Philippines threatens to sue Sanofi for refusing to issue refunds for unused dengue vaccine

first_img Alex Hogan/STAT Ed Silverman About the Author Reprints Log In | Learn More The Philippine government is not taking ‘No’ for an answer.The health minister is threatening to file a civil lawsuit against Sanofi after the company twice refused to issue a full refund for all dengue vaccine that was used during a recent immunization campaign. The government ended the program last month after learning that Dengvaxia could worsen — rather than prevent — future cases of the mosquito-borne virus in people who had not previously been infected. What is it? STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. [email protected] By Ed Silverman Feb. 19, 2018 Reprints Pharmalot center_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. @Pharmalot GET STARTED Philippines threatens to sue Sanofi for refusing to issue refunds for unused dengue vaccine Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. What’s included? Tags pharmaceuticalsSTAT+Vaccineslast_img read more

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Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Tuesday, Jan. 12

first_imgSouthwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Thursday, June 3 June 4, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Friday, May 28 Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Wednesday, June 2 June 3, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Covid daily totals May 31, 2021 Data per the Florida Department of Health as of Tuesday, Jan. 12. Additional case data compares to the previous update.TOTAL CASES IN FLORIDA: 1,503,482 (+14,896)TOTAL DEATHS IN FLORIDA: 23,585 (+161)TOTAL IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: 87,111 (+833)LEE COUNTY – 46,104 (+454) | 715 (+0)COLLIER COUNTY – 24,814 (+239) | 363 (+0)CHARLOTTE COUNTY – 8,599 (+77) | 256 (+2)HENDRY COUNTY – 3,643 (+34) | 52 (+0)DESOTO COUNTY – 3,133 (+22) | 61 (+0)GLADES COUNTY – 818 (+7) | 11 (+0) Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Tuesday, June 1 June 2, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentsDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 commentslast_img read more

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Clearwater couple arrested for aggravated manslaughter and neglect of a child

first_imgFlorida man throws 2-month-old baby at deputies June 7, 2021 Both surviving children were placed in the care of a family member and have received medical care. The autopsy determined the cause of death to be chronic child neglect. Ashley and Matthew were booked into Pinellas County Jail without incident.Ashley Ferguson was charged with Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child and two counts of Neglect of a Child.Matthew Ferguson was charged with three counts of Neglect of a Child.This is an ongoing investigation. AdvertisementTags: child abusecrimeManslaughter Advertisement AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Port Charlotte man arrested for sexual activity with a minor June 4, 2021 Two men arrested for stealing construction equipment form site in Estero June 17, 2021 CLEARWATER, Fla.– Detectives arrested Ashley and Matthew Ferguson for aggravated manslaughter and neglect of a child, on March 4. The investigation started when Deputies responded to a report of an unresponsive child on July 12, 2020. According to law enforcement, the child was discovered in their by Ashley Ferguson. When she realized the child was unresponsive, Ferguson contacted emergency services. Largo Fire responded, declaring the child dead at the scene. AdvertisementAfter investigating further, it was determined that all three children living in the house were malnourished and had not received proper medical care.According to law enforcement, the children had bedsores, diaper rash, severely matted hair, were unable to walk or bear any weight on their legs, and were also unable to speak. Ashley Ferguson admitted the children’s primary source of food was milk.Investigators also determined that the children never received medical treatment when they lost the ability to walk. Lehigh Elementary preschool teacher accused of child abuse won’t renew contract June 16, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS Advertisementlast_img read more

