“Educating our community about the opioid epidemic”

first_imgInformation provided by health and medical experts In keeping with JWOF’s mission of personal development and healthy lifestyles, JWOF President, Ms. Camille Edwards is encouraging the public to “come out and benefit from a wealth of information to be provided by health and medical experts and law enforcement and legal professionals across South Florida.”The forum will also include a question and answer period.  Information booths will provide clinical and legal advice and guidelines on all aspects of care and prevention of the damages associated with this epidemic. “Educating Our Community about the Opioid Epidemic” will be the topic of discussion at the Annual Jamaican Women of Florida (JWOF) Health and Wellness Forum to be held on Saturday, September 30, starting at 2:00 p.m. at the South Regional Broward College Library located at 7300 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, Florida 33024. Special guests  Special guests will include the Forum moderator Winston Barnes, Vice Mayor, City of Miramar ;  Paul Jaquith, President/CEO, Mental Health Association of South East Florida; Captain Andrew Dunbar, Chief of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Central Broward/ Lauderdale Lakes region; State Attorney Michael J. Satz; Gordon Weekes, Chief Assistant Public Defender; Ms. Michaelle Pope, Executive Director Student Support Initiatives, Broward County Public Schools; Ms. Melba Pearson, Deputy Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Dale V.C. Holness, Commissioner, Broward County and Rev. Horace D. Ward, Senior Pastor, Holy Family Episcopal Church, Miami Gardens.Information regarding the Health and Wellness Forum is available at www.cbajwofhealthandwellnessseminar.eventbrite.com; www.jamaicanwomenofflorida.com or by calling (954)783-9737; the CBA www.caribbeanbar.org  or (954) 344-8060.center_img Free forum The Forum is free to the public, and is hosted jointly by JWOF, and the Caribbean Bar Association (CBA), South Florida chapter.Attendees will engage in discussions led by community stakeholders on the rapid increase in the opioid epidemic affecting communities nationwide.An Executive Order recently issued by Florida’s Governor, Rick Scott in May, 2017, stated, “…..the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared a national opioid epidemic which poses a severe threat to the State of Florida and requires that measures are taken to protect the communities and the general welfare of this State….”  Attendees at the seminar will hear from those community leaders who are at the forefront of identifying the impact of the epidemic, and also leaders involved in providing solutions, and resources to those who are or may be affected by the epidemic.last_img read more

Broward County Public School employees to receive salary increases

first_imgSubject to ratification, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) and Broward Teachers Union (BTU) have reached contract agreements for three employee groups represented by the BTU.These employee groups include Education Professionals, including teachers, media specialists, social workers, and school counselors; Education Support Professionals – classroom assistants, teacher assistants and program assistants; and Technical Support Professionals, which mean miscellaneous positions across the District.Until the contracts are formally ratified by each of the three groups the agreements are being regarded as tentative agreements. However, a spokeswoman for the school district says there are no hindrances anticipated. When they are approved, the contract agreement will be retroactive to the beginning of the 2017/18 school year, or August, 2017.The contract agreements are the outcome of several months of good-faith negotiations by representatives of the BCPS and the BTU. A release from BCPS said the nature of the negotiations was deliberate to ensure every student receives the best possible education in a positive environment.Specifics of each of the three contracts are :Education ProfessionalsThe regarding the Education Professionals employee group reflects an investment by the District of $24.3 million for teacher compensation, including base salary increases and one-time payments. Salary increases vary depending on the applicable teacher salary schedule.Teachers on the Grandfathered Salary Schedule will receive increases ranging from 2.6 percent to 3.5 percent.Teachers on levels T and U are eligible for a $1,000, one-time bonus payment.Teachers on the pay for performance salary schedule will receive the following increases:Teachers rated Highly Effective in 2016/17 will receive a 3.51 percent increase.Teachers rated Effective in 2016/17 will receive a 2.6 percent increase.In addition, eligible teachers with 15 or more years of experience with the District will receive a one-time payment of $300, except for teachers on Levels S, T and U.Education Support ProfessionalsThe tentative contract agreement for Education Support Professionals includes salary increases ranging from 2 percent to 2.57 percent for eligible employees based on step placement.Technical Support ProfessionalsThe tentative contract agreement for Technical Support Professionals includes a 2.2 percent increase to the Salary Schedule for all employees. In reaction to the agreements reached BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie said, “We would like to thank all of our employees for their patience and support during this process. Our School Board and District are committed to investing in our dedicated employees to ensure our students receive a high-quality education with the support and resources necessary to reach their highest potential.”Meanwhile BTU President Ana Fusco said, “BTU is very pleased to have come to an agreement with the District. This was a tough negotiation, but we feel we got the best deal based on what the Legislature allocated.”Upon successful ratification by each of the employee groups and the School Board, the District will seek to provide the agreed upon salary increases as soon as possible.last_img read more

