Guyana records increase in rice exports

first_imgGeneral Manager of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) Nizam Hassan has reported a 43 per cent increase in rice exports in the first half of the year.“When we look at the figures compared to the first half of 2017, we saw first that the total volume that has been exported is 290,000 tonnes which is 43 per cent more than the 203,000 tonnes than was exported during the first half of 2017,” he said on Thursday.The increase has so far earned the country US$111 million this year against the value of the export for the first half of 2017 which was US$77 million.Hassan credited the increase to the determination of rice producers and millers to meet production targets and, more so, Guyana’s access to new markets, particularly in Latin America.last_img read more

Miami Dade public schools breaks record with largest number of distinguished…

first_imgTwenty-one Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) academies were among 88 across the nation identified by the National Academy Foundation (NAF) network as Distinguished on its annual assessment. This designation is NAF’s highest level of achievement. This number is the most for any district in the nation.NAF identified an additional 100 academies as Model level, of which 10 are in M-DCPS, including first timers Barbara Goleman Senior High School’s Academy of Finance and Southwest Miami Senior High’s Academy of Information Technology. The NAF Distinguished and Model designations indicate that these academies deliver high quality educational experiences for high school students that prepare them for success in college and careers. Both Distinguished and Model academies will be recognized at NAF Next, NAF’s annual professional development conference, from July 8-10 in Detroit, Mich.M-DCPS’ Distinguished NAF Academies for 2019 are as follows: Miami Beach Senior High SchoolHospitality & Tourism Miami Sunset Senior High SchoolHospitality & Tourism Barbara Goleman Senior High SchoolInformation Technology Coral Gables Senior High SchoolFinance Coral Reef High SchoolFinance Miami Central Senior High SchoolInformation Technology Miami Springs Senior High SchoolHospitality & Tourism William H. Turner Technical Arts High SchoolInformation Technology NAF is a national network of education, business, and community leaders, who work together to ensure high school students are ready for college, career and their future. M-DCPS has exemplified significant strategic commitment to and investment in NAF academies and student enrollment goals, strong demonstration of the NAF model and outstanding leadership capacity within the network. For more information, please visit:NAF.org/.M-DCPS’ Division of Academics, Department of Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides students with high quality, relevant, career technical education, giving students the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in college and careers and for life. For additional information, please contact CTE at 305-693-3030 or visit: http://dcte.dadeschools.net.center_img Hialeah Gardens High SchoolEngineering FinanceHealth Sciences Hospitality & Tourism Information Technology Miami Lakes Educational Center & Technical CollegeHealth SciencesInformation Technology Miami Jackson Senior High SchoolFinance John A. Ferguson Senior High SchoolHospitality & Tourism Miami Edison Senior High SchoolFinance Southwest Miami Senior High SchoolFinance G. Holmes Braddock Senior High SchoolInformation Technology Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High SchoolHospitality & Tourismlast_img read more

2019 Marcus Garvey Rootz Extravaganza Set for August 17 in Lauderdale Lakes

first_imgLAUDERDALE LAKES, Florida – The 2019 Marcus Garvey Rootz Extravaganza scheduled for Saturday, August 17, 2019 will celebrate Garvey’s 132nd birthday anniversary and the 100th anniversary of his Black Star line Steamship Company, in this, Ghana’s 2019 “year of return”.The event will take place from 7.00 pm to 10.00 pm at the Lauderdale Lakes Educational and Cultural Center, 3580 Oakland Park Blvd, Lauderdale Lakes.The guest speaker for the event is Marcus Garvey historian, UWI lecturer and author, Professor Clinton Hutton.The program includes community service awards and appearances by Shemana, Sister Moy, Pablove Black and the Drumming Fingers Dance Troupe. Admission free.All taking place under the patronage of Jamaican Consul General Oliver Mair.Presented by the Rootz Foundation Inc. and the city of Lauderdale Lakes in partnership with Green Medizin, Goldson Spinal Centers, Veeko, Tomlinson Dental Care, Bobby’s Meals, Robinson Law & Mediation, Poor Man Studio, Talawah Roots Tonic, the Rootz Magazine, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, Hot105 FM, Mikey B Radio Show, Whiz Communications, Island Beat Marketing, Wild Child Productions, WZPP and WDNA.last_img read more

