Trinidadian actor dies

first_imgBrett Bengochea Trinidadian actor and bodybuilder Brett Bengochea died by drowning on Saturday.The police report that Bengochea, 36, known for his role in local productions, went swimming with friends at Balandra beach, when he encountered difficulties and went under the rough waters.He died shortly after being pulled from the water.Bengochea, a father of two, was the 2015 National Junior Men’s Physique Championlast_img

Haitian artists get schooled on the business of art

first_imgHaitian artists get schooled on the business of artby Chely PaulFlorida Memorial University hosts the first Haitian Creative and Cultural Industries Symposium this weekend (Friday and Saturday) at the school’s Miami Gardens campus.Open to Haitian artistsOrganized by the well-known journalist, actress and television host Farah Larrieux and Thelar Management, the symposium is open to Haitian artists. They will be given an opportunity to learn about the intricacies of the arts and culture industry within the Haitian community.The goal of Thelar Management, according to their mission statement, is “To create a platform for Haitian artists from different arts discipline, entrepreneurs and professionals of the creative and cultural industries in Haiti and the Diaspora. The purpose is  to effectively address issues related to the industries in order to promote collaborative strategies that will stimulate economic development in the Haitian-American community of Florida, therefore to have a significant impact on the Caribbean region overall.”͟Artists to share secretsArtists with decades of experience and success will share their secrets to longevity. They include popular artist and model, Franklin Myrtle; musician and artist Thierry De’jean, Zeek; media stalwart Christophe Simeon; film directors Jean-Rene’ and Falia Justima, and culinary artist Stephan Durand.Organizers plan on making the Haitian Creative and Cultural Industries Symposium an annual event.A number of big artists have emerged from the Little Haiti community of Miami. The best known are cousins Wyclef and Pras of The Fugees.for more on Little Haiti, click the link: Dancing away the Irma Blues in Little Haitilast_img read more

Jamaican among those killed in Miami bridge collapse

first_imgThe Miami Herald newspaper is reporting that a Jamaican, Navaro Brown, 27, was among those killed in Thursday’s bridge collapse near Florida International University in Miami.Brown was an employee of a company that provides products to strengthen bridges.Two other employees of the company, Structural Technologies VSL, were hospitalized at Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami, where their condition is stable. Brown’s cousin, Appleonia Brown, posted on Facebook that he was from Mocho in the Jamaican central parish of Clarendon. She described him as a hard-working and humble person.Over the past weekend rescue crews focused on recovering victims trapped in motor vehicles buried beneath the collapsed bridge that left at least six people dead. On Saturday night, an official from the Miami firefighting department said all the vehicles had been removed and the death rate wasn’t expected to rise. The concrete bridge fell on SW 8th Street, an eight-lane motorway adjacent to FIU. Ironically, the bridge was being installed to enhance the safety of students crossing the busy road on foot. Last year an FIU student was hit and killed attempting to cross the motorway.A check by CNW indicated several Jamaican and other Caribbean immigrants employed to road, bridge and building construction projects in South Florida, home to over an estimated 500,000 English and French speaking Caribbean immigrants.last_img read more

Guyana magistrate says gay sex worker must stand trial

first_imgA senior magistrate in Guyana on Friday ordered well known transgender personality, Otis Pearson, to stand trial on a charge of rape involving a minor.Senior Magistrate Fabayo Azore made the ruling against Pearson, better known as “Otisha” following a paper committal.The court heard that on December 24, last year, Pearson, who was not required to plead to the charge, engaged in sexual activity with a child under the age of 16.The accused was arrested in March after accusations were levelled against him in relation to having sexual relations with under-aged boys.The Child Care and Protection Agency (CC&PA) had assisted the police in the probe and a file was compiled and sent to the Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice.Pearson had been very vocal on social media and was reported as saying during a television interview that he “has a young boy for every day of the week.”But Pearson claimed that the statement was misinterpreted and he denied having sexual relations with “little boys.”Pearson was initially placed on GUY$300,000 bail but that the figure was reduced to GUY$200,000 after he failed to meet the original bail and spent several days in remand.last_img read more

