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West Indies were on Sunday feted at a Caribbean day organised by the Western Australia government, as the team took time out from their preparations to mingle with the large West Indian community here. The side arrived in the coastal city on Saturday to begin preparations for their fifth game of the ICC Cricket World Cup against reigning World champions India next week. Caribbean music – mainly calypso and reggae – and the smell of West Indian food filled the air at the Perth Cultural Centre as fans got the chance to meet with the West Indies stars. As expected, among the biggest drawing cards were talismanic opener Chris Gayle and former Test and One-Day International captain Darren Sammy, who took photos with and signed autographs for numerous excited fans. Team manager Sir Richie Richardson and bowling coach Sir Curtly Ambrose, both former stars, were also mobbed by eager fans. However, it was Gayle who stole the show. He joined the live band on stage to showcase his singing and dancing skills, and was joined by fellow Jamaican Andre Russell who also entertained the crowd. West Indies will turn their attention to their preparation on Monday with a full training session at Murdoch University. They have had a mixed run in the World Cup to date, losing two and winning two of their four games, with form that has lurched between spectacular and substandard. They opened their Group B campaign with a shock four-wicket defeat to minnows Ireland before rebounding to hammer Pakistan by 150 runs in Christchurch. The Windies then scaled new heights when they piled up 372 for two to beat Zimbabwe by 73 runs in Canberra but then plummeted to the joint worst-ever defeat in World Cup history with a 257-run loss to South Africa in Sydney just days later. A victory at the WACA ground on Friday would see them take a huge step towards qualifying for the second round.
Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony has expressed optimism about plans by the regional airline, LIAT, to streamline operations to cut costs and become more efficient. “The changes do provide a basis for optimism. I think some courage is finally being applied to deal with the situation with LIAT,” Anthony told reporters. The airline recently announced plans to cut 180 jobs, dispose of its Dash 8 fleet and reduce the number of aircraft based in Antigua and Barbuda. The plans are aimed at putting more capacity into Barbados with two additional aircraft from the end of October 2015, resulting in fewer flights out of Antigua. “Obviously it is not going to be easy for the government and people of Antigua, but they have to understand that governments cannot continue to pump money year after year into LIAT, despite the carrier’s losses.” He added that LIAT’s shareholder governments have understood that the time has come to take “dramatic action” to deal in a deliberate way with the problems of the carrier. “Caribbean people need LIAT badly,” Anthony said, adding that decisive action was necessary to restore the loss-making airline to viability. LIAT recently announced that it would re-locate four of the airline’s new ATR aircraft at the Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados , while Antigua will have two. The remaining two aircraft will be based in Trinidad.
West Indies and T&T batsman Lendl Simmons is being sued by a former girlfriend for posting intimate photographs of her on social networking sites after their relationship ended. The woman, an account executive, is seeking compensation from Simmons for breaching the confidentiality of their relationship by broadcasting the images, taken by him during a sexual encounter, without her permission. Whatever the outcome, the lawsuit will be considered a landmark case as it is the first time an act of internet “revenge porn” has been litigated in T&T. Currently, there is no specific law which makes the act a criminal offence, thus forcing the woman to file a civil lawsuit against Simmons. According to her witness statement filed before High Court Judge Frank Seepersad, the woman is claiming that she and Simmons started the relationship when they met at a party in 2013. After a year-and-a-half together, the woman said she broke up with Simmons after she discovered that he was engaged to be married while involved with her. The woman admitted that she then contacted Simmons’ fiance at the time, now his current wife, to inform her of the situation. In response, she claims Simmons allegedly used several mobile apps, including Viber, to send photos of sexual acts they took while together to her former boyfriend and to several of his friends, including his local and regional team-mates—Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard—who are expected to be summoned by the woman as witnesses in the trial. Besides damaging her reputation, the woman is claiming the release of the images also caused her significant emotional distress. Sex encounters Simmons is denying he was in a relationship with the woman which warranted the level of confidentiality she is claiming. Instead, through his lawyers, he is alleging their encounters were strictly sexual. On June 5 last year, Justice Ronnie Boodoosingh granted the woman an injunction against Simmons, ordering him to delete the images and to refrain from distributing them further. Details of the case had initially been deemed as confidential, with only the parties’ lawyers being allowed to attend pervious hearings. But the seal over case was lifted when it was transfered to Seepersad, who will preside over the trial. Seepersad held a brief case-management conference in the Port-of-Spain High Court yesterday, where he met lawyers for the two parties to discuss the case. Simmons, who played for Mumbai Indians in last year’s Indian Premier League, was not present for the hearing as he is with the West Indies team in Australia preparing for the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup. The woman is being represented by Naveen Maraj and Christian Chandler, while Ken Wright appeared for Simmons. The case comes up for another case management conference on March 23. Revenge porn Revenge porn is defined as the distribution of a sexual image of someone without their permission and with the intent to cause them distress. The issue has received significant international attention since the practice became popular with the advent of numerous photo-sharing and social media apps over the past few years. With lawmakers being unable to keep up with rapidly evolving technology, many offenders have gone unpunished. Last November, 21-year-old Luke King became the first person in the United Kingdom (UK) to be jailed for engaging in revenge porn. Like T&T, the UK does not have any specific legislation which outlaws the practice. As such, King was prosecuted under that country’s harassment laws for failing to adhere to two previous warnings from police when he decided to post a nude image of his former girlfriend on instant messaging app Whatsapp. The UK Parliament is debating the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill 2013–14, which makes revenge porn an offence punishable by a maximum jail term of two years.
Late night TV just got flipped, turned upside down.
Barbados produced a spectacular recovery, scoring twice in as many minutes late in the first half,
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