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MIAMI---A Florida-based sports agent
who has worked for a company in a
joint venture with entertainer Marc
Antony s firm, has been indicted on
charges involving illegal smuggling of
Cuban baseball players from the com-
munist island to the US.
Homeland Security Investigations
spokesman Nestor Iglesias in Miami con-
firmed Bart Hernandez was arrested in
a joint operation with the FBI. Hernandez
was scheduled to make an initial court
appearance later Friday.
His attorney, Daniel Rashbaum, had
no immediate comment on the charges.
An indictment providing additional details
was expected to be unsealed yesterday.
One of Hernandez s clients was Leonys
Martin, a Seattle Mariners outfielder for-
merly with the Texas Rangers.
Martin was referenced in an earlier
indictment charging four people with
conspiring to illegally smuggle ballplayers
and other people from Cuba.
Three of those people have pleaded
Hernandez has worked for Praver
Shapiro Sports Management, which in
November announced a joint venture
with Antony s Magnus Media. (AP)
(Ext: 2069, 2071,
West Indies batsman
struck 49 off 37 balls
with six fours and two
sixes for the Karachi
Kings in a five-wicket
loss against the
Peshawar Zalmi in the
Pakistan T20 Super
League, on Wednesday.
"I'm really excited. I've
been here three years
in a row and it's going
to be my fourth year
this year. So I'm really
looking forward to
getting over there."
Caribbean T20 Premier
League this year.
Agent charged in Cuban ballplayer smuggling case
There has been much discussion
about the Zika virus in Brazil and the
possible impact of the virus on the
2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil,
which will be held from August 5-21.
The T&T Olympic Committee s
(TTOC) representative team of Annette
Knott, secretary general and Dr Ian
Hypolite, chef de mission recently vis-
ited three locations in Brazil to assess
the Zika situation and review potential
training sites for the national team.
These included the north-east coastal
town of Recife in the state of Pernam-
buco, Juiz de Fora in the state of Minas
and Rio de Janeiro, the capital and site
of the Games.
The TTOC advised that in each loca-
tion the response mechanisms for the
Zika outbreak was clear and opera-
tional. The coastal town of Recife can
be described as "ground zero" for the
Zika outbreak in Brazil.
As a result, Recife is at the forefront
in the battle against the virus. The real
concern about the virus relates directly
to its impact on pregnant women.
Reports have suggested a link, still
casual, between the virus and micro-
cephaly in newborns.
The TTOC team noted that there
was no sense of panic among the
Brazilian populace, which has already
experienced Dengue and Chikungunya.
Illnesses which are spread by the same
Preventive methods such as vector
eradication, use of repellent, and appro-
priate attire, were constantly empha-
These recommendations are globally
applicable given the World Health
OrganiZation s (WHO) declaration of
an international public health emer-
It therefore means that people every-
where have to be wary about the spread
of the Zika virus in their own countries.
Earlier this week, the Ministry of Health
confirmed the first case of Zika in T&T.
At this time it is noteworthy that
the WHO has not recommended travel
or trade bans with affected countries,
and has stressed that there is still a lot
to learn about the virus.
Given its recent experience in Brazil,
the TTOC s representative team accepts
fully the recommendations of the
WHO on the international Zika out-
TTOC keeps eye of Zika threat
National junior golfer Ysabelle
Lawrence retained the Svelty Ladies
Golf Open title, a two-day tourna-
ment held last month by Nestle T&T
and the St. Andrews Golf Club
women s contingent to celebrate
women in golf at the St Andrews
Golf Course in Moka.
Nestle T&T alongside the St.
Andrews Golf Club Ladies contingent
celebrated a 28-year partnership at
the tournament, where Svelty con-
Lawrence finished nine shots clear
of Karina Matabal and Serena
Mackenzie who were both tied for
second place. The two were even-
tually separated by Matabal s better
second day score.
The Svelty Ladies Golf Open is
just one of two tournaments in T&T
played over two days for women only.
The tournament is a national team
qualifier for international competi-
tions later this year and Lawrence,
Matabal and Mackenzie will
undoubtedly battle each other over
the next few months for the coveted
spot. Marlyn Jackson took the nett
prize in the first flight.
The women in the second flight
took advantage of fast and hard fair-
ways, with improved scores posted
by the overnight leaders. Renee
Ayoung and Sherry Ann Fortune were
locked in a tie after the second day s
play on 180, ahead of Angela
Hodgkinson by one shot.
Ayoung shot a par on the first hole
in the sudden death playoff to take
the title from the big-hitting Fortune
who put her drive out-of-bounds.
Sarah Ramsingh, who has not played
competitively for some time, was the
pick of the third flight field, taking
the title by nine strokes from Petra
Beems of Suriname with young
Samantha Juteram a further six shots
behind. Geertje van Kessel and
Margerith van der Jagt both of Suri-
name finished first and second with
scores of 146 and 147 respectively
in that flight s nett competition.
"Nestle T&T through its Svelty
line of milks is proud to be part of
an initiative which celebrates females
and female golfers in T&T," said Marc
Clarke of Nestle during the compe-
tition s prize-giving ceremony. Col-
league Lisa Gionnetti added, "We
pledge our continued support to
ladies golf in T&T and the Caribbean,
and look forward to an even bigger
Svelty Ladies Golf Open, next year."
Participants and golf enthusiasts
alike acknowledged cherished golfing
colleague Dessie Henry of St Kitts,
who passed away in October.
Aegypti mosquitoes on display at the Ministry of Health during a press
conference yesterday. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
National junior golfer Ysabelle Lawrence, left, collects an award from Marc Clarke
of Nestle after winning the Svelty Ladies Golf Open tournament last month
Lawrence bags Nestle golf title
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