Caribbean American ex-nurse convicted for murder of Jamaican husband

first_imgA Caribbean American ex-registered nurse in Brooklyn, New York has been convicted of hiring a hitman to murder her Jamaican-born husband in 2013 after two failed attempts at the victim’s life.The gunman was also convicted of murder.On Wednesday, it took a jury less than three hours to convict Alishia Noel-Murray, 29 — whose father, Andrew Noel, was born in Grenada, and mother, Pauline Noel, also a registered nurse, was born in Guyana — of having her husband, Omar Murray, 37, killed to cash in on nearly US$900,000 in life insurance claims.Both of Noel-Murray’s parents are separated and reside in Brooklyn. Pauline Noel, a born-again Christian, who strongly opposed to her daughter’s actions, testified against her daughter at trial.Jurors found Noel-Murray, who was fired by the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, guilty of murder, attempted murder and weapon possession in the February 23, 2013 assassination of her husband.“She’s a real monster,” Murray’s Jamaican-born mother, Eunice Ashley Henry, 59, a home health aide in Brooklyn, told reporters after the verdict. “I’m ecstatic. I’m overwhelmed, but I’m still missing my son.”Describing Noel-Murray as “the devil,” Eunice Ashley Henry said her daughter-in-law had “tried so many times to kill my son.”Prosecutors said Noel-Murray plotted with her lover, Dameon Lovell, to hire a hitman for US$3,500 to kill Murray, so she could collect on three life insurance policies.Lovell cooperated with prosecutors in exchange for 15 years to life in prison, according to the Daily News.It said the assailant, Kirk Portious, 29, murdered Murray in their Lott Avenue, Brownsville, Brooklyn home.Noel-Murray was convicted of first-degree murder following a jury trial before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Neil Firetog, and Portious was convicted by a separate jury of first-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.Each defendant faces a life sentence without the possibility of parole when they’re sentenced on June 29, according to Brooklyn Acting District Attorney, Puerto Rican-born Eric Gonzalez.“These defendants engaged in a calculated and cold-hearted plot to kill an innocent man,” he said in a statement on Wednesday. “Their heinous scheme was exposed, and a jury has now held them responsible for these reprehensible crimes.”The acting district attorney said that, according to trial testimony, Omar Murray, was shot dead inside his home, located at 204 Lott Avenue in Brownsville, about 12:58 pm on February 24, 2013.The investigation led police to Lovell, who told investigators that his girlfriend had asked him to find someone to kill her husband after her attempt to poison him had failed, Gonzalez said.The first person shot at the victim on February 6, 2013, but missed, according to the testimony. Lovell then hired Portious and provided him with a US$500 down payment and the gun, which he received from Noel-Murray, the evidence showed.The gunman was promised a total of US$3,500, Gonzalez said. He said Noel-Murray had taken out nearly US$900,000 in life insurance on her husband before the murder and attempted to cash out the policies within days of his death.Lovell had previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for a promised sentence of 15 years to life in prison, Gonzalez said.last_img read more

VCB withdraws from Jamaican national trials

first_imgVeteran female sprinter, Veronica Campbell-Brown, has withdrawn from the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) National Senior Championships following her failure to show up for the first round of the women’s 100 meters on Thursday’s first day of the four-day event at the National Stadium.Campbell-Brown posted on her social media page Twitter that she was feeling pain in her right knee and confirmed that she will not participate in the remainder of the championships, which was organised to select the team for the IAAF World Championships in London later this year.Campbell-Brown is the third fastest woman over 100 meters in the world so far this year after running 10.84 seconds at a meet in Montverde, Florida on June 10 and appeared set to qualify for her sixth World Championships.Campbell-Brown was not the only casualty on the first day as Commonwealth Games champion Kemar Bailey-Cole pulled up injured in his first round 100 meters race while Kerron Stewart also failed to show up at the start of her 100 meters race.VCB opens season with 11.06 win in Gainsvillelast_img read more

