April 15, 2021

Palm Beach County employees could receive paid maternity leave

first_imgPaid maternity leave One of the more challenging situations faced by Caribbean migrants to South Florida, and other regions in the US, is that in several instances women do not receive paid maternity leave. Several families have been hard pressed to make ends meet financially, when their women leave their jobs to have their babies. The absence of paid maternity leave hase forced several women to return to work within a few weeks after giving birth.However, the Palm Beach County Commission is taking steps to remedy the situation in that county, joining a similar policy in other South Florida municipalities.At a recent commission meeting, the county staff was directed to draft a policy which would essentially provide six weeks fully paid leave to county non-unionized employees. The leave would be for the proposes not only of child birth, but also for adoption or foster-home placement.The proposed county policy was initially tabled by Commissioner Melissa McKinley, who was forced to return to her job when she was employed by Sarasota County even through her newly born child was sick, shortly after she gave birth.Florida law does not require or offer paid maternity leave. Employers are free to do what they deem best for their business. They can offer a voluntary option, which allows workers to participate via payroll deduction.As a result, there is no consistent policy for maternity leave in South Florida, although Federal law requires employers to provide up to 12 weeks of job-protected, unpaid maternity/paternity leave.Some private companies offer a combination of full and reduced paid maternity leave; some only significantly reduced paid leave; and some maternity leave without pay. Other companies offer stay accumulated paid-time-off (PTO) which can be used towards maternity or paternity leave for childbirth or for parents to attend to their sick kids when needed.Kahlila Bertram, a Caribbean American social worker in Palm Beach County, said she “continues to find it shocking that neither the federal or Florida government have a policy that makes maternity leave mandatory. Even in the struggling Caribbean nations, and right next door in Canada, maternity leave is mandatory.”Other South Florida municipalities that offer paid maternity leave to employees, include Miami Beach, Doral, West Palm Beach, Wellington. Miami-Dade County also have implemented the policy.last_img read more

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Landmark ruling on case of copyright infringement

first_imgThe Eastern Caribbean Collective Organization for music rights, (ECCO) has won a landmark copyright case in the High Court against Mega Plex Entertainment which operates Caribbean Cinemas in St. Lucia and regionally.In a civil suit, ECCO sued Mega Plex for copyright infringement and asked the court for damages.Court rules in favor of ECCOThe ruling in favor of the ECCO, was handed down last week by Justice Godfrey Smith who found the cinema was liable for infringing the rights of ECCO’s members.A second hearing will address the matter of an assessment of damages.Great achievement ECCO’s CEO, Steve Etienne, called the ruling a “great achievement for ECCO and the wider Caribbean…..We have long sought a judgment that we can refer to when taking action  against abusers of our rights – abusers of copyright.”ECCO Chairman, Shayne Ross urged all users of music to obtain a license from the organization. “We are not just going after people. What we are aiming to do is to secure the rights for the creators of music. If those rights are not secured, then really and truly the business we as creators are involved in is not worthwhile for us,” Ross said.Caribbean Cinemas had not obtained a license from ECCO before airing movies containing music sound tracks.ECCO’s Legal Counsel, Thaddeus Antoine, declared the judgment makes it clear that ECCO is entitled to represent foreign music owners.Ruling helps other territories “The significance of the judgment is that it helps other territories like Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Jamaica,” Antoine explained. He disclosed the case has been ongoing for some seven years. It was once struck out but was reinstated by the Court of Appeal.“The cinema airs movies and in airing the movies there’s music within the movies. The music within the movies is owned by people. Those who own that music are persons represented by ECCO. Therefore, ECCO is entitled to a portion of the revenue for those movies being aired, and music being aired within those movies,” the Attorney at Law stated.He said essentially the cinema was saying that ECCO doesn’t control those rights which the cinema had obtained from another institution.However, Antoine said ECCO argued it was the only legally recognized authority in Saint Lucia to issue those rights. The court agreed.last_img read more

