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PNW sailors rescued after capsize in Caribbean 600 race

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Just after 8 p.m. on February 19th, the Paul Bieker-designed catamaran Fujin, which hails from Seattle and had an experienced local crew aboard, capsized near the island of Saba during the RORC Caribbean 600 race. All eight crewmembers have been rescued and are safe.

Here’s an interview with Fujin owner Greg Slyngstad courtesy of Louay Habib:

This is a developing story and Three Sheets will provide updates on the incident when they become available.

Here’s a quick summary from the RORC Caribbean 600:

Greg Slyngstad’s American Bieker 53 multihull Fujin has capsized during the RORC Caribbean 600. All eight crew are safe.

Stephen Cucchiaro’s Gunboat 60 Flow stood by until Dutch/ French authorities organized a rescue vessel. Preparations are now underway to transfer all crew to the safety of Port Saba.

RORC Race Manager Chris Stone issued a statement on behalf of the race organisers, The Royal Ocean Racing Club:

“On Monday 19th February at 20:20 AST, Fujin capsized close to Saba Island and the eight-man crew were observed standing on the up-turned hull. All of the crew are now safe. Stephen Cucchiaro’s Gunboat 60 Flow stood by while rescue agencies co-ordinated the rescue efforts.
Jens Kellinhusen’s German Ker 56 Varuna altered course to assist, but has now continued racing. The Coastguard at Fort De France Martinique has been co-ordinating the rescue.”

The highly experienced crew on Fujin from Seattle, Washington, USA include the skipper Greg Slyngstad, the boat’s designer, Paul Bieker and Olympic Gold medallist Jonathan McKee.

Fujin’s Crew: Greg Slyngstad, Bradley Baker, Peter F Johnston, Paul Bieker, Gina Borza, Fritz Lanzinger, Michael Leslie, Jonathan McKee.

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Caribbean American publication names hurricanes ‘Person of the Year’

NEW YORK,  CMC – A prominent Caribbean American publication here has named Hurricanes Irma and Maria, described as “the two mega, Category 5 hurricanes of 2017,” as its “Person of the Year.”

The Brooklyn-based EVERYBODY’S Magazine, owned and published by Grenadian Herman Hall, said it is the first time the 40-year old publication “selected a phenomenon as its Person of the Year.”

Maria-Irma“It can be said that the numerous and ferocious hurricanes of 2017, Usain Bolt failing to win his final track and field races, and Trinidad and Tobago knocking out the US from entering FIFA World Cup in 2018 were the major 2017 headlines in the Caribbean and within Caribbean communities overseas,” Hall said.

“Maria and Irma may well have affirmed Atilla the Hun’s classic calypso recorded in New York City in 1935, ‘Woman Is Not The Weaker Sex’ and Denise Plumber’s 1988 calypso ‘Woman is Boss’.,” he added. “Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma showed their male counterparts, Hurricanes Harvey, Lee, Jose and Bret, who is really the boss and the stronger sex.

“The handwriting is on the wall, in that Caribbean governments can no longer expect the US to eagerly and generously help them in time of natural disasters,” Hall continued.

In September, Hurricanes Irma and Maria ripped through the northern Caribbean, leaving a trail of destruction and ravaging 12 of 32 countries, according to reports.

Most of the islands affected included Barbuda, Dominica, Puerto Rico, St Kitts and Nevis, the Turks and Caicos, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and Cuba.

Hall said previous EVERYBODY’S Magazine “Person of the Year” included St. Lucian Nobel Laureate Sir Arthur Lewis; the late Caribbean American Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, of Barbadian and Guyanese parentage; former Prime Ministers Patrick Manning, of Trinidad and Tobago, Dame Eugenia Charles, of Dominica, Tom Adams, of Barbados, and Baldwin Spencer, of Antigua and Barbuda.

Others were: The Mighty Sparrow, Jamaican-born Olympian and WNBA player Tina Charles; Grenadian Olympian Kirani James; and former West Indies cricket captain Guyanese Clive Lloyd.

