Zimbabwe recalls Brendan Taylor for Test cricket

first_imgFormer  Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor, and all-rounder Kyle Jarvis have been recalled, boosting Zimbabwe for their two-Test cricket series against thevWest Indies, starting on Saturday, October 21 at the Queen’s Sports Club in Zimbabwe.The recent selection follows a long lay-off from the five-day Test cricket format for the two players. The hosts have now made seven changes to the squad from their last Test played against Sri Lanka three months ago.Both Taylor and Jarvis had walked away from the game in Zimbabwe, amid a period of chaos, and turned their cricketing skills over to the county game that is played in England. However, both players were coaxed into returning to the home team following meetings with the convenor of Zimbabwe selectors Tatenda Taibu, their former teammate.Taylor wore the last of his 23 Test caps in November 2014 against Bangladesh. He rose to the position of captain in a career that includes four Test hundreds.Fast-medium bowler Jarvis played eight Tests between 2011 and 2013.last_img read more

Guyana relaxes closing time for bars and night clubs during Christmas…

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – The Guyana government says it has decided to relax the time for the closure of night sports and other places of entertainment here for the Christmas Season in response to calls from the business community and nationals returning home for the festive season.Open later than 2:00 a.m. to Jan 8.The Ministry of Public Security said that the 2.00 am (local time) closing has been relaxed and that it will come back into effect on January 8. “The Ministry of Public Security wishes to announce that, in conjunction with the Guyana Police Force, it will seek to relax the enforcement of the 2:00 am business deadline for bars, night clubs and other places of entertainment.“It is a time for celebration and knowing the Guyanese spirit the Ministry is persuaded and sees the need for this relaxation. The period during which the deadline will not be in effect is from December 21st, 2018 to January 7th, 2019. “Drinking and driving still prohibitedThe government said that while it has agreed to relax the closing time, “it must be pointed out, however, that all other laws especially those prohibiting drinking and driving and noise nuisance will be thoroughly enforced through more vehicular patrols and policemen outside partying spots.“Party goers are advised to get a designated driver and ensure noise levels at partying spots are not excessive. Everything in moderation is what is called for,” The Ministry of Public Security said, urging citizens to be particularly safety-conscious during this busy season, especially on the roadways.last_img read more

Commissioner Diaz urges help for federal employees affected by government shutdown

first_imgUrge Congress to support the Pay Our Coast Guard Parity Act to would provide assistance to members and affiliates of the United States Coast Guard, the only members of the U.S. military who are not being paid during the shutdown. Urge the Florida Legislature to extend the property tax deadline for federal employees furloughed or not receiving pay as a result of the ongoing shutdown. MIAMI – Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz is sponsoring three resolutions to help federal employees affected by the ongoing government shutdown. They are scheduled for a vote at the Wednesday, Jan. 23 County Commission meeting. The federal government has been in a partial shutdown since Dec. 22 – the longest shutdown in history – due to Congress’ refusal to provide $5.6 billion in funding demanded by President Trump for border security and a border wall. The shutdown is affecting approximately 800,000 employees, who have either been furloughed or are working without pay, causing some of them to drain their savings to pay rent, mortgage payments, utility bills, credit card balances, health insurance premiums and other expenses. Commissioner Diaz’s three proposed resolutions would: Urge banks and other financial institutions in Miami-Dade to offer no- or low-interest loans, loan deferments, penalty and late fee waivers, customizable financial plans and other temporary relief measures to federal employees affected by the shutdown until they receive their expected back-pay once the government reopens.last_img read more

