Vessel to be dispatchedThe eastern Caribbean state will dispatch a vessel from Port Kingstown, on Friday, September 15, to take food and emergency supplies to the British Virgin Islands.On the way it will stop in Saint Lucia. St Vincent and the Grenadines is lending support to their battered neighbors in the British Virgin Islands. Official St Lucia delegationAn official St Lucia government delegation comprised of Camillo Gonsalves, Saboto Caesar and three technicians, is also expected to visit several of the hurricane-affected islands to meet nationals of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to better structure further recovery assistance.The South Central Windward Producers Co-operative will be collecting names of skilled construction workers who wish to volunteer or be employed in the reconstruction efforts in Anguilla, Barbuda, BVI and USVI.Persons with family members in the BVI and other affected islands who are incapacitated in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma wishing to obtain information on possible assistance for returning to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, can do so by calling the following number: Information Hotline: 1.784.434.4955.
Three Windies players named in World Cup qualifierEvin Lewis, Marlon Samuels and Jason Holder are the three West Indian players been named in the cricket World Cup qualifiers team. The team was selected by an ICC panel which included cricket commentator Ian Bishop. Lewis was the highest scoring opener in the recent international ODI tournament with 390 runs which comprised three half centuries at a batting average of 39.50.Marlon Samuels accumulated 304 runs at an average of 43.42 with three fifties while ODI skipper Jason Holder took 15 wickets and scored 219 runs at an average of 36.50. Holder also scored his highest score in an ODI match which was 99 not out against Papua New Guinea. The other members in the team are Brendan Taylor, Kyle Coetzer, Mohammed Nabi, Sikandar Raza, Najibullah Zadran, Safyan Sharif, Boyd Rankin and Mujeeb ur Rahman. Afghanistan and the West Indies will be heading to the World Cup next year in England and Wales. From the qualifiers, Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea have been relegated to Division 2 while Nepal has gained ODI status until 2022.USA to host CONCACAF Women’s ChampionshipThe United States will host the 2018 edition of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship from October 4-17. They will welcome the region’s top women’s national teams for the tournament, which will crown the Confederation champion, and also qualify three teams directly to the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, and send the fourth-place finisher to an intercontinental playoff.The tournament will include a field of eight teams. The United States, as host and defending champion, will participate alongside North American qualifiers Canada and Mexico.
Several Caribbean countries were rattled as two earthquakes hit the region within a six-hour period, the Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) has reported.In the first instance, the SRC said that a quake with a magnitude of 4.0 was felt in the French island of Martinique, Dominica and St. Lucia.The SRC said that the quake occurred late on Sunday at 9.40 pm (local time) and was located at Latitude: 15.08 north, Longitude: 60.30 west and at a depth of 10 kilometers (km). It said the quake was felt 101 km north east of Fort-de-France, Martinique, 123 km east south east of Roseau, Dominica and 139 km north east of Castries, St. Lucia.The second quake The second quake with a magnitude of 3.3 occurred at 3.35 am (local time) on Monday and was located at Latitude: 12.29 north, Longitude: 61.65 west and at a depth: 5 km.The quake was felt 28 km north east of St. George’s, Grenada, 107 km south west of Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and 159 km North West of Scarborough in Trinidad and Tobago.No reports of damage, injuriesThe SRC said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damages caused by the two earthquakes, the latest in a series of earth tremors felt in several Caribbean countries.Major quake warningThe SRC have been warning regional countries to be prepared for a major quake. Last month Trinidad and Tobago recorded an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 causing wide spread infrastructural damage to several buildings
Credit: FINA Jamaica’s champion swimmer Alia Atkinson continued on her gold winning performances at a World Cup swim meet stop in Tokyo, Japan, over the past weekend. She won the 50-meters breaststroke on November 13 in 28.95 seconds, just off her October 2018 world record effort of 28.56.In winning the race Atkinson again defeated her main rival Yulia Efimova of Russia who was second in 29.56 secs. In the race Atkinson had a k reaction time of 0.64 to the Russian’s 0.68. Australian Emily Seebohm was third in 29.99.The 100m breaststroke on Saturday’s second day of action at the Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Centre, was always expected to be another ding-dong battle between Atkinson and Efimova, but Atkinson again proved too strong for her Russian rival winning gold in 1:03.09. Atkinson is also the world record holder in the 100-metre breaststroke, her favorite event.Atkinson’s 100-meters time at the weekend meet was her fastest split of the season. According to report, she was not winded at the end of the race which augurs well for the potential defense of her title at the December 11 to 18 World short-course Championships in Beijing, China.Atkinson was recently conferred with the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander for outstanding representation of Jamaica in the field of swimming and being the first black woman to win a World Championships title.Prior to that, she had already covered herself in glory by extending her lead in having the most world record swims from the region with her world record-breaking exploit in the 50m breaststroke on October 6.
