Asot Michael addresses race, wealth and politics in radio interview

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Member of Parliament for St.Peter Asot Michael is addressing issues of race and wealth as it pertains to him in politics.

Michael says his family history and generosity should not exclude him for serving at the highest level and should not be used against him.

Listen below:



Medalists to receive incentive payments from BOA Loop Barbados

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Athletes who received medals at the recently concluded Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will receive incentive payments from the Barbados Olympic Association [BOA].

This was revealed by Deputy Chef De Mission for the Barbados delegation Craig Archer yesterday evening at the Grantley Adams International Airport following the team’s return.

“At the Barbados Olympic Association [BOA] we are certainly well pleased by the performances, it cost around a million dollars to send this team to Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games but also the BOA has invested in elite athletes like Williams, Jones and so on,” Archer contended, noting that the team’s performance was a 25% improvement compared to those in previous years.

Archer also divulged that Sada Williams who won a gold medal and broke the Commonwealth Games record in the women’s 400 meters along with Shane Brathwaite who nabbed silver in the men’s 110-meter hurdles and Johnathan Jones for his bronze medal performance in the men’s 400 meters can all look forward to benefiting from the BOA’s incentive payments.

“There will be incentive payments paid by the BOA for the medalists, obviously the outstanding performance of Sada Williams we have to tip our hat to her for not only winning in a convincing fashion, but smashing the Commonwealth Games record in the 400 flat.”

The team competed in athletics, badminton, boxing, cricket, gymnastics, netball, squash, swimming and table tennis from July 28 to August 8, 2022.

Fraser-Pryce blazes 10.62 in Monaco Loop Barbados

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Jamaica’s sprinting sensation Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce continued her superb form in the100 metres by running the world’s fastest time this year at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco on Wednesday.

Fraser-Pryce, a 35-year-old mom, clocked a sensational 10.62 seconds at the Louis II stadium, five hundredths faster than she ran to win the world title in Eugene, Oregon three weeks ago. The time smashes the previous best of 10.72 set by disgraced American Marion Jones in 1998.

The Jamaican’s victory in Monaco was her third sub-10.70 run within a week and saw her become the first woman in history to break 10.70 six times in the same season. No other woman has broken 10.70 more than four times in a career.

Fraser-Pryce’s compatriot Shericka Jackson got the better of Marie-Jos?e Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast for second place.

Jackson clocked 10.71, a new personal best while Ta Lou finished in 10.72, an African record.

“I’ve now had three back-to-back races so I will take some time for recovery and see what I’m able to do with some rest before I come back,” said Fraser-Pryce.

“I did what I needed to do and we had fun and let the clock do the talking!”

Fraser-Pryce hailed what she dubbed a “remarkable” year on the track.

“I cannot be disappointed with the season,” she said. “To be able to run 10.6 consistently means a lot to me.

“It is very hard to keep the speed on this high level. It is important for me to deliver fast times because I’m looking forward for myself to have a great season.”

New Zealand beat West Indies by 13 runs in 1st T20 game Loop Barbados

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West Indies suffered a 13-run defeat against New Zealand in the first of three Twenty20 internationals at Sabina Park in Jamaica on Wednesday.

A solid innings of 47 by returning captain Kane Williamson and a dashing 33 from 15 balls by Jimmy Neesham propelled New Zealand to the victory.

Neesham struck three fours from the last three balls and 23 runs from the last over of the innings as New Zealand made 185 for five after being sent in to bat.

Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner took three for 19 as New Zealand restricted the West Indies to 172 for seven in 20 overs.

West Indies’ keeper Devon Thomas celebrates with bowler Obed McCoy after dismissing New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa).

“There was a lot of spin which was a big surprise,” said Santner, who was voted player of the match. “I think the lengths are key against these guys. They can hit you pretty far, so back of a length worked today and as a unit we were able to pick up wickets which was pretty key.”

New Zealand’s innings had two parts, separated by a lengthy rain break.

Openers Martin Guptill and Devon Conway gave the tourists a strong start, putting on 63 for the first wicket. But the pair fell to consecutive deliveries from Odean Smith, who went on to take career-best T20 figures of three for 32.

Guptill fell to a brilliant one-handed catch by Shimron Hetmyer, who was backed up against the boundary at deep point, while Conway’s innings of 43 from 29 ended when he top-edged a catch to wicketkeeper Devon Thomas.

