Rastafarian woman violated in Queens

first_imgFrancilla Daves..violated by NY cops An Orthodox Rastafarian woman is lamenting that a piece of her was taken away when she was forced to reveal her dreadlocks to police after being falsely accused of stealing $7 worth of groceries, according to a report in the Daily News.Francilla Daves, 47, was born into the religion originating in the country of Jamaica and took 11 years to grow her dreadlocks. She says her hair touches the small of her back.“My hair is only for my King,” said Daves, 47, referring to God. “My hair is a sacred thing, it’s my covenant. Orthodox Rasta women do not show their hair in public.”On January 13, she went to the Key Food supermarket near her home on Baisley Boulevard. in Rochdale Village, Queens, to pick up a few items.Daves carried the goods in a reusable cloth bag, separating the dairy from the meats. As she handed her payment to the cashier, she was shocked when a security guard accused her of stealing.The guard called the police and told them that Daves was caught trying to pass the cashier without paying, she said.“I told him that’s not true and to please run the tape because I don’t steal. I don’t do that kind of stuff,” said Daves, a medical assistant who aspires to treat people in Africa.Responding officers handcuffed Davies and took her to the 107th Precinct.“There’s questions and concerns we have with the management and owners of this Key Food,” said the Reverend Kevin McCall, national crisis director for the National Action Network.“When I went to the precinct, I was told to remove my turban because people sometimes hide things in there. I told them it was against my religion to show my hair and am not allowed to remove my turban,” Daves said.She was nevertheless forced to unravel her locks.“I felt very violated, didn’t feel like myself. It was very humiliating, embarrassing,” she said.“The hair is beauty. It’s a sacred thing like in the Jewish community. Our locks are a part of the covenant with the almighty,” said Jahfire Clark, a friend of Daves and fellow Rastafarian.After sitting in a holding cell for almost five hours, authorities gave Daves a desk appearance ticket and told her she could leave.“I asked if I could wrap my hair in a private place and they didn’t let me. They all were watching me wrap my hair,” she said with tears in her eyes.Daves related the incident to her high priest, who informed her that under the circumstances she didn’t have to cut off her hair. But the priest said because she was violated, she has to fast, read her Bible and avoid interacting with too many people until she feels like herself again.“A piece of me has been taken away. I was violated and treated like an animal. I don’t trust the police. I don’t feel like they really pardoned me,” said Daves.last_img read more

Swap Shop founder Preston Henn dies at age 86

first_imgPreston Henn, founder of one of South Florida’s most popular flea market has died of natural causes at the age of 86, his attorney told Local 10 News.Preston Henn died of natural causes Sunday at his Hillsbro Beach home, Henn’s Fort Lauderdale attorney, Bruce Rogow, confirmed.Henn founded the Swap Shop in 1963. Today, it is home to many Caribbean delicacies. The organic markets of the Swap Shop resemble a lot of the market places found in the Caribbean. It is the ideal place to go and find ground provisions, fruits like sugar cane, sugar apples, sapodillas and more. Local vendors at the flea market work toward providing household items that are usually only found in the Caribbean like Dutch styled cooking pots and wash boards. Apart from the market, the Swap Shop is home to many forms of entertainment for the entire family. The Swap Shop is famous for its 14-screen drive-in theater, which is the largest drive in and largest daily flea market in the world. From the fruit market to Caribbean flags, the Swap shop is home away from home for many Caribbean people.last_img read more

Guyana approves amendments to Broadcast Bill

first_imgLast week, the Guyana Press Association (GPA) said the amendments “essentially” introduces “an unwarranted program manager” position by the State in the daily schedules of radio and television stations. The GPA said requesting an “allocation of 60 minutes for public service programs will disrupt and violate contractual obligations stations have with advertisers and program sponsors.” Government dismisses opposition argument He said the amendments covers terrorist and racial language ensuring the public is more informed on national issues. The government dismissed arguments from the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) that it had provided broadcast licenses to all those who had applied while the party formed the government. The amendments compel private radio and television stations to dedicate 60 minutes of airtime between 6 AM and 10 PM to government for public service content. Nagomootoo named the Stabroek and Kaieteur Newspapers as two media entities which were refused broadcast licenses under the last administration. He said the Guyana Times, which is considered linked to the PPP was given preference and granted a radio license.center_img Guyana Press Association also opposes The Guyana parliament has approved amendments to the Broadcast Bill. The government used its one-seat majority to ensure its passage despite concerns and criticisms from several stakeholders. Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, who wrapped up the debate after two days, told Parliamentarians the objective of the amendments is to bring better guidelines to broadcasting. The 60 minutes is to be allocated for national address by the President, emergency notice or disaster warning issued by the Civil Defense Commission, Guyana Police Force, Guyana Fire Service, Minister of Public Health, and duly authorized government agencies.last_img read more

