Jamaican Quarter-miler Stephenie-Ann McPherson is insisting that she did have a slight injury concern ahead of the women’s 4×400 meters relay final, but said that she felt ready to compete in the event at the IAAF World Championships in London.Jamaican technical director, Don Quarrie, reported after the fateful race that McPherson along with her Jamaican and MVP teammate, Shericka Jackson were involved in a disgraceful bust up with he had to physically quell during a prior relay team meeting.Quarrie said after the meeting he was informed by McPherson’s coach and a team doctor that she had an injury and would not be able to perform up to par. She was withdrawn from the line-up and was eventually replaced by Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, who pulled up injured on the second leg.But McPherson, who returned to Jamaica on Monday, said she was not involved in any physical altercation as no blows were exchanged. She did, however, admit that there was a heated argument with a team member over team gear. She said members of the relay team wanted her to compete in an outfit that was too large for her.The incident has drawn the ire of Jamaica’s track and field fans and has sparked calls for strong disciplinary action to be taken against the athletes involved.
The Jamaica government says it spent in excess of J$50 million in bringing home its nationals who requested evacuation assistance from hurricane-ravaged Eastern Caribbean islands.Two-hundred Jamaicans brought homePrime Minister Andrew Holness told parliamentarians that 200 Jamaicans were brought home from the affected territories where they were based, including the Turks and Caicos, and the British Virgin Islands.But, Holness said several persons opted to remain in those countries to assist with recovery and rebuilding efforts, citing the gesture as “commendable” and reflective of the “Jamaican spirit.”He told Parliament those who decided to stay have, however, sent their children back to Jamaica to continue their education, consequent on the resulting disruption in the education system in the islands.Additional assistance neededHolness also disclosed that the government is exploring what additional assistance can be extended to affected Eastern Caribbean islands, particularly Antigua and Barbuda, and Dominica. Jamaica has already committed financial resources and personnel to assist with recovery and rebuilding efforts.Responding to a question from Member of Parliament Dr. Morais Guy, Holness cited Jamaica’s provision of accommodation and educational support for those students whose schools have a similar curriculum to Jamaica’s, particularly those preparing for the 2017/18 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).The Jamaican prime minister said he held discussions with Dominica’s Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit. Resulting from these discussions the Jamaican government will explore the possibility of completing a bridge which the Jamaica Defense Force (JDF) previously commenced following extensive flood rains that previously impacting that island.Four man technical/advisory teamAdditionally, Holness said the Jamaican government has committed to providing Dominica with a four-man technical and advisory support team to be led by the JDF’s Colonel, Jamie Ogilvie.This intervention, he said, is intended to assist with efforts to restore the integrity of Dominica’s national security systems and develop a plan for the recovery and rebuilding of that nation.Jamaica has also committed the equivalent of US$100,000 each to the redevelopment funds for Antigua and Barbuda, and Dominica.“We again extend our sympathies to all countries that were impacted by what has been described as the ‘ferocity and brutality’ of these recent hurricanes, which left a trail of destruction never before seen in the Caribbean. I have great confidence that, as a region, we will rebuild and not just replicate what was there before,” he said.Read here for more information on the support efforts of the Jamaica government: https://www.caribbeannationalweekly.com/news/new-global-immigration-card-jamaicans/
There is the sudden emergence of an issue having serious implications for, and warrants careful but prompt reaction from, the Caribbean American community.Last week the Trump administration announced that a question about citizenship status will be included in the US Census. Every ten years the US conduct a comprehensive census, or counting, of the residents of the nation. The next census is due to be conducted in 2020, but preparation for this massive undertaking is already underway.Concern grows in context of turbulent environmentAt face value, a question asking US residents if they are citizens of the country seems harmless. However, in the current turbulent environment where immigrants who are not legal residents, or US citizens, are subject to very negative repercussions, some will likely be reluctant to participate in the census. This could result in large communities being undercounted.The question was included in previous taking of the US Census but removed since 1960 as the intent was to have a broad, complete and unencumbered census of all residents.One of the objectives of conducting the Census