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Posts made in July, 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Kai Manje restaurant recognized by Wine Spectator

By on Jul 31, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

Kai Manje restaurant at the boutique locally owned and operated Ti Kaye Resort Spa, located on the West Coast above Anse Cochon in Saint Lucia has once again received the Wine Spectator ‘Best of Award of Excellence’. Awarded for both wine and culinary excellence it is a prestigious award with only 10 restaurants in the entire Caribbean having received this level of award in 2017, and Kai Manje being the only restaurant in Saint Lucia and the Windward Islands. “We are honoured to receive our 3rd consecutive ‘Best of Award of Excellence’ from Wine Spectator. It’s another fantastic achievement that can only be done with continued involvement from the whole team here at Ti Kaye”, commented Resort General Manager Sarah Watts. She continued, “Executive Chef Denis has lead the culinary team here for 2 years and has managed to evolve our menus whilst still adhering to Ti Kaye’s ethics of using local ingredients wherever possible. We will as always continue to enhance our culinary and beverage programs to incorporate the essence of Saint Lucia. Recently we introduced our rum tasting program with 36 Caribbean rums, along with our weekly 7 course Creole tasting menu. Of course we run these alongside our well known underground ‘Ti Kave’ wine tastings and 5 course Schramsberg wine paired dinners”....

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Tobacco stocks take a dive following FDA press release

By on Jul 31, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

Last Friday the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), announced a new comprehensive plan for tobacco and nicotine regulation, under which the much disputed PreMarket Tobacco Applications (PMTA), will be delayed until 2022. Additionally, this anti-smoking strategy also includes a plan to de-nicotinize combustible cigarettes that is expected to go into effect in 2021. “And we must recognize the potential for innovation to lead to less harmful products, which, under FDA’s oversight, could be part of a solution. While there’s still much research to be done on these products and the risks that they may pose, they may also present benefits that we must consider. FDA’s investment in regulatory science will eventually answer many of those benefit and risk questions.” said the newly appointed FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb in a press release. This effort to reduce nicotine levels, is considered by many as a monumental effort to reduce smoking, on par with the 1965 initiative to introduce health warnings on cigarette packs, and is expected to have a tremendous effect on the US$130 billion tobacco industry. “We are encouraged by Commissioner Gottlieb’s announcement today regarding the extension of PMTA submission deadlines through 2022. This is a wise decision and a much-needed delay. However, the deeming rule as a whole still does not change and it still does not take into consideration the harm reduction potential of e-cigarettes. The grandfather date stays the same, and we still cannot launch new products or improve on existing ones to keep up with advances in technology. So, while grateful, much more needs to be done and the entire regulatory framework needs to be reevaluated and changed. We feel strongly this extension only allows for a window of opportunity to ensure a sustainable future for our industry in the form of appropriate regulation and even a change in legislation. Nicopure Labs will stay at the forefront on the fight and engagement to ensure that our consumers, and smokers in general, have acceptable alternatives to combustible cigarettes that will improve their quality of life and give them a chance to move away from smoking.” read a statement released by Nicopure Labs, who has been famously engaged in a legal battle with the FDA over the...

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HBO exec says announcing ‘Confederate’ in a news release was a bad idea

By on Jul 30, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

The 2017 Television Critics’ Association (TCA) summer press tour kicked off this week in Beverly Hills, Calif., and HBO was one of the first networks to present its new programming slate in front of hundreds of TV reporters. Guess what they all wanted to talk about? If you guessed “Confederate,” you would be correct. A week ago, the network confirmed the next project from “Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would be set in a world where slavery still exists, in an alternative timeline where the Southern states seceded from the Union. The backlash about the idea of “slavery fan fiction” was immediate, and many wondered what HBO was thinking – particularly because “Game of Thrones” has come under fire for its portrayals of race and violence. At the HBO executive session at TCA Wednesday, programming president Casey Bloys admitted the network’s announcement of the show could have gone smoother – as in, given the controversial subject, maybe not casually blast out the news in a release with so little information. “Our mistake – HBO’s mistake, not the producers – was the idea that we would be able to announce an idea that is so sensitive and requires such care and thought on the part of the producers in a news release,” Bloys said, calling the move “misguided,” according to reports in Variety and the Hollywood Reporter. “We assumed it would be controversial. I think we could have done a better job with the press rollout.” HBO quickly realized its mistake last week and sent Benioff and Weiss to talk to Vulture and defend “Confederate,” along with executive producers/writers Malcolm Spellman and Nichelle Tramble Spellman, who are black. “For me and Nichelle, it’s deeply personal because we are the offspring of this history. We deal with it directly and have for our entire lives,” Spellman said. “I think Nichelle and I both felt a sense of urgency in trying to find a way to support a discussion that is percolating but isn’t happening enough. As people of color and minorities in general are starting to get a voice, I think there’s a duty to force this discussion.” “It goes without saying slavery is the worst thing...

