US names several Caribbean countries as major drug producers

first_imgIts Friday, March 10. We are looking at some of the top stories across your Caribbean-American community. Good afternoon and welcome.I’’m Megan Small, and you’re watching CNW 90. Your coverage today is brought to you by Grace Soups. Spice up your kitchen with Grace soups today. Genuine Caribbean taste enjoyed worldwide.Several countries in the Caribbean have been named by the United States as being major illicit drug producing and drug-transit countries with some also being major money laundering countries. The US Department of State’s “International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR),” notes that the Bahamas, Belize, Haiti and Jamaica, are among 22 countries worldwide considered major drug producing or major drug transit countries.Jamaicans who earn less than $1,4 million per year will now be exempt from that country’s tax net. The announcement was made by Jamaican Finance Minister Audley Shaw during his budget presentation in the house of parliament on Wednesday. However, Shaw’s tax package has come under harsh criticism due to a hike in the special consumption tax on fuel which is expected to trigger a rise in all transportation related costs.Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) has expanded its Aftercare Supper Program to include six additional school sites, for a total of 106 schools serving meals to students. The meals will ensure that more than 14,000 students participating in regularly scheduled after-school educational or enrichment activity programs receive the nutrition they need to learn and grow. The suppers are funded through the Child Care Food Program (CCFP), a federally funded program, which provides healthy meals in the child care settingAnd in sports…1England thrashed the West Indies 3-0 in the recently concluded One Day international series in the Caribbean. Centuries from Alex Hales and Joe Root followed by a dismal West Indies batting display saw England secure a one-day international series whitewash in commanding fashion. The tourists won the third and final match by 186 runs to underscore their dominance of the series..Here’s What’s trendingDancehall DJ Bounty Killa brushed off harsh criticism of his inclusion on a concert highlighting gender-based violence on International Women’s Day. The artiste was warmly received by the audience as he explained that he had a past that needed to be changed and he was against violence against women. Bounty Killer was charged for beating his girlfriend with a hammer in 2015 but the charges were subsequently dropped.For Tomorrow’s weather forecastIt will be partly cloudy with isolated showers in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties with a high of 82 and a low of 63. For more on these and other stories, visit us online at Make sure to pick up your copy of the Caribbean News Weekly at your nearest Caribbean American outlet.last_img read more

US Immigration News for You

first_imgUSCIS releases revised Fiancé(e) Visa Form The USCIS recently revised its form I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) and K-3 visas and since June 9, 2017, this form 4/10/17 edition is the only one which will be accepted. The good news is that Form G-325A is incorporated into the new I-129F form, so a separate G-325A (Biographic Information) for each spouse no longer needs to be filed. The bad news is that the form contains a “Petitioner’s Declaration and Certification” which informs the U.S. Citizen sponsoring a Fiancé(e) or bringing a spouse to the U.S. on the K-3 that he or she may be required to have their biometrics (fingerprints, photograph and/or signature) taken. This has been done in the past petitioners with a criminal history and may become more frequent in the future.DREAMERS advised to renew DACA status 120 days prior to expiration The USCIS recommends that DREAMERS holding DACA status renew their Deferred Action status and Work Authorization early in order to avoid a lapse in permission to work. DREAMERS should apply for renewal no later than 120 days prior to expiration. The process for renewal is nearly identical to the initial process for DACA status, except the initial documentation to prove eligibility is not required.There’s a new form and USCIS DACA Filing Fees have increased from $465 to $495. Applicants are advised to write “Renewal Request” in large letters on the bottom of each form and include:Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood ArrivalForm I-765, Application for Employment AuthorizationForm I-765WSImmigration question and answerQuestion: I am applying for my citizenship and the form asks about all my trips in recent 5 years. I travel a lot for work and I have lots of trips and some of the US entry stamps are stamps on top of stamps and I cannot read the dates accurately. Does it matter if I make a mistake just because I cannot clearly see the dates? Answer:  As is often the case, U.S. and foreign border officers alike, simply stamp your passport page without even considering whether it is legible or not. In most naturalization cases, making the best guess you can for illegible dates is the best you can do and the USCIS will not fault you for it. However, fortunately, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency has a website which allows travelers to access their U.S. travel history going back five years from the request date. To access the information, go to the CBP website and click on “Get Travel History” and print out the report.Copyright 2017 – Caribbean National Weekly Newslast_img read more

