The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) organizers have named eZone as its official express delivery service provider.Based in Trinidad, eZone has been one of the Caribbean’s top courier services and has been mandated to ensure that all logistical issues, with regards to the shipping and clearing of teams and supporting teams’ equipment without hassle and in a timely manner for the tournament which will take place between 4 August and 9 September.Commenting on the deal, Mr. Paul Pantin, eZone Director, said:“eZone, with over 15 years of experience connecting the islands of the Caribbean through our logistics network, is proud to partner with the Hero CPL for their upcoming T20 competition in 2017. eZone prides itself for its fast and efficient service, and will leverage this to assist the Hero CPL in moving all their teams and supporting equipment between the islands for every match.”The tournament bowls off August 4 at the Central Broward Regional Sports Park.Howzat! CPL lays wicket for long South Florida run
Past players from the Manning Cup, Jamaica’s premier schoolboy soccer championship, braved the threat of Hurricane Irma and turned back the years at Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill.One day before the Category 5 hurricane struck South Florida, past players from Campion College and Wolmer’s Boys High School showed they still had some touch in two matches.In the first match, between players over 35, Wolmer’s defeated an All-Stars team 4-2. Dusean Grant (10th and 25th minutes), Kadrick Parker (50th minute) and K Yush (62nd minute) scored for the winners.Rohan Whitmore in the 15th and Kwami Hylton after 58 minutes, netted for the All-Stars.In the feature, between the Over-45s, Wolmer’s beat Campion 2-1. Kavan Kelly gave Campion the lead in the 82nd minute. Ruel Richards equalized in the 87th minute, with the winning goal coming from a 90th-minute penalty by Sheldon Lawrence.Winners of the second match took the Age Quod Agis Cup which was being contested for the second time. Campion won the inaugural match last year 6-2.Andre Gray is president of the Age Quod Agis Sports Alumni Association, which represents Wolmer’s in South Florida. He said the competition is used to raise funds for their alma mater’s Pepsi and Colts soccer teams. Wolmer’s is one of Jamaica’s oldest and more respected high schools.Interestingly, the Over-45 Wolmer’s team comprised players who were members of the school’s winning Colts (Under-16) team from 1986. They went on to play in the Manning Cup.
Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho shakes hands with United Teachers of Dade President Karla Hernandez-Mats after tentative agreement is reached. Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) reached a tentative agreement on Monday, Oct 30 with the United Teachers of Dade (UTD). The new agreement honors educators’ dedication and expertise and demonstrates the District’s commitment to them. The agreement is the first in a series of agreements with the Unions.Contract honors teacher’s dedication and talentAddressing the new development Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade Superintendent of Schools said, “Miami-Dade County Public Schools is privileged to have among our professional ranks a highly qualified, skilled, and caring instructional staff. Ensuring they have a contract that honors their dedication and talent is paramount. Despite difficult economic conditions, we have reached an agreement, through compassionate and practical negotiations, that provides teachers and instructional personnel with a compensation package that demonstrates the great respect we have and the high value we place on the work they do every single day.”Salary increases in 2018The agreement reached includes salary increases, retention supplements for mid to late career teachers, and a 2018 Employee Benefit Program which continues a free option for employees inclusive of benefit enhancements.Next year the majority of employees will receive a salary adjustment of 2.0 – 2.67 percent not including state bonuses that range from up to $800 to $1200 for highly effective teachers.The minimum salary was increased to $41,000 and the maximum salary for the most experienced teachers was also increased to $72,720. Additionally, mid-career to late career teachers are receiving a District funded supplement of $750 to $1,500.Ultimately, when combining District funds and State funded bonuses, teachers will receive adjustments to their salary anywhere from above a 2.0 percent to just below 6.7 percent averaging above a 4.3 percent.“While we recognize that our teachers deserve much more, we are elated to have reached an agreement that both sides support,” Carvalho added. “We will continue to collaboratively advocate for greater investments in public education.”Read more on Miami-Dade Public Schools (M-DCPS) here: Miami-Dade public schools achieve record graduation rate
