Manchester City thrash Manchester United in Premier League derby

first_imgPremier League leaders Manchester City turned on the style with a 3-1 win over Manchester United in their derby clash on Sunday, leaving Pep Guardiola’s unbeaten side two points clear of Liverpool.David Silva fired City ahead in the 12th minute after a Raheem Sterling cross from the left was turned back across the goal by Bernardo Silva and the Spaniard took his time before blasting home.City doubled their lead in the third minute after the interval — Aguero bursting goalwards and playing a clever exchange with Riyad Mahrez, before thumping the ball, from a tight angle, past David de Gea.United manager Jose Mourinho brought on Romelu Lukaku for Jesse Lingard in the 57th minute and within seconds the Belgian forward helped get his team back in the game.Lukaku was brought down inside the area by City keeper Ederson and French forward Anthony Martial confidently converted the spot kick.But four minutes from the end City secured the victory, their 10th in 12 games this season, when the influential Bernardo Silva picked out substitute Ilkay Gundogan in the area and the German made no mistake as he made it 3-1.Eighth placed United are now 12 points behind City.last_img read more

Real Madrid transfer rumours and news latest

first_imgTransfers Real Madrid January transfer news: All the latest rumours ahead of winter window Goal Last updated 1 year ago 05:45 12/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Gareth Bale Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Getty Transfers Real Madrid Primera División Goal summarises the biggest transfer talk involving Real Madrid as Zinedine Zidane prepares for the January transfer window MADRID TO CALL OFF HAZARD PURSUITEden Hazard ChelseaReal Madrid is set to call off their pursuit of Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard according to Marca.Instead, Zinedine Zidane is planning on giving a chance to 23-year-old Marco Asensio as the club believes adding the Belgian would further hinder the Spaniard’s development. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player In fact, the report states belief from the directors in Asensio is so high, they have stopped any further attempts to sign Hazard.MADRID TO SMASH TRANSFER RECORD FOR HAZARDEden Hazard, ChelseaReal Madrid are getting ready a £120 million offer to pry Eden Hazard from Chelsea according to the Sun.The offer, which would break the British transfer record, is part of an attempt to pressure Chelsea into selling the attacker with two and a half years left on his deal.If Chelsea wait until Hazard has a year left on his contract, his value would drastically drop.RONALDO SET FOR MAN UTD RETURNCristiano Ronaldo, Real MadridManchester United are watching with keen interest reports of a clash between Cristiano Ronaldo and senior Real Madrid figures, claims the Mirror .The newspaper states that the relationship between Ronaldo and Florentino Perez has broken down, leading to doubts over his future at the Bernabeu. And United would be well-placed to bring back the man who came to prominence should he refuse to continue in Spain.Ronaldo, it is claimed, has even made secret trips to England to review prospective private schools for his son in recent weeks.MADRID OFFER SPURS BALE FOR KANE SWAPGareth Bale Real MadridReal Madrid are ready to offer Tottenham cash plus former Spurs star Gareth Bale in order to complete the signing of Harry Kane, according to the Daily Star .Kane has powered his way into Europe’s elite with an outstanding 2017, outscoring both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo over the last 12 months. And that form has put him firmly in the gaze of Madrid, who would be prepared to sacrifice the player they made the world’s most expensive ever back in 2013 by sending him back to White Hart Lane.MADRID PLOT SHOCK UMTITI APPROACHSamuel Umtiti, Barcelona 17/18Real Madrid are considering a shock approach to sign Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti, claims Diario Gol.Madrid president Florentino Perez wants to sign a new centre-back, but is wary of paying too much after seeing Liverpool spend £75 million on Virgil van Dijk.However, the €60m release clause in Umtiti’s contract makes him an attractive proposition for Perez, and he could rival Manchester City and Manchester United for the France international.SANCHEZ WANTS REAL MADRID SWITCHAlexis Sanchez ArsenalWant-away Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has asked his agent to put a move to Real Madrid in place, claims Don Balon.The Chilean continues to run down his contract at Emirates Stadium and may be sold in January while the Gunners can still generate a fee.A switch to Manchester City has been mooted for some time, but former Barcelona star Sanchez now favours a return to Spain.HAZARD REJECTED CHELSEA DEAL FOR REAL MOVEEden Hazard Real Madrid Chelsea logosEden Hazard rejected a contract extension at Chelsea, according to his father, who says his son is holding out for a Real Madrid transfer.”What I can reveal about Eden is that he refused a contract extension,” Thierry Hazard told Le Soir. “This was so that, if necessary, he could follow the interest of the Real, whom he could see himself playing for.Read the full story right here on Goal!BARCA & REAL IN BLIND RACEDaley Blind Real Madrid Barcelona GFXManchester United outcast Daley Blind is a January transfer target for La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, according to the Daily Express.The Dutch utility defender has fallen out of favour under Jose Mourinho and Barca reportedly see him as an option to fill the void left by Javier Mascherano’s imminent exit to Hebei China Fortune.Meanwhile, the Blancos also purportedly see Blind as a potential bargain who could play alongside Sergio Ramos in the centre of defence.KLOPP KEEN ON CEBALLOSDani Ceballos Real MadridReal Madrid’s Dani Ceballos is being considered by Liverpool as a possible replacement for Philippe Coutinho, reports Diario Gol .The Reds are expecting fresh interest in their Brazilian playmaker from Barcelona during the winter transfer window.If he does move on, then Jurgen Klopp is weighing up a loan move for Madrid star Ceballos amid his struggles for game time in Spain.COURTOIS TELLS MADRID HE WANTS MOVEThibaut Courtois ChelseaThibaut Courtois’s camp have informed Real Madrid that the player is very keen to join them, according to AS.The Chelsea goalkeeper’s current deal at Stamford Bridge expires in 18 months’ time, with Madrid having given a favourable response to the interest from Courtois’s side.Sevilla’s Sergio Rico and Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak are apparently top