Coe believes Bolt faces big challenge to keep his crown

first_imgIAAF president Lord Sebastian Coe believes the King of sprinting could be hard pressed to keep his crown before he retires from the sport at this summer’s London World Championships.The 30-year-old Bolt has vowed to retire from the sport later this year, following the London meet, where he will look to end his career undefeated over the distance at a world meet.A host of sprinters, including the United States’ Justin Gatlin, rising Canadian sprint star Andre De Grasse and his Racers Track Club teammate Yohan Blake will be looking to spoil the send off.Bolt faced his biggest challenge at a major games at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, managing to beat Gatlin by just one-hundredths of a second.  The 23-year-old De Grasse a bronze medallist at the last three major games has eyed a move to the top of the table this time around, while a resurgent Blake, once thought to be Bolt’s natural successor will also have thoughts of proving his worth.“This year, it could be as tight as 2015,” Coe told I News.“There will be challenges this time, he’s a little bit older, but the one thing he does have going for him is that inestimable quality,” he said. “He knows how to go through the rounds and he knows more about it than anybody else.”last_img read more

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Consulate General of Jamaica hosts Service of Thanksgiving to mark 55th…

first_imgIn recognition of Jamaica’s 55th Anniversary of Independence, the Consulate General of Jamaica in Miami will hold the annual Ecumenical Service on Sunday, August 6 at 4:00 p.m.  The Service will be held at The Faith Center, 5555 NW 95 Avenue, Sunrise, FL 33351. This year, the cultural performances that will precede the Worship and will include performances by the massed voice South Florida Caribbean Chorale, the Tallawah Mento Band and the Jamaica Folk Revue, and the Sierra Norwood Youth Voice Ensemble. Proceeds of the offering taken at the service will benefit charities in the South Florida community as well as in Jamaica. Consuls General Franz Hall is inviting all Jamaicans and friends of the Diaspora to participate in this special occasion of thanksgiving to commemorate this new milestone in the nation’s history. This year’s sermon will be delivered by the Most Rev. Charles H. Dufour, Archbishop Emeritus, Kingston, Jamaica.  The officiating clergy will be Bishop Henry Fernandez, Senior Pastor of the Faith Center Ministries.  Participating clergy will be the Reverend Jeremy Froyen, Associate to the Rector, Holy Sacrament Church, Pembroke Pines and Mr. Michael Maragh of the Power of Faith Ministries International, Portmore, St. Catherine, Jamaica.last_img read more

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Jamaica PM to lead campaign against violence in 2018

first_imgPrime Minister Andrew Holness says he will lead a national campaign against all forms of violence as Jamaica recorded more than 1,500 murders in 2017.“In 2018, we must do more to protect our women and children from violence. Indeed we must all do more to reduce the level of violence and aggression we use in our daily life and social transactions,” Holness said in a New Year’s Day message to the nation.Figures released by law enforcement authorities showed that the island had recorded a 21 per cent increase in murders, one week before the end of 2017.Violence  – a threat to civilityThe Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Periodic Serious and Violent Crimes Review revaled that 1, 581 people were murdered, an increase of 257 for the corresponding figure last year.In his message, Holness said  – “our acceptance of violence as a means of resolving conflict, is taking away from the good natured, loving and hospitable people we are.“It is threatening our civility and sensibilities and introducing a crassness which undervalues life,” he said, adding “this year I intend to lead a national campaign against violence in all its forms.“In 2018 let’s bring back the Irie Jamaica, the Peaceful Jamaica, the Loving Jamaica, the Happy Jamaica, the Prosperous and Progressive Jamaica,” he said.Holness also indicated that 2018 must be the year when the authorities will scale up the Zones of Special Operations to reclaim communities that have been captured by criminals.JCF in need of “critical reform”“The Jamaica Constabulary Force is our lead crime fighting institution. Given the current crime situation it is without question that the JCF needs critical institutional reform to be able to effectively lead the fight against crime.Holness said the recent discovery of over 100 illegal guns destined for Jamaica is another indication of the depth and extent of the problem.“The importation of weapons cannot be viewed narrowly within the prism of street crimes and gang on gang warfare, this is a direct threat to the national security of the state and the facilitators and traffickers will be treated as such.“Illegal weapons and the organized criminal network around their procurement, importation and distribution are national emergencies and will get national attention in 2018 which will include amendments to the Firearms Act, amendments to the Anti-gang Legislation and amendments to the Bail Act.last_img read more

