first_imgT&T at World Relays Multiple Olympic medalist, Ato Boldon, believes Trinidad and Tobago will be competitive during this weekend’s IAAF/BTC World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas from April 22-23.Boldon, who coaches Carifta Under-20 sprint double champion, Khalifa St Fort, believes the 22-member team should give a good account of themselves.“I think we’ll do okay,” Boldon said during an interview on Morning Edition in T&T Wednesday.“I’m a little concerned that we haven’t had a single relay pass for the entire year but I think we’ll get there early enough to get something done in the days leading up and I think we should be very competitive.”In addition to St Fort, the T&T contingent also includes Michelle Lee Ahye, Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Semoy Hackett and Kamara Durant among the leading names for the women. Among the men, Keston Bledman leads a contingent that also includes Emmanuel Callender, Lalone Gordon, Renny Quow, Machel Cedeno and Deon Lendore.“The men’s 4x4s should have medalled last year (2015). They had an unfortunate incident where they were disqualified. Khalifa’s team, the women’s 4x1s were fifth in the world so they are going to be very competitive and the men’s 4x1s are perennial medallists, so I think we will do very well.”His concerns about the lack of relay practice, he said, have been allayed somewhat based on a recent meeting in Florida between the sport’s administrators and athletes likely to be in London for the World Championships later this year.“I was very impressed with the meeting. I came away feeling, ‘okay, maybe everybody sort of learned the lessons of Rio, and we are going to proceed a little differently than before’ so I will expect to see things turned around even though they haven’t just yet. I am pretty optimistic about how things will be handled in the future,” Boldon said.last_img read more

first_imgUnifest 2016 The multi-cultural Caribbean festival Unifest is celebrating its 23nd year in Broward County this year.Unifest, which coincides with June Caribbean Heritage month, will highlight the Virgin Island as they celebrate 100 years of separation from Denmark.“This year’s event and our ‘Many Islands One People’ theme is a fitting way to share our culture, music, art, food and way of life”, says Mayor Hazelle Rogers.  UNIFEST kicks off with the sports day on Saturday May 20th from 5-10pm at the Lauderhill Sports Park. The Caribbean American Soccer Association (CASA) soccer tournament will have teams vie for the Hazelle Rogers Challenge Trophy and the Greater Caribbean American Cultural Coalition will sponsor the Barbara Robinson-Sinclair trophy for the Saints/NYSA Netball Tournament.On Sunday May 21st from 12 noon to 11pm, the sights and sounds of the Caribbean comes alive at Vincent Torres Park in Lauderdale Lakes – featuring a cultural explosion, carnival style parade, to include the Mocko Jumbies, stilt dancers representing the US Virgin Islands, celebration of countries with the parade of flags presentation featuring Haiti and celebrating Haitian flag day, battle of the marching bands, with visiting band from Jamaica, kid’s corner featuring storytelling, Florida Lottery Caribbean Heritage essay competition, cultural display of artifacts, arts and crafts and domino.  Unifest also features a health and business expo, Caribbean Consuls Village and the Caribbean Bar answering immigration questions. “Unifest also extends to Our Caribbean Heritage cultural displays at the Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill & the African American Research libraries, that’s the uniqueness of this event”, boast chairman Mario Zamora.UNIFEST concert will kick off with the popular Teen Sensation competition showcasing the talents of teens 14-19 years.  Concert under the Stars follows with the likes of Romain Virgo, Singing Melody, IKAYA, Terry Lyons, Prophet Benjamin, Phil Watkins and Arria the 2016 Teen Sensation winner.UNIFEST is presented by the Greater Caribbean American Cultural Coalition in partnership with the Greater Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce, the City of Lauderdale Lakes and Broward Community and Family Health Centers.last_img read more