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Socialite couple announce ‘Trump divorce’ in press release

By on Jul 30, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

Politics isn’t only dividing the nation, but tearing apart marriages too, according to one newly separated Florida couple. The tony Palm Beach couple’s “Trump Divorce” was announced Thursday in a press release from a firm representing the wife. “Dave and Lynn Aronberg Sign Amicable Divorce Settlement Putting an End to What Some Were Calling The Trump Divorce,” the release said. Lynn Aronberg, a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader, and Dave Aronberg, the Palm Beach County state attorney, had been married for less than two years, according to the Palm Beach Post. In an unusual move, the release goes on to detail the personal differences that led to the end of the marriage. The release said Lynn Aronberg, 36, is a “staunch Republican and supporter of President Trump” and felt “increasingly isolated in the marriage.” Her ex-husband, 46, is a Democrat. The statement also included the financial terms of the settlement, the Palm Beach Post reported. Lynn Aronberg, who runs her own media relations firm, reportedly will receive $100,000 worth of benefits in “exchange for her signature on the dotted line.” Her ex will also cover Lynn’s rent in a luxury Boca Raton condo until next summer along with a new BMW and $40,000 cash. The settlement comes after she filed for divorce in March — less than two months after President Donald Trump was...

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Press Release: Guns, Ammo & Drugs Seized in Police Raid

By on Jul 29, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

Three modified Flare Guns, one 9mm Beretta Pistol, two Imitation Shot Guns, and several rounds of ammunition are among some of items seized during an early morning police raid in the Grays Farm area on Friday. Acting on intelligence, members of the Rapid Response (RRU), the Special Services Unit (SSU), CID and K-9 Unit executed a Search Warrant on the property of Darren Roberts, Aka “Danger” of Buckley’s Street Green Bay and found three modified Flare guns, one 9mm Beretta Pistol, two Imitation Shotguns, a Police Bulletproof Vest, several rounds of 12 gauge cartridges, several 9mm and .22 rounds of ammunition, eight Cannabis plants and a portion of cured cannabis. The items were seized and taken to the police station. Both Roberts and his girlfriend 30yr-old Tamara Blackstock are in police custody assisting them with their investigations. Similarly, two separate Search Warrants were executed on the properties of both Dorian Marshall and Jason Millet of Donavans. A quantity of Cannabis was found on the property of Millet, however nothing illegal was found with Marshall. Both Marshall and Millet were taken into custody for questioning in connection with several ongoing investigations of Aggravated Robberies, Shootings, Kidnappings, and a number of other serious offences. Additionally, officers attached to Liberta Police Station carried out a Stop Search exercise in Liberta, and as a result 24 traffic tickets were issued for varying traffic violations. Well over 50 vehicles were searched, some of which the drivers were asked to remove excessively dark tints. Two vehicles were impounded for unlicensed purposes. The general public can be assured that these types of crime fighting measures will continue, and in some cases be heightened throughout the entire carnival season and beyond. Likewise, residents, visitors and owners and operators of businesses are urged to become more vigilant during the carnival season. Extra efforts should be made to properly secure homes and properties at all times. Motorists are also urged to properly secure their vehicles and to park them in areas that are properly lit. Members of the public are asked to report all suspicious activities to the police without delay. The Police Administration takes this opportunity to wish all a safe and enjoyable 60th Carnival...

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