first_imgA visa abolition agreement has been expanded between Jamaica and Guatemala that will now seen holders of diplomatic and official passports being granted visa exemptions.The agreement was signed in Mexico last  Wednesday by Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith and Guatemalan Foreign Minister, Carlos Raúl Morales Moscoso .Jamaica and Guatemala already have a Visa Abolishment Agreement for citizens who travel between the two countries for tourism purposes.Last month, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic signed a visa waiver agreement for holders of diplomatic and official passports.last_img read more

first_imgOutstanding role model Harris made the comment while congratulating Collins on his most recent achievement. Recently, Collins, hailed as a sprint icon, was overwhelmingly elected to serve on the IAAF’s Athletes’ Commission for the next quadrennial, effective January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2021 having received the most votes. Then in 2016, it was said no one could run under 10 seconds over the age of 35. Collins ran 9.93 seconds at age 40. In 2002, he won the Commonwealth Championship when it was said a small island athlete couldn’t overcome British or Jamaican sprinters. In 2003, Collins won World Championship gold. In 2011, it was said he couldn’t reach another World Championship finals. He did, winning a bronze medal, leading Team SKN to its first World Championship relay medal. The International Association of Athletics Associations (IAAF) was established in 1912 to set standards for competitive athletics globally. Impressive record Kim Collins, aged 41, has set an impressive record throughout his career. In 1996, he competed in his first Olympics in the 100 meters, making it past the first round when it was said he couldn’t. In 2000, he made it to the Olympic Finals among claims St. Kitts-Nevis was too small to produce an Olympic Finalist. It also was said that Collins’ small frame wouldn’t propel him into the world’s elite.center_img Harris acknowledged Collins as an outstanding role model for the young people of SKN, taking into his account his humble beginnings and solid determination to succeed. It’s this illustrious career that earned Collins his election to the IAAF Athletes Commission with more votes than other nominees, including from larger countries like Germany, Canada and the United States. St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris has lauded that country’s world athletics champion Kim Collins. The prime minister said Collins was an International Standard Bearer for excellence and perseverance and for making St. Kitts and Nevis proud. “On behalf of the government of St. Kitts-Nevis and the entire nation, I congratulate Kim Collins on his latest achievement in his election to the IAAF Athletes Commission. Collins’ legacy, as far as our country is concerned, is his ability to unite us; as he did in 2003 when he united us in support of his tremendous success. His election to the IAAF Commission stirs similar emotions of togetherness and unity. All of us are proud of his continued exhibition of excellence and perseverance at the highest International level.”last_img read more

first_imgBritish billionaire Sir Richard Branson has held talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), on behalf of the British Virgin Islands.Owns two outer islands Sir Richard Branson, who owns two of the outer islands in the British Overseas territory, made the disclosure on Wednesday in a letter to the BVI Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association (BVICCHA). He also called on the association for ideas to help fast track hurricane recovery efforts in the British territory still recovery from the effects of a September hurricane.“I committed to Governor Jaspert and Premier Smith that I would consult the business owners in all relevant sectors to gather their feedback, ideas, and requests and compile these in a report for the government’s consideration.”“I am also working to set up a small team in the BVI to support this redeveloping project to help implement some of these ideas,” said Branson in a letter dated Wednesday.Talks with other stakeholdersBranson also said that he has had talks with other stakeholders besides the IMF.“Over the last month I have met with Governor Jaspert, Premier Smith, Dr Pickering, Caribbean Heads of State, representatives from Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. During these meetings I have heard some fantastic ideas.”However details concerning the meeting with IMF officials were not revealed.Following the passage of Hurricane Irma on September 6, Branson has been working to coordinate relief efforts for the BVI and other Caribbean countries that felt the wrath of hurricanes during the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season.For more on the BVI, visit the link: BVI is once again open for businesslast_img read more