Increase in Bahamian Crime Causes US to Warn About Travel

first_imgA protester yells at police officers in riot gear after being forced off the motor way in front of the the Baton Rouge Police Department Headquarters in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, July 9, 2016. Several hundred protesters, including members of the New Black Panther party, blocked the road causing police to close the road and move the crowd with riot police. (AP Photo/Max Becherer) United States authorities has urged its citizens to be vigilant and avoid certain areas in the Bahamas.CrimeNew ProvidenceA Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Bahamas 2017 Crime and Safety report, has classified New Providence, the country’s most populous island, as a “critical” threat location for crime targeting or affecting US Government interests.The report claims that despite a 26 per cent drop in serious crimes in 2016, New Providence has witnessed violent crimes in locations more commonly frequented by US tourists.Grand BahamasGrand Bahama also received a failing grade as the Bureau claims violent crime there had increase and gangs were on the rise.“Gangs are present. There has been targeted gang-related violence, including a drive-by shooting that resulted in one death and two injuries next to Embassy-owned residential properties,” it stated.The report also highlighted that home invasions, theft, and robbery are not confined to a specific part of Grand Bahama.It raised concern that “upsurge in criminal activity has led to incidents that could place innocent bystanders at risk.”It claimed the US Embassy had received “reports of assaults, including sexual assaults, at residences, hotel rooms, casinos, outside hotels, and on cruise ships. In some sexual assault incidents, the victim reportedly had been drugged.Other areas of concern cited in the report include The Sand Trap and inner-city communities referred to as “Over-the-Hill”.Americans were urged to avoid these areas, especially at night.Bahamas police commended The report, was however kind to the Royal Bahamas Police Force, saying it was receptive to reports of crime and it addressed the issues facing tourists seriously.But it also noted that the police response was limited by lack of resources and other issues.“Police have limited emergency vehicles, and streets and houses are generally unmarked, inhibiting responders from locating affected residences. To ensure quick response to a residence, victims may have to go to the local police station and provide transportation to the site,” it said.last_img read more

Social media data on travelers to be collected

first_imgNew US law authorizes immigration authorities to collect social media information from immigrants entering the United States.Under a new Federal rule, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is authorized to collect social media data from all international travelers, immigrants and even naturalized U.S. Citizens entering the U.S.Beginning October 18According to the new policy, beginning on October 18th, the DHS is authorized to collect “social media handles, aliases, associated identifiable information and search results,” which would be included in an applicant’s immigration file. The rule states that the data would come from “publicly available information obtained from the internet, public records, public institutions, interviewees, commercial data providers.”Civil liberties concerns This comes amid rising civil liberties concerns over border officials’ recent expansion of Social Media scrutiny of foreign travelers, as part of the Trump Administration’s “extreme vetting” policies. This include requesting unlock codes from travelers, searches of laptops, phones or other electronic devices, and demands for social media handles and aliases such as Facebook, etc to view media posts and other information.  Critics see this as yet another inevitable blow against civil liberties, by an administration which appears to be moving more and more towards a police state.Questions arise as to the limits on DHS power to search and seize electronic data, however this remains unclear. For now, the only way to safeguard devices against these measures is leave your laptop at home and use another device with limited person information when travelling and to delete phone texts and limit social media information and posts.Last year, US officials approved a new questionnaire form for which applicants for US visas are now required to complete when submitting their applications at US consulates. Find out more by reviewing the video: US Visa applicants now need to provide social informationlast_img read more

52nd Jamaican Open Attracts International Golfers

first_imgFrom left, Julian Marley, representing Alacran Foundation, Ewan Peebles, Golf Director at Tryall, Peter Chin and Carlene Moore from the Jamaica Tourist Board pose with the winning trophy for the championship at the Jamaican Open launch event. KINGSTON, Jamaica – President of the Jamaica Golf Association (JGA) Peter Chin said there is significant international interest in the 52nd Jamaica Open to be held from December 11 to 14 at the Tryall Course in Montego Bay, adding that they have received entries from all over the world of golf to participate in the event, along with Jamaican golfers. He was speaking at last week’s press launch of the event. “The tournament will be truly an international event,” said Chin.As reported by the Jamaica Observer, Chin said the 54-hole tournament that will be played on the newly renovated par-72 course, and offers a first prize of US$100,000.Chin said to date there were over 55 entries and “considering the field will be no more than 105-110, we are more than halfway to go [and] we are expected to be fully subscribed.”He said it was the first time that the tournament ever had such a high level of interest weeks before the tournament.Entries have been received from Latin America, North America, South America, Canada, the Caribbean, and Europe. The entries include 10 players from the PGA LatinoAmérica tour and others from the McKenzie Tour in Canada.Chin said the Jamaica Open, which is the “oldest running open in the Caribbean” has always attracted world-class players and also they were experiencing “growth both in terms of sponsorship and the caliber of players that have been attracted to the event.”Ewan Peebles, director of golf at Tryall, said they were happy to be hosting the event and hoped it would not be the last time, adding that the timing was perfect.“We are particularly excited to host the Jamaica Open this year because we have just completed a three-year renovation project of the golf course…over three painstaking years we have completely renovated all our the greens, the greens complexes, our bunkers and we have put in a new irrigation system,” he said.“Tryall Club has a history of championship golf that is unrivaled anywhere in the Caribbean, this will be the first time we will host the Jamaica Open here but we hope it won’t be the last,” he said.last_img read more

