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Trinidad and Tobago’s W Connection and Guyana’s Alpha United both secured comfortable wins on match day one of the Caribbean Football Union Club Championship on Wednesday. Playing in Group Two in Couva, W Connection hammered Guyana Defence Force 7-1 while in Group One in Georgetown, Alpha United easily brushed aside Suriname 3-1. Haitian side Don Bosco pulled off the biggest win of the opening day, crushing Bahamian outfit Lyford Cay Dragons 10-0. However, three-time champions W Connection also made a huge impression before their home crowd, putting five past the visitors before half-time, before cruising in the second half at the Ato Boldon Stadium. They were led by a hat-trick from Hashim Arcia, with Shahdon Winchester grabbing a brace. Akeem Garcia opened the scoring in the 22nd minute before Winchester doubled the lead just seconds later and added his second five minutes later, to propel W Connection to a 3-0 lead. Arcia grabbed his first in the 35th and Britto joined in the goal-spree two minutes before the break to render the game over as a contest. In the second half, it was all about Arcia who completed his hat-trick with strikes in the 47th and 81st minute. The visitors claimed a consolation goal through Delroy Fraser in injury time. At the Guyana National Stadium, Daniel Wilson put Alpha United ahead in the 26th minute, a lead that held until first half. Afterward, Gregory Richardson struck in the 56th minute before Kithson Bain added the finishing touches with a 90th minute goal. Action resumes on Friday with match day two. The four group winners advance to the semi-finals scheduled for May 22, with the final two days later. Results of matches played on match day one: Group 1 (Guyana National Stadium, Providence) Alpha United beat Inter Moengotapoe 3-1 Group 2 (Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva) W Connection beat Guyana Defence Force 7-1 Group 3 (Complexe Sportif des Cayes, Les Cayes) Montego Bay beat CS Moulien 1-0 America des Cayes beat Excelsior 4-2 Group 4 (Stade Sylvio Cator, Port-au-Prince) Helenites drew with USR Sainte-Rose 2-2 Don Bosco beat Lyford Cay Dragons 10-0
Disney is facing another copyright lawsuit over "Frozen (2013)". According to TheWrap, a Kuwait author named Muneefa Abdullah filed a suit in U.S. District Court in Michigan on Monday, April, 13, naming the studio and "Frozen" screenwriter Jennifer Lee as defendants. Muneefa claimed that the plot of the animated movie featuring Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad was lifted from "The Snow Princess", a story from her book "New Fairy Tales". Muneefa said in her suit that "the key plot elements, characters, themes, events, setting, mood, pace and dialogue in 'Frozen' demonstrate substantial similarities to 'The Snow Princess', and that such similarities are of a sort that indicate copying rather than independent creation or coincidence." According to the suit, "The Snow Princess" tells story about "a princess who possesses magical ice powers that give her the ability to turn people and objects into ice." The princess went into hiding after she accidentally awakened an evil dangerous witch with her powers. The suit noted that "Frozen" character Elsa "also has the magical ability to turn people and objects into ice" and isolated herself from others after accidentally injuring her sister Anna with her powers. The suit went on to cite other similarities like "a kingdom made of ice and surrounded by mountains, a sibling in search and rescue of the sibling possessing the magical ice powers, a journey up the mountain, snowy guards guarding an icy castle on the mountaintop, the idea that only love is capable of defeating evil, and the selfless sacrifice of oneself for the purpose of saving another from being struck by a sword." Disney hasn't commented on the issue yet. The studio was previously hit with $250 million copyright suit by Isabella Tanikumi, a New Jersey author who accused the studio of ripping off her books "Living My Truth" and "Yearning of the Heart". In response to Isabella's suit, Disney's representative said at that time, "This is beyond ridiculous, she needs to let it go."
Jermaine Blackwood stroked his maiden Test hundred but West Indies lost wickets steadily to be bowled out for 295, about 25 minutes before the scheduled tea break on the third day off the opening Test against England here Wednesday. The 23-year-old right-hander was left unbeaten on 112 as West Indies tamely lost their last four wickets for 19 runs, after putting up solid resistance in the pre-lunch session, and in the first hour afterward at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium. Off-spinner James Tredwell was the leading bowler with four for 47 while seamers James Anderson (2-67) and Stuart Broad (2-67) picked up two wickets apiece. West Indies have conceded a lead of 104 runs, with over two days left in the contest. Resuming from his lunch time score of 69, Blackwood played fluently to raise his century an hour after the interval, when he punched Tredwell down the ground for a single. All told, he faced 220 balls and struck 14 fours and two sixes. His seventh wicket partnership with Jason Holder was worth a crucial 49, not only frustrating England’s bowlers but also allowing him to get closer to three figures. Once Blackwood reached his landmark, however, Holder’s discipline dissipated and he chipped Tredwell to cover two balls later, where Gary Ballance took an easy catch at 276 for seven. The innings then declined rapidly. Kemar Roach was caught at the wicket off Tredwell for five, Jerome Taylor was run out without scoring attempting an impossible single and Sulieman Benn was caught at short leg by Joe Root off Anderson.
Jamaica – A 25-year-old woman is believed to have committed suicide at her St Andrew home Tuesday afternoon. Reports reaching OBSERVER ONLINE are that the woman, identified as Jodi-Ann Williams, sent several messages to friends telling them that she loves them and she was sorry. The circumstances leading up to her death is not known at this time. She was later found hanging from the roof of her house. Police were summoned to the scene about 2:30 pm.
Opener Kraigg Brathwaite and middle order batsman Marlon Samuels were attempting to rebuild West Indies first innings which suffered a post lunch slump against England on the second day of the first Test at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium here Tuesday. West Indies, which had clawed their way back into the match on the strength of impressive bowling during the pre-lunch session, lost two wickets after the break to be reeling on 42 for two. Opener Devon Smith and middle order batsman Darren Bravo are back in the pavilion as West Indies stumble after removing the last five England wickets for 58 runs to restrict them to a first innings score of 399. Smith went for 11 after he was forced to play and got an outside edge to Jos Buttler while Bravo departed shortly after, caught by Buttler off Chris Jordan for ten. Bravo was attempting to leave Jordan’s delivery but raised his bat to late and he paid the price for his indecision. Brathwaite and Samuels were 34 and 32 respectively and were approaching a half century stand by the tea time interval as the Windies try to regain the momentum they lost in the post lunch session.
