US President Pledges Support For Jamaica

first_imgRelatedUS President Pledges Support For Jamaica RelatedUS President Pledges Support For Jamaica FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail President of the United States (US), Barack Obama, has expressed strong support for the Jamaican Government and people and for the continued development of the “special relationship” that exists between the countries.He was accepting Letters of Credence from Jamaica’s first female Ambassador to the US, Audrey Marks, at the White House on Monday (June 28).The US President said he had enjoyed meeting with Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding in Canada last weekend at the G8 Summit in Canada, and understood “the importance of what the Government of Jamaica is doing.” He said that the country could look forward to his full support.United States (US) President, Barack Obama, shares a moment with Jamaica’s first female Ambassador to the US, Her Excellency Audrey Marks in the Oval Office at the White House on Monday (June 28) after she presented her Letters of Credence to the President.On the role of the Jamaican Diaspora in the US, President Obama said Jamaicans had taken advantage of opportunities to “acquire a wide range of professional and technical skills (and) to rise to positions of leadership within business, government and the non-profit sector. It is as a result of this that they have been able to make such a significant contribution to the development of the United States.”In presenting her credentials to President Obama, Ambassador Marks, who was accompanied by her husband, Jassel Dunstan and their daughters Morgan and Madison, said Jamaica remained committed to deepening “the bonds of friendship and the ties of co-operation that have united our peoples for so many years,” and to build on existing relationships on the economic and security fronts, which would serve to aid Jamaica’s progress and development.Ambassador Marks identified the areas of trade and investment as key components of the partnership between Jamaica and the US.She told the US President that the Government of Jamaica would continue to actively work with the Jamaican Diaspora to “jointly stimulate greater growth in our economy, such as through the identification of opportunities for joint venture arrangements that will expand the quantity of foreign direct investment that originates from the United States.”Ambassador Marks, who assumed duties on May 17, 2010 is the founder of Paymaster Jamaica, Ltd. Prior to her assignment as Ambassador, Ms. Marks served on several private sector boards including as deputy chairman of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC); chairman of the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDC); director of the board of RBTT Securities Limited; and as board member of the National Health Fund.Ambassador Marks holds the distinction of being the first female president of the Jamaica American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM).Click Here for President Barack Obama’s Speech US President Pledges Support For Jamaica Foreign AffairsJune 30, 2010center_img Advertisements RelatedUS President Pledges Support For Jamaicalast_img read more

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Halfway home, more playoff thrills to come?

first_imgCriticized in the past for failing to identify the best player, the FedExCup might not have that problem this year. Check out the top 5 in the points standings and the Official World Golf Ranking. Their positions are different, but the players – Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm – are the same. The cream is rising to the top this postseason. Part of it is fortuitous timing, the best playing their best at the right time, but other factors are involved, too. Those near the top of the standings have a sense of freedom, focused more on contending than a cutoff for the top 30, 70 or 100. Big-game experience also helps – these guys know how to handle pressure and win important titles. And then there’s this: “We treat these three events and Atlanta as a major,” Thomas said. “We are trying to be peaking this time.” So much can change over the next two weeks, of course, but the start to these playoffs couldn’t have gone much better for the Tour. BMW Championship: Articles, video and photos Current FedExCup Playoff points standings For years, Camp Ponte Vedra pushed the narrative that the FedExCup crowned a season-long champion. That was a tough sell, however, when wild points’ fluctuations allowed Bill Haas (2011), Brandt Snedeker (2012) and Billy Horschel (2014) to seemingly come out of nowhere and bag the $10 million prize, leaving those who had better seasons to scratch their heads. Even last year, there was a dreaded scenario in which Paul Casey, who entered the Tour Championship at No. 5 in the standings, could walk away with the cup without a win that season.  Maybe that happens this year – we’re looking at you, once again, Mr. Casey – but it doesn’t seem likely. The last 10 playoff events have been won by some of the game’s biggest stars: Thomas, Johnson (twice), Rory McIlroy (twice), Patrick Reed, Spieth, Jason Day (twice) and Rickie Fowler. To kick off this year’s postseason, Johnson overcame a five-shot deficit at the Northern Trust, forcing a playoff with Spieth and then overpowering him on the first extra hole. But even more important for the Tour: Fans were paying attention. No, the cup likely won’t ever generate the same level of interest as the majors, but the final round on Long Island had the fourth-best TV rating for a non-major this year, and the best at that event since 2013 (when needle-mover Tiger Woods contended). On Labor Day, Thomas overtook Spieth on the back nine – signaling, perhaps, the beginning of a compelling rivalry – to win the second playoff event and solidify his case as PGA Tour Player of the Year. The off-week may have halted some of the postseason momentum, but the current top 5 in points – which, as a reminder, aligns with the players in the top 5 in the world ranking – should have no shortage of motivation these next two weeks. Thomas has been this season’s breakout star, powering his way to five wins, including the PGA, and finally emerging from the considerable shadow of Spieth, his longtime friend and healthy rival. It seems the only two players who could steal Thomas’ Player of the Year votes are Spieth and Johnson. Spieth has three wins this season (including the year’s most memorable major) and three runners-up, owns the best scoring average (68.8) and has only one less top-10 than Thomas while playing two fewer events. Boston was a missed opportunity, however, and now Spieth likely needs to win out to take the Jack Nicklaus Trophy. Fair or not, 2017 will always be remembered as a bittersweet year for Johnson, who has won four times (second-most on Tour) but can’t help but wonder what could have been if he didn’t injure his lower back on the eve of the Masters. Lest we forget: This spring, DJ evoked memories of Woods the way he steamrolled his competition. Assessing Johnson’s Player of the Year chances is more difficult, because the award is voted on by his peers, who, if history is any indication, significantly weight major victories. His four victories include two World Golf Championships, a playoff event and the tournament at Riviera, which boasts one of the strongest non-major fields of the year. If he takes the final two events – getting to six wins overall, and bookending his campaign with the best golf we’ve seen all year – then he deserves serious Player of the Year consideration, too.   As for the rest of the top 5? Matsuyama has had a quiet playoffs so far, dropping a few spots in the standings after getting his heart broken at the PGA, while Rahm, who just 15 months ago had no status on any tour, ascended to No. 5 in the world (and the FedExCup) on the strength of an early-season victory and eight other top-10s, including back-to-back top-4s to start the playoffs. Considering their form this year, any of those five players would be a satisfying season-long winner. Just as the PGA Tour designed it.last_img read more