of Antonio Conte’s list should Courtois leave the Blues.SPURS WILL BREAK BANK TO KEEP KANEHarry Kane Tottenham BurnleyTottenham are willing to smash their wage budget in order to keep record-breaking striker Harry Kane, according to the Daily Mail. The 24-year-old, who is Europe’s top scorer in 2017 with 56 goals, is currently paid £110,000-per-week — a relatively low sum for a player of his calibre.It will be Kane’s fourth wage increase since August 2014, with Spurs hoping to ward off a potential offer from Real Madrid.ARSENAL WON’T INCREASE €40M BENZEMA BIDKarim Benzema Real Madrid 2017Arsenal will not offer more than €40 million to sign Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema at the end of the season, claims Don Balon.Madrid president Florentino Perez is reportedly ready to cut his losses on Benzema, with Arsenal rumoured to have already made a €40m bid for the Frenchman.Perez values Benzema at significantly more, but the likes of Arsenal, who are expected to be in the market for a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, will not go higher than €40m.ZIDANE GIVES XMAS LIST TO REALZinedine Zidane, Real Madrid vs Barcelona, 17/18Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has given Real Madrid his January transfer wishlist in an effort to turn around a dreadful La Liga season, according to Spanish rumour mill Dan Balon.Athletic goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is expected to be pursued in January and central midfield reinforcements are being prioritised, but there will be no strikers brought in by the Blancos.SALAH WANTS REAL SWITCHMohamed Salah Arsenal LiverpoolMohamed Salah is eager to leave Liverpool for Real Madrid and is ready to push for a move, claims Don Balon.The Egyptian forward has been a revelation since moving to Anfield over the summer, with his efforts being noted by leading sides across Europe.La Liga champions Real are said to be heading the queue of suitors, with Salah instructing his agent to put a deal in place.BENZEMA TO BE SOLD AFTER CLASICO SHOCKERKarim Benzema Real MadridReal Madrid are now full committed to offloading Karim Benzema, who had been given an ultimatum ahead of Saturday’s Clasico, according to don balon . The report says that the French striker had been told before the match by Florentino Perez that if he didn’t show well the club would be looking for a replacement in the winter window. Mauro Icardi is thought to be Los Blancos’ main target. PEREZ TO SPLASH €200M AFTER CLASICO Florentino PerezFlorentino Perez is set to splash out €200million this winter to stay in the good graces of Real Madrid fans after being humiliated in El Clasico on Saturday, reports DiarioGol . The club will go after goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, defender Leonardo Bonucci and striker Mauro Icardi as they look to rebuild. COURTOIS TO BECOME WORLD’S BEST-PAID KEEPERThibaut Courtois Chelsea 2017Thibaut Courtois will become the best-paid goalkeeper in world football, if he signs a new contract at Chelsea, claims the Daily Telegraph .Chelsea are determined to keep hold of Courtois, who is out of contract in the summer of 2019 and has regularly been linked with a move to Real Madrid.Courtois is set to be offered a new deal by Chelsea which will see his wages eclipse the £200,000 a week being earned by Manchester United keeper David de Gea.REAL SEEK RONALDO BUYERCristiano Ronaldo Real MadridReal Madrid have touted Cristiano Ronaldo to potential buyers across Europe, according to Diario Gol.Despite continuing to add to his trophy haul in the Spanish capital, there is a feeling inside Santiago Bernabeu that the Portuguese forward’s powers are starting to fade.Taking that into account, club president Florentino Perez has sounded out those clubs who could afford to put a transfer package in place.MAN UNITED BATTLE REAL FOR HAZARDEden Hazard ChelseaManchester United are prepared to battle Real Madrid for the signature of Eden Hazard, according to the Sun.Hazard and United boss Jose Mourinho are old acquaintances at Chelsea, lifting the Premier League title together in 2014-15. And the newspaper claims United could bid up to £90million to seal a reunion for the pair next season. REAL MADRID ADVANCE HAZARD NEGOTIATIONSEden Hazard ChelseaReal Madrid are making progress in their negotiations to sign Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard next summer, claims Diario Gol .Zinedine Zidane has instructed Madrid president Florentino Perez to pursue a deal for Hazard and the Belgium international could arrive at the Santiago Bernabeu after next year’s World Cup in Russia.If Hazard does move to Madrid, then Marco Asensio is likely to seek a transfer away, with Manchester City a potential destination.LUIZ TRIED FOR BARCELONA MOVEDavid Luiz ChelseaBarcelona have ruled out signing David Luiz after the Chelsea defender offered himself to the Camp Nou club, according to Catalunya Radio, via Sport .Luiz’s future at Chelsea appears uncertain and the Brazilian, who has also been linked with Arsenal, Manchester United, Juventus and Real Madrid, has recently travelled to Barcelona for treatment on an injury.During his trip, Luiz offered himself to Barcelona, who are looking to sign a new centre-back due to the expected departure of Javier Mascherano.However, due to Luiz being 30 and the financial implications of signing him, Barca are instead focusing on other defensive targets.PSG & MAN CITY LEAD ISCO CHASEIsco Zidane Real MadridManchester City are among three teams keen to sign Real Madrid’s Isco in the coming transfer window, claims Don Balon.With Gareth Bale on the mend after injury, the ex-Malaga star may see his first-team opportunities reduced in 2018. And should he choose to continue his career elsewhere he will have no shortage of options, with the Premier League leaders, PSG and Juventus linked with his signature.last_img read more

Updated Status of WR Brandon Sheperd

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. You may or may not have noticed there was one notable player missing from Saturday’s homecoming contest in Stillwater: Senior wide receiver Brandon Sheperd.Sheperd was rumored to miss the contest due to an undisclosed team issue, and Bill Haisten confirmed as much on Monday.#okstate Brandon Sheperd inactive vs. KU. Believed to have been a violation of team rule & one-game penalty. Listed as backup for Tech game.— Bill Haisten ?? (@billhaisten) October 26, 2015AdChoices广告Sheperd, who has been a starter since the beginning of the season, will likely play in Saturday’s contest but will come off the bench for the first time this year.Sheperd has 13 receptions for 186 yards and 2 touchdowns this season.last_img read more

