Missing Haiti mayor found alive

first_imgThe Mayor of the Commune of Estère, Senèque Estimable, has been found alive. He was last seen walking towards the capital  late last month, then went missing for days.News of the mayor being found was confirmed by his lawyer, Samuel Madistin. The attorney said that no ransom had been paid for the release of the Mayor, whom he said had been kidnapped on May 23.Related: Haitian authorities search for mayor missing since May 23He said his client was not abused and that the kidnappers had tried, without success, to force him to sign a cheque in their name.Earlier this week, he Ministry of the Interior and Territorial Communities (MICT) expressed concern over the disappearance of the Mayor and had urged citizens to remain calm, especially the residents of Estere, a commune in the Gonaïves Arrondissement, who had ransacked public buildings “in reaction to this previously unexplained disappearance” of the Mayor.The Ministry said that Estimable was last seen on May 23 walking in the direction of the capital.Madistin said Estimable had been released during the early hours of Tuesday and had made contact with a police patrol and members of the Motorized Intervention Brigade.last_img read more

Puerto Rico admits higher death toll from Hurricane Maria

first_imgHurricane Maria affects Puerto Rico The government of Puerto Rico has admitted over 1,400 people lost their lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria last year.In its report to the US Congress on Wednesday, it was revealed that 1,427 more deaths occurred in the four months after the storm. This number also appeared in a draft of the report “Transformation and Innovation in the Wake of Devastation”, which was published and opened for public comment July 9. “Cascading failures” in local infrastructureThe territory’s government in detailing a US$139 billion reconstruction plan, said that the additional deaths resulted from the effects of a storm that led to a “cascading failures” in infrastructure across the island of 3.3 million people.In the weeks after the storm, Puerto Rican officials said the storm directly caused 64 deaths, many in landslides or flooding. The report to Congress also said that most of the deaths occurred not in the initial storm on September 20, but in the ensuing days and weeks when the island-wide electricity outage and roads blocked by downed power lines and other debris made it difficult to move around and emergency services were stretched beyond their capabilities.Second deadliest hurricaneThis new report makes Maria the second-deadliest hurricane to strike Puerto Rico since records began in the mid-19th century. According to data from NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division, only the San Ciriaco hurricane of August 1899 was deadlier, with an official estimate of 3,369 killed.last_img read more

World-Ranked Poet to Host Free Lunch-time Monthly Event at Pompano Beach…

first_imgLunch with Art—Poetry Edition Hosted by “Eccentrich”First Thursday of every month | 12:15pm You could be a poet!  If you are intrigued by the storied art form of poetry and want to learn more about expressing yourself, then sign up for the free Lunch with Art– Poetry Edition at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center. These monthly lunchtime gatherings are hosted by Sharonda “Eccentrich” Richardson, the #14 ranked female poet in the world! Expanding upon the success of the Lunch with Art visual programs at Bailey Contemporary Arts, the Pompano Beach Cultural Division is now offering this exciting new poetry version on the first Thursday of each month from 12:15-1:15 pm. Light refreshments will be served, but guests are also allowed to bring their own lunch. For more information and to reserve your seat, www.ccpompano.org.Eccentrich, who has competed on the international level at the World of Women Poetry Slam, feels that everyone can benefit from learning more about poetry. “Poetry is a wonderful way of expressing yourself,” she said. “Everyone is capable of writing a poem because it is such a personal way of communicating your feelings. Some of my darkest times and most incredible triumphs have inspired my best poems. It is tremendous release to be able to write down your inner thoughts in a meaningful way, and this class will help people learn how to do just that!”Each class will become a unique cultural experience immersing guests into the art form. Guests will listen to poems, learn about their varied structures, and be given tips and encouragement to begin creating their own verses! Genres that will be explored include 6-word poems, blackout poetry, bio poems, haikus, free verse and more.About the City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs DepartmentThe mission of the Cultural Affairs Department is to provide cultural programming that includes visual arts, digital media, music, film, theater, dance, and public art for the enjoyment and enrichment of residents and visitors to Pompano Beach, Broward County, and the greater South Florida area. The department programs and manages the City’s premiere cultural arts venues including the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, Historic Ali Cultural Arts, Bailey Contemporary Arts, Pompano Beach Amphitheater, and the Blanche Ely House. The department also oversees the City’s Public Art Program and the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town grant awarded to the Pompano Beach Crossroads place-making arts initiative.last_img read more

