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Weed smokers needed for marijuana breathalyzer study

By on August 31, 2020

first_imgWeed smokers needed The Washington State University is looking for volunteers to smoke marijuana for a medical study, and earn some extra dollars.The university researchers are trying to develop a breathalyzer that can detect marijuana use.Volunteers who take part in the study will be paid $30 an hour for the first hour with an extra $10 for each additional hour of participation.Users will purchase the marijuana and smoke it privately in their own home. To avoid driving under the influence, taxis will be sent to pick up the volunteers and drive them to the hospital for secondary testing.Volunteers must be 21 years of age to take part in the study.last_img read more

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ENTERTAINMENT BRIEFS: Lorraine Toussaint Joins AMC’s “Badlands,” Etana’s new album and…

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first_imgTrinidad Born Actress Returns In AMC Series  By Daniel Strom  Trinidad-born actress, Lorraine Toussaint, is set to return in an AMC series. Toussaint, 57, returns to season 3 of “Into the Badlands” , which blends an apocalyptic setting with mystical martial-arts tropes.Into the Badlands Season 3 will arrive on Sunday, April 22nd at 10 p.m., with a larger order of 15 episodes this time around. Toussaint will play Cressida, described as the “self-styled Prophetess and mentor.”  The character is a spiritual guide, political counsel and chief military strategist. Haitian American Singer On Official World Cup Song  The 2018 FIFA world Cup is three months away and a top Haitian American singer is a part of the Coca-Cola’s official World Cup song, ‘Colours.’Cassper Nyovest has teamed up with Jason Derulo for the song, which was recorded at Derulo ‘s home studio in LA. Th Miramar-born Derulo, whose latest single ‘If I’m Lucky’ is currently at number 10 on the Coca-Cola Top 40 chart, shared a behind-the-scene’s look at the new song on YouTube last month. (News Americas Now.com)Soca star Machel Montano for Jamaica carnival The countdown is on to the 2018 Jamaica carnival and soca superstar Machel Montano is set to be part of the celebration. Montano, who won the hotly contested Road March competition in February with his song ‘Soca Kingdom,’ a collaboration with the legendary Austin ‘Superblue’ Lyons, a ten-time Road March champion, will be participating in Jamaica’s Carnival with the band Xodus.Jamaica’s carnival is set for Apr 8 –16th in Kingston. Etana set to drop new album Jamaican reggae singer and songwriter, Etana, was set to drop her new album on March 8th. ‘Reggae Forever,’ is a 14-track project released under Tad’s Record label and takes listeners on a mission of love and unity. It features tracks like ‘Free Pt 2,’ ‘Fighting for Nothing,’ ‘Spread Love,’ ‘Carry You,’ and ‘You’re The One.’The album will be available on all digital platform, compact disc and a vinyl release is promised for her fans this year. Etana was born in August Town, Kingston Jamaica and raised in South Florida.last_img read more

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Barbados government assures students sitting exams on Election Day

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first_imgThe Barbados government says “all steps” have been taken to ensure students will not be placed at a disadvantage when writing examinations that coincide with the May 24 general election.After months of speculation, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart on Thursday announced the general election will be held on Thursday, May 24 with Nomination day schedule for May 7.Explain the conflictBut the leader of main opposition Barbados Labor Party (BLP), Mia Mottley, who welcomed the date for the long-awaited polls, said ruling Democratic Labor Party (DLP) needed to explain to the country the decision to call the elections on the day school children were writing the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) exams.“Stuart had five years to set a date for the elections, it is therefore regrettable that he has chosen a date that conflicts with the examinations being taken by our children on both nomination day and election day. The Prime Minister and the government need to explain to the country as soon as possible what arrangements will be put in place to minimize this anxiety… this is nothing more than a royal fumble,” Mottley said. Many schools also serve as polling stations during general elections in Barbados.Ministry of Education outlines measures But, in a statement, the Ministry of Education and Science said it wanted to outline measures being taken to ensure that students were not placed in jeopardy for the exams.It said all external examinations will take place as previously scheduled and will be administered in strict compliance with the regulations and procedures of the respective examining bodies.“Candidates are, therefore, required to report early to their respective examination centers as specified on their timetables,” the statement said, urging ‘all candidates to carefully follow the instructions that will be issued by the Supervisor of Examinations at each center.“This is very important since there will be special arrangements to be implemented at each center to facilitate the entrance, controlled movement and exit of candidates and other examination officials during the day’s examination period.Assurances given “The Ministry wishes to assure the public and candidates that all steps have been taken to ensure safe and secure conditions for the administration of all examinations so that no candidate will be disadvantaged as a result of any events on that date. “The Ministry of Education said it was looking forward to the “cooperation of all parties involved in the writing and administration of examinations on Thursday May 24.”last_img read more

