Tridents suffocate Patriots to win opener

first_imgTAROUBA, Trinidad, CMC – Reckless batting by Barbados Tridents nearly cost them the opening game of their title defence but they bailed themselves out with a disciplined bowling effort, to beat St Kitts and Nevis Patriots by six runs here Tuesday night. Sent in at the Brian Lara Stadium in the day/night contest, Tridents recovered from a perilous position of eight for three to tally 153 for nine with captain Jason Holder top-scoring with 38 and all-rounder Kyle Mayers getting 37.Asked to score at just under eight runs an over in what should have been a straightforward run chase under lights, Patriots meandered for the most part and declined from 89 for two in the 13th over to 147 for five off their 20 overs.They were suffocated by Tridents’ spinners especially inside the last 10 overs as New Zealand left-armer Mitchell Santner (2-18) and Afghan leggie Rashid Khan (2-27) did most of the damage, while seamer Holder produced a four-over spell that cost just 21 runs. Joshua DaSilva, batting at number three, dithered 41 balls over an unbeaten 41, failing to find the acceleration that was required, especially inside the last five overs when Patriots required only 45 runs from 30 deliveries.Australian Ben Dunk chipped in with 34 off 21 balls but no other Patriots batsmen displayed any enterprise in a lacklustre performance.In 15 balls of madness at the start, Tridents quickly found themselves staring down the barrel, in the second match of the day’s doubleheader. Johnson Charles missed an ungainly swipe at left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell (2-16) and lost his off-stump for four in the second over and New Zealander Corey Anderson, struck on the head off the first ball he faced, tamely steered the next delivery to point where Evin Lewis took a simple catch at head height.When Shai Hope (3) advanced to left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir (2-25) in the next over and skied a frustrated heave to cover, Patriots were on top.However, Holder and Mayers combined to begin the rescue mission in a 61-run, third wicket stand, both batsmen choosing to counter-attack and managing to rattle the Patriots bowlers. Holder faced 22 balls and belted two fours and three sixes while Mayers, who initiated the counter-attack, faced 20 deliveries with an identical boundary count.Mayers and Jonathan Carter (0) perished off successive deliveries in the eighth over and when Holder holed out to long on with leg-spinner Ish Sodhi in the 13th over, it was left to Rashid Khan with 26 not out off 20 balls to salvage precious runs at the end.In reply, Patriots forged a cautious start when Chris Lynn (19) and Lewis (12) put on 30 off 28 balls for the first wicket. But Tridents hit back, Santner claiming Lynn to a catch at point in the fifth over and Rashid Khan running out Lewis at the non-striker’s end after the left-hander was guilty of backing up too far to a DaSilva straight drive.DaSilva and Dunk then added 50 for the third wicket off 35 balls and when Dunk miscued Santner into the deep in the 13th over, Patriots were well poised to push on, requiring a further 65 from 46 balls.However, Denesh Ramdin (13) and Jahmar Hamilton (0) fell cheaply and though DaSilva hit just three fours, he failed to find the boundary inside the last five overs, as Patriots’ run chase fell apart without so much as a whimper.last_img read more

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Haiti Calls for Dialogue Over China’s New Law Regarding Hong Kong