Rahkeem Cornwall Named in Test Squad to Face India

first_imgHowever, he had been ignored repeatedly, with many believing his size – he stands six feet, four inches and weighed nearly 300 pounds – to be the reason behind his non-selection.But Cornwall’s returns have been outstanding ever since he burst onto the first-class scene with a scintillating 95 off 94 balls on debut against Jamaica at Sabina Park five years ago.That season, the Antiguan lashed his maiden first-class hundred – a breathless 101 not out off 84 balls against Trinidad and Tobago – as he finished with 357 runs and 29 wickets at 26 runs apiece, from just seven games.The following season, Cornwall gathered 367 runs along with 48 wickets at an average of 22 and followed up in the 2016/17 campaign with 388 runs and 41 wickets.Picked for West Indies A’s tour of Sri Lanka in 2016, Cornwall snatched 23 wickets at 19 apiece and was similarly outstanding with 14 wickets when Sri Lanka A toured the following year.Cornwall was also at his best last year, grabbing 19 wickets at an average of 18 as West Indies A stunned a strong England Lions side in a four-day “Test” series in the region.West Indies take on India in the opening Test at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground on August 22 before travelling to Jamaica for the second Test at Sabina Park starting eight days later.SQUAD – Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Darren Bravo, John Campbell, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Shannon Gabriel, Rahkeem Cornwall, Keemo Paul, Shane Dowrich, Kemar Roach, Shamarh Brooks. BASSETERRE, ST KITTS – FEBRUARY 27: Rahkeem Cornwall of WICB President’s XI bats during the tour match between WICB President’s XI and England at Warner Park on February 26, 2017 in Basseterre, St Kitts (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images) PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Popular off-spinning all-rounder, Rahkeem Cornwall, is set to make his long-awaited Test debut after being named in a 13-man squad to face India in the two-match rubber which bowls off later this month.The burly 26-year-old is the only new face in the squad which includes uncapped batsman Shamarh Brooks, who was a part of the squad for the England series in the Caribbean earlier this year but did not feature.Regular captain Jason Holder will continue at the helm of the side which stunned England 2-1 in the three-match series back in February, to retain the Ashes for the first time in a decade.Cornwall has been the region’s leading off-spinner in recent seasons, having taken 260 wickets from 55 first-class matches at an average of 24, while dominating for West Indies A and domestic franchise Leeward Islands Hurricanes. He has also scored a hundred and 13 half-centuries and averages 24.last_img read more

CNW90 August 7, 2020

first_imgTwo Broward Health community health centers are helping children prepare for the school year by offering free immunizations and low-cost physical exams. From July 27 to August 21, children between the ages of 4 and 18 who are uninsured, have Medicaid, or identify as American Indian or Alaska Native, will be able to get immunizations against infectious diseases such as whooping cough, measles, and others. The services will be available at the Braynon Family Health Center in Fort Lauderdale and Broward Health Pompano Pediatric Primary Care Center in Pompano Beach. In Sports News, West Indies cricket veteran Courtney Walsh has joined the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots coaching staff ahead of this month’s start of the CPL, after head coach Simon Helmot tested positive for COVID-19. Helmot, an Australian, said that he was preparing to travel to the Caribbean to assume duties for the tournament, when he obtained the unexpected results. He said he received the results five hours before he was scheduled to depart to Trinidad. Other players and officials began arriving in Trinidad on Monday for the tournament which will run from August 18 to September 10. All persons that will arrive will be quarantined for two weeks and all games will be played without fans in attendance. Now for Caribbean News, The Grenada police have sent a warning to residents that they are fully prepared to enforce the laws in relation to the cancellation of all Carnival-type activities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The police said that they have observed that many residents have insisted on participating in Carnival activities even though the August 10-11 Spicemas celebrations have been cancelled. They police said all carnival activities are illegal at this time and those caught partying will face consequences. Grenada, which has so far recorded 24 confirmed tests of the virus, is not the only Caribbean country to have postponed their annual carnival celebrations. Antigua, St. Vincent, St. Lucia and Barbados all cancelled their respective celebrations. Jamaica, on the other hand, is still going ahead with carnival plans for October. Coming up in the newscast, Broward health announces free immunizations and exams for uninsured children, Lauderdale Lakes Mayor Hazelle Rogers among the Jamaicans to receive national awards and Grenada’s police warns against those who insist on celebrating carnival. You’ve been watching CNW90, I’m… To help stop the spread of COVID-19, The Florida Department of Health in Broward County reminds everyone to practice social distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Also In Local News, several Jamaican-Americans were among those named on the list of awardees for this year’s Jamaican National Honors and Awards. The list, which was announced yesterday on Jamaica’s Independence Day, highlights Jamaicans at home and abroad that have been recognized for their contributions to the country in various areas. Pioneer Jamaican American politician Hazelle Rogers, the Mayor of the City of Lauderdale Lakes, is set to receive the order of distinction, the sixth-highest award, for her years of service in the Jamaican diaspora. Other diaspora members receiving the order of distinction are Third World drummer Willie Stewart, former member of the Byron Lee and the Dragonaires band, Keith Lyn, Cedella Marley, Scientist Godfrey Palmer and Khadija “Bunny” Shaw, a member of the Reggae Girlz team and Jamaica’s all-time leading football scorer. Renowned professor at Harvard University, Orlando Patterson, will receive the highest honor this year- the Order of Merit, for his contributions to international academia. The awards will take place on October 19, Jamaica’s National Heroes Day. With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, August 7 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90. Today’s newscast is brought to you by the Florida Department of Health; For more information on these and other stories, visit CNWNETWORK.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet. Now for the news in the detaillast_img read more