Hurricane Maria kills one in Guadeloupe – two missing

first_imgHurricane Maria is being blamed for at least one death on the French-speaking Caribbean nation of Guadeloupe on Monday, prior to making landfall in Dominica.According to government officials, one person was killed when a tree fell and two others went missing in a shipwreck off the coast of the French territory. Maria still a Category 5 stormThe Miami based National Hurricane Centre in its advisory issued at 5pm on Tuesday, said Maria which was downgraded to a Category 4 after making landfall in Dominica, has regained strength and is once again a powerful Category 5 system.Maria is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph and this general motion is expected to continue through Wednesday night.On the forecast track, the eye of Maria will move near or over the U. S. Virgin Islands late Tuesday cross Puerto Rico on Wednesday, and then pass just north of the coast of the Dominican Republic Wednesday night and Thursday.The Hurricane Centre says some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or so, but Maria is forecast to remain an extremely dangerous Category 4 or 5 hurricane as it moves near or over the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. However, slow weakening is expected after the hurricane emerges over the Atlantic north of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles. No major damage in MartiniqueThe French government on Tuesday reported that there was no major damage on the island of Martinique, another French territory in the region, although 50-thousand homes lost power and 10-thousand are without water.Two people sustained minor injuries.center_img Hurricane watches Meanwhile, the Meteorological Service of the Bahamas has issued a Hurricane Watch for the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Southeastern Bahamas.In Antigua and Barbuda the Tropical Storm Warning has been discontinued and a Hurricane warning has been discontinued for Dominica.However, a hurricane warning remains in effect for St. Kitts Nevis, Montserrate, the US and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Culebra and Vieques.A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Saba and St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, Anguilla, Guadeloupe, West of Puerto Plata to the northern border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Saba and St. Eustatius, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy, Anguilla, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Southeastern Bahamas,last_img read more

Robert DeNiro offers relief to Barbuda

first_imgAmerican actor Robert De Niro has offered to rebuild the island of Barbuda that was destroyed when the eye of Hurricane Irma slammed into the country with winds of 185 mph last week.De Niro, who first visited Barbuda several years ago says he has plans to develop a US$200 million resort through Noby – the hospital company he co-founded.The island, suffered 95 per cent damage to homes and businesses, leaving it uninhabitable with no power, water or cell service.All the island’s residents – fewer than 2,000 – were forced to evacuate.The location for De Niro’s new resort was to be at the site of the former Club K, the posh hideaway that once frequently hosted Princess Diana before it closed down 12 years ago.The goal of De Niro’s plan is to draw more tourists to the secluded island and provide jobs to the local islanders.last_img read more

Dominican national to head women’s football in Caribbean

first_imgKarina LeBlanc has officially been named as the head of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) women’s football. She will take up her new position on August 3.To strengthen and grow women game LeBlanc, who was born to Jamaican and Dominican parents and lived in Dominica until the age of eight, has been charged with spearheading the confederation’s campaign to strengthen and grow the women’s game throughout the CONCACAF region.Represented CanadaThe former goalkeeper eventually moved to Canada whom she represented in five FIFA World Cups, two Olympics and three Pan-American Games. She was a member of the bronze medal-winning team at the London Olympics in 2012.In 2013, she became the first female professional footballer to be appointed as UNICEF ambassador.LeBlanc also worked as a broadcaster and motivational speaker.“I am honored and excited to join CONCACAF at a pivotal time for women’s football. I have seen the growth and potential of our game across the CONCACAF region and around the globe and look forward to create additional opportunities for women in football.“Our confederation is well-positioned to continue supporting and inspiring its member associations to build, develop and elevate the women’s game,” LeBlanc said.To be based in MiamiLeBlanc, who will be based at CONCACAF’s Miami head office, will report to the Chief of Football Officer, Manolo Zubiria.CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani, welcomed his countrywoman to the post, at a time when he said the Confederation is broadening and consolidating its development and growth portfolio.“We are very pleased to welcome Karina LeBlanc as head of CONCACAF women’s football. She brings vast knowledge and passion for the sport, having played for 18 years and served as an advocate to provide access for more women to the game,” he said.“She is the right leader to support our mission of advancing and promoting women’s football in a sustainable and scalable way. She will contribute to increase participation and awareness at all levels,” Montagliani added.last_img read more

