Jamaica moving quickly on medical cannabis industry

first_imgJamaica’s Agriculture and Commerce, Minister Audley Shaw, says he is moving to ensure Jamaica is not left behind in the growing global medical cannabis industry.Jamaica must move quicklyShaw, in a recent address at an Agricultural Technology Symposium noted that while Jamaica has only decriminalized the use of up to two ounces of marijuana and issued a few licenses for production and processing, the product is now legal in Canada.  Also, 31 states in the United States have been producing and using it for medicinal and recreational purposes.He said the country needs to move quickly to take advantage of opportunities in the growing of cannabis and the manufacture of related products.Time is not on Jamaica’s side He provided information that he is working with the Ministry of Health and the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) “to move faster and more aggressively to get up to the level of world competition. Time is not on our side.” Shaw told participants at the symposium which included farmers, that agriculture is a key sector in enabling Jamaica to achieve sustained, high levels of economic growth. He noted that the sector’s contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) has improved, moving from 6.6 per cent in 2015 to 7.3 per cent in 2017. Shaw said that focus is being placed on research and development in order to transform the industry.last_img read more

The Afro Carib Festival Comes to the Miramar Amphitheater

first_imgMIRAMAR, Florida – The City of Miramar’s Vice Mayor Alexandra P. Davis will host the Afro Carib Festival at the Miramar Amphitheater located at 16801 Miramar Parkway on Saturday, February 29th from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. This signature event is part of a month-long celebration of Black History Month.Vice Mayor Alexandra P. Davis stated, “We are so excited to be hosting the first Afro Carib Festival right here in Miramar. February is Black History Month and it also happens to be Reggae Month. We have put together an artist lineup that is exceptional. We are fusing the different genres of music from the African Diaspora and we hope Miramar residents and visitors from all over can come out to enjoy great music at a gorgeous venue.”Headliners at the Afro Carib Festival include reggae sensation, Capleton, Afro-Beats artist Stonebwoy from Ghana and Amara La Negra. They will be joined by Julien Believe and Jay Shep from the Bahamas, gospel-reggae singer, Soné and the Gutta Twins from Jamaica. Miramar’s own Tone C will also be performing. The event will be hosted by Yvette Marshall and Lance-O of Kulcha Shok Muzik with DJ Mikey Mike.The festivities will also include food trucks offering multicultural cuisine, local vendors and much more. Event sponsors include Aetna, Workspace Property Trust, WZOP/WZPP Radio and CES Consultants.The Afro Carib Festival is free to the public with a $10 parking fee benefiting United Way’s Hurricane Dorian Fund & Food for the Poor. Free event tickets are available at Afrocaribfest.eventbrite.com.last_img read more

