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The Medicinal Cannabis Authority of St. Vincent and the Grenadines selects Ample Organics for National Cannabis Tracking System

TORONTO, Dec. 5, 2019 /CNW/ – Ample Organics Inc. and the Medicinal Cannabis Authority (“MCA”) in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, together, are proud to announce their partnership to strengthen the medicinal cannabis industry in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines by activating AmpleCentral™ — the world’s first national Cannabis Tracking System built for regulators.

Leveraging its extensive cannabis industry domain expertise at the federally regulated level, Ample Organics will be providing sound industry-wide advice to the MCA as the medicinal cannabis industry emerges in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Together, a two-phase approach will be established to facilitate the rapid rollout of the new medicinal cannabis program. Initially, the Ample Organics seed-to-sale software platform will be deployed to empower the MCA, along with physicians and pharmacists, to register and service medicinal cannabis patients. This software platform is the trusted solution serving the world’s largest cannabis companies and over 70% of Canadian License Holders. Concurrently, Ample Organics will be working closely with the MCA and stakeholders to customize and deploy AmpleCentral™ specifically for St. Vincent and the Grenadines. A first-of-its-kind jurisdictional track-and-trace database, AmpleCentral™ is designed for governments to facilitate sophisticated reporting and to assist regulators with ensuring compliance, verifying product quantity and quality, taxation, and preventing diversion and inversion. This technology connects data points across the national cannabis supply chain, providing regulators with the information necessary to assure public, product, and patient safety. 

“We believe that this is a hugely important milestone,” says John Prentice, President and CEO of Ample Organics. “It will be the very first implementation of a true national tracking system within the cannabis industry anywhere in the world, and it has allowed us the opportunity to engage with government agencies across the globe as new markets arise. With the support of the Government of Canada, we are building AmpleCentral™ to empower other federal governments to regulate, monitor, and monetize their cannabis industries effectively. This public-private partnership enables the MCA to leverage our unique and extensive expertise operating compliance systems on a national scale. St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ well-thought-out and comprehensive regulatory framework, should, and will, serve as a model for the CARICOM nations and any other national jurisdiction considering a forward-thinking cannabis program.”

“We are establishing this industry with the mantra that a ‘Medicinal Cannabis Industry begins with Science and Technology,’” says Dr. Jerrol Thompson, CEO of the Medicinal Cannabis Authority. “That is why we are taking this bold lead to invest, and an early stage, in a Central Inventory Management Traceability system that will: (1) eliminate diversion; (2) facilitate real-time supply chain reporting; (3) support our banking solution and compliance regime; (4) and provide a safety net for product recall.”

Over the past few months, as part of a government mandate, the MCA has rolled out an innovative country-wide education program providing theoretical and practical training to indoor and outdoor cultivators, including industry best-practices and Good Agricultural and Collection Practices (GACP). Ample Organics is dedicated to sharing the responsibility to foster an educated and informed cannabis industry, and therefore, will provide AmpleLearn™ as a way to administer education programs to enhance the training and education available.                        

“One of the reasons we have chosen to work with the Medicinal Cannabis Authority in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is their commitment to ensuring a successful cannabis industry through education,” says Tom Ritchie, VP of Accounts & Education at Ample Organics. “It is vital to us that traditional cultivators have proper educational tools available to them so that they, too, can thrive in a regulated cannabis industry. As the first in the world to develop a certification program for seed-to-sale software operators, we have the know-how to help administer education and training programs by leveraging AmpleLearn™, our online Learning Management System. We are committed to supporting the initiatives that the MCA is launching and look forward to the future.”

About Ample Organics: 
Founded in 2014, Ample Organics is adopted by more Canadian Licensed Holders than any other cannabis software solution. A complete ecosystem for cannabis businesses, the technology platform makes compliance easy by tracking individual plants from seed to consumer and reporting every detail of the growth, production, and sales processes. Our team of cannabis industry and technology experts designed the platform to facilitate compliance and transparency, while enhancing overall business efficiency and operational intelligence. The software continues to be the most trusted solution for cannabis producers, manufacturers, distributors, physicians, clinics, laboratories, retailers, and educators.
Visit AmpleOrganics.com.  

About the Medicinal Cannabis Authority:
The Medicinal Cannabis Authority was established through the Medicinal Cannabis Industry Act, 2018. It is a body corporate with a mandate to regulate the cultivation, supply, possession, production and use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. This mandate forms part of the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ vision to establish a well-regulated export-oriented medicinal cannabis industry.
Visit MCA.VC.

