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Month: August 2020


Selassie freed

first_imgSelassie…freed in a Kingston Court Promoter of the popular Dub Club, Gabre Selassie, was freed in Kingston’s Parish Court Friday morning.The Rastafarian sound system operator, whose given name is Carlisle Lee, was pepper-sprayed and handcuffed by police officers who went to his home in Jacks Hill — an upper-class area in St. Andrew parish — on April 23.They ordered Lee to stop playing the music due to complaints by residents that they were being disturbed.Selassie was charged with a breach of the Noise Abatement Act, using indecent language and resisting arrest.The prosecution dropped the charges against him after he provided a copy of the Dub Club Police Permit which gives Selassie permission to keep his weekly event.The prosecution also criticized the police for acting hastily and without legal reason.Several persons including Jamaica’s Minister of Sports, Culture and Gender Affairs, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange criticized the police action.The Dub Club is one of the hot spots in Jamaica. It attracts reggae artists, producers and booking agents from the United States and Europe.It is endorsed by the Jamaica Tourist Board.last_img read more

An Irie experience – Chef Irie

first_imgAfter working as an architect for several years, he was encouraged by his ‘ex’ to try his “cooking thing.” He applied to the only then accredited culinary school in Miami, Johnson and Whales, and got accepted.  He later graduated with an associate degree in the Culinary Arts. This was the second of its kind; the first took place at the home of Michele Henney, his partner. Exotic menu The evening’s menu consisted of:Course 1: Charred Octopus Salad, with Chilled Mango Soup.Course 2: Salad with Pickled June Plum, corn, tomato and Pepper Relish, Arugula Leaves, Jackfruit Dressing, Scotch Bonnet Oil Drizzle.Course 3: Sauted Snapper Bass w/DjonDjon Butter Bean Ragu, Hibiscus Chutney.Course 4:  Indian-spiced Roasted Goat, Pumpkin Polenta, Papaya Slaw, Cilantro Sauce.Course 5: Dukunoo Bites w/ Naseberry Sauce, Smoked Whipped Cream. Dr. Patricia Elliott said, “I usually don’t’ try new things. Usually I don’t eat stuff I don’t know, stuff I can’t identify. This his has been a surprise to myself; an amazing dining experience introducing me to a whole range of foods.” Popular photographer David Muir documented the evening. He hinted that Chef Irie will be coming out with a book soon. Can’t beat that! Growing up, cooking wasn’t seen as a “real” career.  So, he chose to go into something “career-worthy” and studied architecture at University of Florida from 1990-95. Valentina said, “I really enjoyed the food, the setting. I’m not used to it, but it was really pleasing.” He has no regrets about turning his back on architecture for life in the kitchen. “You don’t get tired of cooking:  I don’t cook as much for myself. The motivation to cook for others is greater than myself,” he said. Why the name Chef Irie? Chef Irie was born in Kingston, Jamaica, but raised in St. Catherine. He discovered cooking as an eight-year-old watching his mother cook. The popular Jamaican maestro offered a scrumptious dinner on July 30 at the North Miami home of Sonya, his long-time friend. Encouraged to try cooking Top class entertainment According to Chef Irie, intimate settings are “a chance for me to really explore food in ways I don’t often get the opportunity to do. This dinner was great.  It was different too because of the entertainment component.  The food was even better because I felt I was ‘ramping’ it up, the ideas, the component structure.  I was truly happy with the host.” Guests Impressed Sonya’s home has a huge yard, pool, two gazebos and a children’s play area. It was the perfect setting for an enchanting dinner. Guests were impressed by food and performers. “I was trying to have a link to my country.  I felt strongly about what I was doing. I wanted a name mentioned in the household not only nationally but globally,” he said. Entertainment was led by Dita, an Indian poet and painter who performed spoken word pieces about people of color and the current political climate in America. Sharon said, “Awesome was the experience for me, different really good.  It was a good experience.” Favor intimate settings Talented singer La Vavie, along with her pianist, performed a mixture of elevator music and sounds from the Caribbean. Have you ever wished a “real live” chef could cook for you?  Ever thought about having a five-course dinner professionally done in your own kitchen?   Well, now you can, with the innovative and down-to-earth Chef Irie.last_img read more

