Crime prompts state of emergency declaration for St. James, Jamaica

first_imgThe Government of Jamaica declared a state of Public Emergency for the western parish of St. James – home to the tourist capital of Montego Bay on Thursday.At a press conference, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said he made the recommendation for a state of public emergency to Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, who signed a proclamation dated January 18.“The proclamation has been gazetted, and a state of public emergency is now in effect for the parish of St. James” said Holness.Extraordinary powersThe Prime Minister stated that under the state of emergency, the security forces will have extraordinary powers.“This does not mean that the use of these extraordinary powers are arbitrary or beyond review. This does not mean the suspension of the rule of law. The security forces are expected and have been directed to treat citizens with respect and protect the dignity and safety of all.Will create general discomfortHe added that the operations although directed at criminals and their facilitators, will create some level of general discomfort.“We ask the public to cooperate with the security forces. Now is the time, if you know where the guns are, please tell us. If you know where the criminals are, please tell us,” said Holness who added that the “rewards for guns program” is still in effect.Activities may be curtailedMeanwhile, National Security Minister Robert Montague warned residents that several activities may be curtailed. “We will be relentless as we pursue the criminals. We therefore seek the patience and understanding of all citizens. As you travel, you will encounter roadblocks. Although there will be instances where some activities will be curtailed, as much as possible we do not intend to stop the good citizens from doing what they would normally do in the scope of things.St. James presented major challengeFor his part, Police Commissioner George Quallo said the parish has presented a major challenge to police operations. “There are numerous gangs operating in St. James. They are involved in murders, shootings, scams, extortions and other illicit activities. They use murder as a tool to further their criminal interest, they create an atmosphere of insecurity throughout St. James and surrounding areas.”Main objective – disrupt gang activitiesThe Commissioner said the key operational objectives of the security forces is to disrupt the activities of these gangs. “One of primary activities is also the protection of the rights of citizens. We will be going after wanted men, seizing weapons and taking back our communities. We want to ensure the public that the security forces are there for your protection.”Hotline establishedQuallo also noted that a hotline has been established for citizens to register their concerns and get information about activities of the security forces. He added that last year there were 335 murders in St. James, almost twice the number committed in the central parish of Clarendon, that had the second highest number of killings.A State of Emergency related to crime and violence was last imposed in a section of Jamaica eight years ago during the operation to capture the fugitive Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke. That State of Emergency covered Kingston & St. Andrew and St. Catherine.last_img read more

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Guyana Announces Arrival of First Oil Production Vessel

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Guyana’s first oil production vessel – the Lisa Destiny has arrived in the country.Director of the Department of Energy, Dr. Mark Bynoe said this is a historic occasion for the Co-operative Republic of Guyana and all Guyanese.“The FPSO’s (Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading) vessel’s arrival means that we are no more just talking about first oil. First oil is on the horizon. The Liza Destiny’s arrival means that our timetable has moved forward and, as a policy-related body, we are also called upon to advance our timetable,” Bynoe said.The FPSO vessel journeyed for 42 days and nearly 11,000 miles from the Keppel Shipyard in Singapore.The vessel took off on its journey after First Lady, Sandra Granger was named the ‘godmother’ of the vessel, at a ceremony hosted in June 2019 in Singapore.The Director of Energy said the Liza Destiny’s arrival should engender a new spirit of nationalism, pride and expectation.“As Guyanese, we should begin to recognise that it is a vessel that will be paid for by Guyanese, pumping Guyanese fuel which will be bringing in revenue for Guyanese to help our country to ultimately be transformed positively from an economic development perspective. It is imperative that as Guyanese we begin to appreciate that the direct and the indirect benefits that emanate from this sector goes far beyond anything that we have seen thus far,” Bynoe said.After clearing customs, the vessel will be connected to the spread mooring before hook-up and installation begins in preparation for production, storage and offloading of Guyana’s oil.The Liza Destiny FPSO was converted from oil tanker, “Tina”, a 1999 Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC). The conversion included upgrading of the hull and integration of 14 topside processing modules, totalling 16,000 metric tonnes, ExxonMobil Guyana said.This FPSO is a significant component of the Liza Phase 1 development which involves four under sea drill centres with 17 production wells. It has a production capacity of 120,000 barrels of oil per day and an overall storage volume of 1.6 million barrels.During normal operations, there will be at least 80 persons living and working onboard the vessel.ExxonMobil Guyana remains on target for first oil by early 2020.last_img read more

