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Caribbean Immigrant Entrepreneur To Be Funeralized In New Jersey

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Jan. 18, 2019: A popular Caribbean-born entrepreneur, who passed away suddenly on Sunday night, Jan. 13, 2019, shocking her family, colleagues and the wider business community, will be laid to rest next week following a New Jersey funeral service.

Allison Butters-Grant, founder of Global Seafoods Distributors, Inc., will be funeralized on Jan. 23, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the St. Matthew A.M.E. Church, 336 Oakwood Avenue, Orange, New Jersey. A viewing is set for prior to the service, from 5-7 p.m.

Butters-Grant died after a battle with cancer. She was 52.

Her passing has stunned many in the Diaspora and in Guyana, where she was born and returned to expand her company. “Your death broke me up into unexplainable pieces courageous one,” said Selwyn Collins, author and talk show host. “Now, in your honor, I break my fast from this digital wilderness, for you, my sister. I’ll ensure they remember you, A.B.G. – A Better Guyana.”

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“Mrs. Butters- Grant was greatly admired and respected as a female entrepreneur and trailblazer,” the Guyana President’s office said in a statement.

The Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association Limited (GMSA), on which Butters-Grant served as an Executive Board Member, said she “brought new ideas and perspectives to the GMSA. We will miss her. Guyana will miss her.”

The Guyana Ministry of Natural Resources lauded Butters-Grant for the role she played in the natural resources sector, calling her a miner in her own right and a source of inspiration within the MSG and wider natural resources sector.

Butters-Grant was born in Charlestown, Guyana and moved to the US in 1986. She earned a degree in business administration with a minor in accounting and database management in 1990 from Essex College of Business.

Being the daughter of successful seafood entrepreneurs, she opened a Seafood Market soon after, specializing in only wild caught seafood sourced from Guyana with the mantra “straight from the sea to your plate.”.

After selling her first business, she moved on to distribute wild caught seafood to supermarkets throughout the state of New York and New Jersey as “Butters & Grant Caribbean Seafood” and then returned to Guyana in 2015 where she opened Global Seafood Distributors with her husband, Kerwin. She was the only black female in Guyana to own and operate a fish-processing plant. Global Seafood Distributors is located at the West Ruimveldt Industrial Site, Guyana, where they process all local fish.

Butters-Grant is survived by her husband and daughter Tiffany Sobers as well as a grandson.

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Canopy LATAM Starting The Year Strong

LIMA, Peru and SMITHS FALLS, Ontario, Jan. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED) (NYSE: CGC) (the “Company” or “Canopy Growth”), through its Latin American-focused subsidiary, Canopy LATAM Corporation (“Canopy LATAM”), is proud to introduce Spectrum Cannabis Peru S.A.C. (“Spectrum Cannabis Peru”), the newest member of the growing global Spectrum Cannabis family.

Spectrum Cannabis Peru will operate as part of the Canopy LATAM network and with Peru poised to introduce new regulations for the use of medical cannabis, this new in-market entity is uniquely positioned to support the opening of the Peruvian market while leveraging Canopy Growth’s global expertise in patient and physician education, as well as in medical cannabis production.

This announcement directly supports Canopy Growth’s strategy of securing first mover advantage to realize the opportunities generated by evolving cannabis regulations across the region and the world. Until regulations are published supporting patient access to medical cannabis, Spectrum Cannabis Peru will focus on advancing education activities, including working closely with the medical community to foster greater understanding of the potential uses of medical cannabis while reducing stigma.

Supporting education, regulation, and patient access for medical cannabis across Latin America

While in Lima to participate in the launch of Spectrum Cannabis Peru, Dr. Mark Ware, Canopy Growth’s Chief Medical Officer, is advancing the Company’s commitment to education through participation in a range of medical cannabis-focused events for physicians, healthcare professionals, and cannabis-focused patient groups.

This includes addressing healthcare professionals currently attending an introductory course on cannabis held by the medical college of Peru (“Colegio Medico del Peru”), as well as delivering an address and participating in the First Meeting of American Professional Experts working with Phytocannabinoids (“1° Encuentro Americano De Professionales Expertos En Fitocannabioides”) held in Lima from January 10 to 11.

