Venezuelan companies accuse Trinidad of oil spill

first_imgOil spill off the coast of Venezuela Non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) in Venezuela have blamed the state owned oil company Petrotrin for the presence of crude oil residue found on the shores of the tourist island, Margarita.According to a local environmental group – Papa Bois Conservation – while authorities have not yet officially tested the oil found in Margarita, there are suggestions that it came from the Pointe-Pierre Refinery of the Petrotrin Company.“These are pictures from Venezuela showing how bad it is. Reports are that beaches in Margarita and further afield have been affected and Venezuelan social media is holding Trinidad & Tobago accountable.”Meanwhile, Venezuelan media reports say Venezuela’s Prosecution Office has launched an investigation.“The Venezuelan Public Prosecutor’s Office (MP) reported today that it is investigating the environmental damages suffered by the country’s eastern coast following the oil spill from the Pointe-Pierre refinery of the Petrotrin company of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.“It says authorities have asked Petrotrin and the Ministry of energy and Energy Industries “to make reports to assess the damages and the cost of sanitation”.Last month, Trinidad and Tobago’s Energy Minister Franklin Khan said an investigation will be launched into the circumstances surrounding an oil spill which, according to Petrotrin, resulted in an estimated 300 barrels of oil escaping from a ruptured storage tank into the seas.U.S. partners with Guyana on oil spill measureslast_img read more

Haiti’s Catholic Bishops concerned about corruption and exodus of young people

first_imgThe bishops of the Catholic Church of Haiti (CEH) have expressed concern at the level of “shameless corruption” at all levels within the society as well as the mass migration of young people from the country.In their traditional Christmas message, the bishops said that they have observed “with great sorrow and anxiety the growing phenomenon of mass migration of Haitians and especially young people to Latin America, the Caribbean and North America.“This migratory flow deprives Haiti of a significant part of its youth, its executives. It is the very future of the country that is threatened. The young people of Haiti are struggling to hope, to build their future in a country that, in their opinion, offers them no chance, no prospect for the future,” they said in the message.The bishops also warned of the “shameless corruption that is spreading at all levels of society and becoming rampant.“Indeed, corruption, ‘without respect for the borders, concerns people, public and private structures of power and the ruling classes’. This is a situation that ‘promotes impunity and the illicit accumulation of wealth, lack of trust in political institutions, especially in the administration of justice and public investment, which are not always transparent, neither equal for all, nor effective,” they said.Reiterating 1998 World Day of Peace message They warned that the plague of corruption must be denounced and quoted the 1998 message of World Day of Peace by Pope John Paul 11 that the corruption must be fought with force by those who hold the authority and “with ‘the generous support of all citizens, animated by a strong moral conscience.“Certainly, some people fructify honestly their credit. But unfortunately many others enrich themselves with impunity, fraudulently to the detriment of the impoverished population. With impunity, the perpetrators of evil are tolerated, even protected by those who should chastise them and bring them back on track.“We urge the holders of the three powers of the state to take firm measures and concerted decisions to create conditions conducive to job creation, state stability and security of the nation. We urge the elites of different sectors -economic, political, and professional – and politicians to invest and invest more in the consolidation of institutions, respect for democratic rules and development of the country.”The bishops urged Haitians both at home and in the diaspora to feel themselves challenged by such a dramatic situation and become aware of their civic responsibility towards the Haitian nation to build together and on values, such as living together of people and the vocation to develop it; the pursuit of the common good, which is at once the good of all and the good of everyone; respect for human dignity, honesty and civility.last_img read more

