Kaliese Spencer will know her fate on July 15 Jamaican 400 meters hurdler, Kaliese Spencer, who is in danger of being banned for a doping violation, will know her fate on July 15.Spencer, 30, is accused of refusing to submit to a drug test by doping control officers of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) on April 27 last year.The 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medalist contends she was never notified that she was to be tested.On Tuesday, Spencer, fellow Olympian Christine Day and their former coach, Bert Cameron, testified at the hearing.Spencer testified that she is usually approached directly by doping control officers from JADCO during the one-hour window submitted on a whereabouts form, for her to sign the notification form for testing.On the date in question, April 27, she indicated she would be available for testing between 6:00 am and 7:00 am.During cross-examination, JADCO attorney Lackston Robinson suggested to Spencer that Cameron had advised her that she was selected to be tested. But Spencer said she only spoke to Cameron and Day about upcoming competitions.Cameron was called by Spencer’s attorney Paul Green. During testimony, he said he did not have any conversation with a JADCO representative about Spencer being selected on April 27.He denied Spencer saying she was not going to do a drug test after being at the training camp all morning. He said she was not told by any JADCO representative that they wanted to conduct tests.Spencer said after she left the National Stadium in Kingston, her agent Marvin Anderson called to say she needed to return to the nearby Stadium East complex for testing by doping control officers.Anderson called shortly after and told her to head to JADCO’s office instead. That is where she said the confusion occurred.
Basil Williams, Guyana’s Attorney General Guyanese attorney general and minister of legal affairs, Basil Williams, has repeated a call for a referendum on whether homosexual acts of intimacy should remain a criminal offence.Williams made the call as he gave an address to a joint reception hosted by the delegation of the European Union to Guyana and the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD), in observance of International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) reiterated the call for a referendum in his remarks.“In addressing the issue… the government noted that the Guyanese people are to decide in a referendum whether homosexuality should remain a criminal offence. Since every citizen has equal access to all Guyana has to offer,” Williams said.Williams also referred to Article 149 of the constitution on the rights against discrimination, which includes sex and gender, and Article 149D, which provides equality of the enjoyment of all fundamental rights and freedoms.After calling for tolerance from the Guyanese society, Williams concluded by saying that Guyanese must foster a cultural shift.“This must begin with our social behaviour. Our language must change. We must document and expose allegations or reports of human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity promptly. They must be impartially investigated and perpetrators held accountable and brought to justice. Hate speech and condescending attitudes reduce tolerance for homosexuality and encourage fear for the unknown. They must be shunned and penalised. If we want change it must begin with each of us,” he added.https://www.caribbeannationalweekly.com/news/bermuda-paving-way-legalize-gay-marriage/
On Saturday, November 4th, Florida Memorial University (FMU) will continue Celebrating Diversity, Embracing Culture and Inspiring Unity during their Annual President’s Scholarship Gala. This star-studded, black tie, red carpet extravaganza takes place on the University grounds at the FMU Wellness Center Complex, beginning at 8 p.m.Joining the celebration in this year’s affair will be two of Miami’s finest and most accomplished young, gifted and talented leaders, Richelle Williams, and Hip Hop Artist, Lamb.A Miami native, Richelle Williams is the former Miss Miami and Miss Jr. Florida America. A contestant in both Florida USA and America pageant systems Richelle became Miss South Florida in her final competition debut for the Miss America system.She is a graduate of Miami Carol City Senior High School, and received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Florida State University, and a Masters of Arts degree from Florida Atlantic University. She is the daughter of one of South Florida’s most