Jamaica’s Natoya Goule could only manage an eighth place finish in the Doha Diamond League 800 meters on Friday.Goule’s 2;01:59 found her way off the pace that was won by South African Caster Semenya in a season’s best of 1:56:61. Kenyans Margaret Wambu and Eunice Sum were second and third respectively.African athletes copped the first five places in the middle distance event with Ethiopia’s Habitam Alemu and Genzebe Dibaba coming in fourth and fifth.
It’s getting near to match time. Hero CPL match time, that is.The popular T20 cricket tournament’s South Florida leg bowls off on August 5 at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill. The first set of matches on the 5th will feature Barbados Trident vs Jamaica Tallawahs and St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots vs Guyana Amazon Warriors.18 ticket outlets Peter Miller, head of the Hero CPL’s media and communications unit, told CNW that fans will be able to access tickets for matches at 18 outlets. That is a considerable jump from last year’s four.“The number of outlets increasing to 18 is a sign of the commitment from the Hero CPL to make the USA leg of the event a success this year and for many years to come,” said Miller.“Last year the marketing strategy was very much focused on the Diaspora community in South Florida and beyond. While that is also part of our strategy for 2017 we are branching out to mainstream media outlets in an attempt to gain traction into those that are new to cricket.”Launched seven years agoSince the CPL was launched seven years ago, high-profile players from outside the West Indies have played in the tournament. For Miller, it is important to attract fans from other member countries in the International Cricket Council.“Interest in the tournament in South Florida is spreading and with the CPL now into its second year of visiting Lauderhill there is name recognition for the event. That will only increase with the plan to come back to South Florida,” he explained.“With cricket being a growing sport in the USA, the audience comes from the Diaspora communities for the most part. They could be from any of the six nations that have CPL teams or from South Asia, Australia and South Africa.”The defending champions of the tournament are Jamaica Tallawahs. Last year’s runners-up were Guyana Amazon Warriors.
United States-based American Airlines (AA) is scheduled to start its Georgetown-Miami route by mid-November – one month earlier than planned.Earlier in the year the Fort Worth Texas-based carrier had announced it was to start offering seats on the route from December 20th, with tickets going on sale from April 2. That was before any permission had actually been sought by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).However, earlier this week, Director General of the GCAA, Retired Lieutenant Colonel, Egbert Field told the media that AA has since submitted the relevant documents to the authority and plans are moving apace for flights to commence by mid-November.“We are happy to have them (American Airlines) onboard but the professional standard the authority stands on is that it must be informed and advised before declarations are made or before tickets are sold. Notwithstanding that I had a discussion with the chief of the international agency or department and he did apologize and now we are moving ahead,” Field explained.CJIA experienced record passenger movement AA’s arrival comes at a very opportune moment as the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) has just recorded in the first quarter of 2018 its highest passenger movement ever. “I know that CJIA is going to be happy that there is an entity helping with the uplift out of Timehri. As reported we’ve already seen an increase in passenger transport over the last couple months when compared to last year.”AA in Guyana for the long haulAccording to Field, the carrier has indicated it is here for the long term and will first ply the Georgetown-Miami route before possibly extending to other destinations. The airline will use an Airbus 319 with capacity for 120 passengers to fly to Guyana from Miami four times per week departing from Miami at 6 pm and arriving in Georgetown at 1140 pm. The return will depart at 1.15 am and arrive at 4.55 am.Meanwhile Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson noted that, “the government has been working at various levels to provide more options to travelers to and from Guyana, to North America, with increased airlift, and American Airlines’ commitment to destination Guyana is a recognition of the government’s work since coming into office in 2015.”American Airlines offers an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to approximately 350 destinations in more than 50 countries.
Voters in Antigua and Barbuda are casting ballots on Tuesday to decide whether or not to replace the London-based Privy Council as the island’s final court.Prime Minister Gaston Browne has urged citizens to exercise their franchise and said he is pleased he had done all he could to ensure that nationals were in a position to make a reasonable judgement on the issue.Antigua and Barbuda would need a two-thirds majority of those casting ballots to ensure that the Privy Council is replaced by the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), which also serves as an international tribunal interpreting the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs the 15-member regional integration movement, CARICOM.Only Barbados, Belize, Dominica and Guyana are full members of the CCJ that was established in 2001 even though the majority of the CARICOM countries are signatories to the Court’s Original Jurisdiction.“I have discharged my responsibility to make the option of transitioning from the Privy Council to the Caribbean Court of Justice available to the people of Antigua and Barbuda. I think it is a great opportunity for them.“ I urge them to go out and vote “yes” …and in any event whatever the decision I will be guided accordingly, but as far as I am concerned I have delivered in the responsibility to make this very important option available to the people of Antigua and Barbuda,” Prime Minister Browne said.The main opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) has said it is not supportive of the move to replace the Privy Council and has urged supporters to vote their conscience.Electoral officials warn that the rules which apply to the holding general elections would be enforced and that anyone contravening the laws could face up to six months in jail and or a fine of EC$500.
