The following language shall be added to Article I of the Florida Constitution:Affordable health care is a fundamental right of all Floridians. In weighing priorities and allocating available resources, the Legislature shall afford the highest consideration to securing this right. On Tuesday, Tallassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is also seeking to be the first African-American governor of Florida, proposed a constitutional amendment making affordable healthcare a fundamental right of all Floridians.Gillum plans to place the amendment before Florida’s voters statewide, and direct the Florida Legislature to make securing Floridians’ right to healthcare a top priority. He said he decided to propose the amendment because access to affordable health care for 2 million Floridians is threatened by the health care bill proposed by Republicans in the US Congress. Moreover, 800,000 more Floridians are also negatively impacted by Governor Rick Scott’s failure to expand Medicaid.Last week, Gillum also proposed a state law to protect women’s access to no-cost contraception. Previously, he outlined plans to pass and sign the nation’s strongest legislation to ensure coverage for those with pre-existing conditions and to ban insurers from charging women more than men for coverage.“It’s time for Florida to finally enshrine healthcare as a right for all. There is a public trust for the government to care for its citizens, and our state can no longer be ambiguous about that moral obligation. When healthcare is under attack in Washington, we’re going to lean into the challenge of health care in the Sunshine State and live our values,” Gillum said.“Every day, I see patients who are terrified of losing their health coverage and their care, because of politics,” said Dr. Shrearest Crenshaw, a family medicine physician in Parkland, Broward County. “We guarantee the right to speak, to worship, and to the courts. As a physician, I believe it equally important that our Constitution guarantee the right to affordable healthcare that Floridians deserve.”The draft text of the proposed constitutional amendment, reads: BALLOT SUMMARY: Adds a new section to Article I of the Florida Constitution. Declares that affordable health care is a fundamental right of all Floridians. Directs the Legislature, in weighing priorities and allocating available resources, to afford the highest consideration to securing the right.
Photo Courtesy of Nostalgia When the final whistle was blown in the semi-final Gold Cup match between Jamaica and Mexico at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on Sunday night history was made in more ways than one.Most pundits are pointing to the fact that Jamaica’s soccer team became the first country from the Caribbean to make it to two consecutive Gold Cup finals. The Jamaica Reggae Boyz will play the USA in the finals on Wednesday, July 26.Specifically, history was created by two members of Jamaica’s coaching staff. These are head-coach Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore and goalkeeping coach Warren Barrett. Both are members of the historical 1998 Reggae Boyz team, the first English-speaking Caribbean nation to qualify for the World Cup. The Jamaican team on a historic day 19 years ago, defeated Mexico 1-0 at Kingston’s National Stadium to advance to the World Cup in France.Goalkeeping captain and inspirational midfielderBarrett was then the team’s goalkeeper and captain, and Whitmore an inspirational midfielder. The achievement of advancing to the World Cup prompted then Jamaican Prime Minister, PJ Patterson to declare a national holiday.Now both former players must surely be reveling that they are part of a coaching staff that saw Jamaica defeat the Mexicans against the odds to rewrite soccer’s history books.Interestingly, Jamaica’s most outstanding player in the tournament thus far, Andre Blake, is also the team’s goalkeeping captain.No stranger to making historyWhitmore has had a checkered past as coach of the Jamaican team. He is no stranger to making history. He scored two goals against Japan in the 1998 World Cup to become the country’s leading goal scorer in that tournament.The Jamaicans stand on the cusp of another history making performance. They’ll first have to conquer the hosts and overwhelming favorites, United States.It will not be an easy task, but the Jamaicans have worn the underdog tag well and with the same disciplined approach they have taken in previous matches, the task is not an insurmountable one.The Jamaicans carry the hopes of the Caribbean region on their shoulders and a win for Jamaica will translate to a victory for football in the region.
