Jamaican man loses battle to remain in BVI

first_imgA Jamaican man has lost a legal battle to remain in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), following an incident in 2015 in which he sexually assaulted a woman.Peter Gray  was sentenced to 10 months for criminal trespass, and 15 months for indecent assault – the sentences ran concurrently.Gray appealed against the deportation order, but  the request was turned down by Governor John Duncan .Gray later brought the matter before the High Court, where the request was turned down.The Jamaican man told the court that his deportation would disrupt the “family life” with several persons, including a six year old daughter.The court heard that Gray was in an ‘acrimonious’ relationship with a BVI woman. That relationship, which ended years ago, produced a daughter.However, the judge dismissed this stating that “While the court does not doubt the strength of the First Claimant‘s love for his daughter, the scope of his access and visitation is undefined, and there is little indication of the regularity or the depth of the contact. Further, the lack of any real detail gives rise to significant doubt as regards his financial support . It appears to the court that his role in her day to day care and upkeep has also been minimal.”Another factor that helped to determine the outcome  – came to light when Grey disclosed his romantic involvement with another  woman, this woman who lives in St Kitts Nevis has four children – a minor and three young adults who are BVI citizens, living on their own. None of these children  fathered by Gray.“Although the court does not doubt the genuineness of these relationships, the court cannot ignore the fact that the Second Claimant is still legally married to another man, and there are no tangible plans to resolve this – six years into their (St Kitts woman and Gray’s) relationship,” the court document stated.The judge however said that from all accounts, the woman from St Kitts and Gray have “a genuine and loving relationship, which has survived (Gray’s) prosecution, conviction and incarceration on account of sexual offences involving a female virtual complainant”.In further analyzing the case, the judge said Gray and the other claimants essentially indicated that “deportation would mean the breakup of the family, because they would simply not be able to relocate to Jamaica” to be with a deported Gray.However, Gray’s attorneys pointed to Jamaica’s high crime rate as a basis for which “deportation would be prejudicial”.last_img read more

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CTO Donates US$20,000 to Bahamas Hurricane Relief Efforts

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)  on Wednesday announced that it has made an initial monetary contribution to the Bahamas to the tune of US$20,000 to assist with recovery efforts in Abaco and Grand Bahama following the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian earlier this month.CTO said the sum, raised through the CTO Relief Fund, has been transferred to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) of the Bahamas “as part of the CTO’s on-going support of the long-term recovery of the affected islands.”CTO activated its hurricane relief fund immediately after Hurricane Dorian battered the northwestern Bahamian islands leaving behind a trail of destruction, over 50 confirmed deaths and many more missing.“The CTO sincerely thanks those of you who are helping the Bahamas by contributing to the hurricane relief fund,” said Neil Walters, the CTO’s acting secretary-general.“Your assistance goes a long way towards bringing relief to the people of the Abacos and Grand Bahama who suffered gravely from Hurricane Dorian.“We encourage everyone to continue to contribute to the fund, so we can keep assisting those affected,” he added. “However, it’s important to note that 14 tourist destinations in the Bahamas were unaffected by the storm, and we encourage persons planning vacations at this time to show their ultimate support to the Bahamas by visiting at least one of these destinations.”In addition to the relief fund, CTO said it is engaged in other activities to assist the Bahamas.These include collaborating with Friends of Culture, a 501C3 organization in New Orleans, Louisiana, to raise funds at its annual Bayou Bacchanal (Caribbean Carnival), which will be held on November 2 in New Orleans.CTO said it also worked with Julie Guaglardi of Zelman Style Interiors to highlight the Bahamas at a fashion show in Times Square, New York during New York Fashion Week, reaching an audience of 100,000.In addition, CTO said it is part of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency’s team on the ground in the affected islands, with one of its staff members currently in the Bahamas carrying out an assessment of the damage to the tourism infrastructure.last_img read more

