Month: August 2020

Jamaican woman fined for urinating in public

first_imgA woman was fined $1,000 for urinating in public when she appeared in the St Catherine Parish Court on Wednesday.The woman, 34-year-old Michelle Valentine, pleaded guilty when she appeared before Parish Magistrate. Tara Kerr.Valentine was arrested after she was seen stooping behind a tree along Young Street in the old capital of Spanish Town.The magistrate asked the accused why she chose to put her dignity aside and relieve herself in public.Vallentine replied that she could not hold her water any longer.“Next time you hold your water. It is shameful, very shameful and against the law to do that in public,” the judge warned.If the fine is not paid, Valentine will have to spend 10 days in jail.last_img read more

Jamaica seeks to have more students study in China

first_imgJamaica’s Education Minister Ruel Reid The Jamaica government has announced its holding talks with China on ways to significantly increase the number of young Jamaicans able to study in that Asian country.Education Minister, Ruel Reid, said the increase in Jamaican students going to China is welcome, and in keeping with the fact that “we also have dozens of young people who are teaching the English language in Japan [who] are part of a Jamaica and Japan exchange teaching program.”Bilateral agreements Reid said that Jamaica also has bilateral agreements with other countries to facilitate academic studies. He encouraged students to visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade website to get more details.The minister said the Jamaican government is implementing several initiatives aimed at increasing individuals’ access to higher education locally. “We have sought to make it easier for you to get loans through the Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB). The SLB has typically approved close to 100 per cent of loan applications received in recent years,” he said.Student Loan BureauIn a message read out at the inaugural GoHigher conference earlier this week, Reid said in 2017, nearly 100 per cent of loan applications received by the SLB were approved. “It gives you a sense as to the endless possibilities and that hand of partnership that is being extended to those who may not necessarily be in a position to have the funds readily at hand to access higher education. The SLB is a waiting partner… seek to reach out to them,” he added.He said last year, the interest rates on loans for agricultural studies, engineering, information technology and studies in maritime and logistics, were reduced to six per cent. “So if you are interested in these particular fields, opportunity is knocking. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is a growth area globally… so we are encouraging our young people to go into the fields,” he said.ScholarshipsReid said that since 2016, more than 400 scholarships have been awarded to persons pursuing teacher training in mathematics, and further advised that the first cohort of 109 trainees will graduate this year.He urged other qualified persons interested in teaching mathematics to get in touch with the Ministry.Noting that Jamaica boasts some of the best tertiary institutions globally, Reid sought to encourage young people, in particular, to “take the time to find out what you can get trained in at our universities and colleges”, while emphasizing the importance of training and certification.He said the government’s decision to remove obligatory fees at the secondary level is to ensure that more students can access higher education.last_img read more

Jamaica wins big at World Travel Awards

first_imgJamaica was recognized as a leading tourism destination on Sunday when the country won eight awards at the World Travel Awards in Lisbon, Portugal.Leading beach and cruise destinationAccording to the Ministry of Tourism, Jamaica received the World’s Leading Beach Destination and World’s Leading Cruise Destination for 2018.In highlighting the significance of the awards, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett who along with Chairman of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), John Lynch were present at the Gala, said: “I am truly proud to have been able share in this moment which highlights that Jamaica’s tourism product is of the highest quality and remains top of mind for millions of visitors who come to our shore.Jamaica competed with the best of the best across the globe and has emerged a global winner acknowledged for the hard work and innovation being done in the sector.”Delano Seiveright, senior advisor/strategist in the ministry noted that several Jamaican entities received the remaining awards, to include, “the World’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa, 2018 – Fleming Villa at GoldenEye, Jamaica; World’s Leading Villa Resort 2018 – Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Jamaica; World’s Leading All-inclusive Company 2018- Sandals Resorts International; World’s Leading Family Resort Brand 2018 – Beaches Resorts; World’s Leading Caribbean Attraction Company 2018 – Island Routes Caribbean Adventures and World’s Leading Adventure Tour Operator 2018 – Chukka Caribbean Adventures.”The ministry said the event marks the climax of the WTA Grand Tour 2018 — an annual search for the finest travel and tourism organisations in the world. Government and industry leaders, luminaries and international print and broadcast media from across the globe were in attendance.The WTA was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.“Jamaica is poised for exponential growth in tourism and with this growth we will seek to be more innovative and provide more to our discerning visitors who come to get a taste of all the things we have to offer,” Bartlett pointed out.Meanwhile, Bartlett will travel to Istanbul, Turkey to speak at the third UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture: For the Benefit of All, which will be hosted by the Government of Turkey, during the period December 3- 5.last_img read more

