Month: August 2020

Jamaicans holding foreign passports can stay in Jamaica for six months

first_imgJamaica’s National Security Minister, Robert Montague, has signed an order which will allow Jamaicans holding foreign passports to enter Jamaica and remain for six months without having to make arrangements for additional time to stay in the island. Dual nationality Montague said the move is in keeping with the Government’s thrust to encourage Jamaican citizens in the diaspora to visit and spend more time in their home land.“Following consultations, we implemented the 180-day allowance after Jamaicans in the diaspora expressed concern about the limited period they were allowed to stay when visiting Jamaica”, said Montague. The order became effective on August 1, 2017. Stephen Walker, a Jamaican arriving from the United States was ecstatic when greeted with the news that he would be allowed to stay six months. Previously Jamaicans with dual nationality travelling on non-Jamaican passports would be officially landed as foreigners. They were allowed to stay in Jamaica for the period granted ad stipulated in the passport of the traveler.center_img “I’m very happy with this move and welcome it with open arms.  I want to congratulate Minister Montague and the Government for putting this in place. Now I can come home and stay longer than the period previously granted,” Walker said. Encouraging diaspora The estimated size of the Jamaican diaspora is between three and five million. Significant numbers of these expatriates are holders of foreign passports. The move is in keeping with the Ministry of Security’s five pillar plan to create a safer and more prosperous Jamaica.last_img read more

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EDITORIAL: Social development programs urgently needed in Caribbean nations

first_imgPeople in the Caribbean and the Caribbean Diaspora are simultaneously frustrated, apprehensive, and confused about crime in most Caribbean countries. One of the prevailing topics among Caribbean nationals in South Florida are the reasons, and suggestions, for solving crime in the region.As the Diaspora receive reports of wanton violent criminal activities, it’s understandable that fear and concerns for relatives and friends back home prompt calls for more drastic crime fighting measures by respective governments.Like temporary bandagesHowever, while policies like increasing law enforcement raids, harsher penalties for gun related crimes, and even state of emergencies, may be needed, these are effectively like temporary bandages on bleeding wounds.Lack of adequate social-developmentCrime in the Caribbean, or anywhere else, will continue relentlessly unless governments recognize what is staring them in the face. Crime waves result from lack of adequate socio-economic development and weakened educational systems.Today, some 56 years after the collapse of the West Indies Federation, some people still argue that so many small Caribbean islands are incapable of adequately governing themselves because of the economic demands of political independence. Whether this argument is valid or not, the truth is that whatever wealth there is within respective Caribbean nations isn’t being equitably distributed. In most of these countries, the wealth continues to be owned by tiny minorities. While government intervention is needed to implement social development programs that could provide social and economic opportunities for the majority of populations, such programs have consistently lacked aggression.Unfortunately, it’s the youth who are the primary victims of these weak social development programs. Social development in the 1970sIn 1970s Jamaica, the primary objective of the Michael Manley administration was to establish a balanced social development and education program. During the first half of the two-term tenure of this administration, crime was  relatively controlled. The administration policies included, increasing taxes on corporations, including bauxite companies; offering land access to farmers; broadening tertiary education opportunities through free education; training youth for job opportunities through a national youth program; and enhancing literacy through a national literacy program. But because the administration’s policy was deemed to be socialist, foreign powers applied pressure and the government’s financial resources dwindled. To obtain financial assistance from multinational agencies like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) the government was forced to eliminate most of its social development programs. The unfortunate result was that opportunities and hope also dwindled for the youth, and, not surprisingly, crime increased.Government programs encumbered by IMFSince the Manley experiment, successive Jamaican governments have either been reluctant to focus on intense social development programs or, encumbered in a box set by the IMF.  It isn’t surprising that the escalation of crime in several Caribbean nations coincides with simultaneous IMF funding agreements, since these agreements don’t tolerate social development programs.Focus on the youthBut if the youth aren’t effectively educated; if they are no job training opportunities; if the government and private sector doesn’t have broad-based employment programs, what happens to the youth? They turn to alternative means of making money. They turn to crime, including involvement in violent gang activities, dealing in hard drugs, and in fraudulent or scamming schemes. Unfortunately, these alternative criminal money-making schemes are tempting to other emerging youth with limited education and job opportunities. They see youth a little older than themselves driving new cars, dressed fashionably, using the latest telecommunication devices, having access to unlimited women, and crave that lifestyle. And so, crime increases.Recently, a commentator in a Jamaican newspaper predicted solving the crime problems in Jamaica would take at least 10 years.It could take even longer unless the government addresses: weak family structures that foster indiscipline ad lose values among male and female youth; strengthen the educational system; reintroduce a national, preferable military style youth training program; create job opportunities in the agricultural and manufacturing sectors; improve the country’s foreign exchange earning potential without the IMF; and hasten to eradicate alternative sources of income earning, including gun and drug dealing, and the bourgeoning scam ‘industry.’Increased law enforcement and state of emergencies are necessary, but only temporary, measures to control the escalating crime situation. After these efforts end, crime will resurface unless governments find ways to implement meaningful social development programs that gradually alleviate poverty and keep the expanding youth population positively and profitably engaged.last_img read more

