Jamaica’s queen of the swimming pool, Alia Atkinson, kicked off her FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup campaign with another win. Atkinson won the 50-meter short course breaststroke in Moscow, Russia on Wednesday. 25th career win The world-record holder copped her the 25th career win in 29.46 seconds ahead of her perennial rival Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte, who was a closely behind in 29.51. Russian Natalia Ivaneeva won the bronze medal in 29.87. Atkinson, who easily qualified for the final with a time of 29.73, found herself trailing Meilutyte, who reacted faster at the start – 0.59 to 0.69 – but the Jamaican, relying on her improved back-end speed, surged to get by the Lithuanian in time to touch first.Last season Atkinson competed at eight of the nine World Cup stops and was undefeated in all eight of her 50-metre breaststroke races.4th in 100 metersIn her final race of the day, Atkinson competed in the final of the 100 meters individual medley in which she finished fourth.World record holder Katinka Hosszu of Hungary won in 57.02. The silver medal went to Sarah Sjöström in 57.61 while former record holder in the event Australian Emily Seebohm won Bronze in 58.63.Atkinson, the CCCAN and CARIFTA’s standard bearer clocked 59.55.The Jamaican star will be in action in the 200m breaststroke and 100m butterfly on Thursday.
Life is Precious“Life is precious. We must make every effort to preserve and protect life, including the elderly, the indigent and other vulnerable individuals. The threat of Irma must be taken seriously. While property must be secured, material possessions can be replaced. The priority is to take precautions to save lives and minimize the risk of harm and injury,” Minnis said.He said his administration will do “all in its power” to ensure that the country is fully prepared for all aspects of disaster management and mitigation efforts, including rescue and recovery efforts. Violations won’t be tolerated “I have urged the Commission to report any suspected violations to the Office of the Attorney-General which has – in consultation with the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Royal Bahamas Police Force – committed to aggressively investigate any information which might indicate any of the elements of what is termed price-gouging and to act accordingly should such evidence be found.”“While we hope that we are not adversely affected by Hurricane Irma, the best course of action is to be well-prepared in advance. We will continue to report to the country as we remain vigilant and closely monitor events,” he said. Bahamian Prime Minister Dr. Hubert A. Minnis has urged Bahamians to take the threat of Hurricane Irma “very seriously” saying that the priority is to take precautions to save lives and minimize the risk of harm and injury.”Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm is likely to begin affecting the chain of islands on Friday after making its way through the Leeward Islands. Stress need for preparation “I want to stress the need for preparation by the general public and private institutions,” he said urging people to monitor the location of the hurricane by listening to updates via radio, television and social media outlets.He also urged people to stock up on material and food stuff warning that the Prices Commission has commenced a program of strict supervision, review and monitoring of the prices being charged for the mentioned essential items, starting immediately.
JPMorgan Chase will award Miami Dade College (MDC) $700,000 over two years to help hundreds of South Florida’s youth gain the skills needed to land jobs in information technology, trade and logistics.Each year, the new MDC-Career Connect initiative will provide fast-track training for 100 to 150 Miami-Dade County students ages 16 to 24, earning college credit and shortening the time it takes to obtain a workforce credential.Strengthen MDC’s career pathway programsThe program aims to strengthen MDC’s career pathway programs in information technology, trade and logistics in Greater Miami – fields with high demand for middle-skill workers.Middle-skill jobs require more than a high school diploma and are central to the county’s economy. Miami’s unemployment rate for residents ages 20 to 24 with low skills is 19.9%, compared to 9.5 percent for those with some college education or an associate’s degree.Partnership with JPMorgan“We are pleased to launch this new initiative in partnership with JPMorgan Chase as we work to close the opportunity gap between the supply of trained workers and industry demand. We are also grateful to offer Miami’s youth even more opportunities to succeed,” says Mark Cole, vice president of Advancement and executive director at MDC’s Foundation.“We want more people to share in the benefits of a growing economy by creating sustainable paths to careers that lead to prosperity and wealth for more individuals,” said Guillermo Castillo, head of Chase Middle Market Banking in Miami. “Our partnership with Miami Dade College will help more youth gain the skills needed to access careers in the high demand industries of information technology, trade and logistics.”Beginning Oct. 17, Chase ATM machines across Miami will feature this initiative. To learn more and contribute, visit www.mdc.edu/give