NWPL: Five-Star Wins Grace Final Day As Delta, Nasarawa Complete Line-Up

first_imgAfter about five months of intense action that produced diverse outcomes ranging from expected to shocking, the regular season of the Nigeria Women Premier League has come to an end with the final matchday attracting even more attention.The line-up for the season-ending Super Four is now complete while relegation places have also been confirmed as newcomers make a quick return to the lower division.In Group A, the top two teams (Bayelsa Queens and Rivers Angels) had already been decided before the final matchday even as the basement team (Heartland Queens) seemed doomed already, so there was not so much to fight for on Wednesday – save for pride, maybe.However, Ibom Angels did not spare Bayelsa Queens in Uyo as they beat the group leaders 2-0 at the Itam Sports Complex. Midfielder Unyime Johnson got the opening goal in the 24th minute off an Emem Essien assist before Charity Reuben stabbed in her ninth goal of the season ten minutes from time to further cement her place as the highest goal scorer.Abia Angels played out a goalless draw with Sunshine Queens at home in Umuahia to finish the season second to bottom.Meanwhile, FC Robo Queens were on rampage against Heartland Queens, dishing out five unreplied goals. Captain of the side Rasheedat Ajibade – who had emerged champion of a freestyle contest days earlier – showed no mercy as she unleashed a hat-trick in the 7th, 17th and 35th minutes. Monday Gift completed the rout with her brace in the 30th and 80th minutes.Moving to Group B, Delta Queens’ second stanza blitz continued as they thrashed Osun Babes 5-1 in Kwale. It is disturbing that the Omoluabi Queens capitulated in such a humiliating manner knowing that they still had a shot at a Super Four place. But while things fell apart for them, Delta Queens – by virtue of goals difference – rose to the top of the table.The away side started with Anjor Mary putting them ahead but Ijeoma Obi restored parity soon after. Delta Queens got their remaining goals through Rosemary Okezie, who scored twice, Maryann Ezenagu, then an own goal from Rejoice Ikoyo.Nasarawa Amazons who were group leaders for most times in the season will now have to manage second place. A brilliant header from Adejoke Ejalonibu was enough for them to see off Adamawa Queens who also looked poised to pounce on either of the top two positions on final day.Confluence Queens had no hope of progressing but Abibat Agbaji and substitute Lola Phillips still gave them a 2-0 victory over Pelican Stars at home.While Edo Queens – in the presence of Edo State’s Deputy Governor, RT Hon. Phillip Shaibu – enjoyed a 2-0 victory over already-relegated Sa’adatu Amazons at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium. The second half goals were from Regina Out and Vivian Uwandi.Attention now switches to the Super Four which would produce the winner of the 2016/2017 Nigeria Women Premier League season. It has been severally reported that it will take place in Lagos. However, a date is still to be decided.NWPL Matchday 14 ResultsGroup AIbom Angels 2-0 Bayelsa QueensAbia Angels 0-0 Sunshine QueensFC Robo Queens 5-0 Heartland QueensGroup BNasarawa Amazons 1-0 Adamawa QueensDelta Queens 5-1 Osun BabesConfluence Queens 2-0 Pelican StarsEdo Queens 3-0 Saadatu AmazonRelatedAndrew HjulsagerJune 30, 2017Similar postNWPL Matchday 11 Review: Three Away Wins Recorded As Super Four Takes ShapeJuly 13, 2017In “Nigeria”Marco SportielloJune 30, 2017Similar postlast_img read more

Nigeria’s Injury List Grows As Another Midfielder Is Injured

first_imgNigerian Midfielder, Mikel Agu, is the latest player to join the Super Eagles growing injury list.Mikel is now a doubt for Nigeria ahead of the final round of 2018 World Cup qualifiers this weekend.The 24-year-old defensive midfielder faces a race to be fit in time for the Super Eagles matches against Algeria and Argentina on November 10 and 14 respectively. The player was substituted 45 minutes into Bursaspor’s 2-2 draw with Kasimpasa on Saturday because he was still nursing an injury.A source said, “Mikel felt some pains before the match against Kasimpasa, so the coach had to replace him after the first half.”“His manager did not want him to worsen the injury. Bursaspor doctors have carried out tests on Mikel and they said the injury is not too serious.”This adds to the injury list that has; Victor Moses, Elderson Echiejile, Odion Ighalo and Moses Simon. Leon Balogun is also reportedly short of match fitness.RelatedMikel Obi, John Ogu Hit Eagles CampMay 24, 2018In “National Team”Rohr Unveils 23-man Squad For Zambia ShowdownSeptember 26, 2017In “National Team”INSIDE AFCON 2019: Mikel Obi to Miss Third Place Clash Against Tunisia (AUDIO)July 16, 2019In “AFCON”last_img read more

£25,000 win takes just 15 minutes for Betway punter

first_img Share StumbleUpon Share Real Betis selects Betway as its official shirt sponsor August 10, 2020 ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Related Articles A customer of Betway had a weekend to remember, after a collection of random selections helped him scoop £25,000 on the bookmakers free to enter ‘4 to Score’ game.John Bolton, 32, from Llanharan, South Wales, saw his four picks, Plymouth Argyle, Morecambe, Eastleigh and Brackley Town, all find the back of the net within 15 minutes of kick off.The Manchester United fan, who has stated the money will be used for an upcoming holiday as well as a deposit for a house, said: “What an incredible start to the New Year, I was absolutely speechless when I got the call. I didn’t have much time so I used the randomise button to pick my selections.“I’ve played 4 to Score a few times this season and the closest I’ve been is two correct selections, but I really enjoy playing the game.“I’m going on a driving holiday to the US in a couple of months and this will really help with the spending money. I was also looking for a deposit to put down on a house, so I’ll be using the rest of the money for that. For me it’s life-changing.”Betway’s 4 to Score offering gives punters the chance to predict first side to net in the 3 o’clock kick offs across England’s top four leagues, The Premier League, Championship, League One and League Two, with a £25,000 windfall available for anyone correctly guessing.However, due to the past weekend being seeing FA Cup action up and down the country, the four leagues on offer were League One, League Two, National League and National League North.Betway’s Alan Alger, said: “What a fantastic start to 2018 for John. Just 15 minutes into Saturday afternoon’s football and he has scooped an incredible £25,000.“We wish him all the best for his upcoming holiday and his house hunting when he comes back from America.” Submit Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020last_img read more

