August 2020

Florida Legislature fails to pass medical marijuana law

first_imgThe Florida legislature fails to pass law on medical marijuana Following the approval of Constitutional Amendment 2 in last November’s general election legalizing medical marijuana in Florida, the Florida Legislature was required to approve the governing legislation. However, despite  bills tabled in the Florida House and Senate the Legislature adjourned its 2017 session on May 5, without passing the legislation. As a result, It’s now left to the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) to finalize the necessary guidelines.Under the terms of the constitutional Amendment approved by 71 percent of Florida voters. the Florida legislature should have established the law on which the FDOH would write the guidelines.While the House and Senate agreed on most proposals for the required legislation, the negotiations broke down over the number of medical marijuana dispensaries operating in the state.The Senate’s proposal limited the number of dispensaries licensed growers could operate. The House’s proposal  placed no limits on the dispensaries. This would have offered a free market, competitive system which some House members believed would place better quality medical marijuana on the market.The failure of the Legislature has prompted those pushing for legalized medical marijuana to call on Governor Rick Scott to convene a special Legislative Session to pass the law.Those making the call include Orlando Attorney John Morgan who initiated the constitutional amendment, and Ben Pollara who led the campaign for the approval of the amendment.Pollara said although the FDOH has the responsibility to implement operations of medical marijuana, “the required implementation legislation is needed.”Earlier this year, the FDOH held a series of town hall meetings across Florida to get the public’s input re the required medical marijuana operational guidelines. Accordingly, the agency had prepared draft operational guidelines, awaiting the law passed by the Florida Legislature.Without the law, the onus is now on the FDOH to finalize the public policy governing marijuana growers, patients, doctors, and other related interests. However, Pollara anticipates whatever policy the FDOH prepares it will be subject to lawsuits from various sources.Pollara said “When we wrote Amendment 2, we were very aware the Legislature wouldn’t immediately live up to the access now codified in the constitution. We knew this was likely to go to court at some point.”Meanwhile, responding to the call for a special Legislative Session, a representative of the governor’s office said its “ reviewing all necessary options.”last_img read more

Whitmore looks to homegrown talent

first_imgTheodore Whitmore Jamaica’s soccer coach Theodore Whitmore will use homegrown players for aJune 13 friendly against Peru in Peru.The team is preparing for the June 22-25 Caribbean Cup in Martinique and the CONCACAF Gold Cup which takes place from July 7-26 in the United States.“For our friendly international against Peru, it is a grand chance for the local players to show what they are made of. As we prepare for the semi-finals of the Caribbean Cup and prepare for the Gold Cup, this is the last chance for the locals to execute and impress me in order to get into the squads of Caribbean Cup and the Gold Cup,” Whitmore said.Jamaica are defending champions and looking for a seventh Caribbean Cup crown. Aruba, Curacao and Martinique are the other teams playing.In two meetings, Jamaica has drawn 1-1 and lost 1-2 to Peru.Reggae Boyz pull off 1-0 victory over Honduraslast_img read more

South Florida Cricket Round-Up: Tropics United Crush Palm Beach Titans

first_imgTropics United crushed Palm Beach Titans by 82-runs last weekend at the Miramar Regional Park South in the lone South Florida Cricket Alliance (SFCA) 40-over game.After rain interrupted play in the morning session causing the overs to be reduced from 40 to 35, Palm Beach Titans won the toss and asks Tropics United to bat.Tropics rattled up 249 for 9 in their allotted 35 overs. Leading the way in scoring, Philerm Davis got a quickfire 86 from 33 balls, which contained 11 fours and two sixes. The other contributors were Bert Davis, 40; St. Christopher Brown, 25 and Marcel Graham, 19.  The pick of the bowlers for Palm Beach Titans were Tanmay Kadam 2 for 20 and Andre Fraser 2 for 40. Palm Beach Titans, needing 250 runs to win, was bowled out for 167 in 33.4 overs. Praveen Viswanathan top scored with 34, Errol Rattigan, 19 and Andre Fraser, 18 while Tanmay Kadam was not-out on 31. Bowling for Tropics, Marcel Graham bagged 3 for 11 from 6 overs; Ernie Joseph, 2 for 4 and Olive Taffe, 2 for 46.last_img read more

