#JAVotes2016: Andrew, Juliet Holness cast votes … report complaints of intimidation

first_imgLeader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Andrew Holness and his wife Juliet, have cast their ballots in the St Andrew Eastern constituency in which the party’s standard bearer, Fayval Williams is up against the People’s National Party (PNP), Andre Hylton. Williams was reportedly hand picked by Holness to be the JLP’s standard bearer in the tricky St Andrew Eastern constituency. Williams is a newcomer to the political process, while Hylton is a first term Member of Parliament. The couple entered the Mona High School at approximately 8 a.m. and was directed to PD 35, where he pressed flesh with voters before casting his ballot. Holness’ wife Juliet looked like a veteran in the political business as she first greeted the orange clad members of the PNP outdoor team before high fisting JLP outdoor agent’s with huge grins. He told The Gleaner that he was satisfied with the proceedings so far, although he has received a few complaints of intimidation. Holness also expressed confidence in the ability of his wife to win the neighbouring St Andrew East Rural seat, saying “Juliet knows what she is about.’ The polling station seemed ready for action, long before the 7 o’clock start time. But before the pair appeared at the centre, Beverley Manley, a former wife of former President of the PNP Michael Manley, was seen at the centre, to vote precisely at 7 a.m. The teams of outdoor agents from both the JLP and PNP were all in place just after 6:45 a.m. when The Gleaner arrived. Both sides announced their satisfaction with the arrangements. A long line of early voters were already queued station at 7 a.m. when the station was scheduled to be opened under the Representation of the People Act.last_img read more

Labourer slapped with robbery charge

first_imgA Bourda Market labourer was on Wednesday hauled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after he was slapped with a robbery charge.Travis Allen is accused of committing the robbery at the Rio Night Club, Queenstown, Georgetown.The 22-year-old of West Ruimveldt, Housing Scheme, Georgetown appeared before Principal Magistrate Faith McGusty and denied the charge, which stated that on August 18, 2019, at Forshaw Street, Queenstown, he robbed Lakresha Parks of a phone valued $170,000 and $43,000 cash.Allen was represented by Attorney-at-Law Clyde Forde, who made a successful bail application for his client.Police Prosecutor Annalisa Brummel informed the court that on August 18, the Virtual Complainant (VC) was leaving a concert when Allen approached her and held on to her bag; however, the woman quickly raised an alarm, which caused him to flee.However, the woman proceeded to a party at Rio Night Club when she was again approached by the defendant.The court heard that Allen dealt the woman several slaps to her face and body, relieved her of the articles, and escaped. The matter was reported to the Brickdam Police Station, and Police ranks, acting on information received, went to Leopold Street, Georgetown and apprehended Allen.The Prosecutor contended that bail should not be granted given that Allen was positively identified by the VC, the offence is serious in nature, and the penalty it attracts.Allen was, nonetheless, released on $150,000 bail. As a condition of bail, he was required to lodge his passport with the court. The case will continue on November 6, 2016.last_img read more

Sourav Ganguly keen to see coach Anil Kumble’s performance in Indian conditions

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Jamaica and Cuba mark 40 years of Diplomatic Relations

first_imgPrime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Cuban Ambassador, Yuri Gala met on December 6 at Jamaica House as both countries mark 40 years of relations, officially recognized on December 8. Ambassador Gala updated the Prime Minister on a series of activities that have been planned both in Jamaica and Cuba to celebrate this milestone in diplomatic relations. These include the presentation of a Cuban movie, “Kangamba”, an exhibition displaying the 40 year relations between both countries and a wreath laying ceremony at the National Heroes Park for LieutenantColonel, AntonioMaceo.The celebrations will culminate on December 14. Jamaica and Cuba established diplomatic relations on December 8, 1972 and December 8 is being observed as Caricom-Cuba Day.   At the meeting, Ambassador Gala presented the Prime Minister with letters from the Cuban President, Raúl Castro expressing his country’s gratitude for the sympathies expressed by Jamaica on the passage of Hurricane Sandy and the Government’s willingness to assist Cuba. President Castro also stated that he will never forget Jamaica’s position in establishing diplomatic links with Cuba in 1972 which he said contributed to preventing efforts of isolating Cuba. The Prime Minister and the Ambassador also discussed the further strengthening of the longstanding relations between both countries including possible further collaboration in the area of sport. The Prime Minister presented the Cuban Ambassador with a copy of the Jamaica 50 book which captures the golden moments of Jamaica’s 50 years of independence. Contact:    Communications Unit-OPM Tel:               926-0244 Fax:              920-4684                                         Email:           [email protected]last_img read more