NEW YORK, CMC – Caribbean American US Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has condemned President Donald J. Trump’s latest immigration plan, saying it is “yet another attack on immigrant families..“America has a long history of welcoming loved ones of those already here,” said Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, who represents the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, New York.“But the White House wants to end that practice, while also eliminating the diversity lottery. He calls it a ‘merit-based’ approach, but we can see past the legalese. It’s another attempt to keep immigrant families, and especially those from places like the Caribbean, separated,” Clarke told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC).Will meet red light in Congress“Fortunately, this plan to deny green cards will meet a red light in Congress, and I’ll be proud to lead the charge against it.”Last Thursday, Trump unveiled his plan to overhaul parts of America’s immigration system, imposing new security measures at the Southern US border and dramatically enhancing the educational and skills requirements for new immigrants.The plan would “transform America’s immigration system into the pride of our nation and the envy of the modern world,” Trump said, adding “our proposal builds upon our nation’s rich history of immigration, while strengthening the bonds of citizenship that bind us together as a national family”.Trump said his plan prioritizes merit-based immigration by restricting the number of people who could get green cards through asylum or based on family ties.But Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, said Trump’s plan “repackaged the worst of its past failed immigration plans”She described the plan as “dead-on-arrival” and “not a remotely serious proposal.”Dream and Promise ActIn early March, Clarke joined three of her congressional colleagues in introducing the Dream and Promise Act, also known as H.R. 6, in the US House of Representatives that would allow the US-raised immigrant youth known as “Dreamers” to earn lawful permanent residence and American citizenship.Clarke said the bill is the 116th Congress’s version of the Dream Act, a bill which has been introduced since 2001.However, Clarke said H.R. 6 includes protections and a path to citizenship not just for Dreamers but also for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians, among others, and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) beneficiaries.“We need comprehensive immigration reform that protects Dreamers, as well as TPS and DED beneficiaries. That’s why I am proud to be a co-lead on the Dream and Promise Act (HR 6).“This bill will include a path to citizenship for Dreamers, as well as for people covered by Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure. This bill builds upon the Dream Act, the American Promise Act, and the ASPIRE TPS Act, which I introduced last Congress.”Clarke told CMC that the Dream and Promise Act allows Dreamers and individuals with TPS and DED to “contribute fully in the country they love and know to be their home by providing a pathway to citizenship.”She said the Dream and Promise Act would grant Dreamers conditional permanent resident status for 10 years, and cancel removal proceedings if they have been continuously physically present in the US for four years preceding the date of the enactment of the bill and were 17 years old or younger on the initial date of entry into the US.Clarke also said the Act would, among other things, grant Dreamers conditional permanent resident status if they graduated from high school, obtained a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or industry recognized credential, or were in a program assisting students in obtaining a high school diploma, GED or equivalent exam, or in an apprenticeship program.In order to gain full lawful permanent resident (LPR) status, Clarke said Dreamers must acquire a degree from a US institution of higher education; or complete at least two years in good standing in a bachelor’s or higher degree program or in an area career and technical education program at a post-secondary level in the US.For LPR, Clarke said Dreamers must also complete at least two years of military service, and if discharged, received an honorable discharge; or employed for periods of time totaling at least three years.
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) approved a grant to reconstruct and rehabilitate the energy network in Barbuda.The project is being funded by the United Kingdom under its aid programme. The CDB-administered grant of GBP 2.85 million will finance the undergrounding of about half of the 16 kilometres electricity network of the island, and provide hybrid solar systems for backup power of key public buildings. About a quarter of the island’s 1000-strong population, who are still without permanent electricity, will also be reconnected. “The works will make Barbuda’s energy network more resilient to storms and climate change and reconnect households, which have been off the grid since Hurricane Irma in 2016,” said CDB Vice-President (Operations), Monica La Bennett.The current electricity system, which is completely reliant on the generation from imported fossil fuel, is vulnerable to severe damage from high winds. Furthermore, back-up generation for essential services, such as emergency shelters, hospitals and government offices is either non-existent or wholly dependent on fuel imports, making the island vulnerable to delays in the fuel supply chain. Moreover, since Hurricane Irma, more than 100 reconnected electricity customers are only receiving temporary power, while an additional 150 customers remain unconnected.In the short run, the project will create jobs in construction, operation and maintenance of tools and machines. In the long run, the improved energy network is expected to accelerate the provision of electricity to businesses and households. The availability of resilient electricity infrastructure is a basic good necessary for the socioeconomic progress of households, private enterprise and the public sector. Through the provision of a stable source of power, the project will also contribute to lifting people out of poverty and lowering the country’s dependence on fossil fuels. According to estimates, the hybrid solar systems will reduce annual fuel consumption by 14,600 imperial gallons and carbon dioxide emissions by 107 tonnes.At the social level, the reconnection programme will prioritise the most vulnerable households. “The United Kingdom is delivering support to the Barbudan people to have a more resilient power supply that is less susceptible to hurricane damage. We are pleased that our support will help the most vulnerable households, such as those receiving social assistance,” said Resident British Commissioner to Antigua and Barbuda, Lindsy Thompson.