first_imgGibbings has been a journalist for over 35 years and is the founding president of the ACM which was established in 2001. Freedom cry in the Caribbean “There are few greater tributes a journalist can receive to match the recognition of his or her peers. I come before you as a Caribbean person, from a small twin-island state, whose ancestry finds roots on the shores of more than one continent. People who came either through force, subterfuge or by choice to a new home we now call our own,” he said as he received the award Friday. “For this reason, journalism in all its convergent manifestations and as the first draft of our story, is a singularly important imperative of our time and a free press one of our most valuable assets.” But he noted that it is however amazing that as a people whose history emerges from institutionalized coercion, violence and bondage, that the freedom cry in the Caribbean should so tragically roam the social and political wilderness.“This is the challenge my organization, the ACM, engaged, when we launched 16 years ago, with a message of freedom and a commitment to work harder to claim the power it provides to our people. Gibbings told the award ceremony that for the Caribbean journalist, “our story is as much an explanation of ‘why’ things happen as it is an honest declaration of ‘what’ we confront as a people – both as the subjects and objects of history. His dynamic columns ranged from coverage of the 1976 Soweto riots to the tragic horror of apartheid and the white minority government’s treatment of millions of black Africans. He remains a credit to his profession and has been an inspiration for many journalists.center_img President of the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM), Wesley Gibbings has been awarded the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Percy Qoboza Foreign Journalist Award. Gibbings described the event as “one of the more humbling experiences of my professional life.” The Percy Qoboza Foreign Journalist Award earns its name from the late South African journalist, Percy Peter Tshidiso Qoboza, an editor of The World, a Soweto newspaper. Today, my own contribution to this cause has brought me here, as if in sacred communion with peers,” he said. Gibbings, a Trinidadian newspaper columnist, freelance journalist and  media trainer received the  award in recognition of his work over the decades in the promotion of press freedom throughout the Caribbean. Trinidadian columnistlast_img read more

first_imgWORCESTER, ENGLAND – JULY 05: Former West Indian fast bowler Winston Davis, look on during day three of the Tour Match between Worcestershire and Australia at New Road on July 5, 2013 in Worcester, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) Former West Indies fast bowler Winston Davis was honored by members of the current team during a special event staged on his behalf on Friday night. Wheelchair boundThe former St Vincent & Grenadies, and Windward islands, captain has been wheelchair-bound since an accident nearly two decades ago. He now lives in the United Kingdom where he played county cricket during his career. Wonderful memories“I want to thank the West Indies team for what they have done for me tonight. Seeing them is great and brings back those wonderful memories of when I played and represented the people of the Caribbean,” said Davis. The event was organized by Steve Stephenson a stalwart in the West Indian community in the U.K and staged at a local cricket club. “I urge you to keep working hard and I know we will see many more performances like we saw in that match.”center_img Also in attendance was Ron Headley, a former West Indies top order batsman and son of cricket icon George Headley. “I also want to congratulate them on the fantastic win in the recent second Test in Headingley. That was a magnificent performance and filled all of us with joy. Davis was a member of the all-conquering West Indies in the 1980s under the captaincy of Clive Lloyd and then Viv Richards.He played 15 Tests and 35 One-Day Internationals and is best remembered for his remarkable seven for 51 against Australia in 1983, which remain the best figures by a West Indian in ODIs.last_img read more

first_imgThe United States embassy in Port au Prince has warned Haitians to be wary of “malicious individuals’ promising jobs and other economic opportunities.In a statement, the Embassy said that it does not ask job applicants for money, ever and that “if you are asked for money to apply or to accept a job offer or start training, do not pay. It is a scam.“The Embassy does not make unsolicited job offers. The Embassy only chooses applicants who have submitted applications and who have had an in-person interview. If you have not applied for a job, then the job offer is a scam.”It said all Embassy jobs are advertised on its website, adding “if you do not see the job advertised there, it is not a real job.“Any emails about Embassy jobs would come from our Human Resources Department (HR). The email will be from a State.gov email account. It will NOT be from a Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, Twitter, Skype, Instagram, or Facebook account,” the US embassy said.The embassy also encouraged applicants to contact them via email at [email protected] if they received a job offer.last_img read more

first_imgThe Tmrw Tday wellness and culture festival will be held in Negril, Jamaica from April 30-May 5, 2019 on the renowned 7 Mile Beach. The third annual installation of the retreat/music festival hybrid has fast attracted a growing and loyal international following, as well as a hefty  dose of local participation.Recounts of the first two years of the festival have likened it to Coachella, but with a unique Jamaican twist, lots of reggae, smaller, more intimate stage performances and an overall warmer island vibe.Held from dawn until dusk each day along the coast of Negril’s expansive beach stretch, the festival is a deep immersion in authentic Jamaican roots culture. Of course, considering Jamaica’s strong musical culture, music is a highlight of the festival. Sunset beach parties and mini-concerts are slated to boast a selection of reggae, dub, conscious hip hop and soul music. Along with showcasing Jamaican culture and music, the festival also has an extensive wellness program. This program includes yoga, meditation, fitness, inspirational and informative talks, workshops, and dance. Natural healing therapies, eco tour opportunities and wholesome, natural Jamaican food are also available each day.  Though the festival schedule has yet to be revealed, attendees can expect a similar roster of activities as past years, including bonfire intention-setting ceremonies, sunset yoga, HIIT workouts, dance sessions, plant healing ceremonies, and live performances from top roots reggae performers, both Jamaican and otherwise.last_img read more