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Barbados’ opposition leader wants answers concerning economy

first_imgThe leader of the Barbados Labor Party (BLP), Mia Mottley, has called on the Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados, Cleviston Haynes, to provide a “true picture” of the local economy as she continued to criticize the economic policies of the  government.Earlier this week, Finance Minister Chris Sinckler, said that foreign exchange reserves situation in Barbados is improving and that the island’s Central Bank will soon inform citizens about the state of the economy.“For the time being, the country continues to function, people continue to go about their daily business, foreign purchases are being made, we have not heard the banks complaining that there’s no foreign exchange in Barbados to conduct business,” Sinclair told reporters.Central Bank projects low reservesBut Mottley, who is vying to become Barbados’ first woman prime minister, told a news conference there is a Central Bank projection that places the “worst case scenario of our reserves as low as BDS$100 million in December this year.Governor of Central Bank must speak plainly“So, this is not a laughing matter that you can just come and talk about arbitrarily. It is against this background I say to the people of Barbados now that the Governor of the Central Bank must truly come and speak plainly to Barbadians and not allow a minister with an electoral interest to serve to paint  a picture with his clear blue colored lenses.”Mottley warned that the financial situation could be further impacted by the continued downgrade of the island by international rating agencies.She said that while the island is expected to receive US$100 million in official foreign inflows from institutions like the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) “you will pay out because of the foreign debt.”last_img read more

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Mia Mottley critical of international community as the region discusses climate…

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – A weeklong conference discussing priorities and solutions to tackle climate and disaster risks began here on Monday amid calls for a new paradigm towards development and concerns that the region continues to be marginalized in its efforts to become climate resilient.More than 500 delegates from 20 Caribbean countries are attending the Understanding Risk (UR) Caribbean Conference that is organized by the World Bank in partnership with the Barbados government, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the European Union (EU).The prime minister of Barbados Mia Mottley told the delegates that while there was need for the Caribbean countries to establish a sinking capital fund to meet some of its developmental needs “the lumpy nature of the investment is such that we have in my view to make serious decisions as nation first and foremost to protect the fund by embedding it in our constitution… “But secondly we may have within the limited capacity of what you can earn within a small economy…to protect and to preserve areas that will guarantee a level of revenue in order to be able to ensure that we can replace the critical infrastructure when needed”.She said for example, everyone is interested in renewable energy but that it represents more than anything else “the patrimony of the particular region.“And if we therefore are to ensure and guarantee our own survival it is my humble view that we may need to, particularly where we have public water infrastructural firms to preserve a portion of the market for our water authority’s to work in order to be able to help fund that sinking fund that is dedicated to capital infrastructure so that there is no but or ifs as to how we can meet the target with respect to the replacement of the mains as we go forward,” she said, noting that in the case of Barbados, a significant amount of cash is needed to undertake the exercise of replacing an aging water distribution system.But Mottley said that while Caribbean countries had in the past undertaken several policies to ensure their socio-economic development it was now critical ‘to engage those who have placed us on the front line of this battle” of climate change and resilience.She said that for more than 25 years “we have literally tried to sustain an argument against a one size fit all prescription and that recognizes that the inability to distort global trade in goods and services ought to matter because there is a disproportionate consequence to enterprises within our region who in many instances were forced to either shut down production or to become marginalized because the removal of non-tariff barrier…as a result of our becoming signatory to the World Trade Organization (WTO).”Change needed Mottley said if the images of people responding to the destruction caused by hurricanes and earthquakes in the Caribbean are to mean something there must therefore be the change to” the continued belief that countries can be graduated on the basis of middle income status, purely on GDP (gross domestic product) and precluded from access to critical funding to be able to modernize their infrastructure”.She said in the face of inherent vulnerability, the issue now has to become “a historic topic rather than a fight we are continuing to wage on a daily basis”.She said there is also a need to recognize that “we need 1.5 to survive, a reference to the region’s climate change call for “1.5 to Survive” global warming.“Ask yourself on what basis can there be a sustainable platform for international cooperation and development if the very right to life and the very right to the sustainable nature to sustaining our societies is not accepted as a pre-requisite for action,’ she asked the conference.Funding programs to be launched During the week-long conference, three regional programs supporting Caribbean countries to plan for long-term resilience and climate-smart growth strategies will be launched, including the Caribbean Regional Resilience Building Facility and the Technical Assistance Program for Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance in Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories financed by the European Union, as well as the Canada Caribbean Resilience Facility financed by the Government of Canada. The EU funded US$31 million Caribbean Regional Resilience Building Facility will support 15 Caribbean countries by providing technical assistance to mainstream resilience, leveraging investments to reduce vulnerability, and expanding financial protection against disasters.The second EU funded program provides US$3.4 million to support Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) in assessing their financial exposure to disasters, the feasibility of participating in insurance mechanisms, and to share knowledge among OCTs.The US$15.2 million “Canada Caribbean Resilience Facility (CRF)” will boost capacity in nine Caribbean countries to achieve more effective and coordinated disaster preparedness, recovery and resilience building, and public financial management practices. The facility will be managed by the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR).last_img read more

