Serena Williams pulls plug on China Open, season looks over

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES ‘On the cusp’Reports from the United States said Williams’ season is now over, which would make it the fourth year in a row she has curtailed her playing commitments — although in 2017 she took time off to have a baby.In 2016 she called it quits after the US Open citing a shoulder injury, and in 2015 she took a break after narrowly failing to win all four majors in the same year, following a shattering defeat in New York to Italy’s Roberta Vinci.The biggest event left on the 2018 calendar is next month’s elite, eight-player WTA Finals in Singapore. Williams is currently 11th on the Race to Singapore rankings.Williams, who won her first Grand Slam title in New York in 1999, captured her 23rd while pregnant at last year’s Australian Open, but she has since stuttered on the brink of Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24.After returning to the circuit as a mother in March, Williams reached the French Open last 16 before pulling out injured, and she lost the Wimbledon final to Angelique Kerber.Williams said she felt “on the cusp of this amazing moment” at the US Open before the straight-sets loss to Osaka, 20, who stunned her childhood hero.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Offers real, but dad says Kai Sotto will remain with Ateneo MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Serena Williams reacts after winning a point against Anastasija Sevastova, of Latvia, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)American great Serena Williams was left out of the China Open tennis draw on Friday as she appeared to call time on her season following her meltdown at the US Open.Williams’ name, along with that of her sister Venus, did not appear on a list of 64 players ahead of the start of the tournament in Beijing, one of the women’s tour’s mandatory events.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? It comes less than three weeks after the tempestuous US Open final, where Williams, 37, accused the umpire of lying and sexism in an angry rant during her 6-2, 6-4 defeat to Japan’s Naomi Osaka.In extraordinary scenes, Williams went into a tailspin after a warning for receiving coaching from the sidelines, smashing her racquet and being docked a point and then a game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe 23-time Grand Slam singles champion later said she wanted to “move on” from the incident, but maintained that women players could not get away with “even half of what a guy can do”.“Right now we are not, as it’s proven, in that same position,” she told Australia’s Channel Ten. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “But that’s neither here nor there. I’m just trying most of all to recover from that and move on.”The episode polarised tennis with many expressing sympathy for Williams, while others said her behavior was out of line.Osaka was in tears during the victory ceremony for her first Grand Slam win as boos rang out from the New York crowd, prompting Williams to call for calm.“We cannot measure ourselves by what we think we should also be able to get away with,” Czech-born American Martina Navratilova wrote in the New York Times.“In fact, this is the sort of behavior that no one should be engaging in on the court.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more


first_imgPortsalon: Campbell carried out burglaries not far from where she livesA JUDGE has reserved his sentencing on a woman behind a spate of burglaries and thefts from holiday homes in the county.Theresa Campbell from Portsalon emptied homes of their contents in a series of raids – even taking heating oil. During one robbery, she stole a washing machine, tumble drier, TVs, hair straighteners and even the linen off the beds, Letterkenny District Court heard.Inspector Michael Harrison detailed the incidents in front of Judge Paul Kelly.A charge of carrying out an arson attack on her father’s home at Rosskirk – to defraud insurance companies – was withdrawn after the court heard her father had since died.Inspector Harrison said Campbell, who is 42, stole a range of items from two holiday homes on the Lough Salt Road, Carrigart in September 2010.The homes belonged to a woman from the North and Campbell helped herself to €1,700 worth of goods including the washing machine, a laundry basket and a kettle.She also caused €300 damage to the property and emptied the oil tank.She struck again at Eelburn Caravan Park the following month, carrying out burglaries at two caravans owned by a man from Co Down.A TV, aerial, DVD player were among €560 worth of good stolen and €200 worth of damage was done to the properties.In another raid the following month at Croaghross – in November 2010 – she stole tools to the value of  €1,300.Campbell also admitted driving while disqualified and the theft of oil when she was stopped in Kilmacrennan in October 2010.Inspector Harrison said she had stolen goods worth €3,760 and caused damage to properties worth €900.Solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client had a “simplistic” approach to life and described the case as “sad.”He said Campbell hoped to pay back some of the money by letting land next month for which she would be paid €1,200.Judge Kelly gave Campbell as six month suspended jail sentence for the driving offences June 2011, suspended sentence for previous pointing out: “She was given a 20-year driving ban in July 2008.”The judge warned: “She is not to drive again.”He adjourned the sentence on the burglaries until December 9.REVEALED: WOMAN WAS BEHIND SPATE OF HOLIDAY HOME BURGLARIES was last modified: September 10th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:burglarLetterkenny CourtPortsalonTheresa Campbelllast_img read more