The conference will also see Dr. Ware, in his capacity as a family physician focused on pain management, participate in the signing of the Lima Declaration on the medical use of cannabis. This physician-led declaration encourages governments, regulators, and health authorities throughout the region to ensure patient access and scientific research are the cornerstones of all Latin America medical cannabis laws.

Further, the declaration promotes collaboration across the region, and calls on healthcare professionals to contribute to informed access for cannabis-based medicines while asking patients to advocate and defend their right to such treatments.

A leap forward for sustainable regional production through Spectrum Cannabis Colombia

As previously announced, production operations are advancing at the Company’s farm in Colombia, with initial cultivation having started in late 2018. In line with the plan for sustainable regional production based in the country, the Company is pleased to report that licenses have now been received for the production of cannabis in all 126 hectares (13.6 million sq. ft.) of suitable growing area at the farm.

This is an increase from the previously licensed 42 hectares (4.5 million sq. ft.) of production area and to the Company’s knowledge, the wholly owned farm now represents one of the largest fully licensed cannabis production facilities in the world. This also positions Canopy Growth to meet the emerging regional supply demands as a number of countries across Latin America update their regulations and in so doing, open their markets for the import and sale of Spectrum Cannabis’ high-quality cannabis-based medical products.

Continued development of Canopy LATAM and local in-market entities

As regulations across the region continue to evolve at a rapid pace, Canopy Growth is well positioned to seize these new opportunities through its subsidiary Canopy LATAM, and the in-market entities that work collectively as part of the Company’s LATAM structure. A full leadership team is now in place at both the regional and local level to guide these activities and draws on extensive experience from leading organizations in the pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and consulting industries.

With a fully licensed production site in Colombia, newly launched operations in Peru, a rapidly evolving landscape in Mexico, and clinical trials underway in Chile, Canopy LATAM and Canopy Growth are uniquely positioned to realize the significant opportunities across Latin America with the ultimate goal of serving patients through education and high quality, reliable, medical cannabis products.

Quotes from leadership

“We’re proud to welcome Peru to the growing family of Spectrum Cannabis countries and to have the chance to serve Peruvian patients and healthcare professionals in the future,” said Mark Zekulin, President and Co-CEO, Canopy Growth. “Canopy Growth is a global leader in providing safe, regulated, medical cannabis and by leveraging our experience together with local expertise, we look forward to helping build a responsible Peruvian cannabis industry today and into the future.”

“The landscape for medical cannabis continues to evolve rapidly in Latin America and Peru is poised to take a leading role with the introduction of new regulations which we hope will prioritize patient access”, said Antonio Droghetti, Managing Director, Canopy LATAM. “Launching Peruvian operations enhances our ability to engage with regulators, healthcare professionals, and patients to ensure they have the information they need while also preparing for the future sale of medical cannabis products across the country.”

“With the full licensing of our 126-hectare farm, Spectrum Cannabis Colombia and Canopy Growth have demonstrated yet again our ability to execute and prepare for the rapidly rising demand that exists for medical cannabis”, said Bibiana Rojas, Country Managing Director, Spectrum Cannabis Colombia. “Our ambitious goal of sustainable regional production for medical cannabis is one step closer in Latin America and we’re proud to play a role in increasing the total potential production of Canopy Growth as it builds markets internationally.”