Gayle returns to Jamaica Scorpions

first_imgSuperstar opener Chris Gayle will return to domestic limited overs action for time in seven years when he headlines the Regional Super50 starting next Tuesday.The 38-year-old Jamaican has been included in the Jamaica Scorpions squad for the January 30 to February 24 tournament, bringing added flavor to a campaign which has lacked star quality in recent years.Premier ODI cricket batsmanGayle is the Caribbean’s premier one-day batsman, with over 9, 000 runs in 275 One-Day Internationals and nearly 12 000 in List A cricket.However, his last appearance in a domestic 50-overs tournament was back in 2011, when Jamaica beat Trinidad and Tobago in the final at the Guyana National Stadium.Andre RussellThe left-hander will be joined by explosive all-rounder Andre Russell who returns to action after serving a one-year anti-doping whereabouts ban, which also kept him out of international cricket.Russell has missed the last three years of the tournament and like Gayle, will bring an added quality to the Scorpions who were last year’s losing finalists.Sunil NarineChampion off-spinner Sunil Narine will also suit up for this year’s competition after being named in the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.The 29-year-old last played in the regional tournament when he snatched an amazing six wickets for nine runs as Red Force beat Guyana Jaguars in the final of the 2015 edition at Queen’s Park Oval.Two former West Indies players will be turning out for overseas teams. Speedster Fidel Edwards, who played 55 Tests and 50 ODIs, will suit for English County Hampshire while Xavier Marshall, who appeared in seven Tests and 24 one-dayers, will be part of the United States set-up.West Indies one-day captain Jason Holder, along with current ODI players Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Kesrick Williams and Marlon Samuels, are all set to campaign in the tournament, as they gear up for the ICC World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe next March.last_img read more

EDITORIAL: Of course, a woman can lead effectively

first_imgIn 1956 the iconic Caribbean-American entertainer Harry Belafonte released the song “Man Smart, Woman Smarter”. The popular song sparked a debate wherever it was heard as to who was the smarter of the genders. But, long before Belafonte released that song, it was stereotypical that women were considered less smarter and weaker than men. Why? This isn’t really known, when, as Belafonte pointed out, Eve outsmarted Adam, and Delilah outsmarted Sampson. And, really, how can woman be considered weaker than men, when they carry a child for nine months, bears that child in agonizing pain, when most men cannot tolerate even a normal headache?But, the debate continues. Signs of inequality prevails It’s 2019, and there are signs women are still not considered equal to men. They’re paid less than men; they’re not given equal roles with men in several workplaces; they are considered not strong enough for certain jobs, including being the American president. Are women feared by men?Woman usually explain the reason for their marginalization as being feared by men. Maybe this is true. Belafonte pointed out in his popular calypso that Methuselah who lived 900 years without a woman, died soon after “having fun” with a woman.Does this explanation apply to the field of politics, where women are often subject to harsher criticism than their male colleagues?Five female Democratic candidates So far this year, a record five women in the Democratic Party have announced their candidacy for the 2020 presidential elections. Immediately that these women, including Caribbean American US Senator Kamala Harris, and Senator Elizabeth Warren, made their announcements they attracted unusual criticism Harris is being relentlessly criticized for “not being black enough;” for her joint Jamaican-Indian roots; the manner in which she laughs, and more recently for admitting she previously smoked marijuana and actually inhaled.Warren is being criticized for having indicated she was the descendant of an American Indian tribe; and even by some as not “attractive enough” to be president.Last week the governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, was criticized for wearing “too tight” a dress when she delivered her State of the State address in Michigan.And, then there’s young Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes from New York, the youngest US Congresswoman, She has been publicly  criticized for her style of dress, her personal financial challenges, and as a ‘socialist’ because standing up for low-income constituents.Americans seem unprepared for a woman leaderFrom the barrage of unusual criticism women politicians are subject to, it does appear most Americans unlike the citizens of countries like Germany, England, India, Jamaica, Dominica, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados, are not prepared for, or are weary of, being led by a woman.In reflection, there seems to be validity in claims that one of the primary reasons Democrat Hillary Clinton, a more than capable candidate, lost the 2016 presidential elections was because large numbers of male voters refused to vote for a womanWomen continue to excel But, to their credit, American women remain undaunted. Despite the open criticism, women have excelled, and continue to excel in American politics. At age-79 Nancy Pelosi is one of the most capable individuals to hold the position of Speaker of the US House. And there’s no denying she outsmarted President Trump, in the recent border wall funding dispute.The US Congress has more women members than ever in its history, and in several states, women are governors.But, there’s still no guarantee a woman will hold office as US president. This isn’t because there are no capable woman candidates. It’s because of the blatant prejudice against womenDemocratic Party urged to be caution The Democratic Party and its supporters are cautioned to be careful. The women entering the 2020 presidential race are very bright, articulate, and experienced women. Attempt to railroad their candidacy with asinine criticism must be stopped quickly. American voters need the chance to judge each candidate seeking the presidency, or any elected office, on how they represent the issues that are crucial to these voters. If a woman offers sound policies to improve affordable healthcare, public and college education, the economy; institute a foreign policy that keeps America safer and stronger, and displays sound character, why shouldn’t she be seriously considered to be elected president?This ridiculous assessment of women on different levels than male politicians must end. It’s another factor dividing America. People are expressing desperation for a change of national leadership in 2020. This change won’t occur if people refuse to give candidates with leadership potential a fair chance to present their respective platforms, because they are women. Real change in America will not occur by clinging to racial or gender biases. Real change will occur when the candidate with the best potential to lead is given the chance to be elected.last_img read more

