Month: August 2020

ADAHZEH – the Island Girls who spread good vibes

first_imgLook out world Adahzeh is coming.The all-female band has been making waves with their unique brand of Reggae and have been gaining recognition with their singles Island Girl, Critically low and Good Vibes.Formed in 2013, the musical aggregation was formed through the vision of Karissa Palmer- band leader and keyboardist, of creating an all-female band. She later discovered Tara Williams (Guitarist) and Tashana Barnett (Drummer). This vision manifested when her sister Chevanese Palmer (Bass guitarists) had no choice but to join her on this musical voyage. They got the name ‘Adahzeh’, from a close friend, which translates into the ‘King’s Daughter’.Adahzeh classifies themselves as ‘change agents for society’ by breathing new life into reggae music with their contemporary sounds. Their style of music is influenced by Ska, Reggae, Dancehall and Pop.In addition to their congruent sound, these Jamaican songbirds have the perfect mix of personality and radiate an authentic oneness that reflects into their music. They are comfortable with the group’s dynamics, understand each other and know how to capitalize on each other’s strengths and weaknesses.The group has been making waves outside of Jamaica’s shores and were rewarded for their efforts in Poland at the World Reggae Contest, where they were one of five finalists out of 75 bands. They have also been highlighted on the world renowned Reggae Sumfest in 2016, St. Mary Mi Come From, and the Jamaica Cancer Society-promoted Relay For Life event.Adahzeh have also performed at the recent staging of Rebel Salute.The group is also set to appear on ‘BBC 1xtra live’ which is hosted by David Rodigan and Seani B, Reggae Jam Jamaica, the Youth View Awards and the Dwight Richard and Dean Fraser-promoted Musical Enchantment’, in February.the sky is the limit for this talented group of ladies who are flying Jamaica’s flag high.last_img read more

Finally! South East USA diaspora advisory board elections on tap

first_imgSouth East USA Diaspora Board Conference 2016 Over six months has passed since the election for a South East USA diaspora advisory board member was scheduled. But, it seems an election is finally being organized.This was related by Reverend Horace Ward, the South Eest USA Electoral Officer for the Diaspora Advisory Board, in an interview with National Weekly.Read More: Jamaican Diaspora can invest  with JN Bank CDsHe said logistical hitches related to assembling personnel for election machinery, is the reason for the six-month delay.Reverend Horace Ward. South East USA Diaspora advisory board member“It was just that we didn’t have the time to get it done. Folks were extremely busy. This is a voluntary effort, so we have to work with people’s schedules,” Ward explained.Nominations are not yet open for the board post, which is currently held by Orlando attorney Wayne Golding.According to Ward, an announcement inviting nominations from Jamaicans in the SE US region, including Florida, Georgia, Texas and seven other states, will be made shortly.“I cannot give you a definite date but nominations will be open in about two weeks and the election will be held and results announced in June, before the next Jamaica Diaspora conference in July,”  he said.Read More: Caribbean Diaspora reps holds meeting with Trump administrationTwo other regions –  North-Eastern and Western —  have opened nominations for their respective Advisory Board members.  Ward is not perturbed nominations are yet to open for the South-East region.“While we will not all have our elections on the same date, they will be all held within the same time frame. This is a first,” he said.Read More: EDITORIAL – An appeal from the Jamaican Diasporalast_img read more

Employment self-sufficiency program aims to reduce unemployment in Broward

first_imgBroward County has executed contract agreements with OIC of Broward County, Inc. (OIC) and Fort Lauderdale Community Center (FLCC) to implement the Employment Self Sufficiency Program (Program) that was previously approved by the Board of County Commissioners. The Program is another step forward in the County’s efforts to reduce the high unemployment rate in the Broward Municipal Services District (BMSD) among residents who are over 18 years old.Program goalsProgram goals include enhancing the appearance of the BMSD (also known as unincorporated Broward), spark employment opportunities for residents seeking a job, and offer training, educational and vocational opportunities to support small startup businesses within the BMSD.Competitive selection processSelection of OIC and FLCC was managed through a competitive selection process. Contracted services per agreement with OIC include bus shelter maintenance/clean-ups, graffiti removal, traffic engineering field checks, verification of complaints, and removal of unauthorized signage in County right-of-way. The value of the contract is $206,098.Contracted services per agreement with FLCC include sidewalk pressure cleaning on roadways, maintaining landscape at entryways, maintaining vacant County owned properties, board-ups of abandoned homes and land/lot clearance. The value of the contract is $115,362.For more information on The Employment Self-Sufficiency Program, please contact Alphonso Jefferson, Jr., Assistant County Administrator at 954-357-7352 or [email protected]last_img read more

