When in Doubt, Throw it Out!


first_imgThe Florida Department of Health in Broward County reminds everyone that it is important to take precautions to ensure food safety in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The risk of food poisoning is heightened when refrigerators and ovens are inoperable. Discard any food that has been at room temperature for two hours or more, and any food that has an unusual odor, color or texture. Just remember – When in doubt, throw it out!Practice safe food handling and prevent food-borne illness by following these simple steps:Always keep a thermometer in your refrigerator.  The temperature should read 41 degrees Fahrenheit (F) or below. A full cooler will maintain its cold temperature longer than one that is partially filled, so it is important to pack plenty of extra ice or freezer packs to insure a constant cold temperature.  If available, 25 pounds of dry ice will keep a ten-cubic-foot freezer below freezing for 3-4 days. Use care when handling dry ice and wear dry, heavy gloves to avoid injury. Thawed food can usually be eaten if it is still “refrigerator cold.” Eggs and other foods need to be stored in 41F or slightly below. Do not eat foods that may have spoiled. Always wash your hands with soap and water that has been boiled or disinfected and cooled. Hands should be washed:Before preparing or eating food After:Using the bathroom or changing a diaperHandling uncooked foodPlaying with a petHandling garbageTending to someone who is sick or injuredBlowing your noseCoughing or sneezingParticipating in flood cleanup activitiesHandling articles contaminated with flood water or sewage.  Fight “cross-contamination,” which is the transfer of harmful bacteria to food from other foods. Never place any type of food on a plate, cutting board or utensil that previously held raw meat, poultry or seafood. When grilling foods, preheat the coals on your grill for 20-30 minutes or until the coals are lightly coated with ash. GRILLS SHOULD NEVER BE PLACED INDOORS. Use a meat thermometer to ensure that food reaches a safe internal temperature. Hamburgers and ground poultry should be cooked to 160 F. Poultry parts: 170 F. Roasts, steaks and other large cuts of beef: 145 F (rare) and 160 F (medium).Fish should be cooked until the meat is opaque and flakes easily. Use sanitized food and water bowls for your pets and be sure that they do not drink from flood-contaminated surfaces.Never taste food to determine its safety! For additional food safety information, call the USDA/FSIS Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-674-6854. Food safety specialists (both English and Spanish speaking) are available from 10AM to 4PM on weekdays year-round.last_img read more

Etana to be honored at Caribbean American Heritage Awards


first_imgThe Washington-based Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) says Jamaican Reggae singer Etana will be honored with the Excellence in the Arts Award at the 24th annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards (CARAH) on Friday.On Monday, ICS said that CARAH celebrates the achievements of outstanding individuals of Caribbean descent who have made extraordinary contributions to their fields of expertise.ICS will present “these prestigious awards” at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C.Indomitable spirit of the Caribbean “Etana’s music represents and reflects the indomitable spirit of the Caribbean, and we are truly honored that she can join us at the 24th annual CARAH Awards,” said Dr. Claire Nelson, the Jamaican-born founder and president of ICS, the CARAH Awards, and White House Champion of Change.Positive message of self-love“Her music has reached millions, and her positive messages of self-love and resilience make her a perfect role model for all women – both the young and the ripe.”She said Etana has been singing since she was eight years old, “when her family discovered her powerful voice while she was singing a hit song by Air Supply.”Not long after she moved to the United States, Nelson said, adding that, during college, Etana joined the female vocal group Gift.Rastafarian ideals“Despite Universal Records’ interest in Gift, Etana could not conform to negative stereotypes being forced on the group,” Nelson said. “So, she quit and returned to Jamaica, where she could focus on music that reflected her Rastafarian ideals.”Etana released her debut album “The Stronger One in 2008,” receiving international acclaim with her hit “Wrong Address,” and two other number one singles.Etana was nominated for the 2008 MOBO Awards in the “Best Reggae” category.Etana’s subsequent albums, “Free Expressions” and “Better Tomorrow,” were released in 2011 and 2013, and followed with tours of Europe and the United States, respectively.Number 1 albumMost recently, she released the album, “I Rise,” which peaked at number one on Billboard’s Top Reggae Albums in 2014, where it remained for four weeks.Etana remains the first female to top the reggae billboard chart in more than 15 years, Nelson said.Other awardeesIn addition to Etana, this year, Nelson said ICS will be honoring, among others, mining engineer and entrepreneur Dr. Glendon Archer; world-renowned transplant surgeon Dr. Clive Callender; medicinal chemist, research scientist and serial entrepreneur Dr. Henry Lowe;  Karl Racine, Attorney General of Washington, D.C.; Jennifer Carroll, first Caribbean woman to serve as Lt. Governor of a US State; Nneka Norville, BET Corporate Leader; Bevil Wooding, internet technology strategist; and “friend of the Caribbean,” New York Democratic Congressman Eliot Engel.For more on the Institute of Caribbean Studies, click the link: Institute of Caribbean Studies seek to pardon Marcus Mosiah Garveylast_img read more