About Canopy Growth Corporation
Canopy Growth is a world-leading diversified cannabis and hemp company, offering distinct brands and curated cannabis varieties in dried, oil and Softgel capsule forms. Canopy Growth offers the world’s only medically approved vaporizers through the Company’s subsidiary, Storz & Bickel GMbH & Co. KG. From product and process innovation to market execution, Canopy Growth is driven by a passion for leadership and a commitment to building a world-class cannabis company one product, site and country at a time. The Company has operations in 13 countries across five continents. The Company is proudly dedicated to educating healthcare practitioners, conducting robust clinical research, and furthering the public’s understanding of cannabis, and through its wholly owned subsidiary, Canopy Health Innovations (“Canopy Health”), has devoted millions of dollars toward cutting edge, commercializable research and IP development. Canopy Growth works with the Beckley Foundation and has launched Beckley Canopy Therapeutics to research and develop clinically validated cannabis-based medicines, with a strong focus on intellectual property protection. Canopy Growth acquired assets of leading hemp research company, ebbu, Inc. (“ebbu”). Intellectual Property (“IP”) and R&D advancements achieved by ebbu’s team apply directly to Canopy Growth’s hemp and THC-rich cannabis genetic breeding program and its cannabis-infused beverage capabilities. Through partly owned subsidiary Canopy Rivers Corporation, the Company is providing resources and investment to new market entrants and building a portfolio of stable investments in the sector. From our historic public listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange to our continued international expansion, pride in advancing shareholder value through leadership is engrained in all we do at Canopy Growth. Canopy Growth has established partnerships with leading sector names including cannabis icon Snoop Dogg, breeding legends DNA Genetics and Green House seeds, Battelle, the world’s largest nonprofit research and development organization, and Fortune 500 alcohol leader Constellation Brands, to name but a few. Canopy Growth operates ten licensed cannabis production sites with over 4.3 million square feet of production capacity, including over 500,000 square feet of GMP certified production space. The Company operates Tweed retail stores in Newfoundland and Manitoba and has entered into supply agreements with every Canadian province and territory. For more information visit www.canopygrowth.com.

Notice Regarding Forward Looking Statements
This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements and information can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “estimates”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements or information involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Canopy Growth or its subsidiaries to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements or information contained in this news release. Examples of such statements include statements with respect to international operations in the LATAM region. Risks, uncertainties and other factors involved with forward-looking information could cause actual events, results, performance, prospects and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information, including the Company’s ability to satisfy provincial sales contracts or provinces purchasing all cannabis allocated to them, and such risks contained in the Company’s annual information form dated June 27, 2018 and filed with Canadian securities regulators available on the Company’s issuer profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Although the Company believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing the forward-looking information or forward-looking statements in this news release are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on such information and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed time frames or at all. The forward-looking information and forward-looking statements included in this news release are made as of the date of this news release and the Company does not undertake an obligation to publicly update such forward-looking information or forward-looking information to reflect new information, subsequent events or otherwise unless required by applicable securities laws.

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This Caribbean Government Will Challenge No-Confidence Vote In Court

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News Americas, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Fri. Jan. 4, 2018: The government of the CARICOM nation of Guyana said Thursday it will challenge the Dec. 21, 2018 vote of no-confidence in court.

As many questions continue as to why the government has not yet resigned and called a new election, the country’s attorney general made the disclosure.

The government plans to argue that the motion needed 34 votes to pass, rather than the 33 it received, and that the lawmaker who cast the deciding vote was ineligible to be a member of parliament because he also holds Canadian citizenship, attorney general Basil Williams said. Continue Reading

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Lowered Caribbean And Latin America Growth Forecast For 2019

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Dec. 21, 2018: The economies of the Caribbean and Latin America are forecast to see a decline come 2019.

That’s according to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) which said Thursday that the Caribbean and Latin America will now likely grow just 1.7 percent in 2019. That’s a dip from the previous estimate of 1.8 percent. The region’s economy also grew by 1.2 percent this year, also trimmed from the 1.3 percent predicted in October. Continue Reading


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Lowered Caribbean And Latin America Growth Forecast For 2019

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Dec. 21, 2018: The economies of the Caribbean and Latin America are forecast to see a decline come 2019.

That’s according to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) which said Thursday that the Caribbean and Latin America will now likely grow just 1.7 percent in 2019. That’s a dip from the previous estimate of 1.8 percent. The region’s economy also grew by 1.2 percent this year, also trimmed from the 1.3 percent predicted in October. Continue Reading


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Avaya Expands Distributor Partnership For Ecuador, Venezuela, Central America and the Caribbean

MIAMI, Dec. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Avaya Holdings Corp. (NYSE: AVYA) announced that its DACAS distributor expands services in the Latin American market and makes available Avaya solutions for companies of all sizes and industries. DACAS will now provide its services in Ecuador, Venezuela, Central America, the English Caribbean and Spanish.

