Jonathan Vilma, the New Orleans Saints’ linebacker who received a one-year suspension in the team’s bounty case, received strong support from quarterback Drew Brees in his quest to play this season.Vilma is fighting his punishment levied by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Brees’ affidavit was entered in New Orleans federal court as evidence for Vilma’s motion to dismiss the 2012 suspension for the linebacker’s alleged involvement in a program offering bonuses to players who injure opponents. Vilma has sued Goodell, claiming defamation. An NFL investigation found that the New Orleans Saints operated a bounty system rewarding between 22 and 27 players for hard hits and injuring opposing players.Drew Brees, who signed a five-year, $100 million contract last week to stay with the Saints, also swears that he wasn’t aware of any bounty program.“I have no knowledge of a pay to injure program existing, and yet to personally see any evidence that would substantiate these allegations,” Brees says in the affidavit. “In my four years as a teammate with Jonathan, I have found that he is a man of integrity who passionately plays the game of football within the frameworks of the rules and has respect for his opponents.”Drew Brees was generous in his depiction of Vilma, who has been a model citizen off the field. He said Vilma has been dedicated to helping the city recover from Hurricane Katrina and has started a foundation to build schools in Haiti.“As a professional football player, our platform to reach our communities is directly driven by the manner in which we compete on the field,” Brees said. “Therefore, Jonathan’s absence on the field will adversely affect his ability to impact the community in a positive way as a leader and a role model.”Vilma and Saints coach Sean Payton have been suspended for the 2012 season for their roles in the bounty program the NFL says went on for three seasons.The league wants the case dismissed because the collective bargaining agreement reached last August to end the lockout gives the commissioner the authority to punish players for “conduct detrimental” to the NFL. But Vilma is not accepting Goodell’s unilateral decision without a fight.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 23, 2016 – It is an historic week in health for the Turks and Caicos and last night at the Grace Bay Club, the Ministry of Health & Human Services announced a public private partnership designed to improve communication and control the spread of communicable diseases.The Ministry is calling it TCI Cares, and with a star studded cast of Government and Tourism Leaders, the initiative two years in the making was launched. Premier Rufus Ewing told Magnetic Media it establishes a process where Health is notified and activated to control illnesses like Norovirus, which forced three major properties in the islands to be closed down within the last five years.“We got the reports from the various sentinel sights, a nurses station and Beaches, a nurses station at Grace Bay Club, a nurses station or nurses station at Club Med, and they report these cases to the primary health care manager. But those things sometimes take a day or two for you to actually see a trend, but if you have persons who are reporting online, real time, then you can see in a flash what the trend is. All of a sudden in one day, you are on alert that twenty person have diarrhea, then you are able to respond in a timely fashion, and intervene without the problem growing into something that can be a negative impact, or adverse impact on the resort in the country.”TCI Cares is a branded version of the Caribbean Public Health Agency’s Tourism & Health program, Dr. Lisa Indar, told me that not only is the Turks and Caicos the first in the region, but we are first in the world to roll out the plan. “This is progressive, this is very progressive, this is innovative and progressive. Nowhere in the world there is a tourism and health program. This is the first of its kind worldwide.”The Governor & Deputy Governor, Premier, Deputy Premier & Border Control Minister, Attorney General, Hotel & Tourism Association Executives, several Government Directors & Deputies, Tourist Board & Airports Authority executives and the Permanent Secretary of Health were all on hand for the kickoff of TCI Cares.The Master of Ceremony was House Speaker, Hon Robert Hall. Related Items:
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppHaiti, April 17, 2017 – Cap Haitien – Eddy Cerant who plead guilty to drug charges stemming from a search and discovery of 114 grams of cocaine stashed in a ‘transparent condom’ carried on him in September 2016 is dead now.The report to Magnetic Media is that Cerant was killed at his home in Haiti; his son and his son’t friend were both shot but not fatally. The killer showed up at the door, asked for Eddy and reportedly shot the son in his hand, the friend in the head and Eddy in the head; Cerant was dead on the spot.Cerant was last month deported after serving his time at HMP and now he is murdered in his home country, last night we are told. Cerant, who was not a regular TCI resident, tried to get through the Provo International Airport with the cocaine; he was caught after disembarking a flight from Grand Turk. The shooting happened in Cap Haitien.#MagneticMediaNews#EddyCerantkilledinHaiti Related Items:#EddyCerantkilledinHaiti, #magneticmedianews
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 13, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas on Monday underscored the importance of maintaining strong relations within CARICOM with the accreditation of a new Ambassador. The Ceremony took place at the Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana.Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in accepting the credentials of H.E. Reuben Rahming, noted that The Bahamas has been a valued member of CARICOM, promoting the Region’s interests in tourism, for which the Prime Minister has lead responsibility within the CARICOM Quasi-Cabinet.With respect to The Bahamas’ leadership of the tourism sector, the Secretary-General said he looked forward to working with Mr. Rahming to advance the work of the Interim Tourism Working Group, whose establishment was mandated by CARICOM Heads of Government in recognition of the primary role of tourism in the regional economy.The Working Group has completed significant work with regard to the identification of strategies aimed at stimulating tourism, and maximizing the employment, entrepreneurial and revenue potential it can bring to the Region, Secretary-General LaRocque stated.Mr Rahming, in his new position, is now a Member of the CARICOM Committee of Ambassadors, and in welcoming him the Secretary-General said his involvement will assist in keeping the Community’s institutions aligned with the goals and aspirations of the Strategic Plan.“The Members of the Committee perform a critical role as the link between the national and regional agendas. As part of its remit, it facilitates and drives the Change Process at the national level. The Ambassadors also have the fundamental responsibility to identify challenges to the implementation of decisions taken by our various Organs and make recommendations to resolve them,” the Secretary-General noted.He said the Region must enhance its resilience against the deleterious effects of climate change together. “It is that spirit of togetherness that builds our Community and maintains our unity that is strengthened by the work of you and your colleague Ambassadors to CARICOM.”The new Bahamian Ambassador said he has taken note of the many successes his country has experienced as it remained engaged in all organs and institutions of CARICOM, by collaborating with other Member-States, and through the co-ordination of the Region’s foreign policy.He said that this past hurricane season which devastated Dominica, Barbuda and other parts of the Leeward Islands, The Bahamas, Cuba, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Turks and Caicos Islands, Puerto Rico, St. Martin (and St Maarten), and the British and US Virgin Islands, “underscored how vulnerable we are as a region and the importance of maintaining strong relations within CARICOM.”He expressed sympathy to all of those affected by the storms and conveyed his best wishes for the quick recovery of the affected islands. He also expressed appreciation to the Governments and peoples of CARICOM who assisted The Bahamas, in particular, following the passage of Hurricane Irma.“I also take this opportunity once again to thank you and the Chair of the Conference, the Prime Minister of Grenada, for the solidarity and leadership you demonstrated in visiting the impacted countries, including The Bahamas, and in organising the recent Donor Conference at the United Nations that resulted in the commitment of some $2 billion of support,” Ambassador Rahming added.Press Release: The Ministry of Foreign AffairsPhoto credit: CARICOM