Wife of Jamaican PM slated to deliver keynote address at SFLA…

first_imgJuliet Holness, wife of Jamaica’s prime minister, Andrew Holness, and a member of the Jamaican parliament, has been invited and accepted the invitation of the Female Development World Organization (FDWO) to be the keynote speaker at the second annual Protect the Children Gala on April 29.FDWO formerly known as Jamaica International Female Football Development (JIFFD) in Association with Kiwanis Club of Lauderhill will host youth and children advocates, community, business, faith leaders and dignitaries at the gala to held at the Hyatt Regency, Fort Lauderdale.Mrs. Holness is one of the country’s leaders currently tackling the issue of child sexual abuse in Jamaica and across the Diaspora. She has been married for almost twenty years to Prime Minister Holness   with whom she has worked tirelessly to raise their two sons – Adam and Matthew.  She is also a well-known community servant and leader who made political headlines in Jamaica, with stunning upsets on her journey to Parliament.  Among the issues which constantly occupy her mind, in addition to the welfare of her family, are matters concerning community development, gender equality, child abuse and disenfranchised youth.A trained accountant and real estate developer, Mrs. Holness holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Accounting and Economics from the University of the West Indies.“We are grateful to the Jamaican government for supporting the prevention and eradication of child sexual abuse,” said Wayne Messam, Mayor, City of Miramar “Mrs. Holness is a vibrant champion of the people and we look forward to having her illuminate the issues, facilitate solutions and help us mobilize for positive outcomes for Jamaicans at home and those across our Diaspora.”Business, community, faith and cultural leaders are invited to support this important event, designed to inspire activities and funds to support organizations in South Florida and Jamaica working with the survivors of child sexual abuse.Lavern Deer one of the principal founders of FDWO and an organizer of the gala said “guests to the gala will enjoy an evening of networking, learning and giving; culminated by words for mobilization from the Spouse of the Prime Minister of Jamaica.”last_img read more

Jamaican teenager jailed for life on murder charge

first_imgBarrington Herdsman was shot and killed execution style on February 1, 2017. A 19-year-old youth in Jamaica has been sentenced to life imprisonment after he was convicted Monday for the murder of a businessman last February.Justice Courtney Day imposed the sentence on Shevanne Harris, who was also sentenced to five years for illegal possession of a firearm and three years for illegal possession of ammunition. The sentences will run concurrently, and he will be eligible for parole after 21 years.The court heard that the businessman, Barrington Herdsman, was shot and killed execution style on February 1 last year by Harris. The teenager had initially pleaded guilty to the offences on January 11 and his sentencing postponed to Monday pending the outcome of a social enquiry report and antecedent.Herdsman’s widow, the sole eyewitness, told the court that on the day in question her husband, after counting the day’s sales from his business, went and sat outside on a stool. She said shortly afterwards she saw a man enter the business place and looked around. He then removed a firearm from his waistband and walked out of the shop towards her husband.She said that on reaching her husband the man pointed the gun in the back of her husband’s head and fired several shots before running.  Herdsman was rushed to May Pen Hospital where he was pronounced dead.last_img read more

JN Bank’s Community Connection heads to Lauderhill on June 30th

first_imgJanice McIntosh, chief representative officer of the JN Bank Florida Representative Office SOUTH FLORIDA – Residents in Lauderhill and the surrounding communities in South Florida are invited to attend the JN Bank Florida Community Connection event at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center on June 30.Janice McIntosh, chief representative officer of the JN Bank Florida Representative Office, said that the event is designed to connect the community with Jamaica, through the promotion of real estate, savings, airlines, tourist destinations, food and wellness.“This event is a ‘mash up’ of all things Jamaican, to give Jamaican residents in the Lauderhill community a reason to visit the country, as a tourist; or think seriously about planning to return to the land of their birth,” she said.Mrs McIntosh outlined that the event promises to be fun, exciting and a gateway to sample many things Jamaican. “It will also be an opportunity to ask questions, receive information about real estate investment and savings; as well as, sample some of  Jamaica’s tasty island cuisine,” she related.Patrons will also be able to learn about Jamaica, as a unique tourist destination; and to familiarise themselves with information about flight and accommodations and tours.Partners in the promotion of the event include: Sandals Jamaica; realtors and developers such as, the Gates of Edgehill; Better Homes Jamaica; Howard Johnson Realty Limited; Immobilien Real Estate Merchants and Keller Williams Realty.The Community Connection starts at 1:00 p.m. with a presentation by special guest speaker, Jamaican Consul General to Miami, the Hon. Oliver Mair.last_img read more