Jamaican Medical Cannabis company makes waves globally

first_imgJacana, a Jamaican medical cannabis company that targets a global marketplace, announced on February 28 the launch of the production of certified medical cannabis, providing natural relief for chronic pain and suffering. Jacana, which was established in 2017 by a woman, has completed the first-ever international export of the Jamaican medical cannabis flower, securing multiple international licenses and permits to date. The company has already played a central role in shaping the international regulatory process.Raising $20 millionThe historic export is linked to the company raising an initial $20 million to cultivate, develop and distribute certified medical cannabis solutions that provide natural alternatives to the artificially manufactured products in the market.The investment will fuel international expansion and build on Jacana’s existing presence in Europe, North America and the Caribbean.The launch of Jacana coincides with a rapidly expanding legal cannabis market, with the UK, Germany, Thailand and Mexico amongst the 25 countries to legalise medical cannabis in the past 12 months, taking the global total to 48 countries. There is also a growing backlash against artificial pharmaceutical products, and increased appetite for natural, organic solutions.With a global team located in Jamaica, Canada and the UK, Jacana is the world leader in the outdoor cultivation and distribution of medical cannabis. This is currently being naturally grown at Jacana’s flagship 4.4 million square foot farm in St Ann, Jamaica, where the unique microclimate and latitude create the perfect conditions for cultivation.Female foundedThe business is founded by Alexandra Chong, the Jamaican serial entrepreneur best known for establishing Lulu – the innovative, fast-growth social and dating intelligence app with more than 6 million users and was sold in 2016.The leadership team that will drive Jacana’s global growth carries experience from a range of industries, with the Board including the former CMO of Microsoft, Mich Mathews-Spradlin; world- renowned Silicon Valley venture capitalist and early backer of Twitter and Zoom, Bill Tai; and former CCO and Executive Board Member of the Coca-Cola Company, Robert Leechman.Global pain epidemicWhether caused by illness or injury, chronic pain is a problem that affects the global population. According to research, chronic pain affects 1.5 billion people worldwide, with more than 100 million people suffering in the US alone. People are looking for safe, natural solutions, and care more about what they’re putting in their bodies than ever before. According to Chong, “Jacana’s mission is to provide natural medicine that people can trust, enabling them to live full and meaningful lives by improving their well-being, their health, and their happiness.“I am incredibly impressed with how hard the Jamaican government and in particular the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) has worked to establish best-in-class regulations and governance that enables Jamaica to be at the forefront of this rapidly expanding global industry.”Speaking on the significance of Jacana, Jamaica’s, Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Audley Shaw stated, “It is wonderful to see Jamaican businesses such as Jacana drive research and innovation, create jobs across the island, and bring international investment that will fuel the growth and development of our economy.”last_img read more

Miami-Dade County Commission for Women to hold public meeting

first_imgMIAMI – The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women, under the Office of Community Advocacy, will hold its monthly board meeting on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. at the Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW 1stStreet, 6th Floor Conference Room.All meetings of the Commission for Women are open to the public, and residents are encouraged to attend and learn more about the work of the board.The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women was created in 1971 as an advisory board to the Board of County Commissioners, the County administration and the public at large about issues pertaining to the status of women. The Commission for Women also advocates for women in the community and strives to improve their quality of life. Follow Fans of Miami-Dade County Commission for Women on Facebook and on Twitter @MiamiDadeWomen.For more information, please contact Miami-Dade County Commission for Women Director Laura Morilla, at 305-375-4967.The Office of Community Advocacy is charged with making Miami-Dade County “One Community” that embraces our diverse and unique population. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow @AdvocacyMDC on, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.last_img read more

BCPS Teachers Will Not be Armed as Part of The Guardian…

first_imgA police officer directs traffic as student arrive for the first day of classes at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, U.S. August 15, 2018. REUTERS/Joe Skipper – RC115B8B4EA0 BROWARD COUNTY – The Broward County Public School Board has passed a resolution against arming teachers in a Guardian Program for March 2018.The Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program was established in 2018 through the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act (SB 7026). In its initial report, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission recommended that having trained armed personnel in schools may improve the response to an active assailant. The initial law specifically excluded teaching personnel. Earlier this year, the state passed SB 7030, which expanded the eligibility to include teachers in the Guardian program.Although the newly passed law allows districts to train teachers to carry guns in Florida, the School Board of Broward County and Superintendent Robert W. Runcie have adamantly opposed the arming of teachers or administrators in Broward County Public Schools (BCPS).The Board voted on a resolution against arming teachers in March 2018. Without arming our teachers, the Guardian program implemented by the School Board of Broward County created a position of Armed Safe School Officer with no other collateral duties to provide for the protection of BCPS students.last_img read more

