“Dispel misconceptions about marijuana” – says Jamaica’s Health Minister

first_imgJamaica’s Health Minister, Dr Chris Tufton Jamaica’s Minister of Health Dr. Christopher Tufton says misconceptions about marijuana (ganja) must be dispelled to stem misuse of the drug, especially by children.“Dispelling those perceptions means all hands on deck. It means public education, it means (those) in the court system or are providing counselling, being aware. You have to give that lecture almost every time you have to deal with that problem, until it seeps through, until it gets into the minds and the mind set and the psyche of the society,” said Tufton, who attended a Children’s Drug Treatment seminar in Kingston on the weekend.However, he stated that given cultural practices and other factors, that it will be difficult to change persons’ views about the substance.“In Jamaica, we have culturally accepted as a norm, the consumption of certain types of substances, marijuana of course, being almost a part of us in terms of general acceptance, availability and so on.”Tufton said the government is concerned about the health of the public who use such substances which has the capacity to create negative side effects on the person and the society in general.He noted that by “relaxing” the regulations under the Dangerous Drugs Act, which allowed for the decriminalization of ganja for medicinal, religious, scientific and therapeutic purposes, persons interpreted that as a “free for all” where it is now acceptable to have it in their possession, as well as smoke it freely.Under the Act, the use of ganja is not legal. It is now a non-arrestable but ticketable offence to possess small quantities of ganja, amounting to two ounces or less. This attracts a fine payable outside of the court, but will not result in the person having a criminal record.last_img read more

Jamaica poised for economic growth – World Bank

first_imgThe World Bank says Jamaica is poised to generate increased economic growth of two per cent and more per annum by the 2018/19 fiscal year.The World Bank’s lead economist, Philip Schuler, says this projection is based on the government’s prudent fiscal stance and the resulting stable inflation rate; improvement in the country’s current account balance; and heightened business confidence, which is expected to generate significant new investments.Schuler, who was speaking via video-link from the Bank’s headquarters in Washington DC, praised the government for maintaining the fiscal stance that continues to generate steady improvements in Jamaica’s economy, following protracted periods of volatility.He noted that apart from “a couple of bad quarters” in 2014, there have been notable growth and improvement in key areas, such as the gross domestic product (GDP) and employment.Schuler also pointed to the dramatic decline in the rate of inflation, noting that while this has increased slightly since the start of 2017, it is expected to remain within the Bank of Jamaica’s forecast range.However, he urged the government to be mindful of the prevailing risks to which the economy remains vulnerable.These include a debt level that remains very high, and the country’s vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change, adding that Jamaica is an open economy subject to global shocks arising from policy uncertainty.The Bank’s Country Manager for Jamaica, Galina Sotirova, also underscored the need for further strengthening of the nation’s and economy’s resilience to natural disasters and other exogenous shocks.last_img read more

Police shakeup in Jamaica’s Constabulary Force

first_imgIn the wake of a soaring crime rate that has led to the murder tally in Jamaica surpassing the 1,300 mark, to date, the Jamaican Police High Command has announced changes in the senior ranks of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).Divisional commanders being transferred Earlier this week, Police Commissioner George Quallo said several divisional commanders will be transferred in November including Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth, who is stationed in the western parish of St. James.Nesbeth will be transferred to the Border and Security Branch of the JCF. He will be replaced by Senior Superintendent Wilfred Campbell, who now heads the Kingston Central Police Division.St. James is the hotbed for crime, having recorded 248 murders since January.ZOSO hasn’t prevented blood-lettingAccording to Nesbeth, the government’s latest initiative to stem the crime wave – the Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) – that was implemented in Mount Salem in the parish, has not prevented the blood-letting in surrounding areas.The objective of the operation that stemmed from an Act passed in Parliament earlier this year, is to contain crime and gives the Prime Minister power to implement the initiative in consultation with the National Security Council.St. James leads in murdersMore than 240 people have been murdered in St. James since January 1 and last week – 13 persons were murdered in the parish.Crime in St. James is followed by the parishes of Westmoreland and Clarendon, while in the Corporate Area the divisions of St. Andrew South, Kingston Western top the list and in St. Catherine, the most volatile areas are St. Catherine North and South.When compared to the similar period last year, there has been a 26 percent hike in murders.In addition to transferring Nesbeth, the Police Commissioner says seven other commanders will be relocated.The changes take effect on November 10.PNP criticalMeanwhile, the opposition People’s National Party (PNP), has weighed in on the country’s murder rate, stating that the increase emphasizes the need for the government to set out a more comprehensive crime plan.On Tuesday, the PNP’s spokesman on National Security, Fitz Jackson said the government’s crime plan is not working.Jackson, in the meantime, has suggested that the government bring a non-partisan national stakeholder group together to agree on a set of measures to tackle the crisis.“They must put out an overarching approach where the people of Jamaica is (sic) brought on board so that we, collectively, can seek to deal with the problem,” he asserted.In one of the most recent incidents a Corporate Area businessman, Dennis Ramdial, was killed outside his business place.The police report that Ramdial, 70, was standing outside his business place when explosions were heard. It was later discovered that Ramdial was shot. He was rushed to hospital where he died.His murder comes on the heels of the killing of his son, Richard on July 13. Richard was shot more than a dozen times as he sat in vehicle during rush hour traffic.For recent news on Jamaica police shakeup, click the link: Warning to members of Jamaica Constabulary Forcelast_img read more