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17 bodies found inside New Jersey nursing home amid COVID pandemic

first_imgKameleon007/iStock(ANDOVER, N.J.) — The grisly discovery of 17 bodies stored inside a New Jersey nursing home amid the novel coronavirus pandemic has prompted the state to investigate the facility.Police said they found the bodies after a request came through for 25 body bags to be delivered to the Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center in Andover, New Jersey.Officials initially discovered five bodies in the facility’s holding area, but they were then tipped off that another body was being stored in a shed, according to police.Though no body was found in the shed, more were found inside the holding area after police searched the area again.The 17 bodies were among 68 recent deaths linked to the facility, including two nurses, officials told The New York Times, which first reported the news of the bodies.When reached by ABC News, an employee at the nursing home said there would be no comment.Nursing homes have been particularly devastated across the country under the pandemic, with some seeing daily increases in deaths. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Drug Take Back Day is Saturday

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in partnership with the Vermont State Police, Sheriff’s Departments and Police Departments throughout Vermont, will hold its fourteenth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 28th, 2017. Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan recommends that all members of the public safeguard and properly dispose of unused, unneeded, or expired drugs at National Take Back Day. This is an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.Medicines that sit in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—pose safety and health hazards.Last April, Americans turned in 450 tons (900,386 lbs.) of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds—about 4,000 tons—of pills.Drug Take Back Day is a free and anonymous service. No questions will be asked. Tablets, capsules, and all other solid dosage forms will be collected. Intravenous solutions, injectable, and syringes will not be accepted. Locations of collections sites around the state can be found by going to www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/(link is external) and entering Vermont or a zip code. All sites will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.Vermont AG: Oct 24, 2017last_img read more

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Lyons: tackle the mess of rate reliefs head on

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Bristol Sport TV – Featuring Korey Smith

first_imgAlso on this week’s show:Highlights and reaction from Bristol Rugby’s 16-21 victory over London ScottishBristol Flyers fool fans into thinking Bristol City defender Aden Flint had signed for the club on April Fools’ day.Dino Zamparelli reflects on a win and another podium finish in the 2016 Porsche Carrera Cup opening round at Brands HatchThere’s an exclusive interview with Jack Taylor of Gloucestershire Cricket who discusses plans for the season aheadAn update on the latest Ashton Gate Stadium redevelopment, as seating installation begins on the upper tier of the West StandNever miss another episode, click here to subscribe to Bristol Sport TV on YouTube.last_img read more

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NADA bans weightlifter Sarbjeet Kaur for four years for intake of prohibited substance

first_img WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV FOLLOW US The National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) has found weightlifter Sarbjeet Kaur guilty of the anti-doping rule violation and has consequently been banned for a period of four years by the organisation. The punishment was announced later on Tuesday evening. In a statement, NADA said that the test sample was collected in Vishakapatnam by the Dope Control Officer during the 34th Women Senior National Weightlifting Championship.  COMMENT First Published: 8th January, 2020 12:18 ISTcenter_img Written By Kaur was found guilty when the case was presented to her later in the day. Devarshi mankad In a series of tweets, the authority said, “The tests showed an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) for the presence of Prohibited Substance namely – Di-hydroxy-LGD-4033 (LGD 4033 METABOLITE), Selective Androgen Receptor Modulations (SARM), and Ostarine (Enobosarm). SARM is a non-specified substance as per WADA Prohibited List 2019.” Last Updated: 8th January, 2020 12:18 IST NADA Bans Weightlifter Sarbjeet Kaur For Four Years For Intake Of Prohibited Substance NADA has found weightlifter Sarbjeet Kaur guilty of the anti-doping rule violation and has consequently been banned for a period of four yearslast_img read more

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