Jamaicans Lament “Prison” Conditions At State Quarantine Facility

first_imgFollowing backlash from locals and members of the diaspora, Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. Christopher Tufton both issued an apology to the residents and said that the issues were being rectified. Although the public apologies were warranted and largely accepted, the issues highlighted by residents have discouraged many Jamaicans in the diaspora who are eager to go home. Bahia Principe Jamaica. Photo via Jamaica Observer Quarantine meals posted by residents Prime Minister Andrew Holness has admitted that the 600 persons that are currently in quarantine and isolation have stretched the government’s resources thin. “Out of compassion and an overwhelming desire to bring our citizens home, we are now beyond our quarantine capacity,” he said. Residents at the facility took to social media to post videos and images of the deplorable meals and rooming conditions that they were being subject to. But while Holness said that home quarantine may be the best compromise, he remains cautious that it could cause a slew of other problems if the protocols are not followed. Holness said that indiscipline of returning residents could still lead to a drastic spike in imported/import-related cases in the country. Over the last week, as Jamaica began to repatriate its citizens that have been stuck overseas since March, many returning residents have brought attention to the sub-standard conditions of some of the island’s state quarantine facilities. The Bahia Principe Hotel in Runaway Bay is one such hotel that has been called out by residents staying at the facility, which currently accommodates 345 of the residents that have returned so far. Residents revealed a slew of problems at the facility, including rooming delays, no COVI-19 testing, substandard meals, discrimination and verbal abuse from the workers at the hotel. Many citizens had asked the government to consider the isolation of returning residents in their homes, in order to use the hefty quarantine bill elsewhere. At a press conference earlier this week, Prime Minister Holness said that the government has taken the suggestion and would be implementing a geo-fencing monitoring system to facilitate self-quarantine. Under the controlled re-entry program, returning Jamaicans have to be quarantined in a state facility for 14 days at a discounted cost of USD $20 for meals and other needs. But last week, the Jamaican government came under fire for the conditions of some of the facilities, which have been likened to that of prisons. As a result, he said, it will be at least 14 days before Jamaica is able to accommodate any sizeable additional cohort. Accommodation and food for the initial batch of 330 returning Jamaicans have cost the government $64 million, which does not include security, healthcare, and other expenses. Minister Tufton also suggested that many public-health officers, nurses, and inspectors, who are currently not allowed vacation leave, are suffering from burnout. Also adding to the government’s concerns is the fact that over 9,000 Jamaicans have applied to return home and are waiting for approval. There is still also over 1,000 Jamaican cruise ships workers, still stuck at sea and waiting for permission to disembark.last_img read more

