Broward County Public Schools honored with Meritorious Budget Award

first_imgRobert Runcie Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) has received the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) for excellence in budget presentation during the 2016/17 fiscal year.This is the 22nd consecutive year the District has been recognized with this award.The Meritorious Budget Award promotes and recognizes excellence in school budget presentation and enhances school business officials’ skills in developing, analyzing and presenting the school system budget. The award is conferred only on school districts that have met or exceeded the program’s stringent criteria, following a rigorous review by professional auditors.“We are honored to be recognized with this prestigious Meritorious Budget Award,” said BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “We are extremely proud of our Finance and Budget staff members for their hard work and achievements in managing the budget process and maintaining a high level of transparency.”The award represents a significant achievement in adhering to the principles and standards of ASBO International’s Meritorious Budget Award criteria, and reflects a commitment to fiscal integrity and high-quality financial reporting.ASBO International is a professional organization of 5,000 members that provides programs and services to promote high standards of school business management, professional growth and the effective use of educational resources.last_img read more

Grenada PM says oil discovered offshore

first_imgPrime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell says recent tests have shown that a “significant” amount of oil and gas had been discovered in Grenada’s territorial waters.Speaking at the final rally of his ruling New National Party (NNP) on Sunday, ahead of the March 13 general election, Mitchell said the Russian based Global Petroleum Group (GBG) had conducted the necessary exploration activities to locate oil and natural gas within the island’s territorial waters.“I want to say to you tonight after all the headaches one well was drilled. There were results we wanted to confirm before we make a noise.Significant gas/oil in one well“Sisters and brothers, the report said that we have found significant gas and oil in the waters of Grenada in one well so far. Sisters and brothers you know what that means for your future. It means a lot for the future of that country,” Mitchell said, adding that there are several more wells “which are more exciting than the one they just found.“In other words, Grenada can be a massive supplier of gas and oil with God’s blessing… we will be marching up,” Mitchell told supporters, adding that “what Grenada needs is continued peace and harmony”.Hydro Carbon Exploration Incentive BillIn June last year, the Grenada parliament approved the Hydro Carbon Exploration Incentive Bill 2017 outlining a package of incentives for oil and gas exploration to any company.Mitchell told supporters that his outgoing administration had reached agreement with all the trade unions here regarding arrears owed to them in addition to the EC$110 million (One EC dollar=US$0.37 cents) they had received over the past five years.He accused the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) of “playing politics” with the unions “by offering to pay what they were asking for and they put it in their manifesto…that they would settle the dispute between the government and the trade unions.“But let me tell them something, last week Thursday we settled with all the unions so they better go and change their manifesto and come again,” Mitchell told supporters at the old Pearls airstrip in the north-eastern section of the island.Mitchell promised that the NNP, which won all the 15 seats in the last general election, is looking to repeat the margin of victory, saying “no one can stop this train.“You make me proud, you make me happy,” he told supporters adding “I will work for you, the team will work for you.”last_img read more

Jamaica’s US Ambassador Named Chair of CARICOM Caucus in Washington

first_imgJamaica’s Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American State (OAS) Ambassador Audrey Marks accepts the gavel from outgoing Chairman Ambassador Leon Charles, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Haiti to the OAS, at a special caucus sitting at the OAS’ headquarters in Washington DC, July 18, 2018. Sharing in the occasion are (l-r), Guyana’s Ambassador to the United States, Riyad Insanally; Trinidad and Tobago’s Ambassador to the United States, Anthony Phillips-Spencer, St. Vincent and the Grenadine’s Alternate Representative to the OAS Omari Williams; Suriname’s Ambassador to the United States, Niermala Badrising; and Barbados Ambassador to the United States, Selwin Hart. Derrick Scott photo. As Jamaica assumes the leadership of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the country’s Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), Her Excellency Audrey Marks, on Wednesday, July 18, assumed the chairmanship of the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors in Washington, D.C.Ambassador Marks’ assumption took place at a special sitting of the 14-member Caucus, held at OAS headquarters.Baton passed by Haitian Ambassador to the USIn passing her the baton, the outgoing chairman, Ambassador Leon Charles, Haiti’s Permanent Representative to the OAS, congratulated his Jamaican colleague on her elevation to the new role.  He lauded Jamaica for the important role the nation continues to play in CARICOM, adding that he had no doubt that Ambassador Marks would perform an excellent job at the helm of the grouping of the region’s ambassadors.For her part, the incoming Caucus Chair said she was honoured to serve in this new role at this very important juncture in Caribbean history.  She went on to note that there were several important issues that the body will tackle over the next six months, identifying trade, security, energy and immigration as key among those critical matters.Towh-hall meetings on immigrationAs it relates to immigration, the Ambassador pointed out that very shortly, the Embassy of Jamaica would host state-wide town hall meeting, given the huge importance this topic held for the Jamaican Diaspora particularly. “There are many changes relating to immigration that members of the Jamaican Diaspora need to be aware of.”The newly-installed CARICOM Caucus Chair used the opportunity to invite her colleague Ambassadors from the Caribbean to join with Jamaica at the town hall meetings being planned, as these immigration changes will not only affect Jamaicans but all Caribbean nationals.Ambassador Marks will occupy the chair for six months, concurrently with Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness holding the CARICOM chairmanship, in which he was installed two weeks ago at the CARICOM of Government Conference in Montego Bay.last_img read more