Emery: Arsenal needed Ozil and he delivered

first_imgUnai Emery has hailed Mesut Ozil for delivering when Arsenal “needed him to” during a Premier League clash with Burnley.The Gunners headed into a home date with the Clarets looking to offer a positive response to back-to-back defeats in league and cup competition.Ozil’s role in their plans had dominated the pre-match build-up, with the German playmaker having seemingly fallen out of favour to see questions asked of his future. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Emery had, however, stated prior to the game that the World Cup winner still had an important role to play and backed up that statement by handing the 30-year-old a starting berth and the captain’s armband.Ozil rewarded that show of faith with a talismanic performance which saw him play a pivotal role in Arsenal’s first and third goals in a 3-1 victory.Emery told BBC Sport afterwards of an eye-catching showing from a man with a point to prove: “It was a big performance today and afterwards I said congratulations for your work.“Every player showed his quality and their characteristics. We needed him to work to help us today and he did.”Ozil was not the only player to deliver for Arsenal, with the Gunners’ defence standing up well to a physical battle with Burnley’s frontmen.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal 2018-19Emery was delighted with the collective showing from his side, as they returned to winning ways courtesy of two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a late effort from Alex Iwobi.The Spaniard added: “It was a tough match. It was difficult because they pushed a lot with long balls and the second action.“But we played well with our body and our character was good. The victory was deserved and in the table we are closer to Tottenham and Chelsea.“I think we won today not because we played well but because every player had a very big commitment.“We knew Burnley are an organised team and were going to push us but we didn’t lose too many long balls from the goalkeeper.“I think we can controlled the match like we wanted. We had to make an alteration of our game plan but after I think our game plan gave us the victory.“We’re scoring lots of goals but we need more clean sheets and our defeat today was maybe that.”Arsenal remain outside the Premier League’s top four at present, but remain very much within touching distance of the Champions League spots as the games come thick and fast during the festive period. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Barca confirm further ‘conservative treatment’ for Umtiti

first_imgSamuel Umtiti will return to Barcelona on December 30 for further “conservative treatment” on his knee after undergoing therapy in Qatar.The France international last featured for Barca almost a month ago in Barca’s 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid on November 24, but a persistent knee issue has troubled him ever since.Umtiti had been having treatment with specialists in Qatar ever since the end of November. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He has played just seven times in La Liga this term, having also missed two months when the knee injury first flared up in September.Barca have been severely impacted by injuries at centre-back this term, with Clement Lenglet and Gerard Pique the only fit senior players for the position in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Celta Vigo.The club are yet to give a return date for Umtiti, though they will be helped by the loan signing of Jeison Murillo in January.A club statement on Umtiti’s return to Spain read: “Samuel Umtiti was evaluated by the club’s medical services staff at the team’s training centre this morning due to the discomfort in his left knee.”Samuel Umtiti will return on December 30 to continue undergoing conservative treatment on his knee.”This conservative treatment plan was announced on December 2, with the goal of allowing him to heal his left knee discomfort.”The player was in Doha, Qatar in recent weeks for physical therapy treatment under the supervision of the club’s medical services staff.”last_img read more

PHOTOS Members of the Public Pay Respects to Mr Seaga

Members of the public file past the casket of former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga at the Jamaica Labour Party’s headquarters in St. Andrew on Wednesday (June 5), where the body was lying-in-state. Members of the public file past the casket of former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga at the Jamaica Labour Party’s headquarters in St. Andrew on Wednesday (June 5), where the body was lying-in-state.

Schools to Receive 5 Million Per Year for Minor Repairs

Minister with responsibility for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Karl Samuda, says that school boards will be allocated $5 million per annum for minor repairs and maintenance of school plants. Story Highlights He made the disclosure at an education stakeholder forum held on Friday (June 7) at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville, Manchester. “The larger projects will be done centrally,” he said. Minister with responsibility for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Karl Samuda, says that school boards will be allocated $5 million per annum for minor repairs and maintenance of school plants.He made the disclosure at an education stakeholder forum held on Friday (June 7) at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville, Manchester.“The larger projects will be done centrally,” he said.Minister Samuda noted further that a directive has been given to building officers to consult with the school leadership before they carry out work.He said that the Ministry has received complaints that school administrators are often not included in decisions regarding repair and upgrading of institutions.“That is now finished. You must consult with the people who have to contend with the problem every day, take advice, and get through the job with the satisfaction of the stakeholders,” Minister Samuda said.He commended the teachers for their commitment to the classroom and helping students realise their full potential.He said that no child should be regarded as not having the capacity to excel in any area.Meanwhile, the Minister said that increased focus is being placed on boosting student achievement in mathematics and the sciences.He noted that Jamaican students must be on top of the subject areas in order to compete globally, and better enable the country to attract investment.Minister Samuda said that part of the effort includes identifying and working with students who show strength in mathematics and the sciences.“We must be careful that we don’t run the risk of depriving potentially brilliant students from actualising their true potential,” he said. read more