US soul singer Percy Sledge, famed for his song When a Man Loves a Woman, has died aged 74. Steve Green from talent agency Artists International Management Inc confirmed to the BBC that he died at his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Tuesday. "He was one of my first acts, he was a terrific person and you don't find that in this business very often," said Green. "He was truly a standout." Sledge had surgery for liver cancer in January 2014 but soon resumed touring. Sledge's debut single When a Man Loves a Woman reached the top 10 twice in the UK and topped the US Billboard chart for two weeks in 1966, when it also got to number four in the UK chart. During an interview for the the 2013 documentary Muscle Shoals, he recalled his first recording of it. "When I came into the studio, I was shaking like a leaf. I was scared," he said, adding that it was the "same melody that I sang when I was out in the fields. I just wailed out in the woods and let the echo come back to me". 'Signed away the rights' He told BBC Radio 6 Music's Craig Charles in a 2011 interview that he came up with the melody for When A Man Loves A Woman, but signed away the rights of the song to Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright, because "I didn't know any better". "I had the melody in my mind so I gave that song to them," he said, adding they then created the lyrics. Sledge did not contest the agreement, saying: "I felt like if God fixed it in my mouth to give it to them I won't change anything about it. "I'm satisfied with what I wrote but I cut my kids out of so much because I gave it to someone else - I just wasn't thinking." BBC Radio 2 DJ Tony Blackburn was among those paying tribute on Twitter, and said: "Sad to hear that Percy Sledge has died. I wonder how many times I've played When A Man Loves A Woman. RIP." Musician Bootsy Collins paid tribute on his Facebook page with the words: "Just lost another legend funkateers, Mr Percy Sledge." Paul Gambacini told the BBC that When a Man Loves a Woman was "one of the all time classic songs". "This was the essence of soul, dripping with feeling. It never had a time, it was in a world of its own, so it was timeless," he added. The track reached number two when it was re-released in the UK in 1987 after appearing in Oliver Stone's film Platoon, and was featured in several other films such as The Big Chill, The Crying Game and a 1994 Meg Ryan drama named after the song itself. It was also the soundtrack to a Levis advert in 1987. 'Transcendent moment' It was the first US number one recorded at Alabama's Muscle Shoals studio, where Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones would later record. The track also scored a first gold disc for Atlantic Records, whose executive Jerry Wexler called the song "a transcendent moment" and "a holy love hymn." It remained Sledge's biggest hit and helped sustain a long touring career in the US, Europe and South Africa, averaging 100 performances a year. His other chart successes included Warm and Tender Love, It Tears Me Up and Take Time to Know Her. The song found new life in 1991 when Michael Bolton's cover of the song topped the Billboard chart. Before his music career, Sledge worked in the cotton fields around his hometown of Leighton in northwest Alabama, before taking a job as a hospital nurse in the early 1960s. A patient heard him singing while he worked and recommended him to record producer Quin Ivy. The singer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 and was a member of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. He is survived by his wife and children.
The Jamaica government says the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015, commonly referred to as the “Ganja Law” and passed by both Houses of Parliament in February, goes into effect on Wednesday. A statement from the Ministry of Justice Monday said that notification of the Governor General’s assent to the Act has been published in the official Gazette and that the Minister of Justice, Mark Golding will bring the legislation into operation this week, April,15. The Ministry of Justice said that the legislation is expected to have a number of positive implications for Jamaica, including strengthening respect for the rule of law and building a more just society, by eliminating a common cause of corrosive antagonism between the police and young men, particularly in less affluent communities. It said the legislation would reduce the heavy burden of cases on the Resident Magistrates’ Courts and acknowledge the constitutional rights of the Rastafari community, who use ganja as a sacrament. In addition, the government said the legislation paves the way for the emergence of a lawful, regulated legitimate medicinal and industrial marijuana industry that may have significant economic opportunities and benefits. “This is a landmark piece of legislation, that is long overdue,” Golding said, adding “Jamaica is approaching these reforms in a responsible manner, and in keeping with our international obligations. “The benefits of these reforms will be significant, and the possible negative implications will, for the first time, be mitigated by a public education campaign to discourage ganja use by adolescents, persons with mental disorders, pregnant women and other vulnerable groups,” he added.
West Indies seamers produced a disciplined performance on the first morning of the opening Test, to reduce England to 49 for three at lunch here Monday. Winning the toss and opting to bowl first, the hosts made good use of the new ball, picking up wickets at key intervals to keep England on the back foot at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium. At the interval, Joe Root was unbeaten on 11 and was accompanied by Ian Bell on ten. West Indies started brightly and got the breakthrough with the day’s fifth delivery when Jerome Taylor had Jonathan Trott taken at first slip by Darren Bravo without scoring, with a single run on the board. The right-handed Trott, playing his first Test in nearly two years, sparred at one that shaped away and Bravo completed a regulation low catch. England then struggled for runs as Taylor and new-ball partner Kemar Roach kept things tight. They had crawled to 22 when captain Alistair Cook pushed uncertainly at a delivery of fullish length from Roach and dragged on for 11. England’s struggles continued in the fourth over after the water break when lanky seamer Jason Holder got Gary Ballance to stab at wide full length delivery only for Bravo to snap up a chest high catch at first slip. Ballance made 10.