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Regional briefs –

Jamaica records more than 20 per cent increase in murders

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Dec 26, CMC – Jamaica has recorded a 21 per cent increase in murders with one more week to go before the end of 2017, according to figures released by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

The JCF’s Periodic Serious and Violent Crimes Review show that 1, 581 people were murdered, an increase of 257 for the corresponding figure last year.

crimeeeeeThe figures show that St. James, the suburban parish, located on the north-west end of the island, recorded the highest number of killings with 325 followed by St Andrew, south east of here with 88, with the southern parish of Clarendon 166, Westmoreland, the westernmost parish recording  147, St Catherine North 138 and Kingston Western 125.

The police also recorded 1443 reported cases of shootings, compared with 1100 over the corresponding period last year.

According to the police figures, nearly 100 people have been murdered so far this month with illegal funs featuring in 82 per cent of all the murders recorded for the year.

The police said that 53 children were killed during the year so far as well as eight police officers.

The authorities said they have seized 846 illegal guns so far this year and 21,000 rounds of ammunition as compared to 632 illegal guns and 8,000 rounds of ammunition last year.

The number of people shot and killed by police increased from 93 last year to 156 people so far in 2017.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Dec. 24, CMC – President David Granger, has pardoned five women who have completed part of their prison sentence for non-violent offenses.

According to the Ministry of Public Security, Granger has signed off and granted the Presidential pardon to Shabana Asgar, 34, Shellon David,24, Ronella Junor, 27 Maxine Baird Sampson,27 Reina Vargas, 54.

The Ministry says the prisoners “have each served a portion of their respective sentences for offences ranging from larceny, fraud and giving false oath.”

The pardons will take effect on Monday – Christmas day.

Since taking office in 2015, the President has been offering pardons to non-violent women and youths who find themselves behind bars.

Once freed, they will participate in programmes geared towards reintegrating them into society.

Gunmen kill three in early morning raid

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Dec 23, CMC – Police are searching for gunmen who killed three people but spared the lives of two children during an early home invasion on Saturday.

The police said that the incident occurred at Cunupia, a town in central Trinidad. The authorities said a woman was among those killed. They have identified the victims as Vinta James, Wellington Thomas and Tristan Guy.

Resident said that gunshots were heard at around 6.00 am (local time) and later saw a group of men fleeing the area.

Two of those killed were found on a bed while the third was found in a corridor to the home.

Two children, who were said to be in the house at the time were not harmed.

So far this year, more than 473 people have been murdered in Trinidad and Tobago. Last year, the death toll stood at 463.

Two killed in plane crash

by STAFF WRITER

 

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands, Dec. 24, CMC – An investigation has been launched into a plane crash that killed two people here  on Saturday.

The police report that the small plane crashed shorting after take off.

The plane was enroute to The Bahamas.

According to the CEO of the Airport Authority here, John Smith, the aircraft was enguled in flames and thick smoke when it crashed on a road close to the airport.

The police have not released the idenities of those killed.

Two killed as vehicle ploughs into crowd

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PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Dec 26, CMC – At least two people were killed and 18 others injured after a vehicle ploughed into a group of young people celebrating Christmas in the K-Soleil neighbourhood of , Gonaïves in northern Haiti, the authorities have said.

The driver of the vehicle is reported to have fled the scene of the accident that left 23-year-old Robenson Ulcera and 27 year-old Jean-Fito Marc dead.

The authorities said that 18 people including some as young as 13-years-old were also injured and taken to the hospital of La Providence.

They said that the causes of the accident remain unknown, but the Justice of the Peace, Blondel Petit-Frère, who was accompanied by members of the National Police of Haiti (PNH) , said he believes that the driver may have been under the influence of alcohol or that the brakes of the vehicle had malfunctioned.

Police seize nearly 150 pounds of cocaine

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Dec 26, CMC – A taxi driver is due to appear in court later this week after police said they found more than 145 pounds of cocaine in a cooking gas cylinder on Sunday.