Another ExxonMobil drill ship heads to Guyana

first_imgExxonMobil has added a third drillship to its Guyana basin as the US based oil major ramps up exploration activities.“Following the close of the second quarter, the drillship Noble Tom Madden was awarded a contract for work offshore Guyana, which includes two firm wells, plus three optional wells. Re-activation of the rig from its warm stacked status has begun, with the contract expected to commence in October 2018,” said offshore drilling contractor, Noble Corporation in its second quarter report.The Noble Tom Madden is currently moored in an area in the Gulf of Mexico just south of New Orleans in the United States where rigs not in use are stored. With a lot of capacity in the industry, many drill ships are currently warm stacked or cold stacked awaiting contracts.This will be Noble’s second rig under contract to ExxonMobil in the Guyana basin. Developing Liza Field The Noble Bob Douglas is currently developing the Liza 1 Field for production with first-oil expected by early 2020. ExxonMobil says it has 19 targets to drill in what has become a world-class oil field.       To date, ExxonMobil has made eight discoveries out of 10 wells drilled and total reserves to date now stand at 4B barrels.Oil production is planned to begin in early 2020 with revenues for the country to begin being used for development projects soon after. Local operator ExxonMobil’s affiliate, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL) is operator of the Stabroek Block, holding a 45 percent interest, Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. holds 30 per cent interest and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds 25 per cent interest.Noble owns and operates one of the most modern, versatile and technically advanced fleets in the offshore drilling industry. Noble performs, through its subsidiaries, contract drilling services with a fleet of 24 offshore drilling units, consisting of 12 drill ships and semisubmersibles and 12 jackups, focused largely on ultra-deep water and high-specification jackup drilling opportunities in both established and emerging regions worldwide.last_img read more

