Miramar to host art exhibition

first_imgThe Ansin Family Art Gallery The works of three Jamaican born artists will be on display at the Our Caribe Journey: The Exhibition, from June 7 – July 1 inside the Miramar Cultural Center’s Ansin Family Art Gallery, on June 7 at 6:00 PM.The three artists, Richard Hugh Blackford, Mark Cameron and David Muir will be on hand to participate in a meet and greet session.last_img

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New Zealand woman killed by jet engine blast

first_imgA 57-year-old woman from New Zealand was killed after the blast from a powerful jet engine knocked her to the ground at St. Marteen’s Princess Juliana International Airport.The local police reported that on Wednesday, the woman was at the airport, which is just meter from the beach, when the force of the engines on a Boeing 737 coming in to land threw her backwards causing serious injury. She was rushed to hospital, but later died.Island airport is popular tourism attractionIn a statement, the police said they visit the area daily to discourage tourists from clinging to the runway fence. “Landing and taking off of all types and size of aircraft at St. Marteen’s International airport is a popular tourist attraction,” police said.“Many tourists come to the island to experience the thrills of the landing of approaching aircraft flying low above their heads. They hold on to the airport fence and stand in the jet blast of large aircrafts taking off. Doing this is, however, extremely dangerous.”Condolences to familyThe island’s director of tourism, Rolando Brison, in an interview with the New Zealand Herald said he spoke to the woman’s family and offered condolences.“I met with the family of the deceased this evening and offered the government’s condolences. They were with her at the airport fence. They recognized that what they did was wrong, through the clearly visible danger signs. They regret the risk they took turned out in the worst possible way,” he said.The landing strip on the Dutch overseas territory is notorious as planes fly extremely low over packed tourist beaches. Despite prominent warning signs in the area instructing beachgoers not to stand near the fence because of the dangerous air blasts – the warning is often ignored.Copyright 2017 – Caribbean National Weekly Newslast_img read more

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Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Elaine Thompson shine in Diamond League events

first_imgBahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Jamaican Elaine Thompson held the Caribbean flag high in Diamond League meets in Europe recently. Miller-Ubio twin victories Miller-Uibo added the 400 meters Diamond Trophy to the 200m version she had won a week earlier in Zurich at the first of two IAAF Diamond League finals, clocking a world-leading 49.46 at the AG Insurance Van Damme Memorial in Brussels on Friday.The Olympic 400 meters champion had appeared on the brink of adding a world title at her specialist distance in London last month before faltering and dropping out of the medals 20 meters from the line.But she has finished her season on a high with Diamond Trophies in Zurich and now Brussels. Her wins have earned her a total of US$100,000 under the revised rewards for this year’s series, which carried a prize total of US$1.6million.In Friday’s race Miller-Uibo needed to drive all the way to the tape. She was challenged by 19-year-old Bahrain athlete Salwa Eid Naser, who beat both Allyson Felix and world 400m champion Phyllis Francis at last month’s IAAF Diamond League meet in Birmingham. Eid Naser took second place in 49.88. Elaine Thompson redeems Jamaica’s Olympic 100 meters and 200 meters champion Elaine Thompson, who failed to earn a medal at last month’s IAAF World Championships in London, finished her season with a victorious flourish, earning a second consecutive Diamond Trophy in the women’s 100 meters at the Brussel’s event.Thompson admitted on the eve of this final that she’d had “a funny season” so far, having achieved the best 2017 time of 10.71 for the 100 meters in her native Kingston before her London flop.Since then Thompson has had an encouraging turn of fortunes. She had a 100-meter victory at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Birmingham in 10.93. This was followed by second place in last week’s 200 meters at the IAAF Diamond League final in Zurich in a time of 22.00 secs.The talented sprinter won the 100 meters in Brussels in a time of in 10.92, holding off the challenge of Marie-Josee TaLou of the Ivory Coast who earned silver at 100 meters and 200 meters in London. Ta Lou, was second in 10.93, while Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor was third in 1.07.Thompson earned $50,000 for her season’s efforts.last_img read more