The authorities said that they found the drugs after carrying out a search of the man’s vehicle at his home in the Boodhoo’s Housing Scheme, West Coast Demerara.

On cutting up the gas cylinder, the police said that they found the drugs and arrested the unidentified taxi driver.

The value of the drugs were not disclosed.

 

 

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Warner loses fight against US extradition

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Sep. 28, CMC – Former politician and football official, Austin “Jack” Warner on Wednesday, lost his lawsuit challenging his extradition to the United States.

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Warner is wanted by authorities to answer charges of fraud arising out of a Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) bribery scandal.

Delivering a 50-page ruling in the High Court on Wednesday, Justice James Aboud dismissed the claim for judicial review brought by Warner.

That lawsuit challenged the process used by the Office of the Attorney General in signing off on the US Government’s request for his extradition in May 2015.

It now means that the extradition proceedings in the Port-of-Spain Magistrate’s Court will resume.

That matter was on hold while Warner’s challenge was being heard.

There was agreement however for the stay on the extradition proceedings to remain for 28 days to give Warner time to consider whether he wants to appeal the decision.

Indicted by US authorities over allegations of racketeering, wire fraud and money-laundering conspiracies spanning 24 years.

Warner is charged with 12 offences related to racketeering, corruption and money laundering allegedly committed in the jurisdiction of the United States and Trinidad and Tobago, dating as far back as 1990.

Warner claims the case against him is politically motivated and accuses the United States of seeking revenge because it lost to Qatar in its bid to host the 2022 World Cup.

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England take series lead with emphatic victory

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See this and remember the ‘glory days’!

5 ODIs, 3 Tests, 1 T20 . Aug 01-Sep 29
 
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England take series lead with emphatic victory

England take series lead with emphatic victory

Windies lose 19 wickets in a day to succumb to an innings and 209-run defeat
WI 168, 137  •  ENG 514-8
England won by an innings and 209 runs

 

 

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Usain Bolt pulls up hurt in final race as Britain win men’s 4x100m gold

Usain Bolt pulls up hurt in final race at World Championships

Given this was once a country of incorrigible baton-droppers, the British men’s relay team restored national pride in the most emphatic and improbable style last night with a gold medal to gatecrash Usain Bolt’s showpiece send-off. The juxtaposition of Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake jumping for joy as a tormented Bolt cursed a strained hamstring is one that will remain seared upon the minds of all who saw it.

Seldom has an evening of sport culminated in such an emotional maelstrom. Bolt must have played the script over in his head a dozen times: one more Saturday night gold, for old times’ sake, for the ultimate showman. Except the quartet of Mitchell-Blake, Chijindu Ujah, Adam Gemili and Daniel Talbot would have none of it. Running down the Americans in the closing strides, they produced Britain’s first 4 x 100 metres gold at world championships and the first ever by a host nation.

Bolt, prone and distraught on the track, was left to endure an exit as undignified as it was controversial. The finest champions are not defined by their last moments in the field of battle, but as heartbreakers go this was Donald Bradman’s duck at the Oval to the power of 100. It looked at first like the infernally-timed breakdown of his ageing legs, but each of Bolt’s team-mates argued that he had suffered a cramp brought on by unnecessary delays.

The man of the moment had been waiting interminably while the last medal ceremonies were conducted, which Yohan Blake claimed had contributed to cramp. “They were holding us too long in the call room,” Blake said. “Usain was really cold. In fact he said to me, ‘Yohan, this is crazy – 40 minutes and two medal presentations before our run. We kept warming up and waiting, and I think it got the better of us. We were over-warm.” Bolt, for his part, headed to the treatment room and left the scene without a word.

