Caribbean to the core – A chat with DJ Papa Keith

first_imgJune is designated Caribbean Heritage Month.Caribbean National Weekly hails persons of West Indian heritage.Even though he was born in Brooklyn, New York, Disc Jockey Papa Keith is not afraid to acknowledge his Caribbean heritage. In fact, he believes it is something Caribbean-Americans should do more.“We’ve played a significant role in building this nation and don’t get enough recognition. I make it clear where I’m from every chance I get,” he said in an interview with National Weekly.Papa Keith’s parents are from Trinidad and Tobago. They have lived in the United States since the late 1960s but ensured their son was always in tune with his roots. Born Keith Walcott, he hosts PM Drive/Afternoon on 103.5 The BEAT in South Florida. The station is dominated by hip hop but Papa Keith manages to slip in some Caribbean flavor.“I play Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder, Bunji (Garlin), Serani…all of the songs that crossed over,” he said, adding that his favorite artists are Sizzla and Machel Montano. Though he is known for music, Papa Keith points to interviewing President Barack Obama on his show last November as a career highlight.  They discussed matters affecting young people and solutions for problems that affect an evolving American society.“That was a big deal for me…it made my family proud,” he said.While his roots are in St. James, Trinidad, Papa Keith admits Jamaica is the Caribbean country he visits most. However, he is back in T&T twice a year for Carnival and Christmas.As much as Caribbean-Americans have contributed to the modern American experience, Papa Keith notes those achievements are largely overlooked. He points to a reason for this.“I compare it with voting. Most politicians don’t target young people because they don’t vote. If we don’t put our hands up we have no one to blame but ourselves,” he said.– Howard Campbelllast_img read more

T&T taking measures to halt dollar slide

first_imgT&T Government to take measures to halt dollar slideThe Trinidad and Tobago government says it will adopt measures to halt the dollar slide in the foreign exchange reserves. The decrease” has been significant given the “catastrophic decline” in revenue from the energy sector.Finance Minister Colm Imbert told Parliament on Monday that the decline has had a serious adverse effect on foreign exchange inflows and the country’s foreign reserves.Presently, foreign exchange inflows from energy taxation are at an all-time low.Energy sector collapse “The collapse of oil and gas prices, declining production, and changes in the oil and gas taxation regime have had the effect of reducing the Government’s share of energy receipts,” Imbert said as he presented the TT$50 billion national budget.Imbert told Parliament that annual inflows of foreign exchange from the energy sector dropped from US$3.2 billion in 2011 to US$500 million in 2017.84 percent reduction“This is an 84 percent reduction in foreign exchange inflows which has caused a loss to the country of US$2.7 billion per year in foreign currency. To make up for this shortfall, and to make foreign exchange available to the public, especially the productive sectors, the Central Bank has injected a total of over US$7.5 billion of our reserves into the commercial banking sector in just the last four years.”Growth in exports essentialHe also said that apart from import substitution, one of the main drivers of the new Trinidad and Tobago economy must be growth in exports. This is needed in order to earn foreign exchange and penetrate new markets. However, one of the major challenges for exporters at this time is access to foreign exchange to purchase raw materials and other essential inputs needed for manufacturing.For more on T&T’s battle to halt the pace of the dollar slide, visit: Trinidad and Tobago dollar depreciateslast_img read more