first_imgJovenel Moise, the winner of Haiti’s presidential election, speaks during an interview in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, December 1, 2016. REUTERS/Jeanty Junior Augustin/Files The government said that it “deplores the fact that this law will inevitably lead to a significant, even irreversible, decline in the fundamental freedoms that have ensured the prosperity of Hong Kong and its people for several decades. PORT AU PRINCE – Haiti has joined the United States and other western countries in condemning the decision by China to enact the National Security Law aimed at curbing protest in Hong Kong. Last month, China passed the wide-ranging new security law for Hong Kong which makes it easier to punish protesters and reduces the city’s autonomy. Critics have called it “the end of Hong Kong” and the new law came into effect on June 30, an hour before the 23rd anniversary of the city’s handover to China from British rule. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit speaking at the handing over of three bridges funded by Beijing, said while his island does not interfere in the internal affairs of countries, it has nonetheless “recognised that in the international press and in some countries they have attempted to attempt to interfere in the internal affairs of countries. “However, the National Security Law seems to call into question this principle, which the Chinese authorities had nevertheless promised to guarantee at the time of the conclusion of the Retrocession Agreement. “It should also be added that this law intervenes in a context where the inhabitants of Hong Kong demonstrated massively for the respect and the defense of their fundamental rights, in particular their civil and political rights, recognized under the British administration and maintained in the Retrocession agreement.” “Based on the opacity characterizing the definition of the offenses that this law would punish, such as secession, collusion with foreigners, terrorism and subversion and the heavy penalties that their alleged perpetrators face, the Haitian government urges the Chinese authorities to bring back this controversial legal instrument which will only push back the prospect of establishing the atmosphere of harmony essential between the Hong Kong people and the Chinese mainland authorities. Last week, Dominica, which like Haiti belongs to the 15-member regional integration movement, said supports the legal efforts by China to maintain law and order in “all of China including that of Hong Kong” even as Roseau indicated it does not get involved in the internal affairs of countries. It said it is important to emphasize that the agreement had provided that from the year of handover, in 1997, “the region would enjoy broad autonomy for half a century and that the sacramental principle ‘one country, two systems’, should in any event characterize the relations between the People’s Republic of China and the special administrative region of Hong Kong. CMC “And sometimes they do it with impunity and I want to say to you, your Excellency, as I have conveyed to your President and to your government that Dominica stands in total solidarity with all of the legal actions which China has had to take to maintain law and order in the whole of China, including that of Hong Kong and we stand in solidarity with the government of the People’s Republic of China in this regard”, he added. “In short, the Haitian Government maintains that dialogue remains the royal road by which a solution can be found between the various protagonists involved directly or indirectly in this file,” the statement added. “The Haitian government is concerned about the possible consequences of this legal instrument on the fundamental rights and freedoms enjoyed so far by the Hong Kong people. After an in-depth analysis of this text, the Haitian government realizes that this law systematically violates the fundamental provisions of the Sino-British retrocession agreement as concluded in 1984,” the Jovenel Moise administration said in a statement. Dominica enjoys diplomatic relations with China, while Haiti has diplomatic relations with Taiwan, which Beijing considers a renegade province.last_img read more

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Time Is Running Out: Dems Warn GOP Divisions are Delaying Virus…