Avaya offers one of the most complete portfolios of Unified Communications solutions, software and services for companies that are embracing digital transformation today. Companies continue to invest and improve their engagement solutions with both the client and work teams, for large companies and medium market, as well as services based on the private, public and hybrid cloud and on demand.

Since its association with Avaya in 2015, DACAS distributes security solutions, Infrastructure and Unified Communications. Now, under the new work scheme, they will also be participating in the distribution of solutions for Contact Centers, SMEs, telephony, and devices and Avaya Equinox Meetings Online. The new countries add to the services already available in the Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.

“Since we started distributing Avaya solutions in 2015, we confirmed that Avaya is one of the brands that integrators seek to offer to the market,” said Diego Cascata, president of Dacas. “We look for ways to provide our business partners with top-tier solutions they can develop in their markets and get excellent results maximizing their operations. In this goal we feel aligned with AVAYA, to achieve clients’ total satisfaction. In Dacas we are pleased to incorporate the regions of the Caribbean, Central America, Ecuador and Venezuela. He added: “This represents a great opportunity because of the importance and scale of these markets in our hemisphere.”

“Our partners and distributors are a fundamental piece to the success of Avaya and our customers and we continue to invest in our community of business partners and distributors,” said Santiago Aguirre, senior director of channels and distribution, Avaya, Americas International. “For us, it is a privilege to have a business partner and distributor who understands company needs specific to the region with high knowledge and value offer especially in the areas of security, infrastructure and Unified Communications. We have modernized and improved our channel program to reflect the transformation of Avaya and help our business partners to take full advantage of the new opportunities offered by the current market.”

Currently, Avaya has four regional distributors: Anixter, Techdata, Scansource and DACAS, thus covering the needs of its business partners ecosystem in all industries, especially those in the areas of health, government, education, manufacturing and hospitality. Avaya and its authorized distributors are prepared to offer the solutions, training, programs and resources that companies need to do more business and exceed the expectations of their customers.

About Avaya
Businesses are built on the experiences they provide, and every day millions of those experiences are built by Avaya (NYSE: AVYA). For over one hundred years, we’ve enabled organizations around the globe to win – by creating intelligent communications experiences for customers and employees. Avaya builds open, converged and innovative solutions to enhance and simplify communications and collaboration – in the cloud, on-premise or a hybrid of both. To grow your business, we’re committed to innovation, partnership, and a relentless focus on what’s next. We’re the technology company you trust to help you deliver Experiences that Matter. Visit us at www.avaya.com.

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Jamaican-Born Doctor Killed In Baltimore Hit And Run Accident

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tuesday. Dec. 18, 2018: A Jamaican-born recipient of the 2016 American College of Rheumatology Distinguished Fellow Award and a faculty member at Johns Hopkins Scleroderma Center, was killed in a hit and run collision just before 11 p.m. at Falls and Green Spring Valley roads, Baltimore, Maryland Sunday, police said.

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Dr. Nadia Dominique Morgan was killed in a hit and run collision with Jason William Hines, 31, of the 200 block of Joppa Road. Hines is being held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections on denied-bail status. Continue Reading

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Grupo Therrestra To Build Part Of New Club Med Project In Miches, Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, Dec. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/: Grupo Therrestra, led by Engineer Hugo Pérez Ovalles, has inserted its characteristic identity stamp, based on: talent, adaptation and trust in the service of the prestigious Club Med Hotel Chain, to develop its most luxurious and prestigious project in the Americas, located in Miches, province of El Seibo, Dominican Republic.

In the complex, located in Punta Hicaco, approximately 6 km from Miches, Grupo Therrestra will develop a total of 129 rooms and a modern Central Building.

Miches being a new area to explore, where the French company specializing in premium All-Inclusive vacations has set its sights and placed its trust in Grupo Therrestra, one of the most requested Dominican construction companies in recent years by the main Hotel Chains of the world that operate in the Caribbean.

In this sense, the CEO of Grupo Therrestra, being grateful for the trust awarded once again to develop this ambitious and strategic tourism project in the Caribbean, stated “With the construction of Club Med in Miches, we wrote a new chapter in the promising future that the Dominican Republic is building, betting on attractive and interesting Tourist Poles such as Miches, especially in high end tourism. A showcase appealing to millions of people around the world”.