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CDC reports rising death rate from drug overdose

first_imgRates of drug overdose deaths are rising in nonmetropolitan (rural) areas, surpassing rates in metropolitan (urban) areas, according to a new report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Drug overdoses are the leading cause of injury death in the United States, resulting in approximately 52,000 deaths in 2015. This report analyzed trends in illicit drug use and disorders from 2003-2014 and drug overdose deaths from 1999-2015 in urban and rural areas.In 1999, drug overdose death rates for urban areas were higher than in rural areas (6.4 per 100,000 population versus 4.0 per 100,000). The rates converged in 2004, and by 2015 the rural rate (17.0 per 100,000) was slightly higher than the urban rate (16.2 per 100,000).Urban and rural areas experienced significant increases in the percentage of people reporting past-month illicit drug use. However, there were also significant declines in the percentage of people with drug use disorders among those reporting illicit drug use in the past year.Increase in overdose death consistent in all fieldsThe new findings also show an increase in overdose deaths between 1999 and 2015 among urban and rural residents. This increase was consistent across sex, race, and intent (unintentional, suicide, homicide, or undetermined).“Our 2015 data show that, for the first time, the drug overdose death rate in rural areas was higher than urban areas,” said CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D. “We need to understand why this is happening so that our work with states and communities can help stop illicit drug use and overdose deaths in America.”Although the percentage of people reporting illicit drug use is less common in rural areas, the effects of use appear to be greater. The percentage of people with drug use disorders among those reporting past-year illicit drug use were similar in rural and urban areas.Additional findings from the CDC study:In 1999, drug overdose death rates for urban areas were higher than in rural areas (6.4 per 100,000 population versus 4.0 per 100,000). The rates converged in 2004, and by 2015 the rural rate (17.0 per 100,000) was slightly higher than the urban rate (16.2 per 100,000).The percentage of people reporting past-month use of illicit drugs declined for youth ages 12-17 over a 10-year period but increased substantially in other age groups.The percentage of people reporting past-month use of illicit drugs was higher for urban areas during the study period.Among people reporting illicit drug use in the past year, drug use disorders decreased during the study period.In 2015, approximately six times as many drug overdose deaths occurred in urban areas than in rural areas (urban: 45,059; rural: 7,345).More incidents in homes Most overdose deaths occurred in homes, where rescue efforts may fall to relatives who have limited knowledge of or access to life-saving treatment and overdose follow-up care. Considering where people live and where they die from overdose could improve interventions to prevent overdose. Understanding differences in illicit drug use, illicit drug use disorders, and drug overdose deaths in urban and rural areas can help public health professionals to identify, monitor, and prioritize responses.Click link for other recent report from the CDC: Women in their 30’s are having more babies – CDClast_img read more

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Grenada warns nutmeg farmers on food safety

first_imgThe government of Grenada has warned nutmeg farmers that failure to adhere to international regulations could have a negative impact for the local industry.“I want you to place greater emphasis in the area of food safety, as there is a move a foot by the European Union and the United States of America to place more stringent requirements on exporters on matters as it relates to food safety, traceability etc,’ Agriculture Minister Yolande Bain-Horsford told members of the Grenada Nutmeg Association(GGNA).“It is therefore crucial that the GCNA facilities must be configured to enhance food safety in Nutmeg,”: she told the delegates to the GGCA annual general meeting.Bain-Horsford said that the GCNA had recorded significant achievements over the past year including an EC$1.24 million surplus, clearing an overdraft facility and increasing regional markets for nutmegs.The highlight of the meeting was the announcement by GCNA chairman, Leo Cato that farmers will receive a one-million dollar bonus payment this year. He said this is because of the revenue gained from trading with new and traditional partners in both the regional and international markets.Leo described 2017 as a challenging year and urged farmers to place greater focus on quality and diversification.Grenada is the world’s second largest producer of nutmeg.last_img read more

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US denies selling poor quality poultry to Trinidad and Tobago

