Applications open for Miss Jamaica Florida Beauty Pageant

first_imgMiss Jamaica Florida Applications are now being accepted for the 28th edition of the Miss Jamaica Florida Beauty Pageant.The pageant has four categories and is open to young ladies between the ages 6 to 25 years, who reside in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties, single, never married, nor given birth to a child and are of Jamaican descent.Pageant Director, Keisha Edmond, explained that while potential contestants who meet the pageant requirements live in other sections of the state, logistics would make it difficult for potential contestants from outside the tri-county area to effectively compete.“It is not an exclusion but from past experience we have come to realize that persons who live further north than Palm Beach would have a hard time participating in the activities we have planned such as etiquette and public speaking workshops,” Edmond said.There will be four age categories open for application:The Little Miss Jamaica Florida (ages 6-8 years); Junior Miss Jamaica Florida (9-12 years); Teen Miss Jamaica Florida (13-17 years); and Miss Jamaica Florida (18-25 years).The final pageant will be held on October 29.The winners will be awarded cash prizes, make appearances at select events in South Florida during their one-year reign and will be given a trip to Jamaica.last_img read more

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International banks back BVI recovery efforts

first_imgRecovery efforts currently underway in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are being backed by international financial institutions.This was disclosed by Premier Dr. Orlando Smith on Wednesday following recent meetings held with officials from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF).Productive Discussions “We had very productive discussions on the ways in which reconstruction can be financed, both short and long-term. I am pleased we have the full-support of the CDB”, said Smith, who is also the Finance Minister.He added that the banks are also interested in rebuilding local structures to withstand future ‘extreme weather events’ such as hurricanes Irma and Maria.Aim to be model of resilience“Our objective is to become a model of resilience in the region and a center of excellence in infrastructure. This will not only make us more resilient, but also more attractive as a tourism destination and international business center,” Smith said.Minister of Health and Social Security, Ronnie Skelton, as well as Director of the BVI London Office, Benito Wheatley, also attended the meeting which was held in Washington DC.The talks were held as part of the annual World Bank/International Monetary Fund meetings.Improved roads soonMeanwhile, Works Minister, Mark Vanterpool, says residents will start to see better roads in about two months as the government will be filling the pothole-riddled thoroughfares with concrete and other material as a temporary fix.The minister explained that the temporary solution is being employed because the territory’s two asphalt plants were knocked out of commission by last month’s hurricanes.Vanterpool, however, noted that the condition of roads is worsening because of rainfall that continues to affect the already-battered British overseas dependent territory.For more on the progress in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), visit the link: Tourism back on track in November – British Virgin Islands Premierlast_img read more

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Tivoli Gardens documentary wins award

first_imgJamaica’s Tivoli Gardens incursion documentary wins award at US film festivalJamaican producer, writer, director, Sasha-Gay Lewis won the Best Short Documentary at the Los Angeles Film and Script Festival for her script for documentary The Incursion.The documentary also won an honorable mention award at the Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival on the past weekend.Character driven documentaryThe Incursion is a character-driven documentary that highlights the 2010 raid by a joint police and army force on the inner-city community of Tivoli Gardens in Jamaica. The raid was meant to search and find then Jamaican notorious fugitive Christopher “Dudus” Coke who was being sought to be extradited to the United States. Several people were killed in the raid as residents resisted the invasion of the armed security forces.The film provides an affecting account of what happened on that fateful day in May 23, 2010, and the lingering effects on the lives of those who survived the raid.Gave her all“For the past year or so I have given my all to getting this film done and done well. There were many challenges but I kept at it, confident that this is a story worth telling. These awards are confirmation of that truth,” Lewis said.Born in Jamaica, Lewis has been writing and producing content for television and radio for over 10 years. She has written, produced and directed several short documentaries in Jamaica, Belize, and the US.The Incursion was also awarded an Impact Doc award and is an official selection of the Pembroke Taparelli Arts and Film Festival.last_img read more

