Forty years of Two Sevens Clash

first_imgJoseph Hill On June 9, VP Records will reissue one of the outstanding reggae albums — Cultures Two Sevens Clash. First released in 1977, it contains the sensational title song which created a stir in Jamaica during the summer of that year.The deluxe edition celebrates the fortieth anniversary of the groups debut album. It is a double compact disc that also includes classics like (Jah Jah) See Dem A Come and Natty Dread Taking Over.Disc one contains the ten original songs from Two Sevens Clash, while disc two includes bonus tracks from producers The Mighty Two, Shorty The President and Joe Gibbs & The Professionals.Culture comprised leader and main songwriter Joseph Hill, Albert Walker and Kenneth Dayes. Hill hailed from Linstead, a rural farming town in rural Jamaica.(Jah Jah) See Dem A Come was their breakthrough hit in 1976. The following year came Two Sevens Clash, an apocalyptic song influenced by a prophecy by Pan African leader Marcus Garvey. It said the on the day sevens (July 7, 1977) clashed, there would be mayhem in Jamaica. It caused businesses and schools to close throughout the country that day.last_img read more

Haitian president urges country to prepare for Hurricane Season

first_imgHaiti has called on all stakeholders to pool resources as the country launched its preparation for the six month Atlantic Hurricane season that ends in November.President Jovenel Moise, during a recent ceremony to launch the occasion, said that it was necessary to continue “to raise (the) awareness the population of the threats that will bring the first six months for their personal safety and of their property.I therefore call on all sectors to continue efforts for a pooling of resources. I encourage state and civil society actors to come together and redouble their vigilance,” he said, adding “I will be at your side with the entire government to accompany you throughout this worrying period”.While he welcomed the efforts of the State and its partners, in particular the World Meteorological Organization, for the establishment of the Hydrometeorological Unit of Haiti, Moïse insisted on the need to give each citizen messages and positive role models to adopt during the season.Last year, Hurricane Matthew killed hundreds of people as it tore through Haiti with most of the deaths occurring in towns and fishing villages around the southern coast, with many killed by falling trees, flying debris and swollen rivers.last_img read more

TT Government Closes CMNG, a State-Run Media House

first_imgOver 100 employees to be laid off The Trinidad and Tobago government on Friday announced the closure of the state-run New Media Group (CNMG) putting more than 100 employees on the breadline.But Public Administration and Communication Minister, Maxie Cuffie, said that a new entity carrying the name, the Trinidad and Tobago Television (TTT) station, would be formed and that the dismissed workers could re-apply for positions.“As you know a decision was taken by cabinet yesterday to wind up the operations of the state-owned media company CNMG and to revisit and resume broadcast through Trinidad and Tobago Television Company Limited,” Cuffie told a news conference Friday.He said in December 2015, Cabinet had appointed a team to look into the operations of CNMG and the Government Information Services Limited (GISL) and whether they were serving their mandates.He said after the report was received, Cabinet authorized an audit of the two companies, adding that “in terms of CNMG, the company has never been able to fulfill its mandate and based on the market share according to a 2014 media survey, which is the last one…the market share was five to six per cent” with two of the radio stations having less than one per cent.“Commercial revenue had fluctuated between TT$30 and TT$33 million over years 2011 to 2015,” Cuffie said, noting that operational costs “had steadily increased ranging from TT$18.1 million in 2011to TT$26.3 million in 2015.Cuffie said that the company had 112 fixed term employees and 37 free lancers.He said the only bright spot for the CNMG group was Radio 100 that was competitive and maintained market share, adding “so that influenced the government’s decision to keep that radio station going”.He said the basis for reverting to TTT as a public service medium is that over the years there had been a great attachment to the brand TTT that was never gained by CNMG.last_img read more