is to determine the allocation of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and allocate federal funds to local communities. States like California, New York and Florida, with larger populations have more congressional seats, and federal funds, apportioned to them then less populated states.Could undercount immigrant communitiesThose opposed to adding the citizenship question are concerned it will reduce the counting of immigrant populations, affect congressional seat allocations, and favor some political-party based communities over others.However, attempting to justify the addition of the citizenship question, the government said it was being done on the recommendation of the US Department of Justice which wants better enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. The government argues the Voting Rights Act requires a tally of citizens of voting age to protect minorities against discrimination and getting this information as part of the census would make it more complete.Not accepting government reasoningOpponents to the citizenship question are not accepting this reasoning. Already, California has sued the federal government to block the question being added to the Census arguing it would discourage immigrants from participating. Several more lawsuits are anticipated as more opponents believe several minority communities could be actually discriminated against as a result of adding the question.For several years representatives of the Caribbean American community have been valiantly lobbying for the US Census Bureau to include a specific category to identify Caribbean Americans. In its current format of the US Census under questions related to ethnicity and race while there are specific categories for Black. Hispanic and Other races, there is not a Caribbean American category. Caribbean Americans who participate in the census usually either check Black or Other to describe their race or ethnicity.Lack of empirical evidence Although it is well known that a very large Caribbean American community resides in the United States, there is no empirical evidence of the size of this community. Various estimates record this population from between 5 to 7 million nationally, but it could be more. In Florida this community is estimated to be between 1 to 1,5 million, but his could also be higher.There’s reason to justify the Caribbean American community is large enough to be granted its peculiar identification in the US Census. Without making changes to the current census form, this community is technically not being counted, and its political and economic strength not really known and given any fundamental consideration.Research has indicated in the taking of the 2000 and 2010 Censuses several Caribbean immigrants refused to participate, fearful that the information offered by them could be actually used against them. Neither of those censuses included the citizenship question. Now, by adding this question it is reasonably feared more migrants from the Caribbean will be reluctant to participate in the census.It is therefore important that leaders from the Caribbean American community join the effort to ensure the citizen question is not added to the US Census. One cannot fault the opponents to this question for believing it’s an attempt to marginalize some communities against others. This situation does not auger well for democracy.There is full agreement that the census must be conducted fairly and unencumbered so that every community can be adequately served politically and financially. Adding the citizenship question seem to be unnecessarily creating hindrances to, and fear of, the democratic process of counting and representing American residents.
The American Lung Association in Florida is pleased that Amendment 9, which prohibits the use of electronic cigarettes in areas where cigarettes and other tobacco products are prohibited, won and surpassed the required 60 percent threshold. Both the U.S. Surgeon General and the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine have warned about the risks of inhaling secondhand e-cigarette emissions and this measure ensures that all Floridians will be protected.“We look forward to working with the community to implement this policy and applaud Floridians for standing up for public health by voting yes on Amendment 9 and extending protections from secondhand smoke and secondhand e-cigarette emissions to all workers in Florida.“We look forward to working with the legislature to close the existing loopholes in Florida’s smoke-free laws to ensure that all Floridians are protected by a comprehensive smoke-free law in all workplaces.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The United States Thursday said several Caribbean countries were not in compliance with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking in persons (TIP).Of the Caribbean countries listed in the “2019 Trafficking in Persons Report,” only the Bahamas and Guyana “fully” met the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.Washington said the authorities in Nassau and Georgetown continued to demonstrate “serious and sustained efforts during the reporting period” and as a result, the two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries remained on Tier 1.It said the efforts by the Bahamas included passing a national action plan, increasing funding for victim assistance and anti-trafficking prevention, elevating national anti-trafficking planning to the office of the Prime Minister, and instituting an anti-trafficking course into the training curriculum of the Immigration Department.