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Remembering Bob Marley: At home in South Florida

first_imgBob Marley Bob Marley, who would have turned 74 on February 6, always felt at home in South Florida. The reggae legend, who died in Miami in May 1981 at age 36, owned a home in Southwest Miami-Dade and did some of his finest work in the Sunshine State.With his career taking off internationally, Marley did some of the recording sessions for his Rastaman Vibrations album at Criteria Studios in Miami in 1975. He also hung out in Miami a lot with friend Noel “King Sporty” Williams, a singer he knew from the 1960s.Marley and Sporty wrote Buffalo Soldier, a salute to black soldiers who fought in the American Civil War. That song appears on Marley’s Confrontation album, released in 1983.Sporty’s wife, soul singer Betty Wright, was opening act for Marley on several of his shows.Related: Happy 74th Birthday to Bob MarleyMarley had been a Green Card holder since the 1960s and lived for a time in Delaware where his mother resided with her American husband. He returned to Jamaica in the late 1960s and resumed his career with The Wailers, a harmony group he co-founded in 1963.When Marley and his band performed at the Miami Jai Alai venue in August, 1978 it was their first concert in South Florida. According to the Miami Herald report, Marley “felt at home on the Miami Jai Alai Fronton stage, his hair flying, holding nothing back. He leaped, kicked and careened across the stage like some manic marionette, his vocals on Rastaman Vibration and Rebel Music radiating the energy of outrage, the insistence of love.”When he died from cancer at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, Miami, the Miami-Herald described him as “an almost Messianic figure in the Caribbean, West Africa, and Europe. The first superstar from the Third World.”The Marley family continued to have a presence in South Florida after his death. His mother Cedella lived in the area for many years; she died in Miami in April, 2008 at age 81.Other members of the family, including his son Stephen, now reside in South Florida.last_img read more

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Documents to take to residency interviews

first_imgORIGINAL Birth Certificate (if sponsoring a sibling) AND Proof of U.S. Citizenship or U.S. Residency (i.e. ORIGINAL  Naturalization Certificate ,  a US passport or Green Card ORIGINAL Birth CertificateORIGINAL Marriage Certificate for current marriage (not for past marriages)ORIGINAL Divorce Decree for every marriage in the pastORIGINAL/CERTIFIED Criminal Documents for any criminal case of any kind, including traffic cases which required a court appearance.  Criminal Documents must include: a) CERTIFIED Police Report or Traffic Ticket and b) CERTIFIED Court Disposition (you must bring both a & b to give to the officer at your interview)Every U.S. Citizen or U.S. Resident sponsor should bring: Interview noticenew Medical Report  if previous one submitted has expired (most old medicals have expired, since they were only valid for one year prior to November 1, 2018)current Passport & all prior Passports  I-94  card (if you entered the U.S. PRIOR TO 2013 otherwise “online I-94 printout”) Work Authorization card/Travel Permit Driver’s Licensecenter_img The process to adjust status to residency in the U.S. can be long and tedious, sometimes taking nearly two years to finally receive your residency interview. With all that waiting, it’s important to be sure that you bring the right documents with you to your interview, to ensure approval. Otherwise, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will issue you a request for missing documents, which can unnecessarily delay approval of your green card for up to three months or more after your interview. Determining which documents to bring with you can be difficult, since the interview notice itself is very confusing, providing a list of documents for all different kinds of cases, not specific to each individual immigrant. To avoid confusion and delays caused by failing to provide required documents, here are a few important items that every immigrant must bring to his or her residency interview. Driver’s License For marriage residency: U.S. Citizen or U.S. Resident Spouse’s Original Divorce Decree for every marriage in the past, in addition to extensive marital documentation (see below)While not required, it’s also helpful for the U.S. Citizen or U.S. Resident to bring an updated tax return and W-2 for the current year since filing the residency case, a currently dated employer letter and current pay stubsMarriage residency cases are particularly complicated, since in addition to the above, the USCIS officer will expect the married couple to provide extensive documentation of their lives and financial affairs together, including:Photos of the Couple: Original Photos of pictures you have together, during the time you were dating, pictures of your wedding and all pictures you have taken since you married. Assemble photos in Photo Albums. As many as you can, the more the better. Residency interviews can go quite quickly for couples who have lots of photos. Digital Photos will not qualify. The officer will not look at digital photos on your cell phone or camera. Include at least 8 Original Photos of you as a couple together  (Wedding, Holidays, etc) for the officer to keep in the USCIS file:Tax Returns FOR ALL YEARS since you got married, showing “married filing jointly” AND W-2’S for Both spouses;Joint Bank accounts statements showing both spouses names since before and after you got married until present -stmts only, not checksJoint Credit Card Statements/Investment Accounts showing both spouse names showing both spouse’s names since before and after you got married until present (if available) Joint Auto Insurance policies & Insurance Cards showing both spouses names since before and after you got married until present Joint Health Insurance card/policy & Insurance Cards since you have been married (if available) Joint Warranty Deed, Joint Closing Documents, Joint Homeowner’s Insurance policy;Joint Lease Agreement showing both spouses names since before and after you got married until presentJoint Utility Bills in Joint Names showing both spouses names since before and after you got married until presentSeparate Utility Bills in  U.S. Citizen’s/Foreign spouse’s name showing marital address to prove you reside together even though the bill is not in both spouses names Joint Auto purchase contract/Automobile Registration showing both spouse namesJoint Travel tickets/itineraries and boarding passes for  trips showing both spouses names since before and after you got married until presentJoint Receipts for items purchased together, for example, furniture showing both spouses names since before and after you got married until presentJoint Birth Certificate for child born to the couple (if applicable)Joint Gym Memberships showing both spouses names since before and after you got married until presentJoint Church & Club Memberships showing both spouses names since before and after you got married until presentJoint BJ’s, Costco & other similar Cards showing both spouses names since before and after you got married until presentOther documentation to show parties have been living together as married spouses showing both spouses names since before and after you got married until present. 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AUDIO: Omagbemi Overwhelmed With Nomination For The Best FIFA Football Awards

