UK Detains Russian Cargo Ship following Refloating

first_imgThe Russian vessel Kuzma Minin, which ran aground off Cornwall last week, has been detained by UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency.Following the vessel’s refloating on December 18, a Port State Inspection by MCA Surveyors confirmed a breach in one of the ship’s fuel tanks.According to MCA, tank readings indicate the tank has filled with water as a consequence of the grounding, however no pollution has been reported yet.As a result, the vessel has been banned from leaving Falmouth Bay until repairs have been made. Once the repairs have taken place, a follow-up inspection will be conducted before the vessel can be released.The coast guard plans to move the Russian vessel to a more sheltered spot within Falmouth Harbour later today.“Three tugs and a port pilot will work with the crew in the move which is a purely precautionary measure,” MCA added. “The Secretary of State’s Representative Maritime Salvage & Intervention and the Environment Group continue to monitor the situation.”As informed, the vessel has full electrical and engine power, and all crew onboard are safe and well.Image Courtesy: Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Teamlast_img read more

Burkina Faso’s coup leader describes putsch as ‘biggest mistake’

first_imgBurkina Faso’s coup leader General Gilbert Diendere on Wednesday confirmed that the crisis had ended, describing the coup he led as “the biggest mistake”.Gen Diendere announced the end of the coup a few hours after the interim president Michel Kafando, whom he had deposed, resumed office.Diendere went ahead to say that his team had given up on the coup because “the people were not in favour of it”.Gen Diendere leads the powerful Presidential Security Regiment (RSP), the unit that was behind the coup.He is also a former chief-of-staff to long serving leader Blaise Compaore, who was deposed by a popular uprising in October 2014.The general spoke after a formal ceremony in Ouagadougou to reinstate the interim authority headed by president Michel Kafando.Asked about the dissolution of the RSP, Diendere said that it is not up to him to make any decision on that but that assurances were given that the unit would not be dissolved.last_img read more

Opera meets Dancehall meets Hip Hop with Marie Claire for Amazura “I-Octane,Jadakiss,Spragga & Friends”