Shaquille ONeal To Host SHAQaCLAUS Event Today

first_imgFormer Los Angeles Lakers Center, NBA legend, and philanthropist Shaquille O’Neal will host SHAQ-a-CLAUS on Monday, December 23 at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice.As part of his longstanding dedication to advocating for youth development, the former All-Star has arranged for more than 300 kids to experience the ultimate holiday carnival amid “snowfall” in sunny California.“Every kid deserves a memorable holiday season,” said the four-time NBA champion. “The Boys & Girls Club of Venice serves as a home away from home for young people who need encouragement. Although there are no chimneys involved, SHAQ-a-CLAUS is definitely coming to town.”Dating back to 1992, SHAQ-a-CLAUS has showered thousands of at-risk youths with gifts during the holiday season. O’Neal, who is a Boys & Girls Club alumnus, continues his long tradition of helping those in need.An estimated 350 pre-registered Boys & Girls Club of Venice members will receive a JAKKS toy from Shaq-a-Claus, shoes from Crocs, support from Feed The Children, and lunch courtesy of Panda Express. Shaq has even paid to have the party dusted with snow.“Shaquille O’Neal’s support for the Boys & Girls Club of Venice means the world to the kids who come through our doors each day,” said Monique Brandon, Executive Director of the Club. “We salute his extraordinary generosity and applaud him for coming back to Los Angeles to spread hope and cheer.”The Boys & Girls Club of Venice delivers exciting youth development programs in academic success, healthy lifestyles and good character and citizenship to more than 4,000 youths annually. The Club appreciates the sponsors for their generosity and support of SHAQ-a-CLAUS.Event registration has reached capacity and is now closed.last_img read more

Lawsuit goes after BC for isolating inmates

first_imgA new class-action lawsuit wants to seek damages for inmates subjected to solitary confinement.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA class-action lawsuit is seeking damages for time spent in solitary confinement on behalf of thousands of inmates in B.C. jails.The suit, filed last week in B.C. Supreme Court, still needs to be certified by a judge.If approved, lawyer James Sayce said he will pursue compensation for “lasting and permanent harms” incurred by people subjected to isolation.“In our view there are international standards which apply to the use of solitary confinement in jails,” he said from Toronto.“Solitary confinement should be a tool of last resort.”B.C. Corrections declined to comment for this story but said it intended to file a statement of defence.“With this matter before the courts, it would be inappropriate to comment further,” a spokeswoman added.Sayce, of the Koskie-Minsky firm, said B.C. uses solitary confinement for two reasons – administrative or disciplinary.But, he said, there aren’t “sufficient safeguards” to protect prisoners from being subjected to an abuse of those reasons.“The prison authorities will often justify the use of solitary confinement in inappropriate means,” he said in a telephone interview.Solitary confinement, Sayce said, should be used “sparingly” and, for some inmates, not at all.And when used, “a person should be released from solitary at the earliest possible time.”Concerns about practiceThe lawsuit applies to anyone – male and female – who spent time in solitary confinement while serving a sentence of less than two years in a B.C. correctional facility, Sayce added.“The harms associated with solitary for those groups, we say, rises to the level of cruel or unusual treatment, which is unconstitutional in this country,” he said.“People suffering from serious mental illness and people that are young – under the age of 18 – are not properly equipped to deal with the stresses of solitary confinement.”A large proportion of those inmates would be Indigenous people, like his representative plaintiff Cody Cragg of Vancouver Island, because he  said Canada has an “over-representation” of Indigenous inmates at all levels of the system.Sayce said Cragg was kept in solitary for lengthy periods while serving time at the Prince George Regional Correctional Centre despite being diagnosed with mental health issues.“It’s our submission he’s a person who should never have been placed in solitary confinement,” he said.“He’s a person who should have been given treatment in a clinical setting.”Sayce said solitary confinement is used in all provincial and federal correctional institutions.He has already certified class-action lawsuits on behalf of inmates subjected to solitary in Ontario and while serving penitentiary time.In his 2017 report, Canada’s correctional investigator said Indigenous inmates were subjected to segregation more than other inmates – and, at the same time, found the use of segregation declining for non-Indigenous prisoners.Ottawa has since moved to eradicate the practice in the federal system by tabling Bill C-83.Sayce noted there is a syndrome associated with time spent in solitary confinement and damages will be higher for prisoners who spent the most time in a cell alone – sometimes up to 22 hours a day – with no human [email protected]@katmartelast_img read more