first_imgFormer Nigerian women’s national team coach, Florence Omagbemi could not hide her excitement while speaking to busybuddiesng.com on her recent nomination for The Best FIFA Women’s Coach 2017 award.Taking the period of 20 November 2016 to 6 August 2017 into account, Omagbemi is one of ten head coaches that have been shortlisted by a panel of women’s football experts which includes; Mia Hamm (USA), Maia Jackman (New Zealand), Nadine Kessler (Germany), Jacqueline Shipanga (Namibia) Sissi (Brazil), and Sun Wen (China).“I want to give God the glory for all. For me being nominated as one of the best coaches on the FIFA ranking, I want to say God… in short, I don’t even know how to put words together (right now).“But working with the Nigeria Football Federation, with the Falcons and the U-20 and with my contribution so far, during my playing days and all, all I can say is just thank you Lord for the opportunity and I will continue to work harder,” Omagbemi told busybuddiesng.com from her base in the USAThe 42-year-old led the Super Falcons to an unprecedented eighth African title at the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Cameroon last December, beating the hosts 1-0 in the final as she became the first person to win the title as a player and as a coach.“And I want to still thank the players of the Falcons because with what we all did, it’s a joint effort. What we all did in Cameroon. I want to give glory to the players, the Federation, even the media and the fans for their support so far. I will continue to work harder with this nomination,” the former Super Falcons captain concluded.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Omagbemi-Aug-19.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Relatedlast_img read more

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2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup Wrap: Mali, England Into The Semis

first_imgMali and England have qualified for the semifinal of the ongoing U-17 World Cup in India following their quarterfinal victories over Ghana and USA respectively.Mali defeated West African rivals Ghana 2-1 courtesy goals from Hadji Drame and Djemoussa Traore while Mohammed Kudus got the consolation goal from the penalty spot for the junior Black Stars. Mali will face the winner of the game between Spain and Iran in the last four.In the other quarterfinal clash played on Saturday, Rhian Brewster netted a hattrick to lead England to the 4-1 thrashing of the United States of America (USA) thereby sealing a semifinal meeting with the winner of the huge clash between Brazil and Germany on Sunday.Quarterfinal Results (Saturday):Mali 2-1 GhanaEngland 4-1 USASunday’s Games:Spain vs. IranBrazil vs. GermanyRelated2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup Wrap: Ghana And Brazil Complete Quarterfinal LineupOctober 19, 2017In “FIFA”2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup: Brazil And Spain Secure Final Last Four SpotsOctober 23, 2017In “FIFA”FIFA U-17 World Cup Second Round Wrap: Germany, US Through To Quarters After Big WinsOctober 17, 2017In “FIFA”last_img read more

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – GBGA Tax Ruling… Are all bets now off in Gibraltar?