“Although the government meets the minimum standards, authorities initiated significantly fewer investigations and inconsistently applied screening procedures to vulnerable populations. Credible allegations of corruption raised concerns about vulnerabilities of potential trafficking victims during the reporting period,” it said.In the case of Guyana, the US State Department, which released the report noted that Guyana “demonstrated serious and sustained efforts by increasing funding for victim assistance, identifying and assisting more victims for the third consecutive year, and opening and operating a trafficking shelter outside of the capital area.“Although the government meets the minimum standards, it did not provide adequate protection and shelter outside the capital, or for child and male victims. The number of trafficking investigations and new prosecutions decreased, and the number of successful convictions remained low,” the report noted.But the report noted that the Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Jamaica, Haiti, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago had been placed on Tier 2.In the case of Antigua and Barbuda, Washington said that the island does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so.“The government demonstrated overall increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period; therefore Antigua and Barbuda remained on Tier 2. These efforts included amending the trafficking law so that penalties are commensurate with penalties of other serious crimes, passing a national action plan for 2019 to 2021, drafting formal standard operating procedures on victim referral specific to each agency, increasing training on indicators of trafficking, and liaising with another government on trafficking investigations.“However, the government did not meet the minimum standards in several key areas. The government did not initiate any prosecutions and identified fewer victims. To date, the government has failed to convict a trafficker, and did not report the decision on penalties for complicit police officers in a 2015 case during the reporting period.”Washington said that while the authorities in Barbados conducted raids on nightclubs suspected of trafficking, screening vulnerable individuals for trafficking, providing anti-trafficking training for immigration officials and the police force, as well as a public awareness campaigns, they were not sufficient to upgrade the island.“However, the government did not demonstrate overall increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period. The government identified no victims for the past two reporting periods, initiated no new prosecutions for the fifth consecutive year, and has never secured a trafficking conviction.“The government did not complete its national action plan or an anti-trafficking manual for interviewing and providing assistance for suspected trafficking victims. Government agencies continued to report a lack of resources for their anti-trafficking activities.”Washington said that the Barbados government’s anti-trafficking law did not provide penalties that were commensurate with other serious crimes.Belize remained on Tier 2 even as the Dean Barrow government made key achievements during the reporting period.These efforts included initiating two new prosecutions for the first time in four years and appointing new leadership and dedicating five officers to the anti-trafficking police unit.“Despite these achievements, the government did not investigate or prosecute any public officials for complicity in trafficking-related offenses, despite allegations of official complicity. Authorities arrested or deported victims for immigration violations due to improving, but inconsistent application of formal victim identification procedures.””Washington said that Belmopan did not convict any traffickers for the third consecutive reporting period, due in part to a slow and cumbersome justice system.Haiti, the only French-speaking CARICOM country, is reported to have made “significant efforts’ to meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, with the government demonstrating overall increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period”.These efforts included investigating, prosecuting, and convicting more traffickers, passing a national action plan, closing several abusive orphanages, and increasing law enforcement training. However, the government did not meet the minimum standards in several key areas.But the report noted that the government did not criminally prosecute recent cases of alleged official complicity.