A federal trial begins on Monday, January 7, to protect more than 50,000 immigrants and their families from being forcibly separated by deportation.Haitian immigrants affected by the termination of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program will gather with members of the Haitian community, allies including elected officials, faith leaders and immigration advocates, in front of the federal courthouse in Brooklyn on Monday January 7, the first day of a trial challenging the Trump Administration’s termination of the program last year.The end of the program puts more than 50,000 immigrants and their families at great risk if they are forced to return to Haiti. The case, Saget et al v. Trump, is the first trial to challenge the government’s unlawful termination of TPS and the Trump’s administration’s record of racial hostility against immigrants, particularly Haitians. Plaintiffs in the suit argue the Trump administration’s decision to terminate TPS status for Haitians was unlawful and unconstitutional, and motivated by President Trump’s public racial animus towards Haitians and other immigrants of color. Experts on the conditions in Haiti, and former DHS officials are scheduled to testify at the trial about why these immigrants should not be deported to Haiti and about documented racial attitudes within the agency. Saget et al v. Trump is one of five lawsuits currently in the courts fighting against the separation of TPS holders and their families.Plaintiffs are represented by NIPNLG, Kurzban Kurzban Tetzeli and Pratt PA, and Mayer Brown.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The Barbados government says it will allow residents to hold foreign currency accounts of up to US$10,000 as of August 2 this year.Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Ryan Straughn, said the funds deposited into these foreign currency accounts cannot be purchased from the local domestic access to foreign exchange.“[It is] for persons doing business and who may have investments abroad, [to give them] the ability to hold as a safe place with respect to that foreign exchange….”Straughn said while previously foreign exchange accounts had a 70 percent surrender value, the government was in the process of putting a framework in place to eliminate that as a signal to the country that it wanted persons to utilize the accounts to conduct their business.Personal travel allowances increasedHe said the Mia Mottley administration has also sought to increase the personal allowance with respect to travel facilities for individuals, which was previously at BDS$7,500 annually.“That is going to be increased to BDS$20,000 with respect to persons wishing to travel,” he said, noting that government wanted to signal to the people that normal service in Barbados had resumed.“We want to give citizens the assurance that whether you go away on holiday, or to visit family overseas or for medical treatment or whatever access to foreign exchange is there, but it has to be done in an orderly fashion,” he said, noting the environment was now more regulated and it was the government’s intention to attract foreign exchange into the country.Delivering her administration’s national budget in March, Prime Minister Mottley said the 1970s-era foreign exchange controls were initially designed to regulate the flow of foreign exchange to ensure sufficient reserves to defend the exchange rate.Exchange controls could have negative effectsBut, she said, with the advent of greater trade and globalization, a consensus emerged that exchange controls, if not managed and administered well, could create distortions and can disrupt economic efficiency and growth.She said the time is now ripe “for us to begin a gradual relaxation of exchange controls” and that the Central Bank would be gradual in the relaxation of the controls.
