Lauderhill CARES Program – One-On-One in Person Assistance

first_imgThe Lauderhill CARES Program is here if COVID-19 has affected your ability to pay Rent, Mortgage, or Water Bill! The CARES Program is offering One-On-One in Person Assistance on Tuesdays & Thursdays (July 21st, 23rd, 28th, and 30th)?from 10:00?am – 2:00 pm. The in person assistance is available behind City Hall (5581 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderhill, FL 33313). For more information, call 954-714-2181, e-mail?, or go to? your eNotification preference. Attention Renters, Homeowners, and Business Owners!last_img

Florida’s Tax-Free Weekend is August 7-9, 2020

first_img·?????????purchases of clothing, footwear and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item The tax-free school supplies include the following: binders, calculators, colored pencils, crayons, pens, construction paper, lunch boxes, notebook filler paper, glue, poster paper, rulers, staplers, scissors and more. During this sales tax holiday period, Florida law requires that no sales tax or local option tax (also known as discretionary sales surtax) be collected on: Florida shoppers once again will have a three-day, tax-free holiday weekend ahead of the new school year. This year’s sales tax holiday begins at?12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 7?and ends at?11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 9, 2020. Whether students will begin the 2020-2021 school year online or in person, savings on school supplies are available through the annual back-to-school sales tax holiday. ·?????????the first $1,000 of the sales price of personal computers and certain computer-related accessories, when purchased for noncommercial home or personal use. ·?????????purchases of certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item Examples of school supplies that do not qualify for the tax exemption are books not otherwise exempt, correction tape-fluid-pens, masking tape, and printer and computer paper. For more information and a complete list of qualifying items, please visit the Florida Department of Revenue’s site?here.last_img read more

Full Time to Change Public Corruption in Jamaica

first_imgIt’s of significant concern that most Jamaicans seem to be taking public corruption as normal and acceptable. There are reports of a recent Jamaican poll that revealed the majority of people don’t care about corruption. This is despite the TI Global Corruption Barometer finding some 85 percent of Jamaicans regard the two major political parties as corrupt, and over 70 percent are currently more aware of corruption. ? Analysis of corruption tends to agree corruption is born out of poverty, and greed among public officials and the already wealthy. While the Jamaican government and Jamaicans generally deserve commendation for the great job in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic in that country, they are failing to control another devastating virus – public corruption. Another worrisome data is the Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) has ranked Jamaica highly among the more corrupt Caribbean countries in recent years. In 2018, Jamaica was ranked 70 worst corrupt country globally, and 8th in the Caribbean. ?Barbados was ranked as the least corrupt Caribbean nation. But what’s most needed is a government who places elimination of public corruption at the forefront of its priorities. Unless government ministers, members of parliament and public officials are swiftly, aggressively penalized, including stiff prison sentences, for misusing public funds, the general public will continue taking corruption as a way of life. In 2019 as Jamaica became embroiled in the Petrojam scandal it’s rank worsened to 74 out of 198 nations. Since than incidences of public corruption has widened involving the dismissal of a cabinet minister and public officials involved with corruption at the Caribbean Maritime University, and more recently the removal of portfolio responsibilities of another government minister involved in a scandal related to lands owned by the Ministry of Agriculture. Another minister, usually commended for his ministerial responsibilities, came under scrutiny last week for alleged corruption in his ministry. Also making the news for alleged corruption was a popular ranking member of the opposition People’s National Party (PNP). The practice of corruption worsens when those elected by the people to effectively manage public funds deliberately use these funds to brazenly compensate their romantic partners, family members, and close associates. The answer seems to be through money acquired by corrupt means. Some Jamaicans tend to take it for granted “that everything in Jamaica has a price.” This price includes paying insiders within government agencies ?special “under-the counter fees” for a variety services including getting licenses, documents, loans, jobs, contracts, placement in choice schools, and even bribing ??police officers not to issue tickets for traffic violations. ? Public corruption is a very close relative to crime. If the incumbent, or succeeding Jamaican governments, doesn’t take aggressive measures to eliminate public corruption, how can they succeed in controlling crime? If Barbados, The Bahamas and St. Vincent and the Grenadines can rank high among Caribbean countries with the least public corruption, why can’t Jamaica? It’s full time for a change. This corruption cannot be allowed to prevail. Jamaica does have a public body – The Integrity Commission charged with calling out and reducing public corruption. Obviously, the terms of the commission needs to be strengthened to enable it to be more effective in its role. Visitors to Jamaica, for example, in recent times, have returned and heard to comment on the boom of expensive residential houses, apartment and condominiums in Jamaica, and the number of high-end automobiles being driven by some people. These comments are usually accompanied by the question. “How can Jamaicans afford these residences and these vehicles?” The wealthy in developing countries, seem to be persistent in ascending on the social-economic ladder competing with members of their class for bigger, more luxurious homes in choice neighborhoods, and drive the latest model expensive automobiles. Of course, public corruption is not peculiar to Jamaica or other Caribbean counties. It’s a pandemic-like international problem affecting many global communities and economies, but it seems more prevalent in developing countries, especially some African countries. In recent weeks, news from Jamaica has reported acts of corruption mostly based on nepotism and cronyism, involving senior government ministers, parish councilors, mayors, government and opposition members of parliament, members of government appointed boards, and executives of government agencies. ? A recent report indicated the cost of corruption to the Jamaican economy is costing the economy 5 percent of GDP or an estimated US$738 million annually. The poor, most struggling to provide for their household, tend to be willing to accept money for serving others corruptly, or willing, paradoxically, to pay corruptly charged fees for special privileges and benefits for their family members. Most of these corrupt practices involved offering jobs and/or plush government contracts to close and often underqualified relatives, paramours, friends; and party political supporters. Several contracts have been offered outside of the protocols established for offering government contracts. A recent report from the Jamaican auditor general indicated contracts offered to build a classroom at the Caribbean Maritime University offered to a Florida based company owned and operated by member of the Jamaican diaspora who did not tender a bid for the said contract within the set deadline.last_img read more