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The Medicinal Cannabis Authority of St. Vincent and the Grenadines selects Ample Organics for National Cannabis Tracking System

TORONTO, Dec. 5, 2019 /CNW/ – Ample Organics Inc. and the Medicinal Cannabis Authority (“MCA”) in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, together, are proud to announce their partnership to strengthen the medicinal cannabis industry in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines by activating AmpleCentral™ — the world’s first national Cannabis Tracking System built for regulators.

Leveraging its extensive cannabis industry domain expertise at the federally regulated level, Ample Organics will be providing sound industry-wide advice to the MCA as the medicinal cannabis industry emerges in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Together, a two-phase approach will be established to facilitate the rapid rollout of the new medicinal cannabis program. Initially, the Ample Organics seed-to-sale software platform will be deployed to empower the MCA, along with physicians and pharmacists, to register and service medicinal cannabis patients. This software platform is the trusted solution serving the world’s largest cannabis companies and over 70% of Canadian License Holders. Concurrently, Ample Organics will be working closely with the MCA and stakeholders to customize and deploy AmpleCentral™ specifically for St. Vincent and the Grenadines. A first-of-its-kind jurisdictional track-and-trace database, AmpleCentral™ is designed for governments to facilitate sophisticated reporting and to assist regulators with ensuring compliance, verifying product quantity and quality, taxation, and preventing diversion and inversion. This technology connects data points across the national cannabis supply chain, providing regulators with the information necessary to assure public, product, and patient safety. 

“We believe that this is a hugely important milestone,” says John Prentice, President and CEO of Ample Organics. “It will be the very first implementation of a true national tracking system within the cannabis industry anywhere in the world, and it has allowed us the opportunity to engage with government agencies across the globe as new markets arise. With the support of the Government of Canada, we are building AmpleCentral™ to empower other federal governments to regulate, monitor, and monetize their cannabis industries effectively. This public-private partnership enables the MCA to leverage our unique and extensive expertise operating compliance systems on a national scale. St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ well-thought-out and comprehensive regulatory framework, should, and will, serve as a model for the CARICOM nations and any other national jurisdiction considering a forward-thinking cannabis program.”

“We are establishing this industry with the mantra that a ‘Medicinal Cannabis Industry begins with Science and Technology,’” says Dr. Jerrol Thompson, CEO of the Medicinal Cannabis Authority. “That is why we are taking this bold lead to invest, and an early stage, in a Central Inventory Management Traceability system that will: (1) eliminate diversion; (2) facilitate real-time supply chain reporting; (3) support our banking solution and compliance regime; (4) and provide a safety net for product recall.”

Over the past few months, as part of a government mandate, the MCA has rolled out an innovative country-wide education program providing theoretical and practical training to indoor and outdoor cultivators, including industry best-practices and Good Agricultural and Collection Practices (GACP). Ample Organics is dedicated to sharing the responsibility to foster an educated and informed cannabis industry, and therefore, will provide AmpleLearn™ as a way to administer education programs to enhance the training and education available.                        

“One of the reasons we have chosen to work with the Medicinal Cannabis Authority in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is their commitment to ensuring a successful cannabis industry through education,” says Tom Ritchie, VP of Accounts & Education at Ample Organics. “It is vital to us that traditional cultivators have proper educational tools available to them so that they, too, can thrive in a regulated cannabis industry. As the first in the world to develop a certification program for seed-to-sale software operators, we have the know-how to help administer education and training programs by leveraging AmpleLearn™, our online Learning Management System. We are committed to supporting the initiatives that the MCA is launching and look forward to the future.”

About Ample Organics: 
Founded in 2014, Ample Organics is adopted by more Canadian Licensed Holders than any other cannabis software solution. A complete ecosystem for cannabis businesses, the technology platform makes compliance easy by tracking individual plants from seed to consumer and reporting every detail of the growth, production, and sales processes. Our team of cannabis industry and technology experts designed the platform to facilitate compliance and transparency, while enhancing overall business efficiency and operational intelligence. The software continues to be the most trusted solution for cannabis producers, manufacturers, distributors, physicians, clinics, laboratories, retailers, and educators.
Visit AmpleOrganics.com.  