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – The main opposition People’s National Party (PNP), which has lost two by-elections since it was swept out of office in the 2016 general election, on February 5 said it would not be contesting a by-election to fill the seat vacated Tuesday night (February 4) by the Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Rudyard Spencer.Spence, who has been the parliamentary representative for the South East Clarendon constituency since 2002, announced his resignation with immediate effect on Tuesday night in Parliament, amid speculation that he is to take up an ambassadorial appointment soon.Following his resignation, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced a by-election on March 2, for the constituency of South East Clarendon, with nomination day on Wednesday, February 12.The PNP addressed Spencer’s resignation, by saying that the party’s Caretaker for the seat, Patria Duncan Sutherland, would sit out a by-election.In a public statement released on February 5, the party said that the decision not to contest any by-election to fill the seat is based on the fact that it would be taking place close to the next general election, constitutionally due next year.PNP General Secretary, Julian Robinson, said that while the party wished Spencer well in his retirement, “his resignation has not been occasioned by any personal or national emergency, but by the political exigencies of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) to settle the political wrangling between Senators Pearnel Charles, Jr and Robert Morgan.“Jamaica could not, therefore, reasonably be expected to provide the Electoral Office of Jamaica with $30 million to pay for a contrived by-election, when general elections, expecting to cost over one billion dollars, are due within months,” Robinson said, adding that Prime Minister Andrew Holness, recently hinted that the general election could be called shortly.Robinson said that as a result, both the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the PNP, as well as the EOJ, have been preparing for elections.“The PNP respects the right of the people of South East Clarendon to have Parliamentary representation, but has no intention of following the JLP into this unnecessary and wasteful political exercise which will be a carnival of spending state resources, as were the cases in the two previous by-elections,” Robinson added.There has been speculation here that Spencer could be heading to the Jamaican mission in Germany.The Jamaica Observer newspaper quoting JLP sources said that the resignation was part of a deal brokered by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, to prevent an internal feud over who is to represent the party in Clarendon South Eastern and Clarendon North Central, where the 84-year-old Pearnel Charles Sr is also expected to walk away from representational politics.Pearnel Charles Jr and Parliamentary Secretary Robert Morgan have both expressed an interest in replacing Charles Sir and the paper said that Spencer’s resignation was ‘to prevent what was shaping up to be a bitter battle over who is to replace Charles Sr.Spencer’s resignation also paves the way for a third by-election since the JLP came to power in 2016. Since then the party has won the last two by-elections, including the victory of AnnMarie Vaz who last year, captured the Portland Eastern seat, ending the PNP’s 30-year hold in the constituency.CMClast_img read more

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Updating the market on its H1 2017 interim results, the governance of Stockholm-listed online gambling group Cherry AB is confident of hitting its full-year targets and corporate expectations, following a strong opening six months of trade.An enlarged Cherry would report H1 2017 group revenues of SEK 1 billion (€106 million), up 192% on like-for-like 2016’s SEK 370 million.Aided by an improved period operating margin of 16.3% (2016:11%), Cherry would report an EBITDA increase of 334% to SEK 176 million (€18 million – H1 2016: SEK 40 million).Closing a busy H1 2017, Cherry governance would declare group operating profits of SEK 51 million (€5.2 million) doubling H1 2016’s SEK 25 million.Detailing highlights to investors, Cherry governance reported a period of strong KPI gains across its product portfolio. The company further states that its online gaming division will deliver stronger results once it fully incorporates European operator ComeOn’s assets which its fully acquired last May.Presenting his first set of interim results as Cherry AB CEO Anders Holmgren detailed that the company had the capabilities of becoming the fastest growth multi-product firm in the online gambling sector.“Cherry continues to be a profitable, fast-growing company, even if the integration of ComeOn! has not yet reached full positive effect. By further diversifying and consolidating our operations, we strengthened our platform and thus the conditions for long-term leverage. Cherry showed strong growth in the second quarter and revenues increased 179% to MSEK 536, of which 37% was organic. We continue to grow with good profitability. EBITDA increased by 524% to MSEK 93 and the EBITDA margin was 17.3%.” Holmgren detailed“Game development and Performance-based marketing are the stand-out performers, but Online gaming has not quite been delivering in line with our plan. However, the Online gaming business continued to develop positively. Revenue grew by 241% to MSEK 437, with organic growth of 31%. EBITDA improved from MSEK 5 to MSEK 62 compared with the same quarter last year and the EBITDA margin increased from 4% to 14%. The rapid merging of ComeOn!’s activities has led to a strong focus on integration, affecting growth. It is worth mentioning that marketing efforts have not yet had the expected effect. At the same time, there is a high level of activity with a variety of initiatives that strengthen both the business area’s organization and the offering as a whole. We assess that the future of ComeOn! looks bright, but that integration will take a little longer than initially anticipated.” Share Share LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020last_img read more

