Dominica reiterates support for “One China” policy

first_imgDominica has reiterated its support for the “One China” policy as it praised Beijing for its continued support for the socio-economic development of the Caribbean island.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, speaking at the ground breaking ceremony for the restoration of the West Coast Road on Monday also used the opportunity to ridicule members of the opposition, who in the past had criticised his administration for having diplomatic relationship with China instead of Taiwan, which Beijing considers a renegade province.“From day one, China’s commitment to Dominica was questioned and its every act of friendship undermined. But the People’s Republic of China remained steadfast to the cause. It never shirked and it never wavered. The guiding principles of true friendship have characterized its every action in relation to Dominica, and for this, Ladies and Gentlemen, the government and the majority of Dominicans, are forever grateful,” Skerrit said.Skerrit was making reference to the main opposition United Workers Party (UWP), whose leader Lennox Linton last week led a delegation to Beijing for talks with the ruling Communist Party.He told the ceremony that he was inspired by the belated sensitization of some, “to the folly and inappropriateness of continuously ridiculing a friend, who has done, repeatedly, nothing but good for Dominica.Skerrit said he was also looking forward to the day when these individuals, under the banner of their organisation, would gladly and boldly proclaim the One China Policy.“For there can be no doubt in anyone’s mind, at this point in our development as a nation, where the best interest of Dominica lies.“There is but one China and the greatest tribute that we can pay, as a nation to this dear friend, is to let it be known that strict adherence to the One China Policy is the resolve of all national leaders in Dominica, irrespective of partisan creed or affiliation.”Skerrit said that the future of Dominica is inextricably linked to its demonstrated commitment to certain principles, and one of them is adherence to the bounds and bonds of friendship.He told the ceremony that foreign policy in the current world environment must be characterized by the promotion and preservation of national interests, in the context of shared values and mutual respect.Skerrit said that the multi-million dollar project would involve the construction of three new bridges, as well as the restoration of several areas afflicted with road edge failures, slope stabilization, subgrade, and pavement failures.last_img read more

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Soca stars Machel Montano and Kernel Roberts to be retried for…

first_imgMachel Montano and Kernal Roberts are currently seeking to have a 2012 assault conviction overturned. Soca stars Machel Montano and Kernel Roberts, were granted TT$50,000 bail each after the Court of Appeal Friday ordered a retrial in their case dating back to 2007.The Court of Appeal allowed the appeal by Montano and Roberts, the son of the late calypsonian, Lord Kitchener, against their convictions and sentence stemming from a fracas outside a nightclub in Port-of-Spain in 2007.Both men had been convicted and fined in 2013 for assaulting a group of people outside the nightclub.In December 2012, Magistrate Maureen Baboolal-Gafoor found Montano guilty of assaulting Gerard Bowrin, Janelle Lee Chee, Brandis Browne and Russell Pollonais. Roberts was found guilty of assaulting Browne and Pollonais.Montano was ordered to pay compensation totaling TT$13,500 and fines totaling TT$13,700, while Roberts was ordered to pay compensation totaling TT$11,000 and fines totaling TT$13,000.When the matter came up for hearing on Friday, Roberts was present but Montano was absent. According to Montano’s lawyer, his client could not get a flight to return home on time.last_img read more

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FADAA to Host All for Florida: A Recovery Project Community Listening…