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More Commonwealth Games medals for Jamaica

first_imgJamaican athletes won several more medals on Friday as the 2018 Commonwealth games in Australia heads towards its closing on April 15.Jamaica’s Danielle Thomas-Dodd followed up her World Indoor silver medal in March with a gold medal and national record in the Women’s Shot Put at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia on Friday.Dodd tossed the shot out to 19.36m, a new national record, to hold three-time champion Valrie Adams of New Zealand at bay and win her country’s sixth gold medal in track and field at the 2018 Games. She broke her own national record of 19.15m set last year.Adams got off to a strong start opening with season-best 18.70m, 34cm better than the Jamaican’s opening throw of 18.36m but there were signs early that the Jamaican had come to compete putting in a throw of 18.70m on her second throw and then went on to take the lead with her penultimate throw of 19.36m.Fedrick Dacres and Traves Smikle struck gold and silver respectively for Jamaica in the finals of the men’s discus throw. Dacres won with a throw of 68.20 meters while Smikle got his silver with a 63.98m throw. Behind them in third was Apostolos Parellis from Cyprus with a throw of 63.61m.Jamaica’s Natoya Goule won the bronze medal in the women’s 800m final in a time of 1:58.82 behind South Africa’s Caster Semenya who struck gold in a time of 1:56.68 and Kenya’s Margaret Nyairera Wambui who was second in 1:58.07.Jamaica and other Caribbean countries could earn more medals in the perennial popular sprint and quarter miles relays scheduled for Saturday, April 14.Jamaica currently has 22 medals —six gold, eight silver and eight bronze — at the Games and is 11th on the scoreboard.last_img read more

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The Origins of Mother’s Day

first_imgMotherhood has been celebrated since ancient times. The ancient Greeks paid homage to Rhea, the Mother of Gods; and there are records of the ancient Romans worshiping a mother Goddess known as Cybele as early as 260 BC. Tradition began in 1600sFestivals took place in the spring which was the most fertile time of the year. The more modern way of honoring mothers began in England in the 1600s where Mothering Sunday was observed on the fourth Sunday of Lent. This day is also known as ‘Refreshment Sunday,’ the only day when you are allowed to eat or do whatever you have given up for Lent. Not surprisingly, families came together and took the opportunity to party with a big meal at which mother was treated as the guest of honor. Traditionally, mothers were given posies of flowers and a cake. Mother’s Day replaced Mothering SundayThe term ‘Mothering Sunday’ has now fallen into disuse and has mostly been replaced by ‘Mother’s Day,’ which is used the world over.In the US, there were several attempts to introduce a Mother’s Day as a way to celebrate peace and heal the scars of war. Julia Ward, who wrote the words to the Battle Hymn of the Republic, suggested the idea in 1872. But the idea didn’t really take off until Anna Jarvis campaigned for the establishment of a Mother’s Day to commemorate her own mother who died in 1905. Ward’s mother herself had tried to establish a similar holiday, Mother’s Friendship Day, to heal the pain of the Civil War.First US Mother’s Day in 1907The first Mother’s Day in the US was held in 1907, when Julia Ward held a ceremony to honor her mother. She then successfully campaigned for a formal holiday to honor mothers and by 1911 most states had taken up the idea. This was followed in 1914 by a declaration by President Woodrow Wilson that Mother’s Day should be celebrated as a national holiday on the second Sunday in May. The idea quickly spread to Canada and Mexico and many more countries throughout the world.The commercialization of Mother’s Day quickly followed, much to the disgust of Anna Jarvis who was arrested in 1923 at a Mother’s Day festival for trying to stop women selling flowers. Ironically Anna Jarvis campaigned for many years against the commercialization of Mother’s Day, the day she had worked so hard to establish.Although she had no children of her own, each Mother’s Day, Anna received hundreds of cards from all over the world. Anna Jarvis died in 1948.Source: ArticlesFactory.comlast_img read more

