Month: August 2020

  • Former Bahamian Prime Minister resigns from party

    first_imgHere’s what’s trending…Two US Senate committees, the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Judicial Committee, are seeking memos former FBI Director James Comey wroterelated to whether President Donald Trump asked him to end an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn ties with Russia during the 2016 presidentialelections. Former Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie has resigned as leader of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) with immediate effect. Christie made the announcement late Monday while addressing a meeting of the party’s National General Council (NGC). The former Prime Minister, who suffered an agonizing defeat in last week’s general election, told members of the party that he tried his best. Three Jamaican-Americans were recently nominated for the position of Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board Member representing Jamaicans residing in the Southern US. The nominees are: Orlando Attorney Wayne Golding, seeking reelection to the position he held since August 2014; Bevan “Duke” Earle, South Florida broadcaster, and Oliver Falloon Reid, South Florida realtor and former president of the Jamaica United Relief Association (JURA).Elections for the board advisory member will be held) from May 23 to June 7,and the results announced on June 12. And in sportsThe grandson of Reggae icon Bob Marley recently signed to play in the National Football League (NFL) with the Washington Redskins. The third generation Marley impressed during a rookie camp and was added to the Redskins’ roster on Tuesday. While in college, Marley, who plays defense and was an all-time leader with 50 tackles, went un-drafted. During his college career he racked up 319 tackles over all, six sacks and four interceptions in 49 games.center_img The Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago has reportedly identified 10,000 potential cases of child abuse in the last two years. In some instances the Authority’s hotline may have received multiple reports of abuse regarding one child. The Authority said that to date, almost 8,000 cases are receiving attention and so far, over 3,000 investigations have been completed and more than 700 families have been counseled. For Tomorrow’s weather forecast.It will be mostly cloudy with scattered showers in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties with a high of 88 and a low of 77. Today’s news was brought to you by the Florida Department of Health in Broward County, who encourages you to Protect Your Baby, Vaccinate On Time, Every Time. They remind you that Immunizations are SAFE, PROVEN PROTECTION. For more on these and other stories visit us at caribbeannationalweekly.com Make sure to pick your copy of Caribbean News weekly at your nearest Caribbean American outletlast_img read more

  • Government committed to more secure borders – Jamaican PM

    first_imgKINGSTON, CMC – Jamaica’s borders are now more secure following the commissioning into service of a surveillance aircraft acquired by the Jamaica Defense Force (JDF). Prime Minister Andrew Holness said the investment in the new aircraft demonstrates the Government’s commitment to secure Jamaica.Speaking on Wednesday at the commissioning ceremony for the Maritime Patrol Aircraft, Hangar and Helicopters, Holness said the acquisition of the fleet of aircraft for the JDF is historic and a demonstrable step that the Government is securing Jamaica’s future for present and generations to come.Will help to reduce crime “What we are doing is ensuring we make an investment in securing our borders, increasing our domain awareness not just because it sounds great but because it will have a practical effect for the man on the street in Jamaica. You will see crime going down in your communities as a result of this investment. But more than that, it also signals Jamaica’s intention to do more with our blue economy,” said  Holness.The Prime Minister explained that Jamaica must utilize available assets to combat crime.Won’t allow threats “There is a plan to secure Jamaica, regardless of what anyone says. What is clear, day by day, is that the plan is unfolding, and you are seeing more than just the unfolding. You are seeing results. The Government continues to be strategic with its intent,” said Holness who declared the Government will not allow any threats to weaken the state.Referring to regional security, Holness said, “Jamaica intends to cooperate and collaborate with its traditional partners even more than we do now but also within CARICOM to ensure that the Caribbean region itself is secure and with the considerations of climate change we also have to consider the ability to respond to natural disasters. These assets will also give us some capabilities in that regard. It is an investment in our security, it’s an investment in our economy and it is also an investment in our resilience as a small island state.”Commendation to JDF personnel The Prime Minister also used the opportunity to commend the men and women of the JDF and expressed the investments in security should leave every Jamaican feeling confident and proud of the security forces.“Increased security has significant economic benefits for Jamaica. It is the foundation of our plan to develop Jamaica into a place of choice to live, work, do business, raise your families and as I always like to add – retire in paradise,” he said.The JDF commissioned a King Air 350 aircraft and two of nine Bell 429 Helicopters which will be used for border patrol, rescue efforts and security.last_img read more