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 Chijindu Ujah, Adam Gemili, Daniel Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake of Great Britain celebrate winning gold in the Men’s 4×100 Relay final during day nine of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 12, 2017 in London, United Kingdom

For four young British sprinters, however, this was a triumph of which they could scarcely have dreamt. The astonishment was writ large on their faces. Gemili was supposed to be the forgotten man of London 2017, not even selected for an individual event, and here he was a world champion. Mitchell-Blake had been in pieces barely 48 hours earlier, when he was squeezed out of a medal in the 200m by fractions, and now he was toasting an anchor leg to glory. Who was writing this material? Assuredly nobody Jamaican.

 

Amid febrile scenes at the Olympic Park, the British collective produced stunning individual efforts and seamless changeovers to thwart the US favourites in a time of 37.47 seconds, the fastest in the world this year and the quickest by a European since 1999. Mitchell-Blake had everything to do in bringing it home and yet he tore past Christian Coleman, the silver medallist, like a man possessed.

 Asha Philip, Desiree Henry, Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita of Britain celebrates winning the silver medal
Asha Philip, Desiree Henry, Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita of Britain celebrates winning the silver medal in the women’s 4x100m

“The feeling of euphoria was from infinity,” Mitchell-Blake said. “I wasn’t sure if I had won or not. I gave it my all, but I could see Christian out of the corner of my eye. I can’t register it. We smashed the British record to pieces.”

Gemili’s smile, one sensed, would stay fixed in place for days. He has experienced his share of turmoil in these settings, not least when he missed out on 200m bronze in Rio last summer by one hundredth of a second, but this was the richest recompense. “It is so special to come back,” he said, shaking his head in wonder. “Crazy.”

Talbot explained that that the grim comedy of errors that characterised their display in this stadium at the London Olympics in 2012 had been a motivating factor. On that occasion, Britain did not even reach the final, after bungling the first changeover in the heat between Christian Malcolm and Dwai Chambers. Their determination to atone here was palpable.

 

For Bolt, the pain was too much for him to articulate initially. A loss to Justin Gatlin over 100m he could take, just about, but to suffer this ignominy in front of a crowd willing him to one more wondrous flourish was the cruellest twist. Julian Forte, his Jamaican team-mate, at least had the decency to try to balm the wounds, reflecting: “Usain kept apologising to us but we told him there was no need.”

Jamaica's Usain Bolt falls to the track after sustaining an injury during the men's 4x100m Relay final at the London 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, Britain, 12 August 2017
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt falls to the track after sustaining an injury during the men’s 4x100m Relay final at the London 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, Britain, 12 August 2017 Credit: EPA

On an unforgettable evening for relays, that symbol of athletic kinship, the British women’s line-up of Asha Philip, Desiree Henry, Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita also weighed in with an unlikely silver, holding off Jamaica by a mere seven hundredths. Delirium coursed through them as they set off on their lap of honour. While bronze at the Olympics had been a watershed success, but was an accomplishment of a different magnitude from a team with an average age of 22.

Asher-Smith, who has recovered from a fracture to her right foot, said: “To upgrade from Olympic bronze to world silver with these girls has been absolutely incredible, and to do it at home means so much. We are so proud to win the medal in London.”

 

Hers was a sentiment that would echo long through the Stratford night, even if the pleasure of the unexpected was tempered by the manner of Bolt’s goodbye. It was hard not to suppress the thought, as he headed off to his life of unlimited Jamaican leisure, that he deserved better.

 

The moment none of us wanted to see

The studio team covering the championships suspect Bolt was undone by a hamstring injury in the closing stages of the 4x100m relay. He won’t leave these championships with many happy new memories, but undoubtedly retires as one of, if not, the greatest athlete of all time.

The look on his face…

Not how we pictured it

We were expecting gold for both Farah and Bolt, not a silver and a DNF – these unpredictable championships took another dramatic twist tonight. Thank god it’s only one day left, not sure my nerves could take more!

Huge moment for Great Britain

These championships have delivered incredible drama at every turn. 

Mitchell-Blake made holding off Christian Coleman so easy. Second gold medal for Britain in the fastest time of the year – 37.4 seconds.

Horrible to see a DNF against Jamaica, mind.