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Government welcomes partnership with new ALGA President

first_imgGovernment welcomes partnership with new ALGA President Federal Local Government Minister, Mark Coulton met with newly elected President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) Cr Linda Scott today, kicking off a fruitful partnership in joint delivery of critical infrastructure and services benefitting all Australians.Meeting with Cr Scott on the sidelines of the ALGA National Local Roads and Transport Congress in Wagga Wagga, Minister Coulton congratulated Cr Scott on her appointment, saying the widely respected City of Sydney Councillor brings a wealth of experience to the high-profile national role.“Cr Scott’s record of achievement on the City of Sydney Council speaks for itself, securing funding for and delivery of essential community infrastructure,” Minister Coulton said.“Similarly, Cr Scott has a stellar record of achievement as the current President of Local Government NSW and as Vice-President of the Australian Local Government Association.“Cr Scott is a strong advocate for funding and resourcing that is commensurate with the importance of local government in delivering services and infrastructure to benefit all Australians.“Today was a valuable opportunity to hear Cr Scott’s constructive ideas for how our two levels of government can work even more closely together. I look forward to partnering with Cr Scott and the local government sector to rebuild the economy following COVID-19.”Minister Coulton said Cr Scott will be a valuable partner for the Australian Government in rolling out record support for local government – a sector that is critical for delivering essential services and that employs around 194,000 Australians.“Today was an opportunity to highlight this record commitment and discuss how we can optimise delivery of this support for local roads and community infrastructure, which will be important in helping councils and their communities recover from the pandemic and its effects,” he said.“The Liberal and Nationals Government’s community-led recovery plan empowers local governments to deliver roads and community infrastructure through investment in shovel-ready projects.”Minister Coulton said there was no better example than the $1.5b billion Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program, which assists local government to deliver local jobs and support local businesses.“I also look forward to working with Cr Scott on the longstanding Financial Assistance Grant program – which this year is delivering a record $2.6 billion directly in untied payments to local government – to ensure it is delivering support where it is needed,” Minister Coulton said.“The Coalition understands the local government sector houses invaluable professionalism and expertise and is the closest level of government to the people it serves.“I look forward to working with Cr Scott through mechanisms such as the Local Government Ministers’ Forum with state and territory governments and the ALGA, which will ensure all levels of government are aware of the impact of COVID-19 on councils and are sharing ideas on how to respond.“I am also confident that Cr Scott will continue to represent the sector at the highest levels, as a member of the new National Federation Reform Council, established following the abolition of COAG.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, City of Sydney, community, covid-19, Government, infrastructure, Investment, Local Government, Local Government NSW, Minister, NSW, President, regional development, Sydney, Transport, Wagga Waggalast_img read more

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High-cost drugs drive increased public drug plan spending in Canada

first_imgHigh-cost drugs drive increased public drug plan spending in Canada From: Patented Medicine Prices Review Board CanadaAnnual expenditures on drugs in public plans exceeded $12 billion in 2018-19The latest edition of the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board’s (PMPRB) CompassRx report reveals that prescription drug expenditures for the National Prescription Drug Utilization Information System (NPDUIS) public drug plans increased by 5.6% in 2018/19 to reach $12.1 billion, driven primarily by a considerable rise in the use of higher-cost drugs coupled with greater than average impacts from plan design changes and the use of generic drugs.The PMPRB’s CompassRx report monitors and analyzes the cost pressures driving changes in prescription drug expenditures in Canadian public drug plans. This sixth edition of CompassRx provides insight into the factors driving growth in drug and dispensing costs in 2018/19, as well as a retrospective review of recent trends in public drug plan costs and utilization.The study includes all provincial public drug plans (with the exception of Quebec), as well as Yukon and the Non-Insured Health Benefits Program. These plans account for approximately one third of the total annual spending on prescription drugs in Canada.Quick factsBetween 2013-14 and 2018-19, total prescription drug expenditures for Canada’s public drug plans rose by $3 billion, at an average annual rate of 5.5%.Drug costs in NPDUIS public plans grew by 5.8% in 2018-19, accounting for $9.7 billion of a total $12.1 billion in public drug plan expenditures, while dispensing costs grew by 5.1%.The increased use of higher-cost medicines exerted an upward pressure on drug costs of 6.7% in 2018-19, of which 3.3% can be attributed to 10 drugs with high annual treatment costs or large patient populations.Savings from price reductions and generic and biosimilar substitution increased considerably in 2018-19 as a result of recent generic pricing initiatives, pulling costs down by 6.2%.The introduction of the OHIP+ program in Ontario contributed 4.7% to the growth in drug costs across all jurisdictions, with more than 2 million active beneficiaries filling nearly 12 million prescriptions. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Canada, drug, Government, health, medicine, spending, study, treatmentlast_img read more