Which MLB Teams Overperform in Popularity

Facebook maps of sports fandom, such as the one Facebook just published about Major League Baseball, are one of my favorite things:But as Will Oremus of Slate notes, this approach conceals important information. Facebook’s map, which identifies the team with the most “likes” in each U.S. county, might give you the idea that the Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies and Minnesota Twins are exceptionally popular. Indeed, they are reasonably well-liked over a broad geographical area. But most of the counties in their territories are rural and have low populations. The problem is analogous to looking at maps of presidential election results by county, which might convey the impression that Mitt Romney won the 2012 election when he did not.Another way to evaluate a baseball team’s popularity is to look at data from Google Trends.Google Trends recently unveiled a beta feature in which it aggregates search terms into topics. For example, searches for “St. Louis Cardinals,” “Saint Louis Cardinals,” “cardinals baseball” and so forth, are grouped under the same topic heading. (The feature can also theoretically avoid false positives; for example, searches for “Texas Ranger” that were seeking information on the defunct television show will not be confused with those for the baseball team.) In most cases, this functionality seems to be quite smart; the topic “Miami Marlins” seems to pick up searches for “Florida Marlins” as well, as the team was known prior to 2012.The chart below lists the number of Google searches for the topic associated with each MLB team. The figures listed are relative to the league average. (The Atlanta Braves’ popularity, for example, is listed as 1.14, which means that they are searched for 1.14 times as often as the average MLB club.) They reflect Google searches worldwide since 2004, except in the case of the Washington Nationals, where I’ve run the numbers from April 2005 forward, because the team played in Montreal before that time.By Google searches, the Rangers have only about average popularity, while the Twins and the Rockies are below average. Conversely, the New York Mets, who didn’t win a single county in the Facebook map, are the sixth-most searched for team worldwide.The most striking feature of the Google data, however, is the dominance of the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. They are searched for 3.8 and 3.7 times, respectively, more often than the league average, and more than 10 times as often as the least popular teams.The Yankees, of course, have a large population to draw from: There are roughly 20 million people in the New York metro area. How does each team’s Google search popularity compare to the size of its television market?We make that comparison in the table below. I’ve listed each team’s popularity on Google, the relative size of its TV market (markets with two teams are divided evenly between them), and then taken the ratio between the two. The Yankees rank third even by this standard. But the Red Sox are a clear No. 1 and are about three times as popular as you’d guess from the size of the Boston media market. The Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, Pirates and Reds also over-perform relative to their market size.Red Sox haters might complain that the team’s market is much bigger than Boston alone: They are also the “local” team in the rest of New England (except for western Connecticut).But extent to which a team’s popularity expands may have a lot to do with how well the team is run — and how often it wins. The Toronto Blue Jays theoretically have a whole country to themselves — but they are unpopular relative to the size of the Toronto market itself, let alone as compared to the population of Canada. The correlation between a team’s Google search popularity and its number of post-season appearances since 2004 is .62, a fair amount higher than that between its popularity and its market size (.38).Performing worst relative to its population are the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. I’m somewhat suspicious of this datapoint, however. There are so many variations on the team’s name (“LA Angels,” “Anaheim Angels,” “That Team With Mike Trout and 24 Other People”) that Google Trends might not be picking up on all the ways to search for them, even with its new-and-improved algorithms. read more