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Evin Lewis in op 5 ICC T20 batsmen

first_imgAttacking West Indies opener Evin Lewis has climbed into the top five of the ICC Twenty20 batting rankings but champion off-spinner Sunil Narine has lost ground.In the latest rankings released Friday, the left-handed Lewis jumped one place to fifth, on 753 ratings points.Lewis has emerged as one of the Windies most dependable players in the shortest format, following his debut two years ago. In his last three T20 International innings, he has lashed a hundred and two half-centuries.The 26-year-old is the only Caribbean player in the top 20, with veteran right-hander Marlon Samuels the next highest ranked batsman at 24th.In the bowling rankings, leg-spinner Samuel Badree has remained steady at number four, despite taking two wickets in his last four T20 Internationals.The 37-year-old, once the top-rated T20 bowler, now sits behind number one Rashid Khan of Afghanistan, with another leg-spinner Shadab Khan of Pakistan in second spot.There was no such good fortune for Narine, however, who slipped four places to 18th in the rankings.The 30-year-old is one of the world’s finest spinners in the shortest format but has not played for West Indies since the one-off T20 International against England last September.He and Badree are the only two Windies players in the top 20, with captain Carlos Brathwaite the next best positioned at 26th.last_img read more

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Leicester City Appoint Ex-Southampton Boss As New Gaffer

first_imgThe 56-year old replaces Craig Shakespeare, who was sacked last week after an underwhelming start to the season.Shakespeare had earlier succeeded Premier League title winner Claudio Ranieri in February.Claude Puel is not new to English football after he spent last season at Southampton. He led the Saints to eighth position in the league in addition to reaching the EFL Cup final with the team before being booted out in June.Michael Appleton, who has won two games from his two games as caretaker manager, will remain as the assistant manager to the newly appointed Puel.While speaking on the appointment of Puel, Leicester City vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha revealed that he was “a perfect fit”.In his words, he said:“Upon meeting Claude, his attention to detail, knowledge of our squad, understanding of our potential and his vision to help us realise it were extremely impressive.”“He quickly emerged as the outstanding candidate and I am delighted we will have the opportunity to reinforce our long-term vision, aided significantly by his expertise.” he added.On his appointment, Puel said:“The opportunity to help the club build on its remarkable recent achievements is a truly exciting one and I’m looking forward to working with the owners, players, staff and supporters to deliver further lasting success.”Related16 Months Later, Leicester City Dismiss Claude PuelFebruary 24, 2019In “England”Brendan Rogers Makes Premier League Return To Leicester CityFebruary 27, 2019In “England”Premier League Review (Sunday): New Manager, Same Result For Everton As South Coast Derby Ends In StalemateOctober 30, 2017In “England” Leicester City have confirmed the appointment of former Southampton boss Claude Puel as their new manager on a three-year deal.last_img read more