Hurricanes last September left unprecedented devastation across the Caribbean, traumatizing the lives of many people, while whole communities and towns were decimated. The global community has acted quickly and given generously to relieve suffering and help to rebuild. Alongside the on-going emergency response to the region on Tuesday, Caribbean leaders announced the launch of a new public-private coalition to create the world’s first “climate-smart zone”.The Caribbean Climate-Smart Coalition aims to find a way to break through the systemic obstacles that stop finance flowing to climate-smart investments. With the right domestic and international reforms, the world can step up – and help unleash the means to catalyze an ambitious US $8 billion investment plan to bring greater energy and infrastructure resilience to 3.2 million Caribbean households. This would help Caribbean islands to eliminate their costly dependency on fossil fuels so that they can meet close to 100% percent of their energy needs from renewable sources, and to embed resilience into communities and livelihoods to realize the bold ambitions of all Caribbean people.The announcement came at the One Planet Summit hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris to review progress made on the Paris Agreement adopted by global governments two years ago today.To meet their goals, the Caribbean leaders brought together a coalition of global organizations including the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank and the Caribbean Development Bank, plus businesses and supporters from the Caribbean and the international community. The Coalition aims to reinvigorate the countries impacted by recent hurricanes Irma and Maria, and help build more resilient infrastructure and communities across the region as the likelihood of future extreme weather events increases.Coalition members will help to establish partnerships that can make investment deals happen. They will also bring their collective abilities together to break down the technological and financial barriers which represent the last obstacles to Caribbean people grasping the transformational opportunities that are in reach.Specifically, the Coalition’s work will focus on catalyzing four initial critical priorities:Scale renewable energy as rapidly as possible to help free Caribbean countries from the high cost of imported fossil fuels.Build low-carbon and resilient infrastructure including nature-based approaches, to better withstand future extreme weather events.Create innovative financing models such as a debt-for-resilience swap initiative in exchange for demonstrated progress on policy reforms and investments to strengthen resilience and promote climate-smart growth pathways. Build platforms to help facilitate the large public and private investments required.Strengthen the capacity of Caribbean countries and key regional institutions to plan for long-term resilience and climate smart growth strategies.Several prominent Caribbean and international personalities addressed the annoucement of the initiative:Prime Minister Keith Mitchell of Grenada, Chair of CARICOM, said: “Caribbean leaders have come together as a powerful collective to build a better future for the people of the Caribbean. We welcome the financial commitments from our partners.”Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica, said: “Despite the immense human suffering and economic damage caused by the recent hurricanes, the people of the Caribbean do not want to be just passive victims of climate change. Rather, they want to be active participants in designing and implementing solutions, and for their Caribbean region to serve as a beacon of hope for island nations all over the world.”Luis Alberto Moreno, Inter-American Development Bank Group President, said: “The IDB Group reaffirms its continued and historical commitment to the Caribbean and will work with leaders of the region to improve lives by creating climate-smart and vibrant economies, where people are safe, productive, and happy.”Jim Yong Kim, World Bank Group President, said: “The Caribbean is in the ‘eye of the storm’ and we need coordinated international support to rebuild and better plan for the future. At the World Bank Group, we welcome the Caribbean Climate-Smart Coalition and plan to support it so countries get back on their feet and are better able to deal with the growing frequency and intensity of storms and hurricanes.”Warren Smith, President of the Caribbean Development Bank, said: “The destruction our Region experienced during the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season emphasizes that we cannot afford to take a business-as-usual approach in tackling climate change. CDB, therefore, welcomes the establishment of the Caribbean Climate-Smart Coalition. The Bank shares the vision of the Coalition and look forward to supporting and investing in solutions to accelerate progress towards achieving this goal.Prime Minister Allen Chastanet of St. Lucia, said: “Ultimately, we will only win the battle on climate change when investments in climate action and broader resilience become the economically sensible decision to make every time. It’s not just about protecting against negative impacts – climate action needs to be about enhancing competitiveness, creating jobs, improving our economies.”
The City of Sunrise will host a free Family Resource Fair this Saturday, March 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Village Multipurpose Center (2240 NW 68th Avenue, Sunrise 33313). This drop-in event helps connect Sunrise families with a wide range of resources and services provided by local agencies, organizations and businesses, including: Broward County Public SchoolsSunrise Center for Excellence in ChessNike Community AmbassadorsLiteracy ConnectionSunrise Police DepartmentSunrise Fire-Rescue DepartmentChildNetBroward College’s TRIO Educational Opportunity CentersBaptist HealthBroward PartnershipActive Community Health CenterVisitors can also enjoy free food and children’s activities (including a video game trailer). For more information, call (954) 578-3551.