Jamaica’s opposition calls pending departure of Police Commissioner George Quallo bad…

first_imgJamaica’s Opposition People’s National Party’s (PNP) says the pending departure of  Police Commissioner George Quallo, has come at a bad time.According to Fitz Jackson, the PNP’s spokesman on National Security, while he is not surprised, the news has come while a State of Emergency is in effect in the western parish of St. James.Uneasiness between commissioner and minister“As the country is aware, there has been much uneasiness between the commissioner and the Minister (of National Security) for sometime and this stalemate that has been going on for so long, just doesn’t help. I am now aware the commissioner will depart at the end of the month. We hope there will be some stability, so that the country’s security can be attended to in a serious and focused way,” Jackson said.Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of Police Clifford Blake is tipped to act as Commissioner until a replacement is foundNews broke on Friday that Quallo is to demit office as Police Commissioner this week. He was scheduled to step down in August following his appointment in April last year.This will be the fourth leadership change for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), in eight years.last_img read more

Jamaica wants transnational crime among others to be confronted in 2019

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Jamaica says transnational organized crime as well as the high rates of crime and violence, human trafficking are among some of the challenges that must be confronted by the Caribbean this year.National Security Minister Dr. Horace Change, quoting Dr. R. Evan Ellis, a research professor of Latin American Studies at the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, said the security environment of the region is shaped by three persistent, interdependent, albeit evolving, challenges – climate, migration and criminal flows.Strategic focus “It is, therefore, fitting that we will commence 2019 with a strategic focus on the defense and security threats impacting the region,” Chang told a seminar being organized by the US-based William J Perry Centre for Hemispheric Defense and the Jamaica Defense Force.Demands persistent attentionHe told the seminar, which ends on Thursday that in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region, the security threats that are unique to small island states demand the persistent attention of policymakers.Chang said that the seminar is a demonstration of the JDF’s commitment to developing sustainable solutions to long-standing and emerging problems impacting Jamaica and the wider Caribbean region.Numerous security and defense challenges He told the delegates that the seminar could not be more timely, as the Americas is currently facing numerous security and defense challenges and that this exchange of perspectives and experiences will allow persons to contemplate new policies and approaches to achieve safety and security at the national, regional and international levels.The National Security Minister said that security does not exist in a vacuum, as insecurity and instability in one country can have significant implications for citizens in countries thousands of miles away.Delegates to the seminar will discuss a number of issues including national security and defense, transnational threats and organized crime and evolving and future trends.“I am confident that the seminar participants, who represent a wide cross section of ministries, departments and agencies, are all keen to engage in the diverse, interesting and relevant subject matters,” Chang said.“The varied perspectives that will be brought out in your discussions can only enrich the understanding and provide new insights that will enable us to eradicate crime and violence from the Jamaican society,” he added.last_img read more

Jamaican-American Broadcasters to be Honored in New York

first_imgClinton Lindsay, Veteran NYC Broadcaster NEW YORK – Jamaican broadcasters who helped put Caribbean radio on the map in the tri-state area (New York-New Jersey- Connecticut) during the 1970s and 1980s, will be recognized at this year’s Merritone (Memorial) Family Fun Day.The event’s 21st renewal is scheduled for August 11 at Heckscher State Park in Long Island, New York. Its theme will be ‘Jamaica Radio Day’.Honorees are Jamaican-American broadcasters Gil Bailey, Earl “Rootsman” Chin, Ken Williams, Jeff Barnes, Clive Hudson, Jeff Sarge, Tony Cobb, Disco Kid, Safia Seivright, Francine Chin, Pat McKay, Sister Lovely, DJ Roy, Dubb Master Chris, Gem Morrison, Clinton Lindsay, Ellen “Pat” Bailey, and the late Vonnie McGowan.Pat Bailey and McGowan will be recognized posthumously.According to Janice Julian, one of the organizers of Merritone Family Fun Day, “These first 25 years (1970-95), widely regarded as the golden years of Jamaican radio, showcased well over 60 radio contributors and independent content providers.”West Indian music and culture had little presence on radio in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in the late 1960s and early 1970s when there was a massive influx of immigrants from that region to those states. Cobb, Williams and Bailey helped change that with groundbreaking programs on independent radio stations like WHBI, WRTN, now WVIP and WLIB.Lindsay took up the baton in the 1980s with a ‘rude boy’ sound that exploded from underground venues in Kingston, the Jamaica capital.“When I started promoting dancehall music on the radio, nobody else on radio was doing it on that level. You will get the occasional hits from Yellowman, Michigan and Smiley, Trinity, Lone Ranger and such, but when I came along, I started exposing the other players like Peter Metro, Burro Banton, John Wayne, Early B…you know, the real hardcore artists,” he recalled.Lindsay is now based in South Florida where he operates Foundation Radio. He started his career on college radio in 1976, and moved to WHBI (which became WNWK) in 1982.He welcomes the Merritone award.“This award means a lot to me, it tells me that I am recognized for the work I’ve done and everybody likes to be rewarded. I thank the organizers for it, and I also congratulate my colleagues,” he said.last_img read more