Sarwan Dismisses Chris Gayle’s “Scandalous Allegations”

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Ramnaresh Sarwan has slammed as “scandalous allegations” claims by Chris Gayle that he played a key role in the Twenty20 superstar’s abrupt recent departure from Caribbean Premier League franchise Jamaica Tallawahs. Gayle is the greatest ever T20 batsman with 13 000 runs and 22 hundreds, and is set to turn out for St Lucia Zouks in the CPL. “Hence, my utter shock by these scandalous allegations. He was welcomed in and is loved by, my immediate family and has hurt them terribly.  CMC “It is my sincere hope that Gayle’s damnation has not caused irreparable damage to the unity and brotherhood which cricket has forged across the West Indies,” Sarwan stressed. “No competent management would remove him from a series, a player of Chris’s caliber on such a trivial allegation,” Sarwan said. “Fans will recall, that when Ian Chappell called for Gayle to be banned from international cricket because of remarks he made to a female journalist, I issued a public call for fans to rally around Gayle. I stood up for him on every such occasion.” Gayle, himself a former West Indies captain, accused Sarwan of vindictiveness. After returning to Tallwahs last year following two seasons with St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Gayle said he told then assistant coach Sarwan he was not experienced enough to be head coach. Further labelling Gayle’s accusations as “rantings”, Sarwan contended the incident had “done immeasurable damage to the ‘gentleman’s game’ of cricket, in particular, West Indian cricket, and set a bad example for younger players. The 40-year-old Gayle claimed Sarwan was upset by the assessment, but the Guyanese again denied this was true. “In fact, the management of the franchise itself has issued a public statement that, ‘the truth is that this decision was made collectively by the ownership and management team which did not include Mr. Ramnaresh Sarwan and based purely on business and cricketing reasoning’.” “In my conversation with Gayle about the team, he informed me that Donovan Miller, a Jamaican and a very close friend of Chris, should be appointed head coach as he would better understand the culture of the Jamaican players.  “I categorically deny any involvement in the decision or the decision-making process, which led to Gayle’s non-selection to represent the Jamaica Tallawahs in the 2020 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) tournament,” said Sarwan, who served as a member of Tallawahs’ management team last season. “Gayle is fully aware of the background, yet he accuses me of fighting to be head coach.” “My deep concern, is that young and upcoming players who regard Gayle as a role model, may think that this is an acceptable way of addressing problems which may befall them in their careers.” He added: “Let me make it abundantly clear, I have played with Gayle from the inception of my international career and I have always respected him as an extraordinary talent, a colleague and most importantly, a close friend.  In a statement Thursday, the former West Indies captain Sarwan “categorically denied” he was involved in any decision making to end Gayle’s tenure at the Kingston-based Tallawahs in preparation for the upcoming season set to bowl off in August. “I conveyed Gayle’s view to the CEO, informing the CEO that I would be happy to step aside for Miller’s appointment, given that Chris feels strongly about his appointment. My priority was what would be in the best interest of the team.  Further, Sarwan also dismissed as “a total fabrication” the Jamaican’s bizarre charge that 24 years ago he was responsible for him being sent home from a West Indies Under-19s tour in Barbados, because he (Gayle) stayed up late watching television. In an emotionally-charged three-part video late Monday, Gayle launched a scathing attack on Sarwan, labelling him a “snake” and blaming him for his exit from the Tallawahs. “In 2019, I was appointed head coach. I reached out to Chris and discussed with him the selection of a team. I did so out of respect for him,” Sarwan explained.last_img read more

Mo Farah To End Career Next Month

first_imgBritain’s Mo Farah crosses the line to win the men’s 3000m race during the Diamond League athletics meet at the Stadium in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, Saturday, July 27, 2013. The athletics meet marks the anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)World and Olympic champion, Sir Mo Farah, has decided to end his incredible track career at the Diamond League meeting in Zurich next month.34-year-old Farah, who had earlier decided to quit the track after participating in next month’s world championships in London to focus on marathon, will now run in the 3,000-metres race at the Birmingham Diamond League meeting on August 20th and also the 5,000-meters in Zurich on 24th of August.The organisers of the Zurich meeting announced: “Prior to switching to longer distances and the road, Mo Farah plans to return to Zurich for a farewell appearance,”“Letzigrund Stadium is where he broke the 13-minute barrier in the men’s 5,000m as the first British athlete in 2010, and it is where he was crowned double European champion four years later.”“Now, he plans to bid the track farewell in the legendary arena.”Considered as one of British greatest athlete, Somali born Farah has not been beaten at any major track event since the World Indoor Championship in Istanbul five years ago.RelatedIAAF Announce Reduction of Event In Diamond LeagueMarch 12, 2019In “Athletics”IAAF World Championship: Mo Farah Secures Victory In Farewell RaceAugust 5, 2017In “Sports”Olympic Greats Farah and Gebrselassie At Eachother’s Throats Over Hotel TheftApril 25, 2019In “Athletics”last_img read more