Antigua in Talks With United States to Increase Airlifts Between Countries

first_imgST. JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Tourism Minister, Charles Fernandez, remained buoyed at the prospect of increased airlift from the United States to Antigua following a week of meeting and negotiations with representatives of US-based airlines.“We had a very hectic road trip to meet with executives of four major US carriers to present Antigua and Barbuda’s growth and hotel rooms. We are looking towards another record-breaking year of arrivals to Antigua and Barbuda,” said Fernandez, adding “our aim is to convince them that Antigua and Barbuda is not only expanding but also improving its product.“This has been one of the most successful months in airlift for us this year!  The overall feedback from our airline partners, this year, is that they have seen strong demand for our product, particularly during the summer months, largely as a result of the over 500 rooms that we have added within the last few months; and our robust summer campaign #WhatCoolLooksLike”, he said.Fernandez said that it was encouraging news for Antigua and Barbuda coming on the recent announcement by Virgin Atlantic to also add an additional daily flight to the destination this winter from the United Kingdom; and British Airways offering daily service year-round starting summer 2020.“This is a ringing endorsement and clear confidence in Antigua and Barbuda, as a preferred destination of choice by our airline partners” said Fernandez.Tourism officials said a series of successful presentations were made to the airline partners, with a detailed update given on the improved airport infrastructure, recent growth within the destination’s room stock, in addition to more planned development with over 2,000 new hotel rooms on schedule to be ready in the next two years.Meetings were also held with United Airlines and Southwest to explore all opportunities for the destination, in particular, the new US gateways of Houston, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, and Chicago.Chief executive officer of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Colin C. James said he was pleased with the feedback from the airline partners who welcomed the face-to-face meetings.“The two new additional Jet Blue flights, each 150 seats per flight, will have the airline flying to Antigua on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  The increase in this carrier’s capacity will be a welcome boost for our weddings and honeymoon market.“It will ensure that adequate airlift is available to support the marketing efforts of both the Tourism Authority and our hotels ahead of the busy Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, which signals the start of the winter season,” said James.The meeting with American Airlines also resulted with agreement on the resumption of the second daily flight from Miami on December 18th.last_img read more

Fray to Lead 15-man Bermuda Squad in World Cup 2023 Series

first_imgHAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC) — Terryn Fray has been named captain of a 15-man Bermuda squad to take part in the first series of the ICC World Cup Challenge League B against Hong Kong, Italy, Jersey, Kenya and Uganda.The series, taking place between December 2-12 in Muscat, Oman, is the start of the road to the 2023 50-overs World Cup in India.Between 2019 and 2021, there will be 90 matches between both League A and B with each team playing 15 games and fighting for points to move on to a qualifier play-off in 2022.Bermuda’s most recent international outing saw them finish 13th of 14 teams in a qualifier in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), for six places in next year’s T20 World Cup in Australia.They lost all six of their games with only Nigeria, late replacements for suspended Zimbabwe, finishing below them with an inferior net run rate.The squad shows a raft of changes from the team who were largely outplayed in the UAE, with Tre Manders, Justin Pitcher, Kyle Hodsoll, Zico Burgess and Pierre Smith called up.Manders is returning after suffering a broken ankle in a motorcycle accident in July.Left out of the squad are Allan Douglas, George O’Brien, Oronde Bascome, Charles Trott, Malachi Jones and Macai Simmons.Also missing is 44-year-old Janeiro Tucker, although he will continue to serve as assistant coach under Head Coach Herbie Bascome.Bermuda’s first game will be against Hong Kong on December 3.Calvin Blankendal, the Bermuda Cricket Board’s executive director, said: “This is the beginning of our three-year qualification campaign which will also aid in increasing our international ICC rankings.”Bermuda’s one appearance in the historic 50-overs World Cup came in the 2007 tournament staged in the Caribbean, when they failed to advance from the group stage after losing heavily to India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.England are the current champions, having beaten New Zealand in this year’s final at Lord’s in London, by virtue of hitting more boundaries after the teams tied and a super-over still could not separate them.last_img read more