Impressive! Nigerian Youngster Inyang Wins Feinberg Tennis Title In US Again

first_imgYoung Nigerian tennis sensation Gabriel Inyang continued his rich vein of form during his summer training tour of the United States (US) after he retained the Feinberg 12 and Under 12 tournament which took place at the Brant Lake Camp in New York.Inyang defeated his American opponent Alex Weinberg 6-0 6-3 in less than an hour in what was a one-sided clay court.The Victoria Garden City Club of Lagos player was very impressive during the tournament which played host to 32 players. He didn’t drop a single set en route his title win.Inyang had earlier beaten Weinberg in the final of the Beco Tournament some three weeks ago. Both Feinberg Junior Tournament and Beco Junior Tournament were organised by the United States Tennis Association.Speaking about Inyang, a UK-based tennis pro at the camp Jon Bradley said: “I have had to oversee a talented young player who is also matured beyond his years. I have been extremely impressed with his attitude during training and during matches. He is always calm under pressure and continues to fight even when he is down.“Gabriel is an extremely promising young player who possesses all the right traits to make it far in tennis if he is motivated.” he added.Relatedlast_img read more

Manchester City’s Samir Nasri Close To Antalyaspor Move, Lands In Turkey For Medicals

first_imgThe Frenchman posted on his Instagram page a picture of him boarding a private jet to Turkey as he looks set to join former teammates, Jeremy Menez and Johan Djourou at Antalyaspor.RelatedOFFICIAL: Samir Nasri joins AntalyasporAugust 21, 2017In “England”West Ham Announce Signing of Samir NasriDecember 31, 2018In “England”UEFA Extends Nasri Doping Ban To 18 MonthsAugust 2, 2018In “England” Unwanted Manchester City midfielder, Samir Nasri has landed in Turkey ahead of his move to Antalyaspor on a reported two-year deal.30-year-old Nasri, who spent last season on loan at Sevilla, has fallen out of favour with City manager, Pep Guardiola despite having two years left on his contract at the Etihad.last_img read more

Italy Coach Ventura Debunks Resignation Stories

first_imgRelatedFinally! Italy Sack Ventura After World Cup DebacleNovember 16, 2017In “Europe”Post-World Cup Debacle: Former Internationals Recommend Ventura’s ReplacementNovember 15, 2017In “Europe”Italy’s World Cup Qualification Failure Claims Other CasualtiesNovember 14, 2017In “Europe” Italy coach Giampiero Ventura has debunked widespread reports that he has resigned after his team failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia.Reports in Italy had earlier revealed that the 69-year old resigned immediately after Monday’s 0-0 draw with Sweden ensured that the Azzurris will miss the World Cup for the first time in 60 years. However the underfire coach revealed that he would speak to the Italian football federation president Carlo Tavecchio about his position.Speaking after he turned up late for his post-match press conference, Ventura said: “I have not resigned, because I haven’t spoken to the president yet.”“I’’m sorry for being late, but every player I had the privilege of working with, I wanted to salute individually.“It’s a very heavy result to bear, because I was absolutely convinced – and tonight’s game confirmed it – that we had this ferocious desire to overcome the obstacle. I have been in football for many years and know what it’s like.“I am proud to have been part of the Azzurri group. I am proud to have worked with great champions and with others who I hope will become champions.“I am disappointed, because once again tonight I realised what the Nazionale means to the people. I thank the crowd at San Siro, who helped us to the last minute. It was unique and extraordinary. The fact we deserved to qualify is frankly secondary right now.” he added.Speaking further, Ventura who signed a contract extension in August to keep him in the job until 2020 stated that he would “have to evaluate an infinity of issues” before deciding whether to continue.In his words, he said: “We will meet with the federation and discuss it.”“We will speak the way we always have done. There is a rapport with Tavecchio and the entire federation.”When asked whether he will stay, Ventura said: “At this moment I don’t feel it is right to discuss that. We’ll see, we’ll discuss the situation and I’ll both speak and listen. Whatever is borne from that meeting will be accepted.”He thereafter appeared to blame bad luck for Italy’s predicament. He said: “My biggest fault was that until the first leg in Sweden, we were exactly on track with what we expected.”“The fault is that we went out effectively without conceding a goal, as it was a deflection.“I’ve been in football for many years, so I can accept that dissonance. Any other comments are entirely futile. I cannot say more than I have already said.“I apologise for the result, yes, but not for the effort and hard work. I do realise that the result is the most important thing.“Tonight’s game showed that there was nothing broken in the Nazionale. All I can do now is apologise to the Italians for the result, but that doesn’t affect the professionalism, the hard work or the effort we put into this.” he concluded.last_img read more

