CARICOM to observe Curacao general election

first_imgThe 15 member regional grouping – the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), will be sending a four member team to observe the April 28 general elections in the Dutch territory of Curacao.The polls follow the collapse of the Hensley Koeiman coalition earlier this year after two members withdrew their support for Koeiman’s government.The last general election was held on October 5, 2016.The CARICOM observer team which is scheduled to arrive in Curacao on Tuesday, is being led by the former chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Dr. Steve Surujbally and will include experts in electoral management from Barbados, Guyana and Jamaica.“For CARICOM, election observation serves as a platform to support existing democratic traditions within the Caribbean Community as part of its wider policy of supporting democracy,” the CARICOM Secretariat said in a statement.The 2016 general elections for control of the 21 seats resulted in a four-party coalition consisting Partido MAN, the Party for the Restructured Antilles (PAR), the National People’s Party (PNP) and Sovereign People (PS).However PS withdrew from the coalition on 11 February, resulting in the coalition losing is majority and Koeiman submitting his resignation to the governor.last_img read more

Guyana’s Amerindian community demands apology for Culture Day incident

first_imgThe Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) Tuesday said it supports the peaceful demonstration in front a primary school after a nine-year-old student was prevented from attending class last week in full traditional Amerindian wear during “Culture Day” ahead of Guyana’s observance of its 52nd anniversary of political independence.Inappropriate wear The school had described the wear as “inappropriate” but the APA said that it wanted to condemn the “actions by the school for exposing one of its students to this form of cultural discrimination.“The action by the school to single out and publicly humiliate the student, while other students were allowed to wear their cultural clothing, is disgraceful. As a person of indigenous heritage, the young student had a right to dress in his indigenous wear without discrimination from the public, but especially from an educational institution like Mae’s Schools.”The APA said that traditional indigenous clothing should not be deemed inappropriate in a country that celebrates its rich cultural diversity.Enshrined in Constitution“It is enshrined in the Constitution of Guyana that every citizen has a right to their religion, cultural beliefs and practices. The Constitution specifically states in Article 149G that indigenous peoples “have the right to the protection, preservation and promulgation of their languages, cultural heritage and way of life”. “APA said that in addition, Guyana is a signatory to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), noting that this Declaration states that indigenous peoples have the right “to be free from any kind of discrimination… based on their indigenous origin or identity” (Article 2) and that “indigenous peoples have the right to practice and revitalize their cultural traditions and customs” (Article 11). The APA said it is calling for a public apology from the school’s administration to the student and his family and that preventative measures are taken to prevent this from happening in the future.last_img read more

Former General Secretary of Cayman Islands football association gets life ban…

first_imgFormer general secretary of the Cayman Islands Football Association Costas Takkas has received a life ban from FIFA.Takkas was among three football officials who received the sentence from the sport’s governing body, with the others being former chairman of the North American Soccer League Aaron Davidson and Colombian ex-FIFA match agent and sports consultant Miguel Trujillo.Takkas was an advisor to former disgraced CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb who was banned from football by FIFA’s ethics committee in 2015.The trio, who were found guilty of bribery and corruption, will also have to pay fines of US $1.03 million each.In Brooklyn federal court, Davidson pleaded guilty to racketeering and wire fraud, Takkas admitted money laundering and Trujillo pleaded guilty to money laundering and wire fraud.The 61-year-old Takkas received a 15-month prison sentence last year and faced being deported from the United States.It is unclear if FIFA has power to enforce the fines, although ethics judges have typically imposed large financial penalties in cases arising from the sprawling U.S. federal probe.last_img read more