CDC Confirms Person-to-Person Spread of New Coronavirus in the United States

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has spread between two people in the United States, representing the first instance of person-to-person spread with this new virus here.Previously, all confirmed U.S. cases had been associated with travel to Wuhan, China, where an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by this novel coronavirus has been ongoing since December 2019. However, this latest 2019-nCoV patient has no history of travel to Wuhan, but shared a household with the patient diagnosed with 2019-nCoV infection on January 21, 2020.Recognizing early on that the 2019-nCoV could potentially spread between people, CDC has been working closely with state and local partners to identify close contacts of confirmed 2019-nCoV cases. Public health officials identified this Illinois resident through contact tracing. Both patients are in stable condition.“Given what we’ve seen in China and other countries with the novel coronavirus, CDC experts have expected some person-to-person spread in the US,” said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D.  “We understand that this may be concerning, but based on what we know now, we still believe the immediate risk to the American public is low.”Limited person-to-person spread with 2019-nCoV has been seen among close contacts of infected travelers in other countries where imported cases from China have been detected. The full picture of how easily and sustainably the 2019-nCoV spreads is still unclear. Person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum, with some viruses being highly contagious (like measles) and other viruses being less so.MERS and SARS, the other two coronaviruses that have emerged to cause serious illness in people, have been known to cause some person-to-person spread. With both those viruses, person-to-person spread most often occurred between close contacts, such as healthcare workers and those caring for or living with an infected person. CDC has been proactively preparing for the introduction of 2019-nCoV in the U.S. for weeks, including:First alerting clinicians on January 8 to be on the look-out for patients with respiratory symptoms and a history of travel to Wuhan, China.Developing guidance for preventing 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from spreading to others in homes and communities.Developing guidance for clinicians for testing and management of 2019-nCoV, as well as guidance for infection control of patients hospitalized or being evaluated by a health care provider.CDC is working closely with Illinois health officials and other local partners. A CDC team has been on the ground since the first 2019-nCoV-positive case was identified and is supporting an ongoing investigation to determine whether further spread with this virus has occurred.It is likely there will be more cases of 2019-nCoV reported in the U.S. in the coming days and weeks, including more person-to-person spread. CDC will continue to update the public as we learn more about this coronavirus. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Right now, 2019-nCoV has not been found to be spreading widely in the United States, so CDC deems the immediate risk from this virus to the general public to be low. However, risk is dependent on exposure, and people who are in contact with people with 2019-nCoV are likely to be at greater risk of infection and should take the precautions outlined in CDC’s guidance for preventing spread in homes and communities.For the general public, no additional precautions are recommended at this time beyond the simple daily precautions that everyone should always take. It is currently flu and respiratory disease season, and CDC recommends getting vaccinated, taking everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed. Right now, CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China.last_img read more

Miami Carnival Reviewing Plans for 2020 Staging

first_imgWhile many major entertainment events around the world have been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Miami Carnival is going ahead with plans for a 2020 staging to be held this fall. In a statement, the carnival organizers said they are monitoring the progress of the coronavirus and its impact on events scheduled for the Fall season. Changes may have to be made to ensure that the guidelines set out by the CDC are followed, but the event has not been cancelled. Miami Carnival is held every year in October, on the weekend leading up to Columbus Day. We look forward to keeping you informed about this year’s Miami Carnival and will include any contingency plans for us to have a safe and healthy event.” Please be assured that the safety and health of our patrons and stakeholders are what is most important to us. We will make sure that we are within the recommended guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to limit the spread of the virus in our local communities. We are also working closely with our host sponsor, The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, who has been working tirelessly with local officials and hotel operators on the process of being able to safely welcome back travels into the South Florida area. “The GMCVB has a long-standing partnership with the Miami Carnival,” said Connie Kinnard, Vice President of Multicultural Tourism & Development. “The Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee, the producers of the stable cultural festival Miami Carnival for the past 35 years in South Florida, are diligently monitoring COVID-19, consulting with our sponsors, Miami-Dade and Broward County elected officials, health officials, parks departments and stakeholders, and will make a decision as to what our event will look like this year. Read the statement below: “We applaud the Miami Carnival planning team for their vision to continue the Miami Carnival in the fall. Things are evolving concerning guidelines for gatherings and festivals in general due to Covid19, but we are committed to continuing our support of the festival based upon the implementation of the best scenarios for success and safety.”last_img read more

