Contract killing suspected in Jamaican businessman’s murder

first_imgPhoto Courtesy of Richard Ramdial Facebook page A prominent Jamaican businessman was slaughtered in the capital city of Kingston on the evening of Tuesday, July 11. The deceased has been identified as Richard Ramdial.Possible contract killingHomicide investigators are theorizing that Ramdial, an auto-parts dealer, was the victim of a contract killing. They are following several leads into the brazen murder which has sent shockwaves across the Corporate Area.The businessman was in his Mercedes-Benz sport utility vehicle in rush hour traffic along Ruthven Road in St Andrew around 4:30 pm. Police report that a gunman disembarked a motorcycle and pumped more than 12 bullets into the driver’s side of Ramdial’s left-hand-drive vehicle.Shot nine timesShot nine times in the upper body, Ramdial was rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies where he was pronounced dead. The window of his vehicle had 12 bullet holes all within a one-inch radius.Tributes paidSince news of the incident broke, colleagues and friends of Ramdial have posted several heartfelt tributes on social media to issue tributes.Former president of the Used Car Dealers’ Association, Ian Lyn said he attended St George’s College with Ramdial and remembered him as “humble and respectful”.“I’m in shock at the murder of Richard Ramdial in Jamaica, he was the coolest, most humble youth I knew at St Georges College even though he drove the best Mercedes Benz I ever saw in high school,” Lyn, who is now based overseas, wrote on Facebook.“But nothing in life happens except by Allah’s (God) active or permissive will. So, we thank God for his life and pray for his family and friends RIP Ramdial!!!” Lyn added.Over 700 murders in 6-monthsJamaicans in South Florida are concerned over the persistent violent crime. According to Jamaican police, over 700 murders were committed in Jamaica in the first six months of 2017. The gun has been the weapon of choice. In June alone some 151 murders were logged on police blotters.“Oh, good Lord. Why this scourge on my country,” asked 55-year-old former Jamaican nurse, Veronica Wells.Copyright – Caribbean National Weekly Newslast_img read more

Jamaica wins first home rugby series

first_imgReggae Warriors started brightlyBut as soon as the game kicked off Jamaica opened the scoring in the third minute through fullback Joseph Shae, with Canada replying abruptly when Denny McCarthy converted for a 6-4 Wolverines lead.Doncaster’s Aaron Jones-Bishop then released flyer Kenneth Walker twice then on the left for tries for the Reggae Warriors and stand-off Fabion Turner scored a superb solo effort from 30 meters, Jones-Bishop converting to give the Reggae Warriors an 18-6 lead at the break.Canada ate into the deficit shortly after the resumption when veteran winger Tony Felix crashed over on the right edge to make it 18-10.  Hosts beat Canada 28-14Jamaica’s Reggae warriors beat Canada 28-14 in the second match in the 2017 Americas Championships in their first home Test, held at the Mona Bowl, University of West Indies, Kingston on Sunday.Inclement weather delayed the start of the game by 15 minutes. Historic winJamaica’s Kareen Harris scored next but Canada again responded, this time through hooker Jack Couzens to make it 22-14 and set up a tense finish.Both teams exhibited firm defense but Jamaica debutant Steve Miller sent the crowd into joyous celebration when he recovered a chip kick from Shae on half way and raced untouched to the try line, Jones-Bishop converting to seal a historic win.last_img read more

Jamaican Carrot Cake Recipe

first_imgWhat better way to celebrate February 3rd as National Carrot Cake Day than with this recipe from Grace Foods? You’ll end up with a cake that’s moist and not mushy, and the best part is you’ll have it in the oven within minutes.Ingredients10 ounces all-purpose flour2 teaspoons baking powder1/2 teaspoon baking soda2 teaspoons cinnamon powder3 medium eggs10 ounces sugar1 tablespoon vanilla essence1 1/4 cups Grace Vegetable Oil8 ounces carrot, peeled and shredded or grated4 ounces nuts, crushed4 ounces raisins, soakedDirectionsPre-heat oven to 180°C/350°F; grease and line a 10-inch cake pan.Sift together the dry ingredients and set aside.Using an electric mixer, beat eggs until blended. Gradually add sugar and cream until light and fluffy.Add vanilla, Grace Vegetable Oil and shredded carrot, beat to incorporate.Divide the dry ingredients into three, folding in each portion of dry ingredient well with the carrot mixture, before adding the other portion.Add nuts and raisins and incorporate thoroughly.Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake until the cake springs back when touched lightly (for approximately 45 minutes).Remove from oven and allow to cool on a cooling rack.last_img read more

