Jamaica wins Carifta Chess Championships

first_imgAlauni Kidd Jamaica are the 2017 champions of Carifta chess after seven rounds of play in the Championships which were held in the island recently.Jamaica last won the tournament in 2013, when the event was first staged in Jamaica.In the Under 12 (Absolute) Category, the number one seed Jamaica’s Candidate Master (CM) David Thomas took the Under 12 title, after defeating fellow Jamaican Coy Wilson in the final round to top the standings with 6.5 points from seven games.CM Leigh Sandiford of Barbados got the better of Jamaica’s Darren McKennis to take second place in the Under 12 Category on a tiebreaker over Jamaica’s Nathan Walsh, as both players ended on six points from their seven games. Walsh secured his six points with a final round win over compatriot Mikhail Bond.In the Under 12 Girls Category, Jamaica’s Johmoi Blake was declared the champion on tiebreak over Vanessa Greenidge of Barbados, after both players ended tied on 6 points. Third place went to Trinidad and Tobago’s Zara La Fleur who ended on 5.5 points.Jamaica’s Joshua Christie had to settle for silver in the Under 16 (Absolute) Category after losing to the defending champion, Alan-Safar Ramoutar of Trinidad and Tobago in round 6. At the end of round 7, both players were tied on 6 points, however Ramoutar was declared the Champion on tiebreak, having defeated Christie in their head-to-head battle. Third place was copped by Jamaica’s Jhustice-Dimonte McDonald who secured 5.5 points from his seven games.In the Under 16 Girls Category, Jamaica’s Woman Candidate Master (WCM) Adani Clarke came out tops after defeating Pritika Kandamaran of Barbado.Despite suffering two defeats on day three of the Championships, top seed Taqesyah Marcos of Curacao rallied on the final day to secure two wins and second place behind Clarke. Third place was shared by Jamaicans Ashanti Blackwood and Aulani Kidd, who each ended on 4.5 points.In the Under 20 Girls Category, top seed Sheanel Gardener of Jamaica recovered from a poor start to take the overall title with 5.5 points, after securing back-to-back victories against Tian Henry and Deidre-Ann Johnson in her two final games. Second place went to another Jamaican Akelia Donaldson on tiebreak over Nickaylah Curwin and Gabriela Cumberbatch of Barbados, after the three players ended tied on 4.5 points each.Despite good showings from Jamaica’s top Under 20 players, the coveted Under 20 (Absolute) Category was won for the third year in a row by Barbadian FIDE Master Orlando Husbands, who ended on 6.5 points from seven games. Second place went to the number two seed Barbadian FIDE Master Yu Tien Poon who was also unbeaten with 6 points. Third place was shared by Jamaica’s Malik Curriah and Aruba’s Jomar Benschop after each player ended on five points.The next CARIFTA Chess Championships are scheduled to take place next year in Surinamelast_img read more