Nathaneel Mitchell-Blake crosses the line
 

Nobody wanted to see Bolt limp off the track

Great Britain win in the third fastest time in history, a sensational performance, but Bolt’s injury has cash a shadow.

Bolt dejected after the 4x100m
 

Gold for Great Britain, but Bolt pulls up injured!

A new British record, but in truth, the event has been marred as Usain Bolt pulls up injured on the anchor leg.

Nathaneel Mitchell-Blake ran an incredible final leg, but the greatest ever athlete pulled up injured in his final track appearance.

Bittersweet to say the least.

They’re on the blocks now

Jamaica have wheeled out their A-squad featuring Omar McLeod, Yohan Blake, and of course Usain Bolt.

It’ll take something special for anyone to beat Bolt and co. but the combination of Gatlin and Coleman might just be able to provide exactly that.

Style points for Jamaica

A few questionable routines before Bolt and co. enter and treat the crowd to a choreographed shuffle before stepping onto the track.

The United States greeted by boos – It would have taken some special choreography for Gatlin to be greeted by anything other than boos.

Jamaica enter the stadium
 

Predictions from Michael Johnson

The 200m and 400m great predicts that the United States will win it outright.

Behind them, he says he expects Britain to go into the home straight in second place, but it’s simply a question of whether or not Nathaneel Mitchell-Blake can hold off Usain Bolt on the anchor leg.

Can Britain challenge?

Britain named an unnamed relay team for tonight’s final. They were second fastest, behind only the United States in qualifying for tonight’s final. 

Can they follow the women’s example and add to Britain’s medal tally?

Moments away

The 5,000m final medal ceremony has just finished, meaning that the last event of the evening will be underway shortly.

Fastest man in history – In numbers

Can Usain Bolt add one more gold medal to his already glittering career? He’ll be adding to an incredible list of accolades if the Jamaican quartet can win tonight.

The man to replace Bolt?

Christian Coleman looks like the most likely candidate to pick up the mantle over the next few years, but any of these sprinters could find themselves in the mix to establish sprint supremacy.

Ten minutes until Bolt bows out

As if anyone needed reminding, here’s a quick look at the life and career of the fastest man in history.

Silver for GB

Brilliant stuff from Asher-Smith et al to secure Britain’s third medal of these championships. 

Meanwhile

You can follow the 4x100m women’s relay right here, where Britain are in with a medal chance. 

After that, it’s Bolt time…

Bolt arriving

#Boltdown is undoubtedly one of the worst hashtags going but that countdown clock is helpful. He’s in the stadium.

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Looking back on 2012

Of course the last time Jamaica ran a Men’s 4x100m final in this London stadium, this happened.

Under an hour to go…

Hello!

21:50 UK time is when you need to be in front of a screen somewhere, as Bolt alongside teammates Omar McLeod, Julian Forte and Yohan Blake, with Bolt naturally running the final leg.

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Countdown to Bolt’s final farewell

What is it?

It’s the 4x100m relay at the London 2017 World Championships. It will also be Usain Bolt‘s last race.

When is it?

It’s on Saturday August 12 – ie today!

What time will it start?

The men’s 4x100m final is due to begin at 9.50pm.

What TV channel is it on?

It will be on BBC One. Coverage of the evening session begins at 18.30, ending at 22.10 to take in the men’s relay. 

‘No regrets’ for Usain Bolt after 100m final

 

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What is the latest news?

Usain Bolt started the final countdown to his retirement by guiding Jamaica through to the 4x100m relay final this morning.

The eight-time Olympic champion anchored the squad to victory in the second heat.

Jamaica finished in 37.95 seconds – slower than Great Britain and the USA from the first heat – but will be expected to challenge for the podium in tonight’s final – Bolt’s last race of his career.

Great Britain – with Danny Talbot, Adam Gemili, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and CJ Ujah – qualified second behind the USA in 37.76secs in the first heat with Talbot hunting a medal.

