Herstory award winner Ann-Marie Sorrell The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, West Palm Beach Chapter presented Mosaic Group CEO, Ann Marie Sorrell and three other recipients with the 2017 HERstory Award, honoring trailblazing women in labor and business at the St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church on March 12.The award came as part of the 2017 HERstory Women’s History Month and was presented to honor those who have succeeded in expanding women’s participation in commerce and female power in the paid labor force.“I am truly honored to be recognized by such a prestigious organization as the Coalition of 100 Black Women,” said Sorrell, the Mosaic Group Founder and CEO. “We will always do our best to foster advancement for women of color and all women in the course of our business efforts.”The Mosaic Group is an eleven-year old full service marketing/events/PR company servicing the tri-county area of Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade.The Coalition of 100 Black Women is a national organization advocating on behalf of black women and girls to promote leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment.
Finance Minister, Audley Shaw phone bill a whopping JMD$8 MillionFollowing public outcry after it was revealed that Jamaica’s finance minister Audley Shaw racked up a J$8.3 million cell phone bill, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced that all Cabinet ministers will take responsibility for their telephone bills.Following an emergency meeting of the island’s cabinet at Gordon House in Kingston on Tuesday, Holness said the situation is unacceptable and must be addressed immediately.During the meeting Holness ordered an audit of all cell phone bills of Ministers and State Ministers to confirm the accuracy of information in the public domain.Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew HolnessHolness admitted that there was no standard, clear and consistent policy being applied across government regarding the treatment of communication expenses for Ministers.Read More: Jamaican Government reduces property tax ratesThe Prime Minister has directed the Ministry of Finance to review the respective policies for the provision of communication services including cell phones, operating in the various Ministries. This is to allow Cabinet to make a comprehensive decision on how communication services and expenses for Ministers are treated. Below is a copy of Audley Shaw’s phone bill from April 2016 to March 2017.A copy of Audley Shaw phone bill from April 2016 to March 2017Should phone bills be capped?In the interim, he instructed that cellular phone expenses be capped. The Ministry of Finance has been tasked to advise the Prime Minister, within a week on the appropriate amount for the cap. Any amount exceeding the cap should, therefore, be the responsibility of the respective Ministers unless otherwise approved by the Permanent Secretary.The Cabinet members have agreed that public concerns about the level of some bills are valid.Read More: Income Tax threshold increase for JamaicansIn furtherance of their Ministerial responsibility to be frugal with the public purse, notwithstanding that most of the costs incurred would have been in pursuit of the Government’s business, they have committed to reimburse the Government retroactively the difference between actual bill and the capped amount to be determined and imposed.In the meantime, the Minister of Science, Energy and Technology is being mandated to enter into discussions with telecommunications providers to devise standard cell phone and data packages for Government Ministers.