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Fish for Easter – Caribbean Style

first_imgThroughout the weekend, Easter in the Caribbean is at least a four day affair, with Good Friday and Easter Monday being earmarked as public holidays in many countries. As Caribbean folks living in the US, we often miss the rest, respite, downtime, family time, and for some, party-time, that goes along with the Easter weekend holidays.Food, however, is one way we here in the diaspora can celebrate Easter like we used to back home. Across the region, red meat is traditionally given up for Easter. Fish, on the other hand, is the staple of the holiday. In Jamaica, you’ll find households across the island eating Escoveitch Fish. Made with king fish or snapper, Escoveitch Fish is seasoned simply with salt and pepper, then fried. The secret to this tasty dish, however, is the tasty vinegar-based sauce that is poured on top of it. This sauce is a cocktail of pimento seeds, onion and scotch bonnet peppers. The longer the sauce sits, the better it tastes. Of course, we can’t talk about Easter in Jamaica without giving honorable mention to bun and cheese. According to some, Jamaican bun is a tropical version of the English hot cross bun. Jamaican bun includes is a sweet treat that includes raisins, currents and other dried fruit. Cheese is stuck in between two slices of bun, to make the perfect ‘bun and cheese’, which is eaten constantly in Jamaica over the Easter weekend. In keeping with the fish theme, however, in Bermuda codfish cakes are traditionally eaten at Easter. This dish is popular throughout the rest of the Caribbean as well, though the starch base may vary, and is said to have become rooted in the region’s culture since colonial times. To make the dish, simply soak saltfish overnight to remove excess salt, and create a codfish smash with a mix of potatoes, onions and other seasonings. In Bermuda, codfish cakes are often eaten with green bananas. In St. Lucia, accra, another style of saltfish fritter, is also widely eaten over the Easter season. Accra looks more like Jamaica’s saltfish fritters, but is made with creole seasoning and hot sauce, and are often eaten with a tamarind-based dipping sauce. In Barbados eating flying fish is a staple of the national diet, and at Easter the island celebrates by eating fish. Each year the country hosts a three day festival called the Oistins Fish Festival, where the highlight is fried flying fish, seasoned with Bajan seasonings, then floured, bread crumbed and fried. The family event also includes calypso and reggae music and celebrates fishermen, as well as honoring the nation’s fishing industry as a whole. This is a just a taste of the fish tradition across the Caribbean. Other countries are also on the fish-eating bandwagon for Easter too. So, if you’re longing for home this Easter weekend, why not pull out some fish and either concoct your favorite dish, or stick to the traditional fare.last_img read more

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Chelsea Player Suffers Horror Car Crash

first_imgLONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 12: Tiemoue Bakayoko of Chelsea celebrates scoring his sides fourth goal during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Chelsea FC and Qarabag FK at Stamford Bridge on September 12, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has been involved in a horrific car crash while he was on his way home from training earlier today.Bakayoko, 23, was driving along Blundel Lane near Chelsea’s Cobham facility at about 3:30pm when the accident happenedThe French midfielder, who sealed a £40m move from AS Monaco to Chelsea in the summer, was travelling towards Oxshott, Surrey, when the incident happened. The Police were later invited to the scene of the accidentBakayoko, who was involved in the incident alone, was said to have suffered minor bruises though his participation in the weekend’s league clash with hosts Stoke City is not in doubt.RelatedChelsea Seal £40m Deal For French Powerhouse BakayokoJuly 15, 2017In “England”Bakayoko Returns To Monaco On Season-Long LoanSeptember 1, 2019In “England”Bakayoko Admits Romance With PiatekFebruary 19, 2019In “Italy”last_img read more