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VITAS Healthcare Sponsorship Helps Jamaicans In Need Of Quality Healthcare

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first_imgArchbishop Charles with VITAS general manager of Broward Donna Borland The new Good Shepherd Medical Center opened its doors in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on June 6, 2018, and is serving the island’s poor and needy.  Sir Patrick Allen, the governor general of Jamaica, hosted the official opening, which was attended by supporters from South Florida, including representatives of VITAS Healthcare, a longtime supporter of the project. Gov. Allen noted that as a teaching clinic, the medical complex would have a lasting impact on the quality of healthcare on the island.  Thanks to the continuing support of VITAS Healthcare, the center operated by Friends of Good Shepherd Foundation of Montego Bay, a local charity on the island, provides general medical care, eye care and dental services to indigent adults, children and elderly. The complex includes a chapel and nine suites for visiting teams of volunteer doctors and nurses. It is projected to serve over 30,000 residents per year.Through mission trips beginning in 2014, staff for VITAS Healthcare, the leading provider of end-of-life care in the U.S., has dedicated time, expertise, medical and other supplies to Friends of Good Shepherd International’s charity works.“Our staff has a commendable spirit of compassion and love for those in need in Jamaica,” says Donna Borland, VITAS general manager in Broward County. In granting a check for $5,000 to support the efforts of Friends of Good Shepherd International, Borland praised the ongoing partnership. “We are proud to sponsor and help support this much-needed healthcare facility that serves Jamaica’s indigent communities, where no one is turned away.”Left to Right (Front row): Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, Mrs. J. Chandiram, Marie Buteau, Donna Borland (Second Row): Pino Maffessanti, Archbishop Ken Richards, Mr. Godfrey Dyer, Mrs. DyerBorland offered the gift on behalf of VITAS’ Broward, Dade-Monroe and Palm Beach programs and reaffirmed their commitment to continue sending donations of food, clothing and supplies.Marie Buteau, president of the Florida-based Friends of Good Shepherd International, paid tribute to VITAS for its continued assistance to Hope Hospice, Mustard Seed Communities (home to children with disabilities and/or HIV) and the new medical complex located in Montego Bay.Donna Borland with Chairperson of Good Shepherd Foundation, Jeanne Robinson-Foster“The complex, built at a cost of $3 million, is a major accomplishment,” President Buteau said. “Efforts to fund this project began in 2011. It is a great benefit to the people of Jamaica.”The new medical center recognized VITAS’ sponsorship with an engraved plaque naming one of the center’s medical care rooms in honor of VITAS.For more information about VITAS services, call 877.848.2701 or visit VITAS.com.About VITAS Healthcare 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of VITAS Healthcare, a pioneer and leader in the American hospice movement. Headquartered in Miami, Florida, VITAS (pronounced VEE-tahs) operates 45 hospice programs in 14 states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin) and the District of Columbia. VITAS employs 11,765 professionals who care for terminally ill patients daily, primarily in the patients’ homes, and also in the company’s 28 inpatient hospice units as well as in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living communities/residential care facilities for the elderly. At the conclusion of the first quarter of 2018, VITAS reported an average daily census of 17,380. Visit www.vitas.com.last_img read more

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Guyana president leaves Cuban hospital following intensive tests

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first_imgThe Ministry of the Presidency says following a series of intensive tests by doctors in Cuba, President David Granger is resting comfortably at an official residence .Granger, who arrived in Cuba on October 30, underwent the tests immediately after he arrived in that country.Receiving treatment“The President is receiving treatment at the Centro de Investigaciones Medico Quirugicas (CIMEQ) in Havana. Clinical analyses are still incomplete, and it is expected the Guyana Embassy in Havana will issue a statement when enough evidence is available,” the Ministry said in a statement.It added that the President has responded satisfactorily to medical interventions over the past week recovering well.Assures citizens“President Granger wishes to assure all citizens that he is receiving the best possible medical advice and attention. The President wishes to thank Guyanese for their expressions of concern.”Last month, the Ministry of the Presidency announced Granger’s visit to Havana but gave no details,  only saying that he would be accompanied by his wife.However, the Guyana-based online publication, Demerara Waves Online News quoted   Minister of Social Development, Amma Ally as indicating that the Head of State is going to Cuba for a medical “investigation”.“I’m sure that you would have heard that he is not well and that he is going to do an investigation as to what might be his problem,” she then told Demerara Waves Online News.Last month, the 73 year-old Granger made a private visit to Trinidad.  He and his wife had gone there earlier this year for what government had said had been an annual medical check-up.last_img read more