Sunrise after election day: What did Twitter have to say?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest If you are reading this, it is likely that the sun has risen this day after the 2016 election.Surprise, victory, defeat, anger, joy, shock — no matter what you are feeling on this post-election day it was most likely expressed on Twitter in the last 24 hours with regard to the election.Humor was not hard to find.MrIrishDude‏@MrIrishDudePoor Canada, their gonna be filled with a bunch of Americans #ElectionNight #RIPCanada The evening started off with plenty of Twitter posts about the expected voting outcome and a short night for news anchors — or so they thought. Many expressed surprise, though, as the map of electoral votes turned decidedly red.Cause We’re America‏@CW_AmericaTurns out jobs were more important to Ohio than Jay Z and Beyonce.As the surprise of a Donald Trump favored election began to settle in, so did the voices of rural Americans on social media. The thoughts of “Did we overlook the rural America vote?” echoed across the spans of network analysts. The agricultural audience issued responses of “We’ve been here, where have you been?”Baffled panels of political analysts stumbled and stammered as the result of the Presidential election began to gain clarity. They simply could not understand how the pre-election predictions could be so incorrect.Twitter was also abuzz with news of plunging markets. Why was it happening and how much will it drop? Some grain traders also commented on the market reactions, noting the shock of traders.     No matter how you feel, the fact that the election is over (except for who knows how many recounts) is reason to celebrate. The sun is up and it is time for America to move forward.last_img read more

Marinerong Pilipino holds off Zark’s rally

first_imgLATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues “They’re still feeling their way in the system, but the good thing is that they were able to deliver when called,” said Banal. Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Perpetual claims solo 3rd Joseph Terso (left) of Marinerong Pilipino and Jayvee Marcelino of Zark’s LPU chase after the loose ball. —AUGUST DELA CRUZBanking on its experience, Marinerong Pilipino stamped its class over the retooled Zark’s Burger-Lyceum with a tight 94-92 victory in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Skippers built a 17-point lead, 56-39, with 7:57 remaining in the third quarter but needed misses from Mike Nzeusseu and CJ Perez in the final minute and free throws from Rian Ayonayon in the final 25.6 seconds to post a safe 89-85 lead.ADVERTISEMENT Renzo Subido paced Marinerong Pilipino with 20 points, five assists, and three rebounds, while Ayonayon scattered 15 points, three boards, and two assists.Gab Banal also tallied a double-double of 14 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, and four steals—but committed 10 turnovers. Papot Paredes got 12 of his 14 points in the first half, where the Skippers established a comfortable lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMarinerong Pilipino staged a 12-0 finishing kick in the first half to erect a 47-35 halftime lead on the way to that 17-point third-quarter edge.The Skippers’ depth was in full display in the game between the early favorites as coach Koy Banal had the luxury of fielding top rookie selections Alvin Pasaol and Abu Tratter late in the second half.center_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq View commentslast_img read more