Permanent logo for CARIFESTA

first_imgThe Caribbean ministers of culture have approved a permanent logo for the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA).The approval was given during the two-day meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) that ended in Guyana over the past weekend.Traditionally, each CARIFESTA host country was required to design a logo to be used in their branding of the region’s premier festival, which meant that for each hosting, there was a different logo.Standardized logo“With this new logo, every CARIFESTA participating country subsequent to the 14th staging this year, will use the new design. The aim is to give the Community’s mega cultural Festival a more uniformed brand,” the Guyana-based Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat said in a statement following the COHSOD meeting.It said the logo for the first CARIFESTA was “a dark hand rising, grasping the sun, depicting the skills and aspirations of the tropical man with talent untold”, a symbol of the Caribbean people defining themselves and articulating their aspirations.August 15- 26 in Trinidad and TobagoCARIFESTA will be held this year in Trinidad and Tobago from August 15-26 under the theme ‘Connect, Share, Invest’.Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Dr. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, provided the meeting with an update on the preparations.She told the ministers that Trinidad and Tobago was introducing several niche festivals to the event that could become stand-alone events in the region.Cultural assetShe said that CARIFESTA was one of the Region’s best cultural assets and it was up to the Community to find innovative ways to reinvigorate and re-imagine the Festival each time.The Secretariat said that the calendar of the events can be accessed at the CARIFESTA website www.carifesta.net.CARICOM Secretary-General, Irwin LaRocque, took the opportunity to reiterate that culture plays a significant role in the region’s sustainable growth and development.He said that cultural industries in the region had out-performed sectors such as agriculture, finance, insurance and construction in some member states.He, however, said that there needed to be the necessary enabling environment for the creative industries to be more competitive, and to increase their contribution to employment and growth.Catalyst for creative industry developmentSpeaking on CARIFESTA, which he referred to as the Community’s highly valued regional space that showcased arts and culture, LaRocque said the mega cultural event was being positioned as a catalyst for creative industry development within CARICOM.He noted that since CARIFESTA XI in Suriname, a business component – the cultural marketplace – was introduced where managers of venues, international festivals and performing arts, buyers and booking agents were invited to see and network with Caribbean artists.LaRocque said that the initiative was intended to create more opportunities for the professional development of artists and for the export of their products and services.Caribbean Creative Industries Management Unit (CCIMU)In the statement, the CARICOM Secretariat said that other matters that were discussed at the meeting included a proposal for the establishment of the Caribbean Creative Industries Management Unit (CCIMU) developed by Caribbean Export and the establishment of national and regional registries of artists and cultural workers were also discussed.The CCIMU is intended to provide business and other support services to the sector to build the export capacity of artists and cultural entrepreneurs. The national registries and the regional registry are important tools to complement the free movement provision for artists and cultural workers under the CSME and enable greater market access to the European Union as Contractual Service Suppliers.last_img read more

Caribbean Urged to Enhance Disease Surveillance in Wake of Global Ebola…

first_imgJerome Delay/AP PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jul 20, CMC – The Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is urging regional countries to enhance disease surveillance at ports of entry and at health facilities following the categorisation of the current outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) as a public health emergency.Earlier this week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the current EVD outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).The declaration followed a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for EVD in the DRC. The Committee cited recent developments in the outbreak in making its recommendation, including the first confirmed case in Goma, a city of almost two million people on the border with Rwanda, and the gateway to the rest of DRC and the world.While the WHO said that the risk remains very high at national and regional levels but still low at global level, newly appointed CARPHA executive director, Dr. Joy St. John, is urging member states to enhance disease surveillance at ports of entry and at health facilities at this stage.“It is important that the region takes on a proactive approach. Use this as an opportunity to review and strengthen your systems,” she added.CARPHA said that in keeping with the International Health Regulations, and the statement on the meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee for Ebola virus disease in the DRC on 17 July 2019, no country should close its borders or place any restrictions on travel and trade.“Such measures are usually implemented out of fear and have no basis in science. They push the movement of people and goods to informal border crossings that are not monitored, thus increasing the chances of the spread of disease. Most critically, these restrictions can also compromise local economies and negatively affect response operations from a security and logistics perspective.”But it said that national authorities should work with airlines, passenger ships and other transport and tourism industries to ensure that they do not exceed WHO’s advice on international traffic and that it does not consider entry screening at airports or other ports of entry outside the region to be necessary.“CARPHA will continue to monitor these developments and provide Member States with guidance to support national response efforts while strengthening Regional Health Security in collaboration with regional partners.”last_img read more

