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Hero, First Black Caribbean Canadian-Made Feature Film Of 2019 Launches Into Limited Theatrical Release

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CaribPR Wire, Toronto, ON, Tues. Jan. 29, 2019: The first Black, Caribbean-Canadian-made film of 2019 launches a limited theatrical release on Thursday, February 28, 2019.

Caribbean-Canadian filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon’s internationally acclaimed feature film, HERO – Inspired By The Extraordinary Life & Times Of Ulric Cross, makes its Canadian theatrical premiere at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, located at 350 King St. W., Toronto, ON. In celebration of HERO’s achievement, Ghanian superstar Adjetey Anang, and British rising star Eric Kofi Abrefa, (Snowden, The Harlots), are confirmed to attend along with lead actor, Trinidad and Tobago’s Nickolai Salcedo and Canada’s Peter Williams, (Stargate SG1).

Trinidad & Tobago’s Nickolai Salcedo, and Canada’s Peter Williams are joined by Britain’s Eric Kofi Abrefa and Ghana’s Adjetey Anang

“Frances-Anne Solomon has done so much to bring crucial stories from the African Diaspora to screen,” said Cameron Bailey, TIFF’s Artistic Director and Co-Head. “Her portrayal of the Ulric Cross story illuminates an important chapter in Caribbean history. We’re honoured to present HERO at TIFF Bell Lightbox, in collaboration with CTFF.”

Filmed in Trinidad, Ghana, the UK and Canada, HERO is the story of Ulric Cross, who in 1941, left his small island to seek his fortune, and became the Royal Air Force’s most decorated West Indian. Then his life took a dramatically different course when he followed the call of history. He joined the African independence movements sweeping the world in the 50s and 60s.

Toronto’s Canadian premiere launches screenings across Canada and a cinematic world tour that includes Africa, the Caribbean and Europe.

HERO’s all-star cast of top international Black actors in powerful roles, includes Joseph Marcell, (Fresh Prince of Belair) who plays Trinidadian author CLR James, and Fraser James’ (Terminator) as Trinidadian revolutionary George Padmore; British-Nigerian actor Jimmy Akingbola plays Ghana’s first president Kwame Nkrumah, and Adjetey Anang (Adam’s Apple, Potomanto) plays Congo’s ill-fated first Prime Minister, Patrice Lumumba.

Among the film’s strong female roles, Stratford Theatre’s rising star Jessica B Hill plays the role of Nicola Cross while Britain’s Pippa Nixon (John Carter, Unforgotten) plays Anne Cross, and Canada’s Valerie Buhagiar (Bad Blood, Murdoch Mysteries) plays the role of the co-antagonist, MI6 agent Daphne Park.

“HERO captures a transformative moment in Black global history. Securing a theatrical release for the film presents a significant opportunity for us to share our story with a broad and diverse audience. The film is important especially for young Black people to understand on whose broad shoulders we stand, to learn who led big lives and who were heroes,” says Frances-Anne Solomon, director and producer of HERO. “Launching at the prestigious TIFF Bell Lightbox theatre acknowledges the impact of this film on the Canadian theatre ecology and its capacity for exposure beyond the Caribbean and Africa.”

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HERO Listing:

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019

Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W., Toronto, ON M5V 3X5

7:00 p.m.

Film Presentation: HERO – Inspired By The Extraordinary Life & Times Of Mr. Ulric Cross

9:15 p.m.

Talk Back with the actors

10:00 p.m.

After Party


Visit the HERO Website

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ABOUT FRANCES-ANNE SOLOMON

Frances-Anne Solomon is an award-winning filmmaker, producer, curator and entrepreneur in film, TV, Radio and new media. Following a successful career as a TV Drama Producer and Executive Producer with the BBC in England,  she launched the CaribbeanTales Media Group in Canada and Barbados, that now includes production/distribution, and training worldwide. Frances-Anne has just completed her much-anticipated new feature,  HERO Inspired by the Extraordinary Life & Times Of Mr Ulric Cross, which (while in development) won Best Feature Pitch at Discop in 2016.

