Messi banned for four World Cup games

August 31, 2020

The mercurial Lionel Messi has been banned by FIFA from Argentina’s next four World Cup qualifiers. The ban started with Tuesday’s game in Bolivia.Messi was banned for “having directed insulting words at an assistant referee” during a home qualifier against Chile on Thursday, FIFA said hours before kick-off in La Paz.“This decision is in line with the FIFA Disciplinary Committee’s previous rulings in similar cases,” world soccer’s governing body said.Messi and the Argentine soccer federation can appeal against the ban to FIFA. Messi was also fined 10,000 Swiss francs (US$10,160).FIFA intervened when the incident was not initially reported by the Brazilian referee after Argentina’s 1-0 win at Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires.It was judged a red-card offense for Messi, who scored the only goal from a first-half penalty.Television pictures showed Messi reacting angrily late in the game when the assistant flagged him for a foul. He waved his arms and shouted profane insults at the Brazilian official.After the game, Messi refused to shake hands with the assistant who had annoyed him.Messi will also miss Argentina’s game at Uruguay on August 31, and home games against Venezuela on September 5 and Peru on October 5.Argentina is third in the South American standings with five games left. Four teams qualify directly to play in Russia. read more

Miramar residents unhappy with Commission vote

August 31, 2020

first_imgMiramar Mayor Wayne Messam, and Commissioners Maxwell Chambers and Yvette Colbourne Some residents of the City of Miramar are peeved at opposition on the city’s commission on funds voted for a Caribbean small business.Commissioners approve $500,000 projectAt a recent meeting of the Commission, two Commissioners, Yvette Colbourne and Maxwell Chambers, along with Mayor Wayne Messam, voted to approve $500,000 fund the rehabilitation and beautification project of the shops located at 68th Avenue and Miramar Parkway, housing B&M Grocery and 9 other small businesses.The complex is owned by a Jamaican businessman.“Totally unfair”According to Miranda Hughs, a resident of East Miramar, who attended the commission meeting, it is “totally unfair” that there should be opposition by the two other commissioners, Darline Riggs and Winston Barnes to the funding.“This funding will allow the completion of the project. It will be money well spent to finalize the beautification project from 441 to 68th avenue.  it will also bring the plaza and those small businesses into compliance with the ADA and other City building codes. The owner has already spent $62,000 to provide a new roof to the plaza which was needed before the project could begin,” Hughs said.Caribbean National Weekly understands from city staffers the kind of support approved by the three commissioners is not unusual, as the City of Miramar has spent over $8 million dollars to attract new business from outside to locate within the city confines.First time assistanceHughs and other residents claim this is the first time the city is assisting a small business in the particular section of East Miramar, “I think the commission’s vote shows a commitment not only to big business, but small businesses and to East Miramar and its revitalization. This plaza is located across the street from Shirley Branca Park, where a new band-shell will be completed and this will just add to the vibrancy and beautification of the area in general.Astonished“I am astonished, only three commissioners supported the funding. This questions the commitment of those dissenting on their support to small businesses in East Miramar, which are mostly owned by Caribbean-American entrepreneurs.  We applaud Mayor Messam, and Commissioners Colbourne and Chambers for taking a bold step and supporting small businesses and the redevelopment of East Miramar. And the residents want to urge Commissioners Riggs and Barnes to reconsider and support this venture.”last_img read more