Has always been on the radarThe cleric has always been on the radar of US counter terrorism authorities who feared that he would emerge as a recruiter of marginalized, disaffected youth in Jamaica. Photo Courtesy of Nationwide radio Undercover NY cop testifies after yearlong probeSheikh Abdullah Faisal, also known as Trevor William Forrest, was charged in New York State Supreme Court with soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism in the first degree as a crime of terrorism, and other charges.“Sheikh Faisal has used his influence and direction to groom and inspire terrorists who have bombed trains, attempted to blow up airliners and attack Americans here and overseas”, said NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill. Dedicated life to terror recruitmentManhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said al-Faisal “has dedicated his life to terror recruitment”. “Through his lectures, website and videos, he incites untold numbers of people around the world to take up the cause of jihad. As is alleged in this case, he provided material support to the Islamic State by facilitating the passage of a self-described ISIS sympathizer from NY to Syria”.An undercover NYPD officer’s almost yearlong investigation into a Jamaica-based terror suspect as part of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Counter Terrorism Program led to the man’s indictment in a New York State Supreme court, the DA’s office announced Friday. In 2003 he was convicted under a rarely British law for inciting murder. He was deported to Jamaica in 2007 after being released. On his return to Jamaica the Islamic Council of Jamaica, had banned el-Faisal from preaching in the country’s mosques because of his inflammatory sermons.In 2011, he was again deported to his homeland – this time from Kenya, where he was allegedly encouraging young fighters to join Islamic terrorists in Somalia. Seeking recruits for ISISThe 53-year-old Muslim cleric was charged with seeking to recruit people to join Islamic State by New York prosecutors on Friday.The US authorities have requested that Jamaica extradites al Faisal to answer to the charges.Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said Friday that al-Faisal used lectures, a website and videos to incite followers to join Islamic State, which is designated a terrorist organization by USA authorities.
MIAMI, Florida – It wasn’t all that long ago that America’s enlightened generation was nicknamed the “baby-boom” generation, referring to people born between 1946 and1964. This generation became the movers and shakers of the American society, responsible for much of the dynamic innovations and developments that have taken place, particularly since the 1970s, and provided phenomenal history makers in various fields, including politics, business, technology, entertainment, and sports.Now, this baby-boom generation is aging rapidly, averaging age 55 to 73, with over 50 percent, mostly 65 and over, either retired or forced to retire and unable to find alternative jobs relevant to their accumulated experience.More concerning is most boomers over 65 are earning incomes, mainly from Social Security, averaging 60 percent less than incomes they earned before they retired, placing them in a serious financial plight.With the U.S. Census Bureau estimating that 18.7 percent of Florida’s population was over age 65 in 2013, the predicament of seniors in the state is particularly concerning. In South Florida, some 18 percent of the population is over age 65, including over 22 percent in Palm Beach County.This is also a serious problem for the region’s Caribbean-American population as according to local demographic researchers, 23 percent of this community is over age 65, consisting mostly of the flow of migrants who arrived from the Caribbean in their 40s during the 1970s and 1980s.According to the Social Security Administration (SSA) about half of Florida retirees earn some 50 percent of their income from Social Security, and for 27 percent of current retirees, Social Security represents over 90 percent of their income.Although this is a serious predicament, there’s little reference to it by political aspirants for political offices, municipal through to federal. Who is really concerned about the plight of the baby boomers, that large group of American seniors who contributed so much during their careers?While the baby boom generation is being rapidly succeeded by the generation born after 1964, including more liberal millennials born after 1981, there’s much the baby boomers still have to contribute to the community through their vast experience. Instead of forcing out workers over age 55 from the workforce through retirement, more emphasis should be placed on retaining senior employees as mentors or consultants to the new generation of workers. In many organizations, continuity of operations undergo several premature stops and re-starts as the new generation of employees enters and redefines these operations. This is a waste of scarce corporate/organizational resources. More could be gained in several