first_imgMiami, Florida — There’s a group in Miami, South Florida that  spend timeless hours doing multiple things – big and small – all while striving to help the life and livelihood of others. And oftentimes, while their work helps shape and change the lives of hundreds, they sit quietly in the shadows of their relentless effort in the pursuit of the happiness they helped to share and provide for others without ever being formally thanked or duly noted. These strong men work tirelessly in the shadows.  They have a solid and meaningful purpose and are on a cause with a true mission: to help empower and inspire. They plant seeds of hope by giving of their resources, their professional expertise, and their valuable time. Modern day, real-life ‘Avengers’This group is known as the Alpha Rho Boule, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. Through their Foundation, these heroic men are truly the modern day, real-life ‘Avengers’ of our time, and they stand in the shadows and watch from a far while witnessing their contributions take shape. Founded in 1904 by a doctor in Philadelphia, the Boule, Sigma Pi Phi, is a professional fraternity with member Boules all over the country and internationally as well. “Member Boules across the country lend a helping hand to those who need it,” says Ricardo Forbes, a highly revered community leader, and member of The Alpha Rho Boule.  “We work behind the scenes and help do our part to help support the lives of young, gifted and talented black men who have demonstrated that they have the potential to excel and exceed if only given the opportunity to do so.”FMU’s Black Male College Explorers ProgramKnowing this premise for their success, the South Florida Boule initiated a program with Florida Memorial University, south Florida’s only Historically Black College and University (HBCU).  Their partnership helped to position FMU’s Black Male College Explorers Program, which serves to stem the tide of low matriculation of Black Males in institutions of higher learning.  The Alpha Rho Boule Foundation and FMU’s Black Male College Explorers Program serve an average of 60 students each year.  The summer program provides these students with five weeks of intensive on-campus training, seminars, and professional encouragement.  The program’s curriculum is based around S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education, and funding support includes room and board. Recently, financial aid/scholarships have been distributed among the Explorers Program, FMU sophomores through graduation, as well as to a medical student at Florida International University.  In this past year, financial aid was also provided seniors to ensure their graduation.Dr. John T. McAdoryThe Boule Foundation is led by renowned physician, Dr. John T. McAdory. Known throughout South Florida for his successful practice in South Miami, Dr. McAdory has also made time to contribute to increasing the Black middle class by way of providing educational opportunities. It is here in this effort that he has focused the Foundation’s resources. These efforts are endorsed by the Alpha Rho Boule membership empowering the Foundation to pursue its goal of providing scholarships to young Black men through higher education careers and economic stability.   Successful Black influencersThe South Florida Boule is comprised of a number of successful influencers, including prestigious lawyers, government officials, business owners, renowned physicians, and many others.  These men collectively give of their time, talent and resources and work to provide mentorship, financial support, encouragement and partnerships for these young men. To date, over $154,000 has been awarded through the Alpha Rho Boule Foundation to enhance the growth of the Black middle class.  These contributions to youth and education are just what the doctor ordered. And as the Alpha Rho Boule and their Foundation become more visible to the community, this group of unsung heroes are stepping out of the shadows and into their light to receive the gratitude and appreciation they truly deserve.“We’re still behind the scenes, and our goal, mission, purpose and vision remain the same, says McAdory.  “Our invisible capes, if you will, are perhaps a little more visible.” And thank God they are!last_img read more

