CDB projects 1.7 percent growth for Caribbean this year

first_imgThe Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is projecting that the Region will experience economic growth of approximately 1.7 percent in 2017.Director of Economics at CDB, Dr. Justin Ram, is warning that this will not be enough to stimulate employment, particularly among youth, and reduce high regional debt levels. He points to the need for a long-term action plan that will allow the Region to participate in global supply chains, and drive sustainable economic growth.In a presentation at the Bank’s Annual News Conference, Dr. Ram urged regional policymakers to create an environment which increases productivity and enhances competitiveness, including a more welcoming doing-business environment, access to financing for MSMEs and labour market reforms.Director of Economics at CDB, Dr. Justin Ram,“In this endeavor, it would be necessary to reform governance structures and institutions to support the new paradigm. Governments would have to be willing to stabilize their economies through fiscal and debt consolidation, implement structural reforms that enhance growth and develop strong, targeted social development programs,” he said.Dr. Ram notes that fiscal reforms are necessary if the Region is to break the cycle of high debt and low growth. These must include proper institutions and frameworks to manage and mitigate debt.“Given the vulnerabilities to natural disasters and how this has contributed to debt accumulation, it is important for countries to use revenue windfalls to set up contingency funds or sovereign wealth funds, so as to reduce the debt burden and ensure greater economic and social resilience,” he added.With respect to specific policy actions, Dr. Ram says that some reforms can be implemented immediately, and will have an impact on inclusive growth. These include the reduction of trade barriers, the use of public-private partnerships to close infrastructure and service gaps, the promotion of green energy production, the divestment of state owned assets to enhance value and efficiency and strengthening of the banking sector. Dr. Ram also recommended that governments make efforts to engage the Caribbean’s vast regional diaspora.He noted that underpinning such reforms is the need for a good governance agenda. He pointed out that governments must strive for accountability, and fiscal discipline, with a focus on ensuring value for money.“Systems of government should be transparent, foster inclusion, security and growth. Moreover, government operations and resources should be managed in such a way to ensure good value for money,” said Dr. Ram.last_img read more

Lauderhill Breast Cancer Awareness

first_imgCommissioner M. Margaret Bates has been the champion of the Lauderhill Breast Cancer efforts for many years now. This year she is taking it up a notch.Starting October 1st and for the entire month of October, residents in Lauderhill can expect to see City Hall lit up in the color of HOT PINK! With that is a giant PINK RIBBON hanging from the 4th floor to the 3rd floor, to remind us all to get tested for breast cancer.  The sight is really spectacular!Commissioner Bates has also initiated the sale of the City of Lauderhill Breast Cancer Awareness Shirts. The light-weight beautiful polos are adorned with the City’s logo wrapped up in a Bright Pink Breast Cancer Ribbon. The Polos are available in 4 colors and are available on our City website for purchase.  A portion of the proceeds will go to the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation.  Log on to to see more information on the shirts and make your purchase.  A link is also provided from the front page of the City’s webpage.An Official City Proclamation will be given to the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation in the month of October, and donation buckets are located at City Hall for those who would like to leave a donation.“Early detection, education, and research are all important elements to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  I felt the City Staff had always supported my efforts to raise awareness about this cause. This year I wanted to go City-wide with my efforts for Breast Cancer Awareness. Would you please help us in the good fight and help us knock out Breast Cancer for good?  Please consider donating at City Hall or purchasing one of our beautiful City of Lauderhill Cancer Awareness Shirts,” explains Commissioner Margaret Bates.If you have any questions about the Lauderhill Breast Cancer Awareness efforts, please contact the City at 954-730-3000.*October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.Facts About Breast Cancer In The United StatesOne in eight women in the United States will be diagnosedwith breast cancer in her lifetime.Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.Each year it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,500 will die.Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,470 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 460 will die each year.On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.Over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today.last_img read more