“The government did not allocate sufficient funding for its anti-trafficking efforts or victim services and did not implement its standard operating procedures for victim identification. The government’s weak judicial system and lack of awareness about trafficking among police, prosecutors, and judges hindered prosecution and conviction of traffickers. The government did little to combat child domestic servitude,” the report noted.In the case of Jamaica, the State Department said while Kingston is “making significant efforts’ to deal with TIP, it still does not however “fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking”.It said among the efforts undertaken by the government included investigating and prosecuting more suspected traffickers, achieving a swift conviction that included prison time, and publishing its first annual report on trafficking in persons in Jamaica.“The government also increased funding for anti-trafficking efforts. However, the government did not meet the minimum standards in several key areas. Increased funding did not result in improved protections for victims or increased accountability for traffickers.“The government identified fewer victims compared to the previous year; it provided minimal services to identified victims and did not refer any Jamaican victims to shelters; and it convicted only one trafficker. Public awareness and outreach activities were ineffective in increasing officials’ and the public’s capacity to identify and appropriately respond to suspected cases of trafficking in their communities.”Despite passing a national action plan, St. Lucia was considered not to have fully met the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, even as Washington acknowledged that the island “is making significant efforts to do so”.It said Castries had investigated suspected traffickers, funding anti-trafficking prevention, conducting baseline trafficking research, and training its personnel in measures to combat trafficking.“However, the government did not meet the minimum standards in several key areas. The government did not identify any victims for the third consecutive year, has not initiated a prosecution since 2015, and has never convicted a trafficker.“The government did not formally approve standardized written procedures to identify victims, although they were used informally by law enforcement.”St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which also fell into the Tier 2 category was complimented on making efforts to deal with TIP including passing legislation that allowed authorities to screen for suspected traffickers and trafficking victims, increasing training to relevant government officials, increasing cooperation with foreign governments to combat trafficking, extending and updating the national action plan through 2020, and improving its public awareness campaigns.“However, the government did not meet the minimum standards in several key areas. Authorities have not prosecuted a trafficking case since 2015 and have never convicted a trafficker. The government’s anti-trafficking law, which allowed for fines in lieu of imprisonment, was not commensurate with penalties for other serious crimes. Government agencies cited a lack of resources for anti-trafficking efforts.”Washington said that the Dutch-speaking CARICOM country of Suriname demonstrated overall increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period including approving a new action plan, developing a new formal victim referral process, convicting more traffickers and imposing significant prison terms, and launching a new trafficking hotline and campaign.“However, the government did not meet the minimum standards in several key areas. Authorities investigated and prosecuted fewer cases and identified fewer victims amid inadequate efforts to screen vulnerable individuals, including detained migrants prior to deportation.”Trinidad and Tobago, which is now facing an influx of Venezuelan nationals fleeing the South American country because of the ongoing economic and political situation, was informed that it “does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking” even though “ it is making significant efforts to do so” and therefore remains on Tier 2.Washington said Port of Spain had undertaken several initiatives including increasing anti-trafficking training for its officials, initiating investigations against three potentially complicit officials, initiating more prosecutions, establishing a new intelligence task force to improve investigations, and developing a new memorandum of understanding between its children’s authority and anti-trafficking unit to better protect child victims.“However, the government did not meet the minimum standards in several key areas. The government had yet to secure a conviction under its 2011 anti-trafficking law.“Public officials, media, and experts noted increasing reports of potential government complicity in trafficking cases, with insufficient government attention to the issue. Due to a lack of screening, the government penalized some trafficking victims, including children, for immigration offenses as a result of the trafficking crime,” the report stated.It said that Port of Spain “did not adequately screen migrants, asylum-seekers, or refugees for trafficking indicators, including among Venezuelans.“The government decreased the amount of funding for victim services and did not provide adequate victim care in some cases,” the report added.