Jamaica wants reggae placed on UNESCO Cultural Heritage list

first_imgThe Jamaican government is awaiting a response from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) as to whether the island has been successful in getting reggae music inscribed on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Representative List.Submission being examined Culture Minister, Olivia Grange, said that UNESCO technical experts are in the process of examining Jamaica’s reggae submission and the island should have a response by next month.“We are awaiting the results and it will be a major achievement for Jamaica if we are successful in having the designation declared by UNESCO,” she said, adding that her Ministry has been tasked to establish an inventory of intangible heritage unique to Jamaica, “which is also one of the criteria” required by UNESCO.Jamaican entertainment zones Grange, responding to questions regarding the designation of certain areas across the island as entertainment zones, said that a list of locations will be available soon, which will include Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine in the initial stages.The minister, who was speaking at an event to launch 2019 Carnival, said that the collaboration between the Ministries for the staging of carnival “is essential if we are to create a more authentic tourism experience.She expressed satisfaction at the way “this entertainment product” has been evolving and attributed it to the “seamless fusion of dancehall and calypso/soca in parties and the road parades.”The Entertainment Minister welcomed the introduction of the new carnival band Rebellion, which has been added alongside others such as Xaymaca International and Exodus, to name a few.“This is an indication that more event producers here in Jamaica are adding the unique Jamaican flavor to what has been traditional in carnival,” she said.Grange added that the increase in bands represents the establishment of a value chain, complete with designers, tailors and seamstresses making body wear and artisans bending wires and producing beautiful feathers.Escalated carnival season“Carnival season is, therefore, alive with activities and provides economic activity for micro to large entrepreneurs,” she noted.Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said that he wants to “build out Carnival in Jamaica to make it more remarkable for both visitors and locals. This is in keeping with strategic steps that we are undertaking at my Ministry to strengthen Jamaica’s competitiveness as an entertainment destination as we reposition and diversify our product and generate high growth rates in both visitor arrivals and earnings,” he added.last_img read more

Official – Everton Completes The Signing Of Sigurdsson From Swansea City

first_imgEverton have completed the signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea City for £45m on a five-year deal.Sigurdsson becomes Everton’s record signing, breaking Romelu Lukaku’s £31.8m transfer fee paid to Chelsea by Everton in 2014.Speaking about the move, Sigurdsson told Everton’s official website: Hopefully I will continue to create goals and score goals for the team and contribute to the kind of success we’re seeking at the Club,” “This is an ambitious club and it is clear we are moving in a really good direction. The most important thing is that this team keeps winning games and climbing the table – and does that throughout the season.”The 27-year old Iceland international was pivotal to Swansea’s Premier League survivor last season, scoring 9 goals and providing 13 assists, as The Swans beat the drop.Gylfi Sigurdsson joined Swansea City from Tottenham in 2014, scoring 34 goals in over 100 appearances at the Liberty Stadium to become Swansea’s highest goal scorer in the Premier League. Relatedlast_img read more

Captain Retires After World Cup Disappointment

first_imgNetherlands captain Arjen Robben has announced his retirement from international after his side failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.Robben made this known immediately after the game against Sweden on Wednesday night.The Bayern Munich forward scored both goals in a 2-0 home win over Sweden but it was not enough as they needed five more goals to usurp Sweden into the playoff spot.In his words, he said:“It hasn’t been an easy decision but I am 33 and now must give my full focus to my club.”Robben made his international debut in April 2003 and has scored 37 goals in 96 appearances for the Oranje.RelatedBayern Legend Arjen Robben Retires From FootballJuly 4, 2019In “Europe”Samuel Chukwueze Aims To Be Better Than Arjen RobbenNovember 16, 2018In “Nigeria”2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (UEFA): France, Portugal Qualify; Netherlands Eliminated Despite WinOctober 11, 2017In “FIFA”last_img read more

Falconets Teach Morocco Footballing Lessons To Set Up Meeting With South Africa

first_imgRelated The national U20 female team, Falconets, will face South Africa in the final qualifiers for the World Cup after they taught Morocco some footballing lessons with a 5-1 thrashing in their 2nd leg clash at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City.With the first leg in Morocco deadlocked at 1-1, the team raced into a two goal lead through Rasheedat Ajibade and Gift Monday within 15 minutes before goalkeeper Onyinyechukwu Okeke handed the Morrocans a lifeline as her mistake was punished by Fatima Tagnaout on the stroke of halftime.The girls from Morocco were still in the game at 2-1 with 13 minutes left but Charity Reuben’s goal put the game beyond the Moroccans paving the way for further goals from Rasheedat Ajibade and Gift Monday in added time as the Falconers secure a comprehensive 5-1 victory and a 6-2 aggregate win.The team will now face the Basetsana of South Africa for one of the two places up for grabs in Africa ahead of the U20 World Cup next year. The South Africans thrashed Burundi 5-0 in the 2nd leg to seal a 5-2 win on aggregate and will face Nigeria at home in the first leg on January 12, 2018 before the second leg in Benin City two weeks later.last_img read more