first_imgDemocrats are calling for $430 billion to reopen schools, bigger unemployment benefits and direct aid checks, and a sweeping $1 trillion for state and local governments. They also want a fresh round of mortgage and rental assistance and new federal health and safety requirements for workers. But Trump and his GOP allies are tangled over his push for a payroll tax cut, which many Republicans oppose. They also are straining to come up with a way to limit extended jobless benefits, which many Republicans say are paying people too much money. A stopgap measure may be needed to prevent a benefits shutoff. McConnell’s attempt to pull the party together is only going to become more difficult as he launches negotiations with Democrats. The price tag will almost certainly rise. Republicans want to include at least $105 billion for education, with $70 billion to help K-12 schools reopen, $30 billion for colleges and $5 billion for governors to allocate. The Trump administration wanted school money linked to reopenings, but in McConnell’s package the money for K-12 would likely be split between those that have in-person learning and those that don’t. Republicans said some $150 billion allotted previously to state governments is sufficient to avert sweeping layoffs, and they said more housing protections are not needed. “We are just days away from a housing crisis that could be prevented,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. “I just don’t see the need for it,” Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., told reporters Wednesday. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said there will be another boost for small business lending in the Payroll Protection Program. “It’s going to be big,” he said. With millions out of work and a potential wave of evictions ahead, the severity of the prolonged virus outbreak is testing Washington’s ability to respond. Schools are delaying fall openings, states are clamping down with new stay-home orders and the fallout is rippling through an economy teetering with high unemployment and business uncertainty. A new AP-NORC poll shows very few Americans want full school sessions without restrictions in the fall. “We’re still on the 20-yard line?” Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said, referring to White House comments. “Where have the Republicans been?” “We’re hopeful we’ll be able to get there,” McConnell told reporters. Exasperated Democrats, who already approved House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s more sweeping $3 trillion package two months ago, said time is running out for Trump and his GOP allies to act. McConnell’s blueprint is expected to include a new round of direct payments to earners below a certain income level, similar to the $1,200 checks sent in the spring. It also will likely have some version of Trump’s demand for a payroll tax holiday for workers, which many Republicans oppose. Republicans said they want to replace the $600 weekly federal jobless benefit with a lower amount. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said it would likely be swapped for a smaller amount more closely pegged to state benefits rates. That means workers in states with larger benefits would get a more generous add-on. “We cannot allow there to be a cliff in unemployment insurance given we’re still at about 11% unemployment,” Portman said. Briefings were underway at the Capitol and the Republican leader hoped to present a working draft by late Wednesday or Thursday. But the size and scope of the federal spending, and the jumble of competing priorities from President Donald Trump and GOP senators, left the outcome uncertain as the pandemic death toll climbed past 142,000. Congress approved a massive $2.2 trillion aid package in March, the biggest of its kind in U.S. history. Pelosi pressed on, passing her $3 trillion House bill in May. McConnell at the time said he wanted to “pause” new spending. The centerpiece of the GOP package will be McConnell’s five-year liability shield to protect businesses, schools and others from COVID-related lawsuits. It’s also likely to include tax breaks to help shops and workplaces retool safely for the reopenings. Mnuchin and Meadows made it clear during a private meeting Tuesday with Pelosi and Schumer that the White House was resisting Democratic proposals for new spending on virus testing, housing aid or money for cash-strapped states, according to a person granted anonymity to discuss the private talks. As the Republicans battle over their priorities, Democrats warn they are wasting precious time. Key GOP senators revolted over the emerging $1 trillion effort as the price tag could quickly swell. Conservative Republicans vowed to slow-walk passage of any bill. But pressure is mounting as the virus crisis deepens and a $600 weekly unemployment boost and a federal eviction moratorium come to an end starting Friday. Trump’s payroll tax break divides the party. Opponents say it does little to help out-of-work Americans and adds to the debt load. The tax is already being deferred for employers under the previous virus relief package. Supporters say cutting it now for employees would put money in people’s pockets and stimulate the economy. The White House negotiators, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Mark Meadows, the president’s acting chief of staff, were expected to head to Capitol Hill later Wednesday. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, who opposes direct checks in favor of more targeted aid, lamented the White House’s handling of the crisis. “I don’t think it’s been a great example for the world to see,” he said. “We’re still struggling.” Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., left, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., leave a news conference after a Republican luncheon, Tuesday, July 21, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin Despite deep Republican divisions, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushed ahead Wednesday toward a COVID-19 aid package with the White House as Democrats warned the GOP is delaying needed relief to Americans during the crisis. Associated Press writers Andrew Taylor, Mary Clare Jalonick and Padmananda Rama contributed.last_img read more

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U.S. Haitian-born Legislator Mourns Death of Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

first_imgA Haitian-born Democratic legislator Dr. Matthieu Eugene on Saturday joined colleagues and activists across the United States in mourning the death of prominent U.S. congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis. “May the Honorable John Lewis Rest in Power,” added Clarke, vice-chair of the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). “My prayers are with his loved ones during this time.” “Throughout his life, John Lewis exhibited a profound dedication to fighting for the civil and human rights of all people, regardless of race, religion, gender, or socioeconomic status,” added Eugene, who represents the predominantly Caribbean 40th Council District in Brooklyn, New York. “I want to extend my deepest condolences to the family of Representative John Lewis, a noble public servant, a freedom fighter, and an icon of the civil rights movement,” Eugene, the first Haitian to be ever elected to New York City Council, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC). Lewis, of Atlanta, Georgia, who represented Georgia’s 5th district in the U.S. Congress for 34 uninterrupted years. The congressman who was considered “an apostle of nonviolence,” succumbed to Stage four pancreatic cancer on Friday at age 80.center_img “Congressman Lewis was a patriot who put his life on the line in the pursuit of justice, making good trouble everywhere he went,” said the representative for the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn. “He believed that in order to progress as a country, we must treat everyone equally and empower ourselves to help those in need,” the councilman continued. “His bravery and practice of solidarity, in the face of injustice, provided inspiration and guiding light for all who continue to fight for racial unity.”Caribbean American Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, daughter of Jamaican immigrants, tweeted on Saturday that “our nation is suffering an immeasurable loss. “I had the honor of meeting with John Lewis several times, and I was deeply moved by his wisdom and unwavering dedication to fighting for human dignity and for those who were oppressed.last_img read more