More gold medals for Jamaica at Commonwealth games

first_imgJamaican athletes continue to impress with gold winning performance at the Commonwealth Games underway in the Gold Coast, Australia.On Wednesday morning Jamaica’s Aisha Praught created Caribbean track and field history when she, in remarkable fashion, won the women 3000meter steeplechase in a personal best time of 9:21.00 seconds. In winning the gold Praught defeated the event favorite Celliphine Chespol of Kenya who was second in a time of 9:22.61 secs. This is Jamaica’s first gold medal in steeplechase at a major event.On Tuesday, another Jamaican, Ronald Levy captured the men’s 110meters hurdles title. The 25-year-old clocked 13.19 seconds, leading a Jamaica one-two as teammate Hansle Parchment copped silver in 13.22. Australian Nicholas Hough stopped the clock at a personal best 13.38 to claim bronze.Javon Francis won bronze for Jamaica in the men’s 400m final with a season’s best of 45.11 seconds. The race was won by Botswana’s Issac Makwala in 44.35, while his compatriot Baboloki Thebe finished second in 45.09s.As of the close of Wednesday’s events Jamaica had won 3 gold, 5 silver and 6 bronze medals, placing 11th in the medal standings. Trinidad and Tobago had 1 gold and 1 silver to place 18th; Bermuda and Grenada with 1 gold medal to tie for the 21st place; the Bahamas with 1 silver to place 26th; and Dominica 1 bronze medal to place 31st.last_img read more

Caribbean nationals nabbed in US

first_imgIn Dorchester, Massachusetts, a 40-year-old national of the Dominican Republic was arrested with convictions for cocaine trafficking and money laundering, ICE said, adding that a 23 year-old national of the Dominican Republic, who had assumed the identity of a US citizen, was arrested in Methuen, Massachusetts.He had prior convictions for drug trafficking, identity theft and resisting arrest, and is facing current pending drug trafficking charges.ICE said 30 of those detained had prior felony convictions for serious or violent offenses; 33 have criminal charges pending; and 15 individuals were previously released from local law enforcement custody, correctional facilities and/or court custody with an active detainer.In addition, ICE said nine of the immigrants were referred for criminal prosecution to the appropriate US Attorney’s Office in the jurisdiction and that some will face federal criminal prosecutions for illegal entry and illegal re-entry into the US after deportation.“The arrestees who are not being federally prosecuted, are detained in ICE custody, and will be processed administratively for removal from the United States.  Any individual that returns to the United States illegally after being deported, is subject to immediate removal from the United States,” ICE added. Several Caribbean nationals have been nabbed by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during a five day exercise.ICE said nationals from Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Haiti, and Antigua and Barbuda were among 58 people arrested during the exercise.It said a 41-year-old Jamaican national was arrested in Hyannis, Massachusetts, who was previously convicted of possession of cocaine.last_img read more

Jamaican-Queen Counsel pleads guilty, to be sentenced next year

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad  – A High Court Judge has set January 16 next year as the date for sentencing Jamaican-born British Queen’s Counsel, Vincent Nelson, who pleaded guilty to his role in the high profile case involving a former attorney general and an opposition legislator.During a two-hour in-camera session on Thursday, Justice Malcolm Holdip accepted the plea agreement deal between the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and Nelson, who was indicted on three counts of conspiring to commit money laundering, misbehavior in public office and conspiracy to commit an act of corruption.The charges are related to the alleged kickback of millions of dollars (One TT dollar=US$0.16 cents) in legal fees to former attorney general Anand Ramlogan and attorney Gerald Ramdeen as a “gift” for receiving State briefs. Nelson will now be the state’s witness in the case.Ramlogan and Ramdeen have been released on bail totaling TT$2.7 million after being jointly charged with conspiracy to contravene Section 3 of the Prevention of Corruption Act; conspiracy to contravene Section 45 of the Proceeds of Crime Act and conspiracy to misbehave in public office.Earlier this week, in his application to have the matter heard without the presence of the media, the DPP, Roger Gaspard said Nelson would have agreed to turn state witness against Ramlogan and Ramdeen and that since the charges against all three arose from the same factual origin, there was “some symmetery” in Nelson’s case and the case against the other two.“That type of symmetry makes for a heightened degree of sensitivity as far as the carriage of this and those related matters,” he said, adding “one has to be especially careful to ensure that nothing is done to attract the issue of adverse pre-trial publicity for any of the subjected related parties”.The judge accepted the plea agreement and in accordance with section 26 of the Criminal Procedure (Plea Discussion and Plea Agreement) Act, and Nelson will now be sentenced on January 16.In accordance with the provisions of the recently-proclaimed Criminal Procedure (Plea Discussion and Plea Agreement) Act, certain steps are to take place before the judge signs off on the agreement.These include the disclosure by the prosecution the substance of and reasons for the agreement and before accepting it, the judge has to ensure an accused was not induced to enter the agreement and knows of the consequences of it.The judge also has to ensure that the agreement is justifiable.Ramlogan and Ramdeen are to re-appear in a magistrate’s court on June 28.last_img read more