Liverpool, One Leg Back Among European Elite

first_imgGoals from Trent Alexander-Arnold, via a superbly curled free kick, and substitute James Milner helped Liverpool put a firm foot ahead in their Champions League Playoff tie against Hoffenheim, a team that didn’t lose a game on their home ground for the entirety of last season.Although Hoffenheim pulled one back through substitute Mark Uth, Liverpool remain in a fantastic position ahead of the second leg next Wednesday. The Germans know they’ll have to perform spectacularly if they are to reach the group stage in their maiden Champions League campaign.Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was the hero for Liverpool early on as he kept out a Hoffenheim penalty taken by former Leicester forward Andrej Kramaric.The penalty was as a result of a Dejan Lovren tackle on former Arsenal player Serge Gnarby and Kramaric played the spot kick effortlessly down the middle for Mignolet to improve his penalty saving ratio. The Belgian has now saved seven of 20, a huge 35% of spot kicks he has faced.Hoffenheim struggled to cope with the pace of Liverpool counter attacks with Mohamed Salah and Saido Mane wreaking havoc down the flanks. Salah almost went close on a counter attack only to shoot just wide around the half hour.Another counter attacking move, this time lead by Mane saw him tripped on his way into the Hoffenheim penalty box. The resulting free kick was brilliantly bent over the last man in the Hoffenheim wall, into the left bottom corner of the Hoffenheim goal by youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold. Goalkeeper Oliver Baumann could only watch as he wheeled away in delight.The game ended 1-0 at half time. And though Liverpool struggled to cope with crosses and set pieces from the joint leading scorers of set pieces in the Bundesliga last term, they held on going into the dressing room.Ermin Bicakcic had to be taken off early into the second half as he was on a yellow and Mane seemed to be having an easy ride against him on the right of the back three. In his place, came in former West Ham man Havard Nordteveit. He didn’t have it easier has Mane was having a good game.James Milner came in and had an immediate impact scoring a goal off unlucky Nortdteveit as the ball into the box flew into the top right corner via his chest.It was a nervy finish from Liverpool who had to deal with corner after corner looking unconvincing defensively, as they had done for the most part of the game.The Germans gave themselves a lifeline with three minutes of normal time left when a diagonal ball played into the box found Mark Uth. Whilst the Liverpool defense appealed for offside, the substitute maintained concentration and finished into the bottom corner with a powerful shot.Hubner had a great chance to earn Hoffenheim what could have been a deserved draw, but the defender headed high despite being unmarked on a free kick. It capped up what has been a wasteful night in front of goal for TSG.Hoffenheim could do no more as Liverpool headed into the second leg at Anfield with one leg firmly in the Champions League group stages and their record of having never lost a European qualifying game intact.Writer: Awolope [email protected] League Wrap: Heavyweights hit the deck across EuropeSeptember 11, 2017In “England”Premier League Review: Liverpool Pay The Penalty In Tottenham Draw As Kane Reaches Century Of GoalsFebruary 5, 2018In “England”UCL: Liverpool, Chelsea Lose Opening Matches As Barcelona Hold Off DortmundSeptember 17, 2019In “UEFA”last_img read more

Deeper Integration…Sky Betting & Gaming extends platform partnership with NYX Gaming