Mental Health Act Being Amended

This was noted by Health and Wellness Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, in a message read by Director, Health Services, Planning and Integration in the Ministry, Dr. Naydene Williams, at the First Caregivers Symposium at the University of Technology (UTech) in Kingston, on June 11. Story Highlights The Mental Health Act of 1997 is being amended to meet international human rights standards and to shift the focus of legislation towards creating a legal framework for providing high-quality, community-based mental health services.This was noted by Health and Wellness Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, in a message read by Director, Health Services, Planning and Integration in the Ministry, Dr. Naydene Williams, at the First Caregivers Symposium at the University of Technology (UTech) in Kingston, on June 11.Dr. Tufton said greater prioritisation will be given to the mental health sector in the coming months, and as part of the Ministry’s thrust to improve mental health services, work on the National Mental Health Policy and Strategic Plan is being finalised, using the Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan as a template.Mental health, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) is a ‘state of well-being in which the individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community’.Dr. Tufton commended host of the symposium, UTech College of Health Sciences, for the initiative, which he lauded as an important resource in effectively implementing information systems and research for mental health, as well as facilitating commitment towards collaborative actions.“This is also important since partnerships – whether for resource mobilisation, the execution of projects and programmes or policy formulation or review – are an essential ingredient for ensuring the best possible health outcomes for our people,” he said.He noted that the symposium’s goals align with the new direction of the Ministry, which is reflected not only in the Ministry’s new name, but also the various initiatives under the announced ‘Wellness Agenda’, which embraces a holistic approach to public health.These initiatives include the ‘Wellness at Work’ and ‘Wellness at School’ programmes, together with a home-based Wellness Garden and a ‘Better for You’ menu option in the restaurants. All of these take account of the mental health dimension of wellness, the Minister said.“I have every confidence that participants will succeed in their efforts, helping to inform the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ own next steps in improving mental health in Jamaica,” the Minister said.Under the theme, ‘Supporting Your Own Mental Health as a Caregiver’, the symposium is being held from June 11 to 12. It seeks to improve areas of administration by strengthening leadership and governance.It also seeks to provide comprehensive, integrated and responsive social care services in community-based settings, as well as strengthen the information systems evidence and research for mental health. Dr. Tufton said greater prioritisation will be given to the mental health sector in the coming months, and as part of the Ministry’s thrust to improve mental health services, work on the National Mental Health Policy and Strategic Plan is being finalised, using the Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan as a template. The Mental Health Act of 1997 is being amended to meet international human rights standards and to shift the focus of legislation towards creating a legal framework for providing high-quality, community-based mental health services. read more

Mr Richard Byles selected as New BOJ Governor

Story Highlights Mr. Richard Byles has had a 40-year career in business and finance and is one of the most accomplished corporate leaders of his generation. He was appointed Managing Director of Pan Caribbean Merchant Bank in 1988 before his appointment as CEO of the Pan Jam group, a leading, diversified conglomerate in 1991. He led Pan Jam for 13 years before taking over as CEO of Sagicor Jamaica in 2004. Mr. Byles retired as CEO of Sagicor Jamaica in 2017 and was appointed non-executive Chairman in that same year. In addition, Mr. Byles has been Chairman of Red Stripe and a non-executive Director of several other companies. Mr. Byles was Co-Chair of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) formed to monitor Jamaica’s performance under its IMF agreement. Mr. Byles hold BSc and MSc degrees in Economics and National Development. Minister Clarke stated, “In January of this year, I appointed a Search Committee chaired by Mr. David Marston to lead an open and transparent search for a new Central Bank governor. I’m very pleased that the search process has yielded an eminently qualified, experienced and credible leader in Mr. Richard Byles to succeed Mr. Brian Wynter as Governor of the Bank of Jamaica. Mr. Byles will succeed Governor Brian Wynter as Governor on August 19.” Today, Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr the Hon. Nigel Clarke announced the endorsement by the Cabinet of the selection of Mr. Richard Byles as the next Governor of the Bank of Jamaica. Today, Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr the Hon. Nigel Clarke announced the endorsement by the Cabinet of the selection of Mr. Richard Byles as the next Governor of the Bank of Jamaica.Minister Clarke stated, “In January of this year, I appointed a Search Committee chaired by Mr. David Marston to lead an open and transparent search for a new Central Bank governor. I’m very pleased that the search process has yielded an eminently qualified, experienced and credible leader in Mr. Richard Byles to succeed Mr. Brian Wynter as Governor of the Bank of Jamaica. Mr. Byles will succeed Governor Brian Wynter as Governor on August 19.”Mr. Richard Byles has had a 40-year career in business and finance and is one of the most accomplished corporate leaders of his generation. He was appointed Managing Director of Pan Caribbean Merchant Bank in 1988 before his appointment as CEO of the Pan Jam group, a leading, diversified conglomerate in 1991. He led Pan Jam for 13 years before taking over as CEO of Sagicor Jamaica in 2004. Mr. Byles retired as CEO of Sagicor Jamaica in 2017 and was appointed non-executive Chairman in that same year. In addition, Mr. Byles has been Chairman of Red Stripe and a non-executive Director of several other companies. Mr. Byles was Co-Chair of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) formed to monitor Jamaica’s performance under its IMF agreement. Mr. Byles hold BSc and MSc degrees in Economics and National Development.Minister Clarke expressed that “I have every confidence that Mr. Byles will bring to the job of Governor the focused, principled and disciplined leadership that has characterized his career.”A BOJ subcommittee, led by BOJ General Counsel Karen Chin Quee Akin, has been appointed to assist Mr. Byles in the transition including complying with BOJ governance requirements. read more

100th Anniversary of Black Star Line Enterprise to be Observed June 2829

Story Highlights The celebration, which is open to the public, is being organised by the Marcus Garvey Fair Steering Committee in partnership with the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) and the Social Development Commission (SDC) with support from Hamilton Knight Associates Limited. Activities will begin on June 28 with a commemorative lecture and cultural concert at the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), beginning at 11:00 a.m. It will engage members of the Jamaican Diaspora, the public and private sectors, and primary and secondary schools. The 100th anniversary of the incorporation of Marcus Garvey’s Black Star Line Enterprise will be commemorated with two days of activities in Kingston from June 28 to 29.The celebration, which is open to the public, is being organised by the Marcus Garvey Fair Steering Committee in partnership with the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) and the Social Development Commission (SDC) with support from Hamilton Knight Associates Limited.Activities will begin on June 28 with a commemorative lecture and cultural concert at the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), beginning at 11:00 a.m. It will engage members of the Jamaican Diaspora, the public and private sectors, and primary and secondary schools.On June 29, the annual Marcus Garvey Fair will be merged with the Black Star Line celebrations, with the staging of the Marcus Garvey Black Star Line Centennial Fair on the Kingston waterfront.The event will showcase African retention in communities across the island, along with various cultural items and local enterprises. It will also feature the awards ceremony for the centennial oratorical competition, which was targeted at fifth- and sixth-form students.Lady President of the UNIA, Valerie Dixon, told JIS News that the fairs have been held in Resource, Manchester, since 2004 to improve knowledge about the legacy of Garvey and the Tainos and support the community’s Liberty Hall, which was one of the first established by the National Hero.She said that the proceeds from the annual events have been used to assist the indigent, facilitate training courses for UNIA members, establish a post office in the community, and upgrade sanitary facilities at the Liberty Hall Basic School.She noted that this year’s staging in Kingston will facilitate even more local and international attendees.The Black Star Line was a shipping line incorporated by Marcus Garvey as a way to promote trade and transport black people to Africa.Meanwhile, Mrs. Dixon informed that on Thursday (June 27),which is the actual date for the anniversary, a special film called ‘The Promised Ship’ by Luciano Capelli will be shown at Café Africa on Trafalgar Road, St. Andrew, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The 100th anniversary of the incorporation of Marcus Garvey’s Black Star Line Enterprise will be commemorated with two days of activities in Kingston from June 28 to 29. read more