  • T&T government denies devaluation of local currency

    first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad  – The Trinidad and Tobago government Friday described as “uninformed, mischievous, inaccurate, unprofessional and totally untrue,’ media reports that the country’s dollar would be devalued by the end of 2019.Finance Minister Colm Imbert said the Guardian Media stories on its television service and daily newspaper were “uninformed and speculative”.In a statement, Imbert said that the media houses had “falsely claimed that Fitch Ratings, a credit rating agency contracted by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, has stated that the Central Bank will devalue the Trinidad and Tobago (TT) dollar by the end of 2019.Uninformed, mischievous stories “These stories are uninformed, mischievous, inaccurate, unprofessional and totally untrue,” Imbert said, adding that for the record “Fitch Ratings has made no prediction of a devaluation of the TT dollar and contrary to the false assertions in the …article, Fitch Ratings has not published a country risk report for Trinidad and Tobago”. Imbert said that further, no such report was commissioned by the Ministry of Finance and that the “basis for the Guardian’s inaccurate stories appears to be an uninformed and speculative article published by Fitch Solutions, a research firm which has no connection or relationship whatsoever with the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.“It is not a statement or rating made by Fitch Ratings, and in fact, on its website, Fitch Solutions makes it clear any comments or data included in its report are solely derived from so-called “independent sources”, and as a further disclaimer, Fitch Solutions states that Fitch Ratings’ analysts do not share data or information with Fitch Solutions.”The Finance Minister said the media houses “would have seen this disclaimer which makes the…story, untruthfully claiming the source of their information as Fitch Ratings, even more reckless.”Imbert said the government has contacted Fitch Ratings, who are contracted by it to provide a credit rating for Trinidad and Tobago.“Apart from being deeply embarrassed, and making it clear that Fitch Ratings has no connection with Fitch Solutions, they have so far been unable to explain why someone at Fitch Solutions who has no access to official data in Trinidad and Tobago would write such an uniformed and erroneous article,’ Imbert said, adding that he would be meeting with Fitch Ratings in Washington “for a further explanation regarding the basis for this irresponsible statement from Fitch Solutions.Foreign reserves are more than adequate“For the record, Trinidad and Tobago’s net official foreign reserves currently stand at US$7.30 billion and the balance in the Heritage and Stabilization Fund now stands at US$6.05 billion, making a total of US$13.35 Billion in foreign exchange buffers.”Imbert said that this is “more than adequate to defend our exchange rate at its current level of TT$6.80 to US$1.00.“Therefore, contrary to the statements made by the Guardian Media Group and by Fitch Solutions, there will be no devaluation of the TT dollar in 2019.”Imbert said that it is he who has the authority to determine policy “with respect to our exchange rate, and for the avoidance of doubt, the Exchange Control Act Chap. 79:50 states at Section 3(2) that with respect to Exchange Control, the Central Bank shall conform with any general or special directions given to it by the Minister”.last_img read more

  • Video – Watch Neymar’s Emotional Farewell Message To Barcelona

    first_imgHe also hinted how he contradicted his father and agent, who advised him against the move to Paris, Neymar Snr was then seen giving his blessings and support the the superstar.The 25-year-old forward, who will be presented today by PSG, will reportedly earn £40.3m in wages per year after tax, with around £515,000-a-week. World’s most expensive footballer, Neymar, have sent a farewell message to former club, Barcelona, after his sensational £200m move to Paris Saint-Germain.In an emotional video posted on his Instagram page, Neymar thanked former teammates, most notably Messi and Suarez, with which he formed the deadly “MSN” attack. RelatedVideo – Watch Neymar Arrive Paris For PSG UnveilingAugust 4, 2017In “Europe”Unpaid Bonus – Neymar Considers Reporting Barcelona To FIFAAugust 8, 2017In “Europe”Details Of Neymar’s Nike Contract RevealedMarch 3, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

