first_imgGrenada Foreign Affairs Minister Elvin Nimrod proclaims Grenada in support of Venezuela Grenada in support of VenezuelaGrenada has assured Venezuela that it will stand behind the country “no matter what”.Foreign Affairs Minister Elvin Nimrod, addressing the 40th anniversary of bilateral relations between the two countries last weekend, said Grenada also understands the situation confronting the Spanish-speaking country.“Grenada stands behind you in solidarity no matter what…We understand the present challenge and we want to tell you that we believe your cause is right and just and we will stand behind you no matter what,” he told the ceremony whose guest of honour was Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez, who thanked Grenada for its years of friendship.Nimrod said that Venezuela has contributed to the country’s development since relationship was established by Eric Gairy administration in 1977.Last Friday, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, called on Venezuela to halt the use of violence and other tools of repression against opposition demonstrators who are protesting defense for the rule of law in the country.The OAS said that one demonstrator was killed and several others wounded and detained as they clamour for fresh elections in the country.last_img read more

first_img“We in Trinidad and Tobago must view the call for reparations in the context of the duty we owe to our forefathers. They made the ultimate sacrifice. Their contribution to our present well-being must be recognized in a world which now accepts that compensation and reparation are prerequisites in the dispensation of justice.” Carmona said.He recalled that the United Nations in 2007, declared March 25 as the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. President Carmona made the call in a message to mark Emancipation Day, August 1. Carmona said Trinidad and Tobago should support the efforts of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments in seeking reparation for the Atlantic slave trade. In his message the president quoted the chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West indies (UWI), Sir Hilary Beckles. Beckles formerly noted that the governments of Great Britain and Europe “ were the beneficiaries of enrichment from the enslavement of African people. They committed genocide of indigenous communities and deceptive breach of contract and trust in respect of East Indians and other Asians brought to the plantations under indenture. Great Britain and have a case to answer in respect of reparatory justice.” The President of Trinidad and Tobago, Antony Carmona, has called on the twin island republic to join the Caribbean effort to get Europe to pay reparation to the descendants of African slaves. “As a former judge and a firm believer in reparatory justice, I am of the view that as we celebrate Emancipation Day 2017, we must examine affirmatively the case for reparations as adopted by CARICOM Governments and advocated by Sir Hilary and other spokespersons.last_img read more

first_imgMiami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime will once again team up with nationally syndicated radio host Papa Keith and 103.5 FM The Beat to host People Matter Fest to promote nonviolence. The free festival will take place on Saturday, June 16 from noon to 7 p.m. at Gwen Cherry Park, 7090 NW 22nd Ave., Miami, FL 33147. It will feature live music performances by a host of local artists including Rick Ross, Sam Sneek and Baby Soulja, as well as a host of activities for the whole family. Featuring Dolphins and Miami Heat starsBryan McKinney of the Miami Dolphins will host a special session of flag football, and the Miami Heat’s own Udonis Haslem will lead father-and-son teams in 3-on-3 basketball tournaments. Festival goers will also enjoy free haircuts, food trucks, a kids’ zone with bounce houses and more. The last People Matter Fest was held on April 21 at Little River Park. The nonviolence-themed festival began last year in an effort to bring the community together to call for a “ceasefire” on gun violence. “Not only did we accomplish our Ceasefire, but the police informed us that it lasted for weeks after and was their slowest reporting period on Shot Spotter for any summer,” Papa Keith said.Seeking 24-hour countywide ceasefireThis time, festival organizers are calling for a 24-hour countywide “ceasefire” beginning at 3:45 p.m. on the day of the festival. The moment will be marked by a Junkanoo band performance. “There is nothing better than for our community to come together in a spirit of love to celebrate life and nonviolence, and that’s what this is all about,” Commissioner Monestime said.last_img read more

