Commissioner Douglas opposes proposed Sunrise water park

first_imgCity of Sunrise first Caribbean-American commissioner, Mark Douglas, is adamant in his opposition to the city building a water park estimated to cost $10 million in that city.At a commission meeting held on Tuesday night, Douglas told the commission the $10 million which would be raised as a loan for city residents through a public bond issue could be spent on areas where it was better needed.The commission has a proposal carried over from the former commission in 2015/16 to build the water park as part of a plan to construct a new 5-floor city hall and 800-space garage estimated to cost $42 million in another two years. The water park would be a part of the complex. It would include rides, slides and other recreational facilities primarily for children.In an interview with National Weekly Douglas said his opposition to the water park isn’t anything new. He said when during his 2016 campaign to be elected to the Sunrise commission he made his opposition to the water park well known, and “Over 16,000 residents voted for me to sit on the commission.” He said during his campaign several residents expressed agreement with his opposition to the park.“A water park is not needed in the city, at this time. There are four other water parks relatively near to Sunrise in Broward County which residents have access to,” he said. He also cited in addition to these other water parks a major $70 million water park is being planned to be built in Fort Lauderdale.Douglas also said he’s concerned the competition from the existing parks, the park planned for Fort Lauderdale and another large water park planned for the mega-mall planned for Miami-Dade County, could deplete revenue for the proposed Sunrise water park. “This would necessitate the commission having to meet any operating loss the water park incurs, plus the cost of maintaining it year-round. Moreover, water parks in Florida are closed six months of the year. During this period, there’ll be no revenue, while the property still has to be maintained.’“If the city is going to raise funds through a loan from residents, I believe the funds must be spent efficiently,” Douglas said. Asked what he regarded as an alternative way of spending the $10 million, he offered building affordable housing and street lighting improvement in East Sunrise.  “As a commissioner I have a responsibility to see the city’s funds are spent where it’s really needed,” Douglas reiterated.last_img read more

LIAT increasing flights to hurricane battered countries

first_imgThe cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, on Friday announced that from next week it will increase its scheduled commercial flights into territories affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September.The airline, whose major shareholders are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, said that it had been working to restore capacity to the affected territories as they continue their rebuilding efforts.Airline should be considered for assistanceLast month, LIAT’s chief executive officer, Julie Reifer-Jones, said the struggling Antigua-based carrier should also be considered for assistance as the region emerges from the devastation caused by the hurricanes. The airline assisted with evacuation flights and other forms of relief for seven storm-battered territories, namely Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Dominica, the British Virgin Islands, St Kitts and Nevis, St Martin and Turks and Caicos Islands.Over US$4million lossShe said the loss to the carrier’s network as a result of the storms had been estimated at more than US$4 million.In its statement, the airline said that it would increase its flights into Dominica, St. Maarten, and Tortola, adding “this will provide greater connectivity for passengers within and outside the LIAT network.”Interim Chief Commercial Officer, Audra Walker noted that demand is improving, and the airline has been working closely with the relevant authorities to rebuild capacity to pre-Hurricane levels.“We at LIAT are committed to helping our region stay connected and we are keen to reinstate flights where there is demand for seats, cargo and Quikpak services,” Walker said.The airline will now operate three flights a week into St. Maarten, five flights weekly into Tortola and will increase the number of flights into Dominica from an alternating daily service to three flights per day.LIAT said that the new schedule will become effective on November 16.For more on LIAT, click the link: continues relief efforts into Dominicalast_img read more

CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship to resume in Fort Lauderdale

first_imgThe 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship, which was suspended due to security concerns in Nicaragua, will resume play on June 6 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fort Lauderdale.Originally scheduled to be played April 19-29, at the Estadio Nacional, in Managua, the women’s youth championship was postponed after three match days due to civil unrest in the country.Haiti and Mexico from Group A and Bermuda, Canada, Costa Rica and United States from Group B will dispute the remaining group stage matches from June 6-8.The group winners, plus the second-place finishers will advance to the semifinals to be played on June 10.The final and third place match of the competition will take place on Tuesday, June 12.The teams are vying for a spot at the FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay.last_img read more