Beckham’s soccer team kicks off in Miami in 2020

first_imgAlmost four years after former English soccer star, David Beckham, made a grand announcement that he would be bringing Major League Soccer to Miami, he announced on Monday the team will begin playing in Miami on 2020.The journey to Monday’s announcement by Beckham and his partners took more twists and turns than a pretzel. Over the four years the investment group encounter problems including locating a stadium site; loss of investment partners; and procrastination in the halls of Miami and Miami-Dade government.Beckham was determinedMore than once it seemed to local, soccer fans, including several from the Caribbean, and the Beckham investment group that the project would not materialize. However, Beckham was determined to deliver the promise he made at Bayside on February 5, 2014.Securing committed investors, including Miami businessmen Jorge and Jose Mas; City of Miami approval to locate the team’s stadium at a site in Overtown, and meeting other criteria, Beckham announced in a party like atmosphere at the Adrienne Arsht Center that “game’s on.”Receives MLS scarvesSeveral cheering soccer fans were in the large audience of some 1,700 and 300 media people to hear the announcement, and witness MLS Commissioner Don Garber giving Beckham and his partners MLS scarves indicating the done deal.  Fans like Southwest Miami high school soccer coach Richard Donaldson, a Caribbean-American, was anxious to learn the name of Beckham’s team, the 25th franchise in the MLS. Fans to participate in naming team However, Beacham announced the team’s name, logo and colors will announced within the next few months.  It was also announced that local fans would be invited to suggest ideas for the team’s name, colors and logo via an international social media campaign in the coming weeks.Since it’s estimated that the Overtown MLS stadium will not be completed until 2021, the team will play at a temporary site, either Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FIU Stadium in South Miami, or Marlins Park in Miami as of 2020.Beckham emotionalBeckham appeared emotional as he made the announcement although saying he promised his son, who was in the audience, that he “wouldn’t get emotional. But it’s very hard.” He confirmed he will oversee soccer operations and indicated he will be a hands-on owner. He told the Miami Herald he plans to spend a lot of time in Miami, a city that he has grown to love over the past four years.He also told the Miami Herald he plans on having a team that consists of recognized young players, and players from the team’s development academy. The academy is planned as a first-class entity with several fields located across the region which can be used by local and visiting national teams. Beckham also indicated his team will consist of local players, as he believes there is great soccer talent in South Florida.Donaldson is also convinced several local soccer players will make it to Backer’s MLS team. “Some of the best soccer players in America plays right here in South Florida. Many are frustrated by the lack of advancement as professional players. Now they can develop their ambitions as professionals with the possibility of making it to the local MLS team.”Congrats from Usain BoltIn a video played at the Arsht Center on Monday among the celebrities congratulating the Beckham group were Jamaican iconic sprinter Usain Bolt, international and South Florida tennis star Serena Williams and entertainers DJ Khaled and Jay-Z.Beckham’s MLS team is the successor to another Miami team, the Miami Fusion, which played in the MLS for four years before calling it quits in 2002.last_img read more