first_imgShare Related Articles GambleAware donations top £10m for 2019/20 April 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Flutter finalises TSG merger agreement May 5, 2020 Share Perelman fund reviews majority shareholding in Scientific Games July 16, 2020 Updating the market, Sky Betting & Gaming (SB&G) has confirmed that it has extended its lead platform provider partnership with NYX Gaming’s OpenBet systems.The renewal of partnership follows the successful launch of Sky Bet Italia in Q4 2016 on the OpenBet platform. NYX detailed that moving forward it would support SB&G’s international market initiatives, building a full roadmap of activity to support the rollout of new features and functionality working alongside the operator’s sportsbook team.The partnership will further see a deeper integration of NYX’s Open Gaming System (OGS) with SB&G’s UK and Italian online casino properties. NYX OGS aims to deliver 36 new gaming titles to SB&G properties per year and giving its partner access to over 1000 games titles.In 2016, SB&G acted as a deal funding co-partner for NYX Gaming £270 million acquisition of leading industry sports betting platform provider Openbet.Richard Flint, CEO of Sky Betting and Gaming, commented on the extension: “NYX Gaming Group, via OpenBet, has been an integral component of our business since day one, the performance and stability of the platform.“NYX Gaming Group, via OpenBet, has been an integral component of our business since day one, the performance and stability of the platform is key to our best-in-class customer experience.“Enhancing that customer experience is a core focus for Sky Betting and Gaming and the strengthening of the relationship with NYX is another big step towards our objective to build the best casino in the market.“NYX is a premium developer and we are thrilled to be able to offer their highly popular games to our players, giving our customers more options alongside our own proprietary games.”A pleased Matt Davey, CEO of NYX Gaming Group, backed Richard Flint’s statement: “We’re pleased to announce a strengthening of our relationship with the team at Sky Betting and Gaming, and to further support their impressive growth.  “This partnership is significant to NYX, representing a firm endorsement of the group as a whole, and emphasising the vital role it plays for the industry’s most successful operators around the world.“It also reaffirms NYX’s commitment to building our partnerships and maximising the relationships across a number of different areas to deliver optimum value to our clients. The closer we work with customers to develop our relationships, the better we can tailor our products to deliver improved growth for our respective businesses.” Work will also begin work to integrate Core Gaming’s casino content into NYX’s casino offering. This will give Core access to over 200 operators and the full-suite of tools and technology through NYX’s OGS platform.”last_img read more

Gambling.com enters regulated United States market

first_img Veikkaus calls for early introduction of Finnish age verification measures August 28, 2020 Share Gambling.com has revealed the latest arm of its global expansion, with the release of a localised version of its site in the United States.The group has detailed that this is the first step of its plan to take market share in the growing, regulated US online gambling market.Kevin McCrystle, Chief Operating Officer for Gambling.com Group, said “Gambling.com USA is an excellent addition to our portfolio of localised sites and will provide a functional and uniquely American experience for users looking to find top quality gambling products and bonuses in the United States”.Beginning with an initial focus on New Jersey, the new site is set to cover regulated online gambling from each and every US state in the future.The Gambling.com USA site is set to have a particular focus on the fast changing US gambling regulations, however, unlike it’s other offerings sports betting does not currently feature as it remains illegal within the country.Charles Gillespie, Chief Executive for the Group, added: “There is great excitement in the organization about the release of Gambling.com for the American market, as this company was founded by Americans and there are more Americans on the management team than any other nationality. “We have been waiting since we started in 2006 for meaningful regulation to take place in the United States and while the market is still small, we feel like now is the time to get involved. “2018 will be an exciting year with the forthcoming ruling by the Supreme Court on PASPA, which if it goes in favor of New Jersey, could result in widespread legalization of online sports betting.”The unveiling of the American site, which can be found here, follows the release of other localised sites during 2017, which saw new versions of Gambling.com released for Sweden, Norway, Finland, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Ireland. Share Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Related Articles TAB NZ announces new executive team to lead new racing era August 27, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

Kindred Group wins Belgium digital VAT repeal

first_img Stockholm-listed Kindred Group Plc has disclosed that it has secured a favourable ruling by Belgium’s Constitutional Court relating to its repeal of VAT charges on online gambling activities.Since 2016, Kindred has fought to repeal the Belgian government’s 2016 industry amendment, which demanded that licensed online operators pay an additional 21% VAT charge for their Belgian services.Challenging the Belgian government, Kindred governance has maintained that the VAT charge is an unfair policy to impose on digital operators as Belgian legacy gambling verticals (lotteries and land-based casinos) had been exempted from the VAT provision.Furthermore, the Stockholm enterprise detailed that the Belgian government had undermined its original 2010 gambling policy objectives, by creating a VAT policy that would result in a ‘lower channelisation’, leading to a decline in consumer protections.Last week, the Constitutional Court sided with Kindred governance, cancelling the VAT provision on the grounds that the policy was incompatible with Belgium’s national gambling framework objectives.Kindred governance welcomed the decision stating that it ‘remains a strong advocate of sustainable regulation based upon a borderless digital market and channelling consumer demand to licensed offerings.’In 2017, a number of political parties have pressed for the Belgium Gaming Commission (BGC), to introduce a tougher advertising and promotional code for online gambling services.Calls for tougher industry amendments to be introduced are primarily led by Belgium’s Christian Democrat CDV party, seeking to introduce a nation-wide ‘five-point mandate’ to limit industry advertising coverage. StumbleUpon Related Articles ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 Submit Share Share UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020last_img read more