FMC / Lauderdale Lakes Mayor’s Health Challenge

first_imgFlorida Medical Center joins the City of Lauderdale Lakes for the Mayor’s Health Challenge. This 6-month long weight-loss challenge is free and is open to all residents of Lauderdale Lakes and Florida Medical Center employees.“I am looking forward to the City of Lauderdale Lakes becoming a healthier community. And it is with great pleasure that we partner with Florida Medical Center to pursue this healthy challenge.” said Mayor Hazelle Rogers, City of Lauderdale Lakes.Monthly weigh inDuring the course of the 6-month health challenge, Florida Medical Center will offer a monthly weigh-in to enable participants on track their progress. There will also be free screenings and consultations with one of the hospital staff members on exercise, nutrition, blood pressure, cholesterol checks and weight loss surgery for those who meet the requirements.“Florida Medical Center is honored to partner with the City of Lauderdale Lakes on this healthy lifestyle initiative,” said Trey Abshier, Chief Executive Officer of Florida Medical Center. “My hope is that in 6 months, our community will be healthier, and our city will be 1,000 pounds lighter!”The Mayor’s Health Challenge began on October 24th. Each month, participants will be asked to check-in at Florida Medical Center and their weight loss progress will be monitored and tracked.Below are the dates for the check-in events:Tuesday, November 21st, 8:30am – 9:30amTuesday, December 19th, 8:30am – 9:30amTuesday, January 23rd, 8:30am – 9:30amTuesday, February 20th, 8:30am – 9:30amTuesday, March 20th, 8:30am – 9:30amTo register or for more information call 1-954-535-2785.About Florida Medical Center, a campus of North Shore Florida Medical Center, a campus of North Shore is a 459-bed acute care hospital founded in 1973. Located at 5000 West Oakland Park Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Florida Medical Center is the home of The Heart Institute of Florida, the hospital’s center for cardiac services which offers a Hybrid Operating Suite, Heart Valve Clinic, Chest Pain Center and the Aortic Disease Institute of Florida.The hospital is one of the only Comprehensive Stroke Centers in Western Broward County as designated by the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration, allowing physicians and staff to offer a higher level of stroke care to its patients. Florida Medical Center’s Surgical Weight Loss Center is also a designated Bariatric Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.Florida Medical Center offers a broad range of medical and surgical services including: neurology and neurosurgery, a comprehensive orthopedics program, urology, psychiatry, gynecology, diagnostic imaging, pain center, wound care, diabetes education and 24-hour emergency services. Florida Medical Center has also recently opened a dedicated Senior Care Unit and Senior ER to accommodate the needs of the aging community.  Florida Medical Center is the first hospital in Florida to achieve full Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Resuscitation Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.Florida Medical Center received the following awards from Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals: ranked among the top 10% in the nation for cardiology services and coronary interventional procedures in 2014, five-star recipient for Coronary Intervention Procedures for 3 years in a row (2013-2015), five-star recipient for coronary interventional procedures for three years in a row (2013-2015), and five-star recipient for the treatment of heart failure (2014-2015 and 2017).Florida Medical Center has also received recognition from the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award in stroke care and the target stroke honor roll, the highest distinction awarded for stroke care. Florida Medical Center is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.For more news on initiatives by Lauderdale Lakes Mayor Hazelle Rogers, visit the link: Lauderdale Lakes Pass Resolution to Combat Hatelast_img read more

Jamaica signs MOU with US to combat child trafficking

first_imgThe United States is providing US$4.5 million in funding to Jamaica for projects and other activities over the next four years. The funding falls under an agreement with Jamaica for a Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership aimed at combating the trafficking of children in Jamaica.Permanent Secretary, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Marcia Gilbert-Roberts, who signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Chargé d’Affaires at the United States Embassy in Jamaica, Eric Khant, said the objective of the partnership is to save Jamaican children and at-risk youth from being trafficked.“One of the most valuable assets for the future of any country is its young people – our children. We are pleased, therefore, that Jamaica was invited by the Government of the United States to participate in this project,” she told the signing ceremony on Thursday.Another milestone in Jamaica-US relations She said that the MoU signing represents another milestone in the relationship between the two countries, noting that ‘without partnerships of this kind, our journey towards achieving our targets under the sustainable development goals and Vision 2030 would certainly be more extensive and arduous.”Khant said Washington is pleased to be partnering with Jamaica on this initiative and stressed human trafficking is a very serious offence which must be eliminated.Modern-day slavery“Approximately 2.5 million people are victims of human trafficking every year and many of those victims are children. This type of modern-day slavery should not exist in our society…because of that, we work closely with our international partners to fight this heinous crime, and we’re delighted that we can now partner with Jamaica under this Child Protection Compact Partnership.”He said the four-year agreement will help to strengthen Jamaica’s ability to prosecute and punish traffickers, identify and provide comprehensive services to victims and prevent these crimes from happening.Jamaica is the fourth country to have been selected for a CPC Partnership and the first country from the Caribbean region. The others are Ghana, Peru and the Philippines.last_img read more