The Right Way to Use ATMs, Debit, and Credit Cards Overseas

first_imgPile of credit cards on table, closeup MIAMI, Florida – Not all ATMs, debit cards, and credit cards are alike, and the wrong ones can cost travelers a lot in extra fees and poor exchange rates. But, according to a new “Savvy Retiree” report from International Living, when used with a smart strategy in place, these banking tools can help make an overseas trip smooth and good value.Source: Internationalliving.com“Not all ATM systems and debit and credit cards are created equal,” says Dan Prescher, senior editor with International Living. “Get a debit or credit card from any-old bank, and you may pay much higher fees than you need to. Choose the wrong ATM when you’re on the road and you could pay sky-high foreign-exchange rates. But armed with a few key guidelines, it’s easy to ensure you’re keeping your banking costs to a minimum—so you can spend your money on more entertaining things.”A recent “Savvy Retiree” report from International Living outlines the ways travelers can make smart use of their debit and credit cards and choose the right ATMs. Here are three cost-saving tips:Seek out bank ATMs.First, not all ATMs are alike. One example is Euronet, whose machines are ubiquitous across Europe. They pop up in hotels, airports, souvenir shops, convenience stores, and on any street where tourists are commonplace. But they can be more costly than other ATMs in several ways.First, when a debit card is used from any country other than where the machine is, these ATMs are programmed to initially offer uncommonly large withdrawal amounts.In Prague, for example, these machines offer withdrawal amounts between 10,000 and 20,000 Czechia crowns. In dollar terms, that’s the equivalent of $440 and $880. The reason these ATMs are programmed this way is that Euronet offers very high exchange rates compared to the official daily rate that banks use. The more dollars — and the higher the spread between the official exchange rate and the Euronet rate, the better for Euronet, and the worse for the cardholder.The better strategy: find ATMs belonging to local banks. Exchange rates will be the same or much closer to official daily rates.If the only ATM around is a Euronet or other non-bank ATM, select “Different Amount” if the quantities offered on-screen are excessively high. Withdraw as little as possible to get by until a real bank ATM is located.Don’t convert funds at an ATM.Even with bank ATMs, there’s a strategy to prevent extra charges: Reject the currency conversion option often shown on the screen.The option to convert currency typically uses a higher exchange rate. The option to “accept without conversion” will yield an exchange rate closer to the actual daily rate.Always pay in the local currency.With credit cards, the strategy is to always choose the local currency option when given a choice.For instance, in a Czechia restaurant or supermarket, the card-reader typically displays a message: CZK or EUR. This machine is offering the choice to select the “cancel” button to pay in Czechia crowns or the “enter” button to pay in euros. Choosing “cancel” selects the local currency, the credit or debit card company handles the currency conversion at or near the official exchange rate. Select the option for euros or dollars, and the merchant does the currency conversion…again, usually at a higher rate.Choose a credit card with no foreign transaction fees.Finally, get a credit card that changes no foreign transaction fees.Credit cards that charge foreign-transaction fees typically add an extra 3% upcharge to each transaction.With the average cost of a four-day, international vacation around $3,500 per person,  consider what this might amount to if charged on a card that adds 3% worth of hidden charges on every purchase. With that example, you’d pay more than $100 per person extra in fees!Lots of cards today are available without foreign-transaction fees. Make sure you read the fine print to ensure yours is one of them.last_img read more