Francis Suarez is the New Mayor of Miami

August 31, 2020

first_imgFrancis Suarez is the New Mayor of MiamiThe City of Miami has a new mayor. He is Francis Suarez who was convincingly elected from a field of four candidates in mayoral elections held on Tuesday.Suarez who will replace Tomas Regalado who served as Mayor of Miami for the past eight years won convincingly with 86 percent of the votes cast, easily defeating his competitors Christian Canache, Cynthia Jaquith and Williams Alfred Armbrister Sr. Of the 13,754 votes cast Suarez, 40, won 11,790 votes.Young but experiencedAlthough a relatively young man Suarez is an experienced city politician, having represented the city’s District 4 for two terms. He is also from a political family. His father Xavier Suarez is a former City Of Miami Mayor.It is expected that Suarez will be sworn in on November 15.In Tuesday’s election, Suarez seems to have grasped the support of Caribbean Americans voters residing in Miami.Impressed by visionary approachLinda Hall, said she normally don’t participate in municipal elections, but she was impressed by “the youthfulness” of the new mayor and his visionary approach. “Miami is one of the world’s  most famous cities, but enough is not being to make it a prosperous city, at least for the majority of people like myself who are from the Caribbean. WE need a young leader with vision, and I also like what Suarez said about improving the quality of life of the city’s residents.”As a City Commissioner Suarez also served as Vice-Chair of the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization, tasked with approving federally required plans and transportation policies, and as President of the Miami-Dade County League of Cities.During his campaign for mayor said he is dedicated to elevating the quality of life of the residents he serves by way of focusing on transportation and connectivity issues within the city and beyond, nurturing the growth of a tech-based economy in the area and, by extension, job creation and international opportunities with Latin America and the Caribbean.For more on the former Mayor of Miami, visit the link: Miami Mayor and City Commissioner reaffirm commitment to immigrantslast_img read more

XXXTentacion hit “Arms Around You” enters Billboard chart posthumously

August 31, 2020

first_imgWith co-production credits for a posthumous XXXTentacion hit song, Jamaican music producer Jon FX hopes his former protégé reaches the heights he failed to achieve when he was alive. ‘Arms Around You’ entered the Billboard R&B Streaming Chart at number one last week, and number 14 on the magazine’s Hot 100. This week, it dropped a notch to number two and number 56, respectively, but with a new XXXTentacion album scheduled to drop in December, the single is likely to enjoy a resurgence.Jamaican ParentsBorn in Plantation, Florida, XXXtentacion, whose parents are Jamaican, was 20 years-old when he was killed by gunmen in June this year at a Deerfield Beach car dealership. Four men have since been arrested in connection with his death.Jon FX, whose real name is Jon Crawford, produced several songs with XXXtentacion including ‘I Don’t Even Speak Spanish LOL’, which is from the rapper’s second album which went number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart in March.Born in Kingston, Jon FX has called South Florida home for the past 15 years. He has produced songs by premier dancehall and hip-hop acts including Sizzla, Gyptian, Akon and Busta Rhymes.“Arms Around You”XXXTentacion was Producer’s greatest success  His greatest success came with XXXTentacion whom he met six years ago when the confused teen was keen to embark on a music career. They first lay tracks for ‘Arms Around You’ in 2016.For Jon FX, who co-produced the song with Skrillex and Mally Mall, its success is a big deal. “Being number one on the R&B Streaming Song Chart sure changes the caliber of artist/songs world-wide presence,” he said. Growing up, Jon Crawford was fascinated by music and its production aspect. His heroes included Sly and Robbie and Quincy Jones, but he admired the American producer Burt Bacharach’s distinctive style “for his writing and composition which honed an entire era.”  Billboard reports that the upcoming XXXTentacion album is likely to hit number one on several of its charts. That would be another achievement for Jon’s former mentor whose objective was “to take him out of the hip-hop stigma and into the world’s eyes.”last_img read more

Two more indicted in money laundering case involving former Barbados Minister…

August 31, 2020

first_imgNEW YORK, Jan 19, CMC – Two former senior insurance executives in Barbados have been named in the money laundering case in the United States involving former Barbados government minister, Donville Innis.The indictment unveiled here on Friday names former Insurance Corporation of Barbados Limited (ICBL) chief executive officer, Ingrid Innes, and former ICBL senior vice-president Alex Tasker as defendants.While both Innis, who was identified as a Canadian citizen and a resident of Barbados and Tasker, who is currently the chief executive officer of Digicel are not under arrest in the United States, the nine-page indictment alleges that between August 2015 and April 2016, Innis engaged in a scheme to accept a bribe from ICBL and to launder the money to and through the United States.It further alleges that Innis and Tasker agreed to pay the bribe and that in furtherance of the scheme, Innes, Tasker and ICBL Executive 1, caused ICBL’s majority shareholder, a company in Bermuda, to make the bribe payments.According to the indictment, these were made to Innis through a US bank account in the name of the New York dental company.Last August 6, the former government minister was charged with conspiracy to launder money and two counts of money laundering in the United States.The indictment accused Innis of accepting bribes from ICBL in 2015 and 2016 while he was Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development.The allegation was that ICBL paid him BDS$36,000 to use his authority to ensure the firm’s million-dollar contract with the state-owned Barbados Industrial Development Corporation (BIDC) which was under his ministerial portfolio was renewed.Innis was not available for comment, but Tasker told Barbados media he had no comment to make on the matter.last_img read more