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CNW90 July 31, 2020

first_imgTo help stop the spread of COVID-19, The Florida Department of Health in Broward County reminds everyone to practice social distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. In Local News, Broward County Office of Emergency Management says that COVID-19 testing sites may be closed beginning Thursday evening due to the threat of Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine to South Florida. The system is forecast to move over portions of Haiti and the Dominican Republic on Thursday. The Florida Division of Emergency Management forecast indicates that the cyclone could develop into a Tropical Storm with impacts to South Florida this weekend. If it does, all COVID-19 test sites will be closed until the storm passes. In Palm Beach County, officials announced that all testing sites will be closed for July 31st and August 1. With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, July 31 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90. Over in The Bahamas, The Bahamas government says it will implement two additional weekend lockdowns as the country continues to record increases in its COVID-19 cases. On Tuesday, 65 new cases were confirmed in the country, setting a new single day record and bringing the total cases to 447. Prime Minister Hurbert Minnis announced that from July 31 to August 4 and again from August 7 to 10th, all islands of The Bahamas, excluding Grand Bahama, where a complete lockdown is currently in place, will be on lockdown. Only food stores, gas stations, pharmacies and water depots will be permitted to operate on the Saturdays for an 11 hour period. Minnis said that all individuals wishing to leave the country during the lockdown can do so by air or by boat. Given the circumstances, the USCIS Ombudsman issued a statement on July 21st to address the card production delays. The Ombudsman’s office is offering to assist those with approved cards who are awaiting production by sending a list of those individuals to the USCIS to verify the status of production. Those affected can visit the Ombudsman’s website and file a request. Meanwhile, The governments of St. Lucia and Dominica have both indicated their plans to decriminalize marijuana and establish a cannabis industry in their respective countries. Dominica’s legislation will provide among other things, for the decriminalization of possession of 28 grams of marijuana or less. Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerritt said that his administration will forge ahead on the matter of developing a revenue stream, and foreign exchange earnings from a marijuana industry. St. Lucia, on the other hand, has began drafting of legislation that would establish a cannabis industry in the island. The law will also included looking at personal use, religious use and medicinal use of marijuana. Authorization was also given to look into the expungment of records for people incarcerated for marijuana of “less than 30 grams”, without violence attached to the charge. Now for the news in the detail For more information on these and other stories, visit CNWNETWORK.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet. Additionally, the country’s ministry of tourism has announced that no hotel or resort is permitted to allow guests to remain on its property without producing a negative COVID-19 test. This rules applies to both Bahamians and international travelers. The two islands join other countries in the region like Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, The Cayman Islands and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, were marijuana is decriminalized. Coming up in the newscast, USCIS experiences delay in printing work permits and green cards, St. Lucia and Dominica move to decriminalize marijuana and Bahamas announces additional lockdowns after spike in COVID-19 cases. Today’s newscast is brought to you by the Florida Department of Health; The USCIS has left hundreds of thousands of immigrants without their proper documents as the agency’s backlog for printing work permits and green cards have skyrocketed to over 150,000. The reason for the delays, it seems, is that the USCIS had a contract with an outside company to produce employment authorization documents (work permits) and green cards, which ended in June 2020. But rather than renew the contract, the USCIS decided to produce the cards in-house. Given the COVID-19 crisis and layoff’s of the agency, USCIS no longer has the financial or human resources to print the documents at the previous pace. Now for Caribbean News, Grenada yesterday announced a new case of the coronavirus, after going six weeks without any new reported cases. Health authorities said that a passenger who arrived on the island from the United States last week had tested positive for COVID-19. The island now has 24 cases of the virus, with 23 recoveries. The unidentified person was among a group of Grenadians who returned via a charter Jetblue flight last Wednesday and that under the new health protocol, all persons arriving on an international flight must be placed in 14 days mandatory quarantine. The island’s Maurice Bishop International Airport have been open to regional and charter flights, with international commercial flights schedule to commence on August 1. You’ve been watching CNW90, I’m…last_img read more