Four T&T schools remain closed after earthquake

first_imgTrinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of Education has deemed four primary schools unfit due to post-earthquake damage and as a result, they remain closed today – the start of the new school year.During a press conference on Saturday, Minister of Education Anthony Garcia said that following the 6.9 earthquake last month, 66 schools were flagged for attention as they sustained various degrees of damage.He said the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Works and Transport were able to begin structural assessments of these school within two days of the earthquake to ascertain the damage and to get a comprehensive report on areas of repairs. “These are schools that will be closed, and I can assure you and the general public that we in the Ministry of Education would be doing everything possible to ensure that in the shortest time possible our children will have the opportunity to attend school.“I give this information so that the parents would know that certainly on Monday, those children would not be able to attend school, but we are hoping that things would be put in place as soon as possible so that our children and our teachers could return to normal school life.”Concerning the cost of repairs, the Education Minister could not give a figure, stating that assessments were still being carried out.He also disclosed that there was a likelihood that classes at schools with sewer defects in central Trinidad with could be affected in the next few weeks.“There is a possibility of other schools, particularly in central Trinidad that might suffer some damages where sewer is concerned because of movement of the earth. We have been advised that we must be on the lookout for similar actions with respect to the sewer.”last_img read more

Miami’s new Department of Human Services aims to focus on the…

first_imgThis week, the Department of Human Services was officially created to streamline the delivery of resources to the children, seniors and families of the City of Miami. It was approved by the City Commission at the budget hearing held on September 27, 2018.Creates synergistic opportunities“The Department of Human Services allows us to be more strategic in how we offer services to our residents,” said City Manager Emilio Gonzalez. “It creates synergistic opportunities between disciplines that result in an improved quality of life in the City of Miami.”Departmental functionsLed by Director Milton Vickers, the Department of Human Services will include the functions of homeless services, workforce opportunity centers, veterans affairs, health/childcare services, and the Live Healthy Little Havana initiative. “By creating synergies like these and through advocacy, education and service delivery you can create a great deal of positive impact in the community,” said Milton Vickers. “This is just part of a wider goal to make Miami a more livable and sustainable city.”As a result of the FY 2018-19 adopted budget, the Office of Film and Entertainment was merged into the existing Office of Communications, and the Community and Economic Development Department has been renamed the Department of Housing and Community Development to emphasize the housing responsibility of the department.last_img read more

Chalkdust out of 2019 Calypso Monarch competition in T&T Carnival

first_imgChalkdust PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,  CMC – Nine-time Calypso Monarch, Dr Hollis “Mighty Chalkdust” Liverpool is not among the list of finalists named for the 2019 title following the semi-finals in Skinner Park in Arima last weekend.However, the nine-finalists include five former winners, including the veteran Winston “Gypsy” Peters (1997), Karene Asche (2011), Duane O’Connor (2012), Kurt Allen (2010) and Devon Seale (2016).\Peters, a former government minister, sang “When Elephants Fight,” a tune on the political situation here, while Asche used her song titled “Loco and Broko” to give a satirical commentary on the number of Venezuelans leaving the South American country where the opposition has been trying to remove President Nicolas Maduro from office.Seale sang “Two Face,” in which he says “not all skin teeth is smile,” while Allen sang Wha Yuh Say and O’Connor, Respect.The other finalists for the competition, now scheduled for Thursday night in a revamped “Night of Champions” show, include Alex Gift (Tobago Chalkie), Alana Sinette-Khan, Anthony “Allrounder” Hendrickson, Dawren “Pharoah” Greenidge, Erphaan Alves, Joanne “Tigress” Rowley, Maria Bhola, Stacy Sobers and Young King 2019 Renaldo London.The Calypso Monarch competition is among a number of events marking the 2019 Carnival celebrations that end here on March 5 with the traditional street parade and jump-up.last_img read more