About the Medicinal Cannabis Authority:
The Medicinal Cannabis Authority was established through the Medicinal Cannabis Industry Act, 2018. It is a body corporate with a mandate to regulate the cultivation, supply, possession, production and use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. This mandate forms part of the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ vision to establish a well-regulated export-oriented medicinal cannabis industry.
Visit MCA.VC.

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ECCB and Toronto Centre Lead Workshop on “Coping with Climate Change and Other Environmental Risks”

News Americas, BASSETERRE, St. Kitts and Nevis, Dec. 02, 2019: At the request of, and in partnership with, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, Toronto Centre is holding its first five-day cross-cutting climate risk workshop. The workshop is aimed at helping financial sector supervisors and regulators identify the risks that climate change and other environmental factors pose to financial institutions, economies, consumers and vulnerable groups. Participants will learn how to develop action plans to deal with climate change and other environmental risks, and how to identify and communicate effectively with key stakeholders to achieve results.

The IMF’s Global Financial Stability Report, 2019 prominently highlights climate risk as a risk to financial stability. In addition to examining the nature of these risks and their potential effects, the program identifies steps that supervisors and financial institutions can take to deal with these risks. Product design, investment, lending, and strengthening risk management and stress testing are areas that supervisors and financial institutions can explore. The workshop additionally highlights steps that could be taken to manage risks to consumers, such as improving financial literacy and inclusion.

Timothy N.J. Antoine, Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) said: “As the custodians of the payment system, our Central Bank is advocating for and facilitating disaster and climate resilience strategies inclusive of investment in physical and digital infrastructure, early warning systems, and fiscal resilience. ECCB is pleased to host this inaugural workshop on coping with climate change and other environmental risks and key actions that can be taken by supervisors and those they supervise to deal with these risks. Toronto Centre’s capacity building efforts are essential as financial sector supervisors and regulators in our region tackle these risks.”

Babak Abbaszadeh, CEO and President, Toronto Centre said: “Climate risk is an emerging risk for financial policy makers, standard setters, and supervisors. Toronto Centre applauds the ECCB’s initiative and leadership to be an early mover in building their capacity to deal with climate risk.”

LEARN MORE

www.eccb-centralbank.org/

The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) was established in October 1983. It is the monetary authority for a group of eight small country economies namely – Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
            
The Agreement establishing the ECCB as the monetary authority for the eight ECCB participating governments was signed on 5 July 1983 in Trinidad and Tobago. The ECCB was officially commissioned on 1 October 1983, replacing the Eastern Caribbean Currency Authority (ECCA) which was established in March 1965.
            
The primary objective of the ECCB is to maintain the stability of the Eastern Caribbean Currency and the integrity of the banking system.

LEARN MORE

www.torontocentre.org

Established in 1998, Toronto Centre for Global Leadership in Financial Supervision (Toronto Centre) is an independent not-for-profit organization that promotes financial stability and access to financial services globally. Our mission is to provide high quality capacity building programs for financial supervisors and regulators, primarily in emerging markets and developing countries. We believe that for countries to thrive, their financial systems must be stable and inclusive. Our mission supports sustainable growth and job creation and helps to reduce poverty by helping to build these economic foundations. In turn, stable, sustainable economic growth is a vital enabler of infrastructure investments, strengthening international trade and reducing poverty as confirmed by the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, Financing for Development. Our mission is aligned with Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy. Since our inception, we have trained more than 12,000 supervisors and regulators from over 190 jurisdictions. Toronto Centre is supported by Global Affairs Canada, the International Monetary Fund, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Comic Relief, Jersey Overseas Aid, and other valuable international partners.

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Highgate Systems Appoints Kelley Gray as Managing Director

News Americas, MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Nov. 22, 2019: Highgate Systems Inc. today announced that Kelley Gray, has been named interim Managing Director of Highgate Systems Inc., replacing Aldo Campodonico effective immediately.

After 3 years, Aldo and Highgate Systems Inc. have decided to part ways and we wish to thank Aldo for his contribution to Highgate Systems.

Reporting to Highgate’s Board of Directors, Kelley will focus on strategies and tactics in support of the company’s future global growth initiatives.

Kelley remarked, “My key to success has been built on a passion for building strong relationships and obtaining results through collaboration. I am very excited to have this opportunity to contribute to Highgate’s present and future growth.”

Barry Walsh, Highgate’s Chairman said, “On behalf of the management and staff at Highgate, I’d like to congratulate Kelley on her appointment to the leadership team and wish her every success in her new role.”