Bahamas Announces Another National Lockdown After COVID-19 Spike

first_imgIn a national address this afternoon, Dr. Minnis said that, “this battle against COVID-19 has been a terrible strain on our country.” After recording their first COVID-19 case in March, a nationwide 24-hour curfew and border shutdown were subsequently announced to curb the spread of the virus. During the national lockdown, the National Food Distribution Task Force will continue to operate. There will only be food distribution on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays depending on your zone. An assessment will be made of Grand Bahama when its lockdown ends on Friday. A determine will be made whether an extension is necessary on Grand Bahama. Ironically, Minnis also said that there is no change in the travel policy. The Bahamas reversed course on closing its border to U.S. travelers. The government last week announced that ALL tourists, including those coming from America, are now expected to quarantine for 14 days, with the option to spend their two-week quarantine in a private residence or rented accommodation, such as an Airbnb, where it’s possible to isolate in a bedroom with a connected bathroom. Travelers can also quarantine in a hotel room with a connected bathroom or on a private boat. Guests that choose to quarantine at a hotel will be able to use the hotel’s facilities, though casinos and nightclubs will be closed. In the following weeks, the island saw over 550 additional cases (679 confirmed cases and 14 deaths as of August 3rd). Many of the island’s tourists came from Florida, which now has almost half a million cases. Minnis said health officials have seen indicators that point to the need for a national lockdown. He also said that ICU beds throughout the islands are at capacity and that non-critical care beds are approaching capacity. But shortly after allowing non-essential travel to the island on July 1, The Bahamas almost immediately saw an increase in cases. As of July 10, the island had confirmed 108 cases and 11 deaths.center_img Live streaming for religious services will be allowed to continue during the lockdown and funerals will be permitted. Exercise will also be permitted from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Bahamian Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has announced another national lockdown starting August 4 at 10 PM as a means of attempting to slow the second wave of COVID-19 cases. During the lockdown food stores, water depots, pharmacies (for curbside or takeout) and gas stations (for external usage only) will only be open for three days out of the week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There will be no curbside dining or takeaway retail. In addition to the mandatory quarantine period, travelers must also apply for a Bahamas health visa and have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from an accredited lab that was taken within 10 days. “The national lockdown will be for a minimum of two weeks. At the end of the two weeks, we will examine the data and determine whether an extension is necessary,” Minnis said. During the lockdown, health officials on the island will also commence enhanced contact tracing, with cases expecting to rise as a result. After the 14-day quarantine, travelers will need to test negative on another COVID-19 test in order to leave quarantine. People who want to leave the country before the quarantine period ends can do so any time, without taking a COVID-19 test.last_img read more