first_img Sharing is caring! EntertainmentLocalNews Opera meets Dancehall meets Hip Hop with Marie Claire for Amazura “I-Octane,Jadakiss,Spragga & Friends” by: – July 12, 2011 160 Views   no discussions Marie-Claire‘s passion to seamlessly blend her classically trained voice with hip-hop, reggae, dancehall, jazz, rock and any other genre is a result of her love of the lands that birthed these sounds as well as the power of the genres themselves. It only takes one listen to her amazing voice on DJ Logic’s The Anomaly, or her songs “red” and “desperation” to know that power. Now this blend of Opera, Hip-Hop and Reggae has been condensed into a mature, sexy, and delightful EP- a fitting description of Marie-Claire herself. Dreamland boasts five songs each unique in their own right. “Constellation”, is a beautiful balled written by celebrated Reggae singer/songwriter Bob Andy; “charcoal”, written by marie-claire herself, has a definite rock influence and showcases her range; a remake of the El Tempo’s classic “dreamland” made famous by Bunny Wailer shines through on the album as well. “summertime” is an ode to hip-hopera and features Drezion. Her version of Bob Marley’s “rastaman chant” features an appearance by Dancehall veteran Spragga Benz. Apart from Paul Bailey’s contribution to the “dreamland” track, all tracks and vocals were recorded at Champagne International Studios by in-house producer Dre (Tenament Yard). A mix of reggae and funk with operatic influences flavored throughout, it illustrates her growth as an artist and is sure to be a staple in every music lover’s collection.  This girl full of gold is a treasure you don’t want to miss! For more information please call 516-439-6676 or email: calicomusicgroup@gmail and follow CMG on Twitter or consulting.mpr@gmail.comPress Release Share Reggae Meets Hiphop FlierQueens, NY (Mpr & Consulting) – New York’s biggest summer show has yet taken another turn, and added a new layer to this musical feast. “Best Of Both World/Reggae meets Hip Hop “I-Octane – JadaKiss and Friends” has added Opera to the stage with Marie Claire! When asked to describe her musical style, Marie Claire responded “It’s almost as if reggae and hip-hop had a threesome with opera.”Marie Claire will join “I-Octane”, “Jadakiss”, “Spragga Benz” along with Konshens, Munga Honorable, Richie Loops, Bascom X, Frisco Kid, Chi Ching Ching, Kranium, Supa hype, Baby Chris, Nefatari and more.The performances will be backed up by world renowned Ruff Kut Band, while HOT 97 DJ Envy, Bobby Konders & Jabba, DJ Pow, Kevin Crown, Dev Kutta, DJ Roy and Stretch of Road International, Banky Hype and Tek9 will keep the music going to entertain the massives.MARIE CLAIREMarie ClaireEven before it’s completion, the Jamaica Observer described her debut album as nothing less than “groundbreaking.” The who’s-who of Reggae royalty have lent their wisdom and unquestionable talent to ensure that Marie-Claire dreamland is a first-rate production. Bob Andy (who penned one of the tracks) and Earl “Chinna” Smith has mentored her throughout the process , bassist Glen Browne is featured on the title track, Stephen Marley has given his stamp of approval to her remake of a song made famous by his legendary father. This EP promises a fresh new hybrid sound. Says Marie-Claire,“It’s almost as if reggae and hip-hop had a threesome with opera.” Listeners are in for an eargasm of eclectic sounds familiar and all the same strange and new.The journey to this point has not been easy for the Dominican-born, Bronx-reared beauty who came as close to success with a demo deal from Epic records which fell through. They loved her, but she was ahead of her time. Her journey started with an open-mike performance at Village Vanguard, while Marie-Claire was an Archeology student at Brooklyn College. Since then Marie-Claire has gone from performing on the jazz and country western circuit; to performing with the Austin Lyric Opera Company and to studying opera with vocal teacher and mentor Maestro Guido Caputo while taking classes at Conservatory of Santa Cecelia in Rome Italy, where she lived for three years. Her return to the states took her through to Los Angeles where she continued her study with Mark Forrest, and then back to New York; where she studied with Raymond Buckingham.Marie-Claire debuted at Carnegie Hall with the New York Grand Opera Company. She also studied with Wayne Saunders from Opera Ebony and was included in their performances in the NYC area. Since then she has performed within the NYC metro at Joe’s Pub, Lyricist Lounge-Central Park Summer Stage 2001 and Izzy Bar to name a few. She subsequently joined forces with musicians DJ Mighty Mel, Carlos Cartagena and Mahiri Buffong to form the band WATER and performed with them throughout the tri-state area. Her first performance in her native Dominica was the solo recital ’A Night at the Opera.’ She has also performed at Cable and Wireless Creole in the Park, Nature Fest, and Creole and All That Jazz.  In Dominica marie-claire made her mark in television as well, by co-creating, co-producing and hosting video best-the first ever video music show in Dominica. She also had two live shows jazzlive and belemont lounge produced by her girlfullofgold productions ltd, and interviewed artists at the 12th Annual World Creole Music Festival for the Dominica Festival Commission (DFC).  Speaking of TV, her music has been featured in the films Lovin Jezebel, The Roommate and marie-claire herself was part of the cast of the second season of The Chappelle Show on Comedy Central. She has been interviewed by Caribbean Billboard; featured in the New York Times, Jamaica Observer and the pages of She Caribbean, Ocean Style and Domnitjen Magazine; as well as a host of popular Caribbean entertainment sites.center_img Regionally, Marie-Claire has been keeping busy. She performed at St. Lucia’s Love Fest in 2006. In 2008 she performed in Jamaica at Christopher’s Jazz Café, Weekenz, and Red Bones Blues Café to rave revues. 2009 saw performances at Jamaica Jazz and Blues and Russell’s in Antigua. She kicked off 2010 with a performance in Dominica at the Year of the Child concert series- a concept she co-created and co-managed to focus her philanthropic efforts. Apart from a well-received performance at Jamaica Jazz and Blues, other major 2010 performances included Marie-Claire opening for Faith Evans at Antigua’s Love Is All We Need Concert series and for Glen Washington in Dominica. She also performed in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on invite of the Prime Minister and was a guest performer at the Bequia Mount Gay Music Fest. So far,  for 2011 she has performed at several events in Jamaica including the JARIA organized Reggae Month concert series at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts,  The Actor Boy Awards and Music Unites fundraiser dubbed ‘Jazz and More’.  Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