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Moses Praises Azpilicueta After BBC African Award Nomination

first_imgChelsea winger Victor Moses has praised his club teammate Cesar Azpilicueta after his nomination as part of a 5-man shortlist for the BBC African Footballer of the Year Award.Moses further said that the aforementioned Azpilicueta has been a big influence on him most especially the defensive part of his game as a wing back.The Super Eagles forward was speaking in an interview with Goal.com. He said:“I’d say Azpilicueta [has influenced me most].”“He played a huge part in my defensive development last season.” he added.Speaking further, the former Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Stoke City man said:“He is always behind me, always constantly talking to me to make sure I am in the right position. When is the time to go and when’s the time to stay.“The more games I was playing, [the more] we were getting used to the formation and position I was playing, which worked out well for me and he helped a lot.“He understands me. We established a partnership which was very good.“To me, I would say that Cesar is underrated. As a defender he has got everything. He’s quick, he’s got that desire, passion for the game. He just wants to play football. Azpilicueta is never tired. He can run all night in every minute. He wants to play every game.“I think he could play on a Saturday and then again on a Monday. He’s got a great ability.“It is great for us that we have him. He’s someone that loves the game. He is always talking to every player before games. He wakes everyone up and says we have got to go out there and win this game.“The position I am playing at right wing-back, I know I can score goals there. Wherever the manager plays me, I will play. I am not a player who tells him where I want to play and where I don’t want to play. I just want to enjoy my football. It is just a matter of time and the goals will come.“I am now used to this system after playing there last year. I hope to score more goals this season and help my team-mates. As a player, every season you want to do better than you did last season.“I want to be better this season than last season. I am aiming for more goals and assists.“I have already got the fitness. First of all, it is about the hard work you put in to help the team as much as you can. Going forward, I would like more goals and assists.” he concluded.Victor Moses is on the 5-man shortlist alongside Sadio Mane, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita with the winner expected to be made known next month.Source: GoalRelated’2017, My Best Year So Far’ – MosesDecember 25, 2017In “Africa”Victor Moses’ Decision On Return To The Super EaglesMarch 11, 2019In “National Team”Moses Makes BBC African Award ShortlistNovember 12, 2017In “Africa”last_img read more

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Business transformation bears fruit for Intralot Group in 2016

first_img Intralot accelerates Nederlandse Loterij retail transformation July 29, 2020 Share Share Publishing its full-year 2016 financial results, Athens-listed gambling and lottery systems provider Intralot Group has stated that its operations are beginning to ‘reap the rewards of its business transformation’.Presenting its full-year 2016 breakdown, Intralot governance would report a 7% increase in group revenues to €1.32 billion (FY 2015: €1.25 billion).The firm states that its revenue capabilities have been boosted by new gaming systems and product terminals installed within a number of international clients, enhancing the firm’s performance.Further positive results would see Intralot declare sustained group profits of €233 million, which would see the company post a full-year EBITDA of €175 million, up 6.6% on FY 2015’s €165 million.Detailing operational highlights, Intralot governance would point to the firms improved performance in the Eastern European markets of Bulgaria and Turkey which contributed €+155 million in lottery sales.Eastern European growth would be supported by the €22 million sales in North America, with the market recording its biggest Powerball Jackpot in 2016.Commenting on the FY 2016 Results INTRALOT Group CEO Antonios Kerastaris noted:“The strongly positive results of 2016 in both growth and profitability reflect important transformations that have taken place over the past couple of years across operational capabilities, project management, cost structure, and Products and Services portfolio investments. A series of M&A transactions greatly enhanced our business development potential through strong local partnerships and diversified portfolio offering. The past year was also marked by tremendous improvements in INTRALOT’s financial structure in a way that secures future savings and a clear funding horizon until 2021 while affirming international investors’ confidence in future value creation.” Intralot strengthens U*BET offering with virtual sports addition August 6, 2020 Related Articles Intralot enhances Malta games offering with E*SOCCER launch July 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Submitlast_img read more

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OPTIMA to present multi-channel gaming platform at EXPOJOC

first_img Submit Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Related Articles Share Spanish-based sports betting and gaming provider OPTIMA will introduce its MGS multi-channel gaming platform at EXPOJOC 2017 in Valencia (13-14 June).OPTIMA said that visitors to its EXPOJOC booth (B-7) will be able to see a complete range of products, designed for operators who want to contract an independent platform which they can develop in a personalised way without sharing resources with other gaming operators, while “leaving the management of the technology in the hands of the experts”.An evolving multi-channel software platform, OPTIMA MGS covers web, mobile, retail, call center, Smart TV and game consoles, allowing operators to offer its players a faster, safer and more personalised way to enjoy their products, all based on their business and product philosophy.Delegates at the June event will also be treated to an exhibition of WORLD TILL, OPTIMA’s face-to face betting system, ORACLE BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE, part of the company’s backend platform, and iSHOP, the product launched in 2016 which enables users to place bets at retail locations such as casinos and betting shops, via their iPads, laptops and smartphones.Last month, OPTIMA CEO Jacob Lopez Curciel starred in the Supplier panel at Betting on Football, where he described the OPTIMA approach as “providing building blocks for operators to differentiate themselves”, who can then define roadmap and differentiate on the frontend, while taking control of new promotions and content integration. StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