Kelley, brings over 25 years of technology experience in executive management roles for companies such as: Symcor, Manulife Canada, CGI, Bell and Sun Microsystems. Her diverse background in the area of information technology, financial services, telecommunications, and government will be an invaluable asset to Highgate Systems Inc.

In addition to her impressive professional qualifications and experience, Kelley maintains an interest in both professional and recreational sporting activities. She is an accomplished golfer, hockey player, softball player and bowler.

About Highgate
Highgate Systems Inc. is a trusted provider of fully integrated, end-to-end Banking solutions to the financial services industry. Founded in 1986, Highgate Systems, technological footprint and Clients spans across Canada, the U.S and the Caribbean. Highgate Systems Inc. is a proudly Canadian Company delivering cutting edge solutions to Commercial Bank, Development Banks and Credit Unions.

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Parkland announces acquisition of the assets of Mort Distributing, Inc.

News Americas, CALGARY, Alberta, Nov. 21, 2019: Parkland Fuel Corporation (“Parkland”) (TSX:PKI) announced today that through its wholly owned U.S. subsidiaries (collectively, “Parkland USA”), it has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of Montana-based Mort Distributing, Inc. and its affiliates (collectively, “Mort”).

Founded in 1958, Mort is a family-owned marketer and distributor of fuels and lubricants serving retail, commercial and wholesale customers. Mort’s operations are focused in Montana which will enable Parkland to further capture distribution efficiencies and enhance customer service across its Northern Tier Regional Operating Center (“ROC”).

“This acquisition is consistent with our U.S. growth strategy and will complement and strengthen our existing Northern Tier ROC,” said Doug Haugh, President of Parkland USA. “We look forward to welcoming the Mort team into Parkland and to continuing to deliver high-quality products and excellent service to Mort’s broad customer base.”

The acquisition will primarily be funded from cash from operations. Pro forma the acquisition, Parkland expects a modest increase in annual run-rate adjusted EBITDA for its USA segment. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2019 and is subject to customary closing conditions.

About Parkland
Parkland is an independent supplier and marketer of fuel and petroleum products and a leading convenience store operator. Parkland services customers across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean region and the Americas through three channels: Retail, Commercial and Wholesale. Parkland optimizes its fuel supply across these three channels by operating and leveraging a growing portfolio of supply relationships and storage infrastructure. Parkland provides trusted and locally relevant fuel brands and convenience store offerings in the communities it serves. 

Parkland creates value for shareholders by focusing on its proven strategy of growing organically, realizing a supply advantage and acquiring prudently and integrating successfully. At the core of our strategy are our people, as well as our values of safety, integrity, community and respect, which are embraced across our organization.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward-looking information and statements (collectively, “forward-looking statements”). When used in this news release the words “expect”, “will”, “could”, “would”, “believe”, “continue”, “pursue” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements with respect to, among other things, the successful completion of the acquisition of Mort and the timing thereof; expected benefits of the acquisition, including potential synergies, organic growth and acquisition opportunities; and expected run-rate adjusted EBITDA of Parkland USA following the acquisition. 

These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. No assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements included in this news release should not be unduly relied upon. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release. Parkland does not undertake any obligations to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements except as required by securities law. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of numerous risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, failure to complete the acquisition of Mort; failure to satisfy the conditions to closing of the acquisition; failure to achieve the anticipated benefits of the acquisition; general economic, market and business conditions; industry capacity; competitive action by other companies; refining and marketing margins; the ability of suppliers to meet commitments; actions by governmental authorities and other regulators including but not limited to increases in taxes or restricted access to markets; changes and developments in environmental and other regulations; and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of Parkland. See also the risks and uncertainties described in “Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” included in Parkland’s Annual Information Form dated March 27, 2019 and in “Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” in the Q3 2019 MD&A and annual MD&A dated February 28, 2019, each as filed on SEDAR and available on the Parkland website at www.parkland.ca 

Annual run-rate adjusted EBITDA is an internally-prepared estimate of annualized adjusted EBITDA which assumes full year contributions from the acquisitions to date. Annual run-rate adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure and may not be comparable to similar measures used by other issuers. See Parkland’s Q3 2019 MD&A and annual MD&A for further information on how Parkland calculates adjusted EBITDA and a reconciliation to the nearest IFRS measure.