Earthquake Rattles Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.2 rocked Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada on Monday, but there were no reports of injuries or damage, the Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies (UI) has said.It said that the quake, which occurred at 6.45 am (local time) was located Latitude: 11.13N, Longitude: 62.30W and at a depth of 84 kilometers (km).The earthquake was felt 102 km northwest of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and 119 km southwest of St. George’s in Grenada.The SRC said it was also felt 115 km northeast of Carúpano, Venezuela.last_img read more

‘Shottas’ Actor Louie Rankin Dies in Car Crash in Canada

first_imgLouie Rankin alongside Rapper DMX (left) in ‘Belly’. ONTARIO, Canada – Jamaican actor and recording artist Louie Rankin, widely known for his roles in the cult classics “Shottas” and “Belly”, died in a car crash on September 30 in Ontario, Canada.Authorities in Ontario say Rankin’s vehicle crashed with a transport truck on Highway 89, between Country Road 12 and the 4th Line. Rankin was pronounced dead at the scene, while the truck driver suffered no physical injuries.All across the diaspora, people have paid tribute to the entertainer known as “the original Don Dada”.The 66-year-old, whose birth name is Leonard Forbes, was born in St Thomas and spent most of his developing years in East Kingston. His rise to stardom came in the 1990s with the release of his huge hit single, Typewriter, which went on to win a Grammy in 1992.He had a thriving acting career as was portrayed as a powerful Jamaican kingpin in the popular films Shottas (2004) and Belly (1998).Hip-Hop artist Nas became close personal friends with Louie on the set of Belly, and the pair reunited years later for a cameo in a DJ Khaled music video for his song, “Nas Album Done.” Nas paid tribute to Rankin in an Instagram post, saying he was a legend and his presence “was super live wire”.In 2014, he made an appearance in the film ‘We Run These Streets’.last_img read more

Trinidad’s Opposition Leader Wants International Observers for August 10 elections

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – The leader of the main opposition United National Congress (UNC), Kamla Persad Bissessar has written to Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley requesting that international observers be present in Trinidad and Tobago for the August 10 general election. “International election observation or monitoring is an important mechanism for ensuring election integrity, and the UNC is of the firm view that international observers are needed to ensure that our election is conducted in a free, fair, and just manner that will reflect the true mandate of the people.” Persad Bissessar said that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has seen the critical role both international and CARICOM observers have played within the recent elections in Guyana. She told Rowley that as a member of a CARICOM delegation that visited Georgetown to meet with the main actors in the disputed elections “.you can attest to the importance of international and regional observers in national elections today. She said Rowley must act “urgently” on this matter “so as to ensure we do not miss the window of opportunity given the COVID-19 protocols to which we must all adhere. “In Guyana, four months after national elections were held on 2 March 2020, an elected President is yet to be declared, with allegations of election rigging and impropriety now being litigated at Guyana’s highest Court, the Caribbean Court of Justice.” “Therefore, I call for exemptions to international observers to be granted as early as possible, so that the quarantine period can be completed well ahead of the General Election,” said Persad Bissessar, who had warned previously that lawyers representing the party were on standby to challenge the.government’s decision to continue to keep the borders closed even during the election period. “Citizens are also paying close attention to the Government’s position on the call for international observers for the 2020 General Election. A responsible government should do the right thing to ensure not just free and fair elections, but elections that are free of fear,” she wrote, urging that invitations be sent to CARICOM, the United nations, the Commonwealth and the Carter Center.center_img She said that had it not been for the presence of international observers, “it is highly likely that …Guyana’s election process may be viewed as even further compromised”. Persad Bissessar’s UNC will contest 39 of the 41 seats in the elections, while the ruling People’s National Movement (PNM) will contest all the seats. In the last general election, the PNM won 23 seats. In her letter, a copy of which was made available to the media, the Opposition Leader said that while the UNC acknowledges the ongoing global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the public health regulations that are currently in effect, “we are very concerned that measures are not in place to ensure citizens are able to exercise their franchise. She said that international observers have in the past, played an important role in Trinidad and Tobago’s elections and as a result does “not see any reason for you as the Prime Minister to deny this legitimate request in accordance with convention and international best practice. “At this juncture, there is sufficient time for international observers to enter Trinidad and Tobago, undergo quarantine, and upon testing negative for COVID-19, assume their duties. Any delays in issuing invitations to international agencies, however, could lead to our nation being deprived of this integral mechanism to monitor our election.” CMClast_img read more