NYX accuses William Hill of “wrongful conduct” as acquisition dispute escalates

first_img StumbleUpon SG OpenMarket approval sees SportCaller expand FTP distribution capacity August 18, 2020 Submit Share Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Related Articles In response to William Hill’s threats to block the acquisition of NYX Gaming Group Limited by Scientific Games,  NYX has launched legal action against the bookmaker. Last week William Hill issued a corporate update, voicing its concerns over the deal and signalling its intention to convert its preference shares into ordinary NYX shares, in order to ensure it had had the power to put the brakes on the proposed acquisition.The NYX board of directors has stated that in spite of the requests of William Hill, due to ‘regulatory and licensing restrictions’ it can’t convert the shares of William Hill into ordinary shares, citing that the conduct of the bookmaker could impact the license of NYX and therefore, it’s currently considering its future options. Throughout its elongated negotiations with Scientific Games, William Hill has emphasised the need for favourable commercial agreements as a result of the deal, specifically with regards to a copy of the NYX source code. Furthermore, William Hill dismissed the idea that it had sought “anti competitive measures” which could halt the deal. In response to the public announcement of William Hill, NYX has updated the corporate market, with the decision to file an action lawsuit in the Superior Court of New Jersey. In doing so, NYX has accused William Hill of “wrongful conduct” in its actions, alleging that it violated the New Jersey antitrust act.NYX issued a statement which said: “The complaint seeks injunctive relief, treble damages and attorney’s fees for violations of the New Jersey Antitrust Act, and also alleges tortious interference with economic advantage, and tortious interference with contract, and seeks punitive damages.”The statement of NYX follows on from its announcement that it has come to an agreement with Scientific Games for the development of a new sports betting platform for the US market. Moving forward a shareholder meeting is scheduled to be held in Las Vegas on December 11, 2017.last_img read more

Sportium moves for ‘omni drive’ with UNO app launch

first_img Ladbrokes and Grupo Cirsa, Spanish market sports betting joint-venture Sportium have announced the launch of its ‘UNO’ app accounts, seeking to unify engagements across its digital and land-based properties.Launching its new product, Sportium states that it has delivered Spain’s first omni-channel discipline for sports betting consumers, with UNO accounts allowing customers to cash-out winnings across all 3,000 Sportium Spanish betting points.In addition, Sportium customers will be further able to check wagers placed across land-based and digital properties through their combined UNO account.Beyond maintaining player account information and transactional capabilities, the Sportium Uno app features a ‘Sportium Scores’ service publishing the latest sports results and market odds.The launch of UNO, sees Sportium replicate popular omni-channel dynamics/features that have been adopted by partner company Ladbrokes through its ‘The Grid’ loyalty programme, launched in April 2018.Sportium leadership brands UNO as a ‘major weapon’ for its growth strategy for Spain, detailing that the UNO app will be utilised to revamp its customer loyalty and retention programmes, with exclusive offers, market promotions and player incentives. Share Submit Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Related Articles Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

Biztech Software strikes long-term Paddy Power deal

first_img Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Biztech Software has secured a landmark long term agreement with Paddy Power to continue the delivery of its ‘next generation’ sports betting EPOS acceptance and settling solution for the operator’s 600+ betting shops.Biztech, who first secured a multi-year deal with the Irish operator in April of last year, launched Arkle in 2007 to secure and streamline the betting shop, while taking care of all its needs from bet acceptance through to reporting and tax returns.  The Managing Director of Belfast-based Biztech is Gary Toal, who bought into the company in 2012 because he believed it was “best in class software that is more robust and more resilient than legacy EPOS software that is no longer fit for purpose”.He added that Paddy Power now has long-term access to the “fastest bet slip editor on the market”, which also enables staff to remotely edit between shops in real time.“Arkle allows you to view a centralised fieldbook and risk management facility showing liabilities and alerts in real time across entire estates, while real time security alerts allow operators to take action before expensive pay-outs are processed,” Toal explained.  “It strives to provide any of the needs or wants of a US customer experience, whether that be traditional slips, call over or marksense. All of this is possible through Arkle.”The product is integrated with 2DB and MRG screen systems and includes all SIS, TRP and Virtual data feed integrations. It is built on modern .NET 4.7 Framework Technologies and SQL Server so that trading isn’t disrupted even when a shop server is down.“A vital component of Arkle has always been that shop staff can still serve their customers and scan bets even during down time,” Toal continued. “It also includes a full mark sense, providing a faster, more efficient way to take bets with multiple selections. “Meanwhile, recent updates include an All in One Screen that provides a better visual aid of the horses and races on offer. These races will start showing early prices, live shows and results as soon as they are received, while prices are consistent between screens and tills.”last_img read more