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Sod turning marks $20 million investment in future hydrogen workforce

first_imgSod turning marks $20 million investment in future hydrogen workforce JOINT STATEMENTQueensland has taken another step towards ensuring Australia emerges as a global hydrogen superpower.The sod has been turned to mark the start of construction of the Palaszczuk Government’s $20 million Hydrogen Training Centre of Excellence at Beenleigh.Treasurer Cameron Dick said the new facility is a key part of the government’s plan to fast track the development of the industry and ensure Queensland is at the forefront as the supplier of choice for hydrogen.“Our Queensland Hydrogen Industry Strategy 2019 – 2024 is focussed on developing the hydrogen industry to create jobs and is a vital part of our plan to Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs,” the Treasurer said.“By 2030, it is estimated the Queensland hydrogen industry could be worth about $1.7 billion a year in exports, providing jobs throughout the state.“Investing in state-of-the-art training facilities will attract new workers to the industry as well as meet projected demand from existing apprentices and tradespeople.”Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni said this initiative, one of four training centres worth more than $50 million, would skill up a hydrogen workforce enabling the State’s future economic development.“Queensland’s opportunity to grow jobs in manufacturing and resources needs cheaper, cleaner energy, and the future demand for hydrogen is being met as the Palaszczuk Government is ensuring Queenslanders have the skills to deliver it,” he said.“Already, Queensland’s renewables industry is worth $8.5 billion, and with our abundance of solar and wind capacity, Queensland is the ideal candidate to produce hydrogen for domestic and international use.”Minister for Training and Skills Development Di Farmer said the $20 million centre is an investment in the skills and jobs of the future.“We need trainees and apprentices to start developing these skills now, so that they are ready to go when these jobs come online.“That’s why we are investing now, to deliver the skilled workforce we will need in the future.“We are working in partnership with the industry not-for-profit organisation, Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC), to build the new facility at the existing training centre by June 2022.“It will expand training capacity from 600 to 800 apprenticeships per year to train apprentices in fire protection, gas plumbing, carpentry, electrical and plumbing skills.“The new world-class training facilities will include gas training equipment, lower carbon technology upgrades, roof-access work platforms, special hazards fire systems and state of the art training rooms.”The project is expected to employ 70 apprentices during construction and support a total of 100 jobs.“Our hydrogen training investment also includes $10.6 million for a Hydrogen and Renewable Energy Training facility at Bohle TAFE campus in Townsville, $2 million to upgrade training facilities at Gladstone State High School to prepare students for jobs in the hydrogen industry and a $17 million grant will allow Electro Group Training to deliver renewable energy skills and training,” Ms Farmer said.Macalister MP Melissa McMahon said that Logan was the right place to be making this important investment in Queensland jobs.“This investment adds to the wealth of training and learning opportunities already here in our community.“Learning a trade sets you up for life and it’s the Palaszczuk Government who is taking this making sure that our kids get a foothold in these industries of the future.”PICAC is a whole-of-industry collaboration model between the Plumbing and Pipe Trades Employees Union Queensland, the Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland, the National Fire Industry Association and the Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors Association (AMCA). /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Beenleigh, Economic Development, Gladstone, Government, Investment, Logan, Macalister, Palaszczuk, QLD, Queensland, renewable energy, Renewables, Skills, TAFE, technology, Townsvillelast_img read more