first_img Share StumbleUpon Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 Related Articles 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 Submit Share In defiance of the increasingly stern orders from the Spanish government, the campaign for a Catalonian independence referendum continues to gather momentum. Located in the northeast of Spain with a population of 7.5 million and accounting for roughly 20% 0f Spain’s current GDP, the Catalonia province not only has its own language and culture, but it also has a longstanding history of campaigning to become an independent state. Led by Catalonia President Carles Puigdemont, the province plans to host a self-determination referendum on 1 October.In spite of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy stating that he will “do whatever is needed, without relinquishing power” to stop the referendum taking place, separatist campaigners have persisted to give out ballot papers, remaining defiant that the referendum will go ahead on Sunday.The Spanish government and High Court judges have ruled that the Catalan government has breached its national constitution by calling a referendum. Whatever the outcome (should voting go ahead) Spain will veto the referendum’s decision.Currently, the ‘uncertainty’ around the vote and ‘what conditions it will take place under’ mean the referendum isn’t anticipated to be a major betting event. However, Ladbrokes and Coral have priced up the outcome of the controversial ballot, should it take place. Matthew Shaddick head of political betting at Ladbrokes told SBC: “When we first issued odds back in July, we made a YES vote the 2/5 favourite, which implied it would have about a 75% chance of passing. YES is now a 1/16 shot, making it more like a 95% chance of winning. So, it doesn’t look all that competitive.”last_img read more

first_img Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 StumbleUpon Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Related Articles Share David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Share Submit Project11 has announced the addition of 22 home and away Atlético Madrid fixtures, enabling brands to benefit from more La Liga advertising opportunities than ever before.This addition to Project11’s La Liga offerings, which currently includes perimeter advertising at 36 Real Madrid and Barcelona away fixtures, will deliver the opportunity to further increase brand exposure using Digital Billboard Replacement (DBR) technology. Digitally overlaying advertising and transmitting to chosen feeds, DBR enables different adverts to be broadcast to chosen regions simultaneously.Working with Spanish communications company, Media Pro, Project11 have extensively increased offerings in recent years, putting brands in highly prominent advertising positions and transforming revenue generation potential of clubs in Spain through the use of DBR technology. MediaPro’s Commercial Director, Julian Fernandez, commented: “DBR is an interesting income stream for the clubs and La Liga in Spain. LED is an asset with direct coverage on TV which assures brands audiences in their millions each season.“LED and virtual LED (DBR) forms part of MediaPro’s portfolio which includes managing three TV sport channels in Spain, as well as a number of sponsorship programs, 34 of the 42 club websites in the first and second division of La Liga and eSports, amongst others. That’s the reason why we need partners in the international market and we prefer to work with companies like Project11, as our exclusive DBR rights holders, which have the tools to help us achieve our business objectives through their strong sales force and access to clients across the globe.Project11’s Partner, Scott Taylor, added: “We have a strong, long-standing relationship with Media Pro and La Liga, enhancing the growth of both La Liga and Project11 year on year.  The addition of Atlético Madrid matches is a natural progression, further enforcing our market position. These are exciting times for Project11 as we continually strive forward, and our passionate and dedicated team continue to deliver. More announcements to follow.”Adolfo Barra, Managing Director of Sales and Marketing at La Liga, spoke of the league’s success: “La Liga has seen a tremendous growth in recent years thanks to the success of its teams and players in the international landscape, seeing a 300% increase in global audience. “La Liga will reach 3 billion fans by the end of this season. We have become a truly international property, appealing to both global and regional brands in different regions of the world. That is the reason why it is really important for us to be able to deliver meaningful and relevant assets to our sponsors allowing customisation by territory and language. DBR technology has been key to be able to help the brands deliver their message to their consumers in a more efficient way and it’s great working with Scott on this.”last_img read more