Bahamas Government Denies Ill-treatment of Haitians

first_imgNASSAU, Bahamas, CMC – The Bahamas government has refuted allegations that non-nationals are being mistreated in the wake of Hurricane Dorian and appealed to the international community “to seek trusted and credible sources of information” on the country.In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the Hubert Minnis administration had become “of a number of false reports circulating on social media about the mistreatment of non-Bahamians in the wake of Hurricane Dorian that affected the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama.“In particular, there is a video of purported violence by Bahamians against Haitians. It is a false accusation that this incident took place in The Bahamas,” the statement said.It said that all residents evacuated from the affected islands requiring housing are in safe and secure shelters provided by the government and that the evacuees are provided with three meals daily as well as medical care, school placement for children and social assistance.“The government would like to reiterate that all residents of Abaco and Grand Bahama affected by Hurricane Dorian have access to social assistance, regardless of country of birth, nationality or immigration status. A number of private charitable organizations are also rendering assistance,” the government said, adding that its actions are in conformity with international humanitarian norms.“All repatriation exercises for individuals in and from the affected areas have been suspended. The government continues to advise Bahamians and the international community to seek trusted and credible sources of information,” the statement added.Hurricane Dorian slammed into the archipelago on September1 killing at least 53 people and causing widespread destruction in Abacos and Grand Bahamas, the two islands severely affected by the category 5 storm that had been packing winds in execess of 155 miles per hour.Prior to the passage of the hurricane, The Bahamas had implemented a crackdown on illegal migration, particularly directed at people from Haiti. A Bahamian immigration policy requiring that all residents carry passports has led to increased raids of shanty towns and other areas with large undocumented populations.Minister of Financial Services, Trade, Industry and Immigration Elsworth Johnson had earlier this month said that “strict instructions have been given to the immigration department that our concentration is on assisting with the humanitarian efforts to rescue and save lives regardless of place of origin, nationality or immigration status”.He said further, the authorities are obligated to, and will continue to secure the country’s borders, and all domestic apprehension exercises in the affected areas are suspended.last_img read more

#Editorial: Allow Jamaicans Home

first_imgStill cautious to protect the spread of COVID-19, the Jamaican government mandates returning Jamaicans be quarantined by the government for 14 days before they can go to their respective homes. The government has been meeting the costs of this quarantine at hotels and other venues at significant cost to Jamaican taxpayers. Initially slow to respond to these requests, the government eventually established a website to enable Jamaicans overseas to register so arrangements can be made for their return. Over the past two weeks, based on this register, arrangements were made in association with Jamaican diplomatic missions overseas for approximately 500 individuals to return home. However, because it has been reported that over 8,000 Jamaicans stranded overseas have registered to return home the government appears overwhelmed in arranging for more people to return, at least for the next week. The growing criticisms relate to the government’s actions in allowing Jamaicans to return home during the continued COVID-19 mitigation measures. One of the early measures taken by the Jamaican government to stem the virus’ spread was to close its international airports and seaports to incoming travelers on March 21. This measure was originally slated to be for 14 days, but was extended as the pandemic prevailed with the rates of contamination increasing significantly. The ports are still closed to incoming passengers, without a definitive date for reopening. Time passes quickly with the potential for people to replace hailed accomplishments with what seems like ingratitude. This situation is becoming increasingly applicable to the Jamaican government. Jamaicans deserve to be allowed to enter their country. While legal, law-abiding Jamaicans are being frustrated in returning home, the government recently allowed entry to a group deportees from the U.S. without much argument. It’s absolutely necessary that the Jamaican government protect the health of Jamaicans at home, but the majority of Jamaicans stranded overseas are not infected with COVID-19. There’s really no reason for the government to treat its own people as if they are lepers. The closure of the ports has had serious repercussions for thousands of Jamaicans who were out of the country for various reasons when the measures took effect. Some of these Jamaicans include workers in temporary jobs overseas, and hundreds of cruise ship staff. Although several countries have also closed their borders as part of COVID-19 preventative measures, they still opened their borders to their citizens. Praised globally for its astute handling of COVID-19 preventative measures in the early stages of the pandemic, the government is now drawing criticism for its more recent actions. These criticisms, some justifiable, risk obliterating the positives the administration had achieved.center_img Therefore, common sense must prevail. It appears it would be more practical for the government to arrange for mandatory COVID-19 testing for those wanting to return home, including those stranded on ships, and provide evidence of the test before coming home. Of course, those testing positive would be denied entry. But those showing no sign of the virus could be allowed to return home, subject to copiously monitored temporary home quarantine with severe penalties if the quarantine is broken. This could be a way of allowing many more Jamaicans to return, and visitors to go to Jamaica. With businesses mostly locked down in countries like the U.S., Canada, and the UK, and the cruise line industry forced to suspend operations, Jamaicans in these countries and working on cruise ships are eager to return home. So are several Jamaican students stranded overseas, including in other Caribbean countries. Photo via Andrew Holness on Instagram On Monday, a Royal Caribbean ship with 1044 Jamaican ship workers approached Jamaica intent on disembarking the workers in Falmouth, but the government was reluctant to permit the workers to disembark, arguing arrangements weren’t made, nor authorization given, for them to do so. Thankfully, following strong push back from the opposition People’s National Party, ordinary citizens, and woeful pleas from passengers on the ship, the government relented. One of the factors constraining Jamaica from opening its borders to returning Jamaicans is the government’s inability to arrange mandatory quarantine measures for the thousands wanting to come home. Each passing day, with more stranded Jamaicans pleading to return home, gains made by the Jamaican government in handling the COVID-19 pandemic risks being eroded. It’s now incumbent for the government to continue applying astute management to protect the nation from COVID-19, while carefully opening its borders to Jamaicans stranded overseas, Jamaicans in the diaspora anxious to return, and people wanting to do business in, or visit, Jamaica. The Jamaican government cannot in all good sense close its ports indefinitely. The Jamaican economy is dependent on international travelers who come for personal reasons, business and pleasure. Most of Jamaica’s revenue comes  from services provided on the island to people who travel there. Urgent calls have been made to the Jamaican government on behalf of these stranded Jamaicans, urging special arrangement be made to open the ports to accept those  wanting to return home.last_img read more

