Monthly Archives: August 2020

Broward school debaters win six state championship titles

first_imgCharles Flanagan High School (Original Oratory) – Neuteyshe FelizorCharles Flanagan High School (Program of Oral Interpretation) – Jayley Halpern-DrockCypress Bay High School (Policy Debate)  – Roberto Fernandez and Reilly MarkowitzNova High School (Extemporaneous Speaking) – Eleanor BockNova High School (Public Forum Debate) – Rafey Khan and Cornelia FraserWestern High School (Group Interpretation) – Kayla Terry, Sofia Paez, Rebecca Claudio, Monica Claudio, Sophie Ross and Mickenzie DonnellyCharles Flanagan High School (Dramatic Interpretation) – David Rodriguez, Third Place Cypress Bay High School (Oral Interpretation) – Sterling Wertanzl , Second PlaceCypress Bay High School (Extemporaneous Speaking) – Brian Levy, Third PlaceCypress Bay High School (Dramatic Interpretation) – Maya Hedrick, Fourth PlaceCypress Bay High School (Extemporaneous Speaking) – Dylan Lyon, Fifth PlaceFort Lauderdale High School (Public Forum Debate) – Kevin Hautigan and Danny Siegel, Second PlaceMiramar High School (Program of Oral Interpretation) – Daliss Hicks, Sixth PlaceNova High School (Dramatic Interpretation) –  Christine Tao, Second PlaceNova High School (Humorous Interpretation) – Nick Grosso, Second PlaceNova High School (Humorous Interpretation) – Jacob Lieberman, Fourth PlaceNova High School (Congressional Debate) – Anthony Walton, Fifth PlaceNova High School (Dramatic Interpretation) – Nick Grosso, Fifth PlaceNova High School (Humorous Interpretation) – Abigail Goldstein, Fifth PlaceNova High School (Duo Interpretation) – Christine Tao and Amanda Berger, Sixth PlaceWest Broward High School (Duo Interpretation) – Preston Galban and Rock Navamuel, Seventh PlaceWestern High School (Duo Interpretation) – Jessica Laurence and Dylan Davis, Second PlaceWestern High School (Duo Interpretation) – Jared Hurwit and Josh Benbasat, Fourth PlaceWestern High School (Congressional Debate) – Mohammad Naeem,  Fourth PlaceWestern High School (Program of Oral Interpretation) – Brian Inerfeld, Fifth PlaceWestern High School (Extemporaneous Speaking) – Tam Pham, Fifth Place; andWestern High School (Humorous Interpretation) – Camille Tate, Sixth Place Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) debate students won six state championship titles at the Florida Forensics League State Tournament.The state championship competition took place recently, in Gulf Breeze, Florida, and included more than 600 students from public and private high schools across the state.In addition to winning the six championship titles, BCPS students ranked among the best in the state in numerous other categories. Taking top honors:proud Broward debater display their trophiesBelow are the achievements of the debaters:last_img read more