95 Per Cent of Grateful Hill Primary Students Placed in Traditional High

The Grateful Hill Primary and Infant School in St. Catherine is celebrating the achievement of students, who sat the Primary Exit Profile (PEP). Story Highlights Principal of the school, George Moodie, told JIS News that 95 per cent of the 23 students, who sat the examination, have been placed in a traditional high school. The Grateful Hill Primary and Infant School in St. Catherine is celebrating the achievement of students, who sat the Primary Exit Profile (PEP).Principal of the school, George Moodie, told JIS News that 95 per cent of the 23 students, who sat the examination, have been placed in a traditional high school.The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information released the results of the test on June 21.The grade six students were tested in three areas with a Performance Task Test on March 27 and 28; an Ability Test on February 26; and a Curriculum-Based Test on April 16 and 17.Mr. Moodie described the achievement of the pupils as “very exceptional,” and credited the success to measures put in place to address low attendance, among other challenges.He said that with the introduction of a breakfast and lunch programme, attendance has “vastly improved,” with several initiatives also put in place to boost literacy and numeracy.“We try to embrace each other, both students and teachers,” he added.The Principal also commended the parents and the wider community for their support, noting that “they continue to give their best for education.”PEP has replaced the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) as the national secondary-school entrance test, and is intended to provide a better and more complete profile of students’ academic and critical-thinking capabilities at the end of primary-level education.While GSAT focused primarily on content and assessing students’ knowledge of subject areas, PEP is centred on critical analysis and seeks to accurately measure how students use the knowledge, abilities and skills they have developed to solve problems.PEP is also built on the notion that competency involves both student knowledge and what a student is able to do with the knowledge that they possess. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information released the results of the test on June 21. read more

Govt Endorses WiPay Online Payment Facility

Story Highlights WiPay, which was created in Trinidad in 2016 for e-commerce, facilitates online payment for goods and services at access points globally. It enables users to utilize apps for cashless transfers using mobile devices such as smartphones. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, and Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams, welcomed the facility’s introduction while speaking during the launch at the AC Marriott Kingston Hotel June 27. The Government has endorsed the newly introduced technology-driven integrated payment processing platform, WiPay. The Government has endorsed the newly introduced technology-driven integrated payment processing platform, WiPay.WiPay, which was created in Trinidad in 2016 for e-commerce, facilitates online payment for goods and services at access points globally. It enables users to utilize apps for cashless transfers using mobile devices such as smartphones.Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, and Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams, welcomed the facility’s introduction while speaking during the launch at the AC Marriott Kingston Hotel June 27.Mr. Shaw said the technology’s addition to the growing suite of online facilities now available in Jamaica will make payments for goods and services much easier and efficient for users.He noted that WiPay will be particularly pivotal in linking farmers with buyers across the world and facilitating seamless payments for produce supplied.“We have to catch up [with the advancements globally] and technology is part of the process by which we catch up… and we must catch up fast,” he said.Mrs. Williams described WiPay as the spark of a new revolution in Jamaica, especially for persons not having access to online banking services, adding “once you begin to make online easier for people, they will begin to adopt it”.The WiPay platform can be utilized in four ways: WiPay Website Plug, which can be downloaded through via the website; a WiPAy Invoice System which can be sent by account holders with a ZWILLO app on smartphones; a WiPay account where users can upload cash for payments and a Top Up Voucher System.In July, WiPay will expand its ZWILLO app to enable customers to create their own estimates and invoices to send to clients via email and social media platforms such as Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.This will facilitate a recipient system which allows persons to pay with credit cards, WiPay cash voucher, or from personal bank accounts. read more

Govt Building Financial Resilience Against Disasters

The Government is putting strategies in place to better plan for and finance damage and losses resulting from natural disasters.Among the measures is implementation of the public financial management policy for natural disaster risk, which will provide the country with funds in the event of a disaster.It will include, among other things, accumulating fiscal savings in the Contingencies Fund and making contingent credit available in the event of a disaster; and implementing financing strategies such as catastrophe bonds or catastrophe-linked insurance.“The idea is to have available to Jamaica, up to US$1 billion of non-budgetary emergency funding that can be available in the worst possible event and that is the strategic intent, the strategic direction,” explained Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke.He was speaking at the launch of the website for the Seventh Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean 2020 at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on July 10.The Minister, in highlighting the importance of the policy, said that Jamaica’s pursuit of economic independence requires an institutional response to the financial risk of natural disaster.He informed that earlier this year, the Government transferred a sum of $2 billion into the Contingencies Fund towards natural disaster risk coverage.This is in keeping with a resolution moved by Dr. Clarke in Parliament in March to raise the ceiling of the Fund from $100 million to $10 billion.The Contingencies Fund is provided for in Jamaica’s Constitution and was established under Section 13 of the Financial Administration and Audit Act to provide for unforeseen expenditure of any kind.“The idea is, you put the fiscal savings aside on an annual basis as you can afford. You invest it prudently and you do so in markets that provide some degree of diversification from the risk that you are trying to protect yourself from, and you only draw down in the event of natural disaster.“When you draw it down… it is through a budgetary process, so there is transparency on the drawdown itself and on how those funds are being used,” Dr. Clarke explained.He further pointed to the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility, which he noted “has the capacity to pay out significant sums if we have an event that triggers it”.He noted, too, that Jamaica renegotiated last year with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for a $285-million contingent credit claim.In addition, he said that the Government is working with the World Bank to develop a catastrophe bond that will generate additional funding “to protect Jamaica from the worst possible natural disaster event… that can derail our fiscal trajectory”.Dr. Clarke explained that the bond is an investable capital market instrument that will provide the Government with access to the resources that may be needed, in return for annual premium payments.He noted that development of the bond requires a lot of “detailed modelling”, and the World Bank is providing technical support in this regard.“I can say that our strategic efforts in this area have met on fertile ground… and I fully expect that they (World Bank) will assist us in this regard, with us obviously having some skin in the game and using some of our own resources to pay the premiums that are involved,” Dr. Clarke said.Jamaica will host the Seventh Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean from July 8 to 10, 2020 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James, under the theme ‘Building Resilient Economies in the Americas and the Caribbean’. read more