first_imgIn observance of National Recovery Month, the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA), in partnership with the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition and the Palm Beach County Community Services Department Substance Abuse Program, will hold a community listening session on September 28, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., at the Children’s Services Council, Rooms A & B, 2300 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach. One of eight communities Palm Beach County has been selected as one of eight communities in Florida to host a community listening session, which is part of FADAA’s All for Florida: A Recovery Project, a three-year initiative funded by the Aetna Foundation with the broad goal of building recovery groups into sustainable recovery community organizations (RCOs). RCOs use certified peer recovery specialists to enhance support services within the local recovery network consistent with the guiding principles of a recovery-oriented system of care.    “Mental and substance use disorders affect all communities nationwide,” said Ginny LaRue, director of A Recovery Project at FADAA. “The National Recovery Month observance continues to work to help people achieve long-term recovery. We provide support to communities around the state of Florida and cultivate recovery champions that work toward improving the lives of those affected by mental and/or substance abuse disorders.” Change the way substantive abuse is seen “We want to change the way we look at the substance abuse crisis that exists in Palm Beach County,” said Micah Robbins, director of special programs at the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition. “Palm Beach County has been innovative in addressing the heroin and opioid crisis, and we look forward to continuing our efforts and providing resources to assist those who suffer from addiction.” This event is intended for persons in recovery, community allies, professionals in the criminal justice and medical fields, faith-based organizations, and in-patient recovery housing entities. For more information about the Community Listening Session, please contact Micah Robbins at (561) 374-7627. To learn more about All for Florida: A Recovery Project, contact Ginny LaRue at (386) 868-8459 or visit www.fadaa.org/page/Rec_communities. About FADAAThe Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA), incorporated in 1981, is a nonprofit membership association representing substance abuse prevention and treatment providers, managing entities, and community anti-drug coalitions. FADAA’s mission is to serve its members by advancing addiction and co-occurring treatment, prevention, and research through communications, professional development, and public policy leadership.last_img read more

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Jamaica Customs cross borders to reach Jamaican Diaspora with online forum…

first_imgIn its thrust to expand its scope and reach its stakeholders in the Diaspora more effectively, the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA), in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, will on Monday, March 11, 2019, host the inaugural staging of ‘Customs Meets the Community – The Diaspora Edition Online’. Online townhall meetingThis stakeholder engagement will take the form of an online town hall meeting, to be driven by a network of online users from across the Diaspora (United Kingdom, United States of America and Canada), who are being invited to join the discussion through online platforms provided by the Gleaner and Nationwide 90FM. These platforms can also be accessed at the Jamaica Customs Agency website: www.jacustoms.gov.jm.A number of border regulatory agencies and government entities, including the National Education Trust (NET), Health for Life and Wellness Foundation, and the Department of Cooperatives and Friendly Societies (DCFS), will also be part of this online forum.Agenda items Matters to be discussed include clearing items for charity for the health and education sectors, as well as the concessions available to Jamaicans returning home permanently. La Donna Manning, Director of Public Relations and Customer Services at the JCA, said that “while the Agency has previously undertaken live streaming of some events, this online meeting will specifically target stakeholders in the Diaspora, in an effort to provide information and clarity, and importantly, garner their feedback.”In May 2017, the JCA started its public education series ‘Customs Meets the Community’, an initiative which has allowed the Agency to better connect with, and reach stakeholders at the parish level, as encapsulated in the tagline ‘Reaching Our Customers Where They Are’.  Since then, the Agency has left footprints in the parish capitals of Santa Cruz, Spanish Town, Port Antonio, Ocho Rios, Savanna-La-Mar and May Pen. The Customs team will make its next stop in the ‘Sunshine City’ of Portmore, on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. The JCA continues to invite customers both home and abroad, to contact its Customer Service Representatives at Telephone: 876 922-5140-8; Toll Free: 888-287-8667; or by Email: public.relations@jacustoms.gov.jm, if they require clarity on any Customs related matter.last_img read more