Immigration Column: Studying For Your Naturalization Test? There’s A New App…

first_img** Contributions to this Column are made by Attorney Caroly Pedersen, Esq. of the American  Immigration Law Center – Call 954-382-5378IMMIGRATION NEWS & UPDATES Studying For Your Naturalization Test? There’s A New App For That!The USCIS announces a new mobile app available to study for your naturalization test “on the run”. Called  “USCIS: Civics Test Study Tools.” The new app is now available on the iTunes and Google Play app stores and is available in both English and Spanish. In addition to helping prepare you for the civics test during your naturalization interview, the app has a review of past tests and a game to challenge your civics knowledge. You can access the new app, by visiting our website at: www.Immigratetoday.com and clicking on the Immigration Newsletter link. Understanding How To Obtain Copies of Some Immigration Documents Under The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a Federal law which in part allows individuals to obtain copies of documentation contained in government files, including those related to Immigration matters. Under current technological advances, FOIA requests made to the USCIS can be made by email. However, it is important to understand that not all documents are available under FOIA, including requests to obtain duplicate approval notices or original documents submitted to the USCIS. Typically, documents which can be obtained are copies of Immigration case filings, including supporting documents. This is particularly important when an immigrant has lost a copy of a vital document such as an I-94 which was previously submitted to the USCIS as part of an Immigration application. To make an Email FOIA request to the USCIS Download and complete form G-639 Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act RequestThen scan and email to the Department of Homeland Security at:[email protected] can get a link to the Foia resources pages to file a Freedom of Information request by visiting our website at: www.Immigratetoday.com  and clicking on the Immigration Newsletter link.THIS WEEK’S IMMIGRATION QUESTIONS & ANSWERS Question: I have been married to my husband since February 2014. I have received my two years green card which will be expired in August 2017. How soon will I be able to apply for my American citizenship.Answer: Since you obtained your conditional residency through marriage, you must apply for your Removal of Condition 90 days before expiration of your Green Card, so within the next several months. Once your permanent Residency is approved and you have been a U.S. Resident for 2 years and 9 months, as long as your husband has been a U.S. Citizen for at least 3 years and your husband are living together as a real married couple and have extensive documentation to prove your continuing marital relationship, you can apply for Early Naturalization in May of 2018. Question: I got my Green Card in the U.S. in 2005 through my marriage to my U.S. Citizen wife but I never applied for citizenship. We had marriage issues and broke up in 2010 and I moved back to Colombia. I could not maintain going back and forth to the U.S., so I gave up my Green Card in exchange for an American tourist visa in 2011. We have a 12 year old daughter, so I come back and forth every year to see her. I’ve recently lost my job in Colombia and was thinking about moving back to America to be near my daughter. I’d like to know how to go about getting my old Green Card back or getting a new one through my daughter. Thanks.Answer: Its important to know that once a U.S. Resident formally “relinquishes” (gives back) a Green Card at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, the officer usually requires that State Department form I-407 be signed, abandoning all rights to Residency. When this is done, all U.S. Residency status is lost and any desire to obtain Residency again requires a whole new application process. However, in order to qualify for U.S. Residency again, the immigrant must still have a legal basis for eligibility, for instance, being married to a U.S. Citizen, or being sponsored by a U.S. Citizen child, parent or sibling, since there is no way to apply solely on the basis of requesting the old Green Card status again.In your case, since you are no longer married to a U.S. Citizen, you would need to have some other eligibility in order to apply for U.S. Residency again. You daughter can sponsor you once she turns age 21, but not before. You might want to consider some other type of visa to allow you to live and work in the U.S. like an E-2 investor visa. To qualify, you would need to make an investment in a new or existing business in the U.S. of approx $80K+. E-2 visas for Colombians can be issued for up to 5 years renewable. Let me know if you would like more information.Question: I got my residency recently through marriage to my American wife. I have my dad still in Venezuela and the situation is really bad. I know  that I can’t file to sponsor my dad to immigrate here until I get my American citizenship. But I am wondering if its possible for my American wife to do it? Is that possible?Answer: Immigration regulations only allow U.S. Citizen children age 21 or older to file for their parents. A parent can be a biological parent by birth, or step-parent, as long as the step-parent relationship was established by the marriage of the step-parent the child’s biological parent before the child turned age 18. There is no category for “in-laws”, so unfortunately, your wife, even though she is a U.S. Citizen, cannot sponsor your father for his Residencylast_img read more

