbuda’s Tourism Minister Ascot Michael has hailed the California based Airbnb service for its contribution to the region’s tourism industry.On Wednesday, Michael signed an agreement with the service which allows persons to provide and book accommodations in over 180 countries.“The tourism and services industry is continually evolving, and Airbnb is the largest game changer in the accommodation sector,” said Michael.Provides cheaper accommodationThe agreement comes after top players in the regional hotel industry expressed their concerns over Airbnb, which provides tourists with cheaper accommodation rates than hotels.“I believe it is a good achievement. It is something that is happening all over the world and Airbnb is a good product for us to travel. For the government, it is a good achievement,” said Alex DeBrito, chairman of the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Association (ABTA).Proud to work with Antigua“We are proud to work with Antigua and Barbuda to assist in the creation of new economic opportunities for the local economy and offer genuine experiences for travelers. Our joint efforts will highlight the culture, heritage, and hospitality of local residents,” said Shawn Sullivan, Airbnb’s Public Policy lead for Central America and the Caribbean.In Antigua and Barbuda, there are over 500 active listings listed on the Airbnb platform and a typical host has annual earnings of about US$ 5,700.Increase in guest arrivalThe number of guest arrivals to the islands in the last 12 months has grown by 53 percent and groups tend to stay about six nights.Currently, there are 41,000 Airbnb listings across the Caribbean and a typical host in the Caribbean earns approximately US$3,900 a year.Earlier this year Anguilla, Bermuda, Curacao, Jamaica, and Grenada each signed partnership agreements with Airbnb
The 20th staging of Jamaica’s largest and most renowned road race/walk, the Sagicor Sigma Corporate 5k Run was launched last Thursday morning at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston under the theme, “20 years of running for a purpose.”The race is scheduled for Sunday. February 18, 2018, beginning at 7:30 am.According to the Jamaica Observer, Sagicor, as the company did last year, has set a fund raising target of $50 million and has targeted all the funds raised to benefit the Spanish Town Hospital Neonatal Unit/Special Care Unit and the St Christopher’s School for the Deaf, the oldest residential school for the deaf in the English-speaking Caribbean.The patrons for this year’s staging are Olympian Usain Bolt, Miss Universe 2017 second runner-up Davina Bennett, and fitness coach and CEO of Dynamic Lifestyle Patrice J White.Bolt will be a patron for the event for the second time. He said he jumped at the opportunity to partner with Sagicor since one of the causes to benefit this year is very dear to him.“I was very happy when Sagicor approached me again to be a part of the Sigma run this year, especially because I personally experienced my godson being born prematurely, and for me, that was one of the biggest things, so when they came and told me the cause I said, ‘I am about this, I want to be a part of this’. I want to help as much as possible’.“If I can get a chance to really contribute and help Sagicor to raise $60 million it would be a big deal as I was there first-hand to see what my friend went through. What NJ (Nugent Walker) Junior went through was rough (as) he had to fly overseas for medical care.”For more details and registration forms, visit https://sagicorsigmarun.com/.
Jamaica law enforcement officials say they have seized three guns and detained several people since a state of emergency (SOE) was imposed in sections of the Corporate Area on Sunday.A statement issued by the police on Sunday night noted that the security forces had seized the guns during an operation in which several premises were searched.National Security Minister Dr. Horace Chang, speaking on local radio, said he expects more guns to be seized during the said the SOE that Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced during a press conference at Jamaica House on Sunday as part of the enhanced security measures covering several communities such as Denham Town and Trench Town that have become crime hotspots across the island .The latest announcement is a continuation of the government’s use of emergency powers in the fight against crime.Chang said there should be minimal disruption to activities in the areas covered by the state of emergency.“We expect normalcy to be carried out in the areas, although it is heavily commercialized and there is heavy traffic. But we have the skill set to ensure that things continue smoothly,” he said.The security forces have instituted checkpoints at several areas within the three communities and the police are reminding persons residing or visiting the areas that under the SOE they should always have a valid form of identification when leaving home.The police statement said that the curtailment of activities will be done in accordance with, and with respect to human rights, and persons are encouraged to co-operate with the security forces.Additionally, the police are cautioning the public to be in full adherence of the restrictions implemented.Prime Minister Holness, who is also Defense minister, said the new measures became necessary because the capacity of the force was limited to deal with the high levels of criminal activity.