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Staying on track in virtual classes: Tips for remote learning

first_imgIf you have any of your own ideas about remote learning, tell us about them! Published: March 23, 2020 • By Clara Geoghegan, Aria Jia With the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, schools and universities across the country have unexpectedly embarked on the largest online learning experiment ever.  This is probably not how any of us envisioned our semester going, and the transition has maybe been easy for some, but we’re guessing it’s been rocky for most of us. With that in mind, here are some tips for making the transition to remote classes go a little more smoothly and making sure that you are still getting the most of your education. 1.  Make a schedule and stick to it.Now that we are trying to reduce the spread of COVID-19, our daily routines are looking a bit different. Instead of waking up, eating breakfast, drinking coffee (or whatever wakes you up in the morning), walking/biking/busing/driving to campus and then going to class, our routines are limited to inside the house. It might be tempting to set your alarm for 10 minutes before your first class, roll out of bed, and hop on your computer at the start of class, still half asleep. Don’t do this. So, make a schedule and stick to it. We recommend using Google Calendars since any Zoom meetings on your professor’s schedule can be added to your calendar with one click. You can then incorporate your daily routine around any classes you have, and all the Zoom links you need throughout the day will be in one place. Schedule a time to wake up, walk the dog, make breakfast, do a non-gym workout, or whatever you normally do before class. Also, schedule yourself 10-15 minutes before class (think of it as your digital “passing period”) to get prepared for your Zoom meeting. Which brings us to our next tip…2.  Environment matters; be prepared. Pay attention to how you work and concentrate best. This is different for all of us, but please don’t use your bed as your desk, if you can avoid it. Not only can going to class in bed mess with your sleep schedule, but for most of us, it is probably not where you concentrate the best. Try to make a space in your room or apartment just for classes and school work. Tailor it to what personally works best for your concentration, but also make sure it is a workstation that is ready to go. Have all your class materials, like textbooks and notebooks, on hand. If you are using a laptop, keep it charging while you are in a class session and always use headphones to avoid audio feedback. Keep water and snacks on hand, and make sure you are comfortable enough to sit for an hour or more. 3.  Make the best of a bad environment.Not everyone has an ideal place to work and go to class in their home. With Boulder’s high rents, a lot of us share rooms or live in places without room for a desk. Not every student has access to a laptop or computer either. For those in less-than-ideal circumstances, remote learning might be hitting you the hardest. If you don’t have a computer and primarily use your smartphone or library computers, now might be the time to get a device for your home. Unfortunately, due to the campus closure, the CU Book Store cannot rent laptops to students. But with all classes going remote, investing in a cheap or refurbished laptop for the coming few months might be worth it.If you share a room or live somewhere that is not ideal for online classes, here are some tips for making your environment as conducive to learning as possible. Share your class schedule with your roommate. It’s easy to do in Google Calendar, and this way you both know when the room needs to be quiet. If you aren’t already doing this, use headphones. It might seem like common sense, but do what you can to be respectful of one another’s education and needs. If you don’t have a desk or a space that can be converted to a school station, convert your bed into a workstation by day. Place something sturdy or hard on your bed (like a cutting board or a large book) to turn it into a makeshift desk. Place a pillow, stool or chair on the ground to work. This might seem like a funky setup, but it will help you mentally shift gears from being at home to being ready for class. 4.  Zoom-iquette, or best practices for ZoomLike anything, there are good ways and bad ways to act when using Zoom. With online classes, using best practices for remote learning is important for your experience and that of your classmates. If your instructor hasn’t done so already, mute your microphone whenever you are not talking. You can hold down the spacebar on your laptop to unmute yourself if you are asking a question. Try to find a place where no one is walking behind you. This will minimize distraction for you and your classmates. Use a pair of earbuds or a headset so you don’t disturb anyone around you. This will also help your classmates hear you better. And, WEAR CLOTHES! Maybe that seems obvious, but you wouldn’t show up to class in just your underwear, and chances are your classmates don’t want to see that over Zoom either. 5.  Participate. Get used to interacting with your professor and class digitally. It might be weird at first, but asking questions and volunteering answers will help you feel more engaged with the class and will help you from getting lost in the lesson. Use the “raise your hand” function in Zoom to let your instructor know you have a question. Click on the “participant” tab of your Zoom controls, at the bottom of your screen. Next to your name will be a hand icon; click it. This tells your instructor you have a question or something to add without interrupting the class. Or, if you find yourself getting lost in the lesson, use the “chat” option. You can send a message or ask a question to the whole class or any individual member of the class. Think of this as the digital equivalent of turning to your neighbor to ask them if they understood something or wrote down the last line on a slide. 6.  Use office hours. Professors and instructors tell us this every single week, but now especially, USE OFFICE HOURS! This is a new teaching format for most of us as students, so if you feel yourself falling behind or in need of clarification, don’t be afraid to reach out to your instructor. They probably want to know what parts of the class aren’t translating as well digitally, and talking to you beats sitting at their desk in an empty Zoom session. Bonus points if you add their office hours to your well organized and gorgeous Google Calendar.  Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on UnsplashCategories:blogTags:Student resourcesremote instruction2020last_img read more