Government of Jamaica Exploring the Possibility of Mandeville Airport

August 31, 2020

first_imgMANDEVILLE, Jamaica – The government of Jamaica recently announced that it is exploring the possibility of building an airport in the central town of Mandeville, Manchester.Speaking at a ceremony on October 8, the Minister of Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, announced that a new airport in the town is something that the Government is considering. “I have given instructions to the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) to look at Mandeville, because Mandeville is an area that is underserved,” he said.The Minister said that necessary studies are still being done to identify an ideal location but an airport in Mandeville could meet the aviation needs of the island’s south coast.Mandeville is one of Jamaica’s quiet and remote towns, with not much tourist activity. The town has very few hotels, no tourist attractions, a handful of fine dining restaurants and virtually no entertainment complexes. While adding an airport to the town will see an increase in commercial activity, and an increase in jobs for residents, it does mean that tourists will have to travel to other parishes for accommodation and activities.A more feasible option for the government would be to build an airport in an already established tourist town, such as Ocho Rios, St. Ann. If the government does go forward with the plan to build an airport in Mandeville, they would need to do their best at maintaining the peace that Mandeville is known for while accommodating thousands of tourists on a daily basis.Currently, the island only has two international airports; Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston and the Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. There are also several aerodromes across the island.last_img read more

Guyana Opposition Pleased with CCJ Ruling, wants Speedy Release of Official…

August 31, 2020

first_img“The finality clause in article 177(4) was inoperable and under the laws of Guyana this Court had jurisdiction to hear and determine the application by.. Ali and Jagdeo and to set aside the decision of the Court of Appeal. “They invalidated the report that was presented earlier,…another report has to be presented and I would suggest to our friends that they keep the champagne on ice,” Robertson said, adding “yes we were disappointed the Court chose to take jurisdiction on this matter. David had mounted her challenge before the appellate court pursuant to Article 177 (4) of the Constitution, which states “the Court of Appeal shall have exclusive jurisdiction to hear and determine any question as to the validity of an election of a President in so far as the question depends upon the qualification of any person for election or the interpretation of this Constitution….” But attorney Mayo Robertson, who was among the battery of lawyers representing David, said that the matter is still not fully completed The CCJ, the country’s highest court, last week heard the appeal filed by Jagdeo and Irfaan Ali, the PPP/C presidential candidate seeking several reliefs, including an interpretation of the words ‘more votes are cast’ in Article 177(2)(b) of the Constitution of Guyana. “We have been vindicated in the sense that the Court of Appeal acted in excess of its jurisdiction. So we are extremely pleased that the Caribbean Court of Justice set aside the Court of Appeal ruling,” Jagdeo said, adding that the PPP/C is pleased with the decision to set aside Lowenfield’s report that disenfranchised more than 100,000 voters. “I hope President David Granger listened carefully to the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice and he now will know he has no excuse for the shenanigans that (Joseph) Harmon and others have been practising. There is no excuse because he has heard the Court made it clear the chief elections officer (Kevin Lowenfield) must act lawfully and they invalidated his fraudulent report,’ Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo said. The Court of Appeal in its majority 2-1 decision late last month ordered that the words are to be interpreted as meaning ‘more valid votes are cast’. The Court also ordered the decision be stayed for three days. The applicants, who were added as respondents before the Court of Appeal, claim that the decision was wrong for many reasons, including that the Court of Appeal did not have the jurisdiction to hear and determine the Notice of Motion. Jagdeo said he hoped GECOM would meet soon and “move this process speedily to a conclusion and that would end up in the declaration of the president. “We hope that APNU (the ruling coalition A Partnership for National Unity) will not continue with its endeavours to block the speedy conclusion of the election process,” he said, adding that the international community would be observing the ongoing situation as it had been doing in the past. ‘So we are extremely pleased that the Caribbean Court of Justice has set aside the decision of the Court of Appeal of Guyana. We believed from the beginning that that decision of the Court of Appeal was perverse, we argued that they lack jurisdiction…and therefore they were acting outside of jurisdiction,” Jagdeo said.center_img Jagdeo told reporters after the ruling that he and the party had been “vindicated’ in its decision to appeal the ruling by the Court of Appeal. He said that Lowenfield now has ‘clear guidance (and) let us see if he will continue to act unlawfully or in accordance with the guidance of the Caribbean Court of Justice, a superior court.” He said it had set out “clear guidance” to be followed by Lowenfield and the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) in the move towards releasing the official results of the disputed poll. The five-member panel headed by its President, Justice Adrian Saunders, said that the Court of Appeal in Georgetown had no jurisdiction to hear the matter that had been filed by the private citizen Eslyn David. “Don’t take this for more than what it is, it is the highest court disagreeing with the application of 177(4) in this particular circumstance. They did not believe that my client Eslyn David was entitled to make an application at this stage of the process…and that is the essence of it,” he added. “The Court has stood by its previous position that it cannot tell GECOM how to do its job. All the Court has said is that the process must continue, we believe the Court of Appeal was wrong but the law in Guyana still stands and that law is the Chief Elections Officer prepares a report and it is only on the basis of that report that a declaration can be made. CMC GEORGETOWN, Guyana– The main opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Wednesday welcomed the ruling of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) that threw out a ruling by the Court of Appeal with regards to the disputed March 2 regional and general elections. Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeolast_img read more

