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Haiti experiencing decline in cholera cases

first_imgHaiti experiencing decline in cholera cases The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says the number of suspected cholera cases reported in Haiti, up to April 8, 2017, has decreased when compared to the same periods in 2015 and 2016.In its latest report, PAHO says to date 4,871 suspected cholera cases have been reported in Haiti, including 69 deaths. This represents a 60 and 61 per cent decrease compared to the 12,373 and 12,226 suspected cholera cases reported during the same period in 2015 and 2016, respectively.Additionally, the 69 deaths reported so far this year represents a 41 per cent and 50 per cent decrease when compared to the 116 and 139 deaths reported during the same period in 2015 and 2016, respectively.All 10 departments in the country Haiti have reported suspected cholera cases this year.The five departments with the highest rates in descending order are: Centre, Ouest (which includes the capital city of Port-au-Prince), Nippes, Artibonite, and Nord.Since the cholera outbreak began in October 2010, 800,665 cases have been reported, including 9,480 deaths.According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the cholera epidemic in Haiti continues to be the largest in the Western Hemispherelast_img read more

Young Reggae Girls coach looks to bolster squad ahead of CONCACAF…

first_imgJamaica Reggae Girls qualifies for CONCACAF U-20 Championships in January and focuses on winning trophy.  ast weekend, the Reggae Girlz qualified for the CONCACAF Under-20 Championships in Trinidad and Tobago nextJanuary. The Jamaicans won all three games in a four-team final Caribbean zone group in St Kitts and Nevis.The Jamaicans beat the Dominican Republic 1-0 before beating Haiti by the same margin on Friday to secure their position in the CONCACAF Championship.On the qualification competition’s final day last Sunday, the Reggae Girlz celebrated their entry into the CONCACAF Championship, with a 9-0 win over the hosts.Early preparations“We will try to get a camp and also a game or two ahead of the CONCACAF championships. We want to get to Trinidad and Tobago early. The JFF will be working with us to make it possible,” said young Reggae Girlz head coach, Lorne Donaldson.The team that will play in the CONCACAF Championship will also include a few additions with Donaldson saying he would be looking for players to boost the squad.Ensuring squad is at its bestThat squad will have to be at its best because it will now have to contend with a group that includes, the United States, Mexico, and Nicaragua.Jamaica will play Mexico on Friday, January 19, 2018, to kick off their championship, before playing against the United States on Sunday, January 21.The final game of what is a tough group will be played against Nicaragua on Tuesday, January 23.The top two teams from each group will play in a semi-final scheduled for January 26. The third-place match and final will be played on Sunday, January 28.The top three teams from the CONCACAF U20 Championship qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in France.Caribbean representatives The Caribbean will be represented in the Championship by Jamaica, Haiti, and hosts Trinidad and Tobago.The Jamaicans will also have an eye on the 2018 Central American and Caribbean games in Colombia, for which they have also qualified. That tournament begins July 19.last_img read more

“Let There Be Reggae” highlights reggae and dancehall at Art Basel

first_imgArt Basel Miami Beach 2017 will be held throughout South Florida from December 7 -10th. The count-down has begun to Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 weekend and this year art fans can get ready to soak up the vibes of reggae and dance hall in pictures.‘Let There Be Reggae,’ is a unique showcase, curated snapshot of reggae music and dancehall culture that will feature works of Australian artist/illustrator Robin Clare; Jamaican photographer Roy Sweetland; Jamaican-born photographer and current Fort Lauderdale resident, David Muir; ultimate Jamaican Dancehall street sign collector Maxine Walters and founder of Irish and Chin “sound clash promotions,” Garfield “Chin” Bourne.The three-day exhibition will begin with an opening reception on Thursday, December 7th, from 6–10 p.m., in the Wynwood section of Miami.‘Let There Be Reggae’ will give art and music lovers a flavor of the Caribbean musical scene while illustrating the odyssey of reggae music and current day dancehall.For more information on the event, visit Art Basel will also feature numerous black artists via ‘Black and Basel.’last_img read more