Jamaican state minister to push for sustainable development and growth

first_img(L to R) Marlene Gardner-Matthews, Administrative Attaché, Embassy of Jamaica, Havana; Peter Bailey Charge d’Affaires, Embassy of Jamaica, Havana; Mrs. Sharon Miller Director Economic Affairs Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade; Hon. Pearnel Charlea Jr, Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade; and Ms. Liliana García SocarrásLiaison Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cuba(Source: Facebook) Senator the Honourable Pearnel Charles Jr., Jamaica’s Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade travelled to Havana, Cuba over the past weekend to participate in the 37th Session of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).The biennial Session, which will run from May 7-11 at the Palacio de Convenciones in Havana is the intergovernmental mechanism used to steer the work of ECLAC.  It will also be used to examine and assess the organisation’s work and progress over the last two years.Environmental sustainable practices “It is in this forum that pressing issues affecting the region’s sustainable development are addressed and modalities for action agreed. I look forward to sharing with regional colleagues the most environmentally sustainable practices as we seek to advance economic and social development,” stated Charles.High-level seminar The Senator’s statement is in direct relation to the high-level seminar titled, “The Inefficiency of Inequality”. Jamaica has been invited to sit on Panel 4 of that seminar which will address the theme of, ‘Territories, Infrastructure and the Environment: a space for the environmental big push’.Other agenda items for the Session include: enhancing South-South Cooperation, promoting deeper Caribbean engagement with Latin America in pursuit of opportunities for growth and sustainable development and examining the regional agreement on access to information, participation and access to justice in environmental matters in Latin America and the Caribbean.This will be HMOS Charles’ first official overseas trip as State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, following his Toronto, Canada, Diaspora engagement in April, which overlapped with his time at the Ministry of National Security and the Foreign Ministry.last_img read more

David Muir’s Reggae Reel exhibition opens on August 10

first_imgThe Pompano Beach Cultural Center is proud to present a dynamic exhibit that celebrates the music, message and masters of reggae. David I Muir’s collection of 26 iconic reggae-music performance photos will be on display at the venue from August 10 through September 30, 2018.Reggae Reel The collection, appropriately entitled Reggae Reel – Moments in Music features stunning images of reggae royalty including Marcia Griffiths and Buju Banton, today’s hottest artists including Tarrus Riley, Mavado and Chronixx, plus rising stars like Koffee and Sevana. The experiential exhibit will also feature a video installation and graphic montages featuring select lyrics. In addition, the Center is presenting a concert by Rootz of Music entitled, The American Roots of Jamaican Music on August 26, 2018 at 7pm. Earlier that afternoon, David will present his artist talk about the photo collection at 3pm. Doors open at 2:30p that Sunday, August 26th. For more information, www.ccpompano.org.  Love affair with reggae “I am thrilled to bring this collection to The Pompano Beach Cultural Center,” said Muir, whose photographs have been featured in national and international exhibits as well as the coffee table book, Pieces of Jamaica. “I’ve had a love affair with reggae for as long as I can remember. I took most of these images for my own, selfish gratification. Now, it’s a welcome pleasure that I’m able to share them in this way.” Muir, a former disk jockey, manager of music talent and concert promoter, had a unique vantage point when taking these photos, and his love of the genre and its messages are evident in every shot.Path to the truth “The lyrics in reggae music are a path to the truth,” he said. “They teach us how to love and unite. Through this music and through the strength of the Jamaican culture, we can learn many lessons. That is why this exhibit, especially at this time, is so important.”Reggae originated in Jamaica in the 1960s as a rhythmic language giving voice to a voiceless people. At its origin, its lyrics shared messages of peace, unity, and the protest of injustice.Today, it is embraced worldwide, conveying love, pride, struggle, and every human emotion in every language. Just as the featured artist-messengers share their stories through the music, Muir shares the passion and power of their performance in still shots. About David I. MuirDavid I. Muir, who was born in Jamaica, is a photo artist, author, entrepreneur and community leader living in South Florida. His photo collections, including the critically acclaimed Pieces of Jamaica and its accompanying coffee table book, have toured in national and international exhibitions. Muir is currently a Director at Island Syndicate, publishers of Island Origins Magazine and producers of The Taste the Islands Experience. He serves on local advisory boards, including nonprofits and arts organizations, curates multiple annual Fort Lauderdale art exhibits, conducts seminars for aspiring journalists and photographers, and teaches photography at Broward College.last_img read more