“Definitely, that’s what we focus on, that’s what we want to do. It’s a great time to do it in front of a home crowd so hopefully we can do it this evening,” he told the crowd during a trackside interview.

The women’s squad of Dina Asher-Smith, Asha Philip, Desiree Henry and Daryll Neita qualified in a season’s best of 41.93 seconds by finishing second, also behind the USA.

Philip said: “We definitely embraced the opportunity. None of us competed here in 2012 so to have this crowd is breathtaking. They really carry you around over every changeover.”

What are they saying?

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“For me it’s hard to be sad because of the energy I am getting from the crowd, I just feel happy and blessed.

“It’s been brilliant, the energy in the stadium is outstanding. I knew it was going to be like this, I appreciate you guys coming out and supporting not just me but the whole World Championships.”

What’s our prediction?

Jamaica won gold in Rio last summer and it’s difficult not to back Bolt to bow out on a high in London this time around.

 

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MSS girls – Easter Monday Road Relay champs again, Endurance grabs male prize

The MSS school road relay teams stole the show one more time in the 2016 Easter Monday Road relay.

The school girls’ teams placed 1st and 3rd with MSS 1 winning in a time of 50mins 39secs taking the Prize money of $1500.

Endurance Girls copped 2nd with a time of 51mins 31secs and Prize money of $1250, while MSS 2 Girls got 3rd place with a time of 55mins 18secs and Prize money of $1000.

MSS Cadets Girls had entered a team but were unable to finish the race, whihle the Cadet boys team took the cellar position of 5th place in 1hr 50 mins 17 secs 

The Endurance Men team took 1st  in a time 1hr 34mins 16secs beating the previous best time 1h 35mins 9secs and earning themselves prize money of $1650.

There was a visiting hurricane Power Club girls team from Antigua which participated but did not compete. The team however set outperformed the local girls beating the previous 2015 records of 48mins 29secs set by MSS Girls by clocking 47mins 16secs.

Meanwhile the hurricane Power Club male team from Antigua came in a time of 1hr 42mins 45secs landing them in 4th position.

Final positions men teams:

5th MSS Cadets Boys – 1hr 50mins 17secs

4th Police & Community United 2 – 1h 48mins 20secs

3rd Police & Community United 1 – 1h 38mins 55secs (Prize money $1250)

2nd Fire Men – 1h 36mins 29secs (Prize money $1350)

1st Endurance in a time 1hr 34mins 16secs

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Orange House repeats as MSS Sports Champion

The Montserrat Secondary School sports was forced to be concluded over two Wednesdays in successive weeks because of unusual downpour of rain on the first Wednesday.

At the end of April 19, 2017, Orange House with secret, but intuitive leadership and the Victor Ludorum who in strong competition gathered 37 points, Orange House was the winner with 624 points. Blue House followed with, 601, with Green House and Red House tailing with 592 and 505 respectively.

A family of athletes over the years, Anisha Turner shone for blue House capturing the Victrix Ludorum title.

Blue house tugged away with winning the tug-o-war, sweeping March past and the house rally.

In netball, Orange house won the Tournament while Green House won the Basketball tournament.

Blue and Green vs Orange and Red. Each house gained 10 point after the final score was tied at 2-2.

Below is a tabulation of champions in the different classes

Boys
Class Names Points House
5 Dvaughny Browne 15 Blue
4 Sidney Mendes 19 Green
3 Jose Reynolds 20 Blue
2 De’shawn Wilkins  15 Orange
1 Kenneth Walcott 37 Orange
       
Girls
Class Names Points House
5 Anisha Turner 45 Blue
4 Shaina Abrigo 16 Green
3 Annakay Turner 25 Blue
2 Oriana Johnson 20 Red
1 Theonna Johnson 11 Orange

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Phillipe Ardanaz

Treaty signed to define maritime space with French territories

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Mar. 16, CMC – A treaty to solidify negotiations with the Republic of France to define the maritime space between Antigua and Barbuda and neighbouring French territories, was signed by government officials on Wednesday.

