“No need to panic”

first_imgJamaicans travelling to the US should breathe easy – Jamaican Consul GeneralBY Garth A. RoseFranz Hall, Jamaican Consul General to the South Eastern USA, and based in Miami, says information gathered by the consulate offices in Miami, there is no basis for panic by Jamaicans traveling to the US.Since the Trump administration signed an immigration executive order banning migrants from several mainly Muslim countries, and began enforcing existing immigration laws there have been rumors of increasing numbers of Jamaicans denied entry at US airports.A recent report from Jamaica indicated that Hall in an interview broadcast on a Jamaican radio station said he was concerned a number of Jamaicans who arrived at the Hobby International Airport in Houston, Texas, were denied entry to the US, and had their visas cancelled.Hall…no need to panicIn an interview with National Weekly Hall said he cannot speak to, or verify information that implies several Jamaicans have been denied entry into the US at the nation’s airports, or had their US visa cancelled. He said it was however, a fact that at the Hobby International Airport in Houston, three Jamaicans were recently denied entry. This included a woman who was denied entry subsequent to her cell-phone being searched by US immigration officers.“When the incidences of Jamaicans being denied entry into the US increases from zero to three within weeks at the same airport, that is something that we need to look into,” Hall said.He said the Jamaican Consulate research has not revealed incidents of wide scale denial of Jamaicans entering US ports. Hall cited, that this research indicated more Jamaicans were denied entry into the US during the corresponding January to March period in 2016, than were denied entry since the Trump administration assumed office. He also cited that more Jamaicans were deported during February to March 2016, than the corresponding period this year. “I don’t think there is a situation that exists that warrants panic among people coming to the US from Jamaica, although incidents like those that occurred Houston’s Hobby airport where Jamaicans can fly into directly from Jamaica warrants  looking into.”Hall also said the Consulates research supported information National Weekly sourced from immigration officers at both the Miami and Fort Lauderdale International Airports that in cases where Jamaicans have been denied entry it is usually related to problems with their landing documentation, prior legal problems, not directly related to any recent US immigration policy.On the Jamaican radio program, “Both Sides of the Story’, which is aired on Power 106 FM, Hall said although Jamaican authorities are concerned about the incidents at the Houston airport, he conceded immigration officials in any foreign country have the right to determine who they allow into that country. He also said Jamaica has a responsibility to ensure that its citizens are treated fairly when they travel abroad.last_img read more

Toddler pulls gun from toy box in Boynton Beach

first_imgA Boynton Beach woman is charged with child neglect after a toddler in her home pulled a gun out of a toy box.The Department of Children and Families went to the home of Rosalyn Faniel, 34, on June 13 to investigate reports of possible child neglect.While interviewing Faniel, a child in the home on Northeast 13th Avenue started to bring his toys out of the bedroom and into the living room.One of the toys the child brought out was labeled “my little learning.” The child pulled out a black semi-automatic pistol from inside of the box.Police confiscated the gun, which was loaded with a bullet in the chamber and the safety off.Police also found a yellow box of 9 mm ammunition sitting on the top of the refrigerator in plain sight, and a pink makeup bag containing six small plastic bags of white powder which later came back positive as Oxycodone.last_img read more

Women’s T20 tourney proposed by Jamaican sports minister

first_imgOlivia ‘Babsy’ Grange says women could make big impact in T20Jamaica’s Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has put forward a proposal for the creation of a T20 cricket tournament for women in the region.Grange concept is one similar to the format currently being played by males in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).    Expand opportunities for women cricketers in the regionWomen cricketers should afforded the same opportunities she argued. “This is my challenge to you. It’s time to expand access and opportunities for women in cricket in our region,” Grange said. Female cricketers would benefit greatlyShe argued that female cricketers in the region would benefit significantly from the exposure and experience to be gained against the background of a global viewership of more than 130 million for the CPL, which is contested by six franchise teams.Speaking at a breakfast meeting with members of defending CPL champions, Jamaica Tallawahs squad on Thursday,  Grange noted that the CPL sponsors were pleased and encouraged by the fact that the CPL, which started in 2013, provides the region’s young male cricketers, with an opportunity to advance their careers.  last_img read more

Decision in Kartel’s appeal delayed

first_imgThe Court of Appeal has reserved its decision in the challenge filed by incarcerated Jamaican dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel and three others against their murder convictions and prison sentences.In court on Tuesday, President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Dennis Morrision gave no indication as to when the decision will be handed down.Priority attention After defense attorneys wrapped up their oral submissions, Morrison only said that the case will be given “some priority attention” and registrar will advise of the date when the judgement will be handed down.Morrison thanked the defense and the prosecution for the effort made in the case, adding that the case consists of more than 6,000 pages of transcripts and a large number of submissions.Contaminated evidence  During five days of submissions in the appeal that was heard before Justices Morrison, Frank Williams and Patrick Brooks, their lawyers argued that their right to a fair trial was prejudiced by several factors, including the admission of “contaminated” evidence during the 17-week murder trial.Among that “contaminated” evidence was a message lifted from Kartel’s BlackBerry phone –  “Between me and you a chop we chop up di bwoy Lizard fine fine and dash him weh.”However, prosecutors insist that the integrity of the evidence remained intact and urged the court to treat the message as an admission to murder.Kartel, whose given name is Adidja Palmer; fellow dancehall artiste Shawn Storm, real name Shawn Campbell; Kahira Jones; and Andre St John are appealing their 2014 convictions and life sentences, for killing Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams in August 2011.last_img read more