SRI LANKA, CMC – All-rounder Fabian Allen’s late cameo almost did the trick but luckless West Indies failed in their bid to avoid a second successive whitewash on Sri Lankan soil when they suffered a narrow six-run defeat in a nerve-wracking final One-Day International on Sunday.Chasing a difficult 308 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, West Indies produced a spirited run chase but lost key wickets inside the last three overs to watch their challenge peter out tamely to end on 301 for nine – the highest-ever losing total at the venue.They required 13 from the final over and number seven Allen lifted the first delivery from medium pacer Angelo Mathews to the cover boundary, to turn the game in the Caribbean side’s favour.Off the very next ball, however, Allen holed out on the ropes at mid-wicket to bring an end to an extraordinary 15-ball 37, and Mathews conceded a single run from the remaining deliveries to hand Sri Lanka an emphatic 3-0 cleansweep.Five years ago, Jason Holder’s side suffered a similar 3-0 thrashing and Sunday’s result extended the Windies’ unenviable record of having won only a single ODI in Sri Lanka in 12 appearances.Shai Hope had earlier top-scored with 72 off 88 deliveries while opening partner Sunil Ambris blasted a run-a-ball 60 as West Indies made a gallant start to their chase.Left-hander Nicholas Pooran gathered a measured 50 alongside captain Kieron Pollard who made 49 from 50 deliveries but the disastrous run out of Darren Bravo for eight in the 44th over, saw West Indies lose six wickets for 59 runs.Mathews, adjudged Man-of-the-Match, snatched four for 59 including the key wickets for Pollard and Pooran.Sri Lanka’s total of 307 all out off their 50 overs was premised on half-centuries from Kusal Mendis (55) and Dhananjaya de Silva (51) while Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera both struck 44 and Thisara Perera, 38.Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, who grabbed two important wickets inside the last four overs, spearheaded the Windies attack with four for 65.Choosing to bat, Sri Lanka were propelled largely by three half-century stands. Karunaratne, who counted five fours off 54 balls, put on 60 for the first wicket with Avishka Fernando who made 29 from 34 deliveries before feathering a leg-side catch to wicketkeeper Hope off a wayward delivery from Joseph in the 11th over.When Karunaratne tapped a return catch to off-spinner Roston Chase in the 20th over, Sri Lanka were 88 for two but Kusal and Mendis put on 89 for the third wicket to frustrate the Windies.Mendis faced 48 balls and struck six fours and a six while Kusal Perera notched four fours in a 55-ball knock before both perished as three wickets went down for 37 runs.Needing a spark at 214 for five in the 39th over, Sri Lanka got it in the form of a 64-run, sixth wicket stand between de Silva, who stroked five fours off 47 balls and Thisara Perera, who faced 31 deliveries and struck two fours.Hope and Ambris then posted 111 for the first wicket as West Indies flourished early on to keep pace with the required run rate.Ambris, short of runs in the series, hit half-dozen fours and a six but was the first to fall, deceived by a Wanindu Hasaranga googly and bowled in the 19th over, giving himself room.Pooran, promoted to number three, then added 60 for the second wicket with Hope and a further 47 for the third with Pollard, West Indies reaching 147 for one at the half-way stage of the innings.Hope had faced 88 deliveries and struck six fours when he clipped left-arm seamer Isuru Usana to short mid-wicket in the 31st over and Pooran followed in the 40th, picking out cover with Mathews.A few overs later, an upset Bravo was run out in a mix-up with Pollard over a leg bye and the Windies captain followed in the 46th over after belting six fours and a six, skying Mathews for Udana to snare the catch running in from short mid-wicket.Jason Holder chanced his arm and was caught in the deep off Mathews, Hayden Walsh (2) and Roston Chase (0) were both run out and Allen smote two fours and three sixes before also perishing with victory a distinct possibility.CMC