Holder in top 10 in bowling rankings

first_imgAmidst the gloom of the 2-0 series whitewash to India, there was a ray of sunshine for West Indies captain Jason Holder whose outstanding efforts in the second Test saw him leap into the top 10 of the ICC Test bowling rankings on Monday.The 26-year-old seamer now lies at a career-best ninth, up four places following his superb haul of five for 56, which limited India to 367 all out in their first innings at Hyderabad on Sunday.For Holder, the five-wicket haul was the fifth of his career and third in four innings, and the first by a West Indies bowler on Indian soil in 24 years. He also became only the third Windies bowler to take five-wicket hauls in three successive innings.The performance extended a purple patch of form for the giant Barbadian that has seen him capture 33 wickets at an outstanding average of 11.87 this year.Holder also gained three spots in the batting rankings to move to 53rd, on the heels of his first innings 52 which helped West Indies get up to 311 batting first at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.His upward movement in both departments has seen him assume third spot in the all-rounders list, overtaking South African star Vernon Philander.Roston Chase There was also good news for Roston Chase whose 106 in the first innings in Hyderabad helped him jump 10 spots to 31st in the batting rankings. The hundred was the fourth of the right-hander’s career and second against India.Shai Hope up, Kraigg Brathwaite down Shai Hope, who scored 36 and 28, rose five places to 35th.Opener Kraigg Brathwaite, meanwhile, dropped four places to 19th following a wretched series that yielded 26 runs from four innings. However, he remains the highest ranked West Indies batsman.In the bowling, speedster Shannon Gabriel has dropped one place to be tied 12th with England’s Stuart Broad, and he and Holder are the only two Windies players in the top 20.Seamer Kemar Roach, who missed out on both Tests against India, lies 21st while leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo is 34th, after going wicket-less in Hyderabad to end the series with four scalps.India captain Virat Kohli heads an unchanged top 10 in the batting rankings while veteran England seamer Jimmy Anderson tops the bowling rankings.Shakib-al-Hasan of Bangladesh remains the world’s leading all-rounder.last_img read more

Morning Reaction Picks and Comment – Week 9

first_imgHere are this weekend’s picks as Drew Forrester and Luke Jones will pick every NFL game as well as local college football contests. As a special treat, we will pick our respective high schools’ games.Drew Forrester is 78-38 after finishing 9-4 last week while Luke Jones is 78-38 after a 9-4 record in Week 8. Official standings are only kept based on the NFL picks.Ravens at Steelers: Pittsburgh 20-16 (Drew), Baltimore 21-20 (Luke)Falcons at Colts: Atlanta 28-13 (Drew), Atlanta 27-14 (Luke) Buccaneers at Saints: New Orleans 36-17 (Drew), New Orleans 28-16 (Luke)Browns at Texans: Houston 30-7 (Drew), Houston 27-10 (Luke)Jets at Bills: New York 24-20 (Drew), Buffalo 24-20 (Luke) Dolphins at Chiefs: Miami 19-17 (Drew), Kansas City 20-13 (Luke) 49ers at Redskins: San Francisco 24-10 (Drew), San Francisco 20-10 (Luke) Seahawks at Cowboys: Dallas 27-10 (Drew), Dallas 24-13 (Luke) Broncos at Raiders: Oakland 27-10 (Drew), Oakland 23-13 (Luke) Bengals at Titans: Tennessee 23-20 OT (Drew), Cincinnati 24-21 (Luke) Rams at Cardinals: St. Louis 24-13 (Drew), Arizona 13-10 (Luke) Giants at Patriots: New England 33-23 (Drew), New England 31-17 (Luke) Packers at Chargers: Green Bay 31-24 (Drew), Green Bay 34-27 (Luke) Bears at Eagles: Philadelphia 24-20 (Drew), Philadelphia 27-19 (Luke) Virginia at Maryland: Cavaliers 23-10 (Drew), Cavaliers 27-17 (Luke) Towson at Maine: Tigers 27-24 (Drew), Tigers 24-17 (Luke) Troy at Navy: Midshipmen 31-27 (Drew), Midshipmen 27-20 (Luke0 Morgan State at Bethune Cookman: Wildcats 29-24 (Drew), Wildcats 21-13 (Luke) Annapolis at Glen Burnie: Gophers 25-17 (Drew), Panthers 21-17 (Luke) Dover at Susquehannock: Eagles 40-6 (Drew), Warriors 10-9 (Luke)last_img read more

“Giant Of Africa” – Feels Like A Continental Myth.