David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Former England international goalkeeper David James faced down industry sharpshooters in the SBC Penalty Shootout at Stamford Bridge, the home of SBC Events’ annual Betting on Football Conference.James, who sits second in the list of goalkeepers for most Premier League clean sheets with 169 in 572 matches, faced strikes from industry representatives in a penalty shootout competition which was ultimately won by Betradar’s Chris Wedemeier.In the first round, only Wedemeier, Golden Race’s William Charalambous and Trustly’s Sam Barrett could find a way past the former Liverpool and Manchester City goalkeeper.The next stage of the competition saw several successful attempts apiece for Wedemeier and Charalambous, before Wedemeier struck the decisive blow, bringing back memories of Ricardo’s quarter final shootout winner at Euro 2004 for the day’s star goalkeeper.The other SBC Penalty Shootout participants were Betcart’s Joao Amaro, BetOnBrazil’s Craig van Flute, CalvinAyre’s Rebecca Liggero, eMerchantPay’s Chris Smart and Mark Bell, Favbet’s Nikos Chalikias, VSoftCo’s Simon Westbury, Trustly’s Nicholas Tucker, Oddslife’s Alexandru Teodorescu, OPTIMA’s David Macías, SBC Global’s Rasmus Sojmark and Secure Trading’s Paul Gent.SBC Founder Rasmus Sojmark commented: “We had a great time on the Stamford Bridge pitch and David James was a great guy to be involved in the fun. Congratulations to Betradar and Chris Wedemeier, who managed to extend Germany’s fine record of penalty success.” Submit Share Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles
Share Share Submit StumbleUpon Sportech Plc has this morning informed that Chief Executive Ian Penrose and Chief Finance Officer Mickey Kalifa have both notified the board of their ‘intentions to resign’ from company leadership.The London-listed betting and racing systems provider informs that Penrose will maintain leadership of the company until 31 December assisting Sportech governance in its leadership transition.Mickey KalifaKalifa’s CFO resignation is undertaken with immediate effect, with Richard Cooper current Chair of Sportech’s Audit Committee taking over the firm’s finance divisions.Sportech governance praised Penrose and Kalifa’s contribution to helping the ‘firm’s turnaround’. The executives had been key stakeholders in pursuing a £97 million tax rebate case against UK HMRC and had further managed to sell legacy asset the Football Pools for £83 million this May.As leader of Sportech, Ian Penrose has refined Sportech operations and assets focusing the firm on developing its services and operations for the US racing market. Penrose commented on his departure“I have enjoyed my time at Sportech in which the company has enjoyed a transformational period from a rapidly, and many thought terminally, declining UK business with debts exceeding £112m (€127.5m/$152.4m) and 5x leverage, into the business it is today.”Richard McGuire, non-executive chairman of Sportech, commented on the executive departures: “We would like to thank Ian for the tremendous job he has performed at Sportech. He presided over the transformation of the company from a UK focused business into a respected, fully licensed and regulated global gaming technology supplier and gambling operator in the US with a strong balance sheet.“Mickey led a remarkable transformation in the company’s financial strength as CFO and previously when corporate development director, in prominently driving Sportech’s global expansion.“As chairman, I will be leading the strategic review process to ensure that the best path forward is delivered for shareholders”.
Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Tabcorp double burdened by covid and group impairment charges August 19, 2020 William Hill’s decision to take a £238m impairment charge on the value of its Australian business saw the bookmaker report a pre-tax loss of £75m for 2017, but the firm is confident that the performance of the business as a whole is positive. While Group net revenue grew 7% to £1,711.1m, a total of £335.0m of exceptional costs and adjustments ruined the firm’s balance sheet. Apart from the goodwill impairment of the Australian business following adverse tax and regulatory changes, other charges were from the costs of the Group-wide transformation programme and from retrospective VAT payments in Germany and three other markets.The firm added: “However, adjusted operating profit, which gives a clearer picture of underlying performance, was up 11% to £291.3m, supported in particular by strong growth in our Online and US businesses.”William Hill hailed its omnichannel capabilities and its position in the US ahead of potential deregulation, but following its £6.2m Gambling Commission fine earlier in the week it is now making a major play for developing a ‘sustainable’ business. It explained: “We are focused on improving our approach to responsible gambling to build a long-term, sustainable business for all our stakeholders, and especially for any of our customers who are at risk from problem gambling.We recognise that it is not enough to grow: we have to grow the right way. That means acting in a sustainable way that takes account of all our stakeholders. We remain a company with commercial objectives but commercial gain should not come at the expense of being a responsible company. We are committed to treating customers fairly and openly, to protecting the vulnerable and to keeping crime out of gambling.”After the regulatory settlement with the Gambling Commission, William Hill also announced it is introducing ‘new and improved policies and increased levels of resourcing’ to improve its ability to ensure full regulatory compliance, committing to an independent process review. It added: “We are fully committed to operating a sustainable business that properly identifies risk and better protects customers and we will continue to assist the Commission and work with other operators to improve practices in this area.