Since the civil war in Syria escalated in 2011/12 with Syrian President Bashar Assad taking very aggressive, brutal measures against the rebels and innocent Syrians, nations in the Western world have been reluctant to intervene even for humanitarian reasons.In 2013 Assad crossed the ‘red line’ set by former President Barack Obama and launched a chemical attack against the rebels resulting in the death of over 1,400 men, women and children. For days Obama contemplated a military response against Assad’s brutality.For several reasons, Obama eventually decided against military intervention. One, he didn’t have the support of America’s main ally, Britain, as the British parliament voted down any involvement. Two, the US Congress which Obama sought authority from, also voted against intervention. Third, then Secretary of State John Kerry brokered a plan with Russia that ostensibly had Assad getting rid of his stockpile of chemical weapons.Obviously, Obama trusted the arrangement brokered by Kerry and the Russians. However, months later Putin, instead of using his influence with Assad to quell the civil war, entered the fray as Assad’s ally, along with Iran. Last week, when Assad launched sarin gas bombs against rebels and innocent citizens, it appeared Putin duped the US when in 2013 Russia confirmed Assad had gotten rid of the chemical weapon stockpile. Televised images of people, including infants, struggling and dying from the effects of the gas were heart wrenching.Reacting to Assad’s latest atrocity, on the evening of Thursday, April 6, President Donald Trump authorized a missile attack against a Syrian airfield used by aircrafts that dropped the chemical bombs against the rebels.Two days before the missile strike, Trump and members of his administration hinted at reaction against Assad. Nonetheless, the attack was surprising especially with Trump’s seemingly close relationship with Putin. Trump had also cautioned Obama about getting involved in a military intervention with Assad in 2013, cautioning such action could herald “World War III.”The suddenness of Trump’s action has fueled conspiracy theories that the strike against Syria was another attempt to deviate attention from investigations into collusion between Trump’s campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 presidential elections.Notwithstanding those theories, the big question is, what’s next? Does Trump have a clear strategy in dealing with Assad and the Syrian civil war? Assuming there’s such a strategy, doesn’t it pit the US military might against Russia and Iran? Is Trump ready to send large compliments of US troops to fight in Syria, or, would the strategy mean escalated air strikes? Does the strategy involve getting rid of Assad? Since Trump said he was so emotionally moved by images of “beautiful babies” dying from the chemical poison attack would he be now prepared to help create ‘safe zones’ in Syria to protect innocent citizens, especially since he’s not inclined to allow Syrian refugees to enter the US?These are just a few of several questions, but they are questions that has arisen since Trump’s surprise attack against Syria. But there is another interesting question. Was the attack meant to show Trump is a stronger, more decisive commander-in-chief than President Obama? If so that would be a reckless reason to initiate an international conflict. Or, was the attack to show the US is not reluctant to use its military might against Assad and his allies? If that was so, then the US’ attack was similar to a student hitting the school bully with a glancing blow that only provoked the bully to be more aggressive.Indicative of this similarity is within hours after the attack, Syrian planes took off from the same airfield. Moreover, these planes dropped more bombs, albeit not chemical bombs, over the same territory that the chemical bombs were dropped. Incidentally, this begs another question. Why didn’t the US missile strike seek to destroy the runways at the Syrian airfield. Trump’s explanation that runways are easy to repair doesn’t seem like a justifiable military explanation.Although most Americans are revolted by the images of Assad’s chemical attack, they remain wary of the country entering another war. But, Trump has struck a blow that could result in retaliation by Assad, and Syria’s allies. Americans have the right to know what is Trump’s strategy if such retaliation comes, or if Assad continues to butcher Syrians. One thing is evident. One missile strike against Syria by the US won’t do.