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Trinidad Government Closes Primary Schools, but Insists No “Raging” COVID-19 in…

first_imgRowley again urged political parties into the last weekend of the campaign to ensure that their supporters are fully on board with the various measures to curb the spread of the virus, adding “put health protocols first. Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley at news conference (CMC Photo)“We took firm decisions using the science and the data and we continue so to do. And of course if there comes a point where we believe that the risk requires a certain response…then at that point we will make the decisions as we made in the beginning. “There is no raging virus,” Rowley told reporters, noting that the emphasis now was on the management of the risks involved in the spread of the virus. Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley, speaking at a news conference here, said that following discussions with the health sector experts, it was agreed to shut down the primary schools from Thursday, after some pupils had been in contact with positive cases resulting in the closure of at least nine schools contacting tracing and cleaning. PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – The Trinidad and Tobago government Wednesday announced the closure of primary schools but insisted that the country was not facing an outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) even as it prepared for a general election on August 10. He said while he understood the position of the teachers, unilateral positions by unions representing workers, some of whom are on the frontline, would defeat the national policy in dealing with the efforts to prevent the spread of the disease. “The decision that I have taken is that we will discontinue at this stage from tomorrow those children will not go back out to have classes at school and we expect they will do at home what they were doing before….for the exams on August 20 because we will remain committed to having the exams.” “There are to be no gatherings to celebrate,” he said,, pleading “ do not congregate, election victory or not, do not congregate”. Rowley said he was “disappointed’ in the earlier statement by the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) calling on all teachers to stay away from classes until school reopens in September. “In Trinidad and Tobago we have a structure and that is working well for us. While you would have heard the Minister of Health saying a couple of days ago there is no raging virus in Trinidad and Tobago. The virus is not raging out of control. We are able to identify and pick up, we know that the virus is in the population as it rears it head we are able to treat with it and so far the majority of the cases and the numbers…are people where we have found the contacts”. The SEA is a government exam sat by children aged 11 to 12 as part of the admissions process for all public secondary schools. The SEA was introduced in 2001, to replace the older Common Entrance exam. The Ministry of Health Wednesday reported that three new cases had been reported over the past 24 hours bringing the total to 197. There have been eight deaths, since the first case was reported in March. “Basically what we are required to do after the first reaction is to live with the virus. Some people are living with it in an uncontrolled way. There are countries with far more resources that we have, who are not even attempting to do contact tracing….because the numbers are too large to attempt contact tracing….” CMC “So life wise we stay home, we stay away….and we brought our SEA children out to prepare themselves for an exam that is important with respect to the movement of our children,” Rowley said, adding that based on the data “we took the decision that we would not continue with that experiment of bringing those SEA students out. “When we say we are all in this together we mean everybody and any decision made is made for everybody and it is not helpful if persons in leadership positions believe that they are not going to accept what the country is doing because they are prepared to protect themselves better than anybody else, especially at the personal level where we are not seeing that commitment by some people were it is required as the protocol to deal with the virus”. He said the virus is likely to be around for a long time “until a vaccine is found to vaccinate the lage population of the world. “But now we are not there. But, there some things we have been doing which have increased the risks which are not comfortable with,” he said, noting “we had our children home for a number of weeks, away from school, away from mixing with the national population… “We understand the difficulty in getting children to stand within the protocol at the school environment especially small children, but we also had the requirement as we said this is about life and livelihood and we could add to that educational progression.last_img read more