Will the real Baltimore Ravens please stand up?

August 31, 2020

first_imgI’m just like you watching the games – tweeting, Facebooking, reading the ongoing barstool dialogue during games and I hear all of the purple noise regarding the inconsistency of the 2011 Baltimore Ravens and tonight in Pittsburgh it will be outlined in Technicolor on every barstool and social media place in the cyberuniverse.Fire Cam Cameron! Bench Joe Flacco! Get new offensive line! Bring back Todd Heap and Derrick Mason! I have the pleasure (or is it the pain?) of being subjected to every stupid thing every fan ever says about the Baltimore Ravens. I’m not the only one who hears it – here’s Steve Bisciotti’s humorous take on the state of the purple nation after every loss:But I get it and as Ravens fan No. 1 – I feel and live your pain every Sunday.We’ve all seen it: beat the snot out of Pittsburgh at home one week, can’t stop the likes of Matt Hasselbeck and the lowly Tennessee Titans the next week. And we’ve all seen the last 120 minutes of frightful football during Halloween week with six quarters of ineptitude that would make even the Ravens of 1996-97-98 blush with embarrassment.And there is plenty of fret and gloom and doom regarding this week’s annual little meetup amongst the NFL’s Hatfields and McCoys as the Ravens return to Pittsburgh.I hope it goes like this…And not like this…We’re pushed our WNST Miller Lite bus up to Pittsburgh quite full today and we’re always hoping for a happy ride back down the mountain on I-70 .But part of the deliciousness of this 2011 season for any Ravens fans has to be the maddening inconsistency and unpredictability of this team.Look, they rallied from 21 points down seven days ago so ANYTHING now becomes possible.So, what’s going to happen in Pittsburgh tonight? And where do you begin to categorize the Ravens play in 2011 other than consistently inconsistent?This current offense is perplexing. Coach John Harbaugh says he’d be open to more shotgun for the offense, which sounds fine for home games when you can hear a pin drop in Baltimore when Flacco is under center. However, tonight in Pittsburgh when the Steelers start the first few strains of Styx’s “Renegade” on the P.A. and those clowns start waving their yellow snot rags, it’ll certainly work to alter the Ravens’ offense and cadence in a shotgun.Who will step up and be a consistent receiver for the team? Who is really going to replace the likes of Todd Heap and Derrick Mason on a week-to-week basis with first-down receptions to move the chains?Will Torrey Smith get behind the Steelers secondary?Of course, the offense will only go as the offensive line goes and protects Flacco to pass and creates holes for Ray Rice.The secondary is a weekly collection of the remainders of the walking wounded.Some of the young guys are going – Paul Kruger and Terrence Cody being the latest pair to pitch in a little more regularly. Of course, the lack of productivity of Sergio Kindle and Jimmy Smith is evident and the Ravens have used their most valuable commodity – the last two first-round draft picks – on this pair.The Steelers are surging after an impressive defeat of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots last week. The Ravens are – well, I’m not sure what they are but I’m following the soap opera live from Pittsburgh tonight.I’ve witnessed and been subjected to long trips back from ugly losses in Jacksonville and Nashville. Hell, last Sunday in Baltimore was an ugly win, if there is such a thing.It’s quite inspiring that no one in a purple sweater uttered the “Q word” against the Cardinals and certainly it speaks to the leadership and coaching of the Ravens that they didn’t turtle up to Arizona amidst a home fan base that broke out boos far worse than anything I ever heard during the Ted Marchibroda or Kyle Boller era.But tonight will tell the tale of the tape under the bright lights at Heinz Field. The Ravens are going to Pittsburgh. The winner will take the front seat in the AFC North – with all due respect to any of you who might believe the Cincinnati Bengals are a factor but my sniffer calls them a pretender in 2011 because they still have four games left with Sunday’s contestants.Enjoy the game.We’ll be Tweeting, writing, blogging, reporting and hitting the locker room tonight from Pittsburgh.As always, your thoughts are welcomed below…last_img read more

