Month: August 2020

Lake Worth poised to save big off solar project

first_imgThe city of Lake Worth in Palm Beach County is set to save big off a solar energy project which is soon to come on stream.The project is the culmination of the transformation of a five-acre portion of a 63 acre landfill into a high capacity solar energy field. The solar plant is expected to generate two megawatts of energy and is the first phase of the city’s long term investment in solar power. The plant is forecast to significantly decrease the city’s power bill and position Lake Worth as the leader in renewable energy in the state of Florida.The plant boasts some 6,490 solar panels and will generate about two percent of the load on the city’s energy grid. The energy generated will decrease carbon emissions by more than 4 million pounds and provide power for more than 230 homes per year.The solar plant is part of Lake Worth’s drive into green technology. The city has already replaced outdated city lights with 4,000 high efficiency LED light bulbs, retrofitted state buildings with motion sensors for overhead lighting; automatic flushing and low-flow water devices for restrooms, revamped the city’s air-conditioning units and updated automatic metering for electric and water metering.last_img read more

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Mike Love to bring Hawaiian Reggae to Fort Lauderdale

first_imgMike Love Hawaiian Reggae artiste, Mike Love, will bring his unique brand of acoustic, roots offerings to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, this Sunday.Mike Love was born on the island of O’ahu in Hawai’i and grew up in Kalama Valley. He grew to love Reggae music due to the influence of his older relatives.Over time the infectious beat grew on him and he evolved into a Reggae artiste who is still growing in stature. Mike Love has shared stages with a number of Reggae Acts including Groundation, Steel Pulse, Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson and others.Reggae music, whose energy comes from the influence of the African drum was parlayed into what we now call the one-drop beat of reggae music. This sound got its beginnings from the people that were closest to the earth, the original Rastafarians, whose energies were in natural harmony with movement and sound; this energy gave us the original sound called Mento. Mento then progressed to Ska, unto Rockers and finally Rub-a-Dub and what we know today as Reggae. Reggae’s indigenous sound, also known as the heart-beat of Jamaica, which is deeply rooted in the soul of Jamaican culture, has taken its influence worldwide and sprouted many offshoots of this melodic one-drop beat to the ends of the earth and back. So profound is reggae’s influence, that the genre is seeing homage to its roots in the form of varying cultural interpretations as far as Asia, Italy, Germany, Israel to name a few and as close as Chile and even Hawaii.The Hawaiian reggae group “Ooklah the Moc” was one of the first bands to bring the Hawaiian reggae-sound to the world stage. This March another of Hawaii’s sons brings his brand of Hawaiian acoustic reggae to the mainland as part of his worldwide ‘The Beginning of Days’ tour.last_img read more

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Congresswoman Frederica Wilson Threatened

first_imgUS Congresswoman Frederica Wilson has received threats by Garth A. RoseCongresswoman Frederica Wilson, 74, who gained national headlines recently over a dispute with President Donald Trump over a phone call the president made to the widow of a black soldier killed in Niger, has been threatened with a lynching.Since Congresswoman Wilson revealed details of the phone call Trump made to Myeshia Johnson, widow of Army Sergeant La David Thompson, there have been reports she has been threatened in phone calls to her offices and via social media.Threatened with lynchingIn one on these social media threats, the Congresswoman was threatened to be lynched.According to reports, police in Illinois are investigating allegations that a white man who lives in Des Plains close to Chicago, posted the following comments referring to the congresswoman on social media, ““Need ten good men to help carry out a lynching. Must have own horse and saddle. Rope will be provided.” In another post the man was also alleged to have referred to the congresswoman as a “disgusting pig” and “someone should take a boot to her face.”The man suspected of placing the posts have denied this, claiming someone anonymously made the posts in his name, and he is now also receiving death threats.Congresswoman Frederica Wilson was in a Limousine transporting Sergeant Johnson’s widow to the Miami International Airport to receive her husband’s casket being returned from Africa, when the president called the widow to offer consolation.Speaking to members of the media on arriving at the airport the congresswoman reported being shocked overhearing Trump over a speaker-phone telling the widow in referring to her husband, “He knew what he was signing up for, but it still hurts.” Wilson perceived the comments were cold and not consolatory under the circumstances.For several days Trump tweeted denials of his remarks in  the telephone conversation, despite  rebuttals from Congresswoman Wilson, and confirmations by Myeshia Wilson and the president’s Chief of Staff, General John F. Kelly.Miami Gardens residents upsetResidents of the Congresswoman’s District 24, which includes Miami Gardens, home to Sergeant Johnson and his widow, Opa-Locka, Hollywood, Miramar, and North Miami, were very upset at the way she has been bemeaned by President Trump, and by the threats that followed.“Ms. Wilson is highly respected for her work not only in this district since elected to Congress in 2010, but what she has done for South Florida from she was in the Florida House from 1998, and the Florida Senate from 2002. She has worked hard for education in the state, and especially mentoring young black men,” said Paul Porter, a Trinidadian-American resident of Miami-Gardens.Peeved with Chief of StaffPorter said he’s particularly “peeved” by comments made by the president’s Chief of Staff who referred to Wilson as “an empty barrel.”  “And Kelly hasn’t even apologized knowing he made wrong allegations against her.”Another resident of District 24, Laverne Dally, Jamaican-American of East Miramar, said, “The bitterness in which Trump, and other White House officials referred to Congresswoman Wilson has stoked the threats against her. In an already tense, divisive racist environment, the leaders in Washington should have acted more responsibly. But threatening to lynch someone in 2017 America is much too much. I can tell all who thinks their treats and criticisms will beat Ms. Wilson down that she’ll emerge much stronger from this. She is beloved in District 24.”Threatening a member of Congress is a federal crime which can carry a prison sentence of up to five years.   For more on Miami Gardens, visit link: $500K Appropriation for Miami Gardens African Museum of Arts and Culturelast_img read more

