Dominica’s PM issues urgent appeal

first_imgSkerrit said the road to recovery will be a long one. “It is going to be a very long a difficult journey, but I am confident that if we remain united as a people we can bounce back. It will take us some time but as for myself I am completely committed to the country in doing what I can to assist in raising the necessary finances and making contacts.” Health sectorIn reference to the health sector, the Prime Minister said patients in need of critical care at the hospital – that lost its roof, must be airlifted. “The hospital is being run on an archaic system…..the dialysis machines are down, the ICU has been destroyed by the hurricane. That is one of our major concerns. Any country that can assist us with airlifting patients to Martinique. One patient who has to receive dialysis every day walked over 21 miles and I met him at the hospital….another patient, if he doesn’t get airlifted, he will expire.” PM to address UN General AssemblyThe Prime Minister said he will be traveling to New York on Friday to address the United Nations General Assembly. “I originally had no intentions of going …. But I will speak to the international community, to have meetings with the UN Secretary-General, to outline Dominica’s situation. So, we will not leave any stone unturned. We have all been impacted and we can only make life better.” Emotional interviewSkerrit in an emotional interview on ABS television in neighboring Antigua and Barbuda on Thursday said the entire nation was impacted by the powerful storm and at least 15 people are dead and 20 others missing. TelecommunicationsConcerning telecommunications, the Prime Minister said experts from both Digicel and Flow have been working feverishly to restore services as there is limited cellular coverage. “The entire east, the extreme south, the inner communities…the rain forest areas where the indigenous people reside…there are significant challenges,” he said.center_img 72 General Debate – 23rd of September 2017Her Excellency RooseveltSKERRITPrime Minister and Minister for Financeand Public Service of theCOMMONWEALTH OF DOMiNICA The Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit has issued an urgent appeal for the island, following the passage of Hurricane Maria earlier this week. In a message to Dominicans in the Diaspora, Skerrit said the country needs them. “If there has ever been a time that Dominica needed its people the most, it is now…..I am here to speak on behalf of the 72-thousand people who call Dominica home – every one of us need you.” However, the Prime Minister said the resilience of Dominicans is evident even in the midst of crisis and the “community spirit is kicking in. People are on the move, clearing the streets to create access to buildings. Some of them are still in shelters….. there are also many who have no place to sleep at night.” Skerrit also pointed to the need for access to resources to build more resilient countries. “We have been playing our part but the extent of the resources required to put in the mitigation systems is beyond us…..” Supplies are criticalSkerrit, who also lost the roof of his house during the storm, said the “logistics of getting supplies will be critical.” He has authorized and approved a distribution strategy, and also indicated, “The most immediate needs are tarpaulins, water, and food supplies…..every village I’ve been to, they are in need of water and more water and baby supplies.”last_img read more

Guyana union rejects government wage offer

first_imgThe Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) has rejected an offer made by the David Granger administration for salary increases for public servants to be effective this year.However, government representatives, said the government is doing its best to meet workers demand.“The government has given an offer for 2017, again, it’s based on last year’s formula and, in fact, the government can only give an offer that the economy can afford at this point in time,” said Reginald Brotherson, the head of the Department of Public Service, who is leading the government’s negotiating team.Brotherson said that the discussions, which commenced on September 26, were cordial, frank and open and that the government team has also agreed to start looking at allowances, particularly those allowances that have not been changed for almost three decades.The two parties are expected to meet again next week, and Brotherson said that the government is hoping to have the negotiations concluded ahead of the presentation of the 2018 budget.last_img read more

Music in the Park concert draws hundreds of attendees

first_imgMiss Gia Wyre sings at Music in the Park. At right, Jean Caze plays the trumpet and conch shell at the concert. (Photos by Armando Rodriguez/Miami-Dade County) MIAMI GARDENS – More than 400 residents packed into the Betty T. Ferguson Amphitheater for Music in the Park on December 7 in Miami Gardens. The audience clapped their hands and tapped their feet as Jean Caze and South Florida gospel songstress Miss Gia Wyre captivated the crowd during the free semiannual concert sponsored by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan, the Sunshine Jazz Organization, Miami Gardens Councilman Erhabor Ighodaro, and the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Department. “We had such an amazing lineup,” Commissioner Jordan said. “I was thrilled to feature jazz, soul, and gospel music at this Music in the Park concert.”Concertgoers grooved to the smooth tunes of Jean Caze Presents Amédé featuring the jazz trumpeter who showcased his conch shell trumpet skills. Caze paid tribute to his native country Haiti with an instrumental and improvisational performance. The trumpeter, often compared to Miles Davis, also paid tribute to the late Melton Mustafa Sr.For the second part of the show, Miss Gia Wyre showed off a wide repertoire, singing gospel, R&B, soul, and blues. The crowd sang along as she performed her rendition of “Yes Jesus Loves Me,” Ray Charles’ “Night and Day,” Luther Vandross’ “Never Too Much” and Jill Scott “He Loves Me.” The next Music in the Park concert is scheduled for May 3.last_img read more