The rain came in the 12th over with New Zealand on 95 for two and Williamson at the crease with Glenn Phillips. Players were off the field for almost two hours and when play resumed New Zealand immediately lost Phillips for 17.

The New Zealand innings briefly lost momentum but Williamson re-established the impetus of the innings by taking 33 runs from his next 18 deliveries.

He finally was out to another brilliant catch on the boundary, this time from Hayden Walsh who dashed from mid-wicket to pocket a comfortable catch at speed.

Neesham struck a six from the second ball of an over in which he also was dropped by Romario Shepherd from the bowling of Jason Holder. The West Indies paid the price with Neesham’s three fours from the last three balls.

“We want to get better as a group but in saying that I was happy with the performances,” West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran said. “Santner bowled very well and Ish (Sodhi) got away with a few.

“Scores above 175-180 are tricky for us. Unfortunately losing is contagious and we’re a losing side at the moment.”

Shamarh Brooks anchored the top of the West Indies innings with 42 runs at almost a run a ball. But there was a lack of consistent momentum afterward.

Pooran with 15 from eight balls, Holder with 25 from 19 and Rovman Powell with 18 from 12 all threatened to take control of the game but couldn’t carry on.

Finally, Shepherd and Odean Smith shared a 50 partnership from 23 balls for the eighth wicket to fan the West Indies’ hopes.

Shepherd struck an unbeaten 31 from 16 balls and Smith 27 from 12. But the West Indies came to the last over needing 26 runs and the task proved too much.

De voorzienbare gevolgen van de grondwetgever!

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INGEZONDEN Achteraf bekeken: Toen in 1975 in onze onafhankelijkheidsgrondwet werd nagedacht over een betere rechtsbescherming voor de Surinaamse samenleving, in

COVID-19: Saint Lucia Records 52 New Cases – St. Lucia Times News

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Today Wednesday August 10, 2022 the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs reports a total of 52 new cases of COVID-19 from samples processed on Monday August 8, 2022 and Tuesday August 9, 2022.

This is from a total of 291 samples, of which 282 samples are from the Ezra Long Laboratory and 9 samples from the Laboratory Services and Consultations Limited.

These samples were collected from August 4, 2022 to August 8, 2022. This number of positive cases makes up 17.9% of all the samples processed on these dates.

These new cases bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 28, 285.

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Confirmation was also received of the recovery of 29 individuals diagnosed with COVID-19.

This brings the number of active cases in country to date to 158. Currently, there are eight positive cases of COVID-19 admitted at the Respiratory Hospital, of which one is severely ill.

To date, a total of 54, 643 individuals have been fully vaccinated. Another 5, 209 are partially vaccinated and 7, 750 have received their booster shot.

Vaccination will take place at various Wellness Centres as per the published COVID-19 vaccination schedule. Vaccination will be available from 9am to 4pm.

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs will continue providing frequent updates to the public as new information becomes available.

Source: Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs

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Natoya Goule, Russell Clayton secure victories in Monaco Loop Jamaica

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The content originally appeared on: Jamaica News Loop News

Jamaica’s Natoya Goule dipped under 1:57 for the first time this season, clocking 1:56.98 to win the women’s 800 metres at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco on Wednesday.

Goule won from US duo Sage Hurta (1:57.84) and Olivia Baker (1:58.05).

In the women’s 400-metre hurdles, Jamaica’s 2019 world bronze medallist Rushell Clayton won in the absence of Olympic and world champion and world record-holder Sydney McLaughlin who pulled out last week.

Rushell Clayton of Jamaica wins the women’s 400m hurdles. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole).

Russell took the victory in a personal best 53.33, from her compatriot Janieve Russell (53.52). Gianna Woodruff of Panama finished third in 54.13.

Jamaica’s Candice McLeod finished second in the women’s 400 metres in 49.87. World champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo had it all her way winning in 49.28 seconds, more than half a second from McLeod. Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sada Williams of Barbados was third in 50.10.

World silver medallist Shanieka Ricketts of Jamaica led through most of the competition after a first-round leap of 14.91m but had to settle for second in the women’s triple jump.

World and Olympic triple jump champion Yulimar Rojas was forced to work for the win after runway issues left her without a mark after three rounds. It wasn’t until the fifth round that Rojas finally found the take-off board and her one decent jump (15.01m) was enough to maintain her winning streak. USA’s Tori Franklin took third in a personal best 14.86 as the three women reproduced the World Championships podium.

