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Beating the books behind bars

first_imgHer Majesty’s prison Prisoners in St. Kitts are using their time behind bars to further their education, with the assistance of correctional staff at Her Majesty’s Prison.Prime Minister, Dr. Timothy Harris, is pleased with efforts to rehabilitate inmates.Speaking at the first Her Majesty’s Prison Officers’ Awards Service at Immanuel Methodist Church in Sandy Point recently, Harris said there is a significant increase in CSEC/CXC and CAPE subject passes by inmates.Data from 2012 to 2017, provided by Her Majesty’s Prison, show that in 2012, three residents sat exams in Accounts and English and attained a total of five subject passes; in 2013, thirteen residents sat exams in Accounts, English and Mathematics and attained a total of 17 subject passes.In 2014, seventeen residents sat exams in Accounts, English, Mathematics and Human and Social Biology and attained a total of 16 subject passes, accumulating a total of 38 passes between 2012 and 2014.In 2015, 23 residents sat exams in Spanish, Accounts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Principles of Business, Economics and Human and Social Biology and attained a total of 43 subject passes. In 2016, 16 inmates sat exams and returned a total of 33 subject passes in Biology, Integrated Science, Physics, Mathematics, Caribbean Studies, Communication Studies and Integrated Mathematics.So far this year, two residents sat Social Studies and Principles of Business and attained two subject passes for a total of 78 subject passes between 2015 and 2017.“They must all be congratulated, and so should all of you (prison officers) for your contribution to their success. These inmates will leave more able to engage in the field of work,” Harris said.In an interview with the Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister, Superintendent of Prisons, Junie Hodge said officers encourage inmates to take classes and improve their education.“There are one or two prison residents who have done so well that they too are giving back, because they are helping some of the officers to prepare for their CXC exams as well,” Superintendent Hodge stated.last_img read more

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Miramar new amphitheater, a world class venue and entertainment destination

first_imgThe City of Miramar celebrates the grand opening of a new, world-class Amphitheater at Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway on July 4th with a free community concert starting at 3:00 pm.The amphitheater is a part of the plan for Miramar to become a premier entertainment destination and the city’s welcoming and inclusive approach to multicultural entertainment professionals and audiences.  The City ofMiramar and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Conventions and Visitor’s Bureau has partnered on an initiative to position Miramar as a place for multicultural tourism in South Florida with an emphasis on the African Diaspora. The Miramar Amphitheater will serve as a catalyst to attract multicultural family gatherings, concerts, festivals, arts and more.The Miramar Amphitheater is a 5,000 capacity (3,000 covered under a 28,000 sq ft column supported tensile canopy and 2,000 located behind the canopy on promenades) and is designed with a large elevated stage, theatrical lighting, projection screens and refined sound system that is well suited for live concerts, film and television production, theater, corporate and social gatherings, and more.The Miramar Amphitheater includes ticket distribution set up, electronic signage and is surrounded by beautiful fountains, wetlands, and greenery. The amphitheater and promenade adorns 4.1 acres of green space with a total project cost of $7.4 Million to construct including amenities.The Miramar Amphitheater at Regional Park is a great winning addition to the entertainment cast of Miramar. The City of Miramar is a destination of choice for sports, theatre, arts, and recreation with award-winning facilities including the Ansin Sports Complex, Shirley Branca Memorial Park, Miramar Cultural Center and Miramar Regional Park. All of Miramar’s entertainment assets are easy to reach from Miami to Palm Beach and draws from over 6.7 million people across the region.last_img read more

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Tobacco Company urges President to reconsider Tobago Smoking Ban

first_imgThe Tobacco Control Bill bans the sale of tobacco products by vendors and in health care facilities; sports, athletic or recreational facilities; government buildings; educational facilities or any other place prescribed by the regulations. Those found breaking the law would be fined GUY$400,000 On Wednesday the Director of the Demerara Tobacco Company, Maurlain Kirton said the company is not opposed to the regulations. Rather, she is concerned that the measures are discriminatory, highly draconian and even unconstitutional. What are public places Kirton urged the president to send the Bill back to Parliament for it to be analyzed and reviewed by a select committee. This should be done to minimize the impact of the measures, not just for the industry but also citizens, he said. Kirton expressed concern that the definition of workplace within the Bill was too broad, believe public places should be established as adequate designated smoking areas. Among these, she said, are the definition of the term – workplace and public spaces.center_img Send bill back to parliament The Demerara Tobacco Company in Guyana, has called on President David Granger to reconsider sections of the Tobacco Control Bill before signing it into law. The director said while the Bill proposes to ban indoor smoking, advertising, sponsorship and promotions to protect non-smokers, there were several other measures that require further probing and amending. “We are of the view that some of the proposals are not balanced and justified. We believe there are less restrictive alternatives which are proportionate, effective and feasible. There are several clauses in the new law which infringe on the rights of ordinary citizens and discriminate against many who are seeking to earn their livelihood from the selling of a legal product,” Kirton said.last_img read more