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2020 Florida Primary Election Results

first_imgCindy Lerner (Runoff required with Raquel Ragalado) Florida Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee announced that preliminary election results show that more than 3,890,947 voters exercised their right to vote during the election. Circuit Court Judge Group. 18 Daniel Perez (REP) Incumbent District 24 US CONGRESS: District 20 Rodney Harris Sarah Leonardi District 23 Supervisor of Elections Keon Hardemon (Runoff needed with Gepsie M. Metellus) Residential Seat 1 District 117 District 22 DISTRICT 5 District 102 Circuit Court Judge Group 50 Fredericka Wilson (DEM) Incumbent Estaban Bovo (Runoff election needed with Daniella Levine Cava) Carlos Giminez (REP) Shannan Ighodaro Phoebee Rebecca Francois. Clerk and Comptroller Frank Ledee Andre Williams District 104 Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (DEM) Incumbent District 35 Lubby Navarro Rene Garcia Group. 12 – Debra Moses Stephens Gordon Weekes (DEM) District 81 Saulis Banionis (REP) Lois Frankel (DEM) Incumbent District 88 Perry Thurston (DEM) Incumbent David Borrero (REP) Residential Seat 3 COMMUNITY COUNCIL 8, SUBAREA 82 – Alethia Emily Hinds Anika Omphroy (Dem) Incumbent District 96 Christine Hunschofsky (DEM) GROUP 75 – Roie Anette Aponte Here are the preliminary results from the Florida primaries: Dennis Moss (Runoff required with Luisa Santos ) Felicia Simone Robinson (DEM) School Board – District 9 GROUP 65 – Denise Martinez-Scanziani County Court Judge Group 27 COUNTY COMMISSION DISTRICT 3 Maureen Porras (DEM) Katherine Fernandez Rundle (DEM) District 95 School Board Member Eileen Higgins (Runoff needed with Renier Diaz de la Portilla) Natasha DePrimo Mayor Bruno Barreiro (REP) Joe Scott (DEM) Omari Hardy (DEM) GROUP 24: Christine Bandín Group 3 – Jean L Enwright (DEM) BROWARD COUNTY District 105 Tina Polsky (DEM) Christopher Benjamin (DEM) Alison Gilman Oliver Gilbert MAYOR DISTRICT 7 District 39 George Odom Jr. (Runoff needed with Dennis Bailey) Harold Pryor County Court Judge Group 22 Greg Musselwhite (REP) District 29 Patti Englander Henning Thomas Fabricio (REP) H. Wayne Clark (REP) Joseph Abruzzo (DEM) Maria G. Marino (REP) Bobby DuBose (DEM) Incumbent District 33 Results of the Primary Election August 18, 2020 At-Large Seat 5 Circuit Judge Group 16 County Sheriff District 5 – Frank Anthony Barbieri, Jr. District 9 District 112 Dale Holness (DEM) Incumbent Group 30 – Jamie Goodman District 1 – Barbara McQuinn PROPERTY APPRAISER Debra Hixon (Runoff needed with Jeff Holness) DISTRICT 5 Dotie Joseph (DEM) Incumbent Javier Fernandez (DEM) District 101 District 2 – Alexandria Marie Ayala FLORIDA SENATE State Attorney County Commission Supervisor of Elections COMMUNITY COUNCIL 11, SUBAREA 114 – Christian Cevallos Voters hit the polls on Tuesday for the August primary in Florida, after record-breaking mail and early voting. PALM BEACH COUNTY DISTRICT 7 District 108 School Board – District 3 The Winners District 1 COUNTY JUDGE Kevin Chambliss (DEM) DISTRICT 13 COUNTY COMMISSIONERS DISTRICT 1 GROUP 55 -Joe Perkins DISTRICT 3 Brenda Foreman STATE ATTORNEY, 11TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT District 94 . District 107 COMMUNITY COUNCIL 14, SUBAREA 144 – Kelli Ann Thomas Tim Ryan (DEM) Incumbent Marie Woodson (DEM) DISTRICT 9 Joe A. Martinez Circuit Court Judge Group 30 GROUP 67 – Mavel Ruiz District 103 District 26 SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER Christi Fraga (Runoff required with Mara Zapata) Lucia Baez-Geller (Runoff required with Russ Rywell) Alcee Hastings (DEM) Incumbent James (Jim) Pruden (REP) Kion McGhee (Runoff required with Elvis R. Maldonado) Shevrin “Shev” Jones (DEM) Laura Loomer (REP) Dale C. Cohen Maria Elvira Salazar (REP) Wendy Sartory Link (DEM) GROUP 57 – Carmen Cabarga Gregory Tony (DEM) Incumbent COMMUNITY COUNCIL 15, SUBAREA 154 – Christina M. Farias CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS Kelly Skidmore (DEM) DISTRICT 11 MIAMI-DADE COUNTY Shannon Campbell Jean-Pierre Bado (DEM) District 27 County Court Judge Group 31 Ric Bradshaw (DEM) Clerk of the Court Circuit Judge 15th Judicial Circuit Linda A. Alley District 21 District 116 FLORIDA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE County Public Defender Robin Bartleman (DEM) Carla Spalding (REP) County Court Judge CIRCUIT JUDGE, 11TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT Port of Palm Beach Group 16 – Jeffrey Gillen Pedro J. Garcia District 114 GROUP 9: Miquel ‘Mike’ Mirabel District 7 Circuit Court Judge Group 27 Group 2 – Katherine Waldon (DEM) County Sheriff DISTRICT 9 COMMUNITY COUNCIL 14, SUBAREA 146 – Steven M. Greenlast_img read more