legendary leaders, the late great Bishop Isaiah S. Williams Jr., and she serves as the Executive Pastor of Jesus People Ministries Church International.She is the first and remains the only female Police Chaplain for the City of Miami Gardens Police Department. An entrepreneur, educator, philanthropist, and Licensed and ordained Minister of the Gospel, Richelle is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter.Cainon LambFrom the early age of four, Cainon Lamb’s involvement with music started in the church. As the son of a pastor, his raw talent landed him the role as a drummer in the church band. And as a youth, Lamb continued to develop his musical talents and athleticism.An alumnus of Miami Norland Senior High School, he excelled in both music and sports and eventually earned a full scholarship to Florida A&M University and became an All-American wide receiver. During his college years, Cainon received an MPC aka “Beat Machine” as a gift from his mother, the late Regina T. Lamb. He utilized his musical background to create music for his local Gospel rap group called Against da Grain.Never abandoning his love for music, in 2004, Lamb’s music caught the ear of Grammy Award winning artist/producer/songwriter Missy Elliott. Known as a music industry trend setter working to establish new and budding talent while producing and writing billboard hits, In 2014, Lamb and his business partner Bigg D joined together to comprise, 12th & Collins Entertainment, LLC. And continues to create billboard hits for multi-platinum artists like: Beyonce, Mary J, Flo-Rida, Missy Elliott, K. Michelle, Monica, Keyshia Cole, Jazmine Sullivan, Trina, Fantasia Barrino, SWV, Jagged Edge and so many more.The FMU Scholarship Gala is one of the prominent historical fundraisers for the year. “We are delighted to have the support and involvement of these two accomplished and highly acclaimed community leaders,” says Marcus Burgess, Vice President for University Advancement at FMU. “Their enthusiasm and energy will help to elevate our purpose, mission and goal to enlighten and empower our community and our students.”For more on FMU, click the link: President Obama’s speech at Florida Memorial University
Women soccerJamaica’s Under-20 soccer Reggae Girls lost their two match friendly series against Caribbean rivals Trinidad and Tobago after being beaten 1-0 in Saturday’s second match at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium.Denesha Prince netted the winner in the 4th minute for T & T. The Jamaicans had previously lost the first match 1-0 on Thursday at the Ato Boldon Stadium.The young Reggae Girls will next travel to St Kitts and Nevis to face Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the host nation for a top two spot to qualify for the CONCACAF Women’s Under- 20 Championship next year. Those top two teams will also advance to the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games next year.Jamaica, Mexico and the United States are the only teams in the region to play in the competition since its inception in 2002.
MIAMI, Florida – Music lovers in South Florida are in for a very special experience – the Jamaican Folk Singers are coming to South Florida.They will give two performances only, one in Palm Beach on Friday, September 6, the other in Coral Springs on Saturday, September 7. Miss Lou Full 100 Celebrations are presented by the Louise Bennett Heritage Council, as part of their homage to the late Louise Bennett-Coverley – Miss Lou- Jamaica’s beloved cultural icon, in this her centenary year.Miss Lou, a poet, actor, comedienne and activist, popularized all aspects of Jamaican folklore including songs, dances and children’s games.The Jamaican Folk Singers have received international acclaim and numerous awards for the range and depth of their repertoire and their harmonious multi-part vocals accompanied by guitar, drums, flute and rhumba box. The combination of singers and musicians and their simple, yet expressive choreography makes for a moving and unforgettable musical experience.Jamaican folk music grew out of West African traditional music with some European influences combined with the unique Jamaican dance, song and instrumental form – mento. The Folk Singers have an extensive repertoire of over 200 songs. Christine McDonald-Nevers leads the group, now in its 52nd year of delighting audiences at home and abroad.The group will present folk songs arranged by their founder, classically trained musician and ethnomusicologist, the late Dr. Olive Lewin who was appointed