Jamaica Planning for the Reopening of Tourism Industry

first_imgIn 2018, Jamaica welcomed over 4 million visitors, generated over USD $3 billion in revenue and contributed to 11% of the island’s gross domestic product (GDP). In 2019, earnings were estimated at USD 3.7 billion as a result of new accommodations, like the AC Hotel and Ocean Coral Spring Hotel, being open. Already faced with billions of dollars in losses as a result of COVID-19, Jamaica’s tourism ministry has begun planning the reopening of its industry in order to help save the county’s economy. Like many ministers of the Jamaican government, Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett has accepted that the coronavirus (COVID-19) may very well be around for months to come, and thus, the focus has shifted to the reopening of the economy, safely. Prior to COVID-19, the ministry had projected that Jamaica would earn over USD $4.4 billion this year. In recent years, Jamaica’s tourism industry has seen significant annual growth and was on track to become “the fastest-growing sector in Jamaica”, according to Bartlett. Minister Bartlett, however, said that he believes the tourism industry could begin to recover as early as September. But even if tourist travel does return to normal then, the damage has already been done. The cancellation of major events like Reggae Sumfest, which recorded over JMD $1 billion in earnings last year, has already put a damper on travel to the island for the remainder of the year. Local economists have predicted that tourism revenue could fall short of up to USD $3 billion because of COVID-19. Minister Bartlett said the protocol for the reopening of the industry is almost completed and will be rolled out shortly. “We have always thought that travel and tourism could be affected but never halted, and now we have come face to face with that reality,” Bartlett said. “It entails a whole range of responses that the workers of the industry will have to make and also quite a bit of infrastructure adjustment that the hotels will have to make, as well as the transportation subsector,” Mr. Bartlett said. The shutdown of many of the island’s hotels and tourist attractions have crippled the industry. In April, the minister revealed that of the 160,000 people that work in Jamaica’s tourism industry, 120,000 of those workers had already been laid off. The remaining 40,000 people were only working for a few days a week, for a fraction of their normal pay.center_img Other focus areas, he said, include “certification requirements for guests coming in at the airports… the use of beaches, swimming pools and things like that”. “It will also involve some changes at the airports and the seaports. So, it’s a pretty comprehensive set of protocols covering all points of entry, as well as the experience of the visitor within the destination,” he added. And while the minister remains hopeful for a speedy recovery, the fact remains that Jamaica will not see a tourism recovery until the United States and the United Kingdom return to normalcy. Bartlett said that COVID-19 was the improbable event that no one could have predicted. Jamaica’s minister of tourism, Ed Bartlett Although the Minister has already began establishing the reopening protocol, the tourism industry will not see a reopening for weeks. Many Jamaican hotels are still being used as quarantine facilities for locals and also house Jamaican nationals that are expected to return to the island under the controlled re-entry program. He revealed that when he went to the airport in March, prior to the island closing its borders, and saw that there were zero arrivals, “it was a shock of the recognition that COVID-19 had in fact arrived and affected travel tourism in a very profound way”.last_img read more

Ekiti State FA Crisis Deepens Over Alleged Corruption

first_imgThe crisis rocking the Ekiti State Football Association (FA) has taken a new dimension after the association boss was accused of misappropriating funds in addition to him awarding contracts to his own personal company Topworld Limited.According to some Ekiti State board members, Ayo Alabi is guilty of blackmail and intimidation, misappropriation and application of funds as well as flagrant abuse of office.In his reaction to Saharareporters Sports on the above allegations, the Ekiti State FA boss denied any crisis talks. In his words, he said: “I am not aware of any crisis in Ekiti FA. It is normal for members to have complaints. And it is also normal for it to be resolved. Therefore, I am not aware of any crisis, except you are telling me there is one now.”On the crisis, former Ekiti FA chairmen Ayodele Isaac and Taiwo Odebunmi had different opinions. Isaac said: ” I am not aware of any crisis presently. However, I won’t say, there has not been crisis. I believe it has been resolved. Yes, several FA chairmen intervened and I think we have been able to nip it in the bud. Mind you, it is normal to have crisis and I think I had my fair share of it. As well as Odebunmi and other past chairmen .”On the other hand, Odebunmi revealed that there is a crisis brewing in the association. He said:“The crisis in Ekiti FA came up because other board members felt neglected and unhappy that the chairman was not carrying them along in decision making.”“They also accused him of not holding meetings, don’t forget that Ekiti State is dry in terms of football activities. I remember that at the height of this crisis, several stakeholders in Ekiti football including ex-chairmen and some influential football people from other states were invited to wade into the crisis. And a prominent son of the state, Oba Ajakaye, the Oluyin of Iyin, Ekiti, was asked to mediate and bring peace. Therefore, we pray for a lasting peace in Ekiti football.” he added. RelatedEkiti Athletes Chase Officials Out of Stadium During ProtestDecember 5, 2018In “Athletics”Chidi Ofo Okenwa: Condolences Pour In For Late Enugu FA BossMay 6, 2020In “NFF”National Sports Festival Begins Amidst Poor PreparationDecember 6, 2018In “Articles”last_img read more