Caribbean Court president says Caribbean people need more information about the…

first_imgJustice Saunders said the CCJ has been fulfilling its main purpose of developing Caribbean jurisprudence.First rate judges “It has been doing so with a first-rate complement of judges and an efficient court staff that enable the Court to perform amazing feats. The year ahead will be challenging, but I look forward to it with optimism. I fervently believe that the Court is on the right trajectory,” said Justice Saunders, the third Caribbean national to head the Trinidad-based CCCJ.He said over the last year, the Court maintained its “solid track record” of outstanding judicial work, and the appellate caseload of the Court steadily expanded.Impressive variety of cases “But, even more significant than the increase in the number of appeals heard and judgments delivered, was the impressive variety and significance of the cases themselves. These included criminal and commercial law appeals, matters of statutory interpretation, and important questions of Caribbean constitutional law.”But he noted that on the other hand, the flow of cases in the Original Jurisdiction has remained “sluggish even as opportunities for the growth of this jurisdiction are great.“This contradiction points to the need, perhaps, for more work to be done to inform the Caribbean public, the legal profession and the Caribbean judiciary about their respective rights, obligations and entitlements under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas.“One of the first, if not the first, issue that arises whenever anyone speaks of the Court is the fact that, to date, there are several states in the region that have not altered their Constitutions to make the CCJ their final Court of Appeal.“This, despite the fact that regional states ratified an international treaty agreeing to take this step, and then expended tens of millions of dollars to establish and outfit the Court,’ Justice Saunders wrote. The Caribbean Court of Justice PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – The President of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Justice Adrian Saunders says he remains convinced that in order to gain stronger support in the region, more information must be provided to the Caribbean public about the regional court.The CCJ was established in 2001 to replace the London-based Privy Council as the region’s final court. While several Caribbean  countries are signatories to its original Jurisdiction, only Barbados, Dominica, Guyana and Belize have signed on to the Appellate Jurisdiction of the CCJ that also functions as an international tribunal interpreting the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs the 15-member regional integration movement.Writing in the CCJ’s 2018 Annual Report released on Friday, Justice Saunders said more information was needed about the Court, its institutional architecture, its work over the last 13 years and what it can do to advance democracy and the rule of law in the Caribbean.last_img read more

Rain, Slow Batting Condemn West Indies to India Series Defeat

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, CMC – Luckless West Indies conceded their three-match series to India on Sunday after thunderstorms stalled an already stuttering run chase, leaving them with a 22-run defeat under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.In pursuit of 168 for victory at the Central Broward County Stadium, lightning and rain sent players from the field at 1:40 pm with the Caribbean side on 98 for four in the 16th over, still requiring 70 runs to win from 27 balls.However, the rain never relented and when the contest was called off 45 minutes later, West Indies were well short of the par score of 122.The defeat followed their four-wicket loss in Saturday’s opener and they will now head into the final T20 International on Tuesday in Guyana trying to avoid yet another whitewash to the Indians.Hoping to level the series, West Indies were set back early when they lost both openers with eight runs on the board after three overs.Left-hander Evin Lewis was brilliantly caught and bowled by seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar without scoring – his second “duck” in as many days – while Sunil Narine, promoted to open in place of John Campbell, missed a heave and was bowled by off-spinner Washington Sundar for four.All-rounder Rovman Powell then stepped up to stroke a top score of 54 – his second T20 International half-century and second in four outings – as he repaired the damage in a 76-run, third-wicket partnership with left-hander Nicholas Pooran (19).Powell faced 34 balls and lashed half-dozen fours and three sixes while Pooran uncharacteristically struggled, requiring a whopping 34 balls for his knock and hitting just one four.With the required run rate having climbed to beyond 12 runs per over, Pooran caved into the pressure and holed out in the deep off left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya (2-23) – Manish Pandey on the ropes pulling off the now-familiar toss-up catch.And three balls later in the same over with just a run added, Powell, who had notched his half-century off 30 balls in the 13th over, was trapped lbw by one that pitched and straightened.By then, the required run rate had climbed to over 13 runs per over leaving the West Indies with a mammoth task and Kieron Pollard (8 not out) and Shimron Hetmyer (6 not out) were only just getting settled when the weather ended the contest prematurely.Opener Rohit Sharma had earlier stroked 67 off 51 deliveries as India, opting to bat first, got up to 167 for five off their 20 oversCaptain Virat Kohli chipped in with 28 and opener Shikhar Dhawan, 23, two innings that helped India to a competitive score on a pitch were free-scoring was difficult.Rohit struck six fours and three sixes, posting 67 for the first wicket with Dhawan who counted three fours in a 16-ball knock before missing a swing at seamer Keemo Paul and having his stumps rattled in the eighth over.Rohit found an ally in Kohli to add a further 48 for the second over as India reached 77 without further loss at the half-way stage, and then passed triple figures at the start of the 13th over when Rohit cleared the ropes with captain and seamer Carlos Brathwaite.Fast bowler Oshane Thomas (2-27) broke the stand when he had Rohit caught by Hetmyer running back at cover in the next over and Rishabh Pant lasted just five balls for his four before also falling to Thomas in the 16th over, taken by Pollard on the third man boundary.India’s momentum was further stalled when Kohli lost his middle stump to left-arm quick Sheldon Cottrell (2-25) but Pandya, who finished on 20 not out, then belted two of three sixes in the last over from Paul which cost 20 runs, to give the visitors strong finish.last_img read more