South Florida Six Make Strong Bid for Reggae Girlz World Cup…

first_imgAshleigh ShimRounding out the midfield South Florida reps are the Jacksonville raised Ashleigh Shim, 25, a graduate of Florida International University who has played pro soccer for VfL Sindelfingen in Germany and FC Djursholm in Sweden. Marlo SweatmanThere is also the Virginia transplant Marlo Sweatman, 24, who attended Florida State University & University of Oregon. Sweatman currently plays professionally in Hungary for the top flight St. Mihaly FC. Shim is the current owner of Trained to Go Soccer Academy, which provides personal soccer training for players at all levels. When the Reggae Girlz’ next training camp gets underway on February 25th in Jamaica, ahead of their two-match friendly series against Chile on February 28 and March 3, South Florida will be strongly represented.Six players from the South Florida area will be among the women competing for a spot in the 35-player provisional squad to be selected in April for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, this summer.Nicole McClureGoalkeeper Nicole McClure, who saved the two penalty kicks from Panama’s Lineth Cedeno and Kenia Rangel to ensure Jamaica’s qualification for the Women’s World Cup, leads the South Florida six comprising of midfielders Christina Chang, Jadyn Matthews, Lauren Silver, Ashleigh Shim and Marlo Sweatman.The 29-year-old McClure who hails from Jamaica, Queens now calls Florida home after completing her undergraduate studies at the University of South Florida in 2011. Nicole began her professional career the following year in Iceland signing with UMF Selfoss and then HK-Vikingur in 2013.  She continued her pro soccer career making stops in Switzerland (FC Neunkirch in 2013), Sweden (Ostersunds DFF in 2014), Norway (Klepp Elite in 2015), Israel (Ramat Hasharon in 2015-16), France (ETG Ambilly in 2016-17), Croatia (Split in 2017) and most recently, Sweden (Sundsvall DFF in 2018).McClure, who is set to compete in the top flight of the Northern Ireland Football League (NIFL) when she joins Sion Swifts FC in April, leads the South Florida contingent competing for a place in the final squad of 23 for the World Cup. She is elated to be given an opportunity to represent her country. ”I am honored and humbled to have this opportunity. It’s a dream come true and a great feeling to have the chance to represent my country on soccer’s biggest stage. I am overjoyed that I was able to play a role in helping Jamaica achieve this historic feat.” McClure began her early years playing in the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) for the Auburndale Strikers from 1998 to 2003 and the East Meadow Shooting Stars from 2003 to 2007. With the Shooting Stars, she won the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) Girls-Under-15 State Open Cup final in 2005, before receiving an invitation to play for Eastern New York’s Olympic Development Program (ODP).Christina ChangVeteran midfielder Christina Chang, 33, an Air Traffic Controller at the busy Miami International Airport and Florida Atlantic University graduate who recently tied the knot with her husband Iko, is looking to lend her experience to the squad. Jadyn Matthews The squad is expected to be bolstered by Jadyn Matthews, 19, member of the Wellington Soccer Club and a freshman at Cornell University.Lauren SilverMidfielder Lauren Silver, 26, who honed her skills while a member of the Sunrise Soccer Club, currently plays professionally for SK Tronheims in Norway She has 18 caps and played college football for the Florida Gators from 2011-2014. last_img read more