“We can and will do more to embed sustainability for the long term. In the months ahead we will be taking a number of important steps in key areas, including improving the transparency of our marketing and communications, increasing responsible gambling measures and enhancing our stakeholder engagement. We will update on these measures in due course.” Related Articles Submit
Submit FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile August 25, 2020 Adam Greenblatt – GVC-MGMIssuing a combined corporate communication, US market strategic partners GVC Holdings and MGM Resorts have confirmed the appointment of Adam Greenblatt as US joint-venture Chief Executive of ‘MGM GVC Interactive LLC’Noted as a key stakeholder in the creation of the MGM-GVC Interactive strategic property, Greenblatt has been promoted to the executive leadership position having formerly served as Director of Corporate Development & Strategy for GVC Holdings Plc.Moving forward, Greenblatt will be tasked with leading MGM-GVC Interactive’s founding enterprise strategy, planning and execution, as the FTSE and Nasdaq firms seek to establish US gambling’s leading sports betting and interactive gaming proposition.This afternoon, GVC Group Chief Executive Kenneth Alexander and Jim Murren CEO & President of MGM Resorts issued the following joint-statement confirming the appointment of Greenblatt as JV leader.“We are pleased to appoint Adam as CEO of the joint venture, who will bring his in-depth knowledge and expertise in on-line gaming and sports betting from both sides of the Atlantic. His determination, experience and vision are exactly what we need to establish a prime position in the rapidly evolving U.S. gaming market.”Updating investors, GVC and MGM governances’ point to Greenblatt’s extensive experience and knowledge in developing and delivering effective multi-level industry partnerships, formed during his tenure as a Ladbrokes legacy executive.Greenblatt’s proven track record has seen him lead ‘defining industry transactions’, including Ladbrokes strategic partnership with Playtech Plc, the acquisition which formed Ladbrokes Australia and acting as a key executive stakeholder in the successful post-merger projects/developments between Gala Coral and Ladbrokes undertaken during 2016/2017.Adam Greenblatt commented on taking leadership of GVC-MGM: “I am delighted to have been chosen to lead MGM GVC Interactive at this historic time for the US sports betting and gaming sector. With the combined brands, technology and market access of our two parent companies, I am determined to make it the most dynamic and successful player in the industry.”
Related Articles Submit Share Countdown to Cheltenham: Wednesday racecard ‘not a worry at the moment’ says BoyleSports March 6, 2020 Share BoyleSports signs Coventry City sponsorship August 21, 2020 BoyleSports closes Irish retail estate in response to COVID-19 March 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Boylesports has announced the launch of its ‘Same Day Withdrawals’ capabilities, stating that it has become ‘Ireland’s first bookmaker’ to process instant e-payments transactions.Updating its online customers, Boylesports details that instant pay-out options are now available through Visa Debit cards for customers who bank at AIB, Bank of Ireland and Permanent TSB.‘Same Day Withdrawals’ allows BoyleSports’ customers to withdraw their winnings straight to their bank balance in a matter of mere hours. Previously customers were forced to wait for the industry standard of 2 to 3 working days to get their card withdrawals into their bank balance. The added bonus of this feature is that it works 24/7, 365 days a year, so funds can now arrive in customers account any time of the day and even on weekends and Bank Holidays’ reads Boylesports update.Moving forward, provided no extra security checks are required, Boylesports customers can process instant pay-outs between 2-12 hour period (bank authorisation dependent).Aoife Heffron – BoylesportsCommenting on the update Aoife Heffron, Spokesperson for Boylesports commented “Our customers asked, and we have listened! We are thrilled to announce that our industry-leading Same Day Withdrawals feature is now live ad available to all BoyleSports customers. Our brand new instant-pay-out option allows customers to withdraw their winnings with the click of a button and have it in their account the same day with most transactions only taking a couple of hours.”She added “We are constantly striving to make our customers experience as enjoyable and efficient as possible and Same Day Withdrawals is just one prime example of how we continue to come up with innovative ways to facilitate that.”