Manager of the Trinidad and Tobago athletes to the just ended CARIFTA games, Lucretia Warner-Burns, says she is satisfied with her team’s performance at the meet.

T&T captured 22 medals at the 44th Carifta Games which ran for four days in Basseterre, St Kitts over the Easter period.

Their medal haul comprises 6 gold, 8 silver and 8 bronze.

“Yes, I’m quite satisfied with the effort,” “My prediction to my technical team...I told them that I predicted 22 medals,” Warner-Burns told the Express.

“Some of my technical team members said to me we should target 30 medals, but I wasn’t too comfortable with that because of our young team. We had two children under the age of 14. With the composition of the team and the strength of the team, I did not foresee us getting more than 22 medals.”

T&T’s gold medal haul was highlighted by a record breaking feat of teenager Tyriq Horsford in the Javelin.

Horsford, 15, produced a massive 70.73 metres in the boys’ under-18 javelin, a new Carifta Games record and T&T under-18 record.

“I had to shout, ‘I need the steel tape’ because at some competitions they forget to bring the steel tape,” Warner-Burns recalled.

“I shouted out to the officials ‘I need the steel tape, I will not move until I see it.’ They brought the steel tape, and I was pleased to know that he did in fact break the record in the javelin throw.”

T&T finished fourth on the medal table, behind Jamaica, who again dominated the meet with an 85 medal haul, Bahamas and Barbados.

Captain Denesh Ramdin believes the experience of veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul and the senior bowlers, will be critical if West Indies are to seriously challenge England in the upcoming three-Test series.

The Windies face their old foes starting here Monday, attempting to reverse a trend that has seen them win just two Tests in 27 outings over the last 15 years.

Ramdin said Chanderpaul’s penchant for long innings in the middle order would be important in West Indies tallying big scores.

“His experience is second to none [especially with] all those matches he has played at international level,” the Trinidadian said.

“I’m sure he will go on to get the most runs for West Indies as a Test player and I’m sure that’s his goal but with his experience in the middle order, batting all those balls, getting his hundred, 70s or whatever, [we need] guys to bat with him to get partnerships and get big totals so we have opportunities to win matches.

“The last time England were here, we won 1-0 in that series. It was a very hard fought series. Hopefully we can get good things going in this series again.”

After dominating England in the 1980s and early 1990s, West Indies have struggled in recent years.

They have suffered 17 defeats since the turn of the century and have lost all but one series – in 2009 when a shock innings win at Sabina Park handed them success in the five-match series.

Ramdin said he as under no illusions about the size of the task, however, but believes that new ball bowlers like Jerome Taylor and Kemar Roach, along with frontline spinner Sulieman Benn, would be crucial in limiting England’s batting machine, especially in Caribbean conditions.

“It is going to be a tough grind. The series is going to be set up by big scores and that hour, hour-and-a-half of aggressive bowling where you can pick up a couple wickets and a bowler can change a match for us so it can go either way but hopefully it can be on our side,” Ramdin noted.

“When you go away and play against the opposition, they put you in their conditions and exploit it quite well so I can’t see why our bowlers can’t do it at home.”

Ramdin has also placed pressure on himself to perform. He averages a respectable 33 against the English and has hit two hundreds – including a career-best 166 at Kensington Oval during the 2009 series.

However, he struggled last year, averaging just under 23 from eight Tests but is looking to rebound.

“I have two half-centuries and a couple half centuries against the opposition so I’m looking forward to getting stuck in to their bowling attack,” Ramdin said.

“They have a good bowling attack, you can’t take that away from them but you just need to spend time out there. As a batter, once you spend time out there it becomes easier.”

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