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Slate of Activities in South Florida to Mark 48th Anniversary of Independence

first_imgRelatedSlate of Activities in South Florida to Mark 48th Anniversary of Independence RelatedSlate of Activities in South Florida to Mark 48th Anniversary of Independence FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaicans in South Florida will celebrate the nation’s 48th anniversary of Independence with several activities planned across the tri-county area of Dade, Broward and Palm Beach.Planned events will include a number of cultural presentations, church services, galas and concerts to commemorate the celebrations.Minister of National Security, Senator the Hon. Dwight Nelson, is expected to address the Jamaica Independence Gospel Concert scheduled for Sunday, July 25 at the Kendall Community Church of God in Miami, Florida.On the same day, the annual Independence Mass, organised by Food for the Poor and the Missionaries of the Poor, will be held at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, also in Miami.Patrons will celebrate at the annual Grand Independence Ball to be held on Saturday July 31, commencing at 7:00 p.m., at the Emerald Hills Country Club in Hollywood.As is customary, the Consulate General of Jamaica in Miami, will host the annual Ecumenical Church Service to be held on Sunday, August 1, beginning at 4:00 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale, downtown Fort Lauderdale.As she delivers the welcome remarks, Consul General, Sandra Grant Griffiths, will also read the Independence message from Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding.Recitals during the service will be performed by the South Florida Caribbean Chorale comprising choristers from several Jamaican congregations in the South Florida communities; Jamaica Folk Revue; Tallawah Mento Band; and the Sierra Norwood Calvary Children’s Choir.Proceeds from the event will benefit the Outreach Ministry of the Bronx Bethany Church, as well as the Jamaica Island Nutrition Network and the Jamaica Christian Boys’ Home.Following the service, the annual cultural performance ‘Culturama 2010 Mello-go-Round’ will take place at the Coral Springs Center for the Performing Arts. Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, will be special guest at the event, which will be held under the patronage of Consul General Griffiths.The audience will be treated to an array of traditional folk art forms including dance, song and drama performed by Jamaica Festival award winning students, who will be joined by several entertainers from South Florida.On Monday August 2, hundreds of Jamaicans and friends in the Diaspora are expected to join the City of Lauderhill for the first annual Jamaica Flag Day to be held at the Lauderhill Sport Complex on Oakland Boulevard. In a flag raising ceremony, officials of the city will present a proclamation to the Consul General, which will acknowledge the contribution of Jamaican nationals. Lauderhill, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale in Broward County is home to one of the largest population of Jamaicans in Florida State.The week of activities continues with the Grand Independence Ball to be held on Independence Day, August 6, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Davie. Guest speaker will be former Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga.The Bank of America Tower at International Place in downtown Miami will illuminate with the colours of the Jamaican Flag beginning at dusk on Independence Day. The 47-floor will remain lit through to Monday, August 9.Other activities to celebrate the country’s Independence will take place in communities across Florida State including Port St. Lucie, Palm Bay, Tampa and Orlando. RelatedSlate of Activities in South Florida to Mark 48th Anniversary of Independencecenter_img Slate of Activities in South Florida to Mark 48th Anniversary of Independence CultureJuly 26, 2010 Advertisementslast_img read more