Jamaica’s Tajay Gayle could only manage fourth in the men’s long jump with an effort of 8.06m, which represents a season’s best.

Cuba’s Maykel Masso took an early lead when he soared to a season’s best of 8.35m in the second round and despite the presence of two of the three men who trumped him for the medals in Oregon, neither of them could best him.

Olympic champion Miltiadis Tentoglou responded in the third round with 8.31m, as did USA’s Marquis Dendy, but neither could improve their positions in the subsequent rounds. Tentoglou took second place on a countback from Dendy.

Tokyo Olympic champion Hansle Parchment of Jamaica finished third in the men’s 110m hurdles in a season’s best 13.08 seconds.

World 110m champion Grant Holloway dipped under 13 seconds for the first time this season, winning in 12.99. World silver medallist Trey Cunningham ran him close (13.03).

Shortage of grave markers poses little danger of mix-up, Martin says, since grave-diggers are recording critical information

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The country is experiencing an acute shortage of grave markers, according to Chief Health Inspector Sharon Martin.

Families using the services of the public cemetery have been commenting on this situation for several months, with a grieving resident complaining to REAL News that “even the dead and all ah get advantage now.”

However, Martin promises that, once the material becomes available, the unmarked graves will be marked out and the stakes will be planted next to them.

She says the grave-diggers are paying very careful attention to this situation and there is unlikely to be any mix-up, since the information is already recorded.

The grave marker reflects the number of the particular death in a given year.

Meanwhile, as complaints continue about the overcrowding at the St. John’s Public Cemetery, there is still no word on when the Tomlinson site will be prepared to accommodate burials.

Designs reportedly have been created and paid for, and the new cemetery is expected to offer a crematorium, among other amenities on offer at a modern-day cemetery.

Martin admits she has not been informed on anything concerning the new cemetery, noting that interments are still taking place in community burial grounds.

In the meantime, addressing vandalism at the Public Cemetery, Martin says that persons are removing parts of the wrought-iron fence in order to take a shortcut to the Upper Fort Road area.

Reports are that fencing on the southern and northern sides of the graveyard have been removed.


THA Chief Sec: Grenada trip cost less than $291k

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The content originally appeared on: Trinidad and Tobago Newsday


Assistant Secretary of Tourism Meghan Morrison, left, greets Grenada Permanent Secretary with responsibility for Youth, Sports, and Culture, Norman Gilbert, in Grenada last Friday. – THA

Chief Secretary Farley Augustine is denying that a trip by the ten-member Tobago contingent in Grenada cost $291,000, The trip was to promote Tobago’s inaugural Carnival, scheduled for October 28-30.

Speaking on Tobago Channel Five’s Rise and Shine programme on Wednesday, Augustine said, “The cost of the trip is actually less than the $291,000.

“What was leaked was a much earlier document, so it’s under $291,000.”

The exact figure, he said, would be provided on Thursday.

He said for the carnival, there are three main target areas.

“We have the diaspora community that resides outside of the Caribbean. Secondly, we have the regional community, and thirdly, we have the national community, more so the Trinidadian community.”

He said the THA is attempting “an almost unimaginable feat, which is to prepare and execute the carnival, a brand-new carnival, in under one year.”

He said there were several reasons behind the Grenada trip. Firstly, he said, the carnival traveller must be targeted.

“One must appreciate that in the world there are over 86 carnivals that are influenced by the Trini carnival. You have a large group of people that travel from carnival to carnival – so they were in Barbados some weeks ago, they’re in Grenada next, then they’ll move to (Brooklyn) Labor Day next, they would be in Toronto, and so on and so on.

“When we looked at that grouping moving through the region especially, the cheapest target would be Grenada.”

He added that for marketing purposes, it is much more difficult to market to people on an international level than from a national level, noting that the first target naturally has to be those from outside, as that is a much more difficult market to penetrate.

“One would also appreciate that for an international marketing (campaign), we really should be marketing more than one year in advance. We are literally doing it months, weeks in advance, and so we have to get on to the international market even before the national market.”

He said Tobago is at fault for underinvesting in marketing, and spent around ten-$14 million per year in a normal year, pre-covid19, on marketing Tobago, whilst competing with territories like Barbados, Grenada and St Lucia that are spending sometimes close to US$40 million .