Arjen Robben became Bayern Munich’s highest-scoring foreign player in the Bundesliga with his classical strike against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.The Dutchman scored his 93rd Bundesliga goal for the club against Dortmund, a new record for a foreign player.The 33-year-old winger curled home the opener at Signal Iduna Park in the 16th minute, taking his league tally for Bayern to 93. Robben moved past the mark set by Brazilian striker Giovane Elber, a four-time Bundesliga champion with the Bavarian giants.It was the Dutchman’s third of the campaign and first since Jupp Heynckes returned to Bayern last month.RelatedArjen Robben: Bayern Are Not Good Enough For The Bundesliga TitleNovember 19, 2018In “Germany”European Team of the WeekNovember 6, 2017In “Europe”Bayern Legend Arjen Robben Retires From FootballJuly 4, 2019In “Europe”
In the last game between Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday, information has it that the Aston Villa’s Skipper, John Terry suffers a suspected broken metatarsal and Aston Villa must wait on the full diagnosis of John Terry’s injury.Terry plays for and captains Championship club Aston Villa and had played every minute of Villa’s 16 matches in the Championship this season, following his summer arrival on a free transfer from Chelsea. He commonly plays as a centre-back. He was previously captain of Chelsea and the England national team.According to BBC Sport, the interview Aston Villa Boss Bruce granted them says;“It doesn’t look good for John,” Villa boss Bruce told BBC WM.“We don’t yet know the extent but he’s gone to the hospital for scans and x-rays.”Terry, 36, had played every minute of Villa’s 16 matches in the Championship this season, following his summer arrival on a free transfer from Chelsea. It was his 514th league game of a career in which he has made 739 club appearances and won 78 caps for England. Villa lost the game 2-1, their first home defeat in the Championship this season.Bruce added: “It was an awful afternoon compounded by the loss of Snoddy and John. “I took a calculated gamble with Snoddy as he wanted to play. But he’d cracked a couple of ribs and you could see he was in discomfort “He was upset when he came off but that’s typically Snoddy. I know from personal experience it’s not easy playing with injections and strapping.” RelatedJohn Terry Confirms Villa Exit After Playoff HeartacheMay 31, 2018In “England”Terry Fires Up Villa Teammates ‘Only Championship Title Would Be Acceptable’August 2, 2017In “England”Bruce Hoping To Set New RecordMay 24, 2018In “England”
Italian sides AC Milan and Atalanta have booked their places in the first knockout stage of the UEFA Europa League (UEL) after they defeated Austria Wien and Everton 5-1 respectively.Milan recovered from an early goal to beat their Group D visitors convincingly courtesy goals from Ricardo Rodriguez, Andre Silva (2) and Patrick Cutrone (2) to qualify for the next stage.Atalanta were more impressive as they thrashed Everton 5-1 at Goodison Park in Group E to secure a last 32 place. Bryan Crisante (2), Robin Gosens and substitute Andreas Cornelius (2) got the goals for the away side with Spanish striker Sandro Ramirez getting his first Everton goal which turned out to be mere consolation.German side FC Cologne boosted their qualification hopes following a surprising 1-0 win over Arsenal. French striker Sehrou Guirassy scored the only goal of the game in the second half to condemn the Gunners to their first defeat in the competition though the result was enough to seal Arsenal as Group H winners after the other group game between BATE Borisov and Crvena Zvezda ended goalless.AC Milan and Atalanta join other teams like Villareal, Arsenal, Red Bull Salzburg, Dynamo Kyiv, Sporting Braga, Olympique Lyon, Zenit St. Petersburg, Oestersunds, Real Sociedad, Lazio, Nice and Steaua Bucharest.Matchday 5 Results:Group AAstana 2-3 VillarealMaccabi Tel Aviv 0-2 Slavia PragueGroup BPartizan Belgrade 2-1 Young BoysSkenderbeu 3-2 Dynamo KyivGroup CSporting Braga 3-1 TSG HoffenheimLudogorets Razgrad 1-2 Istanbul BasaksehirGroup DAC Milan 5-1 Austria WienAEK Athens 2-2 RijekaGroup EEverton 1-5 AtalantaLyon 4-0 Apollon LimassolGroup FLokomotiv Moscow 2-1 FC CopenhagenFC Sheriff 1-0 ZlinGroup GLugano 1-0 Hapoel BeershevaViktoria Plzen 2-0 Steaua BucharestGroup HFC Cologne 1-0 ArsenalBATE Borisov 0-0 Crvena ZvezdaGroup IKonyaspor 1-1 MarseilleRed Bull Salzburg 3-0 Vitoria GuimaresGroup JAthletic Bilbao 3-2 Hertha BerlinOestersunds 2-0 ZoryaGroup KLazio 1-1 VitesseNice 3-1 Zulte-WaregemGroup LRosenborg 0-1 Real SociedadZenit St. Petersburg 2-1 Vardar RelatedUEL Review: Arsenal Book Last 16 Spot Despite Surprising Oestersunds Loss; AC Milan And Dortmund Also ThroughFebruary 23, 2018In “Europe”UEL Review: English Teams Finish Group Stage With FlourishDecember 8, 2017In “England”UEL Review: English Sides Arsenal, Everton Suffer Contrasting FortunesOctober 20, 2017In “England”