Peter Murcott Bunting: The Man Seeking to Take Over Leadership of…

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – On July 14, Peter Bunting officially launched his Presidential campaign for the post of leader of the People’s National Party (PNP) at the Manchester High School in Manchester, Jamaica.In early June, the sitting member of parliament for Central Manchester, and former Minister of National Security announced would be challenging leader of the opposition, former Minister of Finance and current PNP leader, Dr. Peter Phillips.Phillips has held the post of leader of the PNP since 2017 when he succeeded former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller. Bunting says, as leader, he wants to transform the party and transform the country.Bunting has been associated with the PNP since 1990 when he was appointed as personal advisor to then prime minister, The Rt Hon. Michael Manley. He entered representational politics for the first time in the 1993 General Elections when he remarkably defeated former Prime Minister Hugh Shearer to win the South East Clarendon seat in a shocking upset.Since then, all eyes have been on Bunting, who in addition to politics, has served many public sector bodies in varying capacities.In the 2007 general elections, he was selected to represent the PNP in the Central Manchester constituency and has held that seat since. He served as the general secretary of the PNP from 2008 to 2014.Peter Bunting was appointed to serve in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Simpson Miller as Minister of National Security on 6 January 2012, a portfolio he held up to the PNP defeat in 2016.A Passion For FinanceBunting was born in a rural district in Clarendon to two hardworking farmers. He attended the prestigious Campion College High School in Kingston and then later, McGill University in Canada where he received an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineeringAlthough Bunting served as the Minister of National Security from 2012 to 2016 in the former PNP administration, he has always had a passion for finance.It wasn’t until Bunting pursued his MBA in Finance at the University of Florida that this passion hr has for finance started to unfold. After graduating UoF, he was employed at Citibank in Jamaica where his work ethic attracted the attention of two prominent Jamaican businessmen, O.K. Melhado and Clifton Cameron, who would later recruit him when they established the Manufacturers’ Merchant Bank (MMB).In 1988, Bunting was appointed as CEO of Manufacturers’ Merchant Bank (MMB), which went on to become the largest independent merchant bank in Jamaica. Today, MMB is known as Pan Caribbean Investment Services.In between working with Michael Manley in 1990 and being elected, for the first time, as member of parliament in 1993, he was appointed CEO of the National Investment Bank of Jamaica, (now Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ).He, along with friends, Christopher Dehring and Mark Golding (a PNP member of parliament for South St. Andrew) also established Jamaica’s first private sector investment banking firm, Dehring, Bunting and Golding (now Scotia Investments) in 1992.Out-pouring of Support  Peter Bunting’s opponent mate for PNP Presidency, Peter Phillips, who was elected to the top position in the PNP on March 26, 2017, following the party’s defeat in the 2016 general election, has been a longstanding member of the PNP since 1989.Despite this, many PNP members and supporters have sided with Bunting in this race for the leadership position.St. Ann North-West MP, Dr. Dayton Campbell, Westmoreland Eastern MP Luther Buchanan, Hanover Western MP Ian Hayles, Former Education Minister and Kingston Central MP Ronnie Thwaites, Southern Manchester MP Michael Stewart and Mark Golding have sided with Bunting.Peter Bunting will celebrate his 59th birthday on September 7, the same day he will challenge incumbent Peter Phillips for party leadership at the special delegates’ conference.He is married to Anushca, who passionately introduced her husband at his official campaign launch last Sunday. The couple has a 3-year old son. He also has a son and a daughter from a previous marriage.last_img read more