Real Madrid Supremo Confirms Club Is Set To Float Women’s Football Team

first_imgRelated Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has confirmed that the club is planning to float a women’s football team.The focus of the new project would be training and development rather than competing.Real Madrid have dominated men’s club football winning three of the last four UEFA Champions League (UCL) titles however it’s a bit surprising that the club is currently without a women’s side.Perez had earlier revealed the plan to start a women’s football team during an interview with popular Spanish media outlet MARCA in June. He confirmed it again while speaking with club members on Sunday.In his words, Perez said: “First of all, we want to make a women’s football department, for training.”“We aren’t going to bring a team with players from other countries, but women’s football deserves a department, even if it is amateur.” he added.last_img read more

International Friendly (Nigeria Vs Argentina) – Lionel Messi Pulls Out

first_imgThe eagerly anticipated international friendly between Nigeria and Argentina has been robbed of some star power after it emerged that Lionel Messi will not be on parade at the Krasnodar Stadium, Krasnodar, in a fortnight.This was carried by popular Argentine Daily, which said the manager of the two-time world champions Jorge Sampaoli has opted not to field his talismanic skipper against the Super Eagles.According to the report, Messi, whose treble ensured Argentina will be at the 2018 World Cup, will only feature against host country Russia at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow on November 11.Five-time World Player of the Year Messi has been brilliant for Barcelona this term, netting 16 goals as the Catalans remain unbeaten in all competitions, and he may have demanded for some rest after a hectic couple of weeks.This same scenario played out during the Albiceleste’s last international friendlies against Brazil (June 9) and Singapore (June 13), when Messi went the distance against the Seleção but was omitted from the matchday squad against the Asians.Over the years, Lionel Messi has been a thorn in the side of Nigerian national teams, having scored five goals in six clashes, including a brace in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.Three-time African champions Nigeria remain unchanged from previous sides, with the key player injured Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses missing from the tie.RelatedMessi Finally Speaks On Missing Nigeria GameNovember 12, 2017In “Features”Eagles Land In Russia Ahead Of Huge Argentina ClashNovember 12, 2017In “FIFA”Nigeria Showed Teams Don’t Fear Argentina Again – MaradonaFebruary 13, 2018In “FIFA”last_img read more

X Factor’s Matt Terry hot favourite for Christmas Number One

first_imgShare Related Articles Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Share After his X Factor win on Sunday night, Matt Terry is the bookmakers’ favourite to bag this year’s Christmas number one. The single, ‘When Christmas Comes Around’, written by Ed Sheeran, is at 6/4 with William Hill to win the festive race, ahead of closest competitor Friends of Jo Cox at 5/1 and Louis Tomlinson and Steve Aoki at 7/1.Sheeran has also written songs for the likes of One Direction, Olly Murs and Taylor Swift but has himself been relatively out of the spotlight some time.William Hill Spokesman Joe Crilly commented: “The race for Christmas number one has had so many twists and turns this year with four favourites in the space of the last three weeks but with less than two weeks to go until the festive chart is announced, it looks as though Matt will have something else to celebrate”.Others reportedly in the running are Cruz Beckham for whom Will Hill stated there was a reasonable spurt of betting last week but odds have since stretched to 20/1.The X Factor, which has been running since 2004, is just 1/50 to return in 2017 and will have a new friend on ITV in the shape of The Voice.last_img read more