CARICOM leaders begin two-day inter-sessional summit

first_imgCaribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders will their two-day inter-sessional summit in Georgetown, Guyana on Thursday with crime and security, economic development and international relations high on their agenda.Ahead of the summit, CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque, said crime continues to pose a threat to the 15-member regional grouping and is no longer just a national issue.CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocqueIt’s a regional one and hence it demands a regional solution,” LaRocque said, noting that trans-border crime is “something one needs to address,” given the need to reduce the “level of criminality” within the Caribbean.The regional leaders will also seek to further develop the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) initiative that allows for the free movement of goods, skills, services and labour across the region.LaRocque pointed to significant progress that had been made in the CARICOM Single Market (CSM), especially its legal and administrative framework, but acknowledged that more, however, needed to be done with respect to the Single Economy.LaRocque said the leaders at their two-day summit will also discuss the region’s productive sectors with much emphasis being placed on the tourism industry, a major contributor to the region’s gross domestic product.last_img read more

Action on Florida Medical Marijuana law underway

first_imgSouth Floridians who voted to approve Constitutional Amendment two that would lead to the availability of medication derived from marijuana, are reportedly encouraged by actions underway in the current sitting of the Florida Legislature. The constitutional amendment made medical marijuana legal in Florida, but the required regulations are subject to legislation to be voted on by Florida lawmakers by the end of June.There are six bills, one in the House and five in the Senate, currently before lawmakers which are to be debated, advanced to relative committees and voted on in both chambers.The bill tabled in the House was heard on Tuesday and  approved 14 to 1 in the Health Quality subcommittee. However, it need to be approved by two more committees before voted on by the full House membership. This bill proposes to limit the number of farms licensed to grow  marijuana for medical purposes, to the current seven growers approved by the state. It also proposes to ban edible forms of marijuana.Under the House proposal, the number of growers would expand based on an increase in prescriptions medical marijuana . Each grower/farm would be limited to grow marijuana to provide medication to serve 18,000 to 20,000 patients. It is estimated that up to 30 farms could be  licensed based on this proposal.Among the bills before the Senate, and yet to be heard, are some that propose shortening the wait time between patient’s consultation with a doctor and being issued a prescription, from 90 to 45 days. The reduction of the wait period was one urged by doctors, patients and their relatives at town-hall meetings held across the state earlier this year. Research has indicated that medical marijuana is useful in treating several diseases including glaucoma, Parkinson’s and Crohn’s disease, ALS, epilepsy and forms of cancer.The Senate will be required to form consensus on of the five bills tabled in that chamber. That bill must be in sync with the House bill, passed by both chambers, then signed into law by Governor Rick Scott.Following approval by the Legislature, the Florida Department of Health will be required to finalize rules related to dispensation and use of the medication .Meanwhile, over 600 doctors across Florida have passed an eight-hour state required test, and are officially licensed to prescribe medical marijuana to patients.According to the Florida Department of Health, most of the recently licensed doctors are in South Florida, with the majority in Miami-Dade County.last_img read more

Dancehall Artist Spice Raises Issue of Colorism in Black Community on…

first_imgJamaican cast member, dancehall artist Spice adds controversy to the already highly contentious VH1 TV show, Love & Hip Hop.The dancehall artist is on her second season of the show, and has raised the issue of colorism and bleaching among the black community. In an effort to address black-on-black discrimination she has faced both in Jamaica and the US, on the show Spice has threatened to bleach her skin to create a whiter, more acceptable version of herself. During the show, her lighter skinned cast counterparts are appalled by the much lighter version of Spice – a look achieved through full body makeup. But, viewers are waiting to for future episodes to see if Spice actually goes all the way and bleaches her skin. Interesting points are brought up in the show. According to Spice and her Jamaican friends, bleaching in Jamaica is seen as much more acceptable than in the US. Also, US cast members point out that in America, whether light-skinned or dark-skinned, black is black, and all shades are equally discriminated against. Meanwhile, Spice contends that lighter skinned blacks cannot understand how difficult it is to not only suffer from racism from whites, but also within the black community itself. Although the TV show may not be present the topic of colorism within the black community in the most sophisticated fashion, the conversation is surely needed, especially within the realm of popular culture. For this, Spice’s efforts should be applauded.last_img read more