ABOUT CARIBBEANTALES MEDIA GROUP
CTMG
is a group of media companies that produces, markets, and sells Caribbean-themed films for regional and international distribution, including: CaribbeanTales Worldwide DistributionCaribbeanTales Inc –  a registered Charity in Canada, the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival now in its 14th year, the renowned CaribbeanTales Incubator (CTII) a year-round development and production hub for Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora Producers, Caribbeantales-TV a VOD  streaming service for Caribbean films; and CaribbeanTalesFlix, their production arm. For more information visit http://www.caribbeantales.ca/

Media Contact
Roger Dundas, 404 Media Group | 416.918.9045 | roger@404mgi.com

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Summit highlights Caribbean disaster preparedness and collaboration to strengthen resilience

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Caribbean Strong: Building Resilience with Equity

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Jan. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — “Caribbean Strong: Building Resilience with Equity” will take place on February 27-March 1, 2019, at the Sheraton Hotel and Casino in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The three-day summit focusing on disaster preparedness in the Caribbean region is co-sponsored by the Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust and the Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Inc.

The event’s keynote speakers will be Richard Besser, MD, MPH, CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, who is the former acting director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ABC News’ former chief health and medical editor, and Georges Benjamin, MD, who is Executive Director of the American Public Health Association.

In addition, prominent local, national and international speakers will participate in panel discussions and breakout sessions on a variety of disaster medicine and preparedness topics including:

  • Medically Fragile Populations
  • Infrastructure, Transportation Access and Power
  • Education and Training for Community Resilience
  • Public Health
  • Institutional Response and Resilience
  • Population Mental Health

On Day 3 summit participants will work on identifying actionable goals and objectives for the response, recovery and preparedness segments of the disaster cycle.

The summit will also feature poster presentations, an exhibit hall and numerous opportunities for networking and knowledge sharing. Papers selected for presentation will be included in the Journal of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, which will be available in hardcopy at the event.

For more information or to register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/caribbean-strong-building-resilience-with-equity-registration-51591509594. Information for exhibitors can be found here: https://prsciencetrust.org/caribbeanstrong/#exhibitors, and details for those interested in sponsoring the event can be found here: http://prsciencetrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Sponsorship-Proposal-Caribbean-Strong.pdf.

Current members of the Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health are eligible for a discounted registration fee. Click here for details.

About the Society

The Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Inc. aims to evolve a discipline around disaster medicine and public health. The society’s goal is to improve global health security, with the involvement and development of global health professionals and others who are involved in responding to and or managing significant events. The mission of the SDMPH is to advance and promote excellence in education, training and research in disaster medicine and public health for all potential health system responders based on sound educational principles, scientific evidence and best clinical and public health practices.

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ColoHouse launches Scrubbing as a Service as it continues to safeguard its customers from DDoS attacks and provides business continuity

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CaribPR Wire, MIAMI and THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Jan. 15, 2019: ColoHouse, a leading data center and managed services provider, adds DDoS protection services to its product offering for customers and prospects.

What is Scrubbing as a Service?
DDoS prevention can be explained best as Scrubbing as a Service. Scrubbing as a Service cleans all user data coming into your network and “scrubs” it through a series of global networks to ensure only clean data is transferred with no latency in the process.

DDoS attacks can disrupt any business of any size. These attacks can cause interruptions with your business operations, current users and can affect your bottom line. DDoS attacks degrade the performance and availability of your network.

ColoHouse’s DDoS protection services offer you high-performance protection against DDoS attacks. The Scrubbing as a Service model allows the quick identification of an attack as it comes in and reroutes it to the mitigation platform to start cleaning up your traffic in a matter of seconds. Additionally, ColoHouse’s solution supports real-time monitoring, proactive reporting, and automated filtering.

ColoHouse provides a customizable IT solution to include the correct level of protection necessary. ColoHouse offers Scrubbing as a Service options for colocation, cloud and managed service offerings. Through BGP, ColoHouse is able to scrub other carriers in addition to their own network to create redundancy for our potential clients.

“DDoS attacks are alive and well in 2019. We have customer who are being proactive and are already live on our services. Some of these attacks are short lived, only lasting a few seconds, making them harder to identify if it was a system error or a DDoS attack. We hope both prospects and customers alike are protecting their businesses from any interruptions that could lead to costly repercussions and damaging their credibility,” says Savvas Bout, Chief Technology Officer.

ColoHouse’s DDoS whitepaper, “Is Your Business Safe from A DDoS Attack?” provides you tips to identify and mitigate a DDoS attack:

  1. How to know if you are under attack? Typically, your network is unusually slow and certain websites are not available. Your servers experience extremely high load-level.
  2. Creating an action plan within your organization. You need to ask your IT department and executive team members the following questions: What needs to be protected? Why does it need to be protected? What are available protection options? Which is the best option? Who and how will they provide protection? And most importantly, what is the cost of to our business and reputation if your services are unavailable?

To read the full whitepaper, please click here.