Tottenham Showed REAL Maturity – Kane

first_imgStar striker Harry Kane was very delighted after he helped his team to an impressive 1-1 draw with champions Real Madrid in their UEFA Champions League (UCL) clash at the Santiago Bernebeu on Tuesday night.While speaking after the game, Kane was quick to point out that Spurs showed real maturity to get a point in the Group D clash. In his words,  he said:“A point at the Bernabeu, you would take that every day of the week. It shows how far we have come as a team.”“We are happy. Of course they are going to have chances but we played well and made it tough for them.” he added.Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo equalised for Real Madrid from the penalty spot just before halftime after Serge Aurier had been adjudged to have fouled Toni Kroos. Spurs had earlier taken the lead through a Raphael Varane OG off a Kane shot.Both teams will meet again in the reverse leg at the Wembley Stadium on November 1.RelatedUCL Wrap: Holders Real Finally Beat Dortmund At Home; City, Spurs Win While Liverpool Record Another DrawSeptember 27, 2017In “UEFA”Big Boost! Tottenham Star Is Back In Training And Ready To Face MadridOctober 31, 2017In “England”Pochettino’s Joke Backfires as Real Madrid Release Damning StatementMay 25, 2019In “Europe”last_img read more

EnergyBet shares frustration over Polish market withdrawal

first_img EnergyBet has confirmed that it will be withdrawing from the Polish market as of 1 April, 2017. In line with many other online international gambling services, the operator will cease to direct any advertising or promotions towards the market.EnergyBet had been watching developments regarding regulations in Poland closely for some time, and had hoped that the Polish government would listen to the advice of the European Union and other authorities. However, company management has since decided that the “highly restrictive and hostile regulatory environment” makes continued operations unviable.Marcin Sapinski, EnergyBet CEO, commented: “The Polish market has always been very important to us, and we share the frustration of Polish customers. We will continue to monitor developments, with the aim of returning to the Polish market if things change. In the meantime, we would like to thank our Polish customers for their understanding.”Sapinski stressed that “the decision to cease offering EnergyBet services to customers in Poland was not taken lightly”, and that the resulting inconvenience and disappointment is regrettable.Accounts for all Polish residents will be closed and any balances returned, with bets placed before the cut-off date being honoured. Meanwhile, EnergyBet affiliate partners have also been instructed to remove advertising and promotions aimed at the Polish market by the end of the month. Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance  August 17, 2020 Share Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Betsson rolls out new Group Affiliates site August 7, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

Rule 4 debacle results in “very lenient” punishment for trainer Evans

first_imgShare UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Submit GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Related Articles The general consensus among racing fans and pundits is that trainer David Evans was right to describe his punishment from the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) as “very lenient.”The saga of events that landed Evans in trouble occurred on 9 January 2015, when the trainer had both Black Dave and Tango Sky scheduled to run in the same race, he then attempted to ‘nick a bit of extra value’ by delaying the declaration of Tango Sky as a non-runner in order to ensure that he got better value when he placed a £6,000 bet on Black Dave to win the race, a decision that had his selection been successful, would have gained Evans half a point on his selection. Although he failed to win the bet as his horse finished fourth, Evans sealed his own fate when in conversation with a phone trader at Ladbrokes, who questioned the reasoning behind Evans placing the largest bet he had ever placed on the account, he revealed that it was his intention to pull Tango Sky out of the race. Ladbrokes went onto share this information with the BHA later that day. The BHA initially ruled that the wrongdoing was worthy of a £4,000 fine, however as a result of Evans giving “honest answers at every stage of the investigation” the punishment was reduced to £3,000. Delivering the verdict, Tim Charlton QC underlined that “The sport of horse racing has a fundamental interest in honest and accurate betting markets.” Furthermore, a BHA disciplinary panel came to the conclusion that that the offence didn’t warrant Evans losing his license. A further disconcerting matter to arise from the case, was that upon discovering that the favourite Tango Sky was about to be pulled from the race, prior to enforcing procedures and informing the BHA of Evans’ wrongdoing, Ladbrokes also shortened the price of Tango Sky, something that Ladbrokes Coral’s Keith Page said was done to “bring it in line with industry prices.”Page continued: “There are two theoretical possibilities to the reason behind the price change for Tango Sky – either it was a very cynical price change in order to affect the subsequent Rule 4 or our traders were alerted to something not being right about the market, so they shortened the price of the market principals.”As a result of the price being shortened, the rule 4 deduction was 25p from every £1, as oppose to 20p, had Tango Sky retained its previous price of 7/2, something that will inevitably serve to heighten the anger of many punters. Sharelast_img read more