NORTH SOUND, Antigua, CMC – West Indies reverted to a familiar, albeit frustrating theme, on Friday, producing a feeble batting effort to leave powerhouses India in control after the second day of the opening Test at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.Replying to India’s first innings of 297, the home side were tottering on 189 for eight at the close, still 108 runs in arrears heading into Saturday’s pivotal day three.Roston Chase top-scored with an attractive 48 and Shimron Hetmyer got 35 but both were dismissed in a wretched final session where West Indies lost five wickets and added 107 runs.Much of the damage was done in the day’s final 25 deliveries when veteran seamer Ishant Sharma unleashed a devastating salvo to claim the wickets of Shai Hope (24), Hetmyer and tail-ender Kemar Roach (0) to finish with five for 42.Ravindra Jadeja had earlier led an India fightback with a valiant 58 as the visitors were dismissed on the stroke of lunch, after resuming the day on 203 for six.Starting the morning on three, the right-hander struck six fours and a six off 112 deliveries in just over 2-3/4 hours to ensure India added a further 94 runs in the first session before the innings closed.The final score represented an excellent turnaround for the visitors whose innings lay in ruins at 25 for three inside the first 45 minutes of Thursday’s opening day, after they were asked to bat first.That miserable trend seemed poised to continue when left-hander Rishabh Pant added just four to his overnight 20 before edging seamer Kemar Roach (4-66) to captain Jason Holder at second slip in the morning’s second over.But Jadeja stood firm and crucially, added 60 for the eighth wicket with tail-ender Ishant who made a valuable 19 off 62 balls, to frustrate West Indies for the remainder of the first hour.Ishant eventually perished half-hour before lunch, bowled by a slower ball from speedster Shannon Gabriel (3-71) and Mohammed Shami failed to score when he scooped the first ball he faced back to off-spinner Chase (2-58) in the next over.Jadeja, however, put on a further 29 for the ninth wicket with Jasprit Bumrah (four not out) before finally top-edging a Holder short ball to wicket-keeper Hope running back.Starting their reply after lunch, West Indies were propelled by the free-scoring left-handed opener John Campbell who stroked 23 off 30 balls with four fours to inspire a 36-run opening stand with the obdurate Kraigg Brathwaite (14).Almost against the run of play, Campbell became the first victim of the innings 40 minutes after the resumption when he inside-edged a half-hearted drive at a full-length delivery from pacer Mohammed Shami onto his leg stump.Brathwaite, meanwhile, never settled and drove the 51st delivery he faced back to Ishant who reached low on his follow-through to take an excellent catch.And 16 balls later with only two runs added, debutant right-hander Shamarh Brooks departed for 11 when he edged a cut at left-arm spinner Jadeja and was caught at slip by Ajinkya Rahane after the ball rebounded from the leg of wicketkeeper Pant.Chase and Darren Bravo (18) then combined in a 38-run fourth-wicket stand which took West Indies to tea without further loss on 82 for three.Bravo looked to be positive, driving Shami through mid-off for four for his first scoring shot before clearing the ropes at long-on with Jadeja.However, he failed to add to his tea score, shuffling across to a straight delivery from seamer Bumrah and perishing lbw in the second over after the interval at 88 for four.Chase attempted a rescue mission with Hope in a 42-run, fifth-wicket stand, striking five fours and a six in an innings lasting 74 balls and a shade over 90 minutes.But with an eighth Test half-century in sight, he worked an innocuous delivery from Ishant off his pads and straight into the lap of KL Rahul at short mid-wicket, to depart at 130 for five.Hope put on a further 44 for the sixth wicket with Hetmyer before edging one from Ishant that straightened, to be caught low down by Pant, triggering a slide that saw the last three wickets tumble for just five runs.Hetmyer, who struck three fours in a 47-ball knock, drove a return catch to Ishant three overs from the close and Roach survived just three balls before edging to Virat Kohli at second slip.