TO LEARN MORE
To learn more about DDoS protection offering or any colocation or managed service solutions, please call at 888-790-2656 or sales@colohouse.com

ABOUT COLOHOUSE
ColoHouse is a leading provider of colocation and managed services. Focused on delivering quality infrastructure, services and support, ColoHouse gives their customers the ability to allocate more resources toward their core business. Incorporated in 2007, ColoHouse strives to provide world-class support and top of the line facilities to ensure the satisfaction of  small businesses to global enterprises alike.

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Canopy LATAM starting the year strong – opening new markets, supporting education, and achieving newly licensed production capacity

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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.

Pictured are: Luiz Orlando Novaes - Country Managing Director, Spectrum Cannabis Peru; Dr. Mark Ware - Chief Medical Officer, Canopy Growth; Antonio Droghetti - Managing Director, Canopy LATAM

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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Canopy LATAM starting the year strong – opening new markets, supporting education, and achieving newly licensed production capacity

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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.

Pictured are: Luiz Orlando Novaes - Country Managing Director, Spectrum Cannabis Peru; Dr. Mark Ware - Chief Medical Officer, Canopy Growth; Antonio Droghetti - Managing Director, Canopy LATAM

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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Parkland Completes Acquisition of 75% of the Shares of Sol Investment Limited, the Largest Independent Fuel Marketer in the Caribbean

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CaribPR Wire, CALGARY, Alberta, Jan. 08, 2019:  Parkland Fuel Corporation (“Parkland”) (TSX:PKI), a leading convenience store operator and one of the fastest growing independent marketers of fuel and petroleum products in the Americas, today announced the closing of its acquisition of 75% of the shares of Sol Investments Limited (“SIL” and together with its subsidiaries “Sol”). Sol is the largest independent marketer and supplier of petroleum products in the Caribbean, operating in 23 jurisdictions. As expected, this close enables Sol to effectively contribute to Parkland’s earnings for the full calendar year of 2019. Parkland will update its guidance for 2019 when it discloses its year-end results for 2018.

“The opportunity to expand to a new geography and market through a strong business platform like Sol is an exciting time for Parkland. The assets and infrastructure we have acquired are proven, well known, and will enable Parkland to extend its supply advantage into a new region,” said Bob Espey, President and Chief Executive Officer of Parkland. “I would like to welcome the Sol team to Parkland. Our two businesses are stronger together, and I look forward to the opportunities this acquisition will enable for all of us.”

Pierre Magnan, Parkland’s Vice-President of Corporate Development and former head of Supply, Trading & Refining will assume the role of President, Parkland International and will oversee the Sol business based  from Grand Cayman.

“I look forward to working with the Sol team to build on Sol’s strong foundation of safe and reliable supply in the region,” said Mr. Magnan. “We are committed to investing in Sol’s people and infrastructure to grow our presence in the region.”

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Certain information included herein is forward-looking. Many of these forward looking statements can be identified by words such as “expects”, “expected”, “will”, “anticipate”, “continue”, or similar words. Forward-looking information in this press release includes, but is not limited to, potential benefits to be realized from the business combination, Parkland’s future investment in the assets of Sol and expansion of operations in the Caribbean region. Parkland believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements should not be unduly relied upon. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks and uncertainties some of which are described in Parkland’s annual information form and other continuous disclosure documents. Such forward-looking statements necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors, which may cause Parkland’s actual performance and financial results in future periods to differ materially from any projections of future performance or results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: 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 including increases in taxes; changes in environmental and other regulations; and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of Parkland.

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ABOUT PARKLAND FUEL CORPORATION

Parkland is Canada’s largest and one of North America’s fastest growing independent suppliers and marketers of fuel and petroleum products and a leading convenience store operator.  Parkland services customers through three channels: Retail, Commercial and Wholesale. Parkland optimizes its fuel supply across these three channels by operating the Parkland Burnaby Refinery, and leveraging a growing portfolio of supply relationships and storage infrastructure.  Parkland provides trusted and locally relevant fuel brands and convenience store offerings, including its On the Run/Marché Express banners, 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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Dr. Monty Alexander Returns To NYC With Love Notes – Jamaica To Jazz

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Dr. Monty Alexander, CD. (PHOTO CREDIT: Joe Martinez/Jazz at Lincoln Center)

Dr. Monty Alexander, CD. (PHOTO CREDIT: Joe Martinez/Jazz at Lincoln Center)

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Tues.  Jan. 8, 2019: Jamaica’s world-renowned jazz maestro, Dr. Monty Alexander, is kicking off the New Year in fine style with a musical explosion in his adopted city of New York.