All eyes on Jamaican-Born New England Patriots Safety Patrick Chung

first_imgNew England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has hailed the team’s Jamaican-born safety, Patrick Chung, as one of the top players in the NFL.He made the remarks to US media after being asked about Chung’s versatility ahead of the Patriots’ AFC championship game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.“Chung, I’ve talked about Chung a lot. The guy is a really good football player. He’s one of the best players in the league, one of the best players on our team,” Belichick was quoted by Yahoo Sports as saying.“He does a lot of things very well and has done them that way for a long time. We’re lucky we have him. He’s an outstanding player in all the things that he does. We put a lot on him, and he always comes through,” Belichick added.The Patriots came back from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat Florida’s Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20 to win the AFC Championships. The team will now go in search of its the sixth title when they face off against the NFC Champions, the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl on February 4.Chung, who already has two Super Bowl rings with the Patriots, is the son of Jamaican singer Sophia George, best known for the 1980s hit ‘Girlie Girlie’.last_img read more

Miley Cyrus sued by Jamaican entertainer for “We Can’t Stop”

first_imgEntertainer Miley Cyrus has been sued for US$ 300 million by a Jamaican songwriter who said the pop singer’s 2013 smash “We Can’t Stop” closely resembles a song he recorded 25 years earlier, and that she is infringing his copyright.Michael May, who performs as Flourgon, said his 1988 song “We Run Things” has been a favorite for lovers of  reggae music worldwide since reaching number one in his home country, and that about 50 percent of  We Can’t Stop comes from him.He accused Cyrus and her label RCA Records, owned by Sony Corporation, of misappropriating his material, including the phrase “We run things. Things no run we,” which she sings as “We run things. Things don’t run we.” Representatives for Cyrus and Sony have not responded to requests for comment. According to his complaint filed with the US District Court in Manhattan, Flourgon is also seeking a halt to further sales and performances of  We Can’t Stop.last_img read more

Jamaica’s ODayne Richards secures first medal in NACAC championships

first_imgRecent CAC Games champion Odayne Richards opened Jamaica’s medal count at the 3-day NACAC Senior Track and Field Championships in Toronto, Canada, having secured the bronze medal in the men’s shot put final on Friday’s opening day.Richards had a best throw of 20.89 meters to finish just ahead of compatriot Ashinia Miller who threw 20.85 meters for fourth. American Darrel Hill took gold with 21.68 meters.Meanwhile, St. Lucia’s Levern Spencer won gold in the final of the women’s high jump on Friday.Spencer cleared 1.91m, a championship record, to win her country’s first medal at the championships.Elizabeth Patterson of the United States won the silver with her clearance of 1.88m. Her compatriot Loretta Blaut (1.82m) won the bronze.Spencer is celebrating her second high-jump gold medal in a week as she won the event at the 2018 CAC Games in Barranquilla, Colombia.She also won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Australia in April.last_img read more

Peter Bunting challenges Dr. Peter Phillips for PNP leadership

first_imgJamaica’s former Minister of National Security, Peter Bunting. KINGSTON, Jamaica –  On Sunday, Jamaica’s former Minister of  National Security, Peter Bunting announce he will be challenging People National Party (PNP) and Opposition leader Dr. Peter Phillips for the leadership of the party conference next September. Phillips said he welcomes the challenge to his leadership as it arguers well for the party gearing up for the next general election constitutionally due in 2021.“The democratic tradition of the PNP remains vibrant and must ultimately be seen as an indication that comrades at all levels remain passionate about the party,” Phillips said, adding “I will not allow this challenge to endanger the viability of the PNP or its commitment to the Jamaican people to provide alternative leadership and effective governance”.He said he wanted the challenge to be dealt with in a timely manner.“Our paramount consideration must be to provide the Jamaican people with a strong and effective alternative to an out of control JLP government which has unleashed unprecedented scales of corruption on the Jamaican landscape,” Phillips said.Bunting Sunday announced that he had thrown his hat into the leadership ring after claiming that following the party’s defeat in the last by-election in East Portland there has been increasing speculation about both the desirability and the likelihood of a change in leadership of the party.Bunting ends speculation“Uncertainty can be debilitating for a political movement, and an undeclared campaign is already starting to develop in social media and amongst party members. For good order and transparency, it is best that this speculation be put to rest as soon as possible.“Therefore, I confirm that I am offering myself for president of the People’s National Party at the annual conference in September. This is a carefully considered decision which I believe to be in the best interest of the party and the country,” Bunting, 58, said in a statement.Dedicated to party over many years in various rolesBut Phillips, 69, who was elected to the top position in the PNP on March 26, 2017 following the party’s defeat in the 2016 general election, said that his dedication to the party is evident over many years in his various roles as general secretary, vice president, and campaign director.“I am glad for the expressed support of the delegates, Parliamentary and leadership groups as well as Jamaicans from all walks of life and I want to assure them that I will not allow this challenge to endanger the viability of the PNP or its commitment to the Jamaican people to provide alternative leadership and effective governance,” said Phillips, who took over from former prime minister Portia Simpson Miller.He said he wanted the party after the challenge to refocus its efforts on the critical national issues that are plaguing Jamaica at this time.Not the right leader for this time Bunting said that while Phillips has made an outstanding contribution to the party and the country in the various positions in which he has served over the past three decades, “however, since becoming president, he has not implemented a single transformational initiative within the party, and is just not seen as the right person for this time.“There is also a growing acceptance/resignation in the general public and amongst various stakeholder groups, including party membership and supporters, civil society, and private sector leadership that the PNP under Dr Peter Phillips’ leadership cannot defeat the JLP in a general election. This will have negative consequences for voter support, organizational energy, and party/campaign funding.”last_img read more