Puerto Rico Rocked by Another 5.9-Magnitude Earthquake

first_imgSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Puerto Rico, on January 11, was rocked by a 5.9-magnitude earthquake, just a few days after the US territory was shaken by its biggest quake in a century.According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the most recent earthquake happened around 9 a.m. local time, about 8 miles south of Indios, Puerto Rico, in the Caribbean Sea, at a depth of 6.2 miles. The USGS first said the preliminary magnitude was 6.0.Randy Baldwin, a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey, said that the 5.9 magnitude quake is considered an aftershock along with several other 5.0 magnitude aftershocks overnight. “The one this morning is the strongest one” since the big earthquake on Tuesday, he said, making reference to the massive 6.4 earthquake that rocked the island on January 7, killing one resident. The 6.4 earthquake has been the biggest to hit the island in a century.The January 7 earthquake caused damage to hundreds of homes, schools and other public buildings on the southern coast of the island. The earthquake also left thousands of residents without power, which was later restored to 95% of the island before the January 11 quake. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority said that the most recent aftershock has left about 7% of the island without power. Hundreds of quakes and aftershocks have shaken the island since the new year, according to U.S. Geological Survey data.Since December 28, about 500 earthquakes of magnitude 2.0 or higher have hit Puerto Rico, and other Caribbean islands, but the US territory has been the worse hit by the natural disasters. Amid the earthquakes, Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced recently declared a state of emergency and activated the Puerto Rico National Guard.The Health and Human Services Secretary Alex. M. Azar II also declared a public health emergency for the U.S. territory. During a public health emergency, health care facilities in Puerto Rico will have the flexibility to ensure that sufficient health care and services are available to meet the needs of individuals enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).According to CNN, Puerto Rico’s non-voting delegate to Congress, Rep. Jenniffer González-Colón, reported that more than 6,000 people were staying in shelters.last_img read more

IOC establishes task forces to tackle sports corruption

first_imgShare Submit bet-at-home maintains 2020 outlook despite dire opening  May 4, 2020 Share Malta MGA follows UKGC lead suspending March 13, 2020 FDJ focuses on delivering ‘2020 savings plan’ as covid drains momentum July 30, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Multi stakeholder task forces, charged with tackling corruption in sports, have been established by the International Partnership Against Corruption in Sport (IPACS). The platform, established by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in addition to a number of international sports organisations, government and inter-governmental organisations, has agreed to set up three groups to tackle pressing issues.Each will be charged with “striving to improve governance and integrity in sport,” following IPACS initial launch at the February 2017 IOC International Forum on Sport Integrity (IFSI).Three priority areas have been identified for each task force to centre its attentions, the first of which being “reducing the risk of corruption in procurement relating to sporting events and infrastructure.”The second focus area determined by IPACS is “ensuring integrity in the selection of major sporting events, with an initial focus on managing conflicts of interest,” and finally “optimising the processes of compliance with good governance principles to mitigate the risk of corruption.”IOC Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer Pâquerette Girard Zappelli said: “If you look at the recent major governance issues sports organisations have faced, the priority areas of our new task forces are very much on point. “We need to go beyond declarations of goodwill and develop tools and practical solutions to help improve governance in sport and ensure integrity across all levels. The power of IPACS is the capacity to act quickly at the highest levels of sports organisations, governments, intergovernmental bodies and certain expert organisations, which all have a stake in this.”The move to establish the three task forces came about during an IPACS working group, held at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) headquarters in Paris last month.Each of the groups tackling the three key areas are to develop checklists and pilot projects, before reporting back to the working group in June of next year at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.At its launch IPACS established its mission statement as, “to bring together international sports organisations, governments, inter-governmental organisations, and other relevant stakeholders to strengthen and support efforts to eliminate corruption and promote a culture of good governance in and around sport”last_img read more

