MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany (Reuters) – Defender Matthias Ginter scored one goal and was involved in two more as Germany comfortably saw off Belarus 4-0 yesterday to clinch their place at Euro 2020, qualifying for the finals for a record 13th time in a row.The inspired Ginter broke the deadlock in the 41st minute with a clever backheel, provided a dummy which allowed Leon Goreztka to score the second and the pass for Toni Kroos to add the third.Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer saved a penalty from Igor Stasevich in the 75th minute and Kroos added a fourth to complete his first national team brace since the 7-1 World Cup semi-final win over Brazil in 2014. Group C leaders Germany were given a helping hand by arch-rivals the Netherlands who held Northern Ireland 0-0 away to ensure the Dutch and Germans qualified with one match to spare.Germany have 18 points – from six draws and one defeat – while the Dutch have 16 and Northern Ireland 14. Belarus have four points but could still qualify as they have reached the playoffs of the Nations League which offers four more places.“I’m satisfied, there were some very good passing exchanges,” said coach Joachim Loew, who took over in 2006 and will be in charge at his seventh major tournament. “We did a good job. All in all, I’m very satisfied. Kroos is extremely important for the team, he’s always ready to play, always keeps his cool – he’s elementary for such a young team. He does that very well.”As expected, Germany quickly took control although their early attacks were somewhat predictable. They were given a fright when Stasevich’s dipping long-range shot forced Neuer into a difficult save and they went ahead shortly afterwards.Serge Gnabry wriggled past his marker and fired a low ball across the face of goal which was flicked in by Ginter for his first Germany goal on his 29th appearance.Germany increased their lead four minutes after halftime when Kroos sent a low corner to the edge of the area, Ginter dummied and Goretzka fired home. Six minutes later, Ginter’s pass found Kroos on the edge of the area and he swept the ball home with a trademark first-time shot.Belarus were awarded a penalty when Robin Koch tripped Pavel Nekhaychik but Neuer dived to his right to save Stasevich’s spot-kick. Kroos rubbed it in when he collected the ball in the area, spun past his marker, evaded another and fired a low shot past Aleksandr Gutor to complete the rout.
Community : Jamaica Diaspora Conference launch & Medical Marijuana in BrowardCommunity : Jamaica Diaspora Conference launch & Medical Marijuana in Broward
BROWARD COUNTY, FL – The Medical Marijuana Advisory Board will host an Educational Summit on Wednesday, April 17th at 9AM at the Anne Kolb Nature Center, Mangrove Hall, in Hollywood to discuss the legal issues of medical marijuana and the financial impact to the State of Florida. The summit is for elected officials in Broward County and the keynote speaker is Commissioner of Agriculture & Consumer Services, State of Florida, Nicole “Nikki” Fried. Broward County Medical Marijuana Advisory Board. Speakers include Commissioner of Agriculture & Consumer Services, State of Florida, Nicole “Nikki” Fried, Advisory Board Member Seth Hyman, Representatives from Trulieve, Surterra and Knox Medical and Evio Labs Eric Stevens. Medical Marijuana Educational Summit The Jamaica Consulate General , Miami, will host the launch of the Eighth (8th) Biennial Diaspora Conference next Tuesday (April 16) at 6:00 p.m., at the City Hall of Miramar (Commission Chamber) located at 2300 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL 33025.The event is free to the public and continues the conference launch series taking place across Jamaican Diaspora communities.The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith will be guest speaker at the event which will bring together nationals and friends of the Diaspora across the Southern USA. Referring to value of the Diaspora in Jamaica’s economic development, the Consul General, Oliver Mair, has reiterated the call to action to build further on collaborative efforts and partnerships in this regard. “We are excited about this year’s conference and look forward to our launch on Tuesday”, he added.The Launch event will be streamlined on www.irielivestream.com;Tuesday’s launch event will focus on discussions pertaining to the National Biennial Conference to take place in Kingston (June 16 – 20). The theme of the Conference “Jamaica and the Diaspora: Building Pathways for Sustainable Development”. Details regarding the Conference logistics are available at www.mfaft.gov.jm/conferenceMajor sponsors and partners of the national event will also be present and include representatives of JN Group; Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS); Grace Kennedy Ltd.; Jamaica Tourist Board, Caribbean Airlines and JAMPRO.