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American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) Donates Protective Equipment to Jamaica’s Ministry…

first_imgWASHINGTON, DC – As the Jamaican government continues to take steps to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus on the island, the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment is expected to be eased with the donation of a large shipment of sterile gloves, surgical gowns and nebulizers, courtesy of the New York-based American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ).The shipment of Personal Protective Equipment to include N95 masks, has been consigned to Jamaica’s Ministry of Health for distribution to University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) hospital and other first responders facing a critical shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The donation valued in excess of U$100,000 (J$13.5M), includes over 18,000 N95 masks, nearly 40,000 sterile gloves, 1,140 surgical gowns and nebulizers. UHWI as well as the other of the island’s public medical facilities, have an immediate and critical need of PPEs for medical professionals.The supplies are scheduled to arrive in Kingston, Jamaica during the first week of April.Executive Director of AFJ Caron Chung says “We recognize the need to support healthcare resilience in Jamaica and also vulnerable and underserved communities experiencing hardship due to quarantine or school and business closures.  We know that our path forward requires working together to help healthcare workers on the frontlines of the pandemic.”“AFJ will continue to evaluate the needs and opportunities in order to fill the gaps for PPE and other supplies,” Ms Chung added.The American Friends of Jamaica executive explained that planning for this substantial donation was in progress since last year and were collected months before the COVID-19 outbreak.  “It is unfortunate that supplies are limited here in the USA at this time,” she said.AFJ President Wendy Hart said “COVID-19 is one of the greatest challenges of our time.  The AFJ joins in committing its efforts to helping address the highest priority needs of the nation and the people of Jamaica”.She said the AFJ’s COVID-19 Relief Fund has generated pledged donations which will be used to purchase equipment for public hospitals, support individuals and families facing economic insecurity and uncertainty. These donations are courtesy of the AFJ Board of Directors and supportive AFJ Donors.“AFJ is grateful to donors and partners Dr. Kenneth Alleyne, MD, Rhoan Stewart, Keisha Lawrence and our hardworking volunteer team who organized and coordinated the delivery of this in-kind donation,” Ms Hart concluded.last_img read more

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Florida’s Unemployment Crisis Continues: “1.5 Million Claims Filed, Just $40,193 Paid”

first_imgTampa, FLORIDA — Latest reporting shows Florida’s unemployment system has moved painfully slow in dispersing assistance to Floridians out of work and still rejects many applicants.On April 20, The Tampa Bay Times reported that from March 15 through April 19, Florida’s unemployment system received 1.5 million claims and only dispersed new payments to 40,183 Floridians. The Times also reported that the state has rejected one in four of the claims that have been processed so far.Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, slammed DeSantis for the high rejection rate and the slow-moving processing:“Governor Ron DeSantis has failed the hundreds of thousands of Floridians who have lost their jobs from the pandemic. Claims are being processed far too slowly, and far too many claims are being rejected.  Floridians need a more robust system, fewer restrictions on applicants, and stronger benefits. DeSantis and the Republican legislature should have revamped the state’s unemployment system by now. What are they waiting for?”Excerpt from The Tampa Bay Times’s “Florida releases unemployment numbers: 1.5 million claims filed, just 40,193 paid”:Just 40,193 Floridians who have filed for unemployment since March 15 have received their benefits, according to a new website the state launched Monday.That’s less than 3 percent of the more than 1.5 million claims filed since mid-March when the state saw a record surge in people thrown out of work because of the coronavirus.The new site, which is expected to be updated daily, provides the first look at the scope of the state’s unemployment crisis and the workload faced by the Department of Economic Opportunity, the agency tasked with processing claims: Nearly $60 million has been paid to 40,193 Floridians, but the state has been slow to pay out the $600-per-week federal unemployment benefits. Of the $60 million, just $14.3 million in federal help. Of the more than 1.5 million claims, just 162,039 have been processed by the state to determine if the person is eligible for unemployment.center_img Of the 162,039 claims, 41,573 — about one in four — were found ineligible for assistance.last_img read more

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Grubbs hoping to make long-awaited return against Steelers

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — One of the biggest stories from the Ravens’ convincing 35-7 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers to open the season was the dominating play of the offensive line.Despite all five starters playing together for the first time — left tackle Bryant McKinnie and center Matt Birk didn’t play in the preseason — the Ravens gashed the Steelers defense to the tune of 170 rushing yards and protected quarterback Joe Flacco to the tune of a three-touchdown day. It also happened to be the only game Ben Grubbs has played all season.After being sidelined for six games with a right toe injury, the starting left guard practiced all week and appears to be very close to returning to the lineup. The Ravens have listed Grubbs as questionable but hope his return comes in Pittsburgh Sunday night. “I made it through three practices and I’m still walking, so that’s a blessing,” Grubbs said.However, Grubbs returning against the Steelers is not a sure thing with the fifth-year lineman only practicing on a limited basis. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron labeled him a “game-time decision” earlier in the week, and the Ravens appear to be holding true to that designation.“It hasn’t been a full practice, so I think it’s a process,” coach John Harbaugh said. “It’s a plus that he has been able to practice a little more this week than he has in the past. We haven’t had him out here full-speed really yet. I am hoping. We have our fingers crossed — we have for a few weeks. It is better than it has been.”Grubbs hadn’t tried to practice since the week following the bye when he experienced a setback after being stepped on during a mid-week workout. Veteran Andre Gurode has started the last five games in Grubbs’ absence at a position he had never previously played in his NFL career.The Ravens’ first-round pick in 2007 isn’t counting his chickens before they’re hatched, but returning against those same Steelers he played in Week 1 would be an interesting coincidence. It would also provide a much-needed shot in the arm for an offensive line that’s struggled over the last few weeks. “It would be a great comeback,” Grubbs said. “It was the last game [I played]. Really, this is my second week for me. My first week we played Pittsburgh; second week we’re playing Pittsburgh. It would be a huge game for me, but at the same time, I also want to make sure that my health is the main priority. If I can’t go, I can’t go, but whenever I go out there, I want to help the team.”last_img read more