The United States Suspends Private Charter Flights to Cuba

first_imgIn making his announcement, Pompeo slammed the regime in Cuba for continuing to jail reporters and pro-democracy activists, suppress dissent, oversee “horrific” physical abuse and prop up President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela, among other offenses. “The suspension of private charter flights will deny economic resources to the Castro regime and inhibit its capacity to carry out abuses,” Pompeo said in a statement. “This administration will continue to target and cut the revenue the Cuban government earns from landing fees, stays in regime-owned hotels, and other travel-related income,” Pompeo added. The United States is suspending private charter flights to Cuba Eva Marie UZCATEGUI AFP/File The Cuban military and intelligence services own and operate the great majority of hotels and tourism infrastructure in Cuba. The United States said they urge travelers of all nationalities to consider this and to make responsible decisions regarding travel to Cuba. WASHINGTON – The Secretary of State in the United States, Mike Pompeo, on Thursday said that the United States is suspending private charter flights to Cuba as another way to starve the government in Havana of revenue. “Unfortunately, the Castro regime has not changed its repressive and undemocratic behavior. It continues to imprison journalists and democracy activists, to oversee horrific physical abuse, to perpetuate the de facto dictatorship in Venezuela, to repress freedom of religion or belief, and to silence and intimidate those who speak truth about the reality in Cuba,” the US State department statement said.last_img read more

Anguilla Announces Protocols to Guide Reopening of Borders

first_imgThey said all passengers will be given a PCR test on arrival, with a second test administered on day 10 of their visit. During this period, they can enjoy all the facilities and amenities at their villa. Once a negative result is returned after the second test, guests are then free to explore the island. THE VALLEY, Anguilla – Anguilla will begin accepting applications for entry from visitors wishing to travel to the island as of August 21, the Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Quincia Gumbs-Marie, has said. “Anguilla is currently COVID-19 free, so our objective has always been to reopen in a prudent way, taking every precaution to protect the health and safety of our residents and our guests,” said Gumbs-Marie. The Parliamentary Secretary is leading the task force in charge of the reopening effort; and the authorities said that Phase One will run from August 21st through October 31st this year. “We know that there is considerable pent-up demand for Anguilla, among our homeowners, our repeat guests, and those who just need a break from the stress and strain of the past several months. We offer a wonderful respite, a safe haven where you can relax and enjoy our spectacular beaches and our culinary delights, in the comfort of a lovely villa, your home away from home.” The authorities said that as of Friday, visitors wishing to enter Anguilla may start the pre-registration process online at the Anguilla Tourist Board’s website. “We have witnessed the developments on some of our neighbouring islands, and we have therefore established very strict protocols, grounded in our ability to contain and mitigate the risks of an imported case,” she added. They said the application requirements include the visitor’s home address and proposed travel dates; the submission of a negative PCR test, taken within three to five days prior to arrival; and a health insurance policy that will cover any medical expenses incurred in relation to COVID-19 treatment. Once the application is approved, an electronic certificate authorizing travel to Anguilla will be issued.center_img “Visitors from low-risk countries will be given preference; those from high-risk countries will be assessed on a case by case basis, taking into consideration their place of residence,” the authorities said, adding that a list of approved accommodations, particularly in the villa sector, will be available on the portal, as all properties must be registered and certified to receive guests. CMC “ A rigorous program of staff training is currently underway. It should be noted that as the island is presently COVID- 19 free, wearing a mask is not mandatory. However, guests on island are expected to observe social distancing and follow the stringent hygiene practices that have allowed the island to retain its coveted status for the past four months,” the authorities added. photo via: Paho “In the event of a positive test, the guest will have to isolate at a government approved location. The use of rental vehicles is also prohibited until clearance is received on day 10. It should be noted however, that there is not a minimum stay requirement; guests are free to visit for shorter periods as well. Chairman of the Anguilla Tourist Board, Kenroy Herbert, said Anguilla was looking forward to welcoming guests back to the island, safely and responsibly.last_img read more

Ageless Federer To Face Cilic In Wimbledon Open Final After Berdych Win

first_imgTennis legend Roger Federer has booked his place in the Wimbledon Open final after he defeated Czech 11th seed Thomas Berdych in straIght sets.Federer, 35, saw off Berdych 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 to move within one win of an eighth Wimbledon title.The Swiss star would be hoping to win a first title since 2012 when he takes on Marin Cilic in what would be his 11th Wimbledon Open final. Seventh seed Cilic had earlier qualified for the last two after he got the better of American 24th seed Sam Querrey 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 7-6 (7-3) 7-5.Speaking after his triumph, Federer said: “I feel very privileged to be in another final,”“I’ve got the pleasure to play on Centre Court another time. I can’t believe it’s almost true again. I’m happy to have a day off to reflect on what I’ve done at the tournament.” he added.With the win, ageless Federer becomes the second-oldest man to reach the Wimbledon Open final after 39-year-old Ken Rosewall played in the 1974 final. Federer also sealed a record 29th Grand Slam final. Relatedlast_img read more

CAF Champions League: Etoile Setup Huge Semifinal Clash With Al Ahly

first_imgRelated Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia have qualified for a huge semifinal clash with Egyptian side Al Ahly in an all-North African affair following the team’s win over Al Ahli Tripoli of Libya.With the first leg in Libya evenly poised at 0-0, Egyptian forward Amr Marey netted a brace to give his team a 2-0 win in the second leg for an overall 2-0 aggregate win.They will next face Egyptian giants Al Ahly, who had earlier saw off Esperance of Tunisia 4-3 on aggregate some 24 hours ago.last_img

