Monthly Archive: August 2020

31
Aug
2020

Teen who tried to leave gang killed in Miami-Dade

first_imgJackson…killed in his way home from school Detectives from the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Homicide Bureau are investigating a shooting, which resulted in the death of 18-year old Jovantae Jackson.According to investigators, officers were dispatched to the above listed area, reference a man being shot. On arrival they found Jackson suffering from an apparent gunshot wounds.Jackson had been trying to cut ties with a local gang and was beginning to turn over a new leaf when he was shot dead walking home from school.The teen had recently finished a court-ordered house arrest for a gun charge. The senior at Stellar Leadership Academy Charter School had just found a job at a local fast food restaurant and was two weeks from graduating high school.Three weeks ago, he learned he was going to be a father.Jackson was walking with classmates near the intersection of Northwest 82nd Street and 25th Avenue at around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, when someone pulled up in a car and opened fire. He was struck five times.Jovantae was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where, he died while undergoing surgery.last_img read more

31
Aug
2020

Rene Coicou empowers through poetry

first_img“I often took a different course from my childhood friends and classmates who found leisure in American soap operas. I developed a thirst for knowledge of my culture, and became a legalized Haitian atthe age of 18, nothing was more beautiful than Haiti and being Haitian.”she said. Born in Spain Born in Spain, raised and educated in Haiti where both her parents are from, Regine Coicou lives in Florida. She embraced Haitian culture immediately, finding a passion for writing at an early age and usingher creativity as a voice. Currently working on another novel and performing in South Florida, New York and overseas, she finds time to stay involved in theHaitian community. She supports organizations such as Asosyasyon Fanm Kore Fanm, the community organization which empowers Haitian woman. Creativity and self-expression runs in the family. Her son, Richy Samo, is a rapper. “I find inspiration in anything and everything, from my dreams to the weather,” said Coicou. Spending summers in Cap-Haitian, a commune on the north coast of Haiti, Coicou wrote poems that revived memories of her uncle, famous Haitian poet and playwright Massillon Coicou. Uncle was famous Haitian poet The audience at Kasa Champet in Pembroke Pines remains captivated as she shares passages from various works. Love, self-awareness and hope seem almost tangible in the air. Admired by many for staying true to her spiritual beliefs and undeterred by often negative views associated with Voodoo, a Haitian custom, Coicou finds an ethereal peace connecting with her ancestors. True to spiritual beliefs Works by Regine Coicou can be found on amazon.comlast_img read more

31
Aug
2020

EU Releases €9 million to Haiti to Help Tackle Food Crisis

first_imgPORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – The European Union has released €9 million in humanitarian aid in response to the deteriorating food and nutrition situation in the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member state.The EU, says the humanitarian aid will cover the basic food and nutritional needs of more than 130,000 people living in the worst-affected areas.“For the EU, the humanitarian situation in Haiti is not a forgotten crisis We are committed to providing vital support to the people hit by the food and nutrition crisis in the country. This assistance comes on top of the €12 million allocated in 2018 to address the urgent food and nutrition needs of Haitians,” said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides.The funds provided will benefit families living in the areas worst affected by the crisis and children suffering from acute malnutrition. Life-saving nutritional support will also be provided to over 5,000 children under the age of five who are suffering from acute malnutrition. In parallel, the EU says it will also back measures to strengthen the analysis of the food situation and to improve the quality of the humanitarian response.The European Commission’s humanitarian assistance pays special attention to victims of forgotten crises, such as severe, protracted humanitarian crises where the people affected do not receive sufficient international aid, as is the case in Haiti. Haiti is the main beneficiary of the European Commission’s humanitarian aid to Latin America and the Caribbean, having received €404 million in support since 1994.In recent months, the humanitarian situation in Haiti has deteriorated dramatically and the country is facing serious food shortages. The EU states that between 2018 and 2019, the number of people in crisis situations or facing food emergencies doubled to 2.6 million. Furthermore, the prevalence of acute malnutrition among children under the age of five remains high, and above the World Health Organization (WHO) emergency levels in several locations.last_img read more