Indianapolis 500

first_imgHow many Indy 500 drivers can you name off the top of your head?  There are still 2 names that probably come to mind for a lot of you.  They are Andretti and Rahal.  After that, I would have to think hard to come up with more than 4 or 5 others–if I could even do that.  Since newspapers print little (if any) news any more, we here in southeastern Indiana hear little or nothing about the 500.If you are lucky enough to pick up Indianapolis TV on your cable system, you will be more informed than I am.  I do know is it this Sunday and once the activities start some of the old excitement will come back.  However, it is not like the old days–at least not for me.  When names like Foyt, Unser, and Rutherford retired, the new list is totally international and only a few American racing teams are still involved.I will be watching the 500 and then probably the NASCAR race that follows.  It is a full day of racing and I hope it is an enjoyable one for you.last_img read more

Alumni association set to redevelop Unilag Cricket Pitch for N75m

first_imgKwesi Sagoe, a former President, Nigerian Cricket Federation, says the construction of a cricket pitch of international standards in the University of Lagos will further project the institution as one of Africa’s best.Sagoe, also a former Chairman, African Cricket Association, made the assertion on Saturday at the Sod Turning ceremony for the redevelopment of the Cricket Pitch of the University of Lagos Sports Centre. The project is to cost at least N75 million.The ceremony, which was put together by the University of Lagos Cricket Alumni Association, was in honour of a retired lecturer in the university, Prof. Adebola Kukoyi, who turned 80 on Thursday.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Kukoyi, a Professor of French, was an active member of the association during his days as a student and lecturer in the university.He retired from the university in 2005.Sagoe said beyond honouring Kukoyi on his 80th birthday, the association felt there was the need to give back to the university of Lagos, which moulded them. He said: “The whole idea is to give back to cricket and make sure that in Unilag, it remains the sport of first choice and must not disappear from the extra curricular activities of the institution.“That is very important, and we stand by it.“The English Football Federation has a high performance centre at one of the universities in UK.“This is the kind of relationship we want University of Lagos to have with the Nigerian Cricket Federation, whereby this place can be a high performance centre for Nigerian cricket as a whole.”Sagoe added that building a befitting cricket facility in honour of Kukoyi would be in appreciation to his immense contributions to the development of the sports in the institution. He added: “About seven weeks ago, when we put our heads together as a body of cricketers who played under his watch for the upcoming birthday of Prof. Kukoyi who also imbibed some qualities in us.“We felt the need to come up with what we are witnessing today.“As at today, we have about 102 members, and we are still reaching out to others; the important thing about this is that all the members are happy that we got together to deliberate on how to celebrate Prof. Kukoyi.“We thought deeply about the cricket facility here, that it will be good to renew it, and therefore we sought the consent of the university authorities to name it in his honour.RelatedPosts Why we need stakeholders’ support to sustain brand – acting Unilag VC Judge to UNILAG Council, Senate: Controversy not good for university’s image Unilag: Ogundipe, Acting VC dragged before EFCC + Full petition “We are very excited by the reception that we got from the vice chancellor and his management team.”Uyi Akpata, Vice President, Nigerian Cricket Federation and a member of the alumni association, said at least N75 million would be needed to put in place a cricket pitch of international standards in the university.Akpata, also the Chairman, Edo State Cricket Association, added that the institution’s cricket alumni association was looking at positioning the institution as one of the best on the African continent, considering its recent ranking by Forbes as the third productive university in Africa.He said: “For the pitch, which is the main one, it has to be completed within the next two months.“We need to take advantage of the rainy season to do it so that planting can be done.“To do the pitch itself with the underground watering system, irrigation, turf wickets and others, we are looking at a range of between N50 million to N70 million, but it could be less if we would be assisted with equipment by other public-spirited individuals.“Ultimately, it is a process, and we are targeting to do a formal opening ceremony around November.“What we are looking at now is beyond this.“It is about how we are going to support the university going forward, support female cricketers and attract foreigners here to play cricket.”In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, reiterated that part of his vision on assumption of office was to bring in friends and alumni to assist in building the institution.Ogundipe said: “Here, we are talking about project, programme and person.“In the last one or two weeks, there have been lots of activities; this is one of such activities that our vision has attracted to the university.“This project, the cricket pitch, will be of international standard, and I can assure you that by next year, we shall begin to see foreigners come into the university to play cricket.“We thank God for the life of Prof. Kukoyi who had been part of the cricket family since his days as a student and even when he was here as a lecturer and when he retired.“He contributed to the development of these ‘boys’ and because of this, they want to honour him this way, not to him as an individual, but through him to the institution.“I think I have taken some lessons from this.”Also in his remarks, Kukoyi said he was overwhelmed and humbled by the gesture.He said: “I am indeed overwhelmed and surprised at this whole idea.“I know the vice chancellor is a remarkable person, a man of substance, just like all others who are behind this.“When they want to do something, they put in all their energy to it.“With all these efforts, we are going to turn this place to an academy of sports.”Tags: Adebola KukoyiAfrican Cricket AssociationUniversity of LagosUniversity of Lagos Sports Centrelast_img read more

