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first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – West Indies players will assemble here today as they begin preparation for their four-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan starting next Sunday.The 16-man squad, headed by captain Carlos Brathwaite, will undergo training sessions from tomorrow, Friday and Saturday, before being whittled down to 13 for the opening encounter at Kensington Oval.The training group includes newcomers Jonathan Carter, Jason Mohammed and Veerasammy Permaul but missing is superstar opener Chris Gayle along with all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell.Russell is serving a one-year suspension for an anti-doping whereabouts violation while no explanation has been given by selectors for the exclusion of Gayle and Bravo.Trinidadian Bravo recently underwent surgery last January for a hamstring injury sustained in the Australia Big Bash but there has been no indication about the status of his recovery.West Indies will be looking to rebound after suffering a heavy 3-0 whitewash in the recent one-day series against England in the Caribbean.They will also be looking to make amends for a similar whitewash by Pakistan when the two teams last met in the United Arab Emirates last September.The remaining T20s will be played at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad on March 30, April 1 and 2.last_img read more


first_imgMIAMI – The United States Coast Guard recently interdicted 50 Haitian and 10 Cuban migrants, repatriating them to their home countries. Haitians apprehended off Cap-Haitien In a statement on Saturday, the Coast Guard said the respective interdictions took place on Monday after 50 Haitian migrants were interdicted about 46 miles north of Cap-Haïtien, Haiti.It’s reported that shortly after 5pm, crew members from the Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered, detected an overloaded 30-foot vessel and launched a small boat crew to investigate. The small boat crew then boarded the vessel and discovered 36 Haitian males and 14 Haitian females.“The Robert Yered crew safely embarked the migrants and sank the vessel to prevent a hazard to navigation…. bottom line is these voyages put lives at unnecessary risk,” said Captain Jason Ryan, Coast Guard 7th District chief of enforcement. “These voyages often involve ill-advised agreements with smugglers on poorly equipped, makeshift vessels that are prone to capsizing leading to loss of life. “This humanitarian mission is a priority of the Coast Guard and its foreign and domestic partners – only strengthening our presence in the region to stop these illegal activities from occurring, putting safety at sea first,” he continued. Record numbersThe US Coast Guard said about 2,474 Haitian migrants have attempted to illegally enter the US via the maritime environment since May 20 in fiscal year 2019 compared to 2,727 Haitian migrants in fiscal year 2018. These numbers represent the total number of at-sea interdictions, landings and disruptions in the Florida Straits, the Caribbean and Atlantic, the US Coast Guard said.Cubans Twelve Cuban migrants were also interdicted on Monday – 12 miles off of Villa Clara Province, Cuba.The US Coast Guard said its 7th District watch-standers received notification of an illegal departure of a 30-foot go-fast vessel .The Coast Guard cutter Evans crew repatriated the 10 Cuban migrants back to their home of origin, while the other two- who were suspected smugglers, were transferred into US Homeland Security Investigations custody.“The Coast Guard maintains a focused and coordinated effort with multiple agency assets to interdict any attempt to unlawfully immigrate by sea to the United States,” said Rear Adm. Peter J. Brown, commander of Coast Guard 7th District. “Those who are interdicted at sea attempting to illegally immigrate will be repatriated to their country in accordance with existing US immigration policy,” he added.last_img read more

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