Antiguans urged to vote in referendum on CCJ

first_imgThe Caribbean Court of Justice Head of the National Coordinating Committee (NCC), Ambassador Clarence Henry has called on Antiguans to vote in Tuesday’s referendum to decide whether or not to replace the London based Privy Council as the island’s final court. Important national undertakingIn a statement late Saturday, Henry said the country is only hours away “from one of the most important national undertakings. “It is one that has the potential to change the way our people continue to actively engage our independence as a Nation.”He said the response to the consultative process ahead of the referendum “has proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that the people of Antigua and Barbuda are keenly interested in the path to progress we propose to carve on our own, regardless of social and political allegiances.”According to Henry, whatever the perspective brought to the table – whether in favor or not, or somewhere in the middle – the road to the referendum “has been fueled by passion, and an interest in moving the country forward.”Dispelled confusion“I particularly pay homage to the many men and women of the NCC spearheading the public education and sensitization program. We have travelled far and wide spreading information and facts, dispelled confusion and engaged all sides of the discussion. Now on the eve of the referendum, having reviewed the recent poll, the evidence is that outright opposition to accession to the CCJ remains a minority position and that those who stand in the middle, and those who outright support the move, comprise a significant majority.”Polls lean to YES voteHenry made reference to the recently published poll conducted by the Barbados based Caribbean Development Research Services Inc (CADRES), which stated that 62 per cent of 800 people polled support a move to the CCJ.“These findings are reflective of much of the feedback we received during the consultative process. Individuals, villages, communities, faith-based institutions, civil society organizations, private and public sector institutions clearly brought flesh, blood and heart to the issues raised by the multiplicity of awareness-building materials produced by the NCC.”Henry noted that although the CCJ is just 13 years old, it has “an immaculate track record of judgments in all spheres of responsibility – in its Original Jurisdiction and in its Appellate Jurisdiction on civil and criminal matters. It is a modern court employing the latest technologies and staffed by regional professionals of the highest caliber.”“It currently serves as a court of Original Jurisdiction for all CARICOM States, including Antigua and Barbuda, on matters related to obligations under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas.  In this sense, our country already has the CCJ. The Court is in fact a part of our judicial system and has been since day one, 13 years ago.”The right to determine national destiny He added that the decision comes at a time when Antiguans assert the right to determine their own destiny.“We have chosen our governments through democratic means, and preserved the integrity of the executive, legislative and judicial arms of the state. We have grown up. The question of November 6 is therefore not one that fundamentally challenges the systems in place to assure our continued independence, but one that places in context our development and provides us with an opportunity to continue growing as a Nation.”last_img read more

CNW90 April 8, 2020

first_imgWith a look at some of the top stories making the news today, April 8 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.Todays newscast is brought to you by the Florida Department of Health;To help stop the spread of COVID-19, The Florida Department of Health in Broward County reminds everyone to practice social distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.Coming up in the newscast, Miami-Dade county prints thousands of unemployment applications, a second COVID-19 test site opens in Palm Beach County and Miami’s Best of the Best concert cancelled.Now for the news in the detailWhile Florida’s unemployment website and call center continue to struggle due to the overwhelming number of applicants, Miami-Dade has begun printing thousands of physical applications and using about half of the county’s libraries as distribution and delivery centers. Starting Wednesday, people who don’t have access to computers can go to one of 26 libraries in the county to fill out their unemployment claim and return it to that same location. For the complete list of libraries, visit Caribbeannationalweekly.comIn the meantime, a second COVID-19 drive-thru test site has been opened in Palm Beach County. The site, located at the South County Civic Center in Delray Beach, was open on April 6. The site will not accept any random residents, and thus all persons are required to schedule an appointment before showing up. Appointments can be made by calling 561-804-0250. The first testing site, located at the FITTEAM Ballpark is still accepting appointments for testing.In Caribbean News, a team of engineers and doctors have begun making face shields and a ventilator to assist the local health ministry in their shortage of medical equipment. Since beginning two weeks ago, over 5000 face shields have been made. The ventilator, which was made with wood and old ventilator parts is up-and-running and in the process of being approved by the ministry of health. The local innovators have been lauded by Prime Minister Andrew Holness for their effort to assist healthcare professionals in the fight against COVID-19.In the meantime, Organizers of Miami’s annual ‘Best of the Best’ concert say that the all-female lineup that was planned for this year’s event will be maintained for the 2021 edition. The concert was set for May 24 but was cancelled as COVID-19 spreads across Miami and the wider South Florida region. Leading the lineup for next year’s event is Grammy-award winning reggae artist Koffee, dancehall sensation Spice, Soca queen Allison Hinds, and many others.For more information on these and other stories, visit Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet.Todays newscast was brought to you by the Florida Department of Health in Broward County, who would like to remind you to help stop the spread of COVID-19; practice social distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.You’ve been watching CNW90.last_img read more