Ex-Miccosukee cop is sentenced after forcing teens to strip naked

first_imgA former Miccosukee Police officer has been found guilty of forcing two teens to strip naked during a traffic stop back in 2016.Michael Martinez pulled over 18-year-old Kyle Shoulta, and Remy Riley near mile marker 48 of Alligator Alley, for running a stop sign. He then offered them a deal to run naked and avoid jail time.Martinez appeared in court and was found guilty on two counts of extortion and two counts of unlawful compensation. He has been sentenced to 10 years.last_img

Bruins eliminated from playoffs

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Boston Bruins were eliminated from the NHL playoffs after Clarke MacArthur’s overtime goal gave the Ottawa Senators a 4-2 series win in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals Sunday.Boston won the first game of the series but then proceeded to drop the next three. After the Bruins bounced back to win Game 5, MacArthur scored 6 minutes, 30 seconds into overtime to give Ottawa a 3-2 win in Game 6 at TD Garden.The Bruins also announced Wednesday that they will be retaining Bruce Cassidy as head coach. Cassidy was named the interim head coach following the firing of Claude Julien on Feb. 7. The Bruins were 18-8-1 under Cassidy in the regular season.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

The Latest: Assist for girls, women on fitness amid virus

first_imgMatytsin says sanctioning Russia would damage the Olympic movement and says the country is prepared to host more international sports events once the virus outbreak recedes.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 April 10, 2020 ___The Russian sports minister says it’s time for international authorities to “turn a new page” and forget the country’s Olympic doping ban because of the coronavirus pandemic.The World Anti-Doping Agency barred Russia from the Olympics for four years after ruling last year that doping data from a Moscow laboratory had been manipulated. The Court of Arbitration for Sport is to rule on whether the ban is valid but hearings have been delayed because of the health crisis.Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin says the virus outbreak means the parties in the legal proceedings should avoid a ruling against Russia because it would fracture the Olympic movement.He adds that “when you see that everyone is isolated and everyone is at home … people understand that now there are priorities and there are issues which go on the backburner. The priority is the future of the Olympic movement.” Associated Press The Women’s Sports Foundation and Yahoo Sports are launching #WeKeepPlaying, a live-stream event on Saturday at 4 p.m. EDT. They’ll join tennis great Billie Jean King and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in taking questions from young athletes and providing tips on resilience and training.King says it’s about “bringing together our community of prominent women athletes and leaders to empower, support and inspire young girls — and each other -– during this unprecedented time.”Sports broadcaster Cari Champion will moderate the hour discussion, streamed on what would have been the final day of the Masters, ESPN will show some masterful spellers. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Basketball’s Sabrina Ionescu, soccer’s Carli Lloyd and swimming’s Katie Ledecky are among the athletes who will help young girls and women stay mentally and physically fit during the coronavirus pandemic. Florida State offensive lineman Andrew Boselli says he had the coronavirus and detailed some of what his famous father went through in his own fight against COVID-19.The son of former NFL lineman Tony Boselli says in a first-person account he wrote for Florida State’s athletic department website that he dealt with the worst of the virus for about three days.The Seminoles’ lineman wrote that he wants “everyone to know just how hard it was. I spent days feeling miserable” and his healthy 47-year-old father with no underlying health conditions “spent three days in the intensive care unit.”Tony Boselli is now back home and Andrew Boselli says he and his family are recovering from the massive scare. He says his brother and mother also dealt with the virus.Andrew Boselli says he’s looking forward to being around fellow students and teammates again but added a word of caution by writing “the only way for that to happen is listen to the experts and follow their guidance.” ___Turkmenistan is set to restart its suspended soccer league amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Central Asian nation will become part of a small group of countries around the world where professional soccer is being played despite the virus outbreak. That includes the former Soviet nations of Belarus and Tajikistan, as well as Burundi and Nicaragua.The eight-team Turkmenistan league was suspended on March 24. The national soccer federation says it will resume on April 19. Fans will be allowed to attend games.Turkmenistan has not reported any cases of the coronavirus. The French tennis federation has set up a support plan worth 35 million euros ($38 million) to help professional players facing financial problems because of the coronavirus pandemic.The FFT says it has approved the scheme that will also benefit clubs, coaches, instructors, officials and tournament organizers affected by the health crisis.The FFT says practical arrangements for the allocation still need to be discussed.The ATP and WTA announced this month that the men’s and women’s professional tours would be suspended until at least July 13. Wimbledon has been canceled because of the deadly virus while the start of the French Open has been postponed from late May to late September.___ The network says it will broadcast a seven-hour marathon of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Sunday.This year’s spelling bee has been postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. It had been scheduled for late May at its usual location, a convention center outside Washington. Scripps hopes to reschedule the bee at an undetermined time this year.ESPN has televised the bee since 1994. On Sunday, it will first show the 1997 bee, which was memorably won by Rebecca Sealfon of Brooklyn, New York. Sealfon’s excitement when she was given her winning word of “euonym” — a name well suited to the person, place or thing named — became a classic spelling bee moment when she yelled out each letter.ESPN will also show the 2004 bee won by David Tidmarsh of South Bend, Indiana, and the 2008 bee won by Sameer Mishra of Lafayette, Indiana. ___ The Latest: Assist for girls, women on fitness amid viruslast_img read more