Dr. Alexander will open his New Year tour with a five-night performance at the Big Apple’s legendary jazz club, Birdland, from January 15th -19th.

The Grammy-nominated international musician will present the New York show under the theme: ‘Love Notes-Jamaica to Jazz.’ The performance is sure to take fans through a musical history that starts in his homeland and features calypso, reggae, mento and other island music and ends with traditional jazz from his Grammy-nominated album. As with his performances, fans are sure to get into the rhythm while jazz purists are certain to be baptized into true fans of the genre.

Tickets for the show at 315 West 44th St., New York, NY 10036 are US$30 to $40 and can be obtained here by selecting ‘Tickets’ on the performance night. Showtime on opening night, Jan. 15th is 11 p.m. while performances for Jan. 16th – 19th will start at 8:30 p.m. nightly.

Alexander, CD, late last year received an honorary Doctorate of Letters of the University of the West Indies Mona Campus. Born Montgomery Bernard Alexander on D-Day in Kingston, Jamaica in 1944, the musical virtuoso has five decades of performances and over 70 CDs under his belt.  Alexander began his musical career at age four by playing Christmas carols by ear. He is now most widely known as an upper echelon master of the swinging piano trio function as he has demonstrated with several top-shelf groups, including iconic units with bassist John Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton, and with the legendary bassist Ray Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis.

Alexander also performs frequently with Harlem-Kingston Express, a double trio in which he coalesces his love for hard-swinging jazz with musical flavors that reflect his Jamaican heritage, shifting between an acoustic trio and master Jamaican practitioners of electric bass and drums.

At 74, he continues to tour the world relentlessly with various projects, delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message.

For more on the Monty Alexander and his amazing brand of jazz, visit him on YouTube or at montyalexander.com. You can also like him on Facebook at facebook.com/officialmontyalexander or keep up to date on his performance on Twitter at @montyHKE.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Felicia Persaud

Hard Beat Communications

718-476-3616

felicia@caribpr.com

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

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DACAS joins the exclusive group of distributors of Avaya solutions in the Latin American region

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 Jazz Maestro Monty Alexander Brings Love Notes To Queens, NY For The Holidays

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Dr. Monty Alexander, CD. (PHOTO CREDIT: Joe Martinez/Jazz at Lincoln Center)

Dr. Monty Alexander, CD. (PHOTO CREDIT: Joe Martinez/Jazz at Lincoln Center)

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Dec. 12, 2018: Jamaican-born, Grammy-nominated international jazz maestro, Monty Alexander, CD, is set to make his first US performance this holiday as a newly-minted honorary Doctorate of Letters of the University of the West Indies Mona Campus.

Alexander, who has made his mark globally for his own brand of jazz, will celebrate the holidays at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, (JCAL), 153-10 Jamaica Avenue, Queens, NY 11432, on December 15, 2018 at 7 p.m. under the theme: “Love Notes.”

The performance is sure to feature the maestro’s mashup of jazz with calypso, reggae, mento and other island music from his Grammy-nominated album, and leave many fans tapping their feet, straight up dancing or make converts of the staid.

Tickets are US$20 for adults and $15 for students and can be obtained here or on Event Brite.

Born Montgomery Bernard Alexander on D-Day in Kingston, Jamaica in 1944, the musical virtuoso has five decades of performances and over 70 CDs under his belt.  Alexander began his musical career at age four by playing Christmas carols by ear. He is now most widely known as an upper echelon master of the swinging piano trio function as he has demonstrated with several top-shelf groups, including iconic units with bassist John Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton, and with the legendary bassist Ray Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis.

Alexander also performs frequently with Harlem-Kingston Express, a double trio in which he coalesces his love for hard-swinging jazz with musical flavors that reflect his Jamaican heritage, shifting between an acoustic trio and master Jamaican practitioners of electric bass and drums.

At 74, he continues to tour the world relentlessly with various projects, delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message.

For more on the Monty Alexander and his amazing brand of jazz, visit him on YouTube or at montyalexander.com. You can also like him on Facebook at facebook.com/officialmontyalexander or keep up to date on his performance on Twitter at @montyHKE.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Felicia Persaud

Hard Beat Communications

718-476-3616

felicia@caribpr.com

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Grupo Therrestra to build most part of the new Club Med project in Miches

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The Caribbean company of Dominican origin specialized in Design, Construction and Supervision, will execute 55 Villas for a total of 129 rooms and a modern Central Building in the Club Med project.

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.

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.

@grupotherrestra
http://therrestra.com/

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