The project, whose first groundbreaking was led by President Danilo Medina, on May 3, 2018, it’s scheduled to open its doors by the end of 2019.

The new development of Club Med in the area, with the impetus of Grupo Therrestra, represents a powerful alliance that will help to structure one of the most promising coastal areas for tourism in the coming years, such as Playa Esmeralda.

About Grupo Therrestra

Construction Company founded in 2004 with the fundamental objective of providing construction services for civil works. It is dedicated to the Design, Construction and Supervision of tourist, residential and commercial projects, both in the Dominican Republic and in the Caribbean, generating 4,000 jobs in the region.

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Grupo Therrestra To Build Part Of New Club Med Project In Miches, Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, Dec. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/: Grupo Therrestra, led by Engineer Hugo Pérez Ovalles, has inserted its characteristic identity stamp, based on: talent, adaptation and trust in the service of the prestigious Club Med Hotel Chain, to develop its most luxurious and prestigious project in the Americas, located in Miches, province of El Seibo, Dominican Republic.

In the complex, located in Punta Hicaco, approximately 6 km from Miches, Grupo Therrestra will develop a total of 129 rooms and a modern Central Building.

Miches being a new area to explore, where the French company specializing in premium All-Inclusive vacations has set its sights and placed its trust in Grupo Therrestra, one of the most requested Dominican construction companies in recent years by the main Hotel Chains of the world that operate in the Caribbean.

In this sense, the CEO of Grupo Therrestra, being grateful for the trust awarded once again to develop this ambitious and strategic tourism project in the Caribbean, stated “With the construction of Club Med in Miches, we wrote a new chapter in the promising future that the Dominican Republic is building, betting on attractive and interesting Tourist Poles such as Miches, especially in high end tourism. A showcase appealing to millions of people around the world”.

The project, whose first groundbreaking was led by President Danilo Medina, on May 3, 2018, it’s scheduled to open its doors by the end of 2019.

The new development of Club Med in the area, with the impetus of Grupo Therrestra, represents a powerful alliance that will help to structure one of the most promising coastal areas for tourism in the coming years, such as Playa Esmeralda.

About Grupo Therrestra

Construction Company founded in 2004 with the fundamental objective of providing construction services for civil works. It is dedicated to the Design, Construction and Supervision of tourist, residential and commercial projects, both in the Dominican Republic and in the Caribbean, generating 4,000 jobs in the region.

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Grupo Therrestra To Build Part Of New Club Med Project In Miches, Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, Dec. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/: Grupo Therrestra, led by Engineer Hugo Pérez Ovalles, has inserted its characteristic identity stamp, based on: talent, adaptation and trust in the service of the prestigious Club Med Hotel Chain, to develop its most luxurious and prestigious project in the Americas, located in Miches, province of El Seibo, Dominican Republic.

In the complex, located in Punta Hicaco, approximately 6 km from Miches, Grupo Therrestra will develop a total of 129 rooms and a modern Central Building.

Miches being a new area to explore, where the French company specializing in premium All-Inclusive vacations has set its sights and placed its trust in Grupo Therrestra, one of the most requested Dominican construction companies in recent years by the main Hotel Chains of the world that operate in the Caribbean.

In this sense, the CEO of Grupo Therrestra, being grateful for the trust awarded once again to develop this ambitious and strategic tourism project in the Caribbean, stated “With the construction of Club Med in Miches, we wrote a new chapter in the promising future that the Dominican Republic is building, betting on attractive and interesting Tourist Poles such as Miches, especially in high end tourism. A showcase appealing to millions of people around the world”.

The project, whose first groundbreaking was led by President Danilo Medina, on May 3, 2018, it’s scheduled to open its doors by the end of 2019.

The new development of Club Med in the area, with the impetus of Grupo Therrestra, represents a powerful alliance that will help to structure one of the most promising coastal areas for tourism in the coming years, such as Playa Esmeralda.

About Grupo Therrestra

Construction Company founded in 2004 with the fundamental objective of providing construction services for civil works. It is dedicated to the Design, Construction and Supervision of tourist, residential and commercial projects, both in the Dominican Republic and in the Caribbean, generating 4,000 jobs in the region.

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