HIV Trinidad and Tobago’s Education Minister Anthony Garcia says the five students who tested positive for the HIV virus did not get infected through sexual activities but were infected from birth.“Those students contracted the disease at birth. It had nothing to do with any STD (sexually transmitted diseases) as a result of sexual activity among school children,” Garcia told a recent news conference.Last week,in an appearance before a Joint Select Committee (JSC) of Parliament, officials from the Ministries of Education and Health confirmed that the five students, aged seven to 11, including three girls were receiving treatment“They will remain in the system unless their health factors should warrant that they should be removed,” said Guidance Officer in Ministry of Education Darlene Smith, noting that the ministry believes in inclusive education and they should be treated in the same manner as other students.
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Despite warnings issued by law enforcement authorities months ago, skimmers continue to fleece Florida consumers by stealing their credit card information at petrol stations across the state.According to the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam H. Putnam inspectors have identified 276 credit card skims for the first six month of 2017, which compares to 219 for all of 2016.In a release earlier this week Putnam said, “”Identity theft is the last thing Floridians and visitors want to deal with while traveling.” An educated consumer is the best defense.”Credit card skimming works with the skimmers placing a small, battery-like device discreetly inside gas pump cabinets which they open with a universal gasoline pump key. The device then reads consumers credit and debit card information including the pin numbers inserted by consumers when they purchase petrol. The information gathered by the skimmers is then used by the skimmers illegally for purchases elsewhere.According to reports, it has been found that each skimming device found included some 100 credit card numbers, with an average of $1,000 stolen from each credit card that was skimmed.Detecting the skimmers is a multi-agency effort involving both local municipal law enforcement agencies and the Florida Department of Agriculture.The agriculture department indicated the gas skimming scam is an organized crime operation. Often the department stated the stolen credit card information is sold on the internet or used to make fake credit cards.The Florida Agriculture Commissioner’s office recommends consumers should try to protect themselves against being skimmed at gas stations by adopting the following methods:Avoid using credit or debit cards to purchase gas at gas pumps. Preferably use cash, and if cash is not available, present the card to the attendant at the petrol station.If you do use a debit card to purchase gas use it as a credit card so as not having to put in your pin number at the gas pump.Use the pumps in front of the petrol station as the skimming device is usually placed on pumps out of sight of the station’s attendants.Keep an eye on your bank and credit card for unusual and unauthorized charges.
Bermuda’s Chief Justice Ian Kawaley Wednesday ruled that some sections of the controversial Domestic Partnership Act 2018 (DPA) were unconstitutional, paving the way for gay couples to once again marry in the territory. But even as he upheld the constitutional challenge to the DPA, the Chief Justice said that he was allowing time for the government to appeal the ruling before the new measure goes into effect.Inconsistent with Bermuda’s Constitution Delivering his judgement before a packed courtroom, Justice Kawaley, who steps down as Chief Justice later this year, said the sections of the act which revoked the right to same-sex marriage were invalid because they were inconsistent with provisions in Bermuda’s constitution which give the right to freedom of conscience and creed.His ruling came five days after the DPA came into effect, banning same-sex marriage in Bermuda but giving gay and straight couples the chance to enter into civil unions.Judgement stayed for 6-weeks The Government has an automatic right to appeal the ruling.The Chief Justice agreed to an application by Solicitor-General Melvyn Douglas to stay the effect of the judgement for six weeks until it decides whether to appeal, meaning the current ban on same-sex marriage will remain in place.The latest civil proceedings in Supreme Court were brought against Attorney-General Kathy Lynn Simmons by gay Bermudians Rod Ferguson and Maryellen Jackson and the charity OUT Bermuda.They claimed that the part of the DPA that reaffirmed that a marriage is void unless the parties are male and a female was unconstitutional.The DPA was approved by the island’s parliament last December, sparking criticism from human rights activists and UK MPs, including Prime Minister Theresa May, who said she was “seriously disappointed.”