  • Ambitious! Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay Announce Joint 2030 World Cup Bid

    first_imgThe South American nations of Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay have concluded plans to make an ambitious joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup.The announcement was made by the three countries’ presidents in the Argentina capital of Buenos Aires on Wednesday however the bidding process is not expected to begin for several more years.The 2030 FIFA World Cup is a special edition as it will mark the tournament’s centenary. The first edition was in Uruguay in 1930.Speaking during the announcement, the president of Paraguay, Horacio Cartes, said: “The first meeting [for the bid preparation] will be organised in the first week of November.”“Other countries are going to want to host but there is a very strong argument in favour of Uruguay, which will celebrate 100 years [from first hosting].” he added.Related2030 FIFA World Cup: Chile Joins Race For South American Joint BidFebruary 15, 2019In “FIFA”Algeria, Morocco And Tunisia Plan Joint 2030 World Cup BidJuly 4, 2018In “Africa”Messi Masterclass Sends Argentina Through; Chile Miss Out After Brazil DefeatOctober 11, 2017In “FIFA”last_img read more

  • Uzoho Tops Super Eagles 24-man list for Algeria and Argentina

    first_imgDeportivo la Coruna goalkeeper Francis Uzoho has been handed his first national team call-up by Gernot Rohr as the Super Eagles prepare to face Algeria in their final world cup qualifier in Constantine and the Albieceleste of Argentina in Krasnodar.Victor Moses is a conspicuous omission due to injury and it is unclear why Elderson Uwa Echejile is not in the list.Other unfamiliar names are Awaziem, Chidiebere Nwakali and Henry Onyekuru.Here is the full list:GoalkeepersDaniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa), Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC Ifeanyi Ubah, Nigeria), Francis Uzoho (Deportivo, Spain)DefendersWilliam Troost-Ekong, Abdullahi Shehu, Tyrone Ebuehi, Leon Balogun, Uche Agbo, Chidozie Awaziem, Ola AinaMidfieldersMikel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi, Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo, John Ogu, Mikel Agu, Chidiebere NwakaliForwardsAhmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Alex Iwobi, Odion Ighalo, Henry Onyekuru, Anthony NwakaemeStandbyKenneth Omeruo, Alhassan Ibrahim, Brian IdowuRelatedChelsea Player Kenneth Omeruo Makes Super Eagles World Cup List, Other Players ArriveNovember 7, 2017In “Nigeria”Rohr Unveils 30-man Provisional Squad For Russia 2018 World CupMay 14, 2018In “National Team”Rohr Unveils 24-Man Squad For AFCON Qualifier Against SeychellesAugust 24, 2018In “National Team”last_img read more

  • Betfred uses Stuart Pearce again for new season football campaign

    first_img Related Articles Submit Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020 Share Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Bookmaker Betfred has once again turned to former England international Stuart Pearce to be the face of its football betting campaign on Sky Sports.The bookmaker likes the former Manchester City manager’s no-nonsense opinion as it believes he has great credibility from his much-travelled hard-tackling playing career at Coventry, Nottingham Forest, Newcastle, West Ham and City. He picked up 78 England caps in  his glittering career that began when he was plucked out of non-league at Wealdstone where he combined his football with his day job as an apprentice electrician. As a manager he’s had spells at City, Nottingham Forest and England under 21s.Pearce said: “This is my third campaign with Betfred, the shoot was great fun, I really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to seeing the ads on TV. As for this season I think it could be Manchester United’s to lose, I think  Lukaku was a great signing.”Head of Betfred marketing Gemma Strath believes Pearce is a perfect fit at the world’s biggest independent bookies where boss Fred Done also has an opinion or two.She said: “After working with Stuart for the last 12 months we went out to our customers to get their views – and the vast majority loved him. Our punters think Stuart is a great fit for Betfred. He’s a ‘no nonsense’ kind of guy much like Fred and we used this to fuel our initial creative sessions with Zut Media. Our overarching theme was  ‘Nostalgia’ which positioned Stuart as the ‘voice of truth’ in today’s modern game and I am really looking forward to sharing this campaign with our audience.”Working with Zut Media again, Betfred have created six new TV Adverts plus a wealth of exclusive content that will be shared across its social media channels and in house broadcast channel Betfred TV which is shown across the firm’s large retail estate.Zut Media Producer and Co-Owner Mark Hancock said: “Having Stuart compare ‘old school’ aspects of football with the modern game, then making these comparisons with traditional-versus-modern day betting methods available with Betfred, has made for some very funny Betfred ads.“The shoot was a lot of fun with a 80’s inspired living rooms set, classic retro footballer perms and an iconic ‘brick’ mobile phone. There are also some cheeky references to Stuart’s famous Italia 90 world cup penalty miss. We believe the six adverts really cut through and will strike a chord with modern day fans looking to have a punt when what promises to be an absolutely fascinating new  season kicks off later this month.”last_img read more