ENTERTAINMENT BUZZ: Allison Hinds, Nicky Manaj, Vybz Kartel

first_imgSoca star Allison Hinds drops new single  The Caribbean Queen of Soca, Allison Hinds, is getting ready for the next carnival season with a new single, a new team and a new look.Hinds, according to Loop T&T, is working with new management team, Perception Management and has already released a new single of the season – “Pull Up.”The song was written and produced by Badjohn Republic.Her signature locks are also now hidden under custom-made wigs by Trinidadian stylist Leiselle Barnett of New York.This Trini is the highest-paid female rapper in the world Trinidad-born rapper Nicki Minaj is now the highest-paid female rapper in the world. The 35-year-old is worth a whopping $75 million, making her also one of the top-grossing artists, despite not releasing an album since 2014. She brought in $20.5 million in 2016, according to Forbes and was the only female artist to earn a spot on its Cash Kings 2016: Hip-Hop’s Highest-Earning Acts list.Kartel criticized for new song Jailed dancehall deejay, Vybz Kartel, is being slammed by some fans on Instagram for his new song, which some say promotes domestic violence.Kartel recently previewed “One Box”  on the social media site, featuring a woman with a black eye and a finger over her lips. On the song he deejays over a dancehall beat:“One box in a yo face, just true yo reach home late, Jesus Christ good thing yo never dweet whole day, dead yo would a dead same place, the boy waan kill yo for your pum pum.”Many slammed the deejay with one fan writing: “Don’t like the theme of this song… nothing to dance to here. Domestic violence is no joke. Some men will listen to that theme and use it as an instruction manual.last_img read more

Jamaica opposition calls for end to fuel tax

first_imgThe opposition People’s National Party (PNP) in Jamaica, on Friday called on the government to immediately scrap the existing tax on fuel that was intended to fund an oil price hedge insurance.PNP spokesman on Mining and Energy, Phillip Paulwell, said the continuing increase in world oil prices, supports his call for the  government to immediately scrap the existing tax.“Despite the Jamaican people paying to the government approximately J$6.4 billion a year in a special tax on fuel designed to pay for a hedge insurance against oil price increases, the government is collecting the tax revenue, has ended the oil hedge and has left the consumers at the mercy of the worsening oil market as the price of oil products such as petrol continues to rise at the gas stations locally,” Paulwell said in a statement.Oil prices have surpassed US$80 a barrel for the first time in four years.Paulwell said that the oil hedge bought by the previous government was meant to be an insurance policy against world oil price increases which were expected to reach over US$70 a barrel in the 2015-2016 period.The hedge would have ensured that despite the rising prices Jamaica on the global market would continue to buy oil at the agreed hedge prices averaging around US$66.74 a barrel.“With no hedge in place and the current government showing no interest in renewing the arrangement, Jamaica must buy oil at the increasingly high world prices which are immediately passed on to consumers in high prices of petrol, cooking gas  and other oil products,” Paulwell said.He said that the tax serves as an additional cost burden to consumers on top of the rising oil price and is encouraging Jamaicans to demand that the government to put an immediate end to the special tax on oil designed to pay for an oil hedge that no longer exists.last_img read more

Bolivian student wins International Reggae Poster Competition

first_imgA Bolivian student has won the sixth annual International Reggae Poster competition, beating out a pool of 1,060 entrants from 68 countries, including Jamaica.Vinicio Sejas from Bolivia was named the grand winner. “I am very grateful. To be selected the grand winner among so many beautiful posters is like being blessed,” he told the Gleaner recently. “When I received the mail, I could not believe what I was reading, so I checked the social networks and the website, and shouted, ‘My poster, it’s there, on the cover! It’s true!’ I felt very happy, so much so that I asked my sister to pinch me to know that I’m not dreaming!” Included in Sejas’ winnings is a trip to Jamaica sponsored by The Montego Bay Jamaica airport and The Spanish Court Hotel, a collection of fonts by Parachute Font Industry worth €500 (J$74,000), and gifts from VP Records.last_img read more