Jamaicans warned about unregistered cannabis products

first_imgThe Ministry of Health says Jamaicans must refrain from using unregistered cannabis products designated for medical and therapeutic purposes.In a statement on Wednesday, the Ministry said it has recommended that medical cannabis products should have a maximum Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content of 5 per cent.However, health officials are concerned that persons may be exposed to unregistered products which THC content is unknown.THC is the main mind-altering ingredient found in the cannabis plant.Products must be registered The health ministry said under the Food and Drugs Act any substance manufactured, sold or represented for use in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention of a disease, disorder or symptoms is classified as a drug and must be registered and the requisite permits obtained from the Ministry.Cannabis still classified as controlled drugThe ministry further underscored that while the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act, 2015 decriminalized cannabis use for specific purposes, cannabis is still classified as a controlled drug under the Food and Drugs Act.“Also, in accordance with the provisions of the Pharmacy Act, the compounding, dispensing, storing for sale or retailing of drugs must be done at a registered pharmacy and by a registered pharmacist. Therefore, any company that is currently selling cannabis products for medical and therapeutic purposes is in breach of The Food and Drugs and The Pharmacy Acts.”The health ministry is advising companies to consult with its Standards and Regulations Department, the Pharmacy Council of Jamaica and the Cannabis Licensing Authority if they wish to manufacture or distribute cannabis products to ensure that proper standards and procedures are followed and that their operations are in keeping with the relevant laws.The health ministry says it does not support, for medicinal and therapeutic purposes, the smoking of cannabis and the use of food products containing cannabis.last_img read more

IDB to make over US$50 Million available annually for projects in…

first_imgJamaica’s Ambassador to the United States and Chairman of the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors, Her Excellency Audrey Marks (3rd right), congratulates newly-appointed Inter- American Development Bank Executive Also on hand were (L to R) Manager of IDB Multilateral Invest Fund, Irene Arias-Hoffman; Jamaica’s representative to the IDB, Mr. Arthur Williams; and General Manager of IDB Invest, James Scriven. The Inter-American Development Bank is to make over US$50 million dollars a year for investment in various projects in Jamaica, through its investment arm, IDB Invest. Tourism, infrastructure, transportation, ports, roads, and the financial sector are the areas identified to benefit, according to IDB Invest General Manager James P. Scriven. “We are looking at investing over $50 million dollars a year over a couple of years, in a number of projects in Jamaica.”Scriven made the disclosure at a luncheon hosted by the IDB’s new Executive Director for the Caribbean countries, Ambassador Selwin Hart, at IDB headquarters in Washington D.C. on Friday, October 19, 2018.Keen interest in Jamaica Scriven told the Caribbean ambassadors and IDB officials that IDB Invest is taking keen interest in Jamaica and its development, hence the funds were made available to support these projects he described as key to that country’s development. More IDB staff placed in Caribbean The IDB Invest official informed the gathering that to demonstrate its commitment to the Caribbean, the Bank had employed a number of staff in all the Caribbean countries where it has a presence – to ensure that the necessary groundwork for the expansion of IDB Invest can take place.In reaffirming the IDB Group’s increased interest in supporting investments for projects within the Caribbean, Scriven explained, t “To this end, we have over $300 million dollars that we will loan to various projects in the Caribbean, as we feel the IDB needs to pay more attention and give more financial support to the Caribbean.” Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States and Chairman of the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors, Her Excellency Audrey P. Marks, welcomed the announcement of IDB funds for projects in Jamaica. Lauding the development bank’s unwavering support and development assistance to her country, she remarked, “This latest expanded financial framework from the IDB Invest which will allow projects as small as US $1M to be included will help tremendously in improving SME’s investment in our tourism, infrastructure, transportation and financial sector. “Will help to attract new investorsAmbassador Marks added that as Chairman of the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors, she was pleased that IDB Invest was looking to help finance a number of projects throughout the Caribbean. “A major focus of the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors over the next couple of months is to find ways to attract new investments into the Caribbean; and with new investors, the partnership with International Financial Institutions such as IDB Invest will add credibility and viability to projects. I am therefore happy to note this additional over $300 million dollars available for investment projects throughout the Caribbean.”The CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors Chairman also congratulated Ambassador Hart, who is from Barbados, on his IDB appointment. She further expressed on behalf of Caribbean ambassadors in Washington, D.C., their support in working together to get the job done.Aim to project strong Caribbean identityMeanwhile, the new IDB Executive Director for the Caribbean, Ambassador Hart, said “we are working on strengthening our internal coordination and collaboration to better project a strong Caribbean identity across the Bank; strengthen existing relationships and build new ones across the Bank; as well as work closely with the other CARICOM countries that are not formally part of our constituency on the Board but nevertheless share the same priorities and interests.”He added: “We are strategically engaging key departments across the IDB Group to identify new opportunities for the region, and are keen to work with Management on bringing more Caribbean talent into the Bank, including at senior levels.”Hart assured members of the Caribbean diplomatic community that he, along with his officers, were working to strengthen systems of accountability to the five Governors. “We recognize our responsibilities to keep them fully informed on developments on the Board.”last_img read more