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Tornadoes Pay The Penalty As Akwa United Win 2017 Aiteo Cup

first_imgGiantkilllers Niger Tornadoes suffered heartbreak after Akwa United won the 2017 Aiteo Cup by beating the Minna-based side 3-2 on penalties after the game ended in a stalemate.Both teams struggled to create openings during the game played at the Agege Stadium in Lagos ànd it was largely unsurprising that it ended in a goalless affair which paved the way for the dreaded penalty shootouts.For winning their second title in three seasons, 2015 winners Akwa United have qualified for the CAF Confederations Cup in 2018 in addition to a whooping N25m. Finalists Niger Tornadoes will also receive N10m as the second-placed team.Relatedlast_img read more

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AOC aims to arrest decline by emulating Britain’s lottery system

first_img Hellas index recognises SG Digital as top tech employer  May 11, 2020 StumbleUpon Australia’s Olympic Committee (AOC) President John Coates has thrown ‘100% support’ behind calls for an A$50 million (£29.86 million) lottery to boost funding for sport in the country.The proposal comes after Australia’s disappointing 10th place finish in the medals table at Rio 2016, which continued a decline from fourth place in both Sydney (2000) and Athens (2004).Coates made the following comments: “We are 100 percent supportive of the lottery proposal. Olympic sport is in desperate need of funding. We are being out-funded by other countries, particularly Britain and Germany. I would give the lottery wholehearted support and I hope it gets up.”Meanwhile John Wylie, Chairman of the Australian Sports Commission, said that Australia had reached a ‘moment of truth’, and called on the government to set up the online lottery by the end of the year to keep the country competitive in the face of rising spending by their rivals.Wylie said: “We are on a burning deck in terms of our international performance. There is no better evidence of that than what has been happening at the Olympic Games. If we are going to remain competitive internationally, if we are going to have a healthy and active society, we need to invest significantly more in the system.”The Australian Sports Commission provides most of the funding for Olympic sports, but has seen its government grant decline over the last five years. Conversely, Great Britain has benefited from a huge increase in funding for elite sport via its national lottery and finished second in the table at Rio. OPAP delivers on Athens children’s hospital CSR projects July 6, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit Intralot rocked by Bulgaria Eurobet suspension  June 5, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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Stephen Harris lands longest odds Tipster Challenge winner

first_img StumbleUpon 1bettingexpert429.50 2Alex Donohue – ODDSbible12.00 Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020 Share bettingexpert and a rotation of guests will be providing expert tips for a specific Wednesday race meet.We will keep record of points won each week and the number of race wins for each.The guests will compete individually, with their points going up against the average total for bettingexpert.The new tips will be published on Wednesday ahead of the race meet, and the results will be available on Thursday.For the competition, we will assume that all selections are backed with 1 point.Lost tips will count as 0 and won bets will be added to the leaderboard at SP value.Each tipster will get a ‘Nap of the Day’ each week which scores double points.For example, if bettingexpert’s Stephen Harris backs a winning horse at 8/1, he will get 8 points; if he has put this horse forward as his ‘Nap of the Day’, the reward is 16 points. Stephen Harris from bettingexpert pulled off the longest odds win in the history of the Tipster Challenge, after correctly backing 16/1 Montaly to win the 3:35 at Chester.This came after Harris had started the new Jump Season competition, sponsored by Betting Gods, by landing his 2/1 Nap of the Day on Enable. The horse racing guru then followed up his 16/1 success by picking up two more victories on Here And Now (15/2) and Never Surrender (2/1) for a score of 29.50.Meanwhile, it was a difficult day for our first competition guest, Alex Donohue. The newly appointed Brand Partnerships Manager at ODDSbible collected just 2.00 points for Enable, but his Nap of the Day Stradivarius was beaten into second place in the 4:05.Race Winners at Chester:Yogi’s Girl – 4/1Enable – 2/1El Astronaute – 2/1Montaly – 16/1Here And Now – 15/2Never Surrender – 2/1Russian Soul – 14/1Tipster Challenge 2017 Leaderboard ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020center_img Related Articles Submit RankTipsterRace WinsPoints Share Alex Donohue to head up Press Box PR June 25, 2020last_img read more

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