Betfred activates Super League sponsorship with JDG Sport

first_img Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 UK independent bookmaker Betfred has hired sports media agency JDG Sport to help optimise its title sponsorship of rugby league’s ‘2017 Super League’ season (start date 9 February).JDG, a content marketing specialist, will promote Betfred as title sponsor and best bookmaker for UK Rugby League. The partnership sees Betfred take up significant coverage on JDG’s portal, the UK’s biggest rugby league news and information website.Betfred marketing detailed that JDG deep knowledge of the sport was needed in order to boost activation of its ‘Betfred’s Super League’ sponsorship, one of the bookmaker’s biggest marketing initiatives.Gemma Strath, Group Head of Marketing at Betfred, commented on the partnership: “Love Rugby League have been engaging with Rugby League fans for many years and as such, it made perfect sense for us to work together in this our inaugural year as Super League sponsors. Doing so allows us to get closer to fans of the sport and build strong relationships moving forward.” JDG Sport MD James Gordon backed Betfred as partner: “From our first meeting, we recognised there were some great opportunities and, with both companies being based in Warrington, it lends itself well to a positive and developing working relationship. We cannot wait for the new rugby league season with such a great partner on board, whose input will allow our great team of journalists led by John Davidson in continuing to deliver exclusive news and feature content.” Submit Share Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020 Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020last_img read more

Shane Stafford explains how BetVictor makes the most of its Liverpool partnership

first_img GLMS calls for increased vigilance regarding betting sponsorships July 23, 2020 Related Articles Top 50 clubs suffer €751m decline in brand value July 31, 2020 Betfred debuts new rockabilly TV campaign promoting ‘Nifty Fifty’ live draws July 31, 2020 Submit Speaking at the Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester, Betvictor’s head of brand Shane Stafford described having a ‘strategy’ as ‘key to utilising the assets’ that come from a sporting partnership. Addressing the sponsorship panel, Stafford said: “When going into Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter don’t just go into it without a strategy, I’ve seen lots of brands that have just jumped onto Snapchat and haven’t got a clue what they’re doing and didn’t know how to communicate. “With our partnership with Liverpool FC, we have an allotment of access to players and managers. It’s all good negotiating a partnership, but you need to know what you’re going to do with that allotment throughout the season.“We’ll try and cross pollinate into our other biggest events, our horse racing so in March and April, we’ll try and use footballers and bring them in and bring their customer base in as well. But, you need to have that strategy in place or you’ll have to have invested in a partnership that essentially, and I’ve seen a lot of companies do it, you have invested in and don’t know how to utilise it, so all they’re using is the LEDs at the side of the match and the interview backdrop branding.Stafford then emphasised how football’s ‘loyal fan base’ can make it incredibly beneficial to brands, stating that for BetVictor the priority was to ‘piggy back onto that loyalty and as a brand communicate that we share the same values as this club.Marketing and strategy will be discussed in great lengths at this week’s Betting on Sports 2017 (12-15 September). The event, which boasts one of the strongest array of speakers the sports betting industry has ever seen will take place at The Olympia Conference Centre, to find out more, click here StumbleUpon Share Sharelast_img read more

Easy Payment Gateway targets growth with double announcement

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 Related Articles Share Share HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Easy Payment Gateway has coincided the opening a brand new office, with an addition to its team.The online payment specialist has opened the doors to its first London office, and appointed former Paysafe Group Business Development Manager Jonathan Gonzalez Rambal as Head of Business Development UK.Jose Peral, Chief Operating Officer at Easy Payment Gateway, said: “We are delighted to open our London office. The city is a hub for innovative fin-tech companies, and Easy Payment Gateway certainly fits into that category. “It allows us to meet the increase in demand for our products and services, and to also forge closer relationships with our UK clients and those further afield. I’d like to welcome Jonathan to the team, too.”Rambal, charged with growing the company both in the UK and on an international scale, arrives with over 12 years experience within the ecommerce, online payments, investment advisory and real estate industries. Rambal added: “I am delighted to join Easy Payment Gateway at such an exciting time for the company. London is fast becoming the global leader in fin-tech, and Easy Payment Gateway sets the standard in the sector. “I’m looking forward to strengthening the relationships we have with our current UK and international clients, as well as forging new partnerships with businesses that can benefit from our cutting-edge technology.”This follows news of Easy Payment Gateway closing a £5.5m funding round, with the cash injection previously being used to drive operational growth with new offices in both Malta and Madrid.last_img read more