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FIFA Postpones CONCACAF Qualifiers, New Format to be Decided

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first_imgFIFA had also announced that the June 2021 window would be extended by seven days for CONCACAF and other federations outside Europe and South America, so they can play four games instead of two. Both grants and loans can be directed by member associations to the wider football community in their respective territories, including clubs, players, leagues, or others that have been affected by COVID-19. ZURICH, Switzerland – Football’s world governing body FIFA has confirmed that CONCACAF’s planned qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup have been postponed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, each confederation will receive a grant of US$ 2 million. However, the decision to alter the match calendars was welcomed by the regional football governing body, which said many of its member associations and their communities continued to face significant challenges due to the spread of the highly contagious virus. Given the elimination of the September window, the football body will be revamping the World Cup qualifying competition, nixing the Hexagonal which would have had to be followed by playoffs in two international windows. In that stage, FIFA will provide national federations with grants and interest-free loans to cope with budget hits. In the Hex, the top six ranked CONCACAF teams based on the FIFA rankings play home-and-away round-robin matches. The top three teams would qualify for the World Cup, and the fourth-placed team would advance to the CONCACAF play-off round. Meantime, in its statement, FIFA announced that its Council on Thursday approved stage three of its US $1.5 billion COVID‑19 Relief Plan which was created to assist the football community amid the pandemic.center_img CONCACAF’s Hexagonal was set to kick off during the September international window, but a statement issued after a FIFA Council meeting on Thursday said that window would be closed for federations outside Europe and South America. CONCACAF will therefore be forced to alter plans in the run up to the World Cup, including changing the format of the qualification competition. Member associations will also be able to apply for interest-free loans. It added that it would work with its stakeholders to reorganize the CONCACAF Road to Gold Cup Qualifiers (originally scheduled for March and June 2020), its inaugural Nations League Finals, originally scheduled to be held in Houston and Dallas this month, and a range of other suspended competitions. “The rescheduling of competitions, and agreements on new international match dates, provide some encouragement across the football world and enable CONCACAF to progress our planning to resume men’s and women’s international football when it is safe to do so,” CONCACAF said. “The challenges presented by postponements to the football calendar, and the incomplete FIFA rankings cycle in our confederation, means our current World Cup Qualifying process has been compromised and will be changed. We will now work with the new framework provided and liaise with FIFA to finalize a new World Cup Qualification format for the CONCACAF region,” the continental body said said. A universal solidarity grant of US$ 1 million will be made available to all member associations, with an additional grant of US $500,000 allocated specifically to women’s football. CMClast_img read more

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Chelsea’s Search For Marquee Forward Leads To European Auditioning