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Immigrants in the United States Living in Fear

first_imgSource: Al Jazeera/Getty Being an immigrant living in the United States of America means living in a constant state of fear. There is no safe haven when the country that you so desperately want to call home gives constant reminders that you do not belong.Just last week, President Donald Trump put a pause on the massive Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids scheduled for ten major cities across America. Even though the halt may seem like good news for immigrants, they still live on edge, terrified of being ripped away from their loved ones and forced to endure inhumane living conditions in detention centers.Who will stand up for immigrant communities?Fear is rapidly becoming a common factor within America’s immigrant community—whether they are documented or undocumented residents. In the not too distant past, the fear of deportation and discrimination mainly affected those who were undocumented, but the fear meter has ratcheted upwards and wider since 2015 when anti-immigrant arguments became bolder. It intensified the results of the 2016 election, particularly when one of the first actions of the new administration was to sign an executive order banning entry to the U.S. to people from several Muslim countries.Since then, the anti-immigrant debate has become louder and related actions taken by the current administration fosters fear and insecurity among immigrants—including some who are even U.S. citizens.Investigation of citizensThere have been reports that cases of immigrant citizens are being reinvestigated to determine if they falsified information or otherwise lied on their applications and/or during citizenship interviews. There is a growing perception that immigrants are no longer welcomed in America, and fears that one day those who have already been welcomed could have the welcome mat removed from their door.Revocation of TPSSince 2017, some immigrants in the Caribbean community have felt particularly uncomfortable due to new policies. For example, there have been threats to remove the special Temporary Protective Status (TPS) offered to Haitians since the devastating 2010 earthquake, and several hurricanes since, despite the prevailing negative socio-economic situation in Haiti.Policies are being reviewed (or have changed), which could also make it more difficult for immigrants who are residing here legally with job-related visas. In fact, a confusing range of policies are being proposed which will make it more difficult for legal immigrants to sponsor their close relatives in the Caribbean to enter America; and others which could easily have a legal immigrant deported without a court hearing if that immigrant did not meet specific requirements.Uncertainty Regarding DACAThen, there is the prevailing fear among young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. by their parents as children, and have lived, studied, and worked in America ever since. These immigrants were rightly taken into consideration by the former Obama administration under the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which offered legal status to live in the U.S. The incumbent administration has deliberately threatened to end this program and would have, were it not for the intervention of the courts. There is also the attempt to place a citizenship question on the 2020 census, which opponents argue will further dissuade immigrants from filling out the census, producing an inaccurate count, which would significantly affect areas with large immigrant populations.Sanctuary cities outlawedIn some U.S. communities, including in South Florida, immigrants who feared apprehension and deportation from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have been able to receive sanctuary, but recently, Florida’s legislature outlawed sanctuary in the state. Moreover, Washington also disapproves of the role of sanctuary cities nationwide.Meanwhile, there are continued reports of ICE apprehending immigrants on buses and trains, and executing raids on immigrant communities in several cities. Just last week, there was a surprising and frightening announcement of approval given to ICE to raid homes of immigrants and remove those deemed illegal or with criminal records. This process was temporarily halted on the eve of its planned execution, but the threat still looms. This is clearly an insecure environment for the immigrant community.Real predicament for Caribbean AmericansSome immigrants from the Caribbean find themselves in a peculiar predicament. No longer feeling comfortable in the current environment in the U.S., they would like to return to their respective countries but are weary of conditions, including crime and violence, poor healthcare and weak economies back home.Since President Trump seems to be making immigration the centerpiece of his re-election campaign, it will likely be front and center in the 2020 election debates.Democratic Party candidates reveal plansIn fact, in the first night of the Democratic presidential debates, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro and former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke, two of the first candidates to lay out detailed immigration proposals, went head-to-head on some key differences in their plans, particularly the law that criminalizes “illegal entry.” Castro is a strong proponent of repealing “Section 1325” in the U.S. Code, which makes illegal entry into the U.S. a federal crime, and he also got other candidates such as Elizabeth Warren and Tim Ryan to agree on this point. Beto O’Rourke was the only candidate on the debate stage that refused to endorse a repeal. Under Castro’s plan, family separation would not even be a possibility, since there would be no criminal prosecution for illegal entry.Many of the Democratic candidates are stressing improvements in healthcare, minimum wage, employment, affordable higher education but, for immigrants, those benefits will pale in comparison to their families being torn apart, their uncertain fates, and the emotional stress of living in fear.last_img read more