T20 Community Cricket Competition Enters QuarterFinal Stage

The Sports Development Commission (SDC)/Wray and Nephew National Community T/20 Cricket competition has entered the quarter-final stage, with the final eight teams to compete this weekend. On Sunday (July 21), Links United and White River from St. Ann will compete in a 10:00 a.m. match at Three Hills, St. Mary, to be followed by Gayle from St. Mary against Junction/Ballards Valley at 2:00 p.m. Johnson Mountain of St. Thomas will take on Orange from St. James at Chedwin Park, St. Catherine at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday (July 20), with Orange Hill of Westmoreland to match skills with Fairfield of Manchester at 2:00 p.m. at the same venue. Story Highlights The Sports Development Commission (SDC)/Wray and Nephew National Community T/20 Cricket competition has entered the quarter-final stage, with the final eight teams to compete this weekend.Johnson Mountain of St. Thomas will take on Orange from St. James at Chedwin Park, St. Catherine at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday (July 20), with Orange Hill of Westmoreland to match skills with Fairfield of Manchester at 2:00 p.m. at the same venue.On Sunday (July 21), Links United and White River from St. Ann will compete in a 10:00 a.m. match at Three Hills, St. Mary, to be followed by Gayle from St. Mary against Junction/Ballards Valley at 2:00 p.m.The competition will culminate with the finals on August 25 at the Noranda Sports Complex, St. Ann.The winning team will receive a cash prize is $1.2 million, with $600,000 for second place, $300,000 for third place, and $150,000 for the fourth-place team.At the official launch of the competition at the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development in Kingston on Wednesday (July 17), portfolio Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, commended the teams for their performance in the competition, which started in April.He also hailed the Sports Development Commission (SDC) for advancing community development through its annual cricket competition.“The SDC continues to excel and to make the Government proud of its efforts in the field of community development…it takes a certain level of maturity and leadership in order to mould and attain the right results, and we are seeing the benefits of it,” he said.Executive Director, SDC, Dr. Dwayne Vernon, said community development is at the heart of the cricket competition.“Sport is a vehicle for us. There is a 15 per cent mandatory amount that must go to community projects. Over the past five years, approximately $5 million would have been spent on community projects by the teams… 65 per cent of all the projects tends to support early-childhood institutions,” he noted.The T/20 Cricket competition aims to advance community development through sports, foster youth inclusion and enhance positive attitudes towards national development. read more

Resident Rep of IMF Encouraged By Efforts to Spur Higher Levels of

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Resident Representative, Dr. Constant Lonkeng Ngouana, says he is encouraged by Government-led multi-stakeholder efforts to spur higher levels of sustainable growth for Jamaica. This, he notes, is through interventions and measures designed to address the underlying impediments. International Monetary Fund (IMF) Resident Representative, Dr. Constant Lonkeng Ngouana, says he is encouraged by Government-led multi-stakeholder efforts to spur higher levels of sustainable growth for Jamaica.This, he notes, is through interventions and measures designed to address the underlying impediments.He was speaking at the Rotary Club of St. Andrew’s weekly luncheon at Hotel Four Seasons in New Kingston, on Tuesday (July 16).Dr. Ngouana said one emerging outcome is growth in loans to the private sector, which was previously limited consequent on heavy government borrowing from financial institutions.“Governments were paying high interest rates, so financial institutions would sit on [those] government papers until they mature. Now the Government has stopped borrowing and is actually pumping money back into the financial system. So, there’s a lot of cash… and it is very encouraging to see that the banks are now thinking about how to broaden private-sector access to financing,” he said.The IMF Representative further said that steady reduction in the national debt, for which the ratio to gross domestic product has fallen below 100 per cent, continues to increase the quantity of cash within the financial ecosystem.Against this background, he emphasised the need for steps to ensure those funds are used for Jamaica’s development and not channelled into engagements not beneficial to the country.Dr. Ngouana said the Government has also been taking steps to address the agricultural sector’s vulnerability to the impact of climate change, which he cites as another impediment to growth.This, he noted, is reflected in the Government’s Budget, through earmarked provisions for irrigation projects, while also highlighting provisions for farm road improvement projects and accelerated land titling.“The state of agriculture in Jamaica is still one where, if it rains too much, it’s an issue and if it doesn’t rain, it’s an issue. That cannot be the case in a modern economy,” Dr. Ngouana said, while emphasising that strengthening the sector’s resilience “is certainly a key priority”.He further argued that strengthening the sector’s resilience to enable increased outputs will contribute to significantly reducing Jamaica’s food import bill, and provide a steady and reliable supply of produce to the tourism industry.In relation to crime, which he described as the “elephant in the room”, Dr. Ngouana contended that it is “certainly one of the biggest impediments to growth”.He cited an IMF study that suggests that if Jamaica is able to significantly reduce the murder rate, in particular to the world average of six per 100,000 persons, that would contribute to spurring almost 0.5 per cent growth, which he described as “a big number, in relative terms”.“Those, we believe, are the main challenges [to attaining higher levels of sustainable growth]. Analyses, not only by the IMF, show that a precondition for growth is a stable macroeconomic environment… to be able to attract investors,” Dr. Ngouana added. Story Highlights He was speaking at the Rotary Club of St. Andrew’s weekly luncheon at Hotel Four Seasons in New Kingston, on Tuesday (July 16). read more