CTO declares 2019, “The Year of Festivals in the Caribbean”

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, – The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has declared 2019, the “Year of Festivals in the Caribbean” following the past year’s successful Year of Rejuvenation.CTO said as a result, the region will celebrate the unique rhythm and tempo of each CTO destination throughout the new year. “The Year of Festivals will focus on the fascinating events that have become an integral part of the Caribbean tourism calendar. Festivals help to energize communities across the region, while giving visitors more reasons to enjoy our destinations,” said CTO Secretary General, Hugh Riley.Emphasize unique characteristics of Caribbean culture“In addition to providing an opportune time for vacationers to visit, these celebrations also emphasize the unique characteristics that define the many diverse backgrounds and traditions which comprise the Caribbean’s cultural tapestry,” he added.CTO said that the 2019 Caribbean Year of Festivals will be promoted through social media and traditional media channels and will create opportunities for travelers and vacation planners to share their experiences.Celebrates life“While each destination is unique and inviting in its own right, the common denominator for all Caribbean societies is a yearning to celebrate life – and each Caribbean country provides a beat that can’t be replicated elsewhere,” said Riley.He said that the Year of Festivals will highlight music, art, sailing, lights, food, rum, religious, literary and dance festivals celebrated throughout the region.“It’s a theme which can easily be embraced by all CTO member destinations,” Riley noted.CTO said that throughout 2019, it will assist member countries with an assortment of promotional concepts and opportunities which can be implemented around the theme of festivals to appeal to consumers, travel professionals and creators of unique vacation experiences.last_img read more

ECLAC predicts Caribbean economies will grow 2.1 per cent in 2019

first_imgSANTIAGO, Chile, CMC –The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is predicting Caribbean economies will grow 2.1 percent in 2019  even as it acknowledged an international scenario marked by what it describes as “greater uncertainty”.ECLAC also projected that the region will end 2018 with average growth of 1.2 per cent.Global uncertainties could intensify“The year 2019 looks to be a period in which global economic uncertainties, far from waning, will intensify and will arise from different fronts,” said ECLAC in unveiling its last economic report of the year, titled “The Preliminary Overview of the Economies of Latin America and the Caribbean 2018.”ECLAC said this will have an impact on the growth of the economies of Latin America and the Caribbean, which, on average, are seen expanding 1.7 per cent.It forecasts that Central America (excluding Mexico) will grow 3.3 per cent in 2019, South America 1.4 per cent, and the Caribbean 2.1 per cent.Dominica is leading regional growthOn a country level, the report says Dominica is leading regional growth, with a nine per cent expansion, followed by the Dominican Republic (5.7 per cent), Panama (5.6 per cent), Antigua and Barbuda (4.7 per cent) and Guyana (4.6 per cent).The report warns that Venezuela will “suffer a minus 10 per cent contraction in its economy,” Nicaragua, a minus two per cent and Argentina minus 1.8 per cent.The region’s biggest economies, Brazil and Mexico, are seen growing at two per cent, and 2.1 per cent respectively.According to the report, the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean will “confront a complex global economic scenario in the coming years, in which less dynamic growth is expected, both for developed countries as well as emerging economies, along with increased volatility of international financial markets.”“On top of this, there is a structural weakening of international trade, aggravated by trade tensions between the United States and China,” it added.The overall 1.7 per cent economic growth projection for Latin America and the Caribbean in 2019 is slightly below what ECLAC released last October (1.8 per cent), while the estimate for the current year (2018) was also trimmed to 1.2 per cent (from the 1.3 percent forecast in October).Greatest threatThe report notes “the greatest risk to the region’s economic performance in the run-up to 2019 continues to be an abrupt deterioration in the financial conditions for emerging economies”.During 2018, ECLAC said emerging markets showed a significant reduction in external financing flows, while, at the same time, sovereign risk levels increased and their currencies depreciated against the dollar.As in previous years, in its “Preliminary Overview of the Economies of Latin America and the Caribbean,” ECLAC projects a growth dynamic with varying intensities between countries and sub-regions.“This reflects not only the differentiated impacts of the international context on each economy but also the dynamics of spending components – mainly consumption and investment – which have been following different patterns in economies of the north and of the south,” the report states.Growth led by domestic demandIn its stocktaking of the current year, 2018, ECLAC’s report indicates that economic growth was led by domestic demand.“Fixed investment showed a dynamic of recovery, while private consumption remained the main source of growth, even though its growth rates moderated since the second quarter of 2018,” the report noted.In terms of fiscal policy, it says consolidation deepened in 2018, adding that the process of fiscal adjustment led to a reduction in the primary deficit – from 0.7 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2017 to 0.6 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018 – “although this was accompanied by a small increase in public debt.”last_img read more