African-Americans have become alarmed recently by recent reports of police being summoned by white Americans to apprehend innocent black people. Two of the most recent cases involved a black Yale University who fell asleep while studying, and three black women leaving an Airbnb in California.The incident involving the black guests leaving the Airbnb rental in California has piqued the interest of Caribbean-Americans in particular because the impacted guests included Donisha Prendergast, the granddaughter of late Jamaican and international reggae icon, Bob Marley.Black women targeted as criminal suspects According to reports, Prendergast, a filmmaker and motivational speaker, and three female black colleagues, including Nigerian-Canadian visual artist Komi-Oluwa Olafimihan, and filmmaker Kelly Fyffe-Marshal, and an unnamed white woman, where leaving an Airbnb rental in Rialto, California on April 30th. They were seen leaving by a white female resident who waved to them in greeting. However, when no one in the group waved back at the resident, she suspected them to be criminals and summoned the Rialto police. Detained by police When the police came, they temporarily detained the three black women, although they explained and provided proof they had rented the Airbnb.Retained prominent black attorneys In the aftermath of the incident, according to another report in the Jamaican Gleaner, Prendergast has retained attorneys to represent her and her two black associates in a pending lawsuit against the Rialto Police Department, which claims the women were victims of racial profiling.Prendergast’s legal team includes civil-rights attorneys Jasmine Rand of Rand Law, L.L.C., a Miami-based civil litigation firm located in Coral Gables, and Benjamin Crump of Ben Crump Law, who formerly represented the families of the late Michael Brown, and South Florida’s Trayvon Martin.According to documents submitted to The Gleaner by Prendergast’s legal team, the three black women were lawfully present at the Airbnb property, and not involved in any criminal activity when called by the white woman.Motivated by raceThe team further claims that the police action was “motivated by race” fueled by the neighbor who called the police claiming: “Three black people were stealing stuff.” The documents cited Marley’s granddaughter and the two other women, were surrounded by several police vehicles, while a helicopter hovered above and further revealed that the officers told the women they were under investigation for the commission of a felony and were being detained. Emphasizing that the detention of the three black women were motivated by race, the submitted documents according to the Gleaner, also cited that while the white neighbor complained that three black women were “removing stuff” from the Airbnb, there was a fourth woman who was white.As reported in the Gleaner, the legal documents states: “This incident was undeniably motivated by the neighbor’s explicit racial bias and the police department’s perpetuation of that bias.” White associate not branded a suspect“There were not three people checking out of Airbnb, there were four. The fourth person was a white woman. A Rialto Police Department officer is clearly heard on video saying that the caller identified ‘three suspicious black people stealing stuff.’ Apparently, the neighbor did not find the same actions of the fourth person – a white woman – ‘suspicious’,” the statement added.In a statement to the media, Prendergast was reported as saying: “The whole experience was surreal. Cop cars rushing in and surrounding our vehicle, closing in on us with their hands on their holsters and ordering us to put our hands up. I’m a filmmaker, and I had seen this movie too many times in America. I watched the ending of Michael Brown. He put his hands up and they fired. I kept my hands down. As a Rastafari woman, no matter what they did to my flesh, I ensured my spirit and dignity would survive.”Chose not to put her hands upShe added: “I chose not to put my hands up, and I lived. This was wrong, and I knew I had the right to be right. When I told my grandma what happened and she watched the video, she had tears in her eyes, and she said: ‘Make sure you tell them you are doing this for grandma, too’.”
The Jamaican government will be inviting the 12 boys from a youth football team in Thailand, and their coach, who were recently rescued from a flooded cave to vacation in the island with all expenses paid.Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett said he “couldn’t think of a more appropriate gesture for these brave and extraordinary young men than to have them come and enjoy our beautiful island home. We will be using all our diplomatic channels through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, also the Jamaican Honorary Consulate in Bangkok, Thailand, to try and make this a reality,” he said.All expenses paid vacation“This will be an all-expense paid vacation and something that we are happy to do as part of the international community and to show appreciation for the special friendship we have had with the people of Thailand over the years,” Minister Bartlett added.The 12 boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach had been trapped in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave system since June 23.The world was transfixed by the daring rescue of the boys from the flooded caves, which was undertaken by a team of international divers from July 8 to 10.