Papal Visit To Cuba – 3522 Prisoners Pardoned Includes Nine Bahamians

first_img At Least 10 People Killed in Cuba from Hurricane Irma More Than 100 prisoners escaped in British Virgin Islands after Hurricane Irma Related Items:cuba, papal visit, pardoned, prisoners Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppHavana – The Council of State of the Republic of Cuba, on the occasion of the visit of His Holiness Pope Francis, has agreed to the release of 3522 prisoners.The Embassy of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas received the good news on Friday afternoon 11th September, 2015 when Ambassador Adams was officially notified by Ms. Anet Pino, Deputy Director of International Law and Multilateral Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cuba that nine (9) Bahamian inmates were also pardoned.Among the 3522 pardoned, included inmates over 60 years of age, younger than 20 years with no criminal record, chronically ill, women, those set for conditional release in 2016, and some serving and working in open conditions, as well as foreigners, provided that the country of origin guaranteed repatriation.With few exceptions for humanitarian reasons, this did not include persons sanctioned for the crimes of: Murder, Homicide, Rape, Pederasty with Violence, Corruption of Minors, Theft and Illegal Slaughter of Cattle, Drug Trafficking, Robbery with Violence and Intimidation against persons in their aggravated forms, nor those crimes committed against the security of the State.The decision took effect on Wednesday, 16th September 2015.On Wednesday, Ambassador Adams including Consul Saunders and Attaché Carey bade farewell to the nine (9) happy inmates as they boarded the flight carrier, Bahamasair at 1:15 p.m. destined for Nassau, Bahamas.The functionaries at the Ministries of Foreign Affairs in both Cuba and The Bahamas as well as the Ministry of National Security in The Bahamas and the Embassy Staff networked to guarantee swift action in returning those nine (9) Bahamian men, who are now free from all of their sentences in the Republic of Cuba.The Bahamas government thanks the government of Cuba for this gesture of goodwill that stands as a symbol of our good and cordial relations and our Ambassador to the Vatican, HE Sean McWeeny has conveyed the country’s appreciation to his Holiness the Pope. Cuban military crash leaves 8 deadlast_img read more

Smith accuses QPR players of tag team

first_imgAston Villa manager Dean Smith has accused players of Queens Park Rangers of working as a tag team to foul Villa midfielder, Jack Grealish.Smith has demanded more protection from the officials for Grealish who was fouled on numerous occasions during Villa’s defeat against QPR.The struggling Villans were defeated 1-0 at Loftus Road, where Pawel Wszolek’s first-half strike gave in-form QPR their third win on the bounce and the fourth victory and clean sheet of a five-match unbeaten run.Wszolek’s shot cannoned off the underside of the bar after the Poland international raced on to Geoff Cameron’s ball over the top seven minutes before the interval.Despite being kept at bay for much of the game Villa boss Smith insists referee Darren England should have done more to clamp down on QPR’s treatment of Grealish.“They need to protect Jack Grealish more. QPR were like a tag team kicking him,” Smith said, according to Sports Mole.Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.“A player of that quality needs protection from referees and they should be brandishing yellow cards.”“They were a tag team tonight. (Massimo) Luongo’s had four or five kicks at him and other players have.”“He needs protection. If they brandish a yellow card very early then it stops it. He’s the most fouled player in the league, we all know that.”“Does he get the protection he deserves? I don’t believe he does at the moment. I suppose it’s the only way the opposition can stop him.”“There was a lot of tactical fouling but there weren’t many yellow cards. If you dish out yellow cards then you stop that.”last_img read more

Giggs slams Wales for poor display

first_imgWales manager Ryan Giggs has criticized his side for their complacency after they lost 1-0 to Albania on Tuesday.Wales end 2018 with back-to-back defeats as lost 1-0 to Albania in a friendly on Tuesday thanks to a controversial second-half penalty, and Giggs after the game admitted the players lacked concentration.“The performance was not good enough and the result was what we deserved,” Giggs told Sky Sports.“We controlled the first half and thought it was going to be easy. We should have won that game, we were in total control.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“But they let themselves down tonight. We go a goal down, we don’t play our own game, we are pumping the ball in their box.“Quite simply we turned up thinking we would win and thinking someone would get us out of trouble.“I have been in football long enough to smell when something is going to happen and I said that at half-time because players didn’t have that concentration tonight.”last_img read more