AUDIO: ‘Mosquito’ Blames Referee For Enyimba’s Loss To Rivers United

first_img 0:23 Despite the defeat, Enyimba remain 4th on the NPFL log with 54 points, same as 3rd placed Akwa United who have a superior goal difference.RelatedNPFL: Enyimba Defeat ‘Very Big Blow’ For Rivers United – Eguma (AUDIO)February 4, 2019In “NPFl”NPFL: Eguma Happy To Break Sunshine Stars’ Jinx (AUDIO)December 23, 2019In “NPFl”Enyimba Condemns Rivers United Supporters, Urge LMC To Investigate Violence Against Players & OfficialsAugust 19, 2017In “Nigeria” Enyimba midfielder Ikechukwu Ibenegbu fondly called ‘Mosquito’, has blamed the centre referee, Salihu Tatabu for their 2-1 loss to Rivers United in a Match Day 35 tie of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) decided in Port Harcourt on Sunday.First half goals by Bernard Ovoke (4) and Abdoulaye Kanoute (29) helped the ‘Pride of Rivers’ secure all three points, with Koffi Atchou (34) scoring the lone goal for the 7-time NPFL Champions.The defeat represents a setback for Enyimba who are chasing continental football next year while Rivers United, on the other hand, moved further clear of the relegation zone.Asked whether he was disappointed with the outcome of the game during the post-match press conference, the former Heartland and El Kanemi Warriors star said:“Honestly, we toiled day and night, preparations (were) very perfect to make sure that we get a good result here in Port Harcourt, unfortunately, the referee denied us just that.“I don’t know any other thing to say than to go back and prepare very well because we have about three games to play to make sure that we finish at least second; so that we can get a continental ticket.” “Ibenegbu August 21” Audio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img 1. “Ibenegbu August 21” read more

Worldpay expects Grand National surge for online bookies

first_img HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share Kenneth Alexander: Industry’s regulatory future is in-play as live sport resumes June 15, 2020 Share UK greyhound racing fast-tracks unlimited races June 9, 2020 Payment processing firm Worldpay is predicting a bumper weekend for online bookmakers, as Britain welcomes the 2018 Grand National.With internal research revealing that 45% of over-65s prefer placing bets on a mobile device as opposed to in-store, Worldpay is expected this to be the year that numbers for mobile gaming surpass its counterpart for punting pensioners.Data also shows online betting for the Grand National rising 20% year-on-year, and James McGurn, VP of Digital Content and Gaming at Worldpay, stated: “The Grand National is the biggest betting day of the year, bringing an entire nation to a standstill as horseracing fans up and down the country tune in to watch. “Though steeped in tradition, the Grand National has jumped into the 21st century, with a later start time and Snapchat coverage all designed to cater to the modern audience.“As the way in which we watch the race evolves, so does the way we choose to gamble. And mobile is at the heart of the new racing experience. “We are seeing a growing trend towards app betting, which is more convenient and user-friendly for sports fans of all generations.  “Whether placing a bet at the racecourse, down the local pub, or from the comfort of your own sofa, your smartphone could be the quickest and easiest way to win big.”In its analysis of punters wagering habits during last year’s event, Worldpay has revealed a spike of 65% in betting activities on race day.In addition it would seem a large proportion of consumers leave it until the last minute to place their stakes, with betting peaking seven minutes before the start of the race, and 118 deposits a second being made to online accounts.  However, despite almost half of the UK adult population having a flutter on the world-famous steeplechase, for many it will be their only bet of the year.As a result of this, the average spend per betting deposit drops by almost £3 over the course of the Grand National weekend.last_img read more

Stoiximan Group launches Betano brand in Portugal

first_imgShare Stoiximan/Betano rebrands to Kaizen Gaming July 13, 2020 Submit SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Related Articles OPAP finalises 51% acquisition of Stoiximan August 7, 2020 StumbleUpon The Stoiximan Group has cemented its position in the Portuguese market via its Betano brand, which offers a sportsbook with live betting and streaming features, alongside a casino portfolio.Betano already has a presence across the German, Austrian and Romanian markets while the group currently operates in Cyprus and Greece under its Stoiximan brand.Betano’s country manager in Portugal, Ricardo Branquinho, commented on the launch in the new market: “Our product has been specifically positioned to bring innovative features for the Portuguese market such as Μissions, Bet Mentor for the multiple bets fans, as well as an extensive live streaming offering, exclusively for our customers.”Earlier in 2019, Greek operator OPAP acquired a majority 51 per cent stake in Stoiximan’s Greek and Cypriot operations for a total consideration of €94.86m (£81.9m).The acquisition followed a September 2018 36.75 per cent acquisition in Stoiximan for a total consideration of €50m. Stoiximan CEO, George Daskalakis, added: “Staying committed to our user-centred philosophy across our international launches, we intend to commit ourselves to steadily focus on our customers’ needs and keep rolling out continuous product improvements to keep making their experience better and even more exciting.”last_img read more