Trinidad bans the importation of scratch bombs

first_imgThe Trinidad and Tobago government says it will ban the importation of “scratch bombs” into the country after describing the firework as a “real nuisance item”.National Security and Communication Minister, Stuart Young, speaking at the end of the weekly Cabinet meeting on Thursday, told reporters that when the scratch bombs are outlawed, anyone found with them will be treated in a similar fashion to those found with an illegal firearm.Young said that several people have suffered ‘serious injuries” as a result of these bombs.“In fact either last year or the year before, we had an incident where irresponsible persons threw a scratch bomb into a car and a lady in an attempt, as I recall the facts, to save her grandchild, picked up the scratch bomb to throw it out of the car and it exploded in her hand and she lost some fingers.“We have had recent incidents where children playing with scratch bombs sustained injuries and even some adults,” Young said, adding that he was happy to announce the decision of the Cabinet to ban the importation of those fireworks.He said the Ministry of National Security “will move expeditiously to have this implemented as the law”.Recently, nine people were left homeless when a house in Central Trinidad was destroyed by a fire started with scratch bombs.last_img read more

Celebrities Support Reggae Girlz Fundraiser in Miramar

first_imgThe opposing Haitian celebrity team will include, soccer legends and current professional footballers Zenono J Baptiste, Wagno Eloi, Peguero J Philippe, Moise Derivois, Sauveur Valcourt, and Clyde Geffrard, who will join forces with NSU Women’s Coach, Reginald Pierre Jerome, Ti Nazaire Cadet, Charles Alerte Jr, and Billy Salvador. The star-studded Celebrity Match will be held at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, and will be followed by a highly anticipated match between the Reggae Girlz and FC Surge USA. Proceeds from the event will go to the Reggae Girlz Foundation in support of their journey to the World Cup in France, June 7 to July 7.The May 23 event is the main event slated among a week of activities hosted by Jamaica’s Consul General Oliver Mair, the Reggae Girlz Foundation, and the City of Miramar Vice Mayor Alexandra P. Davis. Tickets for the “Fun Day” Celebration are available online via CaribTIX and at selected Caribbean retail outlets. There will be food and drinks on sale.Attendees are encouraged to show their support by wearing Jamaican or Haitian flag colors to represent their island.Sponsors for activities throughout the week include the Jamaica Tourist Board, County Line Chiropractic, LASCO Foundation, and Victoria Mutual Building Society.While in Florida the team will participate in a number of activities to include a Sports Summit, hosted by Miramar Vice Mayor Alexandra P.Davis on May 21, a Meet and Greet Pep Rally, hosted by County Line Chiropractic on May 22 as well as a VIP Fundraising Reception hosted by Consul General Oliver Mair and Miramar Vice Mayor Alexandra P. Davis.Visit the Reggae Girlz Foundation’s website at www.reggaegirlzfoundation.com for more information. Top Jamaican and Haitian entertainers and sports icons are coming together to play an exciting opening match on May 23 to support the Reggae Girlz as they make their historic journey to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.Reggae Girlz Global Ambassador, Cedella Marley, will be in attendance. The Jamaican celebrity team will be headed up by former Reggae Boys, Bibi Gardner and Pepe Goodison, who will be joined by Jamaican recording artists Chris Martin, Lukey D, Tony Curtis, Papa San, and Agent Sasco, along with DJ’s JuxxyFiyah, Richie D, Dutty Dex, Supa Twitch, Chin of Ironheart Sound, and Gairy Sweetness.last_img read more

Several Events Cancelled/Postponed in Wake of Coronavirus

first_imgSOUTH FLORIDA – Several events in the Palm Beach, Miramar, Lauderhill, and surrounding communities in South Florida have been cancelled or rescheduled due to the spread of the coronavirus in the state.Please see the below advisories on the status of local events:Lauderhill Sports LeaguesIn lieu of the COVID-19 and its growing health risks associated with the virus, CASA has decided to suspend ALL Super League, Masters League games and Netball competition at the Lauderhill Sports Park, 7500 W.Oakland Park Road, Lauderhill, Florida, at this time.Palm Beach Natural Areas Festival and 5k/10k Trail RaceBased on the recommendations of Governor Ron DeSantis, and out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our residents and visitors, Palm Beach County has made the decision to cancel the Natural Areas Festival planned for Saturday, March 14, at Winding Waters Natural Area in West Palm Beach. The associated Run for the Natural Areas 5k/10k Trail Race will be postponed until further notice. Runners who have signed up will be notified of the new date once those details are available.Broward County Water Matters Day CelebrationIn an abundance of caution, and acknowledging the expressed concerns and state of uncertainty regarding the Coronavirus COVID-19, Broward County has decided to cancel this Saturday’s 18th Annual Water Matters Day celebration at Tree Tops Park in Davie. No decision has been made at this time as to when or if it may be re-scheduled. Should you have any questions, please contact Robert Rudolph at rrudolph@broward.org.The following events in Miramar have been cancelled or postponed:The following programs at MCC have been postponed:Always Remember: March 26 – March 29MCC Presents: Baila Puerto Rico: April 3, 2020MCC Presents: Monty Alexander: April 18, 2020Palm Beach April Senior AcademyThe Palm Beach County Community Services Department Division of Senior Services (DOSS) April Senior Academy is postponed until further notice.Jazz In The Gardens Music FestivalThe Jazz In The Gardens Music Festival is officially postponed. Please find instructions on how to obtain your Jazz in the Gardens 2020 refunds.last_img read more