Broward Schools Grab-and-Go Meals Will Resume on June 9th

first_imgThe new distribution schedule will be each Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and each will include one week worth of meals for all children as well as family members that are present with them at the time of pick-up. Free grab-and-go meal pickups will resume at 49 school sites throughout the Broward County School District on June 9th. The list of participating school sites has changed. Sunrise residents may find that the location closest to their address is either Welleby Elementary, Piper High School, or Plantation High School.center_img Meals can be accessed by walking up or driving up to the designated location on campus. Click here to view the full list of distribution sites.last_img read more

French Ligue 1 Watch: Bordeaux Hand Saint Etienne Heavy Beating To Secure Top 10…

first_imgBordeaux have moved into the top 10 in the French Ligue 1 after they thrashed Saint Etienne 3-0 at home in a matchweek 15 clash on Tuesday night.Goals from Alexandre Mendy (2) and Malcolm condemned Saint Etienne to their heaviest defeat at the hands of Bordeaux since a 5-0 reverse in 1988 (29 years ago).The win was enough to lift Bordeaux (20 points) above Saint Etienne (19 points) and four places upward into 9th position while their opponents drop one place to 10th.Stade Amiens are also into the top 10 after a 2-1 win over Dijon at home with former Chelsea startlet Gael Kukuta getting one of the goals.Week 15 Results (Tuesday):Strasbourg 0-0 CaenAmiens 2-1 DijonBordeaux 3-0 Saint EtienneRelatedLigue 1 Review: Lyon Capitulate To Put UCL Bid In Danger As Monaco Go Second With WinMay 13, 2018In “Europe”Ligue 1 Review: PSG Extend Lead With Slim Win As Monaco Thrash Angers Into Second SpotFebruary 11, 2018In “Europe”French Ligue1: Monaco Beat Caen To Close Gap On Leaders PSGOctober 22, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

Ladbrokes Coral appoints The7stars as lead media agency

first_imgShare Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Related Articles Submit London independent full-service marketing agency The7stars has been awarded the consolidated media planning and buying account of FTSE-listed bookmaker Ladbrokes Coral, valued at an estimated £40 million.Completing its £2.3 billion merger last November, Ladbrokes Coral governance has begun to implement the new enterprise’s post-merger operational strategy seeking short-term corporate savings of between £60-70 million.  Following a closed pitch, Ladbrokes Coral marketing awards its multimillion account to The7Stars, who have handled Gala Coral media planning since 2011. The decision sees Ladbrokes drop its long-term incumbent agency Blue 449.The restructure of Ladbrokes Coral operations, has seen the company promote Dan Staples former Ladbrokes Head of Brand & Advertising to the position of Group Marketing Director (appointment made this February).Ladbrokes Coral confirmed the appointment of The7stars as lead media planning and buying agency to UK marketing news source Campaign Live. StumbleUpon SportCaller teams up with Coral for Racing Super Series launch August 12, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020last_img read more