Caribbean fans will soon have access to UEFA matches


first_imgHaiti’s Wilde-Donald Guerrier (Qarabag FK) playing in the UEFA League. AS of next summer, Caribbean soccer fans will have access to every UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League match.Flow Sports and SportsMax are teaming up with the UEFA to bring some of the world’s most exciting football matches to the region.The matches will kick off in August 2018 with the 2018/19 European football season. Under the terms of this exciting new three-season deal, Flow Sports and SportsMax will equally share all of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa Leaguematches starting in August 2018 and for each season through to June 2021, ensuring broadcast of the highest possible number of matches across the Caribbean.  Fans will also be able to enjoy the new UEFA Champions League “double headers” as live matches will kick off at both 1 and 3 p.m. Eastern Time during the Group Stage.last_img read more

EDITORIAL: Sexual abuse of the youth must be stopped


first_imgSouth Florida, as was the rest of the world, was stunned at last week’s Pennsylvania grand jury report that over 1,000 young boys and girls were found to have been sexual abused by over 300 Catholic priests over a period of several decades.Yet despite these despicable acts against the youth, many of whom placed their trust in these priests, when this newspaper sought the reaction of several South Floridians only two bemoaned the impact of the abuse on the children. Most, tried being analytical, giving reasons for the priests’ despicable behavior. Relatively subdued reactionOne also expected the reaction to the news of these abuses would have been much more vehement across the main-stream television networks, but, instead, the reactions were relatively subdued.So was the delayed reaction by the head of the world’s Catholic Church, Pope Francis 1. Condemning the priests alleged to be guilty of these sexual reprobate acts on children isn’t enough. The Church, led by the Pope, must take more profound measures to stop these abuses which have plagued the Catholic Church for centuries.Goes beyond the Catholic ChurchBut sexual abuse of children goes way beyond priests in the Catholic Church. Sexual abuse against children has become akin to an epidemic, involving pastors in other churches, and men of various walks of life.In Jamaica, some months ago the news was laden with reports of sexual abuse by senior pastors in several prominent churches. During the tenure of former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller she persistently spoke and sought action against sexual abuse of young children within and outside the home, Some of these abuses escalated into the criminal death of several young people, especially young girls, and almost daily Jamaican papers issued Ananda Alerts related to missing young girls and boys.Persistent problem Although the current Jamaican government, and private organizations, including the Female Development World Organization and its “Nuh guh Deh” campaign conducted and led by South Florida’s Lavern Deer, have been more active in trying to curb child sexual abuse, the problem still persists.  While one notes that the published Ananda Alerts of missing children have been less frequent, one cannot attest this to less children having gone missing, or a policy decision to reduce publication of these reports. Here in the US, there are frequent reports of young boys and girls being trafficked from poor foreign nations. Mostly, these young people are being distributed throughout the country like slaves and forced into lives of prostitution, dancers in nude clubs, or participating in other forms of nefarious behaviors.Normally victims trusted abusers It’s difficulty, despite explanation attempted by psychologists and other behavior specialists, why grown, adult men, find young girls and boys, some little older than infants, sexually appealing. Compounding the despicable nature of this deplorable abuse is that in many circumstances the abused child victim trusted the abuser.Priests and pastors in Church’s are usually impeccably trusted by members of their congregation. Parents, assuming these “men of God” are trustworthy, moral leaders, normally never associate them with sexual deviousness in turning their kids to them for moral guidance. But it seems that priests and pastors, and other sexual abusers, have an uncanny way of depicting the most vulnerable youth, pre-teens and teens, and use this vulnerability as a spring-board for sexual abuse.Another unfortunate impact of these incidents of abuse is that they often leave permanent emotional and psychological scars on many of the young victims.The fact is thousands of children in the US, the Caribbean, and globally, are victims of sexual abuse.  As, the scourge of poverty makes more vulnerable children turn to adult men for assistance, this assistance becomes a corollary to sexual abuse.Can never be justifiedSexual abuse can never be justified. It can’t be justified by priests who cannot withstand the temptations of the flesh after they took oaths of celibacy. It can’t be justified by men who take the youth into their houses to provided them with room and board. It can’t be justified by men who assist poor mothers to provide food and shelter for their children. Sexual abuse of children can never be justified.As a community, more is needed publicly and privately, by churches and secular organizations. to eliminate and prevent child sexual abuse. The frequency and wantonness of reports of incidences of child sexual abuse by people children trust in the community – priests, pastors, teachers, coaches, mentors, relatives, employers, place every child, even your own in potential danger. As a community, there’s a collective responsibility to ensure this scourge is removed.last_img read more