The government of Trinidad and Tobago has rejected a notification from the Police Service Commission (PSC) for acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams to be confirmed in the post. Prime Minister Rowley made the announcement n Parliament on Friday, stating that the matter surrounding the post of Commissioner now returns to the PSC.Third person rejectedWilliams, is the third person rejected from the former commission’s merit list of candidates for the job. The Government recently rejected DCPs Deodat Dulalchan and Harold Phillip, the first and second-ranked candidates, taking issue with the commission’s process.According to Rowley, the Government would await notification from the President whenever she’s advised by the PSC. He informed Parliament, “If there’s another name on the merit list and until the merit list is exhausted we’re not able to escape this process. The PSC doesn’t advise the President or Government of who’s on the list or how many are on it; we await the notification from the PSC, as it might very well be that there are others on the list who may find favor with this House (of Representatives).”Nominated 10 years ago also The Prime Minister said Williams’ was also previously nominated and his name submitted to Parliament 10 years ago when Williams was “10 years younger and 10 years less tired.” He noted Parliament’s position then was Williams wasn’t ready for the responsibility of the post. Rowley said the current Parliament can’t say Williams is ready now either.“But what we have now is the benefit of evidence which, with the best analysis in the world and the best marking of the score, we all in Trinidad and Tobago must conclude the fight against crime isn’t where we’d like it to be,” Rowley added while thanking the acting Police Commissioner for his service. “As we thank Mr. Williams for his service and treat with this nomination, confirmation of him as Commissioner of Police, in the view of the Government, is not going to make the change the country requires at this time.“Therefore, Government would not accept this notification, as we expect to respond in a way that will bring about some element of change and after seven years we don’t believe that just a confirmation – of not the incumbent, but the holder of an acting position – will change it.“We cannot make a confirmation here and tomorrow it’s ‘business as usual’- that’s not what T&T requires now. We require an intervention of change to give ourselves a chance to get the upper hand,” Rowley said.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC) — West Indies will clash with Sri Lanka in a white-ball series for the first time in nearly 4 ½ years when they arrive next month for five limited-overs matches.The Caribbean side takes on the hosts in three One-Day Internationals (ODI) and two Twenty20 Internationals, from February 22 to March 6.West Indies will play one-day warm-up matches in Colombo and Katunayake, before the series gets underway with the opening ODI at the Singhalese Sports Club.The two teams will meet in the second ODI in Hambantota on February 26, with the final match carded for Kandy on March 1.Both T20 Internationals will also be played in Kandy on March 4 and 6.Sri Lanka dominated the last ODI series here in a 3-0 whitewash while the two-match T20 series ended in a 1-1 tie.When the two teams last met during last year’s International Cricket Council (ICC) 50-over World Cup in England, Sri Lanka came away with a 23-run victory at Chester-le-Street.Both West Indies and Sri Lanka are closely wedded in the ICC ODI rankings. While the Asian side are eighth, West Indies languish in ninth.The positions reflect their recent form, West Indies having won just 10 of their 28 matches last year and Sri Lanka, seven of their 21 matches during the same period.Both teams have also fallen upon hard times in the T20 format, with Sri Lanka ranked eighth and West Indies 10th.TOUR SCHEDULEFebruary 17 – warm-up at P Sara OvalFebruary 20 – warm-up vs SLC President’s XI at CMCG, KatunayakeFebruary 22 – 1st ODI at Singalese Sports Club, ColomboFebruary 26 – 2nd ODI at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, HambantotaMarch 1 – 3rd ODI at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, KandyMarch 4 – 1st T20I at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, KandyMatch 6 – 2nd T20I at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The United Kingdom’s Home Office today proceeded with the deportation of several Jamaicans, despite yesterday’s ruling from the Court of Appeal which briefly halted the charter flight.The UK’s Court of Appeal ruling, which came yesterday, was on the basis that the persons originally scheduled to be deported did not have access to proper legal advice.But in a last-minute turn of events, the charter flight left the UK for Jamaica this morning, with fewer than half of the 50-odd deportees on board.British politician, Chancellor Sajid Javid said that the 17 deportees on this morning’s flight were not British nationals, but foreign criminals that have committed serious offences.“They are not British, they are not members of the Windrush generation and they are all guilty of serious crimes, receiving custodial sentences of at least 12 months.”He said they were guilty of offences such as manslaughter, rape and dealing class A drugs.A spokesperson from the UK’s Home Office also issued a statement on the deportation flight, saying: “We make no apology for trying to protect the public from serious, violent and persistent foreign national offenders. The court ruling does not apply to all of the foreign national offenders due to e deported and we are therefore proceeding with the flight.”The Home Office also added that the court did not order that those taken off the flight cannot be deported at a later date, even though they should now have access to legal aid.The Government of Jamaican has not yet commented on the flight that should land in Kingston later today.Since the Windrush scandal broke in 2018, this is the second deportation flight to be scheduled from the UK to Jamaica. Last year, 29 convicted criminals were deported to Jamaica.