NFL anthem protests evolve past Kaepernick’s original intent

first_imgFILE – In this Sept. 12, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara, Calif.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) What began more than a year ago with an NFL quarterback protesting police brutality against minorities by kneeling silently during the national anthem before games has grown into a roar with hundreds of players sitting, kneeling, locking arms or remaining in locker rooms — their reasons for demonstrating as varied as their methods.Yet people rallying to defend players or decry the protests aren’t talking about police brutality, or the fact that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is no longer employed by an NFL team. Especially after President Donald Trump weighed in repeatedly to say that players should stand for the anthem or be fired for their defiance.Before NFL games began Sunday, the discourse had morphed into a debate over the First Amendment, Trump’s insults, how much the NFL has been paid by the U.S. government for its displays of patriotism and the overall state of race relations in America. Support and criticism came from fields well beyond the gridiron, including NASCAR, the NBA, MLB, activists, journalists, entertainers and politicians. “It wasn’t political when it was written and it shouldn’t be political today,” American Legion National Commander Denise H. Rohan said Monday. “Having a right to do something does not make it the right thing to do.”Fans are also noting the mixed messages.“The original issue was police brutality,” said Myles Conley, 42, a sales consultant from Atlanta. “The issue has moved past police brutality. Now it’s … racism in the NFL.”Conley said fans watch the NFL for entertainment and “now it’s turning into an activists’ platform,” referring to domestic violence, player safety, race and other issues.“All of these issues the NFL is making part of their program,” he said. “No one wants to hear that.”Protesters have supporters as well, including NAACP President Derrick Johnson. “This isn’t about football; it’s about freedom,” Johnson said Monday. “It’s about the ability of Americans to utilize their constitutional rights without punitive actions from their employers.”It’s unclear whether — or how — the momentum will continue. On Monday, Jackson called for a boycott of the NFL — some African-Americans have been doing that since the start of the season earlier this month — and picketing at pro football stadiums.Some want the original intent of the protests to become the focus again.Congressional Black Caucus chair Cedric Richmond noted that while some NFL owners, coaches and officials put out statements rebuking Trump, they didn’t include why players originally felt the need to protest.“They are taking a knee to protest police officers who kill unarmed African-Americans — men and women, adults and children, parents and grandparents — with impunity,” the Democrat from Louisiana said. “They are taking a knee to protest a justice system that says that being black is enough reason for a police officer to fear for his or her life.”Jozen Cummings, a columnist at VerySmartBrothas.com, wrote in a column Monday that the #TakeTheKnee movement has evolved into an “all-lives-matteresque, watered-down version of NFL players and owners against Trump.”“Kaepernick’s cause got distorted into a protest about flags and against Trump when it was never intended to be against anybody,” Cummings wrote. “It was for people of color.”Miles said that while the support has taken various forms, people are leveraging their platforms to keep issues of systemic racism top of mind.“Folks are elevating the conversation,” Miles said. “It’s all connected, and there’s a long list of things that have been going on. This is about recognizing that the responsibility is on all of us and there a role for all of us to play.”___Corey Williams in Detroit and Tom Withers in Cleveland contributed to this report. Williams, Holland and Whack are members of The Associated Press Race and Ethnicity Team. Holland reported from Washington and Whack reported from Philadelphia.http://www.facebook.com/jessejholland . Follow Whack on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/emarvelous . FILE – In this Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, file photo, the Dallas Cowboys, led by owner Jerry Jones, center, take a knee prior to the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)“The issue has morphed beyond that because Mr. Trump has interceded,” the Rev. Jesse Jackson said.More than 200 NFL players and owners — even anthem performers — found ways to show dissent during pro football games over the weekend. Raised fists and other gestures came after Trump’s comments at a Friday night rally in Huntsville, Alabama, where he mused to the crowd: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now! Out! He’s fired. Fired!’”Trump continued to criticize protesters Tuesday, saying in a news conference at the White House that he was “ashamed of what was taking place” with the kneeling protesters. Trump said Americans have died and been injured in defense of their country.“They were fighting for our flag, they were fighting for our national anthem and for people to disrespect that by kneeling during the playing of our national anthem, I think that’s disgraceful,” the president said.Trump’s remarks set off a firestorm on social media. Ken Miles, a community organizer and entrepreneur living in Harlem, created a petition on Saturday around the emerging #TakeTheKnee hashtag in response.“This weekend was just a reminder of the role that power plays in this conversation,” said Miles, 32. “The president of the United States leveraging his influence to call out players exercising their rights is an abuse of power.”The topic continued to dominate discussion in sports Monday as NFL players reflected, NBA teams met with reporters and Trump doubled down on his position with tweets, saying the issue had nothing to do with race and using the hashtag “#StandForOurAnthem.”“He doesn’t understand the power that he has for being the leader of this beautiful country,” Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James said.Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James answers questions during the NBA basketball team media day, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Independence, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)Trump has rallied those to his side who are less interested in athletes’ opinions than a perceived lack of patriotism. The American Legion has called the protests and protesters “misguided and ungrateful.” In this Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Browns fans hold a sign following the national anthem before an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Cleveland Browns in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)Some worry that the expanded reasoning for the protests — fanned by the president’s incendiary stance — could dilute the passion and the permanence of its original cause, drawing attention to interactions between police and minorities.last_img read more

Freeway roadworks: detours planned

first_imgNIGHT time road users of the M1 Monash Freeway are being asked to allow extra travel time as VicRoads undertakes…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Kids impress with concerns for their future

first_imgBy Kyra Gillespie Upper Beaconsfield Primary Grade 5 and 6 students were among 500 other primary and high school students…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Hume Innkeepers Men’s Indoor Champs

first_imgBefore all amateur sports in the Heritage City were shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hume Innkeepers took care of some unfinished business by capturing the Nelson Men’s Indoor Soccer Championships at the Nelson Youth Indoor Facility on Cedar Street.The Innkeepers defeated Whitecaps Prospects 11-5 in the Indoor Final. Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the Innkeepers as Team of the  Week.The Innkeepers include Kevin Lewis, Ryan Lewis, Josiah Mori, Matty Tyler, Gabriel Price, Dylan Bennet, Chris Parenteau, Jonathan Brinias, Luke Mori, Mike Parenteau and Zeke Grimshaw.last_img read more

