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Jamaica qualify for Lauderhill T20 semis with win over Combined Islands

first_imgAn exciting batting performance by Jamaica fast bowler Keyonie Gayle, sent his team into the semi-finals of the Lauderhill T20 night cricket tournament with a narrow one wicket win over the Combines Islands at the Lauderhill Sports Park on Saturday.The Jamaicans were teetering on 153-9 needing another 22 to win. But Gayle was in no mood to hang around and played an innings worthy of a top order batsman as he slammed seven boundaries off the first seven deliveries he faced to end on 32 not out in the 17th over.The bowler turned batsman slapped half Yorkers for four and launched good length deliveries out of the ground onto Oakland Park Boulevard or into nearby lakes. Gayle’s boundaries were elegant, his hitting was positive, and he was determined to take his team to victory.He was supported by Omari Williams with 49 and O Jones who scored 28.Combined Islands top order batmen got good starts but failed to carry on and pressure the Jamaicans with a bigger total. Joey Pierre top scored with 32 while G. White chipped in with 26 not out, A. Scott 24, R. Ebanks 24 and D. James 17.Bowling for Jamaica, G. Campbell claimed 2 for 27, O. Brown 1/23, D. Hyatt 1/28, G. Wallace 1/28 and O. Williams 1/30.Bowling for Combined Islands, David Braithwaite bagged 2 for 27, R. Ebanks 1/21, G.White 1/23 and A. Scott 1/31.The competition continues on Saturday, April 22 with India versus the Lauderhill Select XI followed by Pakistan versus Trinidad and Tobago at All matches are played at the Lauderhill Sports Park, 7500 W. Oakland Park Blvd, Lauderhill.last_img read more

Bank of Jamaica governor dismisses the bank is orchestrating devaluation of…

first_imgGovernor of the Bank of Jamaica (BoJ), Brian Wynter, has dismissed claims the Central Bank is devaluing the Jamaican dollar, as part of plans to increase the inflation rate.“It is absolutely untrue, and it takes you down a wrong path if you believe that’s what we are actually doing. We are not doing that,” he insisted on Wednesday at a press briefing where official correspondence from the BoJ, outlining the factors resulting in Jamaica’s inflation target shortfall as at June 2018, was released.In September 2017, the Government set a medium-term inflation target of 4.0 to 6.0 per cent, to be achieved and maintained by the BoJ from April 2018 onwards.Unexpected low inflation rate However, between April and June 2018, the 12-month rate fell below the lower 4.0 per cent band.BOJ explains reasonIt is against this background that the BoJ was required to explain the reasons for the deviation to the Finance Minister and nation, and outline the actions being taken to rectify the anomaly.Wynter noted that what the BoJ is trying to achieve, using monetary policy, is by lowering interest rates and making the cost of getting credit lower. “We want to make credit easier to get, so that people borrow more. When people, companies and individuals borrow more, they borrow to invest in activities, whether it is to buy houses or raw materials or to install a new bottling line in their factory,” he said.The Governor noted that the “act of more borrowing” leads to greater economic activity, which leads to growth and job creation.While the BoJ projects that inflation for the September and December 2018 quarters will remain close to 3.5 per cent (just below the target’s lower limit and band limit of the Monetary Policy Consultation Clause), inflation will rise to the initial target’s midpoint by June 2019, and should remain at that level over the medium term.last_img read more

New album features legends of reggae

first_imgCapo Benaiah (right) alongside other members of The Mighty Diamonds. Capo Benaiah, who has been synonymous with the South Florida reggae scene for over 20 years, plans to release a new album early next year containing a collection of classic reggae songs.“I have been working on this project now for about six years on and off from out of pocket, there is no sponsor or record company with no endorsement or grants,” said Benaiah. “So far, nine songs are recorded and I’m planning to record five more tracks to complete it.”The upcoming album, Benaiah Sings The Legends of Reggae, will be the singer/guitarist’s fifth. One of the songs, Dennis Brown’s Things in Life, was released in 2018 and topped the South Florida Reggae Chart.Some of the other songs Benaiah put his stamp on are Delroy Wilson’s How Can I Love Someone, John Holt’s version of the Shirley Bassey standard, Never Never Never, and Love Up Love Up, originally done by Sugar Minott.The songs are personal favorites, some of which he tried new things with.“I did do something different on the track Never Never Never which was a big hit for John Holt in England. I added some harmonies to the track,” he said.Benaiah, whose real name is Joseph Williamson, plays guitar on some of the songs. He called on several experienced musicians to work on the project including drummers Sly Dunbar and Wilburn “Squiddly” Cole, bass guitarist Chris Meredith, keyboardist Robbie Lyn, and saxophonist Dean Fraser. Since 1985, Kingston-born Capo Benaiah has led the band Benaiah which has backed major reggae acts performing in South Florida. Throughout the 1970s, he played in different bands on the New York reggae scene including The Debonairs which backed Bob Marley at the Concourse Plaza in 1972.In 2015, Benaiah was recruited to join The Mighty Diamonds. He replaced co-founder Bunny Diamonds who suffered a massive stroke.last_img read more