SOUTH FLORIDA – Playing in their first international ice-hockey international tournament at the Florida Panthers ice den located at 3299 Sportsplex drive in Coral Springs, on Friday, Florida Jamaica’s men ice-hockey team were convincing winners defeating Colombia 5 – 0 in their first game and later defeating Argentina 8 – 4. The Jamaicans continued their winning style on Saturday when they convincingly defeated Brazil 7-0, and on Sunday defeating Mexico 6-0.Finishing on top of the Men Division 1 group the Jamaicans scored 26 goals with only 4 goals scored against them. Jamaican goalkeeper Anson Thornton lead the leader board as the goalkeeper with the best save percentage, and shutouts.For many people it may be difficult to associate Jamaica, a tropical nation, with ice-hockey; field hockey, yes, but ice-hockey? But on Friday the Jamaicans proved that they are a formidable, talented team on skates and on ice-making their debut in the Amerigil-Latam tournament. In 2014, Jamaica was granted associate member status in the international ice hockey federation (IIHF) and since has developed a talented under-age 20 team which have been playing regularly in Canada.Jamaica was invited to compete in the Amerigil-Latam tournament to play against Latin American countries at the senior men’s level. Jamaica is playing in the first division against Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, and Argentina. Players of Jamaican citizenship and/or descent attended an evaluation camp in Toronto this spring. Players from Canada, USA, and the United Kingdom were evaluated vying for a position and a rare opportunity to represent Jamaica on the ice. Some of the young men from the under 20 team are included in the roster of the team playing in the South Florida tournament.
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s Ministry of Health and Wellness yesterday confirmed Jamaica’s first death related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).The patient is a 79-year-old Jamaican male from Clarendon. He died on Wednesday at approximately 3 p.m.The elderly man, with a travel history to New York, was a known diabetic and struggled with hypertension.According to the Chief Medical Officer Jacquiline Bisasor-Mckenzie, the patient had shown some improvements, but his condition quickly deteriorated on Wednesday.He reported to Lionel Town Hospital on Monday (March 16) and was later transferred to the Mandeville Regional Hospital. He presented symptoms fever, coughs and shortness of breath.The elderly patient was about to be transferred to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) in St Andrew on Wednesday afternoon when he died. With his passing, the ministry has activated its contact tracing having notified the family of his death.With the confirmed positive test of the deceased patient, Jamaica records 15 cases of COVID-19. The patient’s death brings the total number of COVID-19 deaths to five.
Grenada – Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell has disclosed that Grenada will soon be reducing taxes on airline tickets as part of measures aimed at encouraging intra-regional travel within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The regional Civil Aviation Authority which is based in Antigua and Barbuda has also provided the necessary approval for these regional airlines to expand to other islands. “There are a combination of opportunities that will be available to ensure that we have, not just to replace what LIAT was bringing if it has not returned, but to have expanded opportunities,” the Prime Minister said. The airline’s management has announced that it will be expanding its services to the Eastern Caribbean. These regional carriers are expected to make Barbados their hub for the Eastern Caribbean service. Naming One Caribbean, SVG Airways and InterCaribbean as airlines which are about the include Grenada and other Eastern Caribbean territories to their routes, he said the reducing airline taxes has become a necessity. Speaking on the pending liquidation of regional carrier LIAT, Mitchell said that there are other airlines which will be filling the void left by LIAT which suspended its service in April after most regional states shut down airports as part of measures aimed at containing COVID-19.. LIAT which has served the region for more than 40 years has been experiencing financial challenges before the onset of COVID-19 and the closure of the airports around the regions placed in the airline states in a more difficult position. Most airports in the region re-opened as of July 1 for commercial passengers since closure in late March but since then there has been little or no regional commercial air traffic as only a few airlines are offering services. “So far, some countries and we will be following suit have in fact taken the initiative to reduce the taxes on airline tickets already. We will be doing so in the not to distance future,” he said without providing the timeline for government to make such announcement. “We expect with the additional transport to the individual countries in the region and the reduction of taxes in general and airport fees, in general, we will see further development of inter-island travel.” Tourism Minister Clarice Modeste has already confirmed that InterCaribbean airline, which is known for its services in the northern Caribbean is one of the airlines with which the Government has finalised an agreement. CMC The Eastern Caribbean is significantly affected by the non-availability of LIAT. He said that this is being done as the Government implements various strategies to encourage travel within the region.