first_imgOn April 5th and 6th 2019, the 15th Annual True Blue Weekend/Dennis Ziadie Cup will commence in South Florida. The weekend is hosted by St. George’s College Old Boys’ Association of Florida (STGOBAFL) and Jamaica College Old Boys’ Association of Florida (JCOBAFL).  This jointly sponsored event provides an opportunity for old classmates, childhood friends, international and South Florida neighbors to have fun, rekindle their friendships and support academic and athletic scholarships at both institutions.       True Blue PartyThe event kicks off at the True Blue Party with DJ Radcliffe of Xanadu Disco spinning on the turntables, on Friday, April 5th, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. at Reign Restaurant and Cocktail Bar, located at 9940 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024.  Admission is $20.00 pre-ordered or $25 at the door.True Blue Soccer Fest True Blue Weekend festivities continue on Saturday, April 5th, 2019  at 2:00 P.M. with the True Blue Soccer Fest. Soccer enthusiasts from Canada, the Caribbean, Central, and South America will converge on Vizcaya Park to demonstrate their soccer prowess, consume and imbibe international cuisine and beverages, as well as display impassioned alumni spirit.  Vizcaya Park located at 14200 SW 55th St. Miramar, FL will be the site to settle the score for the 2019  bragging rights as JCOBAFL defends the Zaidie Cup title against STGOBAF.The True Blue weekend is an expansion from the annual Ziadie Cup soccer match between The St. George’s College Old Boys Association of Florida, Inc. and The Jamaica College Old Boys Association of Florida, Inc. The annual match commemorates and honors, Dennis Ziadie, who coached both schools to Manning Cup victories. Each year, this event draws over 800 soccer enthusiasts and supporters.The True Blue 2019 weekend dates, events & locationsWhat: True Blue Party with DJ Radcliffe of Xanadu DiscoWhen: Friday – April 5th, 2019Time: 8:00 pm – 3:00 amWhere: Reign Restaurant and Cocktail Bar 9940 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024Admission Cost: $20.00 (Tickets are $25 at the door)What: True Blue Soccer Fest 2019—- The 15th Annual Dennis Ziadie Cup Soccer Match (JC vs. STGC)—- All Girls/Co-Ed Schools Alumni Penalty Kick-off—- All Boys Schools Alumni Penalty Kick-offWhen:  April 6th, 2019Where: Vizcaya Park14200 SW 55th St. Miramar, FL 33027Time:  2:00 pm – 10:00 pmAdmission: FREEFor more information, visit the website at http://www.trueblueweekend.com or our Facebook Fan Page – http://www.facebook.com/trueblueweekendlast_img read more

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – We were tempted to raise hell on current Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt for his blatant about-turn regarding his West Indies first policy.For those who might have forgotten, during his campaign for the presidency of the regional board, Skerritt had pledged to hire coaches from the region as he believed foreign coaches lacked the connection to the players.But lo and behold, having got the mandate from the stakeholders after defeating Dave Cameron at the polls early last year, Skerritt’s administration has gone back on their word and has hired more than three foreign coaches at different levels.The administration has taken on Australian Chris Brabazon as coaching education manager, Indian Monty Desai as batting coach, and Zimbabwean Trevor Penney as fielding coach.Englishman Graeme West was also appointed as head coach of the West Indies Under-19 team, currently competing at the 13th edition of the ICC Under-19 World Cup in South Africa.It was always my view from the sidelines that coaches should be contracted, not based on where they are from, but based on their qualifications and their suitability for the job.We were therefore not surprised when Skerritt announced that his administration was forced to seek help from outside the region because of the paucity of expertise that resides within and that his campaign pledge did not mean he would only hire from within.“There is no reverse at all,” he said. “First thing is that I didn’t say we would hire West Indies coaches only. I said we would adopt a West Indian first policy, whereby we would look at the individuals we have in the region, and if we cannot find the respective talent to fill those roles, then we would have to go overseas to do so,” Skerritt told the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper.The Cricket West Indies boss was quick to point out that though the expertise is currently lacking in the region it doesn’t necessarily mean that in a few years the situation will not change, because one of the mandates for each of the newly contracted coaches is to coach the coaches in the region so that there is a legacy when they leave.