West Indies’ Lloyd, Greenidge Honoured With Knighthoods

first_imgLONDON, CMC – Legendary former West Indies cricketers, Clive Lloyd and Gordon Greenidge, have been awarded Knighthoods in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.Lloyd, the 75-year-old Guyanese who captained West Indies to World Cup triumphs in 1975 and 1979, was on Friday honoured for his “services to cricket” surrounding an illustrious career which saw him become one of the game’s true greats.Greenidge, meanwhile, a 68-year-old former opening batsman, has been conferred with the Order of St Michael and St George Knight Commander for “services to cricket and to the development of sport” on the overseas list.Captain Eoin Morgan and all-rounder Ben Stokes were among five England players honoured for their role in the country’s first-ever World Cup triumph at Lord’s last July.Lloyd, who will now be known as Sir Clive, was credited for moulding the West Indies side of the late 1970s and early 1980s into a dominant force in world cricket.Following his playing career, Lloyd served as West Indies team manager and also held prominent roles with the International Cricket Council as match referee and as a member of their cricket committee.More recently, Lloyd served as chairman of West Indies selectors up until three years ago.“This is a tremendous honour. I’m delighted and humbled to receive this honour bestowed upon me by Her Majesty,” said Lloyd, who was also a major force for English County Lancashire between 1968 and 1986.PLEASANT SURPRISE“I gave over 50 years of my life to this great game and to be recognised in this way, I know my contribution is well respected. To be honoured for playing a sport I enjoyed and which brought great pleasure to many is a pleasant surprise.“This is dedicated to my family and all the people who were part on this journey with me – the West Indies and Guyana and Lancashire players, all the West Indian people, and all those who supported us.”He added: “Also, great to hear the news that Gordon has been honoured as well. He has been a great servant of the game as well and he is richly deserved.”Greenidge made his debut in 1974 in a side captained by Lloyd, and went on to become one of the game’s finest openers in a legendary partnership with fellow Barbadian Desmond Haynes.A century in either innings of the 1976 Old Trafford Test and imperious double hundreds on the 1984 tour of England served as highlights of a heralded career.All told, Greenidge made 7,558 runs at an average of 44 with 19 centuries, to seal his place in the pantheon of great Test batsmen.He was knighted on the recommendation by the Barbados government.“It’s something I appreciate very much and it’s nice to be recognised while I’m here to receive and appreciate it. I’m happy to say it was done while I am still around,” said Greenidge, who served a spell as Bangladesh head coach and as a West Indies selector.“I also want to say thanks to my many teammates over the years. I’ve played alongside some amazing players and formed many great partnerships and relationships. This is an honour I will cherish.”Conde Riley, the Barbados Cricket Association president and Cricket West Indies director, was also honoured with the title of Order of the British Empire (OBE) for “services in the field of sport and in particular cricket administration”.last_img read more

The Bahamas Suspends National Examinations

first_imgThe Ministry of Education said that Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis had on Sunday announced the lockdown of the island of Grand Bahama until August 7, due to the recent spike in the number of COVID-19 cases. Last Sunday, Minnis said that he understood the “frustration and the disappointment of many Bahamians and residents that may ensue as we re-implement certain restrictions. The ministry said that in an effort to ensure the safety of all concerned and to protect the integrity of the national examinations, “the 2020 sitting of the Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC) and the Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) examinations is temporarily suspended effective immediately until further notice”. CMC “But as a country we have to do what is right and necessary. If we do not take these measures now, we will pay a higher and deadlier price later,” he added.center_img It said that it was advising students to continue their preparations for “these crucial examinations as they will be held at a later date in accordance with the advice of the competent authority guided by Ministry of Health officials”. NASSAU, Bahamas – The Bahamas has suspended national school examinations following a spike in the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the country in recent days. Bahamas has recorded 153 confirmed cases of the virus and 11 deaths.last_img read more