EDITORIAL: Try to maintain the Christmas spirit all year

first_imgPeople need hope more than everAn interesting observation was recently made by a local Pentecostal pastor that the current environment in America is driving more people to seek hope in Christ and placing renewed emphasis on Christmas. “People need hope more than ever these days,” said the pastor. “They’re not just hoping to live better materially, but for a society devoid of the hatred, tension and division that has been engulfing it,  particularly over the past couple of years. I can attest people genuinely find real hope exemplified in the Christmas message with the commemoration of the birth of Christ, the Messiah, bringing salvation to a sinful and stressful world.”People of other religious beliefs may not share this pastor’s view, but it does seem Christmas generates a degree of hope and optimism among a large percentage of people wherever the religious observation is celebrated. A more positive spiritDuring Christmas most people tend to be more generous. Individuals who complained of being stropped for cash during the year somehow find money to spend on friends, relatives and themselves. People who were otherwise strangers during the year become more friendly offering each other pleasant greetings for joy, blessings and happiness. Generally, people become more charitable, reaching out to feed the hungry, and offer gifts to the poor, especially children, who would otherwise receive no gifts. But people also tend to lose their sense of reasoning during the season, spending relentlessly, not caring this could leave them in serious debt during the coming year. While such spending augers well for the region’s economy, it depletes personal savings of individuals and families who cannot afford this loss.  Nonetheless, most people get caught up in the environment of generosity, hoping the new year bring the blessings they prayed for to compensate for the excesses committed during the Christmas season.Christmas disappears like Cinderella’s coachBut despite the kindness, joy, the glitter and music of Christmas and the message of hope, Christmas is not permanent. It ends abruptly, especially in America, compared to the Caribbean, at midnight on December 25, disappearing like Cinderella’s coach, replaced by the pumpkin of reality. Some make Christmas message a part of their livesUnfortunately, for the majority the goodwill associated with Christmas surfaces just once a year. Fortunately, although they are the minority, there are those who make the Christmas message a part of their lives;  endeavoring for the spirit of kindness, goodwill, and brotherly love to extend far into the next year, seeking to make the society more friendly and happy. For them the common refrain is, “Everyday should be like Christmas.”But, of course, every day isn’t like Christmas. After the glitter is cleared, the music stops, and the visiting friends and relatives leave, people return to reality, trying to cope with the challenges of their respective lives. Nonetheless, Christmas does serve as an important reprieve, and reminder to how people can co-exist. As the pastor referred to said, Christmas does offer hope to a frustrated and divided nation. The season proves kindness, sacrifice, goodwill, and attempts to reach out to the more unfortunate of our neighbors are possible. Some people can’t afford to spend without limit most of the year, packing their cupboard and refrigerators with food and their homes with new furniture and linen, or buy new toys for the kids, but they could strive to maintain the spirit of Christmas even if they are not Christians. They could try to love and respect each other as if it was still Christmas.  This spirit, when all the fuss ends at midnight on the 25th should be the legacy of Christmas. If only this legacy could prevail long after the season ends. Christmas is one of the more interesting anniversaries  on the Christian calendar. Long declared a holiday to be celebrated in December, Christmas Day is now  bundled with several other holidays celebrated between the end of November and the end of December. These include Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Kwanza, and New Years. Since these holidays include other religious commemorations, in recent years it has become “politically-correct,” to refer to  this extended holiday as “the holidays,” but to Christians this will always be the Christmas season.Merry Christmas greetings rebuff Happy Holiday greetingsIt seems Christians, including a large percentage of South Florida’s population, are more adamant this year to emphasize the season represents the commemoration of Jesus Christ’s birth. People offering “Happy Holidays” greetings are rebuffed by the pronounced response, “Merry Christmas.” Also,  this year more retail businesses have hung “Merry Christmas” banners than those depicting “Happy Holidays” as occurred in other years. This year, there is also evidence of more greeting cards saluting “Merry Christmas” than generic “Happy Holiday” cards.last_img read more

West Indies squad unchanged for 2nd Test against England

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – West Indies have named an unchanged squad for the second Test starting here Thursday, following their shock demolition of England in the opening in Bridgetown last Saturday.Jamaican Oshane Thomas added Selectors have, however, confirmed Jamaican fast bowler Oshane Thomas as an official member of the squad. The 21-year-old travelled with the squad for the first Test, acting as cover for seamer Alzarri Joseph.“Oshane Thomas was with us in Barbados as cover and he has been added to the squad as the 14th player and will remain with the team as an additional fast bowler,” chief selector Courtney Browne said Monday.Astonishing displayWest Indies, written off by most prior to the series, produced an astonishing display in the opening Test at Kensington Oval to embarrass favorites England by 381 runs inside four days.The match will be remembered for England’s capitulation for 77, conceding a first innings lead of 212, and for captain Jason Holder’s monumental unbeaten 202 which enabled the Windies to set the visitors a target of 628.Part-time off-spinner Roston Chase then conjured up a record-breaking spell of eight for 60 to send the shell-shocked English tumbling to a heavy defeat, three-quarters of an hour after tea on the fourth day.“We were all extremely happy with the great result in the first Test,” Browne said. “We want to see them put in another solid performance in the second match in Antigua, where we won last year.”West Indies have drawn both their Tests against England at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, the last coming in a tense affair four years ago when Holder hit an unbeaten maiden hundred.The third Test is set for the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground from February 9-13.SQUAD – Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas, Jomel Warrican.last_img read more