UKGC supports CMA withdrawal restrictions investigation

first_img Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Submit Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched a further investigation into gambling firms withdrawal procedures.Detailing “enforcement action” being launched against a “number of online gambling firms,” concerns have been raised regarding unfair obstacles that may be placed in the way of people withdrawing their money, whether that be part of promotion or not.In its statement the CMA highlighted three specific areas of concern:Daily, weekly or monthly limits on withdrawing funds that appear unreasonably low;Potentially arbitrary short deadlines on the time customers have to verify their identity as a condition of withdrawing funds, sometimes providing for forfeiture of consumer’s funds if missed; andDormancy terms that allow firms to confiscate funds or impose apparently excessive charges after a certain period of inactivity.The United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC) has welcomed the fresh investigation, with Ian Angus, Programme Director at the UKGC, stating: “We support the CMA’s investigation – gambling firms should not be placing unreasonable restrictions on when and how consumers can withdraw money from their online gambling accounts. “While the CMA continues its enquiry, we expect all online operators to look closely at the terms and practices they have in place and consider if they are fair on their customers.”This follows news last month that operators were told to take “immediate steps” to comply with consumer protection law, following a joint UKGC and CMA investigation.Three operators, Ladbrokes, William Hill and PT Entertainment, a Playtech subsidiary, agreed to change the way in which bonus promotions are offered, ensuring players can always access and release their own money. Share Share StumbleUpon UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020last_img read more

Gamenet aims for Italian top spot with €265 million acquisition of GoldBet

first_img Intralot strengthens U*BET offering with virtual sports addition August 6, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Share Share Guglielmo Angelozzi – Gruppo GamenetItalian gambling group Gruppo Gamenet SPA has today signed a ‘binding agreement’ to acquire a 100% share capital in betting operator GoldBet offering a deal-value of €265 million (£240 million)Updating the market, Gamenet will move to acquire outright Goldbet’s 990 Italian betting points, and will further gain the firm’s related digital properties.At present, Goldbet is considered Italy’s biggest retail-point betting operator, with the company declaring a full-year 2017 EBITDA of €40 million, combined with corporate net earnings of circa €23 million.Gamenet governance stated that the acquisition would allow the company to ‘assume the leading position within Italy’s multi-concession gambling sector, targeting further corporate growth within the betting’.Confirming the proposed deal, Guglielmo Angelozzi, Chief Executive Officer of Gruppo Gamenet believes that the transaction will see his firm propelled as the leading enterprise in Italian gambling, servicing multiple verticals.Speaking to investors, Angelozzi detailed that the combined Gamenet and Goldbet portfolio would service approximately 1,700 betting points, creating Italy’s largest retail betting network.Paola Bausano CEO of GoldBet Group has approved the transaction to investors, stating that the deal would allow GoldBet to affirm its position as Italy’s leading retail bookmarker and help better navigate the changing dynamics of the nation’s gambling landscape.“This transaction represents a major opportunity for the two companies and will allow us to exploit the synergies and know-how of both companies. I am happy to be part of this project, ensuring continuity, but at the same time developing new projects for an ambitious joint growth”______________last_img read more

AI-based Wiraya solution to solve player activation puzzle

first_img Wiraya and A GAME ABOVE sign long-term strategic partnership June 30, 2020 StumbleUpon Wiraya and A GAME ABOVE: Partnering to produce full lifecycle potential July 1, 2020 Share Share Related Articles Submit Optimised communications help Wiraya deliver 15% reactivation boost June 3, 2020 Wiraya has targeted the issue of player activation in the sports betting industry, in which an estimated 60% of new registered players fail to ever make a deposit.The player activation specialist has set up an hour-long webinar for Tuesday 25 September (14:00-15:00 BST) to help its industry counterparts to both optimise communication with players and deliver a real increase in the number of first time depositors.Edward Maine, Marketing Director for Wiraya, said: “The iGaming industry is now flooded with a range of free bets and offers, from an increasingly large number of recognised operators.“Player activation remains one of the biggest problems in the industry; current estimates suggest that up to 60% of new registered players fail to ever make a deposit. It’s time for market innovators to take a different approach.”In the upcoming webinar, titled ‘How can you increase your deposits from newly registered players’, Wiraya will discuss why so many operators fail to convert such a high percentage of new customers.It will also cover the real revenue losses from poor player activation and why player activation/strong consumer experience (CX) in the early life of a player is so important, before providing a demo of its own AI based solution to activate players.To sign up for the webinar, CLICK HERE.last_img read more