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Jamaican Consulate to host Thanksgiving Service to Commemorate Jamaica’s 57th Year of…

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – In recognition of Jamaica’s 57th anniversary of Independence, the Consulate General of Jamaica in Miami will hold the annual Ecumenical Service of Thanksgiving on Sunday, August 4th at 4:00 p.m.  The Service will be held at The Faith Center, located at 5555 NW 95th Avenue, FL 33351.The National theme for this year’s Independence celebration is titled “One Nation, One People”.This year’s sermon will be delivered by the Reverend Donald Lawrence, Senior Pastor, Parkway Baptist Church located in Miami Gardens.  The officiating clergy will be Pastor Dr. Wesley Green of Christway Baptist Church in Miramar.As a tradition, the Service will feature the official message from the Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, ON, MP.  The Order of Service will also include several recitals from local performers including the South Florida Caribbean Chorale, directed by Steve Higgins, the Tallawah Mento Band, directed by Mr. Colin Smith, the Jamaica Folk Revue and the Sierra Norwood Youth Voice Ensemble under the leadership of Ms. Jennifer Grant.Consul General Oliver Mair readily welcomes nationals and friends of the Diaspora in celebration of Jamaica’s achievements as an independent nation.  He also expressed appreciation for the continued contributions and support from the Jamaican communities across the Diaspora to their homeland and reiterated Government’s commitment and ongoing engagement with the Diaspora at all levels.last_img read more

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Former England Player Calls Argentine Legend ‘A Cheat’ As He Relives Unforgettable World Cup…

first_imgFormer Three Lions of England player, Peter Reid, has called Argentine football legend a cheat while he was talking about the unforgettable quarterfinal clash between Argentina and England at the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico.Argentina saw off England 2-1 with two goals from Diego Maradona and the match would be fondly remembered for the ‘Hand of God’ incident involving the former national team captain.Speaking through his autobiography, legendary hard man for England Reid recalls the incident which led to the team’s exit from Mexico’86. He said:“It’s not the Hand of God, it’s the hand of a cheating b*****d – and it still gives me nightmares.”“In my sleep, I still get flashbacks to the day England were cheated out of the World Cup by Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God.’“And I never knew a single football match could have such a lasting effect on my life.” he further stated.The autobiography titled ‘Cheer Up Peter Reid’ will be released on Thursday, October 5, 2017.Related”Hand Of God” – Diego Maradona Supports Use Of Video Assistant Referee (VAR)July 25, 2017In “Features”Maradona Offers $10,000 To Apprehend Death Rumour CarrierJune 28, 2018In “World Cup”Maradona Offers To Coach Argentina For FreeJuly 3, 2018In “World Cup”last_img read more

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Paddy Power gets ‘supersized’ for Trump Inauguration

first_img Related Articles Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 StumbleUpon Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Ahead of this Friday’s US Presidential Inauguration, bookmaker Paddy Power has loaded up an array of Donald Trump betting specials.Seeking to recover some of its six figure losses on Trump’s surprise 2016 US Election victory, Paddy Power opens it ‘supersized’ Inauguration Day markets offering 11/1 for Trump’s first Presidential speech to last 22:30 minutes or longer. Further markets, see the Irish bookmaker price 5/4 on Trump mentioning his catchphrase ‘Make America Great Again’. Paddy Power marketing details value in Trump mentioning ‘Fake News’ at 10/1 and even prices Trump berating ‘Crooked Hillary’ at 50/1.Paddy Power is also paying attention to which celebrities will brave turning up to the Trump Inauguration. Rapper Kanye West tops the bookmakers market at 3/1, with wrestling icon Hulk Hogan offered at the same price.Not shying away from fashion gossip, Paddy Power has priced 12/5 on Melania Trump wearing a white dress ‘to match her new home’. Opening its supersized Inauguration Day specials, Paddy Power spokesman Patrick ‘Paddy’ Power commented; “Trump has had so many celebs turn down his invite to the big party I genuinely thought I might get the call-up. Alas, it hasn’t happened so I’ll be tuning in from home and I’m hoping for some serious entertainment.”“Controversy is never far away when it comes to The Donald and it will be fascinating to see if he can keep tight-lipped during his hotly anticipated inauguration speech.”To view all Paddy Power ‘Inauguration Day’ markets click here… Bakhshi and Shaddick launch ‘Art of the Possible’ podcast tracking US 2020 developments August 10, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