Jamaican by-election date changed to April 4. Decision criticized by PNP

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – The Jamaican opposition People’s National Party (PNP) has criticized Prime Minister Andrew Holness over the decision to change the date for the by-election in Portland Eastern from March 26 to April 4. The by-election is required to fill the vacancy resulting from the death of former PNP MP Dr. Lynvale Bloomfield who was killed at his home on February 2The date change was announced in a brief statement by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) on Monday night. The statement said the change in date came “after further consideration and consultation” and takes into “account the public holiday of Ash Wednesday on March 6, 2019, which is considered an ‘excluded day’ for the purpose of section 21 (1A) of the Representation of the People Act.”The Act provides that the day appointed for nomination day shall be at least five clear days after the announcement of an election.Nomination Day – March 15Nomination Day was originally set for March 8, but the OPM statement said it has been pushed to Friday, March 15.The PNP’s declared candidate for the by-election is Damion Crawford, and the JLP Ann-Marie Vaz, the wife of Douglas Vaz, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.PNP and Opposition Leader, Dr Peter Phillips, has described the change in dates as an act of gross incompetence and ultimately an expression of disrespect to the Jamaican people in general and the voters of the constituency in particular.In a statement, Phillips said this “unprecedented act boggles the mind as to the quality of legal advice being provided to the prime minister. This should never happen in any self-respecting democracy without someone being held accountable.”last_img read more

Today May 7, 2020, is Miami-Dade County Day of Prayer

first_img“I am proud that today, May 7, 2020, is Miami-Dade County Day of Prayer. In these difficult times, we join communities of faith across our County in starting a new tradition. As we unite in on this Day of Prayer, let us pray for each other, and especially our heroes on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic,” Commissioner Bovo said. Part 1 MIAMI-DADE – On May 5, 2020, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners approved Commissioner Esteban “Steve” Bovo’s resolution recognizing today, May 7, 2020 as the National Day of Prayer and declaring May 7, 2020 as Miami-Dade County’s Day of Prayer. Below is a video compilation of residents from all faiths of our community discussing why they pray by using the hashtag #PrayForMiamiDade. Part 2last_img read more

Tropical Storm Arthur Forms Off South Florida’s Coast

first_imgTropical Storm Arthur via Accuweather.com Two weeks before the official start of the hurricane season on June 1, Tropical Storm Arthur has become the first storm of the year. With the start of what could be an active hurricane season just weeks away, the state of Florida is preparing how to respond to any future storms while taking the coronavirus pandemic into account. Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a press conference this month that COVID-19 will be around in some form during hurricane season, and the state needs to rethink how to provide shelter for thousands who may need to evacuate if any storms threaten the state. The storm formed off the coast of South Florida over the weekend, ushering in heavy rains and a thunderstorm warning for Miami-Dade and Broward County. “This virus really thrives and transmits when you have close sustained contact with people inside an enclosed environment,” DeSantis said at a news conference in Sarasota. “As you’re looking at sheltering for a hurricane, you have to keep that in mind. If you pile people into a place, under normal circumstances that may be fine, but that would potentially allow the virus to really spread if somebody is, in fact, infected.” According to the U.S National Hurricane Center, the storm is expected to strengthen as it moves northeast towards North Carolina on Monday. “We’re going to do more non-congregate sheltering instead of mass congregate sheltering,” he said. Florida emergency management Director Jared Moskowitz said the state is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on changes for 2020 that may include shelters that only accept people infected with the virus or orders for people to shelter in place depending on the strength of the building and the power of the storm.last_img read more