  • Alexander Stevendahl – Videoslots – Bringing PKR back to life

    first_img TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share Related Articles Alexander StevendahlVideoslots CEO Alexander Stevendahl has perhaps undertaken the most intriguing acquisition of 2017, purchasing bankrupt online poker operator PKR’s technology assets.Having developed Videoslots into one of the industry’s top innovators, can Stevendahl and his executive team bring life to online poker reviving PKR’s unique 3D poker asset? SBC finds out initial plans…  ________________SBC: Hi Alexander, thanks for the interview. Videoslots has undertaken its first corporate acquisition acquiring PKR technology assets. Why exactly have you acquired an online poker technology, when other choices may be available? Alexander Stevendahl: The opportunity came to our attention and we saw it as a strong fit for the Videoslots brand and where it’s heading. We already host poker-inspired technology in the form of our Battle of Slots lobbies, and this asset allows us to push our social approach to online gaming even further.We’ve been discussing in great depth what the next major step is in our development, and this opportunity made perfect sense. We will remain an online casino, but this gives us an extra dimension that we believe our players will enjoy, and we are looking forward to putting our unique Videoslots’ stamp on the world of 3D poker. SBC:  Is your acquisition solely focused on PKR’s technology, or do you plan to maintain the PKR brand? Is there any player loyalty left in the defunct poker room? AS: We have simply purchased the PKR technology in order to launch our own 3D product. The PKR brand is not owned by us and we have no access to its customer databases. However, we really enjoyed what PKR offered the poker community during its time in operation, and we know many others did too; they will be warmly welcomed to our new platform when its launched.SBC: You have undertaken the unique initiative by buying a bankrupt technology asset. Prior to your purchase what key factors did you research with regards to PKR in terms of its previous success and failures?Answer: It was important to look at the background of PKR, its reasons for folding, and also to see of its current commitments with administrators and the like. Fortunately, the purchase of the asset is irrelevant to the brand as a whole and so this shouldn’t have any impact on our poker service when it goes live.SBC: You are an avid online poker player, where do you feel that the current poker market is being underserved?  AS: It’s not that the poker community is being underserved, but instead that we have a vision for a poker product that we’d like to pursue and believe players will enjoy. Our unique Videoslots proposition has disrupted the slots industry over recent years with its social elements and gamification, originally inspired by online poker. We now hope to turn the tide and bring what we’ve learnt from our casino customers to the poker world.As a poker fan, I hope I can bring both a player’s point of view to the launch as they will be the focus. Provided players enjoy the experience, we know our results will come on the back of it, and we look forward to getting stuck in.SBC: Do you worry that this may become simply a ‘passion project’ for your firm? AS: There are risks associated with all acquisitions. However, the technology is proven and scalable, which takes much of this risk out of the equation. We now have to ensure we shape the final 3D product as best we can. In a sense, the passion is what drives us and our ‘by the players, for the players’ mentality, has worked in a casino and we believe will be successful in poker as well.SBC: At this initial stage, what do you believe to be the short-term goals for your poker launch? AS: We’ve thoroughly investigated the technology purchased. It’s been analysed to the bottom line of coding and we’re very happy with what we’ve got. Besides the fact it’s been proven live for many years.Now our focus must switch to how we turn this platform into a live product that will be enjoyed by current poker players as well as the new kind of player we wish to attract. We’ll be putting together a detailed roadmap, bringing in more poker expertise and ensuring we have the strategic and creative capacity to make our poker product the best it can be.It’s definitely going to be a very busy but very exciting month for the Videoslots team.__________________Alexander Stevendahl – CEO – Videoslots Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Ray Wilson, AMLGS: Industry deserves praise for its reaction to a new normal July 23, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