Serena Williams And Fiancee Welcomes Baby Girl

first_imgRelated Former world number one, Serena Williams and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian has welcomed their first child, a baby girl.35-year-old Serena gave birth to a baby girl weighing 6 pounds, 13 ounces, according to her hospital sources.last_img

Operators required to give easy access to playing history

first_img Betway to pay record £11.6m after Gambling Commission finds VIP customer failings March 12, 2020 Operators will have to provide players with greater information about their own playing habits after the Gambling Commission tightened up its remote gambling and technical standards.The new requirements mean remote operators must:ensure consumers are able to directly access 3 months’ worth of account and gambling information, with a minimum period of 12 months available on requestensure account and gambling history provides easy to understand totals for a defined period (for example, the ability to be able to view transaction history for the previous two months)give consumers access to information about their net deposits (ie the running total of all deposits minus the sum of all withdrawals)allow consumers to set financial limits across their entire gambling account as well as individual games.Sharon McNair, programme director at the Gambling Commission said: “Consumers must be able to make informed decisions about their online gambling activity.“The findings of our recent consultation indicate that there are differences in approach amongst licensees in relation to the level of information available to their consumers and the ease by which that information is accessible. The new requirements seek to address this and ensure greater consistency in the information available to consumers regardless of who they choose to gamble with.“Gambling operators must see beyond the bottom line, and ensure both new and existing gambling products are effectively managing the risks to the licensing objectives, keeping gambling safe and fair for all.”Operators have until 1 April 2018 to ensure these requirements have been implemented, although there are a number of additional requirements concerning information displayed to players that will come into effect 1 October 2017.McNair added: “Innovation and technological advancement continues to drive growth in the £4.5billion a year online gambling market. We are seeing operators developing new gambling products and technologies every day –that it is vital to the further advancement of the sector.“But as the industry transforms, operators are reminded that we too will continue to adapt our regulation to raise standards across all gambling sectors and enhance the protections available for consumers.”September’s Betting on Sports will be covering social responsibility with a panel of its own featuring Marc Etches, CEO of GambleAware, Graham Weir, Director of Player Protection at Ladbrokes Coral and Fiona Palmer, Director of Social Responsibility at Remote Gambling Association. Find out more here. Mr Green to pay £3m for failures in gambling harm and money laundering prevention February 27, 2020 UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Related Articles Share Share StumbleUpon Submitlast_img read more

Gold Standard… Minute Media closes $17 million funding round

first_img Submit Asaf Peled – Minute MediaDigital sports publisher Minute Media has successfully closed a $17 million (€13.5 million) funding round, as the company seeks to expand its platform, technologies and media assets.The enterprise’s latest financing round was supported by Goldman Sachs and European venture capital firms’ La Maison Luxembourg and Vintage Partners.Minute Media digital properties include popular football community 90Mins, US sports portal 12up and pro esports domain DBLTAP.Founded in 2011 by the enterprise team of Asaf Peled (CEO), Gilad Beiman and Yuval Larom, Minute Media is has become a pioneer in developing ‘fan-first’ user-generated sports portals.At present, Minute Media’s digital properties attract circa 80 million unique users each month, whilst offering sports content in twelve different languages.Reporting continued growth since its inception, Minute Media operates offices in London, Tel Aviv, New York and Los Angeles.Commenting on the successful funding round, Asaf Peled, Founder and CEO, Minute Media stated:“Unlike traditional players in our industry, our tech-driven approach to publishing has been key to our growth during such challenging times in digital media. We are clearly cemented at the intersection of platforms, publishers and communities. The new funding enables us to leverage this differentiated approach to efficiently scale into new markets and content verticals”. BOFCON 2016 – Read all about it: Content Marketing April 21, 2016 Share Share Minute Media secures $40m venture backing to accelerate global appeal March 2, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Play in the Official SBC Foosball Championship at #BOFCON April 11, 2016last_img read more