Caribbean countries affected by hurricanes to receive help from New Zealand

first_img“It is heartbreaking to see the damage done by Hurricanes Irma and Maria”, said New Zealand High Commissioner H Jan Henderson The Government of New Zealand will be contributing NZ$250,000 to the immediate relief efforts to help Caribbean countries affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria. UNDP to disburse fundsThe funds will be disbursed through the United Nations Development program (UNDP) to support governments in early recovery activities such as debris management and the rehabilitation of basic services like water and electricity.“New Zealand and the Caribbean have longstanding links which have been deepened by the opening of four missions in the region in 2014. I have spent time in both Antigua and Barbuda, and Dominica, getting to know the countries and the people, and it is heartbreaking to see the damage done by Hurricanes Irma and Maria”, said New Zealand High Commissioner H Jan Henderson.New Zealand CommittedShe added that New Zealand remains committed to continuing long-term support in the agriculture sector in Antigua and Barbuda. The country also is committed to the geothermal development project in Dominica when recovery efforts move to economic revitalization.The New Zealand High Commission serves Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago.Medical personnel from Barbados assisting Dominica Meanwhile, arrangements are being made to have doctors and nurses from Barbados travel to Dominica to provide much-needed assistance.According to Dr. Brian Charles, the managing director of Sandy Crest Medical Centre, who is in Dominica, there is urgent need for artisans, medical and nursing personnel to provide much needed care for those requiring assistance.Princess Margaret Hospital badly damagedCharles is in Dominica to provide primary assessments for health- care services and hospitals there, and work alongside the Barbadian military personnel. “The [Princess Margaret] hospital has been badly damaged…it is about 70 per cent destroyed, but it is running somewhat,” Charles said.He noted that the hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department had very limited function, as the institution had no power, water, operating theatre, X-ray or CAT scan departments, laboratories or blood bank. “Our appeal right now is for assistance to get those up and running soon,” he said.Charles also reported there were currently five people who need to be medi-evacuated from the hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department.  “The French authorities have indicated  they will take patients to Martinique. There’s also one critically ill police officer who sustained major trauma that needs to be airlifted,” he said, also emphasizing the needs of dialysis patients were also a cause for concern.Dominica remains in a state of emergency after it was devastated by Category 5 Hurricane Maria last week.last_img read more

St. Lucia to introduce new tax reform measures after EU blacklisting

first_imgThe St. Lucia government says it will soon introduce new tax reform measures after the island was included among 17 countries worldwide on a new global list of tax havens by the European Union.Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Ubaldus Raymond said the new tax rules are likely to be unveiled in the new budget while denying the island is a tax haven.Raymond said that St. Lucia has complied with all the requirements of international regulatory institutions, and Prime Minister Allen Chastanet signed the automatic exchange of information in November 2016.Harmonization of taxesRaymond said the main issue involves a harmonization of taxes which St Lucia is currently working to improve.“St Lucia and other countries that were blacklisted, I want to make it clear, were not institutions dodging the agreement or the requirements of these international institutions, but it had more to do with the imbalance in the tax regime.“Fortunately for St Lucia our government, the Prime Minister, and Minister of Finance, we have already been engaging our local departments, Ministry of Finance, Inland Revenue Department, in working on a more harmonized tax system.”Hope to be off list soonRaymond said St. Lucia is hoping to be off the European Union tax haven blacklist “very soon,” adding that the island is awaiting official notification of the blacklisting from the European Union.St. Lucia is among four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries named last Tuesday in the new list of global tax havens. The other Caribbean countries are Barbados, Grenada, and Trinidad and Tobago.last_img read more

Damian Marley, Morgan Heritage and Chronixx among Billboard Reggae top…

first_imgFive Jamaicans including three 2018 Grammy nominees are currently in the top 10 of the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart.Three time Grammy winner Damian Marley holds the highest position at number four with his Stony Hill album.The 2015 Grammy winner, Morgan Heritage with Avrakadabra and new comer Chronixx with Chronology sit in the sixth and seventh spots, respectively.Jesse Royal’s Lily of the Valley and I’m Yours by Sizzla are nine and ten.last_img

Trinidad-roots star Nia Long stars in Netflix’s “ROXANNE ROXANNE”

first_imgTrinidad-roots star, Nia Long, is among the stars in the highly anticipated Netflix original film, ‘ROXANNE ROXANNE,’ set to air on Netflix on March 23rd. ‘ROXANNE ROXANNE’ is written and directed by Michael Larnell tells the story of rap pioneer Lolita ‘Roxanne Shanté’ Gooden, best known for her 1984 hit record“Roxanne’s Revenge,” and the “Roxanne Wars” rivalry. At only 14-years-old, Queens ’Roxanne Shanté’ was on the road to stardom and becoming a hip-hop legend. ROXANNE ROXANNE stars Chanté Adams as Shanté and Long as her mother Peggy Gooden.  Mahershala Ali plays Cross, Shanté’s abusive boyfriend. The film also stars Elvis Nolasco, Kevin Phillips, Shenell Edmonds, Eden Duncan-Smith, Drew Olivia Tillman, Lyric Hurd, and Adam Horowitz.last_img read more

#Editorial: Step Up The War Against Cancer!