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#EDITORIAL: More Profound Action Needed on Climate Change

first_imgNASSAU, Bahamas – The intensity of Hurricane Dorian, the Category 5 Hurricane that devastated regions in the Bahamas, has refocused attention on the negative effects of climate change.Increasingly, in recent years, problems related to climate change, or global warming, caused by human activity, has increased in intensity. As the world utilizes more modern mode of transportation and manufacturing processes it has been emitting more greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide, which heat the natural climate system by trapping infrared light.Consensus in scientific researchPersistent scientific research has led to the consensus that the world’s climate is changing.In 2014 the United States National Research Council stated, “There’s a strong, credible body of evidence, based on multiple lines of research, documenting that climate is changing, and these changes are in large part caused by human activities. While much remains to be learned, the core phenomenon, scientific questions, and hypotheses have been examined thoroughly and have stood firm in the face of serious scientific debate and careful evaluation of alternative explanations.”However, despite the preponderance of scientific evidence, the aggressive climate change debate contuse, particularly in the US and China, two countries which emit vast amounts of greenhouse gases.Those who tend to discredit the scientific evidence of climate change argue that changes in the earth’s climate including much warmer summers, and colder winters with more snow, is the result of natural phenomenon, and nothing to do with human activity.Political Divide in the USIn the US, the subject of climate change is divided along political party lines with Democrats pushing for “Green” laws to protect the country from negative effects of greenhouse gases. While the   Republicans regard climate change as a hoax. During Republican Rick Scott’s tenure as Florida’s governor, the terms ‘climate change’ and ‘global warming’ were discouraged in administrative communication.One of the earlier acts of the Trump administration was to pull the US from the Paris Accord on Climate Change that the nation became party to under President Barack Obama.  Recently, the federal government began rolling back several environmental regulations previously installed to control the emission of greenhouse gases. And, notably, as member countries of the UN met on Monday to discuss climate change the US president dropped in for just 15 minutes.This political posturing in the face of credible scientific evidence is drastically unfortunate because the negatives of climate change cost and damages lives, and seriously threatens the existence of the planet world as it is accustomed to.Negative Effect of Greenhouse GasesThe effect of greenhouses gases have been melting some of the world strongest ice glaciers, including glaciers in Alaska; warmed the oceans giving more fuel to hurricanes like Harvey, Irma, Maria and Dorian which wreaked death and devastation over the last three years; created unusually long droughts in the Caribbean and several other countries; and is causing sea levels to rise and encroach populated coastlines like what is actually occurring along Florida’s coast.Consistent scientific research indicates the Florida coast is in serious jeopardy of being submerged by rising seas in the not too distant future.It’s ironic that despite people experiencing stronger hurricanes, flooded streets caused by rising seas along coastlines, longer droughts, more ferocious forest fires, heavier snowfall, and suffocating summers, some adults have little or no idea what’s the cause or the long- term effect of these changes on their lives, and that of their children.Youth stanceFortunately, the youth is taking a stance. Last weekend, some 4-million protestors, mainly young people, across the globe participated in mass climate change protests. The passionate nature of the protests signals the youth are becoming more aware and clearly anxious about their future on a planet that’s increasingly warming, and angry at their leaders for their delay in effectively coping with the crisis.This youth anger was also displayed at the UN on Monday when a Swedish teenager in addressing the Climate Change Summit chastised world leaders for their inaction. “How dare you?’ she chided.Using the internet, it’s evident young people effectively organized across continents for climate change protests.  Although their demands to end man-made greenhouse gases are similar to their older environmentalists, their movement, judging from the widespread protests, seems to be resonating more effectively.The youth passion is understandable as they are apparently acutely aware they are the generation that’s poised to inherit the legacy of the negatives of climate change.Hopefully, last weekend’s protest won’t be just a one-time occurrence, but the youth will persist in a movement similar to the successful youth movements against the Viet Nam war, and for civil rights, in America, and against apartheid globally.Political leaders globally, including the Caribbean, seem to be increasing dialogue on climate change. But action, not talk, is needed to implement real preventative policies. A persistent youth movement could realize the action needed.last_img read more