companies by retaining some senior employees through paid mentoring or consulting programs to coach the younger incoming employees.Countering this argument of retaining more senior employees past age 55 or even 65 is that companies need to weed out these older employees to make way for the younger generation of employees. While this isn’t a baseless counter-argument, it’s nonetheless possible the production output and profit margin of several companies and organizations could be enhanced by retaining more senior employees to pass on their experience to younger employees in a structured transition phase.However, even if more measures are taken within the private and public sectors to retain the services of people over 55 for more years ultimately, they will have to retire. Unless they are among the less than 10 percent of seniors with retirement accounts, they will have little alternative but to depend on Social Security benefits.Astonishingly, in 2016 the Employee Benefits Research Institute Retirement Confidence Survey indicated 42 percent of American workers surveyed had saved less than $10,000 toward retirement.Therefore, with Social Security such a vital component to millions of Americans, including some 4 million Floridians and over 150,000 Caribbean- Americans in South Florida, why aren’t more voters demanding the current slate of candidates for various state and federal political offices reveal their plans for improving this crucial benefit. This isn’t just a problem for seniors over age 65, but every American approaching retirement age.Moreover, with Social Security benefits, according to the SSA, contributing some $5.2 billion to Florida’s economy monthly, the improvement of this benefit isn’t only vital to the livelihood of seniors, but also to Florida’s general economy.There’s no contradicting that it’s sound personal financial planning for Americans to prepare for their senior years. However, only relatively few people can afford to do this. Baby boomers need a security blanket. Therefore, it’s imperative voters demand those seeking political office to divulge plans to ensure Social Security is strengthened. This benefit is a crucial financial lifeline for millions of aging baby boomers.Similar to how society rewards former military personnel, it should reward people who made significant contributions to the community and are now retired seniors. They too are veterans whom society has a responsibility to properly provide for.
The Hero Caribbean Premier League and the government of Trinidad & Tobago have come to an agreement for the whole of the 2020 season to be played in that country. The tournament will run from Tuesday, August 18 to Thursday, September 10. Pete Russell, COO of Hero CPL, said: “We would like to express our gratitude and thanks to The Hon. Dr. Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago, The Hon. Shamfa Cudjoe, Minister for Sport and Youth Affairs, The Hon. Terrence Deyalsingh, Minister for Health, Dr. Roshan Parasram, Chief Medical Officer for Trinidad & Tobago, Douglas Camacho, Chairman of Sport TT and their respective ministries and organisations for their support and guidance in making this all possible. Last year’s CPL had a combined broadcast and digital viewership of 312million and with the tournament being the first franchise T20 event to take place in several months there will be more interest than ever. The CPL will have a full season and will feature overseas and Caribbean players with the standard higher than it has ever been with the likes of Rashid Khan, Chris Lynn, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Alex Hales and Kieron Pollard all set to take part. Teams and officials will be put into “households” where social distancing will need to be in place. There will be smaller clusters within each household where these measures can be relaxed. However, if any member of this cluster display signs of COVID-19 at any time during the tournament all members of that cluster will be expected to self-isolate for a period of 14 days from the time that a member of that group first shows symptoms. The CPL have worked with the Trinidad & Tobago Ministry of Health and the CPL’s own board of medical advisors to create protocols which minimize risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus to the population of Trinidad and in amongst those who will be travelling to Trinidad & Tobago from overseas. All members of the CPL party will be subject to regular temperature checks and will be re-tested for the virus throughout their stay in Trinidad and again before departure. All teams and officials will be housed in one hotel and everyone will be subject to strict quarantine protocols for the first two weeks they are in the country. Everyone travelling from overseas will be tested for COVID-19, before departure and then again on arrival in Trinidad. “We are really excited to bring high class cricket to the Caribbean and to the rest of the world. The standard of players involved in this year’s tournament will be higher than ever and we can’t wait to get the tournament under way.”