North Miami’s Haitian-American Councilman Alix Desulme presents at EcoTech Visions Digital…

first_imgOn February 7th, Haitian-American Councilman of North Miami, Alix Desulme, joined forces with celebrated, black woman CEO, Pandwe Gibson of Miami-based EcoTech Visions. The duo presented at Gibson’s EcoTech Visions Digital Citizen Bootcamp, which is currently running from January 7 – March 11 in Miami. The bootcamp is a free, comprehensive 8­-week intensive course on the practical use of a wide range of web-­based tools and applications necessary for the digital economy. The mission of the program is to close the digital divide, bridging the gap between the way people of different socioeconomic statuses access and use information technology and communication in their daily lives. The course will equip local participants with the skills needed to make use of technology within their communities. Students who have enrolled in the program represent a population that has been overlooked and disconnected from the digital economy. Many of the participants hail from a Jamaican, Haitian, Black American or Bahamian background, with 70% between the ages of 21 and 35. While Gibson imparted on the group the benefits of learning coding and its importance for the community’s economic development, Desulme explained why the city believes coding is the language of the future.“My colleagues and I on the North Miami City Council are committed to supporting workforce development initiatives,” he shared. “This is why we partnered with EcoTech Visions Foundation to provide free coding courses for our residents… our residents are learning fundamental skills such as computer programming and digital marketing. It is my hope that programs like these will provide high paying jobs for our residents in one of the fastest growing industries in the country.”Councilman Desulme was elected to the North Miami City Council representing District 4 in 2015. In 2016-2017 he became the youngest Councilman to serve as Vice Mayor for the city of North Miami. Councilman Desulme was first elected to office in 2009, in a city-wide election, making history as the first Black City Clerk of the City of North Miami. He also held the distinction of the youngest and first Haitian-American elected City Clerk in the United States.Gibson, the organizer of the bootcamp, is a graduate of MIT, Harvard and CGU Peter Drucker School of Management, and holds an MBA, MA and PhD. She founded EcoTech Visions to support spacetech, bluetech, big data, greentech, farmtech, Blockchain, saas, and consumer product startups. In 2018, Gibson led the EcoTech Visions team in successfully completing the Mergelane Fundinator in Boulder, Colorado and launched a $5 million seed round. The company’s signature “Farmers in the Gardens” program opened a second facility, giving EcoTech Visions a total of 52,000 square foot of space in Miami, housing 26 startups. The company plans to open five new facilities in Southeast and Midwestern America by 2020. This is just one of powerful African American/Caribbean American duos slated for the EcoTech Visions Digital Citizen Bootcamp. The program aims inspire and equip its audience of participants with the tools needed to themselves launch various successful careers and projects, despite the prevailing obstacles that minority populations face.last_img read more

Caribbean Countries Warned Rainfall “Deficit” Still Possible Despite Wet Season

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The Barbados-based Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF) says rainfall deficits is still possible despite the increasing rainfall and that concerns exist for parts of the eastern Caribbean and Belize.In its August newsletter released here on Monday, CariCOF said rainfall will continue to increase across the region augmenting water resources.“It is likely that parts of Belize, particularly in the northwest, can still have concerns over short term drought that can impact agricultural production and small rivers, streams and ponds. With rainfall deficits still possible despite the increasing rainfall, concerns exist for parts of the eastern Caribbean and Belize over long term drought that can impact rivers and reservoirs by the end of the wet season at the end of November,” CariCOF said, adding “this raises some initial concerns over water availability entering the 2019/2020 dry season”.CariCOF said that last month, apart from St. Vincent that was moderately wet, rainfall in the islands of the eastern Caribbean was normal to below normal.It said Trinidad, St. Lucia and Dominica were normal to moderately dry; Tobago and St. Croix moderately dry; Grenada and Guadeloupe normal, while Barbados, Antigua and St. Kitts slight to moderately dry.“Jamaica ranged from exceptionally dry in the northwest to normal in the extreme west and to slightly dry in the northeast; but Grand Cayman was normal. In Cuba, conditions ranged from severely dry in the extreme west and east to moderately wet in central areas, while the northern Bahamas was normal to moderately wet. Belize ranged from normal in the south to severely dry in the north,” CariCOF said.It said that short term drought, which runs until the end of October, is evolving in northwestern Belize and might possibly develop in eastern Belize, Martinique and St. Kitts.But it said that long term drought, which runs until November this year, is evolving in northern Belize, Dominica, French Guiana, Martinique, St. Barths, and St. Martin and that it might also be possible in Antigua, Barbados, Southeast Belize, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Suriname and the United States Virgin Islands.last_img read more