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CARICOM major donor conference US

first_imgThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM), with support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), will hold a high-level donor conference in the United States next month, according to a statement issued by the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat.It said that the November 20-21 donor conference will be to mobilize international resources for member CARICOM countries devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria when they passed through the Lesser Antilles last month killing several people and causing damage worth more than a billion US dollars.Dominica and Antigua and Antigua and Barbuda were among the hardest hit CARICOM countries when the Category 5 storms also hit the Bahamas, St. Kitts-Nevis, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Turks and Caicos Islands and St. Martin.“This initiative is aimed at rebuilding the devastated members as the first climate resilient countries in the world and helping the wider CARICOM region improve its resilience.“International Development Partners, friendly countries, NGOs, prominent personalities, private sector entities and foundations have been invited.  CARICOM heads of government and the Secretaries-General of CARICOM and the United Nations will also participate,” the statement saidIt said CARICOM, through the Barbados-based Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) has been at the forefront of the immediate relief effort.“Given the level of devastation and in anticipation that the frequency and intensity will become the new normal, the region has recognized the need to build back better for improved resilience,” the statement said, noting that November’s donor conference also comes against the backdrop that the impacted countries are Caribbean Small Island and Low-lying Coastal Developing States (SIDS) with inherent vulnerabilities.“Most have also been made ineligible for concessional financing from major donors which have categorized them as middle to high income countries,” the statement added.For more on CARICOM initiatives, click the link: CARICOM on-line platforms for trade and businesslast_img read more

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IMF predicts growth of 1.4 per cent in Jamaica

first_imgA delegation from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Friday ended a two week visit to Jamaica saying that the country could receive US$226 million if the executive board of the Washington-based financial institution approves a preliminary agreement that has been reached with the Andrew Holness government.The head of the delegation, Uma Ramakrishnan, said that the agreement is for a set of policies that aims to complete the fourth review under the 36 month US$1.68 billion Stand By Agreement (SBA) that was approved on November 11, 2016Upon approval, an additional US$226 million will be made available for Jamaica, bringing the total accessible credit to about US$1.2 billion. The Jamaican authorities continue to view the SBA as precautionary,” said Ramakrishnan, noting that the IMF’s executive board is tentatively scheduled to meet in November.She said that the SBA programme implementation “remains robust” and that all quantitative performance criteria for end-June 2018 were met and structural reforms are on track.“The primary surplus of central government operations exceeded the programme target by 0.7 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), driven mainly by continued buoyant taxes; capital expenditure, which has typically lagged, exceeded budget by 13 per cent; and non-borrowed reserves over-performed by about US$400 million”.However, she noted that the inflation outturn for June 2018 was 2.8 per cent, below the programme target range.The IMF said that economic growth is projected to reach 1.4 per cent in the financial year 2018/19, supported by mining and construction, and is expected to further increase to around 2 percent over the medium-term.It said that the external current account deficit widened to 5.4 per cent of GDP in financial year 2017/18, due to higher global oil prices and one-off increases in imports of equipment for mining and security; it is expected to be 3.5 per cent of GDP over the medium-term.”She also said it is important for the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) to continue improving monetary policy signalling and limiting foreign exchange interventions to episodes of disorderly foreign exchange market conditions. The IMF said that the government is moving to table legislation that amends the BOJ Act to anchor monetary policy on price stability. Ongoing improvements in the monetary policy toolkit and clear communication are essential for the success of this flagship reform.Ramakrishnan said strong economic fundamentals and sustained policy implementation of the authorities’ reform programme provide the private sector with an unprecedented opportunity to expand domestic investment, generate economic opportunities, and become the growth engine for Jamaica.last_img read more