It’s a girl!12-time tennis Grand Slam title winner, Novak Djokovic, and wife, Jelena have become parents for the second time. The baby was born on Saturday evening and will be named Tara.The couple met in high school and got engaged in September 2013 before marrying in an idyllic ceremony on Sveti Stefan in Montenegro on July 10, 2014.In October of the same year, the Serbs announced the birth of their son, Stefan.With the birth of baby number two and the expansion of the family, Novak Djokovic can look on the bright side after pulling out of the 2017 tennis season in July due to a recurring elbow injury.Maybe it was not terrible timing after all, as he can fully focus on his growing family at this time without tennis getting in the way.The current world number five might have missed the birth of baby Tara if he had been competing at the ongoing US Open in Flushing Meadows.Djokovic will return to tennis action at the start of the new season in January 2018 after giving himself time to recover fully.Tennis legend, Serena Williams also gave birth to a baby girl just a day before. It’s raining babies in September! Perhaps the newborn daughters of these two tennis greats would grow up to be tennis greats themselves. Too early to pressure them.Related
Russian side Spartak Moscow are on the wrong side of the law again after European football’s governing body,UEFA, opened disciplinary proceedings against the club after Nigerian-born winger Bobby Adekanye allegedly suffered racist abuse.Fans at the Spartak Academy allegedly made monkey chants aimed at Adekanye during the UEFA Youth League (UYL) match between Spartak Moscow and his club, Liverpool.That prompted the Merseyside club to report the matter to UEFA. The football body has now opened a case against the Russian club with hearing scheduled for October 19.Nigerian-born Dutch youth international, Adekanye, came on as a 58th-minute substitute during the Uefa Youth League match in Moscow before the aforementioned monkey chants were aimed at him by the fans.Spartak also face three charges for incidents involving fans during their UEFA Champions League (UCL) game against Liverpool at home on September 26. The Matchday 2 clash ended 1-1.The charges are in relation to setting off fireworks, illicit banners and chants and blocking stairways and they will be dealt with by Uefa’s control, ethics and disciplinary body on October 19.Spartak had earlier been fined 60,000 euros (£52,664) for a firework incident during their Matchday 1 match at Maribor in the UCL in September. They were also banned from selling tickets to their fans for the match against Spanish outfit Saville in Seville on November 1.RelatedNigerian-Born Player Suffers Racist Abuse; His Club Reports To UEFASeptember 28, 2017In “Europe”Chelsea Face UEFA Investigation Over Alleged Racist ChantsJanuary 15, 2019In “England”Russian Football Chief Targets Monkey Chant Solution Before World Cup KickoffMay 1, 2018In “FIFA”
Immediate past English champions Leicester City have surprisingly sacked their manager Craig Shakespeare just four months after he became head coach on a permanent basis.The 53-year old had initially succeeded tite-winning manager Claudio Ranieri in February and did well to steer the club away from trouble to 12th place at the end of the season. To this effect, he was rewarded with a three-year contract but has now unfortunately paid for his job after he led the Foxes to an underwhelming start this season.Leicester City presently occupy the last relegation place in the Premier League and are winless in the last six league matches.Shakespeare becomes the second managerial casualty in the league after Dutchman Frank De Boer was sacked by London club Crystal Palace in September.His final game was the battling 1-1 draw with West Brom on Monday. His side trailed to a sumptuous free kick from Belgian winger Nacer Chadli before Riyad Mahrez rescued a point for Leicester City.RelatedAS Nancy vs FC LorientJune 30, 2017Similar post16 Months Later, Leicester City Dismiss Claude PuelFebruary 24, 2019In “England”Craig Shakespeare latest casualty of Leicester City title hangoverOctober 18, 2017In “England”