Jerk, griot, rice and peas, culantro, scotch bonnet peppers and so on, are not elements you typically think about when you think of Caribbean history. But when you’re the producer of the “Taste the Islands” TV series and associated events, that’s exactly what comes to mind. Exhibit at Grace Jerk Festival Following their successful execution of the “Caribbean Culinary Museum and Theater” at the “2018 Taste the Islands Experience” (TTIX), the event’s producers are bringing the exhibit to the 2018 “Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival” in Sunrise, Florida on Sunday, November 11. Thousands of patrons will have the opportunity to learn about the history of the spices, staples, drinks, and general flavors of the region, and they can see artifacts from decades past used in food storage, preparation, and service.Funding for this project is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council, as well as the following Funds from the Community Foundation of Broward: Fonda and H. Wayne Huizenga, Jr. Family Trust Fund, Gary J. Scotto Fund and Mary and Alex Mackenzie Community Impact Fund.Along with a collection of food and drink related artifacts from the region, the exhibit includes a number of graphically designed panels showing historical information on various Caribbean flavors, their origins, and manifestations. It was conceived and created collaboratively by Calibe Thompson, one of the producers of TTIX, and Marsha McDonald, producer of the “Diversity in Arts” design discussion series. Caribbean Culinary Museum and TheaterThe “Caribbean Culinary Museum and Theater” will be installed in a month-long exhibit from February 18 through March 16, 2019 at the Lauderhill Museum, supported in part by Commissioner Howard Berger. Curious visitors can see it after that at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society as part of TTIX 2019. The expanded culinary event will include activities from Friday, April 26 to Sunday, April 28 in multiple locations across downtown Fort Lauderdale. Find out more at www.ttiexperience.com.Island Syndicate is a media, arts and entertainment agency that creates exceptional content and unforgettable experiences inspired by the Caribbean, and offers creative services in video, photography, graphic design and branding. Their properties include Island Origins Magazine and the Taste the Islands Experience.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – The Jamaica-based Sandals Resorts has categorically denied allegations it is covering up allegations of sexual assault on two American female guests insisting that it stands ready to “vigorously defend itself in court.”Gross misrepresentationIn a statement, Sandals said “recent allegations of cover-ups by our organization are false and are gross misrepresentations of not only the facts but who we are and what we stand for as a leader in the industry.“One of the core values of our company is exceeding guest expectations, and with that comes operating in full transparency. We are a family-operated enterprise that cares deeply about each and every guest we welcome into our resort home,” said the hotel chain group. The statement by Sandals follows a report aired on the US-based ABC network on Monday on claims made by professional make-up artist Melissa Blayton, and couple Jeff and Ashley Pascarella.Blayton, who was a guest at a Sandals property here in 2017 said that one of the hotel’s employees, who offered her a solo sailing lesson, had sexually assaulted her. She told the American television station that after she was taken back to shore, on her demand, she spent the next few days holed up in her room crying.She said that the butler assigned to her room noticed her crying and advised her to talk to the hotel manager.“There are many details missing from her story, including her interactions with resort team members, her requests regarding law enforcement involvement, and her subsequent requests of the resort after her departure,” Sandals said in its statement.Alleged victim plans return to Sandals“Further, it was surprising to hear about Ms. Blayton’s allegations, since we have been in contact with her multiple times over the last few months and she has indicated plans for a return visit to Sandals Resorts in 2019. We look forward to having her back.”In an interview on a radio program here on Monday night, Blayton said that she would “never, ever return to a Sandals resort”.Blayton said she had received a voucher from Sandals offering her a return visit but she had “only one year” to use it.Regarding the Pascarellas’ case, ABC reported that the couple, who had gone to a Sandals property in the Bahamas to get married in 2016, alleged that the butler assigned to their room sexually assaulted the bride the night before her wedding.One-sided, incomplete version“In reference to Mrs. Pascarella, these allegations present a self-serving, one-sided and incomplete version of an incident reported in 2016. The plaintiffs have unfortunately embarked to influence the case based on their one-sided narrative in the media.“Sandals intends to vigorously defend itself in court against these one-sided allegations and looks forward to presenting the full picture of all the facts and circumstances surrounding this reported incident from 2016 within the appropriate legal forum,” Sandals said in its statement.The attorney for the Pascarellas, John Nicholas Iannuzzi, said that his clients, who are seeking US$30 million, have filed legal action in the New York Supreme Court.Lawsuit against SandalsHe said Sandals is in the process of being served.“While no guest should ever experience what these women allege to have happened, the story on ABC’s Good Morning America did not include important and pertinent information about both cases, much of which we can’t disclose due to pending litigation,” Sandals said.Highest guest return rate“Since our inception in 1981, we’ve had the distinct privilege of welcoming well over 10 million valued guests across our 24 resorts around the Caribbean. We are proud to lead the industry with the highest guest return rate of any resort company in the western hemisphere and know that it has a direct relation to the safe and enjoyable environment that we have provided for over three decades.“Our strict security protocols, infrastructure technology and collaboration with international law enforcement and government resources ensure we are among the safest resorts operating in the Caribbean. We follow strict protocols and continue to evolve our policies,” it added.