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“Silent Night” Still the Most Popular Christmas Song

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – With the airwaves resonating with Christmas songs and music, National Weekly conducted a recent survey among Caribbean Americans in South Florida to determine what is their most popular Christmas carol or song.As it did when a similar survey was conducted in 2013, the results show a that the carol “Silent Night” with 23 percent closely nipped the song “O Holy Night” that received 20 percent nods in popularity.  It seems that the popularity of the traditional carol is buoyed by its rendition by the ‘Temptations” as over 50 percent of those surveyed referred to this version.The order of the ten most popular Christmas songs and Carols popularity are:Silent Night – 23 percentO Holy Night – 20 percentThe Christmas Song – 10 percentThis Christmas –  9 percentMary’s Boy Child – 7 percentAway In a Manger –  6 percentO Little Town of Bethlehem –  6 percentJingle Bells  – 6 percentWhite Christmas – 5 percentI’ll be home for Christmas – 5 percentO Come All Ye Faithful –  3 percentThe other songs and carols just missing the top ten are “Little Drummer Boy,” “Joy to The World” and “I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.”last_img read more

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Take the COVID-19 Broward Business Survey

first_img“We want to hear from our business owners,” said Sandy-Michael E. McDonald, OESBD Director. “Now is the time to speak up and tell us how COVID-19 has impacted your business so we can help identify additional resources to assist you.”   BROWARD COUNTY, FL – As companies around the world cope with the challenges brought by COVID-19, business owners in Broward County are gearing up to phase into reopening their doors. Are YOU Ready? View a direct message from Sandy-Michael E. McDonald, Director of the Office of Economic and Small Business Development: English | Spanish With public safety as a primary concern, the Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) is focused on supporting the local business community to ensure everyone is prepared to get back to business. OESBD is supporting the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Broward’s Public Private Partner, in asking all business owners to take a quick 9-Question Survey. For more information on OESBD programs and services, call 954-357-6400 or visit Broward.org/EconDev.last_img read more

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Dortmund CEO Watzke Slams Milan Over Aubameyang Pursuit

first_imgBorussia Dortmund’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Hans-Joachim Watzke, has slammed Italian giants AC Milan over their pursuit of striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang adding that they showed a ‘lack of respect’ towards the club.2015 African footballer of the year Aubameyang has been linked with several European clubs this summer. Clubs like Chelsea, Manchester City, AC Milan in addition to being linked with the Chinese Super League.Speaking to reporters about AC Milan CEO Marco Fassone’s public admission that Aubameyang is a club target, Watzke said: “Sometimes Borussia Dortmund have to plan strategies.”“It can’t be that managers of other clubs just say, ‘Oh well we would like to have this kind of player’.“Those conditions, seen from AC Milan, show a lack of respect.” he added.Watzke also pointed out that the Gabonese striker is happy at the club amidst the transfer links. He said: “We were in continuous negotiations with his agent and therefore with him as well. This was an open communication between us all the time.”“We had a meeting earlier. There is no dissent and I think we came towards Auba quite a lot because of his achievements and because he is an outstanding person.“Obviously he had flirted with the idea of doing something else, which is correct, but I think that he is happy with us, which you saw at the AC Milan game.“He feels good within the team and within the club. We feel good with him being part of the club. So there are no problems.” he concluded.Relatedlast_img read more

