Jamaica under water, again

first_imgWater nearly covers these houses in the parish of Clarendon For the second time in just over a month sections of Jamaica are experiencing heavy flooding.Heavy rains have been pelting the island since Sunday and as a result several schools have been closed and life in the island is soaking wet. Prime Minister Andrew Holness has instructed that all national emergency systems to be activated as heavy rainfall continues to affect sections of the island.The emergency agencies include the National Works Agency (NWA) and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), as well as local representatives.The prime minister says all the agencies should mobilize their resources to deal with the impact of the extraordinary rain event and to support residents who may need assistance in flooded areas.The heavy rains have also cause problems for high school students sitting the CAPE and CSEC examinations. Education Minister Ruel Reid this morning advised that the examinations cannot be postponed and advised students to brave the weather and turn out at designated examination centers or their schools.Meanwhile the island’s Meteorological Service has advised Jamaicans that a Flash Flood Warning is in place for 10 parishes, while a Flash Flood Watch is in place for the other four.The Flash Flood Warning is in place for low-lying and flood prone areas of St Mary, Portland, St Thomas, Kingston, St Andrew, St Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester, St Elizabeth and Westmoreland.Several roads in the Corporate Area, Clarendon and other parishes are heavily-flooded and impassable while bridges and fords have been completely covered and rendered impassable forced the island’s police to issue warnings for motorists to avoid several areas across the island.Hanover, St James, Trelawny, and St Ann have been put on Flash Flood Watch. The warning was issued this morning after heavy rains and winds left many areas waterlogged overnight.A Flash Flood Warning means flooding has been reported or will occur shortly. Motorists and pedestrians should not attempt to cross flooded roadways or other low-lying areas as strong currents are likely, the Met Service cautioned. Residents in low-lying areas should be on the alert for rising waters and be ready to move quickly to higher ground.The warning remains in place until 5:00 pm today. The Met Service projected light-to-moderate, and at times heavy showers, along with thunderstorms, to affect sections of all parishes until Thursday.Twelve killed in Haiti rainslast_img read more

Jamaica, Curacao advance to Caribbean Cup finals

first_imgDefending champions Jamaica and Curacao will contest the finals of the Caribbean Football Union Caribbean Cup on Sunday following victories over French Guiana and Martinique respectively in Fort-de-France, Martinique Thursday night.Ten-man Jamaica battled back from a goal down to take French Guiana to penalties before advancing 4-2 from the spot.The Reggae Boyz were forced to work hard to get the better of their opponents who were bolstered by the presence of former Chelsea star Florent Malouda. French Guiana’s enterprising play had Jamaica on the back foot early and it paid off in the 10th minute when Ludovic Baal put them 1-0 up.However, as Malouda’s influence on the game waned, Jamaica managed to level the score in the 70th minute when Jermaine Johnson lashed in a low cross inside the box. The Reggae Boyz muffed several good chances to win in extra time but French Guiana held on to take the game to penalties.However, after Michael Binns missed Jamaica’s first penalty, Owayne Gordon, Shamar Nicholson, Oneil Fisher and Cory Burke all scored for to ensure that the six-time champions advanced to Sunday’s finals 4-2. Rudy Evens and Jean-David Legrand muffed their spot kicks for French Guiana who will play off for third place as consolation.Jamaica was joined in the final by Curacao who rallied from a goal down to defeat Martinique 2-1.Yoann Arquin had given the home team the lead in the 17th minute. The lead would hold until the 57th minute when Gevaro Nepomuceno pulled Curacao level from the penalty spot. They would go on to take the lead in 76 when Rangelo Janga head home a cross after being left unmarked inside the box.last_img read more

Cedella Marley releases new cannabis cookbook: Cooking with herb

first_imgCedella Marley has released a new book Cooking With Herb which is being hailed as the holy grail to cannabis enthusiasts.While the legalization of medical marijuana is increasing in most countries around the world, Jamaica, the land which is often associated with the herb has been playing catch up.The work by Bob Marley’s eldest daughter, was culled from the family’s dishes on which she was raised in Jamaica. The dishes included are: buttered banana fritters, beet burgers with avocado and jerk-fried onions, quinoa with curry cashews and coconut. The work contains 75 recipes using marijuana by-products.Sprinkled with PatoisThe book is also sprinkled with pinches of wisdom on Jamaican culture and slang (“irie” means “feel good,” “wah gwaan” is “what’s up,” and “a suh mi duh mi ting” means “this is how I do my thing”).Correct dosageIt also, quite responsibly, includes the correct dosage and usage of the cannabis plant referred to simply as “herb.” In fact, every recipe can be re-created with or without CannaOil and CannaButter. This, like all other ingredients in this simple-to-follow book, are exactly what you think they are: THC-infused coconut oil and butter, also known as the bit that will get you high.In her book, Cedella Marley also offers a slew of at-home and easy-to-make concoctions passed down from her mother and great-aunt; which she says benefits glowing skin, strong hair and fewer wrinkles. And, as the book points out, they contain ingredients that you likely already have in your kitchen, such as bananas, brown sugar, and mayonnaise.last_img read more