first_imgThe United States Wednesday sought to assure consumers in Trinidad and Tobago they could eat poultry products from that country with “full confidence” after a senior official of the Trinidad and Tobago Poultry Association (TTPA) warned that substandard meat could enter the island as a result of a campaign by American poultry farmers to flood the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) market.Ramped up export campaign by US?TTPA president Robert Phillip earlier this week said that the local industry could be decimated if it is not protected from a ramped-up campaign by the USA Poultry and Egg Council to send millions of tons of chicken, turkey and duck, and billions of eggs into the CARICOM market.Phillip appealed to the government to implement the Poultry and Poultry Products CARICOM Standard, passed in 2012, to prevent substandard meat from entering the local market. He also called for the introduction of proper importation standards claiming there are too many discrepancies in records of exports from the United States and the Trinidad and Tobago Customs.Phillip said 200 metric tons of chicken offal comes into the island based on US export data but Customs records show no evidence of it. “Chicken offal is a waste product. This could be a health risk to our people. We cannot say what it is whether it is gizzard, livers or feathers and entrails. US records show it is exported to Trinidad and Tobago but Customs says nothing like that has entered the market, yet US data shows that it left for Trinidad and Tobago,” he told the Trinidad Guardian newspaper.US food exports are inspected by US law But in a statement, the US Embassy in Trinidad said local consumers can eat US poultry with full confidence.“The United States takes food safety very seriously. All U.S. exports of poultry must, by law, must be inspected and only poultry produced in federally-inspected plants and receiving the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) mark of inspection can be exported.”The Embassy said products exported to Trinidad and Tobago “are held to the same food safety standards as are products produced for the U.S. domestic market. “The inspection and export requirements of the United States are based on science and result in poultry that is safe for consumption and exported to nearly 160 countries around the world. Consumers in Trinidad and Tobago receive safe and wholesome food, and the growing popularity of U.S. poultry globally is a testament to that fact,” the Embassy said.last_img read more

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Egyptian telecom tycoon opens new hotel in Grenada

first_imgSt. GEORGE’S, Nov 23, CMC – Grenada moved closer to having 3,000 hotel rooms after the island’s newest property, Silversands, was officially opened here with a promise to increase hotel room stock by 30 per cent in the coming years.“We will build two more properties on this island, we will start construction next year,” said Egyptian telecoms tycoon, Naguib Sawiris, at the official opening of the US$125 million property comprising 43 suites and penthouse and nine villas.Naguib gave the assurance that his promised investment will become a reality, profits will be re-invested into the country and none of his properties will restrict Grenadians from using the beaches where they are located.He disputed allegations that the beach front to his properties would be private, saying “anyone that tells you this is a private beach, tell them to go have a swim”.Chief executive officer of the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA), Patricia Maher, said the island now has an estimated 2,000 hotel rooms.“We (have) 2163 licensed and certified rooms and this will bring us closer to 3000. That is good news, that is very exciting,” said Maher, who recently reported that Grenada will surpass its target of welcoming 500,000 guests to the island in 2018.The new hotel is expected to welcome its first guest on December 1 and Sawiris said that 210 people are now employed at theIn a statement, the hotel said that “as the resort becomes fully operational, there will be just over three hundred full-time employees.”last_img read more

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Food For The Poor Helps Haiti To Abate Food Shortages