Getting messy for Messi

first_imgThings are really getting messy in Russia for Argentina’s Lionel Messi; the man at the forefront of every debate as to who is the best footballer in the world today. With the weight of the entire Argentine population on his shoulders and millions of fans waiting for his magical moments, the diminutive midfielder is struggling to make his mark.  This is supposed to be the year the 30 year-old talisman finally deliver silverware in Argentina stripes, to cement his greatness; but now after his team three nil defeat at the hands of Croatia things are getting sticky.   Debate rages on So now the debate rages on about him being the best player in the world as the man who has won every silverware available at the club level, and has 64 goals in 126 appearances for Argentina, fate hangs in the balance.He lost the 2014 World Cup final against Germany, as well as two Copa America finals, along the way. But although Messi is both the general and team captain is it really his fault; or is it his team mates?He continues to shoulder the blame for the 2014 World Cup demise; but it was really teammates like Aguero and Higuain that failed to convert easy chances that could have won the game.Missed penalty could hauntShould Argentina go out in group stages this year, Messi will be long remembered for the penalty he missed against Iceland and rightfully so; such is life Lionel no margin for error. Messi’s persona is not like that of Neymar or Renaldo to demand more from the players around him and that might very well be to the extent to which he shares the blame. But truth be told Argentina with a wealth of talent does not play as a unit and fail to utilize Messi’s ability to the fullest. A “broken team:” In the words of former Barcelona team-mate Cesc Fabregas, providing analysis on BBC One, Argentina a “broken team” and he questioned their team spirit, saying they were “playing against each other, not for each other”.He said: “It is difficult for Messi. He does not have the quality in behind him and is really missing Ever Banega or Giovani lo Celso.“He needs someone who can help him build up the play. You want your best player to be on the ball the most as you can.”I have to agree with Fabregas. Sometimes you get the feeling some of Messi’s teammates competes against him rather than play off his abilities for the purpose of the team. It’s almost as though they play with a free pass should things go bad.Coach lost for explanationArgentina coach Jorge Sampaoli was lost for explanation after the Croatia defeat.“I am just as dreamy-eyed as any fan and I am very hurt,” said Sampaoli.“Messi is our captain, he leads the team and we quite simply couldn’t pass to him to help him generate the situations he is used to. We worked to give him the ball but the opponent also worked hard to prevent him from getting the ball. We lost that battle.“Some of the players didn’t manage to play with my system; I probably didn’t set up my team in the right way.”Anyway, it’s not over till it’s over and Argentina is clinging for dear life like they did in the qualifiers before some Messi magic propelled them to Russia. For Messi to lift the cup this year it will take all that and more.last_img read more

Jamaica moving to establish domestic airline

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Transport Minister Robert Montague, says he is working to have a domestic airline operating in Jamaica as soon as possible.“Having a domestic airline is one of my objectives because I believe that ordinary Jamaicans should have an option of taking… air transport, so I have it as one of my priorities,” Montague told the Jamaica Information Service (JIS). He said that discussions are underway with three investment groups to start a domestic service.“The market can take up to two, and possibly three. I am leading the effort to have a domestic carrier up and running,” he said while attending the final in a series of consultations for the crafting of a new National Transport Policy (NTP).The consultations, held with key stakeholders, will guide the revision of the transport policy, covering air, water, road, railway, and infrastructure and services.It identifies the issues faced in the development of the sector; the roles of government, the private sector and the numerous authorities operating in the sector; the changes necessary in the regulatory structure; and environment and safety issues.last_img read more

ATP Ranking: Novak Djokovic Drops Out Of “Big Four”, Murray Retains Top Spot

first_imgDjokovic retired from his Wimbledon’s quarter final match against Tomas Berdych earlier this month, due to the long term elbow injury.Britains Andy Murray retains top spot despite failing to make the semi finals at Wimbledon earlier this month. Rafael Nadal remained in the second position, while Wimbledon Champion, Roger Federer claims the third position.The ATP Ranking At A Glance (Top 20)1. Andy Murray (GBR)2. Rafael Nadal (ESP)3. Roger Federer (SUI)4. Stan Wawrinka (SUI)5. Novak Djokovic (SRB)6. Marin Cilic (CRO)7. Dominic Thiem (AUT)8. Kei Nishikori (JPN)9. Milos Raonic (CAN)10. Alexander Zverev (GER)11. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)12. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)13. David Goffin (BEL)14. Tomas Berdych (CZE)15. Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)16. Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)17. Lucas Pouille (FRA)18. John Isner (USA)19. Jack Sock (USA)20. Nick Kyrgios (AUS)Related Serbia’s Novak Djokovic has dropped out of the ATP ranking top four, for the first time since July 2007.30-year-old Djokovic moved down one place into the fifth spot, paving way for Swiss Stan Wawrinka to go up into 4th position.The Serbian could fall further downwards before the year runs out, after announcing that he will be out for the rest of 2017 Tennis season due to an elbow injury.last_img read more