Official: AC Milan Signs Kalinic From Fiorentina

first_imgAC Milan has completed the signing of Nikola Kalinic on an initial loan move from Fiorentina with an obligation to buy.The 29-year-old Croatian becomes AC Milan’s 11th summer signing since the Chinese Consortium takeover following moves that includes Leonardo Bonucci, Andre Silva, Andrea Conti, Lucas Biglia, and Hakan Çalhanoğlu. Kalinic, who moved from Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk to Fiorentina in 2015, scored 33 goals in 83 appearances for the Florence club.RelatedAtletico Seal Kalinic Signing From MilanAugust 9, 2018In “Europe”Croatian Star Kalinic Rejects World Cup MedalJuly 22, 2018In “Europe”Italian Serie A Review: The Big Teams Show SuperiorityOctober 26, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

Industry First… Malta MGA awards Oulala with B2B skill games licence

first_img Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Benjamin CarlottiB2B fantasy sports platform provider Oulala Games (Oulala.com) has been awarded the first ever Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) ‘B2B Skill Games Licence’.Updating stakeholders, Oulala management stated that the MGA B2B approval represented an ‘important corporate milestone’, as the company had set-up a founders’ goal to be ‘regulated separately from other iGaming activities’.To date, Oulala UK market initiatives have been serviced by a remote gambling licence due to lack of strategic regulation for fantasy sports.“The authorities in Malta were the first in foretelling the impact of DFS’s potential in Europe, and the MGA was in fact the first regulator to acknowledge our needs” stated Benjamin Carlotti Co-founder & Managing Director of Oulala.Updating the market, the Malta MGA informed that it had spent two years examining provisions for its new B2B skill games licence, allowing for better European-wide regulation of fantasy sports operators and industry needs.The Malta Gaming Authority is pleased to be issuing a B2B licence for fantasy sports to Oulala Games Ltd under the new skill games regulations” commented MGA Executive Chairman, Joseph Cuschieri.“Malta’s regulatory framework ensures a high standard of player protection and game fairness whilst allowing operators space for growth and innovation. It is for this reason that operators such as Oulala have chosen Malta as their primary place of establishment.”Oulala is awarded a controlled skill game licence, which can be used for either B2C and/or B2B purposes, is valid for five years, and is subject to a number of requirements, including segregation of operational and players.Further to the update Benjamin Carlotti added “We are incredibly proud to be participating in the development of a licensing framework that regulates skill-based games, fantasy sports included. This was a highly significant step in the right direction, and our hope is that other European regulators will soon follow suit.” Related Articles Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

National Lottery operator Camelot assess options following the resignation of CEO Andy Duncan

first_img Related Articles Share Submit StumbleUpon Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 UK National Lottery operator Camelot Group has informed the media that Chief Executive Andy Duncan has resigned as leader of the company.The resignation of Duncan as Group CEO, will see Nigel Railton leader of Camelot’s international business division ‘Camelot Global’ act as interim Chief Executive whilst the board of governance considers its best options for corporate leadership. Camelot informed that Duncan would work with Nigel and governance to ensure a ‘smooth transition’ period.Updating stakeholders, Camelot informed that Duncan would work with Nigel and governance to ensure a ‘smooth transition’ period.Duncan will continue to represent the company as an ambassador of Camelot UK on the European Lotteries Association, World Lottery Association and the EuroMillions Lottery Operators Board until the summer.Andy Duncan commented on his departure “It has been a great privilege to have led Camelot and the National Lottery through an exciting period. I’m proud that total returns to good causes during the last six years exceeded £10bn, an increase of 25% or nearly £2bn compared with the previous six years. This money is distributed to society in order to change the lives of people across the country.“I believe that the purpose at the heart of the National Lottery has never been stronger, changing lives by creating a millionaire nearly every day whilst returning more than £30m to good causes every week,” he added.Camelot Chairman Jo Taylor thanked Duncan for his six years’ service with the lottery operator: “Andy has achieved a tremendous amount on behalf of National Lottery players, winners and the good causes the National Lottery supports. We thank him for his contribution to Camelot and the National Lottery and wish him well for the future.” Ministers expected to raise National Lottery age limit August 17, 2020 Sharelast_img read more