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Jamaica Set to Showcase Diverse Cultural Expressions at CARIFESTA XII

first_imgRelatedProfessor Calls on Jamaicans to Adopt Principles of Garvey Jamaica will be among 24 countries to participate in the twelfth staging of the Caribbean Festival of the Arts (CARIFESTA) set to take place in Haiti August 21-30, 2015, under the theme ‘Our Roots, Our Culture, Our Common Future’.  CARIFESTA is the largest cultural and artistic event in the Caribbean which showcases cultural expressions of artistes across the region.Minister of Youth and Culture, the Honourable Lisa Hanna states that CARIFESTA has long been a major platform on which Jamaica has had the opportunity to reaffirm its enviable brand as a cultural super power. “We have talented individuals in dance, craft, theatre, music, film and the literary industries, therefore, our participation in CARIFESTA XII will allow us to showcase our nation’s talents on a global scene. Our artistes will be given an opportunity to network and to increase the interest in the nation’s cultural and creative industries,” she said.She explained that the Ministry of Youth and Culture continues to support any initiative that seeks to highlight Jamaica’s rich cultural heritage, adding that CARIFESTA recognizes the work of artistic individuals across the region and showcases to the world the talents of the Caribbean people.Jamaica’s delegation to Haiti will include: the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC), L’Acadco, dBURNZ, Raging Fyah, Storyteller Amina Blackwood-Meeks, craft vendors and representatives from the Ministry of Youth and Culture.According to Marisa Benain, Director of Cultural Policy and Monitoring in the Ministry of Youth and Culture, “Jamaica’s participation at CARIFESTA XII will seek to reinforce the need for regional integration and camaraderie. It will unmask the talented individuals in Jamaica to the world and provide them with a platform on which their skills and talents will be exhibited.” She added that this event presents yet another opportunity for the international community to experience Jamaica’s rich and exciting cultural offerings.This year’s activities will include a grand market, book fair, cultural industries trade fair, visual arts festival and exhibition, super concerts and community festivals.The establishment of the Festival was initiated by the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community in 1972 to celebrate the arts, foster a vision of Caribbean unity and to positively advance Caribbean culture regionally and internationally. Story HighlightsJamaica will be among 24 countries to participate in the twelfth staging of the Caribbean Festival of the Arts (CARIFESTA) set to take place in Haiti August 21-30, 2015, under the theme ‘Our Roots, Our Culture, Our Common Future’. CARIFESTA is the largest cultural and artistic event in the Caribbean which showcases cultural expressions of artistes across the region.CARIFESTA has long been a major platform on which Jamaica has had the opportunity to reaffirm its enviable brand as a cultural super power. Jamaica Set to Showcase Diverse Cultural Expressions at CARIFESTA XII CultureAugust 21, 2015Written by: Ministry of Youth & Culture RelatedMore Than 700 Children to Take Part in National Summit August 25center_img RelatedHouse Where Garvey Grew Up To Be Transformed Into Heritage Site FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisementslast_img read more

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Kieffer leads suspended French Open

first_imgPARIS – Maximilian Kieffer of Germany was leading at 4 under par with four holes to play when the first round of the French Open was suspended for the day because of thunderstorms on Thursday. Victor Dubuisson, Bernd Wiesberger, and Jaco van Zyl completed their rounds in 3-under 68, while Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Andrew Dodt were on the same score with one hole left. Graeme McDowell, seeking a third straight French Open title, was 1 over after 17 holes. Two thunderstorms disrupted play for a combined 2 1/2 hours at the start of the day. Kieffer is the most consistent player on the European Tour this season after making 16 cuts – more than anyone else. He birdied three of the first five holes, then Nos. 9, 11 and 12 at Le Golf National – the course that will host the Ryder Cup in 2018.last_img read more

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