News Round-Up for weekending, Saturday November 28, 2015

Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council announced the official results of the October 25 election on Tuesday November 24. The announcement set off a new wave of protests in the capital of Port-au-Prince and nearby areas.

The council says Moise received 33 percent of the vote and Celestin received 25 percent. The presidential runoff election is scheduled for December 27.

Last week, thousands of Haitians demanded that the election be annulled during a violent protest that left at least one person dead.
Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves says a “sex tape” featuring a man whose voice is strikingly similar to a prominent member of his ruling Unity Labour Party (ULP), will not influence how the electorate votes in the December 9, general elections.

At least four audio recordings have appeared online since November 7, when Gonsalves announced the election in which the ULP is seeking an unprecedented fourth term of office.

“This election is about issues. This election is about the performance of the ULP. This election is about our plans and programs and policies. This election is about the quality of the candidates and this election is about leadership and this election is about the love that the ULP has. This election is about those things. And anyone who wants to go and deal with issues other than those can go and deal with them,” Gonsalves told a news conference.

“I’m not dealing with them. I know the voters of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and I have heard what is of concern and interest to them and that is what I am focusing on,” Gonsalves told reporters.

The leadership of the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) has remained silent on the sex tape amidst accusation by ULP supporters that NDP operatives were involved in its production and release.

Gonsalves said that the issues he identified from the beginning of the campaign are going to deliver the ULP “a resounding victory.

“And when these elections are over, I’m absolutely sure that you will come to me and say, ‘Ralph, what you answered that day is absolutely correct,” Gonsalves told reporters, adding that he was very confident that the ULP, which first came to power in 2001, will be re-elected.

The ULP is seeking a fourth consecutive term amidst a declining number of popular votes in each election since coming to office in 2001. In 2010, it held on to power by a single seat in the 15-member Parliament.

Barbados-based regional pollster Peter Wickham, citing poll results, said in October, the December vote is too close to call.



Caribzone_Turks&CaicosThis December sees the launch of a new Gateway to the island of Cuba from Providenciales (PLS), Turks & Caicos Islands. Services to Santiago de Cuba (SCU) commence on December 10, 2015.
With this new service to Santiago from Providenciales, visitors to the Turks & Caicos Islands will be able to enjoy easy access to Eastern Cuba with the initial twice weekly flights.

inter-Caribbean Airways, the official airline of the Turks and Caicos Islands, announced its new route to Santiago de Cuba, with services to Havana, Jose Marti International Airport (HAV), Cuba, slated to start in early 2016.

These new flights expands the airline’s total list of destinations to 18 cities throughout the Caribbean, making inter-Caribbean the best choice for “connecting you and the Caribbean”.

With increased air services from USA and Canada and the recent addition of a second London frequency by British Airways to Providenciales, this service provides timely international connections to this new service and allowing additional island choices for the vacation traveler to combine several Islands. It is Ideal for People to People travelers ready to visit the culture of Cuba.


Disappointed with the low crowd attendance at last weekend’s ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup semi-finals at Sabina Park, the organization has changed the venue from the 25,000-capacity National Stadium to Sabina Park for this weekend’s Manning Cup final and third-place play-off matches.
George Forbes, ISSA’s competitions officer, told The Gleaner that Saturday’s crowd attendance was “a drop in the bucket”, adding that those numbers would make it unsustainable to host the final at the National Stadium.
Despite a low semi-final turnout, two of the competition’s hottest teams featured in last Saturday’s semi-finals. Jamaica College stopped first-time semi-finalists Denham Town High 4-2, while St George’s College eased past Jonathan Grant High 4-1 to set up an intriguing final.
“It’s not a cost factor (stadium expense). We just looked at the numbers that came to the semi-finals, and we couldn’t use that number to rent the stadium. It would be a drop in the bucket,” Forbes outlined in a telephone interview.
“People always talk about ISSA not giving enough good surfaces to play on, and for the semi-finals, we did, and the crowd was very disappointing.Caribzone_STGCvsJC
“Only 11,000 capacity will hold in Sabina Park, so the earlier supporters come out, the better.
“Tickets will be on a first-come, first-served basis,” the competitions officer stressed, adding that ISSA’s budget for hosting games is drawn up every two years.
Finals day will kick off with a third-place play-off between Jonathan Grant High and Denham Town High at 3 p.m.
At 5 p.m., Manning Cup heavy-weights Jamaica College will lock horns with rivals St George’s College. JC will be looking to defend the Manning Cup for the third consecutive season, while favorites St George’s College will be looking to add their first title since 2012.


Caribzone_UsainBolt&ShellyannWorld sprint champions Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce have copped the major titles in the second Annual Caribbean Sports Awards, organized by the Caribbean Sports Journalists Association (CASJA).
Bolt was unanimously chosen as the sportsman of the year, beating Paralympic athlete Akeem Stewart of T&T and O’Dayne Richards of Jamaica (athletics).
The Jamaican sprinter successfully defended his titles in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing in August.
The judges chose Fraser-Pryce for the sportswoman of the year from a list of 11 nominees including runners-up Yarisley Silva of Cuba (athletics) and Alia Atkinson (swimming) of Jamaica.
Fraser-Pryce continued her sprint dominance to win gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m in Beijing including anchoring Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team in a championship record time of 41.07.
Caribzone_O'neilBellPolice say a former Jamaican boxing champion has been shot to death during a robbery in Atlanta.
Atlanta Police Sergeant Warren Pickard says 40-year-old O’Neil Bell was gunned down Wednesday morning. Pickard says Bell and another person were shot while getting off a bus before two suspects robbed them. Bell was pronounced dead at the scene in southwest Atlanta.
Bell had held four different titles during his 13-year boxing career, including the WBA, WBC, and IBF cruiserweight titles. In his last match, Bell beat Rico Cason with a technical knockout in the first round in 2011. Bell finished his boxing career with a 27-4-1 record.
Pickard says the second victim, who wasn’t identified, was shot in the hip and was taken to a hospital. Police say the investigation is still ongoing.


Caribzone_PNPPrime Minister Portia Simpson Miller said today that under the next People’s National Party (PNP) administration the Ministry of Education will be renamed The Ministry of Education And Training.

“The next administration will be Education and Training. No ifs, no but, no maybe,” Simpson-Miller said while delivering the keynote address at the launch at the Heart Trust/NTA Mobile Service, at the St Thomas Technical High School, St Thomas.

Simpson Miller made the statement after Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites suggested that his ministry should be renamed Ministry of Education and Training.

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