Trinidadian academic and activist Rhoda Reddock elected to UN committee

first_imgEminent scholar and activist Professor Rhoda Reddock has been elected as a member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).First timeA statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Reddock will serve for the period, 2019-2022, and “this is the first time since becoming a party to the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women in 1990 that Trinidad and Tobago has presented a candidate to CEDAW.Reddock was one 16 candidates competing for the 12 vacancies on the Committee. She was elected on Thursday during balloting at the United Nations securing 158 out of 185 votes – the highest number of votes received among the candidates.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said as a member of the Committee, Reddock, who served as deputy principal of the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), will join 22 other independent experts in monitoring the progress made by States in the implementation of the Convention.It said the Committee represents one of the foremost mechanisms worldwide for the promotion of human rights and fair treatment of women as it assists State Parties in improving their human rights record and providing women and girls with equal access to opportunities for growth and development.last_img read more

Who Shot XXXTentacion?

first_imgThe Broward County Sheriff’s Department is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the killer or killers of South Florida-born, Jamaican-American rapper, XXXTentacion.The Plantation-born, Lauderhill, Florida-raised rapper, born Jahseh Onfroy, was leaving RIVA Motorsports in Deerfield Beach shortly before 4 p.m. on Monday, June 18, 2018, when he was approached by two armed suspects in an apparent robbery, the Broward County Sheriff’s Department said.At least one of the suspects fired a gun striking Onfroy. Both of the suspects fled in a dark-color SUV.  The rapper was transported to Broward Health North where he was pronounced dead.Investigators continued Thursday to investigate the broad daylight killing of the 20-year-old Onfroy. Contact BSOAnyone with information is asked to contact BSO homicide detectives Walt Foster or John Curcio at (954) 321-4210.  If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for the reward.Detectives are reportedly getting a “ton of social media posts” sent in by citizens who believe they have legitimate leads on the suspects in the XXX murder.Suspicious Facebook postOne major lead reportedly being scrutinized is a Facebook post by a rapper from Georgia, who posted at 12:56 PM on Sunday, that “xxxTentacion gone get shot tomorrow.”Another post shows a separate crew posing in front of what appears to be a gas station shortly after XXXTentacion died. The three men appear to be standing in front of a black SUV, similar to the one described as the suspect’s vehicle. However, after that photo went public and the men were identified by fans online, one of the guys posted a video denying his involvement in XXXTentacion’s death.  It’s unclear if he’s been contacted by police to date.Jamaican parentsOnfroy, according to News Americas reports, was born to Jamaican parents Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy and Cleopatra Bernard. He has three siblings with one being half shared paternally. Onfroy was mainly raised by his grandmother, Collette Jones in Pompano Beach, Florida and Lauderhill, Florida.The young rapper rose to fame while posting raps online from his bedroom on the audio distribution platform SoundCloud in June 2013. Onfroy released his debut album, 17, on August 25, 2017. This March, he released his second album. His singles “Sad!” and “Changes” recently peaked at 7 and 37, respectively the Billboard Hot 100.His interest in music initially started after his aunt persuaded him to begin attending school choir and later church choir. In 2013 he launched his musical career, inspired by both rock and rap.Legal problems XXXTenatcion has, however, made headlines not only for his  music successes but also for a string of legal problems stemming from a 2016 domestic violence arrest.The rapper, accused of beating his pregnant girlfriend, was slapped with 15 new felony charges in December, including witness tampering and witness harassment.Prosecutors reportedly believe the rapper – by way of recorded calls he made in jail – attempted to coerce his girlfriend into dropping her case against him.He served a brief stint in jail in December before he was released on house arrest. A judge in March granted his request to be freed from house arrest in order to take his music on tour.The rapper’s music also made waves last month after Spotify announced it would scrub his tracks from its platform, as his alleged behavior had violated codes of conduct.The move drew backlash, and Spotify later reversed its decision.On Monday, fellow rappers and musical artists took to Twitter to express their shock and sorrow.“Rest in Peace,” Kanye West tweeted. “I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here thank you for existing.”last_img read more