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Caribbean Airlines seeks to improve service to Guyana

first_imgNewly appointed Chief Executive officer of the regional carrier Caribbean Airlines, Garvin Madera, says the airline hoped to improve its service to Guyana.Madera, who on Wednesday met with officials of the Private Sector Commission (PSC),  and the Tourism and Hospitality Association said his company will be working to improve its service and relationship with Guyana.The CEO said the airline is looking to fill many of the gaps that remain in regional travel and is seeking to become a bigger partner for Guyana. According to Madera, the airline wants to understand the needs of the Guyana market and see how best it will be able to meet those needs.Meanwhile, PSC Chairman, Desmond Sears, said the Commission looks forward to having regular engagements with the management of Caribbean Airlines.Captain Gerry Gouveia of the National Air Transportation Association, said that despite complaints over the years, Caribbean Airlines has remained with the Guyana and continues to offer a service even when many others have pulled out of the market.Madera who was appointed CEO earlier this month,  has been offering his vision for the airline.Caribbean Airlines has been plying the Guyana market for several years.last_img read more

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Sponsors sought for the 2019 Broward & Beyond Business Conference

first_imgBROWARD COUNTY, FL – Looking for increased exposure for your business? Want to target your marketing to the business community? The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) has the perfect opportunity for you. All business owners are invited to consider sponsoring the 2019 Broward & Beyond Business Conference. Scheduled for Friday, May 3rd at the Signature Grand in Davie, Florida, the fourth annual conference is expected to draw over 650 entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals and subject matter experts across multiple industries. Sponsorships are available now, visit the online sponsorship portal to join us as a #BizBeyond2019 sponsor today.An investment in conference sponsorship will help boost brand awareness and position sponsors as leaders in our market. Various sponsorship benefits for your business may include live  acknowledgement at the conference, recognition in media promotions, e-blasts and social media posts and opportunity to introduce the keynote speaker. Budget-friendly exhibitor spaces start at $500 – availability limited to 45.  Sponsorship levels are: SignatureLuncheonBreakfast and BreakBiz BabbleTrack (Startup, Growth, International Trade, Human Services / Nonprofit, and Creative / Cultural)ExhibitorMarketing / Media / Community PartnerDoor Prize / Attendee Bag / Keynote Speaker GiftTo secure a sponsorship or get more details, contact Maribel Feliciano, OESBD Assistant Director, at 954-357-6400.For more information on the 2019 Broward & Beyond Business Conference, contact the Office of Economic and Small Business Development by phone at 954-357-6400, email at OESBDConference@broward.org, or visitBroward.org/BizBeyond. Registration for the 2019 Broward & Beyond Business Conference is free and open to the public.last_img read more

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CTO Mourns Death of Jamaican Tourism Official, Marie Walker

first_imgNEW YORK, CMC – The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is mourning the death of Jamaican-born tourism official, Marie Walker, who it said dedicated her life to the betterment of the Caribbean region.“Marie Walker was a passionate tourism regionalist who never missed an opportunity to serve on a CTO committee, most recently at the Caribbean Week debriefing meeting two weeks ago,” said Sylma Brown, director of CTO-USA, Inc.“She shared her expertise freely and supported destination colleagues without hesitation. She exuded with warmth, energy and authenticity. The Caribbean and our small community of National Tourist Offices (NTOs) and allied members in the US has lost a champion. Marie will be missed by all who knew and loved her,” Brown added.Walker worked in the Caribbean tourism industry for 40 years, most recently as the principal of Turnstyle Marketing where she worked closely with Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda and St. Lucia. She served as a director of the Anguilla Tourist Board and vice president of sales and marketing with Antigua and Barbuda.Walker began her career with the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and was instrumental in growing business for Jamaica with the award-winning One Love advertising campaign and was an early innovator by engaging Jamaicans living abroad before the Caribbean Diaspora was established as a viable market.Walker was the founder of the popular Jerk to Go restaurants in New York City and was planning the company’s expansion across the U.S.She previously sat on the board of the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (UWI) and has served on several CTO committees including the committee for the CTO’s Governments of the Caribbean State Ball.The CTO gave no details about her death, but said Walker is survived by her husband, New York Supreme Court Justice Sam Walker, her parents Sadie and Clinton Deeble, her sister Jackie Vickers and many other relatives.last_img read more