Jamaica ranks 10th on dangerous countries list


first_imgA new report published by US based Business Insider, has placed Jamaica at number 10 on a list of the world’s 20 most dangerous countries. In an article published on November 1, Business Insider asserted that the countries featured on the list are rife with terrorism, economic insecurity, and have some of the worst homicide rates in the world. The article references a recent report by USA Today which claimed that Jamaica has a prevalence of sexual assault.Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago are the only two Caribbean countries featured on the Business Insider list of the world’s 20 most dangerous countries. Trinidad and Tobago is ranked 12th.last_img

NatureScape Broward Accepting Applications for Habitat Steward Training


first_imgBROWARD COUNTY, FL –  NatureScape Broward will be hosting a Habitat Steward Training, January 13-17, 2020, for 20 County residents interested in improving the environment.The training includes local field trips, hands-on activities, and presentations from expert speakers on native plant communities, the natural history of south Florida and the Everglades, invasive exotic plant and animal species, designing gardens for wildlife, marine wildlife, migratory species, and pollinators. Presentations also address some potential implications of climate change on natural resources and adaptation strategies for south Florida.Habitat Steward Volunteers are individuals with a keen interest in the environment, and a willingness to volunteer their time and expertise to help others create or restore wildlife habitat. Habitat Stewards commit to providing 30 hours of service within a year of completing their training. Habitat Stewards play an important role in NatureScape Broward’s efforts to create environmentally sustainable landscapes and habitat in Broward County. Many of the Stewards volunteer in their municipalities, assisting efforts to get their cities certified as Community Wildlife Habitats.In addition to this training, NatureScape Broward offers various workshops throughout the year.last_img read more

Florida Surpasses 100,00 COVID-19 Cases


first_imgThe percent of positive COVID-19 cases in Florida. (Florida Department of Health) Florida is now the seventh state to pass six digits, following New York, California, New Jersey, Illinois, Texas and Massachusetts. Cases have skyrocketed in Florida in the past week after many businesses reopened. Monday’s total was the lowest daily rate of new cases in six days after topping out at 4,049 on Saturday. As the outbreak spread, Florida reached 50,000 cases within nine weeks, then another four weeks and one day to hit 100,000, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Over 3,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Florida. As concerns grow about the reopening of businesses amid the spike, DeSantis has reiterated that Florida will not reverse its reopening. On Monday, Florida reached another COVID-19 milestone, becoming the seventh state in America to surpass 100,000 confirmed cases. Gov. Ron DeSantis, speaking at Florida International University last week, said that younger people are testing positive for the virus and showing less severe symptoms. The Florida Department of Public Health confirmed 2,926 new cases on Monday, to bring the states total to 100,217. The percent positivity for new cases also peaked at 12.27% last week (on Saturday) in comparison to a 6.17% peak in the previous week. “I think the folks that are going into the hospital now, fortunately, are skewing younger with less acuity,” DeSantis said, noting that the median age of people diagnosed with the virus in the state has dropped to 37. “And obviously we want to keep as many people out [of the hospital] as we can.” In the meantime, several cities in Miami-Dade County, including Miami and Miami Beach, have announced that masks are now required in public. Those cities also include Hialeah, Miami Gardens, Aventura, Doral, Key Biscayne, Biscayne Park, Pinecrest, North Miami Beach, West Miami, Miami Shores and El Portal.last_img read more