Jamaica Joins Worldwide #BlackLivesMatter Protests

first_imgIn the vicinity of the Emanicaption park in Kingston, a second protest also took place. Residents blasted “Murderer” by Buju Banton over and over as they lined the sidewalk with #BlackLivesMatter signs. He noted that the circumstances surrounding the shooting are still under investigation. The four individuals were later joined by United States Ambassador to Jamaica Donald Tapia, who has endorsed peaceful protesting. According to the Jamaica Observer, Tapia’s presence seemed to surprise the protestors, whose numbers increased when residents of the Standpipe community, which is located across the road from the embassy, heard he was there and decided to join him. The Prime Minister said he assured Mr. Stephens that “in no way, shape or form, will there be any attempt to cover up [and] that we will seek to have justice done in this matter”. On June 4, a small group of Jamaicans gathered outside of the United States embassy to protest police brutality, both internationally and locally. While the protesters expressed their outrage over the police killing of black American George Floyd, they also cited Susan Bogle, the 44-year-old disabled woman killed by a soldier in August Town, St Andrew last week. During a virtual press briefing on May 31), Holness said he had reached out to Ms. Bogle’s son, Omari Stephens, to offer his deepest condolences and was moved by Mr. Stephen’s sentiment that he did not want his mother’s death “to go in vain or to be ignored”. Jamaica has joined the long list of countries that have demonstrated their solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement by protesting. In the meantime, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has assured that justice will be served for Susan Bogle. On June 6, a larger and much more diverse crowd gathered outside of the embassy, with signs that read, “Black Lives Matter”, “Justice for Susan Bogle” and “White Silence is violence”. Black and white residents alike joined the protest. last_img read more

Conte To Mourinho: You Should Face Your Team

first_imgChelsea boss Antonio Conte has slammed his Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho for his earlier comment indirectly referring to the former Juventus manager.Mourinho, who had two spells as Chelsea manager, said there are other managers who “cry and cry and cry” about injuries.In his response, Conte said:“A lot of time Mourinho has to see what happens at Chelsea.”“A lot of time, also last season, I think he has to think about his team and stop, to look at himself, not the others.” he added.Conte was speaking after his side played a thrilling 3-3 draw with AS Roma in their UEFA Champions League (UCL).RelatedVIDEO: Mourinho Is Suffering From Memory Loss – ConteJanuary 6, 2018In “England”Alvaro Morata Reveals; Why I Refused To Join Manchester UnitedNovember 5, 2017In “Europe”Mourinho Feud Is A Personal One – ConteJanuary 9, 2018In “England”last_img read more

AUDIO: Consistency key to Nasarawa Amazons’ league triumph.

first_imgAudio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. — My Recording Audio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Nasarawa Amazons assistant coach Seyi Michael Olaoye has told how much winning the Nigeria Women Premier League title means to him.Exactly two weeks ago, Amarachi Okoronkwo scored the only goal as Nasarawa Amazons defeated Delta Queens 1-0 in the final of the NWPL Super Four to clinch the league title for a second time after they won their first title in 2013.In the absence of head coach, Christopher Danjuma, it was Seyi who took charge of the Lafia-based side throughout the season-ending tournament in Benin as they lifted the trophy without losing a game. read more