With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, July 8 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90. You’ve been watching CNW90, I’m… To help stop the spread of COVID-19, The Florida Department of Health in Broward County reminds everyone to practice social distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. In Caribbean News, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Keith Rowley has announced the date for the twin island’s next general elections. Nomination Day will be Friday, July 17 while citizens will vote for the new prime minister and government on August 10. The government also said that it is likely that the island’s borders will remain closed for the elections and as a consequence, citizens overseas will not be able to vote. On Monday, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that international students who are pursuing degrees in America will have to leave the country or risk deportation if their universities switch to online-only courses. Many universities in the US have began to transition online in order to limit COVID-19 outbreaks on campus. The new rule applies to holders of F-1 and M-1 nonimmigrant visas, which allow nonimmigrant students to pursue academic and vocational coursework. The rule however puts thousands of Caribbean students who populate universities in Florida and other states at a disadvantage. Many students will be denied the experience of earning income on campus, taking part in internships, among other opportunities, all while paying the same tuition fees. Coming up in the newscast, ICE orders international students enrolled in online classes to leave the county, Miami-Dade County shuts down restaurant and gyms and Trinidad to hold general elections next month. Now for the news in the detail In Local News, Following the massive spike in COVId-19 cases over the holiday weekend, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced more closures across the county. As of today, June 8th, restaurant dining rooms, ballrooms, banquet facilities, party venues, gyms and fitness centers, and short-term rentals will all be closed. Restaurants, however, will still be allowed to operate for takeout and delivery services. While beaches are still open in the county, Gimenez warned that if the health rules are not followed, they will also be closed indefinitely. For more information on these and other stories, visit CNWNETWORK.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet. Also in Miami-Dade, the county’s public school district is giving parents the opportunity to choose what format of learning their children undertake for the upcoming school year. From now till July 10, parents can select between three enrollment plans for their child: either the traditional school experience, online-only classes or a mixture of face-to-face and online classes. Schools in the county will reopen on August 24. Today’s newscast is brought to you by the Florida Department of Health;
Jamaica’s Health Minister, Dr Chris Tufton He told legislators that J$89 million has been spent on infrastructural upgrades, including equipping hospitals with an additional 63 intensive care and high-dependency units. Jamaica has recorded 745 cases of the virus and 10 deaths since the pandemic was first detected in China last December. So far 544,000 people have died and 11.8 million others infected. “We have also leveraged a joined-up government approach to the pandemic, while mobilising the support of the people of Jamaica to help to protect us all from the COVID-19 risk, including the provision of some J$775 million in financial support to our health authorities to help meet the needs associated with the response efforts,” Tufton said. In addition, an estimated J$1.7 billion has been spent on the provision of medical equipment, such as personal protective gear and COVID-19 test kits and more than J$500 million has been spent to procure prescription drugs through the National Health Fund, to ensure the effective treatment of the symptoms of persons with COVID-19. “Other costs include the retrofitting of facilities to quarantine and/or isolate and care for persons who are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19,” Tufton said. Health and Wellness Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, speaking during the 2020/21 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, noted that a total of just under six billion dollars has, to date, been budgeted for the Ministry of Health and Wellness for its response efforts. CMC KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaica government says it has spent J$3.8 billion (One Jamaica dollar=US$0.008 cents) on measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
“AUDIO: We will Do Everything Possible To Defeat Enyimba – Eguma” “AUDIO: We will Do Everything Possible To Defeat Enyimba – Eguma” Technical Manager of Rivers United Stanley has declared that his side will ‘do everything that we can’ to ensure they grab all three points at stake when they face Enyimba in an eagerly anticipated clash on Sunday.Last season’s runners-up, Rivers United who are battling for their lives in the Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL) will host Enyimba in a Match Day 35 clash at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt, with the Peoples Elephants chasing a continental place in the NPFL.Speaking ahead of the encounter, Eguma who understands how massive the clash against Enyimba is, says there’s no room for mistakes as the ‘Pride of Rivers’ are poised to claim the maximum points.“Enyimba game any day is always a big game, you know. We don’t have to lose sight from that,” Eguma stated.“I expect a very tough game against Enyimba, especially, considering the fact that Enyimba is also contesting for the title. I think it’s going to be a very tough game.“But I must tell you that we’ll do everything that we can technically and otherwise to ensure that we win the game because at this point, we cannot afford to drop points at home.“We know that those points are very, very important and vital to our struggle to get out of relegation. Therefore, we will work very hard to ensure that we get it.“There’s no compromise in that game.”Rivers United currently lie in 14th place on the NPFL standings with 45 points after 34 matches, with just two points outside the drop zone while Enyimba are on 4th spot with 54points. 0:36 1. Audio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.