CNW90 April 6, 2020

first_imgWith a look at some of the top stories making the news today, April 6 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.Coming up in the newscast, over 2,000 people tested at Palm Beach’s COVID-19 test site, Broward County Public Schools adds four new distribution sites and Jamaica extends the closure of its borders to mid-April.Now for the news in detailSince opening on March 31, more than 2,000 people have been tested at Palm Beach County’s COVID-19 drive-thru test site located at the FITTEAM Ballpark. During the fifth day of drive-thru testing on April 4, four additional lanes for testing were opened and a total of 724 patients were tested. The call center hotline, 561-642-1000, will this week to schedule appointments, pending receipt of additional test kits.Meanwhile, Broward County Public Schools has added four additional sites to its food distribution program beginning today Monday, April 6. The four new locations will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. twice a week – Mondays and Wednesdays. At these locations, families will be able to pick up meals for multiple days. The four new school sites are Castle Hill Elementary, Palmview Elementary, Margate Middle School and Parkway Middle School.In Caribbean News, Jamaica’s airports and seaports will remain closed to incoming passengers for another two weeks, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced. This means the borders will be closed until April 21. According to Holness, the extended border closure is aimed at mitigating the spread of the deadly COVID-19 on the island. Up to Sunday, Jamaica had recorded 58 cases of the virus, doubling the number of cases in just seven days. Prime Minister Holness , however, reassured members of the diaspora that considerations were being made to facilitate those who want to return home.Also in Jamaica, Controversial Jamaican dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel and his three murder co-convicts had their appeals dismissed by the Court of Appeal on Friday, April 3. The Court of Appeal affirmed the conviction, and thus all four men will remain behind bars. Following the verdict, Vybz Kartel’s Senior Attorney, Valerie Neita Robertson, QC, said she believed that the court has already agreed that the sentences of the men should be reduced, however, the lawyers have seven days to submit paperwork for the court to make a final decision. In 2014, all four men were sentenced to life imprisonment for the 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.For more information on these and other stories, visit Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet.You’ve been watching CNW90,last_img read more

AUDIO: Referee Denied Us All Three Points In Nnewi – Manu Garba

first_imgAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.RelatedPlayers Performance In Turkey To Decide World Cup Fate – Eaglets Coach Manu Garba (AUDIO)September 23, 2019In “National Team”NPFL MD22 Roundup: Mixed Reactions Follow End of Regular Season as Clubs Return to the Lower League Due to Close CallMay 27, 2019In “NPFl”NPFL: Rivers United In Woeful Display Against Wikki TouristsMarch 18, 2019In “NPFl” Head coach of Gombe United Manu Garba is of the opinion that his side could have defeated FC IfeanyiUbah in a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Match Day 31 clash in Nnewi on Sunday, save for the antics of the center referee.Isaac Loute’s brace for the ‘Anambra Warriors’ was cancelled out by second half goals from Sani Abbani and Austine Oladapo as the ‘Desert Scorpions’ came from behind to draw 2-2 against the Federation Cup (now Aiteo Cup) holders.Speaking after the match, the former Golden Eaglets and Flying Eagles handler stated that Gombe United could have won the match in additional time if not for the intervention of the referee who stopped the encounter when his team was on the verge of clinching the maximum points.“Honestly speaking, we left home not to come and see Nnewi City but to return home with a positive point,” he said.“We came here (Nnewi) to try and pick the three maximum points but it is said that ‘man proposes, God disposes’.“Although, If I were the referee, the match could have ended 3-2 (in our favour) because after the 90 minutes, there was 5 minutes stoppage time raised by the referee (fourth official).“So on the 4th minute of additional time with some seconds remaining, we started a build up and the ball was crossed into the penalty area. Somebody (my player) was about to tap the ball inside the net and the referee just blew the match off,” a disappointed Garba explained.Gombe United remain in the relegation zone despite the draw, with 36 points from 31 matches.They will return home to face Lobi Stars in a Match Day 32 tie on Sunday as they continue their battle to escape the dreaded drop.last_img read more