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The Surge of Women in Jamaican Politics

first_imgA strong indication of the increased role women are playing in Jamaican politics is that 30 of the candidates—18 from the JLP and 12 from the PNP—nominated to campaign for office in the September 3 general election, are women. Many of them are in their 30s. And on the flip side, Imani Duncan-Price, Krystal Tomlinson and Lisa Hanna are among the women who have shown passion and authentic leadership, despite being the opposition. There is increasing speculation within PNP circles that it is only a matter of time for Hanna to be seriously considered for the leadership of the PNP. In other countries around the world, female political leadership has also led to more effective and inclusive policies on healthcare and education, as well as widespread access to proper housing and water solutions, thus a deliberate push towards more gender-balanced representation. Women are still in the minority in Jamaican politics, but they have also been among the most hardworking and most revered politicians in recent times. Incumbent government minister Dr. Kamina Johnson-Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; Olivia “Babsy” Grange, Minister of Sports, Culture, Entertainment and Gender Affairs; and Fayval Williams, Minister of Mining and Energy, are just some of the women that have been among the list of top-performing ministers. photos via Jamaica Observer But undoubtedly, the glass ceiling in Jamaica was smashed with the election of the PNP’s Portia Simpson Miller as the party’s leader and ascendancy as Jamaica’s first female prime minister in 2006. Her ascendancy, especially as a woman from working-class, rural Jamaica, emboldened women across the nation, opening the way for a new wave of female politicians. Over the years, Jamaica has made significant progress at lifting the status of women on the social hierarchy. Across various industries, many of which were typically male-dominated, women now occupy leadership positions in major corporate entities. In fact, in 2016, Jamaica was ranked as the country with the largest percentage of female managers in the world. In recent years, there has also been a surge of women emerging at the forefront of local politics—but Jamaica has had a long history of women in politics. It dates back to the 1940s, with Iris Collins from the Jamaica Labor Party (JLP); Madam Rose-Leon, who was also part of the JLP and later joined the People’s National Party (PNP); and then Iris King, the PNP Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew. The increasing number of women politicians has been essential for ensuring equality and raising awareness of issues that primarily affect women, like sexual harassment in the workplace, domestic violence and abortion. Women’s experiences across sectors and in everyday life bring a unique perspective to political leadership, which men, under their societal roles, do not. By tabling motions surrounding the health and livelihoods of women and being vocal about women’s issues, women in parliament have proven themselves to be political allies of Jamaican women—a kind of support that has never been seen or heard before in Jamaican politics. In any society, women play an instrumental role in aspects of national development and the livelihood of its people. Still, in some countries, women have traditionally been overlooked for leadership positions in the private and public sectors, especially in politics. You can tell a great deal about the progressive nature of a country by the positions of power, or the lack thereof, that are held by women. Moreover, as has been widely seen in the context of  Jamaica, particularly in the inner cities and rural regions, women are the glue that holds families together, often bearing the burden of feeding and clothing the family. As several women told CNW, “Women politicians better understand our economic reality, and know how best to help us cope.” Some men have offered unsolicited criticism, suggesting the resounding number of women contesting the elections are being used as tokens for a guise of gender equality in politics. As inaccurate and sexist as these remarks are, it’s the same motivation that emboldened Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, regarded as one of the best Caribbean leaders, and U.S. vice-presidential hopeful Kamala Harris, to the forefront of global politics.last_img read more