first_imgThe spread of coronavirus has made life even more challenging in Haiti, which experienced months of unrest in 2019 over rising prices and shortages of food and fuel. The Taiwanese rice is a gift from the Republic of China’s (Taiwan) Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Each shipment will provide approximately 7 million meals a month. Up to Friday, Haiti had 72 cases of COVID-19 and two resulting deaths, according to worldometers.info, a website that tracks coronavirus cases worldwide. But the total number may be suppressed due to the lack of COVID-19 testing in the country. On Friday, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Miami sent 100,000 medical masks in Taiwan’s name to the Florida Division of Emergency Management’s response center in Orlando. The charity also is sending 11 containers of beans in May and 10 more in June to bolster its food relief. It is also exploring ways to buy additional food from producers in Haiti. “Growing food shortages are a problem,” Raine added. “We’re so grateful to the government of Taiwan, who has been a steadfast partner over the years, for this gift of rice. In addition to this, we are looking at solutions outside the bounds of our usual suppliers or shipping methods. Our approach is a deliberate strategy to try to get ahead of the problem.” In Haiti, Genese Casseus is thankful for the food provided by Food For The Poor’s generous donors. As the first of nine shipments of rice to Haiti from the Republic of China (Taiwan) is scheduled to sail next week, Food For The Poor is sending an additional 40 containers of rice to fill the gap until the rice from Taiwan arrives in early June. Food For The Poor will distribute the rice from Taiwan to sponsored programs, one of which is the charity’s feeding center in Port-au-Prince. Approximately 15,000 hot meals are cooked and distributed from this location six days a week. “Haiti is so vulnerable. As bad as coronavirus is in the United States, we cannot even imagine how devastating it is for the poor in Haiti and the other the countries where we serve,” Food For The Poor President/CEO Ed Raine said. As a number of countries reel from the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic, many people around the globe are experiencing varying levels of food insecurity. “You keep praying for Haiti and you keep working and helping us,” Beauvoir said. “Haiti has no means to cope with COVID-19. In very challenging moment[s] we have to continue to provide to those in need.” In Haiti, the Food For The Poor is taking a two-pronged approach to make sure Haiti has a reliable food supply in the months ahead, as the country fights both the deadly COVID-19 and its growing food shortage. “Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, 4.6 million Haitians suffered from food insecurity. With the active spread of the virus, a new crisis has emerged,” said Bishop Oge Beauvoir, Executive Director of Food For The Poor Haiti. “This food will do a lot for me,” she said. “I joined the program at Food For The Poor and they’ve done so much for me. If you see my twins now, you won’t recognize them. If it weren’t for the program, they wouldn’t be alive. Food For The Poor has done so much for me. Thanks to them, I still have my twins.” For 13 years, the partnership with the Taiwanese government has provided Food For The Poor the opportunity to feed thousands of families and meet its mission to help the poorest of the poor. The Republic of China (Taiwan) is also helping Florida fight the spread of COVID-19. Beauvoir thanked the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the charity’s donors for continuing to care for Haiti. “Families are confined at home. Schools are closed. Factories are closed. People cannot go to work. The farmers cannot go to work their land. If we don’t act now, things will get worse,” said Beauvoir, standing in a warehouse almost empty of rice.last_img read more

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Congresswoman Criticises Decision to Exclude Undocumented Caribbean Immigrants from 2020 Census…

first_img“No one ceases to be a person because they lack documentation,” said James in a statement shortly after Trump issued the executive order. “Under the law, every person residing in the US during the census, regardless of status, must be counted. “Unless they plan on arguing that the undocumented fall into the category of ‘all other persons’ worthy of a 3/5th count – a similarly reprehensible and callously racist position in line with their past actions – they do not have a leg to stand on in any court of law,” Clarke said. They said that the executive order would prevent millions of residents from being counted when allocating the number of congressional seats each state would receive based on the census. “Instead of following the dictates of our foundational legal document, this administration has instead chosen to rely upon the judgement of an impeached president, who has already been credibly accused of violating the law in order to secure his hold on power. New York Attorney General Letitia James vowed to sue the president again if he does not rescind his “illegal presidential memorandum. NEW YORK – Caribbean American Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has strongly condemned United States President Donald J. Trump’s executive order directing the federal government not to count undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants when allocating congressional districts based on the 2020 Census. “The executive order in question holds no real legal weight, as it completely flies in the face of centuries of practice and jurisprudence mandating that all people be counted. Since then, the Trump administration has been seeking to gather information on illegal immigrants via different ways, such as driver’s licenses files. In the Executive Order, Trump wrote “I have accordingly determined that respect for the law and protection of the integrity of the democratic process warrant the exclusion of illegal aliens (immigrants) from the apportionment base, to the extent feasible and to the maximum extent of the president’s discretion under the law.” The Congresswoman said that “we should see this powerless piece of paper for what it is: a campaign stunt aimed directly at his base of deplorables clinging to the last vestiges of white supremacy in America.” “Allowing illegal aliens to be counted for the purpose of apportionment could also create perverse incentives – such as potentially rewarding states that encourage violations of federal immigration law – that would undermine our system of government,” the statement said, adding “President Trump will never allow our democracy to be eroded by giving congressional representation to illegal aliens when the Constitution does not require it”. “We beat the president before in court, and we’ll challenge him once again on the census,” she added. “We will continue to lead this fight, because we will not allow the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant policies to tip the balance of power in the nation.” “This follows the president’s order directing the federal government to collect the information needed to ensure that accurate citizenship data is compiled in connection with the census,” it said, noting that “giving congressional representation and political influence to illegal aliens – people who have blatantly disregarded our laws – would be a perversion of our democratic principles. “The Constitution clearly states that the enumeration process must include ‘the whole number of free persons’, meaning all people within the country must be counted,” added Clarke, the representative for the predominantly Caribbean 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, New York. A subsequent White House “Fact Sheet,” said that Trump is “issuing a memorandum clarifying that illegal aliens are not to be included for the purpose of apportionment of representatives following the 2020 Census. Political pundits and legal analysts have characterized Trump’s latest move as a clear political ploy aimed at aiding Republicans in violation of the US Constitution. A year ago, in light of a joint lawsuit by James and other states’ attorneys general, the US Supreme Court ruled against Trump in prohibiting him from adding a citizenship question to the census on the grounds that its apparent reasoning “seems to have been contrived.” “In a desperate attempt to further stack the electoral deck in his favour in blatant disregard of our Constitutional history, 45 has made yet another naked attempt to suppress the response rate for the census,” Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC). CMClast_img read more