first_img 1. Nigeria remains the most populous country in Africa and over the years have been knot with the inscription “Giant of Africa” – an allusion other African nationals find contentious.This begs the question, what makes the green & white nation “giants”, even more one which reigns over all in the world’s second-largest continent?Well, economic students gasconade about the stability of banking institutions and Nigeria being Africa’s biggest economy. In arms, the United Nations wouldn’t bat an eyelid to vouch for the country’s military – always ready to serve as peace keepers when called upon. In sports, the experts would relate the ‘dream team’s success in winning the football gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta (the first by an African country), as a feat which brought pride to all on the continent.Football in Africa is more than a sport. Many have embraced the beautiful game as they do religion. In the North, East, West, South, and Central part of the continent, an acre of land inhabited is mentally pictured as a football pitch. The beauty, there is no age limit for participants.In reality, the last time Nigerians were ecstatic about the performance of a top-division football club on the continent was (2004) – the year Enyimba FC remarkably achieved an unprecedented defense of the CAF Champions League.“How come it took so long for a club from Nigeria to win a competition which has been in existence since 1964?” I hear you scream!Truth, there have been representations, but none before the People’s Elephant chased the holy grail of Africa’s premier club competition and achieved ultimate success.Rangers International Football Club were the first Nigerian team to make the final of the Champions League, a feat achieved in 1975. Unfortunately, the Flying Antelopes lost (3-1) on aggregate to Hafia FC of Guinea. That performance spurred believe and an exchange of baton as IICC Shooting Stars emerged runners-up in 1984 and 1996, losing on both occasions to Egyptian team Zamalek SC. Heartland FC (formerly Iwuanyawu Nationale) also made two finals in 1988 and 2009.In terms of overall performances, the North envelopes the other subregions. They presently account for six (6) of the top ten football clubs in the competition’s history.Egypt (14 titles)Algeria (5 titles)Morocco (5 titles)Tunisia (4 titles)Their dominance still evident as all four semi-finalists at the ongoing 2017 CAF Champions League hail from Northern Africa: Étoile du Sahel (Tunisia), Al-Ahly (Egypt), USM Alger (Algeria), and Wydad Casablanca (Morocco).The supremacy of the North African teams befuddles the mind. Whenever I lay on my Nigerian-made-bed, two questions put me in a trance:What does it take to win the CAF Champions League?How soon will another NPFL team be celebrated as kings of African club football?My thirst for answers trapped me in conversations with a few eggheads across the continent. Below I’d share excerpts from that electronic sojourn.First stop, Ghana: “Major factor these days is money. As the balance of power shifts from many traditional clubs around the continent due to more investment in relatively recently formed clubs, the biggest marker has become cash. The richer a club, the better its players, and the more successful they become. There are, of course, bound to be exceptions and fairy tale stories, but that’s the general rule. Other factors such as good technical teams and a decent away form are crucial, too.” – Gary Al-Smith (@garyalsmith)Next, Egypt:“Heart and desire in my opinion leads the pack, way more than tactical work .That’s what separates Al Ahly for example. They always want to win and the determination is present. Also they hardly owe their players.”  – Marwan Ahmed (@MarwanAhmed_KF)Back to Nigeria:“Football is sometimes not based on maths, there could be fluke results. But Enyimba Football club enjoyed good funding from former Abia state governor, Dr Uzor Orji Kalu and they proved to Nigerians that with competent administrators that are truly professional, serious preparations, quality players that are tried and trusted, an NPFL team can win the CAF Champions League. How soon, I can’t say. Big question is – do we have any team in the league that is enjoying the kind of consistency in terms of funding, stable management (Anyansi) and quality players that stayed put with a few tested legs coming to plug loopholes? Billion dollar question” – Godwin Enakhena (@genakhena)“How soon can an NPFL team win the CAF CL? I’d say 7 years from what I see. We just don’t have the organization, Manpower and finances for it. Plateau United and MFM FC will just make up the numbers like we’ve done the last decade and half.” – China Acheru (@Ikwerreman) “FELIX ANYASI-AGWU” Audio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 0:23 “FELIX ANYASI-AGWU” Quite revealing…Plateau United emerged champions of the 2016/17 Nigeria Professional Football League; a triumph achieved on the last day of the season. MFM FC shaved second place by one point. These teams will represent Nigeria at the 54th edition of the CAF Champions League scheduled to get underway in February 2018.The former amassed the most points away from home (which is big deal) in the NPFL, while the latter flamboyantly aided by their triple o – Odey, Olatunbosun, and Onuoha, serenaded and failed to drop out of the top four from the start of the campaign until a CAF Champions League spot was guaranteed. As very much a patriot as I am, my pen also possesses a mind of its own. So in line with fairness and equality, this piece would end with the thought of a patriot and ink of his pen.PEN: These teams are amateur swimmers in shark infested beaches. Their chances are similar to that of a snowman in hell.PATRIOT: MFM FC and Plateau United, completed the domestic season with no punishment – sanctions from the League Management Company (LMC), which shows discipline.  If they fortify obvious loopholes, motivate the players in kind, take the few chances they’d create; we might erase what feels like a myth and truly become giants on the pitch once more.RelatedNigeria Sports Capital of Africa – IOC President BachNovember 16, 2019In “Sports”CHAN 2020 In Doubt As Cameroon Confirms Two Cases Of CoronavirusMarch 7, 2020In “Africa”Coronavirus: CAF Competitions To Hold As Scheduled Despite Global PandemicMarch 11, 2020In “Africa” read more