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Bahamian Government Announces New Measures as COVID Cases Rise in New…

first_imgMinnis said that everyone who wishes to move in the case of an emergency must contact the Royal Bahamas Police Force. He said New Providence continues to have the highest number of cases -731- and as a result despite the ongoing regulations and lockdown measures, more restrictive measures are absolutely necessary in order to bring the virus under control especially on New Providence. If approval is needed in an emergency for businesses to collect such items, businessesmust contact 311 hotline for permission. He warned that of the government did not have the Emergency Powers, “there would be mass death in The Bahamas beyond the imagination of most. Minnis said that latest figures show that the country now has 1, 329 cases of the virus after 14 new cases were reported over the last 24 hours. In a nationwide broadcast on Monday night, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said that there were persons who were still not taking the virus seriously and as a result the new measures were designed to curtail the constitutional rights and freedoms in the public’s interest and for public safety. Minnis said that he fully appreciate that the burden of many of these measures on the population “but I assure you, they are being taken to save the lives of you and your loved ones, and to restore our economy and society as much as possible during this global pandemic. “Only in exceptional and urgent circumstances will permission be granted by the Director General of Civil Aviation or the Chairperson of the Bahamas Maritime Authority for such flights or vessels to enter New Providence.” He said public oficers are to work remotely, except those who have expressly been identified in the Orders as essential workers or identified by the permanent secretaries of their respective ministries. “The virus is spreading rapidly because of the failure of many to adhere to life-saving and preventative measures. But I also again acknowledge and thank all of those who have followed the health guidelines over the many months.Thank you sincerely for your cooperation. Minnis said that some people are even having socials and parties. “Let me say again: If an individual does not have a valid reason or approval to be on the streets, they will be fined. Persons who tend to sheltered or farm animals will be permitted to do so. He said the government would continue to aggressively respond to this killer virus.COVID-19, but that it “will continue to spread uncontrollably if we do not immediately take more aggressive and comprehensive measures, most of which are also being taken by other countries”. “Health indicators on New Providence show a very large number of new cases, an increase in hospitalizations and unfortunately an increase in deaths. If further restrictive measures are not taken to control and to slow the spread of COVID-19 on New Providence at this time, it will take a very long time to bring the virus under control “These persons will be required to contact the Royal Bahamas Police Force before departing to go on the streets,” Minnis said, adding that there will be no international flights or vessels permitted to enter New Providence. Minnis said that the new measures will include public healthcare, all hospitals and, for emergencies, private medical facilities continuing to operate and that public offices will be closed except for essential staff. “Those who tell you the Emergency Powers are not necessary are unserious and dead wrong. The Government uses the Emergency Powers to enforce provisions that save lives. This virus has caused so much death across our hemisphere. Watching the international news there are stories of young people in neighbouring countries whose entire households have died from COVID-19. No more mother or father. No more grandparents. Just a child or two children left alone after the virus took away everyone else,” Minnis said. “Subsistence and commercial fishing from New Providence is discontinued during this period. Graveside funerals, which had been previously planned and scheduled during this period, may continue. Weddings will not be permitted during this period. Churches may continue to live stream from their premises on Saturday and Sunday, with a maximum of ten persons present at the sanctuary. “Indeed, our Founders fathers wisely placed in our constitution provisions allowing the Governor General to declare proclamations of emergency. Such proclamations exist to allow the Government to act to protect the people in times of great national crisis. We are in such a time. In this pandemic we face our worst crisis in our history as a sovereign nation,” Minnis said. NASSAU, Bahamas – The Bahamas government indicating that the number of persons who may have contracted the coronavirus (COVID-19) and have died may be much higher than the official figures suggest, has announced new measures curb what it has described as “our worst crisis in our history as a sovereign nation”. Tonight, I am announcing further measures to more aggressively battle COVID-19 in New Providence. The restrictions I am about to announce will apply for a period of seven days. They are effective immediately. At the end of seven days, health officials will make an assessment, and a determination taken on whether an extension is required.” “The sooner we bring the virus under control the shorter the time will be to return to few restrictive measures. Unfortunately, too many people are not taking the current lockdowns and health measures seriously. He said construction will be permitted and financial institutions which are required to carry out urgent transactions from within the institution may contact the 311 hotline for permission to travel to and from the office. “This is my solemn and constitutional duty as your Prime Minister. We are in an emergency. The surge in cases has put exceptional strain on our healthcare system. We must act now, and aggressively to prevent our healthcare system from collapsing. If our hospitals collapse, we will have many more deaths.” International shipping, freight forwarders and domestic freight will be permitted to continue. However, goods and supplies are to be stored during this period. However, they will be required to contact the Royal Bahamas Police Force 311 number when they are required to be on the streets CMClast_img read more