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit David Clifton, Licensing Expert: Has the die already been cast? July 15, 2020 Share EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 David CliftonAlmost a year ago, the Government of Gibraltar issued a statement following the Brexit vote in which it said that it had been working closely with the remote gambling industry in Gibraltar following that vote and had assured them of its support and vision for the sector in the short, medium and long term. It went on to confirm that the sector remained strongly committed to its Gibraltar operations and that business would continue as usual.One cannot help but wonder how long that optimism will last, not because of the additional uncertainties created by the recent UK General Election result, but instead by reason of the recent judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) in relation to the legal challenge brought by the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (“GBGA”) against the UK’s place of consumption gambling tax regime that came into force on 1 December 2014.The CJEU’s ruling that “the provision of services by operators established in Gibraltar to persons established in the UK constitutes, as a matter of EU law, a situation confined in all respects within a single Member State”  came as no surprise given an earlier finding to similar effect by a CJEU Advocate General in January. However, it serves to seriously (if not fatally) undermine the GBGA’s claim that gambling operators based in Gibraltar (but licensed by the Gambling Commission in Great Britain) should not be subject to gambling tax obligations in the UK because they constitute:extraterritorial taxes,an obstacle to the freedom to provide services anddiscrimination against service providers established outside the UK.The GBGA has also contended that such taxes cannot be justified by the objectives claimed by the UK Government, which are essentially of an economic nature and, as a consequence, it maintains that the new tax regime is incompatible with the EU Treaty.However, in a detailed judgment published on 13 June, involving deep complexities of EU Treaty provisions and previously decided case-law, the CJEU has effectively put paid to the force of those arguments.Back in January, following publication of the Advocate General’s Opinion, Peter Howitt, the CEO of the GBGA expressed his members’ disappointment but said that they “continue to believe that the gambling duty applied by the UK government to operators out of the jurisdiction, in circumstances where the customer may not be in the UK when they gamble or even a UK resident, is a disproportionate restriction on operators”.As I write this piece, no further statement has been published by or on behalf of the GBGA which must now be facing an expectation that the High Court in London will find against it as and when the case reverts to it for its judgment, to which the CJEU ruling will be applied.The Spanish newspaper, El País, will have provided little comfort, commenting that the judgment has “deepened the crisis of the business model that has driven growth for Gibraltar’s online gambling industry. In the last two decades, gambling operators have flourished thanks to the favourable tax regime in the overseas territory. If Brexit created an initial sense of unease, there is palpable uncertainty now with regard to the 3,252 direct jobs created by the 33 Gibraltar-based gambling companies that now face the prospect of losing competitiveness to other desirable locations, such as Malta or the Isle of Man”.By way of contrast, the Government of Gibraltar has once again struck an optimistic note, stating that “in normal circumstances, HM Government of Gibraltar would have been disappointed with such a ruling, as a result of Brexit and the commitments already made by the UK Government to Gibraltar in relation to access to the UK market” but that it nevertheless “does not consider that the judgment will have any significant effect, whether on the online gaming sector or more generally”. In what many may consider to be excessive optimism, it concludes by suggesting that “indeed, the judgment may provide a different, and strengthened, perspective on Gibraltar’s position in the Brexit negotiations, as part of the same UK single market for the purposes of EU Law”. I will not be alone in wishing well all operators based in Gibraltar, particularly given the disclosure at the end of March that EU draft guidelines for Brexit negotiations would effectively give Spain a veto over Gibraltar’s future. Its 10% corporate tax rate, compared with 19% in the UK and 25% in Spain, coupled with high AML standards, should continue to make the territory an attractive location for businesses but gambling operators based there will no longer be able to benefit from European law arguments regarding access to EU markets and will inevitably face increasing costs if Spain closes its border, raising serious viability questions. 888 Holdings may not be the only Gibraltar-based operator considering a relocation of its main base to Malta, in order to maintain a guaranteed free cross-border movement of people, goods, services and capital in a post-Brexit Europe.A year ago, the GBGA published its own statement. It said: “At the moment and for the foreseeable future there is no change to the existing legal and political framework that our operators work within. We also note that European countries already have widely different regulatory regimes and many require our operators to have local licences – the impact on our members is therefore likely to be minimal. Periods of wide-spread political uncertainty highlight the need to be based in a territory that supports your business and sector at the highest level. We have a very supportive government and regulators. We have access to a wealth of human talent and experience in online betting and gaming.  The UK and EU political crisis makes us keenly aware why Gibraltar remains a great place to do European and international trade. Gibraltar is an internationally recognised success story and we intend to keep it that way.I, for one, hope that the CJEU judgment and what is, in my view, an inevitable further blow when the High Court issues its own judgment, will not dampen that obvious enthusiasm to maintain the success of the online gambling industry in Gibraltar for many years to come._____________________David Clifton – Director – Clifton Davies Consultancy Limiteddc@cliftondavies.com Europol warns of ‘greater risk’ of match-fixing during pandemic August 7, 2020last_img read more