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Paddy Power appoints Joe Lee as Head of Trump Betting

first_img Following an extensive search, Irish bookmaker Paddy Power has named Joe Lee as its Head of Trump Betting.Last April, due to growing demand in Donald Trump related wagers, Paddy Power announced publically that it would hire a Head of Trump Betting. The bookmaker even recruited Trump ally Nigel Farage to help fill-in its much-needed vacancy.Paddy Power informed that Lee, an experienced betting market trader, will serve the role ‘as long as Donald Trump remains President’.The bookmaker reiterated its position that Trump betting markets were no laughing matter. Last February Paddy Power launched a specific hub for Trump bets, in which the bookmaker services over 100 dedicated markets for ‘The Donald’.On the appointment of Joe Lee as Head of Trump Betting, Paddy Power is adamant that it will recoup it’s +£4 million paid-out to political punters for Trump’s US 2016 Election victory.Speaking to The Sun Newspaper on his new role, Joe Lee stated: ”There’s no one in the world like Donald Trump and people are fascinated by him. He is far more popular than Brexit was with the betting public.“If Trump is qualified to do that, then I don’t think any other job or candidate can be seen as ridiculous.” Share Bakhshi and Shaddick launch ‘Art of the Possible’ podcast tracking US 2020 developments August 10, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

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Betfred – Castleford Tigers favourites as Super League returns

first_img Share Betfred secures British Masters title extension July 27, 2020 Submit Betfred supports Stroke Association with £32,000 donation July 29, 2020 Related Articles Betfred debuts new rockabilly TV campaign promoting ‘Nifty Fifty’ live draws July 31, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Super League explodes back into action this week and it promises to be the most exciting yet, with a number of sides staking valid claims that they will be contesting the Grand Final come October.Leeds Rhinos surprised everyone last time out, defeating the runaway league leaders Castleford Tigers in the Old Trafford showpiece to claim their eighth title.SBC has been speaking to Betfred spokesman Peter Spencer, who has explained the growing appeal of Rugby League betting: “We’ve had more money on Rugby League than we’ve ever had after our sponsorship started, and you couldn’t have got a better season than last year.“Every single week there was some kind of talking point, or drama, or controversy, and with Castleford, everyone thought they would take the Grand Final, until, you know what happened.”Following last season’s disappointment, it is Castleford who find themselves as favourites with the bookies, with Spencer explaining exactly why and giving a brief insight into the reasons behind the disappointment of last season: “Castleford are 4/1 favourites because of their exploits last season, we think that they would’ve won the Grand Final but for the upset in the camp surrounding Zak Hardaker disrupting their planning. “That has been generally accepted now by the players, who I spoke to on Thursday (January 25), that’s the general consensus.“It affected all the players with him being such a key player, but that’s not taking it away from Leeds who obviously did brilliantly in that final and their big guns performed extremely well.“So there is a lot of money on Castleford thinking, not that they were cheated out of winning it or anything like that, but the fact is that they were the outstanding team with the brand of rugby they played.”Away from The Jungle and Spencer went on to detail who to watch out for in the chasing pack: “The key to the season, we think, is whether the big guns, St Helens and Wigan (both 9/2), can put the upstarts Castleford back in their place.“With Leeds handily placed at 6/1 along with Warrington, who are the team everyone has got their eye on because of how bad they were last year.“And Hull also nicely placed at 5/1, fourth favourites, because they have this giant pack, and did well in the Challenge Cup which they won two years running, but haven’t really got the consistency, yet, to win the Grand Final.”Before discussing who could possibly be the one to watch this season, and glancing south towards the sides largely expected to be scraping at the foot of the table: “People seem to think that Hull KR will do better than expected, they’re 150/1, and there’s a fair amount of money on that.“They have got some decent players, and they are the dark horses.“Widnes it is generally accepted, who have drifted out to 250/1, will be bottom.“It is generally accepted that they’re going to be the side who will struggle most, and Salford too under the new fans ownership.“They made such a fantastic start [last season], and were fourth at one point, and now they are 100/1 for the Grand Final because it has all changed on the pitch and behind the scenes.“They will probably end up being weaker because they haven’t got that financial backing that they had previously, although there might be more unity than previously.”In terms of this season’s individual honours it is St Helens fullback Ben Barba installed as the 8/1 favourite to be named Man of Steel, with fellow Saint Alex Walmsley, who has question marks hanging over his head regarding a move to Australia, at 18/1Luke Gale is 10/1 to hold onto his title for another season, while George Williams is handily placed at 14/1 should Wigan Warriors season go to plan, and Rhinos’ Matt Parcell 16/1.Top try scorer odds sees Castleford’s Greg Eden the 7/1 favourite, Joe Burgess of Wigan is just behind on 8/1, trailed by Huddersfield Giants Jermaine McGillvary and Garry Lo, also of the Tigers, at 12/1.Anticipating the possibility of an exciting season of Rugby League, Fred Done concluded: “If this season is anything like as good as last, we’re in for a thumping good time.“These Rugby League people, on and off the pitch, mean business, and that’s why I had no hesitation in extending our sponsorship from Super League to include the Championship and League 1.”last_img read more