Education Ministry in Jamaica finalizing national school Nutrition Policy

first_imgJamaica’s Education Minister Ruel Reid KINGSTON, Jamaica.    The Ministry of Education is finalizing development of a proposed National School Nutrition Policy, which aims to promote healthy eating and physical activity in Jamaican schools.Education Minister Ruel Reid, said work to develop the policy was initially slated for completion this month.  “But we still have some fine-tuning [to do]. As such, we decided to roll out the restriction of sugary drinks before,” he said.Speaking at a  recent forum on ‘Sugars, Other Carbohydrates and Fats – Their Contribution to Obesity… and Effective Solutions’.Reid said the policy seeks to improve the nutritional status of children and support their long-term physical and psychosocial development.Additionally, he said the policy forms part of the Government’s broader approach to promoting healthy choices in and out of school for children and youth, by equipping them with the requisite knowledge and skills to make better decisions regarding diet and physical activity. “It is only fitting that this is done, as our Ministry has direct contact with the children who will, in turn, become adults.”Meanwhile,  Reid said the National School Nutrition Standards, being developed by the Ministry of Health, will support implementation of the nutrition-related aspects of the Policy.It will outline the recommended nutrient standards for meals; non-meal items, such as snacks; and beverages.The Standards will, eventually, be incorporated into the existing National School Feeding Program.last_img read more

Jamaican track team to compete at 26th DSI invitational/Armory Invitational in…

first_imgJamaica will be represented by a 10-member team at the January 26th DSI invitational/Armory invitational at the Armory Indoors in New York City.The men’s team, which comprises Oshane Bailey, Jermaine Brown, Kavon Rattary,  Miguel Barton and Stallone Watson, are defending 4×200 meters champions.  The women’s team consists of Verone Chambers, Tovia Jenkins, Shellone Calvert, Okhalia Buchanan and Candice McCloud, placed second in that event last year.Dalton Evans is the team’s head coach. He will be assisted by Mike Williams and Dwayne Evans with Louie Grant in the role of manager.“As head coach I am expecting both (teams) to be victorious, looking at the performances indoors of Oshane Bailey, Jermaine Brown and IAAF number two in the world Daniel Jamison. Whereas the women should have little or no problem crossing the finish line,” said Evans.Dr. Warren Blake, president of the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association, general secretary Garth Gayle and senior coach Maurice Wilson, complete the Jamaican delegation.last_img read more