Carlos Brathwaite Out, Denesh Ramdin in St Kitts & Nevis Patriots

first_imgInternational retentions and signings are expected to be announced at a later date. Speaking about his appointment as captain, Emrit said he was “very excited to be part of the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots for a second season”. Ramdin, whose departure from TKR was revealed by that franchise last week Tuesday, joins West Indies players Rayad Emrit, Evin Lewis, Sheldon Cottrell, Fabian Allen and Alzarri Joseph, along with emerging player, Barbadian Dominic Drakes. With the departure of former West Indies T20I skipper Brathwaite, who was among Patriots’ leading run-getters during his time with the franchise, 39-year-old allrounder Emrit will serve as captain. The major changes to the franchise’s setup were announced last week in a statement which said it had retained six of its 2019 CPL players from the Caribbean, and signed Ramdin who was transferred from Trinbago Knight Riders after four years with his home franchise, during which time he helped them win the 2017 and 2018 titles. BASSETERRE, St Kitts – St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots have dropped captain Carlos Brathwaite, let go of head coach Robin Singh and signed West Indies wicketkeeper-batsman Denesh Ramdin for the upcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season. CPL organisers say they are watching the global pandemic closely and are liaising with medical advisors and governments to make a decision on the tournament as soon as possible.center_img “I think that the team that is selected this year is going to be a very exciting one. I am very excited to be named as captain. It’s always an honour and a privilege to lead a franchise. Our new coach, Simon Helmot, knows the CPL and he knows how to win titles. He and I are going to work very hard to get the team to the finals,” he added. The franchise also named Australian Simon Helmot, a former TKR coach, to replace Singh as head coach for the upcoming season. The eighth staging of the CPL is set for August 19 – September 26, but with the spread of COVID-19 leading to postponement and cancellations of sports across the globe, it is unsure whether the event will go ahead as planned. CMC Along with Patriots and TKR, the other teams set to compete this year are Guyana Amazon Warriors, St. Lucia Zouks, Jamaica Tallawahs and reigning champions Barbados Tridents.last_img read more

Dr. Timothy Harris Sworn in as Prime Minister of St. Kitts…

first_imgAccording to the Prime Minister the success at the polls is a vindication of excellent work on behalf of the people. “As Chairman of the OECS, I extend warm congratulations to Prime Minister Harris and his Team Unity on his victory and I look forward to continuing the close collaborative relationship that exists at the OECS Authority as we collectively face the pestilential challenge of COVID and its utterly devastating effect on our economies and livelihoods,” Browne further stated in the press release. Harris has also received congratulatory messages from St. Lucia, Grenada and diplomatic allies such as the United States and Venezuela. Meanwhile, messages of congratulations have been sent to Harris from around the world. BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – Dr. Timothy Harris was sworn in as Prime Minister for a second term, on Sunday. He said in his constituency it was the strongest result of the 27 years of his representation. Harris noted that the general election was a consensus on how the population wanted the country to be run. “This electoral victory reflects the renewed confidence of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis in your leadership and in your vision for the future of their country.” In a letter to Prime Minister Harris, Director General of the OECS, Dr. Didacus Jules also extended congratulations. “We shall create the modern history in St. Kitts and Nevis by making the example of the best managed small island state. That is my pledge and that is my commitment.” He said they made history winning the larger share of the vote this time around and securing a National swing to Team Unity of around six percent “Our performance really lived up and indeed some will say surpassed the promise we had made. Friday we the people of St. Kitts and Nevis made history again as the first coalition government in the Federation to return after an election with an increased majority.” The prime minister the cabinet of ministers will be announced in the coming days. CMC During the ceremony, Harris pledged to fulfill his campaign promises to people of the twin-island federation. “The people of the Federation who are the supreme arbiters of choice of government have spoken clearly,” the statement said. Chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne extended congratulations in a press release. Harris who hailed the outgoing Team Unity Cabinet,said that it was an honour for him to have the opportunity to be sworn in for a second time as Prime Minister. Harris’ Team Unity administration, which is comprised of the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) in Nevis, the People’s Action Movement (PAM) and the People’s Labour Party (PLP) both in St. Kitts, was re-elected with an overwhelming majority on Friday, with nine out of the Federation’s 11 constituencies delivering a win for the incumbent government. “I promised I would not let you down and promised the administration that I would lead will not let down the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.” In addition, Harris said this would be his last term serving as Prime Minister, a promise he made in 2015, then saying he would only serve two terms if elected. “Please accept the reassurances of my highest consideration,” President of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Dr. Tsai Ing-wen, who in January was also re-elected in a landslide that secured her a second term. “On behalf of the people and government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), it is a great pleasure to extend my heartfelt congratulations to you and Team Unity on your decisive victory at the polls, endorsing your leadership of the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis for another term,” Taiwan’s President also said, adding: “I am confident that under your leadership, St Kitts and Nevis will continue to make great strides in terms of peace, progress, and prosperity.”last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo: More Than Just A Footballer