bet365 commits £7.7 million towards Etruria Valley leisure & training centre

first_img Submit Share Oddschecker: ‘Unusual circumstances’ fail to hinder Royal Ascot traffic July 23, 2020 Degree 53 expands technical and product development teams   July 22, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Independent online bookmaker bet365 has committed £7.7 million towards building a 33,500 square foot ‘leisure & training centre’ at Etruria Valley Business Park (Stoke-on-Trent – Staffordshire).The bookmaker has been granted planning permission by Stoke City Council to redevelop the area, with the facility expected to be open by April 2018.The Etruria Valley premises is set to feature two five-a-side football pitches, a multi-purpose gym area, games section, changing rooms, training facilities, offices combined with onsite staff parking.Staffordshire business news sources report that property developer St Modwen has won the contract to design and develop bet365’s Etruria Valley project.bet365 Group Property Director Richard Smith commented on the development: “We realise the importance of health and wellness in the workplace and encourage colleagues to enjoy the new facilities once completed.”This May bet365 detailed that it was seeking a further 100 new tech-led employees for its Manchester ‘Spring Gardens’ development hub. In its headquarters of Stoke, the independent bookmaker plans to add another 300 new jobs in the coming year as the company continues its ambitious growth plans.last_img read more

Genius Sports announces partnership with The FAW

first_img Submit Scott Longley – Confusion reigns over FDC’s second betting rights deal July 14, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon BGC – Scotland and Wales must come clear on casino reopenings July 28, 2020 Share Share 888 calls for Betgenius sportsbook makeover June 25, 2020 Specialists in sports data technology, commercialisation and distribution services, Genius Sports  has formed a partnership with The Football Association of Wales (FAW) to maximise the commercial value of the governing body’s official data. Under the terms of the agreement, Genius Sports’ network of statisticians will collect real-time data from pitchside at a wide range of competitions including the JD Welsh Premier League, Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League and the JD Welsh Cup.The FAW has granted Genius Sports the non-exclusive, worldwide commercialisation rights for this data within the media and regulated betting sectors. By harnessing Genius Sports’ marketing collection and commercialisation technologies, this new partnership enables the FAW to guarantee the accuracy and reliability of its data, maximise its commercial returns and help grow Welsh football’s audience globally. Jonathan Ford, chief executive of the FAW, said: “It is important that we as an association maximise the full value of the data from our major domestic competitions. To that end we are pleased to have formed this partnership with Genius Sports, which we believe will enable us to achieve this, as well as expand our audience.”Steven Burton, managing director of Genius Sports, said: “When combined with the right technology, official data can drive long-term, quantifiable benefits for rights holders. Our technology is relied upon by the largest leagues and federations in world sport and we are delighted to be working in partnership with the Football Association of Wales to help them to unlock the full value of their data.”last_img read more

British racing trainer closes in on unwanted record

first_img Racing group outlines priorities for resuming racing ‘at the earliest opportunity’ March 31, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Share Submit Irish racing gets green light to resume in June May 15, 2020 Racing committee plans for 1 June restart May 12, 2020 After being warned about the high amount of non runners he was declaring six years ago, British horse racing trainer Pat Morris faces earning an unwanted record if things don’t improve. A more recent report put out by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) revealed that Morris’ non-runner rate was the highest in British racing, with 24 of the 104 horses he put out eventually being declared non-runners. The Liverpool based trainer now faces becoming the first ever  trainer to lose his right to self certify non-runners because of the issue.Director of media at the BHA, Robin Mounsey said: “The objective is that we won’t have to ban anyone, hopefully, in six months’ time when the potential sanctions would kick in, everyone on the list will have reduced their non-runner rate sufficiently that no one is over the thresholds.“If that happens, then we’ve suddenly knocked out quite a lot of non-runners from the system. Publishing now gives everyone six months to get their house in order.”A rise in non-runners hinder horse racing as a betting product, meaning the sport misses out on crucial revenue that is provided by gambling operators. Furthermore, regularly being declared a non-runner is something that’s considered detrimental to the well being of the animals. Responding to the results, Morris commented: “When you declare at 48 hours, a horse could be running at 9 o’clock on Friday night and you declare on Wednesday morning. Two and a half days in a racehorse’s life is a long time.“I will be doing everything I can to get these figures down by next April and it’s only a small sample but the most important thing to me is horse welfare. If I think a horse is a little bit stiff or sore or whatever, welfare is the number one thing. I don’t set out to have non-runners, I set out to have runners, but I’m not going to run a horse just to get my figures right.“It looks bad, I admit, but I think it’s down to looking after the horses’ welfare more than anything.”The list also included eight flat season trainers and just one jumps trainer, any trainers that remain above the threshold level of 14% after six months will be no longer able to declare non-runners without the inspection of a qualified veterinarian.last_img read more