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Jamaican nationals nabbed with drugs at airport

first_imgCredit CBP The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says two Jamaican nationals had been arrested at for attempting to smuggle more than six pounds of cocaine into the country with a street value of US$90,000.It said that the two were arrested two days apart when they arrived at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in North Carolina and had more than clothes in their luggage. They said in the first instance, an unidentified 26-year old Jamaican arrived here on a flight from Montego Bay and “during an inspection of his luggage, officers discovered a white powdery substance that field-tested positive for cocaine”.The CBP said two days later on Tuesday, law enforcement officials “encountered a 37-year old Jamaican citizen arriving from Montego Bay, Jamaica.”“During an inspection of his luggage, officers discovered a white powdery substance that also field-tested positive for cocaine,” CBP said.CBP Acting Area Port Director Charlotte, Barry Chastain, said officers “continue to demonstrate daily vigilance and excellence in detecting those who would try to smuggle illegal narcotics.Credit: CBP“These arrests demonstrate CBP’s vigilance and dedication to securing the homeland and safeguarding our citizens,” he said.Chastain said the two unidentified Jamaican nationals were “arrested for the importation of a controlled substance and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.”last_img read more

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Buju Readies Album For 2019

first_imgFresh off the release of his new single “Country For Sale”, Reggae artist Buju Banton is reportedly gearing up to release a new studio album, his first in nine years. “Country For Sale”, Banton’s first single since being released from US prison after serving seven years for drug trafficking charges, shot to the top of the iTunes Reggae charts, replacing another reggae hit, Toast by Koffee. Buju’s team has promised that the single is just a taste of what fans can expect from a new Buju album being readied for later this year. “It was my decision to release this song at this time”, said Buju’s longtime producer and mentor Donovan Germain. “He actually recorded about four and I chose this one because I believe it showcases Buju in the best way possible. We are trying to get the album ready for this year. He has recorded quite a bit of music and so we are looking at August/September for the album. This song is something that should keep us out there until that is ready, however, we might just drop a deejay tune to satisfy that section of his fan base,” Germain shared.“Country For Sale” has also stirred quite the controversy on social media for its commentary on West Indian politicians allowing the exploitation of their islands by first-world economy countries like China. “The song itself is very relevant to what is happening in Jamaica and the rest of the world at this time. People listening must realize it is not a JLP or PNP thing it is something that affects the country. I even got a call from a friend in Portugal saying the song is relevant for the situation they are facing there too. Buju wrote this song since he came home and after just looking around and observing what is happening,” said Germain.He also disclosed that there have been quite a number of requests for collaborations with Buju from local and international artists. “We are currently looking into that as collaborations is really an important thing in the business these days. Given his long-standing relationship with Wayne Wonder and Beres Hammond, there is a distinct possibility that those two could be the first artists to share a track with Buju.”Buju Banton is currently touring the Caribbean on his ‘Long Walk To Freedom’ Tour, which will culminate in the British Virgin Islands on July 15. Banton is also slated to headline Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, on July 20 as well as the Love and Harmony cruise in 2020.last_img read more

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West Indies Suffer Second Straight Defeat to India in T20 Series

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – West Indies extended their miserable run of form when they suffered their second straight T20 International whitewash to India and their third in four series, with a seven-wicket defeat in the final contest of the three-match series on Tuesday.Defending a modest 147 at the Guyana National Stadium, the Caribbean side were punished by half-centuries from dashing wicketkeeper/batsman Rishabh Pant (65 not out) and captain Virat Kohli (59) as India reached their target with five balls to spare.West Indies felt they were in with a chance when opener Shikhar Dhawan (3) and KL Rahul (20) fell cheaply to leave the visitors tentatively placed at 27 for two in the fifth over.But Pant and Kohli took command of the run chase in a superb 106-run, third-wicket standoff 77 deliveries, to erase any doubt over the result and expand on the double success last weekend in Florida.Veteran Kieron Pollard had earlier notched his first T20 half-century in seven years when he top-scored with 58 off 45 balls as West Indies marched to 146 for six off their 20 overs, after being put in.Pollard, batting at number four, came to the Windies’ rescue as he combined with Nicholas Pooran (17) in a valuable 66-run, fourth-wicket stand.The 32-year-old struck four and half-dozen sixes – mostly through the leg-side – while Pooran hit a four and a six in his 24-ball stay, without really finding his rhythm.Pollard counter-attacked from early, hitting Saini for a straight six to mark his first scoring shot before belting a pair of sixes off debutant leg-spinner Rahul Chahar in the ninth over.He lost Pooran in the 14th over, caught at the wicket trying to steer Saini to third man but raised his half-century in the next over when he cleared the ropes at long-on with left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya.Pollard found another ally in Powell to add a further 25 runs for the fifth wicket off 15 balls before finally perishing in the 16th over, deceived by a slower one from Saini which knocked back middle stump.Powell then powered the Windies innings at the death, lashing a four and a couple of sixes – both of which came in the final over from Saini. No other West Indies batsman managed to pass 20 in yet another disappointing showing.Not for the first time West Indies struck early, fast bowler Oshane Thomas (2-29) having left-handed Shikhar Dhawan caught at square leg for three in the second over and left-arm spinner Fabian Allen getting Rahul to edge one behind in the fifth over.But Pant and Kohli snatched the game away in a partnership which was at first measured but then found tempo late on as both players raised their intensity.The left-handed Pant faced 42 deliveries and struck four fours and four sixes in a career-best knock while Kohli’s 21st T20 half-century required 45 balls and included six fours.By the time Kohli scooped Thomas to Lewis at point in the 18th over, victory was all but assured with India needing a mere 14 runs and Pant fittingly ended the contest when he smashed the first ball of the final over from captain and seamer Carlos Brathwaite for a straight six.India’s Seamer Deepak Chahar, in only his second T20 International, blew away the West Indies top order with three wickets for four runs from a three-over spell to earn Man-of-the-Match honours.last_img read more