Bottas Caps Off Fantastic 2017 For Mercedes With Abu Dhabi Victory

first_imgValtteri Bottas held off Lewis Hamilton to claim a morale-boosting victory over 2017’s world champion as Mercedes dominated F1’s season finale in the Abu Dhabi GP.It was Bottas’ third win of the year, but first since July, as the Finn made up for being beaten from pole in Brazil and denied his team-mate a perfect ending to his fourth title-winning campaign.Hamilton applied pressure on Bottas after the one round of pit stops but was unable to get close enough to the back of the sister Mercedes to attempt an overtake and had to settle for second place, eventually finishing three seconds behind.“Impossible to pass here man!” said Hamilton to Bottas as he congratulated his team-mate in the pre-podium holding room. “I was like ‘where are all the backmarkers?’ I think they’ve got to change this track!”Ferrari had run Mercedes close for much of 2017 but were no match for the world champions in the Yas Marina desert as Sebastian Vettel finished 19 seconds adrift in third place.But Bottas’ victory was not enough to deny Vettel the runner-up position to Hamilton in the drivers’ standings.“It was a bit lonely,” admitted Vettel. “We were in no man’s land. I would have liked to be in the hunt but I’m happy with the podium.”Like Ferrari, Red Bull endured a muted final race with Max Verstappen only fifth behind Kimi Raikkonen after failing to jump the Finn through the pit stops.Daniel Ricciardo had been running fourth in the other Red Bull but his race unravelled within a matter of laps just after half distance. A brush with the wall triggered an emergency pit stop and then the Australian promptly retired when his car developed a hydraulics fault.The DNF, Red Bull’s 13th of the year, also cost Ricciardo fourth place to Raikkonen in the drivers’ championship.It has been a season split in two halves with regards to dominance. Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari looked like he was cruising to the driver’s championship until the summer break from which point Hamilton took the title race by the scruff of the neck.Mercedes may have been pushed like never before in the hybrid turbo engine era this year, but 12 race wins and a fourth consecutive title double underline that they remain the team everyone has to try and catch when F1 2018 begins in earnest in Melbourne in four months’ time.RelatedFormula One Set For Exciting Grand Finale In Abu DhabiNovember 26, 2017In “Formula One”Hamilton Wins Again To Egde Closer to Fourth TitleOctober 8, 2017In “Formula One”The 2017 Formula 1 Pirelli Magyar Nagydij ReviewJuly 31, 2017In “Sports”last_img read more

Rafi Ashkenazi – BetStars intent on closing gap on sports betting competitors

first_img Related Articles BlueRibbon signs strategic partnership with The Stars Group August 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure? August 27, 2020 PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Rafi AshkenaziPresenting Amaya Inc results for Q3 2016, CEO Rafi Ashkenazi praised the work and competence of his firm’s recently launched ‘BetStars’ sports betting division, stating that it had delivered on its goal of creating a ‘competitive online sportsbook’.Seeking to challenge established legacy betting operators, the BetStars division will be led by new MD Zeno Osskó as Amaya looks to ‘close product gaps with competitors’.“In 2017, we will refine our plans and strategy and then investing less on market expansion and more on our product and parity especially on mobile as well as delivering the localised experience to our customer absence. We will also be focusing on cross sale capabilities and experience, monetisation and profitable fair acquisition,” Ashkenazi detailed to Amaya investors.Officially launched in December 2015, Amaya’s CEO has so far been pleased with the products effective sports betting crossover strategy, which has helped his firm offset saturated poker yields. Following a year of activity for its BetStars division, Ashkenazi backed his firm’s product diversification strategy“During the third quarter, sportsbook was positively impacted by our ability to retain newly acquired players and grow their yield. We expanded TV marketing of our BetStars brand, but we did not add any new jurisdictions and sportsbook is still available to just under 54% of poker players.” Amaya’s CEO added.Although Amaya chose not to detail a specific product breakdown for sports betting, the operator stated that in Q3 2016 combined casino and sportsbook products had comprised 24% of corporate revenues compared to corresponding 2015’s 15%.Closing full-year 2016 Ashkenazi would detail sportsbook product improvements focusing on user engagement.“We expect to achieve growth by focusing on continuing to improve our sportsbook offering, functionality and user experience specifically on mobile to achieve parity with our industry peers, delivering localized experiences to our customer base, improving our cross-sell abilities, improving monetisation cycles, and achieving possible customer acquisition.” Sharelast_img read more