Caribbean region urged to prepare for possibility of severe outbreak of…

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has called on health officials across the region to prepare for the possibility of a severe outbreak of the mosquito-borne Dengue Fever.In a statement Thursday, CARPHA said the last major regional outbreak of Dengue occurred in 2009. “Since then, the Region has experienced two large outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases, Chikungunya in 2014 and Zika in 2016, which are unlikely to reoccur soon.”The regional agency also said that “Disease modeling predicts that another regional outbreak of Dengue may occur in the near future,” adding that last year, Latin America showed an increase in the number of Dengue cases. Jamaica’s outbreak elevates concernCARPHA has also pointed to the recent outbreak of Dengue in Jamaica, saying that it has elevated the level of concern in other Caribbean islands. “The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is therefore advising countries to implement enhanced measures to reduce mosquito breeding and prevent the spread of disease.”Dengue is a flu-like illness that affects infants, young children and adults. Symptoms typically begin four to ten days after infection, and include a high fever, headache, vomiting, muscle and joint pains, and a characteristic skin rash.  This illness can evolve to severe dengue, characterized by potentially deadly complications, such as internal hemorrhaging, intense and continuous abdominal pain or tenderness and persistent vomiting. In some cases, Dengue may be severe and cause death.Dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases threaten health, tourism, social and economic development, and a collaborative effort is required to reduce the spread of disease. Dengue remains a global health problem and like Zika and Chikungunya, there is no specific treatment for the disease. The Aedes aegypti mosquito vector, which spreads Dengue, is present in all Caribbean territories.Preventative measures similar to those for Zika The measures used for controlling the spread of Dengue are the same as those for Zika and Chikungunya as these diseases are also transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.  With the arrival of the rainy season within a few months, mosquito control and awareness activities need to be intensified. Caribbean Ministries of Health are advised to – Increase health promotion messages to prevent mosquitos biting and breeding; combine efforts with communities to eliminate mosquito breeding sites; intensify vector surveillance and control and disseminate appropriate clinical care and treatment guidelinesThe agency says that the most effective way to avoid becoming ill from viruses spread by mosquitoes is to prevent mosquito bites. Research carried out by CARPHA and the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) show that drums and tires are the main mosquito breeding sources in our countries.“We all need to clean up our surroundings.  The two most important things to manage mosquito populations in our Caribbean countries are to manage water storage drums and tanks, and properly dispose of used vehicle tyres to prevent mosquitoes breeding,” states Dr C. James Hospedales, Executive Director of CARPHA.last_img read more

French Super Cup: Watch Dani Alves Inspired Paris Saint-Germain Beat Monaco

first_imgThe Trophee des Champions is a French football season curtain raiser game, played between the league champions and the cup winner. Video Credit: Twitter.comRelatedI Want Neymar At PSG – Dani AlvesJuly 30, 2017In “Europe”PSG Defeat Rennes to Win Seventh Consecutive Trophee Des ChampionsAugust 3, 2019In “France”Dani Alves: Most Decorated Active Footballer, Third On All-time ListAugust 1, 2017In “Europe” Paris Saint-Germain drew first blood against Ligue 1 rival Monaco, in the Trophee des Champions on Saturday, as new signing, Dani Alves scored on his competitive debut for Les Parisiens.Monaco’s full back, Djibril Sidibe, scored the opener with a well-executed chip over PSG’s goal keeper, Alphonse Areola in the first half.Sidibe scored this ridiculously good goal for Monaca against PSG earlier in the French Super Cup— Big Nothing (@BigNothingPod) July 29, 2017New signing, Dani Alves, scored a sublime free kick from 28 meters out to pull PSG level in the 51st minute, opening his goal scoring account with the Les Parisiens.center_img Alves then provided the assist for Adrien Rabiot’s winner, to hand the Coupe de France winners their fifth French Super Cup trophy.last_img read more