New Era as DCMS passes new Horserace Betting Levy into law


first_imgShare Scottish racing to resume from 22 June June 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Julie Harrington takes the reins as BHA CEO August 11, 2020center_img Updating the market and media, the UK government has confirmed that 2017’s ‘Horserace Betting Levy Regulations’ has come into law as of the 25 April.The reformed levy marks a new era for the sports’ funding which will see all operators pay a 10% tax on profits generated from customers on UK racing bets regardless of wager vertical (online or land-based). The UK government has added a £500,000 threshold on the levy charge for licensed operators.Last week the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) detailed that its reformed levy system had gained European Commission approval seeming levy provisions as a fair industry taxation process.Having gained EC approval, yesterday UK DCMS’ Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage Tracey Crouch signed the Levy into law. UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Submit Moving forward UK racing stakeholders expect the new ‘Levy 2017’ to generate approximately an extra £30-40 million per year for the sports funding.Updating industry stakeholders, Nick Rust CEO of the BHA was pleased to have finally replaced the outdated 1961 levy, a key mandate of his organisation as UK racing’s leading regulatory body.Rust stated While there remains much more to do in this regard, the levy replacement in itself is a huge achievement and one that could not have been achieved without the determination and leadership demonstrated by Tracey Crouch MP and her team of dedicated officials at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.“Everyone in British racing owes thanks to her, and to the many supporters of our sport across and outside Westminster. We will be issuing further thanks to a number of key individuals over coming days.“The new Levy is the clearest sign yet of the success which British racing can achieve when we work together.”last_img read more

Denmark to enforce new Code of Conduct seeking highest industry standards


first_img Submit Spillemyndigheden, the Danish Gambling Authority ,has announced that national stakeholders have agreed on new responsibility provisions, measures and adjustments to be attached to the Danish Gambling Act.A political agreement has been approved which will see Spillemyndigheden enforce a new ‘Code of Conduct’ for all licensed gambling incumbents to adhere to, beginning 1 July 2019.Denmark’s new code seeks to establish a definitive benchmark on gambling industry practices, with regards to advertising, reducing problem gambling harms, combined with comprehensive consumer protections.On advertising, the new code will enforce operator limits on TV adverts, with all gambling marketing forced to display under-age warnings. Furthermore, gambling TV adverts will not be broadcast on the same ad-slots as payday loans or credit services.Licensed Danish online gambling operators must also have the capabilities to switch off digital marketing campaigns that may be deemed to have advertised to younger audiences.Protecting consumers, the Code requires Danish incumbents to show full transparency on customer promotions and incentives, with the authority further requiring operators and games developers to service customer warnings on game time and wagering habits.The enforcement of the code by online gambling incumbents will be monitored by the Danish Online Gambling Association (DOGA). Whilst licence holders in the area of gaming machines will be monitored by the Dansk Automat Brancheforening (Danish gaming machine industry association) and land-based casino by the  Dansk Kasinoforening (Danish Casino Association). Share Related Articles Share Spillemyndigheden reports decline in Q2 betting August 25, 2020 Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Danish gambling prepares for MitID launch June 26, 2020last_img read more

30,000 register with Swedish Spelpaus.se self-exclusion initiative


first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Share Submit Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020 Share Over 30,000 people have registered with the Swedish self-exclusion register, Spelpaus.se, as reported by the country’s national gambling regulator Spelinspektionen.Gambling operators within Sweden are obliged to integrate the Spelpaus.se service as part of their licence conditions, with those who fail to do so facing penalties and potentially having their licence revoked.Having been rolled out on 1 January, coinciding with the launch of the country’s regulated market, the self-exclusion scheme gives Swedish customers the option to block themselves from gambling sites and services in addition to the ability to opt out from marketing communications. The service has since been integrated across a number of licensed online casinos, slot games and lotteries, as well as land-based services including retail stores and bingo halls.Spelinspektionen has recently revamped its operational set-up, and has since stated that it will simply not tolerate operators’ disregarding Spelpaus.se ( translation – ‘game-break’) provisions, made mandatory under Sweden’s new online gambling licensing framework.A number of operators have already been identified by the regulator for failing to integrate the scheme across their platforms. Genesis Gaming and Paf Consulting has recently been hit with a penalty from the regulator after a number of consumers that had self-excluded informed the regulator they were still able to gamble on sites operated by the pair. Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020last_img read more