HAMILTON, Bermuda, CMC — Bermudians who suffered damage to their properties during Hurricane Humberto’s rampage through the island on Wednesday face a race against time to get repairs finished before the next storm arrives.Jerry, the 10th storm of the Atlantic season, has weakened to a tropical storm, but remains on course to hit Bermuda on Tuesday as a Category 1 hurricane, according to forecasters.At 6 a.m. local time, Jerry was located 755 miles south of Bermuda, packing 65 mph winds, and moving northwest at 15 mph.Bermuda last suffered a one-two punch inside a week when Hurricanes Fay and Gonzalo struck the island in October 2014.Before Humberto — in which 80 percent of the island lost power and one person severed a finger readying for the storm — Bermuda had escaped hurricanes since Nicole, a Category 3 hurricane, hammered the island in 2016.Humberto ripped off roofs and knocked down utility poles and left farmers counting the cost of the storm.On Friday, National Security Minister Wayne Caines told residents of this British Overseas Territory with a population of around 64,000 not to take down the storm protection they put up for Humberto.“I would like to encourage Bermuda to stay prepared. Let’s keep our level of being prepared up. Do not let your guard down. It is our recommendation that you leave things boarded up and remain in a state of readiness,” Caines said.The Bermuda Electric Light Company (Belco) on Friday night reported 11,000 still without power — roughly one-third of its customers.More than 28,000 lost power during the storm. A spokesman said the company aimed to have power fully restored by the end of Monday.Hamilton docks were open just 24 hours after Humberto, and Caines said there had been “no indication from any grocery stories that we are running low on supplies”.But from autumn seedlings to Christmas carrots and poinsettias, Humberto left farmers and nurseries counting the cost.The battering destroyed greenhouses around the island.Supplies of everything from cucumbers to bananas have been hit, while farmers rush to batten down ahead of Jerry.Tom Wadson, owner of Wadson’s Farm in Southampton parish, declared Humberto’s impact “horrendous, devastating”, with casualties ranging from 2,000 tomato plants to beets and carrots.“Everything in the field is basically toast, and the roof came off our greenhouse. We got a hard hit,” he said.Cassava, another Christmas staple, managed to survive because plants had been topped in advance, but Wadson said his farm had “a couple of tons” of pawpaws on the ground.
Photo credit: Feedingsouthflorida.org Feeding South Florida, the largest food bank in the state, has launched a weekly grocery distribution effort at the Palm Beach outlets shopping center, beginning this week.The drive-up distribution will take place every Monday morning from 9 to 11 a.m. through June 1. Distributions will be done in the parking lot.The program is operating on a “first-come, first-served” basis, available to anyone who needs food supplies. The distribution bags contain a week’s supply of fresh produce, milk, eggs and a protein, plus other essentials.After Monday’s effort, the organizers said they were able to feed about 800 families, but had to turn away hundreds more. Their goal is to feed 1,000 families each week.Feeding South Florida said it has seen a 600% increase in demand for food since the COVID-19 pandemic began in Florida. They have reportedly distributed over 9 million pounds of food in South Florida to 160,000 households in just the few weeks of COVID-19.The food bank has also increased its staff and extended operation hours to 24-hours a day.
Former Everton forward Tim Cahill was the hero for his Australia side as he netted a brace to end Syria’s World Cup hopes in their playoff tie.Australia and Syria had played 1-1 in the first leg ahead the former’s home leg but It was their less fancied guests who took a shock lead through Omar Al Somah’s 6th minute strike. Tim Cahill soon restored parity for the hosts seven minute later and thereafter seized control of the game.The Syrians defended stoutly until fulltime meaning they had to opt for extra time to separate the two teams with scores at 1-1. The minnows were however dealt a crucial blow with four minutes of extra time gone when Mahmoud Al Moawas was given his marching orders after two yellow cards.Tim Cahill thereafter scored his second goal to edge Australia 2-1 ahead but the Syrians could have taken the game into penalties but Al Somah’s freekick hit the post as Australia ran out 3-2 winners on aggregate.Australia have now qualified for the CONCACAF/AFC playoff and will meet USA, Panama or Honduras. Related