  • ROA president highlights benefits of industry cooperation

    first_img StumbleUpon BHA outlines plans to resume racing ‘at the earliest possible opportunity’ March 20, 2020 Submit Share UK racing secures £22m hardship fund April 20, 2020 Related Articles Share AllSported launches international trading service to cover racing shortfalls March 31, 2020 The President of the Racehorse Owners Association Nicholas Cooper has hailed the positive outcomes of the horseracing industry working together. At his association’s Annual General Meeting in London, Cooper described the expected record prize-money of over £160 million in 2018, a resurgence of levy funding and the setting up of a new Racing Authority as “good news for owners”.He told his audience of ROA members and racing industry leaders: “It’s amazing what you can do when you work together and particularly when you can work with a government that listens to your concerns and acts on them, as this government has done. It is no accident that a unified voice in racing has led to this government’s receptivity.“There’s no better example of what unity in the racing industry can achieve than the tripartite agreement between horsemen, racecourses and BHA. This now underpins the new Racing Authority which, from next April, takes over the expenditure role of the statutory levy, for the first time allowing racing alone to be responsible for spending its own money.“I’m sure everybody realises we simply cannot go back to the bad old days of racing administration when all the factions were at loggerheads, when we spent more time arguing amongst ourselves than concentrating on our common goals and successive governments simply lost patience with us.”Mr Cooper said that continued government help – and he praised in particular the contribution of Culture Secretary Matthew Hancock – would remain crucial to racing and the personal links that had gradually been set up in recent years would be even more important as the sport tackled some major challenges.Among these, there are the looming problems posed by Brexit and those connected to betting shop closures due to the FOBT stake reduction.He said: “We know that every time a betting shop closes, racing loses income and exposure. But many of us have long felt uneasy about supporting a socially dubious type of gambling to keep betting shops open so that racing’s revenue can be maintained.“When the importance of FOBTs to betting shops diminishes, we may also feel reassured from knowing that horseracing, for so long the staple diet of the betting shop punter, may well return to being the bookmakers’ most important betting product. Good reason, then, for us to foster the best possible relationship with the betting industry to our mutual benefit.”Mr Cooper said the idea that the levy being extended to capture UK betting on foreign racing sounded very promising, as Irish racing does.He continued: “I believe that we should also take some encouragement from the fact there are at least conversations now going on as to what the future funding model of British racing could look like.“From racing’s standpoint there is a logic to this. Betting margins on horseracing are higher in shops than online if there are to be shop closures, then online betting volumes will gradually increase at the cost of business in shops. As this happens, so the racing levy, now based on 10% of gross profits, will suffer because of those lower margins. A move back to turnover would not only smooth out this difference, but it would create a much truer reflection of all betting operators’ horse racing business.”last_img read more

  • partypoker makes Czech market return through King’s Resort

    first_imgShare StumbleUpon Related Articles GVC to meet shareholders to discuss executives pay plan June 6, 2019 partypoker returns to tough Czech Rep market February 28, 2019 Submit 6 of the Best – GVC’s Martin Lycka March 28, 2019 Share Tom Waters – partypokerFollowing a two year hiatus, GVC Holdings’ subsidiary partypoker has confirmed that it will re-enter the Czech Republic online gambling marketplace in partnership with local casino operator King’s Resort Rozvadov. The licence, granted by the Czech Ministry of Finance, sees partypoker become the second international operator to gain an online gambling licence in the country, allowing it to operate its flagship online poker services.Tom Waters, Managing Director of partypoker, said: “We are delighted to be working with King’s Resort to offer online poker in the Czech Republic.“We have some ambitious and exciting plans for 2019 in partnership with King’s and there will be plenty on offer for Czech players.“We are currently in the final stages of completing the technical set up and look forward to announcing further launch promotions and events and full details of our product offering in the coming weeks.”Updating the market, partypoker confirms that it will operate its Czech services under the domain of partypoker.cz, with Kings Resort as its lead operations and marketing partner – a requirement needed by Czech laws.Leon Tsoukernik, owner of King’s Resort, added: “It is a great honour to co-operate on such an interesting project with such an important partner on a global level for us.“We will be able to offer players great connection between the online and live game to maximise their gaming experience.“King’s Resort is already a major player in the poker world, hosting Europe’s largest live poker room, and this is a further big step forward in our commitment to players.”last_img read more