Singer Frankie Paul is dead.The 51-year-old artist died last night in the Intensive Care Unit at the University Hospital of the West Indies in his native Jamaica.Paul suffered from kidney disease.He was also diabetic and one of his legs was amputated last year.Just last week, it was reported in Jamaica’s Gleaner newspaper that Paul was experiencing difficulties paying his medical bills. He was said to be indebted $120,000 with dialysis treatment costing him $350 weekly.Frankie Paul singing at a benefit concert for a prosthetic legFrankie Paul, whose real name was Paul Blake, was known for his booming voice. He first rose to prominence during the halcyon days of 1980s dancehall with songs like Worries In The Dance and Pass The Ku-Shung-Peng.Read More: Frankie Paul discographyHe recorded for a number of producers including Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith, Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes and Linval Thompson.Fellow entertainer, Little Lenny, was devastated by the news of Paul’s transition.“I saw him just three weeks ago. He was one of the people in the business I looked up to. I used to line up in record stores to buy his music. The last album I bought before I got my break was Sarah,” Little Lenny told Caribbean News Weekly.Frankie Paul’s first album, Pass the tu-sheng-pengFrankie Paul recorded 54 albums during his 35-year career.Below is a gallery of some Frankie Paul’s albums in chronological order. 1 of 31 Frankie Paul’s first album, Pass the tu-sheng-peng
Arrangements are being made to take two Haitians who came ashore in the eastern parish of St. Mary in Jamaica on Friday, to court.According to the police, the two men were spotted off the coast of the Pagee Fishing Village in the parish.They were rescued by fishermen who then pulled the boat ashore and called the police and a medical team.Shortly after their arrival, the men were taken to hospital and placed in quarantine.The arrival of the Haitians in Jamaica follows the apprehension of over 50 Haitians in the eastern Bahamas earlier this week.Body of Haitian migrant found on Bahamas beach
City of Lauderhill’s Vice Mayor Ken Thurston Vows to replant after hurricane Irma and announces the commencement of the 2017-18 Green Series Vice Mayor Ken Thurston is proud to announce the Kick-Off of the 7th Annual Green Series! The first class of the series will be led by David Harold on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 6 pm. His subject matter will include Tropical Fruit Trees, and everyone is welcome to attend!Loss trees during Irma“I would say the timeliness of the Tropical Fruit Tree Class is on point. So many of us lost trees during Hurricane Irma; if you are a beginner or a long time veteran in your yard, you should come out and hear what David has to share with us. In addition, you have a shot at winning a free fruit tree or a free plant,” says Green Series Organizer, Vice Mayor Thurston.The class will be held in the Multipurpose Room of Lauderhill’s City Hall – 5581 W. Oakland Park Boulevard, and it is free to attendees on a first come first serve basis.Refreshments will be served, and fruit trees will be raffled off to attendees.Vice Mayor Ken Thurston began the Green Series during his first year as a City of Lauderhill elected official. Since then, he has worked with Waste Pro, the City’s recycling provider, to help underwrite the costs associated with the series.The Green Series includes classes that help residents with planting gardens, maintaining lawns, growing lawns, plants and trees, selecting edible gardens for your home/condo, and general irrigation techniques.If you are interested in attending the Green Series class, call Lexie at 954-777-2040 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.For information on a recent Green Series event covered by the Caribbean National Weekly, click the following link: Lauderhill Commissioner to host “Square Foot Gardening” Event
Second Round:Wednesday, April 11th, 20184:00 PMSadkin Center Finals:Wednesday, May 16th, 20184:00 PMLPAC First Audition:Wednesday, March 21st, 20184:00 PMSadkin Center Do you have a special talent or skill? The City of Lauderhill Art, Culture & Tourism Board is hosting a Lauderhill Talent Show open to residents and business owners in the City of Lauderhill. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to show off your talent!In order to participate in the Talent Show, you must: Be available to audition at the Lauderhill Sadkin Center (1176 NW 42nd Way) for the first two (2) rounds with the Finals being held at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (3800 NW 11th Place).Complete and return the application/agreement (ONE per act) with lyrics by 3/13/18 to the Talent Show Committee e-mail.We hope you can join us to show off your talent and skills.City of Lauderhill ACT Board Talent Show Application The first-place winner will receive $2,500, second place $1,000, and third place $50.