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The Money Fight: Mayweather Requests The Use Of Lighter Gloves Against McGregor

first_imgAmerica’s Floyd Mayweather has officially requested to use lighter gloves against Conor McGregor in “The Money Fight” next month.Undefeated Mayweather submitted necessary documents to the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC), the body authorizing the bout, on Wednesday, requesting to use the 8oz gloves.According to the NAC rules, 154 lbs fighters require 10oz gloves, as lighter gloves give less cushion to the hand but theoretically enables devastating punches.Speaking to the BBC, NAC Executive Director Bob Bennett, said: “Even if they are both in agreement, our number one policy is the health and safety of the fighters,”“To deviate from our regulations at a difference of 7lbs would be for the chairman and commissioners to determine.”The request is now subject to a debate by the NAC Council before a final decision will be made ahead of the August 26 bout in Las Vegas.Relatedlast_img read more

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VIDEO: Watch Real Madrid Defeat Barcelona To Lift 2017 Spanish Super Cup

first_imgReal Madrid produced a commanding performance to dispatch Barcelona 2-0 in the Spanish Super Cup second leg game at the Bernabeu, winning the tie 5-1 on aggregate.Two first half goals from Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema was enough to Real Madrid their 10th Spanish Super Cup title, even without the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo.21-year-old Asensio scored yet another stunning goal to put Real ahead as early as the 4th minute, to leave Barcelona goalkeeper ball watching. Video Credit: Twitter.comRelated The Los Blancos turned the screw on Barcelona 6 minute from half time when Karim Benzema took advantage of Barcelona’s poor defending to score Real’s second.#RealMadrid just toying with barca right now. Benzema goal not too shabby #ElClasico #RealMadridvsBarcelona pic.twitter.com/OOOXvixe3Q— Dave (@DesTaquito) August 16, 2017The second half failed to produce a goal, as Real Madrid Coach, Zinedine Zidane won his 7th trophy as Real’s coach in less than two years in charge at the Bernabeu.last_img read more

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OneBet’s Shannon defends Tipster Challenge title at Hamilton

first_img Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020 StumbleUpon Share ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 1bettingexpert2.2512.83 2Steven Mullington – 888sport24.57 3Charlie McCann – BetVictor12.25 4Alex Donohue – ODDSbible12.00 5Rupert Adams – William Hill10.50 Submit In a new role as horse racing tipster for OneBet, Sarah Shannon is back to defend her Tipster Challenge title in the seven-race meet at Hamilton.Shannon has taken a chance with second favourite Gulf Of Poets (4:10) for her Nap of the Day, which can score double points for the Betting Gods sponsored competition.By contrast, bettingexpert’s Stephen Harris has been more conservative by promoting the chances of odds-on Amy Blair (3:40), who won on this course just five days ago.____________________________________2:10bettingexpert: Lina’s StarComes from a yard with a very strong hand with juveniles and can make a winning debut if the market vibes are strong.OneBet: Miss Bar BeachIt’s hard to pick a winner in a race of two-year-old’s, but Keith Dalgleish’s Miss Bar Beach looks to have the best form, with the filly finishing second her last outing at Beverley.____________________________________2:40bettingexpert: Souls In The WindDrops right down in class after showing some ability in Eire for his astute new yard.OneBet: Don ValentinoThree-year-old Don Valentino has had a strong start to the season, with a fourth and third place finished and will be looking to add to trainer David O’Meara’s win record for June when he takes to the track at Hamilton.____________________________________3:10bettingexpert: Ted’s BrotherHad an excuse last time but had been running well in defeat previously on the AW and he has plenty of soft ground form in the book.OneBet: High ExpectationsGordon Elliott has made the move to flat training this summer, and it’s his charge High Expectations who looks the one to beat in this race. Winning his first outing of the season at Ayr, he is only upped 5lbs for his run here.____________________________________3:40bettingexpert: Amy Blair (Nap of the Day)Made all to win over a furlong further here last week and is expected to follow up despite a 6lb penalty.OneBet: Amy BlairFavourite Amy Blair has already had a successful start to the season at Hamilton, having won his last outing here just five days ago. The distance of the race is slightly shorter this time round, but it should be another victory here.____________________________________4:10bettingexpert: Archie’s AdviceCaught the eye from a poor position last time out and has been given a chance by the handicapper.OneBet: Gulf Of Poets (Nap of the Day)Trained by Mark Easterby, the five-year-old comes into this race and should pick up his hat-trick this afternoon.____________________________________4:40bettingexpert: Honeysuckle LilWon on soft ground the last time she came to Hamilton and has been running herself fit in three starts so far at Ripon this season.OneBet: Ancient AstronautThe four-year-old has had a strong start to the season with a strong six-furlong win at Thirsk, and despite finishing second last time out at Newmarket, he should be able to pick up a victory here.____________________________________5:15bettingexpert: Perfect WordsIs now back below his last winning mark and shaped better than the bare result last time out.OneBet: Roy’s LegacyWith eleven runs under his belt this year, he has already picked up three victories, his last coming at Chester over a similar distance to this. He should be able to cope with the going at Hamilton and is the one to watch here.____________________________________ Better Collective secures esports vision by acquiring HLTV.org for €35m February 28, 2020 RankTipsterRace WinsPoints Share Related Articleslast_img read more