OPTIMA to support Betfred’s Spanish market launch

first_img Share StumbleUpon Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020 Related Articles Share Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Submit OPTIMA has increased an existing partnership with the Betfred Group to provide the operator with its Omnichannel Player Account Management and Sports Betting system (OPTIMAMGS™) to enter the competitive Spanish market.Betfred Managing Director Mark Stebbings said that OPTIMA was the “natural choice” for Betfred to expand into the Spanish market. He explained: “We have partnered with Jacob Lopez and his team because of their professionalism and the flexibility of their technology as we expand internationally.”Jacob Lopez, OPTIMA CEO, added: “It is a pleasure working with the very knowledgeable Betfred team side by side. We are delighted that the Betfred management team appreciates the work our teams are doing in the United Kingdom, where they are one of the leading omnichannel operators.“The flexibility of our platform to adapt to different markets; the great combination of our Sports Betting and e-Gaming Omnichannel platform technology, together with Betfred’s sports betting and gaming expertise, will bring a leading international operator to the top of the Spanish market. “At OPTIMA, as we do for all our appreciated partners, we will work relentlessly for Betfred to fully deploy their product strategy in the very competitive Spanish market.”The initial agreement between the two parties, signed in December of 2017, saw the rollout of the OPTIMAMGS™ platform and Serverless v2 retail product for over 1,600 Betfred shops, supporting nearly 4,000 point of sale OTC terminals.last_img read more

Optibet expands betting offering in Lithuania

first_img EveryMatrix supports Enlabs with Optibet esports launch June 22, 2020 New sponsors secured for inaugural Affiliate Insider Bootcamp February 12, 2018 Share Related Articles Relax Gaming reinforces presence in Baltic region July 9, 2018 Share Following the launch of its brand in Lithuania back in October 2018, Optibet has strengthened its current offering by including the addition of betting to its product range. The news comes as the operator confirms the enhancement to its in-house development strategy, which seeks to create opportunities for customer acquisition, increased revenue, improved profit margin and a generally more diversified revenue model.Robert Andersson, President and CEO, said of the launch: “This is a key launch for the entire Enlabs. Of course, that we offer betting in Lithuania means a lot to our business in this country, but it is also another big step towards being the obvious choice as an operator in “The Baltics and beyond”. “It demonstrates the strength we have throughout the organisation, but above all it proves our technical expertise when we now launch a newly developed betting product on our new dynamic platform. This means that the new platform will become an even more competitive product, which in the long run will lead to significant efficiency gains throughout the organisation.”As it stands, there are currently seven online licensed operators in Lithuania, with one of the main conditions meaning that all gaming operators must be tethered to land-based operations. As a result of this regulation, Enlabs currently operates 21 betting shops in the country, all under the Optibet brand.“The launch of our own developed betting product is a very important milestone for Optibet in Lithuania, the largest of the Baltic states by population. Lithuania is the market where we see the greatest growth potential in the whole region. The fact that we can now deliver a broader product portfolio gives us great opportunities to accelerate our growth. We have clear indications of high demand for betting in Lithuania which makes me optimistic about the future. It has been a brilliant effort by the team and with the product out on market we will continue to offer Lithuania’s best customer service,” said Miko Salo, Chief Commercial Officer of Enlabs. Submit StumbleUponlast_img read more