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St. Vincent PM Ridicules US Over COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

first_img“Well, if we are level three, with our numbers, you have to get a different category for America,” he said, referring to the US rank of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in its three-scale level in which three is the worst. Gonsalves said that when the United States puts out an advisory “like that, any other advisory, any other report they put out, people will say, Well, this is a joke. Because when you impugn your credibility with such an absurdity…” “But the number he’s using in the rest of the world in the aggregate,” Gonsalves said, adding “there are 7.5 billion people in the world. So, 7.2 billion is the statistic which is used in the aggregate against 3.2, 3.3 billion — that means million in the United States. As I say 4.2 per cent of the population as against 95.8 per cent”. Gonsalves made the comment after noting the impact of COVID-19 on St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which, as of Saturday, had recorded 57 cases of the viral infection, 55 of whom have recovered. Gonsalves said that the journalist, however, pointed out that this was not the case. He contrasted this to the United States, which took 99 days to reach its first million cases and another 16 days to record four million cases. “But you don’t have to ask me that. People send you university, they pay for you to go university, you mean to tell me your brain is so vacant that you can’t see that what the fellows write there as an advisory is bare foolishness?” Gonsalves said. He told radio listeners that there have been no COVID-related deaths here and that two persons who were placed at the state-run isolation facility were so warded because of recalcitrance rather than severe illness. “Only 11 of them out of the 200 are in level one and level two, which either you can go with normal precautions, or just take a little bit more precaution? “So President Trump says, ‘But we are doing the best. I have the documents.’ And he’s flipping through … and as he’s flipping through, he comes to a page, he said, ‘Look it here: the rest of the world, so many cases, the United States, so many cases, you see, I tell you, we are better than the rest of the world. “And they are now on to five million. The United States of America has 4.2 per cent of the world’s population; they have 25 per cent of all the COVID deaths in the world,” Gonsalves said, adding that he had seen an interview in which US President, Donald Trump, had claimed that his country was doing well in the management of the illness.center_img Gonsalves said that the journalist pointed out to Trump that infections and death per 100,000 population is a better measurement. Speaking on the state-owned NBC radio, Gonsalves also noted that the bulletin also advises against travel to Barbados, St. Lucia, Grenada, “all these countries which are doing quite well”. “There must be level five, where they don’t have a level five,” Gobsalves said, adding that some of his critics had cited the US ranking in questioning the island’s handling of the illness. “He said, ‘No, no, no, no, no, no; that’s not a proper measurement.’ Why is it not the proper measurement? ‘Everybody knows it’s not a proper measurement.’ So says the president of the richest country in the world.” “What is laughable though, is that the United States put out an advisory, the thing is … hilarious. I mean, like it’s Comedy Central. Imagine the United States of America, their authorities said you must have an advisory to all the CARICOM countries that you must go only if it’s essential travel; all except Haiti and Guyana and I think Suriname,” said Gonsalves, who also chairs the 15-member regional integration grouping. KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has described as “hilarious… like it’s Comedy Central”, the recent travel advisory issued by the United States advising its citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries including St. Vincent and the Grenadines. “It doesn’t mean because the United States is powerful that if they do something, which doesn’t make any sense for logical people, that as a leader of an independent country I can’t say that,” Gonsalves said. He said that there are 192 countries in the United Nations in addition to some non-independent jurisdictions in the world. CMClast_img read more