by the Jamaican government in 1966 to research and collect Jamaican folk music. The musical forms include Bruckins, Jankunnu, Kumina, Quadrille, Tambo and Gerreh. A new feature of the Folk Singers’ repertoire, is Pull up the vibes. This section features folk songs performed in the hugely popular, more urban idioms of ska and dancehall.The Folk Singers take their mandate to pass on their music to the younger generation seriously while also celebrating the older generations who handed down the songs, dances and religious rituals that are woven into Jamaican folk culture.Jamaica folk music, stemming as it does out of the experience of slavery, is multi-layered. The songs include work songs, lullabies, laments, songs used in religious and secular rites, social commentary songs that poke fun at some unfortunate and the double entendre songs of flirtation and courtship. Jamaicans love and cherish their folk music and it is easy to see how ska, rock steady and reggae grew out of this rich musical heritage, with reggae, in particular, becoming a world-wide phenomenon.Folk music is special and personal because it comes from the heart of the people. The songs tell of troubles and joys, fears and hopes. They send out a musical invitation to visit and sit awhile and get to know a culture intimately. South Florida audiences will have just two opportunities to accept this special invitation to enjoy and celebrate Jamaica’s rich folk heritage.A highlight of the Miss Lou Full 100 concert is a performance by poet, broadcaster and actress ‘Dat Bumpy Head Gal’ –Joan Andrea Hutchinson who, following in Miss Lou’s footsteps, writes and performs in Jamaican patois. An accomplished communicator with 3 books, and 7 CD’s to her credit, she is also a stellar performer, engaging her audience with her hilarious observations on Jamaica and Jamaicans. Also featured are Malachi Smith and Maxine Osbourne with their take on Miss Lou and her stage partner Maas Ran, and the Tallawah Mento Band.Miss Lou Full 100 featuring The Jamaica Folk Singers will be held on Friday, September 6, 7:00 pm, at the Royal Palm Beach Community High School and on Saturday, September 7, at 7:00 pm at Coral Springs Center for the Arts. For tickets and information visit www.louisebennettheritage.com
LONDON, CMC – West Indies Seamer Kemar Roach has moved into the top 10 of the ICC bowling rankings despite West Indies’ heavy drubbing on Sunday in the opening Test against India.The 31-year-old Barbadian bowled outstandingly to end the contest at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua with five wickets, and was rewarded with a leap of three places to eighth.Roach was magnificent in the first innings, taking four wickets and took only one in India’s second innings of 343 for seven declared, despite another superb exhibition of seam bowling.Part-time off-spinner Roston Chase, who finished with a six-wicket match haul after sending down 54 overs, has risen from 45th to 38th.Captain Jason Holder has slipped to 11th while fellow pacer Shannon Gabriel is down to 16th, after picking up two and four wickets respectively in the Antigua Test.England’s Barbadian fast-bowling sensation, Jofra Archer has meanwhile rocketed 40 places up the rankings to 43rd, following his eight-wicket haul in the third Ashes Test at Leeds.The 24-year-old claimed his first-ever five-wicket haul in only his second Test which he blew Australia away with a spell of six for 45 in the first innings.Australian Pat Cummins remains at the pinnacle of an unchanged top three, that sees South African Kagiso Rabada second and veteran England seamer Jimmy Anderson in third.In the batting rankings, all-rounder Holder has moved three places up to 34th to be the highest-ranked West Indies player. The right-hander, who remains the leading all-rounder, notched scores of 39 and eight in Antigua as his side produced two hugely disappointing performances with the bat.Chase lies 39th while usually prolific opener Kraigg Brathwaite, who was 16th this time last year, has crashed to 41st following a poor run of form that has seen him average 13 from his last eight Tests.Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich (48), who missed the last Test with injury, and left-hander Shimron Hetmyer (49) are the only other two West Indies batsmen in the top 50.West Indies lost the opening Test by 318 runs inside four days after collapsing for 100 in their second innings, in pursuit of 419 for victory.They face India in the second Test starting Friday at Sabina Park in Kingson.