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Parkland announces acquisition of the assets of Mort Distributing, Inc.

News Americas, CALGARY, Alberta, Nov. 21, 2019: Parkland Fuel Corporation (“Parkland”) (TSX:PKI) announced today that through its wholly owned U.S. subsidiaries (collectively, “Parkland USA”), it has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of Montana-based Mort Distributing, Inc. and its affiliates (collectively, “Mort”).

Founded in 1958, Mort is a family-owned marketer and distributor of fuels and lubricants serving retail, commercial and wholesale customers. Mort’s operations are focused in Montana which will enable Parkland to further capture distribution efficiencies and enhance customer service across its Northern Tier Regional Operating Center (“ROC”).

“This acquisition is consistent with our U.S. growth strategy and will complement and strengthen our existing Northern Tier ROC,” said Doug Haugh, President of Parkland USA. “We look forward to welcoming the Mort team into Parkland and to continuing to deliver high-quality products and excellent service to Mort’s broad customer base.”

The acquisition will primarily be funded from cash from operations. Pro forma the acquisition, Parkland expects a modest increase in annual run-rate adjusted EBITDA for its USA segment. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2019 and is subject to customary closing conditions.

About Parkland
Parkland is an independent supplier and marketer of fuel and petroleum products and a leading convenience store operator. Parkland services customers across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean region and the Americas through three channels: Retail, Commercial and Wholesale. Parkland optimizes its fuel supply across these three channels by operating and leveraging a growing portfolio of supply relationships and storage infrastructure. Parkland provides trusted and locally relevant fuel brands and convenience store offerings in the communities it serves. 

Parkland creates value for shareholders by focusing on its proven strategy of growing organically, realizing a supply advantage and acquiring prudently and integrating successfully. At the core of our strategy are our people, as well as our values of safety, integrity, community and respect, which are embraced across our organization.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward-looking information and statements (collectively, “forward-looking statements”). When used in this news release the words “expect”, “will”, “could”, “would”, “believe”, “continue”, “pursue” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements with respect to, among other things, the successful completion of the acquisition of Mort and the timing thereof; expected benefits of the acquisition, including potential synergies, organic growth and acquisition opportunities; and expected run-rate adjusted EBITDA of Parkland USA following the acquisition. 

These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. No assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements included in this news release should not be unduly relied upon. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release. Parkland does not undertake any obligations to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements except as required by securities law. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of numerous risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, failure to complete the acquisition of Mort; failure to satisfy the conditions to closing of the acquisition; failure to achieve the anticipated benefits of the acquisition; general economic, market and business conditions; industry capacity; competitive action by other companies; refining and marketing margins; the ability of suppliers to meet commitments; actions by governmental authorities and other regulators including but not limited to increases in taxes or restricted access to markets; changes and developments in environmental and other regulations; and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of Parkland. See also the risks and uncertainties described in “Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” included in Parkland’s Annual Information Form dated March 27, 2019 and in “Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” in the Q3 2019 MD&A and annual MD&A dated February 28, 2019, each as filed on SEDAR and available on the Parkland website at www.parkland.ca 

Annual run-rate adjusted EBITDA is an internally-prepared estimate of annualized adjusted EBITDA which assumes full year contributions from the acquisitions to date. Annual run-rate adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure and may not be comparable to similar measures used by other issuers. See Parkland’s Q3 2019 MD&A and annual MD&A for further information on how Parkland calculates adjusted EBITDA and a reconciliation to the nearest IFRS measure.

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Fashion Designer Peter Nygard Sentenced to Prison in The Bahamas

NASSAU, Bahamas, Nov. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Bahamas Supreme Court sentenced Canadian fashion designer Peter Nygard to 90 days in prison and fined him US$150,000 for contempt of court in a long-running legal dispute centered around an environmental group’s stolen emails.

The pilfered emails belonged to Save the Bays (STB), a non-profit environmental group that has fought Nygard over illegal dredging and development activities at his waterfront home in the Bahamas since 2013. Those activities have destroyed marine life and habitat in Clifton Bay, an area whose natural beauty was made famous in the James Bond movie “Thunderball.”

In 2016, STB’s emails were stolen and read aloud in Parliament. In a landmark decision, a Bahamian judge ruled that two members of parliament had violated the constitutional rights of STB and its members and order that the emails remain private.