Caribbean Immigrants In The US Can Now Self-Identify On Census Forms

first_imgNEW YORK, NEWS AMERICAS – For the first time in the history of the U.S. Census, Caribbean immigrants will now be able to specify their nationality and Caribbean ancestry on the 2020 Census forms.The option comes 12 years after Carib ID, the group founded by Caribbean immigrant entrepreneur and advocate Felicia J. Persaud, begun lobbying for better self-identification on US Census forms for people from the region and those with roots there. A congressional bill, a US Senate bill and over a decade of advocacy, the choice is here.This means that persons from the Caribbean region will now be able to write in their nationality or ancestry while also choosing the race group they identify with.For example, under the category “Black or African American” on Census forms, black Caribbean nationals will now be able to choose the race group while writing in, for example, Guyanese, Jamaican, Haitian etc..Persaud called the move a “progressive” resolution to the problem of lack of self-identification for Caribbean immigrants on past forms and now hopes that those from the region who live in the US and those with Caribbean roots will take full advantage of counting themselves present in this Census.“Data on Caribbean nationals in the US is currently sparse based largely on the fact that this bloc has had no previous opportunity to self-identify in the past but have been lumped in with the African American, Asian American or Other communities,” said Persaud. “Hopefully this goes a long way in making sure we count in 2020 so we can receive the respect we deserve as a huge economic and political bloc in this country and our communities and businesses that have been dismissed because of a lack of economic data, can begin to thrive. Let’s stand up and be counted.”The forms redesign was based on a 2015 NCT research on race/ethnicity aimed at improving the question design and data quality for race/ethnicity, while addressing community concerns over the past several years, including the call for more detailed, disaggregated data for the diverse American experiences, Census officials have said.ABOUT CENSUS 2020The US Census kicked off its 2020 national promotional campaign this week ahead of Census Day, April 1, 2020. The 2020 Census counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories – Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire – online, by phone, or by mail by mid-March.ANONYMITYWhen you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are used only to produce statistics. By law, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business, even to law enforcement agencies so your immigration status is fully protected under Title 13 of the U.S. Code.WHY COUNTThe Census is conducted every 10 years and is required by the U.S. Constitution. The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.The results, collected once a decade, help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.During the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask you for: your Social Security number, money or donations, anything on behalf of a political party or your bank or credit card account numbers.last_img read more

Video – Watch Morata Bid Farewell To Real Madrid Players And Coaching Staff

first_imgMETROGRAB: Morata’s touching send-offMust link: bound Alvaro Morata has said his farewell to Real Madrid team mates and coaching staff.The 24-year-old strike landed in London today for his medicals ahead of his £60m to Stamford Bridge. Morata, who featured predominantly from the bench for Real Madrid last season, scored 20 goals for the Los Blancos en route winning the La Liga and the Champions League titles.Source: Chelsea Completes Morata SigningJuly 21, 2017In “England”Alvaro Morata Completes Move to Atletico MadridJanuary 21, 2019In “Europe””I Want To Make An Explosion” At Chelsea – MorataAugust 20, 2017In “England”last_img read more

Betfair – UKIP backed for victory in ‘Labour Heartland’ of Stoke

first_img David Clifton: Licensing Expert – The future is within the industry’s power! December 12, 2019 Share Submit Gambling Act to face scrutiny regardless of election outcome November 25, 2019 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Smarkets tips Keir Starmer as new Labour leader January 8, 2020 UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has been backed to ‘around even money’ on the Betfair Exchange to win the Stoke Central by-election, doubling UKIP’s parliamentary representation to 2 MPs.Updating its ‘Stoke By-Election’ market, Betfair politics informed that UKIP had traded as low as 1.98 in a constituency renowned as ‘Labour Heartland’.The by-election, which was called after incumbent Labour MP Tristram Hunt resigned to become head of the V&A Museum in London, is scheduled to take place on 23 February. This week the Labour Party announced its shortlist of four candidates that will compete against Nuttall for the Stoke Central seat.Confident of his upcoming victory, Nuttall told UK news sources that a Stoke by-election win would represent a further blow to Labour’s relationship with working class Britain.At present, the Betfair Exchange still has the Labour Party holding its seat at 1.9. Nevertheless, polls commissioned this week by ‘Labour Leave’ have Nuttall and UKIP winning the constituency by 10 points. As a constituency,  Stoke Central voted 70% in favour of leaving the European Union in the June 2016 referendum.Labour leadership will push for a Stoke fightback once the party confirms its constituency candidate. However, several UK political commentators have pointed that the loss of Stoke to UKIP would represent ‘Jeremy Corbyn’s Waterloo’ as Labour Party leader.last_img read more