Guyana’s Government Announces New Measures to Deal with Oil and Gas…

first_img– CMC He said the sugar industry has virtually been abandoned in the past five years, and the workers have been deserted. “Our intention is to open up every part of our country and to join them up so that new opportunities are created for housing settlements and businesses, and create and expand tourism and other services industries. “Our goal is to facilitate jobs for every Guyanese that wants to work, and to provide them with the skills they need. That is why we will invest in training and re-training our workforce so that they can stake their claim in our nation’s prosperity. “On this point, the workers of this countrY—the bedrock of our nation—have been made to suffer untold hardship. Once proud men who worked in the sugar industry from sun-up to sun down, are today barely scratching a living. Their anguish is not only that they can’t earn a decent wage; it is that they cannot feed their families.” Ali told the ceremony there must be no doubt in the minds of the population that they are the beneficiaries of the oil and gas industry. He said high transportation cost would also be tackled through investments in a deep-water harbor, the Linden to Lethem Road, a high-span bridge across the Demerara River, and other transformational infrastructure projects. “More importantly, we will ensure that every cent of the revenues from the sector is accounted for, as well as every cent of it that is spent,” President Dr. Irfaan Ali said at his Inauguration ceremony as Guyana’s ninth Executive President. “We want to build a Guyana that is ripe with business opportunities, humming with employment expansion and growing perennially in prosperity. To aid all this, we will scale up the provision of internet access across the country, empowering businesses and persons.” Ali said that a vital part will be to train the population to take advantage of the opportunities and the framework. The Guyana government says it will establish a Petroleum Commission to ensure the oil and gas sector is not subjected to undue political interference. “We intend to raise up the industry and to help it, and its workers resume the once proud place in our economy. It is bad enough that I must draw your attention to the sore in the sugar industry that has been allowed to fester— neglected and forsaken.” President Irfaan Ali receives instruments of appointment as Guyana’s ninth executive president from Chancellor of the Judiciary (ag) Yonette Cummings Edwards (Photo: Saajid Husani) Guyana has joined the league of petroleum-producing nations with the official start of oil production at the Liza Phase 1 Development, announced on December 20 last year. “No attempt has been made to seek a new path by which aspects of the industry could be salvaged for the production of profitable sugar-based niche products, that would maintain jobs, and by doing so maintain the dignity of labor. Ali said, to stimulate business enterprises, his administration will reduce the cost of energy by 50 percent through a mix of hydro, gas, solar, and wind, adding more than 400 megawatts of newly installed capacity over the next five years. Ali said hunger and malnutrition abound and these conditions do not reflect the Guyana in which “we were raised; this is not the Guyana we know. And, it is certainly not a Guyana we should allow to continue.”last_img read more