#DentalFeature: All You Need To Know About Dental X-rays

first_imgPLANTATION, Florida – X-rays, also known as radiographs, are an essential part of any dental care treatment plan. They are diagnostic, but they can also be preventative, by helping a dentist diagnose potential oral care issues in a patient’s mouth before they become a major problem. An x-ray is a type of energy that passes through soft tissues and is absorbed by dense tissue. Teeth and bone are very dense, so they absorb X-rays, while X-rays pass more easily through gums and cheeks.X-rays are divided into two main categories, intraoral and extraoral. Intraoral is an X-ray that is taken inside the mouth. An extraoral X-ray is taken outside of the mouth.Intraoral X-rays are the most common type of radiograph taken in dentistry. They give a high level of detail of the tooth, bone and supporting tissues of the mouth. These X-rays allow dentists to:Find cavitiesLook at the tooth rootsCheck the health of the bony area around the toothDetermine if periodontal disease is an oral care issueSee the status of developing teethOtherwise, monitor good tooth health through preventionTypes of X-raysThe benefits of X-rays are well known: They help dentists diagnose common problems, such as cavities, gum disease and some types of infections. Radiographs allow dentists to see inside a tooth and beneath the gums to assess the health of the bone and supporting tissues that hold teeth in place.There are several X-rays a dental professional can order. The type of X-ray needed will depend greatly on the type of care the patient needs to receive.Here are some of the most common types of X-rays performed:PeriapicalProvides a view of the entire tooth, from the crown to the bone that helps to support the tooth.Bite-WingOffers a visual of both the lower and upper posterior teeth. This type of X-ray shows the dentist how these teeth touch one another (or occlude) and helps to determine if decay is present between back teeth.PanoramicShows a view of the teeth, jaws, nasal area, sinuses and the joints of the jaw, and is usually taken when a patient may need orthodontic treatment or implant placement.OcclusalOffers a clear view of the floor of the mouth to show the bite of the upper or lower jaw. This kind of X-ray highlights children’s tooth development to show the primary (baby) and permanent (adult) teeth.These X-rays are typically performed in the office of a dentist or dental specialist. First, a dental professional will cover you with a heavy lead apron to protect your body from the radiation. Next, the dental professional will insert a small apparatus, made of plastic, into your mouth and ask you to bite down on it – this holds the X-ray film in place. The technician will then proceed to take an X-ray picture of the targeted area. This process is pain-free and will be repeated until images have been obtained for your entire mouth. The use of digital X-rays provides significantly less radiation to the dental patient and is convenient and time saving for the dental practice.Dr Sharon Robinson, DDS, owns and operates the Dental Place in Plantation, Florida, with a second office – the Dental Place Cosmetix Spa in Kingston, Jamaica. She may be contacted at 954-792-1857. Visit their website, www.dentalplace4u.comlast_img read more

Sandals and Beaches Resorts to Close Due to COVID-19

first_imgSandals Royal Barbados via sandals.com MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – The Caribbean’s leading hotel chain, Sandals Resorts International says it is closing all Sandals and Beaches Resorts for the period March 30 to May 15, 2020, to protect guests and staff against COVID-19.In a statement, Sandals founder and Chairman Gordon “Butch” Stewart described the decision as difficult, but said it will use the time to make further enhancements to its resorts, “so that we will continue to surpass your expectations and provide you with the luxury-included vacation you so well deserve”“Therefore, we will not be able to accept new arrivals as of March 23, 2020. We also want to alleviate any additional worry you might have about your upcoming vacation. Our dedicated team will be reaching out to you personally to assist with rescheduling your future plans. This way, you can spend less time trying to reach us and more time with your loved ones,” Stewart said.“The Caribbean is resilient. We have always come back better, stronger and more passionate than ever. We promise this time will be no exception,” Stewart added.“When the time is right, you can trust us to be here, ready to welcome you back with open arms and a warm smile. Soon come back,” he said.The brand, which operates 19 properties in the Caribbean (10 of which are in Jamaica), are responsible for thousands of jobs, particularly on Jamaica’s north coast. The temporary closure of these and other hotels means that thousands of hospitality workers will possibly be without an income.Just last week, three RIU Hotel properties in western Jamaica announced their closure due to low visitor arrival. Some 1,000 workers are expected to be left without jobs during the period of closure at the three affected properties: RIU Palace Jamaica, RIU Negril and RIU Montego Bay.last_img read more