“No One is Above the Law” Says Trinidad Prime Minister

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley Thursday said he was not immediately made aware of the arrest of his former public administration minister, Marlene McDonald, but defended the actions of the police insisting that “no one is above the law”.Rowley, speaking at the weekly Cabinet news conference also defended his decision to appoint McDonald as a Cabinet minister, despite having fired her on two previous occasions since the ruling People’s National Movement (PNM) came to office in September 2015.He reminded journalists that the investigations into the former minister dates back to 2008 when she was a part of the Patrick Manning administration and according to the charges as read in court, the police probe of alleged money laundering, misbehaviour in public office and fraud continued under the People’s partnership government that succeeded the Manning administration.“I have no doubt whatsoever that there are people in this country who would have preferred for those allegations to have been made about me and for me to be directly and personally responsible and held in handcuffs for public money,” Rowley said, dismissing suggestions that he had not acted swiftly in dismissing McDonald soon after she had been brought in for questioning last Thursday.“What was my judgement….wrongdoing in 2008 had nothing to do with me and my government. 2009, I was not even there. 2010 the government changed, the wrongdoing by the allegations you would have seen in the papers continued 2011, 2012, 2013 under a different government.‘You know you in the media have elements of that government calling on this prime minister to account for something that happened under two governments, none of which was mine and between 2011 and 2013 when the public money was apparently moving around I wasn’t aware as opposition leader that government was on top of that,” Rowley said.McDonald has been released on two million dollars (One TT dollar=US$0.16 cents) bail after being charged with four other people on several charges of conspiracy to defraud the government.Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earl Caddle also set bail at TT$500, 000 for Michael Carew, 74, who is McDonald’s husband, one million dollars for Edgar Zephyrine, 75, the former head of the National Commission for Self Help, TT$100, 000 for 66-year-old contractor Wayne Anthony and TT$400,000 for another contractor, Victor McEachrane, 65.They are due to return to court on September 9.The magistrate read a total of 49 charges with the crimes allegedly taking place between November 8, 2007, and August 11, 2017.McDonald, 61, who was sacked by Prime Minister Rowley on Monday, faces seven charges, including two for conspiracy to defraud the state. She is also is charged with misbehaviour in public office.The allegations are that McDonald approved millions of dollars in funds for organizations linked to at least two of the accused and in addition all of the accused received the funds knowing or having reasonable grounds to the effect that it was criminal property and constituted criminal conduct in the form of conspiracy to defraud the government. The 49 charges were laid indicatbly and the accused were not called upon to plead.Rowley said that the action by the police underscores the move by his administration to change the issue of dealing with white-collar crime adding that where the opposition is regarding the unfolding situation as a “crisis” in the country, “we are saying to you the people of Trinidad and Tobago feel good about it, this is how it is supposed to happen.“This is how it is happening for the first time. Exactly what you want to happen is happening. That if persons, especially public officials misconduct themselves there must be policing to identify the misconduct and the persons must be held accountable and it will end up as a trial in the courthouse where they are innocent until proven guilty.“That is what you want and when I say we are building a new society that is what the new society is to expect,” Rowley said, insisting that “no one should be above the law”.“I have said before that corruption had become a way of life in Trinidad and Tobago and we have to address it and that’s why I am a little surprise that as it is being addressed you could see a crisis and all those who want to look round corner and they know what’s around the corner and the future of the PNM, the future of the government and the future of the prime minister…I am in the least worried about that,” Rowley said, adding “I wasn’t elected to be re-elected”He told reporters that the police had been able to perform their duties without informing him or the Minister of National Security.“As Prime Minister of this country and as chairman of the National Security Council, a minister is in custody. The systems in this country are as such that they are so secure that nobody in officialdom communicated with me as Prime Minister to indicate that there is substance to what is going on here either before or during that a minister is in custody for this reason……Rowley said that he was only informed on Sunday about the arrest officially “but there are some people saying the minute I heard that the DPP had granted clearance for the police to proceed I should have fired the minister.“The first time I had any official information was…on Sunday night. That was the first time an official told me in my official capacity as Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago that this minister and the information I was getting then wasn’t that she was being questioned (but) that the minister is being charged …“So for the first time I now know exactly what the situation is and by Monday morning …steps were taken to have the minister removed from the Cabinet,” Rowley said, telling reporters that prior to the latest police investigations, he had been given assurances by McDonald that she was innocent of the allegations that had been the subject of investigations by the Integrity Commission.last_img read more

Manchester City Sign French Defender Mendy

first_imgManchester City have confirmed the signing of highly-rated French left-back Benjamin Mendy from AS Monaco in a deal reported to be around £52m.https://twitter.com/ManCity/status/889456506659385346French international Mendy has signed a 5-year contract to join the City Revolution under their Spanish manager Pep Guardiola.The 23-year old, who will wear jersey no. 22 at City, became a transfer target for a lot of European heavyweights after he helped Monaco to their first French Ligue 1 title in 17 years. In the end, Manchester City won the race for his signature.RelatedManchester City Defender To See Specialist Over ‘Troublesome’ Knee ProblemSeptember 26, 2017In “Europe”Benjamin Mendy Sidelined After Twelve AppearancesNovember 23, 2018In “England”Guardiola’s Expensively Assembled Defence Will Struggle To Pass The Litmus TestJuly 25, 2017In “England”last_img read more

Look Who’s Back! United Legend Returns Home With 25th Anniversary Looming

first_imgUnited legend Eric Cantona has returned to city of Manchester with just four days before the 25th anniversary of his switch to Old Trafford.The Frenchman moved from Leeds United to Manchester United on November 26, 1992 and turned out to be one of the catalysts for the glory days under Sir Alex Ferguson.Cantona, 51, was spotted outside the BBC in Media City, Manchester, earlier on Wednesday with a bald head that surely brings back the memories of the old Cantona. Related’99 Champions League Final To Be Replayed After 20 YearsFebruary 16, 2019In “England”Manchester United Captains In Premier League Era ListedJanuary 18, 2020In “England”Alexis’ Deal To Manchester United Is A No Brainer – OsazeJanuary 23, 2018In “National Team”last_img