Superintendent Runcie Changes Plans for Broward County Schools

first_imgOn Tuesday, the Broward School Board changed its original plans to give consideration to reopening school campuses in October, to do this later this month. However, on Tuesday the Broward County School Board decided to review the matter of in-person classes every two weeks after August 19, instead of waiting until Oct. 1. “I don’t want to see people leaving us because of this. I get what you’re saying, but I don’t buy the mass exodus. If they are going to leave, they are going to leave. We are going to start school as early as we can,” said Runcie. “What I’m going to ask is we remove the reference to October 1st and instead say, ‘We can provide a biweekly update to the board,’” said Broward School Board Chair Donna Korn. The key criterion for the opening of Broward schools is for the daily positive rate of COVID-19 infections to decline to 3 to 5 percent for a two-week period before schools reopen. For the past two weeks, the positivity rate in Broward has hovered between 9 to 10 percent. “We want our kids in school as soon as possible,” said Runcie. Last month, Broward County Superintendent of Schools Robert Runcie announced the school year will begin on August 19, with remote learning only, in deference to the continued spread of COVID-19 in South Florida. For some members, they couldn’t agree more as they are concerned students will leave the district all together. “That [October 1] date scared a lot of people. We are going to need to promise we make data-driven decisions,” said Korn.last_img read more