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Haitian-American Lawyer Becomes First Black Woman to Serve on New Jersey…

first_imgAt the time of her nomination, she described the historic moment as the “honor of a lifetime.” Earlier in the week, the Democratic-led New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee had also voted unanimously to advance Fabiana Pierre-Louis’s nomination. Fabiana Pierre-Louis and her sons at a June event announcing her nomination to the New Jersey Supreme Court.Credit…Pool photo by Chris Pedota (NY Times) “Their work ethic is something I’ve always looked up to,” Pierre-Louis said. Pierre-Louis, 39 – a former prosecutor, who moved, with her parents, from Brownsville, Brooklyn, when she was 8, to Irvington, New Jersey – succeeds Justice Walter Timpone, who reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70 in November, on the New Jersey Supreme Court. She said her father was a taxi driver New York City, while her mother worked for 20 years at the then St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan. “I know how important it is for young people to see people who look like them, or come from similar neighborhoods as them, or similar backgrounds, to see those people in positions of leadership,” Pierre-Louis said. Currently a partner in the New Jersey law firm of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, Pierre-Louis is just over 20 years younger than the next-youngest member of the New Jersey Supreme Court, Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, who is 60.center_img A New York-born Haitian American lawyer has created history by becoming the first Black woman to serve on New Jersey’s Supreme Court after the full Senate voted unanimously to confirm her last week. Pierre-Louis lauded her Haitian-born parents, who, she said, made sacrifices so she could attend law school. “They worked extremely hard coming to a country, where they didn’t speak the language, didn’t know many people and really established themselves.” With her nomination, Pierre-Louis becomes the youngest person to serve as Justice on New Jersey’s highest court. She could sit on the court for up to 30 years before reaching the mandatory retirement age. “Fabiana is an exceptionally talented attorney, and will now have the historic distinction of becoming the first Black woman to be seated on our state’s highest court,” said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, who had nominated Pierre-Louis, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, on June 5, in a statement. CMClast_img read more

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Storm Gaming gains funding round from Intrinsic Equity

first_imgIndependent digital retail gaming content supplier Storm Gaming Technology (Storm Gaming), has confirmed that it has received venture financing from Birmingham-based investment firm Intrinsic Equity.Storm Gaming management declared that the funding would be used to develop the firm’s current gaming portfolio.To date Telford-based Storm Gaming services circa 5,000 games installed in pubs, bars, clubs and arcades within the UK, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium and Croatia.As part of the deal, James Grenfell, principal at Intrinsic Equity and senior partner at Orbis Partners, will join the Storm Gaming board alongside founder and chief executive Richard Sheldon, industry veteran Steve Murray and Sportingbet founder Mark Blandford’s Rockridge Investments.James Grenfell commented on the investment: “We have invested in Storm at an exciting time and look forward to helping Richard and Steve accelerate their plans as a global provider of multi-platform compelling games content.”Richard Sheldon backed Intrinsic Equity as investors :”Through their long-standing relationship with Steve and their recent work with CORE Gaming and Sky, James Grenfell and his team, saw an opportunity both to invest and to support the business with their financial and sector knowledge. We are delighted to welcome them to the Storm Gaming Technology journey.” StumbleUpon Share Share Related Articles Submit UKGC hosts tech expert meeting on safer gambling February 13, 2020 Chetu strengthens UK presence with Birmingham office December 17, 2019 BGC highlights UK casinos ‘community response’ under lockdown orders July 14, 2020last_img read more

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