Alvaro Morata’s injury could see Chelsea further struggling

first_imgPremier League champions Chelsea suffered their second home defeat of the season on Saturday to Manchester City, and eight dropped point, just only after seven games of the current campaign.Obviously, things haven’t gone to plan for the west London club who in all honesty don’t look like a team that is favoured to retain their league title, judging by the transfer business conducted by their rivals.They could perhaps take some consolation from the fact that in last season’s title run-in, they tallied the same number of points-13, after seven games in the campaign. The major difference between the past and present is the Blues involvement in the UEFA Champions League, which means more games, more travelling to do across the continent and ultimately less time spent on the training ground.The international break must have been timely for Antonio Conte and his coaching staff who can sit-down and analyse the season to date. One major concern for the maverick Italian manager is the likely absence of Alvaro Morata for the next couple of weeks.According to information provided by the Royal Spanish Football Federation on the injury of the £58million record signing, Morata has been diagnosed with a myofascial injury to his hamstring muscles and will require 4-6 weeks to properly recover. The implication of this statement means the forward could potentially miss up to seven key games for the Blues in three competitions.Chelsea vs Crystal Palace-Premier League, Chelsea vs Roma-UEFA Champions League, Chelsea vs Watford-Premier League, Chelsea vs Everton-English Football League Cup, Chelsea vs Bournemouth-Premier League, Chelsea vs Roma-UEFA Champions League and Chelsea vs Manchester United-Premier League.The above highlighted games could yet prove crucial in this seasons’ title challenge in all competitions for Chelsea, and missing the services of a striker, who has scored six goals in six league games and one goal in his solitary UEFA Champions League appearance, could be to damaging effect.In his absence Michy Batshuayi could prove to be a capable if not equal replacement. The Belgium striker has netted five goals in all competitions this season, but has yet to open his Premier League account.Perhaps, a little bit of trust and confidence from Conte, could prove to be the tonic for a player who netted the title winning goal last season at West Bromwich Albion, in his bid to finally overcome his bit-part-role at the Champions.RelatedCould the Bridge be falling?November 3, 2017In “Features”Hazard’s Condition Worries SarriOctober 24, 2018In “Europa League”Chelsea To Be Without Morata For WeeksOctober 2, 2017In “England”last_img read more

#bofcon2017 – Joey Barton case puts the spotlight on betting integrity

first_img Submit Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Share The Commercial Director at AFC Wimbledon said that it is “naïve” to think that players aren’t still placing bets via surrogate accounts, despite the FA’s efforts to implement a blanket betting ban.Speaking at Betting on Football 2017, Ivor Heller also promoted a return to the old system, whereby players can bet, but not in league or cup competitions in which they are directly involved. He said that by telling players they can’t bet, you are almost challenging them to find a way to do so.Joey Barton was recently banned from all professional activity for 18 months for breaching FA Rule E8, which prohibits all players, referees, coaches and club officials from betting on ‘the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in, football matches or competitions.Bill South, the Group Director of Security at William Hill, admitted that the Barton saga has provided “damaging headlines for the integrity of sport”, and maintained that all those involved in the sport must work together to prevent match-fixing on a global level, particularly at high-profile events.La Liga Integrity and Security Director Alfredo Lorenzo suggested it was unlikely that the Spanish top flight would see a copy of the FA’s blanket ban, but called for the Spanish FA to allow La Liga contact with the referees, after describing players and referees as the “main actors” with the same level of vulnerability to corruption.The session, which formed a key part of the first day Leadership Track at #bofcon2017, was moderated by ESSA Secretary General Khalid Ali.last_img read more