The treaty establishes the outer limits of Antigua & Barbuda’s jurisdiction from where the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) ends, its use, and exploration and exploitation of the Atlantic Ocean in respect to Guadeloupe and Saint Barthelemy.

It also embraces the interests of local fishermen and seafarers who now have a clearer understanding of the delineation of boundaries, thereby enabling both governments to rectify the common issue.

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Phillipe Ardanaz

“It is also the first step to manage the problems we may have between our fishermen; obviously, it is never easy to know if you are in French waters or Antiguan waters,” said Ambassador to the OECS Member States and Barbados, Phillipe Ardanaz, who signed the treaty.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Gaston Browne said his administration recognises the need for adopting a ‘Blue Economy’ approach to development and is currently looking at ways to develop the nation’s oceanic resources.

“That is a significant amount of resources for us to harness, in fact it is almost 200 times our land space. My understanding is that within the next 40 years, it will be very difficult to find sufficient land space in order to produce sufficient food to sustain the global population,” Browne said.

The prime minister added that possessing a large EEZ provides the opportunity to satisfy seafood demand and suggested the twin island is capable of harvesting in the region of 10,000 tonnes of fish and fish products each year.

“As it stands now, fresh fish and fish products are relatively outside the means of the ordinary Antiguan and Barbudan, but as we continue to invest more resources in the ‘Blue Economy’ in fisheries, we will see an increase in supply and therefore that should help to drive down the cost.”

The Prime Minister said this treaty delineates an essential area in the Atlantic waters that will ensure there are no disputes over maritime space with the country’s neighbours.

The signing of the agreement follows the Eastern Caribbean Ocean Policy (ECROP) declaration for OECS members to formalise maritime boundaries in securing rights protection and jurisdiction over marine areas.

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Former FIFA vice president banned for life from football

 

Published on September 12, 2016

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) — FIFA has banned its former vice president, Cayman Islander Jeffrey Webb, from football for life and will be issuing a fine in excess of US$1 million to the former president of both CIFA and CONCACAF.In a statement on Friday from the scandal-rocked global football body, the adjudicatory chamber of its ethics committee announced the immediate life-long ban of Webb from all official football activities and said he was guilty of numerous violations of FIFA’s rules and code of ethics.

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Jeffrey Webb, banned from football for life

ed a catalogue of criminal offences relating to fraud during his time as a football boss and is still under house arrest in the US awaiting sentencing in November.

The FIFA Ethics Committee began its own investigation into Webb’s offences last May following his high-profile arrest in Zürich with a number of other officials. Headed by Dr Cornel Borbély, the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee found that Webb had breached article 13, relating to the general rules of conduct and code of ethics at FIFA, article 15, which, deals with loyalty; article 18, covering the duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting; article 19, dealing with conflicts of interest; and article 21, relating to bribery and corruption.

“In consequence, Mr Webb has been banned for life from all football related activities, administrative, sports or any other on a national and international

and fined CHF 1,000,000,” FIFA stated.

The latest blow to the discredited former local football hero is one of a number of problems that 51-year-old Webb still faces. Aside from waiting to hear his fate in the United States after pleading guilty to corruption and conspiracy charges there, he is also wanted in Cayman in connection to his involvement in a local hospital corruption case, for which his business partner, Canover Watson, is currently serving a seven-year sentence.

It is understood that, once Webb has been sentenced in the US, local authorities will begin seeking his extradition to the Cayman Islands.

Meanwhile, significant questions remain unanswered locally about how Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) funds were impacted by Webb’s activities as well as deals and financial transactions with the local association’s cash involving him and Watson, the former CIFA treasurer, and other CIFA officials that were described by auditors as “financial irregularities”.

Both FIFA and the Cayman Islands police Anti-Corruption Unit were said to be investigating CIFA but no questions raised during Watson’s trial or by local auditors have been addressed.

Republished with permission of Cayman News Service

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