Congressional Black Caucus condemns Trump’s latest attack on Caribbean immigrants

first_imgRep Cedric Richmond WASHINGTON, CMC – The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has renewed its criticism of the Trump administration following its latest attack on low-income immigrants of color, including Caribbean immigrants.Letter sent to ICEIn a letter to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the CBC wrote that a proposal to restrict green cards for immigrants who are likely to use public assistance programs, such as Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Medicare Part D, is “racially discriminatory and a reverse of what Congress intended.”The CBC said that the justification for the proposal is “inaccurate and incomplete.”The December 10 letter was signed by CBC chairman Cedric L. Richmond, Democrat of Louisiana, and Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, Democrat of New York, who also serves as the CBC Immigration Task Force Chair. Clarke, who represents the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, is the daughter of Jamaican immigrants.The CBC’s letter is a follow-up to one dispatched to US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in September.“We are writing as members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to express our strong opposition to your agency’s proposed rule concerning public charge determinations. The proposed rule would cause major harm to immigrants, their families, state and local governments, health care providers and numerous other parties throughout the nation.“Black immigrants, who comprise only 8.7 per cent of all non-citizens, but are more likely to be impacted by the proposed rule, would be disproportionately injured. We, therefore, urge you to immediately withdraw this proposed rule in its entirety,” the letter noted.last_img read more

Easyodds looks for some long odds winners at Towcester

first_img Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020 StumbleUpon RankTipsterRace WinsPoints Share Related Articles ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 SIS reintroduces Towcester service as it resumes full greyhound schedule May 27, 2020 Share 1Alan Alger – Betway311.41 2Jacob Johns – Easyodds37.72 2Phillip Anderson – Before The Off36.17 3Ciaran O’Brien – William Hill35.29 4Ben Cleminson – Square in the Air14.50 5John Hill – Coral24.25 6Alex Donohue – Ladbrokes24.11 7Michael Shinners – Sky Bet24.00 8Stuart Tilly – Argyll Entertainment14.00 9Trevor Keane – Sportego23.50 10Matthew Hulmes – Betfred23.25 11bettingexpert1.353.09 12Timeform1.763.07 13Paddy Power13.00 14Russell Yershon11.88 15Charlie McCann – BetVictor11.75 16Stephen Power – @racingblogger21.69 17John Cruces – Dafabet11.25 18Michael Whittle – Team FA10.91 19Ed Nicholson – Unibet10.73 Jacob Johns, EasyoddsJacob Johns, one of the lead horse racing tipsters at odds comparison site Easyodds, has signed up for today’s Tipster Challenge at Towcester.Johns graduated from Bristol University with a degree in Psychology, but quickly changed career paths when joining Easyodds as a data manager, before moving to his current position as deputy editor.He will be going up against 11th placed Stephen Harris and the experts from Timeform in 12th. Harris, who represents leading affiliate bettingexpert, returned 11.57 points at Hereford last time out.____________________________________2:10bettingexpert: Bandon RocCan complete the hat-trick with the emphasis on stamina at this stiff track certain to suit.Timeform: Bandon RocHas returned from a break in great heart and a 7Ib penalty shouldn’t prevent a quick-fire hat-trick.Easyodds: Bandon RocHe’s going for a quick-fire hat-trick after two wins already in February, both by very wide margins. Whilst he’s been put up seven pounds since his last win he’s likely still well handicapped.____________________________________2:40bettingexpert: SocksyRemains unexposed for this excellent yard and can improve for a step up in trip.Timeform: Act NowBolted up at Plumpton on Monday and looks well treated turned out under a penalty, so commands maximum respect.Easyodds: What A DivaShe was an impressive course and distance winner last time and this looks to be her optimum trip. Her form since finishing behind Desert Sensation the last time she took on 23 furlongs has worked well.____________________________________3:10bettingexpert: ButtercupVery hit and miss but looks very well treated here against some rivals who are starting to look in the handicappers’ grip.Timeform: Krackatoa KingLooked better than ever when runner-up at Chepstow last time on what was only his second outing for this yard, and can go one place better despite the drop back in trip.Easyodds: YanmareHe’s already racked up three wins from five starts this season and was unlucky not to add to that tally last time. The long-time leader jumped right across him causing a bad error which he did well to recover from and nab second.____________________________________3:40bettingexpert: SolighosterHas nothing to beat and will win barring accidents.Timeform: SolighosterHas made a good start under Rules, confirming his bumper promise when running out an easy winner on hurdles bow at Fontwell last month. He looks to have been found an excellent opportunity under a penalty and is hard to oppose.Easyodds: SolighosterTook his form to a new level last time when bolting clear to win by 17 lengths. He should be much better than these.____________________________________4:10bettingexpert: SnowballHas run well in better races in all three runs over fences and seems sure to go well at a big price.Timeform: Lunar FlowSeemed to be transformed by the blinkers in an easy win at Uttoxeter on Saturday, and is hard to oppose under a penalty.Easyodds: SnowballDropped a long way in the weights over fences and ran with credit when fifth of 12 last time. Won off 16 pounds higher over hurdles last term and should be more at home on this softer surface.____________________________________4:40bettingexpert: Project MarsLooked a stayer on his bumper debut at Warwick and this stiffer track will suit much better.Timeform: AstrapaiosThe form of his Ffos Las third has worked out and he looks the way to go with improvement on the cards second time up.Easyodds: CorzeamNigel Twiston-Davies has a decent strike-rate in bumpers, especially first time out. Also, a useful claimer takes off seven pounds.____________________________________Where will Jacob Johns enter on the Tipster Challenge leaderboard? Submitlast_img read more