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RSPH & GambleAware establish ‘Gambling Health Alliance’ seeking wider influence

first_img Shirley Cramer CBEUK independent health association the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has announced that it will establish the ‘Gambling Health Alliance’(The Alliance) in partnership with industry charity GambleAware.In its mandate, the Alliance will ensure that gambling harms are placed on an ‘equal footing with other major UK public health challenges’ focussing on prevention, early intervention, and increasing community engagement/awareness of illness and triggers.Announcing the project, Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of RSPH, said: “While it is encouraging that gambling is rightly identified as a public health issue, more needs to be done to better understand the harms that arise from gambling, who is affected and what support can be provided to prevent harms from developing or escalating in the first place.”Alliance stakeholders point to the guiding directive of increasing engagement, awareness and knowledge of problem gambling harms, amongst wider UK health and wellbeing networks.For its foundation the governance of the Alliance has set out the following principal objectives:Highlight the rising concerns about gambling-related harms;Engage and influence policymakers, Government, NGOs and the public health community in order to encourage positive action;Promote evidence so it can be translated into practical steps;Undertake periodic surveys and polling to inform GHA campaigns to increase awareness of the health harms from gambling.Marc Etches – GambleAwareUpdating industry stakeholders, Marc Etches, Chief Executive of GambleAware, said: “Gambling is increasingly being considered as a significant public health issue, and this new Alliance provides an opportunity for a wide range of organisations to act together to address it in a coordinated and more effective manner.  As research reveals more about the breadth and complexity of the harms associated with gambling, GambleAware sees clear value in forging new partnerships with those who share our objectives to reduce those harms through a multi-level public health response.” StumbleUpon GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Share Share Submit YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020 Related Articles Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020last_img read more

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IBA pushes for the introduction of a new gambling control bill

first_img Irish bookmakers to reopen on 29 June May 28, 2020 Submit IGRG to promote ‘open and inclusive conversation’ during Responsible Gambling Week 2019 October 1, 2019 StumbleUpon Share Irish bookmakers demand clarity on reopening orders June 17, 2020 Share Related Articles The Irish Bookmakers Association (IBA) has expressed its hopes towards the introduction of a Gambling Control Bill and an Independent regulator, as published in its inter-departmental group report. Irish Minister of State, David Stanton, noted that with a fast-evolving industry and changing demographics, “the State’s licensing and regulatory approach” must also adapt. He added: “Incremental change is not a viable approach to the reform of Irish gambling licensing and regulation. Effective reform requires fundamental and significant change. This will take some time to develop. It is essential that sufficient resources be committed to support the reform.”The introduction of a new independent regulator will seek to find an optimum structure for a proposed gambling regulatory authority for Ireland, which will oversee the enforcement of new legislation.Sharon Byrne, Chairperson of the IBA, commented: “We are hopeful that this will be the final step towards completion and enactment of a Gambling Control bill and independent regulator. “Our members have already introduced many of the advertising standards, customer monitoring and customer protection measures recommended by regulators in other countries. We have also funded a national problem gambling helpline and counselling network across Ireland for over eight years.“However, an independent regulator and gambling control bill, will ensure enforcement and contributions for all gambling operators, not just betting shops, which will lead to better consumer protections and support for those who may be vulnerable to addiction. “We hope the way is now clear for the Department to draft the Heads of a new bill and introduce a regulator as soon as possible.”The authority will monitor new licensed incumbent requirements on age restrictions, staff training, player self-exclusion and controls on advertising and marketing promotions.last_img read more

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