Palm Beach Titans cruised to victory by 7 wickets over Southshore and St Bess crushed Tropics United by 83 runs on Sunday October 14, 2018 in the eighth round of the South Florida Cricket Alliance (SFCA) T-20 competition.At John Stretch Park, Southshore won the toss and elected to bat first, scoring a measly 95 for 8 in their allotted 20 overs. Horace Stanley top scored with 29 not-out while Byron Bowes chipped in with a brisk 22 not-out. No other batsman gets to double figures. The best of the bowlers for the Palm Beach Titans was Mohammed Hossain, who took 2 wickets for 13 runs. In reply, Palm Beach Titans scored 96 for 3 in 16 overs to win by seven wickets. Skipper Andre Fraser opened the innings and carried his team over the finish line with a well-played 51 not-out. He was supported by Mohammed Hossain, 12 not-out. Bowling for Southshore, Sean Richards and Horace each took a wicket for 15 and 17, runs, respectively. At the Lauderhill Sport Park, Tropics United won the toss and asked the visiting team, St Bess, to take first strike. They then posted a challenging total of 181 for 7. Masood Mohammed added 34 and Sherwlyn Powell, 32 while Shane Ford scored 26 and O’Brian Jones added 23 not-out. The leading wicket takers for Tropics United were Marcel Graham, 3 for 29; Kimoy Salmon, 2 for 32; and Oswin Howard, 2 for 46. Tropics United then took the crease and was bowled out for a mere 98 runs. Ernie Joseph added 25 while Nicholas Mittoo and Bert Davis contributed 16 runs each. Bowling St Bess to a massive 83 run victory was Herlando John, who bagged 4 for 11; Sherwlyn Powell, who grabbed 3 for 14 and Adam Khan who picked up 2 for 24.
Get ready … for a second year, Jamaican Women of Florida (JWOF) hosts its cultural event with an educational flair. The second annual Run-A-Boat will take place on Saturday, November 17, 2018, on the grounds and pavilion of Holy Sacrament Episcopal Church on University Drive just North of Sheridan. The fun begins at 1:00 p.m. through 7:00 p.m. “we nice it up like it’s a yard-style day party”, according to JWOF President, Ms. Camille Edwards.What’s a Run-A-Boat?What’s a Run-A-Boat? Ms. Edwards went on to explain in her childhood days growing up in Jamaica, after a day of ‘free labor’ to repair/rebuild the church, the men would get together and cook whatever was available ground provisions, curried goat, fried fish, etc. There was also music, laughter, dominoes and fun for the whole family. “It’s the same thing, at the JWOF Run-A-Boat,“ she added.Fun specially for the kids For the kids there will be lots to do and to learn about the Jamaican cultural heritage. “We’ll teach them how to play marbles, hop scotch, rounders, hula-hoop, with prizes and surprises. We’ll read Anansi stories to them and maybe they will read to us too”. For adults, they can come out and indulge in the nostalgia of the moment, a reminder of how it used to be. You can join the kids in their games or what about some Ludo or dominoes? Performances by Dr. Sue, Steve Higgins Helping us to set the cultural stage is South Florida’s own Lady of All Things Jamaican, performer Dr. Susan Davis (stage name Dr. Sue). She will take us down the cultural path as only she can. And, Steve Higgins “the Jamaican Tenor” will also help us to create a cultural experience with his folksongs.Fund raisingRun-A-Boat is also a fundraiser too. Your donation will support JWOF projects including the Melody House for disadvantaged young females, JWOF annual scholarships and other charitable missions across the Diaspora. Come prepared to contribute with your participation in the 50/50 raffle, a “win/win” deal. Event tickets are now on sale for $5.00 each. Children under 5 years of age will enter free. Want tickets? See a JWOF member or call us at 561 320-1391. Lots of foodJust like last year, there will be food vendors offering old Jamaican favorites like fried sprat and hard dough bread, roast yam, sugar cane, jerk chicken, jelly coconut, pudding and much more. Come for lunch and stay for dinner. Lots to snack on in between meals. The ‘bar’ offers an assortment of alcoholic and none alcoholic beverages. Don’t miss the rum punch and sorrel which was sold out early last. Plan to come early and stay long.Dancing tooPut on your dancing shoes. “We are going to make it real with mento, ska, rock steady and reggae. Enjoy music all day and into the evening coming to us from favorite Jamaican local disc jockey – DJ Mark Swaby.