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FFA Crisis: FIFA Intervention Postponed Till August

first_imgRelatedAustralia And New Zealand To Host Historic 2023 FIFA Women’s World CupJune 25, 2020In “Featured”Australia’s Women Footballers Get Equal Pay With Men In Landmark DealNovember 6, 2019In “News”FIFA Unveil Blueprint For New Peace Plan After Sierra Leone VisitOctober 1, 2017In “Africa” A joint delegation of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and FIFA representatives have delayed their visit to Australia to wade into the ongoing crisis rocking the Australian Football Federation (FFA) till next month (August).This is part of FIFA’s plans to end the rift between divided stakeholders and give birth to a more democratic congress with the November 30 deadline handed out to the FFA to sort out its house not too far away.The delegation had initially been scheduled to arrive in Australia late July but that has now been shelved in favour of an August visit from the AFC and FIFA representatives.Failure by the FFA to have a more democratic congress in place by the November 30 deadline will lead to stiff sanctions from FIFA. The sanctions include the disbandment of the FFA board and the removal of its chairman Steve Lowry.Speaking with AAP earlier on Monday, FFA chief executive David Gallop confirmed that the body is working towards a resolution to the ongoing crisis. In his words, he said: “We’re working to get a resolution that means we don’t get to that stage.”“We’re still looking to finalise the date but it’s likely to be in early August.“We support FIFA coming and hearing the views of the various stakeholders first hand.“We’ve seen some changes in the FIFA administration and the people managing the issue in recent times, so it will be good for the people who are actually dealing with the matter to come to Australia and hear the debate.” he further stated.If the delegation does arrive in early August, it will leave little more than three months before FIFA acts on its threat to implement a normalisation committee to temporarily take over FFA’s affairs.FIFA’s decision made earlier this month to wade into the crisis is a big blow to Chairman Steve Lowry and his underfire board, and it’s coming in the back of the world’s football governing body’s total rejection of its planned new congress model as unrepresentative.After a long running battle that lasted for months, FFA told the world body that an agreement from over 75% of members had been reached for the 1st stage of an expanded congress.That 9-3-1 model include nine state member federations, two seats for the A-league clubs and one both the W-League, and the players’ union, the Professional Footballer’s Australia (PFA) though this is still some way off what the A-League clubs, PFA and the largest state member federation, Football NSW, want. They are adamant that the FFA should adopt a 9-5-1 model.With trust at an all time low at the moment, the 10 A-League clubs continue to request for what they believe is their share of revenue entitlements as well as a greater say in the future of the game in Australia.“It would certainly be good to get things resolved,” Gallop said while speaking further on the current situation.“There’s a level of frustration from most stakeholders.” he concluded.last_img read more

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Novak Djokovic Out For The Rest Of 2017 Due To Elbow Injury

first_imgWorld number 4, Novak Djokovic has announced that he’s out for the rest of 2017 Tennis season due to an elbow injury.Djokovic retired from his Wimbledon’s quarter final match against Tomas Berdych earlier this month, and will now take the rest of the season out to recover from the long term elbow injury.A statement on his official website read: “My elbow is hurt due to excessive playing, and it troubles me constantly when serving, and now when playing forehand as well,” He continued: “All the doctors I’ve consulted, and all the specialists I have visited, in Serbia and all over the world, have agreed that this injury requires rest,”“At the beginning of my career I was facing health issues, but during years, and with a lot of patience and dedication, I found a solution. That’s the approach I take to this situation, and I firmly believe that I will come back stronger.”RelatedATP Ranking: Novak Djokovic Drops Out Of “Big Four”, Murray Retains Top SpotJuly 31, 2017In “Sports”Djokovic Suffers Major Elbow Injury, To Miss US OpenJuly 24, 2017In “Sports”Wimbledon Roundup: Murray Crashes Out, Djokovic Retires As Federer Marches OnJuly 13, 2017In “Sports” “Unfortunately, such injuries are often encountered in a professional sport, and I am very proud of the fact that I have been free from serious injuries during all these years. I think I haven’t missed a single major event for more than 10 years.”“My body has its limits, and I have to respect that and be grateful for all that I have achieved so far.”The 30-year-old Serbian made his Grand Slam debut at the 2005 Australian Open and have not missed a major since then, playing in 51 straight majors before this injury.last_img read more