“Get Well Soon Carl Ikeme” – Agbonlahor Shows Support For Nigeria’s Goalkeeper After Goal…

first_imgAston Villa striker, Gabby Agbonlahor, has paid a warm tribute to Super Eagles of Nigeria and Hull City goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme.The 30-year-old Englishman, who scored a 7th-minute opener in Villa’s Championship game against Hull City, raised a T-shirt that says “Get Well Soon Carl Ikeme” while celebrating his goal. Agbonlahor visited the Hull City goalkeeper in the hospital earlier this week, as Carl Ikeme, who was diagnosed with leukemia months ago, has been undergoing recovery at the hospital. RelatedCarl Ikeme: 4 Weird Facts About Ex-Super Eagles GoalkeeperJune 8, 2020In “Featured”NFF Delighted With Carl Ikeme’s Recovery From CancerJune 26, 2018In “England”Michy BatshuayiJune 30, 2017Similar postlast_img read more

VIDEO: Watch Thibaut Courtois Score Stunning Scissors Kick Goal In Chelsea Training

first_imgChelsea travel to Leicester City for their matchday four Premier Leagea fixture as the Blues continue their charge to defend the title they won last season. Video Credit: Twitter.com – Chelsea FC RelatedCourtois Misses Chelsea Training To Heighten Real Madrid MoveAugust 6, 2018In “England”Video: Watch Chelsea Lose 3-2 To Bayern Munich, As Morata Debuts With An AssistJuly 25, 2017In “England”Modric, Mbappe And Others Win World Cup AwardsJuly 15, 2018In “FIFA”center_img Chelsea goal keeper, Thibaut Courtois exhibited his goal scoring abilities with a stunning scissors kick goal during Chelsea’s training at the Cobham training center.The 25-year-old Belgian shot stopper struck the ball perfectly to leave fellow goal keeper Eduardo Carvalho stranded as the ball hit the top corner.last_img read more

Spanish La Liga Wrap (Saturday): Top Two Secure Wins As Atletico Falter Again

first_imgThe top two teams, Barcelona and Valencia, recorded separate victories I’m the race for the Spanish La Liga title.League leaders Barcelona maintained their four points gap at the summit with a 2-0 win over hosts Athletic Bilbao courtesy a goal in each half from Argentine superstar Lionel Messi and Paulinho.Messi gave Barcelona a first half lead for his 12th league goal of the season before Brazilian star Paulinho wrapped up the win on the stroke of fulltime.Second-placed Valencia continue to perform above expectations following their latest league win, a 2-1 victory at Alaves. Italian international striker Simone Zaza scored his 9th league goal of the season to give Valencia the lead in the first half but Alexis scored an equaliser for the home side before Rodrigo’s penalty gave Marcelinho’s side the three points at stake.Atletico Madrid faltered again in the title race to record their fourth stalemate in five games with a 1-1 draw against Villareal. Angel Correa’s 61st minute opener was cancelled out by an equaliser from Carlos Bacca nine minutes from time. Matchday 10 Results (Saturday):Alaves 1-2 ValenciaAthletic Bilbao 0-2 BarcelonaAtletico Madrid 1-1 VillarealSevilla 2-1 LeganesStandings (Top 4):Barcelona 28 pointsValencia 24 pointsReal Madrid 20 pointsAtletico Madrid 20 points RelatedSpanish La Liga Wrap: Barcelona Extend Lead With Levante Win As Rivals Madrid Lose Further Grounds With Vigo DrawJanuary 8, 2018In “Europe”Spanish La Liga Review (Sunday): Barcelona Extend Lead With Big Deportivo WinDecember 18, 2017In “Europe”Spanish La Liga Review: Villareal Stun Madrid As Atletico And Valencia Keep Pressure On Leaders BarcelonaJanuary 14, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

Zeal Group places ‘Internationalisation strategy’ first for future growth

first_img Zeal co-founder Marc Peters backs Lotto24 takeover as ‘best business strategy’ January 15, 2019 Submit Share Related Articles bet-at-home maintains 2020 outlook despite dire opening  May 4, 2020 Frankfurt-listed European lottery operator Zeal Group has stated that it is confident in its international projects and investments having concluded a busy H1 2017 periodLast week the digital lottery operator detailed ‘solid’ H1 2017 results, with the company reporting group revenues of €64 million combined with an operating EBIT of €7.9 million.Updating investors and stakeholders, Zeal governance stated that its ‘internationalisation strategy’ remained the firm’s key initiative as Zeal looks to expand within new European markets increasing its marketing expenditure.To complement its international ambitions, Zeal carried out its recent acquisition of US social games and competitions start-up Omaze for a reported €2 million in May.Moving forward the company details that its new market entry will be aided by an expanded lottery games portfolio, having released new games “Danke Million” and “Cash4Life”, during the H1  period.Dr Helmut Becker, Chief Executive Officer of Zeal Group commented on H1 2017 performance“In the first half of the year, we made good progress and stayed fully in line with our internationalisation strategy. Later this year, we expect to receive a licence to operate in the Czech Republic. Our innovative lottery products and long-standing experience help us to make successful new market entries. At the same time, we further push the expansion of our B2C product portfolio and make strategic investments, including our stake in Omaze.”The Frankfurt-listed company remains confident of hitting its full-year 2017 revised forecasts, targeting group revenues of + €130 million combined with an EBITDA range of €15-25 million. Swiss drama sees bet-at-home ‘peak performance’ unlikely to be matched in 2019 March 4, 2019 StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more