Badgers to keep 22-game streak rolling

first_imgAfter trouncing North Dakota 8-1 and 7-0 last weekend, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team will take their 22-game winning streak into Mankato to play Minnesota State this weekend. Although the dismantling of the Fighting Sioux vaulted the Badgers back to sole possession of the No. 1 spot in the polls (the University of New Hampshire dropped back to No. 2), the win wasn’t celebrated for long, and focus was immediately shifted to this weekend’s games.”We need to put [North Dakota] behind us and come into this weekend with an enthusiastic attitude,” defenseman Emily Morris said.For the second consecutive week, the Badgers (9-0-1, 7-0-1 Big Ten) will face an opponent that has never beaten them. Wisconsin is 27-0-1 historically against Minnesota State (3-4-0, 2-4-0, Big Ten). A common theme for the Badgers this season has been taking each game one at a time, regardless of the strength of the opponent. “You need to take the philosophy of one game at a time,” UW head coach Mark Johnson said. “It’s an old cliché. If you read about yourself and get ahead of yourself, it can be trouble.””We just need to go into it with the same attitude we go into all of our games,” Morris said of focusing solely on this weekend’s matchup. “To get up for every game is one of our main focuses; each game is its own entity.”In addition to taking each game as seriously as the next, the Badgers have also been focusing on continued improvements. Despite playing seemingly flawless hockey so far this season, making improvements is both a necessary and important step in Johnson’s view.”I know we can be better, so [we] work on that in practice, challenge the kids and get them to understand they can get better if they choose to,” Johnson said. “I would anticipate us coming out Friday night and taking another step in that direction and becoming stronger as a team.”Johnson’s attitude has seeped down into the minds of the players as well.”[Coach Johnson] does a good job really instilling in us the desire to keep pursuing perfection on the ice,” senior Phoebe Monteleone said. “We need to keep working.”And even a team that hasn’t lost in its last 22 games has improvements to make.”Things like puck movement, quickness, moving feet … those are things that take patience, especially with the young players,” Johnson said of areas in which the Badgers could improve. “It takes time and games and going through competition in order for those skills to develop.””We’ve been working on moving the puck, and we’re looking pretty good,” Monteleone said. “We’re always trying to do the little things right, and that’s something you can always improve on.”Though Minnesota State has just two wins in conference play this season, two Maverick players received recognition as the WCHA’s Player of the Week last week. Goalie Britni Kehler, who posted two shutouts against North Dakota, was the Defensive Player of the Week, while the leading Maverick scorer, Maggie Fisher, took home Offensive Player of the Week honors. Kehler will certainly be tested this weekend, as Jinelle Zaugg and Sarah Bauer are still tied for first nationally in points with 19, and Erica Lawler is close behind with 14 and only fourth in the country.Regardless of their opponent’s record, the Badgers have come out fighting in each series this season, in spite of the target they wear as the defending national champions and the nation’s top team. This weekend should be no different as the Badgers plan on coming out ready to play their hardest, even against another seemingly inferior opponent.”We’re not going to take [Minnesota State] lightly,” Monteleone said “We’re going to respect our opponents, but we’re not going to lie down and let them take advantage of us. We’re just going to play hard and keep doing the things we do.”last_img read more