Creative Industries Council Up and Running

“The Council, which resides in my Ministry, is now poised to take on the collation of data on the industry. This is essential for decision-making. We have been speaking about the paucity and inaccuracy of data for a very long time, so we are ensuring that this is done,” she said. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the National Cultural and Creative Industries Council is now up and running. Making her contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 23, Ms. Grange noted that although only partly staffed, the Council has initiated actions in accordance with its seminal role – making things easier for the creative sector to access the mechanisms needed for their advancement. Story Highlights Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the National Cultural and Creative Industries Council is now up and running.Making her contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 23, Ms. Grange noted that although only partly staffed, the Council has initiated actions in accordance with its seminal role – making things easier for the creative sector to access the mechanisms needed for their advancement.“The Council, which resides in my Ministry, is now poised to take on the collation of data on the industry. This is essential for decision-making. We have been speaking about the paucity and inaccuracy of data for a very long time, so we are ensuring that this is done,” she said.She also informed that dialogue has been initiated with the Statistical Institute of Jamaica, Planning Institute of Jamaica and the Bank of Jamaica, in an effort to secure accurate and reliable data on the sector.Meanwhile, Ms. Grange said Jamaica continues to enjoy a plethora of entertainment events and activities, from which municipal corporations collect much-needed revenue in terms of fees.She noted that for fiscal year 2018/2019, the Ministry received 306 applications for events extension.“There was total capital expenditure of more than $865 million. and those 306 events provided temporary employment for 9,005 people,” Ms. Grange pointed out.In addition, she informed that Kingston has been recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as the only Caribbean Creative City of Music.“As such, we have supported several initiatives to promote Kingston, including Kingston Music Week; promotion of the Downtown Kingston Creative Zone; Irie Magic; and Style Week,” Ms. Grange said.“We continue to work closely with the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation in developing projects and programmes focused on Kingston Creative City of Music, such as the renaming of Orange Street as Beat Street in commemoration of its role in the development of the Jamaican beat/rhythm,” she added.She also announced that the Ministry has named three additional Entertainment Districts in Portmore – Wavz Beach, Fort Clarence and Hellshire.The Ministry has also developed a project in Denham Town, titled ‘Social Inclusion through Entertainment’, by which some 45 youth have been trained in life skills, including bartending and events planning. read more

Implementation of Social Order Component of JUST to Intensify

It is intended to enable all Jamaicans to equitably access gender-responsive justice information, advice and services. Story Highlights Social Order is one of the three components under the Government’s Justice Undertakings for Social Transformation (JUST) Programme, being implementedwith Global Affairs Canada (GAC) funding support of $19.8 million.  Phase three roll-out of Jamaica’s justice reform programme, targeting implementation of the Social Order componentwill intensify over the forthcoming months. Phase three roll-out of Jamaica’s justice reform programme, targeting implementation of the Social Order componentwill intensify over the forthcoming months.Social Order is one of the three components under the Government’s Justice Undertakings for Social Transformation (JUST) Programme, being implementedwith Global Affairs Canada (GAC) funding support of $19.8 million.It is intended to enable all Jamaicans to equitably access gender-responsive justice information, advice and services.Additionally, it will also improve the capacity of citizens, civil society representatives (including women’s rights organisations), and legal professionals to participate in the justice reform process.The roll-out commenced with the recent staging of the inaugural Witness Care Conference by the Ministry of Justice at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus in St. Andrew.The conference was designed to advance solutions for the protection and support of witnesses in the local judicial system by building awareness of witness care best practices and initiatives; promoting ideas and innovations designed to enhance victim support and witness care services; and facilitating multi-agency networking and partnerships among justice administration, law enforcement and social development sector stakeholders.Canada’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, Her Excellency Laurie Peters, who spoke at the conference, noted that the event “is but one component of the Social Order aspect of the JUST Programme”.“You will be seeing and hearing, over the coming weeks and months, other elements … all focused on delivering a citizen-centric programme,” she said.Among these, the High Commissioner pointed out, is collaboration between the Jamaican and Canadian Bar Associations to ensure that from prosecutorial and defence perspectives “we are looking at access, safety and security of witnesses”.“It will also take the form of working with other international development partners… to make sure that there are safe spaces and that courthouses function in a way that ensures that witnesses are taken care of and due justice can be done in an efficient and effective manner,” she added.Mrs. Peters said other focus areas that are expected to be targeted includeincorporating varying formats of communication tools to enable persons to fully understand their rights and how to access justice.She further indicated that “it could [include] adding two additional mobile justice units… to make sure that free legal advice is being taken out to the communities”.Mrs. Peters noted that Canada’s approach to extending aid to countries globally has “shifted and developed” over the years, and is now guided by a Feminist International Assistance Policy.However, she said while there is significant focus on women and girls, “we continue to place emphasis, as we always have, on helping the poorest and most vulnerable in an effort to leave no one behind”.“This includes increasing equitable access to a functioning justice system. Equitable access to justice provides people and communities with a legal basis upon which to claim their rights and see justice served,” the High Commissioner added.Meanwhile, Mrs. Peters believes that engagements being implemented under the JUST programme will significantly transform Jamaica’s justice system.“I do have every confidence that Jamaica will continue to take ownership and accountability for their justice system… and play a leadership role in the region,” she said.The JUST Programme is being implemented by the Justice Ministry, Justice Reform Implementation Unit (JRIU), Canada’s Department of Justice (Justice Canada), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and other non-state implementing partners.The programme’s initial components focused on technical-legal assistance and institutional strengthening. read more