BVI Governor Announces Lockdown as COVID Cases Increase

first_imgJaspert said that with effect from Wednesday, for seven days in the first instance, only those businesses that provide essential services will be open and all other businesses and workplaces must be closed. “We are also asking people to restrict their movements only to those that are essential. The safest thing you can do is to avoid contact with other people as much as possible,” the Governor said. The BVI has recorded one death and 25 positive cases of the virus. “Intensive contact tracing and further testing is underway. The test kits, lab equipment and rapid testing machine supplied by the United Kingdom are contributing to the speed at which this can be done.” He said the public service will be closed to the public and public officers will carry out their duties remotely, except for certain essential services. “There was a previous offer from the UK to help to bolster the Territory’s border security in the early days of COVID-19. That offer was not supported at the time. I will be discussing with the National Security Council what support might now be needed and will update in due course,” he added. ‘Your actions can help protect us all – particularly our elderly and more vulnerable. You must abide by the social distancing advice. Please follow the health guidelines – wear a mask, wash your hands for 20 seconds, limit physical contact with people and comply with other health advice. The Government will do all it deems necessary, but the actions you take will determine how successful we are as a Territory in reducing the spread of the virus.” Jaspert said that this is not a time for selfishness or for thinking you are invincible and cannot spread the virus. “These decisions have been driven by one motivation; to protect you and to protect the overall population of the Territory. Our strategy as a Cabinet throughout has been to put safety first – to be safe rather than sorry. We have to balance the need to keep people safe, to keep our economy going as much as possible and the need for essential services to operate. “In the coming days we have a chance to reverse the risk that the virus takes hold in the Territory. We need everyone’s support on this. Every single one of us is on the front-line in the fight against this virus. Every single one of us can play our part. “The restrictions on movement of vessels within our Territorial waters will remain in place. All private and commercial vessels shall be prohibited from travelling within the Territorial waters, with the exception of fisherfolk where authorised and intra-island ferries. There is no travel permitted to Anegada unless as approved. All other vessels should return to dock.” He told citizens that there will be a “hard curfew” each day from 5:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. and during that time, persons will be required to stay in their homes or the confines of their yard. He said during the full lockdown earlier this year, the authorities demonstrated that they can effectively deliver services to the public and he remains confident that they can continue to do so. “I know many businesses have also made great strides in enabling staff to work remotely. Working from home for many of us will be the order of the day in the coming period. We have had a period of adaptation and I applaud all those who have changed routines and practices to ensure safe distancing and follow hygiene protocols. There is a risk that with the period of no cases that we had over the last months that some persons may become complacent. This must not happen. “ Governor of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) Augustus Jaspert “As we impose restrictions internally and have strict measures in place for people travelling through the legitimate routes into the Territory, we must ensure that our borders are secure and that people comply with the required measures. The Governor of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) Augustus Jaspert has announced a lockdown of the British Overseas Territory as it seeks to deal with an upsurge in the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. The Governor said that people have rightly expressed concern about the small number of individuals who are not following the rules and concerns about the border security. He said that the BVI was now recording further cases of COVID-19 and is now being classified as “having clusters of cases. CMC “All current curfew passes are invalid and new curfew passes will be issued only to the limited list of those requiring them for essential services and whilst on duty. The full list of those essential services will be published on the Government’s website. Companies seeking passes for employees should submit a list for essential workers to the Health Emergency Operations Centre on ministryofhealth@gov.vg.” He said the Cabinet had “debated long and hard on how to avoid a full lockdown, whilst ensuring the safety and protection of the people. Jaspert said that to enable essential services and workers to operate during the hard lock-down period there will be a new curfew pass scheme in place. Jaspert said he is aware that the next period will be difficult, adding “these restrictions will create hardships for those businesses and employees affected. “People will be free to leave their homes during 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (local time) but we ask that you limit this as much as possible and only do so to access essential services and activities,” Jaspert said. “But they are necessary, and we do not undertake them lightly. I am calling on all in the British Virgin Islands to make what we sincerely hope will be short-term sacrifices now, so that we can get through this together. “We have had to make difficult decisions. And I know those decisions will affect people’s livelihoods, their income, businesses and way of life. We need to use this chance we have now to try to halt the virus and that is why we are moving to restricting businesses to only absolutely essential areas. “ The virus will not discriminate between people and we all need to be together in our resolve to give it no chance to spread. That is why we are taking further action as a Government but we are also asking everyone to play their part,” Jaspert said. He said he was also urging all employers of any business that is permitted to be open to be responsible and close in good time to allow their employees and customers time to get home before the curfew.last_img read more

‘Black Panther’ Star Chadwick Boseman Dies of Cancer at 43

first_imgBoseman was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, his family said in a statement. Boseman had not spoken publicly about his diagnosis. “A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” his family said in the statement. “From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more- all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.” Actor Chadwick Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, died Friday of cancer, his representative said. He was 43. Boseman died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side, his publicist Nicki Fioravante told The Associated Press.last_img read more

Former Antiguan Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer Turns Down Knighthood

first_imgCMC Spencer, the third prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda and the first political leader of the main opposition United People’s Progressive (UPP), said that he was in the process of communicating his position officially to the government. But Spencer, 71, who buried his mother on Thursday, told the Observer Media group that he would not be accepting the award. A statement issued after the weekly Cabinet meeting said that Prime Minister Gaston Browne, has commenced discussions within the Cabinet to award the “erstwhile representative from the St. John’s Rural West Constituency, Mr. Baldwin Spencer, a knighthood during the Independence Celebrations on November 1, 2020”. Spencer, who was first elected to parliament in 1989 and was re-elected during five consecutive elections thereafter or up until 2018, when he retired from elective politics, served as Prime Minister from 2004 to 2014. Former prime minister Baldwin Spencer has reportedly turned down an offer of a knighthood that would have been awarded on November 1 during this year’s independence celebrations. Information Minister Melford Nicholas told reporters that the discussions, which are taking place through the Office of the Attorney General, have already started and “once we have concluded those, the official nomination will be consideration, and hopefully it could be as soon as this year’s independence celebrations”.last_img read more