Maken proposes co-option of IHF members

first_imgAfter repeated failures to break the deadlock arising from two federations running hockey, the sports ministry has taken matters into its own hand and proposed an ingenious plan to merge the two bodies.The ministry called representatives of both Hockey India (HI) and Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) for a meeting on Saturday, and proposed that the executive board of the former be expanded to accommodate members of the rival body.Also, according to the proposal, former IHF president KPS Gill, under whose watch Indian hockey nosedived and failed to qualify for the Olympics for the first time in 2008, has been brought back into the picture as life patron, though in an honourary capacity without voting rights.It could be a face-saving arrangement for him after his organisation was unceremoniously suspended in 2008.”The strength of the executive board of HI shall be raised from 17 to 33 in order to provide for co-option of 16 members of IHF comprising one senior vice- president, six vice-presidents, four joint secretaries and five executive members,” the proposal underlined.”Shri KPS Gill shall be coopted as life patron in honourary capacity without voting rights.” As the new body will be called Hockey India, it will solve the problem of recognition by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and the Indian Olympic Association.The meeting was attended by sports minister Ajay Maken, secretary (sports) Sindhushree Khullar and joint secretary (sports) Injeti Srinivas from the government’s side, while IHF was represented by president RK Shetty and secretary general Ashok Mathur.From Hockey India, secretary general Narinder Batra was accompanied by Mohammad Mushtaq Ahmad, Pratap Satpathy and Rajiv Mehta. The three-member Hockey India working committee will also be expanded to five to coopt two IHF members.advertisementThe ministry definitely seems to be in a hurry and has asked the two bodies to come up with their responses by Tuesday evening.”It would be better if the two bodies discuss the proposals between themselves and come up with a joint response,” Maken said after the meeting. “Even if they accept most of the points and have some recommendations regarding the others, it will be a positive development.” Maken also gave a warning of sorts to the two federations that they better look at the fresh proposals positively.”If they do not agree, we will look at other avenues, and report accordingly to the Supreme Court,” he said.The proposed dispensation may remain till October 2014, when Hockey India elections are due.After the Delhi High Court deemed IHF as the sole governing body for the sport in the country, Hockey India appealed to the apex court, which has suggested that the matter be resolved through dialogue.When any major tournament approaches, Hockey India is authorised to send the team as it is recognised by the FIH. The debacle at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia and the concerns about Olympic qualifications may have prompted the ministry to take up the latest initiative.However, what it will achieve is anybody’s guess. The dichotomy at the state level between the two federations was a major reason for the deadlock to continue.The joint committee comprising two elected and two coopted members of the executive board to arbitrate on disputes may further complicate matters.More significantly, the way the ministry is rushing through the matter gives an impression of arm- twisting.It is forcing a change in the Hockey India constitution to broker a deal between the two bodies. It remains to be seen how the two federations react to it.”We had to step in keeping in mind the larger interest of the game. We are giving equal power and responsibility to the two groups, and I am confident that the proposal will be accepted,” Maken said.”Two federations are not conducive for hockey and we are making every effort to revive the game.” According to plan, ex- IHF chief Gill to be made life patronlast_img read more