Sponsorship Spotlight – Brand synergy for Betsafe and MMA Cage Warriors

first_img Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Related Articles Betsafe has become the official gaming partner for Cage Warriors, in a two-year deal which includes extensive branding on the cage, in-arena event initiatives and the option to create engaging fan content with the fighters.SBC caught up with Global Brand Manager Neill Simpson to find out why MMA is so attractive to Betsafe, how they will measure the success of the deal and whether the company is planning to move into any other sports.SBC: What makes Cage Warriors an attractive partner?NS: As you know MMA is exploding here in Europe and outside of the UFC; Cage Warriors is not just the stepping stone for fighters but a great spectacle in its own right. They can take a professional approach to building the sport here in Europe, and have made some great partnerships that will enable them to grow their footprint vastly in the next few years.For Betsafe, working with like-minded partners that are looking to push boundaries is paramount for us and Cage Warriors definitely fit this bill. Cage Warriors have built up some great relationships with the likes of BT Sport and UFC to really establish themselves as the leading provider of quality MMA productions. There are some great synergies and MMA fits the Betsafe brand profile, enabling us to tap into our key demographic in different ways.SBC: Why is MMA an attractive sport for Betsafe customers?NS: The level of excitement and passion shown by truly professional athletes leads to a fantastic spectacle. Everyone will always have an opinion on the outcome so at Betsafe we aim to provide a vast array of markets for betting opportunities as a result.Through Cage Warriors, the exposure to live action will only continue to grow and alongside that the need to present a compelling proposition will be at the forefront of Betsafe’s activities. We will provide opportunities for fans of the sport to experience the live action first hand at the different events throughout the calendar year.SBC: How will you measure the success of such a deal?NS: There are several ways we will be looking at how a partnership like this will benefit Betsafe. We are strong believers in generating great content so fight previews, interviews, social activities will all help in building the brand awareness for Betsafe. Alongside this, looking at actual new customer acquisition from the fight night’s themselves and digital channels because of our campaigns will give us a good insight into the level of engagement in the sport.We have seen good results to date and we are encouraged with what we have seen so far with a lot more activities planned throughout the year not just in the UK. This, coupled with the TV exposure we will see from the association with UFC from the partnership with BT Sport, will really help us own this space in the betting category.SBC: Are there any new sporting areas that Betsafe are looking to move into?NS: Betsafe are always on the lookout for new opportunities if they fit the brand strategy. We have several things on the table now and will be looking to further increase our awareness through quality associations and partnerships in the lead up to next year’s World Cup. Parimatch extends UFC partnership July 9, 2020 Submit Andy McCue returns to betting with Betsson AB June 22, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Sharelast_img read more