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Ladbrokes to sponsor forthcoming FFos Las Welsh Champion Hurdle

first_img Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Ladbrokes has been announced as the new sponsor of the Welsh Champion Hurdle, which takes place at Ffos Las Racecourse on Saturday 21 October.Revived by the West Wales racecourse in 2011, last year’s edition saw it shift from its traditional February schedule to a new October date, with a victory for Philip Hobb’s Garde La Victoire.This year’s feature race is said to be worth £50,000, with the overall fixture worth over £120,000. Previous winners include Oscar Whiskey, Saphir Du Rheu and Silsol.Ffos Las’ Director of Sales, Sarah Jones talked of her excitement at having Ladbrokes on board, saying: “We’re absolutely delighted to welcome Ladbrokes as headline sponsor of the Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las.“We’ve been really pleased with the feedback that we’ve had over the last year since moving the race to October and we hope that with the good prize money and Ladbrokes’ backing the race will continue to build as an early highlight of the jumps season.”Nicola McGeady of Ladbrokes commented: “We are thrilled to be sponsoring Ffos Las’s most high-profile and popular meeting of the year, including the Ladbrokes Welsh Champion Hurdle.“Horse Racing is a big part of Ladbrokes’ heritage and this sponsorship is further evidence of our ongoing commitment to the sport.”Ladbrokes will sponsor the event alongside the ABF The Soldiers Charity, who will be the official charity partner for the occasion.The race is open to horses aged three and over and run over a distance of two miles, with the full Ffos Las race card, including the Championship Hurdle, shown live on At The Races.Gates open at 12.05pm, with the first race at 2.05pm and the last at 5.30pm. Live music and entertainment will be provided moving into the evening. Related Articles Share Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Submit StumbleUponlast_img read more

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Enhanced verification process enforced by the BHA

first_imgShare Share Submit Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Additional verification procedures for all races in Great Britain have been announced by the British Horseracing Association (BHA), aimed at bringing greater accuracy for punters and bookmakers by minimising the risk of human error in the results process.Trailed extensively since March of this year, the process involves an additional line of verification is in place before the ‘weighed in’ signal is given, “whereby the Stipendiary Stewards on duty are required to verify the finishing order of the winning and placed horses”.The judging team of the BHA is to continue to retain full responsibility for all race results, and will still announce initial placing distances and times where required on course, and release this information to bookmakers and the Press Association on a provisional basis.Should a query be raised, the judge on duty will be given a signal to revisit the result until an agreement is reached, possibly resulting in the amendment of provisional results.The development of a new process has also been detailed by the BHA, giving stewards oversight of race finishes, which “aims to minimise any delays which may occur from additional verification which could impact on racing’s customers.”Brant Dunshea, Chief Regulatory Officer of the BHA, stated: “Although the initial situation which caused us to look into results verification was disappointing, the outcome whereby all those affected by the result of a race can have increased confidence in its accuracy is a positive one.“I’d like to thank all those who have been involved in the process both within the BHA and externally for their assistance in completing this project, which is now in place for all races run in Great Britain.”Furthermore, a Fast Results App “now also has a mandatory double-checking feature as each result is keyed in prior to wider distribution,” after being used by the BHA judging team since 2015. UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Racing DiRSG launches LGBT+ awareness module for PRIDE  June 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articleslast_img read more

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