AITEO Cup: First Round Draw To Hold In Lagos On Friday

first_imgThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced that the AITEO Cup first round draws will take place in Lagos on Friday, 11th August 2017.According to, 64 teams will compete in the first round, with the matches scheduled to be played on Wednesday, 16th of August 2017.Speaking to the Nigeria’s football governing body official website, NFF General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, said: “From the first round stage, teams would be designated A and B. Team A will have the prerogative to choose the centre for the match against Team B, from the pool of designated centres. If the match ends in a draw, Team B will now have the prerogative to pick a venue from the designated centres as its ‘home’ for the replay.”“This will apply to all matches from the first round stage.” he added.The final of this years AITEO Cup will be on the 2nd of October 2017 and 8th of October 2017 for the women and men category respectively.At A Glance – AITEO CUP 2017 SCHEDULEDraw for 1st Round Matches – 11th August1st Round Matches – 16th AugustDraw for 2nd Round Matches – 18th August2nd Round Matches – 30th AugustDraw for 3rd Round Matches – 31st August3rd Round Matches –  13th & 16th SeptemberDraw for Quarter Final & Semi Final Matches –: 14th SeptemberQuarter Final Matches –: 20th & 23rd SeptemberSemi Final Matches –: 27th September & 4th OctoberWomen’s Final –: Monday 2nd OctoberMen’s Final –: Sunday, 8th October Relatedlast_img read more

Bilic On The Edge After Brighton Thrashing

first_imgWest Ham United manager Slaven Bilic is under the risk of losing his job after his team plunged into further misery following their hapless performance which culminated in a 3-0 defeat to newly promoted outfit Brighton & Hove Albion at the Olympic Stadium in a league match on Friday night.The hosts started in a lethargic manner and they paid dearly for that after Brighton striker Glen Murray opened his league account for the season to give his side a 10th minute lead. Record signing Jose Izquierdo added a second goal on the stroke of halftime before Murray netted his brace to wrap up the game with fifteen minutes remaining.The win is the first away success Brighton have recorded in the top flight for the first time since 1983 and are up to 10th on the table with 11 points while West Ham are perilously close to the relegation zone in 17th with 8 points only.RelatedMoyes: New Club, Same Result As Scot Starts Hammers’ Reign With DefeatNovember 19, 2017In “England”No Hard Feelings At All; Slaven Bilic Sends Touching Message To West Ham FansNovember 8, 2017In “Europe”SM Caen vs SCO AngersJune 30, 2017Similar postlast_img read more

No End In Sight For NBBF Crisis As NOC Meeting Ends In Deadlock

first_imgSource: Punch RelatedFIBA Hands Nigeria November 30 UltimatumJuly 28, 2017In “Sports”NBBF Crisis: FIBA Backs Musa Kida-led Board AgainMay 30, 2018In “BasketBall”FIBA Communique Provides Temporary Relief To Basketball StakeholdersJuly 26, 2017In “Sports” The leadership tussle that has engulfed the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has no end in sight after the meeting initiated by the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) to put an end to the crisis ended in deadlock.The leadership tussle started after Tijani Umar, the winner of the purported NBBF presidential poll in Kano on June 12, failed to acknowledge the presidential election conducted by the NOC cum the Federal Government and won by Musa Kida. The election took place in Abuja on June 13.The leadership impasse prompted the International Basketball Federation to intervene in July and issue Nigeria with a November 30 ultimatum to resolve the situation or face sanctions.This was contained in a letter addressed to both Kida and Umar with the international body pointing out that its channel of communication will be with the Kida-led board until November 30.The body’s Secretary-General Patrick Baumann through the letter said: “In the event that a solution is not found, regardless of any sanctions, FIBA will appoint a task force that will take any appropriate measure(s) in the interests of basketball in Nigeria.”With the ultimatum already on the horizon, stakeholders have reportedly been trying to put an end to the 5-month old crisis in a bid to avoid sanctions.While confirming that the NOC meeting to put an end to the crisis took place in Abuja, the spokesman for the Olympic body, Tony Ubani, also revealed that the meeting was with the leaders of both factions and that it ended in a deadlock.In his words, Ubani said: “The meeting ended in stalemate.”“While Kida is holding on to his mandate, Umar is insistent on a new election, saying he supports FIBA’s position that the two elections were not carried out in accordance with its statues.” he added.He also pointed out that the NOC decided to give both factions one week to reach an amicable solution and that the body will write to FIBA for an extension to the November 30 deadline.Speaking further, the NOC chief said: “We gave them time to discuss to enable us to resolve the crisis but both groups stuck to their guns.”“We will make further consultations to resolve the matter because we don’t want Nigeria to be banned.” he concluded.last_img read more