Ticket Details announced for All-Ireland Minor Football Semi-Final

first_imgPrices as follows:Hogan Stand (No Concession) – €40Cusack Stand – €40Terrace – €25FAMILY TICKETS:-Family Tickets- Cusack and Davin StandsAdults – €40 Juveniles – €5Students & Senior Citizens (Cusack & Davin Stand Only):-Purchase full price tickets and get rebate of  €10 with valid I.D. at Block D, Stiles 1 to 5 in the Cusack Stand.(Rebate can only be claimed on entry into the stadium via BLOCK D)Wheelchair Tickets:-The Wheelchair Ticket and Assistant’s ticket is €40Group & Club Pass.Group Pass- Juveniles U-16 €3 each (you are permitted to bring 1 adult free with every ten Juveniles) any additional adults pay full price for their tickets.  Deadline is Tuesday 16th Aug 2016Club Pass for adults- €10. Max 50 tickets per club, one application only per club.  Deadline is Tuesday 16th Aug 2016Forms can be downloaded from http://www.gaa.ie/tickets/club-offersTickets are now on general sale online and via the SuperValu/Centra stores.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Sunday 21st August 2016 GAA Football Semi FinalMinor: 1.30pm Donegal v GalwaySenior: 3.30pm Tipperary v Mayocenter_img Please see below the event and ticketing details for the GAA Football All Ireland Semi Finals on 21st Aug in Croke Park.last_img read more

Khan wins 2WD NT Class Championship

first_img0Shares0000Khan wins 2WD NT Class ChampionshipNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 13 – Former multiple Safari Rally Coupe des Dames navigator champion Safina Khan is at it again, this time clinching the 2018 KCB Kenya National Autocross Championship 2WD Non Turbo Class title.Safina wrapped up her 2018 championship campaign in second overall position but achieved her fairytale feat after Hamza Anwar failed to meet the 75% requirement as stipulated in the national competition rules. As per the KMSF NCR’s 2018 Clause 10.5, a competitor should have competed in 75% of the events prescribed in the national motorsports calendar to be entitled to be recognized as national champion if he/she has the most number of points that would make them the national champion. If the competitor has not achieved the75% events threshold, then the next driver with the highest number of points but meets this criterion will be declared the national champion.Following this Clause, and the fact that Hamza Anwar only managed 70% of the events as of the belated WKMC Round 4, compared to Safina’s 90%- she becomes the new champion. Safina takes overvghe title from another retired KNRC female navigator Gillian Bailey.Here’s what she had to say in an interview: “It has been a very adrenaline spiked, fun-filled and sensational Autocross Season 2018 for me. I’m overly excited to be the new champion in the class despite my underpowered machine. It hasn’t sunk in yet. We started off in the last quarter of the Autocross 2017 Championship in a small, cute, well-prepared Toyota Vitz which had been previously left to rust in some showroom. My husband (Adil Khan) took the Toyota Vitz and decided to upgrade it into an autocross car set to participate in the 2WD Non-Turbo class. This car was actually meant for my firstborn son, who co-incidentally was by then, almost sitting for his IGCSE Cambridge Exams. So, the decision to make the car an under-powered 1500c.c was a deliberate one, to suit my son and get him accustomed to racing in the Autocross.”Safina competed in the last two autocross events for 2017 to get a feel of the car. Although she found it seriously lacking in speed and sprint, with a 1500 c.c engine and drivetrain, she nevertheless pushed onwith it to get some 2WD experience. “I was at this point pitted against much faster and superior machineswhich were 1800 c.c and even up to 2.6 liters in my class – 2wd Non – turbo challenge.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Arrest Made in Jackson County Murder

first_imgThe Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the NCSBI have charged an individual in the homicide of Timothy Vincent Norris.Charged is Thomas “Tommy” Glen Palmer Jr., 33, listed with a Tignall, GA address.  Palmer is the step son of Timothy Norris.  Palmer is currently being held in Wilkes County, GA on unrelated charges stemming from an armed robbery in Georgia on December 13th.  Jackson County has begun the process to have Palmer extradited back to North Carolina.No further case details are being released at this time.Norris, a 49-year-old Cashiers man, was shot dead inside his home on February 3rd. Tim Norris’ wife, Tami, left their home on Feb. 2 at about 6 p.m. for her job at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. She worked the night shift. She discovered her husband’s body the following morning.last_img read more