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Medical Team from Cuba to Arrive in BVI to Help With…

first_imgFahie, in thanking Cuba for responding to the territory’s request and said t the medical team will now allow the country to reopen with a greater sense of confidence, knowing that adequate specialised treatment capacity will be accessible to the islands. Premier Andrew Fahie who made the announcement during Tuesday’s Sitting of the legislature, said the Cuban team will consist of internist doctors, emergency response doctors, intensive care specialists and nurses who are trained in infectious diseases. Cuba has deployed teams of medical doctors and nurses to several countries in the region, including Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St Lucia, Barbados, St Kitts Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Jamaica, and Suriname. HAVANA, Cuba – Twenty-two Cuban medical professionals are scheduled to arrive in the British Virgin Islands on Thursday to assist the government in its fight against COVID-19. “We requested the assistance in an effort to augment the capacity of the team of healthcare professionals currently at the BVI Health Services Authority to ensure that the territory is able to deal with any situation which may occur as we continue the cautious phased re-opening of our borders.”center_img “This has been long in coming and after their 14-days in quarantine, and after their successful COVID-19 testing, they will join our local medical team to strengthen our resolve in the fight against the coronavirus.” They have also provided support internationally to countries including South Africa and Italy. CMClast_img read more

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Lewis Hamilton Limps Home to Take Seventh Silverstone Win

first_imgLewis Hamilton celebrates his seventh win at Silverstone The Brit, whose paternal grandparents are Grenadian, seemed to be cruising to victory when his front left tyre blew, and he was left with an agonising few seconds to make it to the chequered flag, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen closing quickly in second. “I think in the heat of the moment you have the adrenaline going and I guess that fight for survival instinct comes out,” he explained. Hamilton started the season with a fourth placed finish in the Austrian Grand Prix in the first week of July. “I was able to stay calm and really measured and try to bring the car home but of course, I’m just sitting here thinking of all the things that could have happened. If the tyre gave up in a high-speed corner or something it would have been a much different picture.” “Up until that last lap everything was relatively smooth sailing. The tyres felt great. Valtteri was really pushing incredibly hard. I was doing some management of that tyre; he looked like he wasn’t doing any. SILVERSTONE, England – Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton won his third straight race and a record seventh at Silverstone but was forced to drag his Mercedes across the line after picking up a puncture on the final lap, in a dramatic finish to an otherwise uneventful contest on Sunday. “When I heard that his tyre went I was just looking at mine and everything seemed fine and the car was turning no problem, so I was thinking “maybe it’s OK”. Anyways, those last few laps I started to back off and then just down the straight it just deflated.” “I’ve definitely never experienced anything like that on a last lap and my heart definitely probably nearly stopped. I think that’s probably how cool it was because my heart nearly stopped,” a relieved Hamilton said afterwards. He added: “I just noticed the shape just shift a little bit. And that was definitely a heart-in-the-mouth kind of feeling because I wasn’t quite sure if it had gone down until I hit the brakes and you could see that the tyre was falling off the rim. I nearly didn’t get it round the last two corners.” Hamilton, whose latest victory follows those in Spielberg and Hungaroring and puts him 30 points clear of Bottas at the top, said the dramatic turn of events required him to keep a calm head. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finished third but Hamilton’s teammate, Valtteri Bottas, who raced in second throughout, also suffered a puncture with two laps left and dropped out of the points to 11th. CMClast_img read more

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