first_img“Cristiano Ronaldo” is definitely a household name all around the world.Four-time Ballon d’Or Winner, four-time European Golden Shoe winner, highest goalscorer in the history of the UEFA Champions League, breaker and setter of numerous records, considered one of the greatest footballers of all time.Yes, there is quite a lot to add to the 32-year-old’s list of achievements.However, the achievements of this Portuguese hunk goes beyond the football pitch and four walls of stadia all around the world, Cristiano Ronaldo is a business tycoon!With countless endorsement deals, venturing into different businesses of his own, the Real Madrid forward has shown he is more than just a footballer – he is a brand!The father of three owns a chain of boutiques, hotels, gyms, a blanket company, his own fragrance, footwear line, denim collection, tech brand and more.The latest? Ronaldo agreed on a two-year co-branding contract with PanzerGlass, in the manufacturing of ‘CR7’ branded screen protectors for mobile devices. Classy!Cristiano Ronaldo’s business portfolio keeps expanding and the millions keep coming in. With a fourth child on the way with girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez, the man can afford to give his children and generations to come the best life. RelatedWhy Cristiano Ronaldo May Be Past His PrimeNovember 7, 2017In “Features”Cristiano Ronaldo: Messi, Neymar “My Motivation”July 24, 2017In “Europe”Luka Modric Rode on The Waves of Good Fortune To Win The Ballon d’OrDecember 4, 2018In “England”last_img read more

US Open: Sloane Stephens Wins All American Final To Earn First Grand Slam Title

first_img“Madison is one of my best friends on tour. I wouldn’t have wanted to play anyone else. I told her that I wished it could have been a draw.” she added.Stephens will earn £2.84m in prize money as she becomes the first American to win a Grand Slam title outside the Williams family in 15 years.“Sloane is truly one of my favourite people and to play against her was special. I obviously didn’t play my best tennis and Sloane was very supportive.” Madison Keys explained.She continues: “If I’m going to lose to anyone today, I’m glad it’s to her.”RelatedUS Open: Venus Williams Crashes Out As Unstoppable Madison Keys beats Vandeweghe To Reach FinalSeptember 8, 2017In “Tennis”French Open Recap (Women): Sloane Stephens Beats Kasatkina To Secure All-American Semifinal Meeting With KeysJune 6, 2018In “Sports”Halep To Meet Stephens In French Open FinalJune 7, 2018In “Sports” World number 83 and first-time finalist, Sloane Stephens has earned her first career Grand Slam title by defeating fellow American Madison Keys in the US Open final.24-year-old Stephens emphatically dispatched 15th seed Keys, who is also a Grand Slam final debutant, 6-3 6-0 in front of a rapturous crowd at Flushing Meadows.Speaking after her victory, the very excited Stephens said: “I had surgery in January and if someone had told me then that I would win the US Open, I would have said it was impossible,”last_img read more

2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup Review: Mexico Complete Last 16 Lineup

first_imgRelated2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup: England, France Qualify For Next RoundOctober 12, 2017In “FIFA”2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup Wrap: England Off To Winning StartOctober 9, 2017In “FIFA”2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup Wrap (Matchday 8): West African Teams Suffer Contrasting FortunesOctober 14, 2017In “FIFA” Mexico became the final team to book a place in the last 16 of the ongoing FIFA u-17 World Cup in India after a goalless draw with Chile in their final Group F game.In the other game in Group F, England thrashed Iraq 4-0 to finish as the top team in the group and also maintain a clean slate at the tournament with three wins from three games. Reading forward Danny Loader scored the two goals in addition to strikes from highly-rated Manchester United youngster Angel Gomes and Emile Smith-Rowe.France also have three wins from three games to finish on top following their 5-1 win over Honduras in one of the final two matches in Group E. The other game saw New Caledonia pick up their first ever point at any FIFA World Cup after Jakob Jeno earned a 1-1 draw with Japan.Matchday 9 Results:Group EJapan 1-1 New CaledoniaFrance 5-1 HondurasStandingsFrance 9 pointsJapan 4 pointsHonduras 3 pointsNew Caledonia 1 pointGroup FEngland 4-0 IraqMexico 0-0 ChileStandingsEngland 9 pointsIraq 4 pointsMexico 2 pointsChile 1 pointRound of 16 Fixtures:Colombia vs. GermanyParaguay vs. USAIran vs. MexicoFrance vs. SpainEngland vs. JapanMali vs. IraqGhana vs. Niger RepublicBrazil vs. Honduraslast_img read more