NASSAU, Bahamas – The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) approved an Exogenous Shock Response Policy-Based Loan of USD50 million to support The Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian.“The loss of life and massive destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian has placed a heavy burden on The Bahamas. The loan will support the people and the country during the recovery and maintain the momentum of the ongoing reform programme to foster fiscal discipline and build resilience against natural disasters,” said CDB President Dr. Warren Smith.As at October 2019, there were 67 confirmed deaths and 282 people still missing. Some 29,500 inhabitants, equivalent to over 40% of the combined population of the two islands – Abaco and Grand Bahama – hit by the hurricane in September, suffered severe damage to homes and assets. According to the United Nations, the total value of the damage and loss is equivalent to 25% of gross domestic product (GDP), which exceeds by far the damage and loss – equivalent to 4.9% – incurred from Hurricane Mathew in 2016.The Exogenous Shock Response Policy-Based Loan is an instrument to provide resources for financing needs that arise from external and natural hazards shocks that have a significant economic and social impact.In addition to providing finance for the ongoing recovery, the loan will support the implementation of the comprehensive reform programme of The Bahamas that aims to achieve fiscal sustainability and enhance economic and physical resilience to external shocks and natural disasters, while bolstering growth and job creation.CDB Staff have estimated the impact of Hurricane Dorian on economic growth in The Bahamas over the short and medium-term. Economic growth has been revised downwards from 1.7% to 1% in 2019 and from 1.8% to 1.5% in 2020. This translates to a total impact on GDP of one percentage point. Economic growth is expected to return to its long-term average of approximately 1.8% by 2021.
Alia Atkinson via www.swimmingworldmagazine.com PLANTATION, Florida – Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson won the 100 breaststroke on Friday night (March 6) at the 2020 Speedo Sectionals Plantation in Florida. The 31-year-old swam a 1:09.36 to win by three seconds. She swam a much faster time in the morning at 1:08.99.Atkinson, who trains in Pembroke Pines at South Florida Aquatic Club, is preparing for her fifth Olympics this summer in Tokyo. She was the fourth-place finisher in the 100 at the 2012 Games in London.During both 2019 FINA Champion Series meets, Atkinson swam 1:08.15 (Shenzhen) and 1:08.88 (Beijing) in the 100 meters backstroke. Her 2019 best time, however, was a 1:07.06 from the Jinan World Cup, which is 10th on the Speedo World Rankings for the 2019-2020 season.The outstanding Jamaican swimmer, and three-time Jamaican Sportswoman of the Year, first competed at the 2004 Olympics in the 50 m freestyle and the 100 m breaststroke, and four years later in the 2008 Olympics she finished 25th in the women’s 200-metre breaststroke.She carried the Jamaican flag at the opening ceremony of the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she set the Jamaican record in the 100-metre butterfly.She also qualified for the 2012 Olympics 100m women’s breaststroke finals after defeating Canadian rival Tera van Beilen in a head to head race for the final position. She subsequently placed 4th in the finals of the 2012 Olympics 100m women’s breaststroke finishing with a time of 1:06.93.Atkinson won the 100-metre breaststroke at the 2014 Short Course World Championships in Doha (equaling the record set by Rūta Meilutytė in 2013), becoming the first black woman to win a world swimming title.At the 2016 Summer Olympics, she reached the final of the 100m breaststroke.Atkinson has been coached by since 2001 Chris Anderson, manager of .the South Florida Aquatic Club swim team.