Trinidad PM Names New Public Administration Minister After Firing McDonald

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has named the junior finance minister, Allyson West as the new Public Administration Minister after he had temporarily taken up the portfolio following the sacking of Marlene McDonald earlier this week.McDonald and several others including her husband, Michael Carew, have appeared in court on several offences of conspiracy to defraud the government. She has been placed on two million dollars bail and due back in court in September.A brief statement from the Office of the Prime Minister said West in addition to her new portfolio would also continue to serve as Minister in the Ministry of Finance.  West, an attorney and a former Partner and Territory Tax Leader in the Tax and Corporate Services Department of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), was appointed to the government in June 2017.The statement said that in addition, the Prime Minister has also asked President Paula Mae Weeks to revoke the appointment of Garvin Simonette as a Senator. Simonette had been named as McDonald’s replace but step down after it became known that he had been arrested in the United States in a driving under the influence (DUI) charge in 2014.Rowley has also announced the appointment of government backbencher, Adrian Leonce as Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Public Utilities.On Tuesday, Rowley announced that he had removed McDonald, whom he has now fired on three s occasions since coming to office in 2015, as the deputy leader of the ruling People’s National Movement (PNM).last_img read more

Koffee and Spice Announced As Reggae Sumfest Headliners

first_imgSpice and Koffee and the Prime Minister Youth Awards in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaican artists Koffee and Spice, both leading artists in their respective genres have been announced as two headliners of this year’s Reggae Sumfest.“Heavy is the head that wears the crown” is the theme for this year’s festival and who better to headline the festival than the “princess of reggae”, Koffee and the “queen of dancehall”, Spice.The 28th staging of Reggae Sumfest will take place from July 12 to July 18 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. On Dancehall night, July 17, Spice will lead the way and the day after, Grammy-award winning Koffee will bless the stage.While Spice is a Reggae Sumfest veteran, Koffee is still new to the stage – this year will mark her second Sumfest performance. However, 2019 was a monumental year for both female artists so their presence will be sure to bring an even larger crowd to the festival.Reggae Sumfest is the island’s premier music and cultural festival, exhibiting Jamaica’s finest musicians across a gamut of genres.More artists from the lineup are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.last_img read more

Official: Kayode Olanrewaju Joins Girona On Loan From Manchester City

first_imgRelated Nigerian forward, Kayode Olanrewaju has joined Spanish outfit, Girona FC on a season-long loan from Manchester City.The 24-year-old striker, who signed a four-year contract with Premier League giants Manchester City last week, becomes the fifth loan arrival at the Catalan club from City, following deals for Aleix Garcia, Pablo Maffeo, Marlos Moreno and Douglas Luiz.Kayode was the highest goal scorer in the Belgian top-flight league last season, scoring 17 goals in 33 appearances for Austria Wien, and has formerly played for Swiss side Luzern and Maccabi Netanya of Israel.last_img read more

President Buhari Receives Triumphant D’Tigress, To Reward Players & Officials Handsomely

first_imgNigeria’s President, H.E Muhammadu Buhari has received the triumphant D’Tigress at the state house in Abuja following the team’s successful 2017 Afrobasket Women campaign.President Buhari welcomed the team at the start of Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) Meeting in Abuja and revealed that each player will receive the sum N1m, while the officials will receive N500,000 each.D’Tigress defeated Senegal 65 – 48 to win the 2017 Women AfroBasket in Bamako, Mali, for the first time in 12 years. RelatedBasketball: D’Tigress, NBBF presents FIBA Afrobasket trophy to Minister of SportsAugust 24, 2019In “BasketBall”Igali Laments Lack Of Cash Reward For National Wrestlers, As Dalung Promise Other Sports After D’Tigress ReceptionAugust 31, 2017In “Nigeria”2017 AfroBasket Women: D’Tigress Edge Past Mali 48-47, Through To The Final & FIBA World CupAugust 26, 2017In “Nigeria”last_img read more