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Digital experts join Affiliate Insider Bootcamp lineup

first_img Ugandan referee Kiwewa at the centre of bribe allegations October 28, 2019 SBC Digital Summit: SEO trends and the importance of preparation May 1, 2020 Share Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit More than 100 sports betting affiliate entrepreneurs will be attending the Affiliate Insider Bootcamp, running alongside next month’s Betting on Football conference.Held at Stamford Bridge in just four weeks’ time (21 March), the first edition bootcamp event, designed to help affiliates in the sports betting industry growth hack and gain expert knowledge around digital growth, has attracted sponsorship from key affiliate marketing brands like Paysafe’s Income Access, Buffalo Partners and Intertops.The lineup of expert speakers has expanded to include the likes of Sarah Sangster (Sangster Digital), Martin Calvert (BlueClaw), Andrew Edwards (Madabout.Media), Marcos Oliviera (Clever Advertising), Per Wolf (United Gaming Partners), Mark McGuiness (Betolimp), Mathew Symmonds (Predictz) and Nick Garner (Rize.Digital) to name but a few.Bertan Baytekin, Founder of ProTipster.com, explains why he’s making the trip to Stamford Bridge to attend this years Affiliate Insider Bootcamp: “The affiliate industry is changing rapidly and its essential to be on top of the game in order to survive. The Affiliate Insider Bootcamp provides a depth of content that will allow us to regularly update our tactical toolbox so we remain a leading company in this market.”Robert Miller, Managing Director at Buffalo Partners, commented: “Affiliate Insider has helped create a platform for us to promote our news, promotions and content direct to a wide range of affiliates which helps us extend our brand beyond the standard industry events and publications.”Sharon McFarlane, CEO of Crystal Content, said: “Affiliate Insider’s Bootcamp and AffiliateFEST events are crucially important to the affiliate industry because it brings a depth of content direct to affiliates to help them learn about the latest digital trends and growth opportunities across all iGaming verticals. Affiliates that access these events get a competitive edge and a level of support to growth hack their business via personalised networking with suppliers that just isn’t available at larger industry events.”Alongside an unparalleled access to high-level insight in the affiliate and sportsbetting industry decision makers, #AIBOOTCAMP2018 delegates will also be treated to networking parties at Namco Funscape, the high-tech entertainment venue on London’s South Bank, and Roman Abramovich’s extravagant personal nightclub, Under the Bridge.Affiliate Insider Founder and CEO Lee-Ann Johnstone commented: “Affiliate Insider was founded on the basis of providing a platform that delivers in depth expert knowledge to help iGaming affiliates access experienced mentoring and a digital insights to help them grow their online business. Our detailed events and personalised networking serve to support delegates and operators create invaluable connections that promote continued revenue growth.” AffiliateINSIDER supports BetShah affiliate programme launch August 13, 2019last_img read more

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