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Nomination deadline draws near for expanded SBC Awards

first_imgShare Nominations have been flying in for this year’s SBC Awards, sponsored by OPTIMA, which takes place on Tuesday 5 December at the stunning Artillery Garden in central London.The fourth edition of this event, designed to recognise excellence across the sports betting industry, will be centred around the presentation of 11 Operator/Affiliate awards and 17 Supplier awards. The process of determining the prize winners is well underway with a nomination phase set to close on Friday 29 September. As the deadline moves closer, all companies looking to place themselves in the running for one or more of the 28 awards have been encouraged to act now by submitting their nominations HERE.The Operator/Affiliate Awards will then be put to a vote between anyone that attended this year’s Betting on Football and Betting on Sports conferences, while nominees for the Supplier Awards will be carefully assessed by a hand-picked panel of experts.The esteemed judging panel at #sbcawards2017 already includes James Woods, Head of Performance Marketing for bet365, BetBright CEO Marcus Brennan and Marcos Oliveira, Chief Affiliate Officer for Clever Advertising Group, with more additions to be confirmed in the next few weeks.Jacob Lopez Curciel, CEO for headline sponsor OPTIMA, commented: “We are very proud to be the headline sponsor for the SBC Awards 2017. The event comes as a great time, as we are celebrating the opening of a window for new online licence applications in Spain that will enable new online operators to work with OPTIMA to gain access to the market. This is something we are very much looking forward to celebrating with the entire gaming industry.”Meanwhile, SBC will once again be recognising those who have made a huge contribution to the industry by inducting three new members into an SBC Sports Betting Hall of Fame that already includes Sportradar’s Carsten Koerl, FSB Technology’s Mark Blandford and Howard Chisholm, the long-term Managing Director at Chisholm Bookmakers.Blandford said: “Given that so many elements of the sports betting value chain come into consideration for this awards ceremony, I was extremely humbled to be recognised for my contribution to the industry. I am looking forward to attending the Artillery Garden on 5 December to welcome the newest additions to the SBC Sports Betting Hall of Fame and to celebrate with the prize winners for 2017.”To submit your nomination, please click HERE.Anyone wishing to book a table to celebrate an outstanding year for the sports betting industry, email [email protected] for more information.To enquire about sponsorship opportunities at the event, please also contact us on [email protected] David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Submit Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020last_img read more

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