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – Since 1985, the United States has focused on breast cancer awareness in October, but in each of these years, instead of heralding the cure of this disease, we continue to see evidence of its ravages. And, worse yet, as steps to prevent or survive breast cancer are highlighted, several other forms of cancers also take a toll on Americans of every race and age.Some may recall that during his presidency, Barack Obama made the fight against cancer a priority. In 2009 when he announced a federal economic stimulus package, it included $10 billion for cancer research. In proposing that funding, the president then said, “Now is the time to commit ourselves to waging a war against cancer, as aggressive as the war cancer wages against us.”America’s official war on cancer began in 1971 when President Richard Nixon signed the National Cancer Act to strengthen the National Cancer Institute in its effort to find cures and improved treatment for cancer. At that time, there were high hopes scientists were close to understanding the underlying causes of the disease and cures were within reach.However, despite millions of dollars expended, including $2 billion increase in research funding for the National Institute of Health approved by Congress this year, and over 48 years of intense research, cancer continues to wage terror on families, with a significant death rate that has affected almost every American family.While there some progress in treatment and improvement in the survival rate, cancer is still winning. The war to eliminate the disease not only urgently needs more aggression, but it also needs more people to heed the advice liberally given and take responsible action to prevent being victims of cancer.One of the lasting positives of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is it draws attention among women—especially younger women who may believe they are too young to fall victim to breast cancer—to the importance of preventative tests like annual mammograms.There are several other preventative tests that are available, assuming people can afford them, which are extremely helpful in preventing various cancers. Some of these tests—including those for prostate and colon cancers—may not be pleasant to endure, but nonetheless we should act responsibly and have them done.Another responsibility we have is to heed the advice on appropriate diets and lifestyle that can help prevent or minimize the risk of cancer.Since 1971 scientists and doctors have made improvements in diagnosing cancer. This improvement has, in turn, led to early detection of some cancers, improved preventative measures, and improved medical treatment. Consequently, we have also seen a reduction in cancer mortality rate from 215 deaths per 100,000 in 1991 to 172 death per 100,000 in 2010, according to “A Cancer Journal for Clinicians” in 2014.However, the death rate for some cancers is still too high. In 2018, 609,640 Americans were estimated to die from the disease. Because of the continued high death rate, a cancer diagnosis is often seen as a death sentence for cancer victims and their families.It is obvious the war against cancer involves winning several battles. The thrust in the current battle is finding effective treatments that enhance the survival rate.As research into finding effective treatment and cures continues, scientists continue to be challenged by the complexities of cancer. In the 1950s, scientists assumed viruses were the prime cause of cancer. Further research replaced that assumption with another that cancer was caused by defective cells in the body. More research indicated there are a variety of defective cells that create various types of cancers in different areas of the body.Professor of oncology/co-director of cancer biology at John Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Victor Velculescu, formerly said it may have been wishful thinking that a disease like cancer was simple, to begin with. He said it became clear cancer isn’t a single disease, but rather each case of cancer is a unique disease. He said complicating matters is along with the peculiarity of some cancers, the disease does not remain static but continually changes. This makes it necessary to continually develop new treatment measures for various types of cancer.Finding effective cure and treatment for cancer requires increased research, including copious research into the curative effects of new sources like medical marijuana. While there are indications medical marijuana is useful in treating some cancers, more intense research is needed to ascertain its empirical effectiveness as a cure for cancer, generally.But continually funding research without conclusive findings is frustrating. How many more people must die while this seemingly endless research continues? Cancer is a global problem, and many believe a more focused collaboration of global research should find the elusive cure. Maybe emphatic deadlines should be tied to cancer research funding to hasten answers which must surely exist.last_img read more