Paddy Power departs the Italian market

first_imgShare Share Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Related Articles TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Paddy Power Betfair has announced its intention to withdraw its Paddy Power brand from the Italian market. Moving forward the Paddy Power Betfair group’s sole presence in the Italian market will be through the Italia branch of Betfair. Plentwin365 recently overtook Bet365 to become the Italian online sports betting market leader, after it benefited from a commercial boost after its newly formed partnership with Serie A side, Napoli. The news of Paddy Power’s departure comes amidst much speculation that the Italian government plans on increasing tax on both land based and online betting operators in the country. According to reports in Italy, taxes paid by land-based betting operators will be raised one point, from 18% to 19%, whereas the current online tax rate of of 22% which regularly sees operators report profits  could be increased from its current rate of 22% to 23%.The decision, which was reportedly made after the 2016 merger between Paddy Power and Betfair means that the group will close its PaddyPower.it site in December and Italian bettors will cease to have access to PaddyPower.com.Recent financial results indicate that the integration between Paddy Power Betfair is going smoothly, with its H1 2017 delivering a 9% increase on pro-forma revenues of £827 million and leaving Paddy Power Betfair ‘well positioned for sustainable and profitable growth’. CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

ASA orders PokerStars to cease using television advert

first_img ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Share ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled that a television advert used by PokerStars must not be broadcast again, warning the company to ensure that it doesn’t portray gambling in a socially irresponsible manner or in the context of recklessness. The two complaints that were received about the advert challenged whether it sought to exploit inexperienced poker players by suggesting that they could easily excel at the game and make large winnings.The advert featured a voice-over which prompted the complaints by stating: “Here you are, the moment when bluffing is the only way to win, you’re freaking out kiddo, but think about all those times you bluffed yourself. Like the pull-up bar waiting for you to get back in-shape, that book you’re definitely going to read, your parents never ever had sex. Use that talent because if you can bluff yourself, you can bluff anyone. Pokerstars, you’re already a great poker player”.In its ruling the ASA considered that viewers could interpret the advert to mean that if they could bluff through the real life experiences shown in the broadcast, they could become great poker players. Identifying evidence of this, the ASA highlighted that the use of the phrases “Here you are, the moment when bluffing is the only way to win” as well as “use that talent because if you can bluff yourself you can bluff anyone”.PokerStars responded to the complaints, emphasising that: “The advert was intended to reflect a small, relaxed environment. There was no reference to or suggestion of any financial reward or inducement to play and no money was shown during the ad. When the voice-over stated that bluffing was the only way to win it was only in reference to the hand that the player had and was not meant to relate to every hand in the game.”It added it didn’t consider the advert suggested “a financial reward of any kind in relation to winning and that the chips used were indicative of tracking a players progress and not representative of money”. PokerStars also pointed to the adverts style and tone as evidence that the advert didn’t suggest that players could win lots of money. Emphasising that the phrase “great poker player” meant a person who was very good at poker and that the humour in the ad was meant to show the main protagonist as an individual in possession of one of the skills necessary to play poker and how it was used in other aspects of their life.Nonetheless, the ASA upheld the complaints against the advert, ruling that it believed the advert could lead to players believing they could bluff their way to being a great poker player. Subsequently, the ASA has ruled that the advert must not be shown again in its current form, and warned PokerStars against portraying gambling in a socially irresponsible manner or in the context of recklessness in the future. Submitlast_img read more