first_imgNaomi Cowan (second left) at Kanye West’s October 18 Sunday Service concert at Emancipation Park in Kingston. From left is Jesse Royal, Carlene Davis, Jamaica’s Entertainment and Culture minister Olivia Grange, Kanye West and Tommy Cowan. KINGSTON, Jamaica – Hours before she headed to Emancipation Park in Kingston with her family for Kanye West’s Sunday Service show on October 18, singer Naomi Cowan heard of a shooting incident near her office, a five-minute walk from the venue.By that evening, her concern had given way to hope as she was in the massive crowd that watched the rapper and his gospel group turn in a mesmerizing performance.It was enough to wash her blues away.“All he’s doing is telling people to be fearless, telling them how to be creative,” said Cowan. “He was using contemporary sounds and R&B riffs but the message was so strong you could not help but be a part of it,” Cowan said.Cowan was accompanied to the event by her parents, veteran artist manager/producer Tommy Cowan and his wife, singer Carlene Davis. Several Jamaican gospel singers also attended, as did Jesse Royal, a key figure in the roots-reggae revival and the country’s entertainment and culture minister, Olivia “Babsy” Grange.The Kingston show was a pop up gig for the controversial West who recently embraced Christianity. He is currently promoting Jesus is King, his first gospel album, released in October.Cowan has done a handful of gospel songs but made her mark in 2018 with Paradise Plum, a catchy dance track that did well on regional charts in the United States.While her day started ominously, she credited West and his Sunday Service singers for making it worthwhile in the end.“I had a fantastic time and I’m so full of gratitude. I really was on Cloud Nine and so thankful for life,” she said.West has held several Sunday Service shows in the US since its launch in January. His Jamaican leg was not without incident, as Grange issued a statement ordering the rapper to stop selling merchandise bearing Jamaica’s national emblem.last_img read more

first_imgPORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – Ten years after a powerful earthquake hit Haiti on January 12, 2010, the secretary of state for the integration of persons with disabilities, Gerald Oriol Jr., has called on Haitians to remember those who survived the tragedy.“These people, most of whom today live with a disability, are survivors to whom we have a duty of solidarity. Their limitations bear witness to our shortcomings and characterise our multiple challenges to be met. Let us be at the rendezvous of history!“This date remains engraved in our collective memory. That day, the earth spoke to us too hard; it has deeply shaken our bowels. It took 35 seconds to see hundreds of thousands of bruised bodies; to take away hundreds of thousands of loved ones, to collapse part of our economy and our society. This earthquake separated us from many of our loved ones and left us with unfathomable suffering, the many consequences of which are still before our eyes. We will remember it forever.”Oriol, in his message, said the country must be prepared in the event of another act of nature.Ten years later, should we not ask ourselves if nature’s message has been understood? In this time let us be in reflection and especially in action. We must be able to say: never! Never again! Let’s prepare the next day and be ready !”Meanwhile, the German Embassy in its message said the scars from the physical damage and moral suffering caused by the earthquake remain.“One of the things that caught the attention of Embassy colleagues, who were there at the time, was this impressive movement of solidarity among Haitians that was observed immediately after the disaster. Before aid from outside arrived, the Haitians, with the means at hand, took care of themselves, illustrating this popular belief ‘Pwoblèm nou youn se pou nou tout’.As we commemorate the memory of the missing and pay tribute to the victims of January 12, 2010, the German Embassy expresses the wish that this spirit of solidarity and resilience continue to prevail in all spheres of activity of the Haitian Nation and that they ultimately lead to a better future for the entire population,” the embassy said in a statement.The powerful earthquake killed an estimated 220,000 people, displaced over one million and about 300,000 were injured.last_img read more