RADA Says Glyphosate Poses No Risk When Used Appropriately

“The latest review was done in March/April 2019 which concluded that if glyphosate is used following its most current label, it does not cause risk to public health. A second outcome of the extensive review showed that glyphosate is not a cause of cancer,” she noted. Story Highlights Speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, Principal Director, Technical Services, RADA, Marina Young, said there have been numerous reviews of research findings to assess the risk the herbicide poses to public health between 2015 and 2019. The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) is assuring citizens that the herbicide, glyphosate, poses no risk to public health when it is used in accordance with its label. The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) is assuring citizens that the herbicide, glyphosate, poses no risk to public health when it is used in accordance with its label.Speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, Principal Director, Technical Services, RADA, Marina Young, said there have been numerous reviews of research findings to assess the risk the herbicide poses to public health between 2015 and 2019.“The latest review was done in March/April 2019 which concluded that if glyphosate is used following its most current label, it does not cause risk to public health. A second outcome of the extensive review showed that glyphosate is not a cause of cancer,” she noted.According to Mrs. Young, RADA and the Pesticide Control Authority (PCA) have been very diligent in ensuring that the heavily used registered pesticides are in the lower toxicity levels and will have the least impact on the environment and users’ health.“In Jamaica, glyphosate is used in 11 different products. Nine of those products which have glyphosate as the main ingredient are Class IV toxicity pesticides and are registered by the PCA for agricultural use and non-crop or industrial purposes. The other two products are Class III toxicity,” she added.Based on the World Health Organization (WHO) Hazard Classification, Class IV is the lowest in terms of acute toxicity with Class I being the most toxic.Mrs. Young noted that glyphosate is one of the most commonly used herbicides because of the climate.“Jamaican agriculture is under tropical conditions and weeds are a major challenge to the crops as they compete for water, sunlight, nutrients and space; therefore, the use of the chemical is very essential for the successful management of the weeds,” she explained.Glyphosate-based pesticides are typically applied before seeds are sown or crops planted. The herbicide is registered locally to be used on the following crops: banana, citrus, coconut, coffee, mango, papaya, sugar cane, pumpkin, corn, pineapple, sweet and Irish potato and some vegetables. read more

ImportExport Regulations for Cannabis Soon

Speaking at the official opening of SENSI Medical Cannabis House at the Pulse Centre in New Kingston, on Wednesday (August 14), Mr. Shaw said work is being done on the draft of the regulations by the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) and other agencies of Government. Story Highlights Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says Jamaicans can expect the import/export regulations for cannabis soon. “Through the work of the CLA, we [Government] are now in receipt of the first draft of the import/export regulations for cannabis for final review and discussion, which upon enactment, will give the CLA jurisdiction or the statutory authority to handle requests for import/export of inflorescence/flower and extract/resin,” the Minister said. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says Jamaicans can expect the import/export regulations for cannabis soon.Speaking at the official opening of SENSI Medical Cannabis House at the Pulse Centre in New Kingston, on Wednesday (August 14), Mr. Shaw said work is being done on the draft of the regulations by the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) and other agencies of Government.“Through the work of the CLA, we [Government] are now in receipt of the first draft of the import/export regulations for cannabis for final review and discussion, which upon enactment, will give the CLA jurisdiction or the statutory authority to handle requests for import/export of inflorescence/flower and extract/resin,” the Minister said.“It’s moving between the various agencies, [such as] the Ministry of Justice, the Attorney General’s Department, the Chief Parliamentary Counsel and the CLA,” he added.Mr. Shaw noted that when this is promulgated, Jamaica will be one of 10 countries in the world with an export regime.The Minister noted that to date, the CLA has been working with cannabis based organisations and has granted 54 licences.“I am also pleased to report that the Cannabis Licensing Authority has been doing tremendous work toward improving the local landscape for cannabis companies and our attractiveness to investors,” he said.Additionally, the Minister pointed out that consultations have started for hemp regulations.“We have engaged a legal consultant to commence drafting instructions to inform the timely preparation of hemp regulations, as it is very important that a regulatory framework is in place to enable marijuana and specific strains of hemp (high CBD strains) to co-exist, as we consider the protection of both industries quite important,” Mr. Shaw said.He commended the SENSI Medical Cannabis House by Marigold Projects Jamaica Limited for their investment in the industry, with the opening of the outlet.“I am told Marigold will also be processing locally for export. This is indeed impressive and with the CLA’s impending statutory authority to handle requests for import/export, all our local players will be able to leverage overseas markets and grow our economy,” the Minister said. read more

Young People to Benefit From Training to Boost Employment

The entities are Jamaica Producers Group, Bureau of Standards Jamaica and GraceKennedy Limited. Young people in urban and rural communities across the island are to benefit from valuable training and work experience aimed at strengthening their opportunities for employment. Story Highlights Young people in urban and rural communities across the island are to benefit from valuable training and work experience aimed at strengthening their opportunities for employment.This will be facilitated under three memoranda of understanding (MoUs) signed by the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica (CCCJ) with three private sector entities on Thursday (Aug.15) at the Terra Nova Hotel in St. Andrew.The entities are Jamaica Producers Group, Bureau of Standards Jamaica and GraceKennedy Limited.The initiative is part of the Advance Programme funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and FHI360.Under the programme, community colleges will benefit from support to offer two to three-year technical degree programmes to disadvantaged youth as a viable path towards employment.Areas of training include agri-business, the creative industries, and health and tourism wellness.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr, welcomed the collaboration among the partners.He noted that the opportunities presented by the signing of the agreements will not only enable numerous disadvantaged Jamaican youth to access higher education but also training in the workplace.“The signing of the MoUs really represents the strategic collaboration between all of the stakeholders. From here, what (the community colleges) are supposed to be doing is going through the interviews based on those students, who have applied to identify persons who are going to be selected to advance towards the associates and bachelors [degree] programmes that they are offering in the specific categories,” he noted.The Advantage Programme is also benefiting young people in Honduras and Guatemala.For the purpose of the programme, disadvantaged youth refers to those populations in both rural and urban areas, youth living in communities with high crime or violence, indigenous people and those marginalised due to ethnicity, gender, religion, disability or sexual orientation. This will be facilitated under three memoranda of understanding (MoUs) signed by the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica (CCCJ) with three private sector entities on Thursday (Aug.15) at the Terra Nova Hotel in St. Andrew. read more