Djokovic Suffers Major Elbow Injury, To Miss US Open

first_imgNovak Djokovic is set to miss the US Open due to an elbow injury. This was revealed by Serbian doctor, Zdenko Milinković, who examined the 2015 champion.According to Dr Milinković during an interview with Serbian newspaper Sportski Zurnal, Djokovic is “99% likely” to miss the US Open and is required to rest for a period of 6-12 weeks in order to fully recover from his injury.It was revealed that the 12-time grand slam champion was in Toronto for further expert examination on his elbow, which is understood to have worsened due to ‘excessive playing’.“He has a bruised bone due to excessive playing. He did not have enough of a pause, Novak clenched his teeth and continued playing despite a serious injury. It was always a big concern for me as his friend.” Said Milinkovic.Djokovic retired against Tomas Berdych in the quarter finals at Wimbledon citing injury, he also won a title in Eastbourne a week Championships.“At a certain stage of your career, you’re going to experience this kind of things.” He said earlier this month.”“Professional tennis has gotten very physical in the last couple of years. It’s not easy to play at the highest level throughout the entire season then be able to do that over and over again every season, and then stay healthy.”“At the end of the day, we’re all humans.” – concluded Dr MilinkovićA press conference is speculated to be called by Djokovic in Belgrade this week, to confirm his decision and a possible cancellation of his schedule for the rest of the year.The 30-year-old has a total of 3740 points to defend in the second half of the season and will suffer a landslide fall on the ranking if he misses out on the US Open and the World Tour Finals. RelatedAndy Murray Steps Up Hip Injury Recovery Ahead Of US OpenJuly 25, 2017In “Sports”Novak Djokovic Out For The Rest Of 2017 Due To Elbow InjuryJuly 26, 2017In “Sports”Big Blow! Djokovic Withdraws From Qatar Open Due To InjuryDecember 30, 2017In “Sports”last_img read more

London Baby Ice Breaker…Justin Helden – Fingaming

first_img Share Bringing the buzz at ICE: US, Big Data, Blockchain and Crypto February 2, 2018 SBC strengthens conference team appointing Ana-Luiza Olanescu as production lead January 7, 2019 Share Related Articles SBC moves at ICE London to brand new stand location S3-206 January 18, 2019 StumbleUpon Submit Justin Helden, BildabetJustin Helden the CEO & Commercial Director of  Fingaming, will be launching the firm’s small form factor betting product, Bildabet, at ICE 2017.A London Baby Sponsor  (7 February – Café de Paris Leicester Square), Helden details to SBC readers what topics, debate and discussion 2017’s industry agenda. ____________________SBC: What new products and services will you be bringing to market in 2017?Justin Helden: We have created several versions and designs of our Bildabet products that enable customers to operate Sports Betting, Virtual Gaming and Casino style games. We are unique, in that we design and build all of our own hardware and software. We can operate loyalty or gaming card mechanisms as well as cash loading.SBC: What will be the industry buzzword for 2017 and why?JH: Agility. I think that’s the industry hasn’t tried to move on technically for a number of years. Customers will stay with the status quo as long as suppliers do. We feel that more companies should act as technologists for this marketplace, and not just be there to skim margin off of the clients.SBC: Which new technology, service or consumer trend will have the biggest impact on the igaming industry in 2016?JH: I think the emergence of virtual gaming will have a crossover at some point into gambling. I also think mobile and tablet led products will create a more nimble and appealing market for the younger adult market.SBC: Why have you chosen to begin 2017 by sponsoring the London Baby Party?JH: I think it’s a great way to enjoy people’s company in a more relaxed and fun environment. We all spend most of our days in offices or travelling, so a few drinks with friends isn’t a bad way to end day oneSBC: Finally, where can people expect to find you at ICE and/or LAC?JH: We will be on stand S3-100, just by the middle concourse______________________________last_img read more