first_img Related Articles Submit Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 1Sarah Shannon – AppBet313.69 2Alan Alger – Betway311.41 3Jacob Johns – Easyodds37.72 4Phillip Anderson – Before The Off36.17 5Ciaran O’Brien – William Hill35.29 6bettingexpert1.644.61 7Ben Cleminson – Square in the Air14.50 8John Hill – Coral24.25 9Alex Donohue – Ladbrokes24.11 10Michael Shinners – Sky Bet24.00 11Stuart Tilly – Argyll Entertainment14.00 12Darren Moore – Betting Gods23.66 13Trevor Keane – Sportego23.50 14Harry Lang – Pinnacle13.50 15Timeform1.823.35 16Matthew Hulmes – Betfred23.25 17Paddy Power13.00 18Russell Yershon11.88 19Edward Rycroft – LeoVegas21.82 20Charlie McCann – BetVictor11.75 21Stephen Power – @racingblogger21.69 22John Cruces – Dafabet11.25 23Michael Whittle – Team FA10.91 24Ed Nicholson – Unibet10.73center_img It was a day for short price winners in the Tipster Challenge, sponsored by Betting Gods. The six races at Haydock produced winners at 1/14, Evens and 7/4.Unfortunately for our experts, which this week included LeoVegas Sportsbook Manager Edward Rycroft, none of them had predicted victories for the day’s slightly longer odds successes – 3/1 Chti Balko, 7/2 Sammy B and 7/1 Purcell’s Bridge.Rycroft’s 1.82 points from two race wins put him 19th in the table. Meanwhile, bettingexpert’s Stephen Harris and Timeform held their starting positions of 6th and 15th respectively.Race Winners at Haydock:Chti Balko – 3/1The Nipper – 1/14Buttercup – 7/4Sammy B – 7/2Purcell’s Bridge – 7/1Johanos – EvensTipster Challenge 2016/17 Leaderboard LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Share bettingexpert, Timeform and a rotation of guests will be providing expert tips for a specific Wednesday race meet.We will keep record of points won each week and the number of race wins for each.The guests will compete individually, with their points going up against the average totals for bettingexpert and Timeform.The new tips will be published on Wednesday ahead of the race meet, and the results will be available on Thursday.For the competition, we will assume that all selections are backed with 1 point.Lost tips will count as 0 and won bets will be added to the leaderboard at SP value.For example, if bettingexpert backs a winning horse at 8/1, they will get 8 points. RankTipsterRace WinsPointslast_img read more

first_img Share Submit Share Betting on Football 2017 has been hailed as a great success with 97.4% of visitors to the conference saying they would recommend it to a colleague, according to a survey carried out by SBC Events.Delegates, sponsors, speakers and exhibitors from the 3-5 May event also rated the networking opportunities at Stamford Bridge as 70% ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’ while pinpointing this as the most important reason for attending the event.Feedback is already being used to improve future events, starting with Betting on Sports (13-15 September), which 85% of survey respondents have expressed an interest in attending.For example, an improved version of the official event app will be available for the conference in Olympia, Kensington, after 70% said that it had proved useful at #bofcon2017.The survey reported that the overall quality and level of the conference was very high. As specific highlights, attendees mentioned the keynote session from William Hill Non-Executive Director and industry veteran John O’Reilly, and a market update on Scandinavia featuring Mr Green CEO Jesper Kärrbrink, Danske Spil CEO Niels Erik Folmann, Veikkaus Senior Vice President Jari Vahanen and LeoVegas CEO Johan Styren.Jesper Kärrbrink commented: “SBC is here to stay. Betting on Football provided great networking and seminar focus. With a sportsbook and football focus, the exhibition was also very targeted and you basically found something interesting in every booth. I’m impressed with the high number of attendees, which made it possible to have a lot of productive meetings in just two days.”Meanwhile, Martin Wachter, the CEO for platinum sponsor and lead exhibitor Golden Race, praised the event’s growing business importance.He said: “Betting on Football is an incredibly valuable event in the sports betting calendar. It’s now very much established and has grown year on year to the extent that for us, it’s second only to ICE in terms of business importance.”These comments were emphasised by a survey finding that 100% of the exhibitors that responded are interested in returning for Betting on Sports.Tickets for Betting on Sports 2017 are on sale at a 50% off early bird rate until 15 JuneClick here to buy your ticket for an event covering everything related to sports and betting, which this year includes full day tracks dedicated to Betting on Racing and Betting on Esports. Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Veikkaus calls for early introduction of Finnish age verification measures August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articleslast_img read more

first_img Share Ilya Machavariani, Dentons – CIS regional dynamics will come to play prior to gambling take-off July 31, 2020 Share Uzbekistan opens consultation for launch of national lottery July 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Andrey Astapov, ETERNA LAW: Ukraine faces critical choices as gambling finish line nears August 21, 2020 Related Articles Submit CIS market bookmaker Novibet has moved to significantly enhance its horseracing provisions, entering a live-data and content partnership with the Press Association (PA).The live data agreement will enable Novibet to enhance its UK and Ireland racing markets, with PA insights, racecards, form guides and in-depth statistics for hundreds of races taking place each month.Updating stakeholders, Hassan Ghalayini, Novibet’s country manager, said: “We have invested heavily into growing our horse racing product over the past few months and this deal with the Press Association ensures Novibet’s customers now have access to the best horse racing coverage across the UK and Ireland.”Moving forward, PA data will allow Novibet trading teams to enhance their market offering for key UK race meetings such as Plumpton, Newmarket and Chepstow and UK racing’s marquee events The Cheltenham Festival, Royal Ascot and Grand NationalBacking Novibet as a new customer, Richard Store, commercial manager for racing and sports betting at Press Association, stated: “PA are very happy to be working with Novibet. We see them as a very exciting brand and expect them to see good results from the horse racing product they have built. We look forward to working closely with them in the future.”last_img read more