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Bizarre! Goalkeeper Sent Off For This Reason

first_imgRelated Goalkeeper Max Crocombe was bizarrely sent off earlier today for urinating during his Salford City team’s 2-1 win at Bradford Park Avenue.Crocombe, 24, was given his marching orders with three minutes remaining in the National League North clash.Speaking about the bizarre incident, Park Avenue secretary Colin Barker said: “He was told by the steward twice not to do it and he went ahead and had a pee.”Barker added:“He went to the side of the stand as I understand it. I didn’t actually see it, but the referee definitely sent him off for it because he was alerted to it by his linesman.”The New Zealand player later apologised as he said he was in an “uncomfortable position” and thereafter made “an error in judgment”Writing via his Twitter account, Crocombe further added:“My intention was never to offend anyone and I’d like to apologise to both clubs and sets of supporters.”last_img read more

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WPBSA joins Sportradar integrity monitoring program

first_img David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share Related Articles The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA), the governing body for professional snooker and billiards, has this week confirmed that it will join the Sportradar integrity program as its seeks to boosts its capabilities in identifying, detecting and monitoring potential match fixing.Agreeing terms on a three-year partnership, WPBSA will move to integrate Sportradar integrity provisions through its state-of-the-art Fraud Detection System (FDS).WPBSA joins the ranks of UEFA, AFC, World Rugby, the NBA and NHL as sports governing body utilising Sportradar provisions in the battle against match-fixing and sports crime.As a member WPBSA will be further supported by Sportradar consultancy services which will help the organization’s stakeholders asses and identify potential integrity threats.Speaking about this new partnership, WPBSA Vice Chairman, Nigel Mawer QPM said: “We have had the chance to work with Sportradar over the last few years, so we were delighted we could convert that experience into a stronger and closer relationship. Sportradar continues to develop new services and improve the sharpness of their existing products, which means that this partnership should enable us to preserve the most robust defences against those who would look to undermine our sport.”Sportradar’s Managing Director Integrity Services Andreas Krannich welcomed the involvement of WPBSA as new partners: “We have really enjoyed working closely with snookers’ world governing body. Fans and stakeholders of the WPBSA should feel reassured that they have such a committed and forward-looking team protecting these two sports. This development is really encouraging, and we look forward to doing our bit to ensure snooker remains an exciting, world class sport.”last_img read more

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Guten Tag… Sky Bet Deutschland goes live

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Sky Betting and Gaming (SB&G) has continued its expansion into European markets, with the announcement that its German sports betting platform is now live.This marks the second venture onto the continent for the UK’s most popular online gambling company, following the debut of its Italian product in 2016.That move, marking its first venture outside of the UK market, came after a successful launch of the popular Super 6 product.Jochen Weiner, Managing Director of skybet.de, said: “At Sky Bet we want to add to the enjoyment of sport. We have launched a great product with a wide range of offers in a variety of sports. I’m sure our customers will love it. “Sky Bet Deutschland offers consumers betting options on over 45 sports, with 2,000 bet types also available spread across 20,000 live events per month.Customers will also gain significantly more attractive betting odds on selected matches courtesy of daily price boosts, with “Kombi-Bonus” also offering a perk of up to 60% on combination bets.In addition punters also have the option to realise winnings either in full or part before the end of the game, in a bid to bring them even closer to the action on the pitch.Richard Flint, CEO of Sky Betting & Gaming, added: “Germany is a great opportunity for us. The market is growing year by year and there are plenty of passionate sports fans who we believe will enjoy our product.”Sports betting is a growing market in Germany, and SB&G has stated that they expect “steady growth in the future” too, with wagers last year alone topping the €6.3bn barrier, representing an increase of over 40% compared to 2016.To coincide with this launch new customers who makes a deposit of up to €100 will be rewarded with an 100% welcome bonus. TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share Share CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020last_img read more

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