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            [post_content] => Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt has criticized anti-doping officials for reducing American sprinter Tyson Gay's ban after he tested positive for an anabolic steroid last year. Bolt's compatriot Asafa Powell as well as Tyson Gay both failed the drug tests for the same substance, oxilofrine in July 2013. Gay was given a one year ban while Powell was initially suspended for 18 months."

"I’m not really happy with the situation and with how it was done. I think for someone like [fellow Jamaican] Asafa [Powell] to get a ban of 18 months for that [stimulant oxilofrine] and then Tyson Gay get just one year because of cooperating, I think it is sending a bad message into the sport that you can do it [dope], but if you cooperate with us, we’ll reduce the sentence." said Bolt

Powell declared that his ruling was "unfair and unjust" citing that he took a legal supplement (Epiphany D1) which was contaminated. He appealed to the Court of Arbritation for Sport and his ban was subsequently reduced to six months. The 2007 world champion in the 100m and 200m Tyson Gay could have received a ban spanning as much as two years but his sentence was reduced following his co-operative behaviour with the US Anti-doping agency.

"I don’t think that’s the right way to go… because you are pretty much telling people that this is a way out, it’s a way of beating the system" insisted Bolt.

Both Powell and Gay have returned to action following their suspensions. Bolt is scheduled to race for the first time this year in the 4 x 100m at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland following a stop start season due to niggling injuries.
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Sprint Star Usain Bolt Slams Officials for Gay's Doping Ban Verdict

July 24, 2014
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Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt has criticized anti-doping officials for reducing American sprinter Tyson Gay's ban after he tested positive for an anabolic steroid last year. Bolt...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => It is common to hear about the more popular Caribbean islands such as Jamaica, Trinidad, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba and others. But there are so many other gems out there in the Caribbean Sea that we don’t hear or know that much about. So it’s time for a quick geography lesson. Let's explore a few of these islands. Though these islands are not independent,  they are still rich with island culture, flavor and music.

Saint Martin and Sint Maarten

Most may not realize that this French and Dutch island consists of two separate countries, the North (Saint Martin) an extension of France and the south (Sint Maarten) which falls under the Dutch Kingdom. Known as the friendly island, there is no visible border to separate north from south and residents and their goods can travel to the other side and back freely. A great picture of harmony, this island has over 120 nationalities inhabiting it.

Bonaire

Bonaire is known as the diver’s paradise with its clear waters and numerous sites for shore diving. There are four main languages Dutch, Papiamentu, English and Spanish. The currency of Bonaire is the US dollar. With a population of approximately 13,000, Bonaire is diverse in cultural influences. Bonaire’s music is rooted in much African influence.

Montserrat

A humble island in the Caribbean, Montserrat is peaceful and serene. Having bounced back from having a modern day Pompeii, the population depleted from over 12,000 to now just over 5000 residents. In 1997 the capital city Plymouth was abandoned after volcanic activity from the previously dormant Soufriere Hills erupted. Under British rule the main language spoken in Montserrat is English and it is also known as the “Emerald Isle of the West”. The currency used in Montserrat is the East Caribbean Dollar.

Guadaloupe

The main tourist website for Guadaloupe calls it “so French yet undeniably Caribbean”. Guadaloupe is another island for us to pay close attention to. It is made up of five main islands and as an extension of France Guadaloupe carries the Euro as its main currency. Most residents speak in Creole but French and English are also widely spoken throughout the island. Guadaloupe is loved for its French Creole cuisine being rich in flavors and spices.

These islands are just a handful of the islands that are waiting for us to explore, why not visit one today? The Caribbean is a very diverse place, filled with rich heritage, culture and beauty.

Where are you from? And where do you want to go?

 
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Island Tour - Do You Know These Islands?

July 23, 2014
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It is common to hear about the more popular Caribbean islands such as Jamaica, Trinidad, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba and others. But there are so many other gems out there in the Carib...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => An estimated EC$200,000 from ticket sales for three upcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL) commencing on Thursday has been stolen, according to Police reports in Trinidad. Investigators state that the money went missing from the ticketing office of the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad between Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

The Police also confirmed that an official report was made by Queen’s Park’s ticketing co-coordinator Karen Bynoe. Popular media outlets in Trinidad quoted Ms. Bynoe as saying that she secured the money in an envelope before placing it in a drawer around 5 pm but could was not able to locate on her return to the venue on Sunday morning.

Investigators believe the robbery was an inside job, indicating that there was no force entry or tampering of the door to the general office. A number of suspects have been questioned but an arrest has not yet been made.

“CPL can confirm that there is an investigation currently underway regarding an issue with tickets. However, it cannot comment further until such a time as the relevant authorities have completed their enquiries.” said CPLT20 media officer for Trinidad and Tobago, Abigail Edwards.

CPL features Red Steel against Guyana Amazon Warriors on Thursday, Jamaica Tallawahs on Saturday and St Lucia Zouks on Sunday.
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