No New Face In Super Eagles Starting Line-up Against Cameroon, Returning Victor Moses &…

first_imgThere will be no starting shirt for any of the Super Eagles new invitees when they take on the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.However, returning old boys, Chelsea star Victor Moses and China based Odion Ighalo are walking straight into Gernot Rohr’s starting line-up for Friday’s all important World Cup qualifier against Cameroon in Uyo, according to sources.Newcomers, Anthony Nwakaeme and Hull City’s Ola Aina will have their places on the bench as in form Hapoel Be’er Sheva midfielder John Ogu and Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheancho both also failed to make the starting XI.Captain, John Obi Mikel, who has been absent from the team after a long injury lay-off will mark his return with the midfield sorting task in partnership with Ogenyi Onazi and Wilfred Ndidi.Nigeria’s starting XI against CameroonIkechukwu Ezenwa, Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Elderson Echiejile, Shehu Abdullahi, Ogenyi Onazi, Wilfried Ndidi, John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses, Moses Simon, Odion Ighalo.RelatedRohr Makes Two Changes For Czech Republic FriendlyJune 6, 2018In “National Team”2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier: Gernot Rohr Release Super Eagles List For Cameroon ClashAugust 23, 2017In “National Team”2018 World Cup Qualifier: FOURmidable Eagles Stay Top After Trashing Cameroon In UyoSeptember 1, 2017In “National Team”last_img read more

Former Rangers Coach Imama Amapakabo Unveiled At His New Club

first_imgHighly rated Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) coach Imama Amapakabo has been unveiled as the new coach for Maiduguri-based outfit El-kanemi Warriors.The official unveiling ceremony, organised by El-Kanemi Warriors officials, took place on Tuesday.Amapakabo replaces former coach Ladan Bosso after penning a one-year deal with the NPFL club. Bosso had been in charge for the last two seasons.Coach Amakapabo rose to prominence worldwide after he led Rangers to their first league title in over 30 years before he was unceremoniously sacked last season.He was part of the coaching crew that led the home-based Eagles to a second place finish at the 2017 West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Cup and was also part of the coaching crew that qualified the team for the 2018 Africa Nations Championship in Morocco.Relatedlast_img read more

GVC selects Home as Foxy relaunch lead agency

first_imgShare GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Submit GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Related Articles GVC Holdings has awarded Leeds-based integrated marketing agency Home its £5 million media buying and planning account for the UK relaunch of online bingo subsidiary Foxy ( Confirming Home as its lead agency, GVC marketing seeks to relaunch and revamp Foxy, one of the oldest UK online bingo brands. Home will be tasked with delivering Foxy’s TV and video-on-demand campaign which has been planned for this March.The marketing agency has prior experience of working with GVC brands having led sportsbook Bwin’s pan-European TV media buying in 2016.Adele Lawton, Group Head of Bingo at GVC ,commented on the Foxy relaunch; “We’re thrilled to be working with the team at Home. Their experience in the sector and approach to media was just what we were looking for. We can’t wait to get back on TV with fresh creative and a strategic media plan to boot.”Ben Cunningham, Director at Home, welcomed his agency’s new account: “We are delighted to welcome Foxy to the Home family. Foxy is such an established brand in the category with exciting plans ahead, we look forward to working alongside the fantastic team at GVC and their agency partners.  We’re confident that our expertise in the e-gaming sector and our approach to media planning, buying and evaluation will help them to achieve their objectives.” StumbleUpon Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Sharelast_img read more