Edo State Gymnastics Chief Coach Appointed Technical Director of GFN

first_imgEdo State Gymnastics Chief coach, Chief Isaiah Obanor has been appointed as the Technical Director of the Gymnastics Federation of Nigeria.In a letter to Chief Obanor, dated 4th of August, 2017 and signed by the President of GFN, Prince Kelvin Erhunmunse, stated that his appointment as technical director is in recognition of Chief Obanor competence and experience acquired over the years.“In a deliberate effort to strengthen the Federation in the area of capacity building, the board has set committees to be managed by competent personnel like you.”Chief Obanor had earlier on the same date been admitted into the board of the Federation.With his appointment, the President of the GFN and the Technical Director are indigenes of Edo state. Related  Writer:                                                                                                                                                                  Kingsley Oyerolast_img read more

Statistics to consider ahead of the SUPER SUNDAY

first_imgRecord win & defeat Neutral Ground330091 Arsenal7 – 3Manchester City1956/1957 Popular Prediction: Both team to scoreManchester City vs ArsenalVenue: Etihad StadiumTime: 3:15p.mRecord:  Games against each other in all competitions. Arsenal v Manchester City Arsenal At Home8753211316077 PlayedWonDrawLostGoal ArsenalGoal Man Citycenter_img Manchester City4 – 0Arsenal1912/1913 Arsenal Away88372229131118 Manchester City1 – 5Arsenal2002/2003 Facts to note :Manchester City :The club’s most successful period was in the late 1960s and early 1970s when they won the League Championship, FA Cup, League Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup under the management team of Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison. After losing the 1981 FA Cup Final, the club went through a period of decline, culminating in relegation to the third tier of English football for the only time in their history in 1998. Having regained their Premier League status in the early 2000s, the club was purchased in 2008 by Abu Dhabi United Group and has since become one of the wealthiest in the world. Since 2011, the club have won five major honours, including the Premier League in 2012 and 2014.Manchester City Football Club is a football club in Manchester, England. Founded in 1880 as St. Mark’s (West Gorton), they became Ardwick Association Football Club in 1887 and Manchester City in 1894.Arsenal :This will be the first season that Arsenal will not be participating in the UEFA Champions League since 1997–98The season will be the 21st straight season under manager Arsène Wenger and covers the period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.Nickname(s)    The GunnersFounded          1886; 131 years agoThe club has won 13 League titles, a record 13 FA Cups, two League Cups, the League Centenary Trophy, 15 FA Community Shields, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and one Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. It has won the second-most top-flight matches in English football history,[3] and is the only English club to go a 38-match league season unbeatenMatch Facts:Man City have won their last 8 matches (Premier League).Man City have scored at least 3 goals in their last 4 home matches (Premier League)Arsenal are undefeated in 9 of their last 10 matches against Man City in all competitionsManchester City are clear favourites, they need to defend better than what they have in recent home clashes against the Gunners. Arsenal have scored at least two goals in four of their last five visits to the Etihad.Arsenal have won 10 of their last 13 matches in all competitions but we are still waiting for Arsene Wenger’s side to play their best football, which, in a sense, bodes well for the Gunners. However, failure to produce their best on Sunday may result in a big home win for City.Relatedlast_img read more

Two Premier League Legends Make UEFA Team Of The Century

first_imgTwo Premier League legends namely Thierry Henry and Steven Gerrard have been made UEFA’s team of the century.Henry and Gerrard are the Premier League’s representatives in a team dominated by present and former stars from Spanish La Liga.Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas was named in goal while Sergio Ramos, Phillip Lahm, Carles Puyol and Gérard Pique made the four-man defence announced by UEFA.The midfield trio of the aforementioned Gerrard, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta were joined on the team by the fearsome attack of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Thierry Henry.UEFA’s Team Of The Century: Casillas; Ramos, Pique, Puyol, Lahm; Gerrard, Xavi, Iniesta; Ronaldo, Messi, Henry Related2017 Team Of The Year: Basketball Star Gallinari Opts For Italian BackboneJanuary 9, 2018In “BasketBall”Henry Advises Neymar On How To Deal With MessiFebruary 21, 2018In “Europe”Tottenham Hotspur vs Stoke CityJune 30, 2017Similar postlast_img read more