RGSB – Tough actions & cooperation will drastically reduce UK children gambling

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Gambling harm research and education body The Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) has published its UKGC commissioned study – ‘Gambling, children and young people: A case for action’.The study seeks to inform the UKGC and further government stakeholders on the UK’s ‘young persons’ (under the age 18) gambling trends, exposure and personal safety.Furthermore, the RGSB recommends its appropriate actions to limit underage people gambling and to decrease the exposure of gambling/betting content on younger audiences.The study has been developed with the ‘overarching principles’ that children have a right to be safe and that commercial gambling should be ‘regarded primarily as an activity for adults’.For industry stakeholders, RGSB outlines that comprehensive ID verifications’ have to be at the forefront of betting’s day-to-day operations for all verticals. With the body further recommending actions on advertising/marketing of services and creating content which could appeal to younger audiences.Within the UK commercial gambling is legal for those aged 18 and over. However, the two exceptions are:• National Lottery Products – draw tickets, scratch cards and instant online wins.• Category D gaming machines –fruit machines with small limited jackpots, arcade cranes or bingo machines.• Private gambling amongst friends and family has no restrictions at any age.Updating stakeholders on ‘UK participation’, for 2017, the RGSB details that ‘12 % of 11 to 15 year-olds had gambled in the last week, a decline from 23 % recorded in 2011.’For the RGSB the decrease is consistent with young people’s consumption of other vice products such as alcohol and tobacco which have declined during the period.However, on tackling problem gambling amongst UK youngsters, the RGSB details ‘that around 0.9 per cent of children aged 11 to 15 are problem gamblers’, equating to around 31,000 UK children.The study details that the figure has remained constant, but that the government must implement further restrictions as the RGSB believes that at present a further 45,000 children (11-15) are ‘at-risk’ of falling into problem gambling.To progress with combatting underage gambling and enhance risk preventions, the RGSB’s study has put forward 30 recommendations for the UKGC, government and industry stakeholders. The recommendations include:• A comprehensive review of allowing UK 16-year olds to purchase National Lottery products• Review of play and access to UK Category D gaming machines• Better collection of player data gathered on Under 18 gambling products/services• Industry games developers to apply ‘age-test rates’ in products and services• Enhancing operators’ ID verification capabilities and request procedures• Creating a wider pool of guardians on ‘underage problem gambling’ – app stores, search engines, schools. etc..• UKGC & ASA should jointly review the impact of ‘high visibility ’betting sports sponsorship on UK youngsters.• In-app gambling messages should be pushed to players that have passed comprehensive ID verification.Tim Miller – UKGCIssuing an industry update backing the RGSB’s study – Tim Miller, an Executive Director at the Gambling Commission, said:“We have a strong commitment to protecting children and young people from the harm gambling can pose – it’s at the heart of how we regulate. We asked our expert advisers, the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board to consider this critical theme. The advice helps us to refocus and reinforce what we are doing already, and what we need to do next. For example, this year we will be carrying out targeted compliance and enforcement activity to identify and tackle any weaknesses in the age verification processes.“Safeguarding children in a digital age is complex, and what both RGSB and our research has highlighted is that it takes a multi-faceted approach by us, government, educators, gambling firms and parents. It will take firm ongoing commitments from the Commission as gambling regulator, but also from all of those with a part to play.”In its conclusion the RGSB states that as a body tackling gambling-related harm, it would like to hear feedback on its study, finding and recommendations from all related UK gambling stakeholders. Share Share Submit UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020last_img read more

Nektan appoints ‘growth expert’ Lucy Buckley as new CEO

first_img Related Articles Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Share Lucy Buckley – NektanLondon AIM-listed platform and games content provider Nektan Plc has today confirmed that the pending appointment of Lucy Buckley as new Chief Executive Officer. Updating investors, Nektan governance confirms its new executive leader who is expected to join the company and its board on 3 December 2018.A seasoned leadership executive in marketing, growth strategies and corporate development, Buckley joins Nektan from industry virtual games and systems supplier Inspired Gaming Group, where she most recently held the position Vice President of Interactive.Buckley commented on joining Nektan: “I’m excited to be joining Nektan at this pivotal point in the Company’s growth. Nektan’s player-focused technology and services have been proven in the European casino market, and the Company is making significant headway into new B2B revenue streams and additional markets. I look forward to working with the team to accelerate the next phase of growth, making Nektan a global leader in online and mobile gaming innovation.”Having completed a successful 2017/18 operating period, Nektan governance has stated that it is actively seeking US investment opportunities, to accelerate its presence in the much-changed US gambling market.The upcoming appointment of Buckley will see Gary Shaw finish his tenure as Interim CEO of Nektan Plc, returning to his former governance position as a corporate executive director.Gary Shaw – NektanGary Shaw, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Nektan, said: “We are delighted that Lucy is joining Nektan when we are seeing considerable growth in the business.  Lucy’s extensive international gaming experience is an excellent fit for the role of Nektan’s CEO.“Lucy will help to build on our most recent successes, as we continue to win new contracts and deliver additional revenue streams.  I will remain very much involved in the business both as a shareholder and as an Executive Director. We very much look forward to welcoming Lucy to Nektan at this exciting time for the business.” Nektan ceases trading on London AIM May 18, 2020 XLMedia completes takeover of July 17, 2020 Submit StumbleUponlast_img read more