In October, Nygard was found to have breached the injunction. Nygard has not appeared for numerous hearings in the court case, and he did not show up at Friday’s hearing, where he was ordered by Justice Ruth M.L. Bowe-Darville to make a full written apology, explain his absence, and promise in writing within seven days to stop using the e-mails.

“For decades, Peter Nygard has behaved as if he was above the law in The Bahamas,” said attorney Fred Smith, a STB director whose emails were among those read in Parliament. “He has been convicted of contempt of court on four separate occasions by the Supreme Court of The Bahamas. His repeated disrespect for the administration of justice has finally caught up with him. I hope he is man enough to come back to The Bahamas he says he loves so much to serve his time and pay the $150,000 fine.”

Under Friday’s ruling, Nygard will have to pay a $5,000 fine for every day that he does not comply with the court’s orders. The $150,000 fine must be paid by November 22 or he will be sentenced to an additional 30 days in prison and an additional $5,000 for every day the fine remains unpaid.

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Dutch Caribbean Air Navigation Service Provider Deploys Space-Based ADS-B In Curaçao

WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao, Nov. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ –Today, the Dutch Caribbean Air Navigation Service Provider (DC-ANSP) announced it has deployed Aireon’s space-based ADS-B surveillance service in the Curaçao Flight Information Region (FIR). This milestone follows years of collaboration, with the two organizations signing the data services agreement (DSA) in October of 2015.

Aireon - MAKING GLOBAL AIR TRAFFIC SURVEILLANCE A POWERFUL REALITY

Effective immediately, DC-ANSP will have 100 percent air traffic surveillance over the 300,000 square kilometers that make up Curaçao’s FIR. Adjacent to Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Colombia, the majority of this FIR is oceanic. 

“Space-based ADS-B will revolutionize how DC-ANSP ensures the highest levels of safety and efficiency throughout the Curaçao FIR,” said Micilia Albertus-Verboom, Director General, DC-ANSP. “Before Aireon, the northwestern sector of our FIR lacked real-time air traffic surveillance coverage. Now, space-based ADS-B provides coverage where before there was none.”

The Curaçao FIR is a major throughway for flights; DC-ANSP manages critical routes between the United States, Central America, South America, the Caribbean and Europe throughout the Curaçao FIR. Because of space-based ADS-B coverage, DC-ANSP’s air traffic controllers will be able to reduce separation and guide overflight efficiency in the northwestern sector of the Curaçao FIR. 

Director General Albertus-Verboom also noted, “among the many benefits we anticipate, Aireon will allow us to facilitate seamless transitions between Curaçao’s neighboring FIRs. Regions adjacent to us will benefit from safer and more efficient hand-overs, which are afforded by the minimization of human error through data-driven decision making.”

“Deploying Aireon in Curaçao FIR solidifies DC-ANSP’s position as a leader of aviation safety and efficiency in the region,” said Don Thoma, CEO, Aireon. “Our data will provide DC-ANSP more control over how they manage cross-regional and intersecting routes within their airspace and will enable complete situational awareness for DC-ANSP as they continue to deliver superior safety and efficiency to the flying public.”

For the past several years, DC-ANSP and Aireon have worked closely on the technical implementation of the system in Curaçao, which includes the use of the regional network, Mejoras al Enlace de Voz del ATS (MEVA), as a secondary telecommunication link as a means to transfer space-based ADS-B data to DC-ANSPs operations center. Additionally, Aireon has worked alongside DC-ANSP leadership to ensure preparation for the enhancements in procedural operations. 

“Not only have we changed how we manage our airspace, but we are also adapting how we work with our adjacent airspaces and our customers, and Aireon has been our partner at every step of the way for the last four years,” said Director General Albertus-Verboom.

Curacao has a January 1, 2020 ADS-B equipage mandate for part of the airspace where there is no conventional radar coverage. Users in Class A airspace must be ADS-B equipped.

About Aireon LLC
Aireon has deployed a space-based air traffic surveillance system for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft throughout the entire globe. Aireon is harnessing next-generation aviation surveillance technologies that were formerly ground-based and, for the first time ever, is extending their reach globally to significantly improve efficiency, enhance safety, reduce emissions and provide cost savings benefits to all stakeholders. Space-based ADS-B surveillance covers oceanic, polar and remote regions, and augments existing ground-based systems that are limited to terrestrial airspace. In partnership with leading ANSPs from around the world, like NAV CANADA, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), Enav, NATS and Naviair, as well as Iridium Communications, Aireon is providing a global, real-time, space-based air traffic surveillance system, available to all aviation stakeholders. For more information, please visit www.aireon.com.