Ladbrokes Coral integrates Hexagon property management software

first_img Related Articles GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share Share FTSE-listed Ladbrokes Coral Group has announced that it will integrate retail property management Hexagon software across its network of UK betting shops.Hexagon is a global provider of enterprise applications for commercial property management. The agreement will see its LandMark 4 solution integrated across Ladbrokes Coral’s portfolio of 3,5000 UK betting premises.Ladbrokes Coral retail management detailed that Hexagon provisions were needed in order to create combined synergies across the operator’s substantially enlarged portfolio, creating a ‘single point of reference’ and optimal reporting on its properties.Paul Bennett, Head of Retail Estates for Ladbrokes Coral Group commented on the software “LandMark 4 has the ability to better support the multiple lease structures that we have in place for our shop locations without the need for multiple entries.”“Standardising on LandMark 4 will deliver significant productivity improvements by automating property management workflows, eliminating the need for staff to maintain manual spreadsheets and reducing the requirement for paper-based approval processes,” GVC ‘surprised’ at widening of HMRC’s Turkey investigation July 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Revenues down 11% but product depth helps GVC through lockdown July 16, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

ALEA gains UK vision taking over LadyLucks mobile casino

first_img Submit Caixa chairman seeks to offload Brazil lottery assets by 2021 July 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Brazil to issue initial plans on Caixa Loterias sale August 17, 2020 Related Articles Share David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Share Alexandre TomicEuropean online gambling group ALEA has informed that it has acquired UK mobile casino brand LadyLucks.co.uk from IGT Group (undisclosed fee).Confirming its acquisition, Barcelona-based ALEA detailed that it will maintain the LadyLucks.co.uk brand, but has undertaken a migration of platform and revamped the asset’s website.LadyLucks.co.uk is a legacy mobile casino brand, first brought to market in 2004 by former London-AIM enterprise Probability Plc. The brand was absorbed by IGT Group’s former GTECH division in 2014 as part of its £18 million outright acquisition of Probability assets.Updating the market, ALEA Co-founder Alexandre Tomic has detailed that the LadyLucks.co.uk brand will form an integral part of his firm’s UK expansion strategy. This September ALEA management confirmed that it had secured a UKGC operator licensing approval.“This is a bold move from ALEA, and forms part of our battle plans for the UK market. Now that we have a licence from the Gambling Commission, we want to significantly grow our presence in the country.” Tomic Detailed“LadyLucks is already benefitting from the ALEA touch; we have quadrupled the number of game suppliers, rolled out games on desktop as well as mobile, and given players access to free spins for the very first time.“We see huge potential for the LadyLucks brand to become a power player in UK online casino, and with the help of Sarah Quinan, our new LadyLucks Casino Manager will become a force to be reckoned with.”To help oversee the transaction and drive continued growth in its new UK-facing brand, ALEA has hired Sarah Quinan as LadyLucks Casino Manager. Quinan worked closely with the brand for many years, developing the customer support and driving its VIP programme until July 2017.last_img read more