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first_imgRelatedQuality Striker Search: Milan Meet ‘Super Agent’ MendesJuly 26, 2017In “Europe”VIDEO: Watch Antonio Conte Wildly Laugh Off Diego Costa’s ClaimsAugust 18, 2017In “England”Antonio Conte: Diego Costa’s Chelsea Future Closed Since JanuaryJuly 21, 2017In “England” When news broke last month, that Premier League champions Chelsea, were prepared to allow star forward Diego Costa depart the west London club, after manager Antonio Conte reportedly sent him an SMS with the apparent blessing of the club, a few could have imagined the search for a replacement continuing well-past mid-July.Conveniently for Costa, he was given an extended holiday and he appears to be making the most of it, recently pictured on Sunday partying in an Atletico Madrid jersey back in his homeland, Brazil.Conte was reportedly furious with the Chelsea hierarchy for failing to land top transfer target, Romelu Lukaku, who joined rivals Manchester United for £75million. The Blues have desperately tried to tidy up loose ends by bringing in a renowned name to lead the line next season, as they return to the UEFA Champions League, but so far all efforts have proved abortive, with no new forward yet to sign for the champions.Andrea Belotti, was earlier linked with the Blues, but all that talk appears to have cooled with AC Milan rumoured to be the Italian internationals favoured destination. Alvaro Morata, who incidentally was first-choice to sign for the Red Devils before Lukaku was snapped up even at a considerable higher fee, is also linked with a move to the Blues.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, in the last few days has also been associated with a potential switch from Signal Iduna Park to Stamford Bridge. If there is any truth to those whispers making the rounds of the Gabonese international arriving Chelsea, then we could have the paciest forward line paraded in the Premier League, with Hazard-Aubameyang-Pedro, all possibly starting in a mouth-watering attacking line-up.Over the last 48 hours, two forwards with massive Premier League experience-Sergio Aguero and Christian Benteke are both linked with a surprise big money move to Chelsea. While Benteke might appear to be a last-ditch option assuming all other deals fail to materialise, the Blues interest in Aguero appears to have sent shivers down the spines of Premier League rivals, who reckon that ‘Kun’ would be a hit at Chelsea with the array of quality players, and game time, provided the medical team understands how to properly manage him.Chelsea are reportedly plotting a £60million move for the Manchester City forward, but Pep Guardiola is said to be unwilling to strengthen a direct rival. Aguero might appear to be public enemy number one at Chelsea, after his rash challenge on David Luiz last season at the Etihad Stadium sparked a massive brawl.Such incidents often occur in football, and hence shouldn’t be a barrier to an imminent transfer which benefits all parties involved. Alexis Sanchez is constantly linked with a move to Manchester City, while Gabriel Jesus has publicly been backed by the manager as his number one striker at the Citizens, which only makes it logical for Aguero to seek new employers who can pay his fat wages, guarantee him titles and game time in a world cup year.last_img read more

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Matt Risdale joins Camelot as group corporate communications lead

By on August 30, 2020

first_img UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Related Articles Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 Submit SAZKA faces scrutiny following appointment of Flint Global as National Lottery advisor August 20, 2020 Share Matt RisdaleUK National Lottery operator Camelot Group (Camelot) is set to gain a new head of corporate communications as PR Veteran Matt Risdale joins the firm’s leadership ranks.Last week, Risdale confirmed to UK media news sources that he was joining Camelot, taking on the official title of Head of Strategic Communications, Risdale will take lead of both Camelot business and National Lottery PR processes and strategy.Risdale joins Camelot’s leadership team from UK multi-national specialist communications firm Tavistock Communications, where he held the position of Joint-Chief Executive (2014-2017).As a Tavistock executive team member since 2009, Risdale has worked with numerous multi-national companies in a number of sectors including technology, telecoms, oil & gas, mining and healthcare.Tavistock governance confirmed the departure of Ridsdale to Camelot, thanking him for his contribution to company growth and help in establishing a the firm as a corporate PR leader.Taking on the role  Head of Strategic Communications, Ridsdale will join the Camelot UK executive board and report to CEO Andy Duncan. StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

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More than 120 operators confirmed for Betting on Sports 2017