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 14: Usain Bolt of Jamaica and Andre De Grasse of Canada compete in the Men’s 100 meter semifinal on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Canadian athlete, Andre de Grasse’s dreams of stopping world champion, Usain Bolt, have been abruptly ended by a hamstring injury.De Grasse, widely regarded as one of Usain Bolt’s prominent rival, finished second behind Bolt in the 200m and third in 100m at the Rio Olympics in 2016.Announcing the injury, De Grasse said: “Injuries are a part of the sport, and the timing of this one is especially unfortunate,”“The entire year this 100m race in London was my focus. I am really in the best shape of my life and was looking forward to competing against the best in the world. To not have this opportunity is unimaginable to me but it is the reality I am now faced with.”Full statement from @De6rasse. Classy closing comments, the team looks forward to having you behind them. #London2017 pic.twitter.com/vycYYX7wCp— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) August 3, 2017The 22-year-old’s sad circumstances were further explained by his manager, Paul Doyle, who says: “We tried to do everything we could to have him ready but he’s just not going to be ready.”“Further MRI results today showed it’s probably going to be another four to six weeks before he’s fully recovered.”“So, unfortunately, he’s out of the 100m, 200m and the relay and done for the season.” RelatedDoping Will Kill Athletics – Usain BoltAugust 2, 2017In “Sports”Usain Bolt To Train With Australian Club Central Coast MarinersAugust 7, 2018In “Athletics”Justin Gatlin’s Victory Not Perfect – IAAF PresidentAugust 6, 2017In “Sports”
More to follow shortly…Related Paris Saint-Germain F.C. have announced the signing of Brazilian, Neymar, from Barcelona, for a world record fee of 222m euros.The 25-year-old Brazilian, penned a five-year contract with the Les Parisiens to become the world most expensive footballer, breaking Paul Pogba’s £89m move to Manchester United.A statement on PSG’s official website read: “Paris Saint-Germain is very happy to announce the arrival of Neymar Jr to the team.”“On Thursday the Brazilian striker signed a five-year contract in the presence of the Club’s representatives. Neymar Jr is now committed to the French capital’s club until June 30 2022.” Speaking shortly after completing the world record deal, Neymar explained to PSG’s official website: “I am extremely happy to join Paris Saint-Germain,”“Since I arrived in Europe, the club has always been one of the most competitive and most ambitious. And the biggest challenge, what most motivated me to join my new teammates is to help the club to conquer the titles that their fans want.”
D’Tigress of Nigeria cruised past DR Congo 84-47 in the second game of the 2017 AfroBasket Women championship in Bamako, Mali.Nigeria provided a dominant display to make it two wins in as many games for the following victory over Mozambique in the first game.Atonye Nyingifa led the assault for the D’Tigress with 13pts, 4rebs, 3ast and 2stl, with Upe Atosu and Nkechi Akashili also providing 12pts, 1reb, 2ast, 1stl and 11pts, 1reb, 3stl respectively.Nigeria will now face Egypt in the third game on Sunday.Points Per Quarter1st: Nigeria 23-08 Congo (23-08)2nd: Nigeria 41-30 Congo (18-22)3rd: Nigeria 52-38 Congo (11-08)4th: Nigeria 84-47 Congo (32-09)Related2017 AfroBasket Women: Unstoppable D’Tigress Cruise Past Egypt 106 – 72, Book QF SpotAugust 20, 2017In “National Team”D’Tigress Perfect Group Record Ignites Hope Of Third AfroBasket Women’s TitleAugust 24, 2017In “National Team”2017 AfroBasket Women: D’Tigress Crush Guinea 106 – 33 To Maintain Unbeaten RunAugust 22, 2017In “National Team”
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The Burkina Faso Football Federation (FBF) have filled with the Court of Arbitration for Sport against FIFA’s decision to replay the group D of Africa’s World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal.Earlier this month, FIFA bureau committee ruled that the tie will be replayed following CAS upholding the lifetime ban of Ghanaian referee Joseph Odartei Lamptey over unlawfully influencing South Africa vs Senegal match results last year November.“FBF continues to oppose a decision that is tainted by abuse of power and irrelevant to the texts of the international football authority.” an official statement from the Burkina Faso Football Federation explains.“the federation, which relies on its declaration to appeal to the respect of the virtues of football, invites the Burkinabe sports public to the serenity and the mobilization around the Stallions.”Senegal will replace Burkina Faso at the top the group if they win the replayed fixture.Referee Lamptey was found guilty of breaching art. 69 par. 1 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code following South Africa 2-1 victory over Senegal in the World Cup qualifier last year.The replay is scheduled to take place within the November 2017 international window with the exact date yet to be determined. Related