SBC Awards caps ground-breaking 2017 for SBC Events

first_img The disco-themed SBC Awards provided SBC Events with a fittingly stunning finish to 2017, a year in which both its headline conferences recorded growth of more than 100%.The success of the ceremony at the Artillery Garden, which featured a silent auction that raised £1,700 for GambleAware and saw bet365 collect the Bookmaker of the Year prize for the fourth year in a row, consolidated a ground-breaking year for the news and events company. For the official photos of the SBC Awards 2017, click here.The fourth edition of Betting on Football at Stamford Bridge in May attracted more than 1,100 delegates, a 150% increase from 2016. Networking space at the event was trebled to cater for 40 exhibitors, while the conference area played host to more than 140 speakers including Chris Kamara, one of many sporting stars to support SBC Events in 2017.Betting on Sports 2017, held in September at Olympia Conference Centre, took this progression to another level by welcoming more than 1,300 delegates, a 120% climb from the previous year. There was space for over 60 exhibitors, while delegates were treated to parties at two of London’s most spectacular venues, Altitude 360 and Under the Bridge.SBC Events presented the most comprehensive agenda the industry had ever seen, with more than 44 sessions and 180  speakers including 70-times capped Scottish rugby union player Kenny Logan, while the exhibition space featured the chance to ‘meet and greet’ Michael Vaughan, England’s most successful Test cricket captain and Mr Green ambassador.Betting on Sports also introduced the ‘Betting on Esports’ track, which will be expanded on for the Esports Insider Super Forum, one of three exclusive new events to be launched at Betting on Football 2018 (20-23 March) alongside the Affiliate Insider Bootcamp and SBC Sponsorship Forum.Planning is also well underway for the five other tracks at #bofcon2018 – World Cup and beyond, Global Market Profiles, Leadership, Customer Journey and Betting on Innovation, a series of presentations by companies attempting to grow their business by bringing an innovative product to market.The list of confirmed speakers includes the likes of Mr Green CEO Jesper Kärrbrink and Snaitech CEO Fabio Schiavolin, alongside SBC Events debutants such as Paddy Power Betfair Fraud Director Jacqueline Hart.SBC Managing Director Andrew McCarron said: “It has been a landmark year for SBC Events. With the support of our sponsors, we have overseen huge growth of the Betting on Football and Betting on Sports conferences.“This has been mixed with the successful running of a series of well attended one-day events featuring sporting stars, including the H20 Data Seminar with Ruud Gullit and John Barnes, the SBC Snooker Forum with Ronnie O’Sullivan and the SBC Gibraltar Forum with racing legend Richard Dunwoody.“Plans are already well underway for the fifth edition of Betting on Football, which has been brought forward from May to March to address key industry issues ahead of next year’s FIFA World Cup. We look forward to welcoming the entire sports betting industry to Stamford Bridge in just a few months time.” Submit Share Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

1xBet travels east to form new Asian market connections

first_img SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon 1xBet defies COVID-19 disruption to keep 2020 plans in place April 3, 2020 Share Prospective clients will be invited to find the “easiest and most convenient way to partner” with 1xBet at the Global Gaming Expo Asia (G2E Asia).This year’s event takes place from 15-17 May in Macau, the Asian casino hub where gross gaming revenues jumped 27.6% to $3.18 billion in April, the 21st consecutive month of growth.The conference itself will be held at the Venetian Macao, an integrated resort and casino which recorded $868 million in net revenues for the three months to 31 December 2018.The Cyprus-based sports betting company will be exhibiting the B2B product it debuted at this year’s ICE Totally Gaming expo in London, while showcasing the improved quality of products and services within its one-year-old Affiliate Program.1xBet Head of Business Development Evgeniy Kiriushin said: “Held in the heart of Asia’s gaming and entertainment hub, G2E Asia is a globally renowned place to conduct business, make important connections and exhibit new products.“We are looking forward to welcoming delegates to Exhibition Stand No. 2943. Here we will be showcasing our B2B product, which is aimed specifically at the Asian market. With 1xBet, you can always choose the easiest and most convenient way to partner with us.”The event comes just two months after 1xBet exhibited at Betting on Football, where this summer’s World Cup and latest technologies influencing the industry took centre stage.“I was delighted to get the opportunity to present our products to the conference attendees at BOFCON,” said Kiriushin. “I can confidently say that 1xBet is working hard to offer the best service not only to its customers, but also to its partners.” Share Why leading esports titles should not be overlooked as substitutes to real sports April 15, 2020 Submit Related Articleslast_img read more