Braving recession and competition, new auto beauties lure consumers

first_imgJameel Khan bought his first Mercedes on January 16. A Mercedes cap that is. He bought it from the souvenir shop of Daimler Chrysler India’s stall at Delhi’s Pragati Maidan, venue of the bi-annual beauty contest of the Indian auto industry. Khan is no Babe in Toyland. The final year,Jameel Khan bought his first Mercedes on January 16. A Mercedes cap that is. He bought it from the souvenir shop of Daimler Chrysler India’s stall at Delhi’s Pragati Maidan, venue of the bi-annual beauty contest of the Indian auto industry.Khan is no Babe in Toyland. The final year MBA student knows the cars he admires are not the cars he can drive. “I’ll have a job this year and a car by next year. I have come to the Auto Expo to see what choices I will have then: Indica, Palio, Santro, Alto or something new,” says Khan, who believes he will one day “own a Merc” – the car.Khan’s resolve could spell nirvana for the Rs 50,000-crore Indian auto industry, which is struggling to attract customers. Indians bought 3,94,589 cars between April and December 2001, about 10,000 less than they did in the same months of 2000. Sales of MUVs (multi-utility vehicles like the Safari, Bolero) also fell while scooters sales were flat.The only exception was motorcycles. Their sales zoomed past the two-million mark, up from 1.54 million during April-December 2000. The dismal demand for cars came in a year when auto giants ranging from Maruti to Ford lined up what they thought were their mechanical marvels: Mondeo, Alto, Accord and Sonata, to name just a few of the dozens of launches last year. None seems to have excited customers.Click here to EnlargeSo what do automakers do? Wait for buyers or try and lure them with newer models and variants. The Auto Expo 2002 proved that the industry has chosen to drive along the second path. A bevy of new vehicles catering to varied tastes and pocket sizes is making a bee-line for Indian roads.Such bravery is not because manufacturers want to delight Indian consumers but because of a compelling need to follow the new thumb rules of the Indian auto market. Amidst the cacophony of 900 auto exhibitors at the Auto Expo, the following laws of survival clearly emerged:Models must change every year, or even sooner: Cosmetically or substantially, automobiles must change their look and feel continually. When Hyundai wanted to pep up its Santro sales, it added power steering, new rearlights and a few other features. Says A.P. Gandhi, president, Hyundai Motor India: “Today, the Indian customer knows what you are doing globally.You can ignore that only at your peril.” GM and Ford have launched 2002 variants of their existing models in India. The four-year-old Indica has had four variants and an Indica Sport will hit the roads in a few months. Just as that happens, the Tatas are developing a new platform for Indica. Says Rajiv Dubey, general manager, Tata Engineering: “Customers teach us something every day. The car I make today is better than the car I made yesterday.”The company that exemplifies this rule most – some would say, in extreme – is Fiat India. It not only launched Palio in four variants in September 2001 but is adding four more models within four months of the launch. Is this going too far, too soon?”In today’s market you can’t lose time in adding value,” says Vijay Chandorikar, director (commercial), Fiat India. Industry captains say the profusion of models will ensure that there is a car at every lakh, starting from Rs 3 lakh.No company can survive on a single product: Not even Hindustan Motors (hm) and its vintage Ambassador. For the first time in 40 years, the company unveiled its first significantly redesigned Ambassador Classic with a retro look. Of course, hm has grown beyond the Ambassador in the past few years.It makes the Lancer in collaboration with Mitsubishi and will now make engines for Ford Ikon. Ambassador’s old running mate Premier is dead because it failed to offer multiple choices. As Ratan Tata, chairman, Tata Engineering, said after unveiling the Tata Sedan: “You must be present in all segments. If there is a gap, you are denying the customer a choice.”advertisementClick here to EnlargeTrue, the Indian market is skewed in favour of small cars: about 62 per cent of the cars sold are from A (Maruti 800) and B (e.g. Zen, Indica, Santro) segments. A company could dominate the industry by only making small cars. But that’s changing. Though A is the largest segment, B is the fastest growing. And the emergence of a new D segment (Sonata, Accord, Mondeo) points to a pick up in the C segment (Ikon, Accent, Esteem). No wonder the king of small cars, Maruti Udyog, has Baleno and Versa in its stable.A good car will sell even in a bad market: Though still too young to be pronounced a winner, Palio sold 8,000 cars within three months of its launch with more customers waiting in the queue. This at a time when car sales are falling. Obviously, the 8,000 buyers saw in Palio things they did not see in other cars. An even more substantive instance is that of the Indica, probably the least celebrated auto success of recent times.In a market hit by recession, its sales grew from 32,130 cars in April-December 2000 to 41,423 in April-December 2001 – a 29 per cent growth. That too, without any discounts or freebies. What’s the trick? It’s not the price, the product or the marketing. It’s a combination of all three. Avers Dubey: “If the elements of the products are appropriately offered, it will succeed. Ultimately a product must sell on pull factors (its own strength) and not push factors (price cuts, freebies).”Made for India can sell abroad: Ford India sold 10,106 cars – mostly Ikons – between April and December 2001. In the same nine months it exported 22,792 Ikons, mostly to South Africa and Mexico. The previous year its exports were zero. Tata Safari is selling in Spain and Italy. Hyundai exports have zoomed. But Ford’s experience is most instructive because Ikon was designed especially for India. Its success abroad proves that cars made for India can be sold abroad.True, such instances are still very few and more cars will be imported into India than will be exported, but car makers have begun to believe that India can make cars for the global market. Says David E. Friedman, Managing Director of Ford India: “A vehicle that works in India will work in other markets.” Reason: “There isn’t any other market where demands of pricing, roads, climate and utility are as exacting as India.”What’s true of cars is truer for two-wheelers. Yamaha, which is infusing Rs 350 crore into its Indian venture, will use India as a manufacturing base to cater to 60 foreign markets.In discovering new rules, the auto industry is discovering new customers. Points out Ashok Leyland Chairman R. Seshasayee: “Every time you discover a new segment, you discover new customers.”advertisementAnd there are lots of new customers to discover in India, which still has 250 persons per car, versus 1.4 in US and 25 in Thailand.last_img read more