Catena Media set to complete fresh affiliate acquisition

first_img Catena lauds ‘record’ Q2 as casino drives performance August 19, 2020 Share Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Stockholm-listed industry affiliate marketing network, Catena Media has outlined its intention to purchase online betting comparison site, BETFREEBETS.UK.Catena Media is aiming to follow up a positive 2017, by continuing a trend in the affiliate market as it places a strong focus on mergers and acquisitions.The group recently expanded its German market presence, confirming the acquisition of Dreamworx Online Ltd for a total consideration of €9.5 million. As well as purchasing football analysis and news portal Squawka. Now Catena is looking to continue its growth, in what the company’s CEO Henrik Persson Ekdahl described as “a strategic acquisition” with the purchase of BETFREEBETS.UK. With it already boasting a strong UK presence, Ekdahl emphasised that the deal will allow Catena to “continue focusing on the UK Market”.He also revealed that the assets of the site will be integrated into Catena’s burgeoning London office, revealing that Catena has the infrastructure to ensure that the acquisition is fulfilled to its maximum potential.Ekdahl spoke positively regarding Catena Media’s progression and intentions, after the group declared financial results in 2017, when he stated: ““For us, it is an established fact by now that growing rapidly, while at the same time improving operational quality, requires constant focus, commitment and hard work.“From the outset, our company culture has been characterised by its fast pace, dedicated workforce and a drive to expand into new markets. The past quarter was no different. Alongside noticeable improvements in operations, we made a number of structural changes that we already see positive effects of. I am confident that we have never been better positioned as a company.” Raketech names Karlsten as new COO May 27, 2020 Submit Catena forecasts ‘record results’ ahead of August interims July 20, 2020last_img read more

Busy Kindred Group hits World Cup high notes during H1 2018

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Share Submit Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk  August 10, 2020 GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Related Articles Stockholm-listed European online gambling firm Kindred Group Plc continues its streak of ‘all-time highs’ reporting significant growth across its underlying corporate metrics and KPIs for its interim H1 2018 trading period (unaudited January-June 2018).Publishing its latest trading update, Kindred reports strong organic growth across its products and services driven by significant customer activity recorded during World Cup Russia 2018.Corporate revenues for Q2 2018 amounted to £219 million up 33% on corresponding Q2 2017’s £166 million, as the Stockholm enterprise reports H1 2018 gross revenues totalling £427 million (H1 2018: £319 million).Detailing a period of high customer activity for Q2 2018, Kindred was able to sustain its active player base at the +1.5 million mark (Q2 2017: +1.1 million), further representing a substantial increase on Q1 2018’s + 1.3 million.At present, an enlarged Kindred Group now operates its services in ‘20 different languages within more than 100 countries’.The multi-market operator, details that it was able to sustain strong operating margins across its product portfolio helping the company achieve an Underlying EBITDA for Q2 2018 at £42 million (Q2 2017: 33.4 million), and £89 million  (H1 2017: 63.7 million)  for the first half of 2018.Closing a busy H1 2018 trading period Kindred governance declares corporate profits of £55 million (H1 2017: £37 million) of which Q2 2018 contributing £25 million (Q2 2017: £20.4 million).Updating investors, Henrik Tjärnström, Chief Executive of Kindred Group commented on H1 2018 trading:“The World Cup provided a significant all-time high in customer activity and continued strong organic growth, and unexpected results led to a sportsbook margin of 8.2 per cent after free bets.Our gross winnings revenue up 31 per cent and all-time high in active customersOur underlying EBITDA grew by 25 per cent compared to the same period last year (+27 per cent organic and in constant currencies).” “In the period up to 22 July 2018, average daily Gross winnings revenue in GBP was 29 per cent higher compared to the same period in 2017. Adjusting for the impact of exchange rate changes, the growth was 30 per cent”.Kindred Group – H1 2018 Overviewlast_img read more