Enough Is Enough! AC Milan Sack Montella

first_imgItalian giants AC Milan have parted company with their manager Vincenzo Montella after an underwhelming start to the season in the league.The 7-time European champions invested over €200m in the playing squad over the summer however that didn’t transmit into success under Montella and that has led to his dismissal. According to the club, former player Gennaro Gattuso will take charge of first team duties with immediate effect.The final game of Montella’s time as manager proved to be the disappointing goalless draw with Torino on Sunday afternoon.RelatedWatford FC vs Liverpool FCJune 30, 2017Similar postTorino Star Belotti Is Milan Boss’ Top Striking TargetJuly 19, 2017In “Europe”Sevilla Agree Deal With Montella Over Vacant Managerial JobDecember 28, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

Paddy Power targets ‘Greyed A’ Tipster Challenge form at Ludlow

first_img Share StumbleUpon Share Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Paddy PowerPaddy Power is the next pretender to the Tipster Challenge throne. The Director of Communications for his namesake company has provided expert picks for the six-race card at Ludlow Racecourse.A graduate from Dublin University, Power has worked in all facets of the Ireland-based business, including risk control, operations and marketing.He will be going up against Stephen Harris of bettingexpert and the horse racing specialists from Timeform, who sit next to each other on the latest table, just 0.63 points apart.____________________________________1:45bettingexpert: Oxwich BayShaped well when third on his hurdling debut behind Robinshill and should have learnt plenty from the experience.Timeform: Ballymountain BoyPaid a hefty compliment to the exciting Neon Wolf and showed a willing attitude in the process when opening his account in a bumper at Huntingdon on Boxing Day.Paddy Power: Minella For MeLooks to have plenty of potential.____________________________________2:15bettingexpert: Twirling MagnetHas caught the eye twice this winter, travelling longest on the bridle before fading, and could go well here at a speed track with a good 7lb claimer up.Timeform: Azert De CoeurReportedly bled last time out, so is worth another chance after his impressive reappearance win at Chepstow.Paddy Power: Azert De CoeurBled last time, but worth chancing again.____________________________________2:50bettingexpert: Albertos DreamComes from the Symonds yard which is going well, and he has been given a chance by the handicapper after struggling in deep ground of late.Timeform: Greyed AHas made a solid start in handicaps and is probably the one to beat if his stamina holds up in trip.Paddy Power: Greyed AA justifiable favourite; the new trip looks suitable.____________________________________3:25bettingexpert: Un PropheteHas ideal conditions to cruise round on the bridle and can continue the resurgence of the Venetia Williams yard.Timeform: Big WindmillThis doesn’t look a deep handicap chase, so the point-winner is selected to make a winning start over fences now handicapping having shown ability in novice hurdles.Paddy Power: Big WindmillFirst handicap chase, and could be well treated.____________________________________4:00bettingexpert: Star RiderMight improve for handicaps and a stiffer test of stamina from a lenient looking opening mark (certainly on his useful flat form).Timeform: Tara MistThis sort of trip appears to be Tara Mist’s optimum, and dropped in class, she could well be the answer.Paddy Power: Tara MistHasn’t run for ages but goes well fresh.____________________________________4:30bettingexpert: Daisy De SivolaAfter being put into a deep race behind Evening Hush on her UK debut, she could do a lot better here now with Nick Williams back in the winners after a disappointing few months.Timeform: CastafioreStill there pitching when falling at the last at Musselburgh on New Year’s Day, and in the hope that she’s over that, is expected to gain compensation.Paddy Power: Iconic SkyCouldn’t have been much more impressive last time.____________________________________Where will Paddy Power enter on the Tipster Challenge leaderboard? Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 RankTipsterRace WinsPoints 1Alan Alger – Betway311.41 2Phillip Anderson – Before The Off36.17 3Ciaran O’Brien – William Hill35.29 4Ben Cleminson – Square in the Air14.50 5John Hill – Coral24.25 6Alex Donohue – Ladbrokes24.11 7Michael Shinners – Sky Bet24.00 8Stuart Tilly – Argyll Entertainment14.00 9Trevor Keane – Sportego23.50 10Matthew Hulmes – Betfred23.25 11Timeform1.803.19 12bettingexpert1.272.56 13Charlie McCann – BetVictor11.75 14Stephen Power – @racingblogger21.69 15John Cruces – Dafabet11.25 16Michael Whittle – Team FA10.91 17Ed Nicholson – Unibet10.73 Related Articles Submitlast_img read more