Betfred Tote put on notice, as UK racing eyes new pools product for 2018

first_img Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share The Times has revealed that a group of UK racing stakeholders are preparing to establish a rival pool-based betting system to Betfred’s Tote, as the sport looks for new revenue streams.Led by the Jockey Club and Arena Racing Company (ARC), it is understood that 56 of the 60 UK racetracks have committed to the Tote rival venture which will aim to launch its services by 2018 when Betfred’s exclusive pools licence runs out.The Racing Post reports that former Gala Coral Chairman Neil Goulden is leading the new racing pools project which has gained support from numerous high-powered racing stakeholders.In 2011 amid the ongoing financial crisis recovery, the UK government sold the Tote to Betfred for £265 million. UK racing received 50% of the sale which was ring-fenced for the Racing Foundation charity.At the time of the Tote sale, a number of racing stakeholders were critical of the government’s actions stating that Betfred had been granted a ‘cheap pass’ to create a trackside monopoly on racing pools.Backers of the venture, which will not be allowed to be branded as a ‘Tote’ product, have detailed that a successful system could double pool betting contributions to UK racing.Speaking to The Times, racing CEOs Martin Cruddace (ARC) and Simon Bazalgette (Jockey Club) personally backed the project stating that racing needed to revamp its pool system with better centralized operations and flexibility for racecourse owners.In recent years, Betfred owner Fred Done has had a fractious relationship with UK racing. In December 2015, Done stated that his company could ‘walk away from the sport’ following the loss of Betfred’s title sponsorship of Cheltenham Festival’s Gold Cup for not committing to UK racing’s ‘authorised betting partner’ scheme.Furthermore, Done has been publicly critical of racecourse owners funding strategy for the sport, stating that their plans made no economic sense. Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Submit Related Articles John Williamson to oversee UK Tote Group’s international growth August 28, 2020last_img read more

BTC pushing for better terms for independent bookmakers

first_img Submit SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Share SIS expands into the numbers game with 49’s takeover  June 29, 2020 Independent bookmakers are lobbying for more flexibility from one of their key suppliers for 2018 and beyond.The Bookmakers’ Technology Consortium (BTC) – a co-operative organisation that provides smaller firms with the advantage of collective bargaining – is unhappy with terms offered by SIS, one of the LBO sector’s main providers.The BTC has written a letter to bookmakers across the UK and Ireland highlighting what it sees as the inequalities between the deals offered to corporate operators and those from the independent sector.One of the main complaints from bookmakers is that too much content is bundled compulsorily into the SIS service for independents, putting unwanted extra costs on a sector already struggling to turn a profit. In the letter, the BTC Directors explain: “The needs of the independent betting shop operator are different to those of the major retail operators. We insist that SIS service those needs in a collaborative way and form a mutually beneficial partnership with the independent sector.”The channel which SIS are offering the 1,400 independent shops in the UK and Ireland will bundle UK horseracing, Irish horseracing, some UK greyhounds, 49’s virtual racing and international horseracing from various jurisdictions. SIS proposes to deliver the service via a two screen display with a unified audio channel. When this service is fully up and running in 2019 with a full year of Racecourse Media Group (RMG) content, the BTC says it will have a full rate card of charge of £21,499.  Independents feel this is too much content at too great a cost and are asking for the service to be split into a main channel and a second optional channel. This would enable the smaller shops to continue to trade with only UK horseracing and 49’s virtual racing on the main channel.  The second channel would show Irish horseracing, greyhounds and international racing. This would split the cost approximately 50/50 between the two channels. The issue is complicated by the fact that UK horseracing is split between two providers – SIS and the newcomer The Racing Partnership (TRP) – and bookmakers have to subscribe to both channels in order to offer the full range of UK horseracing.The BTC also believes that SIS’ data feed can and should be provided independently to its pictures service and that there should not be a requirement for 100% estate sign up for any service.The BTC also want further clarity on terms such as the rebates for abandoned meetings, and want a ‘binding commitment’ to give a committee of subscribers to the FACTS channel to authorise any additional content or even renewals of existing deals, such as has been offered to the corporate bookmakers.SIS is aware of the letter that has been distributed , adding: “Dialogue with the BTC is currently ongoing, and therefore we don’t wish to comment.” Richard FitzGerald steps down as RMG CEO August 6, 2020last_img read more