Guardiola’s Expensively Assembled Defence Will Struggle To Pass The Litmus Test

August 31, 2020

first_imgAdded to the earlier piece of business conducted in the summer-the Bernardo Silva (£42.5million), Ederson (£34.7million)-deals take Manchester City’s summer spending’s to £205million to date. That’s hardly a mind-blowing figure that could easily be ignored, considering the summer transfer window shuts down in 38days, and Guardiola’s desire to replicate his successes at Barcelona and Bayern Munich should most likely take his total spending this transfer window past the £300million mark.The 2016/17 football season marked the first time in the illustrious managerial career of Guardiola, that he failed to win a single silverware, a failure he so desperately wants to fix, that he seems to pressurise the clubs management to approve deals for players who are totally over-priced and got huge question marks regarding their abilities to deliver at the Manchester-based club.The downside in all of this is, Guardiola, preparing a grand sack for himself in the full glare of the watching football community. Last season the defence was an eyesore, as they struggled to play with three-at-the-back, pass the ball out of defence despite the big money signings of Claudio Bravo and John Stones to that effect.Taking a curious valuation of Manchester City’s defence ahead of the 2017/18 season; we will be blown away by some outrageous sums spent in the last four summer transfer windows with little or no success to show for it. The present defence consists of the following; Danilo-£26million, Walker-£50million, Eliaquim Mangala-£42million, Nicolas Otamendi-£32million, Stones-£47.5million, Vincent Kompany-£6million, and Mendy-£52million. The valuation of these players means Manchester City’s defence alone is worth a whopping £255million! Costing more than the annual defence budget of Bosnia-£180million, and Congo-£135million.The aforementioned names exclusive of the rock solid Kompany who is entering his 10th year at the club, do not instil fear in opposition forwards especially on the UEFA Champions League stage, a competition Guardiola so-desperately wants to win, after tasting success last, six years ago.It will be interesting to see how things play out at the Etihad Stadium, especially in defence this coming season, given the initial verdict of the jury which predicts that Manchester City’s expensively assembled backline will struggle to pass the litmus test. Hopefully, we all are proven wrong! Manchester City on Monday announced the £52million signing of French international defender, Benjamin Mendy, from AS Monaco. The left back thus becomes the most expensive defender in football history.The acquisition of the four cap 23-year-old French international means Pep Guardiola has spent £128million on three full backs; Kyle Walker (£50million), Danilo (£26million), Mendy (£52million) in just 10 days. The above-mentioned names hardly send shivers down the spines of future opponents in the weeks and months to come.center_img Relatedlast_img read more

Stephen Odey Joins FC Zurich From MFM

August 31, 2020

first_imgAll time MFM highest goal scorer in the Nigerian Professional Football League, Stephen Odey has joined Switzerland side, FC Zurich.The 19-year-old striker, who scored his first career hat-trick against Lobi Stars last January, penned a 4 year deal with the Swiss club. The deal is reported to be worth €300,000 with the first payment of €200,000 to be paid in first ten days and the remaining €100,000 in December 2017.RelatedOdey Wins First Title With Club (Photo)May 28, 2018In “Europe”Nigerian Stars Set To Light Up 2019/2020 Champions LeagueSeptember 2, 2019In “Nigeria”AUDIO: Ilechukwu Predicts Tough Season for MFM, Targets Top 10 Finish in NPFLNovember 22, 2017In “Nigeria”last_img read more