Biggest ever Betting on Sports gets 96.7% seal of approval

first_img Related Articles Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 Share Submit SBC Events has expressed its delight at the feedback from Betting on Sports, after 96.7% of visitors to the conference said they would recommend it to a colleague.A post event survey, sent to the 1,300 registered #boscon2017 delegates, also found that 94% rated the networking opportunities at the event as ‘Very Good’ or ‘Excellent’. This included praise for the quintet of top-class capital city venues, from the Hilton Olympia Hotel to Olympia Conference Centre, Altitude 360, Skyloft and Under the Bridge.Feedback is already being used to improve future conferences, starting with next year’s Betting on Football (20-23 March), which will feature an even higher quantity of relevant delegates and decision makers from across the sports betting sector.This was cited as one of the key aspects of the event’s success, along with the quality of the conference agenda. Sky Bet CEO Richard Flint and Pinnacle CEO Paris Smith were highlighted as two of the favourite speakers, while Pinnacle’s Trading Director Marco Blume was praised for strong showings in three of the eight main conference tracks.Speaking on the first day of the event, Flint said: “I’ve heard about the conference growth over the last few years and I wanted to be here. I’ve already had a lot of great conversations; I bumped into 30 people I knew just on the way over here, so it’s been fun so far.”Smith added: “Normally, there’s so much noise within the conferences, with so many things that are unrelated. To have every stand and every person that’s here being very focused saves a lot of time – I find that to be very efficient. It’s turning out to be great.”One of the three sessions Blume appeared in, ‘Data, data, data – The issues we face with betting on esports‘, was frequently mentioned as one of the conference highlights, alongside ‘US – Opening the sports betting landscape’, an excellent assessment of New Jersey’s challenge against PASPA and the potential implications for the industry.SBC CEO & Founder Rasmus Sojmark concluded: “We are delighted with the feedback from Betting on Sports, particularly given that 40% of the survey respondents had never attended one of our events before. It was extremely rewarding for us to learn that the operators, suppliers, affiliates, sports clubs and wider industry stakeholders in attendance had embraced the conference as a platform of opportunity. Share ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

Betsoft partners with Betflag as Italian expansion continues

first_img Share StumbleUpon Soft2Bet: Why diversification of white label products is essential in complex times May 28, 2020 iGaming supplier, Betsoft Gaming has announced that it will continue its expansion into the Italian market, signing a partnership with Italian operator BetFlag.BetFlag will be taking on Betsoft’s varied collection of AAMS-approved Slots3™ games, including popular hits GIOVANNI’S GEMS and FIRE & STEEL. The Italian company will also be offering Betsoft’s AAMS-approved ToGo™ titles to feed the growing mobile sector of the industry.Miguel Micallef, Account Manager at Betsoft Gaming commented: “BetFlag have significant reach throughout the Italian market, they provide a full-service iGaming experience to their players that will be further enhanced with the addition of our AAMS-certified suite. Known for their strong commitment to customer service at every level of their operation, BetFlag is an ideal partner for us and we are confident in the future success of this deal.”Domenico Galizia, CEO of BetFlag added: “We are extremely happy to be adding Betsoft’s amazing games to our current offering, it is rare to find such a high level of quality spread over so many different titles. We know that our players will be pleased to have such an incredible iGaming experience when they visit our site.“Betsoft is continuously adding to their list of AAMS-approved games. Because of that, we are very excited to see what is in store for the coming year.”Betsoft already has a strong presence in Italy, as it also recently partnered with Italian operator Sisal to supply its Slots3 range of games to the country, as the first company to operate as a licensee of the Italian Government, Sisal took on the range of slots that had been approved by regulator AAMS. Further emphasising the strength of Betsoft’s portfolio, it also recently signed a a partnership deal with Eurobet. Delasport elevates online casino offering with Betsoft deal June 3, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share AgiproNews Italian View – Retail lockdown sees betting face months of trauma March 17, 2020last_img read more