For the Third Straight Day, Florida Reports Less Than 8000 New…

first_imgThe new cases follow Monday’s 4,752 new reported cases, the lowest for Florida since late June. On Sunday, 7104 new cases were reported. Healthcare workers work at a walk-up COVID-19 testing site during the coronavirus pandemic, Friday, July 17, 2020, in Miami Beach, Florida. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) Last week, Florida set records for new resident deaths reported Tuesday (186), Wednesday (216), Thursday (253) and Friday (257). The fatalities announced on a given day are not necessarily all from the previous 24 hours. The state is now up to 497,330 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 7,402 resident deaths attributed to COVID-19, according to the Florida Department of Health. At least 124 more non-residents have died in Florida, including two more reported Tuesday. The number of COVID-19 deaths also declined with the number of confirmed cases, after surging and breaking the state record multiple times last week.center_img Florida has not seen less than 8,000 new cases a day since July 7. But of course, this decline is as a result of all the state-supported testing sites being closed last week. The sites closed on Thursday evening due to Tropical Storm Isaias and thus, the number of tests received by the state’s health department has decreased over the past three days. Today, 245 COVID-19 residents’ deaths from COVID-19 were reported, the third-highest total announced in a day since the start of the coronavirus outbreak. The state also added 5,446 new cases. For the third straight day, Florida has recorded less than 8,000 new COVID-19 cases, leaving many residents to think that the state is now over the second wave of the virus.last_img read more

Miami-Dade County Commission for Women to Host Black Women’s Equal Pay…

first_imgThere will be a panel discussion followed by a group solution building and planning session around the pay equity problem. Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava will present the proclamation declaring “Black Women Equal Pay Day” in #OurCounty. Black Women’s Equal Pay Day is the approximate day a Black woman must work into the new year to make what white non-Hispanic man made at the end of the previous year. equal pay equality in rigths for man and women Based on ACS Census data, the 2020 wage gap for Black women compared to non-Hispanic white men is $0.62 (cents). You may register for this event at  The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women, under the Office of Community Advocacy, and in partnership with the Women’s Fund Miami-Dade, will host “Black Women’s Equal Pay Day: Community Solutions for Pay Equity” virtual event at 4 p.m., on Thursday, Aug. 13 via Zoom. From the U.S., you may also dial toll-free number 1-877-853-5247 or 1-888-788-0099 with Meeting ID 92193699481#. International numbers available at This virtual event will also be livestreamed via Facebook at Miami-Dade County Commission for Women.center_img This meeting will utilize communications media technology made permissible pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Orders.​ Miami-Dade County provides equal access and equal opportunity in employment and does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its programs or services. Please email [email protected] or call (833)250-2784 for technical assistance related to 711 or the closed captioning link provided by Florida Relay Service.​ If you are hearing or speech impaired, you may join the meeting using Florida Relay Service by dialing 711 on your telephone or via  For material in alternate format, a sign language interpreter, or other accommodations, please call 305-213-9836, or send email to [email protected] or to [email protected]last_img read more

Another Blow for Patriots as Fabian Allen Ruled Out

first_imgReports said the 25-year-old, who has played 13 Twenty20 International and 14 One-Day Internationals, failed to make the flight from his native Jamaica to Barbados where players and officials gathered last week for their charter flight to Trinidad. CMC Allen is one of four players who will now miss the Patriots campaign after fellow Jamaican Dennis Bulli, South African Rassie van der Dussen and the United States’ Sunny Sohal were all forced out for varying reasons. Bulli, a left-arm spinner, tested positive for COVID-19 before leaving Jamaica while batsman van der Dussen struggled to obtain a travel visa. “These withdrawals are a sign of the testing protocols that CPL put in place working as they should, and while it is disappointing for the players and coaches involved it is vital that CPL does nothing to compromise the safety of all those involved in the tournament and the public of Trinidad,” Hall explained. In the absence of the quartet, Patriots have been only able to draft in three players as replacements with Trinidad and Tobago leg-spinning all-rounder Imran Khan, Leeward Islands wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton and New Zealander Nick Kelly all called up. Once Allen missed the flight, there was no other way he could reach Trinidad since the country is closed to regular commercial air traffic. “There have been other changes to the squads and support staff as a result of other logistical challenges with the difficulty of travelling at the current time.” PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – A missed flight has cost West Indies all-rounder, Fabian Allen, his place in the Caribbean Premier League starting this month, and dealt a severe blow to St Kitts and Nevis Patriots’ chances in the competition. Patriots also had their coaching staff ruled out for the tournament after Australian head coach Simon Helmot tested positive and his assistant Malolan Rangarajan became unavailable because of his Indian Premier League commitments to Royal Challengers Bangalore. Patriots will boast the likes of Australian Chris Lynn and Ben Dunk, along with West Indies fast bowlers Sheldon Cottrell and Alzarri Joseph for the tournament which bowls off August 18 and concludes September 10. The franchise has never won the CPL, finishing fourth last year after bowing out at the playoff stage. All players, officials and administrators were tested before leaving their respective jurisdictions and again on arrival in Trinidad and CPL’s tournament operations director, Michael Hall, said the protocols established by organisers had been a success.last_img read more