Kenya has debunked rumours suggesting the East African country is not prepared to host the 2018 Championship for African Nations (CHAN).Confederation of African Football (CAF) has reportedly expressed their displeasure at Kenya’s slow paced preparation to host Africa come January 2018, earmarking Morocco and South Africa as possible replacements.Asked if rumours about Kenya’s unpreparedness are true, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts, Dr. Hassan Wario said: “Treat such as blatant rumours! We are going to host CHAN next year, don’t be misled by what is happening in social media,”“I have personally visited most of the facilities and therefore, I say this from a point of knowledge,” Wario emphasised.”However, the Caf inspecting delegation will arrive Kenya for a five-day visit of facilities on 7th September and depart on 12th September 2017, ahead of the continental showpiece.If Kenya fails to host the January 11th to February 2nd, 2018 CHAN, the country will be disqualified from the tournament.Related
Isha Johansen charged with corruption.Sierra Leone’s anti-corruption commission has charge FA boss Isha Johansen and her Secretary General Chris Kamara have both been charged with abuse of office and misuse of public funds.The charges leveled only hours after she announced her intention to seek reelection.“I can confirm that the SLFA President and Kamara have been indicted on six counts relating to abuse of office and misappropriation of public funds. Their first appearance in court will be on 30 October.” – Ade Macauley, ACC Chairman said at a news conference on Thursday.Johansen took charge of the SLFA in 2013 and her reign has been blighted by controversy, infighting and the impact of the Ebola virus.“This announcement by the ACC was inevitable and predictable – I am deeply saddened.” Johansen, told BBC Sport.Elections into the association were initially supposed to hold in early August but formalities were delayed by FIFA until integrity checks on current and potential SLFA executive members are carried out.Isha Johansen’s interview in February 2016 – Excerpts,“Trying to instill good governance back in Sierra Leone remains the biggest challenge in assuming the role as SLFA President.”“In truth, before assuming the role, I wish i properly knew the extent of the problem, the players (the people who call themselves stakeholders), those who are responsible for the running of football in the country. I wish I knew them better. I came in with no baggage, no alliances, a bit naive, etc. I do wish i paid more attention to how football was run, but then again, it’s probably better that I wasn’t attached or I wouldn’t have gone in.”Currently, she serves as Africa’s only female federation president, a feat achieved in 2013 which culminated on the 3rd of August, 2017.Related
A late strike from French international Nabir Fekir dented AS Monaco’s title bid in their mammoth Matchday 9 league clash with Olympique Lyon at the Stade Gerland.Lyon had twice taken the lead through Mariano Diaz and the aforementioned Fekir but were pegged back on each occasion by the French champions courtesy goals from Rony Lopes and Adama Traore in what was an entertaining first half that ended in a 2-2 halftime result.The second half of the absorbing encounter struggled to match the entertainment value of the previous half but it ended in dramatic fashion as Fekir netted his second goal of the game on the stroke of fulltime to give Lyon a 3-2 win.The victory catapults Lyon six places up the French Ligue 1 table from 9th to 3rd with 16 points and they are now just three points away from AS Monaco who stay in 2nd spot also missed out on the opportunity to close the gap on leaders Paris Saint Germain (PSG).RelatedFrench Ligue 1 Review: Late Depay Strike Stuns PSG To Close GapJanuary 22, 2018In “Europe”French Ligue 1 Review: PSG Extend Lead With Slim Win Over 10-Man Nantes As Lyon Fail In Second Place Bid After Angers DrawJanuary 15, 2018In “Europe”French Ligue 1 Review (Sunday): Lyon Edge Marseille In The Battle Of OlympiquesDecember 18, 2017In “Europe”
The English Football Association (FA) have confirmed that the senior national team will face the Netherlands and Italy in March 2018 as part of their World Cup preparations ahead of Russia 2018.Both Italy and the Netherlands failed to qualify for the tournament with the former losing via the playoffs.The team, currently managed by Gareth Southgate, will travel to Amsterdam to face the Dutch before welcoming Italy to the Wembley Stadium on March 27.The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is expected to run for over a month (from June 14 to July 15).England suffered a 2-1 defeat against the Netherlands at the Wembley Stadium when both sides last met in March 2016 however the team’s last meeting with the Italians was more positive, a 1-1 draw some two years ago. RelatedInternational Friendly Review (Friday): World Champions Hold Spain As Ronaldo Becomes 3rd Highest GoalscorerMarch 24, 2018In “FIFA”Eagles Train Ahead Of England Friendly (Photos)May 31, 2018In “National Team”World Cup Latest: Eagles To Face England At Wembley StadiumJanuary 10, 2018In “Africa”