RelatedAndy Murray Withdraws From The US Open, Fails To Recover From Hip InjuryAugust 27, 2017In “Sports”Murray Pulls Out Of Australian Open Due To Troublesome Hip ProblemJanuary 4, 2018In “Sports”Murray Withdraws From Wimbledon OpenJuly 1, 2018In “Sports” World number 1, Andy Murray is battling against time to be fit for next months US Open, as he steps up recovery from his hip injury.The 30-year-old Brit crashed out of Wimbledon in the quarter final stage, losing to America’s Sam Querrey after he visibly struggled through the game due to a bad hip injury.Murray posted on his Instagram page, a video showing him hitting the ball against the wall and also attending a pool rehabilitation session with his physio, as he hopes to be fit enough for Flushing Meadows. Murray is scheduled to play at the Rogers Cup in Montreal and also in Cincinnati before the US Open, with Rafael Nadal bound to replace him as world number 1 should he miss out of the US Open. Elsewhere, Novak Djokovic will miss the US Open due to an elbow injury. This was revealed by his Serbian doctor, Zdenko Milinković, who examined the 2015 champion.
Related Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has handed national team call-ups to Hapoel Beer Sheva Nigerian duo John Ogu and Anthony Nwakaeme – his first invite as we had reported HereAnthony Nwakaeme, fondly called Tony has been on the radar of the national team handlers for some time now. Last season he certainly attracted the attention of coach Rohr with topnotch performances and goals as Hapoel Beer Sheva scooped the Isreali league and cup double. Nwakaeme was also named the Isreali player of the 2016/2017 season.He’s already scored five times this season, including a superbly struck goal from outside the area in his side’s 2-1 UEFA Champions League Playoff 1st leg win over Maribor.John Ogu meanwhile, a more regular feature with the Super Eagles, will be looking to pull on the green and white for the 13th time in his career. He’s scored once in his previous 12 caps.The midfielder expressed confidence in coach Gernot Rohr and spoke of his excitement at being invited again.Hapoel Beer Sheva understandably couldn’t hide their excitement and took to the club’s official Facebook page to congratulate both players: “Warm greetings to Tony Nwakaeme for his debut invite to the Nigeria team. Congratulations to John Ogu for his call up as well”The invited players are expected in camp on Monday August 28 ahead of the first leg of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Cameroon in Uyo on September 1. The second leg of the double header will come up three days later at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde.Nigeria top Group B with six points from two matches, while African champions Cameroon have two points. Zambia and Algeria have one point each.
Uruguay forward Luis Suarez scored for Barcelona in the last 10 minutes to earn his side a 1-1 draw against title rivals Atletico Madrid in what was their first visit to the new Wanda Metropolitano.Spanish international Saul Nigeuez had given Atletico a first half lead with a fine finish before Suarez’s late intervention denied Diego Simeone’s side an important win.Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first league goal of the season to help the Spanish champions to a 2-1 away win over city rivals Getafe. Jorge Molina cancelled out Karim Benzema’s opener for the Los Merengues before Ronaldo struck late into the second half to help his side close the gap on arch rivals and league leaders Barcelona.Sevilla suffered a serious dent to their title hopes after they were beaten 1-0 by their hosts Athletic Bilbao courtesy Spanish international Aritz Aduriz’s close range finish.Matchday 8 Results:Getafe 1-2 Real MadridAthletic Bilbao 1-0 SevillaAlaves 0-2 Real SociedadAtletico Madrid 1-1 BarcelonaEspanyol 0-0 Levante RelatedLa Liga Review: Top Four Teams Secure Wins To Further Strengthen League And UCL Bid March 11, 2018In “Europe”La Liga Review: Atletico Capitalise On Barcelona To Narrow Gap With Valencia WinFebruary 5, 2018In “Europe”La Liga Review: Barcelona Extend Lead With Bilbao Win; Ronaldo Hits 50th Career HattrickMarch 19, 2018In “Europe” Standings:Barcelona 22 pointsReal Madrid 17 pointsAtletico Madrid 16 pointsSevilla 16 points