Baylesa Queens finally kicked off their campaign in the Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Super4 as they forced Delta Queens to a 1-1 draw in the second match of Matchday Two.Baylesa Queens who had lost their first game against Nasarawa Amazons on Monday by a lone goal, came out the more fired up team of the two sides and had the ball in the back of the net after only three minutes, only for them to be denied by the assistant referee who flagged for offside.That seemed to spark Delta Queens into life as they responded by asking series of questions from the Baylesa Queens back line and were duly rewarded with a goal in the 21st minute as Adebisi Saheed, who has been outstanding upfront for the team so far in this competition converted a long pass from Etim beyond Alaba to give the Kwale ladies the lead of the game. The Kwale ladies continued to give a great showing of themselves in attack but were made to pay for the missed chances when Tessy Biawho restored parity for Baylesa Queens in the 29th minute of the game. The game continued at an exciting pace with chances been created at both ends but none was taken by either team which meant the first half ended as a draw.The second half continued at the same pace the first half ended with both sides looking to get a winner in the game. Both coaches made attacking substitutions to aid their various teams in getting the winning goal but it wasn’t to be as the match ended in a draw – the first of the competition thus far.This means that Delta Queens go second on the log with four points behind Nasarawa Amazons who have a perfect record in the competition thus far having won their first two games. Baylesa Queens have just the one point, but may still qualify if they win their final group game against River Angels and the Kwale ladies lose to Nasawara Amazons.The matches would be played on Thursday (12-10-2017) at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium and it’s Nasarawa Amazons against Delta Queens by 2:00pm while Rivers Angels be up against Baylesa Queens by 4:00pm.RelatedNWPL: Five-Star Wins Grace Final Day As Delta, Nasarawa Complete Line-UpAugust 3, 2017In “Nigeria”NWPL Matchday 12 Review: Charity Reuben Back Atop Goalscorers’ ChartJuly 20, 2017In “Nigeria”Nasarawa Dig Deep to Win NWPL Super4 2016/17October 13, 2017In “Nigeria”
Major European leagues resume this weekend and their will be no lack of quality games in the La Liga as the big guns in Spain embark on difficult away trips just before Continental football resumes in midweek. The first game of the week sees Athletic Bilbao host Third placed Sevilla at the San Mames. Sevilla will be hoping to continue on a fantastic start to the season that has only been dented majorly by a loss to Atletico De Madrid some weeks ago. Athletic Bilbao have not had a good enough start and with their defence leaking in goals aplenty, the likes of Joaquin Correa and Wissam Ben Yedder will be looking to pile on more pressure on the Basque club. Getafe host Real Madrid in another difficult game for the Champions. The capital club have had an inconsistent start to the league season and any game at the Alfonso Perez is always tightly contested, as Villarreal and Barça have seen this season. Ronaldo is yet to score in the league but with a man like that, it is a matter of when rather than if. Real Sociedad travel to Alaves with no wins in their last four league matches after recording emphatic win in the first three games of the season. Alaves were the last team in La Liga to record points on the table after they beat Levante away from home last time out but La Real should have too much for them on Saturday. In what is undoubtedly one of the biggest matches in Europe on Saturday, Atletico Madrid host Barcelona in the new Wanda Metropolitano where they have not conceded in the League this season. Barcelona remain the only club with a 100% record in Europe’s top 5 leagues and based on recent results, they would be confident of getting a result in the Capital. Barcelona are unbeaten against Atletico in their last 14 meetings home and away, winning 8 in that streak. On Sunday Eibar host Deportivo La Coruna while struggling Catalan club Girona FC host Villarreal who have confirmed passes Cedric Bakambu fit for this weekend. Struggling Leganes travel to play Malaga and the final game on Sunday sees high-flying Real Betis host Marcelino Garcia’s 4th-placed Valencia in what is the biggest game of the day. Las Palmas host Celta Vigo on Monday night football to complete the schedule for the La Liga Matchweek 8.Related
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku is untouchable in his team.Lukaku has come under criticism from a section of the club’s supporters after going five games without a goal.In his defence, Mourinho says Lukaku should be “untouchable” from fans’ criticism having made a fast start to life since his £75m summer arrival from Everton.The 24-year old scored 11 goals in his first 10 games for his new club.Speaking ahead of United’s home game with Benfica in the UEFA Champions League (UCL), Mourinho said:“What he does for the team is fantastic and to play football for a striker is not just about scoring goals,” said the Manchester United boss.“I think Romelu is one of the players who should be untouchable in terms of respect from everyone.” he added.Speaking further, Lukaku’s manager said:“For me, he is untouchable in my team and I think he should be untouchable in the support and the respect he deserves from the fans.”Despite his struggles in front of goal, Lukaku has provided an assist in each of his last two league games and is almost certain to play a part against visitors Benfica with United knowing that victory could guarantee a last 16 place.RelatedRoy Keane Shuts Mourinho UpNovember 3, 2017In “Features”Manchester United Reject Inter Milan’s £54m for LukakuJuly 20, 2019In “England”Rooney’s Departure Was Emotional – MourinhoJuly 26, 2017In “England”