31
Aug
2020

National Walk to School Day in the City of Miramar

first_imgMIRAMAR, Florida – Last week, City of Miramar Commissioner Yvette Colbourne joined the students and staff of Annabel C. Perry Pre-K8  as they participated in National Walk to School Day and Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), “Let’s Go walking To School Day. Over 100 students and parents formed a walking school bus and travelled two blocks to the school entrance.In preparation for the Walk to School event, students from Annabel C. Perry, City of Miramar staff, Commissioner Colbourne, Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Broward School Board representative, Patty Good and volunteers installed 6 locations with temporary painted crosswalks, curb extensions, mural intersection, and logos as a part of Implemented Tactical Urbanism which demonstrates how to improve street safety and engage the community through innovative street design.The day promotes the Broward Complete Streets initiative, which encourages walking and pedestrian safety for families in the community, and reinforces healthy habits such as walking to school. It also increases awareness for the need for safe infrastructure and safe behavior. The event was also about connecting municipal governments with the communities they serve and local schools.City Commissioner Yvette Colbourne remarked, “The safety of our students is very important. By temporary highlighting the crosswalks we remind drivers that they are sharing the roadways with pedestrians. We also want to make it more exciting and a safer environment for our students who are walking to school.”  “I’d like to thank everyone who worked on the event and to all attendees, I am elated by the turnout and the enthusiasm of all participants. The kids are excited, and they want to do it again next year.”The City of Miramar and Annabel C. Perry Pre-K8 applied and was awarded a U.S. Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School Grant in the amount of $1,053,044.89 for sidewalk improvements surrounding the school. This is a 5-year program that will improve the infrastructure for students and pedestrians.last_img read more

31
Aug
2020

Reggae Stars, Celebrities Take to Soccer Field to Celebrate Marley’s Birthday…

first_imgMiramar, FL (January 29, 2020) – Reggae icon Bob Marley was an avid soccer player, whose love for the game drove him to play at every opportunity. Even while on tour, the famed singer found time to participate in friendly scrimmages at the nearest park with members of his band.After his passing, close friend and soccer executive Clive “Busy” Campbell, began the Bob Marley One Love Football Fun-Day in Jamaica to celebrate Marley’s birthday (February 6).For the first time in its 38-year history, the celebration will be held in the USA, on Sunday, February 16 at the Ansin Sports Complex, 10801 Miramar Blvd, Miramar, FL from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.Hosted by Miramar Commissioner Maxwell B. Chambers, and under the patronage of Jamaica’s Consul General Oliver Mair, the event will feature three friendly soccer games between the Reggae Girls Invitational Team, Masters and Celebrities from Jamaica and a team of locally-based former National players and Celebrities.In keeping with tradition, four individuals will be recognized for their outstanding community service. This year’s honorees are soccer promoter Mikey Barnes, Minister Tyrone “Papa San” Thompson and educators Janet Morales, and Bruce Klassner.The Bob Marley One Love Football Celebration will also serve as a fundraiser for Commissioner Chambers’ Community Plus One water bill initiative. This program provides assistance to qualified residents who face a challenge in paying their water bill. The goal is to prevent disconnection of water to these residents in the City of Miramar. Funds from the event will also benefits the Reggae Girlz Foundation and basic schools in Jamaica.A number of celebrities and entertainers have committed to participate including artist such as, Agent Sasco, Tony Curtis, Iba MaHr, Everaldo Creary of the NoMaddz, Tamarley, radio personality Pat Montague and Tanya A AKA Deja of 1170 WAVS Radio as well as former Reggae Boyz “Pepe” Goodison to name a few. Mikey Mike and the WZPP crew will provide music and an entertaining half-time show is being planned.Tickets are available online at www.caribtix.com or at Sam’s W.I. Grocery, Rainbow Variety Store, Juney’s Restaurant and Barbican Square. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Children’s ticket is $10 and is available at the gate only.last_img read more