FIFA ‘Gathering Evidence’ Over Alleged Headbutt By Premier League Player

first_imgWorld football’s governing body, FIFA, have confirmed they are looking into an alleged headbutt by Burnley midfielder Robbie Brady on Everton defender Ashley Williams.The incident happened in the 61st minute of the Republic of Ireland’s 1-0 win over hosts Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.The result was enough to put Brady’s Republic of Ireland into the World Cup qualifying playoffs ahead of Williams’ Wales.If he is charged, Robbie Brady could be in danger of missing the playoffs scheduled for November 9-11 and November 12-14.Robbie Brady returned from a one-game ban for the Wales match before being involved in the alleged off the ball incident missed by centre referee Damir Skomina.On the incident, a spokesperson for FIFA said:“We are gathering evidence and cannot comment further.” RelatedBurnley Midfielder Cleared Of ‘Alleged Headbutt’ On Everton Defender WilliamsOctober 13, 2017In “Europe”2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Republic of Ireland Boosted By Striker’s Return To TrainingOctober 4, 2017In “FIFA”Coleman Names 23-Man Squad For Upcoming World Cup QualifiersSeptember 28, 2017In “World Cup”last_img read more

Betsson targets UK expansion with NetPlay TV £26 million acquisition

first_img Share Stockholm-listed European sports betting operator Betsson AB continues its aggressive M&A growth strategy in 2017, by confirming the acquisition of London AIM-listed interactive gaming operator NetPlay TV.Updating the market this morning, Betsson governance detailed that it had acquired all-equity in NetPlay TV for a total consideration of £26.4 million, purchasing all NetPlay assets outright, with a view of increasing its presence within the saturated UK online gambling market.Yet to be finalised, Betsson governance will offer a ‘9p cash’ incentive per ordinary share to NetPlay investors. UK business sources have reported that main shareholder ‘Directforce Trading’ which holds 27% equity in the company, has accepted Betsson’s offer.Betsson’s planned acquisition requires 75% acceptance to go through, nevertheless,  the firm’s governance  is confident of clearing a further corporate buyout.Issuing a short statement Ulrik Bengtsson CEO of Betsson Group stated that his firm was acquiring three established UK betting brands (Jackpot24/7, SuperCasino and Vernons) and furthermore, that NetPlay assets would see further growth and efficiency in scalability once integrated with its Techsson platform. The acquisition sees Betsson group further its multi-brand strategy within regulated European online gambling markets.“Betsson’s experience of operating successful casino brands will add to NetPlay’s earnings and growth. We have a long-term view on NetPlay and will achieve significant cost synergies and operational improvements over time. Part of Betsson’s acquisition strategy is to add volume to its scalable Techsson platform and to increase the share of regulated revenue,” Bengtsson commented on the acquisition.Bjarke Larsen, CEO of NetPlay has backed Besson’s approach to investors, commenting on the deal “With the changing market dynamics and as the market continues to consolidate, we believe now is the right time to take advantage of this opportunity to realise value for all of our shareholders.” Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Betsson rolls out new Group Affiliates site August 7, 2020last_img read more

Global Gaming strengthens its executive team amidst expansion

first_img Related Articles Global Gaming has appointed Mark Wadsworth as a member of its executive team as the company looks to to support the recent expansion in Malta.Wadsworth joins the firm as Director of the Group’s companies in Malta. Here he will head up two new major development projects.Prior to joining, Wadsworth worked at Betsson in the role of Head of Platform. He worked across 25 different casino brands with a team of ten product owners.He has a history in the industry beyond this too with over ten years of experience. Wadsworth set up The Game Factory in Malta where he helped to build its gaming platform using open-source technology and producing over 40 Flash-based games.Using the same platform, he went on to develop the first ever live in-play lottery product at Contagious Gaming, which sees lottery numbers selected by the time a goal is scored in a football match.Stefan Olsson, CEO at Global Gaming, said of the appointment: “We’re delighted to welcome Mark to the team, in what is an exciting time for Global Gaming.“Mark has a wealth of experience in the industry and a track record of developing innovative and sophisticated gaming platforms. We’re very confident he will become a valuable asset to our team.”Wadsworth himself remarked: “I’m very excited to be joining Global Gaming, a company which places innovation at the heart of its operations.“We have some special projects in the pipeline which I can’t wait to be involved with, in what is sure to be a very interesting period of growth for the company.”Global Gaming offers both B2C and B2B options to the gambling industry. In addition to Malta it has offices in the UK, Estonia and Malmo in Sweden where its headquarters are based. TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Submit Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon Ray Wilson, AMLGS: Industry deserves praise for its reaction to a new normal July 23, 2020last_img read more