first_img William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 William Hill has revealed that its UK online and retail divisions are due to merge in a move which will see the operator fast-track its recovery in 2021.Reported by the Racing Post, the firm’s UK online managing director Phil Walker will take responsibility for the single UK market division, while retail division director Nicola Frampton will step down. Both Frampton and Walker are due to work alongside one another for the six month transition period.Frampton said: “It has been an absolute privilege to lead the retail team at William Hill. Our shops play a vital role in our success and I look forward to working with Phil on a handover plan in the coming months.”William Hill CEO Ulrik Bengtsson added: “We will be immensely sad to say goodbye to Nicola Frampton when the time comes. Nicola has been with William Hill for ten years and has been a driving force on the executive team as well as being instrumental in reshaping and transforming our retail business.”To aid recovery in 2021, William Hill is reportedly planning to capitalise on a packed sporting schedule, which will likely include the rescheduled Uefa European Championship.The merger is the latest strategy rolled out by the bookmaker to mitigate regulatory and economic challenges, with last year’s FOBT ruling resulting in the closure of 713 betting shops.William Hill also revealed that it had already begun simplifying its operating structures with the phased closure of its Gametek office in Stockholm.Backing its recovery strategy, this June William Hill completed a £225 million book-build with private investors, raising working capital for its future directives.In its investor notes, William Hill underlined that its US joint-venture partnerships and accelerated digital momentum would sustain corporate growth, as the company forecasted ‘an expected drop in its retail footprint’.last_img read more

first_imgJakob Lund Kristensen, RFRSHRFRSH Entertainment and global agency Lagardère Sports have agreed to ‘extend and adapt’ their current partnership, which sees Lagardère Sports becoming the company’s exclusive Partnership Sales House. The partnership entails all sales promotion around the global CS:GO tournament BLAST Pro Series, which has dates in Copenhagen and now Istanbul for the first time. This also covers the two esports teams managed and operated by RFRSH; Astralis and Heroic.The partnership between the two companies began back in 2017 for the BLAST Pro Series that year. BLAST Pro Series is a six-team, single-day CS:GO tournament series which will be Istanbul’s first major event of this type when it takes place in June this year. Jakob Lund Kristensen, Co-Founder and EVP of Sales at RFRSH Entertainment, commented: ”We are very pleased about the partnership with Lagardère Sports on the sales side. RFRSH Entertainment has built a unique position through the way we produce, operate and communicate around our tournaments and teams.“We invest significant resources in building and developing properties catering for both the hard core fan, but also, and to a much larger extent than anybody else, to the vast mainstream audience and fans of competitive entertainment in general. In this connection, Lagardère Sports and RFRSH is a perfect match, and we really look forward to taking full advantage of Lagardère Sports’ expertise in Partnership and Media sales.”Lund Kristensen recently came to speak at our own ESI Super Forum, a one day event focused on the crossover of sports and esports, which we held at Stamford Bridge on March 22nd. RFRSH is set to open an office in London in the near future, and we discussed the company’s expansion plans, brands in esports and more below:Dr. Nicolas Gaede, Senior Vice President Esports at Lagardère Sports, had this to say of the partnership: “We’re thrilled about this next step within our partnership with RFRSH Entertainment, because it is the product of a great process: We started off with our initial collaboration focused on media distribution in 2017 and since than we have established a truly valuable and trusting partnership which we enlarge and enrich to the next level now.“Moreover, I am particularly excited about our involvement around the BLAST Pro Series, because this project is a promising and highly appealing next step regarding the combination of entertainment and action-packed sport. Fans, rights holders, brands, the esports industry itself and the interested mainstream audience – everybody benefits from this high quality format.”Esports Insider says: Lagardère Sports is a huge sporting agency which has been doing some great work in esports with the likes of Unicorns of Love, SK Gaming and more. The expansion and extension of this agreement makes sense for RFRSH and will mean they can focus less on the commercial side and more on the delivery of more top range CS:GO tournaments, and the operations of Astralis and Heroic.last_img read more