The Premier of Turks and Caicos Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson (middle) sits between Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell (right) and Premier Alden Mclaughlin from the Cayman Islands (left). KINGSTON, Jamaica – Premier of Turks and Caicos Islands, Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, one of the distinguished guest present at Edward Seaga’s funeral on June 23, collapsed at Seaga’s graveside just minutes after the burial rites were performed.At the National Heroes Park, just minutes after Seaga was buried and mourners were leaving the park, Cartwright-Robinson collapsed and was immediately placed on a stretcher and put inside an ambulance by medical personnel and some Jamaica Defence Force Military Police personnel.The extent of her illness is not yet known, but the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) Chairman in Turks and Caicos, Doug Parnell assured that she is well and under medical observation.“I am assured that she is well and that we should not be worried. Of course, we pray for her and her safe return as soon as possible. She has a senior member of the Premier’s Office traveling with her and she is stable and has been in contact with her family and Government”, Parnell stated.The temperature in Kingston yesterday rose to 32°, which may have caused dehydration among some guests. There are reports that a number of persons, including a teenage schoolgirl, fainted during the long funeral service, and had to be assisted at a makeshift health facility at the church grounds.Officials from the Ministry of Health refused to give a figure of the number of persons who were treated for illnesses, citing ‘protocol’ as their reason for declining to provide the information.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, CMC – Bermuda’s hopes of securing a place in next year’s ICC T20 World Cup in Australia received a massive setback when they crashed to 10-wicket defeat in their opening Qualifier Group A match against Papua New Guinea at the ICC Academy on Saturday.A Norman Vanua hat-trick stunned Bermuda, who struggled to 89 all out before PNG’s captain Assad Vala led the reply with an unbeaten half-century as the Pacific Islanders galloped home with almost half their overs unused.Vala’s unbeaten 53 came from 35 balls and included seven fours and a six while Tony Ura finished on 33 not out off 27 deliveries with four boundaries.Bermuda will look to bounce back when they take on Singapore on Sunday.Having been put in to bat, Bermuda were immediately on the back foot as Okera Bascome (6) and Janeiro Tucker (4) both fell inside the first two overs.When the teams had last met in Dubai in 2012, Tucker hit three sixes in the final over to complete a stunning five-wicket victory.Things went from bad to worse for Bermuda in the third over as medium-pacer Vanua (3-14) completed a hat-trick, removing captain Dion Stovell for one before dismissing Kamau Leverock and Deunte Darrell for successive golden ducks.The procession of wickets left Bermuda 11 for five after just three overs and staring down the barrel as early as the midway stage of the first powerplay.The tumble of wickets halted briefly when Sussex all-rounder Delray Rawlins launched a counter-attack, striking 25 off 17 balls with four fours, in a 33-run sixth wicket stand with Malachi Jones (11).But once both departed, Bermuda slumped further to 58 for seven with more than half their innings still to go.Rodney Trott (19) and Allan Douglas (12) provided late resistance, but by the time Trott was run out as the last wicket to fall, Bermuda had succumbed to 89 all out, with 16 balls to spare.PNG’s openers Vala and Ura then knocked off the runs in 10.2 overs despite Bermuda using seven bowlers to break the partnership.
“And I’ll tell you the truth, even at 25 for three [on Sunday’s final day in Southampton], I didn’t think at all that this was another West Indies collapse. We had played with such discipline, we had played with such commitment that I felt it. Gonsalves, also chairman of the regional nation grouping, CARICOM, said West Indies had shown a new resolve since their conquest over England in the Caribbean last year. “And you’ve brought this sense of hope in us again that this is a team that is now going to carry us on a pathway to victory because what you showed was a maturity and a discipline to keep the mission in focus.” “I know what cricket does to this region and obviously the people of the Caribbean are obviously ecstatic over the first victory so we thank you dearly for your continued support. “I rejoice in the victory. I remember seeing Jason with his double hundred at that same game in Kensington and I saw the performance also in that same game by (Roston) Chase and (Shane) Dowrich,” Gonsalves recalled. Mitchell, the former chairman of CARICOM’s prime ministerial committee on cricket, said there was a new sense of commitment in the West Indies ranks which had been fortified by Holder’s leadership. “For me, the highlight was just how long you took to make the winning runs [last Sunday]. That said to me the maturity is there to understand that unless you finish the mission, you have not achieved what is required of you and however pretty the game looks and however nice it looks, you have to finish the mission. Mottley, the country’s first ever woman woman prime minister, joined with Grenadian counterpart Dr Keith Mitchell and St Vincent and the Grenadines leader, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, in underscoring the importance of the victory and lauding Holder for his role in the side’s recent success. “You are just carrying us to greater heights each time and your wisdom, your maturity and your discipline [is outstanding]. “It made me realise this is a different team, not necessarily in talent – I’ve always believed the West Indies had talent – but I think the leadership and guidance, the commitment and unified effort of the team is what impressed me the most. “Every time I hug you I have to look up and that’s exactly where you are carrying us – to victory, to the skies and I am so so so proud of you,” Mottley told Holder via Zoom on Starcom Radio’s Mason and Guest here Tuesday night. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jul 15, CMC – Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Mottley has praised West Indies Test captain Jason Holder’s “wisdom, maturity and discipline”, one of three sitting political leaders hailing the all-rounder’s leadership of the Caribbean side and celebrating last weekend’s success in the first Test against England. “I’ve always said if we lost a game we must lose it with pride and commitment. What I saw with that team, if you lose we should still be all proud because I see the commitment.” “It’s a good win in the same week we were remembering Sir Everton Weekes and while we bury him in sadness, had he been alive he would have been ecstatic at this remarkable triumph.” “It didn’t surprise me after I watched the first innings because what I saw was the discipline in approach by your bowling unit. They never gave away anything … and they way you batted and how every person committed themselves to the task,” said Mitchell, also an ardent cricket fan. “It’s really fitting to see the love and appreciation shown throughout the Caribbean,” Holder told the show. “My very first act as Prime Minister of Barbados after being sworn in was to commit to the English match here in 2019 and I will never forget how you made me feel when you all beat England at Kensington Oval, and reinforced the wisdom of that decision to be able to take the chance and ensure that Test match was in Barbados. FLASHBACK: Prime Minister Mia Mottley congratulates West Indies captain Jason Holder immediately following the side’s win over England in the first Test at Kensington Oval last year. “There was something about the purposefulness with which the players as a team went about their job that I felt absolutely confident that we were going to make the 200 runs. Holder, whose first innings career-best of six for 42 last weekend, undermined England and formed the basis for West Indies’ eventual four-wicket victory in the first Test, said his side were aware of the importance of the game to the region and valued the support of all stakeholders. CMC “We hope we can start again on Thursday (second Test in Manchester) and go through the same processes, go through the same hard work and not get too far ahead of ourselves in terms of the outcome, but more or less focus in on the process and make sure we can keep smiles on people’s faces.” And even though they stumbled early in their run chase in the first Test at Southampton, Gonsalves said he was never in doubt they would emerge winners in the contest.
Southampton pre-season camp squad.Fraser Forster, Stuart Taylor, Paulo Gazzaniga, Maya Yoshida, Florin Gardos, Jan Bednarek, Sam McQueen, Alfie Jones, Matt Targett, Ryan Bertrand, Jack Stephens, Will Wood, Jérémy Pied, Jordy Clasie, Steven Davis, Dušan Tadić, Oriol Romeu, James Ward-Prowse, Nathan Redmond, Sofiane Boufal, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Shane Long, Charlie Austin, Sam Gallagher, Manolo Gabbiadini.RelatedLiverpool-bound Van Dijk Pens Emotional Letter To Southampton FansDecember 27, 2017In “England”Dutch Star Hints At Premier League Exit After ‘Messy’ Transfer SagaOctober 3, 2017In “England”Bronze, Rapinoe, van Dijk, Messi, Ronaldo, Named As FIFA Best Awards FinalistsSeptember 2, 2019In “FIFA” Dutch defender, Virgil van Dijk has been left out of Southampton’s squad for a pre-season camp in France.van Dijk, who told Southampton’s manager, Mauricio Pellegrino, he wants to leave the club, have been asked to train alone since returning from summer break, until his transfer issues are resolved. The 26-year-old defender was the centre of controversy between Liverpool and Southampton last month, with the Saints complaining to the Premier League over Liverpool’s approach, forcing Liverpool to withdraw their pursuit and apologise publicly.
Former junior international Francis Uzoho has received his first ever Super Eagles call up ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Algeria on November 10 and the high profile international friendly with Argentina in Russia on November 14.Deportivo La Coruna shot stopper Uzoho celebrated his Spanish La Liga debut with a clean sheet against Eibar two weeks ago and was also in goal last weekend as his side suffered a 2-1 defeat to lowly Catalan club Girona.Uzoho’s Super Eagles invitation was confirmed by his Spanish club via their official Twitter handle.Francis Uzoho debutará con la selección absoluta de Nigeria https://t.co/IYCFJ25zV7 #DÉPOR pic.twitter.com/SJtZF9qYZa— RC Deportivo (@RCDeportivo) October 30, 2017Francis Uzoho came into prominence as a member of the Nigeria U17 team that emerged victorious at the FIFA U17 World Cup UAE 2013. He joined Deportivo La Coruna from Aspire Academy at the start of the current season.RelatedNigeria’s next big thing, honing his skills at Estadio Municipal de RiazorOctober 18, 2017In “Nigeria”20-year old Francis Uzoho ties the knot in Imo StateDecember 27, 2018In “Lifestyle””I’m No Age Cheat” – Francis Uzoho Fires Back At CriticsMay 4, 2020In “Featured”