Falmouth Poised to Become a Model Regional Cruise Shipping Port

first_imgStory Highlights Mr. Bartlett indicated that in preparation for this, the Government has further ramped up the town’s anti-visitor harassment programme, resulting in significant safety improvements in Falmouth and surrounding areas. He also cited the continued presence of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class vessels- Harmony of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas- as proof of the cruise- line’s sustained commitment to Falmouth and, by extension, Jamaica as a preferred destination. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Port of Falmouth in Trelawny is poised to become a model regional cruise shipping destination, noting that this augurs well for Jamaica’s industry to exponentially record additional growth. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Port of Falmouth in Trelawny is poised to become a model regional cruise shipping destination, noting that this augurs well for Jamaica’s industry to exponentially record additional growth.Mr. Bartlett said, to date, the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has spent approximately $190 million to undertake projects in town, inclusive of renovation of the Falmouth Court House and the renowned Water Square business district.“We are also working in collaboration with local stakeholders and Government agencies (and) are relocating vendors to more strategic locations, paintingbuildings, taking the mentally ill and homeless off the streets, establishing visitor centres, and increasing the number of district constables in the town to help keep crime in check,” he added.Against this background, Mr. Bartlett contends that not only does the port have the potential to be one of the finest cruise shipping destinations globally, “but the town will also be a place where visitors will want to travel miles to see.”“When we are through with the development plans for Falmouth, it will be the undisputed pearl of the Caribbean. We have taken note of the concerns of visitors that when they exit the port there has not been much to see on the outside. All that will change when the $1.1 billion worth of (additional) projects start to kick in,” the Minister stated.He was speaking at the Falmouth Heritage Expo and launch of the Heritage Map of Jamaica on October 18.Meanwhile, Mr. Bartlett said the Falmouth Port continues to lead the way with cruise passenger arrivals, which totalled 48,910 in August, representing a 5.4 per cent increase.He also cited the continued presence of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class vessels- Harmony of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas- as proof of the cruise- line’s sustained commitment to Falmouth and, by extension, Jamaica as a preferred destination.“We can all recall earlier in the year when there were concerns raised as it relates to ships being…rerouted from the Falmouth Port. Well, not only are the ships still here, but we will also be seeing an additional 68 calls, representing almost 190,000 more passengers,” the Minister said.Mr. Bartlett indicated that in preparation for this, the Government has further ramped up the town’s anti-visitor harassment programme, resulting in significant safety improvements in Falmouth and surrounding areas.“We are all aware of the important role that cruise shipping plays and also the contribution Falmouth is making to the cruise sector. What we are doing is to build out the town and port infrastructure as well as the visitor experience so that when the cruise ships dock, there is good reason for visitors to disembark,” he added.Meanwhile, Mr. Bartlett said he was pleased to see that Falmouth has been well documented on the updated map of Heritage Sites of Jamaica.He pointed out that the map, which was produced by the Tourism Product Development Company, “is more comprehensive and interactive, showcasing cultural and natural heritage sites across the island.”“It caters to visitors and locals looking for adventure (and) those looking for nature, wellness, hiking and camping in the mountains as well as those interested in our plant and aquatic life.Additionally, it caters to those who are interested in historical forts, schools and churches,” Mr. Bartlett further stated.last_img read more

Gov’t Looking to Improve Ganja Licence Approval Process

first_imgStory Highlights The Minister was responding to questions from Central Manchester Member of Parliament, Peter Bunting, regarding the $113 million set aside in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure for cannabis product development. The Government is seeking to improve the approval process for licences to be issued to stakeholders in the local cannabis industry. The Government is seeking to improve the approval process for licences to be issued to stakeholders in the local cannabis industry.This is according to Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, who says the industry has not progressed as anticipated.“We are not satisfied with the pace at which approvals are made (nor) the manner in which we anticipated that this industry would take off,” he said.The Minister was responding to questions from Central Manchester Member of Parliament, Peter Bunting, regarding the $113 million set aside in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure for cannabis product development.The queries were made during the Standing Finance Committee of Parliament meeting held on Thursday (March 1) at Gordon House.Mr. Samuda said many stakeholders are of the view that the approval process is too “cumbersome” and “lends itself to unnecessary bureaucracy and delay, and I certainly anticipate that we will see some significant changes”.He noted that while two licences have been approved and the licensees have started production, “I think there is a lot more that can be done if some of the bureaucracy is removed”.“It is an industry that can take off and earn massive amounts of foreign exchange, and that is why we are going to pay particular attention to loosening up all the knots that have plagued us over the last year,” the Minister said.Mr. Samuda pointed out that one of the challenges being experienced by the sector is the lack of funding, noting that local financial institutions are unwilling to “bank any of the (industry’s) activities” due to what is deemed the informal nature of the business.To this end, Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, informed that Bank of Jamaica Governor, Brian Wynter, recently met with several licensed members in the industry, “because he recognises the dysfunctionality (in) having an informal industry which is increasingly being formalised globally”.Meanwhile, Mr. Samuda advised that the Cannabis Licensing Authority’s (CLA) role in the industry’s overall development is to be strengthened.The CLA, which is an agency of the Ministry, is tasked with establishing and regulating Jamaica’s legal ganja and hemp industry.“We have had discussions within the Ministry, and we have decided that we would look seriously at the entire construct of the (CLA) Board,” Mr. Samuda indicated. This is according to Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, who says the industry has not progressed as anticipated.last_img read more