Successful $38 million ICO sees CashBet accelerate technology development

first_img Celtic, Betway and William Hill – SBC’s biggest hits of 2018 December 31, 2018 CashBet’s Ed Brennan: Regulation the “key enabler” to 2019 crypto turnaround December 19, 2018 Blockchain-powered igaming platform provider CashBet has announced the successful completion of its ICO token sale, raising $38 million in capital to further develop its proprietary technology and expand its enterprise.Closing its ICO, CashBet governance details that investors from 100 countries participated in the funding round, with the company reaching its hard cap target of +140,000,000 tokens distributed, with CashBet having undertaken the industry’s biggest token sale to date.The new industry incumbent, details that it will use the ICO funds to accelerate the development of its crypto-centric igaming mobile platform, which the enterprise believes will develop fair gaming content, reduce industry transaction costs, and increase player functionalities such as faster payments/payouts.“The success of the CashBet Coin token sale demonstrates a clear need for compliant, user-friendly iGaming solutions,” said Mike Reaves, CEO and Co-Founder of CashBet.“We look forward to continuing to build the CashBet community and deliver on our roadmap to develop the world’s first complete crypto-ready mobile iGaming platform.”In 2018, CashBet has secured its first sports partnership with Arsenal Football Club, as the Premier League club’s official blockchain partner, giving CashBet Coin prominent brand placement via in-stadium advertising at home games in Emirates Stadium.Furthermore, Novomatic’s Greentube subsidiary will be acceptingCashBet Coin as a payment method on its GameTwist social casino platform Related Articles CashBet appoints new president to spearhead development of crypto offering September 19, 2018 StumbleUpon Share Share Submitlast_img read more

Global profile helps IGT override Italian gaming taxes

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon John Williamson to oversee UK Tote Group’s international growth August 28, 2020 SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Publishing its latest Q2 2019 trading update (period ending 30 June), New York-listed gambling technology group International Game Technology Plc (IGT) reports a strong quarter driven by significant growth in ‘global gaming product sales’.IGT records group ‘consolidated revenues’ of $1.23 billion up 3% on corresponding Q2 2018’s $1.2 billion, as the company sustains its in-store lottery momentum, offsetting new Italian gaming machine duties.Despite new Italian market challenges, IGT maintains Lottomatica lottery revenue growth at 4% to $190 million, supported by an 8% increase in North America Gaming & Interactive services to $274 million.The firm’s positive revenue momentum would see IGT record a period adjusted EBITDA of $454 million (Q2 2018: $442 million).Closing Q2 2019 trading, IGT governance declare group period ‘adjusted operating income of $274 million (Q2 2018: $264 million).The technology group’s balance sheet details that Q2 income taxes have increased to $74 million (Q2 2018: $8.2 million).Continue a core directive, IGT governance reduces corporate long-term debt to $7.6 billion, from $7.76 billion at December 31, 2018Updating investors Marco Sala, CEO of IGT commented on Q2 2019 performance:“We had a strong second quarter, with top-line growth driven by a sharp increase in gaming product sales and impressive gains in global lottery same-store revenues. Profits were up nicely in our North America Gaming and Italy segments,”“I am pleased with the broad-based improvement in key performance indicators for our main businesses.” Share Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