UK Gambling commission and NHS Wales back improved problem-gambling services

first_img The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has teamed up with a range of organisations across Wales with a view to provide and improve support to those who are susceptible to gambling-related harms. At the meeting in Cardiff,  30 representatives took part in a round table discussion, addressing the provision of treatment and prevention services, public health messaging, gambling venues and extending research.Attendees included those from organisations including local authorities, treatment bodies, sporting bodies as well as NHS Wales, the Welsh Government, and industry charity GambleAware.The roundtable discussion was chaired by Chief Medical Officer for Wales Dr Frank Atherton and Gambling Commission Chief Executive Neil McArthur.McArthur commented: “Gambling related harm is a complex and wide-ranging problem and consequently requires a joined-up approach from a number of different organisations. “It’s encouraging to see so many different groups coming together today to help coordinate approaches to tackling harm.“In our role as regulator we’ll continue to enforce standards we expect from gambling businesses – which includes stepping in when they spot gambling related harm – and we’ll continue to look for ways to make gambling safer but we can’t do this alone.”Latest Commission figures from 2016 estimate that around 20,000 people in Wales are problem gamblers, with approximately 84,000 at risk of developing a problem. The figures have shown, however, a fall in the numbers of those at low or moderate risk of developing gambling-related problems.The meeting between industry stakeholders aims to reduce these numbers further, and improve the services available. UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020last_img read more

Royal Ascot anticipates ‘highest global reach’ for 2019 festival

first_img ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Ascot adds three-year extension to Sky Sports Racing deal August 14, 2020 ITV Racing begins contract renegotiations with UK Racing  May 21, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share Juliet Slot – Royal AscotThe management of Royal Ascot has disclosed that its 2019 Festival will feature its highest international broadcast coverage, with festival programming made available to over 650 million homes worldwide.Beyond extensive UK coverage offered by ITV and Sky Sports Racing, Royal Ascot programming will be broadcast in Japan, the US, China,   Australia, France and the Middle East.Regarded as the UK’s ‘most prestigious racing festival’, Royal Ascot races are set be streamed to 22 online bookmakers within the UK and Ireland as well as 9,300 retail betting shops.In addition, around 25,000 international betting shops will be showing the races, which includes eight Group 1contests.For US audiences, the festival will be broadcast by NBC, including Saturday race meeting which will be shown on the main NBC Channel with days one to four on NBC Sports Network – which could see Royal Ascot reach almost 80 million US households.Royal Ascot management anticipates heightened interest from Japanese racing fans following the exploits of Deirdre ridden by legendary jockey Yutaka Take, competing for the Prince of Wales Stakes.Nikkei Radio, traditionally the home of horse racing on the radio in Japan, will broadcast commentaries and reports nationwide.Meanwhile, around 42 million homes in 17-countries across the Middle East and North Africa region will be able to access live coverage broadcast by Dubai Racing Channel and Abu Dhabi Sports.The 2019 Festival, will again be streamed by Chinese entertainment platform Sina, making Ascot content available to a potential audience of  45 million viewers on Sina Sports networks.Juliet Slot, Ascot’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We are very privileged in the UK to have a terrestrial free to air partner in ITV which is so committed to racing –illustrated no better than through their extensive coverage of Royal Ascot, the only racing festival to have every race covered live on ITV1.“Sky Sports Racing, new to Royal Ascot this year will provide coverage to 14m domestic customers and overseas, the Royal Meeting has never had such exposure”“Coverage on NBC, now in its third year has expanded once again and it is very significant that Saturday will go out on the main network –the equivalent of ITV1 at home.“This year will see remarkable engagement in Japan, and we have moved The Prince of Wales’s Stakes forward half an hour on the second day, to ensure it can be shown before midnight there.“Our ambition to continue to grow our brand on the global stage is enhanced by such an extensive network of broadcast partners with unprecedented reach for the five days of the Royal Meeting.”last_img read more