“Protect the Children” Symposium on Human Trafficking to be Held in…

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – With human trafficking on the rise in major cities across the United States, the Female Development World Organization (FDWO), City of North Miami Beach and the Madalon Law Firm will come together to hold a “Protect The Children” symposium on human trafficking in South Florida.The event will be held on Saturday, November 16th, from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., at Marjorie and William McDonald Center. The event will open with a Poetry performance by Javon McLean, immediately following the panel discussion on the adverse effects of human and sex trafficking on our local community and schools.With the Super Bowl 54 being held in Miami Gardens next year, stakeholders are concerned about a possible increase in human trafficking in Florida.U.S. police arrested about 750 people in nationwide sex-trafficking sting operations ahead of last year’s Super Bowl, the largest sweep since operations began 13 years earlier; Some 1.5 million people in the United States are victims of trafficking, mostly for sexual exploitation. The majority are children, according to a U.S. Senate report published last year on Reuters.com.Experts at the panel will educate guests on the identification of warning signs of trafficking, identification of a trafficked person, and overall increased awareness of human trafficking in the communities that are the most vulnerable.Panelists include Commissioner Paule Villard, City of North Miami Beach; Lavern Deer, Founder, Female Development World Organization; Joseph Madalon, Attorney, Madalon Law; Raymond Carvil, Retired Police Major, City of Miami; Detective Laura Gonzalez; North Miami Beach Police; Rev. Joanem F. Floreal, Shalom Community Church; Nathan Earl, Interim Chair, Executive Director, Ark of Freedom Alliance; Shante Haymore-Kearney, MSA Education Outreach. Event Moderator, Shanika Ampha Survivor, Advocate and Founder, Guiding Light Outreach.WHEN: November 16, 2019, from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.WHERE: Marjorie and William McDonald Center17051 NE 19th Avenue,North Miami Beach, FL 33162last_img read more

More Than 200 Bahamians Still Missing From Hurricane Dorian Should Be…

first_imgThe aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in The Bahamas. NASSAU, Bahamas, CMC –Months after Hurricane Dorian swept through the Bahamas causing damage estimated at US$3.4 billion, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands says the time has come for the country to acknowledge that more than 200 people lost their lives as a result of the Category 5 storm.At the end of November last year, the official death toll was put at 70 with 282 people missing.But, Sands told The Tribune newspaper that the relevant authorities will have to make a decision to confirm that more than 200 people died as a result of the storm that lashed the archipelago on September 1, 2019.“At some point, the government of The Bahamas will have to declare that over 200 people have died in Hurricane Dorian but I cannot officially say that as that is a multi-ministerial decision.“We have to do our due diligence and meet to decide. We want to move all of the outstanding matters to an agreed consensus or conclusion. We want to bring some closure. Again, we have not walked this road before,” Sands told the newspaper.The storm caused widespread damage mainly in Abaco and Grand Bahama, with officials indicating that the death tolls in those two areas were 60 and 10 respectively.A multi-agency meeting with the Ministries of Health, Legal Affairs, National Security, the Office of the Attorney General and other agencies was scheduled for Thursday but has since been moved to next week.“You would have heard me say that we would invite the International Red Cross to provide a safe space for persons who may not be willing to come forward to identify loved ones. And so that invitation and that request has already been made, the logistics of how that happens is very important.“Then it’s the whole issue of how long we are going to keep remains in refrigerated coolers particularly in Abaco. We need to identify a place for interment. We need to agree on a type of grid that would be set up and how we would reference remains,” Sands said.Under the law, it takes at least seven years to declare a missing person dead and the health minister said that it may be necessary to amend the legislation.“The Attorney General would have said, I would have said, that we are going to consider an abridged or shortened time different than the seven years and there are examples of countries that have shortened the timeline when people are presumed to be dead from a natural disaster, were declared dead.“You’ve got to ensure that whatever decision is made, that you have consulted adequately, that you did not ignore important considerations and so it is very important. There are legal requirements that have to be met. So, at the multi-ministerial meeting we want to bring this thing to some kind of closure on many different levels,” he told the newspaper.Sands said that more than 50 people remain unidentified in Abaco and all the remains in Grand Bahama have been identified and turned over to the families.last_img read more