PL on Citi: Frank Lampard named Manager of the Month for October

first_imgJamie Vardy named Player of the monthJamie Vardy has been voted the EA SPORTS Player of the Month after surging to the top of the scoring charts in October.Vardy scored four goals in three appearances to climb above Tammy Abraham and Sergio Aguero and keep Leicester City flying high in third place in the Premier League.“It’s great to win the award but it just shows what the team has been doing as well,” he said.“We’ve been putting good performances in and fortunately for me I have been getting the chances and putting them away.”Although Vardy’s month started with a stoppage-time loss at leaders Liverpool, it ended in the most spectacular of ways.After scoring in a 2-1 victory over Burnley, he struck a hat-trick as Leicester beat Southampton 9-0 for the biggest away win in the competition’s history.The Englishman earns the award for a fourth time, two of which came in Leicester’s 2015/16 title-winning campaign and the other in April of this year.The 30-year-old topped a six-man shortlist that also included Jack Grealish, Ilkay Gundogan, Dean Henderson, team-mate Youri Tielemans and Willian.Premier League fans selected their favourite on the EA SPORTS website. The votes of the public were then combined with those of the 20 club captains plus a panel of football experts to decide the winner.Frank Lampard wins his first Manager of the month awardFrank Lampard has won the Barclays Manager of the Month award for the first time.Lampard claims October’s prize after leading Chelsea to three wins in a perfect month in which they beat Newcastle United and scored four goals in both of their away victories at Southampton and Burnley.Those results meant the Blues won four consecutive top-flight away matches while scoring at least three goals in each fixture for the first time in their history.“Winning an individual award like this is the perfect time to appreciate the close staff who have worked so hard since pre-season and the players, as they are the ones who go out and perform,” he said. “I am delighted for everybody.“Out of the Premier League games we played in October, the one away against Burnley was the highlight because of the way we were so dominant in our performance and it is a very tough place to go.”In topping a five-man shortlist Lampard adds to the four EA SPORTS Player of the Month awards that he received during his playing days with Chelsea.The 41-year-old won after votes from the public were combined with those of a panel of football experts, beating August and September winner Jurgen Klopp, as well as Graham Potter, Brendan Rodgers, and Dean Smith.Matthew Longstaff claim Goal of the MonthMatty Longstaff has won the Budweiser Goal of the Month award for his winner against Manchester United on a dream Premier League debut.The midfielder scored the only goal as Newcastle United stunned Manchester United at the St. James’ Park in October.last_img read more

Official: Wa All Stars change name to Legon Cities FC

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association (GFA) has approved the change in name by the Ghana Premier League club – Wa All Stars to Legon Cities Football Club.This comes after the management of the club in August 2019 wrote to the Association requesting to re-name Wa All Stars’ to transfer ownership from the former GFA boss, Kwesi Nyantakyi to ex-Black Stars defender, John Paintsil and his partners.After deliberation with the club’s management, Wa All Stars will now be known as Legon Cities Football Club per the approval from the GFA.The change in name has taken effect at a time when the club has in recent times undergone some transition after its sale to the new owners.Portions of an official statement released by the GFA acknowledging the decision by the club read:“We acknowledge receipt of a letter from Wa All Stars Football Club dated 23rd December, 2019 requesting for approval for change of your club’s name from Wa All Stars Football Club to Legon Cities Football Club.The GFA also acknowledges receipts of documents on the change of name to Legon Cities Football Club (an incorporated company) from the Registrar General’s Department attached to your request submitted to the GFA under the Companies Act, 2019 (Act 992).Consequently, the GFA hereby approves the change of name from Wa All Stars Football Club to Legon Cities Football Club.Background:Wa All Stars FC is a football club from Ghana based in Wa, Upper West.The club won the 2016 Ghanaian Premier League.last_img read more

Wife and children of Tottenham defender Vertonghen robbed at knifepoint

first_img Source: Supersport “We encourage anyone who has any information to come forward to help the police with their investigation.”The Metropolitan Police said in a statement that officers had attended a report of a burglary at a residential address in NW3 at 7:49 pm on 10 March.“It was reported four men wearing balaclavas, armed with knives, had forced entry to the property and stolen a number of items before leaving.“Nobody was injured. The suspects had left the scene before officers arrived. There have been no arrests and inquiries continue.”Vertonghen is the latest footballer to be targeted by criminals.A house rented by Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho in Wimbledon was burgled in December, while Arsenal players Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac were attacked by carjackers in July last year.Liverpool forward Sadio Mane’s house was burgled while he was playing a Champions League last-16 away tie against Bayern Munich in February last year. Jan Vertonghen’s family was robbed at knifepoint in their London home while the Tottenham Hotspur defender was on Champions League duty against RB Leipzig in Germany on Tuesday night, the BBC reported.The report said police had confirmed that four men wearing balaclavas forced their way into the house while Vertonghen’s wife and children were inside.“We have been supporting Jan and his family through this terribly traumatic time,” the report cited a Tottenham spokesperson as saying.center_img Tags: Jan VertonghenTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more