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Bermuda Batsman Deunte Darrell Banned over Reckless Behaviour

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates, CMC – Bermudian Deunte Darrell will miss Bermuda’s next ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier match against Scotland on Thursday after he was handed one suspension point for breaching Level 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct, officials announced.The 27-year-old batsman was found to have breached Article 2.21 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “conduct that brings the game into disrepute”, following his reckless behaviour during the Group A match against Namibia on Wednesday.Bermuda, yet to earn a point after four successive defeats, lost the game by six wickets.In addition to the suspension point, three demerit points have been added to Darrell’s record.The incident happened in the eighth over of Bermuda’s innings as Darrell left the field after being adjudged lbw. He threw one of his batting gloves in the direction of the opposing team, hurled his bat at the advertising board and then threw his second glove in the direction of his own team in a very aggressive and intimidating manner.Bermuda, on the verge of elimination, need to beat Scotland and leaders the Netherlands on Saturday and hope other results go their way if they are to remain in the running for one of six places for qualifiers at next year’s T20 World Cup in Australia.last_img read more

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US Open: Tomas Berdych Knocked Out By World Number 64

first_imgBerdych famously lost the 2010 Wimbledon final to Rafael Nadal following victories over Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the quarter and semi finals respectively.Related The 15th seed, Tomas Berdych has been knocked out of the 2017 US Open by World Number 64, Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov.28-year-old Dolgopolov defeated Berdych in four sets 3-6 6-1 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 to set up a third round tie against Serbia’s Victor Troicki.last_img

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Starting XI For The 2018 World Cup qualifier against Cameroon

first_imgSuper Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has named an unchanged starting XI for the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Cameroon in Yaounde.There were doubts over some of the spots in the team after Friday’s 4-0 win over the Indomitable Lions in Uyo, with Odion Ighalo being an injury doubt and questions over if Elderson Echiejile will keep his spot.But Rohr has stuck to his winning team, trusting the XI that helped Nigeria to nine points.Starting XI: Ezenwa; Abdullahi, Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Echiejile; Onazi, Mikel, Ndidi; V.Moses, Ighalo, M.Simon.The match kicks off at 6:00 pm at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo.Relatedlast_img read more

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Shock! Ghanian Player Banned for ‘Racism’ Reaction

first_imgGhanaian player Bernard Tekpetey has been surprisingly banned for his reaction to racist insults from away fans during his side’s Austrian Cup tie against third tier Union Gurten.The 20-year old Altach striker gets a two-match ban after he was sent off for his reaction to alleged racist insults during the said game.His team eventually won 4-3 after extra-time and the player was seen gesturing towards Union Gurten’s fans after netting his side’s fourth goal from a free-kick during extra time.The Austrian league while announcing the verdict said it was recognised that Tekpetey “was exposed to provocation” but found “no wrong decision by the referee”. Altach are clearly not satisfies with the verdict and have decided to appeal against the decision after “unbelievable” insults.The league’s disciplinary committee added that the second match of the ban had been suspended for six months after the amount of provocation towards Tekpetey, who is on loan from German club Schalke 04, was taken into account.In a related development, the Austrian federation (OeFB) has confirmed that it had opened its own case against third tier side Union Gurten.The federation’s general secretary Thomas Hollerer while confirming the new development said: “The OeFB strongly condemns, as a basic rule, any form of racism.”“Our organisation stands for diversity, tolerance, and integration in all areas.” he added.Austrian football third tier club Union Gurten also confirmed that the cup tie was “briefly interrupted by racist chanting from the public”, adding they condemned their behaviour and would ban offenders.RelatedBrazilian Player Get Match Ban For Reacting To Racist InsultsNovember 22, 2019In “Europe”Shakhtar’s Taison Sent Off For Reacting To Racist InsultsNovember 11, 2019In “Europe”Rio Ferdinand Wants Colin Kaepernick Style Protest in the Premier LeagueDecember 9, 2018In “England”last_img read more

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