Dingaan Thobela: The Rose of Soweto

first_imgDingaan Thobela established himself as a charismatic, gifted fighter and a favourite of the South African public.Former boxing champion Dingaan Thobela is known as “The Rose of Soweto”.(Image: Cara Viereckl, via IOL)Brand South Africa reporterDingaan Thobela has proved himself as one of South Africa’s most talented boxers, although perhaps not the most hardworking fighter. The charismatic Thobela started his professional career in 1986 as a junior welterweight, but has since moved up to the light heavyweight ranks – representing a rise of almost 16 kilograms.He has even spoken of possibly campaigning as a heavyweight whether he was serious or not remains to be seen.After an amateur career that saw him win 80 times and lose just three bouts, Thobela’s first professional fight pitted him against Quinton Ryan, a bout he won in four rounds. The slick-punching Thobela was held to a draw in his fourth fight, but proceeded to win 25 fights in a row over the next five years, registering 19 wins by knockout along the way.Dingaan Thobela starts his professional career in 1986 as a junior welterweight, but later moved up to the light heavyweight ranks – representing a rise of almost 16 kilograms. (Image: African Ring)Fighting outside South AfricaAs he scored more and more wins, Thobela became increasingly marketable and began to fight outside of South Africa. In 1990, three of his five fights were in the United States and all three ended in victories, two by knockout over Pascual Aranda and Mauricio Aceves who he both disposed of in the fifth round.In 1991, Thobela’s three contests were all won on points, and in 1992 he fought only twice, defeating Tony Foster over eight rounds and stopping Peter Till in nine rounds.At the beginning of February 1993, “The Rose of Soweto” took on Tony Lopez for the WBA lightweight title. Lopez had previously fought twice against South African boxing legend Brian Mitchell. Mitchell, who retired as WBA champion after 13 successful title defences, had fought Lopez in Sacramento on both occasions. The first bout ended in a controversial draw and Mitchell left the matter in no doubt the second time around.Controversial lossThobela discovered how difficult it was to win in Lopez’ backyard when he lost on a controversial points decision. Four months later he faced Lopez at Sun City, and this time he captured the title.Thobela made his first defence in October, but came up against a superior fighter in the unbeaten Orzubek Nazarov, who claimed a convincing 12-round decision. Thobela challenged for the title again in March 1994, but Nazarov had his number and won over 12 rounds in a repeat of his previous victory. Later in the year Thobela faced journeyman Karl Taylor in England and was surprisingly knocked out in the eighth round of their contest.In 1995 Thobela got back on track with five victories, all of them by knockout, and added a further two KO victories by June 1996. However, matters went haywire again for “The Rose” when he faced Geoff McCreesh in November. McCreesh, who came into the fight with a record of 15 wins and three losses, mostly against little-known British opponents, stunned Thobela in the second round, sending the South African to the canvas for a huge upset victory.Beaten by a journeymanIn his next fight, in March 1997, Thobela was beaten by American journeyman Willy Wise, who came into the fight with 21 wins – only six by knockout – three losses and four draws. The South African was favoured to win, but Wise secured a points victory.Questions were being asked about Thobela’s commitment, but he secured a big win later in the year, defeating fellow South African Gary Murray on a fourth-round TKO. In 1998 he fought only once, drawing against Carlos Baldomir over 12 rounds. Thobela looked rusty and out of shape and doubts grew about his boxing career.However, he returned for two fights in 1999. He won in seven rounds against Walter Danett, but was beaten on points by Cornelius Carr for the WBF middleweight title.World title winIn early 2000 he won a points decision over Soon Botes to earn a crack at Glen Catley’s WBC super middleweight title. The Briton was heavily favoured to retain his crown, but Thobela, way behind on all three judges’ scorecards, staged a strong finish, dramatically knocking Catley out with only seconds remaining in the bout. He was once again a world champion.As had happened previously, Thobela was unable to defend his world title, losing to Canada’s Dave Hilton on a controversial points decision in Montreal. Shortly afterwards, Hilton was jailed for rape and Thobela was given another crack at the title against Eric Lucas in November 2001. He struggled to make the weight, however, and Lucas dominated the fight before winning on a TKO in the eighth round.Thobela was a natural: a gifted boxer who, at the the height of his career, established himself as a charismatic, gifted fighter and a favourite of the South African public.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Workplace Culture Ain’t Noise Pollution

first_imgOriginally posted on the Reach West Blog. Then comes the part where you train to be a professional musician, receive a degree in Vocal Performance & Education, and then find out you have to actually be good at it to make a living. Where after a few years of substitute teaching, you land a part-time job at the Hard Rock Cafe, where you get to look and act however you want — to embody a rock and roller — and then you find out how good you are at training, and run with it. Eventually you become a leading training and development expert, having worked with some of the world’s largest brands, eventually writing an acclaimed workplace book titled Culture That Rocks.This week, Reach West Radio host Kevin W. Grossman has a special episode from the SHRM Talent Management Conference & Exposition featuring Jim Knight, a leading training and development expert, author and sought-after keynote speaker. Listen below.last_img read more