“These coaches have been hired with a contractual obligation to share their best practices, and this is a policy with which we are moving forward so that we can develop our local coaches.”He had added that Jimmy Adams and senior team head coach Phil Simmons, as well as Cricket West Indies CEO Johnny Grave were to meet to further the discussion on coaching as they look to develop the game.So far it seems like they have got it right, as there have been positive signs from the senior team’s recent performances, and already the Under-19s have gone about their business most pleasingly and professionally after two games in South Africa.The ICC Under-19 World Cup started in 1988 in Australia when the West Indies paraded none other than one Brian Lara, as well as Jimmy Adams and Ridley Jacobs.There was a 10-year break before it re-emerged in 1998 in South Africa when England captured the title. India triumphed in Sri Lanka in 2000, Australia re-emerged in New Zealand in 2002, followed by Pakistan with a quick double in Bangladesh in 2004 and Sri Lanka in 2006.India were kings again in Malaysia in 2008, as Australia regained control in New Zealand in 2010, after which India copped their third title in Australia in 2012.South Africa won their only title in the United Arab Emirates in 2014 before West Indies, led by Shimron Hetmyer prevailed in Bangladesh in 2018.India captured their fourth title in New Zealand in 2018.West and his youngsters have looked ominous thus far after two games. First, they defeated three-time winners Australia by three wickets in their opener, then hammered England by 71 runs on Duckworth-Lewis-Stern, with impressive all-rounder Nyeem Young shining brightly to become the first West Indian and only the fourth player ever to hit a half-century and take five wickets at an ICC Under-19 World Cup.Young had also scored a half-century in the game against Australia.The win puts West Indies on four points atop the four-team group and with only minnows Nigeria to come on Thursday, the Windies appear set to top the group and eliminate one of either Australia or England.The West Indies have shown exceptional competence in all three facets of the game—batting, bowling and fielding.Outside of Young, others have shown the requisite qualities to shine on any given day. Kevlon Anderson, Captain Kimani Melius, opener Leonardo Julien, all-rounder Matthew Forde, who took five catches against England to go with one wicket. And pace bowler Jayden Seales, who took 4-49 against Australia, appears special, having mesmerized the English, though he went wicketless for 20 runs from his 10 overs.Nothing has been won yet, but they have looked the part and we hope for the best, and if this is what the foreign coaches will bring to West Indies cricket for the immediate future, bring them on!last_img read more

first_imgDelighted with the move, Walker, who joined Tottenham from Sheffield United in 2009, said: “I am thrilled to be signing for City and can’t wait to get started,”“Pep Guardiola is one of the most respected managers in the world.” he stated further.Walker, who has made 183 Premier League appearances, also added: “I feel he can help me take my game to a new level.”Kyle Walker becomes Manchester City’s third signing of the summer after Bernardo Silva and Ederson. He has been handed the number two jersey ahead of the club’s American tour starting from Monday.RelatedOfficial: PSG Pip City To Alves’ Transfer; Brazilian Pens Two-Year DealJuly 12, 2017In “Europe”Guardiola’s Expensively Assembled Defence Will Struggle To Pass The Litmus TestJuly 25, 2017In “England”Lazio Roma vs ACF FiorentinaJune 30, 2017Similar post English international defender Kyle Walker has completed his transfer to Manchester City from title rivals Tottenham Hotspurs after signing a five-year deal with the Citizens earlier today.Right-back Walker, 27, moves to City for an initial fee of £45m plus add ons that could take the deal to £50m thus potentially making him the most expensive English player ever.last_img read more