Schools in Dominica to Reopen on September 7

first_imgShe said all measures would be taken to safeguard the health of students and teachers and that during the first four days of next month “we would also be doing a lot of cleaning and re-arranging of furniture…to ensure that everything is in place. Education Minister Octavia Alfred said teachers are expected in classes one week before the students. “SO we are hoping that by next week Monday, hopefully the guidelines will be in circulation (and) one of the areas we are going to be focusing upon very heavily during the academic year is that of hygiene and the importance of effective hygiene practices…and for that matter we will engage hygiene wardens to ensure that students dowhat they have to do in terms of entry at the school gates..”. She said the pre-testing activities will guide the Ministry’s remedial programme and other programmes that would be necessary before “moving ahead”. CMC Dominica closed its schools inn March after the first case of the virus was confirmed. “So from September 1st staff will engage in final preparations to receive students. Teachers will be engaged in professional staff development, training and planning. This school year planning is even more essential than before since teachers and their department heads must review curriculum and prepare for pre-testing activities which will be very crucial this year,” Alfred said.center_img Assistant Chief Education Officer, Dr. Jeffery Blaize said new guidelines have been developed with the assistance of Israel. “Subject to adequate consideration by the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Health Investment, and taking everything into account all schools will be reopened for teachers on September 1, 2020 and for all students on Monday September 7th. “We have developed guidelines and protocols for the school year…for the period of COVID and beyond. These were prepared by the…Ministry of Education and the layout and design had been done with the assistance of Israel. ROSEAU, Dominica – The Dominica government on Wednesday announced that all schools will reopen on September 7 as the island continues to implement measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) that has infected 18 people on the island. “Since we have no COVID-19 cases and since there is no community spread of COVID-19, all schools will reopen as normal. However the Ministry of Education has a plan in place that will be activated in the national status as it relates to COVID-19 changes,” Alfred added.last_img read more

What a Bam Bam! Toots Actively Seeking Royalties for Heavily Sampled…

first_img“Not a cent… I am the writer, the arranger, the composer, the singer and the producer of the original song,” he said. Hibbert’s original version of “Bam Bam” inspired Sister Nancy’s 1982 version which has gained worldwide popularity. Produced by Winston Riley, it borrows heavily from the chorus of the 1966 festival song. Sister Nancy’s version also made it to the soundtrack of the 1998 film Belly. Hibbert was a finalist in the 2020 Jamaica Festival Song Competition won by Buju Banton.   The copyright law of the United States grants monopoly protection for “original works of authorship.” The exclusive rights are subject to a time limit and generally expire 70 years after the author’s death. In the United States, any work published before January 1, 1925, is generally considered public domain. Cabel Stephenson, manager of Toots and the Maytals, said the singer has also instructed his publishers to do a thorough forensic accounting of all those who have covered his song without giving him credit. “It is well established and cannot be disputed that he is the owner of his song and it was also registered in the U.S. Congress, so all who have been using his copyright without contacting him will soon discover who is the true intellectual copyright owner of this song. It’s a matter of long run, short catch,” he said in a press release. Hibbert said, “‘Bam Bam’ is a very dear project to me, because it was my first festival song winner. When I saw what was going on in the world, what the world was coming to…I came up with ‘What a Bam Bam,’ to talk about what I saw around me, the fighting, the taking of things that wasn’t theirs, the killing. It’s a bam bam, what a bam bam, it has several meanings. Even a sexy girl walking down the road, you can appreciate her and say: ‘What a bam bam!’” Beyoncé used a sample of “Bam Bam” interpolated with her live performance of “Hold Up” from her 2016 album Lemonade. Hibbert, 77, said he has never collected royalties for the song. Jay-Z sampled the song in “Bam” from the 2017 album 4:44. Jay-Z traveled to Jamaica to record the music video for “Bam.” While on his visit, he met Sister Nancy, who is featured in the video. “She came to me and told me she never knew that it was my song, and the song was done before she was born. At the time, I respected her as an artiste trying to help herself and this song provided a lot of help for her career. So, there’s no ill will, just the business,” he said. Kanye West featuring Rihanna sampled “Bam Bam” on the 2016 song “Famous” from The Life of Pablo. The singer said he met Sister Nancy, who did a popular cover of “Bam Bam,” backstage at a festival backstage in Europe years ago. American Lauryn Hill interpolated features from “Bam Bam” in her own song, “Lost Ones,” from the 1998 album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.  According to Hibbert, he is listed as the principal songwriter in the U.S. Copyright Office in Washington DC. Hibbert is currently promoting Got to Be Tough, his first album in a decade, to be released by Trojan Jamaica/BMG Records on August 28. Toots Hibbert of the veteran Jamaican reggae group Toots and the Maytals has instructed a team of intellectual property managers to investigate who has been collecting publishing and royalties for his 1966 Jamaica Festival Song, “Bam Bam.”last_img read more

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