Sir Lewis Hamilton? Formula One champion would be incredibly honored to be knighted

first_imgAfter clinching his fourth Formula One world title, there have been suggestions that Lewis Hamilton could be recognised on the Queen’s New Year’s Honors. Hamilton became Britain’s most successful Formula One driver on Sunday by winning a fourth world title, moving him one championship clear of Sir Jackie Stewart  despite finishing ninth in the race.Hamilton was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by the Queen in 2009 after winning his maiden world title and has admitted that he would be incredibly honored to be knighted.“I miss the Queen. Since I had lunch with her that time when she invited me to the Palace, I’ve always wanted to go back. I am trying to represent the country in the best way I can and if that is recognised by the Queen then I’d be incredibly honoured.” the 32-year-old said. “I would enforce it to everyone. To friends, I’d be like, ‘Excuse me, it is Sir Lewis’!” “No, no, only joking. It is such an honour. I have friends who are Sirs and whenever they text me, I reply, ‘Yes, Sir.’ It is unique so why not let it live in all its beauty.”Hamilton would join the likes of Andy Murray and Mo Farah in knighthood if he receives the prestigious recognition.Relatedlast_img read more

Jockey Club introduces mobile ticketing at Cheltenham Festival

first_img StumbleUpon Share GVS targets ‘equine support’ with new finance service August 18, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Coral relaunches cinematic campaign for racing’s return June 5, 2020 The Jockey Club has introduced its Race On app, which is set to provide mobile ticketing at its 15 nationwide racecourses.Allowing Cheltenham Festival racegoers to become the first in Britain to use app based tickets for general admission, it has been developed to enhance customer experience at its 348 racedays, which welcome almost two million spectators per year.Paul Fisher, Chief Executive of Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “So much of what we do is about listening to how we can make a person’s race day experience even better, and we’re constantly innovating to do so.“I’m very proud The Jockey Club has achieved another first in sport by introducing mobile ticketing through our app, along with its many other launch features, from at-a-glance runners and riders information to competitions to play with your friends or family and against other racegoers.“And because we’re always in listening mode, the features on the app today are just the start. We are already working with our partners Monterosa on future developments as part of a long-term relationship, so the plan is for Race On to keep getting better.”In addition to offering mobile tickets to those purchasing general admission, it also features an easy share option to send on to other members of the party, as well as a host of others features.Amongst these is a live race card, instant results and competitions against fellow racegoers, which includes a five horse selector to engage people in the sport.Also featured is a map of facilities and ‘Golden Moments,’ which provides to opportunity to win a host of prizes, such as visits to the parade ring and the opportunity to present trophies on selected racedays.In addition to Cheltenham Festival, and its over 250,000 visitors, Race On will be available at all other Jockey Club events, including the Randox Health Grand National Festival, The Investec Derby Festival, the QIPCO Guineas Festival and the Moët & Chandon July Festival.last_img read more

Wagering records to tumble as Ireland go for Grand Slam glory

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Share Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Records could well be set to fall this weekend, as Ireland stand on the precipice of securing an unprecedented Grand Slam at ‘the home of rugby’.After twice denying England such glory in recent memory, at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium in both 2011 and 2017, Ireland could complete the ultimate turnaround and claim that same triumph, as one of world rugby’s fiercest rivalries gets underway tomorrow (kick off 14:45).Following in the footsteps of the class of 2009, who won the first Irish Grand Slam in 61 years, it is being billed as the game that could cement the places of Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton in the nation’s rugby folklore.Irish success has been built upon the last gap victory at the Stade de France on the opening weekend of this year’s Six Nations, secured by Sexton with the last kick of the game, after his side marched from their own 22 via in excess of 40 phases.Three further wins, coupled with a faltering English side who were highly fancied before the tournament, lead us into this weekend.With so much at stake, a spokesman for Irish betting firm Paddy Power has spoken about a potential record breaking weekend: “This weekend’s fixture certainly has the potential to break staking records for rugby, and it is anticipated that it will have the highest turnover since the 2015 Rugby World Cup. “A huge factor in whether the game will break records is whether customers are successful at the Cheltenham festival this week, if they are, it could well break the record.”Before adding what position the Rugby Union betting market currently finds itself in, and what can be done to grow it: “There was a wide range of outright markets before the Six Nations with customers able to place bets on over 50 outright markets. For each Six Nations game, we offer over 130 markets pre-match and over 70 markets in running so there is a huge variety for customers to bet on. “The betting interest for the Six Nations is growing year on year and this in no doubt largely down to Ireland’s success on an international level as well as domestic success among the provinces.“In terms of what we can do to grow this, we look to put ourselves in the customers position and do what we can to give them the best customer experience and the range of markets to bet on. “For example, with England’s current run of bad form we now have a topical market onsite – will Eddie Jones be England manager for the Rugby World cup.”last_img read more