first_imgReal Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, criticized the judge in charge of his tax evasion hearing on Monday, saying he’s being prosecuted because of his superstar status.Standing in front of Judge Mónica Gómez Ferrer at the Pozuelo de Alarcon court in Madrid, Ronaldo said: “If I wasn’t called Cristiano Ronaldo I wouldn’t be sat here.”Judge Mónica Gómez Ferrer responded saying:  “You are mistaken. Plenty of anonymous people have sat where you are,”“You are under investigation for an alleged financial crime based on the evidence provided and upon which it is my duty to make a ruling.”32-year-old Ronaldo, who have since denied the charges, stood his ground, restating that: “No, no. All of this is happening because I am Cristiano Ronaldo.”Ronaldo was accused of evading €14.7m($17.3m) in tax by the Spanish tax authority, which says Ronaldo took “advantage of a company structure created in 2010 to hide income generated in Spain from his image rights from tax authorities.A crime they termed “voluntary and conscious breach of his fiscal obligations in Spain”.Ronaldo, the worlds highest earning athlete, joins the long list of football stars that has been charged with tax evasion crimes by the Spanish tax authority.RelatedTax Evasion – Ronaldo Tells Court He Wants England ReturnAugust 5, 2017In “England”Tax Evasion – Cristiano Ronaldo Booed, Avoid Reporters After Court HearingJuly 31, 2017In “Europe”Cristiano Ronaldo Out Of El ClasicoJuly 29, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

first_imgFrench Ligue 1 moneybags Paris Saint Germain (PSG) have moved nine points clear at the top of the table after they secured a 2-1 win at champions AS Monaco.Edinson Cavani and Neymar (penalty) scored either side of halftime to give PSG a 2-0 lead before the home side fought back through Portuguese international midfielder Joao Moutinho with eight minutes for a grandstand finish to proceedings.Unai Emery’s men however held on for a very good win to move nine points clear of their hosts in the race for the league title while Monaco drop one place from 2nd to 3rd after Lyon’s heavy win at Nice.Dutch international Memphis Depay (2) and former Real Madrid starlet Mariano Diaz were on target as Lyon ran riot at Nice in a 5-0 win to leapfrog Monaco into second spot by virtue of goal difference.Week 14 ResultsMontpellier 3-0 LilleMonaco 1-2 PSGNice 0-5 LyonMarseille 1-0 GuingampCaen 1-0 BordeauxMetz 0-2 AmiensDijon 3-1 TolouseRennes 2-1 NantesTroyes 3-0 AngersStandings (Top 4):1. PSG 38 points2. Lyon 29 points3. Monaco 29 points4. Marseille 28 pointsRelatedLigue 1 Review: PSG Extend Lead With Slim Win As Monaco Thrash Angers Into Second SpotFebruary 11, 2018In “Europe”French Ligue 1 Review: Monaco Fail To Close Gap On Leaders PSG With Montpellier DrawJanuary 14, 2018In “Europe”French Ligue 1: PSG Suffer Shock Defeat As Champions Monaco Close Gap On LeadersDecember 3, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Related Articles Speaking to Kindred Group investors and corporate stakeholders, CEO Henrik Tjärnström described 2016 as a transformative year for the enlarged operator which has successfully incorporated new assets and expanded its existing verticals.Closing his firm’s most successful year in business, Tjärnström states that 15-brand Kindred Group (formerly Unibet Group Plc) has achieved its long-term goal of becoming a ‘true European online gambling enterprise’.  Tjärnström states that his firm’s multi-brand strategy has been effective at not only entering new markets but more importantly targeting dynamic and unique audiences, strengthening Kindred position within the saturated online betting/gaming sectors.As Kindred leader, Tjärnström highlights the importance of his firm’s proprietary platform, which he states has been able to effectively scale up Kindred’s newly acquired assets and their customers, while being able to intake the group’s aggressive multi-brand strategy.The tacit benefits of a multi-brand strategy combined with the firm’s focus on effective proprietary development has seen Kindred create one of the industry’s most unique companies. Tjärnström further points that Kindred capabilities and corporate strategy cannot be simply copied by competitors, as Kindred is now a ‘one of a kind’ enterprise within the ultra-saturated online gambling sector,Entering 2017, Tjärnström stated that Kindred will seek to relocate its London, Malta and Gibraltar divisions into new offices with the operator continuing its focus on in-house development and with a view of attracting top talent and creating best-in-class experiences. Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Share Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Submit Kindred: Spelinspektionen has failed in its management of Swedish marketplace June 11, 2020last_img read more