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first_img Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share More than 120 operators, 75 top level affiliates and 80 suppliers will be joined by some of the biggest sports organisations in Europe at this year’s Betting on Sports conference, held from 12-15 September.Among the 120 operators at #boscon2017 will be the recently merged Paddy Power Betfair, a premium sponsor of the event, and Ladbrokes Coral, which will be represented on the agenda by the company’s Director of Player Protection Graham Weir on the first day social responsibility session.Weir added: “It’s important for betting operators to engage with a wide range of stakeholders to allow us to explain the investment being made by the industry to improve player protection. It’s equally important for us to listen to others views on ways in which we can be better.”Joining them at Olympia Conference Centre will be premium sponsor bet365, first-time exhibitor Mr Green, Sky Bet CEO Richard Flint and BetStars Managing Director Zeno Ossko, who will be speaking in the ‘Leaders on Betting’ track just a year after he joined the Amaya subsidiary from mybet.Ossko said: “Betting on Sports has a packed agenda, which reflects the challenges and opportunities that the industry currently faces. Of course, I will be keenly interested to hear what my competitive peers are doing, but mostly I’m looking to learn on two fronts: how cutting edge legislative developments and new technological developments may open new markets and opportunities.”Flying the flag for the affiliate sector will be LiveSport Media and OLBG, alongside a trio of star-studded conference speakers. Rebel Penguin CEO Jonas Warrer Petersen will be speaking on protecting revenues via diversification, while the session on ‘Super Affiliates’ will be headlined by XL Media CEO Ory Weihs and Jesper Soegaard, CEO for Better Collective.Soegaard commented: “Betting on Sports is the most valuable sports betting conference, so I’m excited to share Better Collective’s viewpoint to contribute to the event and the industry as a whole.”On the supplier side, SBC Events has attracted 80 of the biggest names in the industry, including platinum sponsor OPTIMA, whose CEO Jacob Lopez is speaking in the live betting session in ‘Betting on Racing’, and SBTech, represented by CPO Ian Bradley in the first day’s ‘Betting on Innovation’ track.There will also be appearances for Sportradar Head of Esports James Watson and Vahe Baloulian, CEO for premium sponsor BetConstruct, while gold sponsor Golden Race will be at the ‘Golden Race Bar’ ahead of the official networking party on Wednesday 13 September.Watson added: “I’d like to explore the role of esports tournament organisers and rights holders in the world of data and how they can play their part in maximising exposure for their tournaments, using regulated betting as a mechanism, and making a few smart and simple decisions along the way.”The strong sports focus for the event is emphasised by the second day ‘Sport in Focus’ track, headlined by Leicester Tigers’ Chris Rose, Head of Brand for the 10-time English rugby champions, and Jaap Kalma, Commercial Director for the second most successful side in European Cup history, AC Milan.Rose commented: “Leicester Tigers lead the way in professional rugby, and have recently agreed the largest club betting partnership with Leo Vegas. I will be talking about why rugby and betting have been behind football in the past, what opportunities there are for the future, and why Leo Vegas are great partners to do it with.”Helping Rose and Kalma to put ‘Sport in Focus’ at #boscon2017 will be Tottenham Hotspur, a new sponsor for the event, PAOK Basketball President Bane Prelevic and Simon Schleich, Managing Director at e|motion sports GmbH Germany, the tennis event organiser, as well as Phil Suddick, Integrity Manager at the Tennis Integrity Unit.Right now, tickets for the event are available at a fantastic 25% Group Discount when buying 3 or more – get them HERE.Betting on Sports is organised by SBC Events, part of the SBC Global group of companies which works with industry leaders to develop the sports and sports betting industries. Services include news coverage, knowledge creation, marketing and product consultancy, conferences, seminars and industry awards. Share Submit ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020last_img read more

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GVC expects top profits following strong 2017 finish

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first_imgShare Submit FTSE online gambling group GVC Holdings has this morning informed investors that it expects its full-year corporate earnings to be at the top end of management expectations having finished 2017 trading strongly.Issuing its Q4 2017 trading update (period ending 31 December), GVC reports daily group net gaming revenues of €2.2 million up 24% on corresponding Q4 2016 daily NGR of €1.8 million.GVC highlighted the strong performance for its sports betting brands, which would generate €1.2 million in daily NGR, aided by a strong period gross win margin of 13%., which would help the operator overcome the closure of its Turkish betting division.Closing its Q4 trading, GVC reports a group period NGR of €279 million, a record since the acquisition of bwin.party in February 2016. Q4 underlying NGR growth +31% representing the firm’s strongest quarter performance to date.Performance Overview – GVC Q4 2017 Trading Update StumbleUponcenter_img As a result of its positive Q4 trading, GVC governance expects to deliver a full year 2017 group NGR €1 billion, combined with a group EBITDA at the top end of expectations.Updating investors GVC Holdings CEO Kenneth Alexander commented on Q4 2017 trading: “I’m delighted to report another strong year for the Group with underlying NGR growth of 18%, reflecting the strength of our brands, technology and the hard work of our talented people. We have once again demonstrated our ability to integrate significant acquisitions, realise material synergies and at the same time deliver top-line growth”GVC governance currently awaits the final shareholder decision of its proposed £4 billion takeover bid of Ladbrokes Coral Plc, seeking to create a new FTSE multi-channel, multi-market gambling group.“The recommended transaction with Ladbrokes Coral Group presents an exciting opportunity for both sets of shareholders, creating a global gaming group with a portfolio of strong brands across all major regulated online markets, together with proprietary technology and proven management.” Alexander detailed on the Ladbrokes Coral bid.GVC governance is expected to present its full-year 2017 results and earnings on 24 March 2018. Sharelast_img read more

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