31
Aug
2020

Mike Pompeo Urges Caribbean to Be Wary of Chinese Investments

first_imgAndrew Holness and Mike Pompeo shake hands at a press conference on Wednesday, January 22. KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – The United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, on January 22 urged Caribbean countries to be wary of accepting “easy money from countries like China” as Washington sought to improve its decades-old relationship with the region.Addressing a policy discussion on “US-Caribbean relations, Pompeo acknowledged that the North American giant had been absent from the Caribbean for a long period.“I think for too long the United States focused on the Caribbean only when a natural disaster hit. Too many US officials came here to talk about aid and aid alone, I am not going to give that speech today,” Pompeo told the forum that included the foreign ministers of Haiti, St Lucia, St Kitts-Nevis, Belize and the host country.“I believe that the United States and the Caribbean can do much more together and importantly should do much more together…we are natural allies and natural partners. Now is the time to move forward with even closer ties with so much opportunity,” he said.In recent times, Washington has become critical of China’s investments in the Caribbean with many regional states signing on to Beijing’s Belt & Road Initiative, the global development strategy adopted by the Chinese government in 2013 involving infrastructure development and used by the Asian country to strengthen its connectivity with the world.But Pompeo told the Caribbean foreign ministers and other officials present “it is tempting to accept easy money from places like China, but what good is it if it feeds corruption and undermines your rule of law”?He said most of the investments ruin the environment, don’t create jobs for locals, and that there is a better alternative.“We all know it and we can all achieve it together,” he said, claiming that American firms would provide better alternatives in an environment of “transparent contracts, the respect for the rule of law, honest straight forward accounting practices.“That’s why I am proud to be America’s Secretary of State and advocate for American companies…coming to invest in places like Jamaica and the region,” he said, noting that some of the businesses attending the discussion “reflect our sincere desire for a partnership and prosperity we can grow all of our nations together”He said that this is why Washington has launched the Growth in Americas Initiative, with Jamaica, which had been a chartered member during the December kick-off and “we look forward to including many more countries”.He said Washington was working to get more regional countries benefit from private investment and infrastructure and has “created a new development finance corporation (DFC) that works inside our State Department (and) can help your private sector stand on its own”.He said the US was looking forward to working with Haiti in identifying how the DFC financing can help its economy.Pompeo said the United States is the largest trading partner with the region, giving as an example, the importation of asphalt from Trinidad and Tobago “which makes up the pavement from Pennsylvania Avenue that connects the White House and the United States capital.But our economic ties aren’t defined by government aid or remittances from members of your community who come to the United States. We want to build economically, sustainable economies and it is possible”.He said Washington was also looking to develop the region’s energy sector, adding PetroCaribe, the energy cooperation agreement initiated by Venezuela to provide a preferential payment arrangement for petroleum and petroleum products to some Latin America and the Caribbean is “fading into the sunset as the (Nicholas) Maduro regime itself will do”.Washington has been spearheading efforts to remove Maduro from office and is supporting Opposition Leader Juan Guaido, whom Pompeo said he met during his visit to the region and urged him to convey his thanks ‘to you here”.“Our sovereignty and security demand that we get even closer today,” he said, noting that prior to arriving in Jamaica he was in Colombia attending a counter-terrorism summit.“Nations all across the region are waking up to the same shared threats and there is no shortage of them. ISIS fighters have come from Trinidad and Tobago. Hezbollah has tentacles all over South America. FARC and ELN take refuge today in Venezuela.“The man-made crisis Maduro has caused in Venezuela has driven an unprecedented migration crisis. Nearly five million Venezuelans have fled his tyranny. Cuba and Russia continue to meddle in nations’ sovereign affairs by trying to destabilise democracies and of course, there’s the drug cartels that we deal with and the human trafficking, arms trafficking and cyber trafficking that come alongside. This is very different from the times of the Cold War,” Pompeo warned. (CMC)last_img read more

31
Aug
2020

Rio Ferdinand Announce Boxing Career

first_imgFormer Manchester United and England defender, Rio Ferdinand has announced the launch of his professional boxing career two years after retiring from football.38-year-old Ferdinand, who works as a football pundit, will link up with Team Great Britain Olympic coach Richie Woodhall as he takes up the new challenge of “aiming for a belt”.It’s happening… Can’t wait to get started with the team @betfair have put together, @richiewoodhall and @meldeane ? #DefenderToContender pic.twitter.com/s6AmLRo7DN— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) September 19, 2017Ferdinand said in a promo video: “I’m doing this because it’s a challenge, I’ve won titles and now I’m aiming for a belt.”The former worlds most expensive defender follows in the footsteps of former Birmingham City midfielder Curtis Woodhouse and former Crystal Palace forward Leon McKenzie, who became professional boxers after quitting football.Rio Ferdinand started his football career at West Ham, then moved to Leeds before joining Manchester United in 2002 where he won six Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League over 12 seasons at Old Trafford. RelatedChelsea Legend Lampard Joins ‘Star-Studded Team’August 3, 2017In “England”Rio Ferdinand Wants Colin Kaepernick Style Protest in the Premier LeagueDecember 9, 2018In “England”Mourinho Fires Back At Ferdinand, Scholes After Champions League WinNovember 28, 2018In “England”last_img read more