NASSAU, Bahamas, CMC – The major, life-threatening category 5 Hurricane Dorian made landfall on The Bahamas on Sunday morning, leaving major damage to many of the small islands in the archipelago.The National Hurricane Centre (NHC), in an update, said data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicated that winds increased to 185 miles per hour with the minimum central pressure falling to 911 mb.Hurricane Dorian is the worst hurricane to have ever hit The Bahamas, with the eye of the storm passing directly over Marsh Harbour in Abaco.Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis, during a press conference on Sunday afternoon, pleaded with residents on the island of Grand Bahama to leave high-risk zones immediately.“Grand Bahama, those individuals in the West End area, this is your last warning. We have made all necessary arrangements, at least 13 shelters available.”“May God bless us all,” said Minnis, who said that residents of the Abacos who refused voluntary evacuation are in for the “long haul.”Minnis, who has been Prime Minister since 2017, later broke down when describing the effects of Dorian on the island.“This is probably the most saddened and worst day of my life to address the Bahamian people.“I just want to say as a physician, I’ve been trained to withstand many things but never anything like this. We are facing a hurricane, one that we’ve never seen in the history of the Bahamas. There will be gusts in excess of 200mph. We have some of the best standards of home-building within this region.“Our homes are built to withstand at least 150mph so this will put us to the test that we have never confronted before. The extreme surge of about 20ft… that’s higher than the average roof of our homes here in the Bahamas.“This is a deadly storm and a monster storm,” he continued, “on two previous occasions I have asked Bahamians to leave the cays and in the west and east.“Many have not heeded my warning, many are left behind, there are individuals in the western area who still refuse to leave. I can only say to them that I hope this is not the last time they will hear my voice and may God be with them.“The Marsh Harbour area of Abaco, parts of it is already underwater and some areas you cannot tell the difference between the beginning of the street and where the ocean begins and they have not been hit by the brunt of the storm.”The Prime Minister told reporters that the government does not have legislation authorizing mandatory evacuation, but promised that draft legislation would be brought to Parliament at the earliest opportunity.In the latest update from the NHC at 2:00 pm (local time), the extremely distinct eye of Hurricane Dorian was located near latitude 26.5 North, longitude 77.1 West.Dorian is moving toward the west near 7 mph (11 km/h) and a slower westward motion should continue for the next day or two, followed by a gradual turn toward the northwest.On this track, the core of extremely dangerous Hurricane Dorian will continue to pound Great Abaco on Sunday and then move near or over Grand Bahama Island on Sunday night and Monday.The hurricane should move closer to the Florida east coast late Monday through Tuesday night.Maximum sustained winds are near 185 mph (295 km/h) with higher gusts.Dorian is an extremely dangerous category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely, and Dorian is expected to remain a catastrophic hurricane during the next few days.
Florida’s unemployment system has been widely criticized for its difficulty in filing claims and also for delays in getting payments. The U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday that 221,905 new jobless claims were filed in Florida last week, up a quarter from the 174,860 claims filed the previous week. According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s website, almost 2 million Floridians who have filed for unemployment benefits since the unofficial start of the coronavirus crisis March 15. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity reported Wednesday that it had 1.9 million claims for state or federal relief, and confirmed about 1.4 million of those as unique, not duplicate applications. The latest report, covering efforts through Tuesday and posted Wednesday, shows Florida still is rejecting just over 30% of all processed claims. Nationally, just under 3 million more new unemployment claims were tallied last week. That’s a decrease of almost 200,000 compared to new claims reported the previous week. Florida has paid some form of unemployment compensation to nearly half of the claimants confirmed, according to the most recent state unemployment claims reports. Since mid-March, 36.4 million Americans have filed new claims, according to the Department of Labor’s reports. Another 221,000 Floridians filed for unemployment benefits last week, even as restaurants and retail shops started reopening with limitations for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic forced the shuttering of businesses around the state. Over the past few weeks, the Department of Labor had logged 174,860 new Florida claims during week ending May 2, 433,103 for week ending April 25, and 506,670 for week ending April 17.
Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, have told new signing, Alvaro Morata, to quickly reach the fitness level required of a Chelsea player.Speaking to The Sun, Conte said: “Morata is just starting to train with us,”“He has to improve his condition a lot to adapt quickly into our team.”24-year-old Morata, who signed for £65m from Real Madrid, made his Chelsea debut as a second half substitute in the pre-season 3-2 loss to Bayern Munich in Singapore, and also played in the 2-1 loss to Inter Milan last Saturday.Conte has now urged the striker to shape up on his fitness, as Sunday’s Community Shield at Wembley draws closer, he continued: “He is working well but it has been only five days. Today he tried to do his best but for sure he has to improve.”“I think that we played against two strong teams, Bayern and Inter, in a period that is an important period where we are working very hard. RelatedToo Early To Judge Morata’s Impact – ConteJuly 25, 2017In “England”Antonio Conte: Diego Costa’s Chelsea Future Closed Since JanuaryJuly 21, 2017In “England”Alvaro Morata Reveals; Why I Refused To Join Manchester UnitedNovember 5, 2017In “Europe”
GVC ‘surprised’ at widening of HMRC’s Turkey investigation July 21, 2020 Revenues down 11% but product depth helps GVC through lockdown July 16, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Submit GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share Ladbrokes Coral has announced it will no longer offer guaranteed prices that appear in the paper for a brief time on the day of the race. Previously, for a limited period both Ladbrokes and Coral offered the prices that had been printed in the paper at 8:30am. However, as operators continue to become further detached from paper prices, Ladbrokes Coral has described the offer as “commercially nonsensical.”Coral’s Simon Clare commented: “These days more feature races than ever before are being priced up several days before the race, and prices are constantly moving from the time they are first published until the race going off.“Given this context, to then guarantee to lay an advert price, that was finalised some 16 hours earlier due to newspaper print deadlines, often means the bookmaker ends up with precisely the opposite position in the market to the one intended. It is not only commercially nonsensical but also a hindrance to providing a modern and professional betting service on horseracing to our customers.”Looking ahead, Ladbrokes Coral has guaranteed to take bets on any horse running in any ITV race from 9:00am to lose up to £5,000 on the day of the race. Clare stated: “While the advertised price guarantee will no longer apply, we are fully committed to laying decent bets to customers on all the best races on all our betting channels.“By offering this guarantee, larger-staking customers will be safe in the knowledge they can back any horse in any major race to win at least £5,000.“Due to the challenge of trading volumes of bets in a very short time period, it’s not possible to extend such a guarantee to our digital channels.”
Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Share As punters drink in the unmistakable Cheltenham roar this afternoon, 10mm of overnight rain means that for the first time in 36 years the going at the Festival will be heavy to soft in places. The last time the going at the Festival opened up with heavy ground, the first race was won by a 66/1 shot in Ikdam. The highlight of the opening day will see 8/13 favourite Buveur D’Air aiming to defend the Champion Hurdle, trained by the meeting’s most successful trainer Nicky Henderson, the reigning champion faces stiff competition in the much anticipated race from Faugheen. In a statement on the official twitter of Cheltenham Racecourse, Clerk of the Course Simon Claisse said this morning: “We haven’t had rainfall since about one o’clock this morning and the outlook is for a dry day, with temperatures up to about nine or 10 degrees. “The going on today’s Chase and Hurdle courses is heavy to soft in places, it’s the first time we have started on heavy ground at the festival since 1982, we had a bit of heavy in Gold Cup in 1989, so it’s been a long time since we had conditions such as this, but a dry outlook for the next couple of days, should be great for this afternoon’s racing.The first race is the Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle, which begins at half one this afternoon; the current 2/1 favourite is Willie Mullins trained Getabird. However, the heavy ground has a history of being favourable to underdogs. The biggest market mover comes from the first race, in the form of six-year-old Summerville Boy, which has attracted a plethora of punting attention in the market over the last twenty-four hours.No less than twenty-four bookies have cut odds on Tom George’s horse winning the famous race. The horse can now be backed at 9/1 with Sporting Bet, but is as short as 7/1 with a number of bookies.Oddschecker spokesman George Elek said: “Given the concerns surrounding the going, it’s no surprise there’s been considerable movement in the market for Summerville Boy.“He beat Kalashnikov on heavy ground in his last run, so it makes sense that punters would back him and double the price of Amy Murphy’s Betfair Hurdle winner.” College OTT FloSports secures Gold Cup coverage with HBA Media February 26, 2020 Submit Restructured GVC sidelines Oddschecker affiliate services July 8, 2020 Oddschecker: ‘Unusual circumstances’ fail to hinder Royal Ascot traffic July 23, 2020