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines now has nine active COVID-19 cases, all imported or import-related. So far, the island has recorded 38 COVID-19 cases with 29 recoveries and zero deaths. NEMO said that in view of the significant number of new COVID-19 cases related to flight AA 945 last week Saturday and the worsening situation relative to COVID-19 in the United States, especially Miami, Florida, the origin of the American Airlines flight, the Health Services Subcommittee of the National Emergency Committee has indicated that as of Saturday, all passengers arriving on AA 945 from Miami International Airport will be subject to five days mandatory quarantine. “Adherence to the recommendations for the conduct of mass gatherings, especially the smart use of masks, keeping a registry of persons attending events and hand hygiene, are extremely important as more persons from countries with active COVID-19 community spread, arrive in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.” The new cases bring to nine the number of COVID-19 linked to the flight, which brought 155 passengers to the country. All passengers testing negative on arrival had to undergo 24 hours’ mandatory quarantine while awaiting the result of their PCR test. KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – St. Vincent and the Grenadines has recorded three new cases of the coronavirus (COVID019), with officials indicating that two of the cases were nationals who returned home on an American Airlines flight last week and initially tested negative for the virus. It said the other AA 945 passengers who were in close contact on board the flight with known positive cases, or were otherwise identified as high risk, received a second PCR test on day 5 or 6. All of these second PCR tests are negative. “The new positive cases are in quarantine, having been identified as high-risk travellers on arrival, or a contact of a known positive case. They will be in isolation until they are cleared by two negative PCR tests. All of the contacts of these new positive cases have been informed and will be quarantined until cleared by a negative PCR,” NEMO said in a statement. NEMO said that everyone must remain vigilant, comply with quarantine and isolation orders and all of the recommendations issued, relative to COVID-19. “The public is reminded that persons are placed in quarantine for stipulated periods based on their ongoing possibility of being COVID-19 positive, even after a previous negative COVID-19 result. The Health Services Sub-Committee of the National Emergency Committee urges all Vincentians to be aware of their health and to report any feelings of being unwell to health care providers.” CMC The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) late Friday night said that the other case is a contact of one of the original positive cases who arrived on the same flight on July 11. “Passengers who arrive without a PCR result will have a PCR test done at the AIA. A second PCR test may be done between day 5 and day 7 to determine further continuation of quarantine. Port Health Officers will make the final determination,” NEMO said. As a result, the health officials are now enforcing five days mandatory quarantine for all arriving passengers. Previously, passengers arriving with a negative PCR test for the viral illness conducted within three days of their arrival, did not have to undergo any quarantine.
Anticipation continues to build in the countdown to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup which is set to take center stage in France as the official emblem and slogan of the tournament was launched on Tuesday in Paris.The event which was live streamed on the FIFA website from the Musee de l’Homme in the French capital had in attendance FIFA President Gianni Infantino, French Football Association (FFF) President Noel Le Graet, and French Sports Minister Laura Flessel.Speaking at the launch, Infantino said: “It is very important to have France organising this World Cup because it is a great footballing country.”And Flessel added: “I hope that in the aftermath of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, young girls will be wearing football boots in their thousands.”The FIFA Women’s World Cup in France will be the 8th edition of the quadrennial tournament and will run from 7 June to 7 July.The opening game, featuring the hosts, will be played on Friday 7 June at Parc des Princes, Paris, while the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon will host the semi-finals on 2nd and 3rd of July before the final lights up the same venue on Sunday 7 July.24 teams from six confederations will ‘dare to shine’ when the 8th FIFA Women’s World Cup comes alive in 2019.Before then, however, France has the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to take care of between 5-24 August 2018.RelatedAustralia And New Zealand To Host Historic 2023 FIFA Women’s World CupJune 25, 2020In “Featured”2022 FIFA World Cup: Two Co-Host Countries Set To Join QatarMarch 8, 2019In “FIFA”FIFA Plan Funding Boost For Women’s Game Ahead Of 2023 WCOctober 23, 2019In “FIFA”