31
Aug
2020

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap: Honduras’ Qualification Hopes Dented With Late Goal

first_imgRelated Honduras’ hopes of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup next year was dealt a huge blow on Saturday after they conceded a late goal in a 1-1 draw at Costa Rica.Eddie Hernandez gave the team a 66th minute lead but they could not hang on for three crucial points following Kendall Watson’s late leveller for the already qualified hosts.Costa Rica had earlier sealed qualification on Friday without kicking a ball after USA defeated Panama 4-0 however that didn’t stop the team from denying Honduras in their quest to also seal a Russia 2018 spot.A win would have taken Honduras to the playoff position (4th) with 12 points but they stay in 5th position with 10 points while rivals for a World Cup spot, Panama, stay in 4th spot with 10 points with better goal difference. USA occupy the last automatic qualification spot (3rd) with 12 points.Standings:Mexico 21 points (Qualified)Costa Rica 16 points (Qualified)USA 12 pointsPanama 10 pointsHonduras 10 pointsTrinidad and Tobago 3 pointslast_img read more

30
Aug
2020

DraftKings steps into the World of live sports streaming

first_img Sports-tech and media company, DraftKings has announced it is venturing into the world of live sports streaming through its newly-formed partnership with Euroleague Basketball.As a result of the deal, customers will be able to stream selected Turkish Airlines EuroLeague basketball games directly through their DraftKings mobile app, as well as utilising both fantasy contests and live content.The announcement follows on from DraftKings growing its executive team and moving into five new national  markets.Speaking at at the Web Summit conference in Lisbon this week, the group’s CEO and co-founder, Jason Robins said: “Our goal is to become the one-stop destination and mobile companion for sports fans globally. Adding a live streaming component allows us to provide the best and most seamless product for our customers. This is what the future of sports looks like.”In the first quarter of 2018, DraftKings will provide its customers with live coverage of EuroLeague games on the DraftKings app, as well as a further opportunity to watch multiple games by playing in a $3 and above DraftKings contest. Commenting on the deal, Jordi Bertomeu, Euroleague Basketball President and CEO added: “We are proud to be breaking new ground with such a forward-thinking partner as DraftKings. Combining fantasy with live-streamed games is a perfect match, not only for the countless passionate EuroLeague fans we have already, but for the many new ones who will now discover our unique brand of basketball through DraftKings.”This Tuesday will also see DraftKings offer EuroLeague games will also become available in a 6-a-side fantasy product, similar to classic NBA game on DraftKings. BetInvest: The benefits of separating esports betting markets August 7, 2020 Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Share Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Submitlast_img read more

30
Aug
2020

BtoBet launches new sports and games divisions

first_img Submit StumbleUpon BtoBet grows LatAm portfolio with GlobalBet deal August 12, 2020 BtoBet refines African SMS payment options with Tola Mobile  August 20, 2020 Related Articles BtoBet grows Nigerian presence with Booster99 deal August 26, 2020 Share Share BtoBet has announced a reshaping of its internal structure, becoming a redesigned, and larger, group in the process.Two companies, ITS (I-Trading Solution) and IGS (I-Gaming Solutions), have been embraced, allowing the launch of two new divisions, BtoBet Sports and BtoBet Games.Alessandro Fried, BtoBet’s chairman, explained about the sports division: “BtoBet Sports is focused on bookmakers’ needs and sportsbook players’ preferences. “A dedicated team ensures the sports-betting brand provides the ultimate betting experience to the bettors. Based on BtoBet’s sports platform Neuron Sport, BtoBet Sports provides a highly customizable frontend for each operator, giving all the tools needed for risk management across all pre-match, live betting and virtual Jackpot betting products.”Adding on the games division: “This new department is aimed at providing the perfect set of products and services needed for today’s iGaming business. “A pull of skilled and dedicated experts assists and satisfies any of operator’s iGaming needs and requirements. “The Neuron Casino omni-channel platform, based on Artificial Intelligence technology ensures tailored offers to maximize the effort of delivering the perfect Games offer.”Both ITS, a risk management and trading specialist, and IGS, an experienced games aggregator, are to operate under the same roof and adopt the same technology, BtoBet also detail that working under the new structure allows the firm to offer “an even more comprehensive suite of products; Sportsbook platform and services for bookmakers and IGaming Platform and services devoted to the gaming industry.”Concluding, Fried explained: “BtoBet’s new structure offers a bigger trusted team always available to support our Clients in their technical needs by providing advice when needed, flexibility to expand their business and a range of clear and simple products and services.“We are able to allow the operators to manage their business autonomously, setting up their own strategies, all without the handicap of technology constraints or the limits of engaging fully- managed platforms. In addition, Btobet is able to supply them all the necessary services to make their own product and offer unique.”last_img read more