Broward County Announces Park Closures and Social Distancing for Public Transport

first_imgPeople Boarding Bus BROWARD COUNTY, FL – County Administrator Bertha Henry issued Emergency Order 20-02, which temporarily closes County parks and implements schedule changes and activities to support social distancing for bus riders. The Order also restates some provisions of Emergency Order 20-01 regarding essential businesses.Broward County Parks – All parks operated by Broward County are closed to public access beginning at 12:01AM on Tuesday, March 24, until further notice. This includes regional, neighborhood and specialty parks; nature centers; and natural areas. C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines will remain open as a COVID-19 drive-through testing collection site until further notice. Parks employees will continue to report to work.Broward County Transit (BCT) – Broward County asks that members of the public limit their use of bus and paratransit services to essential travel only, and that riders comply with the CDC recommendations for social distancing. BCT will also implement the following social distancing measures, until further notice:•  Beginning Tuesday, March 24, customers will enter and exit the bus only via the rear doors, except for customers who require use of the wheelchair ramp, which will remain available at the front door.•  Also beginning March 24, bus fare collections will be temporarily suspended on all bus service, including TOPS paratransit.•  Beginning Saturday, March 28, BCT will operate a Saturday schedule daily, Monday through Saturday; Limited Stop (or “Breeze”) service will be eliminated, and Express buses will operate on 30-minute schedules. Sunday schedules will continue as they currently are.Broward County Libraries – As a reminder, Broward County Libraries were closed to in-person public access at the close of business on March 19, until further notice. Libraries staff will continue to report to work. A wealth of online library resources remains available. Fines will not be assessed for materials returned late as a result of the closure.The following provisions of Emergency Order 20-02 restate portions of Emergency Order 20-01 regarding essential and non-essential businesses.Marinas and boat launches, docking, fueling, marine supply and other marina services – These continue to be identified as essential businesses, but only for limited operations, including: commercial fishing, law enforcement activities, to accommodate boats and ferries operating out of Port Everglades, to accommodate persons living aboard their vessels, persons returning to the U.S. from international voyages, and persons needing to remove their vessel from the water or perform emergency maintenance. This change was made primarily to curtail the continued social gatherings of large parties and groups at these facilities, contrary to the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Pawn Shops – Excluded from the initial list of essential businesses, pawn shops are now included in the list of essential business, as they are deemed to provide an important financial resource to many residents, particularly during times of need.All other provisions of Emergency Order 20-01 remain in effect.last_img read more

FORMULA ONE: Mexico Grand Prix To Go On As Planned Amidst Recent Earthquake.

first_imgRelatedF1: Miami To Host Race In 2021October 16, 2019In “Formula One”Hamilton Wants Podium Finish In Mexican Grand PrixOctober 26, 2018In “Formula 1″F1 Team-Mate Comparisons Part One: Who’s Ahead At The Summer Break?August 8, 2018In “Formula One” Tuesday’s devastating magnitude 7.1 earthquake that hit the City of Mexico will not be enough to halt this year’s Mexican Grand Prix according to the race organizersThe earthquake which has been recorded as Mexico’s deadliest in three decades had cast doubts on whether the 2017 race was going to still happen next month. However, marketing head of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodrigues, Rodrigo Sanchez, has maintained that the October race would go ahead as scheduled.Rodrigo also added that the race would look to support the bereaved City in any way they can.“It’s been inspected twice already from the track surface and also the buildings, and it’s OK.” Sanchez said.“We’ll continue doing assessments as we go but so far there’s really no concern (about facilities). We’ll have a race.”Sources have recorded the casualties of the Tuesday magnitude 7.1 earthquake to be hitting a mammoth 226 death toll with many more injuries across the country.The Mexican grand prix which attracts the second most amount of spectators on the Formula One Calendar is backed by the government, which pays the hosting fees to Formula One and sees it as an important driver for tourism and Mexico’s image abroad.Sanchez also added the need to help victims with immediate relieve materials to get back to their normal lives. “We’re trying to put out there all the information relevant to how people can help. Right now the concern is really getting everything back moving from the city perspective and supporting any way we can,’ he added.“If things stay the same, we’ll just keep working on what we’re doing. The track is fine so we just need to re-focus and get this show done.”The grand prix is scheduled for 27-29 October this year. CHIDIEBERE ANUGWOLUlast_img read more