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Tottenham Move Into Top Three After Dominant Win Over Huddersfield Town

first_imgLondon club Tottenham Hotspur have moved into the top three after they taught hosts Huddersfield Town some footballing lessons in a 4-0 win in their English Premier League (EPL) clash.In-form England striker took his tally to 7 goals in 3 league games with a brace either side of Welsh defender Ben Davies’ left-footed strike for a 3-0 halftime score before French substitute Moussa Sissoko wrapped up the win with a 4th goal in added time.The win, which was their third away win from three games in a week, takes Mauricio Pocchettino’s men above rivals and champions Chelsea and within two points of the Manchester clubs.RelatedEPL: September Player Of The Month Winner RevealedOctober 13, 2017In “England”Premier League Review: Chelsea Return To Winning Ways As Barnes Strikes Late To Take Burnley Into The Top FourDecember 13, 2017In “England”Premier League Review: Liverpool, Swansea, City And Wenger Dominate Season Grand FinaleMay 13, 2018In “England”last_img read more

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Enyimba In Talks To Sign Asante Kotoko Captain

first_imgAsante Kotoko skipper Amos Frimpong has revealed that Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) giants Enyimba are in talks to sign him.Frimpong also disclosed that he is ready to ply his trade outside Ghana and that a move to Enyimba would be in line with that as long as the two clubs can agree a fee for him.Amos Frimpong talked about Enyimba’s interest in a chat with Graphic Sports via Ghanasoccernet, he said:“I have been contacted by Enyimba of Nigeria over a possible move but at this stage it is being negotiated at the management level and we will see how it goes.”“It will be great to welcome a new challenge in my career and I believe moving to Nigeria won’t be a bad idea either, should everything move smoothly.”Amos Frimpong has had a phenomenal year after he led Asante Kotoko to win the President’s Cup and the FA Cup title following a 3-1 victory over rivals Hearts of Oak in the grand final.The 25-year old right-back was also a part of the victorious Black Stars B team at the WAFU Africa Cup of Nations some months back.RelatedCAF Champions League: Asante Kotoko Hold No Fear For Focused Pillars – Nyima Nwagua (AUDIO)August 9, 2019In “Champions League”CAF Champions League: Anaezemba Confident Of Pillars Passage (AUDIO)August 12, 2019In “Champions League”CAF Champions League: Kano Pillars Edge Asante Kotoko As Enyimba Fall Short Against RahimoAugust 11, 2019In “Champions League”last_img read more

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Betway to sponsor Kingmaker Chase and Kingwell Hurdle

first_img Real Betis selects Betway as its official shirt sponsor August 10, 2020 Share Share Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Related Articles ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Betway has added to its horse racing portfolio by sponsoring the Kingmaker Chase and Kingwell Hurdle for the south west region of Jockey Club Racecourses.The company has agreed to sponsor the Grade 2 Betway Kingmaker Novices’ Chase at Warwick on February 11, which has been won in the past by greats such as Long Run and Finian’s Rainbow, along with the full card at Wincanton on February 18.The highlight of the day at Wincanton is the Grade 2 Betway Kingwell Hurdle, a key trial for the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham, which was won by Rayvin Black trained by Oliver Sherwood in 2016.Anthony Werkman, Marketing and Operations Director at Betway, said: “Betway took a significant step in becoming an Authorised Betting Partner in 2016 and that status now affords us the opportunity to invest further in British racing. We look forward to building relationships with new racecourses going forward, while also bringing our customers great offers.”Carey Buckler, Regional Head of Partnerships for the south west region of Jockey Club Racecourses, added: “We’re really pleased to be working alongside Betway as they continue to invest in racing with Jockey Club Racecourses.“The Betway Kingmaker Novices’ Chase and the Betway Kingwell Hurdle are both key races in the build up to The Festival and are great additions to Betway’s sponsorship portfolio.”In October, Betway signed a three-year-deal to become an Authorised Betting Partner (ABP), which recognises they have a ‘fair and mutually sustainable funding relationship with British Racing’.last_img read more

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