Monaco Diamond League: Usain Bolt Dashed To First Sub 10 Seconds

first_imgAll eyes were on 8-time Olympic medallist Usain Bolt as he raced to a Season Best of 9.95s in the 100m at the Monaco Diamond League on Friday night. In his last Diamond League race ahead of a farewell appearance at the World championships in London. WATCH 🎥: Wayde Van Niekerk winning the men’s 400 metres with 43.73s at #MonacoDL— Wanda Diamond League (@Diamond_League) July 21, 2017Wayne Van Niekerk kept the fire burning as he has all through the season, by clocking a meeting record of 43.73s to win the men’s 400m, ahead of Botswana’s Makwala Isaac 43.83s and Thebe Baboloki 44.26s.Marie-Josée Ta Lou shows her credentials for London with victory in 22.25 just ahead of Kyra Jefferson (22.45)#MonacoDL#RoadToTheFinal— Wanda Diamond League (@Diamond_League) July 21, 2017Marie-Josée Ta Lou continues to show her mettle in the Women’s 200m, pushed herself to win in 22.25s, just ahead of Kyra Jefferson 22.42s and Britain’s Asher Smith Dina settled for 3rd with 22.89s. The Ivorian sits pretty in 2nd place on the qualification standing heading to the world Championships.There was no surprises in the Women’s 100mH and 800m, as Kendra Harrison held on to win in 12.51s while Caster Semenya puts in an phenomenal 800m show to set a new meeting record of in 1:55.27s.The road to the final reached its climax in Monaco, qualified athletes will converge in the city of London in a fortnight to battle for the ultimate medal in various events.Related It was Bolt’s first sub 10 seconds this year after a slow start to the season hampered by injury. In 2nd place was American Young Isiah – 9.98s who shocked in-form South African Akani Simbine 3rd – 10.02s.last_img read more

Breaking – NPFL Match Stopped in Bauchi, As Fans Stone Asst Referee In Wikki…

first_imgThe NPFL game between Wikki Tourist of Bauchi and Enugu Rangers have been abandoned after home fans reportedly stone one of the assistant referee.A Nigerian football Journalist, Emeka Dennar, who was present at the stadium, tweeted the incident.BREAKING: Match stopped in Bauchi after asst. ref was stoned by fans. 45′ Wikki Tourist 1-1 Rangers— My Case Is Different (@EmekaDennar) August 6, 2017 Officials and both teams have left the pitch for over 30 minutes.— My Case Is Different (@EmekaDennar) August 6, 2017 More to follow shortly…RelatedNPFL Referee Assault – LMC To Charge Three Suspects To Court In BauchiAugust 8, 2017In “Nigeria”LMC Fines Wikki Tourists, To Play Three Matches Behind Close DoorsAugust 12, 2017In “Nigeria”AUDIO: We Will Fight Till The End-Plateau United boss, BoboyeAugust 28, 2017In “Nigeria”last_img read more

BIB Limited receives Maltese sports betting brokerage licence

first_img Submit Related Articles Share Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020 Chetan Pandya, Pragmatic Solutions: Sticking to the circle of competence June 9, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 The Malta Gaming Authority has issued the world’s first sports betting brokerage license to BIB Limited, a subsidiary of Bet IT Best GmbH. Nico Jansen, Bet IT BestNico Jansen, Bet IT Best’s CEO commented: “We are thrilled to finally open our whole sports betting portfolio to the public. By holding an official licence from a well known and highly respected entity we now have official proof of the overall reliability of services, processes, expertise, financial capabilities, validation of our business model and reliability of our IT hard- & software.He continued: “This was the last piece nearly all bookies have been asking for. Until yesterday, due to regulatory requirements, bookmakers have not been able to fully rely on our offered services, as we are offering a licensable service.”BIB Limited will be using the software and services developed by Munich based Bet IT Best GmbH which address and cover the whole value chain of anybody interested in sports by ‘providing multiple unique and highly valuable assets’. The licensed sports betting brokerage service will be integrated into the existing sports news and livescores of Bet IT Best.Jansen added: “As of today (January 13) bookies can rely on our licence, which will finally answer all outstanding questions and doubts which rose up by their respective compliance departments. As of now we are finalising the integration of further bookies, who had been waiting in the wings for this class 3 license to be issued.”last_img read more