“In comparison to our neighbours, who are actually getting a lot more tourists than we do, significantly more than we do, we are spending peanuts on marketing, and they are pumping their investments into marketing their island because they understand where the returns are.”

He said reports to date are that the trip was a huge success, adding that the delegates met with high levels of the Grenadian government, from permanent secretaries to ministers to the prime minister.

Commenting on the travel between Tobago and Grenada via an inter-island ferry, he said he met with Minister of Works and Transport Rohan Sinanan on April 29 at his office at the Victor E Bruce Financial Complex, Scarborough. The meeting, he said, involved several technocrats and also included a site visit.

“I had already had my first meeting with the port authority. I indicated to Mr Sinanan that we started conversations with the port authority about doing a ferry service to Grenada. I even explained in that meeting, that included other administrators, including the chief administrator – I explained that the first step would have to be doing a one-off chartered service to see the feasibility of the thing.”

He said subsequently he has had other meetings with the port authority, the last of which took place on Friday.

“The agreement that we have with the port authority now is that we would set up a working committee. (On) this committee we are going to include a rep from port authority, customs, immigration, health, and we are also working on getting a representative from the Grenadian side of things, so that we can discuss the matter, look at all that needs to be in place to have a ferry service of this nature.”

Murdered lifeguard remembered as man of peace

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Gideon Hollis Valdez –

MOURNERS at the Belgrove’s Chapel, Orange Grove Road,Trincity, who came to pay their final respects to murdered lifeguard Gideon Hollis Valdez were encouraged that they will meet him again one day.

The media were not allowed to attend the funeral, which was carried live on YouTube for those unable to attend in person.

Valdez, 41, and his wife Shereen Bailey-Valdez were murdered at their home at Rincon Road, Las Cuevas on July 29. The couple was found on the floor of their bedroom at about 7.45 am. They had been shot a total of seven times, Valdez shot four times and his wife three times.

Bailey-Valdez will be cremated on Friday at the Port of Spain Crematorium.

At the chapel, Keith Cudjoe prayed that Jehovah comforts the family and that those gathered along with relatives support the couple’s teenage daughter, who he said received a “double blow.”

In his sermon, a member of the La Fillette Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, who was identified as Brother Gooding, told those listening that the righteous will reign on the earth one day. He encouraged them to take comfort in that and the fact that those who are resurrected will return to a world free of pain, suffering and death and will live forever.

While this is only for the righteous, he said one can qualify by doing the right thing, as there are those, unlike Valdez, who chose the wrong path when they know right from wrong.

“If we keep these things in our hearts, it will be as if Gideon went abroad on a short vacation. A funeral reminds of the uncertainty of life. He was only 41. No one knows what will happen.”

Among those gathered were some of Valdez’s colleagues who wore their yellow t-shirts in solidarity with his family and each other. Valdez’s own T-shirt was put next to a picture of him wearing it with his lifeguard whistle. During the viewing of the body, someone blew a lifeguard whistle, but it was unclear if it was his, as the camera was focused on the slideshow of Valdez with family.

Gooding said he met Valdez in 2001 and some years later, Valdez’s daughter was baptised into the faith. Valdez’s death was a tragedy that “really hurts,” but he remembers the type of person Valdez was, and urged those who knew him to reflect on that.

“He was determined, peaceful, respectful, loving, supportive and, as someone told me earlier today, he was just the best. Some people see these qualities as a weakness, but to him it was a strength.”

Gooding said Valdez exemplified those qualities in his everyday life, as he chose peace even when it hurt him.

“It takes strength to remain calm under provocation.”

He reminded the crowd that Valdez had a laugh that was bigger than life. He planned to make his relationship with Jehovah stronger and had a goal for his family to be united in worship with Jehovah.

Those watching the live stream expressed their condolences to the family and prayed for them to be comforted. Among them was Anthony Frederick, who recalled Valdez always having a bright smile on his face. “I can see it now” he said.

Marcia Garcia said “God give our family grace, it is so hard, so sorry.”

Lerone Celestine typed “Oh boy, oh boy. My brother saying you will be missed is just words of expression, but man, our hearts will forever long for your company.”

The decomposing body of Franklin Abel Clement, the man suspected of killing the couple, was found in the Rincon forest three days later. He is expected to be cremated next week.