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Breon Corcoran – Paddy Power Betfair exploring US options as European competition hits ‘extreme levels’

first_img StumbleUpon Alex Gersh returns to betting as Sportradar CFO   July 13, 2020 Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Breon Corcoran CEO of Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) is unafraid of expanding his firm’s presence and services within the US betting/gambling market, as European competition intensifies.Speaking to investors at PPB’s AGM, Corcoran makes his statement as FTSE100 PPB adds mobile US DFS operator DRAFT to its US market assets, having last week acquired the company for a total consideration of $48 million.The operator is one of the few European betting firms to have a licensed presence in the US, operating California-based horseracing network Betfair TVG and its New Jersey online casino property BetfairCasino NJ.  Adding DRAFT to its US product stable, PPB governance is prepared to significantly fund its mobile DFS asset which will compete against established US fantasy sports market leaders FanDuel and DraftKings, who are currently undergoing a combined merger.As leader of PPB, Corcoran informs investors that European competition has now reached an ‘extreme level’, as his firm competes against an aggressive merged field of competitors, which have driven up market prices outright. Seeking fresher grounds, PPB governance may look west in order to grow its business and services.“I think that market has yet to open up properly. I would hope we could do more there, it’s a question of legislation and opportunity. There is a lot of appetite to do more if the right thing comes up at the right price” Corcoran detailed. Submit Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

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Telegraph readers boosted by Weekend Football betting app

first_img Submit Share The Telegraph has chosen Weekend Football to provide its readers with football betting odds through version four of the Football Coupon Betting app.Having launched the newest version at the start of the 2017/18 football season, Weekend Football has become an ‘odds comparison partner’ for The Telegraph Media Group. The app mixes best football betting odds for their accumulators with score forecasts, recommended bets and leaderboards.Laith Amiry, Managing Director of Weekend Football, said: “A partnership with The Telegraph is a perfect blend of innovative pasts and new technologies.“The Telegraph has been at the forefront of Fantasy Football since 1993/94. Weekend Football can now help their large and discerning sports audience enjoy their betting experiences more than ever.”Amiry also confirmed that Weekend Football first met The Telegraph at Betting on Sports in 2016, the first edition of the largest international sports and betting conference, by adding:“With increasing change in our industry, Betting on Sports has provided us with so much useful information as well as superb networking opportunities. An excellent must attend event.“We first met the Telegraph Media Group at last year’s event, so we were delighted to announce our partnership with them on the closing day of Betting on Sports 2017.”Steve Stiles, Head of Interactive Sport at The Telegraph, commented: “By teaming up with Weekend Football and their Football coupon app, we are helping to give our readers the best possible prices for their weekend football bets.“This easy to use app gives our readers the opportunity to win more on their weekend accas. We look forward to working with Weekend Football and supporting their continued success.”The Football Coupon Betting app was launched in 2012 as one of the first multiple bet football odds comparison apps, and was the first to provide an integrated bet slip so users do not have to make their betting selections again when they arrive at the bookmaker site. Pavol Krasnovsky – RTSmunity – Betting on esports September 6, 2017 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Telegraph Media Group launches ‘Telegraph Predictor’ game with i-pools March 22, 2017 The Telegraph Group deepens Fresh8 ‘dynamic’ partnership September 14, 2017last_img read more

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