About DC-ANSP
DC-ANSP was founded as Netherlands Antilles Air Traffic Control (“NAATC”) which was incorporated in Curaçao on 9 February 2005 and became operational on 1 April 2006. DC-ANSP is an Air Navigation Service Provider (“ANSP”) which is responsible for the Air Traffic Services (“ATS”) within the Curaçao Flight Information Region (FIR). DC-ANSP operates 3 air traffic control facilities: an Area Control Centre located in Curaçao and two Aerodrome Control Towers, one located at Hato International Airport (Hato Control Tower) and the other one located at Bonaire International Airport (Flamingo Control Tower). For more information, please visit http://dc-ansp.org/.

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It’s The Season Of Giving And This Caribbean American Organization Needs Your Help

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Nov. 15, 2019: It’s another year and another
Christmas that the Caribbean American Center of New York, (CAYNY), has
committed to providing new toys and clothing to 1,000 children in New York’s
shelters.  Except this year, the
organization did not anticipate the US’ trade war with China and the closure of
Toys R’ Us, would become a Scrooge they’d have to battle.

Which makes the group’s annual Caribbean
Holiday Party on Dec. 8th even more important, according to founder
and Trinidadian native, Jean Alexander.

Alexander told NAN this week that 100 percent
of the proceeds from this year’s holiday fundraiser will have to go towards
buying toys and clothing to pack into the 1,000 gift bags the group will ready
to put a smile on the faces of those children in need.

This year, CACNY will present the 21st
annual event at BKLYN Commons at 495 Flatbush Avenue, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY
11225 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Since 1998, CACNY has presented over 38,000
gift bags to needy children. This year they need your help. Please support the
group’s event by buying a US$30 ticket on Eventbrite. Tickets purchased after Dec. 7th will be $40 and there is a
$50 at the door.

CACNY’s website says it provides multi-serves
to under-served minority youth to enhance their quality of life by providing
and/or facilitating adequate access to economic, educational, training,
employment, immigration/citizenship, civic involvement, healthcare services,
youth leadership development and other issues. For more log on to caribbeancenterny.org/

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Parkland announces internal appointment of Darren Smart to Interim Chief Financial Officer

News Americas, CALGARY, Alberta, Nov. 12, 2019: Parkland Fuel Corporation (“Parkland”, “we”, the “Company”, or “our”) (TSX:PKI) announced that Darren Smart has assumed the role of Interim Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) in addition to his current role as Parkland’s Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development. As previously announced, Mike McMillan, who has served as the company’s CFO since 2015 will be leaving the company. Mike will be available to support Darren’s transition until December 31, 2019.

“We are pleased that Darren has assumed the Interim CFO role in addition to his existing accountabilities,” said Bob Espey, Parkland’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “During the past five-years, Darren has played a significant commercial and financial leadership role in the company. I am confident he will do an excellent job and provide strong continuity as we search for a permanent Chief Financial Officer.”

“Mike has made exceptional contributions during his ten-years with Parkland,” said Espey. “On behalf of the Parkland team, I thank him for his commitment to our growth and success and offer my best wishes.”

Darren Smart joined Parkland in 2014 and leads the company’s enterprise wide strategy and corporate development activity.  He has been a member of the company’s Senior Leadership Team since 2015. Prior to joining Parkland, Darren was a Portfolio Manager at Teachers’ Private Capital, the private equity arm of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, where he was responsible for sourcing, evaluating and managing energy-related investments. Darren has a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Business Administration with distinction from Wilfrid Laurier University.

About Parkland Fuel Corporation

Parkland is an independent supplier and marketer of fuel and petroleum products and a leading convenience store operator. Parkland services customers across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean region and the Americas through three channels: Retail, Commercial and Wholesale. Parkland optimizes its fuel supply across these three channels by operating and leveraging a growing portfolio of supply relationships and storage infrastructure. Parkland provides trusted and locally relevant fuel brands and convenience store offerings in the communities it serves.

Parkland creates value for shareholders by focusing on its proven strategy of growing organically, realizing a supply advantage and acquiring prudently and integrating successfully. At the core of our strategy are our people, as well as our values of safety, integrity, community and respect, which are embraced across our organization.

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